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Eight years ago, Lieutenant Luke Ripton made a hasty wartime marriage to protect a young girl from a forced union. Now, unable to obtain an annulment, Luke has no choice but to collect Isabella, the fiercely independent wife he never wanted.And while they remain bound to their vows, they never expected that the passionate fury they share could become passion of a different kind...
Royden Napier, Baron Saint-Bryce, is tall, dark, and ruthless--and on the hunt for a dangerous beauty . . . On the eve of her escape to the Continent, bold, beautiful Lisette Colburne accepts a proposal she dare not refuse: masquerade as the future bride of the steely-eyed Royden Napier and help him solve his most dangerous case. Soon Lisette is in even greater danger--of losing her heart to the one man with the power to destroy her . . . Estranged from his aristocratic family, the enigmatic Napier has forged a reputation as Scotland Yard's most relentless police commissioner. He's vowed to bring Lisette to justice--but with every forbidden kiss and every tantalizing touch, he finds himself becoming less convinced of her guilt . . . and more certain he must have her. But when danger touches Lisette, can he save her?
A potential prince comes from abroad. . . with revenge on the Royal House in mind. . . Adam Ryder is impossibly wealthy in his own right, and he's always known he's the illegitimate son of a Nirolian prince. Elena Valerio's blindness has never held her back. She feels instantly drawn to Adam--and his vulnerable little son, who's in need of a mother. But Elena loves Niroli with all her heart. If Adam is to take his place on the throne by marrying Elena, he must put aside his royal revenge. . . .
FBI Special agent Brad Raines is facing his toughest case yet. A Denver serial killer has killed four beautiful young women, leaving a bridal veil at each crime scene, and he's picking up his pace. Unable to crack the case, Raines appeals for help from a most unusual source: residents of the Center for Wellness and Intelligence, a private psychiatric institution for mentally ill individuals whose are extraordinarily gifted. It's there that he meets Paradise, a young woman who witnessed her father murder her family and barely escaped his hand. Diagnosed with schizophrenia, Paradise may also have an extrasensory gift: the ability to experience the final moments of a person's life when she touches the dead body. In a desperate attempt to find the killer, Raines enlists Paradise's help. In an effort to win her trust, he befriends this strange young woman and begins to see in her qualities that most 'sane people' sorely lack. Gradually, he starts to question whether sanity resides outside the hospital walls...or inside.As the Bride Collector picks up the pace-and volume-of his gruesome crucifixions, the case becomes even more personal to Raines when his friend and colleague, a beautiful young forensic psychologist, becomes the Bride Collector's next target. The FBI believes that the killer plans to murder seven women. Can Paradise help before it's too late?
Though best known for The Red Badge of Courage, his classic novel of men at war, in his tragically brief life and career Stephen Crane produced a wealth of stories-among them "The Monster," "The Upturned Face," "The Open Boat," and the title story-that stand among the most acclaimed and enduring in the history of American fiction. This superb volume collects stories of unique power and variety in which impressionistic, hallucinatory, and realistic situations alike are brilliantly conveyed through the cold, sometimes brutal irony of Crane's narrative voice.
James has been playing both his fiancée Raquel and on-again-off-again girlfriend Joan for so long, it's about time his actions caught up to him. Except this womanizing cad is about to get more than he ever could have bargained for when the sins of his past backfire in life-changing ways. James learns Raquel's been harboring an explosive secret and plans to use it against him. But he beats her to the punch--turning the tables on her. The tragic events that ensue leave him spiraling out of control, until he gets introduced to a group of single men who love God intensely and treat women like precious jewels. Living for the Lord brings a multitude of unexpected consequences for James. But can a ladies' man really become God's man?
Maria Markham had survived the War only to tolerate the Occupation-barely, while daily facing haunting memories of loss. But then Max Woodard, an enigmatic Army colonel with a gentle heart, offered her passion and a loving partnership in a brave new world...!Though a former prisoner of war, Colonel Max Woodard vowed to deal fairly with the Southerners under his governance. He yearned to understand them, most particularly Maria Markham, a womanly mix of true grit and glory. But could she ever love a man who wore the face of an enemy?
From Barnes and Noble: Anatole lives on the steep crags of Cornwall, trapped in isolation by his legacy and powers. Surrounded by only a handful of servants and his dogs, he has never ventured far from the thick stone walls of his castle. Now, as part of timeless tradition, Anatole must turn to his former tutor and distant cousin, Septimus Fitzleger, also known as the Bride Finder, a man blessed with the power to find the one woman who is Anatole's destiny. Madeline Breton is that chosen bride and has come to Cornwall to meet her new husband. I know you are all Anatole St. Leger could ever want, Septimus had told her. And sensible Madeline had begun to dream. But, now that she has reached her strange destination, the dream is diffusing quickly in the shadow of the dark and ominous Castle Leger. Her husband is hardly the gentleman she had envisioned. He looks more like a fierce Celtic warrior, one whose wild, ebony hair and brusque manner hint of stranger, mysterious gifts. What unknown forces are at work at Castle Leger? Why do the servants and the villagers both respect and fear her husband? Anatole knows only too well the legacies that to him have been more curse than gift. But as Madeline embarks on an odyssey both otherworldly and undeniably real, she and her husband fall hopelessly in love - until she also sees the haunting vision of murder in the crystal of the St. Leger sword and vows never to let this dire portent come to pass. Then, into this hypnotic world, a sudden, terrifying enemy emerges to threaten both their lives. Winner of the 1999 RITA award for Best Romance
Stranded in the wilderness and desperate for survival, young Cassandra has nearly given up hope when muscular mustanger Alex Harte arrives as salvation. When the rugged wanderer rescues this beautiful seventeen-year-old damsel, he knows his journey is about to take a dramatic turn. Just when Cassandra's fate seemed safe, Alex and his wild posse have a run-in with an even wilder Camanche. Counts Many Coup has stolen many things from the white man but now he has found the perfect prize: Cassandra. She is stranded again but between the loves of two enemies.
Nicco Tescotti is drop-dead gorgeous, but this eligible prince needs to marry for duty, and he still hasn't found a suitable wife. So he decides to buy a bride. Only, his wedding ultimatum unexpectedly produces two potential candidates-and they're twin sisters!Callie Lassiter has flown to Italy to meet her groom-to-be, with no intention of going through with the ceremony-until she meets Nicco himself! Now there's only one question in Callie's mind: is she a bride fit for a prince?
In A Rich Man's Whim, bedding Kat should be easy for billionaire Mikhail, but the tempting redhead is impossible to seduce! So Mikhail offers to pay off her debts-in exchange for a month on his yacht, and in his cabin, virginity included!In The Sheikh's Prize, marrying Sapphire Marshall was the biggest mistake of Sheikh Zahir's life. Now, his ex-wife has returned to his desert and Zahir plans to banish her from his mind once and for all, beginning with reclaiming his wedding night!In The Billionaire's Trophy, when Bastian Christou sees his intern's photo on an escort website, he's stunned by both her double life and her stunning photo. Since Bastian has an ex-fiancée to keep at bay, Emmie Marshall might just be the best armor money can buy!In Challenging Dante, Dante Leonetti is convinced Topaz Marshall is after his family's money, and he's determined to seduce the truth from her lips. After experiencing Leonetti's ferocious reputation firsthand, will she be able to resist his legendary charms?
Outroping and outriding every man in Blossom was something Cindy Tucker could do with her eyes closed. But cooking, flirting and wearing high heels? Those were skills of a different kind - the kind she'd surely need to lasso a husband. And the one person she trusted to teach her was Blake Gray Feather. He was the only man who'd ever made her lose her breath, who haunted her dreams, who hadn't yet figured out his childhood friend had grown up. But now, with their late-night sweet talk and soft kisses, she was seeing a different look in Blake's eyes...and that gave Cindy a newfound confidence in her womanly abilities. Because she fully intended to put Blake's "lessons" to use to win the heart of the only cowboy she'd ever loved... Silhouette Romance #1776 Miniseries: Blossom County Fair
HER CHALLENGE? TRANSFORMING FROM TOMBOY TO KNOCKOUT.HER PRIZE? THE COWBOY OF HER DREAMS.Outroping and outriding every man in Blossom was something Cindy Tucker could do with her eyes closed. But cooking, flirting and wearing high heels? Those were skills of a different kind-the kind she'd surely need to lasso a r husband. And the one person she trusted to teach her was Blake Gray Feather. He was the only man who'd ever made her lose her breath, who haunted her dreams, who hadn't yet figured out his childhood friend had grown up.But now, with their late-night sweet talk and soft kisses, she was seeing a different look in Blake's eyes...and that gave Cindy a newfound confidence in her womanly abilities. Because he fully intended to put Blake's "lessons" to use to win the heart of the only cowboy she'd ever loved...
On the eve of his return to Baldreagan Castle , Highlander Jamie Macpherson cannot believe his eyes: a golden-haired beauty haloed in the moonlight of St. Bride's glade, so delicate and fair she can only be a faerie. With his desire rising like a wave, the knight longs to see her again. The next time is even more surprising: Aveline Matheson is the flesh-and-blood bride of his arranged marriage, a woman eager to discover the pleasures of wedded bliss. And woe to those who would stop their lovemaking! Yet danger threatens the newlyweds. Jamie's darkest foe has already murdered his brothers and now threatens to destroy everyMacpherson. But the enemy hasn't counted on one thing: Jamie will do whatever he must to keep his bride alive and in his arms forever...
After Olivia Dobson is jilted at the altar, she endures another humiliation: a substitute groom! The elder brother of her runaway betrothed has taken matters into his own hands. Shy Olivia has long held a secret attraction for Andrew Richardson, the handsome Earl of Ashcombe. But when she's wedded, bedded and dispatched alone to his country estate, the timid beauty discovers one night of passion has ignited a bold inner fire. While his lovely green-eyed bride is out of sight, she is not far from Andrew's mind-and when Olivia is abducted by French spies, the earl fears he may lose what he's only just found. Yet the wife he races to rescue is a far cry from the gentle bride he abandoned. She's a woman who dares to demand forever after from her husband....
In 1907, thirteen-year-old Anna tries to find a bride for her father who works in the iron mines of northern Minnesota.
Come home for the holidays with Janet TronstadA Bride for Dry CreekUndercover agent Flint Harris has no idea he's a married man. Yes, he eloped with Francis Elkton on prom night-but they were told their marriage wasn't legal and parted ways. Now they're back in Dry Creek for a second chance at love.Shepherds Abiding in Dry CreekDid her son steal the shepherd from the church's nativity set? Struggling widow Marla Gossett knows deputy sheriff Les Wilkerson thinks so. But why will tug at their heartstrings. And give everyone a lesson in the meaning of Christmas dreams come true.
For better and for worse! Seth Carrington needed a girlfriend and Daisy needed a ticket to the Caribbean...it seemed like a fair exchange! But having survived Seth's extremely thorough interviewing technique--which included kissing--Daisy began to have her doubts. Seth was high-handed and completely ruthless...except when he smiled; then he was devastatingly attractive. Smile or no, Daisy had to face facts: her job was strictly temporary; she was being paid to act as a decoy for Seth's secret affair with a glamorous woman. The terms of the agreement were crystal-clear--but there was no clause about love!
Iced-in at the airport, cradling the kicking, squealing infant daughter he'd only just discovered, Jackson Powers was fresh out of patience. And now he'd hooked up with fellow strandee Hetty Reynolds, a woman who didn't fit into any of his neat pigeonholes. A woman who spoke softly and sang husky off-key lullabies to a stranger's crying baby...with eyes the color of rainwater and a body created for love. He needed a survival guide to family--and personal relationships--fast! Because once this storm was over, Jackson had to show both these ladies that he was a forever kind of man...
Zakahr Belenki has clawed his way out of Russia's gutters to seek revenge on the family that abandoned him. He'll destroy their pride and joy: their fashion empire, the House of Kolovsky. All that stands in his way is his new secretary, Lavinia. Her flirtatiousness, refreshing honesty and passion for her job make Zakahr's conscience-and desire-waver...momentarily. It's not long before the dark knight is crossing the checkered board, ready to take innocent pawn Lavinia....
HOLIDAY HONEYMOONS Was it too late to make her his wife? SHE WAS THE ONLY WOMAN HE'D EVER LOVED.... One snowy Christmas, John Gulliver came to a sleepy New England town as a stranger. He had a new name, a new face, and even the woman he'd loved and lost didn't recognize him. Because everything from their shared past--except their passion--had been a lie.... Now John wanted to reclaim the bride who should have been his six years ago. And be a father to the son he'd just discovered. Finally having a family would be the greatest Christmas gift of all. But telling Leigh the truth was not without its price.... HOLIDAY HONEYMOONS. Because when you combine holidays with weddings, something magical happens!
A Man Beyond Her Reach Vera Fenwick is everything a vicar's sister should be-helpful, modest and sensible. She knows the perils of falling for a man above her station, but it does no harm to admire Edmund Herriott, Lord Meriweather-from afar. She's perfectly content to help him restore the local rectory...and she's much too reasonable to risk her heart. Working alongside Vera to rebuild the church and foil a smuggling ring is restoring the confidence Edmund lost in battle. Vera may be sure she's not suited to be an aristocrat's wife, but Edmund is utterly confident of one thing-that this unexpected love was built to last. Sanctuary Bay: Where three war heroes find the healing power of love
Prince Alexius of Hellenica will do anything to help his four-year-old daughter learn to speak-which is why the intensely reserved and private royal finds himself opening up to bubbly children's speech therapist Dottie Richards. Dottie is a breath of fresh air in the palace, and motherless Zoe blossoms in her care-as does the reluctant attraction Alex feels toward his new employee!Behind her cheerful smiles Dottie guards her own heart fiercely, but it's never been in so much danger as from this cool prince with his dark, molten eyes....
Holiday romance on the menu? Passionate chef Rafe Mancini is renowned for his food-and his temper! No one meets his exacting standards, until stand-in maître d' Daniella Tate breathes new life into his restaurant, and Rafe... Daniella is only visiting the picturesque Tuscan village of Calanetti, but with Rafe she finds the sense of belonging she's always craved. Clutching her ticket home, Daniella must make a decision...return to her old, safe life or stay as Rafe's bride! The Vineyards of Calanetti Saying "I do" under the Tuscan sun...
Millionaire to say "I do"-at last! PR whizz Rose Huntingdon-Cross is drowning under work, but when asked to organize a celebrity wedding party, she can't say no! She enlists millionaire Will Carter to help-after four almost-weddings, he's got plenty of experience! Working alongside this gorgeous-but-enigmatic bachelor, Rose can't help wondering just why he's still single! And as a heart-stopping bond develops between them, dare Rose hope that she can persuade Will this is a once-in-a-lifetime love-that will finally have him saying "I do"?
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