New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

February 9, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Banished

February 8, 2016
Little, Kimberley Griffiths, author.
New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
407 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to Forbidden.
Teenage princess Jayden has left her tribe and is alone in the desert, seeking her beloved prince Kadesh and trying to evade her evil fiancé, Horeb. When she eventually finds Kadesh, he has been badly injured and scarred, but more ominously, he appears to be keeping secrets from her. Kadesh, Jayden, and the Edomites travel toward Jayden's home kingdom in the southern lands, but they face constant danger from Horeb's army and from the desert itself. They eventually reach the city of Sariba, where Kadesh and his family rule, but now they face even greater threats from power-hungry Aliyah, Kadesh's former fiancée and priestess of the Goddess of Sariba.

You're the one that I want : a Christiansen family novel

February 8, 2016
Warren, Susan May, 1966-
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2016]
363 pages : map ; 21 cm.
Owen Christiansen has been in a downward spiral since an injury ended his NHL career. A job on an Alaskan crabbing boat offers a fresh start... and maybe even a shot at romance with Elise "Scotty" McFlynn, the captain's daughter. Used to being one of the guys, Scotty doesn't believe in happily ever after. When Casper Christiansen arrives to drag his prodigal brother home, he brings with him a truckload of family drama-- and the news that Casper is wanted for questioning in connection to a crime back in Minnesota. As Scotty escorts the brothers to Deep Haven as part of her new job on the Anchorage police force, she begins to see potential for a happy ending-- if she's brave enough to embrace it.

Assassin's heart

February 5, 2016
Ahiers, Sarah, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
420 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Lea Saldana, a trained assassin, falls in love with Val Da Via, a boy from a rival clan, until tragedy intervenes and sets her on a course of revenge against the Da Vias family.

The spring at Moss Hill

February 5, 2016
Neggers, Carla, author.
©2016
296 pages ; 25 cm.
Kylie Shaw finds herself attracted to Russ Colton, a private investigator in Knights Bridge to keep his client a Hollywood costume designer out of trouble.

Carolina dreaming

February 5, 2016
Kantra, Virginia, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2016.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
Gabe Murphy arrives on Dare Island looking to begin rebuilding his life and bakery owner Jane Clark may just give him a reason to stay for good.

In another life

February 5, 2016
Johnson, Julie Christine, author.
©2016
358 pages ; 21 cm
Historian Lia Carrer has finally returned to southern France, determined to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. But instead of finding solace in the region's quiet hills and medieval ruins, she falls in love with Raoul, a man whose very existence challenges everything she knows about life-and about her husband's death. As Raoul reveals the story of his past to Lia, she becomes entangled in the echoes of an ancient murder, resulting in a haunting and suspenseful journey that reminds Lia that the dead may not be as far from us as we think.

All the winters after

February 5, 2016
Halverson, Seré Prince.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2016]
371 pages : map ; 24 cm
Kachemak Winkel's mother used to tell him that Alaska doesn't forgive mistakes. A lot of mistakes where made the day she died in a plane crash with Kache's father and brother-- and Kache still feels responsible. He fled Alaska for good, but now his aunt Snag insists on his return. Returning to his family's cabin in the woods, he finds smoke rising from the chimney and a mysterious Russian woman hiding from her own troubled past. Nadia has stayed there, afraid and utterly isolated, for ten years. Together, can they find forgiveness?

Medicinal love

February 5, 2016
Keys, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2015]
239 pages ; 21 cm
Cover title.
At head of cover title: "Keys & No Lock presents."
"The hospital is a place to restore health but what happens when the "sick" are the staff? Jones, a registered nurse, recently took a job at a prestigious hospital which couldn't have come at a better time. After a near death experience, a new city was refreshing until old habits resurface. Time has been said to heal all wounds but what about Love? Meet Raegan, a fresh out of high school, newly employed CNA who moved with her boyfriend and best friend's ex, Alandis. Rae finds herself in a love triangle that has her experiencing emotions she never knew existed. Join the staff of 5 Wing One as the craziness and secrets of the hospital unfolds. Do medicine & love mix? Is love always the goal regardless of the profession?"--Page [4] of cover.

Forbidden

February 4, 2016
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
©2016
370 pages ; 17 cm.
Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he's always dreamed of--one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the facade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything...and the price seems worth paying. Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won't risk her heart for him. As soon as she's saved enough money from her cooking, she'll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden...

Hearth song

February 4, 2016
Greiman, Lois, author.
©2016
279 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"Bravura Lambert has a daughter to raise, a tumbledown house to restore, and a struggling business to run. She doesn't have time to cry over a husband who only shows up when he needs money. She also doesn't need Tonk Redhawk, a Native American artist and wild horse jockey, interfering in her life. So what if he's charming and helpful and makes her autistic five-year-old giggle until she can't stand up? Bravura's husband, Dane, was once all those things too. When Dane returns to find Tonk's horses in Bravura's pasture and his tools in her shed, he insists on moving back home. Despite his faults, Bravura longs to make her marriage work--after all, she took a vow. But then Dane does the unthinkable, forcing Bravura to finally face the truth about her choices--and about how deeply Tonk cares for her. Once she opens her eyes, she just may be able to open her heart..."--Back cover.

Jilting the duke

February 4, 2016
Miles, Rachael, author.
New York : Kensington Publishing, 2016.
375 pages ; 18 cm
"The Muses' Salon series"--Cover.
"Aidan Somerville, Duke of Forster, is a rake, a spy, and a soldier, richer than sin and twice as handsome. Now he is also guardian to his deceased best friend's young son. The choice makes perfect sense--except that the child's mother is the lovely Sophia Gardiner, to whom Aidan was engaged before he went off to war. When the news reached him that she had married another, his ship had not yet even left the dock"--Page 4 of cover.

Dare to run : the Sons of Steel Row

February 4, 2016
McLaughlin, Jen, author.
New York : New American Library, 2016.
329 pages ; 18 cm
"Signet Eclipse contemporary romance"-spine
"First in a new series"--front cover
"Lucas Donahue is not ashamed of his criminal past, but after a brief stint in prison, he's ready to go legit and live a normal life. The problem is, no one leaves the gang without permission--even if he is one of the boss's top men. Plus someone's placed a hit on him. And then there's that feisty little bartender who's going to cause him even more trouble. Heidi Greene knows to keep her distance from a ladies' man like Lucas--even if she can't keep her eyes off him. When he rescues her from an attack in the alley outside her bar, she's forced to stay by his side for safety. But the longer she spends time with him, the greater her chances are for getting hurt in more ways than one."--Provided by publisher.

The year we fell apart

February 3, 2016
Martin, Emily, 1987-
New York : Simon Pulse, 2016.
316 pages ; 22 cm
A year ago Harper made the biggest mistake of her life by destroying her relationship with her best friend and first love Declan, so now that he is home from boarding school for the summer, Harper has three months to fix the year of miscommunications, secrets, and lies or finally let go altogether.

Arrows

February 3, 2016
Gorzelanczyk, Melissa, author.
©2016
231 pages ; 22 cm
Dance prodigy Karma Clark's unrequited love for Danny is unbearable until Aaryn, son of Cupid, tries to fix his mistake and ends up falling in love with the beautiful dancer from Wisconsin who can never love him in return.

Starflight

February 3, 2016
Landers, Melissa.
New York : Hyperion, [2016]
359 pages ; 22 cm
Former high school enemies Solara Brooks and Doran Spaulding must team up when they find themselves aboard a renegade spaceship.

Spider game

February 3, 2016
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2016.
445 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt fro Dark Promises ©2016 by Christine Feehan.
The Cajun dive in the middle of the godforsaken swamps wasn't exactly Trap Dawkins' idea of fun. But the GhostWalker wasn't there for a good time. He was looking for her. Cayenne. It's where she found her victims. Poor suckers. Then again, who wouldn't want to leave a place like this with a woman like her? It's not Cayenne's fault. Locked up, experimented on and never knowing kindness, she was bred this way--with a heart of pure venom. Trap understands her. He survived his own dark past and he shares her desire for getting even. But now Trap's greatest danger is Cayenne herself. Because what's inside her is hard to control--especially when it's aroused by a lover as reckless as Trap.

Willful disregard : a novel about love

February 3, 2016
Andersson, Lena, 1970- author.
New York : Other Press, 2016.
196 pages ; 21 cm
"Winner of the August Prize, Sweden's most prestigious literary award: a novel about a perfectly reasonable woman's descent into the delusions of unrequited love. Ester Nilsson is a sensible person in a sensible relationship. Until the day she is asked to give a lecture on famous artist Hugo Rask. The man himself is in the audience, intrigued and clearly delighted by her fascination with him. When the two meet afterward, she is spellbound. Ester's life is then intrinsically linked to this meeting and the chain of events that unfolds. She leaves her boyfriend and throws herself into an imaginary relationship with Hugo. She falls deeply in love, and he consumes her thoughts. Indeed, in her own mind she's sure that she and Hugo are a couple. Slowly and painfully Ester comes to realize that her perception of the relationship is different from his. She's a woman who prides herself on having a rational and analytical mind, but in the face of her overpowering feelings for Hugo, she is too clever and too honest for her own good. Bitingly funny and darkly fascinating, Willful Disregard is a story about total and desperate devotion, and how willingly we betray ourselves in the pursuit of love"-- Provided by publisher.

Nelly Dean : a return to Wuthering Heights

February 3, 2016
Case, Alison A., 1961- author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2016.
474 pages ; 24 cm
In a reimagining of life at Wuthering Heights through the eyes of the Earnshaws' loyal servant, young Nelly Dean suffers heartache and betrayals at the hands of those she cherishes most and discovers what it is to know true sacrifice after a new heir is born.

A SEAL forever

February 3, 2016
Elizabeth, Anne.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015].
307 pages ; 18 cm
Returning home after suffering a debilitating injury during his last mission, Navy SEAL Declan Smith finds himself falling for his beautiful neighbor Maura Maxwell, who has stayed by his side during his fight to recover.

Getting rough : monkey business trio

February 3, 2016
Parker, C. L.
New York : Bantam Books, [2016].
292 pages ; 21 cm.
"The next sizzling novel of C.L. Parker's Monkey Business Trio--perfect for fans of Bared to You and Beautiful Bastard Hotshot San Diego sports agent Shaw Matthews and his sexy professional adversary Cassidy Whalen have gone head-to-head in the boardroom--and the bedroom. Now Shaw has scored a big promotion--but only because Cassidy turned it down and ran off. There are many things he wants when it comes to Cassidy--just not her pity. So Shaw rushes to a small town in Maine to retrieve his dignity--and maybe the woman he's hungry to claim once more. Cassidy has pushed herself to the max to realize her career dreams--until a family crisis brings her home. But Shaw isn't letting Cassidy go that easily. Neither is gorgeous heartthrob Casey Michaels, the childhood sweetheart she left behind--and who now wants to win her back. As the rivalry between the two alpha males intensifies, and Shaw's seductive moves reach a whole new level of heat, Cassidy has to make a choice. And this time, it's for the highest stakes of all. Getting Rough is intended for mature audiences. Praise for C.L. Parker's Playing Dirty "Fun, action-packed. Readers will be eager to read the sequel, hoping for more rough and dirty sexual acrobatics, friendship, backstabbing, and empathy."--Publishers Weekly "This snappy, sexy novel moves at breakneck speed, with abundant snark and sports euphemisms. Parker's penchant for dry humor and vivid, voracious sex scenes breathes life into a well-trodden premise."--Library Journal "Parker writes intense storylines that anyone can relate to. Her characters are complex, with long and sometimes turbulent pasts that they have overcome, that still continues to affect their present. I cannot wait to see where she takes this new series."--Fresh Fiction"-- Provided by publisher.

Keeper of the stars

February 2, 2016
Hatcher, Robin Lee. author.
©2016
286 pages ; 22 cm.
"She blames him for her brother's death. Can she let go of resentment and open her heart to love? Penny Cartwright found it difficult to understand why her younger brother would choose to join a country singer's band rather than return to Kings Meadow after college and the separation strained their relationship. Then a car accident made certain her brother could never return. Trevor Reynolds has chased stardom in Nashville for more than a dozen years, but it remains out of his reach. After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life. Thrown together by circumstances, Penny and Trevor must learn to give and receive forgiveness. And if they do, perhaps something beautiful can rise from the ashes of heartbreak".

The siren

February 2, 2016
Cass, Kiera, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
327 pages ; 22 cm
Forced to work as a Siren and lure strangers to their deaths after being rescued from drowning by the Ocean, Kahlen falls in love with a human and defies the rules of her service in order to follow her heart.

Reckless

February 2, 2016
Kincaid, Kimberly, author.
©2016
viii, 326 pages ; 18 cm
"Zebra contemporary romance"
"A Rescue Squad novel"--Cover.
Zoe Westin may be a fire captain's daughter, but feeding the people in her hometown of Fairview is her number one priority. Running a soup kitchen is also the perfect way to prove to her dad that helping people doesn't always mean risking life and limb. But when she's saddled with a gorgeous firefighter doing community service after yet another daredevil stunt, the kitchen has never been so hot.

No ordinary love

February 2, 2016
Murray, J. J. (John Jeffrey), author.
©2016
472 pages ; 18 cm
Nurse Trina Woods never really expected to make the reality-show cut for "Rich Man, Lucky Lady". She's used to losing in love, and past believing in fairy tales. So she's sure the handsome plain-talking man she encounters on her lunch break is just a shy eccentric, until he turns out to be reclusive award-winning musician "Art E." Soon his unique sensitivity and gentle ways are inspiring her to stand up for herself, take risks, and try one last time for her happy ending. Tony Santangelo's special way of seeing the world helps him make connections others don't--and turn them into mega-hit songs. But he never realized how lonely he was until he got a glimpse of Trina's honesty and caring nature--and went way out of his comfort zone to find her. Suddenly they're the media's hottest new Cinderella story. And coping with his overprotective brother and overwhelming celebrity means he and Trina must face trouble head on, insist on their dreams, and write their own one-of-a-kind forever-after song.

Grace's forgiveness

February 2, 2016
Jebber, Molly, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016]
310 pages ; 17 cm.

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