The Christmas Baby Bargain
Christmas has never been a big deal to event planner Emily Henderson. Holidays were for kids with families, not a girl whose big brother was the only thing keeping her out of a foster home. But now, her brother and his wife are gone--and the only family she has left is their little girl, Natalie. And Emily’s determined to give the child everything she never had. There’s only one problem…Natalie’s sexy maternal uncle.
Stockbroker turned lodge owner, Carson McBride, isn’t letting Emily take his niece anywhere. But it’s Christmas, so he offers a truce--Emily can spend the holidays at the lodge with him, his father and Natalie, and they’ll figure out custody in the New Year. He’s sure Emily will realize that Montana is the best place for their niece to grow up.
Only, during the next week, the only thing Emily and Carson realize is that they can’t keep their hands off each other! But even as they grow closer—much, much closer--they’re still at an impasse. Will Emily leave with Natalie or will she give her niece up to Carson? Or will this unconventional family get a true Christmas miracle?
Rancher's Replacement Wife
Private school teacher Grace Winslow has been attracted to Aaron Richardson since the day her rebellious younger sister married the rancher. After her sister deserts Aaron and dies in a car crash, Grace helps Aaron look after her nine month old nephew, Noah, who suffers with chronic ear infections. She's determined to keep things platonic, but when Noah needs an operation Aaron can't afford, her guilt over her role in enabling her sister to leave leads Grace to propose marriage as a means to provide insurance coverage for her nephew and save Aaron's ranch from financial ruin.
Even during his hasty, disastrous marriage, Rancher Aaron Richardson had been intrigued by his late wife’s sister. Now he's struggling to work on his ranch during the day and nurse a sick son at night. He's grateful for Grace’s help during the evening, and powerfully attracted to her. But Aaron won't act on his attraction because Grace is everything he's not: refined, delicate, educated. Still, he agrees to her unexpected marriage proposal only to help his son Noah get the medical care he needs. Soon they develop a bond forged out of mutual respect and trust as they care for Noah and the ranch together. But for a man who values and respects honesty, he’s hiding a secret from Grace about his role in allowing his wife’s desertion.
Now only the love that's blooming between them can save Aaron and Grace from the repercussions of the truth when it's revealed.
Courting the Coach
Crown princess of the town's most influential family, Candace Hart has been in love with Neal Barrows half her life. Now, following a failed marriage, she's decided to do something about her feelings. Intensely private, high school football coach Neal tries to live down the scandal of his mother's many affairs. He may desire Candace, and damn her for making him want her, but believes he has nothing to offer other than the short-term pleasure of a shared bed.
When his character is called into question, Neal attempts to protect Candace from any smear of gossip by ending their affair, denying how much he wants to have her as a permanent part of his life. Will Neal realize he's the perfect catch for Candace before it's too late?
Master carpenter Lucas Black will do whatever it takes to prove his son's innocence against a charge of date rape, even hire the woman he lost years ago. But the woman who opens the door to his plea is far removed from the wildly passionate woman he once loved.
Frantic about her grieving daughter's latest rebellion, defense attorney Taylor Adams is determined to turn Lucas away. But Lucas won't take no for an answer, and finally Taylor agrees to help. While Taylor works the case and tries to keep her daughter from becoming involved with his son, she and Lucas regain their previous closeness.
Soon an accident turns the tables, and Taylor has to reveal her most protected secret when she's the one begging Lucas to save her daughter's life.
Self-contained business consultant Jill Hatcher’s one goal in life is to allow no one control over her life. Especially a man. But when she accepts her best friend’s request to set up and manage an in-house day care for three months, Jill has to work with the one man who has the power to break down the barriers guarding her heart.
Over-protective single father Michael Faraway wants a stable life for his four-year-old son and himself. While he does indulge his passion for Jill, he tries to shield his son from being hurt by a woman who has made it clear she isn’t looking for a long-term commitment. But when Michael sees Jill’s rapport with his son, he becomes determined to find a way to keep her in his life.
Michael and his adorable son expect everything and offer more than Jill dared dream. Determined to hold onto her independence, she’s afraid to let emotions rule her decisions. Only when a heart is shattered will her answer become crystal clear.
Critters of Mossy Creek
(Mossy Creek Hometown Series) (Volume 7)
Springtime brings thoughts of love to people all over the world, and Creekites are no exception. Although love to Creekites isn t necessarily romantic. Take, for example, how they feel about their pets. Dogs, cats, birds, and fish take center stage as we once again see how the Southern half lives. Your favorites are back and in just as much trouble as ever. Amos and Ida are still circling each other s wagons. Sandy Crane has a little Faith. Jayne Reynolds emerges from widowhood to take a long lingering look at Mossy Creek s Bubba Rice. Ed Bailey and his beloved dog Possum, Lil Ida Hamilton, Peggy Caldwell and others will make you laugh and cry at human and animal antics. Cat heists. Fish ponds. Bird nappings. Don t miss the fun with Critters of Mossy Creek!