New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper weaves a tale of secrets, seduction, and a love that will not be denied in this spellbinding Once Upon a Time novel.
It’s public knowledge in Richmond that the only wife the infamous Cyrus Fortune wants is one who belongs to some other man. He has a knack for sensing an unhappy bride—and a talent for showing her what she needs to be happy. Obsessed with uncovering the circumstances of his own mysterious birth and the father he never knew, Cyrus doesn’t have the time or patience for a serious romance. Even so, an intelligent man knows when he’s at the crossroads of destiny, the moment when everything in his life changes. For Cyrus, that’s when he meets Julia Drummond.
Julia Drummond is painfully aware that no red-blooded woman should be able to deny the sensual assault of Cyrus Fortune, who wears power and influence like a finely tailored suit, and whose eyes promise passionate seduction. Still, she says no. She’s got her reasons—dangerous reasons—and yet she can’t trust her own body and heart from surrendering to the astonishing pleasure Cyrus reminds her she’s capable of simply when his knowing gaze meets hers across a crowded ballroom. He doesn’t know her secret, desperate terrors, but the passion he offers is irresistible. Just once, she tells herself. Just one night to know what sweet sin tastes like. And doesn’t every woman deserve that?
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Bestselling author Kay Hooper puts a contemporary spin on Romeo and Juliet in this sweet, sexy Once Upon a Time novel. Joined by fate, two sworn enemies trade in corporate warfare for an earthshaking tropical fling.
On a Caribbean island far from the gleaming towers of Atlanta, Michele Logan’s beach vacation takes a hellish turn when she’s stranded on the side of the road—and who should appear as her knight in shining armor but Ian Stuart? Back in Georgia, their two powerful families are committed to destroying each other, at least in the business world. But under the moonlight in Martinique, Michele surrenders to the sizzling touch of a man who’s supposed to be off-limits.
Ian doesn’t know what’s gotten into the head: the blue sea, the crystal-clear air. . . . Whatever it is, the moment he lays eyes on Michele, Ian lets himself get swept up in a primal dance of desire, a ritual even older than the feud between the Stuarts and the Logans. Night after magical night, Ian finds one more reason to hold on to Michele forever. But with sleazy corporate villains bent on destroying both families, a fairy-tale ending is nothing more than fantasy—unless Ian takes destiny into his own hands.
A beauty on the run meets a beast on a mission in this modern-day story of vengeance, seduction, and intrigue—a spellbinding short novel in the Once Upon a Time series from bestselling author Kay Hooper.
Erin Prentice has come to Miami to take a break from controlling men and figure out her next move. The last thing she expects is to fall for a charismatic stranger on the other side of her hotel balcony—a disembodied voice in the darkness before dawn, with whom she shares a moving conversation and a craving for more. There’s so much power, so much pain, in his words; Erin senses he has dangerous secrets. But when she gets an eyeful of her powerfully built mystery man, Erin runs right into his arms.
Keith Donovan is here to take revenge on the scumbags who killed his family. It’s the exact wrong time to start something new, to want a woman so badly he’d do anything to protect her. But the bond he shares with Erin has him thinking with his heart, not his head. Keith has dedicated each waking moment to retribution. Now Erin’s touch makes him want everything he thought he’d given up on: a bright future, a second chance, and a life built on love.
In this sizzling short novel from bestselling author Kay Hooper’s Once Upon a Time series, a free spirit seduces a brooding businessman to save her own personal Wonderland—and finds herself falling for him.
The latest in a long line of eccentrics, Maggie Durant is accustomed to managing mayhem with grace. So when she’s handed the reins of the Wonderland traveling carnival after the untimely and mysterious death of its owner, Maggie embraces the colorful, crazy world as her own. The show must go on, after all. But when the troupe’s effortlessly sexy and painfully straitlaced financier decides to sell the whole three-ring circus, Maggie sets out to win his heart.
Gideon Hughes doesn’t have any issues with clowns or magicians—as long as they make money. The only thing keeping Gideon from pulling up stakes is Maggie. With her shimmering blond hair, emerald eyes, and lithe body, Maggie looks more like a beauty queen than the leader of such a ragtag band. Before long she convinces Gideon to stay the night on carnival grounds, lest he make any rash decisions. A tryst in a circus tent isn’t part of Gideon’s business plan, but with Maggie working her magic, anything seems possible—even love.
True love always finds a way in the Once Upon a Time series from bestselling author Kay Hooper. With a poignant twist on Sleeping Beauty, this short novel reunites two people torn apart by time and tragedy.
Just a week before her wedding, Kelly Russell’s world falls apart: A car accident leaves her fiancé in a coma from which doctors predict he will never awaken. At first, Kelly doesn’t believe them. But as the years pass, she comes to accept her fate and mourn the love of her life. What she doesn’t anticipate is for passion to lay dormant, hidden beneath the surface all this time—only to rise again when she least expects it.
After a decade of slumber, John Mitchell opens his eyes to a world that’s different from the one he remembers. Kelly has changed, though his deep love for her hasn’t. Gone is the carefree girl he planned to marry, replaced by a resilient survivor who moved on without him. Mitch asks for a little bit of time—a month—to prove that they’re still meant to be. But as his dreams come true, a nightmare waits in the shadows. Now, granted a second chance at happiness, Mitch must risk everything to keep Kelly safe in his arms.
An ambitious heiress disguised as Cinderella meets her match—a bad boy who pursues her in the ballroom and the boardroom—in this charming short novel from bestselling author Kay Hooper, part of her Once Upon a Time series.
There’s fantasy in the air, and more than a touch of irony, as Amanda Wilderman taps her dainty glass slipper impatiently and watches the clock. Would this costume party ever end? But when an anonymous Prince Charming sweeps her off her feet and onto the dance floor, Amanda tries to have some innocent fun before returning to the real world. Her obligations to the family business keep her too busy for love—and, besides, she’s never known anyone like this mystery man.
Despite his elegant attire, Ryder Foxx is a butcher when it comes to the competition. No one’s ever brought the ruthless mogul to his knees, until his dance partner leaves him holding her glass shoe . . . literally. But when fate—or perhaps a matchmaking fairy godmother or two—finds him snowbound at a Wyoming dude ranch with a gorgeous redhead who seems strangely familiar, Ryder realizes that Cinderella’s also his biggest competitor. And if the shoe fits, maybe he’ll have to start believing in magic—or at least in the power of love.
Passion, suspense, and a bit of magic come together in an irresistible short novel from bestselling author Kay Hooper’s Once Upon a Time series: the tale of a real-life Rapunzel who needs a hero fast.
Lara Mason just wants to let her hair down a little. A community theater production of a children’s fairy tale seems like a perfectly harmless break from a life in hiding. But the cyber criminals who murdered her father are stalking her, and they’ve tracked her down once again. Enter Devon Shane—dark, brooding, and sexy as a rock star, the chivalrous counterpart to her Rapunzel. Before long her mysterious co-star pulls her out of harm’s way—twice—and kisses her senseless, adding a seductive twist to a savage plot.
Working undercover for the FBI, Devon thinks he’s got his part down cold: act the prince, protect the fair maiden, and break up a ring of spies trading on corporate espionage. But as soon as Devon lays eyes on brave, lovely Lara, he starts improvising. Because the powerful emotions he’s feeling are as real as the peril she’s facing. Now, with a relentless evil closing in, he needs to win Lara’s trust if he wants a shot at happily ever after.