New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

May 24, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Passion on Park Avenue

May 23, 2019
Layne, Lauren, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
277 pages ; 21 cm.
"For as long as she can remember, Bronx-born Naomi Powell has had one goal: own one of the ritzy Upper East Side homes where she used to watch her mom work as a housekeeper. Now a sassy CEO of one of the biggest fashion jewelry empires in the country, Naomi has exactly what she wants, but she's learning that it'll take more than the right address to make Manhattan's elite stop treating her like an outsider. The worst of them all is Oliver Cunningham, her new neighbor, and the grown son of the very family Naomi's mother used to work for. Oliver used to torment Naomi when they were children, and as a ridiculously attractive adult, he's tormenting her in entirely different ways. Naomi and Oliver find themselves engaged in a sensual battle-of-wills that will either consume or destroy them.."-- Provided by publisher.

The plus one

May 23, 2019
Money-Coutts, Sophia, author.
404 pages ; 20 cm
The Plus One [n] informal a person who accompanies an invited person to a wedding or a reminder of being single, alone and absolutely plus none.

Wooing Cadie McCaffrey

May 23, 2019
Turner, Bethany, 1979- author.
Grand Rapids, MI : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2019]
347 pages ; 22 cm.
Cadie McCaffrey breaks up with her boyfriend, so he, with help from his pro-athlete work friends and tactics drawn from Cadie's favorite romantic comedies, does everything in his power to try to win her back.

Cowboy rebel

May 23, 2019
Brown, Carolyn, 1948- author.
New York : Forever, 2019.
377 pages ; 18 cm
"Ever since losing his best friend in a motorcycle accident, Taggart Baker wants to make every moment count. No dare is too dangerous, no adventure too crazy for this cowboy. But after one bad brush with the law, he realizes it's time to ditch his hooligan friends and grow up. Now he's running his own ranch next to the Longhorn Canyon spread in Texas. Still, no one would ever call him tame. Nikki Grady has worked too hard for her RN license just to throw it away for some reckless cowboy who shows up in her emergency room after a barroom brawl. But she can't help being drawn to Tag's sense of humor and those crystal blue eyes. The more time they spend together, the more she sees his good heart. But just as Tag seems ready to settle down for good, his troubled past comes calling-and this time he won't be able to walk away so easily"-- Provided by publisher.

Fake it till you break it

May 23, 2019
Nguyen, Jenn P., author.
295 pages ; 22 cm
Mia and Jake have known each other their whole lives. They've endured summer vacations, Sunday brunches, even dentist visits together. Their mothers, who are best friends, are convinced that Mia and Jake would be the perfect couple, even though they can't stand to be in the same room together. After Mia's mom turns away yet another cute boy, Mia and Jake decide they've have had enough. Together, they hatch a plan to get their moms off their backs. Permanently. All they have to do is pretend to date and then stage the worst breakup of all time -- and then they'll be free. The only problem is, maybe Jake and Mia don't hate each other as much as they once thought...

Defending Harlow

May 23, 2019
Stoker, Susan, author.
299 pages ; 21 cm
"Lowell 'Black' Lockard, former Navy SEAL, has watched his fellow Mountain Mercenaries settle down with the women of their dreams, but he's convinced he doesn't need love. Then he gets a call from Harlow Reese—a chef at a local women's shelter—and begins to reconsider his decision. After being continually harassed by a local band of punks, Harlow asks Lowell to give the women of the shelter lessons in self-defense. She doesn't expect him to take such a special interest in her safety, but he insists on escorting her to and from work, never taking no for an answer. Not that Harlow minds the personal touch…especially when it's coming from her former teenage crush. Despite her long history of bad dating luck, seeing Black again makes Harlow rethink her self-imposed celibacy. Easy on the eyes and hard to forget, the man has morphed into an alpha stud. And Harlow may be exactly the type of woman Black is looking for. Making her feel safe isn't only a duty; it's a pleasure. But the threats are escalating. The motives are a mystery. And as the danger burns almost as hot as their passion, there's much more at risk than their hearts."--Back cover.

Madam, may I

May 23, 2019
Bryant, Niobia.
New York, NY : Dafina Books/Kensington Publishing Corp., [2019]
276 pages ; 21 cm

A rogue by night

May 23, 2019
Bowen, Kelly (Romance fiction writer), author.
350 pages ; 17 cm
"Historical romance"--Spine.
"Baron. Physician. Smuggler. Harland Hayward is living a double life as an aristocrat by day and a criminal by night. As a doctor, Harland has the perfect cover to appear in odd places at all hours, a cover he uses to his advantage. He's chosen this life to save his family from financial ruin, but he draws the line at taking advantage of the honest and trustworthy Katherine Wright. Katherine thought she was done smuggling. Having finally convinced her ailing father and injured brother to abandon their criminal pursuits, she's returned to England to help them escape to a new life--once she helps them fulfill their last contract. And that means working with Hayward, even when her instincts tell her that becoming his ally may be a risk to her heart--as well as her life."--P. [4] of cover.


May 22, 2019
Russo, Meredith, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
278 pages ; 22 cm
"A story about family-love-change-fate."--Back cover

The flatshare

May 22, 2019
O'Leary, Beth, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2019.
328 pages ; 24 cm
"Tiffy and Leon share an apartment. Tiffy and Leon have never met. After a bad breakup, Tiffy Moore needs a place to live. Fast. And cheap. But the apartments in her budget have her wondering if astonishingly colored mold on the walls counts as art. Desperation makes her open minded, so she answers an ad for a flatshare. Leon, a night shift worker, will take the apartment during the day, and Tiffy can have it nights and weekends. He'll only ever be there when she's at the office. In fact, they'll never even have to meet. Tiffy and Leon start writing each other notes--first about what day is garbage day, and politely establishing what leftovers are up for grabs, and the evergreen question of whether the toilet seat should stay up or down. Even though they are opposites, they soon become friends. And then maybe more. But falling in love with your roommate is probably a terrible idea--especially if you've never met."--Dust jacket.

The Kingdom

May 22, 2019
Rothenberg, Jess, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2019.
340 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Ana, a half-android, half-human employee of a futuristic fantasy theme park, the Kingdom, faces a charge of murder in a tale told through flashbacks and court transcripts.

A welcome at our door

May 22, 2019
Clipston, Amy, author.
xv, 320 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to: A seat by the hearth.
Includes discussion questions.
"Over the last few years, Cindy Riehl--the youngest of the Riehl children--has watched her siblings find love and happiness in Lancaster County. But as her family has settled down and grown, Cindy has continued to grieve her mother, whose death left an enormous hole in her heart. Since that haunting day, Cindy has struggled to find peace and wonders if the community is the place for her--and if her faith in God will ever feel the same as it once did. When a handsome and kind Englisher named Drew crosses Cindy's path one surprising day, the two of them become fast and easy friends. Drew dreams of starting a family after some losses of his own, and before long, he and Cindy discover that their feelings for each other are romantic. As they spend more time together--often in secret--Cindy is drawn further and further away from the Amish community and the family she loves. In time, she is faced with a difficult choice that threatens to upend her world. Will Cindy find contentment and love, and will she ever find restored comfort in God and her beloved community?"--Provided by publisher.

Cliff's edge

May 21, 2019
Tilly, Meg, author.
New York : Jove, 2019.
320 pages ; 21 cm.
Eve Harris arrives at her sister's house expecting to house sit and run the bakery that they share, but finds her brother-in-law's movie star friend, Rhys Thomas, already in residence.

Grayson's vow

May 21, 2019
Sheridan, Mia, author.
334 pages ; 23 cm.
Publisher from
What begins as a temporary business arrangement between socialite Kira Dallaire and Grayson Hawthorn in order to save his failing family vineyard, soon evolves into more than either of them was counting on. As Kira and Grayson race toward their destiny, they will discover that some vows are meant to be broken, and others are worth risking everything for -- even your very own heart.

Seek : a solstice novel

May 21, 2019
Sheridan, Mia.
251 pages ; 21 cm
"Wealthy socialite Olivia Barton never imagined her fiancé would disappear on what was supposed to be a routine business trip. She's even more heartbroken and confused when a hired private investigator tracks him half a world away, to a seaside town in Colombia. But the country has recently been ravaged by a massive earthquake and deadly tsunami, shutting down outside communication and making travel all but impossible. Still, Olivia is determined to make it to Colombia to find the answers she so desperately seeks. What she needs is a guide--a mercenary."

The wish collector : a love story

May 21, 2019
Sheridan, Mia.
[United States] : [publisher not identified], [2018]
462 pages ; 20 cm
"When ballet dancer Clara Campbell arrives in New Orleans, lonely and homesick, she is immediately captivated by the story of Windisle Plantation and the tragic tale that is said to have transpired beyond its gate. Legend has it that it is abandoned by all living souls, but to Clara's great surprise, it is not a ghost she hears through the stone wall surrounding the property, but a flesh and blood man. A scarred stranger with a pain deeper and darker than the churning waters of the Mississippi river that flows beside his self-imposed prison. The ruined man behind the wall hides himself from the world. The last thing he expects is to find a friend in the selfless girl who speaks to him through the cracks in the rock. The girl who makes him wish for things he has long since given up on. The girl who strikes both fear and hope within his wounded heart. But there can be no future for them, no life beyond Windisle, for no one knows better than him that monsters only live in the dark." -- back cover.


May 21, 2019
Sheridan, Mia, author.
313 pages ; 23 cm.
Lydia DeHaviland is shocked when Brogan Ramsay suddenly reappears in her life. Several years before, Brogan was the son of her family's gardener, and the boy she hurt and betrayed. But Brogan is no longer the quiet, sensitive boy she remembers. Now he's a man - gorgeous, powerful, and seeking vengeance. Brogan Ramsay can't let go of the memory of Lydia tricking him cruelly, leaving his heart shattered and his family penniless. And now he's back to destroy her family the way his was destroyed. There's only one problem: The girl who wounded him so badly years ago is now a woman who still has the power to render him breathless. Ramsay is a story of betrayal and wrath, of the strength of regret and the power of forgiveness. It is the story of the thin veil between love and hate and how more often than not, when we seek to inflict pain on others, the heart we wound is our own.

It's a Christmas thing

May 20, 2019
Dailey, Janet, author.
New York : Kensington Books, 2019.
234 pages ; 22 cm
Veterinarian J. T. "Rush" Rushford, who lost custody of a girl he thought was his daughter, is in Branding Iron, Texas, with his mobile vet practice, just hoping to get through the season - until a Christmas miracle happens.

Somewhere only we know

May 20, 2019
Goo, Maurene, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2019.
328 pages ; 22 cm
Told from two viewpoints, teens Lucky, a very famous K-pop star, and Jack, a part-time paparazzo who is trying to find himself, fall for each other against the odds through the course of one stolen day.

Claiming his replacement queen

May 17, 2019
Cinelli, Amanda, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2019
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
"Khalil's motivation for marriage is politics, not passion. So when his intended bride marries for love and her sister, shy Princess Cressida, agrees to take her place, Khal travels to London to retrieve his replacement queen! Yet their sizzling encounter changes everything. Since losing his first wife, Khal keeps all emotion on lockdown, but the desire innocent Cressida ignites is too hot to resist..."--Page [4] of cover.

A scandalous midnight in Madrid

May 17, 2019
Stephens, Susan, 1949- author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2019.
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
"Her body awakened ... by Madrid's most eligible bachelor. Chef Sadie Montgomery's life is changed forever by an intense moonlight encounter in Madrid with infamous Alejandro de Alegon. The sizzling anticipation he sparks tempts virgin Sadie all the way to his Spanish castle ... and into his bed! She's never known anything like the wild passion Alejandro unleashes. But their night of illicit pleasure soon turns Sadie into Spain's most scandalous headline: Pregnant with Alejandro's Baby!"--Page [4] of cover.

Untamed billionaire's innocent bride

May 17, 2019
Crews, Caitlin, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2019.
251 pages ; 17 cm.
Larger print"--Cover.
"A long-lost billionaire... A virgin to tame him! Dedicated personal assistant Lauren Clarke always does as she's asked. Her latest task? To prevent a media scandal she needs to find reclusive Dominik James - her boss's estranged brother - and convince him to marry her! But in Hungary's darkest forests she discovers more than just an untamed billionaire... Dominik's brooding masculinity awakens Lauren's long-dormant desire. Once they've exchanged their convenient "I do's", will innocent Lauren accept that their hunger can't be denied...?"--Page [4] of cover.

Star-crossed : a novel

May 17, 2019
Darke, Minnie, author.
New York : Crown Publishers, [2019]
347 pages ; 24 cm

To tame a wild cowboy

May 17, 2019
Wilde, Lori.
New York, NY : Avon Books, [2019]
387 pages ; 17 cm

Greek's baby of redemption

May 16, 2019
Hewitt, Kate, author.
250 pages ; 17 cm
"Scarred tycoon Alex Santos's Greek island estate is a fortress--protecting those outside from the darkness within him. When he needs a wife to secure his business, his discreet, compassionate housekeeper, Milly, agrees to his proposal. But their wedding night sparks an unexpected fire, and the consequences force Alex to face his painful past... Could Milly--and his unborn child--be the key to Alex's redemption?"--Back cover.

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