Source of Fortune: Family-owned bank
Motto: Do the right thing
Buttoned-up banker Devlin Campbell prided himself on his control. That one passionate night in Atlantic City had been an aberration, but one with lasting consequences: his mystery woman was pregnant. Now that he'd found her—thousands of miles away—Dev approached Nicole with a most decent proposal. But would their ardent beginning allow these virtual strangers to forge a bond that was more than skin deep?
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It had been months since an unidentified rugged cowboy had saved Victoria Fortune from the rubble of the tornado—and she'd been haunted by his image ever since.
Garrett Stone knew her name, all right. Everyone in Red Rock knew the Fortunes. And now the pampered princess had shown up on his doorstep! The taciturn rancher braced himself for trouble. Victoria was too young, too spoiled—and way too tempting. She saw Garrett as some kind of hero. But he was just a man. A man with a shadowed past who didn't deserve the glow he saw in her eyes…
She would give up anything for him…
Even though Dixie Callaghan had been in love with Joe McCoy since they were teenagers, she knew he'd never be happy living a small-town life, as her small-town husband. So she had to let him fly. Even if it meant flying away from her….
He would give up anything for her…
For years, his and Dixie's had been a can't-live-with-her/can't-live-without-her existence. Well, no more! It was time for his now ex-fiancée to stand on her own two feet. Even if it meant she was walking away from him.
So why were all roads leading back to Chance City? And into each other's arms…
Becca Sheridan was desperate. The high-powered businesswoman had lied herself into a corner, and now she had to hire someone—in a hurry—to pose as her husband! Handsome and charming, Gavin Callahan was just the sort of man her overprotective brothers might imagine she'd marry—and the sizzling attraction between them would make the deception all the more believable.
When he decided to put his medical career on hold, Gavin let himself be persuaded to take the "job" of Becca's pretend husband. And despite the fact that his employer was clearly puzzled as to who he really was, the good doctor found himself falling for her, hard. It almost made him want to apply for the job of groom again…for real this time….
Shana Callahan had long ago given up wishful thinking. A single mom with a checkered past, she knew to be grateful for small gifts. And what Landon Kincaid had given her was far more than that. His unexpected job offer had provided her with so much—a good income, a safe home for her child and the opportunity to start anew in Chance City.
She'd insisted on keeping things strictly business, but the more she got to know her charismatic boss, the harder it became to be his "almost wife." The town gossip was almost unbearable, but even worse was fighting the longing she felt for Kincaid. Would their December tryst ruin everything…or grant them the ultimate gift?
Gina sensed the honor-bound police chief who offered her shelter and protection was hiding something. His touch felt familiar. Was his kindness a precious gift...or would she and her child have to pay a price once all truths were finally revealed?
Keri Overton thought her one night of passion with Jake McCoy would be her only memory of him—until she discovered she was pregnant with his child. Fortunately a safe haven beckoned: Jake's hometown of Chance City. Too bad he was out of town. Permanently, it seemed.
But imagine her surprise at a surprise baby-shower guest: the child's father! And everyone expected these "soul mates" to marry, so marry they did. Could their in-name-only union possibly turn into the real thing?
THERE WAS A HOT-LOOKING MAN IN HER KITCHEN. AND HE WAS COOKING!
Maureen Hart had never had a summer so crazy…not even the year she'd become a teenage unwed mother. Now her life was on track with a steady boyfriend and a big promotion looming. And the one person who could derail everything was now waiting on her doorstep!
Maureen's estranged daughter desperately needed her to care for her six-year-old son for several months. She just never imagined when she said yes that the child's gorgeous paternal grandfather, Daniel, would insist on staying, as well.
Quarters were getting interestingly close. But Maureen was technically almost engaged…and a workaholic…and a control freak. And totally about to cut loose and indulge in a little fun with a man capable of doing his own laundry!
When Karyn Lambert appears on Vaughn Ryder's doorstep, claiming to be his little girl's aunt, he can hardly turn her away. Instead, the guarded rancher invites her to stay, and soon they're engaged in a battle of the sexes, each trying to prove how good they are with little Cassidy…as well as fighting the raging attraction that blooms the instant Karyn steps over the threshold!
For years Vaughn has been focused only on being the perfect father. Now the bubbly personal shopper has taken hold of his heart, and he wonders if they might be able to create the perfect family for Cassidy—and each other. Not just out of blood connections—but out of true love….
Stay away from her, everyone warns Michael—but there's nothing the COO hates more than being told what to do! Captivated by the small-town sweetheart, he pulls out all the stops to romance her. Fancy dinners. A limo. A helicopter tour. A private jet to the Caribbean…where Michael gets the surprise of his life…and a whirlwind wedding might just deliver virginal Felicity into his waiting arms!
The Capulets and the Montagues had nothing on the Ryders and the Morgans! But despite the fact that each one was from one of the rival ranching families, Jenny Ryder and Win Morgan had a passionate summer affair four years ago—one that resulted in pregnancy. They got married and promptly lost the baby. Heartbroken, Jenny let herself be talked into divorcing Win…without ever having revealed the marriage to her family—or his.
Now Jenny's back, and one impulsive night means that Jenny and Win are about to be parents again! This time, they have to fess up. Their future happiness and child depend on it. But Win is keeping his own secret—that "divorce" he and Jenny supposedly got might not be worth the paper it (wasn't!) printed on….
Unfortunately, that's exactly how she felt, trapped in Zach Keller's remote castle. The handsome millionaire was supposed to be her protector, but under his watchful gaze she felt more exposed than ever. It didn't help that he evaded all personal questions — and insisted that for her safety, they must marry.
She had to find a way off Zach's property, or at least a reason to deny his proposal. Because she was on the verge of saying yes to whatever Zach demanded — especially if it meant a wedding night neither of them would ever forget.
Cattle rancher Tony Young was seeing stars. Movie idol Maggie McShane—America's Sweetheart—had just asked him to marry her! It was a strictly temporary business arrangement. But ever since they shared a dance and a night of incredible lovemaking, Tony wanted the pleasure of something a little more…permanent.
From the moment she met the sexy cowboy, Maggie knew he was the answer to her wedding woes. But when the charade ended, would they have to call the whole thing off? Or, with the Taka-Hanson Hotel throwing them the biggest wedding ever, could Maggie and Tony turn their sham marriage into a forever kind of love?
1. Get a dog cat.
2. Get a man.
3. Get adventurous (go skinny-dipping!)
4. Get a life!
She'd been the pampered and protected wife. Now she was a widow with both daughters off at college and she was suddenly desperate to fill her empty nest with something—anything. So when Jill Townsend finds a mysterious key in her late husband's office she sets out to find the door it opens.
Saying so long to suburbia, she heads for the wilds of Manhattan, where new friends and career opportunities loom—and sexy men are hitting on her! But will Jill ever be able to step beyond the safe and secure world she's always known and take that leap into merry widowhood?
A good man is hard to find
Single mom Annie Bernard needed a new beginning for her young son and a miracle for her run-down farm. Enter Mitch Ryder, the sexy blue-eyed handyman who answered her call for help. Their attraction was instant, and with Mitch's tender ministrations, more than Annie's farm began springing back to life….
Mitch yearned for a fresh start of his own—or at least more time before he had to return to the life he left behind. And what better way to avoid his past than to mistakenly slip into the role of Annie's handyman? But he'd never counted on falling for Annie and her precious son. His true identity might be hidden, but his feelings toward Annie might be too strong to hide….
The mysterious “lady in red” who appeared at his Manhattan apartment inflamed his senses and ignited his passion, but John Harlan's new lover was the very woman he could never possess: his ex-fiancé's twin sister, Scarlet Elliott. Scarlet had loved John from afar for years…and one night she succumbed to her urges and made her way into John's bed. But could their relationship ever be more than a forbidden affair?
He was her high school sweetheart—until their differences tore them apart. Ten years later, Melina Lawrence still isn't over Raphael Mendoza. And when the devastatingly attractive attorney comes home to Red Rock, Melina knows she can't walk away a second time. Not with the passion still burning so hot between them. But this time she isn't letting him anywhere near her heart.
They both made their choices long ago, but Rafe never stopped wanting Melina. Now that he's back in Texas, how can he lose her again? He'll do whatever it takes to win her back and transform his return into the homecoming they've both been secretly yearning for….
Marcy Monroe is a woman with her priorities straight—school and career first, then a husband and children. And to pay her tuition, she takes a job as a housekeeper for a professor—and soon realizes that her new boss might prove to be a distraction from her goals. A very tempting distraction…
Eric Sheridan is ready to start a family…as soon as he can find a suitable wife, that is. And his sexy, if career oriented, employee is most certainly not the kind of woman he had in mind! Still, keeping close quarters with independent Marcy soon wrecks Eric's ideas about what he wants for his future…and an unexpected night of passion has the professor wishing he could hire Marcy's services on a permanent basis—as his Mrs.!
Soon she found herself succumbing to Adrien's magnetic power. But he was not about to walk out of the shadows with her. If she wanted more than a midnight lover, Selene would have to tame the beast beyond the bedroom door.
Tycoon David Falcon needed a wife.
Not someone to actually marry, but a superefficient, multitasking woman who'd keep his household humming along smoothly. Single mother Valerie Sinclair seemed the ideal candidate. Until an evening out led to an unexpected kiss.
Organizing the businessman's hectic life was one thing. Wanting to share his life wasn't part of the deal. But once Valerie got a taste of being David's girlfriend—even for just one night—how could she go back to being his stand-in spouse?
BEN a.k.a. THE PROTECTOR
He'd only loved one woman in his life, but his fierce overprotectiveness hadn't meshed well with her strong independent streak. So they'd parted, as "just" friends. And now their life together was but a distant memory.
Or was it? On Christmas Eve, Ben and Leslie O'Keefe were stranded in a secluded mountain cabin with their willful daughter, who more than noticed their lightning attraction. Then they all began to hope for…the impossible. Powerfully drawn to the fragile, haunted look in his beloved's eyes, this lone wolf's primitive desire to protect—and to succumb to his ultimate temptation—became nearly impossible to resist….
THE LONE WOLVES: Meet the sexiest, most stubborn males a woman could ever hope to tame!
With just one look Jack Stone could tell that Mickey was a princess living in a self-imposed ivory tower. But he wasn't one to let a few flights of stairs keep him from what he wanted. And he most definitely wanted the reluctant Cinderella next door. Melting her icy reserve would be his pleasure.
Men had pursued Mickey before, but never with such a fervor as her enticing neighbor. How was a woman with her turbulent past supposed to resist Jack's tempting caresses? Especially when her sexy suitor began talking about…marriage! Was it enough to make a girl toss her glass slipper and run for the preacher?
Marry one of her clients? Never in a million years would Denise Watson have considered such a proposition. But tycoon Gideon Falcon needed a wife—a real wife—to clinch a business deal. And he had decided only Denise would do.
His terms were simple: The marriage needed to be legally binding, and it would be over once the holidays were. He'd never touch her. Except…keeping things strictly business with the physical temptation between them soon proved impossible.
Had that been part of Gideon's plan all along?
Newly minted father Donovan McCoy had to give it a try—he owed it to the little boy who now called him "Daddy." So the photojournalist had to say goodbye to his life on the road and learn to find joy a little closer to home. Perhaps with the girl—now woman—who, despite all his travels, he'd never been able to forget?
Beauty-queen-turned-attorney Laura Bannister had never really left. But she'd long abandoned the hope of attaining her real definition of home—a man she loved and children of her very own. Yet here was Donovan and his precious child, making her wonder if happily- ever-after could still be in the cards—for all of them….
Tercero de la serie. Enamorarse del jefe era algo casi prohibido, y la jefa de enfermeras Sara Beth O’Connell estaba perdidamente enamorada del suyo, Ted Bonner; un médico moreno, alto y guapo. Por eso, cuando Lisa Armstrong le pidió que actuara como espía para salvar al Instituto Armstrong del escándalo, la asaltaron los nervios. Y no sólo porque temiera ser descubierta, sino también porque aquello implicaba que tendría que trabajar muy, pero que muy estrechamente con el dedicado médico._x005F_x000D_
Aunque a Ted Bonner le parecía que Sara Beth ocultaba algo, le había pedido que lo acompañara a una cena en casa de sus padres por San Valentín, y la joven lo conquistó.
Meet the Fortune brides—six special women who perpetuate a family legacy that is more than mere riches!
THE BEST REVENGE IS…FALLING IN LOVE
Sweet Mollie Shaw's life began when Gray McGuire swept her off to his mansion as his bride. This powerful tycoon seemed to fulfill her every wish—but all was not as it seemed….
Gray had one objective: to destroy Stuart Fortune. A man Mollie had equal reason to hate—if her Minnesota-sized heart was capable of hate. But when she learned of her groom's motive and means of revenge, would she remain his bride?
CHASE a.k.a. THE LONER
No woman had ever gotten through his defenses, and no bright and bouncy do-gooder would ever make him open up. So why was lovely Tessa Rose hanging on Chase's every word, sending him sweet smiles and popping by his office every chance she got? How much more temptation could a lone wolf take?
The gruff bachelor might once have craved his own happy ending, but his troubled past wouldn't let him dare to succumb to his ultimate desire. For to make this precious woman his would mean revealing his most scandalous secret. And Chase knew the truth would be something no woman—especially Tess—could ever forgive.
THE LONE WOLVES: Meet the sexiest, most stubborn males a woman could ever hope to tame!
GABRIEL a.k.a THE LOVER
He was out for revenge. Gabriel Marquez had a mission, and society princess Cristina Chandler was his pawn. Her engagement to a proper fiancé would soon be announced, but Gabriel had every intention of seducing Cristina before she even received the proposal. The wolfish charmer would take her to his bed, ruining two families with the scandal….
But the hunter had never imagined that Cristina's laughter and sweetness would erase his tough loner shell. She made him want things he had no right to covet. For once his innocent beauty learned of his plot, he'd have no right to even ask for a future.
THE LONE WOLVES: Meet the sexiest, most stubborn males a woman could ever hope to tame!
Há quase vinte anos, James Paladin tinha acedido a doar esperma para a mulher do seu melhor amigo... Mas colocara três condições:
1. Caryn Brenley nunca saberia quem era realmente o pai do seu filho.
2. Ele jamais se poria em contacto com o seu filho.
3. Quando o rapaz fizesse dezoito anos, desvendar-se-iam todos os segredos.
Agora que Caryn acabava de ficar viúva, tinha descoberto a incrível verdade. E o duro investigador privado poderia reclamar o que era seu…
A misteriosa “mulher de vermelho” que apareceu em casa de John Harlan e despertou a sua paixão era a única mulher que nunca poderia ser sua: Scarlet Elliott, a irmã gémea da sua ex-noiva.
Após anos amando John à distância e em silêncio, uma noite Scarlet deixou-se levar pelo desejo e enfiou-se na cama dele. Mas este romance jamais poderá ser mais do que um romance proibido...
A popularidade obrigava Dana Sterling a controlar os seus sentimentos, mas cara a cara com Sam Remington depois de mais de dez anos, a torrente de emoções tornou-se simplesmente incontrolável. O que não conseguia entender era porque Sam parecia tão disposto a ajudá-la a evitar um escândalo que acabaria com a sua carreira.
Na realidade, Dana temia que Sam destruísse tudo o que tinha conseguido... para fazê-la pagar pelo que ambos tinham perdido. Continuaria a importar-lhe se sucumbisse à paixão que ardia entre eles?
Heath Raven vivia afastado do mundo havia anos, mas o seu auto-imposto isolamento não o impedira de ter um filho. Desesperado por encontrar o rapaz, contratou uma detective privada, de seu nome Cassie Miranda, uma mulher sensual que voltou a despertar o desejo que durante tanto tempo negara a si próprio.
Cassie tentou que a relação com Heath se mantivesse no plano profissional, mas depois de ter encontrado o seu filho, não suportava a ideia se afastar dele...
Ruth Jamison igen különös ajánlattal áll elő: ha bármelyik lányunokája férjhez megy Ted Astonhoz, egymillió dollár üti a markát. A testvérek kő-papír-ollóval kisorsolják, ki kezdi az ismerkedést. Gillian veszít, és ő megy el a találkára. Ám az együtt töltött, szerelmes éjszaka után kiderül, hogy a jóképű és kedves férfi nem az, akinek mondja magát. Ráadásul Gillian hamarosan rádöbben, hogy teherbe esett. Most már mindketten kénytelenek szembenézni múltjukkal, jelenükkel és jövőjükkel…
Susan Crosby: Férfikönnyek
Cassie, a csinos magánnyomozó azt a feladatot kapja Heath Raventől, hogy találja meg újszülött gyermekét, akivel alkalmi szeretője, Eva megszökött. A férfi annak idején balesetben elveszítette ötéves fiát, és azóta sem tudta túltenni magát a veszteségen. Eva váratlanul beállít az újszülöttel, és Heathnek adja. Cassie segít a kicsi ellátásában, és közben a férfihoz is egyre közelebb kerül. Ám szerelmüknek kemény próbát kell kiállnia, amikor a sors elveszi tőlük azt, akit a legjobban szeretnek…
Jan Colley: Jó fogás
Lucy Új-Zéland déli szigetén a bátyjával egy szállodát vezet, amely azonban a csőd szélére kerül. Ekkor bukkan fel a lány életében a gazdag Ethan Ray, aki pályája legnagyobb üzletére készül. A romantikus környezetben, a hegyekkel, szurdokokkal tarkított színfalak között a két fiatal hamar szerelemre lobban egymás iránt. Ám a férfiban felmerül a szörnyű gyanú, vajon Lucy nem csak a pénzéért tetteti a szerelmet?