New Beginnings at the Chatsfield

      Fiona Harper

New Beginnings at the Chatsfield

Step behind the hotel room doors of The Chatsfield, London... When bride-to-be Sophie's groom goes AWOL, she decides to go to her dream honeymoon destination anyway. And The Chatsfield, London's glamour and exquisite luxury is just what she needs to take her mind off her broken heart! But she doesn't expect that the biggest distraction of all will be meeting gorgeous Spaniard Cristian in the Chatsfield bar! Something about the shadows in his hypnotic gaze tells her he understands her pain more than most – perhaps together, they can help heal the hurts of the past and find a way to a new beginning?
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    Always the Best Man

      Fiona Harper

Always the Best Man

Standing at the altar, Damien is breathless as the woman he loves walks toward him—to marry another man. Knowing bridesmaid Zoe's watching him makes it harder still. The opposite of the bride, Zoe's too loud, too vibrant, too…everything!

Zoe can't resist provoking him—just once, she'd like to see "Mr. Perfect" lose his cool. She can tell there are fireworks smoldering behind those pale blue eyes.

But before the wedding night is over, their unexpected connection will threaten to undermine everything they both believe about themselves and each other….

About the Author

Coming from two generations of journalists, writing was in Fiona Harper’s genes. As a child she was constantly teased for having her nose in a book and living in a dream world. Things haven't changed much since then, but at least in writing she's found a use for her runaway imagination! She loves dancing, cooking, reading and watching a good romance. Fiona lives in London with her family. Visit her website at: www.fionaharper.com

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If Damien Stone had been a woman, he'd have become a bit of a standing joke by now. Three times a bridesmaid was unlucky, apparently. Double that number would have knelled the bells of matrimonial doom. Clucking aunts would have reminded him of that at every opportunity, told him to get a move on before he was left on the shelf.

But no one had ever made the mistake of thinking Damien was a girl, and he hadn't been a bridesmaid once, thankfully. Nobody seemed to mind he'd been a best man so many times. If anything, other men clapped him on the back and congratulated him for such an accomplishment. No, Damien didn't think there was anything unlucky about it.

It meant his friends respected him, thought him a stalwart ally. It took a certain kind of person to stand beside a friend at the front of a church, as that man prepared to utter the most lifealtering words of his existence. Someone who was reliable, who knew how to get things done. Someone with a little dignity. He supposed he should be flattered.

But more than that, he was thankful—because he was going to need to draw on all of that experience if he was going to survive this day.

Six times now he'd worn a buttonhole as he stood beside a good friend. Six times he'd stood at the front of a pretty stone church in the hush just before the bride made her entrance.

But never before had his palms been so sweaty or his heart run around inside his ribcage like a wind-up toy gone mad.

However, never before had the woman of his dreams been standing at the doors of the church, about to make her way down the aisle towards him.

He turned and looked at Luke, his best friend, and Luke gave him a fortifying smile and clapped him on the back. Damien swallowed. He was glad it was Luke standing here beside him. He didn't think he could have made it through the day if it had been anyone else.

He tried to smile, but a nerve in his cheek made his lip twitch. Humour flashed in Luke's eyes and Damien thought his friend was about to make one of his usual wry remarks, but just at that moment there was a ripple of movement behind them. Row upon row of heads turned towards the back of the church, like some nuptial Mexican wave, and the organ began to play.

He couldn't look back at first, had to prepare himself for what he was about to see. This was it. No turning back after this. The future would be set in stone.

It was only when Luke nudged him in the ribs that he sucked in a stealthy breath through his nostrils then looked over his shoulder.

She was perfect.

He didn't really look at the dress. Just her.

But then Sara Mortimer always had been pretty wonderful in his eyes. He'd thought so from the day he'd seen her across the room at a crowded bar, laughing with Luke, and had felt as if he'd been hit by a truck. Side on.

After today the rest of the world would be left in no doubt about her perfection, either. The white satin dress was pure class, and her soft blonde hair had been caught up in a twist of some kind behind her head. She wore a veil and a simple tiara and held a bunch of lilies, tied together with a thick white ribbon.

Sara was poised and elegant, intelligent, kind. He couldn't find one fault with her—apart from her taste in men, maybe.

He let go of the breath he'd been holding and grabbed another while he had the chance.

It seemed to take ages for the bridesmaids to waft past in a cloud of dull gold. Well, most of them wafted. The maid of honour had too much of a wiggle in her step to do anything as graceful as waft.

It wasn't just Sara's taste in men that let her down, then. Damien had never really understood why Sara was friends with Zoe. Another one of the bride's glowing qualities to add to his list, he supposed.

Where Sara was slender and cool and sophisticated, Zoe was too…everything. Not in the same class—and that didn't refer to her parents' wage brackets. Damien wasn't a snob. No, Zoe was too loud, too uninhibited. Too busting out of her bodice, if his eyes served him right. Was it even legal to have that much cleavage in a bridesmaid's dress?

For some bizarre reason, just her presence jarred his senses and irritated him. Or was that just the eye-watering perfume? She caught him looking at her and her expression took on a saucy glimmer. She knew she got under his skin. Couldn't she have left it alone for just one day? And today of all days? He was sure she did…whatever she did…on purpose, just to goad him.

And now Sara was almost at the front and he'd been distracted, which only served to exasperate him further.

Thankfully, at that moment the last of the bridesmaids peeled away, leaving him with a vision of only Sara. He forgot instantly about bulging necklines, saucy glimmers and ginger curls popping out of their grips. In comparison, Sara was like a cool stream on a hot summer's day. As she approached, she even gave him the smallest and softest of smiles. Sadly, he didn't manage to return it; that nerve in his cheek had gone into overdrive. For a moment, though, their eyes connected and something flashed between them. Something bittersweet he was sure would haunt him on restless nights for years to come.

Because then Sara's gaze was on the man standing next to him, and her father placed her hand in Luke's and stepped away. Now it was Damien's turn to be forgotten, to be totally pushed out of someone else's mind by another.

The bride and groom stepped forward, eagerly looking at the minister. All eyes were on Sara and Luke, the happy couple, but all Damien could do was close his lids for a second, let his fingers close around the ring in his pocket.

Luke's ring. For Sara.

No, if it had been anyone else, he couldn't have made it through today. He couldn't have stood there and watched Sara marry anyone but Luke. He equally couldn't have refused when Luke had asked him to be his best man. Luke would have wanted to know why, and if there was one thing Damien was determined about it was that neither Luke nor Sarah would ever find out about his feelings for her, how they'd grown in strength, side by side with Luke's, as he'd fallen for his best friend's girlfriend.

He'd hidden those feelings successfully for the last eighteen months and he wasn't going to slip up now. No, Luke would never know. Even if it killed Damien to make sure of that.

Today of all days, Damien Stone needed to be the perfect best man.

As the congregation mumbled their way through 'Love Divine, All Loves Excelling', almost completely drowned out by the rabidly enthusiastic organist, Sara's cousin Tilly poked Zoe in the ribs with the stalky end of her bouquet.

Okay, maybe 'poked in the ribs' was a bit of an exaggeration. There was a bit too much squish where floristry met torso to accurately describe it as contact with bone. Zoe tried to ignore her, but Tilly leaned forward and whispered behind her lilies.

'Best man's hot,' she said, sneaking a glance across the aisle. 'Lucky you. As chief bridesmaid, you get first dibs.'

Zoe couldn't help glancing across at the man in question. How did he do that? Manage to look all grave and heartfelt as he sang, while other people just buried their noses behind their Order of Service and hit a few right notes in the chorus?

'If you like that sort of thing,' she mumbled back to Tilly.

If you liked tall, dark and handsome. If you liked long legs and good bone structure and that irritating sense of aloofness. Even now, with his mouth wide open, singing one of the long notes of the hymn, he looked good. Untouchable. And Zoe had never been interested in anything that was too good to be touched, one step removed from life, as if it was something behind glass on display in a museum. Life was for getting your hands dirty, for jumping in one hundred per cent.

'What?' hissed Tilly, forgetting to shield her mouth with her bouquet. She earned herself a stern look from the mother of the bride. A woman who managed to scare the pants off the normally irrepressible Zoe St James. If, as the old wives' tale threatened, Sara was going to age into a gorgon like that, she'd have to find herself a new best friend once she hit forty.

'Are you blind?' Tilly added, ignoring her aunt's stare. Obviously the black sheep of the Mortimer family—which, funnily enough, put her a few notches higher in Zoe's opinion.

Zoe just rolled her eyes and shook her head ever so slightly. It was still enough motion, however, to send yet another curly tendril tumbling over her face. She was about to blow it out of her way when she caught the Gorgon's eye, and resorted to delicately tucking it behind her ear while the other woman's eyes narrowed.

She looked away, and her gaze was drawn inexplicably to the subject of their discussion.

No, not blind. Just not stupid.

She knew he couldn't stand the sight of her. Oh, he tried to hide it, and he actually did it rather well, but she'd been on the receiving end of similar treatment ever since she'd been old enough to open her mouth to recognise disapproval when she saw it.

Disdain. That was the word.

And that disdainful glimmer in Mr Perfect's eye when he glanced her way just made her want to deliberately provoke him. And Zoe wasn't one for resisting an urge whenever it hit. Life was too short. Just once she'd like to see him lose his cool, to see fire in those pale blue eyes instead of ice. In the past she'd got close a few times, but close wasn't good enough. What Zoe really wanted to see was the whole firework display.

Not today, unfortunately. She wouldn't do anything to upset Sara, and the poor deluded girl thought Mr Damien Stone was wonderful. Not as wonderful as the lovely Luke, obviously, but Zoe reckoned he came a close second in Sara's eyes. She turned to Tilly and made a silent gagging motion, to show just what she thought of her fellow bridesmai...

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    Millionaire's Baby Bombshell

      Fiona Harper

Millionaire's Baby Bombshell

Catching each other's eyes at a glamorous party, Jennie Hunter and charismatic millionaire Alex Dangerfield knew instantly they were made for each other. One whirlwind romance and an idyllic spontaneous wedding later, Jennie thought all her dreams had come true! Until circumstances conspired against them....

Now Alex is back, with an adorable motherless little girl in tow. And behind his once-sparkling eyes, Jennie can see Alex's despair. Mollie needs a mommy—and Alex needs Jennie, his wife for better or worse, more than ever....

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    The Rebound Guy

      Fiona Harper

The Rebound Guy

New York, new guy, new Kelly!

After Kelly Bradford's past few years, all she wants is a steady life. She certainly doesn't need the hassle of men or dating after everything she's been through. So she absolutely, categorically should not be fantasizing about Jason Knight, her boss and a man whose very smile screams trouble!

But a business trip to New York pushes her resolutions to the max--the adrenaline of the Big Apple has nothing on the excitement Kelly feels around Jason! Maybe a rebound fling is just what she needs to make her feel alive again....

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    The Memory Collector

      Fiona Harper

The Memory Collector

'Touching and uplifting, this is Fiona Harper at her very best.' MILLY JOHNSON From the author of The Other Us ***THE WINNER OF THE 2018 SPECULATIVE ROMANTIC NOVEL AWARD*** 'This book tore my heart into tiny pieces, then put it back together and made it fly.' JANE LINFOOT 'A beautiful story of loss, discovery and recovery.' HEIDI SWAIN 'Heart-wrenching and compelling.' SARAH MORGAN *** Heather Lucas lives her life through other people's memories. Heather doesn't want to remember her childhood, not when her mother's extreme hoarding cast her family life into disarray. For Heather's mother, every possession was intimately connected to a memory, so when Heather uncovers a secret about her past that could reveal why her mother never let anything go, she knows there's only one place she'll find answers – behind the locked door of her spare room, where the remains of her mother's hoard lie hidden. As Heather uncovers both objects and memories, will the truth set her free? Or will she...
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    Be My Baby

      Fiona Harper

Be My Baby

Starting a family doesn't always go as planned... Working as a nanny for widower Luke Armstrong's spirited daughter seems like just the challenge Gaby Michaels needs to kick-start her new post-divorce life! Arriving at the Old Boathouse on the rugged coast of Devon, Gaby can see that the rift between Luke and his daughter. But in helping to fix this family, Gaby realises she wants to be more than just the nanny... After a whirlwind romance and Las Vegas wedding to mysterious Alex Dangerfield, Jennie thought all her dreams had come true! That is until Alex left abruptly. But now he's back - with a little girl in tow! And behind his once-sparkling eyes, Jennie can see Alex's needs Jennie, his wife for better or worse, more than ever... Two sparkling rom-com stories from the author of Make My Wish Come True & Kiss Me Under The Mistletoe

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    The Doris Day Vintage Film Club

      Fiona Harper

The Doris Day Vintage Film Club

The amazing new romantic comedy from the #1 bestselling author of The Little Shop of Hopes and Dreams! The perfect pair for 'pillow talk'? Claire Bixby grew up watching Doris Day films at her grandmother's house and yearned to live in a world like the one on the screen – sunny, colourful and where happy endings were guaranteed. But recently Claire's opportunities for a little 'pillow talk' have been thin on the ground. Until she meets new client Nic who comes into her travel agency looking to book the perfect get away. Too bad it's for two! But as Nic and Claire get closer, the sparks start to fly, and Claire's questioning everything Doris taught her about romance. Can true love can ever really be just like it is in the movies? Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps... Praise for Fiona Harper'Sweet and romantic, a story guaranteed to have you smiling' - Milly Johnson 'Perfect cosy feel you want from a good book" - Paris Baker's Book Nook 'A nice warm hug' - Fabulous Book Fiend 'Fiona Harper...
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    Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe

      Fiona Harper

Kiss Me Under the Mistletoe

The warmth of Katie Fforde and the festive charm of Trisha Ashley – Christmas sparkles with Fiona Harper! This Christmas, ex-WAG Louise Thornton is starting her new life, away from the paparazzi – and her cheating husband. Un-manicured, back on carbs and holding herself together courtesy of some seriously good foundation, Louise will make things perfect for her son, right up until he leaves for his dad's on the big day. Then she'll be free to curl up and cancel Christmas. But it turns out escaping the fame goldfish bowl comes with some perks: peace and quiet, no baying press, plus regular battles with her Mr Darcy-esque new neighbour to keep her edge. And the best thing about a real, country Christmas is that there's always lots of mistletoe to be found...

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    Make My Wish Come True

      Fiona Harper

Make My Wish Come True

Family-oriented Juliet is a Christmas-dinner cook extraordinaire and is trying to keep it together in the wake of her marriage breakdown two Christmases ago, but the cracks are beginning to show. Her bright and vivacious sister Gemma was always the favorite daughter. Gemma has no qualms about escaping the festive madness and the pressures of her glamorous job by jetting off somewhere warm and leaving Christmas in Juliet’s capable hands. When Gemma shirks responsibility one too many times and announces she’s off to the Caribbean (again!), Juliet finally snaps. Gemma offers her sister the perfect solution—to swap Christmases. She’ll stay home and cook the turkey (how hard can it be?) and Juliet can fly off into the sun and have a restorative break. In the midst of all the chaos, there’s Will, Juliet’s dishy neighbor who’s far too nice to float Gemma’s boat and may secretly harbor feelings for her sister; and Marco, the suave Italian in the villa next door who has his own ideas about the best way to help Juliet unwind. Will the sisters abandon caution and make this a Christmas swap to remember?
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    Tell Me You Do

      Fiona Harper

Tell Me You Do

From London to New York...with Love. Chloe Michaels is determined not to fall for new colleague Daniel Bradford – especially as he doesn't remember rejecting her years ago! But London's most infamous bachelor has other plans – one date with Chloe every month to deflect the media attention on his love life...and maybe just win her heart for real! After a hard last few years, Daniel's sister Kelly just wants a steady life – and that means no dating! So she absolutely, categorically should not be fantasising about her boss Jason Knight. But a business trip to the Big Apple-and a rebound fling- could be just what Kelly needs to make her feel alive again...

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    Blind-Date Baby

      Fiona Harper

Blind-Date Baby

EDITORIAL REVIEW: Dear Noah, It seems like just the other day that I met you on blinddatebrides.com. My daughter signed me up because she felt I'd sacrificed my life to bring her up alone. But you can still be forty and...flirty! I couldn't believe my luck when my blind date was a tall, dark, handsome stranger--yet you were that and so much more.... But now things have gone further and faster than I could have imagined because--well, we're pregnant! Noah--we need to talk. Love, Grace
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    Blind-Date Marriage

      Fiona Harper

Blind-Date Marriage

Serena--loves everything in life, except for blind dates! She's turned her back on her unconventional upbringing, and her deepest wish is to marry Mr. Right....

Jake--is a highly successful and focused businessman. He's worked hard to escape his roots, and now lives by one rule: never get married!

A romantic candlelit restaurant, a dozen red roses, champagne on ice...the scene is set for the perfect blind date!

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    The Ballerina Bride

      Fiona Harper

The Ballerina Bride

Prima ballerina Allegra's spent her life on stage. But now there are whispers that the superstar's lost her sparkle... So when she's offered a week on a tropical island, for survival expert Finn McLeod's TV show, she leaps at it!

Finn's frankly unimpressed—how will this fragile-looking girl survive life in the wild? But for Allegra, it's not the island that's the problem, but her all-consuming crush on the unavailable Finn! Gorgeous on TV, close up he's devastating—and Allegra's hours of disciplined dance practice are useless when it comes to resisting temptation....

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