The party at the Hotel Marchand is in full swing when all the lights suddenly go out. What does head of security Mac Jensen do first? He's torn between two jobs--protecting the guests at Hotel Marchand and keeping Julie Sullivan safe.
Mac knows Julie has no idea that he took the job at the hotel in order to act as her bodyguard. But now he feels a loyalty to both the hotel and the Marchand women who run it. As for Julie, she's being harassed by someone from her past...and what Mac feels for her is anything but professional.
A woman to protect. A hotel to secure. And no idea who's determined to harm them.
Riverbend…home of the River Rats—a group of small-town sons and daughters who've been friends since high school. The River Rats are all grown up now. Living their lives and learning that some days are good and some days aren't—and that you can get through anything as long as you have your friends.
Aaron Mazerik is back!He isn't the town bad boy anymore, but some people still don't think he's good enough—especially not for Riverbend's Golden Girl, Lily Holden. Which is fine with Aaron, since he's convinced there's an even bigger reason he and Lily shouldn't be together….
Right place for a tropical vacation, but wrong time for them both to appear—and for sure the wrong two people to spend a week together in close quarters. He's a Connecticut type—reserved, well-bred, a product of the best schools. She's a savvy Manhattan girl—a funky shoe designer whose warm, working-class family lives in the Bronx.So how come they end up thinking so much about each other once they're back in their own worlds after the wrong time is up?
Will Julia's mother find out why her husband cared more about the business than about her? Is Uncle Jay, who married "The Bimbette," stealing brunch for a hundred every week? Will sister Susie, the poet and undiscovered artist, find love with the gorgeous bagel maker? Is the strudel weakening Julia's resistance to sexy journalist Ron Joffe--a man she suspects is after some of Bloom's deeper secrets? And will Julia discover happiness reconnecting with a forgotten passion, the blessings of family...and good...
Difficult? In fact, nothing would ever be the same again for Joelle Webber and Bobby DiFranco. They'd come a long way from their hardscrabble beginnings. They'd built careers, raised a wonderful daughter and two fine sons. Shaped a life rich with layers of trust and understanding, just like the carefully laid stones of the garden walls Bobby builds for his clients.
And their life together would have remained solid if not for the unexpected intrusion of a former boyfriend of Joelle's and the long-buried secret he unearths. Bobby and Joelle have leaned on each other through countless crises, but now the very foundation of their marriage has crumbled. Can they put it back together one more time?
Can they once again find a haven in their marriage bed—the one place above all where a husband and wife should be honest and loving with each other?
Sophie Wallace never imagined jury duty as a good place to meet men—until she cast her eyes on gorgeous juror Gary Brett. Now they were working closely together—on a very unusual case. Sophie understood exactly how the poor abandoned bride felt. Then she learned Gary's verdict. He was siding with the groom! What was he thinking? Clearly the man who had been courting her so passionately had no idea he was courting trouble….
Return of the Light by Maggie Shayne
Dori Stewart's six-figure Manhattan job has vanished, and her lover and friends have vanished with it. She's scraping by as a waitress and awaiting the day she can return to New York in triumph. Maybe a ritual on the winter solstice can renew her wavering faith. What she needs is just the right candle…and Jason Farrar, an old boyfriend, by her side.
Star Light, Star Bright by Anne Stuart
Angela McKenna is back in Crescent Cove after a painful divorce. As if that isn't enough, she discovers that her secret teenage crush is also back in town, hiding from the world. Her Christmas could use brightening up. Maybe if she bought a special candle…maybe if Brody Jackson was with her…
One for Each Night by Judith Arnold
Alana Ross needs a candle, too, one to fit her late grandmother's antique menorah. Not just any candle will do. For Alana's first Hanukkah open house in Crescent Cove, everything has to be perfect. Maybe that'll make her feel more at home in her new town. It can't hurt. So far she's managed to alienate Jeffrey Barrett, the only man to show any interest in her, by accusing his uncle—in print—of a crime.
Erica Leitner knows all about big cities and culture—after all, she grew up in Boston and went to Harvard University. But her idea of the good life is owning a small farm in New Hampshire and digging a garden. So she's come to the town of Rockwell to plant roots—and zucchini—and make this place her home.
Meets rebel with a cause! Jed Willetz got his fill of Rockwell as a teenager and fled as soon as he could. He's back only temporarily to wrap up some family business. But his stay may be more exciting than he thought, because Erica Leitner—whom Jed is instantly attracted to—has found an antique box buried on land that used to belong to his grandfather, and Jed is thinking that the box and its bounty belong to him.Hidden treasures are at stake. And not just the kind inside the box!
In Wyoming Wildflowers: The Beginning, discover how it all started in this much-anticipated prequel novella to the bestselling and award-winning Wyoming Wildflowers series by USA Today bestselling author Patricia McLinn. Ed’s and Donna’s worlds couldn’t have been any more different – a rancher from Wyoming and an up-and-coming Broadway musical actress on a national tour. What could have been a momentary encounter sparks desire . . . and more. But can there be anything but heartbreak ahead when they have only days before their dreams pull them apart?
In Almost An Angel, Conor Malone manages to hold things together for his daughter Amy after his wife’s death, until someone tells her Santa will bring her mother back for Christmas. How can Conor force Amy to accept reality without ruining her holiday? With help from Eliza Powell, the alluring new school psychologist—and the Daddy School.
In Flashover, Nick Evans, a captain in the Hidden Cove fire department, believes he committed the worst of crimes, even if it was to protect his little sister. He's not ready for a relationship with Stacey Sterling, a firefighter’s widow who’s determined to help him heal. But on Christmas, Nick learns the meaning of redemption and love.
Josh Kaplan has no interest in getting married, either, although maybe he ought to. He’s been with his girlfriend Melanie for years, but for some reason he just hasn’t felt the urge to pop the question. He’s busy fighting for tenants’ rights and playing chess with his elderly friend Solly, who’s got women problems of his own. Melanie is busy, too, although what she’s busy with, Josh isn’t sure.
When Loretta’s job suddenly hinges on her being hooked up with a blind date on the show, Josh is the ideal foil. He has no more interest in a romance than she does. He’s got Melanie. And if Loretta pretends he’s her boyfriend, her family will get off her case.
What could possibly go wrong?
And then there’s Vermont transplant Ned Donovan, whose smart, scrappy son longs to attend Libby’s school. Ned’s a widower, a carpenter, sexy as sin—and wild about the fireplace in Libby’s living room. Ned wants to fix up her apartment. Libby believes he could fix up her life…if only she could be sure that his love isn’t simply the biggest, most dangerous bribe she’s ever received.
Winner of the RT Reviewers Choice Award for best contemporary romance of the year.
Learning that life goes on is the hardest lesson of all.
One life destroyed. Four others irrevocably shattered. Overcoming the shock and grief of death is an all-too-familiar rite of young adulthood.
Walking home from a tennis game on a bright spring day, April Walden's three closest friends watch in horror as she is struck by a car and killed. The senseless accident plunges all three young women--and the car's driver--into a devastating and often misguided search for comfort, purpose, and inspiration.
Becky wraps herself in a protective cloak of obsessions, performing anxious rituals at the base of the red maple tree under which April died. Elyse dives into a high-risk party life, trying to honor April by experiencing everything April missed but mistaking self-destructive indulgence for courage. Florie turns to fundamentalist Christianity, not as spiritual guidance, but as a wall that might shield her from reality. Mark, the driver, spirals downward into substance abuse and self-loathing, until April's three friends reach out to save him.
How do you make it through the night when you've stopped believing that tomorrow always comes?
Enjoy 17 excerpts of outstanding fiction by authors Christa Allan (All They Want for Christmas), Judith Arnold (Changes), Marilyn Brant (The Road to You), Sylvie Fox (The Good Enough Husband), Jenny Gardiner (Something in the Heir), Maria Geraci (That Thing You Do), Tonya Kappes (Checkered Crime), Leslie Langtry (Merit Badge Murder), Leslie Lehr (Wife Goes On), Maggie Marr (One Night for Love), Ellen Meister (Dorothy Parker Drank Here), Ellyn Oaksmith (50 Acts of Kindness), Jess Riley (Mandatory Release), Saralee Rosenberg (Dear Neighbor, Drop Dead), Sara Rosett (Elusive), Wendy Tokunaga (His Wife and Daughters), and L.J. Wilson (Ruby Ink).
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Curt and Ellie fell in love as college students, in a grungy apartment on Hope Street. When Curt asked Ellie to marry him, he promised her that as long as they were together, they would always live on a metaphorical “Hope Street.” And for many years, as they established a home and their careers and welcomed two daughters and a son into their lives, they did dwell in their own love-filled neighborhood of hope.
Then a tragedy shattered their family. Anguish drove Ellie into a world of darkness. Cut off from his wife, Curt found a way to heal without her. Exiled from Hope Street, they decide to end a marriage that is already dead.
Unaware of their parents’ plans for divorce, their children spring a surprise birthday party on Ellie, create a video of her life, and arrange for a romantic night for their parents at a charming country inn. As Curt and Ellie venture into that night together, they are forced to reconsider everything that once was so right between them, and everything that has gone so wrong. Is it possible that their love still exists? Can they ever forgive each other? Is it possible to return to Hope Street?
Winner of the New England Readers Choice Award.
But like Shakespeare’s hero and heroine, Gillian and Owen are star-crossed, forced to deal with historic feuds, meddlesome friends and relatives, and their own irrational longing for each other. From Verona, Italy to Verona, New Jersey, Owen fights for everything Gillian’s family has always fought against, and Gillian tries to defend her beloved father while her heart cries out for Owen’s love. Romeo and Juliet may have brought them together, but the stars alone will determine their fate.
One thing hasn’t changed in Brogan’s Point: the antique jukebox in the Faulk Street Tavern. It still plays oldies, and those oldies can still cast spells over the tavern’s patrons. When the jukebox plays “Angel of the Morning,” a plaintive ballad about love without commitment, Dylan and Gwen realize that walking away from what they’d once had might have been the biggest mistake of their lives. Now, six years later, is it too late to make things right?
Fast forward fifteen years. Living in Manhattan, Erika successfully climbs the corporate ladder but her love life stinks. Ted is also living the life of a successful businessman in Manhattan, and he's involved in a serious relationship. Problem is, he still cannot get Erika out of his system. When fate intervenes and their paths cross, the result is emotionally explosive and that old black magic is back with the force of a super nova. But Erika once ravaged his heart: How can Ted ever trust her again? And now that he's seriously involved with another woman, how can Erika hope for a second chance with the man she never should have let go?
Meet Me in Manhattan is a classic love story that is told as only Judith Arnold can tell it. With a deep grasp of the complexities of the human heart, this acclaimed author explores Ted Skala and Ericka Fredell's compelling true story of a lost love unexpectedly found again.
Susie's cousin Rick is an aspiring filmmaker, with his own recipe for success. After persuading the family to fund a Bloom's infomercial, he taps Susie to be the leading lady. But while Susie is filming in New England and aspiring to win at Cannes, Casey quits Bloom's to open his own specialty bakery. Not only that, he appears to have another woman in his life. It's time for Susie to decide on her order. Does she want canapés in Cannes, or a bagel and lox right here in New York?