New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

December 7, 2016
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Losing is what matters : a novel

December 6, 2016
Pérez Subirana, Manuel, 1971- author.
Victoria, TX : Dalkey Archive Press, 2016.
151 pages ; 22 cm
When his marriage and career fall apart, a young lawyer sets out on a desperate mission to recapture the promise of his youth. His attempt leaves him stranded between a past he no longer recognizes and a life that's no longer his, and he soon begins to suspect that the surest path to happiness lies in simply giving up. Losing Is What Matters is a moving, tragicomic novel about defeat, memory, and the seductive prospect of losing it all.

Hard rules

December 6, 2016
Jones, Lisa Renee, author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2016.
293 pages ; 21 cm.
"Exclusive bonus content included"--Cover.
"How bad do you want it? The only man within the Brandon empire with a moral compass, Shane Brandon is ready to take his family's business dealings legitimate. His reckless and ruthless brother, Derek wants to keep Brandon Enterprises cemented in lies, deceit, and corruption. But the harder Shane fights to pull the company back into the light, the darker he has to become. Then he meets Emily Stevens, a woman who not only stirs a voracious sexual need in him, but becomes the only thing anchoring him between good and evil. Emily is consumed by Shane, pushed sexually in ways she never dreamed of, falling deeper into the all-encompassing passion that is this man. She trusts him. He trusts her, but therein lies the danger. Emily has a secret, the very thing that brought her to him in the first place, and that secret that could that destroy them both."-- Provided by publisher.

The billionaire's prize

December 6, 2016
Winters, Rebecca, 1940- author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2016.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print" -- Cover.
Dea Caraccilo spent her whole life feeling inferior to her twin sister - never more so than when she first met billionaire Guido Rossano. Since then, Dea's worked hard to put her old self behind her, and to see life from a glass-half-full perspective!

Going deep

December 6, 2016
Calhoun, Anne, author.
New York : St Martin's Press, 2016.
344 pages ; 17 cm
"An Alpha Ops novel."
"After weeks on a sold-out tour, singer Cady Ward is coming home for the holidays. But after one too many episodes of fan-craziness, Cady's manager decides that she needs protection-- in the form of muscled cop Conn McCormick. Longing for peace and quiet to prepare before her next album drops, Cady doesn't need a bodyguard just to deal with some vague email threats...though she can't deny that close proximity to Conn's body is a very nice place to be"--Back cover.

Christmas baby for the princess

December 5, 2016
Wallace, Barbara, 1964-
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin Books, 2016.
252 p. ; 17 cm.
Faced with a royal scandal, pregnant princess Arianna fled to New York. But when a pickpocket leaves her penniless, she must turn to handsome restauranteur Max Brown for help...

The nerdy and the dirty

December 5, 2016
Gottfred, B. T., author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2016.
292 pages ; 22 cm
Pen Lupo is sick and tired of hiding who she is. On the outside, Pen is popular, quiet, and deferential to her boyfriend. On the inside, however, Pen is honest, opinionated--and not quite sure that she's like other girls. Do they have urges like she does? His classmates may consider him a nerd, but Benedict Pendleton knows he's destined for great things. All he has to do is find a worthy girlfriend, and his social station will be secured. Sure, Benedict is different--but that's what he likes about himself. When fate intervenes, both Pen and Benedict end up at the same vacation resort for winter break. Despite their differences, the two are drawn together. But is there such a thing as happily ever after for a nympho and a nerd?

The silent songbird

December 5, 2016
Dickerson, Melanie, author.
Nashville, Tennessee : Thomas Nelson, 2016.
296 pages ; 22 cm
"In 1384 England, seventeen-year-old Evangeline, ward and cousin of King Richard II, tries to escape from an arranged marriage, dreaming of a life outside Berkhamsted Castle, where she might be free to marry for love and not politics, but when she runs away and joins a small band of servants on their way back to their home village, she finds herself embroiled in a tangled web that threatens England's monarch."--Provided by publisher.

Plain Christmas : a plain fame novel

December 5, 2016
Price, Sarah, 1969- author.
254 pages ; 21 cm.
It's been nine years since Cuban singer Alejandro Diaz's limousine collided with a young Amish woman named Amanda Beiler as she was crossing a New York City street; an accident that ignited the couple's cross-cultural romance. Amanda loves her husband and their three children, but their fast-paced, lavish Miami lifestyle troubles her. Will her kids grow up never knowing what it's like to simply be, without chauffeurs, social media, and paparazzi complicating their lives? When she receives a letter from her mother in Pennsylvania inviting the family to visit for Christmas, she seizes the chance to show her children a different way of life.

Drop of doubt

December 5, 2016
Stone, C. L., 1980- author.
[United States] : Arcato Publishing, [2014]
402, 17, 12 pages ; 21 cm.
Sang Sorenson is harrassed by threatening phonecalls, so the Academy boys take her to Morgan estate for safety.

First days

December 5, 2016
Stone, C. L., 1980- author.
[Lafayette, Louisiana] : Arcato Publishing, [2013]
279, 6 pages ; 21 cm.
Sang Sorenson used to be the invisible girl in class. As a new student at Ashley Waters High School, Sang hopes her new friends will make fitting in a breeze. But the school is overcrowded and prone to outbreaks of violence. This year, instead of being invisible, Sang is a target.

First kiss

December 5, 2016
Stone, C. L., 1980- author.
[Lafayette, Louisiana] : Arcato Publishing, [2016]
435, 7 pages ; 21 cm
Includes an excerpt from Black and Green, book 11 in the Ghost Bird series of the Academy.
"The time has finally come for Sang Sorenson to be formally introduced to the Academy. Protocol dictates the boys keep the details of Sang's official introduction to the Academy a secret from her. The only thing they can advise her to do is to work on what will become her mantra: She is determined to stay with her team, no matter what. Despite her wishes, however, the boys are second-guessing her place with them, concerned for her safety. With danger all around and threats closing in, some boys are questioning if this is the right time to bring her to meet the Academy at all. The guys try to stick to their plan, but every team must pay their debts, and the cost of keeping her might be more than any of them can afford. It's up to Sang to prove to the Academy where she truly belongs - but can she resist the call of a new team that needs her?" -- Back cover

Forgiveness and permission

December 5, 2016
Stone, C. L., 1980- author.
[United States] : Arcato Publishing, [2013]
383, 11 pages ; 21 cm.
Sang Sorenson and her sister, abandoned by their parents, must rely on the Academy boys, but to do that she will have to trust them.

Friends vs. family

December 5, 2016
Stone, C. L., 1980- author.
[United States] : Arcato Publishing, [2013]
409, 12 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes an excerpt of Forgiveness and permission by C.L. Stone (12 pages).
Sang Sorenson experiences a taste of freedom and what it's like to be truly cared for and wanted.

The healing power of sugar

December 5, 2016
Stone, C. L., 1980- author.
[Lafayette, Louisiana] : Arcato Publishing, [2015]
358, 6 pages ; 21 cm
Includes an excerpt from First Kiss, book 10 in the Ghost Bird series of the Academy.
"It's been a week since Sang has attended any classes at Ashley Waters, and since then, everything has changed. Her school schedule has been turned upside down, and now, thanks to her absences, the school counselor, Ms. Wright, has suspended her. The fear of school officials getting further involved and looking to contact her parents has Sang and the boys forced into their best behavior. It seems that the once perfect student, Sang Sorenson, is now one of the school's worst, and without explanation, because she needs to keep her lips tightly sealed. Academy secrets are becoming hazardous to keep. The more that Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Gabriel, Luke and North try to protect her, the more inevitable her downfall seems to be. She can't afford to screw up anymore. But then fate deals out a setback that cripples the whole team, and they need to make a move, it turns into a risky one. There's no way to predict the outcome. If they fail, the boys may lose the job they were sent to do, and worse, they may even lose Sang. Everything gets more difficult when it's revealed there might be a traitor amidst the group. Sang needs to find out the truth. And why all fingers seem to be pointing to Luke." --Page [4] of cover.

House of Korba

December 5, 2016
Stone, C. L., 1980- author.
314, 46, 13 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes Touch of Mischief, a Halloween short story (46 pages) and an excerpt from The Other Side of Envy by C.L. Stone (13 pages).
"It's homecoming week at Ashley Waters, but Sang Sorenson has a lot more on her mind than dresses and crowns. Silas's troubled past--full of secrets he and his team thought they'd buried--comes back to haunt him, threatening to ruin everything"--Page 4 of cover.

The other side of envy

December 5, 2016
Stone, C. L., 1980- author.
307, 11 pages ; 21 cm.
Includes an excerpt from The Healing power of sugar by C.L. Stone (11 pages).
"Sang Sorenson dreams of what life might be like for her in the Academy, but joining isn't as easy as simply writing an exam or passing an interview. She'll need to pull the team together to get them on her side in order for it to work, which is harder than it sounds. The boys will do anything to protect her, which, for some, means keeping her out. But that's not all that's going on in Sang's complicated life. After a shocking revelation, Gabriel Coleman splinters himself off from everyone, avoiding not just his Academy team, but even going so far as to avoid Sang. Desperate to bring him back and get him on her side, Sang digs deep into his past to try to discover a way to reach out to him. His truth is riddled with tragic events, but with the help of Kota, Victor, Silas, Nathan, Luke and North, she might be able to reach out to him before envy and despair drag him too far down to be saved."--Page 4 of cover.

Push and shove

December 5, 2016
Stone, C. L., 1980- author.
[United States] : Arcato Publishing, [2014]
487, 11 pages ; 21 cm.
Sang Sorenson and the Academy boys must deal with a principal who wants to take them all down, Nathan's abusive father, and the fact that all seven of the boys have feelings for Sang.

Straight flushed

December 5, 2016
Shaw, Emerson, author.
335 pages ; 21 cm
"A hot pursuit novel, book one."
"Being a bodyguard is what makes Diana Cain tick. It wasn't initially what she set out to do, but one night changed the course of her life, and she vowed to never let anyone be a victim again. Then she met Vance DeLuca. His polished physique, chiseled face, and magnetic charm make him everything a woman wants. The only problem? He's her partner and office romances are prohibited. When Diana meets a new man, tensions unexpectedly rise. His charisma and beach boy good looks make him irresistible. But he needs something from her--information only she can get. She's forced to keep secrets, and her moral code is tested. She quickly learns victims could start piling up, including Vance, the one person always at her side. An intricate mix of mystery, suspense and romance will leave you wonder who is holding all the cards."--Back cover.

Back in the saddle : a novel

December 5, 2016
Herne, Ruth Logan, author.
Colorado Springs, Colorado : Multnomah Books, 2016.
309 pages ; 21 cm.
"Here comes a captivating western romance and family-centered drama with a heart of gold, featuring plenty of cowboys and family drama, from prolific author and networker Ruth Logan Herne"-- Provided by publisher.

The cottage

December 5, 2016
Phillips, Michael R., 1946- author.
405 pages : genealogical table, map ; 23 cm.
"In the Shetlands, Loni Ford discovers her inheritance is not at all what she expected, nor is local leader David Tulloch. A city girl at heart, she is surprised at how much she enjoys the peaceful atmosphere of the place. But change threatens that peace, as does a dangerous man intent on controlling the island--and Loni is all that's standing in his way"-- Provided by publisher.

Home on the range : a novel

December 5, 2016
Herne, Ruth Logan, author.
303 pages ; 21 cm.
"Can the brother left behind and a woman without hope work together for the good of two precious children? Nick Stafford stayed in central Washington, working his family's large ranch after his brothers left to pursue other passions--but his toughest job is being a single dad. As a child he watched his father fail at marriage and parenting, so Nick was determined to show him up. He'd be a better husband, father, and ranch manager than Sam Stafford ever was. Despite that commitment, three years after Nick's wife left him, he has a daughter in trouble at school and both of his girls are facing issues that force him to rethink his stubborn plans. For Dr. Elsa Andreas, life fell apart when tragedy caused her to abandon her family therapy practice and retreat to the backwoods of Gray's Glen. Her school principal sister believes Elsa can guide the Stafford girls and that working with kids will draw Elsa out of her protective bubble. Summer on the Double S teems with life and adventure. Amid the bounty of God and land, will Nick and Elsa find the courage to build futures based on faith rather than fear?"-- Provided by publisher.

Tangled webs : a novel

December 5, 2016
Hannon, Irene, author.
358 pages ; 23 cm.
Sequel to: Thin ice.
"After a disastrous Middle East mission ends his six-year Army Ranger career, Finn McGregor needs some downtime. A peaceful month in the woods sounds like the perfect way to decompress. But peace isn't on the agenda once he crosses paths with publishing executive Dana Lewis, a neighbor who is nursing wounds of her own. Someone seems bent on disrupting her stay in the lakeside cabin she inherited from her grandfather. As Finn and Dana work together to discover who is behind the disquieting pranks, the incidents begin to take on a menacing tone. And when it becomes apparent Dana's foe may have deadly intent, Finn finds himself back in the thick of the action--ready or not."--Provided by publisher.

Sa ngalan ng pag-ibig

December 5, 2016
Domingo, Suzette, author.
© 2015.
128 pages ; 18 cm
Silver Edition
"Precious Hearts Romances 5681"--Cover.

The relationship

December 5, 2016
Feliz, Belle, author.
© 2016
383 pages ; 18 cm
"Hotshots, Series 3"--Cover.

C̉o quên ŝàu

December 5, 2016
Nguŷẽn, Celia, author.
265 pages ; 21 cm

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