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At a pre-wedding party for his daughter Sarah, Moe Prager is approached by his ex-wife and former PI partner Carmella Melendez. It seems Carmella's estranged sister Alta has been murdered, but no one in New York City seems to care. Why? Alta, a FDNY EMT, and her partner had months earlier refused to give assistance to a dying man at a fancy downtown eatery. Moe decides to help Carmella as a means to distract himself from his own life-and-death struggle. Making headway on the case is no mean feat as no one, including Alta's partner Maya Watson, wants to cooperate. Moe chips away until he discovers a cancer roiling just below the surface, a cancer whose symptoms include bureaucratic greed, sexual harassment, and blackmail. But is any of it connected to Alta's brutal murder?
Three years ago, something terrible happened to Naomi Jenkins acirc;euro;" so terrible that she never told anybody. Now Naomi has another secret acirc;euro;" the man she has fallen passionately in love with, unhappily married Robert Haworth. When Robert vanishes without trace, Naomi knows he must have come to harm. But the police are less convinced, particularly when Robert's wife insists he is not missing. In desperation, Naomi has a crazy idea. If she can't persuade the police that Robert is in danger, perhaps she can convince them that he is a danger to others. Then they will have to look for him acirc;euro;" urgently. Naomi knows how describe in detail the actions of a psychopath. All she needs to do is dig up her own troubled past . . .
Shocking Stories from the Frontline of Child Protection
Craving a little painful love? The sting of a hand or paddle upon flesh? In Hurts So Good, Alison Tyler concocts a cornucopia of kink with tantalizing, taboo tales of lovers and partners paying the price with their bodies. For readers who dream about turning on, turning over, and taking their punishment or about exploring the dark fantasies of S/M, this heart-pounding, welt-inducing collection delivers all the pleasure pain can bring.
Fragility was a solid piece of work. But despite her sturdy exterior, Fragility was fragile. Anything and everything hurt her feelings. In the most benign compliment, Fragility heard an insult. No one could even say she looked nice without evoking images of big, squishy cupcakes-since they are also nice-and causing Fragility to flop on the ground and weep. Fragility's friends stop speaking to her for fear of another fit, but Rudy, a very rude bully, has other ideas. In the face of real insults, will Fragility finally learn to take a compliment?
Fragility was a solid piece of work. But despite her sturdy exterior, Fragility was fragile. Anything and everything hurt her feelings. In the most benign compliment, Fragility heard an insult. No one could even say she looked nice without evoking images of big, squishy cupcakes--since they are also nice--and causing Fragility to flop on the ground and weep. Fragility's friends stop speaking to her for fear of another fit, but Rudy, a very rude bully, has other ideas. In the face of real insults, will Fragility finally learn to take a compliment?
Not getting far in the game of love?Have we got the course for you!DADDY 101Results guaranteed.Sara Cabot knew there were rules for everything in life-but she couldn't figure out the ones for love and marriage. When Husband 101 promised 30 Simple Steps to Success, she tried it. That's when the trouble began.For starters, the rules worked on the wrong target. Instead of her boss, the steps led Sara to the strong arms, sardonic smile and suspicious gaze of security expert Matthew Quartermain. Husband 101 claimed to be absolutely guaranteed-but to do what?
In this new novel by the celebrated author of The Myth of You and Me, a young mother discovers that her husband's novel about infidelity might be drawn from real life. Sarah Price is thirty-five years old. She doesn't feel as though she's getting older, but there are some noticeable changes: a hangover after two beers, the stray gray hair, and, most of all, she's called "Mom" by two small children. Always responsible, Sarah traded her MFA for a steady job, which allows her husband, Nathan, to write fiction. But Sarah is happy and she believes Nathan is too, until a truth is revealed: Nathan's upcoming novel, Infidelity, is based in fact. Suddenly Sarah's world is turned upside down. Adding to her confusion, Nathan abdicates responsibility for the fate of their relationship and of his novel's publication-a financial lifesaver they have been depending upon-leaving both in Sarah's hands. Reeling from his betrayal, she is plagued by dark questions. How well does she really know Nathan? And, more important, how well does she know herself? For answers, Sarah looks back to her artistic twenty-something self to try to understand what happened to her dreams. When did it all seem to change? Pushed from her complacent plateau, Sarah begins to act-for the first time not so responsibly-on all the things she has let go of for so long: her blank computer screen; her best friend, Helen; the volumes of Proust on her bookshelf. And then there is that e-mail in her inbox: a note from Rajiv, a beautiful man from her past who once tempted her to stray. The struggle to find which version of herself is the essential one-artist, wife, or mother-takes Sarah hundreds of miles away from her marriage on a surprising journey. Wise, funny, and sharply drawn, Leah Stewart's Husband and Wife probes our deepest relationships, the promises we make and break, and the consequences they hold for our lives, revealing that it's never too late to step back and start over.
Just why is Julianna staying at his father's ranch? Luke has come to Sante Fe to mend fences with his dad and lie low until the political fury over his current police investigation calms down. He's definitely not there to share memories of the good old days with his ex-wife. It's difficult for Julianna to remember when it had been good between her and Luke. And being close to the strong, handsome man she once loved unconditionally is too much. Either Luke leaves or she does. Except Julianna has nowhere to go. She needs to hide out at Abe's ranch to get her job done. Because nothing, not even anonymous death threats, will stop her. But if Luke finds out about the threats, he's never going to leave. . . .
The jealous husband!For Donato Vittoria, marriage was a lifetime commitment. He'd chosed Grace as his bride, and he would cherish her forever. Or so Grace had believed....Until she'd discovered Donato's betrayal-with Maria, a beautiful family friend. Had he forgotten his vows so soon? Did he expect Grace to play the dutiful wife, while he continued to enjoy a bachelor life-style? The hurt had been unbearable, and Grace had fled. But Donato insisted he was still her husband-by contract-and he wanted Grace back in his life, and his bed!HUSBANDS & WIVESSometimes the perfect marraige is worth waiting for!
The marriage bargain Melanie wasn't interested in marrying for money-but under the terms of her uncle's will, that was exactly what she must do! Concerned about Melanie's wild ways, her uncle had left her his millions-on condition that she'd reformed...and could prove it, by making a suitable marriage! Melanie wasn't interested in becoming rich, but she was determined to prove she'd changed. Only, the man she had to convince was her uncle's lawyer, Clay Logan. A devastatingly attractive man-and ideal husband material?
His faith was being tested For The first time: Chad Reece's promising pro football career was cut short by a devastating accident, and then a kidney transplant revealed his biological parents were a couple he'd considered family friends. Shaken, Chad was determined to recover on his own, when he met Vicky Lanham, a pretty hospital volunteer. Vicky's passion for mission work impressed Chad, who felt a call of his own to assist others. Perhaps it was the start of God's new plan-a life together helping others.
Back-for baby's first ChristmasFour months ago, Sébastian Fourcard had kissed his wife and baby son goodbye and disappeared.... Gellis had been devastated but, as the days had tumbled into weeks, she had been forced to accept the unthinkable-that her perfect husband had left her!Now, at Christmas, Sébastian had returned a different man-amnesia had robbed him of his past. He couldn't remember Gellis, let alone loving her. Only, for his son's sake, he was prepared to stay. But Gellis wanted love, not duty.... And she didn't just want a husband for Christmas, but forever....DADDY BOOMLook who's holding the baby!
From Jillian Hunter, a mesmerizing author who "weaves a spell over her audience" (Romantic Times), comes a sensual, witty new novel about an untamed Scottish beauty and a rakish English lord who set each other's souls on fire. Catriona Grant is desperate. Fleeing a forced marriage in Scotland, she arrives on the doorstep of Rutleigh Hall seeking shelter as a distant relation, only to find that Knight Dennison, the Viscount Rutleigh, may be worse than the man she fled. True to his dangerous reputation, Knight threatens to toss the penniless, flame-haired impostor out -- until she produces the family ring as proof of her identity. Thrust into the role of guardian, the dark, compelling Knight has his doubts about the lovely Scottish lass, who's clearly keeping secrets -- but her wit, beauty, and artless grace are hard to resist. When his sister starts husband-hunting for Catriona, the idea of any other man possessing her is suddenly unthinkable. For Knight realizes that there's only one possible groom for her: himself!
Let the hunt begin ... Lisa Madison wants a husband, and she has just the candidate in mind: Robert Langley. Trouble is, the infuriating man insists on seeing her as the impish girl she once was--even as every other gentleman in London has taken notice of her womanly . . . charms. When her beauty lands her in danger, it's Robert who comes to the rescue, only to announce his affections are not of the romantic kind! Robert saw enough sorrow in his parents' union to know he wants nothing to do with marriage, which is exactly what he'll be trapped into if he acts on his desire for the irksome siren. And then Lisa does what Robert least expects: gives up on him! As feigned indifference gives way, blistering passion burns at last. But just before the pair can succumb to hard-won bliss, an enemy with unfinished business lurks, threatening to destroy them both.
LESSONS IN...LOVE?Beautiful widow Jenny Brown had gotten used to having ruggedly handsome Nick DeSalvo, her late husband's best buddy, around-as a friend. Until one day he presented Jenny with a strange request. It seemed that the original single guy was bound and determined to become...a family man! And he needed her help in learning what every woman desired....Well, single mother Jenny wanted no part in giving husband lessons-but her young daughter, Polly, had other ideas. Soon old friend Nick was constantly underfoot-where his mouthwatering muscles and sexy grin began driving Jenny crazy...and making her see the budding bridegroom in more than just a friendly light....
An Unexpected Husband. Against her better judgment, Lady Gillian Marley needs to find herself a husband -- and quickly. To claim her uncle's unexpected bequest she must marry by her next birthday, which leaves only two months to find a malleable mate. Topping her list of eligible candidates is the honorable Earl of Shelbrooke, yet one look at the very handsome but enigmatic nobleman and Gillian knows that cajoling him into a marriage of convenience will be hardly convenient at all. A Marriage of Inconvenience. Far from immune to Gillian's entrancing charms, the last thing Richard Shelton is about to bind himself into is a chaste marriage. Though the inheritance is more than and tempting, Richard knows the lady herself is the real prize and isn't about to allow Gillian to deny the burning fervor that sparks between them. Now he has only two months to convince her to be his wife in full ... before his mysterious secret is revealed and their lives explode irrevocably into scandal.
HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO Dream Lover... Though Rose told herself that she wasn't looking for another involvement, it would be nice if the man of her dreams swept her off her feet. But the trouble with daydreams about Mr. Right was that sometimes you found him! When Sam Horton arrived in town, Rose instantly recognized Husband Material; he also came as part of a family package, with daughter included. However, foolish fantasies were one thing, reality quite another: Sam was acting as lawyer for Chad Westbrook, local Romeo and cheater of widows, who had hired him to sue Rose! "Emma Goldrick's light humorous touch...gives readers a wonderful lasting impression." -Romantic Times HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO
Rebecca Wells desperately wants to overcome her reputation. She's finally trying to put an end to her twenty-four-year rivalry with the perfect Josh Hill, a rivalry that began when she was a kid and the Hills moved in across the street. Great-looking, popular, a successful horse rancher, Josh is Dundee's golden boy--and the son her father always wanted.But even when her father insists they call a truce, it's hard for Rebecca to drop her resentment of Josh. She refuses to acknowledge that she feels more for him than she's ever let on. The man she loves to hate is also the man she'd hate to love!
Meeting sexy and dynamic entrepreneur Alex Solomos has transformed Lisa's life. In the seven weeks since their whirlwind wedding, her confidence and happiness-- both in and out of the bedroom-- have grown enormously.But Lisa finds she can't shake some nagging doubts about her husband. Passionate as Alex is, there are parts of his professional and personal life he insists on keeping from his new wife. She tells herself she's being foolish, until she makes two shocking discoveries in one night.
Following a night of passion and resulting pregnancy Angelica married the wealthy playboy, but she insisted on sleeping separately. Changing her mind was a formidable challenge.
Fran Mallory was shocked by the intensity of her attraction to magnetic Andre Benet. Intimacy with him was strictly forbidden! But perhaps this was half Andre's charm. She could spend as much time with him as she liked-and ensure her heart remained intact!Andre Benet wasn't looking for a relationship, so in an attempt to keep Fran at arm's length, he'd let her believe he was off-limits. Now he was unable to resist his desire for her any longer. But would Fran feel quite so safe with him when he revealed he DID have husband potential after all?
HE WON'T TRADE IN THE TENT FOR A WHITE PICKET FENCE... Small-town life has never held any charm for documentary filmmaker Sam Hove. But after a mishap in the Amazon during filming, Willing, Montana, seems like the perfect place for a quiet recovery. Until he finds out that the town is hosting a reality dating show. And with a neighbor like Lucia Swallow, the idea of love and commitment are more dangerous than anything he's encountered in the wild. A widow with three kids, Lucia represents everything Sam has always avoided: responsibility, family, stability. So why is he finding any excuse he can to be with her and the children? A life with Lucia couldn't possibly be the kind of adventure he's looking for, so he's got to get out...before he gets hooked.
Melanie Wysh wasn't one to wallow in heartbreak. So when her husband served her with divorce papers with no warning and disappeared, she took a new job in a new state. And met a new man--her therapy client Rolland Jones. Rolland was new in more ways than one: after a car accident, he required extensive reconstructive surgery and it had left him with no memory. It was up to Melanie to rebuild this brave, beautiful man's mind. And soon Rolland was rebuilding her heart. Melanie knew these familiar feelings of love were forbidden for a client. Yet Rolland was the second chance she was looking for--in ways that would shock her to her very soul. . . .
BACK FROM THE DEAD? Ben Brand had thought nothing could hurt more than losing Penny, his cherished wife. He was wrong. When Penny mysteriously turned up on his ranch, dazed but alive, Ben faced a new kind of anguish. His beloved had no memory of her past-or of him.Ben set out to discover what had happened to his wife. Penny had to remember everything: who she was, where she'd been-the love they'd shared-because he couldn't stand to lose the only woman he'd ever loved-again.This family was born, bred-and bound to be wed-in Texas!
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