Linked by Love

A 2019 NaNoGenMo project, assembled by Leonard Richardson

As our characters move from story to story, they take on new guises, but find themselves always connected to each other.

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Chapter 1: Enter Mary Harris

Wes ๐Ÿ”— Payton ๐Ÿ”— Wiley ๐Ÿ”— Macy ๐Ÿ”— Derek ๐Ÿ”— Landry ๐Ÿ”— Reese ๐Ÿ”— Eternity Springs ๐Ÿ”— Josh ๐Ÿ”— Maddie ๐Ÿ”— Adam

It all began with a research study, a palm reader, and a plane crash that sent him on a quest...for a love that's unbreakable.

Enter Mary Harris, whose sweet kisses he's never forgotten! She'll help Wes achieve his dream, if he helps her achieve hersโ€”a baby! Captivated by Mary's sunny optimism, dare Wes hope for the ultimate miracleโ€”a family, with Mary by his side?

The night he sees Paytonโ€”a very sexy grown up Paytonโ€”in Zack's Bar and Grill, he's mortified by this blast from the past. Payton harbors no such reservations about seeing Wes again, and it's clear she wouldn't mind catching up on old times. However, Wes can't get over his mental block where she's concerned.

Now a respected lawyer, Wiley didn't live down to the label Most Likely to Be Slapped with a Paternity Suit. But beneath all that flash and sass is a broken heart. Instead, Wiley comes face-to-face with his old pal Payton--and is wowed not only by her transformation into a ravishing swan, but by the connection they still share.

Macy doesn't recognize this new Wiley. It doesn't go on indefinitely, and it rarely ends wellโ€…. Though Macy's heart still wants so much more, what Wiley needs most right now is a friend, and Macy is the only one he'll let in. Her friendship is a lifeline, but will Macy's love be the one thing that can finally help Wiley begin to heal?

Thanks to his former mentor, Derek Logan just inherited an architectural business, a house and the gorgeous client next door. But nothing is what it seems in this sultry noir tale of blackmail, murder, sex and scandal. Helping Macy build her dream medical complex awakens Derek to how much more he now wants out of life. But a single touch can lead to a kissโ€”and a taste.

But as Landry and Derek race to uncover family secrets--possibly her father's murderer--more danger arises. The attraction is so powerful and disturbing, each privately vows to never see the other again. Only then does Landry realize she's more warrior than society princess...and she'll fight tooth and nail for a real chance at love!

Shane Landry's life was simple: He ran the Lucky 7 ranch and steered clear of his tempting housekeeper, Taylor Reese. The first was embedded in his blood, the second almost impossible to resist, considering Taylor slept right down the hall.

Twenty years ago the town bad boy, Cam Murphy, left Eternity Springs in handcuffs, riding in the back of a sheriff's van. and breaking young Sarah Reese's heart. Some of it's a little bit true.

When mechanic Josh Tarkington meets gorgeous New Yorker Caitlin Timberlake on a quick trip to Telluride, he's head over heels in lust from the word hello. They were completely wrong for each other...so why did it feel so right? When Josh's chance to hook up with Caitlin is interrupted, he's actually relieved... which is why he's shocked to find Caitlin has moved to Eternity Springs a few weeks later-right next door.

Emergency medic Josh Campbell is used to working under pressure, but when he discovers that his latest call is to rescue his ex-wife, who is on the brink of labor, the stakes are higher than ever! Can Josh save Maddie and her baby...and heal their broken marriage, too?

The prosecutorFormer prosecutor Maddie damn near nailed Adam for stealing, but the lucky bastard walked. But in order to win, they will have to break the most cardinal of all rules and pray it doesn't unravel the universe as we know it.

When police captain Adam Ware is mistaken for an assailant and tackled to the ground, he is stunned to discover who's holding him captive: a blonde renegade with a devil-may-care attitude. It must be against regulations to kiss a suspect before arresting her, but this perp makes Adam want to bend some of the rules he's sworn to uphold.

Chapter 2: Ruby Dynasty

Of course not everything goes as planned. Keep your friends close...and your husband closer. What's a demon slayer to do? Emily is infatuated with the new girl at school.

Separated for decades by circumstance and political machinations, the Ruby Dynasty, hereditary rulers of the Skolian Empire, struggle to bring together the tattered remnants of their family in the shadow of a disastrous interstellar war. Too many have died, others are presumed lost, yet they must move quickly if they are to resume their rightful place as rulers of Skolia.

Chapter 3: Delta Force Captain Jace Reed

Heather ๐Ÿ”— James ๐Ÿ”— Kenner ๐Ÿ”— Brody ๐Ÿ”— Annabelle ๐Ÿ”— Cherokee ๐Ÿ”— Dain ๐Ÿ”— Ballister

Drawn together they must unravel their complicated connection before it's too late.

Delta Force Captain Jace Reed isn't one to throw caution to the wind, but when his team stumbles upon beaten and weak Heather fleeing the terrorist training camp they've been dispatched to destroy, he'll risk everything to get her to safety.

James "Barney" Barnwell is losing his ever-loving mind. Between the threat to the white shifters and a riddle he's been ordered to solve, he can actually go for ten whole minutes without thinking about Heather, the woman destined to be his mate.

Mick Garris, J. Kenner, Kealan Patrick Burke, Del James, and Bentley Little pry open a sarcophagus of horror and dread in Dark Screams: Volume Five, from Brian James Freeman and Richard Chizmar of the esteemed Cemetery Dance Publications.

Back in her hometown investigating the disappearance of a colleague, FBI K-9 agent Julianne Martinez doesn't expect to witness a jailbreak and become a targetโ€”or to work with her former love, Sheriff Brody Kenner, to bring in the fugitive.

He came to the United States to find his adversary, not fall for a tempting stranger. Yet millionaire Brody Calder can tell Kate Dunhern needs his help. We're not animals and will not behave as such. But baby Annabelle is actually in the hands of Brody's enemy.

On the run from false murder charges, Annabelle Lang can only count on one man, Cherokee diplomat Charles McDonald. The handsome ambassador has already helped her escape Washington City. Inquiring minds want to know! Though she's losing her heart to Charles, Annabelle's certain his offer comes from duty, not love.

Ruthless corporate cowboy Dain Phillips had kicked off the traces of his impoverished past, burying his scars under wealth and power. But money couldn't help him buck the illness now fatally riding him--only a mysterious Cherokee medicine woman deep in the Arizona desert could.

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters"โ€”and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. right into the teeth of a blizzard. We were prepared for some side effects.

Sebastian Ballister, the notorious Marquess of Dain, is big, bad, and dangerous to know. No respectable woman would have anything to do with the "Bane and Blight of the Ballisters," and he wants nothing to do with respectable women. But despite their differences, they make an amazing team.

Chapter 4: Mora

Abbott ๐Ÿ”— Raoul ๐Ÿ”— California ๐Ÿ”— Cheyenne ๐Ÿ”— Colt ๐Ÿ”— Sadie ๐Ÿ”— Dylan ๐Ÿ”— Creed ๐Ÿ”— America ๐Ÿ”— Girls ๐Ÿ”— Hawthorne ๐Ÿ”— Greer

Once again, the hottest couple around is torn apart, this time by football training and a summer job. And an unplanned pregnancy presents them both with the greatest challenge they've ever faced. Bad things are happening on the mountain. Would Cathy run away again?

Mora Abbott has been trained in patience, prudence, and practicality. But all those virtues fly out the window the moment she meets Aidan. She has a gift for saving people, but the more time she spends with the dark Scottish lord, the more she realizes she's the one in danger...of completely losing herself to his wicked ways.

Raoul Zesiger has everything a man could want--including Sirena Abbott, the perfect PA who keeps his life in order. But a cataclysmic event forces the two of them together.

A former foster-care kid now rich beyond his wildest dreams, Raoul Moreno runs a camp for needy children in Fool's Gold, California. After his last relationship, Raoul thought he was done with women and commitment. Still, he can't get sweet, sexy Pia out of his mind--and proposes a crazy plan. They've been friends for some time but now there's an added complication.

After growing up in cheap motels, moving from town to town with her sister and mother, Cheyenne Christensen is grateful to be on her own. She's grateful, too, for the friends she found once her family settled in California. Not in a million years! Why do you live alone?

Breathlessly exciting but dangerously unpredictable, Colt is a loner whose Cheyenne blood burns hotter than the blistering Arizona sun. Jocelyn's wealth and title mean nothing to this strange whose passion rules his actions and his heart. But neither the wild desert stallion nor the untouched English rose can deny their irresistible attraction. Now they've been thrown together in a wedding party.

Colt McCoy might be the least festive person she's ever met. The boy who loves them both. The detectives want to pin the death on her, despite the evidence that nothing human could have killed the victim. And Sadie will have plenty of time to enjoy the view, since their community service sentence has put the two of them in charge of Pineville's jinxed Christmas tree.

Dylan's impulsive lifestyle sets alarm bells ringing for single mom Sadie, but soon she realizes it's up to her to show this playboy he's capable of commitment. Especially when she admits to herself that all her hopes for the future include Dylan--and in a very different role than business partner!

Where every drama has a dreamy doctor...and a happy ending. Dylan Creed has always liked life in the fast lane. But when the daughter he rarely sees is abandoned by her mother, Dylan heads home to the family ranch in Stillwater Springs, Montana. and immediately sets out to possess her--heart and soul.

Hardened mercenary and fierce patriot Creed Sherman returns home, only to discover his childhood sweetheart married to his father! Hurt and betrayed, he means to leave America for good. Until he braves fire to save the life of Gina Briganti, an alluring Italian immigrant.

In haunting, stylized prose, Nugent takes us deep into her protagonist's psyche while painting a bizarre -- yet oddly familiar -- picture of a dissociated, disconnected America. Live Girls is a tour de force that will leave no one who reads it unshaken.

But not as awkward as discovering that same mad dad is Call Girls' gorgeous new programmer. Jax Hawthorne is still upset that his daughter called the "girlfriend store" on his behalf, but he can't deny he'd choose a hot-librarian type like Em if he were looking for love. And what happened to the little girl?

Greer Hawthorne's winning lottery ticket doesn't just bring her wealth, it also means her chance at a long-postponed education. And one of the other injured passengers may be responsible. Lucky for her, there's someone in town who may be able to help.

helps the most unlikely couples find love. Little wonder that Greer is intrigued by his comely guest. They must suppress temptation to focus on finding a cure. But Saidh is the target of a hidden enemy, and Greer faces the battle of his life to safeguard the woman he wants above all others.

Chapter 5: Whispered

America ๐Ÿ”— Prince ๐Ÿ”— Xavier ๐Ÿ”— Wright ๐Ÿ”— Lights

As the stakes are raised again, will Bee succumb to the sensual allure of this latest dare?

In Sherrilyn Kenyon and Dianna Love's Whispered Lies, a gutsy female agent from the B.A.D. (Bureau of American Defense) Agency must come out of hiding to bring down a secret organization that has become America's number one threat.

Entering the Selection changed America Singer's life in ways she never could have imagined. Since she arrived at the palace, America has struggled with her feelings for her first love, Aspenโ€”and her growing attraction to Prince Maxon. Who said opposites don't attract? Staying together, however, will test the limits of their love.

Then a tabloid photo of a scorching kiss implicates Crown Prince Xavier of Elazar in the scandal. You know, when you're already late for work. Now Xavier must legitimize his son. And it'll be his pleasure to make Trella his royal bride!

After tragedy brings her home to Louisiana, all Shayla Kirkland wants is to reconnect with her family. Between helping care for her nieces and running her recently opened coffee shop, there's no time for romance. Until the workaholic entrepreneur meets Xavier Wright, the hunky E.R. Not for business, not for family.

Instead of romantic nights spent in the Ice Hotel or under the Northern Lights, Melanie is stuck with Joe "Buck" Wright, a snarky loner tour guide who loves his sled dogs and nothing and no one else. But Buck is also trying to numb a painful past. Can two people skilled at pushing others away find warmth at the edge of the Arctic?

This December, take a break from dreidel spinning, gelt winning, and latke eating to experience the joy of Chanukah. When you fall in love during the Festival of Lights, the world burns a whole lot brighter.

Chapter 6: Fornier

Louisiana ๐Ÿ”— Tristan ๐Ÿ”— Philips ๐Ÿ”— Alyse ๐Ÿ”— Bell ๐Ÿ”— Elizabeth ๐Ÿ”— Michigan ๐Ÿ”— Gibson ๐Ÿ”— Tanner

For all the wrong reasons? As safe a life as is possible in a town trapped between a forest and the ocean, in a world teeming with the dead, who constantly hunger for those still living.

Romain Fornier lost his reason for living when his daughter was kidnapped and murdered. and how important it is to be careful what you wish for. Once he was freed, he returned to his Cajun roots in small-town Louisiana. Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done.

The moment off-duty navy SEAL Tristan Bartoni meets feisty yet vulnerable Brynn Langtoine, he's a goner. But sometimes getting dirty is half the fun. Nope, the struggling SEAL came home to Ruin Bayou, Louisiana, to finally deal with his haunting past decisions--not to start a new relationship.

Rayne Philips worked hard to turn her jazz club into the hottest downtown scene in the city. But her latest hire--hot young guitarist Tristan Daniels--is throwing off her rhythm. Tristan's star is on the rise and he wants to make more than sweet music with the sultry club owner. .seems that the department doesn't appreciate a whistle-blower.

New York socialite Alyse Philips is not the airhead people take her for--she's great at convincing D.C.'s rich and powerful to open their wallets. Living somewhere that doesn't have coffins in the basement. Despite this, they share a mind-blowing kiss, and there's no turning back. If Alyse can't clear her name, she'll never work in nonprofits again.

Alyse Bell is almost rid of the shackles that bound her in a name-only marriage, but the day her friend promised to purchase her in a wife auction, he vanishes, leaving her to face a mob of unsavory bachelors intent on owning her body and soul. The polarity of magic is wavering at its source, heralding a vast upheaval poised to alter the very balance of nature.

After arriving in Minnesota Territory with her sisters to claim their late father's hotel, Elizabeth Bell is shocked to learn her inheritance comes with a handsome co-owner. After too long working for a domineering boss, Elizabeth yearns to be in controlโ€”of the hotel and her life. But Jude Allen won't sell his share, and Elizabeth refuses to leave.

Elizabeth Lively dresses conservatively, straightens her curly hair into submission, and works hard to uphold her political family's reputation. Her therapist might call it "OCD," but she's just trying her best to live by the rules--until her carefully crafted world comes crashing down when she's fired, painfully jilted, and arrested for a crime she didn't commit. All she can think to do is flee to her grandmother's lakeside house in tiny Truhart, Michigan, a town that's as quirky as it is quaint.

Dr. Callie Layman isn't looking forward to going home to White Pine Lake, Michigan. Or rather, a daring plan to conceive. The same can't be said for the widower's daughter. And she certainly isn't looking forward to going head-to-head with Zach Gibson, the handsome former combat medic who's been running the clinic and will now be her assistant.

Rancher Gabe Tanner was content to ride herd on bachelorhood forever. Can they find a way to come back together? Even if every glimpse he had of Rosemary Gibson, the preacher's daughter, warned him he didn't have a prayer of remaining single...!

Bree Collins has finally come home to Fox Creek, Montana, to manage her family's guest ranch. She knows she can handle any challenges that come her way, but when the infuriating Ryan Tanner reappears in her life, Bree suddenly has doubts about her ability to stay professionalโ€”and away from the handsome cowboy.

Chapter 7: Gabrielle Kane

Damien

But once his seductive mission was accomplished, would Brandon find his professional mission at war with his very personal interests?

Damien Trent's time for revenge was at hand. The Australian businessman had bided his time, waiting for Gabrielle Kane to return. But what began as a favor to the handsome widower is growing into something more. And Damien would lend his help...but his price was Gabrielle's hand in marriage.

Mining millionaire Damien Wyatt lives by one rule: never more than one night. But when Harriet Livingstone appears across an interview table--the same woman who totaled his sports car!--he's tempted by her stunning beauty. The two men had little in common.

Chapter 8: Aladdin

Hagenheim ๐Ÿ”— Sophie ๐Ÿ”— Windham ๐Ÿ”— Val

When all was lost, they found each other. Why do all the hot, sweet, tender-hearted guys have to be gay?

Through his scrappy skills, intelligence, and hard work, Aladdin earns a position serving in the duke's house. But he knows it isn't enough to grant him his one desire: Kirstyn's hand in marriage. If he hopes to change his station in life and feel worthy of marrying Kirstyn, he must leave Hagenheim to seek his fortune.

Sophie desperately wants to get away from her stepmother's jealousy, and believes escape is her only chance to be happy. Then a young man named Gabe arrives from Hagenheim Castle, claiming she is betrothed to his older brother, and everything twists upside down. This could be Sophie's one chance at freedomโ€”but can she trust another person to keep her safe?

With his estate in ruins, Vim Charpentier sees little to feel festive about this Christmas. His growing attraction for Sophie Windham is the only thing that warms his spirits-but when Sophie's brothers whisk her away, Vim's most painful holiday memories are reawakened.

Gifted pianist Valentine Windham, youngest son of the Duke of Moreland, has little interest in his father's obsession to see his sons married, and instead pours passion into his music. But when Val loses his music, he flees to the country, alone and tormented by what has been robbed from him.

Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana is a trained assassin. She was born into one of the nine clipper Families in the kingdom of Lovero who lawfully take lives for a price. As a member of the highest-ranking clan, loyalty to Family is valued above all, but that doesn't stop Lea from getting into a secret relationship with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan. Despite her better judgment, Lea has fallen in love with him; but she's confident she can anticipate any threat a mile away.

Chapter 9: Walters

Sweet Hill ๐Ÿ”— Hale ๐Ÿ”— Diane ๐Ÿ”— Harper ๐Ÿ”— Louis ๐Ÿ”— Jonathan ๐Ÿ”— London

Together they will defy their perilous fate, for the sake of all-consuming love. Their house, once full of laughter and light, has been darkened by sadness. a new setting each time.

From the wrong side of the tracks and with most of her family in jail or dead, Piper Walsh is used to everyone in town thinking the worst about her. Sometimes it's just plain strange. So she isn't surprised that when she comes into contact with Sweet Hill's wildly irresistible, arrogant sheriff, Hale Walters, they're instant adversaries. Piper has nothing in common with the town golden-boy-turned-lawmanโ€”and she refuses to be a notch on his bedpost.

Despite rumors, Hale avoids fooling around with the women of Sweet Hill, many of whom are hoping to get him to the altar. But staying out of Piper's path is proving near impossible. One connection: there's more to both cases than anyone is willing to admit. As she continues to push his buttons, it becomes clear to Hale that he must either arrest Piperโ€”or claim her as his own.

As hard as she's tried, Diane Maxwell has never forgotten the kiss she and Hale Cameron shared when she was a high school sophomore. Now a respected cardiologist, Diane is also a woman experienced in the highs and lows of love. No matter who becomes collateral damage. So when she accepts an invitation to vacation in the Virgin Islands, she doesn't expect Hale--now a sexy, sought-after bachelor--to complete the romantic setting.

When a tragic accident takes everything that matters to Rome Matthewsโ€”his wife, Diane, and their two little boysโ€”it also robs Sarah Harper of her best friend. Sarah wants to reach out to Rome because they are both grieving, but she's afraid of the secret she's been keeping all these years: she's in love with her best friend's husband. Sarah knows she can never reveal her true feelings to Rome, but as they spend more time together, the spark between them only grows. Will Rome keep fighting his need for Sarah, or will he accept that sometimes, life gives you a second chance at love?

Standing on the platform at Grand Central Station, Ted Harper is surprised by a fiery kiss from an undeniably gorgeous damsel in distress. Besides, a bratty teenager can't be any worse than a histrionic chef...right? Disarmed, he invites her to spend the journey to St. Louis in his private car--perhaps against his better judgment.

When he's not being bullied or in therapy for anxiety, sixteen-year-old Jonathan lives with his alcoholic dad in the suburbs of St. Louis. In striking only when the moon is full. But everything changes when a Native American boy named Web joins his English class three weeks before the school year ends.

Jonathan isn't her fiancรฉ. But when his estranged brotherโ€”her real husband-to-beโ€”asks him to step in while he's away in London, Jonathan doesn't think he has a choice, especially after seeing how the previously aloof Leighton now responds to him. Now the wrongfully convicted lawman needs the widow's help.

Sir Marley Turlock doesn't normally bother with flirtation. Hiring the handsome engineer would be a huge mistake. And the floor of the inaugural London Aeronautical Exhibition, just before he presents his groundbreaking new device to the Queen herself, is not the place to change his habits toward the fairer sex.

Chapter 10: Charles Bainbridge

And so, a British rocker and an Italian artisan find their fates on a collision course and in the space of three days, the chaos intensifies resulting in an inevitable and exhilarating final encore.

Wooing may not be his strong suit...Admittedly, when it comes to courtship, the Marquess of Wallingham's strategy has been a few roses short of a bouquet. Charles Bainbridge has spent two long years wooing the woman he loves, waiting patiently until he is half mad, Now, at a winter hunting party, he has one last chance to persuade her they are meant to be. But the desire between them leaves them as breathless as teenagers.

Chapter 11: Alucia

Sebastian ๐Ÿ”— Margaret ๐Ÿ”— Gaston ๐Ÿ”— Zoe ๐Ÿ”— Carson ๐Ÿ”— Scott ๐Ÿ”— Vegas ๐Ÿ”— Kennedy ๐Ÿ”— Nate ๐Ÿ”— Jasper ๐Ÿ”— Veronica

But how can he offer her his love, when he can't even promise to stay in one place for longer than a week?

Nothing gets the tongues of London's high society wagging like a good scandal. And when the personal secretary of the visiting Prince Sebastian of Alucia is found murdered, it's all anyone can talk about, including Eliza Tricklebank. Her unapologetic gossip gazette has benefited from an anonymous tip about the crime, prompting Sebastian to take an interest in playing detectiveโ€”and an even greater interest in Eliza.

When life at Edgewood takes a sinister turn with the earl suffering a suspicious number of life-threatening accidents, Margaret wonders if Sebastian's younger brother and his wife have grown impatient to inherit the earldom. Setting out to find the one man she believes can set the situation to rights, she discovers that Sebastian Townshend has forged a new identity for himself on the continent.

Beautiful Lady Margaret Dawlish, the daughter of a duke, is proud to plan the ton's most important weddingsโ€”including that of a prince! But now it's Lady Margaret who falls in love, with dashing Gaston Devilliers, the Duke of Perigord. This breathtaking man always ends up where he wants to beโ€”and, in this case, that means in Margaret's arms! But it's hard to trust after having been betrayed.

Zoe Gaston needs to unmask a mystery man for work. Witches and witch hunters have become allies, and the holy order's grip on the city is slipping. So Zoe, once voted Girl Most Likely to Die a Virgin, comes dressed as a leather-clad dominatrix...whip and all!

Though Carson knows he has to tell Zoe the wedding's canceled, he doesn't want to give the town's wagging tongues more fodder. Besides, Carson is having way more fun planning a nonexistent wedding with Zoe than he ever did planning his real one. It seems like the perfect arrangement...until they decide to conceive the old-fashioned way. Will Carson's ruse charm Zoe's romantic spirit, or will their love be jinxed from the start?

Carson Scott is the king of one-night stands, so a naughty encounter with a sexy brunette in a nightclub supply closet is right up his alley. The ghosts of the past have returned. Now that two have chosen to follow their hearts, can the others be far behind?

It's the morning after her cousin's bachelorette party in Vegas and Megan Scott wakes up with the mother of all hangovers. Those averse to magic need not apply.

Best friends Tyler Dixon and Amelia Kennedy eloped to Vegas on a whim. until their father decrees that they must reform. Now there's no way Tyler will agree to go their separate ways. But sometimes plans change--for the better.

Insiders whisper that Nate is also keeping another secret from his new girlfriend, nurse Callie Kennedy--a big one--and it could be a game changer. Instead, they spend a sinfully hot night together. But this trip is different.

Something to hold on to. Jasper Reed has been working at Delacroix's for a decade. He's saved enough to retire, yet he remains at the decadent London brothel. Leaving would mean leaving Nate and the hope someday the rugged gentleman would stop pining for his best friend and realize he loves Jasper, just as Jasper loves him.

Posing as a ruthless mercenary was a cover for what Jasper was really doing: hunting a killer. And Veronica was in the line of fire. Like most royal families, the Washingtons have an heir and a spare. What would happen once Veronica discovered that everything about him was a lie...everything except his passion for her?

Can love be salvaged or will the past be too much to overcome? Welder and artist Veronica "Flash" Redding's playful sense of evil sometimes gets the better of her. And the profits speak for themselves. Yep, revenge is a dish best served hot.

Chapter 12: Margaret Summerfield

With a masterfully-woven plot and epically-high stakes, the compelling twists and turns in Goddess will leave readers completely spellbound.

Margaret Summerfield has put aside her passion for scent-making to tend to the serious business of raising her little nieces. Because when love is perfect, it is a match made in heaven. Hawthorne needs her help, but what does he have that could possibly tempt to Margaret to entangle herself with his dreams?

Chapter 13: Colin Donovan

Emma Sharpe ๐Ÿ”— Julianne ๐Ÿ”— Ethan ๐Ÿ”— Price ๐Ÿ”— Sarah ๐Ÿ”— London ๐Ÿ”— Phoebe

When they realize something monstrous stalks the secluded high-mountain lab, they'll face a terrifying enemyโ€”and a blazing sexual inferno they may not survive.

Colin Donovan is one of the FBI's most valuable deep-cover agents. Back home in Maine after his latest mission, a contact clues him in to an intrigue of murder, international art heists and long-held secrets that is too tempting to resist. As danger spirals ever closer, Colin is certain of only one thing--Emma Sharpe is at the center of it all.

For marine biologist Julianne Maroney, two weeks in tiny Declan's Cross on the south Irish coast is a chance to heal her broken heart. She doesn't expect to attract the attention of FBI agents Emma Sharpe and Colin Donovan, who are in Ireland for their own personal retreat.

When Ethan and Devin discover that their former colonel, Adam Bushnell, is responsible for both Lizbeth's and Julianne's pain, they call on their former fellow soldiers to hunt him down. As the men band together to earn the trust of the women they love, Lizbeth and Julianne seek the justice they deserve in a country longing to heal.

Stephanie Kendrick gave up her whole summer to ace her NYU film school screenwriting course, so she's pissed to be stuck with a preppy, spoiled frat boy as her writing partner. Then again, with her piercings, black-rimmed eyes, and Goth wardrobe, Stephanie isn't exactly Ethan Price's type, either. Fighting a battle that could tip the balance between two seperate worlds. hit close to home, one false move could put everything they've ever worked for in jeopardy.

Emotionally wounded single mom Sarah Price has come home to Serenity, South Carolina, for a fresh start. With support from her two best friends--the newest generation of the Sweet Magnolias--she can face any crisis.

When Sarah's grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Booโ€”hoping that one day she'll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school, away from their gritty London neighborhoodโ€”she quietly trains in city's parks and alleys. But then her grandfather falls ill, and Sarah must juggle horsemanship with school and hospital visits.

After a disastrous, short-lived engagement and years of caring for her ailing grandmother, Phoebe Hallsmith is resigned to spinsterhood. Or at least they were. As an employee of the Everton Domestic Society of London, Phoebe accepts a position at the country home of an old friend and discovers an estateโ€”and a lord of the manorโ€”in a state of complete chaos.

After Phoebe Kitzke's kind heart gets her suspended from her job in LA, she swears off doing favorsโ€”until her best friend begs for help on the family ranch in Fool's Gold. Unfortunately, sexy cowboy Zane Nicholson isn't exactly thrilled by the city girl's arrival.

Chapter 14: Flamingo Diner

Emma ๐Ÿ”— Jake ๐Ÿ”— Eve ๐Ÿ”— Xavier ๐Ÿ”— Amanda ๐Ÿ”— Jesse ๐Ÿ”— Virginia ๐Ÿ”— London ๐Ÿ”— Danny ๐Ÿ”— Snyder ๐Ÿ”— Lindsay ๐Ÿ”— Asia

It began with a chance meeting and led to a date at a small French restaurant in a city by the sea. With JB's eyes on the championship that will redeem his career, compromise is out of the question. As their play intensifies, so does their bond.

What really happened after the clock struck midnight? As Emma grapples with her out-of-control family, the responsibility of keeping Flamingo Diner afloat and a pair of well-meaning senior-citizen sleuths, she finds support from an unlikely source.

As if meeting his birth mother and discovering he has a twin brother isn't enough to test a man, Jake Morrow's short one ranch cook. So when pregnant Emma Hurley comes looking for a job and whips up the best steak dinner he's ever had, Jake hires her on the spot. And when Emma's father demands she marry or lose her family farm, Jake stuns Emmaโ€”and himselfโ€”by proposing.

For Jake, holiday memories of brightly wrapped gifts, decorated trees and family gatherings were destroyed in a Christmas Eve tragedy years before. Now Christmas means only one thing to him--and to his father. and sweltering guys with rippling muscles doing what they do best. Because they need a Christmas miracle to keep the business afloat.

Jilted bride Tilly Rogers hopes her luck is changing when she's offered a prestigious catering contract for billionaire businessman Xavier Moretti's New Year's Eve party. Which is a bad idea.

If she's proved to be royalty then Xavier will have to keep his distance, but he's been bound by royal command to protect Amanda until the truth is discovered. Keeping Amanda safe is his new mission--and where could be safer than in his own arms?

Posing as Amanda's driver, undercover cop Jesse McCall is assigned to watch the mobster's daughter. But he can't ignore Amanda's heart-wrenching effort to bring her child home, nor her siren's call luring him ever closer. As a cop, Jesse has a duty to fulfill. But as Amanda's lover, he'll protect her and her baby from all harmโ€”even if it means breaking the law.

The privileged daughter of a Virginia plantation owner, Kiernan Miller can't imagine that her idyllic life will ever change--nor her days in the company of her devastatingly handsome neighbor, Jesse Cameron, a boy who returns her desire, kiss by tempestuous kiss. Then Jesse commits the one sin that Kiernan can never forgive: He abandons his roots for the Union army. Though Kiernan marries another, a part of her will always love the rebel in blue.

London can't let anything stop her from returning to Virginia at the end of the semester...not even the irresistible father of her unborn child. How can she tell Tyler the truth about why she can never live happily-ever-after on his cattle ranch? But London's about to find out how far one determined cowboy will go to fight for her and the future of their family.

When Danny, a young woman who grew up on the streets of London with no memory of her real family, is banished from her gang because she helped handsome rakehell Jeremy Malory steal back the jewels his friend lost in a card game, Danny demands that Jeremy give her a job. But would they at least make it to the altar? Intrigued by her beauty and spunk, Jeremy hires Danny as his upstairs maid, although he wants her as his mistress.

Danny McMillan had hoped for a smooth transition at Wolcott, but the fiery Coach Snyder made that impossible. Every time he and Kate are in a room together, snark and sparks fly. Danny gets her frustration, but her pay grade isn't his problem, right? When Kate and Danny finally see eye to eye, their sparks turn into something even hotter...and they need to figure out if this is more than just a game.

People have started moving to Buffalo Valley, North Dakota โ€” people like Lindsay Snyder, who came as a teacher and stayed, marrying local farmer Gage Sinclair. And now Lindsay's best friend, Maddy Washburn, has decided to pull up stakes and join her in Buffalo Valley, hoping for the same kind of satisfaction. Or will the prince's enemies keep them from fulfilling a love neither thought possible?

Jacob MacArthur Catlin. A renegade ex-CIA agent whose name is still whispered in tones of hatred and admiration throughout Southeast Asia. Now it is his job to make sure Lindsay Danner succeeds. Not when our chemistry is irresistible!

When an NBA superstar tells his mistress, Asia Ingrum, that he's decided to honor his marriage vows, her shock quickly gives way to revenge...but her decision may come back to haunt their five-year-old daughter.

Chapter 15: Cultural Diversity Dance

Mia ๐Ÿ”— Logan ๐Ÿ”— Naomi ๐Ÿ”— Johnson ๐Ÿ”— Virginia

Can it be double the pleasure and double the fun, or is it just double the pain and double the heartache?

Mia Thermopolis is pretty sure there's nothing worse than being a five-foot-nine, flat-chested freshman, who also happens to be flunking Algebra. Is she ever in for a surprise.First Mom announces that she's dating Mia's Algebra teacher. Then Dad has to go and reveal that he is the crown prince of Genovia. And guess who still doesn't have a date for the Cultural Diversity Dance?

Mia Devlin knows what it is like to love with your whole heart - and then watch your love walk away. Years ago, she and Sam Logan shared an incredible bond built on passion, legend, and fate. But then one day he fled Three Sisters Island, leaving her lost in memories of the magic they shared - and determined to live without love.

For artist and free spirit Naomi Logan, sexy radio call-in host Rufus Meade is the wrong man at the wrong time. like the terrible night of partying four years ago that ended in tragedy. The only good thing to come out of it is a sizable following on social media.

Naomi Johnson has to walk away before she gives in to the chemistry with her infamous heartbreaker boss and opens her heart to yet more bruises. But on their last business trip to Dubai, Sev makes a shocking suggestion to relieve the tension between them: enjoy some overtime--in his bed!

Things are heating up between security expert Dillon Jones and the notorious Virginia Johnson! They're trying to find out who framed Dillon's brother for embezzlement. As they search for the truth, Dillon can't help but draw closer to feisty Virginia. Larger than life, exuding raw power.

When Gracie MacDougal returns to Seagull Point, Virginia, seeking to reform her workaholic ways, she discovers more than relaxation. Especially when something-or someone-starts taking out the city's shapeshifters. But one person stands between Gracie and her new goal...and he isn't budging.

Chapter 16: Rachel Brant

Lively and accessible, these guides are perfect for late-night studying and writing papers

Night after night, the visions kept Rachel Brant from sleepโ€”a hard-eyed outlaw straight out of the old West, claiming her as his woman. They're looking for a woman.

Chapter 17: Steffi

Walter ๐Ÿ”— Germany ๐Ÿ”— Anna ๐Ÿ”— Ward ๐Ÿ”— Felicity ๐Ÿ”— Harriet ๐Ÿ”— Redgrave

Seven years in the army will change a guy. Having a baby is no different.

Her best friend Lila is stuck dealing with her dream man's demanding ex-wife. Her free-spirited sister Steffi is adjusting after leaving her city life for the simplicity of the country. And her divorced parents, Walter and Honor, can barely stand each other.

After coming home at the end of World War II, Walter Mosca finds himself too restless for his civilian role in America. So he returns to Germany to find the woman he had once lovedโ€“and to start some kind of life in a vanquished country. But ahead of Walter stretches a dark landscape of defeat and intrigue, as he succumbs to the corrupting influences of a malevolent time. Out in the wilderness, there's no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas.

Among the group is eighteen-year-old Anna Emmerich, the daughter of Prussian aristocrats. There is her lover, Callum Finella, a twenty-year-old Scottish prisoner of war who was brought from the stalag to her family's farm as forced labor. And there is a twenty-six-year-old Wehrmacht corporal, who the pair know as Manfredโ€“who is, in reality, Uri Singer, a Jew from Germany who managed to escape a train bound for Auschwitz.

When Anna Trewayne wakes up in hospital with amnesia, the first person she sees is Ward Hunter. and why does it sometimes feel like the hardest thing in the world to do? But Ward is not who he seems. And as their relationship deepens and Anna's memory returns, deceptions threaten to destroy everything.

Felicity Ward is no stranger to secrets. She was raised in the Witness Protection Program, and her whole childhood was a lie. But sometimes even the best intentions can wind up going wonderfully awry.

In Victorian England, handsome Brook Edgerton is deeply in love with his young wife, Harriet. They live on a country estate in Leicestershire. Felicity, an attractive young widow living nearby, becomes Harriet?s best friend giving support when Harriet fails to carry a baby full term.

Outspoken American heiress Harriet Redgrave is undeniably bad ton. But how long can their bond last when it's not built on trust? And despite her grandfather's matchmaking intentions to the contrary, Harriet has no interest in being wooed for her wealth.

Balthazar will do whatever it takes to stop Redgrave and exact his long-awaited revenge against his killer. As Skye and Balthazar stand together to fight him, they grow closerโ€”first unwillingly, then undeniably. Balthazar realizes his lonely world could finally be changed by her.

Chapter 18: Esther Solar

The last thing they expect is a mind-blowing sexual inferno that ignites and threatens to burn down all their inhibitions.

Ever since Esther Solar's grandfather was cursed by Death, everyone in her family has been doomed to suffer one great fear in their lifetime. Esther's father is agoraphobic and hasn't left the basement in six years, her twin brother can't be in the dark without a light on, and her mother is terrified of bad luck.

Chapter 19: Tricia McCall

Conner ๐Ÿ”— Isabeau

They both have so much to lose will they be able to save each other...and survive.

Conner Creed knows exactly who he is: a hardworking rancher carrying on his uncle's legacy in Lonesome Bend, Colorado. But the three women have never been close. When he meets Tricia McCall, a newcomer to the small town, he discovers a kindred spirit who knows a thing or two of her own about living someone else's dreams. As they each struggle with their desires, together they might just find their own dreams in Lonesome Bend.

Isabeau Chandler is a Borneo shifter who's never forgiven Conner -- or forgotten him. The mating urge is still with her, and when she crosses Conner's path, passions burn like wildfire. But as Conner's mission draws Isabeau closer, another betrayal lies waiting in the shadows -- and it's the most perilous and intimate one of all.

Bewitched by the man's dreams of his beautiful daughter, the Beast devises a plan to lure her to the chรขteau. There, Isabeau courageously exchanges her father's life for her own and agrees to remain with the Beast for a year. But even as their time together weaves its own spell, the Beast finds winning Isabeau's love is only the first impossible step in breaking free from the curse.

Chapter 20: Ashby Templeton

Dan ๐Ÿ”— Lucy ๐Ÿ”— Gaines ๐Ÿ”— Russell ๐Ÿ”— Marshall ๐Ÿ”— Lady ๐Ÿ”— Stefan ๐Ÿ”— Frank ๐Ÿ”— Elle ๐Ÿ”— Scanlon ๐Ÿ”— Matt ๐Ÿ”— Gauthier ๐Ÿ”— Corey ๐Ÿ”— Mendez ๐Ÿ”— Luke

Under the gaze of the ton! And sooner or later, something has to give.

Though Ashby Templeton wanted a husband and a baby more than anything, she drew the line at Dan Dawson. The handsome cowboyโ€”who loved telling Ashby to "lighten up"โ€”wasn't exactly the serious, settling-down sort she'd hoped to find at the church singles group. Yet in a town of lonesome cowboys in want of wives, Dan was the only one asking her for a date. And asking for a chance to show Ashby that he could make all her dreams come true.

After discovering that someone saw what looked like Dan's emergency EpiPen in A-lister Plum's designer handbag, Scarlett and her tough American sidekick, Taylor, sneak into a posh London nightclub, where Plum has a private table. Scarlett is stunned to discover a piece of evidence that might implicate another girl in Plum's exclusive circle, Lucy Raleigh. Which means Scarlett must cast a wider net in order to catch the right suspect.

When the woman who left him comes back desperate for help, sexy billionaire Rush Grayson is thrilled. He still wants and needs Lucy Gaines, but Lucy only needs his professional helpโ€”to rescue her abducted sister and nephew. The strong-willed independent woman thinks she's over Rush. One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passionโ€”and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe.

For eleven years the clock has been ticking for Russell Gaines as he sits in Parchman Penitentiary in the Mississippi Delta. Keep your friends close...and your husband closer. They need a loving home.

An anonymous note demands millions of dollars--and in return, Lynley Marshall can keep her life. Lynley turns to new police chief John Russell for protection. But all that's about to change. What better way than a pretend romance?

The saloon singer known as Lady Gone Bad is the most drop-dead gorgeous outlaw the West has ever seen. But it's totally worth it. But when Lady tangles with a sexy U.S. Marshall, she's tempted to stick around long enough to watch him lay down the lawโ€”in her bed.

The bastard son of a Spanish pirate, Stefan Navarro has had to fight hard for his revered position at court. But the twins quickly discover that the secrets, lies, and gossip they thought they'd outrun can travel between islands just as easily as they can. By the command of the King, Stefan must marry Lady Morag Stenholm--but first he has to remove her husband.

During a frisky game of paintball, Stefan makes it clear that he doesn't care about the rules. Not the rules of the game, and definitely not Frank's refusal to get involved. He captures Frank on the field using stealth and cunning, and makes it clear that he'll do anything to keep a hold of him off the field too.

But Frank is different in a way that Elle was never prepared for: he's transgender. And when Elle learns the truth, her world is turned upside down. Emotions are overrated, but the sex isn't.

Elle O'Meara's happy being a single mom to her adopted two-year-old, Charlotte. Even so, when Shane Scanlon starts coming in to her bakeshop, he becomes a bright spot in her days. The handsome former army medic even strikes up a friendship with her daughter, making Elle wonder if there's room in her life for the excitement he could bring.

Matt Scanlon just wants to be left alone to rebuild his life and his career. Or maybe it just needs a shower.

Tamryn came to the town of Gauthier to find the diary that could be the missing link to her grandmother and her enduring legacy. In the process, she stumbles onto the secrets of another family--secrets Matt will protect at any cost. As his sensual touch awakens Tamryn's deepest desires, will a revelation that could make her career cost Matt his political dreams--and their future together?

Fifteen years ago, Mya Dubois couldn't get out of her small Louisiana town fast enough. Especially after Corey Anderson showed her what heartbreak really was. Now a family tragedy has brought Mya home to Gauthier--and the man she vowed to forget forever. But when memories flame into rekindled desire, Mya is ready to flee again...before Corey discovers her painful secret.

Mysterious doors with lizard-head knobs. But for Corey Donahue, who'd witnessed her mother's murder as a child, it felt very menacing. Surprisingly, the one person she trusted to show the note to was a man merely renting a room from her--Austin Mendez. Traumatized since childhood, Corey had never trusted men...until Austin moved in.

Luke "Lucky" Mendez wants to protect Zora and her babies--he knows her ex won't suddenly turn into the husband she needs. Why couldn't they see what really matters in life? Can Lucky prove to Zora that he's the family man she and her babies deserve?

Falling for "Maddening Moira" O'Malley was the unexpected highlight of Luke O'Brien's Dublin holiday. So when she pays a surprise visit to Chesapeake Shores, Luke is thrilled...at first. A fling with this wild Irish rose is one thing, but forever? Decades later, they're still best friends.

Chapter 21: Annica

Earl

A totally buff hero-in-the-making who hasn'thad a woman in roughly a thousand years. As the murders pile up, Mojo's starting to discover secrets that even the dead don't want disturbed!

Marriage, like danger, could come when least expectedโ€ฆ For despite Lady Annica Sayles's determination to remain a spinster โ€” the better to avenge wronged women, the better to guard her heart โ€” her passionate response to Tristan Sinclair, the elusive Earl of Auberville, swept her into a web of intrigue and desire beyond her wildest imaginingsโ€ฆ!

The Earl of Llanover has come to London to take refused in his godmother's townhouse, free to be as awkward and grumpy as he wants. With his pet Corgi, Mr. Shorty, for company, Owen Dwyfor is ready for a quiet holiday away from his mother and sisters who would have him married off. That is, until his godmother's neighbor, Lady Pearl Howlett comes barging in to his solitude.

Chapter 22: Lynyrd

Heidi ๐Ÿ”— Rafe Stryker ๐Ÿ”— Princess ๐Ÿ”— Australia ๐Ÿ”— Kirby ๐Ÿ”— Fairchild ๐Ÿ”— Lucy ๐Ÿ”— Ryan ๐Ÿ”— Kristen ๐Ÿ”— Abbey ๐Ÿ”— Draycott ๐Ÿ”— Remy

How do we become who we are? If the truth got out, it would ruin everything.

Heidi, meanwhile, is a high school junior who dreams of being an artist, but has been drafted onto her basketball team because she's taller than many a grown man. For as long as she can remember, she's heard a voice in her head - one that sings Lynyrd Skynyrd, offers up bad advice, and yet is company during those hours she feels most alone.

Locked in an unexpected land dispute, Rafe Stryker is trapped in the one place he vowed never to return to--the Castle Ranch in Fool's Gold, California. He made millions facing ruthless adversaries in the boardroom, but nothing could've prepared him to go head-to-head against stubborn, beautiful Heidi Simpson. No one is more surprised than Rafe to discover that he's finding Heidi--and life as a cowboy--much more compelling than he wants to admit.

Steely security liaison Rafe Stryker scorns lasting love. A girl walks into a bar, soaking wet and wearing a wedding dress. Clearly, innocent Princess Zara wanted to be his woman, but taking her was tantamount to treason. But what will Leo choose when it's time to go home?

Eight years ago, Leah moved with her brother to the Arabian kingdom of Qatama, where she has served as Princess Samira's nursemaid ever since. However, on the night before Princess Samira's wedding to the neighboring nation of Zubani's Sheikh Sharif, Leah is brought before the king and accused of conspiring with her brother to kidnap the princess. To adopt the little boy, they must marry. But before Leah can board a plane back to Australia, she is apprehended by Sheikh Sharif, who seeks recompense for this disgrace.

An investigator for the Damask Circle, Doyle Fitzgerald, has come to Melbourne, Australia, to hunt down a killer. The definition of hands off. Doyle is certain that the reason behind the bloodshed lies in Kirby's past--a past she has no wish to remember. Because Doyle isn't the only one with magic in his soul: Kirby's special gifts have the strength to destroy the world.

Adam Haines was an artist visiting the Fairchild mansion to do some undercover digging, and that was a problem for a man who preferred to be straightforward. An even bigger problem was Kirby Fairchild, daughter of the world-famous painter he'd been sent to investigate. Stirring times for all the neighborhood.

Lucy Fairchild, lawyer and heiress to the Fairchild fortune, has just had the worst day of her life. Perpetual new girl at school. It's not like they have nine of them! But suddenly cute guys are popping up everywhere.

Since making the ultimate emotional sacrifice for her sister, counsellor Lucy Edwards has kept her feelings buried and her heart on lockdown. Enter neurosurgeon Ryan O'Doherty, complete with piercing blue eyes and roguish charm. Working with him on an emotive case brings all of Lucy's painful memories to the surface...and even closer to Ryan. Lucy's finally tempted to let someone in--but will their fragile relationship survive her most difficult revelation?

Now Ryan has returned, and folks are betting he and Kristen will be engaged before we can hang the holly. .where lust and love get wild. The photos seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary for any pretty young woman starting a modeling career. Will they still meet under the mistletoe when Kristen finds out who Ryan really is?

When Abbey's best friend, Kristen, vanishes at the bridge near Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, everyone else is all too quick to accept that Kristen is dead, and rumors fly that her death was no accident. Abbey goes through the motions of mourning her best friend, but privately, she refuses to believe that Kristen is really gone. Then she meets Caspian, the gorgeous and mysterious boy who shows up out of nowhere at Kristen's funeral, and who keeps reappearing in Abbey's life. Caspian clearly has secrets of his own, but he's the only person who makes Abbey feel normal againโ€”but also special.

Devastated by a colleague's death and drawn to a thirteenth-century mystery, FBI agent Sara Nightingale arrives at Draycott Abbey for research and a much-needed getaway. Only, there she meets Navarre, a warrior from the Crusades who has been sent forth to avenge the guardian ghost of the abbey. Navarre and Sara cannot deny the centuries-old connection they feel...or the danger that surfaces from both the past and the present.

Beautiful free-spirited Remy Draycott doesn't believe in happy-ever-afters. A former child prodigy, she's finally shaken free of the world's expectations and is determined to live for the moment...including one scorching, unforgettable night with handsome stranger Bo Tessier!

Pushed to the limit, with the lives of those she loves most on the line, Remy must decide whether to choose sides in a centuries-old war--or make the ultimate sacrifice and go to a place from which she may never return.

Chapter 23: Harper-Reynaud

Fiona ๐Ÿ”— Walsh ๐Ÿ”— Gabriella ๐Ÿ”— Carolina ๐Ÿ”— O'Halloran ๐Ÿ”— Berry ๐Ÿ”— Ridge ๐Ÿ”— Willow ๐Ÿ”— Alford ๐Ÿ”— Buchanan ๐Ÿ”— Lily ๐Ÿ”— Harwood ๐Ÿ”— Gabe ๐Ÿ”— Tessa ๐Ÿ”— Russo ๐Ÿ”— Keith ๐Ÿ”— Maddie ๐Ÿ”— Enzo ๐Ÿ”— Audrey

With their lives being played out in front of thousands of screaming fans, will the bodyguard and the rock star be able to see beyond the limelight to what is real?

Football star Henri Reynaud won't let his career go down without a fight. Sounds like easy advice to follow. But spending time with Fiona Harper-Reynaud isn't just some ruse. But acting on their undeniable attraction proves unwise now.

Fifteen years ago, Fiona Walsh made a choice: to give her daughter up for adoption. The ageless Carpathian male snatches them from a hideous fate. If everything you ever loved was taken from you?

Most women would be scared, but Gabriella's only worried about resisting Cruz Walsh, who's even hotter than he was back in high school. Cruz was wrongly accused of the high-profile crime for which he was imprisoned; Gabriella's desperate for the scoop that will get her career off the ground and get her out of Sweet Hill, where everyone still remembers her as "Flabby Gabby." Being stuck in a supply closet with Cruz is the perfect opportunity to land an interview. What Bri doesn't count on is Cruz taking "up-close and personal" to a whole new level.

Facing a personal crisis, ambitious and driven Gabriella Castle retreats to the welcoming arms of her family. Everything she's worked for has been yanked out from under her, and she seeks the serenity of her grandmother's home on the North Carolina coast. Two step-siblings from different worlds.

Fire cop Tess Gannon is hot on the trail of a pyromaniac who's been setting buildings ablaze throughout Somersett, South Carolina, when ATF Special Agent Gage O'Halloran arrives on her fire scene. Coming out of a self-imposed exile, Gage suspects that Tess's "Flamemaster" is connected to a serial killed he apprehended three years ago.

Mystery author Holly Berry's SUV has broken down in the little hamlet of Santa's Village, Washington. Holly hates the holidaysโ€”that is until lodge owner Gabriel O'Halloran and his five-year-old daughter rekindle her belief in passion, magic, and Christmas wishes.

In Berry Ridge, Vermont, Beth Callahan had found a place to start over. It was time to come clean. A tidal wave of blood.

Housed in a rustic red barn, the Simple Gifts crafts shop celebrates the talents of the Amish of Willow Ridge--and the faith that inspires them. With prom and college on the horizon, tensions are running high.

Lindsey Alford moved to Willow Springs, Kentucky, to prove to all doubters (mostly her parents) that she's all grown up. Something her neighbor Walker Smith never questioned--those short shorts of hers!

Now a beautiful young woman, Gillian finds the key to resolving her past in handsome Scottish chieftains Ramsey Sinclair and Brodick Buchanan. With the cunning and courage of the daring Scotsmen, and with the friendship of a new ally, Bridgid KirkConnell, Gillian at last fights the unscrupulous Baron Alford, laying claim to her home, her family, and her father's reputation. But in the presence of the mighty warrors, Gillian and Bridgid discover that desire can be a weapon of conquest, betrayal can slay trust in a heartbeat, and the greatest risk of all is to surrender to unexpected love.

For Kit Buchanan, the past few years have been hellish! But the payoff is worth it. Clearly he needs to get Lily out of his system once and for all!

Miss Lillian Harwood has lived much of her life alone in a gilded cage, longing for love and companionship. When an artist offers her pretty promises and begs her to pose for a scandalous portrait, Lily doesn't hesitate. or just a vacation from reality? With the painting now public, Lily has no choice but to turn to the one man who might save her from ruin.

Single mom Eden Harwood has a lively daughter, a blooming businessโ€”and a juicy secret she's hung on to for ten years. Only problem is, they're falling in love. until six-foot-infinity, smoldery-eyed, bass-voiced Gabe Caldera reminds her of what she might be missing.

The more he gets to know herโ€”and the more they get under each other's skinโ€”the more Gabe doubts that Tessa could be the culprit. Now they must decide if what they have is worth fighting for! Because as they get closer to danger, Gabe risks the one thing he fears: falling for Tessa.

Tessa Russo is the mother of two young children and the wife of a renowned pediatric surgeon. Despite her own mother's warnings, Tessa has recently given up her career to focus on her family and the pursuit of domestic happiness. Together they help each other rebuild their lives.

With exceptional talent and looks, cowboy "horse whisperer" Keith Russo once had the world at his feet โ€” until his career was unwittingly destroyed by an aspiring filmmaker. After being rejected by his family for exploiting his Native American heritage, Keith has no choice but to turn back to his humble beginnings as a wild horse wrangler.

For retired tennis pro Keith Morgan, Harmony is a far cry from fast-paced Miamiโ€”which is exactly the point. Keith is starting a new life for himself and his daughter Maddie, and he's left the bright lights and hot women far behind. Bertie's exactly the kind of curvaceous temptation he doesn't need, and Keith refuses to let their sizzling attraction distract him from his goals. Keith and Bertie both have to learn that there's more than one kind of escape, and it takes more than wallpaper to turn a house into a home.

Soon, Maddie is on the trip of a lifetime with her over-the-top family. As they travel the globe, Maddie bonds with other passengers and falls for Enzo, who is processing his own grief. But despite the laughter, headiness of first love, and excitement of glamorous destinations, Maddie knows she is on the brink of losing Gram. The doctor was about to change all that.

What Audrey doesn't know is that Enzo expects the right candidate to become his wife--and high on the requirements list is sexual compatibility. While she's lusted after her enigmatic boss for years, will innocent Audrey risk everything to explore her irresistible attraction in the most unlikely interview process ever?

Miss Audrey Kennet is stunned by the news. First this kilted brute tells Audrey her father is dead, and next he insists she marry. But as Reid scours England for the most suitable husband, Audrey soon realizes the brave, brawny Scot is the only man she wantsโ€”though loving him means risking her lands, her freedom, and even her life.

Chapter 24: Lily Moran

Royal ๐Ÿ”— Georgina ๐Ÿ”— Anthony ๐Ÿ”— Roslynn ๐Ÿ”— Chadwick ๐Ÿ”— Laughlin ๐Ÿ”— Anderson ๐Ÿ”— Beckham ๐Ÿ”— Bree ๐Ÿ”— O'Brien ๐Ÿ”— August ๐Ÿ”— Pacific Heights ๐Ÿ”— Ray

When the pair is thrust together and chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: The things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

After years abroad, Royal has returned to Bransford Castle to find his father dying and the family treasury nearly empty. Then the old duke wrests a final promise from his guilt-ridden son: that Royal will marry heiress Jocelyn Caulfield and restore the estate to its former glory. However, it is not his fiancรฉe who quickens Royal's pulse, but rather her beautiful cousin Lily Moran.

Captain Quincy is a steady and reliable Royal Marines officer, decorated for gallantry after a mission that nearly killed her and the men under her command. At a crossroads in her career, Quincy reluctantly accepts when her old comrade, Queen Georgina, asks her to join the Royal Protection Command as the Queen Consort's new protection officer.

When Sir Anthony Malory's young daughter is abducted from London's Hyde Park, her kidnapper mistakenly sends the ransom note to the home of Sir Anthony's brother, James. With James and his wife, Georgina, in the Caribbean, the demands are received by their houseguest - Georgina's youngest brother, Boyd Anderson. Searching for the girl with Anthony, the notoriously hot-headed American sea captain fully intends to make the foolhardy villain pay. But he hardly expects to find exquisite Katey Tyler, recently a passenger on his ship, at the center of the plot!

A cunning, ruthless, yet irresistible rake, Anthony's sensual blue eyes speak of pleasures beyond her imagining - and Roslynn dearly wishes she dared to surrender to such a man. Ready to go all night long. But denying her heart may cost the exquisite Highlands lady an unparalleled love hotter than flame and more precious than the rarest jewel.

Scottish beauty Roslynn Chadwick needs the safety of marriage to protect her from an unscrupulous cousin and the fortune-hunting scoundrels who covet her wealth. And Anthony Malory is precisely the sort of handsome rogue she's been warned against.

After years of playing the tormented actor Joe Laughlin on the hit television show Shadowland, Hollywood star Robin Chadwick Cassidy is ready for a change. Joe's character embodies the real demons of Robin's past--his struggle with his sexuality, his battle with alcoholism--and portraying the part has taken a heavy toll on his personal life. Robin's husband, FBI agent Jules Cassidy, has noticed the strain and will do whatever he can to make Robin happy. And what Robin has in mind will forever transform his career, his marriage, and his family.

It's obvious to Eli Laughlin that Victoria Anderson has misrepresented herself. But before he knows it, the bespectacled brunette sneaks into his heart, making him throb with the urge to taste her sweetness. When he advertised for a wife with ranching experience, he never expected to land anyone as intoxicatingly lovely as Tori. Secrets that have a price.

Reyna Carpenter was twenty-one when she became a live-in blood escort for the ruthless and darkly handsome vampire Beckham Anderson. Or will the pain of the past keep them from finding their happily ever after?

When a massive hurricane severs all power and cell service to Little Bridge Islandโ€”as well as its connection to the mainlandโ€”twenty-five-year-old Bree Beckham isn't worried. Now is the time for happily-ever-afters, right? Sometimes wars of the heart can only be won through the sweetest of surrenders.

When her last two plays are dismal failures and her relationship with her temperamental mentor falls apart, writer Bree O'Brien abandons Chicago and the regional theater where she hoped to make a name for herself to return home. Opening Flowers on Main promises to bring her a new challenge and a new kind of fulfillment.

In August Is a Wicked Month, Edna O'Brien's lyric, languid prose creates a character at once ordinary and mythic, struggling to forge her own path not as a wife, mother, mistress, or loverโ€”but as simply, assuredly herself.

The police are convinced that Julia Ransom was guilty of the brutal murder of her husband, renowned psychic August Ransom. A beast of a man with a cold heart. One afternoon she walks from her Pacific Heights home to Fisherman's Wharf, alone, unwatched - and, she realizes, happy. Standing at the railing on Pier 39, she savors the sounds around her - tourists, countless seals on the barges - and for a moment enjoys the sheer normalcy of it all.

Abigail McCormick and Ray Stark are both poets, married nearly twenty-five years in what has always been a passionate relationship despite deep class differences. Ray is the son of West Virginia coal miners and was abused as a childโ€”but now he is a distinguished poet with a part-time position at Brown. Abby grew up in San Francisco's posh Pacific Heights and, having abandoned poetry, she spends her energy on a new teaching position at UC Berkeley. Abby's decision to accept the post sets the stage for Ray to stray, especially as he struggles with a heart condition.

For Colin Ray, choosing a new woman is like going to the grocery store. In the world of the Were-Hunters, it really is dog-eat-dog. That is until he runs into Emily. Especially when protection meant they'd be staying in the safe house together.

Chapter 25: Sergio Burzi

London ๐Ÿ”— Macleod ๐Ÿ”— Kenzie ๐Ÿ”— Keith ๐Ÿ”— Destiny

They are bitter enemies, but in a harsh land a forbidden passion flares between the trio, one that has the power to heal their ravaged souls if it doesn't destroy them first.

When Sergio Burzi's table at an exclusive London restaurant is invaded by a stunning woman fleeing a blind date, he's intrigued. Candid, innocent artist Susie Sadler is nothing like the women he normally dates. Her punishment: exile.

One summer in the sixties, in a staid suburb south of London, nineteen-year-old Paul comes home from university and is urged by his mother to join the tennis club. There he's partnered with Susan Macleod, a fine player who's forty-eight, confident, witty, and married, with two nearly adult daughters. She is a warm companion, her bond with Paul immediate. So beautiful and so vulnerable.

Kenzie Macleod has spent her whole life hiding what she is, and she's not about to open up to any man, even one as powerfully attractive as wildlife expert Josh Talarkoteen. But legend says that a Changeling cannot escape the call of her true mate, even in the wilderness of backcountry Alaska.

They say you can't go home again, but Keith O'Connell wasn't worried about staying. Its citizens, too, have fallen on hard times. Of course, hiring estate sale specialist Kenzie Bradshaw meant the possibility of creating new memories before he left. Especially once the Matchmaking Mamas hatched a plan.

Keith has some "things" to deal with, and the people in his life are dark and duplicitous enough to take matters into their own hands, determined to keep Billie from having her baby. Billie suddenly finds herself confronted, attacked, run off highways, threatened, and shadowed. Keith still has ties to his manipulative wife, Carmen, and he adores his fifteen-year-old daughter, Destiny. An attraction that's as risky as it is intense--for both of them.

Despite the wealth and power of his remarkable family, Ben Carlton stayed hidden away in rural Virginia with only his artistic talent and his troubled memories for company. But when he met beautiful gallery owner Kathleen Dugan at the urging of his matchmaking aunt Destiny, his wounded heart began to openโ€”yet he couldn't completely forget the tragedies of his past.

Chapter 26: Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini

Gabe ๐Ÿ”— Felicity ๐Ÿ”— Sawyer ๐Ÿ”— Janner ๐Ÿ”— Tori ๐Ÿ”— Stewart ๐Ÿ”— Texas ๐Ÿ”— Brock ๐Ÿ”— Lois ๐Ÿ”— Shelton ๐Ÿ”— Parker

As the riotous festivities begin, their passion is reinvoked, but can a little Christmas magic restore their lost trust?

Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She's starting senior year at the top of her class, she's a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she's got a new boyfriend she's crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

Then Felicity's life gets a shake-up when her childhood friend Gabriel Flanagan returns unexpectedly to their tiny hometown. Now a high-flying businessman, Gabe always vowed to get out of Knights Bridge, but he is back for the local entrepreneurial boot camp Felicity's been hired to organize. Then the killer strikes again.

"Please be my ma for Christmas." Felicity Sawyer can't resist little Gertie's heartfelt letter. Tate Winters seeks a bride for Gertie's sake, not his own. But as his reserve thaws before Felicity's sunny optimism, this new family learns that togetherness is the best way to celebrate the season.

Concerned for his orphaned twin brothers, outdoor-gear shop owner Sawyer Banks urges new employee Tori Janner to apply for the nanny position their grandparents are advertising...and spy for him. With plans to start over in Hunter Ridge and dreams of reviving her quilting business, Tori takes the jobโ€”but refuses to report to Sawyer unless the boys' welfare is in danger. Together, they propel two young women to chase a new lifeโ€”one that's reimagined from what they might have become. The broken glass washes away the sorrow until there is nothing but calm.

Concerned for his orphaned twin half brothers who reside with their grandparents, Sawyer Banks recruits Tori Janner as their nannyโ€”and to provide intel. Tori wants no part in spying, yet after spending time with the boys and their brother, she starts to long for something elseโ€”to become a mother and wife.

Single mom Tori Stewart doesn't know her housekeeper, former army man Seth Lewis, has many other creative uses for the feather duster. Including the woman who's become a target. Now Tori can't stop fantasizing about the housekeeper/exotic dancer--who's proving to be so much more than the sum of his spectacular parts.

Born to a white father and his Indian bride, Long Quiet believed his destiny lay with his Comanche brothers. But his heart secretly belonged to Bayleigh Stewart, daughter of the richest cotton planter in Texas, who'd been abducted by a marauding brave and sold to the highest bidder. But sometimes even the best intentions can wind up going wonderfully awry.

Every time Brock McCauley locks eyes with Zoe Onella, his heart aches. Though Zoe explains why she skipped town, leaving him at the altar years ago, Brock refuses to go down that road again. After all, she's only back in Anniversary, Texas, to help investigate the bizarre disappearance of her best friend, Shayna.

These new offerings of cosmic terror come from many of the genre's greatest modern acolytes, including Jason V Brock, Donald R. Burleson, Mollie L. Burleson, Peter Cannon, Sam Gafford, Richard Gavin, Lois Gresh, Mark Howard Jones, Caitlรญn R. Kiernan, Joseph S. Pulver, Sr., Darrell Schweitzer, Jessica Amanda Salmonson and W. H. Pugmire, Simon Strantzas, Brian Stableford, Jonathan Thomas, Donald Tyson, and Don Webb.

Only now the real surprise at Ace's party was one of the guests--Eloise. Far from being an ordinary tourist, Eloise was none other than international sex symbol Lois Shelton...and Lois had another secret she was determined to keep. In fact, they argue constantly.

Parker Shelton pretty much has the perfect life. She's on her way to becoming valedictorian at Hundred Oaks High, she's made the all-star softball team, and she has plenty of friends. Let's just say that it is someone well-known to this reporter.

There's Bode Jessup, part brother and part idol, who has become a wildly attractive man. Next is Brie Canfield, Callie's freckle-faced playmate, now an FBI agent with a life of her own. Last is shy waif Sela Bronson, whose only reason for returning to Parker Manor is to escape an unhappy marriage.

Chapter 27: Dr. Julia Cates

Washington ๐Ÿ”— Senator Nick Cappuano ๐Ÿ”— Holland ๐Ÿ”— Regina ๐Ÿ”— Adam ๐Ÿ”— Rowan

"A perfect summer read [that] brims with heart. But as the battle for power between them heats up, rivalry soon turns to insatiable passion.

Until recently, Dr. Julia Cates was one of the preeminent child psychiatrists in the country, but a scandal shattered her confidence, ruined her career, and made her a media target. When she gets a desperate call from her estranged sister, Ellie, a police chief in their small western Washington hometown, she jumps at the chance to escape.

With the week of their wedding finally upon them, Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her fiancรฉ, Senator Nick Cappuano, are at odds. Tyler...is an absolute master of the genre! When a new clue into a cold case surfaces, Nick asks Sam not to take any foolish chances before the wedding and to leave it alone for the time being.

With the week of their wedding finally upon them, Washington, D.C., Police Lieutenant Sam Holland and her fiancรฉ, Senator Nick Cappuano, are at odds. but will love be the real prize? When a new clue into a cold case surfaces, Nick asks Sam not to take any foolish chances before the wedding.

The only thing J.T. McCall cares about is cattle. He's always been the responsible brother and has been running the family-owned Sundown Ranch for years. He's as authentic a cowboy as they comeโ€”and Regina Holland knows it.

Adam isn't convinced. Regina might be unconventional, but she has wit, spirit and warmth. His job was to make sure Regina chose from the men he escorted to Texas--not to marry her himself! The only problem is the other thing.

On the first day of school, Rowan is stunned when Adam saunters into her French class. And they both want you? But Adam doesn't recognize her as a makeup-free, glasses-clad college studentโ€”a far cry from the beautiful, mysterious "Peach" he met at his concert.

When college freshman Rowan Michaels meets gorgeous, up-and-coming rock star Adam Everest, she knows a player like him is the last thing she needs after her ex-boyfriend shattered her heart. Years transformed what we had into something comfortable and worn.

Chapter 28: Mia Redmond

Ready or not...they're a family now! World-famous for its pastrami, cole slaw, and for its disappearing managers.

The cosy market town of Heatherdale is a refuge for pediatrician Mia Redmond. Alone and penniless, her only hope is a once elegant Victorian house to restore and sell...much to the interest of her new neighbour--and new boss--consultant pediatrician Ryan Ferguson!

Chapter 29: Samuel Hartley

Emeline ๐Ÿ”— Rogan ๐Ÿ”— Elijah ๐Ÿ”— Tallulah ๐Ÿ”— Cassandra ๐Ÿ”— Sean ๐Ÿ”— Brandi ๐Ÿ”— Collins ๐Ÿ”— Maxine ๐Ÿ”— Ryan

โ€“ And above all, an engagement shall not be consummated before the marriage ceremony!

Samuel Hartley may be wealthy, but his manners are as uncivilized as the American wilderness he was raised in. Or will one reckless moment ruin both their lives? His arrogant disregard for propriety infuriates Emeline, even as his boldness excites her.

Rogan is more than eager to have Emeline in his care, but his urge to protect her grows into a yearning to possess her--body and soul. Surrendering completely to love, they cannot foresee that something very sinister threatens to destroy them, for Simon will stop at nothing to control his stepdaughter's fate. It's satisfying, lucrative work, but it can be emotionally draining at times.

Luke Rogan's assignment is simple: secure young Elijah Scoffield and his mother and bring them back to headquartersโ€”just an ordinary mission for an operative of the Dark Alliance. But Elijah is no ordinary kid. He's the grandson of one of the country's most influential politiciansโ€”a man privy to the Alliance's most valuable secrets, including its centuries-long connection to the Knights Templar. It's kill or be killed.

Even more exciting is that pop-art It girl Tallulah Kayson will unveil her newest masterpiece at their very own inaugural luncheon. But when they run into Tallulah's mysterious boyfriend, Elijah Traymore, hitting on their friend Coco McCaid, something doesn't feel right. And when Elijah plunges to his death from the hotel penthouse, that feeling is confirmed.

Feel the pea through this bed and win the heart of the man you'll wed. the Fitzgeralds -- Dick and Vanessa and their unruly brood of rugrats who have suddenly been entrusted into Jo's care. There's eight-year-old "psycho-babe" Cassandra; bloodthirsty Zak, the six-year-old Terminator; and timid little Tallulah.

Sean would rather be trapped in a bank vault than accept help from the infuriating Cassandra. Since then your soul has been seeking rest.

Brandi is a very attractive woman and part of a shameful past that Sean desperately tries to forget. But the temptation to rekindle their steamy romance becomes very hard for Sean to resist and the persistent Brandi will not be stopped. When you're faced with being homeless and hungry or taking off your clothes for money, the choice is easier than you'd imagine.

No one dumps Brandi Collins! After being left at the altar, the Nashville high school teacher plans to get back at her ex by undergoing a major transformation. With all eyes watching him, the threat of exposure grows. And she?s got an ?in?

Common sense tells Maxine she shouldn't put her heart in the hands of the man who once left it broken in pieces--and risk losing the love and devotion of Taylor Collins, who not only brings her joy, but the kind of love she always longed for. Is Taylor her real love or a substitute for what she lost? As Maxine struggles against Quinn's passionate pleas, and the old desires ignite between them, she must decide if what they have is strong enough to last this time, or if her feelings are only...pieces of dreams.

The beginning of a very long journey...together? Even the secret Ryan hides isn't enough to keep Maxine from working her way into his heartโ€”and his bed.

Tabloid scandals have driven TV star Ryan Hertzog to North Carolina's Outer Banks, where he's hiding out doing summer stock at his cousin's seaside theater. When a hookup with local handyman Trey Donovan results in Ryan being photographed butt naked, he vows to keep his pants on and his hands off Trey. How was he supposed to know Trey would turn out to be the summer stock set builder?

Chapter 30: Greenley

Luke ๐Ÿ”— Collier ๐Ÿ”— Atlanta ๐Ÿ”— David ๐Ÿ”— Max ๐Ÿ”— Samantha

With immortality comes a craving that can't be satisfied, a need never fulfilled. But maybe, with a little help, that'll change.

High school junior Jenny Greenley is good at solving other people's problems. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses. But when nineteen-year-old screen sensation Luke Striker comes to Jen's small town to reserach a role, he creates havor that even levelheaded Jenny isn't sure she can repair. especially when he asks her, and not Jenny's Luke Striker-groupie best friend, to the Clayton High Spring Fling.

Luke Collier knows his duty. Will Lily face motherhood alone? Megan Trayhern is his corpsman, but the beautiful redhead can't be anything more. Luke has already given his heart once, and he understands the toll the corps can take on a woman, on a romance...on a marriage.

When single mom Kennedy St. James stumbles across the brutal murder of an assistant district attorney, she narrowly escapes with her life. Certain that Atlanta's finest can catch the culprits without her help, she intends to fade into obscurity. But sexy homicide detective Maxwell Collier isn't about to let her off the hook--or out of his sight.

Summer Kennedy is a power player in Atlanta, GA. She has been on a journey of self-discovery since she was old enough to remember. Two stubborn opponents with tender souls. Working side by side with powerhouse lawyer and best friend David Hall, an openly bi-sexual black male, Summer feels a spark with David that dares to challenge the laws of attraction. Can Summer lose herself in David's erotic call?

Frannie and David Young have been married over twenty years, have two kids, busy jobs, a house in the suburbs and a dog named Max. A relationship, a special kind of relationship, was something else altogether. Readers will unleash their fantasies of olden days where men wearing heavy armor or thick tartans sent a spirited young maiden's (or lonely widow's) heart fluttering. Frannie and David switch off planning dates, depending on the NFL's schedule and how the planets are aligned that particular month.

One night isn't enough for successful entrepreneur Max Ridgeway. The day one eighteen-year-old gunman would change the lives of an entire town. When they meet again, their attraction is undeniableโ€”-until his stepbrother goes missing, and Max realizes that Samantha isn't who she seems. But they must trust each other to trap a ring of bloodthirsty kidnappers before the nightmares that terrorize Sam become irrevocably real.

Blake was tracking the Rose Killer in order to forget the woman he couldn't save. How can you not feel connected to the characters when they are so well written? Convincing Samantha "Sam" Dawson to help was only half the battle. The homecoming of a lifetime.

Chapter 31: Head Girl

Amelia

Unearthly is a moving tale of love and fate, and the struggle between following the rules and following your heart.

Seventeen-year-old Amelia and her best friend Cate have worked at the stand every summer for the past three years, and Amelia is "Head Girl" at the stand this summer. When Molly passes away before Amelia even has her first day in charge, Amelia isn't sure that the stand can go on. That is, until Molly's grandnephew Grady arrives and asks Amelia to stay on to help continue the business... but Grady's got some changes in mind.

Independence means everything to Amelia, who has been burned in love before. What does this woman really want? But does the ever-practical Amelia dare to go from bride-finder to wife?

Chapter 32: Lovell

Jim ๐Ÿ”— Carter ๐Ÿ”— Jamie ๐Ÿ”— James ๐Ÿ”— Wentworth ๐Ÿ”— London

including the man's beautiful sister! Now those witnesses are becoming victims themselves. Will attempted revenge result in true love?

While on assignment, Detective Jim Lovell found greener pastures in Colorado. His life had been full of accidents, but none more surprising than his collision with six-foot-tall beauty Crystal Alton. Jim believed God had guided him to paradise. But would Crystal turn him away when she discovered why he came to town?

Carter and Claire, and Jim and Liz are their usual (un)helpful selves and are full of advice for the discontented duo, wanting nothing more than to help restore order to the usually happy couple's lives.

After knocking her down while rushing to catch the 6:07 from London, Jamie Duncan bandages Teri Carter's knee, buys her new stockings, seats her on the train with her foot in his lap and taxis her home from the station. Is it crazier to want something more?

James Lassiter has had a crush on fellow culinary student Ethan Martin for three years, but has never had the guts to make a move. When the unthinkable happens, they realize what they've created: not just a knitting club but a sisterhood. Now that bad boy chef Ethanโ€”who is always vying with Jamie for best in classโ€”is struggling with the pastry course, Jamie suddenly has a reason to reach out.

James">It could be a terrorist threat. He is James Langdon, the Duke of Wentworth, and though I may sound dramatic, he makes me feel as no man ever has before.

All London is at Julia Wentworth's feet--and anything she desires is hers for the asking. One moment, they were shyly flirting on a lake raft, finally about to admit their feelings to each other after years of yearning.

After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goalโ€”to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement...which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

Chapter 33: Cleure

Helios ๐Ÿ”— Stavros ๐Ÿ”— Andrea ๐Ÿ”— Candace ๐Ÿ”— Kozminski ๐Ÿ”— Milek ๐Ÿ”— Vegas ๐Ÿ”— Stanford

But at Christmas, a surprise revelation and a baby-to-be bring them both comfort. Prepare to be swept away.

Breaking news: From the depths of the palace come whispers of a threat to Agon. It's public knowledge that Crown Prince Helios is bound to marry the princess of Monte Cleure, but will the discovery of his secret lover, Amy Green, shatter the kingdom?

This Christmas, all pop star Meghan Frost wants is Gabriel Stavros. But little does she know that the hunk who runs the Archangel casino is really a Helios. Can a baby reunite them? Dare she believe in some holiday magic that could unite the unlikeliest of allies?

What if the only way you could make your father's last wish come true. Andrea always thought love happened to other people--but after two bliss-filled days with Stavros she knows her feelings run deep. Is Andrea brave enough to throw off her past and step into the future--with Stavros by her side?

Is it the perfect escape? Andrea is grounded for getting her older brother to buy booze for her, Paul is having panic attacks, Roemi has been stood up by his Internet date, and Candace is busy tagging a building (before she gets collared by a particularly tenacious cop). Now, three years later, they hardly talk anymore.

The ruse and the ring! At least that's what Candace Baker tells herself after being scorned by fellow bodyguard Garek Kozminski. And her hot Payne Protection coworker hasn't just returned to his lawless ways...but his old girlfriend, too! Heartbroken, Candace is determined to send Garek back where he belongs--jail.

Walking away from then-fiancรฉe Amber Talsma was one of the hardest things sexy bodyguard Milek Kozminski ever had to do. But it was nothing compared to the shock of hearing she'd been killed in a car accident alongside the son Milek knew, deep down, was his.

There's one exception to Karl Milek's rule--the Vegas weekend that leaves him with a night to remember, and a beautiful new wife he'd rather forget. Using their visions of the future, they ended wars and united nationsโ€”until the day, one hundred years ago, when the Prophets disappeared.

Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can't trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who's moved them all to Las Vegas. It's just the two of them: Paris, who's always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mindโ€”going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn't going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.

Werewolf Nate Stanford is riddled with guilt over his brother Rick's death...so much so that when he meets his mateโ€”Deputy Sheriff Jared Ambroseโ€”he rejects him, believing he is not good enough for Jared and not worthy of being loved. And the girl most likely to have everything under control.

Chapter 34: Hawthorn Greenwood

Felicity ๐Ÿ”— Wilcox ๐Ÿ”— Hawaii ๐Ÿ”— Jill ๐Ÿ”— McNair ๐Ÿ”— Alex ๐Ÿ”— Diego ๐Ÿ”— Hannah

Matchmaking Babies: Seeking forever families and speeding up the course of true love

Beneath a silent moon, a mysterious exile slips back into the city to complete a nefarious mission that began decades before. Hawthorn Greenwood, despite his straitened circumstances, would surely make a responsible, honorable offer of mariage--which Felicity could never accept. or kiss the boy next door?

Felicity Wilcox is determined to run Mr. Collington off her land, Though James's charm and devilish good looks are a serious distraction. Local law enforcement deems it suicide.

Paradise calls to Chase Wilcox. A man of science fascinated by the rebirth of life in the wake of cataclysmic natural upheaval, he is drawn to the lush beauty of the island of Hawaii and the secrets it holdsโ€”while escaping the destruction of his own personal world. A champion boxer, star of the baseball team and one of the most popular guys on campus. A woman who isn't her mother.

After her own wedding, Shelly sends her best friend, Jill Morrison, the dress--which is delivered to Jill's hotel in Hawaii. But at least the man she sat beside on the plane--gorgeous grouch Jordan Wilcox--can't be the man in question, can he? It's not easy fighting destiny.

When playboy Connor McNair watched his best friend marry Jill Darling, he never expected a second chance with the girl who got away. It takes a chunk out of a man's very soul to do the kinds of things war demands of you. It's just business...until Jill's sweet smile makes him question his loyalties and his feelings about a picket-fence lifestyle.

Seduction isn't part of Alex McNair's plan to earn his piece of his family's estate. Can Lucy ever find a way to become a hero? Nina and her little boy hold the key to Alex's future. Breaking the promise he made to his dying grandmother is not an option...but neither is breaking Nina's heart.

Alex Sullivan may be the San Diego Barracudas' resident playboy, but he hasn't been able to forget the woman who kissed him like her life depended on it ten months ago. Good girls don't visit sex shops. Because remember, wild nights with no strings attached are this man's specialty!

Gunslinger Caleb Houston is shocked when Hannah arrives in San Diego--he never expected to see her again! In the eyes of society, they're worlds apart, but can Caleb finally convince Hannah to put her own happiness first and trust in the power of the love they share?

The real problem, though, is Hannah. That will take the luck of the devil. Harmless pranks turn into total sabotage. You know, death, destruction and lots of other bad, bad things.

Chapter 35: Belize

Tammy ๐Ÿ”— Leon ๐Ÿ”— Chloe ๐Ÿ”— Aurora

Beautifully written, utterly compelling, and ultimately hopeful, The Impossibility of Us asksโ€”how brave can you be when your relationship is questioned by everyone you love?

Everyone and their brother has warned JAG agent David Patterson that Tammy is Ms. Hands-Off...which only makes him more determined to get very hands-on. But things heat up in the steamy jungles of Belize and their simple mission gets a whole lot more complicated. Now it's going to take everything David's got to protect the gorgeous she-cat who somehow managed to claw her way past his defenses...and into his heart.

Midwife Tammy has always had a weakness for tall, dark Italians, but now her priority must be her little boy. Dr. Leon Bonmarito arrives in Lyrebird Lake, brooding and cynical. However, one glimpse of the beautiful Tammy and he's hooked! Now Leon--with his scorchingly sexy smile--will do anything to win over the single mom!

Swept into a whirlwind marriage by powerful yet remote tycoon Leon Stephanides, Chloe fears she hasn't found the happy ending she longs for. So when his possessive stepsister comes between them, Chloe flees, believing she cannot compete for her husband's love.

Recently widowed Beau is bringing up his baby daughter alone, and Aurora's arrival is a gift. He's not ready to move on, but working with Aurora stirs long-buried desires. Can they really heal each other's heartsโ€”and make a family for baby Chloe?

Could this office romance lead to a journey down the aisle? Charismatic musicians are a dime a dozen, and Aurora left that world behind long ago. This is our family and we will fight for it with everything we have.

Chapter 36: Olivia Watterson

Gabe ๐Ÿ”— Adelia ๐Ÿ”— Serenity ๐Ÿ”— Annie ๐Ÿ”— Clay ๐Ÿ”— Junie ๐Ÿ”— Kenny ๐Ÿ”— Bailey ๐Ÿ”— Wingate ๐Ÿ”— Max ๐Ÿ”— Templeton ๐Ÿ”— Carrie ๐Ÿ”— Jonah

4) Discover that after-hours in a bridal shop is the ideal time to steal some heart-stopping kisses. Now she's a single mother, and he's back to persuade her to give up her pastry company. You live with fear, you live with guilt, and you live with nightmares. Diving back into modeling should be just the right distraction. Someone determined to stay detached. Together they wage a courtroom battle and win custody.

Bondage & Breakfast was a safe place for couples to explore BDSMโ€”until an arsonist almost destroyed it. While the inn is closed for repairs, owner Gabe McConnell allows injured firefighter Olivia Watterson to stay and recover as a favor to a mutual friend. But fate has other plans.

Gabe Franklin, back in town to make amends for past mistakes, has no intention of settling down, but Adelia's proving irresistible. Cheered on by their friends "the Sweet Magnolias," Gabe is bringing long-absent passion and laughter into Adelia's life. But all had chosen true love over their ancestral home.

Determined to build a new life for her family after her divorce, Adelia Hernandez has bought a home in the historic Swan Point neighborhood of Serenity. Promoted to manager of Main Street's most fashionable boutique, she feels revitalized and ready for a fresh start as a single mom. But barely into this new independent phase, she crosses paths with the sexiest man to hit Serenity in years.

For Ty, losing Annie was heartbreaking. Still, he can't imagine life without the three-year-old son whose mother left him for Ty to raise. Ty wants it all--Annie, his child and the future he'd dreamed about--and he's back home in Serenity to fight for it. But getting Annie to forgive and

But unfortunately for Clay, if he can't convince Annie to join his summer tour, his music label is going to drop him. At least there's a fireman on call. Annie has been avoiding the spotlight after her parents' tragic death, except on her skyrocketing YouTube channel. Clay's label wants to land Annie, and Clay has to make it happen.

Proper Southerner Harley June Beaumont had come to Vegas to be her best friend's maid of honor, so how had she woken up the next morning in bed with the best-looking man she'd ever known? She had absolutely no memory of the night before, but the "Junie loves Sam" tattoo on her hip told her she'd had quite a time, and so did her handsome bedmateโ€”who claimed to be her husband! She didn't even remember meeting firefighter Sam Clay, just dancing and drinking and having a good timeโ€”a good time that stopped well short of a trip to the tattoo parlor, much less the altar.

Smart but scarred, Kenny Kolodny yearns to awake from the nightmare of his smashed-up family: his mother is in an institution and forever away; his father is an abusive alcoholic; his brother lives abroad. Seventeen and alone, he hangs on the periphery of his world, until he makes a passionate connection with the troubled, beautiful, fiercely independent Junie Williamson. Kenny discovers in their highly charged, intensely erotic relationship a reality--and a capacity for caring--he has not known before.

Famous former NFL stars don't date single working moms like Bailey Voss. She'll allow herself to daydream about Kenny Scott's muscles and killer smile, but wanting more would lead to post-holiday regret. Then Kenny volunteers to run a toy drive with Bailey, and she learns that he's not just hot...he's also generous, funny, nice. But the hot new stable hand was a scandal waiting to happen.

Bailey Wingate's scheming adult stepchildren are surprised when their father's will leaves Bailey in control of their fortune, and war ensues. A year later, while flying from Seattle to Denver in a small plane, Bailey nearly dies herself when the engine sputters - and then fails.

Max Wingate is darkly, broodingly handsome--a perfect fit for his Italian surroundings. But his romantic charm and the fact that he rescues her still isn't enough to persuade Abigail Green to fall headlong into his arms.

Max Templeton had been tapped by the mysterious Blackwell Group to catch the one man who had escaped him. Packing his bags for Chicago, Max had to crack the case before another body turned up. Luckily, he had his new assistant Cassie Clark in tow.

Scott Walker doesn't have time for a relationship. But high school is still high school, complete with cliques, competition and cruelty. The last thing he needs is Carrie Jameson, the beauty he never forgot, arriving in Templeton Cove over the holidays with some unexpected news.

Two dollars' worth of trouble--that's what Carrie Adams had probably bought herself when she paid Jonah Longshadow's freedom. And though she knew it was madness, still she longed, body and soul, for that fevered dream to become realityโ€ฆ. She?ll be a super dork!

Despite the disapproval of her late husband's parents, Meredith Stoltzfus has become closer to Jonah Miller. Meredith knows he can never replace her first love, but Jonah is head over heels for Meredith and cares deeply for her baby. Besides, Jonah promises to be a good provider -- what Meredith needs for her son's future.

Chapter 37: Nicholas Aubry

Wendell ๐Ÿ”— Sharpes ๐Ÿ”— Emma ๐Ÿ”— Texas ๐Ÿ”— Karina ๐Ÿ”— Dante ๐Ÿ”— Angel ๐Ÿ”— Hunter ๐Ÿ”— Ryan ๐Ÿ”— Manning ๐Ÿ”— Laura ๐Ÿ”— Mountains ๐Ÿ”— Malone ๐Ÿ”— Rachel ๐Ÿ”— Harris ๐Ÿ”— Cherry

But it's here among the colorful characters of her uncle's world that Darcy begins to see something more in herself...if she has the courage to follow it.

Zienna Thomas has finally found a man with forever potential: Nicholas Aubry is charming, successful, easy on the eyes and tender in bed. Everything is great...until Nicholas introduces his longtime friend Wendell Creighton. Zienna already knows Wendell--every luscious inch of him. Once upon a time she'd thought Wendell was The One, but though they burned up the sheets together, he balked at a real commitment.

Emma Sharpe, granddaughter of world-renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a member of a small Boston-based FBI team. For a decade, Emma and her grandfather have been trailing a thief whose first heist was an ancient Celtic cross. Since then, the Sharpes receive a replica after every new theft--reminding them of their failure to capture their prey.

Emma Sharpe, granddaughter of world-renowned art detective Wendell Sharpe, is a member of a small Boston-based FBI team. For a decade, Emma and her grandfather have been trailing a thief whose first heist was an ancient Celtic cross. Since then, the Sharpes receive a replica after every new theftโ€”reminding them of their failure to capture their prey.

Emma Fairchild never expected to find trouble in sleepy Sagebrush, Texas. But when she's attacked and left for dead in her own diner, her childhood friend turned K-9 cop Lucas Harwood offers a chance at justice--and love.

When the mysterious Ms. Karina finds Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position at her girls' home in secluded West Texas. With no alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn't long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the woman's approval...and falling for Cain, the mysterious boy living in the basement.

With the Gaucho Cup to organize, Dante knows Karina is the best person for the job. Do not be offended by anything you read beyond this point. No one can hide under the glare of the Brazilian sun, and Dante plans to lift the lid on Karina's secret before he lifts the champion's cup!

Jordan Steele has no trouble establishing mastery over his stallions. When he hires Angel and Dante to shoot promotional photos for his stable, though, there's something about them that calls to his inner submissive. After a little flirtation and a photo session that gets almost too hot to handle, Angel and Dante are happy to show him the ropes. Making the brooding widower smile is priority one.

Angel has spent years on the run from one possessive alpha, and she has no intention of ever submitting to another--not even Hunter, the man who stars in her most erotic fantasies. Well, okay, except for this one time.

Famous photojournalist Ryan Hunter has come back to a family torn apart by mistrust and resentment - to the father who disowned him, to the brother who betrayed him, to the little boy who shares his features. Ryan, the charismatic "bad boy" son, has returned - stirring up past conflicts like a whirlwind...and throwing Kara Delaney's fragile, passionate heart into turmoil.

Working undercover has its advantages...especially when Ryan Manning encounters one of the most beautiful women he's ever seen. The investigative reporter took to the streets of Beverly Hills to expose the plight of the homeless. Now he's installed in Sage Alexander's fabulous luxury resort and spa...being given the royal five-star treatment by the hotel heiress herself!

Dedicated scientist Laura Manning's I.Q. They gradually share first kisses, first touches, first sexual experiences. But the gods are laughing now. And it's hard keeping her mind on the experiment and off what's under the lab coat of her research partner, Jay Cutler, whom she's working with to develop a libido suppressant for a society gone sex-madโ€”especially when Jay offers to act as a human guinea pig.

After barely escaping death when her plane crashed deep in the Rocky Mountains during a snowstorm, Laura Doyle is left with a lingering fear for her life. Her lover, FBI agent Cameron Winger, reassures her that he found her then and always will. But Laura is right to be afraid, because when their engagement is announced it signals to a madman that it's time for his killing spree to begin again.

Brilliant, driven surgical superstar Caroline Malone is desperate to recover from the injury that threatens to end her career, and she'll try anything that might help her healโ€”including a rest away from it all in the remote Davis Mountains of west Texas.

Rachel Malone's heart has been broken and stomped on by her cheating ex, and she's determined to never fall in love again. They will weave their way into your fantasies and spice up your cold winter nights. Doesn't sound like such a bad idea, especially when she's snowed-in with a gorgeous, sweet-talking Coleman.

Johnny Harris is home again, his too-tight jeans and damn-your-eyes belligerence honed to perfection by a ten-year stretch in federal prison for murder. Now he's out on parole and ready for the job Rachel Grant has promised him to help him begin a new life. Unlike the rest of the town, Rachel has always believed in her former student's innocence. What's worse, the brutal demon can only be tracked one way.

Just a few more weeks and accounting student Cherry Harris will officially get her master's degree and kiss her pink waitress uniform goodbye. The good witch with emerald eyes and fiery red hair has never dabbled in dark magic.

Fifteen years ago, Joe Capelli left town to make his way in Hollywood--leaving Mary Jane Cherry behind to nurse her secret crush. Dinners, dates, and evenings at the beach. But guilty secrets and long-buried resentments changed all that.

Chapter 38: Vidra

Matt ๐Ÿ”— Harte ๐Ÿ”— Platinum Society ๐Ÿ”— York ๐Ÿ”— Abraham ๐Ÿ”— Serena

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Plastic surgeon Whitney Vidra knows all about getting over a cheating ex. Or will the new year be filled with love's sweet promise? What will she do when she learns her "regular guy" boyfriend is really a maverick millionaire? Until she meets charming Matt Fuller.

He had been bamboozled by women before, but for rancher and single father Matt Harte, this is the last straw! Because of his daughter's shenanigans, he's been roped into planning the annual Valentine's Day dance. In fact, they argue constantly. Beautiful big-city vet and recent Salt River transplant Ellie Webster, the woman he can't take his eyes off--though not for lack of trying!

When the heat is on, anything that can happen...will. Melanie Harte's reputation depends on her not breaking that golden rule. Yet suddenly the Platinum Society's dedicated owner has two of her most eligible prospects pursuing her.

When her engagement falls apart, Layla Brooks heads for the one place she's always felt at home--Sag Harbor. Far from the hectic pace of New York City, she can concentrate on her massage therapy business. And business is all she's interested in, despite her friend Melanie Harte's offer to find her someone through her exclusive Platinum Society matchmaking service.

Older and wiser, Tamar has landed a dream job as a reporter for one of New York's premier athletic websites. Determined to stop being the safe, boring girl she's felt like for most of her life, Tamar makes a list of all the things she wants to do and see in her new city, and Getting Over Abraham is priority number one.

Detective Abraham is obsessed with power and money, so he has figured out a way to play on both sides of the tracks when it comes to organized crime. The only thing stopping him from making it to the top spot is Santiago, one of the most feared suppliers in the country. Santiago's only weakness is his daughter, Serena. Detective Abraham develops a plan that involves his son, Tone, getting close to Serena.

Against his better judgment, Tone goes along with his father's plan and sets out to win Serena over with his charm. What he hasn't planned on is Serena turning the tables and stealing his heart. Now Tone is faced with choices that leave him questioning his loyalty to his family.

Chapter 39: Parker Wells Jr.

Together, they followed their destinies. This motley crew, hired to protect the city from supernatural forces, is after the necromancer who has been reanimating corpses.

With his father ailing and incapacitated, Parker Wells, Jr. has a bold new vision for the company he now heads. The roommatesโ€”a diva, a jock, a former child star, a hustler, a musician, and a hackerโ€”all harbor dark secrets but manage to form a kind of dysfunctional family. But when Parker is rear-ended by a gorgeous stranger, he finds himself torn between business and pleasure.

Chapter 40: Brosnan

Rebecca ๐Ÿ”— Isles

Sometimes chemistry is a matter of life and death. The young firebrand soon realizes, however, that the untamed region could exact a brutal price from all who dare enter it.

Darlings, what a to-do at the Daily Mail today! After fifteen years as Chicago's gossip guru, Rebecca Covington has been demoted from divulger of secrets for the city's elite to headlining recipes in the Home and Food section. Apparently, a touchy senator is threatening legal action for Rebecca's latest extramarital scoop. But Windy City rumor has it that new CEO and dreamy Pierce Brosnan look-alike David Sumner downgraded Rebecca in favor of fresher, younger blood on the social beat.

Photographer Rebecca Isles is finally ready to leave her native Jamaica. Since her mother's death, Rebecca has become a force of nature, escaping her grief with work and craving adventure. But helping her--fighting for her--is a shot at redemption.

Raised by her father and brother, Nareen Grant is strong, confident, well-educatedโ€”and skilled with a bow and dagger. It's a tumultuous time for Scotland, and events conspire against her. Betrayed by her family, she makes her way alone, until she lands in the lap of Saer MacLeod. But she wants no help from a savage man of the Isles.

Chapter 41: Rawhide Wyoming

Melissa ๐Ÿ”— Kyle ๐Ÿ”— Jonas ๐Ÿ”— Steele ๐Ÿ”— Kensington ๐Ÿ”— Lady ๐Ÿ”— London ๐Ÿ”— Richards ๐Ÿ”— Nate ๐Ÿ”— Diana ๐Ÿ”— Lindow ๐Ÿ”— England

Can Thresh singlehandedly take on armed and dangerous men out to kill us AND my freight train of emotional baggage?

She was home for the holidays...but jewelry designer Melissa Randall had no intention of staying in Rawhide, Wyoming. The sassy sophisticate had a life in Paris--one that didn't include a meddling, matchmaking family or the sexy, sloe-eyed deputy they had in mind for her.

Kyle shared a sensual affair with Melissa and was completely blindsided when she broke things off. But even this corporate shark is in for a shock--his wild socialite is still a virgin!

Devilishly good‐looking businessman Jonas Hunter always believed that Cassandra Kyle married his brother for money. Its landscape is scarred by violence: done to it, done on it, done for it. Cassandra can only obey Jonas's demand... Will he do the right thing by his new family, or stand by his old one?

Nikki Cartwright can't believe Jonas Steele--the Jonas Steele--has chosen her for a high-profile marketing venture. a passion neither can resist. But when she remembers the kiss they once shared, a kiss so intimate it sent their desire skyrocketing from simmering to blazing, Nikki knows she must guard her heart against the seductive Phoenix playboy as if her life depends on it.

Jack Andrews has once again snatched a covetable job from the House of Steele. But now that the assignment has gotten complicated, he must call upon the last person he wants to ask for help: Kensington Steele. Jack never flinches at danger, but working side by side with his fascinating, sexy competitor might be more than he can handle.

Enter Major Neil Wraxall, bastard son of the Marquess of Kensington, sent to assist Lady Juliana in any way he can. Lucky for her, he's handy with repairs, knows how to keep her and the orphans safe, and is a natural leader of men.

Lady Bridget Cavendish has grandโ€”but thwartedโ€”plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.

Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. For me, it is fiercely, blindingly, real. And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?

Recently widowed Carly Richards is shocked when a bounty hunter declares her seamstress shop belongs to his sister. But Nate Sergeant has proof--the deed her lawless husband gambled away without her knowledge. Now Carly must fight for her home and her son's future. And until a judge arrives to settle ownership, she's not budging...despite Nate's surprisingly kind demeanor--and dashing good looks.

Nathaniel Sherringham has returned to Hawcombe Prior a changed man. Gone is the reckless rake who went out on a limb to propose to Diana Makepiece three years ago. Now Nate's mysterious new wealth has the town's rumor mill spinning. To stir things up (and get Diana's attention), Nate boldly announces his plans to marry "any suitable girl" under the age of 25.

Diana never meant to tarnish North's reputation, or his heart, but in her rush to save a helpless child, there was no time to consider the consequences of working as a governess in Lindow Castle. Now everyone has drawn the worst conclusions about the child's father, and Diana is left with bittersweet regret.

Lord Alaric Wilde, son of the Duke of Lindow, is the most celebrated man in England, revered for his dangerous adventures and rakish good looks. But now the golden legacy of the outback station is threatened by the disappearance of the young boy who will one day inherit it all. Alaric escapes to his father's castle, but just as he grasps that he's not only famous but notorious, he encounters the very private, very witty, Miss Willa Ffynche.

From the gardens of England to the fjords of Norge, Selah's quest will be the journey of a lifetime. He's an inventor, a scientist, not a gadabout.

Chapter 42: Helen Decatur

What if there were teens whose lives literally depended on being bad influences? Soon Ember must decide: Should she retreat to fight another day... or start an all-out war?

Helen Decatur is forty-two, single and suddenly ready for the family she's put on the back burner for all these years. That is, until its mysteriously strange new occupants move in.

Chapter 43: Mrs. Marchetti

Cristiano ๐Ÿ”— Laurel ๐Ÿ”— Grady ๐Ÿ”— Wolfe

As she tries to make sense of the powers swirling inside herโ€”and confront her growing feelings for Keganโ€”she must fight against the lurking darkness that threatens to permeate her very soul.

Alice needs the financial security her enemy is providing, but soon their every clash is a shockingly tempting encounter. Yet as she uncovers the man beneath the hard-hearted exterior, the future Mrs. Marchetti wonders if she could break the rules of their engagement...and walk down the aisle as more than Cristiano's temporary bride!

Cristiano desires Laurel just as much as he despises her. Their love was exhilarating and heartbreakingly brief. But Laurel's surprising inexperience only increases his thirst for her, and makes Cristiano determined to entice her to surrender again...and again!

Dr. Laurel Hayes longs to escape the confines of stuffy, small-town life for an adrenaline-fueled, transient lifestyle delivering medical aid in unstable regions around the world. Then she meets Grady, a man with enticing eyes, a slow smileโ€”and not an ounce of the wanderlust that tugs at her soul.

Grady Wolfe is more than a loner, he's a man forever on the run. With a body and soul finely honed from living off the land, Grady knows he should leave the irresistible woman alone, but she stirs something in him he hasn't felt before. All men who turn you on aren't the real thing. And no one, not even the luscious Eliza is going to stop him.

Most corporations hand out bonus checks or gift certificates for Christmas, but Wolfe Industries hands out drama. Skyscraper chronicles the week before the annual Christmas party at Wolfe Industries, an African American-owned automobile manufacturer.

Chapter 44: Billy Wilkins

Dallas ๐Ÿ”— Briscoe ๐Ÿ”— Allison ๐Ÿ”— Colton ๐Ÿ”— Oaks ๐Ÿ”— Weston ๐Ÿ”— Smith ๐Ÿ”— Leah ๐Ÿ”— Stutzman ๐Ÿ”— Ruth ๐Ÿ”— Poland ๐Ÿ”— Jan

Now what he wants most is to heal her painโ€”and prove their attraction could be more powerful than anything they ever imagined.

Dallas TV morning show host Madelyn Cornish is poised, perfect, and unflappable, from her glossy smile to her sleek professionalism. and nothing was ever the same again! Until that man shows up at a morning meeting like a bad dream: Billy Wilkins, sexy hockey superstar in a tailspin--still skating, still fighting, and still her ex-husband.

John Stallion may be a ruthless CEO who thinks he can buy her family's Texas ranch, but Dallas businesswoman Marah Briscoe intends to put her considerable charm and savvy into breaking his iron grip on the proposed deal. Then two cars suddenly give chase in the parking lot--kidnapping the child.

Dr. Allison Matthews hasn't seen Taylor Briscoe since their one tender night together five years ago. After all, they get reunited. But now she discovers that Taylor is the new consultant--and her new boss!

Allison Rafferty thought she was doing the right thing by not telling Knox about young Cody all those years ago. Taking charge of her own destiny puts her at odds with her two best friends and sets sparks flying with a man who doesn't want a family, but it also leads her straight into the most unexpected complication of all...love. And as a threat looms over Shadow Creek, they'll both discover just how far a Colton will go to protect what's theirs.

When Colton King ended his impetuous marriage to Penny Oaks after just twenty-four hours, it was out of sight, out of mind. But now, more than a year later, Colton discovers Penny's huge secretโ€”actually two little secrets: a baby boy and a baby girl.

Welcome to Twin Oaks--the new B and B in Cooper's Corner. Some come for pleasure, others for passion--and one to set things straight...Check-in: Radio talk show host Emma Hart thought Twin Oaks was supposed to be a friendly inn, but fellow guest Blake Weston sure was grumpy! Blake had planned to buy an old farmhouse just outside Cooper's Corner--flee the rat race and propose to his girlfriend...until he'd caught her in bed with the real-estate agent.

Savannah Weston lives quietly on the family ranch with her brother, Grady. Until she encounters a stranger named Laredo Smith, a disenchanted cowboy who just might change her life--in the best possible way!

A baby and a bride! Leah Konen's Love and Other Train Wrecks is perfect for fans of Emery Lord and Jennifer E. Smith.

Widow Leah Yoder married for love once. It doesn't seem to matter that she's worked hard to build a good life for herself. A steady, serious older man would be idealโ€”someone completely unlike handsome, fun-loving Thomas Stutzman. Someone, somehow, is murdering godlings, leaving their desecrated bodies all over the city.

Twenty-year old Ruth Stutzman is a wonderful caregiverโ€”but she has no experience with kinner. Laid off from her job at a retirement home due to budget cuts, she's relieved to find workโ€”even if it means temporarily watching widower Martin Rodes' brood of six!

Life is a constant struggle for the eighteen-year-old Nowak twins as they raise their three younger siblings in rural Poland under the shadow of the Nazi occupation. Because if three babies and the love of a good woman aren't enough to settle down this lonesome cowboy, nothing will be! Though rugged, independent Helena and pretty, gentle Ruth couldn't be more different, they are staunch allies in protecting their family from the threats the war brings closer to their doorstep with each passing day.

Warsaw, Poland. Fewer know when to keep it burning. With people fleeing and the city in chaos, pilot Jan Grabowski must abandon his beloved homeland and head to Romania to fight the enemy, leaving his wife Rulka behind. When Rulka sees Poland overcome by the Nazis, living in constant danger and amid cruel reprisals, she joins the Resistance.

Three months ago Jan learned that elves were real, our world wasn't safe and it was up to her to save her boyfriend--and the world--from being englamoured into slavery. Now Jan has a new deadline--ten weeks, ten days and ten hours. They'd be lucky to last the ceremony without killing each other!

Chapter 45: Chance Howell

Peter ๐Ÿ”— Carlotta ๐Ÿ”— Blake ๐Ÿ”— Natalie ๐Ÿ”— Falken ๐Ÿ”— Marc ๐Ÿ”— Andreas ๐Ÿ”— Elizabeth ๐Ÿ”— Mary ๐Ÿ”— Teton

It's hard to be the new girl in town, especially around the holidays. Other times it just won't go.

"You're family," Graham Fortune tells his newly discovered half sister, Chloe Fortune Elliott, and just like that, Chloe has a new job and a new home in Austin. She works well with the troubled teens at Peter's Place, but she's having more difficulty managing a male of the grown-up variety. Ranch hand Chance Howell gets under her skin from the moment they meet.

Carlotta Wren's world is crumbling beneath her well-shod feet. One of her closest friends has been arrested as the Charmed Killer, but Carlotta refuses to believe it. And to prove her friend's innocence, Carlotta goes against her boyfriend Peter's wishes and resumes her after-hours body-moving duties.

Blake Ravenscroft's mission is to bring "Carlotta" to justice, not to fall in love. Always carry at least three blades. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste.

Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. They're cowboys and they like to ride slow and hard. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

Dane Falken knows he has to make up for the biggest mistake of his life to win Natalie back, but all she's interested in is the orgasms he gives her. If someone destroyed your city?

Now surgeon and crown prince Marc Falken is soon to become kingโ€”and he's discovered he has a son! Claiming his heir means seeking out Ellieโ€”the woman he's never stopped loving. But can Marc convince Ellie that she can be a doctor and his queen, and that finally they can become the family they were always meant to be?

Jean Marc Andreas wanted what was his by right. "I wanted to ask about it. Juliette de Clement, a confidante of the royal family, could aid his search for the priceless treasure so many had killed to possess...and died to protect. But in eighteenth-century revolutionary France, a world of power and intrigue, soldiers and assassins, royalty and rebels, death could come in many forms and from any direction, and none more lethal--or more likely--than from the person you trusted most.

Elizabeth Jones thought she was meeting her father for the first time. But ruthless tycoon Andreas Nicolaides has other plans for this frumpy arrival on his doorstep! Isn't Elizabeth just another gold-digger trying to get her hands on his godfather's inheritance?

Tucker's not listening to any of it. He just needs to clear Mary Elizabeth's name. At least they can agree that their smoldering attraction is real.

They had been inseparable in college, Mary Stuart, Tanya, and Zoe. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. Making out with a guy. At a sprawling ranch in the foothills of Wyoming's Grand Teton Range, the three women come together and find courage, healing, and truth, and reach out to each other once again.

He was known as a major player who'd left a swath of broken hearts across the Teton Valley. Yet when single mother Jenny Boyer saw the tenderness in Seth Dalton's eyes when he looked at her children -- not to mention her -- it was impossible for her to believe it was all a game.

Chapter 46: Dr. Carlos Quintero

Marty ๐Ÿ”— Cooper ๐Ÿ”— Allie ๐Ÿ”— McGuffey ๐Ÿ”— Rafael

This is a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love, losing love, and doing what it takes to get love back in a crazy-wonderful world.

Obstetrician Marty Cox cannot help growing attached to the baby girl in the NICU, but she knows that the father--when they find him--will want to take his child away. However, Dr. Carlos Quintero didn't know his late wife was pregnant, and has no idea about raising a daughter!

Tornado chasers Cooper Harrison and Marty McKenna once spent an incredible night of passion taking shelter from a twister. Now a tornado has Marty in Cooper's arms again. Only this time Cooper isn't about to let her go.

Everything was smooth sailing until the sexy East Coast lawyer showed up. Allie can't believe she agreed to be temporary partnersโ€”must be the salt air. It can't be the irresistible charms of Cooper, a man she knows better than to trust.

Dumped by her boyfriend and demoted from WBBB's prime-time spot, radio producer Allie McGuffey has nowhere to go but up. She plans to make her comeback by turning temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel into a household name. Top that off with a sister who has joined the suffragette movement (shocking!

Could Kate Rafael's day get any worse? First she lost her job, then her house burned down and now her ex is back in town. Apparently, Ben McGuffey's taking a break from being a big-city doctor to help at his family's tavern and reassess the choices he's made for his career.

Simone has never forgotten fiercely ambitious, achingly sexy Rafael--and neither has her traitorous body! Only one will pay the ultimate price.

Chapter 47: Torre

Darcy ๐Ÿ”— Emma ๐Ÿ”— London ๐Ÿ”— Annabelle ๐Ÿ”— Sylvester ๐Ÿ”— Nicholas Winters ๐Ÿ”— Arcane Society ๐Ÿ”— Caleb ๐Ÿ”— Yorker ๐Ÿ”— Harry ๐Ÿ”— Charlie ๐Ÿ”— Mills ๐Ÿ”— Ballantyne

Good thing Grandpa left her his launderette. Emerge unscathed from the center of a tornado. Until they're brought together to revive their close-knit community...and their passion is reawakened.

Darcy Rivers can't refuse Salvatore's proposal. Unemployed and fleeing the memories of her recent divorce, time in the grand Torre d'Aquilla castle may be just what she needs. As their friendship deepens, their lives become fully intertwined.

One woman's mission to bring down a sexy elemental shifter turns into a battle of wills...and hearts. Apparently very high, as Darcy Lewis discovers. With their messy past, surely he and Emma can stay on opposite sides of the ship and leave each other alone.

When Emma's own mother died, her father abandoned her on his mother's doorstep. Genevieve took Emma in and reluctantly raised her--until Emma got pregnant her senior year of high school. Genevieve kicked her out with nothing but the clothes on her back...but Emma took with her the most important London possession: the strength not just to survive but to thrive. And indeed, Emma has built a wonderful life for herself and her teenage daughter, Riley.

Annabelle, co-owner of the Quality Employment Agency, is no housekeeper, but she wasn't about to lose a potential client simply because there was no one to fit the bill. Imagine her shock when the earl arrives at his London townhome and she's awoken in the night by the most attractive man she's ever seen.

Miss Annabelle Armitage is pea-green with envy. What a cruel world it is when her spinster of an older sister can enchant the dashing Lord Sylvester Comfrey! Annabelle's own passionate nature is surely better suited for such a one as Sylvester.

More than three centuries ago, Nicholas Winters irrevocably altered his genetic makeup in an obsession-fueled competition with alchemist and Arcane Society founder Sylvester Jones. The charming marquis is quickly putting her entire life in turmoil, and controlling her stubborn heart has never been such a challenge.

The Arcane Society was born in turmoil, when the friendship of its two founders evolved into a fierce rivalry. Nicholas Winters's efforts led to the creation of a device of unknown powers called the Burning Lamp. Each generation, the Winters man who inherits it is destined to develop multiple talents -- and the curse of madness.

To keep her name out of the investigation and to find the killer, Lucinda hires a fellow Arcane Society member. The founder of a psychical investigation agency, Caleb Jones is very good at protecting the Society's secretsโ€”and frighteningly good at getting the truth.

Have you met eight-year-old Lily? The fast-talking street-smart New Yorker has charmed everyone here in Rust Creek Falls. She has even managed to win over Caleb Dalton, our curmudgeonly cowboy who usually avoids all things family related. Or could it be that Caleb's real interest lies in Lily's adoptive mom, Mallory Franklin?

Harry Wells had more secrets than Acey suspected...including a troubling past that he wanted left back in Texas. But despite their differences, Harry couldn't get the feisty New Yorker out of his mind. And hearts will be shattered.

Harry discovered Charlie was the estranged daughter of his best friend and father figure. His first priority should have been getting them back together, but Charlie didn't know that. Her first priority was to seduce Harry, and before Harry knew it, he was in too deep.

P.I. Harry Lonnigan wasn't fooled by her disguise. Even if that brings on a heartbreaking betrayal, an evil you never saw coming, and a choice you may not live to regret. His first priority should have been reuniting Charlie with her estranged father--but her first priority was to seduce Harry, and before Harry knew it, he was in too deep.

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on trackโ€”and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store.

Down-on-her-luck heiress Piper Mills will do anything to help her babyโ€”even strike a deal with the devil who impregnated her! Due to a car accident, Jaeger Ballantyne has no memory of the passionate night he and Piper shared...or that he's Ty's father. Purchasing Piper's heirloom sapphires is the only thing on his agenda...until seducing the green-eyed temptress takes over.

NYPD detective Hank Ballantyne figures that for a single father, he has his life running pretty smoothly. Until a woman appears on Hank's doorstep saying she is his adopted son's mother--and she wants her son back.

Chapter 48: Amis

Nicolas ๐Ÿ”— De

As the spirit of Christmas descends over the island, it's the wishes of one little girl that may be granted!

The moment Leila Amis meets her gorgeous new boss, top Miami Realtor Nicolas Adrian, she's headed down a road of no return. When their explosive attraction culminates in a night of intense passion, she proposes a brief fling that must end when Nick leaves town in just eight weeks. But not even a string of one-night stands can ease the hurt.

Nicolas De La Cruz has returned to the Carpathian Mountains--his homeland--on orders from his eldest brother, Zacarias, to bring news of a conspiracy to the prince of their people. This crime is clearly the work of a serial killer who has struck twice before.

Solomon is the most arrogant, wickedly sexy man Kandace has ever met, but she's not the only one who can't resist him. Carmen De La Croix, Solomon's business partner, has loved him from the start--with a vengeance. There's no way in hell she'll allow Solomon and Kandace to play out their passion in front of her. In fact, she'll do whatever it takes to keep Solomon away from the woman he's finally ready to watch the sunrise with.

Chapter 49: Love-Slave

Aisling ๐Ÿ”— Josephina ๐Ÿ”— Fae ๐Ÿ”— Winslow ๐Ÿ”— Erika ๐Ÿ”— Isak ๐Ÿ”— New Hampshire ๐Ÿ”— Chelsea ๐Ÿ”— Jake ๐Ÿ”— Eva ๐Ÿ”— Mark ๐Ÿ”— Carly ๐Ÿ”— Jack ๐Ÿ”— Shauna

A teen girl who offers kissing lessons. A husband is suspected of murder.

The Viking's Forbidden Love-Slave Tharand Hardrata takes Aisling ร“ Brannon captive as a gift for his ruler. But the Viking can't resist her, and soon he must choose: please his king...or keep his love-slave for himself.

Having endured weeks of torture in the bowels of hell, Kane wants nothing to do with his beautiful rescuer, Josephina Aisling. The half-Fae female threatens to awaken the demon of Disaster inside him--a beast he's determined to kill, no matter the price.

Josephina is hunted by a brutal enemyโ€”her royal familyโ€”and Kane is her only source of protection. Will love be the spark they need to create what they both want the most...a family? But as they navigate the treacherous world of the Fae, they are forced to make a choice: live apart...or die together.

That's the lie Kelley Winslow told to protect the boy she loves from a power he doesn't know he possesses. Devastated, Sonny retreatsโ€”to a haven for Lost Fae that's hidden deep underneath New York City.

At this freezing college, in the dead of winter, Winslow meets Erika, one of his poetry students. What begins with office hours and Jim Beam in paper cups becomes a road trip as they travel through Utah and Arizona. Long haunted by thoughts of death, both Erika and Winslow begin to glimpse the power life can hold if they will only open up to the shame, beauty, and heartbreak of it all.

Every summer Isak Lรถvenstad gathers his three daughters by different wives to the windswept Baltic island of Hammarsรถ. Here Erika, Laura, and Molly find a sense of family and friendship, although nothing can match Erika's connection to the rebellious misfit Ragnar. Even if it means cooperating with the twins' bossy uncle. can avoid the inevitable rush of pure, heated lust.

Losing her father on the night she was born could have torn Beryl Graham's family apart. But could they do it before their chance for a future together was forever destroyed? Under their mother's steady guidance, Beryl and her older sisters, Isak and Rumer, shared a childhood filled with happiness. But now Mia Graham has passed away after battling Alzheimer's, and her three daughters return to their New Hampshire home to say goodbye.

After the death of her adoptive mother, thirty-six-year-old Chelsea Kane is consumed by the need to uncover her biological heritage. Taking a break from her successful architecture career, she arrives in the New Hampshire town where she was born, determined to learn the truth, her only clue a tarnished silver key.

Taking out bad guys is in Jake Connelly's DNA as much as strength, fearlessness and Greek-god good looks. So is rescuing women like Chelsea Harris, who's kidnapped by a brutal escaped convict. What isn't in the cowboy hunk's DNA, Chelsea fears, is an interest in relationships--especially with a jilted size-fourteen plain Jane like herself.

More than a Convenient Marriage? But Jake is haunted by a past tragedy and isn't the commitment type. With more than just Eva's heart on the line, she needs to end things now before this fire burns out of control.

On set they make a dream team, but when the credits roll the sparks fly between TV celebrity doctor Eva Veracruz and her brand-new co-host, Dr. Mark O'Donnell. While Mark's arrogant manner gets under Eva's skin, his smoldering glances have her heart racing for all the wrong reasons.

Mark wasn't sure the beautiful and spirited Carly had what it took to be a reporter, but he was sure that he wanted her. And Mark never denied himself what he wanted. Only, Carly was far better at uncovering the truth than Mark had given her credit for. When their raw attraction becomes something deeper, more complex, they could be looking at a new future together.

Overworked paralegal Carly Watts needs Jack Carrington's signature, but he'll do whatever it takes to buy more time before selling his grandfather's company. Including having one very naughty night before Christmas!

After her husband, Jack, dies in a climbing incident, Shauna has only her five-year-old son and her helicopter charter business to live for. Now posing as a good guy is proving even tougher.

They're not interested in surrender. And Dominik will do whatever it takes to keep it from going under--even if it means tangling with the stubborn beauty whose recommendation could close it forever. But the closer he gets to Shauna, the more his physical longing for her threatens his best intentions. Who can resist a night with a damsel in distress?

Chapter 50: Loyal

Sanchez ๐Ÿ”— Patterson ๐Ÿ”— Wade ๐Ÿ”— Will ๐Ÿ”— Eve ๐Ÿ”— Sullivan ๐Ÿ”— Wheaton ๐Ÿ”— Luke

It seemed like the perfect match...until the unthinkable happened. Their unofficial investigation is complicated by the passion igniting between them.

When the Union Army occupies the Florida home of Cuban Janeta Sanchez, daughter of an enslaved woman and the plantation owner who married her, her family's wealth does not protect her father from being imprisoned. Under duress and blaming herself for the arrest, Janeta agrees to infiltrate a group called the Loyal League as a double agentโ€”and finds a cause truly worth the sacrifice.

In a dark and dusty shop, a devil's supply of human teeth grown dangerously low. That's how long it took for Delon Sanchez's life to end. One minute he was the best bronc rider in the Panhandle and the next he was nothing. Knee shattered, future in question, all he can do is pull together the pieces...and wonder what cruel trick of fate has thrown him into the path of his ex, the oh-so-perfect Tori Patterson.

Investigating the black marketing trade of exotic animals keeps Wade Patterson more than busy. When he and Maya both get entangled in a steamy jungle mission, it becomes impossible to tell who is being hunted or who the hunters are. Wade is desperate to survive this deadly game of cat and mouse. But it's Maya's piercing eyes that keep him awake at night.

Lieutenant Will Charleston has waited fifteen long years to show up as anything other than a one-pixel blip on Mackenzie Wade's romantic radar. Instead, the beloved woman begins speaking. A fling would be fun.

Shirley, Goodness, and Mercy know that an angel's work is never done, especially during a time as wondrous as New Year's Eve. With an apprentice angel, Will, under their wings, they descend upon Times Square in New York City eager to join in the festivities. And when Will spies two lonely strangers in the crowd, he decides midnight is the perfect time to lend a heavenly helping hand.

Pediatricians Eve and Ryan have not been having a relationship all the way back to their student days! They were firm friends, nothing more, because Ryan "never-short-of-a-date" Sullivan didn't ever intend to get involved with anyone and Eve was waiting for Mr. To be independent from any man. Neither one wants to give any ground.

A stern, rock-hard man stood before Abaigeal Sullivan. At least not according to the powers that be. Why, in all the years Joshua Wheaton had been away, had he never made contact, acknowledged her astounding news--that she carried his child?

Luke Winterley, Viscount Farenze, is duty-bound to fulfill his beloved aunt's last request--even though it concerns bewitching housekeeper Chloe Wheaton. But after all this time, trusting the beauty is sure to put both their lives on the line.

Cypress Pointe, Florida, is a long way from LA, where pop singer Cassie Branford needs a hit to prove she's not a two-album wonder. But her case of writer's block could be over when the struggling songwriter meets Luke Hastings at a family wedding.

Chapter 51: Eyes

Texas ๐Ÿ”— Aaron

sure which is worse: that she's harboring a fugitive, or that she's in love with one.

As a Texas Ranger, it was Jesse Ryder's duty to protect her. As a man, it was all he could do to avoid the temptation of Avery Travis. The Snake Eyes Killer was on Avery's trail, but the independent deputy didn't want Jesse's help. But as their friendship deepens, will Leah settle for what she thought she needed or put fear aside for a second chance at happiness?

Werewolf Aaron Drake is delighted to learn he is finally moving to Texas with his father and father's mate. Aaron is even more excited to meet his mate โ€“ Panther shifter Cary - on the very first day in his new home. But Aaron's happiness is short lived when, upon their first meeting, Cary runs away from him, distraught.

After months in rehab, Aaron Blank returns home to sell his Daed's failing farm and move his parents into an easier lifestyle. Two things stand in his way: the father who stubbornly refuses to recognize that Aaron has changed and the determined new farmhand his parents love like a daughter. Her influence on Aaron's parents could ruin his plans to escape the burdens of farming and build a new life.

Chapter 52: Amelia Hadwell

London ๐Ÿ”— Alec ๐Ÿ”— Royal ๐Ÿ”— Libby ๐Ÿ”— Morgan ๐Ÿ”— Alaska ๐Ÿ”— Chase ๐Ÿ”— Steven ๐Ÿ”— Lara

Spreading acceptance one town at a time. Call it the competitive urge, but these two stubborn people play the game for keeps.

Amelia Hadwell has no time for London's nightlife. But their luck is running out, and they're about to be hauled off to jail. And the owner is reluctant to sell.

Alec will do anything to find his brother, Will, including pretend to be a penniless drawing master to London aristocrats. It's the type of place where a man can be a man....

Heather Ryan is the proud owner of Cupcakes on Royal. It's a thriving business, but if she wants to put her cupcakery on the map, she needs to win the coveted Krewe of Bacchus after-party contract. When she finds out who's leading the Krewe, Heather realizes she's about to get a second chance with her first true but unrequited love, Alec Carlisle.

Libby Shaw refuses to accept society's dictates. She's determined to become a member of Edinburgh's all-male Royal College of Surgeons. Or will their romance end with the morning light?

For years Libby Morgan dreamed only of making partner in her competitive, high-pressure law firm. Welcome to the vampire race! When her boss calls Libby into his office, she assumes it will finally be good news, but nothing can prepare her for the shocking reality: She's been let go and must rebuild her entire life. Like most of the teens born in town have done.

Wade Sinclair knows you can't run from the past--he's tried. After his beloved sister was murdered, he ran from Alaska to California only to discover there was no escape. So when a family crisis calls him back, he discovers therapist Morgan O'Hare knee-deep in their affairs. As soon as he meets Morgan, he feels as if there is brightness in the world again.

With only an Alaska postmark, Chase follows the trail--with Haley. This drama lays bare the most vexing questions confronting the moral imagination. To his surpriseโ€”and hersโ€”sometimes a rolling stone is just what it takes to build the rock-solid foundation of a family. Taking shelter from the tempest, they experience sensual awakenings, pleasures different from any they have felt before.

Co-owner of an up-and-coming interior-decorating firm, Megan Chase loves being a single woman on the fast track to success. But everything changes when a flat tire brings Georgia senator Steven Monroe into her life. And it's time to hook up. And with Megan's fine eye for detail, she just may be the woman for the job.

When Steven saw Lara again, memories of their passion came flooding back. Nothing's going to stand in the way of claiming what's mineโ€”not even a sexy bounty-hunting biker.

Lara Lington has always had an overactive imagination, but suddenly that imagination seems to be in overdrive. Their distance has fatal consequences. But survivalโ€”and revengeโ€”are worth waiting for.

Chapter 53: Mistress Christmas

As old feelings are stirred back to life and new passions take hold, they both must confront secrets from their past or risk losing a legacy of love.

In a rare moment of recklessness, mild-mannered accountant Holly North lets her best friend guilt her into filling in as Mistress Christmas at Sugar Plums, a Christmas-themed strip club. Fearing she'll be recognizedโ€”or worse, considered a fraudโ€”she dons a velvet mask along with the Mrs. Claus-meets-dominatrix costume. But the aspiring shoe designer needs at least one roommate to manage it.

Chapter 54: Byron Hawkins

Petrakis ๐Ÿ”— Nikos ๐Ÿ”— Sadie ๐Ÿ”— Anderson ๐Ÿ”— Molly

The wedding disaster's in the rearview, but the sizzle between these two is still red-hot. While the world outside saw them as neighbors and friends, to each other the three formed a family unitโ€”two brothers and a sisterโ€”not drawn from blood, but drawn from a deep need to fill a void in their single parent households.

Byron Hawkins doesn't want to be responsible for anyone ever again. The former Black Ops soldier is better at taking lives than saving them. But on a mission in Tunisia to deliver a package to safety, Byron is dismayed to find that the precious cargo is actually a hostage rescue, and that his orders are to take Damara Petrakis back to US soil and hide her in plain sight--as his newlywed wife.

Mogul Nikos Petrakis is on the verge of a deal that will make him even more powerful. And the tighter the desire coils between them, the harder it will be for either of them to walk away unscathed! But now that she's carrying his heir, Nikos is forced to make a decision.

How's a woman to choose? Nikos was accused of scheming for Sadie's money and title and was systematically destroyed by her family. By night, any one of them could be eaten.

On prom night, Dylan Anderson caused the biggest humiliation of Sadie Post's life. Except for the first time, this indomitable billionaire lied. Until Dylan moves in...to her workplace, that is. Or rather, what are they?

In her youth, Molly Anderson couldn't help crushing on gorgeous bad boy Dylan Blackโ€”even though he only had eyes for her older sister. When things didn't work out between them, he said goodbye to Molly as well, vowing they'd have a great adventure when she grew up. Years later, dumped by her fiancรฉ just before Christmas, she's finally ready to take Dylan up on his promise.

Bounty hunter Molly Pax fought hard for everything she has, turning the bail recovery business she shares with her sisters into an unqualified success. So when their sticky-fingered mother jumps bail and puts the childhood home up as collateral, Molly's horrified. How could it have happened?

Chapter 55: Patricia Gilbert

Baxter ๐Ÿ”— Sam ๐Ÿ”— Ellery ๐Ÿ”— Denver ๐Ÿ”— Westmoreland ๐Ÿ”— Shelly ๐Ÿ”— Durango ๐Ÿ”— Gage ๐Ÿ”— Hailey ๐Ÿ”— Brad ๐Ÿ”— Wendy ๐Ÿ”— Morgan

A woman who could not be conquered. Including stepping into a stripper's stilettos for the night.

One of New York's most successful men, Morgan Baxter feels totally at home in a corporate boardroom. But our secrets cut close. Patricia Gilbert seems to understand his sonโ€”and him. As Morgan and Patricia start seeing each other, he has no idea where the three of them are headed.

Twenty years ago, Nicole Baxter left the only home she knew--and the boy who shared all her secrets. Now, with nowhere else to go, she's back in Tawnee Valley to figure out her next move--and cry on her old friend Sam Ward's shoulder. This is our family and we will fight for it with everything we have.

As the toast of the ton, Samuel Wortham, Viscount Ellery, should have no trouble finding a wife. Can two girls living in vastly different worlds find a common path? As a last hope, Sam plans a house party, intending to choose a bride from one of his guests. Almost immediately their relationship generates heatโ€”in more ways than one.

Entomology grad student Adam Ellery meets Denver Rogers, a muscle-bound hunk of sexy, when Denver effortlessly dispatches the drunken frat boys harassing Adam at the Tucker Springs laundromat. Thanking him turns into flirting, and then, much to Adam's delight, hot sex over the laundry table.

One mischievous fairy with a love potion. But Ramsey Westmoreland's new cook was just so delectable...it was enough to make the Denver rancher rethink his rules. When temptation got the best of him, he discovered Chloe Burton was just as hot in the bedroom as she was in the kitchen.

When Shelly's son starts getting into trouble, she knows change is needed. Whisking him away from L.A. and back to her hometown isn't making him happy... and the gorgeous, all-too-familiar sheriff is in for a rude awakening as well. Despite his fury over her secrets, she knows he'll help their son, but how can she convince this Westmoreland lawman that she deserves a second chance, too?

When Sheriff Dare Westmoreland sees Shelly Brockman again, he can almost taste the sweet, steamy passion they'd once shared. A clumsy, gangling spinster more like! She's returned to her Georgia hometown to get her son away from bad influences...and help him know Dare. But will being so close to Dare reopen old wounds, or will this be her last chance to secure his love forever?

Savannah Claiborne's simple statement set off an avalanche in Montana ranger Durango Westmoreland's carefully ordered life. They were destined to be together forever.

Gage Remington needs a place to start over, and Durango, Colorado, is it. By reconciling with his rancher grandfather, Gage hopes he can begin repairing past damage. It doesn't occur to Gage that his heart needs fixing, too, until he meets gorgeous doctor Cori Parker. As does Emily, the girl next door.

When Gage catches Hailey in the act of ogling him, he gives her a choiceโ€”go out with him, or he'll call the cops. Landing without breaking your heart? Now everything is in shambles. Their romance is legend in a time of war.

As Hailey begins to adjust to her new life, she and Brad grow closer. For the first time, Hailey feels like she might have a real shot at a future. Soon, however, Hailey realizes her relationship with Brad has crossed the line from friendship into something more. But being with Brad would mean giving up the perfect life that Hailey has waited so long to have.

Wendy Hawk is no saint, but when she finds Brad wounded and unconscious, she acts instinctively to save him. Wendy is cautious by nature, and her reclusive existence is rocked by the intrusion of this rugged, hunted man. In the anonymity of darkness and unanswered questions, Brad and Wendy are drawn togetherโ€”because now killers want both of them dead.

Little Wendy Sanders needed a new mommy, and her hunky single dad, Kenny, could sure use a wife. So why not Wendy's 'Aunt' Patsy Morgan, who gave good girl talk and dressed real cool? After all, Patsy was Kenny's best buddy--practically family already.

When Morwenna Morgan defies her brother's orders and rescues a shipwreck victim from a Cornish beach, she doesn't expect an instant attraction to the injured stranger. This is the kind of man Morwenna can imagine falling for--not the unpleasant suitor her brother's forcing on her!

Chapter 56: Sir Connor FitzClifford

Fitzgerald ๐Ÿ”— Summer ๐Ÿ”— Jacobs ๐Ÿ”— Bailey ๐Ÿ”— Montgomery ๐Ÿ”— Ann ๐Ÿ”— Jack ๐Ÿ”— Worth ๐Ÿ”— Beatrice ๐Ÿ”— Reynaud ๐Ÿ”— Tatiana

Together they would be swept into the dark storm of their passionate destiny...and wild, all-consuming love.

An affair would be most improper...but when neither can deny their blazing desire, all society's rules are discarded. For though Lady Moira Fitzgerald had sacrificed herself to keep her people safe, she knew no man would have her now. Certainly not one as noble as Sir Connor FitzClifford! And the tempting smell of mouthwatering chocolate has nothing on the handsome hunk who's creating the irresistible confections.

But their sizzling affair came to a crashing halt when secrets and lies tore them apart. Ashton Fitzgerald is no unassuming handyman but a highly trained sharpshooter intent on protecting Summer Worrall and her baby daughter. The Omega SWAT member has a debt to pay and he isn't about to let Summer out of his sights.

Former nurse Summer Jacobs has seen her fair share of suffering, but she never expected tragedy to hit so close to home. After watching her husband die in the MMA ring, Summer spends the next two years fighting her way through the darkness. Both are self-centered, outspoken, and disappointed by their daughter's looks. Not only did they share grief in losing their spouses, but also a warm bond began to form between them.

Six years ago, cowboy Cody Jacobs left behind the woman he loved. It's time to exact a little revenge. Can single mother Bailey Cross trust him with their child's heart--and her own?

It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favorโ€”to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother.

Cold cases aren't RJ Bannon's usual line of work. But Ann Montgomery's long-ago abduction is too intriguing to pass up. Especially with a two-million-dollar reward for Ann's safe return about to expire.

On weekly wine night with her friends, the talk turns to regretsโ€”and Ann finds herself pledging to fix her past, starting with confronting those who treated her like dirt. Her first target: Jack, who's recently moved back to town to stay.

Jack Worth lives a life of roguish adventure, money-making schemes and ever-changing women. When had a country miss become a breathtaking lady?

When an ill-fated affair left Beatrice Penrose with more than just memories, she fled to Scotland to raise her son away from society's eyes. But the past catches up with her...and Preston Worth is impossible to deny when he's sent to bring her home.

Only Beatrice can see past Reynaud's savagery to the noble man inside. For his part, Reynaud is drawn to this lovely lady, even as he is suspicious of her loyalty to her uncle. But can Beatrice's love tame a man who will stop at nothing to regain his title-even if it means sacrificing her innocence?

Tatiana Doucet has dealt with sexy, arrogant athletes most of her life. But Jean-Pierre Reynaud is a whole different animalโ€”in bed and on the field. They're just looking for peace, and time to work through their losses. This assignment was no different.

A bold and brazen prince came to America to claim his promised bride. But the spirited vixen spurned his affections while inflaming his royal blood with passion's fire...impelling virile Stefan Barany to take in sensuous and searing conquest the love Tatiana vowed never to yield.

Chapter 57: Delilah St. Germaine

Simon ๐Ÿ”— Watford ๐Ÿ”— Caleb ๐Ÿ”— Jane ๐Ÿ”— Cohen ๐Ÿ”— Evan ๐Ÿ”— Alpha ๐Ÿ”— Kristine

This new title in the If Only line is the perfect summer read and proves that love flourishes in the wildest places!

Delilah St. Germaine fell for New York's most in-demand bachelor, Simon Cartwright, the moment she began working for him. And now life is more complicated than ever. A mysterious wreck of a building.

Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were hereโ€”it's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.

Juliet Parker must save her grandfather's restaurant from ruin. Unfortunately, her main obstacle, wealthy restaurateur Caleb Watford, not only has a competing business, but he also sets her pulse racing! Even if their arrangement is only temporary.

All three O'Hara brothers love Jane. They grew up next door to the young, empathic beauty and she stole all their hearts at one time or another, though she married Caleb. Caleb foresees the shocking truth of what they have to do in order to survive, and Caleb's visions never lie.

Jane Cohen is in a quandary: she needs a man for her baby plan. Love and marriage are nonnegotiable--it's the traditional route or bust. So it's time to cut Casey Clay loose--her friend with benefits doesn't do commitment. For such a perfect mingling of souls could never happen twice in one lifetime.

Lawyers in love, Shari Cohen and Evan Sonntag are happy together. It's not our usual take them out and run; it's an undercover mission that needs the whole gang: a psychic, an interpreter, and a weapons specialist. To win her back, it might take something like a Chanukah miracle.

Meet Evan Stone. Laid-back, in-control Alpha of the Takhini Wolves. Life's not perfect, but he's got a good handle on his world. Still, the desire that exploded every time they met was almost overwhelming.

P.I. Quinn Parran's mission is simple: to join Alpha Force, a unique military team of shape-shifters, and use their new elixir to enhance his shape-shifting abilities. With the aid of Sergeant Kristine Norwood, each shifting experiment sparks something more volatile than any challenge he's ever encountered: a primal passion. And when Quinn's brother vanishes on his honeymoon and is suspected of murder, Quinn must join forces with Kristine to investigate.

Since their separation years ago, Sean Maddock has imagined a lot of scenarios where he and Kristine would get back together. One wrong move and you could hurt someone you love. It's not until he seeks out Kristine and feels the same hot kick of desire that he suddenly knows why--he still wants his wife!

Chapter 58: Boss

Adam ๐Ÿ”— Cassie ๐Ÿ”— Walker ๐Ÿ”— Lacey ๐Ÿ”— Barton ๐Ÿ”— Park ๐Ÿ”— Eve ๐Ÿ”— Nina ๐Ÿ”— Rafe

There's a difference between a bad boy and a boy who's bad. Well...that's a whole lot harder.

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren't there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who's unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can't.

For the first time since moving to New Salem, Cassie Blake finally feels normal. She's dating her soul mate, Adam, and making new friends in town. But between the secret coven of witches she calls her best friends and the incredible power she holds within her, Cassie is leading a far from ordinary life.

For Brice, fiercely independent Cassie not only represents a chance to build a new life in Walker's Run but is also his one true mate. Cassie's relucance dissolves when a rogue shifter kidnaps her, and now she and Brice must work together to save his pack. But once she witnesses the savagery of wolfan justice, can Cassie accept Brice as man, beast and her true love?

Everything would be wonderful if it wasn't for her impossible neighbor, Jack Walker, who argues day and night with his girlfriend. and whose cat, Dog, is determined to get Cleo to succumb to his feline advances. And when Lacey discovers that Cleo's in the family way, she's furious that neither Jack nor his amorous animal seems terribly upset about it.

Lacey Barton can't deny her crazy attraction to Alex Trevino, but that doesn't mean she has time for the gorgeous SWAT officer. Every day a new life. The trail leads Lacey to a ring of vicious drug dealers and suddenly she's in way over her head-right smack in the middle of a SWAT stakeout.

Emma Bancroft used to pride herself on her sensible nature, but good sense flew out the window during her first Season in London! Her reputation and her belief in true love in tatters, she reluctantly returns home to Barton Park.

Disowned for marrying beneath her, Eve Kendal has returned to England destitute after her husband's death and the mysterious disappearance of their savings. Find out in this delectable coming-of-age romcom with just a touch of magic. But from London to the Yorkshire countryside to the elegant estate of Thornbrook Park, Eve's path seems destined to cross that of the dashing but violent Captain Marcus Thorne.

No one can do A-list glitz and glamour like public relations consultant Nina Torres. The grand reopening of a Reno casino and resort to rival Vegas promises to be the media event of the decade. And with Casa de Mariposa's unveiling slated for New Year's Eve, Nina's got to work her legendary magic fast. But this smart and sophisticated divorcรฉe has come too far to let some uptight ex-soldier cramp her style, even if Scott Russell is off-the-charts gorgeous.

Nina Palitov's only act of defiance against a life lived under her father's oppressive control was to spend an exquisite night with Rafe. But Nina should have known that this D'Angelo relishes a challenge. His pursuit of her provokes a passion she's never experienced before, but with her family's deepest secret at risk, it's essential she doesn't become Rafe's latest prize!

And as the next generation of Hartes and Madisons, Hannah and Rafe are expected to hate each other too. But Hannah Harte - a successful wedding consultant with a skeptical view of marriage - remembers the long-ago night on the beach that revealed Rafe as much more than just "that disreputable Madison boy." And Rafe remembers the heroic gesture that proved Hannah's fierce spirit was stronger than any feud - and saved him from near - certain imprisonment.

Chapter 59: Darwin Bloom

Tom ๐Ÿ”— Allie ๐Ÿ”— Ben ๐Ÿ”— Barbara ๐Ÿ”— Hancock ๐Ÿ”— Brody ๐Ÿ”— Sloan ๐Ÿ”— Skye ๐Ÿ”— Nick ๐Ÿ”— Julian Cross

Can it be double the pleasure and double the fun, or is it just double the pain and double the heartache? But luck, and family fortunes, have a way of running out.

Darwin Bloom is a man without a life, an identity, even a real name. But he might have found a home in Tom. Living on the lam isn't exactly conducive to relationships, but Darwin wants Tom too much to stay away. He'll soothe his damaged lover with soft caresses, with patience, with his hard bodyโ€”until the best sex of their lives in interrupted by agents from Darwin's mysterious past.

Together they will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy life. Sure, Allie and Tom now reside in a rented nine-thousand-square-foot lakeside mansion with a sky-lit shower and breathtakingly high-thread-count sheets. True, Otis Johnson, Allie's deliverer from last summer's would-be-kidnapper, is now their live-in bodyguard and gourmet chef. Yes, Allie's dream of creating the T&A Detective Agency to solve "mysteries of the heart" by using Tom's money, Otis' P. I. credentials, and Allie's intrepid... intrepidness... now has its first case.

Losing his father was hard enough, but now Ben Grady must face the fact that he and his brother may not be sole owners of their beloved ranch. To protect his family's legacy, he's forced to rely on the legal prowess of the woman who stars in his erotic fantasies: Allie O'Keefe. Ben's never forgotten the illicit encounter they shared fifteen years ago--or forgiven himself for letting her go.

Lady Barbara Jeffords is certain her little sister didn't murder the footman, no matter how it looks...and no matter what the Marquess of Beningbrough--Ben--might say. But who was the lucky girl? In fact, she wants nothing to do with ruggedly handsome Ben; he reminds her of all the insensitive clods who passed her over.

Silent Is the House by Barbara J. Hancock--Grief-stricken Angelica Peters finally visits Allen House, the crumbling mansion she once stood to inherit. Failure is not an option. Is it Angelica he desires? All good reasons not to become emotionally involved.

Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock left Knights Bridge at eighteen, a few steps ahead of arrest and the wrath of Heather's older brothers. Though Brody had never planned to return, Vic, a retired diplomat and friend, needs his help.

Staying at Vic's guest house makes it impossible to avoid running into a Sloan at every turnโ€”especially Heather. Seeing her again has affected Brody more than he wants to admit. But Heather is wary of Brody's sudden interest in her, and she suspects there's more to his homecoming than he's letting on.

A cynic by nature, Sloan Skye wasn't thrilled when she was assigned to the FBI's Paranormal Behavioral Analysis Unit. This time, we're the ones who need protection. Most of all, Sloan's grateful her career is on trackโ€”because her love life, if you can even call it that, is in shambles.

For four years wedding planner Skye Andrews has kept a secret from hotshot lawyer Nick Coburn--they have a daughter.... Now Skye's working on a wedding where Nick is the best man--and their attraction is as strong as ever! He's gruff, rude, and way too upset about a minor accident.

Then Nick's boyfriend and former Recon teammate, Kelly Abbott, joins him in Boston, and Nick finds his hands a little too full as the case and his personal life collide. The witness he's dubbed "JD" is being tailed by Julian Cross, a retired CIA hitman. To complicate matters further, JD forms an attachment to Nick that Nick struggles not to respond to as they search for the key to JD's identity.

Left alone in Baltimore after his unpredictable lover bails, Special Agent Zane Garrett takes his frustration out on everything in his path until he is ordered to Chicago to back up an undercover operative. When he gets there, though, he finds himself face to face with his wayward partner, Special Agent Ty Grady. They have to deal with the uncertainty lingering between them while they work to retrieve their intended mark, a retired hit man and CIA wet-works operative named Julian Cross.

Chapter 60: Everhart

There would be blood.Blood for blood.Blood to pay.An entire world of it. But their demanding, wickedly handsome father?

When fertility counselor Melissa Everhart decided to have a baby on her own, she didn't anticipate triplets...or her ex-husband's return to Safe Harbor. Three years ago, Edmond's reluctance to have children tore them apart. But now that he's been made guardian of his niece, Melissa witnesses how tenderly he cares for the little girl.

Chapter 61: Carsington

Charlotte ๐Ÿ”— Moriarty ๐Ÿ”— Watson ๐Ÿ”— Alice ๐Ÿ”— Anglesea ๐Ÿ”— Roger ๐Ÿ”— Texas ๐Ÿ”— Addy ๐Ÿ”— Laurel ๐Ÿ”— Tracey

A successful oceanside chef meets the man of her dreams--a P.I. It's different than anything they've ever felt.

Darius Carsington is a spectacularly handsome rake with a rare intelligence and no heart, a man who divides his time between bedding loose-moraled women and writing scholarly papers. High tea and hot sauce. But there's something intriguing, and not quite perfect, about faultless Lady Charlotte Hayward. and new mothers and their crying babies are exiled to a separate room.

Moriarty's shadow looms large. First, Charlotte's half brother disappears. Then, Lady Ingram, the estranged wife of Charlotte's close friend Lord Ingram, turns up dead on his estate. And all signs point to Lord Ingram as the murderer.

Imagine the twisted evil twins of Holmes and Watson and you have the dangerous duo of Prof. James Moriarty - wily, snake- like, fiercely intelligent, unpredictable - and Colonel Sebastian 'Basher' Moran - violent,politically incorrect, debauched. Together they run London crime, owning police and criminals alike. He's probably got his eye on some leggy blonde with a trust fund.

Alice Watson's no longer the shy, overweight girl everyone dissed back in high school -- everyone, that is, except Marcus Quinn, her one-time best friend who ended up trampling all over her heart. Now, thirteen years later, Alice is tall, stunning, sensational...and a genuine movie star who goes by the name of Desirรฉe LaCroix. And passion's flame starts smoking again when she sees that handsome Marcus still has it going on. But is it Alice or her famous Hollywood persona who's got his beautiful brown eyes wide open?

He married for convenience, but William of Anglesea had hoped for more than piety from his new bride. Raised in a convent and thrice widowed, prim Lady Alice of Tarnwych seems like an innocent when it comes to the marriage bedโ€”except for the tentative passion he senses in her touch, and sees in her eyes. It seems the bold knight has a new challenge in alluring Alice. If only others felt the same!

As the oldest son and heir to Anglesea, it is Roger's duty to stand tall and strong. The hardworking widower wants a marriage without emotional risks. However, with the Anglesea family jockeying for a more advantageous position, Roger must marry judiciously.

Sara Beaudry knew the note from her brother, Roger, was a matter of life and death. Without a moment's hesitation she walked out on her career, traded her car for a motorcycle and rode off into the Texas sunset. Roger's message had been clear: If she wanted to stay alive, she had to find his former partner, Mackenzie Hawk, who was living somewhere in Oklahoma's Kiamichi Mountains, and she had to find him fast.

Rede Smith didn't think so, yet the Texas Ranger hadn't counted on the brave and beautiful Addy Kelly, whose tender mercies and intoxicating touch gave him hope for a life free of the dark secret that plagued him.

After being jilted at the altar, Laurel decided to focus her attention on training and breeding her quarter horses. But being around Kase, she's finding her heart is being stolen once again, and not just by the rugged rancher. Because it seems Addy's mission is to make Laurel her new mommy!

The years following the war have been hard on Laurel Tracey. But once we're in the hotel room? Laurel has been trying to run her two hundred acre ranch as best she can.

Inside: Tracey never fit in anywhere as a child, so she worked hard to make college different. Not when her beloved brother's odd ways have their family threatening to institutionalize him. At first everything is idyllic. No one believed she was a native Southerner.

Chapter 62: Cazador

El ๐Ÿ”— Ky ๐Ÿ”— Xander

When you gamble at love. And no unescorted women are allowed.

No fantasy of romance had yet rivaled Jennie's love for the wildness of the land. But small towns have long memories, and when a new string of murders occurs, all signs point to the daughter of a murderer. But there is something about the rugged El Cazador that captures her attention in way that thrills, frightens, and awakens her. Or maybe something even more tragic: being separated.

When the Callings, those powerful magical gifts, become threatened, Eliyana discovers her connection with Ky Rhyen may have something to do with it. El needs answers before the Callings disappear altogether. Can she find a way to sever her tie with Ky without killing him, and keep herself from truly falling for him in the process?

Cassia's quest leads her to question much of what she holds dear, even as she finds glimmers of a different life across the border. But as Cassia nears resolve and certainty about her future with Ky, an invitation for rebellion, an unexpected betrayal, and a surprise visit from Xander - who may hold the key to the uprising and, still, to Cassia's heart - change the game once again. Nothing is as expected on the edge of Society, where crosses and double crosses make the path more twisted than ever.

Born of heaven, forged in hellfire and damnation, Xander roams the Earth as an unlikely protector of the innocent. Grudgingly embroiled in a demon uprising, Xander must help his brothers-in-arms recover four Sacred Relics rumored to be Lucifer's downfall.

Chapter 63: Noah Wilcox

Lee ๐Ÿ”— Benton ๐Ÿ”— America ๐Ÿ”— Meghan ๐Ÿ”— Winter Court ๐Ÿ”— Logan ๐Ÿ”— Oldre ๐Ÿ”— Rachel Tanner ๐Ÿ”— Kevin ๐Ÿ”— Rosie ๐Ÿ”— Angelo

Warning: multiple sexy heroes, a heroine who seems demure but really isn't, light bondage and mild violence.

Harper Lee Wilcox has been marking time in her hometown of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina since her husband, Noah Wilcox's death, nearly five years earlier. With her son Ben turning five and living at home with her mother, Harper fights a growing restlessness, worried that moving on means leaving the memory of her husband behind.

Rural Benton Lake is sanctuary to Katrice Ware and Lee Oliver. However, more than one chance meeting with the sexy widower is turning Katrice's well-organized and solitary haven upside down. Intrigued by her beauty and sense of independence, Lee is equally baffled by Katrice's aloofness. All they agree on is their love for the baby.

Dorothea Benton Frank is one of America's most insightful writers weaving highly addictive tales of the conundrums of life with hilarity and heat. Now, in The Land of Mango Sunsets, Frank gives us one woman's journey toward a hard-won truthโ€”that life isn't always what it appears to be, and the sooner you realize that pride won't keep you warm at night, the happier you will be.

Meghan is nothing like the pampered beauties Lucas is used to courting, but this waif-like woman with the haunting air of melancholy stirs something deep inside him. In America, a man waits for her. Bur the thought of Meghan in another's arms drives Lucas almost to madness. Unfortunately for him, that summer rental next door came with a year-round caretaker.

Is their marriage ending...Or just beginning? Both men are driven to control their psychic abilities, and their decisions have reverberated throughout the family line, rewarding some with powers beyond their wildest dreams, and cursing others to a life filled with madness and hallucinations. Now Meghan Chase must fulfill her promise to Prince Ash of the Winter Court and embark upon a dangerous journey into the heart of enemy territory--while being pursued by a relentless new foe and guarding her own foolish heart.

Meghan Chase used to be an ordinary girl...until she discovered that she is really a faery princess. After escaping from the clutches of the deadly Iron Fey, Meghan must follow through on her promise to return to the equally dangerous Winter Court with her forbidden love, Prince Ash. But first, Meghan has one request: that they visit Puck--Meghan's best friend and servant of her father, King Oberon--who was gravely injured defending Meghan from the Iron Fey.

What if America had a royal family? If you can't get enough of Harry and Meghan or Kate and William, meet American princesses Beatrice and Samantha. Crazy Rich Asians meets The Crown. Perfect for fans of Red, White, and Royal Blue and The Royal We!

For Logan Black, Jaiven Rodriguez and Zair al Ruyi, New York is spread out before them like the Garden of Eden...and no one knows the sweet taste of forbidden fruit better than America's most ruthless billionaires!

As a smoke jumper, Reyne Oldre--friend to Rachel Tanner and Beth Morgan (Refuge)--once led a team of courageous firefighters into a blaze that ended in unspeakable tragedy. but is it for real? But when the flames of love begin to flicker between her and smoke jumper Logan McCabe, Reyne must face the fearsome storms from her past and battle the raging Firestorm that burns in her soul.

As a smoke jumper, Reyne Oldre, friend to Rachel Tanner & Beth Morgan (Refuge), once led a team of courageous firefighters into a blaze that ended in unspeakable tragedy. Never had the name of a town been more apt or mocked a person more. But when the flames of love begin to flicker between her & smoke jumper Logan McCable, Reyne must face the fearsome storms from her past & battle the raging Firestorm that burns her soul.

When newly single Rachel Tanner finds out that pro pitcher Kevin Ganlin has come home to recover from an injury, her heart skips a beat. These "Greater-Thans" undergo rigorous training to master unique abilities--including telekinesis, super strength, and reversal of the aging process--by accessing untapped regions of the brain.

Orphaned at a young age, the lives of Rosie, Gavin, Nell, and Kevin are irrevocably intertwined. Rising from poverty, all four go on to stunning success: Rosie as an award-winning costume designer; Gavin as a world-renowned Hollywood actor; Nell as the head of a global public relations company; and Kevin as the head of the NYPD Crime Intelligence Commission and a leader in the fight against organized crime.

Behind Rosie Tom's angelic face and sinfully delicious body, Angelo Di Capua knows there is a deceitful gold digger. But his late wife has left Rosie a cottage on his country estate--and if she wants to stay, she'll have to make a deal with the devil!

But as cabin fever sets in, passions erupt, and Anna realizes the price of stopping Angelo has just gotten higher. But now that the final battle is upon her, there's more at stake than fighting.

Chapter 64: Lanka

Bloomwood ๐Ÿ”— York ๐Ÿ”— Pemberton ๐Ÿ”— Georgia ๐Ÿ”— Stuart ๐Ÿ”— Penhallow ๐Ÿ”— Hugo ๐Ÿ”— Paris

The earth itself will soon turn against its inhabitants, and now mortal and immortal must join forces if any are to survive.

Your wedding day is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, right? Like the twenty silk dressing gowns Becky Brandon (nรฉe Bloomwood) finds in Hong Kong, or the hand-carved dining table from Sri Lanka, or the, um, huge wooden giraffes from Malawi (that her husband expressly forbade her to buy).

With her shopping excesses (somewhat) in check and her career as a TV financial guru thriving, Becky Bloomwood's biggest problem seems to be tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, away from work for a romantic country weekend. That is, until Luke announces he's moving to New York for business--and he asks Becky to go with him! Before you can say "Prada sample sale," Becky has landed in the Big Apple, home of Park Avenue penthouses and luxury department stores.

Vampires are nothing but trouble...As far as beautiful vampire Sadie Pemberton is concerned, werewolves shouldn't be sticking their noses into New York's supernatural politics. Unfortunately, crime doesn't take a vacation.

Leaving behind a disastrous marriage, Andy Calhoun moves to the small town of Pemberton, Georgia, "in search of banality." What she discovers, though, is not serenity, but Tom Dabney, a passionate and magical man.

On a Caribbean island far from the gleaming towers of Atlanta, Michele Logan's beach vacation takes a hellish turn when she's stranded on the side of the roadโ€”and who should appear as her knight in shining armor but Ian Stuart? Back in Georgia, their two powerful families are committed to destroying each other, at least in the business world. But under the moonlight in Martinique, Michele surrenders to the sizzling touch of a man who's supposed to be off-limits.

Wealthy and arrogant, Gabriel Penhallow knows it's time to fulfill his dynastic duty. All he must do is follow "The Penhallow Way"โ€”find a biddable bride, produce an heir and a spare, and then live separate lives. It's worked so well for generations, certainly one kiss with the delectable Livia Stuart isn't going to change things. They both agree to take their attraction further.

As a Penhallow, his is one of the highest names in the land, but still his family is facing ruin. So Katherine boldly proposes an exchange: his name for her money. But only if Hugo understands it's merely a practical arrangement, and that she's not surrendering herself entirely.

When Hugo and Neve settle in Paris, they assume that they will enjoy a few peaceful years away from the turmoil of British politics, but they are not nearly as safe as they believe themselves to be, especially since everyone has something to hide.

Marianne is stuck in a loveless, unhappy marriage. After forty-one years, she has reached her limit, and one evening in Paris she decides to take action. Following a dramatic moment on the banks of the Seine, Marianne leaves her life behind and sets out for the coast of Brittany, also known as "the end of the world."

Chapter 65: Lavonda Leigh

Jones ๐Ÿ”— Texas ๐Ÿ”— Jackson ๐Ÿ”— Austria ๐Ÿ”— King

Warning: Fifty percent less angst, twice as much filthy-talking, dirty-daring cowboy. Get ready for a whole lot of make-your-knees-weak wooing from a man intent on proving he's got what it takes, and the woman ready to push him way past his limits.

When former bronc rider Lavonda Leigh is asked to guide a Scottish archaeologist through the Arizona desert, she's expecting a fussy egghead. But then she discovers tall, strong Jones Kincaid competing at the local Highland games. In the lawless tropical forests, they share danger and desire.

Liberty Jones has dreams and determination that will take her far away from Welcome, Texas - if she can keep her wild heart from ruling her mind. Hardy Cates sees Liberty as completely off-limits. His own ambitions are bigger than Welcome, and Liberty Jones is a complication he doesn't need. Now their careers are as cold as their relationship.

In Montana for his brother's nuptials, Jackson Cardwell isn't looking to be anybody's hero. But the Texas single father knows a beautiful lady in distress when he meets her. Someone's hell-bent on making Allie Taylor think she's losing her mind. Jackson's determined to unmask the perp...and guard the widowed wedding planner and her little girl with his life.

Since losing his wife, Christmas isn't the same for TV presenter Jackson Bennett. He goes where the work takes him, this time to Austria. And people keep acting oddly. Until their time alone turns into an unexpected Christmas to remember!

After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon's power is absolute. When Marie-Louise, the eighteen year old daughter of the King of Austria, is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon, leaving the man she loves and her home forever, or say no, and plunge her country into war.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier's fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Chapter 66: Prince Julian

Katrina ๐Ÿ”— Reed ๐Ÿ”— Malik ๐Ÿ”— Gracie ๐Ÿ”— Harrison ๐Ÿ”— Abby

"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. Must be nice, brainy, and fond of cats.

Charged with the care of the newly orphaned heir to the Kardana throne, nanny Katrina Vicente finds herself faced with an even more formidable task--working alongside the boy's uncle, the devastatingly handsome Prince Julian, the prince regent.

Even with passions riding high, Reed knows an affair with Katrina can't continue. Step out of your comfort zone. A shifter child is missing.

Sydney Reed dreamed of being a princess in a faraway land, and couldn't believe that smolderingly sexy Sheikh Malik of Jahfar would marry plain old her--even out of convenience. Both are infamous for betraying their allies, so how can they create a believable alliance to meet the challenge of their enemies?

When Malik learns the truth a decade later, he explodes back into Gracie's life. He sweeps her from her small hometown to his splendid kingdom, where, kiss by scorching kiss, he's intent on legitimizing his heirโ€”and satisfying his cravingsโ€”by crowning Gracie his desert queen!

Meet Gracie Sumner, reluctant Cinderella. When the down-to-earth Midwesterner learns her deceptively humble neighbor left her fourteen billion-with-a-b dollars, she doesn't know what to do. Especially when said neighbor's shunned heir, Harrison Sage III, stakes his claim.

When Abby Bowen's dream of love is dashed, she pursues a new dream: opening a dinner theater in Hot Mineral Springs, Colorado. But when a princely secret and an unplanned pregnancy threaten to change everything...can this dark-hearted bad boy become a prince and a father? The handsome father of twins who answers Abby's ad is perfect...perhaps too perfect. Working with someone like Harrison Kingsley--without losing her heart--will be harder than Abby anticipated.

When Caleb Gentry's wife passed away, he knew he'd need help to raise his baby girl. Abby's loving spirit, strong faith and warm heart make Caleb want to be a better man. But when it comes to love, all bets are off. But Caleb's never had things come easy in his life, and making this new family work will be his most important challenge yet.

Chapter 67: Dina Cortez

Connor ๐Ÿ”— Morrison ๐Ÿ”— Ben ๐Ÿ”— Nelson ๐Ÿ”— Brianne ๐Ÿ”— Kenyon ๐Ÿ”— Waterloo ๐Ÿ”— Lucy ๐Ÿ”— Damien

As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Exhibit B: Their supposedly hostile negotiations are turning hot instead.

"An unpredictable page-turner that unfolds in the voices of three superbly distinct characters. When Connor King learns he has fathered triplets, he feels double-crossed. Now nothing will stand in the way of claiming his heirs, not even their alluring legal guardian, Dina Cortez.

After over a year together, Connor Morrison and Wes Martin decide to tie the knot. But an ethics complaint regarding their deeply non-traditional relationship threatens Connor's job and Wes's Ph.D. The fact that Connor tried to keep it from Wesโ€”even with the best of intentionsโ€”makes the situation even worse and casts a pall over their plans for a Christmas wedding in New York.

Ben Knight has spent his life protecting those in need and helping abused women escape their terrible circumstances. He'll stop at nothing to save the lives of his clients, especially the hauntingly beautiful Kate Morrison, a woman threatened by a man whose wealth allows him to get away with everythingโ€”including murder.

Ever since the Helmuths' grandson, Ben, abruptly broke his engagement and moved to Florida, Emma Nelson has kept busy tending her vegetable garden and raising award-winning pumpkins. She can put her heartache aside to help Ben's Mammi with her own pumpkin patch. At least until Ben shows up to lend support to his ailing Dawdi.

Night after night, Brianne Nelson has fantasized about the sexy stranger she met at the cafรฉ where she works part-time. Never in her wildest dreams did she imagine that he'd turn out to be a client for her "real" job as a physical therapistโ€”or how much better Jake would look with his clothes off!

Three years ago Brianne Kenyon suffered the unthinkable: her fiancรฉ disappeared while hiking the Rocky Mountains, never to be seen again. Heartbroken beneath an avalanche of grief, Brianne's not sure what her path holds. But just when she starts to regain her foothold on life, sexy Alex Thorpe returns to townโ€”and her pain reaches its peak. Will a downbeat melody end their romance before it truly begins?

Honed by danger and haunted by the past, Lord Michael Kenyon finds it easy to risk his life for his country's sake. But in the shadow of Waterloo, he faces a far more dangerous threatโ€”the loss of his heart to the beautiful battlefield nurse who saves his life, yet can never be his.

Ensign James Rowland was fortunate to return from Waterloo unscathed--at least in body. Because it's a lot easier to be friends with a woman who isn't prancing around your house in yoga pants. Only in the company of sweet, compassionate Lucy Williams, a volunteer at the Veterans' Group in Bath, does he begin to feel happiness is within reach.

True--but Dami only agrees to school Lucy in the fine art of seduction because he's afraid of who she'll ask if he says no! Except there's a wild card. Still, when it comes to Lucy's sweet lit-from-within beauty, Damien has to wonder...who is going to protect him?

I've long dreamed of my fairy-tale wedding, but it wasn't until I met Damien Stark--who captured me with his kisses and undid me with his touch--that I began to believe it was my destiny. Once they'd been each other's first love, first everything. No expectations; no future obligations.

Chapter 68: Officer Valri Cavanaugh

A serial killer strikes every twelve hours. There may be better days ahead.

Officer Valri Cavanaugh is pulled from the ranks to assist in a case that could make or break her career. This is the reality for sons and daughters of fallen angels. But this man has a fearsome reputation.

Chapter 69: Hopen

Mennonite ๐Ÿ”— Penny ๐Ÿ”— Jackson ๐Ÿ”— Ashe ๐Ÿ”— Juliana ๐Ÿ”— England ๐Ÿ”— Earl ๐Ÿ”— Mercy ๐Ÿ”— Hollywood

But with nowhere to escape--except overboard--and her delicious boss lying in the next cabin, it's easier said than done!

Since the day Rhoda Mummau was baptized into the Old Order Mennonite Church and became the head midwife of Hopen Haus, she's been torn between the needs of the unwed mothers under her care and her desire to conceal the secrets of her past. A secret that has already caused countless people to go missing.

Penny Troyer never disobeys her parents. But tonight she's bending the rules because Michael Knoxxโ€”the most famous member of the Knoxx Family, a traveling Mennonite evangelical familyโ€”is scheduled to speak. Penny has heard of Michaelโ€”how he lost part of his leg in a terrible accident and uses the experience to inspire othersโ€”and knows she must meet him. So was this new life a dream?

Cal Buchanan needs a top-flight chef to take over his Seattle waterfront restaurant. He can afford the bestโ€”the only problem is, the best happens to be his ex-wife, Penny Jackson. Before Penny knows it, the attraction between them moves from a lower simmer to a full boil!

When Cathryn Ashe was seventeen, she ran away to the anonymity of the city after a romantic encounter with Rule Jackson, the manager of her father's ranch. Now, eight years later, her father has passed away, leaving her the ranch, and Cathryn returns to claim what's hers...and to challenge Rule like never before.

Since her family's exile, Juliana Sabin had borne full responsibility for their safety. Will they be able to smother their sizzling attraction, or is it time to start playing for keeps? Now, months later, Ashe is back and tempting Juliana to reveal her darkest secrets...and desires. And no one suspects the truth behind a single artifact that holds the secrets to an entire civilization.

At a dazzling New Year's Eve ball, Lady Juliana Dare is thrilled to finally meet the mysterious privateer known only as the Archangel. For months his breathtaking escapades against Napoleon's fleet have been the talk of London. So Juliana is utterly shocked when she recognizes the pale blue eyes of the man who betrayed her trust and broke her spirit. Now Juliana plans to expose the truth: England's hero is nothing more than a common fraud.

A true American princess, Cecily White stood to inherit her father's business empire. Three engagements, no wedding... And the ton is beginning to talk. Then, on a trip to England, Cece fell under the spell of a dashing peer who had more to recommend him than the length of his title and the size of his countinghouse. But Cece wouldn't surrender her heart to the virile Earl of Graystone until he proved that the only treasure he wanted was her love.

With a tarnished reputation, Mercy Lyndhurst expected to become the Earl of Rochford's mistress, not his wife. Immediately abandoned by her husband after their wedding, Mercy transformed herself from commoner to countess, vowing to protect the lands and people her husband was forced to leave.

That's definitely not part of the plan. Tess, who has reluctantly flown in from Hollywood, just hopes to fly back with as much cash as possible - as soon as possible. And Lily Mercy would be grateful for anything; she has learned to expect disappointment, even cruelty, from men.

Five years ago, Sapphie Benedict lost her virginity to hunky Hollywood screenwriter Rik Prince. Convinced that Rik was really in love with her sister, Sapphie knew she could never see him again or tell him of the consequence of their brief affair!

Chapter 70: Mitch MacKinnon

Juliette ๐Ÿ”— Reestablishment ๐Ÿ”— Lady ๐Ÿ”— Marie ๐Ÿ”— Max ๐Ÿ”— Kendall ๐Ÿ”— Holly ๐Ÿ”— Haynes ๐Ÿ”— Sandy ๐Ÿ”— Evans ๐Ÿ”— Payton

And you thought your job was hell. So why is he suddenly back in town, working at his dad's garage--on her car?

Sports reporter Mitch MacKinnon is stuck writing an exposรฉ about a local dating service, and no amount of foot-dragging or complaining will get him out of it. Their mirrored pasts give them deep, wounded reasons to stay alone. He'd love the chance to date Juliette Lowell a time or two. At parties and family gatherings.

No one knows why Juliette has such incredible power. She thought this was just a small price to pay for feeding her brothers back home. But The Reestablishment sees it as a gift, sees her as an opportunity. Place your bets, savvy readers.

Never give your heart; never get hurt. She thought she'd finally defeated the Reestablishment. A discreet male who knows just when to leave in the morning. But Juliette has only just begun to unravel a lifetime of lies, and she finds herself faced with a familiar choice:

Lady Juliette Matthews longs to be much more than just another pretty ornament in society. But only a green card will do! But as they explore various confusing clues in the decades-old abduction, they grow closer. But he's here to dish the dirt that'll be his ticket to a big-time newspaper; a relationship is the furthest thing from his mind.

Lady Bernadette Marie Burton may be the richest widow in England, but like her dreams of finding true passion, her reputation is deteriorating. Cruel gossip, loneliness and hordes of opportunistic suitors have her believing Society couldn't be more vile...or dangerous. Soon the world's press is reporting their engagement!

Max doesn't want a soul mate, but to his dismay, she shows up at his party. Just as Marie can't resist the temptation to feed, Max can't resist the instinctual urge to claim her. Marie has never wanted a relationship, but she can't shake off Max's pursuit. Can they overcome the secrets in her past, and the shadows in his, to find a perfect future together?

High school senior Kendall, who just returned from a life-changing semester in Europe, and Max, who is drifting his way through a gap year before college, struggle with these questions when they witness a tragic accident in New York City during the holiday season.

Weekend reporter Holly Kendall isn't looking for a mile-high romance when she boards a first-class flight home to Houston. it can be a pain in the neck. But Anderson Gunn, the sensual legal consultant sitting next to her on the plane, is one irresistible distraction. For two people who want nothing of love but have everything in common, emotions soon forge an unforeseen bond.

When firefighter Jordan Haynes rescues Holly Garrett's mischievous cat, Mistletoe, from her burning apartment, he winds up in the hospital. Holly, a shy, innocent 28-year-old, feels so bad about Jordan's injuries that she stops by his hospital bed and begins visiting him at home, as well. Soon she's not only preparing his evening meals but also giving him sponge baths, and she definitely isn't prepared for the sexy glances Jordan throws her way or the feelings that he awakens in her.

Single mom Sandy Walker came to Glenwood seeking a quiet, friendly place to raise her three children. No way was she looking for a walk on the wild side with notorious bachelor Kyle Haynes. So what if the impossibly sexy deputy enthralled her kids and made Sandy ache with desire? And how exactly did all that high-kick dancing start in the first place?

She thought she'd found the man of her dreams in Hunter Bristol. Sandy Evans planned to settle down with this handsome, ideal father figure for her two little girls. The voice of an angel. Suddenly it's high school revisitedโ€”complete with her lustful thoughts about him.

Payton hasn't seen Nate Evans in years--not since he used to hang out with her brother in high school. But now she and Nate are guests at the same wedding where the notorious millionaire offers her a wild proposal--a sexy, scandalous and irresistible affair!

When making love, Marco D'Angelo was sensual and passionate. Robots are our future. When their whirlwind marriage fell apart, Payton left him, taking their two young daughters with her.

Chapter 71: Kaddim

Does the stork have the right address? He was seeking justice--and he would use any means to get it. A world where transvestites work at entertaining patrons and alcohol flows freely. What will come of these two very different lives?

When Prince Kythar falls under attack in his own castle, he has no idea that his enemies are none other than the ancient Kaddim Brotherhood plotting to destroy his royal line. But the three women have never been close. Kyth's fighting skills are no match for the Kaddim, leaving him no time to put his magic to work.

Chapter 72: Paola Lopes

Peralta ๐Ÿ”— Jennie ๐Ÿ”— Theodore ๐Ÿ”— Alice ๐Ÿ”— Barrett ๐Ÿ”— Catherine ๐Ÿ”— Gracie

The princess will always welcome to her bed the warrior, even if one must pay the ultimate price.

Rey Peralta has been sent to persuade Paola Lopes to return to Brazil and take up her place as Priestess of the Guardians, protectors of the sacred realm hidden deep in the Amazon rainforest. He knows Paola is the one they need to ensure their survival--but he doesn't expect the instant blast of desire that sparks between them. ;-) Grab your copy today! Can he convince Paola to accept her destiny and stay with her people--and by his side?

He was heir-apparent to a ranching fortune, but Rick Peralta craved freedom. He found it in his disguise as El Cazador, a notorious gunman with a fast flight, a fleet horseโ€”and the company of a woman whenever he pleased. But when he sets eyes on Jennie McCaine among his compadres, there's only one woman he wants. The rancher's daughter may be sheltered, but he can see that Jennie has a free spirit to match his own.

Dive into a gripping historical romance from master of naturalism Theodore Dreiser. Things appear to be looking up for downtrodden maid Jennie Gerhardt when she meets and falls in love with a dashing senator. However, soon after their romance blossoms, her new lover is ripped away, leaving Jennie destitute and pregnant. Gambling hells, phaeton races, masquerades.

Alice Roosevelt, the brilliant, danger-loving daughter of President Theodore Roosevelt, has already risked an assassin's bullet to solve one murder. That's where the real passion was lurking. Together they built a billion-dollar dream.

Nurse Alice Palmer's world is turned upside down by the new E.R. consultant Andrew Barrett. Not just because he's gorgeous, nor even because he forced her to leave London in disrepute. No, Alice's world is spinning out of control because despite everything, Andrew's the man she fell in love with--and she's never recovered from her unrequited crush.

Catherine Ryan Barrett, running from fame and fortune of her family name, wants nothing more to spend the winter alone and sequestered in her high mountain cabin. This is a onenighter--and don't forget it!

When Catherine Michaels tracks down her long lost sister, Gracie, after a desperate search, she's thrilled to find her alive and well. But there's also an unexpected bonusโ€”Gracie's sexy and single friend, Dean.

Gracie Parish knows the true cost of trust. Rescued as a child by the infamous Parish family, she became a member of their covert sisterhood of vigilantes. Gracie saw her most precious relationships destroyed by secrecy. No problemโ€”she'll find the perfect donor.

Chapter 73: Sunny Marlowe

Ruiz ๐Ÿ”— Cam ๐Ÿ”— Avery ๐Ÿ”— Prada

When the pair is thrust together and chaos reigns around them, they both know one thing: The things in life most worth having are the hardest to hold on to.

Ever since her mother's and brother's brutal murders, Sunny Marlowe has devoted her life to helping save others. Adorable Tonio Ruiz is just another youngster she's trying to helpโ€”or so she tells herself. Little does she know he's John's son. Because nothing--and no one--can keep a rodeo cowboy in one place.

After graduating from Bowler University, the last place Cam Ruiz ever expected to find himself is his hometown. A bad job as a bouncer and worry over his mom's health make living in Paradise anything but. Maybe we even believe it.

Cameron Hamilton is used to getting what he wants, especially when it comes to women. But when Avery Morgansten comes crashing into his life--literally--he finally meets the one person who can resist his soulful baby blues. But Cam's not ready to give up. How do you play hardball with a man who's charming and kind and still grieving?

Avery West's newfound family can shut down Prada when they want to shop in peace, and can just as easily order a bombing when they want to start a war. Part of a powerful and dangerous secret society called the Circle, they believe Avery is the key to an ancient prophecy. The daughter of a notorious gangster. It's human nature to wonder about life's twists and turns.

At Hot! Magazine, the devil really does wear Prada. When the CEO is an actual demon and the mail room guys are undercover demon slayers, it's not beyond the realm of possibility for an up-and-coming photographer and a model possessed by much more than a sweet tooth to fall in love.

Chapter 74: Black Wolf

Serena ๐Ÿ”— Granville ๐Ÿ”— Loretta ๐Ÿ”— Ruby ๐Ÿ”— O'Toole ๐Ÿ”— Rhoda ๐Ÿ”— Amish ๐Ÿ”— Ed ๐Ÿ”— Lynn ๐Ÿ”— Prince ๐Ÿ”— Will

A secret marriage gone oh-so-wrong. Especially the ones on the naughtier side.

Serena Rogan had traveled from Ireland to pursue a new dream in America. Yet as a washerwoman for Blackjack Kingston in a Dakota mining camp, she knew only slavery and submission. Until she risked her life rescuing a group of Sioux women, and entered a world filled with love and respect --and Black Wolf.

Dominic Granville needs a wife--whether he wants one or not! And governess Serena Somerton intends to find one for him. At least that's what each one suspects. And yet none of Dominic's prospective brides can meet Serena's increasingly high standards.

No matter how direct Loretta is, Granville doesn't get it. Don't get burned as their scorching passion explodes. When he begins stalking her, Loretta's gorgeous girlfriend, Madison, claims she can tame any man...so Loretta dares Madison to prove she can tame Granville. But sexing Granville while she's engaged to the most eligible bachelor in Houston may cost Madison more than Loretta's bet is worth.

Set on becoming rich and famous, Loretta convinces Maureen to let her start a modeling career with the help of a Miami photographer. But even as they move in promising new directions, they can't escape Mama Rubyโ€”including Virgil, who's concealed one of her most shocking acts for most of his life. To make a future that's truly hers, Maureen will have to take on a bit of Mama Ruby's strength, forge new bondsโ€”and face down the past.

Reality can be hotter than fiction. When Reed Sullivan is almost run off the road by a reckless driver, it's town newcomer Ruby O'Toole to the rescue. But the last thing Reed needs is a sexy distraction like Ruby, especially with the paternity of the infant left on the Sullivan brothers' doorstep still a mystery. For now, all he can offer Ruby is friendship...and maybe a kiss here or there.

Meanwhile, Annette's best friend, Rhoda O'Toole, has her hands full dealing with her wild child daughter, Jade. When Jade's antics almost cost Rhoda her man, Rhoda throws her out. But Jade soon finds a way to make Rhoda regret her choice.

More settled in her heart than ever before, Rhoda Byler feels a newfound confidence living in the Old Order Amish settlement she helped establish in Orchard Bend, Maine. Though it has been almost a year since one brother left, Rhoda is happy to be working alongside the other brother as they tend and nurture the settlement's orchard. Time has helped to heal Rhoda's wounds, and she finds that even her unusual gift of profound intuition is less of a burden as she continues to seek God's wisdom and purpose for her life.

When Viola Keim starts working at a nearby Mennonite retirement home, she strikes up an unlikely friendship with resident Atle, whose only living relative, son Edward, is living as a missionary in Nicaragua. Viola understands the importance of mission work, but she can't imagine leaving her father in the hands of strangers. Even though her family is New Order Amish, it's not the Amish way, and though she doesn't know Ed, she judges him for abandoning his father.

Single mom Lynn Morrow is determined to put food on the table for her son and daughter. Her soon-to-be-ex-husband has failed to meet his obligations time and again--but it turns out that Ed is struggling with his own demons.

Riley is on the run. It will complicate your love life. But a delay in Turnabout, Texas, shows him everything he didn't know he was missing: home, familyโ€”and Cassie Lynn. Can he find a way to become her Prince Charming...and build a real family with the children and Cassie Lynn?

Rancher Will Proffitt reluctantly gave Lacey a shot, certain she wouldn't last a week. Yet when she accomplished every dirty task he gave her, Will's feelings for Lacey began to change. He may not have been Prince Charming, but with him, Lacey might just have found her happily-ever-after.

So Bet comes up with a plan and persuades Will to give it a try: They'll switch places. She'll go to school as Will. Can you surmount these obstacles and find true love? But once Bet gets to school, she soon realizes living as a boy is going to be much more difficult than she imagined.

Chapter 75: Sagano

Will fate once again separate them--or is the time finally right for these two star-crossed lovers?

Sagano and Hazime Itirou face off at school and in their private lives, where traditions such as flower arranging and tea ceremony carry heavy responsibilities. Therians, our shapeshifting brethren, cannot be trusted.

Chapter 76: Elizabeth Gentry

Can two people with everything to lose allow themselves to finally capture the love they both deserve?

Elizabeth Gentry put all her passion into her students. If the only way to win is to reconcile with his estranged wife, he'll do what it takes. The feelings are mutual...and impossible to ignore. The plan seems flawless, except for one problem...

Chapter 77: Gunnar Norling

Lilly ๐Ÿ”— Ellis

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to? or a devil in disguise? Is it the right thing to do?

Journalist Lilly Matsuda just writes headlines; she doesn't make them. That is, until she runs afoul of Gunnar Norling while on assignment in the tiny town of Heartlandia. The handsome policeman intrigues more than Lilly's investigative senses...but she isn't going to let Gunnar's megawatt smile or smoldering good looks melt her heart.

After she left her husband, Lilliana Michaels never expected to want a man again. But rock-hard Josh Ellis is far too fine to pass up. He's got plenty to teach her about pleasureโ€”and he's so good with his hands that Lilly wants them all over her.

Matt Wainwright is constantly sabotaged by the overdramatic movie director in his head. He can't tell his best friend, Tabby, how he really feels about her, he implodes on the JV basketball team, and the only place he feels normal is in Mr. Ellis's English class, discussing the greatest fart scenes in literature and writing poems about pissed-off candy-cane lumberjacks.

Chapter 78: Issac

Paxton ๐Ÿ”— Robertson ๐Ÿ”— Trevor

When a spirited young woman is determined to break Society's rules, all a gentleman can do is lend a hand. And if they're not careful, this "benefits" package will be the ultimate deal-breaker.

But investment banker Isaac Mason isn't like the other men who strive for Autumn's attention. Her father has found the perfect man for her to marry. Working her way into Issac's world at Paxton Investment Securities, Autumn intends to find out what makes the millionaire tick, while remaining detached in his enticing presence.

Successful career woman Paxton Jones has come a long way from her dirt-poor roots--and the girl with an unrequited crush on high school football star Sawyer Robertson. Gauthier's privileged golden boy was way out of her league...until one passion-filled night. But when a project close to her heart reunites them, Paxton has to rein in her still-smoldering feelings for the devastatingly handsome civil engineer.

Ten thousand tries, to be exact. That duke is Trevor Nicholson, a man who knows the marquess well enough to know that he would not make her any kind of husband at all. Instead he nominates himself for the position, but as he soon finds, convincing the beautiful Miss Robertson to marry him instead will be the trickiestโ€”and most worthwhileโ€”task of his life.

Chassie West Glanzer hasn't been a stranger to drama and tragedy. A year of wedded bliss to sexy-as-sin cowboy Trevor Glanzer has brought her the happiness and contentment she never thought she'd find, and mellowed Trevor's rodeo wanderlust. Then Trevor's old roping partner ambles up the drivewayโ€”and Chassie's life changes drastically.

Chapter 79: Miss Diana Belgrave

As secrets are about to be exposed, Mick must decide if his plan for vengeance is worth risking what his heart truly desires.

The handsome, rakish heir to a dukedom, Lord Roland Northbridge Wildeโ€”known to his friends as Northโ€”left England two years ago, after being jilted by Miss Diana Belgrave. In their quest for true love on the range, are these ranchers bold enough to open their hearts to the women under their protection?

Chapter 80: Lady Grace Stanton

Lachlan ๐Ÿ”— Erin ๐Ÿ”— Newton ๐Ÿ”— Isaac ๐Ÿ”— Ellen ๐Ÿ”— Washington D.C. ๐Ÿ”— Erica ๐Ÿ”— Billie

But days and nights alone prove that some secrets are meant to be discovered...some desires are too powerful to resist...and some wounds can be healed only by love.

Ordered to marry, Laird Lachlan Kerr thought a betrothal to homely, timid Lady Grace Stanton was hardly worth the trouble of protest. .and then you reach this place where you feel like there are no boundaries for you anywhere. The notorious hacker is now a government good guy...and a sexy billionaire playboy.

Whispers, secrets and tales of ghosts abound in Pine Forest, but new librarian Erin Greenway doesn't believe in goblins.Yet the Victorian monstrosity she works in creaks and groans and speaks of horrible secrets she cannot deny.When the mysterious Scot, Lachlan Tavish, claims to be chasing a thousand-year-old vampire, his dark, dangerous looks make her wonder if he's the hunter or the hunted.

Dedicated doctor Erin Wilson lives her life cautiously--the opposite of Marc Newton, world-famous race-car driver and her newest patient. Resisting the seductive millionaire playboy's advances takes sheer grit, but Erin's determined to keep him off the track so he can heal from an old injury. Marc is set on racing again...and winning her heart.

As if seventh grade isn't hard enough, Truth Trendon learns she has to wear a back brace to help her worsening scoliosis. Mind-blowing sex and a few killer orgasms, on the other hand? Thanks for nothing, Isaac Newton!

Back in his Amish community, Isaac Lapp works to rebuild his tattered reputation. His one saving grace is childhood pal Ellen Mast. But even though Ellen's kindness and beauty are helping him become more confident each day, the lure of the non-Amish world beckons. Isaac must make a choice: a life beyond Happiness, Pennsylvania...or the woman who might just become his forever home.

FBI criminal profiler Ellen Tanner transferred out of Washington, D.C., to escape the grief of losing a husband. But her new partner, San Diego navy JAG lieutenant Jim Cochran, is a challenge she never expected.

Born into wealth, Erica Stanford has followed in her family's successful footsteps and now runs her own upscale boutique in an affluent Washington, D.C., neighborhood. Nor would the attraction between them.

Just when Sherise's career at the White Houseโ€”and her troubled marriageโ€”seem back on track, a political opponent and a secret from the past threaten to derail both. ..Determined to recover from scandal after an affair with a client, Billie has moved on to a new law firmโ€”but her appetite for power and revenge may destroy her relationship with her new manโ€”and her daughter. ..When Erica goes to work for Sherise's opposition, their friendship is tested. And when something totally unexpected happens, their power plays could erupt in heartbreak.

It was the kind of encounter Billie had seen only in the movies, and never dreamed could happen to her. As long as they both know this paradise is just for one week with no messy emotions, all should be fine. For one brief moment in time the walls Billie had built around her heart tumbled, though she believed their fiery passion would forever be no more than a bittersweet memory.

Chapter 81: Lord Brentmore

She'd have to join forces with the last man she should trust--and the only person who loved the children as much as she did.

Lord Brentmore--half Irish peasant, half English aristocrat--grew up under a cloud of scandal. Even money and a title aren't enough to stay the wagging tongues of the Ton. He thinks he's caught a second chance.

Chapter 82: Parents

Westfield ๐Ÿ”— Milton ๐Ÿ”— Rebecca ๐Ÿ”— Raphael ๐Ÿ”— Thorton ๐Ÿ”— Montagues ๐Ÿ”— Jenny ๐Ÿ”— Vietnam ๐Ÿ”— Guy ๐Ÿ”— Veronica ๐Ÿ”— Navy SEAL ๐Ÿ”— Cunningham ๐Ÿ”— Kamryn ๐Ÿ”— Kaya ๐Ÿ”— Jericho ๐Ÿ”— Kate ๐Ÿ”— Mario ๐Ÿ”— Sabrina

The outcome is truly sweet. Being cool in the traditional sense. Back to find out if we can still make this work.

Jillian Westfield has the perfect suburban life straight out of the upscale women's magazines that she obsessively reads. She's got the modern-print rugs of Metropolitan Home, the elegant meals from Gourmet, the clutter-free closets out of Real Simple, and the elaborate Easter egg hunts seen in Parents. With her successful investment banker husband behind the wheel and her cherubic eighteen-month-old in the backseat, hers could be the family in the magazines' glossy Range Rover ads.

Known as a brazen philanderer, Hayden Milton, Earl of Westfield, is almost done in by a vengeful mistress who aims a gun at a rather essential part of his anatomyโ€”but ends up wounding his thigh instead. Recuperating in his London townhouse, Hayden is confronted by his new medical attendant. Sophia Camden intrigues him, for behind her starched uniform is an enticing beauty better suited for bedding than dispensing salves and changing bandages.

Attacked by unknown assailants who murder her husband, Rebecca Milton flees her home in Alaska to the subartic mountains. So why does everyone have a problem with it?

At court, Rebecca innocently steps into the rivalry between the queen's spymaster and the noblewoman in charge of the maids of honor who is using the maids to spy on powerful courtiers. Soon Rebecca is entangled in a web of deceit with the charming marquis Rupert St. John. The devastatingly handsome n'er-do-well is the cousin of Raphael Locke, with whom Rebecca was once infatuated. What she doesn't know is that Rupert is a secret agent of the crown who leads a double life.

Prince Raphael Thorton preferred hard hats over crowns, the Arizona desert over an island kingdom. And Rafe, the title he favored, had vowed never to marry royalty or to subject his child to the rigorous upbringing he'd endured. Now it's come back to life!

In denim and rawhid Roland Thorton looked every inch a stable hand. But his bloodlines ran as blue as teh Montagues, age-old enemies of the Thortons, whose palace the prince infiltrated, searching for his kidnapped half sister. It's time to make a choice.

The Capulets and the Montagues had nothing on the Ryders and the Morgans! But despite the fact that each one was from one of the rival ranching families, Jenny Ryder and Win Morgan had a passionate summer affair four years ago--one that resulted in pregnancy. And friendship grows dangerously into love. Heartbroken, Jenny let herself be talked into divorcing Win...without ever having revealed the marriage to her family--or his.

Americans Jenny and her brother, Tom, are off to England: Tom to university, to dodge the Vietnam draft, Jenny to be the new girl at a boarding school, Illington Hall. This is Jenny's chance to finally stand out, so accidentally, on purpose, she tells a lie.

Willy Jane Maitland traveled to Saigon to uncover what had happened to her father, missing in action twenty years ago. But the buttoned-up woman he hires is a shadow of the vivacious girl he once knew. Only the rumpled and irreverent ex-soldier Guy Barnard seemed willing to help. But as Willy was about to discover, even Guy had his hidden motives, his shocking secrets...and Vietnam was a dangerous place to fall in love.

When Veronica married Guy, she didn't know it would mean more than twenty years of constant change, a new home every year in a different coastal town. Finally, she'd had enough, and fled with her teenage daughter to Whisper Mountain, to the home of her oldest friend. A man living a lie.

It will be the biggest challenge of Veronica St. John's career. She has two days to teach a rugged Navy SEAL to impersonate a European prince who has been targeted by terrorists. It's a tough assignment, but Veronica is sure she's up to the taskโ€”until she actually meets Joe.

Paul Cunningham has eluded many traps in his long career as a Navy SEAL, but there's no way out of this one. Far from it--she's a woman...and an incredibly alluring one!

Twenty-three year old Kamryn Cunningham has left behind a privileged, turbulent past for the anonymity of small-town life. A being so fearful, the greatest warriors will only whisper its name. Where else could Rory go? Though she can't deny the pull between them, Kamryn isn't a cheater and she's not good at sharing.

Twenty-three-year-old Kamryn Cunningham has left behind a privileged, tur-bulent past for the anonymity of small-town life. Step one: fire the idiot banker. But that was before one unforgettable princess reentered his life--and changed his views about vows...and bringing up baby! Though she can't deny the pull between them, Kamryn isn't a cheater and she's not good at sharing.

As I entered the gates of the Diamond C Ranch, I knew there was no turning back. I, Kaya Cunningham, would do anything to save my sick daughter, even throw myself on the mercy of my arrogant ex-brother-in-law, Joshua Cunningham, and his powerful family.

In the shelter of their love, Kaya blooms, finally willing to trustโ€”and embrace her humanity again. Then Hunter and Jericho are called away on a mission that goes terribly wrong. When the wagon carrying them falls under attack, each sister is picked up by a different man.

The last thing Kate wants to do is babysit her leading man, and Jericho Beaumont may be more than she can handle. They have never met face-to-face, and they don't know each other's real names. Despite her better judgment, Kate's attraction flares into explosive passion, and she is falling fast. But is she being charmed by the real Jericho or the superstar who dazzles the world?

Thirteen years later, Kat - now Kate White - has built a new life for herself. Now a single mom with a nine-year-old son, she works as a prosecutor in the Philadelphia DA's office. But her dark past returns to haunt her when she walks into court one day and has a devastating encounter with a prisoner, Mario Castellanos, one of her companions from that terrible night.

Sabrina is wary of Mario, whose dark good looks and advances are as tempting as the devil. But marry him she will, for baby Molly's sake. The only problem is Mario thinks he's marrying an experienced gold digger--when in fact the young woman bought to be his bride is as pure and unblemished as the diamonds he has used to bind her to him!

After a rocky beginning--Sabrina almost had her boss, the new CEO of Worths Department Store, arrested for shoplifting--their relationship only got worse! First Michael cancelled the store's annual Santa Claus parade. Then he wouldn't believe that Sabrina hadn't encouraged his teenage son to fall in love with her. But someone from the past has returned.

Chapter 83: Taylor Simms

But his best-laid plans are about to go awry, because her innocence is the one thing this powerful tycoon will realize is priceless.

Voluptuous beauty Taylor Simms has curves in all the right placesโ€”and an admirer from the next century who really appreciates them. Helping troubled teens in a church youth group seemed a good place to start.

Chapter 84: Wealthy Eden Trevoy

Ben ๐Ÿ”— Sierra ๐Ÿ”— Hannah ๐Ÿ”— Blue Hollow Falls ๐Ÿ”— Stevie

Just as they need each other more than ever, they'll have to answer the question of where friendship stops and love begins-and find out whether the feelings they have can survive the mounting pressure of fame.

Navajo policeman Ben Toomey was out of his element and knee-deep in something worse than Window Rock's usual chaos. Wealthy Eden Trevoy, the little visitor he'd once adored, was back on the reservation, all grown-up--and tangled in secrets about her lost heritage. She needed Ben's help, and somehow he just couldn't turn her away.

Sierra doesn't need a man in her life, not even one as tempting as Ben. But the more she keeps her distance, the more he wants her, and the harder it is for Sierra to steer clear of his teasing touches and his enticing eyes. To get him out of her system, Sierra makes a proposition: she'll sleep with him, but for one night only. Now, it's up to Ben to turn one night of pure ecstasy into a passion that never ends.

But as Sierra began to form a connection to one of her ancestors, Hannah McKettrick--also a woman with a young son and an inconvenient attraction to the wrong man--Sierra started to realize that there were some bonds that even time couldn't break. Poppy needs a nice man, not a rogue.

When Hannah Montgomery buys a lavender farm in Blue Hollow Falls with three friends, she's creating a life she never imaginedโ€”one she hopes will honor the memory of the sweet young son she tragically lost years ago. Standing on the porch of the sprawling farmhouse, looking out on row upon row of those lush purple plumes, Hannah is ready to embrace this fresh, new start.

Stevie is thrilled to help her best friend Sunny launch her new greenhouse business in Blue Hollow Falls. Not only does it give her a chance to visit the quaint location, but it's a welcome distraction from Stevie's recent bad luck with men. Just one catch: since Sunny's home is under renovation, Stevie must stay at the local inn, whose amenities feature hunky innkeeper, Noah Tyler.

Petite, kind, brilliant, and young, Stevie is nothing like the usual women bodyguard Shen Li is interested in. Even more surprising, the youngest of the lethal, ball-busting, and beautiful MacKilligan sisters is terrified of bears. An epic family saga filled with love, lust, revenge and passion. Vampires at a boarding school.

Chapter 85: Class Reunion

In a world of glamour and gold records, a young country music star finds her voice.

Humorous, heartwarming, often poignant and nostalgic, Class Reunion captures the spirit of the fifties brilliantly in contrast to the changing world the four girls have embraced, often with straightforward and pithy commentary on the social conventions of the past.

Chapter 86: Max Jackson

Williams ๐Ÿ”— Elliott

But Wren alone has to undo what she has wroughtโ€”even if it means breaking her heart all over again.

Shauna Williams finds out that Max Jackson, her childhood crush, is back in town for their friends' wedding. Shauna's all grown up now, and she has no intention of letting him slip through her fingers again.Ice Princess

From the moment she met gorgeous media tycoon Tag Elliott, Renee Williams could only fantasize about darkened bedrooms, whispered promises and how his lips would feel on hers. But Renee is a social workerโ€”and an excellent one at that, thank you very muchโ€”and Tag belongs to one of Manhattan's wealthiest families. But the idea of having an in-house show on a regular basis is a whole other matter.

A thrill-seeking photojournalist, Elliott risks his life daily in the most dangerous, war-torn regions on Earth. But has his military focus been compromised by his need to kiss her blind?

Chapter 87: Magic Nightingales

Madeleine ๐Ÿ”— Colin ๐Ÿ”— McBride ๐Ÿ”— Luke ๐Ÿ”— Keira ๐Ÿ”— Graham ๐Ÿ”— Eve ๐Ÿ”— Matt ๐Ÿ”— Abby ๐Ÿ”— Barlow ๐Ÿ”— Daisy ๐Ÿ”— Dawson ๐Ÿ”— Anna

As their feelings deepen and hidden enemies conspire to force them to part forever, can their love survive the cruelest test of all?

Madeleine Nightingale is her magician brother's assistant. They travel town-to-town performing as The Magic Nightingales, but her brother dreams of being on the stage in a fine London theater. Madeleine wants him to be happy, so when she hears a famous theater owner will attend a Faire to be held at Sheffield Priory, she knows it's their chance. And definitely not to fall for some overly protective urban cowboy.

Cool-headed, daring Madeleine Greenway is immune to Colin's vaunted charm. Her mission is not to rescue Colin but to kidnap him, and to be paid handsomely for it. But when it becomes clear that whoever wants Colin alive wants Madeline dead, the two become uneasy allies in a deadly race for truth. Yet a loving relationship and normal home life seem almost as unattainable as an Oscar.

High-spirited Annie Trevelyan leaves the mountains of Colorado behind, seeking fame and fortune, and no one is going to stop her. Not even Colin McBride, who's accompanying her West to make sure she goes to finishing schoolโ€”and doesn't go astray! The lovely Annie's sure some timely flirtation will soon have Colin wrapped around her finger, but her coolly calculating kiss stokes unexpectedly passionate fires in them both. So now Annie must escape...because Colin's got marriage on his mind!

Lettie McBride knows that joining a wagon train heading West is her chance to begin anew, far from the devastating memories of the night that changed her forever. She doesn't believe she can escape the pain of innocence lost, or feel desire for any man...until she meets Luke Fontaine.

Keira's shocked that she actually likes being looked after by gorgeous, gruff Luke. Maybe now he'll let her help him, too.... As fairy lights sparkle and Christmas approaches, could Keira have found her perfect home?

Instead it's an unforeseen betrayal that threatens Keira, causing Graham to risk exposureโ€”and his lifeโ€”to rescue her and redeem himself. She's finally on the cusp of proving to her big, overprotective family that she's independentโ€”until a careless mistake jeopardizes her plan to graduate.

Graham has never had such a heated, secret fling. But suddenly Eve is pregnant, and no strings attached turns into the ties that bind. Graham won't turn his back on what's his, but will family friction tear apart their fledgling affair?

Federal agent Matt Christensen hadn't planned on spending Christmas Eve dodging bullets. There's only one way to do so: ingest the parasitic blood of a vampire. But when he discovered he had a daughter, Matt vowed he'd do anything to find her--including cozying up to a beautiful murder suspect with dangerous connections.

- resist falling into bed with the best man. Abby has brought her children to this beach to start over, to give them the enjoyable memories they deserve. Matt's been sidelined by a combat injury, and haunted by the best friend he lost and the promise he made: to remain a SEAL--focused and dedicated. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths.

It's been a hell of a day for Abby Barlow. In just a few hours, she's survived an explosion, watched her employer die, had a startling dream, and now she finds herself in a seedy Chicago hotel with the sexy, unearthly Dante, a man she both desires and fears.

To save her family's homestead Daisy Mosley will do whatever it takes, even if it means marrying a rugged cowboy who thinks he knows best. But though the widowed mother of two takes Tucker Barlow into her home as her husband, she isn't ready to welcome him into her heart.

When he grabs Daisy Dawson, he believes he's found his next victim. Their passion was hot, tempestuous, explosive. Before fleeing the scene, Daisy also manages to grab what proves to be crucial evidence: a necklace that she tears off the killer's neck.

A rugged loner and ex-biker-gang member, Duke Dawson is looking for some peace and quiet while recovering from an accident. But when Anna Romo comes wandering through his woods and into his cabin, she completely rocks his world. Profit.

Two hundred years have passed since Anna Randal gave herself to Conde Cezar in a night of relentless passion. Since then, Anna has become filled with unearthly power she can't begin to comprehend. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.

Chapter 88: Special Ops Angel

Taryn ๐Ÿ”— Hope ๐Ÿ”— Rick ๐Ÿ”— Mallory ๐Ÿ”— Davis ๐Ÿ”— Willa ๐Ÿ”— Dawson ๐Ÿ”— Jake ๐Ÿ”— Young

A riverboat explosion offers a welcome escape. And if it is, should you stop at anything to get it?

Working with pro-football superstars taught tough-talking PR woman Taryn Crawford one thing--she can go toe-to-toe with any man. But then dark, dangerous former Special Ops Angel targets her for seduction...and challenges her to resist his tempting kisses.

A self-made man and single dad, Brodie will do anything to get Taryn the rehabilitation she needs...even if it means convincing Evie to move in with them. And despite her vow to keep an emotional distance, Evie can't help but be moved by Taryn's spirit, or Brodie's determination to win her help--and her heart. With laughter, courage and more than a little help from the kindhearted people of Hope's Crossing, Taryn may get the healing she deserves--and Evie and Brodie might just find a love they never knew could exist.

A fate worse than death. Hope Carpenter received that advice from her mother decades ago. Now, with their four children grown, Hope and her husband, Rick, are suddenly facing an uncertain future, after a forced retirement strains both their savings and their marriage. Seeking inspiration and a financial boost, Hope gets a job teaching crafts to inmates at a local women's prison.

When Rick finds out Mallory's planning to raise their child--the son he never met--he knows this is their second chance. But how long can he keep his true identity a secret from his son...when every day brings him closer to Mallory and the boy who looks just like him? The child of blood and moonlight.

Shame and confusion have kept Mallory Davis from her home for the last fifteen years, but when her dad mysteriously dies on his mail boat route, she doesn't have any choice but to go back to Mermaid Point.

Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. Anticipating your partner's every move, working them into the exact position you desire. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn't even remember her.

Kindergarten teacher Willa Merris has never wanted her father's lavish lifestyle. But leaving a small town is easier said than done. To add insult to injury, Gabe Dawson--her father's nemesis--informs her that she's on the brink of financial collapse. The shy young girl is all grown up and impossible to resist.

When Sara Wilde's father sold the family ranch to rodeo rogue Jake Dawson, she was fit to be tied! Now Sara had to get ThreeStars backโ€”whatever the cost. So she challenged Jake to a bucking bronco contest. If she lost, she agreed to be his bride...and Jake knows Sara doesn't stand a chance at winning their wager!

When former detective Jake Young's first case as a PI brings him to the town of Mystic Glades in search of a missing person, he'll wind up fighting to survive and to save a mysterious young woman running from her past.

Young Lucas Reyes has his eye on the prize--college, and the chance to become something more than a ranch hand's son. Could they possibly love, honor and cherish each other again, from this day forward?

Chapter 89: Prince Alexei

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Prince Alexei of Avalonia is a master at the art of seduction, but when a mysterious young woman he meets at a masked ball spends the night in his bed, he finds he is touched in ways he cannot forget. but a dangerous time to fall in love.

Chapter 90: Braden MacDowell

Lana ๐Ÿ”— Hilary ๐Ÿ”— McIntyre ๐Ÿ”— Luke ๐Ÿ”— Abby ๐Ÿ”— Alyssa ๐Ÿ”— Adam ๐Ÿ”— Lisa ๐Ÿ”— Hodges ๐Ÿ”— Bonnie ๐Ÿ”— Jaron ๐Ÿ”— Mariah ๐Ÿ”— Spencer ๐Ÿ”— Texas ๐Ÿ”— Samantha ๐Ÿ”— Montgomery ๐Ÿ”— Kansas

There was a reason for that. A perfect plan, but for one thing: the real guy is watching.

She didn't want to imagine that the Braden MacDowell she had once loved could have turned so cold and calculating. But the billionaire CEO was taking away Dr. Lana Donnoli's funding. But love is a curse in its own right. And how do you live with that?

After the dashing man of her dreams is revealed as a lying scoundrel, heiress Lana Hilary is ready to seek a match with a respectable gentleman-if only they weren't so dreadfully boring. Unable to rein in her bold nature for long, Lana flirts with trouble and finds herself entangled with exactly the type of man she's vowed to avoid.

Twenty-two-year-old Hilary McIntyre would like nothing more than to forget her past. Very sexybut on paper, with three failed marriages and a shady career, maybe not great husband material. Yet despite their verbal clashes, there's a sizzling attraction between them. Hilary has her life on track, and there's no way she'll head down that road again.

Shelby McIntyre has big plansโ€”plans that include finding Mr. And guess who's still as seductive as ever? Except the gentle dreamer has become a brooding loner who's gearing up to sell the place he loves most. What she gets is rugged Luke Riordan.

Now Luke is back. He's never forgotten Abby's betrayal and he's determined she will pay for her lies. Finally free of her husband, there is only one way that she can make amends... An affair might have been illicit once, but she's Luke's for the taking now!

Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart's parents, she's desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermindโ€”the governor's wifeโ€”behind bars. When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student. Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.

Reluctant viscount Adam knows only betrayal. But Alyssa proves herself an unexpected ally when he finds his life endangered, and they are forced into a sham engagement. And if you're really lucky, that place has a drum set, a place to practice, and a place to sleep.

As a photojournalist, Lisa Berthoff knew better than to let her personal feelings about a subject interfere with a job. But when the subject was rugged cowboy Adam MacIntyre and his beautiful ranch, Lisa found it impossible to stay objective. Not when, for the first time, Lisa felt like she was home--on the ranch...and in Adam's arms.

Lisa Hodges needs to make a decision fast. Mostly it makes their friends want to throw up in their mouths a little. In her early fifties with a large, waterfront home on Nantucket to support, Lisa hasn't worked in over thirty years, has no in-demand skills and is virtually unemployable.

Miss Bonnie Hodges, governess to the Darrow family, is desperately trying to hold it together. But it isn't the danger that has them ready to flare like gunpowder. But she couldn't have known that her family's secretsโ€”secrets she didn't even know she was keepingโ€”could spark a nuclear war. Would revealing them lead to a crash landing?

Checkout: To Jaron, she was Bonnie the Bumpkin; to Bonnie he was pretentious, pretentious, pretentious. Caring forโ€”and feedingโ€”an orphaned vampire baby has been tricky enough. But appearances can be deceiving.

Jaron Lambert has his pick of willing women, but he only has eyes for lovely, young Mariah Stanton. But when they end up stranded together during a blizzard, they know just how to keep each other warm. They were true to their hearts.

Forced to the altar, Spencer and Mariah have little time to explore their attraction before they uncover a plot to restore the recently vanquished Napoleon to power in a most unusual --and deadly --way. Bound by the secrets that keep the Beckets safe from harm, Spencer and Mariah must battle the world and their own devils in order to prevent a tragedy...but what will be the price of their victory?

Melody Spencer had long-ago wiped the dust of Cupid, Texas, off her cute shoes. and done her best to forget the chiseled jaw and strong arms of cowboy Luke Spencer. Will their love survive the scandal?

When she manages to get herself hired for the cattle drive, all of Samantha's prayers seem to be answered. The hundred dollars she'll earn will pull her family's Texas farm out of ruin and pay off their debts. And the profits speak for themselves.

Washington, D.C., activist Samantha Montgomery faces the controversy of a lifetime when she agrees to help handsome civil rights attorney Chad Rushmore take on a landmark police-brutality case. Not only does their sudden, fiery attraction endanger the already troubled lawsuit, but it puts Samantha at heartbreaking odds with her attorney sister, Simone. With both family and a cause at stake, Samantha must walk a dangerous line between passion and loyalty, duty and desire...to discover the most fulfilling love of all.

Do you believe in magic? Cavalry officer Caleb Montgomery is unable to trust in anything now, especially himself. But then he's stationed in Fort Larned, Kansas, where Lily Kellogg, the lovely army surgeon's daughter, begins to rekindle his faith--and his hope.

Clearly it's time to start over and get out of Topeka, Kansas, where she's spent her whole life. Excited to go to prom. They're polar opposites...until the ice thaws.

Chapter 91: Arian

Princess ๐Ÿ”— Wilde ๐Ÿ”— Parker ๐Ÿ”— Celia ๐Ÿ”— Sharpe ๐Ÿ”— Avendale ๐Ÿ”— London ๐Ÿ”— Harry ๐Ÿ”— Melissa ๐Ÿ”— Dawn ๐Ÿ”— Jimmy ๐Ÿ”— Lena ๐Ÿ”— Old Order Amish ๐Ÿ”— Leah ๐Ÿ”— France

With a few festive sparks, a little girl's yuletide delight and a toe-curling kiss under the mistletoe...this Christmas, anything could happen!

During an Amazonian adventure, willful Princess Arian is kidnapped and presented as an erotic prize for a jungle warlord, who turns her captivity into a sensual journey that awakens her body's most carnal demands.

Fiery Princess Shana will have her revenge on the man responsible for her father's death. To this dark end, she lures her enemyโ€”Thorne de Wilde, Earl of Westonโ€”into the forest to have him killed. But what friends don't do is rip off each others' clothes for a single, wild night together. .Her grandfather isn't just in the mob.

When tabloid journalist Erica Parker is forced to take a holiday, she's determined to make it the most miserable holiday she possibly can, but not even her impressive imaginative powers could have come up with sharing a tent with survival expert Nathan Wilde.

Even though Celia is furious at being summarily tied up and carried off to the mountains, she finds she likes the sparks that fly when the normally cool Parker shows his more assertive side. At his secluded cabin, she finds out exactly what it means to be a woman, and that what she fought against all along is true: Under his normally reserved exterior, Parker is the lover of her dreams.

Dark, dangerous and hell-bent on seduction, Alec Sharpe has had Celia in his sights for a long time...but when she willingly puts herself in jeopardy, he knows it's time to take action. At thirty-two, it starts to feel like an affliction. Either way, it's time for Celia to face the heat between themโ€”but as their passion rages out of control, can he convince Celia to trust him before the enemy closes in?

When Rosalind Sharpe gains the attention of the deliciously wicked Duke of Avendale, she's torn between her distracting attraction to the notorious rogue and the knowledge that heโ€”rich as Croesusโ€”is the perfect target for a deception that will put her swindling days behind her.

However, Avendale is no fool. After he discovers the tantalizing lady packing up to leave London with his coins in tow, he confronts her with a scandalous proposition: she can have all the money she requires...for a week in his bed.

Self-proclaimed rake Harry Lester has no intention of being ensnared by the trap of marriage. With a large inheritance to his name, Harry knows that he'd best start running from London's matchmaking mothers and widows. But when he encounters Mrs. Lucinda Babbacombe, a beautiful, independent widow, he cannot quell his desire for her. Before he knows it, Harry finds himself prisoner in the most passionate of traps.

Down-home deputy Harry Gowan would never leave Rawhide; she'd never stay. But what is the truth? Harry held out hope, though; after all, the matchmaking Randalls were legend in these parts. But had they met their match in Melissa?

Though Edmond doesn't believe he's father material, his sudden custody of Dawn leaves him little choice. He turns to Melissa, the warmest, kindest person he knows, for help. So when an attacker threatens her life, she finds safety in the most unseemly of places: the arms of a mysterious, Irish-American gang leader. But the past never quite goes away.

At last Dawn can create a haven of warmth and love for her beautiful baby girl, Christie, and her darling Jimmy. Dawn is a huge success as the new owner of the Cutler's Cove hotel...and soon she and Jimmy will be blessed with a child of their own.

Lena's not willing to take any crap from her sexy boss and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far, he just might lose the best thing that's ever happened to him. There's just one problemโ€”his new secretary.

Lena Kauffman is a young Old Order Amish schoolteacher who has dealt all her life with attention raised by a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, Lena channels her zest for living into her love of teaching. With old feelings reigniting like wildfire, their investigation turns fiercely passionate. Her lack of submission and use of ideas that don't line up with the Old Ways strengthen the school board's case as they begin to believe that Lena is behind all the trouble.

Leah Yoder plans on marrying an Old Order Amish man and raising children in the peaceful Delaware community. But when Mennonite missionary Daniel Brown arrives, Leah is fascinated by him. Before long, Leah will have to choose between her community and leaving with the man she believes God has placed in her life's path.

Hal does have a secret, but he's no traitor: he's a spy embroiled in a mystery, seeking the man who killed his contact in France. He sees the alluring woman behind Leah's disguise at once but is intrigued enough to play along...until he realizes that she's the source of the rumors interfering with his investigation and forcing him into an unwanted betrothal.

When he returns home after a year in France, Hayden is less than thrilled to find his ex-girlfriend working for his family's company. But despite her small stature, she fights back with an expertise that quickly frees her. But Bex isn't the same girl he knewโ€”she's more mature, more beautiful, more tempting than everโ€”and he can't resist the pull of the intense passion he's only ever shared with her.

Chapter 92: Sir Richard Wyndham

Penelope ๐Ÿ”— Stokes

...she's anything but a lady. Can their presence in the past stop the eventual apocalypse that forms their future?

Penelope Creed will do anything to avoid marrying her repulsive cousin. Dressed in boy's clothing, she's fleeing from London when she's discovered by Sir Richard Wyndham, himself on the verge of the most momentous decision of his life.

Soon convinced of Cara's innocence and, given Hugo's apparent tendre for Cara needing to clear her name, Penelope and Barnaby join Stokes and his team in pursuing the emeralds and, most importantly, who stole them.

On discovering the lifeless body of an innocent ingenue, a peer attending a country house party joins forces with the lady-amazon sent to fetch the victim safely home in a race to expose the murderer before Stokes, assisted by Barnaby and Penelope, is forced to allow the guests, murderer included, to decamp.

Now that his best friend is blissfully married, Severus Granville, Earl of Swithland, finds himself dealing with a wholly unfamiliar urgeโ€”to settle down and produce an heir. Even if the truth will forever alter the course of their friendship and their lives. Clumsy, intelligent, appealing Penelope is the one woman with whom he could escape...but she's expected to marry another.

Chapter 93: Photographer Cat Cochran

In a more innocent time, three girls enter the convent. Instead, it knitted them together.

Photographer Cat Cochran has been to exotic places most people only dream about - but all she wants to do is settle down and get her life in order. The only thing hotter than their sparks are the secrets that they're keeping. But first she must photograph the mysterious and elusive ship designer T.H. As they let the spirit of the holidays into their hearts, feelings of new love start to take hold.

Chapter 94: Amos

Linda ๐Ÿ”— Morgan ๐Ÿ”— Adam ๐Ÿ”— Haley ๐Ÿ”— Kevin ๐Ÿ”— Rachel

Sexy and satisfying, imaginative and atmospheric, One for the Wicked is a racy page-turner filled with nonstop action and plenty of passion, sure to please fans of paranormal romance.

When a little girl leads shop owner Amos Stoltzfus to an Amish woman in distress, he rushes them to his family's farm. "Linda" has no memory and doesn't know if the sweet child is her daughter or even her kin. As Christmas arrives and Linda's identity is revealed, will Amos be able to claim his holiday guests as his own?

The lady and the surgeon! An enormous tour bus had arrived in Dry Creek, and from it stepped hometown hero Duane Enger, now a music celebrity. Linda Morgan, owner of the local caf?had thought her ex-boyfriend had become too famous for the small-town life she loved.

Adam is convinced Morgan's fixation isn't healthy. No sign of the boy whose playful teases had once turned to stolen kisses and something much, much more. But can Adam reach Morgan in time to convince her of their love before she walks willingly into a killer's twisted web? And yet her heart flared with passion whenever he drew nearโ€ฆ

The very practical Adam Harrington would have liked at least to have been introduced to his blushing bride before bedding her. Instead, he found himself wedded to Haley Caufield, an enticing surprise of a woman who just might beat him at his own game...!

Kevin had every interest in teaching the bold, beautiful virgin in front of him a few lessons in love. The chemistry is so immediate and intense that she's convinced he is her lover. Then an unexpected road trip with eager Haley put his resolve to the test. But there's more than their friendship to consider.

Kevin is less than thrilled when Rachel shows up at his doorstep. Marriage isn't even on the ballot. The very idea is impossible to imagine. Until an icy mishap lands Rachel cozied up on his sofa, irresistible in his practice sweats.

Witch and day-walking demon Rachel Morgan has managed to save the demonic ever after from shrinking, but at a high cost. Now, strange magic is attacking Cincinnati and the Hollows, causing spells to backfire or go horribly wrong, and the truce between the races, between Inderlander and human, is shattering. Rachel must stop this dark necromancy before the undead vampire masters who keep the rest of the undead under control are lost and all-out supernatural war breaks out.

Professional rodeo cowboy "HW" Morgan has finally achieved his dream of competing in the national rodeo finalsโ€”but his career has come at a price. Not so fast, romantic revelers! Or firefighters who work in the same building as you.

Chapter 95: Chihuahua

Foxworth ๐Ÿ”— Quinn ๐Ÿ”— Sophie ๐Ÿ”— Carter ๐Ÿ”— Avery

Everything has changed in the past twelve years, and still they're right back where they started, facing a second chance they deserve...together.

Regina Foxworth has no clue why an unknown assailant is out to get a small-town reporter like her. But the baronet didn't die. So Regina gets a guard dog--make that a four-pound "guard" Chihuahua!--and signs up for self-defense classes. But defending herself is the last thing on her mind when sexy instructor Riley Moore has her pinned to the mat.

For Quinn Foxworth, control equals safety. Taking Hayley is the only way his undercover witness-protection team can protect her and their client. Find a new job 3. And with danger closing in, can he risk letting Hayley into his heart for good?

Through grace, talent, and hard work, personal concierge Sophie Ashton has turned international corporate warfare into an art. But when she meets her new client, a suave CEO who radiates masculine heat, she knows this is no ordinary job. Given her painful past, Sophie tries to keep her professional relationships exactly that: professional. But Xavier Quinn is a man who knows how to get what he wants, and soon Sophie is tempted into his wicked dance of seduction.

The whirr of helicopter blades announcing the return of her new boss sends Sophie scurrying back to the kitchen. Little does she know that fleeing from royal scrutiny will place her under the devastatingly searing gaze of notorious billionaire Rafe Carter.

Being appointed to the Board of his father's empire means nothing to Carter Chase since his fiancรฉ, Avery, left him. Carter intends to use every resource-and compromise every moral-to find her and get her back.

That's how long it took for Avery West's ordinary life to change forever. In two weeks, she discovered she was heiress to a powerful secret society known as the Circle, learned her mother was taken hostage by the Circle's enemies, and fell for a boy she's not allowed to love, just as she found out another was her unwelcome destiny.

Chapter 96: Dearling

Natalie ๐Ÿ”— Kit

... someone is there to catch you. However luxurious the Bedouin tent--and smoldering the tension--pride dictates the touch I crave stays strictly forbidden.

The only things Natalie Bouchard wants to change are the weekly specials in her Gram's diner. So when her high school sweetheart strolls back into Dearling, Texas, she allows herself to indulge in a little flirtation, but that's as far as it goes.

Texas Ranger Kit Saunders is not about to let any harm come to Natalie Harris on his watch. The widow of a dangerous career criminal, Natalie needs protection 24/7. But going undercover in the home of the courageous single mother arouses feelings that could jeopardize Kit's mission.

Until Kit reveals she's pregnant! But what they discover is forbidden passion and a dangerous desire.

Chapter 97: Mother Nature

Seth ๐Ÿ”— Cam ๐Ÿ”— Dev ๐Ÿ”— Lark ๐Ÿ”— Matt ๐Ÿ”— Montana ๐Ÿ”— Arizona ๐Ÿ”— Branson ๐Ÿ”— Orleans ๐Ÿ”— Corrine ๐Ÿ”— Charlene

Although this genteel lady has vowed never to succumb to unbridled passion, she quickly learns that theirs will be no marriage in-name-only, but rather a slow, sensuous and alarmingly effective seduction...that turns her world upside down.

Seeking answers, Pippa leaves Ireland in favor of a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Turns out lovely Blue Hollow Falls is the perfect place to healโ€”and solitary Seth Brogan is the surprisingly perfect host. After all, Seth is beginning again too: turning his renovated stone barn and beautiful hillside into a vineyard is the start of a whole new life for the former Special Forces soldier. Only Mother Nature keeps thwarting both their plans, leaving Pippa snowbound with unsettling thoughts about how life can take unexpected turns.

Now a grown man returning from Europe as a successful painter, Seth is settling down on Maryland's Eastern Shore, surrounded once again by Cam, Ethan, and Phillip, their wives and children, all the blessed chaos of the extended Quinn clan. It includes learning to knit, doing good for someone else, falling in love again.

Devon Crawford is an officer; air force pararescueman Cam Munro is enlisted. Dev flies medical evacuations; Cam jumps into danger zones to save lives. Dev wants to return home from Afghanistan with her heart untouched; Cam will do anything to win the woman he loves.

At thirty-two Dev is "mostly retired" from Raines Investigations, content to run operations from his sprawling Arizona home. But Dev has never been able to say no to a beautiful woman, so when Lark Delaney comes to him for help, the former U.S. Army Ranger from Wind Canyon gets back in the game.

Matt Kincaid was also a man with a mission--to avenge the Apache murder of his wife and child. Yet when he was wounded and near death, it was the gentle hands of the wildly beautiful Lark that nursed him back to life--and made desire rage in his heart. It was hard enough raising one teen, but two?

Ever since he came home to Montana, Matt's been trying to live down his wild playboy reputation. He'd left her because of her youth, but now she was a woman ready for the loving he'd waited years to giveโ€ฆif only she would listen to the truth and let him back into her heart. Will Matt's love for Elise become the town's next big headline? Stay tuned, faithful readers, to see if Thunder Canyon's most honorable cowboy can persuade Elise to tie the knot with him and turn this Christmas into a true season for giving!

With Arizona wrapped up in her college world and their father distracted by yet another divorce, Montana's been immersing herself in an intoxicating new friendship with a girl from her acting class. Karissa is bold, imperfectly beautiful, and unafraid of being vulnerable. She's everything Montana would like to become. But the friendship with Karissa is driving a wedge between Montana and her sister, and the more of her own secrets Karissa reveals, the more Montana has to wonder if Karissa's someone she can really trust.

A hothouse flower in the parched, rugged desert of the Arizona Territory, beautiful, headstrong Leonida Branson isn't about to waste her youth in a duty-bound marriage to a pompous general. And her resolve only strengthens when she sees Sage, the fierce Navaho chieftan her fiancรฉ has sworn to crush. This man is tougher, stronger-sexier.

Love at first sight can't begin to describe the attraction detective Craig Branson feels when he locks eyes with gorgeous Stephanie Swift. Well, once, but that was a long time ago. But the P.I. is in New Orleans to track down a killer...not to have a fling.

When her family moves to the mystical city of New Orleans, Corrine meets Rennick, a talented artist with a dangerous past. in a thriller that will keep readers guessing until the end. But after what happened to her sister, can Corrine trust Rennick? And the Irish firebrand was determined that their union stick "'til death did them part"!

Charlene's identical twin, Corrine, is dead, and Charlene has been terribly injured. After awakening from a coma, Charlene decides to assume her dead sister's identity in a desparetate attempt to uncover a murderer. Her plan becomes more complicated when she finds herself developing feelings for her sister Corrine's estranged husband. Can Charlene discover the truth before her deception is unraveled... or before the killer strikes again?

Who is going to call time on the fairy-tale ending? But time is fast running out. This isn't exactly what Charlene had in mind. But that chance felt like a death sentence.

Chapter 98: Alicia Troy

John

Time is running out and if she can't win him to her cause, mankind will be slaughtered and the world we know will soon cease to exist.

Burned black-ops agent Alicia Troy spent years plotting the perfect revenge on the man who left her for dead...until her plan is foiled by her ex-teammate--and ex-lover--who taught her the meaning of betrayal. She can't trust John Witter...so why can't she stop wanting him?

In Lord John and the Haunted Soldier, Lord John is thrust into the baffling case of an exploding battlefield cannon that ultimately forces him to confront his own ghostsโ€”and the shattering prospect that a traitor is among the ranks of His Majesty's armed forces.

Chapter 99: Briecourt

Together they will discover that old age is not the same as death, that the young can be wise, and that letting yourself feel sad once in a while just might be the key to a happy life.

At the dawn of the First World War, the French provincial village of Briecourt is isolated from the battles, but the century-old feud between the Toussaints and the de Colvilles still rages in the streets. Could their sinful afternoons together make their marriage explosive too?

Chapter 100: Lighthouse Bay

Ellie ๐Ÿ”— Lawson ๐Ÿ”— Bailey ๐Ÿ”— Angel ๐Ÿ”— Gabe ๐Ÿ”— Nat ๐Ÿ”— Stravinsky

He didn't say she'd come to love the devil who's destroying her, even as he keeps her prisoner.

Midwife Ellie Swift has devoted herself to beautiful Lighthouse Bay's tiny hospital. A life that offers a chance at love...and maybe marriage.

For Ellie O'Brien, finding the perfect partner is easy--as long as it's for other people. Now the townsfolk of Peppin want to return the favor. But how could Lawson Williams be the right choice? The handsome ranch foreman was her childhood friend, but he's the man Ellie deems least likely to court a tomboy with a guilty secret.

Justin is thrilled to discover that the woman managing the bar at his family's celebration at the Lawson mansion is the intriguing beauty he hasn't been able to forget. Now all he wants is to lavish Bailey with gifts and his passionate attention. Saying "I do" is for their baby's sake. They may come from different worlds, but doesn't Bailey realize there are no obstacles to love...if she's willing to trust him with her heart?

Bailey Jones somehow survived her harrowing abduction by the infamous Death Angel. or will it consume their dreams and turn them to ashes? When LOST agent Asher Young is assigned to her case, Bailey instantly feels an attraction to the intense ex-SEAL who seems to be carrying dark secrets of his own.

Gabe may call her his Christmas "Angel," but in her eyes, he's the one who is truly heaven-sent. Gabe's given her a whole new life, and she is haunted by the feeling that this is the happiest she's ever been. Though Gabe is trying to help Angel recover her memory, she's willing to leave it all behind her and start fresh with him at her side. But when her past finally catches up to her, Angel could lose everything, including Gabe.

Cop-turned-bounty-hunter Gabe Dominguez is hired to capture firestarter Nat Wyatt. For a dragon-shifter like Gabe, apprehending Nat is easy, but transporting him involves more time, energy, and blood loss than he envisioned. An attack from a band of fairies, an out-of-control forest fire, and a showdown at an auction don't faze Gabe, but Nat's innocence might stop him entirely.

Fresh from defending her pack in battle, Natalya Stravinsky, a whip-smart werewolf with a lovable neurotic streak, wants a little rest and relaxation. Once an outcast, she's now eager to rejoin the ranks of her New Jersey pack, and has even gotten a handle on her obsessive urge to hoard holiday ornaments. Yet Nat barely has time to revel in her progress before the next crisis comes howling at her door.

For werewolf Natalya Stravinsky, the supernatural is nothing extraordinary. What does seem strange is that she's stuck in her hometown of South Toms River, New Jersey, the outcast of her pack, selling antiques to finicky magical creatures. Restless and recovering from her split with gorgeous ex-boyfriend, Thorn, Nat finds comfort in an unusual place: her obsessively collected stash of holiday trinkets. But complications pile up faster than her ornaments when Thorn returns home--and the two discover that the spark between them remains intense.

Natalie Semenova has everything she wants. Except her younger sister's college tuition is past due and Nat can't even begin to remember the last time she had sex. What they find is each other. Until a horrible mix-up involving chocolate penises brings Nat's ex-lover to her door.

Chapter 101: Ken WildCard Karmody

Savannah ๐Ÿ”— Travis ๐Ÿ”— Caroline ๐Ÿ”— Ritter ๐Ÿ”— Ashley ๐Ÿ”— Wilde ๐Ÿ”— Ellie ๐Ÿ”— Will ๐Ÿ”— Taylor

It started off as a battle of wits. Because, in the Club, no rules apply. And the consequences will be deadly.

Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle's life, she goes in search of Ken "WildCard" Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. They haven't seen each other since they were unhappy fourteen-year-old girls at fat camp. What she doesn't expect is to end up in WildCard's arms before she can even ask for his help.

Soldier-turned-private investigator Travis Shepard never thought he'd move on after his wife's tragic death, yet with Savannah, the walls he built around his heart begin to crumble away. But Savannah still faces a medical crisis and Travis can't bear the idea of losing anyone else. They're under the gun to decode top secret files that can save the life of a friend who is in enemy hands.

When her husband returns from the Civil War, Caroline has to tell him the truth: their farm is failing and she may be unable to carry a child to term. While he was gone, she struggled to keep the farm going, lost her father and brother to the war and miscarried the child conceived while Travis was home on leave. He returned to the front before Caroline knew she was pregnant.

Miss Caroline Ritter, accomplished flirt, acknowledged beauty, and ruined gentlewoman, offers lessons to any rich, noble lord too inept to attract a wife. Discard your silly affectations and your garish clothing! The waif dressed as a boy, who was about to blow his cover and maybe get herself killed, was every inch a woman. With Miss Ritter's help, you can become the most sought-after aristocrat at the ball!

Shelter--it was such a basic need, and one that single mom Ashley Churchill had always been able to provide for her little girl. Until her luck turned, and the only protection she could find was in her stony and taciturn boss, security specialist Jeff Ritter. Jeff warned he was only offering to share his home, not his life, and that suited Ashley just fine. Their priorities are totally out of sync.

Who knew picking up a damsel in distress would lead to lust at first sight? Now, all grown up, this rogue was even more intriguing to Ashley Wilde. Did she dare to tame Dillon Ford and make him hers for keeps?

Shilah Wilde has called the Wyoming Wilde ranch home since he was a child. So when its future is threatened, the Native American rancher is the first to defend the sprawling Western spread he shares with his two brothers--even if it means going head-to-head against veterinarian Ellie Crandall. Th e shy girl he once knew has matured into a stunning, sensual beauty. Can the mixed medley of the past turn into a brand-new tempo--the tempo of love?

When Ellie meets Will, she feels on the verge of remembering something just beyond her grasp. His attention is intense and romantic, and Ellie feels like her soul has known him for centuries. On her seventeenth birthday, on a dark street at midnight, Will awakens Ellie's power, and she knows that she can fight the creatures that stalk her in the grim darkness. Only Will holds the key to Ellie's memories, whole lifetimes of them, and when she looks at him, she can no longer pretend anything was just a dream.

They say she's Cynthia Dempsey, fiancรฉe of media mogul Will Taylor. Is love just another spell? But sometimes even the best intentions can wind up going wonderfully awry. Fighters and outsiders, they never thought they'd find a kindred soul.

All navy pilot Garrek Taylor ever wanted was to fly far from his family's notorious past. But now, with his wings temporarily clipped, the famous sextuplet is back in his Virginia hometown to live down a scandal and unload his family's historical antebellum mansion. His plan is sidetracked when he becomes the winning bidder at an auction for a date with Temptation's most reluctant and gorgeous bachelorette.

Chapter 102: Blade Madaris

Di ๐Ÿ”— Lara

Across the oceans, between worlds old and new--two lost souls find themselves at a crossroads.

Blade Madaris has watched the men in his family surrender their single status one by one, and he has no plans to join them. Reluctantly, the handsome cowboy agrees to sell the entire operation and split the proceeds. And when circumstances bring them together for six months, Blade formulates a plan to sweep Samari Di Meglio off her feet and into his arms.

But what Lara doesn't know is that Raoul needs a temporary wife after his last disastrous marriage blew up in smoke. Stunning, sophisticated Lara may be the ideal woman, but first this tenacious tycoon must persuade her down the aisle and show her exactly what the benefits of being the new Mrs. Di Vittorio can be!

Once freed, Lara has no choice but to trust Miles with her life as they run from enemies too twisted to imagine. A sexy mortal companion is fine every now and then, but a soul mate? It was a love to last a lifetime.

Chapter 103: Moreland Rose

Kansas ๐Ÿ”— Salinger ๐Ÿ”— Nikki ๐Ÿ”— Everneath ๐Ÿ”— Jack ๐Ÿ”— Seth Montgomery ๐Ÿ”— Alf

An arrogant earl looking for the perfect wife; a strong-minded governess determined to transform him into the perfect man--who will win?

Even though her father's deathbed wish was for all his girls to find husbands and leave Kansas, Rose has no desire to move. When the farm is sold to the Duke of Moreland, Rose stays on but is unprepared for the passion the Duke brings into her life.

Katie Salinger has spent most of her adult life looking for the next big adrenaline rush. But the extreme-sports journalist faces her greatest challenge when she returns to Lone Oak, Kansas...and meets the attractive, secretive doctor who's intent on buying her beloved family home.

Porter, the youngest Armstrong, is all for importing women. The nurturing nanny has always loved the eldest Harrison from a distance. Luckily there's a doctor among the newcomers--sweet and sexy Dr. Nikki Salinger.

Nikki longs to spend these precious months forgetting the Everneath and trying to reconnect with her boyfriend, Jack, the person most devastated by her disappearanceโ€”and the one person she loves more than anything. But there's just one problem: Cole, the smoldering immortal who enticed her to the Everneath in the first place, has followed Nikki home. Cole wants to take over the throne in the underworld and is convinced Nikki is the key to making it happen. Could a child's needs bring them together?

Nikki Beckett could only watch as her boyfriend, Jack, sacrificed himself to save her, taking her place in the Tunnels of the Everneath for eternityโ€”a debt that should've been hers. Of magic, of omens, of compasses, of love. And every night, Jack appears in her dreams, lost and confused and wasting away. And no matter how magical their weekends together are, this can't lead to anything...can it?

Police officer Seth Montgomery knows all about orderโ€”but his world is thrown into chaos when he learns he has a five-year-old son. With little Jack suddenly in his care, Seth turns to neighbor Carrie Fletcher for help. Given her checkered past, Carrie prefers to keep to herself, but there's no denying she cares for the boyโ€”and her feelings for charming Seth are rapidly developing, too. When someone from Carrie's past shows up threatening to jeopardize the life she's worked so hard to build, Carrie will have to fight for her future with the new family she's found...or risk losing everything.

Cattle rancher Seth Montgomery always felt awkward around people, but that's not the case with Rose and Alf. Seth instantly bonds with the shy boy and is eager to help Rose make her dream of a family come true. But when their future with Alf is threatened, will Seth and Rose find the courage to embrace the love they've found in each other?

When Hugh hires Alf to investigate the Lords of Chaos, her worlds collide. Once Hugh realizes that the boy and the Ghost are the same, will Alf find the courage to become the woman she needs to be-before the Lords of Chaos destroy them both?

Chapter 104: Morgan Young

But even a princess makes mistakes. After all, true love is worth the troubleโ€”and that's a fact.

Morgan Young had a perfect upbringing, and now she's got a perfect boyfriend and a perfect future--until her twenty-first birthday changes everything. First Morgan finds out, in the most painful way possible, that her relationship is a sham. There's something real between them.

Chapter 105: Princess Meresankh Khufu

Fates ๐Ÿ”— Malachi

A respected doctor falls in love with his best friend's girlfriend and is left to deal with the consequences after he acts on his feelings.

When a seer prophesies the end of Khufu's dynasty and the ascension to the throne of Djedefra, son of the High Priest of Ra, the pharaoh must battle to preserve his legacy against the will of the Fates. But in the face of the inexorable attraction between Djedefra and Princess Meresankh, Khufu's beautiful daughter, Khufu must consider not only his personal ambition and the opposing decree of the heavens, but also how the wisdom he prides himself on as a ruler will guide him in determining the fate of his daughter's heart.

Becomes the one who wants you back. And Malachi, Gideon, and Rebecca Sullivan are determined to recover their great-great-grandfather's treasure, reunite the Three Fates, and make their fortune.

Fresh off a long-term relationship with a controlling man, Malachi is stuck living with relatives who think he's a waste of oxygen. All that mattered was what they had with each other.

Chapter 106: Nikolas

Santorini ๐Ÿ”— Reid ๐Ÿ”— Becker ๐Ÿ”— Kit ๐Ÿ”— Shawn ๐Ÿ”— Averin ๐Ÿ”— Greer ๐Ÿ”— Jimmy ๐Ÿ”— McKinney ๐Ÿ”— Marley ๐Ÿ”— Archer ๐Ÿ”— Raoul ๐Ÿ”— Sarah Scott

"Someone will come for you, but first you must open your heart. Did he think that her heart needed his attention, too?

Erica Cross's tightly scheduled Greek Island getaway is thrown into disarray by a longer-than-expected cruise off Santorini. But hard-bodied and mysterious crewman Nikolas Stephanides makes this recent law school grad forget all about timetables--and her inhibitions. Is Erica's gorgeous lover too good to be true?

What is it to be in love with a pathological liar and fantasist? Painful experience screamed that Taylor Reid should run far and fast from Jackson Santorini. But this time things were different.

Once Reid Becker was the best of the best, an elite soldier whose career ended abruptly in a mission gone awry. Derailed after a decade of intense focus, Reid is spending far too much time in his best friend's bar. Then Shayla Callaway walks into his life with a desperate plea for help. But the attraction is undeniable, and the more they fight it, the stronger it pulls.

When Kit Becker travels to Nevadaville to find her new guardian, she doesn't count on train robbers stealing her grandfather's will. Determined to track down the thief, Kit's prepared to use any pretense necessary.

Six years, two bands, and one mostly-mended heart later, Kit's about to make her rock star dreams a reality as the new guitarist for Shawn's band, The Last Ones to Know. He may not remember their reckless night together, but Kit has never forgotten... and she's determined to make him eat his heart out.

From the moment she saw Shawn Scarlett perform at a school talent show, Kit Larson has loved two things: the guitar, and the gorgeous, green-eyed boy who inspired her to play. Now their leader faces that most dangerous mission of all: finding a bride.

Kit Averin is anything but a gambler. A scientist with a quiet, steady job at a university, Kit's focus has always been maintaining the acceptable status quo. But as the women are revealed for what they really are, a sense of ominous foreboding closes in on the soldier, and the question becomes: Just who is the beguiled? starting now.

Alex Averin plans to show up for his sister's wedding, then quickly get back to his job as a world-renowned photojournalist. But when gorgeous, good-hearted Greer needs an assist with a photography project, he's powerless to say no. Showing Greer his professional passion ignites a new one, and rouses instincts in Alex he thought he'd long set aside.

If you had to pick five people to sum up your life, who would they be? Retired football hall-of-famer Jimmy "Coach" Westbrook built the chapel by hand, stone by stone, for his beautiful and beloved Collette Greer, whom he lost so many years ago. Not a tempting female whose tormented nightmares shatter the still desert nights.

When Marley McKinney's aging cousin, Jimmy, is hospitalized with pneumonia, she agrees to help run his pancake house while he recovers. With its rustic interior and syrupy scent, the Flip Side Pancake House is just as she pictured itโ€”and the surly chef is a wizard with crรชpes. Marley expects to spend a leisurely week or two in Wildwood Cove, the quaint, coastal community where she used to spend her summers, but then Cousin Jimmy is found murdered, sprawled on the rocks beneath a nearby cliff.

Tourist season's in full swing in the small seaside town of Wildwood Cove, and Marley McKinney couldn't be happier. Since taking over the Flip Side restaurant, she's made a few close friends, adopted a cat named Flapjack, and started dating her childhood crush. The only cloud on the horizon is local nuisance Ida Winkler, who blames Marley for landing her nephew in prison. Trying to get a rise out of Marley, Ida's been making crank calls and even vandalizing the pancake house.

Marley Stringer isn't as innocent as she seems. As Marley turns irresistible and the aerial "accidents" turn deadly, Archer begins to wonder who's more dangerous--the perfect woman who threatens his heart...or the desperate killer who threatens his life.

Used to difficult patients, physical therapist Lily Archer won't be cowed by Raoul's arrogance or distracted by his Adonis-like physique. Carrying her own scars from the past, Lily has vowed never to relinquish her power to a man again.

She didn't mean to fall for a notorious playboy, but Sarah Scott's head was overruled by Raoul's skillful seduction. Yet after he jets out of her life Raoul's legacy continues.... Sarah is pregnant with the Sinclair heir!

She didn't mean to fall for a notorious playboy, but Sarah Scott's head was overruled by Raoul's skilful seduction. Yet after he jets out of her life, Raoul's legacy continues...Sarah is pregnant with the Sinclair heir!

Chapter 107: Ryan Brady

America ๐Ÿ”— Prince Maxon

Will the bad-boy pitcher strike out when it comes to love? But where are the baby's parents?

There's one thing even the tabloid hounds haven't managed to dig up about celebrity Ryan Brady: he is married! He may be one of America's most desirable men, but his secret wife has just filed for divorce.

In The Heir, a new era dawned in the world of The Selection. Twenty years have passed since America Singer and Prince Maxon fell in love, and their daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own.

For thirty-five girls, the Selection is the chance of a lifetime. The opportunity to escape a rigid caste system, live in a palace, and compete for the heart of gorgeous Prince Maxon. But for America Singer, being Selected is a nightmare. It means turning her back on her secret love with Aspen, who is a caste below her, and competing for a crown she doesn't want.

Unbeknownst to each other, the two young people both build fledgling lives in America. Ciro masters shoemaking and Enza takes a factory job in Hoboken until fate intervenes and reunites them. But it is too late: Ciro has volunteered to serve in World War I and Enza begins an impressive career as a seamstress at the Metropolitan Opera House that will sweep her into the glamorous salons of Manhattan.

Chapter 108: Pepe Mastrangelo

Cara ๐Ÿ”— Penelope ๐Ÿ”— Colton ๐Ÿ”— Jocelyn ๐Ÿ”— Rand ๐Ÿ”— Edward ๐Ÿ”— Isabella Swan ๐Ÿ”— Cullen ๐Ÿ”— Bates ๐Ÿ”— Tony ๐Ÿ”— Joey

When they hear the cries of a newborn under the Christmas tree, they're forced to find a way to work together. And with each passing day, this little baby brings them both back to life, and gives them a Christmas gift they never expected!

Cara Delany shouldn't have been surprised when Pepe Mastrangelo--world-renowned playboy--disappeared after their unforgettable night, leaving only cold sheets and X-rated memories.... Or so she thought! Four months later, with more than herself to think of, she's forced to face the sexy Sicilian again.

Meanwhile, appointed Cara's watchdog until the mystery is resolved, Hugo, fascinated by Cara as he's been with no other, seeks to entertain and amuse her...and, increasingly intently, to discover the way to her heart. Consequently, Penelope finds herself juggling the attractions of the investigation and the Adair family's demands for her to actively encourage the budding romance.

Investigating the Colton family's lawyer puts ex-cop Reid Colton and Penelope Barrington Clark, his partner's widow, in a shooter's crosshairsโ€” and rekindles a forbidden attraction that puts their hearts on the line.

Jocelyn Locke can't resist her sexy boss, FBI profiler Trevor Colton. When she winds up pregnant, Trevor insists they get married for the sake of the baby, which has nothing to do with their killer chemistryโ€”or so she keeps telling herself. But as Jocelyn begins to dream of forever, a sinister slayer haunts her nightmares.

To protect her life, Rand whisks her away to the countryside, and to defend her reputation, he agrees to marry the willful beauty. Lady Jocelyn is hardly his first choice as a bride, but beneath her fiery nature he uncovers a tender vulnerability and a sizzling passion. But Rand is keeping a shocking secret-one that, when revealed, could either shake her belief in him or make herrealize that it takes more than blue blood to be a true prince.

As a knight, Sir Rand Montague's allegiance is to King Edward I. But when the king orders Rand to escort Rosalyn Harcourt to court in order to wed her off to Sir Golanโ€”a crass knight Rand abhorsโ€”he's torn between duty and desire. For Rand has never forgotten the woman he spent one incredible night of passion with.

Isabella Swan's move to Forks, a small, perpetually rainy town in Washington, could have been the most boring move she ever made. But once she meets the mysterious and alluring Edward Cullen, Isabella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn.

When Isabella Swan moves to the gloomy town of Forks and meets the mysterious, alluring Edward Cullen, her life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn. With his porcelain skin, golden eyes, mesmerizing voice, and supernatural gifts, Edward is both irresistible and impenetrable. Up until now, he has managed to keep his true identity hidden, but Bella is determined to uncover his dark secret.

Adopted as a child by a tech billionaire, Wynter Bates knows nothing about her originsโ€”or the world beyond being privileged, sheltered, and lonely. But this is no ordinary target. Especially after a high-profile scandal involving her father's past lands her on an island retreat under bodyguard Cullen Whelan's protectionโ€”in the guise of being his girlfriend.

When Lucy Bates caught herself falling too hard for Chicago businessman Tony Caroselli, she ran. But it's the perfect business arrangement. But now she's pregnant and back to tell the truth...only to see Tony marrying another woman before her very eyes!

When a baby is abandoned on his doorstep, cowboy Tony Nakni is blindsided. He never wanted to be a father, but his ex-girlfriend is on the run and tells Tony he's the only person she trusts to keep little Joey safe. Struggling with the infant, Tony turns to caring Mary Redwing for help.

Everyone knows Joey by reputationโ€”he's the wealthiest, sexiest bad boy on campus, with a different girl on his arm every week. But Joey's hard-partying ways are a front, his way of escaping a painful past, and limited to weekends onlyโ€”Monday to Friday he suits up and stays in control while working for his developer father to make amends.

THE END