New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

August 18, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The raging ones

August 17, 2018
Ritchie, Krista, author.
New York : Wednesday Books, 2018.
387 pages : map ; 22 cm
In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds. Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she's never known. Like the entire world, she believes it's impossible to dodge a deathday. Until the day she does. Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him. Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court--which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny. With the threat of people learning they've dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space--against thousands of people far smarter, who'll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do.

When a duke loves a woman

August 17, 2018
Heath, Lorraine, author.
New York, NY Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
388 pages ; 17 cm.
"Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger's kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door--or the alleyway by her tavern--Gillie doesn't hesitate. But he's no infant. He's a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn't belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie's bed... Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman--albeit a brave and beautiful one--is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley's extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London's darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman"

Tempted by love : a Montana Heat novel

August 17, 2018
Ryan, Jennifer, 1963- author.
392 pages ; 17 cm.
"She was this Montana Man's greatest temptation...Alina Cooke--little sister of his two best friends--is the last woman DEA agent Jay Bennett should be waking up next to on the day of her brother's wedding. But their powerful attraction ignited a powder keg of desire, and their once simple friendship has just become impossibly complicated. Alina's always been steady, focused, and lived on the safe side of life. Jay is totally devoted to his dangerous job. She knows a future with him will be filled with worry that one day he won't come home. She's done it with her brothers. She's not sure she can face that uncertainty with the man she loves. Yet being in his arms is a bad idea they keep repeating, again and again. When Alina is run off the road, Jay fears his job has made her a target. But the threat in Alina's life is closer than they think. As the enemy gets more ruthless, Alina proves she's no easy target and Jay will do anything to bring them down. Because surviving and being together is the only thing that matters."--Back cover.

Beautiful exiles

August 17, 2018
Clayton, Meg Waite, author.
Seattle, Washington: Lake Union Publishing, [2018]
384 pages ; 22 cm
Key West, 1936. Headstrong, accomplished journalist Martha Gellhorn is confident with words but less so with men when she meets disheveled literary titan Ernest Hemingway in a dive bar. Their friendship--forged over writing, talk, and family dinners--flourishes into something undeniable in Madrid while they're covering the Spanish Civil War. Martha reveres him. The very married Hemingway is taken with Martha--her beauty, her ambition, and her fearless spirit. And as Hemingway tells her, the most powerful love stories are always set against the fury of war. The risks are so much greater. They're made for each other. With their romance unfolding as they travel the globe, Martha establishes herself as one of the world's foremost war correspondents, and Hemingway begins the novel that will win him the Nobel Prize for Literature. Beautiful Exiles is a stirring story of lovers and rivals, of the breathless attraction to power and fame, and of one woman--ahead of her time--claiming her own identity from the wreckage of love.

Memoirs of a dragon hunter

August 17, 2018
MacAlister, Katie, author.
New York : Forever, 2018.
372 pages ; 18 cm
"One moment, I was a normal (if somewhat germaphobic) math teacher getting ready for summer vacation. Then my sister died in a pile of black ash, leaving me with a sword... and her destiny as dragon hunter. It turns out there's a whole other world out there filled with demons, dragons, and spirits. Now my job is to protect mortals - and I haven't got a clue what I'm doing. Then there's tattooed hotness Ian Iskander. Part dragon hunter and part demon, Ian's got some seriously creepy business associates and keeps trying to steal my sword. So why do we keep getting lost in hungry, crazy-hot kisses? Ian is the only person who can help me figure out who - and what - I am. But trusting a half-demon is dangerous... because when you play with dragon fire, someone always gets burned."--Back cover.

Civil mêreja : eka majabūra yuvatīno saccāino sodo

August 17, 2018
Varmā, Vibhāvarī, author.
Mumbaī : Āra. Āra. Śeṭha ênḍa Kampanī Prā. Li., 2017.
96 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm.
"Yaṅga dilonī leṭesṭa dhaḍakana"--Cover.
Novel based on the marriage delusion.

How to breathe underwater

August 16, 2018
Skinner, Vicky, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2018.
324 pages ; 22 cm
"Kate thinks she has everything all figured out. She's a champion swimmer with a bright future ahead of her. But when Kate's perfect world comes crashing down in one instant, she's forced to leave the swim team she's been a part of her whole life. As she tries to settle into a new home and a new school, she meets Michael, the cute boy who lives across the hall. Michael wants to learn how to swim, and he'll teach Kate how to salsa dance in exchange. Soon, Kate's nights are filled with visits to the rooftop pool and ice cream dates in the hallway with Michael. There's only one problem: Michael has a girlfriend. And Kate isn't sure that swimming, which her father pushed her to be the best at, is something that actually makes her happy. As the pressures of her new life start to build, can Kate keep her head above water?" --Jacket.

Surviving Adam Meade

August 16, 2018
Klare, Shannon, author.
244 pages ; 22 cm
At first unhappy about transferring to a new high school senior year, Claire quickly makes friends and, despite her determination to avoid football, captures the attention of the arrogant quarterback.

The fixer : games people play

August 16, 2018
Dimon, HelenKay, author.
New York : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers 2017.
374 pages ; 17 cm
"He's known only as Wren. A wealthy, dangerously secretive man, he specializes in making problems disappear. A professional fixer, Wren hides a dark past, but his privacy is shattered when Emery Finn seeks him out--and what she wants from him is very personal. Some people disappear against their will. Emery's job is to find them and bring closure. Wren is the only person who can help solve Emery's own personal mystery: the long-ago disappearance of her cousin. Just tracking down the sexy, brooding Wren is difficult enough. Resisting her body's response to him will prove completely impossible. Anonymity is essential to Wren's success, yet drawn by Emery's loyalty and sensuality, he's pulled out of the shadows. But her digging is getting noticed by the wrong people. And as the clues start to point to someone terrifyingly close, Wren will have to put his haunted past aside to protect the woman he loves."--Page [4] of cover.


August 16, 2018
Wilson, Sariah S.
308 pages ; 21 cm
After pop star Ryan De Luna praises Maisy Harrison's YouTube cover of his classic hit, he offers her and her fledgling band the opportunity of a lifetime: to be his opening act. Music may be Maisy's life but she has one ground rule: never date a musician. That goes double for a heartbreaker like Ryan. If only she didn't feel so vulnerable to his larger-than-life charm. And maybe now more than ever, when he asks for her help to shake off his playboy image. How can she resist playing the part of his fake girlfriend for the duration of the tour? Ryan's never met anyone like Maisy. She sees past all the star-studded fame and treats him like any other guy. And the more time they spend together, the more he finds himself falling for her. Now he'd like to make their imaginary fling an IRL thing. But can he convince her to take a chance and trust him with her heart?

Cherry : a novel

August 14, 2018
Walker, Nico, author.
New York : Knopf, 2018.
317 pages ; 22 cm
"Jesus' Son meets Reservoir Dogs in a breakneck-paced debut novel about love, war, bank robberies, and heroin. Cleveland, 2003. A young man is just a college freshman when he meets Emily. They share a passion for Edward Albee and ecstasy and fall hard and fast in love. But soon Emily has to move home to Elba, New York, and he flunks out of school and joins the army. Desperate to keep their relationship alive, they marry before he ships out to Iraq. But as an army medic, he is unprepared for the grisly reality that awaits him. His fellow soldiers smoke; they huff computer duster; they take painkillers; they watch porn. And many of them die. He and Emily try to make their long-distance marriage work, but when he returns from Iraq, his PTSD is profound, and the drugs on the street have changed. The opioid crisis is beginning to swallow up the Midwest. Soon he is hooked on heroin, and so is Emily. They attempt a normal life, but with their money drying up, he turns to the one thing he thinks he could be really good at--robbing banks. Hammered out on a typewriter, Cherry marks the arrival of a raw, bleakly hilarious, and surprisingly poignant voice straight from the dark heart of America"-- Provided by publisher.

Dune drive

August 14, 2018
Stewart, Mariah, author.
378 pages ; 17 cm
"Pocket books romance"--Spine.
"Always believing she was an ugly duckling, Chrissy Jenkins thought she had finally turned into a swan when her real-life Prince Charming swept her off her feet. But as his true character began to crack his perfect facade, Chrissy realized that not only was she better off without him, but that she was the only one who had the power to transform her life."-- From the publisher.

Relationship status

August 14, 2018
Dreamz, Deshon, author.
Farmingdale, NY : Urban Books, [2018]
236 pages ; 21 cm.
"Tori has loved the same man for what seems like her entire life, but with a list of broken promises and lies told by her husband, Keyton, Tori finds herself at a crossroads. Does she try to salvage her marriage with the love of her life, or move on from all the pain and turmoil? Full-figured and beautiful TaNia is as independent as they come. She keeps her business in order and depends on no one. After her father's death, she moves back home to take care of her mother, which takes a lot of adjustment on her part. In the midst of all the changes in her life, her friend Lemonte has decided he wants more. He is on a mission to make her his, whether or not TaNia is ready for that. Winter has always depended on someone, whether it was her parents or the man she was in a relationship with. She no longer wants to be that girl, so she makes some changes and learns to stand on her own two feet. She lives a lifestyle that she is not particularly proud of, but it makes her goals and dreams that much easier to accomplish. Her parents are traditional and old school, so she hides her life from them, but when she lands in the sights of Demarco, she has to make a choice between love and comfort."--Back cover.

Set the night on fire

August 14, 2018
Trentham, Laura, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2018.
326 pages ; 17 cm.
Putting her money into the Abbott brother's garage, wealthy divorcee Ella Boudreaux sets out to teach skeptical, stubborn Mack Abbott how to run a successful business and must decide whether or not to put the brakes on the fierce attraction revving between them

The simple wild : a novel

August 14, 2018
Tucker, K. A. (Kathleen A.), 1978- author.
New York : Atria Paperback, [2018]
390 pages ; 21 cm
Calla Fletcher was two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla's father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when her father reaches out to inform her that his days are numbered, Calla knows that it's time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born. She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional--dear God--outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can't help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this new subarctic environment, Jonah--the quiet, brooding, and proud Alaskan pilot who keeps her father's charter plane company operational--can't imagine calling anywhere else home. And he's clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she's too pampered to handle the wild.

Summer on the river

August 14, 2018
Willett, Marcia, author.
315 pages ; 25 cm
"Thomas Dunne books."
"Evie loved the house. The bright, sunny rooms looking across the river. The terraced gardens with fruit trees growing against the high stone walls. The scent of lavender at the end of a hot day. It was a family house...As summer beckons, Evie's family gathers once more at the beautiful old riverside house they all adore. But when Evie discovers a secret that threatens their future, a shadow falls over them all: this summer by the river could be their last together."-- Provided by Publisher.

The secret of the Irish castle

August 13, 2018
Montefiore, Santa, 1970- author.
464, 6 pages : genealogical tables ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: The daughters of Ireland.
Includes extras, such as an interview with the author.
Ireland, early 1939. Much has changed for the Deverill family and a new generation is waiting in the wings. But eyes are once again turning towards Europe where the storm clouds of war are building. In Dublin, Martha Wallace's feelings of rejection have turned, . in an instant, to happiness. Martha came home from America, desperate to track down her birth mother. But instead she has lost her heart to the impossibly charming JP, scion of the Deverill family. Bridie Doyle has come a long way from her humble roots. Now Countess di Marcantonio and mistress of Castle Deverill, she is determined to make the splendid surroundings her home. Her flamboyant husband Cesare has other ideas. And, as his eye strays away from his wife, those close to the couple begin to question his true identity. Kitty Deverill believed that life with her husband Robert and their two children was her destiny, until the return of Jack O'Leary, her first love, as irresistible to her now as he was when they met, years before. But this time Jack's heart belongs elsewhere ...

Promises and primroses

August 13, 2018
Kilpack, Josi S., author.
322 pages ; 22 cm.
"When Elliott Mayfield undertakes a 'marriage campaign' to see his wayward nieces and nephews securely married, he has no idea it will lead to a reunion with his own lost love. Peter, his eldest nephew, also finds a new love with his daughters' governess after his wife's untimely passing" --Provided by the publisher.

A dark and twisting path

August 13, 2018
Buckley, Julia, 1964- author.
New York : Berkley Prime Crime, 2018.
290 pages ; 18 cm.
Lena's best friend, Allison, is in a panic. On a walk in the woods by her home, Allison discovers the body of her mail carrier, an argumentative man who recently had a falling out with Allison's husband. Lena quickly realizes that Allison has nothing to worry about as the murder weapon points to a different suspect altogether: Lena's embattled boyfriend, Sam West.

A Love for Leah

August 13, 2018
Lillard, Amy, author.
viii, 327 pages ; 18 cm
Independent-minded Leah Gingerich has always been outspoken. And even though she is now a progressive Mennonite, she's rediscovering the joys of family traditions back in her Amish hometown. Yet she can't help but clash with her handsome new Amish neighbor, Jamie Stoltzfus. He's too hard-headed and old-line to see that his traumatized young nephew, Peter, needs faith and help--or that a woman who stands up to him may be what he needs to heal. After a devastating tragedy, Jamie moved to Pontotoc with his nephew for a fresh start. Holding fast to his beliefs is the only way he feels he can aid Peter--and himself. But somehow, Leah's freethinking ways and feisty challenges are sparking a happiness he's never felt before. Soon, Jamie can't imagine his life without her. But are their differences ultimately too great to overcome--or can love bridge their way to a future together?

Texas destiny

August 13, 2018
Heath, Lorraine, author.
365 pages ; 17 cm.
Amelia Carson is a mail-order bride. She has come to Texas to marry Dallas, the ranch owner she has corresponded with for a year. But a broken leg (and fate) requires Dallas to send his brother, Houston, to meet Amelia in his place. Physically and emotionally scarred by the war, Houston doesn't believe he will ever find love. When he falls in love with his brother's betrothed, he never expects her to return his feelings. Together they discover that without honor, love is meaningless.

Texas glory

August 13, 2018
Heath, Lorraine, author.
372 pages ; 17 cm.
Cordelia McQueen is little more than a prisoner in her father's house until he barters her off to a stranger in exchange for land and water rights. Now in a new place and married to a man as big and bold as untamed Texas, Cordelia prepares to live within her husband's shadow and help him achieve his goals. Dallas has one driving ambition: to put West Texas on the map. Convinced he's too harsh a man to be loved, he expects nothing except a son from his shy wife. But with each passing day, Dallas discovers a woman of immense hidden courage and fortitude. He is determined to give her his heart, even if it means letting her go to achieve her own dreams and find her own glory.

Bound by their scandalous baby

August 10, 2018
Rice, Heidi. author.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Hotel tycoon Lukas Blackstone is shocked to learn he has an orphaned nephew - and he's infuriated by the electricity sizzling between him and his nephew's guardian, Bronte! Despite their powerful attraction, Lukas knows to steer clear of Bronte - he's learned the hard way that family life isn't for him. But when the sensational fire between them is ignited the dramatic consequences will tie them together - forever?

Claiming his wedding night consequence

August 10, 2018
Green, Abby. author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2018.
252 p. ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Nicolo Santo Domenico's marriage to heiress Chiara is purely for convenience - until their explosively passionate wedding night! But when Chiara realises that Nico's reasons for seducing her are as cold as his heart, she flees their fledgling marriage. Months later, Nico tracks down his errant wife - only to find she's expecting! To claim his baby Nico must make Chiara his... for real!

The Greek's blackmailed mistress

August 10, 2018
Graham, Lynne, 1956- author.
London : Mills & Boon, 2018.
252 p. ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Blackmailed into the billionaire's bed... Elvi can't believe her attempt to appeal to heartless Xan's benevolent side has gone so wrong! But to save her stepmother's job she nervously agrees to the Greek's outrageous terms. Xan is gorgeous, with a damaged side only Elvi sees - but how will he react when he realises that his new mistress is an innocent virgin?

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