New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

March 26, 2019
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Quarantine : a love story

March 25, 2019
Cicatelli-Kuc, Katie, author.
©2019
324 pages ; 22 cm
"Oliver wants a girlfriend, and there's a girl back home who might be interested in him. The problem is, he has to spend his spring break on a volunteer trip in the Dominican Republic. Flora, on the other hand, isn't really looking for a boyfriend. She just wants to end a miserable spring break visiting her dad and her new stepmom in the D.R. The solution to both their problems? Get back home to New York ASAP. Sadly, they won't be getting there anytime soon. Their hopes are dashed when Flora's impulsiveness lands them in quarantine--just the two of them. Now, the two teens must come together in order to survive life in a bubble for 30 days. In that time, love will bloom. But is it the real thing, or just a placebo effect?"--Amazon website.

Springtime at Hope Cottage

March 25, 2019
Rains, Annie, author.
New York : Forever, 2019.
x, 398 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes novella: Last chance bride / Hope Ramsay.
Springtime at Hope Cottage / Annie Rains -- Last chance bride / Hope Ramsay.
"As an editor at a major New York City magazine, Josie Kellum is always on the go...until an injury sidelines her in the small town of Sweetwater Springs. Luckily, her new physical therapist is easy going and easy on the eyes. When their sessions start to heat up, in more ways than one, Josie is intrigued. But she has a city and career she loves waiting for her. So why does the thought of leaving him suddenly feel a lot like leaving home? Tucker Locklear is just starting to move on after his wife's death. While he can't deny his attraction to the gorgeous, vivacious Josie, he won't risk the pain of losing someone again. The sooner he gets Josie back on her feet and back to her real life, the safer he'll be. But in Sweetwater Springs, love has a way of mending even the most damaged heart."-- GoodReads.com.

The savior

March 22, 2019
Ward, J. R., 1969- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2019.
479 pages ; 24 cm
"In the venerable history of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, only one male has ever been expelled--but Murhder's insanity gave the Brothers no choice. Haunted by visions of a female he could not save, he nonetheless returns to Caldwell on a mission to right the wrong that ruined him. However, he is not prepared for what he must face in his quest for redemption. Dr. Sarah Watkins, researcher at a biomedical firm, is struggling with the loss of her fellow scientist fiance. When the FBI starts asking about his death, she questions what really happened and soon learns the terrible truth: Her firm is conducting inhumane experiments in secret and the man she thought she knew and loved was involved in the torture. As Murhder and Sarah's destinies become irrevocably entwined, desire ignites between them. But can they forge a future that spans the divide separating the two species? And as a new foe emerges in the war against the vampires, will Murhder return to his Brothers ... or resume his lonely existence forevermore?"-- Provided by publisher.

The lieutenant's nurse : a novel

March 22, 2019
Ackerman, Sara, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Mira, [2019]
335 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"A novel"--Cover.
"She's never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the splendor she experiences aboard the steamship SS Lurline; even more so by Lt. Clark Spencer, a man she is drawn to but who clearly has secrets of his own. But Eva's past--and the future she's trying to create--means that she's not free to follow her heart. Clark is a navy intelligence officer, and he warns her that the United States won't be able to hold off joining the war for long, but nothing can prepare them for the surprise attack that will change the world they know. In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Eva and her fellow nurses band together for the immense duty of keeping the American wounded alive. And the danger that finds Eva threatens everything she holds dear. Amid the chaos and heartbreak, Eva will have to decide whom to trust and how far she will go to protect those she loves"-- Provided by publisher.

Eyes on me

March 22, 2019
Harris, Rachel, 1980- author.
©2019
371 pages ; 21 cm
Look up the word "nerd" and you'll find Lily Bailey's picture. She's got one goal: first stop valedictorian, next stop Harvard. Until a stint in the hospital from too much stress lands her in the last place a klutz like her ever expected to be: salsa dance lessons. Look up the word "popular" and you'll find Stone Torres's picture. His life seems perfect - star of the football team, small-town hero, lots of friends. But his family is struggling to make ends meet, so if pitiching in at his mom's dance studio helps, he'll do it. When Lily's dad offers Stone extra cash to volunteer as Lily's permanent dance partner, he can't refuse. But with each dip and turn, each moment her hand is in his, his side job starts to feel all too real. Lily shows Stone he's more than his impressive football stats, and he introduces her to a world outside of studying. But with the lines blurred, can their relationship survive the secret he's been hiding?

The dating game

March 21, 2019
Roache, Kiley, author.
©2019
327 pages ; 22 cm
"When a notoriously difficult class for future entrepreneurs leads to three freshmen developing the next "it" app for dating on college campuses, all hell breaks loose... Type A control freak Sara lives by her color-coordinated Post-it notes. Rich boy Braden wants out from under his billionaire father's thumb. Scholarship student Roberto can't afford for his grades to drop. When the three are forced to work together in one of the university's most difficult classes, tension rises to the breaking point... until, shockingly, the silly dating app they create proves to be the most viable project in class. Late nights of app development, interest from investors and unexpected romance are woven into a true-to-life college drama that explores what it means to really connect online and IRL."--Inside dust jacket.

Believe in me

March 21, 2019
Quinn, Ella, author.
©2019
viii, 374 pages ; 17 cm.
"Even the Worthington least likely to wed may find her perfect match . . .Marriage has worked out quite nicely for her older sisters, yet Lady Augusta Vivers is certain it would end her studies in languages and geography, and stop her from travelling. But when her mother thwarts her plan to attend the only university in Europe that accepts women - in Italy - she is forced to agree to one London Season. Spending her time at parties proves an empty diversion - until she encounters the well-traveled Lord Phineas Carter-Wood. Still, Europe awaits . . .Phineas has studied architecture all over the world, yet Augusta is his most intriguing discovery yet. How can he resist a woman who loves maps and far-off lands? But her longing for all things foreign hinders any hope of courtship. When he learns her cousins have offered a trip to Europe, he secretly arranges to join their party. For he is determined to show Augusta that a real union is a thrilling adventure of its own. And when their journey is beset by dangerous obstacles, he gets far more opportunity than he bargained for . . ."-- Publisher's description.

Full figured 13 : Carl Weber presents

March 21, 2019
Love, Mona, author.
©2019
249 pages ; 21 cm.
"Plus size divas"--Cover.
"Carl Weber presents."
A million dollars worth of fat / by Mona Love -- Complications / by Katt.
Complications: Secret Johnson used to be slim, but has put on weight after her two kids, straining her marriage to David. Is the doctor she finds who's willing to do weight-loss surgery on the cheap the answer, or is it too good to be true? And will Secret ever be able to reclaim the woman she used to be?

Glory Road

March 21, 2019
Denton, Lauren K., author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2019]
353 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"USA TODAY bestselling author"--Cover.
"The only thing certain is change—even in a place as steady as Perry, Alabama, on a street as old as Glory Road. Nearly a decade after her husband's affair drove her back home to South Alabama, Jessie McBride has the stable life she wants—operating her garden shop, Twig, next door to her house on Glory Road, and keeping up with her teenage daughter and spunky mother. But the unexpected arrival of two men makes Jessie question whether she's really happy with the status quo. When handsome, wealthy businessman Sumner Tate asks her to arrange flowers for his daughter's lavish wedding, Jessie finds herself drawn to his continued attention. Then Ben Bradley, her lingering what-could-have-been from high school, moves back to the red dirt road, and she feels her heart pulled in directions she never expected. Meanwhile, Jessie's fourteen-year-old daughter, Evan, is approaching the start of high school and navigating a new world of emotions—particularly as they relate to the cute new guy who's moved in just down the road. At the same time, Jessie's mother, Gus, is suffering increasingly frequent memory lapses and faces a frightening, uncertain future. In one summer, everything will change. But for these three strong Southern women, the roots they've planted on Glory Road will give life to the adventures waiting just around the curve."--Back cover.

Love's broken vow

March 21, 2019
Honey, author.
©2019
298 pages ; 21 cm.
Nicholas Gregory is everything any woman could ever wish for in a man. He's towering in height, with a gorgeous milk chocolate complexion. Throw in that he's sexier than homemade sin and gainfully employed, and there's no doubt he's a certified keeper. So, why at age twenty-nine is he childless and a virgin? Stricken by a severe case of lust, Nicholas asks himself the same question when he meets the irresistible Royce Phillips, a nurse turned health-and-fitness mogul. Her chance emergence into his world is more catastrophic than any natural disaster. For the first time in his life, Nicholas rethinks the decision he made as a little boy to become a Catholic priest. The raw essence of Royce causes him to long for romantic love and the intimate touch of a woman - both forbidden pleasures he's vowed to never partake of. And since Royce isn't spiritually strong enough to lead him not into temptation, Nicholas begins living a double life. He's a righteous man in the pulpit, but night after night, he's anything but holy in Royce's bed. Will Nicholas and Royce continue to play an increasingly dangerous game tempting fate, or will their sizzling love affair end in heartbreak and disaster.

My favorite cowboy

March 21, 2019
Grant, Donna, author.
©2019
311 pages ; 17 cm
"Audrey Martinez is a veterinarian who has devoted her whole life to the care and protection of horses--even if doing so leaves her little time for meeting a man. Who would have thought that a strange case of criminal horseplay would lead her to falling deeply, wildly in love? ... Caleb Harper is no ordinary cowboy. Sure, he wears his hat, boots, and jeans like a second skin, and displays an easygoing charm that comes from years of working on the ranch. But with his military background, and Army buddies at his side, he is tried-and-true Texas tough. Audrey knows she can trust a man like Caleb to help her save horses. But can Caleb trust himself to resist his attraction to Audrey--or will the sparks of their desire end up getting them burned?"-- Provided by publisher.

Slow ride

March 21, 2019
Foster, Lori, 1958- author.
©2019
380 pages ; 17 cm
"Ronnie Ashford needs a distraction. In the morning, she has to offer arrogant, conventional Jack Crews a job and convince him not to take it. She doesn't need anyone's help, thank you very much. But tonight is all about the tall, sexy stranger who just walked in the bar--and all the delicious trouble they could get into together. Too bad just as things are heating up between them, he whispers the three little words that destroy everything: 'I'm Jack Crews.' Jack is determined to connect with fiery Ronnie--in bed and out of it--but her terms are clear. If he takes the job, helping her acquire prized artifacts for her mysterious bosses, anything between them is strictly off-limits. Somehow he has to convince a woman who's never felt like she belonged that she's found her place--with him. And with the danger sparking hotter than the fire between them, it's going to be one unforgettable trip ..." -- Publisher's description.

Not my type

March 21, 2019
Love, Taylor, author.
©2018
250 pages ; 22 cm
Mika lives the saying "carefree black girl" to the fullest. She has a interesting career, good friends, and money to do whatever she wants! What she doesn't have is a man of her own. Even so, she's not so desperate that she'll fall for Robert Lorde. While he may be tall, dark, and handsome, he's way too arrogant and boring to be her type. Robert likes his life to be predictable. While others see that as boring, he counts his blessings for the stability. As a financial investor, the last thing he needs is whirlwind Mika Harrison tearing through his life. Yet even his practical mind can't deny the chemistry they have. Will a little fun with her leave him with a headache...or even worse...heartache? Backcover.

Billionaire's virgin temptation

March 20, 2019
Conder, Michelle, author.
©2019
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
An untouched Cinderella... Until his irresistible seduction! For Ruby Clarkson, a lavish masquerade ball is the perfect opportunity to forget her shy innocence and become someone else for the night. She's stunned when billionaire Sam Ventura sweeps her from the dance floor into an anonymous seduction that's red-hot magic! But when Ruby realizes her incognito hero is her new boss, and they're stranded together for a weekend, she knows Sam's forbidden touch could be powerful enough to unravel her for ever...

Claiming my untouched mistress

March 20, 2019
Rice, Heidi, author.
©2019
252 pages ; 18 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Walking into my casino, Edie Spencer seemed like a spoiled heiress--until she agreed to clear her family's debts by posing as my temporary mistress. My plan? To use her to expose my business rivals. Yet discovering Edie's innocence has led to greater temptation than I could have imagined. Our chemistry is spectacular--now I'll claim Edie for so much more than pleasure!

The Italian demands his heirs

March 20, 2019
Graham, Lynne, author.
©2019
252 pages ; 18 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
To counter a media scandal, billionaire Raffaele di Mancini must marry fiery Vivi Mardas. But when she rejects his convenient proposal, he's stunned. How can she deny their searing chemistry? Determined to convince Vivi to be his temporary bride, Raffaele's not above using one night of seduction! But when Vivi discovers she's carrying his twins, Raffaele demands she meet him down the aisle--for real!

A hero for Miss Hatherleigh

March 20, 2019
Miller, Carolyn, 1974- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Kregel, Publications, [2019]
328 pages ; 22 cm.
"As the daughter of Viscount Aynsley, Caroline Hatherleigh knows every rule of society—and she's always followed them precisely. It's simply the way things are done in her world. When she visits south Devonshire and encounters a fossil-hunting scientist and his sister, her assumptions about what is right are shaken. She is suddenly confronted by questions she has never considered about the importance of friendship and faith—and her comfortable understanding about how the world works is thrown off balance. Gideon Kirby loves science, and hunting down proof of past lives is a joy he won't willingly give up. But his scientific leanings are being challenged by both his personal beliefs and by local smugglers in the Devonshire countryside. And every day his sister's illness is becoming more desperate and her care grows more demanding. Adding a proper Viscount’s daughter to the mix is a complication Gideon never expected—especially since he has a secret that demands he stays far away from this young woman he's falling for in order to protect his beloved sister. When a mysterious stranger visits the village, that secret is set to be exposed, no matter how Gideon fights. Then tragedy strikes in a smugglers cave. And the threat of scandal may lead to broken hearts and passionless propriety. Will the shaky bond these two have managed to build be strong enough to overcome their differences—or will the trust they’ve withheld from each other end up tearing three lives apart?"--Amazon.com.

Never-contented things

March 19, 2019
Porter, Sarah, 1969- author.
New York : Tor Teen, 2019.
366 pages ; 22 cm
"A Tom Doherty Associates Book."
First seduced and then entrapped in an alternate reality by Prince and his fairy courtiers, foster siblings Josh and Ksenia learn that the fairies' otherworldly gifts come at a terrible price.

Small town hearts

March 19, 2019
Vale, Lillie, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2019.
324 pages ; 22 cm
"Fresh out of high school, Babe Vogel should be thrilled to have the whole summer at her fingertips. She loves living in her lighthouse home in the sleepy Maine beach town of Oar's Rest and being a barista at the Busy Bean, but she's totally freaking out about how her life will change when her two best friends go to college in the fall. And then, there's Levi Keller, the cute artist who's spending all his free time at the coffee shop where she works. Levi's from out of town, and even though Babe knows better than to fall for a tourist who will leave when summer ends, she can't stop herself from wanting to know him. Can Babe keep her distance, or will she break the one rule she's always had - to never fall for a summer boy?" -Jacket

Backlash

March 19, 2019
Jackson, Lisa, author.
©1989
506 pages ; 18 cm
Both titles comprising Backlash were originally published by Silhouette Books in 1989.
Aftermath -- Tender trap.
The ranch country of Montana is beautiful, unforgiving, and for Colton and Denver McLean, filled with a whole lot of bad memories. It's been seven years since a fire claimed their parents' lives and drove both brothers away. Now their uncle's death has brought them back to a place where loyalty and love runs deep-but so do grudges. Suspicion still swirls about what caused that tragic fire. It created a rift between Denver and the foreman's daughter, Tessa Kramer. Now Tessa hopes to buy the ranch, if Denver and Colton will agree to sell, but the property is beset by problems. A prized stallion disappears. Other horses start falling sick. Someone seems determined to disrupt-or destroy-the McLean family's legacy by any means necessary. And finding answers will turn this homecoming into a time of reckoning with enemies past and present.-- Publisher's description.

The things we cannot say

March 19, 2019
Rimmer, Kelly, author.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada : Graydon House, [2019]
416 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"In 1942, Europe remains in the relentless grip of war. Just beyond the tents of the Russian refugee camp she calls home, a young woman speaks her wedding vows. It's a decision that will alter her destiny…and it's a lie that will remain buried until the next century. Since she was nine years old, Alina Dziak knew she would marry her best friend, Tomasz. Now fifteen and engaged, Alina is unconcerned by reports of Nazi soldiers at the Polish border, believing her neighbors that they pose no real threat, and dreams instead of the day Tomasz returns from college in Warsaw so they can be married. But little by little, injustice by brutal injustice, the Nazi occupation takes hold, and Alina's tiny rural village, its families, are divided by fear and hate. Then, as the fabric of their lives is slowly picked apart, Tomasz disappears. Where Alina used to measure time between visits from her beloved, now she measures the spaces between hope and despair, waiting for word from Tomasz and avoiding the attentions of the soldiers who patrol her parents’ farm. But for now, even deafening silence is preferable to grief."--Inside cover.

Risky play

March 19, 2019
Van Dyken, Rachel, author.
New York : Skyscape, [2019].
274 pages ; 21 cm
What else can a virgin do when she's ditched at the altar? Seattle heiress Mackenzie Dupont is treating herself to a single-girl honeymoon in Mexico and a desire to relinquish her innocence to a gorgeous one-night stand. Fake names. True pleasure. But when she wakes up alone, Mackenzie realizes just how much anger is left in her broken heart. Suffering a tragic personal loss, pro soccer player Slade Rodriguez has his reasons for vanishing without a goodbye. Right or wrong, he's blaming the beautiful and infuriating stranger he never wants to see again. They're both in for a shock when Mackenzie shows up as his new personal assistant. And they both have a lot to learn about each other. Because they share more than they could possibly know, including a common enemy who's playing his own games. And he's not afraid to get dirty. Now there's only one way Mackenzie and Slade can win: to trust in each other and to stop hiding from the lies they've told, the secrets they've kept, the mistakes they've made, and the attraction that still burns between them.

Deep Harbor

March 18, 2019
Michaels, Fern, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2019.
346 pages ; 22 cm
"When Carol Ann 'CJ' Jansen lost her beloved older brother Kick in a boating accident, she came adrift. Kick had taken on the role of caring for his little sister after their parents were killed in a car crash. Inheriting half his fortune has left CJ financially secure, yet needing a purpose. As administrative assistant to powerful congressman Snapper Lewis, she's immersed herself in the exciting and often tumultuous world of politics. But suddenly, the career that anchors her life is threatened. CJ stumbles upon information that could implicate her boss in corruption. When the congressman goes missing, the closer CJ gets to uncovering the truth, exposing one shocking secret after another, the more she wonders if she's also in jeopardy. Moving to a small New England town for her own protection, CJ gradually begins to engage with her new surroundings. Her blossoming friendship with the owner of a charter fishing boat offers the promise of much more. But before she can claim happiness, CJ must navigate a course through all her doubts and fears, and trust that this time, the water that took so much from her might just lead her safely home"--Publisher's description.

A song for the stars

March 18, 2019
Todd, Ilima, author.
Salt Lake City, Utah : Shadow Mountain, [2019]
296 pages ; 21 cm
Includes glossary of selected Hawaiian words.
Seventeen-year-old Maile falls in love with Englishman John Harbottle, the navigator for Captain James Cook when they arrive in the Sandwich Islands. The two cultures clash after the death of Captain Cook in 1779, and Maile is forced to make an impossible decision: save John or save her people.

Chosen as the sheikh's royal bride

March 15, 2019
Lucas, Jennie, author.
©2019
251 pages ; 17 cm.
Among the many beautiful, accomplished candidates hoping to be chosen as Sheikh Omar’s wife, shop assistant Beth can’t believe this powerful desert king would even notice her. Yet Omar does select her—and his heated gaze sets her alight, making her innocent body crave caresses she’s only dreamed about! She’s instantly thrown into his world of unimagined luxury, but can this shy Cinderella ever be a queen?

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