New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

March 13, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

My way to you

March 12, 2020
Bybee, Catherine, author.
©2020
343 pages ; 21 cm
"When a wildfire nearly destroys Parker Sinclair's family home, it's just one more disaster to add to her mountain of stress. For the past two years, she has shouldered the responsibility of raising her younger brother and sister after their parents' untimely deaths. Forced to leave college for a crappy job that barely pays the bills, Parker manages her family property, which consumes every aspect of her life. Now winter is coming and the forecast isn't spreading sunshine on the dark cloud over her head. The last thing Parker needs is a mudslide destroying everything she has worked so hard to maintain. Colin Hudson's job as a public works supervisor is to protect Parker's property and neighborhood from further damage. But it's a little hard when the owner of the land is a control freak who tries to do everything herself. The hardworking, attractive young woman is far from the "hot mess" she claims to be. In fact, her tight grip of control is one of the things that attract him the most. It's also the hardest to crack. Now Colin's working overtime to help Parker open up her heart, trust him, and let him in. As Parker and Colin work together to keep her home and neighborhood safe, they may be in for another disaster. Or they may just realize that sometimes it takes destruction to create something new."--Publisher.

Yours in scandal

March 12, 2020
Layne, Lauren, author.
Seattle : Montlake, [2020]
218 pages ; 21 cm
New York City's youngest mayor, Robert Davenport, decides it is time to strategize. Next move: a bid for the governor's seat. In his way: an incumbent with a flawless reputation. He also has an Achilles’ heel: an estranged wild-child daughter with a past so scandalous it could be Robert's ticket to victory. Adeline Blake, New York's premier event planner, is all about reform and respectability. When she's approached by Robert to organize the party of the season, she knows he is her father's most formidable opponent. They say politics makes strange bedfellows... now Robert must choose between his political future and the woman who holds his heart. -- adapted from back cover

Eleanor & Park

March 12, 2020
Rowell, Rainbow, author.
México, D.F. : Alfaguara, 2013.
425 pages ; 22 cm
Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits--smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

Anna K : a love story

March 11, 2020
Lee, Jenny, 1971- author.
New York : Flatiron Books, 2020.
viii, 382 pages ; 25 cm
Anna K has the perfect (if boring) boyfriend, Alexander W.; and she has always made her Korean-American father proud (even if he can be controlling). Anna's brother, Steven, and his girlfriend, Lolly, are trying to weather an sexting scandal; Lolly's little sister, Kimmie, is struggling to recalibrate to normal life after an injury derails her ice dancing career; and Steven's best friend, Dustin, is one-sidedly in love with Kimmie. Alexia 'Count' Vronsky is a playboy who has bounced around boarding schools and who lives for his own pleasure. As Alexia and Anna are pulled together, she has to decide how much of her life she is willing to let go for the chance to be with him. -- adapted from jacket

The Grace Kelly dress : a novel

March 11, 2020
Janowitz, Brenda, author.
Toronto, Canada : Graydon House , [2020]
331 pages ; 23 cm
"Reader's guide inside"--Page 4 cover.
One dress. Three generations of women. A lifetime of love.In Paris, 1958, Grace Kelly's royal wedding dress is still all the rage in fashion circles. Rose, a seamstress at a famous atelier, has just been entrusted with sewing another gown in its image. An orphan, she needs her job to survive. But when Rose finds herself in love with the bride's handsome brother, she must decide what matters most: love or security.Sixty years later, Rocky is thrilled to be marrying the love of her life. He truly is her perfect fit. But there's just one problem: her family's heirloom wedding dress isn't. Rocky knows this admission will break her mother's heart. What she doesn't know is why her mother is so set on the dress--or about the shocking secret that changed her mother's life decades before, as she prepared to wear the dress herself. As the wedding day approaches, the mother-daughter pair will finally confront long-buried heartaches, and it might just be the dress that brings them closer than ever.Life-affirming, heartwarming and timeless, Brenda Janowitz's The Grace Kelly dress is about the importance of tradition, new and old, and the power of a dress to fulfill even the most impossible of dreams.

Every reason we shouldn't

March 10, 2020
Fujimura, Sara, author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2020.
332 pages ; 22 cm
"Sixteen-year-old figure skater Olivia Kennedy's Olympic dreams have ended. She's bitter, but enjoying life as a regular teenager instead of trying to live up to expectations of being the daughter of Olympians Michael Kennedy and Midori Nakashima...until Jonah Choi starts training at her family's struggling rink. Jonah's driven, talented, going for the Olympics in speed skating, completely annoying... and totally gorgeous. Between teasing Jonah, helping her best friend try out for roller derby, figuring out life as a normal teen and keeping the family business running, Olivia's got her hands full. But will rivalry bring her closer to Jonah, or drive them apart?" -- Amazon.com

30 dates in 30 days

March 10, 2020
Spencer, Elle, author.
Valley Falls, NY : Bold Strokes Books, 2019.
231 pages ; 22 cm.
Veronica Welch has made it. She's about to be named a partner at one of the most prestigious law firms in New York City. She's on top of the world, except for one tiny ridiculous thing: she promised herself she'd be married by thirty-five. After a drink too many, she accidentally lets her "life plan" slip to Bea, her steadfast, ever meddling assistant, and now Bea won't let the idea go. Rachel Monaghan doesn't do serious relationships. As a busy wedding photographer, she's jaded about lasting love, has a thriving repeat business, and hasn't had much luck with love herself. While bartending at her cousin's bar, Rachel learns of Bea's plan to get her boss married off by scheduling thirty dates in thirty days.

A highlander in a pickup

March 10, 2020
Trentham, Laura, author.
©2020
309 pages ; 17 cm.
"Iain Connors is the poster boy for the strong and silent type. Growing up a loner at Cairndow Castle in Scotland with only the cliffs and moors for company, it's understood Iain will assume the mantle of Cairndow groundskeeper when his father is ready to relinquish it. But his stint in Her Majesty's Armed Forces has opened up a whole new world--and now, rather than settle down, he accepts an invitation to travel to the States to take charge of the Highland Games. After all, he's led men into battle, how hard can planning a party be? Anna Maitland is ready to step up for her best friend Isabel Blackmoor, who can't run the Games in their hometown this year. Surely Anna, a dance instructor with boundless energy, spirit, and charm, is up for the challenge? What she doesn't anticipate is a man in a kilt who turns up claiming he's the one in charge. What's worse about this Iain? He's so infuriatingly handsome that she can't help but fantasize about him whispering sweet-nothings in her ear in his rumbly, sexy brogue"-- Provided by publisher.

Tucker

March 10, 2020
March, Emily, author.
©2019
viii, 321 pages ; 17 cm.
"Gillian Thacker owns a bridal shop in Redemption Texas. She is planning her own wedding, but has doubts about her fiancé. Tucker McBride is a U.S. Army Ranger looking to start a new life after the Army. When Tucker opens a wilderness skills training school next to Gillian's bridal shop, their romantic relatonship begins."--Publisher.

Knight awakening

March 10, 2020
Zanetti, Rebecca, author.
[Place of publication not identified]: Raz Ink LLC., 2020.
361 pages ; 22 cm.
"The world has changed. Any rules that might've been in place before the Scorpius bacterium ripped through civilization and decreased its population are no longer in place. Marcus Knight has one focus, and that's keeping Dr. Penelope Kim safe. She'd risked her life to save him once, and she's all that matters. For months, he's kept his distance, protecting her from afar, because he knows that one touch--one sigh--one kiss--from her will never be enough. Penny Kim is one of the few doctors still living, and she alone holds the key to ensuring the human race continues. Her days are filled with experiments and hope, while her nights are consumed with visions of the hard-bodied and powerful soldier who's made her safety his one and only mission. She feels is an unreal craving for his touch that gets stronger every day. Life is short, and she's unwilling to wait, unaware of the danger already hunting them both. Some risks are worth it, even in this new and dangerous world"--from Back Cover.

Wild, wild rake

March 9, 2020
MacGregor, Janna, author.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2020.
352 pages ; 18 cm
"Lady Avalon Warwyk never did love her husband. Arrogant, selfish, and cruel, it's a blessing when she's widowed and left to raise her son all by herself. Finally, Avalon can live freely and do the work she loves: helping fallen women become businesswomen. She's lived these past ten years with no desire to remarry - that is, until Mr. Devan Farris comes to town. Devan Farris--charming vicar, reputed rake, and the brother of Avalon's son's guardian - is reluctantly sent to town to keep tabs on Avalon and her son. Devan wishes he didn't have to meddle in her affairs; he's not one to trod on a woman's independent nature and keen sense of convictions. But she'll have nothing to do with a vicar with a wild reputation - even though he's never given his heart and body to another. If only he could find a way to show Avalon who he really is on the inside - a good, true soul looking for its other half. But how can prove that he wants to love and care for her. . .until death do they part?"--Publisher.

In five years : a novel

March 9, 2020
Serle, Rebecca, author.
New York : Atria Books, 2020.
255 pages ; 22 cm
"When Dannie Cohan is asked this question at the most important interview of her career, she has a meticulously crafted answer at the ready. Later, after nailing her interview and accepting her boyfriend's marriage proposal, Dannie goes to sleep knowing she is right on track to achieve her five-year plan. But when she wakes up, she's suddenly in a different apartment, with a different ring on her finger, and beside a very different man. The television news is on in the background, and she can just make out the scrolling date. It's the same night--December 15--but 2025, five years in the future. After a very intense, shocking hour, Dannie wakes again, at the brink of midnight, back in 2020. She can't shake what has happened. It certainly felt much more than merely a dream, but she isn't the kind of person who believes in visions. That nonsense is only charming coming from free-spirited types, like her lifelong best friend, Bella. Determined to ignore the odd experience, she files it away in the back of her mind. That is, until four-and-a-half years later, when by chance Dannie meets the very same man from her long-ago vision."--Provided by publisher.

The billionaire in boots

March 9, 2020
London, Julia, author.
©2020
353 pages ; 18 cm.
"As the firstborn son, it's been drilled into Nick that he is the heir apparent to the Prince family empire. But cattle ranching has never been his true passion. Nick wants to be a pilot. However, when his father dies, leaving Nick to clean up the mess, he knows he must do his duty before following his heart. Charlotte Bailey can't believe that Nick is back to run the ranch. As the office manager, she knows it's her responsibility to help him. If only he wasn't so brooding and cranky--and so hot it's a wonder his chaps don't melt right off him. But when sparks fly between them, she's adamant about staying away from a cowboy on his way out the door. Nick knows the ranch's pretty, smart, and capable office manager is off-limits, but he needs her. And working in such close proximity to Charlotte every day is making Nick crazy. She smells good, she looks good, she makes him laugh, but most of all she makes him want to stay...."--Provided by publisher.

From Alaska with love

March 9, 2020
James, Ally, author.
©2020
294 pages ; 17 cm
"A novel"-- Cover.
"A soldier has six weeks to convince the only woman he has ever longed for to take a chance on life with him in Alaska... Sara's letters were the only bright spot during Gabe's devastating tour in Iraq. With each new correspondence he fell harder, needed her more, wanted to be with her. Now, after initially rejecting his offer to meet, she's shown up at the door of his isolated cabin in Alaska looking for...what? Gabe's not sure what made Sara change her mind, but he knows he never wants to let her go. Major Gabe Randall is everything Sara Ryan wants but nothing she feels she deserves. A modern-day spinster, Sara hides behind family obligations and the safe, quiet life she's resigned herself to living. But secretly, even though she may have stretched the truth about who she is in her letters to him, she wants Gabe. Will he still want her when he discovers the real woman behind the pen? Once they meet, Gabe asks her for six weeks in Alaska. Six weeks to spend getting to know each other, and then she'll have to decide whether they are better together or apart."-- Provided by publisher.

The midnight lie

March 6, 2020
Rutkoski, Marie, author.
New York : Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, [2020]
358 pages ; 24 cm
Nirrim endures a grim and punishing life as a Half Caste until she encounters Sid, a rakish traveler from far away who whispers rumors that the High Caste possess magic and tempts Nirrim to seek that magic for herself.

House of earth and blood

March 6, 2020
Maas, Sarah J., author.
New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, [2020]
803 pages : map ; 25 cm.
Bryce Quinlan had the perfect life -- working hard all day and partying all night -- until a demon murdered her closest friends, leaving her bereft, wounded, and alone. When the accused is behind bars but the crimes start up again, Bryce finds herself at the heart of the investigation. She'll do whatever it takes to avenge their deaths. Hunt Athalar is a notorious Fallen angel, now enslaved to the Archangels he once attempted to overthrow. His brutal skills and incredible strength have been set to one purpose -- to assassinate his boss's enemies, no questions asked. But with a demon wreaking havoc in the city, he's offered an irrestible deal: help Bryce find the murderer, and his freedom will be within reach. As Bryce and Hunt dig deep into Crescent City's underbelly, they discover a dark power that threatens everything and everyone they hold dear, and they find, in each other, a blazing passion -- one that could set them both free, if they'd only get it. --Jacket.

If for any reason

March 6, 2020
Walsh, Courtney, 1975- author.
©2019
408 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions (pages 405-407).
Emily Ackerman has traveled the world, her constant compass and companion a book of letters her mother left for her when she died. With no father in the picture, her mom's advice has been her only true north. But when professional failure leads Emily back to Nantucket to renovate and sell the family cottage she inherited, she wonders if her mom left advice to cover this . . . especially when her grandmother arrives to "supervise." And especially when her heart becomes entangled with Hollis McGuire, the boy next door-turned-baseball star who's back on the island after a career-ending injury. As sparks fly between her and Hollis, Emily is drawn to island life, even as she uncovers shocking secrets about the tragic accident that led to her mother's death. With her world turned upside down, Emily must choose between allowing the voices from her past to guide her future or forging her own path forward.

The two lives of Lydia Bird : a novel

March 5, 2020
Silver, Josie, author.
©2020
xi, 368 pages ; 25 cm
"Lydia and Freddie had been together for more than a decade, and Lydia thought their love was indestructible. When Freddie dies in a car accident, Lydia wants to hide indoors and sob until her eyes fall out. Knowing Freddie would want her to try to live fully, happily, even without him, she enlists his best friend, Jonas, and her sister, Elle, to help her re-open to life. But when she is given another chance at her old life with Freddie, Lydia begins living two lives at once: a world where Freddie, alive, still owns her heart - and her real life, where someone else wants her to stay." -- adapted from jacket

Toward the midnight sun : a novel

March 5, 2020
Dempsey, Eoin, author.
©2020
258 pages : map ; 22 cm
Seattle, 1897. Anna Denton is not like the other prospectors traveling to the Yukon on the promise of riches. It's duty - not profit - that calls her into the wild unknown. With her family nearing financial ruin, Anna has agreed to marry Henry Bradwell, the wealthy King of the Klondike. She meets Will and Silas, childhood friends, on the steamer north. After the ship docks in a lawless Alaska town, Anna's chaperones run afoul of local criminals, leaving her stranded. Will and Silas agree to escort her the hundreds of treacherous miles to Dawson City - the gateway to the goldfields - and her betrothed, a man she doesn't know. Upon their arrival, Bradwell warmly welcomes them all. But as a brutal winter sets in, relations sour, and Anna is caught between the promise her family made to the power-hungry Bradwell and her feelings for Will. Anna and her companions soon find themselves in a deadly game where few can be trusted and where the greatest danger in the frozen wilderness of the Klondike is man himself.

Engaged to the earl

March 4, 2020
Berne, Lisa, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, 2020.
370 pages ; 17 cm
"Christopher Beck came striding into a glamorous London drawing-room and can't believe his eyes. The last time he'd seen Gwendolyn Penhallow, she was a dreamy, strong-willed girl with a wild imagination, and now she's a beautiful and beguiling young lady . . . who's engaged to Society's darling the Earl of Westenbury. Christopher had fled England to seek adventure elsewhere. Has he found it here too - the most delightful adventure of his life? Gwendolyn is sure she's betrothed to the most wonderful man in the world. But then, shockingly, Christopher Beck shows up. Nobody has heard from him in years - and not only he is very much alive, he's also sinfully attractive, blithely unconventional, and disturbingly fun to be with. Which wouldn't be a problem, except for the fact that she's, well, promised to another. And just what on earth is she going to do about it?"--Publisher descirption.

How to love your elf

March 4, 2020
Sparks, Kerrelyn, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2020.
328 pages ; 21 cm
Includes an excerpt from The siren and the deep blue sea.
"Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother's kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border... well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought, before she was taken hostage. Of course, her captors didn't count on her particular abilities - or on the help of the Woodsman, the mysterious thief who made his home in the forest. He saw the battle from the trees, saw the soldier attacking against incredible odds to save a comrade - and then saw the valiant fighter revealed as Princess Sorcha of Norveshka. He can't tell if he wants to kidnap her or kiss her. But despite Sorcha's stubbornness, his inconvenient honor, and a rebellion on the cusp of full war, something burns between them that neither can let go"-- Provided by publisher.

The wanting life : a novel

March 4, 2020
Rader, Mark, author.
©2020
295 pages ; 21 cm
"The intertwined story of three members of the Novak family: Father Paul, a closeted gay Catholic priest who's dying of cancer and has secrets he desperately wants to share; Britta, his self-destructive sister and caretaker, who's struggling to find meaning in a world without her beloved husband; and Maura, Britta's daughter--a thirty-nine-year-old artist who's facing a choice between her husband and two children, or the man she believes is her one, true love."--Provided by publisher.

The opposite of falling apart

March 4, 2020
Good, Micah, author.
©2020
418 pages ; 22 cm
What's the point of pretending nothing has changed when everything has? It's the last summer before college, and Jonas Avery knows he should be excited. Instead, he hides out at home, avoiding his friends, his family, and everything that resembles his old life. Because nothing will be normal again--because of The Accident, when everything started falling apart. Brennan Davis knows she needs to stand up and face her anxiety--the deep, dark, debilitating dread that rules her everyday life. Because what stops her from going out into the world and just living is going to get a whole lot worse. She's leaving for college in the fall, where she'll be confronted with even more to worry about. When Jonas crashes into Brennan--in a harmless, albeit embarrassing fender bender--the two teens connect in ways they never expected. As friends, they help each other overcome their biggest falls and faults, and soon discover that while love can't fix everything, it's sometimes a place to start.

His secret mistress

March 4, 2020
Maxwell, Cathy, author.
©2020
354 pages ; 17 cm
Brandon Balfour made the mistake of trusting his heart to the exquisite, strong-willed actress Kate Addison, with whom he shared one intimate night before fate intervened. Now a decade later, Brandon is a leading member of the Logical Men's society--for no woman since Kate has managed to captivate him. To Kate, the memory of that night still burns strongly, because it was followed by a stunning betrayal. A chance encounter may have brought Brandon back into her life, but that doesn't mean Kate will ever forgive him. She's vowed to make him pay--even as she realizes the promises of the young love they once shared are still etched upon her heart... Loving her exiled him. Trusting him ruined her. And now, a clash of passions threatens everything each of them ever desired.

Forbidden promises

March 4, 2020
Williams, Synithia, author.
©2020
347 pages ; 17 cm
"Get in and get out. That was India Robidoux's plan for this family visit. But when her brother needs her help with his high-profile political campaign, India has no choice but to stay and face the one man she's been running from for years--Travis, her sister's ex-husband. One hot summer night when Travis was still free, they celebrated her birthday with whiskey and an unforgettable kiss. The memory is as strong as ever--and so are the feelings she's tried so hard to forget. Travis Strickland owes everything to the Robidoux family. There's nothing he wouldn't do for them--his divorce could never change that. Still, he has one regret. Impulsive and passionate, India always understood him better than anyone else. And the longer they work together on the campaign, the more torn he is. Coming between her and her sister is out of the question. But how can he let love pass him by a second time?" -- Amazon.com

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