The agent Jojo, a high-flying literary agent on the up, has just made a very bad career move: she's jumped into bed with her married boss Markhellip; The bestseller Jojo's sweet-natured client Lily's first novel is a roaring success. She and lover Anton celebrate by spending the advance for her second book. Then she gets writer's blockhellip; The unknown Gemma used to be Lily's best friend until Lily 'stole' Anton. Now she's writing her own story painfully and hilariously when supershark agent Jojo stumbles across ithellip; When their fortunes become entangled, it seems too much to hope that they'll all find a happy ending. But maybe they'll each discover that there's more than one side to every storyhellip;
A secretary's silent passion for her boss meets the acid test on a business trip; a man and a woman's mutual disdain at first sight shows how deceptive appearances can be; an insecure wife clings to the illusion of order, only to discover chaos at the hands of a house-sitter who opens the wrong doors; a pair of star-crossed travellers pick up each other's bags, and then learn when you unlock a stranger's suitcase, you enter a stranger's life. These and many more poignant, ironic, often humorous stories - unforgettable slices of life - show why Maeve Binchy is one of the world's favourite storytellers.
The #1 national bestseller is now available in this movie tie-in edition just in time for the December release of Miramax Films' highly anticipated sequel to "Bridget Jones's Diary," starring Rene Zellweger and Colin Firth.
The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica Vol. 5 (Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica)
Here in one sizzling volume is the finest erotic writing of 2004-05 from the finest writers around the world. Exploring the erotic experience in all its weird and wonderful variety-from the tough to the tender, the mainstream to the bizarre—The Mammoth Book of the Best New Erotica Volume 5 is a must-have collection that promises to both excite and inspire.
Daisy MacLean runs the country house hotel owned by her flamboyant father, Hector. When she hears who's about to get married there, she isn't worried at all - her friend Tara absolutely promises there won't be any trouble between her and ex-boyfriend Dominic, whom she hasn't seen for years. But Dominic has other ideas... Meanwhile, Hector's getting up to all sorts with...well, that's the village's best kept secret. And then Barney turns up, with a little something belonging to the husband Daisy's been doing her best to forget. That's the thing about hotels, you never know who you're going to meet. Or whether they're going to stay...
All you need is love? For the residents of swanky Mayfair Estates, a pre-nup is just another item on the wedding to-do checklist—but three friends get more than they bargained for when they promise to love, cherish . . . and sign on the dotted line.Ellie married her handsome, wealthy Prince Charming when she was young, naive, and willing to sign a one-sided pre-nup in the name of true love. But seven years and one toddler later, her happily-ever-after has come screeching to a halt. If she can’t save her marriage, she’s determined to save her divorce…. When Jen married Eric, he knew she wasn’t head over heels. Still, he insisted they were perfect together and even bankrolled her business. But when Jen’s career takes off, she may lose the husband she loves more than she realized—and everything else she’s worked for…. Up-and-coming attorney Mara is sure her fiancé has forgiven her for a foolish one-night fling—until he adds a “cheating clause” to the pre-nup she had demanded. If he really trusts her, why the clause? And if she’s really trustworthy, why is she objecting? As romance collides with real life, three very different women turn to each other for moral support and insights about how to safeguard their most valuable assets: their hearts.
''She lists like Hornby. She talks dirty like Amis. She has the misanthropy of Larkin and examines the finer points of sexual technique as she is adjusting the torque on a beloved but temperamental old E-type...It's hard to believe that this clever and candid new voice has no more to say. Whoever the author is, she should give up the day job. Only then will we find out what the real Belle de Jour is made of.' IndependentThis follow-up to the hugely successful 'Intimate Adventures' will be just as bold, funny and brilliant. Peppered with agony-aunt letters and advice, and stories from her 'working' life, it's also the story of a young woman making her way in the world - told in Belle's inimitable voice.
Fending for herself in the wake of a chronically unemployed, dysfunctional mother, ten-year-old Evelyn Bucknow experiences feelings of confinement in their small Midwestern town and suffers the heartache of a first love.
As she navigates the perils of glamorous high-society New York, newlywed Sylvia Mortimer encounters Lauren Blount, a very rich, thin, pretty, and reckless member of Manhattan's Debutante Divorce set and the city's most notorious Husband Huntress, who sets her sights on Sylvia's own spouse and awakens Sylvia's fears of adultery. By the author of Bergdorf Blondes.
Heartwarming stories by New York Times Four bridesmaids stitch a wedding quilt-and find it's the groom's brother that has the bride snagged-in Jennifer Blake's novella. Jo Anne Cassity pits the owners of rival stores in a competition to bid for a handmade quilt-and each other's affections. Linda Shertzer tells of a man who demands the return of a keepsake quilt from a young widow, and tries not to fall in love. Christina Cordaire follows a modern career woman who finds herself flung back to the 1840s-who now must work to save the unraveling relationship of wayward lovebirds.
New York Times bestselling author and Cosmopolitan editor in chief Kate White delivers a sensational mystery that sends her gutsy, single, thirty-something sleuth Bailey Weggins behind the scenes of a hot new TV show.Do old flames burn brightest? Now that the TV show Morgue is shooting in Manhattan, the crime journalist for Buzz is remembering her fling with its gorgeous star, Chris Wickersham. But when Chris does contact Bailey Weggins, his intentions are all too honorable: It's to tell her that an actor from the show has gone missing.Delving deep into the glamorous yet crazy world of TV, Bailey soon finds herself in the middle of a killer story--literally. And as the case gets hotter, so does the action under the covers--especially the moment Bailey's crush Beau Regan comes back to town. With a dead body on the scene, ominous phone calls, and a stalker targeting her, it's clear that this reporter must unearth the truth now--beforeshe becomes the inspiration for Morgue's next episode.
Bushnell introduces Nico O'Neilly, Wendy Healy, and Victory Ford, numbers 8, 12, and 17 on "The New York Post's" list of "New York's 50 Most Powerful Women." In 21st-century New York, to get ahead and stay ahead, these women will do anything, including jeopardizing their personal and professional relationships.
WANTED:One young woman to take care of four-year-old boy.Must be cheerful, enthusiastic, and selfless--bordering on masochistic.Must relish sixteen-hour shifts with a deliberately nap-deprived preschooler.Must love geting thrown up on, literally and figuratively, by everyone in his family.Must enjoy the delicious anticipation of ridiculously erratic pay.Mostly, must love being treated like fungus found growing out of employer's Hermes bag.Those who take it personally need not apply. Who wouldn't want this job?Struggling to graduate from NYU and afford her microscopic studio apartment, Nanny takes a position caring for the only son of the wealthy X family.She rapidly learns the insane amount of juggling involved to ensure that a Park Avenue wife, who doesn't work, cook, clean, or raise her own child, has a smooth day.When the X's marriage begins to disintegrate, Nanny ends up involved way beyond the bounds of human decency or good taste.Her tenure with the X family becomes a nearly impossible mission to maintain the mental health of their four-year-old, her own integrity, and, most important, her sense of humor.Over nine tense months, Mrs. X and Nanny perform the age-old dance of decorum and power as they test the limits of modern-day servitude.
Described by "The Miami Herald" as a breezy, sweetly oddball urban fairy tale, this sequel to the bestselling "Good in Bed" picks up with an older, wiser, and thinner Cannie Shapiro raising her 13-year-old daughter, Joy.Readers fell in love with Cannie Shapiro, the smart, sharp-tongued, bighearted heroine of "Good in Bed" who found her happy ending after her mother came out of the closet, her father fell out of her life, and her ex-boyfriend started chronicling their ex-sex life in the pages of a national magazine.Now Cannie's back. After her debut novel -- a fictionalized (and highly sexualized) version of her life -- became an overnight bestseller, she dropped out of the public eye and turned to writing science fiction under a pseudonym. She's happily married to the tall, charming diet doctor Peter Krushelevansky and has settled into a life that she finds wonderfully predictable -- knitting in the front row of her daughter Joy's drama rehearsals, volunteering at the library, and taking over-forty yoga classes with her best friend Samantha.
As preparations for Joy's bat mitzvah begin, everything seems right in Cannie's world. Then Joy discovers the novel Cannie wrote years before and suddenly finds herself faced with what she thinks is the truth about her own conception -- the story her mother hid from her all her life. When Peter surprises his wife by saying he wants to have a baby, the family is forced to reconsider its history, its future, and what it means to be truly happy.Radiantly funny and disarmingly tender, with Weiner's whip-smart dialogue and sharp observations of modern life, "Certain Girls" is an unforgettable story about love, loss, and the enduring bonds of family.
Diary of a Married Call Girl: A Nancy Chan Novel (Nancy Chan Novels)
In this irreverent take on infidelity and modern marriage, newlywed topflight prostitute Nancy Chan finds herself struggling to adjust to the realities of domestic bliss. She’s honing her respectable image as the wife of investment banker Matt, cooking fashionable meals and taking his shirts to the cleaners. But now that she and Matt share a home, it’s getting harder to keep her career as an exclusive call girl a secret. Nancy fears what might happen if Matt finds out, but she can’t quite bring herself to give up her financial independence. And now Matt wants to start a family. Motherhood could jeopardize her business—and what will it do to her body?Will Nancy have to give up her career to save her marriage? If you’ve ever had a naughty secret or struggled with competing desires, this funny, insightful romp will strike a chord.
Daphne tells herself that being glued to the set counts as research for her job at the Museum of Television and Radio. But the truth is that sex with fiance Charlie just isn't making the ratings. Then Daphne meets sexy, successful writer/producer Jonathan and the picture comes in loud and clear: this man can turn her on like a remote control. So what about her imminent marriage? What if Daphne could do better?
Will Jackson is a desperate man - desperate to be a dad, that is. Tiredof his laddish lifestyle, he's redecorated the spare room, traded in hisbeloved sports car for a 4x4, and even drawn up a list of his favouritebaby names. In fact, there's only one thing left he's got to do - find afemale who'll have his child. But where on earth is he going to find awoman who meets his exacting standards? Certainly not in the usual barsand clubs he frequents. But Will has a plan - you can find everything elseon the Internet these days, why not someone to start a family with? FromFriends Reunited, through the weird world of online dating, even toauctioning his 'service' on eBay, Will's journey to paternity is ahilarious romp through the pitfalls of procreation. But when push comesto shove, is Will prepared to trade passion for Pampers? What do menreally look for when it comes to starting a family? Can the perfectmother also be the perfect partner, or are there more important thingsthan a nice-fitting pair of genes?
Georgia Nicolson's in turmoil. Her cat, Angus (the size of a small labrador), is terrorizing the neighborhood. She went to a party dressed as a stuffed olive. And she's madly in love with Robbie the Sex God, who (sometimes) thinks she's too young for him. In these first two volumes in the hilarious #1 New York Times best-selling series, Georgia needs to change her life from Ergghhhlack to Fabbity-fab-fab! The hysterically funny first two Georgia Nicolson diaries: angus, thongs and full -- frontal snogging and on the bright side, i’m now the girlfriend of a sex god.
Town rebel Hank Mason grew up to be all harsh angles and scowls, as untamed and unforgiving as his mountain retreat. So how did two newcomers to Tulaca - a scrappy spitfire and her solemn little son - get a toehold in Hank's granite facade? Why did he suddenly want tot slay their dragons?
Fact was, Gloria and Jamey Pellman proved as prickly as Hank. Still, they wrapped a fist around his stony heart - and squeezed. Jamey learned to laugh again. Gloria began to giggle. Even Hank cracked a few smiles.But could hard-bitten Hank duel his own dragons...and let love in?
Cowboy Boots And Glass Slippers (Silhouette Special Edition, 1284)
Lacey McCoy traded her glass slippers for cowboy boots and vowed to make her OWN dreams come true. Trouble was, who'd hire an ex-countess with no experience?
"Iron" Will Proffitt, that's who. Harboring a powerful grudge, the rugged rancher gave Lacey his dirtiest jobs, certain she wouldn't last. But Lacey flabbergasted him by working hard and refusing to be rescued.
Suddenly Will's feelings for Lacey moved beyond grudging respect to an undeniable attraction. Sure as heck Will was no Prince Charming -- but could he be the right man for Lacey?
Jesse Tyler had to find a date for his sister's wedding--fast! So he decided to ask Holly Bryant. With her carefree ways and black leather miniskirt, she was sure to shake up his stuffy family. Trouble was, Jesse was the one getting all shook up!
HOLLY THE HOLIDAY BRIDE?
Holly knew Jesse was the most eligible millionaire around--not that a hunk with attitude was her idea of husband material. But then, she and Jesse weren't really engaged, and his steamy mistletoe kisses were just part of the charade ...weren't they?
JUST MARRIED! -- Wealth, power and looks to die for. These bad boys had everything--except the love of a good woman.
Hotshot plastic surgeon David Wilder was used to operating on Beverly Hills beauties. But when he agreed to assist temporarily at Walnut River's small-town hospital, his world was turned upside down by a gorgeous little girl--and her equally captivating mother. Courtney Albright just wanted the best for her daughter Janie. And even though handsome Dr. Wilder seemed as arrogant as they came, she'd overlook anything if he could heal her little girl's injury. But the single mom definitely couldn't ignore the electricity between her and her bad-boy surgeon. Could these two opposites accept a new diagnosis...love?
Sara's Father (Silhouette Special Edition, No 947)
Once, skinny Erin Delaney and popular Sam Stone shared teenage high jinks, loads of laughter...and a breathless, tentative passion. But their futures had lain far afield--wrenching Erin away, wedding Sam to Erin's sister. And what might have been...never was.
Now, an endless decade later, Erin again plunged deep into Sam's unforgettable gaze--over the head of a feisty, motherless tot who called Sam "Daddy." Irrepressible little Sara stole Erin's heart...yet made her ache with secret sorrow. Now with Sara's every hungry smile and Sam's tormenting touches, the past haunted Erin, taunted her, with what might never be....
Not Just Another Cowboy (Silhouette Special Edition, 1242)
Roping and throwing a calf didn't faze Chance Butler. But falling for his rancher boss Alexa Tipton was the hardest thing he'd ever faced. This diamond in the rough was a sparkling jewel whose radiant smile blinded and beguiled him. And Chance wanted Alexa to know that he wasn't just another cowboy who landed on her doorstep...but this single mom's chance at finding a forever kind of love!
"A banquet for all the senses," said "Newsweek" of this bestselling and Booker Prize-winning literary novel--a richly textured first book about the tragic decline of one family whose members suffer the terrible consequences of forbidden love.
Bridget Jones's Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud account of a year in the life of a thirty-something Singleton on a permanent doomed quest for self-improvement. Caught between the joys of Singleton fun, and the fear of dying alone and being found three weeks later half eaten by an Alsatian; tortured by Smug Married friends asking, "How's your love life" with lascivious, yet patronizing leers, Bridget resolves to reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult and learn to program the VCR.
It's not that Janey Sinclair isn't pleased to see her sister. It's just that being woken at seven by Maxine, complete with police escort, isn't quite how she'd planned to spend her Sunday. Even so Janey, who's just rebuilding her life after her husband disappeared, is delighted that her sister's back in the Cornish town where they grew up. When Maxine sets her sights on Guy Cassidy, an impossibly glamorous fashion photographer, Janey knows there's no limit to the mischief her sister will get up to in order to dispatch her rivals. But little do they know that the competition is a lot closer to home than they think...
What happens when the very gods depend on mortals for help? That's what three very different young women find out when they are invited to Warrior's Peak. The Malory Price Life Plan does not include a quixotic quest - but the strangers on Warrior's Peak claim that she must find a key that will release three souls held captive by an evil god. Little does she know that the quest will bring her two new friends, the love of her life, and danger beyond anyone's imagination.
The wise and warm-hearted new novel from the bestselling author of The Accidental Mother.
Ellie Woods spends her days immersed in the escapist pages of the romantic novels she lovingly edits. But Ellie’s reality is somewhat less rose-tinted. Once upon a time, Ellie had her ‘happily ever after’ moment when she married her beloved Nick, but fifteen years later her husband’s tragic death leaves her alone with their soon-to-become-a-teenager son, faced with a mountain of debt, and on the verge of losing the family home.
On the brink of bankruptcy, Ellie finally succumbs to her sister’s well-meant bullying and decides to rent out some rooms. And all too soon the indomitable Allegra with her love for all things lavender, Sabine on secondment from Berlin and estranged from her two-timing husband, and unreconstructed lads’ mag aficionado Matt enter their ordered but fragile existence – each with their own messy life in tow. And Ellie finds herself forced to step out of the pages of the romantic novels she hides behind, and learn to live – and love – again.
Maybe a new chapter is about to begin for them all…
Rowan Coleman worked in bookselling and then publishing for seven years during which time she wrote her first novel, Growing Up Twice, published in 2002. She left to write her second novel, After Ever After and now lives in Hertfordshire with her son and daughter. The Happy Home for Broken Hearts is her eighth novel.
She’s in love with fashion, but is she too modern for marriage? Carmen Reid's fabulous new novel is perfect for fans of Sex & the City and Sophie Kinsella!
Fame is in the air!
Personal shopper Annie Valentine has her own fashion show, on TV! But with success comes pressure: is she at risk of being replaced?
To guarantee one unforgettable episode, Annie whisks the crew off to Paris for a glamorous catwalk show. Will she impress Europe’s Most Stylish?
Back home sexy, neglected boyfriend Ed is left juggling one dog, too many children, a dotty Granny, don’t even mention the builders . . .
And why won’t Annie marry him?!
Carmen Reid has worked as a newspaper journalist and columnist, but now writes fiction full-time. Carmen also writes a series for teen readers, Secrets at St Judes. She lives in Glasgow, Scotland with her husband and two children.
Outrageously funny... filled with shopaholic fabulousness,As fun and frothy as a poolside pina colada,This is escapist summer reading at its best,Sexy, fun and flirtatious. Reading Carmen Reid is the most fun you can have with the lights on!
A tale of yummy mummies with flat brown tummies .Four parents-to-be seem ante-natally sorted. Flash Hugo and Amanda have booked a chic private clinic and royal maternity nurse. Right-on Jake and Alice want an all-natural home birth with whale music and tree-hugging nappies. But nothing goes quite to plan. Amanda finds motherhood less glam than the stars make it look and disappears back to her career. Which leaves Hugo with the child and without a clue what to do. Alice has problems too. Bringing up baby to Jake's eco-fascist standards means home-made organic everything and a recycled cardboard cot. Will nappiness bring happiness to anybody? Not before bedhopping spouses, beastly bosses and bitchy nursery mothers have all done their dreadful worstacirc;euro;brvbar;
In a Greek taverna, high over the small village of Aghia Anna, four people meet for the first time: Fiona, an Irish nurse, Thomas, a Californian academic; Elsa, a German television presenter; and David a shy English boy. Along with Andreas, the old man who runs the taverna, they become close to each other after witnessing a tragedy when a pleasure steamer catches fire in the harbour. NIGHTS OF RAIN AND STARS is the story of one summer when Fiona, Thomas, Elsa and David all have to face the particular life crisis which first made them leave their homes and end up in Greece. With the help of Vonni, a middle-aged Irish woman who lives in the village and is now a near-native, they each find a solution - although not necessarily the one they anticipated...
A tough Navy SEAL with a reputation for effiency, Steve McMillan has heard all the stories about the "world's most glamorous assassin". But nothing prepared him for the goddess in tight black leather who now stands before him. Marlena is his new assignment - his superiors in the shadow world of secret missions want him to get information and then turn her over. McMillan is the consummate professional, but dealing with this beautiful engima is playing with fire. To trust her would be crazy - as crazy as following his burning desire for her to its passionate conclusion.
Persuaded by his half-brother, Rafe, Piers Danvers jilted Shaan on their wedding day. Now it was Rafe; older, darker, stronger, and head of the Danvers business empire, who was insisting that Shaan become his bride.
Guy Cooke was the perfect man - his dark sexy looks turned heads - especially Chrissie's. She was a born romantic - it seems a perfect match but Chrissie has a family secret that Guy can surely not forgive
Jeff Atman, a journalist, is in Venice to cover the opening of the Biennale. Hes expecting to see a load of art, go to a lot of parties and drink too many bellinis. Hes not expecting to meet the spellbinding Laura, who will completely transform his few days in the city. So begins a story of erotic love and spiritual learning that will reach its conclusion amidst the ghats of Varanasi.WINNER OF THE BOLLINGER EVERYMAN WODEHOUSE PRIZEA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEAR
June the first, a bright summer's evening, a Monday ...And into the busy, bustling homes at 66 Star Street slips, unseen, a mysterious visitor. As the couples, flatmates and repentant singletons of No 66 fall in and out of love, clutch at and drop secrets, laugh, cry and simply try to live, no one suspects the visitor patiently waiting in the wings. For soon, really very soon, everything is going to change ...
Christmas has always been a sad time for young widow Holly Brown, so when she's asked to look after a remote house on the Lancashire moors, the opportunity to hide herself away is irresistible ' the perfect excuse to forget about the festivities.Sculptor, Jude Martland, is determined that this year there will be no Christmas after his brother runs off with his fiancée and he is keen to avoid the family home. However, he will have to return by the twelfth night of the festivities, when the hamlet of Little Mumming hold their historic festivities and all of his family are required to attend.Meanwhile, Holly is finding that if she wants to avoid Christmas, she has come to the wrong place. When Jude unexpectedly returns on Christmas Eve he is far from delighted to discover that Holly seems to be holding the very family party he had hoped to avoid.Suddenly, the blizzards come out of nowhere and the whole village is snowed in. With no escape, Holly and Jude get much more than they bargained for ' it looks like the twelve days of Christmas are going to be very interesting indeed!
It is September 1940—the cruelest year of war for Britain's civilians as the Luftwaffe mercilessly blitz their cities. In Pearl Street, near Liverpool's vital docks, families struggle to cope the best they can. A nasty surprise for ever-cheerful dressmaker Brenda Mahon, and flighty Sean's love for little Alice, show how life goes on even when it appears to be falling apart. Yet while Eileen Costello tries to hide her ruined hopes of happiness with Nick and do her best by the husband she hoped had gone forever, Ruth Singerman returns, having escaped from Austria. Even the joy of seeing her father again cannot make up for the bitter loss of her children.
After four long years, during which Felicity has believed her husband to be dead, a miracle has happened - Morgan si alive, and coming home! Fliss's love for him had consumed her, but life had to move on. She is now on the verge of becoming engaged to another man.What right has Morgan to disrupt her life, be jealous? He's a virtual stranger to her now, after all. But his return soon begins to stir Fliss's long suppressed desires.It's the dawning of a new year. Could it also be the start of a new life for them together?
The stars of a new TV series called "Manhattan" share their secrets with millions. Offstage they are ordinary people with homes and dreams, lives and loves, every bit as real, and as the viewers watch the drama unfold the actors share their passion and pain in the performance of their lives.
As a child, concert pianist Julia Forrester would linger in the hothouse of Wharton Park estate, where exotic flowers tended by her grandfather blossomed and faded with the seasons. Now, recovering from a family tragedy, she once more seeks comfort at Wharton Park, newly inherited by Kit Crawford, a charismatic man with a sad story of his own. But when a years-old diary is found during renovation work, The pair turn to Julia's grandmother to hear the truth about the love affair that turned Wharton Park's fortunes sour . . . and so Julia is plunged back in time, To the world of Olivia and Harry Crawford, a young couple torn apart by the Second World War - and whose fragile marriage is destined to affect the happiness of generations to come, including Julia's own. Lucinda Riley's heart-rending storytelling embraces war-torn Europe And The exoticism of Thailand as she examines the messy tangles of love.
A legacy of hatred can be a terrible force in life, over which not even an enduring love and all the fruits of material success may prevail. Catherine Cookson explores this theme in a major novel that will absorb and enthral her readers as irresistibly as any she has written.Roddy Greenbank was brought by his father to the remote Northumberland community of Langley in the autumn of 1807. Within hours of their arrival, however, the father had met a violent death, and the boy was left with all memory gone of his past life.Adopted and raised by old Kate Makepeace, Roddy found his closest companions in Hal Roystan and Mary Ellen Lee. These three stand at the heart of a richly eventful narrative that spans the first half of the nineteenth century, their lives lastingly intertwined by the inexorable demands of a strange and somewhat cruel destiny.A DINNER OF HERBS displays outstandingly Catherine Cookson's true storyteller's gift.