THE RANCHER’S HOUSEKEEPER by Rebecca Winters
Colt Brannigan always does the right thing, so he hires vulnerable Geena Williams as his housekeeper. But is this beautiful stranger trouble with a capital T?
Geena is overwhelmed—it takes a brave man to hire a woman with a past like hers. In return for the second chance, she’ll make his house a home he’ll want to come back to after a hard day’s work.
Colt can be gruff, but to Geena his hard-won smile is as tender as a caress. He’s let her into his home; maybe one day he’ll let her into his heart?
THE COWBOY COMES HOME by Patricia Thayer
Single mom Jess Calhoun had learned the hard way not to trust a man in a Stetson; her young son’s dad was long gone. But that doesn’t stop Jess from noticing good-lookin’, sweet-talkin’ cowboy Johnny Jameson swagger into town. He’s as wild and untamed as the stallions he trains.
The attraction between them is as fiery as a Texan summer and Johnny finds himself questioning whether he could finally put down roots—in Larkville, a place where two very special people have taken hold of his heart.
BATTLE FOR THE SOLDIER’S HEART by Cara Colter
When Grace Day accepts returning soldier Rory Adams’s help for the military fundraiser she’s organizing, memories of her teenage crush on him come rushing back.
Growing up in practically a war zone, Rory’s motto is “When you expect the worst, you are rarely disappointed.” Yet Grace’s sweetness, hope and light threaten his cynicism.
As she discovers the Rory beneath the armor, can Grace convince him to believe in the man he really is: a man so good it brings tears to her eyes—the man she wants to spend her life with?
THE LAST WOMAN HE’D EVER DATE by Liz Fielding
Claire Thackeray: Hardworking single mom and gossip columnist. Hoping for the inside scoop on sexy billionaire Hal North,
aka her teen crush!
Most wary of: Gorgeous men who set her heart racing. (Been there, got the T-shirt—and the baby!)
Hal North: Bad boy made good. Back in his hometown as new owner of the Cranbrook Park estate. Determined to put his troubled past behind him.
Most wary of: Journalists—especially pretty ones, like new neighbor and tenant Claire Thackeray.
ONE DAY TO FIND A HUSBAND by Shirley Jump
Ellie Winston is adopting her late friend’s baby… But she hits a husband-sized hump: to adopt Jiao, Ellie has to be married! Where can a commitment-phobic female find a husband in a day? Then cutthroat billionaire Finn McKenna comes to Ellie with a business proposition, only he isn’t prepared for Ellie’s merger-with-a-twist…marriage!
Finn never lets anyone close, even someone as feisty and intriguing as Ellie. But saying “I do,” even when you don’t really, has a way of making even the most stubborn people wake up and realize what they’ve been missing….
INVITATION TO THE PRINCE’S PALACE by Jennie Adams
Mel Watson’s just a normal girl until a cab ride turns into an invitation to a whole new life. It’s not until she hears her cab driver
being addressed as “Your Highness” that she realizes she’s stumbled into a fairy tale.…
Prince Rikardo can’t believe he’s collected the wrong wannabe princess. Mel’s far from the cynical social climber he planned for—the tempting softness in her eyes makes him wary. For Rikardo’s long given up on love: he wants a temporary wife…and proposing to this sweet, ordinary girl feels all too real.
Battle for the Soldier’s Heart / The Navy Seal’s Bride
Cara Colter / Soraya Lane
Battle for the Soldier’s Heart
Seeing soldier Rory for the first time in years, Grace’s memories of her huge crush on him rush back. She can’t refuse his help for the military fundraiser she’s organising, but knows she can’t fall for guarded Rory: he’s not the staying kind. Yet this time Rory can’t help but let unforgettable Grace into his battle-worn heart…
The Navy SEAL’s Bride
Suddenly injured out of the Navy, Tom’s struggling to return to civilian life. His precious niece Gabby is his only ray of sunshine. Until he agrees to be the ‘show’ in her school show-and-tell, and meets teacher Caitlin. Caitlin knows disappointment too – her ballet career’s now just a memory. Maybe together they can find a new reason to hope.
Falling for Mr. Mysterious / The Man Who Saw Her Beauty
Barbara Hannay / Michelle Douglas
Falling for Mr Mysterious
Betrayed by her cheating boyfriend, Emily seeks refuge in her cousin’s city apartment. Only to be greeted instead by his friend Jude. Crime writer Jude’s as mysterious as the novels he writes and Emily can’t help but be intrigued. Yet Jude knows he can’t let Emily fall for him, as he may not be able to offer her the lifetime together that they both deserve…
The Man Who Saw Her Beauty
After a life-threatening illness, there’s only one person who doesn’t mollycoddle Blair. In fact, Nick never holds back his strong opinions, especially when saying exactly what he thinks of her helping his daughter in a beauty contest! Soon Nick is getting under Blair’s skin – and defences. Maybe he’s the one who can show Blair her own true beauty?
Valtieri’s Bride / Plain Jane in the Spotlight
Caroline Anderson / Lucy Gordon
Swapping chef’s whites for ivory silk, Lydia’s competing to travel as far as she can in a wedding dress to win her sister’s dream wedding. A chance meeting with gorgeous Massimo Valtieri wasn’t in the contest’s small print! Now, with the heat between them rising faster than the Tuscan sun, her sister’s wedding might not be the only one Lydia has to plan…
Plain Jane in the Spotlight
TV heartthrob Travis Falcon has given the press one too many salacious headlines and his management want him to clean up his reputation – now! When plain, prim Charlene Wilkins walks on to set she’s perfect ‘fake girlfriend’ material! Until their feelings for each other start to become all too real… “
Trusting Again with Susan Meier
I wasn’t surprised when a reviewer of THE TYCOON’ S SECRET DAUGHTER gave the book a 3. She said she couldn’t relate to the hero getting a second chance. He didn’t deserve it.
And she was right. He didn’t deserve a second chance. Max is a recovering alcoholic falling in love with his ex-wife again, knowing that it’s highly unlikely that she’ll be able to forgive him enough to take him back.
She shouldn’t. She would be crazy to. He’d done so many things wrong, including ruin what promised to be a wonderful marriage, that he doesn’t deserve a second chance.
But Max is beyond looking for forgiveness. He’s come to terms with who he was and who he is and who he thinks he can be. He’s lost the need for “reputation.” He’s ruined his. He’s lost the need to be important. Being important was part of what tipped him over the edge. Max, more than any other hero I’ve ever written about, is real.
In deciding he doesn’t deserve a second chance, in walking away from everything he wants in order to protect the ones he loves, in taking his place, working hard, never expecting a free ride, he has become a truly honest man.
So maybe, as the reviewer pointed out, it is difficult for an alcoholic to be trusted, to get a second chance. Maybe, as with Kate, Max’s ex-wife, it is nauseatingly frightening to find yourself being drawn into the orbit of a man who hurt you and who can’t promise you any more than one day at a time.
The world is full of maybes. But if every once in a while somebody somewhere doesn’t give a sinner a second chance, we’d all be alone. Because in each of our lifetimes we’ve all done something.
Max and Kate’s story is a sometimes sad, sometimes funny, story of two very real people falling in love again…against both their better judgments. It will draw you in. It will make you think. And if I’ve done my job, it will make you believe again.
Because in the end, that’s all we really have. The power to take a breath, take a chance and say, I believe. Please don’t let me down.
So what do you think? Do people deserve a second chance…or as the reviewer pointed out, are there some people who just can’t be trusted?