Months ago, Noah Coltrane and Martina Logan had a steamy fling, while they were in Chicago. Once they’d exchanged names–which came after he’d charmed her thoroughly–they both realized how regrettable their affair was: their families have been enemies for a long time. So they agree: when we leave here, it’s over. Enjoy it for what it is, then go home. But there are problems with that plan, you see…
Natalie Holcomb is used to the wealthy-socialite life; it’s what she was raised on, after all. Not, mind you, that she likes it–she left her family, put herself through law school, and is climbing her way to the top in a prestigious New York firm, rather than stay with the family business. But she’s good enough at it to help her friend Liza put on a great party–and there she meets Jake Lannister. There’s late-night coffee, and and early-morning fling..and then, they make an arrangement.
Brandon Wycroft, Earl of Stockport, and the investors in his proposed textile mill have been plagued by a cat-burgler who is bent on shutting down their venture. One night, as Brandon and his colleagues are meeting, the burglar strikes his own home. When he corners the crafty creature, he discovers that the person who has plagued his project is a woman–and a very sexy one who is willing to use her wiles to escape. Frustrated in more than one way, Brandon swears to discover the identity of the desirable woman he dubs “Cat.”
Darcy Clark is a successful lady–she owns her own restaurant, and it’s becoming more successful all the time; she’s put in a lot of hard work to get there, and she just doesn’t have time for the distraction of a man who’s gonna tell her how to live her life. No way. So one night, she goes out to eat at a competitor’s joint, and meets…him. A one night fling, a hotel room, no names. Great idea, right?
Toni Swenson is on a mission. She’s gotta have a baby boy, and soon, or her late grandfather’s ranch will be sold! The old coot didn’t think that a woman could possibly love it, or run it, like he did, and put it in his will that it must be inherited by a male. So Toni is hunting for a cowboy, born and bred, who can pass on the genes for the love of the country…and what better place to find one than the bull ring at the National Finals Rodeo?
At twenty-eight, Beatrice-Maude Bassingstoke has survived marriage to an abusive alcoholic who shamed her for her plain appearance and her barrenness. Now that she is widowed, she is determined never again to allow herself to be silenced or isolated. Mistress of her own fortune, she cherishes her independence. Then, one snowy night on her journey to London, she meets a remarkable gentleman: Lord Taris Wellingham. When their carriage breaks down, they seek shelter in a barn and comfort in each other’s arms. They part the next morning, planning never to meet again.
Jordan Lake and Nick Thorne have a problem–they’ve been carrying on a weekly affair for some time now, but their fathers are bitter enemies, thanks to sheer stubbornness, and a tragedy in the distant past. They have to sit in court and stare malevolently at each other while their fathers battle out this latest lawsuit, but that’s not really what they’d like to be doing…