Tickle Your Fancy


When you’re craving a quick bite of romance, consider checking out one of these anthologies. They contain short stories that are just enough to satiate your appetite for some romance without pulling you into a full-blown novel.


Mischief and Mistletoe

Mary Jo Putney, Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Jo Beverley, Nicola Cornick, Anne Gracie, Susan King, Cara Elliott

Unwrap the most romantic of Regency delights in this sparkling holiday collection. . . Christmastime in England--a time for passionate secrets, delicious whispers, and wicked-sweet gifts by the fire. From a spirited lady who sets out to save her rakish best friend from an unsuitable engagement, to a bold spy who gets the unexpected chance to win the woman he's always loved, to a vicar's daughter who pretends to be a saucy wench, these holiday tales will make you curl up in front of the fire for a memorable season of mischief and mistletoe. . .

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Chance of Loving You

Terri Blackstock, Susan May Warren, Candace Calvert

An anthology by three bestselling romance authors For Love of Money by Terri Blackstock Trying to launch her own design firm while waitressing on the side, Julie Sheffield was drawn to the kind man she waited on at the restaurant last night . . . until he stiffed her on the tip by leaving her half of a sweepstakes ticket. The Recipe by Candace Calvert Hospital dietary assistant Aimee Curran is determined to win the Vegan Valentine Bake-Off to prove she’s finally found her calling. But while caring for one of her patients—the elderly grandmother of a handsome CSI photographer—Aimee begins to question where she belongs. Hook, Line & Sinker by Susan May Warren Grad student Abigail Cushman has agreed to enter the annual Deep Haven fishing contest. She’s a quick learner, even if she doesn’t know the difference between a bass and a trout. But nothing could prepare her for competing against the handsome charmer she’s tried to forget since grief tore them apart. One chance for each woman to change her life . . . but will love be the real prize?

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The Real Werewives of Vampire County

Alexandra Ivy, Angie Fox, Tami Dane, Jess Haines

Drama. Scandal. Secrets. And a whole lot of supernatural goings-on. Where Darkness Lives by Alexandra Ivy No one's more surprised than Sophia when she's struck by an unfamiliar maternal urge to move near her daughters. But instead of being greeted by a welcome committee, she's targeted by kidnappers. . .and saddled with a gorgeous bodyguard on a mission to protect--and seduce. . . Murder On Mysteria Lane by Angie Fox When a werewolf trophy wife is found dead in Vampire County, Heather McPhee goes undercover to investigate. Heather's never been a mascara-and-manicures sort of girl, but she's willing to learn. Especially with sexy vampire detective Lucien Mead posing as her husband. . . What's Yours Is Mine by Jess Haines Still Waters is like many other exclusive gated communities--except that it's home to one of the largest werewolf packs in the state. But Tiffany Winters isn't frightened of her big, bad new neighbors. In fact, she intends to take her place among the pack. . . Werewolves In Chic Clothing by Tami Dane Ever since Christine Price moved in with her fiancé, Jonathan, and his twelve year-old son, she's worked hard to fit in with a cadre of local women whose lives seem picture-perfect. Except no one in Jon's upscale neighborhood is quite who they appear to be. Least of all Jon. . .

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Mistletoe Games

Jaci Burton

Holiday games: For the high-achieving Elizabeth and her husband, baseball player Gavin Riley, failure is not an option. So when it comes to making a baby, they're not about to let any holiday distractions get in the way of their necessary pleasures...Holiday on ice: It's the season for giving and superstar hockey player Patrick “Trick” Niemeyer is ready to give dancer Stella Slovinski his heart wrapped up in bow. But he'll have to melt the ice surrounding her heart to keep her from walking away...Hot holiday nights: Christmas in Hawaii brings sports agent Tori Baldwin two presents: a young surfer at the top of his game and his business manager. But this hot threesome has to decide if the romantic wave they've caught is nothing more than a vacation fling, or the kind of love that could change their lives forever...

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Holiday Hideout

Vicki Lewis Thompson, Jill Shalvis, Julie Kenner

The Thanksgiving Fix by Vicki Lewis Thompson Finding Mr. Right is the furthest thing from Beth Davis’s mind when the Reno professor takes Thanksgiving break at a colleague’s Lake Tahoe cabin. Until Coinneach McFarland arrives to fix a suspicious leak. It looks like somebody’s playing matchmaker for two people sworn to stay single. But as things heat up, Beth is astonished to find she has discovered her soul mate just as she’d given up looking. The Christmas Set-Up by Jill Shalvis Competing architects Zoe and Jason have two weeks to come up with the design to win a coveted new project. But when a snowstorm strands them together at a secluded cabin, Zoe sees her chance to show Jason how she really feels. With romance blooming under the mistletoe, can she get the gorgeous Scrooge into the true Christmas spirit? The New Year’s Deal by Julie Kenner Five years ago, Cleo Daire and Josh Goodson said goodbye and went their separate ways. But first they made a promise to reunite. Now the ex-lovers are spending New Year’s Eve in a romantic cabin, where passion takes them by surprise and long-wished-for dreams can sometimes come true.

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Bad Boys of Summer

Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, Amy Garvey

Lazy days . . . steamy nights . . . and sweltering guys with rippling muscles doing what they do best . . . Luscious by Lori Foster Bethany Churchill just quit her lousy job, dumped her lousy boyfriend and moved into a new apartment. She's not looking for love, but her hot new landlord is determined to change her mind. SWAT officer Lucius Ryder--known to the women in the building as "Luscious," much to his chagrin--is one sexy lawman, and before long Bethany is tempted to find out if he's really as delicious as his nickname. . . It's About Time by Erin McCarthy County prosecutor Trish Jones has had it with smooth-talking, under-performing suits. And though she's never had a thing for big, brawny guys, one look at Caleb Vancouver's bulges makes her think she might have been missing out. One Harley ride later they're back at her place, and she realizes that she has been missing out . . . on quite a lot . . . Wish You Were Here by Amy Garvey Photographer Mackenzie Pruitt knows exactly what she wants her future to look like, and this summer that means renovating a dilapidated shed into a studio. But when hunky carpenter Leo Dawson shows up, she'd much rather have his capable hands on her than on a hammer. He's not the kind of guy she always thought she'd fall for, but when he touches her, she can't imagine wanting anyone else . . .

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Stark After Dark: A Stark Ever After Anthology

J. Kenner

What happens after she says 'yes'? Together for the first time in Stark After Dark, these four novellas - Take Me, Have Me, Play My Game, and Seduce Me - continue the story of billionaire Damien Stark and his fiancée, Nikki Fairchild, from J. Kenner's Stark trilogy: Release Me, Claim Me, and Complete Me. Following the happy couple from their steamy engagement into wedded bliss, this addictive collection is perfect for fans of Fifty Shades of Grey and the Crossfire series. I've long dreamed of my fairy-tale wedding, but it wasn't until I met Damien Stark - who captured me with his kisses and undid me with his touch - that I began to believe it was my destiny. Though we both carry secrets and scars, our shared passion heals us, binding us together. We have surrendered to each other completely, and our mutual ecstasy is the brightest light in my life. But darkness still snakes through the cracks in our armour. Ghosts from our past have moved in, bringing fresh pain that cuts deep and threatens to destroy everything we hold dear. Damien is my anchor to this world, and I am his. But if we are going to keep each other, we have to fight the shadows of our pasts to move forward into our future.

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Viva Las Bad Boys!

HelenKay Dimon

Jackpot: Jack McAllister is looking to get lucky on his vacation, and the jilted bride sitting at the slot machine next to him just might be his answer. Getting her up to his room is a breeze. Ditto getting her out of that formal, white dress. Laying eyes on her investigator's license ... also surprisingly easy. Laine Monroe isn't a bride at all. The pretty blonde P.I. has been hired to catch Jack in a compromising position. Lucky for her, Jack's all too willing to compromise. Player's club: Jenna Barrister didn't become Director of Human Resources by being a pushover. So why is her first task--firing playboy super-chef Zach Jacobs--proving so hard? He's a bad boy, a rules breaker who has enjoyed one guest too many, and he needs to go. But when the lights suddenly go out in the hotel, Jenna's resolve crumbles and so do her inhibitions. She wants to experience the heat, and the sexy, rebellious chef knows just how to turn it up. Two of a kind: With his easy charm and roguish smile, Alex Mitchell thinks he has the Berkley Casino Assistant Manager position all wrapped up--until Caroline Rogers walks through the door in her perfect business suit. The competition is on with each side equally determined to best the other. As the stakes get higher, their mutual attraction deepens. Now, as the Casino faces its first blackout, Alex and Caroline are ready to indulge in a competition of a different sort, where the winner definitely takes all.

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Headed for Trouble

Suzanne Brockmann

Tough-as-nails Troubleshooters operative Sam Starrett learns the agony of loving someone in danger—and the hell of waiting on the home front—as his wife, Alyssa, hurtles into a foreign hotspot that’s about to boil over. • Navy SEAL Frank O’Leary’s ill-fated holiday reunion with his older brother takes a turn for the better—when a chance encounter on a rainy New Orleans street gives Frank a reason to be thankful after all. • In a maze of tunnels deep beneath a military base in Germany, Jules Cassidy, Alyssa Locke, and their comrades in arms match wits with terrorists on a mission with explosive consequences.

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Royal Bridesmaids

Stephanie Laurens, Gaelen Foley, Loretta Chase

We all love royal weddings! Harry and Meghan! William and Kate...and in this revealing anthology, we learn just what it really takes to get the bride to the royal altar. They need to do more than “smile, wave, and look delighted”! A Return Engagement: Lady Nell Daughtry has her hands full getting her reluctant-bride of a sister safely married to the Prince of Lautenberg. Then she learns that, in the wedding party, she’s paired with Robert Knightley . . . the fiancé who walked away. The Imposter Bride: Lady Minerva must ensure her country’s princess is wed to handsome Prince Tor. Then the bride bolts, and bridesmaid becomes—bride! Lord Lovedon’s Duel: When Chloe Sharp hears the handsome Earl of Lovedon say her sister’s royal marriage is a match made in money, she challenges him to a duel—for love and honor.

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When Good Things Happen To Bad Boys

Lori Foster, Erin McCarthy, HelenKay Dimon

You know what happens when bad boys get what they wish for? Everything. . . New York Times Bestselling Author Lori Foster Playing Doctor Attitude makes a huge difference in bed. It could be Axel Dean's motto. The sexy physician likes his women with sensual moxie, and Libby Preston definitely seems to fit that bill. There's that naughty grin. That hot bod. Her eager kisses and cheeky insults. Her. . .admitted virginity. Whoa. Okay, cue cold shower. Axel may not be an honorable man, but he has his limits. Except Libby won't take no for an answer. She's determined to have someone show her what she's been missing, and suddenly, Axel can't bear to think of Libby playing doctor with anyone else. . . USA Today Bestselling Author Erin McCarthy The Lady of the Lake Pro baseball player Dylan Diaz is pretty sure he's going to hell. When you rescue a drowning woman from a lake your first thought should be, "Are you okay?" not, "Can I make mad, passionate love to you?" But the minute sputtering kindergarten teacher Violet Caruthers is on Dylan's boat, that's all he can think about. Maybe it's the potent combo of a nun's personality inside a stripper's body. Maybe it's the way she drives him crazy with desire and laughter. Or maybe, Dylan's finally found what's been missing in his life, and he's not about to let go. . .

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Texas Bad Boys

Dianne Castell, Rosemary Laurey, Karen Kelley

These bad boys can deliver passion and pleasure with their boots on--and they're more than happy to let a woman mess with Texas. . . Texas Bad Boys In Bad with Someone by Rosemary Laurey Rod Carter was supposed to end up running the Ragged Rooster. Instead, Old Man Maddox gave the bar to his granddaughter, some prissy Brit art gallery owner right off the boat from London. Miss Juliet Ffrench--yeah, two "f's"--knows jack-all about beer, winning friends, and running tabs, but she's got a killer smile. All the lady needs is someone to give her an education in Texas hospitality, up close and personal. . . Run of Bad Luck by Karen Kelley Nina Harris loves photographing naked, sexy men. But when she inherits her grandfather's ranch in Texas, and meets foreman Lance Colby, she thinks she may have met her match. Lance is pretty sure real cowboys don't drop trou for national magazines. Still, as a Texas gentleman, he'd be more than happy to give Nina a private showing. . . Come to a Bad End by Dianne Castell Silver Gulch Sheriff John Snow thinks women have their place--in his kitchen or his bed. He would certainly never go for some women's libber businesswoman like Lillie June. The men in town want him to close down her fancy new spa, and he's happy to oblige. But once he meets Lillie, soothing massages, personal pampering, and one-on-one body wraps don't seem like such a bad thing at all. . .

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