When he arrived in St. Dennis that first time, she'd been convinced that he was up to no good. After all, hadn't she known his father from the day he was born until the day he cut ties with his family? She knew the havoc he'd caused.
Author: Mariah Stewart
Publisher: Hachette UK
Life was always been just about perfect for Brooke Madison Burke. She was the prettiest, most popular girl in small-town St Dennis, Maryland, a prom queen, local pageant star, and the pride and joy of her loving parents. She even married the man of her dreams. But the promise of happily ever after fell to pieces when her husband was killed while serving in Iraq. Broken-hearted and longing for the solace of better days, she returns to the idyllic world of St Dennis and the familiar comfort of the family farm. Surrounded by her loving family and friends, she's determined to build a new life, complete with her own cupcake bakery. She's equally determined never to fall in love again. For Jesse Enright, life has been a challenge. A fourth-generation attorney, he's spent his life fighting to escape the shadow of his irresponsible father. Now he's moved to St Dennis to run the family law practice, and he's ready to find the right girl, get married and settle down. But his carefully laid plans go out the window when he meets Brooke and finds himself caught between the unbreakable law of attraction and Brooke's resolve to go her way alone - despite the undeniable feelings Jesse stirs in her. But just like catching lightning in a bottle, is it possible to fall head-over-heels, heart-and-soul in love all over again?
PROLOGUE THE TWO LITTLE GIRLS FLED from the house, angry voices following them into the trees at the back of the ... Moisture from the damp ground seeped through Claire's jeans, making her wonder if she'd peed in her pants after all.
Author: Margaret Watson
To escape from her hometown, Claire Kendall had to leave her past—and her sister—behind Now her sister's sudden death has Claire going home to confront her past and her orphaned nephew—who blames her for saving herself and not his mother. Complicating matters is Tucker Hall, a man who seems to have a genius for getting in the way when it comes to parenting Nick. Claire knows she'll be happy only once the town of Monroe is a speck in her rearview mirror, but she can't go before Nick is ready. In the meantime, she'll have to see a lot of Tucker and hope that he doesn't give her any reason to stay….
His mouth went dry. “Do you look likethis every morning?” Sheshook her headandblushed. He'dnever known anyone her age who still blushed when complimented. “No,I'm usually wearingall myown clothes and makeup—I didn't bring any with me.
Author: Robin Kaye
From the award-winning Robin Kaye comes the first in a delightful new series—a sexy romance of a good girl who’s got it bad for a secret crush. Elyse Fitzgerald is on a blind date from hell in Brooklyn’s historic waterfront neighborhood of Red Hook when she stumbles into a childhood friend—and childhood crush. She knows Simon would never be interested in his little sister’s friend, even though she’s all grown up. So it’s a lucky break that he doesn’t recognize her… Simon Sprague is an artist who picks up bartending shifts at a local family-owned pub. To the artistic Simon, the women he usually meets at work are uninspiring. Except for the dark-eyed goddess who just walked into his bar. He feels an instant connection with her, and the mysterious angel seems to know him. Quick on his feet, Simon goes along with the ride… but will he lose his heart to a hometown girl along the way?
Not after she'd finally come to her senses, after all the many moons of not realizing what a catch Squint ... “We're always here for one of our hometown girls,” Dennis said solemnly, and the ladies nodded, and Daisy felt warmed just by ...
Author: Tina Leonard
Harlequin® American Romance brings you four new all-American romances for one great price, available now! This Harlequin® American Romance box set includes: THE COWBOY SEAL'S TRIPLETS (Bridesmaids Creek) by Tina Leonard John Lopez "Squint" Mathison learned a lot in the Navy, but taming wild child Daisy Donovan requires a different set of skills. Skills he's going to need as an expectant father! THE BULL RIDER'S SON (Reckless, Arizona) by Cathy McDavid When newly hired bull manager and old friend Shane Westcott shows up at the Easy Money Rodeo Arena, Cassidy Beckett is forced to reveal the secret she's been keeping for six years: the identity of her son's father. THE HEART OF A COWBOY (Blue Falls, Texas) by Trish Milburn Natalie Todd has returned to Blue Falls with a terrible secret. She knows she must reveal the truth, but doing so will kill any feelings rancher Garrett Brody has for her… A RANCHER OF HER OWN (The Hitching Post Hotel) by Barbara White Daille Ranch manager and single father Pete Brannigan needs to find the right woman to make his family complete. And Jane Garland is completely unsuitable. So why can't he stop thinking about her? If you love small towns and cowboys, watch out for 4 new Harlequin® American Romance titles every month! Romance the all-American way!
Julia lost everything while she was ill. Self-conscious and alone, she's moved to Smithville, determined to hide away in her rundown Victorian house. Little does she know, she can't hide anything in a small town, including her interest in the deliveryman. Resolved to keep his life simple, Chad has his hands full running his delivery business and supporting his adopted family. So why can't he get that withdrawn city girl, Julia, off his mind?Will the eccentric but well-meaning Smithville folk push Julia and Chad to open up, or will the emotional toll drive them both back into seclusion?
looked around her pristine kitchen and longed for a little pajama-clad boy or girl slurping up a bowl of cereal. ... Mostly he asked good questions, and I think I handled it all right. ... “She's a hometown girl, after all.
Author: Denise Hunter
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Award-winning author Denise Hunter captivates the readers with her latest fiction about a single mother running a crisis pregnancy center. As if the jolt of becoming a single mom to her two sons wasn’t enough, Natalie Coombs is facing new stresses as the director of the crisis pregnancy center. A teenager who comes in for testing brings back memories of another pregnant girl whose life tragically ended in suicide. Desperate to reach out to this client, Natalie crosses professional boundaries and incurs the wrath of a mysterious assailant. Even within her family, all is not well as her relationship with her sister becomes increasingly tense. Natalie is compelled to carefully count the cost of following her heart and her convictions amid betrayal, physical danger, and strained family relationships. Filled with human drama, readers will be easily drawn in as national issues become highly personal in this gripping tale of conflict and commitment.
I was a hometown girl, after all, and I liked the fact that Home Sweet Home was a hometown business, not beholden to some parent company in Omaha or Dallas whose primary interest was in acquiring “units” and then selling them off.
Author: Jane Heller
Publisher: Diversion Publishing Corp.
In this New York Times–bestselling author’s “very funny novel,” a frustrated woman gets the ultimate makeover—by making an unwitting deal with the devil (Library Journal). Florida real estate agent Barbara Chessner is down on her luck, up several dress sizes, drowning herself in Bloody Marys—and, worst of all, has just been dumped by her husband for a blonde TV weatherperson. Tired of living the life of a woman in a “before” ad, Barbara stumbles outside in the midst of a thunderstorm and beseeches heaven to help her—unaware that someone diabolical might be listening . . . Barbara wakes up with golden hair (not her own premature gray), perfect pitch (she’s tone deaf), a strange black dog (registered to her), no double chin, a waistline . . . and definite cleavage! Talk about a good night’s sleep! Even more bizarre and seemingly wonderful things begin to happen to Barbara, including some potential new romances, and her friends at the real estate agency attribute the inexplicable to everything from hot flashes to dark forces. Not even she knows what the devil is going on. But when she finds out, all hell is going to break loose . . . “Barbara is a terrific character—clever, witty, and truly likable.” —Library Journal “Sly, smart-mouthed fun.” —People “Fiendishly funny.” —Booklist
They all took that in. “We're always here for one of our hometown girls,” Dennis said solemnly, and the ladies nodded, and Daisy felt warmed just by being designated a “hometown” girl. Maybe forgiveness was possible after all.
Author: Tina Leonard
HER HOMETOWN SEAL When Daisy Donovan roars into town on the back of John "Squint" Mathison's motorcycle, the people of Bridesmaids Creek start buzzing like bees in mating season! The former bad girl is finally home where she belongs, ready to win over her Texas town—and the hunky former SEAL who is the father of her soon-to-be baby boys. Although he just had the most passionate time of his life with the woman he adores, John's after a prize he thought couldn't be his. He never had a real home, growing up in a family who traveled from rodeo to rodeo. But now he's determined to show Daisy that he's ready to settle down and be the new favorite son of Bridesmaids Creek—by getting Daisy to the altar before their triplets are born!
After all, I was a hometown girl and my opponent hadn't lived in Claxton for more than a year, so I felt I was the town's favorite. Their favorite daughter, so to speak, especially since one of my ancestors founded the town close to a ...
Author: Brenda Jackson
Publisher: Kimani Press
Are his playboy days over for good? In the wake of political defeat, former mayoral candidate Ainsley St. James does something totally out of character—she has a one-night stand with a seductive stranger. Never expecting to see him again, she accepts a job covering a breaking story in Hilton Head, South Carolina…only to discover that the island's most desirable recluse is the lover she has yet to forget. Winston Coltrane can't get that incredible night—or the sexy, sophisticated beauty—out of his mind. The marine biologist is developing a secret formula that could be a major medical breakthrough. But there's something Winston is keeping from Ainsley: his feelings for her have grown beyond the bedroom. Kiss by breathtaking kiss, Ainsley is transforming his oceanside sanctuary into a sensual retreat. Will they be able to turn a passionate fling into forever in each other's arms?
like people who don't remember certain horrific events of their childhood until thirty years later when a therapist pries it out of them under hypnosis. This lunch constituted my first suppressed ... After all, Kay was a hometown girl.
Author: Jeanne Ray
With a ringing phone, Jeanne Ray’s charming and amusing new novel gets off to a rollicking start that never lets up. Not for a minute. On the other end of the phone is Caroline’s daughter, Kay, a public defender like her father, sobbing at the improbably good news that the richest, most eligible boy in Raleigh, North Carolina, has asked her to marry him. While Caroline and Tom are trying to digest this, the other phone, the “children’s line,” rings; it is Caroline’s sister, Taffy, hysterical over her husband’s decision to leave her for a woman two years younger than her daughter. Soon Taffy is wending her way up from Atlanta to seek solace in her sister’s home, even though the two have been separated by more than just geography for the past forty years. With her is her little dog, Stamp, who has a penchant for biting ankles and stealing hearts. Tom and Caroline quickly realize that the wedding their future son-in-law’s family is envisioning for nine-hundred-plus guests is to be their fiscal responsibility. To top it all off, the foundation of their home is in danger of collapsing and their contractor and his crew have all but moved in. It’s a thundering whirlwind of emotion that finally boils down to: Who is in love with whom? and Who’s going to get the next dance? Wise, funny, and impossible to put down, Step-Ball-Change is peopled with characters you feel you have known your whole life. It’s the kind of book that you can’t bear to see end.