New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

August 23, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

After the game

August 22, 2017
Glines, Abbi, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
346 pages ; 22 cm.
After being away for two years, Riley Young returns to Lawton, Alabama, with her fifteen-month-old daughter to help take care of her grandmother who has Alzheimers, even though it means she has to face the lies that forced her to leave town in the first place and a blossoming friendship with the high school football star Brady Higgens, who is dealing with his own family problems.

You say it first

August 22, 2017
Mallery, Susan, author.
Don MIlls, Ontario : HQN, [2017]
377 pages ; 17 cm
"Happily inc"--cover.
Sculptor Nick Mitchell grew up in a family of artists and learned from his volatile father that passion only leads to pain. As he waits on a new commission, he takes a day job as a humble carpenter at a theme wedding venue. The job has its perks--mainly the venue's captivating owner, Pallas Saunders. Although he won't let love consume him, he's all in for ecstasy with an expiration date. Pallas adores Weddings in a Box. But if she can't turn the floundering business around, she'll have no choice but cave to her domineering mother and trade taffeta for trust funds working at the family's bank. Then when a desperate bride begs Pallas for something completely out of the box, her irresistible new hire inspires her. Nick knows she doesn't belong behind a desk, and she knows in her heart that he's right--where she really belongs is in his arms.

The one that got away

August 22, 2017
Pimentel, Melissa, author.
New York : St. Martin's Press, 2017.
356 pages ; 25 cm
"A ... retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, where a young woman comes face-to-face with a lost love, proving that the one that got away is sometimes the one you get back. Ruby and Ethan were perfect for each other. Until the day they suddenly weren't. Ten years later, Ruby's single, having spent the last decade focusing on her demanding career and hectic life in Manhattan. There's barely time for a trip to England for her little sister's wedding. And there's certainly not time to think about seeing Ethan there for the first time in years. But as the family frantically prepare for the big day, Ruby can't help but wonder if she made the right choice all those years ago? Because there's nothing like a wedding for stirring up the past .. "-- Provided by publisher.

Our broken pieces

August 16, 2017
White, Sarah, (author) author.
New York : HarperTeen, [2017]
280 pages : 22 cm
When Everly's boyfriend dumps her for her best friend, she turns to therapy for solace, where she meets Gabe, a boy who is grappling with his own private issues.

Midwinter break

August 15, 2017
MacLaverty, Bernard, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2017.
243 pages ; 22 cm
Gerry, once an architect, is forgetful and set in his ways. Stella is tired of his lifestyle, worried about their marriage, and angry at his constant undermining of her religious faith. Things are not helped by memories that have begun to resurface of a troubled time in their native Ireland. As their midwinter break comes to an end, we understand how far apart they are and can only watch as they struggle to save themselves. --Jacket

A wedding tail

August 15, 2017
Griffin, Casey (Novelist), author.
©2017
440 pages ; 17 cm
Wedding planner Zoe Plum has brides from all walks of life vying for her services. The only problem is happily-single Zoe doesn't actually enjoy weddings--but that might change when she meets the singer of a local band playing at one of her weddings. His name is Levi Dolson and he's too gorgeous for his own good. And now he's gone ahead and charmed her new dachshund. . . It's no secret that Zoe doesn't believe in fairy tales, but that doesn't stop her from wanting to make sweet music with Levi. While she's convinced she doesn't need a man, when someone starts setting one trap after the next to make sure she never plans a wedding ever again, she might need Levi in more ways than she could have imagined. But just how far is Zoe's hidden enemy willing to go? The only thing Levi knows for sure is that he will do everything in his power to protect the woman who brings music to his soul. Maybe that will prove to Zoe, once and for all, that he is a man worthy of her heart. . .

The lost vampire

August 15, 2017
Baxter, Kate (Paranormal fiction writer), author.
[New York] : St. Martin's Paperbacks, [2017].
375 pages ; 17 cm
"A last true vampire novel"--Cover.
Once one of the oldest dhampirs in existence, Saeed now faces a treacherously uncertain future as a vampire. He believes that the only thing that can restore his position within his coven and tether his lost soul is the flame-haired fae who is destined to be his mate. Cerys Bain is a soul thief. She is feared by those who dwell in the supernatural realms and hopelessly bound to the ruthless mage Rinieri de Rege. The raw, sensual vampire who enters her world is both a threat and an intoxicating temptation: No one has ever made Cerys feel the way Saeed does. But to claim their fate as soulmates, Saeed must first find a way to free Cerys from Rin. Is their desire worth the risk of certain destruction and eternal doom?

A map for wrecked girls

August 15, 2017
Taylor, Jessica, 1985- author.
©2017
361 pages ; 22 cm
"Stranded on a deserted island with a boy they barely know, sisters Emma and Henri have to find a way to survive together, even after a betrayal back home ruined their relationship"-- Provided by publisher.

Map of the heart

August 14, 2017
Wiggs, Susan, author.
©2017
351 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining pages.
Widowed by an unspeakable tragedy, Camille Palmer has made her peace with the past and settled into the quiet safety of life with her teenage daughter, Julie, in a sleepy coastal town. Then the arrival of a mysterious package breaks open the door to her family's secret past. In uncovering a hidden history, Camille has no idea that she's embarking on an adventure that will utterly transform her. Camille, Julie, and Camille's father return to the French town of his youth, sparking unexpected memories-- recollections that will lead them back to the dark days of the Second World War. And it is in the stunning Provencal countryside that they will uncover their family's surprising history.

Tū, merī māhī : madhyavargīya jīvana kī prema kahānī : laghu upanyāsa

August 14, 2017
Sīmā, Sushmitā Sinhā, 1989- author.
Naī Dillī : Sarūpa Buka Pabliśarsa Prāiveṭa Limiṭeḍa, 2016.
105 pages ; 23 cm
Novel.

Corkkattiṉ niḻal

August 14, 2017
Kāñcaṉā Jeyatilakar, author.
Ceṉṉai : Aruṇōtayam, 2016.
316 pages ; 18 cm
Novelettes.
Corkkattiṉ niḻal -- Tittikkum tī.
Novelettes based on love themes.

Liar's winter : an Appalachian novel

August 11, 2017
Sproles, Cindy, author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Kregel Publications, [2017]
246 pages ; 22 cm

Lady be bad

August 10, 2017
Frampton, Megan, 1964- author.
©2017
372 pages ; 17 cm
"Lady Eleanor, the Duke of Marymount's eldest daughter, knows the burden is hers: she must marry well to restore the family name. So a loveless match is made and her fate is set. But then Eleanor meets her intended's rakish younger brother. With his tawny hair, green eyes, and scandalous behavior, Lord Alexander Raybourn makes her want to be very bad indeed. With his very honorable sibling too busy saving the world to woo Eleanor, Alexander is tasked with finding out her likes and dislikes for his elder brother. But the more time he spends with the secretly naughty Eleanor, helping her tick off all the things on her good list for being bad, the more he knows what they want, and need, is each other." -- provided by publisher.

The two of us

August 9, 2017
Bylin, Victoria, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
344 pages ; 22 cm.
When Mia Robinson learns that her eighteen-year-old sister is pregnant and plans to marry her boyfriend, she is determined to stop the wedding, until meeting best man Jake Tanner, a handsome police officer with a different take on the wedding.

Sun at midnight

August 8, 2017
Thomas, Rosie, author.
©2004
488 pages ; 24 cm
"First published in Great Britain by HarperCollins Publishers 2004"--title page verso.
"...a sweeping saga of loss and redemption that centers on Alice, who as a scientist, relies on method, precision, and tangible proof. But when her relationship with Oxford artist Peter Brown collapses spectacularly, she is forced to use her skills to evaluate her own life for the first time. In her thirties, childless, and tied to Oxford by her work, it's time to break away. Alice accepts an invitation to travel to the southernmost point of the earth, Antarctica. Upon arrival, she is awestruck by the strangeness of a continent painted in shades of blue and white, lit by an unearthly permanent sunlight. And nothing has prepared her for the close confines of a small base shared with eight men and one other woman. It's in these close quarters that she develops a strong attraction to a man shrouded in danger and mystery. It's in this beautiful but unforgiving environment that Alice discovers something that could change her life forever . . . if she survives" --Inside dust jacket.

The blessing

August 2, 2017
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
©2017
308 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes recipes.
Includes discussion questions.
"Return to the Troyer farm where Heidi welcomes six new cooking class students who experience the healing hand of God. Despite stressful changes occurring in their lives, Lyle and Heidi once again open their Ohio home up to those seeking to learn about Amish cooking. This time a teenager helping her divorced dad cook for the family, a caterer needing new recipes, a food critic, a hunter looking to impress his buddies, a wife given the class as an unwanted gift, and a mailman lured in by the aroma of good cooking gather around Heidi's table. During each class, Heidi teaches culinary skills, but it is her words of wisdom that have a profound effect on her students--though, this time Heidi's own hurting heart will need some healing nourishment."--Amazon.com

Any dream will do : a novel

August 2, 2017
Macomber, Debbie, author.
©2017
310 pages ; 25 cm
"Shay Benson adored her younger brother, Caden, and that got her into trouble. When he owed money, Shay realized she would do anything to help him avoid the men who were threatening him, and she crossed lines she never should have crossed. Now, determined to start fresh, she finds herself in search of a place to stay and wanders into a church to escape from the cold. Pastor Drew Douglas adored his wife. But when he lost her, it was all he could do to focus on his two beautiful kids, and his flock came in a distant third. Now, as he too is thinking about a fresh start, he walks through his sanctuary and finds Shay sitting in a pew. The pair strike up a friendship --Drew helps Shay get back on her feet, and she reignites his sense of purpose-- that, over time, turns into something deeper, something soulful, spiritual, and possibly romantic. Even Drew's two children are taken with this woman who has brought light back into their lives. Perhaps most important, Shay learns to trust again as she, in turn, proves herself trustworthy to her adopted community. But Caden's return to town and a disastrous secret threaten to undo the life Shay has tried so hard to rebuild. It will take the utmost courage and faith if she and Drew hope to find healing and open their hearts to a brighter future"-- Provided by publisher.

Sparks of light

August 1, 2017
Taylor, Janet, 1967- author.
Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
435 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: Into the Dim.
As a member of a long line of time-traveling ancestors, sixteen-year-old Hope must travel back to 1895 New York City to stop a plan to steal a dangerous device from inventor Nikola Tesla.

Love is love

August 1, 2017
Bach, Mette, 1976- author.
Toronto : James Lorimer & Company Ltd., Publishers, [2018]
172 pages ; 20 cm.

One summer day in Rome

July 31, 2017
Lamprell, Mark, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2017.
262 pages ; 22 cm
Mark Lamprell's One summer day in Rome is an enchanting novel about three couples drawn irresistibly to Rome. Alice, an art student in New York City, has come to Rome in search of adventure and inspiration before settling down with her perfectly adequate fiancé. Meg and Alec, busy parents and successful business people from LA, are on a mission to find the holy grail, a certain blue tile that will make their home renovation complete but soon it becomes clear that their marriage needs a makeover as well. Connie and Lizzie are women of a certain age. They have come from London to scatter the ashes of their beloved husband and brother in the city he adored. Both women are seemingly done with romance, but Rome has other ideas. Brimming with wit and charm (and gelato), The Lovers' Guide to Rome is the most delicious novel you will read this summer"-- Adapted from publisher description.

The secret of the India orchid

July 31, 2017
Allen, Nancy Campbell, 1969- author.
©2017
314 pages ; 22 cm
When Anthony, Earl of Wilshire, journeys to India on an undercover mission to investigate a mystery surrounding a confidential document, he is reunited with Sophia, whom he hopes can forgive him for breaking her heart and even consider giving love a second chance.

The hearts we sold

July 31, 2017
Lloyd-Jones, Emily, author.
New York ; Boston : Little, Brown and Company, 2017.
384 pages ; 22 cm
After Dee Moreno, seventeen, makes a deal with a demon, trading her heart for the chance of a good education, she becomes part of a group "heartless" teen engaged in fighting a paranormal war.

In his hands

July 31, 2017
Anders, Adriana.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, 2017.
411 p. ; 17 cm.
When he discovers a bloodied and branded woman on his doorstep, Luc Stanek is pulled into the world of this woman who is marked as a charismatic cult leader’s property and only he can see the woman she truly is as he tries to win her freedom.

Kissing Max Holden

July 28, 2017
Upperman, Katy, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2017.
297 pages ; 22 cm
While both deal with problems at home, one-time best friends Jill and Max, seventeen, kiss, and while Jill knows that was a mistake, she struggles not to kiss him again.

Love is both wave and particle

July 28, 2017
Cody, Paul, 1953- author.
New York : Roaring Brook Press, 2017.
311 pages ; 22 cm
In this love story set in Ithaca, New York, at an alternative high school whose two requirements for admisstion are academic excellence and psychiatric disability, a boy and girl work on their year-long senior project to write their life stories as informed by the points-of-view of people who have known them through their lives.

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