New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

April 28, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Sunkissed

April 27, 2017
McLachlan, Jenny, author.
New York : Feiwel and Friends, 2017.
214 pages ; 22 cm.
Kat's family sends her to Sweden to spend the summer with her aunt where she must learn to embrace who she really is, especially if she is going to win the heart of cute Swede Leo.

You're the one that I want

April 27, 2017
Fletcher, Giovanna, author.
©2014.
342 pages ; 22 cm
"Originally published in Great Britain by Penguin Books, Ltd."
"Maddy, dressed in white, stands at the back of the church. At the end of the aisle is Rob--the man she's about to marry. Next to Rob is Ben--best man and the best friend anyone could ever have. And that's the problem. Because if it wasn't Rob waiting for her at the altar, there's a strong chance it would be Ben. Loyal and sensitive, Ben has always kept his feelings to himself, but if he told Maddy she was making a mistake, would she listen? And would he be right? Best friends since childhood, Maddy, Ben, and Rob thought their bond was unbreakable. But love changes everything. Maddy has a choice to make, but will she choose wisely? Her heart, and the hearts of the two best men she knows, depend on it."--Provided by publisher.

The broken road

April 26, 2017
Evans, Richard Paul, author.
©2017
296 pages ; 21 cm
"Chicago celebrity, Charles James can't shake the nightmare that wakes him each night. He sees himself walking down a long, broken highway the sides of which are lit in flames. Where is he going? Why is he walking? What is the wailing he hears around him? By day, he wonders why he's so haunted and unhappy when he has all he ever wanted-fame, fans and fortune and the lavish lifestyle it affords him. Coming from a childhood of poverty and pain, this is what he's dreamed of. But now, at the pinnacle of his career, he's started to wonder if he's wanted the wrong things. His wealth has come legally, but questionably, from the power of his personality, seducing people out of their hard-earned money. When he learns that one of his customers has committed suicide because of financial ruin, Charles is shaken. The cracks in his facade start to break down spurring him to question everything: his choices, his relationships, his future and the type of man he's become" --Provided by Publisher.

Deadmen walking

April 26, 2017
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
©2017
384 pages : map ; 24 cm.
Map on endpapers.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon debuts a sweeping new epic saga sure to appeal to her millions of fans! Deadmen tell their tales . . . To catch evil, it takes evil. Enter Devyl Bane--an ancient dark warlord returned to the human realm as one of the most notorious pirates in the New World. A man of many secrets, Bane makes a pact with Thorn--an immortal charged with securing the worst creations the ancient gods ever released into our world. Those powers have been imprisoned for eons behind enchanted gates . . . gates that are beginning to buckle. At Thorn's behest, Bane takes command of a crew of Deadmen and, together, they are humanity's last hope to restore the gates and return the damned to their hell realms. But things are never so simple. And one of Bane's biggest problems is the ship they sail upon. For the Sea Witch isn't just a vessel, she's also a woman born of an ancient people he wronged and who in turn wronged him during a centuries long war between their two races--a woman who is also sister to their primary target. Now Marcelina, the Sea Witch, must choose. Either she remains loyal to her evil sister and almost extinct race against Bane and his cause, and watches humanity fall, or she puts faith in an enemy who has already betrayed her. Her people over the totality of humanity--let's hope Bane can sway her favor.

The most beautiful woman in Florence : a story of Botticelli

April 26, 2017
Palombo, Alyssa, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
309 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion guides.
"A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family's favored circle. Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de' Medici's glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence--most notably the rakish Giuliano de' Medici--become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus."--Provided by publisher.

Making waves : a Beach Lane novel

April 26, 2017
Moore, Laura, 1963- author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2017]
390 pages ; 21 cm
"A Beach Lane Novel" on cover.
"As the responsible daughter of an irresponsible socialite, Dakota Hale has plenty of practice catering to the whims of the rich and spoiled--and she's turned that experience into a thriving concierge business serving the needs of the Hamptons' wealthy elite. But living and working among the upper crust has never tempted Dakota to follow in her mother's jet-setting footsteps. Anytime the drama on land gets too outrageous, Dakota finds calm surfing the Atlantic waves. But when sexy mogul Max Carr hires her, it rocks her balance in a big way. Max works hard, but he's never had to put any effort into winning over a woman--until now. With her stunning beauty and keen intelligence, Dakota is worth the effort. But it's plain she has no interest in a casual fling, and that's all Max with his grief-stricken heart can offer. But one fraught night changes everything, with consequences neither Dakota nor Max anticipated. Now they must navigate the rough waters of society gossip and devastating secrets that threaten their fragile relationship. If they can trust in the strength of their growing feelings, they'll find the dreams they've been chasing are close enough to embrace together"-- Provided by publisher.

The shadow sister : Star's story

April 24, 2017
Riley, Lucinda, author.
©2016
498 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Sequel to: The storm sister : Ally's story.
Star D'Aplièse is at a crossroads in her life after the sudden death of her beloved father--the elusive billionaire, affectionately called Pa Salt by his six daughters, all adopted from across the four corners of the world. He has left each of them a clue to her true heritage, and Star nervously decides to follow hers, which leads her to an antiquarian bookshop in London, and the start of a whole new world. A hundred years earlier, headstrong and independent Flora MacNichol vows she will never marry. She is happy and secure in her home in England's picturesque Lake District--just a stone's throw away from the residence of her childhood idol, Beatrix Potter--when machinations lead her to London, and the home of one of Edwardian society's most notorious society hostesses, Alice Keppel. Flora is torn between passionate love and her duty to her family, but finds herself a pawn in a larger game. That is, until a meeting with a mysterious gentleman unveils the answers that Flora has been searching for her whole life ... As Star learns more of Flora's incredible journey, she too goes on a voyage of discovery, finally stepping out of the shadow of her sister and opening herself up to the possibility of love.

The thing about love

April 24, 2017
James, Julie, 1974- author.
New York : Berkley, [2017]
x, 365 pages ; 21 cm
"The New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer blows the covers of two FBI agents who can't hide who they are from each other ... FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army Ranger clashed during their training at Quantico and gladly went their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to be assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting. For both of them, being paired with an old rival couldn't come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI's elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they'll have to find a way to work together--a task that becomes even trickier when they're forced to hole up at a romantic beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a lot more complicated ... READERS GUIDE INSIDE"-- Provided by publisher.

Love and vandalism

April 24, 2017
Crompton, Laurie Boyle, author.
©2017
323 pages ; 21 cm
Rory has a secret: she's the vandal who paints graffiti lions all over her small town. If her policeman dad knew, he'd probably disown her. So when Hayes, a former screw-up on the path to recovery, catches her in the act, Rory's sure she's busted. Instead, he makes her a deal. If Rory shows him around town, he won't turn her in. It might be coercion, but at least the boy is hot. As they spend more time together, Rory worries she made the wrong choice. Hayes has a way of making her want things she shouldn't want and feel emotions she's tried to bury. Rory's going to have to distance herself from Hayes or confront a secret she can't bring herself to face...

The night she won Miss America

April 21, 2017
Callahan, Michael, 1963- author.
©2017
xvi, 312 pages ; 22 cm
"Inspired by a true story." --Jacket.
"Betty Jane Welch reluctantly enters the Miss Delaware contest to make her mother happy, only to surprisingly find herself the judges' choice. Just like that, she's catapulted into the big time, the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Luckily, her pageant-approved escort for the week is the dashing but mercurial Griffin McAllister, and she falls for him hard. But when the spirited Betty unexpectedly wins the crown and sash, she finds she may lose what she wants most: Griff's love. To keep him, she recklessly agrees to run away together. From the flashy carnival of the Boardwalk to the shadowy streets of Manhattan to a cliffside mansion in gilded Newport, the chase is on as the cops and a scrappy reporter secretly in love with the beauty queen threaten to unravel everything-and expose Griff's darkest secret"--Provided by publisher.

High stakes

April 20, 2017
Michaels, Fern, author.
©2017
278 pages ; 22 cm.
Investigative reporter Dennis West joined forces with the men of the Sisterhood to help fight corruption and greed on behalf of underdogs everywhere. Now he and his band of brothers are on a mission to help an old friend in danger: Toby Mason was a whip-smart college nerd - nothing like the buff dancer at the Supper Club who's reached out to Dennis. The owners of the Supper Club adult-entertainment franchise have expanded their empire through tours, contests, and calendars. But Toby suspects the Supper Clubs offer a convenient front for a major drug trafficking operation - and those suspicions have become known to his employers. At the top-secret headquarters of BOLO Consultants, Dennis, Jack, Abner, Ted, Harry, and the rest of the crew gather to formulate a plan. It'll mean going deep undercover, but the men of the Sisterhood are breaking out their most impressive moves to stop a criminal network that's stayed two steps ahead of justice for too long.

Fireworks

April 20, 2017
Cotugno, Katie, author.
New York : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
328 pages ; 22 cm
It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who's never sung more than Olivia's backup. Dana, who wasn't even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who's destined to be the next big thing. It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there's only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it's her chance at her dream. For Dana, it's a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it's the adventure of a lifetime--if they can make it through. Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno's Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.

The upside of unrequited

April 20, 2017
Albertalli, Becky, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
340 pages ; 22 cm
Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her own bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle.

Literally

April 20, 2017
Keating, Lucy.
New York : Harper Teen, 2017.
250 pages ; 23 cm
Annabelle's life has always been Perfect with a capital P. Then bestselling young adult author Lucy Keating announces that she's writing a new novel-- and Annabelle is the heroine. It turns out that Annabelle is a character that Lucy Keating created. And Lucy has a plan for her. But, Annabelle doesn't want to live a life where everything she does is already plotted out. Will she find a way to write her own story-- or will Lucy Keating have the last word? -- amazon.com

Miss you : a novel

April 19, 2017
Eberlen, Kate, author.
New York, NY : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
433 pages ; 24 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2016 by Mantle"--Title page verso.
What if you just walked by the love of your life, but didn't even know it? Tess is in Florence on vacation before starting university in London. Gus is on holiday with his parents after a tragedy shattered their lives seven months ago, and is planning for medical school in London. Chance brings these eighteen-year-olds together for a brief moment-- and then sets them apart. But it's only the first of many times their paths will crisscross as time passes. Over the next sixteen years, as their lives diverge from those they'd envisioned, the possibility of Tess and Gus connecting once more seems slight.

Blacksouls

April 19, 2017
Castroman, Nicole, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
390 pages ; 22 cm
First mate Teach is contemplating mutiny to protect his crew from Spanish attackers, while Anne makes it to Nassau only to be confronted by lawlessness and corruption.

A viscount's proposal

April 19, 2017
Dickerson, Melanie, author.
©2017
279 pages ; 21 cm.
"Leorah Langdon has no patience for Regency society's shallow hypocrisy and unnecessary rules, especially for women. She's determined to defy convention by marrying for grand passion instead of settling for a loveless union like her parents--or wedding a stuffy, pompous gentleman like Edward, the Viscount Withinghall. But when a chance meeting in the countryside leads to Leorah and Withinghall being discovered in his overturned carriage--alone and after dark--the ensuing gossip may force them together. Withinghall has his reasons for clinging to propriety; his father perished in a duel with his mistress's husband, and Edward must avoid scandal himself if he wants to become prime minister. He certainly has no time for a reckless hoyden like Miss Langdon. But soon the two discover that Withinghall's coach 'accident' was no such thing: the vehicle was sabotaged. Can the culprit be brought to justice? Strong-willed Leorah and duty-driven Withinghall will have to work together if they have any hope of saving her reputation, his political career--and his life"--Back cover.

The prince

April 19, 2017
Reisz, Tiffany.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin Books, ©2012.
407 pages ; 21 cm.
Two worlds of wealth and passion call to Nora Sutherlin. One is inhabited by Wes Railey, the object of Nora's tamest yet most maddening fantasies and the one man she can't forget. He's young. He's wonderful. He's also thoroughbred royalty and, reuniting with him in Kentucky, she's in his world now. But this infamous New York dominatrix is no simpering southern belle, and Nora's dream of fitting into Wesley's world is perpetually at odds with the relentlessly seductive pull of Soren -- her owner, her lover, the forever she cannot have. Meanwhile, Nora's associate Kingsley Edge is only too happy to take her place at Soren's feet during her hiatus. Soren is the only man Kingsley has ever loved, and their dark, shared history has forged a bond that neither they years -- nor Soren's love for Nora -- can break. But a new threat from an old adversary is forcing Kingsley to confront the past, reminding him that he must keep his friends close, and his enemies closer.

The end of our story

April 18, 2017
Haston, Meg, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen 2017.
280 pages ; 22 cm
"BEFORE: Bridge and Wil have been entangled in each other's lives for years. Under the white-hot Florida sun, they went from kids daring each other to swim past the breakers to teenagers stealing kisses between classes. But when Bridge betrayed Wil during their junior year, she shattered his heart and their relationship along with it. AFTER: When Wil's family suffers a violent loss, and Bridge rushes back to Wil's side. As they struggle to heal old wounds and start falling for each other all over again, Bridge and Wil discover just how much has changed in the past year. Though they once knew each other's every secret, they aren't the same people they used to be. Bridge can't imagine life without Wil, but sometimes love isn't enough. Can they find their way back to each other, or will this be the end of their story?"--amazon.com.

And then there was me

April 18, 2017
Johnson, Sadeqa, author.
©2017
viii, 292 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel of friendship, secrets and lies" --Cover.
"Bea and Awilda have been best friends from the moment Awilda threw her fourteen year-old self across Bea's twin-sized bed as if they had known each other forever. Bubbly, adventurous Awilda taught sheltered, shy Bea how to dress, wear her hair and what to do with boys. She even introduced Bea to her husband, Lonnie, in college, who pledged to take good care of her for the rest of their lives. But philanderer Lonnie breaks that promise over and over again, leaving Bea to wrestle with her self-esteem and long time secret addiction. Recently Lonnie has plopped the family in a New Jersey upper class suburb, which lacks the diversity that Bea craves but has the school district and zip code envy that Lonnie wants. The demands of carrying a third child and fitting into this new environment while pretending that her husband is not cheating on her again, is more than she can handle. And just when she thinks things can't get any worst, the ultimate deception snaps the little thread that was holding her life together and all comes tumbling down."-- Provided by publisher.

Alex & Eliza : a love story

April 18, 2017
De la Cruz, Melissa, 1971- author.
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
358 pages ; 22 cm
When Alex and Eliza meet one fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

Duels & deception

April 18, 2017
Anstey, Cindy, author.
©2017
348 pages ; 21 cm
In 1800s London, a young heiress and her lawyer are caught up in a kidnapping plot to steal her fortune, but as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder what she truly wants.

Iḷaṅkālai oḷikkīṟṟu!

April 18, 2017
|6880-01 Jeycakti, author.
|6880-04 Kōyamputtūr : Tamiḻttēṉ Patippakam, 2016.
136 pages ; 18 cm
Novel.

The horse dancer

April 17, 2017
Moyes, Jojo, 1969- author.
©2009
444, 11, 8 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel about a lost girl and her horse, the enduring strength of friendship, and how even the smallest choices can change everything. When Sarah's grandfather gives her a beautiful horse named Boo hoping that one day she'll follow in his footsteps to join an elite French riding school, away from their gritty London neighborhood she quietly trains in city's parks and alleys. But then her grandfather falls ill, and Sarah must juggle horsemanship with school and hospital visits. Natasha, a young lawyer, is reeling after her failed marriage: her professional judgment is being questioned, her new boyfriend is a let-down, and she's forced to share her house with her charismatic ex-husband. Yet when the willful fourteen-year-old Sarah lands in her path, Natasha decides to take the girl under her wing. But Sarah is keeping a secret? A secret that will change the lives of everyone involved forever." -- From the Trade Paperback edition.

The good byline : a Riley Ellison mystery

April 17, 2017
Orr, Jill, author.
©2017
288 pages ; 21 cm
"Riley Ellison, a smart, quirky young heroine with Southern charm to boot feels adrift in her small hometown of Tuttle Corner, VA. Newly single and bemoaning the decline of print journalism, which has dashed her long-held dream of succeeding her grandfather as an obituary writer at the local newspaper. When her childhood best friend commits suicide with no warning, Jordan's grieving family asks Riley to write her obituary. As she investigates why such an ambitious young woman might want to end her life, Riley begins to consider that Jordan may have actually been murdered. In the meantime, her love life becomes complicated when her ex -- Ryan -- returns to town just as things are heating up with a hot newcomer--who may have had something to do with Jordan's death"--Provided by publisher.

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