Making a difference…transforming lives… This year, the recipients of Harlequin's More Than Words Award are three women whose selfless deeds and far-reaching goals are helping to build stronger, safer communities. Now three bestselling Harlequin authors honor these remarkable women with stories inspired by their extraordinary contributions.
In A Place in Her Heart, Boston bakery owner and women's shelter volunteer Katy McShea has traveled far to overcome her traumatic past. But apparently not far enough, because Callum Walsh suddenly reenters her life. The handsome navy SEAL doesn't have a clue how she felt about him in high school…or what happened after he shipped out.
Five years ago, Cal thought he was doing the right thing. Now Katy—along with her mouthwatering miniature cupcakes—are awakening feelings too irresistible to ignore. All Cal wants is to cherish and protect her. Or will his guilt and Katy's reluctance to trust keep their chance reunion from becoming a mission possible?
Look for A Place in Her Heart by Trish Milburn, along with two more free ebooks inspired by real-life heroines: Never Too Late by Christi Barth, and A Wing & A Prayer by AndreaLaurence.
SHE WASN'T LOOKING FOR LOVE
Savannah Baron is determined to turn The Peach Pit from a simple roadside stand on her family's Texas ranch into a bustling country store. She's too busy with her business to even enter many rodeos anymore, let alone date. But when a health scare prompts her to search for her long-estranged mother, she discovers more than a helping hand in an old friend.
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. Can he find the strength to love again?
When Talia Ardmore inherits her family's run-down ranch in Blue Falls, Texas, all she wants is to sell the place and get back to the life she's made for herself in California. But then she hires her high school crush Jake Monroe to fix up the house, and now she can't help dreaming of what might have been.
Jake's happy to see Talia, but he's hurt she never told him why she ran away all those years ago. Still, with Christmas on the way and his daughter Mia's medical bills piling up, the widowed rancher can use the extra work. The last thing he expects is for Talia to ignite a fire in him that he thought had gone out forever….
It's not long before Talia's head over heels for Jake—and his little girl. But Talia must face her past before they can both receive the gift of a future together and a lifetime of happy holiday seasons.
Skyler Harrington is a planner. After the tumult of her childhood, she's built a life for herself in Blue Falls, Texas, that's comfortable, predictable, safe. The last thing she needs is to go gaga over a rodeo cowboy. It felt great to let her hair down with sexy Logan Bradshaw, but she'll be happy if their paths never cross again.
A surprise pregnancy is something neither expected. Skyler has no intention of letting her baby grow up the way she did, with an unreliable father. She's willing to raise their child alone, but Logan is determined to prove there's more to him than being a devil-may-care risk taker. He's daddy material!
Living with the Cupid of Blue Falls, Texas—her aunt Verona—Elissa Mason should be married by now. Or so her friends tease. But Elissa is wedded to the family nursery she's turned into a success. Following a devastating tornado, she has to rebuild and nothing's going to distract her. Not even her new feelings for neighbor-turned-roommate Pete Kayne.
Deputy Sheriff Pete Kayne understands having a dream and doesn't want to get in Elissa's way. Especially after the tornado has taken his house, his truck, everything but his horse and his friends. All he's got left to share is his heart. He has his own ambition: a chance to join the ultimate in law enforcement—the Texas Rangers. Elissa was his friend. That would have to be enough….
Dr. Chloe Brody cares about all her patients. Maybe more than she should. Because one day rodeo cowboy Wyatt Kelley shows up in her ER, busted up but still flirting. He's got no place to go, so she takes him home.
Soon, Wyatt is seeing stuff no one else in Chloe's life has noticed. The pretty doctor has a full life, but inside, she's alone, just like him. When the attraction between them heats up, Wyatt knows he should leave Blue Falls and Chloe behind—because what can a broken cowboy with an ugly past offer a woman like her? Chloe, though, is determined to show Wyatt that she doesn't care about his past. She just wants him to be a part of her future.
After battling a serious illness, Grace Cameron realizes one thing: her son needs his father. But how can she face Nathan Teague after seven years of lies? To ease into it, she enrolls her boy in the Cowboy Camp run by the Teague family on their Texas Hill Country ranch. Little Evan is bursting with excitement over horses, ropin' and hanging around real cowboys! Oh, my!
Nathan is in shock when Grace comes back to town. Then when he discovers he's the father of her cute little boy—a miniature Nathan—he's not sure if he should be angry, grateful or both. He decides to go with angry. For a while, at least…until he gets the sense that Grace is still hiding something. What's the secret—and how can he ever trust the woman who stole his son from him?
Her Dream Man Does Not Wear A Stetson!
Forget cowboys! Ever since she was a girl, India Pike has had an image of the perfect man: sophisticated, refined and with a preference for tailored suits. But after rodeo promoter Liam Parrish comes to town, she can't stop mooning over the gorgeous cowboy and single dad. Too bad Liam's totally wrong for her…even if the town's matchmaker already has India saying "I do."
Liam fell hard for a "froufrou" woman once before—and the best thing to come from the experience was his daughter. So he's not about to be "matchmaked" with the same type of gal, one who likes frilly dresses instead of jeans and cowboy boots. But there's something about India that draws her to Liam.
Both India and Liam admit that opposites may attract, but happy-ever-after is not so guaranteed!
When Linnea Holland's plans for her dream wedding collapse, she flees to the safest place she knows: Blue Falls, Texas. At her best friend's family ranch, nobody asks for details. The Brody boys just welcome her with open arms and a whole lot of brotherly love.
Trouble is, the feelings between Linnea and Owen Brody are a little warmer than that. They practically grew up together, but she has suddenly noticed that Owen has grown into one hot cowboy. And his protective instincts kick in when he sees how much Linnea is hurting. He's the perfect antidote to her lying ex-fiancé. But can their feelings be love—or is Owen simply a guy she can rely on for the rebound?
Elly Cody, the only daughter of Wyoming's most powerful ranching family, set her sights on being a champion barrel racer long ago. Right about the time Will Jackson set his sights on Elly! Years away from Markton has dulled none of her appeal, and seeing the beautiful cowgirl again is like a one-two punch. He still wants her. Badly.
The tide has turned for Elly. Will the boy has turned into Will the man—and now he's the one making her heart beat triple time. But why is he back in town? And what the heck is he doing working for her brother?
When Elly finds out Will was hired to unearth a secret that's probably better off staying buried, she realizes it's time for a confrontation. Is he going to finish the job he's been hired to do? Or lose his chance with the only woman he's ever loved…?