Cricket O'Malley can't wait to plant roots back home in Georgia, where she's returned to restore an abandoned flower shop to its former glory. The only blemish? Her neighbor's house is even more neglected than her old flower shop, and its occupant seems as surly as he is darkly handsome. Devastated body and soul after a tough case went south, New York City detective Sam DeLuca thought he'd have no trouble finding solitude in the quiet Georgia town of Misty Bottoms, but his bubbly neighbor seems determined to shine happiness into Sam's life. Sam is equally determined to close himself off, but his heart says otherwise.
In society circles she's known as the Watching Wallflower--shy, quiet, and certainly never scandalous. Yet beneath Lady Sarah Frampton's demure façade hides the mind of the Lady of Dubious Quality, author of the most titillating erotic fiction the ton has ever seen. Sarah knows discovery would lead to her ruin, but marriage--to a vicar, no less--could help protect her from slander. An especially tempting option when the clergyman in question is the handsome, intriguing Jeremy Cleland.--Back cover.
The entire town of Cranberry Cove is popping with excitement. Monica Albertson is baking cranberry goodies by the dozen and shopkeepers are decking out their storefronts for the first annual Winter Walk--an event dreamed up by the mayor to bring visitors to the town during a normally dead time of year. But it's the mayor who turns up dead during the grand opening ceremony, his lifeless body making its entrance in a horse-drawn sleigh. Monica's mother and stepmother quickly become the prime suspects when it's discovered that the mayor was dating both of them, and to make things worse, her half brother Jeff uncovers a clue buried near one of the bogs on Sassamanash Farm. Now it's up to Monica to find out who really put the mayor on ice. -- page  of cover.
When Neil Garrett opens a new seafood shop in Kittery Harbor, Maine, Sunny's cat Shadow is on the hunt for tasty treats until Sunny discovers a mysterious man lies murdered in his freezer. Her boyfriend, Chief Investigator Will Price, nets Neil as the prime suspect, but Sunny feels differently and sets out to find the real culprit and get Neil off the hook.
Hired to keep an eye out for a saboteur at the Pawsitively Enchanted pet contest, Darcy, along with her dog Missy, is thrown off the scent when her lead suspect is found dead and someone begins stealing prize-winning pets, forcing her to sniff out both a killer and a thief.
To keep her mind off the legal battle over the ocenfront cottage she's trying to buy, Meg agrees to help her friend inventory and clear out furniture from the Montauk estate of wealthy art broker, Harrison Falks. But the job takes a terrifying turn when Meg discovers a skeleton in a hidden room of one of the estate's many bungalows.
After flopping as a personal chef to a Hollywood movie star, jobless Laurel Inwood finds herself humbled in Hubbard, Ohio, helping her aunt.--Cover.
The wedding of Pepper Pomeroy's sister, Felicity, ends in tragedy when the bartender that she befriended earlier in the evening drops dead from a lethal nightcap. Although the authorities think it is a tragic accident, Pepper wants to know who would want to kill a virtual stranger at a wedding reception. A search into the victim's past reveals a twisty path of secret sororities, well-connected enemies, and an unsolved slaying still shadowing members of high society, including a wealthy battle-ax whose demands for the services of Pepper's Perfect Proposals are starting to sound more like veiled threats.
Molly sets up a series of classes where the Tarzana Hookers can pass on their skills to others but Sheila, the teacher of the most popular seminar, is getting stage fright. To ease Sheila's fears, the Hookers plan a practice class at CeeCee's mansion, but before the lesson begins, they stumble upon a dead body in the apartment above CeeCee's garage.
After a horse drags him through the countryside, Israel McKenna awakes bruised and battered in a field in Pancake Valley, Colorado. He can recall where he came from and where he was going, but the memory of how he came to be on the Pancake homestead eludes him. Hes certain he did something wrong to deserve such a harsh punishmentand so is the beautiful woman who reluctantly comes to his aid--Page  of cover.
When former Army National Guard helicopter pilot Robin Harrow joins Mount Hood Aviation, she expects to fight fires for only one season. Instead, she finds herself getting deeply entrenched with one of the most elite firefighting teams in the world. And that's before they send her on a mission that's seriously top secret, with a flight partner who's seriously hot.
U.S. Air Force fighter pilot Noah Miller loves nothing more than flying hard and fast. When he meets a gorgeous and sassy woman while partying in Las Vegas, he immediately locks on to her. Jordan Callahan owns a thriving clothing boutique, but her love life is far less successful. One scorching weekend becomes an undeniable chemistry that they cant leave in Vegas. But the long distance relationship and their different lives threaten to ground their romance. And when the dangers of Noahs job become all too real, Jordan learns being with a fighter pilot means risking it all for a shot at love.
Intelligent and driven, Orion Worthington aspired to be like his mentor, the acclaimed scientist Sir Geoffrey Blayne. Logically, Sir Geoffreys daughter would be Orions perfect match. So why cant he keep his mind off the unruly girl who works in Sir Geoffreys lab? Orphaned fire-cracker Francesca Penrose hopes that London is modern enough to accept her brilliant mind despite her womanhood. But she cant help noticing Orions mind...or his body.--Page  of cover
1613. It's been three years since Lady Elizabeth Walsingham ended her childish crush on Laird Ian Munro, the fierce Highlander who scared everyone but her. She's a grown woman now, heading to London to find a proper English gentleman. But when the wild Highland laird walks through the door, she's that breathless youth all over again. Ian tries hard to avoid the young lass who's confounded him for years. But now that they're attending court, he must keep watch on her night and day. Danger is at every turn and advisors to the Crown are being murdered. Ian soon realizes the girl he's been protecting is a beautiful lady who needs his help, almost as much as he needs her.
Ever since his father's accident, Caleb Shaw vowed he'd mend his wild ways, and he means to keep his word. He's a changed man. A better man. And he knows he should want absolutely nothing to do with his crazy old life...or the maddening temptation that is Delia Rogers. Delia's been stealing her sisters away from their violent father ever since she was old enough to fight back. But now with the police on her trail and all her bridges burned, there's nowhere left to run but back into the arms of the one cowboy she knows she shouldn't need. Caleb has always been too good for her, no matter how bad he claimed to be. Yet when close quarters turn into something more, Delia and Caleb are forced to decide what really matters: mending their reputations or healing their wary hearts...
Impetuous heiress: When spoiled Lady Alicia Alston, privileged daughter of a duke, is accidentally tossed into a ravine after a wild gallop with Ian MacClain, Earl of Cairnyllan, she expects a proposal as soon as is convenient. The stubborn Scot has other ideas. It takes a headlong journey to prevent an elopement to give Alicia and Ian a chance to clear up misunderstandings and figure out what they find so damnably passion-inducing about one another...-- Page  of cover.~Rivals of fortune: Joanna Rowntree thought she would die of a broken heart when her one true love married another-until not one but two fascinating newcomers appear on neighboring estates. As the roughhewn Jonathan Erland and the polished Sir Rollin Denby engage in a heated competition for her hand, Joanna realizes her heart is alive and well-but to whom will she give it?.-- Page  of cover.
Alex Walker doesn't need a woman in his life. In fact, he doesn't have time for one. Between his career in the FBI and the demands of being good father, romance is an unwanted distraction. Likewise, Cassidy Mullen is fine on her own. The independent career woman has never had a husband in her plans--forget about kids. But when her friend Alex gets into a bind with his ex over their daughter, Cass finds herself suddenly playing the part of Alex's stable, child-loving fiancée--and liking it a lot more than she'd care to admit. Soon Alex and Cass can't deny the real passion growing between them. But as fake affection turns into real love, Cass and Alex will have to make a choice: say I Do to their feelings or give up on happily-ever-after for good.
Heartbroken handyman Avery Dean cant get away from his exwho just happens to be the maid of honor in his sisters upcoming wedding. As the best man, Avery has to grin and bear his sisters misguided attempts to get them back together, until the perfect excuse presents itself in a pretty out-of-towner. Wi th her time in Cricket Creek, Kentucky, coming to an end, hair stylist Sophia Gordon cant deny the towns charms, or her attraction to Avery Dean. Thats why she finds herself saying yes to dinner, and then, a wedding date. So phia agrees to be Averys pretend girlfriend until the big day is over, but when their make-believe fling shows signs of real passion, Sophia starts to wonder if staying in Cricket Creek could make all her wishes come true.
After seven days in a coma, Hannah Parker remembers nothing about the accident that landed her in the hospitalor how she ended up pregnant with Brannon McKays baby, the man shes loved since high school. Her body and heart have burned for him for years, and when she wakes up, hes sleeping by her bedside, anxious to keep her safe at all costs. But as Hannah struggles with her amnesia, a threat looms closer--one that could have deadly consequences if she recovers her memories. She will have to trust Brannon completely if she is to keep what haunts her at bay, and their baby safe.
The fancy-footed Happy Hoofers--Tina, Janice, Pat, Mary Louise, and Gini-- are kicking off Carnival by entertaining posh guests at the most elegant hotel in Rio de Janeiro. Stunning beaches and spectacular views abound. But the party is cut short for the fab five when their alluring Brazilian companion is found dead in her room, without a clue as to what killed her.
Determined to make it on her own, Sierra West starts working as a bartender for gruff, handsome Ace Thompson, and soon she's having trouble resisting her new boss, while he's tempted to break his strict policy against messing around with staff.
James, the scandalously uncivilized Duke of Harland, requires a bride with a spotless reputation for a strictly business arrangement. Charlene Beckett, the unacknowledged daughter of an earl and a courtesan, has just been offered a life-altering fortune to pose as her half-sister, Lady Dorothea, and win the duke's proposal. When secrets are revealed and passion overwhelms, James must decide if the last lady he should want is really everything he needs. And Charlene must decide if the promise of a new life is worth risking everything, including her heart.
Friendly fire: Keisha, LaRhonda and Shawna are best friends, but Keisha steps out of her box, and Shawna's life begins to look up, while LaRhonda still struggles in the confines of the ghetto.~Bad education: Gabby is forced to move into the Cumberland Projects after her mother dies; Mika and her posse are intent on making Gabby's life miserable.
Awakening from a months-long coma, Ben Stillwater is met with a big surprise--the footloose bachelor cowboy is a father! Ben tries to adjust to life with baby Cody and decides what the child really needs is a mom. Sheriff Lucy Benson does not seem a likely candidate--she already has her hands full closing in on the thieves who have been targeting the ranches of Little Horn, Texas. But the closer Ben gets to Lucy--and the closer they get to solving the mystery--the more it seems the free-spirited rancher and the determined officer could be a perfect match.
The life of a cowboy suits Thalis Christie just fine. A puncher for the Crescent H in Texas, he loves what he does and is damn good at it too. He doesn't even mind being away from his family -- he's got good friends to keep him from getting too homesick. That is, until his folks write, imploring him to hunt down his brother, Myles, who's been shot while prospecting in the Black Hills. Thalis sets out to do his family duty and find his little brother -- still alive, he hopes. Thalis has got his partner, Ned Leslie, by his side, as well as some other surprising travel companions, including the famous Wild Bill Hickok. But as he follows his brother's wandering trail across the country, leading him to encounter deadly obstacles from Texas to Blood Gulch, he begins to wonder if he can ever return to the comfortable life he used to lead -- or if he even wants to.
At the tender age of six, Penelope Watkins fell for her best friends brother, Evan Donovan, future hunk. By the time they were teenagers, they were having heart-to-heartsand hot and heavy top secret make-out sessions. All that changed when Evans father suddenly died. Abruptly, Penelope lost him to griefand to his true love: football. But now an injury had ended Evan's NFL career. The notorious bad boy was in a depression no one could penetrate, except maybe the one woman who still knew him bestand still wanted him most.
Delaney Blair loves her job at Echo Lake's Mercy Hospital, where she's developed a reputation for being smart, fair, and driven. When she's assigned to cut funding, she has to temporarily relocate her office, put on borrowed scrubs, and go toe-to-toe with Dr. Joshua Mackenzie, the interim head of the pediatrics department. His killer smile and rock-star body are distractions Delaney could do without, but she's determined to stay focused while she brings his budget into line. It's not working. Beloved by his colleagues and patients alike, Josh is too busy caring for sick kids to talk numbers with the sexy, stiletto-clad Delaney. Every time they talk business, tensions run high... but so does a powerful attraction neither of them can ignore. When an emergency brings Mercy to its knees, Delaney and Josh must work together to save lives. But can they also find a way into each others hearts?