Dillinger Kent is getting ready for a lonely Christmas on his Texas ranch. All that changes the night the widowed gunslinger hears an infant's wails…and is swept into a time and town definitely not his own. After ditching her fiancé at the altar, Auburn McGinnis is on the run, trying to figure out how to hold on to her family's perfume company.The rough-and-tumble stranger who just showed up with a baby girl in tow could be the hired gun–and protector–she needs. At first, all Dillinger wanted was to get back to his ranch. But with the resourceful, enchanting Auburn in his life, the twenty-first century is looking better and better.Have they both found what they're looking for? A love that transcends time?
DADDY KNOWS LAST!San Antonio, TexasSeems one Sam Winston returned home today to discover he was a bona fide father… of twins! Was it possible that his bride, Maddie, had taken an unexpected withdrawal from Sam's Maitland Maternity sperm bank deposit? Well, two cooing newborns sure aren't going to lie! Sam's a daddy. And spittin' mad as to why his dear wife didn't let him in on the surprise nine months earlier….
Running from relationships was a surefire way to get caught in the marriage trap–and ragged on by his brothers. But no matter what those rascals said, Tex Jefferson wasn't afraid of intimacy–or good girls.And to prove he was man enough to avoid the now-and-forever bonds of wedlock, he planned to temporarily marry Cissy Kisserton, the prettiest, naughtiest man magnet in Texas. But somewhere between I do and make-believe bliss, his sinfully sexy wife became the most delectable, upright girl in town. Wicked she wasn't…so why was this love-'em-and-leave-'em cowboy tempted to accept forever–with her?
Tongues were wagging once more in Lover's Valley, Texas!Bridal store owner Crystal Jennings's shame had once been the talk of the town. The only reason she'd want to lay eyes on the cause of it–that black-haired, blue-eyed devil, Mitch McStern–was to ask him…why?It figured Mitch would come breezing back to town just as her family started a no-holds-barred, get-Crystal-married campaign. It figured his kisses would still make her pulse race–and he still wouldn't reveal his secret from all those years ago.It figured her family would take his return as a sign that fate had specially ordered Mitch, just to be her groom…
That Man's Only Interests Were Boots, Babes And Beds!A love-'em-and-leave-'em cowboy was not what Nina Cakes wanted when she asked for a muscular man to help move her heirloom bed. After all, it was a cowboy who had gotten her sister into trouble, and no handsome rancher–not even a notorious Jefferson brother named Navarro–would make Nina forget why she'd come to Lonely Hearts Station: to save her sister's good name.Staid, ordinary, respectable, Nina was a librarian on a mission, and it would take more than sweet talk, teasing grins and world-shaking kisses to tempt her onto the wild side…. She'd settle for nothing less than lassoing his untamed heart!
The Ride Of His Life…Four Years LateMimi Cannady had no regrets. Spending that night with the cowboy had been the right thing to do–their beautiful daughter was living proof. And since the word commitment used to make Mason Jefferson buck like a bronc, marrying another man the very next day was a good idea, too. But now it's time for the truth….When the sheriff from Malfunction Junction finds out he's a father, he's delighted. Naturally, Mason assumes claiming his daughter means claiming her mother, and he'll finally get the only woman he's ever wanted. However, Mason soon discovers he's got it wrong.No cowgirl worth her salt would allow a man to simply waltz right in and take over. He'll just have to hang on to his hat–until Mason woos Mimi the way he should have all along….
Pepper Forrester has been keeping a secret–make that two secrets–for years. When the love of her life, Luke McGarrett, took off after high school not knowing she was pregnant, she didn't bother to track him down. He'd always wanted to shake the dust of Tulips, Texas, off his boots, and he certainly wouldn't need an instant family tied to him.But now Pepper's secret is out and the whole town has conspired to bring Luke back to face his responsibilities. Luke is happy to take up the mantle of fatherhood–and a marriage of convenience to Pepper. But when a new job opportunity for Luke arises, he takes off again. Will he ever come back–or is history repeating itself?And what about the new baby?
Happily ever after meant concussions and busted legs–at least for the Jefferson brothers. But if love meant being cursed with broken body parts, Ranger Jefferson darn sure wanted to keep his bones–and his heart–intact. To his way of thinking, even the military would be safer than snagging a Lonely Hearts lady…. But then Hannah Hotchkiss hopped into his truck with her wild-child smile, thumbing a ride to Mississippi and preoccupying his mind with thoughts of hot kisses. Before he knew it, he was in need of tender loving care, with only one cure–convincing this wandering woman to say, «I do»!
Laredo Jefferson was eight seconds from shaking the dust of Union Junction, Texas, from his boots. Eight seconds from discovering the Something Big he was destined to do.He couldn't reckon how he'd promised those eight seconds to sweet filly Katy Goodnight, but he sure as shootin' knew why. He wanted to be her hero. And that meant riding the beast Bloodthirsty Black.Laredo was a lover, not a bull rider. Still, he craved a challenge–and so, it seemed, did Katy. For this gun-shy Lonely Hearts gal handpicked him to unsaddle her of her virginity. Suddenly, where Katy was concerned, eight seconds could never be enough….