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.
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?
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?
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
Filomena Albright lives in that house, and maybe, just maybe, she can bring a little magic into their lives—and their father’s. Evan Myers is overworked and stressed out, steering his chain of sporting-goods stores through the hectic pre-holiday retail season while raising his young son and daughter single-handedly. He has no time to think, let alone think about the woman who has taken up residence in the mysterious house through the forest.
But when Gracie’s preschool teacher warns Evan that he’d better get some help, he turns to the Daddy School—and Filomena. That she dazzles him with her intelligence, her energy, and her beauty is irrelevant. She’ll be gone with the new year. For now, though, for these few weeks before Christmas, maybe she can be everything Evan and his children need her to be.
Christmas is a time of magic, after all.
Hollywood’s hottest heartthrob Liam Sullivan has escaped the paparazzi and celebrity gossips after a sensational tragedy, reexamining his high-flying lifestyle and his priorities. In disguise, traveling through the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, he encounters a rail-thin, starving woman who has lost everything but the dilapidated cabin where she once lived with her grandmother in happier days. Raina Donovan is determined to make her stand there, but winter is coming, and Liam cannot desert her until he can make her safe, however much she tries to make him leave.
Day by day, they draw closer, but Raina has secrets and so does Liam. Before they can trust enough to confide in each other, the world catches up with them. Can they overcome the stunning shock of their deceptions to find a way to be together, or will the price of their lies ruin any chance they might have for a future?
Brilliant and driven cardiac surgeon Diana Morgan’s whole life centers around her career, now threatened by an injury that may prove insurmountable. She is desperate enough to accept a forced sabbatical to the Davis Mountains of West Texas, where she meets Rafael Sandoval, a former Special Forces medic who understands exactly how it feels to have the life you planned taken from you. After losing his men and nearly losing his life, Rafe has returned home and found a measure of peace combining his Western medical training with the curanderismo or folk healing traditions of his Latino heritage.
Diana desperately needs the healing Rafe is dedicated to providing, but his hard-won peace is threatened by the growing attachment neither welcomes. Too many people in his valley count on him for the only medical help available for many miles, and too many lives back in her world—one he once wanted with everything in him—will be lost if she cannot regain her skills. But healing her means losing her, for she can’t stay in his world…and he can’t leave.
FBI agent Alex Sandoval has never forgiven himself for not protecting a young girl from seeing her mother murdered during his first hostage negotiation twelve years ago. Now Jade Butler is a cop herself, assigned to a prestigious multi-agency task force hunting for the killer of several young girls in Austin, Texas—and Alex is the agent in charge of the case.
They never met all those years ago, but Jade recognizes his voice as the one she still hears in her dreams, the voice that has comforted her through many a terrifying flashback. Her role on the task force is undercover, serving as bait for a madman, yet Alex cannot stop trying to protect her as he was unable to do years ago. Tensions ratchet between them as old memories vie with a powerful new attraction, and when Jade is taken hostage by the killer, it’s Alex’s worst nightmare as he must negotiate once again—only this time, it’s to save the woman he loves.
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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Kait Whittier has built her magazine column into a hugely respected read followed by fans across the country. She loves her work and adores her grown children, treasuring the time they spend together. But after two marriages, she prefers to avoid the complications and uncertainties of a new love.
Then, after a chance meeting with Zack Winter, a television producer visiting Manhattan from Los Angeles, everything changes. Inspired by the true story of her own indomitable grandmother, Kait creates the storyline for a TV series. And when she shares her work with Zack, he is impressed and decides to make this his next big-budget project.
Within weeks, Kait is plunged into a colorful world of actors and industry pros who will bring her vision to life. A cool, competent director. An eccentric young screenwriter. A world-famous actress coping with private tragedy. A reclusive grande dame from Hollywood’s Golden Age. A sizzling starlet whose ego outstrips her abilities. L.A.’s latest “bad boy” actor, whose affairs are setting the city on fire. An unknown ingénue with outsized talent. And a rugged, legendary leading man. As secrets are shared, the cast becomes a second family for Kait. But in the midst of this charmed year, she is suddenly forced to confront the greatest challenge a mother could ever know.
The strength of women—across generations and among friends, colleagues, and family—takes center stage in this irresistible novel, as all-too-real people find the courage to persevere in life’s drama of heartbreak and joy.
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?
And now I have to pay his debt.
All I have is twenty bucks in my pocket and the clothes on my back. The bank took the house, and my last living relative was murdered. Knuckles threatened to torture me if I ran. He's counting down the days until he'll claim me...making me treasure my final days of freedom.
But I'm not going to wait around. I'm running like hell.
The greatest lingerie designer in the world is looking for new talent for Barsetti Lingerie. I'm not exactly model material, but maybe I can get a job doing something...and get paid under the table.
But when I meet the infamous Conway Barsetti, he has other plans for me.
Did I just run away from one monster into the arms of another...?
Don’t miss all five books in the Lean On Me Series, heart-wrenching stories of teens in jeopardy and the adults who’ve dedicated their lives to helping them: PROMISES TO KEEP, MICHAEL’S FAMILY, TRUST IN ME, WHEN A MAN LOVES A WOMAN and A PRICE WORTH PAYING.
Praise for MICHAEL’S FAMILY:
“With brilliant characterization and sizzling sensuality, Kathryn Shay gifts us with an emotional powerhouse of a love story.” RT Book Reviews
"Each page is pure seduction of the senses.” Genie Romex Reviews
"Once again, Kathryn Shay blends realism and romance to flawless perfection. Her strength lies in her ability to capture the voice of children with thoughtful insight into how they think and what they feel. The love story is passionate and bittersweet. There's no stopping this gifted author!" The Literary Times
“I quite enjoyed this story. I loved the characters - all of them and especially Michael, himself. The romance aspect was wonderfully written and had enough heat to satisfy this reader and her penchant for the more heated of romance novels.” A Reader
“Kathryn Shay's greatest gift as a writer is her ability to create characters who are real, relatable and human. She forces them to confront challenges real people might confront.” A Reader
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?
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.
"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
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?
As they race against time to find answers, unexpected forces pull them apart. Ryan's brothers, Talon and Jonah, rally to help, wanting to end the struggle and finally bring the last perpetrators to justice. But another riddle surfaces, deepening the rift between Ruby and Ryan. Will they salvage their relationship and finally unravel the mysteries surrounding them?
"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…
Nicki Darren, failed actress, will take any job as Christmas approaches, even babysitting for a withdrawn, workaholic, single father. She lost her mom as a child, too, and hasn’t had a real Christmas since, so she identifies with four-year-old Atlas.
An advent calendar of activities soon has Nicki pulling Quincy out of the house to get a tree and ice skate with his son. She wants Quincy to open his heart to Atlas, but begins to fall for the Ryan men herself. It makes the countdown to her last day, Christmas Eve, bittersweet. If only the miracle he is looking for included her…
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.
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.
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?
He wants to keep me all to himself.
I inspire him in ways no one else does.
Now I'm living with him in his beautiful mansion, and I don't feel like a prisoner anymore. I'm free to do what I want, with some limitations. But he treats me so coldly, seeing me as an object rather than a person.
His family comes by for lunch and he tells me to stay in my room so they won't see me.
But I have a better idea. I'll make them believe I'm his girlfriend, that we live together and we're in love. Unless he treats me better, I'll tell his parents and sister what our arrangement really is.
And humiliate him.
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.
That's right! Callie Lassiter's normally well-behaved Great Dane Jack has run off and done the wild thing with the neighbor's dog. It must be puppy love! It's doubly embarrassing since she's a professional dog trainer. Of course, the neighbor would have to be hot, hot nightclub owner bad boy Owen McKay, just the kind of man Callie is determined to avoid.
Owen’s comfortable with his playboy status and the hype in the media. But the ground moves beneath his feet when he gets an eyeful of the girl next door. The Dog Whisperer never looked this good! How can he convince this wholesome honey that his player days are behind him? Maybe Jill, his Great Dane can help him with this dilemma now that she’s pregnant and Callie’s dog is to blame.
Is this bad boy a bad bet?
Beware of dogs, romance and deep belly laughs!
Going to the Dogs is a romp through the urban jungle of New York City to find true love, the perfect cocktail, and expensive heels. Dog is a man’s best friend, but sometimes a woman just needs a hot man in the city. This series will appeal to a mature crowd, especially fans of Sex in The City.
"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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
The last thing Sara Flannigan needs is a man in her life. When she returns to her hometown, she vows to create a happy life for her son and to rebuild her life after a painful divorce. Yet when she meets her son’s new doctor, she can’t deny the spark of attraction that heats between them.The problem?
He’s Harrison Thornton, the oldest son of the illustrious Thornton family. His family would never accept a woman like Sara, a woman who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. She tries to ignore the whispers of her past, but she soon realizes secrets can never stay hidden for long.
Especially from the man claiming her wounded heart.
Growing up in the rich and powerful Thornton family, Harrison has lived a charmed life. A renowned physician, the last thing he expects is to desire the mother of one of his patients. Sara is beautiful and intelligent, and she’s completely devoted to her son, something that only deepens his attraction to her.
He doesn't want a single night of passion, though: he wants forever. Yet there are forces at work and people determined to tear them apart. Even Sara turns from him, certain she's unworthy. Harrison refuses to let Sara slip away, and soon, he’s fighting the greatest battle of all.
The battle to win the heart of the woman he loves.
This book is a part of the LOVE EVERLASTING series, which is one large series following multiple families and friends. Each book can be read as a standalone (unless otherwise noted), or they can be read in order of publication as one long series. Each book is interconnected, with many of the same characters showing up in multiple books.
The Nearness of You
The Very Thought of You
If I Can’t Have You
Dream a Little Dream of Me
Someone to Watch Over Me
Till There Was You
I’ll Be Home for Christmas (A Thorntons Christmas Novella)
THE YOUNGERS (Coming 2018)
Then Came You
Taking a Chance on Love
All I Want Is You
My One and Only
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?
He’s a mystery. An enigma.
His very identity is a secret buried beneath layers of deception.
He’s also an addiction I can’t shake. An attraction I can’t fight.
And then I found out exactly who he is—a man more dangerous than the devil himself.
Now I need him in order to save everything that matters to me.
I have to pull back. Protect myself from the danger that haunts his every step.
Which would be easy . . . if I could stop myself from falling in love with him.
Iron Princess is the second book in the Savage Trilogy and should be read after Savage Prince.
"It’s SCORCHING HOT! It’s EMOTIONAL! It’s EVERYTHING you could ever want in an erotic romance! When Meghan March does it up…she does it up RIGHT! Every. Single. Time." ~ Shayna Renee's Spicy Reads
"There is sooo much action, adventure, twists and turns that will keep you turning those pages...I could not put it down!!" ~ iScream Books
If you thought Savage Prince was gripping and powerful..... hold on to your crown because Iron Princess will dominate you!!! ~ Goodreads reviewer
"Explosive is one way to describe this book! From the beginning to the end, the suspense will keep you hooked." ~ Goodreads reviewer
New Orleans, French Quarter, anti-hero, anti-hero romance, alpha hero, alpha bad boy, dominant alpha male, dominant alpha male hero, protection, famous, male, bodyguard, criminal, criminal underground, dirty billionaire, millionaire, rich, hidden, forbidden romance, hidden identity, brothers best friend, bayou, swamp, military romance.
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.
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.
For their friends, Emily and Jase will let their mutual resentment simmer just beneath the surface...right alongside their mutual attraction.
Jase Foster can't believe his bad luck. He's been paired with the she-devil herself for his best friend's wedding: Emily Klein of the miles-long legs and killer smile. She may be sin in a bridesmaid dress, but there's no way he's falling for her again.
They can barely stand each other, but given how many of their friends are getting married, they'll just have to play nice—at least when they're in company. Once they're alone, more than just gloves come off as Jase and Emily discover their chemistry is combustible, and there may be something to this enemies to lovers thing after all.
The Wedding Date Series:
May the Best Man Win (Book 1)
The Wedding Date Bargain (Book 2)
More praise for Mira Lyn Kelly:
"Incredible tension, a great cast of characters...and some really gooey emotional conflict."—Molly O'Keefe, USA Today bestselling author for Truth or Dare
"Sexy and with a truly fresh voice."—Tina Leonard, New York Times bestselling author for Touch and Go
"Mira Lyn Kelly's writing always sparkles."—Lauren Layne, USA Today bestselling author for Touch and Go
"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.
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.
DIRTY SEXY SAINT
Clay Kincaid knows he's more a sinner than a saint. Especially when it comes to women. With a rough and damaged past that has left him jaded, he doesn't do committed relationships. But he does like sex—the hotter and harder, the better. He likes it fast and filthy, which is why he refuses to even touch someone as sweet and guileless as Samantha Jamieson. Until he discovers that she likes it just as down and dirty as he does.
DIRTY SEXY INKED
Breaking hearts is what wild and rebellious Mason Kincaid does best. Hit it and quit it is his motto, and with his bad boy reputation and tattoos, he doesn't lack for female companionship. Until one hot night with the one woman he swore he'd never touch becomes an all consuming addiction he can't kick. Katrina Sands has been his best friend for years, but now that he knows what she feels like, and tastes like, there is no going back to being just friends. Hot, dirty sex has never felt so good...or so right.
DIRTY SEXY CUFFED
As a cop, Levi Kincaid is all about discipline and control . . .in the bedroom, and out of it, and he's always been very careful about choosing women who abide by his rules. Hot sex and intense pleasure? No problem. Emotional commitment and forever promises? No way. But he never anticipates falling for a blue eyed angel who makes him want to cuff her to his bed and do dirty, sexy things to her. And that control of his? It doesn't stand a chance against Sarah Robins, the one woman he can't resist . . .
DIRTY SEXY SINNER
After a lifetime of lies, deceit and betrayal, Jackson Stone isn't a man who trusts easily—with women being at the top of the list. Now he’s all about control in every aspect of his life. Especially between the sheets. Hot, mutual pleasure with a woman? No problem, as long as he’s in charge. But there’s something different about sexy bartender Tara Kent that he finds irresistible, in bed and out. Something that has him willing to compromise his principles and bend his rules. Let the sinning begin.
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 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.
"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…
Christmas recipe for love—combine a matchmaking Santa, lots of mistletoe, one iron-clad rule, fated hearts; mix and stir. The Riley siblings don't stand a chance.
MISTLETOE MISCHIEF: Christmas in July at the zoo is the last place single parents Eric Riley and Marissa Wilder expect to find love. Thanks to some mistletoe mischief in the form of their two young daughters and Santa, they discover mistletoe rules were not made to be broken.
MISTLETOE MAGIC: Major Mark Riley plays Court Jester to Janelle Walsh's Snow Queen at the Christmas Parade and is instantly captivated by the cute redhead whose grandpa just happens to be Santa. When Mark learns she's the tenant he evicted from his newly purchased property, it's going to take a little bit of Santa's mistletoe magic to save their romance.
MISTLETOE MATCH-UP: When Lisa Riley comes home for her brother Mark's Christmas Eve wedding, her high school rivalry with his wife Janelle's cousin, Derek Walsh, picks up right where it left off, only this time Derek has the upper hand. Santa bides his time as they battle it out because he's waited a whole year for this mistletoe match-up.
Bonus story, MISTLETOE RULES: When Benedict Riley first meets Susan Whitcomb at a college holiday dance, she’s engaged to another man. In this story where mistletoe rules, you’ll learn how the Riley Family Mistletoe Rules all began one fateful Christmas, not too long ago…
Romancing Wisconsin Series continues with:
Autumn Wish, book 4
Autumn Bliss, book 5
Autumn Kiss, book 6
**Autumn Glimmer, short bonus story available through newsletter signup at StaceyJoyNetzel.com
Spring Fling, book 7
To everything there is a season...
Love finds a way during the four seasons in the Romancing Wisconsin Series. Starting with Christmas/Winter, then moving on to the rest of the seasons, check out this bestselling, heartwarming series set in small town Wisconsin, where hope springs eternal for each happily ever after. Sexy military heroes, runaway brides, surprise babies, single parents—meet the Rileys, the Walshes, and best of all, Butch...a.k.a. Santa Butch. The mischievous matchmaker makes a cameo in each story—adding a touch of magic to the lives of everyone he loves, and even those he's just met.
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 may be a tech genius, but winning Lucy’s affection might be impossible when he’s competing against a mystery lover like Loverboy.
"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.
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?
Sexy. Passionate. Mysterious.
Brie Bennett’s life becomes an exotic adventure as a newly collared submissive.
Heated Russian encounters, seductive nights bound in rope, kinky birthday fun…
Brie is living out her favorite fantasies in the loving arms of her new Master—but darkness lurks in the shadows.
Love and loyalty is about to be tested.
Can Brie survive the demons from her Master’s past?
*This boxed set includes Try Me, Protect Me and Hold Me from the Brie’s Submission series.
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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
"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.
It’s all fun and games until someone falls in love…
Schoolteacher Remi just saw the last of the younger siblings she raised leave the nest. She’s had enough responsibility. Pro hockey player Jase just broke up with his girlfriend because she got too serious. He’s not ready for responsibility. They’re both ready for one hot night of fun.
When they next see each other, though, it’s not fun and games. When Jase finds out Remi’s a school teacher, he wants nothing to do with her—teachers are bossy know-it-alls who make him feel like a speck of dirt on the ice. And when Remi finds out Jace is a pro athlete with paparazzi and puck bunnies stalking him, she knows she doesn’t fit in his world. Stuck spending time together in Remi’s class, though, one hot night turns into more...
Jase is a big kid who plays a game for a living. But when his past comes back to haunt him, will he sacrifice love for responsibility, obligation and duty?
But the woman in the apartment directly below his is a distraction. Lauren Wyler is beautiful and mysterious. Through the floor, Alec can hear her playing the piano like a virtuoso—until her performance turns into a painful mess of mistakes. How can someone with so much talent play so poorly? With each note, Alec’s obsession with his downstairs neighbor grows. Will that obsession heal Lauren or wound her beyond repair?
Winner of RT Magazine’s Reviewers Choice Award.