Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Spice It Up Tuesday

Hello Fans. It's Tuesday, and I'm sure we are all preparing for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Here's some romances to keep you warm while you cook, drink, or just relax this week!

Ex And The Single Girl
Penis Teflon. That's what Portia Fallon calls the man-repelling curse that keeps men from sticking to the women in her family. When Portia gets dumped -- on Valentine's Day no less -- she fears she's inherited the curse. So when her mother calls her home, she leaves wintry Syracuse and her PhD work behind, and heeds the call. A summer back home in Truly, Georgia, and she'll be able to regroup and finally finish that dissertation...

She should have known it wouldn't be that simple. Her mother, Mags, is crazier than usual, and that's a high bar; Aunt Vera keeps smiling over of an emotional crisis she won't talk about; and Grandma Bev has her surly turned up to eleven. On top of that, there's a British writer in town they've decided will be Portia's "Flyer" -- a one-night-stand meant to clear a girl's energy so she can get the ex out of her system. It's the perfect plan, until Portia falls for her Flyer, and the ex shows up in town with a ring and a promise to stick for good. Now Portia has to figure out what she really wants, and what she's willing to risk to get it.

Plum Blossoms in Paris
Post-grad neuroscience student Daisy Lockhart has never been short on brains, but after her longtime boyfriend, Andy Templeton, dumps her through e-mail, she is short on dreams. Alone for the first time in six years, Daisy allows herself to finally be an individual instead of half of a couple. On a mission towards self-discovery, new adventures, and healing her wounded soul, Daisy travels to Paris. Upon her arrival, she meets Mathieu, a mysterious intellectual with a carefree spirit, and Daisy begins to experience the passion and the fulfillment she craves. Daisy's tense battle between possible love and her newly found freedom forces her to decide what she really wants.

Daughter of Time: A Time Travel Romance (The After Cilmeri Series)
A medieval man with an uncertain destiny, Llywelyn, the Prince of Wales, faces treachery and deceit at the hands of friends and foes alike ... 

A modern woman with a troubled past, Meg's life is in tatters when she slips through time and into medieval Wales ...  

Only by working together can Meg and Llywelyn navigate the shifting allegiances that threaten the very existence of Wales--and create their own history that defies the laws of time.

Eternal Vows (First book in The Ruby Ring Saga)
Never marry a stranger...even if he is a drop-dead gorgeous immortal king. 

Never pretend to be a princess. 

And most importantly...never slip on an ancient wedding ring you know nothing about. 

Sarah Larker returns to a cave where her sister disappeared ten years earlier. She walks through a portal and is mistaken for a runaway princess on the run by a dangerous immortal king in medieval times. Her plan is bold as well as daring—become this princess, wed the king, and slip on an ancient wedding ring that will unlock the portal back home. Then find her sister and run as fast as she can out of Dodge. But taking on the identity of Princess Gloria comes along with dangerous consequences; and slipping on the ruby ring comes with an even higher price.

Game of Hearts

Not a hero. Not a villain. Just a man afraid to risk his heart…and hers.
The Happily Ever After Company, Book 1
Aengus Yates broke Suzannah Hennessy’s heart. Twice. As an eight-year-old, she entreated the handsome young rancher to wait. He laughingly rebuffed her and went on to marry his beautiful fiancĂ©e. When he abandoned his family years later, Suzannah should have felt justified. Instead, her heart broke all over again—with disillusionment that the man she loved could do such a thing.
Now fully grown, Suzannah signs up along with her shy, self-conscious best friend to let a matchmaker find them husbands. Love may not be in her future, but there is adventure to be had in the Wild West.
Aengus has done his best to make a fresh start, to banish old betrayals. When Suzannah appears at his door, it’s clear she’s no longer a lovesick child. Now her womanly curves make his heart pound with desire. Yet he dare not trust himself to love again, and he plans to tell her just that…as soon as she stops berating him long enough to let him get a word in edgewise, to tell her he’s just trying to live an honorable life—against some very dishonorable odds.
Warning: Contains a love-soured heroine and a love-starved hero who’d like nothing better than to sweeten things up.

I Won't Give Up

Fiona Prescott was always daddy's little girl until the last day of her junior year when everything falls apart. Her dad leaves her mom for a much younger woman causing her family to fall apart and to make matters worse her boyfriend of two years decides to call it quits. She leans on the only guy she can trust her older brother Luke.
In comes Cooper Kinley, reformed 'bad boy' and the new kid in town. Cooper and his dad moved to Prescott for a fresh start after losing his mom to cancer a few months earlier. The first time he sees Fiona he's determined to find out who the sad beautiful girl is and vowed not to give up until she's his but she's determined to fight him every step of the way. When he finally thinks he's gotten through the walls she's put up and that she's finally giving him a chance she pulls away. In effort to win her back he tries to make her jealous by dating Riley but his plan backfires when she gets a boyfriend of her own. Little does she know her new boyfriend is part of the reason that Cooper's dad decided to move. Things get ugly when Cooper's forced to confront his past in order to save Fiona. Will they make it out alive and find their happily ever after...

Mistletoe Mischief (Romancing Wisconsin #1)

Mistletoe Mischief

Christmas in July at the zoo is the last place single parents Eric Riley and Marissa Wilder expect to find love. Thanks to some mistletoe mischief in the form of their two young daughters and Santa, they discover mistletoe rules were not made to be broken. 

This Very Moment

Bill Dubrey is a sought-after plastic surgeon for LA’s prestigious and wealthy, and an equally sought-after bachelor. On the surface it appears he has it all—money, respect, and fame. Yet behind his aloof exterior lurks a tragic past that prevents him from finding what he really needs.

All that changes on the day Kylee Stewart reenters his life. She alone knows Bill’s secret agony, and she is determined to help him face his past. During the years they’ve been apart, Kylee’s own life has been far from easy, but unlike Bill, she has turned to God in her need, finding a faith to which she desperately clings.

The tentative friendship they begin has Bill rethinking his stark future, yet he keeps his heart in check—afraid to commit, afraid to lose again. During Kylee’s darkest moment, when she needs him most, will he be there for her?

Poker Face

Megan has been offered the opportunity to prove she’s more than a pretty face. Drew Mackenzie is hell bent on ruining that opportunity, making him her number one enemy. He couldn’t be any further from her type, but something about him gets under her skin and stays there. Is it the annoying way he looks at her as if he might kiss her at any moment, or is it that arrogant chuckle that irritates her? One thing’s for certain…he’s the last guy she ever wanted or expected to fall in love with.

Drew has spent a lifetime avoiding being anything like his womanizing father. Hell, that's why he moved away, to get out from under the man's control. But Megan stirs an all-consuming desire within him that’s difficult to ignore: the alpha male inside him wants to claim her, take her to his bed and unleash years of pent up sexual desire, but if he does… his father wins, in more ways than one.

Pete (The Cowboys)

I've been told that my heroes ought to be rougher, more dangerous, more brooding, but that goes against the grain of my Southern upbringing. Southern men can be total bastards to each other, but you treat a woman special. After all, she is, or will be, somebody's mamma, and mothers are sacred to a true Southerner.

I guess that's a little bit how Pete Jernigan, the hero of The Cowboys: PETE, feels about Anne Thompson. That's what causes him to assume the identity of a dead man, to pretend to be her husband, so he can save her from a forced marriage to a savage old womanizer. Only trouble is, once he's told the lie, he's stuck with it. If he tells the truth, everybody loses. Then a rival is murdered right under his own roof and Pete is the prime suspect.

Pete knows he ought to tell Anne the truth and leave before she falls in love with him. He has to leave before he runs out of excuses not to consummate their marriage. But he can't leave without putting her in danger, giving up his search for the money stolen from him (the reason that brought him to the ranch in the first place), and practically confessing to the murder of the man he's impersonating. It becomes even more complicated when Pete finds himself falling in love with Anne. His honor demands one thing, his body and emotions the opposite. No matter which he chooses, he loses.

Pete's not your typical, all-conquering hero. Pete acts and speaks before he thinks which has gotten him in trouble his whole life. His adopted family considered him something of a burden because he used to be little and they were always having to bail him out of trouble his mouth got him into. But he's grown up now, and Anne thinks he's perfect, that he can fix any difficulty, figure out any problem. Pete tries mightily to live up to this flattering picture of himself. And he does pretty well until he falls into the clutches of the real villain. Then it's time for Anne to discover she's not so helpless as she thought.

The Last Rogue

London 1820 …

All London was stunned when the infamous rake Lucas, Viscount Westmore, vowed to give up the fair sex and exile himself to St. Ives. The infamous rake was known for his love of luxury and his way with the ladies, just as the rugged Cornish coast was known for its savagery, its fearsome gales and its smugglers.

But Luc was determined to turn away from the seduction of perfumed flesh that had ended in tragedy and make his atonement. He never guessed the stormy nights of Cornwall would bring unlooked-for danger, the thrill of the chase, and a long-legged beauty who would tempt him like no other.

The Gatekeeper (The Keepers)

Elven detective Saxon Kirby is under pressure to find out who left a gnawed body at a Las Vegas tourist attraction. He already knowswhat is responsible: a werewolf. The Keeper of the Vegas werewolves is supposed to control his charges, just as Keepers have kept vampires, shifters and other paranormal races in check for over a century. But the local Keeper is weak and there is nothing to stop the murderous wolf—except Saxon.
Saxon's investigation leads him to Calleigh McGowan, a half-werewolf, half-Elven dancer who entrances him with her sensual moves and promise of carnal pleasure. She's a sexy distraction Saxon doesn't need—even if Calleigh has her own reasons for hunting down the rogue werewolf. But in order to catch the killer, they'll have to put their lives—and hearts—on the line.

Head Over Heels (A chick lit novel about love, friendship...and shoes)
Thirty-something teacher and professional shopper Grace has a passion for shoes. In fact they were responsible for her meeting her partner, Mark, when she speared his foot with one of her dangerously sharp heels whilst running for a train.

Mark is the other passion in her life, or so she thinks.... When he suggests they try for a baby - but is reluctant to tie the knot on their very long-term engagement - the cracks in her champagne lifestyle start to appear. As Mark becomes ever more controlling, Grace begins to see her blond and sexy boss, Tom, in a different light. A conventionally one-man woman who doesn't 'do' affairs, she suddenly finds herself in the midst of the sort of tangled lifestyle she has only read about in the celeb pages. Throw in the added complications of an untimely pregnancy, a case of mistaken identity and some pretty zany friends and Grace's life is thrown into turmoil. Retail therapy and even the comfort of her vast shoe collection can't help her out of this dilemma.....

The Beauty in the Beast
Why does everyone across the university’s campus call the Medieval Literature professor, Dr. Alec Knight, a brut and a beast, but Holly Day insists there has to be a better man hidden deep inside of him? Is there really a concealed beauty in the beast or is Alec just as terrible as the rest of the world believes him to be? One snowy day out on a cold stone wall in the middle of the university, when everyone else has left for the Christmas break, Holly finds out the truth and neither she nor Alec will ever be the same again.

Bundle of Joy
One man
One woman
One night
One big surprise

Everyone in town knew Caroline and Charlie just weren't meant for each other. Like oil and water or chalk and cheese, the ex-Navy cook and the beautiful shop owner were a bad match, and although the small New Jersey town was filled with inveterate matchmakers, even the most determined of the lot had to admit this was one match that would never happen.

But nobody had figured on Caroline and Charlie getting locked in a storage vault with an automatic timer set for the next morning . . .

And Caroline and Charlie definitely hadn't figured on the little surprise they got a few months later when they discovered there was a baby on the way!

Caroline is sure she can handle everything alone but Charlie has other ideas: a modern marriage of convenience!

At first there isn't anything convenient about living with the all-male Charlie Donohue but before long Caroline's defenses are down and her husband-in-name-only is sharing her bed.

Is there even the slightest chance this marriage of inconvenience could turn into the real thing?

I've Been An Awful Good Girl
Tired of always being a good girl, Emma Baker wants to shed her goodie two shoes image and let loose her naughty side at a holiday costume party. Her plan backfires when she finds herself in the arms of the guy she secretly loved in high school and who refuses to give her one night of unbridled sex.

Cameron “Cam” Fletcher has just returned from his second tour in Iraq and wants to put the war behind him and clear his mind with some hot, anonymous sex. When the lover he unmasks at the Christmas party turns out to be his best friend’s little sister, he is shocked and decides they should both forget anything ever happened.

Will Emma convince Cam that being his best friend’s little sister doesn’t really matter and that she can truly be an awful good girl in his arms?

The Danbury Scandals
When Maryanne Paynter is ten, her beloved mother dies and she is taken by her great uncle to live with the Reverend Mr Cudlipp at Beckford. Her life is unexceptional until, a little before her twenty-first birthday, Viscount Danbury takes her to Castle Cedars, the country estate of the Duke of Wiltshire where she is taken to see the Dowager Duchess, a frail, bedridden old lady who is apparently anxious to make her acquaintance. Furious with the way she is treated Maryanne runs from the house, only to fall into the arms of a mysterious man walking through the woods who seems unusually interested in the occupants of Castle Cedars. She is unsure whether he is a gypsy, a poacher or an escaped prisoner of war, for the war with Napoleon has just ended with the dictator’s defeat and imprisonment of the island of Elba.
Later, she learns that her mother was the daughter of the fifth Duke of Wiltshire, who disowned her when she married a man of whom they disapproved. But now the old man is dead and the dowager is anxious to bring Maryanne back into the family. Instead of returning to the rectory, she is to live with Viscount Danbury and his son, Mark, and spoiled daughter, Caroline.
It is the beginning of a new and bewildering life, not made easier by old scandals and the occasional reappearance of the intriguing man she met in the wood, who seems to have a string of pseudonyms and disguises. There is mystery and danger, a proposal and more scandal and Maryanne, in the thick of it, does not know whom to trust. Mark or the man who calls himself variously le Choucas, Jack Daw or Adam St Pierre?

A Taste of Romance: Four Original Harlequin Novellas: The Reaper's Heart\The Good Girl\Any Man of Mine\Secret Agent Seduction

A white witch and a soul reaper battle for each other's hearts. A hot cowboy meets a sexy guest at a dude ranch and gets the ride of his life. A deadly storm may bring a detective and the woman he loves together…or tear them apart. And a woman expecting to go on a first date finds herself caught up in an investigation into a terrorist plot—and falling for the secret agent.
Enjoy four original Harlequin romance novellas from a variety of genres to suit any mood—sweet and sexy, paranormal and suspenseful—inA Taste of Romance anthology!
Anthology includes:
The Reaper's Heart by Michele Hauf (Harlequin Nocturne)
The Good Girl by Tara Taylor Quinn (It Happened in Comfort Cove series, Harlequin Superromance)
Any Man of Mine by Debbie Rawlins (Made in Montana series, Harlequin Blaze)
Secret Agent Seduction by Jennifer Morey (Vengeance in Texas series, Harlequin Romantic Suspense)

Jezebel's Blues
When the Jezebel River overflows her banks and tries to swallow the small town of Gideon in East Texas, Celia Moon is alone and frightened in the farmhouse she inherited from her grandmother. When a mesmerizing and troubled drifter washes up on her porch, she has no choice but to take him in. As the river rises, the pair retreat to the attic to ride out the storm—and discover a compelling attraction.

The daughter of two artists who were besotted with each other, Celia has always felt the odd woman out. She yearns to find a place she can call her own, a family of her own, and a life that has some stability and meaning. Her grandmother’s farmhouse in Gideon has always represented that.

Eric fled his grim childhood in Gideon to find a life as an acclaimed blues guitarist, but that life has been taken from him, too, and he’s back in Gideon with a chip on his shoulder that hides the vast hunger he, too, feels to find his place, his home, his life. Waiting out the storm with sunny, optimistic Celia, he wonders if maybe there’s a place in Gideon for him after all, in the arms of a woman who might know more than she thinks about acceptance.

A novel as rich and deep as a river, Jezebel’s Blues is both a haunting love story and a tale of finding your way to accepting yourself.

Always the Baker, Never the Bride: An Emma Rae Creation

They say you can’t have your cake and eat it too.
But who would want a cake they couldn’t eat?
Just ask Emma Rae Travis about that.  A baker of confections who is diabetic and can’t enjoy them.  When Emma meets Jackson Drake, the escapee from Corporate America who is starting a wedding destination hotel to fulfill a dream that belonged to someone else, this twosome and their crazy family ties bring new meaning to the term "family circus." The Atlanta social scene will never be the same!

Divided Hearts

When Faye’s best friend, Jenna, is injured in a car accident, Faye is left to care for her friend's young child – expecting no help from baby Hannah's father, Simon, who has never been a part of the little girl's life. But when Jenna's former lover unexpectedly reappears, Faye learns that Jenna never told him about their child; and now that he knows of his daughter's existence, he wants nothing more than to bond with her.

As the relationship between father and daughter grows, so does the attraction between Simon and Faye. But once Jenna recovers, they find themselves faced with a heartbreaking choice between their desire for each other and the best interests of the little girl whose future lies in their hands.

Set in Vancouver, BC, and on the picturesque Sunshine Coast, Divided Hearts takes you on an exhilarating journey through the passion, sacrifice, forgiveness and sweet surprises of discovering a love that’s meant to be.

Winter Warmers: A Gift for you from Carole Matthews

Three short stories from the wonderfully warm Carole Matthews: Winter Warmers - a gift for you.

All I Want for Christmas is You
Christmas is around the corner but Maria just can't get into the spirit - will she ever find Mr Right? But when a secret admirer starts leaving her poems and notes, it looks as though her luck is about to change . . .

Cold Turkey
Tara is in love with a man she can't have. She expected to spend Christmas with him but when the big day arrives, she finds herself alone. Sad and upset, Tara just wants to ignore the festive season - and then a chance encounter changes everything.

About Gardening
I love my husband Sam but our relationship isn't what it used to be. Can I find a way to bring us back together?

Treat yourself to this heart-warming collection - it's perfect for warming up those winter nights.

Angel Be Good

Short Romantic Comedy/Fantasy
Sensuality Level: Warm (sexy)

165 print pages

Miracles still happen in modern day New York when "Scrooge" (Nathaniel Danvers) meets Heaven Can Wait (Daphne), who has been sent to give him one last chance at redemption. Angel Be Good captures the essence of the classic Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and offers a touch of humor and romance. This sexy romantic comedy is the perfect holiday feel-good read.

Wolf Island

When proper school teacher Abigail Chapel learns that her sister Miranda has disappeared while hunting ghosts on mysterious Wolf Island, she leaves behind everything she knows to find her.

Devlin Morgan, the reclusive owner of Morgan’s Keep, poses an obstacle in her search. He turns away her inquiries, and the villagers, who respect their “sovereign” resist her as well. Worse still is her own attraction to him. Especially once she begins to suspect he’s involved with her sister’s disappearance, and the mysterious “Chiming Ghost”.

In order to unravel the mystery of her missing sister, she’ll also have to untangle Devlin’s dark past, discover the truth about the “ghost”, and decide whether to trust the passion in her heart. Whatever happens, she’ll be a changed woman when she leaves Wolf Island.

Needing Nita (Serve and Protect Series)

NOTE: This is a 15K Novella, not a full novel.
Attorney Nita Reynolds is hot for Det. Craig Walker, but he's given up asking her out. She doesn't date cops...until a doctor's call makes her re-examine her priorities. Believing she has a brain tumor like the one that killed her father, she vows to make love to Craig Walker while she still has her full faculties. By the time the doctor realizes he's mixed up the scans, she's in way too deep.

Seductive Reasoning

Kate Summers is focused and driven. Her philosophy is that a woman’s fantasy turns to love—but begins with seduction, and that's the driving force behind her sexy lingerie designs—intimate apparel that will drive men wild.
Her dream is to go international with her sexy designs. Unfortunately, success requires hard work and determination—and financial backing—and just when it looks like she's finally found the backing she desperately needs, she inherits a problem—Professor Seth Fallon—and discovers that in order to make her dream come true, she must put her lingerie to the ultimate test and seduce him.

But can she seduce him without getting caught in her own web?

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