After years of dangerous fighting on the Peninsula, Captain Jack Carrington has returned home to take up family duties and find himself a wife.But his life is thrown into turmoil when he views a fencing lesson unlike any other. The talented student is no student at all, but a beautiful young woman, and the most infamous courtesan in all of London–Lady Belle. Who is the mysterious Belle? A jaded cyprian seeking her next protector? A kind friend helping those in need? Or a mistress of sensual delights that tempt a man to madness?Eager to uncover the true woman behind the facade, Jack wagers he can win a kiss from Belle if he bests her at fencing. And though Belle is a woman he can neither afford to keep nor dare to marry, he's willing to risk it all to win her to his bed.
Tess Newhart knows her ex-boyfriend Nick Jamieson isn't the right guy for her. He's caviar and champagne she's take-out Chinese pot stickers. He's an uptight Republican lawyer she was raised in a commune. He wants to get ahead in business she just wants… him . But there's no way Tess will play second fiddle to his job.Yet somehow she finds herself agreeing to play his fiancée on a weekend business trip that could make or break Nick's career. And while he's trying to convince Tess that he needs her in his respectable world, Tess is doing her best to keep her opinions to herself and her hands off Nick.
Four little girls–each blond, each on the verge of adolescence–stolen from their families.Their bodies discovered months later in shallow graves, surrounded by trinkets they never owned, clutching a scrap of paper bearing a cryptic verse. As a forensic nurse in rural South Carolina, Ashlee Davenport Chadwick acts as both caregiver and cop, gathering evidence from anyone who arrives in the local E.R. as the result of a crime. It's a tough job, both physically and emotionally draining, but deeply satisfying.Then a child's red shoe is discovered on Davenport property. The evidence leads Ashlee to the body of a missing girl and her work suddenly invades every aspect of her life. As an expert and a witness, she must call upon all her resources. And when the killer's eye turns to her, she becomes intimately involved with a crime that tests her mind and her spirit…and the price of failure will be another child's life.
APPEARANCES CAN BE DECEIVING…Wealthy businessman Gino di Bartoli Vouldn't put his finger on exactly what was different about the high-profile horticulturist he'd hired to "landscape his villa. But somehow «Rowena» seemed warmer, sexier, more vivacious…and he was suddenly attracted to her! Even more, she'd connected with his troubled, motherless daughter. Hearing his little girl's laughter was music to his ears. But as he tried to find out the truth about «Rowena,» dare he risk his baby girl's newfound happiness? And dare he believe that the impostor under his roof was actually the right woman who could transform his house into a home?
SHE WAS TAKING CHARGE OF HER DESTINYThe pampered daughter of a successful hotelier, Marnie Montgomery had everything she ever wanted–except independence. Now that would change. No man would ever again tell her what to do–certainly not infuriating, domineering, undeniably attractive Adam Drake.Adam was determined to clear his name of the false charges that had ruined his career at Montgomery Inns. If that meant deceiving the Montgomery daughter, and even stowing away on her boat, so be it. If she had secrets, he would discover every single one….
The kayak trip was supposed to be a honeymoon. But when Nell and Joe Stevens are caught in a flash flood, Nell is swept under, trapped and loses consciousness. When she awakes, safe on shore, she finds a note from Joe, explaining that he has gone for help. He never returns. The search that follows raises more questions than it answers. About the family he never mentioned, who arrive in Nell's sleepy hometown. The enormous inheritance. And worse, the question whispered by the locals: is Nell responsible?Always hoping for Joe's return, Nell tries to put the rumors behind her. But as years slip past, Nell craves answers. She takes to the river again in search of the truth and finds that jealousy, desperation and deception can pull you under faster than churning water–and you may never resurface.
ONCE UPON A PRINCE…Forced to take a little R & R after a few too many investigative mishaps, P.I. Carly Carpenter initially viewed her vacation as punishment. Then she met blond god Luc Gardner–a man so confident yet mysterious that Carly's inquisitive radar went into overdrive. Spending time in Luc's arms was no hardship, but learning about his royal standing was both a blessing and a curse. Here was the story she needed to prove her investigative worth. But by revealing that Luc was the European prince who'd gone AWOL, she'd likely lose him forever. And when he left, he'd take her finally unguarded heart with him…
Miranda Lyme, mezzo-soprano, is in love with the infamous–and, okay, technically married–conductor-composer Kurt Hancock. So what if he lives in London, and she…doesn't. Their secret rendezvous are more than enough–for now. Besides, Miranda's life is full and frenetic: four part-time jobs, plus singing in the opera chorus, voice lessons with Madame Klein and looking for her long-lost father. Who's got time for a full-time beau?Miranda craves the good life and is certain that's what she'll have once Kurt officially ends his marriage and she rises to stardom. But there are glitches. Like the fact that Kurt is still technically faithful to his wife and he insists that Miranda keep their relationship a secret. He promises it won't be like this forever. Yeah, sure…. The truth, when it finally arrives, is so shocking that it causes Miranda to lose her voice.But the show must go on. Will it be a night to remember–or one to utterly forget?