New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

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

The Lonely Hearts hotel

February 17, 2017
O'Neill, Heather, author.
389 pages ; 24 cm
Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city's underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they'll go to extreme lengths to make them come true.

Zero to sixty

February 17, 2017
Harte, Marie, author.
380 pages ; 17 cm.

Someone to hold : a Westcott novel

February 17, 2017
Balogh, Mary, author.
390 pages : genealogical table ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from third book in the same series, "Someone to Wed" (pages [381]-390).
Camille Westcott, who has been declared illegitimate and without a title, moves to Bath to teach at an orphanage, where she meets artist Joel Cunningham, for whom she feels a mutual contempt until things take a passionate turn.

The cottage at Firefly Lake

February 17, 2017
Gilroy, Jen, author.
New York : Forever, 2017.
viii, 351 pages ; 17 cm.
"Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. But now that she's back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother's cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she's been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean's touch on her skin . . . True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost? Sean Carmichael still doesn't know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he's still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?"-- Provided by publisher.

Crossing hearts

February 17, 2017
Kincaid, Kimberly, author.
310 pages ; 21 cm.
Hunter Cross has no regrets. Having left his football prospects behind the day he graduated high school, he's happy to carry out his legacy on his family's farm in the foothills of the Shenandoah. But when a shoulder injury puts him face-to-face with the high school sweetheart who abandoned town--and him--twelve years ago, Hunter's simple life gets a lot more complicated. Emerson Montgomery has secrets. Refusing to divulge why she left her job as a hotshot physical therapist for a pro football team, she struggles to readjust to life in the hometown she left behind. The more time she spends with Hunter, the more Emerson finds herself wanting to trust him with the diagnosis of MS that has turned her world upside down. But revealing secrets comes with a price. Can Hunter and Emerson rekindle their past love? Or will the realities of the present--and the trust that goes with them---burn that bridge for good?

Dare to lie

February 17, 2017
McLaughlin, Jen, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2017.
x, 323 pages ; 17 cm.
As an undercover DEA agent in the most powerful gang in Boston, Scott Donahue accepts the risks of living a double life. But when Tate Donovan, leader of the Sons of Steel Row, appoints Scotty to take his place in a bachelor's auction sponsored by his sister's sorority, he's exposed to a whole new level of danger. Even though Tate makes it very clear Skylar is off limits, when Scotty sees her, the attraction is instant. But how does he tell Skylar she's falling for a man who doesn't exist?

Knottspeed : a love story

February 17, 2017
Johnson, Jeff, 1969- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, 2017.
265 pages ; 21 cm.

The bachelor auction

February 16, 2017
Van Dyken, Rachel, author.
New York, NY : Forever, 2016.
336 pages ; 17 cm.
"A bachelors of Arizona novel."
"Cinderella never had to deal with this crap. Jane isn't entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn't she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after' Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and...yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes-or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire-maybe do exist. Except Brock Wellington isn't anyone's dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk-even if it was just a facade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it's karmic retribution that he's tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can't have. But while they can't have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy..." Back cover.

Healing a heart

February 16, 2017
Lillard, Amy. author.
293 pages ; 17 cm
"Rancher Jake Langston prides himself on being the sensible type. But five years after the loss of his wife left him to raise their daughter alone, he indulges in a one night stand with a sexy stranger. He thought he'd never see the woman again. Almost four months later, though, she's standing in his drive with a big surprise. Bryn Talbot wants nothing from the hunky cowboy who got her pregnant, but her Southern nature demands she at least tell him about it. When Jake's family persuades her to stay for awhile, she's soon won over by their charms--and by Jake. But with the losses the two of them have suffered in the past, neither is sure if they're ready to take the leap to forever..."--Page [4] of cover.

Holding on tighter

February 16, 2017
Black, Shayla, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2017.
340 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Falling in deeper.
"In this seductive new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Falling in Deeper, mixing business with pleasure can be a dangerous proposition... Jolie Quinn is a woman in charge. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her a rising star in the fashion world and her brand a household name among the Dallas elite. Nothing will stop her from achieving her goals--not even the gorgeous British security contractor who seems just as interested in seeing her personal assets as he is in protecting her professional ones. After a tragedy left him broken, Heath Powell made a rule of staying unattached. But Jolie challenges him in a way he can't ignore, and he isn't used to backing down from a confrontation--especially when the reward for winning could feel so good. As passion blazes between them, the stubborn, confident beauty arouses more than his desire. She touches his heart. When a mysterious enemy threatens Jolie and her company, Heath is the only person Jolie can trust to help. But working with him to save her business might put her dangerously at risk of falling in love... MATURE CONTENT"-- Provided by publisher.

Rise of fire

February 16, 2017
Jordan, Sophie, author.
New York, NY : Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
294 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to Reign of shadows.
When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is challenged to put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler, a situation that is complicated by the king's discovery of their ties to Relhok.

My not so perfect life : a novel

February 15, 2017
Kinsella, Sophie, author.
438 pages ; 22 cm
"When Katie Brenner is fired from her dream job in advertising in London, she's desperate to get away from her mad boss Demeter, and her crush, Alex, who she thought shared her feelings of adoration but didn't. Seeking refuge, she goes home to her father's farm in Somerset to help make her stepmother's dream of turning their land into a glamping retreat come true. Applying her savvy marketing smarts, Katie masterminds a glamorous upscale resort. But when Demeter shows up unnannounced, with Alex not far behind, Katie is forced to rethink her revenge fantasies and her assumptions about family, love, and office politics and realize how much she may have misjudged everyone--and everything--around her"--Provided by publisher.

Crazy messy beautiful

February 15, 2017
Arcos, Carrie, author.
313 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Neruda Diaz, influenced by his namesake, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, yearns to fall in love but has yet to find the right girl.

Wild one

February 15, 2017
Whitman, Jessica, author.
New York : Forever, 2016.
303 pages ; 18 cm.
Screenwriter Kat Parker returns home to Wellington, Florida. While trying to find ideas for her next script, she discovers handsome polo player Sebastian Del Campo. Their professional collaboration soon turns to romance, although a film star threatens to come between them.

We were on a break

February 15, 2017
Kelk, Lindsey, author.
404 pages ; 20 cm
Is it a break? Or is it a blip? 'You've just had a holiday,' I pointed out, trying not to yawn. Wasn't that enough of a break?; 'I don't mean that kind of break. There's nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out. Friends and family all think they're crazy; Liv throws herself into work, animals are so much simpler than humans and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he's dug. But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?

Always : a novel

February 14, 2017
Jio, Sarah, author.
270 pages ; 25 cm
Torn between two men, Kailey Crane is faced with an impossible choice: embrace the bright future she has with her new fiancé, or dedicate herself to reclaiming a past love that may be gone forever. When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense, but it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now Cade is another homeless soul; his mind has suffered in the intervening years. When they meet, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. Amidst the Seattle music scene of the 90s, Kailey must discover what she's willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.--Adapted from book jacket.

At the edge of the universe

February 14, 2017
Hutchinson, Shaun David, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
485 pages ; 22 cm
When his best friend-turned-boyfriend goes missing and seems to be remembered by nobody else, Ozzie begins to believe that the universe is shrinking and forges ties with a new friend while struggling to figure out what is happening.

Romeo & what's her name

February 14, 2017
Petroff, Shani, author.
202 pages ; 21 cm
"An unprepared understudy is forced to take the stage with her secret crush in this romantic comedy of errors"-- Provided by publisher.

The billionaire of Coral Bay

February 13, 2017
Logan, Nikki, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2017.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Romantic getaways"--Cover.

Her first-date honeymoon

February 13, 2017
Cudmore, Katrina, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2017.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Romantic getaways"--Cover.
Emma Fox always dreamed of a honeymoon in Venice ... she just never expected to experience it alone! After discovering her fiancé was a scoundrel, runaway bride Emma vows to be independent, starting by securing a job with billionaire Matteo Vieri for the week. As they work together in his palazzo, Emma's warmth and natural beauty capture Matteo's guarded heart. They've already shared a honeymoon, but will it take for Matteo to persuade Emma to go back down the aisle?

The sheikh's convenient princess

February 13, 2017
Fielding, Liz, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2017.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Romantic getaways"--Cover.


February 13, 2017
Murray, Victoria Christopher, author.
New York : Touchstone, 2017.
345 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tiffanie has lived a sheltered life in a very strict household with her pastor-grandfather and grandmother in Washington, DC. But when she meets Damon King, she falls for the successful entertainment business man despite his history as a drug dealer. Everyone sees nothing but the brightest future for the couple--but there's one person who wants to destroy them. Trey Johnson is Damon's childhood best friend with whom he built quite a successful drug business. But when the game got hot and Damon decided to leave, Trey stayed and continued to sell drugs, until he was arrested and spent seven years in prison. But now he's out and able to attend the wedding. While Damon is thrilled to have Trey back and hopes to bring his best friend into his business, Trey has other plans."--Provided by publisher.

Qian yue ni de shi jie : ai qing mo fang = Signed to your world

February 13, 2017
Beijing : Zhong guo wen lian chu ban she, 2015.
268 p. ; 24 cm.

Lala Laitera : (ang laiterang hindi naman pretty)

February 13, 2017
OwwSIc, author.
576 pages ; 19 cm

Lobster for breakfast

February 10, 2017
Burck, Charlene.
349 pages ; 22 cm
College freshman Carrie Matthews expects to do something significant with her life. But when a family crisis forces her to drop out of school she puts her dreams on hold and takes a clerical position in the advertising department of a Cincinnati corporation. Her boss, Brad Collins--married and ten years her senior--nurtures Carrie's talent for the advertising business, winning her gratitude and devotion. The longer Carrie works with her handsome mentor the more enamored she becomes. Only when Brad is about to leave town for a new job in Minnesota does she discover the feeling has been mutual. Seizing the opportunity to resurrect an aunt's neglected house in a Twin Cities suburb, Carrie follows Brad and sets to work creating a rendezvous where she and her lover can share stolen moments. Over the months of tearing out carpet, painting walls and stripping floors, Carrie uncovers the bones of a house worth saving. Can she say the same about her relationship with Brad? The electricity that crackles between them is undeniable. Yet the emotional burden of carrying on an illicit relationship takes its toll. In the end, Carrie must make a choice that will determine not only her own fate but the fate of her lover and his family.

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