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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!
Two years ago, Lena tried to be both a woman and a cop—it didn't work out. Now her ex-fiance is back in town and her SWAT team has been assigned to protect him. Much as she'd like to walk away, Lena will do her duty, keeping her true feelings buried.
But that's before the shots are fired….
Callie Taylor's infertility treatments had finally paid off—after she and her husband split up. Now it's time to sign the divorce papers, and she's racked by guilt. How long will it be before Ethan notices the toddler she's been passing off as her nephew looks suspiciously like him?
Meeting her ex again, after coming back to Kansas to help a sister, is a painful reminder of all the reasons she first fell for the big-hearted police officer—the man who made her bloom as a woman. And especially hard now that he's in a new relationship and Callie's second thoughts are two years too late.
She's faced with two choices: either she lets another woman raise her baby—or she gives up a father for her son. Ethan, however, has a third choice in mind….
Years ago, Nora Summers and Mark Walker had been sweethearts, but circumstances had driven them apart. Nora wasn't ready to risk her heart again with a man as footloose and charming as Mark.
Yet now Nora had indulged in a night of wild passion with him. An unforgettable night together that had left both of them stunned. But it was only a one-night stand…right?
Could she actually be falling for Mark all over again? Could her commitment-phobic lover consider settling down? Nora hoped this was the case, because their steamy night together had not only left her yearning and hungry.
It had left her pregnant!
She hides a shocking secret
Ramon Velaquez, heir to the Velaquez winery, clearly stated his cardinal rule to Lauren Maitland—he can't promise her more than a red&-hot affair. While she heard the words, her heart wasn't listening, and she left with more than the memory of their blissful night together…
Two years later, Ramon finds Lauren again. She's independent, strong, and mother to a little boy. One look at the child and Ramon knows he's his. There's only one thing for it: a marriage of convenience—or the sake of his son and heir!
Chad Michalski is just doing his duty when he pulls over Tessa Howard for speeding. But from the moment the vivacious blonde strolls into traffic court, the widowed cop knows he's headed for trouble. Especially when she enrolls in the Lakewood Citizen's Police Academy, where he can keep a stern eye on her…and attempt to resist her much-too-tempting charms.
Tessa has always admired a man in uniform. But the sexy lieutenant's by-the-book attitude could derail their relationship before it picks up steam. That's when Tessa, who's working hard to support her six younger siblings, decides it's time to show Chad what it really means to protect and serve. And maybe even land the lawman in the process!
Journalist Scott Campbell is fascinated by Catalina Island’s biggest story. Had Diana fallen overboard? Had she been unhappy enough to swim away from the yacht, or, even worse, had she decided to end her life? And finally the most chilling scenario of all. Had Dr. Sam Lynsky—an impatient, difficult man—somehow gotten rid of his wife?
Much as Ava Lynsky wants to know what happened to her mother, she’s afraid of what Scott may find out. Unlike her twin, who has no reservations about digging up family skeletons.
Finally Ava accepts the fact that nothing in her past is exactly the way she remembers. But her future—with Scott—promises to be everything she’s dreamed of.
As far as Abra is concerned, Sean can take a hike. She's got good reasons for hiding out. She doesn't need some gorgeous blue-eyed cop hovering over her. Even if he is hot stuff! Even if her hormones are going crazy and telling her to hit the sheets with him now. She's got to think of her unborn baby. But the longer Sean is around the harder it is not to imagine him changing diapers with her. And maybe making a few little Calhouns of their own…
Ann Caldwell doesn't know who she is. She doesn't really know what she is, either.
Growing up, she wanted just one thing--her father's approval. But she never got it. When she was little she was too much girl and later she wasn't enough woman. She even became a cop to please him. Now he's gone and she realizes how empty her life has become. She'd like to fall in love but doesn't know the first thing about getting a man. Even worse, the one man she wants is her partner, Juan Diaz--who has never looked at her twice.
As Ann struggles to find her way, she discovers a bigger task--figuring out who has begun killing cops. She and Diaz must solve the case before anyone else dies. Is on the job the only place they're destined to be together?
Lawyer Olivia Brannigan has faced down some cool customers, but client Blake Clayton takes emotional control to a whole new level. The man didn't even bat an eyelid when he inherited a fortune from his estranged father!
Blake doesn't want guilt money—the only thing piquing his interest is the tough-talking, sweet-looking lawyer that comes with his new property portfolio.
Dating on the job isn't in Olivia's Guide to Good Client-Lawyer Relationships, and it certainly doesn't sit easily with her "no strings" attitude…but aren't rules always made to be broken?
"Just how pregnant are you, anyway?"
Mighty Drake Colton could handle the Navy's most dangerous missions--but the housekeeper's daughter now had him buffaloed. Eight months ago the tough and resilient SEAL had come home to celebrate Joe Colton's sixtieth birthday and had ended up sharing his body and soul with Maya Ramirez. But the sheets had barely cooled from their heated lovemaking when he'd walked out to put his life on the line again. And she'd done the unthinkable. The woman who'd worshiped him since childhood--who was now carrying his baby--had closed her heart to him. Well, Drake was used to getting what he wanted. And Maya would be his--whatever it took!
When an infant shows up on Nick Slater's desk with a note, this case has the detective stumped. At which point beautiful Georgia Hurley shows up in his office as well, with an explanation for why she dumped him—and sporting a baby bump that dates back to their one night together four months prior…
Georgia knows she turned on Nick for his own good…but will Detective Daddy believe her? She offers to help care for his "temporary" baby for one week—surely the mother will turn up by then. But when the seven days are up, will they part ways and go back to their separate corners? Or will they find that a week of living as husband and wife, mommy and daddy, just made them hungry for the real thing?
Haley Jenkins's best friend, Claire, had the habit of picking Mr. Wrong—and it might have cost her her life. Claire was missing, last seen at the fertility clinic where she'd gone to conceive a much-wanted baby. And Haley wanted answers.
The right time
What she didn't want was Detective Dalton Ross, dark-haired, broad shouldered and absolutely convinced she and Claire were a pair of spoiled women playing at life. She also didn't want threats from her boss, ninety-degree heat and the knowledge that her biological clock was ticking just as loudly as Claire's had been. Dalton—and everything else that was happening to Haley—definitely wasn't what she wanted. But sometimes you get what you need.
Taking a bullet meant for someone else made Kent Terlecki a hero in the eyes of his fellow detectives. But Erin Powell doesn't see a brave cop—only the man who put her brother in jail. When the justice-seeking reporter enrolls in the Lakewood Citizen's Police Academy asking some tough questions, she never expects to fall for the sexy sergeant. With her nephew to protect, it's a betrayal of everything she stands for.
Being wounded in the line of duty is part of being a cop—Kent isn't looking for any medals. Even if Erin acts as if he's the one who did something wrong, they can't ignore what's happening between them. He'll just have to give her the answers she's looking for…and the chance to get to know the real man behind the badge.
Paige Wilder was married to her job as a high-powered attorney—until she suddenly became guardian to an orphaned baby girl. Then Zach Crawford appeared on Paige's doorstep and her life really went topsy-turvy. Because the sexy military pilot was determined to win custody of his little girl…if the sparks that flew every time he and Paige were together didn't distract him first!
Paige couldn't bear to lose Emma—or trust her bruised heart—to anyone, especially not Zach. But as he proved himself to be the perfect daddy, she soon realized that the family of her dreams might be just a kiss away….
EJ Beaumont is one big flirt. Not exactly the best trait for a cop, but it's an asset on his current undercover investigation for the HotWires team. He's flirting big-time with sexy online psychic Charlotte Gerard, who's reportedly running a lonely hearts scam. He is going to nail her cute butt but good!
Charlotte can sense there's something special about her newest client, Ethan Jared. All the cards point to the fact they will be passionate lovers--soon. But it's the hints of danger troubling her most. And when she's forced to run to him for protection, can she really trust him with her heart and her life?
Wealthy Zack Daniels kept his fortune secret to ensure acceptance by his fellow cops. There was nothing Zack enjoyed more than fighting crime…until he found himself locked in a basement playing Truth or Dare with leggy blonde Anna Smith. Zack was on temporary leave from the LAPD, so he eagerly accepted the undercover assignment Anna offered…as her boyfriend-of-convenience.Though Anna needed Zack's help to discourage the attentions of a soon-to-be-married male friend, she knew they were playing a dangerous game, for there was nothing make-believe about Zack's hold on her heart. Her captivating cop was everything she wanted—but could he give her the security she needed?
Allie Dickenson couldn’t believe she was marrying her brooding boss, Lucas Taylor, the man she’d been fantasizing about for the past year. But when he proposed a temporary union in exchange for helping her with her ailing father, she couldn’t say no….
A FAMILY TO CALL HIS OWN
Lucas desperately wanted a child, and marrying his loyal secretary would get his foot in the adoption agency’s door. Although the jaded millionaire swore no woman could melt his steely defenses, he found himself powerfully drawn to his beautiful bride—and their sizzling night of passion resulted in a baby on the way! Could Lucas finally overcome his tormented past…or did he risk losing the love he’d always longed for?
Divorce attorney Harper James can't catch a break. Bad enough that she runs into her ex-hubby, Nick, at her sister's destination wedding, but now, by a cruel twist of fate, she's being forced to make a cross-country road trip with him. And her almost-fiancé back at home is not likely to be sympathetic.
Harper can't help that Nick has come blazing back into her life in all of his frustratingly appealing, gorgeous architect glory. But in Nick's eyes, Harper's always been the one. If they can only get it right this time, forever might be waiting—just around the bend.
Abby Sommers is an excellent lawyer, with a particular interest in representing teenagers, so it's no surprise when she secures the case of young Greg Lane. At Greg's insistence she sets up a meeting with his father, arrogantly attractive millionaire Hallam Lane.
Hallam has a big problem with Abby. For one thing, she's far too alluring to be taken seriously in court, and for another, he is convinced she has designs on his son. But Hallam has decided he wants her for himself, and he never takes no for an answer.
TWENTY POUNDS OF PERFECTION
The moment Malcolm Evans laid eyes on tiny Robin Winslow, he was hooked. An enchantress in pink cotton rompers, she brought back feelings Malcolm would have sworn he'd buried for good.
AND A MOMMY TO MATCH
Christa Winslow had her baby daughter's blue eyes and blond hair—and the same indefinable spirit. And when Malcolm saw mother and child together, it made him wish for a family, something a man like him could only dream of….
WOULD LOVE TURN MALCOLM INTO MR. DADDY?
Sometimes small packages lead to the biggest surprises!
He let her make the rules...
NYC's most eligible bachelor, Brit Bencher, is also known as The Slayer for his reputation in the boardroom...and the bedroom. And he'll do anything to take care of his family, even seduce high-powered corporate attorney Tori Anderson in the hopes of getting her to reveal confidential information about one of her clients. But for the first time in his life, he finds he's falling for a woman.
...and then he started to break them.
After juggling the demands of her career and the stress of caring for her ailing mother, Tori Anderson doesn't have time for relationships—but that doesn't mean she doesn't want to feel like a woman. When Brit offers a no-strings attached fling, it sounds like exactly what she needs. But what will she do when Brit decides he won't take "one night stand" for an answer? When Tori uncovers his lies, will he lose his chance with her forever?
So when Cole O'Donnell comes to Yaqui Springs, he meets all the matchmakers' qualifications. Age: thirty. Looks: gorgeous. And he's inherited his grandfather's property. He's the answer to their prayers.
Except that Tibby's livelihood—her late aunt's legacy—is located smack in the middle of Cole's inheritance…and Tibby won't let Cole install putting greens and water hazards on her small patch of the world for anything!
But the matchmakers know these two are in love and that, every once in a while, love needs a nudge.…
Dr. Maria Worley is the Listener.
Maria's latest case is the hardest she's ever had. In her experience, no patient has walked closer to the edge than Ryan Lukas. Worse, he's convinced himself that he's just fine. And to make things even more complicated, Maria—and her teenage son—need Ryan as much as he needs them.
The Listener is about to learn that helping others is easier than helping yourself.
The Guardians: This time the good guys wear black
Annie Hess knew that the roiling clouds overhead had nothing to do with the storm that had already arrived. First the secret daughter she’d turned over to her brother to raise showed up, looking for answers. Then her brother sent Logan Drake, who’d scorned her youthful advances, to retrieve the girl! As Logan provided Annie shelter from the fierce winds raging outside, this former wild child saw how hollow her seemingly perfect life was. But when her secret came out, could the hard choices Annie and Logan had once made for love now lead them to everlasting happiness?
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?
Sister of the bride!
Lillian has a mission: to stop her wayward sister's wedding! Not only will her grandmother cut both sisters off without a penny if it goes ahead…but Rachel is also about to marry into the family of Texan rancher Rye Parrish. And he's just about the most self-satisfied, egotistical man Lilly has ever met!
Rye is equally determined to stop the wedding. Only he's too proud to cooperate with Lilly. Just because she's heart-stoppingly pretty, that doesn't mean she isn't a spoiled little rich girl, just like her sister! Except, somehow, Lilly is beginning to seem a lot like his ideal woman, after all….
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Debra Latham followed her instructions closely when she was persuaded by her private detective sister to keep a watch on a suspicious client. But no instructions told her how to cope with an angry man who believed she was spying on him, or how to defend herself against his impassioned kisses. Marsh Graham turned out to be completely innocent and, embarrassingly for Debra, he was also her new boss. Not exactly the most auspicious of starts to a working relationship.
But another form of a more personal relationship was what Marsh had made clear he wanted. They shared many common interests, after all, including a desire to help local children in need. But Debra had serious reasonsfor never wanting to get involved….
The gossip around town was that Dr. Sam Lawford would rather swallow his stethoscope than marry, but woman after woman faked sore throats and got stung by bumblebees just to have Sam's hands on their bodies! So what was an honest woman in love with Dr. Sam to do?
When his fiancée ran off with a married man, Sam Lawford vowed he's never be betrayed by the fairer sex again. The folks of Cooper Canyon could buzz all they wanted to about him and newcomer Kirsten Reinhold—he'd never propose marriage, not in a million years.
So how had a woman who believed in a church wedding, a white gown and forever gotten Dr. Sam down that aisle?
wedding—but their vows are a sham: it's a marriage
of convenience! Now billionaire Marcus Benson is
showering his bride with gifts and offering a life of
luxury. Surely that would be a dream come true for
No! Peta wants him—not gifts or money! She's
startled to realize she's falling in love with her
convenient groom. But Marcus has built impenetrable
walls around his heart. Has Peta got what it takes to
knock them down?
Ethan Knight, a detective in Desert City, Arizona, believes in putting children first. He's created an unofficial network of foster care for abused and abandoned kids; he's done this by calling on family and circumventing the system to get kids the help they need, when they need it.
They call her "the battle-ax"
Regan Grant is a by-the-book social worker, a woman who doesn't believe in "unofficial." She's the new supervisor at Child Help services, and she's been hired to make sure the rules are followed. All the rules, all the time… The other cops figure that if anyone can persuade her to bend those rules, it's Ethan. If anyone can charm her, it's Ethan. If anyone can make her fall in love, it's Ethan…and four rescued babies.
I love you, and being apart from you has made me realize just how much I really need you. I hope you'll be able to promise that I'll be coming home to you. Say you'll be my wife…
All my love always
Amy Barrington couldn't believe her hopelessly romantic eyes. A fifty-year-old proposal her mother had never received. She just had to get these two long-lost lovebirds back together again—for the sake of true love! Now, if only she could convince cynical Brian Reynolds that his dear old dad and her lovely mother belonged together. And that nothing could be more romantic than a wedding—except a double wedding ceremony, of course….
John Lonebear, an ex-marine who had returned to make his home a better place, was as harsh and unyielding as the land he loved. And yet even he could not deny the wildfire heat that blazed between him and this unwelcome stranger....
She wanted to believe love could build a bridge between their worlds. But what would happen when he learned about the new life their love had created...?
Austin Weaver was a most sought-after man. Every company wanted to employ him—every woman wanted to marry him! But there was only one woman Austin wanted as his wife. Paige. He'd loved her, and lost her…
Paige McDermott was shocked to see Austin again. It was seven years since she'd called him husband—now he was a client! Except he seemed determined to give their marriage another try…or did he just want a mother for the little girl in his care?
That's what all the town gossips were asking—and what else could she expect? Ladylike Adora was supposed to settle down to a life of solid respectability, and instead she was about to say "I do" to a motorcycle-riding outlaw named Jed Ryder. What, everyone wondered, had gotten into her?
What indeed? She told herself she was marrying Jed so he could get custody of his little sister. For the child's sake, she insisted, she was about to give up every shred of her respectable reputation. It had nothing to do with the unrespectable way she felt when he swept her into his arms….
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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?
Long, lean Logan Chase was dangerous to Elena O’Brien. Which was why she had to be mad to consider his offer of shelter. Yes, she needed a temporary home while hers was renovated, but live with Logan, the man she once dreamed of loving forever? That is, until he broke her heart….
Okay, so Logan had a lot to make up for. After all, as a restless, brooding young man, he’d left Elena high and dry—and on prom night, of all nights! But opening his home to her now was surely insane. Because suddenly he was sharing cozy meals—and even cozier kisses—with Elena. Once he took this innocent beauty to his bed, would this confirmed bachelor be mad enough to…to marry?
Gabe Wainwright. Only, now that their one-year contract
was up, he found himself strangely reluctant to stop
being her husband….
Stefanie knew Gabe was a man of his word, and he'd stuck
to the in-name-only deal to the letter. But how she wished
he hadn't! Still, maybe it wasn't too late to negotiate a
new wedding contract—this time, forever!
Sayre seemed pleased at her resignation, but he had no intention of letting Astra disappear from his life. Instead he insisted she spend the weekend with him at his country house. Was this a business proposition—or did Sayre have something more personal in mind…?
Sedona Campbell is an attorney who works with The Lemonade Stand, a unique women's shelter in California. She's called in to advise fifteen-year-old Tatum Malone, who claims she's been abused—by her brother, not her boyfriend. It's Sedona's job to sort out truth from lie. She soon discovers that's not an easy task, especially once she meets Tanner Malone. Because despite herself, she's attracted to him.
Tanner has always protected his younger sister—but she's lying about him. And he's falling for Sedona. Between them, maybe they can figure out why Tatum's doing this. Maybe then he and Sedona will be free to love each other….
The position: Hard-driving corporate powerhouse—and very confirmed bachelor—C. K. Tanner needs a "pretend" wife to help him convince an old-fashioned business associate that he's a regular, reliable family man…The unwilling candidate: Abby McGrady, a beautiful, independent young woman who works in the mail room and detests almost everything about her arrogant, insufferable—but drop-dead-gorgeous—employer…The complication: The two of them are all wrong for each other—but they can't keep their hands off each other, either. And the sparks flying are enough to make anybody want to turn a "temporary" partnership into the deal of a lifetime…
Piers's relationship with Georgia was strictly business—pure and simple. This should have made their living under the same roof a relatively straightforward affair.
But, somehow, Piers couldn't stop her from stealing into his thoughts. He wasn't a man to act on impulse. He had managed to resist her—so far! And then one intimate night, business became steamy pleasure….
Chesnie Cosgrove is overjoyed when she lands the job of senior secretary to handsome tycoon Joel Davenport. Joel may be demanding to work for, but it's the long line of women trying to date him that's driving Chesnie mad!
…and convenient wife?
The tables are turned when Joel discovers Chesnie is casually dating his arch rival. The best way to deal with this "little problem," he decides, is to announce his own engagement—to Chesnie! But is his proposal strictly professionaL.or more personal?
Sophie Anders agreed to a masquerade marriage, only to fall for her "fiancé's" brother. Handsome, fabulously wealthy Alex Sinclair was the man of her dreams…but seemed to have no time for love.
HE WAS MORE THAN HE APPEARED TO BE…
With one glance from Sophie's soulful eyes, the walls around Alex's heart melted. But there was more than honor standing in the way of his claiming his brother's bride-to-be.
With all the lies that stood between them, could Sophie make Alex see her for what she truly was: his soul mate…?