Contemporary

For Better or For Worse

5 Sweet Contemporary romances to curl up with on a beautiful spring day.

BROOKE’S BARGAIN
Brooke Whitney is seeking a haven, not love.

Having abdicated her industrialist father’s manipulation, and the questionable business practices demanded of her in his huge corporation, Brooke accepts a job as secretary to a Missouri rancher. But her employer and his small daughter soon begin to complicate her life in ways that involve her heart.

Rancher Barrett Channing has agreed to spend several months on an agricultural work assignment in South America and needs full-time office management while he’s gone. Since losing his beloved wife in a plane crash, he has no plans to risk another marriage. Determined to ignore the way he is unexpectedly drawn to his new secretary, he puts time and space between them, hoping the attraction will go away. But will it?

LOST IN RED ROCK COUNTRY
Willow’s life changes when she meets Case hiking on a Sedona mesa. Her artistic career, and climbing red rocks, fill her solitary life, a lifestyle she learned from her deceased mother and aunt. But Case has family, and when Willow meets them and sees their wealth, her friendship with Case must end. Yet saying goodbye hurts as she refuses Case’s invitations and hikes on her own. Alone she weighs her choices, and when lost on a mesa, she learns a lesson about life, love and never wanting to be lost again.

MISS APPREHENSION
The setting for Cherise Paul’s destination wedding couldn’t be more romantic. So why does she feel she’s being dragged down the aisle? She doesn’t plan to run away and become entangled with the famous young actor, Niles Adair, and his film crew, but circumstances unfold exactly that way. When her fiancé, Jerry Gallagher, re-enters the scene, Cherise must decide: What does she want? What is she afraid of? What does she not understand? And who would have thought that Spanx could play such a pivotal role in one woman’s destiny?

SALT WATER TAFFY
Taffie Carini enjoys working in her family’s candy store on the Atlantic City boardwalk. But when her parents begin planning their retirement, Taffie’s not sure she has the moxie or the know-how to manage Carini’s Confections on her own. When repairman Ryan Antonelli makes a service call at Carini’s, he’s irresistibly drawn to more than just the candy. Although his marketing degree has hardly prepared him to fix a taffy-making machine, Ryan will do anything to help Taffie, with the hopes of winning her heart. When a business mogul wants to buy Carini’s property to build a new casino, Taffie’s family’s future is threatened. Can Ryan help Taffie save Carini’s Confections? Will they find sweet love together in the process?

COFFEE SCOOP
Reporter Carrie Collins is on a vendetta against all religious con men, and with good reason. Ryan Baxter, a seminary graduate with a Harvard MBA, is head of a non-profit organization, using coffee grown on their Central American plantation, to improve the living conditions of the poor. He sees Carrie, who is a reporter at the Austin Times as a means of getting publicity for their organization. She sees him as just one more crook hiding behind a religious facade and no better than the man who stole her mother’s life savings.

Though her boss warns her about approaching a story with her mind already made up, Carrie goes to Cost Rica determined to find out the truth. Should she listen to her heart or her head?