“harlequin boss”(Order by Newest First)
10 of 30 pages
Laurie was excited about her trip to China and Hong Kong...until someone sneaked into her apartment before her departure. She senses that the thief was after the ring that her boss made her keep. Her boss wanted to plan a surprise gift for his wife as an apology for his unfaithful past, but Laurie quickly regrets getting involved. She doesn't have any choice but to bring it on the trip and becomes nervous when a mysterious man stares at her. But it turns out the mysterious man, Tyler Gray, is actually her company CEO, and he's come all the way to Hong Kong just to track a missing page from a research document!
(c)KAKUKO SHINOZAKI/JESSICA STEELE
The second Elise Jameson enters entrepreneur Alejandro Aguilar's boardroom, she feels a magnetic attraction to his charismatic personality and gorgeous looks. Alejandro initially rejects her ideas, but after showcasing her strong business acumen, Elise scores the biggest PR gig of her career. She is excited to pursue the dream...until she gets a desk next to Alejandro. The selfish, demanding CEO drives her wild, but Elise can't help but look upon him fondly. He has such lonely eyes... This man doesn't know what love is...but then, neither does she.
(c)MIO TAKAI/MAYA BLAKE
When Miranda, a nurse, is lured outside by a captivating sound, she finds an unfamiliar man playing the saxophone. Tempted by his sinfully soft voice, Miranda kisses him passionately. Then, suddenly, she's brought back to reality by the deep wounds in her heart and she flees. She decided long ago that she would never let herself be attracted to anyone again... Why did she let her guard down with him? Full of regret and bewilderment, she arrives at her new workplace and must confront a shocking situation. The man she kissed is her boss!
(c)MOTOYO FUJIWARA/KRISTI GOLDBERG
Dull John Philip. That's Sophie's boss. He may be a genius, but he still needs secretary Sophie to take care of almost everything for him. When he was given custody of his nieces after his brother's death, he asked her to marry him so she could help him provide their care. A bewildered Sophie accepts, partly because he's the only male she believes she can count on. Now that Sophie is taking care of the kids and living in his luxurious mansion, though, she's detected a persistent fluttering in her heart!
(c)MISAO HOSHIAI/PENNY JORDAN
Max, an arrogant but sexy businessman, is always in the gossip magazines. Darcy, hired by Max as his personal secretary, is well aware of the reason he hired her. She's a plain Jane who won't stir up trouble for him. But then, out of nowhere, he says he wants to marry her! In order to win a once-in-a-lifetime business deal, he has to play the family man. Darcy doesn't believe anyone will take their relationship seriously, so naturally she refuses to be his accomplice. Max, however, is sure she'll change her mind, if only he can name her price!
(c)SAE NANAHOSHI/ABBY GREEN
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
Neen has been hired to be the manager of a charity cafe, and she just can't seem to get her boss, Rico, off her mind. It's not just that he's handsome-he also has a dream of helping the world, even as he keeps his heart closed off from others. For straight-shooter Neen, he's a man who's constantly colliding with her. But one day while the two are talking, Rico kisses her passionately. Neen's heart starts to beat quickly and she thinks it's a sign of love. But Neen has a painful past and has never experienced true love before. How could she know this was only the beginning of her pain?
(c)RYO ARISAWA/MICHELLE DOUGLAS
While pursuing her dream of becoming a novelist, Theodora works as a secretary. The protagonist of her book is modeled after her boss, James, who is stubborn and hard on his assistants. But their similarities are no more than skin deep. Her protagonist is the ideal man-her boss is no match for him! So when the obstinate James falls in love with her, his passionate attempts to win her backfire. She assumes her boss is testing her, and instead of falling for his seductions, she works even harder to be the best possible secretary she can. James, meanwhile, only grows more and more attracted to Theodora!
(c)JUNKO MATSUFUJI/CATHERINE GEORGE
Woken by a phone call from her boss, Jess had to rush away to an urgent meeting. When she stepped out of her home, a man who had been following her around gave her a bottle of champagne. With no time to spare, she had to bring it along with her as she went on her way, ultimately dashing into an elevator at full speed. As she tried to catch her breath, the champagne popped, spewing the contents of the bottle all over a fellow elevator passenger. His stunned face was too stern to call handsome and his eyes were understandably filled with irritation. Jess apologized, but when she got to the meeting, he was there, too!
Kassia has been summoned by Lyon, the head of the massive London company she works for. He blames her for something that she has zero recollection of doing and fires her. She is rejected by other companies before she can even get the interview stage, and when she inquires as to why she's been rejected, they tell her that Lyon has advised them not to hire Kassia. Somehow she manages to get hired. And that's when Lyon suddenly contacts her, showing an unexpectedly kind and thoughtful side of himself. Up until now, she was sure that he was just an inconsiderate, arrogant person, but after several conversations, she begins to look forward to his calls!
(c)HARUHI SAKURA/JESSICA STEELE
From day one at her new job, Kelsa's boss, the CEO of the company, took a shine to her, treating her like she was his own daughter. Now his son, Lyle, is insisting she seduced his father and offering her compensation if she breaks up with him! Beyond insulted, Kelsa slaps Lyle before she can think better of it. So why is she suddenly in his arms and locked in a kiss?
(c)NAMI AKIMOTO/JESSICA STEELE
Olivia works as a housekeeper at an estate in Paris. The estate keeps only the bare minimum of employees, and the master of the house is nearly always absent. She has never met him face-to-face. For Olivia, who prefers to live quietly and do her work in peace, this is perfect, but then she's told that the estate's owner wants to speak with her, and, before she knows it, she's flying to a desert kingdom. She's surprised to learn her boss is Sheikh Aziz! He has decided, based on the quality of her work, that he can rely on her, so he asks her to stand in for his fiancee, a queen who has been kidnapped, and play the part of his betrothed!
(c)TOMOMI YAMASHITA/KATE HEWITT
Seven months ago the three Brewster brothers lost their father and stepmother in a car accident. Meanwhile Lily, fleeing the gossip of her boyfriend's betrayal, heads to the Pennsylvania countryside. The young woman interviews at the Brewster household to become the nanny for the orphaned triplets, but just one look from Chas has her heart wavering. Chas is cold and has two failed marriages behind him...Will she be able to work around her handsome employer?
(c)MASAMI HOSHINO/LINDA SUSAN MEIER
Ty Bryant is the incredibly handsome and talented CEO of a major company, but he's known as the boss from hell. Madeleine, who works in public relations, was assigned to help improve his image. But it seems the rumors are pretty accurate-Ty promptly trashed Madeleine's plan to rehabilitate his image and he fired her. But when his attorney suddenly showed up at Ty's office with a baby to inform him that he's been named the child's guardian, Ty had second thoughts. So he pitched an idea to Madeleine-if she stays in his house and becomes his full-time nanny, he'll do whatever she says to improve his image...
(c)YURI TAJIMA/LINDA SUSAN MEIER
Jennifer has always had feelings for her boss, Alex, but he won't look her way. She decides to find a new love, so she participates in an auction...where she ends up winning a date with Alex of all people! What is he doing in a place like this? Jennifer wants to refuse the date, but Alex has no problem going out with her. And the moment he captures her lips in a kiss, she can't say anything to resist!
(c)TSUMIKA ABE/SHIRLEY ROGERSON, INC.
Rent a Husband. Paula, a career woman, jumped at the headline of the newspaper ad. This was exactly the lifesaver she needed! Two years have passed since she lied to her boss about being married to mollify him and his outdated thinking. He won't admit that single people can be successful. Her hard work has allowed her to move up the ladder, but she felt guilty every time she had to lie. Now her boss has insisted on meeting her husband at a dinner before he will promote her. This ad was her best bet to survive her predicament, so Paula immediately called. But she never would have expected the person she hired to be so attractive!
(c)YU SENKE/ANNETTE BROADRICK
The bridal bouquet flies into the air and three women catch it at the same time. Those three women have each declared that they will never marry. Claire's husband passed away two years ago and she lives a life far from love and remarriage. She doesn't believe in the old wives' tales about bouquets. But one day Claire's sister-in-law, Irene, asks Claire if her husband's boss can stay at her place. The instant she sees Brad, Claire is shocked...he's the same man who dared to kiss her in the park that very morning!
(c)MAOKO NAGASAKI/PENNY JORDAN
Deeply hurt by her fiance's betrayal, Dani breaks off her engagement and decides to start life over in a new town with a new job. She leaves Seattle for a small coastal town, where she's lucky to find work as an antiques shop assistant. But her boss, John, writes her off as a fickle vacationer who will leave as soon as the summer is over, and he treats her coldly. Both Dani and John are haunted by old wounds. But as they work together, they gradually get to know each other...
(c)KAORU SHINOZAKI/DEBBIE MACOMBER
Harriet wants to get married and have kids someday, so she decides to make a checklist for an ideal husband. For instance, he can't be too handsome or too ugly, nor can he be too rich or too poor. Her boss, Alex, is dumbfounded when he hears this. Who would she want to marry such a boring man? It's no wonder Harriet broke up with her fiance. Despite being born into a poor family, Alex has become a successful real-estate developer. He more than checks off Harriet's list, but she'd be an idiot to fall for a sworn bachelor like him. So what will she do when he asks her to spend a passionate weekend with him at a five-star hotel?
(c)KAZUKO FUJITA/MIRANDA LEE
Edney is at a party when a male friend suddenly starts making unwanted advances toward her...until she is saved by a man she doesn't even know. With a sophisticated air about him, he kindly takes her home. Edney is so enchanted by him that she lets him leave without learning his name! The weekend over, Edney starts a new job where she learns that the man's name is Saville Craythorne...and he's Edney's new boss! Completely changed from the Saville she met at the party, this man's gaze is cold as ice...
(c)YUTTA NARUKAMI/JESSICA STEELE
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