New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

May 24, 2018
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

My kind of Christmas

May 23, 2018
Dailey, Janet, author.
234 pages ; 22 cm
Travis Morgan is not crazy about moving back to Branding Iron, Texas, to run an abandoned ranch he inherited, until he meets the town's sweetly stubborn mayor, Maggie Delaney.

Where hope begins

May 23, 2018
West, Catherine (Catherine J.), author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2018]
ix, 355 pages ; 22 cm
"In the aftermath of her husband's act of adultery and abandonment, Savannah must finally face the ghosts that haunt her and discover for herself whether authentic faith, grace, and ultimate healing really do exist. When her husband of twenty-one years leaves her, Savannah Barrington believes she's lost almost everything she's ever loved. With her daughter in college and her son in boarding school, Savannah retreats to her parents' lake house in the Berkshires, where hope and healing come in the form of an old woman's wisdom, a little girl's laughter, a touch of magic, and a handsome man who's willing to risk his own heart to prove she's still worth loving. But when her husband asks to reconcile, Savannah is faced with the hardest challenge of all: Forgiving the unforgivable. Somehow she must find freedom from the chains of their past and move forward, or face an unknown future without him"-- Provided by publisher.

Always never yours

May 23, 2018
Wibberley, Emily, author.
New York, New York : Penguin Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, 2018.
336 pages ; 22 cm
Between rehearsals for the school play and managing her divided family, seventeen-year-old Megan meets aspiring playwright Owen Okita, who agrees to help her attract the attention of a cute stagehand in exchange for help writing his new script.

From Twinkle, with love

May 22, 2018
Menon, Sandhya, author.
330 pages ; 22 cm
Told through letters, aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra learns a lesson about love while directing a movie for the Midsummer Night arts festival, in which her longtime crush and his twin brother are also participating.

All the little lights

May 22, 2018
McGuire, Jamie, author.
412 pages ; 21 cm.
"Both Elliott and Catherine feel like outcasts, yet they find an easy friendship with each other. But when Catherine needs him most, Elliott is forced to leave town. Elliott finally returns, but he and Catherine are now different people. He's a star high school athlete, and she spends all her free time working at her mother's mysterious bed-and-breakfast. Catherine hasn't forgiven Elliott for abandoning her, but he's determined to win back her friendship...and her heart. Just when Catherine is ready to fully trust Elliott, he becomes the prime suspect in a local tragedy. Despite the town's growing suspicions, Catherine clings to her love for Elliott. But a devastating secret that Catherine has buried could destroy whatever chance of happiness they have left." -- Back cover.

Hester takes charge

May 22, 2018
Byler, Linda, author.
388 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes glossary.
Hester, the Native American who was rescued as an infant by an Amish couple, now lives in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. She shares a house with Bappie King, another Amish woman, living their independent lives in the fast-growing mid-18th-century city. Bappie runs a highly successful stand at the downtown farmers market; Hester is Bappie's assistant when she isn't out in the city nursing desperately sick children and their impoverished parents with her tinctures, teas, and rubs. And then one day, Noah comes back; Noah, the first child born to Hans and Kate Zug, the Amish couple who had welcomed Hester during their childless years. Both Hester and Noah are refugees from this Amish family gone awry.

My so-called Bollywood life

May 21, 2018
Sharma, Nisha, 1985- author.
New York : Crown Books for Young Readers, 2018.
296 pages ; 22 cm
Betrayed by Raj, who she thought she was fated to marry, seventeen-year-old Winnie Mehta teams with fellow film fan Dev to get her life back on track and find her true soul mate.

Airports, exes, and other things I'm over

May 21, 2018
Petroff, Shani, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2018.
216 pages ; 22 cm
After Sari caught her boyfriend Zev cheating on her, their romantic Florida vacation was ruined. She can't get back to NYC soon enough. Unfortunately, Mother Nature has different plans. Sari's stuck at the airport for hours. With Zev! Another stranded passenger suggests a connecting flight to Boston. Sari jumps at the chance-- and so does Zev. Can Sari survive being trapped with the guy who broke her heart?

Father of the bride

May 21, 2018
Delinsky, Barbara, author.
110 pages ; 23 cm
"First published in 1991 in the USA in mass market format only"--Title page verso.
"A scandalous divorce years ago means Cynthia Bauer dreads seeing her ex-husband, Russ Shaw. But when Diane, their only daughter, gets engaged, she's adamant she wants her father to give her away at her wedding, despite Cynthia's objections. So, after twenty-five years, Russ is returning to town, determined to do just that. There's no way Cynthia and Russ can avoid each other, but could it be that staying away from one another is the last thing either of them really wants?"--Book jacket

The summer of new beginnings : a Magnolia Grove novel

May 21, 2018
Crosby, Bette Lee, author.
269 pages ; 21 cm
"Aspiring journalist Meghan Briggs has always been the responsible one in the family. So when her father passes away unexpectedly, leaving behind his at-risk business, she steps up to save his legacy - even if that means putting her own dreams on hold. Tracy couldn't be more different from her sister. She's always been the rebellious type, without much direction in life. But in the wake of her latest romantic disaster, she finds herself moving back home as a single mother. As Tracy experiences the difficulties of new motherhood, Meghan faces her own struggle: trying not to fall for the stray puppy she rescued. This is no time for attachments-not to the adorable "Sox" whose owner is bound to turn up any day, and certainly not to the handsome new vet in town. But as the summer unfolds, she discovers that, like Sox, she may need rescuing, too. As both sisters navigate unexpected challenges and exciting new relationships, they'll find that putting the past to rest can make way for beautiful new beginnings."--Provided by publisher.

Lisette's Paris notebook

May 18, 2018
Bateson, Catherine, 1960- author.
285 pages : illustrations, map ; 20 cm.
What do you wear to Paris? Ami and I discussed it for hours but I still couldn't think of anything suitable. Ami said a trench coat with nothing underneath but your best underwear. That was only if some boy was meeting you at the airport, I said...Eighteen-year-old Lisette has just arrived in Paris (France!) - the city of haute couture and all things stylish - to practise her French and see great works of art. Her clairvoyant landlady Madame Christophe forces her to attend language lessons with a bunch of international students but soon Lise discovers she's more interested in studying boys than art or verbs .....When the undeniably hot Anders jogs into her life it feels too good to be true. Things get even more complicated when she is pursued by Hugo, a charming English antiques dealer...Can she take a chance and follow her own dreams? How far into the future can Madame Christophe see? And could Lise really be falling in love - in Paris?

The game can't love you back

May 18, 2018
Cozzo, Karole, author.
312 pages ; 22 cm
Eve is used to being the odd woman out. As the only girl on her school's baseball team, she knows exactly how to put sweaty, macho baseball players in their place, and she's learned to focus on one thing and one thing only--being the best pitcher she can be. But when a freak accident forces her school to be absorbed by the neighboring town, Eve has to contend with a new group of guys who aren't used to having a woman on their team. And the new team's star pitcher, Jamie, has no interest in being ousted from his throne. He can't afford to give up his starting slot to a new pitcher--especially to a girl. As the competition between Jamie and Eve starts to heat up, so does their attraction to each other. Can they keep their heads in the game, or will they end up getting played? -- netgalley.

Hot asset

May 18, 2018
Layne, Lauren, author.
260 pages ; 21 cm
Ian Bradley is the definition of a Wall Street hotshot: seven-figure salary, designer suits, and a corner office. His drive off the floor is just as potent. Every woman who knows him has felt the rush. But now he's met his match in Lara McKenzie--a woman with the power to bring Ian to his knees. An ambitious, whip-smart daughter of FBI agents, Lara is a rising star in fighting white-collar crime. Her latest case--the investigation of Ian Bradley for insider trading--could make her career. She knows a scoundrel when she sees one. Ian fits the bill: a cocky, ridiculously handsome bad boy with a slick swagger. She'll do anything to prove he's guilty. He'll do anything to prove he's not. But it's only a matter of time before their fierce battle of wits gets oh so hot and personal. Now, taking down Ian has become more than business for Lara. It's become a pleasure--and there's more at risk than she ever dreamed.

Billionaire's bride for revenge

May 18, 2018
Smart, Michelle, author.
Toronto, ON : Harlequin Presents, 2018.
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print" -- Cover.
"Book 1 of Rings of Vengeance"--Back cover.
"Billionaire Benjamin has the ultimate plan for vengeance on those who betrayed him: steal his enemy's fiancée, Freya, and marry her himself. It's meant to be a convenient arrangement, yet the cool, collected prima ballerina ignites a passion in his blood! There's nothing remotely convenient about the red-hot pleasures of their wedding night-- and Benjamin is tempted to make Freya his for more than revenge..."--Back cover.

River's Bend

May 18, 2018
Ross, JoAnn, author.
334 pages ; 21 cm.
Welcome to River's Bend, Oregon's most western town where spurs have a job to do and cowboy hats aren't a fashion accessory. Rachel Hathaway was living a fairy tale when she learned the hard way that fairy tales never warn you that the prince could die of a perforated ulcer, the creditors could end up with the castle, and it could be back to the ashes for Cinderella. With her storybook marriage shattered, Rachel vows to never, ever, risk her heart again. No stranger to personal tragedy, Sheriff Cooper Murphy knows about starting over. When Rachel arrives in River's Bend to begin a new life with her young son, he realizes that the love-shy single mother is just the woman he's been waiting for. Although he wants to throw her over his shoulder and carry her off into the western sunset, Cooper knows that he'll have to be patient, move slow, if he wants to convince Rachel to believe in their own Happily Ever After.

The way you make me feel

May 17, 2018
Goo, Maurene, author.
New York : Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2018.
323 pages ; 22 cm
A Junior Library Guild selection.
Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. Not the carefree summer Clara had imagined. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad's business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

The handsome girl & her beautiful boy

May 17, 2018
Gottfred, B. T., author.
420 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Everyone, including Zee's classmates, gym buddies, and even her so-called best friend assume that she is a lesbian. Everyone who takes a look at Art's nice clothes and pretty face assume that he is gay. But there is more to Zee and Art than anyone realizes. What develops is a powerful connection between two people who are beautiful in all the ways they've been told are strange. As they explore their own complex relationships to gender, sexuality, and identity, they fall for the complexities they find in each other, and learn about love and living authentically.

Blackmailed by the Greek's vows

May 17, 2018
Pammi, Tara. author.
252 pages ; 18 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Valentina has always believed in the longing that consumes her and her husband Kairos - until her devastating discovery that their marriage is a cold-hearted business deal. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she refuses to remain bound to the ruthless Greek. But before granting a divorce Kairos demands she play his adoring wife again. And when their intense fire is reignited Valentina is at the mercy of her own desire...

Claiming his pregnant innocent

May 17, 2018
Cox, Maggie, author.
251 pages ; 17 cm.
When Lily meets the landlord threatening to evict her, she doesn't expect gorgeous tycoon Bastian Carrera! Heated antagonism leads to an extraordinarily sensual encounter, and shocking consequences. To claim his child--and the woman with whom he found such bliss--Bastian demands Lily meet him at the altar. But with only his ring to give, can she ever truly be his?

Da Rocha's convenient heir

May 17, 2018
Graham, Lynne, 1956- author.
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Tycoon Zac's wedding to innocent waitress Freddie is pure convenience. Dark-hearted Zac will help keep Freddie's family together, if she provides him with a Da Rocha baby! He's confident their insatiable passion will soon burn out. But when Freddie falls pregnant, Zac realizes he craves more than just an heir. He wants to keep Freddie in their marriage bed--forever!

A diamond deal with her boss

May 17, 2018
Williams, Cathy, author.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Personal assistant Abby's newest assignment, as her sexy boss Gabriel's fake fiancée, sends her heart rate rocketing. And that's before Abby experiences the heady sensuality of his response! She cannot resist the temptation of a burning hot, short-term affair. But when the heat between them threatens to undo her, Abby must decide if she can share her body--and soul--with Gabriel...

Kidnapped for his royal duty

May 17, 2018
Porter, Jane, author.
217 pages ; 17 cm
"Larger print"--Cover.
When desert Prince Dal's convenient bride is stolen he must find a replacement - immediately. Suddenly shy secretary Poppy is kidnapped by her merciless boss and whisked away to his kingdom. She's shocked to find herself willingly surrendering to his expert seduction! But when it becomes clear that Dal has more than pleasure in mind, will Poppy be persuaded to accept his royal proposal?

Nothing happened

May 16, 2018
Booth, Molly, author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, 2018.
325 pages ; 22 cm.
Bee and Hana Leonato have lived their whole lives at Camp Dogberry. Their parents own the place, and every summer they look forward to leading little campers in crafts, swimming in the lake, and of course, throwing legendary counselor parties. This year Bee and longtime counselor Ben have a will-they-or-won't-they romance that's complicated by events that happened-- or didn't happen-- last summer. Meanwhile, Hana is falling hard for the kind but insecure Claudia, putting them both in the crosshairs of resident troublemaker John, who spreads a vicious rumor that could tear them apart. At the Fourth of July sparkler party, will the all find the courage to untangle the truth?

A theory of love : a novel

May 16, 2018
Thornton, Margaret Bradham, author.
New York, NY : Ecco, [2018]
275 pages ; 24 cm
"A follow-up to her successful debut Charleston, the perfect summer novel from Margaret Thornton--an honest, moving love story set in the glamorous landscapes of the rich and powerful"-- Provided by publisher.

The secret ingredient for a happy marriage

May 16, 2018
Jump, Shirley, 1968- author.
New York : Forever, 2018.
387 pages ; 21 cm
Includes preview of 'The Perfect Recipe for Love and Friendship' (pg. 369-379) and Reading Group Guide Discussion questions (pg. 383-386).
Nora has always been the sister who binds the O'Bannons together. No matter what crisis hits, smart, dependable Nora knows how to fix it. But for Nora, the pressure of perfection is taking its toll. Nora's marriage is in trouble and she has been reluctant to worry her sisters with just how dire her situation is. Now, though, faced with losing her husband, her home, and the life she's worked so hard to build, Nora can no longer pretend. As the O'Bannon women rally around her, Nora begins to see that failure is nothing to fear. It's like they say in the bakery: If you want to make something good, you can't be afraid to get messy. When her husband returns, asking Nora to give their family a second chance, Nora must decide if their relationship can be saved or if it's time to throw out the old recipe and start from scratch.

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