“harlequin boss”(Order by Newest First)
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Tessa heads to her first day at a new job full of hope and nerves, but her new boss, Curtis, fires her on the spot. It turns out he wasn't looking for a competent assistant, just a beautiful one...and apparently she doesn't stack up! Though he's handsome, he's also oppressive. And though she may be plain, she's no pushover. She convinces him to give her a chance-she'll just have to prove the value of her work! He gives Tessa a three-month trial period, and eventually, he praises her as a valuable member of his team. But his sweet smiles cause her heart to pound and throb painfully. She knows he only dates glamorous beauties. She knows she'll only end up getting hurt. And yet she can't resist him!
(c)MIO MIZUKI/CATHY WILLIAMS
Jessie puts on her sexiest dress and sneaks into a bar. She's working a side gig as a private investigator, going undercover to film evidence of men having affairs to show to their wives. She doesn't love the job, but she really needs the money. The man she's targeting tonight is a lot more sophisticated and charming than his picture suggests, and as the two of them start to dance, Jessie realizes she's getting carried away by his soft whispers...so she decides to leave him hanging and run out before she loses sight of her goal! Jessie just wants to put this behind her, but when she walks into an interview at a marketing firm, she finds that her prospective boss is none other than the man from last night!
(c)NAOMI WATANABE/MIRANDA LEE
Bronte, the daughter of the servant of the house, was awaiting Heath, who was returning home for the first time in thirteen years. He'd been a success in London and was thinking about selling the estate he'd inherited-the only thing holding him back were the memories it still held for him. For Bronte the estate was a place of memories where the two once studied together...and where she fell in love. But Heath was stubborn and cold, refusing to acknowledge the passion that still tied them together.
(c)FUSAKO WAZUMI/SUSAN STEPHENS
Elizabeth used to love her job. Her previous boss, Ron, was a caring man who loved his employees. Unfortunately, Ron passed away and his son, the infamous corporate raider Charles, took over the company. Elizabeth knew Charles was very different from his father, but when he denied her a raise to help pay for her son's tuition, she knew that he was the complete opposite of the loving and caring Ron. One night on her way home, Elizabeth finds Charles stranded on the side of the road and offers to give him a ride. Realizing that she is running late, she drags Charles along to her son's hockey game. Before long Elizabeth and Charles's relationship begins to grow and Charles shows more and more interest in the lives of his employees. Yet Charles is still secretly working on a plan to sell the company!
(c)MASAKO OGIMARU/BARBARA WALLACE
For four years Rose has dutifully worked as a Gabriel's secretary, hiding her feelings and her body in an ill-fitting suit, not letting her boss know she harbors a crush on him. When she takes a three-month vacation in Australia to visit her sister, she finds that the only food she can eat is salad, so she's come back to the office as a slender bombshell and with more confidence than she ever expected! Now, instead of buying gifts for Gabriel's dates and writing Dear John letters, she finds herself challenging Gabriel. She wants to do more with her life than just be a secretary, so she gives him an ultimatum: let her be more than a secretary and take classes to further her career, or let her go to build her career on her own. But Gabriel can't let her go now that he's fallen in love with her!
(c)YAYOI YOSHIDA/CATHY WILLIAMS
Jefferson Lyon, the CEO of Lyon Shipping, led a charmed life. Until the day his talented assistant, Caitlyn, finally told him he was too arrogant and quit. Then she flew to a resort in the Caribbean! Lyon was devastated to lose her. After careful consideration, he came up with an excellent solution. He would seduce Caitlyn in order to keep her from leaving him. Pleased with his plan, he left for the Caribbean...
(c)NANAO HIDAKA/MAUREEN CHILD
When they were in high school, Kelsey and Eric were passionately in love. Then one day, he disappeared without a word, standing her up at their prom. Ten years have passed since then... Now he's a successful entrepreneur who lives next door to her parents! He still makes her heart pound, but he's hard to read. Kelsey refuses to let herself be swept away by him. She needs to focus on more important things-as single mother, she desperately needs a job at his company.This volume also includes the story Rosa. Fate seems to have crossed the paths of Selena, a caretaker to the elderly Godfrey, and Ethan, a self-made businessman who built his career up from nothing. They're feuding over the rights to a painting, but this mysterious painting has a history far richer and more magical than they ever imagined.
(c)MARITO AI/HARLEQUIN BOOKS S.A./HARLEQUIN BOOKS S.A.
Tory works at a TV broadcasting company and today, her new CEO arrives. His name is Lucas Ryecart. Relentless when downsizing, he's rumored to bear the nickname "Grim Reaper." He must be a power-hungry man who only thinks about profit. However, Lucas is the complete opposite to what she expected. Surprisingly, Lucas turns out to be sophisticated and charming. Lucas's "Have we met before?" leaves Tory's heart fluttering. And that's only just the beginning to a stormy, forbidden love!
(c)IKUKO KODA/ALISON FRASER
Georgia is hired as a temporary secretary for the Strachans, a prominent family in Scotland. While she is blown away by their magnificent mansion, Keir, the mansion's owner, is cold and talks only about business. But Keir's heart begins to melt when he sees Georgia in a vintage dress at a banquet. And on one stormy evening, he finds himself caught up in emotions he has never felt before and visits her in her room...
(c)SARA NAKAYAMA/MAGGIE COX
Alice is the secretary of a brilliant yet shrewd man and she is equally brilliant. She deals with Victor's demanding requests in a cool fashion without ever showing any sign of weakness. But she is, in fact, struggling to manage her work. The old mansion Victor plans to acquire next also happens to be the very place where she suffered a devastating heartbreak in her past. And the man who hurt her is still there as the owner of the mansion! Unaware of these circumstances, Victor brings Alice with him to visit the building. Will Alice be able to preserve her professional demeanor when faced with her past?
(c)KANA TAKAGI/CATHY WILLIAMS
Work is Tahlia's life. Promotions are more important than romance. So when the day comes for the announcement of the new executive position, Tahlia is the obvious choice. Overwhelmed with excitement, she bumps into a man in the lobby and he instantly seizes her heart. He's breathtakingly handsome-she must find out who he is. But the answer to her question puts her in shock. His name is Case and it turns out he's there to steal her promotion. Now he's a heartthrob, a thief...and her boss!?
(c)SARA NAKAYAMA/DEBRA D'ARCY
Rachel goes to Spain, a country she's always admired, after having a fight with her father. She has two goals: to find her mother, who she was told had died, and to get out of her marriage of convenience. Needing money for her trip, she decides to work as a secretary for Luis, who owns a gray castle on a hill. He has black hair and smoky, quartz-colored eyes that hint at danger, but she can't keep her eyes off him. Secretary and boss-both have their own untold secrets, but will they stay secret when a passionate love flares up between them?
(c)NATSUMI MATSUMOTO/BARBARA MCMAHON
The old hotel Mackenzi works at will be closing. As the manager, she wants to protect her fellow coworkers, who are like family, and she worries about whether or not she can convince the new owner to preserve the hotel. While getting his suite ready, she falls asleep, exhausted. So Dante arrives to find a charming woman in his bed. Is this the present he was told about? Are the hotel's employees trying to butter up to him by hiring a high-class prostitute? They spend a sweet night together, but the next morning, Dante realizes that she's the hotel manager. He agrees to rethink closing the hotel...if she becomes his mistress!
(c)YURI TAJIMA/TRISH MOREY
For Celie, a successful secretary for a high-powered executive, work is her reason for living. So no matter how charming her boss, Nick, may be, she made up her mind long ago not to get her feelings involved. But one night she has a dream involving Nick, and the feelings she's been holding at bay come surging in. Shaken by the dream, she lets her mask slip and reveals a more vulnerable side around Nick, who takes her into his warm, strong arms. In that moment, Celie can see herself giving everything to him. Meanwhile, some mysterious changes are about to happen in Nick's life!
(c)MIWA TACHIKI/MELISSA BENYON
Alicia, an employee at a charitable institution, became more cautious after a shameful experience in her past. But, after reluctantly accepting her coworker's invitation to go to a club, she meets Nikolai and throws all caution to the wind. He is a dangerous, beautiful person who reminds her of a wolf. If she were to get involved with him, she would be making a mistake she couldn't undo. But even so, she can't look away. When they embrace, she is filled with an intense desire. Nikolai's kiss feels like this will be a night of destruction, and Hope isn't sure she even wants to save herself.
(c)IKUKO KODA/CAITLIN CREWS
Ellie, who has secretly had feelings for her boss, Aidan, for years asks for some time off so she can get artificially inseminated. She dreamed of love and marriage after seeing her parents' unhappy life together. But after realizing that she'll never love anyone more than Aidan, she decides to give up on her one-sided love and start a new life as a mother. When she tells Aidan about her plans, however, he offers to help her conceive...the traditional way. Why on earth would he say that? Does he just want to ensure she stays on the island for the sake of his company? Or could there be a hidden reason behind his actions?
(c)MIZUHO AYABE/KATHLEEN BEAVER
Santino Aragon, the handsome young CEO of the company Poppy works at, has been her secret crush. One day, she draws on her courage and confesses her love for him, but she's crushed when she learns that she's annoyed him. He's out of her league anyway... Miserable, she rushes out of the party and breaks down crying. But it's Santino himself who consoles her! The story An Accidental Engagement is also included in this volume.
(c)HITOMI OKAZAKI/JESSICA STEELE/LYNNE GRAHAM
When Terri lost her brother in the war, it was his best friend and her longtime crush Buck Morgan who offered her a job. For ten years she worked as Buck's assistant, hoping their professional relationship would turn to romance. When the moment came, Buck was under the influence of his migraine medication. Maybe he doesn't remember that they slept together. Wondering how she can get Buck to look at her as a woman, Terri is now lost in despair. What she doesn't know yet is that Buck has one of her earrings, which she lost at the time of their lovemaking...
(c)KASUMI KURODA/ELIZABETH LANE
Scarlett Gibson only came back to Italy to help save her uncle's restaurant, Rosa. She never expected to run into her former flame Lorenzo Nesta again. Much to her dismay, Lorenzo is now Rosa's head chef. They must work together to save Rose from shutting its doors forever, but Scarlett is determined to stay cold and distant toward Lorenzo. The hurt and betrayal she suffered five years ago still remains fresh. Will Scarlett be able to find it in her heart to forgive Lorenzo and save the restaurant?
(c)KAISHI SAKUYA/HARLEQUIN BOOKS S.A.
Katie was involved with her Greek boss, Alexi, but when she thought she might be pregnant, she decided to end the loveless relationship with him and quit her job. Fortunately, she found a new job in no time and was ready for the next chapter in her life. On the first day of her new job, she's gobsmacked when she meets her boss-it seems her new company was secretly acquired by Alex, and the arrogant man still thinks he can dictate her life!
(c)MIO NATSUKI/KATHRYN ROSS
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