New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

December 15, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The glass magician

December 14, 2017
Holmberg, Charlie N., 1988- author.
Las Vegas, NV : 47North, [2014]
211 pages ; 21 cm
Three months after returning Magician Emery Thane's heart to his body, Ceony Twill is well on her way to becoming a Folder. Unfortunately, not all of Ceony's thoughts have been focused on paper magic. Though she was promised romance by a fortuity box, Ceony still hasn't broken the teacher-student barrier with Emery, despite their growing closeness. When a magician with a penchant for revenge believes that Ceony possesses a secret, he vows to discover it ... even if it tears apart the very fabric of their magical world. After a series of attacks target Ceony and catch those she holds most dear in the crossfire, Ceony knows she must find the true limits of her powers ... and keep her knowledge from falling into wayward hands.

The master magician

December 14, 2017
Holmberg, Charlie N., 1988- author.
Seattle : 47North, [2015]
216 pages ; 21 cm
Throughout her studies, Ceony Twill has harbored a secret, one she's kept from even her mentor, Emery Thane. She's discovered how to practice forms of magic other than her own--an ability long thought impossible. While all seems set for Ceony to complete her apprenticeship and pass her upcoming final magician's exam, life quickly becomes complicated. To avoid favoritism, Emery sends her to another paper magician for testing, a Folder who despises Emery and cares even less for his apprentice. To make matters worse, a murderous criminal from Ceony's past escapes imprisonment. Now she must track the power-hungry convict across England before he can take his revenge. With her life and loved ones hanging in the balance, Ceony must face a criminal who wields the one magic that she does not, and it may prove more powerful than all her skills combined.

Wolf hunt

December 14, 2017
Tyler, Paige, author.
©2017
345 pages ; 17 cm.
Remy Boudreaux is back in his hometown, New Orleans. He's there with three of his fellow Dallas SWAT officers for a week of training with the NOLA PD. On the eve of a tropical storm, Remy and his buddies prowl the French Quarter. One tantalizing scent captures Remy's senses, forcing him to follow until he is face to face with Triana Bellamy--his beautiful high school crush. After reconnecting, Remy and Triana are close--very. Remy struggles to keep things casual. Ever since his partner--and first love--was killed on the job, he's kept women at a distance. But when a mysterious wolf pendant ropes them both into danger, Remy's protective instincts kick in. He may have to reveal his true self ... and hope Triana accepts him.

Brave

December 14, 2017
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
©2017
356 pages ; 21 cm.
"Ivy Morgan hasn't been feeling like herself lately. Not like anyone can blame her. After all, being held captive by a psychotic fae prince hell-bent on permanently opening the gates to the Otherworld is bound to leave some mental scars. It's more than that, though. Something dark and insidious is spreading throughout Ivy, more powerful than she could ever imagine... and it's coming between her and the man she's fallen deeply in love with, elite Order member Ren Owens. Ren would do anything to keep Ivy safe. Anything. But when he makes a life altering choice for her, the fallout of his act has far reaching consequences that threaten to tear their lives apart. If Ivy is going to have any hope of surviving this, she must put aside the hurt and betrayal she feels, and work with not only those she loves, but with an enemy she would rather kill than ever trust. War is coming, and it soon becomes clear that what Ivy and Ren thought they knew about the Order, themselves, and even their enemies, has been nothing but a cluster of dangerous, deadly lies. Ivy knows she must be more than just brave to save those she loves--and, ultimately, to save herself"--Back cover.

The power

December 14, 2017
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
©2016
336 pages ; 21 cm
"The violence is escalating and war between the races seems inevitable, and it couldn't come at a worse time. Seth must get Josie fully prepared, which means controlling her newfound abilities, and they need to find the other demigods before the Titans do. But the gods are sensing a greater threat. Only one thing is more dangerous than a bunch of starved Titans, and that's an out-of-control Apollyon. The aether in Josie is drawing Seth in deeper, and when lust mixes with love and gives way to power, he knows being close to her is not only dangerous to her, but to everyone around them, but letting her go requires a level of selflessness that just isn't Seth's style.The paths taken in the past are becoming the roads of the future. Just as chaos breaks out, familiar faces from the past return, complicating the already strained bond between Josie and Seth, and when the danger from the Titans erupts with devastating consequences, the dark allure of power calls to Seth again, but this time Josie might not be able to pull him back. And when the struggle between power and love becomes the deadliest battleground, there may be no salvation."--Back cover.

Flashtide

December 13, 2017
Moyer, Jenny, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
359 pages : illustration ; 22 cm
"The sequel to Flashfall"--T.p.
With Dram at her side, Orion has survived many dangers to reach the safety of the mountain provinces, but the effects of the flashfall are spreading and she must travel again into the hands of her enemies.

The gift

December 13, 2017
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
©2017
242 pages, 16 pages; 24 cm.
"Dangerous accidents are happening to the Schwartz family. While Susanna's father believes the Vance family is responsible and trying to get them to leave the farm that once belonged to the Vances, Susanna has fallen in love with Neil Vance and believes in his goodness. Will they uncover the truth before someone gets hurt...or worse?"-- Provided by publisher.

Out of the ordinary

December 13, 2017
Turano, Jen, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Company, [2017]
346 pages ; 22 cm.
Miss Gertrude Cadwalader hoped her position as the paid companion to Mrs. Davenport would be easy. But as she becomes acquainted with her employer, she realizes the wealthy Mrs. Davenport has a strange tendency to be a bit light-fingered with other people's trinkets. Gertrude is relieved when Mrs. Davenport decides to have a quiet summer away from the social scene--until the woman changes her mind in order to help a young socialite launch into society. When Gertrude is caught in the act of trying to return one of the trinkets by Mrs. Sinclair, the mother of shipping magnate Harrison Sinclair, the woman jumps to an unfortunate conclusion. Harrison is determined to mend fences with Miss Cadwalader, but he's unprepared for the escapades a friendship with her will entail. -- Amazon.com

Deja new

December 13, 2017
Davidson, MaryJanice, author.
©2017
xiii, 299 pages ; 21 cm.
"The New York Times bestselling author of the Undead Novels takes on reincarnation in this unforgettable Insighter Novel about the pitfalls in past--and love--lives ... You couldn't arrest for murder someone who had killed in his last life. You couldn't bring a civil suit against such people, either. They could only be legally penalized for what they did this time around--and what a dark circus the legal system had been before that legislation passed! (It was still a dark circus, but perhaps not as dark.) But you could spot them, and watch them. You could set traps for them. Leah Nazir is an Insighter. Reincarnation is her business. But while her clients' pasts are a mess, Leah's is nothing short of tragedy. She's been murdered. A lot. If left to that bitch, destiny, it'll happen again. Leah wants to know who's been following her through time, and who's been stalking her in the present ... P.I. Archer Drake has been hired by Leah's mother to keep an eye on her. But the more time he spends watching, the more he finds himself infatuated. Before long, he even finds himself agreeing to help find the person who wants her dead. Over and over again. Now going full-on "rewind," Leah hopes it can stave off the inevitable. After all, she's grown fond of this life--and even fonder of nerdy Archer. But changing her pattern means finding out who her killer is today. And as Leah fears, that could be anyone she has come to know and trust. Anyone"-- Provided by publisher.

Cracked

December 13, 2017
Crewe, Eliza.
©2013
360 pages ; 20 cm.
"Book one of the Soul Eaters series."
Meet Meda. She eats people. Well, technically, she eats their soul. But she can't help being a bad guy. She knows she's different and the only other person who could have told her about other "soul-eaters" is now dead. That is, until the three men in suits show up. They can do what she can do. They're like her. Meda might finally be able to figure out what she is and why the Hunger with her for souls is growing. The problem? They want to kill her.

Crossed

December 13, 2017
Crewe, Eliza, author.
San Bernadino, CA : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2015]
336 pages ; 20 cm.
"Book three of the Soul Eaters series."
War is here. Full-scale war has erupted between the Crusaders and demons and even Chi has to admit isn't going well. Like any sensible rat, Meda's eager to abandon the sinking ship but, unfortunately, her friends aren't nearly as pragmatic. Instead, Meda's forced to try to keep them all alive until the dust settles. As the Crusaders take more and more drastic measures, the tables turn and Meda suddenly finds herself in the role of voice of sanity. No one is more horrified than she is. When old enemies reappear as new allies and old friends become new enemies Meda has to decide -again- whose side she's really on. And then the Crusaders decide that Meda should go to Hell. Literally. Can't a monster ever catch a break?

Anew

December 13, 2017
Fine, Chelsea, 1982-
Phoenix, Ariz. : Firefall Publishing., ©2011.
323 pages ; 22 cm.
Scarlet remembers nothing of her life before she awoke in the forest two years ago, alone and afraid. But when she meets Gabriel Archer, she's drawn by the familiarity of his voice. Then she meets his brother Tristan, and experiences an inescapable attraction. What secrets are the Archer brothers keeping from her--and why are they convinced that Scarlet is cursed?

Awry

December 13, 2017
Fine, Chelsea, 1982-
Phoenix, Ariz. : Firefall Pub., ©2012.
496 pages ; 22 cm.
Seventeen-year-old Scarlet has just died. Only, dying isn't unusual for a girl under a centuries old curse that left her semi-immortal. This time, though, she comes back to her current life instead of awaking in a new one, and she realizes her curse is changing. With the help of the immortal Archer brothers, Scarlet tries to piece together her life and break the curse before her impending death comes again.

Avow

December 13, 2017
Fine, Chelsea, 1982-
Phoenix, AZ : Firefall Pub., ©2012.
381 pages ; 23 cm.
"Scarlet remembers. Everything. Her past lives, Tristan, Gabriel, Nate: she remembers it all--including how to get to the Fountain of Youth. But time is running out. Heather and Gabriel have been kidnapped by Raven, while the curse that has plagued Scarlet and Tristan for centuries has shifted, putting the star-crossed lovers in more danger than ever before. Water from the Fountain of Youth is the only thing that can save Scarlet and her loved ones. But the water comes at a price. With lives--and hearts--at stake, Scarlet leads her friends on a dangerous journey to the Fountain of Youth. Where eternal life is possible, but death is certain"--Back cover.

The scandalous flirt

December 12, 2017
Drake, Olivia, author.
©2017
342 pages ; 18 cm.
"Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season--until a scandalous mistake ruined her. Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she's been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell. Lucas is someone Rory's known for years--a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her--and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along...and has finally found a way to win her heart?"--Back cover.

Crushed

December 12, 2017
Crewe, Eliza, author.
Middletown, DE : [CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform], [2014]
425 pages ; 20 cm
"Book two of the soul-eaters series."
Meda's back. This time she has a friend. The battle is over, the choice has been made. Meda Melange has officially hung up her monstrous mantle and planted her feet firmly on the holy and righteous path of a Crusader-in-training. Or, at least, she's willing to give it a shot. It helps that the Crusaders are the only thing standing between her and the demon hordes who want her dead. The problem is, the only people less convinced than Meda of her new-found role as Good Girl are the very Crusaders she's trying to join. So when a devilishly handsome half-demon boy offers escape, how's a girl supposed to say "no?".

Eight days on planet Earth

December 11, 2017
Jordan, Cat, author.
©2017
307 pages ; 22 cm
"On the hot summer day Matty Jones's dad leaves for good, a strange girl suddenly appears in the empty field next to the farm-- the very field in rural Pennsylvania where a spaceship supposedly landed fifty years ago. She is uniquely beautiful, sweet, and smart, and she tells Matty she's waiting for her spaceship to pick her up and return her to her home planet. Matty has heard a million impossible UFO stories: conspiracy theories, wild rumors, crazy belief in life beyond the stars. Priya must be crazy... right?" -- (Source of summary not specified)

The crooked path

December 11, 2017
Joubert, Irma, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
xi, 401 pages ; 21 cm
Includes glossary of Afrikaans words.
"As retired physician Lettie Louw looks back upon her life, she recounts her coming of age in WWII-era South Africa in this compelling story of delayed love, loss, and reconciliation. Lettie Louw is the daughter of the town physician in their South African village. She spends her childhood in the warm African days playing with her friends and being adored by her doting parents. When she becomes a teenager, she experiences her first taste of unrequited romantic love in the form of her best friend's older brother, De Wet Fourie. When De Wet pursues the beautiful and wealthy Annabelle, Lettie's dreams are crushed, and she moves to Johannesburg to pursue her studies in medicine. Life in Johannesburg feels strange to Lettie, and the world around her is in profound upheaval as the Second World War rages. Her feelings for De Wet never waver, and Lettie is heartbroken when he marries another of her childhood friends. Lettie soon meets Marco Romanelli, an Italian immigrant, and they marry and raise two daughters, as the racial and political tensions in South Africa swirl about them. Lettie never forgets her first love, even as the ravages of time, war, and illness play upon her life and the lives of those she loves. In their later years, Lettie and De Wet are thrown into one another's company again, and they are given another chance at a life together"-- Provided by publisher.

Someone to wed

December 11, 2017
Balogh, Mary, author.
©2017
383 pages : genealogical table ; 18 cm.
A very practical marriage makes Alexander Westcott question his heart in the latest Regency romance from the New York Times bestselling author of Someone to Hold. When Alexander Westcott becomes the new Earl of Riverdale, he inherits a title he never wanted and a failing country estate he can't afford. But he fully intends to do everything in his power to undo years of neglect and give the people who depend on him a better life... A recluse for more than twenty years, Wren Heyden wants one thing out of life: marriage. With her vast fortune, she sets her sights on buying a husband. But when she makes the desperate - and oh-so-dashing-earl - a startlingly unexpected proposal, Alex will only agree to a proper courtship, hoping for at least friendship and respect to develop between them. He is totally unprepared for the desire that overwhelms him when Wren finally lifts the veils that hide the secrets of her past...

No other Duke will do

December 11, 2017
Burrowes, Grace, author.
New York : Forever/Hachette Book Group, 2017.
348 pages : genealogical table ; 18 cm.
In desperate need of a wealthy bride so he can save his family's estate, the Duke of Haverford is instead drawn to marriage-averse Miss Elizabeth Windham, an intelligent beauty whom he connects with until gossip, meddling siblings and financial disaster threaten to derail their love.

My new crush gave to me

December 8, 2017
Petroff, Shani, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, [2017]
264 pages ; 21 cm
Eager for a date to the holiday season "Lover's Ball," school newspaper editor Charlie rigs the school's Secret Santa exchange to woo the boy of her dreams.

Wyoming winter

December 8, 2017
Palmer, Diana, author.
©2017
368 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes novella: Christmas cowboy.
Wyoming winter -- Christmas cowboy.
Cultivating his vast Wyoming ranch is all security expert J.C. Calhoun wants. His land is the only thing the betrayed rancher can trust in after discovering his fiancee was pregnant by another man. But all J.C. holds dear becomes compromised when a lost little girl leads him to Colie Jackson, the woman who destroyed his life. Colie stops at nothing to protect the people she loves. Years ago she left J.C. for his own good. Now, for the sake of her daughter, she must depend on a hard-hearted man who won't forgive her. As a band of ruthless criminals tracks their every move through the frozen Wyoming winter, Colie and J.C. will be forced to confront the lies that separated them--and the startling truth that will bind them forever ...

The Austen escape

December 8, 2017
Reay, Katherine, 1970- author.
©2017
xiv, 305 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Reay (A Portrait of Emily Price) adds to the ever-expanding genre of Jane Austen-themed literature with her latest offering. Mary Davies, an industrial engineer from Texas, has been working on augmented reality glasses for years but her work has been for naught and she has been downgraded to working on batteries. She is also secretly enamored with Nathan Hillam, a consultant working at her engineering firm who will soon be moving on to his next assignment. Her father convinces her to leave it all temporarily behind and head to Bath, England, with her emotionally fragile best friend, Isabel Dwyer. There they will immerse themselves in Austen escapism for two weeks so that Isabel can do research for her doctoral dissertation. Mary and Isabel dress up in Regency clothes and act as characters from Austen's books, and then things quickly get complicated: Isabel suffers memory loss and believes she really is part of the past. In this world of grown-up make-believe, Mary will discover much more than she ever expected about both Isabel and herself, including that Nathan is an important part of both their lives. When he hurries to Bath to help them both, will Mary make her feelings known? Unlike many books written in homage to Austen, this is not a modern retelling of any of her stories, but rather a romp among contemporary Austen fanatics. Readers eager for anything Austen-related will enjoy this clean romance that explores the concept of escapism and what it may reveal about our real lives.

Here we are now

December 8, 2017
Warga, Jasmine, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
292 pages ; 22 cm
While her mother is out of town, sixteen-year-old Taliah accompanies her estranged father--a famous rock star who one day appears on her doorstep--to Oak Falls, Indiana, to meet his dying father and the rest of his family, and on the way, Taliah learns about how her parents met and separated, her mother's experience as a Jordanian immigrant, and her own ability to accept change and open up to others.

Demon hunting with a sexy ex : a paranormal romance

December 8, 2017
George, Lexi, author.
©2017
277 pages ; 22 cm
Cassandra Ferguson McKenna, aka the Witch of Devil River, has only one thing to say to her demon-hunting ex: We are never ever getting back together. Sure, Duncan Dalvhani may be the hottest thing this side of the Mason-Dixon line. He's got a body to die for-which is hard to ignore when he skinny dips in her river every day-and swears he loves her. But as a demon hunter, Duncan is the sworn enemy of a demonoid sorceress like Cassandra. But when Cassandra is attacked by a werewolf, Duncan not only comes to her rescue, he helps her take on a band of magic-drunk moonshiners, fire-breathing demons, shifty shapeshifters, and a pet Sasquatch named Sugar. Welcome to Alabama. But when a portal opens up for even more hellaciousness, Cassandra has to admit that Duncan is slowly opening her heart-to a whole new world of unearthly delights . . . --Back cover.

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