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No Funny Business (The Lennox Brothers Romantic Comedy) (affiliate link)
My café is failing! With time running out, I’m desperate for help. So desperate, I’m willing to accept help from anyone… except my famous TV-star ex-boyfriend.
But it’s gorgeous Kade who swaggers to the rescue. And now Mr. Charm-My-Panties-Off is working in my kitchen.
Though our attraction’s still scorching hot, I’d never survive another broken heart. We do the sensible thing and set some rules for while we’re working in close proximity. No flirting, no kissing, and no… well, you get the idea. No funny business. What. So. Ever.
And sure, we’re not perfect when it comes to rules. But how on earth did Kade and I end up fake engaged… on national television?!
The Body at Auercliff (The Haunted House Collection) (affiliate link)
Rebecca Wallace arrives at Auercliff, a grand country house, to check on her aged aunt Emily. She soon discovers that Emily’s mind is crumbling, but that’s not the only shock. When she starts to explore the house’s many abandoned rooms, Rebecca discovers the rotten corpse of a dead woman. And Emily claims to have no idea who the woman is, or how she got there.
As she looks into Auercliff’s past, Rebecca starts to trace the outline of a hidden tragedy. For generations, the house’s occupants have been haunted by a terrible secret. Every member of the family ends up in the mausoleum when they die, but does the mausoleum hide more than just the bodies listed on its walls? And why have generations of the family been plagued by the same mysterious scratching sound?
The Body at Auercliff is a horror novel about a tormented family, and about the refusal of the past to stay buried.
Ten Million Fireflies (Band of Sisters) (affiliate link)
She wants to make up for her lonely past by doing something good for children. He wants to forget his past and stay the loner that he is.
She’s Brooklyn Ross, former Army sergeant and the reluctant recipient of a surprise five million dollars from her father—a man who gave her everything except love and support. So when she spends the cash on a deserted summer camp for kids who need just that, Brooklyn figures her future is looking bright. It doesn’t hurt that there’s a sexy neighbor with soulful green eyes right next door, who makes her laugh and challenges her at the same time. Because challenges are her specialty.
He’s Drew Beckett, an author who is definitely not facing writer’s block. And he’s absolutely not distracted by the gorgeous, nosey woman who thinks she’s going to make a project of the camp next door. He has a history with that property, and he has no interest in dredging up the guilty secret that comes with it. No prying neighbor is going to bring down the walls he’s built around his home… or his heart.
Her Husband’s Son (affiliate link)
Could you raise the son he had with his ex?
Lila may not have been the love of her husband’s life, but they’ve built an enviable life together. Lila goes back to school shopping for her daughters and manages her thriving at-home baking business. Her husband Ryan is on partner track at one of Los Angeles’ top law firms.
But then Ryan comes home with some disturbing news: he had a son with his ex, Meredith. Meredith never told him. And now Meredith is dead and Ryan’s son is an orphan. Can the boy come live with them?
Without hesitation, Lila agrees to accept this sulky teenager into her home. After all, how else could she learn about her husband’s old flame?
Loves Music, Loves To Dance (affiliate link)
After college, best friends Erin Kelley and Darcy Scott move to the city to pursue exciting careers—Erin is a promising jewelry designer and Darcy finds success as a decorator. On a lark, Darcy persuades Erin to help their TV producer friend research the kinds of people who place personal ads. It seems like innocent fun…until Erin disappears.
Erin’s body is found on an abandoned Manhattan pier—on one foot is her own shoe, on the other, a high-heeled dancing slipper. Soon after, startling communiques from the killer reveal that Erin is not the first victim of this “dancing shoe murderer.” And, if the killer has his way, she won’t be his last. Next on his death list is Darcy.
The Skull Beneath the Skin: A Cordelia Gray Mystery (affiliate link)
Invited to protect an actress within the rose red walls of a fairy-tale castle, Detective Cordelia Gray finds the stage is set for death.
Actress Clarissa Lisle has always been famous for her ravishing beauty—and her unscrupulous manipulations. Now on the death-shrouded island of Courcy, her schemes win her a starring role in a nightmare in which she can trust no one—not her deceived husband; her dangerously insecure stepson; her ominously genial host; her dependent, desperate cousin; or her cruelly amusing ex-lover. Soon Detective Cordelia gray finds that nothing is as it seems on Courcy—especially after the curtain goes down. Here she must delve into ancient secrets and guilt-stained pasts—and risk her life to stop a brilliantly cunning murderer who has set the stage for her death.
Springwater (Springwater Seasons Book 1) (affiliate link)
Evangeline Keating came west because she had to: after her husband’s passing, she needed to build a new life for her young daughter, and marrying a stranger from Montana Territory was her best chance. After a difficult winter journey, she arrives at an isolated outpost called Springwater Station. But the handsome man who’s come for her is not her husband-to-be, and Evangeline soon finds herself thrust into a most inconvenient—and highly improper—arrangement.
Scully Wainwright never intended to be left alone with his ranching partner’s fiancée. But his partner’s not due back until spring, and he can’t leave a defenseless woman and her child unguarded—not with wolves and Indians threatening. Biding his time with the lovely Evangeline begins to feel dangerously close to setting up a real home. But as a reckless passion sparks between them, Scully and Evangeline discover a destiny—and a passion—as boundless as the open frontier.
Innocent Blood (affiliate link)
The Pain Hunter (The Broken Doll Book 1) (affiliate link)
A violent jailbreak bleeds into a street fair in Wisconsin. In the wake of the carnage, a getaway van barrels down a rural highway. Inside are two men with a tenuous bond: an obsession with pain.
One is Paul Offenbach, a sadistic crime boss with a life-threatening bullet wound. The other is his hostage, Dr. Stuart Collier, now faced with a harrowing ethical quandary. Mile by mile, as a calculated battle of wills and wits plays out, the killer plots his next move. So does the doctor, sworn to do no harm but desperate to escape.
Contagious: Why Things Catch On (affiliate link)
What makes things popular? If you said advertising, think again. People don’t listen to advertisements, they listen to their peers. But why do people talk about certain products and ideas more than others? Why are some stories and rumors more infectious? And what makes online content go viral?
Wharton marketing professor Jonah Berger has spent the last decade answering these questions. He’s studied why New York Times articles make the paper’s own Most E-mailed list, why products get word of mouth, and how social influence shapes everything from the cars we buy to the clothes we wear to the names we give our children.
In Contagious, Berger reveals the secret science behind word-of-mouth and social transmission. Discover how six basic principles drive all sorts of things to become contagious, from consumer products and policy initiatives to workplace rumors and YouTube videos. Learn how a luxury steakhouse found popularity through the lowly cheesesteak, why anti-drug commercials might have actually increased drug use, and why more than 200 million consumers shared a video about one of the most boring products there is: a blender.
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