New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

July 22, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Lucky in love

July 21, 2017
West, Kasie, author.
©2017
342 pages ; 22 cm
Maddie is a hard working high school senior, waiting to hear from the colleges she applied to, when on a whim she buys a lottery ticket and wins; suddenly she is the center of everybody's attention, including her struggling family, and not necessarily in a good way--only Seth Nguyen, her charming coworker at the local zoo, seems oblivious to her luck, and Maddie is not sure whether telling him will change their developing relationship.

Amanda wakes up

July 21, 2017
Camerota, Alisyn, author.
New York : Viking, 2017.
327 pages ; 24 cm
"When Amanda Gallo, fresh from the backwater of local TV, lands the job of her dreams at FAIR News--the coveted morning anchor slot--she's finally made it: a six-figure salary, wardrobe allowance, plenty of on-air face time, and a chance to realize her dreams, not to mention buy herself lunch. Amanda Wakes Up takes off as Amanda feels for the first time that she can make her mom and her best friend proud and think about an actual future with her boyfriend, Charlie. But she finds her journalistic ideals shredded as she struggles to keep up with the issues in a ratings-crazed madhouse--battling for hair and makeup time, coping with her sexist (but scathingly handsome) coanchor, Rob, mixing up the headlines with pajama modeling on the street, and showing Benji Diggs, her media maestro boss, that she's got what it takes. As the news heats up in a hotly contested election season and a wild-card candidate, former Hollywood actor Victor Fluke, appears on the scene, Amanda's pressure-cooker job gets hotter as her personal life unravels. Walking a knife's edge between ambition and survival, and about to break the biggest story of her career, Amanda must decide what she's willing to give up to get ahead--and what she needs to hold on to to save herself"-- Provided by publisher.

Hate to want you

July 21, 2017
Rai, Alisha, author.
©2017
371 pages ; 17 cm.
"One night. No one will know. That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts—and the last names that made them enemies. Until the night she didn't show up. Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn't have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn't want...so why can't he forget how right she feels in his bed? Livvy didn't come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence--and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families. Being together might be against all the rules...but being apart is impossible"--Page [4] of cover.

The innkeeper's sister

July 21, 2017
Goodnight, Linda, author.
©2017
344 pages ; 21 cm
Grayson Blake always has a purpose -and never a moment to lose. He's come home to Honey Ridge to convert a historic gristmill into a restaurant, but his plans crumble like Tennessee clay when the excavation of a skeleton unearths a Civil War mystery -and leads him back to a beautiful and familiar stranger. Once a ballet dancer, now co-owner of the Peach Orchard Inn, Valery Carter harbors pain as deep as the secrets buried beneath the mill. A bright facade can't erase her regrets any more than a glass of bourbon can restore what she's lost. But spending time with Grayson offers Valery a chance to let go of her past and imagine a happier future. And with the discovery of hidden messages in aged sheet music, both their hearts begin to open. Bound by attraction, and compelled to resolve an old crime that links the inn and the mill, Grayson and Valery encounter a song of hurt, truth -and hope.

The awkward path to getting lucky : a novel

July 21, 2017
Heacock, Summer, author.
©2017
356 pages ; 21 cm
Includes recipes for cupcakes.
"In thirty-four days, it will have been exactly two years to the day since I've had sex. Having sex wasn't exactly high on Kat Carmichael's priority list while her successful bakery was taking off, especially since things hadn't been working very well in that department. And the last time she and her boyfriend, Ryan, even attempted the act, they found it to be physically impossible--resulting in pain and disappointment for Kat instead of sunshine and orgasms. With just over a month until their four-year anniversary, Kat calls for a break in her relationship with Ryan, encouraging him to see other people while she throws herself into physical therapy. Yet even with the well-intentioned (but wildly inappropriate) attempts at help from her best friends, Kat quickly discovers that a solo mission may not be the best approach. Fortunately, physical therapist Ben Cleary, the shop's best (looking) customer, volunteers to help out--strictly as a friend, of course. But as the line between love and friendship begins to blur, Kat stands to lose much more than a functioning set of lady bits if she can't figure out what to hang on to...and what to let go"--Page [4] of cover.

The ends of the world

July 21, 2017
Hall, Maggie, 1982-
New York, NY : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]
309 pages ; 22 cm.
Avery West has the Circle-- but has lost everything else: her mother, the family she'd just found, and the one boy she trusted. When disaster strikes, turning Avery, Stellan, Jack, and Elodie into the most wanted people in the world, they'll have to make a desperate, dangerous final race for Alexander the Great's tomb. What they will find inside will mean the world's salvation-- or destruction.

Before the dawn

July 21, 2017
Eden, Cynthia, author.
©2017
377 pages ; 17 cm.
"Ex-SEAL Tucker Frost knows that the world is full of evil. He saw it in the face of his own brother, Jason Frost, a cold, methodical, sadistic killer. A killer Tucker put down with his own hands in order to save Jason's final victim--Dawn Alexander, the only girl who got away from the infamous "Iceman." It's Tucker's up close and personal experience with evil that's made him perfect for Samantha Dark's experimental profiling division in the FBI. And when women start turning up murdered with the same MO used by the Iceman, Tucker is sent back to Louisiana to investigate. Ten full years have passed since the night that Tucker faced down his brother...and since he last saw Dawn, his one-time lover. But as Tucker and Dawn grapple with a desire that never died, they must also face the shared shadow from their pasts. Both have the same question--has Jason Frost come back from the dead to hunt again? And this time, will he succeed in killing the victim who got away?"--Page 4 of cover.

Bittersweet

July 21, 2017
McCoy, Shirlee.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2017]
347 pages ; 18 cm.
"In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's luscious handmade chocolates are a beloved tradition—and the sweetest of comforts. And for the most reserved of the three Lamont sisters, they're a much-needed way to challenge the past, rekindle hope—and make happiness for a lifetime. Caring family and friends, tranquil streets—ex-prosecutor Willow Lamont wishes these could make her feel truly at home. She's back to help her grandfather manage Chocolate Haven, a long held dream come true. But she's struggling to make their unique fudge—and to cope with a secret trauma that haunts her. Yet when she finds an abandoned baby who breaks her heart wide open, she wonders how long she can hide her emotions—especially from warm, handsome, and way too nosey Deputy Sheriff Jax Gordon. Always an outsider, Jax knows more than he should about loss. But he didn't expect his difficult search for baby "Miracle's" mother would reveal such a vulnerable side to the accomplished, beautiful woman he's always admired. Earning Willow's trust is the hardest thing he's ever had to do. Yet between her honesty and courage, he's longing to fill her life with rekindled joy—and a forever of irresistible love" --Back cover.

Love blooms

July 21, 2017
Pope, Jamie (Romance writer), author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books,, Kensington Publishing Corp., 2017.
341 pages ; 17 cm
"An unstable childhood and a bad marriage have left Nova unable to trust anyone--especially herself. She'd do anything for her young son, but feels she'll never be a good enough mother. She's got major talent as a stylist and makeup artist, but big-time success would mean leaving the safety of Martha’s Vineyard and the only family she has left. Still, she needs to kick-start her life in a new direction. The last thing she needs is her childhood frenemy, Tanner Brennan, confusing her even more. An Ex-Army Ranger, Tanner was looking for peace and routine when he came back home to Martha's Vineyard. Scrapping with Nova reminds him of the hopeful boy he was, before secrets and guilt closed him off. But there's no way he can fight her raw vulnerability--or his longing to become part of her life. And as their all-too-fragile bond is threatened in ways they never expected, he and Nova have only one chance to finally come to terms with the past--and find the future in each other."-- Provided by publisher,

Worth the wait

July 21, 2017
Foster, Lori, 1958-
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, [2017]
377 pages ; 21 cm.
Sequel to: Don't tempt me.
"Single dad Hogan Guthrie is getting his life back on track, and working as the 'barbecue master' at a local diner is just a temporary detour. He and restaurant owner Violet Shaw constantly butt heads... until one night they end up mingling other parts instead. Hogan thought he had the recipe for happiness all figured out. But loyal, carefree Violet is daring him to trust his impulses... and see just how sweet small-town living--and loving--can be. Nathan Hawley traded his SWAT team credentials for a sheriff's badge, but a gorgeous new neighbor is shaking up his orderly life. Nathan has a hunch there's more to Brooklin Sweet than meets the eye--but given her caution about getting involved, he has his work cut out for him. Still, there's something about the elusive beauty Nathan can't walk away from--and helping her come to terms with her past might pave the way to the future they both secretly long for"--Page [4] of cover.

Wildfire

July 21, 2017
Andrews, Ilona, author.
[New York, New York] : Avon Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2017.
391 pages ; 18 cm
Coming to accept the depths of her magical powers, Nevada Baylor now has to accept the fact that she has fallen in love with Connor "Mad" Rogan and is faced with choices she never dreamed of to be with him--forever.

Fatal threat

July 21, 2017
Force, Marie, author.
©2017
408 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes bonus story, Bringing Noah home, and a preview of Fatal chaos.
It's just another day at the office for Washington Metro Police lieutenant Sam Holland when a body surfaces off the shores of the Anacostia River. Before Sam can sink her teeth into the new case, Secret Service agents seize her from the crime scene. A threat has been made against her family, but nobody will tell her anything--including the whereabouts of her husband, Vice President Nick Cappuano.

After Anatevka : a novel inspired by Fiddler on the roof

July 21, 2017
Silber, Alexandra, author.
New York : Pegasus Books, 2017.
vi, 327 pages ; 24 cm
The world knows well the tale of Tevye, the beloved Jewish dairyman from the shtetl Anatevka of Tsarist Russia. In stories originally written by Sholem Aleichem and then made world-famous in the celebrated musical Fiddler on the Roof, Tevye, his wife Golde, and their five daughters dealt with the outside influences that were encroaching upon their humble lives. But what happened to those remarkable characters after the curtain fell? In After Anatevka, Alexandra Silber picks up where Fiddler left off. Second-eldest daughter Hodel takes center stage as she attempts to join her Socialist-leaning fiancé Perchik to the outer reaches of a Siberian work camp. But before Hodel and Perchik can finally be together, they both face extraordinary hurdles and adversaries--both personal and political--attempting to keep them apart at all costs. A love story set against a backdrop of some of the greatest violence in European history, After Anatevaka is a stunning conclusion to a tale that has gripped audiences around the globe for decades.

Dark rites

July 20, 2017
Graham, Heather, author.
©2017
310 pages ; 25 cm.
A series of bizarre assaults is mystifying Boston police: an unknown attacker is viciously beating random strangers and leaving a note quoting an old warning about witchcraft. History professor Alex Maple was one of the victims, and now he's gone missing. Vickie Preston is certain that someone has taken her friend for malicious purposes. She's having blood-drenched visions that seem to be staining her waking life, and the escalating attacks suggest that a dangerous cult is at work behind the scenes--a cult so powerful that its members would rather die than be apprehended. Vickie is grateful to have Special Agent Griffin Pryce and the FBI's elite Krewe of Hunters on her side. She and Griffin are finding their way in an increasingly passionate relationship, and Griffin is desperately trying to keep her safe and the two of them sane amid the disturbing investigation. The search for Alex will take them deep into the wilderness of Massachusetts on the trail of a serial killer, and it will take everything they have to survive the ancient evil that awakens and threatens not just the man they're striving to save but their very souls.

From this day

July 20, 2017
Roberts, Nora, author.
©1983.
216 pages ; 23 cm
B.J. Clark, the young and pretty manager of the Lakeside Inn, meets the new owner, Taylor Reynolds, fully prepared to dislike him. Is he really about to transform her sleepy old hotel into a resort for jet-setters? Sure enough, sparks fly as the pair clash about the hotel's future. But despite her best efforts, B.J. soon finds herself torn between her professional antagonism and her growing attraction to the man she had sworn to despise....

Who's that girl

July 20, 2017
Thornburgh, Blair, author.
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
392 pages ; 22 cm
Junior Nattie McCullough is totally OK with her place in life: Latin whiz. Member of the school's gay-straight alliance. Joni Mitchell superfan. Seventeen-year-old who has never been kissed. So when last summer's crush and her former classmate--Young Lungs lead singer Sebastian Delacroix--comes back to town with his new hit single "Natalie," she can't bring herself to believe it could possibly be about her...could it?

Beneath Copper Falls

July 20, 2017
Coble, Colleen, author.
© 2017
xiii, 319 pages ; 22 cm.
"As a 911 dispatcher, Dana Newell takes pride in being calm in tough circumstances. In addition to her emotionally-charged career, she's faced enough emergencies in her own life. She recently escaped her abusive fiancé to move to tranquil Rock Harbor where she hopes life will be more peaceful. But the idyllic town hides more danger and secrets than it first appeared. Dana is continually drawn to her new friend Boone, who has scars inside and out. Then she answers a call at her job only to hear a friend's desperate screams on the other end. Soon, the pain in her past collides with the mysteries of her new home - and threatens to keep her from the future she's always wanted." - Provided by publisher.

The library of fates

July 20, 2017
Khorana, Aditi, author.
©2017
314 pages ; 22 cm
"No one is entirely certain what brings the Emperor Sikander to Shalingar. Until now, the idyllic kingdom has been immune to his many violent conquests. To keep the visit friendly, Princess Amrita has offered herself as his bride, sacrificing everything--family, her childhood love, and her freedom--to save her people. But her offer isn't enough ... Stripped of all that she loves, caught between her rosy past and an unknown future, will Amrita be able to restore what was lost, or does another life--and another love--await?"-- book jacket.

Run to ground

July 19, 2017
Ruggle, Katie, author.
©2017
403 pages ; 17 cm
Grieving the death of his partner, Theo Bosco has no room in his life for distractions. Though his instincts scream that he should avoid Juliet 'Jules' Jackson, he can't seem to stay away. It doesn't help that Theo's new K9 companion has fallen head over paws with Jules's rambunctious family. Or that when he's with her, Theo finally knows peace. When Jules rescued her siblings, whisking them away to the safety of the beautifully rugged Colorado Rockies, she never expected to catch the eye--or the heart--of a cop. Yet as Jules struggles to fight her growing attraction to the brooding K9 officer, another threat lurks much closer to home ... And this time, there's no escape.

The writing desk

July 19, 2017
Hauck, Rachel, 1960- author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2017]
405 pages ; 22 cm
"Tenley Roth's first book was a runaway bestseller. Now that her second book is due, she's locked in fear. Can she repeat her earlier success or is she a fraud who has run out of inspiration? With pressure mounting from her publisher, Tenley is weighted with writer's block. But when her estranged mother calls asking Tenley to help her through chemotherapy, she packs up for Florida where she meets handsome furniture designer Jonas Sullivan and discovers the story her heart's been missing. A century earlier, another woman wrote at the same desk with hopes and fears of her own. Born during the Gilded Age, Birdie Shehorn is the daughter of the old money Knickerbockers. Under the strict control of her mother, her every move is decided ahead of time, even whom she'll marry. But Birdie has dreams she doesn't know how to realize. She wants to tell stories, write novels, make an impact on the world. When she discovers her mother has taken extreme measures to manipulate her future, she must choose between submission and security or forging a brand new way all on her own. Tenley and Birdie are from two very different worlds, but fate has bound them together in a way time cannot erase"--Amazon.com

Swimming with Bridgeport girls : a novel

July 18, 2017
Tambakis, Anthony, 1967- author.
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2017.
305 pages ; 25 cm
Ray Parisi is in trouble. Fired from his anchor job at ESPN after one too many public humiliations, he is holed up in a motel and in desperate need of a break. His ex-wife is shacking up with another guy in his old house, a Cambodian bookie wants to kill him, and he's wanted by the New York State Police. A few days before the Fourth of July, he unexpectedly receives an inheritance from his long-lost father, and it seems like all of his problems might be solved. Determined to get his life back together, Ray hatches an imaginative but highly suspect plan to win back his wife, dashing from Connecticut to Las Vegas to Memphis in an attempt to secure his future before the past runs him down. The cast of characters he meets along the way is as loveable as it is absolutely insane.

Pages for her

July 18, 2017
Brownrigg, Sylvia, author.
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint, 2017.
375 pages ; 24 cm
"Pages for Her is the story of two women, Flannery and Anne, each at a personal turning point, and the circumstances that lead to their reunion. Twenty years after their brief but passionate affair, chronicled in Brownrigg's earlier novel Pages for You, Flannery has the chance once again to meet Anne, who opened young Flannery up to the possibility of love-then left her heartbroken. Having long ago put their love behind them, they live now on opposite coasts. Anne has been in a deep, childless partnership with a fellow scholar Jasper, who recently left her. Flannery, to her own surprise, married a charismatic artist named Charles, with whom she has a young daughter. Submerged by her husband's demands and personality and her adjustment to motherhood, Flannery has lost sight of her self and her work. When the two women meet at a conference, they find that the passion and understanding between them has endured, though it has been hidden. In rediscovering each other, they are able to rediscover themselves"-- Provided by publisher.

Seducing Abby Rhodes

July 18, 2017
Mason, J. D., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2017.
343pages ; 21 cm
"When Abigail Rhodes bought that old house she fell in love with in Blink, Texas, she got more than she bargained for. After being told by the local psychic that it is filled with a passionate energy from the previous owners, who died years ago, Abby decides to fix up her beloved house and reluctantly moves in. But ever since then, strange things have been happening in her newly renovated home, and Abby has been plagued with dreams that wake her up and leave her breathless. After a tumultuous life these last few years, Jordan Gatewood is following what amounts to a trail of breadcrumbs in an effort to find a renewed sense of purpose. Searching for the truth about the man his adoptive-father really was, Jordan makes his way to the old house where his father was murdered, in Blink--and right to the petite, understated beauty that answers the door. It's not long before Jordan realizes, quite unexpectedly, that Abby is the perfect woman for him. Jordan doesn't believe in ghosts or fate, but he does know that the powerful connection he feels for this woman started the day he met her in that house and he is determined to make her his. Robin is a successful Corporate Attorney, and was proud to be the lover of the most sought after bachelor in the state of Texas--until he abruptly breaks off their relationship, leaving her confused, heartbroken and bitter. When she discovers that he's left her for another woman, a woman she considers beneath her, Robin is determined to teach him a brutal lesson. A man like Jordan has too many secrets, secrets that, if found out, could not only destroy his relationship with this other woman, but that could also cost him the biggest business deal of his life, and possibly, his freedom"-- Provided by publisher.

The diplomat's daughter : a novel

July 17, 2017
Tanabe, Karin, author.
©2017
451 pages ; 21 cm
"During the turbulent months following the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, twenty-one-year-old Emi Kato, the daughter of a Japanese diplomat, is locked behind barbed wire in a Texas interment camp, the victim of misfortune and America's new policies of fear. Plagued by fence sickness, her world changes when she meets Christian Lange, whose German-born parents were wrongfully arrested for un-American activities. Together, they live as prisoners with thousands of other German and Japanese families, but discover that young love can triumph over even the most unjust circumstances. When Emi and her mother are abruptly sent back to Japan, Christian enlists in the US Army, with his sights set on the Pacific front--and a reunion with Emi. Sent away for her safety, Emi lives out the war in a Japanese resort town where many in the foreign community have fled, including both Jews and Nazis. When she overhears a German officer boasting of the men he has murdered in Asia, fate brings Emi back to Leo Hartmann, the son of prominent Austrian Jews, now a refugee in Shanghai--her oldest friend and her first love. Fearing for his life, Emi is determined to find Leo. But will Christian's devotion be strong enough to stop her? Hurtled together by war, passion, and extraordinary acts of selflessness, the paths of these three remarkable young people collide as the fighting on the Pacific front crescendos."--Provided by publisher.

What to say next

July 17, 2017
Buxbaum, Julie, author.
New York : Delacorte Press, 2017.
292 pages ; 22 cm
When an unlikely friendship is sparked between relatively popular Kit Lowell and socially isolated David Drucker, Kit asks David for his help figuring out the how and why of her father's tragic car accident.

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