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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?
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...
Accidents and catastrophes follow Sonny Chapin, so falling off a mountain wasn't all that unusual--except that she fell straight into the arms of the man of her dreams. Unfortunately, he's the enemy. His family had destroyed her father's business. Now, the old saying about loving your enemy will suddenly take on a whole new meaning.
Skye Prescott was tall, dark and dangerous, a man who'd never forgotten how Katrina Keller had betrayed him years before...and never stopped hating himself for wanting her still. In a world where survival depended on suspicion, he'd fallen in love-and it had broken him as violence never had.
Seventeen-year-old high school senior Shannon Card needs money. And lots of it. She's been admitted to Wellesley, but her dad just lost his job, and somehow she has to come up with a year of tuition herself. But Shannon's dream of making big bucks waitressing at the local casino, the Collosio, disappears faster than a gambler's lucky streak. Her boss is a tyrant, her coworker is nuts, and her chances of balancing a tray full of drinks while wearing high-heeled shoes are slim to none. Worse, time is running out, and Shannon hasn't made even half the money she'd hoped. When Shannon receives a mysterious invitation to join Aces Up, a secret network of highly talented college poker players, at first she thinks No way. She has enough to worry about: keeping her job, winning the coveted math scholarship at school, and tutoring her secret crush, Max. But when Shannon musters up the nerve to kiss Max and he doesn't react at all, the allure of Aces Up and its sexy eighteen-year-old leader, Cole, is suddenly too powerful to ignore. Soon Shannon's caught up in a web of lies and deceit that makes worrying about tuition money or a high school crush seem like kid stuff. Still, when the money's this good, is the fear of getting caught reason enough to fold? This fun, sexy, recession-proof story is a bubbly summer read with surprising depth- great for fans of Sarah Mlynowski.
11,000 years ago, a god was born. Cursed into the body of a human, Acheron spent a lifetime in shame. However, his human death unleashed an unspeakable horror that almost destroyed the earth. Then, brought back against his will, Acheron became the sole defender of mankind. Only it was never that simple. For centuries, he has fought for our survival and has hidden a past he never wanted revealed. Until a lone woman who refuses to be intimidated by him threatens his very existence.
When Captain Spense and his lovely daughter Isabel rescued a man whose ship was floundering at sea, they took aboard the ruthless privateer Simon Dante. After seizing command of the ship, Simon set out to win another treasure, Isabel, a rare beauty with the expert navigational skills he needed to strike again on the high seas.
For seasoned pilot David Terrell, nothing seemed more foolish than flying into a rainbow to wish for a wife. But the down-to-earth widower would do anything for his little girl, Jamie, and she would settle for nothing less than a fairy tale princess as a mother. So to humor his six-year-old, David flew into the next rainbow he saw--and emerged in 1886 Wyoming.
When Emma's brother Paul dies in a car accident, everyone assumes it's just that - an accident. But then Linda, a friend of Paul's, tells Emma it was no accident and asks Emma to meet her. When Linda is brutally murdered and Emma is threatened, there's only one person Emma can turn to for help - her ex-husband, a cop who never wants to see her again.
Former FBI agent Sam Delvecchio brings the keen skills of a profiler to his new position as a Mercy Street Foundation operative-and not a moment too soon. His first assignment, the cold-case murder of a local soup kitchen volunteer, has all the telltale signs of a serial killer's work. That grim suspicion is confirmed when FBI agent Fiona Summers shares the details of two other killings with eerie similarities to Sam's case: The bodies in all three cases have been carefully posed. And when a fourth victim is discovered, the two investigators realize they're pursuing the same twisted quarry. Local parish priest Kevin Burch, Mercy Street founder Robert Magellan's cousin, recognizes the posings for what they are: The killer is staging the church's seven Acts of Mercy ("Feed the hungry, clothe the naked . . .") with the bodies of his victims. But as Sam and Fiona race to prevent the final three murders, taunting messages from their target lead to the most chilling realization of all.
Adam Johnson's brother was killed by a Polish man, and he judges an entire people based on one man's actions. But when he falls sick and is forced to rely upon the kindness of two Polish immigrants, will Adam realize his prejudice is wrong? Lidia Kowalski knows this New World is filled with prejudice. She's done her best to hide her Polish heritage, and yet she knows she cannot change who God has made her to be. After finding Adam half-dead in the snow outside his door, she helps harvest his maple syrup. Once he recovers and they share a stolen kiss under the stars, she realizes she's losing her heart. When Adam learns his brother's killer and Lidia's brother are the same, will intolerance and loathing steal away Adam and Lidia's future?
MORE THAN MEN A face she'd never seen Adam Walsh's chiseled features rivaled that of a sculptured god, his strength did, too. He'd bent steel with the power of fifty men--even shattered the king-sized wall around Molly Kincade's heart. Eyes she'd always remember It was as if this stranger could see into Molly's soul, read her thoughts and feelings as though they were written across a classroom blackboard. As if he already knew her... A kiss she'd never forget Molly could chalk up the guesses, even the instant, burning desire Adam had ignited within her as a coincidence--but his kiss she knew intimately. It was another man's!
Madeline Oxley could not completely fault Adam Coates. Her father had hoodwinked them both...but now that she stood at last before him, how could she ever walk away? "Your father sent me the wrong bride!" Madeline gritted her teeth. "Sir, you are not the only one who has been inconvenienced by this. I just spent forty-six days on a damp, creaky ship, and now you tell me in front of everyone that I' m not the one you ordered, and I shouldn' t have bothered. I believe I' ve had quite enough insults for one day. My father assured me you had asked for my hand. I had no reason to question the truth of it." Adam' s chest heaved with a sigh. "No reason to question it? Do you not have a mind of your own?" Oh, this was too much. "To tell you the truth, Mr. Coates, I do have a mind of my own--a mind to poke my father with a knitting needle, and if I may say so, you could use a poke yourself!"
Friends since childhood, Anais Darnby and Lindsay Markham have long harbored a secret passion for one another. When they finally confess their love, their future together seems assured, sealed with their searing embrace.But when a debauched Lindsay is seduced by a scheming socialite, a devastated Anais seeks refuge in another man's bed while Lindsay retreats to the exotic East. There, he is seduced again-this time by the alluring red smoke and sinister beauty of opium.Back home, Lindsay's addiction is fed by the vogue for all things Oriental-especially its sensual pleasures-in fashionable London society. In his lucid moments, Lindsay still lusts after Anais, who can neither allow him near nor forget his smoldering touch. Tortured by two obsessions-opium and Anais-Lindsay must ultimately decide which is the one he truly cannot live without.
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