The hunk who appeared on Annie Hollister's doorstep was a looker. And from the look in his deep brown eyes, he'd come to Lucky, Oklahoma, for more that a tea-leaf reading. The tall attorney's aura was clouded, and Annie could see that he'd been suffering for some time. But all that was going to change, because a new-no, two new people were going to come into his life. And Annie wondered who the lucky pair was going to be.
Jake Chastaine knew how things were supposed to be, and that didn't include fertility clinic mix-ups or having fathered a child with a woman he'd never met. And looking at the vivid redhead who was the mother, Jake realized he's missed out on something spectacular. But the woman believed her grandfather talked to her through readside billboards! Still, he asked himself, was that any stranger than his sudden compulsion to woo her? Everyone knew how things were supposed to be-first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage. Maybe this time, things were going to happen a little differently.
Darkly handsome and rich beyond imagining, the bold English conqueror they called the Black Lyon, Ranulf was a man no woman could win-until he found a tawny-haired beauty named Lyonene, whose fiery spirit matched his own.
Through a whirlwind romance and stormy marriage, she endured perilous danger to be by his side, but a web of vicious lies, spread by a jealous vixen, drove Lyonene from her home and Ranulf, and into entrapment across the Irish Sea.
Only one man could save her-only the Black Lyon could destroy the ruthless plot that threatened their marriage, and renew the bond of love they had vowed could never be broken!
A frantic phone call from her mother brings China back to her family's Mississippi plantation-a place she'd forsaken long ago. But the late-spring air is thick with fear-and from the moment of her arrival, China knows that something has gone deperately wrong at Jordan's Crossing. An ancient property deed has surfaced-and the man who has uncovered it has mysteriously vanished. And as the fates and fortunes of two very different families collide in frightening, unpredictable ways, China must face disturbing new questions about her family's past-and her own future...
Lady Alpin MacKay despaired at the terms of her late guardian's will. In a sweeping move of tyranny, her childhood nemesis, the Scottish lord Malcolm Kerr, had stolen her property. Fiercely determined to reclaim her home, she stormed Kildalton Castle.
Malcolm Kerr stared at the beautiful woman who dared to invade his sanctuary. Citing Scottish law, she announced she was now his possession, along with her guardian's estate. Gleefully, Malcolm smiled at the schuming little minx. She was right where he wanted her: under his roof, under his thumb, and eventually, under him...in bed.
Malcolm vowed to have his revenge on this alluring lady; Alpin planned to trick this cruel lord into forfeiting her land. Yet together they would learn that a man's long-fogotten needs and a woman's secret yearnings could ignite a love fierce enough to last for all time...
The lush Scottish hills stretched before Lady Miriam MacDonald, brilliant diplomat from Queen Anne's court. She had come seeking peace between the Scots and English-and won the admiration of two special men. The kindly, awkward laird of Kildalton Castle became a trusted friend. But the Border Lord, a dashing, tartan-clad legend disguised by black midnight, swept her into his arms...and claimed her innocence.
A lifetime of anguish lay behind this disguise of Duncan Kerr, laird of Kildalton by birth, Border Lord by choice. If the queen's emissary, flaime-haired Lady Miriam, unmasked him, he would lose the prize he held most dear. He had meant to seduce and compromise her..not cherish and desire her.
By day, Miriam strove to establish harmony in the realm; by night she surrendered to forbidden pleasure with the mysterious Border Lord. Only he knew the truth, as elusive as the mists of the hills: whether he loved her passionate soul, or the promise of peace she brought to his beloved land...
Like every noble in the London peerage, Morgan Drummond, Marquis of Westham, expects his butler to be awaiting his return home-even when that return follows a five-year absence. But he didn't expect the horde of strangers who've taken up residence in his house, courtesy of that enterprising butler and a discreet classified ad. Morgan's plan to toss his unwelcome tenants into the street is thwarted by a beautiful but indomitable debutante, Miss Emma Clifford-who's not averse to a bit of blackmail for a good cause.
Now Morgan finds himself squiring the lovely Emma to the ton's most fashionable events-and what's more surprising, he's beginning to enjoy it. Surely he's not falling for such an infuriating woman, even if she does have a way of making him forget his own name? That butler has a lot to answer for-but then again, it's so hard to find good help...
They meet in a clash of swords, drenched in the moonlight of Britain's rugged eastern coast: Captain Jack, his handsome features etched in silver and shadow, his powerful physique compelling "Kit" Cranmer to surrender. He is her dream lover come vividly alive, and his command of the smuggling gang is absolute. His all-knowing gaze penetrates her disguise as the "lad" leader of a rival gang with frightening ease-and his "punishment" with kisses leaves her maidenly modesty in tatters. Suddenly Kit finds she's only too delighted to explore with Jack the pleasures conventionally reserved for married ladies...little knowing what dangerous forces she's unleashing. For even as Kit revels in midnight gallops and cottage rendezvous, Captain Jack is laying a gentle trap that will curtail her freedom...and bind her to him with a ring, a promise...and ties of devotion and desire.
Almost everyone in Excelsior, Minnesota-craftsy and non-craftsy alike-has turned out for the art fair. So when an artisan is murdered there, the list of suspects is practically endless. Betsy Devonshire wants to help out in the police investigation. Her best friend, Office Jill Cross, confides that they have a lead: a bloody footprint in the woodcarvers' booth matches that of a local youth. But when Betsy can't keep the news to herself, Jill gives Betsy the cold shoulder. Everyone's on pins and needles-and when the family of the kid in question asks Betsy to prove his innocence, she must first regain Jill's trust, then figure out who had designs on the dead disigner...
Once upon a time, Lexi Sinclair and Emmett Bradigan were lovers. But he was wild and reckless, and unable to settle down. Then a terrible fire took him away forever...on the very night Lexi gave birth to their child. Without money and facing life alone, she turned to the one person she knew she dared not trust: Emmett's twin brother, Yale.
Rich, powerful, and used to taking what he wanted, Yale was everything the headstrong, carefree Emmett could never be. And now he swept into Lexi's life to steal her heart with a passion that took her breath away-even as he revealed a shocking secret that could shatter her faith...or create a love strong enough to last forever...
Spring hemlines for 1924 have risen almost to the knee, to the dismay of Daisy's mama-in-law. Fashion is hardly the only bone of contention between Daisy and Mrs. Fletcher, but Daisy has encountered a problem that eclipses her domestic dilemmas. A visit to the one person sure to instill terror into Daisy's dauntless heart-the local dentist-turns out even worse than expected when she discovers Raymond Talmadge slumped dead in his chair, a nitrous oxide mask clamped to his smiling face. Others may believe the dentist was a secret dope fiend whose addiction took a tragic turn, but Daisy and her husband, Chief Inspector Alec Fletcher, are sure he was murdered. Suspects abound-the devastatingly handsome Talmadge didn't need laughing gas to make his female patients swoon. And then there's Talmadge's wife, Daphne, who was involved in an illicit dalliance of her own. With scandals surfacing in a case that grows more tangled every day, Daisy faces her most perplexing mystery yet, courtesy of a cold-hearted killer who may be preparing to strike again...
Most English girls meet their heart's desire across a crowded ballroom or in a genteel parlor. Letitia Olive Hornsby finds hers when she knocks him out of a tree. A curly-haired, blue-eyed hellion of only eleven, she decides even then that Richard, the dashing, handsome, and totally disreputable son of the Earl of Lennox, is the white knight of her dreams.
Now fully grown and unexpectedly beautiful, Letty is spinning a plan to save Richard from himself...by marrying him, of course. And he soon has the bruises to prove it. The insufferable, albeit unforgettable, chit has come back into Richard's life with a crash-literally falling into his arms. He is struck by her softness, her dizzying scent, and her impossible meddling in his ruinous drinking, gambling, and amorous liaisons. But when fate makes them prisoners of a ring of dangerous smugglers, Richard discovers in his mischievous cellmate a pure, romantic, questing spirit that sparks a flame in his own shadowed heart. If only they can escape, a wonderous passion can blaze free...and they can find a lifetime's adventures in each other's arms.
What's a dedicated bachelor doing at a week-long society wedding celebration? Doug Llewellyn is being bored out of his skull...until a beautiful, unknown woman calls him "darling," then plants a big wet kiss on him. Suddenly boredom is no longer Doug's problem.
Rosie Kilgannon, she of the big wet kiss, is also a guest at the wedding, and althought she's used Doug as a way to escape an amorous admirer, that kiss was really something else! Why not enjoy each other for the week, no strings attached?
Which might have worked, if not for the weeping bride, the suspiciously shifty groom, the neurotic wedding planner...and the fact that True Love often sneaks up on the unwary and belts them right in the chops!
When fleeing an odious arranged match, the Lady Elizabeth Hayward found herself under the protection of famed court jester Richard Tarleton. But even disguised as the fool's boy apprentice, there was no hiding the fact that she'd fallen hopelessly in love!
Though Tarleton's ready wit had won him royal favor, his tongue was tied in the presence of the sweet-voiced Elizabeth-at least about things that truly mattered. For how could he offer the queen's own goddaughter a gift so lowly as his own foolish heart?
There's never a dull moment for the residents of Beaumont, South Carolina. Lately, a heat wave's spiked the mercury-and everyone's sex drive! These days, when Jamie runs into Max, it's all she can do not to tear his clothes off-and the feeling is mutual.
But trouble seems to follow Max like moths to a flame, and Jamie suspects he's all wrong for her. Meanwhile, the lingerie shop is having a sale on edible underwear, while the bakery's selling aphrodisiac-laced brownies and X-rated birthday cakes. Even Jamie's dog, Fleas, is dodging passes from the amorous French poodle next door!
But when someone starts bumping off some of the town's more annoying citizens, all clues lead straight to the new personals section in Jamie's newspaper. Pretty soon, things are getting hot and heavy, as Max and Jamie start uncovering secrets-and undressing each other...
Alyssa Chandler was a woman of two worlds. During the week she was a probabilities expert, cool and down to earth as she sorted through facts and figures. On the weekends she entered the fantasy world of Las Vegas and put her knowledge of numbers to work, staking her money-and winning-on her ability to predict the turn of the cards.
Jordan Kyle, himself no stranger to a gambler's tricks, was what she wanted him to be: part of that fantasy. But unlike the cards, whose progression she could count on, Jordan seemed able to turn up anywhere-and usually did!
Jamie Montgomery an impoverished Elizabethan knight, is elated when he is assigned to escort Axia, the Lancaster heiress, to the castle of her betrothed. If only she will fall in love with Jamie-as Jamie's devoted older sister predicts-the family's financial woes will be solved. But Axia, who has spent her life closely guarded by her father's servants, is not the shy, cossetted flower Jamie expects. She's a hoyden, hell-bent on enjoying her precious moments of liberty before her marriage to a man chosen by her remote, eccentric father. After cutrly informing Jamie not to bother declaring his love for her-as all poor, handsome men seem wont to do-Axia makes his life a misery, sneaking off to the marketplace, nearly breaking her neck on a runaway horse, and doing everything possible to delay the trip Though she dare not admit it, even to herself, Axia dreads being wed to a stranger. Suddenly Jamie realizes that he savors even her most barbed words like the rarest nectar...that hs is falling desperately in love with this bold, maddening beauty. Now he must contrive a daring plan to win her freedom-and win her proud, defiant heart for his own!
When a mysterious drifter appeared at Honey Farrell's ranch, willing to work for room and board, the wary widow had to hire him. Tall, dark and grouchy, Jesse Whitelaw could scare away the lurking cattle rustlers with one growl. And Honey's sons could sure use a man around. Still, there was something mighty suspicious about the cowboy...
Jesse hated lying about who he really was, yet he had to keep his cover-and the Farrells-safe. But who knew that somewhere between fixing fences and secret meetings, he'd teach a teenage boy how to be a man...or that with one wet kiss he'd remind a brokenhearted woman what it meant to love again? Or that, when the truth came out, he'd lose everything?
Stella Payne is forty-two, divorced, a high-powered investment analyst, mother of eleven-year-old Quincy-and she does it all. In fact, if she doesn't do it, it doesn't get done, from Little League carpool duty to analyzing portfolios to folding the laundry and bringing home the bacon. She does it all well, too, if her chic house, personal trainer, BMW, and her loving son are any indication. So what if there's been no one to share her bed with lately, let alone rock her world? Stella doesn't mind too much; she probably wouldn't have the energy for love-and all of love's nasty fallout-anyway.
But when Stella takes a spur-of-the-moment vacation to Jamaica, her world gets rocked to the core-not just by the relaxing effects of sun and sea and an island full of attactive men, but by one man in particular. Winston is tall, lean, soft-spoken, Jamaican, smells of citrus and the ocean-and is half her age. The tropics have cast their spell and Stella soon realizes she has come to a turning point: not only must she confront her hopes and fears about love, she must question all of her expectations, passions, and ideas about life and the way she has lived it.
Meet the men who make it nice to be naughty! They're seductive, they're shameless, they're irrestible-and these Texans are experts at sneaking kisses under the mistletoe.
Join Diana Palmer and Joan Johnston as they return to the land they know best! Capture the holiday magic as Long, Tall Texan Corrigan Hart learns the meaning of love when he's reunited with his long-lost lover. And celebrate the spirit of the season when single father Gavin Talbot rediscovers the joy of family at Christmas with the Whitelaws of Hawk's Way.
Enid MacLean is finally living a peaceful life when she receives word that an explosion has injured the husband she hoped she'd never have to see again. Reluctantly, she agrees to do her duty but, except for his distinctive green eyes, the man she nurses back to health is not the man she remembers.
And he remembers nothing. From the depths of his amnesia, he reaches out for the woman he believes is his wife, tempting her with ardent words and a reckless passion she finds herself unable to resist. And while Enid finds herself losing her heart to this achingly familiar stranger, she cannot help but wonder how her busband has become such a dangerous, seductive man...and what secrets he carries locked away in his lost memories.