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As soapy as an episode of Dallas. --Publishers Weekly The Chases are rich, powerful, and used to getting everything they want. But they're about to discover that even billions can't buy happiness--or keep trouble outside their gilded gates. . .Carter Chase is engaged, but he's still not over his ex-fiancée, Avery. And while Avery can't resist Carter's charm in the bedroom, she's terrified by his threats to take their daughter away from her. After all, Avery knows she can't win a fight against the Chase family... Carter's brother, Michael, is embroiled in his own drama, consumed with guilt over the pain he caused his now ex-wife Kimberly. Six months after granting her a divorce, Michael wants her back. But it may take a tragedy to reunite them. . . When oldest daughter Leigh Chase starts dating a black Republican senator, she finds herself involved in yet another high-profile affair. Leigh vowed to avoid another scandal for her family--but when you're a Chase, that kind of promise is impossible to keep. . ."Winters' juicy novel about a wealthy but utterly dysfunctional family is a real page-turner." --Booklist on A Price to Pay
Reprinted Edition"One incredibly sweet read!" --Mariah Stewart, New York Times bestselling author Molten Chocolate. . .Cinnamon Spice. . .Gingerbread. . .Old-Fashioned Vanilla. . .You can't stop at just one. And the women of the Cupcake Club love to indulge. . .Kit Bellamy was raised on pie. Mamie Sue's Peanut Pies, to be exact, the family company her scheming brother-in-law sold out from under her. Now Kit needs a new recipe for her life--and sleepy Sugarberry Island is the first ingredient. Running mail-order cupcake business Babycakes is a chance to get her baking on again--until she meets tall, dark, and adorable lawyer Morgan Westlake. New to the island to raise his goddaughter, he's as mouthwatering as any of Kit's creations. It's just her luck that he's the spawn of the very law firm that helped crush her dreams. . .Fortunately, Kit's new friends can assure her that Morgan is no typical Westlake--and that even lawyers, not to mention single dads, need romance. If Kit can just be persuaded to follow her appetite--and set another place at her holiday table--her sweetest dreams just might come true. . .Recipes Included!"Hilarious from start to finish." -Affaire du Coeur on Sweet Stuff"Like a rich chocolate ganache. . .Delightful." -RT Book Reviews, 4 STARS on Sugar Rush
From Rosanna Chiofalo comes a sumptuous new novel that sweeps readers from the Italian-American enclave of Astoria, New York, to the stunning vistas of Rome, and introduces two very different women--in a story of friendship, love, and destiny... In college, Pia Santore dreamed of going to New York and taking the Big Apple by storm with her younger sister Erica. Instead, Pia has arrived in Astoria, Queens, with a prestigious journalism internship at a celebrity magazine...and without Erica. Though the neighborhood has an abundance of appeal--including the delectable confections sold at her Aunt Antoniella's bakery--the pain of losing Erica a few years ago still feels fresh. Pia's arrival coincides with an unexpected sighting. Italian movie icon Francesca Donata is rumored to be staying nearby, every bit as voluptuous and divaesque as in her heyday. With the help of a handsome local artist with ties to Francesca's family, Pia convinces the legend to grant her a series of interviews--even traveling to her house in Rome. In the eternal city, Pia begins to unearth the truth behind the star's fabled romances and tangled past. And here too, where beauty and history mingle in every breathtaking view, and hope shimmers in the Trevi fountain and on the Spanish Steps, Pia gradually learns how to love and when to let go. For when in Rome, you may find your carissima--your dearest one--and you may even find yourself...Rosanna Chiofalo is a first-generation Italian American whose parents emigrated from Sicily to New York in the early 1960s. She is the author of Bella Fortuna and is currently hard at work writing her next novel. She and her husband live in New York City. Advance Praise For Carissima"What a glorious novel this is. It's a celebration of life, love and unlikely friendship through the eyes of two very different women. Yet their similarities bind them together and will endear them to readers long after the last page is turned. Bravissima for Carissima!" --Susan Wiggs, # 1 New York Times bestselling author"Fantastico! I couldn't put it down!" --Lisa Jackson, # 1 New York Times bestselling authorPraise for Bella Fortuna"Chiofalo brings the Italian immigrant community and neighborhoods richly to life." --Publishers Weekly"Reading Rosanna Chiofalo's depiction of a modern Italian-American family is like digging into a fresh bowl of pasta--warm, welcome, and satisfying. A deeply felt debut that affirms the importance of friends and family--Italian-style." --Lisa Verge Higgins, author of The Proper Care and Maintenance of Friendship"Well-drawn characters...A charmer." --BookPage"Sometimes tough, sometimes tender, always heartfelt and honest, Bella Fortuna is a lively, finely-stitched tale of life and love, family and friendship, and a zest for cose Italiane!" --Peter Pezzelli, author of Home to Italy"Chiofalo's debut is an inspiring read about second chances with love after tremendous heartbreak... Readers with Italian-American backgrounds will definitely eat this one up!" --RT Book Reviews
"Pepe is a delight!" --RT Book Reviews (4 stars)"In matters of courage, there is no bigger dog than me!"P.I. Geri Sullivan and her talking Chihuahua, Pepe, are always hungry to sink their teeth into a new case. So if helping a hapless husband win back his wayward wife means sneaking into a cult of dog-worshippers, porque no? Inside the believers' rural retreat, Pepe perks up his ears when the charismatic leader pegs him as the next incarnation of the spirit Dogawanda. But the discovery of a body, murdered between mantras, suggests there's more chicanery than channeling going on in this suspicious sect. While wild wolves howl, a killer is on the prowl--and it's up to Geri and her canine compadre to dig up the dirt. Praise for the Barking Detective Mysteries"Crafty plotting will keep you engrossed and have you eagerly awaiting the next book." --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars"Move over, Scooby-Doo, there's a new dog in town!" --Jennie Bentley"I look forward to Pepe's next adventure!" --Bernadette Pajer, author of A Spark of Death "A fun twist on the typical P.I. partnership." --Simon Wood"Readers will sit up and beg for more." --Sushi the Shih Tzu, canine star of the Trash 'n' Treasures mysteries by Barbara Allan Help Support Pet Adoption See Details Inside
She didn't know how far she'd go--until she was pushed.Remy O'Malley was just learning to harness her uncanny healing power when she discovered the other, darker half of her bloodline. Now she lives trapped between two worlds, uneasy among her fellow Healers--and relentlessly hunted by the Protectors. Forced to conceal her dual identity, and the presence of her Protector boyfriend Asher Blackwell, Remy encounters a shadow community of Healers who will put her loyalties to the test. Pushed to the limit, with the lives of those she loves most on the line, Remy must decide whether to choose sides in a centuries-old war--or make the ultimate sacrifice and go to a place from which she may never return. . .Praise for Corrine Jackson's Touched"The first Sense Thieves novel does not disappoint. . .The characters are so realistic; you can't help but imagine yourself as one of them. Thrilling and chilling!" --RT Book Reviews, 4 Stars"A star-crossed romance highlights this series opener. . .Good suspense, imaginative premise." --Kirkus
Eleanor Swift isn't amused when Laughing Luigi--the sketchy frozen pizza dough baron--walks into her Timber Ridge, North Carolina, pizzeria, A Slice of Delight. But the contract for his pizza-making contest seems made-to-order, especially with $25,000 in first-prize money up for grabs. However, when the pizza dough king fails to rise after being murdered with a slice of poisoned pizza, Eleanor and her sister Maddie are peppered with suspicion from all corners. Faster than a 30-minute delivery, they're going to have to juggle seriously surreptitious sleuthing with pressure-packed pizza-making performances. . .before the real killer dishes them their own slices of death!Includes delicious pizza recipe!"Another fun pizza romp." --Publishers Weekly
Fans of Meg Cabot will find Marni's voice equally charming and endearing. --Julie Kagawa, New York Times bestselling authorI take no prisoners. . .I'm Chelsea Halloway and I will happily destroy your social life if you mess with me. Just ask anyone. There is no situation I can't handle. Divorcing parents? No problem. An ex-boyfriend who wants to date Smith High School's biggest geek instead of me? Just a matter of time before I can make him see reason. At least, until my parents decide to ship me off on a study abroad trip to Cambodia. . .Now instead of being admired as the queen of the Notables, I'm stuck with a bunch of college students who don't take me seriously, and a professor who accidentally landed himself on the wrong side of a drug lord. And it's up to me to get us all out of the country alive--even the annoying jerk with the green eyes who won't stop calling me "princess." Oh yeah, what could possibly go wrong?
This series is a winner. --Denise SwansonEllie Avery planned a perfect family getaway: fun in the sun on Florida's Gulf Coast, with a side visit to the eBay vendor who'd mistakenly sent her the wrong handbag. But what should have been a simple exchange turns into a fatal transaction when Ellie discovers Angela495 floating face-down in her pool. With some savvy snooping, Ellie learns that Angela's dangerous double life included blackmail, compromising photos, and a scandalous secret that threatens a local celeb. When a kidnapping shatters her family's safety, Ellie leaves the white sands behind to face down a killer whose warm Southern charm masks a cold, cold heart. Includes great tips for super family vacations! Praise for Sara Rosett's Ellie Avery Mysteries"No mystery is a match for the likable, efficient Ellie." --RT Book Reviews (4 stars) "Charm, Southern sass, and suspense abound . . . delightful." --Fresh Fiction"Some cozies just hit on all cylinders, and Rosett's Ellie Avery titles are among the best." --Library Journal
Alicia Richards loved her daughter from her very first breath. Days later, when tests confirmed what Alicia already knew--that Chloe had Down syndrome--she didn't falter. Her ex-husband wanted a child who would grow to be a scholar. For Alicia, it's enough that Chloe just is.Now twenty-five, Chloe is sweet, funny, and content. Alicia brings her to adult daycare while she teaches at a local college. One day Chloe arrives home thrumming with excitement, and says the words Alicia never anticipated. She has met someone--a young man named Thomas. Within days, Chloe and Thomas, also mentally challenged, declare themselves in love.Alicia strives to see past her misgivings to the new possibilities opening up for her daughter. Shouldn't Chloe have the same right to love as anyone else? But there is no way to prepare for the relationship unfolding, or for the moments of heartbreak and joy ahead.With grace and warmth, Colleen Faulkner tells an unflinching yet heartrending story of mothers and daughters, and of the risks we all take, both in loving and in letting go."Faulkner's latest is a bittersweet and humorous glimpse into the relationship between a loving, protective mother and her adult daughter with Down syndrome...readers will find it surprisingly easy to relate to and sympathize with Alicia as she guides her special-needs daughter through love for the very first time."- RT Book Reviews"Marvelously authentic. In Alicia the author has captured the heart and will and spirit of most special needs moms... an interesting, emotional read which I thoroughly enjoyed. This story is all about love - the joy of finding it, the pain of losing it and the realization that it is all around us, sometimes in the most unexpected of places. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is prepared to laugh, cry and rejoice as they experience life through the eyes of some very special people." - All About Romance
Reprinted EditionDouble Fudge. . .Toasted Coconut. . .Key Lime. . .Strawberry Cream. . .Every bite is a mouthful of heaven. And the women of the Cupcake Club are bringing their appetites. . .Riley Brown never imagined she would find her bliss on Georgia's quiet Sugarberry Island after years of Chicago's city life. With a new career and fantastic new friends, she's got it all--except for eligible men. But a gig staging a renovated beach house delivers a delicious treat--six feet of blue-eyed, gorgeous writer as delectable and Southern as pecan pie. Quinn Brannigan has come to Sugarberry to finish his latest novel in peace, and suddenly Riley has a taste for the bad boy author that no amount of mocha latte buttercream or lemon mousse will satisfy . . ."Donna Kauffman writes smart and sexy, with sizzle to spare!" --Janet Evanovich"A deliciously sexy fulfilling treat!" --New York Times bestselling author Carly Phillips
"This is truly an amazing read." --RT Book ReviewsWhen your dreams come crashing down, what's next? Dawn Johnson's sorority sisters thought she made a huge mistake marrying blue-collar Reginald. But Dawn and Reginald have built a beautiful life for themselves and their two children. Dawn can't wait to show everyone how wrong they were--especially when her mega-successful best friend, Sasha, comes to visit. She never expected Sasha and Reginald would hit it off so well. She never expected they'd betray her in the most shocking and hurtful way imaginable--by running off together. And she never knew how much rage she could hold in her broken heart. . .With her life now in shambles, Dawn will do whatever it takes to regain what she's lost. But the road back will mean risking more than she ever imagined. . ."I recommend Should Have Known Better to readers looking for a book that will have them talking out loud." --APOOO Book Club"Octavia skillfully adds dimension and hidden aspects to her characters while offering surprises aplenty. . ." --Booklist on His Third Wife
The Ultimate Heist Kiki SwinsonAccustomed to a life of luxury, Shannon Marshall is devastated to lose everything after her husband, Todd, is sent to prison for gun running. So when Todd plans the ultimate stickup from behind bars, Shannon's ready to put her neck on the line. But she'll have to pull off the hustle of a lifetime and play one dangerous gangster who always gets what he wants. . .Robyn Banks De'Nesha DiamondDEA Agent Jordan Hayes has spent a lifetime trying to hide her real identity and her family's criminal past. But then sexy and mysterious Keston Bishop strolls into her life and turns everything upside down. Despite being addicted to the danger that radiates from Keston, Jordan quickly discovers that she's not the only one with the kind of secrets that could cost her everything..."Kiki captures the heat of the streets." --Wahida Clark"Diamonds's hairpin plot twists, snappy dialogue, sultry sex scenes, and colorful, often hilarious characters keep the pages turning." --Publishers Weekly
Greenwood is a writer of subtle strength. . .finding light in the darkest of stories. --Publishers Weekly on Two RiversIn 1960, Billie Valentine is a young housewife living in a sleepy Massachusetts suburb, treading water in a dull marriage and caring for two adopted daughters. Summers spent with the girls at their lakeside camp in Vermont are her one escape--from her husband's demands, from days consumed by household drudgery, and from the nagging suspicion that life was supposed to hold something different. Then a new family moves in across the street. Ted and Eva Wilson have three children and a fourth on the way, and their arrival reignites long-buried feelings in Billie. The affair that follows offers a solace Billie has never known, until her secret is revealed and both families are wrenched apart in the tragic aftermath. Fifty years later, Ted and Eva's son, Johnny, contacts an elderly but still spry Billie, entreating her to return east to meet with him. Once there, Billie finally learns the surprising truth about what was lost, and what still remains, of those joyful, momentous summers. In this deeply tender novel, T. Greenwood weaves deftly between the past and present to create a poignant and wonderfully moving story of friendship, the resonance of memories, and the love that keeps us afloat. "Complex and compelling." --Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters
Reprinted Edition"Grant entices, captivates, and mesmerizes." --RT Book ReviewsChristina Brinsley is that girl.You know the one: a little bougie, a little opinionated, knows it all, has it all, and is a total perfectionist. But Christina's perfectly crafted world isn't really so perfect. Her third engagement fizzled three days before the wedding, her family expects her to solve their problems, and her friends are out of control. To keep it together, she dedicates herself to her work, because it's the one thing that won't let her down. But when her latest assignment leads her to sizzling hot professor Steven Williams, the one man who sees through her efforts to outsmart and outmaneuver her way through every situation, Christina can't believe she's falling for a man who may be a key player in the scandal she's investigating. . .. "A sassy 'he said/she said' romance." --Publishers Weekly "A funny, fast-paced romance." --RT Book ReviewsThis is a Reprint
Ric Van Holtz is more than he seems, nothing you expect--and everything you want. . .When it comes to following her instincts, former Marine Dee-Ann Smith never holds back. And this deadly member of a shifter protection group will do anything to prove one of her own kind is having hybrids captured for dogfights. Trouble is, her too-cute, rich-boy boss Ric Van Holtz is making it real hard for Dee to keep her heart safe. He's wanted the fiercely independent she-wolf from day one, but he never expected their teamwork to be so explosive. Now is his last chance to show Dee what she needs isn't some in-your-face Alpha male--but a wily, resourceful wolf who'll always have her back in a fight. . .and between the sheets.Praise for the novels of Shelly Laurenston"Delicious, sexy and wicked fun!" --New York Times bestselling author Gena Showalter on Bear Meets Girl"Non-stop laughter, snark, and witty banter." --SmexyBooks on Beast Behaving Badly
This roller-coaster tale takes you on a spiritual ride. --RT Book ReviewsWhen a good woman goes astray, what will it take to get right with her family--and God? The one thing Shari McCray is feeling most about her marriage is what it's missing, but her husband Dillon's frustrations with his career as a Christian college football coach leave her complaints falling on deaf ears. So when a book she's written is adapted into a play, Shari jumps at the chance to get away--even if it leads her straight to temptation. Bryce Maddox, the famous gospel singer who's starring in the play, has a lot in common with Shari, including a troubled marriage. As their attraction deepens, Shari's fear that her relationship with God is in trouble comes true. To get right, she'll have to set things straight with her husband--and the Lord. But the road to redemption has its share of surprises, and it will take all the love and faith Shari and Dillon can muster to turn a difficult situation into a lifelong blessing. "Wearing My Halo Tilted offers an interesting peek into some of the everyday things that cause marriages to fail." --The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
Buckle Up. It's Going To Be Quite A Ride.Despite his brooding bad-boy attitude, Brody's luxury charter airline, Sky High, provides the perfect escape route whenever things get complicated. And lately, things have become very complicated, thanks to the insanely passionate, or perhaps just insane, kiss he shared with Sky High's gorgeous, wisecracking concierge, Maddie. He's tried to keep his distance, but now Maddie desperately needs help, and it's triggering alpha-male urges Brody didn't even know he had--especially after he finds out that Maddie and her twin sister Leena are in big-time trouble. To save Leena, Maddie and Brody must pose as husband and wife. Good plan, except it's hard to tell if the heat in bed is acting or something too good to be true. . ."Jill Shalvis sweeps you away." -Cherry AdairPraise for Jill Shalvis and her novels"Shalvis makes me laugh, makes me cry, makes me sigh with pure pleasure." --Susan Andersen, New York Times bestselling author"Hot, sweet, fun, and romantic! Pure pleasure!" --Robyn Carr, New York Times bestselling author"Witty, fun and sexy--the perfect romance!" --Lori Foster
In his stunningly honest and poignant memoir, Frank Spinelli recounts a childhood marked by trauma and of finding the courage that ultimately transformed his life...Frank Spinelli grew up on Staten Island in the 1970s to Italian-born parents who viewed cops and priests as second only to the Pope in infallibility. His mother, concerned that her son was being bullied at school for being "different," signed Frank up for Boy Scouts when he turned eleven. For the next two years, Frank's life had two realities--one lived in full view of his family, and the other a secret he shared with his Scoutmaster that he couldn't confess to anybody. Eventually Frank went to college, established a thriving medical practice, and found a home in Manhattan. But the emotional and physical effects of his past continued to shadow every aspect of his life. Then a shocking discovery gave Frank the opportunity to overturn thirty years of confusion and self-blame--for himself, and for other boys like him. Pee-Shy is a remarkable story of overcoming the unimaginable to choose resilience over darkness, and love over loss. "A devastatingly heartbreaking look at life after childhood abuse, with wit and piercing insight that can only come from a place of brutal honesty." --Josh Kilmer-Purcell "This is a memoir about a grown-up boy's generous--and healing--heart."--Kevin Sessums "This is one of those horrific, true stories that Dr. Spinelli so courageously reveals. With raw honesty he makes us understand that monsters do exist and a child's innocence is precious. His story is one of too many, but maybe, this one will help open our eyes a little more and shine a light on a taboo subject that many chose not to see or believe." --Whoopi Goldberg
"Hot, sexy and smart!" --Carly PhillipsLife's a BeachThough his family owns the charming beachside town of Barefoot William, Aidan Cates is as down-to-earth as the locals. He's also practical to a fault and doesn't believe some psychic on the boardwalk can predict his future. Jillie Mac is as free as an ocean breeze, so when the hot stranger and his date mistake her for a fortune teller, she's ready to have some fun. But one devastating secret told, one mistaken identity revealed, and numerous long summer nights later, it's Jillie and Aidan who discover that sometimes love comes with a simple twist of fate. Praise for Kate Angell and her novels"Grab a beach chair, sunscreen, and a Kate Angell book for a great summer read!" --Roxanne St. Claire, New York Times bestselling author"Fast-paced. Fun characters." --Lori Foster, New York Times bestselling author
Hot Conflict Rule number one for "How to Throw a Wedding": Don't get kidnapped. Rule number two? Don't let your rescuer be DJ McAllister, as in tall, dark, and secretive with a bod to die for. As in the man who pushed wedding planner Mary Grace Heyward away once and left her heartbroken for, um, well forever. But now that they're running for their lives (so that's what it takes to get a man to commit!), the looks DJ's giving her tell another story, one that's making her very, very warm. And Mary Grace's mission is clear: Indulge the hot Marine's every fantasy and secure a victory of the everlasting kind. . . Hot Landing Zone The mission went bad, really bad. And Jake Mackenzie blames Dr. Katherine Collier, the egghead scientist his team was rescuing from terrorists. If she'd just obeyed his orders they wouldn't be stranded--alone--on a remote island with no way off. But hell, Jake's a Marine. He'll improvise, adapt, and overcome. . .as long as the drop-dead gorgeous Katherine stops accidentally setting off his booby traps, prancing around in what's left of her clothing, and driving him wild with desire. Protecting her is his sworn duty, and the lady seems to have some specific requests in that area. . . Hot Target Rick Cahill's got his orders: Drop into the Amazon and pick up American Peace Corp volunteer Sam Previn. Who knew Sam was actually Samantha, a beautiful redhead with a temper to match? And who knew the Colombian drug cartels would be after them? On the run in the jungle, searching secluded spots for shelter, Rick has to remind himself that Sam is off-limits, no matter how it unhinges him every time her skin brushes his. But when the savvy Sam starts speaking in military abbreviations and can load a sidearm without looking, it's clear she's something special--and just Rick's type. . . The daughter, wife, and now mother of career U.S. Marines, Amy J. Fetzer has penned twenty-eight novels and novellas in historical, historical paranormal, contemporary, and romantic suspense. Amy's work has been nominated twice for Storyteller of the Year in historical and contemporary, Career Achievement, and hit the top spots of the Waldenbooks bestseller lists, as well as winning several genre awards. After twenty-five years of traveling with the Marine Corps, Amy and her family live outside Charleston, South Carolina, enjoying the quiet, retired life, trying to behave like civilians.
Danger Surrounds Her... A nurse in the tough South Bronx, pretty Dana Molloy has always sacrificed her happiness to care for others. Now, on the eve of a much-deserved vacation, a drive-by shooting leaves her wounded and a teenager dead. When officials ignore the crime, Dana is mad as hell, determined to get action, and right up in the face of Bronx homicide detective Jonathan Stone... Desire Tempts Her... It's a face Dana can't resist, even though it belongs to the last type of man she ever thought she'd fall for--a cop. Despite her intentions to distance herself from him emotionally, Dana feels the pull of an attraction that is at once both mutual and compelling. But when someone tries to run her down, she turns to Jonathan for both his protection and to find out who really wants her dead. . . Can Love Save Her? But the answers she seeks are more complicated than anyone expects. As the sins of the past and the sordidness of the present collide on the mean streets, the path before Dana may lead to Jonathan's arms--or to the wrong place, the wrong time, and the hands of a killer.
From acclaimed author Mary Sheldon comes a novel of ambition and desire about a woman who outgrows her life, only to discover a new one--with new dangers--just around the corner... Growing up in Palm Springs, Pandora Brown had daydreams that couldn't be contained in the small desert town. She yearned for something more fun, more glamorous, more fulfilling--like her uncle's life as a Hollywood agent. If wishes came true, that's where she'd be... And suddenly, Pandora is given her chance. Her uncle dies unexpectedly, leaving Pandora his agency. With childhood sweetheart Gary along for the ride, she shakes the desert sand off her feet and heads for Los Angeles. But the little girl from Palm Springs has a lot to learn about Hollywood, particularly the cutthroat world behind the scenes. She turns to her uncle's beautiful young assistant for help. But the savvy, charismatic Lori has her own selfish--and vengeful-- motives. She encourages Pandora's interest in the dashing owner a rival talent agency, a harmless crush that results in a deadly obsession. And when Pandora falls into a passionate affair with a stuntman, the love triangle is destined for disaster... Mary Sheldon, the daughter of novelist Sidney Sheldon and actress Jorja Curtright, grew up in Los Angeles and New York City. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters and is working on her next novel.
Frothy fun. --Publishers Weekly on Ninja Soccer Moms If only life came with operating instructions. Samantha Shaw's dating service, Heart Mates, is barely paying the bills, and her relationship with private investigator Gabe Pulizzi isn't exactly a ringing endorsement of her knack for romance. And now Sam's friend Angel has disappeared just as she was about to launch a new lingerie business, leaving behind a ransacked, bloodstained house. Detective Logan Vance--alias romance novelist R.V. Logan--is busy fending off the advances of a lovesick fan so, with Gabe in tow, Sam questions Angel's ex-husband, Hugh Crimson. Sam knows her friend's divorce has been filed under "unpleasant" but she can't believe Hugh's capable of ex-wife-napping--or murder. If Hugh isn't a killer, who messed up Angel's house--and why? Where is Angel? And what's Sam going to say when Gabe insists she make a decision about their relationship? Solving this case will require every ounce of energy Sam's got, and she's going to unearth some high-voltage surprises along the way. . . Jennifer Apodaca grew up in southern California and still makes it her home. She loves creating characters with attitude and then getting them into all kinds of trouble. The unlimited support of her husband and three sons has made writing a joy. Jennifer is hard at work on the next Samantha Shaw book.
She's Gun Shy... Doggie gourmet shop owner, Quilla Day, found her fiancé cheating. That taught her a lesson: don't trust any man. Now, with no family around her, she's alone and stepping into a nightmare. It begins when she stumbles upon a woman's body on a jogging path. But by the time the police arrive the body is gone... He's A Hot Shot... Angry at being ignored by the cops, worried the killer may have seen her, and determined to find out what happened, Quilla is soon on a collision course with undercover agent Denton Manning. Aloof, almost arrogant, and totally gorgeous, Denton believes he's immune to any sexy lady...until feisty, fiery Quilla proves him wrong. And Love Is About To Pull The Trigger Denton wants Quilla in his arms--but he decides not to tell her the truth about who he is until his undercover case is over. Bad move. Worse timing. One thing that can kill their growing love is Denton's lies. Another is a ruthless murderer who plans to end Quilla's future before it begins.
On the surface, Samantha Shaw's life looks pretty good--she has a hot boyfriend, private investigator Gabe Pulizzi, and her own business, Heart Mates Dating Service. But raising two boys and keeping track of her ornery magician grandfather is tricky business. . .especially when you add murder to the mix. . .. Knocking down the wall between Samantha Shaw's dating service, Heart Mates, and her boyfriend Gabe Pulizzi's P.I. office seemed like a good idea. The construction dust is causing chaos, but the real trouble is how Sam's going to handle her two sons, her grandfather, her business, and training for her P.I. license--and squeeze in a relationship with Gabe at the same time. She hasn't even begun to figure it out when her grandfather, Barney Webb, winds up in trouble of his own--he's been accused by arrogant magician Shane Masters of hiring a hit man to kill him. Sam knows it can't be true, despite Shane's practice of exposing other illusionists' secrets in a series of popular "spoiler" shows. Proving Grandpa's innocence is priority number one, even though the old man is strangely resistant to her offers to get to the bottom of Shane's accusation. Then Grandpa's protégé Fletch Knight shows up in Lake Elsinore, asking Barney to help him videotape backdrops for his upcoming performance at the House of Magic. Sam thinks Barney should be focusing on clearing his name, but she doesn't have much time to push the issue since she's just landed a new case--discovering which magician's secrets Shane will expose for Shane's ex, Nikki Eden, whose high-concept illusions depend on secrecy. With another of Grandpa's former students in town, and Gabe's troubled brother arriving unexpectedly, Sam is up to her ears in sleight of hand and whispered secrets when Shane Masters' murdered body suddenly appears. Detective Logan Vance, Sam's police connection, is furious that she's withheld information. With so many balls in the air, Sam is tempted to throw in the towel and take up juggling, but finding a killer comes first. There's no shortage of suspects, but with Sam's own life at stake--again!--figuring out whodunit is going to be the most spectacular trick of all. . .
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