New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

April 18, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Perfect match

April 17, 2015
Michaels, Fern, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Publishing Corp., 2015.
293 pages ; 22 cm
"An injured ex-athlete discovers that giving up on the game of life is not an option... As far as former NFL star Jake Masters is concerned, dreams are risky propositions. Years ago he came achingly close to achieving his ambition of playing in the Super Bowl--before a spinal injury ended his career. Confined to a wheelchair, unwilling to take a chance on another risky surgery that could restore his mobility, Jake now stays cocooned behind the imposing gates of his lavish home. But his twin sister, Beth, has no intention of letting him languish there forever. After years of flitting from one failed business idea to another, all fueled by Jake's generosity, she now owns a highly lucrative matchmaking service. And she's gifting the business to Jake--whether he likes it or not--while she follows her dreams of making it as a singer in Nashville. Though Jake had plenty of women falling all over him at the peak of his success, he knows nothing about matchmaking. He's willing to try for his sister's sake, and it's soon clear that he needs an assistant. Enter Gracie Sweet, whose slender frame belies a take-no-charge toughness that would put any linebacker to shame. Grace begins by revamping the business and soon she's overhauling Jake's entire life--and to his huge surprise, Jake's enjoying it. But when their clients become victims of theft, Gracie and Jake must reconcile their very different outlooks if they're to have any chance of saving the business...and if Jake is to make another play for the life he thought he lost" -- provided by publisher.

Asa : a marked men novel

April 15, 2015
Crownover, Jay.
New York, New York : William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
ix, 366 pages ; 21 cm
"Description Asa Cross is a man with a second chance. An opportunity to right a lifetime of wrongs. Every single day is a struggle between who he should be and the man he knows he really is and always was. With a new life in Denver and a whole new circle of friends and family it's a tightrope walk to keep from falling back into old patterns. Asa doesn't want to hurt the people in his life who have come to love him and rely on him but sometimes when the bottom is the only thing you are familiar with it's the easiest place to end up. Royal Hastings has a problem. She's just started to settle into her demanding and dangerous job as a police officer, and more than that she's just started to make real friends. Something that has never come easily for her. The only thing she has to complain about these days is the fact that she can't stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she had to lock up. Not only is her crush on Asa inappropriate considering his endless criminal record, but she's also worried about how her newfound social circle is going to react to the fact she was just doing her job by putting him behind bars. Sometimes the wrong choice is really the only right choice to make"-- Provided by publisher.

The millionaire and the maid

April 13, 2015
Douglas, Michelle.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
251 p. ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Jo Anderson takes the job of housekeeper to reclusive celebrity chef Mac MacCallum as a favor to his brother, Russ, but neither expects how their lives will change as a result.

The mysteries of Soldiers Grove

April 10, 2015
Zimmer, Paul.
©2015
191 pages ; 23 cm
"The town of Soldiers Grove is nestled amongst the driftless hills of southwestern Wisconsin. Its winters are long, its warmer seasons bright and challenging. The population is fewer than 600, including those residing in the senior citizens home. Two of these seniors, Cyril and Louise, have come to live there. Unlikely as it may seem, for they come from very diverse backgrounds, they form a close friendship, and their growing attachment sparks them to adventures and unlikely locations. Ultimately they face frightening circumstances which test them to their limits, while binding and nurturing their growing love for one another. Instead of slipping gracefully away into old age, Cyril and Louise are compelled to protect themselves against a vicious threat when Balaclava, an out-of-town armed sociopath, relentlessly attempts to rob Cyril not only of his life savings but, if necessary, take his life as well. How they ultimately cope with this threat and resolve this crisis has the makings of a first-class thriller. This thoughtful, bitter-sweet love story represents and chronicles much about our world and the passage of time in this accomplished work by a prize-winning writer" -- Publisher.

Best man for the bridesmaid

April 10, 2015
Faye, Jennifer.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
252 p. ; 17 cm.

Expecting the Earl's baby

April 10, 2015
Gilmore, Jessica.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
252 p. ; 17 cm.
When the Valentine's Day fling of Daisy Huntingdon-Cross and Sebastian Beresford, Earl of Holgate, leaves Daisy pregnant, Seb becomes determined to make them a family.

It started at a wedding--

April 10, 2015
Hardy, Kate, 1966-
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
252 p. ; 17 cm.

The beekeeper's daughter

April 9, 2015
Montefiore, Santa, 1970- author.
©2014
389 pages ; 22 cm
"England, 193[3]. Grace Hamblin is growing up on the beautiful estate of the Marquiss and Marchioness of Penselwood. The beekeeper's daughter, she knows her place and her future--that is until her father dies and leaves her alone. Her childhood friend Freddie has recently become her lover, and she is thankful when they are able to marry and take over her father's duties ... Massachusetts, 1973. Grace's daughter Trixie Valentine is in love with an unsuitable boy. Jasper Duncliffe is wild and romantic, and in a band that might be going somewhere. But when his brother dies and he is called home to England, Jasper promises to come back for Trixie one day, if only she will wait for him"-- Provided by publisher.

A heart revealed

April 7, 2015
Kilpack, Josi S., author.
©2015
324 pages ; 23 cm
Set in Regency England, Amber Marie Sterlington is the most sought after young woman in London, but when she begins to lose her hair (due to alopecia), Amber is exiled to the countryside where she meets Thomas Richards. Even as she is falling in love with him, she knows she must end things before he realizes what she's been hiding from him.

On shifting sand : a novel

April 7, 2015
Pittman, Allison.
Carol Stream, Illinois. : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2015]
v, 401 pages ; 21 cm
Life has been scorching Nola Merrill's skin and soul more than the 'Dust Bowl' ever could. Bitter with her divorce and aware that life lost meaning when her mother died and left her with an unaffectionate father, Nola commits a shameful sin by sleeping with a drifter and long-lost friend. Only by confessing her sin can Nola lead her family into a quenching future free from Oklahoma's dry and dusty air.

One of the guys

April 7, 2015
Aldin, Lisa, author.
©2014
274 pages ; 21 cm
Tomboy to the core, Toni Valentine understands guys. She'll take horror movies, monster hunts and burping contests over manicures. So Toni is horrified when she's sent to the Winston Academy for Girls, where she has to wear a skirt and learn to be a "lady" while the guys move on without her. Then Toni meets Emma Elizabeth, a girl at school with boy troubles, and she volunteers one of her friends as a pretend date. Word spreads of Toni's connections with boys, and she discovers that her new wealthy female classmates will pay big money for fake dates. Looking for a way to connect her old best friends with her new life at school, Toni and Emma start up Toni Valentine's Rent-A-Gent Service. But the business meets a scandal when Toni falls for one of her friends--the same guy who happens to be the most sought-after date. With everything she's built on the line, Toni has to decide if she wants to save the business and her old life, or let go of being one of the guys for a chance at love.

Four nights with the duke

April 6, 2015
James, Eloisa, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
371 pages ; 18 cm.
When Mia Carrington is forced to beg Evander Brody, Duke of Pindar, whom she once swore she would never marry, to enter into a marriage of convenience with her, he sets some conditions of his own before agreeing to her offer.

Deception on Sable Hill

April 6, 2015
Gray, Shelley Shepard. author.
©2015.
328 pages ; 22 cm.
"It's mid-September of 1893, and Eloisa Carstairs is the reigning beauty of Gilded Age Chicago society. To outsiders she appears to have it all. But Eloisa is living with a dark secret. Several months ago, she endured a horrible assault at the hands of Douglass Sloane, heir to one of Chicago's wealthiest families. Fearing the loss of her reputation, Eloisa has confided in only one friend. That is, until she meets Detective Sean Ryan at a high-society ball. Sean is on the outskirts of the wealthy Chicago lifestyle. Born into a poor Irish family, becoming a policeman was his best opportunity to ensure his future security. Despite society's restrictions, he is enamored with Eloisa Carstairs. Sean seethes inside at what he knows happened to her, and he will do anything to keep her safe--even if he can never earn her affections. Eloisa longs to feel normal again in the midst of the danger surrounding the Chicago World's Fair, but a killer is on the loose. In the last month, three debutants have been accosted in the city by an assailant wielding a stiletto. As the danger in the city increases, and as Eloisa and Sean's romance blossoms, they both realize they want to be seen as more than how the world views them. But will they catch the killer before all their hopes come tumbling down?"--page [4] cover.

Seduced by Sunday

April 6, 2015
Bybee, Catherine, author.
Seattle, WA : Montlake Romance, 2015.
310 pages ; 21 cm
"Book six in The weekday brides series"--Title page.
While evaluating a resort island as a possible location for her matchmaking agency, Meg is drawn to successful businessman, Valentino but someone is trying to get her off the island .... permanently.

When it's right

April 3, 2015
Ryan, Jennifer, 1973- author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
368 pages ; 17 cm

When I'm gone : a Rosemary Beach novel

April 3, 2015
Glines, Abbi.
New York : Atria Paperback, 2015.
264 pages ; 21 cm.
"Mase Colt-Manning has always preferred his humble life as a Texas rancher to his birthright as the son of a legendary rock star. In fact, he rarely visits his father's rarefied world in Rosemary Beach, especially if it means bunking at his vile half-sister Nan's house--until one visit leads to a chance encounter with a young, gorgeous house maid who awakens him with her off-key but spirited imitation of a country music star. Reese Ellis finally has her freedom. After escaping a lifetime of abuse from her parents and classmates for an undiagnosed learning disorder, she seizes the opportunity to be a house maid to some of the richest families in Rosemary Beach. But her job is in jeopardy when she causes an accident at the home of her most important client, Nan Dillon. When a hot, half-naked stranger with a cowboy's swagger comes to her rescue, she's intrigued--then afraid once he shows his own interest. Reese has never met a trustworthy man in her life. Will Mase be any different?"-- Provided by publisher.

The royal we

April 3, 2015
Cocks, Heather, author.
New York ; Boston : Grand Central Publishing, 2015.
454 pages ; 24 cm
"In their first adult novel, authors Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan take on a story of romance and rivalries inspired by today's most talked-about royal couple: Will and Kate. "If I'm Cinderella today, I dread who they'll think I am tomorrow. I guess it depends on what I do next." American Rebecca Porter was never one for fairy-tales. Her twin sister Lacey was always the romantic, the one who daydreamed of being a princess. But it's adventure-seeking Bex who goes to Oxford and meets dreamy Nick across the hall - and thus Bex who accidentally finds herself in love with the eventual heir to the British throne. Nick is everything she could have imagined, but Prince Nicholas has unimaginable baggage: grasping friends, a thorny family, hysterical tabloids tracking his every move, and a public that expected its future king to marry a native. On the eve of the most talked-about wedding of the century, Bex reflects on what she's sacrificed for love -- and exactly whose heart she may yet have to break.""-- Provided by publisher.

Nova and Quinton : no regrets

April 3, 2015
Sorensen, Jessica.
©2014
347 pages ; 21 cm
"Today is the first day of Quinton Carter's new life. The toxic guilt of his past left him in pieces-but one girl unexpectedly put him back together. Thanks to Nova Reed, Quinton can finally see the world with clear eyes. She's the reason his heart is still kicking behind the jagged scar on his chest. And he would love to have her in his arms every minute of the day. but he's not ready yet. Playing drums in a band and living with her best friends are just some of the highlights of Nova's life. But the best new development? Talking to Quinton on the phone each night. She wishes she could touch him, kiss him, though she knows he needs time to heal. Yet shocking news is on the way-a reminder of life's dark side-and Nova will need Quinton like he once needed her. Is he strong enough to take the final leap out of his broken past. and into Nova's heart?"-- Provided by publisher.

One true heart

April 3, 2015
Thomas, Jodi, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
325 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes excerpt from the upcoming Harmony novella, Midnight Bet.
"Millanie McAllen is always logical. But after returning to her childhood home, she learns that some things are beyond explanation--like her undeniable passion for Drew Cunningham...After finding success as a singer on the road, Beau Yates returns to Harmony to make peace with his dying father--only to find the woman he's been dreaming of for years. But the secrets they discover might be too much for him to bear...When Johnny Wheeler is charged with his wife's murder, he turns to the only person who believes he's innocent. Fortune teller Kare Cunningham's life has always danced around reality--but Johnny is able to ground her like no other...As their paths cross in new, captivating directions, the townspeople of Harmony need to learn to love and let go in order to live together in their little slice of heaven." - page 4 of cover.

This gun for hire

April 3, 2015
Goodman, Jo, 1953- author.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
375 pages ; 18 cm.
While protecting a powerful mine owner with many enemies, Quill McKenna hires bounty hunter Calico Nash to help guard his boss's daughter, but is unable to control his attraction to her as death threats come thick and fast.

It started with a scandal

April 2, 2015
Long, Julie Anne, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]
374 pages ; 18 cm.
Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword, and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green. An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. She is shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, and her survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince. The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe's barricaded heart and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.

A good rake is hard to find

April 2, 2015
Collins, Manda, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2015.
306 pages ; 18 cm.
"A Lords of Anarchy novel"--Cover.
Leonora Craven seeks the help of her former fiancé, Frederick Lisle, to prove that her brother's death was no accident, and that the Lords of Anarchy, England's most notorious driving club, is responsible. Leonora needs Freddy in order to infiltrate the club, and, posing as an engaged couple, they work together to uncover the culprit.

Still the one

April 2, 2015
Shalvis, Jill, author.
New York : Berkley Books, 2015.
311 pages ; 18 cm.
When the man who once rejected her when she needed him most asks for her help in securing grants for his patients, Darcy Stone cannot refuse since she needs the money to fund her own project, but is distracted from the task at hand by the growing passion between them

Too dangerous for a lady

April 2, 2015
Beverley, Jo, author.
New York, New York : A Signet Select book, [2015]
422 pages ; 17 cm

Ten good reasons

April 2, 2015
Christopher, Lauren.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2015.
viii, 311 pages ; 18 cm
"Berkley Sensation contemporary romance"--Spine.
"A Sandy Cove romance"--Cover.
With a crazy eighty-hour-a-week job, an almost-boyfriend who's left her for Bora Bora, and way too many terrible bridesmaid dresses in her future, Lia McCabe needs a change of pace before the imminent crush of the big 3-0. First up, Lia is determined to help make sure her friend Drew's whale-watching business takes off. But when an accident leaves him unable to man the boat, Lia's only option is to convince Drew's brooding, sexy brother to captain the ship (and save her butt). For the last two years, Evan Betancourt has been sailing around the world to avoid the ghosts of his past. But when he pulls into Sandy Cove for a brief stop, Lia makes him an offer she won't let him refuse. And as these two opposites figure out how to work together, the murky waters between denial and attraction are creeping up...

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