Joan Johnston Books In Order

Sisters Of The Lone Star Books In Publication Order

  1. Frontier Woman (1988)
  2. Comanche Woman (1989)
  3. Texas Woman (1989)

Wolf Books In Publication Order

  1. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing / Hazard Ranch (1991)
  2. Never Tease a Wolf (1991)
  3. Big Sky Country (2004)

Mail-Order Brides Books In Publication Order

  1. The Barefoot Bride (1991)
  2. Outlaw’s Bride (1993)

Hawk’s Way Books In Publication Order

  1. A Little Time in Texas / Dallas (1992)
  2. Honey and the Hired Hand / Jesse (1992)
  3. The Rancher and the Runaway Bride / Adam (1993)
  4. The Cowboy and the Princess / Faron (1993)
  5. The Wrangler and the Rich Girl / Garth (1993)
  6. The Cowboy Takes a Wife / Carter (1994)
  7. The Unforgiving Bride / Falcon (1994)
  8. The Headstrong Bride / Callen (1994)
  9. The Disobedient Bride / Zach (1995)
  10. The Temporary Groom / Billy (1996)
  11. The Virgin Groom / Mac (1997)
  12. The Substitute Groom / Colt (1998)
  13. Sisters Found / Sisters / Breathless Seduction (2002)

Frontier Brides Books In Publication Order

  1. The Inheritance (1995)
  2. Maverick Heart (1995)

Captive Hearts Books In Publication Order

  1. Captive (1996)
  2. After the Kiss (1997)
  3. The Bodyguard (1998)
  4. The Bridegroom (1999)

Bitter Creek Books In Publication Order

  1. The Cowboy (2000)
  2. The Texan (2001)
  3. The Loner (2002)
  4. The Price (2003)
  5. The Rivals (2004)
  6. The Next Mrs. Blackthorne (2005)
  7. A Stranger’s Game (2008)
  8. Shattered (2009)
  9. A Bitter Creek Christmas (2013)
  10. Sinful (2014)
  11. Shameless (2015)
  12. Surrender (2018)
  13. Sullivan’s Promise (2019)
  14. Winter Magic (2020)

Bitter Creek: Mail-Order Bride Books In Publication Order

  1. Texas Bride (2012)
  2. Wyoming Bride (2012)
  3. Montana Bride (2013)
  4. Blackthorne’s Bride (2017)

Bitter Creek Collections In Publication Order

  1. The Men of Bitter Creek (2019)

Benedict Brothers Books In Publication Order

  1. Outcast (2009)
  2. Invincible (2010)
  3. Watch Out for My Girl (2012)
  4. Unforgettable (2014)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. A Loving Defiance (1985)
  2. Colter’s Wife (1986)
  3. Fit to Be Tied / Something New (1988)
  4. Marriage by the Book (1989)
  5. Sweetwater Seduction (1990)
  6. Kid Calhoun (1993)
  7. I Promise (1996)
  8. Heartbeat (1997)
  9. No Longer a Stranger (2005)
  10. Taming the Lone Wolf (2015)

Short Stories/Novellas In Publication Order

  1. One Simple Wish (1993)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. To Have and to Hold (1994)
  2. A Christmas Together (1994)
  3. Outlaws and Heroes (1995)
  4. Breathing In (1997)
  5. Hot Pursuit (1999)
  6. Spouse for Hire (1999)
  7. Under the Mistletoe (2006)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Abduction & Seduction (1995)
  2. Hawk’s Way Brides (1999)
  3. One Hot Summer (2007)
  4. More Than Words, Volume 6 (2010)

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Joan Johnston Books Overview

Frontier Woman

The prequel to the New York Times bestseller The CowboySprawling 1840s Texas comes alive in the hands of Joan Johnston, New York Times bestselling author of The Cowboy and The Texan. Introducing the unforgettable Creed dynasty, transporting us back to a wild, lawless frontier, Frontier Woman brings us a stirring, passionate story of Texas Ranger Jarrett Creed and the free spirited beauty who captures his heart…
a woman sworn to love no man…
. Captured by Comanches as a boy, Jarrett Creed grew to manhood torn between two worlds. But with the young republic under siege from ravaging Mexican armies and marauding Indian tribes alike, he made his choice. Now, as a secret government mission brings the Texas Ranger to lovely Cricket Stewart’s door, he must choose again. The youngest daughter of a wealthy gentleman planter, Cricket lives life as she pleases and vows never to be a wife to any man. Until the day Jarrett Creed saves her from avenging Comanches…
by claiming her as his bride. The last thing either expects is to fall in love. But as a traitorous conspiracy and a secret tragedy test their newfound union, a wild spirited beauty and a Texas lawman will discover just how far they will go for their precious homeland…
and for a love that could free them from the sorrows of the past…

Comanche Woman

In this dazzling prequel to the New York Times bestsellers The Cowboy and The Texan, Joan Johnston takes us back to a time when Texas was a young and wild republic, and three strong willed sisters carved out a destiny that would spawn two legendary dynasties. Here is the spellbinding tale of a woman captured by Comanches and of the proud warrior who vows to make her love him.

Comanche Woman

Born to a white father and his Indian bride, Long Quiet believed his destiny lay with his Comanche brothers. But his heart secretly belonged to Bayleigh Stewart, daughter of the richest cotton planter in Texas, who d been abducted by a marauding brave and sold to the highest bidder. For years he d searched for the violet eyed beauty, and now a strange twist of fate led him to her.

Called Shadow by her captors, Bay had almost given up hope of rescue, when a rugged stranger in buckskins appeared, risking his life to bring her home…
and awakening a passion that burned hot and true. Bay knew her place was with her family. But Long Quiet hadn t found her only to lose her again. He had to convince this woman his woman that her true home was with him…
as together they would fight for a love strong enough to bridge two worlds…

Texas Woman

The New York Times bestselling author of The Cowboy, The Texan, and The Loner weaves her seductive magic once again as she journeys back to the lawless frontier of Nineteenth century Texas to bring us the story of two warring hearts and a seduction that began amid the fires of passion and treachery…

Cruz Guerrero wanted Sloan Stewart from the first moment he laid eyes on the headstrong beauty. But Sloan, eldest daughter of a wealthy cotton planter, belonged to another man until the day she came to him, a woman in trouble on the lawless frontier and he made her an offer she could not refuse. Now he is ready to claim what is rightfully his even as a long ago betrayal threatens to tear her from his arms forever.

Sloan swore never to be used by a man again. Only sheer desperation made her strike a bargain with the aristocratic nobleman. Now he has come to collect on the vow they made together, seducing her with tender words, determined to make her want him as he wants her. Caught in the bitter cross fire of a traitorous enemy and an embattled republic, a man bound by honor and a woman wounded by passion must dare to trust in a love that’s strong and wild and true

A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing / Hazard Ranch

Harriet Allistair came west to Montana to build a new life, convinced that inheriting her uncle’s farm offered the chance to prove herself to her family, to the world and most important, to herself. But that was before she met Nathan Hazard. The Hazard Allistair feud had endured for generations and Nathan understands why after meeting proud, stubborn Harriet. From his neighboring ranch, Nathan is counting the minutes till desperation drives her off his family’s land. But he hasn’t counted on this infuriating woman getting under his skin, making him wonder if ending the feud once and for all could mean a new beginning for them both.

Never Tease a Wolf

A New York Times Bestselling Author

When a wolf threatens local ranches, Montana Fish and Wildlife agent Abigail Dayton must relocate the animal in an effort to save the endangered species. Abby knows the breed well: powerful, strong and lean, predatory. The description also fits rancher Luke Granger. She knows Luke’s type a man who’s lived a hard, solitary life working the land. The kind of man who doesn’t trust easily, but tempts a woman to risk everything…

The Barefoot Bride

Young widowed Molly decides to leave the security of Boston and travel to the wilds of Montana as a mail order bride. After all, she has two children to consider. She’ll marry first, and reveal her family later. But Molly isn’t prepared for a dashing doctor, who has a heart of gold and kisses to match.

Outlaw’s Bride

Determined to capture the heart of her childhood friend Ethan Hawk, Patch Kendrick, now a beautiful blonde, helps Patch clear his name so that he will be free to love. By the author of Kid Calhoun.

A Little Time in Texas / Dallas

Angela Taylor owes her life to the Texas Ranger who rescued her from a band of no good renegades. The problem is that he’d pulled her out of danger and straight into the twentieth century. Now Angela’s as far from Texas, 1864, as she could be, stuck with a disbelieving man too handsome from her own good. She’s either a woman out of time…
or completely out of her mind. Dallas Masterson isn’t sure what to believe. From her crazy clothes to her feisty ways, he’s almost convinced that this sassy, smart mouthed woman fought Comanches, buried her fiance, ran from the law and stole to survive…
especially when she steals his horse to try and get back to the cave where he found her. Now, both Angela and Dallas are discovering that when it comes to things like the past and falling in love there’s no place to go but the future.

Honey and the Hired Hand / Jesse

New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston has written over thirteen unforgettable Hawk’s Way romances. Now enjoy the classic tale that started them all…
Wanted: Ranch hand to mend fences and broken hearts…
When her first husband, a Texas Ranger, was killed on the job, Honey Farrell swore she’d never risk her heart again. She no longer has time for men, anyway not with a ranch to run, a dwindling bang account and two teenaged boys to raise. So when cowboy Jesse Whitelaw turns up on her doorstep looking for work, he seems like the answer to her prayers. But Honey doesn’t know that Jesse’s actually a Ranger himself, going undercover to break up a cattle rustling ring and as she and Jesse get closer, the secrets he’s keeping could destroy them both.

The Headstrong Bride / Callen

THE HOT TEMPERED HUSBAND Rancher Sam Longstreet planned to woo and wed the innocent daughter of his enemy all in the name of sweet revenge. And he knew just how to make Callen Whitelaw fall in love with him…
. THE HEADSTRONG BRIDE Callen didn’t know why everyone thought Sam was no good. There wasn’t a man in all of Texas as sexy, kind and thoughtful as her husband to be. Surely marriage would soften up his rough edges…
. THE HONEYMOON In his great plan, Sam hadn’t counted on loving his headstrong bride! CHILDREN OF HAWK’S WAY: The Whitelaws of Texas had three sweet and innocent kids. Now they’re all grown up and not so innocent!

The Substitute Groom / Colt

His marriage proposal wasn’t shocking. His motive was. But she had her own secret. All of Jennifer Wright’s hopes and dreams had rested on her summer wedding until one single moment changed everything. Including the groom. Suddenly, Jennifer agreed to marry her fianc ‘s best friend, a darkly handsome Texan she needed and desperately wanted almost against her will. But U.S. Air Force Major Colt Whitelaw had sacrificed too much to settle for a marriage of convenience, and that made hiding her passion all the more difficult. And hiding her biggest secret downright impossible…

Sisters Found / Sisters / Breathless Seduction

Three Sisters. Three Lives. Three Hearts. Reunited in a Stunning Drama of Passion and Secrets. Charity Beautiful, bold and uncertain of love after being abandoned as on infant, Charity is bewildered by Kane Longstreet’s marriage proposal. Despite her misgivings, she agrees to go home with Kane for the holidays. But at his cousin’s engagement party at Hawk’s Pride, she gets the shock of her life when she comes face to face with identical twin sisters Hope and Faith Butler, and sees a mirror image of herself. Hope The stunning discovery that she is a triplet does little to distract Hope from her own personal heartbreak. The man she has loved all her life, Jake Whitelaw, is about to marry someone else. With only two weeks until the wedding, she needs a miracle. And thanks to her determined sisters, she might just get it. Faith Fearing that her parents gave Charity up for adoption because of her own special needs as a child, Faith is consumed by guilt. She vows to see both her sisters happy, no matter what it takes. That means she’s got to break up one wedding, arrange a couple more…
and seize her own chance for happiness.

The Inheritance

Daisy knew that someday, somehow, she would pay for wanting what no proper woman wanted The ravishing Duchess Daisy vowed to save Severn Manor by marrying Nicholas Calloway, a Texas bounty hunter come to claim his family’s ancestral lands. But the moment they met, the slate eyed barbarian took Daisy s breath away. She proposed a marriage of convenience. But she hadn t reckoned on flash fire passion with the savage new duke Nicholas Calloway came to England to discover the truth about his bast*ard birth, then sell his inherited estate with Duchess Daisy s help. Her price was marriage. He agreed, determined to have her on his own terms only to find himself hostage to the fiery redhead he couldn t leave behind The highly acclaimed bestselling author of Outlaw s Bride, Joan Johnston brings to life two extraordinary characters an outrageous duchess and an unlikely duke in a love story that enchants and enthralls to the very last page.

Maverick Heart

Years after she is driven from England to the new world frontier, Lady Verity Talbot reencounters her lost love, the vengeful Miles Broderick, who is unaware that Verity desperately seeks their missing child.


She was a gorgeous rebel. Defying all the rules, daring to speak her mind, Charlotte Edgerton declared her independence before she even entered the Earl of Denbigh’s home. Her new guardian immediately made her a prisoner in her own room until she agreed to learn the lady like arts. Furious, she complied. Anything to buy her freedom from Denbigh. She’s even marry a man she didn’t love to get away from her domineering guardian. In fact, love was the furthest thing from her mind…
He was the Earl who vowed to tame her. Lionel Morgan, Earl of Denbigh, had been betrayed at the altar by another woman and vowed that no female would ensnare him again. Then Charlotte Edgerton burst into his life. Denbigh wasn’t prepared for this headstrong American or the passions she inspired on first sight. He knew only that he had to civilize her, present her at court, and Almack’s, and then marry her off to the highest bidder. It wasn’t until he nearly lost her that he realized the truth: She’d somehow reversed their roles and become the captor of his heart.

After the Kiss

The Innocent
Too tall and entirely too outspoken, Miss Eliza Sheringham grew up thumbing her nose at polite English society. So when Captain Lord Marcus Wharton, called Beau for his stunning good looks set his rakish sights on her, Eliza thought nothing of rejecting his advances. Until a stolen kiss swept her into the arms of a man too dangerous too love…

The Beau

Called to battle, Marcus left behind the woman who had captured his heart and the scandal ignited by their kiss. His brother’s disappearance made him Duke of Blackthorne, guardian of twin nieces who were rumored to be his own daughters. Badly scared in battle, the Beau had become the Beast of Blackthorne, a wounded animal destined to spend his life hiding in a shadowy wing of Blackthorne Abbey.

The Beast

When Eliza Sheringham showed up on his doorstep proposing herself as governess for the incorrigible twins, the Beast demanded marriage as the price of the job. He knew she could never love him. Surely his looks would drive her away now that he hungered for her more than life itself…

The Bodyguard

Sworn to protect her, he was forbidden to touch her…
. Joan Johnston is a masterful creator of unforgettable characters and stories that make you feel as if you’re falling in love again. Now she sweeps you back to Regency era Scotland, where a determined young woman challenges a man’s world even as she embraces the outsider who protects her life and steals her heart…
. When the tall, rugged stranger stepped out of the shadows and rescued her from a fate worse than death, Katherine MacKinnon knew she had found her bodyguard. With his steely arms and reckless courage, he would shield her from her clansmen, who refused to accept her as laird, and from the hated Duke of Blackthorne, who controlled her family’s lands. As her desire grew for the mysterious man who was constantly by her side, she had no idea that she was falling in love with the enemy himself…

The Bridegroom

He vowed to wed, bed, and abandon her. But love got in the way…
Joan Johnston sweeps you back to Regency era England and Scotland with a love story that will take your breath away. Here is romance at its best as Johnston brings back unforgettable characters from her bestsellers Captive, After the Kiss, and The Bodyguard in a spellbinding novel of seduction and betrayal. She was the reigning belle of the ton for the fourth Season in a row, but Lady Regina Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne’s daughter, was determined to avoid the perils of marriage. She had already seen enough to distrust all men. Then Clay Bannister, the dashing Earl of Carlisle, dared to steal a kiss and stir new and exciting desires. Scarred by tragedy, Carlisle intrigued her with his mysterious past and his dark, dangerous charm. She never suspected she was about to marry her father’s most vengeful enemy or that her greatest defense would be the passions he could not resist…

The Cowboy

On a whim, while working on the television series Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Sara Davidson flies to Elko, Nevada, for a cowboy poetry festival. She has a chance meeting with an attractive, green eyed cowboy from Arizona who makes bridles out of rawhide. At first she dismisses him as a jerk, an ‘insolent yokel,’ but months later, feeling at loose ends, she calls and invites him to visit for a weekenda weekend that alters the course of both their lives. Having a fling with a cowboy is a common female fantasy, but for Sara and Zack the sexual fling deepens and intensifies. They try to resist it because they seem completely wrong for each other’s and don’t fit into each other’s lives. Sara writes books and television shows, studied at Berkley and Columbia and lives in a suburb with her two young children. Zack barely finished high school, doesn’t read the newspaper and lives in a trailer in the desert. Yet after several weeks apart, they’re compelled to see each other again. Sara’s children are charmed at first by the visiting cowboy, but when they realize he’s going to stay around, they react with anger and vulnerability. Sara’s friends and colleagues are skeptical, and she’s forced to adjust her own ideas about who’s a suitable partner.’The affair has endured,’ she writes, ‘and it has taught me things I did not know about love, the body and the heart, the way we link ourselves to people who may not be politically or socially or in any way correct.’Sara faces a classic struggle between the mind and the heart, the worldly and the timeless, and between one’s loyalty and devotion to children and one’s physical needs as a woman. She understands she must find a way to yoke these conflicting needs or be grateful for the romantic interlude and walk ahead on her own.

The Texan

Joan Johnston, the New York Times bestselling author of The Cowboy, casts her beguiling spell once again in her breathtaking new novel. Set against a majestic backdrop of sprawling modern day Texas, The Texan weaves a tale of two feuding families the Blackthornes and the Creeds and of two extraordinary people, loner Owen Blackthorne and beautiful, headstrong Bayleigh Creed, irresistibly drawn to each other despite the desperate odds against their love. Owen Blackthorne was a lone wolf, a man who didn’t need anyone. Until Bayleigh Creed appeared on his doorstep, demanding his help in locating her missing brother. They headed into the desolate West Texas wilderness together, a Blackthorne and a Creed, mortal enemies obliged to join forces to survive. Neither counted on the unwanted attraction that drew them together, or the bitter truths that would force them apart. Until the ruthless wilderness compelled them to make life and death choices between family…
and duty…
and love. Joan Johnston is the bestselling, award winning author of fourteen historical romances and twenty contemporary romance novels. She received a master of arts degree in theater from the University of Illinois and was graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law at Austin. She is currently a full time writer who lives in South Florida.

The Loner

The Blackthornes and the Creeds. Two powerful Texas dynasties and lifelong enemies. Set in the heart of the modern day West, New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston brings to passionate life the clash of wills between Blackthorne and Creed…
as a man and woman discover a love stronger than the forces trying to tear them apart. Summer Blackthorne swore she d never forgive Billy Coburn for running out on her and their future together. But that was before she found out she wasn t Jackson Blackthorne’s child Billy was. And now the Blackthorne Bast*ard has come home for a final day of reckoning…
to the town that damned him and the woman he had always wanted. Only Summer can satisfy the hunger burning deep within him. Only she can help him hold on to his own unwanted son. It will be a marriage of expedience only. Until doubts and mistrust vanish in the heat of passion…
and a man and a woman who never stopped loving each other fight bitter blood and impossible odds for a glorious second chance…

The Price

New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston has captivated millions of readers with her sprawling, sensuous novels about the two opposing dynasties of Bitter Creek, Texas the Blackthornes and the Creeds. Now in her highly anticipated hardcover debut, Johnston tells an impassioned story of love and danger, ambition and family, that features the popular character Luke Creed, a young man who has turned his back on his family’s ranch to pursue his fortune as an attorney at Houston’s most powerful law firm. Even though the stress and the punishing hours of his job as a litigation associate at DeWitt & Blackthorne have cost him his marriage and quality time with his two young daughters, Luke Creed remains fiercely driven to succeed. When Luke takes on the defense of a pharmaceutical company in an explosive wrongful death suit that could make or break his career, he is surprised to find himself squared off against the woman he has always loved, Amy Hazeltine Nash, his high school sweetheart. A single mother recovering from a failed marriage, Amy is a passionate advocate for her bereaved client and is shocked that once rebellious Luke is now a member of the Establishment, representing corporate interests. But Amy cannot deny the feelings that seeing Luke rekindles in her heart. Concerned that his client may be lying, Luke investigates the case more closely, which means spending more time with Amy with whom a new romance begins to blossom. But when one of Luke’s colleagues dies under suspicious circumstances, he finds he is in danger of losing not only the case but his life. With help from Amy and a trio of fearless colleagues, Luke delves into a dangerous web of corruption that involves his client and his firm. In doing so he has no choice but to question The Price of his own ambitions. From the towering skyscrapers of Houston to the majestic plains of south Texas ranch country, The Price sweeps readers into a powerfully engrossing, passionate novel that will keep them on the edge of their seats as it explores the questions of what is truly important in life and how high a price a person is willing to pay to achieve his or her ambitions.

The Rivals

New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston brings to life an unforgettable love story between two strong willed people from different worlds in her thrilling new novel featuring the Blackthornes of Bitter Creek, Texas, and their formidable rivals, the Grayhawks of Wyoming.

Juggling single motherhood and her job as deputy sheriff of Teton County, Sarah Barndollar hasn’t lost hope of solving two cold cases of missing young women. When a third vanishes, all hell breaks loose because she’s the illegitimate daughter of Texas scion Clay Blackthorne and the granddaughter of his mortal enemy King Grayhawk. The crisis pits the two powerful families against each other in a race against time.

Playboy Drew DeWitt, a Blackthorne cousin, insists on taking part in the search putting him on a collision course with Sarah. Her cop instincts tell her the sexy Texan is trouble. But when evidence emerges of a conspiracy against the U.S. government, Sarah accepts Drew’s high powered help as she negotiates a shadowy landscape of hidden rivals and ruthless greed where every moment counts in saving lives, including her own.

The Next Mrs. Blackthorne

A lavish summer wedding is being planned at Bitter Creek ranch. In one month, Clay Blackthorne will wed socialite Jocelyn Montrose. But when she hears stirrings of a corporate takeover by the family’s archrival, North Grayhawk, Jocelyn covertly heads to North’s ranch to offer a valuable commodity herself if North will call off his plans. Striking a deal to spend the summer with the steely, seductive North, Jocelyn fails to see that her sacrifice to protect the man she loves may have dire consequences.

Stunned by his fiancee’s rejection, Clay, a newly appointed federal judge, begins presiding over an incendiary terrorism trial, which brings him face to face with his first love, Libby Grayhawk. As tensions mount, forces beyond Clay’s control threaten the women most precious to him in the past and the present. And only in a daring act of sacrifice will he know which woman will become The Next Mrs. Blackthorne.

A Stranger’s Game

From New York Times bestselling author Joan Johnston comes a dazzling new Bitter Creek novel that features all of the passion and intrigue in Texas high society that her readers know and love, mixed with an explosive, spine tingling tale of murder, wrongful imprisonment, and a woman who counts no cost too high to see a killer brought to justice.

FBI Special Agent Breed Grayhawk has the hottest sex in his life with a stranger who calls herself Grace Smith, only to discover early the next morning that her real name is Merle Raye Finkel and she’s a convicted double murderer who broke her parole a year ago and disappeared. Now she’s his prime suspect in a terrorist threat against the U.S. president.

Grace Caldwell is determined to find the killer who framed her for the murder of her father and stepmother and make him pay. She burgles the home of her 1 suspect and nets a surprising haul: a hot pink, silk covered diary the record of a sex addicted wife’s adventures which suggests that Grace’s 1 suspect isa serial killer. But her theft has been caught on tape, and the man she’s been chasing becomes the hunter…
with Grace as his prey.

With just five days until the president arrives in Austin, Texas, the last thing the FBI needs is a serial killer on the prowl…
and a terrorist suspect who will stop at nothing to clear her name. The clock is ticking down, and Agent Grayhawk is racing time to discover the truth about his dangerous lover.


Nine years ago Kate Grayhawk Pendelton walked into Wyatt Shaw’s life and out of it the next morning. Now Wyatt’s back and has the power to shatter Kate’s future with the man she loves. By reputation, Wyatt Shaw is a brutal killer who always gets what he wants. And he wants Kate and her twin eight year old sons. Texas Ranger Jack McKinley is hot on Wyatt Shaw’s trail. The presumed heir to the D’Amato crime syndicate is threatening to steal the woman he loves. Holly McKinley is fighting to keep Jack from leaving her for another woman. Now the secret she’s kept for over twenty years may save their son’s life, and cost her the only man she’s ever loved.

The Men of Bitter Creek

Hearts run wild in Bitter Creek, Texas…
a hotbed of secrets, passions, feuds, and romantic redemption, where rugged, stubborn heroes meet their matches in headstrong, extraordinary women. Now, two treasured classic novellas from the legendary Joan Johnston have been combined in one remarkable volume a winning pair of heart soaring, emotionally rich tales, where free spirits and untrusting souls unite on a rocky path to understanding and miraculous true love.


Society bachelor and former army sniper Ben Benedict moves between two worlds from high society Washington to the mean city streets, from tuxedos to Glocks. His powerful Virginia family wants him out of harm’s way, but Ben stays on the job, determined to make amends for a past that haunts him.

Dr. Anna Schuster is fighting demons of her own when she crosses paths with Agent Benedict. The two become adversaries and lovers as they search for an Al Qaeda operative bent on revenge.

Ben must fight against time and his own darkness to rescue millions of innocents and the woman he loves from a virulent bioweapon in the hands of a dangerous enemy.


Bella Benedict’s five grown children are scattered around the world like a handful of precious jewels. Now she’s dying and she has one last, secret wish. To bring her children home. And to give them what she once had: a marriage of passion.

Wealthy playboy Max Benedict has no interest in long-term commitment. He had his heart broken once and that was enough. Instead, he travels the world, working as a sometime spy for the CIA. When he’s asked to investigate a foreign threat against the president, he doesn’t think twice about accepting-until he hears who he’ll be working with in London.

FBI Special Agent Kristin Lassiter is under investigation and on the verge of losing everything-her savings, her job, her beloved father. So when Bella Benedict approaches her with the offer to pay her mounting debts, she’s tempted to accept. But there’s a catch-a big one. Bella wants Kristin to win the heart of her son Max, the very man who destroyed Kristin years ago. A man unaware he fathered her nine-year-old daughter. If Kristin succeeds, she’ll get the money she needs-and the priceless Blackthorne rubies Bella has offered to sweeten the deal. The only problem is, can she win Max’s heart without falling back in love with him?

Colter’s Wife

Dear Reader,

Colter’s Wife has always held a special place in my heart because I believe it is the first of my novels that fully conveys my love of the magnificent American West the breathtaking landscapes, the excitement and danger of the frontier, and the passionate, strong willed people who built lives in an untamed land.

Set in Wyoming Territory, it tells the story of Kinyan Holloway, who has no idea how she’s going to survive when her husband is killed in a range accident. Kinyan is torn between the Sioux world where she was raised and her responsibilities to her children and their heritage the largest ranch in the Territory.

Into her life rides a scarred stranger who’s fast with a gun. Benjamin Colter has tried to put vengeance behind him, but the past seems destined to catch up with him. What he wants now is Kinyan Holloway and her ranch but he can get them only if he defeats a deadly rival and agrees to become a father to three children who want more from him than he’s able to give.

Joan Johnston

Marriage by the Book

A New York Times Bestselling AuthorWhen Megan Padget’s children give her a self help guide to getting married for her birthday, she doesn’t know whether to laugh or cry. After sixty three unsuccessful dates, staying single is sounding pretty good until she meets Thomas Steele. One divorce later, Tom Steele has no interest in the advice book from his well intentioned brother and sister in law. He doesn’t want to get married and he hasn’t even found the woman of his dreams yet…
until he meets Megan Padget. Now two people who were ready to throw the book at love are about to discover that a little learning is a dangerous thing…
almost as dangerous as falling in love.

Sweetwater Seduction

Schoolmarm Eden Devlin was too tall and too doggone smart. Most men in Sweetwater wouldn’t tangle with her. Until Burke Kerrigan rode into town. Big, hard, and handsome, he wore a pair of six guns and a bold, lazy smile. He came to settle the war between the nesters and the ranchers, but soon had another challenge on his hands. Both sides in Sweetwater’s violent dispute wanted the meddling Miss Devlin taught a thing or two. Simple seduction seemed the perfect lesson. But Kerrigan didnt’ count on the fire beneath the brains and innocence. And Miss Devlin? She found a blazing passion that promised happiness beyond her wildest expectations and a love that might break her heart.

Kid Calhoun

Texas Ranger Jake Kearney was astonished to discover that the ‘Kid’ Calhoun he stalked, the same outlaw who saved him from ambush, was a woman and an irresistible one at that! Now Anabeth Calhoun was an unwilling captive of the flinty eyed Ranger as they pursued a gang of cold blooded killers…
and a cache of stolen gold that had mysteriously disappeared. But the lawman’s problems had only just begun. Fighting his desire for the outlaw he had sworn would not escape justice, Jake Kearney was soon torn between his duty…
and his love…
. Anabeth knew she had found her match in the rugged loner who taught her the joys of passion…
while she taught him the exquisite perils of love. She also knew that Anabeth ‘Kid’ Calhoun was one outlaw both willing and eager to fall into the long arms of the law!

I Promise

A Promise of DangerDelia Carson was only sixteen when she fled her hometown running thousands of miles away from the deadly Texas tempest of lies and shadows that tore apart her family…
and her aching love for smalltown bad boy Marsh North. But she never could escape.A Promise of DesireA New York judge with a reputation for toughness, Delia has tried to forget, but cannot. And now a family crisis is calling her home back to the mystery, back to the shadows…
back to North, the ‘bad boy’ turned respected, prize winnning journalist. But some things never change. Dark secrets long denied must finally be revealed. And a youthful passion interrupted but never destroyed must be rapturously reborn as adult love if Delia is to be truly free.


Dedicated Texas Ranger Jack Kittrick is hard on the trail of a killer who is preying on the helpless in a large San Antonio hospital a hunt that leads him to Maggie Wainwright, the beautiful, enigmatic legal eagle who had access to the victims…
and a motive for the crimes. The more Jack learns about Ms. Wainwright, the more this secretive lady who makes his spurs tangle and his heart run wild enthralls and perplexes him. When her own son becomes the killer’s target, Maggie can no longer keep silent about her painful. shadowy past. With everything she truly cares about at stake, Maggie must cast her fate to the Texas winds…
and trust her future and her love to the determined lawman who has more questions for her than she has answers.

No Longer a Stranger

Joan Johnston sweeps readers back to the untamed American West in a tale of powerful emotions and breathtaking action.

1865: The Civil War was over, but new dangers lay in wait across the open frontier. Disguised as a boy in buckskins, pretty Rebecca Hunter wasn’t afraid of any enemy who might cross her path in the Rocky Mountains. She vowed never to belong to any man…
until she met city bred Christopher Kincaid, the stranger she rescued from a fierce band of Sioux. All too quickly she learned how powerful an attraction can be between a man and a woman.

No Indian ambush could scar Kincaid as deeply as the tragic loss and broken heart he suffered in the war. Now, being nursed back to health by Reb in an isolated mountain cabin, he found himself coming alive with a powerful desire for her. But how could he know that his mission for the government would jeopardize his chances of winning Reb’s heart, bring down the wrath of a renegade Sioux chief, and test the lengths he’d be willing to go to convince this passionate woman to stay beside him for all time?

To Have and to Hold

A second collection of bridal themed short stories presents the combined talents of four authors: Jane Bonander, Elaine Coffman, Joan Johnston, and Kasey Michaels.

A Christmas Together

Jane Bonander, Taya Anne Crosby, Jennifer Horsman, and Joan Johnston contribute four historical tales of romance during the Christmas holiday season.

Outlaws and Heroes

Three stories highlight men who pursue their own forms of justice, including loner Stony Carlton, who vows he will never be tied down; Gabriel Taylor, a man convicted by local gossip; and Clay Barker, a lawmaker in his own right.

Abduction & Seduction

Three short works follow themes of rugged and dangerous men of the West who kidnap the women of their choice and unexpectedly capture their hearts.

Hawk’s Way Brides

A true master of Western romance, Joan Johnston has lassoed readers with her delightful Hawk’s Way series. Now three best loved favorites from the popular family saga The Unforgiving Bride, The Headstrong Bride and The Disobedient Bride are available in this limited edition hardcover. She’s unforgiving, headstrong and disobedient…
she’s a Whitelaw bride! These three ladies of Hawk’s Way are about to come face to face with something as rare as a friendly armadillo: three Texan men who are their equals! Watch the sparks fly and love unite at these unforgettable Whitelaw weddings! Falcon Whitelaw offered his services as husband and stand in father to a damsel in distress and her darling daughter. The Unforgiving Bride was skittish about love, but this Whitelaw man could be very convincing…
Callen Whitelaw had one surefire way to soften up a rugged rancher out for revenge against her beloved clan. The Headstrong Bride would marry him! Zach Whitelaw chose his convenient wife for one reason only to provide him with a brood of little Whitelaws. But no matter how many long, lazy days they spent in their marriage bed, The Disobedient Bride refused to get pregnant!

More Than Words, Volume 6

Presenting the sixth annual More Than Words anthology. Little by little, one person at a time, we can make our world a better place. The five dedicated women selected as this year’s recipients of Harlequin’s More Than Words award have done just that, by discovering a seed of compassion, and nurturing it to effect real change in their communities. To celebrate their accomplishments, five bestselling authors have honored the winners by writing short stories inspired by these real life hero*ines. We hope More Than Words inspires you to look into your heart and find the hero*ine who lives within.

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