Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin Special Edition!
Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin Special Edition!
Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin® Special Edition!
High school football coach Ethan Noble works wonders with his players. But at home, the handsome widower is just trying to keep four adorably unruly kids in line. He definitely isn't looking for love…or so he thinks. When his oldest insists her drama teacher, Claire Jacobs, is perfect for him, it's all Ethan can do to resist Claire's bright smile and infectious laugh.
Claire privately admits that she wouldn't mind Coach Noble making a pass at her. But his family dynamic is as complicated as Hamlet's! For one, Ethan is still grieving for his late wife. Besides, Claire knows she's not meant to star as a stepmom, although the entire Noble clan warms her heart this holiday season. Will Claire wait in the wings for Mr. Right, or make her curtain call a very Noble happily-ever-after?
Finding refuge from her ex-husband at her friend's house was her best option, Kelly McNeil thought—until Matt Noble answered the door. She'd had a huge, unrequited crush on him as a teenager! But as adults, he'd never even given her a second look. Then she got married and left town and, well, now here they are again….
Matt had never mustered up the courage to ask Kelly out, and now fate has literally knocked on his door and given him a second chance. But Kelly is afraid to risk her independence and her children with a man who could only hurt them again. He'll have to prove that he's worth the risk—and that he's the Mr. Right she can truly depend on. Forever.
Hiring Patrick Shaughnessy to landscape her new inn was strictly a business arrangement. Until April Ross got to know the war-scarred single father…and his irrepressible little girl. Patrick made it clear he wasn't looking for romance. Neither was April. But could she make him see that some risks were worth taking?
The lively, widowed blonde might be the most tempting woman Patrick had ever known, but the returning vet knew a happy ending wasn't in the cards. Still, that was before April started working her magic on his daughter…and on him. Maybe this Christmas was a time for new beginnings—if Patrick had the courage to go with the powerful feelings April had awakened in him….
Dawn Gardner had left behind her life in tiny Haven, Oklahoma, for the greener pastures of New York City years ago--or so she thought. But something kept pulling her back. Could that something be handsome horse breeder Cal Logan? Dawn thought they were through--but since her last visit, two months ago, had left her with a little more than memories, it looked as if her life and Cal's were going to be tied together even more permanently....
Which was fine with Cal--because it was clear to him from the start that he and Dawn were made for each other. Still, could he convince the stubborn but sexy "big-city" girl that home was where the heart was? His heart. Her heart. And their unborn baby's...
The Ford family caused Xavier Bordiu's brother's death. Now Sophie Ford works for him! Tempted by her beauty, Xavier will take his revenge in the most pleasurable way...
A woman with a secret...
Sophie is still a virgin. But, as Xavier's skillful seduction awakens Sophie's sensuality, he finds the ice around his own heart beginning to melt. This is not the kind of revenge on which the Spaniard has bargained!
He's just a friend! is the mantra pregnant Laurel Kent lives by while pretending not to stare at sexy Tyler Noble, the gorgeous neighbor who's been all-too-kindly playing Mr. Fix-It in her house. After all, she needs the help more than she cares to admit—her sharp-tongued grandmother is her only family. But it's getting nearly impossible to ignore the sparks and butterflies she feels in her tummy every time he smiles at her…and that's not the baby talking!
It's ironic to Tyler that he's repairing the fence separating his yard from Laurel's when all he wants is zero barriers between them! Sure, she's pregnant, and no, she insists she's not looking for Husband #2. But he knows if she'd give him a chance, he could prove that he's the missing piece needed to complete her new family….
Or can you? Because for five years, fashion assistant Ellie Levine was taking a halfhearted stab at it, commuting to Manhattan by day, trying desperately to keep secret her outerborough existence—that accent, that hair…that daughter. Until the day fate landed her back in her Richmond Hill neighborhood 24/7, the very place she'd sworn to escape.
Now she has a business to run there—not the business she had in mind, perhaps, but a business nonetheless. And the boy next door, who for years had been the married-man-next-door, is suddenly available. And interested?
Maybe there really is no place like home. So even if you can take the girl out of Queens, would you?
Silas Garrett has done the math. This widowed father knows that his two wonderful young sons deserve all of his hardworking heart. Still, the handsome accountant can't help but notice the carefree new nanny….
But for Jewel Jasper, family equals trouble. She is not going to follow in her mother's reckless footsteps, chasing romance no matter what the risk. The pretty nanny has her own career to consider, and her tall, dark employer is not part of her plan. The heart has its own logic, though, and with two adorable tykes to bind them, the calculus just may add up to love.
HIS DAUGHTER'S BIRTH MADE HIM A FATHER. BECOMING A DADDY WOULD
TAKE A BIT LONGER....
Connecticut mogul Grant Braeburn never thought he was father material, even though his nearly four-year-old daughter should have convinced him otherwise. But then his ex-wife's death made him Haley's permanent parent. Her only parent. He needed help, in a hurry.
It came in the form of Mia Vaccaro, the lively, lovely party planner who had been his ex-wife's best friend. Mia was the only one who could touch Haley's broken heart. And, Grant was becoming increasingly aware, his as well....
Sabrina Noble's Journal
You'll never believe who I spotted on my first day back in Maple River—the one who got away, Cole Rayburn. He's definitely not the same kid I swung on the monkey bars with. In fact, Cole is more handsome than ever and has two adorable tweens.
There's definitely still something between Cole and myself…but I get the sense that his ex burned him and his kids pretty badly. Now that I'm back in New Jersey, I'm spending more and more time with the Rayburn clan, and I'm honestly loving it. But can I be the bonus mom these kids deserve and have the husband I've always dreamed of? Or is it true that you can't go home again?
Scott Fortune was a vice president, a man of action, a man not used to feeling powerless. But in one terrifying moment, a freak tornado had taken down the Red Rock airport, leaving Scott trapped beneath the rubble. Fate had stranded him with quirky, unforgettable Christina Hastings, and in those death-defying moments, the wealthy bachelor fell in love.
A snack-bar waitress with a heartbreaking past, Christina knew better than to believe in fairy tales. She'd found safety, even passion, in Scott's strong arms, but happy endings just didn't happen to a girl like her—especially with a man like Scott. Yet she was finding it harder and harder to resist the Southern gentleman's many charms….
He'd never really had a place to call his own…
But the broken-down ranch in front of him was the closest he'd ever come. Now, pregnant widow Emma Manning was struggling to keep it, her children and herself going. She could use a hand. Well, that was all burned-out musician Cash Cochran could spare.
He'd never had a woman to call his own, either…
That was painfully obvious to Emma as soon as Cash knocked on her door. And though, with her ever-growing brood and her money pit of a ranch, she was the last woman on earth he could ever fall for, he was falling nevertheless. They both were.
But what would happen when they landed?
Look after his best friend's widow and kids. It was a promise Levi Talbot was determined to keep. But returning to Whispering Pines, New Mexico, where he was once known as the local troublemaker, wasn't easy for the former soldier. Especially when gorgeous Valerie Lopez really wants nothing to do with him…and Levi can't get her out of his head!
Val knows she needs Levi's help—her house is in chaos and she's juggling two young kids with a fledgling business. So she lets him take over the repairs—but there's no way she's letting Levi make himself at home! Since her husband's death, Val has kept her heart locked away…but what if the handsome veteran next door is the key to her future?
"Honey, you don't really want this."
But Tess Montoya knew exactly what she wanted—a hot, no-strings-attached night with town bad boy Eli Garrett, her old high school boyfriend. After all, when you're being stressed by your unreliable ex, why not blow off steam with the one man who knows you best? Besides, there was no way she was ever going to let sexy Eli back in her heart….
Out of all the mistakes Eli made growing up, walking away from Tess was the one he regretted most. But the feisty, take-care-of-business woman she'd become—and the lonely children she was struggling to raise—was making the idea of home and family irresistible. And in spite of everything against them, Eli swore he'd do whatever Tess wanted—except let her get away again.
Which Karleen Almquist had surely tried to do.
But the thrice-married—and thrice-divorced!—personal shopper had sworn off men, and their
inherent complications…aka babies. Until the
most gorgeous widower moved in next door—complete with the two most adorable little boys
she'd ever seen.
True, Troy Lindquist had been alone a long time,
but the ice cream mogul was looking for a real
relationship, and his next-door neighbor was
clearly not his type. Still, that didn't stop him
from turning to her one night—which resulted in
Karleen being pregnant with Troy's child.
First came the baby carriage. Then came love.
All Ryder Caldwell wanted was to be Melanie Duncan's protector—until those feelings turned into something stronger, forcing him to end their relationship before they made a mistake. But how could he have predicted that his rejection would send Melanie running into his brother's arms? And result in a baby?
Now, ten years later, Mel has come home—and she's not alone. She was always the woman Ryder couldn't forget—and now she's accompanied by the child he hadn't known existed. And suddenly the good doctor can see everything he's been searching his whole life to find…right in his own backyard….
Thea Benedict had been about to—honest to God—tell her ex-lover Johnny Griego she was pregnant. Until Johnny's teenage daughter beat her to it with her big news!
Thea knew Johnny wasn't a happily-ever-after kind of guy. And now he had his little girl's impending motherhood to think about. So you could have knocked Thea over when the sexy rancher asked her to be his wife! She should have guessed Johnny was the type to do the right thing by her. Except Thea had some crazy notion about marrying for love…
Tony Vaccaro had been part of Lili Szabo's life since she was a lovesick teenager with a major-league crush. Now the high school athlete was a widowed single dad with a trio of energetic little girls relying on him—and no time for romance.
Little Lili had grown up! Fourteen years ago, she was like a cute kid sister. Now she had the potential to be so much more. But a shocking secret was about to split Tony's world apart. The question was, could he count on Lili to pick up the pieces?
Getting reelected isn't as important as winning Blythe's trust and convincing the guarded beauty to take a shot at love…even if her scandalous past threatens to derail Wes's political future. His future with Blythe comes first—if they're both willing to risk their hearts for a second chance that's worth fighting for.
Winnie Porter just couldn't forget the child she'd given up for adoption all those years ago…or the wonderful family that had taken him in. Now it was finally time to see her son one last time.
Still reeling from his wife's untimely death, the last thing Aidan Black needed to deal with was the unwed mother who brought his beloved Robbie into the world. Especially when she was all grown up into a beautiful, vivacious young woman who'd immediately drawn his boy into her spell—not to mention Aidan himself. Would Winnie's secret shatter Aidan's family—or make it whole again?
Prince Aleksander Vlastos had run out on Luanne eleven years ago, and he'd lived with regret ever since. But regret wasn't the only thing he'd left behind. There was a ten-year-old child—the heir to Alek's throne. Luanne had had him for ten years, and now it was his turn. She owed him. And he'd come to collect....
FORTUNE'S PERFECT VALENTINE
The Fortunes of Texas: All Fortune's Children
by Stella Bagwell
Computer programmer Vivian Blair believes the secret to a successful marriage is compatibility, while her boss, Wes Robinson, thinks passion's the only ingredient in a romance. When she develops a matchmaking app and challenges him to use it, which one will prove the other right…and find true love?
A SOLDIER'S PROMISE
Wed in the West
by Karen Templeton
Former soldier Levi Talbot returns to Whispering Pines, New Mexico, to make good on his promise to look after his best friend’s family. The last thing he expects is to fall in love with his pal's widow, Valerie Lopez. Now, Levi's in for the battle of his life—one he’s determined to win.
WAKING UP WED
Sugar Falls, Idaho
by Christy Jeffries
When old friends Kylie Chatterson and Drew Gregson wake up in Las Vegas with matching wedding bands, all they want to say is "I don't!" But when they're forced to live together and care for Drew's twin nephews, they realize married life might be the happy ending they'd both always dreamed of.
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Look for 6 compelling new stories every month from Harlequin Special Edition!
It started when Cass's teenage son called his father to come to his stepfather's funeral. Which was how Blake found himself face-to-face with the woman who'd tripped up his heart eighteen years before. Only, now she was pregnant with another man's child….
As if things weren't complicated enough, here was Blake in the flesh—even more sexy and irresistible than Cass remembered. But her fantasies of happily-ever-after ended along with their youthful marriage.
Except there was something Cass didn't know about her former husband: Never get in the way of a man determined to get his family back and pick up where he and Cass had left off—this time forever….
But every time the commitment-phobe looked at Dana, the yearning in his deep blue eyes provoked a meltdown. Would what started as a small step for Dana's store turn into a giant leap for Dana's love life?
At the door: Nick, Ginger's "first." Only, he's a police officer now, and he wants to find out what she knows about her M.I.A. congressman fiancé. When was the last time she'd seen him? She'd better not leave town….And the spiral continues: her cozy little sublet (really, she liked having her shower in the kitchen) is
about to be yanked away, and the prestigious little design firm where she works is about to go belly-up. So what's a girl to do?
Her answer, born of desperation: move in with her crazy, widowed mother—who Ginger claims sucks the life force out of every creature within one city block of her—and her grandmother, who spends much of her day engaged in heated arguments with her dead husband.
Well, it's a plan. But bizarrely, as the summer progresses, her eccentric but lovable relatives give her the courage to make choices based on what she wants, not what she wants to avoid.
Until Del Farentino. And then Galen found herself face-to-face with the enormously attractive widower-and his deaf little girl. Wendy might not be able to talk in the conventional way, but she-and her sexy single father-were speaking to Galen in a way that no one else ever had. Could she find the courage to accept everything they offered?
Mercy Zamora—because when hometown boy
Ben Vargas shot out of town ten years ago, he
also left Mercy behind. And though she had led
the chorus of no strings/no wedding bells/no
babies, ten years can change a girl. If only it had
changed her feelings for him…
And as for Ben—he'd had his reasons for leaving,
but Mercy had never been one of them. And so
he was home—at least for now. And he should
know better than to start something, once more,
that he couldn't finish.
Know better than to think that once he had her
in his arms, he'd ever be able to let her go…
''I DO''…TAKE TWO!
Three Coins in the Fountain
by Merline Lovelace
On a trip to Italy, Kate Westbrook makes a wish at the Trevi Fountain—to create a future withouther soon-to-be-ex, Travis! But Cupid has other plans for these two, and true love might just be in their future.
BACK IN THE SADDLE
Wed in the West
by Karen Templeton
When widower Zach Talbot agrees to help Mallory Keyes find a horse for her son, he falls for the paralyzed former actress. But can the veterinarian and the beauty both give love a second chance?
FROM DARE TO DUE DATE
Sugar Falls, Idaho
by Christy Jeffries
When dancer Mia Palinski has one magical night with Dr. Garrett McCormick, she winds up pregnant. Both of them aren't looking for love, but a baby changes everything. Can a single dance create a forever family?
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All widowed veterinarian Zach Talbot wants is to raise his two boys in the peace and quiet of his New Mexico town. Who'd have thought that being roped into helping a woman choose a horse for her son would upend the single father's whole world?
Except ex-actress and rodeo rider Mallory Keyes isn't just any woman.
With its wide-open spaces and sky that goes on forever, Whispering Pines is the ideal temporary haven after the accident that changed Mallory's life forever. Falling for the sexy, caring man who found the perfect palomino for her eleven-year-old wasn't in her short- or long-term plans. Zach's also determined to get Mallory back in the saddle. Can she return the favor by helping to heal the still-grieving vet's heart?
It was the opportunity of a lifetime for Princess Sophie of Carpathia: two weeks of living like a regular person. On top of that, caring for children was her passion. But with five of them tugging on her heartstrings and their sexy guardian bestowing fiery kisses on her, how could she ever return to life as a princess when her fairy-tale ending was right here...right now?
Christmas in Hawthorn Bay
Mayor Nora Carson knows that council's plans for the Killian mansion will attract the last person she wants to see: Jack Killian. Run out of town in high school, Jack is back to protect his turf—but he'll find Nora's eleven-year-old secret. She can't tell him how she became a single mother. Or why her son has the Killians' blue eyes…
Husband Under Construction
When life gets topsy-turvy, Roxie Ducharme seeks refuge in the New Mexico town she left years before. But as she renovates her uncle's home, she faces an unforeseen obstacle: contractor Noah Garrett. He's as alluring as he once was. Too bad he doesn't want the house and kids of Roxie's dreams. Or will she change his mind?
For years, Nancy Shapiro had a secret crush on gorgeous, wealthy Rod Braden, but Nancy knew she had nothing in common with the strong, silent, single dad. Until the night she offered him a little coffee and kindness—and they wound up making a baby!
Responsible Rod was prepared to offer his home and his name to Nancy. But he never anticipated that his bride would blast through all his defences. Could Rod convince Nancy that a marriage born of honor was now his heart's desire?
Baby on the way
And that's where Dale McConnaughy comes in. The sexy-as-sin former baseball superstar—now a toy store mogul—might be irresistible to most women, but Joanna had to resist him. Because after all that she'd been through, what kind of fool would she be to let herself fall in love with another man so determined to remain a boy?
For Dale, though, baseball hadn't been a game but a way out of a childhood filled with betrayal and heartache. And even though he'd refused to let the past embitter him, it had left its share of scars—scars that perhaps one woman could help to erase. But only if he could prove to Joanna that, where the game of love was concerned, he was willing to risk all….
Viuda y sin un céntimo, Maddie Kincaid se dirigía con sus dos hijos pequeños hacia el pueblecito de Haven, en Oklahoma, cuando su tercer hijo decidió nacer. Por suerte, encontró al único médico que había en muchos kilómetros a la redonda, Ryan Logan. El atractivo doctor la asistió a la perfección en el parto, y luego le hizo una oferta que Maddie no pudo rechazar…_x000D_
Solitario y adicto al trabajo, Ryan ya había visto cómo su primer matrimonio fracasaba, y sabía que el hogar y la familia no eran para él. Por eso intentaba convencerse de que el interés hacia aquella madre soltera, tan hermosa y valiente, era puramente profesional. Él la había ayudado en el parto, pero ¿podría ella ayudarlo a sanar su corazón destrozado?
Carly Stewart se había retirado temporalmente de la danza y estaba desesperada cuando un tropiezo la obligó a empezar a trabajar en la casa de Sam Frazier, en el pequeño pueblo de Haven, Oklahoma. Pero lo peor llegó cuando se dio cuenta de que se sentía atraída por el guapísimo granjero y... padre de seis hijos.
Después de quedarse viudo, Sam se había convertido en un experto en señales; por eso sabía que aquella bella y testaruda mujer sólo pasaba por allí. Aunque lo cierto era que le estaba costando un terrible esfuerzo resistirse a sus encantos... y debía hacerlo, porque tarde o temprano ella se marcharía.
Hacía ya años desde que Dawn Gardner había abandonado la diminuta ciudad de Haven, Oklahoma, por las emociones de Nueva York, y sin embargo seguía habiendo algo que tiraba de ella. ¿Sería el guapísimo Cal Logan? Dawn creía haber terminado con él para siempre, pero su última visita le había dejado algo más que un buen recuerdo: parecía que en el futuro sus vidas iban a estar ligadas para siempre..._x000D_
Eso era algo que a Cal no le importaba. Después de todo, estaba convencido de que estaban hechos el uno para el otro...
Could their rock-solid marriage actually be faltering? Suddenly Darryl was sure of only one thing: He had to fight for Faith's love.
Sarah had always known Dean would come back to sleepy Sweetbranch one day. But she'd expected him to be the rogue who had broken her heart-not the charmer who'd stolen it in the first place. With their siblings' wedding looming, the last thing she needed was to rekindle a romance with the best man-and risk him discovering her shocking secret....
HER MISSION, SHOULD SHE ACCEPT IT…
Was to get her well-meaning matchmaking mother and meddlesome sisters off her back. So exasperated wedding planner Zoe decided to say yes, just this once, to the blind date everybody else was so nuts about. Because though she clearly didn't have her heart in it, this unknown guy just might take her mind off the man she couldn't stop thinking about despite her better judgment: her latest business nemesis, Mike. Gorgeous, eligible—and decidedly antimarriage—Mike.
And all she knew about this mystery man was his first name—which just happened to be Mike. Well, it was a very common name….
Because wedding planning is a tricky business—but love makes it all worthwhile!