New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

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

Destiny's captive

October 29, 2014
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
New York : Avon Books, [2014].
370 pages ; 18 cm
"Noah Yates fully believes in the joys of a happy family and a good wife. But that's not the life for him. No, he would much rather sail the wild seas in search of adventure, not tied down. But then the unthinkable happens . . . he finds himself literally tied down. To a bed. By a woman. And Pilar isn't just an ordinary woman. She's descended from pirates. And after giving him one of the worst nights of his life, she steals his ship! Now Noah is on the hunt, and he'll stop at nothing to find this extraordinary woman . . . and make her his"-- Provided by publisher.

Sleigh bells in Valentine Valley

October 29, 2014
Cane, Emma, author.
[New York] : Avon Books, 2014.
355 pages ; 18 cm.
"Return to Valentine Valley, where Christmas lights are twinkling and first love burns brighter the second time around . . . When Tony De Luca's ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they'd been each other's first love, first everything. But then life happened, and they walked away with broken hearts. Now Kate is back in Valentine, and they can't seem to stay out of each other's way. When Tony begins wondering what would happen if they rekindled the sparks, he knows he's in big trouble. Kate can't believe she's sitting at Tony's bar spilling her life-changing problems to him. He's as gorgeous as ever, and she can't seem to forget how incredible he always made her feel. Still, the door on that chapter of their lives closed long ago. Yet with Christmas buzzing in the air, Kate can't help wondering if anything is possible--even a second chance with the only man she's ever loved" -- from publisher's web site.

Treasure on Lilac Lane

October 29, 2014
Alward, Donna, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2014.
330 pages ; 18 cm.
"Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store... Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them--one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined--both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss. But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart--or can love find a way to heal them both?"-- From back cover.

The accidental countess

October 29, 2014
Bowman, Valerie, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2014.
312 pages ; 18 cm
"St. Martin's Paperbacks historical romance"--Spine.
After returning home from battle to an unwanted arranged marriage, Captain Julian Swift finds himself falling for Lady Cassandra Monroe, his fiancée's cousin, who, unbeknownst to him, has been in love with him for years.

A rake by any other name

October 29, 2014
Marlowe, Mia.
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014]
347 pages ; 18 cm
When Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is abruptly called home to take the reins of the estate, he discovers the extent of the family's financial straits. The remedy: marry the heiress their families have picked out for him. Unfortunately, he's already planned to marry someone else. Miss Sophie Goodnight isn't too keen on becoming his purse with feet...and she sabotages all attempts to woo her. But when Lord Hartley discovers the shenanigans in his father's past, he realizes that deciding between two beautiful women is the least of his problems.

Heart fire

October 29, 2014
Owens, Robin D.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2014.
xii, 355 pages ; 21 cm.
"On the planet Celta, accepting a HeartMate can be the greatest challenge in the universe... Antenn, an architect hired to build a cathedral in Druida City, dares not think of his HeartMate. Even though he yearns for her, he's taken steps to ensure she will be forever unknown to him. After all, how could he, a commoner who grew up in the slums, the brother of a murderer, be worthy of any woman? Tiana, a priestess, has her own fears about being a HeartMate. She's watched her friends struggle with such a stormy destiny. She's sure her HeartMate has never claimed her due to a terrible scandal involving her Family, and she's set aside hopes for love. Antenn's gotten the commission of his life. The cathedral will make him famous, but more, it will last for ages and prove to others he can contribute to Celta...if the controversial structure isn't destroyed while being built. Tiana, too, is an integral part of this process, but the villain who wrecked her Family is ready with firebombs. Can they trust each other in dangerous circumstances to succeed...and to love?"-- Provided by publisher.

All is bright

October 29, 2014
Spencer, Katherine, 1955-
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
x, 294 pages ; 24 cm.
"In the little town of Cape Light, Reverend Ben Lewis reflects on Christmas past-while his beloved daughter, Rachel, looks to the future. A box of old photographs sparks long forgotten memories for Reverend Ben, images of himself when he was a young minister, a newcomer to Cape Light and his congregation. He remembers the very first Christmas at his new church, when nothing turned out as he expected. A prominent church member and benefactor, Oliver Warwick, stood accused of a serious crime, and the entire town and congregation were quickly torn apart. Ben knew that he must carry the banner of God's love and mercy into the fray, all the while struggling to win his church's confidence and respect and prove to all-including himself-that he was worthy of his calling as a minister. As her father looks back, Rachel Anderson looks to the future, trying to imagine a life without her beloved husband, Jack. But then, single-dad Ryan Cooper appears on her doorstep like an unexpected package. Her son's basketball coach is just the man Rachel needs to shake up her world and show her there's such a thing as focusing-and fretting-too much. Ryan's gentleness, charm, and understanding are a convincing combination, and Rachel soon finds herself imagining a new world filled with hope and love. But deep loss and old fears are not so easily dispelled, and Christmas brings Rachel a serious choice: cling to a past filled with comforting memories, or reach for a future of bright possibilities. "-- Provided by publisher.

Whatever life throws at you

October 29, 2014
Cross, Julie.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, 2014.
373 p. ; 21 cm.
"A Liz Pelletier collection book."
"Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad's glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he'll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing. After an awkward first meeting with "Brody" involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie's convinced she knows Brody's type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship--and beyond. Falling for a rising star who's quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she's getting hints that maybe this crush isn't one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?"--Publisher website.

The viscount who lived down the lane

October 28, 2014
Boyle, Elizabeth.
New York : Avon Books, c2014.
374 p. ; 18 cm.
"As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights. Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her 'improvements,' and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return ... until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance."--from cover, page [4].

Christmas at Twilight : a Twilight, Texas novel

October 28, 2014
Wilde, Lori, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
viii, 384 pages ; 18 cm.
It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator Hutch Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home... only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious-looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy--he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well. Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret--she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle--but what price will they pay?

Eternal

October 28, 2014
Hunter, C. C., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
386 pages ; 22 cm.
When a deadly virus forces Della to be reborn, she's bonded to the vampire Chase--despite her attraction to shapeshifter Steve--and meanwhile her latest case reveals shocking secrets about her father.

Mac Liam

October 28, 2014
Vincent, Renee, author.
©2010
346 pages ; 21 cm
"Book two of the Emerald Isle triology"--Cover.
Breandán Mac Liam, the young hunter from Ireland's lush forests, is in love with Mara, an ineligible beautiful princess. For seven long years, he has been vividly haunted by her memory, taunted by the throes of his heartache. Mara, the spirited Connacht princess, has no idea she is the object of the Irishman's longing. She is living out her days on Inis Mór, raising a troubled son and trying to endure the cruel loneliness that afflicts her heart. Ordered by the king on his deathbed, Breandán must return to Mara and bring her through the perilous lands of Connacht to fulfill her father's last dying wish. But as their worlds collide, Breandán not only finds himself wrapped in the arms of Mara's embrace, but thrown into a struggle to defend his honor. With Mara caught between the family she loves and the father she knows, can Breandán uncover the mystery of her past and still protect her from a secret that threatens them all?

The fall of rain

October 28, 2014
Vincent, Renee, author.
©2013
274 pages ; 21 cm
"Book three of the Emerald Isle triology"--Cover.
Leif Dæganssen, an archeologist from Norway, is determined to trace back his Scandinavian roots as far as the Dark Ages and find proof of their existence on the Emerald Isle. After several years of living off the west coast of Ireland, he finally uncovers an ancient artifact--an intricately decorated chest with pagan carvings--buried beneath the very porch of his coastal cottage. Knowing it only confirms the presence of a glorified Norse-influenced settlement on Inis Mór, he's determined to establish a link between himself and those who once inhabited the rugged isle. For as long as she can remember, Lorraine O'Connor has had dreams of a Norse warrior kissing her. And even though she's never fully understood the reason for her vivid subconscious imagination, she welcomes the meaningless and wanton pleasure of being in a Viking's protective embrace--until the day she meets that brazen Northman on an impulsive vacation trip to Ireland. Though blindsided by the relevance of her dreams and the strange familiarity of the man within them, Lorraine can't help but feel a deep-seated intimacy toward Leif. And the more she gets to know him, the more she's convinced they've shared a life together in a time long forgotten. Are the clues to their ancestral past hidden within the contents of the chest or buried deep within their hearts?

A man's promise

October 27, 2014
Jackson, Brenda (Brenda Streater)
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

With every breath

October 27, 2014
Camden, Elizabeth, 1948-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Caroline's secret

October 27, 2014
Lillard, Amy.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Maybe this Christmas

October 27, 2014
Morgan, Sarah, 1948-
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin HQN, [2014]
377 pages ; 17 cm
"The O'Neil brothers trilogy"--Inside cover.

The lodge on Holly Road

October 27, 2014
Roberts, Sheila, author.
©2014
354 pages ; 17 cm.
Widower James Claussen, widow Olivia Wallace, and single mom Missy Monroe and their families spend Christmas at the lodge in Icicle Falls, Washington, where not everything goes as planned and some receive the most unexpected gifts of all.

An Amish family Christmas

October 27, 2014
New York : Love Inspired Books, [2014].
217 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Heart of Christmas / Marta Perry -- A plain holiday / Patricia Davids.

Burying water : a novel

October 27, 2014
Tucker, K. A. (Kathleen A.), 1978- author.
©2014
354 pages ; 21 cm.
"Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survive--but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to Jane Doe for another day, the woman renames herself Water for the tiny, hidden marking on her body--the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge. Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won't Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn't know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she'll stay so much safer--and happier---that way. And that's why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with harsh truths better left buried. The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface"--cover p. 4.

The sharp hook of love

October 27, 2014
Jones, Sherry, 1961-
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
pages ; cm
"The passionate, star-crossed love story of famed lovers Heloise and Abelard -- the original Romeo and Juliet -- is told by Heloise, using actual letters the couple wrote to each other in 12th century Paris during their forbidden affair"-- Provided by publisher.

What the Greek can't resist

October 24, 2014
Blake, Maya, author.
Richmond, Surrey : Mills & Boon, 2014.
288 p. (large print) ; 22 cm.
"CEO Arion Pantelides is always in control--but for one night he gave in to oblivion with a stunning stranger. Yet his passion is quickly matched by fury when Arion--prizing honesty above all else--discovers the woman who came undone in his arms has only recently been widowed. Perla Lowell's marriage was a painful sham, so now--penniless and alone--she refuses to let this dark-hearted Greek intimidate her. But when Arion offers Perla a chance to prove herself, she'll show him she has nothing to hide! Until she discovers she's pregnant with his child."--Page [4] of cover.

Christmas at Tiffany's

October 24, 2014
Swan, Karen (Writer), author.
©2011
582 pages ; 20 cm
"What do you do when the man you pledged your life to breaks your heart and shatters your dreams? You pack your bags and travel the big, wide world to find your destiny--and your true love. Ten years ago, a young and naïve Cassie married her first serious boyfriend, believing he would be with her forever. Now her marriage is in tatters and Cassie has no career or home of her own. Though she feels betrayed and confused, Cassie isn't giving up. She's going to take control of her life. But first she has to find out where she belongs . . . and who she wants to be. Over the course of one year, Cassie leaves her sheltered life in rural Scotland to stay with her best friends living in the most glamorous cities in the world: New York, Paris, and London. Exchanging comfort food and mousy hair for a low-carb diet and a gorgeous new look, Cassie tries each city on for size as she searches for the life she's meant to have . . . and the man she's meant to love"--Page [4] of cover.

The heart of Christmas

October 24, 2014
Novak, Brenda.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Mira, [2014].
382 p. ; 17 cm.
Eve Harmon has always enjoyed Christmas, but this year it reminds her of everything she doesn't have. Almost all her friends are married now, and that's what Eve wants, too. Love. A husband and kids of her own. But the B and B she manages, and even Whiskey Creek, the small Gold Country town where she was born and raised, suddenly seem'confining. Eve's worried that her future will simply be a reflection of her past. There's no one in the area she could even imagine as a husband'until a handsome stranger comes to town. Eve's definitely attracted to him, and he seems to have the same reaction to her. But his darkly mysterious past could ruin Eve's happily ever after just when it finally seems within reach. And just when she's counting on the best Christmas of her life!

A bollywood affair

October 24, 2014
Dev, Sonali, author.
©2014
viii, 294 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide with discussion questions (pages [293]-294).
Mili Rathod hasn't seen her husband in twenty years--not since she was promised to him at the age of four. Yet marriage has allowed Mili a freedom rarely given to girls in her village. Her grandmother has even allowed her to leave India and study in America for eight months, all to make her the perfect modern wife. Which is exactly what Mili longs to be--if her husband would just come and claim her. Bollywood's favorite director, Samir Rathod, has come to Michigan to secure a divorce for his older brother. Persuading a naïve village girl to sign the papers should be easy for someone with Samir's tabloid-famous charm. But Mili is neither a fool nor a gold-digger. Open-hearted yet complex, she's trying to reconcile her independence with cherished traditions. And before he can stop himself, Samir is immersed in Mili's life--cooking her dal and rotis, escorting her to her roommate's elaborate Indian wedding, and wondering where his loyalties and happiness lie.

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