After being burned by love, Claire Ayers had just about given up on finding her dream husband. The physician's assistant would have to be content taking care of other people's kids. Until she met her happily-ever-after wrapped up in one seductive single-father package….
Nick Barrington wasn't looking for a happy ending. Except the more time he spent with Claire, the more the captivated journalist wanted to make her a part of his family. With a little help from one well-meaning matchmaker, was Nick ready to pop the question…and make Claire a bride after all?
Single mother Elizabeth Carstairs had no illusions about getting married. Tying the knot the second time around wouldn't be about love and romance. It would be about friendship and compatibility and making a home for her family. Then she met her sons' sexy baseball coach….
Will Hollingswood liked his life as a footloose bachelor. That was before his matchmaking cousin introduced him to Elizabeth…before the Widow Carstairs and her lively twin boys started him dreaming about white picket fences and forever after. Could he convince Elizabeth to say "I do" to a lifetime of love?
Five years ago, international business lawyer Eden Fortune lost her heart during a whirlwind romance in Paris. She hadn't pegged oil tycoon Ben Ramir as a love 'em and leave 'em kind of guy. Some women might have fallen apart, but Fortune women are made of sterner stuff. So Eden went back to Texas and gave birth to a son, doing her best to put memories of the baby's father behind her. But then Ben came back into her life, and Eden discovered his little secret: he rules a kingdom across the globe.
And now that he's discovered her secret--their son--she fears Ben's only interest is in claiming his child. As tempers and temptation give way to heated words and hot embraces, Eden must make a choice that could break her heart all over again--or bring a second chance at happiness.
Just before Christmas, decorator Paige Halliday received a gift from a mysterious benefactor. Yet it was Sam Balfour, the handsome stranger who delivered it, that took her breath away. Paige had never been so attracted to any man, let alone one who refused to reveal the truth. She'd known playboys like Sam before, and while she wasn't for sale, she could be convinced to let Sam woo her over…a little. After all, she believed she could enjoy Sam's lovemaking without getting too attached. But Santa had another secret in store for them both.
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The bride is obliged to inform you that her once true love, Joe O'Malley, suddenly swept back into her life, wanting to claim her as his wife. But that had nothing to do with Maddy's ice-cold feet. No, Maddy had never gotten over Joe, the first man she almost married, the man she'd had to leave behind. But the bewildered bride vows that Joe won't have it easy gaining her hand in marriage. Yep, a little wooing, long talks and longer kisses definitely need to be part of the proposal....
Who would have thought a man could tire of being fawned over and flirted with? Ever since Cooper Townsend returned from France as a hero with a new title, he has been relentlessly pursued by every marriageable miss in London. Perhaps that's why the unconventional Miss Daniella Foster is so appealing. She doesn't simper or flatter. She only wants him to help unmask her sister's blackmailer, and Coop has never been so intrigued…
Let every other woman in London fight over His Lordship's romantic attentions. Marriage is the last thing on Dany's mind…at least until she samples his illicit kisses. Now, as a mutual enemy races to ruin Coop's reputation and Dany's family name, an engagement of convenience will spark an unlikely passion that might save them both.
Gabriel Sinclair has returned from battle as reluctant heir to a dukedom. As if his new responsibilities weren't enough, Gabriel's aunt enlists him to sponsor a young heiress through London's Little Season. Yet Miss Thea Neville is hardly the tedious obligation he expected. She's exotic and enchanting—and utterly unaware of the secret poised to destroy her family's reputation.
After ten years in America, Thea is ready to do her duty and marry well. Deportment lessons, modistes, balls—the ton is a minefield she could scarcely navigate without Gabriel's help. By rights, she should accept the first bachelor who offers for her. Instead, she's succumbing to a dangerous attraction to her wickedly handsome chaperone—one that could unhinge her plans in the most delicious way.
He is but a pawn in someone else's game. With no choice but to do the prince regent's bidding, Justin Wilde must marry—marry!—a woman not of his own choosing. And for the man notoriously referred to as the Bad Baron, marriage is the last thing he wishes to consider. Especially when the bride has the beauty of an angel but the devil's own temper….
Stunned to find herself married to a stranger, Alina vows to uncover the reason behind their forced union. Yet the more time she spends with her roguish husband, the less the past seems to matter. But when the truth behind their wedding at last emerges, will it strengthen their fragile bond—or shatter their lives forever?
Don't miss a chance to re-read Book 4 in the delectable Daughtry Families series by New York Times bestselling author Kasey Michaels!
Originally published in 2010.
It's the kind of vow often made on the battlefield. Darby Travers, Viscount Nailbourne, never imagines he'll have to honor it. Yet here she is on his doorstep—his late comrade's young daughter, and Darby's new ward. Worse, she comes with the most overprotective, mistrustful, bothersome chaperone—the child's aunt, Sadie Grace Boxer. Darby is quite sure that behind her lovely facade, the woman is guarding a secret.
Sadie Grace faced many trials working in her brother's surgery, but none prepared her for the world she's thrust into with his passing. Navigating the ton, with its endless ball gowns and parade of parties, is difficult enough, but hiding the truth about her niece while the sophisticated viscount watches her every move proves nearly impossible—particularly when his searing gaze tempts her to bare all. But when her family's past catches up with her, she'll have to trust in Darby…no matter the cost to her heart.
A decoradora de interiores Paige Halliday, para sua surpresa, recebeu uma prenda de um misterioso benfeitor. Mas foi Sam Balfour, o atraente desconhecido que fez a entrega, a deixá-la sem palavras.
Paige nunca se tinha sentido tão atraída por um homem e muito menos por um que se recusasse a revelar-lhe a verdade. Já tinha conhecido alguns playboys como ele e, embora bem soubesse que não iria deixar-se manipular, poderia permitir que Sam a mimasse um pouco... Afinal, pensava ser capaz de divertir-se com ele sem afeiçoar-se demasiado. Mas o destino parecia ter outros planos para ambos.
When her beloved dies in battle, Lady Lydia Daughtry assumes she'll never love again. Until a deliciously handsome duke awakens a part of her she never knew existed. But how can she have such feelings for Tanner Blake, who is a constant reminder of all she has lost?
Tanner Blake, duke of Malvern, promised his dying friend he'd take care of his "dearest Lyddie." So how dare he covet the lush, lovely young woman for himself—especially since he is all but betrothed to another? His solution: find Lydia a suitable husband immediately. But when both their lives become fraught with mystery and danger, Tanner's vow becomes intensely personal…renewing his desire to keep Lydia by his side forever.
Don't miss a chance to re-read Book 3 in the delectable Daughtry Families series by New York Times bestselling author Kasey Michaels!
Originally published in 2010.
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Country born and bred Miss Caledonia Johnston has come to London during the Silly Season, not to dance and flirt, and please her Mama by making an advantageous match. In fact, her parents don’t even know she’s there, which is probably a good thing, as she’s fibbed her way to Mayfair to Wreak Revenge on a certain Mr. Noel Kinsey (and sees nothing wrong with that because, well, she’s Callie, and she somehow believes she’s rather invincible, with Right on her side.
Enter one Simon Roxbury, Viscount Brockton, surprising himself when he comes to Callie’s aid…which infuriates her, but she’ll find a way around him to complete her “mission.” He seems nice enough, and his mother is a dear thing, so she agrees to be good…especially considering she’d almost shot the man.
Come along as amused friends interfere, simple plans twist themselves into hilarious knots, and True Love (currently hiding in the bushes, hoping to remain safe away from these two mis-matched schemers), takes a few chances of its own.
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