Being rescued by gorgeous K-9 Officer Cole Winslow is a fantasy come true for single mom Kara Abbott--especially when Cole continues to be there for her and her eight-year-old son. Yet Kara senses she wants more from Cole than he's willing to give. And Cole is holding back--but not for the reasons she thinks. Now it's Kara's turn to be there for Cole, and rescue him...from the grip of his past.
NAME: Dillon K. McKeon 6', 180 lbs.
HAIR: To run your fingers through
EYES: That see right through you
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: Bad-boy style with good-guy substance
FIRST WORDS: "Catch ya later, babe"
Dr. Dillon McKeon had a reputation with lots of women, but he'd only ever loved one—Harper Harriman. So when he was handed twin baby girls who just might be his, his one thought was Why didn't Harper tell me?
Harper agreed to be the babies' nanny, but denied being their mother. Still, the long nights together gave Dillon plenty of time to see two things: that he'd never stopped loving Harper, and that she was hiding something from him…. Was she the babies' mother…and more important, was he their father?
NAME: Darrick K. McKeon 6'2", 176 lbs.
HAIR: black with a wave
EYES: dark with a sparkle
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: GQ style, Wall Street savvy
FIRST WORDS: "I can handle it."
Or in this case—them?
How had this happened? Darrick McKeon was the family's Mr. Fix It, the one who solved all the problems. But now he had a doozy of his own. Twin baby girls had been abandoned with no ID except their daddy's name: D. K. McKeon.
Darrick's D.K., all right, but so are his brothers. One of them has to be the father. After all, he's the good brother—the one who always looks before he leaps. But then he remembers a certain mountaintop and a lovely, lissome pilot who landed him there…nine months ago.
NAME: Duncan K. McKeon, 6', 170lbs.
EYES: Even Better
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS: On-screen sizzle, real-life fire
FIRST WORDS: "Call my agent!"
One sweet night Duncan McKeon had met his soul mate in darkness. But in the morning, the mystery woman had vanished. They'd made some beautiful memories together, but nine months later, Duncan found out they'd made more than that….
Duncan looked into the twins' faces and knew "Dad" was his best role ever. All his new family needed was a wife and mother. He swore he'd track his mystery woman to the world's end, double diaper bag and all. Turned out, though, she was much closer to home….
It's us again. Malia an' Chelsea an' Garrett. Boy, they say us two-year-olds are difficult but grownups are MUCH badder! We with Tom an' Amy would play nice together—it would sure make our lives easier! Know what? We think they need a time-out. We'll put them in the playpen together—no "Barney" OR apple juice until they kiss an' make up. Well, akshully, kissing's kinda icky. Maybe just make up.
Amy Brown was used to overwhelming odds, unwinnable battles, unbelievable messes. After all, she ran a day care, taking care of the three most mischievous two-year-olds. But this time the mess was her own. Her parents were in town and, well, somehow they'd gotten the idea that her three little charges were her very own triplets—and Tom Nicholas—her former love—was their daddy! When Tom had hired on as her contractor, he hadn't figured this little project into his estimate. And Amy had the feeling it was gonna cost her!
Jeff James survived capture inspired by the memory of Liza deLane's apricot-glazed ham. And her luscious lips. Now he's a free man, with one Christmas wish—to meet Liza, the new Martha Stewart, heroine of hearth, home and keeping hubby happy.
She'd never found a room she couldn't decorate, a baby she couldn't cuddle, a mess she couldn't clean up. Until Jeff. Now America's sweetheart has a problem…a borrowed husband, some rented kids and a very big secret.
A sheriff for a dad?
Eight-year-old Jason Richards is worried. His grandparents are threatening to sue for his custody, and they just might win—or so he thinks. So he runs away, leaving his mother, Beth, frantic and his grandparents raising hell.
Enter Ethan Drum, town sheriff.
Ethan finds Jason hiding in the woods and rashly promises that if he can do anything legal to help, he will.
Still, Ethan hasn't counted on Jason taking him so literally—or on being introduced to the boy's grandparents as Beth's fiancé.
• Take one junk-food-loving single father named Jason Warfield, who's decided—strictly for the sake of his kids—that he'd better change his ways.
• Add one slightly uptight nutritionist, Laura Price, who's trying to teach that absolutely infuriating man how to eat better, get more exercise and maybe live longer—so she can have the pleasure of killing him herself!
• Stir a well-shaken Laura into the sheer madness of the Warfield household—over extremely high heat—and then fold her into Jason's arms….
He says it's over
Killian Abbott, head of the Abbott family's fashion conglomerate, feels his blood boil at the mere mention of his wife's name. He fell under Cordie's spell, entranced by the cloud of fiery hair and that creamy skin, but when he found her with another man, it was like being doused with a bucket of cold water.
She says it's only just begun
Desperate to rekindle Killian's passion, Cordie impetuously hatches a plot. The baby she's carrying will lure him back to her the way nothing else can. Her daring scheme appears to be working when he invades her Manhattan apartment and carries her off to his Long Island home. Once they're alone, victory should be just a kiss away. Except, some things never go according to plan….
…So there's going to be an auction!
Name: Amos Pike, 34
Occupation: CEO of Pike's Pickled Peppers Toy Company
Biggest Achievement: Smiles on children's faces
Love Is The Riskiest Business Of All
If Sophie Foster counted her blessings, her children would top the list—except when their obsession with finding a father puts her on the spot. Like that day two of them decide to ensnare a member of the wealthy Abbott clan who they agree would be perfect for the part—if he wasn't so addicted to danger.
Sophie knows that handsome Sawyer Abbott does stunts to raise money for good causes, but bitter experience has taught her that men who live on the edge end up hurting themselves and the people who love them. The daredevil's sun-kissed hair and chiseled bronze features, however, come with the heart of a hero, and now it's her turn to learn what women in the small town of Losthampton, Long Island, have been saying about Sawyer Abbott all along…. Resistance Is Futile!
Kissing a stranger
Ex-CIA agent Trevyn McGinty had sworn off love and commitment. But when he met Alexis Ames at a masquerade ball, he managed to lose his heart to her in just a few short hours. Then suddenly Alexis was gone, like some heroine of a fairy tale—and all Trevyn had of her was a memory….
Alexis Ames, one of identical triplets, hadn't forgotten Trevyn either. Not his smile, not his touch. And not why she'd gone to the masquerade party in the first place—to find out his real identity. Now with her missing sister about to give birth, would Alexis discover how Trevyn fit into her sister's disappearance before she fell even further in love with a stranger?
Spending the summer with sexy single dad Duffy March was not exactly what Maggie Lawton had planned for her first vacation in years. Yes, she needed a rest, but sleeping in one of Duffy's guest rooms—with the dangerously attractive man from her past right next door—was certainly not relaxing!
Yet that summer in Maine was about to change her life in unimaginable ways.
Unexpected kisses on a sunlit beach, entertaining "family" frolics in the surf—all of these magical moments had Maggie rethinking her carefully scheduled life. Her wounded heart yearned for all Duffy and his adorable little boys offered, but could Maggie settle in for a long winter's nap as the wife and mother they so desperately craved?
Kidnapped as a toddler twenty-five years ago, Janet Abbott is finally back where she belongs, and just in time to see her two long-lost brothers get married. The whole clan welcomes her with open arms—except for the person whose arms she'd most like to be in, that is.
Brian Girard, the "illegitimate Abbott," wants to avoid the festivities like the plague, afraid the press will dredge up old scandals, embarrass the family and make him look like a gold digger—or worse. But Janet's an Abbott in every sense of the word and doesn't like to lose.
Which explains why persuading him to join the wedding party is the first step in her grand plan to get the last "legitimate" Abbott—Janet herself—to the altar, as well!
And where one millionaire in particular has just… FOUND A BABY ON HER DOORSTEP
Seems Shelly Dupree, owner of The Brimming Cup, returned to her coffee shop after depositing her lottery winnings to find an abandoned baby on the counter. Who precious little Max belongs to is a mystery, but that's not the only gossip buzzing around town. Sources reveal that the new doctor, Connor O'Rourke, spent the night at Shelly's house, supposedly to help her care for the foundling. Word has it that the gorgeous M.D. has more than medicine on his mind—and rumors of a knee-buckling kiss witnessed in the diner during the morning rush have been flying. Only time will tell if Shelly will go from dishing out the daily special to serving up her very own wedding cake!
She's No Abbott…
When China Grant believed that maddeningly opinionated, very stubborn and terribly handsome Campbell Abbott of the wealthy Abbott clan was her long-lost brother, the two of them fought the way siblings do. But once DNA tests prove he isn't, she's fighting something new—an irresistible attraction!
Campbell is the family maverick—when everyone else rushed to adopt the lovely interloper, he held back. But now that she's determined to leave the Abbotts and continue the search for her birth parents, he won't let her go.
Because the same tests that ruled China out of the family meant some seriously intimate relations with Campbell were suddenly ruled in!
Beazie Deadham is alone and on the run. She witnessed the murder of her boss in an underground parking lot in Boston, and accepted an incriminating tape from him, which he told her to deliver to "Evan" in Maple Hill. Now the perpetrators of the crime are after her as well as the tape.
This man has one!
Evan Braga has moved to quiet Maple Hill, Massachusetts, to escape his past as a big-city cop. He's also trying to sort out the guilt he feels over his brother's death. He's not looking for all the trouble that gorgeous redhead Beazie Deadham drops on his doorstep. Especially once he discovers that Beazie was mixed up with his brother, and his brother might have been mixed up with the tape Beazie's trying so hard to unload.
But when the Boston thugs track Beazie down, Evan—and his family, who show up unexpectedly at Christmas—would go to the ends of the earth to protect her!
Judy needs protection, but she's damned if she'll take it from Rob Friedman. In her mind, reporters only make a bad situation worse. Still, he's her only link to the sister she's lost and the child that Celeste will stop at nothing to possess.
With Celeste in hot pursuit, Rob is looking more and more like Judy's white knight.