Cold as Ice: 5 Books Featuring Heart-Hardened Protagonists

by Karen Green

Heart-hardened and world-weary, the two men featured in Maisey Yates’s Secret Heirs of Powerful Men may have plans to dominate the business, military or political arenas, but don’t think they have room or time in their lives for anything close to love. When, after short, passionate affairs, they are each left with an unexpected legacy, these honorable men vow to do whatever it takes to protect their newfound heirs—even if it means finding room in their hearts for the love and family they always thought would elude them.

These cold-as-ice protagonists may seem like the perfect characters for getting to know during the long, frosty winter, but for every leading man or woman unwilling to embrace the softer side of life, there is another person willing to lead them out of the deep freeze and melt their hearts—for a night or two of fiery passion, at least.

Like Yates’s reluctant lovers, the men and women featured in these books turn from romance to protect their hearts. But the freeze eventually thaws, allowing them to embrace the idea that they deserve love and happiness—as well as the family they find them in. Maybe winter won’t be so cold after all.

 

For the Sake of His Heir (Billionaires and Babies) by Joanne Rock

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Gabe McNeill is done being manipulated. By everyone from his ex-wife who abandoned him and their baby to the grandfather forcing him to remarry. Now the only way Gabe can ensure his son’s inheritance is if Brianne Hanson agrees to be his bride. They’ve always kept things strictly business and this is no different … until she falls into his bed and all bets are off!

The Baby Claim (Alaskan Oil Barons) by Catherine Mann

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Rugged oil tycoon Broderick has avoided temptation for years. But an abandoned baby forces him back into his ex-lover’s world. He needs Glenna—for the child, for himself … for untangling the ties that bind their families. And for discovering who the baby’s father really is. But will their passion survive the truth?

Baby Surprise for the Spanish Billionaire (Wedding Island) by Jessica Gilmore

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More at home with a book than on the beach, Dr. Anna Gray has stepped out of her comfort zone to help her mother prepare her Wedding Island resort for its first event. But when delicious Leo di Marquez sails onto La Isla Marina, Anna is tempted into dropping her guard, one kiss at a time—and with unexpected consequences!

Married for His Heir (Billionaires and Babies) by Sara Orwig

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Oil baron Nick Duncan swore off entanglements of the heart after his wife’s and son’s untimely death. So when Talia Barton introduces him to his orphaned daughter from a grief-fueled fling, he knows he’s in trouble. Talia won’t let the motherless child she’s been caring for become a ward of the state. But she never expects the handsome Texan to propose marriage…and actually mean it!

A Mistake, a Prince and a Pregnancy by Maisey Yates

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An IVF clinic mix-up means eternally single Alison Whitman is carrying the child—no, the royal heir—of Maximo Rossi, Prince of Turan! And now he’ll take her for his wife! Maximo gave up on the hope of fatherhood a long time ago, but the ruthless ruler will seize this surprise second chance. However, tradition is high on the Prince’s agenda, and he’ll never stand for an illegitimate heir…

Ready to melt some hearts this winter? Let us know which of these books are on your TBR list!

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