New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

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

Met her match

September 16, 2019
Deveraux, Jude, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Mira, [2019]
329 pages ; 24 cm.
"Terri Rayburn is a girl with a reputation. She doesn't deserve it, but having grown up on the outskirts of Summer Hill, Virginia, she knows how small towns work. The only way to deal with vicious gossip is to ignore it, so she keeps to herself as she runs the summer resort on Lake Kissel. When she returns home from a short trip to find a handsome stranger living in her house, she smells a rat. Someone is trying to fix her up, and she has to admit that Nate Taggert is just her type. However, Nate is engaged to the daughter of the mayor and strictly off-limits"--Dust jacket flap.

How to catch a wicked viscount

September 16, 2019
Bennett, Amy Rose, author.
310 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from 'How to catch an errant earl'.
"First in a new series"--Cover.
"Shy, bookish Sophie Brightwell is expected to make an advantageous match to improve her family's fortunes. However, Sophie's plans to make a spectacular debut go horribly awry when she and her three closest friends are expelled from a young ladies' academy for unbecoming conduct. Since the ton will be sure to close their doors on these disgraced debutantes, they determine that unconventional means need to be employed in the husband-hunting market."--Provided by publisher.

A family for Gracie

September 12, 2019
Lillard, Amy, author.
300 pages ; 18 cm
Gracie Glick is known for being a helper, but now that she longs for a family of her own, she needs to help herself. Since there's few eligible men in her small Amish community, Gracie proposes to Matthew Byler, without really knowing his hopes and dreams for the future.

The loyal one

September 12, 2019
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
282 pages ; 21 cm.
"When Katie Steury hires her old friend Harley Lambright to remodel her rundown old house into a charming bed and breakfast, she does so with trepidation. Though they are longtime friends, they've always had a rocky relationship, thanks to her being partly responsible for his most recent breakup. But while they may not always get along, she needs someone to trust with her secrets, and Harley is nothing if not trustworthy and loyal. Katie has always reminded Harley of a bright hummingbird—she is small and flighty, moves a mile a minute, and she possesses a very sharp beak. He's hesitant to accept the job because of his history with Katie. But when he realizes that Katie's been hiding her mother's hoarding, he agrees to help her because it's clear she needs someone on her side. Both soon discover that clearing the debris in one old house also means they have to do some clean-up in their lives, forcing them to reevaluate their past and their future. This somewhat painful process reveals that Katie isn’t the only one with secrets. As the house gets a second chance, so, too, does their relationship. Now all they have to do is open their hearts—and hope and pray that their new bond will also stand the test of time."--Back cover.

The one who stays

September 12, 2019
Blake, Toni, 1965- author.
439 pages ; 17 cm
"Summer Island has always been home to Meg Sloan. She runs the Summerbrook Inn, like her grandmother did, and she loves the laid-back pace of life and the close-knit community the island offers. Meg also loves Zack Sheppard, but what she doesn't love is Zack's refusal to commit to an exclusive relationship. Seth Darden arrives on Summer Island in search of summer work, but also in search of something else--his past. There are secrets buried at the Summerbrook Inn, secrets that forged the path of Seth's life. But he wasn'' counting on falling for the lovely innkeeper, Meg. When Meg meets Seth, she can't ignore the sparks that fly between them, even though she feels like her heart has been torn in half. But if Zack won't commit, should she take the leap with Seth? And can she even have a future with him if he can't reckon with his past?"--Amazon.

The secret daughter

September 12, 2019
Rimmer, Kelly, author.
304 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reading group guide.
"Originally published in 2015 by Bookouture"--Copyright page.
"'You were adopted'. Three short words and Sabina's life fractures. There would forever be a Before those words, and an After. Pregnant with her own child, Sabina can't understand how a mother could abandon her daughter, or why her parents have kept the past a secret. Determined to find the woman who gave her away, what she discovers will change everything, not just for Sabina, but for the women who have loved her all these years."--Back cover.

Have a little faith in me

September 11, 2019
Hartl, Sonia, author.
Salem, MA : Page Street Publishing Co., 2019.
329 pages ; 22 cm
When CeCe's born again boyfriend dumps her after they have sex, she follows him to Jesus camp in order to win him back. She brings her best friend Paul with because he knows more about Jesus. The plan to win back her ex, goes immediately awry.

Diamond in the rough

September 11, 2019
Turano, Jen, author.
349 pages ; 22 cm.
As part of a bargain with her grandmother, Poppy Garrison accepts an unusual proposition to participate in the New York social season. Forced to travel to America to help his cousin find an heiress to wed, bachelor Reginald Blackburn is asked to give Poppy etiquette lessons, and he swiftly discovers he may be in for much more than he bargained for.

Forever wicked

September 11, 2019
Bangs, Nina. author.
398 pages ; 21 cm.
Welcome back to the Castle of Dark Dreams where cosmic troublemakers Ganymede and Sparkle Stardust face their greatest challenge. A hidden past. An ancient enemy. A quest for vengeance. Sparkle Stardust wishes she could take back the angry words she threw at Ganymede. Now the man she loves has left her and is on a collision course with death if she can't stop him. When she finally tracks him down, Sparkle discovers he has stirred up more trouble than both of them can handle. Ganymede storms from the Castle of Dark Dreams determined never to return. He vents his anger by creating chaos around the world, certain that the mayhem will drive Sparkle from his mind and from his heart. It doesn't work. But when a powerful enemy from their past threatens Ganymede and Sparkle, they stand side by side to protect their lives, their castle, and their love.

Ethic VI

September 11, 2019
Ashley Antoinette, 1985- author.
Utica, MI : Ashley Antoinette Inc., [2019]
410 pages ; 22 cm
"Ethic is fighting for love. Alani is everything he has ever wanted in a woman, but with tragedy haunting them it is a constant struggle to stay on the same team. Everything between them is an uphill battle and Ethic is willing to do anything to atone for his sins. Alani isn't as perfect as she seems. When he discovers her hidden truths his world is thrown into chaos. With Messiah missing in action and Morgan running from the ghosts that love has left behind, Ethic's family has never been more fragile. There are missing pieces and he wonders if there will ever be a time when everyone he loves can pull a seat up to his table. With deception and treachery lurking, the Okafor Family may never find the happy ending they've been praying for. In this farewell book, Ashley Antoinette puts this beautiful character to rest. Walk with her as Ethic battles for his life and the safety of his legacy one final time"--Back cover.

American royals

September 10, 2019
McGee, Katharine, author.
New York : Random House, [2019]
440 pages ; 22 cm
Series information from
When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne. As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America's first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Princess Samantha doesn't care much about anything-- except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And Samantha's twin, Prince Jefferson, has two very different girls vying to capture his heart. -- adapted from jacket

All the better part of me

September 10, 2019
Ringle, Molly. author.
Canada : Central Avenue Publishing, 2019.
307 pages ; 22 cm
"It's an inconvenient time for Sinter Blackwell to realize he's bisexual. He's a 25-year-old American actor working in London, living far away from his disapproving parents in the Pacific Northwest, and enjoying a flirtation with his director, Fiona. But he can't deny that his favorite parts of each day are the messages from his gay best friend, Andy, in Seattle - whom Sinter once kissed when they were fifteen. Finally he decides to return to America to visit andy and discover what's between them, if anything. He isn't seeking love, and definitely doesn't want drama. But both love and drama seem determined to find him. Family complications soon force him into the most consequential decisions of his life, threatening all his most important relationships: with Andy, Fiona, his parents, and everyone else who's counting on him. Choosing the right role to play has never been harder."--Back cover.

Serpent & dove

September 9, 2019
Mahurin, Shelby, author.
519 pages : 22 cm
Series information from
Two years ago Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic. Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived by one principle: Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. Then a wicked stunt forces the two into holy matrimony. Lou is unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is. A choice must be made... and love makes fools of us all. -- Adapted from jacket

The stylist takes Manhattan : a novel

September 9, 2019
Nixon, Rosie, author.
354, 6 pages ; 21 cm
Includes "P.S. insights, interviews & more."
"Originally published as Amber Green takes Manhattan in Great Britain in 2017 by HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers"--Title page verso.
"London stylist Amber Green has rebounded nicely since escaping the clutches of a Hollywood boss from hell. She's got a dream job designing windows for Selfridge's and her dream man in sweetly sexy boyfriend, Rob. In short, Amber loves her life and wouldn't change a thing. But when Rob is hired to produce a reality series about the iconic Angel Wear lingerie fashion show, he breaks the news that he's moving to New York, and invites Amber along on the adventure. Ensconced in a Williamsburg sardine tin and in touch with a hotshot agent who advises she boost her social media presence, Amber hits Instagram hard, posting unintentional gossip fuel that culminates in pics of a mysterious new acquaintance who turns out to be a scandal unto himself. Amber doesn't know if she's on the brink of a big break or a breakdown. That is until a career-making opportunity falls into her lap, and with it, the truth about real friends vs. cheap knockoffs."--Provided by publisher.

At death's door

September 6, 2019
Kenyon, Sherrilyn, 1965- author.
New York : Tor, 2019.
349 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Maps on endpages.
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Trapped inside the body of a voodoo doll after a spell goes wrong, Valynda Moore is offered a chance at redemption and a new life by fighting against The Malachai, a beast that is consuming the world.

The bakeshop at Pumpkin and Spice

September 6, 2019
359 pages ; 21 cm
"The recipe for love always includes a dash of magic..."--Cover.
Sweet magic / Donna Kauffman-- Love spells disaster / Allyson Charles-- Sweet on you / Kate Angell.
"Witches, goblins, the occasional ghost--they're all sure to be spotted at the annual Halloween parade, where adults and children alike dress in costume to celebrate Moonbright's favorite holiday. And no place has more seasonal spirit than Bellaluna's Bakeshop, a family business steeped in traditional recipes, welcoming warmth--and, legend has it, truly spellbinding, heart-melting treats... Between good-natured Halloween tricks, frothy pumpkin lattes, and some very special baked goods, for three Moonbright residents looking for love--whether they know it or not--the spookiest thing will be how magical romance can suddenly be..."--Provided by publisher.

Sweet girl

September 6, 2019
Hollis, Rachel (Event planner), author.
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2015]
274 pages ; 21 cm
Max Jennings has secrets from her past that make being in a bad mood her natural state of being. Very few people actually truly understand her or know that her secret dream is to be a pastry chef. When a rare opportunity to work for world-famous Avis Phillips presents itself, Max jumps at the chance. As she bakes brownies and custards, cookies and galettes, she builds an unlikely friendship with a man she once loathed and finds herself falling into something she's spent the last six years avoiding. Will she muster the strength to forgive herself and realize her full potential?

A match made in mehendi

September 5, 2019
Bajpai, Nandini, author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2019.
314 pages ; 22 cm

Listening to love : an Amish journey novel

September 5, 2019
Wiseman, Beth, 1962- author.
xii, 304 pages ; 22 cm.
"Lucas Shetler lives in a strict Old Order Amish district. His community hasn't embraced the technology common in other Amish communities, so they live without phones and keep food refrigerated with ice blocks. Lucas's family is intent on staying detached from the outside world. Natalie Collins is the furthest from Amish one can be. She's grown up with any convenience she could want but is carrying a past of pain and broken relationships with her family. She's pursuing a career in veterinary medicine, and falling in love with Lucas isn't in the plan. As Natalie and Lucas start to reckon with a future that neither of them expected, they encounter family opposition from all sides. As the people they love try to force their own plans onto the couple, Lucas and Natalie realize how difficult it will be to stay true to themselves and one another"-- Provided by publisher.

I've got you, babe

August 29, 2019
Austin, Lynnette, 1949- author.
378 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt for The Best laid wedding plans (pages [369]-378).
"Where do you go when you're at the end of your rope? Former Marine Tucker Wylder wants nothing more than to work with his brothers in their vintage car restoration business and be left alone with his nightmares and regrets. The last thing he needs is to take on someone else's troubles. Then Elisa Danvers and her young daughter arrive in Misty Bottoms, Georgia. Elisa has reached the end of the line - flat broke, engine trouble, sick in body and spirit. Tucker steps up to the rescue and finds himself reluctantly taking care of a feisty preschooler and her independent mother, who doesn't seem to want his help. And Tucker isn't sure he's ready for the way precocious little Daisy and headstrong, beautiful Elisa herself capture first his bachelor household and finally his carefully guarded heart."--provided by publisher.

Dangerous embrace

August 29, 2019
Roberts, Nora, author.
488 pages ; 17 cm
Works originally published separately: New York : Silhouette Books, c1986.
Treasures lost, treasures found -- Risky business.
Risky business. "Dive shop owner Liz Palmer has made an idyllic life for herself in Cozumel. But everything changes when her employee is murdered and his grieving twin brother storms into Liz's life with revenge in his heart. Suddenly Liz is plunged into the dangerous world of drug smugglers, and she discovers how impossible it is to resist both the mystery...and the passionate man trying to solve it"--cover.


August 29, 2019
Mansell, Jill, author.
388 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published, 1993.
"This edition based on the paperback edition published in 2006 by Headline Review."
"When aspiring musician Izzy is knocked off her motorbike, she doesn't just lose her dignity--she loses both long-term boyfriends, her job, and her beautiful apartment. Gina, who caused the accident, has more important things to worry about: Her husband's mistress is pregnant and she's suddenly on her own. Why should she care about Izzy? Yet somehow, Gina finds herself opening her home to Izzy and her spirited teenage daughter. And it's there that Izzy meets heart-stoppingly handsome Sam, whose lingering kiss is all it takes for her to find the true love that has always eluded her--though there are just a few obstacles between that first kiss and her happily ever after..."-- Provided by publisher.

How to love a duke in ten days

August 28, 2019
Byrne, Kerrigan, author.
vi, 440 pages ; 17 cm
"Famed and brilliant, Lady Alexandra Lane has always known how to look out for to herself. But nobody would ever expect that she has darkness in her past-one that she pays a blackmailer to keep buried. Now, with her family nearing bankruptcy, Alexandra strikes upon a solution: Get married to one of the empire's most wealthy eligible bachelors. Even if he does have the reputation of a devil. Piers Gedrick Atherton, the Duke of Redmayne, is seeking revenge and the first step is securing a bride. Winning a lady's hand is not so easy, however, for a man known as the Terror of Torcliff. Then, Alexandra enters his life like a bolt of lightning. When she proposes marriage, Piers knows that, like him, trouble haunts her footsteps. But her gentleness, sharp wit, independent nature, and incredible beauty awakens every fierce desire within him. He will do whatever it takes to keep her safe in his arms."--Page 4 of cover

Handle with care

August 28, 2019
Hunting, Helena, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2019.
313 pages ; 18 cm
Between his parents' messed up marriage and his narcissistic younger brother, Lincoln Moorehead has spent the majority of his life avoiding his family. After the death of his father, Lincoln finds himself in the middle of the drama. To top it all off, he's been named CEO of Moorehead Media, much to his brother's chagrin. But Lincoln's bad attitude softens when he meets the no-nonsense, gorgeous woman who has been given the task of transforming him from the gruff, wilderness guy to a suave businessman. Wren Sterling has been working double time to keep the indiscretions at Moorehead Media at bay, so when she's presented with a new contract, with new responsibilities and additional incentives, she agrees. Working with the reclusive oldest son of a ridiculously entitled family is worth the hassle if it means she's that much closer to pursuing her own dreams. What Wren doesn't expect is to find herself attracted to him, or for it to be mutual. And she certainly doesn't expect to fall for Lincoln. But when a shocking new Moorehead scandal comes to light, she's forced to choose between her own family and the broody, cynical CEO.

The wonder of now

August 28, 2019
Beck, Jamie, author.
306 pages ; 21 cm.
"Peyton Prescott would give anything for the carefree life she knew before breast cancer changed everything. But instead of using her second chance to move forward, she's stuck promoting the memoir her brother convinced her to write, thus reliving the very battle she wants to forget. If she hopes her European book tour will allow her to enjoy revisiting her favorite travel-writing destinations, she's wrong: her PR whiz is too consumed with his own goals to consider her needs. Mitch Mathis has relied on discipline to achieve his goals, and with his new firm's success riding on Peyton's book launch, he must keep her on task. They're here for business, not pleasure. And Mitch won't let unbridled desire harm his professional reputation-not again. When frustrated expectations and attraction throw the tour into chaos, it challenges everything Mitch and Peyton believe about themselves, life, and love, forcing these opposites to consider whether they can embrace the change they need to grow"--Page [4] of cover.

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