The Beauty: Growing up, Lily Daltry was the shy, introverted gardener’s daughter who had nothing in common with the five siblings who lived in the fairytale castle on Kingman Ranch. Especially Stetson, a bullying tormenter in a cowboy hat who enjoyed making her life miserable. Her only reprieve was spending time in the garden with her beloved mother. After her mother passes away, Lily leaves for England where she becomes a children’s book author and strives to get over her grief. But when her father gets injured, Lily must return to the Kingman Ranch and face the sad memories of her mother . . . and the bullying brute of her past. Stetson now runs the ranch and has no desire for Lily to be his guest. Can she tame the cowboy beast . . . or will she be devoured?
The Beast: The last thing Stetson Kingman needs is to stumble upon a bookish beauty from his past wandering the halls of Buckinghorse Palace. He has enough to worry about with four younger siblings, running a huge horse and cattle spread, and trying to figure out who has it out for the Kingmans and is sabotaging the ranch. Lily should’ve stayed in England where she belonged instead of dredging up the secret Stetson has kept buried deep inside. Just seeing her floods him with dark memories . . . and dammit, desire. When his two randy younger brothers get all cow-eyed over Lily, there’s nothing he can do but claim “first dibs” so they won’t get tangled up with a Daltry woman like their daddy did. Unfortunately, Stetson is the one who gets all tangled up. The fake kisses don’t feel so fake. The sweet caresses much more than a lie.
When the dark secret is revealed, and the saboteur deals a deadly blow, can Stetson and Lily put the past behind them in time to make their fairytale dreams come true? Or is a storybook ending impossible on the wild Texas prairie?
The Sleeping Beauty: The oldest daughter of the Kingman dynasty, Adeline Kingman has always been thought of as ranch royalty and a little ol’ cowgirl princess. But Adeline is no princess and her life is anything but a fairytale. For the last year, she’s been riddled with guilt and grief over the death of her childhood sweetheart, Danny, who was killed in Iraq—only days after she broke off their engagement. Her guilt and grief have her sleepwalking through life and spending way too much time hiding in her tower room at Buckinghorse Palace . . . until the town fortuneteller has a dream. A dream where Adeline is the heroine who will save her family from the scoundrel who has been plotting to destroy the Kingmans. Adeline is as much a hero as she is a princess. But when all clues lead to the ranch foreman, Adeline has no choice then to saddle up and prove Gage Reardon is more fire-breathing dragon than cowboy-in-shining-armor. Which shouldn’t be too difficult since every time Gage touches her, he sets her aflame.The Knight: Gage Reardon didn’t expect his job as the ranch foreman to make use of the skills he learned as a Marine. But when someone starts trying to kill off the Kingmans, the hero in Gage springs to action and he’s willing to do whatever it takes to protect the family . . . even play bodyguard to the coldhearted princess who broke his marine buddy’s heart. But picturing Adeline as an evil heartbreaker is much easier to do when she’s hiding in her tower. Spending time with her makes Gage realize that Adeline isn’t cruel as much as kind. Isn’t frigid as much as a passionate woman who feels as guilty about Danny’s death as Gage does. Before he can confess the real reason he came to the ranch, Adeline will discover the truth, the villain will strike again, and Gage will have to act fast if he doesn’t want to lose the only woman who can give him a happily ever after.Can Gage save Adeline from the clutches of the scoundrel dragon? Or will it be the cowgirl princess who rides to the rescue and saves her Texas knight with true love’s kiss?
Red Riding Hood: All Gretchen Flaherty ever wanted was stability and a place to call home. Dragged from pillar to hitching post by her man-crazy mama on the never-ending search for Mr. Right, Gretchen vows to never waste her time on a manhunt. When she accidentally lands a job as the new housekeeper at Kingman Castle, the loud, boisterous ranch family is all this sweet southern pie baker ever wished for . . . except for Wolfe, the Kingmans’ bad boy brother. She tries to pretend his growl is much worse than his bite, but the western playboy makes her a nervous klutz and no glass of sweet tea is safe around her—because Wolfe will be wearing it. Knowing she will be fired if she can’t win him over, Gretchen decides to seduce the hungry Wolfe with her southern charm and tasty pies. But just when her plan starts to work, Gretchen’s past threatens to ruin her happiness and she’s forced to flee her new home . . . right into the clutches of the Big, Bad Wolfe. Soon she won’t just be baking desserts, she’ll become one.
Big, Bad Wolf: Wolfe Kingman is the black sheep of the Kingman family who has never quite fit in with his perfect siblings. Feeling useless on the ranch, he spends his time carousing and devouring every country maiden in town. But underneath the carefree exterior is a sensitive cowboy who loves his sisters and brothers and is struggling to find his place in the family . . . until a sassy, redheaded housekeeper shows up at the ranch. He knows he should avoid Gretchen at all costs. Not only because she’s become his sister’s best friend, but also because he has no desire to hurt the caring woman who sees him as more than just a bad boy. When his sister asks him to keep Gretchen from fleeing town, Wolfe is forced to offer her a job at his uncle’s failing tavern. Gretchen’s delicious pies and sweet nature turns the bar into a success . . . and a wolf into the type of man who might just be Mr. Right.
But when tragedy strikes and Wolfe retreats into his bad boy shell, Gretchen must decide if she’s going to run away like her mama or stay and fight for her cowboy hero in wolf’s clothing.
She cast a Texas-sized spell on him and now no ordinary princess will do…
The Witch: It’s not easy convincing everyone you’re not a witch. Especially when you come from a long line of fortune-tellin’, palm-readin’, vision-seein’ psychics from, wait for it… Cursed, Texas. But Mystic Malone has worked hard to cast off the stereotype and fit in. A smart businesswoman who runs the town hair salon, she goes to church every Sunday, is president of the ladies’ club, and has never cast a spell—not even on Buck Kingman. Bet your saddled-up broomstick, if she could concoct a love potion, she’d give it to Buck. She’s been in love with the sexy, wrangler-wearing cowboy since she was sixteen. Too bad Buck only sees her as his cute little sidekick. She should know because as much as she doesn’t want her family’s psychic powers, she got them. She can see people’s love auras. And the only thing around Buck’s gorgeous head when he looks at her is his Stetson.
The Cowboy Prince: Buck Kingman has been searching far and wide for the perfect cowgirl to marry and fill his ranch castle with baby-sized pink and blue Stetsons. He knows what he wants: someone who loves beer, fishin’, two-steppin’, horseback ridin’, and won’t tell lies like his two-timin’ daddy. Someone exactly like his best friend, Mystic Malone. Mystic would make the perfect wife…if she were interested in marriage. Or babies. Or him. At least that's what Buck thinks until he realizes Mystic hasn’t been honest with him at all. She is psychic! She can read people’s emotions like the town newspaper. Now Buck is scared that Mystic has read all the wicked thoughts he’s had about her over the years. And there have been some wicked, wicked thoughts. When he “accidentally” kisses her, the fantasies become even worse. The only obvious explanation is…she’s bewitched him.
But a storm’s a brewin’. A storm that’s going to toss Buck and Mystic into an emotional twister that will either separate the two best friends forever or give the townsfolk the kind of magical, fairytale wedding Texans will talk about for years to come.
A small-town Texas romance filled with hot cowboys, quirky townsfolk, lots of holiday shenanigans, and a fairytale twist!
The Misfit Mermaid: Everyone regrets things they’ve done, but Everly Grayson wins the golden buckle of life-long bad choices. Dropping out of school and running away from home to become a tattoo artist. Falling in love with her best friend. Ending up in bed with that best friend’s twin brother...who also happens to be a preacher. Yeah, bad choices. Her most recent? Taking a bartending job in Cursed, Texas, during the holidays. It's hard to ho-ho-ho your way through Christmas when you have to watch the love of your life living happily ever after with another woman. But Everly has always been good at bluffing, and she's fooled everyone into believing she's just a tough honky-tonk gal looking for a good time...well, everyone but her best friend’s brother. Chance Ransom sees right through her feisty façade to the wounded heart beneath. Probably because he’s just as wounded. And Everly wants no part of a holier-than-thou preacher struggling with grief…even if his mistletoe kisses melt her wranglers.
The Shipwrecked Prince: After his beloved wife passes away, Chance Ransom feels like he’s drowning. It’s a struggle to get out of bed in the morning––let alone pastor a church. Chance has lost his faith. He's lost his Christmas spirit. He's lost his will to live...until Everly Grayson shows up in town. Chance has always known that Everly is trouble and the only reason he can come up with for her being in Cursed is to tempt his twin brother, Shane, away from his new bride. Chance isn't about to let that happen. Unfortunately, the only one being tempted by Everly’s sassy, kissable mouth seems to be Chance. When he contracts a holiday virus and Everly arrives to nurse him back to health, he discovers that beneath the fiery-haired siren is the type of heroine who can heal a heart and save a man from a sinking ship.
The holiday sparks will fly as this saint and sinner clash wills. But with the help of three matchmaking “ghosts” and a little Christmas magic, Everly and Chance might just find that opposites make the perfect match.
The Frozen Queen: All her life, Paisley Stanford has been taught to keep her dirty laundry well hidden beneath a pretty smile and an “I’m just fine and dandy.” But when her life starts crumbling around her like a melting ice castle, Paisley must face the fact that her fairytale dreams have turned into a very unhappily ever after. To protect her son, she must flee her abusive relationship and seek refuge with her sister in a small town—ironically named Cursed. Paisley certainly feels cursed when she has to deal with her soon-to-be ex's threats, her precocious five-year-old son’s tantrums, and a rodeo saddle tramp who is trying to earn her trust. Paisley had no intentions of trusting a man ever again . . . until the saddle tramp turns out to be the kind of cowboy hero storybook endings are made of.The King in Disguise: Hayden West has always had a soft spot for wounded, skittish animals. And wounded and skittish are the best words to describe Paisley Stanford. Or maybe not the best. Stunningly beautiful works too . . . along with man hater. After what she'd been through, Hayden can't blame her. But as an ex-rodeo cowboy, he's pretty darn good with skittish fillies. He wasn't planning on staying long in Cursed, but now he has to stay long enough to help a frozen queen learn how to "let it go" and trust men again. But how can Hayden gain her trust when he's hiding his own dirty laundry?
Return to Cursed one final time for a western fairytale that will fulfill all your fantasies of hot Texas knights in Stetsons and cowboy boots!
Watch out, Wilder, Texas! Sweetie's back in town! Sweetheart Mae Holiday is the oldest of the six Holiday sisters. She's the one who carries the burden of continuing the Holiday family's ranching tradition. Except Sweetie doesn't want to be a rancher. She wants to be the next Dolly Parton. And she's going to achieve her dream come hell or high water...or the inability to sing her original songs in front of large crowds. When her daddy suffers a heart attack, she heads home to Wilder. Before she even reaches the edge of town, she's pulled over by a sexy sheriff who makes it clear she's not welcome. And since before she headed off to Nashville, she broke that sheriff's cousin's heart, she understands why he has a bone to pick. But no one tells Sweetie what she can and can't do. When she finds out her mama and daddy are losing the ranch, Sweetie decides to put her dreams on hold and stay to help save her beloved home. Even if she has to take on a stubborn Texas lawman!
Katie Lane is a firm believer that love conquers all and laughter is the best medicine. Which is why you'll find plenty of humor and happily-ever-afters in her contemporary and western contemporary romance novels. A USA Today Bestselling Author, she has written numerous series, including Deep in the Heart of Texas, Hunk for the Holidays, Overnight Billionaires, Tender Heart Texas, and The Brides of Bliss Texas. Katie lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and when she's not writing, she enjoys reading, eating chocolate (dark, please), and snuggling with her high school sweetheart and Cairn Terrior, Roo.
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No cold, frigid Christmas this year
The holidays are about to heat up with a Texas affair to remember
Cal Daily’s life has become a sad country song. His wife done left, his mama passed away, and his house burnt to the ground. But Cal is determined to change the lyrics of his life and get the townsfolk of Simple, Texas, to stop viewing him as their number one charity case. Last thing he wants or needs is pity. He’s started a new mechanic business and he and his teenage daughter, Cheyenne, are doing just fine and dandy . . . or so he thinks. Cheyenne is convinced they still need a couple things—like a big ol’ house with a real Christmas tree and a new wife for Cal. His headstrong daughter will need more than Santa’s help to get her wish. Cal can’t afford a new house, and after getting his heart broke to smithereens, he wants nothing to do with women . . . until a flat tire brings Jolene Applegate into his shop. Then he can’t stop thinking about what lies beneath her conservative banker’s suits. When a naughty opportunity presents itself, he’ll soon find out. He never dreams he’ll discover the type of woman who can change a tragic country tune into a happily-ever-after love song.
Jolene Applegate knows what the townsfolk say about her: Too rigid and straight-laced to find a husband. After getting dumped at the altar years ago, she’s quite content to take on the role of the town’s old maid and spend her days working at the family bank and her nights reading in the old rambling mansion she shares with her father. What she isn’t content with is her Scrooge of a daddy. How could he turn down Cal Daily’s request for a loan? Cal is a hardworking, good man who has had more than his fair share of misfortune. Which is why Jolene decides to go behind her father’s back and approve Cal’s bank loan. What she doesn’t bank on is the hot-enough-to-burn-biscuits sexual sparks that fly between her and Cal. And when no one in town pays any attention to their growing attraction—who would believe that prim and proper Jolene and workaholic Cal are kissing under the mistletoe—it seems like the perfect set up for a secret affair. No strings attached. Just sex. At least, that’s the plan . . . until all those hot nights in front of a cozy fire leave Jolene’s heart ablaze with a longing for much more. But when Cal discovers she gave him a loan out of pity, her Christmas wish of starting a life with him will melt like fresh-fallen snow.
It will take a Christmas miracle to get these two lovers back together…or just one wise old woman who knows that sometimes the most unlikely matches turn out to be the most perfect.
Return to the small town of Simple, Texas, for this fun, sexy, holiday romp that is sure to put a smile on your face and the Christmas spirit in your heart.
An ongoing feud. A high stakes wager of winner takes all. When these two lovers-to-enemies clash, the Lone Star State will never be the same.
Growing up, Boone Murphy and his best buddy, Emma Johansen, were as thick as thieves. As toddlers, they ran naked through the sprinklers. In grade school, they shared bike rides, ice cream, and secrets. In high school, they easily transitioned into sweethearts who planned a perfect future together right down to the smallest detail: marriage, four kids, and running their families’ hardware store. But a few days before prom night, Boone witnesses something that will cause his future dreams to come tumbling down like a house of cards, and he’ll question the forever kind of love he thought he had with Emma. Unable to deal with his disillusions, he leaves his sweet country girl in the red Texas dust. By the time he grows up and realizes the mistake he’s made, it’s too late. When he returns to Simple, Texas, that sweet country girl has grown into an independent, feisty woman who wants only one thing: to make the lowdown sidewinder who left her high and dry pay. And pay big time!
After having her heart stomped into smithereens, Emma Johansen is not about to forgive and forget. If Boone thinks he can strut back into town and pick up right where they left off, he’s got another think coming. Emma’s no longer a naïve lamb to lead astray. And it will take more than a teasing smile from Boone to knock down the stone fortress she’s built around her heart. The only problem is that Boone’s parents own half the hardware store so he has just as much right to work there as she does. Working daily with her worst enemy will have sparks flying and townsfolk gossiping about whether or not Boone and Emma will mend their fences or kill each other. The only way to settle their ongoing battle is with a wager: first person who gets engaged wins the store. The loser has to leave town forever. Game on! But Emma will soon learn that there’s a fine line between hate and love. One misstep . . . or mis-kiss and not only is sole ownership of the store on the line, but also Emma’s heart. Yet, how can she trust Boone after he rode off into the sunset without her?
Is it too late for a second chance romance for these feuding ex-sweethearts? Or can they put past betrayal behind them and place another wager . . . this time, on love?
She’s a tough-as-nails cowgirl who wants to become the best darn saddle bronc rider in the world. But one night will flip her plans around faster than a brahma bull, and she’ll find herself stuck with a rodeo cowboy who puts the BAD in bad boy and the HEAT in hot Texas luvin’.
Sawyer Dawson is the youngest of the Double Diamond bad boys. Handsome as sin and twice as tempting, he lives life on the edge of danger. Bronc riding being his chosen thrill. Well, that, and the occasional bimbo buckle-bunny. Broncs, babes, and booze are all Sawyer needs—or so he makes everyone think. But beneath the charming rascal façade is a brokenhearted cowboy who’s trying to forget that his brother is marrying the only woman Sawyer ever loved. When the wedding date gets set, Sawyer tries to drown his sorrows at the bottom of a tequila bottle. But instead of finding solace, he wakes up to find a sassy cowgirl in his shower. A cowgirl he’s been warned to stay away from by his best friend. Now Sawyer isn’t worried about his broken heart as much as getting his ass kicked . . . not to mention, the possibility of a little bronc buster arriving in nine months.
Maisy Sweeney has always been a loner. Deserted by her father at birth, she’s made her own way in life and is determined to become the best bronc rider in the world. There’s only one thing Maisy wants almost as badly as a championship buckle and that’s Sawyer Dawson in her bed. She’s had a crush on the hot cowboy since first watching him straddle a saddle. And when she discovers Sawyer downing shots in a hotel bar, she feels like the rodeo gods have handed her a special gift. Unfortunately, Sawyer doesn’t see the night they spend together as a gift as much as a “big mistake.” A hurt ego and a little white lie will result in Sawyer getting a career-ending injury and Maisy will have to figure a way out of the tangled mess she’s made . . . but she’ll soon discover that being tangled up with a sexy rodeo bum is worth keeping a few secrets. Especially when Sawyer just might be the perfect cowboy to fill this lonely cowgirl’s heart.
Can these two stubborn rodeo pros find a way to make love last longer than eight seconds? Or will hidden secrets keep Maisy and Sawyer from riding off into a happily-forever Texas sunset?
He’s a hardheaded Texas Ranger who follows the rules.
She’s a ditzy beauty queen who enjoys breaking them.
When they join forces to solve a crime, Lone Star sparks will fly.
Lawman Lincoln Hayes is back in Simple, Texas, to repay a debt. As a delinquent youth, Lincoln was on a fast-track to prison, but the two old cowboys who ran the boys’ ranch taught him good wins over evil, so Lincoln made damn sure he became the good guy—his way of making amends for a death he believes he should have prevented. Now the two old cowboys have gotten themselves tangled up in a missing person’s case and Lincoln is going to prove their innocence come hell or high water. The last thing he has time for is babysitting some spoiled senator’s daughter who has decided to play deputy Daisy Duke in designer boots and a tiara. But his boss makes it clear, if Lincoln ever wants a promotion, he’ll do the senator’s bidding and become Dixie’s bodyguard...and guarding Dixie’s body turns out to be much more than Lincoln bargained for.
Dixie Leigh Meriwether has absolutely zero interest in law enforcement. But when her father refuses to relinquish her inheritance until she goes to law school, Dixie goes on the offensive and becomes a small town deputy. Law school, law officer… close enough. At least close enough to drive her dad crazy and force him to give her the money so she can start her pageant consulting business. How to walk in heels without tripping, she knows. Fighting crime, not so much. But she has time on her side…that is until the town sheriff is put on leave for misconduct and Dixie is left in charge. Worse, a no-nonsense ranger is now sharing her office—a sexy ranger who doesn’t fall for her sweet-as-Texas-tea charm. So Dixie sets out to prove she’s not all ditzy glitter. She can do her job and do it well. But in the process, she’ll discover that she loves protecting her little town...almost as much as she loves a certain Texas lawman.
When Dixie finds out Lincoln’s interest in her is coerced by her father, she disappears faster than a plate of fresh baked cookies at a church picnic—falling right into the trap of a killer. Now it’s Lincoln to the rescue. But can he get there in time and save the one woman who can heal his bad boy heart?
This bad boy has met his match . . .
Reba Dixon has no illusions about men and what they want from a full-figured woman like herself. She’s been burned before by love and she has no desire to become any man’s sex toy again…especially a Double Diamond heartbreaker’s. But when Valentine Sterling shows up at her boardinghouse demanding she wait on him hand and foot, she has little choice but to comply. If she wants her business to succeed, she needs the famous author’s endorsement. So she’s forced to make a deal with the whiskey-eyed devil: if he gives her great reviews, she’ll meet his every need. She soon discovers that Val’s needs are plenty—then again, so are hers. But can she let down her hair and stop being a country Rapunzel locked away in her boardinghouse? Or will her fear of heartbreak keep her from accepting the bad boy prince of her dreams?
Bestselling author, Valentine Sterling has everything a man could want: fame, fortune, and beautiful women. But if he can’t produce another bestseller, Val stands to lose the success he’s worked so hard for. Hoping the peace and quiet of a small town will help him focus on his new novel, he rents a room at the only hotel in Simple, Texas. Unfortunately, the boardinghouse is run by a voluptuous redheaded vixen who is the definition of the word “distraction.” Reba is as real as Val is fake and when she looks at him with her Texas bluebonnet eyes, he feels as if she can see right through his suave confident façade to the insecure bullied teenager he once was. Val wants to keep that side of him well hidden. Demanding star-treatment should do the trick…or so he thinks. But making Reba do his bidding only makes his desire for her stronger. Soon the demanding boss becomes the willing servant. Val will do whatever it takes for just a chance to win this country girl’s heart.
It’s going to take a major “plot-twist” from a grumpy aunt and a ghostly great-grandma to give Val and Reba a chance to turn their love story into a happy ending.
She’s a sweet southern scientist searching for oil—not a wedding ring . . . until she locks horns with a smooth-talking Texan who makes her an offer she can’t refuse
Devlin McMillian has spent the last few years searching for oil . . . and not finding a drop. But she knows she has the right land this time. Only one man stands in her way. A man who is as hot as a two-dollar pistol and as stubborn as a Texas mule. Striking it rich seems to mean nothing to Holden Lancaster. He won’t even give Devlin the time of day. When the ladies of Simple, Texas, suggest that all she needs is a makeover to get Holden’s attention, she readily agrees. But the plan of going from awkward inept scientist to sexually aggressive bombshell backfires, and Devlin becomes the one caught like a fly in Holden’s bad-boy web. Suddenly, finding oil takes a backseat to finding a man who will love her for who she is.
Holden Lancaster was the stereotypical rich kid of the Double Diamond Boy’s Ranch. Raised by a driven career mom who put the family business before her kids, he learned to hide the grief he carried over the death of his baby sister behind a charming smile and a bad boy attitude. As an adult and successful attorney, Holden is still hiding his feelings. When a brainy geoscientist starts snooping around his land, Holden fears that the things he buried there from his painful past might be discovered. And he’s not about to let that happen. But before he can get rid of Devlin for good, his controlling mother decides that finding him the perfect mate will fix all her mothering mistakes. If Holden doesn’t want to be stuck with his meddling mom and her list of potential brides, he’ll need to make a deal with the sexy scientist. A deal that will dig up the past and spin his life around like a chicken coop in a tornado.
Can Holden finally let go of his past and strike it rich in love? Or will Devlin’s kept secret frack up their budding romance forever?
He’s the troubled teen turned tortured father.
She’s the responsible good-girl turned protective mama.
And there’s about to be a Texas-sized showdown.
Fifteen years ago, Logan McCord was the classic irresistible rebel of the Double Diamond boys’ ranch. Scarred both physically and emotionally from his abusive father, he kept to himself. Except for Evie, the heart-thumping girl from the neighboring ranch. No matter how much he tried to ignore her, the sassy blonde was determined to make him hers, and who was he to turn down some sweet summer luvin’. But her overbearing, mad bull of a father had other ideas. He refused to let a no-good delinquent mess around with his daughter and made sure Logan was removed from Evie’s life. Or so he thought. Now Logan and Evie are back in Simple, Texas, and things are about to become anything but simple.
Evie Gardener has never forgotten her brooding bad boy, Logan. How can she when their son looks just like him? But she’ll never forgive the dirty sidewinder for lovin’ and leavin’ her pregnant. Now he’s really overstepped boundary lines thinking he’ll ride in and tame their wild, belligerent teenager for her. Just because the sexy cowboy is longing to mend fences doesn’t mean she’s ready to kiss and makeup. But the more time they spend together, the more Evie learns the truth about Logan’s tortured past. Slowly, Logan and Evie build back the trust they lost . . . until she finds out that he’s still keeping secrets. Now she’s boot stompin’, ass kickin’ mad and it’s going to take more than some country boy charm to calm this little Texas tornado.
Can Logan and Evie let go of their insecurities and learn that love is well worth the risk? Or will the mistakes they made in the past separate these Lone Star-struck lovers forever?
He’s a wild Texas whirlwind, trying to outrun his painful past.
She’s a sweet Lone Star cowgirl, with deep down-home roots.
Life in the fast lane is how bad boy Cru Cassidy escapes the aching memories of his childhood. Fast cars and fast women—not necessarily in that order—keep the sexy cowboy from caring or thinking too much. When a road trip has him passing through Simple, Texas, where he spent one summer on a boys’ ranch for troubled teens, he can’t help stopping in to see the two old cowboys who run it. When he sees the bad shape the cowboys and the Double Diamond Ranch are in, Cru knows he has to stay and help . . . and his job is made more enjoyable by the beautiful daughter of a neighboring rancher. He hopes to score a ride with the feisty redhead, but Penny is harder to catch than an unbroken filly. And when he discovers the soft heart under the womanly body, he soon starts to worry that he’ll be the one getting broken and tamed.
Penny Gardener has loved Cru almost as long as she’s loved the Texas ranch she calls home. Unfortunately, when they first met, she was an awkward thirteen-year-old—which explains why Cru fell for her pretty older sister instead of her. Since her family’s happiness has always been Penny’s priority, she tries to push her feelings aside. But when Cru returns and sets his devilish green eyes on her, she struggles to remember that he was her sister’s first love. Discovering his heartbreaking past will finally have her giving into her feelings and putting her own happiness first for a change. But will her love be enough to rope and heart-tie her bad boy? Or will he slip through her fingers like the elusive Texas wind?
Super Bowl Champ, Austin Reeves rolls into his hometown of Bramble expecting a big ol’ hero’s welcome. Instead, he gets the big ol’ cold shoulder from a bunch of pissed off Texans. Completely baffled, he turns to the only person willing to talk to him—the shy girl he knew in high school. But that shy girl has become a hot woman with a fetish for riding crops . . . and soon, Austin will be begging for a long, hard ride.
Mia Cates is ready to get over her crush on Austin—especially when he’s about to tie the knot with another woman. But when he struts back into town with his lazy smile, she’ll find herself playing a game of touch football that could lead to a broken heart . . . unless, she can get up the courage to lay claim to her star quarterback and have her own Big Fat Texas Wedding.
It's the most wonderful time... to read a box set of five magical Christmas romances that will get you into the holiday spirit!Merry Cowboy Christmas, by Carolyn Brown'Tis the night before Christmas, and all through the house is the presence of one wickedly hot cowboy who's come to stay for the holiday! Fiona Logan is everything Jud Dawson thought he'd never find. But with wild weather, nosy neighbors, and a new baby in the family, getting her to admit that she's falling in love might just take a Christmas miracle.Unwrapped, by Katie LaneContractor Patrick McPherson is deeply committed to his bachelor lifestyle: No strings, no rings. As the Christmas season approaches, however, Patrick still can't quite forget Jacqueline Maguire, his curvalicious one-night stand. Then, when she shows up unexpectedly, all holiday hell breaks loose. Because this year, Patrick is getting the biggest Christmas surprise of his life.Mistletoe Cottage, by Debbie Mason'Tis the season for love in Harmony Harbor, but it's the last place Sophie DiRossi wants to be. After fleeing many years ago, Sophie is forced to return to the town that harbors a million secrets. Firefighter Liam Gallagher still has some serious feelings for Sophie-and seeing her again sparks a desire so fierce it takes his breath away. Hoping for a little holiday magic, Liam sets out to show Sophie that they deserve a second chance at love.Christmas on Mistletoe Lane, by Annie RainsMitch Hargrove wants nothing more than to put his hometown in the rearview mirror, but his plans get derailed when he learns he's now half owner of the Sweetwater B&B. The fact that he's given only two months to make the inn a success is a huge problem, but it's his pretty-and incredibly headstrong-partner Kaitlyn Russo who's the real challenge. With the grand reopening fast approaching, will Mitch keep running from the ghosts of Christmas past . . . or will he realize the true gift he's been given?A Christmas Bride, by Hope RamsayHaunted by regrets and grief, widower David Lyndon has a bah-humbug approach to the holidays-until he's shown the spirit of the season by his daughter and her godmother Willow. Paired up to plan a Christmas wedding for friends, David and Willow will discover that the best gift is the promise of a future spent together.
The last thing she wanted for Christmas was a cowboy…
Single mom Christie Buchanan has big plans to make this Christmas the best Christmas ever for her six-year-old daughter Carrie Anne. To do that, she needs money and the only way she can figure out how to get it is to win the “Best Gingerbread House in Texas Contest.” When her boss offers to watch Carrie Anne at his ranch in the afternoons so Christie has baking time, she accepts—even though Cord Evans is a hot rodeo bum like Carrie Anne’s deadbeat dad who left them high ‘n’ dry. But Christie is not falling for another immature wham-bam-thank-you-ma’am cowboy…at least that’s what she thinks until one wintry night when Cord teaches her the difference between a boy and a man.
Cord Evans is a six-time world rodeo champion who has made plenty of mistakes. After getting thrown off a bull named Redemption and almost dying, he takes a serious look at his life and decides to make some changes—starting with moving to Bliss, Texas, so he can repair the relationship with his adult son. What he doesn’t figure into his plan is a beautiful single mom and her cute sassy daughter. Determined to keep his focus on fixing his past mistakes and not making any new ones, Cord tries to keep his distance from Christie and Carrie Anne. But how can he stay away from a woman who smells like gingerbread and tastes like heaven and a little angel who melts his heart?
It will take a miracle to get these two wounded souls together…luckily, it’s the season of miracles. With a touch of Christmas magic, the little country town of Bliss might hear holiday wedding bells after all.
When a Texas good girl goes bad . . .
Autumn Hadley is the perfect triplet. She’s the sister who follows all the rules and stays completely away from trouble . . . until she runs into her one weakness—a pro-football player who melts her panties with just one searing look from his sapphire eyes. Okay, so she sacked the quarterback. Literally. Several times. But one mistake will be easy to hide. At least that’s what she thinks until the skeleton in her closet shows up in town wearing a sexy cowboy hat and wanting a replay. Now Autumn will do just about anything to keep her family from finding out about her naughty little secret.
Maverick Murdoch can’t catch a break. After being fired from his NFL team for not having his head in the game, he needs a distraction and he thinks he knows exactly where to find her. But when he arrives in Bliss, Texas, he discovers the hot woman he thought he’d burned up the sheets with is actually the weird, geeky sister who had a crush on him in college. Releasing his anger in a bar fight now has him doing community service as the new high school football coach. Stuck in the same town with the Hadley triplets isn’t his idea of fun . . . until a kiss makes him realize that sweet Autumn is his favorite season after all.
Will his love of the game keep him from the love of his life? Will her fear of imperfection keep her from her perfect mate?
Or will they fall into wedded bliss beneath a big ole’ harvest moon?
Fireworks are about to light up the Texas sky…
Summer Hadley is a woman on a mission! She’ll do anything to save her clothing store, including soliciting help from her brother’s friend. But sexy, savvy businessman Ryker Evans wants nothing to do with her. So Summer does what any red-blooded Texas gal would do: She takes the bull by the horns. Waylaying Ryker in his motel room after a family wedding seemed like a good idea—and so did the bottle of persuasion, er, Patron. But business will turn into pleasure when things get a little too hot in the Lone Star State.
Ryker Evans has been asked to keep his distance from his best friend’s sister. And that’s just fine and dandy with him. Summer is too assertive, too opinionated . . . and too damned tempting. But all it will take is one heated kiss for his morals to melt like ice cubes in warm sweet tea, and there’ll be no running from the intense feelings their night together stirs. Especially when Summer rear-ends him—literally. He’s forced to recuperate from the car accident in the town of Bliss, Texas where he’ll find himself torn between loyalty to his best friend and loyalty to the woman who could easily rope his heart forever.
Trapped together in the sizzling heat of a small town, will Summer and Ryker find a way to save her business and their fragile new relationship? Or will both fizzle-out like midnight on the 4th of July?
Spring showers make love flower…
When Spring Hadley breezes into Bliss, Texas, Waylon Kendall knows she’s trouble with a capital T. And trouble is the last thing he needs when he’s working hard to fill his daddy’s boots as the new sheriff. He doesn’t have time for frivolous fun with a sassy woman who can’t take no for an answer. But when Spring finagles her way into a position as his new assistant, Waylon realizes there’s much more to her than meets the eye. She brightens his mundane life with her sunny smile and kind heart, and he suddenly wants springtime each and every day.
Spring Hadley isn’t trouble. She’s a free spirit who sometimes forgets important things—like locking up the clothing store she owns with her sisters. When her sisters get mad and call her an irresponsible ditz, she decides to go on a camping adventure to prove that she can make it just fine without her family. Unfortunately, her Jeep breaks down, and Spring ends up stranded in Bliss with no money. A temp job is what she needs, and she’s determined to get it—even if it means tangling with the new sheriff. A sheriff who is hotter than a jalapeno pepper with kisses just as spicy. But when her criminal father blows into town, trouble begins, accusations fly, and the truth comes out.
Can a straight-laced lawman and a free-spirited woman make it to the church on time? Or will a secret tear through their spring romance like a Texas tornado?
All Savannah Reynolds wants for Christmas is to keep her interior design business from bankruptcy and find the perfect southern gentleman for her happily-ever-after. Unfortunately, her plan to save her business gets her stranded in a Texas ice storm with a naughty bad boy who is the complete opposite of the man on her wish list. Or is he? It will take a children’s nativity pageant and a touch of holiday magic to make Savannah realize that beneath the bad boy persona is the gentlemanly cowboy of her dreams.
Raff Arrington has no intention of spending the holidays in Bliss, Texas. Staying at the Tender Heart Ranch on Christmas Eve would only add to the guilt he has carried around for years. But the holiday fates are cruel, and bad weather has him stuck in his great-grandfather’s cabin with an annoying southern belle whose tempting body drives him to distraction. Add a meddling gingerbread baker and a runaway teenager to the mix, and there’s no way Raff can escape the holiday hijinks that ensues. He’ll have to face the ghosts of Christmas past . . . before he can claim the Yuletide bride of his future.
No heart is safe when a charming cowboy comes to town
Dirk Hadley has bamboozled everyone in Bliss, Texas, into believing that he’s an easygoing drifter just passing through town. But Dirk is no drifter. He’s on a mission to discover the truth about his past. And when that past collides with the sweet and beautiful Gracie Arrington, he won’t be able to maintain his charade. But will the secret he’s been keeping ruin his chances of finally finding the home of his dreams with the woman of his heart?
Gracie Arrington has spent her entire life trying to prove she’s worthy of the great Arrington name. After she’s injured in a horseback riding accident, her goal seems unobtainable. Until a handsome stranger arrives at the ranch. Unlike her brother and cousins, Dirk doesn’t treat her like a fragile piece of glass. His friendship and heated kisses motivate her to stand on her own two feet. But when she discovers Dirk’s betrayal, giving up her physical and mental crutches won’t be easy. Gracie will have to conquer her insecurities before she’ll be strong enough to walk down the aisle . . . straight into her smiling cowboy’s arms.
Can This Hellion Resist Hot Summer Love?
Becky Arrington isn’t a daydreaming country girl just waiting for a handsome cowboy to come rescue her. She’s a strong, determined woman who can run a ranch as well as any man. To prove it, she needs a ranch all her own, and she has the perfect place in mind. But when her ideal ranch is sold to a mule-headed lawyer, Becky sees her dreams crumbling and she’ll be forced to do some major kissing-up to get Mason Granger to sell. Unfortunately, kissing Mason can addle a woman’s brain and make her lose track of what she really wants. A ranch. Or love. And who says she can’t have both?
Divorce attorney Mason Granger learns early on that marriage is the fastest way to hell. Growing up with a mother who exchanged husbands like shoes, he has more than a few hang ups about women and spends his days punishing them in the courtroom . . . and his nights punishing them in the bedroom. But when a sassy spitfire sets her sights on the ranch he just purchased, he’s suddenly the one being punished. He can’t go anywhere without Becky Arrington showing up to annoy the hell out of him . . . and tempt him beyond his limits. And when he finally gives into temptation, he’ll discover that beneath the feisty, controlling cowgirl is a loyal, loving woman who will heal his soul and lasso his heart forever.
After getting her heart broken, Carly Hanover believes the only person she can trust is herself. She works hard to become an executive chef and dreams of opening her own restaurant. But after being blackballed in the culinary world for losing her temper with a customer, that dream starts to fade . . . until she stumbles upon a rundown diner in Bliss, Texas, that could make all her wishes come true. The only one standing in her way is the owner-a headstrong rancher who is convinced Carly needs rescuing. And the truth is, she does. But can she finally let go of her past hurt and trust a cowboy hero for the job?
Everyone thinks Zane Arrington has the perfect life. He owns a successful cattle ranch, is married to the homecoming queen, and just bought the best breeding bull this side of the Pecos. But things aren’t going as well as they seem. His wife ran off. His prize bull can’t get it up. And the new cook he hired is distracting him from solving these problems with her good cookin’, sexy little tattoos, and smart-but very kissable-mouth. It will take Zane embracing the chaos for him to figure out that he doesn’t need a perfect life as much as the perfect wife.
Her Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys . . .
New York editor Emery Wakefield has come to Bliss, Texas, in search of the fabled final novel in the Tender Heart series-a series that left readers the world over hanging when the author died. But finding a happily-ever-after for her beloved characters and editorial success for herself won’t be easy. Especially when the one man who holds the rights to the book is a sexy cowboy who looks exactly like a Tender Heart hero. And how can a girl possibly resist mixing business with the pleasure of kissing her favorite book boyfriend?
Cole Arrington is no hero. He’s just a cowboy who wants to start his cursed life over somewhere other than Texas. The Tender Heart series his late great-aunt wrote has brought him nothing but trouble, and he has no use for some treasure-hunter looking for a book that doesn’t exist. Unfortunately, he’s always had a problem ignoring a fine looking filly. Especially one with spring-green eyes and a body that’s made for truck-seat cuddlin’. But can one night in the arms of a beautiful dreamer make Cole believe in himself, Texas . . . and happy endings?
He can have anything he wants…except her
Famed artist Grayson Beaumont is the most elusive of the billionaire Beaumont brothers. He has a reputation for seducing any woman with only a look, word, or sensual stroke of his brush. But now Grayson has lost all his desire to paint . . . unless he can find a muse to unlock his creative-and erotic-imagination.
Chloe knew she might have to shed her clothes when she agreed to pose for the celebrated artist, but she wasn’t expecting to shed all her inhibitions as well. Under his intense scrutiny, there’s nothing she can hide…including a secret from her past that, once exposed, will change how he looks at her forever.
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With endless wealth comes irresistible temptation . . .
It’s an undisputed fact that Nash Beaumont is the hottest of the Beaumont brothers. His slow, sensual smile charms every French Kiss employee-and tempts every woman to buy the company’s lingerie. But beneath Nash’s raw charisma is a dark, kinky side that he struggles to control . . . a side that may be exposed by one lovely-and unexpectedly adventurous-woman.
Reporter Eden Huckabee needs a story. And when she discovers Nash’s dirty little secret, she thinks she’s found it. But Eden doesn’t count on Nash turning the tables on her-or that she will fall so deeply for this unbelievably sexy, one-in-a-billion Beaumont.
Overnight billionaires, the Beaumont brothers are thrust into life in the fast lane with exotic cars, private jets . . . and sex and success on their minds.
A commanding presence in the boardroom and the bedroom, Deacon Beaumont has come to save the failing company French Kiss. He was born to be boss in this glamorous new world of lacy lingerie and stunning supermodels. But one bold and beautiful woman dares to question his authority.
Olivia Harrington has dedicated her life to the company’s success. Just because Deacon is sexy as hell doesn’t mean he’ll make a better CEO. With a limitless supply of push-up bras and garter belts, Olivia turns her considerable feminine charms on Deacon to discover what makes him tick . . . and reveals instead the billion reasons why she wants him to stay.
GOOD THINGS COME IN SEXY PACKAGES . . .Jacqueline Maguire has a problem tying the knot. After fleeing the altar (again), the runaway bride drives off with no particular destination in mind. Which is how Jac finds herself stranded in a snowstorm with a hot, hard-bodied stranger who treats her to the naughtiest night of her life . . . but come morning, he’s long gone.
Contractor Patrick McPherson is deeply committed to his bachelor lifestyle. No strings, no rings. As the Christmas season approaches, however, Patrick still can’t quite forget his curvalicious one-night stand. Then Jac shows up unexpectedly, and all holiday hell breaks loose. Because this year, Patrick is getting the biggest Christmas surprise of his life . . .
NO SAD SONGS HERE, DARLIN’
Country music princess Starlet Brubaker has a sweet tooth for moon pies and cowboys: both are yummy-and you can never have just one. Now Beckett Cates may not be a cowboy, but he certainly has the heart, soul-and body-to whet her appetite. He’s a sexy ex-Marine with a touch hotter than the scorching Texas sun and arms strong enough to catch her when she lands into trouble.
Playing bodyguard to America’s sweetheart isn’t easy for Beckett. But falling for her sure is. Unfortunately, Starlet has a reputation for keeping a guy or two wrapped around her finger and Beckett refuses to be anybody’s backup. So now it’s up to Starlet to prove that she’s put her cowboy-crazy days behind her. Otherwise, she’ll be singing solo instead of living in harmony with the man who’s loved her even before her fame and fortune.
THE BEST NEW YEAR’S EVE . . . EVERPsychologist Ellie Simpson is about to get a healthy dose of sex therapy. Leaving her cheating boyfriend behind, she has everything she needs for a quick rebound: Vegas, plenty of champagne, and a proposition from the sexiest man she’s ever seen. As her handsome stranger helps her ring in the New Year-over and over again-Ellie finds herself blissfully losing all of her inhibitions.
Attorney Matthew McPherson is good at making women lose things, like their minds and underwear. With his athletic build and soulful eyes, he doesn’t need to use his powers of persuasion or famous last name to get a woman into bed. But when morning comes, Matthew finds Ellie is the only woman he can’t bear to leave-ever. It’s enough to make him wonder if what happens in Vegas really has to stay there.
Everybody loves cowboys! Now in this special six-book box set, meet the best of the tall, dark, and handsome cowboys and get ready for the ride of your life . . . SOMEBODY LIKE YOU by Lynnette Austin: Cash thought he had plenty of time to find the right woman-until he learns that he must marry soon or lose his family's Texas farm. When Boston beauty Annelise enters his life, Cash wonders if she's what he's been looking for all along.AIN'T MISBEHAVING by Molly Cannon: After her ex-husband leaves her for another woman, Marla Jean won't settle for another lonely night. And her childhood crush, Jake, may just be the right man to help make this good girl go a little bad.THE SWEET SPOT by Laura Drake: Charla Rae thought she was over her ex-husband-they'd both been through too much together. But when the championship bull rider comes back into town and offers to help with her ranch, will he also convince her to give their love a second chance?LOOKING FOR TROUBLE by Erin Kern: Fleeing her rich, overbearing family, Avery makes her way to Trouble, Wyoming. She soon tries things the old Avery wouldn't dare, like having a sizzling affair with her sexy new boss, Noah-and discovering he's just the kind of trouble she needs.GOING COWBOY CRAZY by Katie Lane: When Faith is mistaken for her identical twin sister in Bramble, Texas, there's bound to be trouble-especially with her sister's ex-boyfriend Slate.MONTANA LEGACY by R. C. Ryan: When Amy left Jesse, she broke his heart. Now she's back in town and stirs his old desires, even as she promises to help him find his family's gold. But under the prairie skies an unseen enemy is closing in to threaten their love-and their lives.
Living with four over-protective brothers is enough to make a good girl go bad. But the day Brianne Cates hits the road for a taste of freedom, she gets more trouble than she bargained for when she’s arrested by a sexy sheriff in mirrored shades. Now doing a stint of community service, she’s not going to let a cowboy cop like Dusty Hicks mess with her newfound independence-even if he awakens every wicked fantasy she’s ever had.
In Bramble, Texas, Dusty is the law. That means no leniency for the gorgeous rebel whose highway antics almost got them both killed. The divorced lawman doesn’t need another rich, pampered princess, even if Brianne has the lushest body and sweetest smile in the whole darn state. But even as Brianne proves that she lives to walk on the wild side, Dusty begins to wonder if maybe he has what it takes to tame her….
From Emma Cane, Jennifer Ryan, and Katie Lane come three wildly romantic holiday stories featuring snowstorms, proposals, a sleigh ride … and, yes, cowboys.
The Christmas Cabin by Emma Cane
Sandy and her young son, Nate, are Christmas tree–hunting when a snowstorm strikes and an old ranch hand points them to an abandoned cabin. Little does Sandy know he sent cowboy Doug Thalberg to the same place. It’s a Christmas all of Valentine Valley will remember.
Can’t Wait by Jennifer Ryan
Before The Hunted Series began …
Though she is the woman of his dreams, Caleb Bowden knows his best friend’s sister, Summer Turner, is off limits. He won’t cross that line, which means Summer will just have to take the reins if she wants her cowboy for Christmas.
Baby It’s Cold Outside by Katie Lane
Alana Hale hits the internet dating jackpot when she finds Clint McCormick. He’s sensitive and responsible—not to mention wealthy. When he invites her to spend the holidays on his family’s ranch, she readily accepts. But on the way there, a blizzard strands her with a womanizing rodeo cowboy who could change everything …
YOU’RE A LONG WAY FROM HOME, COWGIRL.
On her own in the Big Apple, Jenna Jay Scroggs can handle herself when trouble arises. But when she tries to rescue a horse, the passionate do-gooder ends up on a runaway Central Park carriage ride with a hunky stranger. With his sexy drawl and well-worn Levis, Beauregard Cates is doing his darnedest to make Jenna homesick for the small western town she’s spent years trying to forget. And it’s working: She’s dangerously close to falling head over boot heels for the rugged rodeo star with hair the color of moonshine.
Beau came to the big city to escape his past and live life to the fullest. Yet the leggy blonde with eyes as blue as a western sky causes a real hitch in his giddy-up. So when the well-meaning folks of Bramble plot to bring Jenna home, Beau will need to convince her that she won’t ever get Texas out of her blood – or one good-time, ever-lovin’ cowboy out of her heart.
Inheriting the most notorious house of ill repute in Texas can spell trouble for a girl’s reputation . . . especially when she’s Elizabeth Murphy, Bramble’s prim and proper librarian. Yet when she discovers a buck-naked cowboy handcuffed to a four-poster bed, she forgets all about the town gossips. Elizabeth has sworn off men, but the stranger’s kisses melt her resolve faster than ice cream on a hot summer day.
Waking up in Miss Hattie’s Henhouse isn’t how Brant Cates reckoned on getting to the bottom of his great-granddaddy’s murder. The plan was to solve the centuries-old crime, then get the heck out of Dodge. But after meeting Elizabeth and discovering that the buttoned-up beauty is a sexy siren in disguise, he just can’t pull himself away. Now Brant needs Elizabeth to finally put his past to rest, but is she willing to risk her future on Bramble’s newest bad boy?
As vice president of her family’s construction company, Cassie McPherson always puts business before pleasure. That might explain why she doesn’t have a date for the company Christmas party. But it doesn’t quite explain why she’s crazy enough to hire an escort for the event or—crazier still—why she’s dying to unwrap him like a present . . .
With whiskey-colored eyes and a killer smile, James is one gorgeous hunk who really knows how to fill out a tuxedo. He charms everyone—including Cassie. And when the night ends, the party doesn’t stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he’s not an escort. He’s her family’s fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her . . .
Shirlene Dalton has it all: a dream marriage to a man who spoils her rotten and the most outrageous mansion Bramble, Texas, has ever seen. But when her husband unexpectedly dies, Shirlene finds herself right back where she started-in a rundown trailer on the wrong side of the tracks. Never the type to let a little bad luck and a whole heap of heartache get her down, Shirlene is ready to prove to the local gossips she can make it on her own . . . until she ends up living next door to the most tempting cowboy in town.
Billy Wilkes has a score to settle and a plan to wipe Bramble right off the map. But when his sexy, redheaded neighbor figures out what he’s up to, his good ol’ boy charm won’t be enough to save him. With the town on his tail, Billy will have to come clean quick-or kiss Shirlene goodbye.
Three heartwarming holiday stories to prove that love is the greatest gift of all
O Little Town of BrambleAll Ethan Miller wants for Christmas is to celebrate in Bramble, Texas, with family and friends. But when his childhood neighbor, Samantha Henderson, comes home for the holiday, Ethan realizes that the girl-next-door could be the girl of his dreams.
Kissing Santa ClausNASCAR driver Logan Perrish returns to Lucky Harbor, Washington, with love in his heart and a ring in his pocket. But can Sandy Jansen forget the past and give him a second chance? Or will Logan be spending another Christmas alone?
I’ll Be Home for ChristmasAfter ignoring the advice of Miz Miriam Randall, local matchmaker, Annie Roberts expects another hum drum holiday in Last Chance, South Carolina. But when a stray cat arrives in the arms of Army sergeant Matt Jasper, a calico named Holly just may be the best matchmaker of all.
Hope Scroggs is finally ready to get hitched. After years of sowing her wild oats, the former head cheerleader and homecoming queen has returned to Bramble, Texas, to marry her high school flame. But her perfect wedding plans are stomped to smithereens when her adoring cowboy two-steps down the aisle with someone else. Now Hope is stuck with the one man from her past she can’t shake: Colt Lomax, an irresistible bad boy whose sultry kisses are hotter than the Panhandle in August . . .
Colt lives for freedom and the open road; he never gets attached, never looks back. Still, he can’t forget the night of passion he once shared with Bramble’s sweetheart–a night he wouldn’t mind repeating. So, he piles on the Texas charm to tease the feisty beauty back into his bed, while she tries her darnedest to resist. But something unexpected is about to tie their fates together . . . and oh, baby, will it ever!
Faith Aldridge wants answers. Bramble, Texas, is the only place she can find them . . . as well as Hope, the identical twin sister she never knew she had. But the townsfolk reckon that shy city-girl Faith is really her long-lost sister Hope, back in Bramble at last. And they’re fixin’ to do whatever it takes to heat things up between her and Hope’s long-time flame, Slate Calhoun. If that means rustling her car, spreading rumors like wildfire, and reining in some explosive secrets, well, there’s no way like the Lone Star way . . .
But Slate’s no fool. The woman in his truck may look like Hope, yet the way she feels in his arms is altogether new. He’s determined to keep this twin in his bed and out of his heart. Trouble is, the real Hope is headed home, and she’s got her own designs on Slate. If Faith wants to avoid heartbreak, she’ll have to show a certain ruggedly handsome cowboy that this crazy-impossible love is worth fighting for.
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