New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

September 30, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Unveiling the bridesmaid

September 29, 2016
Gilmore, Jessica.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin Books, 2016.
250 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print" --Back cover.
A devastating accident left Hope McKenzie the sole carer for her little sister. So now that her sister is engaged, Hope will do all she can to organize the wedding -- even if that means dealing with reluctant best man Gael O'Connor!

Stepping into the prince's world

September 29, 2016
Lennox, Marion.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books 2016.
256 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print."
Claire Tremaine accepted the post as sole caretaker of a gorgeous island after a professional betrayal left her life in tatters. It's the perfect place to heal, until her solitude is interrupted by a gorgeous solider who's shipwrecked on her shores! Raoul breaks down Claire's barriers with his kindness and kisses, but she's stunned when he's revealed as Prince of Marétal. She believes they can't be together until Raoul whisks Claire to his palace! She's stepped into the prince's world but can Claire capture this prince's heart?

Twelve days of Christmas : a novel

September 29, 2016
Macomber, Debbie, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2016.
268 pages ; 20 cm
Friendly and bubbly, Julia Padden likes nearly everyone, but her standoffish neighbor, Cain Maddox, presents a particular challenge. No matter how hard she's tried to be nice, Cain rudely rebuffs her at every turn, preferring to keep to himself. But when Julia catches Cain stealing her newspaper from the lobby of their apartment building, that's the last straw. She's going to break through Cain's Scrooge-like exterior the only way she knows how: by killing him with kindness. To track her progress, Julia starts a blog called The Twelve Days of Christmas. Her first attempts to humanize Cain are far from successful. Julia brings him homemade Christmas treats and the disagreeable grinch won't even accept them. Meanwhile, Julie's blog becomes an online sensation, as an astonishing number of people start following her adventures. Julia continues to find ways to express kindness and, little by little, chips away at Cain's gruff façade to reveal the caring man underneath. Unbelievably, Julia feels herself falling for Cain-- and she suspects that he may be falling for her as well. But as the popularity of her blog continues to grow, Julia must decide if telling Cain the truth about having chronicled their relationship to the rest of the world is worth risking their chance at love. --Provided by publisher.

The doctor is in

September 29, 2016
Weber, Carl, 1964- author.
©2016
234 pages ; 24 cm
Dr. Kasen Phillips has the magic touch when it comes to helping his patients who are in dire need of counseling services, but when the love of his life winds up missing in action, Kasen's life takes a horrific turn for the worse. His office manager, Voncile Harper, is there to lend a helping hand. She's on a mission to shake Kasen from his misery, by offering him her sweet heat that he can't resist. It's not long before Kasen finds himself caught up in a web of Voncile's lies, and when he realizes that he may have bitten off more than he can chew, he wants out of their reckless relationship for good. Unfortunately for Kasen, walking away may be difficult to do. Voncile is deep in love, and any man who refuses to play by her rules may be forced to suffer dire consequences.

Cannibals in love

September 29, 2016
Roberts, Mike, 1980- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2016.
335 pages ; 19 cm
"A debut novel and punk-rock love story set in the George W. Bush era that ranges from Washington, D.C., to Portland, O.R., and involves off-track betting, babysitting-gone-awry, the art of the spam e-mail, and a fortuitous walk across Kansas"-- Provided by publisher.

Coming clean

September 29, 2016
Parker, C. L., author.
©2016
322 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Getting rough.
They were rivals who fought until the bitter end, lovers who know every sensual inch of each other's bodies. Now sports agents Cassidy Whalen and Shaw Matthews are about to become the one thing they never expected to be: parents. But this new dynamic to their relationship threatens to fizzle the sizzling desire that once held them in thrall to each other. To reignite their connection in steamy assignations in strange places, they live out their most intimate desires-- and reveal their deepest secrets. But as Shaw works overtime to sign a superstar athlete, a corporate reshuffling could be a game-changer. Can Cassidy and Shaw save their relationship and have it all--a career, family, and passion that never quits?

Shame the stars

September 29, 2016
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia, author, illustrator.
New York : Tu Books, an imprint of Lee & Low Books, Inc., [2016]
288 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"In the midst of racial conflict and at the edges of a war at the Texas-Mexico border in 1915, Joaquín and Dulceña attempt to maintain a secret romance in this reimagining of Romeo and Juliet"-- Provided by publisher.

A love made new

September 29, 2016
Fuller, Kathleen, author.
Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, [2016]
302 pages ; 22 cm
"It seems as if everyone is falling in love in Birch Creek, including Abigail Schrock. But when heartbreak descends on her already fragile world, she can't help but feel that if she'd only been a little prettier, she could be on her way down the wedding aisle. To make matters worse, Abigail's two sisters have found love, while all Abigail can seem to find is the chocolate she has stashed away in the pantry. Asa Bontrager has never had trouble with the ladies in his Amish community--his good looks have always gotten him far. Which is why he's baffled by the call he's received from God to pursue Abigail, a woman who seems determined to turn him away. Can Abigail find the peace and joy she so desperately desires? Will she allow herself to stop running and melt into the embrace of unforeseen comfort? If she does, she may just discover a love powerful enough to lift the heavy burden of grief weighing her down and restore her hope in a promising future"--Provided by publisher.

November rain

September 29, 2016
Thompson, Shannon A., author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Clean Teen Pub, [2016].
218 pages ; 20 cm
"She is a bad blood, and in the city of Vendona, bad bloods are executed. In the last moments before she faces imminent death, a prison guard aids her escape and sparks a revolt. Back on the streets determined to destroy her kind, Serena is spared by a fellow bad blood named Daniel. His past tragedies are as equally mysterious as her connection to them. Unbeknownst to the two, this connection is the key to winning the election for bad bloods' rights to be seen as human again. But Serena is the only one who can secure Vendona's vote. Now, Daniel must unite with her before all hope is lost and bad bloods are eradicated, even if it means exposing secrets worse than death itself. United or not, a city will fight, rain will fall, and all will be threatened by star-crossed love and political corruption."--Page [4] of cover.

Before

September 29, 2016
Payne, K. E., author.
Valley Falls, New York : Bold Strokes Books, 2016.
256 pages ; 21 cm
"When the confident, determined Alex Brody joins the successful band Be4, sparks fly between her and her bandmates, none more so than with Tally Mullins. But as their success continues and Tally learns more about Alex, her dislike turns to admiration. Soon Tally finds out that there’s far more to Alex than she first thought."--Provided by publisher.

Olivia decoded

September 29, 2016
Barnes, Vivi, author.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, 2016.
286 pages ; 21 cm
"After moving in with her grandfather, starting a new school, and ending her relationship with Jack, Olivia's plans to have a normal life are put on hold when she sees Jack again and is threatened by an unknown stalker."--Provided by publisher.

Kids of appetite

September 28, 2016
Arnold, David, 1981- author.
©2016
335 pages ; 22 cm
Teens Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco sit in separate police interrogation rooms telling about the misfits who brought them together and their journey sparked by a message in an urn.

Blood Red Kiss

September 28, 2016
©2016
532 pages ; 17 cm
The warlord wants forever / Kresley Cole ; Forsaken by night / Larissa Ione ; Dark swan / Gena Showalter.
The vampire Nikolai Wroth will stop at nothing to find his bride, the one woman who can make his heart beat again. He can hardly believe when Myst the Coveted, a beautiful Valkyrie, awakens him, body and soul. She has eluded him for years, but he finally has power over her. Now, he will make her pay for the agonizing lust she subjected him to for half a decade...But is it really a punishment for Myst, or a fulfillment of her own deepest wants?

Nothing more

September 28, 2016
Todd, Anna, author.
©2016
255 pages ; 21 cm
"First in a new series!"--Cover.
Landon Gibson as he leaves Washington to navigate love and life in New York City.

The confectioner's tale

September 28, 2016
Madeleine, Laura, author.
©2015
333 pages ; 22 cm
"First published in Great Britain [2015] by Black Swan, an imprint of Transworld Publishers, a Penguin Random House UK company"--Title page verso.
"A novel of Paris"--Cover.
"At the famous Patisserie Clermont, a chance encounter with the owner's daughter has given one young man a glimpse into a life he never knew existed: of sweet cream and melted chocolate, golden caramel and powdered sugar, of pastry light as air. But it is not just the art of confectionery that holds him captive, and soon a forbidden love affair begins. Almost eighty years later, an academic discovers a hidden photograph of her grandfather as a young man with two people she has never seen before. Scrawled on the back of the picture are the words "Forgive me." Unable to resist the mystery behind it, she begins to unravel the story of two star-crossed lovers and one irrevocable betrayal."-- Provided by publisher.

Witch's pyre

September 28, 2016
Angelini, Josephine, author.
New York : Feiwel & Friends, 2016.
376 pages ; 22 cm.
Lily Proctor has come a long way from the weak, sickly girl she used to be. She has gained power as a witch and a leader, found her way home, and has chosen to face battle again. And after her recent losses and betrayal, she has learned more about grief than she ever wanted to know. Thrust once again into a strange society, Lily is determined to find a way to defeat the monstrous Woven without resorting to nuclear weapons or becoming a tyrannical mass murderer like her alternate self, Lillian. But sometimes winning requires sacrifices, and when the only clear path to victory lies at Lillian's side, what price will Lily be willing to pay?

The billionaire from her past

September 27, 2016
Ashton, Leah, author.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin, 2016.
252 p. ; 17 cm.
"Larger print" --Back cover.
Mila Molyneax had always harboured a secret crush on her childhood friend Sebastian Fyfe-until he married another woman. She buried her feelings and moved on, knowing it was best for everyone...

A song to take the world apart

September 26, 2016
Romanoff, Zan, author.
©2016
310 pages ; 22 cm
"Hanging out with Chris was supposed to make Lorelei's life normal. He's cooler, he's older, and he's in a band, which means he can teach her about the music that was forbidden in her house growing up. Her grandmother told her when she was little that she was never allowed to sing, but listening to someone else do it is probably harmless--right? The more she listens, though, the more keenly she can feel her own voice locked up in her throat, and how she longs to use it. And as she starts exploring the power her grandmother never wanted her to discover, influencing Chris and everyone around her, the foundations of Lorelei's life start to crumble. There's a reason the women in her family never want to talk about what their voices can do. And a reason Lorelei can't seem to stop herself from singing anyway."--Provided by publisher.

The Cat King of Havana

September 26, 2016
Kreicbergs, Toms, 1985- author.
©2016
354 pages ; 22 cm
A sixteen-year-old Cuban American joins a salsa class to meet a girl, then invites her to spend the summer with his family in Havana. They investigate his mother's reasons for leaving Cuba decades earlier, learning about the impact politics can have on individual lives.

Diplomatic immunity

September 26, 2016
Ashton, Brodi, author.
©2016
352 pages ; 22 cm
"A seventeen-year-old aspiring reporter decides to write a scathing exposé on an elite Washington, D.C., private school, but her life changes when her subject comes to her for help"-- Provided by publisher.

When they fade

September 26, 2016
Roberts, Jeyn, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, [2016]
345 pages ; 22 cm
"Brutally murdered in the early 1970s, Molly can fade back to earth for a few fleeting moments as teenage hitchiker who can see the future. When Tatum, bullied at school and dumped by her best friend, picks up Molly and hears 'You're going to die. It will hurt and you'll be alone. And no one will help you', Tatum and Molly must figure out how to help the other in order to save themselves"-- Provided by publisher.

A lady unrivaled

September 26, 2016
White, Roseanna M., 1982- author.
©2016
408 pages ; 22 cm.
Lady Ella Myerston knows of the danger that haunts her brother, and she intends to put an end to it. While visiting her friend Brook, the true owner of the Fire Eyes diamonds, Ella accidentally gets entangled in an attempt to blackmail the dashing, newly reformed Lord Cayton. Will she become the next casualty of the alleged curse?

Devil's gambit

September 26, 2016
Jackson, Lisa, author.
©1985
232 pages ; 22 cm
Tiffany Rhodes' horse farm was in trouble long before she met Zane Sheridan, a breeder with a shady reputation. Yet she couldn't help but feel relieved when Sheridan offered to buy her out. Though Tiffany didn't trust him, she was drawn to him like a magnet. What did this mysterious man want from her, and why was he using a gambit with her heart?

Bye bye blondie

September 23, 2016
Despentes, Virginie, 1969- author.
©2016
245 pages ; 21 cm
Psychiatric institutions and class difference doom two young lovers from the start in this dark romantic comedy.

Roman crazy : a novel

September 22, 2016
Clayton, Alice, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
326 pages ; 22 cm
Avery Bardot steps off the plane in Rome, looking for a fresh start. She's left behind a soon-to-be ex-husband in Boston and plans to spend the summer with her best friend Daisy, licking her wounds-- and perhaps a gelato or two. When her American-expat friend throws her a welcome party on her first night, Avery's thrown for a loop when she sees Italian architect Marcello Bianchi-- the man who got away. And now her past is colliding with her present, a present where she should be mourning the loss of her marriage and-- hey, that fettuccine is delicious! And so is Marcello.

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