When a tangle of frustrations and responsibilities prompts movie heartthrob, Bryce Courtland, to turn his back on the Hollywood singles scene and hire a mother for his precocious twins, he finds the perfect candidate in his sister’s best friend, Marja: a small town college professor whose long-ago teenage crush on him still brings a blush to her cheeks.
Responding to Bryce’s immediate need for childcare, and as a favor for her best friend, Marja Lindstrom accepts a temporary assignment as tutor/nanny. Bryce has a more permanent arrangement in mind and stuns Marja with a marriage proposal — a marriage proposal with a twist.
Sam wouldn’t say he was brainwashed. True, he was raised by the aliens that control Earth, but they didn’t beat him or experiment on him. No species as reasonable as the Spo needed to brainwash anyone.
They even warned him going back to serve on Earth as an alien protégé would require humility and readjustment. But he still didn’t expect to be universally pitied and despised. Even his long-lost sister rejects him.
Sam hasn’t forgotten how his people suffered when the aliens came, but how can he prove it?
His alien mentor is like a father to him. The other cadets are closer than siblings. Can he stand the cost of losing another family?
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NEARLY DEPARTED IN DEADWOOD (Deadwood Humorous Mystery Series #1)
“The first time I came to Deadwood, I got shot in the ass.” –Violet Parker
Little girls are vanishing from Deadwood, South Dakota, and Violet Parker’s daughter could be next. She’s desperate to find the monster behind the abductions. But if she’s not careful, Violet just might end up as one of Deadwood’s dearly departed.
Self-made billionaire inventor and infamous bad boy Evan Michaels has lost the biggest gamble of his life in a poker game. For one month, he must live and work like a “normal” person in the small town of Dare Valley and give up his playboy ways. When Evan meets Margie Lancaster, his landlord and new boss, he’s not so sure he can make it a month. (love story, contemporary romance, alpha males, heroes, billionaires, romance, family, falling in love, sweet romance)
Eve King is a very independent and headstrong young Amish woman. Until she met Jeremiah that was. Theirs was a love written in the stars and she quickly came to depend upon him in all areas of her life.
But when Jeremiah is tragically killed in a horrible accident she finds herself alone and afraid. She holds a secret close to her heart. A secret she’s been ignoring for too long. A secret that may ruin any chances she might have at ever being truly happy again.
Then Gabriel Esh finds a way into her life. He is clearly smitten with the beautiful young widow. However, she realizes that she can’t seem to ever see a time when she could love him back the same way.
The gnomes are getting smarter.
At least according to Aunt True and Aunt Virtue, who I find with their heads in the oven on the first day of summer vacation.
I don’t even ask them what they’re doing because this is the kind of thing that happens all the time in our house, and I’ve learned not to ask questions. After 16 years of responses like “The gnomes are getting smarter,” you stop asking.
Aurora Teagarden, mild-mannered librarian, has spent her entire life in the same small Georgia town. Along with her sister-in-law Poppy, Roe has finally earned a coveted spot in the Uppity Women, an exclusive group that does more than flower arranging. But Poppy is a no-show on their induction day. Roe stops by Poppy’s house to find out why and is shocked to discover Poppy dead on the kitchen floor, and it’s not by accident. There’s no lack of suspects, since both Poppy and her husband were unfaithful. Even the detective in charge of the case, Roe’s former lover Arthur Smith, has a past with Poppy.
As if that weren’t enough, Roe has rekindled a relationship with another old flame and things are moving fast, with plans to meet his mother at Thanksgiving. She’s also acquired an unexpected house guest: her half-brother, who’s run away from his parents’ home in California.
“Fascinating, the way all great family stories are fascinating.”—Robert Gottlieb, New York Times Book Review
This is the story of a close, loving family splintered by the violent ideologies of Europe between the world wars. Jessica was a Communist; Debo became the Duchess of Devonshire; Nancy was one of the best-selling novelists of her day; beautiful Diana married the Fascist leader Sir Oswald Mosley; and Unity, a close friend of Hitler, shot herself in the head when England and Germany declared war.
The Mitfords had style and presence and were mercilessly gifted. Above all, they were funny—hilariously and mercilessly so. In this wise, evenhanded, and generous book, Mary Lovell captures the vitality and drama of a family that took the twentieth century by storm and became, in some respects, its victims.
Conner Burke never expected Sofie Callahan to come back.
Where she’s been for the last two and half years is a mystery, and so is the reason she left in the first place. Now, though, she’s back in their hometown of Shelton Bay, South Carolina, at the same time Conner’s band Dirty B. is home on a tour break.
Sofie Callahan has spent the months since her father’s death avoiding anything to do with her hometown. But with her brother in Afghanistan, she has no choice but to return and sort out her father’s house, even if it means facing the boy she fell in love with and revealing the reason she left.
The danger isn’t all in your head . . .
Growing up, Kate Priddy was always a bit neurotic, experiencing momentary bouts of anxiety that exploded into full blown panic attacks after an ex-boyfriend kidnapped her and nearly ended her life. When Corbin Dell, a distant cousin in Boston, suggests the two temporarily swap apartments, Kate, an art student in London, agrees, hoping that time away in a new place will help her overcome the recent wreckage of her life.
But soon after her arrival at Corbin’s grand apartment on Beacon Hill, Kate makes a shocking discovery: his next-door neighbor, a young woman named Audrey Marshall, has been murdered.
Get ready to change the way you think about economics. Richard H. Thaler has spent his career studying the radical notion that the central agents in the economy are humans—predictable, error-prone individuals. Misbehaving is his arresting, frequently hilarious account of the struggle to bring an academic discipline back down to earth—and change the way we think about economics, ourselves, and our world.
Traditional economics assumes rational actors. Early in his research, Thaler realized these Spock-like automatons were nothing like real people. Whether buying a clock radio, selling basketball tickets, or applying for a mortgage, we all succumb to biases and make decisions that deviate from the standards of rationality assumed by economists. In other words, we misbehave. More importantly, our misbehavior has serious consequences.
An actress running from her past finds escape with a man hiding from his future.
When someone wants to be lost, a home tucked among the Ten Thousand Islands off the Florida coast is a good place to live. A couple decent boats, and a deep knowledge of fishing and a man can get by without ever having to talk to another soul. It’s a nice enough existence, until the one person who ties him to the world of the living, the reason he’s still among them even if only on the fringes, asks him for help.
Father Steady Capri knows quite a bit about helping others. But he is afraid Katie Quinn’s problems may be beyond his abilities. Katie is a world-famous actress with an all too familiar story. Fame seems to have driven her to self-destruct. Steady knows the true cause of her desire to end her life is buried too deeply for him to reach.
Wilks was a space marine with a near-fatal flaw: he had a heart. Billie was a child, the only survivor of a far-flung colony outpost. Thrown together in the last hellish night of an alien invasion, Billie and Wilks helped each other get out alive. Thirteen years later Wilks is in prison, and Billie lives in a mental institution, the nightmare memories of the massacre at Rim seared into her mind. Now the government has tapped Wilks to lead an expedition to the aliens’ home planet to bring back a live alien. But the competition on Earth to develop the aliens as a new weapons system is brutal. When Wilks’s team departs on their mission, a trained assassin trails them. And what follows is no less than guerrilla warfare on the aliens’ planet–and alien conquest on Earth!
Diana Somerville never imagined that her first London season would end so disastrously or ruin her reputation so completely. When George Wright, the rakehell who compromised her, refuses to come up to scratch at the altar, Stephen Wright, Viscount of Endicott—said rakehell’s older half-brother—proposes to do the honorable thing and marry her himself.
Their engagement is announced, and Diana returns to London, and is soon swept up in the gaiety of the London season. To her surprise she finds herself drawn to the reserved Lord Endicott, who is so unlike his dashing brother. But her newfound happiness is threatened when George returns to London, and begins courting her in earnest, trying to win her back.