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Blaze Wyndham, the daughter of impoverished nobility, is forced to wed an older man she does not know, a stranger who must win her heart before he can awaken her as a woman. He is Edmund Wyndham, Earl of Langford, whose love fills her life with happiness-and whose cruel death leaves his young bride aching with loss and stripped of all defenses but her own pride and courage in a world ruled by men's appetites and ambitions. There is no way that Blaze can say no when king Henry is roused by her ravishing beauty and demands her surrender with all the awesome power of his position and virile attraction of his person. Blaze becomes not only his mistress but his confidante as he makes his intricate moves on the chessboard of history, heading toward a divorce that will shock the world... and toward marriage with the scheming Anne Boleyn. Meanwhile, Blaze is ordered to wed again, this time violently against her will-for her proposed bridegroom is none other than the dashing, rakish Anthony Wyndham, younger brother of the husband whose memory Blaze does not want to betray.
When Josh Ellroy, left-winger for the Kamloops Blazers, and his dad find more than a dozen dead cattle on the family ranch, Josh has some serious decisions to make. On one hand, the Western Hockey League playoffs are ahead, plus a chance to play in the National Hockey League. On the other hand, there's a beautiful and interesting girl who believes more prize bulls will be killed. Josh is afraid of what will happen if he gets involved. As he learns more, he's afraid of what will happen if he doesn't.
These Valentine's Day stories have Blazingly happy endings...Once Upon a Bite by Kimberly RayeBeauty and the beast--in the bedroom! When wolfishly irresistible Matt Keller lands in Skull Creek, Texas, Shay Briggs sees a hunky beast who needs her taming touch.My, What a Big...You Have! by Leslie KellyScarlett Templeton doesn't believe in fairy tales. That is, until she meets a sexy rogue in the woods, on her way to Grandmother's house....Sexily Ever After by Rhonda NelsonUgly duckling Juliet only wants to be a femme fatale. Little does she guess that a chance meeting with hottie Gareth will inspire her to reveal her sexy swanlike plumage--and a lot more--before long!
Fan favorites Tori Carrington and Tawny Weber invite you to indulge in two tales of love, adventure... and really hot sex!The Body That Launched a Thousand Ships by Tori CarringtonElena Anastasios is finally going to get her fairy-tale wedding. Little does she know that ultra-hot Ari Metaxas is about to steal her away from her groom-to-be. Or that he intends to give her multiple mind-blowing reasons to believe that he's the better man!You Have to Kiss a Lot of Frogs... by Tawny WeberReporter Sebastian Lane knows he's tangled with the wrong woman when she puts a curse on him to lose his sexual mojo! It's going to take a real woman to save him. Luckily, Jordan Olliver has a weakness for Sebastian, warts and all....
Add some spice to your bedtime with naughty tales from bestselling authors Rhonda Nelson and Karen Foley...The Equalizer by Rhonda NelsonFor as long as he could remember, soldier Robin Sherwood wanted Marion Cross. Unfortunately, his sexy childhood sweetheart considers herself way out of his league. But when she tells him about his rich friends reneging on their charity promises, Robin seizes the chance to prove himself. Take from the rich. Give to the poor. And show Marion that a rich-boy-turned-outlaw can be her hottie-ever-after!God's Gift to Women by Karen FoleyWhen she sees the glorious bod of Nikos Christakos, sculptor Lexi Adams knows she's found inspiration. This sculpture, she thinks, will be the perfect man.But Nikos refuses to model for her, and Lexi's only choice is to take a hands-on approach-and commit his body to memory by touch! But can her sculpture of The Perfect Man take the place of a real one?
Join bestselling authors Tori Carrington and Kate Hoffmann as they journey to the naughty land of Once Upon a Bedtime...Maid for Him by Tori CarringtonA mermaid asleep on the deck of his boat?Kieran Morrison is sure it's a dream. Daphne Moore knows differently. She is a mermaid...and her crush on Kieran means she's playing with fire. Falling for a human (even a superhot one) is a bad, bad idea. But when a chance encounter with Kieran-on land-leads to a sizzling and wickedly satisfying night, Daphne finds herself torn between her sea life...and her suddenly oh-so-hot sex life!Off the Beaten Path by Kate HoffmannWhen her best friend Alex Hansen invites her to a remote retreat, Greta Adler is delighted. But when the owner, an attractive and aggressive older woman, makes her move on Alex, they find themselves posing as lovers. It all goes off without a hitch...until the friends find themselves alone in a bedroom with the sweet, delicious taste of sin on their lips. But will a sizzling late-night encounter burn their friendship to a crisp?
It's bedtime-and bestselling authors Rhonda Nelson and Tawny Weber have two deliciously wicked tales to tell you...The Steadfast Hot Soldier by Rhonda NelsonArmy ranger John "Bear" Midwinter has two rules when it comes to the ladies-no tiny women, and no dancers. So why does petite ballet teacher Veda Hayes turn his blood into liquid fire? Still, the heat between them won't be denied. Will this soldier melt...or burn up?Wild Thing by Tawny WeberCompared to her beautiful siblings, groomer Andrea Tanner always felt like an ugly stepsister. But when she's left tied up and fuming, her prize pooch, Medusa, stolen, Andrea can't help hoping her prince will come. And he does. Hunky P.I. Percy Graham arrives in time to save the day-and to remind her that he hasn't forgotten the naughty night they once shared....
The Cowboy Who Never Grew Up by Kimberly RayeSome wild boys never grow up, and party-boy and pro bull rider Pete Gunner is no exception. So when he's approached by Wendy Darlington to represent a new clothing line, Pete is willing to sign...but only if she'll let the bad girl in her come out to play for one night!Hooked by Julie LetoRodeo owner James Hooker and his ex, Allie Barrie, have spent years playing a red-hot game of breakup, then kiss-and-sex-it-up. But now Allie is back, and she's playin' for keeps! But is wickedly hot sex enough to put aside their turbulent past-or are they ready to fall...hook, line and sinker?
Merry Christmas to all, and to all a very, very hot night. . . Holiday Inn Bed by Jacquie D'AlessandroWhen Eric and Jessica decide to spice up their Christmas engagement, they play out their favorite fantasy--Do Not Disturb. They'll be a little tied up for the weekend in their private hotel room. . . His for the Holidays by Joanne RockWatch out--Heather Dillinger and Jared Murphy are back in the sack for some holiday sex! And this time they find that sweet revenge makes their reunion the hottest gift they never expected. . . Dear Santa. . . by Kathleen O'ReillyWhen a secret Santa invites Rebecca Neumann for a holiday getaway, she jumps at the chance. And when a sexy blast from her past appears, she's tempted to jump him, too. . .
Marketing director/workaholic Mimi Burdette has The Plan-work for her father and date his right-hand man. Problem is, there's no heat in the relationship. Not even a spark. And worse still, Mimi is having some seriously sexy, panties-ablaze dreams-and the star looks a lot like Xander McKinley, the hunky firefighter next door.Mimi's dreams might be due to the strange tea she drank. Or the predictions from the fortune cookie she ate. Or they could be due to Xander's smokin' hotness. But whether it's magic or just old-fashioned fireworks, Mimi is about to break all of the rules-including her own!
When Tyler's favorite son Brick Bauer loses a promotion to outsider Karen Keppler, no one is pleased-least of all Brick. BUT THEY CALL HER "CAPTAIN CURVACEOUS" Thoughts of his beautiful new boss, however, are soon keeping Brick awake nights. Unfortunately, no-nonsense Captain Keppler has this rule about not dating subordinates.... This is the fifth book in the Tyler series.
Newbery Honor author Kathryn Lasky's exciting JOURNAL OF AUGUSTUS PELLETIER is now in paperback with a dynamic repackaging! Fourteen-year-old Augustus, half French, half Omaha Indian, sets out to proof himself worthy of Lewis and Clark on their great adventure of discovery. He follows the explorers for two hundred miles before making his presence known to the commanding captain of the Corps of Discovery, Meriwether Lewis, himself. Gus's ability to read and write makes him useful to the explorers, and he starts to keep a record of their travels. But traveling west isn't easy, and the company faces constant danger. Is Augustus a tough enough explorer to survive such hardships?
(Book Jacket Status: Jacketed)Introduction by Barbara HardyFrom the Hardcover edition.
The usual history of architecture is a grand narrative of soaring monuments and heroic makers. But it is also a false narrative in many ways, rarely acknowledging the personal failures and disappointments of architects. In Bleak Houses, Timothy Brittain-Catlin investigates the underside of architecture, the stories of losers and unfulfillment often ignored by an architectural criticism that values novelty, fame, and virility over fallibility and rejection. Brittain-Catlin tells us about Cecil Corwin, for example, Frank Lloyd Wright's friend and professional partner, who was so overwhelmed by Wright's genius that he had to stop designing; about architects whose surviving buildings are marooned and mutilated; and about others who suffered variously from bad temper, exile, lack of talent, lack of documentation, the wrong friends, or being out of fashion. As architectural criticism promotes increasingly narrow values, dismissing certain styles wholesale and subjecting buildings to a Victorian litmus test of "real" versus "fake," Brittain-Catlin explains the effect that this superficial criticality has had not only on architectural discourse but on the quality of buildings. The fact that most buildings receive no critical scrutiny at all has resulted in vast stretches of ugly modern housing and a pervasive public illiteracy about architecture.Architecture critics, Brittain-Catlin suggests, could learn something from novelists about how to write about buildings. Alan Hollinghurst in The Stranger's Child, for example, and Elizabeth Bowen in Eva Trout vividly evoke memorable houses. Thinking like novelists, critics would see what architectural losers offer: episodic, sentimental ways of looking at buildings that relate to our own experience, lessons learned from bad examples that could make buildings better.
Through in-depth research and detailed historical context, Sonali Kolhatkar and James Ingalls report on the injustice of U.S. policies in Afghanistan historically and in the post-9/11 era. Drawing from declassified government documents and on-the-ground interviews with Afghan activists, journalists, lawyers, refugees, and students, Bleeding Afghanistan examines the connections between the U.S. training and arming of Mujahideen commanders and the subversion of Afghan democracy today. Bleeding Afghanistan boldly critiques the exploitation of Afghan women to justify war by both conservatives and liberals, analyzes uncritical media coverage of U.S. policies, and examines the ways in which the U.S. benefits from being in Afghanistan.
Susan Wittig Albert's exciting mysteries have placed ex-lawyer and current herbalist China Bayles In a class with lady sleuths V. I. Warshawski and Stephanie Plum" (Publishers Weekly). Now, China learns that some tragedies leave no heart unbroken in their wake... BLEEDING HEARTS With her tea and herbal businesses expanding faster than she could have imagined, China Bayles is already short on time-all the time. But even she can't refuse when her stepson's principal approaches her to conduct a sensitive investigation of one of Pecan Springs's most prominent citizens. Coach Tim Duffy is handsome, charming, and married to a member of the local aristocracy. He also led the high school football team to victory in the Texas state championships for two years in a row, which makes him a god on earth, as far as some people are concerned. But there's one person who disagrees. An anonymous accuser has made shocking allegations of improper behavior-accusations that lead China to look into the coach's past. What she uncovers is a perplexing story Of forbidden desire, deception, and questionable circumstances surrounding a young woman's death. And the deeper China digs, the more she fears that the town's beloved coach may be more dangerous than anyone knows-and that his latest obsession is about to hit all too close to her own home...
A master of modern mystery and the award-winning author of "Resurrection Man"pens a page-turning novel of assassins and double-crossing.
In the 1850s the Schapens and the Grelliers ancestors settled the Kaw River Valley, as antislavery immigrants. Today, they are terrified by the lawlessness of the 1970s.
Even among the toughest hardcases in the West, Abilene, Kansas, was known as pure hell on earth, a wide-open wild town that was reined in only briefly-when Wild Bill Hickok was its sheriff. Ever since he rode out of Abilene, Wild Bill had never wanted to go back. But now he had to. A lot of people were dying fast there. The Kansas Pacific Railroad was laying track where somebody obviously didn't want it, and bullets were flying thick and furious. The Pinkerton Agency needed their best operative to get to the bottom of it and that meant only one man-Wild Bill. But as hard as it was for Wild Bill to go back, he knew there was a bigger challenge ahead of him-staying alive once he got there.
When Detective Chief Inspector Frank Shapiro loses his right-hand man to a hit-and-run driver, he finds himself with little time for regret. Problem number one is Sergeant Donovan, a broody young Irishman convinced that the policeman's death was ordered by a local crime baron. And if that weren't enough trouble for the already understaffed police force in Castlemere, England, someone has chosen this moment to launch a career as a serial killer. Help comes in the form of Inspector Liz Graham: Intelligent, intuitive, and ambitious, Liz is eager to prove herself worthy of her promotion, and knows she'll have to fight tooth and nail for acceptance in the overwhelmingly male-oriented world of criminal investigation. The resourceful and canny policewoman is determined that no one - especially not an angry young sergeant who resents her very presence - shall stand in her way. With the body count rising and no end in sight, Liz and Donovan finally realize that their status as outsiders on the police force is perhaps their greatest strength. And when Liz discovers a link between the murder victims - a link so ordinary, so innocent that everyone on the force is baffled - the pair devise an unconventional scheme of grace and cunning that's so crazy it just might work...if it doesn't destroy them first. FROM THE CRITICS Publishers Weekly A double murder and two coppers with scores to settle and divergent methods keep Bannister's ( Striving with Gods ) series launch moving at a brisk clip. Sgt. Cal Donovan of the Castlemere CID is assigned to the shooting murder of a young nurse from an old folks' home. Normally an intuitive bobby, Cal is recovering from the death of his former partner and superior officer in a suspicious hit and run that nearly killed Cal too, and for which he blames Jack Carney, a local crime kingpin. Then the shotgun murder of a surgeon suggests the possibility of a serial killer with a medical fixation. As Cal and his new superior Liz Graham pursue leads--resulting in several serious beatings for Cal-- Bannister keeps the suspense tight as a drum. Toward the end, a killer is revealed with surprising sympathy, and Cal, with Liz's help, fools the bad guys (and all but the most attentive readers) with a crafty sleight-of-hand. (Sept.)
When veterinarian Rachel Goddard and Deputy Sheriff Tom Bridger take teenagers on an outing to clean up roadside trash in rural Mason County, Virginia, they make a grisly discovery: the plastic-wrapped body of a young woman. One teen peers at the face through the plastic and screams. The dead girl is her sister, Shelley, a law student who has been missing for a month. As Tom launches a murder investigation, Rachel copes with a visit from her own sister, Michelle, who is terrified that a man is stalking her. Michelle insists she's receiving threatening calls and someone has invaded her office in the Washington, DC, area. Her own husband doubts her. Although Michelle is a psychologist, she has always been emotionally fragile, and she reverts to her childhood dependence on Rachel, stirring up memories Rachel wants to forget. Soon it becomes clear that the mysterious stalker is real and dangerous and has followed Michelle to Mason County. Now he's turning his attention to Rachel too. Tom pursues the stalker at the same time he investigates Shelley's murder. Was it random, or was she killed because she was working to prove that a Mason County man was wrongly convicted of murder? Relatives of his supposed victim were enraged by Shelley's efforts to free a man they believe is guilty. Did they kill her to stop her? But what if she was right? If an innocent man was convicted, one person would have the strongest motive to silence Shelley: the real murderer. As Tom closes in on Shelley's killer, the stalker makes his move against Rachel.
Hanna is what you'd call mentally ill. She'd call it being totally crazy. After running away to Portero, Texas to find her estranged mother, Hanna thinks this new town can't be any crazier than she is. She's wrong. Portero is haunted with doors to dimensions of the dead, and protected by demon hunters called Mortmaine. Hanna soon falls for a young Mortmaine named Wyatt, but when her mother is possessed by a murdering ghost, Hanna decides to do whatever it takes to save her, even if it means betraying the boy she loves. In the end no one will be left unscarred.
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