The chemistry was explosive?
Annabel's brilliant friend Charlie was a bit of a mad scientist. And although the first explosion he caused at Jerrard's lab in Norfolk had been a minor affair, this last one threatened to get him sacked. Sam Jerrar The bride was having second thoughts With the wedding only a day away, Miranda had more than prenuptial jitters. She felt betrayed by the two men she loved most in the world. How could her father have promised Sean control of the family busines Their dreamworld had crumbled Alex, always the strong, dominant personality in their marriage, had refused to admit his affair.
Instead, he'd demanded Sara's unquestioning trust as proof of her love, without any demonstration of love in return. Trust didn't come easily to Tess Tess was wary of good-looking men. Too often they were sexual opportunists to whom fidelity meant nothing--like her father. And she doubted if playwright Steve Houghten was any different. He'd turned up uninv She wasn't about to lose him again Jilly's confession devastated her Aunt Chloe. Her allegation that Ben Haskell had tried to seduce her three years ago had been false--as false as Chloe's love for Ben must have seemed when she'd joined family ra So she headed for Dorset, only to get in an accident and find herself having the time If she was nervous, it was Quinn's doing For the past two years Dinah had strained every nerve to break new ground with her award-winning TV series.
And she'd done it successfully -- until Quinn Howard joined the London team He constantly w She had no desire to share her life Susanna was pleased with her life. As a successful commercial artist, she made good money that enabled her to enjoy a comfortable life-style in London. Her mother and her friends had given up careers when they m This time Christie would stand up to him Christie had been far too young and intoxicated with love when she and Logan had married.
He'd wanted a family. She'd needed sometime to pursue her career. After their painful breakup Christie had resent That's what you get for flirting with danger Stacie had been unusually reckless in photographing reclusive financier Nicholas Kinsella for her London paper. But she never for one moment dreamed he'd hold her prisoner--not with his highbrow mother She couldn't steal another woman's man Judith wasn't the type to lose her head over a man, especially not a man who was engaged to an old friend.
But Luke Doulton was irresistible. He was a financial genius who wasn't afraid to work with an equ Did she really want to know the truth Nicole Lawton was one of London's most successful private detectives. But she had more than a professional interest in the mystery surrounding her friend Melanie's death. Had she drowned, as the facts sugge No one but Jake knew Sasha's secret pain. Sasha never dreamed she would meet Jake Redway again. It would mean having to relive that terrible day three years ago when Philip had died.
She had managed to put her life back together again slowly, h She had it all, conventional wisdom said -- a creative career in glamorous advertising and a handsome, upwardly mobile boyfriend. Yet the gnawing dissatisfaction Clare Forrester felt was pushing her to the crisis point.
She had no answers, but she kn She should have forgotten Damian Well, she had tried. She had stayed away from him for two long years. But Elizabeth knew she had never quite freed herself from him; she had always been uneasily aware that what had been between them wasn't finishe Daniel was a sweet poison to her When Lindsay discovered her brother was in a state of financial disaster, she was willing to do anything to help--or almost anything. Daniel Randall, her ruthless ex-husband, was the one person who could rescue It was more than a holiday romance! Love had flared quickly and passionately between Cathy and Muir.
But she was committed to another man who needed her and deserved her loyalty. To Quincy it was a cheap publicity stunt Only because her young brother had entered her name in the contest had she agreed to go along with the plans when she was declared the winner. The prize? An evening out in London with dreamy, sexy, inter Your father is alive Those four words irrevocably changed Leonie Lincoln's whole conception of her past. She had to find him, talk to him--discover the hidden "whys" about herself. But however remote West Africa seemed in England, when she g Did giving your heart only invite rejection?
Suki Black didn't know the answer to that question. She was too frightened to find out, just in case it was true. She'd known rejection in childhood, and she knew she didn't like it. But Suki had a t One night threatened to ruin her life Natasha was crushed when her engagement to Mike Porter was suddenly called off. And that was the only reason she allowed herself to have so much champagne at the party.
But there was no excuse for finding h A wealthy man who got what he wanted, he brooked no argument from anyone, least of all a woman. As companion to Domenicos's motherless daughter, Laura had he Was the past ever dead and buried?
rapyzure.tk: Worlds Apart (Mills & Boon Vintage 90s Modern) eBook: Kay Thorpe: Kindle Store. "I'm no Prince Charming. I never was." But it wasn't until Logan Bannister's ring was on her finger that Caryn believed him and realized how far from a fairy.
Caroline left her alcoholic husband, Peter, in an act of desperation--to save herself and their little daughter from harm. Their three-year security was shattered when Nick Holt, Peter's cousin, turned up on h One awful moment shattered her life Basslea was a haven, and Marina was totally content there. She had her music and her innocent childlike fantasies. Nothing seemed capable of changing her world--until Gideon Firth arrived.
He was everything s They were caught in a storm of publicity Deborah could have wept at the cruel insanity of it all! She'd come to Venice to get over a broken love affair quietly and had landed on the front page with a playboy tycoon. In a most incriminating photogr His intentions were definitely dangerous Laura didn't know why Simon Hilliard had asked her sister, Annette, to go to Paris. Whatever the reason, it could only mean trouble if she accepted. Simon had a reputation - and it wasn't a good one!
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So Lau She needed time--and that was running out After two years' separation from Gabriel, her husband, Marisa still didn't think she was ready to cope with being his wife. His wealthy life-style had intimidated her. His snobbish friends had made her fee Clea felt insulted -- by both men! Clea's stepfather, Kerasteri, had followed Greek custom in choosing a man for her to marry. Defying him meant arousing his violent temper.
Ben Winter was the man who desired her and was determined to have h Should she believe a stranger's words? Lissa had never heard of Luc Ferrier before. But he was well-known as Lucifer at the hotel casino where she worked. All her instincts cried out that he was dangerous--not only as a gambler, but as a man.
She hadn't even known his name As an inexperienced drama student, Clare had been shocked and disgusted by the sudden and rough lovemaking of Luke, an older, handsome stranger. She had turned away from love--for good. Now, nine years later, Clar Kate was finished with love for good Kate's new boss, features editor Eliot Holman, might have devastating charms--but Kate couldn't care less, even if it was obvious that he was interested in her.
Everyone, including Eliot, thought Kate was g Lisa's former life was behind her now Lisa was not exactly happy working in Evan Wright's advertising agency. Competent herself, she found it unpleasant covering for Jon, Evan's inept brother-in-law.
Then Steve Crawford, a demanding new client, Her secret saved her from Alex's charms Sophie loved Crete. Working there as secretary to Madame Lefkas was like a dream come true. It was far away from England and the secret, impossible love for Simon that she had to forget. When Alex, madame He wanted his fun--with no commitments Nicola knew all the reasons why she should remain nothing more than Lang Hyland's secretary.
That was all she ever intended to be Lang was a womanizer. He preferred big-eyed blondes, but his interest waned His sex appeal wouldn't sway her Not only did he plan to renovate the old house, but he wanted to intrude into her life; Paul was a man, but acted like a boy Helen's husband, Paul was handsome, charming and a gracious companion until one got to know him. Helen's life with him was a long string of disappointments and heartaches. But she had married him, and in sp She wouldn't live her life in fear Claire knew Nick loved his job as newsman in the world's trouble spots, but did he love it more than he did her?
She'd seen her mother suffer from her father's dangerous job and was determined not to go through t She couldn't refuse a dying man's wish It took just one phone call to shatter Lauren's peace. A peace painfully acquired through the years since her bitter divorce from Andreas Keralides. His mother's frantic phone call was intended to bring La Why had Drew shown up in Paris now? Helen had managed to avoid Drew for the past six years, ensuring that if he was in one country she'd be in another. After all, theirs wasn't a real marriage anyway--Drew had wanted the business connection wit Joanne was a shadow of her lovely mother Everywhere she went, Clea Thorpe was the center of attention.
And Joanne had been content enough living in her shadows--until Ben Norris arrived at their villa in Nice. He seemed drawn to Clea, even offe Their worlds were light-years apart Sara Nichols was proud to be a painter Her landscapes were catching on, and though she wasn't making a fortune, she had enough to get by.
Nick Rawdon, on the other hand, had more money than he bothered to cou How could such a love have died? Caroline asked herself the useless question. Her marriage to the distinguished lawyer, James Fox, had been nearly ideal. Now there was nothing between them but cold contempt. In her loneliness Caroline turned Would the past ruin her future? In the chaotic world of a London television network, Natalie struggled to rebuild her life--and grieved privately over the death of her beloved husband, Angus. When she was promoted to Jake Lang's production team Rachel was furious.
As a night-club singer, Rachel had become indifferent to men's admiration. But young Nicky Hammond was special. His boyish admiration and need Leigh thought she could handle any man. Then she met Mattieson Hume. From their first stirring encounter, she was powerless to keep him at bay. Although she hated him, his caresses flamed her with desire. How could she pursue her planned future Laura should have realized earlier Why had it never entered her head? Her grandfather and Dan Harland planning her marriage--to Dan Harland!
All her moments of suspicion gelled into the ghastly realization. It was their answer to everythin It was hard to resist Alex He smiled arrogantly at her. Admit it, Deborah. It was true. She loved Alex St. James, a music-industry executive who Nothing would ever be the same again! Linden had been only seventeen when Joss crashed into her life.
Naively, she had offered him her friendship and trust. In return, he had aroused emotions in her she was too young to handle, wrenching her from It was true, so horribly true. She had married Philippe on a wild impulsve, to save herself from being humiliated by the man she had thought she lo There were two great loves in her life. Louise's love for her beautiful home, Queen's Dower, was as solid and unchangeable as the house itself.
But her love for her stepbrother, Daniel, had subtly evolved over the years. While she had adored I don't want to hear any more of your lies. What did he mean? He called her "Lyn," but she didn't Should she accept this second chance? Three years before, Selina's brief and disastrous marriage to Ashley Dent had ended in divorce.
Now he had turned up and was pressuring her to marry him again. A busy tycoon carving out an empire, he had no time left for his young bride. In desperation she fled back to her father who needed her. Then, uninvi As long as she could remember, Laura had loved Dr. Tom Nicol, a gentle, self-sacrificing man, dedicated to serving the needy. Unlike him in every way was Randal Mercier--wealthy, powerful, taking what What the desert claims, it keeps Was the saying true, Marie wondered.
On the moonlit sands of a desert oasis, they were utterly alone. Did this arrogant stranger want only the Oriel Mellstock--wealthy, beautiful and a widow--could have any man she wanted. But she couldn't forget Devil Haggard, whose apparent rejection had once sent her across the world into the arms of a millionaire. Coming back to the Yorkshire dale wh And Leonie felt that anything was better than his intention of disinheriting her cousin, Paul, in her favor.
For twenty years her mother's Greek family had ignored Leonie's existence. Then suddenly her ailing grea The family could be split in two! Amanda had been frightened rather than flattered by Cesare Druetso's proposal of marriage when she was eighteen. She had refused to be a slave to his masterful ways. Now, five years later, she was back in his h I warned you at the start, but you wouldn't listen. You're obstinate and willful. How he must dislike and despise her! Act professionally?
None of her protestations changed his belief. And he called her a coward. Well, maybe she was, Katrine thought. She'd always been co Old Mrs. Butler didn't want her nephew Nicholas to marry his beautiful but selfish fiancee--and she unashamedly set about using her young companion, Kate Fox, to break up the romance.
But someone was likely to get hurt in the process. First p Elizabeth was brokenhearted when she discovered that her fiance Dan was in love with her best friend Karen, and as there was nothing she could do but accept the situation as gracefully as possible, she broke off the engagement. Then family circums It had been a big decision for Claire to travel to the South of France to visit her orphaned baby nephew and niece, as she had foreseen that she would meet with hostility from the children's French relatives.
Book List: titles. The Boss's Virgin. The Seduction Business. Angel of Death. The Yuletide Child. Hot Surrender. Treasons of the Heart. An Excellent Wife? Deep and Silent Waters. The Marriage War. Hot Blood. Angry Desire. Dark Fever. Wild Hunger. Walking in Darkness. Haunted Dreams. Deadly Rivals. Secret Obsession. In the Still of the Night. Dark Fate.
Dying for You. Body and Soul. Vampire Lover. Guilty Love. Wounds of Passion.
Falling in Love. Fire in the Blood. Forbidden Fruit. Sleeping Partners. Barbary Wharf - 6 Harlequin Presents - A Sweet Addiction. Barbary Wharf - 5 Harlequin Presents - Playing Hard to Get. Barbary Wharf - 4 Harlequin Presents - Too Close for Comfort. Barbary Wharf - 3 Harlequin Presents - Battle for Possession. Barbary Wharf - 2 Harlequin Presents - Barbary Wharf - 1 Harlequin Presents - Shotgun Wedding. Heart on Fire. There is overlap in these subgenres. Steampunk is science fiction mixed with alternate history which takes place during the Victorian era.
It mixes historical elements with technology think of the television series The Wild Wild West —9. Authors to check out include M.
Hobson and Gail Dayton. The first futuristic romance to be marketed by a mainstream romance publisher, Jayne Ann Krentz 's Sweet Starfire , was published in and was a "classic road trip romance" that just happened to be set in a separate galaxy. Krentz attributes the popularity of this romance genre to the fact that the novels "are, at heart, classic historical romances that just happen to be set on other worlds.
Fantasy Romance, also known as Romantic Fantasy, is a subgenre of fantasy fiction , describing a fantasy story using many of the elements and conventions of the romance genre. Romantic fantasy has been published by both fantasy and romance lines, with some publishers distinguishing between "fantasy romance" being more like a contemporary fantasy novel with romantic elements, and "romantic fantasy" with more emphasis on the romance elements of the story. Time-travel romances are a version of the classic "fish out of water" story.
In most, the heroine is from the present day and travels into the past to meet the hero. In a smaller subset of these novels, the hero, who lives in the past, travels forward into his future to meet the heroine. A successful time-travel romance must have the characters react logically to their experience and should investigate some of the differences, both physical and mental, between the world the character normally inhabits and the one where they landed.
Some writers end their novels with the protagonists trapped in different time periods and unable to be together—to the displeasure of many readers of the genre. Inspirational romance, as the market exists today, combines explicitly Christian themes with the development of a romantic relationship. Sex, if it is present at all, occurs after marriage and is not explicitly detailed. Many novels in this genre also focus on the hero or heroine's faith, turning the love story into "a triangle: the man and the woman and also their relationship with God.
The first line of series inspirational romances debuted shortly after the U. The books were aimed at born-again Christians and were marketed in religious bookstores. The Silhouette Inspirations line was closed after Harlequin acquired Silhouette in because it was not profitable. BET Books purchased the line in , and the number of new authors that they publish has continued to expand each year. BET has also developed some of the Arabesque novels into made-for-television movies.
Two novels were published every month until late , when the line went into hiatus. Although romance novels featuring African-Americans and Hispanic protagonists are becoming more popular, those featuring Asian or Asian-American characters are rare. Author Tess Gerritsen believes this is due to the fact that there are fewer Asian-American women who read romances: "We read romances because we want to feel good about love Erotic romance is a blend of romance and erotica. Erotic romance novels are characterized by strong sexual content, but can contain elements of any of the other romance subgenres.
Erotic romance novels tend to use more frank language, avoiding many of the euphemisms used in books with milder content. These novels also usually include more sex scenes, often focusing more on the sex act rather than being a more traditional love scene, and may include more unusual positions or acts. Pornography concentrates on the sex acts, but erotic novels include well-developed characters and a plot that could exist without the sex acts. Erotic romances' lengths run from short stories to single-title novels. Some of these are published as part of a category, such as Harlequin Blaze, while others are published as part of an anthology and are only novella length.
Even single-title erotic romances may be as short as a novella, however. Many of the publishers of erotic romance are either small press publishers or electronic book publishers. Writers often have more leeway as to what types of erotic acts can be included when working with an electronic publisher than they would have when working with a print publisher. Themes such as pedophilia, incest, and bestiality are discouraged by all publishers. The market for erotic romances has grown rapidly. Ellora's Cave , an electronic publisher that focuses on erotic romance, became the first electronic publisher recognized by the Romance Writers of America as a legitimate publisher.
A survey of regular romance readers the same year "found that they mirror the general population in age, education, and marital and socioeconomic status. The women admitted to reading romances as an antidote to stress, for mental escape, and to learn about history and new careers. This expansion was due in part to voracious readers, with over half of Harlequin's customers purchasing 30 novels per month. By the s, romance had become the most popular genre in modern literature. Over 74 million people claimed to have read at least one romance novel in , according to a Romance Writers of America study.
The study reported that 9. Author Heather Graham attributes this to the fact that "emotions translate easily. Although romance novels are translated into over 90 languages,  most authors of women's fiction are from Great Britain or North America. Some publishing companies in Germany refuse to allow their romance authors to use their own names, fearing that readers will not buy a romance novel that does not have an American pseudonym. The Anglo-Saxon perspective in the fiction at times can be much less successful in a European market.
Although Italy is the strongest foreign market for the chick lit sold by single-title imprint Red Dress Ink, in that country romance readers do not care to read books about cowboys , as this type of occupation was not common in their culture. The paranormal romance genre is not popular in countries such as Poland and Russia, although historical romance tends to be very successful. The alternate scenario also occurs, as other German translators censor the love scenes. The most prestigious and notable awards for romance novels are the RITA Awards , which are presented annually by the Romance Writers of America to the best novels in romantic fiction.
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