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He's One Mistake She Plans To Forget. . . As maid-of-honor to a friend who's gone Bridezilla, Winfred "Freddie" Barker is dealing with minute-to-minute drama from her crazy-extravagant wedding. So when the ceremony is over and the reception starts heating up, Freddie blows off steam with a little champagne--and a lot of the best man, Cleveland Alexander. It was definitely going to be just a one-night fling, 'cause no woman in her right mind would fall for that man's arrogant, self-centered self, no matter how caramel-fine he is. . . She's The One Woman He Can't Live Without. . . As a hard-core bachelor, Cleveland Alexander was strictly all about beddin' and forgettin'. And the only reason he let Ms. Winfred Barker call his bluff was to put her stuck-up attitude in check. But once he sees how complicated and caring she really is, he'll do anything to help solve her problems--and convince her that the love between them is a lifetime of real. . .
Zuri Day sizzles with a seductive story of one woman's quest to take control of her life. . .while experiencing an attraction too explosive to resist. D'Andra Smalls has had enough. She's tired of being overweight, she's had it with her overbearing family, and she's fed up with settling for any guy who'll have her--especially since she caught her boyfriend cheating with her best friend. But working out and avoiding delicious food is easy compared to resisting the charms of Los Angeles' hottest personal trainer, JaJuan "Night" Simmons. Six feet of chiseled muscle and fine chocolate, he's challenging her body in all the right ways--and proving there's a sensitive, caring guy under the good looks. Their shared career goals of promoting health and fitness bring them even closer together. But D'Andra feels it may be too much of a good thing. After succeeding in taking command of her life, can she risk losing control of her heart?
Zuri Day heats up the pages with an irresistible tale of glamour and deception as a savvy businesswoman plays winner-take-all with a mysterious billionaire--and a dangerous, seductive truth. . . From Santa Monica's uber-trendy shores to Century City's glittering towers, everything is up for grabs in Los Angeles' high stakes real-estate game. Knowing the competition's every move is the razor-edge difference between winning. . .and surviving. Now, a mysterious new player has the city's biggest powerbrokers--and one woman--willing to do anything to take him down. . . An assistant to the biggest real-estate mogul in Los Angeles, Maya Jamison is only a promotion away from the big leagues. Her new assignment: infiltrate investment tycoon Sam Walters' household and uncover the truth about his company. But her biggest obstacle is the sexy stranger who's been burning up her midnight hours off the clock. And when he turns out to be the man she's been sent to expose, she's forced to up the ante. Now their game of seduction and deceit is way out of control. And with every dangerous lie, Maya will have to risk everything--or lose it all. . .
One Reckless Night Of Passion. . .After a long absence, FBI agent Althea Pritchard has returned home to Baltimore, but it already feels like history is repeating itself. A teenage girl has been abducted--just as Althea was eight years before. The ordeal left her determined to capture such criminals, and she's more prepared than ever. There's just one problem--her gorgeous, irresistibly sexy new partner. A man she knows intimately, yet not at all... One Dangerous Affair. . . Special Agent Damien Wade is shocked to discover his new partner is the same beautiful mystery woman with whom he recently shared one night of incredible passion. But bowing out is not an option. Inevitably, as the kidnapping case intensifies, so does their relationship--especially when Althea becomes the target of danger. But she has vowed never to be a victim again. And now with Damien by her side, she has more to live for than ever...
Laughter Happens. Even in Church. Quiet reflection and prayer aren't the only things that happen at religious services. As preachers and the faithful can tell you, some of life's funniest moments pop up in the place least expected--church! It Happened in Church: Stories of Humor from the Pulpit to the Pews brings together a collection of these most laugh-worthy accounts. From a churchgoer doing the limbo under a velvet rope to get to his pew, to congregation members stumbling blindly back to their seats after a preacher stomped on their glasses (you have to believe in the miracle of healing for it to work!), these stories will both tickle the funny bone and inspire the soul. Gathered from the friends, family, and personal experiences of Patti Webster, a third generation Christian leader, each story is topped off with scripture and reflection. You'll also find comic breaks and anecdotes from your favorite celebrities. As the stories show, humor really does have the power to heal and to teach. It Happened in Church is sure to bring both fits of laughter and bouts of clarity.
All She Never Wanted. . . For fifteen-year-old Mariana Ruiz, it's not so much an unexpected vacation as a literal guilt trip--her father's way of atoning for ignoring his Puerto Rican roots. But freedom from her parents is little compensation for being forced to spend two months with complete strangers rather than with her best friends in Philadelphia. Once on vacation, her worst fears come true. The heat is merciless, the food is spicy, and her great aunt and uncle's mountain house teems with relatives, only one of whom--her distant cousin Lilly--speaks English. Bored, and hoping to make up for missing her best friend's star-studded Sweet 16, Mariana offers to help in the planning of Lilly's Quinceañera. Soon, despite herself, Mariana clicks with new friends who open doors to romance and long-hidden secrets. Suddenly the summer she dreaded is ending way too quickly. It might turn out that the last place she ever wanted to go is the one place she truly finds herself. Funny, touching, and smart, Untitled is a story about friendship, family, rivalry, secrets, and how much you can change over the course of one loco summer. . .
The Truth She's Always Hidden. . . Autumn Evans has a career she loves, a wedding to plan, and a secret that could destroy both. Even though her job--working with underprivileged kids at a Compton school--is deeply fulfilling, Autumn feels something is missing from her life. Her fiancé Matthew, a successful and ambitious surgeon, expects Autumn to assume the role of perfect partner, but lately she feels her sense of control slipping away. . . May Be The Only Thing To Set Her Free. . . When a crisis hits and Autumn is physically injured, she returns to her childhood home to heal. There, she slowly begins to question everything she's come to accept about herself, her family, and her man, especially as she watches her mother and sister deal with their own relationship dilemmas. But soon Autumn realizes that she needs to make a choice, between fighting for what she once wanted, or claiming a life that's new and untested. . . Phillips's books have the gift of reminding readers what is important in a family and in life. --Lauretta B. Pierce, The Literary World A tale of shame, degradation and, finally redemption, Back to Basics, shows that with love, there is always hope. --Dr. Maxine Thompson, author of Heal Thy Soul, 365 Days of Healing for Women of Color
Dead. Some evils are so great that they transcend death. In Brandon Massey's The Patriarch, a young writer travels to the hushed backwoods of Mississippi, where dangerous secrets surface as a generations-old feud comes to bone-chilling new life. . . Buried. The souls of the mistreated always find a way to be heard. In L. A. Banks's Ev'ry Shut Eye Ain't Sleep, violent visions haunt a man--until he's handed an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past and prevent unspeakable acts from occurring once again. . . Forgotten. When horrors are covered up and lost, our ancestors must find a way--even in death--to tell their tales. In Tananarive Due's Ghost Summer, ancestors haunt the nights of two children. And when a grisly discovery is made, these ancestors will make their mark on both the dead and the living. . . Massey ventures into areas unexplored by most other black novelists. The result is artful and stunning. --Chicago Tribune Tananarive Due is creating classics. --Tina McElroy Ansa Banks's writing is lush and detailed, fully bringing her characters to life (or unlife), weaving a complex world of Good vs. Evil with its own intricate hierarchy. --Fangoria Magazine
Running For Her Life. . . As manager of the hot nightclub Skye, Payton Vaughn thinks she's seen it all...until the night she witnesses a cold blooded murder. The cops put Payton into protective custody, but the killers still manage to track her down. Suddenly, Payton finds herself on the run in the middle of the night, clad only in her nightgown, and carjacking a reporter--a very good-looking one at that--just to get a ride out of town... Shouldn't Feel This Good. . .Like every other reporter, Adriano wants in on the Payton Vaughn story in a big way. When the sexy crime witness carjacks his news van, Adriano goes from covering the story to being part of it. His first instinct is to get an exclusive interview, but the instant attraction he feels makes Adriano want to protect Payton, not exploit her. With the killers on their trail, Payton and Adriano can't afford to let things get physical. But life on the run has a funny way of heating things up between two people who have no one to turn to--except each other...
The last in a fabled line of otherworldly aristocracy, the Lords of Satyr are born to wealth, power, and a talent for sensual delight that mere mortals only dream of. Commanded to marry, these passionate men will travel to Rome, Venice, and Paris--and along the way will explore desires both shamelessly wicked and blissfully divine. . . As A Lover, His Skills Are Legendary. . . The middle brother, Raine, is both sensual and stoic. Scarred by once taking a wife who could not accept his carnal needs, he wants no part in another marriage. But duty commands that he fulfill his promise to wed King Feydon's second daughter, Jordan. . . But In Matters Of The Heart, He Has Much To Learn. . . The loyal satyr begins a search that leads him from Tuscany to romantic Venice, where his beautiful bride awaits, unaware of what passionate delights fate has planned for her. Raine is careful not to reveal his powerful satyr sexuality, for fear of driving yet another woman away. But unbeknownst to him, Jordan is no ordinary woman and was born with an insatiable appetite for love. And as Raine's heart begins to melt for her, how long will he be able to hide his true nature when Jordan seems to want him so fiercely?
From New York Times bestselling author Janet Dailey comes a captivating story of a man who's given up, a woman who won't let go, and a race to find a treasure that could bring them wealth and so much more...Something MoreLife in Glory, Wyoming, population fifty-one, isn't exactly exciting. The dusty old town isn't even on the map. And for rancher Luke McCallister, that's just fine. Broken by tragedy, the stoic cowboy spends his time at his Ten Bar Ranch or down at Ima Jane's Rimrock Bar, trying to avoid the gossip being served along with the food and drink. But the everyday quiet of his life is shattered when he finds a human skull--and possibly the key to Glory's oldest mystery. It was one hundred years ago that a band of outlaws were said to have buried their gold in Glory. The one surviving bandit took the secret of the treasure's hiding place with him to the gallows. Angie Sommers knows the story cold: that man was her great-great-grandfather. She's come to Glory to see if the old legend of the gold is true, and she wants Luke to help her find it. She even has incentive: a possible clue written by the dead man himself. Luke has no interest in chasing after pipe dreams. He's seen the damage too much hope can bring. Still, he can't deny that Angie makes him feel things he hasn't allowed himself to feel in years. Something about her sweet, trusting nature, her honest eyes, and unshakable belief makes him feel alive again--and that could be dangerous. For someone else is determined to stop Angie, someone who would do anything for the outlaws'gold. Now, bound by the thinnest of ties and shadowed by danger, Luke and Angie set off in search of a mystery as romantic as the west itself on a journey of faith that will take them into Wyoming's rugged, treacherous terrain and even deeper into the heart's tender graces... "The passion, spirit and strength readers expect from a Calder story--and a Calder hero--shine through. . ." --Publishers Weekly on Lone Calder Star"Dailey's pacing, narrative, characterization and dialogue are all handled with verve and grace." --Publishers Weekly on Calder Promise "Calder = magic!" --New York Times bestselling author Dorothy Garlock
She's So Not Having This Problem"I go on vacation in the Bahamas to celebrate my promotion and who do I see? Maurice Goings, NFL superstar, my high school and college sweetheart...the man who not only broke my heart, but drop-kicked it beyond repair. We were only a few weeks away from marriage when I caught him cheating on me. I changed schools, became a top lawyer, and swore that I'd never be hurt like that again. I don't care that Maurice is even finer than ever before, I'm not letting him fool me twice. . ." But He's Ready To Do Whatever It Takes. . . "I know I hurt Kenya a lot, but I really do love her. No matter how much she tries to push me away, fate keeps drawing us back into each other's arms--and God knows there's still so much sizzling chemistry between us. So this is my last chance to show her that she can trust me again. It's going to be the hardest thing I've ever done--but Kenya's worth it..."
Abby Deane has no problems piloting a small plane to her new job - until she lands & realizes she has travelled back in time to Regency England. She's fascinated by all she sees, especially the seductive Myles Hardy. If she can't get back to her own time, she might as well enjoy the potent sensuality simmering beneath that rock-hard body.
In this compelling new novel from the author of Want Some, Get Some, Pam Ward proves that sometimes looks are deceiving. . . With her pale skin, heart-shaped lips, and piercing gaze, ten year-old Paula is luminous. No one can believe that Margie, as bronzed-skinned as she is plain, could possibly be Paula's mother. But Margie knows better--behind Paula's innocent, girlish beauty lies the heart of a destructive soul who literally loves to play with fire, cannot control her temper, and in school, has a proven proclivity toward violence. Margie hopes that moving closer to the California waters will snuff out the mysterious, growing flame in her daughter's heart, but Bernard, their new neighbor and funeral parlor owner, immediately senses that there is something "strange" about little Paula--something that he does not want in his home or place of business. . . Bernard, a man with secrets himself, decides that his new neighbors may need a little encouragement to find another place to live. But Paula, though still a child, has keen instincts of her own. As her suspicions about Bernard unravel and lead to a suspenseful, disturbing battle of wills, the most shocking of secrets are revealed. . . Praise for Want Some, Get Some "An outstanding debut novel. . .original, fast-paced, and full of the drama that keeps the pages turning. Don't sleep." --Darren Coleman, Essence® bestselling author
Be Careful What You Wish For At just thirty-one, Andrew Wilson has it all: close friends, a great house in an Atlanta suburb, and a successful career as a mystery writer. Only one thing is missing--a special person to share it with. Then one day he meets someone new, a woman who seems almost too good to be true. Beautiful, smart, and sophisticated, Mika Woods is everything that Andrew has ever wanted and more--at first. After one night of passion, Andrew soon discovers that Mika isn't quite who she appears to be. Or even what she appears to be. But it's too late to turn back. Mika has been waiting a lifetime for a man like Andrew. And what she wants, what she desires, she will have--no matter who has to die. . . Praise for the novels of Brandon Massey Thunderland"Spellbinding. Keeps you turning the pages to see what will happen next. A great debut novel!" --Zane, New York Times bestselling author of Addicted "I've been waiting a long time for a writer like Brandon Massey. Thunderland is my favorite kind of supernatural suspense book." --Tananarive Due, national bestselling author of The Living Blood Dark Corner"Mr. Massey's gripping style is reminiscent of Stephen King."--QBR "Massey creates effective suspense, some harrowing scenes, and characters you actually care about." --Fangoria "His most innovative and chilling work yet."--R.A.W. Sistaz Reviewers
With law school behind her, this sexy, sinful seductress has graduated to bigger--and badder--things... Raven Holloway has gone from heartbreaker to bona fide homewrecker. No sooner did she extract herself from a messy, not to mention illegal "situation" at school, than she managed to steal a Texas Senator from his devoted wife. But she's just getting started... Having convinced her new husband to run for governor--which will make her Texas's First Lady--nothing's going to stop Raven from getting what she wants, no matter who she has to step on, sleep with, or double cross. It's a long chain of fools that includes the senator's very own chief aide--a man with plenty to hide... Her pathway to success strewn with seductions, betrayals, and bribes, the future looks bright--except for the troubling matter of Raven's past. Her greatest fear is that her involvement in the unfortunate fate of her fellow student, ex-lover and partner-in-crime, Omar Faxton, will be discovered. And she's right to worry, because her dirty little secret is about to fall into the worst possible hands...
In bestselling author Mary B. Morrison's steamiest novel yet, the timing finally seems to be right for Darius Jones and Fancy Taylor--but what they discover about one another may surprise them. . . Fancy knows this time around things will be different with Darius. Before she gets intimate with the man, she's going to get to know him--then she'll get her share. . . As far as relationships go, Darius has a past of his own. Currently he's praying that he isn't the father of estranged wife Ciara's expected baby--or anyone else's. Even if he were interested in fatherhood, he can't afford it. Darius's wealthy parents have taken control of his business. With his bank accounts dwindling, he's forced to make some big changes--changes that get him in trouble with the law. Now Darius discovers who his real friends are, and Fancy is number one--until she makes a shocking confession that renews Darius's lifelong distrust of women. . . To quell his heartache, Darius focuses on life as the ultimate player. But nothing and no one can get Fancy off his mind. . .
In Mary B. Morrison's national bestsellers Never Again Once More and He's Just a Friend, readers met playboy heir Darius Jones and reckless-in-love Fancy Taylor. Now, in this achingly poignant, deliciously sensual erotic novel, she takes Darius's relationships further and explores the ways men and women surrender themselves in order to gain the love they're desperately seeking. . . "The only time a woman should be on top is during sex. . ." So says Darius Jones. At just twenty-two, the baby boy has grown--bigger, taller, sexier, hotter--but he hasn't necessarily grown up. Maybe he isn't messing with the women on his mama's staff anymore, but he's still messing with people's lives and messing up his own. For Darius, "If it doesn't make money, it doesn't make sense." And that goes for women, too. Women are there to give him what he wants, the way he wants it. Not that he doesn't know how to pleasure a sister; he just doesn't want them telling him the way it's going to be. On anything. Ever. Including his mother. If his mother was a liar, then every other woman was, too. That's why he relocates from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles, near his mama's business, where he sets up his own company, Somebody's Gotta Be on Top Enterprises. And it's no secret who that somebody's got to be. Now that Darius is all about the control--getting it, keeping it, and taking it away, if need be--he's sure he can apply that principle to finding "the one." But trying to be on top all the time only gets him into trouble with the women in his life, women like. . . Ciara Monroe, president of a rival company. She's earned power and respect the hard way, but Darius isn't about to be outsmarted by her. . .not in bed and not in business. He's going after Ciara on a personal level, digging up the dirt on her past. It's a move that will cost him, and Ciara's not leaving before she confronts him about his feelings for Ashlee. . . Ashlee Anderson is the stepsister who's more than just his friend. She's also the woman he loves and desires. When Darius convinces Ashlee to live with him and manage his finance department, he never expects her to fall for his half-brother, Kevin Williams. Darius will do anything to split them apart, even if it means risking his business. But there's one woman who's got Darius's number. . . Fancy Taylor. With skin like brown sugar, and the bearing of a fine queen, Fancy definitely intrigues Darius. If he didn't have his heart set on conquering Ashlee no matter what, he'd enjoy sampling what the lady has to offer, but that's all. Fancy's a woman with a past that precludes her from being serious relationship material. But fate has a way of stepping in and putting the wrong people on the right path, if they're not too foolish to see it. . . Still harboring the wounds of his mother's deception and a childhood without his biological father, caught between an all-consuming pride and the call of his own untrusting heart, Darius has a lot to learn: about life, women, and what it takes to find and nurture real love. And if he's not careful, he might just end up on the bottom of everything.
Every so often a novel comes along that is so true to life its impact is felt long after the last page is turned. Only Son is such a book... Divorced and alone, Carl Jorgenson has one dream; to have a son and give him the life and love he never had. His dream becomes a reality the day Amy McMurray leaves her son alone for one brief, unforgivable moment. In that split second, all their lives change forever. So begins the remarkable story of a mother's search for the child she has lost but will never abandon...of a man desperately holding on to the single thread of hope in his life...and of a young boy, a son to both, a stranger to himself, who teaches each of them about love, loss and forgiveness. Illuminated by a rare compassion, Only Son is a deeply felt, powerfully realized novel about the search for love and a place to belong. It is a novel about fate, the irreversible choices we make, and the forces we cannot control.
Sometimes, it's just easier to think I'm not the freak. I'm just in an alien world. . .Being Charles James Stewart, Jr., AKA Charlie the Second, means never "fitting in." Tall, gangly and big-eared, he could be a poster boy for teenage geeks. An embarrassment to his parents (he's not too crazy about them, either), Charlie is a virtual untouchable at his high school, where humiliation is practically an extracurricular activity. Charlie has tried to fit in, but all of his efforts fail on a glorious, monumental scale. He plays soccer--mainly to escape his home life--but isn't accepted by his teammates who basically ignore him on the field. He still confuses the accelerator with the brake pedal and as a result, has not only failed his driving exam six times, but also almost killed himself and his driving instructor. He can't work on his college essay without writing a searing tell-all. But what's freaking Charlie out the most is that while his hormones are raging and his peers are pairing off, he remains alone with his fantasies.But all of this is about to change when a new guy at school begins to liven things up on the soccer team--and in Charlie's life. For the first time in his seventeen years, Charlie will learn how it feels to be a star, well, at least off the field. But Charlie discovers that even cool guys have problems as he embarks on a deliciously sexy, risk-filled journey from which there is no turning back. . .The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second is a funny, honest and engaging book, told with attitude and style. Drew Ferguson is a talented writer with great comic timing, and an eye for the absurd." --Bart Yates, author of The Brothers Bishop and The Distance Between Us"Drew Ferguson's debut novel is equally funny and smart, and will strike eerily familiar chords in anyone who remembers the edgy, frustrating, sex-obsessed days and nights of high school. You'll love his narrator, Charlie, and you'll also love this book." --Scott Heim, author of Mysterious Skin and We Disappear"Look out Napoleon Dynamite, here comes Charlie the Second! In this page-turning laugh riot, Drew Ferguson captures the voice of Today's Teen conquering the daily drudge that is Life in the Midwest. Colorfully candid, unapologetically explicit, yet touchingly tender, The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second serves as a reminder to those who've escaped from Small Town USA as to the reasons why!" --Frank Anthony Polito, author of Band Fags!"A terrific debut novel. Drew Ferguson is one of the most authentic new voices in contemporary fiction." --Steve Kluger, author of Almost Like Being in Love"Written in a fact-paced diary format, Ferguson has created a beautiful and moving novel that literally has you laughing out loud one moment and shedding tears the next." --Arthur Wooten, author of On Picking Fruit and Fruit Cocktail"Lots of blurbs in lots of books promise "laugh-out-loud hilarity." This book delivers. With Charlie the Second, Drew Ferguson has created a memorable and original character undergoing the perils, confusion, and humiliation of adolescence. Between onanistic sexcapades that would make Alexander Portnoy blush, The Screwed Up Life of Charlie the Second is an engagingly accurate portrayal of the highs and lows of growing up and figuring out who you are." --Brian Costello, author of The Enchanters vs. Sprawlburg Springs
I love the long distance run, when you feel like you're about to die. . .and then you reach this place where you feel like there are no boundaries for you anywhere. . .In many ways, Jason Peele is like any other teenager. He hits the books, hangs with his friends, flirts with girls, and omits the full truth of his life from his Aunt Audrey and Uncle Steve, who have raised him since his parents died. But there's one way that Jason Peele is very different: when he dreams at night, it isn't about girls;it's about David Bowie. At sixteen-years-old, Jason is just beginning to understand that he might be gay.The one place Jason feels comfortable is on the track where he can run fast and hard. He loves the feel of the wind at his back, of his legs propelling him furiously around, the roar of the crowd in his ears. But now, even his sanctuary feels threatening. It isn't just the jerks who call him "faggot" in the locker room. A new guy has joined the team, and everything about him will challenge the way Jason sees life. From late-night showings of "La Cage Aux Folles" to reading Gandhi, he's running a new race on an uncertain course, and only one thing's for sure--his senior year is going to be unforgettable. . .With A Secret Edge, Robin Reardon delivers a sexy, sensitive coming-of-age novel about identity and courage, love and honor, anger and hope, and the many ways the truth can really set you free."As sexy as it is surprising. A Secret Edge is a refreshing spin on the coming out story as well as a memorable new love story for the new millennium." --Brian Sloan, author of A Tale of Two Summers
Use As Directed, For As Long As It TakesDr. Houston Hayes has never had trouble maintaining his professional distance. . .until he meets resident Josie Adkins. Every time she drops a chart in his presence, he's treated to a view that makes him extremely interested in her bones. Jumping them, that is. For a man who prides himself on control at all times, this is a problem. . .All her life, Josie has wanted to be a surgeon. But how can she do that while she's suffering from the debilitating Dr. Hayes Induced Dropping Medical Equipment Syndrome? And then Dr. Hayes prescribes a cure: one night of sheet-burning passion to erase the tension for both of them. But only one night. . .he won't need more than that. . .Suddenly, Josie has her mission--a chance to prove to the arrogant Dr. Hayes that one night with her will never be enough. And soon, both doctors may be falling into a desire deeper than any they've ever known. . .
They are the men of our wildest dreams. With just a look, they can jump-start our deepest desires. So, crack open the cover. . .and discover men who can't be tamed. . .Her Craving New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster Shy Becky Harte has decided to explore her wicked side. Being spotted in a sex shop by her secret object of desire, George Westin, was not part of the plan. George is intrigued at her purchases, and he'd love to teach the blushing Becky a thing or two about surrender. But when fantasy becomes reality, it's the not-so-innocent Becky calling the shots. . .Naughty by Night USA Today bestselling author Janelle DenisonSince they were teenagers, sparks have flown between Chloe Anderson and Gabe Mackenzie. Now, Gabe is back in town, and a friendly poker game is turning into a game of seduction. The stakes: their wildest desires. Leave it to the irrepressible Chloe to turn the poker tables on Gabe. Now she has him at her mercy for four nights--and they've got six years of pent-up passion to make up for. . . . . .And When They Were Bad USA Today bestselling author Donna KauffmanFor Cameron James IV, a vacation at the private Caribbean club Intimacies is his chance to find his inner wild man. In real life, Allison Walker is a computer nerd with a successful firm, but at Intimacies, she's in over her head--until she meets Cam. And though Cam is looking to shuck his nice guy image with a wanton woman, it's the nice girl he's just met who's about to bring out the wicked in him. . .
"I'll leave as soon as you give me what I want." In another time and place, that might have a nice ring to it. But standing in a Chicago hotel room with a cub reporter as obstinate as she is hot, FBI agent Derek Knight knows he has to play it charming. Something like, "By holding on to that evidence, you're interfering with FBI business, ma'am, and by the way, those long, gorgeous legs of yours would look awfully good wrapped around my. . ." Sure, losing all sense of professionalism may not help his career, but the off-duty perks would be sensational. . . "Yeah, right, you're an FBI agent. And I can bake a cake from scratch." Reese Hampton is not giving up the envelope she found in her rental car--the one with the story that could take her from journalistic Siberia straight to the front page. She'll just have to outsmart the certifiably insane Fed with the movie-star good looks. Dodge and weave. Distract and bed. No! Bad hormones, bad! Still, spending time with that unbelievably broad chest up close and personal might just add, um, depth to her story. If only she can let her robe down while keeping her guard up. . .
The Midnight Man It's been years since bad boy Simon Riley hopped a freight train out of town and Ellen Kent's given up wondering what happened to him. Running a successful bed and breakfast in Oregon doesn't leave her a lot of time for fantasizing about midnight kisses and secret passion. . .until an unexpected visitor knocks on her door. Simon is back. She had no idea that he was a famous photojournalist, working in war zones around the world. But the man is everything she wants in a lover--and more. . . The Midnight Hour Dogged by trouble, Simon swore he'd never return to this backwater town, even to see El Kent. But he had to investigate his uncle's sudden death--and El's lush beauty still tempts him beyond belief. He knows he can satisfy her most hidden desire--and he's hungry for the sensual tenderness that only she can give. The last thing Simon would ever do is hurt El, but someone is forcing his hand. Someone who will stop at nothing to keep the past dead and buried--even if means silencing the woman Simon loves. . .