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Five sisters. . . and Richard Seymour has to marry one to gain control of the Durant financial empire. Made to feel the ugly duckling by her glamorous family, and totally rejected by her father, Leigh Durant is stunned when Richard makes his choice -- to marry her! Can he possibly give her the sense of belonging and love she's always craved? His proposition is very tempting. And they do share an intense physical attraction. But is she truly the bride he wants. . . or just the easiest path to power?
Damien Hathaway is entranced from the moment he sees Miss Lindsay Phillips walk into his church. Although she's betrothed to a gentleman of the "ton," Damien is determined to find the pure heart he's sure exists underneath all the ruffles and lace. Original.
Intensely emotional and honest, this collection of searing poems about love, loss, jealousy, and fear, explores the literary and social landscape of post revolutionary Russia. Sharply addressing the conflicts between the life of a poet and that of a mother and wife, this enlarged volume, masterfully translated, includes five major poem sequences, one of which was written in 1915 for the poet's lover Sofia Parnok and another in response to poet Rainer Maria Rilke's death. Invoking Stalinist Russia as an underlying theme, this compilation also covers politics and history.
Lady Marianne scarce dreamed it possible her life could get any worse!That was before she found herself transplanted to the wild highlands of Scotland-land of savage barbarians-and the promised bride of a doddering old Scot. But when a boldly handsome warrior arrived at her door, she knew her prayers had been answered....Adair MacTaren had come in friendship, but one look at the comely lass standing before him addled the young man's mind beyond repair. The tempting Norman lady lured him like a siren-yet he had no wish to be rescued. And 'twas no time before the brash chieftain's son had sworn to free Marianne from her loveless betrothal-and claim her for his own ladywife!
Elspeth is a provocative and feminine lass who lived in a turbulent time in Scotland's history, a period crowded with romance, intrigue, battles and characters that are memorable for their vitality and charm, their lust, strength and willfulness. Alexander MacHugh was head of one of Scotland's mightiest clans when the rebellious Highlanders rallied around the MacDonald banner. He was a man of massive will but gravely courteous demeanor, and he clashed with Elspeth at every encounter, his will pitted against hers, neither of them willing to surrender to an irresistible attraction. It was early in the seventeenth century in Scotland, and the men and women who lived, loved and fought then were no less stormy and unpredictable than the violent events which caught them up and determined their fates. In these pages you will meet the corrupt and ambitious Earl of Argyll, Elspeth's wily guardian, who epitomizes an insatiable greed for power and wealth; Kate MacLachlan, the beautiful and treacherous redhead, whose passion for Alexander MacHugh would stop at nothing for fulfillment; Gavin, the grim and mysterious youth with a scar across his cheek; Elspeth's half-sister, Jeanie Lamond, as fair and fresh as a May morning and, of course, the many brave and gallant Scottish rebels, led by the MacDonalds, who harried the Campbells and would not be subdued by England. It seemed just another day when Elspeth Lamond rode into the wild and untameable hills and moors of the Highlands on a quiet mission from London, but within a few hours she was a captive riding in the rain toward an unknown destination. From the day of her abduction by a band of rough horsemen till the day she fled the thick walls of her guardian's castle, Elspeth's fate was irrevocably linked with the Lamonds and with their friend, the MacHugh whose name reverberates through these pages with the vigor of a clash of arms.
Nestled in the rural Italian hillside lies the ancient home of the aristocratic Montefalco family. Surrounded by fields of fragrant lavender, it's a beautiful, secluded hideaway. Ally Parker has come to Italy with questions about her past only Gino, Duc of Montefalco, can answer. Swept away to his magical country estate, Ally begins to fall in love with the brooding Italian duc. But will the secrets and sins of the past keep Gino from making Ally the rightful bride of Montefalco?
Respectable showgirlWhen the widowed boardinghouse keeper he has come to rescue turns out to be a scantily-clad showgirl, Jed Doulan knows he's in for trouble. With his shadowed past, he'd be mad to let this spirited-and surprisingly innocent-woman get close.Rebellious brideBound by a hasty marriage to her reluctant hero, Rachell Carlson senses his struggle to keep a distance between them. But the message in Jed's eyes makes her pulse quicken-and even dares her to believe in love.
WHAT A WEDDING! Angie Ellison had just married a gorgeous mystery man in a hastily arranged wedding ceremony. Clearly, the folklore about the comet passing by her small town was true--it affected everyone's morals! Surely that was why she was looking forward to her wedding night with one heck of a bad boy... Sexy undercover agent Ethan Zorn wasn't interested in silly comet lore, shotgun weddings or sticking around this crazy town once his assignment was over. But he also knew it wasn't the comet making him act like such a hot-and-bothered newlywed in love. It was Angie... BLAME IT ON BOB: The comet passes through once every fifteen years...but leaves behind a lifetime of love!
On the Irish Isle of Valentia wisps of cloud hang low in the air, and a rugged figure appears through the hazy mist--the man that Keelin O'Donnell has been searching for without ever realizing it. Garrett Kincaid can help beautiful stranger Keelin unlock the secrets of her past. But he can't give her his heart--he knows Keelin's life lies elsewhere. Except the essence of the Emerald Isle is capturing Keelin, drawing her in and giving her the courage to claim a future. A future that belongs to this man.
"Get out, ye bloodthirsty half-breed!" Since the infamous Battle of Falkirk, Cristiane MacDhiubh had these words -- and worse -- hurled at her in the village streets. Half Scot, half English, she could claim no place as home -- until the Lord of Bitterlee, as gallant a knight as any could dream, came in search of a bride...! Marriage had been naught but sadness for Adam Sutton, yet duty demanded he wed again. Cristiane MacDhiubh, as fey and wild as his own island fiefdom, might rouse his forgotten passions. But brave of heart though she might be, could Cristiane ever heal his sorrowing soul?
She's the vampire that could destroy a nation.At least, that's what Pinkerton detective Finn Dunne thinks of Tara Fox. Capturing her aboard a ship sneaking its way northward, he's convinced she's been sent to take out President Lincoln. While she's certainly the most attractive assassin he's ever faced, that won't keep him from his duty.Tara has always been caught between worlds. As a vampire born and raised in Key West, she has many friends among the humans. Many friends that are now fighting and dying in the raging Civil War.When her strange dreams began, she thought of them as abstract visions. But she now knows that she must travel to Washington, D.C., and protect the president at all costs. Finn still won't trust her, despite what he's seen. And if Tara has to go through him-or bring reinforcements-to save Lincoln, she will do whatever it takes, even if it costs her her heart.
Caroline Monday knows better than to trust the dark and dangerous Morgan Blakely, Marquis of Clayton and England's infamous spy. Plotting revenge against a powerful enemy, Morgan will stop at nothing to secure Caroline's help-even claiming that she's a long-lost heiress and not the penniless orphan she'd thought herself. Yet as she's drawn into a world of old grudges and long-buried secrets, where the past is unraveled and the future uncertain, Caroline yearns to believe Morgan's words...and to give in to a desire that's stronger than her fear....
Astonishing, engrossing, enthralling and real, brings the smell, breath, textures and light of 17th century England and 18th century America as vividly alive as if one had encountered them only moments before.
Rachel Lyndon yearns to escape her scandalous past, but her dreams for a better life seem ruined after she buries her fiancé on the Texas plains.Heath Renier has been evading the law by the skin of his teeth for years. Now he's found a new identity as Holden Renshaw, foreman of Dog Creek Ranch. But the arrival of his boss's mail-order bride, now a widow, upsets his fragile peace and threatens to expose his deadly secrets.Rachel knows that the mysterious and savagely handsome Holden is the last man she should trust--especially once she's seen glimpses of his true nature. When he's suspected of killing his employer, she has a terrible choice to make. But the heat of his gaze ignites something seductive and irresistible within her. No matter how dangerous the road ahead, she's determined to give him the one thing he's never truly believed he deserves: her undying love.
SHE WAS ALL HE HAD EVER WANTED When Edouard Gillet, Comte de Trouville, wed the beauteous Lady Anne of Naincroft, he thought he had found his heart's desire. But was the passion he had willingly declared from the battlements shared by his newly pledged bride? Or would the unspoken secret still between them destroy their newfound happiness? Though it would break her heart, Anne prayed that Edouard would leave Scotland behind and return to the Court of France. For the longer he stayed, the greater the risk he would discover that her son was not all he seemed--and the mighty comte was surely not a man who could accept anything less than perfection.
WHAT COULD THE KING WANT WITH AN UNKEMPT URCHIN? Even one as sensuous as a fairy queen? Wolfram Colston could not fathom the royal command to bring Kathryn Somers to Court. A hoydenish sprite, she was nothing like the noble ladies of London--yet everything like the woman of his dreams! No matter what was whispered about her heritage, Kit Somers refused to go off with Sir Colston, a lone wolf of a knight pledged to Henry V, for how would her betrothed ever find her? And what would be her fate if she road away in the arms of such a brooding, darkly handsome man?
Liam Bentley had always been a man who knew what he wanted. And when he discovered that Regan Holmes had given birth to his son seven years ago, he wanted her to be his wife! When Regan had first met Liam she'd been awed by his power, by his ambition, by his sexual prowess. Now she was older, wiser and ought to know better. But somehow when he demanded "Marry me," she still found herself saying yes!
Caleb Tanner has a reputation for being a playboy with an aversion to weddings. He's determined not to marry, but he's surrounded by women scheming to get him to the altar! Caleb needs a decoy: a bride on loan. . . Sabrina Saunders isn't thrilled about moving in with Caleb. The man's far too attractive for his own good! He's also her agency's biggest client so she's forced to play the part of Caleb's bride-to-be. It's only for a couple of weeks -- or so they both think!
As proprietor of the Second-Chance Bridal salon, Chessie Burton couldn't exactly avoid thinking about weddings. But her good friends' quest to find her a man had her running for cover. Her safe haven used to be her store, until renovator Jace Edwards-and his hammer, nails and very naked chest-invaded her space. Soon Jace found himself wanting to be the only man in Chessie's life-but he'd walked down the aisle once before and vowed never to do so again. So how could he keep things light with a woman whose business was marriage? Especially once her friends dubbed him the perfect groom-to-be!
Aku-nna and her younger brother were left orphaned when their father died. Their uncle gladly took care of them, for the bride price that her future husband would pay him. But Aku-nna falls in love with an unsuitable man.
Not the Marrying Kind...Hell would freeze before a mere female brought proud Wyatt Sommersby to his knees. The macho millionaire always got what he wanted-and then moved on. But Maggie Muldoon proved immune to Wyatt's money, and indifferent to his manliness. Her free spirit pricked his ego...and stoked his lust...until he simply had to have her.Except at the Right PriceWyatt needed every weapon in his charming arsenal to win Maggie's heart. Now that matrimony was on his mind, he'd say-or do-anything to get her to walk down the aisle with him!
Corrie has never had a real date. She's been too busy trying to run her ranch single-handed and thinks she knows more about money (as in not having any) than men. But now the two sexy Merrick brothers - the richest men in the district - are vying for her attention! Corrie is in an enviable dilemma. Which gorgeous brother should she choose? Her oldest friend - or the man who's always been out of reach?
The crusader feared nothing -- until he met...The Temptress"I will not wed a man who thinks to own me."Furthermore, Esmeraude of Ceinn-beithe declares that she alone will name the winner of her heart. To the knights gallant who ride from afar to do her bidding, she issues a challenge: a riddle that is both quest and test. And then she flees, daring her suitors to follow. Thus begins the Bride Quest of Bayard of Villonne, to compete for the hand of a woman he has never seen....Newly returned from the Crusades, Bayard has warned his family of a pending attack upon their estate. When they pay no heed to his message, he swears to protect the family holding himself ... even if its price is a marriage of convenience. It seems a simple matter to win the hand of a rural maid in a barbarian contest -- until the chase begins. Esmeraude's challenge makes her far more intriguing than Bayard has dared to hope. But when he follows her across the waters and rescues a tattered, ravishing damsel in disguise, he knows he has found her. Recklessly, she offers herself to the handsome stranger. But not even a passion that touches both their souls can win her hand. For Esmeraude will settle for nothing less than total surrender of the crusader's worn and wary heart ... a treasure Bayard is determined to keep shielded forever.From the Paperback edition.
Famous home-keeping expert Daisy Walsh is overwhelmed by the warm welcome she receives in Morrow Creek, and then she realizes she's the star prize in the town raffle! She can bet the lucky winner's not expecting a pregnant woman who needs a place to stay. Single father Owen Cooper suspects he's been set up because his daughter is thrilled to have a woman around the house. He could get used to the smell of home baking tempting his taste buds, but the sight of Daisy's stockings is one temptation too far!
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