New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

December 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The last heir of Monterrato

December 17, 2014
Brock, Andie, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
189 pages ; 17 cm.
"He's fallen 12,000 feet from the sky... Now he knows exactly what he wants! Daredevil Rafael Revaldi has always lived for the moment. But having cheated death, the Conte di Monterrato is focused on the future. He needs an heir, but to get one he'll face his toughest challenge yet--winning back his estranged wife! Lottie returns to the castle she once called home with a newfound strength. The intense sensual connection between Lottie and Rafe remains, but so do the emotional scars of their marriage. Can Lottie risk her heart again to give them the child they both so desperately want?"--Page [4] of cover.

The Russian's ultimatum

December 17, 2014
Smart, Michelle, author.
Don Mills , Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
187 pages ; 17 cm.
"He'll make her an offer... Pascha Virshilas is on the brink of securing personal redemption when Emily Richardson breaks into his office and steals private company documents. And then she has the gall to blackmail him into clearing her father's name! She can't refuse! But Pascha has his own terms. He'll keep his side of the bargain, but the enticing Emily must accompany him to his private island--the only place he can ensure her silence. But in the midst of a tropical storm, the wind blows aside suspicions and secrets to reveal something much more dangerous--lust!"--Page [4] of cover.

Steadfast heart

December 16, 2014
Peterson, Tracie.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, A division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
329 pages ; 22 cm
"Brides of Seattle ; book 1"--Title page
"In 1880s Seattle, Washington, Lenore Fulcher desires love while so many around her are finding it; when lawyer Kolbein Booth arrives searching for his sister at a finishing school for mail-order brides, he and Lenore face danger and uncertainty amidst their growing attraction"-- Provided by publisher.

Fonseca's fury

December 16, 2014
Green, Abby.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, 2015.
185 p. ; 17 cm.
"Billionaire brothers" -- Spine.
The last time Luca Fonseca saw Serena DePiero, he ended up in a jail cell. The Brazillian billionaire has since clawed back his reputation, but he's never forgotten her. So when Luca discovers Serena's working for his charity, his anger reignites! Serena has changed. Finally in control of her life, she refuses to let Luca intimidate her. She'll deal with whatever her new boss throws at her, from a rain-forest trek to the social jungle of Rio! But she can't handle the passion that flares hotter than Luca's fury. Especially when it threatens to consume them both!

Sheikh's desert duty

December 16, 2014
Yates, Maisey.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, 2015.
185 p. ; 17 cm.
Journalist Sophie Parsons needs a scoop to stop the sale of her friend's hotel chain. And she's found it! But being abducted by a sheikh goes way beyond the call of duty. Sheikh Zayn Al-Ahmar has a wedding to arrange, a sister to protect and a country to rule. He's not going to let one woman bring it all down with a headline! Kidnapping Sophie seemed like a good idea, but soon her delectable company puts everything he values at risk. Only one mistress can rule Zayn's heart, will it be Sophie, or his duty?

Nine months to redeem him

December 16, 2014
Lucas, Jennie.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, 2015.
187 p. ; 17 cm.
"Yes," I whispered, my lips brushing against his. I hardly knew what I was saying. I could think of nothing other than the darkly powerful Edward St. Cyr. I was too lost in the moment, lost in pleasure that made the world a million colors of twisting light. I gave him my body, which he wanted, andn m heart, which he didn't. Had I just made the biggest mistake of my life? Maybe when he knows about our baby it will heal his wounded heart, so he can love us both ...

Hope rising.

December 15, 2014
Henrie, Stacy, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
xi, 336 pages ; 18 cm
"Of love and war ; book 2"--Cover.

I've got my duke to keep me warm

December 15, 2014
Bowen, Kelly.
New York : Forever, 2014.
336 pages ; 18 cm.
"Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion--her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele "disappeared." Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent...for shattering Gisele's carefully constructed facade and igniting her deepest desires. This isn't the first time Jamie Montcrief has awakened naked and confused from a night of drinking. It is, however, the first time a stunningly beautiful woman offers him payment afterward. Gisele has a business proposition for him, a mission involving cunning thievery and a brazen rescue. How can he say no to a plot this dangerous...and a woman this delectable?"-- From back cover.

Bold tricks

December 15, 2014
Halle, Karina, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
xiii, 328 pages ; 18 cm
"Book 3 in The artist's trilogy"--Title page.
Raised by con artists, Ellie Watt has a lot of crazy childhood memories-but none crazier than being scarred with acid by the demented crime boss Travis Raines. Now Ellie is a full-grown woman who lives for revenge, and Travis is a full-blown drug lord who kills for pleasure. The sadistic bastard has kidnapped her good friend Gus as well as her mother, whom he's been holding as prized possessions in his heavily guarded lair. And Ellie has only one chance in hell of getting them out alive-using two dangerous men who love her to death... One is Camden McQueen, a talented tattoo artist who's made a permanent mark on Ellie's heart. The other is Javier Bernal, her fiery ex-lover who's busted more than a few heads in his time. From the crime-ridden streets of Mexico City to the predatory jungles of Honduras, this unlikely trio forms an uneasy alliance in the deadliest game of all-a gun-blazing battle to the finish that will pit enemy against enemy and lover against lover. And Ellie must choose the right man to trust... or die.

The last cowboy in Texas

December 15, 2014
Lane, Katie (Western love story writer)
New York : Forever, 2014.
xiv, 315 p. ; 18 cm.
Contains an excerpt from Ring in the holidays (p. [301]-315)
Ex-Marine Beckett Cates, a bodyguard for country music princess Starlet Brubaker who has loved her since before she was famous, refuses to succumb to her charms until she proves to him that she's put her cowboy-crazy days behind her.

Persuasion, Captain Wentworth and cracklin' cornbread

December 11, 2014
Hathaway, Mary Jane, author.
New York : Howard Books, [2014]
296 pages ; 22 cm
"A lively Southern retelling of Jane Austen's Persuasion, featuring Lucy Crawford, who is thrown back into the path of her first love while on a quest to save her beloved family home. Lucy Crawford is part of a wealthy, well-respected Southern family with a long local history. But since Lucy's mother passed away, the family home, a gorgeous antebellum mansion, has fallen into disrepair and the depth of her father's debts is only starting to be understood. Selling the family home may be the only option--until her Aunt Olympia floats the idea of using Crawford house to hold the local free medical clinic, which has just lost its space. As if turning the plantation home into a clinic isn't bad enough, Lucy is shocked and dismayed to see that the doctor who will be manning the clinic is none other than Jeremiah Chevy--her first love. Lucy and Jeremiah were high school sweethearts, but Jeremiah was from the wrong side of the tracks. His family was redneck and proud, and Lucy was persuaded to dump him. He eventually left town on a scholarship, and now, ten years later, he's returned as part of the rural physician program. And suddenly, their paths cross once again. While Lucy's family still sees Jeremiah as trash, she sees something else in him--as do several of the other eligible ladies in town. Will he be able to forgive the past? Can she be persuaded to give love a chance this time around?"-- Provided by publisher.

Kaleidoscope

December 10, 2014
Ashley, Kristen, author.
©2013
396 pages ; 17 cm
Includes an excerpt from The gamble (pages 373-396).
"Sexy, gifted, and loyal, PI Jacob Decker is a tall, cool drink of perfection who had Emmanuelle Holmes at 'hello.' His relationship with Emme's best friend kept them apart for years, but things have changed. Now that a case has brought him to Gnaw Bone, Colorado, the road is wide open for Emme and Deck to explore something hotter and deeper than Emme dreamed possible. So why is she sabotaging the best thing that's ever happened to her? "--back cover.

The wishing season

December 9, 2014
Hunter, Denise, 1968- author.
Nashville : Thomas Nelson, [2014]
322 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Fledgling chef PJ McKinley and contractor Cole Evans find themselves in competition to win a building for their endeavors--a restaurant for her, a home for foster kids for him--and sparks fly when the building's owner conceives to have them each set up shop in the house for one year before she makes her decision.

The secret of Pembrooke Park

December 8, 2014
Klassen, Julie, 1964-
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
460 pages ; 22 cm
Includes discussion questions, pages 459-460.
In the mysteriously abandoned manor house Pembrooke Park, practical new resident Abigail searches for the treasure that it is rumored to contain.

The arrow : a highland guard novel

December 8, 2014
McCarty, Monica.
©2014
viii, 403 pages ; 17 cm.
The talents of legendary marksman Gregor "Arrow" MacGregor are crucial now, as Bruce moves to reclaim his Scottish holdings. Gregor is considered the most handsome man in Scotland, and his fame as an archer is rivaled only by his reputation with the lasses as a heartbreaker. But when his infamous face is exposed during a covert mission, Gregor is forced to lie low. He returns home only to find a new battle waiting: a daring game of seduction involving his now very grown-up and very desirable ward, Cate of Lochmaben. A born fighter, Cate was clinging to life when Gregor rescued her after a vicious English raid on her village left her mother dead. But five years later, the once scrappy orphan Gregor took under his protection has become a woman. Brave, strong, and skilled in warfare, Cate is determined to lay claim to the warrior who refuses to be trapped. The heat in his eyes tells her she has his attention...an his desire. But will Gregor allow his heart to surrender before danger finds them, and the truth of Cate's identity is revealed?

An Amish Christmas journey

December 8, 2014
Davids, Patricia.
New York, NY : Harlequin Love Inspired, 2014.
216 p. ; 17 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"Inspirational romance"--Spine.
Toby Yoder promised to care for his orphaned little sister the rest of her life. After all, the tragedy that took their parents and left her injured was his fault. Now he must make a three-hundred-mile trip from the hospital to the Amish community where they will settle down. But as they share a hired van with pretty Greta Barkman, an Amish woman with a similar harrowing past, Toby can't bear for the trip to end. Suddenly, there is joy, a rescued cat named Christmas and hope for their journey to continue together forever.

Ripped

December 4, 2014
Evans, Katy, author.
©2014
316 pages ; 21 cm.
Pandora, Brooke and Melanie's gothic friend, had her heart broken by a bad boy rocker. He is "ripped." And he's back in town with the biggest concert of the year. Pandora hates him so much that she asks Melanie to come with her to throw eggs and soiled diapers at him. When they are caught by security, Melanie spills the beans that Pandora knows the band and to ask the lead singer (Melanie is merely attempting to get security to release them.) So, our sexy bad boy rocker is summoned after the concert, and he's sticky and smelly and pissed as hell. Especially when he realizes Pandora-a shit load of fucking trouble-is to blame. He decides not to press charges if she will follow certain conditions he will set, none of which Pandora likes, and all of them which imply them being in close contact once again. When Pandora ends up conceding to his wishes, the passion they once shared flares up unexpectedly, and no matter how much she pretends to hate him, she loathes that he knows how much she wants and still loves him even more.

The baby bequest

December 3, 2014
Cote, Lyn.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2013.
335 pages ; 23 cm
No one is more surprised than Sunny Adams when Noah Whitmore proposes. Sunny is a scarlet woman and an unwed mother--an outcast even in her small Quaker community. In Sunny, Noah, a former Union soldier, sees a woman whose loneliness matches his own. When they arrive in Wisconsin, he'll see that she and her baby daughter want for nothing--except for the love that war burned out of his heart.

The unimaginable

December 3, 2014
Silver, Dina, author.
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing, [2014]
258 pages ; 21 cm
After twenty-eight years of playing by the rules, Jessica Gregory moves from her small Indiana town to Phuket,Thailand. But her newfound routine is upended with the arrival of Grant Flynn, a captivating, elusive man who is sailing around the world while trying to move on from a past tragedy. Jessica volunteers to help crew Grant's boat, Imagine, on a passage across the Indian Ocean and finds herself falling in love with him as the voyage gets underway. But when disaster strikes, Jessica must summon her courage as the crew is confronted by unspeakable terrors--and, aboard a boat named for such promise, comes the unimaginable.

You were mine

December 1, 2014
Glines, Abbi.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2014.
239 p. ; 21 cm.
Gossip is the ultimate currency in Rosemary Beach, but Bethy and Tripp have managed to keep one big secret to themselves. Eight years ago, Tripp Newark was dating a rich girl he didn’t like and was on his way to Yale--and a future he didn’t want. The only way he could escape his predictable life would be to give up the money and power that came with his family’s name. And that’s exactly what he planned to do. At the end of the summer, he was going to ride off on his Harley and never look back. That was before he met Beth Lowry. It was only supposed to be a summer fling. She was a sixteen-year-old trailer-park girl who served drinks to his friends at Kerrington Country Club. They didn’t run in the same social circles. No one even knew they were friends, let alone lovers. Yet, for one summer, Bethy became his entire world. But he couldn’t give up on his plan. He needed to leave Rosemary Beach, but he vowed he would come back for her. Problem was, by the time he came back--years later than promised--it was too late. His cousin, Jace, had already claimed the woman he loved.

Elect

December 1, 2014
Van Dyken, Rachel.
New York : Forever, 2014.
324 pages ; 21 cm
"Originally published as an ebook."
"Would you die for the one you love? Nixon Abandonato made his choice. And now he has to pay the price. Tracey is the love of his life, but being with him has made her a target of his family's enemies. The only way to keep Trace alive is convince the world she means nothing to him. Trace Rooks has fallen irrevocably in love with the son of her family's sworn rival, and she knows in her bones nothing can tear them apart. Until Nix suddenly pushes her away and into the arms of his best friend... But Trace isn't ready to give up on a future with Nix--and if he won't fight for them, she will. In the end, a sacrifice must be made. A life for a life. For what better way to cover a multitude of sins than with the blood of a sinner."-- Provided by publisher.

Mai tai'd up

December 1, 2014
Clayton, Alice.
New York : Gallery Books, 2014.
254 pages ; 21 cm.
"The cocktail series"--P. [4] of cover.
"Eligible bachelor Lucas Campbell is very available, but very picky. A veterinarian in Monterey, California, his life is perfect: he works, he sails, he loves the ocean and the mountains--so why rock the boat? Then Miss Chloe Patterson comes along. Chloe has the body of a supermodel, the mouth of a sailor, and the fashion sense of teenage guy in 1990s Seattle. A former Miss California, she walked away from a cushy life, bought an old ranch outside Monterey, and turned it into Our Gang, a sanctuary for rescued and abandoned pit bulls. A woman who's clearly not afraid of dog poop, she enjoys rehabilitating her "warrior angels." Local gossip reports that she ditched her fiance; the night before their wedding (true), and that she moved up north to start a new life (also true). She didn't want to be tied down (true), but she wouldn't mind being tied up--especially by that hot vet she's seen around town a few times (true, true, and have-you-seen-his-butt?-true). But is Chloe ready to date again? And is Lucas ready to take on not only Chloe, but forty pit bulls? One moonlit sail, two bottles of wine, and a few sailor knots might just do the trick"-- Provided by publisher.

Full throttle

December 1, 2014
Walker, Julie Ann, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014]
359 pages ; 18 cm.
When the president's daughter, Abby Thompson, is kidnapped, it's up to Carlos "Steady" Soto to rescue the only woman he ever loved--and the only woman who ever broken his heart.

The duke's guide to correct behavior

November 28, 2014
Frampton, Megan, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
375 pages ; 18 cm.
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford's stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible--but resist she must for the sake of her pupil. As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies--and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He's determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior. But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything...

Never judge a lady by her cover : the fourth rule of scoundrels

November 28, 2014
MacLean, Sarah.
©2014
376 pages ; 18 cm.
By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking--in London's darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city's most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered...until now. Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems, and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana's secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear...including her heart.

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