New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

November 20, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Christmas at Silver Falls

November 19, 2019
Hale, Jenny, 1975- author.
©2019
273 pages ; 20 cm
"A heartwarming, feel-good Christmas romance"--Cover.
"White Oaks Inn has always been at the heart of Christmas celebrations for Scarlett Bailey and her family. Her adored gran has owned the rambling, old-fashioned hotel, filled with the scent of cinnamon and chocolate, since Scarlett was a little girl. But now her gran’s home is under threat. And it looks like it could be the Baileys’ last Christmas together there...Over the holiday season, amidst much-loved festive traditions of baking cookies and decorating the tree, Scarlett throws herself into saving the hotel. When she hears that Charlie Bryant, a handsome, successful property developer, is spending December in Silver Falls, Scarlett is hopeful he might be the answer to their problems. When they meet, sparks fly between impulsive Scarlett and business-like Charlie--as they both have very different ideas for the future of White Oaks. Scarlett is determined to show him how much White Oaks Inn means to her family and the guests who return there every year and, as they spend more time together, she begins to realize there is more to Charlie than his serious appearance...But Charlie is struggling with a secret from his own past. Will he be able to face it, or will it stop him from truly opening up and getting close to anyone? And can Scarlett share the true meaning of Christmas with him and save her gran’s beloved hotel along the way?"--Amazon.com.

Single all the way

November 19, 2019
King, Karen, 1954 August 2-
©2019
284 pages ; 20 cm
"An unputdownable and uplifting Christmas romance"--Cover.
"Single together for the first time, 34-year-old Meg and her warm-hearted, long-suffering mother Sally are cancelling Christmas, and running away to a tiny cottage on the Cornish coast. For Meg, it is the perfect place to heal, away from all the mistletoe, while for her mother it has a special, and secret, place in her heart--from a love story that seems a lifetime ago... Meg and Sally find they're getting to know themselves, and each other, better than ever before. But as they are unable to resist getting involved in the village Christmas celebrations, they encounter two handsome local strangers. Sometimes, it's being away from home that helps you realise where your heart is. What neither woman knows is that, by the time the new year rolls around, one woman will have fallen in love with her husband all over again, and one marriage will be over for good..."--Amazon website.

Twice in a blue moon

November 18, 2019
Lauren, Christina, author.
©2019
355 pages ; 24 cm
"Gallery Original Fiction Trade"--Title page verso.
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners and the "delectable, moving" (Entertainment Weekly) My Favorite Half-Night Stand comes a modern love story about what happens when your first love reenters your life when you least expect it... Sam Brandis was Tate Jones's first: Her first love. Her first everything. Including her first heartbreak. During a whirlwind two-week vacation abroad, Sam and Tate fell for each other in only the way that first loves do: sharing all of their hopes, dreams, and deepest secrets along the way. Sam was the first, and only, person that Tate--the long-lost daughter of one of the world's biggest film stars--ever revealed her identity to. So when it became clear her trust was misplaced, her world shattered for good. Fourteen years later, Tate, now an up-and-coming actress, only thinks about her first love every once in a blue moon. When she steps onto the set of her first big break, he's the last person she expects to see. Yet here Sam is, the same charming, confident man she knew, but even more alluring than she remembered. Forced to confront the man who betrayed her, Tate must ask herself if it's possible to do the wrong thing for the right reason... and whether "once in a lifetime" can come around twice. With Christina Lauren's signature "beautifully written and remarkably compelling" (Sarah J. Maas, New York Times bestselling author) prose and perfect for fans of Emily Giffin and Jennifer Weiner, Twice in a Blue Moon is an unforgettable and moving novel of young love and second chances.

The truth about cowboys

November 18, 2019
Jones, Lisa Renee, author.
©2019
397 pages ; 17 cm
Includes preview of The middle of nowhere, Texas.
Intent on making a fresh start, Jessica moves to Texas and finds that cowboy Jason Jenks always seems to be around to reluctantly save the day.

We'll always have Christmas

November 18, 2019
Hale, Jenny, author.
©2017
323 pages ; 20 cm
"A gorgeously uplifting Christmas romance"--Cover.
"Christmas has always been a special time for Noelle Parker. Winter evenings spent with family and friends, drinking hot chocolate and eating cookies at her family's cozy bakery have shaped her love for all things festive. But this year everything is changing ... The beloved bakery is facing closure and Noelle needs a miracle to save Christmas. Determined to raise funds for the family business, Noelle sets about revamping the bakery while juggling a surprise new job, caring for the elderly and cantankerous William Harrington in his luxurious, sprawling mansion. As Noelle melts the frostiness of the house with cake baking, snowball fights and glittering decorations, she helps William to reconnect with a romance that has spanned decades and unexpectedly finds herself falling for his grandson - the gorgeous but mysterious Alexander Harrington ... In the countdown to Christmas, can Noelle save the bakery, reunite a family and create some magical memories of her own along the way? -- Back cover.

All I Want for Christmas

November 18, 2019
Hale, Jenny, author.
©2016
268 pages ; 20 cm
Snowflakes are falling, there's carol singing on every corner, and Leah Evans is preparing for a family Christmas at her grandmother's majestic plantation house in Virginia. It won't be the same now that her beloved Nan is gone, but when Leah discovers she has inherited the mansion, she knows she can give her daughter Sadie the childhood of her dreams. But there's a catch. Leah must split the house with a man called David Forester. Leah hasn't heard that name in a long time. Not since they were kids, when Davey was always there to catch her. Now David is all grown up. He's gorgeous, successful, and certain of one thing: Leah should sell him her half of the house. They can't agree, but as they share memories over wine by the log fire, Leah notices a fluttering in her stomach. And by the look in his eyes, he's starting to feel it too. Will it be Leah or David who must give up their dreams? Or, with a little bit of Christmas magic, will they finally understand Nan's advice about living life without regrets ... and take a chance on true love?

A deal to carry the Italian's heir

November 15, 2019
Pammi, Tara, author.
©2019
251 pages ; 17 cm
With her chances of finally having a family in jeopardy, Neha's taking drastic action! Approaching billionaire Leonardo Brunetti with her outrageous request to father her child by IVF is step one. Step two? Ignoring her deep desire for the alluring Italian! Leo is the ideal choice because he doesn't do romantic attachments. His parents' less than stellar example cemented that. And the last thing Neha needs is yet another man dictating her life. Her terms are straightforward, until Leo turns the tables by showing Neha how pleasurable indulging her desire can be...

The Greek's surprise Christmas bride

November 15, 2019
Graham, Lynne, 1956- author.
©2019
251 pages ; 17 cm.
All the billionaire wants for Christmas is...a wife! Greek tycoon Leo is a businessman, not a family man. Yet becoming guardian to his orphaned nieces and nephews leads him to make the ultimate sacrifice - finding a wife! And kind-hearted Letty is the perfect bride for the job. Letty can't let her family fall into financial ruin. A convenient Christmas wedding to Leo is the ideal solution! Until their paper-only arrangement is scorched by the heat of their unanticipated passion! Which awakens innocent Letty to the inescapable truth: she wants more from Leo than she signed up for...

Maid for the untamed billionaire

November 15, 2019
Lee, Miranda, author.
©2019
252 pages ; 17 cm
Charismatic Jake Sanderson has always flustered shy housekeeper Abby Jenkins. She deliberately avoids his intoxicating presence while cleaning his Sydney mansion. Until, after an emotional encounter, she glimpses another side to her enigmatic boss... Being suddenly swept into Jake's world--and his arms!--is an eye-opening experience for widow Abby. Exhilarated by their thrilling chemistry, she's finally emerging from the shadows of her grief, more confident than before. But when Jake's number on rule is no long-term relationships, how can ordinary maid Abby possibly tame the wild billionaire?

Proof of their one-night passion

November 15, 2019
Fuller, Louise (Romance author) author.
©2019
218 pages ; 17 cm
Lottie Dawson is stunned to finally learn the identity of her child's father, the irresistible stranger she spent one incredible night with. Never having known her own father, Lottie must find Ragnar Stone for her daughter's sake, despite being terrified of the way he makes her feel... Ragnar's chaotic childhood inspired his billion-dollar dating app. He must keep romantic attachments simple. When Lottie reveals their heart-stopping encounter had consequences, there's no question that Ragnar will demand his baby. But his feelings for Lottie? They're infinitely more complicated!

Secret prince's Christmas seduction

November 15, 2019
Marinelli, Carol, author.
©2019
251 pages ; 17 cm
Sicilian chambermaid Antonietta prides herself on her discretion, so she's mortified by her inappropriate reaction to her hotel's newest guest! Antonietta has no idea Rafael is the notorious prince of Tulano. All she knows is that his touch lights her up more brightly than a Christmas tree. Their unexpected connection floors cynical Rafe. All he can offer is a temporary festive seduction before resuming his royal duties. But unwrapping the precious gift of Antonietta's virginity changes everything. Rafe must choose--his crown, or Antonietta...

Stealing kisses in the snow

November 13, 2019
McNally, Jo, author.
©2019
379 pages ; 17 cm.
Promising her kids a zperfecty Christmas this year, single mother Piper Montgomery gets her own gift in the form of rugged biker Logan Taggert who strolls into the B&B where she's working and steals her heart.

The Christmas dare

November 12, 2019
Wilde, Lori, author.
©2019
392 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes an excerpt from To Tame a Wild Cowboy--Pages [377]-392
"Kelsey James always played by the rules and look where it got her--dumped and half-drunk in a poofy white dress, her Christmas wedding ruined. Then her best friend talks her into going on her "honeymoon" anyway, daring her to a "Christmas of Yes." It's about time she lets loose a little, so Kelsey agrees to say "yes" to fun, to romance, and to adventure! And adventure leads her right smack into the arms of sexy Noah MacGregor. Noah's never one to say no to a risk--from leading his NBA team to victory to making Christmas cookies in Twilight, he's up to the challenge! But a lot has gone on since they were teenagers, and he knows he has to take his time to make Kelsey dare to believe that what they feel is more than just the holiday magic that's in the air..."--Page 4 of cover

The language of divorce

November 12, 2019
Treese, Leanne, author.
©2019
404 pages ; 22 cm.
"Hannah and Will Abbott define the American dream: two kids, a home in the suburbs, and a seemingly perfect marriage. But discontent lurks under the surface of their outwardly happy lives. Each Will and Hannah suspect the other of infidelity. When they independently consult divorce attorneys, the conflict escalates and Hannah flees with the children against a court order. This snap decision starts a social media firestorm and, suddenly, the Abbott divorce is big news. With family stress and legal fees rising, Will and Hannah accept an invitation to appear on a reality television show for divorcing couples. During filming on the beautiful island of St. John, the Abbotts must decide once and for all: can their love survive their past? The story unfolds through viewpoint of four characters: Will, the affable boy-next-door everyone loves; Hannah, the fastidious wife still in love with her husband; David, the tough-talking attorney with a heart of gold; and Rachel, the insecure novice lawyer infatuated with the Abbotts. Written with both humor and heart, The Language of Divorce is a captivating debut featuring deeply-drawn characters who will stay in readers' hearts long after the final page."--Publisher.

Angel in a devil's arms

November 12, 2019
Long, Julie Anne (Romance author), author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2019.
viii, 352 pages ; 17 cm
He has devil's blood in his veins. At least, that's always been the legend. How else could the Duke of Brexford's notorious bastard son return from the dead? The brutal decade since Lucien Durand, Lord Bolt, allegedly drowned in the Thames forged him into a man who always gets what--and who--he wants. And what he wants is vengeance for his stolen birthright . . . and one wild night in Angelique Breedlove's bed.

Bound by their nine-month scandal

November 11, 2019
Collins, Dani, author.
©2019
251 pages ; 17 cm
"Larger print" -- Cover.
"Painfully insecure and media-shy heiress Pia is duty-bound to marry well. So illegitimate Angelo is completely unsuitable husband material. Yet this irresistible Spanish tech tycoon seduces Pia with an evening of bliss...that leaves her pregnant! Pia can't afford a scandal, but Angelo wants to publicly claim his heir. Now to control the headlines, Pia must wed the only man who has ever made her feel. With Angelo posing a danger to her well-guarded heart, can she step into the spotlight--with the wedding of the century?" -- Page [4] cover.

Meant to be yours

November 11, 2019
Mallery, Susan, author.
[New York, NY] : HQN Books, [2019]
370 pages ; 23 cm
In Happily Inc, love means never having to say "I do"... Wedding coordinator Renee Grothen isn't meant for marriage. Those who can, do. Those who can't, plan. But she never could have planned on gorgeous, talented thriller writer Jasper Dembenski proposing -- a fling, that is. Fun without a future. And the attraction between them is too strong for Renee to resist. Now she can have her no-wedding cake... and eat it, too. After years in the military, Jasper is convinced he's too damaged for relationships. So a flirtation -- and more -- with fiery, determined Renee is way too good to pass up... until his flame becomes his muse. Renee is an expert at averting every crisis. But is she finally ready to leap into the one thing that can never be controlled: love?

The Italian's Christmas proposition

November 8, 2019
Williams, Cathy, author.
©2019
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print" -- Cover.
"Tycoon Matteo Moretti has one goal this Christmas--to land the deal of his career. So, while rescuing enchanting stranger Rosie from a romantic scandal is honorable, when it puts his deal in jeopardy, Matteo sees only one solution. He'll make this English beauty his fake fiancée! To avoid her family's overbearing scrutiny, Rosie accepts Matteo's temporary proposal. Yet an unpredictable red-hot connection throws her emotions into overdrive! Rosie knows she's wearing Matteo's diamond only for show, but soon their relationship starts to feel deliciously and dangerously real..." --Page cover.

Unwrapping the innocent's secret

November 8, 2019
Crews, Caitlin, author.
©2019
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print" -- Cover.
"Billionaire Pascal prides himself on his rigid control. So it infuriates him beyond belief that he can't forget Cecilia, the sweet and innocent woman who saved his life...or the forbidden passion they shared. This Christmas, he's determined to forget her--until they suddenly come face-to-face! Seeing Pascal again blindsides Cecilia. She gave him more than her innocence during their explosive encounter--she gave him a piece of her heart. Their still-searing chemistry is startling! As is Cecilia's stunning baby secret..." -- Page [4] cover.

Hidden cove

November 8, 2019
Tilly, Meg, author.
New York : Jove/Berkley, 2019.
355 pages ; 21 cm
"When Solace Island gallery owner Zelia Thompson's close friend Alexus Feinstein of the prestigious art gallery Feinstein & Co. dies of a 'drug overdose', Zelia's intuition sounds an alarm. The Alexus she knew didn't do drugs and had everything to live for. As Zelia begins looking into the circumstances of her friend's death, what she uncovers will put her life in imminent danger. Will Zelia--with the help of the reclusive crime fiction novelist Gabe Conaghan--be able to unravel the mysterious happenings surrounding Alexus's untimely death? Or will she become the bloodthirsty artist's next victim?"--Provided by publisher.

Not the girl you marry

November 8, 2019
Christopher, Andie J., author.
New York : Jove, 2019.
ix, 320 pages ; 21 cm
Jack Nolan is a gentleman, a journalist, and a would-be investigative reporter. Due to a combination of good looks and lucky (or unlucky?) breaks, he's become the how-to guy for a buzzy, internet media company instead of covering hard-hitting politics. Fed up with his fluffy job and the app-based dating scene as well, he reluctantly agrees to write an article on how to lose a girl in two weeks. Easier said than done when the subject of his experiment is Hannah Mayfield, and he's not sure he wants to lose her... Hannah is an extremely successful event planner who's focused on climbing the career ladder. Her firm is one of the most prestigious in the city, and she's determined to secure her next promotion. She's made a name for herself as the go-to Girl Friday for any event that's likely to get raucous. But the somewhat prickly Hannah has a bit of an image problem: she needs to prove to her boss that she has range, including dreaded, romantic wedding receptions, if she wants a corner office. When she meets Jack, he seems like the perfect man to test her romance knowledge on. Little does she know, he also has an ulterior motive.

A Texas kind of Christmas

November 7, 2019
©2019
323 pages ; 21 cm
One night at the St. Nicholas / Jodi Thomas -- Birdie's flight / Celia Bonaduce -- Spirit of Texas / Rachael Miles.
"Spirit of Texas" When lovely spinster Eugenie Charpentier makes a trip across the Texas frontier with former Texas Ranger Ashton Graham, she dreams of adventure, and the rough and tumble cowboy is happy to oblige. Now it's Christmas Eve, 1859 at the St. Nicholas Hotel's grand ball, Eugenie and Ashton just might dance the night away into forever.

The dollmaker

November 7, 2019
Allan, Nina, author.
New York : Other Press, [2019]
391 pages ; 22 cm
First published in Great Britain in 2019 by riverun, an imprint of Quercus Editions Limited, an Hachette UK company.
"Stitch by perfect stitch, Andrew Garvie makes exquisite dolls in the finest antique style. Like him, they are diminutive, but graceful, unique and with surprising depths. Perhaps that's why he answers the enigmatic personal ad in his collector's magazine. Letter by letter, Bramber Winters reveals more of her strange, sheltered life in an institution on Bodmin Moor, and the terrible events that put her there as a child. Andrew knows what it is to be trapped; and as they knit closer together, he weaves a curious plan to rescue her. On his journey through the old towns of England he reads the fairytales of Ewa Chaplin--potent, eldritch stories which, like her lifelike dolls, pluck at the edges of reality and thread their way into his mind. When Andrew and Bramber meet at last, they will have a choice--to remain alone with their painful pasts or break free and, unlike their dolls, come to life"-- Provided by publisher.

Blazing hot cowboy

November 7, 2019
Redford, Kim.
Naperville, IL : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2017]
377 pages ; 17 cm
He's all the heat she'll ever need. Lauren Sheridan's return to Wildcat Bluff after the death of her husband is bittersweet. Thirteen years have passed since she set foot in the place that's always held her heart ... and the sizzling memories of her high school sweetheart. Kent Duval has it all. A proud rancher and volunteer firefighter in the small town of Wildcat Bluff, he's missing only one thing from his life: passion. Kent last saw Lauren Sheridan when she was sweet sixteen and they were head-over-heels in love. Now she's back, spunky daughter in tow, and he no longer knows which way is up. As the heat between them builds, Kent can't help but wonder if past flames can be rekindled and second chances really do exist.

A cowboy for Christmas

November 7, 2019
Richardson, Sara (Romance fiction writer), author.
New York : Forever, 2019.
396 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes novella: A cowboy's Christmas eve by R.C. Ryan.
A cowboy for Christmas / Sara Richardson -- A cowboy's Christmas eve / R.C. Ryan.
"A COWBOY'S CHRISTMAS EVE: Even a wild blizzard can't keep cowboy Colin Malloy from spending Christmas with Dr. Anita Cross."--Provided by publisher.

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