Deputy Sheriff Sterling McCallum gives Jessica Larson a stern warning—he doesn’t want any woman in his life, let alone someone like her. The brooding rogue cop has a stone in place of a heart and a past as mysterious as the case that brings them together. But this time Jessica finds that, despite herself, she can’t back off Sterling. Something compels the social worker to stand her ground and brave the emotions this fascinating man arouses within her. But when their darkest secrets and deepest desires come to the surface, can Jessica and Sterling brave these earth-shattering revelations?
Originally published in 1994.
Featuring extended excerpts from Once a Rancher by Linda Lael Miller, Untamed by Diana Palmer, One Night Charmer by Maisey Yates, Rustler's Moon by Jodi Thomas, Home on the Ranch by Trish Milburn, Hard Rain by B.J. Daniels, Texas on My Mind by Delores Fossen, Texas Rebels: Jude by Linda Warren, Out Rider by Lindsay McKenna, and Hard Silence by Mia Kay.
Who is the stranger living in Brianna Scott's apartment? Ahmed ben Rashid claims to be a foreign diplomat in need of a hiding place. Though Brianna needs Ahmed's help to take care of her brother, she isn't about to play housemaid to some overbearing sheikh. Soon Brianna discovers Ahmed has the demeanor of a king. Yet the biggest surprise is "His Majesty's" demand that she become his bride. But Brianna isn't walking down the aisle until her royal suitor learns a much-needed lesson—in love.
Originally published in 1993.
Ren Colter may own an enormous ranch in Wyoming, but he scorns his wealth. He's closed himself off since his fiancée left him months ago, so he's shocked when he allows Meredith Grayling to stay with him. He tells himself it's only to protect the blonde beauty from a stalker, but Ren's alpha instincts soon kick in.
The last thing Merrie wants is a devastatingly handsome man like Ren lurking around her. He's too experienced, too appealing for her already shot nerves. What she needs is just to get away from it all: the man haunting her waking dreams and the one hunting her like an animal. But no woman escapes this Colter cowboy!
Love under the Texan sky
Underneath her bubbly carefree facade, there was more—much more—to the champagne girl. Catherine Blake had high personal standards, including a sense of duty to her widowed mother, which brought her back to Comanche Flats, the family ranch.
Once she'd returned, her stepbrother, Matt Kincaid, only complicated matters. Matt demanded that she stay on at the ranch, under his watchful eye. But Catherine had a job offer waiting for her in New York City. There was only one thing that could keep her on a dusty cattle ranch in Texas—the love of the rangiest cowboy in the Lone Star State!
Rugged as an oak, moody as a thundercloud, rancher Callaghan Hart awed women and intimidated men. So how could one scrappy little redhead nearly bring Callaghan to his knees?
Easy! Tess Brady, the ranch's new housekeeper, was soft and sweet. Her youthful innocence drew him like a moth to a flame. But there was no way Callaghan would ever consider marriage, and a casual fling was out of the question. Somehow, he had to resist her, no matter how tempting she was….
A spellbinding new installment in the Long, Tall Texan series!
New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer welcomes you back to Jacobsville to become reacquainted with Bentley Rydel. He lives hard and loves fiercely—but sometimes it takes the right woman to make a man a hero. This rugged Texan is going to be Tough to Tame!
Follow New York Times bestselling author Diana Palmer to Medicine Ridge, Montana, and meet Police Chief Theodore Graves—a man as rugged as the land he passionately wants to claim as his own. Only one thing stands in his way, a feisty woman who is prepared to meet his challenge. Sparks fly as they go toe-to-toe, but can the man with a will of steel finally learn what it means to bend?
Big John Jacobs is eager to expand his growing Texas ranch, but he needs the help of the local railroad baron. Unable to sway his prospective partner with his business offer, John offers a proposal of another kind— a marriage of convenience to Camilla Colby, the tycoon's debutante daughter!
Camilla knows John only married her for her father’s money, but she wants more than a bond in name only with her new husband. But will passion blaze when this fortune-seeking Long, Tall Texan brands his sweetly unassuming wife with his soul-searing kisses?
Previously published in 2003
Cole Whitehall had asked Lacy Jarrett to wait for him. But after the war, he returned to the rambling Whitehall cattle ranch a changed man, the promise of lasting love replaced by a cold, hard distance. And Lacy yearned to reignite the unquenched passion they'd once shared.
Unwittingly compromised into marriage, Cole refused to let Lacy get too close—but still, she longed to learn the secrets the handsome Texan harbored in his heart. Tormented, she wouldn't let him shoulder the burden alone, and soon the pursuit of an endless love burned bright enough to set their world ablaze….
When innocent, wealthy Nora Marlowe came to visit the Wild West, she was as wide-open to adventure as the vast Texas horizon. Its rugged individualism—and dashing cowboys—suited her romantic spirit. That is, until the wrong cowboy decided to take the elegant heiress down a notch!
Cal Barton didn't like haughty Eastern misses. And he certainly didn't appreciate one invading the ranch where he worked. But something about Nora was irresistible. The pull between them only grew stronger the longer she stayed—until a simple kiss became a full-fledged seduction that threatened to destroy everything she held dear.…
Two classic love stories in a keepsake edition that will heat up your winter!
The Winter Soldier
Everyone in Jacobsville, Texas, steered clear of taciturn Cy Parks—everyone but the spirited Lisa Monroe, who electrified the formidable loner with her tantalizing kisses. Their fiery passion escalated when the soldier returned from the line of duty—and claimed Lisa as his bride, to shield her from a revenge-seeking desperado. Clearly Cy was getting mighty possessive of this enchanting woman who needed the type of safeguarding only he could provide. But who would protect the beguiling bride from him…?
He was strong, seductive and set in his ways. She was shy, unassuming and achingly innocent. Yet when Jordan made it his personal crusade to help Libby hold on to her beloved homestead, everyone in Jacobsville knew it was just a matter of time before wedding bells chimed. But a cattleman's pride was a force to be reckoned with. Could Libby accomplish what no woman had before and tame this Long, Tall Texan's restless heart?
Wyoming rancher and single father Quinn Sutton is raising a child he knows isn't his own. All the love left in his guarded heart goes to the boy. But when a beautiful city woman is stranded nearby in a blizzard, he rescues her and brings her to Ricochet Ranch. Amanda Callaway has her own secrets and plans to keep her distance. If only she weren't falling for her unlikely hero…
Arabella Craig was eighteen when Ethan Hardeman had opened her eyes to passion… then married another woman. Four years later, Ethan was back running his family's cattle empire. He was just as tall and handsome, but he was now divorced and embittered. Except when it came to Arabella. Living day to day with him brought back all the passion… and pain. Ethan was so near, yet he refused to loosen the reins that held back his heart. But Arabella was determined not to let him escape her again….
Penelope Mathews spent her entire adolescence worshipping the elusive C.C. Tremayne—from afar. Until one night, trying to protect the mysterious loner from landing in jail after he drank a little too much, Penelope was forced to seek refuge in a wedding chapel—and wound up married! When C.C. realized what had happened, he was outraged. The marriage was off; he'd see to an annulment immediately. Yet the more time he spent with her, the more he realized he didn't want a divorce… he wanted forever.
From the moment the elegantly dressed society woman walked into the bar on the wrong side of town, rugged Texan Donavan Langley knew she was trouble—and just the type of woman he'd vowed to avoid. But the lovely Fay York awoke a tenderness in him that he'd never known...and a yearning for something he could never have.
The electrifying instant Fay gazed into a pair of glittering silver eyes, she fell hard for Donavan. Even though the rough-and-tumble cowboy was determined to keep his heart from her, he needed Fay. And it wasn't such a big step from needing to loving....
Cattle rancher Jacob Cade rarely denies himself anything—except his passion for Kate Walker. When it comes to his younger sister's best friend, Jacob sets boundaries as solid as his ranch fences. But when Kate returns home for his sister's wedding, he sees her with new eyes. She's older, wiser and more attractive than ever—and Jacob can't help but feel that the time for restraint is over…
Kate has been in love with Jacob for as long as she can remember. She knows the ruggedly handsome older man isn't offering forever, but the sparks between them are as hot as they ever were. Yet, will a few precious nights in his arms be worth the heartache that's sure to follow?
Look for Diana Palmer's tale of love born in Big Sky County with Wyoming Rugged.
Winter Roses—Handsome rancher Stuart York was never one to mince words. Ivy Conley, his younger sister's best friend, found that out the hard way. During a night's stay at his Jacobsville ranch, Ivy wound up in Stuart's arms. Knowing she was too young for him, Stuart closed his heart to her. Now, years later, Ivy is determined to be treated like a grown woman. But can she tame the one man determined to avoid her embrace?
Cattleman's Choice—Carson Wayne has come to Mandelyn Bush with the ultimate request: he needs her to teach him how to treat a lady. There's no doubt he asked the right person. Beautiful Mandelyn is as polished and feminine as Carson is rough and reclusive.
It's too intriguing a challenge for Mandelyn to turn down. She's always been curious about what lies beneath the outlaw's hard shell. But what she didn't count on were her own feelings for the irresistible rebel.