New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

September 22, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Alaskan holiday : a novel

September 21, 2018
Macomber, Debbie, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2018]
243 pages ; 20 cm
"An uplifting Christmas tale, set in the Alaskan wilderness, about finding love where it's least expected. Before beginning her new job as sous chef at one of Seattle's finest restaurants, Josie Stewart takes on a six-month position cooking at a lodge in an Alaskan lake town. It's only temporary--or so she thinks, as she becomes a valued part of the local community, falling in love with the people who call Klutina Lake home. But one Alaskan man, in particular, stands out among Josie's new friends: Palmer Saxon, a quiet, intense sword craftsman, whose very existence forces her to question whether her heart wants to return to Washington at all--or make Alaska her home"-- Provided by publisher.

Life on the leash

September 21, 2018
Schade, Victoria, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2018.
343 pages ; 21 cm
"Cora Bellamy is a woman who thrives on organization. She's successfully run her own dog training business for years, perfectly content with her beloved rescue pitbull as the main man in her life. She's given everything to her business, and her lack of social life (or slobber-free clothes) has been completely worth it. But all that changes when she meets Charlie Gill, the hottest client she's ever had. The only problem? Charlie's taken. Luckily, Cora has a new friend—the sweet, lovably geeky Eli Crawford. More loyal than a retriever, he's always there to help Cora with her problems, including her love life. That's why she's shocked to realize that even as things start heating up with Charlie, there might just be a more-than-friends spark between her and Eli, too. As Cora's life gets more tangled up than a dogwalker's leashes—and as she prepares to audition for a dog-training TV show that may irrevocably change her entire life—she has to figure things out before it all goes straight to the dogs."--Back cover.

Plain return : book four of the plain fame series

September 21, 2018
Price, Sarah, 1969- author.
16 unnumbered pages, 264 pages ; 20 cm.
"Amanda Beiler, a young woman raised Amish, is determined to make her marriage to internationally beloved Cuban singer Alejandro Diaz work. Since they spend more time apart than together, she decides to join her superstar husband in the spotlight and accompany him on his South American tour. Despite their deep love for each other, the pressures of maintaining Alejandro's fame and the media's constant hounding begin to take a toll on the young couple. When someone from his past makes a startling appearance during the tour, Amanda is forced to face not only the complexities of his hedonistic past--and the unexpected responsibilities that accompany it--but also her own desire to return to a simple life rooted in devotion to family and God. As Amanda's needs start to conflict with Alejandro's obligations, the couple must decide if their love is strong enough to save their new marriage."--

The charm of you

September 21, 2018
Probst, Jennifer, author.
[Place of publication not identified] : Triple J. Publishing Inc., [2018]
222 pages ; 23 cm
"A ladies who write novel' -- title page.
Presley Cabot has come a long way from the overweight, awkward college student who was humiliated by the handsome track star, Nolan Banks. Nolan comes back to town and doesn't recognize Presley. She decides to invoke her own personal revenge by using three simple steps to make a Nolan fall in love with her... Determination. Seduction. Charm...then plans to dump him. But will she..?

Time's convert

September 20, 2018
Harkness, Deborah E., 1965- author.
New York, New York : Viking, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2018]
436 pages ; 24 cm
"Set in contemporary Paris and London, and the American colonies during the upheaval and unrest that exploded into the Revolutionary War, a sweeping story that braids together the past and present"-- Provided by publisher.

Infinite blue

September 18, 2018
Groth, Darren, 1969- author.
[Canada] : Orca Book Publishers, 2018. ©2018
178 pages ; 20 cm.
"Ashley Drummond is an elite swimmer. Clayton Sandalford is a talented artist. From the moment of their first meeting, they were destined to be together. But there are forces that want them apart. When a world-record swim tests the limits of their powerful connection, they must make sacrifices to say in each other's lives. Then a life-altering event requires that both of them let go in ways they never imagined and demands they discover how infinite their love truly is."--Back cover.

Why not tonight

September 18, 2018
Mallery, Susan, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : HQN, [2018]
376 pages ; 17 cm.
"Natalie Kaleta will do anything for the artists at her gallery, including risk life, limb and the effect of humidity on her naturally curly hair. Braving a downpour to check on reclusive Ronan Mitchell, Natalie gets stranded by a mudslide at his mountain home, where the brooding glass artist reveals his playful side, sending her inconvenient crush from under-the-radar to over-the-top."-- Back cover.

I will never leave you : a thriller

September 18, 2018
Thayer, S. M., author.
336 pages; 22 cm
"Banking heiress Trish and her husband, James, seem to have it all, from a lavish lifestyle to a historic mansion in the nation's capital. The only thing that's missing to make their family complete is a baby, so when Trish holds Anne Elise in her arms for the first time, it's no surprise that she falls deeply in love. There's just one problem: Trish isn't the mother. The baby belongs to Laurel, James's young mistress. And more than that, James and Laurel want to start a new life together--despite an ironclad prenup standing in their way. When Trish becomes dangerously obsessed with making Laurel's baby her own, the lovers' plan to break James's marriage quickly goes awry. How far is each of them willing to go for happiness?" --Provided by publisher.

The Christmas prayer

September 17, 2018
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
© 2014
170 pages ; 18 cm.
Three lone wagons on the California Trail become trapped in the Sierra Nevada Mountains by a sudden snowstorm. Stuck in tight quarters with others makes Cynthia Cooper reevaluate her reasons for being engaged to fellow-traveler Walter Prentice. When a widowed father heading to a California ranch and a gold prospector both show an interest in Cynthia, she has to reconsider here dreams for marriage alongside her responsibility to care for her mother. Can love win over her timid heart?

Cowboy hearts

September 17, 2018
Johnson, Cat.
[Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], ©2017.
100 pages ; 22 cm.
Ranch hands Justus and Dakota have known each other forever or at least since fifth grade when Melody, the coolest girl in school, gave them both valentines. That day ended in a schoolyard fight that turned into a lifelong friendship. Twelve years later, Justus and Dakota work together on the Maverick Ranch and have vowed never to let a girl get between them again. That is until they run into Melody, all grown up, and decide that to preserve the friendship the best thing to do is to keep her between them.

The lantern's ember

September 14, 2018
Houck, Colleen, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, [2018]
386 pages ; 22 cm
When seventeen-year-old Ember, a young witch living in the quiet New England town of Hallowell, crosses into the Otherworld, Jack the gatekeeper sets out to find her before the supernatural and mortal worlds descend into chaos.

Meet the sky

September 14, 2018
Hoyle, McCall, author.
Grand Rapids, Mich. : Blink, [2018]
253 pages ; 22 cm
The story of Sophie, whose family tragedies have made her crave stability, control, and safety. But when a hurricane threatens her home on the Outer Banks, Sophie winds up trapped on the island with Finn Sanders, the one person who could show her how to love and live life again. --Provided by publisher.

The dinner list

September 14, 2018
Serle, Rebecca, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, [2018]
276 pages ; 24 cm
"We've been waiting for an hour." That's what Audrey says. She states it with a little bit of an edge, her words just bordering on cursive. That's the thing I think first. Not: Audrey Hepburn is at my birthday dinner, but Audrey Hepburn is annoyed." At one point or another, we've all been asked to name five people, living or dead, with whom we'd like to have dinner. Why do we choose the people we do? And what if that dinner was to actually happen? These are the questions Rebecca Serle contends with in her utterly captivating novel, THE DINNER LIST, a story imbued with the same delightful magical realism as One Day, and the life-changing romance of Me Before You. When Sabrina arrives at her thirtieth birthday dinner she finds at the table not just her best friend, but also three significant people from her past, and well, Audrey Hepburn. As the appetizers are served, wine poured, and dinner table conversation begins, it becomes clear that there's a reason these six people have been gathered together. Delicious but never indulgent, sweet with just the right amount of bitter, THE DINNER LIST is a romance for our times. Bon appetit.

Freedom's light

September 14, 2018
Coble, Colleen, author.
© 2018
305 pages ; 22 cm
"A young lighthouse keeper, recently widowed, faces war and deprivation to find happiness with a shipwrecked captain who's a spy for George Washington"-- Provided by publisher.

White as silence, red as song

September 13, 2018
D'Avenia, Alessandro, 1977- author.
266 pages ; 22 cm
Translated by Tabitha Sowden.
Sixteen-year-old Leo has a way with words, but he doesn't know it yet. He spends his time texting, polishing soccer maneuvers, and killing time with Niko and Silvia. Until a new teacher arrives and challenges him to give voice to his dreams. And so Leo is inspired to win over the red-haired beauty Beatrice. She doesn't know Leo exists, but he's convinced that his dream will come true. When Leo lands in the hospital and learns that Beatrice has been admitted too, his mission to be there for her will send him on a thrilling but heartbreaking journey. He wants to help her but doesn't know how and his dream of love will force him to grow up fast.

The glass ocean : a novel

September 13, 2018
Williams, Beatriz, author.
408 pages ; 24 cm
May 2013: Author Sarah Blake is struggling to find a big idea for her next book. Breaking a promise to her mother, she opens her great-grandfather's chest from the RMS Lusitania, sunk by a German U-Boat in 1915. What she discovers there could change history. April 1915: Caroline Telfair Hochstetter's husband, Gilbert, has become pre-occupied with business-- and something else that she can't quite put a finger on. They're traveling to London aboard the Lusitania-- and discovers her old friend Robert Langford is on the same voyage. Also on board is Tessa Fairweather, whose partner has promised that if they can pull off this one last heist aboard the Lusitania, they'll leave the game behind.

The winter soldier

September 13, 2018
Mason, Daniel (Daniel Philippe), author.
New York : Little, Brown and Company, 2018.
323 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
Maps on endpapers.
"A novel"--Jacket.
"Vienna, 1914. Lucius is a twenty-two-year-old medical student when World War I explodes across Europe. Enraptured by romantic tales of battlefield surgery, he enlists, expecting a position at a well-organized field hospital. But when he arrives--at a commandeered church tucked away high in a remote valley of the Carpathian Mountains--he discovers a freezing outpost ravaged by typhus. The other doctors have fled, and only a single mysterious nurse named Sister Margarete remains. But Lucius has never lifted a surgeon's scalpel. And as the war rages across the winter landscape, he finds himself falling in love with the woman from whom he must learn a brutal makeshift medicine. Then one day, an unconscious soldier is brought in from the snow, his uniform stuffed with strange drawings. He seems beyond rescue, until Lucius makes a fateful decision that will change the lives of doctor, patient, and nurse forever"--Provided by publisher.

Christmas by accident

September 13, 2018
Wright, Camron Steve, author.
Salt Lake City, Utah : Shadow Mountain, [2018]
viii, 226 pages ; 19 cm.
Includes 'Recipes from the Read More Cafe' section.
"Carter Cross is an insurance adjuster, and hates Christmas. Abby McBride is a bookstore manager, and loves it. A pair of car accidents transforms Christmas for both of them."--Provided by the publisher.

The duke with the dragon tattoo

September 12, 2018
Byrne, Kerrigan, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2018.
369 pages ; 17 cm
He's known only as The Rook. He remembers waking up in a mass grave with rage dissolving his soul. He has no memory of his past. His family. His sins. His name. And when his escape from the grave leaves him collapsed, he is rescued by the most beautiful young woman he's ever laid eyes on. A woman who could maybe, just perhaps, heal the broken parts of him. If only he knew who he was. Lorelai Weatherstroke is comprised of three monumental days in her life. The day her cruel brother shattered her leg and left her crippled for life. The day she rescued the broken, dark angel beneath the ash tree at the age of sixteen. And the day he left her house, her care, and her heart, never to return again. But even twenty years later, she recognizes Ash, The Rook, instantly, as he comes surging back into her life to avenge her tormentors. But he has more enemies than the Devil waiting to hunt him down. Ash has already claimed Lorelai in his heart, but can he win back her love as he keeps her safe?

Cowboy, cross my heart

September 12, 2018
Grant, Donna, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2018.
291 pages ; 17 cm.
Naomi Pierce isn't the type to let a cowboy sweep her off feet. It's not her first rodeo, after all. But when she returns to her Texas hometown, she can't help but be swept up again in the rough-and-tumble world of hard-riding, bronco-busting good-ol'-boys she loved as a girl. She might be here to photograph her Rodeo Queen best friend. But it's one fine-looking cowboy who really captures her eye...

Billionaire's baby of redemption

September 11, 2018
Smart, Michelle, author.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
When Spanish tycoon Javier Casillas learns his explosive night with Sophie Johnson has left her pregnant, he's adamant that they wed! But not even the red-hot pleasures of their marriage bed can thaw the ice around Javier's dark heart... Until warm, compassionate Sophie demands more. To truly claim his wife and unborn child, can Javier accept that giving them his all is the key to his redemption?

Bound by a one-night vow

September 11, 2018
Milburne, Melanie, author.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
Heiress Isabella Byrne is on a deadline. She has twenty-four hours to wed or she'll lose her inheritance! Her father's protege, hotel magnate Andrea Vaccaro, knows she can't refuse his arrogant proposition for a temporary union. They'll seal the deal at the altar that very night. But with their ever-smouldering attraction bursting into flames, can Izzy risk surrendering to the temptation that awaits her between Andrea's sheets?

Consequence of the Greek's revenge

September 11, 2018
Morey, Trish. author.
251 pages; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Athena Nikolides is wary of being exploited for her newly inherited fortune. But charismatic Alexios Kyriakos is already a billionaire, and with their overwhelmingly intense desire Athena feels safe with him. So she's devastated to learn that Alexios only wants her to avenge himself against her father! But when the consequence of their undeniable passion is revealed, he wants her for so much more?

Italian's unexpected love-child

September 11, 2018
Lee, Miranda, author.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
A luxury villa on Capri will be the latest jewel in playboy Leonardo Fabrizzi's crown - until he discovers Veronica Hanson stands to inherit it. She's the only woman ever to resist his charms, and he's determined to tempt her into sensual surrender! He seduces her cleverly and slowly, and their explosive chemistry is spectacular. But so are the consequences when Veronica reveals she's pregnant!

Kidnapped for her secret son

September 11, 2018
Brock, Andie, author.
219 pages ; 18 cm.
Billionaire Jaco Valentino is furious when Leah McDonald leaves him without explanation. But when he discovers Leah's given birth to his heir he's determined to shield them from his adoptive family's wicked intentions! Jaco kidnaps Leah and his son, whisking them away to his remote Sicilian island for their own safety. Except the sinful flame still burning between him and Leah feels infinitely dangerous?

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