Laura Leone books in order
Laura Leone is the pseudonym of American author Laura Resnick, one that she uses when writing romance novels.
Born in Chicago, Laura attended Georgetown University, where she studied languages and linguistics, graduating cum laude. She speaks French and Italian.
Laura also took part in the master’s degree program at Ohio University’s EW Scripps School of Journalism, interning at The Associated Press in the capital of the Jewish state.
A former President of the Board of Directors of Novelists, Inc. (Ninc), an international organization for professional novelists, Laura is a regular contributor for Ninc’s monthly journal, Nink.
She is likewise a part-time historic walking-tour guide, and a volunteer at animal rescue group, the Cat Adoption Team.
Genres: Contemporary , Romance
- Galatea ()
- Ulterior Motives (1989)
- Guilty Secrets (1990)
- A Woman's Work (1990)
- Celestial Bodies (1991)
- The Bandit King (1991)
- Sleight of Hand (1993)
- Fever Dreams (1997)
- Fallen from Grace (2003)
- Nights of Fire (2011)
- A Wilder Name (1989)
- The Black Sheep (1992)
Mastersons in Paradise Series
- Untouched By Man (1992)
- Under the Voodoo Moon (1993)
- Homicidal Honeymoon (2012)
Oak Hill Pet Motel
- One Sultry Summer (1989)
- Upon A Midnight Clear (1990)
Detailed book overview
Radley Barrow is a gifted sculptor, totally devoted to his work, but he has no talent for love. Until one day, like the sculptor Pygmalion who loved the statue he named Galatea, Radley’s obsession with his work leads him to fall passionately in love for the first time in his life... with the womanly image he’s creating from a mysterious hunk of marble he’s found hidden in a secret cavern beneath the streets of modern-day New York. Although a lonely artist can’t find happiness in the cold embrace of a marble statue, sometimes love can work miracles. Life, however, tends to have a way of complicating miracles...
She knew that it was wrong. But her heart spoke a different language…Language center director Shelley Baird thought she had just lined up the biggest contract of her career - till her biggest competitor sent in troubleshooter Ross Tanner. Then suddenly nothing was the same. He was after her client, of course - but he was after Shelley, too. How could Shelley resist Ross’s casual elegance or his spine-tingling kisses? She knew she shouldn’t mix business with pleasure, but when he uttered his words of love she wanted to believe him.
Leah McCargar had almost believed sexy Adam Jordan was making a pass at her when he'd barged into her bedroom and taken her into his arms. But then she'd realized he was half asleep! Leah was perversely disappointed--but she was also a bit relieved. There was something mysterious about her aunt's literary collaborator. He acted like a man with something to hide....
Adam's actions were hardly premeditated--he hadn't even been able to enjoy them! But though the pretty Ms. McCargar piqued his masculine interest, his common sense reminded him to keep his distance. Because Leah was as brainy as she was beautiful--and she was smart enough to figure out that Adam Jordan was not at all what he seemed!
Marla Foster had learned what every career woman learns in a man's world -- and so she knew better than to get involved with a client. But how could she ignore the sexy, irreverent sporting goods king who'd just given her his multimillion dollar account -- and an invitation into his strong arms?
Private investigator Nick Tremain had accepted this case as a last-ditch effort save his floundering agency. His prime suspects turned out to be a dotty astrologer and his daughter -- an emerald-eyed beauty of a daughter! How could he maintain his last shred of professional dignity when all he could think about was getting Diana Stewart into his arms?
What was the mysterious, and obviously overqualified, young man doing looking for employment in Diana's shop? Diana just couldn't believe Nick was really interested in her father's footsteps. He did seem harmless with that engaging smile and those turquoise-blue eyes, but why was her father suddenly predicting doom?
Journalist Casey McConnell set out for Sicily to interview an outlaw turned folk hero. But upon her arrival, it was the old bandit's son who stole her heart. Darkly exotic Rico Butera was all male, and his touch proved sweeter than the Mediterranean breeze. But Casey feared that the most thrilling love of her life was destined to become a memory…
Committed to Sicily and his family, Rico could not follow the blond temptress to America. He knew that if he gave in to the desire he felt for her, he could convince her to stay. Of course, it wouldn't be playing fair--but then, all's fair in the game of love!
Alicia Cannon had paid her dues in show business. In the time she'd been in New York, she'd co-starred with a flock of bleating sheep in a commercial, played a prostitute on stage, and even worn a shark costume for a trade convention. She knew her talents were being wasted. She needed a film role, and her best chance for that was to impress a producer who was visiting Atlantic City If she could just get onstage In Atlantic City, he would see that she was perfect for his next film.
Chance Weal was a magician extraordinaire. He loved the awe and wonder on the faces of the audience when he disappeared into thin air and came back in a cloud of glittering dust. At last, his agent had gotten him his big break --- a performance in an Atlantic City club. Now all he needed was a drop-dead gorgeous assistant.
Theatrical agent Monty Jackson had a problem. One of his clients, a handsome magician with curly blond hair, needed an assistant. Another client, a lovely actress with chestnut hair and vivid blue eyes, needed to get onstage in Atlantic City. The solution seemed simple. So far, meetings between Chance and Ally had only produced sparks of the wrong kind. But no matter what, the show had to go on...
Madeleine Barrington is rich, sophisticated, and dedicated to the family business. Ransom is rugged, sexy, and into risky business. He's also the only man who’s ever succeeded in seducing Madeleine. So when they're sent abroad on business together after their steamy one-night stand, she sets some ground rules: No flirting, no touching, and not one single reference to their night together. But Ransom will talk about whatever he damn well pleases. Besides, hell will freeze over before he’ll go near Madeleine Barrington again. But when hell does freeze over in the sultry heat of the jungle, Ransom and Madeleine discover that rules are made to be broken...
This is the story of a woman, Sara, who befriends a younger man who conceals painful secrets and a double life behind his gentle charm and good looks. As their friendship blossoms into love, Sara gradually learns the truth about Ryan, who's trapped in a world of lies, danger, and sex-for-hire.
With his spirit renewed by love, Ryan becomes determined to find a way out of the life he was drawn into as a runaway minor, and equally determined to rescue a street kid whom he finds falling into the same traps which once caught him. But Ryan's secret life is lived in a ruthless world which won't easily let him go. Having fallen so far from grace, can he find his way back?
In his sexually-charged WWII-era romance, American spy Paul Finley stumbles into consciousness one misty dawn to discover he's lost his memory in a brutal beating administered by the Gestapo. As he recovers in hiding, deep in the French countryside, a beautiful French Resistance operative, Gabrielle, tries to help him unlock the important secret that's buried in his mind. But there's a ruthless traitor after Paul, and the precarious situation will turn deadly if Paul can’t remember what he knows—and whom he truly trusts and loves. As the days march inexorably toward the Allied invasion of Europe, love wars with duty, a
After her scandalous divorce, Nina Gnagnarelli vowed never to trust a man again. She hid behind her carefully cultivated cool exterior -- but then Luke Swain came along. He irritated her from the moment they met. But he also aroused wild and uncontrollable passions in her, making her feel absolutely reckless.
Years after escaping the cameras, tabloids, and notoriety of his movie star mother's scandal-ridden life, adventure guide Roe Hunter was still juggling the various crises if his extended jet-set family. Roe hated his whole family's tabloid lifestyle - always had, always would. Needing some peace and quiet, he retreated to the tranquillity of the family's empty villa on the isolated Mediterranean island of Sontara, his lifelong safe harbor.
The very last thing Roe wanted or expected to do there was wind up babysitting a notorious rock star, a world-famous performer known only as Gingie. The woman exuded sexuality, glamour - trouble - and a delightfully ingenuous mix of childlike innocence and womanly wisdom. Once she arrived, there was no getting rid of her - and no resisting her, either. Soon Gingie began turning the quiet island of Sontara topsy-turvy . . . and wreaking havoc on Roe's heart.
Mastersons in Paradise Series
Shady O'Grady's only passion is the search for galleon that sank off Key West three hundred years ago. Clowance Masteron has everything -- but passion. When she goes to Key West to retrieve her adventurous grandfather from Shady O'Grady's clutches, she finds out what she's been missing all these years.
He was wet, he was barely alive...and he couldn't remember a thing! Then he opened his eyes to find himself lying on a beach, staring at a beautiful, voluptuous woman who said her name was Cherish Love. If he hadn't been scared to death he'd have laughed...then he'd have made a pass at her!
At first, Cherish couldn't believe her eyes...Lying on the shore was a handsome, half-naked man. He was carrying a stuffed pink bunny rabbit and the engraving on his watch said his name was "Ziggy." But how had he gotten there? And why was he having terrible nightmares?
And what would happen when he got his memory back?
In this romantic-comedy short story (about 6,000 words), which was originally written for an anthology called Murder Most Romantic, a woman wakes up next to the corpse of a total stranger, in a shabby hotel room in a country where she doesn't speak the language... and this is her honeymoon!
Oak Hill Pet Motel
What would a hotshot architect like Race Bennett want with a kennel? That was what Vicky Wood needed to know when she discovered her late business partner had given half his property to his illegitimate son. Her dream had been almost within reach, but now she found that Race had other plans--and they didn't include two hundred yapping dogs!
Though he was clearly skeptical, Race gave Vicky's business one summer to succeed--otherwise they would try things his way. Vicky was determined to wipe the smirk off his wickedly attractive face, but one sultry summer only proved the passion between them steamed--and that the only partnership possible was one for life!
With no family to call her own, Fiona Larkin was happy to share her Christmas turkey with the four-legged inhabitants of the Oak Hill Pet Motel--until she spotted a mysterious two-legged intruder lurking about the grounds. Captivating security consultant Eli Becker was her only hope.
But Eli had plans for Christmas, and they sure didn't include traipsing around after Fiona, looking for an intruder he didn't believe existed. Not that the pert pet-sitter wasn't tempting beyond reason, still he had better things to do with his holiday time. Then Eli found himself with the lovely Fiona in his arms…and suddenly the security business became very, very complicated…