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Jane, dumped by her fiance, decides to devote herself to her job in marketing. What fills the hole in her heart is her correspondence with a supportive childhood friend, one she hasn't seen since they were eleven. One day she feels a sense of familiarity when she meets a model at work, and he also seems attracted to her. Why would this supermodel with thousands of adoring fans be into her? After a shocking kiss, his words stun her: "Jane... I'm Jonny, your old friend."
(c)SATOMI TSUYA/JULIE COHEN
Alice works as a secretary to a wealthy man named Gabriel. He's a hard worker and well known for being a playboy. He seems uninterested in Alice, who keeps a low profile. Because of her family situation, she's been focusing solely on her career. Gabriel is intrigued by the fact that Alice demands her weekend be free of work. He wonders if she has a boyfriend. With a growing interest in each other, they take a business trip to Paris, where they grow much closer than either had expected.
(c)FUYUKI MIZUHARA/CATHY WILLIAMS
Tabitha's stepmother has told her since she was a little girl that she's ugly and it's useless to even try to look pretty...and Tabitha's always being compared to her pretty stepsister. With her self-esteem in tatters, she's given up on romance and focused solely on her career as a nurse. But then she meets a doctor from Netherlands, Marius Van Been. He's handsome and competent, calm and kind. Tabitha has fallen for a man for the first time in her life...but it seems he's dating her stepsister!
(c)KAORU OHASHI/BETTY NEELS
Andreo runs an advertising firm and Mercy works as a housekeeper at his mansion. Although Mercy is falling for Andreo's charms, she does her best to hide her feelings and do her job. One day, Andreo makes an astonishing request. He wants Mercy to appear in one of his commercials! Mercy isn't sure if someone as unglamorous as she can really be part of a fancy commercial, but on the other hand, she can't help but feel a faint glimmer of hope. That hope fades quickly, though, when she sees the script on the day of the filming.
(c)YUKO ICHIJU/DIANA HAMILTON
One day at a London airport, secretary Natalie encounters a woman who looks exactly like her. She turns out to be the princess of a kingdom in the Mediterranean, and the prince she is betrothed to is a notorious playboy on the cover of every tabloid. Wanting to experience a life of freedom before her wedding, the princess and Natalie decide to switch places temporarily. "This prince needs to be taught a lesson. I'll put him in his place!" says a resolved Natalie, but when she meets Prince Rodolfo, she is swept away by him...
(c)YUKO ICHIJU/CAITLIN CREWS
When her parents passed away six years ago, Beatrice gave up on her dreams to raise her brothers and sisters. Not only is she self-conscious about her appearance, but her family treats her like a servant. One night, while helping her sister with a party, she reunites with Elliot Chalmers, who tells her the painful truth-she isn't being treated right. She tries to argue with him. She just can't stand being around the man. If only she knew how Elliot really feels and that he and only wants what's best for her.
(c)MASAMI SHINOHARA/FRANCES RODING
Kyra, a regular office worker, has been crushing on her boss and best friend Michael. But she knows he's out of her league. She's tried dating other men, but she ends up getting dumped and told she's boring. At this rate, she might never experience love! Having lost confidence after getting dumped for the last time, Kyra stumbles upon a book-a romance manual for seducing men. "If I read this and turn into an enchanting temptress, I wonder if I could even seduce Michael..."
(c)TAKAKO HASHIMOTO/LORY AND TONY KORAYIANNI
All she remembers is her name and age. Maggy was found walking along a highway and was passed from foster home to foster home, living a sad and poor childhood. One night, she's scrubbing the floors of a coffee shop when a large man surrounded by bodyguards enters. He calls himself Reza, the king of the Constantines, and gravely declares that Maggy is the missing princess of his neighboring country. He trains her to become a princess. The reason? She was engaged to him the instant she was born!
(c)KAZUKO FUJITA/CAITLIN CREWS
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
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