Sylvie's sister, Margot, was determined to become an actress. She refused to live in Greece with her husband, Leon Petronides, and their small son. So Sylvie found herself going to Greece to look after the boy.
The Petronides family was not thrilled with the substitution…but Sylvie soon won them over, especially Leon. Andreas Petronides, his brother, was a different story.
He resented Sylvie's attentions to Leon. In fact, he seemed to suspect Sylvie's motives. The only explanation for his attitude never even occurred to Sylvie…
Few of Beth's students would have recognized her as the seductive charmer who crashed a posh London party, commanded the immediate attention of Alex Thiarchos, brazenly seduced him…and disappeared.
But her mission was accomplished. She was pregnant. And she was happily and quite determinedly alone. Surely the haunting image of her first and only lover—the father of her child—would fade in time?
Wrong. A campus tragedy brought Alex back into her life, stirring needs, desires and complications Beth didn't want. Now Alex knew heartache firsthand, and this time he wouldn't let her go!
What had he said? "We are married, Ryan. I suggest we attempt to salvage something from the wreck."
But friendship was something she and Alain could never share, and she shrank from his pity.
If all he could offer was friendship for appearances' sake, there was no future for either of them.
Now Michael was dead, and Julie and her small daughter, Emma, had come home again—only to learn that Michael had appointed Robert as the child's guardian. As luck would have it, Emma took to her uncle at once—but Julie was afraid of her own heart. True, he would soon marry the so suitable Pamela Hillingdon, but that only added to the agony. Julie was soon forced to admit that her attraction to Robert was as wild and strong as ever.
How could she stand this impossible situation?
Dallas always felt responsible for her young sister, Jane. But Jane's announcement that she was expecting a baby by rich, young Paris Stavros—and then the news of his death in a car crash—was just too much for her.
So, when Paris's father took over responsibility, taking both girls to his private island at Lexandros, Dallas was in no position to argue.
Something about this forceful man antagonized her. She had to be grateful—but she didn't want to be attracted to him!
Then Rosa Chantry knocks on his door and throws his world upside down. His desire for her is strong, but his conviction that he cannot satisfy a woman is stronger.
But Rosa is persistent, and so is Liam's need for her. She is determined to ease his fear that the past has robbed him of his power as a man….
Soon, however, she felt she had jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Dom Carlos had a feudal attitude toward women in general and Christina in particular, and the last thing she wanted was to find herself falling in love with him. And what of the meek Portuguese girl in the background—Don Carlos's fiancee?
Martha's voice was uneven, trying to conceal the fact that he was succeeding. She'd been tricked into this confrontation with her husband, and his proposal amazed her.
After five years apart, she was being virtually forced to rejoin her wealthy Greek husband as his wife. Along with their small daughter, Josy.
Martha realized her feelings for Dion were as deep as ever. But how could she once again cope with Dion's strong passionate nature if getting their child back was his only reason for wanting her?
Andre's eyes darkened, "You're still a member of this family. You're a Sanchez."
Rachel shook her head. "I'm not. I'm Rachel Jardin!"
"You're Rachel Sanchez!" announced Andre harshly.
"I have plans for you, and you will do as your father wanted and follow them!"
"And if I disagree?"
"You'll be destitute. You've no money, on your own admission, you've no money, and I won't pay another cent into your London bank!"
Rachel felt defeated. "You're a brute!" she said unevenly. "I hate you, Andre Sanchez!"
"You'll say that once too often, Rachel." Without another word he brushed past her and went out the door, slamming it behind him.
But Olivia's bid for independence was swiftly rejected. Richard replied with the hard assurance of a successful businessman. "I've paid for your upbringing, Olivia, and everything you possess. I expect to collect the dividends from my investment."
Olivia gazed at him in disbelief. She was his stepsister, the only person he truly loved. She had always been spared his ruthlessness. Why now did Richard intend to control her, to use her in a way that both shocked and frightened her…?
It didn't seem to matter any more what his reasons were. Emma knew only that she needed him now—more than at any other time of her life. The love she had felt for him when she was seventeen had not died. It had deepened. And today her love for him was that of a woman. Could she ever make him realize how she really felt about him?
A FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION by Anne Mather Jack Connolly isn't looking for a woman—until he meets Grace Spencer! Trapped in a fake relationship to safeguard her family, Grace knows giving in to Jack would risk everything she holds dear… But will she surrender to the forbidden?
CARRYING THE KING'S PRIDE (Kingdoms & Crowns) by Jennifer Hayward Prince Nikandros is about to be crowned when the royal rebel discovers the consequences of his last night with beautiful Sofía Ramirez. Whisking pregnant Sofía to Akathinia at once, the prince will legitimize his new rule…with a wife and child!
BOUND TO THE TUSCAN BILLIONAIRE (One Night With Consequences) by Susan Stephens Gardener Cassandra Rich captures tycoon Marco di Fivizzano's attention the moment he sees her! In her boss's arms Cass blossoms as she finds the freedom she craves—but when she discovers she's pregnant, she realizes she's bound to the billionaire forever!
THE SECRET THAT SHOCKED DE SANTIS (The Throne of San Felipe) by Natalie Anderson Army lieutenant Stella Zambrano's life changes forever when she realizes she's pregnant. Her baby bombshell is the result of a sensual afternoon with Prince Eduardo De Santis… And with an out-of-wedlock heir on the cards, the playboy prince will demand marriage!
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Now Demetri needs an heir and demands a divorce. But they have one last night together—for old times' sake….
However, that one last loving has dramatic results. How can Jane tell her soon-to-be-ex-husband that she's pregnant with his child?
But a real man needed a real woman — and Rachel was determined to win him back. She would seduce him, and let him love her. And maybe she'd conceive — and carry to full term — Jack's much-wanted baby.…
MORELLI'S MISTRESS by Anne MatherLuke Morelli is back and determined that Abby Laurence will pay for her past betrayal. Finally free of her husband, there's only one way she can make amends… Their affair was once illicit, but she's Luke's for the taking now!
THE SHEIKH'S LAST MISTRESS by Rachael Thomas Destiny Richards never imagined her job with charismatic Sheikh Zafir would lead to an out-of-this-world night in his arms. But when their scorching affair has unexpected repercussions, powerful Zafir must convince his mistress to stay…before their nine months are up!
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A TYCOON TO BE RECKONED WITH by Julia James Bastiaan Karavalas loves the thrill of the hunt—yet his seduction of Sarah Fareham isn't purely for pleasure. Performer Sarah hides behind her stage persona, but will it be enough to safeguard her fragile heart once Bastiaan's intentions are revealed?
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A DANGEROUS TASTE OF PASSION by Anne MatherCaribbean island Orchid Cay is all Lily Fielding's ever known. But an intriguing newcomer promises a sensual awakening for the unworldly vicar's daughter… Dangerous Raphael Oliveira should resist Lily's beauty. But soon Rafe's intense passion and dark past threaten to destroy them both!
MARRIED FOR THE GREEK'S CONVENIENCEBrides for Billionairesby Michelle SmartMatchmaker Elizabeth Young is horrified that her disastrous marriage to Xander Trakas was never actually annulled! Elizabeth will not give in to the fire that still burns between them—until she learns that guardianship of Xander's nephew depends on their marriage!
A CHILD CLAIMED BY GOLD One Night With Consequencesby Rachael ThomasNikolai Cunningham isn't going to let photographer Emma Sanders uncover his Russian family history, regardless of their potent attraction. Suspicions aroused, Nikolai casts Emma out—unaware that she's pregnant! When all is revealed, Nikolai will legitimize his heir—with a gold wedding ring!
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However, Demetri's attempts to dig beneath Joanna's coolly beautiful exterior reveal few clues as to the nature of her relationship with his father. She's giving nothing away…except an unwitting sexual attractiveness that Demetri finds hard to resist….
Searing desire still flared between them. But how could they indulge it again…when their passion had led to an unexpected pregnancy, with an equally unexpected twist?
Antonia was devastated to learn that the very attractive man she had met at Celia's party was none other than Reed Gallagher, Celia's fiance. He hadn't acted like a man in love, but perhaps their sort of people behaved differently. And Antonia was very definitely not their sort.
Although she resolved to forget Reed, Antonia couldn't escape him. He invaded her life and her heart. And despite her guilt feelings, she soon discovered she couldn't live without him.
Nor could she live with herself for wanting another woman's man.
What if she turned the tables by making a play for Diane's latest lover? She knew she hadn't the other woman's glossy, superficial beauty, but Joe Castellano certainly seemed attracted enough to Olivia! The only problem was, the more she got close to Joe, the more she wanted him totally for herself.
Perhaps that was why he had succeeded where other men had failed. If Laura had not been so naively flattered by Jason's attentions three years ago, she might have recognized him sooner for what he was, instead of being so easily deceived.
Now, because of her sister's involvement with his philandering brother-in-law, she had no choice but to confront Jason and ask for his help. But help came only on his terms.
Suddenly Jason's exotic, Hawaiian island home felt more like a prison than a paradise…
Jake is tall, dark and…dangerous—and he wants virginal Eve. His touch leaves her aching for more, but her secrets hold her back. But how long can she resist Jake's intense, exotic brand of seduction…?
Alexis Roche was no helpless victim. He was a seasoned hunter committed to the chase. He found out Rachel's name, address, even where she worked and set out to systematically change her whole life. First he toyed with her engagement, and then he closed in on he dangerously frazzled emotions.
Rachel's mind bid her to run…but her heart was tiring from the chase.
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Common sense warned Matt not to get involved, but then a newspaper article revealed that Sara was in fact the wife of a rich man and missing, feared kidnapped. Matt knew he couldn't abandon Sara; she needed his protection. And as the atmosphere became erotically charged between them, Matt also realized that, though he mustn't touch Sara, he couldn't let her go….
Five years ago Abby Laurence would have given anything to be Luke Morelli's mistress. The taste of his lips and the burn of his touch offered a safety and sanctuary she craved more than anything. But Luke's love was off-limits, because Abby was married to another man…
…no longer denied?
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!
Helen winced at the frank assessment of her chances for romantic happiness. For she had loved Heath since childhood, and as she'd grown into a woman, her emotions had deepened and changed in ways she was only starting to understand.
Suddenly Helen wanted more than the warm affection Heath had always given her—she wanted the heat of his passion.
But Heath thought of her as a child—and when he finally saw her for the woman she was, he sent her away…
Ashley could hardly believe she was actually seeing her son. Circumstances had forced her to give him up at birth seven years earlier to her deceased husband's wealthy Arab family.
Now the unexpected sight of Hussein with his uncle, Prince Alain, thoroughly shocked her. No longer was her son an image buried in Ashley's heart: he was there; he was real.
And Alain was no longer a memory but as disturbing—and unforgiving—as ever. This time, Ashley resolved, I'm not going to lose either of them.
For Lily Fielding, the small, safe Caribbean island is all she's ever known. But the appearance of an intriguing newcomer is about to change everything for this unworldly vicar's daughter, for the sensual awakening he promises is both intoxicating and illicit…
Raphael Oliveira should resist the temptation that beautiful Lily presents; after all, he knows that wherever he goes, danger follows… Although, once she is under his spell, Rafe's intense passion and dark past threaten to destroy them both!
To outsiders, Helen appears to be a typical cool English blonde. Only Matthew Aitken guesses that her icy exterior hides a warm and vibrant woman …and he wants her!
In the heat of Barbados Helen finds her inhibitions melting and her feelings toward Matthew growing, but at what cost? It's obvious to her that Matt is already involved with another woman. A glamorous, alluring woman …who just happens to be Helen's mother…!
Cassandra had been warned, and she didn't care. After enduring a disastrous marriage she was now ready for an affair with no strings attached.
But Jay Ravek was not like any man she'd known before. He was a totally new experience, and quickly she realized she wanted much more than a casual relationship.
If she was foolish enough to put her heart in his keeping she might never recover. Better for her to run now than to suffer the inevitable anguish.
Until three years later, when Isobel is led right back to Alejandro—and she's shocked. He's a changed man. He's still utterly sexy, but a terrible car accident has left him scarred, brooding and bitter. What's more, he's deliberately lured Isobel to Brazil because he knows all about his child.
With the death of his wife still raw, Jack Connolly's mood is dark and dangerous. He's not looking for a woman, until he meets buttoned-up but beautiful Grace Spencer, who stirs his senses back to life. Yet Jack cannot act on his feelings, as Grace belongs to another!
An impossible affair…
Trapped in a fake relationship to safeguard her family, Grace knows crossing the line with Jack would risk everything she holds dear. Beneath the hunger she sees in Jack's eyes is the promise of something more…but is it enough for her to surrender to a taste of the forbidden?
Rafe Fleming followed in his father's footsteps and was now the overseer of the magnificent mansion. He was the only reason Helen's visits had been so infrequent. How she hated him—and hated herself for the way her heart raced when he turned his heated gaze on her or treated her with smug self-assurance.
Why had her grandmother willed Castle Howarth to hint—with a clause that bordered on the absurd? The castle would belong to Helen, also—providing she and Rafe marry.
Of course, that was impossible.
Necessity forced Joanna Seton to accept a position as governess to Jake Sheldon's daughter. She set out for Ravensgarth, his farm in the Lake District, with a determination to make the best of what she found.
What she found was a man whose scarred face reflected his battered life—who had cut himself off from all social contacts. His daughter, too, had suffered. She was a wild, uncontrollable child.
Even though both of them seemed to hate her, Joanna's heart went out to these two survivors of past tragedy!
All she had to do was to go to Trinidad and pretend to be the granddaughter of the wealthy Brandt St. Vincente for four weeks and the money she needed would be hers.
But when Sophie met the disturbing Edge St. Vincente, who thought she was his niece, and fell in love with him, she realized that perhaps it wasn't going to be that simple after all….
It seemed an inauspicious beginning to their relationship. And yet…
Sara gladly accepted the offer of acting as companion to her youthful Aunt Harriet. Her father had recently died, and she welcomed the solace the English countryside offered.
But life in Harriet's household proved far from peaceful. Most disturbing to Sara was Jude, a blunt and darkly seductive man. Why had Harriet hired him? And what did he do?
Then understanding dawned on her: Jude was her aunt's lover. Yet she couldn't deny the deep attraction she herself felt for him—an attraction he seemed to reciprocate!
When he finally conceded, however, his conditions were not what she had in mind. She was to accompany the child to his home.
"I wouldn't work for you," she declared angrily, "and I wouldn't live in your house if you paid me in diamonds!" But, even fearing the magnetism of this devastating man, in the end Caryn had no choice!
As a girl, Jaime had learned how powerful love can be in the arms of a wealthy Italian count, Raphael di Vaggio. Yet she had rejected him to pursue her career.
He had found someone else and for five years Jaime had struggled single-mindedly for financial and emotional independence.
Then a twist of fate revived old memories and a passion she thought had died. Too late she realized she had made the wrong decision. Surely now there could be no turning back.
Caroline's job as governess at a Mexican hacienda was more demanding than she'd dreamed possible. Her employer, Esteban, was an evil and vulgar man, and he wanted her.
She turned for help to Luis de Montejo, Esteban's half brother and a seminarian. But Luis became much more than an ally when Caroline fell desperately in love with him.
She knew it was wrong to love him. She told herself she could never have him. But her heart just wouldn't listen...
"But we're not strangers, are we?" he questioned grimly. "We're husband and wife and somehow I don't find your explanations very reassuring."
Who was this man? And why should she let herself care about an amnesia victim? After all, she only needed him to act as her husband temporarily. She had hated the real Andrew. But this man made her feel altogether different.
Santino had made it clear that he had not married her because she wanted a real wife, but a companion for his small daughter—but why, oh, why had he done it at all?
Ten years ago, Jordan Lucas fell innocently in love with a musician visiting her Caribbean island home. She experienced the soaring flight of first love and the bitter crash of betrayal.
She needed no reminder of how she'd been used. It was bad enough that she would never forget her humiliation when his wife had shown up with a young child in tow. Now Rhys Williams was back…and he'd brought his teenage daughter with him.
Jordan was tempted to ignore Rhys's presence—but she realized that would be impossible.