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When her friends order her to take a vacation, successful chef Jilly O'Hara is less than enthused. She may be overworked, but a trip to the mountains is not her idea of fun. Especially when she's roped into an outrageous scheme to pose as a happy bride-all to fulfill the kindly resort owner's dreams of once again hosting a lavish wedding. But the ruggedly handsome make-believe groom may just make it tolerable....Walker Hale has kept to himself since his return from active duty-but the next thing he knows, he's also playing along with the wedding charade. Even this jaded loner isn't immune to Jilly's quirky charm...or her beauty. But vacations have to end sometime, and they'll soon have to decide if the feelings between them were more than pretend.
When Stephen Chesterfield, The Earl of Whitmore, awakes to find a beautiful woman berating him, he knows he is in trouble! He cannot recall the past three months of his life, never mind having a wife! What's more, someone is trying to silence him before his memory returns... Emily Chesterfield is trapped in a marriage of convenience with a man who doesn't remember her. Stephen clearly thinks she is the most unsuitable countess, but she is falling for her enigmatic husband... Can they find trust and love before it is too late?
It's never a good day when an ancient demon shows up on your toilet. For Lizzie Brown, that's just the beginning. Soon her hyperactive terrier starts talking, and her long-lost biker-witch grandma is hurling Smuckers jars filled with magic. Just when she thinks she's seen it all, Lizzie learns she's a demon slayer and all hell is after her. Of course, that's not the only thing after her. Dimitri Kallinikos, a devastatingly handsome shape-shifting griffin, needs Lizzie to slay a demon of his own. But how do you talk a girl you've never met into going straight to the underworld? Lie. And if that doesn't work, how dangerous could a little seduction be...?
Firefighter McAllister "Mick" Malone knows he has a protective streak, especially when it comes to his deceased best friend's sister, Tessa. But after twenty-five years of verbal sparring, Mick can't help but notice that their recent arguments have started to feel a lot like foreplay. And while Tessa knows exactly what to say to get him going, Mick is thrown for a loop when he actually starts breathing fire.<P> Antique-store owner Tessa Preston has loved Mick Malone since she was ten years old--not that she'd ever admit it. Fighting with Mick is the only thing keeping her from an embarrassing romantic confession. But when the sexy firefighter accidentally ingests some ancient dragon scales masquerading as powdered aspirin, Tessa finds herself handling something much hotter than long-simmering sexual tension.
Dear Reader, I married the wrong man. I had every intention of doing the thing right. Of saying my vows and walking out on the arm of Bertie Milburn. Nice, safe, easygoing Bertie. And that is precisely what I thought I had done. But as it turned out, I'd been tricked! Tricked into marrying Bertie's twin brother Harry, the Earl of Cambourne and (as my mother would insist on reminding me at every opportunity) future Duke of Winfell! And the shocking way in which I found out -- on my wedding night, no less...well, it doesn't bear repeating here! And the truth is that Harry, who is my husband, but should not be, makes my hands shake and my heart pound in a way that Bertie never has and never will. Vexing, dangerously charming Harry, who won't tell me why he had to marry me, why he insists on masquerading about town as his brother, or most bothersome still, why he won't stop that annoying (and rather excitingly successful) habit of trying to seduce me! What is a young lady to do? Gwen
OUT OF THE SHADOWS... Sarah Harper gasped when she saw the rugged lawman on the porch of her bed-and-breakfast. She didn't know his last name, but for three years his blue eyes had haunted her. She saw them every night in her dreams--and every morning, twinkling in her toddler's face.... Jake Russell sought only a roof over his head and a warm bed. He never expected it to be her roof...or her bed. But Sarah had a hold on him, and he couldn't turn his back on her. Not when he suspected she was in danger--and that her child was his child, too....
Raheiran Special Forces captain Gillaine Davre has just woken up in some unknown space way station, wondering where the last three hundred years have gone. The last thing she remembers is her ship being attacked. Now it seems that while she was time-traveling, she was ordained a goddess.... Gillaine's only hope of survival rests with dangerously seductive Admiral Mack Makarian, who suspects her of being a smuggler--or worse. But he can't begin to imagine the full extent of it. For Gillaine is now Lady Kiasidira, holy icon to countless believers, including Mack--a man who inspires feelings in her that are far from saintly... feelings she knows are mutual. But when their flirtation is interrupted by a treacherous enemy from the past, Gillaine's secret--and secret desires--could destroy them both....
In this romantic romp through the Greek Isles, Carol Grace pens the delightful story of maid of honor and groom-to-be hot on the trail of a runaway bride...and quite possibly falling in love! Jane Atwood has loved Alex Woods for years. His upcoming wedding to her best friend -- the Greek- American beauty Sofia Leonakis -- doesn't make it any easier. Nor does the Greek island setting (is there a more romantic place on earth?) or her status as maid of honor. But when Sofia and Alex have a huge fight five nights before the wedding, Sofia runs off with a mystery man and all bets are off. Thrown together in search of the errant bride, Jane and Alex go island-hopping. Jane tries hard to keep the "honor" in maid of honor, but her attraction to Alex deepens like a Mediterranean tan. Soon, Alex sees that she's not the plain Jane he thought she was -- and that she may be his one true love. Only on the wedding day will Jane discover whether Alex is ready to say "I do" -- and to whom! A Bon Voyage romance!
WAY OUT WEST INHERITED: ONE RANCH...AND ONE SEXY COWBOY Pampered city girl Catherine "Casey" Marshall never dreamed she'd be setting foot in a honky-tonk bar outside Comfort, Montana. But suddenly, all that stood between her and poverty was Jess Dalton's ranch. The lean, rugged rancher was somewhere in this sea of humanity, and she meant to find him. Unfortunately, Jess Dalton found her first. And once he learned that Casey Marshall intended to relieve him of his birthright, the gentlemanly cowboy lost a lot of his manners. Nothing would stand in the way of his hanging on to the Brokenstraw Ranch--not even an irresistible princess like Casey. And so the rawhide rancher set out to teach his lady landlord a lesson....
WAY OUT WEST THE HELL-RAISER AND THE PREACHER'S DAUGHTER Ross Dalton had always been trouble--the kind a "good girl" like Maggie Bristol should stay away from. But she'd never been able to get that across to her heart. And it seemed as if nothing had changed, even though she was the law in the part of Montana now, and he was a suspected thief. Ross had become a sinfully seductive man--and Maggie still ached for him. Now she longed to prove to this town--and to him--that Ross Dalton was a better man than anyone knew.... Because there's nothing like a cowboy.
I'M YOUR GROOM THEY ELOPED! But when the bride's parents arrived, the startled newlyweds begged maid of honor Kit Kendrick and best man Ryan Holt to pretend they were the hastily married ones! Only, the new "groom" wasn't smiling... Granted, Kit knew the handsome loner wasn't the marrying kind. But somewhere between a handshake from his boss for becoming a family man, warm hugs from well-wishers and Kit's unbudgeable "wedding ring," Ryan became a publicly married man. And maybe with a little time in private, he'd make some real vows.... Five irresistible heroes say "I DO" for a lifetime of love. I'M YOUR GROOM.
He will expose her masquerade, but she will expose his heart. To escape an arranged marriage, spirited Lily Bainbridge has staged her own death, and, disguised as a boy, she fled to London and a life of freedom. Yet her plans to live masquerade as an independent widow are thwarted by an encounter with a powerful and dangerously attractive marquis who wants to make her his mistress. Lily is afraid that if she gives him her innocence, he'll steal her heart. Having agreed to a marriage of convenience to honor his family duty, Ethan Andarton, the Marquis of Vessey, has no intention of abandoning his rakish ways. Then fate intervenes in the guise of an impetuous young lady-a woman bold enough to scheme her way to London, who tempts him with her mystery and her sensuality. Kiss after kiss, caress after tender caress, Ethan vows to discover all of Lily's hidden secrets. For beneath the layers of her clever ruse lies a burning passion that will ignite a tempestuous love neither of them can deny.
FROM HERE TO PATERNITY The bachelor and the baby! Lisa hadn't planned to fall in love. If only she hadn't accepted an invitation to be Angus Hamilton's guest and found herself in a different world, seduced by glamour, a jet-set-life-style...and Angus! She'd become an accidental mistress--and now she was accidentally pregnant! But Angus was more interested in living it up than in settling down. Yet suddenly he was delivering Lisa's baby--and loving every minute! Had fatherhood turned a dedicated playboy into perfect husband material? FROM HERE TO PATERNITY--men who find their way to fatherhood by fair means, by foul or even by default!
How did Ashley spend her summer vacation? Imagine the hottest guy in Hollywood. Do you see the girl next to him, the one handing him a cup of tea? Yeah. That's her. Interning on a major motion picture is not all bad. She gets to watch some of the scenes and even offer her opinion. "That kiss looked lame. Laughably weak. There's no chance at an MTV award with that kiss." LOL. Until the director says, "Hey, Intern. Yeah, you. Ashley. You're right. So, teach Caspian how to kiss. Oh, and get in front of the camera. We're going to need you in this next shot." OMG.
A PICTURE Only Brynn Magee knew the wedding photo of herself and playboy Gregory MacKenzie was a computer-enhanced fake. It was a harmless flight of fancy, until Gregory disappeared--and his sexy brother, Matt, entered her life.... WORTH Matt had doubts about his brother's "wife," but with Gregory gone, Matt's family had latched on to Brynn. Trouble was, he hadn't counted on his overwhelming attraction to the beautiful stranger. A THOUSAND WORDS Brynn hadn't expected Matt to become her real-life love, but those darn photos stood in her way! She knew she had to come clean, but could she risk losing Matt forever by telling the truth?
NANNY WANTED Outback Cattle Station--Father and Daughter in Need of Love How could Chessie prove to Raefe Stevenson that she wasn't spoiled? The handsome Outback cattle rancher needed a nanny for her small daughter, Jess, and suddenly Chessie saw her chance.... It was a daring thing to do, but Jess soon accepted Chessie as her new nanny, and Raefe had no choice but to keep Chessie on. In fact, she fitted so perfectly that Raefe suggested he become his wife!
IT TAKES TWO...OR THREE...TO BE A FAMILY Iron-willed Jade Adams melted the minute she found a frightened, orphaned five-year-old. And she would do anything to keep the little tyke--even cooperate with Nathan Walker, the disturbingly attractive doctor in charge of the boy's care. Although independent Jade had no time for a man, she knew Nathan was special. And not only because of his sincere concern for his young patient. Their own connection was deeper than anything she had ever felt before, and she knew he felt it, too. But was Nathan's alluring bedside manner enough to persuade marriage-shy Jade that they should be partners in parenthood...and marriage?
Cinderella in JeansWhen Duke Nicolas Rondo strode into the dingy diner where Jana Laskowski waitressed and proclaimed her heir to the throne of his mountainous homeland, Jana thought he was joking. But there was nothing funny about the duke's intentions, the transfixing gaze of his dark eyes or the firm set of his sensual mouth.Being swept away to the castle of a handsome stranger was every bit as idyllic as it sounded in fairy tales-except the dashing duke was more disarming than charming. Swarthy and sophisticated, Nicolas took Jana's breath away, but did he want her...or her crown?
Dr. Declan Haversham hasn't seen Lila Bailey since she left him standing at a bus stop in his boxer shorts eight years ago! When once he had laughed at the idea, now he discovers that is scatty, impulsive Lila has become a successful emergency nurse. Declan knows that Lila is still angry with him for letting her down all those years ago, but his instincts tell him that their unexpected reunion means as much to her as it does to him. He just has to persuade Lila to give him one last chance to make their dreams come true...
Hannah Jansen lives with her father and helps him run the local hardware store in her excruciatingly small town. And at 28, Hannah is sick to death of being wholesome and dependable. A break in the big city is just what she needs. When her hotel mixes up her reservations and puts her in the same room as rancher Holt Janson, Hannah considers her options. Now fate has given her an honest-to-goodness sex symbol for a roommate!
Emily Barrow once dreamed that she could marry Stephen Chesterfield, The Earl of Whitmore, and be saved from her dreary life. Then Stephen's father sent him away, leaving Emily broken-hearted... Now Stephen has returned to find Emily destitute and alone. He has vowed to help her without compromising her honor... but Emily has other ideas. She doesn't want his charity, but she does long to know what it would be like to take him as a lover, even if marriage is out of the question. Confined to close quarters with their passion burning as brightly as ever, will Stephen be able to resist the temptation and rescue her, or give in to his desire and completely ruin her? A prequel to The Accidental Countess by Michelle Willingham.
Ever since an accident turned her into a knockout vamp, Elvi Black's been catching her z's in a coffin, staying out of the sun, and giving up garlic. She knows there's more to being undead than what she saw in Dracula, but she can't very well ask her mortal friends about proper biting etiquette. But when her neighbors placed a personal ad for her in the local paper, she never imagined she'd meet Victor Argeneau, a vampire who could have his pick of any woman-dead or alive. Rich, powerful, and drop-dead gorgeous, Victor's the perfect man for a novice neck-biter like Elvi. He's willing to teach her everything he knows, but he'll have to do it fast. Someone's out to put a stake through her new vamp life, and only Victor can keep her safe-and satisfied-for all eternity.
FARYTALE WEDDINGS Nikki Ashton was invited to a wedding--her own! The inspiration behind the Cinderella Ball was simple--come single, leave wed. By midnight perfect strangers could find themselves married...as if by magic! To keep her love-struck boss, Eric, at bay, Nikki Ashton had told him she was happily married. The wedding ring had been easy--all she needed now was a husband! Jonah Alexander seemed heaven-sent. Unfortunately he'd come to the ball to stop a wedding, not start one! He was convinced his brother Eric was about to make the biggest mistake of his life--marrying Nikki Ashton. But then he realized Nikki wasn't so much waiting for her husband-to-be as shopping for him....
I'm just the messenger. Please, don't kill me. . . Don't hate me because I'm psychic. . . everybody else already does. My name's Clair Ivers and these days my "gift" seems more like a booby prize. It all started when this crazy woman tried to bribe me into skewing a reading to warm her future sister-in-law's cold feet. Then the prospective sister-in-law threatened to kill herself at the altar if I didn't give her a phony reading saying she should break off the engagement. Oh, and did I mention she ran out, leaving her three-carat rock of a ring right there on my table? So what's an honest woman to do? Find the man who belongs to the ring, of course. And boy, have I found him. The minute I lay eyes on Jack Heron, I know he's the one. . . for me, that is. The problem is making him realize it once he finds out that I may be responsible for the flight of his fianc e. At least his grandmother likes me. Of course she thinks I'm someone else. And then there's the best man who keeps calling me for dates. . . and stock tips. Between the people who think I'm someone else, the people who wish I were, and the people who just want a bead on the winning Powerball numbers, I'm seriously considering packing in my deck for good. But not until I throw caution to the wind and make a play for my very own Jack of Hearts. . .
On a trip to Italy Ferne Edmunds is dazzled by lighthearted charmer Dante Rinucci. What she doesn't realize is that it's easy for Dante to live For The moment when every day could be his last. ... But when Ferne discovers she's accidentally pregnant, Dante's chance to be called "Daddy" gives him a reason to fight. This baby could save Dante's life... Tear-jerking and touching, this is an emotional story that lingers long after the last page...
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