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The tourist town of South Cove, California, is a lovely place to spend the holidays. But this year, shop owner Jill Gardner discovers there's no place like home for homicide...As owner of Coffee, Books, and More, Jill Gardner looks forward to the hustle and bustle of holiday shoppers. But when the mayor ropes her into being liasion for a new work program, 'tis the season to be wary. Local businesses are afraid the interns will be delinquents, punks, or worse. For Jill, nothing's worse than Ted Hendricks--the jerk who runs the program. After a few run-ins, Jill's ready to kill the guy. That, however, turns out to be unnecessary when she finds Ted in his car--dead as a doornail. Detective Greg King assumes it's a suicide. Jill thinks it's murder. And if the holidays weren't stressful enough, a spoiled blonde wants to sue the city for breaking her heel. Jill has to act fast to solve this mess--before the other shoe drops..."Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover's dream come true." --Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries72,500 Words
In the California coastal town of South Cove, history is one of its many tourist attractions--until it becomes deadly...Jill Gardner, proprietor of Coffee, Books, and More, has discovered that the old stone wall on her property might be a centuries-old mission worthy of being declared a landmark. But Craig Morgan, the obnoxious owner of South Cove's most popular tourist spot, The Castle, makes it his business to contest her claim. When Morgan is found murdered at The Castle shortly after a heated argument with Jill, even her detective boyfriend has to ask her for an alibi. Jill decides she must find the real murderer to clear her name. But when the killer comes for her, she'll need to jump from historic preservation to self-preservation..."Murder, dirty politics, pirate lore, and a hot police detective: Guidebook to Murder has it all! A cozy lover's dream come true." --Susan McBride, author of The Debutante Dropout Mysteries
In the gentle coastal town of South Cove, California, all Jill Gardner wants is to keep her store--Coffee, Books, and More--open and running. So why is she caught up in the business of murder?When Jill's elderly friend, Miss Emily, calls in a fit of pique, she already knows the city council is trying to force Emily to sell her dilapidated old house. But Emily's gumption goes for naught when she dies unexpectedly and leaves the house to Jill--along with all of her problems. . .and her enemies. Convinced her friend was murdered, Jill is finding the list of suspects longer than the list of repairs needed on the house. But Jill is determined to uncover the culprit--especially if it gets her closer to South Cove's finest, Detective Greg King. Problem is, the killer knows she's on the case--and is determined to close the book on Jill permanently. . .81,000 Words
He's An Angel Of A Man. . .Dr. Gray Ingram isn't himself lately. Literally. His body has been taken over by John "A"--as in angel. A Civil War soldier, John has come back to earth on a rescue mission: to stop Dr. Charlotte "Charlie" Brooks from marrying a real devil. . .She's A Hell Of A Woman. . .Charlie cannot believe her dismal track record with men. But just when she decides to abandon romance, along comes Dr. Gray Ingram. He's so sinfully handsome, he's almost divine. And he's deliciously protective. Little does Charlie know Gray is protecting her from marrying an actual fallen angel--even if he must wed her himself. Can their marriage ever be more than a spiritual union? Anything is possible when two people fall in love. . .145,000 Words
A Passionate VisionHistory professor Serena Brooks fears for her sanity. She has moved back into her ancestral Virginia home-only to be haunted by visions in which she is dressed like her great-grandmother... and being courted by a Confederate soldier. What's unsettling is how those long-ago images seem to feel more real each time she dreams them. . . A Dream Come TrueIn a time of age-old chivalry, Serena is engaged to a handsome Confederate officer Captain Logan Sheridan. As the fires of Civil War consume the South, a burning passion ignites between them. But Serena feels there is too much distance between them. Worse, she could lose Logan forever...unless she can find a way to keep their love as timeless as forever. . .100,000 Words
Lacy Dawn Hampton sighed with exasperation as she fanned herself in the gazebo at Paradise Plantation. How sheltered and boring her life was. She longed for passion and excitement, but her father and three older brothers protected her from everything. Then she heard a splash and her green eyes widened as a towering Indian emerged from the lake and walked straight toward her. Modesty fled as Lacy crossed the lawn to meet the handsome half breed. She felt the heat of his impassioned flesh, then his first touch, finally a kiss that made her tremble with desire. Tomorrow she'd be a proper southern belle once more, but today she must savor a fiery forbidden rapture in the arms of a savage lover.Chase Tarleton had traveled the Trail of Tears when his Indian family was driven from their native Georgia. Now, back for a reunion with his white grandparents, Chase found himself torn between two worlds, the Cherokee camp he'd left behind and the vast plantation, Towering Pines, that would someday be his. Nearing his destination, Chase paused for a refreshing swim and spied a vision in peach colored satin. The luscious golden haired belle was staring straight at him. Instinct overrode caution as Chase clasped the delicate maiden in his strong arms, crushing her velvety softness against his bronze chest. He knew he must taste those teasing crimson lips, span that tiny waist with his muscular hands, and caress every satiny inch of her tempting, creamy body.
Stevie Johns had seen her Comanche mother die in childbirth. Now a vicious white enemy had driven Stevie and her father off their land. How could she trust the mysterious man in black who just appeared out of nowhere a devilish stranger whose sapphire eyes seemed to see right into her soul? Lean and rugged, he offered his help, risking life itself to protect her. Though Stevie could never give her heart, she could not resist his tender embrace.He called himself Lucky Diamond. More at home with a deck of cards than a six-shooter, Heath Turner had lived through the worst of the Civil War. Now the rugged U.S. marshal had left his native New York behind to bring justice to the New Mexico Territory. But from the moment he rode into Adobe Wells and set eyes on Stevie Johns, Heath knew he'd found the woman he'd want forever. Let her fight him with all the passion blazing in her soul, he was determined to win Stevie's heart and heal the pain of the past with the rapturous promise of love.
As a spy for President Jefferson Davis, spirited patriot Kinsey Blake could fight for her beloved South...and for the sake of her dead husband, she would have her revenge! If only the man she suspected of his murder--Major Dr. Chapman Turner--weren't so handsome and charming. No sooner had Kinsey set eyes on the virile Union officer than hunger for vengeance exploded in soul-searing desire...a passion that branded her soul and divided her heart...Chap had seen enough blood to last a lifetime, and the war was still far from over. He needed to escape the chaos and destruction--and exquisite, emerald-eyed Kinsey seemed to offer just such a haven. Though he sensed that she harbored dangerous secrets, fiery passion soon consumed all doubts. Now all Chap wanted was this stormy beauty in his arms for endless nights of soaring rapture--two lovers bound forever in a joyous union that knew no sides and took no prisoners...
SHE VOWED TO RESIST HIS CHARMWhen Kathlyn McKinney saw Brad Hampton, her heart immediately began to race. Eleven years after that fateful summer, he was as dashingly handsome as ever -- but this time she wouldn't be taken in by him. Desire had made her reckless once long ago, but she was no longer an innocent girl who could be fooled by a Southern gentleman's easy charm. Still, not even the bitterness of his betrayal could extinguish Kathlyn's memory of the sweet rapture she'd known with Brad. And she couldn't ignore her own treacherous yearning for the warmth of his strong embrace and the tender magic of his kiss...HE VOWED TO CLAIM HER LOVEWhen Brad saw Kathlyn again, he found that the years had erased neither his pain at her faithlessness nor his need to make her his own. Honor required that he now help the violet-eyed beauty who had been left alone and defenseless by the war. Yet how could he protect her if she refused to trust him? With the urgency of long simmering passion, Brad swore no one would harm his lovely Southern belle. He had to keep her safe, at least until he could tempt her into offering him the fiery kisses and caresses he well remembered and surrendering with him to the ecstasy of desires too long denied!
As kids they steered clear of one another--but now a beautiful, well-connected reporter and a sexy, driven detective are all grown-up and on the job. . .Moira O'Leary's work as a reporter gives her access to some of Chicago's swankiest soirées. She knows how to navigate the jet-set crowd, and her style and confidence help her blend right in. But when her childhood crush starts popping up at posh events, her poise begins to falter--until she realizes she has the upper hand in a high-stakes game of secrets and seduction. . .Jimmy O'Malley has always tried to avoid his friend Liam's little sister. Something about Moira spelled trouble. But he's out of his element working undercover in Chicago's high society, and Moira is his ticket to the inner circle. As sparks begin to fly--and their chemistry heats up--Moira gets dangerously close to his investigation. Will Jimmy be forced to push her away to keep her safe--or will they surrender to a desire that could leave them breathless?100,897 Words
Two ambitious people team up to prove themselves to their families--and find there may be more to their partnership than just business. . .Elizabeth Brannigan is determined to show her father she's capable of running the family business. Saving his struggling Chicago bar seems like the perfect project. But she'll need a little help dealing with the rough crowd. Who better to assist her than the handsome co-owner of a thriving Irish pub? Of course, with so much work to do, there are bound to be a few late nights. . .Colin O'Leary's father passed away before he could prove to him that he wasn't a screw-up. Now he wants to show his brother he's responsible enough to own a bar of his own--and Elizabeth may be able to help him. But when their professional aspirations clash, tempers--and passions--flare. Are they mature enough to mix business with pleasure--or will they have to choose between the two?85,000 Words
AN IMPULSIVE ACT...Lady Rois Drummond is fiercely devoted to her widowed father, the respected Scottish Earl of Brom. So when she believes he is about to be exposed as a traitor to England, she must think quickly. Desperate, Rois makes a shocking claim against the suspected accuser, Sir Griffin Westcott. But her impetuous lie leaves her in an outrageous circumstance: hastily married to the enemy. Yet Griffin is far from the man Rois thinks he is--and much closer to the man of her dreams...AN IRRESISTIBLE OUTCOME...Griffin may be an Englishman, but in truth he leads a clandestine life as a spy for Scotland. Refusing to endanger any woman, he has endured the loneliness of his mission. But Rois's absurd charge has suddenly changed all that. Now, with his cover in jeopardy, Griffin must find a way to keep his secret while keeping his distance from his spirited and tempting new wife--a task that proves more difficult than he ever imagined...Praise for the novels of Diana Cosby "Fans of Cosby will enjoy returning to William Wallace's historically detailed Scotland. Familiar characters play a large role, to the delight of longtime readers." --RT Book Reviews on His Destiny"Diana Cosby writes wonderful historical romance!" --Susan King"Passion, danger, lush history and a touch of magic." --Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author on His Conquest"Finally! A bold, lusty Medieval! Diana Cosby is superbly talented." --Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author on His Captive85,500 Words
"Medieval Scotland roars to life in this fabulous series." --Pamela Palmer, New York Times bestselling authorShe Could Never Live In His WorldLady Catarine MacLaren is a fairy princess, duty-bound to eschew the human world. But the line between the two realms is beginning to blur. English knights have launched an assault on the MacLarens, just as the families of Comyn have captured the Scottish king and queen. Now, Catarine is torn between loyalty to her people and helping the handsome, rust-haired Lord Trálin rescue the Scottish king... But He Couldn't Live Without HerAs guard to King Alexander, Lord Trálin MacGruder will stop at nothing to defend the Scottish crown against the Comyns. And he finds a sympathetic, and gorgeous, ally in the enigmatic Princess Catarine. As they plot to rescue the kidnapped king and queen, Trálin and Catarine will discover a love made all but impossible by her obligations to the Otherworld. But a passion this extraordinary may be worth the irreversible sacrifices it demands... Praise for the novels of Diana Cosby "Fans of Cosby will enjoy returning to William Wallace's historically detailed Scotland. Familiar characters play a large role, to the delight of longtime readers." --RT Book Reviews on His Destiny "Diana Cosby writes wonderful historical romance!" --Susan King "Passion, danger, lush history and a touch of magic." --Hannah Howell, New York Times bestselling author on His Conquest"Finally! A bold, lusty Medieval! Diana Cosby is superbly talented." --Cathy Maxwell, New York Times bestselling author on His Captive72,000 Words
Only Her Fire . . . As the reluctant new Viscount Middleton, Braden Tavers already has several reputations to save--including his own. So it's imperative he rescue his estate's healer Tia Featherstone from her impetuous plan to find his rakehell brother Jonathon. And he'll do whatever it takes to keep her determined spirit and unworldly charms at arm's length. But protecting this stubborn beauty from himself is only stoking an irresistible desire--and an insidious danger threatening them both . . . Can Win His Heart . . .Tia must get Jonathon back under her care before his unforgiving brother discovers how ill he truly is. But searching London's most scandalous hellholes and staying two steps ahead of Braden is uncovering the viscount's deepest secrets--and a longing to make his wounded heart her own. To save him, she must risk a deception that could put his past to rest--or separate them forever . . . Praise for the novels of Christie Kelley"A passionate and sexually charged tale. . ." --RT Book Reviews on One Night Scandal"A sexy Cinderella story--racy and romantic!" --Anna Campbell on Scandal of the Season"Rollicking, sexy. . .you'll enjoy this one!" --Kat Martin on Every Time We Kiss"Kelley joins the ranks of Cheryl Holt, Pamela Britton and Lisa Kleypas." --RT Book Reviews on Every Night I'm Yours82,000 Words
Only His Passion. . . With his estate near bankruptcy, Simon Blakesworth, Earl of Hartsfield already has a perilous secret to keep. Still, when he finds Mia Featherstone badly beaten, he doesn't hesitate to shelter her in his home. . .and offer marriage to protect the lovely healer from her attacker. But Mia is concealing a danger this honorable earl never imagined--and can't resist. . .Can Save Her Love. . .Mia's valuable discovery on Simon's land saved her patients' lives. Now the only way she can help the man she's always loved save his home is to secretly find the rest of a cache of hidden artifacts. But their passion is making it impossible for Mia to ever walk away--even from a love that may not survive the truth. . . Praise for the novels of Christie Kelley "A passionate and sexually charged tale. . ." --Romantic Times Book Reviews on One Night Scandal"A sexy Cinderella story--racy and romantic!" --Anna Campbell on Scandal of the Season"Rollicking, sexy. . .you'll enjoy this one!" --Kat Martin on Every Time We Kiss "Kelley joins the ranks of Cheryl Holt, Pamela Britton and Lisa Kleypas." --I>RT Book Reviews on Every Night I'm Yours77,000 Words
"Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!" --Shana GalenElla Quinn's bachelors in The Marriage Game series are charming and cunning when it comes to the ways of love--until the right woman captures their unsuspecting hearts. . . Custom-made gowns. . .nights at the theater. . .and a host of eligible bachelors. Accustomed to living a quiet life in the Scottish Borderlands, Lady Serena Weir has never had any of these luxuries. But when Serena's brother demands she finally have a Season in London, she's thrust into a glamorous world she's only dreamed of. . .Robert, Viscount Beaumont, remembers all too well what it feels like to be in love. That is why he must keep his distance from Serena. He's only felt his pulse stir the way it does now when he made the mistake of loving the wrong woman once before. Yet the more he strives to resist his feelings, the nearer he is to falling under Serena's seductive spell. . .Praise for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe"A marvelous find for Regency romance readers." --Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author"Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters." --Sally MacKenzie106,200 Words
"Let yourself be seduced by this sexy mix of spies, smugglers, and happily ever afters." --Sally MacKenzie For Ella Quinn's bachelors, courtship is all about gamesmanship, until the right woman shows them how much they have to learn...Since she was a young girl, Anna Marsh has dreamed of Sebastian, Baron Rutherford asking for her hand in marriage. But that was in another life when her brother Harry was alive, before she vowed to secretly continue the work he valiantly died for. Now as Sebastian finally courts Anna, she must thwart his advances. Were he to discover her secret, he would never deem her a suitable wife... Sebastian has always known Anna would become his wife someday. He expects few obstacles, but when she dissuades him at every turn he soon realizes there is much more to this intriguing woman. Somehow he must prove to her that they are meant to be together. But first he must unravel the seductive mystery that is Miss Anna Marsh... Praise for The Seduction of Lady Phoebe"Lady Phoebe is a heroine Georgette Heyer would adore--plucky, pretty, and well worth the devotion of the dashing Lord Marcus. A marvelous find for Regency romance readers." --Grace Burrowes, New York Times bestselling author"A passionate tale full of humor, romance, and poignancy. Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!" --Shana Galen, author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby109,009 Words
Polite society has its rules for marriage. But for Ella Quinn's eligible bachelors, their brides will show them that rules are for the weak of heart...Phoebe Stanhope is not a typical Lady. As feisty as she is quick witted, no one can catch her, especially when she is driving her dashing phaeton with its perfectly matched horses. And unlike her peers, experience has guarded her against a growing list of would-be suitors. But when she encounters Marcus Finley, what she fears most burns deep within his blue-eyed gaze...For Lord Marcus, the spark of recognition is but a moment in the love he has held these many years. Now that he's returned to England, all the happiness he desires rests on Lady Phoebe never finding out that he was the one who turned her heart so cold and distant. He must work fast to gain the advantage--to convince her what she wants is exactly what she denies--but in order to seduce her into his arms, he must be willing to give up more than he can control... "A passionate tale full of humor, romance, and poignancy. Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!" --Shana Galen, author of If You Give a Rake a Ruby101,630 Words
"A heartwarming and amusing romance." - Library Journal Graham Spencer needs a wife.But not just any girl will do. She must have the money to save his dilapidated estate and desperate tenants. So when he meets a charming American lady's maid on the beach at Brighton, the last thing he ought to do is kiss her. Katherine Wright is hunting a titled husband.Or at least her mother is. But Katherine can't get the memory of a most inappropriate kiss out of her mind. The handsome stranger who took her in his arms in Brighton was only a valet, but even if she is an heiress, she'd rather spend her life with him than some stiff British aristocrat. Can true love survive two false identities, two scheming mamas, and two lavish house parties where all is revealed? It can ...When A Lord Needs A LadyPraise for the novels of Jane Goodger"Gentle humor, witty banter, and attractive characters." --Library Journal on Marry Christmas "A touching, compassionate, passion-filled romance." --Romantic Times on A Christmas Waltz87,900 Words
In the sixth and final installment of Jeffe Kennedy's sizzling Master of the Opera, a man and a woman risk everything they've ever loved--for the most dangerous passion they've ever known. . .Caught in a web of secrets and lies, Christy Davis has come under the suspicion of the local police. Since becoming an intern at the Sante Fe Opera House, she has witnessed strange occurences in the underground tunnels. She has heard inexplicable whispers in the shadows after midnight. And she has found the lover of her dreams in the masked man who lives down below. But after the discovery of a dead body and other sinister events, Christy realizes that her life is in danger. Two men hold her fate in their hands: Roman, the opera house's wealthy benefactor who uses his money and power to control her. And the masked maestro known as the Master who demands her surrender and commands her pleasure with each stroke. Both want her; only one can have her. . .In a rising crescendo of madness, obsession, and lust, Christy must take a chance and follow her heart--to a breathtaking climax as powerful as love itself.15,000 Words
In the fifth erotically charged installment of Jeffe Kennedy's scorching Master of the Opera, a daring young woman follows her reckless desire for the perfect lover--to the point of no return. . .He is more than just the man of her dreams. He is the master of her destiny. A mysterious masked stranger who haunts the darkened tunnels beneath the Sante Fe Opera House, the Master is like no other lover Christy has ever known. He has lured the beautiful intern to the very brink of ecstacy--and beyond. He has pushed the boundaries of her sensuality and tested the limits of her passion. But now the Master wants more. If Christy accepts his challenge, she must be willing to go further than she's ever gone. She must surrender to his every desire. She must submit to his every command. She must expose herself body and soul--or bear the scars of a broken heart forever. . .Tonight is the night she must make a choice: to free herself from one man's obsession. . .or bind herself to him for life.15,700 Words
In the fourth fiery installment of Jeffe Kennedy's scintilliating Master of the Opera, a woman surrenders--body and soul--to the one man who is everything she desires, everything she craves, and, possibly, everything she fears...Reeling from the discovery of a dead body in the Sante Fe Opera House, intern Christy Davis is forced to reassess the strange, erotically-charged relationship she's forged with the mysterious masked man who lives in the labrynths below. Could her masterful lover be capable of murder, and worse? Perhaps it was the thrill of danger that drew Christy to him in the first place--like a moth to the flame--instead of a more conventional romance with the opera house's handsome benefactor, Roman. For the sake of her sanity, she must at least give Roman a chance. But for the love of her master, she must give in to every wild fantasy, every wicked game, and every whim he commands...Is Christy prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice? To surrender her heart, her soul, her everything? First she must acknowlege the truth: a woman in love can serve only one master...16,100 Words
In the third enticing installment of Jeffe Kennedy's enthralling Master of the Opera, a woman finds herself torn between two powerful lovers--and one reckless passion that leaves her aching for more...After a harrowing night trapped in the tunnels beneath the Sante Fe Opera House, intern Christy Davis finds comfort in the arms of Roman Sanclaro, the opera's wealthy and gorgeous benefactor. But even as Roman tries to impress her with his lavish lifestyle--and seduce her with his charms--Christy cannot stop obsessing over her other, clandestine lover. Hidden in the labrynths below, a mysterious masked man has become the master of her desires: a sensual but commanding partner who pushes Christy to the very brink of erotic pleasure...and beyond. No other man can compare. But somewhere, watching from the shadows, a fiercely jealous rival threatens to destroy the erotic secret they share. Haunted by doubts, deception, and danger, Christy must choose between the warnings in her mind, the feelings in her heart...and the wild, forbidden yearnings that set her body on fire.15,100 Words
In the second seductive installment of Jeffe Kennedy's thrilling Master of the Opera, a young woman falls deeper under the spell of the man who haunts her dreams, fuels her desire, and demands her surrender...With each passing day of her internship at the Sante Fe Opera House, Christine Davis discovers something new, something exciting--and something frightening. Hidden in the twisting labyrinths beneath the theater is a mysterious man in a mask who, Christy's convinced, is as real as the rose he left on her desk--and as passionate as the kiss that burns on her lips. He tells her to call him "Master," and Christy can't deny him. But when her predecessor--a missing intern--is found dead, Christy wonders if she's playing with fire... If her phantom lover is actually a killer, how can she continue to submit to his dark, erotic games? And if he is innocent, how can she resist--or refuse--when he demands nothing less than her body and soul?14,560 Words
In the first tantalizing installment of Jeffe Kennedy's ravishing serial novel Master of the Opera, an innocent young woman is initiated into a sensual world of music, mystery, passion--and one man's private obsession. . .Fresh out of college, Christine Davis is thrilled to begin a summer internship at the prestigious Sante Fe Opera House. But on her first day, she discovers that her dream job has a dark side. Beneath the theater, a sprawling maze of passageways are rumored to be haunted. Ghostly music echoes through the halls at night. And Christy's predecessor has mysteriously disappeared. Luckily, Christy finds a friend and admirer in Roman Sanclaro, the theater's wealthy and handsome patron. He convinces her there's nothing to fear--until she hears the phantom's voice for herself. Echoing in the labrynths. Singing of a lost love. Whispering her name: Christine. At first, Christy thinks she's hearing things. But when a tall masked man steps out of the shadows--and into her arms--she knows he's not a phantom of her imagination. He is the master of her desire. . .15,568 Words