There was absolutely nothing wrong with widowed florist Fay Coggen seeking a new lease on life. Just not in Adam Murphy's arms. But the night her late husband's best friend returned from his tour of duty overseas, Fay went from recrimination to tenderness in a heartbeat. When their mutual solace morphed into passion, it was destiny. As was the fact that she was now pregnant with Adam's child.
The walls Adam had built around his heart as a soldier came tumbling down when he went calling on Fay. Comforting her was one thing; but it hadn't stopped there. Now he was going to be a father. He'd crossed the line. So why did it feel so right?
For years, model Briana Davenport fought temptation—in the form of a six-foot, blue-eyed seducer. Jarrod Hammond was her employer's sworn enemy and, as such, off-limits to her…and her bed.
Then her father needed a cool million to bail himself out of trouble, and Briana had no choice but to turn to the Australian businessman. But after one mind-blowing night as his millionaire mistress, how could Briana ever walk away?
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What would compel millionaire playboy Nick Valente to marry a woman he hadn't seen in years? Blackmail, of course. To keep his family home, Nick must marry the woman of his father's choosing: Sasha Blake, a long-ago flame. Sasha had been barely out of her teens, but there had been nothing immature about her then—or his desire for her. Now she would be his wife, and Nick would be free to make love to her as often and any way he liked. But there was one nagging question in his mind…
He knew his reasons for agreeing to this marriage…what were hers?
Cooper Fortune, free-living cowboy and Texas rover—a father? A week and a half after getting the awesome news, Cooper's trying his darnedest to be a daddy to his five-month-old son. But the new Red Rock family man could sure use a woman's touch.
Could Kelsey Hunt be what the rancher ordered?
Kelsey, a footloose horse trainer and legendary whisperer, knows better than to fall for a hunky heartbreaker like Cooper Fortune. After she's through playing father's helper, she'll just have to set the amorous cowboy straight. But will she be able to walk away from the instant dad and his son…and the chance to be part of this special Fortune family?
Tongues are wagging all over town that bubbly, quirky pet therapist Annabel Cates has been spotted keeping company with Dr. Thomas North. Yes, that Dr. North—the ever-serious, oh-so-gorgeous and utterly unattainable orthopedic surgeon who has dashed the hopes of so many Thunder Canyon cowgirls.
Will Annabel really be able to domesticate the medical maverick? Folks round these parts can't understand how two such emotionally opposite people even got together. (We give the credit to an unlikely matchmaker with four paws and a winning smile!) Stay tuned, faithful friends, and find out if sexy Dr. North can stay immune to this adorable Cates sister and her irresistible pup!
He must marry or lose control of his empire. But no ordinary wife would do for Australian tycoon Alex Valente. Emotional entanglements were to be avoided; physical attraction was essential.
Struggling designer Olivia Cannington certainly fit both of his requirements… most especially the latter. And she was in such desperate need of his funds, perhaps the beauty would even agree to the second part of his marriage ultimatum: give Valente an heir…within a year.
Hollywood princess Priscilla Lennox is running away—from the paparazzi, the gossip…and the humiliation of walking in on her boyfriend with her sister. She runs all the way to Destiny, Wyoming, where gorgeous Dean Zippenella knocks her off her Louboutins…and into the river. Still, Priscilla's spirits aren't dampened. After all, she's here to repair her image, not to mention raise money for charity….
Dean, with his Jersey Shore machismo, is there at every turn. At first it's annoying. Then it's endearing. And when he grants Priscilla her birthday wish of a kiss, it's beginning to look a lot like love! For real this time—until her sister turns up in town again. Is she here to make amends? Or steal her man?
Tate Chandler had never wanted a woman as much as he'd wanted Gemma Watkins—until the day she'd betrayed him. Yet when he learned they had a son, he demanded Gemma marry him, or he'd fight for custody. Tate was a man of honor—he'd create a family for his heir, even if it meant marrying a woman he couldn't trust.
Their marriage was about duty, nothing more. But Gemma's beauty tempted him to make her his wife in every way. Could he lure her back into his bed without letting her back into his heart?
Then he discovered Danielle was pregnant…with his enemy's child.
Cowboy-turned-businessman Liam Murphy thought he had it all—until the teen daughter he never knew existed walks into his life, her mother close behind. Now the Wyoming bachelor must confront his first love, former London exchange student Missy Dobbs, and get answers. To start: How can he still be so attracted to this person who has seemingly betrayed him?
Missy has to ask herself the same question. Long in the dark about her child's paternity, Missy can't help feeling a secret thrill that Liam's back in her life. Maybe staying in Destiny awhile will help her daughter bond with her dad, but is it a trap for Missy's shell-shocked heart?
Rust Creek Ramblings
The Great Montana Flood has brought all sorts of interesting menfolk to Rust Creek Falls. At the Ace in the Hole, they're all talking about hunky out-of-towner Dean Pritchett. They say the green-eyed carpenter from Thunder Canyon is in town to help rebuild the elementary school. But we've got the inside scoop!
Rumor has it that Dean has a special interest in our Shelby Jenkins. Yes, that Shelby Jenkins—the single mom who found herself in a "family way" back in high school. She's been fending off the town gossip forever, but Dean actually got into a fistfight trying to defend her honor! Sweet Shelby fears his love won't last. Just what are your intentions, Mr. Maverick?
No one quit on Blake Jarrod! So when his devoted assistant suddenly turned in her resignation, the hotelier wanted answers. Though, Samantha Thompson wasn't talking. Turning her two-weeks' notice into four, Blake gave himself one month to seduce the truth from her. And despite his rule about business and pleasure never mixing, Blake intended to make the most of his endeavor….
With five years of waiting behind him, Damien had no plans on making this a marriage in name only.
"As of 2:33 this morning we're hitched."
After a wild night in Vegas, Racy Dillon and Gage Steele had gone and done it. Now they were officially husband and wife. A fact Racy preferred to keep under wraps—at least until they could get the marriage annulled. Even if her new husband was the sexiest lawman this side of Nevada…
Gage had never forgotten the kiss he and Racy had shared back in high school. Apparently neither had she. If the Wyoming bartender wanted out, he wasn't going to stand in her way. Unless he could persuade the reluctant Racy that their impulsive marriage was their true destiny…
It's a tough road to recovery for Devlin Murphy after a helicopter accident leaves scars that are more than skin-deep. But there's a new girl in Destiny, Wyoming, who's got the healing touch. Sure, Tanya Reeves's approach—acupuncture, anyone?—makes Dev's eyes roll. The woman also makes his heart rev up like no other.
For her part, Tanya can't believe it when she first runs into this fling from her past. Dev doesn't even recognize her! Even crazier—history is repeating itself with this irresistible man. And Tanya has to ask herself: Who's healing whom?
A startling request to be a "pretend fiancée" allowed Kia a respite from Brant's relentless pursuit. Surely he wouldn't seduce her believing she belonged to another man. But Kia had severely underestimated how much Brant wanted her…or the revenge he would evoke when he revealed her engagement ruse.
RUST CREEK RAMBLINGS
Fellow Ramblers, have you heard that Jonah Dalton is back in town? The sexy, citified architect hasn't been seen round these parts since…well, we won't get into all that. Let's just say love has not been kind to our Jonah.
But our sources whisper he's recently been painting the town red with spirited artist Vanessa Brent. She's been methodically working her way through her bucket list—and taking Jonah along for the ride. You'd never guess that Vanessa's lust for life is masking her own heartbreaking secret. Can our hardworking maverick be the one to finally make her whole? Readers, we will let you draw your own conclusions—but we think this romance is a masterpiece in the making!
The job title was housekeeper, not fiancée! But billionaire cattleman Kirk Deverill couldn't throw the lovely single mom off his ranch. Especially when he knew the job would help her keep her son. Of course, the eligible bachelor hadn't expected her to tell everyone she was also Kirk's bride-to-be!
He agreed to Vanessa's ruse for her adorable son's sake. And for the opportunity to claim some "husbandly" pleasures. Of course, making their fake engagement a real union was never going to happen. The Outback loner had his reasons…and even the most desirable of women wouldn't get him to change his mind.
For Matthew Valente, paternity trumped everything. Never mind that his ex-employee Lana had kept his baby a secret for nearly a year. Never mind that he considered her a liar and a thief. Their child would bear the Valente name…and so would she.
As tension mounted in the House of Valente, Matthew fought to resist the memories of their past indiscretion. His bewitching bride insisted things were not as they seemed. But as restraint turned to passion, would the corporate king fall victim to the very worst form of takeover—his heart?
After doing time, Justin Dillon was a changed man determined to lead a decent life. Then a strange woman swept through town, dumping a seven-year-old in his lap, claiming Justin was the daddy and disappearing. Justin was only beginning to take baby steps toward betterment—was he ready to be a father?
Or ready for family, for that matter? Because at every turn, there was Gina Steele. The young woman had been so busy skipping grades and getting degrees, she'd never had time to live. But Justin would change all that—with just one kiss. Could this sheriff's sister join forces with an ex-con to make a home for a lost little boy? Stranger things had happened in Destiny….
He'd done his late brother the ultimate favor and now Dominic Roth was paying the ultimate price. The tycoon could not declare Cassandra Roth's child his own—society could know the baby only as his niece. So when the opportunity arose for Dominic to lay claim to both mother and child, he played his cards.
Yet even as Dominic finally had the woman he'd secretly coveted, he knew he could not reveal their daughter's true parentage. For the billionaire daddy dared not risk destroying his tenuous hold on true happiness.
He needed a mistress. A pretend mistress, that is. So when Jenna Branson confronted playboy billionaire Adam Roth, demanding he return money his brother stole from her family, Adam saw his opportunity. He'd look into her accusations, but she must act as though they're involved—intimately. Anything to rid himself of the unwanted attention of his best friend's wife.
The proposition seemed simple, but soon their game of seduction was no longer just for show. Then a high-stakes confrontation forced them to choose between family loyalty…and the chance of forever.
The solution? A big wedding and happy marriage to show the media, and potential couples, that love and romance continue to bloom at the resort. But no couples are available at such short notice – certainly none that can be trusted to stay together until the business is back on its feet. So the responsibility falls to determinedly single Jace, who suddenly finds himself in the market for a bride.
But who could he possibly ask to be his better half in this marriage of convenience? Who better than the resort's wedding planner, Brooke Martin. Brooke has a vested interest in keeping the business afloat, and over the years has become attached to the Jardine family.
But Brooke and Jace were once lovers, and Brooke is hiding a painful secret from their time together. Will they be able to keep up the façade and help bring the business back from the brink? Or will their sizzling chemistry and troubled past threaten their carefully constructed plan?
Bobby Winslow was always fast. But no matter how many races he won, the sexy, sought-after race car driver could never quite catch up with her.
Leeann Harris. His high school love, who'd broken his heart when she turned him down for the bright lights and paparazzi flashbulbs of a modeling career in New York.
Once, their love was the talk of Destiny, Wyoming—Leeann, the town beauty with a bright future; Bobby, the boy with something to prove. But then they both crashed and burned, and Destiny called to them. And maybe this time they'd find that what they were looking for had been there all along….
Landon Cartwright was a hero in Maggie Stevens's eyes. The roving cowboy showed up just in time to rescue the Crescent Moon owner from the men trying to steal her land. But the longer the sexy-as-sin loner stayed—working her ranch and bonding with her daughter—the more Maggie knew she was setting herself up for heartbreak….
Haunted by tragedy, Landon Cartwright came to Destiny looking for a job. He didn't expect to play rescuer, then fall for his alluring new boss and her daughter. He'd board his horse, earn his pay and hit the road again. Because Maggie was a forever kind of woman. And he wasn't a stick-around kind of guy.
Or was he?
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That handsome masked stranger Katie Ledbetter got very, very close to after the costume party? Yeah, that would be her boss, Nolan Murphy. Super-embarrassing, but par for the course in her ill-fated quest for love. That's when she comes to a decision to give up the romance rat race and have a child on her own.
When Nolan catches wind of her quest, the sexy single dad suggests she test out if she wants to be a parent by watching his teens while he's away. Then he comes back—and suggests she stay. Could this be the instant family Katie's been looking for? Could she be fated to be a bride for her boss after all?
His Destiny Bride
Welcome to Destiny
by Christyne Butler
The one time responsible Katie Ledbetter throws caution to the wind, she winds up pregnant after one night of passion. Her child's father, gorgeous Nolan Murphy, wants Katie and their baby in his life. But is the single dad ready to give love and family a second shot?
Lucy & the Lieutenant
The Cedar River Cowboys
by Helen Lacey
Back home from war, ex-soldier Brant Parker wants nothing more than to bury his grief in his work. Dr. Lucy Monero, who's loved him since childhood, is determined to keep the loner afloat - and make him hers!
The Firefighter's Family Secret
The Barlow Brothers
by Shirley Jump
While trying to repent for a past accident, Colton Barlow is shaken when he learns of his long-lost family in Stone Gap. Rachel Morris tempts him to stay in town, but how can he give her his heart when he's not sure who he really is anymore?
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When Zac Ryan is roped into replacing an absent guest on a Chicago radio talk show, he decides to have some fun. After all, he's Australian, on vacation, and fellow host Cassie is something else. So when their chemistry burns up the airwaves, it’s a no-brainer to come back for a few more shows.
But the difference between Cassie’s sexy on-air personality and her prickly, professional off-air self makes Zac wonder which side of her is real — and whether he’s the man to find out.
The Last-Chance Maverick
Jonah Dalton is back in town! He hasn’t been home since his heart was broken. But now he’s painting the town red with artist Vanessa Brent, whose lust for life masks her own heartbreaking secret. Can Jonah finally make her whole?
The Maverick’s Thanksgiving Baby
There’s about to be another wedding in Rust Creek Falls! Cowboy Jesse Crawford is tying the knot with Maggie Roarke; rumor has it their hasty nuptials are due to Maggie’s baby bump… Maggie and Jesse couldn’t be more different, so are they ready to saddle up for the long haul?
A Very Maverick Christmas
This Christmas, everyone is talking about newcomer Julie Smith. No one knows much about her—least of all herself, after a tragic accident left her with amnesia. But rancher Braden Traub might provide the key to Julie’s future—and her happiness.
Dominic Roth le había hecho a su difunto hermano un gran favor y ahora tenía que pagar el precio. El magnate no podía contarle a nadie que la hija de Cassandra Roth era en realidad hija suya; para todos, Nicole era su sobrina. Pero cuando se presentó la oportunidad de reclamar tanto a la madre como a la niña, Dominic no la dejó escapar._x005F_x000D_
Sin embargo, a pesar de haber conseguido a la mujer a la que secretamente había deseado siempre, sabía que no podía revelar la verdadera paternidad de la niña. Porque el millonario papá no se atrevía a perder aquella tenue posibilidad de ser feliz.
Saga completa 6 títulos.
¿Cuáles son sus verdaderas intenciones, señor Pritchett?
La gran inundación sufrida en Montana ha traído a Rust Creek Falls a hombres de todo tipo. En el pueblo todo el mundo habla del guapo forastero Dean Pritchett. Dicen que el carpintero de ojos verdes de Thunder Canyon ha venido para ayudar a reconstruir la escuela. ¡Pero tenemos una exclusiva!
Corre el rumor de que Dean tiene un especial interés en nuestra Shelby Jenkins. Sí, esa Shelby Jenkins, la madre soltera que se quedó embarazada por sorpresa cuando estaba en el instituto. Parece que Dean se metió en una pelea para defender su honor. Sin embargo, la dulce Shelby teme que su amor no sea duradero...
Landon Cartwright era um herói para Maggie Stevens. Aquele vaqueiro errante tinha aparecido mesmo a tempo de a salvar do homem que queria roubar-lhe as terras. Mas quanto mais tempo aquele sensual e solitário cobói ficasse ali, mais possibilidades haveria de ele lhe partir o coração…
Landon tinha chegado a Destiny fugindo da obsessão de uma tragédia que tinha marcado a sua vida, e procurava trabalho. Contudo, o que não esperava era apaixonar-se pela sua nova chefe. Portanto, decidira ir-se embora o mais rápido possível. Porque Maggie era uma mulher a sério. E ele não era dos que ficavam muito tempo no mesmo lugar...
Priscilla Lennox, una rica heredera de Hollywood, escapaba de los paparazzi, de las habladurías y de la humillación de encontrarse a su novio en brazos de su hermana, cuando llegó hasta Destiny, Wyoming. Allí el guapísimo Dean Zippenella la dejó boquiabierta... y la tiró al río. Aun así, Priscilla no se desanimó. A fin de cuentas, había ido allí para reparar su imagen y para recaudar dinero para una buena obra.
Y, cuando Dean le dio a Priscilla un beso por su cumpleaños, lo suyo comenzó a parecerse mucho al amor. Al amor verdadero, esta vez, hasta que la hermana de Priscilla se presentó en el pueblo. ¿Estaba allí para pedirle perdón o para robarle al hombre de su vida?
Tate Chandler nunca tinha desejado tanto uma mulher como desejava Gemma Watkins… até que ela o traiu. Mesmo assim, quando ficou a saber que tinham um filho, exigiu-lhe que se casasse com ele. Ou então lutaria pela custódia da criança. Tate era um homem honrado e criaria o seu herdeiro em família, ainda que isso significasse casar com uma mulher em quem não confiava. O seu casamento era apenas uma obrigação. Porém, a beleza de Gemma tentava-o a torna-la sua esposa em todos os sentidos…
El millonario playboy Adam Roth necesitaba una amante para librarse de las atenciones de la esposa de su mejor amigo. Por eso, cuando Jenna Branson se enfrentó a él exigiéndole que le devolviera a su hermano el dinero que los Roth le habían robado, Adam pensó que era la mujer perfecta para el papel. Él se ofreció a tener en cuenta su reclamación a cambio de que ella fingiera ser su amante. Pero una confrontación ineludible les obligó a elegir entre la lealtad a sus familias y la oportunidad de encontrar el amor verdadero.
¿Qué mejor manera de vengarse de una traición que seducir a la mujer del traidor? El rico y poderoso Flynn Donovan había ideado el plan perfecto para conseguirlo. Sabiendo que Danielle Ford no tendría manera de saldar la deuda de su difunto esposo, Flynn le exigió el pago del préstamo y la chantajeó para que se convirtiera en su amante.
Pero entonces descubrió que Danielle estaba embarazada de su enemigo.
Dominic Roth prestara um grande favor ao seu defunto irmão e agora tinha de pagar o devido preço. O magnata não podia revelar a ninguém que a filha de Cassandra Roth era na realidade sua filha; para todos, Nicole era sua sobrinha. Mas quando surgiu a oportunidade de reclamar tanto a mãe como a menina, Dominic não a deixou escapar. No entanto, apesar de ter conseguido a mulher que secretamente sempre desejara, sabia que não podia revelar a verdadeira paternidade da criança. Porque o papá milionário não se atrevia a perder aquela ténue possibilidade de ser feliz.
Que melhor maneira de se vingar de uma traição do que seduzir a mulher do traidor? O rico e poderoso Flynn Donovan tinha delineado o plano perfeito para o conseguir. Sabendo que Danielle Ford não teria forma de saldar a dívida do seu defunto esposo, Flynn exigiu-lhe o pagamento do empréstimo… e chantageou-a para que se convertesse em sua amante.
Mas então descobriu que Danielle estava grávida… do inimigo.
O playboy milionário Adam Roth precisava de uma amante para livrar-se das atenções da esposa do seu melhor amigo. Quando Jenna Branson o enfrentou, para exigir-lhe que devolvesse ao seu irmão o dinheiro que os Roth lhe tinham roubado, Adam achou que ela seria a mulher perfeita para o papel. Ele propôs-lhe ter em conta a sua reclamação em troca de ela fingir ser sua amante. Mas um confronto inevitável obrigou-os a escolherem entre a lealdade às suas famílias e a oportunidade de encontrarem o verdadeiro amor.