New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

April 25, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A rule worth breaking

April 24, 2015
Cox, Maggie, author.
©2014
284 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Harlequin."
Jake Sorenson is an infamous playboy and a world-class music producer, but when it comes to work, he never gives in to temptation, even when it takes the alluring shape of his newest client, Caitlin Ryan. Stunning, talented and vulnerable, she's an irresistible force, and the ultimate test of Jake's golden rule. Caitlin's determined to focus on her music, but she's never met a man quite like Jake, and their craving for one another soon builds to a crescendo. Now that they've tasted rebellion, it seems that the strictest rules might just be there to be broken.

What the Greek wants most

April 24, 2015
Blake, Maya, author.
©2014
286 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Harlequin."
Theo came to Brazil with one desire, to destroy the man who once ruined his life. And when the proud Greek sets eyes on his enemy's stunning daughter, he knows victory will taste even sweeter with her in his bed! Inez longs to escape her father's shadow and follow her own dreams, not be blackmailed into becoming someone's mistress! But it's a thin line between love and hate, and soon Theo unlocks a desire virginal Inez never could have anticipated. Now Theo and Inez will have to reconsider what it is they both want most of all.

Meet me under the mistletoe

April 24, 2015
Colter, Cara, author.
©2014
283 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Harlequin."
Back at the Christmas tree farm Hanna Merrifield's childhood family home was once where everyone came to buy their Christmas trees on snowy evenings. Now Hanna has returned to save the farm. Standing in her way is blast-from-the-past Sam Chisholm. Hanna's first crush might have swapped his leathers for a well-cut suit, but he's as irresistible as ever--and he wants to buy her farm! Sparks still fly between the rebel and the good girl, but as they work together to turn the business around, something magical happens under the mistletoe.

Taken over by the billionaire

April 24, 2015
Lee, Miranda, author.
©2014
287 pages (large print) ; 22 cm
"Harlequin."
Hotshot entrepreneur Benjamin Da Silva is used to being in the driver's seat, but when he finds himself in need of a chauffeur, beautiful, straight-talking Jess Murphy proves that sometimes taking his foot off the pedal can be equally pleasurable! Jess isn't impressed by his wealth, but each glimpse in the rearview mirror has her aching to climb into the backseat and submit to Benjamin's every command. His recent takeover cost her her job, and she knows she should steer clear, so why can't she get off the collision course leading right toward Benjamin?

His for revenge

April 24, 2015
Crews, Caitlin, author.
©2014
284 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Harlequin."
Walking down the aisle toward striking but cold CEO Chase Whitaker was never meant to be Zara Elliot's fate. But to safeguard the family business, she'll have to play along. Chase is only interested in one thing, his own dark game of revenge against Zara's father. The one thing he hadn't counted on? Zara's charm and natural beauty unsettling his rock-hard defenses. But their wedding night proves to be a game changer, and they both realize they're in over their heads. Losing is never an option for Chase, but winning suddenly takes on a very different meaning!

Kiss the earl

April 24, 2015
Lamm, Gina, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, ©2015.
374 pages ; 18 cm.
"A regency time travel romance"--Cover.
When Ella Briley asked her lucky-in-love friends to set her up for an office party, she was expecting a blind date. Instead, she's pulled through a magic mirror and into the past... straight into the arms of her very own Mr. Darcy. Patrick Meadowfair, earl of Fairhaven, is too noble for his own good. To save a female friend from what is sure to be a loveless marriage, he's agreed to whisk her off to wed the man she truly wants. But all goes awry when Patrick mistakes Ella for the would-be bride and kidnaps her instead. Centuries away from everything she knows, Ella's finally found a man who heats her blood and leaves her breathless. Too bad he's such a perfect gentleman. Yet the reluctant rake may just find this modern girl far too tempting for even the noblest of men to resist...

Twice a Texas bride

April 24, 2015
Broday, Linda.
©2015
411 pages ; 18 cm.
Left with emotional scars from his time in an orphanage, Rand Sinclair has vowed never to marry. But when he discovers Callie Quinn and a small orphan boy hiding on his ranch, he can't help but open his home to the desperate runaways. Callie has been betrayed by every man she's ever known. While she's grateful for Rand's incredible kindness, she knows it's only a matter of time before he shows his true colors. But she needs this safe haven-maybe the outlaw on her trail won't find them here. Yet as Rand slowly uncovers her secret fears, they each come to realize that the only way to keep her safe is for Rand to risk everything to offer her the protection of his name...and his heart.

Craving her enemy's touch

April 24, 2015
Thomas, Rachael (Romance fiction writer), author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
185 pages ; 17 cm.
Charlotte Warrington wants to learn the truth about her brother's death from racing driver Sandro Roselli, but their mutual attraction may prove too much to overcome.

Let's stay together

April 23, 2015
Murray, J. J. (John Jeffrey), author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
506 pages ; 17 cm
"Lauren Short dumped her cheating mega-star fiancé amid major viral media fallout. That was the easy part. Restarting her stalled career as a thirty-something actress...not as much. What she needs is advice from someone non-Hollywood. Someone like her surprising new online pen pal. He's a Brooklyn handyman who's understanding, honest--and daring Lauren to do one risky, sizzling reboot of her glamorous life...Lauren is the one woman Patrick Esposito has crushed on forever. He never dreamed they'd meet--much less that she could use his help. Or that she would be even more down-to-earth in person. But now their offline romance is making the hot new celebrity couple. And between the secrets they didn't expect and the trouble they didn't see coming, Patrick and Lauren will need all the right moves to stay real, keep it together, and script their own happily-ever-after"--Page [4] of cover.

Captive of Kadar

April 23, 2015
Morey, Trish, author.
©2015
185 pages ; 17 cm.
Kadar Soheil Amirmoez couldn't keep his eyes off the blond-haired beauty strolling through Istanbul's ancient marketplace. So when he sees her in trouble, Kadar is only too willing to act. Amber Jones has never met such an intensely commanding man as Kadar. Her reactions to him both scare and excite her-maybe that's because he is at first her hero, then her captor! This wasn't the journey of exploration Amber came to Istanbul for, but as the exotic atmosphere seduces her, she soon becomes his willing captive and he a very attentive keeper!

Greek's last redemption

April 23, 2015
Crews, Caitlin, author.
©2015
185 pages ; 17 cm.
Waiting outside her estranged husband's lavish office, ready to demand a divorce, Holly Tsoukatos can't remember ever being so scared. Not even when she told Theo the words that destroyed their union. Seeing Holly again, Theo hates how much he still desires her. If she wants to talk, he'll choose the venue: The Chatsfield, Barcelona, where they spent their honeymoon! Being so close again is delicious torture. Holly might have fled their all-consuming chemistry once before, but this time, Theo won't let her run away so easily.

The Greek's pregnant bride

April 23, 2015
Smart, Michelle.
©2015
186 pages ; 17 cm.
"Society weddings"--Cover.

The Marakaios marriage

April 23, 2015
Hewitt, Kate, author.
©2015
185 pages ; 17 cm.
One magical week was all it took for shy Lindsay Douglas to fall for charismatic Antonios Marakaios. After a whirlwind marriage, the pressure and loneliness of life as the proud Greek's wife proved too much for Lindsay. Her only option was to leave. Now her determined husband returns with one last demand: attend a family gathering in exchange for a final severing of ties. But Antonios's voice still sends shivers down her spine and reminds her how devastating their desire is. Could one week be enough to fall back in love?

An Amish man of Ice Mountain

April 22, 2015
Long, Kelly, author.
©2015
345 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes preview of: The Amish heart of Ice Mountain (pages [337]-345).
Joseph King admits homeless waitress Priscilla Allen and her four-year-old daughter into his home, but wonders what will happen as their lives begin to intertwine.

No one like you

April 22, 2015
Angell, Kate, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
293 pages ; 21 cm
Includes an excerpt from: No, no ... yes! (pages [291]-293).
"No one expects a curveball. For Rylan Cates, the gloriously sunny beachside town of Barefoot William may be home, but the pro baseball player needs to focus on spring training. Hiring a personal assistant to keep him and his four dogs organized for the next eight weeks is the first step--and Beth Avery is the perfect pinch hitter. Beth is still looking for her place in the world, and a couple months caring for Rylan's two dachshunds, his golden retriever, and a Great Dane named Atlas should shore up her finances before she moves on. Except it's Atlas who won't budge, pushing her toward tanned, scruffy, sexy Rylan every chance he gets. One more strike and she's calling the dog out--unless she and Rylan admit that the attraction they're feeling is a game-winning grand slam"--Page [4] of cover.

Overruled : the legal briefs series

April 22, 2015
Chase, Emma.
New York : Gallery Books, 2015.
x, 259 pages ; 21 cm.
"Emma Chase, New York Times bestselling author of the Tangled series, returns with the first installment of the Legal Briefs series! A Washington, DC, defense attorney, Stanton Shaw keeps his head cool, his questions sharp, and his arguments irrefutable. They don't call him the Jury Charmer for nothing with his southern drawl, disarming smile, and captivating green eyes, he's a hard man to say no to. Men want to be him, and women want to be thoroughly cross examined by him. Stanton's a man with a plan. And for a while, life was going according to that plan. Until the day he receives an invitation to the wedding of his high school sweetheart, the mother of his beloved ten-year-old daughter. Jenny is getting married to someone who isn't him. That's definitely not part of the plan. Sofia Santos is a city-raised, no-nonsense litigator who plans to become the most revered criminal defense attorney in the country. She doesn't have time for relationships or distractions. But when Stanton, her "friend with mind-blowing benefits," begs her for help, she finds herself out of her element, out of her depth, and obviously out of her mind. Because she agrees to go with him to The-Middle-Of-Nowhere, Mississippi, to do all she can to help Stanton win back the woman he loves. Her head tells her she's crazy and her heart says something else entirely. What happens when you mix a one-stop-light town, two professional arguers, a homecoming queen, four big brothers, some Jimmy Dean sausage, and a gun-toting Nana? The Bourbon flows, passions rise, and even the best-laid plans get overruled by the desires of the heart"-- Provided by publisher.

Rumor has it

April 22, 2015
Hodges, Cheris F., author.
©2015
345 pages ; 18 cm
Liza Palmer couldn't be happier when her best friend and sorority sister, Chante Britt, and her closest guy friend, Robert Montgomery, hit it off. And she's beyond thrilled when they announce their engagement. Robert is an up-and-comer running for the North Carolina senate. Chante is a partner at a prestigious law firm. They're a power couple made in heaven--until Liza discovers Robert in a compromising position with another woman. Liza can't possibly continue to support Robert's campaign, much less let him marry Chante. But when she tries to reveal the truth, Robert pulls out every corrupt trick in the book--including turning Chante against her. Her only choice is to seek out his opponent, Jackson Franklin, and help him take Robert down. But to Liza's great surprise, Jackson won't play dirty--and Liza finds him irresistible. As sparks fly, personally and politically, Liza and Jackson may become a winning team in more ways than one.

Daring exploits of a runaway heiress

April 22, 2015
Alexander, Victoria.
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
378 p. ; 18 cm
When she inherits a fortune as well as her aunt's list of scandalous unfulfilled wishes, American Lucy Merryweather tries to fulfill as many of her aunt's wishes as possible while eluding prying reporter Cameron Effington.

Be afraid

April 22, 2015
Burton, Mary (Mary T.)
New York : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
375 p. ; 17 cm
Determined to find closure, forensic artist Jenna Thompson, haunted by the brutal murder of her family, returns to Nashville where she is faced with a new horror when she helps Detective Rick Morgan identify the remains of a young child that is linked to a recent spate of killings - and her past.

Making your mind up

April 21, 2015
Mansell, Jill.
©2006
471 pages ; 20 cm

The far end of happy

April 21, 2015
Craft, Kathryn.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2015]
354 pages ; 21 cm
"After enduring years of a struggling marriage, Ronnie Farnham has decided to divorce her husband and is beginning to hope for a happy future--until the morning Jeff is supposed to move out, when he locks himself in their barn with a rifle. When a massive police presence arrives to control the 12-hour stand off, the women in Jeff's life are pushed to their breaking points. Based on the author's harrowing personal story, The Far End of Happy is a powerful novel about the way one man's spiral towards life's violent conclusion tests the resolve, love, and hope of the women he will leave behind"--Publisher.

Midnight ride

April 21, 2015
Johnson, Cat, author.
©2015
vi, 341 pages ; 18 cm
As a rule, Janie should be dating a man her own age, like her handsome neighbor Rohn and not the twenty-four-year old ranch hand he employs. But once Tyler gets Janie alone, the widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken...

It's always been you

April 20, 2015
Scott, Jessica, 1976-
New York, NY : Forever, 2015.
332 p. ; 17 cm.
Captain Ben Teague is many things: a tough soldier, a loyal friend, and a bona fide smart-ass. He doesn't have much tolerance for BS, which is why he's mad as hell when a trusted colleague and mentor is brought up on charges that can't possibly be true. He's even more frustrated with by-the-book lawyer Major Olivia Hale. But there's something simmering beneath her icy reserve--and Ben just can't resist turning up the heat. The only thing riskier than mixing business with pleasure is enjoying it and Olivia can't resist locking horns--and lips--with Ben. He's got more compassion in his little finger than any commander she's ever met, a fact that makes him a better leader than he realizes. But when the case that brought them together awakens demons from Olivia's past, she will have to choose between following orders--or her heart.

Perfect match

April 17, 2015
Michaels, Fern, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
293 pages ; 22 cm
"An injured ex-athlete discovers that giving up on the game of life is not an option... As far as former NFL star Jake Masters is concerned, dreams are risky propositions. Years ago he came achingly close to achieving his ambition of playing in the Super Bowl--before a spinal injury ended his career. Confined to a wheelchair, unwilling to take a chance on another risky surgery that could restore his mobility, Jake now stays cocooned behind the imposing gates of his lavish home. But his twin sister, Beth, has no intention of letting him languish there forever. After years of flitting from one failed business idea to another, all fueled by Jake's generosity, she now owns a highly lucrative matchmaking service. And she's gifting the business to Jake--whether he likes it or not--while she follows her dreams of making it as a singer in Nashville. Though Jake had plenty of women falling all over him at the peak of his success, he knows nothing about matchmaking. He's willing to try for his sister's sake, and it's soon clear that he needs an assistant. Enter Gracie Sweet, whose slender frame belies a take-no-charge toughness that would put any linebacker to shame. Grace begins by revamping the business and soon she's overhauling Jake's entire life--and to his huge surprise, Jake's enjoying it. But when their clients become victims of theft, Gracie and Jake must reconcile their very different outlooks if they're to have any chance of saving the business...and if Jake is to make another play for the life he thought he lost" -- provided by publisher.

Asa : a marked men novel

April 15, 2015
Crownover, Jay.
New York, New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
ix, 366 pages ; 21 cm
"Description Asa Cross is a man with a second chance. An opportunity to right a lifetime of wrongs. Every single day is a struggle between who he should be and the man he knows he really is and always was. With a new life in Denver and a whole new circle of friends and family it's a tightrope walk to keep from falling back into old patterns. Asa doesn't want to hurt the people in his life who have come to love him and rely on him but sometimes when the bottom is the only thing you are familiar with it's the easiest place to end up. Royal Hastings has a problem. She's just started to settle into her demanding and dangerous job as a police officer, and more than that she's just started to make real friends. Something that has never come easily for her. The only thing she has to complain about these days is the fact that she can't stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she had to lock up. Not only is her crush on Asa inappropriate considering his endless criminal record, but she's also worried about how her newfound social circle is going to react to the fact she was just doing her job by putting him behind bars. Sometimes the wrong choice is really the only right choice to make"-- Provided by publisher.

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