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On this frontier, love could get you killed. And that’s part of the rush.
Space Rustlers, Book 1
Like all miracles, a rip in space has its dark side. Through it, adventurers explore new worlds, smugglers make their fortunes, and wranglers like Rick Gage pit their skills against hordes of magnificent robots. The downside? Five percent of those who enter “the sinkhole” are never seen again.
Alexia Montoya isn’t looking for thrills. She just wants to find her brother, who disappeared in the sinkhole five years ago. Conventional wisdom says he disintegrated within seconds, and the powers-that-be want her to stop looking. Stop agitating. Stop ruining business.
When desperation drives her to transit the rip herself, the official reception is armed and hostile. Luckily, someone steps in to protect her: a handsome, gun-toting wrangler—who believes her quest is futile.
Rick has one piece of advice for Alexia. Go home. But the pesky woman persists until the authorities come up with a more permanent solution. Reunite her with her brother—permanently—by throwing her into the sinkhole. After all, no one would dare challenge their absolute authority.
No one, that is, except Rick.
Warning: This book glorifies outlaws, encourages lawlessness, condones unprotected space contact, and could lead to the rise of the kind of machines that don’t require batteries.
A beautiful distraction…or a kindred spirit?
For philosopher Ryan Collier, his secluded mansion is a place for quiet introspection. At least it was, until his spendthrift sister and her three rambunctious children invade his sanctuary.
When he sends for a governess to restore order, he expects a prune-faced crone. But the young woman who appears on his doorstep is neither. Still, there’s something about her that keeps Ryan from sending her packing.
Miranda Kent is eager to succeed at this well-paying job, not just because of her father’s onerous debts, but because she has long been an avid follower of Ryan’s utopian writings. Though his seductive manner entices her, it would be hopelessly illogical to think that someone like him could fall for someone like her.
But then Ryan’s sister and her children begin wreaking more havoc than either Miranda or Ryan, in all his celebrated brilliance, could ever have imagined…
Warning: Contains a high-born, high-minded hero whose temptation for a beautiful governess inspires all kinds of new ideas. It’s only logical!
It’s a win-win deal until love intrudes on their plans.
Tough-as-nails defense attorney Josie Galloway has one hot button, and FBI agent Locke Harper just pushed it. He dared interrogate her sainted grandmother about an unsolved jewel heist.
To her relief, Grandma is just a witness, not a suspected villain. And Locke seems to be the real victim of all this, since Grandma is clearly up to her old matchmaking tricks.
To appease the old woman—and maybe salvage something out of an awkward situation—Locke and Josie make a deal. They’ll pretend they’re falling for each other, earn Grandma’s trust, get the answers Locke needs to solve the crime, and Grandma gets the reward money. Case solved, everybody wins.
But when Josie and Locke head to the scene of the crime—a honeymoon resort on the coast—they find themselves getting a little too caught up in the risqué fun. Until the very real possibility that Grandma’s not quite so innocent snaps them back to reality.
This Retro Romance was previously published by Zebra in 2000.
Warning: Contains a scheming grandma, and two “victims” who don’t need a lot of nudging to fall into each other’s arms.
The way home can be as twisted as a rattlesnake.
Alex BlackKnife is a warrior—albeit a modern-day one doing battle in the courtroom. A famous model has disappeared on tribal land, throwing suspicion on his people. From the crazy note she left behind, she’s gone where no one can follow. The seventeenth century.
The note also mentions a name that tugs at Alex’s longing to walk in the footsteps of his ancestor, a man revered by his people as the Visionary. Though he’s pretty sure that “vision” never included time traveling with the model’s equally crazy cousin, pretty artist Cassie Stone.
When Cassie opens her eyes in the past, she thinks she’s gone in search of her cousin alone. But when rumors surface about a Visionary lookalike in strange clothes being tortured by tribal enemies, she realizes Alex somehow followed her—and that now he’s in danger.
Saving his life is easier than protecting her heart, for now she realizes his destiny lies along a different path. Her path leads back home, where fate has its own, far deadlier plan…
Warning: Contains a modern-day warrior with one foot in the past, an artist who’d like to apply his war paint, and love scenes that will tickle your heart with a feather.
If this is a dream, then she’s in heaven
When Shannon wakes up in seventeenth-century backwoods America, she figures it’s just a hallucination caused by a recent concussion suffered in the line of her environmentalist duties. Given the hunkiness of the Susquehannock chief and the backwoodsman caring for her, she figures it’s her fantasy, so might as well relax go with it. Right?
Neither Kahnawakee nor John Cutler know what to make of the beautiful female who won’t eat meat and keeps babbling about time travel. Clearly she’s daft. Not to mention bizarrely immodest, flirtatious—and irresistible.
If this is a dream, then Shannon’s in heaven. If not, she ought to quit fooling around and try to get back home before she accidentally changes history. Yet leaving the timeline intact means Kahnawakee will be murdered before achieving his vision of the future for his people.
How can she live with herself if she changes history—or doesn’t? Worse, when and if she wakes up, how will she live without John?
This book has been previously published.
Warning: Contains a tribally hot Indian chief and a hunky mountain man who doesn’t need a map to find his way around the wilderness—or a woman’s body.
You can be right, or you can be happy…
Three years ago, a notorious matchmaker lured Jack Ryerson’s fiancée into an affair with a roguish sailor, leaving him alone and bitter. Now Braddock is back, this time with a scheme that involves a melodramatic marriage of convenience to save a failing cattle ranch.
Jack quickly surmises that the woman doesn’t need a husband at all. She needs a brilliant lawyer with a keen business sense. In other words, she needs Jack. And, since Jack would love nothing more than to prove that Braddock is an overly romantic fraud, he gladly accepts the challenge.
Devastated by her grandfather’s murder, Trinity Standish wants to honor the condition in his will that she marry within a year of his death, then spend the rest of her days restoring his broken-down ranch to its former glory. But instead of a husband, she’s sent a lawyer—a city lawyer, no less.
Jack is undeniably handsome, and knows his way around courtrooms and ledgers. But the one thing Trinity needs from him—first from necessity, then from confused feelings that threaten to break her grieving heart—is apparently the one thing he’s determined not to give...
Warning: This story contains an embittered lawyer, a heroine in need, a notorious matchmaker and a romance that will not be denied.
There’s no beast love can’t tame…
Maggie Gleason isn’t looking for a husband, just a place to disappear. When a kind marriage broker finds her a teaching position in a tiny mountain town, complete with a room in a boarding house that boasts a cozy little library, Maggie is sure she’s found heaven. Or, at least, peace.
There’s one problem: fellow boarder, Alex Coburn. The rude, reclusive bounty hunter has staked out his claim to the library, virtually daring her to set foot inside it. Despite his intimidating countenance, the lure of rows and rows of leather-bound books is too much to resist. And Maggie is through cowering before demons.
Amazed at her own temerity, she commandeers a tiny corner of the library for herself. She even manages to form a fragile truce with the mysterious, masterful beast of a man. Yet just as she dares to imagine that with time, something more might develop between them, Alex is gone. On a job? Some emergency?
As if to make her humiliation complete, an ugly demon from her past returns to remind her once and for all that no matter how far she runs, she will always end up alone…
One reason Russell Braddock is such a successful matchmaker is his excellent timing. He knows instinctively that some people aren’t yet ready for love. The wounds are too deep, and must be allowed to heal before Braddock can work his magic. Luckily, he also knows the perfect spot for such healing to commence….
When you meet your match, be ready with a fallback plan.
Though proud of the number of successful matches her father has made over the years, Noelle Braddock vows never to be one of those desperate females. She can find her own husband, thank you very much. In fact, she’s already chosen him. A banker who’ll shower her with affection and security.
She can’t imagine why her father doesn’t approve of such a perfect match, but it’s a battle of wills she plans to win. Even when her father plays dirty by inviting a sweet-talking, buckskin-clad sharpshooter to stay the week before her wedding.
Lieutenant Zachary Dane is ready to settle down with a sturdy, good-natured, cookin’-and-cleanin’ female. One look at tempestuous, high-society Noelle, though, and his heart locks on target. She wants him too—she’s just too stubborn to admit her father is right.
Even if he can’t win her hand for himself, Zach feels honor-bound to show her that her fiancé is a lying bastard. Then Fate takes a notion to step in and wipe the slate clean—literally—with an accident that leaves Noelle with no memory. And Zach with one chance to fill her heart with what was meant to be…
Warning: Contains a loving father desperate for his daughter to see the perfect man is right in front of her upturned nose. A feisty heroine with a mile-wide independence streak, and a stalwart hero who’ll give it all to make her happy—even if it means sacrificing his heart.
His ship, his rules…
Russell Braddock, founder of The Happily Ever After Company, always hopes his matches will result in flying sparks. But in this case they could ignite an inferno he can’t control.
Neglected by her handsome but practical fiancé, Erica Lane channels her romantic fantasies into finding a dashing, adventurous husband for her friend, Sara. To her delight, the mail-order-bride company she consults quickly finds the perfect mate—for Sara, of course. But when Sara balks, Erica must take things into her own hands and journey to the prospect’s Caribbean hideaway, hoping that her fiancé will be moved to pursue her and finally declare his undying love.
Captain Daniel McCallum was trapped by a pretty bride once, and he won’t be making that mistake again. But Erica’s wild auburn locks, tantalizing body and infectious laugh drive him wild with desire. The honorable thing to do is return the Boston beauty to her intended. If they happen to get carried away during the voyage…well, it’s his ship, isn’t it?
Warning: Contains a sheltered city heroine who daydreams out loud, and a lusty sailor with an eye for things that shine—when it comes to treasure, and women.
Not a hero. Not a villain. Just a man afraid to risk his heart.and hers.
Aengus Yates broke Suzannah Hennessy's heart. Twice. As an eight-year-old, she entreated the handsome young rancher to wait. He laughingly rebuffed her and went on to marry his beautiful fianc‚e. When he abandoned his family years later, Suzannah should have felt justified. Instead, her heart broke all over again-with disillusionment that the man she loved could do such a thing.
Now fully grown, Suzannah signs up along with her shy, self-conscious best friend to let a matchmaker find them husbands. Love may not be in her future, but there is adventure to be had in the Wild West.
Aengus has done his best to make a fresh start, to banish old betrayals. When Suzannah appears at his door, it's clear she's no longer a lovesick child. Now her womanly curves make his heart pound with desire. Yet he dare not trust himself to love again, and he plans to tell her just that.as soon as she stops berating him long enough to let him get a word in edgewise, to tell her he's just trying to live an honorable life-against some very dishonorable odds.
Warning: Contains a love-soured heroine and a love-starved hero who'd like nothing better than to sweeten things up.