After what is going down in history as the worst day of her life – so far – Annie Anderson, finds herself on a train heading home for Christmas. Going against all the laws of travelling on British Rail, she strikes up a conversation with the angry man opposite. After downing his supply of brandy (residing in a convenient hip flask) they soon discover they have something in common. He needs a girlfriend and she needs a boyfriend – for Christmas anyway. In a haze of brandy fumes, she agrees to be his date to a family wedding. In return, he will accompany her home and play the role of her boyfriend for Christmas. With no regard for her safety, armed only with Dutch courage, and her sense of adventure, she follows him into what can only be described, as the craziest Christmas ever. Be prepared for Christmas overload. A festive and funny Romance, with lots of bad behaviour and Christmas spirit.
A vaudeville troupe arrives in Morgan’s Crossing late in the traveling season. When an event occurs that shakes up the troupe, seamstress Cinnia decides to say no to older sister Nola who has made the sisters’ decisions since being orphaned a decade earlier. Leather worker Nicolai Andrusha is lying low and using an alias until the patent is approved on his family’s leather tanning formula. But he finds the auburn-haired poetess irresistible. Will Nicolai oppose his family obligation to help the stranded beauty who has caught his eye?
Adaline Reynolds has very little time or desire to worry over her non-existent love life, regardless of what her best friend thinks. Perky Jo’s, the café she inherited from her beloved aunt, has demanded all her time and energy since returning to Little Creek. But that all changes the day a damaged photograph mysteriously shows up at her feet. When she’s suddenly swept away to find the man in the photo waiting to show her some fun, Adaline’s convinced that she’s finally lost her mind. With no logical explanation for these meetings, she soon finds herself giving in to this charming stranger and feeling more and more like her old, happier self. As she draws closer to the truth about the man in the photo, will she find who she’s been looking for? Or will she discover that the best is yet to come?
He has a vice as bad as her father. Jennie Arnsby wants nothing more than to turn around and go home. Her family is on their way to Deadwood, SD, when Aiden finds his way to their small wagon train. His teasing and banter leave her wanting to toss him out the back and in the dust. When they are separated outside the city, she is left wondering if she’ll ever see him again. Aiden Bradly wants to find his gold and return home. Nothing more. He can’t afford to get tangled with a woman. He’s doing just that until he meets the feisty Jennie. She gets him thinking about his past and forgiveness, but what’s more important, his past or his new future? Aiden will either redeem his past or claim a treasure greater than he could ever imagine, but he must choose one. Dreams in Deadwood picks up where A Ruby Glows left off, but is book one of the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo. A romantic, Wild West romp in pioneer South Dakota.
The Holiday Cottages are magical places, where those who come to Sprucewood, Colorado to “get away” find themselves, and their hopes renewed, relationships kindled and dreams coming true. Fed up with corporate life in Denver and the ‘boys club’ attitude where she works, Renae Caldwell resigns her job. She has one month before she commences with a new company and intends to use it to rejuvenate herself. When an advertisement for the Cottages Farm in Sprucewood catches her eye, Renae decides she will spend her vacation there in the clean air and peace of the mountains. She rents Mistletoe Cottage and falls in love with it at first sight. Mason Flint is Sprucewood’s Fire Brigade Captain and loves living in this small mountain town a few hours from Denver. He’s a confirmed bachelor, happy with life. Life for Mason will never be the same once he encounters the beautiful lady visiting from the city. Will she feel the same about him? Will Renae’s life, and the lives of others, be threatened by an out of control arsonist, or will Mason find the perpetrator in time? And what part will the cottage play in Renae and Mason’s future? This is a part of a multi-author series but complete stand alone
Heléne de Laurant has not forgotten how the Earl of Gunthar destroyed her father’s castle during Henry II’s war with his sons. Apparently neither have her family and friends, for when someone tries to murder Gunthar, every sign points in their direction. Heléne realizes the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin. As Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor, fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction. Heléne must race against time, and dark secrets of the past, to unmask the would-be killer before the kingdom plunges back into war and takes the life of the man she has unexpectedly learned to love.
Marrying an attractive stranger for college cash? Yeah, nothing could go wrong with that. Morgan has one goal: finish college so her sister can start classes. But her financial aid goes awry—flinging away her chances to graduate and help her sister. Josh needs to graduate a.s.a.p. His girlfriend is waiting for him in Germany. But his wealthy dad cuts him off, and now he can’t afford tuition. Josh discovers exactly one solution: married students qualify for financial aid. Morgan, meet Josh. Josh, meet Morgan. Can these two solve their college cash problems by becoming legally wedded?
Dr. Jared O'Connor has given his parents a promise--to find his dead brother's fiancee and child. But his mission is derailed when he meets beautiful flight nurse Shelly Bennett. The sadness in her eyes, mirrors his own, and he is drawn to her and to her young son in a way he's never experienced before. Shelly can't afford to be distracted by Jared's attention. Her son's upcoming testing may confirm he has kidney failure--there's no room for anything else in her life. But when Jared uncovers the truth, she realizes her days of running from the past are over. But can she forgive Jared long enough to accept his love?
Is it possible to flee your past? Or does it sit patiently, waiting for your return? Tired of traveling the world in order to escape reality, Bri Hunter has finally found a place to call home. Settled into Santa Barbara, close to her brother and cousin, she's ready for a little peace. Wanting to avoid the tormenting, incessant calls she receives, she throws herself into helping her sister-in-law's growing floral business. It doesn’t take long to run smack into the one guy she’d given up on ever seeing again. It’s been five years since Josh Tucker has sobered up, left his Hollywood lifestyle far behind, and sheltered himself on his horse ranch in Santa Ynez, California. If it hadn’t been for his family, he probably wouldn’t be around to tell his story. When a beautiful brunette shows up at his cousin’s vineyard, something in her spiteful eyes tells him their paths have tangled together before. As Josh begins to uncover who Bri is, he finds himself falling for her. Will he find a way to convince her to trust him? And will she be able to let go of the past and move forward? When a traumatic event strikes, Bri will have to decide if she’s going to let life continue to cripple her—or set her free.
Perfect for the new year and beyond! Award-winning author Martina Boone takes us to a magical setting in the Scottish Highlands to spin a heartwarming standalone novel of love and loss, family and friendship, hope and renewal, small towns and big ambitions.
Cait Fletcher was always second-string in her father's eyes, unable to compete with her perfect older brother. Her father's view of Cait only deteriorated further when she fell for the local "bad boy" at the age of nine, and her belief in Brice MacLaren never once wavered until the day he betrayed her a few months before their wedding. With their tiny glen too full of opinionated neighbors, wandering sheep, ancient grudges, and countless old traditions to let Cait escape either her past or her mistakes, she moved away--until her father's unexpected illness gave her no choice but to return.
Home again, Cait still loves the village of Balwhither as much as she hates it, and she despises the fact that avoiding Brice in the tiny village proves impossible. But when she discovers that her father has given up not only on the family-run Library and Tea Room but also on treatment for his cancer, she must put her own emotions and hurts aside. Brice claims he's changed, and he's certainly been good to her father since she left. Now can they work together as she follows the example of countless unsung heroes--the women of the Highlands--and fights to save the family business and give her father something m ...
IS LOVE GOING TO THE DOGS? Head vet at the Forever Friends animal rescue shelter, Gabriel Moretti is known as the Dog Whisperer because of his gift for soothing rambunctious patients. But it’s the two-legged species that has him, and his libido, working overtime. Marla Popov single-handedly saved the shelter from financial ruin. But the bossy trust funder is even more irritating than her snooty Standard Poodle. You’d think keeping his attraction on a short leash would be a no-brainer for Gabe. Unfortunately, Marla is also smart, beautiful, and intriguing . . . Most of her life, people have been eager to tell Marla just what she wants to hear. So now that she’s nearing forty, she doesn’t expect to be refused—especially by a sexy younger man like Gabe. She also doesn’t expect it to sting so much. But when she discovers a scheme involving illegal dog fights, she gets a chance to show what she’s truly made of. And as she and Gabe team up to fight it, they discover a surprising respect for each other—and passion that might just grow into love. . .
Addison Morgan has spent years ignoring the broken pieces of her past that etched deep scars in her heart, scars that left her vulnerable to remain in a relationship with an unfaithful boyfriend. Her feelings for him have been fading for months, and after he betrays her again while she’s still hurting over the untimely death of her sister, Addison causes a car accident involving a teenage girl. Police Officer Logan Tant is devastated when his sister’s in an accident involving a drunk driver. And he’s determined to bring the driver to justice. When he finds out the driver has befriended his sister and family, his anger escalates. It isn’t until he meets Addison face-to-face that the truth becomes blurred and there’s an unstoppable connection that draws him to her. When Addison falls for Logan, her ex-boyfriend seeks to reclaim her at all costs, leaving her abused and with a life-altering choice to make that will change the course of her relationship with Logan and both of their lives forever. Tender and emotionally stirring, Shattered Treasure is a tale that reminds us that mercy can mold the most broken of hearts and hope can lead to new journeys that arise from shattered beginnings.
Can her online dating disasters turn into true love? Or will she lose the perfect guy in 10 Dates?
”Lacy’s books are just so darn cozy and wholesome, without being cloying.” WendyTheSuperLibrarian book blog
Lacy Williams is the USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Cowboy Fairytales series.
About 10 Dates:
Single mom Angela Hudson can’t face the idea of going to her high school reunion alone. So her closest friends push her to list a profile on an online dating site. But as her dates turns out to be disasters, she notices the man behind the coffeeshop bar.
After losing his wife too soon, Drew Scheffield isn’t interested in dating again. But when he meets Angela in the coffeeshop where he’s working to help out his brother, he discovers his heart isn’t as dead as he thought it was.
Date after date goes wrong and Angela finds herself falling for the handsome barista. But are Drew’s emotional walls too thick to break through? Will Angela lose the perfect guy in 10 Dates?
The Looking Back, Texas series includes these books:
*Next Door Santa
*Always a Bridesmaid
Lucy’s life is a mess. It’s official. Her childhood sweetheart ex-boyfriend just walked out on his wedding, telling everyone it’s because he’s still in love with Lucy - even though they broke up a long time ago! Desperate for a place to escape to while the dust dies down, Lucy gets the chance to spend two weeks in a luxury castle in the Scottish highlands - for free. The catch? She has to be a last minute replacement contestant on a reality TV series about relationships. It can’t be that bad being part of a TV show, can it? Actually, yes it can... The only good part in the whole disaster seems to be Liam, the intriguing and handsome Scottish Laird who owns the castle. Lucy senses there's a spark between them, but the reality show’s director has made it perfectly clear that Liam is strictly off limits to the Love Programme’s contestants. With her ex now pursuing her across the country, Lucy has some serious soul searching to do when it comes to matters of the heart. Will the Love Programme be able to help her find true love? Do you enjoy fun and flirty romantic comedies packed with warmth, charm and intrigue? Then you’ll love Moving On. Join Lucy today as she tries to figure out life, love and relationships in an impressive castle in the middle of the stunning Scottish Highlands...
To honor the happy lovers everywhere celebrating Valentine’s Day, six New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors have joined together to offer this beautiful collection of holiday romance stories. From full-length books to novellas, they all have one thing in common—a thrilling happily-ever-after that will make your heart beat faster. Every story in this collection is… UNFORGETTABLE!
They both have claim to the same land. How will they figure out who gets it without killing each other first? Alexandra I won’t sit by anymore and let my good deeds go punished. Especially while some jerk’s bad behavior is rewarded. Sometimes one man’s karma is another person’s responsibility. And I am that person. But a rugged mountain man, with sarcasm for days, stands in my way of delivering sweet, cold revenge. Jake Can life get any worse? Fate has answered that question with an emphatic yes, with the delivery of one brazen city-slicker into my life. This particular city-slicker is a pushy, arrogant, controlling… woman. Who bought the family tree farm out from under me when I couldn’t come up with the back taxes. It’d be easier to keep hating her if she wasn’t so hot. And… competent? Nope, it’s definitely just the hot thing. Taking What’s Mine is a sweet, but not completely clean, romance novella. This enemies to lovers romance is best enjoyed with a cup of tea (or wine?) and a sense of humor.
When Hearts Come Home is a sweet contemporary romance from a debut author. If you've ever longed for a second chance with your first love, you'll enjoy this wholesome romance. Gabby Sullivan is ready to marry her high school sweetheart, Brock Carter-Banks, in a winter wedding. Supporting him in his political ambitions means giving up the opportunity to attend the prestigious Boston University. While she longs to explore life outside their hometown in Eastern Washington, she's willing to make the sacrifice to be with Brock. As the day of the wedding draws closer, Gabby is distracted by Brock's best friend, Ari. A friend since childhood, Ari suddenly raises doubts about their nuptials and encourages her to take the graduate school scholarship she's been offered even if Brock isn't willing to come with her. Determined to have the wedding she and her mother always dreamed of, Gabby ignores Ari. In a devastating turn of events, Brock betrays Gabby's trust. Her heart shattered, she flees her hometown, intending to never come back. Fate had other plans . . . Five years later, her mother's health has deteriorated. She asks Gabby to return home for one final family Christmas. With time running out for her mom, Gabby takes the next flight home. In a small town, it's not long before she crosses paths with Brock and Ari. When feelings for both men surface, Gabby is torn between the life she has and the one she's always wanted. With fate offering a second chance at true love, can Gabby fo ...
After Alejandro Alvarez’s best friend dies of kidney disease while in high school, Alejandro vows to change his life. Determined to help others suffering from his friend’s illness, he rejects joining his father’s pediatrics practice and instead trains as a nephrologist and a transplant surgeon. Fourteen years later, devotion to his career has rewarded him with a reputation as an excellent surgeon, but success has left him alone, with no family that he can call his own. Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse Tammy Johansen is on duty when an infant must undergo a life-saving transplant. Working closely with famed surgeon Dr. Alejandro Alvarez, she sees the sensitive, lonely man beneath his professional exterior and wonders can such a man be interested in someone like her? As they battle to save the tiny patient, Alejandro struggles with the emptiness within himself until the lovely and compassionate nurse at his side catches his attention. In that moment, one look at Tammy forever changes his life. Life’s Forever Changed is the Prequel to Anne Stone’s The Show Me series.
A kiss isn’t just a kiss … Struggling actress Addison Duvall hustles background acting jobs at the Hollywood studios in hopes for her big break. When she’s cast as the stand in for the lead actress in a blockbuster spy film, she can’t believe her luck. The surprises rush in―her first test shot is with Hollywood heartthrob Spencer Kingsley. Her even bigger surprise is when the director yells, “Action!” and Spencer presses his lips to hers in a kiss. Behind Spencer’s Hollywood façade hides the secret pain no one suspects. He’s the first to take a risk except when it comes to his heart. He can’t deny he and Addison have chemistry―chemistry onscreen and off―and he’s tempted to lower his guard. She seems real, not like the women he usually meets. Once Addison’s star rises, so do Spencer’s doubts. She’s no different than the others looking for the connection to catapult their careers. He won’t let another woman damage his heart. His decision made, Spencer wishes her success. But it’s already too late. How does he heal this Addison shaped hole in his heart? Should he risk more heartbreak for another chance at love? Wherever Love Finds You, Book 1 When Love Whispers, Book 2 Call It Love, Book 3 If you love sweet romance, download a sample or buy Call It Love now.
Aloha! Sweet romance, lovable angel, and a prickly little boy’s Christmas wish. Christmas in Hawaii! How lucky can a girl get? Except Leilani is bringing her mother’s ashes home to Waikiki and has an urgent plea of help from an aunt she’s never even met. After winning two free nights in prestigious Hotel Jordan, things take a turn she never expected. First, she is stuck in an elevator with the prickly, but luscious Mr. Jordan. Secondly, her aunt is a sick woman and only held on for one reason. She wants to pass on her most precious possession… her five-year-old grandchild. The same prickly little fellow that takes one look at Leilani, slaps his fist on his hips and yells, “Go away!” Kale is the owner of the Jordan Hotel Chain and he can’t believe his rotten luck. He broke up with a spoilt brat of a girlfriend and now he’s stuck in an elevator with a big-eyed, effusive tourist. How in the world can a guy who’s so worldly be hooked on a lively beauty with more dilemmas than anyone he’s ever met?
Overworked and underappreciated Emily Esposito thinks wrestling her young son Dante into his Halloween costume is her biggest worry—until her husband shows up with his new girlfriend and tells her their marriage is over. Emily’s waitressing job is suddenly in jeopardy when the diner is put on the market, and she anxiously wonders how she will pay her half of the mortgage. If that’s not enough, the dates she tentatively embarks on don’t turn out quite as well as she expected, and the support she seeks from her mother is met with acute disapproval. Emily resolves to put three-year-old Dante first. Her sister Clara and best friend Michelle are her greatest cheerleaders while she works desperately to carve out a sunnier future for herself and her son. In her heart, Emily never stops dreaming of a man to grow old with and a true love to call her own.
Angelina Samuels has lost the only job she’s ever held. A last minute interview lands her a new teaching job just days before the school year is about to begin. It turns out to be the best thing that could have happened when she realizes that her best friend from college, Gabriella Alvarez, is also a member of the teaching staff. Gabriella’s brother, Alejandro, relocates to his hometown after having lived away from family and friends since he left for college to become a renowned transplant surgeon. He’s settling into a new job, reacquainting himself with family and friends, and is learning to deal ever-so-slowly with the personal loss that forever changed his life. When Angelina’s sister experiences a health crisis, Alejandro is there to support her and her family. And when Angelina herself experiences a personal tragedy, Alejandro is the only one to guide her through it. As love stares down at them, can Angelina help Alejandro take that second chance on love and marriage?
A magical novel about destiny, family, food, intrigue, healing, men in kilts, and the sometimes twisted path to love from the award-winning author of Compulsion. "Delightful, charming, and heartwarming." --NYT bestselling author Wendy Higgins
Helping her aunt organize a festival in a picturesque village nestled among the Highland braes of Scotland seems like the perfect escape from Anna Cameron's broken engagement and the mistake that ended her legal career. To succeed in helping the struggling community, though, she'll need to wrangle kilt-wearing villagers, dangerous sheep, meandering dogs, and the stubborn land-owner who refuses to open his property to the public for the ancient tradition of "Sighting."
For centuries, the glen has been known to locals as a "thin" place, one where the veil between worlds peels back on Beltane morning and reflects the face of a person's one true love in the tranquil waters of the loch. The tradition could draw much-needed tourists by the busload, but that's exactly what Connal MacGregor doesn't want when he's desperate to keep his daughter out of the public eye.
Struggling to mediate between Connal and the needs of the village, Anna finds herself falling in love with all of them: Connal and his disfigured daughter, the villagers, and the magical glen. But opening the "Sighting" to strangers reveals generations of scars within the community and within Connal and Anna themselves. ...
Twas the night before Christmas and all across the world, thirteen authors gathered to share stories untold. From comedy to dark romance they cover it all. So sit by the fire with your pipping hot drink and read the stories brought to you by ST Nick. This is a multi-author anthology stories may end on a cliffhanger or come with a trigger warning. Please beware before reading.
On the day that Layla Franklin is promoted to manager of the Pinwheel Plant Shop, she discovers her first business meeting will be with her billionaire ex-boyfriend, ceramicist Bradley Marconi. Five years prior, when Layla had to drop out of art school to support her disabled mom and her younger brother, Bradley broke off their relationship and broke her heart by saying they came from different worlds. Layla doesn’t mind helping everyone in her life, really, she thrives on being useful. She’ll even help Bradley make sense of the debacle the Wavelength Pottery P & L statements have become. But she wants compensation for her time and reassurance from Bradley he is learning to manage his business himself and working toward being his own man. When Bradley’s overbearing mother demands he attend a dinner party at the family residence and that he brings a date, Layla insists that date be her. Not only does she want to encourage Bradley to stand up to his manipulative family, but Layla wants to prove to them she’s found her own definition of success. Inspired by the dinner party date and remembering what they loved about one another, Layla and Bradley give their relationship another try. Everything is going well, until one night when the past and present collide, leaving Layla with little hope for their future and Bradley doubting they were ever meant to be.
Eager for a fresh start, Jazz McNally throws herself into renovating her grandparents’ mansion in time for the grand opening of the McNally Bed and Breakfast. When vandals strike, she accepts help from drifter Dalton O’Brien. Dalton is willing to lend a hand, until it’s time to move on. But when danger escalates, Dalton soon realizes that protecting Jazz is a threat—to his heart.
In a dystopian future where humans have foolishly squandered Earth’s natural resources, the few remaining people are becoming desperate. Crowded in huge underground cities, they’ve finally come to the end of the line and they must decide whether or not they will trade the only valuable resource Earth has left... Women. Being the daughter of a wealthy diplomat, Rose is blissfully ignorant of how the less fortunate live. Desperate to escape to a planet where she can enjoy the sun on her face and swim in clear unpolluted oceans, she vows to make herself the first bride to be mated to off-worlders. When the Krylon delegation arrives, she realizes that in addition to being good stewards of their planet, eager for female companionship, and polite to a fault, the Krylon males are also drop dead gorgeous. Unfortunately, Earth’s population is vehemently opposed to the galactic mate’s treaty... will Rose and her soon to be Hot Alien Husband be able to make their escape from Earth?
A feel-good romance with no sex, no swearing--just an honest love that develops between two people. If you believe in fate, redemption, and finding hope in the darkest of times, you will adore this newest book in the Cupid's Bow series! Luke Ward was New York City’s best and brightest young physician until a freak accident changed everything. Now he’s taken a position as the staff doctor at a large retirement village in Abeline where he plans to live out the rest of his days hiding from the painful truth he’s traveled so far to escape. When the father of her unborn baby walks out on her, Mandy Rockwell decides to swear off men for good. She refuses to give up either her baby or her dream of opening her own bakery, so naturally she doesn’t have much space in her life for anything else, especially not yet another broken relationship. They both have everything to lose, but somehow Luke and Mandy can’t ignore the spark that ignites between them. Will they be able to make a future together, and what will happen when their pasts come calling?
Amanda Larrowe’s lack of trust sabotages her relationships. The English teacher and award-winning author of middle-grade adventure books for boys has shut off communication with friends and family to meet her January 2 book deadline. Now, in the deepest snow accumulation Richmond, Virginia has experienced in years, Camden Lancaster moves in across the street. After ten years, her heart still smarts from the humiliating aftermath of their perfect high school Valentine’s Day date. He may have transformed into a handsome, amiable man, but his likeability doesn’t instill trust in Amanda’s heart. When Cam doesn’t recognize her on their first two encounters, she thinks it’s safe to be his fair-weather neighbor. Boy is she wrong.
They used to call her the Bon-Bon Heiress. As one of Bon-Bon Chocolates heiresses, Tiffany Bonander grew up in New York with a silver spoon, a heart of gold, and a lifelong supply of sweets. But now her life is falling apart. Recent changes in cocoa supply from Ecuador are threatening the quality of the family’s chocolate and sales are down. Add to that Tiff’s penchant for falling in love quickly and breaking engagements at the last minute…Now they call her the Bon-Voyage Bride. Jackson Hardaway is trekking through the Andes in Ecuador as a tribute to a fallen comrade. He didn’t expect to meet a beautiful damsel in distress and her three fairy godmothers…er, trio of meddlesome nuns…on his journey. But everything in Ecuador is bigger – the trees, the snakes, the attraction. Is this love? Or just another case made to label Tiff a Runaway Bride?
Desperate to save her impoverished family, Eliza Masse begins corresponding with a homesteader named James. After a few months, she agrees to marry him – sight unseen. Is this the worst idea she's ever had? Scared and desperate, Eliza will have to learn fast – and what she learns will take her by surprise.
Handsome and wealthy, but with a painful past of his own, James Stanton isn't sure what to expect from the Eastern city girl he has agreed to marry. When they finally meet, one look at her fills his heart with hope. But can an arranged marriage possibly be a match made in heaven?
A Story of Hope, Romance, Suspense and True Love. ❤️
Jame's Mail-Order Bride is a sweet historical western romance novella in 3 parts. No Cliffhanger.
Where Bantry Bay in Ireland meets the wild Atlantic, three lost souls stumble together united by their inability to forgive themselves. A heart-pounding and magical tapestry of romance, history, legend, and complex themes of inequality that resonated as deeply centuries ago as they do today. Perfect for fans of Susanna Kearsley, Nora Roberts, Mary Stewart, Maeve Binchy, and Susan Wiggs.
After a disastrous relationship with her boss, Meg Cameron leaves her job with two bad options. Stay silent? Or speak up and ruin her career? A trip to an archeological dig gives her time to reflect on historical imbalances of power, but history refuses to stay quietly in the bloody past of Ireland's beautiful Beara Peninsula and the O'Sullivan massacre.
Niall Sullivan has spent years chasing the truth of what happened to his family in 1602. But he never expected to have to bring his newly orphaned nephew, Adam, with him to excavate on Dursey Island--without internet or television or even reliable cell phone coverage. Still, time alone together in the abandoned village could be exactly what the two of them need to build the foundations of a family. Until Meg Cameron comes along. Meg and her developing relationship with Niall brings out both the best and the worst in Adam. And as danger comes from unexpected sources, they all have choices to make. Life and death choices none of them expected.
★★★★★ PRAISE FOR LAKE OF DESTINY ★★★★★
The secret they've kept can either bring them together or tear them apart. Youngest sibling and only sister, Kim Luchetti returns to the Illinois family farm after her father's heart attack. Eight years ago she vowed never to return, believing only distance would allow her to forget the tragedy that broke her heart. Returning means she must face everyone's questions, including those of her first love, Brian Riley, the only one who knows her secret. Brian has always loved Kim, despite his hurt and anger over her having abandoned him when he needed her the most. When she appears at his farm, surprise causes him to tumble off the barn roof and break both of his wrists. Kim's guilt makes her agree to stay and help him until he is healed. Living in such close proximity forces Kim and Brian to face the past and their unresolved feelings. Will talking about what happened help them heal? Or will the memories of their heartbreak keep them apart forever? The Farmer's Wife is the first book in the six book Luchettis Series by New York Times Best Selling author Lori Handeland.
From Book 1: Beth is in love with Jonah, a love that would seem could never be broken, but when Jonah informs her he has to leave their community because of a duty to his Englisher friend, Beth's world is thrown into turmoil
Beth Fisher is living the dream. Strong and happy in her faith and about to become a baptized member of the community, she has every reason to believe that her future is secure. Her beau, Jonah King, is on the cusp of proclaiming his love for her, and a proposal won't be far off.
But then, he shocks her with some terrible news about the future, one that takes her from a life of security to one of fear and worry. He has enlisted as a soldier in the Vietnam War. Her mind can't comprehend his actions. The Amish don't fight, and even when he explains his reasons, she resists. Then, he offers her a promise of marriage upon his return, and she gives in, sending him off with her love.
While Jonah is away, her heart refuses to stop hoping for a bright tomorrow even as she resists the worry that he will not return. She writes long letters and rereads the few she receives in return. She wants to ignore the changes she sees in her fiance, but she cannot. He left a carefree young man, and she fears he will come back bitter and angry.
Finally, Jonah returns, but as she suspected, he is not the man he once was. His heart and will are broken. He tries to release her from their promise, but she refuses. Beth tr ...
#2 in the Dead Red mystery series What if your beating heart is the reason someone wants you dead? Like Janet Evanovich? Sue Grafton? You’ll love this humorous mystery series! When a troubled, homeless veteran covers her vintage Cadillac with paper snowflakes, Lalla Bains decides a showdown is needed. Unfortunately, she arrives too late for that conversation---he’s lying in a pool of blood, stabbed with his own scissors. But someone is watching, and now a killer has targeted her for murder.
What if you had a second chance for a first romance?
After surviving a broken engagement, Cassie Ward decides going home to Dragonfly Lake for the summer is exactly the change of scenery that she needs. A relationship of any kind is the last thing on her mind. Yet, when she wakes up in bed with the guy who broke her heart in high school, and no memory of how she got there…her world turns upside down.
Especially when she discovers that Cole now works for her father...
Cole Hopper prefers a quiet life – one that doesn’t involve romantic relationships and certainly is never going to involve marriage. Dealing with his family is difficult enough. When Cassie returns to town and helps out in her father’s garage, he’s reminded of just how much he cared for her. But after what he did in high school, why would she give him a second chance?
Not that he'd even want one. Right?
When the future of her father’s business is threatened, Cassie and Cole clash on how to save it and their second chance slips further away. If they have any hope of building a future together, they are forced to face their fears and answer the hardest question of all: Is this a love worth fighting for?
Full Circle is a 58K word standalone sweet romance, with a guaranteed HEA, and no cheating. It is the first in the Dragonfly Lake series.
Two best friends. Two fresh starts. Will old regrets sabotage their second chance? Janna’s heart is heavy with grief and broken by betrayal. But as she leaves the big city for a quaint midwestern town, the future feels less frightening with her best friend, Shelby, by her side. After landing a job in the local fresh market and the attentions of a handsome architect, she may yet learn to heal old scars… Shelby loves the position Janna secured for her and the new sense of community, but she wishes small-town life wasn’t so lonely. After packing up all she could salvage from her painful past, she endures more than her fair share of bumps on the winding road to recovery. Afraid her heart may be too damaged for real love, she drowns her sorrows in drunken nights at bars. With new heartaches around every corner, can Janna and Shelby stay true to their friendship and their dream of lasting freedom? Daring Dreamer is the first book in the Inspiration in Cologne series of women’s fiction novels. If you like brave women, picturesque settings, and second chance romance, then you’ll love Deborah King’s empowering saga. Buy Daring Dreamer to explore a risk worth taking today!
Naomi & Jason Sanders, move to Pacific Cove Ranch shortly after their wedding. Prior to her graduation from college, Naomi’s younger sister is killed in a hit and run accident. Naomi is having a hard time accepting her loss, and the isolation of her new surroundings bring a new type of terror; haunted visions that keep her on edge terrifying her. Is Naomi being tormented by her own inner demons or some new type of ghostly visions that haunt the Pacific Cove Ranch? Can she survive or will they drive her mad? Can she convince her family that she isn’t just grieving for her sister, but that these ghosts are trying to tell her about a secret she is supposed to discover? Will she figure it out and prove to her family she isn’t imagining things?
I'm Alex Parker, the best defenseman in the NHL, heartbreaker, and troublemaker. My team had the best penalty kill record in the league, thanks to me. I was on a winning team and so close to the Stanley Cup before I hooked up with the wrong puck bunny--the team owner's granddaughter. Oops! So, they shipped me off to Philadelphia to play for the Flyers, one of the worst teams in the league.
My agent thinks I need to clean up my act. I drink too much. I sleep around too much. He assigns Charlotte Coachman, aka Coach, to whip me into shape. Coach is a sexy as hell sports agent that challenges me, and every time we're around each other it's as if we'rehaving our own face-off. I want her but she has strict rules about dating clients.
Crystal was permanently scarred by her ex-boyfriend last semester. After a few months of attending a writers’ group she joined as a form of therapy, Mario, the group leader and a spoken word artist, asks her out. She is reluctant to start another intimate relationship, so things are further complicated when a second group member pursues her and causes her to question what she really knows about either man. Secrets are exposed, tension mounts, and tempers flare as Crystal struggles to discover who she can trust. As the end-of-the-year performance gets closer, pressure builds as students prepare to compete for a win – for a career boost...and for Crystal’s heart. ***Each book reads as a stand alone novel.***
Eliza Sommer is thirty years old and still lives with her parents, Amos and Mary, helping them run the family farm shop. Eliza is resigned to a life helping her parents in their advancing years, but seeing her siblings marry and have families of their own, makes Eliza realize it is the one thing she truly desires in her life. Eliza was born with a condition that has caused her parents to be over-protective - this is not helped by her own feelings of inadequacy. After all, who would want to marry her - when there is the choice of so many more capable brides? When Levi Raber arrives in the community to help his ailing uncle, he holds a secret close to his heart. Can Eliza find a way to break through his protective barrier and allow him to love again? Will Levi be able to help Eliza see herself for the wonderful person she truly is?
She’s an aspiring artist. He’s a lawyer on the rise. Will they risk their dreams for a chance at love? Wren Busch is determined to stand on her own two feet. After sidelining her painting dreams in support of her selfish ex’s law ambitions, she’s ready to turn over a new leaf as small-town Haven’s resident florist. So when a handsome lawyer struts into her shop, she’s not about to let another smooth-talking suitor throw her creative passions off course… Miller Lynch would do anything to make partner. Even if he has to marry into the local family law firm. But his plans for courtroom domination hit a stumbling block when his newest case has him squaring off with the alluring town florist. And getting roped into co-planning their mutual friends’ wedding only adds fuel to their too-hot-to-handle rivalry. With both their futures at stake, can Wren and Miller follow their hearts without losing sight of their dreams? Love in Bloom is the second standalone novel in a sweet contemporary romance series. If you like sassy humor, second-chance romance, and true-to-life characters, then you’ll adore Beth Gildersleeve’s small-town love story.
To let go, forgiveness is necessary. Even if the one that needs it is yourself. As a teacher in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California, Abby Sullivan finally feels like she has something to offer. She has a purpose, a wonderful best friend, and a supportive mother. Abby is very talented at many things, especially hiding the pain of her past. That is until her world collides with Caleb Hunter’s. With an ever-present ache in his chest, Caleb is living life day to day, grieving the loss of his wife. As a successful writer, he's thankful that his schedule doesn’t require him to get out much. But when his five-year-old daughter, Madison walks into Abby’s kindergarten class at the beginning of the year, everything will change. With a little matchmaking magic from Caleb’s loving mother-in-law, things will be set into motion, love will grow, and hearts will heal as they intertwine. But when those past pains come to light, will Abby be able to forgive? And will Caleb be able to let go? *Previously published under the title, It all Started with a Lima Bean*
Falling in love was not on her to-do list. Left in debt after the tragic death of her husband, Tricia Adams struggled to keep a roof over her family's heads. With the help of the Grandmothers Four, she’d finally gotten everything under control.She was happy and more comfortable than she’d been in years. When Carol’s son, Eric Elliott, agreed to help renovate the guest house, mysterious and things began to happen. The dashing and handsome man held a bowl full of secrets, and she was going to get to the bottom of it.What could possibly go wrong? The PI series books are all stand-alone. Grab your copy today.
A Father's Dying Wish...Miserable after the failure of her restaurant, chef Grace Cooper receives a deathbed letter from the father she thought was already dead, offering a free vacation at an Alaskan island resort. Exhausted, Grace jumps at the chance to escape, and to learn about the father she never knew. Polaris Island and the Northern Lights Retreat seem to offer everything—ocean, mountains, forest and isolation. Then she bumps into Connor Reed, a humiliating nightmare from her past, and resort owner Derek Wakefield reveals upsetting truths about her dad. Connor has no idea why Grace hates him. But one look at the woman he’s carried in his heart for the last seven years convinces him not only that he needs to find out, but that his philosophy of living only for today has to change. As Grace’s brittle shell crumbles, Connor starts dreaming of his future—with her. As she struggles to separate truth from lies, Grace comes to rely on Connor’s masculine energy and solid support—until the final shocking truth about her father obliterates her ability to trust her feelings. She only wants to run. But where else can she find what she’s been looking for all her life?
Relax, she’s got this… Maggie Harris has her ultra-organized life well in hand, until she finds her neighbor and husband together, in her bed, and the tight hold she keeps on her world unravels, leaving her grasping for an escape. So how can she refuse when she’s handed the dream job of running her aunt’s bookstore and a chance for a fresh start? Even though the bookstore is in Brockport, Connecticut, her former hometown, and a place she’d vowed to leave behind forever. When someone breaks into Maggie’s new business and leaves a threat on the wall, Detective Cooper Stanton is assigned the case. It’s been twenty years, but Coop hasn’t forgotten the way Maggie once charmed him at every turn—even with her controlling ways. This time, though, Coop refuses to let her seize the reins. What he doesn’t know is she plans to grab them anyway…and she’s got a secret she never shared.
#4 in THE DEAD RED MYSTERY SERIES Fans of Janet Evanovich LOVE this series A lonely young artist with a dangerous sideline results in murder A wanna be lawman and his shotgun toting granddad A priceless antique race car and an unfortunate Emu When Lalla and her dad take a trip to Arizona to inspect her new property, Dad disappears. Panicked that he's lost in the desert, Lalla enlists the help of a local tracker and finds him unharmed−in the bottom of a mine pit along with a very dead local police chief. Oddly, a young artist from an art colony up the road will be found strangled in her bed. What're the chances that these two murders are going to be related? Well, if you're Lalla Bains, you don't guess, you start looking for the killer!
Brian Archer, lawyer and infamous playboy, returns to Greenridge after a long holiday to find his life in ashes. Literally. His condo has burned to the ground, and with it, his delusion that he’s a footloose, fancy-free guy who doesn’t secretly crave a home and a place to belong.
Staying with his lovebird brother and sister-in-law at River’s Sigh B & B proves unbearable, only rubbing in his deep loneliness. As does getting to know one of the other guests, a damsel determined to get herself out of distress, without any help from him. What is it about sweet, troubled Katelyn that makes Brian want to go all knight-in-shining-armor? And why is he suddenly longing for things he doesn’t even believe in, like true love, marriage . . . ?
Single mom and wannabe entrepreneur Katelyn Kellerman needs to escape from Greenridge. Her safety, and that of her children, relies on it. Plus, she knows the hazards of trusting someone all too well. So why, after meeting Brian Archer, does she wish she could just stay put and build a home? With him.
No matter how they fight their feelings, Brian and Katelyn fall for each other hook, line and sinker—but life isn’t a fairy tale. Brian can’t live in limbo forever, Katelyn’s ex is increasingly threatening, and she needs to secure a future for her and her kids. Can they beat the odds, salvage the ashes of their pasts, and risk everything for love, or are they just fishing for trouble?
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Kitty, It’s Cold Outside is a romance with a serendipitous twist at the end. I’m betting you’ve never read a story like this before, past, present, or future.
A lost kitten travels through time to bring deliverance to Victorian heiress Katherine Gills. She’s waited through hundreds of Christmases for her lover to return. When 21st century mailman Mick Jolly delivers her kitten, he takes her on a romantic spree of Christmas parties, lost letters, modern conveniences, and a newfound love.
Can Katherine and Mick break her curse of endless Christmas misery with the help of a kitten who only wants to get in from the cold?
Vicki had always felt growing up on Maui was truly paradise in every way. Meeting Marshall her senior year made it that much more perfect. Flying to Oahu with him and losing her most valuable possession—her virginity—comes with a high price. Having just turned eighteen and now pregnant, she still doesn’t second guess her decision about breaking her rules and going through with it. She does however second guess his marriage proposal, feeling as if she’s trapping him in a course he’ll regret later. Marshall repeatedly convinces her marriage is what he wants, and she agrees to marry him. Life could not be more perfect, until she loses the baby late in the pregnancy. She finds herself once again questioning their marriage and flees back home with her parents. Marshall eventually convinces her to return to him, only to have her say goodbye days later to accomplish her original goal—college. They manage to make their marriage work through long semesters and separate islands. Once again, life is perfect… Until Vicki discovers a small detail Marshall left out about his past. She runs away yet again. He tracks her down and desperately fights for the only thing he has ever wanted in his life. Her.
Can a runaway bride find love with someone else’s jilted groom? Flower shop owner Flora has waited years to say “I do” but when she gets to the altar, all she can say is “I can’t.” Ex-ballplayer Dean waits for his turn to find wedded bliss but has nothing to say when his bride-to-be texts that she’s not coming. As Flora makes her escape from the chapel in Las Vegas, she barrels into Dean and it changes everything. They never expect to spend the night together. One perfect night where they share everything but names, numbers, or even Facebook pages. In the morning, Dean leaves without waking Flora, thinking the note he leaves will be enough. Maybe it would have been if Flora had found it. Once they get back to the real world, Flora can’t stop thinking about Dean. And Dean keeps dreaming of Flora. Could they be closer than they think? When fate steps in with a bouquet of flowers, will Flora and Dean get a second chance at love? And will they be ready to take it? With a hint of Runaway Bride and a bit of Serendipity, Flora and Dean discover some love stories are perfectly played.
Escape to sunny Corfu but beware... Lizzie does her best to help her brother adjust, and together they set out to do the witch’s bidding, in the hope that if they do as she asks she will finally let them be. The witch’s ravens are forever spying on them or paying them a visit, but soon the sight of them becomes welcome as Lizzie and Tom’s efforts start to pay off. Slowly, they begin to have some fun together. New friends help with that, including Stamatis, whom Lizzie finds all the more irresistible… “The plot gets going so quickly that it is almost impossible to précis it without giving the game away... Continuous action and a number of sub-plots draw you in fast." ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu The Raven Witch of Corfu is a compelling series of just 4 kindle books. Start reading from episode 1 and let your most enthralling Greek holiday begin!
A terrible evil lurks in the mountain… Lizzie is not your average tourist. She may have just arrived on the idyllic Greek island of Corfu, but her mind is not on having a good time. Far from it, Lizzie has a daunting task to undertake: to claim back her twin brother who was kidnapped twenty years earlier on her previous visit. In a cave. By an evil witch. When Lizzie sees her brother again, she receives the shock of her life. The witch has tricked her… And, as if this weren’t enough, a handsome local steals her heart to complicate her life even further… "It's a step up from Mills and Boon - much more Mary Stewart than Barbara Cartland, with a bit of Gothic horror and Harry Potter-esque magic in the mix. And it's certainly a page-turner." ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu This highly imaginative Greek fantasy romance will intrigue and uplift you. It is also guaranteed to leave you longing for a visit to your closest Greek restaurant!
Being unexpectedly tasked with caring for his adorable ten-month-old niece is more than Detective Joel Wolfsley can handle. He's on sick leave with one leg in a cast after a drug dealer mowed him down with a car. But Joel's a sucker for his sister—all four of his sisters—and the munchkin's mom needs his help. Thing is, Joel needs help, too. Isn't that what next door neighbors are for?
One look at the tough-talking "Big Bad Wolf" cradling a baby in his arms and kennel owner Willa Darling knows he's all bark, no bite. Joel might need assistance chasing after his niece, but he's completely capable otherwise, and a family man at heart. Which means that in spite of the tension that simmers between them while caring for the infant, Willa will have to let him go.
Abraham Schuster only wants one thing for Christmas: to fall in love. Unfortunately, he's just gone through an awful breakup and is still trying to pick up the pieces of his life. Is he willing to put himself out there again? Will he be able to find a woman in time to have a merry Christmas? Or is he destined to go through the holidays with a lonely heart?
Building a new life for himself and his preteen daughter brings Joe Messina home to Harmony Valley. That and showing his town that the onetime bad boy is now a responsible single father. His first move is to get his grandfather's defunct garage up and running. Except now he's got the FBI poking around, and there's a beautician with her eye on the abandoned auto parts. An artist who's happiest turning rusty junk into sought-after treasure, San Francisco transplant Brittany Lambridge is making Joe think they can create something rare and special together. But he has unfinished family business that could jeopardize his fresh start. Is Joe ready to believe in himself as fiercely as Brittany's beginning to believe in him?
Juliet Washington left Orlando for LA five years ago to forget Ivan Underwood. When her company buys Ivan’s magazine, she’s forced back home to handle the transition—and what’s worse, she must work closely with Ivan. Now more than ever she’s determined not to let him get too close—he already broke her heart once. After magazine editor, Ivan Underwood’s boss informs him of a new parent company takeover, he never in a million years imagined the person handling the transition would be none other than Juliet Washington—the one that got away. At first, Ivan is looking for answers to the question that’s been plaguing his mind forever: Why did Juliet leave? But the more they interact, the more old feelings resurface, leaving Ivan even more puzzled. Does Juliet feel it too? For fans of Hallmark Christmas movies! Note: This is a sweet romance novelette, not a full-length novel.
Love kindles when a fake engagement brings best friends together. World Champion snowboarder, Wyatt Fernandez, should be hitting the slopes in the Andes and spending his days teaching as the new ski instructor. But an emergency means he’s heading off the family’s tree farm with his best friend, Harper. She’s too busy with her books and earning tenure to notice his hopes for more than friendship. Homebody and nutritionist, Dr. Harper Bright, must let go of her coveted summer research position so she can help on the tree farm...with Wyatt. He might push past her comfort zone, but he has always “gotten” her. She doesn’t want to scare off her best friend just because he is suddenly far more interesting than the nutritional benefits of broccoli. In order to keep their friendship intact, Harper has to pretend she is not infatuated with her best friend. When Wyatt names Harper as his fiancé to appease his father and prevent returning to Chile early, he never dreams Harper might actually have to play the part. Wyatt wants more than a reluctant fake fiancé. And he has one last summer to convince Harper that they’re better together.
After her father’s accident, Corrie Lancaster moves back to the family farm just in time to help with the harvest. With a bumper crop of wheat waiting, the farm’s only hired hand quits, leaving Corrie with no choice but to accept the help of her old boyfriend’s older brother, Aaron Tuttle. It seems like the perfect plan until Corrie realizes ex-flame Luke isn’t over her. But even with Luke’s apologies and attempts to rekindle their romance, Corrie can’t forget his past betrayal. Between harvesting, keeping tabs on her younger siblings, and watching her parents’ marriage crumble, Corrie leans on Aaron for emotional support. Wading through jealousy was never on Corrie’s to-do list, but as she navigates the choppy waters, she finds herself falling for Aaron’s good looks and charming wit. Just when Corrie thinks she has everything under control, a stranger seeking shelter comes to the farm, and an old nemesis returns for revenge. As destructive forces align against her, Corrie must decide which man’s love will bring her back to life and restore her faith in herself, her family, and her purpose.
“Heartwarming, lyrical, soulful, and with just the right amount of humor: this book sparkles with authentic, layered characters and beautiful, thoughtful prose.” — Jodi Meadows, NYT bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane
Two generations, two great loves, one devastating lie . . .
When Izzy unexpectedly loses her mother in a car accident, her world shatters. Their relationship has always been so close that Izzy can't imagine life without her. Nor can she begin to understand when she finds a secret box of love letters that her mother wrote but never sent. The idea of her mother hiding such intense feelings for more than twenty years without so much as a hint makes Izzy question everything she thought she knew--including the identity of her father.
Following a trail of clues overseas, Izzy steps into a world of glamour and English royalty, one which years ago forced her mother to choose between her obligation to her musical gift and her lover's obligations to his family, title, and estate. It's a world of secrets and masquerades, of heartache and betrayal. And in the midst of this world, Izzy finds a young man who feels as broken as she does herself. The two are drawn to each other--only to find that their parents' lies may present an insurmountable obstacle between them.
Thrown together on a coming of age journey of discovery that spans two lifetimes and takes them from a grand esta ...
Wandering Home Will a justice-seeking wanderer find solace on a ranch with a stubborn widow determined to protect what is hers? Storybook Hero Can a starry-eyed dreamer’s search for adventure overcome a taciturn man’s belief he has nothing to offer? My Heart Knew Will falling in love with a strong-willed cowboy be the adventure a tomboy maid has been seeking? Sparked By Fire Can a wounded soul find solace in the attentions from a cook who nurtures through her culinary creations?
Lifelong passion and perseverance have finally given Nina the one thing she ever wanted: her own environmental non-profit. And yet it’s when she should be on top of the world that she feels the empty results of her neglected personal life. At twenty-seven, maybe now’s the time to see what happens when she takes a break from her hard work. Chelsey’s passion is music. Still the rebellious stoner he was in high school, growing up has forged his powerful and beautifully raspy voice that sounds like no one else’s. Now that he’s moved to a bigger city with a fertile music scene his raw, rough-hewn talent and uninhibited charisma are garnering popularity for his band. A chance reconnection with Nina proves his teenage infatuation with her hasn’t gone away, but just like before he can’t get Nina to see him as anything more than heartbreak waiting to happen. But as Nina spends more time with Chelsey, she finds a shared determination and ambition she hadn’t seen before. Between their very different and busy lives, the marine biologist and the rising rock star try to make this delicate new relationship work. As Chelsey’s band gains more and more of a following, the temptations of stardom begin to overwhelm him. Nina and Chelsey will need to decide if they can make it through this together or if the pressure will break them apart.
Kate Brady never thought she'd set foot in her hometown of Golden Grove again. After all, it was the scene of the biggest embarrassment of her life, back when she was "Katie Braces", the art nerd. But if she's going to make good with the bosses at her design corporation she has to take on a job with Nitrovex, the boring chemical plant in her old hometown. Peter Clark never thought he'd still be in Golden Grove. But here he was the popular chemistry teacher at his old high school. The last thing he expected was seeing his childhood neighbor Katie back in town for a few days. A few days he found himself hoping would turn into weeks. Will Kate be able to get the job done without all of those pleasing distractions from Peter? And will Peter take a chance on finding love with his first crush?
Antiques can be a dangerous business. Especially when you’re dealing with a desperate politician, a sexy ex-cop, and a couple of "spirited" companions.
Anna Yesterday owns Yesterday's Antiques in small town USA. When she finds an old newspaper clipping lining the drawer of an antique dresser, she realizes she's never heard the heart wrenching story of abuse and suicide detailed on the yellowed newsprint. So she starts to dig, and her sleuthing exposes an ugly cover-up that casts the residents of Crocker, Indiana into danger and intrigue, and leaves them with a corpse.
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A sweet holiday romance that will delight your heart.
A mix-up between lovebirds brings Melisa Hart face to face with the dashing Dr. Rob Reed, the man she crushed on her entire life.
Unfortunately, he’s not welcome in her large Irish family. He’s not a firefighter like her father and brothers, and they believe he stole her brother’s girlfriend.
Can the hunt for a lost lovebird and a Christmas miracle open Melisa’s heart to giving Rob another chance?
"Be prepared to CRASH! What I love about this novel is the "REAL LIFE" aspect. We all plan out our futures and know EXACTLY how we want them to play out...well rarely does that happen." ~ HJ Bellus, USA TODAY bestselling author Prepare to make the BEST mistake of your life! You can predict the tides but not the changes they make. Gunnison Del Valle was the current in the tide that was about to change my life. Crash one we met. Crash two we fell in love. Crash three changed our perfectly planned lives forever.
Everyone has a fear. Fear of spiders? Arachnophobia. Fear of small spaces? Claustrophobia. And of course, the fear of being tickled by feathers: pteronophobia. Sophie Smart fears drowning. No, her fear isn’t some made up malarkey like exposedflabophobia (acute paranoia when wearing a swimsuit and baring pasty thighs and a round bottom). Sophie drowned as a child. She died for three minutes. Her childhood trauma is real. Yet Sophie, hot-shot advertising executive, isn't a child anymore. Now Sophie's most important client, handsome Matthew Silver, is insisting she learn how to swim. She can't blame him really - he's the owner of a chain of swimming centers, and Sophie's in charge of his new advertising campaign. The last thing Sophie wants to do is get in the water, in a clingy swimsuit, with a client she’s trying to impress. She's not going to win him over flapping around like an idiot, is she? But with a broken heart from her last relationship, maybe getting into the pool is just what Sophie needs. Maybe she can trust Matthew with her fears. Maybe it's time for her to forget about her past and take the plunge?
Andrea Peterson gave her heart to Lance Foster. She knew him before he was famous. She started dating him when he was waiting tables for a living. She was there for him through one failed audition after another. Then, the minute he got a taste of acting success, Lance broke her heart. After that Andrea becomes determined never to date another actor again. That's a hard enough promise to keep in an actor-filled city like Los Angeles. The true test comes, however, when she meets a handsome new stranger who catches her eye like never before. When Andrea finds out this new man is an actor, she begins to wonder: Is the past doomed to repeat itself, or will things be different this time?
Free-Spirited… Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family’s wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston’s West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life. Radical… As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law? Determined… When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa’s love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves. Will she yield to expectations, or follow her heart on a journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without?
Welcome to Adams Grove…where the wedding cakes are sweet, but the recipe is murder. For years, Carolanne Baxter dreamed of a life beyond Adams Grove. Being the daughter of the town drunk was no picnic, so when college offered her a chance for escape, she took it. Now Carolanne has returned home, finally ready to make amends with her father, Ben, and to celebrate the wedding of her best friends Jill and Garrett. Of course, the fact that Connor Buckham, her sexy new law partner and Garrett’s best man, happens to be the same guy the town matchmaker named as Carolanne’s perfect match…well! That’s just icing on the cake. But Carolanne’s hopes for a fresh start are dashed when a dead body surfaces during Jill and Garrett’s wedding reception…and Ben Baxter becomes the prime suspect. The murder throws the town into uproar, threatening to destroy the tentative peace between father and daughter—and to derail the budding romance between Carolanne and Connor. Has the matchmaker’s perfect streak come to end? Or will the truth finally bring Carolanne the happy ending she’s dreamed of for so long?
Katherine Middleton leads a charmed life in her million dollar Georgetown Brownstone. The daughter of a world-renown anthropologist, she is happily married and employed by the Smithsonian when her world comes crashing down after the discovery of her husband’s secret life. An impulsive decision to hide out on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, in order to re-evaluate her own life, leads Kate to earth-shattering revelations about herself, her family, and her future. Chincoteague Island, Virginia, introduces Kate to a world where people can still rely on each other, where hard work pays off, and where one’s past does not dictate the future. Island of Miracles is a story about rediscovering oneself, restoring trust, recapturing love, and relying on faith. Island of Miracles is a 2018 winner of an Illumination Award, placing it among the best Christian works of fiction of 2017.
Learning to love is like learning to fly . . . Lila finds solace in her sheltered world by raising butterflies and surrounding herself with their gentle beauty. They’re all she needs—until a motorcycle-riding stranger roars up her driveway, invading her safe haven, throwing her life off-kilter, and forcing her to question everything. What exactly is he after, and what is he not telling her? In one intense night of desperation and revelation, Lila must confront her darkest fears—and hopefully discover that with faith and courage, shattered dreams can be restored, damaged hearts can love again, and broken wings can heal... maybe even fly. A clean, inspirational, sweet summer romance!
QUIRKY CAREERS? You bet! Follow the Fun with NEW Romantic Comedies! There’s humor when love and work get all mixed up.
We all need a little laughter, or a lot, especially at work while trying not to fall in love. It's not easy when the jobs involve unusual skills: grooming ostriches, sitting Santa in a bar, inspector of Legos, toothpick QA, etc.
Warning: These seven brand-new stories will have you swooning and giggling over your coffee while hiding from your boss.
An island castle in Cornwall, family secrets, a kilt-wearing chef, and a historical legend cook up a deliciously magical, heartwarming, and suspenseful new love story from the award-winning author of Compulsion and Lake of Destiny.
Emma Larsen's mother may have been a best-selling romance novelist, but her own track record with relationships was a darker story. Emma no longer believes in fairy tales or happily-ever-afters. But when her best-friend Treave proposes suddenly after the funeral, she agrees to accompany him to a wedding at his family's island castle in Cornwall to try to see him as more than a friend.
She falls in love with the wild, granite Cornish coast, a world rich with history, hauntings, and ancient superstitions. The failed romance of Tristan and Isolde hangs over the island and the lost abbey bell is said to ring when wishes will come true. But as tragedy rocks the small community with a tradition of lifesaving that goes back a thousand years, it is family and courage that keeps everyone together, and a handsome Scottish chef with a turbulent past and secrets he holds close is increasingly the one who draws Emma close as danger swirls around them.
Caught between the two men and her own conscience, Emma discovers that the roots of childhood fears run deep. And sometimes, the people we've known the longest are the ones we don't know at all.
A timeless stand-alone romance in the Celtic Lege ...
Victoria Morgan shocks the world when she shows up at her father’s funeral. Shocking because for the last five years, everyone believed she was dead. To escape her billionaire father’s cruel manipulations; Victoria let everyone believe she was gone forever. Burdened with a broken heart and the tragic loss of her baby, she felt there was nothing left for her. But her return uncovers an avalanche of secrets and lies, starting with the fact that the child she thought had died is alive…and being raised by the very man who broke her heart. Ex-Marine Colt Collins has been raising his daughter alone while nursing a burning resentment for the woman who abandoned them both and then died before he could find out why. Determined to move on and make a life for himself, Colt plans to marry and give his daughter the childhood she deserves. Then Victoria Morgan returns from the dead and he learns that nothing about their past is what it seems. Victoria wants to claim her child, but Colt isn’t sure he can believe his former lover. Together, they will have to sift through the lies and learn to trust each other again if they are ever to find a happily ever after.
From Book 1: "I am not a man given to foolish superstitions, Miss OHara, but I daresay that John Turners soul will not rest until the mystery of his son has been resolved, and he was counting upon you to do so. Will you accept?"
Molly OHara was just a little girl when she lost her heart to James Turner, the handsome, high-spirited young man who, along with his twin brother, was the heir to the Turner Plantation. But the Civil War tore families apart; it split the Turner brothers as one fought for the Union and the other fought for the Confederacy. The war took Mollys fathers life and left her mother a distraught widow.
Now the brothers are gone; one died in battle and James suffered the fate of Andersonville Prison, where most men are never heard from again. But when Molly, who grew up faster than her years, decides to become a mail-order bride at age eighteen, she answers an advertisement from a man named James Turner who runs a ranch in Texas. When she arrives, the man who introduces himself as Jim Turner is reserved and distant, nothing like the James Turner she remembers. But as their love grows, she learns more about the dark places in his soul and she realizes that part of him never left Andersonville.
Can Molly get James to finally face his past and admit who he is? Will her love run deep enough to break through the scars of war?
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Southlea Bay's favorite sweethearts, Flora and Dan, are getting married and the members of the Rejected Writers' Book Club are excited to help. Especially the group's head honcho, Doris Newberry, who, much to Flora’s frustration, wants to control every detail, attempting to strong-arm Flora into accepting ridiculous wedding vows, wayward bongo players and into wearing a huge, old-fashioned wedding dress. But when a new resident arrives in town with information about Flora's past that threatens her chance of happiness, the overwhelmed bride-to-be disappears overnight. To find her, The Rejected Writers set off on yet another zany road trip adventure, this time to a make-believe Bavarian town. Where they meet lederhosen-clad, young men, are entertained by oompah bands, go on wild sleigh rides, and sing in a yodelling competition. But when they eventually find the bride and the bridegroom learns the truth about her, will he still want to marry her or will all the wedding plans be in vain
When Charlotte Olson becomes legal guardian of her young sister, it's tough to survive, even in the friendly setting of Shady Piers. Now, after a disastrous fire, she loses everything, and Charlotte must protect her sister from a much more serious threat to the life they have built together. After an embarrassing introduction, firefighter Neil Mack doesn't expect to see Charlotte again, but when he's called to the fire in her apartment block, he manages to get her and her sister to safety, despite great personal danger to himself. What neither of them knows is the deeper threat, just around the corner, that will have serious implications for Charlotte, the handsome firefighter and those around them who they love. The Shady Piers Romance series novellas are 'clean and sweet' contemporary romances with Happy Ever After endings and no cliffhangers, that can be read as standalone novels all set in Shady Piers, Maine.
A deliciously romantic and humorous read about love, loss and starting again.
Sophie Bailey is your typical yummy mummy. She lives in a small village where life is all coffee mornings and party plan. You may think she has the perfect life - she certainly did until she woke up one morning and her husband dropped a life changing bomb into the mix. Maybe I should let her explain.
Hi my name is Sophie Bailey.
One day, completely out of the blue, my perfect life explodes all around me and now things will never be the same again.
My rose tinted glasses are firmly knocked off my head and suddenly I am thrust into a whole new world.
My husband of 20 years has left me for a younger woman and I am left to pick up the pieces.
Giving up isn't an option though so let's look at the situation I am now in.
I now have: No husband-no self esteem-no money-no job- no family to count on & no prospects.
What I do have is:
A 6 year old son
A boisterous puppy
A mad friend
A huge crush on my son's teacher
An online dating profile - apparently!!
To add to my problems I am the subject of the village gossip, pursued by the mafia (playground variety), forced into servitude and resigned to a lifetime of shopping in poundland. To cap it all I will be 40 in a matter of weeks.
Just when I thought things couldn't get any wors ...
In November 1812, after a disastrous Season when Belle's unusual talent for sensing what's unseen lets her down and results in a man's death, a chance to atone for her past mistake sends her dashing to a haunted manor in the wilds of Cheshire, England, in the middle of a snowstorm. There, she meets the beastly Lord of the Manor and becomes embroiled in a mystery to unmask a killer. Belle struggles to use her uncanny, yet oft-times unreliable perceptions to uncover the truth about a man that everyone believes is guilty of high crimes, but whom her heart insists is innocent. A Christmas ghost story like none other, this Beauty and the Beast-inspired tale will captivate and enchant you until every dark secret is uncovered and all wishes come true.
"Always With You is the bittersweet and poignant love story of a woman trapped between temptation and the ties that bind." ~Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and Covet. With Cathy’s health food café thriving, a loyal circle of friends, and a heartbreaking divorce behind her, she has finally found contentment along the summer shores of the Russian River in the California Wine Country of 1977. Cathy still keeps men at arm’s length, safe from the temptation of love and all of its painful consequences. But when an old high school friend, Pam, brings her family for a short stay, Cathy’s stone walls begin to crumble when she meets Jamie. Jamie, whose compassion and warmth slowly break down her defenses. Jamie, whose devotion to his four-year-old daughter melts Cathy's heart and makes her desperate for a family of her own. Jamie… who is married to Pam. Cathy never imagined that she would fall in love with a married man. Jamie never imagined he would do anything to compromise his honor. But a love powerful enough to transcend time, place, and even death, forces them to question the values they hold dear. Always With You is a profound and bittersweet tale that asks: What would you do if love was the last thing you were looking for, but exactly what you find? And how do you make a choice when every road leads to a broken heart?
Holmes Crossing Series Three books about people dealing with faith, forgiveness, family and love The Only Best Place Her broken childhood made her yearn for a home and a stable marriage. Will surrendering her dreams to save their marriage destroy her? All In One Place Her past was a dark place she wants to outrun. When Terra is forced to stay in Holmes Crossing, she glimpses a future promising light and love. This Place Miriam has a second chance when she becomes guardian of the baby she gave up. But can her rekindled relationship with Duncan withstand the truth of her past? What readers have to say: The Only Best Place: "If you cry easily, you may want tissues nearby." "Keep reading the book. It has an ending we could all live with." All In One Place "This book, while difficult in subject, has great hope and promise for its subjects as well as its readers. Holmes Crossing feels like a good place to get comfy for a while..." "Thank you, Carolyne, for writing a tough and yet beautiful story of healing and redemption! " This Place "I fell in love with this series and the people are so down to earth! You really must give this book your attention because it is great!" "The healing and forgiveness and hope were like a warm blanket on a cool night."
She's running from her past. He's questioning his future. Can small town dreams bring them together? Cory Luciuk never wanted to think about her manipulative stepfather again. But when she learns that he's left her his enormous estate, she's forced to confront her painful past. Was Cory's stepfather trying to make amends, or is it just another one of his cruel games? Matthew McKnight's future plans have always revolved around his father's big city law firm. But when he's sent to Sweet Creek to turn over an estate, he can't help but be drawn to its small-town charm. It doesn't hurt that one of the residents is a former rival who refuses to sign the papers… As Cory and Matthew spend more time together, they start to drop their defenses. To embrace a second chance at love, they'll need to discover the truths of the past and the possibilities of the future… Divided Hearts is the fourth standalone book in the Sweethearts of Sweet Creek series, a set of inspirational romance novels. If you like second chance stories, small-town life, and romance against all odds, then you'll love Carolyne Aarsen's tale of courtroom courtship. Buy Divided Hearts to start the legal love story today!
Colorado, 1877. Who’s the perfect match for a flame-haired Welsh tomboy who loves driving wagons?
Raised by three free-spirited older brothers, Robyn Llewellyn has learned to fight for what she wants—and now she wants to transform her boss and best friend, Max Peregrine, into a lifelong partner. Determined to become the image of what a marriage-minded man wants, Robyn trades her trousers for a dress and heads to Max’s hometown of Noelle, Colorado. But changing who she is with the help of the now happily married Brides of Noelle puts her friendship with Max at risk.
Who’s the perfect match for a work-addicted Denver business owner who loves his independence?
Defying his brother and grandpa’s wishes for him to stay with them in Noelle, Max Peregrine has created his dream job—leading a highly successful branch of Peregrines’ Post and Freight while working beside Robyn, the only person who makes him smile every day. But when she leaves without a word, Max follows her to Noelle where the choices they both must face could make it impossible for them to stay together beyond Christmas day.
Inspired by My Fair Lady, The Gift of the Magi, and the spirit of gift-giving, Robyn: A Christmas Bride is a classic Western historical love story set in a small town high in the mountains during Christmas 1877.
Some days Rhea Cronun felt like Cinderella before she was liberated, but she knows life isn’t a fairy tale. Besides, she doesn’t want a glass slipper or the prince who comes with it. Why would she? She has all the family she needs, along with a new café that she birthed six months ago. The five-star ratings are making her the talk of the town and her days might be full but she’s used to hard work. But when Aisin Leehy comes strolling into Eden, encouraging her to play, she’s more than tempted. He’s the man who made Magic Bean possible and he seems intent on spoiling her but not even the fairy house he built in her back yard, cast the right spell. It’s her daughter Willow who’s become enchanted. Being pampered is a new experience, and Rhea’s beginning to think it might be nice to be taken care of for a change. She just isn’t sure Aisin’s up for the job. What will he have to do to convince her, he’s just the right fit?
In Regency England, 1816, it is not fashionable to display fairy blood. Over 75 ratings on Goodreads and Amazon.⭐⭐⭐⭐
Melinda Wychwood managed to stay at her family home after her father’s death by working as her cousin’s unpaid housekeeper. But when a childhood friend returns, playing a game of deception, will she be satisfied playing the dowdy chaperone?
A Cinderella retelling as a historical romance with a touch of fairytale magic and a happily ever after ending. For fans of Georgette Heyer’s Regency romances, Jane Austen and Howl’s Moving Castle.⭐ GENRE: Fairytale, Regency, Sweet and Clean Romance, YA
Lisa's dreams used to predict the future, but lately she doesn't dream at all. The man she thought she would marry left her for someone else, and now she is trying to rebuild her life while she works as a barista at the Starlight Cafe. A few weeks before she is to move halfway across the country to start graduate school, a handsome young artist walks into the cafe. He is a dreamer too and tells her that he saw her in his dreams before they ever met. Lisa likes him but doesn't want to get hurt again. Will she learn to trust? Will she stop living in the past and move into the future as the person she was always meant to be?
It’s often said, when one door closes another opens. But what if, in the end, you’re left standing alone in its threshold? At fifteen, Dani Valdez lost the most important man in her life—her father. After years of therapy, she’s continued to make one bad choice after another, desperate to soothe the emptiness his death left behind. Even with a fulfilling career as an in-home nurse and caregiver, her personal life is less than stellar. Now in her early thirties, not only is Dani the oldest and curviest girl in her group of friends, but she’s also the last childless, single female. It’s time for her to take a new path, so she’s pushing past her self-doubts and taking control of her destiny. And with her close friend, Zachary, there to support her, she’s confident in her decision. That is, if she can get over the fact that Zachary is the love she’s not meant to have. Zachary will never forget what it felt like to be hungry and abandoned by his mother in their rundown, dirty apartment. He still couldn’t believe he’d been given a second chance as a teen when Joel Evanwood not only adopted him, but also taught him how to run his vineyard. After an impulsive one night stand with Dani, his best friend, Zachary decides to shut everything out and throw himself into work. He can’t take a risk on a relationship with her, even if he wanted to. But when a devastating diagnosis alters his world, he will reach for the only steady thing in his life—her. It doesn’t take long before their relat ...
When CC Cippolini is offered a temp job driving a custom car across the country, she leaps at the chance to leave Chicago, put her past in the rearview mirror, and make a fresh start. But one car crash and broken cattle fence later, CC ends up at the home of ruggedly handsome rancher Reese Brockbank. Reese doesn’t hesitate to rescue the reckless woman who has crashed into his life, but when circumstances require him to put CC up in his house for a few days, he vows to remain aloof—a woman already derailed his life once. As CC’s warmth and childlike love of Christmas turn his beautiful but sterile house into a home, however, she wears down his defenses. Still, something in her story doesn’t quite add up, and Reese’s questions soon cause CC to retreat. The pain of their pasts has brought them to this moment, but will they seize it or put the possibility of love in jeopardy?
Madeline Graham is hard at work on the eve of her youngest sister’s wedding, sewing intricate details into her dress. No one in the household appreciates her fine needlework and poor Madeline feels that she is destined to a life of servitude for her family. Madeline is the eldest sister but the last to find a beau. On her deathbed, her Grandmother persuades her to apply to be a mail-order bride. Together they hatch a plan that will see Madeline travel west to the unknown wilderness of Colorado and a man, Gus Wilkinson, who bears the scars of his life for all to see. Madeline doesn’t care about his past and his scars, she just wants to help him heal and find love with a man who sees her for who she really is. Unfortunately, Gus is resistant to her gentle nature and impervious to her kind and tender heart. Can Maddy break through the hardened shell that Gus has created or will her decision to marry him be the worst one of her life? Will Gus finally realize that Madeline is a gift from God and that he has been blessed with a second chance at life?
The last thing Sara Flannigan needs is a man in her life. When she returns to her hometown, she vows to create a happy life for her son and to rebuild her life after a painful divorce. Yet when she meets her son’s new doctor, she can’t deny the spark of attraction that heats between them.
He’s Harrison Thornton, the oldest son of the illustrious Thornton family. His family would never accept a woman like Sara, a woman who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. She tries to ignore the whispers of her past, but she soon realizes secrets can never stay hidden for long.
Especially from the man claiming her wounded heart.
Colorado, 1876. Many years have passed since Bernadette Bellamy fled the Cariboo Gold Rush and her reputation as the sister of a French-Canadian gang of thieves. Armed with only an honest talent for sewing and a willingness to lead a solitary life on the run, she stays one step ahead of everyone seeking her brothers’ last—and now lost—heist. Until a craving to settle down makes her reinvent herself as Birdie Bell, a dress shop owner. The arrival of an old foe combined with her desire to hold onto her treasure trove of fabrics has Birdie joining a wagonload of brides bound for a remote town.
After losing his leg in the War between the States and his wife in the years following, Jack Peregrine buries his pain under a mountain-high pile of work. He only agrees to sign up for a mail-order bride to save the town of Noelle, keep his freighting business, and care for his absentminded grandfather. But Jack’s request for a sturdy bride who won’t crumble under his burdens brings him a woman as tiny as she is troubled.
Can two mismatched people band together to become the perfect match?
She’s sweet and wholesome. And hiding something.
He’s back home, resurrecting old ghosts.
One of them is going to get hurt.
Molly arrives in Sutter’s Hollow out of gas and out of options. The rundown ranch seems like a perfect place to hide. Except the man who owns it seems just as dangerous as what’s chasing her.
Cord’s mantra growing up? Get out of Sutter’s Hollow. Now he’s back in town, but only long enough to get rid of his grandma’s ball and chain—the ranch. He doesn’t need a complication like Molly, who reminds him of an injured baby bird. He’s no protector. So why can’t he tell her to get lost?
Ditched by her high school sweetheart, Callum Archer, on the night they’re supposed to elope, Jo Kendall casts out on her own, brokenhearted. Over the years, Jo reels in a life she loves, centered on the outdoors, fishing (favoring a lucky wedding band lure), and her fine dining restaurant—a life that crashes away when her husband and business partner cheats her, leaving her bankrupt and alone. Then her uncle dies, bequeathing Jo and her sister, Samantha, his rural property. Jo returns to Greenridge, determined to build a new business and permanent home—without the help of a man. Unfortunately Samantha wants her inheritance in cold, hard cash and hires a lawyer to get it for her, a lawyer who turns out to be none other than Jo’s long-lost love, Callum. Jo’s fledgling plans—and her heart—are at risk once more. If Jo can fight her insecurities, she might end up with a wedding band that doesn’t come with a sharp hook. But should she risk everything she’s worked for, yet again? Before she can decide, she needs to know: can a lost love truly be reclaimed?
Find out if Taryn and Liam can go from friends-to-lovers-to-forever in this funny, light-hearted, contemporary romance that will melt your heart. At thirty-four years old, veterinarian Taryn Williams wants a baby. After a failed attempt to adopt, she believes her chances for a family are dismal. But that all changes when Liam McGregor, hunky Chicago Fireman and part-time mural artist, offers her the opportunity to fulfill her dreams. Taryn believes their agreement perfect, until she realizes that she wants Liam as more than her baby daddy; she wants him too! There’s no turning back for Taryn by the time she accepts that marriage and a family are not on Liam’s radar, but can she convince him otherwise? Invicta Libertas, Latin for Invincible Freedom. It’s the code Liam has lived by since graduating college and he has the tattoo to prove it. He does his own thing, and knows what he wants…until he offers to help his gorgeous friend-with-benefits, Taryn Williams, and his world is turned upside down. He agrees to a no-strings attached arrangement because he believes anything else would threaten his freedom and his dream of becoming a full-time artist. Soon, Liam finds himself questioning his decisions because his heart has determined that is has plans of its own, including love for Taryn and their baby, something he can no longer deny and isn’t sure he wants to.
When newlywed Abdulla loses his wife and unborn child in a car accident, the world seems to crumble beneath his feet. Thrust back into living in the family compound, he goes through the motions—work, eat, sleep, repeat. Blaming himself for their deaths, he decides to never marry again but knows that culturally, this is not an option. Three years later, he’s faced with an arranged marriage to his cousin Hind, whom he hasn’t seen in years. Hard-pressed to find a way out, he consents to a yearlong engagement and tries to find a way to end it. What he doesn’t count on, and is unaware of, is Hind’s own reluctance to marry. Longing for independence, she insists on being allowed to complete a master’s degree in England, a condition Abdulla readily accepts. When she finds an unlikely friend in Indian-American Sangita, she starts down a path that will ultimately place her future in jeopardy. The greatest success of Rajakumar’s novel is the emotional journey the reader takes via her rich characters. One cannot help but feel the pressure of the culturally mandated marriage set before Hind and Abdulla. He’s not a real Muslim man if he remains single, and she will never be allowed freedoms without the bondage of a potentially loveless marriage. It’s an impossible situation dictated by a culture that they still deeply respect. Rajakumar pulls back the veil on life in Qatar to reveal a glimpse of Muslim life rarely seen by Westerners. ". ...
After a year away from the stress-inducing, workaholic lifestyle of being an Executive Assistant at Hart Hospitality, Emily Potter is ready to get back to work. But is returning to the same place that caused all her problems really the best choice? It’s not just her worry that she'll slip back into the old habits that packed on the weight and upset her work-life balance. It's that she’ll once again be working for the man who upends her emotional balance as well. For Jackson Wyatt, CEO of Hart Hospitality, failure has never been an option. But his life and work have fallen into chaos since his favorite assistant abandoned him without a word a year ago. Now, thanks to the machinations of his wily grandmother, Emily is back. He can’t risk losing her again, even if it means hiding the fact that his attraction to her is far more personal than professional. Emily needs to find a new Mr. Right to keep her from falling all over again for Jackson. And though it pains him to do so, maybe if Jackson helps Emily in her quest, he’ll prove himself to be a true friend and his life will go back to normal. But if rehiring Emily gives them a second chance at the job, will it also give them a second chance at love?
Two exes stuck together. Could this be their second chance?
When Virginia state senator Adam Larson returns to his hometown of Maple Creek, Virginia after a long absence, the last person he expects to bump into is his old high school girlfriend. Is he too focused on his re-election and his engagement to worry about what happened long ago? Or will buried memories and emotions come back to the surface?
Natasha Jenkins runs the venue where hes holding a campaign fundraiser dinner, and her business is on the brink of collapse. Can she overcome her past to let love in?
Its just one dinner. Surely, they could get through it and never have to speak again. But then Adams scheming sister, who hates his fiance, locks them both in the pantry of the historic mansion Natasha runs until theyve worked out their past.
Adam and Natasha have to discover their own inner demons before they can find the happiness they both deserve.
If you enjoy sweet romance set in a small town with swoony moments, then youll love this book!