When she finds herself homeless after breaking up with her boyfriend, artist Emma Glendon accepts her best friend’s invitation to share a rental house in Brogan’s Point. But their absentee landlord, Max Tarloff, has come to town from his home in San Francisco to sell the house, which will mean evicting his tenants. Max is a high-tech brainiac and a self-made millionaire. Emma is a painter and a free spirit. They have nothing in common—except the jukebox, which plays “True Colors” and forces them to recognize their own true colors, colors that can match and blend magnificently, if the magic of the jukebox has its way.
Their scorching, sensual affair ended in heartbreak and recrimination, but Christian Grey cannot get Anastasia Steele out of his mind, or his blood. Determined to win her back, he tries to suppress his darkest desires and his need for complete control, and to love Ana on her own terms.
But the horrors of his childhood still haunt him, and Ana’s scheming boss, Jack Hyde, clearly wants her for himself. Can Christian’s confidant and therapist, Dr. Flynn, help him face down his demons? Or will the possessiveness of Elena, his seducer, and the deranged devotion of Leila, his former submissive, drag Christian down into the past?
And if Christian does win Ana back, can a man so dark and damaged ever hope to keep her?
When Levi Holt’s unmarried sister dies unexpectedly, she leaves him with a lot of grief—and custody of her six-month-old son, D.J. An architect with a demanding career, Levi knows nothing about child care—but he’s got to learn fast. He also has to keep D.J. from derailing his career.
Corinne Lanier doesn’t want to derail Levi’s career, but she wants him to come up with a new design for her boss’s vacation home in the hills of western Connecticut. Having grown up in a series of broken homes, Corinne doesn’t have much faith in love or family stability, and she doesn’t have much patience for an architect with a cranky, teething baby on his shoulder. Yet Levi and D.J. somehow erode Corinne’s certainty about what she believes in—and what she wants.
With love, lullabies and a few desperately needed classes at the Daddy School, Levi might figure out how to put the fragmented pieces of his life back together. But will there be room in it for Corinne? And can he be certain Corinne loves him for himself and not for his precious little baby?
“Judith Arnold writes beautifully and poignantly. Highly recommended!” Romance Readers Anonymous
In Christian's own words, and through his thoughts, reflections, and dreams, E L James offers a fresh perspective on the love story that has enthralled millions of readers around the world.
Christian Grey exercises control in all things; his world is neat, disciplined, and utterly empty—until the day that Anastasia Steele falls into his office, in a tangle of shapely limbs and tumbling brown hair. He tries to forget her, but instead is swept up in a storm of emotion he cannot comprehend and cannot resist. Unlike any woman he has known before, shy, unworldly Ana seems to see right through him—past the business prodigy and the penthouse lifestyle to Christian’s cold, wounded heart.
Will being with Ana dispel the horrors of his childhood that haunt Christian every night? Or will his dark sexual desires, his compulsion to control, and the self-loathing that fills his soul drive this girl away and destroy the fragile hope she offers him?
This book is intended for mature audiences.
Molly Saunders co-founded the Daddy School to help men become better fathers. She wants to help John, not just by providing a space for his two-year-old son in her preschool but also by teaching him how to deal with his son’s demands—and teaching him that despite the occasional brutality of his work, he can still be a loving, vulnerable man. When it comes to learning the skills he needs to raise his son well, John is an A student. But Molly’s lessons in love prove much more challenging. Can a man who conceals a gun inside his undercover Santa Claus costume actually be the gentle, sensitive man of Molly’s dreams?
Gail Saunders is a lawyer in the public defender’s office. When her former client, a Russian immigrant who’s had a few scrapes with the law in the past, implores her to sue the city’s newspaper for libel after his name appears in a front page article in connection with a series of thefts, she agrees to represent him, even if it means going up against Murphy and his prestigious, wealthy law firm, and even if it means she has to deal with his wild children once their nanny goes AWOL. Gail isn’t the sort to become all warm and fuzzy around children—especially imps like Sean and Erin Murphy. She’s missing the maternal gene, and the romantic gene as well. Just because Murphy is smart and funny and sexy as hell doesn’t mean she’s going to fall for him. She knows his seductive charms are merely tactics in his effort to win the libel suit.
Being the sister of one of the founders of the Daddy School, Gail believes Murphy could use a few lessons in how to be a better father. But she’s got a few things to learn, too, and Dennis Murphy might just be the man to teach her.
SOON TO BE A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
When unworldly student Anastasia Steele first encountered the driven and dazzling young entrepreneur Christian Grey it sparked a sensual affair that changed both of their lives irrevocably. Shocked, intrigued, and, ultimately, repelled by Christian’s singular erotic tastes, Ana demands a deeper commitment. Determined to keep her, Christian agrees.
Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Ana must somehow learn to share Christian’s opulent lifestyle without sacrificing her own identity. And Christian must overcome his compulsion to control as he wrestles with the demons of a tormented past.
Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to make Ana’s deepest fears turn to reality.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
When literature student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly, innocent Ana is startled to realize she wants this man and, despite his enigmatic reserve, finds she is desperate to get close to him. Unable to resist Ana’s quiet beauty, wit, and independent spirit, Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms.
Shocked yet thrilled by Grey’s singular erotic tastes, Ana hesitates. For all the trappings of success—his multinational businesses, his vast wealth, his loving family—Grey is a man tormented by demons and consumed by the need to control. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian Grey’s secrets and explores her own dark desires.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Reading a Judith Arnold book is like eating chocolate—I can never get enough."
WHAT IF YOU THOUGHT YOU WERE DIVORCED—AND FOUND OUT YOU WERE STILL MARRIED TO THE MAN?
If you're Jane Thayer, successful Boston lawyer and highly organized person, you hightail it to New Orleans, where your ex-husband lives. Well, he's not really ex, but that's what you're going to fix. Especially since you're engaged to Mark Dennison, a much more suitable man.
But Cody Sinclair, the love match—and mismatch—of your younger days, isn't so sure he wants that divorce. Now what? His bad-boy ways used to thrill you—maybe they still do. Oh, oh.
You and he make a deal: you get your divorce in exchange for helping him fight a sleazy lawsuit. Cody drags you through the steamy streets of New Orleans—not what you're used to. But the experience is instructive nonetheless.
Because you find out that first love isn't all it's cracked up to be. It's more!
First Love… Last Love
Twelve years later, Kip has had to face his own tragedy. When he returns to the island to heal, he discovers that Shelley is now living there, older and wiser but bearing emotional scars. He is scarred, too—something they can share as they rediscover their friendship. But comfort and compassion aren’t love.
Kip believes he will never love again. Shelley believes she can’t love. Yet one night, their beliefs are shattered, and they realize they have a lot more to learn from each other.
Originally published by Harlequin Books, Safe Harbor was a finalist for Romance Writers of America’s prestigious Rita ® Award.
"Sorry Christian and Gideon, there’s a new heartthrob for you to contend with. Meet Talon. Talon Steel." - Booktopia
"Hardt delivers a brand-new series with rugged cowboys and scintillating sex. Talon and Jade’s instant chemistry heats up the pages..." -RT Book Reviews
"This book is so raw and addictive! Hands down my new favorite series this year." -Meredith Wild, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"Ms. Hardt weaves magic with her keyboard and what remains is a beautifully written first installment about two people who are broken but not destroyed... How Hardt weaves the past with the present, while keeping the reader guessing about the secrets the brothers barricade from others, is flawless." -Heroes & Heartbreaker
"This one totally ignited a flame inside me and tore me to SHREDS....buried secrets and harsh realities that test this couple will leave readers gripping the edge of their books and hoping and praying for a miracle... " -Pretty Little Books
"Talon has hit my top five list... up there next to Jamie Fraser and Gideon Cross." -Angel Payne, USA Today Bestselling Author
"CRAVING is the jaw-dropping book, you NEED to read!" -New York Time Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones
"Talon is a sexy, intriguing leading man and Jade, our lady left at the altar is a sweet and relatable girl you just want to hug. Together they build a steaming hot relationship you really root for from the first chapter!" -CD Reiss New York Times Bestselling Author
After being left at the altar, Jade Roberts seeks solace at her best friend's ranch on the Colorado western slope. Her humiliation still ripe, she doesn't expect to be attracted to her friend's reticent brother, but when the gorgeous cowboy kisses her, all bets are off.
Talon Steel is broken. Having never fully healed from a horrific childhood trauma, he simply exists, taking from women what is offered and giving nothing in return...until Jade Roberts catapults into his life. She is beautiful, sweet, and giving, and his desire for her becomes a craving he fears he'll never be able to satisfy.
Passion sizzles between the two lovers...but long-buried secrets haunt them both and may eventually tear them apart.
Caleb Solomon’s office air conditioner is on the fritz. Although not his choice, he winds up meeting with a difficult but profitable client in the pleasant chill of the air-conditioned Faulk Street Tavern. It’s there that high school teacher Meredith Benoit finds him. Due to a silly prank, her job and her reputation are in jeopardy. She needs a lawyer, fast. But the Magic Jukebox starts playing “Heat Wave,” and a hot wave of passio
A babysitter? Brett hates children. He had to raise his younger siblings when he was just a child himself, and he never wants to deal with children again. He’s always been honest with women about this, and the reason he’s still single is that most of the women he meets want to become mothers.
Sharon is already a mother. Widowed while pregnant, she has raised two-year-old Max alone. She devotes herself to her son while also running her photography studio—and also competing for a commission to do the photographs for her town’s 300th birthday celebration.
A power player in town, Brett happens to know one of the birthday celebration committee members. He could get the commission for Sharon. But he wants more than her gratitude. He wants her. Without her son. But they’re a package deal, and perhaps with the help of the Daddy School, he can learn to love Max.
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
Daunted by the singular tastes and dark secrets of the beautiful, tormented young entrepreneur Christian Grey, Anastasia Steele has broken off their relationship to start a new career with a Seattle publishing house.
But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought, and when he proposes a new arrangement, Anastasia cannot resist. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and Anastasia learns more about the harrowing past of her damaged, driven and demanding Fifty Shades.
While Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Anastasia must confront the anger and envy of the women who came before her, and make the most important decision of her life.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
One thing hasn’t changed in Brogan’s Point: the antique jukebox in the Faulk Street Tavern. It still plays oldies, and those oldies can still cast spells over the tavern’s patrons. When the jukebox plays “Angel of the Morning,” a plaintive ballad about love without commitment, Dylan and Gwen realize that walking away from what they’d once had might have been the biggest mistake of their lives. Now, six years later, is it too late to make things right?
"Helen has weaved a delicately balanced story of intrigue, secrets and passion, which practically melts the pages." -Bare Naked Words
"The love story between Talon and Jade continues in Obsession. An apt title to be sure, because everyone is obsessed. Dear Ms. Helen Hardt, I toss many profanities your way for making me wait. Though I give you my deepest gratitude for building the anticipation of what I’m sure will be an epic culmination to an amazing series. " -Heroes and Heartbreakers
"Talon and Jade's chemistry sizzles and the love scenes will melt your heart and your Kindle." -The Book Sirens
"I am loving this series so freaking much… The story line is one that will have you completely engrossed…" -Wicked Babes Blog
"Helen left my head spinning and my mind racing a mile a minute. I need to know what the secrets are... " -The Book Fairy Reviews
Jade Roberts is in love with Talon Steel but no longer welcome in his home. While she resolves to move on, she still longs for the passion she and Talon shared…and when her boss asks her to dig up information on the Steels, she’s only too happy to comply. Talon and his brothers are hiding something, and Jade is determined to find out what it is.
The moment Talon saw Jade he wanted her, ached for her, craved her…and now his desire has become his obsession. He knows she deserves better than his broken soul, but he can’t stay away from her, and he finally confesses his love. If he and Jade are to have a future, he knows he must make peace with the dark shadows and horrors of his past.
But as Talon begins his journey of healing, Jade uncovers some startling secrets…
Curt and Ellie fell in love as college students, in a grungy apartment on Hope Street. When Curt asked Ellie to marry him, he promised her that as long as they were together, they would always live on a metaphorical “Hope Street.” And for many years, as they established a home and their careers and welcomed two daughters and a son into their lives, they did dwell in their own love-filled neighborhood of hope.
Then a tragedy shattered their family. Anguish drove Ellie into a world of darkness. Cut off from his wife, Curt found a way to heal without her. Exiled from Hope Street, they decide to end a marriage that is already dead.
Unaware of their parents’ plans for divorce, their children spring a surprise birthday party on Ellie, create a video of her life, and arrange for a romantic night for their parents at a charming country inn. As Curt and Ellie venture into that night together, they are forced to reconsider everything that once was so right between them, and everything that has gone so wrong. Is it possible that their love still exists? Can they ever forgive each other? Is it possible to return to Hope Street?
Winner of the New England Readers Choice Award.
Learning that life goes on is the hardest lesson of all.
One life destroyed. Four others irrevocably shattered. Overcoming the shock and grief of death is an all-too-familiar rite of young adulthood.
Walking home from a tennis game on a bright spring day, April Walden's three closest friends watch in horror as she is struck by a car and killed. The senseless accident plunges all three young women--and the car's driver--into a devastating and often misguided search for comfort, purpose, and inspiration.
Becky wraps herself in a protective cloak of obsessions, performing anxious rituals at the base of the red maple tree under which April died. Elyse dives into a high-risk party life, trying to honor April by experiencing everything April missed but mistaking self-destructive indulgence for courage. Florie turns to fundamentalist Christianity, not as spiritual guidance, but as a wall that might shield her from reality. Mark, the driver, spirals downward into substance abuse and self-loathing, until April's three friends reach out to save him.
How do you make it through the night when you've stopped believing that tomorrow always comes?
"Sorry Christian and Gideon, there’s a new heartthrob for you to contend with. Meet Talon. Talon Steel." -Booktopia
"Possession brings Talon Steel's story to a conclusion, wrapping up a thrilling mystery intertwined with some amazingly hot sex scenes... the buildup to the protagonists discovery keeps the pages moving at a rapid-fire pace. " -RT Book Reviews
"I'm dead from the strongest book hangover ever. Helen exceeded every expectation I had for this book. It was heart pounding, heartbreaking, intense, full throttle genius. " -Tina at Bookalicious Babes Blog
"WOAH. Helen Hardt has truly blown me away with this series. It is dark, emotional, intense, horrifying, and utterly beautiful all mixed together. " -Pretty Little Book Reviews
"Such a beautiful torment - the waiting, the anticipation, the relief that only comes briefly before more questions arise, and the wait begins again... Check. Mate. Ms. Hardt..." -Bare Naked Words
"The love scenes are beautifully written and so scorching hot I’m fanning my face just thinking about them." -The Book Sirens
Jade Roberts’s love for Talon Steel is the real deal, and she’s more determined than ever to help him come to grips with whatever is haunting him. To that end, she continues her investigation of the Steels…and unknowingly attracts some dangerous foes from their shrouded history.
Talon loves Jade deeply and longs to possess her forever, so he faces his worst fears and exposes his rawest wounds in an attempt to heal. The road is icy and treacherous, but if he perseveres and comes out whole on the other side, he’ll finally be worthy of Jade’s love.
The untamed passion between the two still blazes, but as the horrors of Talon’s past resurface, Jade and Talon aren’t safe…
Antiques dealer Diana Simms is engaged to her longtime boyfriend when she finds herself inside the Faulk Street Tavern. The song “Changes” emerges from the jukebox and enchants her. It also captivates Nick Fiore, a local guy who’s arrived at adulthood the hard way, after a tour through the juvenile justice system. Now he’s dedicated his life to helping other troubled kids. He has no business even looking at a beautiful, well-bred woman wearing a diamond engagement ring. But once they’re bewitched by the jukebox, he and Diana must change their lives, their goals, their dreams…and their hearts.
"Helen has given us a series with men that will not only Melt your heart, they will heat up your soul."
-The Book Fairy Reviews
"Made my heart stop in my chest. Helen has given us such a heartbreakingly beautiful series."
-Tina at Bookalicious Babes Blog
Ryan Steel is known in Snow Creek as the handsomest Steel brother with the most jovial personality. Now that his busy grape harvest and winemaking season is over, he's happy to spend time with his family and help his brothers, Talon and Jonah, celebrate their impending nuptials. The Steels are taking a well-deserved break from the conspiracy surrounding them...until an unlikely woman and a long-buried secret shatter Ryan's world.
Detective Ruby Lee has been on her own since she was fifteen. When her past collides with the Steel family's mysteries, she's determined to find the truth. She has her own issues, and she's not looking for a relationship, despite her all-consuming attraction to Ryan Steel. The gorgeous dark-haired man gets under her skin anyway...and he needs her.Together they explore both of their histories, but those pasts could cost them a future.
Fast forward fifteen years. Living in Manhattan, Erika successfully climbs the corporate ladder but her love life stinks. Ted is also living the life of a successful businessman in Manhattan, and he's involved in a serious relationship. Problem is, he still cannot get Erika out of his system. When fate intervenes and their paths cross, the result is emotionally explosive and that old black magic is back with the force of a super nova. But Erika once ravaged his heart: How can Ted ever trust her again? And now that he's seriously involved with another woman, how can Erika hope for a second chance with the man she never should have let go?
Meet Me in Manhattan is a classic love story that is told as only Judith Arnold can tell it. With a deep grasp of the complexities of the human heart, this acclaimed author explores Ted Skala and Ericka Fredell's compelling true story of a lost love unexpectedly found again.
This bundle includes the following novels:
FIFTY SHADES OF GREY: When college student Anastasia Steele goes to interview young entrepreneur Christian Grey, she encounters a man who is beautiful, brilliant, and intimidating. The unworldly Ana realizes she wants this man, and Grey admits he wants her, too—but on his own terms. When the couple embarks on a daring, passionately physical affair, Ana discovers Christian’s secrets and explores her own desires.
FIFTY SHADES DARKER: Daunted by Christian’s dark secrets and singular tastes, Ana has broken off their relationship to start a new career. But desire for Christian still dominates her every waking thought. They rekindle their searing sensual affair, and while Christian wrestles with his inner demons, Ana is forced to make the most important decision of her life.
FIFTY SHADES FREED: Now, Ana and Christian have it all—love, passion, intimacy, wealth, and a world of possibilities for their future. But Ana knows that loving her Fifty Shades will not be easy, and that being together will pose challenges that neither of them would anticipate. Just when it seems that their strength together will eclipse any obstacle, misfortune, malice, and fate conspire to turn Ana’s deepest fears into reality.
This book is intended for mature audiences.
Cory Malone and Talia Roszik married as teenagers after Talia became pregnant. Their marriage didn’t last, but their love for their daughter did. Fifteen years after their divorce, Wendy Malone is graduating from high school, and Cory has traveled to Brogan’s Point for the occasion. But Cory’s and Talia’s plans—and their emotions—are thrown into turmoil when they hear the Magic Jukebox play “Moondance.” Can a single song make them forget all the hurt and rediscover the love that once brought them together?
"The chemistry in Melt is explosive!" - RT Book Reviews
"Melt has earned a solid place at the top of my MUST-READ list! " -Angel Payne, USA Today bestselling author
"Just when you have one question answered more are brought to life keeping you one the edge of your seat page after page." -Wicked Babes Blog
"Helen has given us a series with men that will not only Melt your heart, they will heat up your soul." -The Book Fairy Reviews
"Ms. Hardt has continued to weave her web in this installment, and the results are every bit as good…or perhaps better…than what we have seen so far. With every answer, there is another question. " -Bare Naked Words
"Melt. That is definitely a proper name for this book. Not only did I melt many times while reading it, I also went up in flames." -Tina at Bookalicious Babes Blog
Jonah Steel is intelligent, rich, and hard-working. As the oldest of his siblings, he was charged by his father to protect them.
He failed in the worst way.
Dr. Melanie Carmichael has her own baggage. Although the renowned therapist was able to help Jonah’s brother, she is struggling with feelings of inadequacy. When the oldest Steel walks into her office seeking solace, she can’t turn her back.
As Melanie and Jonah attempt to work through their issues together, desperately trying to ignore the desire brewing between them, ghosts from both their pasts surface…and danger draws near.
Maeve Nolan left Brogan’s Point ten years ago in anger and pain, planning never to return. She hadn’t known that Harry, her sweet, silver-haired friend, was a billionaire, but her unexpected inheritance from him lures her back to town. If she’s going to remain, she will have to mend her tattered relationship with her father, Police Detective Ed Nolan, and his girlfriend, Gus Naukonen—the owner of the Faulk Street Tavern. She’ll also have to deal with Quinn Connor, Brogan’s Point’s one-time golden boy, who’s changed his life but can’t escape the expectations the folks in town have of him. When the tavern's Magic Jukebox plays “Take the Long Way Home,” it casts its spell on Maeve and Quinn. Can they find home in each other’s arms?
Book One of Judith Arnold’s popular Daddy School series. Jamie McCoy is the ultimate guy: thirty years old, carefree and professionally successful as the writer of a nationally syndicated humor column called “Guy Stuff.” Nine and a half months ago, he spent a week basking on the beach in Eluthera and indulging in a fling with a woman at the resort. Never did he expect to find the unplanned result of that fling—a healthy, wailing baby named Samantha—strapped into a car seat on his back porch, along with a suitcase full of diapers and infant apparel and a note informing Jamie that he’s her father.
Maybe he is and maybe he isn’t. But first things first. He’s never fed a baby or changed a diaper in his life. He doesn’t own a crib or a stroller. In a panic, he phones the nearest hospital, where neonatal nurse Allison Winslow takes his call and tells him about a class she teaches called the Daddy School.
Classes on how to be a dad are exactly what Jamie needs. But when he attends his first class and sees the tall, earnest, amazingly beautiful and even more amazingly competent Allison, he realizes that he might just need more from her than her lectures on how to hold a baby.
Jamie’s efforts to be a father to this precious baby touch Allison. His sense of humor amuses her. His striking good looks turn her on. But how can she trust the sort of guy who’d sleep with a stranger on vacation, without giving a thought to the consequences? How can she give her heart to such a reckless man?
"WOAH. Helen Hardt has truly blown me away with this series. It is dark, emotional, intense, horrifying, and utterly beautiful all mixed together. "
-Pretty Little Book Reviews
"The love scenes are beautifully written and so scorching hot I’m fanning my face just thinking about them."
-The Book Sirens
Jonah Steel has fallen in love with Melanie Carmichael but refuses to make a commitment until he has solved the mystery of his family’s past. A new threat has surfaced, and he needs to eliminate it.
Melanie loves Jonah but has yet to surrender completely to his needs. Still, she wants a promise that he can't yet make. While the ghosts of her past still hover around her, she joins him on his quest for answers. Together, they vow to find the truth.
But the deeper they dig, the more danger they uncover…
Josh Kaplan has no interest in getting married, either, although maybe he ought to. He’s been with his girlfriend Melanie for years, but for some reason he just hasn’t felt the urge to pop the question. He’s busy fighting for tenants’ rights and playing chess with his elderly friend Solly, who’s got women problems of his own. Melanie is busy, too, although what she’s busy with, Josh isn’t sure.
When Loretta’s job suddenly hinges on her being hooked up with a blind date on the show, Josh is the ideal foil. He has no more interest in a romance than she does. He’s got Melanie. And if Loretta pretends he’s her boyfriend, her family will get off her case.
What could possibly go wrong?
"Made my heart stop in my chest. Helen has given us such a heartbreakingly beautiful series." -Tina at Bookalicious Babes Blog
"Each book unfolds leaving readers feeling immensely satisfied." -Pretty Little Books Blog
"Helen outdid herself with Burn." -My Girlfriend's Couch Blog
Jonah Steel is knee deep into trying to solve the mystery surrounding his family and his brother’s abduction, and the arrival of his best friend has complicated the situation…although not as much as his infatuation with his brother’s therapist, Dr. Melanie Carmichael. The quiet humility of the blond beauty has him enthralled, and he burns for her as he never has for any woman.
Melanie Carmichael is intelligent and driven, yet filled with regret. She has fallen in love with gorgeous Jonah Steel, but fears she may never be able to tell him. The demons from her past have come for her…and she may not get out alive.
The party at the Hotel Marchand is in full swing when all the lights suddenly go out. What does head of security Mac Jensen do first? He's torn between two jobs--protecting the guests at Hotel Marchand and keeping Julie Sullivan safe.
Mac knows Julie has no idea that he took the job at the hotel in order to act as her bodyguard. But now he feels a loyalty to both the hotel and the Marchand women who run it. As for Julie, she's being harassed by someone from her past...and what Mac feels for her is anything but professional.
A woman to protect. A hotel to secure. And no idea who's determined to harm them.
Jim may flirt, but Lucy is the woman he wants. That she’s pretty is a bonus, but her intelligence is what really turns him on. Yet he can’t seem to break through her defenses the way Loverboy can.
Jim and Lucy collaborate and compete as they live their lives in Horizon, Kansas, a major center for high-tech research now that a devastating earthquake in California has prompted a wholesale relocation of Silicon Valley to a more geologically stable region. The imagined world Jim and Lucy inhabit is filled with flat-screen TV’s, instant messaging, movies-on-demand, electric cars, heart-healthy restaurant menus and Velcro-closing diapers—none of which actually existed when the book was written and published. But life for these two high-tech geniuses gets a lot more complicated when Lucy realizes she loves someone who can only connect with her through her computer, and when an orphaned survivor of the California earthquake shows up in Horizon announcing she’s Jim’s daughter.
Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient.
For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.
Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.
Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?
But like Shakespeare’s hero and heroine, Gillian and Owen are star-crossed, forced to deal with historic feuds, meddlesome friends and relatives, and their own irrational longing for each other. From Verona, Italy to Verona, New Jersey, Owen fights for everything Gillian’s family has always fought against, and Gillian tries to defend her beloved father while her heart cries out for Owen’s love. Romeo and Juliet may have brought them together, but the stars alone will determine their fate.
Nicholas Sparks returns with an emotionally powerful story of unconditional love, its challenges, its risks and most of all, its rewards.
At 32, Russell Green has it all: a stunning wife, a lovable six year-old daughter, a successful career as an advertising executive and an expansive home in Charlotte. He is living the dream, and his marriage to the bewitching Vivian is the center of that. But underneath the shiny surface of this perfect existence, fault lines are beginning to appear...and no one is more surprised than Russ when he finds every aspect of the life he took for granted turned upside down.
In a matter of months, Russ finds himself without a job or wife, caring for his young daughter while struggling to adapt to a new and baffling reality. Throwing himself into the wilderness of single parenting, Russ embarks on a journey at once terrifying and rewarding-one that will test his abilities and his emotional resources beyond anything he ever imagined.
Yet neither Paul nor Bonnie count on the attraction that draws them together, or the soul-deep empathy that binds them as they face new battles together. Can love heal their scars so they can make peace with their painful past and face the future together?
But this time, he's short on cash.
He needs the shipment now, so he offers me collateral.
He loans me his slave.
Now that Pearl and I are so close, I can't condone this type of exchange. It's wrong.
But she wants me. I can tell.
And I definitely want her.
*Buttons and Shame is told from Cane's point of view, but Crow and Pearl have their own POV's to develop the overall story**
A year ago, Conor Malone’s wife died in an accident. Conor and his daughter Amy were too grief-stricken to celebrate Christmas that year. But they’ve healed, and this year he wants to restore the joy of the season for his little girl. The only problem is, Amy is convinced that if she’s a good girl, Santa will bring her the one gift she wants: her mother, alive and well once more. Amy’s old enough to know better, but Christmas is all about magic and believing.
Child psychologist Eliza Powell knows a thing or two about grief. She, too, has lost her mother, and she’s suffered a betrayal that compels her to move to Arlington, Connecticut, where she takes a job in Amy’s school. She can help Amy to understand the difference between dreams and reality—but can she be the Christmas angel both Conor and Amy need in their lives?
And can Conor heal Eliza? With a little help from the Daddy School, can he bring the joy of the season to a lovely, heartbroken woman?
Right place for a tropical vacation, but wrong time for them both to appear—and for sure the wrong two people to spend a week together in close quarters. He's a Connecticut type—reserved, well-bred, a product of the best schools. She's a savvy Manhattan girl—a funky shoe designer whose warm, working-class family lives in the Bronx.So how come they end up thinking so much about each other once they're back in their own worlds after the wrong time is up?
Construction company owner Ryan Walker is immediately attracted to the beautiful newcomer, but although the chemistry between them is strong, she seems determined not to let him get too close. He knows she’s hiding something—and once he learns what it is, he isn’t sure he’s strong enough to handle the truth about her. Beth has the courage to have endured brutal medical treatment and embraced life. Does Ryan have the courage to love a woman whose body is scarred and who may still be shadowed by death?
Named one of the 300 best romance novels of all time by Romantic Times Magazine.
“A beautiful, tender, totally engrossing love story.” New York Times bestseller Stella Cameron
“Judith Arnold has one of the most original voices in romance fiction today.” New York Times bestseller Anne Stuart
Ruby Lee loves Ryan and desperately wants to help him. She’ll do whatever she must to see him through this troubling time, but her own shrouded past still haunts her, and she’s determined to put an end to both of their mysteries once and for all. But the more she uncovers, the more danger she’s in…and she may lose Ryan forever.
For Robin Greer, Christmas is about tradition and family. After her army-brat childhood, she wants nothing more than to plant solid roots and create a stable, permanent home for her young son, Philip. Christmas is a time to celebrate that home, and she and Philip celebrate in style, decorating their house, baking treats and listening to holiday music.
Jesse Lawson’s view of the holiday is quite the opposite. Growing up in an oppressively pious family, he has rejected religion. To him, Christmas is about hypocrisy and commercialism. A legal aid attorney, he can’t enjoy the spirit of the season when his inner-city clients are facing eviction in the middle of a cold New England winter.
Yet he can’t resist Robin and her open-hearted embrace of all things Christmas. And she can’t resist this thoughtful, questioning, complex man who seems to understand the true meaning of the holiday better than she does.
Winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award.
Sophie Wallace never imagined jury duty as a good place to meet men—until she cast her eyes on gorgeous juror Gary Brett. Now they were working closely together—on a very unusual case. Sophie understood exactly how the poor abandoned bride felt. Then she learned Gary's verdict. He was siding with the groom! What was he thinking? Clearly the man who had been courting her so passionately had no idea he was courting trouble….
They can’t forget it, because mutual friends have thrown them together. Brad’s job transfer to New York City places him in Realtor Daphne’s region, and their college classmates insist that Brad should use Daphne to help him find a house. Stuck together on this mission, they discover that they actually like each other.
They could never be lovers, though, because Brad startlingly handsome and Daphne is homely. They just don’t match. But they could be friends—true, close friends—if only they can figure out a way to undo the mistake from their past. All they’d have to do is go back and make things right.
But then Chloe discovered that her most treasured possession—a humidor filled with pebbles that was the only thing her late mother had bequeathed to her—had been stolen while she’d been at the opera with Will. In fact, her flaky, selfish brother had filched the pebbles and fled with them to his home in Minnesota. Chloe is determined to get them back. Only problem: her car is in the shop. Only other problem: she’s deathly afraid of flying.
Will’s car, a dilapidated old van, works. He’s self-employed and always up for an adventure. And even if he and Chloe aren’t temperamentally suited, she’s got the sexiest legs he’s ever seen, and the rest of her is pretty damned appealing, too. His friend had assured him she was an easy score. What the hell—he’ll drive her to Minnesota.
What begins as a disastrous blind date winds up being an equally disastrous—but hilarious and surprisingly romantic—road trip as whimsical, impulsive Will and organized, by-the-numbers Chloe try to survive their growing attraction, their clashing personalities, and the vicissitudes of a cross-country drive in a rattletrap van that carries them not just to Chloe’s brother’s home but to her brother’s best friend, who had once been the love of her life. Just how much will Chloe endure to get her pebbles back? And how much will Will endure to get the uptight but utterly alluring Chloe into his bed?
But then she disappeared.
And seven years later reappeared. Only now she’s different: still strong and spirited but no longer the idealist. Something happened to turn her cynical and fearful inside. As happy as she is that Luke has found her, she no longer trusts him, or herself.
Seven years before, she had saved him. Now Luke is determined to save her.
She’s not the only reporter on the story. Thanks to a tip, Griffin Parker of the Providence Journal has been chasing that handsome young man—a pimp reputed to be blackmailing wealthy johns. When Griffin’s path crosses with Jill, they both know they need to keep their distance in order to get their stories into print. Yet they keep running into each other—at press conferences, at stake-outs.
Both of them want to get the story first. Both of them are ambitious enough to sabotage their competition. But the real headline is that they’re falling in love—and how can you love someone you can’t trust?
"A smoking hot romance... The chemistry between Luke and Madison is electric, and the sex scenes are scorching hot."
–RT Book Reviews
"A scorching hot read that weaves raunchy sensual escapades with the emotionally resonant tropes of healing after heartbreak and how to compromise when opposites attract."
"A high-heat romance."
Fresh off a divorce from a Hollywood hotshot, Madison Atwood needs an escape. With the paparazzi fresh on her heels and her love life splashed on every tabloid, she runs away to a swanky retreat in Northern California. Avalon Springs is the mountainside haven she needs to find herself again.
Luke Dawson lives off the grid, preferring solitude to society. When he finds a beautiful woman soaking in the hot springs on his property, he can’t stop himself from watching her. She captures his attention, but she’s just a city girl—a beautiful distraction disturbing the peace he’s settled here to find.
When Madison discovers Luke’s secluded cabin, he can’t turn her away again. They make no promises. Madison needs to feel wanted again, and Luke misses the touch of a woman. But when mother nature has other plans, they’re forced to spend more than a night of passion together. Can Luke say goodbye to the only woman who’s made him feel anything in years, and can Madison leave behind the man who brought her back to life?
****Misadventures is a romantic series of spicy standalone novels, each written or co-written by some of the best names in romance. The stories are scandalous, refreshing, and, of course, incredibly sexy. They’re the perfect bedside read, a ‘quick blush’ for the reader who loves a page-turning romance.
And then there’s Vermont transplant Ned Donovan, whose smart, scrappy son longs to attend Libby’s school. Ned’s a widower, a carpenter, sexy as sin—and wild about the fireplace in Libby’s living room. Ned wants to fix up her apartment. Libby believes he could fix up her life…if only she could be sure that his love isn’t simply the biggest, most dangerous bribe she’s ever received.
Winner of the RT Reviewers Choice Award for best contemporary romance of the year.
MMA fighter Miles Dartman’s casual arrangement with personal shopper Maxi Nevar would be many men’s fantasy. She seeks him out, they have mindblowing sex, she leaves. Rinse, repeat. Yet lately, Miles wants more. And when Maxi requests his services via the Body Armor security agency, he’s ready to finally break through her defenses—and protect her day and night.
Receiving a large inheritance has brought chaos and uncertainty into Maxi’s life. Her ex has resurfaced, along with lots of former “friends,” and someone is making mysterious threats. Then there’s Miles, who doesn’t ask for anything…except her trust. Pleasure is easy. Now Maxi has to give her heart as well as her body…or risk losing a man who could be everything she needs.
Noah Davis’s lover is lost. He and Sisela agreed to marry, but before they took that step, they decided to spend one year apart, pursuing their separate dreams. Noah wanted to travel around the world. Sisela wanted to see if she could make it as a popular singer. A year later, he’s ready to settle down and she’s nowhere to be found.
Maggie promises to find Sisela—and discovers that happy endings aren’t necessarily as easy to find as lost lovers. For one thing, Sisela is no longer the woman she was when Noah proposed to her. For another, Maggie realizes she’s falling in love with Noah. Her job is to create happy endings for others. Does that mean she can never have her own happy ending?
She withdraws a chunk of money from the bank and takes off. This will be her birthday present to herself: a month without her family, a month in which she puts herself, her needs and her whims first.
Ken Chapin loves his wife. Yes, he has been neglecting her lately as he vies for a senior management position at the high-tech firm where he works, but he’s always assumed they were a team, working side by side to make their family happy. Yet what kind of team is it when Ken gets all the glory and Lila does all the vacuuming? Her disappearance forces him to reconsider the direction their lives have taken and just how much he needs her. But has his insight arrived too late to save their marriage?
Being the middle child is never easy, but thirty-six-year-old Jill Bendel is about to find out just how hard that job is when her mother throws away her sensible pumps, packs up her collection of classical music and runs away from home.
Longtime wife and mother Ruth Bendel loves her family but hates her life. Husband Richard doesn't even know how the steam iron works, let alone how a woman works. When Ruth's last nerve snaps, she finally does what she's wanted to do so many times before-she gets an apartment, a job, a new life and new friends.
How will her pampered family survive ?
Who will take care of her son Doug's daughters when he flies off for a romantic week with his wife? How can youngest daughter Melissa contemplate getting pregnant now that she's the child of a broken home? How is Jill going to juggle the demands of her own marriage, her kids, her siblings and her career while simultaneously trying to get her parents to reconcile? Why is it that when things fall apart, everyone expects Jill to put them back together?
Maybe she ought to run away from home, too.
Judith Arnold is a bestselling and award winning author with more than ten million copies of her novels in print. Before turning to fiction writing, she was a working playwright with plays staged in California, Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and off-Broadway in New York City, as well as in Calgary, Canada. A native New Yorker, Judith lives in a small town near Boston.
Still best friends years after college, Lonny invites Sammy to stay with him at his fixer-upper beach house while she recuperates from being dumped by her longtime boyfriend. He’ll introduce her to friends, set her up on blind dates, get her back on her feet. The only problem is, she’s no longer a chubby, insecure scholarship student. She’s smart, accomplished and beautiful. And all of a sudden, Lonny wants to be more than friends.
With Lonny, lovers don’t last. Samantha knows that becoming his lover means risking the loss of his friendship. Can they be friends—and lovers—forever?