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Chutes And Adders

by Barbara Block

Recently widowed Robin Light runs Noah's Ark, a Syracuse pet shop specializing in puppies and parakeets, bunnies and boas. Robin can't resist rescuing a stray kitten--or finding the vicious killer who set her up to take the rap. . .for murder.Deadly VenomThe package looked innocent enough. . .until it was opened and the rare, saw-backed viper attacked. By the time Robin got her co-worker to the hospital, he was dead, the cops had unearthed a small fortune in her shop's heating vent, and she's been fingered as the prime suspect in a particularly nasty murder case.Now, as Robin struggles to clear her name and to keep Noah's Ark afloat, she finds herself following a trail strewn with corpses. . .straying far from her pampered pets and into a den of venomous secrets where someone stalks her with the cold-blooded skill of a cobra. . .someone coiled and ready to strike.

Something Real

by J. J. Murray

Thanks to her black mother and her Irish father, Ruth "Penny" Borum is the color of a new penny. Big-boned and notoriously sassy, Ruth is nonetheless the organist and a member in good standing of Antioch, Virginia's most prominent black church--or at least she was until she dragged the popular Reverend Jonas Borum into an ugly divorce.Having lost everything in the divorce, Ruth scrapes by on what she can make as a hairdresser at Diana's, a tiny two-seat salon. Alone at night, in her basement apartment, she indulges in ice cream and argues with the Almighty. Did He have to take everything away? And when is He going to give something back?The Good Lord must have a sense of humor. That's the only conclusion Ruth can reach when He makes her fall head over heels in love. . .with a white man. Her friends are appalled, and Antioch, her spiritual home since birth, is ready to throw her out on her ear. Still, with the help of jump rope rhymes, a homeless man who hears God's voice in a mason jar, and two children who want a Mama as much as she wants them, Ruth's determined to prove anything is possible--even love between two people who couldn't be more mismatched. . ."Delightful! Sexy! Something Real is like a burst of sunshine." --Romance in Color"J. J. Murray has outdone himself with his latest work. He has written a realistic story that could happen to anyone."--RAWSistaz

Closer To Fine

by Meri Weiss

In this luminous debut novel about a young woman putting her life back together after the death of her brother, Meri Weiss explores hope after heartbreak, and the myriad ways that those we love can make us whole again. . .Growing up, Alexandra and her older brother Ashley were never close. Her decision to move in to Ashley's Upper West Side apartment to care for him during his final months surprises herself as much as anyone, but it can't erase the guilt Alex feels at the years they wasted. Now, four years after his death, with a bout of depression and a suicide attempt behind her, Alex feels fragile but no longer broken. As for normal--only with her roommate and best friend Jordy and their gay friend Jax can she feel anything close to that.Then Alex's therapist, Sam, bequeaths her a cryptic message that changes everything. The note reads simply, "You're missing a piece of yourself." At Sam's funeral, Alex meets Tucker--the charming, cute son of one of New York's wealthiest businessmen. As their romance deepens, Tucker tries to draw Alex out of her safety zone. But is Tucker the key to Sam's riddle, or is the real answer still waiting to be found?At once humorous and heartbreaking, and peopled with deftly rendered characters, Closer to Fine is an exquisite first novel about love, loss, and self discovery, written with uncommon verve and grace.

6 Sick Hipsters

by Rayo Casablanca

In this hilarious, frenetic, adrenalin-charged debut, Rayo Casablanca does for modern day Williamsburg, Brooklyn, what Bret Easton Ellis's Less than Zero did for '80s L.A.--but with a knowing grin and a far cooler soundtrack. . .Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is the center of the hipster universe, and the members of the Whole Sick Crew are its shining stars. The gang includes Wolfgang, a heavy metal musician and high school guidance counselor who supplies coke to his charges; Rad, a doctor obsessed with obscure new wave songs who has a bad habit of cutting himself when he's stressed; Beth Ann, the neighborhood's queen knitter who's slowly going blind and Harrison, a museum curator moonlighting as a writer of highly prized porn. Collectively, they're the arbiters of taste for every vinyl-loving, Gap-spurning, thrift store regular in town. But lately someone has been laying waste to Brooklyn's über-hipsters, dispatching them in gruesome fashion.The cops are dragging their heels, but the Whole Sick Crew knows that a serial killer dubbed Doctor Jeep is responsible. They have a plan to stop him--and it's about to go spectacularly awry. Before the week is over, they'll be up to their skinny-jeaned waists in mayhem, manipulation, contract killers, raw sewage, and murderous monkeys. Something is rotten in the state of Billyburg, and the last hipsters standing will discover just how rotten it really is. . .

Italian Lessons

by Peter Pezzelli

With his trademark warmth, humor, and wisdom, Peter Pezzelli's newest novel weaves an unforgettable tale of Italian-American life and family, hope and heartbreak, lessons learned and lessons deferred, and a love that can heal time's greatest wounds. . .Italian LessonsFresh out of college, Carter Quinn has returned to his home in North Providence, Rhode Island, unsure of just about everything except his plans to go to Italy and pursue the woman of his dreams. To do that, he needs to learn to speak Italian, and only one man is right for the job--Giancarlo Rosa. . .if Carter can survive him.Giancarlo is nobody's fool. The middle-aged music professor does offer Italian lessons, but only to those who are truly motivated. If Carter wants to learn, he will have to prove himself: lessons three times a week, hours of studying, strict discipline. And there will be no questions about the professor's life--why he hasn't written music in years, why he lives alone, and why he left his homeland in the first place. Carter may see Italy as a land of romance, but Giancarlo knows just what disappointments and betrayals live under the Abruzzo sky. What begins as an apparent mismatch between mentor and student soon blossoms into something deeper--a friendship that carries them into the old country, where forgotten secrets may hold the key to a new lease on life.Now, in a land of sun, wine, new romance and old wounds, two men will embark on separate, unpredictable journeys that will take them deep into the untraveled places of the heart where everything must be learned. . .Praise for the Novels of Peter PezzelliFrancesca's Kitchen"Home cooking, good pasta and traditional family values conquer all in this amusing and touching story." --Publishers Weekly"Filled with warmth and humor, Pezzelli's latest novel entices. Readers won't want to put down this richly detailed novel." --Romantic TimesEvery Sunday"A sweet, brave, and funny novel--with a heart as big as the entire state of Rhode Island." --Claire Cook, author of Must Love DogsHome To ItalyA BookSense Pick! "A beautiful novel. . .Peter Pezzelli captures the warmth of Italy--family, friendships, and food--invites us into the world of his wonderful characters, and takes us full circle on a journey of life and love." --Luanne Rice, New York Times bestselling author"Bighearted and wise, Home to Italy is a charming ode to the romance of new beginnings and the Italian gusto for life."--Louisa Ermelino, author of Joey Dee Gets Wise"A warmhearted novel, perfect for an autumn evening in front of the fire." --Litchfield Enquirer

The Way You Aren't

by Karen White-Owens

The Stakes Are High. . .. . .for successful advertising exec Brennan Thomas. But when he's offered the chance to make partner, he goes all out to win the new account. Then his colleagues throw down another challenge--transform geeky co-worker Krista Hamilton from a dud to a diva. And when the money's on the table, Brennan isn't one to walk away. . .In The Game Of Love. . .. . .Krista Hamilton is clueless. She hides her insecurities behind dowdy clothes and a brilliant mind. Always the butt of office jokes, the last thing she expects is the attention of handsome and sexy Brennan Thomas. But against her instincts she opens her heart, only to discover that she is the object of an office dare. . .All Bets Are Off. . .. . .Unless Brennan can convince Krista that his feelings are sincere and that she is more important to him than a partnership and all the money in the world. Winning Krista's love is the biggest test he's ever faced and he plans to succeed before it's too late. But Krista has some demands of her own. . .

Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin

by Susan Reinhardt

"She's like a modern-day, southern-fried Erma Bombeck or Dave Barry." --BooklistIs the brand sticker still affixed to your sauté pan?Is your wok used solely as a receptacle for potato chips?Does your blender only see the light of day when Baccardi or Tequila is involved?If so, then welcome to the Kitchen Virgin Club. But don't despair--you're in the illustrious company of Susan Reinhardt: syndicated columnist, spokeswoman for skewed southern bellehood. . .and one truly lousy cook. In this cleaver-sharp new collection of food stories, culinary missteps, and recipes from yummy to yucky, Reinhardt comes clean--way clean--as the unapologetic product of a long line of talented, fascinating, funny women who have regular brushes with homicide by pot roast. From "The Toaster Oven is a Bee-otch" to "When Road Kill Makes it to Mikasa," as well as the titular tale of the socialite who shaved her fuzzy greens, these stranger-than-fiction accounts will have you laughing until milk spews out of your nose. And for those inspired to graduate from Kitchen Virgin to Kitchen 'Tute, there's "Bone Apple Cheat!"-- Reinhardt's own shortcut-to-real-food recipes. So next time you're tempted to make Taco Bell your last (okay, first) resort, crack open this book, have a laugh. . .and get cookin'."So engaging. . .so honest. . .will make you laugh out loud." --The Asheville Citizen-Times"Like hanging out with your bluntest, most mischievous friend, the one who never fails to crack you up." --Chicago Sun-Times"Funny and touching. . .Reinhardt is not afraid to put it all out there." --The Pilot (N.C.)"Susan Reinhardt takes the naked, honest truth and sets it on fire in a blaze of laughter. . .will have you holding your sides the whole time." --Laurie Notaro, Autobiography of a Fat Girl"She can break your heart in one sentence and leave you laughing till you're breathless in the next."--Julie Cannon, True Love & Homegrown TomatoesSusan Reinhardt is a syndicated columnist and feature writer whose work has appeared all over the world in major newspapers such as the Washington Post, London Daily Mirror, Newsday, and other Tribune Media and Gannett publications. Reinhardt has won dozens of awards for her writing, including several Best of Gannett honors and a Pulitzer Prize nomination. A long-time volunteer fund-raiser for Hospice, the United Way, the American Lymphoma and Leukemia Society, the PTO and other worthwhile and not so worthwhile causes, Reinhardt is also a proud member of the Not Quite Write Book Club, a group of ten women who drink wine and pretend to act literary. A true Daughter of the South, Susan Reinhardt was born in South Carolina, was raised in Georgia, and currently makes her home in Asheville, North Carolina, the jewel city of the Blue Ridge Mountains. She is married to jazz musician Stuart Reinhardt and has two adorable children. She still calls her mama every night.

Inferno

by Vivi Anna

Burn, Baby, BurnThe sexiest, smartest, leather-clad hell-raiser ever to walk the post-Apocalyptic Earth is always on the prowl for enemies and sexual conquests. But now Kat is chasing something very different--and far more dangerous. She's caught a killer virus and only one man has the cure--a scientist called Onyx who dwells in the deadly city of Inferno. If she's going to make it there alive, she'll need the help of Hades, her favorite lover--a man who's big, mean, and hotter than hell. But he won't help her for free--he wants her body and her heart, and he's not going to settle for anything less than a lifetime of pleasure. Because once they enter the Inferno, they may never come out again. . .Praise For Vivi Anna And Hell Kat"Engrossing. . .this thrilling, exciting erotica is sure to charm the pants off readers!"--Romantic Times Book Club (4 stars)"Kat is strong, independent, sexy, and tough. Hades is a true alpha and sexy as hell. . ..Every twist of the story left me reeling. . .intense, dark, dangerous, and beautifully written."--Literary Nymphs (5 Nymphs)"Gritty and romantic. . .passionate and fast-paced, Hell Kat is one hell of a book!"--Romance Junkies (4 Ribbons)"Astounding depth of character, world-building, and the way the words paint a picture brought vividly to life. The story pulls you in and you can see it before your eyes like a film."--The Library Reviews

When I'm Not Myself

by Deborah J. Wolf

Once again, with astonishing truth and refreshing humor, Deborah J. Wolf brilliantly depicts a woman's real joys and sorrows during love, loss, and starting anew. . .Sometimes a marriage is over long before it officially ends. When Cara's husband packs a bulging suitcase and leaves her for a younger woman ironically named Barbie, Cara can only say, "That's it?" before the tears begin. Now Cara has lost three dress sizes while picking up the pieces of her life with four kids and no man, and a mother whose idea of support involves detailing how Cara didn't do enough to save the marriage. But she is surviving with the help of her best friends: Melanie, aka Mel-the-fixer-of-everything, who feels that faithless Jack's departure is the best thing that could have happened; Leah, solid as a rock, who is always there to lean on; and Paige, the casserole queen, who shows up with mac-n-cheese and sympathy.Despite frustrations and self-doubts, Cara is learning to hope and heal as she transforms from a long-suffering wife to the vibrant, self-assured woman she was meant to be. But the road to Cara's brighter future is strewn with complications, especially when the "other woman" asks for a favor. . .and Cara's path takes a poignant twist on the road to happiness.

With You And Without You

by Deborah J. Wolf

Written with the poignancy of heartbreak and the indomitable promise of hope, Deborah J. Wolf's unforgettable debut novel delves into the fragile, ever-changing relationships between mothers and daughters in the worst of times--and in the best...Allyson Houlihan had the normal ups and downs with her husband and two daughters, but all in all, their life was good, full, and happy. That changed on the day a tragic accident ripped her husband away from her--and shattered everything.Over a year later, Allyson and her daughters--eleven-year-old Becca and fourteen-year-old Lydia--are still struggling to regain their rhythm as a family. A disciplined and athletic soccer player, Becca is at a loss when an injury forces her to the sidelines, leaving her emotionally adrift. And when Ally senses Lydia, silent and secretive, slipping away, the sense of helplessness and frustration is nearly overwhelming. It will take another of life's unexpected twists and the rock-solid support of her husband's best friend, Michael, for a mother and her girls to finally run towards each other--instead of away--and for a devoted wife to free her heart to live and love again...Special chat with the author insideDeborah J. Wolf lives with her husband and two daughters in Northern California. This is her first novel.

The Bachelor Chronicles

by Ron Geraci

This is the true story of a thirty-something single man in New York.A man who is employed, decent, and horny.A man hilariously combing his way through women in search of one who will make him stop searching. . .For the last four years, "This Dating Life" columnist Ron Geraci has chronicled his romantic (mis)adventures in the pages of Men's Health, offering readers a no-holds-barred look into one man's bare-naked dating life. His mission was simple: he dated whomever he could find in order to fill that month's dispatch and revealed everything--the good and bad, funny and catastrophic, triumphant and painful. The Bachelor Chronicles is Geraci's hilariously frank confession of his wild ride from struggling writer in the frenzied world of magazine journalism to his rise as the "male Carrie Bradshaw" with the scars to prove it.From the women he maniacally dated (lots) to the ones he enraged (even more) and enthralled (okay, you win some), Geraci's story careens through an insane New York City landscape that includes countless prospects, one lesbian, two therapists, a high-priced matchmaker, possible liposuction, incredible and not-so-incredible-but-at-least-frequent sex, dating addiction, destroyed relationships as an occupational hazard, blossoming alcoholism, porn, waking up in apartments where no sane man should find himself, perverse mating schemes, noble motivations, desperate loneliness, and the near-constant yearning for a stable life with one woman. Part cautionary tale, part dating survival guide, The Bachelor Chronicles is an emotionally naked, frequently hilarious peek into the male mind and modern romance by a guy honest enough to tell it like it is.

Close To Perfect

by Tina Donahue

Cover Me, BabyReal estate mogul Josh Wyatt is hotter than hot. That body. That wicked grin. Those eyes. The man can melt panty elastic with just one look--hell, he could melt driveway ice with just one look. And the tabloid photos of him emerging--naked--from his very secluded Florida pool just got him voted the year's most delectable hunk by women all across America. Time to get a bodyguard and fast. But the minute he meets sultry, leggy ex-cop Tess Franklin, Josh knows he's met his match. . .Kick paparazzi butt? Check. Scare away his lust-crazed fans? No problem. Pretend to be his girlfriend? Sure. Practical Tess would never say no to an easy gig like that. But Josh is even hotter in person than he is in those amazing photos--and Tess Franklin is about to experience an extreme meltdown. . .in his arms.

Naked Truth

by Amy J. Fetzer

Catch Me If You CanClandestine operative Alexa Gavlin has a new mission--stay alive long enough to learn why her memory of the last thirty days has been chemically erased. She has no country, no contracts, nothing left but an unlikely ally in former marine and retrieval expert Killian Moore.Blackmailed into hunting down the operative suspected of ruining his career, Killian sees Alexa as nothing more than some sexy vital statistics and the means to clear his name--until he locks horns with the beautiful agent. He knows Alexa's an expert at deception, yet what they share between the sheets is raw, tender, and very real. But she's on the run again, and Killian knows if he doesn't catch her, the enemy will.From the jungles of Colombia to the sparkling metropolis of Hong Kong, as each piece falls into place, Alexa and Killian learn that nothing is as it seems, and stopping terrorists set on a collision course will test their precious trust to the absolute limits.

Ain't No Sunshine

by Candice Dow

For Laila, the road to self discovery leads to shocking revelations, but she'll brave those dark times in order to see the light.When twenty-two-year-old Laila ran away from her controlling boyfriend and her job as a dancer in a Miami strip club, she thought her past had been buried for good.Determined to create a new life for herself in Philadelphia, she meets young and sexy Jordan Maxwell, who is more than willing to help. When Jordan introduces Laila to Poetry Night at a local club, she shines on stage and attracts the interest of an independent record producer.With a bright future just around the corner, Laila quickly discovers she is far from safe. Family secrets suddenly erupt and force her back to Miami, where all of Laila's relationships, old and new, and all of her choices, good and bad, lead her home in a way she could never have imagined.

Tight

by Patrick Sanchez

From the author of Girlfriends and The Way It Is comes a no-holds-barred look at America's plastic surgery obsession through three heartrending, hilarious, and very real friends. . .TightBrenda Harrison has never been a slave to vanity and was never too concerned about the ill effects time and motherhood have had on her thirty-something body. But when she suspects that her husband may be cheating on her, Brenda has second thoughts about growing old gracefully. . .Nora Perez has always enjoyed her life of late-night club-hopping, man-juggling, and just being fabulous. But as her fortieth birthday approaches, the men have started looking past her. Now Nora's booking an appointment with a plastic surgeon. . .Although Kamille Cooper is still in her twenties, she firmly believes there's no problem that a little nip-and-tuck can't fix. But Kamille's so insecure she'd Botox her elbows to get rid of the creases, and, thanks to an operating room mishap, her latest obsession just may be her last. . .Now three women are about to take a wild ride through plastic surgery seminars, Botox injections, aspirations of a Jennifer Lopez-derriere, and the endless quest for physical perfection. But along the way, they may just learn a few lessons about the real cost of plastic surgery and what it really means to be beautiful.Patrick Sanchez is a native Washingtonian, having grown up in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C. After enduring twelve years of Catholic school, Patrick attended George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, where he majored in psychology (with a minor in naps, The Price Is Right, and The Young and the Restless). Prior to his career as a novelist, Patrick worked as professional writer in sales and marketing for a managed healthcare company in Falls Church, Virginia.

Bliss

by Fiona Zedde

When You Want It All, You've Got To Give It AllFrom the outside, Bliss Sinclair's life seems very glamorous--a high-profile job with a publishing house, a fashionable boyfriend who looks good on her arm, and ultra-chic parties where the come-ons are as hot and thrilling at night as they are empty as an air-kiss greeting the next day. It's a world Bliss wanders through with blinders on, all the while craving more. And she finds it in the most unlikely of places.Embarking on a series of carnal adventures with a notorious bad girl as her guide, Bliss opens herself to every new experience and every taboo. In abandoned warehouses, private fetish clubs, even her own office, Bliss is skating on the thin ice of desire--until her world comes crashing in.Now, broken and wanting, Bliss decides to spend a summer in her birthplace, Jamaica, where she hopes to reconcile with her estranged father and rediscover herself. There, in a land of lush ripeness, of heat, warm breezes, easy smiles, and the family she left behind, Bliss will discover what she didn't know was missing. It's a journey that will awaken every one of her senses and take her to the edge of known pleasure and far beyond it, to a love that is as sexy as it gets, as real as can be, and more surprising than she can imagine--a place of total bliss.

Last Bride Standing

by Patricia A. Phillips

A Lost Memory. . .After journalist Wanda Gray's plane crashes in Kenya, searchers find no survivors, and she is believed dead. But Wanda is very much alive, injured and slowly recovering on an African ranch. She remembers nothing of her former life--not her accountant husband Steven or even her own name.A New Love. . .Soon, in the lush, exotic African countryside, Wanda is discovering a new world. . .and a lover who will change everything: tall, lithe, ranch owner Ahmed. Day by day their desire is blossoming into a gloriously passionate romance: elemental as earth, sensual as the hot wind, and insatiable as the lions that stalk the night.A Truth About To ExplodeBut Wanda's happiness can last only as long as Ahmed doesn't know she is married and her past remains a secret. Every moment draws them closer to the next unexpected twist of fate--one that will draw Wanda into a maelstrom of emotions--and a heartbreaking choice. . .

Death In The Orchid Garden

by Ann Ripley

Louise Eldridge is taking her public television garden show on the road--to Hawaii! But the tropical paradise isn't so idyllic once murder makes an unexpected appearance. . .Lush with hibiscus, ficus, plumeria, and monkeypod trees, the island of Kauai is the perfect place for Louise to film a few episodes of Gardening with Nature.After their shoot at the National Tropical Botanical Garden, Louise unwinds with a sunset walk on the beach. But at the base of a cliff, she makes a grisly discovery: the battered body of Matthew Flynn, a noted botanist. Her attempts to save his life are fruitless, and--after seeing his injuries firsthand--Louise is convinced that his death was no accident.Now it'll take some serious digging for Louise to unearth more clues, but she'll have to be very careful, because this is one killer who is ready to plant her in the ground. . ."Neatly plotted. . .Ripley's green thumb fans will relish the paradise island setting and Louise's reliable sleuthing."--Publishers Weekly

Male Model

by Dave Benbow

In his sizzling debut novel, Daytime Drama, Dave Benbow took readers inside the sexy, catty world of soaps. Now he goes behind the seams--and under the covers--of LA's fashion district, where a man's body is his business, and one man's exquisite face and form are about to take him straight to the top, into the arms of an unlikely lover. . .and into the crosshairs of a deranged killer. . .Male ModelDesigning window displays for the glamorous Cameron Fuller USA store on Rodeo Drive is Blake Jackson's passion. After all, handsome, elegant designer Cameron Fuller is an icon of chic style. With his Vogue-thin wife, Suzette, he's one-half of "America's Couple." But rumors have swirled around him for years--whispers that his wife is a vicious, drunken shrew who holds Cameron's assets in her tight fist. . .that their relationship is like one of the store's many displays: luxurious, beautiful, and completely for show. . .and that Cameron's real passion is for the men he takes discreetly to his bed.Blake has often fantasized about Cameron, but he's completely unprepared to meet him in the flesh--or to have him offer to help with a last-minute window change during a surprise visit to the store late one night. Working side by side, the two men experience an overpowering attraction, and soon, they're engaged in a whirlwind secret affair, played out on private planes, in New York penthouses, behind office doors and in a remote, exotic beach house. For Blake, life with Cameron has its drawbacks--the secrecy and sneaking around--but it's sexier and more tender than he ever could have hoped. . .and it's about to get hotter.In need of a fresh look to launch his new cologne, Cameron finds it in his lover's chiseled cheekbones, ice-blue eyes, long, dark hair and hunky, six-pack abs. It's an offer Blake can't refuse, and within weeks, he's gone from shop-boy to poster god. A billboard of Blake romping in the California surf wearing only a pair of skin-tight leather low-riders stops traffic in Times Square and Hollywood. Suddenly, he's the "it" boy, wanted and feted from coast to coast, yet having to keep his feelings for Cameron in the shadows. But someone is unhappy about Blake's sudden rise to fame, and the growing love between the designer and his model. . .someone who knows their secrets. . .someone determined to make them pay dearly. And as the days tick down until the celebrity-packed party that will launch Blake's star, it's clear that the only way Cameron and Blake can hold on to what they have is to let go of everything else. . .Riveting and compulsively entertaining, Male Model is a wickedly revealing glimpse into the rarified world of fashion--the conniving stylists and creative directors who'd step on anyone to get ahead, the insecure models who swing both ways, the temperamental diva directors, the jaded wives living on couture shows and kinky boudoir habits, the barely concealed rage and need, lust and envy, desperation and dreams they all share. . .and the secrets they'd all kill to keep under (stylish) wraps.

Enchanted Heart

by Felicia Mason

From Felicia Mason, the Blackboard bestselling author of Testimony, comes a wise, winning story of a man and a woman who play by their own rules and make no promises. . .As the heir to the chain of Heart Federated department stores, twenty-eight-year-old Lance Heart Smith has his pick of a bevy of women--and takes full advantage of the situation. His playboy ways are an affront to his strict family, who soon issue an ultimatum: grow up or get cut off.Lance doesn't take orders from anyone. He's determined to find success on his own terms. And then he meets the person who could make it all happen. Beautiful former model Vivienne la Fontaine owns and operates a lingerie boutique, Guilty Pleasures. Her store is an investment opportunity that caters to Lance's not-so-guilty pleasure. When one thing leads to another, Lance thinks Viv may be what he's been looking for not just in business, but in life. But Viv won't put her freedom in jeopardy again. She has dark secrets, secrets she's never shared--and they aren't through with her yet. Just when happiness seems close enough to touch, the past comes back with a vengeance. . .and forces Lance and Viv to confront the truth or risk losing it all. . . Praise For The Novels Of Felicia Mason "Felicia Mason reaches new levels of excellence." --Romantic Times on Foolish Heart

Another Kind Of Love

by Paula Christian

Unlike most pulp romances of the 1950s and '60s, Paula Christian's heroines were thoroughly modern women--struggling to define themselves while searching for their own lasting relationships. Fully human and honest, afraid of failure yet always hopeful, these sisters were blazing a trail, encouraging others on their path to...<P> Another Kind Of Love<P> The moment Laura Garraway shares a forbidden kiss with beautiful Hollywood starlet Ginny Adams, she discovers the missing piece of herself. When fame-hungry Ginny won't leave her powerful movie star lover, Saundra, Laura runs away to New York's comforting bright lights, desperate to forget her. There, in the cigarette-and-martini-drenched gay bars of the Village, and the offices of Madison Avenue, Laura finds herself in a new world--one in which who she is and what she wants are completely up to her...<P> Love Is Where You Find It

Dark Corner

by Brandon Massey

From Brandon Massey, award-winning author of Thunderland, comes a terrifying new novel about a town besieged by evil. . .and the one man who is determined to fight the darkness. . . When renowned author Richard Hunter dies in a boating accident, his son David travels to Mason's Corner, Mississippi, to find out more about the father he never really knew. At first, Mason's Corner seems friendly and unassuming--the perfect "small town." But after a newcomer moves into the old--and supposedly haunted--mansion on the hill, everything changes. . . People begin to disappear. Dogs viciously attack. And soon David discovers that the terror consuming this place has its roots in his own family tree. . . For something wicked has risen in Mason's Corner. Something with bloody ties to the town's past. Something undead--and hungering for vengeance. . .

Night After Night

by Joan Elizabeth Lloyd

A New BeginningDisillusioned by the tragedies of her childhood, Maggie Gleason never wants to marry. So when she hires a matchmaker, it's to find a teaching job, not a husband. Scenic Shasta Falls, California turns out to be the perfect match for an independent woman determined to flee Chicago and start a whole new life. The boarding house where she lives even has a magnificent library. . .if she can get past the mysterious recluse in the room next door.An Unexpected LoveBounty hunter Alex Coburn pays a premium for his privacy and finds the persistent new lodger a most unwelcome intruder. Gradually though, he begins to savor Maggie's company, as they spend intimate evenings together reading by the fire--and falling in love. But when anonymous, menacing notes threaten the woman he has come to treasure, Alex must face the ghosts of both Maggie's past and his own. . .or risk losing her forever.

Mama Ruby

by Mary Monroe

New York Times bestselling author Mary Monroe presents an unforgettable tale featuring the rebellious early years of Mama Ruby, the indomitable heroine of her acclaimed novel The Upper Room. Growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, Ruby Jean Upshaw is the kind of girl who knows what she wants and knows how to get it. By the time she's fifteen, Ruby has a taste for fast men and cheap liquor, and not even her preacher daddy can set her straight. Only Othella Mae Cartier, daughter of the town tramp, understands what makes Ruby tick.When Ruby discovers she's in the family way, she's scared for the first time in her life. After hiding her growing belly, Ruby secretly gives birth to a baby girl at Othella's house. Othella talks Ruby into giving the child away--and with the help of a shocking revelation, convinces Ruby to run off with her to New Orleans.But nothing can erase Ruby's memories of her child--or quell her simmering rage at Othella for persuading her to let her precious baby go. Someday there will be a reckoning. And Othella will learn that no one knows how to exact revenge quite like Ruby Jean Upshaw. . .

Lookin' For Luv

by Carl Weber

A Man's World NovelCan four guys find love in New York City?Kevin left behind a chance at the NBA to coach delinquents, but his toughest assignment is finding a girl who won't make his mama's church group fall into praying mode...A teacher and a poet, Antoine can make a sister feel beautiful--or want to beat him with a blow dryer...Tyrone has talent, attitude, and a crush on his boss's wife...And Maurice is all that, if that means rude, arrogant, and dishonest.Kevin's got the looks. Antoine's got heart and soul. Tyrone's got the skills. And Maurice has player moves. They got it all, except for the one thing that matters most--the love of a good woman. What they find when they try a dating service is a riotous trip through religious freaks, hootchie mamas, chicken heads, gold diggers, and some serious Brides of Funkenstein. One thing's for certain--when you play the game of love, you've got to be ready for anything.

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