Lauren allowed Daniel free rein of her kitchen,
she never expected him to take over her heart.
With her pantry stocked for the winter and a new project to keep her busy, pen and ink artist Lauren Roberts hunkers down in her Catskill Mountain cabin prepared for the year’s first blizzard.
Stranded in the snow, not too far from one of the few cabins he’d passed, Holiday Maker-Baker Champion, Daniel Michael Greene trudges to the only home he’d seen for the last twenty miles to find help.
Shut off from the outside world, the two must weather the storm and isolation. Lauren’s initial concern about housing a stranger turns to relief when he demonstrates exactly why he’d won his culinary title. Her guest’s skills in the kitchen far exceed anything she could imagine.
Frustrated with missing his judging gig at this year’s Holiday Maker-Baker Competition, Dan comes up with his own idea to keep him occupied. He’s going to need his host’s permission and use of her home to work on a plan he hopes will keep him in front of his fans and a contender for the Craft & Cooking Network spotlight.
Megan Donnelly is searching for Mr. Right. Jack Meredith would be perfect except he's her best friend. She shares her secrets, her dreams, even her dating catastrophes with him. She's not his type and he's never shown that kind of interest in her.
A romance with her is not what he wants. Jack knows Megan is the only girl for him but he hesitates; once he crosses that platonic line there's no going back. If she's as tired of serial dating as he thinks, it's time to make his move even if it risks their friendship.
Will Megan ever realize she doesn't need someone just like Jack when she can have the real thing?
Hannah Roberts is always a bridesmaid and never a bride, until the day she wins an all-expenses-paid Hawaiian honeymoon. The free trip convinces her reluctant fiancé to take the plunge, but he abandons her during a layover, and Hannah arrives on Maui single and alone.
Strangely relieved by this turn of events, she tries unsuccessfully to break the news to the contest organizers, who expect to feature the happy newlyweds in a story and full color photos in the next issue of their magazine.
In the meantime, Hannah encounters astronomer Jeremy Gordon one romantic island evening and love blossoms in the balmy paradise. When Jeremy discovers Hannah is staying in the honeymoon suite, he assumes she's married and his universe is turned upside down. Hannah seems destined to be alone, but perhaps her happiness with Jeremy written in the stars.
When Silicon Valley engineer Nicholas Atwood donates two years' salary to charity, he is unwillingly thrust into the limelight. Aware of his social awkwardness and terrified of publicly disgracing his upper crust family, he seeks the help of a highly recommended image consultant. Maybe she can turn him into the perfect son, ideal brother, and articulate, gregarious foundation spokesman.
Doctor Kate O'Connor has transformed dozens of nerds into self-confident, socially successful men. Her foolproof method takes months, sometimes even years to work its magic, but Nick has just one week. Kate knows she's accepting the biggest challenge of her career to take on a project of this magnitude on such short notice, but as she helps uncover Nick's inner-hunk, can she handle the challenge to her heart when her feelings for him turn personal?
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