New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

February 24, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Be my Wolff

February 23, 2017
Richler, Emma, 1961- author.
New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2017.
410 pages ; 25 cm
"Zachariah and Rachel Wolff are brother and sister. Well, not exactly. They are star-crossed lovers. Well, not exactly. Rachel is the cherished daughter born to a Russian family living in London, and Zachariah is her parents' adopted son, who arrived from the orphanage with one sweater, a head of rambunctious curls, and a dexterous set of fists, or fives, as he likes to call them. As children, they became as close as two people could be. But when they crossed this forbidden line, there was no going back. Now, as an adult, coping with Zach's estrangement from their formidable father, Rachel has set herself the task of inventing a family history for her beloved. And so the novel cartwheels through Zach's imagined ancestry--from a tavern-educated boxer in Dickensian times, to a Hussar at the Battle of Borodino during the Napoleonic Wars. All the while, Zach and Rachel's troubles in present-day Camden Town start to build to yet another point of no return. Filled with art and science, fairy tales and folk songs, tsars and foundlings, epic battles in the prize ring and on the Western Front, Be My Wolff is a novel of astonishing range and imagination: a love story, an exuberant adventure through time and place, a tale of the most unbreakable ties that bind"-- Provided by publisher.

On Turpentine Lane

February 22, 2017
Lipman, Elinor, author.
©2017
305 pages ; 22 cm
"Faith Frankel has returned to her claustro-suburban hometown, where she writes institutional thank-you notes for her alma mater. It's a peaceful life, really, and surely with her recent purchase of a sweet bungalow on Turpentine Lane her life is finally on track. Never mind that her fiancé is off on a crowdfunded cross-country walk, too busy to return her texts (but not too busy to post photos of himself with a different woman in every state. And never mind her witless boss, or a mother who lives too close, or a philandering father who thinks he's Chagall. When she finds some mysterious artifacts in the attic of her new home, she wonders whether anything in her life is as it seems. What good fortune, then, that Faith has found a friend in affable, collegial Nick Franconi, officemate par excellence. Elinor Lipman may well have invented the screwball romantic comedy for our era, and here she is at her sharpest and best. On Turpentine Lane is funny, poignant, and a little bit outrageous."--Provided by publisher.

Unstrung

February 22, 2017
Spinella, Laura, author.
©2017
408 pages ; 21 cm
Includes book club questions.
Even as a violin prodigy, Olivia Klein courted trouble. But when her marriage to high-stakes investor Rob Van Doren takes another wrong turn, Olivia acts out once too often. A night of bad behavior results in community service hours. Time is to be served with Theo McAdams, an inner-city teacher whose passion for music eclipses Olivias. As she inches toward a better place, life surprises Olivia in the form of her first husband baseball legend Sam Nash.

Rescue me : novel

February 20, 2017
Warren, Susan May, 1966- author.
©2017
327 pages ; 22 cm.
When Deputy Sam Brooks and impulsive, bleeding heart Willow are thrown together in Glacier National Park, they must work together to save their lives and those of several frightened teenagers.

Somebody like you

February 20, 2017
Alward, Donna, author.
©2017
309 pages ; 17 cm.
Sequel: Someone to love.
"First in a new series"--Cover.
When Aiden Gallagher and Laurel Stone are asked to recreate their decades-old kiss on the towns famed Kissing Bridge, the couple, who haven't spoken since high school, wonder if this could lead to a second chance at love.

Close to home

February 20, 2017
Everett, Lily, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
288 pages ; 17 cm.
"When Tessa Alexander came to Sanctuary Island, she left behind a marriage to a man who didn't love her the way she loved him. When she finally found the strength to set them both free, she discovered friendship and self-acceptance in her adopted hometown. Now she's settled into a quiet life on her own--never expecting to see her husband again"--Back cover.

Hard to handle

February 20, 2017
Warren, Christine, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2017.
296 pages ; 17 cm.
"The only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women's strength and formidable will. His Dublin pub, the Skin & Bones, is his refuge, a reassuringly masculine retreat. Until a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil...and an explosive dose of desire. The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces. But her bone-deep instinct to do battle is turned off-kilter by her untamed attraction to the dangerously handsome human she can't stay away from. If they manage to keep the world safe, can they turn the passion crackling between them into a love that will withstand the test of time?" -- page 4 of cover.

The Lonely Hearts hotel

February 17, 2017
O'Neill, Heather, author.
©2017
389 pages ; 24 cm
Two babies are abandoned in a Montreal orphanage in the winter of 1914. Before long, their talents emerge: Pierrot is a piano prodigy; Rose lights up even the dreariest room with her dancing and comedy. As they travel around the city performing clown routines, the children fall in love with each other and dream up a plan for the most extraordinary and seductive circus show the world has ever seen. Separated as teenagers, sent off to work as servants during the Great Depression, both descend into the city's underworld, dabbling in sex, drugs and theft in order to survive. But when Rose and Pierrot finally reunite beneath the snowflakes the possibilities of their childhood dreams are renewed, and they'll go to extreme lengths to make them come true.

Zero to sixty

February 17, 2017
Harte, Marie, author.
©2017.
380 pages ; 17 cm.

Someone to hold : a Westcott novel

February 17, 2017
Balogh, Mary, author.
©2017
390 pages : genealogical table ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from third book in the same series, "Someone to Wed" (pages [381]-390).
Camille Westcott, who has been declared illegitimate and without a title, moves to Bath to teach at an orphanage, where she meets artist Joel Cunningham, for whom she feels a mutual contempt until things take a passionate turn.

The cottage at Firefly Lake

February 17, 2017
Gilroy, Jen, author.
New York : Forever, 2017.
viii, 351 pages ; 17 cm.
"Charlotte Gibbs wants nothing more than to put the past behind her, once and for all. But now that she's back at Firefly Lake to sell her mother's cottage, the overwhelming flood of memories reminds her of what she's been missing. Sun-drenched days. Late-night kisses that still shake her to the core. The gentle breeze off the lake, the scent of pine in the air, and the promise of Sean's touch on her skin . . . True, she got her dream job traveling the world. But at what cost? Sean Carmichael still doesn't know why Charlie disappeared that summer, but after eighteen years, a divorce, and a teenage son he loves more than anything in the world, he's still not over her. All this time and her body still fits against his like a glove. She walked away once when he needed her the most. How can he convince her to stay now?"-- Provided by publisher.

Crossing hearts

February 17, 2017
Kincaid, Kimberly, author.
©2017
310 pages ; 21 cm.
Hunter Cross has no regrets. Having left his football prospects behind the day he graduated high school, he's happy to carry out his legacy on his family's farm in the foothills of the Shenandoah. But when a shoulder injury puts him face-to-face with the high school sweetheart who abandoned town--and him--twelve years ago, Hunter's simple life gets a lot more complicated. Emerson Montgomery has secrets. Refusing to divulge why she left her job as a hotshot physical therapist for a pro football team, she struggles to readjust to life in the hometown she left behind. The more time she spends with Hunter, the more Emerson finds herself wanting to trust him with the diagnosis of MS that has turned her world upside down. But revealing secrets comes with a price. Can Hunter and Emerson rekindle their past love? Or will the realities of the present--and the trust that goes with them---burn that bridge for good?

Dare to lie

February 17, 2017
McLaughlin, Jen, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2017.
x, 323 pages ; 17 cm.
As an undercover DEA agent in the most powerful gang in Boston, Scott Donahue accepts the risks of living a double life. But when Tate Donovan, leader of the Sons of Steel Row, appoints Scotty to take his place in a bachelor's auction sponsored by his sister's sorority, he's exposed to a whole new level of danger. Even though Tate makes it very clear Skylar is off limits, when Scotty sees her, the attraction is instant. But how does he tell Skylar she's falling for a man who doesn't exist?

Knottspeed : a love story

February 17, 2017
Johnson, Jeff, 1969- author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Turner Publishing Company, 2017.
265 pages ; 21 cm.

The bachelor auction

February 16, 2017
Van Dyken, Rachel, author.
New York, NY : Forever, 2016.
336 pages ; 17 cm.
"A bachelors of Arizona novel."
"Cinderella never had to deal with this crap. Jane isn't entirely sure that Cinderella got such a raw deal. Sure, she had a rough start, but didn't she eventually land a prince and a happily-ever-after' Meanwhile, Jane is busy waiting on her demanding, entitled sisters, running her cleaning business, and...yep, not a prince in sight. Until a party and a broken shoe incident leave Jane wondering if princes-or at least, a certain deliciously hunky billionaire-maybe do exist. Except Brock Wellington isn't anyone's dream guy. Hell, a prince would never agree to be auctioned off in marriage to the highest bidder. Or act like an arrogant jerk-even if it was just a facade. Now, as Brock is waiting for the auction chopping block, he figures it's karmic retribution that he's tempted by a sexy, sassy woman he can't have. But while they can't have a fairy-tale ending, maybe they can indulge in a little bit of fantasy..." Back cover.

Healing a heart

February 16, 2017
Lillard, Amy. author.
©2017
293 pages ; 17 cm
"Rancher Jake Langston prides himself on being the sensible type. But five years after the loss of his wife left him to raise their daughter alone, he indulges in a one night stand with a sexy stranger. He thought he'd never see the woman again. Almost four months later, though, she's standing in his drive with a big surprise. Bryn Talbot wants nothing from the hunky cowboy who got her pregnant, but her Southern nature demands she at least tell him about it. When Jake's family persuades her to stay for awhile, she's soon won over by their charms--and by Jake. But with the losses the two of them have suffered in the past, neither is sure if they're ready to take the leap to forever..."--Page [4] of cover.

Holding on tighter

February 16, 2017
Black, Shayla, author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2017.
340 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Falling in deeper.
"In this seductive new novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Falling in Deeper, mixing business with pleasure can be a dangerous proposition... Jolie Quinn is a woman in charge. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her a rising star in the fashion world and her brand a household name among the Dallas elite. Nothing will stop her from achieving her goals--not even the gorgeous British security contractor who seems just as interested in seeing her personal assets as he is in protecting her professional ones. After a tragedy left him broken, Heath Powell made a rule of staying unattached. But Jolie challenges him in a way he can't ignore, and he isn't used to backing down from a confrontation--especially when the reward for winning could feel so good. As passion blazes between them, the stubborn, confident beauty arouses more than his desire. She touches his heart. When a mysterious enemy threatens Jolie and her company, Heath is the only person Jolie can trust to help. But working with him to save her business might put her dangerously at risk of falling in love... MATURE CONTENT"-- Provided by publisher.

Rise of fire

February 16, 2017
Jordan, Sophie, author.
New York, NY : Harper Teen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
294 pages ; 22 cm
Sequel to Reign of shadows.
When a battle against the dark dwellers mortally injures Fowler, Luna is challenged to put their fate in the hands of mysterious strangers or risk losing Fowler, a situation that is complicated by the king's discovery of their ties to Relhok.

My not so perfect life : a novel

February 15, 2017
Kinsella, Sophie, author.
©2017
438 pages ; 22 cm
"When Katie Brenner is fired from her dream job in advertising in London, she's desperate to get away from her mad boss Demeter, and her crush, Alex, who she thought shared her feelings of adoration but didn't. Seeking refuge, she goes home to her father's farm in Somerset to help make her stepmother's dream of turning their land into a glamping retreat come true. Applying her savvy marketing smarts, Katie masterminds a glamorous upscale resort. But when Demeter shows up unnannounced, with Alex not far behind, Katie is forced to rethink her revenge fantasies and her assumptions about family, love, and office politics and realize how much she may have misjudged everyone--and everything--around her"--Provided by publisher.

Crazy messy beautiful

February 15, 2017
Arcos, Carrie, author.
©2017
313 pages ; 22 cm
Sixteen-year-old Neruda Diaz, influenced by his namesake, Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, yearns to fall in love but has yet to find the right girl.

Wild one

February 15, 2017
Whitman, Jessica, author.
New York : Forever, 2016.
303 pages ; 18 cm.
Screenwriter Kat Parker returns home to Wellington, Florida. While trying to find ideas for her next script, she discovers handsome polo player Sebastian Del Campo. Their professional collaboration soon turns to romance, although a film star threatens to come between them.

We were on a break

February 15, 2017
Kelk, Lindsey, author.
©2016
404 pages ; 20 cm
Is it a break? Or is it a blip? 'You've just had a holiday,' I pointed out, trying not to yawn. Wasn't that enough of a break?; 'I don't mean that kind of break. There's nothing worse than the last day of holiday. Oh wait, there is. When what should have been a proposal turns into a break, Liv and Adam find themselves on opposite sides of the life they had mapped out. Friends and family all think they're crazy; Liv throws herself into work, animals are so much simpler than humans and Adam tries to get himself out of the hole he's dug. But as the short break becomes a chasm, can they find a way back to each other? Most importantly, do they want to?

Always : a novel

February 14, 2017
Jio, Sarah, author.
©2017
270 pages ; 25 cm
Torn between two men, Kailey Crane is faced with an impossible choice: embrace the bright future she has with her new fiancé, or dedicate herself to reclaiming a past love that may be gone forever. When Kailey met Cade ten years ago, their attraction was immediate and intense, but it all ended suddenly, leaving Kailey devastated. Now Cade is another homeless soul; his mind has suffered in the intervening years. When they meet, Kailey helps Cade begin to piece his life together, something she initially keeps from Ryan. Amidst the Seattle music scene of the 90s, Kailey must discover what she's willing to save and what she will sacrifice for true love.--Adapted from book jacket.

At the edge of the universe

February 14, 2017
Hutchinson, Shaun David, author.
New York : Simon Pulse, 2017.
485 pages ; 22 cm
When his best friend-turned-boyfriend goes missing and seems to be remembered by nobody else, Ozzie begins to believe that the universe is shrinking and forges ties with a new friend while struggling to figure out what is happening.

Romeo & what's her name

February 14, 2017
Petroff, Shani, author.
©2017
202 pages ; 21 cm
"An unprepared understudy is forced to take the stage with her secret crush in this romantic comedy of errors"-- Provided by publisher.

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