New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

October 31, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Edge of betrayal

October 30, 2014
Butcher, Shannon K
New York : Signet Eclipse, 2014
360 p. ; 18 cm.
"The covert organization known as the Edge is in full rescue mode, having been ordered to find the victims of the dreaded Threshold Project-- and also to bring Adam Brink into the fold. Brink previously worked for Threshold, and may know how to stop the terror. Even as Mira secretly seeks to prove Adam is still a traitor, Adam has his own agenda that no one must discover. But when the two find their goals pointing in the same direction, Mira will be tested to believe in the one man she can't trust. The one man she can't resist...."--Author's website.

A dream of home

October 30, 2014
Clipston, Amy.
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Zondervan, [2014]
xii, 306 pages : genealogical table ; 22 cm.

Rake's handbook : including field guide

October 30, 2014
Orr, Sally, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014].
345 pages ; 18 cm
"The definitive guide to seduction...The Rake's Handbook was written on a dare, and soon took the ton by storm. Now its author, Ross Thornbury, is publicly reviled by the ladies--who are, of course, forbidden to read the handbook--but privately revered by the gentlemen. Unfortunately, Ross's notoriety is working against him, and he flees London painfully aware of the shortcomings of his own jaded heart. Spirited young widow Elinor Colton lives next to Ross's country estate. She's appalled not only by his rakish reputation, but also by his progressive industral plans. Elinor is sure her heart is immune to Ross's seductive ways. But he keeps coming around...impressing her with his vision for England's future and stunning her with his smiles. How does one resist the man who wrote the manual on love?"--Page [4] of cover.

Slow hand

October 30, 2014
Vane, Victoria, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014]
309 pages ; 18 cm
Wade Knowlton is a hardworking lawyer who's torn between his small-town Montana law practice and a struggling family ranch. He's on the brink of exhaustion from trying to save everybody and everything, when gorgeous Nicole Powell walks into his office. She's a damsel in distress and the breath of fresh air he needs. Nicole Powell is a sassy Southern girl who has officially sworn off cowboys after a spate of bad seeds-until her father's death sends her to Montana and into the arms of a man who seems too good to be true. Her instincts tell her to high tail it out of Montana, but she can't resist a cowboy with a slow hand...

Favorite son

October 30, 2014
Freshwater, Will, author.
Tallahassee, FL : Dreamspinner Press, 2014.
188 pages ; 23 cm
"Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he's blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John's perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as "Peter" and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him. Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he'd left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness."--Page 4 of cover.

Destiny's captive

October 29, 2014
Jenkins, Beverly, 1951- author.
New York : Avon Books, [2014].
370 pages ; 18 cm
"Noah Yates fully believes in the joys of a happy family and a good wife. But that's not the life for him. No, he would much rather sail the wild seas in search of adventure, not tied down. But then the unthinkable happens . . . he finds himself literally tied down. To a bed. By a woman. And Pilar isn't just an ordinary woman. She's descended from pirates. And after giving him one of the worst nights of his life, she steals his ship! Now Noah is on the hunt, and he'll stop at nothing to find this extraordinary woman . . . and make her his"-- Provided by publisher.

Sleigh bells in Valentine Valley

October 29, 2014
Cane, Emma, author.
[New York] : Avon Books, 2014.
355 pages ; 18 cm.
"Return to Valentine Valley, where Christmas lights are twinkling and first love burns brighter the second time around . . . When Tony De Luca's ex, Kate Fenelli, waltzes through the door of his tavern and pulls up a bar stool, she turns his balanced world on end. Once they'd been each other's first love, first everything. But then life happened, and they walked away with broken hearts. Now Kate is back in Valentine, and they can't seem to stay out of each other's way. When Tony begins wondering what would happen if they rekindled the sparks, he knows he's in big trouble. Kate can't believe she's sitting at Tony's bar spilling her life-changing problems to him. He's as gorgeous as ever, and she can't seem to forget how incredible he always made her feel. Still, the door on that chapter of their lives closed long ago. Yet with Christmas buzzing in the air, Kate can't help wondering if anything is possible--even a second chance with the only man she's ever loved" -- from publisher's web site.

Treasure on Lilac Lane

October 29, 2014
Alward, Donna, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2014.
330 pages ; 18 cm.
"Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store... Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them--one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined--both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss. But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart--or can love find a way to heal them both?"-- From back cover.

The accidental countess

October 29, 2014
Bowman, Valerie, author.
New York, NY : St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2014.
312 pages ; 18 cm
"St. Martin's Paperbacks historical romance"--Spine.
After returning home from battle to an unwanted arranged marriage, Captain Julian Swift finds himself falling for Lady Cassandra Monroe, his fiancée's cousin, who, unbeknownst to him, has been in love with him for years.

A rake by any other name

October 29, 2014
Marlowe, Mia.
Naperville, Ill. : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2014]
347 pages ; 18 cm
When Richard Barrett, Lord Hartley, is abruptly called home to take the reins of the estate, he discovers the extent of the family's financial straits. The remedy: marry the heiress their families have picked out for him. Unfortunately, he's already planned to marry someone else. Miss Sophie Goodnight isn't too keen on becoming his purse with feet...and she sabotages all attempts to woo her. But when Lord Hartley discovers the shenanigans in his father's past, he realizes that deciding between two beautiful women is the least of his problems.

Heart fire

October 29, 2014
Owens, Robin D.
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2014.
xii, 355 pages ; 21 cm.
"On the planet Celta, accepting a HeartMate can be the greatest challenge in the universe... Antenn, an architect hired to build a cathedral in Druida City, dares not think of his HeartMate. Even though he yearns for her, he's taken steps to ensure she will be forever unknown to him. After all, how could he, a commoner who grew up in the slums, the brother of a murderer, be worthy of any woman? Tiana, a priestess, has her own fears about being a HeartMate. She's watched her friends struggle with such a stormy destiny. She's sure her HeartMate has never claimed her due to a terrible scandal involving her Family, and she's set aside hopes for love. Antenn's gotten the commission of his life. The cathedral will make him famous, but more, it will last for ages and prove to others he can contribute to Celta...if the controversial structure isn't destroyed while being built. Tiana, too, is an integral part of this process, but the villain who wrecked her Family is ready with firebombs. Can they trust each other in dangerous circumstances to succeed...and to love?"-- Provided by publisher.

All is bright

October 29, 2014
Spencer, Katherine, 1955-
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
x, 294 pages ; 24 cm.
"In the little town of Cape Light, Reverend Ben Lewis reflects on Christmas past-while his beloved daughter, Rachel, looks to the future. A box of old photographs sparks long forgotten memories for Reverend Ben, images of himself when he was a young minister, a newcomer to Cape Light and his congregation. He remembers the very first Christmas at his new church, when nothing turned out as he expected. A prominent church member and benefactor, Oliver Warwick, stood accused of a serious crime, and the entire town and congregation were quickly torn apart. Ben knew that he must carry the banner of God's love and mercy into the fray, all the while struggling to win his church's confidence and respect and prove to all-including himself-that he was worthy of his calling as a minister. As her father looks back, Rachel Anderson looks to the future, trying to imagine a life without her beloved husband, Jack. But then, single-dad Ryan Cooper appears on her doorstep like an unexpected package. Her son's basketball coach is just the man Rachel needs to shake up her world and show her there's such a thing as focusing-and fretting-too much. Ryan's gentleness, charm, and understanding are a convincing combination, and Rachel soon finds herself imagining a new world filled with hope and love. But deep loss and old fears are not so easily dispelled, and Christmas brings Rachel a serious choice: cling to a past filled with comforting memories, or reach for a future of bright possibilities. "-- Provided by publisher.

Whatever life throws at you

October 29, 2014
Cross, Julie.
Fort Collins, CO : Entangled Teen, 2014.
373 p. ; 21 cm.
"A Liz Pelletier collection book."
"Seventeen-year-old Annie Lucas is too young to remember her dad's glory days as a pitcher for the Yankees. So when her father is offered a coaching position with the Kansas City Royals, Annie is intrigued to see the baseball side of her dad. Of course, knowing he'll be a mentor to hot young rookie pitcher, Jason Brody, certainly makes it more enticing. After an awkward first meeting with "Brody" involving very little clothing and a much-too-personal locker room interview, Annie's convinced she knows Brody's type: arrogant, self-involved, bossy. As her dad grows closer to the pitching phenom, the friction between Brody and Annie increases. But when opening day arrives and it looks like both her dad and Brody may lose their dream jobs, Annie steps up and offers support. She and Brody call a truce that grows into friendship--and beyond. Falling for a rising star who's quickly reaching a level that involves rabid female fans is not what Annie would call smart, except suddenly she's getting hints that maybe this crush isn't one-sided after all. Could someone like Brody actually fall for a girl like her?"--Publisher website.

The viscount who lived down the lane

October 28, 2014
Boyle, Elizabeth.
New York : Avon Books, c2014.
374 p. ; 18 cm.
"As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor's house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights. Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her 'improvements,' and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he's scorned society ever since his return ... until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance."--from cover, page [4].

Christmas at Twilight : a Twilight, Texas novel

October 28, 2014
Wilde, Lori, author.
New York, New York : Avon, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
viii, 384 pages ; 18 cm.
It's Christmas in Twilight, Texas. The Cookie Club is baking, the town is decorated, and Delta Force Operator Hutch Hutchinson has finally, reluctantly, returned home... only to get pepper sprayed by the delicious-looking stranger who's taken over his house. She says her name is Jane, and she immediately sets down ground rules. Top priority: no touching. For Hutch that isn't easy--he was wounded in action, but one part is still working very well. Then Hutch learns the truth. Jane harbors a frightening secret--she's really Meredith Sommers, on the run from a dangerous ex-husband and desperately in need of the safety Hutch can provide. In that moment, he vows he'd do anything in his power to protect her. And as Christmas approaches, they discover that their love can conquer the past and overcome any obstacle--but what price will they pay?

Eternal

October 28, 2014
Hunter, C. C., author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
386 pages ; 22 cm.
When a deadly virus forces Della to be reborn, she's bonded to the vampire Chase--despite her attraction to shapeshifter Steve--and meanwhile her latest case reveals shocking secrets about her father.

Mac Liam

October 28, 2014
Vincent, Renee, author.
©2010
346 pages ; 21 cm
"Book two of the Emerald Isle triology"--Cover.
Breandán Mac Liam, the young hunter from Ireland's lush forests, is in love with Mara, an ineligible beautiful princess. For seven long years, he has been vividly haunted by her memory, taunted by the throes of his heartache. Mara, the spirited Connacht princess, has no idea she is the object of the Irishman's longing. She is living out her days on Inis Mór, raising a troubled son and trying to endure the cruel loneliness that afflicts her heart. Ordered by the king on his deathbed, Breandán must return to Mara and bring her through the perilous lands of Connacht to fulfill her father's last dying wish. But as their worlds collide, Breandán not only finds himself wrapped in the arms of Mara's embrace, but thrown into a struggle to defend his honor. With Mara caught between the family she loves and the father she knows, can Breandán uncover the mystery of her past and still protect her from a secret that threatens them all?

The fall of rain

October 28, 2014
Vincent, Renee, author.
©2013
274 pages ; 21 cm
"Book three of the Emerald Isle triology"--Cover.
Leif Dæganssen, an archeologist from Norway, is determined to trace back his Scandinavian roots as far as the Dark Ages and find proof of their existence on the Emerald Isle. After several years of living off the west coast of Ireland, he finally uncovers an ancient artifact--an intricately decorated chest with pagan carvings--buried beneath the very porch of his coastal cottage. Knowing it only confirms the presence of a glorified Norse-influenced settlement on Inis Mór, he's determined to establish a link between himself and those who once inhabited the rugged isle. For as long as she can remember, Lorraine O'Connor has had dreams of a Norse warrior kissing her. And even though she's never fully understood the reason for her vivid subconscious imagination, she welcomes the meaningless and wanton pleasure of being in a Viking's protective embrace--until the day she meets that brazen Northman on an impulsive vacation trip to Ireland. Though blindsided by the relevance of her dreams and the strange familiarity of the man within them, Lorraine can't help but feel a deep-seated intimacy toward Leif. And the more she gets to know him, the more she's convinced they've shared a life together in a time long forgotten. Are the clues to their ancestral past hidden within the contents of the chest or buried deep within their hearts?

A man's promise

October 27, 2014
Jackson, Brenda (Brenda Streater)
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

With every breath

October 27, 2014
Camden, Elizabeth, 1948-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Caroline's secret

October 27, 2014
Lillard, Amy.
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages ; cm.

Maybe this Christmas

October 27, 2014
Morgan, Sarah, 1948-
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin HQN, [2014]
377 pages ; 17 cm
"The O'Neil brothers trilogy"--Inside cover.

The lodge on Holly Road

October 27, 2014
Roberts, Sheila, author.
©2014
354 pages ; 17 cm.
Widower James Claussen, widow Olivia Wallace, and single mom Missy Monroe and their families spend Christmas at the lodge in Icicle Falls, Washington, where not everything goes as planned and some receive the most unexpected gifts of all.

An Amish family Christmas

October 27, 2014
New York : Love Inspired Books, [2014].
217 pages ; 17 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
Heart of Christmas / Marta Perry -- A plain holiday / Patricia Davids.

Burying water : a novel

October 27, 2014
Tucker, K. A. (Kathleen A.), 1978- author.
©2014
354 pages ; 21 cm.
"Left for dead in the fields of rural Oregon, a young woman defies all odds and survive--but she awakens with no idea who she is, or what happened to her. Refusing to answer to Jane Doe for another day, the woman renames herself Water for the tiny, hidden marking on her body--the only clue to her past. Taken in by old Ginny Fitzgerald, a crotchety but kind lady living on a nearby horse farm, Water slowly begins building a new life. But as she attempts to piece together the fleeting slivers of her memory, more questions emerge. Who is the next-door neighbor, quietly toiling under the hood of his Barracuda? Why won't Ginny let him step foot on her property? And why does Water feel she recognizes him? Twenty-four-year-old Jesse Welles doesn't know how long it will be before Water gets her memory back. For her sake, Jesse hopes the answer is never. He knows that she'll stay so much safer--and happier---that way. And that's why, as hard as it is, he needs to keep his distance. Because getting too close could flood her with harsh truths better left buried. The trouble is, water always seems to find its way to the surface"--cover p. 4.

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