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Big praise for
Big Guns Out of Uniform

“Don't miss this anthology! The stories are wonderfully romantic and refreshingly playful.”

—Romantic Times

“The three tales are fine contemporary stories that readers will enjoy as each entry contains delightfully charming lead couples that the audience will like. Whether the hero is in his official uniform or his birth attire, fans of erotic romance will enjoy the hijinks of this collection.”

—Harriet Klausner, The Best Reviews

Acclaim for
New York Times
bestselling
author Sherrilyn Kenyon's steamy
stories about the sexy agents of
BAD….

“Sherrilyn Kenyon starts her new BAD series off with a bang (literally) with this fun frolic in the sun…. ‘BAD to the Bone' is full of the wacky humor and larger-than-life characters that have become her trademark.”

—America Online's Romance Fiction Forum

“Fans of Sherrilyn Kenyon won't be disappointed in ‘BAD to the Bone.' Nothing short of steamy and electrifying, Marianne and Kyle are a match made in heaven.”

—Romance Reviews Today

“…laced with humor.”

—A Romance Review

“…wickedly sexy.”

—Romance Reviews Today

Praise for national bestselling
author Liz Carlyle and her sizzling
romantic novels…

“Hot and sexy, just how I like them!”

—Linda Howard,
New York Times
bestselling author

“Intriguing…engaging…illicit.”

—Stephanie Laurens,
New York Times
bestselling author

“Sensual and suspenseful…lively and absorbing.”

—Publishers Weekly

“Sinfully sensual, superbly written…nothing short of brilliant.”

—Booklist

Acclaim for Nicole Camden's
sexy debut

“…take a well-deserved bow to the standing ovation, Ms. Camden—you've earned it.”

—Mrs. Giggles, mrsgiggles.com

“‘The Nekkid Truth' is Ms. Camden's first book and I have to tell you it is marvelous. The sex, heck the entire story, has a wonderfully gritty, almost raw and uncut, feel to it. I'm definitely placing Nicole Camden on my list of new authors to keep an eye on and look forward to plenty of books from her.”

—Just Erotic Romance Reviews

“To say that ‘The Nekkid Truth' is the best erotic romantic novella I've read this year seems like faint praise. The fact is, it's far and away the best contemporary romance I've read this year. I wished it were longer, not because its short length was a shortcoming, but because I wanted more of the same. Who is this woman, and when is her next book coming out?”

—All About Romance

A Pocket Star Book published by
POCKET BOOKS, a division of Simon & Schuster, Inc.
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This book is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places and incidents are products of the authors' imaginations or are used fictitiously. Any resemblance to actual events or locales or persons, living or dead, is entirely coincidental.

“BAD to the Bone” copyright © 2003 by Sherrilyn Kenyon

“Let's Talk About Sex” copyright © 2003 by S. T. Woodhouse

“The Nekkid Truth” copyright © 2003 by Nicole Camden

Originally published in trade paperback in 2003 by Pocket Books

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Contents

BAD to the Bone
Sherrilyn Kenyon

Let's Talk About Sex
Liz Carlyle

The Nekkid Truth
Nicole Camden

BAD
to the
Bone

Sherrilyn Kenyon

For my mother,

who has given me my overactive imagination,

my husband,

who doesn't mind it,

and my friends and family,

who support me.

God bless all of you!

Prologue

M
arianne Webernec was completely average at age thirty, but what she desperately wanted to be was extraordinary.

Exceptional. Spectacular.

For once in her life she wanted to be the heroine in one of the Rachel Fire novels that she gobbled up as soon as they were published. To be tall, thin, and devastatingly beautiful. The kind of woman that men everywhere lusted for. The kind of woman who walked into a room and men fought each other just for her smile.

But what she was, even after her makeover, was a mere five-feet-four-inch size-ten woman with medium brown hair that was pinned back from her round face to fall just below her shoulders. She had eyes that were flat brown, not amber, not flecked with anything unusual or worth noticing. Her breasts were too small, her hips were too wide, and her feet were pinched by the narrow tips of her high-heeled shoes.

She was…

Average.

Painfully, woefully average.

“I think you're stunning.”

Only if she had a stun gun in her hand.

Marianne looked over her shoulder to see Aislinn Zimmerman staring at her. Aislinn was what she wanted to be. Rich, model thin, with long, curly red hair, perfectly manicured nails, and big bright green eyes that seemed to glow. Aislinn was every bit as beautiful as her namesake from Aislinn's mother's favorite romance novel,
The Wolf and the Dove.

Marianne had spent her entire life hating women who looked like Aislinn. They were everywhere. On television, in magazines, and on the pages of the books that Marianne loved to read. Books where the gorgeous, drop-dead heroine nailed the gorgeous, drop-dead hero.

They were ever an unnecessary reminder that at the end of the day, Marianne Webernec would never be one of them.

She would always be average. White noise in the background of a world that went on oblivious to her presence no matter how much she longed for it to be otherwise.

“Thanks,” Marianne said to her lamely, knowing the truth in her heart. But that was okay.

Because in the next few minutes she was going to walk through the door behind Aislinn and become the one thing she'd always wanted to be…

A covert CIA agent pursued by the evil archvillain who would turn out to be a good guy trying to uncover the man who had killed his brother.

Okay, the plot was a bit clichéd, even a little trite. But Marianne loved Rachel Fire's book
Danger in the Night.
She had read it so many times that her copy at home was in pieces barely held together by tape.

For the last four years that book and its hero, Brad Ramsey, had lived in her heart and in her mind. He was the man she dreamed of seducing every night when she closed her eyes.

She had licked every inch of his divinely masculine body from head to foot, and had made him beg her for mercy. They had made love everywhere from Caribbean beaches to the snowdrifts of Moscow.

In her mind she had ridden him hard and furiously, and made him hers.

Oh, to really be the book's heroine, Ren Winterbourne. The sultry, sophisticated agent, woman of the world, who knew every way possible to make a man beg for her touch. Ren never doubted herself. She always knew exactly what she wanted and how to get it.

Marianne was still searching for her place in the world. And when it came to men, she would never understand them. They were completely alien beasties.

She sighed wistfully. Her entire life was a study in what could have been. If only she'd been smarter, taller, prettier…

But she wasn't.

Her mother had once told her that life was about acceptance. That she needed to be content with what was dealt her and be grateful it wasn't worse.

Starting this instant, Marianne was going to take her mother's advice.

Mostly.

She was going to walk out that door and…

Stumble, knowing her.

“Do I have to wear the heels?” she asked Aislinn, holding her foot out toward the beautiful redhead as she flexed her ankle.

Some things were best done with level feet. Especially when the last thing Marianne wanted was to be embarrassed. “I'm really not a high-heel kind of person. I'm more the I'll-stumble-and-twist-my-ankle kind of woman.”

Aislinn laughed. “Sure. What would you like?”

“Got anything flat and black?”

Aislinn flipped open her stylish silver cell phone and pressed a button. “Hi, Gwen, Ms. Webernec would like a selection of flat black shoes to go with her rust-colored miniskirt dress. She's a size eight medium…. Thanks.” Aislinn closed the phone. “Give her ten minutes and she'll bring us a new boxload of them.”

It was good to be queen.

At least for the day, or in this case, a whole month. Marianne smiled at the thought.

One full month of being catered to and pampered. Having her every want met without complaint.

Oh, yeah, forget Julia Roberts in
Pretty Woman.
This reality was
so
much better.

After all, Marianne Webernec, average Jane high school teacher, was about to head off to Sex Camp.

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