New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

July 30, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Once upon a summertime : a New York City romance

July 29, 2015
Carlson, Melody, author.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2015]
316 pages ; 22 cm.
Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it's a safe choice for a woman whose childhood was anything but stable. Out of the blue, she gets a once-in-a-lifetime chance to reinvent herself by moving to New York City, where she hopes for a management position at a stylish new boutique hotel. The big city is full of surprises--not the least of which is Sean O'Neil. Her childhood crush has applied for the very same position! Sweet, romantic, and endlessly entertaining, this romp through the storied streets of New York City will enchant readers. Melody Carlson has created characters so charming that readers will long to meet them in the lobby of the stunning Rothsberg Hotel.

A blessing for Miriam

July 29, 2015
Eicher, Jerry S.
Eugene, Oregon : Harvest House Publishers, [2015]
348 pages ; 22 cm.
As Miriam Yoder prepares for her wedding to Wayne Yutzy, beautiful Esther Swartz arrives in town, leaving Miriam trying not to let Esther's previous relationship with Wayne cloud her view of Wayne's devotion.

Dragon fall

July 28, 2015
MacAlister, Katie, author.
New York : Forever, 2015.
335 pages ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt of Dragon storm.
After witnessing a supernatural murder at an outdoor fair, Aoife Dakar encounters a sarcastic demon dog and a gorgeous dragon shifter who introduce her to a fantastical new world in which she learns just how hot a dragon's first burns.

The sinner's marriage redemption

July 27, 2015
West, Annie (Romantic fiction writer), author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
191 pages ; 17 cm.
"Seven sexy sins"--Cover.
CEO magnate Flynn Marshall wants Ava Cavendish as his trophy bride, but Flynn does not count on the growing feelings he has for Ava taking control of his plans.

The perfect Cazorla wife

July 27, 2015
Smart, Michelle, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
189 pages ; 17 cm.
Charley Cazorla gives in to her husband Raul's demands in exchange for his support of her business, but their rekindled feelings for one another may pull Charley back into their marriage.

The Marakaios baby

July 27, 2015
Hewitt, Kate, author.
187 pages ; 17 cm.
Dating Leo Marakaios is like dancing with the devil. Margo Ferras thinks she can match him step for seductive step--until Leo asks her to marry him. It might be for convenience only, but Margo knows it's time to walk away. Margo accepts that giving up Leo's earth-shattering kisses and expert touch is the price she must pay to protect her heart--but then she discovers she's pregnant. Now Margo finds herself in the plush offices of Marakaios Enterprises about to tell Leo he's going to be a father and to ask him to marry her!

The Greek demands his heir

July 27, 2015
Graham, Lynne, 1956- author.
185 pages : 17 cm.
"The notorious Greeks"--Cover.
Leo Zikos should be celebrating securing a perfectly convenient fiancée, but it's left him cold. Instead it's stranger Grace Donovan's impeccable beauty that fires his blood. So he decides to pursue one last night of freedom. But that night and the two little blue lines on the pregnancy test that follow blow Leo's plans apart. Now he must break with his fiancée and marry Grace. She might resist marrying a man she barely knows, but Leo will claim his legacy and has all the riches and influence he needs to ensure his demands are met!

His Sicilian Cinderella

July 27, 2015
Marinelli, Carol, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
184 pages ; 17 cm.
"Playboys of Sicily"--Spine.
After one night together, millionaire tycoon Matteo Santini cannot forget chambermaid Bella Gatti and considers his options when they both must attend Sicily's most exclusive wedding together.

Claimed for his duty

July 27, 2015
Pammi, Tara, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
188 pages ; 17 cm.
"Greek tycoons tamed"--Spine.
Five years ago Greek tycoon Stavros Sporades married heiress Leah Huntington to protect her fortune, but now that she wishes a divorce from him, his true feelings for her begin to take hold.

Lorie's heart

July 27, 2015
Lillard, Amy, author.
New York, NY : Zebra Books, [2015]
342 pages ; 17 cm
"Welcome back to Wells Landing, Oklahoma, the tranquil Amish community where still waters run deep and a brave young woman sets out to discover her faith, her family, and herself. . . Lorie Kauffman is grief-stricken when her father passes away unexpectedly. But her heartache quickly turns to bewilderment when she discovers he'd been leading two lives--one of simplicity and hard work in Wells Landing, and one fraught with painful ordeals in Tulsa. As she starts digging into her family's past, Lorie finds herself torn between the Amish world and the Englisch world--and she's no longer certain where she belongs. . . Lorie knows that if she leaves Wells Landing, she may never be able to return. But what if her destiny lies in the outside world--the world her father knew so well? Change is never easy, but with a bit of courage and the help of a handsome and kind-hearted Englischer, she just may find the peace, acceptance, and love she's been longing for" -- provided by publisher.

Taking the heat

July 27, 2015
Dahl, Victoria, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin HQN, [2015]
378 pages ; 17 cm
"Girls night out series"--Reverse cover.
"All revved up for bright lights and steamy nights, writer Veronica Chandler chased her dreams to New York City. When she hit a dead end, reality sent her back home to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Saving her pride and her new gig--writing a relationship advice column!--requires some faking. No one can know the truth about her big-city flop or her nonexistent sex life. But the town's irresistibly rugged librarian is determined to figure her out...and give her hands-on lessons in every wicked thing she wants to know. Gabe MacKenzie's heart might be in Wyoming, but secretly his future's tied up in his family's Manhattan legacy. Getting down and dirty with Veronica is supposed to give him a few memorable nights--not complicate his plans. But the thing about heat this scorching is there's just no going back...and it might be too hot for either of them to take"-- provided by publisher.

The secret sister

July 27, 2015
Novak, Brenda, author.
388 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reader's guide.
After a painful divorce, Maisey Lazarow returns to the small island off the North Carolina coast where she grew up. Upon finding a box of old photographs, Maisey and her brother Keith begin to uncover distant memories of a little girl who they believe was their sister. Their mother claims there was no sister, but Maisey is convinced there was. So where is she now?

A wedding on Primrose Street

July 27, 2015
Roberts, Sheila, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira, [2015]
378 pages ; 17 cm.
"There's nothing like a wedding! The joy, the fun, the memories--the stress. As a wedding planner, Anne Richardson has seen mothers of the bride turn into Momzillas, and she's determined not to do that when it's her daughter's turn to get married. But once Laney gets engaged, all bets are off. Anne becomes obsessed with giving Laney the perfect wedding she herself never had. And that wedding needs to be held in Icicle Falls at Primrose Haus, the perfect setting. Roberta Gilbert, owner of Primrose Haus, has been hosting events at her charming Victorian for thirty years. She's an expert on weddings, but not on mother-daughter relations. When her daughter, Daphne, comes home and decides to help with the business, the receptions become truly memorable--and not in a good way. Then there's the added complication of Roberta's gardener, who seems more interested in Daphne than he is in planting primroses... Tying the knot is a business that has everyone tied up in knots!" -- provided by publisher.

If he's noble

July 27, 2015
Howell, Hannah, author.
330 pages ; 17 cm
"The Wherlockes"--Cover.
"For Lady Primrose Wootten nothing has been ordinary since her father the Baron died and his wayward family filled the estate with greed and treachery. Primrose knows if she can just track down her brother, he can send the odious relations on their way. But instead she finds this enormous, powerful stranger, and forgets entirely what she was doing in the first place. Sir Bened Vaughn isn't much afraid of a pistol. But he is a bit afraid of the woman holding it, who stirs up something so primal he's not sure he can shake it off. Vaughn is an honorable man, and he knows he has no right to desire Primrose. Yet he does have an obligation to help her, and as they learn more about her brother's disappearance, he realizes that means staying by her side...and wondering how much longer they can resist temptation" -- provided by publisher.

My very best friend

July 27, 2015
Lamb, Cathy, author.
New York, NY : Kensington Books, [2015]
470 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
"Charlotte Mackintosh is an internationally known bestselling romance writer who has no romance, and remains a mystery to her fans. In fact, she has little in her life besides her work, her pampered cats, and her secluded home off the coast of Washington. And then there is her very best friend, Bridget, who lives in Scotland, where Charlotte lived until she was fifteen. Bridget, whom Charlotte hasn't seen in twenty years, but continues to write to--though the replies have stopped. Hurt by the silence, an opportunity arises to find answers--and maybe much more. Charlotte must finally return to Scotland to sell her late father's cottage. It was his tragic death when Charlotte was fifteen that began her growing isolation, and the task is fraught with memories. But her plans are slowed when she's confronted with the beautiful but neglected house, the irresistible garden--and Toran, Bridget's brother. Capable and kind, Toran has the answers Charlotte seeks. And as she is drawn deeper into the community she thought she'd left behind, Charlotte learns not only more about her dear friend, but about herself--and discovers a new and unexpected path."-- Provided by publisher.

Tremaine's true love

July 27, 2015
Burrowes, Grace.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015]
409 pages ; 18 cm
When he pays a visit to the Earl of Bellefonte, Tremaine St. Michael, an astute man of business, finds himself captivated by the earl's formidable sister, Lady Nita, who he believes needs his protection as she tends to the sick and the poor.

Falling for you

July 27, 2015
Mansell, Jill.
409 pages ; 21 cm
Maddy Harvey has blossomed since her teenage ugly duckling years. When a tall, handsome stranger comes to her rescue one starry summer's night, instant attraction turns to disaster-in-the-making when Maddy learns the identity of her superman: Kerr McKinnon. Of all the colorful residents of the small Cotswold town of Ashcombe, why did it have to be him? Because as family feuds go, the Montagues and the Capulets have nothing on the Harveys and the McKinnons.

The orchard at the edge of town

July 27, 2015
McCoy, Shirlee, author.
345 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt for Sweet Haven (pages 325-345).
Apricot Sunshine Devereux-Miller needs to stay lost. Her eccentric aunt's home in Apple Valley is the perfect place to forget her cheating ex-fiance and get her no-longer-perfect life back under control. Plus, it couldn't hurt to fix up the house and turn its neglected orchard into a thriving business. And if Apricot can keep deputy sheriff Simon Baylor's two lively young daughters out of mischief, maybe she can ignore that he's downright irresistible--and everything she never dreamed she'd find. Simon isn't looking to have his heart broken again. He already has his hands full raising his girls. And lately he's thinking way too much about Apricot's take-charge energy and unwitting knack for stirring up trouble. He can't see a single way they could ever be right for each other. Unless they can take a crazy chance on trusting their hearts--and risking the courage to finally find their way home.

The gift

July 24, 2015
Brunstetter, Wanda E., author.
Uhrichsville, Ohio : Shiloh Run Press, an imprint of Barbour Publishing, Inc., [2015]
318 pages ; 22 cm.

The last summer at Chelsea Beach

July 24, 2015
Jenoff, Pam, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : MIRA, [2015]
373 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reader's guide.
Young Adelia Montforte flees fascist Italy for America, where she is whisked away to the shore by her well-meaning aunt and uncle. Here, she meets and falls for Charlie Connally, the eldest of the four Irish-Catholic boys next door. But all hopes for a future together are soon throttled by the war and a tragedy that hits much closer to home. Grief-stricken, Addie flees, first to Washington and then to war-torn London, and finds a position at a prestigious newspaper, as well as a chance to redeem lost time, lost family and lost love. But the past always nips at her heels, demanding to be reckoned with. And in a final, fateful choice, Addie discovers that the way home may be a path she never suspected.

The taming of Xander Sterne

July 22, 2015
Mortimer, Carole, author.
284 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Large print"--Cover.
"Six weeks ago a car accident left Xander Sterne with a broken leg and, much to his annoyance, the need for live-in assistance. But to Xander's surprise, help arrives in the exquisitely tempting shape of Samantha Smith. A broken leg won't be an obstacle for this legendary lothario! With her boss launching a flirtatious--and persistent!--assault on Sam's every attempt to remain professional and unmoved by his skilled seduction, she starts to wonder just how long it will be before he convinces her to join him in redefining the meaning of 'personal assistant'..."--Page 4 of cover.

His defiant desert queen

July 22, 2015
Porter, Jane, 1964- author.
288 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Large print"--Cover.
"When Sheikh Mikael catches notorious model Jemma Copeland flaunting Saidia's laws--and her body--in his desert, he knows one thing: revenge against his family's destruction is within his reach! To achieve it he makes Jemma an offer: imprisonment or marriage. With her life shattered by the scandal that rocked her family, Jemma needed that modeling job. She didn't know that she was breaking the law! But Mikael's outrageous proposal pushes her beyond utter fury. If he expects her to be a meek, pliable bride, this arrogant sheikh has another think coming!"--Page 4 of cover.

Her knight in the Outback

July 22, 2015
Logan, Nikki, author.
287 pages (large print) ; 22 cm.
"Large print"--Cover.
Eve Read has been searching Australia for months for her missing brother, but when she meets meteorologist and biker Marshall Sullivan on the road, she wonders if her luck may finally be changing.

Wishes for Christmas

July 21, 2015
Michaels, Fern, author.
294 pages ; 22 cm
And the angels sing -- Naughty or nice -- A golden tree.
With the holidays approaching Sisterhood member Maggie Spitzer wants to bring joy to a teacher from her past, while Toots and the Godmothers investigate a mystery surrounding a designer at an exclusive Charleston firm.

A cure for suicide

July 20, 2015
Ball, Jesse, 1978-
New York : Pantheon Books, [2015]
239 pages ; 25 cm
"A man and a woman have moved into a small house in a small village. The woman is an “examiner,” the man, her “claimant.” The examiner is both doctor and guide, charged with teaching the claimant a series of simple functions: this is a chair, this is a fork, this is how you meet people. She makes notes in her journal about his progress: he is showing improvement yet his dreams are troubling. One day the examiner brings the claimant to a party, where he meets Hilda, a charismatic but volatile woman whose surprising assertions throw everything the claimant has learned into question. What is this village? Why is he here? And who is Hilda?"--Provided by publisher.

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