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!
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.
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!
Before meeting Joe Mendez, Rachel was a single mom coping with a difficult daughter and an irresponsible ex-husband.After meeting Joe Mendez, Rachel's life has been turned upside down! Joe's irresistible charisma, dark good looks and searing, raw sexuality have brought her out of her shell—and into a world of exquisite pleasure! She's his very willing mistress…but will she ever be his wife?
Rachel Clairborne is a blonde beauty but, tired of being judged on her appearance, she's never let a man close. For the moment she's focused on finding her mother, who abandoned her family for the sultry paradise island of St. Antoine.But soon St. Antoine works its dark magic on Rachel, too, in the shape of irresistible Matt Brody. For the first time ever, she wants to give herself to a man. But Rachel can only look, not let herself be touched…because Matt clearly knows something about her missing mother…
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?
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?
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…
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?
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….
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.
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?
When Juliet meets broodingly handsome Italian Raphael Marchese, there is an instant and dangerous attraction between them. But because of the pretense Juliet has agreed to in order to help a friend, Rafe mistakenly thinks she's a gold-digger who's engaged to another man!
However, the tension between Juliet and Rafe is stronger than reason, and it erupts. Raphael makes love to her—passionately and savagely. He reasons that though he can never have her, he can enjoy the pleasure of her body…
Tobie was happy with her boyfriend, Mark, until he insisted on their flying to the Caribbean to meet his family. He was unaware that Tobie knew his half brother, Robert, all too well. Their devastating affair had ended years ago.
Tobie was shocked to find that Robert was now partially crippled and had amnesia. She supposed she should be relieved that he was no threat to her happiness with Mark.
Instead she wished desperately that Robert could remember how he'd once loved her… and love her again.
Helen had to admit the sale of their estate was necessary. She and her mother could no longer afford to keep it up.
But she couldn't agree with her mother that selling it to the popular writer, Jarret Manning, would be a good deal. Jarret was a stranger, a rootless jet-setter with no sense of tradition.
Yet Helen soon discovered that arguing over real estate was the least of her problems with Jarret. He threatened to come between her and her fiance, Charles. And he seemed likely to succeed!
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…
Oliver Lee is a man with a shadowed past. He is suspicious of everything and everyone…so when he meets Fliss, he thinks her innocence is an act. Fliss may be innocent, but when Oliver's around she can't help behaving as if she is a woman of the world. Fliss is tempted to throw caution to the winds, because life with Oliver seems to offer such exciting possibilities. The passion he inspires in Fliss is just like raw silk—beautiful, unique and desirable. But like raw silk, it is fragile…. Only love will help it survive.
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.…
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….
Maggie would never have made the journey to Northumberland to see her ex-husband if it hadn't been for their rebellious teenage daughter. Lindsey had formed a disastrous relationship and Neil was the only person who could help.
Clearly, Maggie's treacherous betrayal some years ago still rankled with Neil because why else would he so provoke and humiliate her? She was ashamed of the fact that he could still make her want him while seemingly remaining detached himself. Surely he must be involved enough to want to help Lindsey—even if he suspected she might be another man's child?
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.
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.
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….
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?
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!
THE MOST SCANDALOUS RAVENSDALEThe Ravensdale Scandals by Melanie MilburneHotshot lawyer Flynn Carlyon relishes a challenge and must get feisty Kat Winwood to accept her rightful place as a Ravensdale heir. He'll use any means he can to get Kat to bend to his will, including addictive, spine-tingling seduction!
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 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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For two long years, news reporter Matthew Quinn was held captive by rebel forces. His dramatic escape made headlines. But Matt has returned scarred, believing that he can never love another woman….
Matt isn't prepared for Felicity Taylor and the sexual chemistry between them is instant. Matt wants her—but can he take her? Or, must he first reveal the secrets that are haunting him—and holding him back…?
When Caroline first saw him on the elevator, she had no idea who he was. She only knew that he was tall and darkly handsome—and that she longed to see him again.
Later she would discover that the magnetic stranger was Adam Steinbeck—wealthy owner of the company where she worked as a typist.
Caroline's friends warned her about getting involved with a sophisticated man who was more than twice her age. Even Adam's son did his best to stop her. But Caroline, in her youthful innocence, listened only to the dictates of her heart.
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…?
Rachel had been hesitant to spend the Christmas holiday with the Shards in their Newcastle home. After all, Liz and Rob were Jaime's parents and might have been Rachel's in-laws had circumstances been different.
But Jaime Shard had lied—a lie that ended whatever there had been between him and Rachel. She was glad he never visited his parents for the holidays. She knew she wouldn't have to face him again.
Or so she thought—until she saw Liz Shard's worried face and heard her blurt out, "Jaime's home…. "
The arrival of wealthy businessman Gabriel Webb in Rachel's life is about to change everything….
Gabriel seems sincere in wanting to help single mom Rachel and her young daughter. But she isn't prepared when he touches emotions in her that she had carefully hidden away. Can she allow herself to open up her heart—and her bed—to him? Or is Gabriel interested in only a fleeting affair?
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…