Behind the cut tag there are SEVENTY TWO cheeseball, schmoopy, purple, stupidly AWESOME Harlequin prompts ripe for the picking. Please follow these few simple rules when claiming, and all will be well.
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If we somehow use up all 72 prompts, THEN I will reopen the list and allow up to two fics per prompt to be written, but we'll cross that bridge when we get to it.
Prompt claiming will be open from today, 7th October, through midnight, 20th October, then it will close. You will then have two full months to write at least 1000 words of fic, posting to start 1st November. I will post a few reminders to the community during the two month span to see how y'all are doing.
Again, your fic can be based as loosely - or as CLOSELY - to your prompt as you'd like. So. If you choose a seekrit bride and baby fic feel free to knock up Ianto or Owen (or Jack, if you want to keep it canon. No, really.) to make that happen \o/ Seriously - this is a Harlequin challenge. The point is to have fun and be crazy, so really, just pick something and have a ball with it and we will ALL LOVE IT. I promise you that *g*
And now, to the prompts!!
Odd Couples, Fish Out of Water
I wasn't supposed to love Nate Grady, let alone marry him. But we found a love that triumphed over all adversity…just like Jane Eyre, my very favorite heroine.
I was young, bookish, naive…on the verge of entering the convent-and then I met him…. The day I abandoned my old life, the day I agreed to marry him, now seems an eternity ago. But despite everyone's objections, I fell for Nate. An older, previously married man. My first and only love. My husband.
When I looked into Nate's eyes on our wedding day, the rest of the world vanished. If I was crazy for doing this, I prayed the craziness would last forever…
2. From Texas, With Love
Will McCabe arrives in New York City with specific instructions-bring Samantha Holmes back to Laramie, Texas, for her estranged brother's wedding. Reluctantly she agrees to go with him. But Samantha's determined not to stay…and not to fall for the irresistible Will.
Convincing the fiery brunette to come back with him is one thing. But Will realizes he does want her to stay in Laramie-and convincing her to do that is another thing altogether.
To Samantha's surprise, life in small-town Texas is beginning to grow on her, and so is Will. Does that mean there could be two weddings in Laramie?
3. Cattle Rancher, Convenient Wife
Cattle rancher Rory Compton isn't looking for love-but he is looking for a wife. He wants a partner who will settle down with him in the Outback, a practical, down-to-earth woman who won't be seduced by the bright lights of the city.
Glamorous fashion editor Allegra Sanders doesn't seem to if t Rory's criteria at all. With her model looks he can't trust that her growing attraction to him is for real. But that doesn't seem to stop Rory thinking about her-every minute of every day!
4. A Man To Count On
She was looking for a man of justice.
Dylan Justiss, that is. Because when high-powered district attorney E. D. Martel found her whole world falling apart, she needed one man she could trust who was upright, protective and fair. Sexy as hell was just a bonus.
All his adult life, Dylan had been in love with E.D. (Eva Danielle) Martel. And now, when he was poised to have all his professional dreams come true, was hardly the time to make his move. Because E.D. was in trouble, big-time. And anyone who associated with her could kiss his reputation-not to mention his impending judgeship-goodbye.
Too bad he found kissing E.D. more to his liking…
5. Romancing the Nanny
For Amy Logan, living with wildly attractive widower Dan Major for the past three years was a fantasy come true…even if it was only as nanny to his six-year-old daughter. But now Dan had just stunned her with a proposal every woman dreams of-and one she couldn't possibly accept….
Dan needed a wife, and Amy seemed the ideal candidate. All he had to do was make her fall in love with him. But Amy had other ideas. And soon the workaholic single father was learning the new rules for dating and secretly yearning to give the one thing he never expected to give: his heart.
When I agreed to be Zach Swift's secretary, I was expecting demanding and high-flying-not seriously gorgeous and generous! I usually don't like working in an office, because of how the accident affected my memory, but with Zach it feels different. And now he's asked me to go on a business trip with him!
Nine-to-five is hard enough for me to hide my feelings, and Zach's bound to guess that I'm not as perfect as he seems to think I am. And he's also mentioned he has a proposal for me. I'm meeting him for dinner-tonight!
Wish me luck!
Jessica Sterling has just discovered a life-changing secret. In the desert kingdom of Bha'Khar is the family she never knew she had! Little does she realize that includes the man she's been betrothed to since birth….
Sheikh Kardahl Hourani is rich, gorgeous and just a tiny bit arrogant. He's happy to marry, but this brooding prince doesn't have love on his agenda. Can Jessica see the man behind the playboy persona and find her way into his guarded heart?
Anna Nowell loves her job-living rent-free in a fabulous mansion for an absentee landlord has perks she'd never imagined. But when her boss returns, her dream job is in jeopardy-unless Anna can convince him she's indispensable!
Wealthy, cultured Donovan Barrett was a renowned physician until the tragic death of his son. Grief-stricken, he craves solitude. Consorting with the help isn't on his agenda, but Anna, with her compassion and laughter, has a way of changing all his plans and bringing him back to life when he thought he'd never love again…
It was an assignment she couldn't refuse. Ultracapable assistant Sally Gregg had to take care of her boss for one week. No phones. No computers. No stress. Not an easy task considering Vince Donnelly was a workaholic-a tyrant she had little use for outside the office.
Then the business tycoon decided seducing his secretary would be the ultimate way to pass the time….
Claire Woods was completely alluring-and out of Tag Campbell's reach. But when she needed him, he saved her. She touched raw places inside him, making him ache and crave things he'd thought he'd given up. What would it be like to have her waiting…every night…for him?
Tag Campbell haunted her. Like a pirate in tight denim, he captured her and declared his love in heated whispers. Claire had to make the decision of a lifetime-a quiet role in proper society or a wild, loving adventure with a man who was so wrong…but oh, so right.
Battle in the Bedroom
Despite the success of her sultry Red Choo sex blog, it would take serious buzz to put Mercedes Brooks's first book of erotic fantasies on the bestseller list. And that meant agreeing to another showdown with her nemesis, the super-sexy TV pundit Sam Porter.
This time, though, the on-air innuendos were just a dress rehearsal. What happened later between the sheets was actually the main event. If the tabloids got wind of their night together, Sam's career would self-destruct. But the real shocker was that even with a prime-time scandal hanging over their heads, one night was not enough!
12. The Man Tamer
There's not a man Rachel Westover can't tame. Or at least transform from a sloppy, sports-loving, self-absorbed male into the perfect mate. Then she meets Garret Kelly, aka The Wild Man. Talk about a challenge-in a gorgeous package, no less. Can her behavior-modification techniques take on a guy this set in his rumpled-and surprisingly irresistible-ways? Rachel's hormones, er, ambitions, are jumping at the chance.
If she succeeds in domesticating Garret, she gets her own TV show. If she fails… Well, failure isn't an option. Sure, he's more resistant than she expected. And withholding pleasure as punishment affects her so much, she's abandoned that strategy. But she's determined one of them is going to their knees. She just hopes it isn't her!
13. Hot for Him
Working in Hollywood is always about getting to the top. Or on top, as feisty producer Claudia Dostis prefers. But when she contends with her outrageously sexy adversary, Leandro Mandalor, the stakes change.
Her charming opponent is definitely up to Claudia's challenge. He convinces her they must come together-in the office and in the bedroom. Suddenly getting on top has a whole new meaning…and leads to a new level of sensual satisfaction. But can Claudia let go of her need to succeed long enough to allow someone else to win?
14. All Over You
Millions of women drool over soap star Mac Harrison. And scriptwriter Grace Wellington is no different-the hottie headlines all her wildest fantasies. She keeps him firmly in his place there, however, because her days have no room for such ego-driven men.
But when she and Mac are thrown together on a project, fantasy becomes blissful reality! All of her secret, naughty desires come to life under his sizzling ministrations. This is one affair to remember-and to let go of when it's over.
Too bad Mac doesn't agree. He wants to move things from just sex to true commitment. Worse, he has all the right moves to convince her real life is much better…
15. Make-Believe Mistress
School headmistress Grace Stephens never thought her private fantasies could become public. But millionaire businessman Adam Bowen was used to getting what he wanted, when he wanted. And he wanted Grace to act out every word of the previously secret, suddenly missing steamy love story she'd written all about them.
Adam held her future-and every part of her body-in his hands. Leaving Grace no choice but to go from his make-believe mistress to his very real one.
16. Operation Gigolo
Objective: To stop Lynn Morgan's feuding parents from filing for divorce.
Approach: Introduce a tattooed, leather-wearing hell-raiser as their prospective son-in-law. The man for the job: Lawyer Tony Russo.
Lynn's parents would join forces to save her-Lynn was sure of it. But from whom? Her best friend Tony Russo was more GQ than Hell's Angels, but that was before the "transformation." Suddenly, steady, reliable Tony had turned into a sexy, irresistible bad boy. The trouble was that Lynn kept forgetting Tony's kisses were just part of the act…
17. His Forbidden Fiancée
Millionaire of the Month: Luke Barton
Source of fortune: Wireless technology
Motto: Achieve success; deny failure
In the years since his identical twin had stolen the family company, Luke had devoted himself to two things: success and revenge. Suddenly, his brother's fiancée, Lauren Conover, appeared and offered Luke the opportunity to achieve both. A simple case of mistaken identity had made Lauren believe Luke was his twin. But in Luke's simple plan for payback, he hadn't counted on wanting to keep Lauren for himself…
18. Thirty Day Affair
Millionaire of the Month: Nathan Barrister
Source of Fortune: Hotel Empire
Dominant Personality Trait: Always gets what he wants.
When grumpy, rich and gorgeous Nathan Barrister arrives at the Lake Tahoe lodge, all he can think about is how soon he can leave. His one-month commitment feels like solitary confinement-until a snowstorm traps him with lovely Keira Sanders. Suddenly a thirty-day affair sounds like just the thing to pass the time…if Keira agrees to his no-ties arrangement.
19. The Millionaire's Indecent Proposal
Would she accept one million euros to be his mistress for a month? How could practical American Stacy Reeves say no to Franco Constantine's proposal? The wealthy, arrogant CEO of Midas Chocolates was overwhelmingly passionate in his pursuit. Their union would be pure pleasure….
But Stacy did not know Franco's offer was part of a bet. Her acceptance would label her a gold digger and give Franco complete control of Midas. Unless the billionaire denied his dynasty for the woman in his bed…
20. An Improper Affair
Millionaire of the Month: Ryan Sperling
Source of Fortune: Silicon Valley
Goal: The ultimate revenge
Business mogal Ryan Sperling prided himself on being different from his old man, a self-centered philanderer who had let the family assets dwindle. Now, as Ryan closed in on his greatest achievement-orchestrating his father's downfall-the charismatic bachelor had encountered an unforgettable woman…with inextricable ties to his family. It was unthinkable to fall for the daughter of his father's mistress. But it was impossible to walk away before he could taste her…
21. Six-Month Mistress
Years ago, in a desperate move, a suddenly destitute Bella McNamara had agreed to become millionaire Jeremy Harper's mistress for six months. Now the time had finally come for Jeremy to claim her. But he didn't know he already owned every inch of Bella, including her heart. She'd fallen madly in love with the powerful man even before she'd signed herself away. And now she had six very intimate months to put her own plan into action: becoming Jeremy's beloved wife.
Miss Silver Meredith. Beautiful, just eighteen…and vulnerable to the worst sort of scandal after an attempted elopement goes wrong. Her reputation and her future depend on the silence of one man…
Adam, Marquess of Rockingham. A rake from the most notorious of noble families, he's ruthless, charming and dangerous. He's also still smarting about a graceless rejection from the only woman to whom he's ever proposed marriage, the only woman he's ever loved-Silver Meredith.
And now Silver's fate is in Adam's hands…
He was taken from Adrienna on their wedding night, and sold as a slave. Now, released from captivity, Hugh of Ryebourne wants revenge. Believing Adrienna played a part in his capture, he plans to seduce his wife into bed-but he won't use force. He wants her to come willingly….
Adrienna is shocked by the reappearance of her estranged husband. She can't deny the desire this dark, brooding man arouses in her, but Hugh is no longer the young boy she once knew. He is all man now, rugged and very dangerous.
The very proper Miss Langley does not know what she has done to encourage the attentions of a lord, only that they are most unwanted and very improper!
So when a handsome stranger saves her from his clutches, Madeline is too relieved to suspect that her tall, dark defender may have a less than respectable reputation….
Jameson Flynn is a man with a mission. Nothing will knock him off course. Until one summer's evening in Vauxhall Gardens, when a woman's song reminds him of the world he left behind.
Rose O'Keefe's beautiful voice and graceful, earthy sensuality have made her a sensation among the pleasure-seekers of the night. In such dissolute company, how long can it be before her virtue is compromised?
The man who can make or break Flynn's career desires Rose as his mistress. Soon Flynn will have to choose what matters to him most-success or love…
Benedict Casper Chancellor, Earl of Blakeney, is the kind of elegantly conservative English lord that Alessa despises. She wants nothing to do with him-even if he is shaped like a Greek statue come to life! But the maddening man seems determined to wrest her away from her comfortable life in beautiful Corfu. Worse, he'll return her to the bosom of her stuffy family.
The Earl hasn't anticipated Alessa's propensity to get herself into a scrape. Now, in order to rescue her, this highly conventional Englishman will have to turn pirate!
Mystery & Thriller
27. If I'd Never Known Your Love
"I'm going to miss you. Every minute of every hour…"
With those words, Julia's husband stepped into his taxi and was gone. Evan McDonald. Julia's lifeline-and the doting father of her two beautiful children. From the moment she'd first spotted him in high school so many years before, Julia had known they'd always be together.
Now…Evan's business trip to Colombia becomes deadly when he's kidnapped, and Julia is thrown into a tailspin of horror…and waiting.
For five tortured years Julia does whatever it takes to bring Evan home. Despite her grief and rage at losing the man she loves, she vows to keep struggling. Until she receives a call that shatters her hopes of Evan's return. But then…
28. Lone Star Santa
Kristen Zaleski is home for the holidays…indefinitely. Her acting career hasn't taken off-in fact, it hasn't gone anywhere. So now she's spending her days helping out at her dad's P.I. office. Until Mitch Donner comes by and lights up her life. Sort of…
Mitch is back at his parents' place, too. As a successful accountant who'd been set up to take the fall in a money-laundering scheme, Mitch isn't quite sure what to do. So he takes a job installing Christmas lights…and gets an early present when he runs into Kristen. Especially when she offers her newly acquired P.I. skills to help him get his life back.
Working together, they plot an elaborate sting operation, one that will take a miracle to pull off. Then again, anything is possible at Christmas-especially if it involves mistletoe!
29. The Texas Ranger
Sam Bass Outlaw knew from the first moment he laid eyes on Skye Walker that he had to get to know her. Although it wasn't going to be easy to get close to the beautiful blonde, considering the German Shepherd, the bodyguards and the overprotective brother. There was a mystery behind Skye's gentle exterior, and this Texas Ranger was bound and determined to figure it out.
But Sam has to tread carefully. Skye's story could be the missing link in a cold-case file that he'd love to put to rest. Talking about her past was something Skye obviously didn't like to do, so should he leave well enough alone and concentrate on wooing her? Or should he push for the truth and do his duty as a Texas Ranger?
Can Sam solve the case-and get the girl?
Audra Walker's old crowd thought she'd turned her back on them and what they liked best-namely hot sex and available men. But they were so wrong….
And Audra was in the mood to prove it. How? By taking their dare. The challenge? To seduce the very next man through the club door-regardless of who he was…
What the classy chick at the bar saw in his suspect was anybody's guess. But undercover cop Jesse Martinez would make it his business to find out. Because no guy-unless he was dead from the neck down-would miss the chance to investigate the curvy brunette, too….
Spending her days practically naked with gorgeous men should be easy. But for body double Tabitha Everheart it's a poor imitation of the real thing. Thanks to her short-lived, disastrous marriage, she's an independent woman.
Then a bullet shatters her apartment window and she's forced to admit she needs protection. Especially if it comes in the form of sexy cop Warren Vitalis, who takes his body-guarding duties very seriously.
Nights of mind-blowing sex with Warren stir urges Tabitha thought had been forever tamped down. This passionate man is arousing not only her libido, but her emotions as well. What they have together is hot-and very temporary. At least that's what she tells herself…
32. Slow Hand Luke
If Annie Corrigan had played it safe and stayed in New York, no cowboy would have sweet-talked his way into that empty bedroom down the hall. But on the eve of her very first night at her aunt's ramshackle Texas spread, that's exactly what happens.
With a million dollars in rodeo prize money gone missing and a vengeful husband on his tail, Luke McCall needs a place to hide while he clears his name. Lady Luck seems to have deserted him for good when he accidentally picks a female cop from Manhattan as his cover.
It looks like Annie has no choice but to turn him in. That is, until Slow Hand Luke decides to live up to his name…
33. The Blackmail Bargain
A gold-digging home-wrecker isn't Curt McIntosh's ideal woman. But it seems that's exactly what he's got with Peta Grey. For Curt there is only one way to stop her…blackmail!
In reality, Peta is a penniless virgin trying to survive. She accepts Curt's ultimatum, and agrees to act as his mistress. But the terms of the deal aren't clear. Peta thought their relationship was purely business.
So why has she just woken up naked in Curt's bed?
Reunions, Old Flames
34. The Marriage Bed
"Joelle and Bobby…I'm aware my visit might have been difficult for you."
Difficult? In fact, nothing would ever be the same again for Joelle Webber and Bobby DiFranco. They'd come a long way from their hardscrabble beginnings. They'd built careers, raised a wonderful daughter and two fine sons. Shaped a life rich with layers of trust and understanding, just like the carefully laid stones of the garden walls Bobby builds for his clients.
And their life together would have remained solid if not for the unexpected intrusion of a former boyfriend of Joelle's and the long-buried secret he unearths. Bobby and Joelle have leaned on each other through countless crises, but now the very foundation of their marriage has crumbled. Can they put it back together one more time?
Can they once again find a haven in their marriage bed-the one place above all where a husband and wife should be honest and loving with each other?
Lucy McTavish has loved Daniel Brown since they were children, and he returned her feelings from the very first. His home, a farm in the English countryside, was a refuge from her unhappy childhood, his heart a shelter for her own. Daniel said they'd always be together-but that's a promise he's unable to keep….
Angry and grieving, Lucy goes to London and prepares to move on with her life. But Daniel is never far from her thoughts. Then one morning she meets a stranger in the park. The connection between them is immediate and powerful, and in the days that follow, Lucy knows Daniel has kept his promise after all.
36. The Sheriff's Second Chance
They said that a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity didn't come twice. But when Kelsey Graham stepped off the bus in Maple Junction, Wisconsin, for their high school reunion, Ethan Taggert decided that whoever "they" were, they were wrong. Ten years ago she'd shouldered the blame for a car accident that was not her fault, and she'd been run out of town for it. Now she was back and it was time to set things right.
Ethan's now the sheriff of Maple Junction, and he realizes he never should have let Kelsey go the first time. This could be his second (and last?) chance at happiness…if Kelsey will let him help. Maybe, just maybe, she'll see that he's the man she should have been with all along.
37. Court Me, Cowboy
Three weeks. Gabe Miller's marriage ended in divorce so fast it had hardly begun. Which is why he couldn't quite believe his luck-or his "ex"-when she returned a few months later with the news that legally they were still husband and wife. And that the child she was carrying was his son.
It looked as if Melissa might bolt again, making a custody battle his only option-unless he could turn back the clock and woo her the way he should have during their whirlwind affair. But even with his boy's future at stake, mending fences with a woman-especially the one he loved-wasn't something the strong, silent type found easy to do….
38. At His Fingertips
The same psychic prediction three times is definitely a sign. Even though Esmeralda McElroy is ready to reunite with a man from her past, she doesn't expect Mitch Margolin to be him. Mitch is no longer the sexy musician who once caught her eye. Now he's a conservative, buttoned-down-hot-guy. So not her type.
Still, the steamy way they connect between the sheets is making her see stars. The tricks he does with his fingers are sinful! But out of bed their different views collide. Does that mean he's Mr. Wrong? Is she tempting fate by continuing to sleep with him? Where is that crystal ball when she needs it?
39. Bad Behavior
Life is all about sizzle for marketing guru Delaney Phillips. She's always on the prowl for the next big thrill-or so she tells the supper club's members when they ask why she refuses to settle down. Dom Gordon, however, might prove the exception to her rule….
Sixteen years ago a boy with some intriguing rough edges dumped Delaney and left town, maturing into a huge success. Now Dom is back. And her friends predict if he's as talented at bad behavior as he is at everything else, Delaney will enjoy the fling of a lifetime!
40. Best Man's Conquest
He may have been best man at the wedding, but oil tycoon Dillon Marshall did not have to play nice with the other guests. Well, one guest in particular: his ex-wife Ivy Madison. Though they had parted on less-than-friendly terms, Ivy was still a temptation to the billionaire. So he devised a plan to rid his system of her once and for all. He'd seduce her, then walk away.
The best laid plans...
41. Blackhawk's Affair
For eight years Alexis Blackhawk believed her youthful, clandestine marriage to Jordan Grant was null and void. But the millionaire oil man had never filed the papers and she was still bound to the man she openly detested…and secretly desired.
She demanded Jordan let her go once and for all. But as the time came to leave her husband, would Alexis be able to walk away?
42. Fortune's Vengeful Groom
Their wedded bliss had been short-lived, but Eliza Fortune never forgot those breathless nights of passion with Reese Parker. When a shattering betrayal detonated the union, the heartbroken heiress hid her secret marriage to spare her family further scandal. But all bets were off now that Reese was back. This tuxedo-clad tycoon was nothing like the down-to-earth wildcatter she once knew. Despite his barely-contained anger, the fire in Reese's eyes suggested he had every intention of tangling between the sheets with Eliza again. Once all their sordid secrets were exposed, would Reese finally exact his revenge…or repent by reclaiming his bride?
43. High Plains Bride
Sarah knew exactly what she wanted. Tom West would help rescue her daughter, their daughter, from the hands of the Sioux, or die trying. It was, she swore, the least he could do to atone for fourteen years of deceit!
Tom West blamed himself. He'd had to let Sarah believe him dead-even though she'd been his only love. But this reunion was born of danger, not desire, as this firebrand of a woman was quick to remind him.
Could they bridge the chasm of mistrust yawning between them to save their child-and their love?
44. A Scandalous Marriage
William and June Pemberton have been happily married for three years-but the longer they go on without June's conceiving, the more concerned she becomes. Especially since William's old flame is now free to marry again and, according to his mother, would make him much the better wife. And then a handsome charmer turns his attentions to June….
Pushed apart by jealousy, William and June must fight to keep their marriage alive. Sometimes, it seems, their mutual passion is all that holds them together….
45. Between the CEO's Sheets
Cool, confident and totally in control. Millionaire businessman Wade Beaumont made a habit of going after what he wanted with focused intensity. And now that Gina Grady had come to him, begging for a job, he'd decided to direct all his energy on one thing-seducing his newest employee.
After one steamy night together years ago, Gina had run from Wade-it was the only way she could save her heart. But now she feared she was falling for her boss all over again. And this time, she knew the powerful CEO wasn't about to let her go.
Amnesia, Hidden Identities, Shadowed Pasts and the Like
46. Romancing the Teacher
Schoolteacher Lisa Kittridge had sworn off men for a while, but when she met Ian Malone, her gorgeous, if exasperating, new volunteer, that promise went out the window! She'd vowed never to get involved with another man, yet she couldn't control her urges to crack the mystery he was hiding behind. Who was the real Ian Malone?
Ian knew that working as a volunteer for a lovely teacher at a homeless shelter wasn't exactly a prison sentence. But he had an identity he was loathe to reveal and secrets to keep-and the beautiful Lisa was too dangerous to be around. Loose lips, and all that…
47. Cowboy Vet
The last person on earth Rand Sheppard wants to rely on is Jessie Monroe, but he needs a vet tech-yesterday-and she's the only one for hire. And unfortunately, it turns out she's pretty good at her job. That's too bad, because as soon as Rand can find a replacement, he's going to fire Jessie. He owes his cousin that much.
Yes, Jessie's made plenty of mistakes. Dating Tommy was one of them. One it looks as if she's never going to live down. If she can only make Rand realize she wasn't the reason his cousin went to jail, and she isn't the person Rand-and everyone else in town-thinks she is.
And that it's okay to fall in love….
Small-town elementary schoolteacher Kim Cassidy-gorgeous and sweet-had fallen for a crook while on a cruise, without a clue who he really was. Now she was home, waiting for her prince, and secret agent Nick Callahan's task was to track her every move.
Watching a gorgeous blonde all day? No problem. But in small-town Georgia, hiding was impossible, and he and Kim became friends. Keeping the truth from this kind, pretty woman was getting harder. Then a kiss-a passionate one-complicated things even more.
He would still protect her. The question was, from whom?
49. Sex as a Second Language
Eurogirl: A single woman in Rome. Sleeping with hot foreign men. Waking up blissfully alone. Sharing all the yummy details online. It's life just the way sexcapade blogger Ariel Turner likes it until the ideal Italian bed buddy comes along.
Now she's found a candidate for that position. Marc Sorrella is drop-dead gorgeous and he has the most delicious moves!
Unfortunately Marc seems a bit too interested in Ariel's past and her blog-places she definitely doesn't want him to go. The best way to distract him? Turn the tables and dig around in his past. What she discovers just might revoke his eligibility for a spot on her top-ten-hotties list!
50. The Royal Wedding Night
With a secret agenda and an identity-obscuring veil, Miri Montgomery tricked His Royal Highness into marriage. Sources say Prince Brandt did not uncover her deception until after the royal wedding night…a night one palace insider claims was quite steamy! Could Miri be plotting against her husband to steal his throne? Would Brandt dare to demand an annulment? Or do the raven-haired beauty and the stoically sexy prince have a hidden history the nation knows nothing about?
51. Bride of Shadow Canyon
When the widowed boardinghouse keeper he has come to rescue turns out to be a scantily-clad showgirl, Jed Doulan knows he's in for trouble. With his shadowed past, he'd be mad to let this spirited-and surprisingly innocent-woman get close.
Bound by a hasty marriage to her reluctant hero, Rachell Carlson senses his struggle to keep a distance between them. But the message in Jed's eyes makes her pulse quicken-and even dares her to believe in love.
Marriage of Convenience; Revenge Brides
52. The Billionaire's Bidding
Scrambling to save her family's company, Emma McKinley was shocked when billionaire hotel magnate Alex Garrison tossed her a lifeline- baited with an heirloom engagement ring and a pre-nup an inch thick. It was a textbook marriage of convenience: he calls off her creditors; she gives him half her company.
But the elaborate game of make-believe soon became more intoxicating than either of them expected. Could a marriage built on a lie withstand the test of true passion?
53. Hired by the Cowboy
Alexis Grayson is good at looking after herself-she's been doing it all her life. So what if she's alone and pregnant? She'll cope! But gorgeous cowboy Connor Madsen seems determined to take care of her. And Alexis can help him-he needs a temporary wife; she needs somewhere to live until the baby's born. A short-term marriage will solve all their difficulties!
As Alexis gets to know the courageous, honorable Connor, she realizes that she might have made the biggest mistake of her life. Because all this wife-for-hire wants is a marriage for real!
54. There is no number 54. Jack shagged it to death.
55. Her Irish Warrior
Genevieve de Renalt must escape her betrothed, even if that means putting her trust in the hands of the enemy!
Irish warrior Bevan MacEgan cannot leave a lady in danger, but how far will he go to keep her safe? Marriage would benefit them both, yet he has sworn never to love again….
Proud and strong, he keeps Genevieve at a distance but, as she begins to melt his heart, a shocking discovery forces Bevan to make a choice-a choice that could mean losing her forever!
56. Mustang Wild
With the deed to her land and a kid brother to protect, mustanger Skylar Daines shouldn't have tangled with the likes of Tucker Morgan. But his stolen kiss scatters her senses and, quicker than a whirling dust devil, they're wed!
To her relief, Tucker's keen to fix the marital slipup-and then he tells her the deed she holds belongs to him, and him alone. Maybe she shouldn't rush to have their marriage annulled. No man, no matter how good-looking, is going to swindle Skylar out of the one thing she yearns for most-a home.
57. Rich Man's Revenge
Hell-bent on revenge, Italian businessman Rico D'Alessio would stop at nothing to destroy the Sinclair family. Taking eldest daughter Danielle Sinclair as his bride was a start. Making her pregnant with his heir would prove the ultimate payback. But falling for his bride of revenge? Even this most cunning of rich men had not counted on that turn of events or the secrets such a shocking union would reveal.
58. Married by Morning
Gorgeous playboy Carter Matthews's favorite things are women and money. But the business he's inherited is broke, and his beautiful new employee seems immune to his charm….
Daphne Williams knows Carter's too rich and too handsome to fall for her. And anyway, she likes her perfectly ordered life just as it is.
But Carter's decided to prove his reliability-by getting married! Ever-practical Daphne thinks the idea is ridiculous-even more so when she discovers that she's his chosen bride-to-be!
And Baby Makes Three
59. Having the Cowboy's Baby
Sweeter than the sugarcane on her father's Louisiana plantation, Anne-Marie Duveuil had been taught to avoid cowboys like Cordero Sanchez at all costs. But something about the handsome Texas horseman tempted her to take a crazy risk. Now she could never forget him. Because she was carrying his baby….
Cordero had seen too much heartache in his life, and couldn't just walk out on Anne-Marie when she was going to have his child. Yet, settling down wasn't in his game plan. Still, life was a long and lonely road to nowhere without a woman-and a place a man could call home.
60. Pride and Pregnancy
You can take the girl out of the trailer park…
Which Karleen Almquist had surely tried to do. But the thrice-married-and thrice-divorced!-personal shopper had sworn off men, and their inherent complications…aka babies. Until the most gorgeous widower moved in next door-complete with the two most adorable little boys she'd ever seen.
True, Troy Lindquist had been alone a long time, but the ice cream mogul was looking for a real relationship, and his next-door neighbor was clearly not his type. Still, that didn't stop him from turning to her one night-which resulted in Karleen being pregnant with Troy's child.
First came the baby carriage. Then came love. And then…marriage?
61. From Here to Paternity
When Charlene Cooper was eighteen, she turned to Brand Bravo in desperation…and he couldn't get away fast enough. And then ten years later, Charlene was forced to turn to him again-this time with a baby in her arms and a burning question in her heart: are you this little girl's father?
At twenty Brand Bravo knew that he could never be the kind of man Charlene deserved. At thirty, he knew she was the love of his life, and he would do anything to get her back. Because, once again, she needed him, for herself and for the infant in her care. And this time, Brand wouldn't hesitate to be anything Charlene asked him to be. Husband. And father?
62. Once More, At Midnight
Her acting career over before it began and her bank account drained, Lilah Owens returned to her tiny hometown of Kalamoose, North Dakota, with the one thing she did have, a big secret in the form of her eleven-year-old daughter. Not five minutes in town, she ran into the unbearably handsome, hardscrabble boy she left behind but never forgot. Only now Gus Hoffman was all man, owned most of Kalamoose, had a fancy fiancée; and had no idea that he was a father!
Gus knew the beautiful woman he'd loved and lost was hiding something-and that meeting once more at midnight, the way they used to, would reveal her secrets. But could Gus handle the truth-and his still-burning passion for Lilah?
63. Matrimony with His Majesty
Darrell Collier is an ordinary, small-town single mom. And when Alexandre Valleder sweeps into her life, she's determined not to be pressured into marriage by royal command!
Alex is a good ruler and a responsible king. But one secret night, years ago, he rebelled a little. The result, as he's just discovered, was a child. Now he has to make things right. It will shock his family and shake up the monarchy. But first he must persuade this beautiful, stubborn commoner she has the makings of a queen!
64. Family Stories
Frank and Marian Robertson would tell you there's no easy answer. Love, yes, but more than that-a willingness to be guided by love, to be changed by it… If Frank and Marian have a secret, that's it.
When they met in 1929, they realized they were destined to spend the rest of their lives together. However, wanting a life together and making one are two different things. And the obstacles they faced-parental disapproval, even tragedy-sometimes seemed too much to bear. But through it all, Frank and Marian shared a love that's lasted, a love that affects everyone in their family, right down to their great-granddaughter Hannah. She's busy planning their seventy-fifth wedding anniversary, and is doing some digging into her family's past, her family's stories. Stories that explain what shaped her family…
Cowboy & Western
65. Somewhere Down in Texas
Marci Hamilton loves her hometown of Port Serenity, but life's been a little dull lately. So she enters a barbecue-sauce cook-off with her flamboyant sister, Sissy Aguirre. The events are held all over Texas and sponsored by country music superstar J. W. Watson. Marci's heard of J.W. but she sure wouldn't recognize him, so when their car breaks down on the way to the first cook-off and Marci gets some unexpected help from a handsome cowboy, she has no idea that "Johnny Walker" is none other than J.W. himself!
After a previous relationship disaster-with a guy featured on America's Most Wanted-Marci is understandably cautious. But the battle against falling in love with Johnny is a losing one. This time around, Marci isn't sure if she's going to get burned or if she's cooking up a Texas-size happy ending along with that award-winning barbecue sauce!
66. Once A Cowboy
Brodie Hayes is a former rodeo star, now a rancher-a cowboy, through and through. But when he finds out some shocking news about the circumstances of his birth, he begins to question his identity. Luckily, private investigator Alexandra Donovan is there to help him find the truth about who he is. Along the way, he discovers that even a man who thought he'd be alone for the rest of his life can fall in love.
For Brodie, love was something you did once-and for always. But is Alex the type of woman who can take on a stubborn man like him? Because there's one thing about him that will never change, no matter what they find out about his past-once a cowboy, always a cowboy.
67. A Laramie, Texas Christmas
All Kevin McCabe wants for Christmas is to get closer to Noelle Kringle. A party planner from Houston, she and her young son are in Laramie to help out a friend. Kevin can't stop thinking about her, and he can tell the feeling is mutual. But as quickly as he's falling for her, Kevin can't help but think she's hiding something.
All Noelle Kringle wants for Christmas is a distraction from the very sexy Deputy McCabe. She hasn't felt anything like this since the death of her husband several years ago. And she sees her son, Mikey, responding to him like a father figure. However, despite what her heart tells her, Noelle knows it can never go anywhere. She has secrets in her past that make it impossible for her to be with a lawman like Kevin.
Then again, you can never underestimate the power of a Laramie, Texas Christmas…
68. Tempted by a Texan
Her best friends were lucky-they'd had their pick of Texas men and were raising families now. But Becca Sue Ellsworth's chances of motherhood were slim-until the night a two-legged varmint broke in to her store and attacked her, in effect issuing a gilt-edged live-in invitation to one tough hombre-her old flame and rescuer, Colby Flynn.
Having the sexy lawyer around the house while she recuperated was hard on her self-control, especially since in three weeks he would be leaving for a big-city career. Sure, he'd give her the child he'd promised her their first romantic go-around, but Becca Sue was tempted to persuade Colby that Hope Valley, Texas, was waiting for a whole new passel of tiny cowboys and girls-and he just had to stay in town.
69. In the Heart of the Outback…
The image of Byrne Drummond has burned in Fiona's mind ever since she first saw him in Gundawarra. A stoic, broad-shouldered cattleman stricken by the wreckage her brother had wrought….
Byrne has every reason to hate Fiona McLaren. Her reckless brother destroyed his family. But Fiona's touch is the first to stir him in years. He wants to stay away, but she draws him like a moth to a flame…who will get burned?
70. Raising the Rancher's Family
New York tycoon Holt Rawlins has ditched his suits, worn in his cowboy boots and pulled his Stetson down low. He's back home to find the truth, not to make friends!
That is until beautiful Leah Keenan bursts into his life. She brings with her a small boy who needs their help. And Holt becomes both father and protector.
Leah knows that the family they've created isn't real, and soon she'll have to return to her old life. But to leave will break her heart. Will the rugged rancher persuade her to stay?
Ghosts, Time Travel, Paranormal
Monique Vicknair has a secret-she's a medium, dedicated to helping spirits cross to the other side. Unfortunately, she's been so busy, she hasn't taken care of her own earthly needs. And it's been a long, long time. So when she meets recently deceased-but oh-so-sexy-Ryan Chappelle, she's more than ready for a fling. Even if it is with a ghost!
Ryan is no stranger to the pleasures of a woman's body, and his death hasn't changed that. But he's never wanted anyone the way he wants Monique. So he's refusing to leave this world until he makes love to her. And if he has to break all the laws of heaven and earth to do it, he will. Again and again and again…
Investigating a noise in the attic of her historic home, Maggie Holliday encounters a handsome man in a Civil War uniform. He calls her "Isabel," seduces her in ways the shy academic had never dreamed of…then literally vanishes.
With every fleeting visit, Maggie's mysterious lover-Ethan-takes her closer to the edge of ecstasy and madness. Is he really a ghost? Far from chilling her, his touch is incendiary-it all feels so real and so very, very good. And so very familiar…
Ethan insists Maggie's the reincarnation of his long-lost love. And after a few incredible nights in his arms, Maggie is inclined to believe him. But does she dare surrender to a passion that transcends time, tragedy…and even death?