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.
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.
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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A lifeless hand rises ghost-like from a car mechanic's pit. Who does it belong to? And what happened? Annabelle and DI Nicholls set out to solve the murder, but find themselves wrapped up in not one, but three different mysteries. A puppy helps, too.
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!
#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.
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?
#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.
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.
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 ...
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.
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!
Can her online dating disasters turn into true love? Or will she lose the perfect guy in 10 Dates?
”Lacy’s books are just so darn cozy and wholesome, without being cloying.” WendyTheSuperLibrarian book blog
Lacy Williams is the USA Today bestselling author of the acclaimed Wyoming Legacy and Cowboy Fairytales series.
About 10 Dates:
Single mom Angela Hudson can’t face the idea of going to her high school reunion alone. So her closest friends push her to list a profile on an online dating site. But as her dates turns out to be disasters, she notices the man behind the coffeeshop bar.
After losing his wife too soon, Drew Scheffield isn’t interested in dating again. But when he meets Angela in the coffeeshop where he’s working to help out his brother, he discovers his heart isn’t as dead as he thought it was.
Date after date goes wrong and Angela finds herself falling for the handsome barista. But are Drew’s emotional walls too thick to break through? Will Angela lose the perfect guy in 10 Dates?
The Looking Back, Texas series includes these books:
*Next Door Santa
*Always a Bridesmaid
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.
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. ...
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Kitty, It’s Cold Outside is a romance with a serendipitous twist at the end. I’m betting you’ve never read a story like this before, past, present, or future.
A lost kitten travels through time to bring deliverance to Victorian heiress Katherine Gills. She’s waited through hundreds of Christmases for her lover to return. When 21st century mailman Mick Jolly delivers her kitten, he takes her on a romantic spree of Christmas parties, lost letters, modern conveniences, and a newfound love.
Can Katherine and Mick break her curse of endless Christmas misery with the help of a kitten who only wants to get in from the cold?
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.
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?
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.
He's chasing his dreams. She's hiding from her past. Can a hometown fundraiser heal their broken hearts? Jace Scholte is determined to rise above his poverty-stricken childhood. Years after a real estate developer took him under his wing, Jace has a mission: return to his hometown of Sweet Creek and win the residents' support for a high-rise condo. He volunteers in a local fundraiser to melt their resistance, but he never expected he'd work side-by-side with the one who got away… Tess Kruger remembers the plan she and Jace constructed all those years ago. But try as she might, she can't forget the dark secret that caused her to run away from their potential future. When her high-school sweetheart returns, she keeps him at arm's length. She's still not ready to tell him why she abandoned a promising career… and him… Old flames reignite between Jace and Tess, though they find themselves questioning a past they thought they knew. For a second chance at love, they'll have to face the truth together… Close to His Heart is the third standalone book in the Sweethearts of Sweet Creek series, a collection of inspirational romance novels. If you like timeless romance, picturesque small towns, and stories of triumph over trauma, then you'll love Carolyne Aarsen's heartfelt story. Buy Close to His Heart to watch two broken hearts come together 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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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?
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.
#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?
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.
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.
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?
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?
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!
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.
Twas the night before Christmas and all across the world, thirteen authors gathered to share stories untold. From comedy to dark romance they cover it all. So sit by the fire with your pipping hot drink and read the stories brought to you by ST Nick. This is a multi-author anthology stories may end on a cliffhanger or come with a trigger warning. Please beware before reading.
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
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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
Sweet Romantic Comedy!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
The Holiday Cottages are magical places, where those who come to Sprucewood, Colorado to “get away” find themselves, and their hopes renewed, relationships kindled and dreams coming true. Fed up with corporate life in Denver and the ‘boys club’ attitude where she works, Renae Caldwell resigns her job. She has one month before she commences with a new company and intends to use it to rejuvenate herself. When an advertisement for the Cottages Farm in Sprucewood catches her eye, Renae decides she will spend her vacation there in the clean air and peace of the mountains. She rents Mistletoe Cottage and falls in love with it at first sight. Mason Flint is Sprucewood’s Fire Brigade Captain and loves living in this small mountain town a few hours from Denver. He’s a confirmed bachelor, happy with life. Life for Mason will never be the same once he encounters the beautiful lady visiting from the city. Will she feel the same about him? Will Renae’s life, and the lives of others, be threatened by an out of control arsonist, or will Mason find the perpetrator in time? And what part will the cottage play in Renae and Mason’s future? This is a part of a multi-author series but complete stand alone
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 ...
Some days Rhea Cronun felt like Cinderella before she was liberated, but she knows life isn’t a fairy tale. Besides, she doesn’t want a glass slipper or the prince who comes with it. Why would she? She has all the family she needs, along with a new café that she birthed six months ago. The five-star ratings are making her the talk of the town and her days might be full but she’s used to hard work. But when Aisin Leehy comes strolling into Eden, encouraging her to play, she’s more than tempted. He’s the man who made Magic Bean possible and he seems intent on spoiling her but not even the fairy house he built in her back yard, cast the right spell. It’s her daughter Willow who’s become enchanted. Being pampered is a new experience, and Rhea’s beginning to think it might be nice to be taken care of for a change. She just isn’t sure Aisin’s up for the job. What will he have to do to convince her, he’s just the right fit?
On the day that Layla Franklin is promoted to manager of the Pinwheel Plant Shop, she discovers her first business meeting will be with her billionaire ex-boyfriend, ceramicist Bradley Marconi. Five years prior, when Layla had to drop out of art school to support her disabled mom and her younger brother, Bradley broke off their relationship and broke her heart by saying they came from different worlds. Layla doesn’t mind helping everyone in her life, really, she thrives on being useful. She’ll even help Bradley make sense of the debacle the Wavelength Pottery P & L statements have become. But she wants compensation for her time and reassurance from Bradley he is learning to manage his business himself and working toward being his own man. When Bradley’s overbearing mother demands he attend a dinner party at the family residence and that he brings a date, Layla insists that date be her. Not only does she want to encourage Bradley to stand up to his manipulative family, but Layla wants to prove to them she’s found her own definition of success. Inspired by the dinner party date and remembering what they loved about one another, Layla and Bradley give their relationship another try. Everything is going well, until one night when the past and present collide, leaving Layla with little hope for their future and Bradley doubting they were ever meant to be.
"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?
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 ...
When Grace O'Connor arrives in the Scottish Highlands, she's hiding a secret and trailing more baggage than she cares to admit. Grace's sister, Brianna, has a history linked to Grace's secret. There, amongst the rugged Scottish Highlands and a community of caring, loving Christians, Grace meets the handsome Ryan MacGregor, an ex-military Paratrooper with a history of his own. As the secrets of Grace's past unravel and the sacrifices she's made are thrown back at her, Grace faces the biggest decision of her life. As everything she has believed is turned upside down, Grace realizes that the walls she's worked so hard at building have been for no reason whatsoever, and she now needs to discover who the real Grace O'Connor is. A Christian romance including real-life challenges, and a story line to touch reader's hearts and draw them closer to God.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
IS LOVE GOING TO THE DOGS? Head vet at the Forever Friends animal rescue shelter, Gabriel Moretti is known as the Dog Whisperer because of his gift for soothing rambunctious patients. But it’s the two-legged species that has him, and his libido, working overtime. Marla Popov single-handedly saved the shelter from financial ruin. But the bossy trust funder is even more irritating than her snooty Standard Poodle. You’d think keeping his attraction on a short leash would be a no-brainer for Gabe. Unfortunately, Marla is also smart, beautiful, and intriguing . . . Most of her life, people have been eager to tell Marla just what she wants to hear. So now that she’s nearing forty, she doesn’t expect to be refused—especially by a sexy younger man like Gabe. She also doesn’t expect it to sting so much. But when she discovers a scheme involving illegal dog fights, she gets a chance to show what she’s truly made of. And as she and Gabe team up to fight it, they discover a surprising respect for each other—and passion that might just grow into love. . .
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 ...
Being unexpectedly tasked with caring for his adorable ten-month-old niece is more than Detective Joel Wolfsley can handle. He's on sick leave with one leg in a cast after a drug dealer mowed him down with a car. But Joel's a sucker for his sister—all four of his sisters—and the munchkin's mom needs his help. Thing is, Joel needs help, too. Isn't that what next door neighbors are for?
One look at the tough-talking "Big Bad Wolf" cradling a baby in his arms and kennel owner Willa Darling knows he's all bark, no bite. Joel might need assistance chasing after his niece, but he's completely capable otherwise, and a family man at heart. Which means that in spite of the tension that simmers between them while caring for the infant, Willa will have to let him go.
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!
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?
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*
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.
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?
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’s sweet and wholesome. And hiding something.
He’s back home, resurrecting old ghosts.
One of them is going to get hurt.
Molly arrives in Sutter’s Hollow out of gas and out of options. The rundown ranch seems like a perfect place to hide. Except the man who owns it seems just as dangerous as what’s chasing her.
Cord’s mantra growing up? Get out of Sutter’s Hollow. Now he’s back in town, but only long enough to get rid of his grandma’s ball and chain—the ranch. He doesn’t need a complication like Molly, who reminds him of an injured baby bird. He’s no protector. So why can’t he tell her to get lost?
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.
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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?
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?
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?
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: ...
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.
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?
By the flip of a coin, famous novelist Kory Slate travels to Wales intent on finding rest and relaxation. His latest bestseller has left him freaked out, and he begins to suspect he's being followed. An intriguing bookstore piques his interest. He is astonished to meet Dafina Perry, the spitting image of the beauty in his book. As his unusual vacation progresses, he inexplicably finds himself playing the part of Dafina's husband.
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.
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?
Colorado, 1878. Can a sister who’s lived only for others find freedom with one man? Family has always come first—for both of them. He’s never forgiven himself for letting her go. She’s never forgiven herself for almost getting him killed.
When Lark and her songbird sisters are separated fleeing their cruel and controlling troupe manager, only Brynmor Llewellyn can help Lark save her sisters and escape to the far west. But Lark wants more. And so does Brynmor. When they’re stranded in a spot as difficult to guard as it is to leave—a rustic cabin at a train junction between Denver and the mountain town of Noelle, Colorado—they find themselves fighting not only for survival but for redemption, forgiveness, and a second chance for their love.
Will the frontier train stop of Songbird Junction be Lark and Brynmor’s salvation? Or their downfall when her manager, a con artist who calls himself her uncle but cherishes only his own fame and fortune—demands a debt no one can pay?
Holmes Crossing Series Three books about people dealing with faith, forgiveness, family and love The Only Best Place Her broken childhood made her yearn for a home and a stable marriage. Will surrendering her dreams to save their marriage destroy her? All In One Place Her past was a dark place she wants to outrun. When Terra is forced to stay in Holmes Crossing, she glimpses a future promising light and love. This Place Miriam has a second chance when she becomes guardian of the baby she gave up. But can her rekindled relationship with Duncan withstand the truth of her past? What readers have to say: The Only Best Place: "If you cry easily, you may want tissues nearby." "Keep reading the book. It has an ending we could all live with." All In One Place "This book, while difficult in subject, has great hope and promise for its subjects as well as its readers. Holmes Crossing feels like a good place to get comfy for a while..." "Thank you, Carolyne, for writing a tough and yet beautiful story of healing and redemption! " This Place "I fell in love with this series and the people are so down to earth! You really must give this book your attention because it is great!" "The healing and forgiveness and hope were like a warm blanket on a cool night."
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.
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.
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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?
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
What's a time traveling Texas Ranger supposed to do? Garrett Houston is being harassed by a ghost. Trouble is brewing and her name is Margarite. She's an unrelenting force determined to get his attention. It may be too late for her, but if she could get him to listen, she may be able to save some lives. A story of unrequited love, the power of healing, and the embracing need to never give up. Unforgettable moments and unforgettable characters will tug at the heartstrings with a myriad of emotions. Garrett's Ghost is a touching story brimming with down-home Texas charm.
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?
“Heartwarming, lyrical, soulful, and with just the right amount of humor: this book sparkles with authentic, layered characters and beautiful, thoughtful prose.” — Jodi Meadows, NYT bestselling co-author of My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane
Two generations, two great loves, one devastating lie . . .
When Izzy unexpectedly loses her mother in a car accident, her world shatters. Their relationship has always been so close that Izzy can't imagine life without her. Nor can she begin to understand when she finds a secret box of love letters that her mother wrote but never sent. The idea of her mother hiding such intense feelings for more than twenty years without so much as a hint makes Izzy question everything she thought she knew--including the identity of her father.
Following a trail of clues overseas, Izzy steps into a world of glamour and English royalty, one which years ago forced her mother to choose between her obligation to her musical gift and her lover's obligations to his family, title, and estate. It's a world of secrets and masquerades, of heartache and betrayal. And in the midst of this world, Izzy finds a young man who feels as broken as she does herself. The two are drawn to each other--only to find that their parents' lies may present an insurmountable obstacle between them.
Thrown together on a coming of age journey of discovery that spans two lifetimes and takes them from a grand esta ...
One of the 20 Most Romantic Books Ever, According to BookBub Members. Texas rancher and bar owner Cassidy Flynn is shocked to learn the bride’s name in an upcoming high society wedding – Cassiopeia Dolmides. Cassidy is a woman of secrets; the deepest is the identity she was born with and thought she had escaped long ago. If this bride is impersonating Cassidy, what trouble will that cause Cassidy and her infant son? Greek tycoon Theron Christofides needs to gain possession of Dolmides Cruise Lines and the little Greek island where it left a shipwrecked eyesore. A lot of people are at risk without his intervention. Old man Dolmides will sell on one condition: Theron must marry Dolmides’ illegitimate daughter. Seeing no other way to rescue the island’s people, Theron agrees to sacrifice himself and his future. As Theron stands at the altar with his bride-to-be, a fiery-haired woman in snakeskin boots and a cowboy hat interrupts their vows by calling his bride a fraud. In order for the wedding to continue, Theron must convince Cassidy Flynn to drop her lawsuit. Can he withstand Cassidy’s allure while he gains her cooperation? Or will they both be consumed by the fire of desire?
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--
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?
There’s no place like home. Until the heart gallops off in an unexpected direction… Prepare for romance in this heart-warming holiday book brought to you by USA Today bestselling author Josie Riviera. After Chiara passes her RN license exam, she plans to leave Virginia and return to her beloved Kansas hometown for good. Except her home health client’s handsome brother makes her consider changing her plans. Between his job, his sister’s injury, and his horse ranch, Vance has no time for Christmas. But Chiara’s delight in the season makes him willing to do anything to keep the enchanting smile on her face. When it comes down to asking her to stay, can he let go of his painful past, throw his heart over the fence, and follow it toward a future together? Light and sweet, this romance is full of Christmas cheer. Because sometimes the best gifts are hiding right under your heart.