New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

July 30, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The other side of the pillow : a novel

July 29, 2014
New York : Atria Books, 2014.
273 pages ; 24 cm
Burned by love in the past, Jemistry Daniels has decided to have strictly physical relationships, until Dr. Tevin Harris, who has his own relationship scars, asks her out after a poetry slam.

Under these restless skies

July 29, 2014
Bryan, Lissa, author.
Cherrybrook, NSW : The Writer's Coffee Shop, 2014.
349 pages ; 23 cm
"Journey back in time to Tudor England with a tale of romance, intrigue, and the Celtic legends of the selkies. Will Somers has spent his life alone, thinking himself unlovable. Emma is a selkie; a creature of myth and magic, one of the immortal fae-folk of the sea. When Will finds her sleeping on a beach, he recalls the tales his grandmother told him of selkie maidens taken for wives. He seizes this unexpected chance to have a wife and family of his own and steals her pelt, binding her to him. Only when it is willingly returned will she be free. Emma has never experienced life on land and can barely contain her excitement and curiosity. She has to learn to adapt quickly to human customs, for Will is headed to the glittering, dangerous court of Henry VIII to serve as the king's fool. It's a world where careless words can lead to the scaffold and the smallest gesture is loaded with political implications. Anne Boleyn is charmed by Emma's naïveté and soothing selkie magic and wants Emma for her own fool. Anne is soon to become a wife herself, and the Queen of England. But wearing the crown does not ensure her own safety, and at Anne's side, Emma becomes entangled in the dark intrigues of the court, trying to stay afloat in the turbulent seas swept by the storms of the mercurial king. Can Will protect the woman he loves from the dangers that lurk in every shadow? Emma uses her selkie magic to soothe the king's temper, and Will uses his humor, but Henry's moods become increasingly erratic. Theirs is a vocation that provides them some protection, but in Henry VIII's court, no one is safe. Circa regna tonat: Around the throne, the thunder rolls."--Publisher's website.

Magnolia Drive

July 25, 2014
Alers, Rochelle.
384 pages ; 18 cm.
Love is the sweetest way home . . . After a taste of Broadway stardom and a failed marriage, Francine Tanner is rebuilding her life back home on Cavanaugh Island. She's done with acting--and anyone who isn't genuine about real life and true feelings. But the mysterious newcomer who's bought land outside her hometown of Sanctuary Cove is as down-to-earth as he is handsome . . . and he may be her second chance for the real thing. Keaton Grace has had a crush on glamour-girl Francine Tanner for years. He can't believe his luck that she lives in the same small town where he's developing his new film studio. He just has to convince his favorite star to return to the spotlight. Yet the more time they spend together, the more he realizes the smart, funny, sexy woman she is in real life is far better than any role he envisioned. Now what he wants most is to heal her pain--and prove their attraction could be more powerful than anything they ever imagined.--From back cover.


July 25, 2014
Hickman, Trice, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
vi, 293 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"An unexpected love novel"--Cover.
When her daughter becomes engaged to the son of her former lover, devoted wife and loving mother Victoria Thornton finds her past mistake threatening her ordered life as both families are reunited for the upcoming wedding.

Jane Austen's first love

July 25, 2014
James, Syrie.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
391 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Fifteen-year-old Jane Austen dreams of three things: doing something useful, writing something worthy, and falling madly in love. When she visits her brother in Kent to celebrate his engagement, she meets wealthy, devilishly handsome Edward Taylor-a fascinating young man who is truly worthy of her affections. Jane knows a match between her and Edward is unlikely, but every moment she spends with him makes her heart race-and he seems to return her interest. Much to her displeasure, however, there is another seeking his attention Unsure of her budding relationship, Jane seeks distraction by attempting to correct the pairings of three other prospective couples. But when her matchmaking aspirations do not all turn out as anticipated, Jane discovers the danger of relying on first impressions. The human heart cannot be easily deciphered, nor can it be directed or managed. And if others must be left to their own devices in matters of love and matrimony, can Jane even hope to satisfy her own heart? "-- Provided by publisher.

A queen for the taking?

July 24, 2014
Hewitt, Kate, author.
283 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Spare to the throne, Alessandro Diomedi never expected to be dragged back to Maldinia and thrust beneath the crown. Upheaval has ravaged his country, but one thing has stayed the same: the woman he must now marry. Trained from birth to be the perfect queen, it's finally time for Liana Aterno to do her duty. But Sandro is not the man she remembers. Cynical and brooding King Sandro unexpectedly ignites a fire in her that sparks rebellion!"-- Page four of cover.

An exception to his rule

July 24, 2014
Armstrong, Lindsay, author.
285 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
Mining millionaire Damien Wyatt lives by one rule: never more than one night. But when Harriet Livingstone appears across his interview table -- the same woman who totaled his sports car! -- He's tempted by her stunning beauty. So he steals a kiss...and she wipes the smile from his face with a well-delivered slap! Harriet Livingstone wouldn't take the job if she weren't desperate -- the last thing she wants is to get involved with the attractive yet arrogant Damien! But keeping their relationship out of the bedroom is becoming a battle... One neither of them really wants to win.

Since you've been gone

July 24, 2014
Knight, Anouska.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin MIRA, 2014.
316 p. : 21 cm.

Caroline's secret

July 24, 2014
Lillard, Amy, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
374 pages ; 18 cm
Includes preview of Courting Emilly (pages [363]-374).
"In Amy Lillard's poignant introduction to Wells Landing, a small Amish community is home to two brave souls hoping to forget their painful pasts and rebuild their faith in the future. Caroline Hostetler arrived in Oklahoma determined to forge a new life for herself and her daughter, Emma. As a single mother, she values the warmth and safety she's found in close-knit Wells Landing. She's even caught the eye of a handsome newcomer--a man who just may be the partner she longs for and the father Emma deserves. But the arrival of an Englisher threatens to lay bare the secrets she's worked so hard to leave behind. After losing his life-long sweetheart, Andrew Fitch moved to Wells Landing to work in his uncle's furniture business and nurse his broken heart. Finding love again seems all but impossible--until he meets Caroline and Emma. But his plans to join their lives together may be shattered when the truth of Caroline's past comes to light--unless, together, they can learn the true meaning of sacrifice and forgiveness"--Page [4] of cover.

The cottage on the corner

July 24, 2014
McCoy, Shirlee, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2014]
347 pages ; 18 cm.
While helping town deputy Max Stanford care for his 3-year-old daughter, who was left on his doorstep, Charlotte Garrison--who has arrived in Apple Valley, Washington, to open a bakery--finally finds a place to call home in his arms, if only she can come to terms with her past.

With every breath

July 24, 2014
Camden, Elizabeth, 1948-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, c2014.
360 p. ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"It's 1891 and Trevor and Kate are united in a quest to cure tuberculosis. Can they overcome past secrets and current threats to find hope for a future together?"-- Provided by publisher.

Miracle in a dry season

July 24, 2014
Thomas, Sarah Loudin.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, [2014]
300 pages ; 22 cm
Includes reader discussion questions.
"In small town West Virginia, 1954, one newcomer's special gift with food produces both gratitude and censure. Will Perla Long and her daughter find a home there?"-- Provided by publisher.

Craving temptation

July 24, 2014
Mello, Deborah Fletcher, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2014.
310 pages ; 18 cm.
While running for Mayor of Memphis, Tennessee, attorney and co-owner of the Just Desserts bakery Troy Elliot puts everything on the line when he falls in love with his rival's beautiful campaign manager and daughter, fellow attorney Amina Salman.

Like no other

July 23, 2014
LaMarche, Una, author.
New York, New York : Razorbill, an imprint of Penguin Group (USA), [2014]
347 pages ; 22 cm
Though their relationship is strictly forbidden, Devorah and Jax arrange secret meetings and risk everything to be together. But how far can they possibly go? Just how much are they willing to give up?

Outrageously yours

July 23, 2014
Chase, Allison.
New York : Signet Eclipse, c2010.
370 p. ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt of the author's upcoming book, Recklessly Yours (p. [363]-370).
"Her majesty's secret servants"--T.p.
Raised on their uncle's country estate, the four orphaned Sutherland sisters formed a close friendship with the young Princess Victoria. Shortly before her coronation as queen, Victoria asks the sisters to serve her in matters requiring the utmost discretion. They are to become her secret servants. Her Majesty asks scholarly Ivy Sutherland to assume the role of science student "Ned Ivers" to help restore a rare stone gifted to the Queen by her secret suitor, Albert of Saxe-Coburg, that has been stolen.

Texas true

July 22, 2014
Dailey, Janet, author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2014.
263 pages ; 23 cm
"The Tylers of Texas"--Jacket.
The cowboy who claimed her heart before taking off on a tour of duty planned never to return. But Beau Tyler is back, and Natalie Haskell feels defenseless against the powerful pull of the brawny soldier. Especially when she finds herself suddenly widowed and needing the shelter of his strong arms.

Taming the notorious Sicilian

July 22, 2014
Smart, Michelle.
Don MIlls, Ont. : Harlequin Books, 2014.
186 pages ; 17 cm.
Francesco doesn't do nice, and he doesn't do damsels in distress. Apart from that one time. He never thought he'd see Hannah Chapman again. A woman like her, pure and untouched, has no place in his world. Ever since losing her sister, Hannah has shelteded herself from the world, but being knocked from her bike is a wake-up call. A call she's ready to accept. There's one thing left on her to-do list and there's only one man who can help her. But will the dangerous, devastatingly gorgeous Sicilian oblige her?

The ultimate seduction

July 22, 2014
Collins, Dani, author.
Don MIlls, Ontario : Harlequin Books, 2014.
189 pages ; 17 cm.

Haunting Mr. Darcy : a spirited courtship

July 21, 2014
Mackrory, KaraLynne.
283 p. ; 23 cm
"A 'spirited' courtship indeed! Jane Austen's much adored Pride and prejudice is transfigured in this Regency adaptation. That fickle friend Fate intervenes when an unexpected event threatens the happily ever after of literature's favorite love story. The gentlemen from Netherfield have left, winter is upon the land, and after a horrifying carriage accident, Elizabeth Bennet finds her spirit transported as if by magic into Mr. Darcy's London home.

Lady in black

July 21, 2014
Dodd, Christina.
[S.l.] : [Christina Dodd], 2014.
252 p. ; 23 cm.


July 21, 2014
Cameron, Barbara, 1949-
Nashville, Tennessee : Abingdon Press, [2014]
pages cm.

Dare to desire

July 21, 2014
Phillips, Carly, author.
[United States] : CP Publishing, ©2014.
290 pages ; 21 cm
"Book two in the Dare to love series"--Title page.
Quarterback Alex Dare, had it all -- an all-star football career and his choice of willing women -- until injury forces him into early retirement. When he is offered a ground-breaking position with a rival team, he's intrigued, but there's a catch. He'll be working alongside the same woman he callously hurt when she got too close for comfort. Social worker Madison Evans grew up in foster homes and knows what it means to have-not. She isn't impressed by Alex Dare's wealth or charm. Not since she fell hard for him once before, only to discover she was just one of his too-easy conquests. This time around Madison refuses to succumb to Alex so easily. But Alex wants Madison. And if there is one thing Alex does well, it's to get what he wants. Can he convince Madison to take a risk and dare to love?

Only with you

July 18, 2014
Layne, Lauren, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
352 pages ; 18 cm
Includes "The dish" (pages [341]-352) and an excerpt of "Made for you" (pages [325]-339).
"Cocktail waitress Sophie Dalton doesn't exactly have a life plan. She's perfectly happy being everyone's favorite party girl. But when a Las Vegas bachelorette party goes awry and an uptight businessman mistakes Sophie for a prostitute... well, Sophie wonders if it's time to reevaluate her priorities. Swearing off her thigh-high boots for good, Sophie slinks back home with damaged pride-and a jackpot of a hangover. Yet what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. On a trip to Seattle to open a new office, Grayson Wyatt meets his latest employee-who turns out to be the same woman he recently called a hooker. Wealthy and gorgeous, Gray is a man used to getting what he wants. And it doesn't take long to figure out that smart, sassy, sexy Sophie is everything he's been looking for. As their late nights at the office turn into hot morning-afters, they realize their Vegas misunderstanding may lead to the real thing..."--Page 4 of cover.

Claimed by the laird

July 18, 2014
Cornick, Nicola, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin HQN, [2014]
360 pages ; 17 cm.

Looking for trouble

July 18, 2014
Dahl, Victoria, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin HQN, [2014]
344 pages ; 17 cm.

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