A Baby Between Them
All that stands between Ruby Anne Tuggle and a fresh start is an escort to Tyler, Texas. Rancher Griff Lassiter is too kind to refuse, but too wary of being hurt again to offer anything but protection on the journey.
Then a fever forces an unexpected detour and a chance to find the place they both belong...
LOVE WAS OUT OF THE QUESTION ... UNTIL IT BECAME THE ONLY SOLUTION.
Mitch Hammond is a man of his word. And for Cora Beth Collins that's a problem. The honorable sheriff has vowed never to love again, for fear of wounding someone else. The most he can offer is marriage in name only. But with no other way to adopt two runaway orphans, she accepts.
But despite his intentions, Mitch is starting to want more from Cora Beth...and from himself. For in her trusting eyes he sees everything he hopes to be - as a lawman, a father and a husband.
SENSIBLE, SETTLED, STEADY...
And not Sadie Lassiter. Eli Reynolds knows what he wants in a wife, and the flighty Texas girl couldn't be further from the mark. Eli has his nine-year-old sister's welfare to consider - Penny deserves a mother who will give her proper care. But when bad weather strands Eli and Sadie together, he sees a new side to her character. She's rash - but also resourceful. Instead of discipline, she has diligent faith. Her housekeeping skills are lacking, but she's filled with humor and sweetness. She may not be a "proper" wife, but to save her reputation - and to take a chance on happiness he'd never expected to find - Eli will take her as his bride.
FROM HANDBELLS TO WEDDING BELLS?
Widower Graham Lockwood hasn't stepped foot in a church since he lost his family. So he can't possibly say yes to his new neighbor's request that he lead the handbell choir. But widowed mother Reeny Landry is so hopeful - and her fatherless children so in need - that Graham agree to help.Suddenly, the man who closed himself off is coming out of his shell. And he finds himself acting the father figure to Reeny's sweet mute daughter and loner son. But going from neighbor to husband is another matter altogether. Until a loving family teaches Graham to hear the heart's song.
THE MAN OF HER DREAMS...
Philadelphia lawyer Ryland Lassiter is everything Josephine Wylie wants - for a brother-in-law! As the sole supporter of her family, Josie's plans for herself have always had to wait. But Ry will be ideal as the new head of the Wylie clan - once he finally realizes how perfect he is for Josie's sister.Ry knows it's time to settle down. The newly appointed guardian to a friend's daughter, he's ready for a home and family. All he needs is a bride - and Josie's sister is not the Wylie who has caught his eye. If only Josie would see the turth - that the only Christmas present he needs is her love.
Callie Gray always assumed she would never marry, until she took a leap and became a mail-order bride. But when she arrives in Sweetgum, Texas, she gets the shock of her life. Her husband is dead, and his brother proposes she marry him, for the sake of his orphaned nephew and nieces. Jack Tyler warns her not to hope for a love match?theirs is strictly a convenient marriage. But Callie yearns for a true partnership with the man who has unexpectedly captured her heart. Now she must convince him what he truly needs is a lifetime of love, faith and family?with Callie by his side.
A TRUE DILEMMA
Her preference? What a joke! She didn't want any of them. Regina Nash's grandfather had sent a trio of men to Texas, along with a contract; and if she didn't sign, agreeing to marry one of them, she risked losing custody of her nephew. To escape the trap, Reggie devised a plan: To be the worst prospective bride ever; to be so unpleasant as to send any would-be groom high-tailing it back to Philadelphia.
One man wouldn't be tricked. Adam Barr, ex-lawyer, ex-con, one-time crush of Reggie's. He wasn't one of her three suitors, but he had delivered the contract for her grandfather and was charged with seeing it carried out. He knew Reggie's true self, which he swore to show her suitors. Using his charm and wit he had her acting smart, compassionate, and funny?and feeling beautiful. Trouble was, he'd outsmarted himself. He wasn't in the running?couldn't be?and yet he wanted Reggie for himself. Only one question remained: How could he become the... LADY'S CHOICE.
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When Will Trevaron inherits the title Marquess, his grandfather demands he leave his beloved America and sail back to England. Not wanting to obey, Will hits on the perfect solution: a marriage of convenience to Maggie Carter. A union with a "nobody from the colonies" would shock and horrify his family and rescue from poverty the woman who once saved his life. Will doesn't expect to fall for his wife. But as Maggie sets his household straight about what exactly an independent lady from a savage country would and would not accept, the new marquess sees that her loving husband aside his marchioness has a will of her own.
FLIRTING WITH PERFECTION
To adopt the little girl she'd come to love, Maddy Potter needed a fianc?, not a husband. Luckily, she'd found the ideal beau for her purpose: Clayton Kincaid had agreed to court her, propose marriage, and then leave her at the altar. But when he arrived on her doorstep she knew their charade would never work. Clay was too handsome, too smooth... too potent. Who would believe such a charming, good-looking man wanted to woo her?
Clay had accepted Maddy's proposal to repay a family debt of honor. He traveled to Missouri expecting to find a reserved widow, not a beautiful young woman - a woman who suggested that he comb his hair differently, mess up his clothes a little, walk with a limp. She even had the temerity to instruct him how to woo her! Clay knew he could be the perfect suitor.
He didn't know he'd soon long to be the perfect husband.
Fleeing a broken engagement, Elthia Sinclare travels to Texas to become a governess. She arrives to find six children, not the two she'd expected, a man who had ordered a bride not a teacher, and a household that needs someone to cook and clean not teach Latin. But the one thing worse than marrying the infuriating Caleb Tanner was returning home in defeat. So the former socialite said "I do", rolled up her sleeves and went to work - burning meals, flooding the kitchen... loving the children. And butting heads with her new spouse. Until Elthia realized she had learned how to stand on her own two feet and fallen head over heels for her handsome husband.
Now her biggest challenge lay in convincing the stubborn Texan their arrangement was something more than a way for him to adopt his orphaned nieces and nephews, something more than just a temporary marriage. It was a union of two soul mates.
A man who prides himself on his logic and control...
Normally a no-nonsense businessman, Reed Wilder finds himself undertaking a very personal quest, Journeying from Deleware to the small backwater town of Far Enough, Texas, he's in search of a fallen woman - a deceitful opportunist who had preyed on his brother years before. On the way, he discovers a fiesty angel. Barely reaching five-foot two inches, the petite firebrand helps defend him against two ruffians and then treats his wounds with a gentleness that makes him long to uncover all her secrets. But when she reveals her name, he realizes his lovely rescuer is not an innocent woman, but the jezebel he's been seeking.
A resourceful woman struggling to make it on her own...
Lucy Ames has learned the hard way that you just can't count on friends and neighbors to stand by you through the hard times. Keeping her chin firmly tilted up through years of small town gossip and ostracism, she's somehow managed to carve out a life for herself and her young son on her own. She's about reached the end of her meager resources, though, and having to nurse the handsome stranger she literally stumbled across in the woods is not helping matters at all. Worse yet, his kindness and obvious admiration are proving as dangerous to her carefully erected emotional walls, as his appetite is to her larder.
The heart of the matter...
Reed finds his logic and control slipping away as he gazes into Lucy's warm and beautiful eyes. There's only one option: to discover the truth behind those enticing lips he longs to sample. For how could the tainted woman he sought be the rose-scented angel he's discovered? Soon, holding Lucy in his arms, he knows he's come far enough to realize true love when he finds it, far enough to know... WHAT MATTERS MOST.
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