Sylvie's sister, Margot, was determined to become an actress. She refused to live in Greece with her husband, Leon Petronides, and their small son. So Sylvie found herself going to Greece to look after the boy.
The Petronides family was not thrilled with the substitution…but Sylvie soon won them over, especially Leon. Andreas Petronides, his brother, was a different story.
He resented Sylvie's attentions to Leon. In fact, he seemed to suspect Sylvie's motives. The only explanation for his attitude never even occurred to Sylvie…
Soon, however, she felt she had jumped from the frying pan into the fire. Dom Carlos had a feudal attitude toward women in general and Christina in particular, and the last thing she wanted was to find herself falling in love with him. And what of the meek Portuguese girl in the background—Don Carlos's fiancee?
Antonia was devastated to learn that the very attractive man she had met at Celia's party was none other than Reed Gallagher, Celia's fiance. He hadn't acted like a man in love, but perhaps their sort of people behaved differently. And Antonia was very definitely not their sort.
Although she resolved to forget Reed, Antonia couldn't escape him. He invaded her life and her heart. And despite her guilt feelings, she soon discovered she couldn't live without him.
Nor could she live with herself for wanting another woman's man.
But a real man needed a real woman — and Rachel was determined to win him back. She would seduce him, and let him love her. And maybe she'd conceive — and carry to full term — Jack's much-wanted baby.…
Dallas always felt responsible for her young sister, Jane. But Jane's announcement that she was expecting a baby by rich, young Paris Stavros—and then the news of his death in a car crash—was just too much for her.
So, when Paris's father took over responsibility, taking both girls to his private island at Lexandros, Dallas was in no position to argue.
Something about this forceful man antagonized her. She had to be grateful—but she didn't want to be attracted to him!
Martha's voice was uneven, trying to conceal the fact that he was succeeding. She'd been tricked into this confrontation with her husband, and his proposal amazed her.
After five years apart, she was being virtually forced to rejoin her wealthy Greek husband as his wife. Along with their small daughter, Josy.
Martha realized her feelings for Dion were as deep as ever. But how could she once again cope with Dion's strong passionate nature if getting their child back was his only reason for wanting her?
It didn't seem to matter any more what his reasons were. Emma knew only that she needed him now—more than at any other time of her life. The love she had felt for him when she was seventeen had not died. It had deepened. And today her love for him was that of a woman. Could she ever make him realize how she really felt about him?
What if she turned the tables by making a play for Diane's latest lover? She knew she hadn't the other woman's glossy, superficial beauty, but Joe Castellano certainly seemed attracted enough to Olivia! The only problem was, the more she got close to Joe, the more she wanted him totally for herself.
What had he said? "We are married, Ryan. I suggest we attempt to salvage something from the wreck."
But friendship was something she and Alain could never share, and she shrank from his pity.
If all he could offer was friendship for appearances' sake, there was no future for either of them.
But Olivia's bid for independence was swiftly rejected. Richard replied with the hard assurance of a successful businessman. "I've paid for your upbringing, Olivia, and everything you possess. I expect to collect the dividends from my investment."
Olivia gazed at him in disbelief. She was his stepsister, the only person he truly loved. She had always been spared his ruthlessness. Why now did Richard intend to control her, to use her in a way that both shocked and frightened her…?
However, Demetri's attempts to dig beneath Joanna's coolly beautiful exterior reveal few clues as to the nature of her relationship with his father. She's giving nothing away…except an unwitting sexual attractiveness that Demetri finds hard to resist….
Helen winced at the frank assessment of her chances for romantic happiness. For she had loved Heath since childhood, and as she'd grown into a woman, her emotions had deepened and changed in ways she was only starting to understand.
Suddenly Helen wanted more than the warm affection Heath had always given her—she wanted the heat of his passion.
But Heath thought of her as a child—and when he finally saw her for the woman she was, he sent her away…
Rachel Clairborne is a blonde beauty but, tired of being judged on her appearance, she's never let a man close. For the moment she's focused on finding her mother, who abandoned her family for the sultry paradise island of St. Antoine.But soon St. Antoine works its dark magic on Rachel, too, in the shape of irresistible Matt Brody. For the first time ever, she wants to give herself to a man. But Rachel can only look, not let herself be touched…because Matt clearly knows something about her missing mother…
Now Demetri needs an heir and demands a divorce. But they have one last night together—for old times' sake….
However, that one last loving has dramatic results. How can Jane tell her soon-to-be-ex-husband that she's pregnant with his child?
Ashley could hardly believe she was actually seeing her son. Circumstances had forced her to give him up at birth seven years earlier to her deceased husband's wealthy Arab family.
Now the unexpected sight of Hussein with his uncle, Prince Alain, thoroughly shocked her. No longer was her son an image buried in Ashley's heart: he was there; he was real.
And Alain was no longer a memory but as disturbing—and unforgiving—as ever. This time, Ashley resolved, I'm not going to lose either of them.
Now Michael was dead, and Julie and her small daughter, Emma, had come home again—only to learn that Michael had appointed Robert as the child's guardian. As luck would have it, Emma took to her uncle at once—but Julie was afraid of her own heart. True, he would soon marry the so suitable Pamela Hillingdon, but that only added to the agony. Julie was soon forced to admit that her attraction to Robert was as wild and strong as ever.
How could she stand this impossible situation?
Searing desire still flared between them. But how could they indulge it again…when their passion had led to an unexpected pregnancy, with an equally unexpected twist?
Perhaps that was why he had succeeded where other men had failed. If Laura had not been so naively flattered by Jason's attentions three years ago, she might have recognized him sooner for what he was, instead of being so easily deceived.
Now, because of her sister's involvement with his philandering brother-in-law, she had no choice but to confront Jason and ask for his help. But help came only on his terms.
Suddenly Jason's exotic, Hawaiian island home felt more like a prison than a paradise…
Then Rosa Chantry knocks on his door and throws his world upside down. His desire for her is strong, but his conviction that he cannot satisfy a woman is stronger.
But Rosa is persistent, and so is Liam's need for her. She is determined to ease his fear that the past has robbed him of his power as a man….
Andre's eyes darkened, "You're still a member of this family. You're a Sanchez."
Rachel shook her head. "I'm not. I'm Rachel Jardin!"
"You're Rachel Sanchez!" announced Andre harshly.
"I have plans for you, and you will do as your father wanted and follow them!"
"And if I disagree?"
"You'll be destitute. You've no money, on your own admission, you've no money, and I won't pay another cent into your London bank!"
Rachel felt defeated. "You're a brute!" she said unevenly. "I hate you, Andre Sanchez!"
"You'll say that once too often, Rachel." Without another word he brushed past her and went out the door, slamming it behind him.
To outsiders, Helen appears to be a typical cool English blonde. Only Matthew Aitken guesses that her icy exterior hides a warm and vibrant woman …and he wants her!
In the heat of Barbados Helen finds her inhibitions melting and her feelings toward Matthew growing, but at what cost? It's obvious to her that Matt is already involved with another woman. A glamorous, alluring woman …who just happens to be Helen's mother…!
When Juliet meets broodingly handsome Italian Raphael Marchese, there is an instant and dangerous attraction between them. But because of the pretense Juliet has agreed to in order to help a friend, Rafe mistakenly thinks she's a gold-digger who's engaged to another man!
However, the tension between Juliet and Rafe is stronger than reason, and it erupts. Raphael makes love to her—passionately and savagely. He reasons that though he can never have her, he can enjoy the pleasure of her body…
With the death of his wife still raw, Jack Connolly's mood is dark and dangerous. He's not looking for a woman, until he meets buttoned-up but beautiful Grace Spencer, who stirs his senses back to life. Yet Jack cannot act on his feelings, as Grace belongs to another!
An impossible affair…
Trapped in a fake relationship to safeguard her family, Grace knows crossing the line with Jack would risk everything she holds dear. Beneath the hunger she sees in Jack's eyes is the promise of something more…but is it enough for her to surrender to a taste of the forbidden?
A FORBIDDEN TEMPTATION by Anne Mather Jack Connolly isn't looking for a woman—until he meets Grace Spencer! Trapped in a fake relationship to safeguard her family, Grace knows giving in to Jack would risk everything she holds dear… But will she surrender to the forbidden?
CARRYING THE KING'S PRIDE (Kingdoms & Crowns) by Jennifer Hayward Prince Nikandros is about to be crowned when the royal rebel discovers the consequences of his last night with beautiful Sofía Ramirez. Whisking pregnant Sofía to Akathinia at once, the prince will legitimize his new rule…with a wife and child!
BOUND TO THE TUSCAN BILLIONAIRE (One Night With Consequences) by Susan Stephens Gardener Cassandra Rich captures tycoon Marco di Fivizzano's attention the moment he sees her! In her boss's arms Cass blossoms as she finds the freedom she craves—but when she discovers she's pregnant, she realizes she's bound to the billionaire forever!
THE SECRET THAT SHOCKED DE SANTIS (The Throne of San Felipe) by Natalie Anderson Army lieutenant Stella Zambrano's life changes forever when she realizes she's pregnant. Her baby bombshell is the result of a sensual afternoon with Prince Eduardo De Santis… And with an out-of-wedlock heir on the cards, the playboy prince will demand marriage!
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MORELLI'S MISTRESS by Anne MatherLuke Morelli is back and determined that Abby Laurence will pay for her past betrayal. Finally free of her husband, there's only one way she can make amends… Their affair was once illicit, but she's Luke's for the taking now!
THE SHEIKH'S LAST MISTRESS by Rachael Thomas Destiny Richards never imagined her job with charismatic Sheikh Zafir would lead to an out-of-this-world night in his arms. But when their scorching affair has unexpected repercussions, powerful Zafir must convince his mistress to stay…before their nine months are up!
THE MOST SCANDALOUS RAVENSDALEThe Ravensdale Scandals by Melanie MilburneHotshot lawyer Flynn Carlyon relishes a challenge and must get feisty Kat Winwood to accept her rightful place as a Ravensdale heir. He'll use any means he can to get Kat to bend to his will, including addictive, spine-tingling seduction!
A TYCOON TO BE RECKONED WITH by Julia James Bastiaan Karavalas loves the thrill of the hunt—yet his seduction of Sarah Fareham isn't purely for pleasure. Performer Sarah hides behind her stage persona, but will it be enough to safeguard her fragile heart once Bastiaan's intentions are revealed?
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A DANGEROUS TASTE OF PASSION by Anne MatherCaribbean island Orchid Cay is all Lily Fielding's ever known. But an intriguing newcomer promises a sensual awakening for the unworldly vicar's daughter… Dangerous Raphael Oliveira should resist Lily's beauty. But soon Rafe's intense passion and dark past threaten to destroy them both!
MARRIED FOR THE GREEK'S CONVENIENCEBrides for Billionairesby Michelle SmartMatchmaker Elizabeth Young is horrified that her disastrous marriage to Xander Trakas was never actually annulled! Elizabeth will not give in to the fire that still burns between them—until she learns that guardianship of Xander's nephew depends on their marriage!
A CHILD CLAIMED BY GOLD One Night With Consequencesby Rachael ThomasNikolai Cunningham isn't going to let photographer Emma Sanders uncover his Russian family history, regardless of their potent attraction. Suspicions aroused, Nikolai casts Emma out—unaware that she's pregnant! When all is revealed, Nikolai will legitimize his heir—with a gold wedding ring!
DEFYING HER BILLIONAIRE PROTECTORIrresistible Mediterranean Tycoons by Angela BissellMarietta Vincenti is furious when security tycoon Nicolas César rescues her from her stalker. After losing the use of her legs, she can survive anything! But beneath Nico's cold exterior, Marietta senses a kindred spirit. He soon unearths an unknown passion in Marietta…
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Alexis Roche was no helpless victim. He was a seasoned hunter committed to the chase. He found out Rachel's name, address, even where she worked and set out to systematically change her whole life. First he toyed with her engagement, and then he closed in on he dangerously frazzled emotions.
Rachel's mind bid her to run…but her heart was tiring from the chase.
Jake is tall, dark and…dangerous—and he wants virginal Eve. His touch leaves her aching for more, but her secrets hold her back. But how long can she resist Jake's intense, exotic brand of seduction…?
Common sense warned Matt not to get involved, but then a newspaper article revealed that Sara was in fact the wife of a rich man and missing, feared kidnapped. Matt knew he couldn't abandon Sara; she needed his protection. And as the atmosphere became erotically charged between them, Matt also realized that, though he mustn't touch Sara, he couldn't let her go….
Five years ago Abby Laurence would have given anything to be Luke Morelli's mistress. The taste of his lips and the burn of his touch offered a safety and sanctuary she craved more than anything. But Luke's love was off-limits, because Abby was married to another man…
…no longer denied?
Now Luke is back. He's never forgotten Abby's betrayal and he's determined she will pay for her lies. Finally free of her husband, there is only one way that she can make amends… An affair might have been illicit once, but she's Luke's for the taking now!
Cassandra had been warned, and she didn't care. After enduring a disastrous marriage she was now ready for an affair with no strings attached.
But Jay Ravek was not like any man she'd known before. He was a totally new experience, and quickly she realized she wanted much more than a casual relationship.
If she was foolish enough to put her heart in his keeping she might never recover. Better for her to run now than to suffer the inevitable anguish.
Rachel had been hesitant to spend the Christmas holiday with the Shards in their Newcastle home. After all, Liz and Rob were Jaime's parents and might have been Rachel's in-laws had circumstances been different.
But Jaime Shard had lied—a lie that ended whatever there had been between him and Rachel. She was glad he never visited his parents for the holidays. She knew she wouldn't have to face him again.
Or so she thought—until she saw Liz Shard's worried face and heard her blurt out, "Jaime's home…. "
India had been thirteen when Nathan Kittrick was banished from Pelican Island. Now, shrouded in scandal, he'd come home, heir to his father's multimillion-dollar holiday resort—a man determined to claim what was rightfully his.
Nathan's return brought back bitter memories, and India greeted him with angry accusations of the past. And this time he had to listen, because she was no longer a child, nor his faithful shadow. In fact, India had been managing the luxury hotel since his father's death.
India was also a woman determined not to let her former trust for this man be rekindled. But she hadn't expected Nathan's assault on her senses to be quite so tender. And she hadn't expected her desire for him to be quite so strong…
"What about me? Don't I have any say in the matter?" Lesley's eyes flashed indignantly. After all, Carne had ignored his wife and child for three years. Why should he be interested in them now?
Lesley only knew that if Carne gained custody of Jeremy and took him back to Ravensdale, the Radleys would turn the boy against her. She couldn't let that happen.
But Carne was ruthlessly determined …and he held all the cards. She had deserted Carne, not the other way around. What possible defense did she have against him?
When he finally conceded, however, his conditions were not what she had in mind. She was to accompany the child to his home.
"I wouldn't work for you," she declared angrily, "and I wouldn't live in your house if you paid me in diamonds!" But, even fearing the magnetism of this devastating man, in the end Caryn had no choice!
Jordan had said the matter was one of life and death, but since she wouldn't agree to meet him she would never know.
Emma's hands trembled as she hung up the receiver, the familiar resentment she felt toward Jordan Kyle enveloping her. To ring her up like that—after all this time?
Well, thank goodness she had refused him. At least she'd shown him he couldn't drop her and then pick her up again when it suited him. Unfortunately, she couldn't seem to get him out of her mind…
Karen dreaded the thought of meeting Paul again, but for the sake of her mother and sister, what else could she do? And there was Lewis to consider as well—Lewis, who loved Karen and had the best of reasons for keeping her and Paul apart.
But when the fateful meeting took place, Paul himself felt some of the old attraction return. Had he been mistaken about Karen all this time?
Now, three years later and back on the other side of the world, Rebecca had found a new life. But she had not found a new love, although young Paul Victor was doing his best to make her look his way. Nothing would ever make her forget Piers, she knew—and when, through Paul, Piers suddenly came back into her life again, Rebecca knew that she had never stopped loving him.
But it was only too obvious that Piers felt nothing for her now but bitterness. Could she ever free herself, now, of this love that so clearly had no future?
Her first feelings of antagonism towards him soon changed into something so deep and violent that they threatened to overwhelm her completely, and it was clear that she affected him in some way—but marriage? No, he said. He was too old for her, her father's contemporary, not hers. It would not be fair. And besides, there were…other complications.
Or did it all add up to the fact that he didn't really want her?
It seemed an inauspicious beginning to their relationship. And yet…
So, when Maria wanted to getaway from home, who better togo and stay with while she decided what to do with her life?
But she hadn't seen him for five years. The Adam she met in London now was a successful doctor—a sophisticated man of the world, who, after all, was not actually related to her.
Loren Griffiths was another unexpected factor. She made it clear that Adam was hers and she'd deal ruthlessly with any competition.
Everyone wanted to know whether Rafe Glyndower would turn over his father's centuries-old estate to modern lead mining.
Catherine's uncle was a farmer-tenant whose livelihood would be ruined; he convinced Catherine that she must confront Rafe.
She had known Rafe from childhood. But now he was a man: powerful, handsome—and married. Which shouldn't have mattered, except that suddenly much more was at stake for Catherine than the fate of her uncle's farm!