Melinda Curtis

USA Today Bestselling Author


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Some quick hints:  I love all my, books...equally.  But some have different tones and characters than others.  If you liked the more light-hearted Amber Rules, you'd probably also enjoy Count on Love, Once Upon a Christmas and The Best-Kept Secret.  If you liked the drama in Michael's Father, you'd probably also enjoy A Marriage Between Friends and Back to Eden.  The rest of my library falls somewhere in between (a balance of drama and fun).

Looking for a sweeter read?  Try my Harlequin Heartwarmings, where I write as Melinda Curtis.

Looking for a hotter read?  Try my Hollywood Rule series, where I write as Mel Curtis.

SRR2XmasFinalSweet Christmas Kisses 2 takes you from the Smoky Mountains to Florida's sun-drenched beaches, from the Italian Alps to Paris, France, and even to a quirky little town in Arizona. The Sweet Christmas Kisses 2 bundle features all-new, stand-alone stories that are sure to make you laugh, sometimes bring tears to your eyes, but always put you in the Christmas spirit. Foreword by New York Times bestselling author, RaeAnne Thayne.

Heat level: PG
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AHeartwarmingChristmasThis holiday season, warm your heart with 12 connected sweet holiday romances from 12 Harlequin Heartwarming authors who are USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors. This collection of PG-rated holiday romances are all set in Christmas Town, a location introduced in the 2014 Harlequin Heartwarming release Christmas, Actually. A Heartwarming Christmas will bring you laughter, tears, and happily-ever-afters (no cliffhangers), for more than 1200 pages. Foreword by small town lover and New York Times bestseller Kristan Higgins.
Heat level: PG
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ChristmasPetsandKissescutout 1Ring in the Christmas cheer with sixteen all-new sweet and heart-warming romances from New York Times, USA Today and National bestselling authors. Don't miss out on this romantic collection of Christmas tails...uh, tales as adorable pets with fins, paws, feathers, and hooves bring holiday magic with the gift of true love.
Heat level: PG
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Time for Love Medium

A fresh start—for both of them

As a kid from a shattered family, Kathy Harris couldn't wait to get out of Harmony Valley. Yet here she is, back home, determined to rebuild her life and regain her young son's trust. But she doesn't expect to work miracles—unlike Dylan O'Brien, the enigmatic cowboy rumored to be a healer of misfit horses.

As they work to save an injured colt, Kathy starts to believe in a future with Dylan that she never thought possible. But one of Kathy's new rules is no more secrets...and Dylan has a big one. One that could destroy the life he and Kathy are building together.

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).

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Novella three in the new Bridesmaids Series!

Long before Scarlet became a Bonander of the New York Bon-Bon Chocolate Bonanders, she grew up on the wild side of the Appalachians. Now this country girl turned debutante needs to head to the wilds of Ecuador to find her cousin’s missing groom in time for the wedding. All she’s got is her toothless Uncle Cletus, a beat-up motorcycle with a sidecar, and the sexy best man, Mike Romero to conquer rough terrain, territorial spiders, and one nasty drug lord who bears a striking resemblance to Mike.

Heat level: PG
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onetheedge3dpngBestselling authors Jayne Ann Krentz, Stella Cameron, and Mel Curtis bring together three romance novels in one boxed set. From a sultry island, the steamy bayou, and the heat of Hollywood – you’ll be taken on romantic journeys you won’t soon forget.

Heat level: Hot

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One Perfect Year Melinda Curtis

He's coming up on her blind side... 

How can Shelby Hawkley forgive Gage Jamero for bailing on her when she needed him most? He and her husband, Nick, were the best part of her life. Now her former best friend is back, shaking up the widowed wine harvester's world. The safest bet is to protect herself. Except Gage is awakening feelings that are decidedly unfriend-like. 

Shelby is the woman Gage has secretly loved since high school. Starting over—together—could be the best dream he's ever had. If only he can find the courage to say what he should have said all those years ago.

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).

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RecipesofLove ebook 1Valentine's Day is here, and love is in the air!

This Valentine's Day, tempt your sweetheart with a delicious meal. In Recipes of Love, sixteen authors from Sweet Romance Reads have included favorite romantic dishes to set the scene for a perfect intimate meal at home--just for two. Meat, fish and vegetarian suggestions are included, and many recipes are quick and easy to prepare. Recipes of Love contains something for everyone to enjoy this Valentine's Day.

Heat level: Sweet

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RescuedByAWedding-1-1Marriage seems to be the solution...until the men change the rules! Two beloved marriage of convenience stories from Kathleen O'Brien and Melinda Curtis in one volume.

Texas Wedding
Susannah Everly is determined to save the family ranch, even if she must marry onetime love Trent Maxwell to do so. They both know this is a business arrangement with rules that do not include rekindling old feelings or surprise midnight seductions. When Trent seems determined to break their agreement, it may be time for Susannah to renegotiate.

A Marriage Between Friends
When Jill desperately needed a father for her unborn child, Vince Patrizio gave them both his name. Then Jill walked out of his life. Now, years later, it's Vince's turn to have his say. Arriving in Jill's sleepy California town, he has plans to transform it into a mini Vegas...and to turn this convenient marriage into a real one.

 Heat level: Medium.

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Novella two in the new Bridesmaids Series!

Nicole Edwards has walked down the aisle as a bridesmaid thirteen times! Thirteen times! In an effort to change her luck, this master baker plans to give up waiting for Jake – who doesn't know she's alive – sell her bakery in New York City, buy a food truck in Los Angeles, and find her own happily ever after.

Chef Sean O'Malley could use Nicole's dessert skills at his restaurant in New York City. In fact, he's banking on a joint venture with Nicole, although he hasn't yet approached her about it. When he learns during a pre-wedding event they're both working that she's moving to L.A. because she's giving up on Jake, he decides to give her a crash course on how to be noticed by men. Sean has, after all, three younger sisters. He knows how a woman's mind works. But he doesn't factor in how his heart works or how easily it could be broken.

Heat level: PG
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SRR Xmas Final2This holiday season, warm your heart with 14 Sweet Christmas Kisses, a bundle of PG-rated romance novels and novellas from USA Today, national bestselling, and award-winning authors.

Sweet Christmas Kisses takes you from small-town USA to England, Scotland, and even Ecuador; from the beach to snow-capped mountains, and to the wild--sometimes magical--west. The Sweet Christmas Kisses bundle will bring you laughter, tears, and always joy, for more than 1600 pages.

Heat level: Sweet

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ChristmasActuallyDiscover the magic of Christmas Town, Maine!

The Christmas Gift by Anna Adams
Jack Banning promised to support the mother of his unborn child... But she doesn't need money, she only needs him.

The Christmas Wish by Anna J Stewart
Callie Banning's student has declared war on Christmas, so it's up to her to help the little girl—and her widowed father—believe again.

The Christmas Date by Melinda Curtis
Gina Vernay is about to meet her online mystery date...and she's in for the surprise of a lifetime!

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).

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A HOT Novella from The Hollywood Rules!

To say Jack and Vivian Gordon’s marriage has been rocky would be an understatement. The Gordons have been on a roller coaster of love and lust, but can’t seem to get on the same page at the same time. This power couple needs a time-out to find their happily ever after.  And life coach to Hollywood’s rich and powerful, Cora Rule, has just the solution – have the couple sign their divorce papers in a safe room…and lock them inside.


Heat level: hot-hot-hot
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Novella one in the new Bridesmaids Series!

They used to call her the Bon-Bon Heiress...Tiffany Bonander (of Bon-Bon Chocolates) grew up in New York with a silver spoon, a heart of gold, and a lifelong supply of sweets. But now her life is falling apart. Recent changes in cocoa supply are threatening the quality of the family's chocolate and sales are down. Add to that Tiff's penchant for falling in love quickly and breaking engagements at the last minute...Now they call her the Bon-Voyage Bride. Can this socialite turn around a cocoa plantation in South America?

Jackson Hardaway is trekking through the Andes in Ecuador as a tribute to a fallen comrade. This wounded warrior didn't expect to meet a beautiful damsel in distress and her three fairy, trio of meddlesome nuns...on his journey. But everything in Ecuador is bigger – the trees, the snakes, the attraction. Is this love? Or just another case made to label Tiff a runaway bride?

Heat level: PG
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Part 3 of the Gemma Rules Novella!

Randy loves Gemma.  Gemma loves Randy.  That should be enough to guarantee a happily-ever-after, but Gemma has experience being the roadblock to someone's dreams and it's not a role she's eager to reprise.  She won't stand in the way of Randy’s NBA dreams, even if it means setting him free on the side of L.A.’s busiest freeway.  She doesn’t count on Randy’s determination to win her back or her unpredictable half-sister, Cora Rule, who’s about to get married.  Predictably, with the Rules involved all rules are meant to be broken, including Bride Rules.

Heat level: PG


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Part 2 of the Gemma Rules Novella!

Gemma Kent Rule and Randy Farrell’s romance has moved beyond the Twittersphere into real world Hollywood. Can their budding relationship survive Hollywood gossip, out of control starlets and big time dreams?



 Heat level: PG


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SeasonofChange1The third book in the Harmony Valley series! 

Christine Alexander needs to prove herself as a top-notch winemaker, and in Harmony Valley she's got a chance to build something legitimate, quality and lasting. What she doesn't need is part-owner Slade Jennings poking his nose in her cabernet. 

Brooding, buttoned-up Slade Jennings won't be making things easy for his new hire. Someone has to worry about the bottom line. Forced into an uneasy partnership, the pair faces two challenges: create a spectacular award-winning vintage within months…and figure out if their tenuous friendship can grow into something deeper and lasting.

Heat level: As with all Harlequin Heartwarming books, this story is sweet (has no overt sensuality, rated PG).

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 Until her father died, Cora's goal has been to look drop dead gorgeous in the latest fashion and be seen at all the right places. Now in order to keep her inheritance she can't buy any new clothes for a year, and she's assigned to help her ex-lover's wife, Vivian Gordon, rediscover her mojo. Cora's in serious need of a massage. And there's one N.B.A. coach who's ready to give her more than that.

Heat level: hot

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What started out as an innocent assignment for work –accompanying a popular actress fresh out of rehab on shopping trips – has gained Gemma Kent regular makeovers by said actress and a sidebar photo on People magazine’s cover!  All the attention would be flattering, except she’s become famous as a mystery woman with the Twitter handle: GlitterfrostGem.  Everyone, even the local gossip column, is speculating about her identity.  In real life, Gemma wears combat boots, poindexter glasses, and a prickly attitude.  Now Randy Farrell, the man she can’t get out of her head, wants a date with Glitterfrost Gem!  Which would be great if he realized that invisible Gemma Kent and Glitterfrost Gem were one and the same.

Valentine Rules can be found in the Love, Valentine Style collection or be purchased independently.

Heat level: PG

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Love, Valentine Style, 6 authors/6 Valentine romance novellas, 99 cents: Amazon

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