1-800-CUPID by USA Today Bestselling Author Josie Riviera.
A house flipper looking for quick profit. A survivor with a dream. Can two broken hearts find a place to call home?
When a Miami investor calls in search of prime property-flip prospects, North Carolina real estate broker Candee Contando expects to meet a balding, steely-eyed land shark. Turns out the first customer she’s had in months is a hot prospect in more ways than one.
Except his gaze has fallen on her dream house, a dilapidated Victorian she just bid her last penny on in hopes of creating a safe place for disadvantaged children – like the girl she used to be.
Teddy Winchester is adept at negotiating life’s curves, but Candee’s curves stop him in his tracks. She’s a warm spark in the emptiness he’s felt since his brother died, leaving him with a beloved nephew to raise.
Attraction glows in Candee’s eyes as well, but there’s also wistfulness as she points out all the reasons an old, tumbledown Victorian doesn’t fit into his tried-and-true house-flipping plan. Yet the more he looks at the house – and at her – he begins to think some things are worth the risk.
Now if only he can convince her that building a new life often starts with tearing down some walls….
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No escape. No turning back. And no resisting a storm of desire…
When Reno Arjona surfaces from a dive to discover he and his boss’s woman have been left behind, he knows one thing: he’s on his own. His undercover mission to bring down Vasco, a notorious Colombian drug lord, is too important to risk blowing his cover.
Once he tows Lacey Manning through miles of stormy ocean to a deserted island, all they have to do is wait. Because Lacey belongs to Vasco, and Vasco always comes for what’s his.
Since the moment she accepted Vasco’s friendly invitation for a drink, Lacey has lived in terror, an unwilling “guest” watched day and night. Only in her bodyguard’s arms, she feels safe. And on the island, there are no distractions from the forbidden sexual tension between them…
But the storm is only the start of the danger they’re in. And the only way to save Lacey may be to break his silence—and pray that when the bullets start flying, it won’t be friendly fire that destroys their hearts.
Author web site: Melissa Combs
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From award-winning, USA TODAY Bestselling Author BETTE LEE CROSBY, the first book of a gritty, small-town, family saga in the tradition of the finest Southern fiction.
A widow grieving her loss. A boy running for his life. A town defending them both.
Small-town gossip never much bothered Olivia Westerly. As a single career woman, she’s weathered her share. It’s easy to ignore the raised eyebrows over her late-in-life marriage to Charlie Doyle. But after he drops dead on their honeymoon, the whispers are salt on her raw grief. Especially when an orphaned,11-year-old boy shows up on her doorstep, looking for the grandfather he never met.
Behind Ethan Allen Doyle’s wary blue eyes lie heavily guarded emotions that unexpectedly tug on Olivia’s heart, and she finds herself wanting to win his trust. But when his murderous secret comes looking for him, the entire town embraces the lonely widow and desperate child—and shows its true heart when danger threatens one of its own.
A heartwarming tale of love, loss, and unexpected gifts, featuring a woman you’d like to call friend, a boy you will ache to hug, and a town you wish you could call home.
Author web site: Bette Lee Crosby
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One empty bus seat. Two aching hearts. A future written by Fate…
When Raquelita Muro’s overbearing mother rips her and her little sister away from their beloved Papa, one tiny, rebellious corner of Raquelita’s heart is grateful that the bus is crowded, and the only seat left is out of Mama’s sight. Next to a handsome young man.
Michael Buchanan’s beautiful traveling companion is more than something pretty to look at before he ships out for Viet Nam. Deep in her sad, whisky-colored eyes he glimpses a new dream to replace the ones he’s leaving behind. It breaks his heart to leave Raquelita in her tyrannical mother’s hands, but she gifts him with a token of love and a tender promise to exchange letters in secret.
But their first, shy “hello” has reached the ears of Fate. Fate is in the mood to see how far it can push two lonely hearts—to the brink of temptation, desperation, and despair—before they break. Perhaps beyond any hope of healing…
Author web site: Victoria Saccenti
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This pot of gold could hold more than they bargained for…
Grand. Just grand. Clara Donovan’s failure to keep her brother from going off the rails—again—is a public spectacle. Including a handsome stranger who puts down his guitar case to help her talk Seamus down from Farthing’s tallest bridge.
Everything about Danny Brady reminds Clara how many times she swore she’ll never again be that pathetic, weak woman who got taken in by a good-looking man. Especially when, the next day, she walks into a new coffee shop in her little Irish town and discovers Danny’s secret.
Danny didn’t lie—technically—about his coffee shop chain. He’s just tired of women going after him for his wealth. Clara is a graceful, fiercely loyal, non-Irish Irish damsel in distress, a combination that tugs at his heart. A heart that’s spent its share of time in pieces.
Danny has never hesitated to go after what he wants, but melting Clara’s defenses will take more than hot tea and charm. He’ll have to prove he’s made of stronger stuff—even when her past threatens to tear her carefully reconstructed world to shreds.
Author web site: Josie Riviera
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The masks we wear can hide our deepest desires…or reveal them.
Wedding rings, babies, commitment? No thank you. Working for a company that’s wall-to-wall, testosterone-fueled alpha males, Sandy Hallquist is in her element. By day, she’s the picture of calm, cool efficiency. Off hours, her inner adrenaline junkie is off the chain.
Troy MacPherson has a tongue that should be registered as a lethal weapon, yet he hasn’t said a word to her since the night he made her bed a ground zero of passion. Which is just as well…because if he even begins to form the “L” word with those lips, she’s outta there.
Troy MacPherson can’t afford to make mistakes, but he made big one when he gave in to temptation. In that one moment of weakness, he let Sandy glimpse the person he hides behind a mask that must never, ever crack, not if he’s to keep his double life a secret.
Sandy makes him yearn for things he can never have. Family. Stability. Love. Too bad they’re the last things on her must-have list. But by the time she realizes the heat between them is the spark of a home fire, he could disappear from her life. Permanently.
Author web site: Leah Braemel
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Is his love her safe place to land…or just smoke and mirrors?
Grace Owens danced her feet bloody to become the finest en pointe prodigy of her generation, but the only accolade she longed for—her father’s approval—never came. Finally, broken and defeated, she cut ties and fled to London to live life on her own terms.
Now, after four years as an actress in London’s smaller theatres, a last-minute production change lands her right where she never wanted to be again. Front and center in the ballet—and back in toe shoes.
From his perch on the catwalks, machinist and stagecraft illusionist Isaac Caird can’t take his eyes off Grace. A woman who wears men’s clothing, but not as a disguise. An exquisite beauty who doesn’t keep a lover. A skilled dancer who clearly hates every pirouette.
The perfect lines of her delicate body inspire him to create a new illusion—with her as the centerpiece—that will guarantee sold-out shows. Maybe even attract a royal’s patronage. But first he has to get her to look at him. And convince her the danger is minimal—especially within the circle of his arms.
Author web site: Tess Bowery
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