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The Sins of His Past by Roxanne St. ClaireFor one incredible night, Kendra Locke gave Deuce Monroe everything she had. Then he walked away without a backward glance to chase his big-league dreams. Now after one too many daredevil stunts, he's back in his hometown ready to pick up where they left off-but Kendra has no intention of giving in so easily....Tangling with Ty by Jill ShalvisDr. Nicole Mann, a child prodigy who graduated high school at the age of thirteen, has no room in her mind or her schedule for romance. But when the architect renovating her apartment turns out to have a charming Irish accent, all bets are off-and Ty Patrick O'Grady plans to use every trick in his book to stay in her life for good.Whatever Reilly Wants by Maureen ChildConnor Reilly only has a few weeks to go in his "no sex for ninety days" bet with his brothers-and he figures no woman is safer to be around than his best friend, Emma Jacobsen. Until Emma shows up at a bar in a short skirt and high heels, and suddenly seems anything but safe!
When 16-year-old Scarlett Wakefield transfers from St. Tabby's to Wakefield Hall Collegiate, she is relieved that no one knows her dark, haunting secret. A few months ago, Scarlett was invited to an elite party with a guest list full of the hottest names in British society, including Dan McAndrew. Before the party, Scarlett had only imagined what it would be like to have her first kiss with Dan, but on the penthouse terrace, Dan leaned in close and she no longer had to wonder. Their kiss was beautiful and perfect and magical, and then . . . Dan McAndrew took his last breath as she held him in her arms. No one knows how or why Dan died, and everyone at St. Tabby's believes Scarlett had something to do with it. But now that she's safely hidden away at Wakefield Hall, Scarlett would rather forget that it ever happened. Only she can't. Especially when she receives an anonymous note that will set her on the path to clearing her name and finding out what really happened to the first and last boy she kissed. From the Hardcover edition.
The dark side of love is no fairy tale. . . . And while we may like to believe that crimes of the heart only victimize those who aren't careful, this page-turning collection of must-read accounts will convince you otherwise. America's #1 true-crime writer, Ann Rule reveals how lovers become predators, how sex and lust can push ordinary people to desperate acts, and how investigators and forensics experts work to unravel the most entangled crimes of passion. Extracting behind-the-scenes details, Rule makes these volatile relationships utterly real, and masterfully re-creates the ill-fated chains of events in such cases as the ex-Marine and martial arts master who seduced vulnerable women and then destroyed their lives. . . the killer whose calling card was a single bloodred rose. . . the faithless wife who manipulated and murdered without conscience. . . the blind date that set the stage for a killer's brutality. . . and more. In every case, the victim -- young and innocent or older and experienced -- unknowingly trusted a stranger with the sociopathic skill to hide their dark motives, until it was too late to escape a web of deadly lies, fatal promises, and homicidal possession.
KISS THE GIRLS AND MAKE THEM DIE. Lucy Kincaid has firsthand experience dealing with deadly criminal predators, and she's fully prepared to share her many talents with the FBI. But when her career plans are derailed, her boyfriend, security expert Sean Rogan, asks for help on his latest private investigation. Using her well-honed cyber-hunting skills, Lucy is soon on the trail of a missing teenage girl with a penchant for disappearing--and a shocking secret life. FBI Agent Suzanne Madeaux is also tracking someone: a serial killer on the loose in New York City. Dubbed by the press the Cinderella Strangler, he cruises seamy underground sex parties, where drug-fueled women make for easy pickings. As Lucy and Sean's desperate search collides with the FBI's hunt, Lucy isn't about to step aside. Haunted by painful memories of her own harrowing encounters with evil, she's determined to keep any more innocents from meeting the fate she so narrowly escaped. Delving deep into the twisted psyche of a remorseless killer, Lucy must confront her own fears--even if it means risking a future job with the FBI and future happiness with Sean.
Vibrant, beautiful, and outspoken, Keisha will stop at nothing to get what she wants, even if it means stepping over boundaries and betraying friendships. Prada, Gucci, D&G, and Louis V. are the only friends she needs. Her roommate, Nikki, finds out the hard way when she decides to pursue an education instead of hustling men for money. Keisha's motto is "It's all about me," and she takes offense at Nikki's decision. No one is supposed to outshine Keisha, so she orchestrates a vicious plan to derail Nikki's dream at any cost. Leaving her friendship in the dirt, Keisha doesn't hesitate to accept when her uncle approaches her with a job offer. He wants her to get a few artists to sign to his label, Top Dot Records. The art of seduction is something she has perfected, and with her beauty, she can hypnotize anyone into being her boy toy. She believes she's on the verge of a huge payday. Little does she know that she will have to work extra hard to get Bling to sign. He's a newlywed who is very much in love with his wife. His marriage means nothing to Keisha, and she will get him to sign a contract one way or another. Keisha takes the game a little too far when she decides to date two artists at the same time. To her it's all fun and games, but it soon becomes one of the biggest mistakes that could turn her comfortable, posh life into a war zone that might end up taking friends and family to the grave.
Lady Diana Westover is looking for a hero. She intends to write a gothic novel, but having grown up shielded from the ways of the ton, she knows nothing about men. What better way than to explore the ballrooms of Society? During her first outing, she sees Edmond Terrington, Viscount Adderley. With his dark handsome looks, he is exactly the man she's been looking for. So Diana sets out to follow his every move, to study his manly form, and to experience the pleasure of his kisses . . . all for the sake of research. Edmond cannot imagine why this chit would be following him, spying on his every move, and looking at him as if he is a fascinating bug in a science experiment. He's used to admiring females, but this is ridiculous! So he decides to turn the tables and pursue her instead . . . only to find that she is a disarming beauty whose wit matches his own. Soon all he wants is to be the hero of her dreams.
The last thing Bastien wants is to remain under his controlling uncle's thumb. But when the patriarch passes the family company reins to Bastien, the heir is determined to prove himself. Especially when Phaedra Burke-Carter enters the picture. The sexy, savvy consultant is supposed to help Bastien improve safety and workplace conditions. But their desire in the boardroom leads to a dalliance in the bedroom. And that's anything but safe. Phaedra is hungry for success and has the well-worn power suits to prove it. And never mixing business with pleasure has always been her best policy-until now. When handsome, commanding Bastien comes through for her just in the nick of time, Phaedra might learn that an "office romance" doesn't have to be an obstacle; it's a temptation.
If you sense someone's watching you from afar, or if you feel a shadow other than your own at your back, I might as well pack it up and call it a day.It's a job that makes a killing. Efficient, professional, and without apology, Lily Mansfield is a hired assassin, working as a contract agent for the CIA. Her targets are the powerful and corrupt, those who can't be touched by the law. Now, after nineteen years of service, Lily has been drawn into a dangerous game that hasn't been sanctioned, seeking vengeance for her own reasons. Each move bolder than the next, she is compromising her superiors, drawing unwanted attention, and endangering her very life. Though stress and shock have made her feel somewhat invincible and a little cocky, Lily knows that she too can be taken out in an instant. And if it's her time, so be it. She intends to go down fighting.A CIA agent himself, Lucas Swain recognizes the signs of trauma in the line of fire. His orders: either bring her in or bring her down. Yet he too is drawn into the game with Lily Mansfield, dancing on a tightrope as he tries to avoid a major international incident while still battling a tenacious foe who is dogging their every step. Keeping laser focus on the task at hand while vigilantly watching her back, Mansfield never sees the lethal peril that lies directly in her path . . . and how loyalty has a price.Chock-full of the intrigue, breathless action, and sensuality that have made Linda Howard the master of romantic suspense, Kiss Me While I Sleep is a daring thriller of passion, sudden twists, and richly imagined characters who live and breathe in readers' hearts. It is the most gripping and complex novel of Linda Howard's career.From the Hardcover edition.
Now in trade paperback for the first time from Anchor Canada, Joy Fielding's first thriller!Those goodbye kisses Donna received from her children when ex-husband Victor picked them up for their day's outing with him were for all time . . . forever. Only Donna did not know that, and the memory of her children's kisses on the day they disappeared come back to haunt her, for Victor did not return. Instead, this handsome, twisted man, who had destroyed their marriage and almost destroyed Donna's sanity, vanished with her little boy and girl. And Donna was left with a lover whose love was no longer enough, a new life that had suddenly turned agonizingly empty, and a terror-filled quest to find her children that would take her across the country and beyond the law . . .From the Trade Paperback edition.
Kiss My Tiara challenges The Rules and backlash books like In Defense of Modesty. Designed to help women 18-35 catch a life, not a husband, it's funny and politically irreverent, with chapters such as "Nevermind a Penis, We'll Take a Paycheck" and "How to Deal with Lunatics, Perverts and Right-wing Republicans." Like The Rules, it's based on wisdom the author received from her grandmother--except her grandmother was a feisty, gin-drinking feminist. Gilman is indignant at the mindlessness of aerobics classes, refuses to subscribe to the belief that thin thighs are more important than brains and chutzpah, and believes that if you have trouble asking for dessert you'll never be able to ask for a raise. Sprinkled with her grandmother's affirmative aphorisms ("If God didn't want us to play with ourselves, she would have made our arms shorter"), the book covers the gamut of a woman's world--relationships, money, self-esteem, sexual harassment in the workplace, and the guilt of ordering french fries. Gilman's is a sage, insightful, and witty voice in a confusing time that will make women laugh while teaching them to feel entitled, confident,
LOVE AND LET DIE... After a savage lycan attack destroyed her parents, Kit March has ignored the rules saying only men can be hunters and dedicated her life to destroying lycans. Her profession is hell on her love life, but she's been resigned to the lack of romance until she meets sinfully sexy European werewolf hunter Rafe Santiago. Unfortunately, Rafe is a man with a mission: eradicate rogue hunters from the American branch...and the foremost name on his list is Kit March. Rafe has always put business before pleasure, but something about this feisty yet vulnerable woman is doing strange things to a man who has never before allowed his emotions to get the better of him. The merciless hunter excels at eliminating threats, but he doesn't know how to handle the threat Kit poses to his heart. The world of lycans has always been black and white. But now, suddenly, the rules are changing. Forces that have been brewing for generations put Kit and Rafe in terrible danger, and nothing they confront is quite as it seems...including each other. Is the passion between them just as illusory? Or is it the only thing real?
From New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole comes this spellbinding story of a demon king trapped by an enchantress for her wanton purposes -- and the scorching aftermath that follows when he turns the tables and claims her as his captive. HIS OBSESSION. . . Sabine, Sorceress of Illusions: the evil beauty who surrenders her body, but not her heart. HER DOWNFALL. . . Rydstrom Woede: the ruthless warrior who vows to keep her at all costs. THEY WERE NEVER SUPPOSED TO WANT EACH OTHER THIS MUCH. . . With each smoldering encounter, their shared hunger only increases. If they can defeat the sinister enemy that stands between them, will Sabine make the ultimate sacrifice for her demon? Or will the proud king lay down his crown and arms to save his sorceress?
This quote by John Kemp is taken from the first page of Kiss of a Dolphin and sums up the essence of the book: ... "Tom Tuohy's book does what I have been working to accomplish my entire life. Not only is it a pleasure to read, but reminds us all that kids can face so many disabling conditions on their way to growing up -- that poverty is no less immobilizing than conditions brought about by illness or accident. In a single work, it embodies so many of the ideals that the civil rights and advocacy movements of all types have been striving for throughout the past fifty years. It is a story about courage and fear. Many people fear those with disabilities: perhaps it is self-consciousness and a desire to not say or do the wrong thing. Not only do the people at Dreams for Kids appear to have no worries about doing the wrong thing, they seem to have adopted the "can do" attitude so necessary to positive change. And, they give everyone a place to start: the book encourages readers to look at the person in the wheelchair or with a cane, to get past any fear or self-consciousness, and start by saying "Hi." I love this book. I love it because Tom and his friends understand, at the deepest possible level, that everyone is disabled, at some time, in some way. It is clear the barriers Dreams for Kids remove have less to do with adaptive equipment than with the opportunity they give people to see themselves in a different way. And, it is equally clear that these opportunities are at least as valuable for the volunteers, as they are for the recipients."
Only one woman can save vamp city . . . One of the few humans who managed to escape the deadly twilight world of Vamp City, Quinn Lennox vows never to return. But the vampires want her back, for only she has the power to renew the magic of their crumbling world and free the vampires trapped within. When the dangerous and all-too-seductive Arturo Mazza comes for her, Quinn knows she can never trust him after the betrayal she suffered at his hands. But with her beloved brothers fate hanging in the balance, and her own power beginning to emerge, she chooses to risk all on yet another perilous journey back to Vamp City. And though she tries to deny it, her heart begins to hold hope that even a ruthless vampire can learn the meaning of true love . . .
Winter, a hybrid, has spent her life at war. A group of humans who are part demon, the hybrids, along with the lupines and nightwalkers, have dedicated their lives to defeating demons and protecting humanity. Yet, despite their united cause, the three groups share an uneasy alliance. When hybrid military compounds come under attack from demon insurgents, Winter has no choice but to turn to the lupines and nightwalkers for assistance. It's a partnership based on necessity and she has no intention of letting down her guard with either group. Marcus, the nightwalker Lord, has other plans. The immediate attraction between him and Winter promises a passion he can't ignore. To claim her as his own, he'll not only have to fight the demons who seem hell-bent on destroying her, but her own misconceptions about him and the nightwalker race. It's a battle he refuses to lose. 74,000 words
Vampyrs will gather in post-Katrina New Orleans. . . and evil stirs once again in the forests of Transylvania. In Heather Graham's new paranormal romantic suspense novel, psychologist Jessica Fraser knows only too well the essence of the night creatures who inhabit the dimly lit clubs of the French Quarter, where perversion goes beyond sexual to life-threatening. . . . Joining forces with vampyr hunter Bryan McAllister to protect the innocent, Jessica begins to remember that she and Bryan have a past history - one that stretches back 1,000 years. . . .
In the secluded guesthouse of a lavish California estate, Whitney Marshall has finally found a place to heal after the painful end of her marriage. But her new-found peace is shattered by the arrival of Adam Hunter, the property's handsome heir, who draws Whitney into a deadly game of danger and desire.
In the wake of a failed attempt to defeat the vampire Richelieu, Susan and her friends are weakened and divided. Raphael must set aside his animosity and join with his enigmatic sire Gabriel to discover a powerful weapon before Richelieu claims it. Meanwhile, Susan and her cousin Wendy translate a 12th century diary belonging to their ancestor, Carissa, to learn the origin of their family's connection with the vampires. As Carissa's story of love and betrayal unfolds, they discover the secrets of the present will only be revealed by solving the mysteries of the past.
Her captivating stories and vibrant characters have earnedNew York Timesbestselling author Mary Jo Putney enthusiastic praise from reviewers and readers alike. Now, from the majestic mansions of eighteenth-century London to the mist-shrouded wilds of the Scottish Highlands, she brings you her most breathtaking romantic adventure yet. Laird of an ancient, powerful Scottish clan, Duncan Macrae is committed to ending the ceaseless strife between Scotland and England. But he also has other, secret powers--those of a Guardian, humans with mystical abilities to control nature's forces and see into the hearts of others. And from the moment he encounters the young and independent English widow Gwyneth Owens, his fiery spirit is irrevocably drawn to claim her as his own--a passion that will not only set his loyalty to his land against his sworn Guardian vows, but will also threaten everything he cherishes most. Though Gwynne's father was a Guardian, she believes that she has inherited only her mother's beauty, not her father's power. Then one kiss from the dangerously alluring Laird of the Macraes ignites a hunger that shakes her to her soul--and reveals visions of a looming catastrophe that threatens England and Scotland both. Only by becoming Duncan's wife, and ultimately betraying the man she loves, can she avert disaster. As destiny and two mighty nations clash, Gwynne and Duncan must push their powers and passions beyond the most forbidden limits if they are to save their love--and secure the future. With Mary Jo Putney's consummate skill and dazzling historical detail,A Kiss of Fatebrings an unforgettable period to life--and will forever enthrall your senses with memorable characters and sweeping emotions.
Tawny Blair knew her dream of being swept off her feet could never come true, but when she saw Lord Bart Montgomery, she saw that reality could far surpass her fantasies.
They've waited a decade to come together. Long years with unbearable pain that have changed them both and left wounds. Wounds that stand one chance of healing - if only they could stop fighting each other long enough for the truth to work its healing balm.
Leaving her brother's outlaw gang, Carrie Sue Stover starts a new life as Carolyn Starns, schoolteacher, but an attack on the stagecoach she is riding brings her right back into the world of outlaws.
Some men are too bad to be true . . . Is he really a Viking with a vampire's bite? An angel with the body of a thunder god? A lone wolf with love on his mind? Alexandra Kelly, his prey, thinks Vikar Sigurdsson is either flat-out crazy or he's trying to maneuver her into his bed-which is hardly where a professional reporter should conduct an interview, tempting as that prospect might be. And some men are too good to be true . . . Until Vikar does something a teensy bit unexpected, and Alex begins to wonder whether her mystery man could really be everything he says he is: a Viking Vampire Angel on a thousand-year-long mission with his pack of sinful brothers-and a man who's finally found the woman of his dreams. By then, Vikar is already wrapping his chiseled arms around Alex's body . . . and sinking his wicked fangs right into her neck. If this is sin, why does it feel so good?
"Action, adventure, steampunk, and blazing hot seduction. . . Bec McMaster offers it all. "--Eve Silver, author of Sins of the Flesh A brilliantly creative debut where vampires, werewolves, and clockwork creatures roam the mist-shrouded streets of London. . . When Nowhere is Safe Most people avoid the dreaded Whitecapel district. For Honoria Todd, it's the last safe haven. But at what price? Blade is known as the master of the rookeries--no one dares cross him. It's been said he faced down the Echelon's army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he's been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal. When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She's so. . . innocent. He doesn't see her backbone of steel--or that she could be the very salvation he's been seeking.
It's not easy being a Vampire Angel. No one knows that better than Trond Sigurdsson. In the centuries since he last went out drinking and wenching with his Viking buds, Trond has been a gladiator, a cowboy, a ditch digger . . . even a sheik. But now he's the baddest of them all: a kick-ass Navy SEAL kicking butts of terrorist immortals with the help of his hotter-than-Hades female partner, police officer-turned-Special Forces operative Nicole Tasso--whom Trond dearly hopes to "partner" with very shortly in a whole different way. The "cop" part of Nicole tells her there's something bizarre about her gorgeous godlike teammate. But her "all-woman" side can't help wondering how great it would be to have a virile Viking in her bed. Trond has secrets galore, but Nicole feels certain she can dig them out--and really get to the heart of this powerful, unnerving stranger whom she may be risking her soul to love.
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