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MOST LIKELY TO ROCK THE WORLD... Sinfully attractive bad boy Cort Dimitri had his own agenda. He'd make it good no matter what, no matter how. Not even when things with Laura Merritt became hot and heavy did he alter his path... Sweet Laura Merritt had never wanted for anything--until Cort woke in her a wild dark sexual need. After he left she convinced herself that she didn't need erotic pleasure, enticing heat...because she wasn't going to find it with anyone else. Now she wanted a baby--no strings attached. Her friend Fletcher would make the perfect donor...er...daddy. Announcing her plans at the fifteenth reunion of the old gang seemed like a good idea, until Cort decided that he wanted to father her child--the oldfashioned way.
She thinks I'm a hero. . . ;But I'm only a former cop, out of the rescue business for a long time now. Still, I couldn't leave Caro Franklin stranded in a snowstorm. Even if bringing that beautiful lady to my home meant my family-and yes, maybe I, too-would immediately fall in love with her. So we just met. We still have. . . ;something. In spite of those "family obligations" of hers that I don't fully understand, there's no denying what's between us. No denying that I could make the perfect father for her son. Now I just have to convince Caro to choose me. . . ;. -Jake McCabe
The single father and the city slicker The daddy Gordon Galloway, as a devoted single dad with a custody suit on his hands, already has his fair share of problems. Now, he's totally smitten with Mackie Smith! The dilemma Beautiful and spirited though Mackie might be, she is his ex-wife's lawyer. Besides being out of bounds, Mackie is convinced she is a better lawyer than she'd ever be a mother. And the baby Enter Gordon's baby daughter, Ashley, an adorable and mischievous bundle with an unwitting abililty to press Mackie's buttons--the ones to her deepest, most denied yearnings... DADDY BOOM Who says bachelors and babies don't mix?
Could he be her little boy? Six years ago, Sara Hobart helped a childless couple create their own miracle. Now she needed one of her own. All her instincts were telling her she was Kyle Barclay's birth mother. Only one thing stood in her way: Kyle's widowed father. Ever since his wife had died, Nathan had tried to be the best parent he could to five-year-old Kyle. Then this sensual stranger showed up. Legally, Sara had no claim on his son. But how could he keep her from the little boy who already adored her? That went double for Nathan, who was suddenly yearning to go from single dad to devoted family man. . . .
ELEMENTARY MATH Amanda - Ryan = Disaster Amanda + Ryan = Success Amanda + Ryan + Daddy Factor = Both? Amanda Thorne was minus one husband--one she needed, since all her pals thought she already had one. Ryan West was plus one wife--one he didn't need but had--at least on his bank records. That nonexistent wife's signature was essential for Ryan to put through a big deal. So Amanda plus Ryan--a weekend in exchange for a signature--could only equal success for them both, right? Well, yes, but that was without the Daddy Factor.
When six feet of tall, lean cowboy rides up kicking dust, Jess Cummings thinks a holiday miracle has arrived. Not only does he help with an injured colt, Gage Moore hires on to work her ranch. The handsome, trustworthy Texan is everything Jess could want in an employee. But is the ex-rodeo star too good to be true? Gage came to Oklahoma haunted by a saddle load of grief. He'll help Jess get the ranch in shape by Christmas, then be on his way. After all, the job was always meant to be temporary. But how can he leave now that the hardworking single mom has given him a reason to stay? And if he does, can he be the husband and father Jess and her daughters need?
Cowboy to the Rescue Summoned by two little girls to help their mother in distress, Blue Lyons rushes to rescue widow Clara Weston. When the cowboy discovers the fatherless family has nowhere to go, he offers them food and shelter. But widower Blue won't get too close to the needy trio. He's lost too many people he's cared for, and he isn't about to set himself up for loss again. For Clara, any dangers she may face on the frontier are preferable to staying with her controlling father. Although she's determined to keep her independence, Blue's kindness and tenderness are hard to resist. Can two pint-size matchmakers help Clara and Blue open their guarded hearts in time for Christmas? Christmas in Eden Valley: Forging a future in Canada's west country
Can love change this lonely cowboy?Having struggled for years, Leyla Chee wasn't about to mess up her temporary job as cook on the Chaparral Ranch. That meant focusing on her work, her young son and her dreams of going back to school. And certainly not being tempted by the sexy foreman who devoured her cooking, put a smile on Dillon's face and made her own heart race!But Laramie Jones's strong shoulders seemed ready to share Leyla's burdens. His rough hands smoothed away her cares. And his mouth...well, what he did with that mouth made her blush! Yet Laramie was a man without a real past-could she trust that what he really wanted was a future with her?
Babies for the bachelor! When playboy Connor McNair watched his best friend marry Jill Darling, he never expected a second chance with the girl who got away. Now she's a single mother, and he's back to persuade her to give up her pastry company. It's just business...until Jill's sweet smile makes him question his loyalties and his feelings about a picket-fence lifestyle.Falling for Jill's adorable twin babies-and her kisses, which are even more delicious than her cakes-has Connor thinking about fatherhood and forever. But that's against all the rules....
MALE NANNY WANTED...FAST! Abigail Roberts's sons needed a male influence. So she placed an ad for a male nanny. But the hunk who applied for the job was not what she expected. Tall, dark and handsome, he was her every fantasy. Letting him move in would surely be her downfall... READY AND WILLING HUNK AT YOUR SERVICE, MA'AM Having an apron tied around his muscled waist, feather dusting and making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches wasn't Jack's style. Yet he knew that becoming a nanny would provide his young daughter with the love and warmth of a family. And soon Jack realized he, too, needed this family. Now he had to convince Abigail to turn his part-time position into a lifetime partnership!
After doing time, Justin Dillon was a changed man determined to lead a decent life. Then a strange woman swept through town, dumping a seven-year-old in his lap, claiming Justin was the daddy and disappearing. Justin was only beginning to take baby steps toward betterment-was he ready to be a father? Or ready for family, for that matter? Because at every turn, there was Gina Steele. The young woman had been so busy skipping grades and getting degrees, she'd never had time tolive. But Justin would change all that-with just one kiss. Could this sheriff's sister join forces with an ex-con to make a home for a lost little boy? Stranger things had happened in Destiny. . . ;.
The moment Lucas "Lucky" Welch sees the black-haired, green-eyed boy at the rodeo, he knows. The child is his late brother's son. But why was little Robby kept a secret? He demands answers from Robby's adoptive mom, Natalie Crosby. But the pretty, protective woman isn't forthcoming. And once Lucky learns the truth behind Robby's birth, he understands. Especially when some family matters get more than complicated. As a bull rider, Lucky knows he just has to hang on tight and keep showing Natalie that his wish is true-blue: to be a daddy--and husband--for keeps.
The moment Lucas "Lucky" Welch sees the black-haired, green-eyed boy at the rodeo, he knows. The child is his late brother's son. But why was little Robby kept a secret? He demands answers from Robby's adoptive mom, Natalie Crosby. But the pretty, protective woman isn't forthcoming. And once Lucky learns the truth behind Robby's birth, he understands. Especially when some family matters get more than complicated. As a bull rider, Lucky knows he just has to hang on tight and keep showing Natalie that his wish is true-blue: to be a daddy and husband for keeps.
Ian Miller bought Blacksmith Farm to find peace and quiet to write his next bestseller - not to spend it with a widow caretaker and her baby! But a blizzard has them stuck together like one big happy family - and the city slicker is enjoying the country life. He's even considering a new chapter in his life - that of loving husband and father.
From Bestseller to...Best Father?Journal Entry No. 1: I bought Blacksmith Farm to find peace and quiet to write my next bestseller-not to spend it with a fetching widow caretaker and her baby! This blizzard has us stuck together like one big, happy family. I'll be lucky if I survive the first night.Journal Entry No. 8: I can't believe I, sophisticated city slicker Ian Miller, am enjoying this simple country life. Granted, Trish Ryan is easy on the eyes and her gentle spirit has inspired my best work. But for one electrifying moment she even had me considering a new chapter in my life-that of loving husband and father. If I don't finish this book soon, I could lose my mind-and heart-for good!
ACCIDENTAL MOMS Dear Darby, Here's my baby 1. Feed her 2. Love her 3. Find her daddy Love, Eloise Darby Simms loved baby Sissy instantly, so following her best friend's first two instructions was no problem. Number three--well, that was the catch. Eloise hadn't left any hints about the father's identity, so Darby found herself on a daddy hunt, asking five different men one awkward question. When the first man 'fessed up, Darby was about to say "I do"--until a crucial fact about her husband-to-be had her fleeing the altar. With a mob of reporters on her tail and the baby in her arms, Darby did the only thing possible--she jumped into the car of vacationing stranger Christian Blake. But had she gone from the frying pan into the fire?
OPERATION: Daddy Boot CampSUBJECT: Three-year-old Blue, the daughter whom--until three days ago--U. S. Marine Curt Blackwell didn't know existed. MISSION: Fatherhood. Bedtime stories. Plaiting hair. Holding hands. COMPLICATIONS: Preschool teacher Jessie Moore. They had a past, but Curt avoided those waters. Unlike Blue's fear of monsters under the bed, a woman's emotions truly spelled danger. And he was growing defenseless against this woman's warmth and beauty. . . . MISSION SUCCESS: Uncertain. Curt would survive--but not necessarily with his heart intact!
There hasn't been a daddy in Halle's house for a while now. Her parents, Logan Wakefield and Dana Marlow, are divorced. Halle lives with her mommy in Chicago, and her daddy's an investigator who travels all over the world. Then Hallie has an accident. Logan rushes to the hospital, where his daughter is still unconscious. When she comes to, she recognizes him -- but not her mother. Dana is shocked, hurt, confused. She's not sure how to react when Logan announces that he'll be moving back into the house. She has no choice but to agree, at least while Hallie's still suffering from amnesia. And while Dana herself, who works for the State Attorney's office, is involved with a potentially dangerous case. But Halle's puzzled by the way her mommy and daddy are acting -- they're mad at each other one minute... and kissing the next.
There hasn't been a daddy in Halle's house for a while now. Her parents, Logan Wakefield and Dana Marlow, are divorced. Halle lives with her mommy in Chicago, and her daddy's an investigator who travels all over the world. Then Hallie has an accident. Logan rushes to the hospital, where his daughter is still unconscious. When she comes to, she recognizes him-but not her mother. Dana is shocked, hurt, confused. She's not sure how to react when Logan announces that he'll be moving back into the house. She has no choice but to agree, at least while Hallie's still suffering from amnesia. And while Dana herself, who works for the State Attorney's office, is involved with a potentially dangerous case. But Halle's puzzled by the way her mommy and daddy are acting-they're mad at each other one minute... and kissing the next.
"Come here, cowboy."Luminous gray eyes...long dark curls...come-hither smile. For months, Conn Flannigan was haunted by tantalizing images of a night he couldn't remember-and a woman he couldn't forget. He'd returned to St. Valentine to find her and recover his lost memories. The instant he spied Rita Niles, Conn knew he was in the right place. Could he prove he wasn't the footloose playboy he used to be...now that he was going to be a father?No more cowboys!That was Rita's philosophy...until the single mom met that gorgeous Texas heartbreaker. Now she was having Conn's baby and the daddy-to-be wanted her to give him another chance. But who was the real Conn? Was she ready to trust her future to a man who could take off and leave her high and dry again?
'Mama, Michael doesn't got any kids 'cuz he doesn't got a wife, so I told him maybe you could be his wife. What do you think?' Angela DiRosa couldn't believe her six-year-old daughter, Emma, had asked a perfect stranger if he wanted a wife. True, Michael Gallagher was handsome, charming and great with kids. Not that it mattered. After all, Angela had given up on men for good. So why did Angela feel her heart race and her senses heighten whenever she and Michael were in the same room? Michael hadn't been looking for a wife-dodging danger had left the undercover lawman with little time for love. But Angela and Emma had charmed their way into his life. And soon Michael discovered that risking his heart just might be the most dangerous challenge of all....
Savannah Starr's new boss, Joe McCann, was a rugged, blue-eyed hunk. But the man didn't know a thing about raising a child. . . so Savannah decided it was her job to give Joe some daddy lessons. Joe didn't need anybody telling him how to be a good father. . . especially not Savannah! Why, he was just about to fire his sassy, sexy secretary when she captured his daughter's heart. Joe couldn't deny that he needed some help on the homefront. But he'd already learned his lesson about love and no woman was going to steal his heart again.
A Crash Course -- In Fatherhood! Deep in the heart of Texas, Ranger Springs is the perfect place to start over. Kate Wooten and her young son aren't the only newcomers in town -- Luke Simon has just moved into the ranch next door, along with his menagerie of rescued animals. A former Hollywood animal trainer and stuntman, Luke is ready for some peace and quiet. But instead he's getting the surprise of a lifetime: the eight-year-old daughter he didn't know he had. Determined to turn his house into a home for his little girl, Luke knows he can't do it alone. Kate doesn't want any complications in her life, but this bachelor needs her help to turn him into a good father in just two short weeks. She reluctantly agrees to whip him into shape -- now, if only she can resist his charms!
A Substitute Husband Discovering her daughter is holding bank patrons hostage to interview daddy candidates sends widow Daisy Trumbo running to intervene. But when real bank robbers take advantage of the fake stickup, the hero of the day is Bass Parker-the man Daisy blames for her husband's death. Yet duty compels her to care for him as he recovwers from his injuries. Bass is determined to make amends to the widow and child of the fallen soldier who took his place on the battlefield. But he slowly finds himself feeling more than obligation to this independent woman and her spirited little girl. Their happiness hinges on Daisy's forgiveness, but can she let go of the past?
An orphaned girl named Judy Abbott and an unknown, unseen benefactor who sends her to college and whom she refers to as "Daddy-Long-Legs" are the two principals in this immensely popular modern-day fairy tale. Told through Judy's letters and illustrated by her own quaint drawings, DADDY-LONG-LEGS is a profound and tender homage to the power of awakening love. From the Hardcover edition.
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