New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

July 17, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Firestorm : a novel

July 16, 2018
Hilton, Laura V., 1963- author.
New Kensington, PA : Whitaker House, [2018]
235 pages ; 22 cm.
"Where there's smoke, there is fire"--T.p.
"Bridget Behr's family migrates from an Amish community in Ohio to the isolated Upper Peninsula of Michigan, where they are forced to live in tents until the house and barn they bought are rebuilt. When a devastating forest fire ravages the county, will they dare to fight for the future they'd hoped for in Mackinac County?"--Provided by publisher.

Christmas under a cranberry sky

July 16, 2018
Martin, Holly (Novelist), author.
©2016
357 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published as an ebook: Bookouture, 2016.
Piper Chesterfield lives a glamorous life traveling the world and reviewing the finest hotels. She calls nowhere home, she works alone and that's how she likes it. For long ago, Piper decided that to protect her heart she should lock it away. So when Piper's next assignment brings her to the newly opened Stardust Lake Hotel for the festive season, the last person she expects to face is Gabe Whitaker, the man who broke her heart so completely she could never love again. But Piper isn't the only one who has been frozen in time by heartbreak. Gabe hasn't forgotten the golden-eyed girl who disappeared from his world without a trace. Now fate has reunited them on Juniper Island, can the magic of Christmas heal old wounds? And can this enchanting town be the one place Piper can finally call home?

Peace of mind

July 16, 2018
McLaughlin, CaSandra, author.
[United States] : [Publisher not identified], [2015]
151 pages ; 22 cm

Through it all

July 16, 2018
McLaughlin, CaSandra, author.
[United States] : [publisher not identified], [2015]
161 pages ; 22 cm.

The summer wives

July 13, 2018
Williams, Beatriz, author.
New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018.
367 pages ; 24 cm
"An electrifying postwar fable of love, class, power, and redemption set among the inhabitants of an island off the New England coast" --Jacket.

When we found home

July 13, 2018
Mallery, Susan, author.
©2018
419 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reader's guide.
Life is meant to be savored, but that's not easy with no family, limited prospects and a past you'd rather not talk about. Still, Callie Smith doesn't know how to feel when she discovers she has a brother and a sister - Malcolm, who grew up with affection, wealth and privilege, and Keira, a streetwise twelve-year-old. Callie doesn't love being alone, but at least it's safe. Despite her trepidation, she moves into the grand family home with her siblings and grandfather on the shores of Lake Washington, hoping just maybe this will be the start of a whole new life.

Amish celebrations : four stories

July 13, 2018
Wiseman, Beth, 1962- author.
©2018
xiv, 449 pages ; 22 cm
Subtitle from cover.
The gift of sisters -- A new beginning -- A perfect plan -- A Christmas miracle.
The gift of sisters: Hannah and Elizabeth are fraternal twins approaching their sixteenth birthday--a time when they will be allowed to spread their wings and enjoy their rumschpringe. The sisters couldn't be more different: Hannah is outgoing and beautiful, while Elizabeth is shy and withdrawn. And when newcomer Abraham Stoltzfus arrives in Lancaster County, both women fall head over heels for him, each fighting for his affections in their own ways and driving the sisters to turn on each other. Who will Abraham choose? And will Hannah and Elizabeth reunite after a devastating heartbreak?

Bluestone & vine

July 12, 2018
Kauffman, Donna, author.
©2018
329 pages ; 17 cm
Pippa MacMillan is a legend on the Irish folk music scene. But when her voice requires a time-out, she's left wondering how - and where - to find happiness in the silence... Seeking answers, Pippa leaves Ireland in favor of a small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Turns out lovely Blue Hollow Falls is the perfect place to heal - and solitary Seth Brogan is the surprisingly perfect host. After all, Seth is beginning again too: turning his renovated stone barn and beautiful hillside into a vineyard is the start of a whole new life for the former Special Forces soldier. Only Mother Nature keeps thwarting both their plans, leaving Pippa snowbound with unsettling thoughts about how life can take unexpected turns. To Pippa's surprise, she might actually fall for small-town living. She might even fall for Seth, whose quiet strength is a balm for her world-weary soul. But when the music starts once more, will she follow her fortune back to Ireland, or surrender to the call of her heart?

Cajun persuasion

July 12, 2018
Hill, Sandra (Fiction writer)
©2018
374 pages ; 17 cm
"Alaskan pilot Aaron LeDeux came to Louisiana with his brother to discover his Cajun roots. But any hopes he had of returning home are extinguished when he agrees to help a crew of street monks and nuns rescue sex-trafficked girls. For the work has become his new calling. Plus, he’s in love with a gorgeous almost-nun named Fleur...With her harrowing past, Fleur Gaudet only feels safe at the nunnery. But when she’s ordered out into the real world to decide where she truly belongs, Fleur goes to live with the notorious Tante Lulu, matriarch of the LeDeux clan. Suddenly, she’s leading a regular life, thinking irregular thoughts about Aaron. With his whiskey-colored eyes and fierce bravery, Aaron is like her own personal Cajun cowboy, re-introducing her to...everything. As the dangerous missions bring them closer, Fleur must decide if her heart is truly on the path she’s been following, or if she’ll have a new future with the man of her heart."--Page 4 of cover

Home on Huckleberry Hill

July 12, 2018
Beckstrand, Jennifer, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2018]
347 pages ; 17 cm
"Huckleberry Hill, Wisconsin's irrepressible eighty-something matchmakers Anna and Felty Helmuth are at it again. And this time they're willing to rough it to get the job done... Mary Anne Neuenschwander knows she should be content with what Gotte has given her. She has a comfortable house, a fruitful farm, and a good, steady husband. But after nearly six years of marriage, she still longs for a baby. Yet her husband, Jethro, seems to care more about fishing than about his wife. Unable to bear Jethro's indifference, Mary Anne moves into a tent in the woods where he won't have to be bothered. But when her mammi and dawdi find out what she's done, they'll stop at nothing--including a little camping trip of their own--to help save their granddaughter's marriage... Jethro's greatest blessing is his beloved wife, Mary Anne. Nothing else in his life has turned out anywhere near the way he expected. Rather than burden Mary Anne with his disappointment, he shields her by spending less and less time at home and more time on the river. But when he finds that she's moved out, he's shocked. What will people think? What is Mary Anne thinking? And what clever plans are her grandparents hatching?..."-- Back cover.

Love's grip

July 12, 2018
Michelle, Nika, author.
©2018
266 pages ; 21 cm
When Daisha's boyfriend, Raekwan, takes his violent, jealous antics to the next level, a mysterious stranger intervenes, taking Daisha to his place to nurse her wounds. Even though she sneaks out the next morning. Daisha can't stop thinking about him; but with her history of bad relationships with men and with her estranged mother, she knows that she should only be concerned with her own survival. In time, she will realize that he has a strong grip on her emotionally, and she has no control. Tyreek, AKA Pistol, witnesses Daisha's assault and suddenly finds himself caring about a stranger. His life of crime has toughened him, but his thoughts are consumed with her safety. On the run from the feds, he knows that trust and loyalty are rarely given in the streets. After fleeing to Atlanta, he pulls off a murder that sets off a domino effect of events he never sees coming. There's a street war brewing, but Pistol and Daisha are fighting a battle in their hearts. Despite all the drama and bloodshed surrounding them, they can't seem to deny their true feelings. Will they make it out alive to pursue the prospect of a real hood love, or will it all be consumed by the fate of the streets?

Moonlight seduction

July 12, 2018
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
387 pages ; 17 cm.
Nicolette Bresson never thought she'd return to the de Vincents' bayou compound. It's where her parents work, where Nikki grew up...and where she got her heart broken by Gabriel de Vincent himself. Yet here she is, filling in for her sick mother. Avoiding Gabe should be easy, especially when so much of Nikki's time is spent trying not to be stabbed in the back by the malicious hangers-on who frequent the mansion. But escaping memories of Gabe, much less his smoking-hot presence, is harder than expected--especially since he seems determined to be in Nikki's space as much as possible. Gabriel spent years beating himself up over his last encounter with Nikki. He'd wanted her then, but for reasons that were bad for both of them. Things have now changed. Gabe sees more than a girl he's known forever; he sees a smart, talented, and heartbreakingly beautiful woman...one who's being stalked from the shadows. Now, Gabe will do anything to keep Nikki safe--and to stop the de Vincent curse from striking again.

Pampered

July 12, 2018
Solomon, Germaine, author.
©2018
309 pages ; 21 cm.
After an interrupted dance performance, Radiance Alexander is literally picked up and carried away, kicking and screaming, from her job at a popular Atlanta gentleman's club. Sexy multimillionaire Eli Jamieson would prefer that she live in the lap of luxury than on the laps of strange and horny men. What begins as a goodwill gesture soon evolves into the most flammable romance under the heavens. Lust, love, and passion quickly consume Eli and the young woman who makes him feel born again. In fact, they're so caught up in the rapture that Eli ignores the fact that a woman from his past still has a loose hold on him, and Radiance fails to prepare for the day of reckoning that she knows will eventually come. Radiance and Eli are forced to deal with persistent outside forces that threaten to tear them apart. They overcome every obstacle they face, intensifying the bonding of their souls, but when tragedy strikes, will Radiance's love and faith be enough to cover Eli and give him the will to fight and live? Or will their happiness be snatched away by death?

Sheer mischief

July 12, 2018
Mansell, Jill, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2018]
406 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published in 1994 in the United Kingdom by Bantam Books, a division of Transworld Publishers Ltd. This edition based on the paperback edition published in 2014 by Headline Review, an imprint of Headline Publishing Group, an Hachette UK Company." --Title page verso.
It's not that Janey Sinclair isn't pleased to see her sister... It's just that being woken at 7:00 a.m. by Maxine, complete with police escort, isn't quite how she'd planned to spend her Sunday. Even so, Janey, who's trying to rebuild her life after her husband disappeared, is delighted to have her sister back home with her. That is, until Maxine sets her sights on an impossibly glamorous fashion photographer, and Janey knows there's no limit to the mischief her sister will create to dispatch her rivals. Little do they both know that the competition is a lot closer to home than either of them realizes...

Shot through the heart

July 12, 2018
Bam, Ms., author.
©2018
viii, 308 pages ; 21 cm.
After the demise of her relationship with long-time boyfriend Don Travious, Nicole thinks her prayers have been answered when Kendrick Taylor walks into her life. Life with him is bliss - until he walks out of her life, leaving her more broken and alone than she's ever felt. Mourning the love she's lost, Nicole has resigned herself to the fact that she will be alone forever. Jeremiah gives his all to Mia, a rising R&B star. He even accepts the responsibility of raising another man's child without a second thought. Jeremiah feels ready to conquer the world; then, with one fateful trip to Texas, he discovers that everything he thought he knew about Mia was a lie. Now, Jeremiah is richer than ever, but his heart is cold. He's a straight savage when it comes to love.

The summer nanny

July 12, 2018
Chamberlin, Holly, 1962- author.
©2018
454 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes Reading group guide.
Every June, the quiet beach town of Ogunquit is overtaken by wealthy families who hire local young women like Amy Latimer and Hayley Franklin to care for their children. Best friends since childhood, Amy and Hayley are eager to secure lucrative summer jobs. Amy wants to finance her upcoming move to Boston. Hayley hopes to squirrel away enough money so that her mom can finally leave her abusive husband.... But the passing weeks bring complications and revelations, altering friendships, testing the bond between mothers and daughters, and proving that the ripples from a single season can last forever.

Tempting the laird

July 12, 2018
London, Julia, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2018]
374 pages ; 17 cm.
When she meets Hamlin Graham, Duke of Montrose, who is rumored to have murdered his wife, and makes friends with his young ward, independent Catriona Mackenzie is determined to discover the truth about the brooding duke.

Untamed cowboy

July 12, 2018
Yates, Maisey, author.
©2018
472 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes a bonus novella: Mail order cowboy.
"When Bennett's world is rocked by the apperance of a son he didn't know he had, he needs Kaylee more than ever. And he doesn't want anything else to change. But then Kaylee kisses him, and nothing will ever be the same... Kaylee's done her best to keep her feelings for the man she's loved since high school hidden away, but one unguarded moment changes everything, and now there's no more denying the chemistry that burns between them. But the explosion of desire changes all the rules, and what's left could destroy their bond--or bring them to a love that's deeper than she ever imagined."--Provided by publisher.

Come from away

July 11, 2018
Graham, Genevieve, author.
©2018
324 pages : map ; 21 cm
Subtitle from cover.
Includes reading group guide.
In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker's three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store. Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after a several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be, but someone else entirely--someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand. Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War.

To catch a Texas star

July 11, 2018
Broday, Linda, author.
©2018
340 pages ; 18 cm
A gentle, beautiful woman with a lifelong secret that threatens to destroy everything she knows saves the son of a notorious outlaw, who yearns to make his life count, when he is left badly injured.

Cottage by the sea : a novel

July 10, 2018
Macomber, Debbie, author.
©2018
334 pages ; 25 cm
Annie Marlow has been through the worst. Rocked by tragedy, she heads to the one place that makes her happy: Oceanside in the Pacific Northwest, the destination of many family vacations when Annie was a teenager. Once there, Annie begins to restore her broken spirit, thanks in part to the folks she meets: a local painter, Keaton, whose large frame is equal to his big heart--and who helps Annie fix up her rental cottage by the sea; Mellie, the reclusive, prickly landlord Annie is determined to befriend; and Britt, a teenager with a terrible secret. But it is Keaton to whom Annie feels most drawn. His quiet, peaceful nature offers her both comfort and reprieve from her grief, and the two begin to grow closer. Then events threaten to undo the idyll Annie has come to enjoy. And when the opportunity of a lifetime lands in her lap, she is torn between the excitement of a new journey toward success and the safe and secure arms of the haven--and the man-she's come to call home.--Provided by publisher.

The brink of darkness

July 10, 2018
Giles, Jeff, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2018.
341 pages ; 24 cm
"X is determined to break the lords' hold on him once and for all, but being stripped of his power pushes him toward a darkness he's never experienced and a past he's never known. The secrets that surface could be the key to reuniting X and Zoe ... or they could mean the destruction of everything they have been fighting for"--Provided by publisher.

Beast : a tale of love and revenge

July 10, 2018
Jensen, Lisa, 1952- author.
Somerville, Massachusetts : Candlewick Press, 2018.
337 pages ; 22 cm
"They say Château Beaumont is cursed. But servant-girl Lucie can't believe such foolishness about handsome Jean-Loup Christian Henri LeNoir, Chevalier de Beaumont, master of the estate. But when the chevalier's cruelty is revealed, Lucie vows to see him suffer. A wisewoman grants her wish, with a spell that transforms Jean-Loup into monstrous-looking Beast, reflecting the monster he is inside. But Beast is nothing like the chevalier. Jean-Loup would never patiently tend his roses; Jean-Loup would never attempt poetry; Jean-Loup would never express remorse for the wrong done to Lucie. Gradually, Lucie realizes that Beast is an entirely different creature from the handsome chevalier, with a heart more human than Jean-Loup's ever was. Lucie dares to hope that noble Beast has permanently replaced the cruel Jean-Loup -until an innocent beauty arrives at Beast's château with the power to break the spell."--Jacket flap.

The Traitor's Ruin

July 10, 2018
Beaty, Erin, author.
New York : Imprint, 2018.
374 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Training completed, and comfortably situated as the royal tutor, the spy Sage Fowler only longs to be reunited with her betrothed: Captain Alex Quinn. As a way to be near to him again, she accepts a secret mission only to continuously clash with Quinn's gruff demeanor, until they are separated and she ends up in enemy territory.

But not forever : a novel

July 10, 2018
Von Schleh, Jan, author.
©2018
296 pages ; 22 cm
When identical fifteen-year-old girls are mysteriously switched in time, Sonnet McKay, sent back to 1895, becomes enamored with a boy, while Emma Sweetwine, sent to the present, falls in love with her newfound freedom.

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