New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

October 23, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Pegasus : a novel

October 22, 2014
Steel, Danielle.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2014.
340 pages ; 25 cm
Nicolas von Bingen and Alex von Hemmerle, titled members of the German aristocracy, have been best friends since childhood. Both widowers, they are raising their children - Nick's two lively boys and Alex's adored teenage daughter - in peace and luxury on the vast Bavarian estates that have belonged to their families for generations. While Nick indulges in more glamorous pursuits, Alex devotes himself to breeding the renowned white Lipizzaner horses that enthrall audiences throughout Europe with their ability to dance and spin on command, majestic creatures whose bloodlines are rare and priceless. But it is Nicolas's bloodline that changes everything, when his father receives a warning from a high-ranking contact inside the Wehrmacht. A secret from the past has left the family vulnerable to the rising tide of Nazism: Nick's mother, whom he never knew, was of Jewish descent. Suddenly Nicolas must flee Germany, wrenching his sons away from the only home they have known, sailing across the Atlantic for a new life in America. Their survival will depend on a precious gift from Alex, their only stake for the future: eight purebred horses, two of them stunning Lipizzaners. In Florida, where Nicolas joins the Ringling Brothers Circus, he becomes Nick Bing, with Alex's prize white stallion -- now named Pegasus -- the centerpiece of the show.

Protecting the desert princess

October 22, 2014
Marinelli, Carol, author.
©2014
187 pages ; 17 cm.
"Seven days without her crown! Princess Layla of Ishla craves just one week outside the gilded cage of her palace. A chance to try absolutely everything that is forbidden! 1. Sharing a romantic dinner 2. Dancing the night away 3. Kissing a gorgeous man. The only exception? She must remain pure for her future husband! When she arrives in Australia, she finds there's only one man who can help her fulfill this dream. Revered yet feared, Mikael Romanov has earned his ruthless legal reputation, yet spirited Layla quickly gets beneath his skin. Mikael's sworn to protect her, but can he protect Layla from himself"--Page [4] of cover.

The Russian's acquisition

October 22, 2014
Collins, Dani, author.
©2014
187 pages ; 17 cm.
"To: Clair Daniels@BrighterDaysChildrensFund.org. From: Aleksy.D@DmitrievHoldings.com. Subject: Contractual Offer. You will find $100,000 in your charity's account today, provided I find you in my bed tonight. Aleksy Dmitriev is after the ultimate revenge. Yet his plan backfires when he discovers that his new mistress, Clair Daniels, is a virgin who could not have been her former employer's lover. Revenge may be out the window, but that won't stop Aleksy from enjoying the perks of his purchase. But Clair is destined to be more than just this Russian's acquisition!"--Page [4] of cover.

To defy a sheikh

October 22, 2014
Yates, Maisey, author.
©2014
190 pages ; 17 cm.
"The cost of defiance: Princess Samarah Al-Azem knows you cannot rush revenge. Having bided her time, she's finally ready to bring down Ferran, her kingdom's enemy and the man who took everything from her. In the still of night, she lies in wait in his bedchamber\'. It isn't the first time Sheikh Ferran has found himself at the edge of an assassin's blade, but never has it been wielded by such a beautiful assailant. Soon he has her at his mercy, something he's wanted for years! Now Samarah must decide: imprisonment in a cell, or in diamond shackles as his wife"--Pages [4] of cover.

A virgin for his prize

October 22, 2014
Monroe, Lucy, 1967- author.
©2014
188 pages ; 17 cm.
"Her awakening: San Francisco heiress Romi Grayson has only had a taste of Maxwell Black's addictive brand of seduction and knows she should stay away. Especially having discovered just how determined he is to possess her! His proposal: Max prides himself on always being in control, yet somehow Romi sneaked under his cast-iron defenses, then walked away. Now he is driven to finish what they started. The ultimate prize! This Russian tycoon will stop at nothing, even blackmail, to have Romi warm and willing in his bed. And her innocence will make his long-awaited possession all the sweeter"--Page [4] of cover.

One night With Morelli

October 22, 2014
Lawrence, Kim, author.
© 2014
186 pages ; 17 cm.
"Warning: one night will never be enough. Draco Morelli: ruthless businessman, adoring father and wary ex-husband. This gorgeous Italian only ever signs up for temporary flings with glamorous women who know the rules of the game. Until he is blindsided by the one woman in all of London not interested in a relationship with him. Eve Curtis: dedicated workaholic, loyal friend and self-professed singleton. Determined to remain independent, Eve has been happy keeping men at a safe distance. Until now. Because when Draco sweeps her off her feet and into his bedroom, he opens her eyes to a whole new world of sin and seduction!"--Page [4] of cover.

Rebel's bargain

October 21, 2014
West, Annie (Romantic fiction writer), author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
189 pages ; 17 cm.
"Five years ago, Poppy Graham married Orsino Chatsfield beneath a confetti of paparazzi flashbulbs. But in her darkest hour, he let her down. Their split was bitter, and Poppy has strived for her independence and acceptance ever since. But now her arrogant husband is back... Injured in a climbing accident, there's only one person Orsino can turn to... his wife! They have unfinished business, and he'll face it before he walks away forever. But the blazing passion between them reignites in an instant, leaving Orsino to wonder whether it will kill or cure!" -- p. 4 of cover.

The true king of Dahaar

October 21, 2014
Pammi, Tara author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
188 pages ; 17 cm.
"When heartbreak drives him to recklessness, Azeez nearly loses everything, including his life. Now he must make a choice. Spend his life in the shadows of the past, or embrace his future as the true king of Dahaar. Dr. Nikhat Zakhari left Azeez because she couldn't give him what he needed to rule. But now the only man she's ever loved needs her healing touch, and she is powerless to refuse him. Azeez knows he must assume the crown--- but will this unforgettable woman agree to be his desert queen?" -- p. 4 of cover.

The Valquez seduction

October 21, 2014
Milburne, Melanie, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
185 pages ; 17 cm.
"Standing outside a decadent Las Vegas nightclub, innocent schoolteacher Daisy Wyndham has never felt more out of her depth. And that's before sultry Argentinian polo player Luiz Valquez rides to her rescue in front of the global media, leading to reports of their engagement... It's a dangerous charade, but one they're both prepared to play! Luiz can shake his playboy image, and Daisy can cast aside her cloistered upbringing. With Luiz doing his best to be good and Daisy trying her hardest to be bad, it's only a matter of time before one of them gives in... " -- p. 4 of cover.

Made for you

October 17, 2014
Layne, Lauren, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
302 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt of "Only with you" ( pages [295]-302).
"Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn't resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans...Back in town, Will intends to get what he's always wanted--gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he'll do anything to rewrite their stormy past. This time, he's out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life..."--Page 4 of cover.

Different tides

October 17, 2014
Woods, Janet, 1939- author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
219 p. : 23 cm.
"1835. Clementine Morris, despite her youth and inexperience, is hired by Zachariah Fleet to care for his recently orphaned niece and nephew. But Zachariah has a secret, and there are troubles ahead, least of all when the self-possessed, wealthy businessman realises he may be falling for her"--provided by publisher.

Each shining hour : a novel of watervalley

October 17, 2014
High, Jeff, 1957-
New York : New American Library, 2014.
pages cm

Snowfall : a Days of redemption Christmas novella

October 16, 2014
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
New York : Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
222, 10 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes reader's extras.
"Ruth Stutzman is a wonderful caregiver--but she has no experience with [children]. Laid off from her job at a retirement home due to budget cuts, she's relieved to find work--even if it means temporarily watching widower Martin Rodes' brood of six. Martin has done the best he can since his wife's passing, but he and the children need help. Their house, once full of laughter and light, has been darkened by sadness. Soon after Ruth arrives, the children are drawn to her warmth and gentleness, and so is Martin, even though he feels it's wrong"-- Provided by publisher.

The remedy for love : a novel

October 16, 2014
Roorbach, Bill.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
311 pages ; 22 cm
They're calling for the "Storm of the Century," and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his law office early and heads to the grocery store. But when an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart--twenty bucks and a ride home; that's the least he can do. Trouble is, Danielle doesn't really have a home. She's squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with troubles--and secrets--of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can't. She'll need food, water, and firewood, and that's just to get her through the storm: there's a whole long winter ahead. Resigned to help, fending off her violent mistrust of him, he gets her set up, departs with relief, and climbs back to the road, but--winds howling, snow mounting--he finds his car missing, phone inside. In desperation, he returns to the cabin. Danielle's terrified, then merely enraged. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together.

Rowdy : a marked men novel

October 16, 2014
Crownover, Jay.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
viii, 400 pages ; 21 cm
"The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances. After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol' boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn't going to let himself trust a woman again. But that's before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who's suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned. Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun--a world of unhappiness she couldn't wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who'd been head over heels in love with her little sister.Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly--until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good"-- Provided by publisher.

Unleashed

October 16, 2014
Lacey, Rachel, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
330 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt of "For Keeps" (pages [313]-330).
"A love to the rescue novel"--Page 4 of cover.
"What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time? Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken. Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go..."--Page 4 of cover.

The wicked ways of Alexander Kidd

October 16, 2014
Quinn, Paula, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
378 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt from "The scandalous secret of Abigail MacGregor" (pages [357]-378).
"An innocent stowaway. As the sheltered niece of a Highland chief, Caitrina Grant longs for adventure beyond the lush hills of Scotland. So when a pirate ship glides into the loch, tempting her with promises of exotic lands and hidden treasures, Trina sneaks aboard. But she is unprepared for the consequences-and the seductive captain who demands the ultimate price for her deception... A sinful pirate. For Alexander Kidd, the sea is no place for a lady. Pursued by deadly enemies from every direction, Alex won't rest until he claims the bounty of riches left to him by his father, the notorious Captain Kidd. A stowaway will not be tolerated-no matter how beautiful. But soon fighting his desire for Trina becomes his toughest battle yet, and he will have to make an agonizing choice: sacrifice his quest-or lose the woman who has stolen his heart."--Publisher's website.

Becoming Bea

October 16, 2014
Gould, Leslie, 1962- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
348 pages ; 22 cm.
"Ben and Bea have always irritated each other. But when their friends push them together, can they cease bickering long enough to fall in love?"-- Provided by publisher.

Change of heart

October 15, 2014
Deveraux, Jude.
New York : Pocket Books, 2014.
388 pages ; 18 cm
Eli and Chelsea lost touch with each other over the years, until Eli bought a house in his father's hometown of Edilean, Virginia, and invited Chelsea for a visit. She had her own life and was certain that a childhood friendship couldn't be anything more, but she went nonetheless and found herself quite unprepared for the changes she saw in Eli. And neither of them were prepared to run into a mystery with a family that needs to be rescued.

Blood magick

October 15, 2014
Roberts, Nora.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
322 pages ; 21 cm.
"County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O'Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna's special touch. Branna's strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family--along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there's a single missing link in the chain of her life: love... She had it once--for a moment--with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion. Branna and Fin's relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin's power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries"-- Provided by publisher.

The promise

October 14, 2014
Wiseman, Beth, 1962-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages cm.

The Christmas bouquet

October 14, 2014
Woods, Sherryl.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin MIRA, c2014.
283 p. ; 20 cm.
"For the very driven medical student Caitlyn Winters, catching the bridal bouquet at a Christmas wedding has set off a chain reaction that she's sure is more curse than blessing. Not only has she fallen in love with family medicine resident Noah McIlroy, but an unexpected pregnancy threatens her well-laid plans for the future. It doesn't help that Noah--with a whole lot of help from her O'Brien relatives--is completely on board with the prospect of marriage and happily-ever-after. It takes a whole lot of patience, love and family persuasion to help Caitlyn realize that she can still have everything she ever wanted, including a home in her beloved Chesapeake Shores and a man who understands all of her dreams"-- from author's web site.

Queen of someday : a stolen empire novel

October 14, 2014
Ficklin, Sherry D.
[Place of publication not identified] : Clean Teen Publishing, 2014.
249 p. : port. ; 22 cm.
Before she can become Catherine the Great, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother's quest to put her on the throne of Russia--at any cost.

The Christmas wedding ring

October 13, 2014
Mallery, Susan.
©1998
331 pages ; 19 cm
"This is a reissue of reader favorite A WEDDING RING PROMISE" -- from author's web page.
"Harlequin® HQN romance"--Spine.
"In her youth, Molly Anderson couldn't help crushing on gorgeous bad boy Dylan Black-- even though he only had eyes for her older sister. When things didn't work out between them, he said goodbye to Molly as well, vowing they'd have a great adventure when she grew up. Years later, dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, she's finally ready to take Dylan up on his promise. A guarded Dylan always had a weakness for Molly, and when she waltzes back into his life-- grown-up and gorgeous-- he's stunned. So why not whisk her away for some no-strings-attached fun. Laughter-filled days and late-night kisses are changing Molly's life, for good. The only gift she truly wants now is Dylan's love, but when he discovers the secret she's been keeping, she may lose him again-- this time forever" -- summary copied from ebook record.

J : a novel

October 13, 2014
Jacobson, Howard, author.
New York : Hogarth, [2014]
342 pages ; 25 cm
"A profound, darkly comedic parable set in a future where collective memory has vanished following a historic catastrophe, and one young couple's love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race. In a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. After the devastation of WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED, all that should remain is peace and prosperity. Everyone knows his or her place; all actions are out in the open. But Esme Nussbaum has seen the distorted realities, the fissures that have only widened in the twenty-plus years since she was forced to resign from her position at the monitor of the Public Mood. Now, Esme finds something strange and special developing in a romance between Ailinn Solomons and Kevern Cohen. As this unusual pair's actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme realizes she must do everything in her power to keep them together--whatever the cost. With a sense of the dramatic sweep of Michael Ondaatje and the dystopian, literary sensibility of Margaret Atwood, Howard Jacobson's J is an astonishing feat of fiction. In this exquisitely written, beautifully playful and imaginative, and terribly heart-breaking work, Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career"-- Provided by publisher.

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