New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

February 27, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Diary of an accidental wallflower

February 26, 2015
McQuiston, Jennifer, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
370 pages ; 18 cm.
Pretty and popular, Miss Clare Westmore knows exactly what (or rather, who) she wants: the next Duke of Harrington. But when she twists her ankle on the eve of the Season's most touted event, Clare is left standing in the wallflower line watching her best friend dance away with her duke. Dr. Daniel Merial is tempted to deliver more than a diagnosis to London's most unlikely wallflower, but he doesn't have time for distractions, even one so delectable. Besides, she's clearly got her sights on more promising prey. So why can't he stop thinking about her? All Clare wants to do is return to the dance floor. But as her former friends try to knock her permanently out of place, she realizes with horror she is falling for her doctor instead her duke. When her ankle finally heals and she faces her old life again, will she throw herself back into the game? Or will her time in the wallflower line have given her a glimpse of who she was really meant to be?

The return

February 26, 2015
Armentrout, Jennifer L., author.
Marlborough, CT : Spencer Hill Press, 2015.
335 pages ; 21 cm.
"A Titan novel"--Title page.
"It's been a year since Seth made the deal with the gods that pledged his life to them. And so far, the jobs they've given him have been violent and bloody--which is kind of all right with him. But now Apollo has something else in mind for Seth. He's got to play protector which keeping his hands and fingers off, and for someone who really has a problem with restraint, this new assignment might be the most challenging yet. Josie has no idea what this crazy hot guy's deal might be, but it's a good bet that his arrival means the new life she started after leaving home is about to be thrown into an Olympian-sized blender turned up to 'puree.' Either Josie is going insane or a nightmare straight out of ancient myth is gunning for her. But it might be the unlikely attraction simmering between her and the golden-eyed, secret-keeping Seth that may prove to be the most dangerous thing of all,"--page [4] of cover.

Back in the game

February 26, 2015
Wilde, Lori, author.
©2015
369 pages ; 17 cm
"A Stardust, Texas novel"--Title page.
Convinced there's more to Rowdy than a good fastball, a wicked smile, and a tight pair of pants, Breeanne can't help but be tempted. After all, it's boring always being the good girl, and Rowdy dares her to be just a little bad. The stakes are high, but win or lose, this time Breeanne's breaking all the rules playing the game of love.

The tempting of Thomas Carrick

February 26, 2015
Laurens, Stephanie, author.
©2015
456 pages ; 17 cm.
Thomas Carrick, wealthy owner of Carrick Enterprises located in bustling Glasgow, is one of that city's most eligible bachelors. He fully intends to select an appropriate wife from the many young ladies paraded before him--yet no young lady captures his eye, much less his attention, in the way Lucilla Cynster does. For over two years, Thomas has avoided his clan's estate because it borders Lucilla's home, but disturbing reports from his clansmen force him to return to the countryside, only to discover that his uncle, the laird, is ailing, a clan family is desperately ill, and the clan healer is unconscious and dying. Duty to the clan leaves Thomas no choice but to seek help from the last woman he wants to face. Strong-willed and passionate, Lucilla has been waiting for Thomas to return and claim his rightful place by her side. He is the only man for her, just as she is his one true love. And, at last, he's back. Thomas can never forget Lucilla, much less the connection that seethes between them, but to marry her would mean embracing a life he's adamant he does not want. Lucilla remains as determined as only a Cynster can be to fight for the future she knows can be theirs.

Deviate

February 26, 2015
Clark, Tracy, author.
Fort Collins, Colorado : Entangled Teen, 2015.
383 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tormented after a daring escape, Cora Sandoval must find a way to stop the Arrazi from murdering innocent people and from violating, using, and killing the Scintilla for their powers. She must all except one bitter betrayal. Finn Doyle--the Irish boy who has both a piece of Cora's heart and soul--is Arrazi"--Back cover.

Gwendolen : a novel

February 26, 2015
Souhami, Diana, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2015.
320 pages ; 21 cm.
"[Gwendolen] is also the heroine of George Eliot's novel Daniel Deronda and is writing to Deronda"--Cover flap.
"Gwendolen Harleth, an exceptionally beautiful upper-class Englishwoman, is gambling boldly at a resort when she catches the eye of a handsome, pensive gentleman. His gaze unnerves her, and she loses her winnings. The next day, she learns that her widowed mother and younger sisters, for whom she is financially responsible, have lost their family's fortune. As a young woman in the 1860s with only her looks to serve her, Gwendolen's options are few, so when Henleigh Grandcourt, a wealthy aristocrat, proposes to her, she accepts, despite her discovery of an alarming secret about his past"--Amazon.com.

Recipe for disaster

February 26, 2015
Ballis, Stacey.
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
xii, 466 pages ; 21 cm
"To an outside observer, Anneke Stroudt is a mess-her shirts are stained, her fingernails stubby, her language colorful. But, despite her flaws, Anneke's life is close to perfect. She has a beautiful historic house to restore and a loving fiance who cooks like a dream. Until Anneke's charmed existence falls apart when she loses both her job and her future husband in one terrible day. In need of a new start, she packs up her disgruntled schnauzer and moves into her half-finished home, where she throws her pent-up frustration, and what little savings she has, into finishing the renovation. But at the first step into the house's overhaul, Anneke is sidetracked when she discovers a mysterious leather-bound book, long hidden away, filled with tempting recipes and steamy secrets from Emma Ditmore-Smythe, the cook for the house's original owners. Slowly, with the help of some delicious food and Emma's life lessons, Anneke begins to realize that, just like a flawless recipe, she's been waiting for the right ingredients to cook up a perfect life all along"-- Provided by publisher.

The bedding proposal

February 26, 2015
Warren, Tracy Anne, author.
New York, New York : A Signet Select book, [2015]
343 pages ; 17 cm.

The snow globe

February 26, 2015
Kinghorn, Judith.
New York, New York : New American Library, [2015]
398 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Christmas 1926 holds bright promise for nineteen-year-old Daisy Forbes, with celebrations under way at Eden Hall, her family's country estate in Surrey, England. But when Daisy, the youngest of three daughters, discovers that her adored father, Howard, has been leading a double life, her illusions of perfection are shattered. Worse, his current mistress, introduced as a family friend, is joining them for the holidays. As Daisy wrestles with the truth, she blossoms in her own right, receiving a marriage proposal from one man, a declaration of love from another, and her first kiss from a third. Meanwhile, her mother, Mabel, manages these social complications with outward calm, while privately reviewing her life and contemplating significant changes. And among those belowstairs, Nancy, the housekeeper, and Mrs. Jessop, the cook, find that their long-held secrets are slowly beginning to surface.... As the seasons unfold in the new year and Daisy moves to London, desires, fortunes, and loyalties will shift during this tumultuous time after the Great War. The Forbes family and those who serve them will follow their hearts down unexpected paths that always return to where they began...Eden Hall"--Publisher.

Mistress Firebrand : renegades of the American Revolution

February 26, 2015
Thorland, Donna.
New York : New American Library, 2015.
387 pages ; 21 cm
Includes readers guide.
"British Occupied Manhattan, 1777. With her witty comedies, American actress Jennifer Leighton has been packing the John Street Theater, but she longs to escape the provincial circuit for the glamour of the London stage. When the playwright General John Burgoyne visits the city, fresh from a recent success on the Continent, she seizes the opportunity to court his patronage. But her plan is foiled by British intelligence officer Severin Devere. Severin's mission is to keep the pleasure-loving general focused on the war effort and away from pretty young actresses. But the tables are turned when Severin himself can't resist Jennifer Leighton . . . . Months later, Jenny has abandoned her dreams of stage glory and begun writing seditious plays for the Rebels under the pen name "Cornelia," ridiculing "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne and his army-and undermining the crown's campaign to take Albany. By the time Severin meets up with Jenny once again, she is on a British hanging list, and Severin is ordered to find her-and deliver her to certain death. Soon, the two are launched on a desperate journey through the wilderness, toward a future shaped by the revolution-and their passion for each other"-- Provided by publisher.

In wilderness : a novel

February 26, 2015
Thomas, Diane C. (Diane Coulter)
New York : Bantam, 2015.
304 pages ; 24 cm
"For readers of Amanda Coplin and Chris Bohjalian, In Wilderness is a suspenseful and literary love story--a daring and original novel about our fierce need for companionship and our enduring will to survive. In the winter of 1966, Katherine Reid receives a shattering diagnosis. Debilitated by a terminal and painful illness, Katherine moves to an isolated cabin deep in Georgia's Appalachian Mountains. There, with little more than a sleeping bag, a tin plate, and a loaded gun, she plans to spend the few short months remaining to her in beautiful but desolate solitude. Her isolation brings her peace, until the day she realizes the woods are not as empty as she believed. A heartbeat in the darkness. Breathing in the night. Katherine is not alone. Someone else is near, observing her every move. Twenty-year-old Vietnam veteran Danny lives in the once-grand mansion he has dubbed "Gatsby's house." Haunted by the scars of war and enclosed by walls of moldering books, he becomes fixated on Katherine. What starts as cautious observation grows to an obsession. When these two lost souls collide, the passion that ignites between them is all-consuming--and increasingly dangerous. Suffused with a stunning sense of character and atmosphere, Diane Thomas's intimate voice creates an unforgettable depiction of the transformative power of love, how we grieve and hope, and the perilous ways in which we heed and test our hearts."-- Provided by publisher.

Anna's crossing

February 26, 2015
Fisher, Suzanne Woods, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
328 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes an excerpt from The imposter.
"An Amish beginnings novel"--Title page.
"A young Amish woman fends off the matchmaking efforts of her fellow passengers on the Charming Nancy--the ship that brought the first wave of Amish to America in 1737"-- Provided by publisher.

His wicked reputation

February 25, 2015
Hunter, Madeline.
New York : Jove Books, 2015.
423 pages ; 17 cm
Includes excerpt from Tall, dark and wicked.
"Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when he heads to Langdon's End to restore a property he inherited--and to investigate a massive art theft--he lays plans to seduce a most unlikely lady. Eva Russell lives a spinster's life of precarious finances and limited dreams while clinging to her family's old gentry status. She supports herself by copying paintings while she plots to marry her lovely sister to a well-established man. Everyone warns her of Gareth's reputation, and advises her to lock her sister away. Only it is not her sister Gareth desires. One look, and she knows he is trouble. One kiss, however, proves she is no match for this master of seduction."--Author's website.

Return to me

February 25, 2015
Moran, Kelly (Romance novelist), author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
294 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: All of me (pages [289]-294).
"With every beat of the heart comes a memory of what could have been... Ten years ago, Cole Covington was just another rich kid who got everything he wanted--including young and trusting Mia Galdon. Then one night everything changed, and two hearts were shattered. Cole buried his guilt in the military, where love was just part of the past. Now Cole has come back home, emotionally damaged, guarded, and unprepared for what's waiting for him... At the urging of Cole's sister, Mia has returned to the Covington family's coastal home in Wilmington as a private nurse to help Cole recover. With her uncertain personal life at a crossroad, Mia doesn't have the luxury of saying no to the job. And she soon finds out that the attraction is still alive. So are memories of betrayal. But Mia will discover more than the power of resilience. She'll discover a secret Cole has held for years, one that will force them to confront the past and give new meaning to letting go, forgiveness, and a future worth fighting for"--Page [4] of cover.

Every little kiss

February 25, 2015
Castle, Kendra Leigh, author.
New York, New York : Signet Eclipse, 2015.
343 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: One of these nights (pages [335]-343).
"A Signet Eclipse book."
"The residents of the small New England town of Harvest Cove know that Emma Henry likes things nice and orderly--but everyone has to let loose sometimes...Event planner Emma Henry is used to focusing all her attention on reaching her goals and letting romance fall by the wayside. But when her sister Sam's bachelorette party prompts the most tightly-wound Henry to let her hair down, Emma's night ends with the entire town linking her to a man who could lay waste to anyones best-laid plans. Army vet Seth Andersen thought that joining the police department in sleepy Harvest Cove would offer a quiet, normal life. But when he finds himself responsible for uptight Emma Henry at the end of her wildest night ever, his world turns unexpectedly complicated--and he's surprised to discover he doesn't mind at all"--Page [4] of cover.

Kiss me hello

February 23, 2015
Burrowes, Grace, author.
©2015.
409 pages ; 18 cm.
"Single mom Sidonie Lindstrom has her hands full with a troubled foster son, an abrupt adjustment to country living, and an unforeseen lack of funds. When her taciturn neighbor, MacKenzie Knightley, repeatedly offers practical help, Sid reminds herself she's not interested--despite his kindness, pragmatism, and quiet charm. MacKenzie sees the vulnerability beneath her pride, and he's determined to change her mind...,"-- page [4] of cover.

Return to you

February 23, 2015
Chase, Samantha.
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2015.
343 p. ; 18 cm
"The Montgomery brothers"--Cover.
James Montgomery has achieved everything he'd hoped for in life ... except marrying the girl of his dreams. After a terrible accident, Selena Ainsley left ten years ago. She took his heart with her and she's never coming back. But it's becoming harder and harder for him to forget their precious time together, and James can't help but wonder what he would do if they could ever meet again.

The list

February 23, 2015
Calhoun, Anne.
New York : Heat Books, 2015.
324 pages ; 21 cm
"An irresistible novel"--Cover.
"Who's on top? Matchmaker and stationery shop owner Matilda Davies brings people together. For those on her list, Tilda will find the man or woman of their dreams-whether it's for an hour or a lifetime. But due to a painful past, the British expat has never put her own name on the list. Instead, she limits herself to emotionless and commitment-free hookups. Then she meets Daniel, who wants not just her body, but also her heart... Daniel Logan hides the soul of a poet under the suit and tie of an FBI agent. Specializing in financial crimes, he pieces together stories of greed and ensures justice is done. He plays by the rules-until he meets Tilda. He's drawn in by her passion as well as her mysteriousness. Daniel knows that no matter her secrets, he's the perfect match for Tilda. But even pleasure doesn't come with a guarantee... "-- Provided by publisher.

Harvest of blessings

February 20, 2015
Hubbard, Charlotte, 1953- author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
339 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes recipes in "What's cookin' at the Sweet Seasons Bakery Café" (pages [317]-330) plus an excerpt from: The Christmas cradle (pages [333]-339).
"The tranquil little town of Willow Ridge is facing a startling challenge. Wealthy Nora Glick Landwehr is determined to make it her home again--and put her past to rest. Cast out by her own family, Nora can't reconcile with Old Amish ways or her strict father. But she'll do anything to help her community embrace the future, and to make amends to the daughter she had to give up. So she certainly has no time for her reckless new neighbor Luke Hooley. They disagree about almost everything. And how can she trust him if he always seems to believe the worst about her? Somehow, though, his unexpected support and passionate heart are helping her find her own way in faith. And Nora will discover that even in the face of insidious lies and unyielding judgment, God creates unexpected chances for forgiveness--and love"--Page [4] of cover.

How to catch a prince

February 20, 2015
Hauck, Rachel, 1960- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, [2015]
355 pages ; 21 cm.
"Prince Stephen came to America to escape responsibility. But what he found complicates his life more than ever. Corina Del Rey is happy with her life in Melbourne, Florida. She spends her days engrossed in her career as a journalist and has her sights set on climbing the corporate ladder -- if for no other reason, to distract herself from her dissolving family. But when she is confronted with the past she fought so hard to put behind her, she struggles to make sense of her future. Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom has moved on since the tragic death of his buddies in Afghanistan. A star professional rugby player, he has no intention of looking over his shoulder at what could've been. But when a notice arrives in the mail requiring his and his wife's appearance before the courts to dissolve their marriage, he must deal with the questions rumbling around in his heart. He thought his marriage had been annulled long ago, but his memories of Corina Del Rey remain close. Does he still love her? Can he even find her? Above all, can he tell her the truth about that fateful night in Afghanistan seven years ago? If he does, he might really lose her forever"-- Provided by publisher.

One wish

February 20, 2015
Carr, Robyn, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA Books, [2015]
296 pages ; 25 cm.
Starting a new life as a flower-shop owner, former champion figure skater Grace Dillon begins a no-strings-attached relationship with high school teacher Troy Headly, and when Grace's past comes back to haunt her, Troy doubles down on their relationship and brings it to the next level.

Hearth stone

February 20, 2015
Greiman, Lois, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2015.
261 pages ; 21 cm
"With her chance at the US equestrian team shattered by an injury, Sydney Wellesley arrives at the Lazy Windmill ranch angry and heartbroken. But the rugged red bluffs and wild high plains of the Black Hills inspire her to purchase land where she can train her own Olympic hopefuls. Everything's going according to Sydney's new life plan--until her funding suddenly dries up. . . Alone in the ramshackle house she had planned to raze, Sydney is ready to admit defeat and slink back to civilization--until she discovers an injured mustang. Seeing herself in the desperate wild mare, she feels compelled to save the animal at all costs, little knowing that the horse just might return the favor. For as Sydney's circle grows to include an autistic child, an earthy array of local characters, and hired help in the form of Hunter Redhawk, a man as indomitable as the land itself, she realizes that heroes are everywhere--and healing is the first step on the road to true happiness."--Back cover.

Playing with fire

February 20, 2015
Mello, Deborah Fletcher, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
315 pages ; 18 cm

Meet me at the beach

February 20, 2015
Sykes, V. K., author.
New York : Forever, 2015.
367 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Summer at the shore (pages [349]-367).
"You can't stop a rising tide. When Lily Doyle spots her high school crush Aiden Flynn on the inbound ferry, she knows trouble is about to dock in Seashell Bay. And not just because he's more handsome than ever. If Aiden's in town, the rumors must be true about his family's plan to sell their coastal land to the highest bidder. But Lily will do whatever it takes to convince the hottest guy on the beach to protect their idyllic island home. Gorgeous Lily Doyle was the only thing Aiden missed after he escaped from his hometown to play pro baseball. Now all Aiden wants is to wrap up the business deal and get back to his life, not relive a past that still haunts him. But as memories rush in about the night of passion he and Lily shared long ago, everything else washes right out to sea-everything except the desire that still burns between them"--Page [4] of cover.

Bring on the dusk

February 20, 2015
Buchman, M. L. (Matthew Lieber), author.
©2015
411 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Hot point (pages [384]-411).
"Name: Claudia Jean Casperson. Rank: Captain, SOAR - 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne). Motto: Night Stalkers Don't Quit. Name: Michael Gibson. Rank: Colonel, Delta Force -- Special Forces Operational Detachment -- Delta (The Unit). Motto: Without Equal. Mission: To go together where no one else can, and to get out alive with no one the wiser. Five nations surround the Caspian Sea, five nations desperate for the vast resources there, and willing to go to war. It will take all of Claudia and Michael's ingenuity to avert disaster. As they discover how right they are for each other, it will take even more to breach the walls they've so carefully built around their hearts"--Page [4] of cover.

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