New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

October 20, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Immortal nights

October 19, 2016
Sands, Lynsay. author.
375 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes and excerpt from "Falling for the Highlander" ©2017
An impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity. Abigail Forsythe's life hasn't been easy lately. Still, if there's one thing guaranteed to take her mind off an empty bank account and abandoned dreams, it's a naked man locked in a plane's cargo hold. A very big, incredibly gorgeous naked man. And when instinct prompts her to free him, Abigail must rely on this stranger for survival ... a stranger who leaves her thrumming with need every time they touch. Tomasso Notte knows he's found his life mate in Abigail. Now he just has to hold on to her. They're miles from civilization, hunted by his kidnappers. Abigail has no idea of Tomasso's abilities, or of how intensely pleasureable their unique connection can be. But he's about to show her, beginning with one wild, hot, immortal night.

Christmas in Paris

October 19, 2016
Hughes, Anita, 1963- author.
277 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Isabel Lawson is standing on the balcony of her suite at the Hotel Crillon as she gazes at the twinkling lights of the Champs Elysee and wonders if she's made a terrible mistake. She was supposed to be visiting the Christmas tree in the Place de la Concorde, and eating escargots and macaroons with her new husband on their honeymoon. But a week before the wedding, she called it off. Isabel is an ambitious Philadelphia finance woman, and Neil suddenly decided to take over his grandparents' farm. Isabel wasn't ready to trade her briefcase for a pair of rubber boots and a saddle. When Neil suggested she use their honeymoon tickets for herself, she thought it would give her a chance to clear her head. That is until she locks herself out on the balcony in the middle of winter. Thankfully her neighbor Alec, a French children's illustrator, comes to her rescue. He too is nursing a broken heart at the Crillon for the holidays. With a new friend by her side, Isabel is determined to use her time in the city of lights wisely.

The heart of Henry Quantum

October 19, 2016
Harding, Pepper, author.
New York : Gallery Books, 2016.
280 pages ; 22 cm
"Henry Quantum has several thoughts going through his head at any given time, so it's no surprise when he forgets something very important--specifically, a Christmas gift for his wife, Margaret, which he realizes on the morning of December 23. Henry sets off that day in search of the perfect present for Margaret: a bottle of Chanel No. 5. But much like Henry's ever-wandering mind, his quest takes him in different and unexpected directions, including running into the former love of his life, Daisy. Margaret, meanwhile, has begun her own affair, seeking an escape from her unhappy marriage. And Daisy, who has made the unsettling choice of leaving her husband to strike out on her own, finds herself questioning whether she and Henry belong together after all."-- Provided by publisher.

An Irish country love story

October 19, 2016
Taylor, Patrick, 1941- author.
New York : Forge, a Tom Doherty Associates Book, 2016.
384 pages : maps ; 25 cm
"A Forge Book."
For decades, ever since the war, Number One Main Street, Ballybucklebo, has housed O'Reilly and his practice ... It is to Number One that patients young and old come when they need a doctor's care, for everything from the measles to a rare and baffling blood disease. An unexpected turn of events threatens to drive O'Reilly from his home for good, unless the entire village can rally behind their doctor and prove that love really can conquer all.

The perks of loving a scoundrel

October 18, 2016
McQuiston, Jennifer, author.
New York, NY : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2016]
viii, 384 pages ; 18 cm.
"Every girl dreams of a hero...But sometimes only a scoundrel will do. No one loves books more than Miss Mary Channing. Perhaps that's why she's reached the ripe old age of six-and-twenty without ever being kissed. Her future may be as bland as milk toast, but Mary is content to simply dream about the heroes and adventures she reads about in her books. That way she won't end up with a villain instead. When she unexpectedly finds herself in the arms of Geoffrey Westmore, London's most notorious scoundrel, it feels a bit like a plot from one of her favorite novels. Suddenly, Mary understands why even the smartest heroines can fall prey to a handsome face. And Westmore is more handsome than most. But far worse than the damage to her reputation, the moment's indiscretion uncovers an assassination plot that reaches to the highest levels of society and threatens the course of the entire country. When a tight-laced miss and a scoundrel of epic proportions put their minds together, nothing can stand in their way. But unless they put their hearts together as well, a happy ending is anything but assured." -- Provided by publisher.

Holding up the universe

October 18, 2016
Niven, Jennifer, author.
391 pages ; 22 cm
"No one takes the time to look past Libby Strout's weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom's death she picks up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now she's ready for high school, for new friends, for love-- for everything life has to offer. Jack Masselin's got swagger, he's mastered the impossible art of fitting in, and he has a newly acquired secret: he can't recognize faces. So he tries to never get too close to anyone. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game which lands them in group counseling and community service, they make a connection. Will it be enough to change their worlds?"--Provided by publisher.

Our chemical hearts

October 18, 2016
Sutherland, Krystal, author.
© 2016
313 pages ; 22 cm
"Henry Page fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him. He focuses on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change. Grace walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but he wants to help her put the pieces back together again."-- Provided by publisher.

Luxe two : a LaLa Land addiction

October 18, 2016
Ashley Antoinette, 1985- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
296 pages ; 21 cm
Sequel to: Luxe.
Addicted to crack cocaine and heading toward self-destruction, Bleu must decide if she will let her best friend save her, or if she will she stick with the kingpin she's fallen in love with.

The flower arrangement

October 18, 2016
Griffin, Ella, author.
340 pages ; 21 cm
"Drawing together a delightful cast of characters, Ella Griffin brings her warmth, wit, and wisdom to this captivating tale of the connections that bring us all together. Every bouquet tells a story. And every story begins at Blossom & Grow, a tiny flower shop in the heart of Dublin... Among the buckets of fragrant blooms, beneath the flickering candles and lanterns, Lara works her magic, translating feelings into flower arrangements that change hearts and lives. She is no stranger to the power of flowers herself. They gave her hope when she was a child who lost a mother, and, again when she was a mother who lost a child. But old wounds take time to heal, and life has more heartbreak in store. What will it take for the woman who can unlock everybody else's emotions to open up her own heart?"-- Provided by publisher.

The gift of a lifetime : a novel

October 18, 2016
Hill, Melissa, 1974- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
374 pages ; 21 cm
"First published in Great Britain under the title The Love of a Lifetime" -- verso.
"From Melissa Hill, the internationally-bestselling author of A Gift from Tiffany's comes another New York Christmas love story make you fall in love all over again. Hollywood movies are Beth's passion. She hopes her life will always be filled with classic movie moments, where magical things happen every day. Her boyfriend Danny has always been the embodiment of her perfect Hollywood hero--though after seven years together the initial silver-screen romance has settled into something more predictable. Then one morning at work just before Christmas, Beth receives an anonymous gift of a take-out coffee cup with a cryptic message. From there, she is given a series of other gifts and riddles directing her to some of NYC's most popular landmarks--a treasure trail using unique rom-com-related prompts perfect for a movie-lover like Beth to decipher. And she is forced to wonder: has Danny realized their relationship needs a boost--or could it be that charming new work colleague Ryan with his intense gaze, flirtatious smile, and almost encyclopedic movie knowledge, wants to sweep her off her feet? How would she feel about taking a chance on a leading man who seems determined to give her the Christmas gift of a lifetime.."-- Provided by publisher.

Follow me : a corrupted hearts novel

October 18, 2016
Snow, Tiffany, author.
291 pages ; 21 cm.
"Brilliant, quirky twenty-three-year-old computer prodigy China Mack is totally satisfied with her carefully ordered, data-driven life. But then things start to get a little unpredictable.... Jackson Cooper--her company CEO--assigns China to a dangerous and highly classified government defense contractor project. And, her sixteen-year-old runaway niece suddenly arrives in town. And then there's her sexy but oddly unsettling new neighbor, Clark."--Provided by publisher.

A most extraordinary pursuit

October 17, 2016
Gray, Juliana, 1972- author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2016.
viii, 451 pages ; 21 cm
"Known for her original plots, deft characterization, and lyrical voice, Juliana Gray presents an extraordinary novel of an uncommon pursuit ... February, 1906. As the personal secretary of the recently departed Duke of Olympia--and a woman of scrupulous character--Miss Emmeline Rose Truelove never expected her duties to involve steaming through the Mediterranean on a private yacht, under the prodigal eye of one Lord Silverton, the most charmingly corrupt bachelor in London. But here they are, improperly bound on a quest to find the duke's enigmatic heir, current whereabouts unknown. An expert on anachronisms, Maximilian Haywood was last seen at an archaeological dig on the island of Crete. And from the moment Truelove and Silverton disembark, they are met with incidents of a suspicious nature: a ransacked flat, a murdered government employee, an assassination attempt. As they travel from port to port on Max's trail, piecing together the strange events of the days before his disappearance, Truelove will discover the folly of her misconceptions--about the whims of the heart, the motives of men, and the nature of time itself.."-- Provided by publisher.


October 17, 2016
Lauren, Christina, author.
400 pages ; 21 cm.
After walking in on her boyfriend shagging another girl, Pippa Bay Cox ditches London for the States to go on a drunken road trip with Ruby Miller and some of her friends. Jensen Bergstrom has buried heartache by increasing his workload, and rarely takes time for himself. When his sister Hanna convinces him to join the gang on a two-week wine tour of the east coast, he has a rare moment of cutting loose. It's only once he's committed that he realizes the strange girl he met briefly on the plane is coming along, too. Will she be too much for him... or make his life bigger?

The girl from Venice : a novel

October 14, 2016
Smith, Martin Cruz, 1942- author.
New York : Simon and Schuster, 2016.
308 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Maps on lining papers.
"The highly anticipated new standalone novel from Martin Cruz Smith, whom The Washington Post has declared "that uncommon phenomenon: a popular and well-regarded crime novelist who is also a writer of real distinction," The Girl from Venice is a suspenseful World War II love story set against the beauty, mystery, and danger of occupied Venice. Venice, 1945. The war may be waning, but the city known as La Serenissima is still occupied and the people of Italy fear the power of the Third Reich. One night, under a canopy of stars, a fisherman named Cenzo comes across a young woman's body floating in the lagoon and soon discovers that she is still alive and in trouble. Born to a wealthy Jewish family, Giulia is on the run from the Wehrmacht SS. Cenzo chooses to protect Giulia rather than hand her over to the Nazis. This act of kindness leads them into the world of Partisans, random executions, the arts of forgery and high explosives, Mussolini's broken promises, the black market and gold, and, everywhere, the enigmatic maze of the Venice Lagoon. The Girl from Venice is a thriller, a mystery, and a retelling of Italian history that will take your breath away. Most of all it is a love story"-- Provided by publisher.

Do you want to start a scandal

October 14, 2016
Dare, Tessa, author.
New York : Avon Books, 2016
376 pages ; 17 cm.
"On the night of the Parkhurst ball, someone had a scandalous tryst in the library ... All Charlotte Highwood knows is this-- it wasn't her. But rumors to the contrary are buzzing. Unless she can discover the lovers' true identity, she'll be forced to marry Piers Brandon, Lord Grandville-- the coldest, most arrogantly handsome gentleman she's ever had the misfortune to embrace ... But as they set about finding the mystery lovers, Piers reveals a few secrets of his own ... Their passion is intense. The danger is real. Soon Charlotte's feeling torn. Will she risk all to prove her innocence? Or surrender it to a man who's sorn to never love?"-- Page 4 of cover.

The trouble with mistletoe

October 14, 2016
Shalvis, Jill, author.
378 pages ; 18 cm
If she has her way . . .Willa Davis is wrangling puppies when Keane Winters stalks into her pet shop with frustration in his chocolate-brown eyes and a pink bedazzled cat carrier in his hand. He needs a kitty sitter, stat. But the last thing Willa needs is to rescue a guy who doesn't even remember her . . .He'll get nothing but coal in his stocking. Saddled with his great-aunt's Feline from Hell, Keane is desperate to leave her in someone else's capable hands. But in spite of the fact that he's sure he's never seen the drop-dead-gorgeous pet shop owner before, she seems to be mad at him . . .Unless he tempers naughty with a special kind of nice . . .Willa can't deny that Keane's changed since high school: he's less arrogant, for one thing, but can she trust him not to break her heart again? It's time to throw a coin in the fountain, make a Christmas wish, and let the mistletoe do its work . . . Publisher's description.

The Christmas secret

October 14, 2016
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
136 pages ; 21 cm
In 1880's Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Canning discovers an awful secret in her deceased mother's diary. Believing her chances for a happy marriage are spoiled, she leaves her fiancé a letter and flees town. Anticipating a Christmas Eve wedding with Elizabeth, David Stinner is confused by her letter and desperate to find her. Can David root out the truth about the past and bring back his bride? Or is the truth destined to bring an ultimate end to their romance?

Snowfall on Haven Point

October 14, 2016
Thayne, RaeAnne, author.
333 pages ; 24 cm.
"It's been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie's friend asks a favor-- to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who's recovering from a hit and run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother. Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie's gentle nature is a salve, and her kids' excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want ... their Christmas wishes might come true after all"-- Provided by publisher.

Race the darkness

October 13, 2016
Roads, Abbie, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2016]
345 pages ; 18 cm
"Fatal dreams series" --Backcover.
"Criminal investigator Xander Stone doesn't have to question you--he can hear your thoughts. Scarred by lightning, burdened with a power that gives him no peace, Xander struggles to maintain his sanity against the voice that haunts him day and night--the voice of a woman begging him to save her. Isleen Walker has long since given up hope of escape from the nightmare of captivity and torture that is draining her life, her mind, and her soul. Except... there is the man in her feverish dreams, the strangely beautiful man who beckons her to freedom and wholeness. And when he comes, if he comes, it will take all their combined fury and faith to overcome a madman bent on fulfilling a deadly prophecy."--Provided by publisher.

To love a Texas ranger

October 13, 2016
Broday, Linda, author.
441 pages ; 18 cm
"The men of legend" --Cover
After being gravely injured chasing a notorious criminal, Texas Ranger Sam Legend heads for home, only to find himself locked in battle to save a desperate woman on the run.

The replacement crush

October 13, 2016
Roberts, Lisa Brown, author.
347 pages ; 21 cm
"After book blogger Vivian Galdi's longtime crush pretends their secret summer kissing sessions never happened, Vivian creates a list of safe crushes, determined to protect her heart. But nerd-hot Dallas, the sweet new guy in town, sends the mission--and Vivian's zing meter--into chaos. While designing software for the bookstore where she works, Dallas wages a counter-mission. Operation Replacement Crush is in full effect. And Dallas is determined to take her heart off the shelf."-- Provided by publisher.

The bookshop on the corner : a novel

October 12, 2016
Colgan, Jenny, author.
xiv, 332, 19 pages ; 21 cm
Includes "P.S. Insights, Interviews, & More..."
"Previously published in the UK under the title, The Little Shop of Happy-Ever-After, by Little, Brown Book Group in 2016"--Title page verso.
Nina Redmond is a literary matchmaker. Pairing a reader with that perfect book is her passion... and also her job. Or at least it was. Until yesterday, she was a librarian in the hectic city. But now the job she loved is no more. Determined to make a new life for herself, Nina moves to a sleepy village many miles away. There she buys a van and transforms it into a bookmobile--a mobile bookshop that she drives from neighborhood to neighborhood, changing one life after another with the power of storytelling. From helping her grumpy landlord deliver a lamb, to sharing picnics with a charming train conductor who serenades her with poetry, Nina discovers there's plenty of adventure, magic, and soul in a place that's beginning to feel like home... a place where she just might be able to write her own happy ending.

Her renegade rancher : a Montana men novel

October 12, 2016
Ryan, Jennifer, 1973- author.
392 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt of His Cowboy Heart.
Luna Hill has inherited a gift that will let her stay in her Montana ranching town, and a start a romance with rancher Colt Kendrick. When Luna is threated by someone unhappy with her good fortune, Colt will risk everything he has to keep her safe.

A very jaguar Christmas

October 12, 2016
Spear, Terry.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca [2016].
308 pages ; 18 cm.
"Heart of the jaguar"--T.p. facing.
"As a protector of all jaguar-kind, Guardian agent Demetria MacFarlane isn't surprised to get a call near Christmas-but when she's sent to protect a cub whose species she didn't even know existed, her holiday season gets complicated. And it doesn't help that her partner is a distraction of the hottest kind. Hotshot JAG agent Everett Anderson can handle dangerous poachers and wildlife traffickers, no problem...but kids? Everett fears he'll be stuck cub-sitting under the Christmas tree, but working with one sexy Guardian she-cat may be the best present he's ever gotten"--Page [4] of cover.

The angel of Forest Hill : an Amish Christmas romance

October 12, 2016
Woodsmall, Cindy, author.
196 pages ; 22 cm
"This original Amish Christmas novella from best-selling author Cindy Woodsmall promises to warm the hearts of her many fans with its Old Order Amish ways, touching romance, realistic faith experiences, and holiday-season family drama"-- Provided by publisher.

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