Jocelyn Rhodes is a single mother with a demanding career and a long-neglected libido. Frustrated with the dating scene and way overdue for some satisfying sex, she takes a friend’s advice and hires Sabian, a deliciously sexy escort. He’s well worth the money, and the sheets haven’t even cooled before she’s ready to call him again.
The more time she spends with him, the more she realizes she and Sabian have more in common than she thought. She’s a single mom, he’s a prostitute, and when it comes to dating, they’re both damaged goods. To most potential mates, Jocelyn and Sabian are in a category akin to dented soup cans, but if the two of them can look past each other’s respective dents, they just might find something they’ve both been missing.
The Fargenstropple Case
What Monty Python’s Flying Circus might have done with Dame Agatha Christie’s lost manuscript…
Invisible burglars who take nothing, but frighten the cat at meal times? This is hardly a case worthy of newly-promoted Chief Inspector Morgan. But when valuable jewels go missing and an attempt is made on Blandthorpe Fargenstropple’s life, Morgan jumps into action with keen interest. Of course, it helps that Blandthorpe’s niece looks nothing like a gargoyle.
THE CHEF AT THE WATERS EDGE
Hannah Starvling was about to land her new plane in Zebulon, home of the famous Chef Julia Karas. Joined by her two best friends, they are headed to a festival in honor of Ms. Karas but there were suspicions surrounding her death a year ago. The trio is staying at a friend’s house but he was an overzealous fan that is convinced she either faked her own death or was murdered. He has asked Hannah to look into it. Regardless, this was going to prove to be a very interesting weekend.
And to top it off, Hannah doesn’t realize that a man, that she has an instant attraction to, would almost jeopardize her investigation.
Portrait of Passion (Idyllwild Book 1)
What’s a gentleman to do when a mysterious lady with a secret past and a reputation frayed around the edges suddenly appears in London in pursuit of his naive young cousin, setting the gossips’ tongues wagging, stirring his family into pandemonium, and driving him mad with her irreverent ways?
If the gentleman in question is Simon Carlisle, Viscount Easton, the answer is quite simple. Seduce the beguiling lady. But Miss Beatrice Morgan isn’t your average tarnished lady. She’s lived a slapdash life wandering the globe like a gypsy, painting fantastical portraits of duchesses and landscapes featuring a crumbling old fountain, all the while harboring a secret desire to return to the only home she’s ever known.
Ayden has had a rough life and believes things will always be that way, so when he’s suddenly adopted by the Gregorys, he’s thrown for a turn. But even with a new, loving family, he still finds himself haunted by memories of his old life. But those memories are easier to deal with whenever he’s with Lyric Scott, his spunky and outgoing best friend.
Lyric Scott has had a good life surrounded by family and friends, yet she always felt something was missing. But that changed the day she met Ayden Gregory.
Naero’s Run (A Spacer Clans Adventure Book 1)
2595: Ten years after The Fourth Spacer War with the rival Gigacorps. Naero Amashin Maeris works in her Clan’s merchant fleet, dreaming of her own ship and developing psyonic powers without going nuts. After tragedy strikes her Clan in the Unknown Regions, agents from the Corps stalk her, believing she holds the key to secrets priceless and deadly: lost tek data from an ancient, godlike alien race.
Soon she’s caught up in a white hot intrigue of raiders, assassins, and warring interstellar spies and fleets. Even worse, the greatest threat might yet lurk deep within herself. And Naero’s Run has only just begun to heat up.
An Accidental Murder (Yellow Cottage Book 1)
Young widow, Isobella Bridges discovered and fell in love with The Yellow Cottage as a child. Many years later she returned to the Island, discovered it was for sale and bought it on a whim. Or so she thought.
She had no idea at the time how much it would change her life, nor that it was yet to reveal all it’s secrets. Ones that even Ella couldn’t imagine.
She purchased the cottage from an old lady, but this was no ordinary old lady. And she left her cat, but this was no ordinary cat. Ella soon realises that this isn’t the only gift the old lady left. Having only been in residence a few short weeks, and still unpacking boxes, she receives a telephone call from her brother, inviting her up to London for Sunday lunch.
The Women of Brewster Place
In her heralded first novel, Gloria Naylor weaves together the stories of seven women living in Brewster Place, a bleak-inner city sanctuary, creative a powerful, moving portrait of the strengths, struggles, and hopes of black women in America. Vulnerable and resilient, openhanded and openhearted, these women forge their lives in a place that in turn threatens and protects – a common prison and a shared home. Adapted into a 1989 ABC miniseries starring Oprah Winfrey, The Women of Brewster Place is a contemporary classic – and a touching and unforgettable read.
Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia
Girt. No word could better capture the essence of Australia…
In this hilarious history, David Hunt tells the real story of Australia’s past from megafauna to Macquarie … the cock-ups and curiosities, the forgotten eccentrics and Eureka moments that have made us who we are.
Mark Twain wrote of Australian history: ‘It does not read like history, but like the most beautiful lies … but they are all true, they all happened.’ In Girt, Hunt uncovers these beautiful lies, recounting the strange and ridiculous episodes that conventional histories ignore. The result is surprising, enlightening – and side-splittingly funny.
Temple Grandin: Voice for the Voiceless
Since Temple Grandin’s life story was told in the 15 x Emmy-nominated film Temple Grandin, and since her heartwarming speech at the award ceremony, she has become one of the world’s most well-known members of its community.
In this fascinating biography, Annette Wood delves deep into Grandin’s life from childhood to adulthood. Wood tells of the trials and tribulations of the icon: What difficulties Grandin struggled with and how she’s become a hero for the autistic community. She also tells what Temple has done since the movie came out, where she is today, what kind of difference she’s made, and what her future holds.
Cut Loose: Dusty Deals Mystery Series: Book 2
The Dusty Deals Mystery Series continues with amateur sleuth and antique store owner, Lucy Mathews and her Alaskan malamute, Kiska once again finding romance and murder in the mountains of Montana.
The rodeo is in town! Join them for a fun, humorous adventure.
No one’s perfect.
At least that’s what Lucy Mathews tells herself. Except faced with her boyfriend’s rodeo queen ex-wife and perfectly trained Australian shepherd, she has to wonder if maybe this whole ‘no one’s perfect’ thing was made up by someone like…Lucy.
Before That Night: Caine & Addison, Book One of Two (Unfinished Love series, 1)
Before that night, Addison Milan had been just a college dropout secretly raising her two young siblings in a beat-up minivan she’d bought with her first semester’s tuition refund–the only money her addict mother hadn’t taken off with when she’d abandoned them nearly two years ago.
Before that night, Caine Spencer had been just a rough, gruff cop sent to check out the phoned-in claims of suspected child neglect involving the same woman he’d met just months prior when she’d first served him the city’s worst diner coffee…which he’d been drinking daily ever since.
After Math: Off the Subject #1
Scarlett Goodwin’s world is divided into Before and After.
Before she agreed to tutor Tucker Price, college junior Scarlett was introvert, struggling with her social anxiety disorder and determined to not end up living in a trailer park like her mother and her younger sister. A mathematics major, she goes to her classes, to her job in the tutoring lab, and then hides in the apartment she shares with her friend, Caroline.
After junior Tucker Price, Southern University’s star soccer player enters the equation, her carefully plotted life is thrown off its axis. Tucker’s failing his required College Algebra class. With his eligibility is at risk, the university chancellor dangles an expensive piece of computer software for the math department if Scarlett agrees to privately tutor him.
ATTRACTION: Elements of Chemistry (Hypothesis Series Book 1)
What’s the worst that could happen?
Kaitlyn Parker has no problem being the invisible girl, which is why she finds herself hiding in various cabinets and closets all over her college campus. Despite her best efforts, she can’t escape the notice of Martin Sandeke—bad boy, jerkface bully, and the universe’s hottest, wealthiest, and most unobtainable bachelor—who also happens to be Kaitlyn’s chemistry lab partner.
The Two Minute Rule
From the author of The Last Detective and Hostage, comes a thriller featuring a father searching for vengeance in the City of Angels. But for an ex-con fresh on parole, finding answers in the corruption of the LAPD means asking for help from the person least expecting it: the FBI officer who put him away…
Every seasoned criminal knows the two minute rule: the two minutes before the cops show up at the scene of a robbery. Keeping the rule means changing your life, breaking it means a lifetime in jail. But not everyone plays by the rules…
When a decisive four minutes put Max Holman in prison, he spent the next decade planning one thing: reconciliation with his estranged son.
Punctured (Las Vegas Mystery Book 1)
Jim Snow and his sister Karen have never been very close. In fact, they haven’t seen each other since their mother’s funeral two years ago, despite living just three miles apart. But then Snow gets a panicked phone call from Karen telling him that her estranged husband has been murdered and she is the number-one suspect. Snow agrees to help, seeing as he’s the only family she has left. Plus he is a Las Vegas homicide detective—or at least, he was until he quit the force to become a full-time poker player. But while his crime-fighting skills may be a little rusty, even he has to admit Karen is a likely suspect.
Bread by Mother Earth News: Our Favorite Recipes for Artisan Breads, Quick Breads, Buns, Rolls, Flatbreads, and More
From intense, chewy sourdough to light, airy focaccia, many of today’s most popular breads are best when they’re fresh from the oven. Then again, that’s always been true.
The timeless allure of fresh bread has been part of Mother Earth News magazine since 1970, when they published their first issue. In Bread, for the first time, the editors have collected their very best recipes and techniques. You’ll find all the classics, including rustic white, whole-wheat sandwich bread, and sourdough. There’s plenty of quick-breads and page after page of country and holiday favorites, such as skillet cornbread, Irish soda bread, and fruit- and nut-filled harvest breads.
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