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Tell us how we stack up against your other favorite books. What does romance mean to you! What kinds of characters do you identify with! Where should the stories take place? What sort of problems or conflicts should a Changes heroine encounter. In this way we can bring you more of the stories you want to read Cinderella Spy. Leicester: Linford, ; Darcy, Lilian. She had the dream dress, the shoes … and a secret. All she needed was Prince Charming.

Trapped in his heated stare, Catrina knew Patrick saw through her flimsy disguise. Come midnight, would he expose her masquerade … or would this magical night last until dawn-and beyond? But he was still behind her. But she had no illusions about what Patrick Callahan felt, even if he did. Skittering down the steps, she felt her spike-heeled shoe come loose. It hurt. Deliberately, she kicked the shoe off and left it on the step. Like Cinderella. Backcover and come-on blurb. Saving Cinderella. Months ago, rancher Grayson McCall had impulsively married single mom Jill Brown to rescue her from a bad situation.

Now Jill — and her little boy—arrived in Montana desperate for help once more. She needed a small favor — for Grayson to arrange their divorce! But when he took his wife into his arms, their kisses were longer and stronger. Would Prince Charming let his Cinderella go? Or would he claim her for more than one night? Ten more days of him and Jill rubbing up against each other, the way two people inevitably did when they shared the same space. Ten more days of bumping into her in doorways, of watching the way she ate and the way she laughed and the way she so tenderly kissed and hugged her son.

There was something about being married. He kept thinking about what marriage meant. It meant sharing. Sharing their space, as he was doing with Jill. Sharing their stories. Sharing their lives … And marriage meant one more thing, too. It meant sharing a bed.

Finding Her Prince. Duty-bound to serve his country, Prince Stephen Serkin-Rimsky readily agreed to marry a beautiful stranger to safeguard the throne. Even if it meant turning his back on what his own traitorous heart most desired! He was standing beside her, and Suzanne felt the warmth of his forearm against her wrist. She noticed the way his smile lit up his whole face. Maybe here, at last, was someone else who cared about her orphaned niece. The songs you sing to her. Snow white, Blood Red. Tolkien, and Jane Yolen to lament the decline of story-telling as an enterprise of cultural exploration for adults as well as children.

If two or three men sat down to write each what the sonata meant to him, what approximation to define the idea would be the result? A fairytale, a sonata, a gathering storm, a limitless night, seizes you and sweeps you away. The law of each is in the mind of its composer; that law makes one man feel this way, another man feel that way. To one the sonata is a world of odour and beauty, to another of soothing only and sweetness. To one the cloudy rendevous is a wild dance, with terror at its heart; to another a majestic march of heavenly hosts, with Truth in their center pointing their course but as yet restraining her voice.

Black Thorn, White Rose. How many readers know that Cinderella transformed her life of servitude not with the help of talking mice and fairy godmothers, but with the force of her anger, sharp cunning, and wits? Disney movies and films like Pretty Woman illustrate the failure of commercial America to catch the essense of the fairy tale. Ruby Slippers, Golden Tears. The Tenth Annual Collection. New York: St. Black Swan, White Raven. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks, Cinderella and Other Stories.

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The two gentlemen decide to become sponsors of this Cinderella — this Annie Crehan, who cleans and makes beds on the eighth floor of the hotel at a poverty wage. But they are detained in the elevator by the elevator boy who plans to marry her and describes their life together as blissful. The elevator boy remains in possession of his Annie, and she remains ignorant of her talent, but presumably happy.

The Lion and the Unicorn. Illustrated by Howard Chandler Christy. The Cinderella Coach. But her design won her an apprenticeship to a California float-building company. They want her instead to marry her intended, a point which irritates Trask all the more. But neither could count on their falling in love with each other. Their parade becomes so grand a success that they become partners — for life, building a legacy for their children.

The Cinderella Dare. When Mary Ellen Spencer was finally able to fulfill all her hopes and dreams and transform herself and her life, she found that it was not so easy to leave the old self behind. It took her best friend, Patsy, to dare her to live the life of Cinderella. Skip Toland, once her high-school dreamboat, had become even better as a man. Flyleaf: Why did he keep telling her she was elegant and romantic?

It felt as if he were talking to someone else, perhaps to the fantasy Mariel. And she would have drunk them in without question. But Mariel Spencer, age thirty-one, had learned to be cautious. And now, not so magically, the transformation had taken place. So why did she feel like a fraud? This was her face and her body, but inside there still lived a heavyset woman who rarely rated a second glance from men. Who was she really?

Cindy and the Fella. Duets vol. Don Mills, Ont. Diamond, Calling All Glass Slippers. Never willing to accept defeat, she heads to California to win back her man. Now if only Cindy could figure out which fella is really right for her! She began to shimmy. For the first time he understood why the Puritans had disapproved of dancing. Those fools! Caught in the moment, Hugh lifted her chin and touched his lips to hers. When her tongue flicked against his mouth, he claimed a deep, thorough kiss. What was happening? Shocked, he drew back.

His midsection still suspiciously tight, Hugh glanced at his statue of a fertility goddess standing in the corner. He could have sworn she wore a Mona Lisa smile. Calling all Glass Slippers. Diamond, Cindy and the Fella. Backcover: Laura Ellison never thought her comic play about love would win an award.

Now her alma mater is performing it, and her ex is directing! When she shook her head, her red hair gave a suggestive bounce. He wanted to spend more time together doing things — dancing, joking, talking. Yes, it was probably for the best. London: Chapman and Hall, The orphan is forced to work among cinders and thus her name. As she works she occupies her mind with the general question of the Ocean Penny Postage and the orations of Nehemiah Nicks.

Colonel Bloomer. At the ball the king is unable to greet her because a delegate from the United States has just moved that the King do take a chair and the motion has been seconded and carried unanimously. But the Prince, covered from head to foot with Total Abstinence Medals, greets her and falls in love. The ball has to end at a quarter of twelve because an inspired delegate drank all the water in the decanter and fainted, so the King called for an adjournment until tomorrow.

Next night Cinderella overstays, and loses her shoe fleeing. The Prince advertises in the newspaper in his land there are as many newspapers as there are in the United States , and innumerable ladies answer the ad, but none fit the slipper until Cinderella slips the shoe on, wearing her sensible blue bloomers from her grandmother, without which the Prince would probably never have seen her feet. New York: Dell, Dixon, W. MacNeile With Illustrations by George Morrow.

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New York: Oxford University Press, [c. Three small boys at the seashore watch a crab crawl under a stone and disappear in the sand. The end papers include a map of the two lands of dreams beyond the Wan Water, one near the mountains of the moon, where dark things happen, and the other under the sun where there be many marvells in the warm countrie. On the moon side occur adventures with giants, witches, and divels many; on the sun side are giant fowl, fays, the unicorn, the cameleppard that eateth of the palm trees, and fairy godmothers. It is graced with a fountain, a cuckoo lodge, a summer house and, to the north, a dark tower on the moon side and a round tower toward the sun.

Outside the wall, to the south, is a school of experimenters and Pottlepo farm. Litt Glasgow who wrote extensively on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. For a more detailed description, please read the full annotation in the Beauty and the Beast section, found here. The Cinderella Salesman. Rockville, New York: Farnsworth, Dokey, Cameron. Before Midnight. New York: Simon Pulse, This version contains a positive representation of the stepmother and portrays the initial problems in the family as Cendrillon, the main character, fails to reveal that she is not a servant.

Dokey shifts the villainy to the father as he schemes to control the kingdom and punishes his new wife and her children as much as Cendrillon. The novel is suitable for young adults. New York: Joanna Cotler Books, Each tale feeds into the next story so that the stories occur as conversations between characters who often appear in more than one tale.

Between each ball, the woman helps the girl to transform her perception of the world and herself. On the third night, the Prince proposes. The heroine runs away, leaving only a shoe behind. A king and queen were extremely close, and the king also had a pet donkey on which he doted. When the queen dies, the king loses his mind and has the donkey come to sleep in his bedchamber. His courtiers urge him to remarry, but he wants a woman who resembles his wife; the courtiers search but find no one who looks like the queen.

One day, the king sees his daughter and falls in love with her. The courtiers encourage her to humor her father and flirt with him while they seek better doctors.

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The girl then asks for the skin of the donkey, which she assumes will stop her father, but when he places the skin beside her, she is truly horrified, not just at the idea of incest but at how the father will use and destroy whatever he claims to care for. She survives in the wild for many months, before arriving in another kingdom. Huntsmen bring her to the Prince, dressed as a wild creature, and the man gives the girl a job in the kitchen.

The heroine is smitten with his physical appearance, and at a holiday some time later, she escapes from the kitchen, washes, and tries on all three of the dresses. That night, she arrives at the ball in one of the dresses, and the confused Prince suspects that he knows her. She leaves him at the end of the ball and puts the skin back on but continues to wear the wedding band. Her lover searches for the girl, and when he comes to the kitchen, she expects him to recognize her.

He questions her, but the girl does not reveal her presence at the ball, and when the prince leaves without realizing that she was his dance partner, the girl becomes furious. Dooley, Douglas, Amanda Minnie Chicago: M. Donohue, Duncan, Sara Jeannette Ottawa: Tecumseh Press, Eklund, Mary Louise. Jean Rabe and Martin H. New York: Daw Books, The stepsister describes the courtship of her mother and Claus Van Schouwen during which her mother overlooked the protestations of Cordelia and Estella whenever they interacted with the cruel Cindy. Estella insists that all three girls were invited to the ball but that Cinderella refused to attend.

During the festivity, the Prince was attracted to Estella until Cinderella arrived and appeared to enchant him with potentially dark magic. Once she became engaged to Albert Charming, Cinderella used the media to torment her relatives until the stepmother fell ill and Cordelia fled town. During their first year of marriage, Albert began an affair with Estella.

At the anniversary party, Estella attempts to make an arrangement with Cinderella in order to provide for her family and secure her relationship, but the princess mocks her. Overcome by rage, Estella violently kills Cinderella before fleeing to Albert. Once he vows to look after her family, the stepsister waits for the police to hear her confession at her home. The detective recording her story is so moved that he passes the information on to the media, and he hopes that the jury will be sympathetic at her trail. Cinderella Rockefeller. New York: Freundlich Books, Children in the Wood.

New York: McLoughlin, [18?? Erskine, John. Indianapolis: Bobbs-Merrill, She is patient as Griselda. Includes Beauty and Beast components in her retreat to safety. The Glass Slipper. Reissued Lippencott, At the ball she overstays the deadline but the other women simply think she is a serving girl and pay no attention. The prince likewise ignores her, until he learns to see better.

In thirty chapters. Kindle Edition. The Diamond Slipper. Cinderella, perhaps? The betrothal gift is a charm bracelet with a tiny, glittering diamond slipper attached … as befits a journey into a fairy-tale future. But Cordelia—young, headstrong and completely adorable—runs into trouble right away.

Her escort to the wedding is the golden-eyed sensual, teasing Viscount Leo Kierston. There is, however, no escaping her arranged marriage. Cordelia struggles courageously against a man determined to break her spirit. But her husband has a secret, one that will bring down the vengeance of her beloved Viscount Kierston. University of Nebraska, A proletarian Cinderella who married an impoverished sugarcane plantation owner, she metamorphosed into a wicked stepmother to his daughter and is poisoned by the patriarchal fantasies she swallowed when young.

The Cinderella Bride. Thorndike, Maine: Thorndike Press, Fredrickson, Michael. A Cinderella Affidavit. The police arrest the man, but the court orders them to produce the confidential snitch whose information was the basis of the bust. The search for the informant will plunge lawyers on both sides of the case into the legal battle of their lives.

Cinderella of the Storm. Chicago, Garbera, Katherine. A second chance at love? The Sagebrush, Montana, spread had once been his salvation, though Lynn had been his nemesis.

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But the troublemaking brat had turned into a fresh-faced beauty. Though only days from foreclosure, Lynn was no Cinderella waiting to be rescued. Just as well, since silver-eyed Seth was no Prince Charming. To be made his wife, in every sense of the word. Seth wanted marriage, too — but without love.

Or so his loner heart said. Passionate, powerful, and provocative. Angie Donahue, has been arrested! Sources report that Ms. Police investigations leading up to her arrest indicate that the Kellys may be behind the recent spate of troubles that have plagued the prestigious Connelly family these last few months.

And how is Seth Connelly, a well-respected attorney in the Windy City, taking the news? It means that Seth has taken an undetermined leave of absence from his law practice and from Chicago. Police report that hotshot P. Tom Reynolds, hired to protect the family, has turned up dead, the apparent victim of foul play. In the wake of these latest disclosures, we expect local sympathies to be with Seth, a reserved lone wolf who never became a true bachelor-about-town like so many of the Connelly sons.

Chicago awaits his return! Overnight Cinderella. Still, the plain-Jane stirred his fantasies, but Duke vowed to keep a safe distance from her thousand-watt smile. And fast. Cami smiled widely and closed her eyes. He sees me in his future. He sees past my surface to the passionate woman underneath. He unlocks me from my slumber as surely as Prince Charming awakened Sleeping Beauty with one pure kiss.

Her eyes were closed, her head tipped back and her body pressed to his. He realized she must be a virgin. Only a woman as sweet as Cami would share the fantasy of her soul with him. And it moved him. But could it move him to marriage? Yes it could. Today he was marrying the sexy little tornado that had shaken his world and rearranged it … What had he done to deserve her? Wyoming Cinderella. A massive, primal desire hammered at his resistance. He simply must keep his luscious live-in temptation out of his bedroom! But how to avoid her bedroom eyes?

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Ella felt utterly transformed! And with just a little coaxing, this sexy older man had introduced her to womanhood. Hawk had expected her to give a sigh of relief. Would silverware at ten paces be fitting? The lightest touch of his arm against her body was enough to set her imagination sailing for erotic destinations. The thought of those arms wrapped around her waist … Of his big, masculine hands caressing her … Of stepping back and cuddling her body against his in a fit as perfect as the two spoons he lifted out of the silverware drawer. Circumstances of birth and lack of opportunity were nothing in comparison to how this wonderful man made her feel.

A Country Cinderella. New York: Fitzgerald Publishing Corporation, George, Jessica Day. Princess of Glass. New York: Bloomsbury, Princess Poppy, one of the former twelve princesses, participates in a royalty-exchange program only to find herself caught up in a Cinderella story gone wrong. The young woman cannot appear to do anything correctly, and finally, The Corley, a witch with her own back-story of loss and grief, seduces the girl with promises of a better life.

With each ball, the enchantment on Prince Christian grows and the spells on Eleanora strengthen with her feet slowly turning to glass. Because of her past experiences, Poppy sees through the black magic affecting every one, and between her cleverness, knitting, and rudimentary white magic, she helps save everyone by agreeing to pose as Ellen and face The Corley, who makes the enchanted Prince attempt to find his true bride. Christian chooses Poppy, the young woman he loves, rather than the false bride, Eleanora.

The Cinderella Search. So now, with Steven Jackson on the scene, she steered clear of his Prince Charming vibes. Steven had dated lots of women, but no one fit the glass slipper of his dreams. She would play ghost and scare the unwanted buyer away, except that she came crashing through the ceiling into his arms, where she felt those delicious vibes all over again. But she fled, leaving behind one ugly sandal. Steven set up a booth at the town festival, insisting that he would try the shoe on every woman in town in hope of figuring out who the woman who fell through the ceiling was.

Even if the shoe did not fit he promised to kiss the one who tried, which turned all the women on, except Lissa. She held out, but at the end, Steven proved so charming that even though she knew that charmers were bad news, no matter how intoxicating their kisses, she let the slipper be fitted where it belonged. Still, she distrusted Steve. But at last she agreed to marry him, and the hotel will stay in the family — for the grandchildren. Normal, Illinois: Dalkey Archive Press, Albany: Fisk and Little, ?.

Griffiths, Michael. Cinderella With Amnesia. London: Inter-Varsity Press, Get Your Act Together, Cinderella! Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Just Ella. Pitiless and cold, the royals try to mold her into their vision of a princess. How else could the poor girl wear a beautiful gown, arrive in a coach, and dance in those glass slippers?

But there is no fairy godmother to help Ella escape the deadening life of the castle. She learns that she must do things on her own, makes her departure. The prince ends up with the step family, who are more easily molded. Ella makes contact with an old friend Jed. But more important, she likes the way she is living her new life as she goes back to work. Emma and the Earl.

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New York: Silhouette Romance, Backcover: In love with an earl? American Emma Lawrence knew she was too ordinary to ever have a British aristocrat fall in love with her! Flyleaf: It looks like a fairy tale. Even the hardest of hearts would be moved by this kind of beauty. He wanted to kiss her. He was fairly certain she wanted the same thing. He looked at her. What do you mean? Remember that. No matter what happens.

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Annie and the Prince. Backcover: Someday her prince would come. Librarian Annie Barimer always played by the rules and the result was dullsville. So when she had a chance to tutor two little princesses, well, how could she resist? Soon Annie found herself working in a faraway castle — and falling for her very own prince! Handsome, commanding, yet tender, he was just about perfect.

Now if only he would guarantee her dreams came true! Flyleaf: It was joy he was seeing and hearing. His children and Annie were laughing as they pounded snow into balls and tossed them at each other. Annie looked at him then, and something between them connected and he nearly smiled back. What would it feel like, Hans wondered, to just give in to the urge to take her into his arms?

What would it be like to kiss her? He was overwhelmed by the urge to try. God, she was lovely. Maybe it was the soft light, or the drifting snow, or the crisp chill air, but suddenly Annie looked delicious enough to eat. And he was hungry. The Flyaways and Cinderella. Illustrated by Walter S. She loved three things. The Prince has been taken captive by three Black Robbers and a mean elf. Pa sets out to rescue the Prince and does so with the help of a magic whistle and the ingenuity of Ma and the children, as well as his own cleverness.

But once safe back at the palace Cinderella disappears, stolen away by a Glass Man who takes her in a cloud of steam to the Candy King, who would force her to make sugar plums for him. She in turn is rescued with the aid of the dirigible and the threat of dropping rocks on the candy shop, and all return to the palace and then home.

Pa promises the children to go fairylanding again. A Southern Cinderella. Chicago: T. Denison, Harrington, Rebie. Cinderella Takes a Holiday in the Northland. Revell, Hawes, Louise. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, She is suddenly not the sweet and innocent girl who attracted him as she spends more and more time with the queen, only returning to the Prince at night, where she insists that he recounts his impressions of seeing her beauty before allowing him to make love to her.

Eventually, his new wife demands that the Prince execute her stepmother and stepsisters with the support of the queen, but the Prince refuses. After that night, Cinderella returns to his bed, demanding the usual the story of her glory and beauty. Disheartened by these events, the Prince turns into his father and begins an affair with a dairy maid during the day before returning to his wife at night, who perpetually wants to hear the story of self-flattery again and again.

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She tries to convince everyone she's fine--despite the shadows she sees forming around another patient and the urge to scream which comes burbling up again and again. His interest in her was purely professional Nash Kirkland had sought out Morgana Donovan, self-proclaimed witch, to help him research his latest screenplay. The hardheaded skeptic didn't believe for a minute she was what she professed to be, but Nash somehow found himself falling under her bewitching spell.

Nash had never trusted his feelings. How could he be sure the irresistible passion he felt was real and not just some conjurer's trick? Marketing exec Gabrielle Flannery isn't what you'd call the outdoorsy type. But after an embarrassing incident with a potted plant leaves Gabrielle revealing more leg than a Thanksgiving turkey, she decides it's time to reassert herself. Even if it means going head-to-head with marketing golden boy and the office Hottie McHot, Dell Kingston, over an outdoor gear account. Investigator Drey St. John never dreamed helping the Braddocks discover the truth behind their father's fatal crash would lead to his own mother's shocking confession: Senator Braddock was Drey's biological father.

Determined to solve the case, Drey enlisted all-work-and-no-play Charlene Anderson's help. But the more time he spent with the beautiful forensic scientist, the more he realized their sharp banter fronted a simmering mutual attraction that wouldn't be denied. About to be executed for murder, Yelena is offered an extraordinary reprieve.

She'll eat the best meals, have rooms in the palace, and risk assassination by anyone trying to kill the Commander of Ixia. And so Yelena chooses to become a food taster. Sheltered preacher's daughter Haley Foster ran away from her small town to do all the "bad" things she'd never done.

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She soon found herself in a hotel room with U. Marshal Kevin Harmon. But her knight in shining armor showed no interest in teaching a disappointed Haley Lovemaking So Sophie knows it's not paranoia, or post-divorce, living-alone-again jitters, when she becomes convinced that a crazed reader is sneaking into her apartment to reenact scenes from her books. The police, however, can't tell a good plot from an unmarked grave. But then Dena—best friend, bridesmaid and all-around vixen—is mysteriously shot just after the announcement. Leave this to the authorities?

No way. Mitch Peabody was learning pretty fast that the life of a private detective was nothing like the movies. Instead he saw case after case of cheating husbands, suspicious wives and unsuspecting mistresses…until she walked through the door. She plans to make her comeback by turning temporary DJ Charlie Tenniel into a household name. And if he's willing to help cure her breakup blues with a rebound fling, that's an added bonus. Mystery writer and dabbling recreational sleuth Sophie Katz is head over heels in love--with a three-bedroom Victorian.

She's just got to have it, despite a few drawbacks. Her slimy ex is the Realtor. The rich, creepy seller wants her to join San Francisco's spirited Specter Society. And her first tour of the house reveals, well, a lifeless body clutching a cameo with a disturbing history of its own. Sophie Katz's relationship with the irresistible and occasionally insufferable P. Anatoly Darinsky is on the fritz when a friend recruits Sophie's investigation skills to decode her possibly two-timing husband's strange behavior.

When Sophie shows up in a short, red cocktail dress and her friend's hubby winds up dead, the loveable would-be sleuth can't help but take on the job. The last time Sophie saw sexy P. Anatoly Darinsky, he practically danced a jig when she waved goodbye; a normal reaction for a man who'd nearly bought the farm trying to protect her from her own foolishness. What are the chances he'd agree to take incriminating pictures of her sister's philandering husband? Or that he'd let her tag along, you know, for research?

With meticulous career planning and a couple of dirty martinis, there is very little that New York City investment banker Vina Chopra can't do. And now that she's decided to get serious about finding her mate, there is very little that Vina won't try, even if it means letting her parents get involved. After all, what does she have to lose? Her longest-term relationship thus far has been with the ulcer she ultimately named Fred unless you count the ex-boyfriend who won't go away. When her boyfriend of three months, Tad Showers, proposes, year-old April thinks that everything in her life is finally falling into place.

Between her flaky, tree-hugging mother and her she-devil boss, marriage seems like the place she'll find love and security. Tad's exactly the kind of man April wants: smart, ambitious, and wildly romantic. Broken, smashed, and stomped in the mud. That's how Charlotte Bell's heart ended up the last time she let her emotions heat up on a nanny assignment.

So taking a new position in frigid Iceland, working for Ambassador Edgar Rawlings, might be just what Charlotte needs in order to heal up and chill out. This time, she's determined to be intrepid and courageous. She's even read all 56 original Nancy Drew books in preparation. Karrie Kline had kissed her share of frogs.

But when it came to finding her prince, her pond was dry. With disappointments ranging from a Colorado-bound Casanova to a lascivious lawyer she meets online, Karrie's frustration climbs so high, even dreams of meeting her match on her own reality show become a nightmare. But she still has her tales. Claire Daniels is looking for love, even if she has to get it from her ex-boyfriend!

But when she sees him on the last night of the year with another woman, she kisses the guy closest to her instead! Only, he doesn't want to stop at a kiss. Jake Stevens, star reporter and celebrated literary genius, is a snake. How else to explain the way he turns Poppy Birmingham's hero worship into loathing with a single conversation? So what if she's got a lot to learn about journalism? Aren't they coworkers now? On the same team? After a rough childhood with a mother who liked her men in prison-jumpsuit orange, Jane changed her name, her look and her taste for bad boys.

So why is she lusting for William Chase with his tattoo-covered biceps and steel-toed boots? The man blows things up for a living! Pilot Amanda Bauer has always craved a life of adventure Lucky for her, she's currently getting her thrills by indulging in naughty games with hunky Reese Campbell! After their first explosive encounter, they arrange to get together every couple of months for days filled with fantasy and wild, no-strings sex.

It wasn't every day that the sexiest man on earth appeared at her door, looking like God's gift in a black leather jacket. And Tara's chances of playing it cool with a man as hot as Thorn were about as good as a snowball's in hell. But when Tara reversed roles in their game of seduction, what were the odds of Thornthe ultimate bad boycoming out on top?

When Shelly Brockman walked into his office, Sheriff Dare Westmoreland could almost taste the sweet, steamy passion they'd once shared. Then Shelly informed him he was the father of her son, the unruly preteen he'd arrested that day, and his fantasies turned to fury! Repo woman Morgan Swan can hardly believe it. She's been hopelessly infatuated with headline-stealing heartthrob Kingston "Mac" McRae for most of her life, and now she's in his driveway, about to repossess his fancy car.

If only she could pick up the rest of him so easily. Mac can't believe it, either. His car is being stolen Regina Foxworth has no clue why an unknown assailant is out to get a small-town reporter like her. Or why the police won't take her concerns seriously. So Regina gets a guard dog - make that a four-pound "guard" Chihuahua! But defending herself is the last thing on her mind when sexy instructor Riley Moore has her pinned to the mat. Judd Sanders couldn't believe it when the beautiful, wide-eyed woman he rescued from some drunk hoodlums started poking her gorgeous little nose into his business.

She was obviously a menace to herself - not to mention to his libido.