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He loves them too much to stay Lane Beaumont has always loved Amanda Hawkins. If his life weren't such a mess he'd want much more than their current on-again, off-again relationship. But Amanda deserves a better life than he can offer. So when she gives birth to their son, Lane does the right thing and walks away. Amanda should be devastated. Except his reaction doesn't make sense. The Lane she knows would never turn his back on her or his responsibilities. Plus, she saw that cowboy's heart melt when he held their son. Something else is standing in the way of their happiness and she won't stop until she finds out what.
Rancher Kip Cosgrove promised his dying brother he'd take care of his motherless young twins. So when the boys' estranged aunt shows up on the Cosgrove doorstep with a will and the law on her side, Kip digs in his boot heels. Nicole Williams is wonderful with the boys, but Kip is just as much their kin as she is. And until legal issues are settled, she'll have to abide by his rules. Which means visiting the twins at the ranch. Seeing how much he loves the boys. How much they love him. And maybe...staying forever.
On a dusty Texas roadside Jenna Garwood has just gone into labor. Hardheaded rancher Dax comes to her rescue and delivers her baby daughter. Single dad Dax knows what it's like to raise a newborn alone, and won't turn his back on Jenna--so he offers her a housekeeping job.But he's not prepared for the fireworks between them, or for Jenna's secret, which could shatter their hard-won trust....
COWBOY DEPUTY Edie Burnett comes to the Kansas town of Black Rock for her grandfather - not to let down her guard for a handsome lawman. But Deputy Benjamin Grayson seems determined to prove that Edie's life has been void of passion and security for too long. She wants to be safe in his arms, but when danger closes in, she may not get the chance.... THE COWBOY'S SECRET TWINS A year after their night together in a blizzard, Melissa Monroe shows up at Henry James Randolf III's Texas ranch with twin boys. Was their night of passion a premeditated snare? But when shots ring out, Henry's instincts take over. He'll stop at nothing to keep his family safe. And he just may recognize where his true wealth lies[unknown-8230]if it isn't too late.
When North Black whistled, everyone came running-- except her. And it was Melody Woods he most wanted at his fingertips. The memory of her beautiful body, of that night, coiled around his heart-- and squeezed. She' d slipped from his bed, innocence intact-- and while she traveled the world, his immense desire only grew more beastly. Now, word on the Texas wind was that Melody was back... and wanted North. But he' d never tangle with that spitfire again... or would he?
With Alberta in the grip of the Depression, Louisa Morgan is desperate to bolster her family's finances. But how can she tutor bedridden Ellie Hamilton? The little tomboy is more interested in making mischief than studying sums. And the girl's bond with her handsome papa is another reminder to Louisa of the children she'll never have.For Emmet Hamilton, strength means shouldering burdens alone. He never thought he'd let himself share his child, or his heart, ever again. But before long, Louisa's kindness and optimism start to change the cowboy's mind. Maybe he can gain the courage to trust again-in Louisa, in God's grace, and in this new family....
Cowboy Feng's Space Bar and Grille serves the best matzoh ball soup in the Galaxy, and hires some of the best musicians you'll ever hear. It's a great place to visit, but it tends to move around--just one step ahead of whatever mysterious conspiracy is reducing whole worlds to radioactive ash. And Cowboy Feng's may be humanity's last hope for survival.<P> Steven Brust's time-traveling, science fiction thriller is a rollicking, fun read.
MUSTANG RUN, TEXAS-WHERE THE COWBOY CODE LIVED... AND DANGER LURKED Dakota Ledger was a bull rider at heart and a loner by choice...until fate put him in place to rescue Viviana Mancini. She'd never forgotten the delirious days of passion they'd once shared, but now she was in trouble... and so was the baby she'd never told him they'd had. Dakota would do anything to guard Viviana and his new baby from the killer on their heels-even return to his estranged father's ranch. There he could protect them... but he couldn't protect himself. Because Dakota faced two deadly threats-the killer on their trail and the would-be family he'd fallen helplessly in love with...
Two reader-favorite cowboy romances from Joanna Wayne and Linda Warren.COWBOY FEVERDakota Ledger is a bull rider at heart and a loner by choice...until fate has him rescuing Viviana Mancini. He's never forgotten the passion they shared, but now she's in trouble...and so is the baby she never told him they'd had. Dakota will do whatever necessary to protect the pair. But can he protect himself from the killer on their trail and the would-be family he's fallen for?TOMAS: COWBOY HOMECOMINGMarine staff sergeant Tomas "Tuf" Hart is still grappling with the mental scars of battle when he learns his family's ranch is in trouble and they're banking everything on him to win the National Finals Rodeo. So far the easiest part of Tuf's homecoming is falling for his high school crush, Cheyenne Sundell. Maybe with a little hope and a lot of love they can find their way back to each other.
A RANCHER WRAPPED IN RED Emotionally and creatively drained, country music star Rory McLane returns home to Conard County, Wyoming, to recoup. He's sworn off women to allow himself time to heal and to protect his daughter. But his home's new caretaker is more appealing than he'd ever imagined. Kind and thoughtful, natural beauty Abby Jason makes Rory want to hum a love song once again... Abby can't help but swoon at Rory's rugged good looks, but the sexy singer is off-limits. Her bitter divorce left her reluctant to trust another man-even one as devoted to his family as Rory. As he and his daughter fill her heart with love and holiday cheer, she wonders if the cowboy might just be the one Christmas miracle to change her mind.
A Love Built To Last? Finn Murphy has always been good at building things. So when the town's alluring new developer makes him an irresistible offer, he's all set to jump on board. And working side by side with Constance Carmichael sure has its perks. Too bad the big-city beauty will be heading back east after she makes her name in his hometown. Hiring the handsome saloon owner and carpenter to turn Connie's dream of building Forever's first hotel into reality was a stroke of pure genius. Finn has magic in his hands, and she's far from immune to his rugged charms. But what happens when the time comes to say goodbye to this close-knit, warmly welcoming community...and Finn? Or has Connie finally found forever-with her Texas cowboy?
It's 1885 and five preachers sit around a campfire out West, trading stories of unlikely couples they've seen God bring together. This is one of those stories . . .In which Katie, who has chased off half a dozen suitors with her shotgun, hires a rambling ranch hand who's finding Katie may change his wandering ways.Everyone in town knows Katie Pearl has no interest in getting hitched. She likes living on her own out on her departed Pa's big ranch, turning down suitors left and right--with a pistol by her side.But when she needs a strong hand to help with rebuilding her house, Katie hires wandering cowboy Treb Rayburn, knowing he's just in town to make a quick buck and then he'll be off for parts unknown. But Treb's got a heart big as Texas. Their blossoming friendship may change her loner status and his wandering ways for good."Debra Clopton is a master at creating characters youjust have to love!" --Linda Goodnight, New York Times best-selling author
To Dana Landry, Will Baker looked as wild as a Texas tornado. Despite her cautious attitude toward men, Dana was mesmerized by Will. This cowboy' s combination of dimples and sun-streaked golden hair leant him a boyish charm, but his eyes held an allure that was one hundred percent grown-up male... ... and zero percent husband. A rodeo cowboy running from relationships, Will couldn' t offer the fairy-tale marriage and family that Dana longed for. And with endearing Dana stripping away the barriers that protected his heart, Will wanted to run again. But this time it wouldn' t be so easy...
With horse thieves threatening her wild mustang herd, of course it had to be Cade Lantana to come riding to her rescue. But just because Cade's back in town doesn't mean Reno Blackwell's ready to forgive him. It may have been nine years ago, but she has never forgotten how he broke her heart, abandoning her when she was in crisis. Sure, the cowboy's sexier than ever. And yes, she's flattered that he's determined to win her forgiveness. . . . But, really, how can she ever trust him again?
The ride of a lifetime! The year is 1924 and the place is Florida's dusty and rugged "long" country. Sixteen-year-old Titus Timothy MacRobertson--"Tee"--can saddle up a wild mustang and round up stray beefs on his father's ranch with the best of them, but does he have what it takes to make it on a grueling cattle drive through the unpredictable Florida wilderness? Battered by a storm, then caught up in a roaring stampede, Tee is rip sawed by the raw edges of ranching. But he manages to hang proud--until fate lands one final blow, and Tee must find the courage to become the man no one but his brother, Micah, ever thought he could be.
Christmas is the perfect time for romance with a cowboy! Enjoy this holiday novella from Harlequin American RomanceWhen Talia Ardmore inherits her family's run-down ranch in Blue Falls, Texas, all she wants is to sell the place and get back to the life she's made for herself in California. But then she hires her high school crush Jake Monroe to fix up the house, and now she can't help dreaming of what might have been.Jake's happy to see Talia, but he's hurt she never told him why she ran away all those years ago. Still, with Christmas on the way and his daughter Mia's medical bills piling up, the widowed rancher can use the extra work. The last thing he expects is for Talia to ignite a fire in him that he thought had gone out forever....It's not long before Talia's head over heels for Jake-and his little girl. But Talia must face her past before they can both receive the gift of a future together and a lifetime of happy holiday seasons.
His past...or her future?From the moment Gillian Moore set foot in Temple Territory, she knew it was the perfect place to open her boutique hotel. The fact that it's also the ancestral home of currently out-of-work Texas cooking sensation Hunt Temple seems like fate. With the cowboy chef in her kitchen, success is practically guaranteed! Too bad their visions of his family land couldn't be further apart.Hunt can't let Gillian destroy his family legacy-not before he and his brothers have a chance to rebuild it. Hunt's prepared to challenge Gillian at every step and make sure she embraces the local Texas flavor. But despite their differences, they make an amazing team. And not just in business. Yet when Hunt's own opportunity knocks, even Texas may not be big enough for both of their careers.
6' 5", Rugged, And Absolutely Gaga Over A Baby...And The New Mommy!When Wyoming cowboy Brice DeWitt advertised for a housekeeper-cook for his Flying D Ranch, he expected a sturdy, mature woman-not a petite, pregnant applicant who was about to deliver on his doorstep!Madison Carlyle was in hard labor, which made Brice the stand-in doctor-daddy. And for all his brawn, Brice only had to hold the infant once before she melted his blue-denim heart. Heck, one look in Madison's eyes and Brice felt like...a father. But these parts were no place for a new mother and child. Could he let them go and miss his shot at having the thing he'd always wanted: a family?
Margaret Lark knew all about cowboys in pin-striped suits: they were the heroes in her books. She'd never admit to fantasizing about that type of man--much less acknowledge that she'd walked out on one. And Rafe Cassidy--all the powerful grit of a true cowboy--is fantasy material. He's just not her fantasy anymore!
A Love Worth Fighting ForWhen Slade McKennon comes looking for Mia Cooper, the Dawson sheriff's only mission is to keep her safe. But the wounded DEA agent isn't ready to trust the man whose past is so entwined with hers. Slade lives by his own code of honor-one that prevents the widowed father from pursuing the woman he's known most of his life. But for the first time in ages, Mia feels safe. And she's finally starting to seal up the scars on both her body and her heart. Can Slade and his sweet but aching son provide the healing touch of love?
Rattlesnakes and ornery horses, the dreaded Texas Itch, midnight rambles in graveyards, trips to Mexico, and hard riding on the last open range: George Philip recounts all these adventures and more with wit and humor. As a young man, George Philip emigrated from Scotland to escape a harsh apprenticeship. In 1899, he arrived on the doorstep of his uncle, James ("Scotty") Philip, patriarch of one of South Dakota's foremost ranching families. For the next four years, Philip rode as a cowboy for his uncle's L-7 cattle outfit during the heyday of the last open range. But the cowboy era was a brief one, and in 1903 Philip turned in his string of horses and hung up his saddle to enter law school in Michigan. With a law degree in hand, he returned to South Dakota to practice in the wide-open western towns of Fort Pierre, Philip, and then Rapid City. In these candid letters, Philip tells his children that his life was an ordinary one, but his memoirs quickly dispel that notion. He provides fascinating insights into the development of the West and of South Dakota. His writing details the cowboy's day-to-day work, from branding and roping to navigating across the plains by stars and buttes as the great open ranges slowly closed up. Philip's tales emphasize the simple pleasures and hard work of cowboy life. "The range country was largely peopled by young boys and young men," he wrote. "They were not arrayed in the spangles so liberally shown in the movies. They slept beneath the stars or the clouds, when they could get to it, and the rest of the time, they were dirty and sweaty and tired." The places and characters of the range find life in Philip's mixture of humor, hard-nosed "horse-sense," and poignant reflection.
Ride horseback through dangerous Montana high country with infuriating AJ Clayburn as her guide? Fine--if that would help reporter Jacquelyn Rousseau get her story and prove to the rugged rodeo champ she was anything but an uppity debutante! A few close calls later, the heat blazing in AJ's eyes looked less like ire and a lot more like passion. Still, a match between a cantankerous cowboy and a prim Southern belle? As likely as snow in August. Until a late-summer blizzard gearing up to strand AJ and Jacquelyn in the mountains had them thinking about today, tomorrow--and forever.
Never again would he be burned by a city girl! No matter how sweet and loveable they seem, Lacey Gould and her niece won't win over Jay Blackhorse. Still, they clearly need his help. Lacey needs a place to stay. . . he has a house to rent. She's clueless about caring for the infant her sister abandoned. Jay has a talent for stopping the baby's tears. But when a dark secret from Lacey's past blows into town, will Jay's help be enough? And who will help Jay when he realizes he's falling for the city girl next door?
She Doesn't Need His Protection! Hard working cowboy Johnny Cash has always been a protector to his little sister's best friend, sweet but tough cowgirl Shannon Douglas. It's pretty crazy for girls to ride bulls-yet it's her life to live. Then he realizes he's got some purely male instincts toward her, too. But absolutely no way can he fall for his boss's daughter-if he loses his job, there'll be hell to pay at home....Shannon was raised to be strong and independent. She wants a national title so bad she can taste it-and she needs Johnny's help. His protectiveness drives her crazy...the same way his kisses do. But she's not about to hang up her bull rope because of him! Her heart says he's the one-but her own stubborn streak might push away the only man who might actually understand her.
Two beloved novels of family, love and cowboys by bestselling author Brenda MintonThe Cowboy Next DoorJay Blackhorse is determined not to be won over by city girl Lacey Gould and her niece. Still, they clearly need his help. Lacey's clueless about caring for the infant her sister abandoned. Jay has a talent for stopping the baby's tears. But when a dark secret from Lacey's past blows into town, will Jay's help be enough?Jenna's Cowboy HeroFormer football player Adam Mackenzie hopes to fix up a camp for underprivileged kids. But the city slicker doesn't know horse tack from a touchdown. The pretty rancher next door seems to be the answer to his prayers. Army vet Jenna wants only to raise her twin boys and run her ranch-not fall in love. But can the gorgeous and kind Adam make her open her heart to love?