New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

March 26, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Narcisa : our lady of ashes

March 25, 2015
Shaw, Jonathan, 1953- author.
xi, 612 pages ; 23 cm.
Previously published with slightly different text by Heartworm Press.
In the wild backwaters of Rio de Janerio and New York, motorcycle-riding, nomadic outlaw poet Ignacio Valencia Lobos--known as Cigano--attempts in vain to curb the unhinged habits of his lover, Narcisa, a crack-smoking philosopher prostitute. Though he knows they will destroy each other, Narcisa is an exquisite poison he cannot resist. As they navigate the chaos of her downward spiral-dragged deeper by the gravity of drugs, burglaries, and violence, Cigano recounts a love affair doomed by insanity, dysfunction, and vice.

Love after all

March 25, 2015
Burton, Jaci, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2015.
293 pages ; 18 cm.
High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner, tired of dating the wrong men, has developed a foolproof list to help her find her soulmate, but bar owner Sebastian Palmer tries to convince her that she is going about things all wrong.

Cursed by ice : the immortal brothers

March 25, 2015
Frank, Jacquelyn.
New York, NY : Ballantine, 2015.
343 pages ; 17 cm
When she is freed from slavery by the warrior Gareth, Sarielle, gifted with an extraordinary ability, is drawn to this cursed soul who wants nothing more than to conquer her.

The one that got away : a novel

March 25, 2015
Chase, Bethany.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
340 pages ; 20 cm
A Ballantine Books Trade Paperback Original
"Sarina Mahler has finally settled into life. She has a successful career as an architect, a perfect, loving boyfriend, and a close group of friends. But when an old crush moves to town - Eamon, a former Olympic swimmer and the only man she never truly got over - everything flips upside down. Haunted by the death of her mother, Sarina uses her passion for design, inherited from her beloved step-father, to escape from emotional entanglements. With her boyfriend in Buenos Aires for work, and Eamon looking for an architect to renovate his new Austin digs, Sarina discovers quickly that in order to be honest with both men, whom she cares deeply about, she must come to terms with what she's really looking for in love, and life"-- Provided by publisher.

Fires of winter

March 24, 2015
Lindsey, Johanna.
New York : Avon Books, [2002], ©1980.
384 pages ; 17 cm

Paper hearts

March 23, 2015
Walsh, Courtney, 1975-
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, [2014]
402 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she's poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park's tradition of stamping mail with the city's romantic postmark.When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn't come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail's new landlord, and he's threatening to end her lease to expand his practice.As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple.


March 20, 2015
Walsh, Brighton. author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
274 pages ; 21 cm
"Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. The daughter of a prominent business man, she has everything she could ask for. Except a father who's present in her life, a mother who doesn't spend her days drinking herself into oblivion, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls a home. Madison dreams of someday leaving her life behind. She just never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen. Now she's being held captive by a man who's as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary as dangerous as he is compelling, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn't know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes he's not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness, and a heart as broken and battered as her own. But as Madison lets her walls down for the first time in her life, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could rock her very foundation"-- Provided by publisher.

It had to be him

March 20, 2015
Baumann, Tamra, author.
Seattle : Montlake Romance, [2015].
278 pages ; 21 cm
"She may have sworn him off for good...but love is full of surprises. Even though Meg Anderson's hell-raising days are over, coming home to Anderson Butte isn't easy, especially when her impossible-to-please dad is the mayor and her do-gooder siblings run the place. But with another job lost and the gorgeous father of her daughter trying to make contact after disappearing three years ago, a break is definitely in order. Hopefully the little town filled with big, juicy secrets can help. After being off the grid for years, Josh Granger, a man with his own secrets, wants Meg and his daughter back. But first he has to get past townspeople as protective as a pack of rottweilers. He's not the man Meg thinks he is, but he can't tell her why...not yet. As Meg slowly warms to Josh, it's clear the old spark is still there. But when his secret is exposed--along with Meg's own shocking revelation--will it tear their family apart again, or bind them forever?"--Page [4] of cover.

The duke's disaster

March 20, 2015
Burrowes, Grace, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015].
439 pages ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt from: Tremaine's true love (pages [433]-439).
"Between his high-handedness, her pride, and both of their bruised and tender hearts, what else could possibly go wrong? Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, proposes to prim Lady Thea Collins because he's loath to waste time on courtship nonsense and Lady Thea should make a biddable duchess. Noah prides himself on his practicality, so he's dismayed when his engagement to Lady Thea embroils him in nothing but trouble. Is he courting a duchess of convenience or a ducal disaster? Lady Thea has fallen on hard times, and accepts His Grace's proposal because he shows every indication of being a distant and manageable husband. When the duke intrudes into every aspect of Thea's life, and adds humor, tenderness, and passionate kisses to their bargain, Thea must take His Grace firmly in hand"--Page [4] of cover.

Meant for you

March 20, 2015
Chase, Samantha, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015].
347 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Made for us (pages [331]-347).
"She dares to dream...Summer Montgomery wants to be taken seriously almost as much as she wants her brother's best friend, Ethan. But with a long résumé of seemingly random career choices and a protective brother on watch, those things are nothing more than pipe dreams...Does she dare try? Ethan Reed would like nothing more than to live by his own rules. Not wanting to disappoint his best friend Zach, or any of the Montgomerys, Ethan's had to push his long-denied feelings for Summer aside. But it only takes one night away from watchful eyes to make impossible dreams come true"--Page [4] of cover.

The lady meets her match

March 20, 2015
Conkle, Gina, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015].
371 pages ; 18 cm.
"Finding her is only half the battle. Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all"--Page [4] of cover.

At the Brazilian's command

March 20, 2015
Stephens, Susan, 1949- author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
184 pages ; 17 cm.
Polo champion Tiago Santos needs a wife and Danny Cameron sees their marriage as a business investment, but neither expects their feelings to complicate this agreement.

The billionaire's bridal bargain

March 20, 2015
Graham, Lynne, 1956- author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
186 pages ; 17 cm.
Cesare Sabatino and Lizzie each have their reasons for wanting to wed, but neither expect to find love in the process.

Carrying the Greek's heir

March 20, 2015
Kendrick, Sharon, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
185 pages ; 17 cm.
Ellie Brooks finds herself pregnant with billionaire Alekto Sarantos' heir, and both must deal with the consequences.

His diamond of convenience

March 20, 2015
Yates, Maisey, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
188 pages ; 17 cm.
Victoria Calder takes on Dmitri Markin to win back her father and his business, but never expects to be won over herself by the former martial arts fighter.

The Italian's deal for I do

March 20, 2015
Hayward, Jennifer (Romantic fiction writer), author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
192 pages ; 17 cm.
Rocco Mondelli sees marriage as a way to regain control over his fashion empire, but when his fiancée, supermodel Olivia Fitzgerald, becomes a runaway bride, he must win her back to save both his business and himself.

Olivero's outrageous proposal

March 20, 2015
Walker, Kate, 1950 May 7- author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
185 pages ; 17 cm.
A marriage of convenience between Dario Olivero and Alyse Gregory can resolve her family's debts and rebuild his relationship with his family, but their attraction to one another quickly complicates matters for both of them.

The sheikh's princess bride

March 20, 2015
West, Annie (Romantic fiction writer), author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
191 pages ; 17 cm.
Sheikh Tariq of Al-Sharath wishes to marry again only for the sake of his children, but Princess Samira of Jazeer may be just what Tariq and his children need.

Virgin's sweet rebellion

March 20, 2015
Hewitt, Kate, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
187 pages ; 17 cm.
Film star Olivia Harrington and Ben Chatsfield are romantically linked in the press, but discover that the reports of their feelings may not be that far from the truth.

Written in the stars

March 19, 2015
Saeed, Aisha, author.
New York, NY : Nancy Paulsen Books, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2015]
284 pages ; 22 cm
"Naila's vacation to visit relatives in Pakistan turns into a nightmare when she discovers her parents want to force her to marry a man she's never met"-- Provided by publisher.

Together with you

March 19, 2015
Bylin, Victoria.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
331 pages ; 22 cm
"Responsible for his young daughter and two teenage sons for the summer, Dr. Ryan Tremaine wants to reconnect with his children, but after hiring Carly Mason as his daughter Penny's nanny, Ryan's attraction to Carly complicates his plan"-- Provided by publisher.

The poser : a novel

March 18, 2015
Rubin, Jacob.
New York : Viking, 2015.
242 pages ; 24 cm
"All his life, Giovanni Bernini has possessed an uncanny gift: he can imitate anyone he meets. Honed by his mother at a young age, the talent catapults him from small-town obscurity to stardom. As Giovanni describes it, "No one's disguise is perfect. There is in every person, no matter how graceful, a seam, a thread curling out of them. . . . When pulled by the right hands, it will unravel the person entire." As his fame grows, Giovanni encounters a beautiful and enigmatic stage singer, Lucy Starlight--the only person whose thread he cannot find--and becomes increasingly trapped inside his many poses. Ultimately, he must assume the one identity he has never been able to master: his own"-- Provided by publisher.

The up-down : the almost lost, last Sailor and Lula story, in which their son, Pace Roscoe Ripley, finds his way

March 18, 2015
Gifford, Barry, 1946- author.
New York : Seven Stories Press, [2015]
224 pages ; 22 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"A novel of violence, of love, and introspection, The Up-Down follows a man who leaves home and all that's familiar, finds true love, loses it, and finds it again. Pace's voyage is outward, among strangers, and inward into the fifth direction that is the up-down, in a sweeping, voracious human tale that takes no prisoners, witnesses extreme brutalities and expresses a childlike amazement. Here the route goes from New Orleans, to Chicago to Wyoming to Bay St. Clement, North Carolina, but the geography he is charting is always first and foremost unchartable"-- Provided by publisher.

A faith of her own

March 17, 2015
Fuller, Kathleen, author.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2015]
viii, 310 pages ; 22 cm
"A Middlefield Amish novel"--Cover.
"Jeremiah thought leaving Middlefield was the hardest thing he'd ever do. That was nothing compared to returning home. When Jeremiah left his Amish community to pursue his dream of becoming a veterinarian, he left more than just his faith behind--he walked away from his family and his childhood friend, Anna Mae. Now that he's returned to help out his mentor and work in a Yankee veterinarian practice, Jeremiah must face his past--and the people he betrayed. Anna Mae had finally put the loss of Jeremiah and the broken vow between them behind her. Even though she supported her best friend's pursuit of his dream, she never let on how his departure left her questioning her own place in the Amish world. With his return, new questions arise, along with feelings she'd never fully acknowledged before. As their rekindled friendship begins to turn into something more, Jeremiah and Anna Mae must examine their own faith and their relationship with each other and their families. With both of them torn between loyalty to their loved ones and being pulled in different directions, they must decide whether to heed God's call, even if it means being apart forever"-- Provided by publisher.

Supposed to die

March 17, 2015
Dutton, Hugh.
Waterville, Maine : Five Star, [2015]
257 pages ; 23 cm

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