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Jason Manning is content with his life as a bachelor, a slob and a sports fan. Then a precocious girl named Carrie Weston decides to play matchmaker, introducing him to her mother, Charlotte. To his relief, Charlotte is as averse to marriage as he is. But Jason's feelings start to change once he gets to know his Bride on the Loose.
Malachi Stone needed a woman! A decent, hardworking widow content to raise his children and share the burdens of frontier life. But instead the Fates had sent him Anna. A woman of mystery. Who made him want ...deep, eternal, forbidden things...! A wild-at-heart siren pursued by dangerous secrets, Anna knew her life would never have peace. Certainly not the kind that Malachi offered, simple days of love beneath the endless Western sky. No matter how much she longed for them, such things were denied a wanted woman forever on the run....
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!
First published in 1976, this great literary classic follows a young Nigerian woman who rejects the patriarchal traditions of her culture to find love and happiness in the western world. With pure honesty and subtle protest, Buchi Emecheta chronicles the unfair pressure and ultimate demise that women often suffer in Nigerian lore. The Bride Price is the poignant love story of Aku-nna, a young Igbo woman, and her teacher, Chike, the son of a prosperous former slave. As their tribe begins to welcome western education and culture, these two are drawn together despite the traditions that forbid them to marry. Aku-nna flees an unwanted and forced marriage to join Chike, only to have her uncle refuse the required bride price from her lover's family. Frustrated and abandoned by their people, Aku-naa and Chike escape to a modern world unlike any they've ever experienced. Despite their joy, Aku-nna is plagued by the fear the she will die in childbirth--the fate, according to tribal lore, awaiting every young mother whose bride price is left unpaid. This second edition includes a new introduction by Dr. Marie Linton Umeh, author of Emerging Perspectives on Buchi Emecheta (Africa World Press).
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!
A Nigerian girl is allowed to finish her education because a diploma will enhance her bride price, but she then rebels against traditional marriage customs.
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!
Three confirmed-bachelor cowboys find themselves in over their heads with babies and brides. In "The Bride Rode West", a rancher in need of a housekeeper stumbles across a bride. In "The Wrong Man in Wyoming", a woman and her children show up and turn a rancher's world upside down. And in "The Right Man in Montana", an orphaned niece and nephew decide their uncle needs a wife.
THE LOCKHARTS OF TEXAS Dani Lockhart had always fantasized about her wedding day... walking down the aisle and giving her hand in marriage to the man of her dreams just not to her enemy, Beau Chamberlain! But apparently that's exactly what she did...and couldn't remember. Sure Beau was movie-star handsome and lived by a value system that would stand the test of time. From work to lovemaking and everything in between, he followed the all-or-nothing rule. And he intended to find out exactly how his name and Dani's ended up on a marriage license and just how Dani could be expecting his child!
Originally published as the Wedding of the Year trilogy in the Harlequin Presents( series, these three editorially connected full-length novels each feature a beautiful bride, a sexy groom, and a wonderfully romantic walk down the aisle. Each couple meets at a glamorous New York society wedding and soon find themselves planning their own nuptials. Reissue.
Meg had always been the dependable "big" sister, rearing her kin since she was a girl herself. But one reckless night she had abandoned duty and responsibility and surrendered herself to the passion Luke Carrigan offered. She became a woman in his bed. . . a mother in nine months. Now the man Meg had tried desperately to forget was still sexy, single and only a stone's throw away from her. . . from their secret son. It seemed so easy to become one with Luke again, forever. But would Meg's surprise send Luke packing?
A Bartered Lady Lord James Harkness is shocked to discover a "bride sale" taking place in his small English village -- and surprised by the depth of his feelings for the unfortunate gentlewoman being auctioned off by a disreputable husband. But is it honor and nobility that compel James to outbid the townfolk for the proud, beautiful lady -- or is it something more akin to . . . desire? A Mysterious Lord Verity Osborne is not sure whether good fortune or ill brought her to this dark, brooding man and his lonely manor house on the moors. Local talk brands James Harkness as evil -- but Verity senses a gentleness underneath. She dearly longs for her liberty, but his sensuous touch causes her to stay. However, James must first trust Verity with his secrets if they are ever to share love's rapturous freedom. And will the promised passion she sees flaming in his eyes warm Verity's heart . . . or burn her?
New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with a delicious new series, The Brides of WishmoreWhat happens when a bride says maybe?She'd once been the toast of London, but now scandal has brought her down. Still, pretty, petted Lady Tara Davidson can't believe her new fate. She had wanted to marry for love . . . but her profligate father has promised her hand to none other than Breccan Campbell, the "Beast of Aberfeldy" and laird of the valley's most despised clan! Well, Tara may have to marry him, but Breccan can't make her love him--can he?What happens when the groom insists?Breccan Campbell is nobody's fool. He knows that Tara is trouble. Yet he's determined to reform the Campbell name even if it means forging an alliance with the arrogant beauty. There's no doubt that Tara is a challenge, and Breccan loves nothing more. For he's vowed to thoroughly seduce Tara--and make her his in more than name alone.
New York Times bestselling author Cathy Maxwell returns with a delicious new series, The Brides of WishmoreWhat happens when a bride says no? He is the bastard son of a duke, arrogant, handsome, a little bit dangerous, and, of course, one of the most sought-after bachelors in London. He is also about to be publically jilted by some chit of a girl! Blake Stephens' pride isn't about to let him be humiliated, so he charges after his bride to the wilds of Scotland, determined to bring her to the altar.What happens when the heart says yes? He is promised to one woman, but discovers his soul stirred by . . . the chit's sister! Lady Aileen Davidson's reputation was ruined ages ago, which is why she's buried herself in the country, but her fiery spirit and bold beauty threaten to bring Blake to his knees, making him wonder if he has proposed to the wrong lass.And now he must make a choice: marry for honor . . . or marry for love?
A ship full of women could only cause trouble!Of that Governor Sir Robert Kerr was certain, just by considering their chaperon! Though a widow, Mrs. Jocelyn Finch was young, vivacious and utterly determined to have her own way-especially with him!Challenging the governor of Halifax, Nova Scotia, to a duel was obviously a poor way to introduce herself. But when Sir Robert accused Jocelyn and her charges of something, well, less ladylike than husband-hunting, what else could she do? Besides, someone had to show this straitlaced, yet gloriously compelling figure of a man that there was more to life than doing one's duty!
SWEETHEART REUNION What was his brother's widow-his first love-doing on a ship full of prospective brides headed out West? Clay Howard had been tasked with escorting the Boston belle home, but he didn't anticipate Allegra being so strong-willed-or that he'd wind up traveling with her just to keep her from leaving without him! Allegra Banks Howard isn't going to let Clay interfere with her plans for a new life with her daughter on the frontier. True, Allegra needs his wilderness savvy, but if Clay thinks he can rekindle what they once shared, he had better think again. Because risking her heart for a second chance at being his bride isn't something she'll undertake lightly.... Frontier Bachelors: Bold, rugged-and bound to be grooms
For fans of Fifty Shades of Grey - the international bestseller - an explosive novel of sex, secrecy and escape. 'You've never been in control, until now; you've never, before, had exactly what you want...The lights turned off. A touch that's gentle, slow, provocative, that builds you up, that makes you want it too much...' Imagine on honeymoon, lulled by sultry heat and the promise of a lifetime's happiness, you discover a shocking secret about your husband. But instead of destroying you, the knowledge brings freedom; the freedom to bare your soul, explore your deepest desires and discover what you really want. THE BRIDE STRIPPED BARE is the story of a passionate sexual awakening, as erotic as it is dangerous...
HAS ENGLAND'S MOST INFAMOUS BRIDE THIEF FINALLY MET HIS MATCH? At six-and-twenty, Samantha Briggeham knew her marital prospects were fading by the season and she was pleased by the thought. She had no intention of being betrothed-especially against her will-to a man she did not love. She had a plan...and it didn't include being swept into a pair of powerful arms and spirited away by a masked rider. News of Sammie's heroic rescue from undesired wedlock turned her into the toast of the ton, wooed by suitors far and wide. But she couldn't forget the swashbuckling brigand who'd abducted her-something about him intrigued her completely. Then she met Eric Landsdowne, the dashing and seductive Earl of Wesley. His exploits were legendary, his life filled with danger. He was the elusive Bride Thief, who had his own reasons for helping young women escape the unhappy fate of arranged marriages, and whose true identity was a scrupulously guarded secret. But from the moment he rescued Sammie-only to discover she'd already managed to get herself un-betrothed-Eric knew he couldn't lose her a second time. Marriage was out of the question. Which left only one option: A clandestine affair that might lead to scandal, social ruin, and the unmasking of a love-bested legend. . .
If anyone present knows of a reason why this marriage may not lawfully take place, please declare it now. . . ;Xerxes Novros is about to do more than just voice his reasons why Rose's marriage should be stopped. . . ;He's hoping to steal this beautiful wife-to-be away and whisk her off to his private Greek island! But Rose was to be a virgin bride. . . ;and Xerxes is determined to give her the wedding night she's been stolen from. Rose is torn; pride dictates that she should refuse Xerxes his pleasure. But, secretly, she can't deny a startling truth-she's fallen for her dark, handsome captor!
The Showers forecast calls for flurries of wedding jitters, with the bride melting from a one-man heat wave! She made it to the bridal shower... Kelly St. James dreamt of small town life with steady, reliable Gary. Then John Cappel started putting the finishing touches on the couple's dream house. One look from the sexy carpenter and flames of desire threatened to burn down Kelly's white-picket defenses! John tempted her in ways that Gary never could--but honor made him keep his distance. Until the heat between them made him forget the bride was strictly off limits... Would she make it to the wedding?
HIS MOST HONORABLE VOW He was a man of immense wealth and privilege, but no amount of money could release Paul Spencer from his impending loveless marriage. His grandfather's will had left Paul little choice: Marry a woman he despised or lose the family business. And with Paul, family always came first. Until he laid eyes on innocent beauty Cassidy Penno. The businessman knew their future was one he could never claim, though Cassidy swore she needed no promises to become his in every way. But this man of honor vowed never to possess his sweet virgin unless he could find a way to make her his one, his only bride!
Innkeeper Summer Matthews was Orchard Hill's very own keeper of secrets-a font of wisdom and discretion when it came to her small-town neighbors. Of course, the biggest secret she kept was her own-a past life that had made headlines! So when fate deposited journalist Kyle Merrick on her doorstep, the man sparked her deepest suspicions. . . ;not to mention her deepest desires. Kyle was used to sniffing out stories, so untangling the threads around a beautiful, enigmatic woman was all in a day's work. But getting the scoop on Summer quickly took a backseat to exploring their white-hot attraction. Now Kyle was playing for keeps, and the breaking news was the love and trust that grew between them by the second. . . ;.
In the second installment of New York Times bestselling author Jillian Hunter's Bridal Pleasures series, the flames of a forbidden love are reignited when Miss Violet Knowlton reunites with a childhood friend.
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