Orphaned as a child, Abby Clark learned not to rely on many people—except the Ballenger brothers, who were her rocks and her providers. But she's not the little girl they once knew. Now, nearly twenty-one years old, Abby is a woman grown, and she knows what she wants: sexy cattleman Calhoun Ballenger. He insists on keeping her under his thumb, so Abby resolves to teach Calhoun a lesson. With the fury of a South Texas twister, she devises a plan to prove her independence—and capture his attention. Can Abby make Calhoun her very own cowboy?
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.
A cowboy through and through, ranch owner Mallory Kirk knows what it means to put in a full day's work. But does his new cowgirl? He has his doubts that Morie Brannt will be able to pull her own weight, even if the petite young woman does seem to have a lot of spirit.
As they spar over events at the ranch and a past that threatens their hopes for the future, sparks begin to fly, and Mallory can't help but notice Morie in a new light. But is this tough Wyoming man ready to love?
Ranch owner Cane Kirk lost more than his arm in the war. He lost his way, battling his inner demons in the form of any cowboy unfortunate enough to get in his way. No one seems to be able to cool him down, except beautiful Bodie Mays. Bodie doesn't mind saving Cane from himself, even if he is a little too tempting for her own peace of mind.
But soon Bodie's the one who finds herself in need of rescuing—only, she's afraid to tell Cane what's really going on. How can she trust someone as unpredictable as the fierce cowboy? When her silence only ends up getting her into even deeper hot water, it's up to Cane to save the day. And if he does it right, he won't be riding off into the sunset alone.
LUKE CRAIG: The elusive bachelor. He won't be lassoed—until the most infuriating lady he's ever met careens into his life….
CHRISTOPHER DEVERELL: The man on the move. An ambitious reporter is about to break the story of a century—unless he can stop her.
GUY FENTON: The rogue. With a bad-boy reputation, he's beyond redemption. Until a prickly publicist vows to bring him to his knees….
Maureen Harris is dedicated to her job at McFaber Corporation, which manufactures jets. The green-eyed ingenue has her eye on everything that comes through the company’s offices…including a report of a sabotaged plane!
When she hears the news, Maureen decides to conduct her own investigation. She is suspicious of the company’s newest and most antagonistic mechanic. There’s more to him than meets the eye, though. Soon, Maureen is shocked to find herself seduced by the sexy stranger! But Jake has a deeply buried secret that will surprise her even more…
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!
These unlikely allies are brought together by the most difficult case of Garon's career: hunting an escaped child predator whose former victims are all dead. All except one.
Now a desperate lawman and the woman who is the lone survivor of a madman's twisted rampage have one chance to put the past to rest….
The Last Mercenary
Micah Steele was all set to retire his gun—until a woman from his past was kidnapped by his sworn enemy. Traveling far and wide to rescue Callie Kirby was less daunting than trying to combat his potent desire for her. The trust between them had been shattered years before, but given a second chance, Micah knew his greatest wish was to convince Callie to forget the past, and surrender her heart.
Matt Caldwell: Texas Tycoon
Though countless women had tried to lasso Jacobsville's most-sought-after bachelor, none had managed to catch Matt Caldwell's eye. But the mysterious Leslie Murry was about to change all that. Despite the fact that his new employee roused his temper as no one had before, she also brought out his every protective instinct. The innocent Leslie clearly ached for a man's tender touch, and Long, Tall Texan Matt Caldwell was ready to make it his top priority to sweet-talk Leslie into becoming his bride.
It wouldn't be a real marriage, of course…at least, that was Jeb's intent. Then he started to get to know Lou, to let down his guard to her warmth and caring, and everything changed. After so many years of conflict, can he prove to Lou that his love is real?
Making a place for the beleaguered Meredith on the Hart ranch as his coveted cook turned out to be a cinch compared to breaking the enchanted spell she had cast over this Long, Tall Texan's heart. Now, the hot-tempered cattleman's plan to preserve his bachelorhood was on the verge of backfiring—big-time—because the more he learned about his mysterious housemate, the more he didn't want to let her go.
As the holiday season approached, the residents of Jacobsville were whispering about Janie Brewster's hopeless crush on Leo Hart. Up till now, all her efforts to lasso the dynamic cattleman had crumbled quicker than those mouthwatering biscuits the Hart men coveted. However, this time the starry-eyed debutante had come up with the perfect self-improvement campaign to dazzle Leo—she'd become a courageous cowgirl!
Still, her sudden transformation seemed to rouse Leo's formidable temper more than ever. But was it tender yearning—not dark disdain—that gleamed in his eyes when they kissed beneath the mistletoe? Could the last Hart bachelor be on the verge of taking Janie as his bride?
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?
He was everything Tiffany Blair wanted. He was danger. He was love…and she was meant to spend forever with him. Trouble was, Kingman Marshall insisted marriage was for fools. But for better, for worse, Tiffany vowed she'd walk down the aisle as King's bride.
King was equally determined to stay away from Tiffany. He was too old, too jaded and too burdened with secrets to indulge in fantasies of happily-ever-after with a sheltered princess. But if he succeeded in pushing her away, could he truly live without her?
"Retired" soldier of fortune Ebenezer Scott was a bad boy…hardly suitable for girl next door Sally Johnson. When sweet-natured Sally's life was put in danger, Ebenezer fought to protect her. But she dreamed of a lifetime of love in Ebenezer's arms. Could she evade his ironclad defenses to wed her beloved mercenary?
THE WINTER SOLDIER
Everyone in Jacobsville, Texas, steered clear of taciturn Cy Parks. That is, except spirited Lisa Monroe. To shield her from a revenge-seeking desperado, the winter soldier claimed her as his bride. Cy found himself getting possessive of this alluring woman who needed his help…but who would protect the beguiling bride from him?
THE LAST MERCENARY
Micah Steele was all set to retire his gun—until his sworn enemy kidnapped a woman from his past. Rescuing Callie Kirby was less daunting than trying to combat his desire for her. The trust between them shattered years before, but given a second chance, Micah only wanted to convince Callie to forget the past and surrender her heart to him—forever!
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.