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A million reasons to say "I do" Athena Howard can't believe she did it. In an outrageously large wedding dress, she climbed out the window and escaped The Wedding of the Year and the fiancé who lied to her. And she fell... ...straight into Luca De Rossi's arms! It must be fate. Luca has just two weeks to marry and meet the terms of his grandmother's will. The cutthroat businessman offers Athena one million pounds to become Mrs. De Rossi in name only, unless the allure of his new wife's purity proves too much for this cynical playboy to resist claiming their wedding night...
ONCE UPON A TIME A WOMAN WAS COURTED BY TWO MEN... BUT SHE COULD MARRY ONLY ONE So Tory Bradbury chose the safe man, the steady man. She bade him goodbye to the man who made her pulse pound and her breath unsteady. And then discovered that nothing in life was ever certain... Now a widow, Tory never expected to see her first love again. Then Adam Reed, the dangerously sexy bachelor she'd been so afraid to give her heart to all those years ago, came back. Adam claimed he'd come home only to make her smile again, but Tory saw something in his dark eyes that promised more. Could it be the rugged bachelor was ready to be groom--and she was the bride he was waiting for?
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. . . .
#1 New York Times bestselling author Linda Lael Miller returns to the Arizona frontier in a tale of passion, adventure and dangerous promises.... 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 LISA CHILDS'S SHOTGUN WEDDINGS MINISERIES, A CONFIRMED BACHELOR MUST WALK DOWN THE AISLE TO PROTECT HIS NEWBORN SONSomeone is trying to kill bodyguard Parker Payne. But what's more shocking is the woman who shows up claiming he's the father of her child. The baby boy is Parker's spitting image, but how could he have forgotten a passionate encounter with this woman with caramel eyes?Sharon Wells has raised Parker's son since his birth. Now with a homicidal maniac coming after her and her son, it's Parker's unexpected proposal that may be the real danger. Sharon knows Parker just wants to protect them. But with passion flaring and a murderer intent on completing his personal mission, any distraction could mean the difference between life and death.
He vowed to wed, bed, and abandon her. But love got in the way... Joan Johnston sweeps you back to Regency-era England and Scotland with a love story that will take your breath away. Here is romance at its best as Johnston brings back unforgettable characters from her bestsellers, Captive, After the Kiss, and The Bodyguard in a spellbinding novel of seduction and betrayal. She was the reigning belle of the ton for the fourth Season in a row, but Lady Regina Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne's daughter, was determined to avoid the perils of marriage. She had already seen enough to distrust all men. Then Clay Bannister, the dashing Earl of Carlisle, dared to steal a kiss and stir new and exciting desires. Scarred by tragedy, Carlisle intrigued her with his mysterious past and his dark, dangerous charm. She never suspected she was about to marry her father's most vengeful enemy--or that her greatest defense would be the passions he could not resist. ...
Hanna Tyler was fed up with her family's matchmaking: she just had to find herself a husband! When a friend gave her a ticket to the Cinderella Ball, Hanna decided to bring home a husband -- on a trial-only basis, of course!Marco Salvatore was looking for a business deal, not a bride. He considered it impossible to choose a wife in one night. He was wrong: he wanted Hanna the moment he saw her. . . and they were married by midnight! Now Marco had to convince Hanna that their instant marriage could last a lifetime!
Internationally acclaimed author Yoko Tawada's most famous -- and bizarre -- tale in a stand-alone, New Directions Pearl edition. The Bridegroom Was a Dog is perhaps the Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada's most famous story. Its initial publication in 1998 garnered admiration from The New Yorker, who praised it as, "fast-moving, mysteriously compelling tale that has the dream quality of Kafka." The Bridegroom Was a Dog begins with a schoolteacher telling a fable to her students. In the fable, a princess promises her hand in marriage to a dog that has licked her bottom clean. The story takes an even stranger twist when that very dog appears to the schoolteacher in real life as a dog-like man. They develop a very sexual, romantic courtship with many allegorical overtones -- much to the chagrin of her friends.
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. . .
Now, Vada is a grown woman, still making her home with her father and sisters. Her days are spent serving as an errand girl for Cleveland's fledgling amateur orchestra; her evenings with Garrison Walker, her devoted, if passionless, beau. Dizzying change occurs the day the Brooklyn Bridegrooms come to town to play the Cleveland Spiders and a line drive wallops the head of a spectator. The fan is whisked to the Allenhouse parlor, and questions swirl about the anonymous, unconscious man. Suddenly, the subdued house is filled with visitors, from a flirtatious, would-be sports writer to the Bridegrooms' handsome star hitter to the guilt-ridden ballplayer who should have caught the stray shot. The medical case brings Dr. Allenhouse a frustration and helplessness he hasn't felt since his wife's disappearance. Vada's sisters are giddy at the bevy of possible suitors. And Vada's life is awakened amid the super-charged atmosphere of romantic opportunity.
Dimitrios Pandakis has vowed that, unlike his older brother, he will never be trapped into marriage. And this millionaire businessman has been so true to his word that-despite his reputation as a heartbreaker-he has yet to take a woman to bed!But now his new secretary is sorely testing his resolve. Alexandra Hamilton, for all her plain-Jane appearance, has somehow worked her way under his skin. And Dimitrios knows only one thing will satisfy him-marriage!
You're invited to a wedding...or three!Who knows romance better than Debbie Macomber? And here are three of her most popular stories about weddings!A wedding consultant ends up in a marriage of convenience with a cynical divorce attorney. A man from Alaska advertises for a bride in Seattle-and finds one. A businesswoman marries her company's prize chemist to allow him to stay in the country. All unusual marriages. All couples who don't seem to be well-suited. And yet love can come about in unexpected ways!Three classic romance novels by Debbie Macomber. One great price!This bundle includes:MARRIAGE WANTEDBRIDE WANTEDGROOM WANTED
Pure, kind, and gracious are some of the qualities one associates with the bride at any wedding--but not here! More than four million Americans get married each year, and not all of the brides are well behaved. This hilarious collection of candid wedding photographs proves that not every bride is delicate or demure. These hysterical and sometimes shocking photos include brides doing keg stands, bawdy bridesmaids and grooms gone wild, crazy cakes and favors, and out-of-this-world wedding themes, including Star Trek and vampire brides. This is not the stuff that fairy tales are made of. These photos of real brides, complete with dead-pan captions, show the Bridezilla peeking out from under the veil.
MARRY A STRANGER? Juliana Aldrich wouldn't think of it! But that's exactly what her benefactor's will was asking her to do. Worse, her would-be groom, Caleb Duncan, actually wanted to go through with it! Think of the money, he insisted. All Juliana could think about was sharing the marriage bed with this dangerously sexy man! Caleb couldn't have made a better proposal himself. Marry for one year, and he'd walk away with his bachelorhood intact. But he soon realized his pretty bride was sure to foul up his plans, because Juliana had him wishing that her hotheaded refusals would turn to passion on the wedding night...
Kelly Andrews's store, Wedding Bliss, is the one-stop shop for all your matrimonial needs in Bar Harbor, Maine. But when three brides in a row return a gorgeous vintage wedding dress, claiming it is cursed, it's definitely bad for business.Then Brett Atwell, the handsome nephew of the dress's original owner, gets involved, and things go from bad to worse. Luckily, Kelly has a supernatural talent for communing with ghosts, and a mischievous spirit sends the two of them on a goose chase for a groom who went missing decades ago.Working together to get to the bottom of the mystery makes passions flare between Kelly and Brett. Will love get its due at long last?Sensuality Level: Behind Closed Doors
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.
Brides of Christ invites the modern reader to follow the histories of colonial Mexican nuns inside the cloisters where they pursued a religious vocation or sought shelter from the world. Lavrin provides a complete overview of conventual life, including the early signs of vocation, the decision to enter a convent, profession, spiritual guidelines and devotional practices, governance, ceremonials, relations with male authorities and confessors, living arrangements, servants, sickness, and death rituals. Individual chapters deal with issues such as sexuality and the challenges to chastity in the cloisters and the little-known subject of the nuns' own writings as expressions of their spirituality. The foundation of convents for indigenous women receives special attention, because such religious communities existed nowhere else in the Spanish empire.
Can marriage for money lead to love? Find out with the Brides of Convenience bundle! Includes The Lawyer's Contract Marriage by Amanda Browning, A Convenient Wife by Sara Wood, The Italian's Virgin Bride by Trish Morey, and The Mediterranean Husband by Catherine Spencer.
In this story based on true events, sixteen-year-old Eva and her female friends become obsessed with a charismatic young man who comes to Corvallis, Oregon, in 1903, claiming to be a Christian prophet.
[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.
Reader favorite Gayle Winston presents three thrilling romantic mysteries. In "The Bride's Protector, " a woman who witnesses a murder flees and finds her heart's desire, but he's in more trouble than she is. In "The Stranger She Knew, " a secret agent returns home after a long absence. And in "Her Baby, His Secret, " the mother of missing child needs the child's father, a CIA agent thought dead, to come back to life. (June)
In Gayle Wilson's The Bride's Protector beautiful Tyler Stewart--promised to one of the world's richest men-- is in deadly trouble, witnessing an assassination moments before her wedding. With killers on her trail she runs for her life--and comes face-to-face with a man more dangerous than her pursuers! This is the first in Gayle's new SECRET WARRIORS mini-series.
THE STRANGER AND THE VIRGIN Bride-to-be Ellen Reese was all set to wed "Mr.Right." But second thoughts sent her off on a ride that would change her life. Who knew that Mother Nature's worst blizzard would strand her in a mountain cabin with a ruggedly handsome stranger--a man who was everything her fiancé wasn't! Tall, strong and irresistible, Peter Whitley couldn't believe his good fortune. Miss Ellen Reese was by far the most desirable female ever to curl up in front of the fire. But Peter was a man of honor and would never dare to touch a woman promised to another. Unless that promise was meant to be broken....