New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

April 20, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Stay sweet

April 19, 2018
Vivian, Siobhan, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018.
359 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Amelia has looked forward to her last summer before college working at the Meade Creamery, but when the owner of the local landmark passes away her nephew has big changes in mind.

The family gathering

April 19, 2018
Carr, Robyn, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Mira, [2018]
352 pages ; 24 cm.
Having left the military, Dakota Jones is at a crossroads in his life. With his elder brother and youngest sister happily settled in Sullivan's Crossing, he shows up hoping to clear his head before moving on to his next adventure. But, like every visitor to the Crossing, he's immediately drawn to the down-to-earth people and the seemingly simple way of life. Dakota is unprepared for how quickly things get complicated.

Chaser

April 19, 2018
Scott, Kylie, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2018.
270 pages ; 21 cm.
"Bartender and all round bad boy, Eric Collins, has come to a crossroads. It's time to take life seriously and maybe even attempt to settle down. If only the person he was hoping to settle down with didn't turn out to be pregnant. Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she'd had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labor during a snowstorm and her car slides on some ice, however, it's Eric who comes to the rescue. There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs"-- Provided by publisher.

Miss Wilton's waltz : proper romance

April 19, 2018
Kilpack, Josi S., author.
©2018
342 pages ; 22 cm
"Lenora Wilton has struggled with shyness and social anxiety her whole life, but when she moves to Bath to teach music at an all-girls' school, she unexpectedly falls in love with the uncle of one of her most troublesome students"--Provided by publisher.

The Greek's secret son

April 19, 2018
James, Julia (Romance fiction writer), author.
©2018
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Tia is horrified when imposing Anatole Kyrgiakis sweeps back into her life demanding marriage. Six years ago he left her heartbroken--no matter how fiercely she craves him, she won't make the same mistake again! But Tia is bound to this powerful Greek by more than just passion... Does she dare confess to the biggest secret of all?" -- Page [4] cover.

The Greek's ultimate conquest

April 19, 2018
Lawrence, Kim, author.
©2018
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Reeling from his best friend's death, Greek shipping magnate Nik Latsis found oblivion in the arms of a stunning stranger. Since then, her innocence has haunted his dreams. And now Nik knows only another taste will rid him of his burning desire. But Nik will need more than seductive charm if he's to entice feisty Chloe back into his bed..."--Back cover.

Love & war : an Alex & Eliza story

April 18, 2018
De la Cruz, Melissa, 1971- author.
©2018
366 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Alex & Eliza: a love story.
"1781. Albany, New York. As the war for American independence rages on, Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler begin their new life as a married couple. Still, Alex is as determined as ever to prove his mettle and secure his legacy... even if that means leaving his beloved Eliza behind to join the front lines at the Battle of Yorktown. But when the war unexpectedly arrives on Eliza's doorstep, she must fight for a better future-- for their fledgling country and for her marriage. Yet even after the Revolution comes to its historic close, Alex and Eliza's happily-ever-after is threatened. Eliza struggles to build a home in the hustle and bustle of New York City just as Alex's burgeoning law practice brings him up against his greatest rival-- the ambitious young lawyer Aaron Burr. And with Alex's star on the rise, Eliza can't help but feel neglected by a husband who seems to have time for everyone but her. Torn apart by new trials and temptations, can Alex and Eliza's epic love survive life in the big city?"--Back cover.

Suitors and sabotage

April 18, 2018
Anstey, Cindy, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2018.
330 pages ; 22 cm
In 1917 Kent, England, eighteen-year-old Imogene Chively's father has chosen Ernest Steeple as her future husband, but his younger brother, Benjamin, wins her heart while she is giving him drawing lessons, all while someone seeks to do them harm.

Blue self-portrait

April 18, 2018
Lefebvre, Noémi, 1964- author.
©2017
143 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in French in 2009 as: L'autoportrait bleu.
On a flight from Berlin to Paris, a woman haunted by composer Arnold Schoenberg's self-portrait reflects on her romantic encounter with a pianist. Obsessive, darkly comic, and full of angst, Blue Self-Portrait unfolds among Berlin's cultural institutions, but is located in the mid-air flux between contrary impulses, with repetitions and variations that explore the possibilities and limitations of art, history, and connection.

Perfection : a novel

April 18, 2018
Wade, Kathleen, author.
[Las Vegas, NV] : Lifestyle Entrepreneurs Press, 2018.
v, 387 pages ; 20 cm
"Maggie Walsh has entered the convent. Her brother thinks she's wasting her life. Her sister doubts she has what it takes. Her mother is heartbroken; her father is happy. Her boyfriend pledges to wait until she "gets it out of her system." Abandoning her dreams to be an actress or a writer, Maggie embraces Church teaching that says the convent is the path to perfection. She sets out to prove--to herself and her family--that she can do it. She'll follow her higher calling, no matter what. It is 1960. Church reform is a few years away, but when it comes, radical changes unfold swiftly. Maggie embraces that change. Her brother, Jack, who tries at every turn to get Maggie to come to her senses, involves Maggie in civil-rights and anti-war activities-- forcing her into conflict with her superiors. Should she keep the peace in the convent or follow her conscience? A charismatic fellow teacher, Will, captures Maggie's time and attention. Then Stan, Maggie's first love, returns home from a Navy tour. Seeking perfection seemed so simple; now, it is anything but. Maggie must choose: a solitary life with God or the true love of another person?"--Back cover.

Mama B : a time for war : a novella

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
©2014
180 pages ; 21 cm
"Mama B knows she needs to get a handle on her bulging waistline, so she visits an exercise class at the local recreation center. But when the dancing style isn't quite her cup of tea, she and her longtime friend, Ophelia, start a class of their own. Soon Mama B finds herself compelled to take in yet another wayward soul from the class. But will Frank agree to open his home to strangers? When the exercise class comes under attack, Mama B has to figure out her place in the Lord's army while hoping her strong position won't backfire against Frank. And just when things seem to be looking up for the young woman whom she has been divinely appointed to help, Mama B's temper gets the best of her and threatens to unravel the very mission God has called her to complete."--Back cover.

A time to dance

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
©2013
132 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mama B thought her life would return to normal, but when her nephew, Derrick, comes knocking on her door, she has to reconsider. Though she's not known for housing marital fugitives, she realizes Derrick is looking for more than a place to stay; he needs help finding his way back to God. Of course, help is almost Mama B's middle name until Henrietta crosses the line with her accusations about Mama B's intentions with the recently widowed pastor. Mama B isn't looking for romance with either the pastor or her suitor, Dr. Wilson--but will love come looking for her?"--Back cover.

A time to love

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle, author.
©2013
142 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mama B was supposed to be helping people at the community food pantry, but Eunice needs more than just a bag full of canned goods. Though Eunice has plenty money, she can't seem to manage what matters most in life. Maybe if she stopped all the "cigarette-ment" (as Henrietta says) she might turn out all right. Dr. Wilson's not letting up on his pursuit of Mama B. Will he come on too strong and scare her away, or will Mama B throw caution to the wind and fall in love at age 72? Catch up with Mama B again in the small town of Peasner, TX. She's still servin' wisdom and humor as only she can"--Back cover.

Mama B : a time to mend : a novella

April 18, 2018
Stimpson, Michelle.
©2014
173 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a excerpt from the novel Stepping down, by Michelle Stimpson.
"Mama B's address has changed, but her heart for people is still the same. When a young neighbor with special needs (Jeffrey) passes out on her back porch, Mama B springs into action help him recover in more ways than one. But intervening in Jeffrey's dysfunctional home life leads Mama B to go poking where Frank doesn't want her to venture. How can she submit to her heart and her new husband at the same time?"--Page 4 of cover.

Royally matched

April 17, 2018
Chase, Emma, author.
New York, NY : EverAfter Romance, 2017.
264 pages ; 21 cm.
Some men are born responsible, some men have responsibility thrust upon them. Henry Charles Albert Edgar Pembrook, Prince of Wessco, just got the motherlode of all responsibility dumped in his regal lap. He's not handling it well. Hoping to force her grandson to rise to the occasion, Queen Lenora goes on a much-needed safari holiday--and when the Queen's away, the Prince will play. After a chance meeting with an American television producer, Henry finally makes a decision all on his own. Welcome to Matched : royal edition. A reality TV dating game show featuring twenty of the world's most beautiful blue bloods gathered in the same castle. Only one will win the diamond tiara, only one will capture the handsome prince's heart.

The secret science of magic

April 16, 2018
Keil, Melissa, author.
Atlanta : Peachtree Publishers, 2018.
302 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in Australia in 2017 by Hardie Grant Egmont."
Told from two viewpoints, Sophia, seventeen, a Sri Lankan-Australian math prodigy with social anxiety, is panicking about her future when classmate and amateur magician Joshua proclaims his love for her.

A match made in bed

April 16, 2018
Maxwell, Cathy, author.
©2018
374 pages ; 17 cm.
A bluestocking heiress is wooed for her dowry by a man from a family that her father ruined.

Sin and swoon

April 16, 2018
Brown, Tara, 1978- author.
Seattle : Montlake Romance, [2015]
228 pages ; 21 cm.
"Blood and bone -Book 2-"--Cover.
"Not even the warning label on the experimental project could have prepared Jane Spears for the nightmare she would walk into when the Ashley Potter case landed in her lap. Deep inside the victim's mind, Jane finds clues hinting at the worst crimes she has ever come upon. But the bread crumbs don't lead anywhere, and in the waking light Jane discovers nothing is as she believed. The conspiracy goes deeper than she can reveal, and the crimes are too hideous to leave unsolved. Can she stop it all in time, or will she be sucked in--trapped by the deranged mastermind?"--Page 4 of cover.

Soul and blade

April 16, 2018
Brown, Tara, 1978- author.
Seattle : Montlake Romance, [2015]
230 pages ; 21 cm.
"Blood and bone -Book 3-"--Cover.
"Being a mind runner isn't easy, but catching criminals is all that matters to Jane Spears. Though her job may be gruesome, she's not willing to stop just yet. And even as she admires the ring from her fiancé, she has no intention of letting a wedding sidetrack her work--not when she's about to delve into the darkest mind she's ever encountered. As she starts to explore the twisted ruins of a sociopath's psyche, Jane realizes she may have finally met her match. She knew this case would be a challenge, but she didn't expect to get caught in a mind-bending nightmare. Because this irredeemable murderer seems to know something about Jane that even she doesn't--something unspeakable lurking in her past. Can she escape the killer's derangement unscathed and ready to walk down the aisle?"--Back cover.

Given to the earth

April 13, 2018
McGinnis, Mindy, author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2018]
362 pages ; 22 cm
"Although Khosa was born to save the kingdom by sacrificing herself to the rising sea, her marriage to King Vincent has redeemed her. As the Queen of Stille, she's untouchable. But being queen hasn't stopped her heart from longing for the king's stepbrother, Donil. And it hasn't stopped her body from longing for the sea itself, which still calls for her. While Khosa is made to choose between loyalty and love, Dara is on a mission for vengeance. Years ago, the Pietra slaughtered the entire Indiri race, leaving only Dara and her twin, Donil, alive. Now, spurned by King Vincent, Dara has embarked on a mission to spill the blood of the Pietra's leader, Witt, and will stop at nothing to show his people the wrath of the last Indiri. As the waves crash ever closer to Stille, secrets are revealed, hearts are won and lost, and allegiances change like the shifting sand."--Jacket.

The lost kids

April 13, 2018
Saedi, Sara, author.
New York : Viking, 2018.
230 pages ; 22 cm
"Just a few weeks ago, Wylie Dalton was living on magical Minor Island where nobody ages past seventeen, and in love with Phinn, the island's leader. Now, her home is a creaky old boat where she's joined a ragtag group of cast-offs from the island, all dead-set on getting revenge on Phinn for betraying them. But when the Lost Kids invade their former paradise, they're stunned to find that their once-secret island is no longer so secret, and that a much bigger enemy is gunning for Phinn... and all the Minor Island kids.--Jacket.

Mornings on Main

April 12, 2018
Thomas, Jodi, author.
Toronto, Ontario : HQN, [2018]
308 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reader's guide.
"When Jillian James lands in the small town Texas community of Laurel Springs, she's definitely not planning to stay--except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family. Connor Larady is a single dad, and the only one caring for his grandmother, Eugenia, who has Alzheimer's. And now he has to close Eugenia's quilt shop. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he's out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother's legacy? Jillian is done with relationships. But as she grows closer to Connor and Eugenia, she must consider giving up her nomadic life for a future with those who need her"--Amazon.com.

An Amish heirloom

April 12, 2018
Nashville : Zondervan, 2018.
385 pages ; 22 cm
A Legacy of love / by Amy Clipston -- The Cedar chest / by Beth Wiseman -- The Treasured book / by Kathleen Fuller -- A Midwife's dream / by Kelly Irvin.
"From bestselling authors in the Amish genre come four novellas about the meaning and tradition found behind every family heirloom"-- Provided by publisher.

Bad men and wicked women

April 11, 2018
Dickey, Eric Jerome, author.
New York : Dutton, [2018]
370 pages ; 24 cm
"Ken Swift knows danger, but nowhere does he feel it more than in his tangled romances. Divorced from one woman, in love with another, and wrestling with a strong desire to get to know a third, his life is far from perfect, and it becomes all the more complicated when his troubled daughter resurfaces on the same day as a major job. Margaux is pregnant, bitter, and desperate: she needs $50,000 immediately, and she isn't above blackmailing Ken to get it. Yet even as the tension-filled father/daughter reunion escalates into a clashing of wills and desires that spread far beyond their family, Ken's latest contract spirals quickly out of control, and he finds it is not only his daughter looking to seek revenge."--Provided by publisher.

Lost in the beehive : a novel

April 11, 2018
Young-Stone, Michele, author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2018.
298 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"For nearly her entire life, Gloria Ricci has been followed by bees. They're there when her mother loses twin children; when she first meets a neighborhood girl named Isabel, who brings out feelings in her that she knows she shouldn't have; and when her parents, desperate to "help" her, bring her to the Belmont Institute, whose glossy brochures promise healing and peace. She tells no one, but their hum follows her as she struggles to survive against the Institute's cold and damaging methods, as she meets an outspoken and unapologetic fellow patient named Sheffield Schoeffler, and as they run away, toward the freewheeling and accepting glow of 1960s Greenwich Village, where they create their own kind of family among the artists and wanderers who frequent the jazz bars and side streets. As Gloria tries to outrun her past, experiencing profound love--and loss--and encountering a host of unlikely characters, including her Uncle Eddie, a hard-drinking former boyfriend of her mother's, to Madame Zelda, a Coney Island fortune teller, and Jacob, the man she eventually marries but whose dark side threatens to bring disaster, the bees remain. It's only when she needs them most that Gloria discovers why they're there. Moving from the suburbs of New Jersey to the streets of New York to the swamps of North Carolina and back again, Lost in the Beehive is a poignant novel about the moments that teach us, the places that shape us, and the people who change us"-- Provided by publisher.

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