New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

May 26, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Just a little Christmas

May 25, 2017
Dailey, Janet, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, 2017.
234 pages ; 22 cm
Ellie Marsden couldn't wait to shake the dust of Branding Iron, Texas, off her heels and chase after bright lights, big city, and a wealthy husband. Now she's come home, divorced, a little disillusioned, and a whole lot pregnant. Leave it to her one-time high school sweetheart, cattle rancher Jubal McFarland, to point out that citified Ellie is as out of place in small-town Texas as her teacup poodle. So why is there something about being back - and being with Jubal - that feels surprisingly right?

Chemistry : a novel

May 25, 2017
Wang, Weike, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
211 pages ; 21 cm.
"A novel about a young Chinese woman whose graduate studies in chemistry go off track and lead her to discover the truths about her goals and desires"--Provided by publisher.

True as fate

May 25, 2017
Eakes, Laurie Alice, author.
[United States] : Waterfall Press, [2017]
350 pages ; 21 cm
"Lady Chloe Ashford detests going to balls, loathes social pretense, and finds the very idea of hunting for a husband obscene. But she has an even more scandalous secret: she once helped an American--the enemy--escape from Dartmoor Prison. Now, nearly three years later, Ross Trenerry is back--and in trouble again. So is her traitorous heart. He doesn't know she's the one responsible for sending him to a second prison, and she has no intention of telling him. A former privateer, Ross has finally run out of his legendary luck. Only one woman lies between him and freedom. He desperately needs Chloe's help to prove he hasn't committed treason, but he's distracted by the passion that flares between them. They set out on a cross-country adventure together to prove Ross's innocence, but peril soon dogs their heels. As they race to reach their appointed rendezvous on time, they must fight their growing attraction and focus on discovering who is behind this deadly plot. Will they finally admit their love and put the pieces together before it's too late?" --Back cover.

Just one touch : a slow burn novel

May 25, 2017
Banks, Maya, author.
©2017
342 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: With Every Breath.
"Raised in a strict religious cult since she was a young girl, Jenna has no connection to the outside world beyond vague flashes of memory that seem to be from another life. Memories she clings to when the cult leaders discover her extraordinary ability to heal--and punish her. Years held captive and forced to do the cult's bidding have turned Jenna into a meek, timid woman -or so they think. In truth, she is merely biding her time, waiting for the perfect moment to escape. When a terrified young woman tries to steal the SUV of Devereaux Security's toughest recruit, Isaac's anger quickly turns into a strange sort of protectiveness for the beautiful, bruised stranger. But when they are caught in a firestorm of bullets and Isaac is hit, he's sure the end is near, until Jenna touches him and closes his wounds. As he tries to bring Jenna to safety, she refuses to tell him what danger haunts her or how she healed him, but Isaac vows to do whatever it takes to gain her trust -and her heart. Because with just one touch, Isaac knows he wants Jenna to be his--forever" --Back cover.

The reluctant highlander : a Highland romance

May 25, 2017
Scott, Amanda, 1944- author.
New York : Open Road Integrated Media, 2017.
333 pages ; 21 cm

Bittersweet rain

May 25, 2017
Brown, Sandra, 1948-
New York : Grand Central Pub., 2012, ©1984.
275, 19 pages ; 17 cm
Caroline Dawson grieves over the death of her husband, who was thirty years her senior, but when his son, Rink, returns to settle the estate, Caroline can only remember how Rink broke her heart when they were teenagers.

Grace and the Fever

May 24, 2017
Romanoff, Zan, author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
348 pages ; 22 cm
Still obsessed with the boy band Fever Dream long after her friends lose interest, Grace unexpectedly meets band member Jes and embarks on an unlikely romance that leads her to confront complex truths about herself and the realities of stardom.

The farmers' market mishap

May 24, 2017
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
© 2017
205 pages ; 21 cm
"Sequel to The lopsided Christmas cake" - Cover.
"Living alone for the first time in her life is lonely for Elma Hochstetler, whose twin sister Thelma recently married. Though they share the running of a general store, more and more of Thelma's time is taken up by her growing family. Elma has dated some, but she wonders if she is just too picky to find love. Through a mishap at the farmers' market, Elma meets Ben Wagler and instantly likes him. But there is a problem. He lives in Grabill--50 miles away! But Elma has tried long-distance dating before, and it won't work for her. Besides the store needs her. Her sister needs her. Elma feels love will forever remain beyond her grasp. Elma has a habit of putting others before her own needs. Can she learn to take a risk at following the desires of her heart?" -- provided by publisher.

A stranger at Fellsworth

May 24, 2017
Ladd, Sarah E., author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, [2017]
328 pages ; 22 cm.
As Owen and Annabelle grow closer, ominous forces threaten the peace they thought they’d found. Poachers, mysterious strangers, and murderers converge at Fellsworth, forcing Annabelle and Owen to a test of fortitude and bravery to stop the shadow of the past from ruining their hopes for the future.

The names they gave us

May 22, 2017
Lord, Emery, author.
New York : Bloomsbury, 2017.
388 pages ; 22 cm
When her perfectly planned summer of quality time with her parents, her serious boyfriend, and her Bible camp unravels and long-hidden family secrets emerge, Lucy must figure out what she is made of and what grace really means.

Million Junes

May 22, 2017
Henry, Emily, author.
©2017
391 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
"For as long as Jack 'June' O'Donnell has been alive, her parents have had only one rule: stay away from the Angert family. But when June collides--quite literally--with Saul Angert, sparks fly, and everything June has always know is thrown into chaos. Who exactly is this gruff, sarcastic, but seemingly harmless boy who has returned to their hometown of Five Fingers, Michigan, after three mysterious years away? And why has June--an O'Donnell to her core--never questioned her late father's deep hatred of the Angert family? After all, the O'Donnells and the Angerts may have mythic legacies, for all the tall tales they weave, both founding families are tight-lipped about what caused the century-old rift between them. As Saul and June's connection grows deeper, they find that the magic, ghosts, and coywolves of Five Fingers seem to be conspiring to reveal the truth about the harrowing curse that has plagued their bloodlines for generations ..."--Provided by publisher.

The truth about happily ever after

May 19, 2017
Cozzo, Karole, author.
New York : Swoon Reads, 2017.
312 pages ; 22 cm
When her happily-ever-after life with boyfriend Jake falls apart, college student Alyssa, who works as Cinderella at a theme park during the summer, must pull herself back together and prove she is more than just a pretty princess.

The simplicity of cider

May 19, 2017
Reichert, Amy E., 1974- author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2017.
313 pages ; 21 cm
Includes topics and questions for discussion.
"Fall in love with The Simplicity of Cider, the charming new novel about a prickly but gifted cider-maker whose quiet life is interrupted by the arrival of a handsome man and his young son at her family's careworn orchard by the author of The Coincidence of Coconut Cake and Luck, Love & Lemon Pie. Focused and unassuming fifth generation cider-maker Sanna Lund has one desire: to live a simple, quiet life on her family's apple orchard in Door County, Wisconsin. Although her business is struggling, Sanna remains fiercely devoted to the orchard, despite her brother's attempts to convince their aging father to sell the land. Single dad Isaac Banks has spent years trying to shield his son Sebastian from his troubled mother. Fleeing heartbreak at home, Isaac packed up their lives and the two headed out on an adventure, driving across the country. Chance--or fate--led them straight to Sanna's orchard. Isaac's helping hands are much appreciated at the apple farm, even more when Sanna's father is injured in an accident. As Sanna's formerly simple life becomes increasingly complicated, she finds solace in unexpected places--friendship with young Sebastian and something more deliciously complex with Isaac--until an outside threat infiltrates the farm. From the warm and funny Amy E. Reichert, The Simplicity of Cider is a charming love story with a touch of magic, perfect for fans of Sarah Addison Allen and Gayle Forman"-- Provided by publisher.

Peace in the valley : a novel

May 19, 2017
Herne, Ruth Logan, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : Multnomah, 2017.
341 pages ; 18 cm.
"In spite of past differences, Trey Walker Stafford would never forget how his uncle, a cowboy and rancher, adopted him and made him part of the family. He'd left the Double S Ranch to pursue music against Sam's wishes and returns discouraged about life and love after tragically losing his wife. Trey feels that he's living a lie, singing of love and happily-ever-afters while dealing with an emptiness within. Will sacrificing part of himself to help Sam fill the void? Or could it come from befriending the single mother who needs help with her farm? Can Trey find the "Peace in the Valley" he's sought for so long?"-- Provided by publisher.

Claimed by the weathly magnate

May 17, 2017
Milne, Nina, author.
Don Mills, Ontario ; Harlequin Books, 2017.
252 pages ; 17 cm
"Larger print" --Back cover.
After lady Kaitlin Derwent was kidnapped as a child, she shut down her emotions and focused on becoming the perfect daughter her aristocratic family wanted. But one evening in Barcelona she meets a handsome stranger who makes her crave freedom...

Conveniently wed to the Greek

May 17, 2017
Shepherd, Kandy, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, 2017.
251 pages ; 17 cm
"Larger print" --Back cover.
When luxury hotelier Alex Mikhalis encounters the blogger who once nearly destroyed his reputation, he wants to get even. Only Adele Hudson isn't exactly as he remembers. She's pregnant and alone, and he can't stop his protective instincts kicking in!

Falling for the rebel princess

May 17, 2017
Darkins, Ellie, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, 2017.
251 pages ; 17 cm
"Larger print" --Back cover.
Self-proclaimed "black sheep" Princess Charlie of Afland has worked long and hard to be taken seriously in the music industry, managing to keep her royal obligations, and her secret heartbreak, under the radar. Until one night in Vegas changes everything...

His shy Cinderella

May 17, 2017
Hardy, Kate, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2017.
251 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print" --Back cover.
Racing driver Brandon Stone is intent on proving he has what it takes to run his family business. First stop: procuring rival race car desigbers the McKenzies. But shy Angel McKenzie has no intention of selling up! Angel has avoided the limelight most of her life. But with her family business under threat, she'll do anything it takes to save it. Working closely with Brandon ignites feelings she never knew existed--he may be the last person she should ever date, but her heart is telling her to break the rules!

Ride rough

May 17, 2017
Kaye, Laura, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
469 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes novella: Hard ever after.
Maverick Rylan won't apologize for who he is--the Raven Riders Motorcycle Club Vice-President, a sought-after custom bike builder, and a man dedicated to protecting those he loves. So when he learns that the only woman who has ever held his heart is in trouble, he'll move heaven and earth to save her. Alexa Harmon thought she had it all--the security of a good job, a beautiful home, and a powerful, charming fiance who offered the life she never had growing up. But when her dream quickly turns into a nightmare, Alexa realizes she's fallen for a facade she can't escape--until sexy, dangerous Maverick offers her a way out. Forced together to keep Alexa safe, their powerful attraction reignites and Maverick determines to do whatever it takes to earn a second chance--one Alexa is tempted to give. But her ex-fiance isn't going to let her go without a fight, one that will threaten everything they both hold dear.

The best kind of magic

May 17, 2017
Cestari, Crystal, author.
Los Angeles ; New York : Hyperion, 2017.
328 pages ; 22 cm
Amber Sand has the magical ability to envision anyone's soul mate, but when Charlie Blitzman, the Chicago mayor's son and most-desired boy in school, comes to Amber for help in finding his father's missing girlfriend, Amber sadly sees that Charlie is not destined for her.

The light we lost

May 17, 2017
Santopolo, Jill, author.
New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
328 pages ; 245 cm
"Lucy is faced with a life-altering choice. But before she can make her decision, she must start her story--their story--at the very beginning. Lucy and Gabe meet as seniors at Columbia University on a day that changes both of their lives forever. Together, they decide they want their lives to mean something, to matter. When they meet again a year later, it seems fated--perhaps they'll find life's meaning in each other. But then Gabe becomes a photojournalist assigned to the Middle East and Lucy pursues a career in New York. What follows is a thirteen-year journey of dreams, desires, jealousies, betrayals, and, ultimately, of love... Their journey will take Lucy and Gabe continents apart, but never out of each other's hearts. Was it fate that brought them together? Is it choice that has kept them away?"--Dust jacket.

A love so true

May 17, 2017
Jagears, Melissa, author.
©2017
359 pages ; 21 cm.
Evelyn Wisely has a heart for the orphans of Teaville and works at a local mansion that rescues children out of the town's red-light district and gives them a place to live. But her desire to help isn't limited to orphans. The owner of the mansion, Nicholas Lowe, is willing to help her try to get the women working in prostitution out of the district as well--if she can gain the cooperation and support of local businessmen to go against the rest of the community. David Kingsman has recently arrived in Teaville from Kansas City to help with one of his father's companies in town. While he plans on staying only long enough to prove his business merit to his father, he's shown interest in Evelyn's work and is intrigued enough by her to lend his support to her cause. They begin with the best of intentions, but soon the complications pile up and Evelyn and David's dreams look more unattainable every day. When the revelation of a long-held secret creates a seemingly insurmountable rift between them, can they trust God still has a good plan for them despite all that is stacked against them?

Secrets in summer : a novel

May 16, 2017
Thayer, Nancy, 1943- author.
©2017
x, 316 pages : illustration ; 25 cm
"Darcy Cotterill, 30 and divorced, works at the Nantucket library during the day. She spends most nights in her backyard, gazing at the stars. She's on the brink of starting a relationship with a local carpenter, Nash, when she gets new neighbors for the summer, the most unexpected of whom are her ex-husband, his new wife, and step-daughter. As Darcy is drawn into the lives of her neighbors, she develops a crush on another vacationer, Clive, a musicologist visiting with his grandmother. Over the course of the summer, Darcy is driven to decide what she truly wants--is she over her ex? Will she choose Nash or Clive?"--Provided by publisher.

True to you

May 16, 2017
Wade, Becky, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2017]
372 pages ; 22 cm
"A Bradford sisters romance"--Cover.
After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

All the lies we tell : a novel

May 16, 2017
Hart, Megan, author.
Seattle : Montlake Romance, [2017]
294 pages ; 21 cm
Everyone knew Alicia Harrisons marriage to Ilya Stern wouldn't last. They'd grown up on a remote stretch of Quarry Street, where there were two houses, two sets of siblings, and eventually, a tangled mess of betrayal, longing, and loss. Tragedy catapulted Allie and Ilya together, but divorce-even as neighbors-has been relatively uncomplicated.

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