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Cowboy for Hire Cowboy Joel Kaye has ambitions as big as Texas. And after decades away, rodeo glory seems finally within reach. But when two little boys "hire" him to work on their ranch, Joel can't turn them down. He tells himself it's only for one week, but widow April Landers and her family soon begin to fill a void in the rodeo rider's scarred heart. April lives for her three kids-and the ranch she's fighting fiercely to keep. This determined mama's not looking for another wandering partner. Will this ready-made family inspire Joel to put down roots...for good?rcely to keep. This determined mama's not looking for another wandering partner. Will this ready-made family inspire Joel to put down roots...for good?
The art of fencing, like the art of love, requires three important skills: 1. Anticipating your partner's every move, working them into the exact position you desire. 2. Being completely attuned to each other's bodies. 3. Absolute dedication, no matter how many hours are spent sweating it out. Viscount Amersham has come to Paris to prove his skill with the blade. But feisty Alyssandra Leodegrance is not the opponent he was expecting! As expert swordplay leads to sizzling sensuality, it's difficult to say who will win...and what they will claim as their prize! Rakes on Tour Outrageous hell-raisers let loose in Europe!
BUYER BEWARE When Gretchen Bauer begins renovating an old Victorian house to turn it into a bed-and-breakfast, she barely escapes several dangerous "accidents" at her home. Colm McCrae, host of the home improvement TV show helping her renovate, refuses to believe these aren't on purpose. Could this be a harmful ploy by his boss to boost ratings? Yet with Colm's Irish brogue and handsome face, Gretchen wonders whether he could be involved. But with a whole town full of neighbors disgruntled about the inn bringing strangers to their shores, Gretchen has a list of more likely suspects. Now she must trust Colm if she wants to keep her new business venture from turning into a five-star death trap.
FIGHTING TO SURVIVE Nia Sharpe never expected to get caught in the crosshairs of a drug war. But with the return of her criminal brother, her life is suddenly on the line. Thankfully, her handsome boss, Aiden McBride, is there when she needs him most. Nia knows Aiden is still reeling from his past, so when the war vet steps in to keep her safe, Nia is touched by his heroic actions. Now staying ahead of the bad guys is their best chance of surviving. But watching Aiden fight for her-for them-gives her hope that they could share more than just this deadly situation. Perhaps they could share a future... Echo Mountain: Saving lives and finding love in the mountains of Washington State
Family is power. The Original Vampire family swore it to each other a thousand years ago. They pledged to remain together always and forever. But even when you're immortal, promises are hard to keep. Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah Mikaelson had won it all, only to lose it again by 1788. Control of New Orleans is split between the vampires and the werewolves, much to Klaus's displeasure. In a dangerous attempt to reclaim his home, Klaus decides to build a vampire army to take out the werewolves once and for all. If he can't have love, then he'll settle for power. Elijah lets his brother take the reins as he turns his attentions to a beautiful and mysterious woman. But Rebekah has had enough of her brothers' love of bloodshed and begins a journey to find her first home and the key to her family's immortality. As the battle rages on, the siblings must come together and fight for what they believe in most: family.
My perfect life...True, I'm in the hospital waking up from a coma, but my loving parents and adorable boyfriend, Wyatt, are here by my side. It's weird that I don't remember them--thanks, amnesia! Wyatt's an amazing person. He's a Big Brother, volunteers at soup kitchens, delivers food to the hungry--your basic angel. Your basic filled-out-in-all-the-right-places, naughty-thoughts-inducing angel, that is.Might be the perfect lie...In fact, the more I get to know Wyatt the harder it is to believe he's my boyfriend. The more I find out about my life before the accident, the more I don't like who I used to be. I can't understand what a guy like that--kind, considerate, generous--would see in a girl like me.I don't know what's worse, living in the darkness of amnesia or discovering the despicable person I once was. But I've got to figure out if I have what it takes to be the person Wyatt truly deserves--before I lose my heart as well as my memories.90,970 words
Here comes the bride...gun at her side Navy SEAL "Rip" Cord Schafer is officially missing and presumed dead. It's the perfect cover until he can catch the traitors supplying Honduras terrorists with American arms. It's not a one-man operation, but never in his wildest dreams did he imagine teaming up with a woman-Covert Cowboy operative Tracie Kosart. Posing as wealthy newlyweds, Rip soon discovers Tracie is as skilled at playing his sensual "bride" as she is at covering his six. Despite their jungle-hot attraction, Rip senses Tracie's reluctance to trust him. But when her cover is blown, Rip knows her life depends on his SEAL instincts and her love depends on his unwavering commitment as her "husband."
His game. Her rules. Tyler Anderson is poised to take over the reins of his family-owned computer gaming company. But first he has to launch his latest invention. That means teaming up with self-made marketing consultant Iris Beharie, whose brash confidence and sizzling beauty are throwing the reserved computer designer off his game. Landing the plum Anderson Adventures account could save Iris's fledgling PR firm and prove to her skeptical siblings that she has what it takes to succeed. Too bad Tyler doesn't play well with others...except when he and Iris are alone. As the gorgeous gaming genius sheds his introverted image in the bedroom, things are heating up in the boardroom in the cutthroat fight for CEO. Amid distrust and treachery, is Ty ready to gamble everything on a love that's as real as it gets?
FROM PLAYBOY DAYS...TO BEDTIME LULLABIES? Up till now, Luke Barlow's biggest dilemma was deciding which debutante to take to which Stone Gap social. Until Peyton Reynolds appeared on his doorstep with a four-year-old blonde moppet and a birth certificate spelling out Luke's name in black and white. And it's time for the South's sexiest bachelor to step up and be the daddy his little girl needs! Peyton had sworn she'd keep her cool around her onetime crush, but when Luke begins bonding with little Maddy, Peyton realizes she's in danger of losing her heart to the small-town heartbreaker. Perhaps this Barlow brother might be inspired to change his footloose ways and become the man Peyton can depend on...for a lifetime!
Playing Cupid. Arranging dates. What are mothers for? Hollywood heartthrob and widower Lukkas Spader knows his women are just photo ops for the paparazzi. He's sworn off real dating. But the big-time movie producer needs a gal Friday. And Yohanna desperately needs a job. So what if she's beautiful and their relationship starts out like a typical chick flick? That doesn't mean they're going to fall in love... She's never felt the sparks between herself and the parade of potential husbands her mother's insisted she meet. But when Yohanna Andrzejewski poses for the cameras with sexy, gorgeous Lukkas-trying to keep the gossipmongers at bay-she realizes that there's something in the air...call it sparks. Bells. Magic. Because Lukkas and Yohanna may not be looking for love, but something-or someone-is making sure it finds them!
He was looking for a quiet place to heal From the hair-raising moment he rescues his neighbor's young son from an overprotective wild mare, wounded vet Caleb Ransom knows he'll have no peace. Living an isolated existence on his Arizona cattle ranch is out of the question with the intrusive Delaney Reynolds around. And once the single mother's little boy starts bonding with Caleb's mutt, it may be time to surrender... Because she's making Caleb yearn for something he didn't even know he wanted.
An Officer and a Lady Single mom Julia Harrison is the last person Tanner Reddington should get involved with. He's promised to stay away from all things baby. But the state trooper's protective instincts outweigh his misgivings when he meets the lovely midwife. Julia is opening a women's clinic in Kirkwood Lake, while raising two small boys on her own. Plagued by memories of the family he lost, Tanner fights the pull he feels toward Julia and her kids. But when an orphaned newborn brings Tanner and Julia together, they begin to consider their future...as husband and wife. l he feels toward Julia and her kids. But when an orphaned newborn brings Tanner and Julia together, they begin to consider their future...as husband and wife.
Memories of rescuing her fueled his dreams. Seeing her again fueled his desire. Far from the mountains of Afghanistan, Abby Stewart found solace in the wild country of western Colorado. But after finishing one war, she was caught in another. In securing the crime scene, Lieutenant Michael Dance was more surprised to see Abby than the dead body. How could he forget her face after caring for her wounds and saving her life? And yet she didn't remember him at all. That wouldn't stop him from embarking on a high stakes investigation leading to much worse than murder. And if it helped jog Abby's memory and soften her toward him, he wouldn't leave her side until she was safe once more...
Once upon a time, he was just a hopeless cause from the wrong side of Glory, Kansas. And he'll be damned if he'll let anyone drag him back down after finally clawing his way out. Everyone knows that Gina Townsend is a saint, always taking care of everyone around her. And now she's trying to be a mother to her six-year-old niece, Amanda Jane. But the girl's biological father isn't helping matters. The scruffy, gangly boy Gina remembers has returned to Glory a sexy, successful man, but Reed Hollingsworth is the only thing standing between her and losing Amanda Jane to foster care. Betrayed that neither Townsend sister bothered to tell him he was a father until he had money, Reed's still not about to shirk his responsibilities. So when he demands Gina move in with him as part of Amanda Jane's custody agreement, he tries not to notice pretty much everything about her-especially the way his solemn-faced daughter laughs when they play together. Raising a child together, Reed and Gina learn that some dreams come and go, but some are a spark that burns eternal...
The desire to be good The temptation to be bad... Lingerie model Piper is a tabloid's dream come true. She's broken hearts, rules-even a few laws. After her last little "adventure," however, Piper realizes her trashed rep won't just destroy her career-it'll destroy the one thing she really cares about. Now she's a Reformed Bad Girl. And nothing will stop her from being good. Navy SEAL Neil Barrow is pretty much done being The Good Guy. He's hoping that the deliciously naughty Piper will set both his body and his reputation on fire. When they steal away for a few days, however, it becomes clear that this incendiary attraction is about more than just being bad. And Neil will have to choose between the woman he wants...and the man he really is.
It started with a kiss... Ian North is the one person Darcy Maguire can always count on. So when her daughter's biological father shows up unannounced, she knows Ian will do whatever it takes to help. A kiss, however, is the last thing she expects. Suddenly their little white lie is out of control. They're spending Father's Day with Ian's family and lying about being a couple. Only pretending isn't enough for Darcy anymore. Ian is the best father her daughter could have, and she's ready to make it official. But how can she know for certain where the lie ends and reality begins?
OF ALL THE PROTECTORS IN THE WORLD... Dylan knows that he's a sucker for damsels in distress-it's a Foster gene, for crying out loud!-and that he's promised himself not to get burned again, but to let a mother and child sleep in a car? Not on his watch. Just a little bit of help to get her back on her feet, is all. Then the beautiful woman and adorable son can-no, will-go on their way... Her instincts scream yes! His actions are genuine, eyes sincere, and he's surrounded by loving family-why not trust him? There's also another big reason: Chelsea Bell and her son have no other option here in Steamboat Springs but to lean on Dylan, albeit temporarily. Swallowing her pride and reaching for Henry's little hand, they walk from the frigid cold car to Dylan's waiting arms...and into a world of possibility...
A MAN WITH A PAST... Cruz Rivera is on his last second chance. He can't afford to blow it by falling for the beautiful blonde widow who just hired him to fix up her family's New Mexico property. If he's going to get back on the rodeo circuit, Cruz needs to focus. Besides, a sweet single mom like Sara Mendez can do better than someone with Cruz's troubled history. Sara isn't making it easy for Cruz to keep his distance. He's a man of many secrets, but Sarah sees only good in his warm brown eyes. Though Cruz knows he should move on before Sara discovers the truth about his past, he can't leave the closest thing to a home he's ever known. Cruz is the only man Sara wants-can he become the one she deserves?
Staking her claim! Horse trainer Trent Kimball is starting to believe his family's ranch is actually cursed. Still, it's a place to recover from both his recent divorce and a humiliating professional setback. That is, until Shelby Foster shows up, looking far too fine for cowboy country, and informs Trent that she is the owner of the Eager Beaver Ranch! Shelby left everything behind to move to Montana. And she's not about to just walk away! Even if it means sharing a roof with a rude cowboy...temporarily. As they wait for their papers, animosity turns into suggestive teasing. Then it becomes a sexy-sweet temptation neither can resist! Whoever produces the deed keeps the ranch. But will they lose something more important?
One night...and a whole lotta trouble! When it comes to men, Ivy Rutherford never loses her cool. Ever. Then she meets wealthy, green-eyed cowboy C. J. Bartasavich, and desire burns out of control. Yeehaw. So for one night, Ivy will indulge in a passion neither of them will forget...and walk away without a backward glance. Except now Ivy's pregnant. And even worse, C.J. has come to her hometown of Shady Grove determined to get to know her and be part of their baby's life-even if she's convinced their attraction is purely physical. Because Ivy can't let herself rely on a sexy cowboy...or worse yet, fall in love with one.
Spunky the dog would be happy to share all of his secrets, if only his human family spoke his language. But no matter how hard he tries to talk, it's all "yerf!" to them. Through a series of unfortunate miscommunications, his family decides that Spunky wants a friend--specifically, a cat. Spunky can't imagine anything worse than having to share his family, especially Huey and Julian, with the snobby Balinese Fiona. But when headstrong Fiona keeps getting into trouble and it's up to Spunky tosave her, he is astonished to find that being her protector has given his life new purpose and meaning.
Though his life begins "in a commonplace way," Christopher Mouse is not the least bit common. Born in an ordinary wire cage, he endures various young owners who range from bad to worse before narrowly escaping death by taxidermy. His adventures continue in the Metropolitan Museum of Art as he encounters a large cat in the Egyptian room. Throughout his journeys, Christopher proves an adventurer of the most intrepid sort-and a budding poet as well. With the delightful feel of a lost (and found) classic, this is the story of an extraordinary mouse who, through strong will and good luck, finds his own small way in a very large world.
DEALING WITH CHINA takes the reader behind closed doors to witness the creation and evolution and future of China's state-controlled capitalism.<P><P> Hank Paulson has dealt with China unlike any other foreigner. As head of Goldman Sachs, Paulson had a pivotal role in opening up China to private enterprise. Then, as Treasury secretary, he created the Strategic Economic Dialogue with what is now the world's second-largest economy. He negotiated with China on needed economic reforms, while safeguarding the teetering U.S. financial system. Over his career, Paulson has worked with scores of top Chinese leaders, including Xi Jinping, China's most powerful man in decades. <P> In DEALING WITH CHINA, Paulson draws on his unprecedented access to modern China's political and business elite, including its three most recent heads of state, to answer several key questions:<P> * How did China become an economic superpower so quickly?<P> * How does business really get done there?<P> * What are the best ways for Western business and political leaders to work with, compete with, and benefit from China?<P> * How can the U.S. negotiate with and influence China given its authoritarian rule, its massive environmental concerns, and its huge population's unrelenting demands for economic growth and security?<P> Written in the same anecdote-rich, page-turning style as Paulson's bestselling memoir, On the Brink, DEALING WITH CHINA is certain to become the classic and definitive examination of how to engage China's leaders as they build their economic superpower.
The Definitive Guide to Mac Backups Your Mac contains valuable and sometimes irreplaceable files--family photos and videos, business documents, your unfinished novel... not to mention personal data such as email, contacts, and calendars. Without great backups, all of that data could disappear in an instant. We don't like to think about theft, fire, and natural disasters, but these things happen. So do hard drive crashes and other malfunctions (not to mention user error). Your best insurance against losing data forever is a thorough, carefully designed backup plan. You don't have to spend a ton of money or be a technical whiz to back up your Mac. This book helps you design a sensible backup strategy, choose and configure the best backup hardware and software for your needs, and understand how to make your backups as painless as possible. * Learn Joe's simple, three-prong strategy for bulletproof Mac backups. * Decide whether Time Machine is right for you--and if so, learn how to use it for backing up and restoring data. * Discover alternatives to Time Machine for storing multiple versions of your files. * Find out why and how to create a bootable duplicate (or clone) of your Mac's startup volume. * Choose the best hardware for backing up your data. * Learn about offsite storage, including cloud backup services. * Know exactly what you'll need to do if disaster strikes. * Deal with special backup needs, such as large video files, backups while on the road, and backing up a small network.
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