New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

March 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The great pursuit

March 22, 2017
Higgins, Wendy, author.
©2017
496 pages : maps ; 22 cm.
In The Great Pursuit, the dramatic sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Great Hunt, Wendy Higgins delivers another thrilling fantasy filled with dangerous enemies, political intrigue, searing romance, and a princess who is willing to do everything to protect her kingdom. One hunt has ended, but the pursuit for love and justice continues. The kingdom of Lochlanach has traded the great beast that once terrorized the realm of Eurona for something far more dangerous: the ire of powerful Lashed woman Rosaria Rocato. Rosaria demands that Eurona overturn the laws prohibiting magic, or an innocent will be killed each day. Despite the king's resistance, Princess Aerity believes they must make peace with the Lashed, and though she's accepted a betrothal to the man who took down the beast, she cannot help thinking about Paxton, the Lashed man who stole her heart and disappeared. Aerity soon discovers that Paxton has joined Rosaria's army in the war against her family. Though her feelings for him are still strong, her duty to her kingdom and her family is stronger-especially when her parents are kidnapped and she has to step up to the throne and once again put aside what's best for her in order to do what's best for her people. Paxton and Princess Aerity must fight to see what is more powerful: their love or the impending war between the magical Lashed and the non-magic humans.

Souljacker : a Lily Bound novel

March 21, 2017
Galenorn, Yasmine, 1961- author.
2017
267 pages ; 22 cm
When a client of Lily Bound, an elite sex salon in the Blood Night District of Seattle, is found murdered, the owner knows something evil is happening. Then comes the news that the Souljacker, a tattoo-artist-turned-vampire, has escaped from an institution for criminally deranged Supernaturals. It is also alleged that he is hunting and killing everyone he has ever inked. Lily O'Connell, a succubus and owner of Lily Bound has one of the Souljacker's tattoos on her thigh and nowhere else to turn. When she hires Archer Desmond, a chaos demon and PI, to help track down the vampire, she didn't plan to fall in love with him.

Stormchaser

March 21, 2017
Adair, Cherry, 1951- author.
©2017
344 pages ; 18 cm.
Jonah Cutter is a master ship salvager, searching for lost treasure under the ocean. Marine archaeologist Calista West has pursued him to Greece, seeking revenge for a past wrong. However, she soon finds herself drawn to him. When Callie discovers what Jonah is really after - the lost city of Atlantis - she must choose whether to leave him or to follow her heart.

Tempting Dusty

March 21, 2017
Hardt, Helen, author.
[United States] : Waterhouse Press, [2016]
218 p. ; 21 cm.
"El Diablo strikes no fear in the heart of Dusty O'Donovan. The accomplished rider knows life holds much greater fears than a feisty stud bull. Diablo's owner, Zach McCray, is offering half a million dollars to anyone who can stay on him for a full eight seconds. That purse would go a long way helping rebuild Dusty and her brother's nearly bankrupt ranch. Let a woman ride his bull? Not likely. Still, the headstrong Dusty intrigues Zach"--Page 4 of cover.

Starfall

March 21, 2017
Landers, Melissa.
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, 2017.
361 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Starflight.
"A displaced princess and her best-friend-with-benefits must take down an intergalactic mafia endangering the lives of the outer realm's settlers"-- Provided by publisher.

Blush for me

March 20, 2017
Proby, Kristen, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
309 pages : 21 cm.
Includes recipes and an excerpt for Easy Magic (pages 293-309).
As the take-charge wine bar manager of Seduction, Portland's hottest new restaurant, Katrina Meyers is the definition of no-nonsense, and she isn't afraid of anything. Well, almost anything: she hates to fly. When she's forced to travel on a death trap with wings, the turbulence from hell has her reaching for any safe haven -- including the incredibly handsome guy sitting next to her. Ryan "Mac" MacKenzie hasn't been able to get his sexy seatmate out of his head. The way she clung to him stirred something inside him he didn't think existed: tenderness. As the owner of a successful wine touring company, Mac thinks he's got a handle on what life can throw at him and he's not prepared for any surprises, especially in the feelings department. And when he brings a tour into Seduction, he sees the petite spitfire he just can't forget. Mac is determined to discover what else they have in common besides fine wine and the inability to keep their hands off each other. But what will it take for two stubborn people to realize that what they have is so much more than a hot chemistry between the sheets and to admit to falling in love?

How to tame a beast in seven days

March 20, 2017
Sparks, Kerrelyn, author.
New York, N.Y. : St. Martin's Paperbacks, [2017]
408 pages : map ; 17 cm
Includes an excerpt for So I Married a Sorcerer (pages 397-408).
"As one of the Embraced -- one born with magical powers -- the beautiful, innocent Luciana escaped certain death after her father hid her away on the Isle of Moon. Now, nineteen years later, her father has returned with a frightening request. He will be executed unless Luciana returns to the mainland and marries a man feared throughout the land: a terrifying brute known as the Beast. Luciana accepts her fate and agrees to wed the Beast, Lord Leo, in order to save her father. Soon she learns that her betrothed is also one of the Embraced. With the ability to wield lightning, Leo's immense power strikes fear into the hearts of men and his mere touch can put an end to a woman's life. But Luciana cannot deny the passion that burns between them. How can she resist the man who scorches her soul and makes her feel intoxicated with desire, even if surrendering to him could destroy them both?"--provided by publisher.

Maid of the king's court

March 20, 2017
Worsley, Lucy, author.
©2016
348 pages ; 22 cm
Her father, Baron of Stone, announced his twelve-year-old daughter Eliza Rose Camperdowne would soon wed the son of the Earl of Westmoreland, in hope to revive the distressed family fortune through her marriage.

Last night with the duke

March 20, 2017
Grey, Amelia, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
"The Duke of Griffin has never lived down his reputation as one of the Rakes of St. James. Now rumors are swirling that his twin sisters may bear the brunt of his past follies. Hiring a competent chaperone is the only thing Griffin has on his mind--until he meets the lovely and intriguing Miss Esmeralda Swift. In ways he could never have expected, she arouses more than just his curiosity"--Page [4] of cover.

Home at last

March 20, 2017
Everett, Lily, author.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
303 pages ; 17 cm.
Marcus Beckett left Sanctuary Island after his mother's funeral, and he hasn't been back since. Until now. Needing a change from the high-risk, high-stakes life of a bodyguard, Marcus makes a solitary life for himself running the neighborhood bar in his hometown. His only mistake? Seducing and then dumping the town's sweetheart, Quinn Harper. Marcus knows he did the right thing&#x;a good girl like Quinn has no business with a broken man like him. But now no one will come to his bar, and he's watching his last chance at a peaceful life go up in smoke. So when Quinn proposes a fake four-week courtship, he can't refuse...even though he knows it's a bad idea.

Off the ice

March 17, 2017
Cross, Julie, author.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, an imprint of Entangled Publishing, LLC, 2017.
352 pages ; 21 cm.
"Claire O'Connor is back in Juniper Falls, but that doesn't mean she wants to be. One semester off, that's what she promised herself. Just long enough to take care of her father and keep the family business; a hockey bar beside the ice rink; afloat. After that, she's getting the hell out. Again. Enter Tate Tanley. What happened between them the night before she left town resurfaces the second they lay eyes on each other. But the guy she remembers has been replaced by a total hottie. When Tate is unexpectedly called in to take over for the hockey team's star goalie, suddenly he's in the spotlight and on his way to becoming just another egotistical varsity hockey player. And Claire's sworn off Juniper Falls hockey players for good. It's the absolute worst time to fall in love. For Tate and Claire, hockey isn't just a game. And they both might not survive a body check to the heart. "-- Page [4] of cover.

If not for you : a novel

March 16, 2017
Macomber, Debbie, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
364 pages ; 24 cm
"Having lived under her parents' thumb for 25 years, Beth Prudhomme is finally taking charge of her own life. She moves from Chicago to Portland to live near her favorite aunt, finding employment as a music teacher at a local high school and a fast friend in Nichole Nyquist (who readers will recognize from A Girl's Guide to Moving On). Everything is coming together, though her love life leaves something to be desired. Until Nichole introduces Beth to Sam, a tattooed mechanic who's the epitome of her conservative parents' worst nightmare. Beth doesn't want to upset her parents more than she already has, and for himself, Sam has no interest in being set up with a prissy music teacher. But both learn that appearances aren't everything when Beth gets into a car accident and Sam visits her--at first out of obligation, and then because he can't stay away. Yet there are skeletons in Sam's closet that prevent him from ever trusting a woman again, and he knows he doesn't fit into Beth's life. In the end, he'll have to decide if he can ever be worthy of Beth's love and if he is, how far he's willing to go to fight for it"-- Provided by publisher.

Beautiful mess : [rock-n-ink]

March 16, 2017
Lane, Kasey. author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2017.
343 pages ; 17 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Series statement from cover.
"When attorney Jami Dillon strides into the conference foom to meet her new client, she's stopped in her tracks by an all-too-familiar figure. Jackson Paige was, in fact, Jax Pain, the drummer of Manix Curse. Her tall, tattooed, and sexy-as-hell hookup from law school--who also broke her heart."--Cover, p.[4]

Stealing Mr. Right

March 16, 2017
Morgan, Tamara, author.
©2017
405 pages ; 17 cm.
Being married to a federal agent certainly has its perks. 1. I just love the way that man looks in a suit. 2. This way I always know what the enemy is up to. Spending my days lifting jewels and my nights tracking the Bureau should have been a genius plan. But the closer I get to Grant Emerson, the more dangerous this feels. With two million dollars' worth of diamonds on the line, I can't afford to fall for my own husband. It turns out that the only thing worse than having a mortal enemy is being married to one. Because in our game of theft and seduction, only one of us will come out on top. Good thing a cat burglar always lands on her feet.

Talk cowboy to me

March 16, 2017
Brown, Carolyn, 1948- author.
©2017
338 pages ; 17 cm.
Adele O'Donnell knew that Double Deuce Ranch had to be hers the second she walked onto the property. Freshly divorced, she sees it as the perfect spot for her and the kids to start a new life. Remington Luckadeau was always a carefree playboy... until his suddenly orphaned nephews became his responsibility. The Double Deuce Ranch would be the perfect place to raise two boys. But some fiery woman is fighting him for it, and Remington is not sharing--no matter how the sparks fly when he and Adele are together.

Edgar and Lucy

March 14, 2017
Lodato, Victor, author.
©2017
533 pages ; 25 cm
"Eight-year-old Edgar Fini remembers nothing of the accident people still whisper about. He only knows that his father is gone, his mother has a limp, and his grandmother believes in ghosts. When Edgar meets a man with his own tragic story, the boy begins a journey into a secret wilderness where nothing is clear: not even the line between the living and the dead. In order to save her son, Lucy has no choice but to confront the demons of her past"--Amazon.com.

Confessions of a high school disaster : Chloe Snow's diary

March 14, 2017
Chastain, Emma, 1979- author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
344 pages ; 22 cm
"Chloe Snow chronicles a year in her high school life, sharing the highs and lows of family, friendship, school, and love"-- Provided by publisher.

Barefoot in pearls

March 14, 2017
St. Claire, Roxanne.
©2015
351 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Barefoot in lace.
Destination wedding designer Arielle Chandler is beginning to wonder if the promise of one true love, meant only for her is merely folklore passed down from her Native American grandmother. But when a mysterious man nearly mows her down on a hill overlooking Barefoot Bay, the legend feels very real-- until Ari learns of Luke McBain's plans to demolish a piece of land she believes is sacred. Luke isn't proud of the fact that he spent ten years as a mercenary warrior, and is focused on creating a new life instead of destroying others. While their immediate attraction grows complicated, Luke and Ari discover the hills of Barefoot Bay could be hiding something even more valuable than ancient art or graves-- but the discover may cost them their chance at love ...

Close enough to touch

March 13, 2017
Oakley, Colleen, author.
©2017
310 pages ; 24 cm
A 28-year-old recluse with a unique allergy to physical contact with other people is forced to reenter the world after her mother's death, finding friendship with a 10-year-old troubled boy and love with his adoptive father.

Ties

March 13, 2017
Starnone, Domenico, 1943- author.
©2016
150 pages ; 21 cm
Ties is the story of a marriage. Like many marriages, this one has been subject to strain, to attrition, to the burden of routine. Yet it has survived intact. Or so things appear. The rupture in Vanda and Aldo's marriage lies years in the past, but if one looks closely enough, the fissures and fault lines are evident. Their marriage is a cracked vase that may shatter at the slightest touch. Or perhaps it has already shattered, and nobody is willing to acknowledge the fact.

Waking in time

March 13, 2017
Stanton, Angie, author.
North Mankato, Minnesota : Switch Press, an imprint of Capstone Press, [2017]
352 pages ; 22 cm
Abbi Thorp is in mourning for her beloved grandmother when she arrives at the University of Wisconsin for her freshman year, but when she wakes up in her dorm room she finds herself transported to 1983--and that is only the beginning of a trip back in time that exposes her to some of the secrets in her family's past, and to a fellow time traveler named Colton.

The inheritance

March 13, 2017
Alers, Rochelle, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
294 pages ; 21 cm.
"The innkeepers"--Cover.
Corporate attorney Hannah DuPont-Lowell always pictured herself returning to New Orleans to retire-just not yet. But after her Manhattan company abruptly lays off its staff, there's no better place to figure out a next move than the porch of her plantation-style home.

Wild Lily

March 10, 2017
Peyton, K. M, author.
[2017]
322 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in the United Kingdom in 2016 by David Fickling Books"--Copyright page.
In 1921 Lily Gabriel is thirteen, motherless, and runs wild on Lockwood estate where her father is the gardener; Antony Sylvester is seventeen, motherless, and the spoiled son of the rich businessman who owns the estate; so when her friendship for Anthony suddenly turns into an impossible love there is bound to be heartbreak in the future--even before the airplane Antony got for his birthday leads to a disaster that will throw a shadow over both their lives.

Exit west : a novel

March 10, 2017
Hamid, Mohsin, 1971- author.
©2017
231 pages ; 22 cm
"In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet--sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair, thrust into premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors--doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As violence and the threat of violence escalate, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through."--Provided by publisher.

Sinful Scottish laird

March 10, 2017
London, Julia, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2017]
299 pages ; 24 cm.
"Widowed and forced to remarry in three years' time or forfeit her son's inheritance, Daisy Bristol, Lady Chatwick, has plenty of suitors vying for her hand--and her fortune. But a letter from a long-lost love sends Daisy and her young son to her Scottish Highland estate to buy time for his return. Along the way she encounters the powerful Cailean Mackenzie, laird of Arrandale and a notorious smuggler, and she is utterly--though unwillingly--bewitched"--Amazon.com.

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