Romance Stars 2002
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- A Summer to
Author: Balogh, Mary
Publisher: Delacorte $ 21.95 ISBN: 0385335350 Date: 2002
Readers have been clamoring for the story of Lauren, the jilted bride from Balogh's One Night for Love. Now, the wait is finally over, for Lauren finds true love when she strikes a bargain with the handsome Viscount "Kit" Ravensberg.
Suggested Reading: Summertime Stars
- Bridal Favors
Author: Brockway, Connie
Publisher: Dell $ 6.99 ISBN: 0440236746 Date: 2002
Evelyn White has never forgotten the first time she met Justin Powell--or the shocking indiscretion that left the military hero in her debt. Desperate to save her aunt's foundering enterprise as a wedding planner, Evelyn's ready to call in her IOU. All she needs is Justin's ancestral home, where she's determined to prove that a woman innocent in the ways of love can turn a simple wedding into the social event of the season.
- Into the Night
Author: Brockmann, Suzanne
Publisher: Ballantine $ 26/$6.99 ISBN: 0345458850/0804119724 Date: 2002
While scoping out a California naval base for a presidential visit, White House staffer Joan DaCosta is accompanied by Navy SEAL Lt. Mike Muldoon. Against her better judgment, Joan is drawn to the handsome young officer. While tensions mount between them, fueling their growing attraction, a terrorist plot soon involves them in a race to save the President's life.
- Kiss the Bride
Author: Cabot, Patricia
Publisher: Sonnett $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0743410289 Date: 2002
Emma Van Court never expected to be widowed--or penniless--at a young age. Although heir to a fortune, Emma receives the money only when she remarries. Suddenly the pretty schoolteacher finds the eligible men of the Scottish village of Faires scrambling for her attentions. When the forceful Earl of Denham comes calling, he offers to be her "temporary" husband to curb the desperate suitors--but he secretly longs to make his "I do's" last a lifetime.
- No True Gentleman
Author: Carlyle, Liz
Publisher: Pocket $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0743437845 Date: 2002
Lady Catherine Wodeway knows the dark, mysterious Maximilian de Rohan is no true gentleman--especially when he gives her a scandalous kiss. But when a woman of means is brutally murdered--and Catherine's brother is suspected--Max is called in to investigate. Catherine knows it will take more than a gentleman to uncover the truth--and capture her heart.
- The Trials of
Author: Criswell, Millie
Publisher: Ivy $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0804119937 Date: 2002
Angela DeNero's life is a mess. She's just broken up with her cheating fianc; her law practice is gasping for air; and her parents are planning to move back to Baltimore. To make matters worse, Angela finds she has to argue her biggest case against arrogant John Franco, a man she believes would send his own grandmother to jail. Instead, he sends Angela's heart soaring.
- Faking It
Author: Crusie, Jennifer
Publisher: St Martins $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312284683 Date: 2002
Matilda "Tilda" Goodnight and Davy Dempsey both want something gorgeous gold-digger Clea Lewis has. When they cross paths in Clea's bedroom, Tilda and Davy reluctantly join forces to battle with a determined femme fatale, an inept art collector, a disgruntled heir, false identities, and worst of all, real love.
Suggested Reading: Chicklit Stars
Author: Deveraux, Jude
Publisher: Pocket $ 7.99 (paper) ISBN: 067101420x Date: 2002
A classic fairy tale is mixed with a modern love story in Deveraux's imaginative new novel--her first original paperback since 1998's An Angel for Emily. Darci Monroe falls in love with her employer, millionaire Adam Montgomery. When Adam asks Darci to use her psychic gift to help him, she makes a sacrifice greater than he imagined.
- Duchess in Love
Author: James, Eloisa
Publisher: Avon $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0060508108 Date: 2002
From one of the freshest voices in romantic fiction comes a witty yet sensual tale. Forced as a young girl to marry Camden, the Duke of Girton, Gina is left by her new spouse--who also leaves the marriage unconsummated. Now a well-known lady in London, Gina is desired by many men, but gives herself to no one. Cam returns to find his bride is now the toast of the "ton"--and that he's falling in love with her.
- Lady Sophia's
Author: Kleypas, Lisa
Publisher: Avon $ 7.50 (paper) ISBN: 0380811065 Date: 2002
Hoping to snare the unattainable Sir Ross Cannon, Lady Sophia Sydney will do anything--even ruin his reputation to cause a scandal in London. She insinuates herself into his life and even lives in his house. Her presence tempts him beyond all reason. She knows Ross in falling in love with her. But she never counts on falling in love with him.
- When Strangers
Author: Kleypas, Lisa
Publisher: Avon $ 7.50 (paper) ISBN: 0060507365 Date: 2002
Dreading her wedding to a fianc she despises, Lysette Kersaint seeks sanctuary with Maximilien Vallerand, whom she fears. Everyone talks about his dark past, yet her heart races when she's near him. Maximilien sees the alluring Lysette as the perfect instrument of his sworn vengeance. But can an innocent beauty free the love trapped in his tormented soul?
Author: Manning, Jo
Publisher: Five Star $ 26.95 ISBN: 0786234008 Date: 2002
Upon her husband's death, a shocked Lady Sophia learns that custody of her children has gone to a humble country vicar. Although he knows of her tarnished reputation, the clergyman believes children need their mother--and soon, he needs Lady Sophia, too.
- A Debt to Delia
Author: Metzger, Barbara
Publisher: Signet $ 4.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451205863 Date: 2002
While battling Napoleon, Major Lord Tyverne is wounded and trapped behind enemy lines. A fellow redcoat comes to his aid, insisting Ty ride his horse to safety. Horrified to learn of his rescuer's death, Ty vows to repay his debt of honor. Ty offers marriage to the dead man's sister, Delia Croft. But Delia longs for love--not obligation.
- The Dark Highlander
Author: Moning, Karen Marie
Publisher: Dell $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0440237556 Date: 2002
Degeus MacKeltar crisscrosses from 16th-century Scotland to modern-day Manhattan fighting the 13 Druids who possess his soul, dooming him to an eternity of sexual pursuit. When antiquities student Chloe Zanders is drawn into Degeus's world, she is caught up in an ancient prophecy that sweeps her back into time to medieval Scotland--where she fights the evil spirits for the heart of one irresistible man.
- A Wanted Man
Author: Parra, Nancy J.
Publisher: Avalon $ 19.95 ISBN: 0803435668 Date: 2002
Author: Plumley, Lisa
Publisher: Zebra $ 5.99 ISBN: 0821773402 Date: 2002
Having based her bestselling relationship book on her own personal experience with gorgeous, outdoorsy photojournalist Riley Davis, who stole her heart then skipped town, author Jayne Murphy organizes a workshop for dump-ees. But the "retreat" she's planned could be a disaster when she finds out that the leader for her group's week-long nature jaunt is Riley. Will their past attraction re-ignite?
Author: Proctor, Candice
Publisher: Ivy $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0345447174 Date: 2002
Southern widow Emmanuelle de Saint-Colombe is devoted to the sick and injured in New Orleans, now occupied by the Union Army. When a murder puts her in the very center of investigation, Emmanuelle is put under the watchful eye of Yankee marshal Zachary Cooper. Although she despises the uniform, she finds the man who wears it impossible to resist.
Author: Reding, Jaclyn
Publisher: Signet $ 6.50 (paper) ISBN: 0451207408 Date: 2002
- Must Be Magic
Author: Rice, Patricia
Publisher: Signet $ 6.99 (paper) ISBN: 0451206754 Date: 2002
Feeling like an outcast among her magically gifted sisters, Lady Leila Staines plans to seek out scientist Dunstan Ives, a dark, brooding, logical aristocrat who may help her unlock her potential and help her grow herbs and flowers for her potions. But soon their explosive mix of botany and biology creates a spark that is pure magic--and pure passion.
- Blue Bayou
Author: Ross, JoAnn
Publisher: Pocket $ 6.99 (paperback) ISBN: 0743436822 Date: 2002
First book in a new trilogy. Danielle Dupree's passionate teen love affair with Jack Callahan, the son of her family's housekeeper, was cut short for reasons unclear to her--but not to Jack. Now, 13 years later, Dani, a widow with a son, comes home to Blue Bayou and is surprised Jack, a bestselling author, has returned home, too. Even as their passion reignites, Dani and Jack know that secrets hang in the air.
Author: Shannon, Colleen
Publisher: Love Spell $ 6.99 (paper) ISB0505527937 Date: 2002
As women who live near her uncle's isolated estate die, their bodies drained of blood, chemist Angelina Corbett cannot help but wonder if the rumors of a "vampire" haunting the estate are true--especially after meeting their enigmatic neighbor, the Earl of Trelayne. Angelina doesn't need scientific evidence to know Apollo is her soulmate, but will his dance lead her to ecstasy or to the downward spiral of the damned?
Author: Small, Bertrice
Publisher: NAL $ 14 (paper) ISBN: 0451206371 Date: 2002
From the bestselling "queen of romance" (Literary Times) comes a sweeping novel of a young woman's unexpected journey from the border of Scotland into the intimate chamber doors of a young, handsome Henry VIII.
Author: Wiggs, Susan
Publisher: Warner $ 6.99 ISBN: 044661078x Date: 2002
It's been two years since the mysterious accident took Sandra Winslow's politician husband, Victor--the favorite son of a town called Paradise--and left Sandra under a cloud of suspicion. She decides to sell her beach house on the edge of town and hires Mike Malloy, who touches her lonely heart. Can she trust a man with unbreakable ties to a community she's eager to leave behind--and who is determined to unearth her deepest secrets?
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