Poor Sumi Kitamura... Her irresponsible older brother Eisuke keeps bringing home orphans for her to take care of even though they can barely afford their own basic needs! Just when Sumi's financial problems become dire, wealthy Soichiro Ashida enters her life with a bizarre proposition: he'll provide her with the money she so desperately needs if she agrees to marry him. But can Sumi fool high society into thinking she's a proper lady? Moreover, is it worth giving up everything for this sham of a marriage? -- VIZ Media
Pronouncing Sumi and Soichiro's marriage superficial, Nozomu becomes even more dogged in his quest to make Sumi his. As Nozomu teams up with Natsuki to bring Soichiro down, Soichiro finds his carefully arranged life unraveling before his very eyes... -- VIZ Media
Miu sees her husband Nozomu dancing with Sumi and becomes so enraged that she attacks her! Meanwhile, Nozomu uses a fight between Sumi and Soichiro to his advantage and coaxes a vulnerable Sumi to come over to his place... What devious plan does he have in mind? -- VIZ Media
Soichiro’s reputation becomes tainted when Sumi’s true background is exposed, and even his position as president of his company is threatened! Sumi feels terrible for the trouble she’s caused Soichiro, so she decides to leave him. Will Soichiro choose to let her go, or will he forsake everything for her instead? -- VIZ Media
Sumi becomes torn when Soichiro's childhood friend Nozomu expresses romantic interest in her. While she is drawn to Nozomu, she is also committed to Soichiro as his wife. As Sumi fights off her feelings for Nozomu, how far will Nozomu go to win Sumi's love? -- VIZ Media
Dark and twisted, funny and heartbreaking, intimate and epic SUNSHINE and ROSES tells the story of a boy and a girl, how they fell in love and hatched a scheme to blow up the Baltimore underworld. There is no crime book remotely like STRAY BULLETS, and with SUNSHINE and ROSES, the uncompromising EISNER AWARD-WINNING team of DAVID and MARIA LAPHAM take the series to a new high. Collects STRAY BULLETS: SUNSHINE and ROSES #1-8
Renowned today for his contribution to the rise of the modern European fairy tale, Giovan Francesco Straparola (c. 1480–c. 1557) is particularly known for his dazzling anthology The Pleasant Nights. Originally published in Venice in 1550 and 1553, this collection features seventy-three folk stories, fables, jests, and pseudo-histories, including nine tales we might now designate for ‘mature readers’ and seventeen proto-fairy tales. Nearly all of these stories, including classics such as ‘Puss in Boots,’ made their first ever appearance in this collection; together, the tales comprise one of the most varied and engaging Renaissance miscellanies ever produced. Its appeal sustained it through twenty-six editions in the first sixty years. This full critical edition of The Pleasant Nights presents these stories in English for the first time in over a century. The text takes its inspiration from the celebrated Waters translation, which is entirely revised here to render it both more faithful to the original and more sparkishly idiomatic than ever before. The stories are accompanied by a rich sampling of illustrations, including originals from nineteenth-century English and French versions of the text. As a comprehensive critical and historical edition, these volumes contain far more information on the stories than can be found in any existing studies, literary histories, or Italian editions of the work. Donald Beecher provides a lengthy introduction discussing Straparola as an author, the nature of fairy tales and their passage through oral culture, and how this phenomenon provides a new reservoir of stories for literary adaptation. Moreover, the stories all feature extensive commentaries analysing not only their themes but also their fascinating provenances, drawing on thousands of analogue tales going back to ancient Sanskrit, Persian, and Arabic stories. Immensely entertaining and readable, The Pleasant Nights will appeal to anyone interested in fairy tales, ancient stories, and folk creations. Such readers will also enjoy Beecher’s academically solid and erudite commentaries, which unfold in a manner as light and amusing as the stories themselves.
Contains A Seductive Kiss, With Just One Kiss, A Dangerous Kiss
Author: Francis Ray
Pubpsher: St. Martin's Paperbacks
The Grayson Friends Collection Volume 1 bundle contains A Seductive Kiss, With Just One Kiss, and A Dangerous Kiss. Bestselling author Francis Ray celebrates the lifelong bonds between the Grayson family and their friends with heartwarming love stories and happy ever afters... A Seductive Kiss Dianna Harrington is known throughout the world as "The Face"—the stunningly beautiful spokesmodel for her family's fashion empire. She could probably have her pick of any man she wants. But Dianna would rather kick back and relax with a good friend— namely Alex Stewart, who she's known, and harbored a crush on, her whole life... With Just One Kiss Cicely St. John is not impressed by her friend C.J. Callahan's so-called passion in life: running a New York City bar that he inherited from his uncle. So why can't Cicely stop thinking about the dance they shared at their mutual friends' wedding—or the mutual attraction she felt in C.J.'s arms? A Dangerous Kiss Sexy, single sports consultant Payton "Sin" Sinclair has tackled the world's most valuable players—and most eligible women. But ever since his two best friends found love, despite his dangerous secret, he's tempted to take a chance himself. And that temptation is a woman named Summer...
Welcome to the town of Promise, deep in the heart of Texas! Promise, a ranching community in the Hill Country, is a place with a mysterious past and more than its share of secrets. It's also a place where family and friendship matter…. Lonesome Cowboy Savannah Weston lives quietly on the family ranch with her brother, Grady. Until she encounters a stranger named Laredo Smith, a disenchanted cowboy who just might change her life—in the best possible way! Texas Two-Step After her father's death, Ellie Frasier takes over the feed store in Promise. Still in mourning, she relies on her friends for comfort. But now her long-standing relationship with one of those friends, rancher Glen Patterson, seems to be turning into something else….
Return to Promise, Texas, in this favorite series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber, now with four classic romances in one box set! Promise is a ranching town in the Texas hill country—and it’s a place with a mysterious past. But Promise has a heart of goodness, and everyone here knows what really matters in life. Love, family, community… Lonesome Cowboy Savannah Weston is an old-fashioned kind of woman, quietly content to stay on the family ranch. Until she meets a disenchanted cowboy named Laredo Smith. Texas Two-Step Ellie Frasier is still mourning her father and needs her friends. But now her relationship with one of those friends, rancher Glen Patterson, seems to be changing, turning into something else… Caroline’s Child Who’s the father? Everyone wants to know, but the people here are protective of Caroline Daniels and her daughter. Especially rancher Grady Weston, who’s beginning to realize how much he cares. Dr. Texas Dr. Jane Dickinson is planning to work at the Promise clinic only for a short while before returning to California. Too bad she reminds Cal Patterson so much of the former fiancée he’s trying to forget!