When a mystery writer cries bloody murder, everyone blames her overactive imagination…Thriller scribe Sophie Katz is as hard-boiled as a woman who drinks Grande Caramel Brownie Frappuccinos can be. So Sophie knows it's not paranoia or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave.When a filmmaker friend is brutally murdered in the manner of a death scene in one of his movies, Sophie becomes convinced that a copycat killer is on the loose –and that she's the next target. If she doesn't solve the mystery, her own bestseller will spell out her doom. Cursing her grisly imagination (why, oh, why did she have to pick the ax?), Sophie engages in some real-life gumshoe tactics. The man who swoops in to save her in dark alleys is mysterious new love interest Anatoly Darinsky. Of course, if this were fiction, Anatoly would be her prime suspect.…
Bronwyn Davies is furious. Widowed, penniless and desperate, she came to Fairchild Acres looking for work–and to confront stockbroker Patrick Stafford, her son's real father. Sure, she wasn't expecting the red carpet rollout from her ex-lover…but insults and rudeness? Well, she'll show him exactly what she's made of–and what he's missing!Even after all these years, Patrick still hasn't forgiven Bronwyn for marrying another man for money.Now Bronwyn can see what life could have been, with him. Sure, he'll step up and acknowledge his son.But the cost will be far dearer than Bronwyn could ever have imagined….
Careening down a winding pass in Mexico to escape a truckload of goons wasn't how dinosaur hunter Raine Ashaway planned to meet Anson McCord, the archaeologist who'd written her regarding a possible fossil find. She'd expected the professor to be a fossil himself, but McCord's more Indiana Jones than the Mummy.And when he describes a lost Aztec city whose people worshipped a god resembling a never-before-seen species of triceratops, the news gets her blood pumping as much as his sexy Texan smile. Raine's ready to seek the city of the Feathered Serpent with McCord, but can she trust him to share the spoils?It may not matter–others will do anything to keep them from finding it!
DO TEENAGE GIRLS COME WITH INSTRUCTION MANUALS?The call came out of the blue–Annie's sister Dana is in rehab…can her thirteen-year-old daughter come stay in Maine with Annie? But the wild child in black and piercings is not the sweet little girl Annie remembers.So much for the new pink towels.Surly, sullen and scared, Summer puts a gigantic wedge between Annie and her lover, her friends, even her wonderful ex-motherin-law. Yet Annie has always described herself as a dandelion: not the prettiest flower perhaps, but the most determined and resilient. She refuses to give up on Summer. As days become weeks, downs (slowly!) become ups and risks turn into rewards. And for Annie, the long walk home to what matters most has been worth every step.
Will the lady bring luck…or misfortune?Widowed racehorse breeder Brent Preston greets every morning with the painful memory of his wife…and the burden of knowing that somehow he's responsible for the encroaching ruin of Quest Stables. But then Brent stumbles across a clue–one that could solve the mystery surrounding his family's Thoroughbred champion once and for all…Brent follows the trail to England, hoping that Lady Devon Hunter can help him infiltrate her brother's secrets. But after one glance at the lovely English schoolteacher, Brent finds himself feeling emotions long since buried. He's torn between pursuing the gracefully elusive Devon and hunting down the person responsible for ruining his family…unaware that both paths will lead him straight into the arms of danger!
In 1888, Colorado was a dangerous place for a girl on the run. But Honor McCall had to escape from her drunken uncle. She never imagined that she'd be rescued by a handsome young minister or find a place to call home in his church.The Rev. Jethro Peters' kindness was more than she could ever repay. So how could she stay on–accepting charity while hiding the truth about the danger that stalked her and hiding her love for a man who might never return her feelings?She had to leave, but she just couldn't seem to go–and then Christmas brought a special miracle….
Cut from the same rawhide as his infamous father, Cord Stockwell was ruthless in business–and love. So when social worker Hannah Miller claimed that three-month-old Becky was Cord's progeny, he struck a deal that brought baby and Hannah into his opulent home. The wealthy bachelor soon set his sights on something he wanted more of…the sexy temporary nanny! Still, Hannah insisted she had zero interest in intimacy–but her passion-filled kisses betrayed her. And Cord would not be denied. He'd darned well marry Hannah to keep the upper hand…!
One steamy night wrapped in the arms of sexy rebel Jean-Paul Augustave, Earl of Silvershire, left innocent Princess Megan Penelope Penwyck longing for more passion's play–and pregnant! Now, torn between causing a royal scandal and entering into a marriage of convenience, she wished only that the seductive earl would profess his undying love.Jean-Paul wanted to take responsibility for his sultry affair with the princess. And the longer he gazed into Megan's green eyes, the deeper his feelings became. So when the royal beauty suddenly fell ill, would he finally whisper the only words that could restore her health…Princess, I love you?
Once upon a time in the 1980s, a girl named Beau was torn between two Mikes: did she prefer her high-school sweetheart or the sexy stranger she'd picked up in an airport bar? One she eventually married, the other she left behind (and forgot all about, or tried to, anyway).But which Mike did she choose? This delightful tale by the bestselling author of Slightly Single and Slightly Settled alternates between the story of Beau's summer of Mikes and the outcome fifteen years later…without giving away which Mike ended up where–in Beau's marriage bed or in her memory.In «The present» chapters, the former swinging single lives in the 'burbs with a childbirth-traumatized body, an increasingly distant husband and a sad sack maid who isn't much for cleaning. When out of the blue the Mike-not-taken sends her a flirty e-mail, she suddenly finds herself back to square one, trying to decide which man is the Mike of her dreams.