3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys

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WARNING— DO NOT TAKE HOME TO MOTHER

RAND

After tragedy struck six years ago, Rand buried what was left of his heart-until Phoebe Garrison comes along with an enticing deal— a coveted deed his company needs in exchange for a week in her bed. Trouble is a week is not enough to indulge his fantasies with this amazing woman.

CARTER

To fulfill his father's generous will, Carter ...

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Overview

WARNING— DO NOT TAKE HOME TO MOTHER

RAND

After tragedy struck six years ago, Rand buried what was left of his heart-until Phoebe Garrison comes along with an enticing deal— a coveted deed his company needs in exchange for a week in her bed. Trouble is a week is not enough to indulge his fantasies with this amazing woman.

CARTER

To fulfill his father's generous will, Carter needs a wife. For half-a-million dollars, Daisy Jackson says "I do." But after a wedding night of nonstop, sheet-soaking consummation, Carter wants Daisy to have, to hold, and to everything else.

COLTON

What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Unless you wake up in bed with a showgirl named Fayre-aka your new wife. How could the stable, workaholic Colton gamble on such an unpredictable force of nature? Still, he has to admit, all bets (and clothes) are off when playing with Fayre.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780758208637
  • Publisher: Kensington
  • Publication date: 2/1/2008
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 352
  • Product dimensions: 4.32 (w) x 6.82 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Meet the Author

Oregon author Lucy Monroe's books have hit national bestseller lists in both the US and England. Her highly charged, sensual stories touch on the realities of life while giving the reader a fantasy story not easily forgotten. Lucy's books transport her readers to a special place where the heart rules and love conquers all.
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Table of Contents

Contents

A Deal Is a Deal....................9
Carter's Story....................111
Colton's Story....................217
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First Chapter

3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys


By LUCY MONROE

BRAVA BOOKS

Copyright © 2005 Lucy Monroe
All right reserved.

ISBN: 978-0-7582-0863-7


Chapter One

Rand Alexander should have a warning sign.

Danger.

Radioactive material.

Beware.

Because he impacted Phoebe's senses like a nuclear power plant going into meltdown.

She sucked in air, trying to regulate breathing that had gone haywire the moment his to-die-for body had filled the doorway of the swank hotel's reception room.

Heart racing, she fought the painful intensity of desires that would shock Rand silly. Like she always did. Every time the man walked into the room, she lost control of her body's reactions.

And he didn't even notice.

It wasn't that he ignored her. They were friends, after all, but if she danced naked on the hood of his car, he would politely ask her if she needed a hand down. All the while his real focus would be on something, or someone, else.

Like the blonde whose dress looked as if it was made of shimmering silver spangles glued to her body. The one that had just caught his arm and his attention.

"He looks wonderful, doesn't he, Phoebe dear? So mature now." Aunt Emmaline's voice buzzed at the edge of Phoebe's consciousness like a bee trying to alight.

Wonderful? He looked edible, six feet four inches of solid sex appeal with glossy black hair and eyes the color of molten steel.

"Fancy him coming back after all these years and still unattached."

Of course he was unattached. He had buried his heart with his wife and son six years ago.

"Oh, look, he and his mother are coming this way."

It was only as her aunt's last words registered that Phoebe realized the old woman was not discussing Rand, but rather his half brother, Carter Sloane. Her ex-fiancé.

While Rand turned aside to talk to the blonde, Carter was indeed headed their way. Walking beside his elegant mother, he looked more like a California golden boy than an East Coast executive.

"Carter, how well you look." Aunt Emmaline beamed at him.

"Thank you, and may I return the compliment?"

The old woman's paper-thin cheeks pinkened under the warmth of Carter's smile. It was the same smile that four years ago had made Phoebe's heart race, but it did not have the slightest impact now. Rand, on the other hand, only had to look at her and her brain stopped working.

The older women greeted each other.

"Phoebe, how are you?" Carter's attention was fixed wholly on her now, and she tried to return the favor.

Only Rand and the other woman were laughing together, and the sight of red fingernails against a white dinner jacket had Phoebe fighting green demons she hated almost as much as her status as a twenty-five-year-old virgin.

"I'm fine, Carter." She forced her eyes away from the couple on the other side of the room. "It's been a long time."

"Yes, it has."

"How long will you be staying?"

He shrugged. "I may be back for good."

His mother looked unmoved by the prospect, but not so Aunt Emmaline. "How wonderful!" She smiled with a definite gleam in her eye. "You and Phoebe will have to catch up on old times."

A sinking feeling in the pit of her stomach told Phoebe she had to divert this conversational tangent but fast. "The past is over, and I'm sure Carter has no more interest in it than I do."

Aunt Emmaline frowned. "You don't mean that, dear."

"I do." Phoebe smiled at Carter to show no offense was intended by her blunt declaration, but blunt was all that worked with her great-aunt.

"Standing on four-year-old pride makes for a lonely existence." The acerbity of her aunt's tone didn't bother Phoebe nearly as much as the implication she'd spent four years pining for a man who'd dumped her.

"I'm not being proud, just practical. It's only fair to tell you that if you're considering Carter as a candidate for great-nephew-in-law, then don't bother. We've been there, done that, and it didn't work. Right, Carter?"

She turned to Carter and willed him to agree with her.

His expression was regretful, but he remained quiet, which did nothing to help the situation or settle her temper.

"I suppose you think Rand Alexander is a better prospect?" Aunt Emmaline demanded, warming to an old argument. She glared in disapproval toward the couple on the other side of the ballroom, now blatantly flirting.

"That could hardly be the case." Mrs. Sloane's well-bred sneer grated on Phoebe's nerves.

She had her reasons for resenting Rand, but Phoebe would not stand silently by while she and Aunt Emmaline criticized him.

"You're interested in my half brother?" The incredulity in Carter's voice was almost enough for her to answer in the affirmative, putting her feelings for Rand on public display.

Almost, but her pride was still stronger than her indignation, so she remained silent and let Carter draw his own conclusions.

"He's not really your type, Phoebe." Carter sounded as though he almost pitied her.

And that hurt because although he was dead wrong that his half brother wasn't her type, there was no denying she wasn't in a league to entice Rand, and that amounted to the same depressing thing.

Aunt Emmaline bristled as only very correct old ladies could do. "Of course he's not."

Phoebe turned on her aunt. "What's wrong with Rand?"

A tinkling laugh sounded from the other side of the room, snagging her attention in time to see the blonde rub up against Rand like a horny cat, eroding Phoebe's temper one more notch.

"He's unsuitable."

"That's ridiculous. He's an incredible man. His charitable contributions last year were twice that of any other businessman in New Hope. You know he is one of tonight's major supporters."

Aunt Emmaline went to speak, but Phoebe plowed on, her fury overcoming her good sense. "He's only thirty years old and the business he started without any help from his family is already a Fortune 500 company. His father may have been an unfaithful rat, but Rand never even flirted with another woman during his marriage."

Her hand flew to her mouth. She hadn't meant to say that, and she belatedly looked at Carter and his mother to see how they'd taken her reference to Hoyt Sloane. Carter's expression looked carved from granite, and his mother was doing her best to pretend not to have heard. Filled with remorse, Phoebe opened her mouth to apologize.

"He may have been faithful during his marriage," Aunt Emmaline said, forestalling the apology and completely ignoring Phoebe's reference to Rand and Carter's father, "but he's certainly made up for it since his wife's death. The man's a womanizer, plain and simple."

"Rand is not a womanizer!" Phoebe slotted in.

"Sweetheart, you've got to admit that you're not up to Rand's speed." Carter's tone was conciliatory, but Phoebe didn't feel like being soothed.

"And why would she want to be?" Mrs. Sloane asked.

Regret for her hasty words dissolved, and Phoebe's slow burn rose to a boil.

"My niece can do much better," Aunt Emmaline added with a significant look at Carter.

The thread holding Phoebe's temper in check snapped.

"I'd give up my trust fund to have Rand Alexander notice I'm female." Ignoring the inner voice that warned her to stop while she was ahead, she added, "And I'd give everything I own for just one week in his bed."

Aunt Emmaline's lips moved, her mouth opening and closing, but no sound came out. Her eyes focused over Phoebe's shoulder, and she waved her hand in front of her face like a fan. Carter looked like he'd swallowed a fish whole. Mrs. Sloane's lips pursed as if she'd just sucked on a lemon, but they remained closed. Good. That had finally shut them up.

"I know you're female."

She heard the voice, and everything inside her rebelled at the knowledge of who it belonged to. But even if the sexy timbre wasn't undeniably familiar, she could not mistake the feel of Rand's presence.

It took all of her courage to turn around and face him. He was alone. Relief whooshed through her. It was bad enough that he had heard her, but to have the spangle-clad blonde privy to Phoebe's stupidity would have been the limit.

She went hot, then cold with embarrassment as she forced herself to meet his eyes. "Good evening, Rand."

He didn't so much as crack a social smile. "I don't need the inducement of your trust fund to recognize you are a woman." Another man would have pretended not to hear, but Rand lived by his own rules, and none of them included polite social lies.

"Of course not. I mean, it's obvious I'm not male." Then mentally considering her curves that could better be described as bumps, she amended, "Fairly obvious anyway."

He raised his brow, his gaze sweeping over her with tactile intensity. Things happened to her insides that had no business happening in the current situation.

He took her wrist in his hand. "Are you ready to go?"

The feel of his skin against hers had her staring at him stupidly. For all the time they'd spent together since Carter's desertion, he'd never touched her before. "What?"

"You said you'd give everything you own for a week in my bed. I'll settle for the deed to Luna Island."

Chapter Two

"Now, wait just a damned minute." Carter's protest barely registered with Phoebe.

A week in Rand's bed?

"Are you coming?" Rand asked, his eyes cold, metallic silver.

But his thumb rubbed the inside of her wrist, and a totally inappropriate answer to his question came to mind. She wanted to come. Only not the kind of coming he was talking about and only with him.

Her silence didn't phase him, and he started tugging her toward the exit.

Her aunt made a squawking sound, and Carter said something to Rand that he ignored.

Suddenly, Carter's hand clamped down around her other wrist. His hold was not nearly as gentle as Rand's, and it pulled her to an abrupt halt. Rand stopped and turned. His eyes seared Carter, and she was really glad that look wasn't directed at her.

"Let her go."

"No." Carter looked pretty intimidating himself. "You aren't going to take advantage of her feelings for you to get the island."

"Isn't that what you planned to do, or are you going to try to convince me you came back at this particular point in time to renew family ties?"

She didn't understand what Rand was talking about, but no one could miss the frozen scorn in his voice.

"My reasons for coming back aren't the issue here."

"They are if they include trading on old feelings to talk Phoebe out of Luna Island."

"I'm not going to hurt her."

"Neither am I."

They were like two stags facing each other, their stances battle ready, and she was in the middle. It was such a novel sensation that she didn't immediately object to being discussed as if she wasn't there.

"Like hell." Carter pulled her toward him, and pain shot up into her shoulder.

"Stop that right now. You're hurting me!"

Carter's hold loosened immediately, but he didn't let go, and neither did Rand. They glowered at each other, making the very air around them crackle with tension.

"What's going on?"

Rand looked away from his brother to meet her gaze. "I'll explain it when we're alone."

"You're not taking her anywhere, damn it."

She broke eye contact with Rand and fixed her gaze on Carter. This man had broken their engagement with no more explanation than that it wasn't the right time to get married. He had left her to face public humiliation four years ago while he traveled the world, experiencing things she only dreamed of.

His concern was years too late.

"Let me go."

"You're setting yourself up for a fall." He looked like he really cared. "He just wants to use you."

"That's not your problem." She tugged at her arm.

Carter shook his head, but released her. "Don't let him do this to you, Phoebe. He wants the deed to the island. That's all."

The one thing he could not possibly comprehend was that she wanted Rand to do things to her. Wild things. Wicked things. And if it meant giving up the deed to an island she had never even visited, she was more than willing to do so.

Rand started walking again, and she let him pull her along. She wasn't worried about her aunt following. Causing a scene was anathema to her, though Phoebe had no doubt Carter would bear the brunt of Aunt Emmaline's displeasure for letting her leave with Rand. She had no idea what Mrs. Sloane would say and didn't care.

They made it all the way to the car park of the hotel without her pseudokidnapper saying a word.

"Rand!"

He stopped and turned to look at her, his expression strangely dispassionate. "What?"

"Where are you taking me?"

"To my bed."

Rand watched as Phoebe's perfect oval face blanched of color. "That is what you said you wanted."

He didn't know why he was pushing her like this. He had no intention of taking her to bed, but something inexplicable had invaded his psyche when he saw Carter make a beeline for her and her great-aunt the minute he arrived at the charity reception.

Rand had been sure in that instant that his brother was aware of the satellite scan and what it had shown on Luna Island.

Carter had been running Sloane Electronics from the Manhattan office since their father's death. He had not returned even once to their small Massachusetts town after breaking his engagement with Phoebe, but now he had a good reason for coming back, and it had nothing to do with wanting to renew a broken relationship.

The fact that he might use that old relationship to his advantage in securing the deed to Luna Island had provoked feelings in Rand that he didn't like. Didn't want.

Protective feelings he had thought died with his wife and son six years ago.

Emotions he wanted just as dead as his family.

He could accept being angry at the thought of Carter trying to seduce the land away from Phoebe because both men wanted what those satellite scans had shown, but the fury that had all but overwhelmed him at the thought of his half brother in bed with the shy beauty bothered him. He should not care.

She was his friend, but nothing more.

"What's the matter, Phoebe," he taunted, needing to make her pay for the feelings she evoked, "changed your mind?"

He expected her to agree and ask him to let her go. Something he wasn't entirely sure he could do and that made him angrier than his half brother's attempt to preempt him with Luna Island.

She didn't say anything, but he could feel the wild beat of her heart in the pulse under his fingers. Her skin was so smooth, so soft. His thumb glided over it, seeking the animal pleasure the small movement gave him. The idea of taking her to his bed was a hell of a lot more appealing than it should have been.

Since Susan's death, he had not wanted any particular woman, just physical release. And he'd taken it, with women sophisticated enough to know the score and accept the tally.

Phoebe was neither of those.

She was white roses, wedding registries and babies.

He shuddered at the thought. Never again.

Which was why he had ignored the way her eyes ate him alive whenever they were together. It was why he ignored his own base reaction to her slender curves and his desire to touch silky hair that looked like warmed honey when she wore it down. It was why he cursed the dreams that were no longer haunted by his dead wife but a twenty-five-year-old virgin who he could not and would not have.

Angry with himself for his lack of mental control and furious with Phoebe for being the source of his sexual frustration, he tugged her to the passenger side of his silver Jaguar. Opening the door, he said, "Get in."

She didn't move.

"What's the problem?" His jaw clenched. He sounded like an angry lion; no wonder she flinched.

Then her chin tilted, and she straightened to her full height, which was a good ten inches shorter than his. "I'm trying to decide if I want to let you boss me around like this, or not."

He wanted to kiss that mutinous bow of a mouth, which was damned dangerous. "You do."

Even sweet Phoebe had her limits. Any second now, she was going to blast him with a pithy lecture on equality between the sexes and then stomp away. Which was exactly what he wanted.

To hell with what his sex was clamoring for. Going horizontal, hot and sweaty with Phoebe was not on the agenda. No way. No how.

Hazel eyes that should be shooting sparks of anger went dark with unmistakable sexual hunger. "Maybe I do at that."

He stood there, sucker-punched, while she got in the car, tucking the folds of her swirling skirt inside and pulling the door shut. Stunned disbelief and desire so strong it made his knees want to buckle held him immobile for several seconds before he circled the car and got in.

(Continues...)



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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2010

    E-Books

    It is interesting that some of her books are in digital and others are not. What is the point of the NOOK.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2009

    Sexy Read

    The chemistry between the characters in all three sections were seriously hot!! I would recommend it to anyone who wants to read something new.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2008

    a must read

    this book was amazing!!! each of the stories offer their own voice and they are all different. I recommend this book to anyone who wants a red hot read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2008

    Great from start to finish

    The three brothers are each hot, noble, and rich. You can't go wrong:) All three stories were a pleasure to read. The romance was hot enough for me to finish the whole thing in one sitting. Great read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2005

    Nicely Written

    This is top of the line romance at its best, with three stories that totally entertain and get you dreaming. I loved the 'bad boys' who really weren't that bad after all. I had never read anything by this author before but would definitely read more romance from her. Her characters were believable and the romance was exciting and really pulled me into it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    WOWZA

    Lucy Monroe's 3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys has three delectable tales of romance. *** A Deal Is A Deal has Phoebe Garrison striking an unusual bargain with Rand Alexander. Phoebe offers the deed to an island Rand wants for a week in her bed. Rand is intrigued by this deal but is leery. But once these two seal the deal with a kiss all bets of just the one-week are off. *** ***Carter, is Carter Sloane's story. He needs a wife ASAP to fulfill his father's will. He offers Daisy Jackson a deal of a lifetime, marry him and you get a ½ a million dollars. After their wedding night that was pure bliss they realize that with their connection they have found a love of a lifetime. *** ***Colton's Story, has Colton Denning waking up in Vegas with a strange woman in his bed. He sneaks off but a storm called Fayre Cranston, claiming to be his wife tracks him down. As more of the story comes out about that night and Fayre herself, Colton will do anything to make Fayre realize this is for real. Lucy Monroe is an author I am so delighted to have found. Her heroes are delicious, sexy but they are vulnerable too. Her heroines are sassy and know what they want. I really enjoyed all three stories, they are steamy, funny and sensational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2005

    Another Keeper

    Lucy Monroe¿s 3 Brides for 3 Bad Boys has three delectable tales of romance. A Deal Is A Deal has Phoebe Garrison striking an unusual bargain with Rand Alexander. Phoebe offers the deed to an island Rand wants for a week in her bed. Rand is intrigued by this deal but is leery. But once these two seal the deal with a kiss all bets of just the one-week are off. ***Carter, is Carter Sloane¿s story. He needs a wife ASAP to fulfill his father¿s will. He offers Daisy Jackson a deal of a lifetime, marry him and you get a ½ a million dollars. After their wedding night that was pure bliss they realize that with their connection they have found a love of a lifetime. ***Colton¿s Story, has Colton Denning waking up in Vegas with a strange woman in his bed. He sneaks off but a storm called Fayre Cranston, claiming to be his wife tracks him down. As more of the story comes out about that night and Fayre herself, Colton will do anything to make Fayre realize this is for real. ***Lucy Monroe is an author I am so delighted to have found. Her heroes are delicious, sexy but they are vulnerable too. Her heroines are sassy and know what they want. I really enjoyed all three stories, they are steamy, funny and sensational.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2005

    Excellent Reading

    These three brothers will steal your heart and have you begging for more! Even though raised differently, all three are strong, alpha heroes who know how to treat a lady. You will not be disappointed.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    For fans of erotic romantic anthologies

    Rand. Phoebe loves Rand, but a tragedy has left him rejecting her. Desperate she offers him a deed to property he covets for one week of sex. Though he vowed never to have sex with Phoebe the offer is too enticing on the boardroom and bedroom fronts. She prays that once they commingle, he will want her forever though she knows the risk could be a broken heart................................... Carter. To inherit a fortune from his late father, Carter must marry. He selects his employee, the pretty intelligent Daisy as his temporary wife. She agrees as she will earn an easy half a million. Their wedding night is heaven making Carter wonder how to persuade Daisy he wants to erase the temporary from her new job description of wife; Daisy knows now the 500K was not worth the broken heart when Carter ends their marital arrangement........................... Colton: When Colton wakes up with a woman sharing his bed, he smiles until Fayre insists they are married. He cannot believe he does not remember saying I do. As cool hand Colton wonders how opposites could stay blissfully wedded the more he is with his new wife the more he wants to be with this ardent soul.......................... These three novellas star the Denning ¿bad boy¿ brothers and a trio of delightful females who heat more than just their blood. Each tale is distinct because the lead couples contain differing personalities and albeit divergent relationships. Though Phoebe trade raises eyebrows even if her motives are pure, fans of erotic romantic anthologies will enjoy Lucy Monroe¿s passionate love stories due to a fine cast............................ Harriet Klausner

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