Hmm…give me something tall, dark and full-bodiedSheryl Dayton needs two cups of high-octane java to fuel her from morning-face-and-hair to PR Executive chic–not to mention an endless supply to keep her psyched around her boss, who just happens to be her ex-boyfriend. Ugh! But all that caffeine never keeps her up nights. Her love life is guaranteed to make her snore.Until now, that is.Enter Nathan Hall. The investigative journalist is digging for dirt on her workplace, and Sheryl's busy doing damage control. But the cynical, wisecracking, dangerously sexy Nathan is like a jolt of espresso to her once-snoozing libido. Just the thought of Nathan has Sheryl losing sleep. And after one taste of him, suddenly every other guy seems like decaf.
You DON'T PICK YOUR FAMILY, BUT YOU CAN LOVE THEM.Somebody ought to pinch Neely Mason. An all-around-perfect man has asked her to marry him. Suddenly the sister voted most likely to become the resident «crazy neighborhood cat lady» is tying the knot at forty-five.Now the hard part. Neely has to tell her cheerfully opinionated (read: outrageous) family the news. Soon Mom is issuing matrimonial orders like a wedding planner on steroids, baby sis, Vidalia, is actually making sense for once and normally chipper Savannah seems so lost.Can the Mason sisters pull through this wedding and still keep their fragile bond intact? Because one thing's for sure, when it comes to family, crazy is a relative term.
Perfectionist (n.)–someone doomed to disappointmentFor a person convinced second best simply won't do, all of a sudden Jocelyn «Joss» McBride can't seem to win. Not in the battles with her snippy Siamese or skirmishes with the fire-breathing dragon who's her mother. Or even more annoying, losing advertising awards and clients to the infuriating Hugh Brannon, her not-quite-perfect ex-lover whom she, um, sort of lost, too.Well, enough already.Like any overachiever, Joss is determined to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat–meaning beating Hugh, of course. Unfortunately, her attempts at evening the score bounce right off the Teflon man and a new suspicion dawns–if life was absolutely perfect, wouldn't it be a bore?
People who knew Treble James called her Trouble. Although she'd returned to Joyous, Tennessee, to help her sister through a rough pregnancy, the townsfolk expected their former wild child to get bored and run back to Atlanta long before the baby was born.Even the town's new doctor was worried Treble's antics would upset not only the mother-to-be, but her ailing stepfather. Keith Caldwell might be handsome and worldly, but he loved the quiet town of Joyous precisely because it was safe and predictable. And after what he'd been through, he wanted to keep it that way.Keith starts to change his opinion on the benefits of peace and quiet when things heat up between him and Treble. But is the big-city girl going to leave him in the lurch, or will she stay in her former hometown and put the 'joy' back into Keith's life?
Instant motherhood felt a lot like being under house arrest…When a corporate oversight lands her new husband in jail, Kate St. James feels as if she's the one being sentenced. True, her ritzy new home in the suburbs looks nothing like the Big House. But for a woman barely able to keep her tropical fish afloat, Kate's not expecting time off for good behavior when she becomes an instant mother to her husband's two children!Still, somewhere between dealing with a burned bake sale project, PTA meetings and preteen dating, Kate realizes she's never felt so free. Because being a good mother isn't about being perfect. It's about being there. For the kids, her husband…and herself.
I dare you…Riley Kendrick has officially lost her nerve. Since being robbed last year, her spontaneous side—the fun side—has been completely MIA. That is, until her new neighbor moves in. Jack Reed, aka Mr. Apartment 4B, is over six feet of hard, sculpted hotness with a dimpled smile…one that suggests that maybe it's time for Riley to get in touch with her once-naughty self.Now the dares have begun. What started in an elevator has quickly escalated to a game of sexy challenges, each more daring than the last. It's exciting, it's wicked, and as far as Jack's concerned, it's a safe, no-strings fling. But every game has its limits…and Jack is about to discover just how dangerous a dare can get!
There's no way I would have ever imagined swapping datinghorror stories with my mother-in-law. But life is now officially very, very weird.In Eleven Short Months Charlotte Smith Has:A. Become a widow too soonB. Had her job transferred out of stateC. Driven over 1500 miles with two cranky kidsD. Moved in with her mother-in-law, Rose Fiorello Smith (a cross between Mary Poppins and Napoleon)For Charlotte aka Charlie, dealing with bumps in the road is a fact of life lately. Maybe it's time she made Rose realize that embracing change isn't about waving goodbye, but saying hello to a life where limits are for sissies…and a new beginning is only a new hairdo away.
Welcome Home, StrangerFor Pamela, returning to her sleepy Mississippi hometown means coming face-to-face with her past.At seventeen, overwhelmed by the responsibilities of a new marriage and family, she fled Mimosa. But Nick Shepard wasn’t the only one Pam left behind. Now, thirteen years later, she just hopes she can make things right with her ex-husband and the child she barely knows.Nick’s first instinct is to protect his daughter, but his little girl is hell-bent on meeting the woman who left her behind. With his own feelings for Pam being as powerful and allconsuming as ever, how can Nick know what he’s feeling is real? And how can he trust Pam again? First she has to convince him she’s through running. That she’s come home—this time for good.
How to cook up the perfect seductionTake 1 twentysomething chef (brown hair, small cup-size), freshly plucked from a stale relationship and very dubious about her own powers of attraction (Miriam Scott, for example). Reserve.Stir 1 yummy, tall and handsome man gently on low, being careful not to bring to a boil (Dylan Kincaid, if available).Chefs Tip: Too vigorous use of the spatula must be avoided. Save it for working out your upper arm–and hostilities, too!Take reserved girl and season with a dash of confidence and a generous pinch of attitude to taste.Just before serving, garnish with a sleek new hairstyle, fab wardrobe and dust lightly with makeup. (Chefs Tip: For best results, do not overdo!)