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New York Times bestselling author Susan Mallery's beloved story about how the hardest mistakes can sometimes lead to the best surprises...From the moment a baseball smashes through his window, banker Adam Barrington's life is never quite the same. The guilty party, an eight-year-old tomboy, soon turns his household upside down. But that shock is nothing compared to when Adam discovers who Billie's mother is...Jane Southwick knows that coming back home won't be easy, and that living next door to Adam again will be sweet torture. But it's pure joy to see the delightful bond growing between him and her daughter-despite the guilty secret that clutches at Jane's heart.
The Cowboy's New Family Widow Abby McDonald is pregnant with twins, suddenly homeless and has nowhere to go. When her late husband's army buddy offers her a temporary haven at his family ranch in Buffalo Gap, Abby accepts the handsome cowboy's hospitality. She knows that Cade Lebret, an honorable man with a complicated life on the Double L, is just "doing the right thing." But when a needy foster child joins their makeshift family, Abby begins to see what a kind, loving father figure Cade is. Suddenly she's dreaming of making the Lebret family ranch her home forever. Family Ties: Bundles of joy bring couples together.ster child joins their makeshift family, Abby begins to see what a kind, loving father figure Cade is. Suddenly she's dreaming of making the Lebret family ranch her home forever. Family Ties: Bundles of joy bring couples together.
When Kenzie Green relocates to Atlanta, she isn't looking for a man to complete her family. Then she meets her enigmatic new neighbor across the hall. Jonathan Trelauney seems to know just how to handle Kenzie's domestic handful. And her kids are already falling in love with the widowed artist. Kenzie's twin son and daughter are shattering his peace. . . and JT loves every minute of it! They're slowly but surely bringing him out of his reclusive shell. Now he'd like to do the same for their independent single mom. Can JT make Kenzie see that he's a man she can count on? That he can be the husband and father her family needs?
How is Brent Runyan supposed to reach his troubled nephew? The workaholic businessman knows nothing about providing a real home to the orphaned boy who needs him so much. Special education teacher Molly Manning thinks the answer is threefold: love, time--and a dog. But Brent can barely let his nephew into his heart, let alone a golden retriever. With his tragic past, Brent knows what can happen when you love anything: you can lose it. Until Molly asks this dad-in-training to start with the basics by letting her stay. . . forever.
In Dad is Fat, stand-up comedian Jim Gaffigan, who's best known for his legendary riffs on Hot Pockets, bacon, manatees, and McDonald's, expresses all the joys and horrors of life with five young children--everything from cousins ("celebrities for little kids") to toddlers' communication skills ("they always sound like they have traveled by horseback for hours to deliver important news"), to the eating habits of four year olds ("there is no difference between a four year old eating a taco and throwing a taco on the floor"). Reminiscent of Bill Cosby's Fatherhood, Dad is Fat is sharply observed, explosively funny, and a cry for help from a man who has realized he and his wife are outnumbered in their own home.
With his Dreams Come True foundation, Ethan Fox turns wishes into reality. Amazing trips. Meeting heroes. But Ethan has come to care deeply for a sick boy whose dream is. . . ;a dad. And not just any dad: Ethan. Though little Cooper has a great chance of getting well, widowed Ethan can't chance loving-and losing-again. Yet he's spending time with the sweet boy and his lovely, strong single mother, Lexie Carlson. Could a little boy's wish for a dad of his own come true after all?
An unforgettable look at how baseball families share our national pastime. Baseball honors legacies--from cheering the home team to breaking in an old glove handed down from father to son. In The Dad Report, award-winning sportswriter Kevin Cook weaves a tapestry of uplifting stories in which fathers and sons--from the sport's superstars to Cook and his own ball-playing father--share the game. Almost two hundred father-son pairs have played in the big leagues. Cook takes us inside the clubhouses, homes, and lives of many of the greats. Aaron Boone follows grandfather Bob, father Ray, and brother Bret to the majors--three generations of All-Stars. Barry Bonds and Ken Griffey Jr. strive to outdo their famous dads. Michael Jordan walks away from basketball to play minor-league baseball--to fulfill his father's dream. In visiting these legendary families, Cook discovers that ball-playing families are a lot like our own. Dan Haren regrets the long road trips that keep him from his kids. Ike Davis and his father, a former Yankee, debate whether Ike should pitch or play first base. Buddy Bell leads a generation of big-leaguers determined to open their workplace--the clubhouse--to their kids. Framing The Dad Report is the story of Kevin Cook's own father, Art Cook, a minor-league pitcher, a loveable rogue with a wicked screwball. In Art's later years, Kevin phoned him almost every night to talk baseball. They called those nightly conversations "the Dad Report." In time, Kevin came to see that these conversations were about much more than the game. That's what this book is about: the way fathers and sons talk baseball as a way of talking about everything--courage, fear, fun, family, morality, mortality, and how it's not whether you win or lose that counts, it's how you share the game.
Following on the heels of his successful book on grandfatherhood (Grandpa Rules), veteran comedy writer Michael Milligan set his sights on the joys and stresses of fatherhood. A response to all those dad books full of empty platitudes and hokey lessons, Dad Rules is a book for the hip dad who can use a laugh (if not a drink) at the end of another trying day with his kids. A perfect gift for the dads in your life, this book is laugh-out-loud funny and offers useful insights and tips on how to embrace the world's greatest job. It includes: Tips on what to really expect when you're expecting How to survive on two hours of sleep a night The joys of dropping the kids off at Grandma's How to babysit and watch football at the same time And much more!
All fathers have heard it before-having a baby really changes your life. And maybe they felt like David L. Hill, MD, FAAP, author of Dad to Dad: Parenting Like a Pro. Dr Hill is a dad himself and a pediatrician in practice. Inside this practical yet humorous book, dads and dads-to-be will find helpful information on topics such as-Infant and child development-Baby basics- crying, sleeping, pooping, and eating-Everyday illnesses and what to look for - fevers, ear infections, colds, stomach bugs, and sore throats-A guide to vaccines, when to get them, and just what they're for-Sound advice to cope with toddlerhood and beyondAfter reading Dad to Dad, fathers will feel more comfortable about fatherhood and have answers to day-to-day parenting issues at their fingertips.
WHEN FATE STEPS IN... Joe Delacamp was speechless. Louisa Clancy was the last person he'd expected to see when he walked into the sweet-smelling Perry Square bake shop. She was just as beautiful as he'd remembered, but it wasn't until the E.R. doc caught a glimpse of her green-eyed little boy that he realized that Louisa's whereabouts weren't the only thing she'd been keeping secret for the last eight years. Now he needed to figure out a way to win the trust of the little boy he never knew he had -- along with the heart of the woman he'd never stopped loving....
A Convenient Christmas FatherHe claimed he was no Santa, so why had Nick Clark made Faith Hewitt's Christmas wish come true? After charming her son, single-handedly saving the Christmas pageant and making the usually staid Faith swoon at the most inappropriate moments, he'd gone and proposed marriage! She knew Nick's offer had only been to secure her son's future. What would a dashing bachelor like Nick want with a once-upon-a-time wallflower? Yet, as the time ticked away on their marriage clock, Faith desperately wanted her husband of convenience to stay. . . and let her become his wife in every way.
One of the most powerful icons for gay men is the hunky, rough-hewn, authoritative daddy figure, who can offer hot kisses, warm embraces, and a firm hand with equal intensity. This collection of erotic stories reveals the unique sexual and emotional bonds between these older daddies and younger gay men: from twinks hankering for silver foxes to men with the meat of years on their bones mentoring spunky lads just coming out. Everything goes in these stories, from the sexually playful to the wistfully romantic, to hardcore S/M, to role playing, to extreme kink. Written by such masters of the genre as Doug Harrison, Jeff Mann, Xan West, Barry Alexander, Dale Chase, Shaun Levin, and more, these sizzling stories explore the world of men who may differ in age but have the same thing on their mind.
Oliver Watson's world suddenly dissolves around him when Sarah, his wife of eighteen years, returns to Harvard to get her master's degree. Oliver is left on his own, with three children and a freedom he never wanted and doesn't completely understand. His family's needs and demands suddenly consume his life. When Oliver's mother is diagnosed as having Alzheimer's disease and dies soon thereafter, Oliver's father's life is changed as well. Braver than his son with less of a future before him, George Watson, at seventy-two, quickly embraces new relationships and, eventually, a new life. The sudden changes come as a shock to both father and son. Ben, Oliver's oldest son, rejects his father and reaches outward, under the illusion that he is grown-up and can make it on his own. Melissa, the middle child, blames Oliver for her mother's desertion. And Sam, the "baby," is too shaken to deal with it at all. Now the only parent, Daddy must somehow cope this, his troubled family and explore a world of new responsibilities, new women, and new experiences. Each of the three men must start a new life: Oliver in New York and then in Los Angeles with his children; once he faces the biggest change in his life; his widowed father with the woman next door; and seventeen-year-old Ben with his girlfriend and baby. Nothing is as it was before... nothing is as they once thought it would be. But in the end, different is better... different is more... for each of them--and especially for "Daddy." (From the Paperback edition.)
Madison Young has had a lot of daddies in her life. From the relationship with her biological father to "leather daddies" of the adult and BDSM communities, Daddy explores Young's interwoven relationships with each of them and the sex positive values that she teaches and lectures on across the country at Yale University, Berkeley University, Good Vibrations, Smitten Kitten, Tool Shed, Kinky Kollege, and Austin Rope Symposium.
Not getting far in the game of love? Have we got the course for you! DADDY 101 Results guaranteed. There were rules about men like Alex Bradlee. Alex had inherited more than dazzling looks and an awe-inspiring income from his dad. He's also gotten a set of rules: secrets for playing love like a game and always keeping the winning hand. Simple and direct, the rules had served Alex well...until a magazine ranked him "sexiest man in the world" and he met Dani Jacobson. Dr. Dani took one look at the guy in her waiting room and made an instant diagnosis. Trouble. Dani had some rules of her own, particularly about men like Alex. Rule number one: Run, don't walk, away. But Dani's daughter had other ideas...
This warm and inviting romance features the transformation of wealthy businessman Ethan Wheeler, who finds his faith renewed--and his love life enriched--when he works at a women's shelter run by Glory Weston.
Tanya Bledso couldn't wait to leave Crested Butte to chase dreams of Hollywood stardom. Now the single mom has returned to run the local theater and raise her daughter. But the peaceful, charming town she took for granted has exploded into a bustling tourist attraction, thanks to one man. Jack Crenshaw. Property developer extraordinaire. . . and her former high school sweetheart. Ten years hasn't cooled the heat between them. Worse, Jack is bonding with her daughter and giving her the crazy idea he'd make the perfect family man. But is he ready to forgive and forget the heartbreak of the past for the role he seems born to play?
He'd been leading a secret life for years. But Thad Kendall got quite the surprise upon his return home-a child he'd never known about. The spy had left Caroline Emerson for her own good, never realizing she'd been carrying his baby and had raised his son alone. Now that was all going to change. Caroline knew Thad had returned to solve the mystery of his parents' murder-not to rekindle their romance. But she never dreamed that having the only man she'd ever loved back in her life would put her and their son in grave danger. For now they'd become the targets of the Christmas Eve killer.
WHO'S THE DADDY? IT'S A...DADDY? NAME: Duncan K. McKeon, 6', 170lbs. HAIR: Perfect EYES: Even Better DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: On-screen sizzle, real-life fire FIRST WORDS: "Call my agent!" One sweet night Duncan McKeon had met his soul mate in darkness. But in the morning, the mystery woman had vanished. They'd made some beautiful memories together, but nine months later, Duncan found out they'd made more than that.... Duncan looked into the twins' faces and knew "Dad" was his best role ever. All his new family needed was a wife and mother. He swore he'd track his mystery woman to the world's end, double diaper bag and all. Turned out, though, she was much closer to home...
Fatherhood wasn't on CEO Travis Callahan's life plan, but his baby niece, Libby, needs him. He's always understood the word duty, and if his new role requires changing diapers and midnight feedings, so be it Unfortunately, taking care of a six-month-old isn't as easy as running a corporation, and Travis is soon in over his head. Luckily for him, former flame Kit Wells is more than happy to help. As part owner of the daycares she ran with Travis's sister, Kit can teach him all about diaper duty. But can she teach him what it feels like to be part of a family? And will Kit be the one who makes it whole. . . ?
Could he be her little boy? Six years ago, Sara Hobart helped a childless couple create their own miracle. Now she needed one of her own. All her instincts were telling her she was Kyle Barclay's birth mother. Only one thing stood in her way: Kyle's widowed father. Ever since his wife had died, Nathan had tried to be the best parent he could to five-year-old Kyle. Then this sensual stranger showed up. Legally, Sara had no claim on his son. But how could he keep her from the little boy who already adored her? That went double for Nathan, who was suddenly yearning to go from single dad to devoted family man. . . .
Cowboy to the Rescue Summoned by two little girls to help their mother in distress, Blue Lyons rushes to rescue widow Clara Weston. When the cowboy discovers the fatherless family has nowhere to go, he offers them food and shelter. But widower Blue won't get too close to the needy trio. He's lost too many people he's cared for, and he isn't about to set himself up for loss again. For Clara, any dangers she may face on the frontier are preferable to staying with her controlling father. Although she's determined to keep her independence, Blue's kindness and tenderness are hard to resist. Can two pint-size matchmakers help Clara and Blue open their guarded hearts in time for Christmas? Christmas in Eden Valley: Forging a future in Canada's west country
When six feet of tall, lean cowboy rides up kicking dust, Jess Cummings thinks a holiday miracle has arrived. Not only does he help with an injured colt, Gage Moore hires on to work her ranch. The handsome, trustworthy Texan is everything Jess could want in an employee. But is the ex-rodeo star too good to be true? Gage came to Oklahoma haunted by a saddle load of grief. He'll help Jess get the ranch in shape by Christmas, then be on his way. After all, the job was always meant to be temporary. But how can he leave now that the hardworking single mom has given him a reason to stay? And if he does, can he be the husband and father Jess and her daughters need?
After doing time, Justin Dillon was a changed man determined to lead a decent life. Then a strange woman swept through town, dumping a seven-year-old in his lap, claiming Justin was the daddy and disappearing. Justin was only beginning to take baby steps toward betterment-was he ready to be a father? Or ready for family, for that matter? Because at every turn, there was Gina Steele. The young woman had been so busy skipping grades and getting degrees, she'd never had time tolive. But Justin would change all that-with just one kiss. Could this sheriff's sister join forces with an ex-con to make a home for a lost little boy? Stranger things had happened in Destiny. . . ;.
The moment Lucas "Lucky" Welch sees the black-haired, green-eyed boy at the rodeo, he knows. The child is his late brother's son. But why was little Robby kept a secret? He demands answers from Robby's adoptive mom, Natalie Crosby. But the pretty, protective woman isn't forthcoming. And once Lucky learns the truth behind Robby's birth, he understands. Especially when some family matters get more than complicated. As a bull rider, Lucky knows he just has to hang on tight and keep showing Natalie that his wish is true-blue: to be a daddy--and husband--for keeps.
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