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BESTSELLING AUTHOR COLLECTION Reader-favorite romances in collectible volumes from our bestselling authors. BROKEN HEARTS MEND When Katie Rogers returns to Dundee, Idaho, it's not because she wants to. It's because she's disillusioned, broke-and pregnant. She was going to make something of her life in the big city. Instead, she's paying a high price for trusting the wrong man. Booker Robinson is the man she didn't trust, the man she'd left behind in Dundee…and the first person she sees when she comes back. But despite Booker's notorious past, he now has a successful business and a home of his own. Katie's vowed she'll never trust the wrong man again. But sometimes a man isn't everything he seems. And sometimes he's more… Previously published as A Family of Her Own FREE BONUS STORY INCLUDED IN THIS VOLUME! Temperatures Rising by New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson As a hurricane hits the Florida Keys, Sherri Griffin and Terrence Jeffries are stranded together, making their own shelter from the storm-and walking right into the eye of a hurricane of passion.Show more
This highly acclaimed book examines how the quality of medical care is influenced by what doctors feel-the fear, anxiety, empathy, and even love that impact patient care While much has been written about the minds and methods of the medical professionals who save our lives, precious little has been said about their emotions. Physicians are assumed to be objective, rational beings, easily able to detach as they guide patients and families through some of life's most challenging moments. But understanding doctors' emotional responses to the life-and-death dramas of everyday practice can make all the difference on giving and getting the best medical care. Digging deep into the lives of doctors, Dr. Danielle Ofri examines the daunting range of emotions-shame, anger, empathy, frustration, hope, pride, occasionally despair, and sometimes even love-that permeate the contemporary doctor-patient connection. Drawing on scientific studies, including some surprising research, Dr. Ofri offers up an unflinching look at the impact of emotions on health care. Dr. Ofri takes us into the swirling heart of patient care, telling stories of caregivers caught up and occasionally torn down by the whirlwind life of doctoring. She admits to the humiliation of an error that nearly killed one of her patients. She mourns when a beloved patient is denied a heart transplant. She tells the riveting stories of an intern traumatized when she is forced to let a newborn die in her arms, and of a doctor whose daily glass of wine to handle the frustrations of the ER escalates into a destructive addiction. Ofri also reveals that doctors cope through gallows humor, find hope in impossible situations, and surrender to ecstatic happiness when they triumph over illness.Show more
A down-on-her-luck city girl searches for new purpose among the shelves of a failing bookstore in the quaint town of Pine Ridge, New York-until a forbidden love tempts her to go off-book. When life sets fire to your happily ever after, you ditch your cheating boyfriend, trade in the city life for the off-the-grid seclusion of your mother's bookstore in the mountains...and try to resist your attraction to the brooding town mechanic you accidentally got into a fender bender with outside the local bar. Sydney Walsh might be falling head over heels for the romance novels she's stocking up to rebuild The Loving Page, but she has no delusions about actually starring in one. That chapter has closed. Beneath Sam Kirkland's gruff mountain-man exterior lies a gentle heart and a burning desire for the woman he knows he can't have. He's made promises that anchor him to the past, making romance off-limits. And he accepted that-until Sydney came crashing into his life. Sam can't do a relationship right now. Sydney doesn't have the wherewithal to believe in one. But when you meet the right person, the wrong circumstances don't matter. Even when the world seems to be doing its best to keep them apart, their real, one-of-a-kind love is worth fighting for.Show more
John I have no idea how to survive without my beloved Ava. She had no choice but to move on with her life during my six-year deployment and has now married Eric. I hate him for taking her from me. I'd prefer to wallow in my depression and heartbreak, but the whole damned world wants a piece of the SEAL Team leader who helped capture the world's most-wanted terrorist. I need help handling the relentless requests, and when Ava sends her new sister-in-law to manage the media circus for me, I'm prepared to hate her on principle. Her brother took my Ava. What else do I need to know about her? Julianne It takes five seconds to realize Ava's ex is going to be the most complicated and difficult client I've ever had, but the opportunity to represent the most celebrated man in the world could make my career. I'm determined to do the job, even if I dislike John from the moment I meet him. And I like everyone-so much so that my brothers worry about me being exploited by those who would take advantage of my unwavering love for others. But John? He's in a class all by himself, and his bitterness is a festering wound that I begin to wish I could somehow fix for him. The more time we spend together the more our mutual disdain morphs into something that feels an awful lot like desire. There's no way I can want this man-or so I tell myself. If Eric found out that I've developed feelings for the man causing trouble in his new marriage, that would be a hot mess...Show more
I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn't know then was that I'd never see John again after he deployed. One day, he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next, he was gone. That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I'm stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister's wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again. Then the world is riveted by the capture of the terrorist mastermind, brought down by U.S. Special Forces in a daring raid. Now I am trapped between hoping I'll hear from John and fearing what'll become of my new life with Eric if I do.Show more
Glamour, danger, liberation: In a Mad Men era of commercial flight, Pan Am World Airways attracted the kind of young woman who wanted out and wanted up. Required to have a college education, speak two languages, and possess the political savvy of a Foreign Service officer, a jet-age stewardess serving on iconic Pan Am between 1966 and 1975 also had to be between five foot three and five foot nine, between 105 and 140 pounds, and under 26 years of age at the time of hire. Cooke's intimate storytelling weaves together the real-life stories of a memorable cast of characters, from small-town girl Lynne Totten, a science major who decided life in a lab was not for her, to Hazel Bowie, one of the relatively few Black stewardesses of the era, as they embraced the liberation of their new jet-set life. Cooke brings to light the story of Pan Am stewardesses' role in the Vietnam War, as the airline added runs from Saigon to Hong Kong for planeloads of weary young soldiers straight from the battlefields, who were off for five days of R&R, and then flown back to war. Finally, with Operation Babylift - the dramatic evacuation of 2,000 children during the fall of Saigon - the book's special cast of stewardesses unites to play an extraordinary role on the world stage.Show more
Landon Connor is a man of many talents–all business magazines agree on that. My family calls me a workaholic, but being driven and career-focused is what turned me into a hotshot CEO. I have good reasons for keeping my personal life on hold. Then Maddie Jennings walks into my life and makes me question all my choices. Maddie says she hasn’t met anyone like me before, and hopes she never will again. Good. I can’t stand the thought of anyone else getting the reactions I do out of her when I boss her around, when I stand just a little too close. Pretending to ignore the way I make her feel is becoming her full-time job. I’m not ignoring anything about her, from her curves to the sweetness in her smile. She’s all I see, and everything I want. Maddie can’t help giving in to my romantic overtures and the intoxicating feeling when we touch. But even as our passion grows, I can’t help but wonder—can I prove I’m ready to open my heart for longer than a summer?Show more
I made my name winning cases. Carter Sloane is known for being sharp, astute, and never taking no for an answer. At home, though, I’m fumbling my way through raising my two nieces and saying yes to far too many bowls of ice cream. If only I wasn’t so distracted by the woman across from my new office. Running a booming fragrance business gives Valentina Connor a great excuse to avoid dating. But I see right through her. I’m not going to be another bad decision. I can’t believe how easily Val slips into our lives, doting on my nieces and making me fall for her. I'd move mountains to make her happy, but with Val's career soaring, how can I ask her to commit to the chaos of my life?Show more
A sizzling romance from USA Today Bestselling Author Layla Hagen I am wildly successful in my career. Everyone knows Graham Frazier, soccer club owner, is a winner. In my love life? Decidedly less so. But just because I’m divorced doesn’t mean I can’t throw my best friend the wedding party of the year. Even if marriage is a mistake. I hadn’t expected the long hours with Lori to make me wonder. Wedding planning is Lori Connor’s favorite thing, a vicarious escape from her life as a single mom. I doubt she’s ever had a client fluster her like I seem to. She says she’s supposed to keep my sarcasm in check, but I keep finding her eyes on my abs more than my best man’s speech. Maybe that’s how her guard got lowered enough to end up spending the night with me. I was already pursuing her relentlessly before I met her son, but damned if that kid doesn’t have me wrapped around his finger even faster than his mother did. Lori seems charmed by the bond forming between her little guy and myself. They’re rapidly consuming my every waking thought—but can I truly rekindle a belief in forever?Show more
I've always relished being a man of mystery. My LA hotel empire is public, but my private life as plain old Reid Davenport stays that way. Right up until it doesn't, and the tabloids threaten not just my privacy, but that of my family. I'd do anything to protect them from the limelight. But must it involve Hailey, the fiery PR consultant I can't stop fantasizing about? Hailey Connor keeps warning me she won't take on an uncooperative client. So why is she so compelled to help me? Maybe it's something about how her face softens when I talk about my family. Maybe it's because she genuinely wants to help. Or maybe it's my brooding demeanor that causes her to melt so fast when I kiss her. Even though I'm constantly infuriated by this little spitfire bossing me around, every time she smiles, I can't help wanting to pull her close and not let go. I think Hailey is starting to fall for me, despite being my polar opposite. But when our worlds collide, can I convince her we're a perfect match?Show more
I believe in rules to live by. It’s how I built my reputation as Will Connor—the tough cop, and how I’ve survived being one. I give a hundred percent to the job, I care for my family, and I never, ever ignore my instincts. So when I meet Paige, all my senses go on high alert. As the developmental director of a non-profit, Paige Lamonica meets a lot of people. That’s how she got so good at reading them. But I enjoy surprising her at every turn. She keeps expecting a jerk. Maybe it’s my confidence. Maybe it’s my looks. But every layer I pull back for her reveals someone she didn’t see coming. I need a date to my sister’s wedding, and it’s not just to throw my relatives off. I want her for real, and I’m determined to close this case. Paige grew up in a military family and knows full well the toll loving a man in uniform takes. Can I persuade her to take a chance on me?Show more
The Office meets Stephen King, dressed up in holiday tinsel, in this fun, festive, and frightening horror-comedy set during the horror publishing boom of the '80s, by New York Times bestselling satirist Andrew Shaffer. Out of work for months, Lussi Meyer is desperate to work anywhere in publishing. Prestigious Blackwood-Patterson isn't the perfect fit, but a bizarre set of circumstances leads to her hire and a firm mandate: Lussi must find the next horror superstar to compete with Stephen King, Anne Rice, and Peter Straub. It's the '80s, after all, and horror is the hottest genre. But as soon as she arrives, Lussi finds herself the target of her coworkers' mean-spirited pranks. The hazing reaches its peak during the company's annual Secret Santa gift exchange, when Lussi receives a demonic-looking object that she recognizes but doesn't understand. Suddenly, her coworkers begin falling victim to a series of horrific accidents akin to a George Romero movie, and Lussi suspects that her gift is involved. With the help of her former author, the flamboyant Fabien Nightingale, Lussi must track down her anonymous Secret Santa and figure out the true meaning of the cursed object in her possession before it destroys the company-and her soul.Show more
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