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The Rivalry by Lynn Forest – Chapter One

Chapter One Kristi Linwood felt tired and apprehensive as she pulled back the covers and slipped into bed. The bed may have been familiar to her, but not the apartment it had been moved into three days before. A new apartment in a new city, and the next morning a new setting in which to […]

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Male Order Bride, Too by Taryn Williams – Chapter One

Chapter One “I’m sorry—we’re not open yet, but can I help you, sir?” She would have to meet a gorgeous specimen of masculinity when she looked as if she’d just crawled out of a sewer, but trying to get this place ready for the influx of the unwashed masses that would arrive on Memorial Day […]

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The Whip and the Red by Laura Clarke – Part One

Chapter One “I’ve heard she’s taken that old lean-to and made it into a cabin that’s worth a fortune. I wish I could see The Whip’s face when he finds out about it.” Benedict “The Whip” Bishop tightened his grip on the jar of peanut butter and fought the urge to slam it against the […]

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The Error of Her Ways by Carolyn Faulkner – Chapter One

Chapter One “She’s here.” He knew he didn’t have to say anything more than that—standing there in front of the big man’s equally large desk, surrounded by the subdued opulence that was his boss’s office—looking disgusted and annoyed, jaw set and fingers uncharacteristically primly laced before him. Said boss became preternaturally still, although other than […]

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Her Bad Boy by Emma Woodhouse – Part One

Chapter One “Good afternoon, Assistant District Attorney Barstow.” Although she jumped at the sound of his voice, it was because she hadn’t realized he was there, not because she didn’t recognize it. A low, slightly gravelly tone that dripped with sensuality, even when he was merely saying hello—attached to a man like that who exuded […]

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Penny Candy by Laurel Joseph – Chapter One

Chapter One Wyoming Territory 1870 “If you will pardon me, miss, you sure are real purty.” The young soldier was smitten and making no bones about it. “Would your pa allow me to come courting?” he asked in a hoarse voice as the stagecoach rolled along at a good clip. PJ smiled at the young […]

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Miranda’s Pond By Lynn Forest – Part One

Chapter One The house was back a one-hundred-yard-long gravel lane, bordered on both sides by fields of wildflowers. There were no fences, and when approaching the house a visitor found that there was no yard in the classical sense. There was a paved circular driveway to make living there neater during rainy weather or the […]

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Moon Swept by Willa Bradley – Chapter Two

Chapter Two Getting through security and flying, even first class, was a major pain. Savannah was old enough to remember when flying across country seemed like a great adventure. As she became older, flights more crowded and the cost prohibitive, she did it less and less. In fact, the last time she’d gone “home” was […]

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Moon Swept by Willa Bradley – Chapter One

Chapter One Savannah would never be able to recall whether she was awakened by the insistent hammering on the front door to her cottage or Scout’s distinctive basset hound baying in response thereto. What she knew at the time was that it had been the first decent night’s sleep she’d had since Vince walked out […]

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Little Daphne by Angela Sargenti – Part One

Chapter One Speed dating. So far, all I’ve met are misfits and hard-luck cases, but the next guy who sits down at my table looks promising. He’s about thirty-five or so and is dressed in charcoal gray slacks and a light blue, button-down Oxford-cloth shirt with diagonal stripes. He’s clean-shaven and he has a happy […]

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