The Waiting Room is a delightful romp with three women who meet in the waiting room of a doctor’s office and grow to become life-long friends. After Allison’s roommate goes missing and later is found dead, the man they identify as a suspect stirs up trouble for them. Fortunately, life has its way of making things right, and so it was left to the three women to see things through to the end and correct a wrong. Years later, when the friends gather, they realize the waiting room they’re now in is actually the space between here and there – a timeless space where you choose how to live your remaining years. Humorous, honest, and tender, The Waiting Room will steal your heart and hold it captive long after you finish turning the last page. It’s a book worth sharing with others, especially with those you love.
When long-buried betrayal is uncovered, can the magic of the season heal old wounds? A story of friendship, love, and second chances in the second half of life After her divorce, Kathleen moved closer to her daughter and grandchildren, hoping to get to know them better and find a new place to belong. Not ready to retire, Kathleen bought the local toy store only to find that, after sinking a large amount of her savings into it, the business was losing money. She must turn a profit by year’s end, and she can if she has a good holiday sales season. If not, well…it doesn’t bear thinking about. Just as the season begins, Kathleen’s daughter and son-in-law are called away on an emergency and ask Kathleen to mind the children for a few weeks. Kathleen jumps at the chance to spend quality time with the girls and though it will take some juggling to care for both the children and the store, she’ll handle it. What she can’t handle is Roy, the twin’s paternal grandfather. The conniving schemer is trying to steal their granddaughters’ love and leave her out in the cold. Again. Roy, a widow of two years, has agreed to care for his granddaughters while his son and daughter-in-law are away. What he finds disagreeable taking Kathleen’s help. The woman is meddlesome, managing, competitive, and a general pain. But he promised his son, and he always keeps his promises. Can the magic of the season heal the strife between this pair and help them find peace, forgiveness, and maybe even love? If yo ...
2015 WISHING SHELF INDEPENDENT BOOK AWARDS FINALIST At thirty years of age, Maggie Fields has had her fill of “bad” men. Unbeknownst to her, her investment counselor husband had paid for their luxurious Denver lifestyle by scamming his law-abiding clients and laundering money for his law-breaking ones. He lasted two nights in jail before a client who didn’t trust him to keep his mouth shut had him silenced permanently. Maggie fled to her hometown of Vichy, Indiana, and safe haven with her grandparents. Now all she wants is a quiet life as a reporter for a small town newspaper. That quiet is shattered when her ne’er-do-well uncle shows up on her retired doctor grandfather’s doorstep with a wounded and very sexy friend. Did the friend really injure his shoulder while changing a tire, or is he the man shot by the homeowner during an attempted burglary of a house just outside of town? Maggie soon has reason to believe the homeowner is not an innocent victim, leading her to wonder if her uncle and his friend are involved in organized crime. But in spite of her suspicions, Maggie finds herself drawn to the wounded stranger and realizes the bad experience with her husband hasn’t dulled her taste for the wrong kind of man!
Fires, violent storms, vandalism, and governmental whims are just a few of the issues Libby Barnes has to contend with after taking over the family farm in the picturesque lower south of Western Australia. Loneliness is another. Being young and unattached, she’s also the subject of ongoing critical scrutiny by the ranks of doubters in the small farming community.
Then a handsome stranger arrives on the scene and Libby is no longer alone. But will this new man in her life prove to be an asset, a hindrance, or merely a distraction? And will he be there for her when disasters strike? Sometimes what a girl needs can be right in front of her. Discover how the choices Libby makes along the road to happiness result in a bumpy ride ... for more than just herself.
For readers who fell in love with bull-riding Luke in Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride, prepare to meet hunky farmer Mitchell in this latest in the Long Road series.
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 ...
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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Battered, broken and looking for solitude smoke jumper Tric heads to Last Chance Beach and without warning walks into Kelly's cottage.
She knows from experience this is the best place for him to recover and she'll share her safe haven with him.
Will a bit of Irish luck and a matchmaking uncle give them a chance to find love?
Tric Ryan has spent the majority of his adult life jumping out of airplanes and into infernos. That is until a fateful jump nearly ends his career as a smokejumper. Badly in need of a change, he drives to Last Chance Beach to recover. A short respite at Shamrock Cottage promises him the solitude he needs to recoup or to figure out how he’ll face a future without the dangerous job he loves.
Kelly O’Malley moved to Last Chance Beach after a broken heart. She’s living in her uncle’s rental, Shamrock Cottage after a fire destroys her home. Brandishing a skillet she’s ready to defend her safe haven from the battered and bruised man in her living room. A quick call to her uncle confirms the mix-up, and that he’s accidentally rented the cottage to both Tric and her for an open-ended stay.
When they both agree they can share the spacious vacation home, sparks are sure to fly. Kelly helps Tric recover with easy walks on the beach and friendship.
Will the magic of Last Chance Beach, with a dash of luck from the Irish, heal the heartaches Kelly and Tric carry and help them find the love and a future?
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?
Andrea Peterson gave her heart to Lance Foster. She knew him before he was famous. She started dating him when he was waiting tables for a living. She was there for him through one failed audition after another. Then, the minute he got a taste of acting success, Lance broke her heart. After that Andrea becomes determined never to date another actor again. That's a hard enough promise to keep in an actor-filled city like Los Angeles. The true test comes, however, when she meets a handsome new stranger who catches her eye like never before. When Andrea finds out this new man is an actor, she begins to wonder: Is the past doomed to repeat itself, or will things be different this time?
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.
Can a runaway bride find love with someone else’s jilted groom? Flower shop owner Flora has waited years to say “I do” but when she gets to the altar, all she can say is “I can’t.” Ex-ballplayer Dean waits for his turn to find wedded bliss but has nothing to say when his bride-to-be texts that she’s not coming. As Flora makes her escape from the chapel in Las Vegas, she barrels into Dean and it changes everything. They never expect to spend the night together. One perfect night where they share everything but names, numbers, or even Facebook pages. In the morning, Dean leaves without waking Flora, thinking the note he leaves will be enough. Maybe it would have been if Flora had found it. Once they get back to the real world, Flora can’t stop thinking about Dean. And Dean keeps dreaming of Flora. Could they be closer than they think? When fate steps in with a bouquet of flowers, will Flora and Dean get a second chance at love? And will they be ready to take it? With a hint of Runaway Bride and a bit of Serendipity, Flora and Dean discover some love stories are perfectly played.
Ten year old Chloe loves her dad, wealthy rancher, Tanner Holt, but she needs a mom. So, armed with her dad’s credit card, she orders one. Down on her luck, Heather Ayer did the craziest thing and filled out an application at a mail order bride agency. Could it be the fresh start she needs?
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?
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.
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.
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?
Some loves last a lifetime. Ours will live forever... Our story doesn't end with happily ever after. For Bruce and I, it was just the beginning. Marriage, the promise of happiness. That was what everyone saw. However, that was nothing more than a mirage. The reflection of the sun on the desert sand. Our story was imperfect, just as we were. Now, I wander lost in a world I don't know, blurred between the shadows of routine and loneliness. Despite that, I am determined to keep going. Playing with pieces of my heart I'd never thought I would risk. I'm looking for who I really am, when a man I never thought I knew comes into my life, making me smile again. Helping me to believe again. He shows me, for once, I can be myself and be happy. And perhaps, we can be happy together, beyond our forever. If you love intense second-chance romances sprinkled with lots of steam, then you will love this page-turner STANDALONE story. One-click now!
Nothing is ever as it seems Range detective, Zane McClure, wants to bring an outlaw to justice. While Katrina wants to find her brother’s killer. The only way they can accomplish their mission is to join forces, even if it means a fake engagement.
When they are forced into a marriage of convenience, could it possibly turn into the real thing? Or are there too many obstacles for them to overcome?
#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.
A feel-good romance with no sex, no swearing--just an honest love that develops between two people. If you believe in fate, redemption, and finding hope in the darkest of times, you will adore this newest book in the Cupid's Bow series! Luke Ward was New York City’s best and brightest young physician until a freak accident changed everything. Now he’s taken a position as the staff doctor at a large retirement village in Abeline where he plans to live out the rest of his days hiding from the painful truth he’s traveled so far to escape. When the father of her unborn baby walks out on her, Mandy Rockwell decides to swear off men for good. She refuses to give up either her baby or her dream of opening her own bakery, so naturally she doesn’t have much space in her life for anything else, especially not yet another broken relationship. They both have everything to lose, but somehow Luke and Mandy can’t ignore the spark that ignites between them. Will they be able to make a future together, and what will happen when their pasts come calling?
A kiss isn’t just a kiss … Struggling actress Addison Duvall hustles background acting jobs at the Hollywood studios in hopes for her big break. When she’s cast as the stand in for the lead actress in a blockbuster spy film, she can’t believe her luck. The surprises rush in―her first test shot is with Hollywood heartthrob Spencer Kingsley. Her even bigger surprise is when the director yells, “Action!” and Spencer presses his lips to hers in a kiss. Behind Spencer’s Hollywood façade hides the secret pain no one suspects. He’s the first to take a risk except when it comes to his heart. He can’t deny he and Addison have chemistry―chemistry onscreen and off―and he’s tempted to lower his guard. She seems real, not like the women he usually meets. Once Addison’s star rises, so do Spencer’s doubts. She’s no different than the others looking for the connection to catapult their careers. He won’t let another woman damage his heart. His decision made, Spencer wishes her success. But it’s already too late. How does he heal this Addison shaped hole in his heart? Should he risk more heartbreak for another chance at love? Wherever Love Finds You, Book 1 When Love Whispers, Book 2 Call It Love, Book 3 If you love sweet romance, download a sample or buy Call It Love now.
He’s no normal person—but that’s what intrigues her the most. And he likes the fact that he can’t deduce everything about her at first glance. She does things that aren’t recognizable—simply because these things are original. There’s something about these two that makes the other curious—and that curiosity is what unconsciously keeps them together longer than they’ve ever been with anyone else before. They share dreams of old-fashioned romances, but as irresistible as they find each other, can they wait that long? What about trust when their relationship gets more intimate? Can she accept vulnerability in exchange for the love that he wants to give her? And can he be patient with her when she starts doing insensible things that he doesn’t understand? Are they really meant to be like the universe keeps suggesting, or is all this a wishful fairy tale in their own minds?
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.
Lucy’s life is a mess. It’s official. Her childhood sweetheart ex-boyfriend just walked out on his wedding, telling everyone it’s because he’s still in love with Lucy - even though they broke up a long time ago! Desperate for a place to escape to while the dust dies down, Lucy gets the chance to spend two weeks in a luxury castle in the Scottish highlands - for free. The catch? She has to be a last minute replacement contestant on a reality TV series about relationships. It can’t be that bad being part of a TV show, can it? Actually, yes it can... The only good part in the whole disaster seems to be Liam, the intriguing and handsome Scottish Laird who owns the castle. Lucy senses there's a spark between them, but the reality show’s director has made it perfectly clear that Liam is strictly off limits to the Love Programme’s contestants. With her ex now pursuing her across the country, Lucy has some serious soul searching to do when it comes to matters of the heart. Will the Love Programme be able to help her find true love? Do you enjoy fun and flirty romantic comedies packed with warmth, charm and intrigue? Then you’ll love Moving On. Join Lucy today as she tries to figure out life, love and relationships in an impressive castle in the middle of the stunning Scottish Highlands...
After a year away from the stress-inducing, workaholic lifestyle of being an Executive Assistant at Hart Hospitality, Emily Potter is ready to get back to work. But is returning to the same place that caused all her problems really the best choice? It’s not just her worry that she'll slip back into the old habits that packed on the weight and upset her work-life balance. It's that she’ll once again be working for the man who upends her emotional balance as well. For Jackson Wyatt, CEO of Hart Hospitality, failure has never been an option. But his life and work have fallen into chaos since his favorite assistant abandoned him without a word a year ago. Now, thanks to the machinations of his wily grandmother, Emily is back. He can’t risk losing her again, even if it means hiding the fact that his attraction to her is far more personal than professional. Emily needs to find a new Mr. Right to keep her from falling all over again for Jackson. And though it pains him to do so, maybe if Jackson helps Emily in her quest, he’ll prove himself to be a true friend and his life will go back to normal. But if rehiring Emily gives them a second chance at the job, will it also give them a second chance at love?
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?
Ever since Thea was a girl, her father has told her to keep her visions a secret. When she envisions his being murdered, she tries to save him. The truth her father has hidden for years is exposed and changes her understanding of his past. Thea’s new boyfriend suffers from depression, and her handsome private investigator is enigmatic with secrets of his own. Can she save her father with their help? Are visions a gift from God or a burden, as she believes? Thea gets the answer from a fascinating source. A contemporary romantic mystery with family drama.
A billionaire and a single mother have more in common than they know.
Handsome, self-assured, every inch the successful billionaire, Luciano is out of Anastasia's reach. But when a hurricane strands them together and they must trust each other to survive … things heat up despite the driving rain and gale winds.
Don’t miss this poignant story of love, loss and renewed hope.
Second hand, never used. Vintage Condition. Grace Stavenaugh has lived her life in the shadow of her older sister. Even as children, Hope was always the talented one and Grace the smart one. Hope received the attention, the boyfriends, and the beautiful clothes; Grace received the hand-me-downs. The leftovers never bothered Grace, until it came to one boy. Her sister went through boyfriends and their affections like she did her clothes, carelessly tossing one aside in favor of another. Often left to stall her sister’s adoring public, Cruz Colton was the one boy Grace never objected to entertaining. As their friendship grew and Grace found herself falling for the boy with the quiet sense of humor, she began to imagine he really came to see her, and not her sister. But one fateful night changed that perception, and she realized his was only a hand-me-down heart, after all. Long ago, Grace banished thoughts of Cruz from her mind, even if her heart was reluctant to let his memory go. Ten years later, their paths cross again. Grace is living her dream as a registered nurse, Hope is a brilliant concert violinist, and Cruz has a distinguished career in the military. Recently discharged from service, Cruz checks in at Texas General Hospital where Grace works. And just like that, Grace’s heart picks up where it left off. She tells herself she’s over him. These sparks between them are nothing but leftover embers from bridges burned, a decade past. The adult Cruz is a changed, hardened ...
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.
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.
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?
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?
Wandering Home Will a justice-seeking wanderer find solace on a ranch with a stubborn widow determined to protect what is hers? Storybook Hero Can a starry-eyed dreamer’s search for adventure overcome a taciturn man’s belief he has nothing to offer? My Heart Knew Will falling in love with a strong-willed cowboy be the adventure a tomboy maid has been seeking? Sparked By Fire Can a wounded soul find solace in the attentions from a cook who nurtures through her culinary creations?
#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.
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.
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.
Candace Parks lives a passionless life in Richmond, Virginia. The computer programmer returns to the empty family home in the Blue Ridge Mountains to evaluate her job, faith, and boyfriend. Her high school crush, star football player and prom king Trigg Alderman, is in Twisty Creek visiting his grandmother who lives next door to Candace’s family home. He doesn’t recognize her at first and remembers little about her. He’s not alone. Candace’s rekindled attraction to Trigg adds unexpected complications to finding her passions. Sorting her life out? How about nothing of the sort!
After Alejandro Alvarez’s best friend dies of kidney disease while in high school, Alejandro vows to change his life. Determined to help others suffering from his friend’s illness, he rejects joining his father’s pediatrics practice and instead trains as a nephrologist and a transplant surgeon. Fourteen years later, devotion to his career has rewarded him with a reputation as an excellent surgeon, but success has left him alone, with no family that he can call his own. Pediatric Intensive Care Nurse Tammy Johansen is on duty when an infant must undergo a life-saving transplant. Working closely with famed surgeon Dr. Alejandro Alvarez, she sees the sensitive, lonely man beneath his professional exterior and wonders can such a man be interested in someone like her? As they battle to save the tiny patient, Alejandro struggles with the emptiness within himself until the lovely and compassionate nurse at his side catches his attention. In that moment, one look at Tammy forever changes his life. Life’s Forever Changed is the Prequel to Anne Stone’s The Show Me series.
The Savannah widower infuriates Harper...but his little girl wins the nanny’s heart. An endearing story that delivers laughter and tears!
VALERIE FLYNN grew up with the Dixon brothers, never differentiating one more than the other. When she leaves for college, she puts Atlanta and her childhood behind her, ready to make a life for herself somewhere else. An abusive relationship almost destroys her physically and emotionally, and manages to wipe out her relationship with God.
Since boyhood days, BRAD DIXON has always carried a flame for VALERIE. Her engagement to another man shattered his dreams. When she comes home, battered and bruised, recovering from a nearly fatal relationship, he prays God will use him to help her heal.
VALERIE returns to Atlanta seeking a fresh start, but she finds herself in a strange place. Not only is BRAD now her boss, she starts to develop feelings for him. Is it possible she can overcome the past and open herself up to another relationship, or did the damage done to her body and soul permanently take away any chance of happiness and love?
Emily never expected to find love in a dart bar, but the moment she spots tall, sexy Sebastian, she’s determined to catch his eye.
Ex-girlfriends, perpetually shirtless rich boys, frantic best friends and a mysterious orange handbag converge to stop her.
No one said stalking was easy, but if romance was left to the boys, the human race would die out while they logged fantasy football points and punched each other in the balls.
Everyone knows that.
Emily’s not stalking Sebastian...she’s saving the world.
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?
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.
The Express took men and rode them hard across the West. That adventuring spirit belonged to men full of life, ready for whatever met them on the trail, everything, except for love. Ransom McCain was the last man hired to ride for the Three Rivers station, but he was chosen to take the first ride west because he could think on his feet. Tensions are high because there are people determined to make the express fail, and little does Ransom know that he would fall for a woman caught in the crossfire. Delia Burroughs is a young woman with plenty of heart and the strength of spirit to help her family survive in the West. But one by one they’ve left until it’s just Delia and her father. His grief and struggles may make it impossible for her to leave and make a family of her own. When she met Ransom, she knew she’d found a man she could love, but forces are determined to take her new home from her and perhaps her chance at real love. Ransom and Delia will have to decide if what’s happening between them is something they want to fight for, or will they let themselves be pulled apart by the danger they’re both facing. The Three Rivers Express Series is a set of Sweet Western Historical Romance which will be written alternately by Reina Torres and Nan O’Berry Starting with the Spring of 1860 when the Pony Express began their service of mail delivery between St. Joseph, Missouri and Sacramento, California, each of the Three Rivers Express books will take on a new season and a different ...
The last thing Sara Flannigan needs is a man in her life. When she returns to her hometown, she vows to create a happy life for her son and to rebuild her life after a painful divorce. Yet when she meets her son’s new doctor, she can’t deny the spark of attraction that heats between them.
He’s Harrison Thornton, the oldest son of the illustrious Thornton family. His family would never accept a woman like Sara, a woman who grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. She tries to ignore the whispers of her past, but she soon realizes secrets can never stay hidden for long.
Especially from the man claiming her wounded heart.
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Imagine vowing to never celebrate Christmas again only to be snowed in with your hunky husband in a cabin rich in Christmas pasts.
Juliette Martin isn’t happy when her husband, Gabe, surprises her with a Christmas tree at their winter getaway. The grief she carries for her six-year-old son overwhelms her, and all she wants is to hide from the holidays.
When Juliette and Gabe find themselves snowed in, they discover a small boy and his puppy behind the woodpile. Who put them there, and can these two little strays and a Christmas miracle restore Juliette’s faith in the power of love?
Who said marriage had to be convenient? LA party planner Poppy's side business—planning divorce parties as the Divorce Diva—is a secret. When a new party prospect gives Poppy the opportunity to save her sister's company, she can’t pass it up. But this time, she’s about to get way more than she bargained for. Vegas golden boy Beck knows Poppy’s secret, and he’s not afraid to use it to get exactly what he wants—a wife. With his reputation on the line, the only way he can repair the damage is by getting hitched, fast. And if blackmail is the only way to get Poppy to the altar, so be it. But they’re in the city of high stakes, and Poppy has a few aces up her sleeve. It’s time to find out if they’re playing to win…or playing for keeps.
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
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.
Ryan Hunt has a job to do. He’s been brought in for one week to help the Calhoun family learn how to run a youth camp. He doesn’t have time to be distracted by a beautiful, intriguing woman. Cate Calhoun is tired of being passed over for responsibilities on the ranch. She has her eye on the newly available job of camp director, but nobody in her family seems to think she can handle it. Ryan Hunt may be the key to learning what she needs to know to do the job. Although Ryan is her exact opposite, she finds herself drawn to him anyway. But Ryan is known as a heartbreaker, and it’s clear he has no interest in settling down. The more they get to know each other, though, the more Ryan begins to see that Cate is different from all the women he’s ever known. The Calhoun Cowboy Camp series is a sweet, clean contemporary western romance series filled with swoon-worthy cowboys and a small-town setting.
Unputdownable sweet romance between two doctors, the talented and sassy Amanda, and her boss, the formidable Gareth, in a small town hospital in Outback Australia. Believable characters, fresh and witty dialogue, unexpected plot twists, and vivid descriptions of the uniquely romantic location
Find out if Taryn and Liam can go from friends-to-lovers-to-forever in this funny, light-hearted, contemporary romance that will melt your heart. At thirty-four years old, veterinarian Taryn Williams wants a baby. After a failed attempt to adopt, she believes her chances for a family are dismal. But that all changes when Liam McGregor, hunky Chicago Fireman and part-time mural artist, offers her the opportunity to fulfill her dreams. Taryn believes their agreement perfect, until she realizes that she wants Liam as more than her baby daddy; she wants him too! There’s no turning back for Taryn by the time she accepts that marriage and a family are not on Liam’s radar, but can she convince him otherwise? Invicta Libertas, Latin for Invincible Freedom. It’s the code Liam has lived by since graduating college and he has the tattoo to prove it. He does his own thing, and knows what he wants…until he offers to help his gorgeous friend-with-benefits, Taryn Williams, and his world is turned upside down. He agrees to a no-strings attached arrangement because he believes anything else would threaten his freedom and his dream of becoming a full-time artist. Soon, Liam finds himself questioning his decisions because his heart has determined that is has plans of its own, including love for Taryn and their baby, something he can no longer deny and isn’t sure he wants to.
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?
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?
"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?
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.
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.
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.
Where Bantry Bay in Ireland meets the wild Atlantic, three lost souls stumble together united by their inability to forgive themselves. A heart-pounding and magical tapestry of romance, history, legend, and complex themes of inequality that resonated as deeply centuries ago as they do today. Perfect for fans of Susanna Kearsley, Nora Roberts, Mary Stewart, Maeve Binchy, and Susan Wiggs.
After a disastrous relationship with her boss, Meg Cameron leaves her job with two bad options. Stay silent? Or speak up and ruin her career? A trip to an archeological dig gives her time to reflect on historical imbalances of power, but history refuses to stay quietly in the bloody past of Ireland's beautiful Beara Peninsula and the O'Sullivan massacre.
Niall Sullivan has spent years chasing the truth of what happened to his family in 1602. But he never expected to have to bring his newly orphaned nephew, Adam, with him to excavate on Dursey Island--without internet or television or even reliable cell phone coverage. Still, time alone together in the abandoned village could be exactly what the two of them need to build the foundations of a family. Until Meg Cameron comes along. Meg and her developing relationship with Niall brings out both the best and the worst in Adam. And as danger comes from unexpected sources, they all have choices to make. Life and death choices none of them expected.
★★★★★ PRAISE FOR LAKE OF DESTINY ★★★★★
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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's running from her past. He's questioning his future. Can small town dreams bring them together? Cory Luciuk never wanted to think about her manipulative stepfather again. But when she learns that he's left her his enormous estate, she's forced to confront her painful past. Was Cory's stepfather trying to make amends, or is it just another one of his cruel games? Matthew McKnight's future plans have always revolved around his father's big city law firm. But when he's sent to Sweet Creek to turn over an estate, he can't help but be drawn to its small-town charm. It doesn't hurt that one of the residents is a former rival who refuses to sign the papers… As Cory and Matthew spend more time together, they start to drop their defenses. To embrace a second chance at love, they'll need to discover the truths of the past and the possibilities of the future… Divided Hearts is the fourth standalone book in the Sweethearts of Sweet Creek series, a set of inspirational romance novels. If you like second chance stories, small-town life, and romance against all odds, then you'll love Carolyne Aarsen's tale of courtroom courtship. Buy Divided Hearts to start the legal love story today!
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.
Lizzie waited twenty years to return to Corfu... Lizzie plucks up the courage to tell Stamatis everything about the witch, who has now revealed her true motive and doesn’t seem to ever intend to let her go. Soon, Lizzie teams up with a powerful ally who proves to be her only hope. All she has to do now is trust… But can she do it? Will Corfu ever be again the perfect paradise she once knew? "I'm usually good at guessing endings, but this one floored me. Would it finish with a cop-out? No, Effrosyni came up with the goods, with a brilliant twist that pulled the plot back from the brink." ~Hilary Whitton Paipeti, author of In the Footsteps of Lawrence Durrell and Gerald Durrell in Corfu
A toymaker with a dilemma, twelve hours to make it right, and a special ops paramedic at her side? Not exactly the Christmas Eve Serenity planned…
Serenity Yates is an hour from closing her toy shop for the holidays and starting a much-needed break. But first, she’ll hand over a handmade dollhouse to her final customer of the year. At least, that’s the hope–until the plan goes terribly wrong.
Jeremy Park hasn’t visited his sister in two years, and he can’t wait to see her face when he shows up with the gift from the top of his niece’s wish list. But when he arrives at the toy shop on Christmas Eve, he learns he won’t be giving Lilah her dream dollhouse after all.
Serenity promises Jeremy to do whatever she can to make this right, no matter how long it takes. When Jeremy offers to help, Serenity reluctantly agrees. As they work through the night, a sweet bond grows, and Serenity begins to fear that, when morning comes, she’ll find it hard to say good-bye.
Jeremy feels the tug of attraction, too, but pursuing the relationship makes no sense. Serenity has deep roots in her hometown, and in a week, he’ll return to Italy and his job rescuing others in the most dangerous places on earth. He isn’t ready to let Serenity go, but he can see no way for their lives to fit.
** A Season for Serenity is a mostly-sweet Christmas-themed contemporary romance with fade-to-black scenes.
When Hearts Come Home is a sweet contemporary romance from a debut author. If you've ever longed for a second chance with your first love, you'll enjoy this wholesome romance. Gabby Sullivan is ready to marry her high school sweetheart, Brock Carter-Banks, in a winter wedding. Supporting him in his political ambitions means giving up the opportunity to attend the prestigious Boston University. While she longs to explore life outside their hometown in Eastern Washington, she's willing to make the sacrifice to be with Brock. As the day of the wedding draws closer, Gabby is distracted by Brock's best friend, Ari. A friend since childhood, Ari suddenly raises doubts about their nuptials and encourages her to take the graduate school scholarship she's been offered even if Brock isn't willing to come with her. Determined to have the wedding she and her mother always dreamed of, Gabby ignores Ari. In a devastating turn of events, Brock betrays Gabby's trust. Her heart shattered, she flees her hometown, intending to never come back. Fate had other plans . . . Five years later, her mother's health has deteriorated. She asks Gabby to return home for one final family Christmas. With time running out for her mom, Gabby takes the next flight home. In a small town, it's not long before she crosses paths with Brock and Ari. When feelings for both men surface, Gabby is torn between the life she has and the one she's always wanted. With fate offering a second chance at true love, can Gabby fo ...
Welcome to Adams Grove…where the wedding cakes are sweet, but the recipe is murder. For years, Carolanne Baxter dreamed of a life beyond Adams Grove. Being the daughter of the town drunk was no picnic, so when college offered her a chance for escape, she took it. Now Carolanne has returned home, finally ready to make amends with her father, Ben, and to celebrate the wedding of her best friends Jill and Garrett. Of course, the fact that Connor Buckham, her sexy new law partner and Garrett’s best man, happens to be the same guy the town matchmaker named as Carolanne’s perfect match…well! That’s just icing on the cake. But Carolanne’s hopes for a fresh start are dashed when a dead body surfaces during Jill and Garrett’s wedding reception…and Ben Baxter becomes the prime suspect. The murder throws the town into uproar, threatening to destroy the tentative peace between father and daughter—and to derail the budding romance between Carolanne and Connor. Has the matchmaker’s perfect streak come to end? Or will the truth finally bring Carolanne the happy ending she’s dreamed of for so long?
What if you had a second chance for a first romance?
After surviving a broken engagement, Cassie Ward decides going home to Dragonfly Lake for the summer is exactly the change of scenery that she needs. A relationship of any kind is the last thing on her mind. Yet, when she wakes up in bed with the guy who broke her heart in high school, and no memory of how she got there…her world turns upside down.
Especially when she discovers that Cole now works for her father...
Cole Hopper prefers a quiet life – one that doesn’t involve romantic relationships and certainly is never going to involve marriage. Dealing with his family is difficult enough. When Cassie returns to town and helps out in her father’s garage, he’s reminded of just how much he cared for her. But after what he did in high school, why would she give him a second chance?
Not that he'd even want one. Right?
When the future of her father’s business is threatened, Cassie and Cole clash on how to save it and their second chance slips further away. If they have any hope of building a future together, they are forced to face their fears and answer the hardest question of all: Is this a love worth fighting for?
Full Circle is a 58K word standalone sweet romance, with a guaranteed HEA, and no cheating. It is the first in the Dragonfly Lake series.
Will the blush of new love bring them together? His mother’s final illness waylaid Sam Price’s college dreams, but he’s content working in his family’s vineyard in the Finger Lakes region of New York. When he finds a woman with a flat tire on a vineyard road, he’s stunned to discover it’s the girl he’d had a crush on in high school. He’d never been confident enough to ask her out back then. He’d been a farm kid. Her daddy was the bank president. Way out of his league. Sherry Jones is tired of her parents’ ambitious plans for her life. She’ll finish her college accounting degree like they want, but how can she tell them about her real love: working with growing things? Then a flat tire and a neglected garden offer her an unexpected opportunity, with the added bonus of a tall, gorgeous guy with eyes that set her senses tingling. What does a guy with dirt under his nails and calluses on his hands have to offer a woman like Sherry? It will take courage for her to defy her parents and claim her own dreams. Sam and Sherry’s lives took different paths, but a winding vineyard road has brought them back together. Are they willing to take a chance to create the perfect blend for a lifelong love?
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.
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A Romantic Comedy Novella About Online Dating in the Face of Genital Pictures and Kinky Requests Legal investigator Nicole is great at her job—but unlucky in love. That is, until she meets Matt on an Internet dating site. The geeky app developer is sweet, decent, and nothing like the losers she’d dated before. But when Matt’s not-so-decent twin, Mark, approaches Nicole online for a naughty encounter via her old tester dating profile, she assumes she’s been had. Broken hearted, she vows revenge. From tofu ice cream to shopping marathons, all of her schemes to torment him fell apart because she has the wrong guy all along... Note: This is a humorous story about a girl who thinks her new boyfriend is a catfish (someone who lure others into a relationship by means of a fictional online persona). Except she got the wrong guy...The racy cover is meant to depict the kind of pictures and requests she tends to get snowed under on online dating sites, but the actual story itself doesn't have any explicit sex scenes.
"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.
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.
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.***
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.
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.
#1 in THE DEAD RED MYSTERY SERIES Like Janet Evanovich? Sue Grafton? You’ll love this humorous mystery series! Deeply buried and deadly secrets resurface with a drowned Cadillac Her trophy red Caddy has been hijacked and now police ask how an elderly woman, who couldn’t possibly see beyond the hood ornament, is found strapped into the driver’s seat and six feet under water?
Falling in love was not on her to-do list. Left in debt after the tragic death of her husband, Tricia Adams struggled to keep a roof over her family's heads. With the help of the Grandmothers Four, she’d finally gotten everything under control.She was happy and more comfortable than she’d been in years. When Carol’s son, Eric Elliott, agreed to help renovate the guest house, mysterious and things began to happen. The dashing and handsome man held a bowl full of secrets, and she was going to get to the bottom of it.What could possibly go wrong? The PI series books are all stand-alone. Grab your copy today.
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?
Heléne de Laurant has not forgotten how the Earl of Gunthar destroyed her father’s castle during Henry II’s war with his sons. Apparently neither have her family and friends, for when someone tries to murder Gunthar, every sign points in their direction. Heléne realizes the only way to prove her loved ones’ innocence is by exposing the true assassin. As Heléne and Gunthar spar over the identity of the traitor, fierce determination gives way to mutual attraction. Heléne must race against time, and dark secrets of the past, to unmask the would-be killer before the kingdom plunges back into war and takes the life of the man she has unexpectedly learned to love.
Addison Morgan has spent years ignoring the broken pieces of her past that etched deep scars in her heart, scars that left her vulnerable to remain in a relationship with an unfaithful boyfriend. Her feelings for him have been fading for months, and after he betrays her again while she’s still hurting over the untimely death of her sister, Addison causes a car accident involving a teenage girl. Police Officer Logan Tant is devastated when his sister’s in an accident involving a drunk driver. And he’s determined to bring the driver to justice. When he finds out the driver has befriended his sister and family, his anger escalates. It isn’t until he meets Addison face-to-face that the truth becomes blurred and there’s an unstoppable connection that draws him to her. When Addison falls for Logan, her ex-boyfriend seeks to reclaim her at all costs, leaving her abused and with a life-altering choice to make that will change the course of her relationship with Logan and both of their lives forever. Tender and emotionally stirring, Shattered Treasure is a tale that reminds us that mercy can mold the most broken of hearts and hope can lead to new journeys that arise from shattered beginnings.
Dante finally finds the job of his dreams: working in Italy and learning the language but when the Coronavirus hits Italy, his world is turned upside down. The only person who gets him through it is Serenella, and all he needs to do is step out onto his uncle’s balcony and there she is! On top of dealing with COVID-19, there are other wrenches that are thrown in their midst during this odd year of 2020. What kind of Christmas is in store for Dante and Serenella? How will the year end for this handsome couple? Only one way to find out! Visiting Florence at Christmas? Count yourself lucky—it’s a gorgeous time of year to visit! While Florence is beautiful year-round, holiday decorations and Christmas cheer add a festive touch making this must see city of the arts, even more stunning. Yes, to challenge your culinary skills once again, you’ll find authentic Florentine recipes at the very end of this second novella of the series "Christmas in..." Now available on Amazon.com or JoannesBooks.com
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.
Audrey Norris is worried but determined. Her life has taken a drastic turn. A short year ago, she was a happily married woman with a young daughter and a warm, cozy home. Now she’s a widow responsible for her daughter, her mother, and a big fat mortgage she didn’t even know about. She can’t pay the house note and she doesn’t have a job. Her options are few and mostly undesirable. Widower Caleb Jefferson is the successful blacksmith in the town of Cutter’s Creek, Montana. His sister has been fussing after him to get married again, but he’s managed to dodge her arguments. Until now. He finally sees that his daughter needs a mother. However, he’d been in love before and that ended in disaster and heartbreak. He has no desire to fall in love again, so he’s hoping he can find a woman who will agree to his terms. When Audrey and Caleb end up together, everyone around them is delighted that their families are joining. Caleb tries to make it work, but he can’t seem to let go and move on with his life. Audrey worries about their strained relationship. She prays every day for help and guidance. She hopes that soon a breakthrough will come. God is taking His time. In the meantime, the family grows closer while Caleb drifts further away. One simple misunderstanding will sever the fragile balance they’ve created. Will this be the end of their relationship or the beginning of a lifetime of love? Read about life, love, and hope in the late 19th century in Cutter's Creek, Montana, as two fam ...
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?
Building a new life for himself and his preteen daughter brings Joe Messina home to Harmony Valley. That and showing his town that the onetime bad boy is now a responsible single father. His first move is to get his grandfather's defunct garage up and running. Except now he's got the FBI poking around, and there's a beautician with her eye on the abandoned auto parts. An artist who's happiest turning rusty junk into sought-after treasure, San Francisco transplant Brittany Lambridge is making Joe think they can create something rare and special together. But he has unfinished family business that could jeopardize his fresh start. Is Joe ready to believe in himself as fiercely as Brittany's beginning to believe in him?
When CC Cippolini is offered a temp job driving a custom car across the country, she leaps at the chance to leave Chicago, put her past in the rearview mirror, and make a fresh start. But one car crash and broken cattle fence later, CC ends up at the home of ruggedly handsome rancher Reese Brockbank. Reese doesn’t hesitate to rescue the reckless woman who has crashed into his life, but when circumstances require him to put CC up in his house for a few days, he vows to remain aloof—a woman already derailed his life once. As CC’s warmth and childlike love of Christmas turn his beautiful but sterile house into a home, however, she wears down his defenses. Still, something in her story doesn’t quite add up, and Reese’s questions soon cause CC to retreat. The pain of their pasts has brought them to this moment, but will they seize it or put the possibility of love in jeopardy?
Overworked and underappreciated Emily Esposito thinks wrestling her young son Dante into his Halloween costume is her biggest worry—until her husband shows up with his new girlfriend and tells her their marriage is over. Emily’s waitressing job is suddenly in jeopardy when the diner is put on the market, and she anxiously wonders how she will pay her half of the mortgage. If that’s not enough, the dates she tentatively embarks on don’t turn out quite as well as she expected, and the support she seeks from her mother is met with acute disapproval. Emily resolves to put three-year-old Dante first. Her sister Clara and best friend Michelle are her greatest cheerleaders while she works desperately to carve out a sunnier future for herself and her son. In her heart, Emily never stops dreaming of a man to grow old with and a true love to call her own.
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?
From Book 1: Beth is in love with Jonah, a love that would seem could never be broken, but when Jonah informs her he has to leave their community because of a duty to his Englisher friend, Beth's world is thrown into turmoil
Beth Fisher is living the dream. Strong and happy in her faith and about to become a baptized member of the community, she has every reason to believe that her future is secure. Her beau, Jonah King, is on the cusp of proclaiming his love for her, and a proposal won't be far off.
But then, he shocks her with some terrible news about the future, one that takes her from a life of security to one of fear and worry. He has enlisted as a soldier in the Vietnam War. Her mind can't comprehend his actions. The Amish don't fight, and even when he explains his reasons, she resists. Then, he offers her a promise of marriage upon his return, and she gives in, sending him off with her love.
While Jonah is away, her heart refuses to stop hoping for a bright tomorrow even as she resists the worry that he will not return. She writes long letters and rereads the few she receives in return. She wants to ignore the changes she sees in her fiance, but she cannot. He left a carefree young man, and she fears he will come back bitter and angry.
Finally, Jonah returns, but as she suspected, he is not the man he once was. His heart and will are broken. He tries to release her from their promise, but she refuses. Beth tr ...