How else to describe the pact Jessica Randall had made with wealthy New Zealand rancher Gabe Dumont? In exchange for marriage and an heir, he would save her family property. The agreement was calculating, completely devoid of any tenderness, just like the man himself. Their relationship was supposed to be a simple arrangement.Instead, it was fraught with secrets and mistrust, jealousy and ultimatums–emotions that wouldn't allow her to maintain the distance she needed. Worse, the sizzling attraction between them made this marriage of convenience decidedly inconvenient.
M&B brings you the very best of Helen Bianchin in these 18 wonderfully glamorous tales of seduction! This thrilling collection includes:Married for ConvenienceForgotten HusbandThe Marriage ArrangementThe Husband TestLatin LoversA Convenient BridegroomIn the Spaniard’s BedThe Martinez Marriage RevengeMistress ArrangementsPassion’s MistressDesert MistressMistress by ArrangementGreek’s PrideThe Stephanos MarriageA Passionate SurrenderThe Greek BridegroomThe Marriage Bed An Ideal Marriage?The Marriage CampaignThe Bridal BedSeduction AssignmentThe Seduction SeasonThe Marriage DealThe Husband Assignment
Mission: marriage!Abby Hunter wasn't very experienced at the flirting game. She was probably the only twenty-eight-year-old virgin in the history of the planet! But she didn't want to be. Especially after she'd met sexy tycoon Sam Turner.He was a walking temptation–and he'd made her an offer she knew she should refuse. Sam Turner didn't believe in love or marriage; all he'd offered Abby was a temporary affair–no strings attached! Could she ever persuade this reluctant groom to take a chance on love?
In tribute this is a re-release of the Sara Craven Summer CollectionWED TO THE ITALIAN: Bartaldi's Bride; Rome's Revenge; The Forced MarriageHER GREEK GROOM: The Tycoon's Mistress; Smokescreen Marriage; His Forbidden BrideHIS RELUCTANT BRIDE: The Marchese's Love-Child; The Count's Blackmail Bargain; In the Millionaire's PossesionMARRIAGE RECLAIMED: Marriage at a Distance; Marriage Under Suspicion; The Marriage Truce
Across the world, we see cultural heritage under attack, from Mali to Iraq and Syria. Extremists vandalize museums and historic sites, forbid girls to go to school and kill members of the media – all symbols that embody freedom of thought and respect for cultural diversity. These assaults strike at the heart of human identity and endeavour. Signed in 1935, the Roerich Pact paved the way for landmark international legal instruments devoted to the protection of cultural property, both in peacetime and during war – including the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Confl ict and its two (1954 and 1999) Protocols. The UNESCO World Heritage Convention, adopted in 1972, builds on the spirit on the Pact. International criminal law has also made big strides in protecting cultural property. Under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, intentionally directing attacks against buildings dedicated to education, art and science, as well as historic monuments, is a war crime in both international and in non-international armed confl ict. This exhibition pays tribute to the ground-breaking Roerich Pact and bears witness to our determination to take its spirit forward.
Today we like to think that marriage is a free choice based on love: that we freely choose whom to marry and that we do so, not so much for survival or social advantage, but for love. The invention of marriage for love inverted the old relationship between love and marriage. In the past, marriage was sacred, and love, if it existed at all, was a consequence of marriage; today, love is sacred and marriage is secondary. But now marriage appears to be becoming increasingly superfluous. For the past forty years or so, the number of weddings has been declining, the number of divorces exploding and the number of unmarried individuals and couples growing, while single-parent families are becoming more numerous. Love has triumphed over marriage but now it is destroying it from inside. So has the ideal of marriage for love failed, and has love finally been liberated from the shackles of marriage? In this brilliant and provocative book Pascal Bruckner argues that the old tension between love and marriage has not been resolved in favour of love, it has simply been displaced onto other levels. Even if it seems more straightforward, the contemporary landscape of love is far from euphoric: as in the past, infidelity, loss and betrayal are central to the plots of modern love, and the disenchantment is all the greater because marriages are voluntary and not imposed. But the collapse of the ideal of marriage for love is not necessarily a cause for remorse, because it demonstrates that love retains its subversive power. Love is not a glue to be put in the service of the institution of marriage: it is an explosive that blows up in our faces, dynamite pure and simple.
Sarah and Jed's marriage is in jeopardy. Their wedding had been hastily arranged–but afterward they'd lost their unborn baby, and with it the reason for their marriage. Yet Sarah knows she's deeply in love with her husband….Jed is the strong, silent type; Sarah has no idea what he feels for her, and she's afraid to ask. After weeks of polite, awkward tolerance, they've reached a make-or-break situation. One of them must reach out, communicate, declare their true feelings. But will it be Sarah or Jed? And will they at last make their marriage real, a marriage that could lead to a family?
It happened one night… Tess Lucas had carefully planned every detail of her life, determined to create the happiness she’d craved since childhood. But a broken engagement led to a one-night stand with her best friend – and a baby! Wealthy playboy Craig Richmond never planned to be a husband or a father – until Tess told him she was pregnant. He knew marriage was the best way to guarantee their baby had a real family – and to finally realise his long-hidden feelings for his oldest friend.But Tess refused to settle for a marriage of convenience – she wanted the fairy tale. And to win her heart, Craig would have to prove he was the one man who could give her everything she’d ever wanted…
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THE MARRIAGE MAKER"A mirror marriage, picture perfect but insubstantial, a mere reflection of the real thing." In marrying Drake Arundell, Olivia Nicholls will secure Simon's future… and condemn her own!Though she yearns for a «real» marriage with Drake, too many secrets, too many lies stand between them and the love, the passion, the substance she longs for in their relationship – but then, perhaps she has a guardian angel on her side!THE MARRIAGE MAKER – Can a picture from the past bring love to the present?
Marriage at a DistanceJoanna had been an inexperienced 18-year-old when she'd married Gabriel Verne. She'd loved her new husband but had been devastated to discover that he'd simply married her out of duty. When the honeymoon was over, so was their marriage….But then Gabriel returned home to claim his inheritance– and his wife! By the terms of his late father's will, he and Joanna must live together as man and wife for a year. Joanna was determined to resist, but Gabriel wanted her back– whatever it took!Marriage Under Suspicion"Your husband loves another woman."The note was signed «A Friend,» but no friend would ever do that to another woman. Could it be true? Was Kate Lassiter's marriage falling apart? She still loved her husband, Ryan, still thrilled at his touch, but how long was it since they'd last made love?On the surface they had it all: successful careers, a lovely home and the perfect marriage. But if Ryan had committed the ultimate betrayal, then revenge was no answer. Kate wanted her husband back and she was prepared to fight to keep him. Because while her marriage was under suspicion there was no way she could tell Ryan she was expecting his baby!The Marriage TruceJenna is happy to be her cousin's bridesmaid, but she wishes someone had warned her that the best man is going to be Ross Grantham. Ross is the man she once exchanged marriage vows with – in the very same church! It's two years since she last saw him; two years since Ross betrayed their vows. The air between them crackled with fiery attraction. Can they call a truce for the bride's sake?