Name: Russ Hall
Biggest Achievement: Not getting caught at the altar.
Why in the world had Melissa Bright bought a bachelor? Between running a business and caring for her daughter, she barely had time to breathe. And what would Russ Hall do when he found out she had a baby? He'd expect candlelight and romance. Instead, he'd find bottles, diapers—and a little girl who would bring this bachelor to his knees….
When John Randall swerved to avoid a broken-down car on a deserted Wyoming back road, the cowboy never dreamed he'd find a beautiful woman inside. But like a knight without his steed, the rancher came to her rescue. She was, after all, alone…and about to give birth.
Lucy Horton was on the run. After an attack on her unborn child, she'd had no choice but to seek refuge in the tiny town of Rawhide. But now her baby was making an unscheduled appearance and her handsome hero wouldn't leave her side. Lucy had no choice but to accept his help, his shelter, his strong shoulder. But when John offered more than that, how could she accept, when her heart wasn't hers to give?
How to match a matchmaker…
Redheads raiding his bunk, blondes batting eyelashes, brunettes bearing food…. One by one they came after Jake Randall. Now, Jake had been known to stare down a charging bull at three paces, but these husband-hunting females made him turn tail and run!
But the only way he could outrun his newly married, matchmaking brothers was to find a girlfriend himself. A pretend girlfriend. And there was only one female he knew he'd be safe with—ranch vet B. J. Anderson. He'd worked alongside her for months. Heck, he'd even taught her son to rope a calf. Surely she'd save him from marriage and fatherhood.
And then Jake made one tactical error: To seal their bargain, he kissed her….
RANDALL PRIDE prevented Jim from giving in to his desire for Patience. As the threat neared, Jim convinced himself it was fear—not passion—that drove her into his embrace. But just as it seemed they had eluded their foe, Patience's life was threatened once more.
RANDALL DESTINY had been determined. And now two souls would battle the odds to form a union no evil could destroy.
In tight jeans and a dusty Stetson, Griffin Randall looked every inch the cowboy. But unlike his new cousins, no way were his boots taking him down the aisle!
The Randall men schemed to get Griff alone with sweet Camille Henderson and the saucy baby Randalls—to give him a taste of what he was missing.
Camille's kisses melted his heart, but she wanted marriage, family, forever. Griff had to be careful, 'cause with the Randalls, no man remained a bachelor for long!
Mac Gibbons sure knew marriage was not for him—no matter what the matchmakers of Cactus, Texas, had to say! So the determined bachelor put his plan into action: He and new town doc Samantha Collins pretended to be a couple. Content to be a single mom, Samantha was the only safe woman in town.
But Mac's plan was far from foolproof. He got roped in by baby Cassie's little hugs and Samantha's sweet kisses lickety-split. Before he knew what hit him, Mac longed to be the daddy in this ready-made family, and not even Samantha's secret could stop him. Or could it?
This cowboy had no intention of being a groom…
Until he found out he was going to be a daddy! But by then Janie Dawson refused to marry him. Women! None of the four Randall brothers ever did understand them, and Pete was no exception.
But when Janie found out she was carrying twins, she had no choice but to agree—with her own stipulations, all designed to make their bedroom colder than the frigid Wyoming winter!
Little did Pete know, getting her to marry him was nothing compared to living with her…and keeping his hands off!
"Hey, mister! I got money—and I need a daddy!
"I know Mommy says we're just two girls on our own and we don't need no boys. But…I kind of told Teacher that my daddy would talk at show-and-tell. Do you think $3.67 is enough to buy a daddy?"
John Crewes couldn't understand how a simple favor for a cute kid had gotten out of control. One minute he was daddy for a day, and the next his big career—his whole life—depended on Jacey's delectable mommy. Who could have known that not only the kids listened to show-and-tell…? John was sure he could charm Rachel into accepting a pretend marriage—but it would take more than make-believe to make a family.
Late one night, Leslie shows up at Doug's door to answer his ad, and before he can properly throw her out, she's won his boys over with grilled cheese and cookies. He soon finds out she's not just another pretty face looking for a husband. No matter how hard he resists, Doug can't help being drawn to her. Could Leslie be exactly what this family needs?
Debra Williams and her toddler son filled John's house with warmth, making it feel like a real home again. Debra thought a prime job awaited her out west, not a husband! But this big, blue-eyed ionest-to-God cowboy needed more than a wife in name only. John needed someone to melt his hard heart and show him the real joys of family….
When Jess Randall dragged a critically wounded man into her car, she had no idea he was a wanted whistleblowing DEA agent. All she knew was that Steve Carter needed help—help she could only find at her family ranch in Rawhide, Wyoming.
AND PUT HER OWN AT RISK
Steve had no idea how high up the corruption went, but he knew how desperate the rogue agents were. A sniper's gun wasn't the loner lawman's only fear. The more time he spent with Jess, the more he hoped for a future, a home, a family—exactly what she deserved and he could never have. Not when the mountains were filling with killer agents. They'd find him, and no one—not even his brave, beautiful protector—would stop them.
The Cowboy Was Hog-Tied!
One minute there were no women on the Randall ranch and the next Brett Randall was in knots over two!
Brett chose his rightful place behind two of his married brothers, but when he snuck back home to share his news, he got decked by a redheaded spitfire. Maybe it was the blow to his head, but suddenly he had visions of eyes as blue as the Wyoming summer sky…a petite country midwife bearing his children….
The last coherent thought this thinking-man's cowboy had was: He'd found the woman of his dreams, all right—but it wasn't the woman he'd proposed to!
"I'll be the daddy..."
After he saved her life, hard-headed cowboy Matt McIntyre became the personal caretaker of Dr. Elizabeth Lee and her unborn child. For she might soon deliver the winner of Bison City, Wyoming's millenium baby contest. But after days and nights of back rubs and baby bonding, the feisty doctor mom-to-be changed from irrepressible to irresistible.
Of all people, Matt knew how precious life was. How could he walk away from Elizabeth once her child was born and she didn't need him anymore? Or dare he set out to prove how much they needed each other...before the clock struck mighnight?
Delivery Room Dads—Which McIntyre brother will be the first daddy of the New Year? In Bison City, Wyoming, it's 3...2...1...baby!
When sexy Brad Logan hires Sarah Brownly, he doesn't expect his once quiet home to be filled with a rabble of kids and a housekeeper he can't keep his eyes off…. With Brad as her boss, Sarah's never felt more secure. But she's running from her past. How can she ask this gorgeous bachelor to take on her troubles and her unruly brood?
The woman Brad's falling for comes with an instant family—but his shoulders are broad. He'll take on this little family and make them his own….
A man of few words, Joe had always kept to himself. But Anna claimed to see beyond his beastly demeanor, giving this solitary man hope that a happily-ever-after was within his grasp…if only he dared to risk all that he was and become the prince this beauty believed him to be.
Though Nick sent her away once, Abby vows he won't get his way this time. She has no intention of letting her son out of her arms. But living with Nick on his Wyoming ranch is more than she bargained for. As is the sneaking suspicion that she's never really got the charismatic cowboy out of her system.—
Step into a world where family counts, men are true to their word—and where romance always wins the day!
Rancher Lucas Boyd desperately wants a son, but after tragically losing his wife and child, he can't risk loving again. So where to find a surrogate "mother" to carry his child--one who won't ask for too much?
Local librarian Susannah Langston secretly aches for a baby. But as the oldest living virgin in town, she has no illusions about romance. So where to find a suitable "donor" to make her dream come true?
Lucas and Susannah can solve each other's problem. But to keep tongues from wagging, they need to make a convenient marriage, then make a baby...the old-fashioned way!
DESPERATELY SEEKING CINDERELLA…
Susan Greenwood had expected a tip, not an offer of marriage! But how could the down-on-her-luck beauty resist when rich-as-a-prince Zach Lowery proposed to her in the middle of the Lucky Charm Diner?
Then she got her answer—it was just a role she had to play to soothe Zach's dying grandfather. But Zach never expected his pretend wife to tie him in knots with her selfless gestures and warm embraces. And soon this cynical rancher found himself trying to find a way to make a real future…a real family…with his Cinderella bride.
The Lucky Charm Sisters: A boss, a brain and a beauty. Three sisters marry for convenience…but will they find love?
Sweet, lovely Emma knew what a risk she was taking when she fell fast and hard for a man who refused to open his heart. But her beautiful baby girl was proof that Ryan had let his guard down once. Maybe it was time for second chances….
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THE TWELVE-MONTH MARRIAGE
Their marriage was a business agreement, plain and simple. Will Hardison needed a wife to prevent women from chasing his millions. Kate O'Connor needed help so she could build her late father's dream. So they struck a deal—they'd marry for one year, and both of their problems would be solved.
Of course, there would be no touching…or kissing…or making soul-searing love…or giving away hearts. But then came the wedding night…!
The Lucky Charm Sisters: A boss, a brain and a beauty. Three sisters marry for convenience…but will they find love?
Camille Eckart was Jake's latest assignment. He'd been chosen as her protector, to keep her and her newborn son safe from her mobster ex-husband. Only, little did Jake guess that Camille's main objective was to make him see her not as a case, but as a woman....
Jake's reputation as a loner had taken on legendary proportions--until Camille and little Jamie stole their way into his heart. But with kingpin Vince Eckart on the loose, Jake couldn't afford to get emotionally involved. Their lives depended on him. But as he spent time holed up with mother and son, he quickly discovered his life depended even more on them....
From the moment she meets the new sheriff, Dr. Caroline Randall knows her homecoming is a mistake. Not only does he arrest and cuff her at their first meeting, Mike Davis matches her feisty attitude. After years, Caroline's finally dared to come home—jilted but successful. And she's brought her past with her, well hidden though it is. But nothing remains secret for long in Rawhide, Wyoming. In this town, three things are inevitable—death, taxes…and matchmaking Randalls. It doesn't matter how sexy the hazel-eyed lawman is, Caroline isn't in the market for a man! Now all she has to do is convince the world's most immovable force—her family!
The minute Alexandra Logan made a grand reentrance into Cactus, Texas, Tucker Langford sensed a change. Seems that though Tuck could never forget the woman who'd stolen his heart, she couldn't remember him. Nor how she got pregnant!
Tuck knew the baby was his. And deep inside his Texas-sized heart he knew Alex had to remember how much in love they once were.
But no way was this cowboy willing to stand around and wait. Even if he had to kiss Alex back to her senses, he aimed to claim his baby—and its mother.
What happened to the Determined Bachelor of Cactus, Texas? Melanie Rule, that's what! Once Spence Hauk discovered that their one night of passion was about to produce a baby in a few months, he found himself happily anticipating miniature boots and diapers. For Spence, there was only one course of action: marriage.
Spence aimed to bring his child into the world with a daddy. Now all he had to do was convince the mommy. But he had no idea that Melanie had her own plans for marriage—and they didn't include the marriage bed!
Cal Baxter never put women and his mother in the same sentence—till he got wind of The Bet. Seems the first ladies of Cactus, Texas, had a hankerin' for grandkids—and they'd stop at nothing till they turned their four sons into fathers.
But Jessica Hoya? Heck, growing up, she was like his kid sister—except now she sure looked like a woman and he was all man, from his Stetson to his filled-out denims. Denims that got awfuylly tight whenever Jess was around.
Why was Cal, a determined bachelor, fantasizing about a wife and a baby? He knew of only one way to stop that.... But he hadn't counted on his mom's foolproof plan....
The kiss was desperate, passionate, leaving Kelly Hampton no alternative but to smack the sinfully sexy cowboy who'd taken liberty with her lips. Didn't matter that Pete Crawford was her best friend's brother. Didn't matter that he'd handpicked her to foil a fortune-hunting femme fatale's advances. Pete was a cowboy, and Kelly had the broken heart and fatherless baby boy to prove that cowboys couldn't be trusted.
What if Pete doted on Drew, becoming the dad her child had never known? What if he proved to be more a gentleman during their "pretense" than anyone she'd ever known? The irrefutable truth was that neither of them intended to wed…ever.
Then Pete kissed her again….
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HAVE BABY, NEED WIFE
When Josh McKinley appeared on Maggie O'Connor's doorstep with a baby in his arms and an irresistibly helpless expression on his face, Maggie's maternal—and womanly—smarts wouldn't let her turn him away. But that one good deed soon turned into marriage—in name only—and Maggie knew she was in way over her head. Because what started out as a practical union was fast turning into a passion-filled romance….
The Lucky Charm Sisters: A boss, a brain and a beauty. Three sisters marry for convenience…but will they find love?
Rosie Wilson is about to lose her family's legacy, but she's a fighter and can play hardball, too.
When Rosie and Jason get stranded under the starlit Western skies, danger is on the horizon. There's only one place Rosie wants to be: in the arms of her cowboy, who has vowed to protect her!
As good as accountant Jim Schofield was with figures—he could count back and tell when Teresa got pregnant—he was bad with words like commitment and marriage. But when the stubborn Texan realized he was going to be a father, his bachelor days were numbered!
1 Man + 1 Love = Marriage?
Teresa Tyler had vowed not to burden Jim Schofield with the consequences of their one night together. But after having figured out her predicament, he was proposing a marriage for the sake of their babies. How could Teresa take Jim's help, his protection, and not have a chance at his love?
Tucked way out in the woods, runaway Jessica Barnes found a tiny cabin after she wrecked her car in a freak snowstorm. There was nobody home, so she rested in a downy chair that was too big, ate some leftover macaroni and cheese that was too small, and lay down in a comfortable bed that was just right.
When Rob Berenson and his two kids returned home, they found her. One look at the naked blonde between his sheets and, much as Rob had his own secrets to hide, he didn't want this Goldilocks to run away!
Once Upon a Kiss
Could they live happily ever after?
When Liz Caine agreed to be a pretend princess for a week's stay at Lord Peter Morris's Montana ranch, she didn't know what he looked like in tight jeans and a Stetson pulled down to shade his chocolate brown eyes from the blazing sun. Or that he was her supposed fiancé!
Pete would do anything to keep his ranch—except marry a princess. But for a bride of convenience, the woman who stood before him looked soft and yielding in all the right places. His only hope was to turn on the cowboy charm until she hightailed it into the sunset. And that's when he made his first mistake: he kissed her….
The hardheaded, dyed-in-the-wool cowboy had been called many things…but could he ever be called husband and daddy?
With her newborn and toddler in tow, struggling widow Elizabeth Ransom stepped onto the Ransom Ranch looking for the family she'd never had. Luckily the children's grandfather welcomed them with open arms. But it was the blue-eyed ranch manager whom Elizabeth dreamed of….
Jack Clayton had to leave now that the Oklahoma ranch was no longer for sale. But the lovely Elizabeth would be tough to walk away from….
Only, suddenly stranded during a fierce storm with her soon-to-be ex, she wasn't sure how much longer she could keep her not-so-little secret. But the long days—and nights—spent with each other brought back the deep, passionate emotions that still coursed between them. Now that fate had intervened, was this her last chance to convince Nick that he was the perfect husband and—surprise!—daddy?
One snowy Christmas, wedding bells ring!
Penny Bradford has inherited her family ranch, but she has no idea how to run it! So she hires rugged rancher Jake Larson to train her up and show her the ropes.
Jake thinks it will be easy-he'll run the ranch and hold Penny's hand until she realizes she isn't cut out for ranching. Trouble is, Jake realizes he doesn't want to let Penny's hand go!
As the snow falls thick and fast, Christmas begins to work its magic on the boss and her rancher....
That magical night was everything model Rachel Barlow had ever hoped for. But in the morning, J. D. Stanley was gone, and he'd taken her heart with him. Rachel knew she'd never see him again…until, like a white knight, he charged in and rescued her from exhaustion, taking her to his west Texas ranch to recuperate.
Men of the West
Refusing Gabe's proposal was the right thing to do.
And Katie hasn't regretted her choice once in the past ten years. Gabe went on to law school and a brilliant career, and she took care of her family, put her siblings through college and even opened her own bakery.
She couldn't stand between Gabe and success any more than she could have left her family to struggle without her. Though life can be a little lonely sometimes.…
Life has been good to Gabe, but he wants to come home to Cactus, Texas, and the embrace of his grandmother's house. When he returns to settle Gran's estate, he learns that her bequest will only be granted if he marries Katie! Well, the idea of baring his soul to Katie a second time sure doesn't sit well with Gabe. But without her, he'll never find the peace he's looking for.
Tempting the tycoon out of the city… just in time for Christmas!
Sally Rogers's family store is the heart and soul of the small town of Bailey, and she's working all hours to keep her business afloat. So when city slicker Hunter Bedford arrives, determined to buy her out, Sally is furious. No way will she sell to a ruthless businessman like Hunter!
Instead, with Christmas approaching, she'll show him the warmth and spirit of Bailey. But as the snow falls thick and fast, they are trapped together, and Sally begins to wonder if she's snowbound with Mr. Right.…
Something critical was missing in Liza Colton's life. Burdened by fame and catastrophic family secrets, she'd sought refuge in Saratoga Springs to heal. Then Dr. Nick Hathaway appeared by her bedside, and Liza knew she'd found the one person who could make her whole. Poisoned by his own past, the bitter doctor wouldn't see her for who she was. Until one night of passion changed everything....
"Matron" he'd hired sight unseen turned out to be a blonde dynamo and a single mom. True, Maggie Woodward was a widow and she sure could cook, but she was also young and beautiful! And it wasn't long before Maggie and her little tyke had Hank's world turned upside down and his heartstrings twisted all around their dainty fingers….
Now all Hank had to do was convince his wary little widow that happily-ever-after was worth the risk!
Beloved authors Judy Christenberry, Linda Turner and Carolyn Zane present three brand-new stories about the powerful reunion of the Colton dynasty at a Christmas Eve wedding in Washington, D.C., where romance, family secrets and a sinister plot unfold!
Army major Billy Colton falls for a beautiful--and uninvited--guest. But before he can convince her that he's a settle-down kind of guy, he must save her from masked intruders!
SWAT team leader Kurt Hoffman is fatefully reunited with his ex-wife during the hostage crisis inside the Colton mansion. Will they learn to forgive and let their explosive attraction fully ignite?
Multimillionaire Ian Rafferty saves the life of maid of honor Juliet Cosgrove but is later wounded. When his fierce pride takes a tumble, Juliet decides to show him that he's her man, in every way.
RE: Due Date: 7 months!
Remember my dream man? The one I met when trapped in the elevator? Well, he's back—and he's our new client! The moment I heard his voice, I knew Jack Waterton was the man I'd—who'd— Well, the man from the elevator! For weeks I've been thinking of his strong arms and the kindness of his touch. And now we're working together! But I don't know if he remembers me yet—or knows I have a very special reminder of our night together….
In Richard's mansion Molly could pretend to have the family Christmas she'd always craved. She already loved the boy, but his broodingly handsome uncle was downright dangerous! Molly resisted temptation—till she made one mistake: she got caught under mistletoe….
Jessica Ledbetter had worked too hard on her family's Colorado dude ranch, the Lazy L, to roll over and play dead when Jim Bradford showed up as the new manager. The former power broker from New York City was darkly handsome in his custom suit and tie, but downright devastating in tight jeans and Stetson.
Once back in the saddle after a decade in the city, Jim, a native Texan, took the reins and steered the operation, roped in the guests and even tamed Jess's uncooperative brothers. But the Lazy L was her legacy. Jess couldn't let it fall into the hands of an outsider. No matter what those hands did to her…
When Pete Ledbetter's granddad decided to find Pete a wife, the bachelor had no choice but to find a decoy bride-to-be. For help with his scheme, he looked no further than the chef at his family's Colorado dude ranch. After a summer romance, he knew he was compatible with Mary Jo Michaels. But after the way they had broken up, he knew convincing her to help him would be nearly impossible….
Mary Jo loved the Lazy L; it was Pete she wasn't so sure about. He'd hurt her once, and she couldn't be sure he wouldn't again. Although the way he was acting around her—the way he looked at her—had her thinking the cowboy had changed his ways. Could she trust Pete enough to turn their pretend engagement into a real marriage?
Hank Ledbetter's bachelor status was downright legendary in the state of Colorado. And with every member of his family finding true love—three weddings in one year!—Hank was the lone holdout on the Lazy L cattle and dude ranch. Then city slicker Andrea Jacobs arrived for the holidays….
Andrea brought a whopper of a secret with her, and wasn't looking to get involved with anyone. Yet surrounded by her newly wedded friends and sharing the Ledbetters' holiday cheer, she began to wonder if she, too, could be a part of a family…and maybe rope herself a cowboy husband for Christmas!
Jenny has distant, happy memories of her longlost dad, and she has finally gained the confidence to find him. Only one man stands in her way: the aloof and brooding Jason Welborn—her dad's business partner. And he's clearly not happy she's come home…
Jason's convinced this city girl has only come to claim her share in the business and then hotfoot it back to the Big Apple. But Jenny seems determined to win him over, and the more he tries to push her away, the more feisty Jenny's response becomes. Slowly but surely she's starting to get under Jason's skin...but will he fall for her one day, only to find her gone the next?
the World's Most Eligible Bachelor!
Ever since Grandma, the dowager duchess, told everyone on TV that my dad was in America looking for a wife, unmarried ladies chase him everywhere. We're trying to get to my uncle's ranch, but now we're hiding out. Those women can be rough on a guy!
My dad is real cute…I can tell when Sydney looks at him. She's the nice lady who gave us a lift. My daddy looks at her kind of funny too, like he's eaten bad broccoli. But my daddy says we can't tell Sydney he's a duke. I like pretend, but I sure wish Sydney knew. Maybe then she'd want to marry my dad…and be my new mommy!