New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

June 23, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Stanley & Hazel

June 22, 2018
Schaffer, Jo, author.
©2018
314 pages ; 22 cm
A great depression grips the city of St. Louis in 1934. Stanley, an orphaned newsie, lives in a poor part of town hit especially hard by the economic downturn. One night, Stanley runs into Hazel, a restless debutante-in-waiting who has begun to question her posh lifestyle in the midst of the suffering she sees. She’s out and about without an escort and against her father’s wishes. When they discover the body of a girl with her head bashed in by a baseball bat, the very different and separate realities of the two teens inform their decision. Together they will figure out what happened to her and bring those responsible to justice. But getting involved with each other and digging into the secrets behind this murder earns them some powerful enemies, including a secret group seeking to rid society of all they deem undesirable. They’ve put into motion “The Winnowing,” a plan seeking to take over the city and enforce their will. As Stanley and Hazel’s forbidden feelings for one another grow, their investigation turns deadly. Now, it is up to Stanley and his gang of street kids to stop Hazel from becoming the next victim.

Lady be good : a novel

June 22, 2018
Brock, Amber, author.
New York Crown, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, [2018]
279 pages ; 25 cm
Kitty Tessler is the winsome and clever only child of self-made hotel and nightclub tycoon Nicolas Tessler. Kitty may not have the same pedigree as the tennis club set she admires, but she still sees herself as every inch the socialite--spending her days perfecting her "look" and her nights charming all the blue-blooded boys who frequent her father's clubs. It seems like the fun will never end until Kitty's father issues a terrible ultimatum: she may no longer date the idle rich. Instead, Kitty must marry Andre, her father's second-in-command, and take her place as the First Lady of his hotel empire. Kitty is forced to come up with a wily and elaborate plan to protect her own lofty ideas for the future, as well as to save her best friend, Henrietta Bancroft, from a doomed engagement; Kitty will steal Henrietta's fiancé, a fabulously wealthy but terribly unkind man from a powerful family--thereby delivering the one-two punch of securing her now-fragile place on the social ladder and keeping her friend from a miserable marriage. Then Kitty meets Max, a member of a band visiting New York from her father's Miami club, and her plans take a turn. Smitten, but still eager to convince her father of her commitment to Andre, Kitty and Hen follow Max, Andre, and the rest of the band back down to Miami--and later to Cuba. As Kitty spends more time with Max, she begins waking up to the beauty--and the injustice--of the world beyond her small, privileged corner of Manhattan. And when her well-intended yet manipulative efforts backfire, Kitty is forced to reconsider her choices and her future before she loses everyone she loves.

Left : a love story

June 22, 2018
Hogan, Mary, 1957- author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2018.
236, 5 pages ; 21 cm
"P.S. Insights, Interviews & More..." -- From cover.
"It started as a dream vacation in Spain, with Fay and Paul Agarra enjoying all the delights of a European holiday. A respected New York City judge, Paul has always been the man Fay can rely on no matter what. When he inexplicably disappears from a Granada street corner, Fay knows something is terribly wrong. Once they are reunited, Paul shrugs off the episode as a simple misunderstanding -- but Fay suspects her almost perfect life has taken a dark and sudden turn. Soon there are more signs that Paul is beginning to change. Bouts of forgetfulness lead to mistakes in the courtroom. Simple tasks cause unexplainable outbursts of anger. Fay's worst suspicions are realized when she learns her husband -- her rock, her love, her everything -- is succumbing to the ravages of dementia. As her husband transforms before her very eyes, Fay copes with her fears by retreating into a fantasy life filled with promise instead of pain. In Fay's invented world, she imagines herself living a glamorous life free from heartache, with a handsome neighbor she barely knows rescuing her from a fate she can't accept." --provided by publisher.

A daring venture

June 22, 2018
Camden, Elizabeth, 1948- author.
©2018
340 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
In early 1900s New York, biochemist Doctor Rosalind Werner works to champion a water delivery technology that will fight water-borne illnesses. The fight brings her into contact, and conflict, with newly appointed Commissioner of Water, Nicholas Drake. They wage a public battle over the water controversy-- and a private war against their own attractions. When Rosaline becomes the target of an unknown enemy, the stakes may include her life.

When Katie met Cassidy

June 21, 2018
Perri, Camille, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
264 pages ; 22 cm
"Katie Daniels is a perfection-seeking 28-year-old lawyer living the New York dream. She's engaged to charming art curator Paul Michael, has successfully made her way up the ladder at a multinational law firm, and has a hold on apartments in Soho and the West Village. Suffice it to say, she has come a long way from her Kentucky upbringing. But the rug is swept from under Katie when she is suddenly dumped by her fiancé, Paul Michael, leaving her devastated and completely lost. On a whim, she agrees to have a drink with Cassidy Price-a self-assured, sexually promiscuous woman she meets at work. The two form a newfound friendship, which soon brings into question everything Katie thought she knew about sex--and love."--Provided by publisher.

Between you & me : a novel

June 21, 2018
Wiggs, Susan, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
356 pages ; 24 cm
Caught between two worlds, Caleb Stoltz is bound by a deathbed promise to raise his orphaned niece and nephew in Middle Grove, where life revolves around family, farm, faith - and long-held suspicions about outsiders. When disaster strikes, Caleb is thrust into an urban environment of high-tech medicine and the relentless rush of modern life. Dr. Reese Powell is poised to join the medical dynasty of her wealthy, successful parents. Bold, assertive, and quick-thinking, she lives for the addictive rush of saving lives. When a shocking accident brings Caleb Stoltz into her life, Reese is forced to deal with a situation that challenges everything she thinks she knows - and ultimately emboldens her to question her most powerful beliefs. Then one impulsive act brings about a clash of cultures in a tug-of-war that plays out in a courtroom, challenging the very nature of justice and reverberating through generations, straining the fragile threads of faith and family.

Almost impossible

June 20, 2018
Williams, Nicole (Nicole A.), author.
New York : Crown, [2018]
242 pages ; 21 cm.
After globetrotting with her rock musician mother, seventeen-year-old Jade spends her first American summer in California, and soon finds herself falling for her annoying (and annoyingly cute) next-door neighbor, Quentin, who is hiding a secret.

Chemistry lessons

June 20, 2018
Goldstein, Meredith, author.
New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2018]
245 pages ; 22 cm
High school senior Maya, soon to be an MIT student, continues her deceased mother's work on pheromones and attraction, using a stranger, a platonic friend, and her ex-boyfriend as subjects.

Thief of happy endings

June 20, 2018
Chandler, Kristen, author.
©2018
404 pages ; 22 cm
"The first rule of riding horses is, when you fall off, you get back on. Cassidy Carrigan has literally and figuratively fallen off the horse in her life, and she's using everything in her power to not get back on. After her parents separate and her best friend deserts her, Cassidy reluctantly agrees to attend summer camp at a remote ranch in Wyoming, She figures that the change of scenery may help her face her escalating fears. But she didn't figure on how huge that change would be--the forever-wide Wyoming skies, the wild mustangs that capture her heart, and the cowboy who ends up stealing it. She also didn't realize that being brave could feel so good and cause so much trouble. Set in the wild, beautiful west, here is a story that tells the unvarnished truth about falling in love when the odds are against you. Alternatingly heart-stopping and heartbreaking, Thief of Happy Endings is a story that will stay with you, like a summer you'll never forget."--Page [2] of cover.

Providence : a novel

June 20, 2018
Kepnes, Caroline, 1976- author.
New York : Lenny, [2018]
367 pages ; 25 cm
"Growing up as best friends in small-town New Hampshire, Jon and Chloe are the only ones who truly understand each other and their intense connection. But just when Jon is ready to confess the depth of his feelings, he's kidnapped by his substitute teacher, a discredited scientist who is obsessed with H.P. Lovecraft and has a plot to save humanity. After four years in captivity, Jon finally escapes, only to discover that he now has an uncontrollable power that endangers anyone he has intense feelings for. He runs away to Providence to protect Chloe while he searches for answers. Across town from Jon, Detective Charles "Eggs" DeBenedictus is fascinated by a series of strange deaths--young, healthy people whose hearts just. stop. Convinced these deaths are a series of connected, vigilante killings, he jeopardizes his job and already strained marriage to uncover the truth."-- Provided by publisher.

Rainy day friends : a novel

June 20, 2018
Shalvis, Jill, author.
©2018
358, 16 pages ; 24 cm
"P.S. insights, interviews & more..."--Back cover.
Six months after Lanie Jacobs' husband's death, it's hard to imagine anything could deepen her sense of pain and loss. But then Lanie discovers she isn't the only one grieving his sudden passing. A serial adulterer, he left behind several other women who, like Lanie, each believe she was his legally wedded wife. Rocked by the infidelity, Lanie is left to grapple with searing questions. How could she be so wrong about a man she thought she knew better than anyone? Will she ever be able to trust another person? Can she even trust herself? Desperate to make a fresh start, Lanie impulsively takes a job at the family-run Capriotti Winery. At first, she feels like an outsider among the boisterous Capriottis. With no real family of her own, she's bewildered by how quickly they all take her under their wing and make her feel like she belongs. Especially Mark Capriotti, a gruffly handsome Air Force veteran turned deputy sheriff who manages to wind his way into Lanie's cold, broken heart--along with the rest of the clan. Everything is finally going well for her, but the arrival of River Green changes all that. The fresh-faced twenty-one-year old seems as sweet as they come -until her dark secrets come to light--secrets that could destroy the new life Lanie's only just begun to build.

The lost for words bookshop

June 20, 2018
Butland, Stephanie, author.
©2017
352 pages ; 22 cm
"Loveday Cardew prefers books to people. If you look carefully, you might glimpse the first lines of the novels she loves most tattooed on her skin. But there are some things Loveday will never, ever show you. Into her hiding place - the bookstore where she works - come a poet, a lover, and three suspicious deliveries. Someone has found out about her mysterious past. Will Loveday survive her own heartbreaking secrets?" -- Amazon.com.

Breathless

June 20, 2018
Bradley, Celeste, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, [2018]
377 pages ; 22 cm
"She was "the Swan." London's premiere courtesan. Men want to be with her. Women loathe her success and yet admire her beauty, her riches, her independence. But when the jealous wife of her lover moves to have the Swan banished from her home on the high seas, she winds up crashed against Spain's rocky coast with no shoes, no clothes--and no name. Taken in by a tortured, sensuous man known as The Artist, the Swan comes to know the woman she wants to be--her artist's siren. When Art Professor Brenna Anderson is in danger of losing her post at Harvard, the rule-following, prim professor is at a loss of how to salvage the shreds of her life. But when a new painting in the mysterious Siren collection is discovered in a dusty old house in France, Brenna does the unthinkable--hops on a plane to uncover the identity of the beautiful, enigmatic woman who is the subject of the paintings. There's just one hitch--the frustrating, irritating, bold and beautiful art hunter Fitch Wilder is also looking for the Siren. He's been a thorn in Brenna's professional side for years, but when their individual quests lead them to team up despite being enemies, a whole new sumptuous world of art and culture opens up for the two of them. And with it, they enter a realm of passion and love... " -- Provided by publisher.

The chateau

June 19, 2018
Reisz, Tiffany, author.
Lexington, Kentucky : 8th Circle Press, [2018]
268 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The queen.

Luck of the draw : a chance of a lifetime

June 19, 2018
Clayborn, Kate, author.
New York : Lyrical Press, [2018]
231 pages ; 21 cm
Sure, winning the lottery allows Zoe Ferris to quit her job as a cutthroat corporate attorney but no amount of cash will clear her conscience about the way her firm treated the O'Leary family in a wrongful death case. So she sets out to make things right only to find gruff, grieving Aiden O'Leary doesn't need or want her apology. He does, however, need something else from her. Something Zoe is more than willing to give, if only to ease the pain in her heart, a sorrow she sees mirrored in his eyes. Aiden doesn't know what possesses him to ask his family's enemy to be his fake fiancée. But he needs a bride if he hopes to be the winning bid on the campground he wants to purchase as part of his beloved brother's legacy. Skilled in the art of deception, the cool beauty certainly fits the bill. Only Aiden didn't expect all the humor and heart Zoe brings to their partnership or the desire that runs deep between them. Now he's struggling with his own dark truth, that he's falling for the very woman he vowed never to forgive.

Wicked and the wallflower

June 18, 2018
MacLean, Sarah, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers , [2018]
404 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from Brazen and the beast.
"An Avon Romance"--Back cover.
"When Wicked Comes Calling . . .When a mysterious stranger finds his way into her bedchamber and offers his help in landing a duke, Lady Felicity Faircloth agrees--on one condition. She's seen enough of the world to believe in passion, and won't accept a marriage without it. The Wallflower Makes a Dangerous Bargain . . .Bastard son of a duke and king of London's dark streets, Devil has spent a lifetime wielding power and seizing opportunity, and the spinster wallflower is everything he needs to exact a revenge years in the making. All he must do is turn the plain little mouse into an irresistible temptress, set his trap, and destroy his enemy. For the Promise of Passion . . . But there's nothing plain about Felicity Faircloth, who quickly decides she'd rather have Devil than another. Soon, Devil's carefully laid plans are in chaos and he must choose between everything he's ever wanted . . . and the only thing he's ever desired"--Provided by publisher.

The love letter

June 18, 2018
Hauck, Rachel, 1960- author.
©2018
342 pages ; 22 cm
"From the New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress comes a story of long-lost love and its redemption in future generations. With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he'll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves. Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton. Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty--a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She's the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies? After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor's letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations. When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow--his grandfather's one true love--the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined"-- Provided by publisher.

Never deceive a viscount

June 18, 2018
Miller, Renee Ann, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
325 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from Never kiss a nortorious marqess.
"Clearly, Emma Trafford's new neighbor is a lady killer--but is the scoundrel with the scar capable of murder? Emma can barely contain her precocious younger sister, Lily--the child swears she spied their neighbor engaged in foul play in his Bloomsbury love nest. But when Lily goes too far searching for "evidence," Emma must save the imp by distracting Simon--with an all-consuming kiss rife with danger and desire..."-- Provided by publisher.

Touched by you

June 18, 2018
Wright, Elle, author.
©2018
311 pages ; 17 cm.
"Brooklyn Wells has fought her dominating father, CEO Parker Wells, every step of the way. Instead of taking her appointed place in the boardroom, she's a social worker. Instead of living for diamonds and designer gowns, she helps her community's poor and lost. And now she's falling hard for the troubled newcomer who saved her life--and holds dangerous secrets . . . For Carter Marshall, Wellspring offers a chance to put tragedy behind him and start again. Caring too much is not in the plan--until the irrepressible Brooklyn teases him to live once more . . . and recklessly lose himself in passion. But Parker Wells has a major deal riding on his daughter's arranged marriage. And he won't stop at using Brooklyn and Carter's pasts to drive them apart. As they fight scandal, betrayal, and their own vulnerabilities, will the fire between them burn even hotter--or flame out for good?"--Publisher's description.

A rebel heart

June 15, 2018
White, Beth, 1957- author.
©2018
376 pages ; 22 cm.
"Five years after the final shot was fired in the War Between the States, Selah Daughtry can barely manage to keep herself, her two younger sisters, and their spinster cousin fed and clothed. With their family's Mississippi plantation swamped by debt and the Big House falling down around them, the only option seems to be giving up their ancestral land -- until a hotel management agent for the railroad offers her hope for the future. If she'll turn her home into a hotel, Levi Riggins says, he can all but guarantee it will be saved. Selah isn't sure she entirely trusts the handsome Yankee. Yet what other options does she have? She'll have to stay on her guard... but she never expected to guard her heart"--Back cover.

Bound to her desert captor

June 15, 2018
Conder, Michelle, author.
©2018
251 pages ; 17 cm.
Certain that Regan James has information on his sister's disappearance, Sheikh Jaeger steals her away to his palace. He doesn't expect compliance from his beautiful captive, but when defiant Regan accidentally causes a media storm, it must be resolved. How? He'll have to marry her! Their engagement is for appearances, but the electricity sparked by their passion feels exquisitely--dangerously--real.

The bride's baby of shame

June 15, 2018
Crews, Caitlin, author.
©2018
251 pages ; 17 cm.
Dutiful heiress Sophie has never challenged her gilded existence - even agreeing to a convenient marriage at her father's command - until she meets ruthless Sicilian Renzo. One carnal night awakens unimaginable desires ... and leaves her pregnant! When Renzo uncovers her secret, he'll stop at nothing to legitimise his child - including storming Sophie's wedding and stealing her as his own bride!

Crowned for the sheikh's baby

June 15, 2018
Kendrick, Sharon, author.
©2018
252 pages ; 17 cm.
The last thing sensible maid Hannah Wilson expects is to be whisked off to a glamorous party by Sheikh Kulal Al Diya. Their intense chemistry and searing kiss lead to the most amazing night of her life--with the most shocking consequences! Now Kulal will do anything to claim his heir. Even if it means making Hannah his desert queen!

Inherited for the royal bed

June 15, 2018
West, Annie (Romantic fiction writer), author.
©2018
252 pages ; 17 cm.
Four years after inheriting--and liberating--a concubine, powerful ruler Sayid is shocked to see the transformation of Lina. No longer shy and naive, Lina is a feisty, irresistible woman. And Sayid has never wanted anyone more! But he's duty bound to his country, and Sayid can only commit to a brief affair. Will Lina accept his outrageous proposal of a week in the royal bed?

A mistress, a scandal, a ring

June 15, 2018
Bissell, Angela, author.
©2018
252 pages ; 17 cm.
Ruthless billionaire Xavier de la Vega has worked relentlessly to throw off the emotional shackles of his past. Seducing stunning Jordan, with her link to a family he'd rather forget, is a calculated risk - he's convinced their fire will soon burn out! But when their affair is exposed Xavier can see just one way forward - and it will bind Jordan to him permanently!

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