New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

January 18, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Christmas masquerade

January 17, 2017
Macomber, Debbie, author.
©1985
174 pages ; 23 cm
"In the crush of a Mardi Gras parade, Jo Marie meets Andrew, her dream man. He stole a kiss, and Jo Marie's heart -- she can't forget the stranger she met so briefly. Then, at Christmas, she meets Andrew again -- only to discover he's someone else's fiancé. But is the engagement between Andrew and his intended all that it seems? Jo Marie has her doubts, which increase when she finds herself back in Andrew's arms in a dance during the whirlwind of Christmas festivities and parties. Is Jo Marie caught in the middle of a Christmas masquerade, or is she losing her mind?"--Publisher description.

Four weddings and a sixpence : an anthology

January 17, 2017
©2017
407 pages ; 17 cm
"AvonBooks historical romance"--Spine.
Something old / Julia Quinn -- Something new / Stefanie Sloane -- Something borrowed / Elizabeth Boyle -- Something blue / Laura Lee Guhrke -- And a sixpence in her shoe / Julia Quinn.
Four friends from Mrs. Rochambeaux's Gentle School for Girls find an old sixpence in their bedchamber and decide that it will be the lucky coin for each of their weddings.

Under rose-tainted skies

January 17, 2017
Gornall, Louise, author.
©2016
326 pages ; 22 cm
Will teenaged Norah, who is struggling with agoraphobia and OCD, accept that she could be the right one for sweet, funny Luke?

Lady Claire is all that

January 17, 2017
Rodale, Maya, author.
©2017
374 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.
Includes excerpt from author's next book in the same series, "It's hard out here for a duke" (pages [369]-374).
"AvonBooks historical romance"--Spine.
Claire Cavendish is in search of a duke, but not for the usual reasons. The man she seeks is a mathematician; the man she unwittingly finds is Lord Fox: dynamic, athletic, and as bored by the equations Claire adores as she is by the social whirl upon which he thrives. As attractive as Fox is, he's of no use to Claire... or is he? Fox's male pride has been bruised ever since his fiancée jilted him. One way to recover: win a bet that he can transform Lady Claire, Society's roughest diamond, into its most prized jewel. But Claire has other ideas-- shockingly steamy ones... By Claire's calculations, Fox is the perfect man to satisfy her sensual curiosity. In Fox's estimation, Claire is the perfect woman to prove his mastery of the ton. But the one thing neither of them counted on is love... -- From page [4] of cover.

The lady of the lakes : the true love story of Sir Walter Scott

January 17, 2017
Kilpack, Josi S., author.
©2017
338 pages ; 23 cm
"A historical proper romance"--T.p.
Young author Walter Scott is desperately in love with Mina, but after she rejects his marriage proposal, Walter travels to England, where he meets and courts a young Frenchwoman, Charlotte Carpenter and discovers there is a difference between a man's first love and his best love.

Mulberry moon

January 17, 2017
Anderson, Catherine (Adeline Catherine), author.
©2017
436 pages : color illustration ; 17 cm
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
After a career on the rodeo circuit, Ben Sterling just wants to settle down. The only woman to spark his interest, however, is the new owner of the cafe and she doesn't seem to be interested in him.

My highland rebel

January 17, 2017
Forester, Amanda, author.
©2017
405 pages ; 17 cm.
A conquering hero: Cormac Maclean would rather read than rampage, but his fearsome warlord father demands that he prove himself in war. Cormac chooses what he thinks is an easy target, only to encounter a fiery Highland lass leading a doomed rebellion and swearing revenge on him. Meets an unconquerable heroine: Jyne Cambell is not about to give up her castle without a fight, even though her forces are far outnumbered. She's proud, hot-blooded and hot-tempered, and Cormac falls for her hard. It's going to take all of Cormac's ingenuity to get Jyne to surrender gracefully-both to his sword and to his heart...

Breath of fire

January 17, 2017
Bouchet, Amanda, author.
©2017
440 pages ; 17 cm
Series numeration from www.goodreads.com.
"I am Catalia Fisa, and I do not break. Deep breath in. Long breath out. The Gods are telling me I'm some sort of new Origin, which apparently means it's my job to give Thalyria a fresh start. Griffin crowned me with the symbols of the three realms. If I'm supposed to be not just a queen but the Queen, I'd better start acting like it." -- Page 4 of cover.

Lord Sebastian's secret

January 17, 2017
Ashford, Jane, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca , 2017.
377 pages ; 17 cm.
Lord Sebastian Gresham is a battle-tested soldier and brilliant strategist. Yet all his life he's had to hide his complete failure to decipher letters. In his own mind, he's just stupid. What a miracle it is that he's found the perfect bride. Lady Georgina Stane is beautiful, witty, and brilliantly intelligent. Sebastian is head over heels in love, proud as a peacock, and terrified. If she finds out, he'll lose her love forever.

Insert groom here

January 16, 2017
Jackson, K. M., author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
viii, 344 pages ; 17 cm
"Eva Ward has won a lavish wedding on the nation's hottest morning show and can't wait to kick off her happily-ever-after in style. Too bad her fiance backs out on-air-- and cameraman Aidan Walker makes sure her private meltdown goes viral, down to the last couch-kicking moment. The only way Eva can save face and keep her perfect nuptial plans on track is to star in a new "find-a-groom" reality segment. But finding Mr. Right in two months means ignoring her handsome new producer-- none other than Aidan himself-- and getting their instant, exasperation attraction out of her system... Eva soon finds there's a lot more to Aidan than freewheeling charm. But one glimpse of his caring side can't make up for off-camera politics, Aidan's own secrets-- or Eva's fear that they're too different to ever trust each other. So it's time for her to flip the script, write twists no one will see coming -- and risk her heart to get the real thing..." -- Back cover.

In the shadow of Denali

January 13, 2017
Peterson, Tracie, author.
©2017
313 pages ; 22 cm.
"The heart of Alaska, book one"--T.p.
Allan Brennan lands an apprenticeship to a wilderness guide at Denali, a position that will allow him to investigate his father's death on the mountain, and he finds an unlikely ally in his dangerous search for answers in his boss's daughter, Cassidy.

Her new year baby secret

January 13, 2017
Gilmore, Jessica, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, [2017]
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Maids under the mistletoe" --Cover
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
Waitress Sophie Bradshaw is used to being ignored at glamorous parties and, bruised by a disastrous relationship, that's fine by her. Until Marco Santoro offers her his jacket, leading to a magical Christmas evening togerther ... Exasperated by his family's matchmaking, millionaire Marco neve gets close to anyone. But one heart-stopping night with Sophie isn't enough, and he invites her to his Venetian palazzo. Little does he know that Sophie is bringing one tiny, life-changing surprise with her!

Slow dance with the best man

January 13, 2017
Pembroke, Sophie, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2017.
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Wedding of the year"--Cover.
Shy Eloise Miller has hidden from attention since her mother's scandalous affairs destroyed her family. So having to act as maid of honor in a glitzy celebrity wedding is her worst nightmare! Under the glare of the world's media, she's paired with best man Noah Cross. On paper, this commitment phobic Hollywood heartthrob is everything Eloise avoids. But soon he's unlocking Eloise's secret hopes, and tempting her to believe that her dreams of forever might come true.

The tycoon's reluctant Cinderella

January 13, 2017
Beharrie, Therese, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2017.
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Back cover.
"9 to 5" --Cover.
When hotel tour guide Callie McKenzie is trapped in an elevator with a gorgeous stranger, they share a spark of connection so intense that it rocks normally guarded Callie to the core. So she's horrified to discover afterward that the stranger is Blake Owen, ruthless tycoon and her new boss! Since his divorce, Blake has steered well clear of relationships, yet Callie's shy warmth intrigues him. The heartache of her past makes her a woman who deserves a fairy tale, if only Blake will risk his heart and give her everything…

The secret of a heart note

January 12, 2017
Lee, Stacey, author.
New York, NY : Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
376 pages ; 22 cm
As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, Mimosa knows her future holds a lifetime of using her sense of smell to mix base notes, top notes, and heart notes into elixirs that help others fall in love-- while she remains alone. Mimosa dreams of a normal high school existence and having a boyfriend, but falling in love would take away her talent. When she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman, she must rely on the high school soccer star for help... and discovers that sometimes falling in love isn't a choice....

Sex, lies & black tie : a moonlight and magnolias novel

January 12, 2017
Calvert, Kris, author.
©2016
373 pages ; 21 cm
"Mac Callahan has left the fast lane of the FBI, trading a firearm for tea parties with his baby girl, and dangerous raids for a game of catch with his son. Still, he fights off a nagging feeling every day. Mac is restless. When the North Star Gala, a charitable affair his wife Samantha has been planning, unexpectedly finds its way to his home in Shadeland, Alabama, he's asked to oversee security for the event filled with Washington insiders, politicians and the elite. The U.S. President and Secretary of State are coming to Lone Oak. Finding his way back to Washington, D.C. to lead the project, he's met head on with his former life as a free-wheeling bachelor and his long-time assistant, Micah. But when Micah's sister goes missing from a college field trip, Mac walks away from the Secret Service and their plans, taking the opportunity to quench his thirst for action and the lead to find the young girl. Expecting an open and shut case, what he discovers is far worse than he could've imagined. Deep in the darkest part of the Internet, a human trafficking ring operates so steeped in anonymity, its patrons are highly protected--all the way to Capitol Hill. Counting down to the black tie event, Mac will face the toughest fight of his life--protecting his family and friends from politicians and government operatives who live above the law and wield the power to ruin and end lives without retribution. When it's a twisted games of sex, lies and clandestine espionage, no one is safe, no one is to be trusted, and no one is truly unknown."--Page 4 of cover.

Dylan

January 12, 2017
Foster, Melissa, author.
©2016
319 pages ; 22 cm.
After one night of passion, bar owner Dylan Bad and sports agent Tiffany Winters wonder if their lives will ever be the same again.

The cursed queen

January 12, 2017
Fine, Sarah, author.
New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2017.
417 pages : map ; 22 cm
"Companion to The Impostor Queen"--Title page.
The fresh and fascinating magical world of The Imposter Queen expands in this companion novel that answers the question: who is the real queen of the Kupari?

A wedding in Maine : a McCullagh Inn story

January 12, 2017
McLaughlin, Jen. author.
©2017.
135, 6 pages ; 18 cm.
Jeremy Holland is exactly what Chelsea O'Kane wants in a man. She is excited to host their wedding at the McCullagh Inn but secrets from her past may hold up the process.

Just a kiss : a Summer Harbor novel

January 12, 2017
Hunter, Denise, 1968- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2016]
324 pages ; 22 cm
Includes an excerpt from Barefoot Summer.
"Riley Callahan's plans to reveal his secret feelings for his best friend are ruined when his life is drastically altered in Afghanistan"-- Provided by publisher.

Music for love or war

January 11, 2017
Burke, Martyn, 1952- author.
Blue Ash, OH : Tyrus Books, [2016]
335 pages ; 23 cm
"Danny, a Canadian sharp-shooter, and Hank, in the US Army, have been stationed in Kandahar, but they are in Los Angeles desperate to find the Hollywood psychic who will reveal the whereabouts of the women they love. Danny is searching for Ariana, the girl he fell in love with in Toronto in the last years of the 20th century; Hank is searching for Annie Boudreau, known in the tabloids as "Annie of the Boo Two" -- twins who were briefly in the gravitational pull of Hugh Hefner"-- Provided by publisher.

Small admissions : a novel

January 10, 2017
Poeppel, Amy, author.
©2016
358 pages ; 24 cm
"Kate is a young woman who is unexpectedly thrust into the cutthroat world of New York City private school admissions as she attempts to understand city life, human nature, and falling in love"-- Provided by publisher.

More than anything

January 9, 2017
Lang, Kimberly.
New York : Berkley Pub Group 2016.
294 pages ; 17 cm.
Running the Bay Breeze marina means Shelby Tanner is used to fielding strange requests from vacationers, but she is still less than amused when she gets a call in the middle of the night to rescue a boat stranded nearby. The clueless sailor is infuriatingly inexperienced--yet also frustratingly attractive.

The Scottish duke

January 6, 2017
Ranney, Karen, author.
©2016
368 pages ; 17 cm.
"Though raised as a gentleman's daughter, Lorna Gordon is obliged to take a position as an upstairs maid at Blackhall Castle when her father dies. Alex Russell, the Duke of Kinross, is the most tempting man she's ever seen-- and completely unattainable-- until, at a fancy dress ball, Lorna disguises herself as Marie Antoinette and pursues an illicit tryst... with scandalous consequences. Months after his mysterious seductress disappears, Alex encounters her again. Far from the schemer the distrustful duke assumed her to be, Lorna is fiercly independent and resoureful. She's the one woman capable of piercing his defenses. But when danger threatens Lorna, Alex must prove himself not just the lover of her fantasies, but the man who will fight to protect her." -- Page [4] of cover.

For the record

January 6, 2017
Jennings, Regina (Regina Lea), author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
329 pages ; 22 cm
"Betsy Huckabee has big-city dreams, but nobody outside of tiny Pine Gap, Missouri, seems interested in the articles she writes for her uncle's newspaper. Her hopes for independence may be crushed, until the best idea she's ever had comes riding into town. Deputy Joel Puckett didn't want to leave Texas, but unfair circumstances have made moving to Pine Gap his only shot at keeping a badge. Worse, this small town has big problems, and masked marauders have become too comfortable taking justice into their own hands. He needs to make clear that he's the law in this town--and that job is made more difficult with a nosy reporter who seems to follow him everywhere he goes. The hero Betsy creates to be the star in a serial for the ladies' pages is based on the dashing deputy, but he's definitely fictional. And since the pieces run only in newspapers far away, no one will ever know. But the more time she spends with Deputy Puckett, the more she appreciates the real hero--and the more she realizes what her ambition could cost him" -- provided by publisher.

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