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A Night to Surrender
by Tessa Dare Details
While in the town of Spindle Cove, a haven for ladies with delicate constitutions, to gather a militia, the new Earl of Rycliff meets his match in Susanna Finch, a woman who is determined to save her personal utopia from the invasion of his makeshift army.
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Spindle Cove
Doukakis's Apprentice
by Sarah Morgan Details
With her family business in crisis, Polly Prince does her best to keep calm and carry on. But hard work alone can't save her London company from takeover by the infamously ruthless Damon Doukakis ... or her traitorous body from the lethal sensuality of her boss! As his new apprentice, Polly accompanies Damon to Paris to negotiate the most challenging business deal of her life! Worse still, Polly must at all costs resist Damon the most dangerously romantic city in the world.
Dragon Bound
by Thea Harrison Details
Half-human and half-wyr, Pia Giovanni spent her life keeping a low profile among the wyrkind and avoiding the continuing conflict between them and their dark Fae enemies. But after being blackmailed into stealing a coin from the hoard of a dragon, Pia finds herself targeted by one of the most powerful-and passionate-of the Elder races.
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Elder Races
Enclave
by Ann Aguirre Details
In a post-apocalyptic future, fifteen-year-old Deuce, a loyal Huntress, brings back meat while avoiding the Freaks outside her enclave, but when she is partnered with the mysterious outsider, Fade, she begins to see that the strict ways of the elders may be wrong-- and dangerous.
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Razorland
First Grave on the Right
by Darynda Jones Details
Using her ability to see ghosts in her work as a private investigator, Charley Davidson begins experiencing intense sensual dreams about a mysterious entity that has been following her throughout her life.
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Charley Davidson
How to Bake a Perfect Life
by Barbara O'Neal Details
Professional baker Ramona Gallagher is a master of an art that has sustained her through the most turbulent times, including a baby at fifteen and an endless family feud. But now Ramona's bakery threatens to crumble around her. Literally. She's one water-heater disaster away from losing her grandmother's rambling Victorian and everything she's worked so hard to build. When Ramona's soldier son-in-law is wounded in Afghanistan, her daughter, Sophia, races to be at his side, leaving Ramona as the only suitable guardian for Sophia's thirteen-year-old stepdaughter, Katie. Heartbroken, Katie feels that she's being dumped again -- this time on the doorstep of a woman out of practice with mothering.
I Love the Earl
by Caroline Linden Details
Margaret de Lacey has accepted her unmarried state with dignity, if not delight. She had no suitors when she was young and starry eyed, though regrettably poor, and it's unlikely any man will court her now that she's older, wiser, and still just as penniless. Until, that is, her brother unexpectedly inherits the dukedom of Durham and settles an enormous dowry on her, making her the most eligible heiress in town.
New York to Dallas
by J.D. Robb Details
When a monster named Isaac McQueen--taken down by Eve back in her uniform days--escapes from Rikers, he has two things in mind. One is to pick up where he left off, abducting young victims and leaving them scarred in both mind and body. The other is to get revenge on the woman who stopped him all those years ago.
The Black Hawk
by Joanna Bourne Details
Someone is stalking agent Justine DeCabrillac through London's gray streets. Under cover of the rain, the assassin strikes--and Justine staggers to the door of the one man who can save her. The man she once loved. The man she hated. Adrian Hawkhurst. Adrian wanted the treacherous beauty known as 'Owl' back in his bed, but not wounded and clinging to life. Now, as he helps her heal, the two must learn to trust each other to confront the hidden menace that's trying to kill them--and survive long enough to explore the passion simmering between them once again.
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Spymaster series
The Measure of Katie Calloway
by Serena Miller Details
The Civil War has ended, but in Katie's Georgia home, conflict still rages. To protect herself and her young brother from her unstable husband, she flees north, finding sanctuary as the cook in a north woods lumber camp. Can she keep her past a secret from a man she is slowly growing to love?
Updated 03/23/2014
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