Everything has a price ... and I'm willing to pay. I trust no one. I thrive with control and I've learned to be ruthless and coldhearted. A love life? I'm not interested. But I still have desires. That's where Dahlia came in; my treasure. She had never been a submissive before and I was eager to train her. When I saw her on stage at the auction, dressed in gold, I knew I had to have her. She's mine for an entire month. I own her. But one lie changed everything. She's going to pay for it. But I'm doing this for her own good. She needs this. I'm going to make this right. I'm going to heal her. If it's the last thing I do. *Bought is a full-length standalone romance with an HEA, no cheating, and no cliffhanger.
Samantha has long been feeling the effects of her husband Johann’s gambling addiction. He’d almost lost everything they had, and now, he’s even bet Samantha! When a man named Cristiano appears after winning Johann’s last bet, Samantha’s husband disappears, and she’s forced to give in to the man who bested him. But when she and her daughter, Gabby, suddenly run away to the orphanage Samantha grew up in, they discover that even that won’t keep Cristiano from pursuing his winnings!
There’s nothing Ella won’t do to make her ex finally sign the divorce papers – even buy him off the auction block. Two thousand dollars is a small price to pay to have him out of her life forever. But Devin’s insisting she get what she paid for - 48 hours of his ‘services’. And that’s long enough for both of them to be reminded of why they got married in the first place. Still, they’ve both changed over the years, and have different dreams and plans. Perhaps this reunion is simply the goodbye they never really had. Until one night changes everything, and they have to decide if they can take the biggest gamble of all…
I knew she'd ruin me. But I wanted her anyway. I was born into wealth and my name comes with a reputation. One I've upheld and leveraged for power. Now everyone owes me and I plan to keep it that way. Until she's offered to me. My sweetheart. Only for a single month to repay a debt. Her tempting curves call to me and beg me to risk it all. I shouldn't take her, I shouldn't even consider his offer. Women like her bring men to their knees. But there's something in her baby blues. They're haunted by what lies behind them. She sees through me, leaving me nowhere to hide. I knew taking her would destroy me, but it only took one taste. Now I'm addicted. And I'm not giving her back.
Author: Daniel M. Friedenberg
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Release Date: 2002
...a helpful resource. -BooklistThis is a glorious America for the alert and resourceful, notes Daniel Friedenberg in this critical review of the American presidency during the last half of the 20th century. But he cautions, This is an unhappy America for the disadvantaged, the weak in body or mind, and those born without close family ties.The disparity between rich and poor in our immensely wealthy nation and the corrupting influence of money on politics to the advantage of the few over the many form the heart of his critique. Friedenberg emphasizes that the New Deal concern for the underdog - the major social achievement of the first half of the 20th century - has been gradually abandoned by presidents in the latter half of the century, along with tax policies that shifted wealth from the well-to-do to the less privileged. Though paying lip service to democracy, in fact recent presidents have upheld a system designed to maximize the influence of a powerful elite, a flexible plutocracy, as Friedenberg describes it. This has good and bad aspects. On the one hand, the innovations launched by powerful business leaders, such as Henry Ford, Thomas J. Watson (IBM), and Bill Gates (Microsoft), have resulted in millions of new jobs and advanced the overall prosperity of the nation. On the other hand, the system does little to help the poor rise to a higher level, and it has kept the middle class stagnating for the last thirty years. The effect of presidential policies is a divide between the haves and have-nots that today is every bit as stark as it was before the Great Depression.Friedenberg pleads for a new focus on improved education for all to narrow the widening gap between rich and poor, instead of the current folly of building gated communities for the wealthy and ever-more prisons for the law-breaking underprivileged. The vast technological resources unleashed by the computer revolution can and should be used to create a more equitable American future.Daniel M. Friedenberg (Greenwich, CT) is president of John-Platt Enterprises, Inc.; the author of Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Land; and a former correspondent and feature writer for the New York Herald Tribune.
When scandal threatens the luxury auction house that bears his family's name, Vance Waverly suspects the media feeding frenzy is an inside job. Could his gorgeous assistant, Charlotte Potter, be plotting Waverly's downfall? There's one way to find out: seduce the truth out of her! Charlie is between a rock and a hard place. She can reveal Waverly's secrets to her unidentified blackmailer or lose custody of her child. Whatever she does, she'll lose the career she loves. But losing the man she's come to love—her big, bad boss—could put her over the edge….
For Macy Tarlington, the only good part of seeing her legendary mother's possessions sold at auction is ogling Carter McCay, the tall Texan who buys the famous diamond ring. Even better is seeing him again when he rescues her from the paparazzi like a white knight in a Stetson. Carter whisks her to safety at Wild River Ranch, hiding her identity by day and lusting after her by night. Yes, he's sworn off love. But with the Hollywood runaway starring in his every fantasy, Carter may find Macy too much temptation—even for a hard-hearted cowboy.
I’m used to getting what I want. But I’ve never wanted anyone like her. I’m the CEO. I dominate the boardroom with my presence. What I want, I get. I have the world at my beck and call. But that no longer excites me. Nothing does. Until she comes along. My Rose. Her deep blue eyes. Her tempting curves. They call to me, holding my attention like nothing has in years. I should walk away, but the soft sighs spilling from her plump lips are addictive. Even more, I want to force them from her lips myself. I’ve never felt such desire. I’ve never wanted like this. Even though I know I shouldn’t. There’s a reason I keep everyone away, and I need to remember that. But now that I have her in my grasp, I won’t let her go. *Mr. CEO is a full-length standalone romance with an HEA, no cheating, and no cliffhanger.
Lose yourself in Tawny Weber’s sexy novella, available for the first time in ebook. Title: Petty Officer Cameron Drake Mission: Seduction! Navy SEAL Cameron Drake agreed to come home for his high school reunion. Signing up for a bachelor auction was not part of the deal. Unless Hope Goodwin agreed to outbid all the other women in Diver’s Cove, Oregon, for a night with him. Hope had always had a thing for bad boy Cam. A fantasy fling with the sexy SEAL might just get him out of her system. But would her heart still be intact once this sizzling reunion was over? Originally published in 2015
London-based artist Avery Cullen refuses to sell her late father's art collection. But bold, brash Marcus Price will try everything to get her to reconsider. He even launches an all-out sexual siege on the lonely heiress in the gilded cage. Securing the collection would be a coup for his auction house, but for Marcus, it would settle a lifelong score. He's managed to keep his true motives hidden along with his family's skeletons…and now he's so close, he can taste success in Avery's kiss. But after their torrid night of passion, is Marcus prepared for the outcome?
Will the billionaire save the single mom of twins…or will secrets destroy everything? Vanessa Partridge has a good reason for wanting the priceless manuscript being offered at auction—it is her twin babies' legacy. But she doesn't count on the winning bidder, financial guru Chase Harrington, showing up on her doorstep. Chase has a new obsession—Vanessa. There's more to the former-socialite-turned-working-single-mom than meets the eye…and he's going to find it. He's got secrets of his own—secrets threatened by the sexy Vanessa. More than anything, Chase wants to give in to their sizzling attraction…but can he afford to play with fire?
One look, and panties drop. One night, and they’re ready to marry me. Too bad I’m not interested in anything more than a taste. Until I’m tempted by Little Miss Goody-Two-Shoes. She’s a good girl, the kind I want to possess, dominate, ruin. No one’s ever told me no, and I’m not about to let it stop me now. She keeps pushing me away, even with her curvy body pressed against mine and those soft moans spilling from her lips. But I’m persistent. She doesn’t stand a chance. And now that she’s moved in next door, it’s only a matter of time before I'll have her screaming my name. She can try to run, but she’s not getting away from the bad boy next door. *Inked is a full-length romance with an HEA, no cheating, and no cliffhanger.
Elizabeth Minerva tries to steer clear of legendary adventurer Roark Black and focus on her career and her attempts at motherhood. But the rakish treasure hunter can help her in her quest to be a single mom, if she'll do him one tiny favor…. To save his beloved auction house and his own reputation from ruin, Roark needs to settle down fast—with a sensible woman. After a six-month "engagement," he and Elizabeth can go their separate ways. But Roark knows priceless objects, and Elizabeth is the real deal. Now he intends to keep her…by any means necessary.
Author: David Parker
Publisher: Edward Elgar Publishing
Release Date: 2003-01-01
Genre: Business & Economics
Privatization has dominated industrial restructuring programs since the 1980s and continues to do so. This authoritative and accessible Handbook considers all aspects of this key issue, including: the theory of privatization; privatization in transition, developed and developing economies; as well the economic regulation of privatized industries.
Socialite Paige Ashton had never expected to enter the charity auction she had organized. But when a bachelorette went missing, she found herself standing on stage, the sudden "property" of the most undeniably handsome man in the room. Walker Camberlane had decided to rescue Paige from her uncomfortable situation with the highest bid. But he was also interested in the Ashton beauty for an altogether different reason. Paying $10,000 for her didn't give Walker the right to make demands. Yet Paige found herself succumbing to his magnetism and on the verge of doing anything he asked. Anything.