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The small mountain town of Nugget, California, has a strange way of giving people unexpected reasons to start over--and find the most irresistible chances to fall in love. . . Maddy Breyer needs to prove she can make her own life after betrayal blew up her previous happily-ever-after. Staying totally focused on renovating a decrepit mansion into a bed-and-breakfast might help her--and this recession-hit town--finally turn things around. But the mysterious new sheriff is the kind of lawbreaking temptation that's an even bigger challenge to resist. . . Detective Rhys Shepard is only back in Nugget long enough to care for his ailing father. He's got a big-city promotion far away from this place that never accepted him. He does not need a sudden crime wave to solve. Or one leggy case of heartbreak stirring up all kinds of trouble and challenging his rules. Which might explain why he's suddenly finding it hard to leave. . . 98,000 Words
Spring break was supposed to be a last blast of fun for three friends before the reality of adulthood set in. But for the trio's science whiz, it's an education in instant attraction...Chemistry major Felicity Stone can tell you everything about the way chemicals interact, but when it comes to social interaction, she needs schooling. Abandoned by her friends, Felicity is faced with spending spring break alone--unless she accepts a gorgeous stranger's invitation to pose as his girlfriend at a family wedding. Not one to turn down a research opportunity, Felicity never expected it to produce such breathtaking results...Teacher and baseball coach Lucas Tanner is fascinated by Felicity's potent mix of spirit and scientist, not to mention her delicious curves. When Felicity asks him to return the favor by teaching her how to pick up guys, he can't refuse--but he's not at all happy with the idea of her using a formula for flirting on anyone but him. Can he convince her that together they have the perfect chemistry?
Spring break is supposed to be a week of fun in the sun for three childhood friends about to graduate from college. But one of them is ready to get her game on somewhere else...Charlie Castle is an expert archer and a fierce warrior--in her favorite video game, anyway. But college life was a program she couldn't quite master. To land a cybertech job without a degree, she's entering a "hackfest" over spring break--where she also hopes to meet the sweet gamer who's been flirting with her online. Instead, she runs into the hot guy who walked away years ago, and can't fight the desire that comes rushing back. Jonah Best has never gotten over Charlie, whose kisses were always as deliciously creative as her coding. But now that they're face to face again, he doesn't know how to admit that her online admirer is really him--or how to convince her that he's offering her a job for her incredible skills, not her sex appeal. Can Jonah cut through their communication glitches and persuade Charlie that the next level up for them should be forever?33,550 Words
With college graduation looming, three childhood friends vow to make spring break their last blast of pure fun. But at least one of them didn't count on such incredible heat...Layla Sharpe is definitely more math ninja than bikini babe, and her future has been calculated with razor precision. Convinced to let loose over spring break, Layla is finally ready to party--until her car breaks down halfway to her destination, leaving her stranded in Georgia with a mouthwateringly hot pool shark. She knows more than enough about angles to learn the game, but this week she wants him to appreciate her curves...Phin Marks has never met a girl like Layla. She's more Star Wars geek than seductress, and when he offers her a place to stay while her car is in the shop, he's counting on the attraction between them to set the nights ablaze, no strings attached. But every moment he spends with Layla makes it harder to let her go. Can he persuade her to gamble in the most dangerous way possible...on forever?35,000 Words
Grief has brought them together again--will love open the door to their future? When it's an O'Leary in the picture, finding out is just part of the adventure...Carmen Delgado is left reeling when her father dies. Taking care of him has been her sole purpose for so long, she's forgotten what it's like to have dreams of her own. And with steady, sexy Liam O'Leary inheriting a share in her dad's successful food truck, Carmen is suddenly free to explore her life's possibilities. She never expected Liam to provide the kind of temptation she's not sure she can resist...A talented chef, Liam O'Leary has been itching to open his own restaurant for years--and the death of his mentor is a reminder that time passes too quickly. Gus's Taco Taxi isn't exactly what he dreamed of, but he can't desert Gus's daughter. Working side by side is an unexpected pleasure--and grownup Carmen is alluring in all new ways. Is love on the menu--or will old fears and insecurities drive them apart?90,400 Words
Ella Quinn's intriguing and irresistible bachelors are masters in the game of seduction. But nothing has the power to change a single man's mind like a captivating woman...William, Viscount Wivenly, plans to remain the most eligible of bachelors. He refuses to surrender to the schemes of husband-hunting ladies and matchmaking mamas. Fleeing the pressure of the ton, he's bent on finding refuge in the West Indies. What he finds instead is a fascinating stranger, a woman so unlike those of his society that he can't resist such a beguiling distraction...Determined to let nothing complicate her mission to protect her family's livelihood while covertly rescuing orphaned slave children, Miss Eugénie Villaret does her best to evade suitors. But when dashing William lures her down a path of forbidden adventure and delicious danger, she may be convinced that business can indeed be mixed with pleasure--and persuaded to add passion to her priorities... Praise for The Temptation of Lady Serena"This charming, sweet love story is the perfect addition to the Marriage Game series." --RT Book Reviews102,000 Words
WHEN ALL SEEMED LOST...Katherine Gardiner, a young English widow, has only one dream: to protect her son--a future duke--from her merciless father-in-law. Determined and desperate, she has no option but to take the guise of a housekeeper and escape to Yorkshire where the only hope is the enigmatic Earl of Kenrick......LOVE SAVED THE DAYIn all his years spent roaming the world, Jeremy Chilton never braced himself for the burden of a much-damaged inheritance. Now, the new Earl of Kenrick must save his family legacy and raise his motherless young daughter as a proper English lady. His only salvation is his beautiful housekeeper, Kate. But as her secrets unravel, much that is puzzling about her falls into place. No wonder the Earl has caught himself imagining her more wife than employee. Clearly she belongs at Kenrick--safe in his arms. Now, if only he can convince her to agree...100,000 Words
As the new castellan, Sir Nicholas Beringar has the daunting task of rebuilding Ravenmoor Castle on the Scottish border and gaining the trust of the locals--one of whom wastes no time in trying to rob him. Instead of punishing the boy, Nicholas decides to make him his squire. Little does he know the thieving young lad is really...a lady.Lady Elizabet Armstrong had donned a disguise in an attempt to free her brother from Ravenmoor's dungeons. Although intimidated by the confident Englishman with his well-honed muscles and beguiling eyes, she cannot refuse his offer. Nicholas senses that his new squire is not what he seems. His gentle attempts to break through the boy's defenses leave Elizabet powerless to stem the desire that engulfs her. And when the truth is exposed, she'll have to trust in Nicholas's honor to help her people--and to surrender to his touch...82,300 Words
"You are not wanted here. Go away from Hallstead Island or you will be very sorry you stayed."Macy Stoddard had hoped to ease the grief of losing her parents in a fiery car crash by accepting a job as a private nurse to the wealthy and widowed Alexandria Hallstead. But her first sight of Hallstead House is of a dark and forbidding home. She quickly finds its winding halls and shadowy rooms filled with secrets and suspicions. Alex seems happy to have Macy's help, but others on the island, including Alex's sinister servants and hostile relatives, are far less welcoming. Watching eyes, veiled threats...slowly, surely, the menacing spirit of Hallstead Island closes in around Macy. And she can only wonder if her story will become just one of the many secrets of Hallstead House...
"Intense romantic suspense with a sexy edge." --Tanya Anne CrosbyOne Riot, One Ranger...That's the Texas Ranger motto, but when Chad Foster's rebellious brother goes missing, it's time to put his elite training to use investigating a crime that strikes much closer to home. Turning Los Angeles inside out to retrieve Trey and save their ranch from a ruthless land grab is a no brainer, even if it puts his badge at risk. His only lead is a heart-stoppingly sensuous exotic dancer with a very tempting butterfly tattoo, the woman who helped scam his brother out of their ranch. But staying on top of this redhead's every suggestive word and sensual move means putting his case--and his heart--right in the line of fire . . . A Texas Ranger, complete with quarter horse, is as out of place in downtown L.A. as a lawman is in the bed of a suspect, but with both their lives at risk, Chad has to put his trust in the one woman who could bring him down for good, and pray that somehow hard evidence is really just a pack of lies. . . 81,900 Words
"Wicked fun not to be missed!" --USA Today bestselling author Rebecca ZanettiInto The DarkRowan Harper's world has been wrenched apart. The man she thought she loved--the man she does love--is a vampire, and not the kind that glitters. Running away isn't an option. Gabriel isn't just her lover. She's bound to him in ways she can't comprehend, ways that put both of them in desperate danger even as Rowan's desire for him blazes anew. The rules of her life before are gone. But she has a power of her own, a power she is remembering in fits and starts even as time races against her. With her life and Gabriel's very soul on the line, Rowan has to choose who to believe--and who to trust... "Rowan's wry commentary about her predicament is priceless, and this romance sizzles. The revelations about the complex nature of Gabriel's existence and his connection to Rowan are the backdrop in which their wild passion and love run rampant. By striking a "deal with the devil," Rowan gains much but also loses her former humanity. This series is highly recommended." -- Library Journal89,000 Words
"Wicked fun not to be missed!" --USA Today Bestselling Author Rebecca ZanettiTrust Your InstinctsRowan Harper is nothing but a smart-mouthed bookstore clerk with a crappy love life on the night she walks into Rosie's Bar. Most of the drama in her life is borrowed from her best friend's adventures. But when she meets Gabriel--tall and movie star gorgeous--everything changes. Never mind that she turns down the drink he offers, or that he brims with secrets she can't begin to guess at. He ignites a desire in her she never suspected--and shows a fascination with her she can't explain. He has no family, no job, no bank account; he knows where she lives and her favorite flower. An aura of mystery cloaks him, even as Rowan grasps for facts, even as she fears an answer that could destroy her happiness. Gabriel can guide her through a wonderland of new sensations. But only if Rowan trusts him enough to follow. . .Winner of the OKRWA "Finally a Bride" contest."Rowan's wry commentary about her predicament is priceless, and this romance sizzles. The revelations about the complex nature of Gabriel's existence and his connection to Rowan are the backdrop in which their wild passion and love run rampant. By striking a "deal with the devil," Rowan gains much but also loses her former humanity. This series is highly recommended." -- Library Journal94,350 Words
It's where everyone knows your business--and remembers everything you'd rather forget. But somehow the little Catskills town of Marsden draws the most unlikely people back home, turns their lives every which way, and helps them finally figure out what--and who--they want most...As a celebrity photographer's assistant, Celia Marshall is used to seeing all kinds of weird antics. But subbing as the model in irrepressible movie star Niall Crenshaw's latest endorsement ad--while wearing his silk boxers, no less--is definitely not in her job description. Neither is falling for him, especially since he's dating his latest co-star. To complicate things further, Celia is returning to Marsden to keep an eye on her eccentric grandmother--and Niall is driving her there, then staying to judge a talent contest... Soon Celia is pulled in a dozen different directions, trying to get her grandmother to act her age, placating her frantic former boss who's organizing the contest--and attempting to stay away from funny, sexy Niall. Celia's always been level headed, but suddenly she's wishing she could get reckless right along with him. Has the time come for sensible Celia to cut loose?...96,500 Words
THE WEREWOLF'S SERVANTThorncliff Towers is done up for Christmas, secure against wind and wolves. But Karina Petri is shut out, too, and the gypsy witch wants what's inside. She envies the gifts, the feast, the pretty clothes, of course. But her true desire is for the love of Constantin Stoica. Her smolderingly handsome childhood friend agreed to serve Lord Draven after his brother was caught stealing last year. He suspects Karina was involved--and it would take more magic than she possesses to make him forgive...Constantin has always been drawn to Karina's dark curls, flashing eyes, and reckless ways. But trusting her has proven dangerous before, and this night holds more to fear than most. The wrong decisions could cost him his job, his safety--even his life. But letting Karina go could cost him his heart...Praise for Beauty and the Wolf"Dynamic and sensual, paranormal readers will gobble up this sexy read." --Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight's Warrior"Beauty and the Wolf is a deliciously dark retelling of the classic tale that will make you fall in love all over again." --Erin Quinn, author of The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love19,200 Words
Encore, PleaseGiselle Swenov is a radiant opera star whose beauty is second only to her voice. That is, until a jealous enchantress strips away her talent and looks, transforms her into a mute and haggard old woman, and forces her to leave the man of her dreams at the altar on their wedding day. Now there's only one person able to reverse the spell: Giselle's warlock ex-fiancé, Lucian Ivanu. But three years have passed, and the ever-dashing Lucian seems to have moved on?he's inherited a vast fortune, forsaken his scandalous powers, and is even set to marry again. Will he recognize his former flame when she shows up at his engagement party and begs for help? Can she recover the powerful magic ring needed to break the curse before it's too late? Giselle's plight has a darker twist as she discovers just how far the enchantress's grasp reaches...Praise for Beauty and the Wolf"Dynamic and sensual, paranormal readers will gobble up this sexy read." --Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight's Warrior"Beauty and the Wolf is a deliciously dark retelling of the classic tale that will make you fall in love all over again." --Erin Quinn, author of The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love18,000 Words
Sleight Of HandDragomir Starkov poses as an illusionist, a showman performing tricks, his Romanian accent and dark good looks all just a part of the drama. That's how Rose Carlisle first sees him. She's a respectable girl--she wouldn't accept witchy birthday gifts from a demon. But the hustle and bustle of 1912 New York City offers plenty of ways to slip around the strict old rules of propriety. A good thing, too, because once Rose meets Drago, she no longer cares about being respectable. But the only illusion in Drago's act is that his magic is smoke and mirrors. Every word of power he speaks is as real as Rose before him, in thrall to his lust and adoration. Drago knows about Rose's curse, that she will die on her next birthday. But the shadowy threat that stalks her hasn't won her yet. If she can trust him, perhaps he can save her too..."An intriguing twist on a classic fairy tale." --Jennifer Estep, New York Times bestselling authorPraise for Beauty and the Wolf"Dynamic and sensual, paranormal readers will gobble up this sexy read." --Donna Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Midnight's Warrior"Beauty and the Wolf is a deliciously dark retelling of the classic tale that will make you fall in love all over again." --Erin Quinn, author of The Five Deaths of Roxanne Love75,000 Words
This Coursebook in English for Class XII is based on the new curriculum of English at the higher secondary level designed by Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
From country girl to actress of the stage, one woman dares to live her dreams--but is she brave enough to open her heart...?Monica Danes always wanted more than the village of Biddlestone had to offer. After a failed courtship to a man of her parents' choosing, she fled for the city of Bath and never looked back. Today, Monica is the undisputed queen of the theater--a wealthy, independent woman. But when she is called home in the wake of tragedy, Monica returns--intending to leave again as soon as possible.Thomas Ashby has been a groom at the Danes estate since he was a boy--and has been enamored with Monica for almost as long. He knows he isn't a suitable match for his master's daughter, despite the special bond he and Monica have always shared--and their undeniable attraction. But now that she's returned, Thomas has one last chance to prove himself worthy--and to show Monica a life, and a love, she won't want to give up...90,000 Words
Handsome and haunted, he's a reaper who prefers to work alone. But Fate has other plans for him and the sassy secret agent who shot him in another life--if their pasts don't catch up with them first. Dmitri Stavitsky has never played well with others--a Soviet KGB spy in life turned reaper after death, his work of bringing souls to the other side is best done alone. But orders from the top soon place him alongside fellow reaper Gwen Peterson, the American counter intelligence agent who took his life so many years ago. Now, as a ghost from Gwen's past resurfaces with the power to steal reapers' souls, the two have no choice but to set aside their differences and apprehend the rogue together. But their cross-country mission soon ignites feelings Dmitri thought he was no longer capable of--for the woman who helped destroy him. With an ancient force and a small army against them, he'll have to let go of old grudges or risk his future with Gwen...as Fate hangs dangerously in the balance. Praise for Lori Sjoberg's Grave Intentions"A highly enjoyable, intelligently written story."93,000 Words
WANTED: Reliable house sitter to care for two pampered Park Avenue felines. Free penthouse accommodations. Sexy neighbor not included. Bridey Berrigan desperately needs a break. Her day job as a chef has taken its toll, and she's all but given up on the male species. Then Bridey sees the ad for a cat sitter, and its good-bye shoebox apartment, hello Park Avenue palace! With only the pedigreed kitties, Silk and Satin, to keep her company, Bridey can finally get to work writing her dream cookbook. And she can't afford any distractions--least of all her intriguing new neighbor...Businessman Mack Brewster likes his women glamorous, aloof, and very sophisticated. With her easy smile and fresh-faced beauty, Bridey isn't exactly his type. Also, Mack is a dog person. Still, the mouth-watering aromas wafting from Bridey's kitchen are impossible to ignore. And as the impish felines somehow keep bringing the two of them together, Mack's appetite is piqued--in more ways than one. But would Bridey even consider giving a guy like him a chance? Mack's not sure, but he can't wait to find out...63,500 Words
Blue Reynolds knows the darker side of New Never City--the side that's hopped-up on fairy dust and doesn't care if your house gets blown down. Rent's due and his PI business is all but make believe. But even Blue shudders at having to chase after Isabella Davis, a freckle-nosed redhead five feet tall on her tip-toes...if you don't count the pretty pink wings.Izzy is tough, and sneaky, and not too thrilled with the idea of being the new tooth fairy. The last six have been most gruesomely extracted. But Blue has a feeling that whoever is killing the tooth fairies is worse than your standard big bad psycho. The fairy council is hiding something. The Shadows are moving out into the light. And Blue is saddled with a shocking power that could take out half of New Never City...67,600 Words
Pursuing this elusive heiress will be the ultimate temptation...Lady Elizabeth Shield is used to saving herself from trouble. And even if dashing private inquiry agent Dougal Alexander just rescued her from white slavers, she's definitely not returning to her stifling aristocratic life and unsuitable suitors. Not when there are other women in danger--and a secret promise to keep in Edinburgh. But outwitting Dougal's tactics to return her to London and her family will be easier than staying away from his intoxicating kisses...He's a baron's second son accustomed to making his own way and uncovering the truth. Now Dougal must keep Lady Elizabeth close for her own protection, but her spirited wiles are proving scandalously irresistible. His most difficult case yet will be showing her that he's everything she truly desires--and that love is the greatest of adventures..."Before I realized it, the unusually strong and well-developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention. This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read." --Delle Jacobs, author of Lady Wicked39,700 Words
The sweetest gift is the hardest to unwrap...Lady Victoria Allen-Hill never dreamed she'd be a widow at twenty-one--let alone a virgin. Her father insists that she attend a matchmaking house party in the snow-covered seaside town of Pevensey in hopes she'll find a suitable husband. But for Victoria, it's an opportunity to indulge in a passionate affair--and the handsome inventor she meets at the Christmas Eve masquerade ball may be just the man for the job...Lewis Noble is the cousin of London's famed Redcake sisters, so it almost stands to reason that he's just as irresistible as one of their sugar-iced pastries. Lewis catches the eye of every woman at the party--but Victoria is the only one who catches his. He won't be tied down in her father's business, but watching other men court her amid a flurry of engagements ignites a jealousy he's never felt before. A dose of honesty may be just the thing to mend their broken hearts--for many holidays to come..."Before I realized it, the unusually strong and well-developed characters of The Kidnapped Bride had sneaked up on me and captured my full attention. This is one of the best shorter books I have ever read.--Delle Jacobs, author of Lady Wicked "A delightful, sexy glimpse into Victorian life and loving with two wonderfully non-traditional lovers."--Jessa Slade, author of Dark Prince's Desire on His Wicked Smile90,300 Words
"Outrageous, profane, hilarious, sexy and all kinds of wacky!" --Michelle Rowen, national bestselling authorWhen you get time off for bad behavior, romance is the last thing on your mind--but good old-fashioned lust is a whole different story. . . Life undercover isn't exactly one big party--not when you're a DEA agent--but it sure beats a desk job. Except when you screw up big and someone has to go in and clean up after you. In that case, even paper-pushing sounds better than babysitting an erotic romance writer with as many enemies as there are euphemisms for "throbbing manhood." I've been taking down drug dealers for so long, playing bodyguard to a woman named Shoshanna Lehump sounds like nothing more than a giant pain in my ass-- and being partnered with the gorgeous egotistical jerk I never should have slept with in the first place just makes a bad situation even harder--especially when he pursues me as diligently as we're supposed to be chasing the bad guys...What's a girl have to do to get a happy ending anyway? "For a good time, read Robyn Peterman!" --Michelle Rowen, national bestselling author"A zany over-the-top rompfest." --Lexi George, author of Demon Hunting in a Dive Bar "Cop a Feel is fast paced, laugh out loud fun, perfect for a quick weekend read or a lazy afternoon." --RT Book Reviews
"Ella Quinn is one of my favorite authors and this book does not disappoint!" - The Romance Reviews "Everything lovers of Regency romance crave...danger, adventure, and a second chance at love." - Night Owl Reviews, 4.5 Stars & Top Pick"Quinn writes classic Regency romance at its best!" --Shana GalenElla Quinn's bachelors are clever, charismatic--and determined to remain single. Yet one by one, they find that fate--and certain irresistible women--cast doubt on even the best laid plans. . .Haunted by her past, Lady Caroline Martindale fled England for the solace of her godmother's palazzo in Venice. But if Caro was hoping to escape the charms of marriage-minded men, she's come to the wrong place. And she'll resort to extreme measures to spurn the advances of a dangerously determined Venetian marquis. . .Though most of his friends have married off, Gervais, Earl of Huntley, remains bent on eluding the parson's mousetrap. But his convictions begin to falter when he arrives in Venice and meets his match in the alluring Lady Caro. What began as a hastily concocted lie to save her from the marquis may become a chance for them both to relinquish their fear--and embrace what they can no longer deny. . ."Spicy and a thrilling...A perfectly sensual romance to prepare readers for their own hero." - Library JournalPraise 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 MacKenzie100,200 Words
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