While working as a newspaper sportswriter, Darlene Gardner realized she'd rather make up quotes than rely on an athlete to say something interesting. So she quit her job and concentrated on a fiction career that landed her at Harlequin/Silhouette, where she's written for Temptation, Duets and Intimate Moments as well as Superromance. Visit Darlene on the web at www.darlenegardner.com
Kate Marino refuses to let herself tumble into love with Riley Carter a second time. Even though Riley has moved next door to Kate in charming downtown Charleston. Even though the magic of the holiday season is in the air. Even though memories of spending last Christmas in his arms weaken her resolve.
Kate is sure all Riley ever wanted from her was sex, and she has a plan to get him to admit it. But trying to tempt Riley into another red-hot affair might not be her best move.
Especially when she can barely resist him.
Nothing's harder than moving back to your hometown after you've hit rock bottom—unless it's telling your high school sweetheart he's the father of your nine-year-old daughter.
Diana Smith still has feelings for Tyler Benson. But they're not lovesick kids anymore. He's a straight-arrow prosecutor, and she's a single mom struggling to make a fresh start. And there's the not-so-little matter of her lie coming between them.
Worse, she learns that revealing her secret will ruin Tyler. Diana protected him from the truth once before. Now she has to risk her own future to do it again.
What if you discovered that all you ever wanted were the things you left behind?