"Though the review below says the books should be read in order (this is number 3 in the series) I actually read them out of order and it was still enjoyable. Cute, easy to read series.
CPA Travers Kineally lives an ordinary life, thank you very much. But life gets extraordinary when his sister gets him to drive three daffy women halfway across the country to look for Zoe Sinclair, who couldn't possibly still be alive, and certainly cannot be the beautiful woman they finally locate. Then he learns he isn't just a magician with math: he's a mage. But what really makes him nervous is that he can't get Zoe out of his mind.
Grayson continues her faerie-tale inspired series centering on the Fates that began with Completely Smitten (2002) and Simply Irresistible (2003). Though the ending feels a bit rushed, readers will relish this captivating, mad-cap ride through Travers' and Zoe's adventures in a paranormal romance that is traditional and sweet on the sensuality scale, a hallmark of Grayson's. Since the greater story arc of the Fates is ongoing, the series should be read in order, although each book can be enjoyed on its own."
"Danny is handsome, athletic, and smart. Nearly everyone likes and respects him. Suddenly, his entire world shatters when a girl with whom he has been friends since childhood, and to whom he gave a ride home, accuses him of a vicious assault and rape. She has the contusions and body-fluids test to implicate him. Danny arrived home late that night, covered in mud, seemingly distracted. He finally admits to consensual sex, but denies any physical abuse. Readers follow the effects of this charge on his family as the criminal justice system slowly grinds the teen through its plodding routine. His mother's counseling practice declines dramatically. His father reacts strongly as the whole episode reminds him of things long hidden in his own past. The family's unraveling accelerates as Danny's younger brother and sister struggle to understand what is happening. Even his parents' once-strong marriage teeters on the edge of collapse. Investigating the crime, and providing a counterpoint to the family's shaky assumption that Danny has to be innocent, is Detective Tucci. He dislikes Danny's father intensely and believes, in "like father, like son" fashion, that the boy must be guilty. The story provides lots of interesting detail as readers follow each character's thoughts and reasoning."
"In the beautiful North Georgia mountains, blue spruce reach up to heaven. A sense of healing and communion draws Alisha Emerson there. She hopes that, her unborn child can grow up in the promising new world she's begun for them both in the village of Dover Mountain. Then her labor begins unexpectedly, and only with the help of a stranger -- entrepreneur Jared Murdock -- is her son delivered safely.
But is Dover Mountain really the sylvan sanctuary of Alisha's daydreams? For although Alisha and Jared appreciate the love of God and neighbor that village life embodies, Dover Mountain incorporates darker elements, as well. Elements such as unwanted pregnancy, drug abuse, violence and blackmail. Together, Alisha and Jared must brave the storm and seek the rainbow that follows, in this captivating story of love, loss and faith regained."
"Nestled in the northeastern mountains of Alabama is the fictional town of Rockdale. The small Southern town has become a haven for four women who have given up on finding love. April Kincaid has heard that a new politician has returned to town - and is determined to find a wife. What if the only woman he wants is one who se past could put a stain on all of his ambitions? Toni Schmidt left an unhappy childhood in Rockdale to attend college. Returning ten years later, she finds her attitude toward the community has changed - but can she let go of her fears of marriage? Anita Sanchez is an outsider running from danger. Will she and her daughter overcome prejudice to find security and love in the small town? Mary Oliver is still single at thirty and expects to continue teaching school and living with her father. But how will she handle the changes when three men suddenly enter her small world? Will a chance at love be enough for these women, or is something still missing? In what will they place their faith? Should Rockdale prepare for a wave of marriages - or heartbreaks?"
"Beautiful,romantic Maui is home to the four Harrigan brothers, who, since taking over Harrigan's Cove resort from their father, spend their days focused on work. There are endless details involved in keeping the business afloat - but love can't help checking in. As manager, Barnabas thinks he's figured out his snobby rich clients, but one high-class woman doesn't fit the usual mold. Will Barnabas let God use her..to teach him a few things about appearances - and love? Connor can't understand why a pretty client would rather follow him on his maintenance rounds than join the other vacationers. Could revealing his status as part owner destroy their budding friendship? Alex feels for a woman alone on what should have been her honeymoon and is sure the activities he directs would be the best medicine for her broken heart. But is it too soon to expect her to return his growing affections? Steve the logical accountant, thinks his brothers have become lovesick pups - but working with an old girlfriend to clean up an IRS mess could land him in the same boat. Can he keep his focus? With love perfuming the tropical breeze, can the four brothers balance their romantic interests with the hard work of making Harrigan's Cove a success?"
"Single father Sam Lowery was good at many things, but raising his little girl to be a lady didn't seem to be one of them. So before his precious daughter started swearing like a truck driver, Sam set out to find a nanny who could steer her in the femine direction...and in walked sunshike, AKA Erin O'Grady. The redheaded beauty was all female, and before long she'd charmed his daughter and jumpstarted Sam's on-hiatus libido."
"Annie Lane had always loved reading and writing, so it wasn't all that surprising that she met and was courted by her husband, rancher Matt Breen, through the mail. Soon he knew every little thing about her - except one: She was pregnant. But there were some things you just couldn't say in a letter ..."
"This was a great anthology - all 4 of the stories were good!
If it's true that the way to a man's heart is through his stomach, then what better way to entice the typical American male than with apple pie? Talia believes An Apple a Day and a few herbs are the key to healthy living, but Dr. Coridan scoffs at the natural products she sells in her store. Can a slice of warm pie neutralize the friction between them?
Kayli wants to prove herself as a French pastry chef, but Adam prefers simple cooking, believing there's nothing as Sweet as Apple Pie. Can their plain and fancy lifestyles mesh?
Apple Annie loves running her father's restaurant, and she is fast falling in love with the handsome man who always orders her apple pie. But when she is about to lose everything, can Brad help her?
Lynette is a hard worker at church and not at all interested in a church romance. When she is paired with Rick on a fund-raiser, will a little Apple Pie in His Eye help Rick break down the walls around Lynette's heart? As friendship is allowed to ripen and blended with love and grace, a recipe for a wonderful, lasting relationship is formed. When it comes to romance, the sweetest desserts are no match for God's timing."
"Playing out fantasies that won't effect our daily realities is a potent lure for people who inhabit computer chat rooms. In this mesmerizing novel, Martha Baer talks about that phenomenon and adds the potent element of obsession with an online but otherwise unknown lover. Francesca is the online persona of Elaine, a promising young professional who exhibits much savvy while making her way up the corporate ladder. By night, though, as Francesca, she becomes the willing submissive lover of Inez. When Elaine slips and reveals her true identity, Inez disappears, leaving Elaine searching frantically for Inez--with unexpected consequences."
With two kids to raise and her ex-husband in jail, Barbara Strong moved to Dry Creek for a fresh start. She loved the town, but apparently her feelings weren't reciprocated. Didn't the folks in Dry Creek trust her?
Truth was, Sheriff Carl Wall had asked everyone to leave Barbara alone so she could heal. The sheriff had vowed to protect the pretty, vulnerable newcomer--from suitors and from any of her ex-husband's cronies who might try to contact her. But would he be able to do his job if he was in danger of losing his heart?"
When bodyguard Anmton Santa moved into Cyn Sweet's Manhattan penthouse, Cyn's pint-sized daughter thought her Santa letters had been answered - and that she'd just gotten a daddy for Christmas!
Cyn knew her little matchmaker needed protection, since the three-year-old was the mascot of the family toy store. But sexy Santa reminded Cyn of a Christmas past and a thief who'd stolen her heirlooms - and her heart!
Santa - thief and master of desguises - was guilty as charged. Still, he suspected Cyn had stolen something far more valuable than the family jewels - his fatherhood!"
"Nick Torchia was the one man Candace Flynn had never been able to banish from her thoughts, the only man she'd ever cried over, her first love--but he'd come to close, touched too deep, and she'd drive him away. Now, three years later, he was back, and a sweeping tide of memories overwhelmed her. But he wasn't alone--and neither was she. Nick felt his obsession for this complex, fascinating woman rekindled, but whose baby was she holding in her arms? He had to know."
"Miranda Irving and Joseph Wallace have it all figured out.
If she doesn't have a baby before the millennium, the Irving Trust, set up at the turn of the century by her great-great-grandmother, will expire. And that means that much-loved family farm will be sold.
If he doesn't produce an heir soon, his father, who already hounds him unmercifuly about family duty and responsibility, will drive him to complete distraction.
Obviously, the reasonable way for these two to proceed is to get married, fulfill their family obligations, then divorce. Simple? Yes.
Until Miranda and Joe fall for each other so hard, reason is the last thing either one if capable of!"
"The Bachelor next door...Single mom lark St. Clair was starting a new life for herself and her daughter, Molly. Her gruff new neighbor, Cole Richardson, presented a surprising twist in her plan. for it seemed michievous Molly was sticking to Cole like glue. And everywhere that Molly went...trouble was sure to follow.
Cole was a confirmed bachelor and for good reasons. But the more the handsome loner claimed he didn't need the girls next door, the more he realized he was lying to himself. For how could any man with a heart ignore a little darlin' like Molly, and how long could he resist a woman as desirale as Lark?"
At the charity auction, Kristin Chase outbid Wisdom's gossip circle for a date with Zach Davis - the only man she'd ever loved. She told herself she pitied him, standing on that stage and facing the leering crowd.
No, he had no effect on her whatsoever, not even when he came to her rescue as her livelihood went up in smoke - or now, the way he whisked her to his beach house and made hot love to her under a starry sky.
She and Zach had a bitter history, but history repeated itself for a reason. This time, Kristin had to find out just what the handsome bachelor had in mind...!"
"When Emily Miller's boyfriend posts a revealing picture of her on the Internet, she's sure things couldn't get worse. Wrong. She then learns that he's desperate to make money before the bank repossesses their house and comes after them for an additional 100,000 debt, incurred by said boyfriend without her knowledge. So Emily moves in with her New Agey best friend, Cara, and tries to maintain her sanity. Then the tabloids camp outside the door of Cara's Hampstead digs, and Emily loses her job as an English teacher. Meanwhile, Cara is having her own relationship troubles, prompting the two women to begin indulging in late-night drinking and spell-chanting sessions designed to right all wrongs and bring love into their lives. Though the plot has a few unlikely twists, and everything works out much more neatly than could be realistically expected, Matthews' book will appeal to anyone looking for a light, funny take on romantic entanglements."
I've been told the reason I'm still single at twenty-nine is because there'll never be a man tidy enough for me. I'm a professional organizer, so everything in my world is in perfect order. Well...everything except my love life.
But I think I've met my match in Jared Hamilton, who recently hired me to cure his sister's "clutter issues." He's an even bigger neatnick than I am, but he also needs to control everyone around him. I'm starting to realize that sometimes love can be a messy business!"
"OK, you need to overlook the outdated cover picture - this was a really good book!
When Father Todd Jensen responds to Kate Logan's newspaper ad for a pastor to perform the weddings she coordinates, Kate knows he's perfect for the job. What she doesn't know is that he's perfect for her heart. Though Kate excels in creating matchless weddings for others, she's certain she'll never walk down the aisle herself; she still sees herself as the chubby, ungainly teenager who'd been so humiliated by her schoolmates years before. And only when she learns to see herself through the eyes of love-both Todd's and her heavenly Father's-can she finally give her heart."