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HIS MOST HONORABLE VOW He was a man of immense wealth and privilege, but no amount of money could release Paul Spencer from his impending loveless marriage. His grandfather's will had left Paul little choice: Marry a woman he despised or lose the family business. And with Paul, family always came first. Until he laid eyes on innocent beauty Cassidy Penno. The businessman knew their future was one he could never claim, though Cassidy swore she needed no promises to become his in every way. But this man of honor vowed never to possess his sweet virgin unless he could find a way to make her his one, his only bride!
Dear Bride-To-Be... Troy Lee has been writing letters to his future bride since he was a boy. Still, she's never been more than words on a page...until now. When he meets Destiny Porter, he thinks he may have finally found the woman he's been waiting for. But Destiny came to Claremont with a single purpose-to get Troy's permission to print his letters in her magazine. Yet once she lays eyes on the handsome Southern man, Destiny knows she's in trouble. She can't help dreaming about being Troy's bride. But will he still want to be her groom when he finds out who she really is?
A billboard on the side of a Seattle road is Chase Goodwin's solution to the problem of finding a wife quickly. Lesley Campbell has her own reasons for responding.
What does a confirmed bachelor do when his matchmaking mom comes to town, determined to see him wed? Hire a fiancee, of course! And what does said bachelor, Sam Weller, do when said hired fiancee, Ginger Marsh, turns his life upside down with her sultry smiles? Good question. Suddenly the brooding bachelor is in over his head. What had seemed like a surefire way to appease his overbearing family has turned into a whirlwind romance he isn't sure he can resist.
Splash! From the moment he pulled the unconscious woman from the sea, Trevor Marlowe knew his life would never be the same. But even the celebrated restaurateur couldn't have predicted how passionately he'd fall for his beautiful, mysterious mermaid. Even if she couldn't tell him who she was. She couldn't remember her life before the compelling stranger rescued her. She only knew that this kind, sexy man who called her Venus made her feel as if she were the most special woman in the world. He made her believe they had a future together--even if she had no clue about her past. . . .
The Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek--Book 3Headed toward a fresh start but tethered by her past, Vivian longs to break free, to find forgiveness and love.At last, the sisters are reunited! The youngest Sinclair, the family" baby", is moving from Maine to Cripple Creek, Colorado and joining Kat, Nell, and Ida. But Vivian is a young woman with a will of her own, and made some decisions back in Portland that have begun to haunt her. Will she be able to live up to the expectations of her three perfect and now happily-settled sisters?The sisters warmly welcome Vivian to the mountain west, but the wild-and-woolly mining town isn't ripe with opportunities for a respectable young woman. The youngest Sinclair sister is determined to make her own way, sowhen she's off ered a job as a hostess in a sporting house, she takes it, thinking the position is appropriate for a tainted, unlovable woman like herself. Although she's convinced she'll never be asked to entertain privately, Viviankeeps her employment a secret from her sisters, knowing they'd be mortified--as will Carter Alwyn, the kind and godly sheriff 's deputy who's sweet on her.Vivian is descending into a life of secrets, lying to the very people who love her and could help her heal from her mistakes. Will an outpouring of grace remind her that she is still God's beloved and that her past can be washed as clean as Rocky Mountain snow?
Between raising his three siblings and running a successful business, Kevin Quintano's hectic life left no room for love. But when his sister announced her upcoming wedding, Kevin headed to Hades, Alaska, to ensure she made it down the aisle. Of course, Kevin didn't count on getting bitten by the love bug - or his own dreamy thoughts of marriage! Even in blue jeans, June Yearling was irresistible but had refused every bachelor in town. After a tumultuous past, she swore she'd never surrender her heart. Still, that didn't stop her and Kevin from stealing passionate kisses whenever they could...and it didn't stop his fantasies about leading her to the altar.
Welcome to THE COWBOY CLUB! A place where romance and the West come alive. Meet the cowboy of your fantasies...the man of your dreams. If you kiss him, legend says you'll be hitched 'fore the year is out! Chloe James has big plans. The chic Manhattan shoe designer has come to claim her inheritance--half of The Cowboy Club--then sell it pronto. Her high heels prove her downfall when she stumbles straight into the arms of sexy Dax Charboneau! Dax is her new partner--and he's got his own plans for the club. Except he's now fallen head over heels in love with Chloe. But how to convince this ornery female to park her boots next to his at night? Come on down to...The Cowboy Club! "One of the 10 great places to meet cowboys."--Texas Men magazine
Fleeing her native India to seek refuge within London's secretive St. James Society, exotic beauty Lady Anisha Stafford is intrigued by her protector, the Earl of Lazonby, and, with no one to trust, these two passionate souls risk everything for a love that could be their salvation or destruction.
Scarlet bride The first time Daniel Faber met Annie Kincaid he knew she was a danger to his bachelor status. Mistaking him for someone else, she'd thrown herself into his arms dressed provocatively in scarlet silk. The next time they met, Daniel was convinced that Annie was not only his brother's secretary, but also his mistress! Whisking her off to Italy, Daniel intended to persuade Annie to wear scarlet silk again--but this time as a wedding dress...
Passion and secrets simmer behind the elegant faÇade of Victorian London in another deliciously intriguing novel featuring the mysterious men of the St. James Society. AnaÏs de Rohan has faced danger in her past, but never anything so great as posing as the new bride to one of the St. James Society's most magnetic-and ruthless-leaders. But Lord Bessett's bold challenge to prove herself worthy of joining his secret all-male society is impossible to resist. So she daringly agrees to travel with the enigmatic nobleman on a dangerous mission to save one of their own-a little girl with a frightening gift. Soon intrigue swirls about them, drawing them ever closer. And AnaÏs quickly realizes that the intimacy of sharing Lord Bessett's bedroom is proving a temptation impossible to resist. As for Bessett himself-well, he might be a soldier sworn to the Society, but he certainly isn't anyone's saint. . . .
Heather Wells is used to having her cake and eating it too, but this time her cake just might be cooked. Her wedding cake, that is. With her upcoming nuptials to PI Cooper Cartwright only weeks away, Heathers already stressed. And when a pretty junior turns up dead, Heathers sure things cant get worse--until every student in the dorm where she works is a possible suspect, and Heathers long-lost mother shows up. Heather has no time for a tearful mother and bride reunion. She has a wedding to pull off and a murder to solve. Instead of wedding bells, she might be hearing wedding bullets, but shes determined to bring the bad guys to justice if its the last thing she does . . . and this time, it just might be.
The Cowgirl Takes a Husband!To keep the Texas ranch she loves, Hannah Parrish will wed a man she doesn't. Cowpokes won't take orders from a young, single female. But while her exasperating neighbor Matt Walker jokes about her being a mere debutante, Hannah is a rancher to the core. Just like Matt."Will you marry me?" It's a question widowed Matt never intended to ask again. Now spirited Hannah is asking him for a marriage of convenience! Yet whether she's birthing a calf or caring for a young orphan, the tomboy next door is becoming the partner Matt always hoped for. Now he must convince her the greatest strength comes in trusting your heart to another-and your future to God....
Swapping chef's whites for ivory silk, Lydia Fletcher's competing in a contest to see how far she can travel in a wedding dress! She's determined to win her beloved sister her dream wedding--but a chance meeting with the gorgeous but guarded widower Massimo Valtieri is something the contest's small print failed to mention! When Lydia narrowly misses winning, Massimo wants to help. He offers her his grand palazzo for her sister's wedding in return for Lydia's help on his estate. But with the heat between them rivaling the Tuscan sun, her sister's wedding might not be the only one Lydia has to plan. . . .
These twelve short stories vividly bring to life the daily dramas of Chinese men and women who are starting to feel the influence of the West while still immersed in a society that attempts to control their every move and thought. As his characters wrestle with the petty injustices and deeper heartbreaks of their constricted lives, Ha Jin celebrates their irrepressible humanity with the understated humour and disarmingly simple narrative voice that have won him widespread acclaim.
Falling for the boss? Carrie Dean had fallen for Andrew Beckford--Beck--the first moment she'd set eyes on him. She thought her new boss was attracted to her, too, but Beck already had a girlfriend--the blond, petite and glamorous Helena. What could he possibly see in plain old Carrie? Only, now Helena has left. And Beck is technically single, definitely sexy and Carrie's for the taking! But she's afraid that Beck is only temporarily hers until Helena returns. Carrie is determined to keep her bridegroom-on-loan--but when will Beck realize that she is the one most worthy of his love...?
Undercover agent Gideon Yarbro is renowned for stopping outlaws almost before they commit a crime. But now he must stop a wedding-despite the bride's resistance. Lydia Fairmont will lose everything if she doesn't honor her betrothal to a heartless banker. Unless she marries someone else instead...whether it's a love match or not.Determined to honor his own decade-old promise to help Lydia, Gideon carries her off to Stone Creek and makes her his reluctant wife. Forget a honeymoon for "show"-not with a vengeful ex-fiancé on their trail and a hired gun on the loose. But there just might be hope for the marriage...and two hearts meant for each other.
In an effort to preserve the family estate, Ian MacGregor, the Earl of Balfour, must marry for money. When a promising match emerges in the form of Genie Daniels, a rich English heiress, Ian begins devising a strategy to woo her. When he meets Genie's poor cousin Augusta, he discovers a new avenue to Genie's heart. But after spending time with Augusta and falling for her charms, Ian begins to question whether or not he's willing to forfeit his heart to save the family name. . .
The wedding of the season! Events manager Sylvie Smith is organizing a glittering fund-raising event: a wedding show in a stately home. She has even been roped into pretending to be a bride. . . a bride who's five months pregnant! The bride everyone is talking about! It should be every girl's dream to design a wedding with no expense spared, but it's not Sylvie's. Longbourne Court was her ancestral home, and she's just discovered that the new owner is Tom McFarlane--her baby's secret father. Now Tom's standing in front of her, looking at her bump. . . .
With his striking good looks, Ross Trevenan was one of the most attractive men Tessa Lorimer had ever seen. But five minutes in his company convinced her he was the most arrogant, infuriating man alive. That's why it was such a shock to discover Trevenan's true purpose: hired to escort her out of Paris and back to England, he had sworn that he'd do anything to keep her safe--even if he had to marry her to do it. Now, finding herself a bride to a devastatingly attractive bodyguard seems more hazardous than any other situation she could possibly encounter. Yet Tessa doesn't know that she holds the key to a mystery that Trevenan would sell his soul to solve...and that a vicious murderer will kill to keep.hook her body, her blood seemed to ignite. She was clinging to him for support, kissing him back, allowing those bold hands of his to wander atwill from her breast to her thigh, taking liberties she knew no decent girl should permit, not even a French girl.When he left her mouth to kiss her ears, her eyebrows, her cheeks, she got out a shaken whisper, "I never knew it could be like this. You make me feel thingsI never knew existed, sensations I've never experienced before. You seem so different tonight."And he did. His body was harder, his shoulders seemed broader, and she hadn't known he was so tall. As for his fragrance--Then she knew, she knew, and she opened her eyes wide, trying to see his face. It was too dark, but she didn't need a light to know whose arms she was in. Hedidn't wear cologne as Paul did. He smelled of fresh air and soap and freshly starched linen. Outrage rooted her to the spot, but only for a moment longer.Those clever hands of his had slipped and were beginning to massage her bottom."Trevenan!" she gasped, and fairly leaped out of his arms. He made no move to stop her, but said in a laconic tone that grated on herears, "What a pity. And just when things were beginning to turn interesting."She was so overcome with rage she could hardly find her voice, and when she did find it, it was high-pitched and unnatural. "Interesting? What you did to mewas not interesting. It was depraved."As he advanced she retreated. Though she felt a leap of alarm, she was too proud to run away. When he halted beside the stone steps, so did she, but shewas careful to preserve some space between them. The lights on the terrace had yet to be extinguished, and she had a clear view of his expression. He couldhardly keep a straight face."Depraved?" he said. "That's not the impression you gave me. I could have sworn you were enjoying yourself. 'I never knew it could be like this,'" hemimicked. "'You make me feel things I never knew existed.'" He began to laugh."I thought you were Paul," she shouted. "How dare you impose yourself on me in that hateful way."He arched one brow. "My dear Miss Lorimer, as I recall, you were the one who imposed yourself on me. I was merely enjoying a quiet smoke when you bargedinto the gazebo and cornered me. I didn't kiss you. You kissed me." His white teeth gleamed. "Might I give you a word of advice? You're too bold by half. Aman likes to be the hunter. Try, if you can, to give the impression that he has cornered you."The thought that this depraved rake--and he had to be a rake if his kisses were anything to go by--had the gall to give her advice made her temper burn evenhotter. She had to unclench her teeth to get the words out. "There is no excuse for your conduct. You knew I thought you were Paul.""Come now, Miss Lorimer. That trick is as old as Eve."Anger made her forget her fear, and she took a quick step toward him. "Do you think I'd want your kisses? You're nothing but my grandfather's lackey. You'rea secretary, an employee. If I were to tell him what happened here tonight"--she pointed to the gazebo--"he would dismiss you.""Tell him, by all means. He won't think less of me for acting like any red-blooded male. It's your conduct that will be a disappointment to him." Hisvoice took on a hard edge. "By God, if I had the schooling of you, you'd learn to...
On the morning of her wedding, Pell Ridley creeps out of bed in the dark, kisses her sisters goodbye and flees -- determined to escape a future that offers nothing but hard work and sorrow. She takes the only thing that truly belongs to her: Jack, a white horse. The road ahead is rich with longing, silence and secrets, and each encounter leads her closer to the untold story of her past. Then Pell meets a hunter, infuriating, mysterious and cold. Will he help her to find what she seeks? With all the hallmarks of Meg Rosoff's extraordinary writing, The Bride's Farewell also breaks new ground for this author, in a nineteenth-century, Hardyesque setting. This is a moving story of love and lost things, with a core of deep, beautiful romance. From the Hardcover edition.
Hard Luck, Alaska-a Town that Needs Women!Location: 50 miles north of the Arctic Circle. Population: 150 (mostly men)-but growing! Because the O'Halloran brothers, who run a bush-plane charter service called Midnight Sons, are heading a campaign to bring women to Hard Luck!Sawyer O'Halloran- He's the middle brother. Pilot and part owner of Midnight Sons. And, if the truth be told, he's not entirely in favor of this scheme. But he considers himself immune to the charms of any woman-he's adamantly against marriage and he's not too sure about love!Abbey Sutherland- Single mother of two adorable kids. Veteran of one bad marriage. Wants a new beginning-not a new romance. She responds to the Midnight Sons ad and is delighted to accept their offer. But there's a complication-or two. She hasn't told the O'Hallorans she's arriving with children!
Knowing that she alone can protect her sister from their lecherous stepfather, Victoria Temple Whiting snatches the family's heirloom necklace to pay for their escape to London. There she finds employment as a servant in the household of handsome Cordell Easton, the scandalous Earl of Brant.
[From the back cover] Legend has it that the famous Colton family sapphires shine brilliantly on only the women who are meant to be Colton brides. ... Meet three powerful and sexy Colton men who face the challenge of finding the right women-the brides of their hearts!
On remote Rollrock Island, men go to sea to make their livings--and to catch their wives.The witch Misskaella knows the way of drawing a girl from the heart of a seal, of luring the beauty out of the beast. And for a price a man may buy himself a lovely sea-wife. He may have and hold and keep her. And he will tell himself that he is her master. But from his first look into those wide, questioning, liquid eyes, he will be just as transformed as she. He will be equally ensnared. And the witch will have her true payment.Margo Lanagan weaves an extraordinary tale of desire, despair, and transformation. With devastatingly beautiful prose, she reveals characters capable of unspeakable cruelty, but also unspoken love.
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