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New Arrivals - Romance
When her cousin tries to take her land in the Scottish Highlands after her husband's death, Lady Triona McKee finds herself falling in love with Sir Brett Murray, her cousin's boldest knight, but doubts that she can trust him.
Is this love real? Raised in a girls' school, Annabelle Quinn longs for the world outside the walls of the academy. When she's hired as the governess to an orphaned duke, Annabelle never expects the child's breathtakingly handsome guardian to capture her imagination or her heart. Or are they living in a fairy tale? Falling for his young nephew's governess is an irksome complication in Lord Simon Westbury's orderly life, but Annabelle's quiet beauty and wry intellect are too much to resist.
For former private investigator Dana Miller, there can be no peace of mind until she finds the person who killed her husband. But it turns out she'll need to form an alliance with the man she holds responsible for the death. Rick Sanchez has no intention of letting Dana destroy all the good he and Ken Miller worked for. As he and Dana try to learn the truth about what happened, he discovers an undeniable attraction toward this intrepid, high-spirited woman.
If the Feds want to nail a Mafia kingpin, they need a slick trap to catch him. Enter Mark Sullivan, who?s totally built for the job?to go undercover as a male stripper in the Vegas club where the mobster works. The perk? The club?s owner. Sure she?s got some unsavory connections, but how can anyone with those legs be all bad? When it comes to business, Nicola DiStefano?s a pro. As for pleasure, she?s been out of commission too long to care. If anyone can strip her of her inhibitions it?s the new guy who?s stirring her wildest G-string fantasies. But Mark and Nicki have more in common than sizzling sexual chemistry. They each have their share of secrets and motives, and with the mob closing in, what gets exposed is as irresistible as it is dangerous.
Ireland. County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors' blood and magic have flowed through generations?and where her destiny awaits. Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan's directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O'Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives. When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he's three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package. Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself?and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona's family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope?and love?alive.
"He's in a furry situation. Accountant Harry Ralph Emerson has always been a by-the-numbers kind of guy. But when he finds himself trapped at work sprouting an obscene amount of hair, he knows his odds for maintaining normalcy are zero to none. After a frantic internet search, Harry goes through the OOPS--Out in the Open Paranormal Support--checklist and comes to a disheartening conclusion: He's turning into a werewolf and he needs help ASAP. She might be the only solution. Werewolf Mara Flaherty has long carried a torch for Pack Cosmetics's sexy single accountant, even after her attempt to seduce him went down in flames. When her sister-in-law, Marty, shows up to handle Harry's OOPS emergency, she tasks Mara with showing the hirsute hottie the ropes. But Mara knows Harry's condition is a result of her lab experiment gone wrong--and the previously mild-mannered object of her affection is about to give her a piece of his mind"-- Provided by publisher.
When they first met Lord Jeremy William Radcliffe, Charlie and her twin sister, Elizabeth were escaping from their uncle-taking turns acting the young gentleman to avoid detection. But Charlie couldn't help falling head over heels-and out of a window-for the handsome lord. Of course, that was only the beginning; Lord Radcliffe insisted on showing "him" and her lovely sister to London. But how could he do that? With every touch, Radcliffe seemed unknowingly to incite indecent desires in Charlie, and his fraternal intent was certain to land her in a fine mess. Though it was a great game to play a boy, there was more fun in being female. And after one brush of his fiery lips when her guise was gone, Charlie swore to be nothing but his fiery woman forevermore.
In 1875, Owen Thomas, a poor Welsh coal miner, falls in love with a beautiful London actress, Jessica Lavery. He builds her a cottage in his village, and enchants her with the promise of the holidays they?ll share after they marry. According to his special Thomas family tradition, the Christmas tree must always be outside, where it can look up to God. Owen carves her an angel to go on top of their tree, with lavender eyes like hers, a token more meaningful to her than any engagement ring. When Jessica breaks off their romance, Owen, broken-hearted, wraps the angel in his mother?s shawl and brings her to America. There, she looks down over five generations, witnessing peace and war, triumphs and tragedies, reminding all who see her that Christmas is the time when families and sweethearts can come together, laughter and goodwill can lighten even the heaviest burden, and magic fills the earth. Jane Maas' book is a story of faith and love. And of the miracle that brought the angel home again.
When a secret about her business partner and lover is revealed during her family's celebration of The Feast of the Seven Fishes, Valentine Roncalli must make life-altering choices as she fights for everything she wants while sustaining her family's business and enjoying life to the fullest.
"At twenty-one, Shandi Pierce is juggling finishing college, raising her delightful three-year-old genius son Natty, and keeping the peace between her eternally warring, long-divorced Catholic mother and Jewish father. She's got enough complications without getting caught in the middle of a stick-up in a gas station mini-mart and falling in love with a great wall of a man named William Ashe, who willingly steps between the armed robber and her son. Shandi doesn't know that her blond god Thor has his own complications. When he looked down the barrel of that gun he believed it was destiny: It's been one year to the day since a tragic act of physics shattered his universe. But William doesn't define destiny the way other people do. A brilliant geneticist who believes in science and numbers, destiny to him is about choice. Now, he and Shandi are about to meet their so-called destinies head on, in a funny, charming, and poignant novel about science and miracles, secrets and truths, faith and forgiveness,; about a virgin birth, a sacrifice, and a resurrection; about falling in love, and learning that things aren't always what they seem-- or what we hope they will be. It's a novel about discovering what we want and ultimately finding what we need" --Author's website.
Veterinarian Audra Hughes welcomes the help of an Afghanistan War veteran when her son's fear of flying opens up a decades-old mystery.
"With her cascading raven curls and sleek, sinewy curves, Jocelyn Asbury is a woman any man would want. And Rayne Garrick, 4th Viscount Stoneleigh, wants Jocelyn...in his arms, and in his bed. He found her among a ragtag band of scamps and cutthroats?and saved her from a fate worse than death. But even as she yielded to him with a blazing hunger that matched his, she would soon betray him?in a night of shocking violence that would plunge them both into a world of treachery, danger, and all-consuming passion. From the teeming slums of London to its scandalous salons and dazzling ballrooms, from a vast estate on Hampstead Heath to the stone walls of Newgate Prison and a magnificent plantation on the shores of Jamaica, two lovers are about to embark on an unforgettable journey?one that is as dangerous as it is irresistible"--From publisher description.
Helen Huntingdon is beautiful -- so beautiful she has to wear an iron mask. Six months ago, her sister, Jane, uncovered a fey plot to take over the city. Too late for Helen, who opted for fey beauty in her face -- and now has to cover her face with iron so she won't be taken over, her personality erased by the bodiless fey. Not that Helen would mind that some days. Stuck in a marriage with the wealthy and controlling Alistair, she lives at the edges of her life, secretly helping Jane remove the dangerous fey beauty from the wealthy society women who paid for it. But when the chancy procedure turns deadly, Jane goes missing -- and is implicated in a murder.
Dream bride: "According to family legend, Chloe Wright is destined to dream of her future groom on her twenty-fifth birthday. Chloe doesn't believe in fatee, so she's shocked to find her path crossing with a handsome stranger. Arizona Smith is everything Chloe has ever wanted in a man. But she's not about to fall in love, especially since Arizona never settles anywhere for long. Still, his electrifying kisses and irresistible charm have Chloe suddenly wondering if there's something to that legend after all..."--Page  of cover.
Have you ever gone just a little too far? Lexie Banks has. In her defense, she was on the rebound, and it's more of a my-dad-happened-to-marry-a-woman-with-a-super-hot-son situation. But still, he's been her best friend and confidant for the better part of the last few years . . . and is so off limits. It's a good thing she's leaving in two days for a year abroad in Rome.
"From the seductive rhythms of Bourbon Street to the sultry climes of the bayou, a woman's search for the truth leads her into danger and passion beyond her wildest dreams. Advertising executive Stephanie Grant knows how to sell an idea, but she's never had to sell herself before. Walking into The Big Easy's most exclusive bordello, however, she's ready to do just that. What Stephanie doesn't expect is to encounter a man who sees right through her disguise, laying bare not only what she wants, but what she needs. The lithe blonde who glides up to Jake Broussard's bar could have any man she chooses, but that isn't her endgame. The ex-cop quickly catches on to Stephanie's real plan, and it won't be long before Chez Sophia's rich and powerful clientele do the same. Stephanie's playing with fire. Good thing this hometown boy likes it hot"--From publisher description.
A devilishly handsome Highlander steals into British society and steals the heart of one Lady Charlotte Hanover.
A rogue ruined...He is the Killer Duke, accused of murdering Mara Lowe on the eve of her wedding. With no memory of that fateful night, Temple has reigned over the darkest of London's corners for twelve years, wealthy and powerful, but beyond redemption. Until one night, Mara resurfaces, offering the one thing he's dreamed of...absolution. A lady returned...Mara planned never to return to the world from which she'd run, but when her brother falls deep into debt at Temple's exclusive casino, she has no choice but to offer Temple a trade that ends in her returning to society and proving to the world what only she knows...that he is no killer.
"A Viking to bed, not to wed! Medana Elsadottir, known as the Sea Scourge, never planned to become a pirate, but there's no denying her talent. Her female-only tribe has an island hideaway, food aplenty, goods to trade...everything except the means to breed. That's where the strapping Norsemen tied up in her ship's hold comes in handy. Eight godly specimen--and Thork Tykirrson is the most virile of them all. Once their, eh, work is done, they'll be free to leave. Medana had naught to do with this gods-awful plan, but she wouldn't mind reaping the benefits. Wed or bed . . . this Viking has plans of his own. Renowned as the wildest Viking of his time, Thork was returning home to regain his father's favor. Mayhap even (shudder) marry. His brazen--and very beautiful--kidnapper has likely done him a favor in preventing such an irksome fate. That doesn't mean he'll let her off easy. No one takes anything from a Viking that he's not willing to give...not even a violet-eyed vixen who sets off the wildest fantasies"--P. 4 of cover.
Former spy and Inferno Club member Lord Trevor Montgomery is about to ace the greatest danger of all--marriage! Yes, he has every lady of the ton swooning, but he doesn't have a jot of interest in any of them, except for shy, warm-hearted Miss Grace Kenwood--the parson's daughter. She could steal his heart--if he believed he still possessed one.
Ian and Francesca return to reignite the exquisite passions that drew them together, and to finally face the intimate secrets that threatened to separate them forever. The secrets of an inescapable past that was one man?s darkest mystery?a darkness that seduced one woman and forever held her spellbound with forbidden desire. For both of them, the next step is total abandon.
"Peregrine Perriam, son of an earl, has no desire to marry, but when he's named heir to Perriam Manor, he finds he has only a month to persuade a stranger, Claris Mallow, to the altar, or the property will be lost to his family forever, and his line will be cursed"--From publisher description.