Arabella Craig was just eighteen when Ethan Hardeman opened passion's door, then slammed it in her face just as fiercely. His subsequent marriage to another woman left her emotionally devastated, and Arabella knew she'd lost the only man she'd ever truly love…
Years later, tragedy has brought Ethan back into her life. He's just as long, tall, and handsome as ever, but now, divorced and embittered, Ethan is a changed man. He runs his family's empire with an iron hand and a heart as open as the Texas sky—except when it comes to Arabella. Now, living alongside Ethan revives all the anguish and ardor Arabella felt all those years ago. But this time, she's determined not to let true love escape her again.
For just about as long as she can remember, Penelope Mathews has worshipped the elusive C. C. Tremayne from afar. The gorgeous but aloof loner doesn't want anything to do with her—or, in fact, with any woman since his wife's tragic death years before. But one night changes everything, when, trying to protect C.C. from landing in trouble, Pepi seeks refuge in a wedding chapel—and emerges as Mrs. Connal Cade Tremayne!
When C.C. realizes what happened, he's outraged and plans to end their “arrangement” immediately. Yet the more time he spends with his beautiful new bride, the more he realizes he doesn't want their marriage to end….
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.
Stanton Rourke lives life on the edge. The steely mercenary is a menace in every way…especially to Clarisse Carrington's heart. She and Rourke were playmates as children, but she's not the innocent girl he once knew. When tragedy robbed Clarisse of her entire family, her life was changed forever. Besides, she's a grown woman now, and there are secrets that hold her back from succumbing to her pursuer.
As she struggles to keep her distance, sparks as hot as a Texas summer fly between them. But danger is following Clarisse, leaving her no choice but to rely on Rourke, even as the old wounds lying dormant between them flare up again…
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!
Bess Samson was raised in privilege, but always had a thing for Cade Hollister, the rough-and-tumble cowboy next door, even ignoring her controlling, class-conscious mother's warning to stay away from him. But he turned her down—hard. Humiliated, she grew up and moved on, but never truly gave up hope.
Cade has secretly always adored Bess—but is filled with disdain for the Samsons' wealth. Once, the families had been friends, until dark secrets and scandal caused a bitter rift, and now her family won't let him forget his blue-collar roots. But when an accident nearly costs Bess her life, the proud rancher must finally fight for the love he's never forgotten.
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.
But life with Everett Culhane, the brooding, dark-eyed owner of the Circle C Ranch, was not easy. According to him, their lives were two worlds apart. But when he took her in his arms and branded her lips with his, Jennifer knew that she must make this headstrong cowboy her own.
That's what shy secretary Eleanor Perrie was determined to do! She was fed up with Curry Matherson's treatment of her. His nontreatment, that is. Her tall, dark Texan boss--the man who consumed her every thought--barely even looked at her. It was a situation that called for drastic measures. It was a situation that called for...a makeover! Gone were the prim-and-proper outfits, the owlish glasses, the demure hairdo... Out came the stylish dresses, and down came the hair! Curry was stunned. Was this fabulous, sexy vision really Eleanor?
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….
NIGHT OF LOVE: To save her struggling dance company, Meg must accept an unthinkable offer from the man she thought betrayed her long ago. But will it cost her more to trust Steven or to deny the irresistible passion reigniting between them?
SECRET AGENT MAN: Corporate security chief Lang Patton could handle anything...except commitment. But to protect his ex-fiancée, Kirry Campbell, from a vicious stalker, Lang would rediscover a love worth dying for....
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.
Ever since she could remember, Anna Cochran had been passionately, shamelessly in love with tall, quiet Evan Tremayne. But the stubborn man was so focused on protecting her from rough-and-tumble cowboys like him that he wouldn't acknowledge the fierce yearning she awoke in him.
So it was up to Anna to draw Evan out of his shell and prove that she was the only woman for him now…and always.
Melody's new charges were a force to be reckoned with. But it was their father who proved a handful. That sexy wink of his was enough to send a woman into orbit. She knew Emmett would never forgive her past, though, which was definitely a problem. Because being part of Emmett's family was a habit Melody didn't want to break.
Soldier of Fortune
Ex-mercenary J. D. Brettman has vowed to rescue his abducted sister at any cost. But he needs his trusty assistant, Gabby Darwin. In the lawless tropical forests, they share danger and desire. There, Gabby faces J.D.'s demons—and learns that her love is his truest enemy of all.
The Tender Stranger
As a mercenary, Eric Van Meer lives life on the edge—which is why Dani St. Clair intrigues him so. The gentle beauty poses a threat to his hard-fought control. Eric knows Dani is a forever kind of woman…so he proposes. And all the danger in his life is nothing compared to what his heart faces when she accepts!
Diego Laremos never forgot his ex-wife, Melissa, who fled their unhappy marriage. He loathes himself for driving her away, but when Melissa reenters his life, his hope for a future with her is renewed. And while Melissa still adores Diego, she has to come clean about a long-ago lie to prove that she's still his one true love.
The desert was no place for a female. But as chief of security for a top secret operation, Hunter had his orders, and Jennifer Marist needed his protection. He thought he could handle spending a week on the rugged Arizona plains with the one woman he was determined never to touch.... But he hadn't planned on the lure of Jenny's wild, sweet passion-or on discovering a love he'd never dreamed possible.
MAN IN CONTROL
Ever since DEA agent Alexander Cobb had given Jodie Clayburn a Texas-size brush-off, they'd been sworn enemies. But eight years later, this cynical long, tall Texan couldn't believe the baby-faced schoolgirl had turned into such a beauty. Or that she'd help him crack the drug-smuggling case that threatened Jacobsville. He'd risk everything to protect her. Would the man in control finally get caught in his own web of danger...and desire?