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BREAKING BAILEY'S RULES (The Westmorelands)
When Bailey Westmoreland follows loner Walker Quinn to his Alaskan ranch to apologize for doing him wrong, she can't help but stay to nurse the exasperating man's wounds…and lose her own heart in the process!
ONE WEEK WITH THE BEST MAN (Brides and Belles)
When wallflower Gretchen McAlister is chosen as the fake wedding date of sexy movie star Julian Cooper, they don't have to fake their chemistry for the camera. But is the best man ready to become Gretchen's groom?
A CEO IN HER STOCKING (The Accidental Heirs)
Struggling single mom Clara Easton is stunned when her three-year-old inherits a massive fortune from the man who never acknowledged his son…and who also has a gorgeous, wickedly sexy twin brother dead set on wooing her.
Look for Harlequin® Desire's November 2015 Box set 2 of 2, filled with even more scandalous stories and powerful heroes!
Claimed (The Diamond Tycoons) Tracy Wolff
Diamond tycoon Marc has never forgiven his ex-fiancée for the betrayal that nearly destroyed his empire. So when a new threat links to Isabella, he vows to keep his enemy by his side—and in his bed—until he uncovers the truth…
Maid for a Magnate (Dynasties: The Montoros) Jules Bennett
Businessman Will Rowling fell for Catalina Iberra when they were young, but dating his father's maid was a no-no. Will one random kiss—and getting stranded on a deserted island!—take them back to where they left off?
Only on His Terms (The Accidental Heirs) Elizabeth Bevarly
It turns out Gracie Summer's kind, elderly neighbor wasn't a retired repairman, but a reclusive billionaire who left her all his money! It'll be tough convincing his dangerously attractive son that she's innocent of any scheming…especially when they fall for each other.
Look for Harlequin® Desire's September 2015 Box set 2 of 2, filled with even more scandalous stories and powerful heroes!
New York Times bestselling sensations Lori Foster and Deirdre Martin and USA Today bestselling authors Elizabeth Bevarly and Christie Ridgway join together for this enticing anthology. With authors like this, readers get double the pleasure and double the heat. In these four sexy stories of mixed-up couples and mistaken identities, it?s not about winning, but how much you like to play.
With a brand-new novella featuring Hart Winston, whose switch with his identically hot twin brother has landed him in some serious foul play, it?s a safe bet that in the game of love no one is going to follow the rules.
He'd carved out his empire with hard work and steely determination. But now billionaire Gavin Mason's reputation was in question. All because he resembled a character in Violet Tandy's bestselling novel. Since he'd never even met the woman, she had some serious explaining to do.
Seemingly innocent Violet claimed her work was pure fiction, but no one in Gavin's elite social circle was buying it. The infuriating beauty owed him big-time, and he found great pleasure in making her pretend to be his girlfriend. Still, Gavin wondered if having her this close would destroy his most prized status—that of confirmed bachelor.
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR…
Too bad sexy Rosemary March didn't heed this advice—because as an adolescent, she'd harbored a secret wish to get even with nerdy, brainy Willis Random. She'd also has other secret wishes involving him—ones she hoped to realize if she ever got the chance. And suddenly, thirteen years later, there was a chance—all six feet two inches of him—knocking at her door.
And as Rosemary stared at the magnificent speciment that Willis had turned into, she swore she was going to have one more crack at him. Prove to the science whiz that hers was a body as worthy of study as any comet's. If it was the last thing she did…
BLAME IT ON BOB:The comet passes through only once every fifteen years…but it leaves behind a lifetime of love!
Single and pregnant, diner waitress Mindy Harmon might have been a little down on her luck, yet she'd still managed to keep her holiday spirit. But she was more than a little surprised when she opened her door on Christmas Eve to find…Reed Atchinson, M.D.—her gorgeous-but-grumpy customer—declaring himself her own personal Christmas present!
Reed had never been big on Christmas, but when he met Mindy—the beautiful mother-to-be who had so little yet gave so much—he became a believer. In roles he never thought he'd take on—like Dr. Husband. And Dr. Daddy?
FROM HERE TO MATERNITY: Look what the stork brought—a bundle of joy and the promise of love!
The pragmatic Dr. Grayson felt a fool. A renowned surgeon with a crush on one of his young nurses? No matter how much he dreamed of touching her, kissing her, undressing her, Matthew knew that for the "Beast of Boston General," bedding a beauty like Rita was nothing but an elusive fantasy...or was it?
With the reading of a will, single mother Clara Easton's life is upended! Turns out the carefree beach bum who fathered her son was really Park Avenue gold, and he's left his fortune to little Hank. Now she's spending the holidays in dazzling New York City with the man's family, including his sexy twin brother. But Grant Dunbarton is not like the fun-loving charmer who swept Clara off her feet. No way should she fall for a workaholic who knows nothing of comfort and joy. So why can't she tell him goodbye?
Enjoy a special Texas Cattleman's Club: Lies and Lullabies
bonus prequel short story from Janice Maynard
Reclaimed by the Rancher
So the serious detective launches an investigation into Rosie and her very mysterious past. But his most disturbing discovery? He's irresistibly attracted to free-spirited Rosie.
Then cool, controlled Sam accidentally drinks a cup of her special brew and loses it completely! Not only does he end up sleeping with his suspect, he craves more—of Rosie, the most potent drug of all.
Anthropologist Moriah Mallory had always been the ugly duckling of her family. So when she accompanies her sisters on a Caribbean charter cruise, she doesn't expect their dashing captain to notice her. So why did Austen Blye seem to set his sails in her direction?
Why was it that the only Mallory sister Austen wanted was the one who was ignoring him? Somehow, he'd have to maneuver Moriah's mutiny…and make her his first mate forever.
MAN of the Month
"A romantic? Hardly. I'm far too pragmatic to be romantic."
—Wheeler Rush, driven-to-distraction CEO
Audrey Finnegan was the most clumsy, unfortunate, beautiful and alluring woman Wheeler Rush had ever met. She was also his temporary secretary. His business was on its last legs and his eyes were on hers! True, she'd come into his life—and his office—like a whirling dervish, and made his hormones spin out of control. He knew he should send her packing, but her heart was in the right place and—oh, Lord—for once in his life, so was his….
Some men are made for lovin'—and you'll love our MAN OF THE MONTH!
Why, it was almost as if the sultry but sensible Miss Thornbury was trying to seduce him!
Well, two could play at this game. After all, he was a scholar-it was time he figured out what was up with her. Even if it took all day-and all night.
The things a man will do in the name of research...
Back in school, stuck-up Ava Brenner may have been Peyton Moss's personal mean girl by day, but different kinds of sparks flew at night. Now the tables have turned, and Peyton's about to make his first billion while Ava's living a bit more humbly—to put it mildly. He needs her to teach him how to pass in high society, if they can manage to put old rivalries to bed. Soon, that's exactly where they end up! But will Peyton still want her when he learns about the scandal that sent Ava from riches to rags?
Once upon a time, in Manitou Hills, there was a home so radiant and vivacious it was christened with its own name: Fleurissant. Now it's in ruins, forgotten and neglected-except by a woman who sees her own life reflected in the broken windows of that house on Butterfly Way...
As a child, from afar, Eugenie Dashner loved Fleurissant and the elegant, youthful fantasies it provided. Now, with a failed marriage behind her, a troubled son at her side, and a contentious and bitter mother to care for, Eugenie returns to the Louisville neighborhood of Manitou Hills to fulfill a dream: buy and renovate the house that once meant so much to her, and maybe, in the process, rebuild her own life.
Day by day, as the house reveals more and more of its forgotten beauty, Eugenie sees her dream come to fruition-especially when the attentions of two men help to reawaken in her feelings of romance and passion she thought were gone forever. As she navigates her rediscovered emotions, Eugenie comes to realize that there is no such thing as irreparable damage-not in herself, not in the house on Butterfly Way, and not in the family who now calls it home...
Enchanted. Not something billionaire Marcus Fallon has ever felt. Yet when he lays eyes on Della Hannan, a mysterious beauty, he knows she's meant to be his. Hadn't chance thrown them together again and again? Who is he not to take an opportunity when it's offered?
But one night is not enough for Marcus. Only after he asks Della for more does she explain she has no plans to stay. And the infamous bachelor finds himself with the tables turned—the one woman he wants has no intention of being caught in this billionaire's embrace.
Avery Nesbitt thought she might have struck online-dating gold—Adrian was perfect onscreen. But as the adage goes, if something seems too good to be true…. Before Avery knows it, a flesh-and-blood man calling himself Dixon breaks in to her home. Apparently she's been under surveillance by his agency for some time, and now she's in deep, deep trouble.
Dixon has worked for OPUS for years, and he's wanted to get his hands on Adrian Padgett for most of them. He assumes that Avery is part of Adrian's criminal pursuits. But could she possibly be as innocent as she's claiming?
One thing's for sure—if Avery agrees to go undercover for OPUS, she and Dixon will be working in very close quarters….
Meet Gracie Sumner, reluctant Cinderella. When the down-to-earth Midwesterner learns her deceptively humble neighbor left her fourteen billion-with-a-b dollars, she doesn't know what to do. Especially when said neighbor's shunned heir, Harrison Sage III, stakes his claim.
Harrison is not amused, especially when the quirky gold digger gets under his skin. How can the sophisticated New Yorker let himself be attracted to the woman who stole his father's fortune? Soon a contested will turns into a contest of wills—one whose outcome could very well be determined in the bedroom!
AFTER YEARS OF WAITING FOR MR. RIGHT…
Hometown girl Kirby Connaught was saving herself—if not for marriage, then at least for the perfect man. Someone who was husband and father material. Someone who was clearly…not the arrogant and sexy, no-strings-attached playboy at her door. So why was she having such a hard time resisting him?
WAS IT OKAY TO SAMPLE A LITTLE OF MR. WRONG?
Globe-trotting bachelor James Nash was the "most desirable man in America," yet suddenly a small corner of it was looking mighty appealing to him. He knew that Kirby really wanted happily-ever-after with a local boy—but what was the harm in getting her to expand her territory a little?
BLAME IT ON BOB: The comet passes through only once every fifteen years…but it leaves behind a lifetime of love!
Angie Ellison had just married a gorgeous mystery man in a hastily arranged wedding ceremony. Clearly, the folklore about the comet passing by her small town was true—it affected everyone's morals! Surely that was why she was looking forward to her wedding night with one heck of a bad boy….
Sexy undercover agent Ethan Zorn wasn't interested in silly comet lore, shotgun weddings or sticking around this crazy town once his assignment was over. But he also knew it wasn't the comet making him act like such a hot-and-bothered newlywed in love. It was Angie…
BLAME IT ON BOB: The comet passes through once every fifteen years…but leaves behind a lifetime of love!
There was a new female in Jonas Tate's life, and he was crazy about her—when she wasn't bawling or splitting up! Thanks to his newborn niece, the town's most eligible doctor had become a harried homebody. But help was on the way….
Maternity nurse Zoey Holland was crazy about kids—or maybe she was just plain crazy. Why else would she have offered to give the insufferable Dr. Tate—her arch enemy—a crash course in child care? And why else would the man suddenly seem so…well, irresistible?
The bettor: Sexy Sean Monahan. At stake: dating beautiful-if slightly flaky-Autumn Pulaski, the new girl in town, for more than her prescribed four weeks. If he could only get her to go out with him for eight weeks, then she'd be in danger of breaking her rule. Or was he the one in danger?
While her no-man-for-more-than-four-weeks policy might sound a bit bizarre, twice-jilted Autumn was not about to risk her heart again. Not even for the bluest eyes this side of paradise. But when the four weeks were over, the sound of her rule had been replaced by...funny thing, they sounded like...wedding bells?
Publicist Marnie Roberts knows bad days—and today is the worst. A ruined suit, a broken heel… and her client just shot a man. Even worse: the victim is the father of a man Marnie knows a little too well.…
Eight years ago Marnie experienced seven days of bliss with Australian horse trainer Daniel Whittleson. But after good times, hot sex and what she thought was true love, Daniel disappeared without a goodbye. Now Marnie is going Down Under to defend her trigger-happy client…and finally confront the man she's never been able to forget.
He had come to a child's rescue, and now Officer Farrell Riley was suddenly sharing parenthood with beautiful Gemma Hancock. Somehow this woman and child had laid a claim on his loner's heart. But would their ready-made family last forever?
"Baby on the Way" by Marie Ferrarella
Single and pregnant, Madeline Reed found the perfect husband in the handsome cop who helped bring her infant son into the world. But did his dutiful role in the surprise delivery make J.T.Walker a daddy?
"A Daddy for Her Daughters" by Elizabeth Bevarly
Bachelor Sloan Sullivan thought he understood women, but when confronted with spirited Naomi Carmichael and her brood of girls, he realized he had a lot to learn! Especially if he hoped to win this sexy single mom's heart….
THE MASTER (FOR A MONTH): Boone Cagney. When irresistible Lucy Dolan cried pitifully about her trapped three-year old, how was the hunky fire fighter to know she was talking about her…cat? Now he's spending his days—and his nights—with both of them….
THE SLAVE (FOR A MONTH): Lucy Dolan. When Boone rescued Mack from the jaws of death, Lucy decided it was payback time.
THE DEBT: Lucy has to service Boone for thirty days only—if he can bear to let her go at the end of them. After all, good help is so hard to find….
MAN OF THE MONTH:
He'd sworn to go it alone. So what was it about this woman—and her ornery black feline—that had Boone thinking about the family plan?
Life would be perfect for Sylvie Venner if she had a baby. Not marriage, not a husband—just a baby. Of course, she would need a teensy favor from a willing male acquaintance—someone who had no desire for a family. Fortunately, she had the perfect candidate….
Confirmed bachelor Chase Buchanan would do almost anything for a friend. But what Sylvie wanted went above and beyond the call of duty! How could he agree to father her child, and still stay "just friends" when he wanted so much more?
HER PREGNANT TWIN WAS MISSING!
Suddenly it was up to Rachel Jenson, the sister most likely to land in a sticky situation, to save her beloved twin from a hotbed of trouble. But Rachel hadn't counted on strapping Oklahoma sheriff Riley Hunter. The darkly exotic temptation in a tan uniform was convinced she was the missing mom-to-be. And now Rachel was torn between continuing the charade to protect her family or confiding in this honorable lawman who'd captured her heart….
A wealthy dynasty…a pregnant mom on the run. For fast-paced excitement by five fabulous authors…FOLLOW THAT BABY next month in Silhouette Yours Truly….
Adoptee Spencer Melbourne may have been raised with every conceivable luxury, but he'd been denied at least one part of his birthright—his twin. He needed someone to find him, quietly—and who better than Roxy Matheny, P.I.? The sexy gumshoe might be short on cash, but she had other virtues aplenty. Too bad she didn't trust rich guys….
SHE WAS BEER AND PRETZELS
Roxy needed all the work she could get, but one look at Spencer and she knew she was in over her head. Oh, she could give him what he needed, professionally speaking—but why was she so tempted to offer him more personalized services?
THE FAMILY McCORMICK:
Three separated siblings find each other—and love along the way!
They must, since years ago, the only thing high school freshman Georgia Lavender had in common with rough-and-tumble orphan Jack McCormick was the mutual wish to get Georgia out of the clutches of her controlling father. Georgia had thought that Jack would always be there to protect her. And then he'd disappeared….
Now Jack was back—only to find that the insecure girl he had known was gone, and in her place was a beautiful, sophisticated woman he couldn't keep his mind—or his hands—off. Jack had thought he'd come back to rescue Georgia—so why did it feel as though he was the one in real danger?
THE FAMILY McCORMICK:
Three separated siblings find each other—and love—along the way!
FROM HERE TO PATERNITY
Carver Venner got a double shock when he opened his door that morning: a twelve-year-old kid that he never knew he had—clutching the hand of the sexiest woman he had ever seen. And though Carver would have loved to concentrate on social worker Maddy Garrett, there was another problem at hand. Like what to do about his daughter….
Raising Rachel, with her dubious ideas about everything from nutrition to education and her…colorful vocabulary, was bound to be a challenge. And Carver could use all the help he could get. But he soon realized that what he required from Maddy was more than just professional assistance….
CELEBRATION 1000: Come celebrate the publication of the 1000th Silhouette Desire, with scintillating love stories by some of your favorite writers!
A BLIZZARD, A BABY…AND A BRIDE?
Being snowbound with a beautiful stranger was a bachelor's dream. Being snowbound with a beautiful stranger in labor was this bachelor's worst nightmare! Yet Cooper Dugan managed to deliver Katie Brennan's son.
Settling down was the last thing on Katie's mind—mother and child were on the run. But she needed a favor. All Cooper had to do was pose as a proud papa and happy hubby. All Katie had to do was remember that it was just a charade….
FROM HERE TO PATERNITY: These three men weren't expecting to become parents—and fatherhood isn't the only thing the stork delivered!
FROM HERE TO PATERNITY
When widow Audrey Magill stumbles onto a portrait of a nineteenth century riverboat captain, she thinks it will add just the right touch to her new hat shop. What it really adds is the ghost of Silas Summerfield, who insists he needs Audrey to help save the soul of his great-great-however-many-greats grandson Nathaniel. Now in addition to scrambling to open her shop in time for the Kentucky Derby, she has to try to convince a complete stranger that he’s in danger of losing his soul.
Wildly successful businessman Nathaniel Summerfield knows a nut job when he sees one, and Audrey Magill, attractive as she is, certainly qualifies. Does she really think his latest business deal could jeopardize his soul? He’s worked too hard to let paranormal mumbo-jumbo get in his way. But then strange things begin to happen to him, not the least of which is his inability to get Audrey the nut job out of his mind. Talk about being haunted.
Between men, millinery, and mortal souls, Audrey’s got her work cut out for her. Especially when it becomes clear that what’s at stake isn’t just Nathaniel’s ever-after, but a chance for both of them to find everlasting love.
Thoroughbred trainer Cole Early hopes to make his charmed life even sweeter with a win at the Kentucky Derby. But first the hotshot media sensation needs a place to stay. With all of Louisville booked for Derby week, he snaps up the snug little bungalow his agent miraculously finds.
Strapped for cash, glass artist Lulu Flannery has agreed to rent out her house for Derby, but is immediately overcome by second thoughts. What if her houseguest is someone like that rowdy “King Cole” person she sees partying on TV every night and in the society pages every day—and who keeps popping up in all the places she seems to be? A guy like that could wreak havoc on a girl’s feng shui.
But it isn’t Lulu’s feng shui that Cole is interested in. Especially after he discovers she’s the mysterious woman whose house is filled with indulgences to please all five senses—and then some. What’s a guy gotta do to bring the passion out of the self-possessed Miss Flannery?
Music teacher and part-time lingerie saleswoman Marnie Lundy's biggest thrill is playing piano at the local mall…until the night everyone seems to think she's somebody else!
Suddenly she's being addressed in code, menaced by a man who claims to know her intimately and rescued by a handsome spymaster who thinks she's a threat to national security!
But OPUS agent Noah Tennant has a feeling she's more Mata Hari than Mother Teresa. Could a woman this sexy truly be innocent, or is Marnie his opponent in a deadly game of spy vs. spy?
But to find him and his band of merry hackers, Lila must infiltrate small, snooty Waverly College. All while breaking in her sexy new partner, Joel Faraday. Sounds like a challenge—even for a superspy.
Soon Joel starts to distract her in more ways than just the professional. And he's determined to lure Lila into the most impossible mission of all…love.
…or have Mob connections!
And Natalie Dorset should know. The guy who moved in downstairs may be gorgeous, but the things he says—who uses "whacked" anymore?—and the way he dresses… Well, let's just say that Jack Miller isn't the type you bring home to Mom. Good enough reason for Natalie to stay clear.
Too bad their landlady is cracking matchmaking schemes that make covert ops look like child's play. But before this little—okay, it's a pretty big—attraction can get out of hand, Natalie is determined to get to the bottom of Jack's story.
Because maybe…just maybe…this time the good guy wears black.
Master of Fortune
If Henry Devonshire wants to inherit his dying father's empire, he has to make Everest Records a huge success. And the one person who can help him, Astrid Taylor, is also the only woman he desires. Mixing business with pleasure is never wise, but this time, it could literally cost Henry a fortune.
The Temptation of Rory Monahan
Professor Rory Monahan has no explanation for his new reaction to librarian Miriam Thornbury. Something is suddenly different about her. He's never noticed that her legs are so long…or her lips quite so full. Why, it's as if the sultry but sensible Miss Thornbury is trying to seduce him! Well, two can play at this game.
FROM HERE TO PATERNITY
BACHELOR FOR SALE
Maybe you can't buy love, but in Annie Malone's case, it wasn't for lack of trying! And though the housemother of twelve bids on Ike Guthrie for the sake of her "children," one look at his healthy physique and penetrating blue eyes had Annie realizing that spending the weekend alone with him might not be a sacrifice.
Ike Guthrie didn't know how he got involved in this bachelor auction, but one thing was for sure: though his "buyer" might be unexpectedly sexy, her kids were more than he had bargained for.
FROM HERE TO PATERNITY: These three men weren't exactly expecting—and fatherhood wasn't the only thing the stork delivered!
CELEBRATION 1000: Come celebrate the publication of the 1000th Silhouette Desire, with scintillating love stories by some of your favorite writers!
It started simply enough. The editor of Tess Magazine demanded an assignment about dating practices for the urban set. Something fun. Something sexy. Something that the three women working on the assignment could research and really get into.
Suddenly, Julia is smitten with a stranger she meets while speed dating, Samantha's coffeehouse dating research is less engaging than the naughty e-mails she's been getting from her pen pal in Italy and Abby is busy dealing with her new roommate, an Irish photographer who looks like sex in pants. Needless to say, there's not much work getting done!
So how do you write about relationships when your own love life has been less than noteworthy? Until now…