New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

March 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

A Nantucket wedding : a novel

March 23, 2018
Thayer, Nancy, 1943- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2018.
300 pages ; 24 cm
"Wedding bells are ringing, a family is reunited, and new romances are blooming--for better or for worse--in an enthralling novel from the New York Times bestselling author of The Island House and Secrets in Summer. It's summer on Nantucket and Alison is finally engaged to the love of her life. Things would be perfect--if only she could make peace between her daughters. Felicity, wild at heart yet a loving mother to her own children, and Jane, the extremely organized and high-earning businesswoman, arrive on the island hoping to get through these next few weeks without ruining their mother's big day. But when Felicity's husband reveals a long-term affair and Jane falls for her soon-to-be step-brother, everyone gets way more drama than they bargained for"-- Provided by publisher.

Beneath a prairie moon : a novel

March 23, 2018
Sawyer, Kim Vogel, author.
342 pages ; 21 cm
Includes Reader's guide (pages [341]-342].
"Readers rabid for the sweet historical romances of Tracie Peterson and Tamara Alexander will flock to best-selling author Kim Vogel Sawyer's prairie-set heartwarmer of high society cast-off and the western town that welcomes her. Abigail Brantley grew up in affluence and knows exactly how to behave in high society. But when she is cast from the social registers due to her father's illegal dealings, she finds herself forced into a role she never imagined: tutoring rough Kansas ranchers in the subjects of manners and morals so they can "marry up" with their mail-order brides. Mack Cleveland, whose father was swindled by a mail-order bride, wants no part of the scheme to bring Eastern women to Spiveyville, Kansas, and he's put off by the snooty airs and fastidious behavior of the "little city gal" in their midst. But as time goes by, his heart goes out to the teacher who tries so diligently to smooth the rough edges from the down-to-earth men. How can he teach her that perfection won't bring happiness?"-- Provided by publisher.


March 22, 2018
Wilinsky, Tom, author.
New York : Duet, an imprint of Interlude Press, [2018]
248 pages ; 21 cm
"High school students Soph, who attends private school in Manhattan, and Tess, a public school student who lives on a dairy farm in New Hampshire are thrown together as roommates at a week-long writing conference. As they get to know each other and the other young women, both Soph and Tess discover unexpected truths and about friendship, their craft, and how to hold fast to their convictions while opening their hearts to love."-- Provided by publisher.

A most noble heir

March 22, 2018
Mason, Susan Anne, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
364 pages ; 22 cm
"When stable hand Nolan Price learns from his dying mother that he is actually the son of the Earl of Stainsby, his plans for a future with kitchen maid Hannah Burnham are shattered. Once he is officially acknowledged as the earl's heir, Nolan will be forbidden to marry beneath his station. Unwilling to give up the girl he loves, he devises a plan to elope--believing that once their marriage is sanctioned by God, Lord Stainsby will be forced to accept their union. However, as Nolan struggles to learn the ways of the aristocracy, he finds himself caught between pleasing Hannah and living up to his father's demanding expectations. At every turn, forces work to keep the couple apart, and a solution to remain together seems further and further away. With Nolan's new life pulling him irrevocably away from the woman he loves, it seems only a miracle will bring them back together."--Page 4 of cover.

Close to the edge

March 21, 2018
Ryder, Dawn, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
327 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from the author's: Don't look back (pages 323-327).
"St. Martin's Paperbacks."
When Jenna Henson appears in the wrong place at the wrong time, agent Dare Servant fully commits to keeping her safe from harm.

The color of love

March 21, 2018
Sala, Sharon, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2018].
312 pages ; 18 cm.
"The biggest news lately is Ruby Dye: she's been receiving gifts from a secret admirer. But Ruby isn't sure she can trust this newfound happiness. Nobody knows the dark secrets she keeps about her life before she arrives in Blessings. Is this the beginning of a would-be romance, or is she the target of something more sinister? Everyone admires Ruby and her determination to do the right thing, especially local lawyer "Peanut" Butterman. He's finally ready to tell her how he feels. But when trouble arrives on Ruby's doorstep and their little town is threatened, Peanut may have to prove himself in ways he never imagined."--Back cover.

Flight of the white wolf

March 21, 2018
Spear, Terry, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, ©2018.
343 pages ; 18 cm
"Gavin Summerfield--an arctic wolf shifter with a fear of flying--has to fly into the vast lakeland wilderness of northern Minnesota to track down his suspect--where his ability to shift will come in very handy. Imagine his chagrin when his pilot turns out to be the woman who tasered him last time they saw each other. Things are off to a rocky start...again. Arctic wolf shifter Amelia White isn't entirely displeased to see Gavin again, but priorities shift when their plane is sabotaged and goes down in the middle of nowhere. As their attraction grows, Amelia hopes Gavin doesn't discover the secret she's been keeping...she knows he could never forgive her."--Back cover.

A home for Hannah

March 21, 2018
Lillard, Amy, author.
329 pages ; 18 cm
Fifteen years. That's how long it's been since Hannah McLean set foot in the Amish community where she was raised. Through it all her heart has never forgotten Pontotoc--or Aaron Zook, her first love. Now widowed, and left with little more than her hurting teenager and her prayers, she returns home, even knowing she and her son may be turned away. When Aaron learns Hannah has returned, he nearly falls to his knees. He's a strong man, but lately the care of his three motherless children and family land have been more than he can handle. Now providence has delivered the first woman he loved, and with her, the rush of feelings they once shared.

It's wrong for me to love you part 3

March 21, 2018
Armstead, Krystal, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, LLC, [2018]
280 pages ; 21 cm.
"Renaissance collection."
After four years, Ne'Vaeh has rekindled a relationship with Jamie, her first love. Jamie struggles to tell her the truth about his night in Miami with Charlene, Ne'Vaeh's rival since their days as students at Howard University.

The longest silence

March 21, 2018
Webb, Debra, author.
328 pages ; 24 cm.
"Joanna Guthrie was free. She had been for eighteen years--or so she needed everyone to believe. What really happened during the longest fourteen days of her life, when she and two other women were held captive by a dangerous serial killer, wasn't something she could talk about. Not with him watching. Not unless she wanted to end up like the ones who didn't make it out. But when more women go missing in an eerily similar manner, Jo knows her prolonged silence will only seal their fates. She's finally ready to talk; she just needs someone to listen. FBI special agent Tony LeDoux can't deny he finds Jo compelling--he's just not sure he believes her story. But with the clock ticking, Jo will do anything to convince him, even if it means unearthing long-buried secrets that will land them squarely in the crosshairs of the killer..."--Dust jacket.

The first kiss of spring

March 21, 2018
March, Emily, author.
viii, 354 pages ; 18 cm.
A successful businesswoman returns to her hometown, where she pursues a sexy mechanic with a tragic past.

With this man

March 21, 2018
Malpas, Jodi Ellen.
New York : Forever, 2018.
480 pages ; 21 cm.
Life is good for Jesse Ward. Perfect, actually. He still has the charm, he's in great shape, and he still reduces his wife, Ava, to a pool of desire with a mere look. But Jesse's perfect world falls apart when a terrible accident lands Ava in the hospital with a life-threatening head injury. Devastated and angry, he feels like his entire existence hangs in the balance. He cannot survive without this woman's love. So when she finally comes around, his shaking world begins to level out. But his nightmare doesn't end there. It's only just begun. Because his wife can't remember the last sixteen years of her life. That's all of him. All of their time together. He is a stranger to her. Now Jesse must do whatever it takes to find her memories . . . and help her fall madly, passionately in love with him all over again.


March 20, 2018
Jenkins, Jennifer (Young adult author), author.
Raleigh, NC : Month9Books, ©2016.
276 pages ; 22 cm
Believing Zo to be dead, Gryphon heads to the Raven nest to warn them of their impending demise, while Zo helps Nameless refugees to the Allied Camp in a bid to bring peace to the region.


March 20, 2018
Jenkins, Jennifer (Young adult author), author.
294 pages ; 22 cm.
In this thrilling conclusion to the acclaimed three-book series, Gryphon has only 23 days to ensure that the Zo, Joshua, and Tess are cared for before offering his life as ransom to Chief Barnabas in exchange for the lives of his best friend and mess brothers. He doesn't have the nerve to tell Zo the truth. But Gryphon is not the only one harboring secrets. To spare her own life, Zo has made a blood oath promising to help the Kodiak Clan free their families living as Nameless slaves. When Gryphon finds out that the peaceful life he had planned for Zo is not secure--he commits himself to cooperating with the Allies and divulges a secret that will give the Allies the upper hand against the Ram. The Ram are leaving the Gate. The Great Move is underway. New alliances form as Wolf, Raven, and Kodiak combine forces in a final battle that will determine the fate of the entire region.

The heart's appeal

March 16, 2018
Delamere, Jennifer, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2018]
376 pages 22 cm.
Strong-minded and independent Julia Bernay comes to London to study medicine and become a doctor--a profession that has only just opened up to women. She witnesses a serious accident, and through her quick actions saves the life of an ambitious young barrister named Michael Stephenson. Coming from a family that long ago lost its money and its respectability, Michael Stephenson has achieved what many would have thought was impossible. Hard work and an aptitude for the law have enabled him to rise above his family's stigma and set him on the path to wealth and recognition. But his well-laid plans are upended when the accident brings Julia into his life. Michael soon discovers he's met a woman every bit as stubborn and determined to make her mark on the world as he is. Sparks fly--but will they find common ground?

The shape of water

March 15, 2018
Toro, Guillermo del, 1964- author.
315 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
In an otherworldly story set against the backdrop of Cold War-era America, an amphibious man is discovered in the Amazon--and subsequently finds love within the human race. In 1962, Elisa Esposito-- mute her whole life-- works as a janitor working the graveyard shift at Baltimore's Occam Aerospace Research Center. Only Zelda, a protective coworker, and Giles, her loving neighbor, help her make it through her day. Then she sees something she was never meant to see: an amphibious man, captured in the Amazon, to be studied for Cold War advancements. Using sign language, the two learn to communicate. Richard Strickland, the obsessed soldier who tracked the asset through the Amazon, wants nothing more than to dissect it before the Russians get a chance to steal it.

Forever my girl

March 15, 2018
McLaughlin, Heidi (Romance fiction writer), author.
245 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes excerpt from: My unexpected forever (pages [241]-245).
"Movie tie-in version"--Dear reader [note].
"I was never supposed to be a rock star. I had all my life planned out for me. Play football in college. Go to the NFL. Marry my high school sweetheart and live happily ever after. I broke both our hearts that day I told her I was leaving. I was young. I made the right decision for me, but the wrong decision for us. I've poured my soul into music, but I've never forgotten her. Her smell, her smile. and now I'm going back. After ten years. I hope I can explain that after all this time. I still want her to be my forever girl"--Page [4] of cover.

The sweetest kind of fate

March 14, 2018
Cestari, Crystal, author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, 2018.
310 pages ; 22 cm.
"Magical matchmaker Amber Sand is back with a new love triangle, a mermaid emergency, and some serious magical mayhem."-- Provided by publisher.

His risk : the Amish of Hart County

March 14, 2018
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
265, 14 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes P.S. Insights, Interviews, & More... in the last 14 pages of the book.
When DEA agent Calvin Fisher returns to the Amish community he left at the age of fourteen, he falls for the local nursery school teacher, Alice, but soon a spike in criminal activity leaves Calvin wondering if he has brought danger to the community.

Irish thoroughbred

March 14, 2018
Roberts, Nora, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018.
198 pages ; 22 cm
"Nora's first novel"--Cover.
"There's nothing left for Adelia Cunnane in Ireland. The aunt she cared for has passed, and the family farm has been sold for taxes. But her uncle Paddy has written her: Come to America... Dee has always had a magical touch with animals, and she finds employment with her uncle on the Maryland horse farm owned by Travis Grant. It's a joy to ride Travis's chestnut Thoroughbred--and to spend her first paycheck on luxuries she never had in the old country. But Dee is disconcerted by the way her boss treats her--and the way she responds. America may be the land of opportunity, a place where even those from the humblest background can pursue what they want--and, perhaps, even find themselves one day attending the Kentucky Derby. But some divides may be too wide to cross, and Dee fears that demanding more could cost her all that she's already gained" -- Provided by the publisher.

Undiscovered country : a novel inspired by the lives of Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok

March 14, 2018
McNees, Kelly O'Connor, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2018.
284 pages ; 24 cm
In 1932, New York City, top reporter Lorena "Hick" Hickok starts each day with a front page byline--and finishes it swigging bourbon and planning her next big scoop. But an assignment to cover FDR's campaign--and write a feature on his wife, Eleanor--turns Hick's hard-won independent life on its ear. Soon her work, and the secret entanglement with the new first lady, will take her from New York and Washington to Scotts Run, West Virginia, where impoverished coal miners' families wait in fear that the New Deal's promised hope will pass them by. Together, Eleanor and Hick imagine how the new town of Arthurdale could change the fate of hundreds of lives. But doing what is right does not come cheap, and Hick will pay in ways she never could have imagined. Undiscovered Country artfully mixes fact and fiction to portray the intense relationship between this unlikely pair. Inspired by the historical record, including the more than three thousand letters Hick and Eleanor exchanged over a span of thirty years, McNees tells this story through Hick's tough, tender, and unforgettable voice. A remarkable portrait of Depression-era America, this novel tells the poignant story of how a love that was forced to remain hidden nevertheless changed history.

Royally endowed

March 14, 2018
Chase, Emma, author.
New York : EverAfter Romance, 2017.
266 pages ; 21 cm.
Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times, but Ellie Hammond's willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him? Sexy. As. Hell. And Ellie's perky enough for both of them. For years, she's had a crush on the intense, protective royal security guard, but she doesn't think he ever saw her, not really. To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job, a relative of the royal family he'd sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she's determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after. The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister's footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis, a viscount would also do nicely. But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go. Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He's handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and other body parts. Any woman would be proud to bring him home to her family. But there's only one woman he wants. For years he's watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar. He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her. But beautiful Ellie Hammond's off-limits. Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

Royally screwed

March 14, 2018
Chase, Emma, author.
New York, NY : EverAfter Romance, 2016.
301 pages ; 21 cm.
Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, aka 'His Royal Hotness,' is handsome and arrogant. One snowy night in Manhattan, the prince meets a dark haired beauty who doesn't bow down. Instead, she throws a pie in his face. He's determined to find out if she tastes as good as her pie.... Dating a prince isn't what waitress Olivia Hammond ever imagined it would be. Now the whole world is watching. And Nicholas has to decide who he is and who he wants to be: King... or the man who gets to love Olivia forever.

In search of us

March 13, 2018
Dellaira, Ava, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2018.
403 pages ; 22 cm
Relates the stories of Marilyn who, at age seventeen, fell in love with James, left her stage-mother, and set out on her own and Angie, her now seventeen-year-old daughter, who returns to Hollywood seeking her father.

As the devil dares

March 13, 2018
Harrington, Anna (Romance fiction writer)
368 pages ; 17 cm.
Agreeing, against his better judgment, to find a husband for scandalous Mariah Winslow, a beautiful woman with no dowry and no sense of decorum, Lord Robert Carlisle uses every trick in the book to find her a suitable match until he realizes he wants her for himself.

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