New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

February 27, 2020
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lethal game

February 26, 2020
Feehan, Christine, author.
New York : Berkley, 2020.
429 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
"When Malichai Fortunes attacks a problem, he does it full force -- a habit that earns the GhostWalker a painful injury and a forced vacation in San Diego, California. With nothing but physical therapy on the horizon, Malichai is starting to get restless... until a striking blue-eyed blonde makes all his senses come alive. Amaryllis is kind and warm and sees beyond Malichai's rough exterior, but he can tell there's something she's hiding. Her innate healing abilities indicate she might be a GhostWalker -- albeit an untrained one. Malichai doesn't think their crossing paths is anything more than coincidence, but he can sense that one wrong word could send Amaryllis running. When strange events at his temporary retreat put Malichai on high alert, he knows he won't be able to deal with the threat and keep his woman safe in his weakened state. But calling in his brothers means telling Amaryllis what he really is, and revealing that he knows the truth about her too..."-- Provided by publisher.

Oona out of order

February 26, 2020
Montimore, Margarita, author.
New York : Flatiron Books, [2020]
338 pages ; 24 cm
"Time Traveler's Wife meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind in a wondrous novel exploring the burdens of time, the endurance of love, and the timelessness of family. Just because life might be out of order, doesn't mean it's broken. It's new years eve 1982, and Oona Lockhart has her whole life before her. At the stroke of midnight she will turn nineteen, and the year ahead promises to be one of consequence. Should she go to London to study economics, or follow her heart and remain at home in Brooklyn to be with her boyfriend? As the countdown to the new year begins, Oona feels lightheaded, woozy, and it's not from the champagne. At the stroke of midnight Oona is torn from her life and everyone she loves, finding herself in her 51 year old body thirty-three years into the future. Greeted by a friendly stranger in a beautiful house she's told is her own, Oona learns that will with each passing year she will leap to another age at random. Still a young woman on the inside, but ever changing on the outside, who will she be next year? Philanthropist? Club kid? World traveler? Wife to a man she's never met? Hopping through decades, and a lifetime Oona Out of Order is a surprising, magical novel that explores the power of love, the bonds of family, and the wonders of life"-- Provided by publisher.

Iron master

February 26, 2020
Ashley, Jennifer, author.
260 pages ; 22 cm
Stuart Reid is an Iron Master--a Dark Fae with a rare ability to make iron do his bidding. Exiled by the High Fae who fear him, he now lives in a simple house in Shiftertown outside Las Vegas, watching over Peigi, a bear Shifter woman, and the cubs she cares for. Peigi, rescued from an evil Shifter and welcomed into the Vegas Shiftertown, knows Reid and the cubs have helped her survive and heal. She also knows Reid is alone and lonely, a strong man coping with his exile. The bond she feels pulling her to him scares the crud out of her--she's been down this road before. When Reid's people send him a desperate call for help, Peigi senses danger to him--too much of it. She finds she'll do anything, even sacrifice herself and her happiness, to keep him safe.

Aprila phula : upanyāsa

February 26, 2020
Ācārya, Kr̥shṇa, author.
Kāṭhamāḍaum̐ : Yūrekā Pablikeśana Prā. Li., 2075 [2018]
267 pages ; 18 cm


February 26, 2020
Koirālā, Aśvinī, author.
Kāṭhamāḍaum̐ : Buka-Hila Pablikesana, 2074 [2017]
295 pages ; 18 cm
Romantic novel.

Phāibha manths : upanyāsa

February 26, 2020
Pauḍela, Nimesha, author.
Kāṭhamāḍauṃ : Bulabula Pablikeśana Prā. Li., 2074 [2017]
201 pages ; 18 cm
Romantic novel.

This won't end well

February 26, 2020
Pagán, Camille, author.
287 pages ; 21 cm
"No new people: that's Annie Mercer's vow. It's bad enough that her boss sabotaged her chemistry career and her best friend tried to cure her with crystals. But after her fiancé, Jon, asks for space while he's gallivanting around Paris, Annie moves in with her mother in East Haven, Michigan, and decides she needs space too--from everyone. Yet when Harper moves in next door, Annie can't help but train a watchful eye on the glamorous but fragile young woman. And if keeping Harper safe requires teaming up with Mo, a maddeningly optimistic amateur detective, who is she to mind her own business? Soon Annie has let not one but two new people into her life. Then Jon reappears--and he wants her to join him in France. She's pretty sure letting anyone get close won't end well. So she must decide: Is another shot at happiness worth the risk?"--Provided by publisher.

You had me at wolf

February 26, 2020
Spear, Terry, author.
373 pages ; 17 cm.
Wolf shifters Blake Wolff and PI Josie Grayson team up to pursue a dangerous criminal, but as their pursuit heats up, Blake goes on a mission of his own.

Chasing Cassandra

February 25, 2020
Kleypas, Lisa, author.
266 pages ; 24 cm.
"Everything has a price...Railway magnate Tom Severin is wealthy and powerful enough to satisfy any desire as soon as it arises. Anything--or anyone--is his for the asking. It should be simple to find the perfect wife--and from his first glimpse of Lady Cassandra Ravenel, he's determined to have her. But the beautiful and quick-witted Cassandra is equally determined to marry for love--the one thing he can't give. Everything except her... Severin is the most compelling and attractive man Cassandra has ever met, even if his heart is frozen. But she has no interest in living in the fast-paced world of a ruthless man who always plays to win. When a newfound enemy nearly destroys Cassandra's reputation, Severin seizes the opportunity he's been waiting for. As always, he gets what he wants--or does he? There's one lesson Tom Severin has yet to learn from his new bride: Never underestimate a Ravenel. The chase for Cassandra's hand may be over. But the chase for her heart has only just begun..."--Publisher.

Calling on Quinn

February 24, 2020
Saffire, Blue, author.
348 pages ; 18 cm
"Quinn Blackheart is a private investigator, former cop, and no-nonsense, take-charge kind of guy who adores his sprawling Irish family. He likes to check all the boxes, and his niece's gorgeous driving instructor just earned a place at the top of his to-do list. Alicia Rhodes has had a tough, chaotic year, and she's ready to put the past behind her and find happiness in the present. When handsome Quinn Blackhart shows up at a driving lesson, she can see he's the very best kind of trouble--but is she game? Now isn't a great time to get involved with a man--even if he's the most romantic, supportive, understanding, magnificent man she's ever met. So between unfinished business of Alicia's, and a dangerous case threatening the Blackhart family, Quinn is determined to both woo Alicia and keep her safe--which is going to make for one wild, sexy ride" --

The seventh sun

February 24, 2020
Forbes, Lani, author.
Ashland, OR : Blackstone Publishing, 2020.
303 pages : map ; 24 cm
Thrust into leadership upon the death of his emperor father, young Prince Ahkin feels completely unready for his new position. Though his royal blood controls the power of the sun, he's now responsible for the lives of all the Chicome people. And despite all of Ahkin's efforts, the sun is fading--and the end of the world may be at hand. For Mayana, the only daughter of the Chicome family whose blood controls the power of water, the old emperor's death may mean that she is next.

Mermaid Inn

February 24, 2020
Holiday, Jenny (Romance author), author.
New York : Forever, 2020.
463 pages ; 18 cm
Includes novella: Meant to be / Alison Bliss.
"Eve Abbott has a problem--actually, make that a lot of problems. And they're all going to get worse the moment her toes hit the sand in Matchmaker Bay. Once a blissful summer escape, now the tiny town just reminds Eve of loss. Inheriting her aunt's beloved Mermaid Inn is the only reason Eve is coming back. She's definitely not ready to handle nosy neighbors, extensive renovations, or the discovery that a certain heartbreaker still lives down the street... Police Chief Sawyer Collins always does the right thing, even when it costs him everything. Like Evie. He's spent the past ten years trying to forget her--to forget how right she felt in his arms, to forget the pain in her eyes the day she left. The last thing he expects is to see her back in town or to find that the spark between them is as strong as ever. Sawyer knows this is his only chance to prove that his feelings have always been real... before Eve turns tail and leaves for good."--Publisher.

Two steps forward

February 24, 2020
Fisher, Suzanne Woods, author.
315 pages ; 22 cm.
Sequel to: Stitches in time.
Includes discussion questions and a sneak peak at the next story (title not given) in the Three Sisters Island series by Suzanne Woods Fisher.
Back and broke in Stoney Ridge, Jimmy Fisher has coasted through life on good looks and charm, but his smile has no effect on Sylvie Schrock King of Rising Star Farm. She's offered him a job because she's desperate for help on the farm, and because Jimmy understands horses like no one else. Jimmy is the son of Sylvie's neighbor Edith, who holds a serious grudge against Sylvie. While Jimmy's lazy smile and teasing ways steal Sylvie's heart, Edith is working on a way to claim her land.

In search of truth

February 24, 2020
Wray, Sharon, author.
433 pages : illustration ; 18 cm
"Anthropologist Allison Pinckney is stunned when she inherits the key to a seventeenth century pirate cipher that makes her the target of two brutal arms dealers. Now, to save those she loves, she must solve the cipher. With this perilous mission growing ever more dangerous, she reluctantly seeks help from ex-Green Beret Zack Tremaine, the one man she's been avoiding. Because if she gives into her long-buried feelings for him, it could cost them their lives. Zack Tremaine is haunted by regrets. Years ago, he betrayed his men and lost the only woman he ever loved. Now that his men are caught in a fierce rivalry between two deadly enemies, his only hope is to team up with Allison. She holds the secret to a pirate treasure, and he must take the chance to save his men and redeem his honor. Even if she breaks his heart...again."--Back cover.

Her boss's one-night baby

February 21, 2020
Lucas, Jennie, author.
256 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Her shocking Tokyo revelation: She's carrying his heir! When innocent Hana Everly tumbles into the arms of her billionaire boss Antonio Delacruz she knows it will be for just one night. Then she discovers she's pregnant! Hana knows all about the life this playboy leads. And it doesn't leave room for anyone else... Abandoned as a baby, Antonio decided early in life he'd never become a father. So Hana's bombshell, delivered amongst the cherry blossoms of Tokyo, seems impossible. But the undeniable proof awakens in Antonio a ruthless need to secure what's his...

A SEAL always wins

February 21, 2020
Castillo, Holly, author.
343 pages ; 18 cm.
"Elite Navy SEAL Enrique "Phantom" Ramirez is trained to expect the unexpected, but his growing feelings for brilliant horse trainer Elena Garcia catch him completely off guard. Phantom needs Elena's help to maintain his SEAL team's cover--more critical than ever now that they've identified a conspiracy of mysterious power brokers in both Mexico and the U.S. But how can he get her to train the ranch's quarter horses without revealing who he really is? And without revealing his need for this woman whose indomitable spirit has captured his heart..." --

Of curses and kisses

February 21, 2020
Menon, Sandhya, author.
361 pages : map ; 22 cm.
Series numbering from author web page.
When the loathsome Emerson clan steps up their centuries-old feud by targeting Jaya Rao's little sister, nothing will keep Jaya from exacting her revenge. Then Jaya finds out she will be attending the same elite boarding school as Grey Emerson, and she knows what she must do: Make Grey fall in love with her and break his heart. His Lordship Grey Emerson is doomed once he turns eighteen-- thanks to an ancient curse by a Rao matriarch. When Jaya Rao bursts into his life, he can't shake the feeling that she is hiding something. As the stars conspire to keep them apart, Jaya and Grey grapple with questions of love, loyalty, and whether it is possible to write your own happy ending.

Photos of you

February 21, 2020
Robinson, Tammy, 1976- author.
342 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published in 2019 by Piatkus in Great Britain.
Includes reading group guide.
"When Ava Green turns twenty-eight, she discovers this will be her last birthday. The cancer she thought she'd beaten three years ago is back, only this time it's terminal, and she's not going to waste any of the time she has left. There's one thing she's been dreaming of since she was a little girl: her wedding. There's only one problem. She doesn't have a groom. Ava's friends and family rally around her and decide they will help her throw the wedding of her dreams, just without the groom. As word spreads on social media, the wedding planning goes viral, attracting the attention of a prominent women's magazine. But when a photographer volunteers to help document the whole event, it becomes heartbreakingly clear that it's never too late to discover the love of your life"-- Provided by publisher.

Ignite on contact

February 21, 2020
Burton, Jaci, author.
New York : Jove, 2020.
307 pages ; 21 cm.
"Relationships. Firefighter Rafe Donovan avoids them whenever possible. He loves dating women, but he makes sure they know up front that he's in it for fun, great sex and nothing more. Fun. As an ER nurse and the official caretaker of her disabled grandfather, Carmen Lewis doesn't have time for fun. But Rafe has been there for Carmen-and her grandfather-time and again, and he's clearly interested in her. She knows he's a player, but she's tempted by his charm and incredible body. And maybe a little fun isn't a bad thing, as long as she keeps her heart away from the fiery game she's enjoying with a very hot man. Love. It doesn't take Rafe long to realize that until now he's only been playing at romance. With Carmen he feels searing passion and heart-tugging emotion for the first time. Now he has to convince Carmen that what they have together is the real deal"-- Provided by publisher.

For the sake of a Scottish rake

February 20, 2020
Bradley, Anna (Romance fiction writer), author.
New York : Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing Corp., 2020.
251 pages ; 22 cm.
After a sheltered upbringing, Lady Lucinda Sutcliffe is finally embarking on her first season, eager to experience everything she's missed. When Lucy realizes that her uncle plans to quickly marry her off in exchange for a slice of her fortune, she begs a favor of a new acquaintance, Ciaran Ramsey. If Lucy remains single until she turns twenty-one, she--and her money--will be out of her uncle's power. All the charming Scot needs to do is woo her for six weeks, and then jilt her... The Ramseys don't need the scandal of a false engagement attached to their name. But Lucy's older suitor is both distasteful and dangerous, and Ciaran can't allow his lovely friend to be forced to marry such a man. And besides, the more time Ciaran spends with his new "betrothed," the more their ruse begins to feel very much like the real thing. Passion like this is impossible to feign, but how much is a rogue willing to risk for love?

Love, unscripted : a novel

February 18, 2020
Nicholls, Owen, author.
New York : Ballantine Books, 2020.
343 pages ; 20 cm
Originally published in Great Britain in 2019 by Headline Review, an imprint of the Headline Publishing Group.
"Peppered with references to beloved movies, Love, Unscripted explores how even a hopeless romantic can learn that in real life, love isn't, and shouldn't be, like what we see in the movies"--Provided by publisher.

Sisters by choice

February 18, 2020
Mallery, Susan, author.
392 pages ; 24 cm
Includes reader discussion guide" with questions.
"After her cat toy empire goes up in flames, Sophie Lane returns to Blackberry Island, determined to rebuild. Until small-town life reveals a big problem: she can't grow unless she learns to let go. If Sophie relaxes her grip even a little, she might lose everything. Or she might finally be free to reach for the happiness and love that have eluded her for so long.Kristine has become defined by her relationship to others. She's a wife, a mom. As much as she adores her husband and sons, she wants something for herself - a sweet little bakery just off the waterfront. She knew changing the rules wouldn't be easy, but she never imagined she might have to choose between her marriage and her dreams. Like the mainland on the horizon, Heather's goals seem beyond her grasp. Every time she manages to save for college, her mother has another crisis. Can she break free, or will she be trapped in this tiny life forever?"--Publisher

Arrow heart

February 18, 2020
Sky, Rebecca, author.
342 pages ; 20 cm
The gods are gone. The people have forgotten them. But sixteen-year-old Rachel Patel can't forget - the gods control her life, or more specifically, her love life. Being a Hedoness, one of a strong group of women descended from Greek God Eros, makes true love impossible for Rachel. She wields the power of that magical golden arrow, and with it, the promise to take the will of any boy she kisses. But the last thing Rachel wants is to force someone to love her ... When seventeen-year-old Benjamin Blake's disappearance links back to the Hedonesses, Rachel's world collides with his, and her biggest fear becomes a terrifying reality. She's falling for him - a messy, magnetic, arrow-over-feet type of fall. Rachel distances herself, struggling to resist the growing attraction, but when he gives up his dream to help her evade arrest, distance becomes an insurmountable task. With the police hot on their trail, Rachel soon realises there are darker forces hunting them - a group of mortals recruited by the gods who will stop at nothing to preserve the power of the Hedonesses - not to mention Eros himself, who is desperate to reverse the curse ...

An inconvenient duke

February 18, 2020
Harrington, Anna (Romance fiction writer), author.
379 pages ; 17 cm
Series information from author's website.
"Marcus Braddock, former general and newly appointed Duke of Hampton, is back from war. Now, not only is he surrounded by the utterly unbearable ton, he's mourning the death of his beloved sister, Elise. Marcus believes his sister's death wasn't an accident, and he's determined to learn the truth--starting with Danielle Williams, his sister's beautiful best friend. Danielle is keeping deadly secrets of her own. She has dedicated her life to a charity that helps abused women--the same charity Elise was working for the night she died. When Danielle's work puts her life in danger, Marcus comes to her rescue. But Danielle may not be the one in need of rescuing ..." --Publisher.

Yes no maybe so

February 17, 2020
Albertalli, Becky, author.
New York, NY : Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2020]
436 pages ; 22 cm
Jamie Goldberg, who chokes when speaking to strangers, and Maya Rehrman, who is having the worst Ramadan ever, are paired to knock on doors and ask for votes for the local state senate candidate.

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