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Welcome to Paradise. Otherwise known as Laguna Beach. You've seen the backstabbing, betrayal, and small-town gossip set against the wealthy beachside paradise that is Laguna Beach, California. You've seen hook-ups, break-ups, screw-ups and make-ups -- and all just during two years of school. Now find out what life was like for the stars of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County before the hit MTV series. Think you know Kristin, Talan, Stephen, Taylor, LC, and their friends? Think again. You'll find out: How and when Stephen and LC hooked up and the "drama" that followed How Stephen and Kristin started dating Why Trey got interested in activism and politics How Lo learns that it's better to go to a party in Laguna Beach than to give one Talan's life as a pre-teen football star Taylor and Alex M.'s early fights over boys What their lives were like growing up What they all thought of each other when they first met, how their friendships formed, and more Packed with tons of exclusive material from embarrassing baby photos to first-kiss stories, here is everything you ever wanted to know about Laguna Beach's teen royalty.
Moving to sunny Southern Cal feels like punishment to 17-year-old Anne. The hippie-ish school is different from her old one on the East Coast, and the social scene is all about hanging out at the beach and surfing.
Tom Shephard, Laguna Beach's new homicide detective, is trying to rebuild a shattered career and recover his self-confidence as a lover. But his seaside beat becomes a frightening countdown on the night someone begins burning Laguna Beach's first citizens to death. Among the targets are the founders of California's Riviera, a mysterious circle of women and men with a secret they are apparently dying to keep. For Shephard, the trail of the "Fire Killer" twists from sparkling marinas to the blacked-out perdition of a deserted beachfront hotel in another country. There, Shephard's quarry and tormentor awaits him--with a gun and a lighted candle. With its tempo of hot pursuit, startling switchbacks of plot, and unforgettable love scenes, Laguna Heat is a superbly evocative and satisfying thriller.
In this hard-hitting anthology, journalist Shannon T. Boodram collects the compelling and personal firsthand accounts of young people dealing with sex in today's world. Laid covers a range of important topics, from teens' first times to STIs, abstinence to unplanned pregnancies. Boodram, an up-and-coming voice for her generation, engages teens and twentysomethings in honest dialogue and explores how they see and experience sex, how and why it shapes their beliefs, and what they have learned about themselves and their sexuality through their actions. Laid is a great conversation-starter, and doesn't shy away from the personal topics. A great resource for young people, Laid invites teens and young adults to take a close-up look at sex and sexuality. Boodram's chapters offer more than 40 personal narratives, from both female and male voices, with in-depth analyses, facts, and Q&As to further the discourse. Responsible and thought-provoking, Laid offers a range of honest perspectives on young adult sexuality in today's easy access culture
"Who is that man in the white hat on the palomino horse riding down Pennsylvania Avenue?" the lady asked. "That's Art Buchwald, who's come to town to help rid President Reagan of fraud, waste and corruption in the government." "What's that on his hip?" "That's a Smith-Remington typewriter. Buchwald has the reputation for being the fastest hunt-and-peck man in the East. I've seen him hit three congressmen with one paragraph, at 100 yards." "He sure looks laid back in the saddle." "Don't let that trick you. He's picked up the California style ever since the Reagans moved into the White House. Nobody messes with him when he's looking for a column. He's taken on six Presidents, eight Vice Presidents, the FBI, the CIA, and the entire Department of Energy in his time." "He looks awfully fat for a gunslinger." "That's what fools most people. Under that soft underbelly is a thin hostile man screaming to get out." "Where's he going now?" "Heaven only knows, but I would hate to be anywhere near him when he pulls out his Smith-Remington and starts shooting up the town." "How can he tell the bad guys from the good guys?" "He works under the assumption that there( are no bad guys in Washington-only good guys doing bad things." "I guess we can all sleep better knowing he's here." "You can say that again. He's the only one who can save us from ourselves." "Oh my God, he just fell off his horse." "That's just a trick of his so no one in Washington will take him seriously." Following in the profoundly unserious spirit of Down the Seine and Up the Potomac and The Buchzvald Stops Here, Laid Back in Washington leaves no turn unstoned, but no feelings hurt for long. In this dazzling yet dizzy portrait of the new Washington, Art Buchwald not only reveals himself as the master chronicler of our leaders' foibles, but as a sophisticated wit in the elegant tradition of Oscar Wilde and Snoopy.
It's been ten years since clean-cut, sexy-as-hell police officer Todd Keenan had a white-hot fling with wild, uninhibited rocker Erin Brown. What happened between them got under his skin--even if love wasn't in the cards just yet... Now that they're back together, picking up where they left off is tough in light of Erin's troubled past. As Todd earns her trust, their relationship takes an unexpected turn. Todd's best friend, Ben, comes to play, arousing their deepest fantasies. The passion they share transforms Erin, but it may not be enough to face the evil she thought she had left behind.
The lovers from Lauren Dane's "emotionally-charged, deeply erotic" (Sylvia Day) Laid Bare, are back and taking a vacation. All she needed to pack was a few bikinis, a toothbrush and some sunscreen. This is what Ben told Erin when he presented her and Todd with tickets to Fiji and the promise of ten days of nothing but sleeping until whenever they wanted, sex without having to lock the door and lots of alone time. And that's what they have. Long days and nights filled with pleasure. Long enough that the stress and exhaustion drops away and the three can simply enjoy each other. They've got heat. More than ever before. Recharging their batteries has also brought new levels of intimacy and connection. But when Erin stumbles over the pain of her past, both men band together to not only help her through, but to help each other as well.
In Laidlaw, the first book of the series, we are introduced to Jack Laidlaw, a hard-drinking philosopher-detective whose tough exterior only partly hides a rich humanity and keen intelligence. Laidlaw's investigation into the murder of a young woman brings him into conflict with Glasgow's hard men, gangland villains, and the moneyed thugs who control the city. Books 2 & 3 in the Laidlaw trilogy coming fall 2014.
Exile in the motherland and away from it is the shared plight of his protagonists. Nowhere at home, they move through their lives in a continuous, ever-elusive quest for national and individual identity. Manea's characters seek a place and a voice in America, only to discover that the shackles of their native totalitarian and nationalist ideologies are impossible to break. Manea's themes and narrative approach are intricate: his style fluctuates in correspondence with the instability of his characters' lives, his story is encased within an elaborate network of allusions and paradoxes. Yet in the midst of the novel's overriding disorientation, the author establishes intersections and uncovers the universal. Through the predicaments of his perpetual outsiders, he offers a poignant assessment of the conflicts of the individual in the age of globalization. He writes with unmatched intensity and a unique sensitivity to the human tragicomedy.
In the battle against the vampiric Ticks, humanity was slowly but certainly headed for extinction. For months, twin sisters Lily and Mel had been "quarantined" with thousands of other young people being harvested for their blood--food for the Ticks. Finally escaping with a few friends, the twins are separated--and must continue the fight on their own . . . After making it to a resistance base camp in Utah, Lily learned to survive at all costs. But when a Tick attack decimates the fighters, Lily and her pregnant friend, McKenna, decide to make the hard trek north to Canada--and safety. Meanwhile, Mel is being taught how to survive by the very vampire that turned her. Living without her sister is hard, but dealing with the fact that her autism was cured by the vampire bite is an even bigger challenge. But when a monstrous betrayal places Lily in mortal danger, Mel must set out to find her, save her, and begin to unravel the empire of destruction that the Ticks have built.
The Runelords has been hailed as one of the most original fantasy series to come along in a very long time. In this the fourth book, much of the action takes place underground and the forces of evil are still dominant.
Falling for him... When Naomi's journalist sister asked her to infiltrate The Lair of the Dragon, Bran Llewellyn's private retreat, Naomi felt she couldn't refuse. But she hated the deception! She had to pose as Bran's new secretary, and soon discovered that the man, who was such an intriguing mystery to the newspapers, had been temporarily blinded in an accident. Worse, working so closely together meant that there was an undeniable attraction between them. Naomi's conscience told her that she couldn't keep her secret for much longer. And common sense chided that Bran's sight would eventually be restored. But if she revealed her deceit... She hadn't realized how easily she had fallen in love with Bran!
The Beast . . .Rumor said the powerful Nicolai DeMarco could command the heavens, that the beasts below did his bidding . . . and that he was doomed to destroy the woman he took as wife. It was whispered he was not wholly human--as untamed as his tawny mane and slashing amber eyes.The Beauty . . .Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci would defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She'd even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion--the menacing palace of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco.The Bargain . . .Then Isabella met a man whose growl was velvet, purring heat, whose eyes held dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commanded her to become his bride, she went willingly into his muscled arms, praying she'd save his tortured soul . . . not sacrifice her life.
Impoverished aristocrat Isabella Vernaducci will defy death itself to rescue her imprisoned brother. She'll even brave the haunted, accursed lair of the lion--the menacing palazzo of legendary, lethal Don Nicolai DeMarco. Rumor says the powerful don can command the heavens, that the beasts below do his bidding...and that he is doomed to destroy the woman he takes as his wife. But Isabella meets a man whose growl is velvet, purring heat, whose eyes hold dark, all-consuming desire. And when the don commands her to become his bride, she goes willingly into his muscled arms, praying she'll save his tortured soul...not sacrifice her life.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes delivers another passionate Regency romance...He left his bride to go to war...After years of soldiering, Michael Brodie returns to his Highland estate to find that the bride he left behind has become a stranger. Brenna is self-sufficient, competent, confident-and furious about Michael's prolonged absence.Now his most important battle will be for her heartBrenna is also hurt, bewildered, and tired of fighting for the respect of those around her. Michael left her when she needed him most, and then stayed away even after the war ended. Nonetheless, the young man who abandoned her has come home a wiser, more patient and honorable husband. But if she trusts Michael with the truths she's been guarding, he'll have to choose between his wife and everything else he holds dear."Burrowes delivers powerful and moving romance." -RT Book ReviewsPraise for The MacGregor's Lady: "Consistently excellent writing, deep and layered stories." -Publishers Weekly "Engaging, deliciously sensual, superbly written romance." -Library Journal "Absolutely enchanting." -Romance Junkies
RebellionKameron Ballan, heir to the Laird of Ballanclaire, has no respect for his father's titles and treaties. They've gotten him naught but trouble--and a betrothal to a sickly Spanish princess. So when his latest peccadillo gets him transported to America to subdue the restless colonies, he's ready to prove his worth as a man, not a figurehead. SeductionConstant Ridgely, seventh daughter of an upright patriot family, discovers Kam beaten senseless by a crowd of colonists. She must hide him or watch him die, but the strange, brawny Scotsman inflames passions she's never guessed at. . . DeceptionUnder Constant's ministrations, Kam discovers a lovely, innocent woman whose hands stir his desires. But much is at stake and there is much to lose, and their happiness depends on a risk so great only the truly lost would dare. . . "Raises the bar. . . A romance of depth and passion. " -- "RT Book Reviews," 4 1/2 stars on "A Perfect Knight for Love""Sizzling sexual tension and great repartee. " --"RT Book Reviews "on "Knight Everlasting
RebellionKameron Ballan, heir to the Laird of Ballanclaire, has no respect for his father's titles and treaties. They've gotten him naught but trouble--and a betrothal to a sickly Spanish princess. So when his latest peccadillo gets him transported to America to subdue the restless colonies, he's ready to prove his worth as a man, not a figurehead. SeductionConstant Ridgely, seventh daughter of an upright patriot family, discovers Kam beaten senseless by a crowd of colonists. She must hide him or watch him die, but the strange, brawny Scotsman inflames passions she's never guessed at. . .DeceptionUnder Constant's ministrations, Kam discovers a lovely, innocent woman whose hands stir his desires. But much is at stake and there is much to lose, and their happiness depends on a risk so great only the truly lost would dare... "Raises the bar. . . A romance of depth and passion." -- RT Book Reviews, 4 ½ stars on A Perfect Knight for Love"Sizzling sexual tension and great repartee." --RT Book Reviews on Knight Everlasting
Half-Fae Laird Duncan MacDougall is cursed. His nights are haunted by Otherworld creatures sent to kill him. The only way to stop them is to possess the magic bow currently in the hands of his enemy half brother, Kinnon MacClaren. In desperation, Duncan plans to take MacClaren's bride-to-be hostage and exchange her for the bow. Lady Alana Forbes has never met her intended, but she hopes he is handsome-and a good lover, for Alana is no innocent virgin. On her way to Castle Claren, Alana and her escorts are intercepted, and she is kidnapped by a man with extraordinary abilities-and every attribute she longs for in a mate. Duncan didn't expect the woman he thought of as a mere pawn to be so beautiful, and so arousing. Alana is drawn to him as well-but Duncan still needs the bow, and Alana is betrothed to another. How far will Alana go to save the life of the man she's come to love? 27,000 words
PROTECTING HER WAS HIS PASSION High-born though she is, Kate Campbell isn't afraid to draw her sword. When raiders strike, she rushes into the fray...and is lucky when a mysterious Highlander shields her from a deadly blow. Swept onto his stallion, she soon discovers that her rescuer is her clan's most hated enemy: Callum MacGregor, the man they call The Devil. Yet she cannot ignore his achingly tender touch or the way his fiery gaze leaves her breathless. POSSESSING HER WOULD BE HIS PLEASURE Callum MacGregor has taken many Campbell lives, but he's never saved one--until now. Mesmerized by this spirited lass, he wants her by his side, even if it means holding her for ransom. As his fingers graze her sumptuous curves and tangle in her unruly tresses, Callum realizes Kate Campbell is his most dangerous foe of all. For he can't make love to her without betraying his kinsmen and his honor...and surrendering his heart forever.
The fourth and fifth exciting novels in New York Times bestselling author Karen Hawkins's sparkling Scottish Regency series about two beautiful twin sisters who find romance with the sexy MacLean brothers. The laird of the MacLean Clan, Alexander, is a handsome and eligible bachelor. The infamous Caitlyn Hurst, known in society as The Incomparable, would love to change that. After her plan to trick him into marrying her goes awry, she gets a second chance to woo Alex into matrimony in The Laird Who Loved Me.
Dark warrior, rebellious bride...Taken prisoner by the Norman invaders who destroyed her home and family, Lady Ashlynn finds her life in jeopardy-until her saviour comes in the form of a powerful Scottish warlord. Black Iain may be fierce, yet Ashlynn feels strangely safe in his arms... Iain McAlpin's reputation is well deserved, and no one will capture his heart. Having loved and lost once before, Iain wants only to be free of the rebellious, enticing Ashlynn. But then a decree from the King arrives...and commands Iain to make his beautiful captive his wife!
DUTY BOUNDLady Andrena MacFarlan has been different since the day she was born. Possessing the power to sense others' most intimate desires, she knows her duty is to marry the man who will take the MacFarlan name as his own and help her father regain the chiefdom of their clan. But her unique gifts don't prepare her for the day when a mighty warrior suddenly enters her life. The attraction between them is undeniable -- and insatiable.DESIRE UNLEASHEDHunted by brutal enemies, the wounded Magnus Galbraith washes up on MacFarlan land where he is rescued by a laird's lovely daughter. Andrena is like no one Magnus has ever known. She has the uncanny ability to both calm and enflame him in ways he never dreamed possible. But she has other unknown-and dangerous-powers. Now, as Magnus seeks to avenge a brother and protect a king, the young beauty could prove his greatest ally-or his ultimate undoing . . .
Ian Gilvry, Laird of Dunross, is as rough and wild as the Highland heather. Yet the return of Sassenach Selina and her family to claim his land ignites hatred and passion in equal measure.Lady Selina is torn between family loyalty and wanton need for Ian. Tricked into marriage, she finds the laird fulfils her every burning desire. But Ian is a man bound by duty. Can Selina be sure that his heart belongs not only to his clan...but also to the woman he has made his wife?