New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

July 23, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Fearless

July 22, 2016
Kincaid, Kimberly, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2016].
viii, 343 pages ; 17 cm
"Zebra contemporary romance"--spine.
"A rescue squad novel"--cover.
"Firefighter Cole Everett's life revolves around the firehouse. Committed to saving lives--and to the guys who always have his back in the most dangerous moments on the job--Cole's focus is a coveted spot on the Fairview Rescue Squad. When his captain asks him to mentor a rookie firefighter, he jumps at the chance, hoping it will help to prove his skill. But the new "guy" is none other than Savannah Nelson, a female firefighter as stubbornly determined as Cole is, and a while lot curvier in all the right places."--Back cover.

Sweet surprises

July 22, 2016
McCoy, Shirlee, author.
©2016
314 pages ; 18 cm.
"Zebra contemporary romance"--Spine.
"A home sweet home novel"--Cover.
"In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's delectable handmade chocolates are a precious tradition--and always a reason to return home. And for the most rebellious of the three Lamont sisters, they provide a chance to create a tempting new future, complete with delicious happiness...Neighbors always ready to help, a laid-back pace--former model Brenna Lamont needs everything that once made her leave her hometown. To help her pregnant sister Addie, Brenna is back to run the family store, Chocolate Haven, and figure out how to start over. But she just can't make the one-of-a-kind Lamont fudge or make herself really fit in. And with handsome restaurateur River Maynard causing her troubles to boil over big time, can Brenna risk going after what she really wants? River already has his hands full helping his ailing foster mother save her ranch for troubled children. He's got no time for anything but reality and hard choices. But somehow, a daily dose of Lamont chocolates is helping his mom feel better. And Brenna's kindness and warmth is making him hungry for an unexpected new dream only she and Benevolence's magical sweetness can make come true..."--Page 4 of cover.

The invitation : a novel

July 22, 2016
Foley, Lucy (Novelist), author.
New York : Little Brown and Company, 2016.
426 pages ; 24 cm
A sultry love story set along the Italian Riviera about a beautiful young socialite desperate to hide her past and a journalist with his own dark secrets who is determined to save her.

Margherita's notebook

July 22, 2016
Flumeri, Elisabetta, author.
New York : Washington Square Press, 2016.
308 pages ; 21 cm
"Escape to the winding cobblestone streets and rolling hills of Tuscany in this delicious, romantic, and charming tale of irresistible attraction and dreams fulfilled, complete with mouthwatering authentic Italian recipes--perfect for fans of Chocolat and Under the Tuscan Sun. Margherita is a spirited young woman with a passion for cooking. When her heart is broken in Rome, she returns to her hometown of Roccafitta, a small Tuscan village filled with lovable eccentrics and beautiful vineyards. She dreams of saving enough money to reopen her late mother's restaurant and hopes she may find help from the handsome stranger in town, Nicola Ravelli. An aloof and ambitious businessman, Nicola is buying up the village's vineyards and is also on the lookout for a personal chef. Though the two dislike one another immediately, Nicola agrees to pay Margherita well for each delicious meal she prepares for his various business meetings. But with each new dish, Nicola discovers that he is the one being seduced and Margherita realizes that she is expressing much more through her cooking than she cares to admit. Featuring the recipes for the seductive Italian dishes described in the story, including roast duck and the delectable pastry, baci di dama (a lady's kiss), Margherita's Notebook is an engaging and warm celebration of the power of food and its ability to nourish, stimulate, and express emotion--a satisfying read for every season"-- Provided by publisher.

The Di Sione secret baby

July 21, 2016
Blake, Maya, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, [2016]
216 pages ; 17 cm.
Charity CEO Allegra Di Sione can't fail in her mission to retrieve her grandfather's beloved box from Sheikh Rahim Al-Hadi, which is why she gets caught in Rahim's sumptuous bedroom trying to steal it! Seducing the gorgeous sheikh is her only chance at escape! But when Allegra slips away the next morning, she's unaware she now carries something infinitely more precious--and that when Rahim finds out, he'll have no choice but to make his enticing thief his queen! --Back cover.

Marrying her royal enemy

July 21, 2016
Hayward, Jennifer (Romantic fiction writer), author.
Don Mills, ON : Harlequin, [2016]
216 pages ; 17 cm
Most women would kill to be draped in ivory lace and walking up the aisle toward King Kostas Laskos. Stella Constantinides isn't most women. But for peace in her kingdom, she's agreed to marry the man she once bared her heart to with disastrous effect. The feisty princess refuses to be his pawn, yet one night in their marriage bed proves that Stella will never be immune to her husband's charms. Soon Stella begins to see a truth behind the sins of their past…and she finds herself doing what she swore she'd never do—fall for her husband!-- Back cover.

In the sheikh's service

July 21, 2016
Stephens, Susan, 1949- author.
©2016
216 pages ; 17 cm.
Sheikh Shazim Al Q'Aqabi is horrified to discover that the woman who will execute his late brother's conservation dream is the exotic dancer he encountered in London! But Isla Sinclair's feisty nature is like a cool glass of water in the desert to the unchallenged ruler. For his entire life, Shazim's only mistress has been duty. Now he's considering a far more pleasurable way to spend his nights under the desert stars. Yet acting on his desire for such an unsuitable woman would be tantamount to treason! Shazim will have to make the hardest decision of his life… --Back cover.

His mistress for a week

July 21, 2016
Milburne, Melanie, author.
©2016
216 pages ; 17 cm.
Ten years ago bookshop assistant Clementine Scott clashed spectacularly with architect Alistair Hawthorne. After the humiliation of that night she swore she'd never have anything to do with any man ever again, especially the arrogant Alistair! But when Clem's brother disappears with Alistair's stepsister, she isn't given a choice...she will be going with Alistair to Monte Carlo to retrieve them! Forced together for one week, they quickly realize that their enmity masks simmering, sizzling lust. They strike a deal: for one week only, all bets--and clothes--are off! --Backcover.

Crowned for the Prince's heir

July 21, 2016
Kendrick, Sharon, author.
©2016
216 pages ; 17 cm.
Dress designer Lisa Bailey reluctantly broke off her relationship with Luc, knowing an affair with the prince had no future. But one last stolen encounter left her quaking with passion, drenched in desire and unexpectedly pregnant! Months later, Prince Luciano Leonides of Mardovia is on the brink of the perfect political marriage when a news article shows Lisa with an obvious bump! His baby. With Mardovian royal blood. Now he must claim his heir at any cost. She may be an unsuitable bride but she will become his queen!

Claiming his wedding night

July 21, 2016
Fuller, Louise (Romance author), author.
©2016
217 pages ; 17 cm.
Addie Farrell's marriage to casino magnate Malachi King lasted exactly one day, until she discovered their love was a sham. Now, with funding for her children's charity about to be cut, Addie must face her husband-and their dangerously seductive chemistry-once again! Humiliated and frustrated after Addie's sudden departure, Malachi seizes the chance to put the power back where it belongs: in his hands. The deal: Malachi will give her the money she desperately needs, if she returns to his side...and finally he will claim his long-awaited wedding night!

Carides's forgotten wife

July 21, 2016
Yates, Maisey, author.
©2016
218 pages ; 17 cm.
Greek billionaire Leon Carides has it all: wealth, power, notoriety, even a wife-though he's never touched his convenient, innocent bride. Then an accident rids this damaged, debauched playboy of his memories...Leon remembers nothing, except his wife's sparkling blue eyes. Now the desire he feels for Rose overrides the gaps in his past, making her impossible to resist! But when his sins catch up with him, can Rose forgive the mistakes of the man he once was? Or will Leon lose more than just his memory?

The secret language of stones : a novel

July 19, 2016
Rose, M. J., 1953- author.
New York : Atria Books, 2016.
308 pages ; 24 cm
In World War I Paris, Opaline Duplessi, an employee at the famous La Fantasie Russie jewelry store, spends her time making trench watches for soldiers at the front, and mourning jewelry for the mothers, wives, and lovers of those who have fallen. People say that Opaline's creations are magical, a word she would rather not use. But she does have a rare gift, a form of lithomancy that allows her to translate the energy emanating from the stones and receive messages from beyond the grave. In her mind, she is not a mystic, but merely a messenger, giving voice to soldiers who died before they were able to properly express themselves to loved ones. Until one day, one of these fallen soldiers communicates a message directly to her, and Opaline sets off on a journey into the darkest corners of wartime Paris and across the English Channel, where the exiled Romanov dowager empress waits to discover the fate of her family. -- adapted from publisher website.

You're the one I want

July 19, 2016
Allison, Shane, author.
New York : Strebor Books, 2016.
315 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title: Zane presents.
"Bree has the perfect life…or so she thinks. Things start to spiral out of control, however, when her so-called best friend, Tangela, sets her eyes on Bree’s wealthy doctor husband, Kashawn. Determined to have the life that she believes is rightfully hers, Tangela will do whatever it takes to have Kashawn, the mansion, the cars, and the prestige that comes with being a doctor’s wife for herself--even if it means she has to kill."--Provided by publisher.

This savage song : a Monsters of Verity novel

July 12, 2016
Schwab, Victoria, author.
©2016
xxiii, 427 pages ; 22 cm.
"As the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker and Augustus Flynn should never have met. A Romeo and Juliet-esque fantasy about the difference between good and evil and the blurry gray area in between"--Provided by publisher.

What happens in Texas

July 12, 2016
Brown, Carolyn.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca [2016]
370 pages ; 17 cm
Previously published as The Blue-Ribbon Jalape̋no Society Jubilee in 2013.
Cathy Andrew's biological clock has passed the ticking stage and is dangerously close to "blown plumb up". While her twin sister Marty thinks settling down with one man is just a waste of good cowboys, Cathy wants it all: the perfect husband, the baby, and a little house right there in Cadillac. But even as the town is laying bets on whose wedding will be next, Cathy doesn't see happily-ever-after happening anytime soon.

Mirage

July 12, 2016
Clark, Tracy, author.
©2016
258 pages ; 22 cm
Seventeen-year-old Ryan Poitier Sharpe's greatest joy comes from skydiving. After a brush with death, the thrill-seeking teenager becomes withdrawn and antagonistic. As her relationships crumble, she must fight the person she has become -- or lose herself forever.

Baggage check

July 12, 2016
Pullen, M. J. (Manda J.), author.
New York : Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin's Press, 2016.
290 pages ; 22 cm
"At thirty-five, Rebecca Williamson is surrounded by happy endings. Her friends Suzanne and Marci are living out their own personal fairy tales in Atlanta. But despite Rebecca's best efforts four years ago, her adorable college friend Jake Stillwell has officially slipped through her fingers and broken her heart. When Rebecca gets a frantic phone call from her mother back in Alabama, Rebecca is pulled back to the tiny town she worked so hard to leave behind and forced to face the hard truths about her family and past. A past that includes Deputy Alex Chen, who thinks of Rebecca as more than just an old friend's kid sister. Can Rebecca navigate the chaos and get her life back to normal? Will Alex prove himself to be the friend she's always needed? Or will she discover that the door to Jake is not as tightly closed as she thought? "--Provided by publisher.

Clear to lift

July 12, 2016
Wilson, Anne A, author.
New York : Forge, 2016.
316 pages ; 25 cm
"When she is assigned to a new search and rescue team, Navy helicopter pilot Lt. Alison Malone meets mountain guide Will during a dangerous mission, a man who shows her that it is never too late to start living."--Provided by publisher.

His Cinderella heiress

July 11, 2016
Lennox, Marion.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin Books ; 2016.
252 p. ; 18 cm.
"Larger print" --Back cover.
"After years in foster care, Jo Conaill has never settled anywhere. Traveling to Ireland to claim a surprise inheritance - a castle! - is a chance to reconnect with her past. And when she's rescued by handsome landowner Finn, their sizzling chemistry is undeniable."--Provided by publisher.

Wedded for his royal duty

July 11, 2016
Meier, Susan.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Romance, 2016.
250 p. ; 17 cm.
"Larger print" --Back cover.
When Prince Alexandros Sancho discovers he's inherited his older brother's betrothed, he's horrified! Princess Eva might be beautiful, but his belief in marriage died with his first love. However, he must marry her - unless Eva can be persuaded to break the engagement herself?

How secrets die

July 11, 2016
Perry, Marta. author.
©2016
377 pages ; 17 cm.
A hard-hitting reporter, Kate Beaumont unearths the deepest lies and brings harsh truths to light. But the story that lures her to the gentle town of Laurel Ridge, Pennsylvania, is closer to her heart than anyone knows. The details of her half brother's sudden death have never made sense. She owes him justice, yet the one man who can help her is the stubborn sheriff she can't stand. Protecting his town is Mac Whiting's top priority. Everything else—including pacifying a beautiful crusader on a mission best left resting in peace--is secondary. But as Kate's search embeds her in his world and attracts a skilled criminal, she needs Mac's protection. Drawn together by deadly secrets, they must find a way to trust each other before a killer silences them both.

The loyal heart

July 11, 2016
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2016]
309 pages ; 22 cm.
"Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn't expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places. Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything. After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone. Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can. He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn't prove to be an easy task Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well."-- Provided by publisher.

No way up

July 11, 2016
Connealy, Mary, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
295 pages ; 21 cm
When ranch patriarch Chance Boden stipulates in his will that his children must reconcile and live at home for a year or give up their inheritance, Heath Kincaid is entrusted to see that it is done and soon finds Boden's daughter in need of protection.

A beauty refined

July 8, 2016
Peterson, Tracie, author.
©2016
315 pages ; 22 cm.
Phoebe Von Bergen is excited to accompany her father when he travels from Germany to purchase sapphires in Montana. Little does she know that her father's plans--for the gemstones and his daughter--are not what they seem. Ian Harper, a lapidary working in Helena, finds the young woman staying at the Broadwater Hotel more than a little intriguing. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie--a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom. Meeting Ian has changed everything. Phoebe is determined to stay in America, regardless of her father's plans. But she may not be prepared for the unexpected danger as the deception begins to unravel.

Where hope prevails

July 8, 2016
Oke, Janette, 1935- author.
©2016
317 pages ; 23 cm.
"When Beth Thatcher returns to Coal Valley, she has much to be excited about. She anticipates Jarrick's proposal of marriage and perhaps a spring wedding. The mine is expanding, and there are more schoolchildren than ever. But the town's rapid growth brings many challenges. A second teacher is assigned, and Beth finds herself going head-to-head with a very different philosophy of education--one that dismisses religion and rejects God. Fearful for the children who sit under the influence of Robert Harris Hughes, Beth struggles to know how to respond. At the same time, Beth wonders if Jarrick is considering a position at her father's company simply for her sake. Should she admit her feelings on the matter? Or keep silent and allow Jarrick to make up his own mind?"--Provided by publisher.

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