Maya Cartinelli's job as a claims adjuster takes her from Oklahoma City to Austin and everywhere in between. She loves her job helping people put their lives back together, and loves driving the winding country roads.
It's Valentine's Day, and she's headed for home to make a last attempt at salvaging a relationship that was past time to call it quits. When she stays too late helping a client, she gets dumped by phone, somewhere on a little road outside of Georgetown.
Maya's pride is hurt, but her heart's not really broken, and it's the wild Texas storm that blows her off the road and into a ditch that makes her mad. Wet and frustrated, she makes her way to the nearest farmhouse in the driving rain.
Maya gets a welcome surprise when hunky Miguel Rios opens the door.
Is this Valentine's Day about endings or does she have a chance at a new beginning?
Unexpected is a steamy short story featuring stormy nights,old farmhouses, and a happy ending.
As 1754 is drawing to a close, tensions between the French and the British on Canada's Acadian shore are reaching a fever pitch. Seamstress Sylvie Galant and her family--French-speaking Acadians wishing to remain neutral--are caught in the middle, their land positioned between two forts flying rival flags. Amid preparations for the celebration of Noël, the talk is of unrest, coming war, and William Blackburn, the British Army Ranger raising havoc across North America's borderlands.
As summer takes hold in 1755 and British ships appear on the horizon, Sylvie encounters Blackburn, who warns her of the coming invasion. Rather than participate in the forced removal of the Acadians from their land, he resigns his commission. But that cannot save Sylvie or her kin. Relocated on a ramshackle ship to Virginia, Sylvie struggles to pick up the pieces of her life. When her path crosses once more with William's, they must work through the complex tangle of their shared, shattered past to navigate the present and forge an enduring future.
By edict of her Godmother, the Queen, lovely young Clotilda is shipped off to an obscure Balkan nation to marry its sexually depraved and sadistic reigning prince… Her reluctant escort: a dashing and devilish Marquis, loved by London Society’s ladies as much as he’s loathed by their jealous husbands… As his innocent young charge is attacked and then kidnapped by murderous brigands, he loses his heart… And the Marquis’s royal punishment becomes an all-consuming labour of love.
The Bargain Bride is the thrilling tale of beautiful young Aleda, who is brought through no fault of her own from riches to the brink of ruin… Of her dashing but irresponsible brother the Earl of Blakeney whose profligacy has brought him perilously close to debtors’ gaol… Of fabulously wealthy Social climber Doran Winton, who cynically buys the unwilling Aleda’s hand in marriage along with her brother’s debt to rescue them from penury… And of a sinister Chinese cabal who slip from the shadows of London’s Dockland opium dens to kidnap Aleda at knifepoint, perhaps to face ‘death by a thousand cuts’ … Only now, with her life at stake, does she realise that the hate in her heart has turned to love.
Desperate to escape her fate, Kamala runs away from her brutal uncle who was to force her into a marriage with an even more brutal man of sixty. On her way to Southampton she meets a stranger, but after a hunting accident she nurses him back to health, which is the beginning of a series of adventures for them both. An audacious plan sees them boarding a ship destined for Mexico. But when they arrive, they have to face the deadly threats of a Spanish Don who has set his sights on only one prize… Set in 1839, this thrilling tale across land and sea charters their exciting but dangerous journey, before their mutual bravery and love takes them to paradise.
After an evening dinner with renowned French ballet dancer and beauty, Nicole de Prêt, handsome young buck about town, the Marquis of Sarne, is stirred from a deep sleep to realise that he has been drugged and then rendered unconscious.
And he is in a strange bed in a strange house somewhere in London.
Far worse though is the revelation that in his stupor someone has married him to some young servant girl he does not even know by his bitter enemy, Lord Kirkhampton.
To avoid the likely scandal and humiliation that his predicament will bring him, he decides to take his ‘bride’ to his house in Grosvenor Square and there to arrange a divorce as best he can.
But soon he realises that this girl was not a willing participant in Lord Kirkhampton’s deceitful trick nor is she the plain servant girl he had assumed at first.
In fact Romana Wardell is startlingly beautiful and attractive, remarkably intelligent and every bit as appalled by their situation as he is.
Then the more that the reluctant newlyweds become acquainted, the less the urgency they feel to put this forced ‘marriage’ to an early end.
Perhaps after all she has the makings of a Marchioness of Sarne!
A heartbreakingly handsome Marquis. A waterlogged body in a Siamese river with international adventurer and spy, Calvin Brook’s signet ring on its finger. A summons from the King of Siam – and the voyage east with a beautiful, utterly determined young stowaway, Ankana – Calvin Brook’s hot-headed and devoted daughter. He hates her. She hates him. But on their perilous journey to find Ankana’s father and foil a murderous gang stealing sacred sapphires, an accidental kiss changes everything forever.
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