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Second chances never go out of style . . .The heartwarming and romantic new novel from Annie Darling - perfect…for fans of Cressida McLaughlin and Holly Hepburn!The Vintage Dress Shop, in London's Primrose Hill, is a treasure trove of beautiful, preloved clothes, just waiting for a second chance to be loved again... Sophy Stevens is moving to Australia. Turning thirty has found her unexpectedly out of a job, out of a relationship, and just in need of Something Different - and Australia, where she can finally meet her grandparents and surprise them on their wedding anniversary, looks like the perfect answer . . . if she can save up the money for the plane ticket. So when her feckless, absent dad Johnno offers her a job at his vintage clothes shop in Primrose Hill, she can't turn it down. It'll only be for a few months, after all. But the Vintage Dress Shop turns out to be a treasure trove of gorgeous preloved clothes, from a 1930s cocktail gown to a never-worn 50s wedding dress, and despite the disapproval of the snooty manager, Phoebe, Sophy starts to fall in love with vintage fashion. And then there's Charles Radley, the debonair gemstone specialist with exquisite tailoring, cheekbones sharp enough to cut glass, and enough charm to throw Sophy's plans wildly off course. . .(P)2023 Hodder & Stoughton Limited
By Katherine Center. 2020
"The story’s message, that people should choose joy even (and especially) in difficult and painful times, seems tailor-made for this…moment. A timely, uplifting read about finding joy in the midst of tragedy, filled with quirky characters and comforting warmth."—Kirkus (starred review)From the New York Times bestselling author of How to Walk Away comes a stunning new novel full of heart and hope.Samantha Casey is a school librarian who loves her job, the kids, and her school family with passion and joy for living.But she wasn’t always that way. Duncan Carpenter is the new school principal who lives by rules and regulations, guided by the knowledge that bad things can happen. But he wasn’t always that way. And Sam knows it. Because she knew him before—at another school, in a different life. Back then, she loved him—but she was invisible. To him. To everyone. Even to herself. She escaped to a new school, a new job, a new chance at living. But when Duncan, of all people, gets hired as the new principal there, it feels like the best thing that could possibly happen to the school—and the worst thing that could possibly happen to Sam. Until the opposite turns out to be true. The lovable Duncan she’d known is now a suit-and-tie wearing, rule-enforcing tough guy so hell-bent on protecting the school that he’s willing to destroy it.As the school community spirals into chaos, and danger from all corners looms large, Sam and Duncan must find their way to who they really are, what it means to be brave, and how to take a chance on love—which is the riskiest move of all. With Katherine Center’s sparkling dialogue, unforgettable characters, heart, hope, and humanity, What You Wish For is the author at her most compelling best.
By S. J. Tilly. 2023
Val <p><p>When I was nine, I went to my first funeral. Along with accepting my father's death, I had to…accept new and awful truths I wasn't prepared for. When I was nineteen, I went to my mother's funeral. We weren't close, but with her gone, I became more alone than ever before. <p><p>Sure, I have a half-brother who runs The Alliance. And yeah, he's given me his protection—in the form of a bodyguard and chauffeur. But I don't have anyone that really knows me. No one to really love me. Until I meet him. The man in the airport. When one chance meeting turns into something hotter, something more serious, I let myself believe that maybe he's the one. Maybe this man is the one who will finally save me from my loneliness. The one to give me the family I've always craved. <p><p>Dom <p><p>The Mafia is in my blood. It's what I do. So when that blood is spilled, and one funeral turns into three, drastic measures need to be taken. When this battle turns into a war, I'm going to need more men. More power. I'm going to need The Alliance. <p><p>And I'll become a member. By any means necessary.
An Italian billionaire hopes to win back the convenient wife he loved and lost in this sexy second chance romance…from a USA Today–bestselling author.When Alessandro Ferrante married shy heiress Octavia, it was an unexpected thrill to discover that the chemistry simmering between his convenient bride and himself was all too real! Innocent Octavia was as sweetly sensual as she was beautiful, but when their newborn baby was swapped at the hospital their fragile marriage reached crisis point. Now, with her baby safely back in her arms, the revelation that Alessandro’s cousin was involved leaves Octavia wanting nothing more to do him. But Alessandro is determined to distance himself from his estranged family’s betrayal, and prove that he is a husband Octavia can trust . . . with their child as well as her body and heart!
By Kim Lawrence. 2014
Out of the frying pan, and into Hannah Latimer, beautifully enigmatic socialite, has left her glamorous lifestyle behind to prove her…worth by becoming an aid worker. But when she's captured by an oppressive regime, her only means of escape is powerful and arrogant Prince Kamel of Surana. And the price? Marriage! Forced to take Hannah as a bride to avoid war with a neighboring kingdom, Kamel has little patience with the pampered princess he's bound to, but it's his duty, and that's something he can't ignore! There's no love between them, but there must be heirs. And there will be passion .
By Lynne Graham, Kim Lawrence. 2010
Two original stories to celebrate Valentine's Day together in one volume!The Boss's Valentine by Lynne GrahamPoppy sent Santiano Aragone a…Valentine card to cheer him up. Santiano responded by making love to her…and suddenly Poppy was expecting her boss's baby!Rafael's Proposal by Kim LawrenceNatalie's boss, Rafael Ransome, thought she couldn't be a single mom and do her job. But then he offered her a stunning career move—a Valentine's Day marriage proposal!
By Kim Lawrence. 2000
Holly blushes at the mere mention ofNiall Wesley's name. Her teenage crushon her sister's handsome friend endedabruptly one humiliating night,…causingher to vow that the next time she saw Niall,she would be stunningly beautiful and hewould come begging….Years later, it appears Niall has indeed comebegging—only it is Holly's sister he wants!In an effort to divert the media and his ex-wifehe needs a pretend fiancée—fast. Holly isdetermined to prove she is up to the task,and Niall is enjoying every minute of it!
By Emma Darcy. 2013
Billionaire Harry Finn's reputation is legendary; formidable in business, charming to beautiful women. What he wants, he gets, and top…of his list is secretary Elizabeth Flippence.One month working together on the luxurious Finn Island resort is more than enough time for Harry to sweep this uptight office beauty from behind her desk and into his bed, on the beach and wherever else he decides!Elizabeth isn't content to be just another conquest. But there's an unknown side to her incorrigible playboy boss that's even more dangerous than his devastating smile .
A billionaire must learn to trust the woman who stole his heart in this international romance from a USA Today–bestselling…author.Let the games begin!The seatbelt sign hasn’t even switched off before the chemistry is mile-high between airline CEO Alexio Christakos and Sidonie Fitzgerald! Accustomed to brief encounters with aloof socialites, Alexio is hooked by her unaffected innocence and determined to enjoy a night of pleasure in her arms.Sidonie is meant to be sorting out her life, not starting an affair with a Greek tycoon! But Alexio is the ultimate distraction—until he learns of her strained finances and, to her horror, accuses her of wanting more than just his body! But Sidonie’s innocence masks a backbone of steel, and she won’t take his accusation lying down. . . .
By Catherine George. 2002
Jake Hogan, millionaire businessman andPennington success story, knocked Sarah out…well, almost. But he was gentleman enough toescort her home, and…so began an enthrallingaffair.Though she was incredibly attracted to Jake,Sarah struggled to keep her emotional distance.To his eyes, she was the proud, pretty singlemother of a young child, and she was determinedit should continue to appear that way. Gettingphysically involved with Jake would force her toshare her secret that she'd never been made loveto by any man—and would hurt the daughtershe so adored….
Sleeping with the enemy…Gregorio de la Cruz doesn’t care if innocent Lia Fairbanks holds him responsible for ruining her life.…But he can’t get the fiery redhead out of his mind. He won’t rest until he has Lia just where he wants her—ready and willing in his bed!Lia is adamant that she won’t give in to Gregorio’s outrageous demands, no matter how wildly her body responds to his slightest touch. She knows she can’t trust him…but Gregorio is sinfully persuasive, and soon Lia finds she can’t resist the sensual onslaught of this billionaire’s seduction!
By Maggie Cox. 2009
Billionaire Nikolai Golitsyn was on the verge of seducing Ellie. But then tragedy struck, and she was blamed for the…death of his brother. The last place he wanted her was in his bed. Confused and humiliated, Ellie fled.Five years later, Nikolai's orphaned niece needs a mother, and he's tracked down Ellie—he wants her to assume the role. But this time around Nikolai intends to enjoy all the delights he denied himself before: he'll give Ellie no choice but to become his unwillingly wedded wife!
By Helen Brooks. 1999
When a sexy Italian tycoon offered Daisy Summers a job as live-in nanny, her first instinct was to refuse. How…could she share a secluded villa with Slade Eastwood without becoming involvedintimatewith him?Only, Slade wouldn't take no for an answer. His power and wealth bought him most thingsexcept a mother for his young son. Slade wanted Daisy. Her sweetness would make her the perfect nanny for little Francesco; her sultry innocence would make her the perfect mistress for himself!
By Helen Bianchin. 2001
In order to keep her dying father out of jail for embezzlement, an innocent woman offers herself to a wealthy…businessman as repayment.There was only one way for Mikayla to clear her father’s debt to powerful tycoon Rafael Velez-Aguilera: by offering herself in exchange! She knew it was crazy—Rafael had his pick of glamorous women, and Mikayla was a virgin. . . . But Rafael was intrigued by Mikayla’s proposal and immediately presented her with a contract of her duties as his mistress for a year! Top of the list was sharing his bed. What had Mikayla let herself in for? Rafael was an intensely sensual man, and once he’d made love to Mikayla, he might never let her go. . . .
By Julie Miller. 2004
Popular Dr. Cyn's latest sexual advice columns are sending military men in D.C. running for cover--except Major Ethan McCormick. Cyn--real…name Josephine Cynthia Gardner--is out to prove that guys in uniform don't make good relationship material or lovers.Ethan is unfazed by the "attack" on his profession. Sure, he's a stickler for the rules, and you could bounce a dime off his neatly made bed. But he's more than ready to muss those same bedclothes with the right woman....Dr. Cyn's on a mission to scout out a hot military man, seduce him and report back to headquarters. But after one sizzling night with Ethan, she's willing to confess to a major attraction. One that's far too real and all-invasive. But what will happen when Ethan discovers she's some kind of "under-the-covers" operative?
By Anna E. Collins. 2022
Falling in love is the ultimate payback in this delightful, breezy romcom about an interior designer who teams up with an…enigmatic architect at her firm to get revenge on her ex the only way she knows how: by building a spite house next door&“Filled with sizzling chemistry and delicious revenge, Love at First Spite had me smiling from start to finish. This is one debut you don&’t want to miss!&” —Kate Bromley, author of Talk Bookish to MeThey say living well is the best revenge. But sometimes, spreading the misery seems a whole lot more satisfying. That&’s interior designer Dani Porter&’s justification for buying the vacant lot next to her ex-fiancé&’s house…the house they were supposed to live in together, before he cheated on her with their Realtor. Dani plans to build a vacation rental that will a) mess with his view and his peace of mind and b) prove that Dani is not someone to be stepped on. Welcome to project Spite House.That plan quickly becomes complicated when Dani is forced to team up with Wyatt Montego, the handsome, haughty architect at her firm, and the only person available to draw up blueprints. Wyatt is terse and stern, the kind of man who eats his sandwich with a knife and fork. But as they spend time together on- and off-site, Dani glimpses something deeper beneath that hard veneer, something surprising, vulnerable, and real. And the closer she gets to her goal, the more she wonders if winning revenge could mean losing something infinitely sweeter…&“Rollickingly, fast-paced… Fans of Emily Henry&’s tales will enjoy Collins&’ imaginative rom-com.&” —Booklist&“Wyatt is the perfect grumpy romance hero with a heart of gold. An enemies-to-friends-to-lovers story that&’s sure to delight rom-com fans.&” —Kirkus Reviews
By Rachel Reid. 2023
"Rachel Reid's hockey heroes are sexy, hot, and passionate!" —#1 New York Times bestselling author Lauren BlakelyFrom the USA TODAY bestselling author…of the Game Changers series comes a merry and bright hockey romance about finding your place, finding your people and finding your way back to the one you love the most. For Landon Stackhouse, being called up from the Calgary farm team is exciting and terrifying, even if, as the backup goalie, he rarely leaves the bench. A quiet loner by nature, Landon knows he gives off strong &“don&’t talk to me&” vibes. The only player who doesn&’t seem to notice is Calgary&’s superstar young winger, Casey Hicks.Casey treats Landon like an old friend, even though they&’ve only interacted briefly in the past. He&’s endlessly charming and completely laid-back in a way that Landon absolutely can&’t relate to. They couldn&’t have less in common, but Landon needs a place to live that&’s not a hotel room and Casey has just bought a massive house—and hates being alone.As roommates, Casey refuses to be defeated by Landon&’s one-word answers. As friends, Landon comes to notice a few things about Casey, like his wide, easy smile and sparkling green-blue eyes. Spending the holidays together only intensifies their bromance-turned-romance. But as the new year approaches, the countdown to the end of Landon&’s time in Calgary is on.
By Sarah Morgan. 2003
A&E nurse Ellie Harrison is immediately intrigued by the ruggedly handsome new doctor at Ambleside. Dr. Ben MacAllister is playing…it cool but, the pace and excitement of the A&E department thrusts them together and reveals that Ben’s growing attraction is as strong as hers.Then Ellie realizes Ben has a secret that is holding him back, and she decides there is only one way to help him move on by offering herself as a distraction!
When his past collides with her present, only true love can survive the wild ride Bullfighter Ian Tall Chief is determined…to get off the reservation and onto the pro circuit. After a wild youth, and some big mistakes, he's found his focus. The only person who can break his concentration? Lacy Evans, owner of the Straight Arrow Ranch. But the beautiful cowgirl is dealing with problems of her own. She's running the ranch alone, after her parents' deaths. The macho rodeo world is not ready for a female stock contractor. And she's discovered her parents were keeping secrets from herones that rock the very foundation of her identity. Can she trust Ian to be the good man he claims to be?
By Catherine George. 1997
PENNINGTONMoment of truth!Eleri worked hard at being levelheaded, to make up for one solitary mistake in her teens. But there…were times when being sensible was difficult! Take the situation with James Kincaid .Eleri had been in love with James, her former boss, for ages, and now not only was James begging her to return to the job from which she'd resigned, he made it clear he found her very attractive, too!Eleri longed to give in to her feelings for James, but forced herself to keep her distance. She had to, because of her secret: what if James discovered that Nico, the boy he thought of as her younger brother, was actually her son?PENNINGTONA place where dreams come true