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It has always been Christina's dream to wear a wedding dress. She looks at her beautiful form in the mirror and her heart pounds. Her nickname as a child was the ugly duckling and her parents were cold and distant with her, so she had always thought that she would never get married. But now she is, and her fiance is the man she's always adored...the crown prince of Halencia, Antonio! She is marrying him to divert attention from a scandal involving Antonio's little sister. Their marriage is one of convenience and she knows Antonio will never love her. Why does that thought make her heart ache?
(c)TOMOKO TAKAKURA/HARLEQUIN BOOKS S.A.
Sara is assistant to the Greek billionaire playboy Alekos. She also has secret feelings for him! Until now, she has lived by her mother's words: "Don't ever trust men." Her mother raised Sara by herself after Sara's father abandoned them, and through the years, those words have almost felt like a curse. Sara wants a change?she no longer wants to be just a boring secretary. So she takes a month off work and transforms into a entirely different Sara, one who completely shocks Alekos. At first he thinks she has a new lover, and yet he can't resist her. In fact, he decides to have her pretend to be his girlfriend, all the while saying that love is useless!
(c)RIE NAKAMURA/CHANTELLE SHAW
Ellen's beloved home is about to be sold. The prospective buyer is Max Vasilikos, the real-estate mogul. Ellen doesn't care how rich he is. She's not going to let him have her house. But Max turns out to be an incredibly attractive man. When he finds out about Ellen's charity activities, he invites her to a charity ball. Ellen hesitates and says such a glamorous occasion isn't for someone like her. But Max insists and kindly escorts her to the party. Ellen keeps reminding herself that she mustn't fall for him, that he's only being kind because he wants her house.
(c)NAMI AKIMOTO/JULIA JAMES
Natalie is a secretary who has secretly fallen in love with her boss, Kane, an incredibly successful businessman. Kane, however, is a playboy who moves from model to model. There's no way he'd ever look twice at Natalie...or so she thinks. Determined to forget about him, Natalie undergoes an astonishing transformation. She goes on a diet and starts dating other men, but none of it makes her feel better... Kane, on the other hand, is suddenly seeing her in a new light. Assuming that she's gotten a new boyfriend, he starts meddling in her private life. He invites Natalie over to his house for business, but things between them are about to get quite steamy!
(c)NATSU MOMOSE/CATHY WILLIAMS
Nora works at a newspaper as the etiquette columnist, but she doesn't limit her advice to the printed page. She's often telling people in the office how to act, which has gotten her a reputation for being high-strung and uptight. Fed up with the way they see her, Nora decides to get her groove back. With the help of a friend, she puts on a disguise, gets dressed up in a sexy little dress and prepares to have a night out on the town. The first man who approaches her is none other than her colleague Pete. Nora keeps up the front and acts like she doesn't know him. Pete doesn't seem to recognize her, and they share a passionate kiss...before ending up in bed together!
(c)MAYU TAKAYAMA/PEGGY A. HOFFMANN
After her father died, Edwina's uncle was determined to marry her off to a strange earl. Without any other options, she decided to dress like a boy, run away and call herself Ed. But out on her own, she fell into the hands of a man who forced her into pickpocketing on the streets of London. One day she's saved by a handsome gentleman named Adam and taken to his mansion. When Adam sees that Ed is actually a beautiful woman, he's surprised at first but, taken in by her charms, he decides to make her an offer...
(c)KINUKO NAKAYAMA/HELEN DICKSON
Daisy has been in love with her childhood friend Robert for years, but she isn't particularly confident, and Robert is a notorious playboy. She decided long ago that the best way to stay by his side was to keep things strictly platonic and remain friends. Daisy goes out of her way to look plain whenever she's around him to avoid confusing their friendship. Daisy's brother is getting married soon, Robert is the best man, and Daisy has been roped into being a bridesmaid... She decides that after the wedding, she's going to move on from her one-sided love and find romance. But Robert is about to see another side of Daisy-the side that looks stunning in formalwear!
Cindy, a secretary, is in love with her workaholic boss, Kyle. But to him, Cindy is nothing more than a trustworthy coworker. He forgot her birthday and she knows she'll never turn his head with her looks. But maybe someday a Kyle will fall for her intellect. Cindy's friends decide to help her out, and so for her birthday they get her a makeover. Transformed on the surface, Cindy is still the same woman she always was, but Kyle's reaction to the change leaves Cindy shocked!
(c)EARITHEN/HARLEQUIN BOOKS S.A.
Kenna works at a law office in Atlanta, where she has a terrible crush on her boss, Denny. But Denny's already seeing a stunningly beautiful woman. His brother, Regan, however, doesn't think too kindly of her boss's new lover and is determined to break them up. And so he approaches Kenna and tells her his plan. He's going to buy her a heart-stopping wardrobe, get her makeup done and help her ditch the glasses she hides behind so she can catch Denny's eye. But what will Kenna do when she starts to develop feelings for Regan instead?
(c)KASUMI KURODA/DIANA PALMER
It's Gretchen's job to make sure weddings go flawlessly, but this time she's received a special request-Gretchen is to pretend to be lovers with movie star Julian Cooper during the wedding ceremony! Her ample figure and frizzy hair don't look like the Hollywood dream, though, so how can she pull it off? When she meets the gorgeous Julian, he immediately notices that she's a little stiff and decides she needs "acting lessons." So he gives her a sweet kiss! Her next stops are high-end boutiques and a luxurious spa-she won't be the same woman when this job is done!
(c)KAZUNA UCHIDA/ANDREA LAURENCE
Lizzy works for the queen of Morgan Isle. She generally prefers a professional look with a bun, a pair of glasses and conservative fashion. But tonight, she's wearing a golden dress and contact lenses to attend a ball at the palace. While there, Prince Ethan asks her to dance with him. Because of her dramatic change, he doesn't realize who she is. She decides to go along with it and enjoy a dreamy evening. She takes his hand and they exchange a passionate kiss. The next day, everything is sure to return to normal...
(c)KAZUNA UCHIDA/MICHELLE CELMER
Miriam the librarian is in love. The object of her affection is Professor Rory Monahan. He's a devoted academic, and all he pays attention to are books and his research. There's no way a plain¡¾looking librarian could ever catch his eye. While heaving a sigh, Miriam catches sight of a magazine headline. "Awaken your inner devil!" Could she really be capable of seducing him? No way, that could never happen! But...does she really want to live the rest of her life doing nothing? What if it changes their relationship...? Miriam embarks on a daring journey to do as the magazine articles instruct!
(c)SATOMI IKEZAWA/ELIZABETH BEVARLY
A Cessna crashes into the Rockies, and the man and woman on the plane are thrown out of the aircraft. Maddie was abandoned by her mother and then raised by her wealthy, coldhearted grandmother. She quickly learned to hide her loneliness behind arrogance. The name of the other passenger is Linc. And he's far too perceptive to be fooled by Maddie's snobbish mask...?
(c)MARITO AI/SUSAN FOX
At the auction hall, Christine frowned when she realized who'd won the item she was bidding on. It was Jack Thorne, a man who liked to toy with people! With his wealth and reputation, he could obtain any woman he wanted, so it was strange that he spent his time making fun of Christine. She used to like him, but admitting that to anyone was out of the question. When Jake approached Christine with a mischievous smile, he had to be plotting something. And sure enough, he offered her the item she was bidding on, but only if she entertained his outrageous request...
(c)BANANA SARUSUBERI/HARLEQUIN BOOKS S.A.
Her nephew is the successor to a distinguished Greek family? Lyn had been raising the son of her late sister when Anatole suddenly appeared. He says he has come for the boy. As a poor student, Lyn has no way to win custody. However, Anatole, who feels attracted to the trim and tidy Lyn, proposes that, for the sake of adoption, he'll temporarily become her husband. Though Lyn is opposed, she has no alternatives. She must leave her own country to become a bride in a loveless marriage.
(c)SEYU KARIKAWA/JULIA JAMES
Elizabeth was speechless when she ran into Sir Richard again at a dinner party held at her sister's estate. She had been in love with Richard since she was a young girl. And though she should have been thrilled, Elizabeth was incredibly nervous. A year earlier, she had been caring for injured soldiers as a nurse when the two happened to cross paths. Since Richard had temporarily lost his sight, Elizabeth decided to keep her identity hidden from him. Feeling vulnerable, Richard had reached out for her, and she ended up spending one passionate night in his arms. Now she can only hope he'll never realize that Mary the nurse was actually her!
(c)KAZUMI KAMIYA/ANNE ASHLEY
Shy and timid Meg was engaged to the son of her company's CEO, but after he embezzled funds and blamed it on her, she was abruptly fired. Then one day a French businessman named Etienne appeared in front of her. The moment they met he told her he wants her to return to the company that fired her, but this time as its CEO! Meg swore to herself that she would never again be deceived by a man, but she eventually gives in and agrees to return on her own terms. Although, despite her determination to keep their relationship professional, the distance between her and Etienne seems to keep shrinking...
(c)TOMOMI YAMASHITA/MYRNA TOPOL
Since she was little, Danielle had a crush on Adam. He is the prince of a small European country, San Philippe. Danielle is merely the daughter of his private driver. Although her social status is so different from Adam's, Danielle falls even more hopelessly in love when Adam starts his search for the perfect wife. One day, Danielle fills in for her father and drives Adam and his date. Observing how serious and boring Adam is, Danielle couldn't help but spare him some advice. Then Danielle is shocked to hear his unlikely proposal to make her his new dating coach.
(c)SAMI FUJIMOTO/SANDRA HYATT
Alexia visits San Philippe as a bride candidate for Prince Adam. But Adam is swamped with his public duties, so his brother, Rafe, comes to pick her up. Unlike Adam, who is noble, Rafe is a playboy prince. The memory of the masquerade ball four years ago flashes through her mind-she danced with a masked prince and kissed him. She'd thought she'd kissed Adam, but it was Rafe! Ever since, Alexia has thought of Rafe as her archenemy. Unexpectedly seeing him again confuses her, but he doesn't seem uncomfortable at all as he throws her a seductive look.
(c)SAMI FUJIMOTO/SANDRA HYATT
Johara was stunned when she read the article. Shortly after returning to his desert kingdom after studying abroad, Prince Shaheen was already preparing for marriage! Johara has been in love with him ever since Shaheen saved her life when she was young. She even swore that she would dedicate her life to him. Although she moved to Paris after her parents divorced, Shaheen has never left her mind. She knew the daughter of a servant could never become the prince's bride, but she could at least go and see the prince one last time...even if it was just a glance. And so Johara slipped her way into Shaheen's farewell party, unaware of the disaster that their reunion would bring.
(c)MACHIKO OCHA /OLIVIA GATES
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