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With fugitive parents, a brother dodging loan sharks, a hunky cop who's made her outlaw family his business, a buff body mover looking to make a move on her and her ex-fiancé back in the picture, Carlotta Wren thought her life couldn't get any more complicated. And then...Her best friend jumps on the body-moving bandwagon. Her fugitive parents phone home. Her identity is stolen by a look-alike. Her look-alike is found, well...dead. Under suspicion for murder, Carlotta discovers that her devious double might've been bumped off accidentally-and that she could be the real target! Throw in dealing with her motley crew of family, friends and wannabe lovers, and Carlotta begins to think that jail isn't such a bad alternative after all. ...
Madisyn O'Riley has had her share of Mr. Player-Player. She wanted a man who had a kind heart, a good soul, and shared her love of life. So when Aidan Coles, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, turns his attention on her, she doesn't know what to do. She joins his charity and begins to see the athlete in a different light, especially when he comes to her rescue when her ex-boyfriend begins threatening her and her family. Aidan can't believe Madisyn is as good as she makes out. Something about her made him want to protect her, and Aidan pulls out all the stops to make her his. He attends church with her, meets her family, and lets her teach him how to cook. As she displays her excellent administrative skills and helps get his pet charity, Mature Alliance, off the ground, Aidan knows she's too good to be true. Was he ready to make the play for life?
Madisyn O'Riley has had her share of Mr. Player-Player. She wanted a man who had a kind heart, a good soul, and shared her love of life. So when Aidan Coles, wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys, turns his attention on her, she doesn't know what to do. She joins his charity and begins to see the athlete in a different light, especially when he comes to her rescue when her ex-boyfriend begins threatening her and her family.Aidan can't believe Madisyn is as good as she makes out. Something about her made him want to protect her, and Aidan pulls out all the stops to make her his. He attends church with her, meets her family, and lets her teach him how to cook. As she displays her excellent administrative skills and helps get his pet charity, Mature Alliance, off the ground, Aidan knows she's too good to be true. Was he ready to make the play for life?
One kiss she didn't forget!Junior surgeon Kara Stephens has been assigned her first high-profile case to help an injured princess. Great news-if she wasn't working with hotshot Irish surgeon Declan Underwood, the man she kissed at the hospital ball! Declan's notoriety with women is rivaled only by his reputation as the best reconstructive surgeon around. But his glamorous life in London is a far cry from his poverty-stricken childhood, and Kara's about to discover that there's more to her charismatic maverick than meets the eye....200 HARLEY STREETGlamour, intensity, desire-the lives and loves of London's hottest team of surgeons!
Reunited with his past...Running the Hunter Clinic's charity operation has given surgeon and ex-soldier Ethan Hunter a new lease on life. His reconstructive work with wounded soldiers and civilians helps block out his army traumas. But when Ethan learns that he'll be working alongside beautiful surgeon Olivia Fairchild-the woman whose heart he regretfully broke-he can't help but remember the passion they once shared...and he's surprised by the sinfully delicious sparks her touch still ignites! Is Olivia the only woman to finally provide peace for this long-tortured hero?200 HARLEY STREETGlamour, intensity, desire-the lives and loves of London's hottest team of surgeons!
ABBY STANFORD WAS ONE SMART COOKIE... And she'd always given 200%--especially to her job. But there was more to life... There was home, family--and the love of a good man. So she filled her cozy house with the aroma of fresh-baked cookies. She crocheted crafts until her fingers were sore. But where was that good man? Then sexy, sweet-talking Gar stopped by, sampled her wares and insisted that she was meant to be his wife. Abby didn't quite believe him, but she was about to learn what it meant to give and receive love--200%!
A year 2000 computer glitch got her $1 million and a cowboy--and the wildest adventure of her life . . .P.R. whiz Tess O'Mara is burned out. She's looking for a change. Something wild and crazy. The year 2000 has arrived. And that's when the trouble begins. A computer glitch has deposited one million dollars into her bank account. Problem is, it's somebody else's money, somebody who's willing to kill to find it--and Tess has already spent a big chunk of it on a new wardrobe and a powder-blue Mercedes convertible. Suddenly Tess is running for her life, as fast and as far as she can go . . . . . . until she reaches the sleepy desert town of Almost, Arizona. Sheriff Jake McCall, a dead ringer for Mel Gibson, is there to catch her as she careens into town and collapses from heatstroke in his arms. Jake's prepared for anything--except the spoiled city slicker with trouble in her wake. The last thing he expects is to fall for her. But as danger tracks Tess to her door, something unexpected happens that will transform two very different people, and one dusty, dead-end town, forever . . .From the Paperback edition.
Dear Reader,If you've been to Cedar Cove before we've probably met. You can usually find me either at home or at the public library, where I work. I've lived in this town all my life and raised two daughters here. But my husband and I - well, about six months ago, he disappeared. Just. . . disappeared. Where's Dan? Why did he go? Who's he with? Will I ever find out?My hometown, my family and friends, bring me comfort during this difficult time. Comfort and a sense of shelter. I'm continually reminded that life can and does go on. For instance, everyone's been discussing weddings and babies lately. Justine - the only daughter of my best friend, Olivia Lockhart - impulsively got married a little while ago. My own daughter Kelly recently had a baby. Unfortunately, she refuses to accept that Dan might not return to see his first grandchild. My older daughter, Maryellen, is more realistic. I think she's seeing a new man, but for some reason she won't tell me who it is. Then there's Jack, who's been pursuing a romance with Olivia, and his son, Eric, and Eric's girlfriend, Shelly (I think she's pregnant), and Zach and Rosemary Cox, whose marriage is reputedly on the skids and. . . Well, just come on over and we'll talk!Grace
Lynn Blanchett's Steps to Happiness:Step 1: Find a job. (Done! I'm doing PR for hotshot young designer Muriel B.-which I'm totally unqualified for.)Step 2: Find a man. (Check! There's a rich, gorgeous man chasing me...so what if I find him infinitely less appealing than my charming, possibly gay, French coworker?)Step 3: Find a translator. (Hmm? I do have that French-English dictionary...but it so doesn't help with the language of love.)Step 4: Find a shower. (I did just fly in from New York.... I can't be fabulous all the time!)Dropped into a ridiculously cushy job in Paris by her distant fashion-icon mother, all Lynn has to do to prove she's not a fraud (which she is!) is figure out what exactly her job entails, how she got involved in something that can only be described as fashion treason and how to untangle her love life in time to make Muriel B.'s next runway show the event of the season. With time running short and expertise running low, Lynn has little to guide her but a self-help manual that promises twenty steps to happiness.
She lives in a world of silk sheets, imported champagne, and endless erotic delight. ... She fulfills the deepest fantasies of the most powerful men in the world. Sensual, seductive, and discreet, Valentine Day is a high-class call girl, pampered and adored by her exclusive clientele. But Valentine has a secret. Always in control, she's never experienced true pleasure outside of her work. But all that is about to change. ... Now the woman who's spent a decade pleasuring others is about to embark on an erotic journey of her own. It happens one night at the opera. Seated next to her in the dark is a stranger. As the music swells so does the sexual tension. Gorgeous, sophisticated Joshua Spencer invites her for a drink, and soon she's fantasizing about taking him home. When they finally come together in the most tender and intense lovemaking Valentine has ever known, she's hooked. But suddenly Valentine is questioning everything. Joshua has no idea what she does for a living. Can she risk everything--including her hard-earned freedom and one final, shattering secret--for one man? And would he still want her if he knew the truth? From the Trade Paperback edition.
Laura Nolan's past debts are forcing her to sell her beloved Georgia house. It was built by her grandfather and is the only home Laura has ever known. Few people can afford the price, and James Paden seems to be the first serious buyer. But womanizer Paden, returning from a ten-year absence, is the only person to ever inspire passion in Laura.
Although having Asperger's Syndrome (AS) can make romantic relations difficult, having a fulfilling relationship with an Asperger man is certainly not impossible. A woman in love with a man with AS may interpret his difficulties with communication and socialization as a lack of interest in the relationship. He may vacillate between being gentle and caring to seeming cold and distant. She may find his behavior hard to understand, resulting in feelings of loneliness, isolation, and confusion. This book shows how to overcome these difficulties and maintain a loving relationship with an AS partner. From an unwillingness to show affection in public or even sleep in the same bed, to problems holding down a job, this book looks at 22 common traits that women may discover when they are dating, living with or married to a man with Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone explores the complications of Asperger's relationships with honesty and understanding, drawing on research and personal experience to inform and advise women with AS partners. She offers helpful tips for improving the relationship and finding fulfillment both individually and as a couple. This book will help women to understand the male Asperger's mind and, equally, it can help men with AS to see things from their partner's perspective. It will also be of interest to counselors working with couples where the male partner has Asperger's Syndrome. Rudy Simone is a writer and Asperger's Syndrome educator who lives in Western New York.
Prescott Personal Securities provided the best bodyguards money could buy. New client Kelly Warner had trouble she couldn't escape. Trapped in controversy, Kelly and her young daughter had the whole world watching them. But only one man was hired to look out for their best interests: Jack Sanders. Kelly had secrets that people would kill for--and someone was trying real hard. But now she had Jack, and he would never take his eyes off her, no matter their past together. Caught under the gun, the all-American bodyguard had a message to send--Denver was under the protection of PPS, and there just wasn't room for anyone else.
Get 3 hot reads for one low price with the 24 Hours Bundle!Anything can happen in 24 hours - even love! Bundle includes Minute by Minute, Tall, Tanned, and Texan, and When She Was Bad. . . Minute by MinuteVeterinarian Meg Becker has found the perfect man - online. Newspaper columnist Alex Rosten is funny, sexy - and only a mouse click away day or night. He's exactly what vulnerable Meg needs in her too-frantic life. Never mind that the safest sex is typing from the heart. . . . Alex wants to take their relationship to the next level - meet face-to-face. A romantic at heart, he sends Meg a ticket to a gorgeous tropical island - a place that has starred in the nighttime fantasies of both. The cybersex has been great. But Alex is convinced you can't beat the touch and taste of the real thing. Yet what happens in the next twenty-four hours might just leave them both at a loss for words. . . . Tall, Tanned, and TexanMen have never given tomboy Deanie Codge a second look. But that's about to change. She's signing up for two weeks at Camp E. D. E. N. , a notorious island retreat, to discover her inner sex kitten. And then there'll be no stopping her! When he offered to keep an eye on Deanie for her brother, cowboy Rance McGraw never dreamed that he wouldn't be able to take his eyes off her. His childhood nemesis has turned into a gorgeous woman - one he doesn't want fooling around with anyone but him! So he does everything he can to sabotage her - from directing her to the wrong island. . . to kissing her on the beach. . . to taking her for a roll in the sand. . . . And discovers that a tough Texas cowboy is no match for a sex kitten unleashed. . . When She Was Bad. . . She should refuse. One minute, struggling P. I. Pepper Rossi and ex-CIA agent Cole Buchanan are sharing a wild, spontaneous kiss. The next, rough-edged Cole is propositioning her to spend the next 24 hours exploring all the sensual pleasures of the tropical island they're on. . . with each other. She would say no, except they're in the Caribbean on a crucial case to track down a priceless stolen painting. She'll never prove her worth as a P. I. if Cole muscles in on all the action. And he promises to back off - if she promises him 24 hours to work this attraction out of their systems. Pepper knows she should turn him down. Then again, Pepper hasn't gotten this far by acting the way she's supposed to. . . .
24 Hours begins with the perfect family on a perfect night. They are about to become trapped in the perfect crime. Will Jennings is a successful young doctor in Jackson, Mississippi, with a thriving practice, a beautiful wife, and a five-year-old daughter he loves beyond measure. But Will and his family are being watched by a con man and psychopath who has crafted the unbeatable crime. A man who has never been caught and whose victims have never talked to the police. A man whose life work strikes at the heart of every family's unspoken fear: the unstoppable kidnapping. But he has never met the likes of Will and Karen Jennings.
Langston Collingsworth was a man to be reckoned with. Powerful and president of the family oil business, opportunists looked at him and saw money, but he saw the land as his life force. So when the Collingsworth empire was threatened--it was personal. It happened innocently enough--a young girl needing his help. But her mother was none other than Trish Edwards--Langston's high school sweetheart. Trish and her daughter were trapped in a blackmail and murder investigation and had been on the run since the day Trish gave birth to a Collingsworth heir. Could Langston trust Trish after the years of deception? He had no choice if he wanted to protect her child--his child--and face down the trouble headed their way.
From the author of the New York Times bestselling Connections series comes an exciting and passionate new romance....You don't know when...You don't get to choose if...When it's time to join...you'll know.You might think you want to be a member--but trust me, this is one club you don't want to join. It's not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires--there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. Having just lost my brother to the club, I know there is no doubt. I'm next. This is my destiny... and I was ready to yield.But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate's presence controls me. I'm overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.Nate doesn't believe in destiny.But I do.And if there's a way to cheat it--I must.
The countdown has begun. Three marriage-minded women have set their sights on becoming brides. And they're following Prominence magazine's surefire list of ways to meet the grooms of their dreams. How to hook a husband when time is of the essence? Prominence says..."Catch a Cowboy!"Bestselling author SHARON SALA takes her heroine way out West, where the men are plentiful...and more than willing to make some lucky lady "Miracle Bride.""Collide with a Single Daddy!"Award-winning author MARIE FERRARELLA tells the story of a single gal searching for any excuse to visit the playground and catch sight of "a member of 'The Single Daddy Club.'""Get Personal!"Beloved author BEVERLY BARTON creates a heroine who discovers that personal ads are a bit like opening Door Number 3-the prize for "Getting Personal" may just be more than worth the risk!
Maya and Ilan have an unusual marriage: Maya agrees to tolerate Ilan's chronic infidelity as long as she can participate and he will never stray without her. To her surprise, she finds their threesomes as arousing as they are disturbing, and for a while, everything seems fine. But as Maya's writing career takes off and she becomes more independent, Ilan feels threatened, and opts for another kind of sexual experimentation--one that plays on Maya's fear and ultimately threatens her life. Meanwhile, Maya is drawn into another relationship, with a fateful third character. When her new liaison begins to mirror her marriage to Ilan, Maya discovers that her lover, seemingly a stranger, knows far more about her past than she has revealed. A compelling chronicle of obsession and power, 3 brings new immediacy to a timeless question: What is the greatest sacrifice you would make for love?
For years, Alyssa has been going to bed with a memory. Is she ready to wake up with a fantasy? Some people wait their whole lives to find their soul mate, but not Alyssa Barrow. She met Rob at nineteen, and they were set to live happily ever after--until he became ill. In his final days, Rob urged his beautiful, young wife not to abandon happiness--or pleasure. He even left her a special gift, a sexy game plan to help her move on: Thirty cards with instructions for thirty days of passion. You'll know when the time is right, he'd said. Now it's two years later, and when Alyssa meets her hot new neighbor, Harrison Kemp, she begins to think the right time is right now... From his sculpted thighs to his devilish grin, Harrison is the kind of man women want. Before she can lose her nerve, Alyssa tells Harrison about her long-ignored cards...and asks him to help her fulfill them. It's a favor he's more than happy to, um, perform. With his skillful touch, and the hot press of his lips against her skin, Alyssa finds herself re-awakening to life--and a host of other sensations. But what began as not-so-innocent fun soon grows into true intimacy, and Alyssa realizes she's opening herself up not just to sex...but to love. When it comes to a future with Harrison, what's really in the cards? Saucy, heartwarming, and insightful, 30 Days explores the agony--and the ecstasy--of starting over, and how a little encouragement, and a little courage, can go a long way...
Combining the atmosphere of Jess Walters' Beautiful Ruins with the intriguing historical backstory of Christina Baker Kline's The Orphan Train, Deborah Lawrenson's mesmerizing novel transports readers to a sunny Portuguese town with a shadowy past--where two women, decades apart, are drawn into a dark game of truth and lies that still haunts the shifting sea marshes.Traveling to Faro, Portugal, journalist Joanna Millard hopes to escape an unsatisfying relationship and a stalled career. Faro is an enchanting town, and the seaside views are enhanced by the company of Nathan Emberlin, a charismatic younger man. But behind the crumbling facades of Moorish buildings, Joanna soon realizes, Faro has a seedy underbelly, its economy compromised by corruption and wartime spoils. And Nathan has an ulterior motive for seeking her company: he is determined to discover the truth involving a child's kidnapping that may have taken place on this dramatic coastline over two decades ago.Joanna's subsequent search leads her to Ian Rylands, an English expat who cryptically insists she will find answers in The Alliance, a novel written by American Esta Hartford. The book recounts an American couple's experience in Portugal during World War II, and their entanglements both personal and professional with their German enemies. Only Rylands insists the book isn't fiction, and as Joanna reads deeper into The Alliance, she begins to suspect that Esta Hartford's story and Nathan Emberlin's may indeed converge in Faro--where the past not only casts a long shadow but still exerts a very present danger.
Olivia LockhartCedar Cove, WashingtonDear Reader,One thing about Cedar Cove-people sure are interested in what other people are doing. Take Zach and Rosie Cox, for instance. Everybody in town knows that they recently got a divorce. Everybody also knows that I decreed a somewhat unusual custody arrangement. It won't be the kids moving between Rosie's place and Zach's. They'll continue to live in the family home at 311 Pelican Court. Their parents are the ones who'll be going back and forth.I have to say I'm not immune to gossip myself. People are asking if I'll stay with Jack, who runs the Cedar Cove Chronicle, or will I get back with my ex?But the really big gossip is about the dead man-the man who died at a local bed-and-breakfast. Who is he and why did he show up there in the middle of the night? Roy McAfee, a local private investigator, is determined to find out. I hope he does-and then I'll fill you in. Talk soon....Olivia
Rosie Cox 311 Pelican Court Cedar Cove, WashingtonDear Reader,One thing about Cedar Cove - people sure are interested in what other people are doing. Take me, for instance. Everybody in this town knows that my husband, Zach, and I recently got a divorce. Everybody also knows that Judge Olivia Lockhart decreed a pretty unusual custody arrangement. It won't be the kids moving between my place and Zach's. We're the ones who'll be going back and forth!Olivia isn't immune to gossip herself. Will she stay with Jack, the guy who runs our local paper, or will she get back with her ex? Inquiring minds want to know! But the really big gossip has to do with the dead guy - the man who died at a local bed-and-breakfast. Who is he and why did he show up there in the middle of the night? Roy McAfee, our local private investigator, is absolutely determined to find out. I hope he does - and then I'll let you know! See you soon. . . ;. Rosie
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