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As the holiday season approaches, wealthy CEO Calista Sheffield wants to give instead of receive. So she volunteers at a downtown Denver shelter, never expecting that her own scarred heart will be filled with hope and healing. The mission's director, handsome Grant Monohan, has devoted his life to helping those in need. But his harrowing past-and what he sees every day-makes him wary of Calista. Unless she shares her painful history, he'll never believe they can have a future. But a future with Grant at the shelter is the only Christmas gift Calista truly wants.
thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1 Every one knows that Christmas is the time of miracles, joy, and love. There's the story of Bethlehem with the blazing star and wise men bearing gifts for a baby king. There are lavish celebrations and presents, and the delicious satisfaction of pulling off ribbons and wrappings to find exactly what your heart desired. It's never too late to recapture the wonder of the holiday, to wish again for your deepest dreams to come true. The backdrop of lights twinkling in the darkness and boundless good will make Christmas the perfect time for love, as the heroines in these four romantic novellas will see.
When seventeen-year-old Cory met Tom she knew at once that he was everything that she had always wanted; he was gentle, understanding and funny. Every time she saw him, she fell more deeply in love. She wanted to cherish this newfound happiness, but she was tormented by the mystery that surrounded him like the autumn mists. Why did he always insist on meeting her in the same place? Why didn't he want to meet her friends? Why wouldn't he ask her out on a real date? Could she love a boy whose lips told her he loved her but whose eyes held secrets he refused to reveal?
Kate is only eighteen when she meets Tom Harper, one of America's biggest pro-football stars. They share an idyllic and glamorous first love. But the bullet that suddenly ends Tom's career also ends their life together. A failed suicide attempt will leave him mentally and physically disabled forever. Kate will be left alone, heartbroken, and pregnant with their son. Soon she will have another chance at love, but it will mean learning to let go of the past and learning to trust again. (From the Paperback edition.)
What's on your wish list? After indulging in twelve naughty nights in Mexico, a woman experiences an erotic epiphany. An adventurous elf has her eye on one very sexy Santa. A married couple hopes to find a very special marine under the mistletoe. And a holiday mitzvah leads a woman to submit to a man in uniform on Christmas Day. No matter your fantasies, this collection of four shorts will add spice and sizzle to cold winter nights.Edited by Angela James, this anthology includes:Five Golden Rings by Jeffe KennedyNaughty Nicks by Christine d'AboMénage on 34th Street by Elise Logan and Emily Ryan-DavisMatzoh and Mistletoe by Jodie GriffinStories also available for purchase separately.145,000 words
USA Today bestselling author Jo Goodman's sweeping new novel brings to life a tale of courage, desire, and dangerous secrets-as an intrepid beauty discovers that love and trust are two sides of the same coin... Wyatt Grantham, Viscount Sheridan, is stunned to find three young boys at his door, demanding he right the wrongs of an incident that occurred earlier that evening when he thwarted a determined thief. When he discovers his wily pickpocket is a woman, now gravely injured, he takes his flame-haired attacker under his wing. Clearly, Sheridan's new "guest" is lady of quality. So how did she become a common street thief? He finds himself irresistibly drawn to the clever, cheeky Lily, and determined to unlock her mysteries... The five years since she left the care of the French convent have been a nightmare for Lily. Her secrets are dangerous-as is the powerful man determined to find her. The handsome Viscount is clearly a gentleman with secrets of his own, but staying with him could mean the difference between life and death for Lily. With each passing day, her handsome host turns Lily's convalescence into an increasingly sensual escape. Now her greatest challenge may be imagining anything less than a future in his arms...
This wonderfully-written and compelling book looks at the life of a single woman's seasons, from the raging storms of her life's winters to the sun-drenched days of her summers and how she endures it all with God's love. After graduating from college, Jacetta Winters made the mistake of falling in love with Maxie Jackson, an older married man. But when he discovers that she's pregnant with his child, he promptly dumps her, leaving her alone to raise their child and abandoned by her family and church. When Jaci least expects it, she stumbles upon J.P. Gilmore, a man she has prayed for and who loves God as well as loving her. Now, moments before their marriage, Jaci retraces the mistakes she has made. But even though her life seems to be heading in the direction she has prayed for, Jaci is facing new challenges: Maxie has reappeared and wants to rekindle the relationship they had almost 20 years ago; her fiance is being stalked by his receptionist, Linda, who is in love with him; and Wynola, Linda's sister, wishes Jaci was dead after she lost her job to her. Add an unwanted middle-age pregnancy, and Jaci is praying to God for guidance.
After the death of her husband, Holly Dancer is determined to become an independent woman, until gunfighter Jackson Ledgeway Steele ambles into Deadwood Gulch and saves her life.
They had been newly weds once, fabulously happy, but that was before the war--before Ann's startling career success and Phillip's long, slow courtship of failure. Yet even without fireworks, somehow their marriage survived. Then, astonishingly at an age when such things were not supposed to happen, Ann met Adam--and nothing had ever felt so glorious--or so complicated. Suddenly whatever the obstacles, it was a time for love... Set against the gaslit charm of San Francisco and the sparkling glamour of New York, here is a dramatically powerful story of heartbreak and triumph. A moving story as timeless as love itself...
This second book of the McClellan family trilogy featuring Rae McClellan is a tale of passion, daring, and revenge set during the American Revolution.
Kate Silver's back in town, and her dead mother just won't leave her alone. Kate usually spends her days dressing Hollywood A-listers, but after her estranged mother dies she finds herself elbow-deep in flour in her parents' bakery . . . in Deer Lick, Montana. She thought she'd left small-town life far, far behind, but it seems there are a few loose ends. The boy she once loved, Deputy Matt Ryan, is single and sexy and still has a thing for her . . . and handcuffs. Her mother, who won't follow the white light, is determined to give maternal advice from beyond the grave. And somehow Kate's three-day stay has, well . . . extended. She never planned to fill her mother's pie-baking shoes-she prefers her Choos, thank you very much. But with the help of a certain man in uniform, Kate quickly learns that sometimes second chances are all the more sweet.
A Christmas To Remember... Ski-lodge manager Elisabeth is the quiet Donnelly twin-sedate, mature, responsible. It wasn't like her to fall in love with ski patroller Justin Cade, famous for his killer smile, blue eyes and way with women. But it was just like him to dump her when things began to get serious. Now he's suddenly back in her life, and the timing couldn't be worse. Elisabeth has plans to marry a successful businessman, and with Christmas around the corner, she wants to make the holidays special for her adopted young goddaughter. Falling for Justin all over again would definitely not be the sensible thing to do. But maybe, for once in her life, Elisabeth should follow her heart instead of her head.
The Lady Savannah Markum's busy days were filled with single-handedly raising a toddler and running her ranch. Her lonely nights were filled with longing for what might have been...if Matt Forrester hadn't shattered her heart. And now Matt was back....And the Lawman Deputy Sheriff Matt Forrester was determined to discover who was stealing cattle from Savannah's ranch. But as the man who had never stopped loving her, he yearned to protect her-and the child who should have been his son. Just as Savannah should have been his wife...and would be-if he had his way!
An Instant Family? Coaching Little League in a small Florida town is a world away from Travis Oak's dream of being a professional pitcher. But now the phys ed teacher faces his greatest challenge: keeping a ten-year-old boy from being expelled. He's got the perfect solution...until he runs up against a petite, irresistible blonde. After her major league husband's betrayal, Courtney Smith wants nothing to do with bad boys...or baseball. But her son thinks Travis is some kind of hero, and she has to admit-it's hard to resist Cocoa Beach's most gorgeous coach. But will her secret keep Travis from having a family to call his own?
Single mom Jessa Lynn Pagett is grateful for the old Victorian she's fixing up. Now she can fulfill both her dreams: providing a safe home for her young son and opening a florist shop. But Garrett Willows insists he's the rightful owner of the house-and has dreams of his own for the place. With one look at her withdrawn son, the handsome man seems to know that she needs the house more. And his selfless solution will change everyone's lives...forever.
SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME Working for Last Chance Rescue, Cole Mathison has been to hell and back. But being responsible for the death of an innocent man is a hell like no other. Longing for redemption, Cole finds himself embroiled in the mysterious disappearance of Keeley Fairchild's young children. Rescuing the children is his mission--but falling in love with the widow of the man he inadvertently killed was never in the plans. When Keeley's life is threatened, Cole's demons must take a backseat to the most important mission of his life. He might never know the heaven of Keeley's arms, but he'll never survive the hell of failing to save her.From the Paperback edition.
In the space of a few months Vanessa buried her husband, Matt, and gave birth to their son--breaking her heart while filling it with a whole new kind of love. But the one man she longs to share this love with now acts as if she doesn't exist. Paul Haggerty lives by the marine motto: Siper Fi. Ever faithful to his best friend, he's done right by Matt's widow as best he can...considering he's been secretly in love with her for years. Now, just as he's about to make his move, another woman has staked her claim on him-a claim that will be tough to escape.With courage, humility and not a little meddling from the good folks of Virgin River, Vanni and Paul might just get a second chance to have the love they both desire and deserve.
Homecoming Reunion John Amman left his Amish community and sweetheart Lydia Goodloe to make his fortune in the outside world, while Lydia stayed behind to devote herself to teaching. She can accept spinsterhood, and even face the closure of her beloved school. But John's return after eight years tests her faith anew. Lydia hasn't forgotten a single thing about John Amman-including the way he broke her heart.John risked becoming an outcast to give Lydia everything she deserved. He couldn't see that what she really wanted was a simple life-with him. Lydia is no longer the girl he knew. Now she's the woman who can help him reclaim their long-ago dream of home and family...if he can only win her trust once more.
Former soldier and rodeo rider Zachary McClure's war injuries are far deeper than physical. Skeptical that anyone can reach the dark place in his soul, he visits an Albuquerque equine therapy ranch with no expectations. How can horses possibly mend his physical and emotional injuries when nothing-and no one-else has? He finds the answer when he meets Sophie Powell, an ex-army medic with a sunny smile, gentle touch and a determination to help others through horse therapy. But behind her big hopes and cheerful attitude lurks pain-and Zachary is just the man to change that. He can make Sophie's dreams a reality. . . ;and she may be the woman to heal this wounded hero's heart.
Her first love is her last hope...but for him, it's payback time in this MacLaren's Pride novel from New York Times bestselling author Kate Carlisle. Connor MacLaren never forgave Maggie Jameson for leaving him. Ten years later, his former sweetheart's back in their California town, desperate for the Scottish businessman's help. And he knows just how to get her out of his system once and for all.... Agreeing to temporarily pose as Connor's girlfriend is déjà vu. After only a few minutes alone with the rugged Highlander, Maggie's breathless with desire. Of course, this was Connor's intention...until his plan backfires, leaving them both wanting much more.
Ten years ago, Rori Simon left town shy, unattractive and with zero self-esteem. Now she's back, older, stronger and finally loving herself-and it shows. Hot men are soon knocking at her door, including Jude Callahan, the bad boy who starred in her teenage daydreams. . . and her adult fantasies. Jude can't believe the sexy, confident woman before him is actually Rori! She's gotten under his skin like no other woman has. . . and she brings out secret desires he can't resist. He wants to dominate Rori with every fiber of his being. Wants to own her and pleasure her. To cherish her as he makes her his. Rori discovers she likes being controlled. She also knows Jude is not a one-woman man. Everything changes when she meets Zach Helm. Edgy, sensual Zach knows just what she needs, and before long, she's in love. Jude watches them together and wonders if he's lost his chance forever. . . Previously published, newly revised by author.
Jack and Laurie find at death that they can prove themselves by being guardian angels to a troubled Jessica.
After her divorce, Marilyn struggles to rebuild her life with her daughter. First book of the award-winning 7 Sisters Series.
A bout of rheumatic fever left Rosalinda Sammy Samuels in need of a new heart. Three years ago she received it--and her vagabond sister's three children to raise. On a rare day to herself, Sammy meets Ted and dares to wonder if he could be the One... until she learns of his distaste of children... and transplants. Ted Benay lost his sister in a car accident, but his parents gave away her heart. The loss has haunted Ted ever since. Because of her death, Ted questions God. Now he's opened his apartment to his brother's unruly, disrespectful family, and Ted's pretty sure he never wants such a thing for himself. When he meets Sammy, though, his deepest convictions and opinions are challenged. Can it be for the better? Sammy's new heart gives her a second chance at life. But has it also stolen her only chance of love?
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