New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

August 24, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Wait for you

August 23, 2016
Lynn, J.
©2013
374 pages ; 21 cm
"Some things are worth waiting for ... Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years ago--an event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybe--please God--make a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didn't need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future she's building for herself. Some things are worth experiencing ... Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple that's just so ... so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed. Some things should never be kept quiet ... But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, she's has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her? And some things are worth fighting for.."-- Provided by publisher.

The forbidden prince

August 19, 2016
Roberts, Alison, 1956- author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2016.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
The clock is ticking for Prince Raoul de Poitier--he has been granted one month of freedom before he must marry and assume the crown. Temporarily setting aside his royal identity, he heads to gorgeous Italy, where he meets captivating Mika Gordon. Street kid turned photographer Mika doesn't trust easily. But seemingly ordinary Raoul challenges her to open up. Their whirlwind fling can only ever be a perfect holiday romance until Mika discovers that she is carrying the next heir to the throne!

The wish

August 19, 2016
Lewis, Beverly, 1949- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2016]
326 pages ; 23 cm
Leona Speicher got the "sister" she'd always dreamed of the day Gloria Gingerich and her family moved to Lancaster County Amish farmland. The Arkansas newcomers seem to be everything a devout Plain family should be, and Leona can't help comparing Gloria's engaging young parents to her own. Leona's cousin shows a romantic interest in Gloria around the same time as Gloria's older brother expresses his fondness for Leona--it seems likely the two young women will marry into each other's families, remaining close friends for life. Thus, Leona is shocked when the Gingeriches suddenly pack up and disappear after being expelled from the church for reasons no one will discuss. Despite Leona's pleas, Gloria goes with them, leaving more than one broken heart behind.

Free Fridays

August 19, 2016
Tucker, Pat (Novelist), author.
New York : Strebor Books, 2016.
247 pages ; 21 cm
At head of title: Zane presents.
Celebrating their eighth wedding anniversary, Leela and Riley witness the divorces of some of their closest friends before agreeing to an open marriage, an arrangement that has unanticipated consequences.

Luck, love & lemon pie

August 19, 2016
Reichert, Amy E., 1974- author.
©2016
299 pages ; 21 cm
"When Milwaukee wife and mother M.J. Boudreaux realizes that her husband Chris seems more interested in spending time at the casino than he does with her, she seeks out an activity that they can do together to reignite their flame, and it seems that poker is her best bet. Although it doesn't give her the quality time with Chris that she'd hoped, M.J. finds she has a natural knack for the game. Increasingly unhappy at home, she turns to the felt of the poker table for escape. As she spends more time at the tables and less with her family, freedom becomes intoxicating and starts to fill a hole in MJ's life she didn't realize was there. For the first time in years, she's carving out a place for herself outside her roles of wife and mother. After winning a poker tournament, M.J. finds herself enjoying a trip to Vegas, living the life of a poker hotshot-drinking, dancing, and attracting the attention of a certain magnetic poker star. But when she's forced to choose between her family and her new glamorous lifestyle, M.J. realizes the stakes may be higher than she thought"--Provided by publisher.

The virgin and the viscount

August 19, 2016
Michaels, Charis, author.
[New York, NY] : Avon Impulse, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
379 pages ; 18 cm
The bachelor lords of London --Cover.
Lady Elisabeth Hamilton-Baythes has a painful secret. At fifteen, she was abducted by highwaymen and sold to a brothel. But two days later, she was rescued by a young lord, a man she's never forgotten. Now, she's devoted herself to save other innocents from a similar fate. Bryson Courtland, Viscount Rainsleigh never breaks the rules. Well, once, but that was a long time ago. He's finally escaped his unhappy past to become one of the wealthiest nobleman in Britain. The last thing he needs to complete his ideal life? A perfectly proper wife. When Bryson and Elisabeth meet, he sees only a flawless candidate for his future wife. But a distant memory calls to him every time he's with her. Elisabeth knows she's not the wife Bryson needs, and he is the only person who has the power to reveal her secret. But neither can resist the devastating pull of attraction and as the truth comes to light, they must discover that an improper love is the truest of all.

Ėffekt nedostignutoĭ t︠se︡li

August 18, 2016
|6880-01 Kogan, Tatʹi︠an︡a (Tatʹi︠an︡a Vasilʹevna), author.
©2016
314 pages ; 21 cm
|6880-05 Harded professional, just working for his fee, Ruslan is hired to find a manical killer at a small resort town. In an attempt to earn the trust of local residents, Ruslan begins an affair with Lika, the mistress of the "Rabbit Hole" café, but quite unexpectedly falls in love for real, and now his investigation is compromised.

Isterichka : Postelʹ - ėto edinstvennoe mesto, gde cheloveka mozhno uznatsʹ za pi︠at︡nadt︠sa︡tʹ minut

August 18, 2016
|6880-01 Krit︠s︡kai︠a︡, Irina, author.
©2016
313 pages ; 20 cm

Falling for the secret millionaire

August 17, 2016
Hardy, Kate, 1966-
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, 2016.
250 p. ; 17 cm.
Nicole Thomas would much rather be working than dating! Nursing a bruised heart after her ex's betrayal, she's focusing all her energy on making her dream of running an independent cinema come true. Her only distraction is the man she's been chatting with online...

Close to you : a Fusion novel

August 17, 2016
Proby, Kristen, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
302 pages ; 21 cm.
"Since the day she met Landon Palazzo, Camilla LaRue, part owner of the wildly popular restaurant Seduction, has been head-over-heels in love. Her puppy love at five years old only grew stronger as she grew older. And when Landon joined the Navy right after high school, Cami thought her heart would never recover. But she did, and all these years later, she's managed to not only survive, but thrive. Now, Landon is back and he looks better than ever..."-- Provided by publisher.

Divorce is in the air : a novel

August 17, 2016
Torné de la Guardia, Gonzalo, 1976- author.
New York, New York : Knopf, 2016.
301 pages ; 24 cm
"The American debut of a highly acclaimed young Spanish writer: a darkly funny, acerbic novel about love -- and the end of love -- and how hard it can be to let go. There's a lot about Joan-Marc that his estranged second wife doesn't know -- but which he now sets out to tell her. He begins with the failure of his first marriage to an American woman named Helen, describing a vacation they took in a last-ditch attempt to salvage their once-passionate romance. The recollection of this il--fated trip triggers in him a series of flashbacks through which he narrates his life story, hopscotching between Barcelona and Madrid. Starting from pivotal moments in his childhood -- his earliest sexual encounters, his father's suicide, his mother's emotional decline--he moves through the years to the origin of his relationship with Helen and the circumstances surrounding its deterioration. The result is a provocative exploration of memory, nostalgia, romance, the ways in which the past takes hold-- a powerful portrait of a man struggling with his illusions about life and love"-- Provided by publisher.

Saffire : a novel

August 17, 2016
Brouwer, Sigmund, 1959- author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : WaterBrook Press, 2016.
327 pages : map ; 21 cm
"I reminded myself that once you start to defend someone, it's difficult to find a place to stop. But I went ahead and took that first step anyway. For President Teddy Roosevelt, controlling the east-west passage between two oceans mattered so much that he orchestrated a revolution to control it. His command was to 'let the dirt fly' and for years, the American Zone of the Panama Canal mesmerized the world, working in uneasy co-existence with the Panamanian aristocrats. It's in this buffered Zone where, in 1909, James Holt takes that first step to protect a mulatto girl named Saffire, expecting a short and simple search for her mother. Instead it draws him away from safety, into a land haunted by a history of pirates, gold runners, and plantation owners, all leaving behind ghosts of their interwoven desires sins and ambitions, ghosts that create the web of deceit and intrigue of a new generation of revolutionary politics. It will also bring him together with a woman who will change his course or bring an end to it. A love story set within a historical mystery, Saffire is brings to vibrant life the most impressive and embattled engineering achievement of the twentieth-century"-- Provided by publisher.

Guy novel

August 17, 2016
Ryan, Michael, 1946- author.
Sag Harbor, NY : The Permanent Press, [2016]
263 pages ; 23 cm

The highlander

August 17, 2016
Byrne, Kerrigan, author.
New York : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2016.
358 pages ; 17 cm
Can the fiercest master of battle conquer a woman's heart? They call him the Demon Highlander. The fearsome Lieutenant Colonel Liam MacKenzie is known for his superhuman strength, towering presence, and fiery passion in the heat of battle. As Laird to the MacKenzie clan, the undefeated Marquess has vanquished his foes with all rage and wrath of his barbaric Highland ancestors. But when an English governess arrives to care for his children, the master of war finds himself up against his greatest opponent. . . in the game of love.

A season of ruin

August 17, 2016
Bradley, Anna (Romance fiction writer)
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2016.
294 pages ; 17 cm.
When faced with a scandal that could destroy her hopes of marriage to a respectable gentleman, Lily Somerset must convince Robyn Sutherland to be her escort for the season in an attempt to repair her tattered reputation.

First star I see tonight

August 16, 2016
Phillips, Susan Elizabeth, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
370 pages ; 24 cm
Discovered by the former quarterback she was hired to tail, detective Piper Dove pretends to be the athlete's stalker and is subsequently hired as his bodyguard, an arrangement threatened by their growing chemistry.

The hating game

August 16, 2016
Thorne, Sally, 1981- author.
©2016
374 pages ; 21 cm
"For Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman, executive assistants to the CEOs of newly merged Bexley-Gamin Publishing, it's hate-at-first-sight. So begins a series of daily passive-aggressive maneuvers, including the staring game, the mirror game, and the HR game, each played with the intensity of the Hunger Games. Their mutual antipathy grows when a new executive position opens at Bexley-Gamin, and both their bosses put their names up for the promotion. Then, the high-stakes games begin! After another 60-hour work week, Lucy logs off her computer and hops on the elevator to head home, as does Joshua. When Joshua hits the emergency button and stops the ride, Lucy is certain her nemesis is going to kill her. Instead, he plants a kiss on her, and Lucy begins to wonder if she really does hate Joshua after all, or if this is yet another game." -- adapted from Kirkus Reviews.

Angel Creek

August 16, 2016
Howard, Linda, 1950-
New York : Pocket Books, 2014, c1991.
329 pages ; 18 cm
Ever since her father died, Dee Swann has held on to Angel Creek Valley, then Lucas Cochan returned, determined to acquire angel Creek.

The first wife : a tale of polygamy

August 15, 2016
Chiziane, Paulina, 1955- author.
©2016
494 pages ; 17 cm
In this, a ground-breaking publication in the canon of non-Western women's literary history, Paulina Chiziani -- the first woman from Mozambique ever to publish a novel -- lifts the lid on her country's values and its hypocracies. After 20 years of marriage, Rami discovers that her husband has been living a double -- or rather, a quintuple -- life. After Tony is forced to marry the four other women -- as well as an additional lover -- according to polygamist custom, the rival lovers join together to declare their voices and demand their rights.

The selfless act

August 15, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
©2016
123 pages ; 20 cm.
Businessman Joel Byler who has gotten himself into a financial bind and his eccentric, wealthy Amish father who is done bailing out his spoiled son. When will Joel learn he most pay for his own mistakes and at what cost to his business, his fiancée, and his Amish siblings?

The matchmakers of Minnow Bay : a novel

August 15, 2016
Harms, Kelly, author.
©2016
280 pages ; 24 cm
"A young painter, Lily has reached a crossroads in her life. Her career hasn't taken off, her best friend may no longer be the trusted friend she thought, her boyfriend is a disappointment, and now she can't keep up with the rising cost of living in the city. With no one to turn to, Lily is forced to move from her beloved apartment, but while packing she comes across a piece of mail that had slipped to the back of her junk drawer: a letter detailing further action needed to finalize the annulment of a quickie Vegas wedding. Ten years ago! Lily decides it's time to turn over a new leaf and the first item on her list of things to fix is getting the annulment..."-- Provided by publisher.

Furious rush

August 12, 2016
Stephens, S. C., author.
New York : Forever, 2016.
x, 370 pages ; 20 cm
"Addicting and heart pounding--you won't be able to put it down until you've devoured every word." -- Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling author on Untamed...The first in an emotion-fueled, New Adult series from the #1 bestselling author of the Thoughtless novels -- Too fast, too furious-and way too hot to handle, Mackenzie Cox has a lot to prove. Daughter of a racing legend, she is eager to show the world that she has inherited her father's talent in the male-dominated sport of professional motorcycle racing. The last thing Kenzie needs is to be antagonized by her rival team's newest rider, Hayden Hayes. Plucked from the world of illegal street racing, Hayden immediately gets under Kenzie's skin. His insinuations that Kenzie is a spoiled princess who was handed her career fuels her desire to win, and much to her surprise, Kenzie soon learns she performs better when she's racing against Hayden. As Kenzie and Hayden push each other on the track, the electric energy between them off the track shifts into an intense--and strictly forbidden--attraction. The only rule between their two ultra-competitive teams is zero contact. Kenzie always does her best to play by the rules, but when her team slips into a financial crisis, she has no choice but to turn to Hayden for help. The tension simmers during their secret, late-night rendezvous, but Kenzie has too much to lose to give in to her desires. Especially when she begins to doubt that Hayden has completely left his street life behind.."-- Provided by publisher.

Bound by the unborn baby

August 11, 2016
Bucannon, Bella.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin Books ; 2016.
250 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print" --Back cover.
Surrogacy is the closest Alina Fletcher dares get to motherhood. But when she must tell tycoon Ethan James she's carrying his late sister's child, his solution takes her breath away - a temporary marriage of convenience for the baby's sake!

Secrets of Nanreath Hall

August 11, 2016
Rickloff, Alix, author.
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, 2016.
391 pages, 10 pages ; 21 cm
"This incredible debut historical novel--in the tradition of Beatriz Williams and Jennifer Robson--tells the fascinating story of a young mother who flees her home on the rocky cliffs of Cornwall and the daughter who finds her way back, seeking answers. Cornwall, 1940. Back in England after the harrowing evacuation at Dunkirk, WWII Red Cross nurse Anna Trenowyth is shocked to learn her adoptive parents Graham and Prue Handley have been killed in an air raid. She desperately needs their advice as she's been assigned to the military hospital that has set up camp inside her biological mother's childhood home--Nanreath Hall. Anna was just six-years-old when her mother, Lady Katherine Trenowyth, died. All she has left are vague memories that tease her with clues she can't unravel. Anna's assignment to Nanreath Hall could be the chance for her to finally become acquainted with the family she's never known--and to unbury the truth and secrets surrounding her past. Cornwall, 1913. In the luxury of pre-WWI England, Lady Katherine Trenowyth is expected to do nothing more than make a smart marriage and have a respectable life. When Simon Halliday, a bohemian painter, enters her world, Katherine begins to question the future that was so carefully laid out for her. Her choices begin to lead her away from the stability of her home and family toward a wild existence of life, art, and love. But as everything begins to fall apart, Katherine finds herself destitute and alone. As Anna is drawn into her newfound family's lives and their tangled loyalties, she discovers herself at the center of old heartbreaks and unbearable tragedies, leaving her to decide if the secrets of the past are too dangerous to unearth

Can I see you again?

August 11, 2016
Morgan, Allison, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
374 pages ; 21 cm
"From the author of The Someday Jar comes a witty and warm novel about a matchmaker who's an expert at matters of the heart--except when it comes to her own... Matchmaker Bree Caxton has a 98% success rate, a book about to hit the stands, and an amazing boyfriend. Until, that is, he gets cold feet about their future and runs from their relationship. Afraid no one will buy a book on love from a woman whose love life is a mess, Bree begs her one matchmaking failure, Nixon Voss, to pose as her boyfriend. But when they become a hit with readers, they must carry on their charade just a little longer. Fortunately, they're both having fun... But then Bree's ex decides he wants her back and a newspaper presents a challenge that could expose the truth about her rocky love life. Now she must find the courage to embrace what is, or risk losing something much bigger than her reputation: her heart.."-- Provided by publisher.

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