New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

July 17, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The Argentinian's baby of scandal

July 16, 2019
Kendrick, Sharon, author.
©2019
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
"I'm...pregnant..." The consequence of his seduction! Housekeeper Tara Fitzpatrick is always as efficient and professional as possible. Until her billionaire boss Lucas Conway looks at her with a fiery intensity she just can't resist. Only now Tara has the mortifying task of flying to New York to tell him - a renowned bachelor whose least favourite word is family - that their electrifying night in his bed has had the most scandalous of consequences!

Contracted as his Cinderella bride

July 16, 2019
Rice, Heidi, author.
© 2019
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
From penniless delivery girl... ...to billionaire's bride? The perfect summer Ally Jones spent with gorgeous French billionaire Dominic LeGrand was unforgettable - despite her unrequited feelings. Now Ally's a struggling courier, and she's stunned when her latest delivery brings her to Dominic's door. Yet what's even more shocking is his proposal! Dominic needs a temporary wife...but with the enticing promise of his expert seduction teasing Ally to her limits can she really just play the role?

The maid's Spanish secret

July 16, 2019
Collins, Dani, author.
© 2019
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
"You will come to Spain. You will marry me..." For sweet maid Poppy Harris, her one and only passionate experience was scorching and absolutely forbidden. She shouldn't have succumbed to Spanish aristocrat Rico Montero's tantalising seduction, but his touch was all-consuming... And it had nine-month consequences! Poppy believes they can never be anything more - until Rico appears on her doorstep, demanding his hidden daughter and determined to make Poppy his wife!"

A passionate night with the Greek

July 16, 2019
Lawrence, Kim, 1938- author.
©2019
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Greek tycoon Zach Gavros has one mission: to track down the long-lost granddaughter of the mentor who helped him rise from the streets of Athens to unrivaled success. But Zach quickly realizes that introducing feisty Katina to Greek society could be more trouble--and temptation--than anticipated! Especially when their startling passion only confirms the power this untouched heiress has to undo him...

Awakened by the scarred Italian

July 16, 2019
Green, Abby, author.
© 2019
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.

A down home Christmas

July 16, 2019
Talley, Liz, author.
[United States] : Hallmark Publishing, [2019]
259 pages : 22 cm
Includes a recipe.
"Country music star Kris Trabeau heads to Charming, Mississippi, to convince his aging aunt to sell her farm and move into a nice retirement community. She's not having it, and she enlists her neighbor Tory Hudson to help her remind Kris why the farm means so much...especially at Christmas. After being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, Tory's not feeling the holiday spirit. Still, she agrees to co-chair a children's concert and silent auction to benefit the after-school center where she volunteers. As Kris helps her with the concert and spends time with the kids, the attraction between them becomes harder and harder to ignore. Can he trade spotlights and city lights for the place where the music began?"--Amazon.

The wedding party

July 15, 2019
Guillory, Jasmine, author.
New York : Jove, 2019.
viii, 337 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reader's discussion guide questions.
"The next charming romance by The New York Times bestselling author of The Proposal. Maddie and Theo have two things in common: 1. Alexa is their best friend 2. They hate each other. After an "oops, we made a mistake" night together, neither one can stop thinking about the other. With Alexa's wedding rapidly approaching, Maddie and Theo both share bridal party responsibilities that require more interaction with each other than they're comfortable with. Underneath the sharp barbs they toss at each other is a simmering attraction that won't fade. It builds until they find themselves sneaking off together to release some tension when Alexa isn't looking. But as with any engagement with a nemesis, there are unspoken rules that must be abided by. First and foremost, don't fall in love"-- Provided by publisher.

Kitty and the silver bullet

July 15, 2019
Vaughn, Carrie.
New York : Grand Central Pub., 2008.
326 pages ; 17 cm.
When her mother falls ill, Kitty, a radio host, returns to Denver and once again finds herself in the middle of the abusive pack of werewolves from whom she escaped a year earlier, a situation complicated by a war brewing between the city's two oldest vampires.

Some like it scandalous

July 15, 2019
Rodale, Maya, author.
©2019
355 pages ; 17 cm.
Theodore Prescott the Third, one of Manhattan's Rogues of Millionaire Row, has really done it this time. The only way to survive his most recent, unspeakably outrageous scandal is marry someone respectable. Someone sensible. Someone like Daisy Swann. Of all the girls in Gilded Age Manhattan, it had to be her. Daisy Swann has plans and they do not involve a loveless marriage with anyone. But when a devastating family secret threatens to destroy her standing in society, suddenly a fake engagement with Theo is just the thing to make all her dreams come true. Daisy Swann aspires to sell cosmetics that she has created, but this brainy scientist needs a smooth talking charmer's flair for words and eye for beauty to make it a success. Before long, Daisy and Theo are trading kisses. And secrets. And discovering that despite appearances, they might be the perfect couple after all.--Provided by publisher.

Vintage 1954

July 15, 2019
Laurain, Antoine, author.
London : Gallic Books, 2019.
218 pages ; 20 cm
Translated from the French.
"Originally published in France as Millésime 54 by Flammarion, 2018"--Title page verso.
"When Hubert Larnaudie invites some fellow residents of his Parisian apartment building to drink an exceptional bottle of 1954 Beaujolais, he has no idea of its special properties. The following morning, Hubert finds himself waking up in 1950s Paris, as do antique restorer Magalie, mixologist Julien, and Airbnb tenant Bob from Milwaukee, who's on his first trip to Europe. After their initial shock, the city begins to work its charm on them. The four delight in getting to know the French capital during this iconic period, whilst also playing with the possibilities that time travel allows. But, ultimately, they need to work out how to get back to 2017, and time is of the essence..."--Provided by publisher.

Claiming his one-night child

July 11, 2019
Ashenden, Jackie, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2019.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
"Notorious Italian playboy Dante Cardinali lives life on the edge. So when Stella Montefiore dramatically confronts him, vowing to settle a family vendetta, he's intrigued by her bravery...and enticed by their passionate attraction! It explodes into an intense and sizzling encounter...that leaves innocent Stella shockingly pregnant! Now to claim his heir, Dante must marry this dangerously alluring woman..."--Back cover.

An heir for the world's richest man

July 11, 2019
Blake, Maya, author.
©2019
255 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover
His wealth? Infinite. Claiming his baby? Priceless! He may be the richest man on earth, but self-made Joao Oliviera's latest deal is personal. To ensure victory, th needs his right-hand woman, Saffron Everhart. But the undeniable tension between them is higher than ever since they finally surrendered to a one-off, emotionally charged night together. And it's about to skyrocket again, because Joao's just found that Saffron is pregnant!

Prince's virgin in Venice

July 11, 2019
Morey, Trish, author.
©2019
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Prince Vittorio's spontaneous invitation to shy hotel maid Rosa is supposed to end at Venice's most exclusive Carnival ball. Cinderella will go to the ball... And be seduced by the Prince! But their instant chemistry soon leads to a scorching encounter! It's meant to be Vittorio's last taste of pleasure before duty demands he marry and provide an heir. But will one night with unexpected virgin Rosa be enough to slake his desire for her...?

The bookish life of Nina Hill

July 11, 2019
Waxman, Abbi, author.
New York : Berkley, 2019.
332 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
"Nina Hill's life may not seem like much, but for a person battling anxiety, it's more than enough. She enjoys her job at a bookstore and her small circle of friends. Until a visit from a lawyer changes everything ... The father that Nina never knew existed has died, leaving behind an enormous extended family. Nina now has innumerable sisters, brothers, nieces, nephews, and cousins all living within a twenty-mile radius--some welcoming and some not so welcoming, but all demanding her attention. If that's not enough, Nina's talent for worrying is taking the thrill out of falling in love. Tom, a fellow trivia nerd--who's totally into her--is obviously too good to be true. Everything is moving too fast for Nina. Caught in a whirlwind of new people, emotions and experiences, she feels the need to protect herself. But maybe opening her world--and her heart--is a risk worth taking"-- Provided by publisher.

The lightest object in the universe : a novel

July 11, 2019
Eisele, Kimi, author.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2019.
325 pages ; 23 cm
What if the end times allowed people to see and build the world anew? This is the landscape that Kimi Eisele creates in her surprising and original debut novel. Evoking the spirit of such monumental love stories as Cold Mountain and the creative vision of novels like Station Eleven, The Lightest Object in the Universe tells the story of what happens after the global economy collapses and the electrical grid goes down. In this new world, Carson, on the East Coast, is desperate to find Beatrix, a woman on the West Coast who holds his heart. Working his way along a cross-country railroad line, he encounters lost souls, clever opportunists, and those who believe they'll be saved by an evangelical preacher in the middle of the country. Meanwhile, Beatrix and her neighbors begin to construct a cooperative community that suggests the end could be, in fact, a bright beginning. Without modern means of communication, will Beatrix and Carson reach each other, and what will be left of the old world if they do? The answers may lie with a fifteen-year-old girl who could ultimately decide the fate of the cross-country lovers.

Someone to honor : a Westcott novel

July 11, 2019
Balogh, Mary, author.
©2019
324 pages : genealogical table ; 24 cm
"Abigail Westcott's dreams for her future were lost when her father died and she discovered her parents were not legally married. But now, six years later, she enjoys the independence a life without expectation provides a wealthy single woman. Indeed, she's grown confident enough to scold the careless servant chopping wood outside without his shirt on in the proximity of ladies. But the man is not a servant. He is Gilbert Bennington, the lieutenant colonel and superior officer who has escorted her wounded brother, Harry, home from the wars with Napoleon. Gil has come to help his friend and junior officer recover, and he doesn't take lightly to being condescended to - secretly because of his own humble beginnings."--Publisher description.

Maybe this time

July 11, 2019
Mansell, Jill, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2019]
330 pages ; 21 cm
When Mimi Huish visits her dad at his new home in the Cotswolds, she immediately falls in love with the eccentric and charming inhabitants of his new community. And when she meets the seriously gorgeous, charismatic Cal Mathieson, Mimi begins to daydream about trading in her city life for country living. But even though Mimi and Cal feel like they might be soul mates, fate (and bad timing) keeps pulling them apart. But is there ever a perfect time for love? It's up to Mimi, Cal, and their raucous cadre of friends to turn their happily never after into a happily ever after!

Summer on Mirror Lake

July 11, 2019
Ross, JoAnn, author.
©2019
426 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes bonus story "Once upon a Wedding", pages 353-426.
When he lands in the emergency room after collapsing at the funeral of a colleague and friend, Wall Street hotshot Gabriel Mannion initially rejects the diagnosis of an anxiety attack. But when warned that if he doesn't change his adrenaline-fueled, workaholic lifestyle he could end up like his friend, Gabe reluctantly returns to his hometown of Honeymoon Harbor to regroup. As he adjusts to the sight of mountains instead of skyscrapers, Gabe discovers advantages to this small Pacific Northwest town he once couldn't wait to escape. But it's irresistible librarian Chelsea Prescott who, along with the two foster children she's taken under her wing, makes slowing down seem like the best prescription ever. Over the course of their summer romance, Gabe gets a taste of the life he might have had if he'd taken a different path. But with his return to New York City looming on the horizon, he'll have to choose between the success he's worked tirelessly for and a ready-made family who offers a very different, richly rewarding future...if he'll only take the risk.-- Publisher's description.

Unleashed

July 11, 2019
Palmer, Diana, author.
©2019
332 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes a sneak preview of Unbridled.
"Clancey Lang know how to run. She's been doing it since the day she fled her abusive home to save her and her younger brother's lives. That was the same day she decided to never let herself depend on anyone else. Especially a man. Though she's tempted-mighty tempted-to put her faith in her boss, ruggedly handsome Texas Ranger Colter Banks. If only he would look her way... For far too long, Colter has been distracting himself with women he knows will never fully satisfy him. But there's something about his pretty assistant, Clancey, the he simply can't resist. Something slowly but surely drawing every ounce of his attention. But is he falling for a woman who'll never let herself be caught?" -- Front jacket flap.

Breathe in, cash out : a novel

July 10, 2019
Henry, Madeleine, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2019.
291 pages ; 24 cm
"Allegra Cobb's resume: Straight-A Princeton grad, second-year analyst at a top-tier bank, one-time American Yoga National Competition Champion. Allegra Cobb's reality: Spends twenty-four hours a day changing the colors on bar charts, overusing the word "team," and daydreaming about quitting the minute her year-end bonus hits her account. She has no interest in the cutthroat banking world--she's going to launch her very own yoga practice. But her plan isn't quite as perfect as the beachfront yoga pictures she double-taps on Instagram. On top of the 100 emails an hour and coworkers already suspicious of her escape plan, Allegra's hard-driving single father has always expected fiercely high achievement above all else. That his daughter works on Wall Street means everything to him. Still, she marches on, taking it day by extremely caffeinated day. But after (1) unknowingly sleeping with the man now leading her banking cohort on one of their biggest deals to date and (2) meeting the #blessed yoga guru who might just be her ticket to the life she's always wanted, it really hits her: her happy-ever-after will be harder to manifest than she thought"-- Provided by publisher.

Lucy's last straw : the passion is gone, but the husband's still there

July 10, 2019
Viggiano, Debbie, author.
London : Bookouture, an imprint of StoryFire Ltd., 2019.
367 pages ; 20 cm
"A feel-good, laugh-out-loud romantic comedy"--Cover.
"Just when Lucy Jones thinks her marriage is about to screech to a halt, her husband, Leo, announces he wants to move to a tumbledown cottage and Lucy knows she'll be the one managing the renovations. Then along comes gorgeous builder Will, ten years younger and the only person actually listening to Lucy. He is causing Lucy to break out in a hot sweat--but is it love, lust or simply dodgy hormones that are causing her heart to futter? Lucy loves her husband, but everyone knows that little things build up. And then they explode. Can Lucy keep it together, or will there be one last straw she might not be able to get over?"--Back cover.

The Amish cookie club

July 10, 2019
Price, Sarah, 1969- author.
©2019
297 pages ; 18 cm
Includes recipes.
"Every other Friday, Edna Esh and three of her childhood friends meet to bake sugar cookies for their respective church districts on worship Sunday. It's a time to give to the Plain community -and give support to each other as they share their joys and fears . . .Edna's friend, Vera Bontrager, has a problem. Her outspoken twenty-year-old daughter, Myrna, has been fired from her job. Again. Myrna's family really needs her to chip in, but she's clearly unsuited to customer service - not to mention that her sharp tongue scares away any boy who might come courting. But Edna has an idea - and his name is Ezekiel Riehl. A widower with four young children, Ezekiel needs help. His house and his brood are a mess; his demeanor is gruff. It's no surprise Myrna takes an immediate dislike to him. Yet she has no choice but to take on the challenge - and soon she starts to create order out of chaos. In fact, the kids begin to depend on Myrna - and so does Ezekiel. The truth is, she's fallen in love with him. But if he's to prove he's not looking for a marriage of convenience, he'll have to convince her of what's in his heart . . ."--Publisher description.

Barefoot beach

July 10, 2019
Mason, Debbie (Novelist), author.
©2019
316 pages ; 18 cm
"Contemporary romance"--Spine.
Can a summer of love make up for a lifetime of secrets? Wedding fever has taken over Harmony Harbor this summer, and the local matchmakers have set their sights on Theia Lawson, a former navy pilot who's in town for a stay at Greystone Manor. And while Theia's got her reasons to put this small town behind her as fast as she can, there's a certain tall, dark, and irresistible man that she can't seem to get off her mind. Firefighter Marco DiRossi wants to beat the matchmakers at their own game so he conspires with Theia to pretend they've already fallen in love. It's only for the summer. What could go wrong? Yet as the beach season draws to a close, Marco and Theia find their pretend relationship has led to very real attraction. But when a secret from the past is revealed, jeopardizing everything they hold dear, can this unlikely couple find their way to a happily-ever-after?-- Publisher's description.

Sex, lies, and diamonds : a moonlight and magnolias novel

July 10, 2019
Calvert, Kris, author.
©2018
333 pages ; 20 cm.
"Everything's hotter in the South"--Cover.
"After eighteen months in the Mediterranean, newlyweds Polly and Leo Xanthus can barely keep their hands to themselves. The Greek isles have warmed their skin and hearts, but each longs for a life where they never have to hide from the mafia that forced them into seclusion. The Marcello crime family is on the brink of going under. With their revenue streams drying up and the feds ever-present on their tail, aging crime boss Alfonso Balivino looks to steal a diamond owned by his one-time boss, Kostas Xanthus to fund the family. Now, Polly and Leo will be forced to leave their unknown location and find their way home to New Orleans before the Marcello family murders again, forcing them and the ring on Polly's hand out of hiding. But the diamond is more than a stone. It's a puzzle. A password to something monumental. And when Polly and Leo discover it's the key to riches far greater than anyone could imagine, the race is on--not only to stay alive but to stop a heroin empire." - Amazon.

Sex, lies, and champagne : a moonlight and magnolias novel

July 10, 2019
Calvert, Kris, author.
©2018
349 pages ; 20 cm.
"Everything's hotter in the South"--Cover.
"FBI Agent and playboy, Tristan Bleu is in deep. Undercover for the last eighteen months, his assignment has been handed down personally from the Director of National Intelligence. Meeting with his contacts in the darkness of a global and elite, members-only sex club, Tristan pursues a dangerous Shadow Broker--a double agent selling U.S. weapon security codes to Russian intelligence. When Champagne magnate, Renè Lebleu reaches out to him, Tristan puts his duties on hold, flying to his birthplace in France to meet a man he's never seen--a father he's never known. Upon arrival Tristan is filled with suspicion, but his animosity, forged by years of abandonment and lies, is quickly put on notice by his father's trusted confidant and bold personal assistant, Henriette--Henry--Tribolet. Meeting his match in the gorgeous and intelligent Henry, Tristan finds it hard to keep up his typical and indifferent air. But Henry Tribolet sees straight through Tristan's steely indifference to the heart of the real man--a man with an enormous capacity to forgive. Caught in a web of lies, Tristan must defend his innocence from a malicious ploy crafted by enemies and insiders while chasing the threats of foreign adversaries across the globe. When Tristan discovers the true nature of the family he never knew, he'll fall deeper into the perilous world of International espionage than ever before--taking Henry with him. What begins with Champagne and trust, will end in deceit and murder"--Amazon.

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