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What do women really want? Journalist Allegra Fielding has a problem. She's pitched a story to her boss--how to transform a not-so-perfect man into Prince Charming--and now she has to deliver! But where is she going to find a man willing to take part in a makeover? Time to blackmail her roommate, Max.... But Allegra's cunning plan backfires spectacularly when Max refuses to be "perfected"! He's a guy who knows what he likes, and he's going to enjoy proving to Allegra that there's nothing hotter than a man who's a little rough around the edges....
Amanda Barker had to have firefighter Josh Marshall. With his sexy body, killer smile and incredible reputation as a lady's man, he'd sell a million of her fund-raising calendars. But Josh wasn't cooperating, and he wasn't playing fair. . . . If there was one thing Josh knew, it was that where there's smoke there's fire. And Ms. Amanda Barker was smokin'. Over and over, he'd refused her requests to pose for a calendar, but she wouldn't take no for an answer. And neither would he when he laid out the rules: he'd agree to meet her needs, if she agreed to meet his. . . .
When three best girlfriends decide it's time to get married, the first order of business is to find some decent husband material. But looking for Mr. Right is about to lead three nearly-thirty sistahs down a rocky road of matchmaking--and into the unexpected. . . A career girl on a fast track to success, Luby Jones prepares for romance like she lands a new account--no nonsense and all business. But her latest fling is like no man she's ever known--much less dated--and that can't be good. . . or can it? No doubt about it, Luby's spellbound. . . and she's enjoying it more than she cares to admit. . . Danni Sellers is lucky in looks, but unlucky in love. And her weakness for sexy bad boys who set her on fire only to leave her crying certainly doesn't make things any easier. Danielle's determined to wise up--but she can't help worrying that a good man won't be able to turn up her heat. . . Fine and fun-loving, Cat Harris already has the sweetest guy in the world. . . who sometimes bores her silly. So here she is throwing caution--and commitment--to the wind and joining this "dating thing. " But if she goes too far, she may lose the good thing she's got.
Story about three women who were all seduced by the same manipulative man- Ken Kimble. One is crushed after his desertion, another is an heiress who depends on him for happiness, and the last is a damaged but beautiful woman half his age.
Mrs. Mike is first and foremost a love story, the story of Kathy, a young Irish Boston girl, and Sergeant Mike, a Canadian Mountie, who is priest, doctor, and magistrate to all in a great wilderness of millions of square miles. It is the story of the start of young love, its growth to maturity, and its acceptance of a dangerous, hard, but enthralling life. Kathy's and Mike's lives embrace a score of unforgettable characters, whose destinies are played out against the tremendous background of the wilderness, at times beautiful, at times terrifying and overwhelming. The level of sheer entertainment is extraordinarily high. There is an acceptance of the hardness, the chances, the essential goodness of life lived close to nature that rings very true, and the dual authorship of the| book gives both the male and the female characters an added authenticity, a real tenderness and romance to Mike and Kathy that are rare and precious. Mrs. Mike is emotional, and refreshing. It doesn't pose any great questions to the reader or offer solution to life; it is a curiously lyrical solution in itself.
Seth Webster's heart never healed after he lost his adored wife. Now, with Christmas approaching, wild twin boys to raise alone, a home in chaos, and the latest in a long line of exasperated housekeepers quitting in disgust, Seth needs more than help to keep his family togethe...he needs a miracle. And then a miracle arrives on his doorstep. Her name is Mrs. Merkle, but the kids call her "Mrs. Miracle"-and from the moment the warm, knowing, and very patient nanny appears, everything is different. Her sassy spirit is infectious, and it gives Seth the courage to approach Reba, a beautiful travel agent who's been hurt and betrayed, and is afraid to ever love again. Through the magic of faith-and with a little help from a children's Christmas pageant and a lot of encouragement from Mrs. Miracle-Seth and Reba might just be able to find a Christmas miracle of their very own: true love.
A writer and his demons. A woman and her desires. A wife and her revenge... Inspired by literature's most haunting love triangle, award-winning author Lynn Cullen delivers a pitch-perfect rendering of Edgar Allan Poe, his mistress's tantalizing confession, and his wife's frightening obsession... in this "intelligent, sexy, and utterly addictive" (M. J. Rose) new masterpiece of historical fiction. 1845: New York City is a sprawling warren of gaslit streets and crowded avenues, bustling with new immigrants and old money, optimism and opportunity, poverty and crime. Edgar Allan Poe's "The Raven" is all the rage--the success of which a struggling poet like Frances Osgood can only dream. As a mother trying to support two young children after her husband's cruel betrayal, Frances jumps at the chance to meet the illustrious Mr. Poe at a small literary gathering, if only to help her fledgling career. Although not a great fan of Poe's writing, she is nonetheless overwhelmed by his magnetic presence-- and the surprising revelation that he admires "her" work. What follows is a flirtation, then a seduction, then an illicit affair... and with each clandestine encounter, Frances finds herself falling slowly and inexorably under the spell of her mysterious, complicated lover. But when Edgar's frail wife Virginia insists on befriending Frances as well, the relationship becomes as dark and twisted as one of Poe's tales. And like those gothic heroines whose fates are forever sealed, Frances begins to fear that deceiving Mrs. Poe may be as impossible as cheating death itself...
Popular Chicago columnist Shelby Simon is too busy giving people advice to get a love life of her own--until a series of letter bombs blows scruffy-looking cop Mike Callahan, a widower, into her life.
How to Become London's Most Notorious Widow: 1. Vow to NEVER remarry 2. Own a ship and become fabulously wealthy 3. Wear the latest risqué fashions in your signature color 4. Do NOT have a liaison at the Prince Regent's palace with a naval captain whose broad shoulders and green eyes make you forget Rule #1 Angelique Beauchamp, the widowed Countess of Devonshire, has been twice burned by love, and she is certain that no man will ever touch her heart again. But that doesn't mean she can't indulge a little--and it would be hard to find a more perfect dalliance than one with the dashing Captain James Montgomery. After a brief torrid affair, James tries to forget Angelique and his undeniable thirst for more. The luscious lady was quite clear that their liaison was temporary. But for the first time, the lure of the sea isn't powerful enough to keep him away...
Shakespeare's In LoveAt the royal command of Queen Elizabeth, Sir Ian Terrance has sought out a popular local playwright named William Shakespeare-only to discover that "he" is a "she. ". . and a most desirable and delectable she indeed! And now that the remarkable Olivia is his prisoner, Sir Ian is the one in chains-bewitched by the singular young woman's irrestible beauty, deliciously sharp wit, and innocent sensuality. Olivia's secret life was well hidden, until Ian burst through her wall of pretense. There is much the devilishly handsome man can teach an imaginative, if inexperienced, maid, with his tender caresses and intoxicating kisses. But how long will the exquisite writer be able to remain aloof from the passionate attentions of her bold kidnapper? And can a breathtaking romance turn Ian form his duty-and ensure a happy ending?
What, me marry? Never! Or so says Emmaline Carstairs. Until she met her uncle's new business associate and encountered a matchmaking conspiracy that derailed her plans! Seems her beloved Uncle Gilbert was determined to steal a page from Shakespeare himself on the subject of matchmaking. Uncle Gilbert thought Ryan Benedict was worthy of his niece's love - and would do anything to bring them together.
Meet the Blackthorn Brothers-three unrepentant scoundrels infamous for being mad, bad and perilous to love.Who is the darkly handsome Don John "Black Jack" Blackthorn? With his air of mystery and menace, the whispers about him hint of highwayman or government agent or even dark prince. But no one knows what it is Black Jack does...or how dangerous he can truly be. Now Jack's mentor has disappeared, and Jack must track him down before it's too late. His unlikely help: the man's daughter-the very woman Jack had once wooed and betrayed.Lady Tess Fonteneau knows more about the fine art of clandestine activities-and about the mysterious Mr. Blackthorn-than he realizes. As their journey leads them on the adventure of a lifetime, their reunion is fraught with passion, high-stakes danger and the one twist of fate Jack never saw coming....
When Victoria McKinnon's brother offers to finance her production of Hamlet, she leaps at the chance. She can't imagine anything better than staging Shakespeare's masterpiece in an honest-to-goodness English castle. There's just one problem...
The Rita Award-winning author of Lord Stanhope's Proposal delights with this devilishly witty and wicked story of lust and longing, and punch-drunk love... John Fitzwilliam and Addie Winstead were engaged to one another by their fathers, long before the pair had anything to say about the matter. Yet over the years, Addie has carried a torch for the seductive prizefighter, whose amorous escapades demanded she hide her feelings and her hopes and focus on earning an income for her household by secretly writing a popular boxing column in the London Post. Ever the professional, Addie must report in detail even her beloved's most embarrassing defeat. And despite himself-perhaps it was the knock he took the head, or more likely, an arrow to his heart-Fitz suddently feels a delicious new longing for lovely Addie. But when a passionate kiss turns into scandal, will he be forced to defend Addie's honor in the ring? Worse, will Addie have no choice but to deny her greatest love in order to save him?
New GameThe game is simple - he is the Hunter. They are the Prey. He gives them a chance to escape. To run. To hide. To outsmart him. But eventually, he catches them. And that's when the game gets really terrifying. . . New RulesPrivate investigator Griffin Powell and FBI agent Nicole Baxter know a lot about serial killers-they took one down together. But this new killer is as sadistic as they've ever seen. He likes his little games, and he especially likes forcing Nic and Griff to play along. Every unsolvable clue, every posed victim, every taunting phone call-it's all part of his twisted, elaborate plan. And then the Hunter calls, wanting to know if they're really ready to play. . . But Winner Still Kills All. . . There's a new game now, and it's much more deadly than the first. A brutal psychopath needs a worthy adversary. He won't stop until he can hunt the most precious prey of all-Nicole. And with his partner in a killer's sights, Griff is playing for the biggest stakes of his life.
Kadan Montague--a genetically enhanced warrior--is called back from an important assignment in Europe to investigate a series of brutal murders. The suspect is a fellow GhostWalker and, if he isn't found, the entire GhostWalker program will be swept under the carpet, putting the lives of Kadan and all other GhostWalkers in jeopardy. Kadan turns to Tansy Meadows, an elite tracker, to help him hunt down the killer before he can strike again. Tansy's last job landed her in a hospital for six months but Kadan has no choice but to bring her on board. And he soon finds that with Tansy comes an entirely new set of problems.
Sara Brennan was a bodyguard, not a murderess. But Nicholas Kingsley was determined to prove she'd killed his aunt. How else could she have gotten the secret formula that by rights belonged to him? But when Nick moved into the family mansion, he began to have doubts. Sara wasn't a hardened criminal. She was a warm, totally desirable woman who wanted him as much as he wanted her. To believe that she was innocent seemed the only logical thing to do. But logic had nothing to do with it when Sara finally told him the truth.
Environmental activist plunges to her death! When Boston heiress Adrienne Ridgely strides into Kai Cooke's Honolulu office, the "Surfing Detective" likes what he sees, but doubts what he hears. Adrienne's sister, environmental activist Sara Ridgely-Parke, has plunged to her death from a mule on Moloka'i--the first fatal incident on the soaring cliffs above Kalaupapa's fabled leper colony. Adrienne cries murder, perpetrated by Sara's ex-husband, developer J. Gregory Parke. Cooke journeys to Moloka'i, tracking tantalizing leads to an unlikely murder that, despite himself, he starts to believe in. Was the mule prodded or spooked or drugged? Did Parke do it for vengeance, or Adrienne for an inheritance, as Parke alleges? Soon Cooke uncovers a motive more noxious than either of these, entangling him in the shady dealings of big-time developers, corrupt politicians, and underworld thugs. As he hops from island to island seeking a pivotal clue, the clock ticks down on more than the P.I.'s case or even his own life. The future of Moloka'i itself is at stake.
From the USA Today bestselling author of the Otherworld novels. Medium Emerald O'Brien looks into the disappearance of a missing biker--only to stumble upon his dead body in the woods. The police believe a wild animal killed him, but Emerald is convinced the killer is one of human nature.
Murder and romance on a coastal Maine island during a hurricane.
New York Times best-selling authors Ashley & JaQuavis are back with the second installment in the epic Murderville Series. Love, murder, loyalty, and money fill this hood tale as they continue this international street saga. With Samad's target on her back, Liberty must survive the harsh streets alone. but when a chance encounter pushes her into the arms of a new friend, Po, the two take on the California kingpin and step full force into the game. As bullets and sparks fly, the unlikely pair embark on a serendipitous journey back to where it all started, Sierra Leone. With a new overseas connection, Po sees an opportunity that is too good to pass up. When his pursuit of the American dream conflicts with Liberty's past, will they be able to survive? Or will the drug empire that they've built together come crashing down?
A MAN OF HONOR And honor was the only reason well-muscled former mercenary Aloysius Murdock agreed to be Catherine Price's bodyguard. For Murdock owed Catherine's father his life. But once Murdock laid eyes on his best friend's beautiful daughter, he realized he would do anything for her.... A WOMAN IN LOVE Catherine knew better than to succumb to the passion Murdock clearly offered, for she believed in love--and Murdock had given up on love long ago. Still, something in his heated gaze made her believe that the battle-worn bachelor needed her. Maybe just as much as she needed him....
Nothing is going to go wrong. Ashley Miles has worked too hard for her independence to let some Bentley-driving hunk named Quinton Murphy interfere with her plans - or her freedom. Yes, the chemistry is phenomenal. Kind of scary, actually. But that's it. No emotional commitments. But he's so wonderful - a woman could fall in love...How did that happen? That wasn't part of the plan! But can she trust him? Really trust him? The man is just so mysterious. There's only one solution: put it all on the line and see what Quinton does when she tells him how she feels. And hope everything that can go wrong... won't...
Anything That Can Go Wrong . . . Nothing is going to go wrong. Ashley Miles has worked too hard for her independence to let some Bentley-driving hunk named Quinton Murphy interfere with her plans--or her freedom. Yes, the chemistry is phenomenal. Kind of scary, actually. But that's it. NO emotional commitments. . . . Will But he's SO wonderful--a woman could fall in lov . . . How did that happen? That wasn't part of the plan! But can she trust him? Really trust him? The man is just so mysterious. There's only one solution: put it all on the line and see what Quinton does when she tells him how she feels. And hope everything that can go wrong . . . won't . . .
Muscle Men is a celebration of the body beautiful, where men who look like Greek gods are worshipped for their outsized attributes. Editor Richard Labonté takes us into the erotic world of body builders and the men who desire them. These uninhibited stories are by the masters of the genre, including Jack Fritscher, Jeff Mann, Steven Bereznai, Tom Fuchs, and Ryan Field. At the gym, in the locker room, and especially in the steam room, the hunks who look hard, work hard, and play hard inspire fantasies the world over. Visit the masculine studs of Muscle Men to enjoy a taste of their strength and power.