As a kid, Randi Cooke couldn't wait to follow her father and four brothers into a firefighting career. But after a terrible accident at her very first fire, she fled her Florida hometown. Three years later an arson investigation brings her back to face her estranged family…and Zac Parker, the friend and lover who betrayed her when she needed him most.
Zac Parker had a home with the local fire department, until a false accusation cost him his career. Now he and Randi have to work together to find the culprit in another suspicious fire. He let her down once before. Can he earn Randi's forgiveness and give them both a second chance?
When Duke Nicolas Rondo strode into the dingy diner where Jana Laskowski waitressed and proclaimed her heir to the throne of his mountainous homeland, Jana thought he was joking. But there was nothing funny about the duke's intentions, the transfixing gaze of his dark eyes or the firm set of his sensual mouth.
Being swept away to the castle of a handsome stranger was every bit as idyllic as it sounded in fairy tales—except the dashing duke was more disarming than charming. Swarthy and sophisticated, Nicolas took Jana's breath away, but did he want her…or her crown?
A COWBOY'S FAITH
Rancher Garrett Marshall's life revolves around the Circle M, his work as a minister and his camp for at-risk kids. Until Dr. Rachel Vale comes to town. There's an instant and powerful attraction between Garrett and the beautiful doctor…one he's convinced could lead to something wonderful.
Rachel can't fall for the cowboy minister, no matter how kind and ruggedly handsome he may be. His whole life is rooted in faith, and her world is guided by facts. One fact she can't deny—she's falling for Garrett anyway. Will Rachel keep her distance, or will she finally let her heart lead her home?
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?
Renée Sweeney will do whatever it takes to keep a roof over the heads of Detroit's street kids. Even if it means stepping in front of a ten-ton wrecking ball aimed at their temporary home. And especially if it means clashing with gorgeous corporate cowboy Duke Dalton.
To Duke, the blue-eyed blonde seems more like an angel than a social worker. Until he discovers a group of runaways camping out in his warehouse! The Tulsa businessman came to set up shop in a new town, not provide free housing for the masses. But Renée and the kids are making him rethink his bottom line…and what the spirit of the Christmas season really means.
Now this cowboy Santa is looking to give Renée—and her young charges—a gift straight from his heart!
Rancher Wyatt Marshall always does what's right. He raised his three brothers and is currently hosting at-risk teens on his family's ranch. So when Susannah Bradley and her children seek refuge at the Circle M, fleeing an abusive husband, Wyatt immediately invites her into his home… His heart, though, is off-limits.
Susannah is drawn to the stoic cowboy, but the ever-honorable Wyatt keeps her at a distance, refusing to get in the way of Susannah starting a new life. But for the first time, Susannah is free to go after what she really wants…and increasingly what she wants is the life she has on the Circle M—with Wyatt.
After more than twenty years, Clay Walker still looks like the sexy surfer dude Maizie married. But lately their relationship has been getting a little stale. It's time to shake things up and get the old juices goin'. Maizie's solution? Some harmless flirting with the studly new tennis pro to make Clay pea-green jealous.
But when the plan backfires—and Clay moves out—Maizie and her gal pals mount an all-out campaign to win him back.
Between her aiding and abetting mother, a potentially dangerous admirer and one unforgettable karaoke serenade, this Southern belle needs nothing short of a miracle. The one constant is her enduring passion for Clay. Can Maizie find what she's looking for without losing the only man she's ever loved?
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.
With her voluptuous, plus-size figure, Angela Krizova knows she doesn't fit the male fantasy of the perfect woman. That's fine, because Bryan Perry isn't her idea of the ideal man, either. The gorgeous ski-bum-turned-corporate-exec is just the type she avoids like the plague.
Except he won't take no for an answer. With Bryan pursuing her as if she's the most desirable woman in Crested Butte, Angela's starting to believe it just a little herself. Is the most irresistible guy in town really falling for her? Or is he the man most likely to break her heart?
Dylan Marshall is a man of many secrets, and journalist Jess Granger is determined to uncover them all. First, why did he suddenly abandon his promising art career? And why, after a two-year hiatus, did he agree to a new exhibit of his work? Most of all, how is it that Dylan can make a city girl like Jess imagine staying at the Circle M forever?
Jess is so busy working on the handsome rancher's defenses that she doesn't realize he is quietly eroding her own. She came looking for a story that would save her job and do justice to Dylan's sculptures. But when it comes to Dylan, Jess discovers that the real story might be about finding her true home.
ALSO INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME
A HOME FOR CHRISTMAS by Laura Marie Altom
Audrey York isn't letting the scandal in her past stop her from making a fresh start in Willow Glen, Tennessee. And now, with the help of a kindhearted neighbor, she's getting the chance to build her dream café. Then she meets her neighbor's son—sexy, single carpenter Brady Witt—who makes it clear he doesn't trust her one bit.
Someone has to protect Brady's father from women out to hook a lonely widower. Only, the beautiful blond restaurateur doesn't fit the profile. In fact, she isn't like any woman Brady knows.
Just when Brady's starting to believe in her, Audrey's past comes barreling back. Can she trust Brady with the truth? Or will she lose the family she's found at last when he discovers who she is—and what she's running from?
No one expected Jud Ritter to return to Homestead, Texas, least of all mayor Miranda Wright—the woman he made a fool of right before he left town for good. Miranda has enough on her hands trying to stop the crimes directed at recipients of the land giveaway program she started. And must now finish, if some people in the town get their way…
An Austin police officer on leave, Jud's here to help find the culprits, reconcile with his estranged brother—and apologize to Miranda. He misses their old rivalry and had never planned to hurt her. But he hadn't realized how much she meant to him until he saw what Miranda was willing to put on the line for the town—and for him.
"I Need A Mommy For My Daughter And I'm Willing To Marry To Get One."
Texas developer Grady McCabe is in the market for a wife—in name only. Alexis Graham's job is to find him the ideal candidate. But only one woman seems to fit the sexy single dad's conditions. And she's not available.
That doesn't stop Grady from popping the question to the widowed matchmaker. And the take-charge scion of the legendary McCabe clan isn't used to taking no for an answer.
Impossible as father and daughter are to resist, Alexis has her own rules for dating. Marrying for love is at the top of her list. So it looks as if she won't be getting her secret wish to be part of Grady's family. Unless she can change a certain Texan's mind and heart….
When New York billionaire John Carruth is summoned to No Chance, Texas, to save the local rodeo, he has no idea he is going home. Now the long-lost twin to the town's favorite son is determined to win over the people he left behind—and capture the heart of Chloe Winters, a Texan who has her own ideas of what it means to be part of a small town!
Jake Fitzgerald, champion bull rider, didn't know he had another half. John may be kin, but he's still a stranger in these parts. With his billionaire brother hell-bent on changing Jake's world, Jake knows he has to take a stand. Will he choose family—or will he take a chance on Erin O'Donovan, a woman who has always meant family to him?
Kristen had known the Brennan boys forever. She'd loved Luke as a friend, but she'd been in love with Matt for as long as she could remember. Then, just before her eighteenth birthday, the army posted Matt to Africa. Months later the dreaded telegram arrived: Missing, presumed dead.
Young, scared and pregnant, Kristen turned to her friend Luke. Together they agreed that getting married would be best for her baby. Slowly Luke and Kristen turned their marriage of convenience into a real one, and a second baby was born.
Then five years later, Matt Brennan—the man she'd never stopped loving—came home…
Matt's Family is the second book in Lynnette Kent's compelling THE BRENNAN BROTHERS family saga.
Desperate times call for…a quickie wedding!
And desperation is the only reason Charlotte Harrington would even consider marrying local playboy Aaron Brody. Even if he is the most irresistible man she's ever laid eyes on.
Charlie's proposition could be a win-win for both of them. Aaron keeps his charter business afloat and the gorgeous, cool-as-ice hotel heiress keeps her grandfather from selling her hotel out from under her. Besides, it's temporary.
It was supposed to be strictly a business arrangement. Falling in love with her husband wasn't part of the deal. So when the time comes, will Charlie be able to just shake hands with Aaron and part ways forever?
NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE
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.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Ford Marshall returns to Wyoming temporarily to help his brothers run the Circle M. He's looking forward to some hard work, but also peace and quiet—until Caroline Donnelly hijacks his ranch for her program to help troubled teens.
Now he's got unruly kids to deal with, a thousand chores and a growing attraction to Caroline that he isn't sure he wants to deny. But Ford has nothing to offer a hometown girl. He has to return to his job in the city at some point soon—his brothers depend on that outside income to keep the ranch afloat. So why can't Ford get the idea of a Wyoming wife, and coming home for good, off his mind?
Tanya Bledso couldn't wait to leave Crested Butte to chase dreams of Hollywood stardom. Now the single mom has returned to run the local theater and raise her daughter. But the peaceful, charming town she took for granted has exploded into a bustling tourist attraction, thanks to one man.
Jack Crenshaw. Property developer extraordinaire…and her former high school sweetheart.
Ten years hasn't cooled the heat between them. Worse, Jack is bonding with her daughter and giving her the crazy idea he'd make the perfect family man. But is he ready to forgive and forget the heartbreak of the past for the role he seems born to play?
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.
There should be millions in Samantha Cartwright's trust fund…but it's empty. Luckily for Wade Dawson, her financial adviser, Samantha doesn't know that yet. So Wade's buying time to solve the mystery of the missing money by playing cowboy on her ranch. But he's in way over his head!
Wade is so different from the men Samantha is used to. He wears a tie to work instead of dusty jeans and a Stetson. And while she's intrigued by him, she's frustrated by the delay. After all, starting her new horse ranch will finally prove to her overprotective father that she's capable of running her own life.
But Samantha's memory lapses from an old injury once brought harm to a child she loved, and she cannot risk being a danger to Wade or his young son. Even if the businessman does look irresistible in a cowboy hat…
But Celia's life is not so easily summed up in photographs. The value of these moments frozen in time is the stories behind them. From the sweetness of a child's birth, or the excitement surrounding a much-belated honeymoon—to the crisis that almost tears her family apart.
From the love that began, almost by chance, all those years ago…
Great Sense Of Humor
Kind To Children And Stray Dogs…
Did she mention handsome? Mind-bogglingly sexy? Single mom Lisa Kincaid doesn't want to be attracted to Kevin Decker. She knows the sexy, caring construction-company owner will always be there for her, and up until now friendship has suited her just fine.
But suddenly she isn't looking at her husband's former boss in the same way…and neither is a certain four-year-old Cupid.
For the past three years Kevin has felt responsible for Lisa. He knows the accident that left her a widow wasn't his fault, but that doesn't stop him from wanting to help. Except his feelings go beyond mere friendship. And her little boy thinks Kevin and his mom are perfect for each other.
Now, if Kevin can only get Lisa to believe it, too!
The Texas rancher and navy SEAL who fathered Bristol Lockett’s son died a hero’s death…or so she was told. Yet when Laramie “Coop” Cooper strolls into her exhibit at an art gallery three years later, he’s very much alive—and still making her pulse zing. The all-consuming chemistry between them is as undeniable now as it was then, but Bristol won’t risk her heart—or their son’s. Little does Bristol know he’s determined to win over his unexpected family at any cost!
The Westmoreland Legacy:
Friends and relatives of the legendary Westmoreland family find love!
Discover the full miniseries!
Book 1: The Rancher Returns
Book 2: His Secret Son
Book 3: An Honorable Seduction
“Brenda Jackson writes romance that sizzles and characters you fall in love with.”
—New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster
First-born son Jesse Cody is proud of his place in the close-knit Cody family. But everything he's worked for is on the line when he falls for Janie Hansen. The alluring former tomboy is the sister of his rival for World Champion Bull Rider…a man who also happens to be the older brother he never knew he had.
Janie has loved Jesse all her life. And one romantic week in December at the National Finals Rodeo tells her he returns the feeling—and then some! She couldn't ask for a better Christmas present than being the sexy cowboy's wife. But the long-buried secret threatening to divide the Codys forever could also tear apart their newfound romance.
When the dust settles, can Jesse step up and prove he's worthy of the Cody name—and Janie's love—not just for the holidays, but forever?
Dillinger Kent is getting ready for a lonely Christmas on his Texas ranch. All that changes the night the widowed gunslinger hears an infant's wails…and is swept into a time and town definitely not his own.
After ditching her fiancé at the altar, Auburn McGinnis is on the run, trying to figure out how to hold on to her family's perfume company. The rough-and-tumble stranger who just showed up with a baby girl in tow could be the hired gun—and protector—she needs.
At first, all Dillinger wanted was to get back to his ranch. But with the resourceful, enchanting Auburn in his life, the twenty-first century is looking better and better.
Have they both found what they're looking for? A love that transcends time?
And firefighter Ray Minnetti has no choice but to team up with the newest member of the squad, T.J.—Tess—O'Connor. Not that he has anything against women. On the contrary, he appreciates women, especially women who look like Tess O'Connor. He just doesn't want one on his squad.
But, as the arsonist gets more daring and the fires more dangerous, Ray has to admit that Tess is exactly what her résumé said she was—an outstanding firefighter. Now he's beginning to question the wisdom of having her as a partner for a very different reason.
There are so many sparks flying between them, they're in real danger of starting a fire of their own.
Tonight, Chris Hammond is getting the truth, even if it means crashing the snowy gates of the Hawkridge School. Chris is convinced he's found his childhood sweetheart, a girl he loved and lost twelve years ago in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. It's her, he's sure. Only…she doesn't seem to know him at all.
Jayne Thomas's past is a mystery, even to her. But as Hawkridge's headmistress, Jayne knows her future is clear. She'll be spending Christmas snowed-in with seven cranky students and an intrusive though quite attractive stranger. At least he's handy with an ax…and his lips.
Chris knows he can't force her to remember, or himself to forget. He must love Jayne for the woman she's become. Or risk losing her all over again…
"Sorry Christian and Gideon, there’s a new heartthrob for you to contend with. Meet Talon. Talon Steel." - Booktopia
"Hardt delivers a brand-new series with rugged cowboys and scintillating sex. Talon and Jade’s instant chemistry heats up the pages..." -RT Book Reviews
"This book is so raw and addictive! Hands down my new favorite series this year." -Meredith Wild, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
"Ms. Hardt weaves magic with her keyboard and what remains is a beautifully written first installment about two people who are broken but not destroyed... How Hardt weaves the past with the present, while keeping the reader guessing about the secrets the brothers barricade from others, is flawless." -Heroes & Heartbreaker
"This one totally ignited a flame inside me and tore me to SHREDS....buried secrets and harsh realities that test this couple will leave readers gripping the edge of their books and hoping and praying for a miracle... " -Pretty Little Books
"Talon has hit my top five list... up there next to Jamie Fraser and Gideon Cross." -Angel Payne, USA Today Bestselling Author
"CRAVING is the jaw-dropping book, you NEED to read!" -New York Time Bestselling Author Lisa Renee Jones
"Talon is a sexy, intriguing leading man and Jade, our lady left at the altar is a sweet and relatable girl you just want to hug. Together they build a steaming hot relationship you really root for from the first chapter!" -CD Reiss New York Times Bestselling Author
After being left at the altar, Jade Roberts seeks solace at her best friend's ranch on the Colorado western slope. Her humiliation still ripe, she doesn't expect to be attracted to her friend's reticent brother, but when the gorgeous cowboy kisses her, all bets are off.
Talon Steel is broken. Having never fully healed from a horrific childhood trauma, he simply exists, taking from women what is offered and giving nothing in return...until Jade Roberts catapults into his life. She is beautiful, sweet, and giving, and his desire for her becomes a craving he fears he'll never be able to satisfy.
Passion sizzles between the two lovers...but long-buried secrets haunt them both and may eventually tear them apart.
Dixon Bell left his hometown of New Skye thirteen years ago with only a broken heart and a guitar to his name. He turned that heartache into a successful songwriting career, but he never forgot the girl he left behind…Kate Bowdrey. So when he learns that Kate is single again, he moves back home to make her his.
But his dream of romancing Kate isn't so easily accomplished. Her soon-to-be ex, L. T. LaRue, is one of the most powerful men in town, and he's making both of their lives miserable. Kate's kids are still fragile, and her parents are urging Kate to reconcile with her ex. But Dixon's greatest challenge to a future with Kate…may be Kate herself.
Alina's Christmas Wish List:
1) Spend the holidays in Crested Butte, Colorado.
2) Move to the U.S. permanently.
3) Find Eric Sepulveda under her tree.
Seems fate has other plans for Alina Allinova, though. As charming as Eric is, his dark good looks don't exactly match her trusted grandmother's prediction that her happiness depends on a fair-haired man. And even though she and Eric share great chemistry, they're getting surprising resistance from both their families. Plus, her time in the U.S. is limited. Some Christmas this is shaping up to be!
But it is the season of miracles…when not every matchmaker's prediction comes true!
His family belong to his brother now…
Luke Brennan met Sarah Randolph on the worst day of his life. His brother's wedding day. The bride was Luke's ex-wife; the flower girls, Luke's daughters. Six years ago when Matt Brennan was reported missing in action and presumed dead, Luke had married Matt's heartbroken fiancée to give her unborn child a name. Gradually the marriage of convenience grew into something more…and a second baby was born.
Then Matt returned to claim his family.
Now only Sarah knows how much effort it takes for Luke to step away from his life—and his daughters. Only she knows how much he hurts. And only she can begin to fill the emptiness in his heart. If he'll let her…
A Christmas Baby
Logan Taylor gets the shock of his life when Cassidy Ortiz announces she's pregnant…with his child! The widowed rancher wasn't looking for another relationship, but this is Logan's chance to be a father at last. Is he ready to risk his heart and share the most wondrous gift of all—just in time for the holidays?
Marry Me, Cowboy
Darla Baker's determined to get her high school sweetheart out of her system once and for all. But the sexy rancher and single father isn't letting the girl who got away…get away again. Now he's just waiting to hear the three little words that will give them a Christmas they'll never forget.
The payment can't be settled with money or favors. He only wants one thing. Me.
Every action gets a reward. A button. Once I fill his jar with three hundred and sixty-five buttons, he'll let me go. He'll let me walk away.
But I have to earn every single one. By submitting to the darkest, cruelest, and most beautiful man I've ever known.
** TRIGGER WARNING ** There are some dark and disturbing scenes of abuse and punishment.
Bull riding—and all the danger that comes with it—is in Dusty McPherson's blood. When an injury knocks him out of the rodeo and back home to Desperation, Oklahoma, all he can focus on is riding again. Until he's welcomed by a gorgeous redhead aiming a shotgun at him.
To Kate Clayborne's surprise, the handsome trespasser is not only a farmhand hired to help maintain the Clayborne farm, he'd been her high school crush. Used to living on her own terms and without the help of a man, Kate is reluctant to work with Dusty. Being so close to him now means trusting him, relying on him…and dealing with the attraction between them. Can she trust her heart to an adventure-seeking bull rider whose life is full of risks?
He's done raising kids…or is he?
As the oldest of eleven children, Denver cop Zach Harmon spent a lot of time helping out with his siblings. Now he's enjoying his freedom, and although he loves his nieces and nephews, he doesn't plan on having a family of his own.
Then Shelley Hightower invites him to a dinner being held in her honor. Shelley's a perfect date—beautiful, funny, independent, everything he admires in a woman. The whole evening passes like a dream—and the truth is, neither of them wants it to end. So when the blizzard begins, it seems logical to take shelter for the night…. Together.
Six weeks later, he learns there's a baby on the way. Unexpectedly, Zach finds that he's looking forward to giving up his bachelor life for the woman he loves—and their child.
All he has to do is convince Shelley!
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.
Only desperate, try-anything-once CiCi Hurst would agree to take the job of mascot for her daddy's football team. But the recently dumped Hill Country heiress doesn't expect to be tackled to the ground by six feet five inches of flat-out gorgeous male….
Jake Culpepper is every woman's dream. Too bad the pro-football star is exactly the type CiCi's vowed to avoid. It's a no-brainer: no more low-down, cheating athletes! So why is she getting the feeling Jake's different?
Jake can't believe he just decked the boss's daughter! Now he's paying the price by working for CiCi at her family's camp for underprivileged kids. He didn't plan on playing the hero. Or falling so hard for her.
He just hopes CiCi feels the same way. Or he'll be the loneliest hero in the Lone Star State!
With a busy job and two young kids, Valerie Manion is always looking for volunteers to help with her scouting program, Girls Outdoors! Single father Rob Warren signs up, mainly so he can keep an eye on his disabled daughter, Ginny. Valerie is looking out for Ginny, too. In spite of her cerebral palsy, she's a regular girl with growing pains—and she needs a woman to talk to. Will she open up to Valerie—the way Valerie's son, Connor, is opening up to Rob?
Or one big happy family?
Valerie's got growing pains of her own. She values her independence, she's proud of her children and her life. Is there room for more? She's falling for Rob, but the stakes are high. Can Val trust her heart—and make two families into one?
Nothing less than sheer desperation could make Ian Foster hire Tansy Appletree. The solitary sheep farmer and vivacious accountant slash town mayor have absolutely nothing in common. So why is Ian feeling like a different person ever since Tansy arrived to go over his books?
Serenity Valley's resident recluse doesn't fool her for a minute. Tansy's been curious about Ian for years—she's a sucker for his rugged outdoorsman quality. What she sees is someone who's chosen to set himself apart from their town. Beneath that gruff, growly exterior, he's sweet and tender and has already forged a strong bond with his brother's foster boy.
Ian just needs someone to help him see his family man potential. And Tansy's elected herself. But even she may not be able to pull off this miracle.
Jacquie Archer has a secret. But now she has to come clean—she never had a husband. She made him up as a cover for the biggest mistake of her life—her affair with Rhys Lewellyn. Although that mistake gave her the greatest gift she's ever received—her daughter, Erin—now Jacquie is facing the huge challenge of trying to put things right with her daughter, her family and her friends.
Will Erin forgive her, especially after she finds out who her father really is? Jacquie has no choice but to find out….
Sybil and Blake Gregory have established a predictable, well-ordered Manhattan life—she as a cutting-edge design authority and museum consultant, he in high-tech investments—raising their teenagers Andrew and Caroline and six-year-old Charlie. But everything changes when Blake is offered a dream job he can’t resist as CEO of a start-up in San Francisco. He accepts it without consulting his wife and buys a magnificent, irresistibly underpriced historic Pacific Heights mansion as their new home.
The past and present suddenly collide for them in the elegant mansion filled with tender memories and haunting portraits when an earthquake shocks them the night they arrive. The original inhabitants appear for a few brief minutes. In the ensuing days, the Gregorys meet the large and lively family who lived there a century ago: distinguished Bertrand Butterfield and his gracious wife Gwyneth, their sons Josiah and little Magnus, daughters Bettina and Lucy, formidable Scottish matriarch Augusta and her eccentric brother Angus.
All long since dead. All very much alive in spirit—and visible to the Gregorys and no one else. The two families are delighted to share elegant dinners and warm friendship. They have much to teach each other, as the Gregorys watch the past unfold while living their own modern-day lives. Within these enchanted rooms, it is at once 1917 and a century later, where the Gregorys gratefully realize they have been given a perfect gift—beloved friends and the wisdom to shape their own future with grace from a fascinating past.
Past Perfect is Danielle Steel at her bewitching best, a novel for the ages.
Brooke Nichols spent her entire childhood bouncing through states, school districts and more than a few of her parents' ill-conceived "adventures." Now, she's finally found some stability. Engaged to a gorgeous, gainfully employed businessman—who always calls when he says he will—Brooke is eager to settle down once and for all. No alarms, no surprises.
Certainly, she would never consider a relationship with someone like her fiancé's best friend, firefighter Jake McBride. With his frequent footloose jaunts and a career that involves leaping into dangerous situations, Jake is everything Brooke's fiancé is not: raw, spontaneous and passionate. But passion isn't everything…is it?
As Jake keeps pushing Brooke's boundaries, and her buttons, the girl who hates surprises might just end up surprising everyone, especially herself.
Like the fact that Mason Reed is as irresistible as the day eighteen-year-old Nola Shannon first fell in love with him. But some things do. Twelve years later the handsome teacher is now the widowed father of a ten-year-old boy who's suddenly making Nola yearn to be part of a family.
The last time Mason saw Nola was at her high school graduation. Having her back in their North Carolina town is rekindling feelings that have only grown stronger with time. He and his son need someone special in their lives.
Could lovely, caring Nola—the woman Mason has never been able to forget—be that special someone?
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.
And what a catch! Adam DeVries is a hardworking, intelligent man who's running for mayor of New Skye. After years of avoiding the trappings of a relationship, Phoebe finds herself pulled toward Adam—despite his strange aversion to dogs. And he certainly seems to be attracted to her.
But the engagement isn't real
Phoebe Moss is a speech therapist who has been secretly helping Adam with his stutter—an impediment that could cost him the election—and they've had to hide the real reason for their constant companionship. Now they're both wondering how and when to tell the truth—the engagement is fake, they're not really in a relationship. But neither one of them seems to want to break the news….
Ramona Greer knew when she interviewed Tyler Mann that he was trouble. But she hired him anyway.
Tyler knew who Ramona was before he ever applied for the position. In fact, she was the reason he went for it in the first place. Now, with the captivating widow as his new boss, Tyler's ready to show Ramona how good they could be together.
Ramona is shocked at Tyler's interest in her. Not only is she his supervisor, but she's also a few years older than her gorgeous new employee. And she's just not sure she's ready to take a chance on love again. But maybe Tyler is the right man for the job in more ways than one!
And what a catch—Adam DeVries is a hardworking, intelligent man who's running for mayor of New Skye. After years of avoiding the trappings of a relationship, Phoebe finds herself pulled toward Adam....
But the engagement isn't real
In truth, Phoebe Moss is a speech therapist who has been secretly helping Adam with his stutter—an impediment that could cost him the election—and they've had to hide the real reason for their constant companionship.
Now they're both wondering how and when to tell the truth—the engagement is fake, they're not really in a relationship. But neither one of them seems to want to break the news....
Chandy McDaniel was seventeen and pregnant when her world crashed around her. Fifteen years later, she's not—repeat, not—stupid enough to let Justin McCall back into her life. Especially after he and his family moved away from their Iowa hometown and he never sent so much as a postcard.
There's one small problem. She still loves him. And that's not the only secret she's keeping.
Leaving Chandy was the hardest thing Justin ever had to do. Seeing her again—a beautiful, grown-up doctor with a soft spot for kids—makes him realize how much he still cares. And she already seems to be head over heels for his son.
Is it too late to make things right between them? And maybe, together, create the miracle they've both been waiting for…
"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…
Abby Brannon and her father, Charlie, run the Carolina Diner—the place where everyone in town comes for Abby's special brand of TLC. Abby longs to travel, to see other places—to have someone take care of her for once. And she has someone special in mind for that job. The trouble is, no one knows what happened to Noah Blake after he disappeared from New Skye fifteen years ago.
Noah's return sends a shock wave through the town—especially when everyone starts talking about where he's been. But should Abby believe what she hears, or should she trust her heart?
Karinne's been engaged to Max for two years, but everything conspires to keep them from actually getting married. His job as a guide in the Grand Canyon. Her job as a Phoenix-based sports photographer. Her family's troubled past. And now, making matters even more complicated, Karinne has reason to believe that her mother—long presumed dead—might be alive, after all.
Now Karinne and Max are spending a week in the Grand Canyon on a rafting trip. It's supposed to be a pre-wedding vacation, a chance to enjoy some time together, an adventure. But it could be a little too much adventure. Especially when Karinne's mother, Margot, shows up—with a shocking request. It's another thing that comes between Max and Karinne. They love each other, but that might not be enough for this reluctant bride to walk down the aisle!
"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.
Dixon Bell has loved Kate Bowdrey for as long as he can remember. Everybody in town knew him as the shy kid who carried around a guitar—and as the guy who disappeared after high school graduation. After thirteen years away—spent nursing a broken heart and becoming a successful songwriter—he's discovered that Kate is available again, so he's coming home to New Skye to make all his dreams come true.
But L. T. LaRue—Kate's soon-to-be ex-husband and one of the most powerful men in town—has other plans for Dixon. Dixon just happens to own a beautiful old plantation house, and L.T. wants to use that property for high-priced condos. And he wants Dixon to stay the hell away from Kate. But Dixon's not selling—he has big plans for that house, plans that include Kate and her kids. And he's certainly not giving up the woman he loves. Not again. Not without a fight.
Welcome Home, Stranger
For Pamela Jo Wilson, returning to her sleepy Mississippi hometown means coming face-to-face with her past. At seventeen, overwhelmed by the responsibilities of a new marriage and family, she fled Mimosa. But Nick Shepard wasn't the only one Pam left behind. Now, thirteen years later, she just hopes she can make things right with her ex-husband and the child she barely knows.
Nick's first instinct is to protect his daughter, but his little girl is hell-bent on meeting the woman who left her behind. With his own feelings for Pam being as powerful and all-consuming as ever, how can Nick know what he's feeling is real? And how can he trust Pam again? First she has to convince him she's through running. That she's come home—this time for good.
The more I fall for Crow, the more I want him to do the things that I want. Dinners, dates, and evenings at the beach.
Everything comes at a price, and quickly the hoard of buttons I worked hard to earn are depleted.
Will this go back and forth forever? Or will someone run out of their buttons first?
Ten-year-old Maddie Tremaine is supposed to be the announcing angel in the town pageant this Christmas. But unless they can find someone to direct the show, Maddie's dream won't come true. Her dad's not much help. Ever since her mom went to heaven, he's been too sad to think about the holidays. He hasn't even met Miss Caitlyn, the new choir teacher, who'd be the perfect person to run the pageant.
Then somehow—maybe because it's nearly Christmas—Maddie's wish comes true in the best possible way. Her dad and Miss Caitlyn are going to produce the pageant together. Suddenly her dad's smiling again. And her little brother—who stopped speaking after the accident—is beginning to talk.
As for Maddie? She's going to be the best announcing angel Goodwill has ever seen!
The first time C. J. Powell rescues her, Natasha Bennington is running a marathon honoring the memory of their friend. Now her work fighting for humanitarian rights is once again putting her at risk. And the rugged San Francisco firefighter has crowned himself her designated hero!
Catching the stunning brunette when she collapses at the finish line isn't the way C.J. imagined meeting Tasha again. A year ago, she'd been hopelessly in love with his best friend. Now the fiercely dedicated pro bono attorney needs his protection—especially after a deadly threat forces Tasha to flee to C.J.'s hometown.
There are worse things than hiding out in the breathtaking wilds of Alaska with the woman he adores. Now C.J. has a more urgent mission—keeping Tasha safe until the danger's past and she's ready to move on…with him.
After failing at marriage—not once, but twice!—North Carolina state trooper Pete Mitchell intends to remain single, no matter what. But when he pulls over his first ex-wife's Porsche for speeding, seeing her casts a spell on him all over again.
It could never work…could it?
Mary Rose Bowdrey comes from a different world than Pete, a world of money and style. Ten years after the end of their brief marriage, their worlds collide when Mary Rose's niece and nephew get into trouble with the law and enter a rehabilitation program run by Pete. Since Mary Rose is helping her sister with the kids, she and Pete can't avoid each other. Maybe this shared responsibility shows they dohave more common ground than just the bedroom.
With two strikes against him in the marriage game, can Pete make it work the third time around?