He was a loner, a drifter...and the only man who could save a little girl's life. But to do that J. D. Cade would have to reveal a secret he'd kept for over twenty-five years--the secret that he was still alive.
J.D. certainly hadn't planned on staying in Whitehorn. But soon he was renewing old friendships--and forging a tempting new one. Vibrant and tender, Dr. Carey Hall didn't know who J.D. was, but she seemed ready to care for him. What would happen when she discovered J.D. was really Whitehorn's nearly forgotten golden boy--and she'd fallen prey to another Kincaid?
A mysterious death had brought Dr. Chelsea Kearns back to Rumor, Montana, an assignment the forensics expert hadn't been savoring. She would have to face Pierce Dalton. Successful businessman. Town mayor. Brother to her best friend. Former lover…
Unable to resist, Chelsea found herself back in Pierce's passionate embrace, picking up where they left off years ago. To boot, she was now pregnant!
Chelsea's life was about to get much more complicated. She tried to keep her news secret. But once the good mayor discovered the truth, he wasn't about to let his happily-ever-after get away from him—again—without a fight!
The howling wolf was his talisman—a fierce, feral creature. But something beyond savage instinct made Cade Redstone come to the rescue of the damsel in the bedraggled wedding gown. Cade offered the stunning runaway the ultimate protection as his "bride." And soon the tempestuous cowgirl nestled into the cocoon of Cade's embrace…and his bed. But once Cade staked a real claim on his pretend wife, this Cheyenne man was bound by ancient law to possess his woman— body and soul—forever!
A criminal psychologist, Vanessa can't sit on the sidelines while her family lives its worst nightmare. She's not running from the fierce attraction between them, but knows Devin is doing everything he can to convince himself that a Fortune heiress and a street-smart cop don't mix. But as tensions rise, passions flare and soon dangerous situations call for desperate measures—and a willingness to trust all they've got.
Someone wanted Chicago heiress Jessica Lockhart dead—before she claimed her vast inheritance. And until she secured her fortune by marrying for one year, she'd have to stay in her gilded cage with sexy, scowling bodyguard Brody Smith. So why not employ Brody as hired gun…and hired groom?
Brody claimed pampered Jessica would never last in his rough-hewn ranching world. Still, he swore he'd keep her safe—and chaste—until their makeshift marriage ended. But Jessica loved Colorado's wide-open spaces. And she definitely hankered for Brody. And she had twelve whole months to make this maverick her man….
…until he arrested her. Julianne Martin had come to New Mexico's canyon country on a mission of deliverance. But now Special Agent Anthony Aquilon had just accused the compassionate nurse-midwife of making off with priceless Native American artifacts!
Tony's alluring thief-at-large was no common criminal but an uncommon woman born to warm the cold places inside a man. A modernday warrior who'd defend those he loved to his last breath, Tony longed to place his trust in Julianne…and more. Could a simple case of mistaken identity lead to the perfect match?
What self-proclaimed loner and rootless orphan Mary McHale couldn't anticipate when she arrived at Towbridge Ranch for the winter were the feelings her new surroundings stirred deep within her…a mysterious déjà vu unlike anything the relentlessly independent wrangler had ever experienced.
Jonah Lanigan couldn't drive the haunting blue eyes of his new employee from his mind—or dismiss the notion that they were an eerie reflection of others he'd seen before. Could he help Mary piece together her fragmented past…and in the process, become part of her future?
As soon as rancher Jon Sinclair put down his twenty dollars at a kissing booth, florist Anne Hyden knew she was in for it. Mr. Sex-in-Pants certainly wasn't the type to settle for a quick little peck. But Anne wasn't expecting to actually swoon in the guy's arms.
Unfortunately, Anne had a problem. She had a heart condition that ensured her life was as dull and safe as it could get—and Jon was hardly "safe." In fact, he was just the sort of guy to make a girl's heart give out altogether. And she still owed him nineteen more kisses….
"Laurie Paige doesn't miss…"
—New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter
THE LADY, THE COWBOY…AND HIS BABY
Prim, proper nursery-school teacher Molly Clelland had never met a parent like Sam Frazier. The man was as rugged and forbidding as the land he ranched. Yet his darling infant daughter…she could turn Sam to putty.
That fierce paternal love melted Molly's heart. So when scandal threatened Sam's custody of little Lass, a marriage of convenience made her Lass's loving mom. But would sexy Sam ever make the straitlaced schoolmarm his blushing, breathless bride?
THAT'S MY BABY! Sometimes bringing up baby can bring surprises…and showers of love.
"Laurie Paige doesn't miss—catch the sexy guy with the baby. It's a nonstop read."
—New York Times bestselling author Catherine Coulter
Celia Campbell was thirty and unwed—and newly pregnant by the man of her secret dreams. Who could have guessed that one impulsive night of passion with rogue rancher Hunter McLean would grant her a precious gift, a child to call her own?
Now the brooding bachelor was insisting on marriage, but he'd made it clear his heart wasn't part of the bargain. Yet Celia knew she could offer him and his troubled young son something wonderful in return….
THAT'S MY BABY!
Sometimes bringing up baby can bring surprises…and showers of love!
"Just how pregnant are you, anyway?"
Mighty Drake Colton could handle the Navy's most dangerous missions--but the housekeeper's daughter now had him buffaloed. Eight months ago the tough and resilient SEAL had come home to celebrate Joe Colton's sixtieth birthday and had ended up sharing his body and soul with Maya Ramirez. But the sheets had barely cooled from their heated lovemaking when he'd walked out to put his life on the line again. And she'd done the unthinkable. The woman who'd worshiped him since childhood--who was now carrying his baby--had closed her heart to him. Well, Drake was used to getting what he wanted. And Maya would be his--whatever it took!
He was the charming neighbor who made the darkness more bearable…the sexy stranger whose fiery kisses made Shannon Bannock remember how badly she'd once wanted a husband and family…once, before she'd been temporarily blinded and lost sight of her dreams.
SHE'D STOLEN HIS HEART.
And Rory Daniels knew if the stubborn beauty could just find the courage to trust him with her aching heart he could show her so much more than just how to get to the mailbox and back. He could show her forever….
VERONICA DALTON AND ADAM SMITH, AFTER A SHORT ENGAGEMENT…
Sparks sizzled from the moment beautiful computer whiz Roni Dalton laid eyes on Adam Smith. But a year after their initial meeting, one torrid night of passion together left them with more than they bargained for: a marriage license!
DID THE DEVIL MAKE HIM DO IT?
Feeling honor-bound to his new bride, the FBI agent agreed to commit himself to his wife, at least temporarily. But Roni couldn't just settle for the marriage of convenience her husband demanded. She had to convince Adam that her love was worth the ultimate gift—his heart.
Or so Sheriff Zack Dalton had thought. Still, even with the promise of a long-lost family, it took all of his persuasion to convince vulnerable siren Honey Carrington to visit his mountain ranch. Only when he had her home in his arms did he admit he wasn't sure who the mysterious beauty was—or what secrets she harbored.
Honey knew she wasn't the woman the Daltons had been searching for, and considering the way her heart raced whenever Zack was near, that was good! But she was desperate for a place to hide so she went along with the scheme. Still, could she really risk her life—and her heart—just to keep her secret safe?
And Seth Dalton wasn't about to reveal the truth about his—not even to the tempting auburn-haired enigma who'd haunted him. Childhood secrets guaranteed marriage would never be in Seth's future. So why was he sharing close quarters with the one woman who challenged his vow?
Amelia Miller's sprained ankle would heal—thanks to her uninvited caregiver. But Seth's heated looks and tender ministrations reopened wounds she thought time had long mended. Amelia knew she could help the emotionally guarded Dalton find peace—but first they both had to overcome the pain in their pasts and learn to love again….
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THE GUARDIAN'S MARRIAGE PLANS
First: Find the perfect husband
Debonair—and exasperated—guardian Colter McKinnon had promised vibrant heiress Belle Glamorgan's father he'd find her a suitable groom. Too bad it meant that he—a self-made man—was out of the running. But he'd search the cream of Texas society to find someone worthy of Belle.
Second: Plan the perfect wedding
Belle would be a vision in white—of course! And he'd walk her to the altar with pride. But why did Colt have a sudden desire to be waiting at the end of the aisle himself?
Third: Run off with the bride!
There's a dead woman in Matt Anderson's hotel room and he has no idea how she got there. When Kerry Johnston appears from next door to help, both she and Matt recognize the woman as a local waitress and practitioner of voodoo. That's all anyone seems to know about her, but it's not enough for Matt and Kerry.
While alive, this woman had sensed a hidden sadness in the two strangers and directed each of them to a special healing ceremony. As Matt and Kerry investigate her death, something strange starts to happen: the sadness lifts, replaced by a growing certainty that the two of them are meant to be together.
Decisive and dominant, ruthless businessman Lance always put his work first. But as impressed as Lance was with Krista's sharp financial mind and innovative ideas, there was another reason he couldn't get his newest employee out of his mind. What sizzled between him and Krista was more tantalizing—and complicated—than any white-knuckled negotiation. Now it was up to Lance to make sure things weren't strictly business….
When she'd agreed to accompany her aunt Fay to Seven Devils Ranch, Lyric hoped that the invitation was at the request of Trevor Dalton—a man who had stirred her desire from the moment she'd laid eyes upon him. But from the instant she arrived in Idaho, the independent Texan knew her hunch had been utterly wrong. Trevor would hardly acknowledge her existence!
Lyric had always mesmerized Trevor, but she
had pushed him away before…for a fiancé that he hadn't even known existed. Could Lyric make him understand the truth behind her deceit—and unleash the passion and love that burned in them both?
Zia Peters has had enough upheaval for three lifetimes. Now all she wants is a chance to get back on track—without the distraction of a man in her life. Still, when old friend Jeremy Aquilon offers his spare bedroom and a temporary job, she jumps at the chance. After all, Jeremy has seen her at her worst, and vice versa—no danger of romance there!
Except Jeremy is hardly the boy she remembers. In fact, he might be the most handsome man she's ever met, and her whole body knows it.
Can she convince him that she's changed? And more important, can she convince herself?
Everyone deserves a second chance…to find love
Seducing Dawn Erickson, his half brother's girlfriend, would be Jackson Firebird McLean's revenge against the rest of the McLean family. The illegitimate, outcast son would steal one of their own for himself and so punish those who had once turned him away. Now he just had to get close to his target….
But Jackson had underestimated Dawn. Her clear, honest gaze showed him she desired him—and that she believed him to be more honorable than he was. Soon Jackson's plans were in turmoil. He was the one being seduced with ardent kisses and caresses! But what were Dawn's true intentions…?
For generations, a lake shimmering with sinister, scandalous secrets divided the rival ranching families of Megan Windom and Kyle Herriot. So how could one waltz sweep them into a treacherous whirlpool of primal, unthinkable desire? Why did Kyle's husky whispers begin unveiling Megan's lost memories? Why did quiet Megan haunt Kyle's dreams? What drew them inexorably toward betraying their own kin? Family loyalties and a flood of suspicions threatened to swamp the fierce yet fragile bond that throbbed between them like a thousand ravens' wings. Yet, come hell or high water, their forbidden passion could not be forever denied….
All wounded detective Jess Fargo wanted from reclusive widow Kate Mulholland was a place to rest, recover…and try desperately to connect with his estranged son. The last thing he wanted was any kind of involvement, and he had a feeling his lovely landlady felt the same…
And she did. Because long ago, Kate realized that motherhood was never going to happen to her, and getting involved with the devastatingly attractive, if prickly, detective—not to mention his needy little boy—was not wise. But then she was forced to trust this strange but compelling man with her life. Could her heart be far behind?
The one your loving but meddlesome Italian family wants you to marry—you know, Tony what's-his-name—who's really a very nice guy, even if he doesn't exactly make your heart beat faster…
Sloan Carradine, the arrogant, overbearing lawyer who's supposed to be drawing up your prenuptial agreement with old what's-his-name—but spends most of his time keeping that heart of yours racing a mile a minute…
No men allowed?
Cybil Mathews bought her ranch knowing exactly what she wanted out of life: serenity, purpose—and a world free from men! Just her luck to land sexy Mason Faraday as a neighbor. The infuriating rancher has an ego the size Nevada—and a body born to wear tight-fitting jeans. Cybil is determined to stay footloose and fancy-free, but Mason's incendiary kisses are branding her heart as his own!
MEANT FOR YOU
Too close for comfort
Caitlin Beck and Jed Bishop don't see eye to eye on anything—except their inability to keep their hands off each other. He thinks she's too uptight. She thinks he's too laid-back. All the pair has to do is finish renovating the Victorian house they bought together, sell it and they'll never see each other again. In the meantime she'll stick to her side of the house, and he'll stick to his. So why do they keep meeting in the hallway?
Sara Carlton was on a mission—to seek revenge against the wealthy businessman who nearly destroyed her family and drove them out of San Francisco years ago. Moving in next door to her nemesis's handsome son was part of her plan. Falling head over heels in love with him was not!
Single father Cade Parks vaguely remembered Sara as the cute little kindergartner with whom he'd once shared a playground kiss. He couldn't resist the mysterious green-eyed beauty she'd become. But the more time they spent together, the more he came to believe that his lover was keeping secrets. Would the truth destroy his love for Sara—or forever ruin his loyalty to his father?
One steamy teenage encounter had been enough to keep Spencer McBride's high school pal Ally in his mind all through college…and it had been more than enough to keep Spence far from home and family when Ally married his brother. But now that she was alone with adopted newborn twins, the draw of Ally in need was too powerful to keep Spence away….
Even knee-deep in formula, the proud, independent beauty still stoked Spence's desire, but was the confirmed bachelor finding it all too easy to step into the role of father. lover…husband?
SO MANY BABIES: At the Buttonwood Baby Clinic, babies and romance abound!
Everything came easily to Dr. Beau Dalton—until she walked in. Medical assistant Shelby Wheeling had secrets—big secrets. But that didn't ease the attraction that sizzled between them. Still, why was she refusing to open up to him? And why was she so intrigued by old medical records?
Shelby couldn't put her past away until she accomplished one mission: find her birth parents. And no matter how much the sexy doctor made her heart race, she couldn't risk being sidetracked. But Beau's wicked loving ways seduced her from her determination to stay alone….
Cybil Mathews había comprado aquel rancho porque tenía muy claro lo que quería: una vida tranquila y alejada de los hombres. Pero tuvo la «mala» suerte de tener al sexy Mason Faraday de vecino. Aquel ranchero tenía un ego del tamaño del estado de Nevada... y un cuerpo hecho para llevar vaqueros ajustados. Por muy empeñada que estuviera Cybil en mantener el control de su corazón, los ardientes besos de Mason estaban haciendo que aquello se convirtiera en una misión imposible.
Innocent yet enticing, Isadora Chavez mesmerized tycoon Harrison Stone like no woman ever had. In fact, she nearly brought the sought-after bachelor to his knees. And that's when she made her shocking proposal: marry her—for one year—to secure her custody of her orphaned brother. Or else.
Overnight, Harrison became a husband and father figure. But just who was his mysterious wife? A desperate big sister? Or a beautiful blackmailer with money on her mind? If it took twelve months, Harrison vowed to find out. He'd make Isadora wholly his. Or else.
Al cumplir los sueños. Cuando el caso Colton llegó hasta Keyhole, Wyoming, la tranquila vida que Annie Summers había construido se vio amenazada por la reaparición de un hombre… ¡Wyatt Rusell! Tiempo atrás, lo había amado desesperadamente, pero Wyatt la había dejado con el corazón destrozado para perseguir sus propias ambiciones. Ahora, viuda y con gemelos, se negaba a creer las apasionadas promesas de este hábil abogado y a permitir que volviera a entrar en su vida. Pero, ¿y si hubiera llegado el momento de hacer realidad un sueño largamente reprimido?_x005F_x000D_
WANTED: ONE FAMILY
Each time Deputy Sheriff Nick Dorelli saw fatherless Doogie Clay, his heart ached. If Doogie's mother hadn't wed another man, he would be Nick's kid. And Nick would be the father the boy so desperately needed.
But best of all, Stephanie Clay would be Nick's wife. Once, they'd dreamed of marriage, and although misunderstandings broke them up, Nick had never stopped thinking of—or loving—her. And now was the time for action. Because not only did Nick want to be a father, he wanted to be a husband—Stephanie's husband.
Fabulous Fathers can be chosen from the heart….
Little Jonathan Macklin knew there was something special about Carly Lightfoot. Not only did she have pretty hair, she wasn't afraid of horses or frogs. She could also get his dad mad faster than any other woman around—and then make him laugh. And there was something about the way his dad looked at her….
But Jonathan's dad was a rough, tough rancher who didn't believe in love or marriage. So it was up to Jonathan—and Carly!—to show Ty Macklin that the next best thing to having Carly for a live-in mom would be to have her as a full-time wife!