Not a single detail escaped Dennis's notice. Not the curls in Audrey's hair, or the graceful curves of her feminine shape. Not the easy way she sat on the classroom floor with his young son, or the way she smiled at their game.
And certainly not the way she looked up at Dennis and blinked slowly once, then again, before rising to greet him. He'd caught her off guard, but she was very good at hiding it and composing herself.
Dennis approved of her quick recovery.
That was his way – to carefully absorb every detail, and then to assess and manage everything within his control. He was methodical by nature. Precise. Thorough.
Why, then, as she walked forward to greet him, did he seem to forget everything around him but Audrey?
Just for the briefest moment, at the touch of her hand, he was utterly certain that nothing could ever go wrong if she was in his life.
But things could go very, very wrong. He knew that beyond any doubt. It was the reason he was now a single father, the reason he had to monitor every detail in his son's life. How else could he keep the boy safe? How else could he ensure his son would have a good and happy life?
Audrey could help with that. She owned a private daycare, best in the city. She understood children, knew his son, and even looked beautiful when she blushed.
Suddenly, Dennis knew exactly what he wanted.
And what Dennis wanted, he always found a way to get.
The award-winning author of Devlin’s Luck once again “keeps readers in eager anticipation” with a ribald Regency romance about the search for true love (RT Book Reviews). Rich and beautiful, Lady Felicity Winterbourne has traveled the world in search of a place she can call home. And while there are many gentlemen eager to oblige her every wish, she knows that their ardor has more to do with her lavish dowry than true affection. When she meets the roguish Gerald FitzDesmond, Earl of Kilgarvan, tales of his ramshackle Irish estate seize her imagination. Abandoning decorum, Felicity proposes a marriage of convenience, with the proviso—lest Gerald prove to be yet another fortune-hunter—that she holds the purse strings. His dark looks and undeniable charm, however, soon complicate Felicity’s practical arrangement with the dizziest of desires. Meanwhile, the hard-headed Gerald finds himself becoming enchanted with his insubordinate new bride. But will either of these strong-willed souls be able to yield enough to hold on to their unlikely love?
A runaway bride jumps out of a window—and into the clutches of a rake—in this witty Regency tale by “a brilliant star of the romance genre” (RT Book Reviews). Ellen Marling lives in terror of her wedding night to the beastly Baron Basil Brockhaven. After she is forced into the marriage by her father, a leap in the dark from the bedroom window seems more appealing than spending even one night with the loathsome lord . . . Until she discovers her leap has delivered her straight into the hands of the notorious Marquess of Trent, as handsome as he is hedonistic. Ellen has traded a monstrous husband for a masterly rake, and now faces the prospect of the greatest danger of all: falling in love. “A superb storyteller.” —Heather Graham, New York Times–bestselling author of Come the Morning
A Southern woman connected to the spirit world is running for her life in this supernatural thriller from the author of Raising the Dead.Alliances with reapers and demons, and a talent for freeing trapped souls, sparks the ire of the Archangel Guardian Spirit council, and now Vivian Bedford is public enemy number one.With a band of living soul brokers causing rebellion, can she trust them to help?The resistance is small, but their will to win thrives. When a traitor in their ranks threatens to bring down the operation, Vivian’s fight for survival turns into a battle to save the rebellion and root out the turncoat.Vivian will need her wits to keep the many dangers at bay. But doing so just might cost her everything. Will she prevail in the war for freedom...and her soul?For fans of Patricia Briggs, Faith Hunter, Jeaniene Frost, Diana Rowland, Charlaine Harris, and K. F. Breene“A unique cast of characters drives this beautifully crafted tale that demands you keep a box of tissue on hand. A soul-wrenching look into the decisions one must make about life and death, not only for one’s self, but for a loved one. Ms. Sieders knows how to put words on paper that touch the heart, and invigorate the mind.”—InD’Tale Magazine
Not even a generous dowry can tempt any man to court Kathryn, until Sir William rides into town… A “smart and subtle” retelling of The Taming of the Shrew (Katherine Longshore, author of Courted).Kathryn’s strong will and sharp tongue have branded her a shrew in her small town. And even the temptation of her father’s wealth cannot sway the men in her direction.Astride his warhorse, William is the pinnacle of manhood and a burr in Kathryn’s side. His impish “Kate” calls raise her hackles, yet she can’t keep from being lulled by his voice.Though he claims he is the only man for her, she is certain he desires only her rich dowry. When he proposes marriage, she accepts as a way out of her miserable home, but expects nothing. Freed from her cruel family and judgmental town, Kathryn must decide if she will continue her battle of wills with the sometimes charming, often maddening Sir William. Does she remain the shrewish Kathryn—or find a way to be Will’s Kate? This delightful take on the classic romantic comedy—from the shrew’s point of view—is “rich in Shakespearean references and vivid historical details” (Katherine Longshore).
When Meg Whitaker's father decides to sell the family's lobster-fishing business to her high school nemesis, she sets out to prove she should inherit it instead. Though she's never had any interest in running the small fleet--or even getting on a boat due to her persistent seasickness--she can't stand to see Oliver Ross take over. Not when he ruined her dreams for a science scholarship and an Ivy League education ten years ago.
Oliver isn't proud of what he did back then. Angry and broken by his father walking out on his family, he lashed out at Meg--an innocent bystander. But owning a respected fishing fleet on Prince Edward Island is the opportunity of a lifetime, and he's not about to walk away just because Meg wants him to.
Meg's father has the perfect solution: Oliver and Meg must work the business together, and at the end of the season, he'll decide who gets it. Along the way, they may discover that their stories are more similar than they thought . . . and their dreams aren't what they expected.
Bestselling author Liz Johnson invites you back to Prince Edward Island for a brand-new series about family, forgiveness, and the kind of love that heals all wounds.
Some loutish lords are about to learn how to treat a lady: “Witty dialogue…enjoyable reading.”—Publishers Weekly Miss Caroline Crispin is on top of the world. But she’s about to take a painful fall… As the daughter of London’s most in-demand architect, Caro has laughed and danced and pursued her interests with gusto—free from Society’s censure. So when she overhears two lords calling her vulgar names and wagering on whose lover she’ll become, she’s shocked and stung—and determined to teach them a lesson. Though it pains her to ask for help from another brutish lord…Lord Ryland isn’t the man his father wanted him to be. But he’s about to make an excellent catch... Adam, Earl Ryland, just wants to get married and tend his country garden, away from the bucks, fops, and gossips who pester him to box like his late father. When this gentle giant meets his sister’s friend Caro—who parries his flirtations with double entendre that would make a barman blush—he’s smitten. But there’s a problem: she’s looking to him for a different sort of partnership. And it’s a risky one… “Everything But the Earl has everything you could want in a Regency romp.”—Elizabeth Essex, award-winning author of the Reckless Brides series
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