Love Me True(2014)
An omnibus of novels by Megan Crane, Katherine Garbera, Kathleen O'Brien and Joanne Walsh
The Unexpected Bride Laurent Fletcher has to admit his life would be a whole heap better if there was woman in it. His kids are running wild, and his dog is acting crazy; he's been finding it tough to juggle everything since his wife died, and run his successful custom-built furniture business. But maybe there is a solution that won't demand any emotional input from him: hire a female to whip his turbulent household back into shape. Emma Peabody is a British nanny, looking for a new life in the New World. When she arrives at River Bend and finds two small motherless children, a miserable pet and a man who's placed his emotions in the deep-freeze, she realizes she's joined a broken family and it will be down to her to put it back together again. The kids and the dog are easy - all they need are routines and love. Their father is something else. Laurent isn't about to drop his guard and let Emma work her magic - and it doesn't help that she finds this dark, brooding man incredibly attractive... The Reluctant Bride Monty Davison is a man on a mission: he's determined to track down his fiancee, Risa Grant. Why did she leave Vegas so suddenly and without telling him? What was so scary about loving him that made her want to bolt? Risa Grant has found sanctuary in Marietta, Montana, and the chance to heal. She's opened a florist's business and is settling down to life in the pretty, friendly western town, attempting to put the trauma of past behind her. Only she can't erase the memory of Monty, the big, handsome, protective Marine who asked her to be his wife. She left without saying goodbye, without getting the chance to tell him what had happened, and now so much water has passed under their bridge that she doesn't know if she ever can. When Monty finally finds Risa outside Marietta one chilly April evening, stranded and needing help, his protective instinct kicks in. But a knight in shining armor seems to be the last thing that Risa wants right now, so where does that leave him? The Substitute Bride Once upon a time, Marly Akers had believed that, for better or worse, people made their own luck... Marly wonders how she could ever have believed it. Jilted and pregnant, she's come back to Marietta with her tail between her legs, the blow to her ego huge as she begins working at her family's small newspaper, the Copper Mountain Courier, and sharing a tiny apartment with her disapproving mom. Things can't get any worse. Or maybe they can. Drake Everett, who secretly captured her teenaged heart and then publicly trampled on it, decides to make her re-acquaintance. Though Drake isn't the sharp, funny, cocky, arrogant rich boy of yore. These days he seems sharp, funny... and supportive and decent, and Marly realizes she could fall for him all over again... if she listens to her heart. But what about her reporter's head, which has sniffed out a story that paints Drake as the sweet talker she's always known... ? A Game Of Brides Emmy Mathis is sure of three things: 1. Her sister Margery's three-week wedding extravaganza at their grandmother's Marietta, Montana home will be over-the-top ridiculous. 2. She'd much prefer to stay home in Atlanta in a pair of sweats. 3. And she absolutely, positively, won't feel even a hint of a spark for Griffin Hyatt, grandson of her beloved grandmother's best friend and the architect of the most embarrassing night of her life ten years ago. But Emmy is dead wrong about number three. The moment she and Griffin lock eyes again, the passion that's always smoldered between them flames. And they aren't kids any more, so why should they deny the desire that sears through them both? How can Emmy walk away from the one man she's always loved now that she knows what she's been missing?
July 2014 : USA Paperback