Sheriff Tyler Cook doesn’t get a lot of excitement in his small home town of Bridal Veil Falls; it’s a far cry from his days on the pro rodeo circuit. So when the call comes from the cafe that a strange redheaded woman is unable to pay for her meal, he’s gotta check her…I mean, the situation…out! He gets more than he bargained for when the sassy stranger gets hit by a car while crossing the street right before his eyes…she doesn’t know who she is!
In 1222, women had few options. They were completely at the mercy of their fathers to dispose of as they willed. But Lady Alys Delamare has finally convinced her parents to let her join a convent, where she will be able to pursue her true passion: writing chronicles of the adventures she wheedles out of everyone she meets. Perhaps as a ploy to be less attractive, perhaps because she’s so distracted by her inner life, Lady Alys seems to everyone to be a bit dim. Much to the surprise of Sir Padrig ap Huw–the man charged to escort Alys to her future home–there’s much more to his lady than he expected. Then, a raging storm sidetracks their train’s progress–and leads Lady Alys and Sir Padrig into an inconvenient romance . . .
Grace Curtis used to be from the higher-ups, but her father, prior to his death, squandered their wealth, and died in debt. Grace took charge of her life, and went to work for the local baker–first, to work off her family’s debt, then for herself. The old Lord Thomson loves her little cream pastries, and is kind to her…and upon his death, leaves her with a little home to live in, and a difficult charge–take his bastard son in!
Captain Duncan is a prisoner of war, held in the notorious prison at Dartmoor, a privateer on the wrong side of an encouter with a English man-o-war. When Grace goes with Lord Thomson’s solicitor to fetch the man on parole, though, he’s dying, and his final wish is for her to take in one of his men, who will pose as him. Grace looks around her, and chooses the sailing master, Rob Inman.
When Grace Curtis, the daughter of an improvident baronet, inherits nothing but debts, she must make a choice. She can either go into denial about her new poverty as her house falls down around her and the debt collectors pound at her door, or she can accept that she has “slipped.” Not one to enter denial, Grace makes the best choice she can: she sells her father’s manor, settles as many debts as possible, and indentures herself to couple who run a local bakery to settle their enormous bill. Ten years later, at twenty-eight years of age, she has accepted her new station in life. But then, the crotchety Lord Thompson—who has a weakness for Grace’s Quimby Creames and few relatives who treat him as well as she does—leaves her a legacy in his will. A legacy with a big string attached…
Zach Miller’s got a job to do here. The ex-cop, who now runs a private security firm, has been hired by a local shelter for battered women to help them secure their new location–a location for high-risk victims, such as the spouses of police officers. It’s all very hush-hush; the local philanthropists know what they’re building, but the location is a carefully-guarded secret. The shelter director, Erin Brailey, goes to show him around…and the sparks start right up!
In between tours to Afghanistan, Army Ranger Finn O’Connor really needs to get his head screwed on straight; his parents were killed in a car accident during his last tour, so things are just different for him. He’s got a growing discontent with what he is doing with his life, even though he loves serving his country. It’s like something is just…missing. So he goes to the place where his family used to vacation, to see if he can recover something of himself–and make amends for a mistake in the past, with a beautiful young woman.
When Meriel Hathaway is turned away without references from her first post as a governess, she has nowhere to turn. She lost her job for slapping her bratty charge after he poured ink all over her hair. Now, Meriel’s freakishly blue locks leave her few options for employment. Therefore, when handsome prankster Lord Farr approaches Meriel with an unusual gig–impersonating a castle ghost, the infamous, blue-skinned, blue-gowned, blue-haired “Lady Blue”–she cannot refuse his proposition.
Young widow Leigh Bransom is having her baby on the side of a deserted Texas highway! She thought she could make it to help, but in West Texas, things are too far apart for that. A dirty, rugged young cowboy named Chad Dillon happens by, and skillfully delivers her baby in the bed of his rusty old pickup truck. He then takes her to the nearest hospital, and vanishes without a trace, leaving behind some flowers, and a sweet kiss on her cheek.