New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

January 19, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Seeds of hope

January 18, 2018
Cameron, Barbara, 1949- author.
©2017
269 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows--and she loves her quiet way of life. Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country. But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time"--Back cover.

Into the night

January 18, 2018
Eden, Cynthia, author.
©2017
377 pages ; 17 cm.
Two FBI agents are caught in a merciless vigilante's crosshairs in New York Times bestselling author Cynthia Eden's electric Killer Instinct series.

Between me and you : a novel

January 17, 2018
Scotch, Allison Winn, author.
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2018]
352 pages ; 21 cm
When their paths first cross, Ben Livingston is a fledgling screenwriter on the brink of success; Tatum Connelly is a struggling actress tending bar in a New York City dive. They fall in love, they marry, they become parents, and they think only of the future. But as the years go by, Tatum's stardom rises while Ben's fades. In a marriage that bears the fallout of ambition and fame, Ben and Tatum are at a crossroads. Now all they can do is think back... A life of passion, joy, tragedy, and loss--once shared--becomes one as shifting and unpredictable as a memory. As the pieces of their past come together, as they explore the ways love can bend and break, Ben and Tatum come to see how it all went wrong--and wonder what they can do now to make it all right.--Back cover.

Rocco

January 17, 2018
Castille, Sarah, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
367 pages ; 18 cm
Mafia enforcer Rocco De Lucchi is the best in the business. Cold, hard, and utterly ruthless, Rocco is the most dangerous of men. Feelings are a luxury he cannot afford-until a chance encounter brings him face to face with the only woman who found her way into his heart and touched his soul. Grace Mantini has spent her whole life running from the mob. The daughter of the boss's right-hand man, she is both a prize and a target. When Rocco walks back into her life, she wants nothing to do with the man who betrayed her and broke her heart. But only Rocco can protect her from the dangerous forces that seek to destroy her family. Can they escape the hands of fate closing around them? Or will love be the kiss of death for them both?--Provided by Publisher.

Come home with me

January 17, 2018
Fox, Susan, 1952 July 31- author.
©2018
363 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from Fly away with me.
"Zebra contemporary romance"--Spine.
Miranda Gabriel returns as a single mom to the island where she grew up to hope for a fresh start. The island veterinarian, Luke Chandler is a widower raising four-year-old twin boys. Together, maybe he and Miranda can give each other the courage to believe in themselves, and to embrace a promising new future.

Breaking the ice

January 17, 2018
Cross, Julie, author.
©2017
339 pages ; 21 cm.
"Haley Stevenson seems like she's got it all together: cheer captain, "Princess" of Juniper Falls, and voted Most Likely to Get Things Done. But below the surface, she's struggling with a less-than-stellar GPA and still reeling from the loss of her first love. Repeating her Civics class during summer school is her chance to Get Things Done, not angst over boys. In fact, she's sworn them off completely until college. Fletcher Scott is happy to keep a low profile around Juniper Falls. He's always been the invisible guy, warming the bench on the hockey team and moonlighting at a job that would make his grandma blush. Suddenly, though, he's finding he wants more: more time on the ice, and more time with his infuriatingly perfect summer-school study partner. But leave it to a girl who requires perfection to shake up a boy who's ready to break all the rules. "-- Page 4 of cover.

An uncommon honeymoon

January 17, 2018
Mann, Susan (Romance fiction writer), author.
©2018
346 pages ; 18 cm
"Librarian and rookie CIA covert operative Quinn Ellington revises her honeymoon plans when she and her brand-new spy husband uncover a drug trafficking ring stretching from the Caribbean to St. Petersburg. Turquoise waters, white sand, and intra-agency relations provide a lush backdrop for raiding enemy strongholds, tailing movie stars, and dodging more than a few bullets. Meanwhile, Quinn's unique skills prove indispensable in luring a dangerous villain into the proper trap."--Back cover.

When you love a Scotsman

January 17, 2018
Howell, Hannah, author.
©2018
315 pages ; 18 cm.
"With danger closing in from all sides, Abigail Jenson works tirelessly to protect her small Missouri farm. She doesn't require saving--but a handsome officer appears on horseback just as ruthless marauders set her cabin ablaze. With nowhere else to turn, Abigail allows the soldier with the seductive Highlander's gaze to escort her to shelter in a nearby town. Matthew MacEnroy was reluctant to join his adopted nation's conflict--until an enemy attack wounded two of his brothers. Bravely doing battle has its price when a proud, independent beauty comes under his watch--no military man can risk the powerful emotions their attraction has unleashed. But when Matthew himself is caught in the crossfire, Abigail leads their long journey home to MacEnroy valley--and her caring touch sparks the promise of a bold future together"--Amazon.com.

A distant heart

January 16, 2018
Dev, Sonali, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2018]
x, 302 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
Her name means "miracle" in Sanskrit: Kimaya was the first baby to survive after several miscarriages, and grew up in a mansion at the top of Mumbai's Pali Hill, surrounded by love and privilege. But at eleven years old, she develops a rare illness that requires her to be confined to a germ-free ivory tower in her home. Rahul Savant shows up to wash Kimi's windows, and as years pass he becomes her eyes to the outside world, and she becomes his inspiration to better himself. When a life-saving heart transplant offers the chance of a real future, Kimi anticipates a new life, and Rahul investigates a black market organ ring that cuts too close to home.-- Adapted from back cover.

Firefly Cove

January 16, 2018
Bunn, T. Davis, 1952- author.
©2018
viii, 310 pages ; 22 cm.
Since the age of seven, Lucius Quarterfield has known he is dying. But now, at twenty-eight, his time is finally running out. So he's returning to the one place he ever felt happy, near the only woman he ever truly wanted. He's going to make each moment count because he knows that everything is about to change ... he just can't know exactly how.--Adapted from book jacket.

Love, life, and the list

January 16, 2018
West, Kasie, author.
©2018
375 pages ; 22 cm
Aspiring artist Abby decides that in order to give her art "more heart" she will complete a list of tasks over the summer, ranging from facing a fear to falling in love, but she soon finds the list more difficult than she imagined.

The Spring girls

January 16, 2018
Todd, Anna, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
400 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
In the remix tradition of the cult favorite movie Clueless and Curtis Sittenfeld's Eligible comes a modern retelling of the beloved story of the March sisters, delivered with Anna Todd's signature style. With plenty of sass, romance, and drama, The Spring Girls is the perfect chance for listeners to revisit Little Women or discover this cherished story for the first time.

The lost season of love and snow

January 16, 2018
Laam, Jennifer, author.
©2017
340 pages ; 21 cm
"The unforgettable story of Alexander Pushkin's beautiful wife, Natalya, a woman much admired at Court, and how she became reviled as the villain of St. Petersburg. At the beguiling age of sixteen, Natalya Goncharova is stunningly beautiful and intellectually curious. At her first public ball during the Christmas of 1828, she attracts the romantic attention of Russia's most lauded rebel poet: Alexander Pushkin. Finding herself deeply attracted to Alexander's intensity and joie de vivre, Natalya is swept up in a courtship and then a marriage full of passion but also destructive jealousies. When vicious court gossip leads Alexander to defend his honor as well as Natalya's in a duel, he tragically succumbs to his injuries. Natalya finds herself reviled for her perceived role in his death"--Amazon.com.

So over you

January 16, 2018
Meader, Kate, author.
©2017
374 pages ; 17 cm.
After an injury derails her own hockey dreams, Olympic Silver Medalist and former NCAA player Isobel Chase takes a position as a skating consultant to her late father's franchise, which she believes is a perfect fit until she meets left-winger Vadim Petrov, who failed to satisfy her once but who is determined to satisfy her now.

On starlit seas

January 15, 2018
Sheridan, Sara, 1968- author.
©2016
439 pages ; 20 cm.
"Brazil and London 1824. Charged with a mission by the Empress of Brazil, celebrated writer and the toast of Georgian London, Maria Graham sets off for England with the Brazilian civil war at its height. Newly widowed and a woman travelling alone, the stakes are high and when she accepts roguish smuggler Captain James Henderson's offer of passage on his ship, she gets more than she bargains for. Henderson is on a journey of his own, back to his childhood home in Covent Garden. On board Maria discovers both a dangerous secret concealed in a chocolate bar and an irresistible attraction to the mysterious captain. But falling in love with a smuggler is almost unthinkable for a woman of Maria's social standing. Though Henderson tries his utmost to abandon his life of crime and forge a new identity as a London gentleman, he is caught in a dangerous tangle with a deadly aristocratic smuggling ring. The only chance he has to save himself and prove worthy of Maria is to unmask the gang and break free from their clutches, but will it be enough?"--Provided by publisher.

Here, there, everywhere

January 15, 2018
Durango, Julia, 1967- author.
©2017
299 pages ; 22 cm
Zeus would rather be anywhere than here--Buffalo Falls, the tiny town his family moved to at the end of the school year. Having left all his friends back in Chicago, and with nothing to look forward to except helping out at his mother's cafe and biking around town with his weird little brother, Zeus is pretty sure this is destined to be the worst summer of his life.

Three sides of a heart : stories about love triangles

January 15, 2018
©2017
434 pages ; 22 cm
Riddles in mathematics /Katie Cotugno -- Dread south /Justina Ireland -- Omega ship /Rae Carson -- La revancha del tango /René Ahdieh -- Cass, An, and Dra /Natalie C. Parker -- Lessons for beginners /Julie Murphy -- Triangle solo /Garth Nix -- Vim and vigor /Veronica Roth -- Work in progress /E.K. Johnston -- Hurdles /Brandy Colbert --The historian, the Garrison, and the cantankerous catwoman /Lamar Giles -- Waiting /Sabaa Tahir -- Vega /Brenna Yovanoff -- A hundred thousand threads /Alaya Dawn Johnson -- Before she was bloody /Tessa Gratton -- Unus, duo, tres /Bethany Hagen.
These top YA authors tackle the much-debated trope of the love triangle, and the result is sixteen fresh, diverse, and romantic stories you don t want to miss.

The art of running in heels

January 15, 2018
Gibson, Rachel, author.
©2018
376 pages ; 17 cm
"Leaving your fiancé at the altar on live television is a disaster. Lexie Kowalsky thought she was ready to get married in front of millions of people, but at the last minute she fled the set of television's hottest reality show, Gettin' Hitched. Wearing a poofy white dress and a pair of five-inch sparkly shoes, Lexie hopped a float plane for Sandspit, Canada. She figured no one would find her there. But she was wrong. Sharing her flight was the Seattle Chinooks' biggest star, Sean Knox. Lexie wasn't just a reality-show runaway, she was his pain in the butt coach's daughter. She was chaos and temptation and definitely off limits, but after getting her luscious body out of that wedding gown, he couldn't resist getting her in his bed for one amazing night. Then a photo of Sean and Lexi breaks the internet--and suddenly they're both swept up in a crazy plan to spin the whole story. But you can't run from love."--Back cover.

Beautiful lawman

January 15, 2018
Jordan, Sophie, author.
©2018
353 pages ; 17 cm.
From the wrong side of the tracks and with most of her family in jail or dead, Piper Walsh is used to everyone in town thinking the worst about her. It doesn't seem to matter that she's worked hard to build a good life for herself. So she isn't surprised that when she comes into contact with Sweet Hill's wildly irresistible, arrogant sheriff, Hale Walters, they're instant adversaries. Piper has nothing in common with the town golden-boy-turned lawman --- and she refuses to be a notch on his bedpost. Despite rumors, Hale avoids fooling around with the women of Sweet Hill, many of whom are hoping to get him to the altar. But staying out of Piper's path is proving near impossible. The infuriating troublemaker clearly has no respect for his badge. As she continues to push his buttons, it becomes clear to Hale that he must either arrest Piper -- or claim her as his own.

Dreaming of Manderley

January 15, 2018
Brown, Leah Marie, author.
©2018
331 pages ; 17 cm
"A riches to romance tale" -- Cover.
Manderley Maxwell has always been the dependable, hard-working one while her younger sisters live A-list lives, courtesy of their family fortune . . . until it's suddenly lost, leaving behind a truckload of debt! Now Mandy is faced with two choices: play perpetual caretaker to her spoiled siblings, or finally break out of her predictable routine, by way of France. When Mandy's boss relocates for the summer, Mandy is really just trading in coffee runs for running errands through the streets of Cannes-until handsome, debonair Girard Fortune Xavier de Maloret sweeps her off her feet-by saving her from falling off a cliff. Mandy's walking on air--except that she's living in the chic shadow of the first Madame de Maloret, complete with whispers about the suddenly secretive Xavier's part in her disappearance. Again, Mandy has two choices: be the unfortunate, duped American--or the gutsy, fierce woman who'll track down the truth in the name of true love.

If ever I should love you

January 15, 2018
Maxwell, Cathy, author.
©2017
359 pages ; 18 cm.
One of three heiress debutantes who have been on the marriage market longer than ideal, finally meets her match in a penniless earl who would win her love in spite of her resolve to have a marriage in name only.

Now that you mention it

January 15, 2018
Higgins, Kristan, author.
©2017
406 pages ; 21 cm
"The Tufts scholarship that put Nora Stuart on the path to becoming a Boston medical specialist was a step forward. Being hit by a car and then overhearing her boyfriend hit on another doctor when she thought she was dying? Two major steps back. Injured in more ways than one, Nora feels her carefully built life cracking at the edges. There's only one place to land: home. But the tiny Maine community she left fifteen years ago doesn't necessarily want her. At every turn, someone holds the prodigal daughter of Scupper Island responsible for small-town drama and big-time disappointments. With a tough islander mother who's always been distant and a wild-child sister in jail, unable to raise her daughter--a withdrawn teen as eager to ditch the island as Nora once was--Nora has her work cut out for her if she's going to take what might be her last chance to mend the family. But as some relationships crumble around her, others unexpectedly strengthen. Balancing loss and opportunity, a dark event from her past with hope for the future, Nora will discover that tackling old pain makes room for promise, and the chance to begin again."--Publisher's description.

The duke of her desire

January 15, 2018
Barnes, Sophie (Romance novelist), author.
©2018.
376 pages ; 17 cm.
"When Thomas Heathmore, Duke of Coventry, agrees to steer his friend's inexperienced younger sister through society, he doesn't expect the lady in question to be so infernally stubborn. Amelia Matthews seems to have little interest in balls or suitors at all. Instead, she intends to open a school, and against his better instincts, Thomas offers to help. Yet somewhere along the line, Amelia ceases to be a simple responsibility--and becomes an undeniable temptation. Since her brother inherited a dukedom, Amelia's prospects have transformed. But though she's long been secretly infatuated with Thomas, she refuses to heed the arrogant aristocrat's advice. If only it were as easy to ignore his heated touch. And as Amelia soon learns, the ton is a minefield, where one moment's indiscretion can unleash a scandal--or entice her to surrender everything to the duke of her desire--"-- from Amazon.com

Heart on fire

January 15, 2018
Bouchet, Amanda, author.
©2018
408 pages ; 18 cm.
"The riveting conclusion to The Kingmaker Chronicles".
Catalia Fisa has been running from her destiny since she could crawl. Without Griffin--and apparently a few meddling gods--to push Cat along, she'd still be telling fortunes at the circus, lying about her past, ignoring her future, and living as far away from her tyrant mother as humanly possible. Cat has the power of the gods at her fingertips, and the only thing holding her back is herself.

A courtship on Huckleberry Hill

January 15, 2018
Beckstrand, Jennifer, author.
©2018
361 pages ; 18 cm
"There's nothing Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin's irrepressible eighty-somethings Anna and Felty Helmuth like better than a challenge. And the chance to matchmake their feisty granddaughter is their most delightful task yet... Elsie Helmuth's plain-spoken ways got her in trouble once before, so she needs to make a good impression at her new teaching job in Huckleberry Hill. But she's not about to let disabled student Wally Sensenig work below his potential. And she definitely won't put up with his hot-headed older brother sabotaging her efforts, no matter how handsome he is... Sam is nearly at the end of his rope caring for his ailing, widowed mother, working their farm, and raising his siblings. He'll admit Elsie's ideas are bringing Wally out of his angry shell - but why does she have to be as stubborn as she is pretty? Yet as it turns out, Elsie has taught Sam something about himself as well. And he'll do whatever it takes to make up for his mistakes - and win her heart forever." -- Back cover.

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