Where secrets go, distrust follows. Can two lonely people let go of past hurt and learn to trust again? Single mom, Cassie Verano, and her two young daughters move to small town Worthy, Ohio to be near her brother and his family. She longs to raise her daughters without her ex-husband’s family’s controlling interference, and live in peace. When her daughters befriend two girls who are cared for by their matchmaking aunt, Cassie avoids it at all costs. It’s the last thing she needs or wants after escaping a dangerous marriage. Widowed business owner, Steve Nardelli, wants nothing more than to complete his huge Australian deal and expand his deceased father’s electronics firm to secure his family’s future. Though his wife died, their marriage was anything but happy. His sister’s matchmaking only annoys him and adds to his guilt, especially when the lovely Cassie Verano seems to be hiding something—and he’s not interested in anyone else’s deceitful ways. Can Cassie and Steve set aside their deep suspicions and guarded feelings to learn to trust again?
Can you like a guy who hates ice cream? Can you more than like him? It’s enemies at first sight when Doug King rides into town on his motorcycle. It’s easy enough to overlook his sky blue eyes, the beard that gives him both a distinguished yet wild look, and his buff bod. Vroom. Vroom. What? It’s summer and hard not to notice things like that. Why do I hate him? Sheesh. So many questions. For one, it’s Doug’s fault our lake is in trouble. For two, the guy despises ice cream. Who turns down free ice cream? A monster. That’s who. But he’s the monster who can stop the pollution from ruining our water and livelihoods. Too bad I’m the head of the lake committee and have to work with him. The problem is, I’m afraid he’s melting my heart like ice cream in the sun. This is the first book in the Falling Into Happily Ever After series. It is novella length, giving you a sweet taste of what’s to come in the subsequent books which are all full length. It was also previously published in the USA Today bestselling collection Love, Laughter & Happily Ever After but has been expanded with extra scenes and details for your reading pleasure.
Juliet Washington left Orlando for LA five years ago to forget Ivan Underwood. When her company buys Ivan’s magazine, she’s forced back home to handle the transition—and what’s worse, she must work closely with Ivan. Now more than ever she’s determined not to let him get too close—he already broke her heart once. After magazine editor, Ivan Underwood’s boss informs him of a new parent company takeover, he never in a million years imagined the person handling the transition would be none other than Juliet Washington—the one that got away. At first, Ivan is looking for answers to the question that’s been plaguing his mind forever: Why did Juliet leave? But the more they interact, the more old feelings resurface, leaving Ivan even more puzzled. Does Juliet feel it too? For fans of Hallmark Christmas movies! Note: This is a sweet romance novelette, not a full-length novel.
He has a vice as bad as her father. Jennie Arnsby wants nothing more than to turn around and go home. Her family is on their way to Deadwood, SD, when Aiden finds his way to their small wagon train. His teasing and banter leave her wanting to toss him out the back and in the dust. When they are separated outside the city, she is left wondering if she’ll ever see him again. Aiden Bradly wants to find his gold and return home. Nothing more. He can’t afford to get tangled with a woman. He’s doing just that until he meets the feisty Jennie. She gets him thinking about his past and forgiveness, but what’s more important, his past or his new future? Aiden will either redeem his past or claim a treasure greater than he could ever imagine, but he must choose one. Dreams in Deadwood picks up where A Ruby Glows left off, but is book one of the Seven Brides of South Dakota series by Kari Trumbo. A romantic, Wild West romp in pioneer South Dakota.
Petra Kelly's whole life revolves around the stables she manages for her uncle Amos. So much so, that she's spent the last ten years without even a sniff of a date. As far as she's concerned, she's got everything she needs in life and is too busy for romance anyway.
That is until Ted, the farrier, retires and she's forced to use a new blacksmith to shoe her horses.
Harry Milton isn't looking for love, either. He's just moved into the area having taken over Ted's farrier business, and he's more concerned with settling into a new job and a new community and worrying how his younger brother is coping without Harry to look after him. He's never had time for a relationship, and to be honest what woman would want to take on a man who had dedicated his life to raising his sibling after their parents died?
When Petra and Harry meet it is far from love at first sight: Harry is convinced Petra doesn't like him and Petra is convinced he's fallen under the spell of the local man-eater (Petra's words, not Harry's). However, as they are brought together by the needs of the horses in their charge, Petra develops a grudging respect for Harry, and Harry decides that Petra isn't as grumpy as he originally thought.
Spring in Muddypuddle Lane sees the awakening of more than just the honey bees and new green shoots, as Petra and Harry begin to wonder if they can take a chance on each other. Will their dedication to all things equine be enough to bring t ...
Lisa's dreams used to predict the future, but lately she doesn't dream at all. The man she thought she would marry left her for someone else, and now she is trying to rebuild her life while she works as a barista at the Starlight Cafe. A few weeks before she is to move halfway across the country to start graduate school, a handsome young artist walks into the cafe. He is a dreamer too and tells her that he saw her in his dreams before they ever met. Lisa likes him but doesn't want to get hurt again. Will she learn to trust? Will she stop living in the past and move into the future as the person she was always meant to be?
Two best friends. Two fresh starts. Will old regrets sabotage their second chance? Janna’s heart is heavy with grief and broken by betrayal. But as she leaves the big city for a quaint midwestern town, the future feels less frightening with her best friend, Shelby, by her side. After landing a job in the local fresh market and the attentions of a handsome architect, she may yet learn to heal old scars… Shelby loves the position Janna secured for her and the new sense of community, but she wishes small-town life wasn’t so lonely. After packing up all she could salvage from her painful past, she endures more than her fair share of bumps on the winding road to recovery. Afraid her heart may be too damaged for real love, she drowns her sorrows in drunken nights at bars. With new heartaches around every corner, can Janna and Shelby stay true to their friendship and their dream of lasting freedom? Daring Dreamer is the first book in the Inspiration in Cologne series of women’s fiction novels. If you like brave women, picturesque settings, and second chance romance, then you’ll love Deborah King’s empowering saga. Buy Daring Dreamer to explore a risk worth taking today!
Adaline Reynolds has very little time or desire to worry over her non-existent love life, regardless of what her best friend thinks. Perky Jo’s, the café she inherited from her beloved aunt, has demanded all her time and energy since returning to Little Creek. But that all changes the day a damaged photograph mysteriously shows up at her feet. When she’s suddenly swept away to find the man in the photo waiting to show her some fun, Adaline’s convinced that she’s finally lost her mind. With no logical explanation for these meetings, she soon finds herself giving in to this charming stranger and feeling more and more like her old, happier self. As she draws closer to the truth about the man in the photo, will she find who she’s been looking for? Or will she discover that the best is yet to come?
Dr. Jared O'Connor has given his parents a promise--to find his dead brother's fiancee and child. But his mission is derailed when he meets beautiful flight nurse Shelly Bennett. The sadness in her eyes, mirrors his own, and he is drawn to her and to her young son in a way he's never experienced before. Shelly can't afford to be distracted by Jared's attention. Her son's upcoming testing may confirm he has kidney failure--there's no room for anything else in her life. But when Jared uncovers the truth, she realizes her days of running from the past are over. But can she forgive Jared long enough to accept his love?
Crystal was permanently scarred by her ex-boyfriend last semester. After a few months of attending a writers’ group she joined as a form of therapy, Mario, the group leader and a spoken word artist, asks her out. She is reluctant to start another intimate relationship, so things are further complicated when a second group member pursues her and causes her to question what she really knows about either man. Secrets are exposed, tension mounts, and tempers flare as Crystal struggles to discover who she can trust. As the end-of-the-year performance gets closer, pressure builds as students prepare to compete for a win – for a career boost...and for Crystal’s heart. ***Each book reads as a stand alone novel.***
Kate Brady never thought she'd set foot in her hometown of Golden Grove again. After all, it was the scene of the biggest embarrassment of her life, back when she was "Katie Braces", the art nerd. But if she's going to make good with the bosses at her design corporation she has to take on a job with Nitrovex, the boring chemical plant in her old hometown. Peter Clark never thought he'd still be in Golden Grove. But here he was the popular chemistry teacher at his old high school. The last thing he expected was seeing his childhood neighbor Katie back in town for a few days. A few days he found himself hoping would turn into weeks. Will Kate be able to get the job done without all of those pleasing distractions from Peter? And will Peter take a chance on finding love with his first crush?
Love kindles when a fake engagement brings best friends together. World Champion snowboarder, Wyatt Fernandez, should be hitting the slopes in the Andes and spending his days teaching as the new ski instructor. But an emergency means he’s heading off the family’s tree farm with his best friend, Harper. She’s too busy with her books and earning tenure to notice his hopes for more than friendship. Homebody and nutritionist, Dr. Harper Bright, must let go of her coveted summer research position so she can help on the tree farm...with Wyatt. He might push past her comfort zone, but he has always “gotten” her. She doesn’t want to scare off her best friend just because he is suddenly far more interesting than the nutritional benefits of broccoli. In order to keep their friendship intact, Harper has to pretend she is not infatuated with her best friend. When Wyatt names Harper as his fiancé to appease his father and prevent returning to Chile early, he never dreams Harper might actually have to play the part. Wyatt wants more than a reluctant fake fiancé. And he has one last summer to convince Harper that they’re better together.
Kane's a country singer who's tangled with too many deceitful women. He's learned his lesson: girls are for flirting and fun; emotions are for his music. But after spending a night with an earnest woman unlike any he's known, he can't force her out of his mind. So he goes in search of the woman he knows only as "Elle."
On her last night in Nashville, the staunchly pragmatic Sabella found herself in a situation more suited to a romance novel than reality. Swept away, she ignored her rigidly self-imposed rules, succumbing to the fantasy just this once. But she knows real-world relationships have nothing in common with their fictionalized portrayals. When Kane unexpectedly shows up at her Portland apartment, she must choose between the practical truths she has learned and the desire for a passionate love she has struggled to suppress.
Despite the distance, Kane's tour schedule, and their meddling friends, both are drawn to the chance for a romance neither quite believes is possible.
Strike One ... in one night, Brooke Miller loses her boyfriend, her job and possibly her reputation. She vows revenge on her old boss by bringing a defunct vineyard back to its former glory. But ex-baseball star Billy Turlock swoops in and buys her dream vineyard.
Strike Two…Billy hopes the new family business will give him direction and purpose, now that he can no longer play baseball. He can’t afford to fail again, and for that he needs Brooke, who has hated him and all athletes since high school … even if he’s never forgotten her.
Wild pitch … when it becomes clear the hot hunk is interested in more than a working relationship, Brooke wonders if their wild attraction could ever last …
Learning to love is like learning to fly . . . Lila finds solace in her sheltered world by raising butterflies and surrounding herself with their gentle beauty. They’re all she needs—until a motorcycle-riding stranger roars up her driveway, invading her safe haven, throwing her life off-kilter, and forcing her to question everything. What exactly is he after, and what is he not telling her? In one intense night of desperation and revelation, Lila must confront her darkest fears—and hopefully discover that with faith and courage, shattered dreams can be restored, damaged hearts can love again, and broken wings can heal... maybe even fly. A clean, inspirational, sweet summer romance!
I was a damsel in distress. Trapped in a car. Slowly being buried by the unrelenting snow. No cell service. No way out. And then when all hope felt lost, he appeared--a shadowy figure emerging from the depths of the blizzard. Except my dashing hero on a mighty steed was instead a hulking beast of a man with an eyepatch and a beard, driving a pickup truck. He offered his small cabin as shelter until the storm blew over. He saved my life. But this mysterious, rugged stranger is no prince. He's not even the simple woodsman he pretends to be. I don't know exactly what he wants from me. But I'm beginning to think I want the same damn thing.
QUIRKY CAREERS? You bet! Follow the Fun with NEW Romantic Comedies! There’s humor when love and work get all mixed up.
We all need a little laughter, or a lot, especially at work while trying not to fall in love. It's not easy when the jobs involve unusual skills: grooming ostriches, sitting Santa in a bar, inspector of Legos, toothpick QA, etc.
Warning: These seven brand-new stories will have you swooning and giggling over your coffee while hiding from your boss.
Chocolate & Sensibility (Love by Chocolate Romance) This novella will transport you to the tropics. Read on your lunch break and finish it on your afternoon coffee break. Her logic says go. Her heart says stay. When a Food Network TV crew arrives at Ocino Cacao Plantation, life in this tropical paradise is turned upside down. Ph.D scientist, Sophia Perkins, the plantation’s logical horticulturist, faces a life changing decision that could take her away from her beloved Amazon rainforest and the man she has come to realize she loves, Luis Ocino. For Luis Ocino, life revolves around the cherished rainforest he grew up in, and the brilliant Sophia, his lifelong best friend. When his friendship turns to love, he struggles with his feelings and the desire to keep her close.
Can you fall in love again when the love of your life has gone? A year ago on Christmas Eve, the love of Dara's life passed away in a tragic accident, leaving her with their three-year-old daughter. Though insurance paid off the house and provided the basics, there wasn't much left over. A car accident drained finances and cost her missed work. She's hoping for a chance to go back after the new year. But right now, it's Christmas Eve, there's no money for a tree, and everything Dara loves has been sold to survive. Will the holidays ever bring joy again? A knock on the door reveals a cop, with an unselfish gift that will change her entire life. A second-chance romance full of hope, so sweet there's not even a kiss...
With her life in tatters after ending an abusive marriage, Madison literally falls into the arms of her ex-high school sweetheart—the only man she’s ever truly loved. Will she allow him to help mend the broken pieces of her heart, finally finding the love she deserves? A failed marriage. No job. A looming court date to face her abusive ex-husband. Worst of all, she’s had to move back in with her parents. But just when Madison Talbot thinks things can’t get any worse, she bumps into her high school sweetheart—literally. Romance is the last thing Madison needs, especially with the man who once left her high and dry—so she keeps telling herself. Dylan Stewart returned to Cedar Lake to be with his family after an unimaginable tragedy and is set on staying for good. When Madison moves back to town, he’s got one more reason to make his work-from-home arrangement stick. As the guy who broke her heart first, can he help her see him in a new light? After reconnecting over festival planning at the Starlight Inn, old feelings between them spark to a flame. But between family meddling and the wounds from Madison’s traumatic past, the ties between them soon begin to unravel. Can these two learn to face the world together, or are they doomed to repeat their past mistakes?
When Charlotte Olson becomes legal guardian of her young sister, it's tough to survive, even in the friendly setting of Shady Piers. Now, after a disastrous fire, she loses everything, and Charlotte must protect her sister from a much more serious threat to the life they have built together. After an embarrassing introduction, firefighter Neil Mack doesn't expect to see Charlotte again, but when he's called to the fire in her apartment block, he manages to get her and her sister to safety, despite great personal danger to himself. What neither of them knows is the deeper threat, just around the corner, that will have serious implications for Charlotte, the handsome firefighter and those around them who they love. The Shady Piers Romance series novellas are 'clean and sweet' contemporary romances with Happy Ever After endings and no cliffhangers, that can be read as standalone novels all set in Shady Piers, Maine.
It’s been two years since Sophie was dumped at the altar, and she’s scarred, but wiser. She has a career she loves, good friends, and a caring family. It should be more than enough, and she wants to vanquish the part of her that still craves something more. This year, unable to bear one more “festive” get together where everyone gives her sad eyes and asks how she’s doing, she heads to River’s Sigh B & B, a picturesque spot she discovered online. It will be a New Year’s celebration for one, a place to unwind and kick off her new resolution: to embrace single life as a permanent choice. Jesse Ales has found the perfect way to avoid the world this holiday season. He’ll be the caretaker at River’s Sigh B & B and enjoy a break from well-meaning friends who think he should be over his ex-wife. The whole place will be deserted, except for some eccentric old woman holidaying alone in the wilderness. Even after making her breakfast every day, he’ll have plenty of time to plan his new life: committed bachelorhood. When chance throws Sophie and Jesse together in a pub, a night of alcohol, food, and laughter-infused lunacy almost leads to a one-night stand. They’re both shaken, but doubly resolved to remain single. And then they meet again at River's Sigh and realize they’re about to spend a week alone together—twenty miles from their nearest neighbor. They’ll each have to face their worst fears: ...
When Meredith Thomas returns home to Shady Piers for the huge birthday party her parents put on for her each year, she is frustrated with a writing career going nowhere. For her estranged and lifelong friend Logan Nole, his life has taken a very different turn. Now the single parent of a bubbly 4-year old, he has no time to spare as he works double shifts just to keep their lives afloat. An unexpected disaster forces him to ask for Meredith's help with his daughter and although they never saw romance in all those years of their youth, they are now drawn together. But Meredith has a secret she's held inside ever since she left, and just at the wrong moment, it comes back to haunt her.
Wedding planner Lexi Harrington needs a manager for her inherited Wyoming ranch. Clint Romine is the perfect man for the job, but the ruggedly handsome cowboy soon presents a new dilemma—distraction. Lexi can't fall for a small-town rancher when she's planning to return to her big-city career after the holidays. Home has always been elusive for former foster kid Clint. Working alongside Lexi at Rock Step Ranch feels too cozy—and too risky. Opening up to her means revealing a secret about his past that could jeopardize everything he holds dear. This Christmas, can Clint learn to trust Lexi with the truth…and with his heart?
Ditched by her high school sweetheart, Callum Archer, on the night they’re supposed to elope, Jo Kendall casts out on her own, brokenhearted. Over the years, Jo reels in a life she loves, centered on the outdoors, fishing (favoring a lucky wedding band lure), and her fine dining restaurant—a life that crashes away when her husband and business partner cheats her, leaving her bankrupt and alone. Then her uncle dies, bequeathing Jo and her sister, Samantha, his rural property. Jo returns to Greenridge, determined to build a new business and permanent home—without the help of a man. Unfortunately Samantha wants her inheritance in cold, hard cash and hires a lawyer to get it for her, a lawyer who turns out to be none other than Jo’s long-lost love, Callum. Jo’s fledgling plans—and her heart—are at risk once more. If Jo can fight her insecurities, she might end up with a wedding band that doesn’t come with a sharp hook. But should she risk everything she’s worked for, yet again? Before she can decide, she needs to know: can a lost love truly be reclaimed?
An island castle in Cornwall, family secrets, a kilt-wearing chef, and a historical legend cook up a deliciously magical, heartwarming, and suspenseful new love story from the award-winning author of Compulsion and Lake of Destiny.
Emma Larsen's mother may have been a best-selling romance novelist, but her own track record with relationships was a darker story. Emma no longer believes in fairy tales or happily-ever-afters. But when her best-friend Treave proposes suddenly after the funeral, she agrees to accompany him to a wedding at his family's island castle in Cornwall to try to see him as more than a friend.
She falls in love with the wild, granite Cornish coast, a world rich with history, hauntings, and ancient superstitions. The failed romance of Tristan and Isolde hangs over the island and the lost abbey bell is said to ring when wishes will come true. But as tragedy rocks the small community with a tradition of lifesaving that goes back a thousand years, it is family and courage that keeps everyone together, and a handsome Scottish chef with a turbulent past and secrets he holds close is increasingly the one who draws Emma close as danger swirls around them.
Caught between the two men and her own conscience, Emma discovers that the roots of childhood fears run deep. And sometimes, the people we've known the longest are the ones we don't know at all.
A timeless stand-alone romance in the Celtic Lege ...
Southlea Bay's favorite sweethearts, Flora and Dan, are getting married and the members of the Rejected Writers' Book Club are excited to help. Especially the group's head honcho, Doris Newberry, who, much to Flora’s frustration, wants to control every detail, attempting to strong-arm Flora into accepting ridiculous wedding vows, wayward bongo players and into wearing a huge, old-fashioned wedding dress. But when a new resident arrives in town with information about Flora's past that threatens her chance of happiness, the overwhelmed bride-to-be disappears overnight. To find her, The Rejected Writers set off on yet another zany road trip adventure, this time to a make-believe Bavarian town. Where they meet lederhosen-clad, young men, are entertained by oompah bands, go on wild sleigh rides, and sing in a yodelling competition. But when they eventually find the bride and the bridegroom learns the truth about her, will he still want to marry her or will all the wedding plans be in vain
A terrible evil lurks in the mountain… Lizzie is not your average tourist. She may have just arrived on the idyllic Greek island of Corfu, but her mind is not on having a good time. Far from it, Lizzie has a daunting task to undertake: to claim back her twin brother who was kidnapped twenty years earlier on her previous visit. In a cave. By an evil witch. When Lizzie sees her brother again, she receives the shock of her life. The witch has tricked her… And, as if this weren’t enough, a handsome local steals her heart to complicate her life even further… "It's a step up from Mills and Boon - much more Mary Stewart than Barbara Cartland, with a bit of Gothic horror and Harry Potter-esque magic in the mix. And it's certainly a page-turner." ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu This highly imaginative Greek fantasy romance will intrigue and uplift you. It is also guaranteed to leave you longing for a visit to your closest Greek restaurant!
Angelina Samuels has lost the only job she’s ever held. A last minute interview lands her a new teaching job just days before the school year is about to begin. It turns out to be the best thing that could have happened when she realizes that her best friend from college, Gabriella Alvarez, is also a member of the teaching staff. Gabriella’s brother, Alejandro, relocates to his hometown after having lived away from family and friends since he left for college to become a renowned transplant surgeon. He’s settling into a new job, reacquainting himself with family and friends, and is learning to deal ever-so-slowly with the personal loss that forever changed his life. When Angelina’s sister experiences a health crisis, Alejandro is there to support her and her family. And when Angelina herself experiences a personal tragedy, Alejandro is the only one to guide her through it. As love stares down at them, can Angelina help Alejandro take that second chance on love and marriage?
This Novella is the first of seven in the Billionaire Royal Series. Home for the summer, Jo Finley struggles to save her family's marina, comfort her ailing father, and find a way to break up with a controlling boyfriend. She quickly becomes distracted by a newcomer to their small town. Immediate attraction has her reeling and second-guessing her choices. Nick Waters, otherwise known as Nico Valdez, Crown Prince of Torren, an island country off of Greece, is hiding out in Shady Lake South Carolina for the summer. His one task: no entanglements with other women. Lay low until the press in his country move on to other scandals. But when he meets Jo, he soon realizes she is an entanglement in the making. He gives up trying to resist her and determines to enjoy an enticing summer fling with a beautiful woman who keeps him grounded in ways no one else can. When Nico gets called home for a family emergency, and Jo must stay to take care of her father and business, they realize how desolate their lives could be alone.
A vaudeville troupe arrives in Morgan’s Crossing late in the traveling season. When an event occurs that shakes up the troupe, seamstress Cinnia decides to say no to older sister Nola who has made the sisters’ decisions since being orphaned a decade earlier. Leather worker Nicolai Andrusha is lying low and using an alias until the patent is approved on his family’s leather tanning formula. But he finds the auburn-haired poetess irresistible. Will Nicolai oppose his family obligation to help the stranded beauty who has caught his eye?
It’s often said, when one door closes another opens. But what if, in the end, you’re left standing alone in its threshold? At fifteen, Dani Valdez lost the most important man in her life—her father. After years of therapy, she’s continued to make one bad choice after another, desperate to soothe the emptiness his death left behind. Even with a fulfilling career as an in-home nurse and caregiver, her personal life is less than stellar. Now in her early thirties, not only is Dani the oldest and curviest girl in her group of friends, but she’s also the last childless, single female. It’s time for her to take a new path, so she’s pushing past her self-doubts and taking control of her destiny. And with her close friend, Zachary, there to support her, she’s confident in her decision. That is, if she can get over the fact that Zachary is the love she’s not meant to have. Zachary will never forget what it felt like to be hungry and abandoned by his mother in their rundown, dirty apartment. He still couldn’t believe he’d been given a second chance as a teen when Joel Evanwood not only adopted him, but also taught him how to run his vineyard. After an impulsive one night stand with Dani, his best friend, Zachary decides to shut everything out and throw himself into work. He can’t take a risk on a relationship with her, even if he wanted to. But when a devastating diagnosis alters his world, he will reach for the only steady thing in his life—her. It doesn’t take long before their relat ...
Desperate to save her impoverished family, Eliza Masse begins corresponding with a homesteader named James. After a few months, she agrees to marry him – sight unseen. Is this the worst idea she's ever had? Scared and desperate, Eliza will have to learn fast – and what she learns will take her by surprise.
Handsome and wealthy, but with a painful past of his own, James Stanton isn't sure what to expect from the Eastern city girl he has agreed to marry. When they finally meet, one look at her fills his heart with hope. But can an arranged marriage possibly be a match made in heaven?
A Story of Hope, Romance, Suspense and True Love. ❤️
Jame's Mail-Order Bride is a sweet historical western romance novella in 3 parts. No Cliffhanger.
Brian Archer, lawyer and infamous playboy, returns to Greenridge after a long holiday to find his life in ashes. Literally. His condo has burned to the ground, and with it, his delusion that he’s a footloose, fancy-free guy who doesn’t secretly crave a home and a place to belong.
Staying with his lovebird brother and sister-in-law at River’s Sigh B & B proves unbearable, only rubbing in his deep loneliness. As does getting to know one of the other guests, a damsel determined to get herself out of distress, without any help from him. What is it about sweet, troubled Katelyn that makes Brian want to go all knight-in-shining-armor? And why is he suddenly longing for things he doesn’t even believe in, like true love, marriage . . . ?
Single mom and wannabe entrepreneur Katelyn Kellerman needs to escape from Greenridge. Her safety, and that of her children, relies on it. Plus, she knows the hazards of trusting someone all too well. So why, after meeting Brian Archer, does she wish she could just stay put and build a home? With him.
No matter how they fight their feelings, Brian and Katelyn fall for each other hook, line and sinker—but life isn’t a fairy tale. Brian can’t live in limbo forever, Katelyn’s ex is increasingly threatening, and she needs to secure a future for her and her kids. Can they beat the odds, salvage the ashes of their pasts, and risk everything for love, or are they just fishing for trouble?
To honor the happy lovers everywhere celebrating Valentine’s Day, six New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Authors have joined together to offer this beautiful collection of holiday romance stories. From full-length books to novellas, they all have one thing in common—a thrilling happily-ever-after that will make your heart beat faster. Every story in this collection is… UNFORGETTABLE!
In a dystopian future where humans have foolishly squandered Earth’s natural resources, the few remaining people are becoming desperate. Crowded in huge underground cities, they’ve finally come to the end of the line and they must decide whether or not they will trade the only valuable resource Earth has left... Women. Being the daughter of a wealthy diplomat, Rose is blissfully ignorant of how the less fortunate live. Desperate to escape to a planet where she can enjoy the sun on her face and swim in clear unpolluted oceans, she vows to make herself the first bride to be mated to off-worlders. When the Krylon delegation arrives, she realizes that in addition to being good stewards of their planet, eager for female companionship, and polite to a fault, the Krylon males are also drop dead gorgeous. Unfortunately, Earth’s population is vehemently opposed to the galactic mate’s treaty... will Rose and her soon to be Hot Alien Husband be able to make their escape from Earth?
Vicki had always felt growing up on Maui was truly paradise in every way. Meeting Marshall her senior year made it that much more perfect. Flying to Oahu with him and losing her most valuable possession—her virginity—comes with a high price. Having just turned eighteen and now pregnant, she still doesn’t second guess her decision about breaking her rules and going through with it. She does however second guess his marriage proposal, feeling as if she’s trapping him in a course he’ll regret later. Marshall repeatedly convinces her marriage is what he wants, and she agrees to marry him. Life could not be more perfect, until she loses the baby late in the pregnancy. She finds herself once again questioning their marriage and flees back home with her parents. Marshall eventually convinces her to return to him, only to have her say goodbye days later to accomplish her original goal—college. They manage to make their marriage work through long semesters and separate islands. Once again, life is perfect… Until Vicki discovers a small detail Marshall left out about his past. She runs away yet again. He tracks her down and desperately fights for the only thing he has ever wanted in his life. Her.
Aloha! Sweet romance, lovable angel, and a prickly little boy’s Christmas wish. Christmas in Hawaii! How lucky can a girl get? Except Leilani is bringing her mother’s ashes home to Waikiki and has an urgent plea of help from an aunt she’s never even met. After winning two free nights in prestigious Hotel Jordan, things take a turn she never expected. First, she is stuck in an elevator with the prickly, but luscious Mr. Jordan. Secondly, her aunt is a sick woman and only held on for one reason. She wants to pass on her most precious possession… her five-year-old grandchild. The same prickly little fellow that takes one look at Leilani, slaps his fist on his hips and yells, “Go away!” Kale is the owner of the Jordan Hotel Chain and he can’t believe his rotten luck. He broke up with a spoilt brat of a girlfriend and now he’s stuck in an elevator with a big-eyed, effusive tourist. How in the world can a guy who’s so worldly be hooked on a lively beauty with more dilemmas than anyone he’s ever met?
A magical novel about destiny, family, food, intrigue, healing, men in kilts, and the sometimes twisted path to love from the award-winning author of Compulsion. "Delightful, charming, and heartwarming." --NYT bestselling author Wendy Higgins
Helping her aunt organize a festival in a picturesque village nestled among the Highland braes of Scotland seems like the perfect escape from Anna Cameron's broken engagement and the mistake that ended her legal career. To succeed in helping the struggling community, though, she'll need to wrangle kilt-wearing villagers, dangerous sheep, meandering dogs, and the stubborn land-owner who refuses to open his property to the public for the ancient tradition of "Sighting."
For centuries, the glen has been known to locals as a "thin" place, one where the veil between worlds peels back on Beltane morning and reflects the face of a person's one true love in the tranquil waters of the loch. The tradition could draw much-needed tourists by the busload, but that's exactly what Connal MacGregor doesn't want when he's desperate to keep his daughter out of the public eye.
Struggling to mediate between Connal and the needs of the village, Anna finds herself falling in love with all of them: Connal and his disfigured daughter, the villagers, and the magical glen. But opening the "Sighting" to strangers reveals generations of scars within the community and within Connal and Anna themselves. ...
She had given him her heart. He walked out on her.
Lorraine Marshall, age 40, shaken by the loss of her boyfriend to another woman, journeys to the land Down Under to overcome her great sense of emptiness and despair. To her surprise her vacation in Australia transforms her life in unexpected ways. Filled with adventure, suspense, the art world, and romance this is a moving story you won't soon forget.
This novel is women's fiction/romantic suspense in the tradition of Nicholas Sparks and Jodi Picoult.
She’s an aspiring artist. He’s a lawyer on the rise. Will they risk their dreams for a chance at love? Wren Busch is determined to stand on her own two feet. After sidelining her painting dreams in support of her selfish ex’s law ambitions, she’s ready to turn over a new leaf as small-town Haven’s resident florist. So when a handsome lawyer struts into her shop, she’s not about to let another smooth-talking suitor throw her creative passions off course… Miller Lynch would do anything to make partner. Even if he has to marry into the local family law firm. But his plans for courtroom domination hit a stumbling block when his newest case has him squaring off with the alluring town florist. And getting roped into co-planning their mutual friends’ wedding only adds fuel to their too-hot-to-handle rivalry. With both their futures at stake, can Wren and Miller follow their hearts without losing sight of their dreams? Love in Bloom is the second standalone novel in a sweet contemporary romance series. If you like sassy humor, second-chance romance, and true-to-life characters, then you’ll adore Beth Gildersleeve’s small-town love story.
She wants to go places. He's got the car. If only things were that simple. Widowed father Adrian Adams isn’t looking to change his life. He just wants to keep his seven-year-old daughter Charlie safe and happy. The last thing he expects is to suddenly lose his job as a driver for the Washington DC diplomatic community. Luckily, he’s offered a new embassy driving assignment, one that starts with a tea cup-and-tie collision with a clumsy, cute, and oddly charming Irish woman with a penchant for talking to squirrels. Maggie MacNally always seems to fall short, especially when it comes to her family’s expectations. She’s bracing again for disappointment as she tries to forge a new life in DC. Then an out-of-the-blue summons from her influential grandmother offers her one last chance at success—a chance that puts her in Adrian’s back seat and on the road to a career in the family business of international diplomacy. Is Maggie finally headed where she wants to go, or is her big opportunity just another wrong turn? Is Adrian ready to take a second chance at love, or is he determined to put on the brakes before Maggie drives him crazy? And what's with all the squirrels?
In November 1812, after a disastrous Season when Belle's unusual talent for sensing what's unseen lets her down and results in a man's death, a chance to atone for her past mistake sends her dashing to a haunted manor in the wilds of Cheshire, England, in the middle of a snowstorm. There, she meets the beastly Lord of the Manor and becomes embroiled in a mystery to unmask a killer. Belle struggles to use her uncanny, yet oft-times unreliable perceptions to uncover the truth about a man that everyone believes is guilty of high crimes, but whom her heart insists is innocent. A Christmas ghost story like none other, this Beauty and the Beast-inspired tale will captivate and enchant you until every dark secret is uncovered and all wishes come true.
Jonathan Greenley, a gentleman botanist, has brought back orchid cuttings from the Amazon and hopes to be the first to culture an orchid in England. Penelope, while on a quest of her own, tries to help in her aunt’s new conservatory. One disaster follows another until Jonathan makes a surprising discovery which changes his focus in life and Penelope manages to dig up a long buried family secret.
Who has time for dating these days? Certainly not struggling entrepreneur Paisley Jameson, who has way too much on her plate to pay any real attention to her shriveling social life. And not mechanic Joe Spencer either, who has a lot on his mind with both the family business and family in general. But neither can say no to the beloved mutual acquaintance who wants to set them both up on a blind date.
Which is too bad, because they both kind of wish they had said no when they show up for the dinner date and realize they've met before--and not under happy circumstances.
But fate seems determined to prove that they're not so wrong for each other after all, because in spite of the intentions of both Paisley and Joe to nip this whole unfortunate blind date thing in the bud and go their separate ways, events transpire to keep them together for an evening involving muggers, foot-chases, and even a high-speed trip to the ER--
After her fiance dies, Kate Donoghue has picked up the broken pieces of her heart and moved on. She’s sworn off men and is building a new life in Coopers Creek, Colorado as the local vet and senior member of the mountain rescue team. So why now is she suddenly distracted by the seriously sexy investment banker come cowboy, Ric Standford? The man screams big city playboy but what can it hurt to indulge? Kate swears she won’t fall for Ric… but the heat between them is scorching. Investment Banker Ric Stanford is enjoying his new life in the New York office. He’s finally putting distance between his hometown memories of Lizzie and her reckless death. So he’s more than pissed when on a trip home to Coopers Creek he breaks his leg and is stuck there for the foreseeable future. That is, until sexy vet, Kate Donoghue, arrives to attend to his sister’s dog and suddenly a month in Coopers Creek looks totally irresistible.
In the fall of 1995, Carmen Simpkins experienced both the best and worst moments of her life. After several years of infertility issues, Carmen miscarries and withdraws from everything and everyone. Out of sacrificial love for her husband, Spencer, she files for divorce and sets off on a journey of self discovery. Along the way, she meets antique shopkeepers, Irene and Norman who in turn mends her broken heart through the use of a weathered leather photo album. Had Carmen made a tragic mistake? Was it too late to fix the mess she made? After setting up a date reminiscent of the first time they met, a tragic accident happened and life as they knew it would never be the same.
#2 in the Dead Red mystery series What if your beating heart is the reason someone wants you dead? Like Janet Evanovich? Sue Grafton? You’ll love this humorous mystery series! When a troubled, homeless veteran covers her vintage Cadillac with paper snowflakes, Lalla Bains decides a showdown is needed. Unfortunately, she arrives too late for that conversation---he’s lying in a pool of blood, stabbed with his own scissors. But someone is watching, and now a killer has targeted her for murder.
Two sweet Christmas romances that will be sure to warm your heart. Saving Peters Tree Farm - After the death of her father, Charlotte Peters makes the big decision to move back to Archer Lodge, North Carolina to help her mom and the family’s failing Christmas tree farm. After a quick stop at the local hardware store, Charlotte is confronted with a part of her past she’d nearly forgotten about. Or had she? Can Charlotte stay focused on why she came to Archer Lodge and let the past be the past, or will her heart be broken once again? Say It Ain't Snow - Melissa Curry is desperately trying to save her family's ski resort. The drought has done everything it can to dry up their business. When she discovers the town council is planning a detour through the city that will likely chase the rest of the tourists away, Melissa jumps into action to save the day and the town.
A Father's Dying Wish...Miserable after the failure of her restaurant, chef Grace Cooper receives a deathbed letter from the father she thought was already dead, offering a free vacation at an Alaskan island resort. Exhausted, Grace jumps at the chance to escape, and to learn about the father she never knew. Polaris Island and the Northern Lights Retreat seem to offer everything—ocean, mountains, forest and isolation. Then she bumps into Connor Reed, a humiliating nightmare from her past, and resort owner Derek Wakefield reveals upsetting truths about her dad. Connor has no idea why Grace hates him. But one look at the woman he’s carried in his heart for the last seven years convinces him not only that he needs to find out, but that his philosophy of living only for today has to change. As Grace’s brittle shell crumbles, Connor starts dreaming of his future—with her. As she struggles to separate truth from lies, Grace comes to rely on Connor’s masculine energy and solid support—until the final shocking truth about her father obliterates her ability to trust her feelings. She only wants to run. But where else can she find what she’s been looking for all her life?
"Morna's Spell" is the SWEET/CLEAN version of "Love Beyond Time" by USA TODAY Bestselling Author, Bethany Claire. This version is for readers who prefer clean language in their stories and love scenes that stay behind closed doors. An ancient spell. A timeless love. Brielle Montgomery finds comfort in the steadfast routines in her life—until her archaeologist mother whisks her away on an adventure in Scotland. Intent on discovering who or what destroyed the powerful Conall clan four hundred years earlier, Bri and her mother work day and night scouring the castle ruins. Rather than finding the answers they seek, Bri stumbles across an ancient spell and is sent tumbling backward through time to the seventeenth century. Once there, she is mistaken for another and is forced to marry the castle’s ill-fated laird. Now she must work to change the fate of his people, find a way home, and work to keep from falling in love with the man who is now her husband—all before the unknown enemy arrives to destroy them. But the handsome laird introduces Bri to a sort of love she’s only ever dreamed of, and with each passing day, she finds herself more reluctant to find a spell that will take her home. If she finds it, will she use it? If she doesn’t, will her love for Eoin Conall give her the strength to survive a deadly plot against his people, and the power to change the course of history?
Is it possible to flee your past? Or does it sit patiently, waiting for your return? Tired of traveling the world in order to escape reality, Bri Hunter has finally found a place to call home. Settled into Santa Barbara, close to her brother and cousin, she's ready for a little peace. Wanting to avoid the tormenting, incessant calls she receives, she throws herself into helping her sister-in-law's growing floral business. It doesn’t take long to run smack into the one guy she’d given up on ever seeing again. It’s been five years since Josh Tucker has sobered up, left his Hollywood lifestyle far behind, and sheltered himself on his horse ranch in Santa Ynez, California. If it hadn’t been for his family, he probably wouldn’t be around to tell his story. When a beautiful brunette shows up at his cousin’s vineyard, something in her spiteful eyes tells him their paths have tangled together before. As Josh begins to uncover who Bri is, he finds himself falling for her. Will he find a way to convince her to trust him? And will she be able to let go of the past and move forward? When a traumatic event strikes, Bri will have to decide if she’s going to let life continue to cripple her—or set her free.
Marrying an attractive stranger for college cash? Yeah, nothing could go wrong with that. Morgan has one goal: finish college so her sister can start classes. But her financial aid goes awry—flinging away her chances to graduate and help her sister. Josh needs to graduate a.s.a.p. His girlfriend is waiting for him in Germany. But his wealthy dad cuts him off, and now he can’t afford tuition. Josh discovers exactly one solution: married students qualify for financial aid. Morgan, meet Josh. Josh, meet Morgan. Can these two solve their college cash problems by becoming legally wedded?
After what is going down in history as the worst day of her life – so far – Annie Anderson, finds herself on a train heading home for Christmas. Going against all the laws of travelling on British Rail, she strikes up a conversation with the angry man opposite. After downing his supply of brandy (residing in a convenient hip flask) they soon discover they have something in common. He needs a girlfriend and she needs a boyfriend – for Christmas anyway. In a haze of brandy fumes, she agrees to be his date to a family wedding. In return, he will accompany her home and play the role of her boyfriend for Christmas. With no regard for her safety, armed only with Dutch courage, and her sense of adventure, she follows him into what can only be described, as the craziest Christmas ever. Be prepared for Christmas overload. A festive and funny Romance, with lots of bad behaviour and Christmas spirit.
"I broke the fourth law of Kanaloa. I made physical contact with a human." Running from her past, a jazz singer finds refuge on the island paradise surrounding Pearl Harbor, but her life is forever changed when Japanese fighters attack and a mysterious man emerges from the sea to save her life.
Eliza Sommer is thirty years old and still lives with her parents, Amos and Mary, helping them run the family farm shop. Eliza is resigned to a life helping her parents in their advancing years, but seeing her siblings marry and have families of their own, makes Eliza realize it is the one thing she truly desires in her life. Eliza was born with a condition that has caused her parents to be over-protective - this is not helped by her own feelings of inadequacy. After all, who would want to marry her - when there is the choice of so many more capable brides? When Levi Raber arrives in the community to help his ailing uncle, he holds a secret close to his heart. Can Eliza find a way to break through his protective barrier and allow him to love again? Will Levi be able to help Eliza see herself for the wonderful person she truly is?
Four spirited heroines meet four proper gentlemen and the emotional earthquakes shake up staid London society, altering their fates forever! THE BLACK MASK – A thief with a mission meets Rose Spenser, a girl with a mind of her own and a spend-thrift brother deep in debt. Hiring the mysterious thief to steal back her brother's IOU's from one Sir Niles Alardyce involves Rose in intrigue and scandal. A LADY IN LOVE – Exquisite Sarah East would love for the Earl of Reyne to notice her but not because she keeps tripping over her own two feet. But when a man's heart conflicts with his honor, only true love can show him the way. MISS LINDEL'S LOVE – Maris' crush let her down gently but not before she'd won the ridicule of society. When Lord Kenton Danesby meets her again, he finds that he's the one suffering from unrequited love. LADY ROMA'S ROMANCE – The Polite World is certain Lady Roma buried her heart with her late fiancé. Only Bret Donovan, wounded soldier and wastrel, sees the loneliness in her eyes, though to marry him means the loss of everything else she holds dear.
Two exes stuck together. Could this be their second chance?
When Virginia state senator Adam Larson returns to his hometown of Maple Creek, Virginia after a long absence, the last person he expects to bump into is his old high school girlfriend. Is he too focused on his re-election and his engagement to worry about what happened long ago? Or will buried memories and emotions come back to the surface?
Natasha Jenkins runs the venue where hes holding a campaign fundraiser dinner, and her business is on the brink of collapse. Can she overcome her past to let love in?
Its just one dinner. Surely, they could get through it and never have to speak again. But then Adams scheming sister, who hates his fiance, locks them both in the pantry of the historic mansion Natasha runs until theyve worked out their past.
Adam and Natasha have to discover their own inner demons before they can find the happiness they both deserve.
If you enjoy sweet romance set in a small town with swoony moments, then youll love this book!
Everyone has a fear. Fear of spiders? Arachnophobia. Fear of small spaces? Claustrophobia. And of course, the fear of being tickled by feathers: pteronophobia. Sophie Smart fears drowning. No, her fear isn’t some made up malarkey like exposedflabophobia (acute paranoia when wearing a swimsuit and baring pasty thighs and a round bottom). Sophie drowned as a child. She died for three minutes. Her childhood trauma is real. Yet Sophie, hot-shot advertising executive, isn't a child anymore. Now Sophie's most important client, handsome Matthew Silver, is insisting she learn how to swim. She can't blame him really - he's the owner of a chain of swimming centers, and Sophie's in charge of his new advertising campaign. The last thing Sophie wants to do is get in the water, in a clingy swimsuit, with a client she’s trying to impress. She's not going to win him over flapping around like an idiot, is she? But with a broken heart from her last relationship, maybe getting into the pool is just what Sophie needs. Maybe she can trust Matthew with her fears. Maybe it's time for her to forget about her past and take the plunge?
She’s been hiding her pain her entire life. If she doesn’t come clean, it could jeopardize the future she’s always wanted… Cologne, Missouri. Kalie hasn’t been completely honest with her family. Telling no one she was bullied since childhood by a classmate, she’s finally taken control of her destiny by buying a small-town coffee shop. But the secrets she harbors could push away her new business partner, Elias, and smother their blossoming love affair. Fearing she’ll lose everything if she tells the truth, Kalie holds back on giving Elias her whole heart. But the more affection he shows, the harder it becomes to keep her lips sealed. Can Kalie find the courage to bare her soul and unlock her deepest desires? Determined Dreamer is the third book in the engaging Inspiration in Cologne romantic women’s fiction series. If you like complex characters, close-knit communities and feel-good stories, then you’ll adore Deborah King’s wholesome tale.
She’s about to launch her dream business. The last thing she needs is a distracting housemate and his son… Shelby is excited to open a shop with her best friend. But with Janna just-married and moved out, she worries their hopes of starting a boutique will never come true. And things get more complicated when her old distrust of men is put to the test by her handsome new roommate and his little boy… With Oktoberfest decorations forgotten and replaced by Christmas cheer, she slowly allows Shane and the child a space in her heart. But she doesn’t trust her second chance at romance or the success of her shop when surprising news threatens her newly minted courage. Can Shelby find the strength to let her ambitions flourish, along with her new passion? Bedazzled Dreamer is the second touching book in the Inspiration In Cologne women’s fiction series. If you like heartwarming stories, cozy small towns, and festive holiday experiences, then you’ll love Deborah King’s romantic women’s fiction tale.
After a disastrous 26th birthday party, Olivia Donaldson flees her wealthy but overbearing parents and her controlling soon-to-be ex-husband and makes for Shady Piers, the former hometown of her now-deceased grandfather, in Maine.
Desperate for even the most basic of needs she reluctantly accepts help from a local pub-owner Brent Scott, who takes her in and gives her a job.
Even though she settles in well, Olivia's past comes back to haunt her and she needs Brents help once again, bringing them even closer together to a place where romance might just be in the air.
The Shady Piers Romance series novellas are 'clean and sweet' contemporary romances with happily ever after endings and no cliffhangers, that can be read as standalone novels all set in Shady Piers, Maine.
Baltimore City Police Detective, Abe (Lank) Lankton, assumes he'll be helping his cousin solve a minor problem when she calls and asks him to fly west. When he learns that he's been called out there to aid in capturing an elusive stalker, his first instinct is go straight back to Maryland. However, when he meets the alluring victim, Summer Cooper, all bets are off. With his future, and his own life, in jeopardy, Lank must choose between going back to the life he knows in America's Charm City or staying out west to help Summer, but Lank's not sure that Summer is all that she claims to be or that the stalker even exists. One thing he knows for sure, Summer is guilty... of stealing his heart.
"Always With You is the bittersweet and poignant love story of a woman trapped between temptation and the ties that bind." ~Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island and Covet. With Cathy’s health food café thriving, a loyal circle of friends, and a heartbreaking divorce behind her, she has finally found contentment along the summer shores of the Russian River in the California Wine Country of 1977. Cathy still keeps men at arm’s length, safe from the temptation of love and all of its painful consequences. But when an old high school friend, Pam, brings her family for a short stay, Cathy’s stone walls begin to crumble when she meets Jamie. Jamie, whose compassion and warmth slowly break down her defenses. Jamie, whose devotion to his four-year-old daughter melts Cathy's heart and makes her desperate for a family of her own. Jamie… who is married to Pam. Cathy never imagined that she would fall in love with a married man. Jamie never imagined he would do anything to compromise his honor. But a love powerful enough to transcend time, place, and even death, forces them to question the values they hold dear. Always With You is a profound and bittersweet tale that asks: What would you do if love was the last thing you were looking for, but exactly what you find? And how do you make a choice when every road leads to a broken heart?
#6 in the Dead Red Mystery series Like Janet Evanovich? Sue Grafton? You’ll love this humorous mystery series! What if building a case against corruption gets you killed? On track to a successful political career, a charismatic young judge’s detour into corruption will uncover the scandalous truth of his father’s murder…and ultimately his own. Now it will be up to P.I. Lalla Bains to scour through a family’s painful secrets to find a killer.
Katherine Middleton leads a charmed life in her million dollar Georgetown Brownstone. The daughter of a world-renown anthropologist, she is happily married and employed by the Smithsonian when her world comes crashing down after the discovery of her husband’s secret life. An impulsive decision to hide out on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, in order to re-evaluate her own life, leads Kate to earth-shattering revelations about herself, her family, and her future. Chincoteague Island, Virginia, introduces Kate to a world where people can still rely on each other, where hard work pays off, and where one’s past does not dictate the future. Island of Miracles is a story about rediscovering oneself, restoring trust, recapturing love, and relying on faith. Island of Miracles is a 2018 winner of an Illumination Award, placing it among the best Christian works of fiction of 2017.
Free-Spirited… Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family’s wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston’s West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life. Radical… As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law? Determined… When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa’s love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves. Will she yield to expectations, or follow her heart on a journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without?
"Be prepared to CRASH! What I love about this novel is the "REAL LIFE" aspect. We all plan out our futures and know EXACTLY how we want them to play out...well rarely does that happen." ~ HJ Bellus, USA TODAY bestselling author Prepare to make the BEST mistake of your life! You can predict the tides but not the changes they make. Gunnison Del Valle was the current in the tide that was about to change my life. Crash one we met. Crash two we fell in love. Crash three changed our perfectly planned lives forever.
Jason and Naomi’s son, Peter, returns home from college and back to the ranch he loves. A series of devastating events will test their strength, faith, and their hope for the future. Can they endure the hardships? Through their own personal loss and that of their friends, they learn to lean on one another when all hope seems lost. Out of sorrow will come healing and out of healing a great joy. This is a story of struggle, grief, loss and also one of victory.
From Book 1: "I am not a man given to foolish superstitions, Miss OHara, but I daresay that John Turners soul will not rest until the mystery of his son has been resolved, and he was counting upon you to do so. Will you accept?"
Molly OHara was just a little girl when she lost her heart to James Turner, the handsome, high-spirited young man who, along with his twin brother, was the heir to the Turner Plantation. But the Civil War tore families apart; it split the Turner brothers as one fought for the Union and the other fought for the Confederacy. The war took Mollys fathers life and left her mother a distraught widow.
Now the brothers are gone; one died in battle and James suffered the fate of Andersonville Prison, where most men are never heard from again. But when Molly, who grew up faster than her years, decides to become a mail-order bride at age eighteen, she answers an advertisement from a man named James Turner who runs a ranch in Texas. When she arrives, the man who introduces himself as Jim Turner is reserved and distant, nothing like the James Turner she remembers. But as their love grows, she learns more about the dark places in his soul and she realizes that part of him never left Andersonville.
Can Molly get James to finally face his past and admit who he is? Will her love run deep enough to break through the scars of war?
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Naomi & Jason Sanders, move to Pacific Cove Ranch shortly after their wedding. Prior to her graduation from college, Naomi’s younger sister is killed in a hit and run accident. Naomi is having a hard time accepting her loss, and the isolation of her new surroundings bring a new type of terror; haunted visions that keep her on edge terrifying her. Is Naomi being tormented by her own inner demons or some new type of ghostly visions that haunt the Pacific Cove Ranch? Can she survive or will they drive her mad? Can she convince her family that she isn’t just grieving for her sister, but that these ghosts are trying to tell her about a secret she is supposed to discover? Will she figure it out and prove to her family she isn’t imagining things?
To let go, forgiveness is necessary. Even if the one that needs it is yourself. As a teacher in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California, Abby Sullivan finally feels like she has something to offer. She has a purpose, a wonderful best friend, and a supportive mother. Abby is very talented at many things, especially hiding the pain of her past. That is until her world collides with Caleb Hunter’s. With an ever-present ache in his chest, Caleb is living life day to day, grieving the loss of his wife. As a successful writer, he's thankful that his schedule doesn’t require him to get out much. But when his five-year-old daughter, Madison walks into Abby’s kindergarten class at the beginning of the year, everything will change. With a little matchmaking magic from Caleb’s loving mother-in-law, things will be set into motion, love will grow, and hearts will heal as they intertwine. But when those past pains come to light, will Abby be able to forgive? And will Caleb be able to let go? *Previously published under the title, It all Started with a Lima Bean*
Antiques can be a dangerous business. Especially when you’re dealing with a desperate politician, a sexy ex-cop, and a couple of "spirited" companions.
Anna Yesterday owns Yesterday's Antiques in small town USA. When she finds an old newspaper clipping lining the drawer of an antique dresser, she realizes she's never heard the heart wrenching story of abuse and suicide detailed on the yellowed newsprint. So she starts to dig, and her sleuthing exposes an ugly cover-up that casts the residents of Crocker, Indiana into danger and intrigue, and leaves them with a corpse.
Though a country-girl at heart, MaryJo can't wait to have a life of adventure in Manhattan with Adam. But an old relationship haunts her, and she begins to wonder if she'll repeat past mistakes.
A trip home gets her more confused than ever. Meanwhile, Adam lands a dream job in the city. Can MaryJo make peace with her past so she can have the life she dreams of with Adam? Will she ever find serenity in the City that Never Sleeps?
“I found myself holding my breath wondering what was going to happen to this couple.” Susan Dyer, GoodReads Reviewer
"Mennonite on the Edge treats readers to a love story set in two worlds: among the delis and blues bars of New York City, and amid the winding roads and idyllic cornfields of Pennsylvania Dutch country. The struggles and triumphs of MaryJo and Adam are sure to resonate with anyone who has ever tried to balance the claims of love and work, self and other – not to mention anyone who’s ever tasted a really great shoo-fly pie." --Deborah Yaffe, author of Among the Janeites: A Journey Through the World of Jane Austen
Exactly whose handfasting is this? Senna feels like naught but an inconvenience at her own wedding.
Lyran’s father seems determined to take over in his pursuit of power, and Senna worries that the man she’s marrying is nothing more than his father’s puppet.
Written as a prequel to the Hengist medieval adventure series, this gives snapshots in the lives of Senna and Lyran - a couple of medieval healers not averse to using a dollop of earth magic and oodles of humour in their work. What they don't yet realise is their higher purpose - to heal an entire world.
For fans of Call the Midwife, Poldark and Robin Hood, this is book #1 in a cozy-mystery series, the fourth book will be out in May 2019.
Colorado, 1877. Who’s the perfect match for a flame-haired Welsh tomboy who loves driving wagons?
Raised by three free-spirited older brothers, Robyn Llewellyn has learned to fight for what she wants—and now she wants to transform her boss and best friend, Max Peregrine, into a lifelong partner. Determined to become the image of what a marriage-minded man wants, Robyn trades her trousers for a dress and heads to Max’s hometown of Noelle, Colorado. But changing who she is with the help of the now happily married Brides of Noelle puts her friendship with Max at risk.
Who’s the perfect match for a work-addicted Denver business owner who loves his independence?
Defying his brother and grandpa’s wishes for him to stay with them in Noelle, Max Peregrine has created his dream job—leading a highly successful branch of Peregrines’ Post and Freight while working beside Robyn, the only person who makes him smile every day. But when she leaves without a word, Max follows her to Noelle where the choices they both must face could make it impossible for them to stay together beyond Christmas day.
Inspired by My Fair Lady, The Gift of the Magi, and the spirit of gift-giving, Robyn: A Christmas Bride is a classic Western historical love story set in a small town high in the mountains during Christmas 1877.
Eager for a fresh start, Jazz McNally throws herself into renovating her grandparents’ mansion in time for the grand opening of the McNally Bed and Breakfast. When vandals strike, she accepts help from drifter Dalton O’Brien. Dalton is willing to lend a hand, until it’s time to move on. But when danger escalates, Dalton soon realizes that protecting Jazz is a threat—to his heart.
Madeline Graham is hard at work on the eve of her youngest sister’s wedding, sewing intricate details into her dress. No one in the household appreciates her fine needlework and poor Madeline feels that she is destined to a life of servitude for her family. Madeline is the eldest sister but the last to find a beau. On her deathbed, her Grandmother persuades her to apply to be a mail-order bride. Together they hatch a plan that will see Madeline travel west to the unknown wilderness of Colorado and a man, Gus Wilkinson, who bears the scars of his life for all to see. Madeline doesn’t care about his past and his scars, she just wants to help him heal and find love with a man who sees her for who she really is. Unfortunately, Gus is resistant to her gentle nature and impervious to her kind and tender heart. Can Maddy break through the hardened shell that Gus has created or will her decision to marry him be the worst one of her life? Will Gus finally realize that Madeline is a gift from God and that he has been blessed with a second chance at life?
Lifelong passion and perseverance have finally given Nina the one thing she ever wanted: her own environmental non-profit. And yet it’s when she should be on top of the world that she feels the empty results of her neglected personal life. At twenty-seven, maybe now’s the time to see what happens when she takes a break from her hard work. Chelsey’s passion is music. Still the rebellious stoner he was in high school, growing up has forged his powerful and beautifully raspy voice that sounds like no one else’s. Now that he’s moved to a bigger city with a fertile music scene his raw, rough-hewn talent and uninhibited charisma are garnering popularity for his band. A chance reconnection with Nina proves his teenage infatuation with her hasn’t gone away, but just like before he can’t get Nina to see him as anything more than heartbreak waiting to happen. But as Nina spends more time with Chelsey, she finds a shared determination and ambition she hadn’t seen before. Between their very different and busy lives, the marine biologist and the rising rock star try to make this delicate new relationship work. As Chelsey’s band gains more and more of a following, the temptations of stardom begin to overwhelm him. Nina and Chelsey will need to decide if they can make it through this together or if the pressure will break them apart.
Charlie Brandon wanted out of Haven's Mill, but his start-up dreams in LA crashed and burned when he began a relationship with the wrong woman. The only place he can think to go? Right back to where he started. Dee Stewart was never popular in high school, which is why Charlie never gave her the time of day. That didn't stop her from having a heart-melting crush on him from the first day right up until graduation. Now he's back in town, and their paths keep crossing. Neither one wants to risk another heartbreak, but can they stay away?
Amanda Larrowe’s lack of trust sabotages her relationships. The English teacher and award-winning author of middle-grade adventure books for boys has shut off communication with friends and family to meet her January 2 book deadline. Now, in the deepest snow accumulation Richmond, Virginia has experienced in years, Camden Lancaster moves in across the street. After ten years, her heart still smarts from the humiliating aftermath of their perfect high school Valentine’s Day date. He may have transformed into a handsome, amiable man, but his likeability doesn’t instill trust in Amanda’s heart. When Cam doesn’t recognize her on their first two encounters, she thinks it’s safe to be his fair-weather neighbor. Boy is she wrong.
#4 in THE DEAD RED MYSTERY SERIES Fans of Janet Evanovich LOVE this series A lonely young artist with a dangerous sideline results in murder A wanna be lawman and his shotgun toting granddad A priceless antique race car and an unfortunate Emu When Lalla and her dad take a trip to Arizona to inspect her new property, Dad disappears. Panicked that he's lost in the desert, Lalla enlists the help of a local tracker and finds him unharmed−in the bottom of a mine pit along with a very dead local police chief. Oddly, a young artist from an art colony up the road will be found strangled in her bed. What're the chances that these two murders are going to be related? Well, if you're Lalla Bains, you don't guess, you start looking for the killer!
Librarian Janet Johnson is puzzled when she is invited—and practically dragged—to her first meeting of the Rejected Writers’ Book Club. This quirky group of women would much rather celebrate one another’s rejected manuscripts over cups of tea and slices of lemon cake than actually publish a book. But good friends are exactly what Janet needs after moving to the small town of Southlea Bay, Washington. Just as the ladies are about to raise a teacup to their five hundredth rejection letter, they receive bad news that could destroy one member’s reputation—and disband the group forever. To save the club, Janet joins her fellow writers on a wild road trip to San Francisco in search of the local publisher who holds the key to a long-buried secret. As they race to the finish line, they’ll face their fears—landslides, haunted houses, handsome strangers, ungrateful children—and have the time of their lives.
A single mother who dreams of home meets a contractor on the run from his past. Will he tear down their only chance at a shared future? If you like matchmaking daughters, heartfelt stories of mending broken homes, and fixer-upper romance, then you’ll love Carolyne Aarsen’s tale of second chances
Having a younger, beautiful sister is hard enough. Having one who’s on the cover of magazines and is loved by all? Torture. For single mom Marie Stephens, all she wants is to survive her new business, provide for her children, and ignore the intense feelings she has for her married neighbor. When her famous sister, Sadie, shows up after a five-year absence, Marie’s normal life ceases to exist. Add in their celebrity-obsessed mother, it’s no wonder they can’t get along. The most important thing Sadie and Marie will learn? Accepting your sister can change your life.
What’s a girl to do when the one person she’s been forewarned about is the only one that her heart desires? Leah Valdez is a sassy, intelligent, hard-working woman whose beauty shines from both inside and out. Friends and family have always come first, but it's time for her to start thinking about her own future. Stefen Hunter is a rich, charming, sexy playboy. With seemingly no effort on his part, countless women flock to him. That is, until he meets Leah. He can’t understand why it’s so difficult to win her over or what it is about her that intrigues him so much. When an unfortunate event intertwines their lives, Leah finds herself in a war between her thoughts and desires. To forgive, and ultimately trust Stefen, she will have to put her heart on the line. After what he’s put her through, she’s not sure she’s willing to do that. As compassion meets resistance, will Stefen be able to step out of his comfort zone and accept that he can become the redeemed man worthy of Leah’s love? Is Stefen and Leah’s connection strong enough to withstand An Exceptional Twist? With a little matchmaking magic from Caleb’s loving mother-in-law, things will be set into motion, love will grow, and hearts will heal as they intertwine. But when those past pains come to light, will Abby be able to forgive? And will Caleb be able to let go? *Previously published under the title, It all Started with a Lima Bean*
After a terrible car accident, Laura’s memories of the life she and Steve shared since childhood are gone. They return to their home and routine, in hopes that her memories will come back on their own. Steve is determined to do whatever it takes to win back her love and get back on schedule with their wedding as planned---memories or not. His intentions are to keep things simple, though the days that follow are anything but routine. Although Steve is willing to try almost anything, there is a big part of their past that he keeps from her, afraid that it could do more harm than good. When a talent agent from Laura’s past show up, Steve is forced to confront the secret he’s been hiding and convince Laura to pursue a dream she claims she doesn’t want.
They used to call her the Bon-Bon Heiress. As one of Bon-Bon Chocolates heiresses, Tiffany Bonander grew up in New York with a silver spoon, a heart of gold, and a lifelong supply of sweets. But now her life is falling apart. Recent changes in cocoa supply from Ecuador are threatening the quality of the family’s chocolate and sales are down. Add to that Tiff’s penchant for falling in love quickly and breaking engagements at the last minute…Now they call her the Bon-Voyage Bride. Jackson Hardaway is trekking through the Andes in Ecuador as a tribute to a fallen comrade. He didn’t expect to meet a beautiful damsel in distress and her three fairy godmothers…er, trio of meddlesome nuns…on his journey. But everything in Ecuador is bigger – the trees, the snakes, the attraction. Is this love? Or just another case made to label Tiff a Runaway Bride?
Relax, she’s got this… Maggie Harris has her ultra-organized life well in hand, until she finds her neighbor and husband together, in her bed, and the tight hold she keeps on her world unravels, leaving her grasping for an escape. So how can she refuse when she’s handed the dream job of running her aunt’s bookstore and a chance for a fresh start? Even though the bookstore is in Brockport, Connecticut, her former hometown, and a place she’d vowed to leave behind forever. When someone breaks into Maggie’s new business and leaves a threat on the wall, Detective Cooper Stanton is assigned the case. It’s been twenty years, but Coop hasn’t forgotten the way Maggie once charmed him at every turn—even with her controlling ways. This time, though, Coop refuses to let her seize the reins. What he doesn’t know is she plans to grab them anyway…and she’s got a secret she never shared.
Victoria Morgan shocks the world when she shows up at her father’s funeral. Shocking because for the last five years, everyone believed she was dead. To escape her billionaire father’s cruel manipulations; Victoria let everyone believe she was gone forever. Burdened with a broken heart and the tragic loss of her baby, she felt there was nothing left for her. But her return uncovers an avalanche of secrets and lies, starting with the fact that the child she thought had died is alive…and being raised by the very man who broke her heart. Ex-Marine Colt Collins has been raising his daughter alone while nursing a burning resentment for the woman who abandoned them both and then died before he could find out why. Determined to move on and make a life for himself, Colt plans to marry and give his daughter the childhood she deserves. Then Victoria Morgan returns from the dead and he learns that nothing about their past is what it seems. Victoria wants to claim her child, but Colt isn’t sure he can believe his former lover. Together, they will have to sift through the lies and learn to trust each other again if they are ever to find a happily ever after.
It’s his game. He makes the rules. Rule number one – only he can break the rules. Zach Lowe lives his life without relationships in business and personally. Getting involved doesn’t work well when you’re the Black Knight of Wall Street. Ellora Duvall, the sweet kid who crushed on him in high school, waltzes into the world of corporate finance with the same wide eyed innocence she had in chemistry class. He hadn’t expected her to affect him the way she did, but he’s in control. A few weeks with Ellora will be pure pleasure, then he’ll move on. She’ll understand. He should, too. Who broke his rules?
Patience Moving in with my aunt in remote Rye Creek, California was supposed to give me a chance to concentrate on starting my new business. Instead, I’m distracted by the gruff and growly mountain man just down the road. He’s broody and built and begging to be knocked down a few notches. Slate Eight years ago I abandoned my pro football career and escaped to the tiny mountain town of Rye Creek. It’s been my refuge—a safe place to hide out from the demons I left behind. Until Patience Ford walks into my bar and rocks my stable world. The curvy beauty challenges everything I thought I needed. But can I let go of my past and let her in? Meet the mountain men of Rye Creek and the curvy women who steal their wild hearts. The Matched with a Mountain Man series can be read as standalones. Each book features a happily-ever-after with no cheating and no cliffhangers.
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A sweet holiday romance that will delight your heart.
A mix-up between lovebirds brings Melisa Hart face to face with the dashing Dr. Rob Reed, the man she crushed on her entire life.
Unfortunately, he’s not welcome in her large Irish family. He’s not a firefighter like her father and brothers, and they believe he stole her brother’s girlfriend.
Can the hunt for a lost lovebird and a Christmas miracle open Melisa’s heart to giving Rob another chance?
Friendship turns into young love, a nasty breakup, and, maybe, a second chance. Can this billionaire make his great life perfect? Blake Murphy wants redemption. More than that, he wants a second chance. He'd been avoiding his home town since the day he left for college. Trista Kennedy would be there, and he had no idea how he'd face her after the way he'd treated her. But now, he'd find out. His high school reunion was coming up, and he'd see her then. Trista had moved on from Blake...until she saw him when he came home for their high school reunion. He was handsome, rich, and easygoing. He'd only been boyishly good-looking in high school. So much had happened in a decade. Blake's old flame - the one who'd come after he'd broken Trista's heart - was ready to scoop him up again. Trista couldn't even think about competing with her. She'd never outshine the former cheerleader and constant social butterfly. But she felt something. Yearning. What might have been. Regret. She thought he felt it, too. Is there a chance to mend broken relationships in the heat of a small Arizona town after a decade apart?
When two strangers cross paths their lives are forever altered. Kayla Russel has all but given up on finding love until a new guy to town walks into her flower shop. There is something mysterious about him that intrigues her, but when she finds out the truth everything changes. Derek Parker wants to leave his old life behind, but it proves to be harder than he'd anticipated when his past finds him. Now the woman he has come to care for feels deceived. Will his secrets come between them and destroy what could have been something wonderful? Previously published in 2015 as A Valentine for Kayla.
Colorado, 1876. Many years have passed since Bernadette Bellamy fled the Cariboo Gold Rush and her reputation as the sister of a French-Canadian gang of thieves. Armed with only an honest talent for sewing and a willingness to lead a solitary life on the run, she stays one step ahead of everyone seeking her brothers’ last—and now lost—heist. Until a craving to settle down makes her reinvent herself as Birdie Bell, a dress shop owner. The arrival of an old foe combined with her desire to hold onto her treasure trove of fabrics has Birdie joining a wagonload of brides bound for a remote town.
After losing his leg in the War between the States and his wife in the years following, Jack Peregrine buries his pain under a mountain-high pile of work. He only agrees to sign up for a mail-order bride to save the town of Noelle, keep his freighting business, and care for his absentminded grandfather. But Jack’s request for a sturdy bride who won’t crumble under his burdens brings him a woman as tiny as she is troubled.
Can two mismatched people band together to become the perfect match?
The secret they've kept can either bring them together or tear them apart. Youngest sibling and only sister, Kim Luchetti returns to the Illinois family farm after her father's heart attack. Eight years ago she vowed never to return, believing only distance would allow her to forget the tragedy that broke her heart. Returning means she must face everyone's questions, including those of her first love, Brian Riley, the only one who knows her secret. Brian has always loved Kim, despite his hurt and anger over her having abandoned him when he needed her the most. When she appears at his farm, surprise causes him to tumble off the barn roof and break both of his wrists. Kim's guilt makes her agree to stay and help him until he is healed. Living in such close proximity forces Kim and Brian to face the past and their unresolved feelings. Will talking about what happened help them heal? Or will the memories of their heartbreak keep them apart forever? The Farmer's Wife is the first book in the six book Luchettis Series by New York Times Best Selling author Lori Handeland.