New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

October 18, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Made for you

October 17, 2014
Layne, Lauren, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
302 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt of "Only with you" ( pages [295]-302).
"Will Thatcher is exactly the type of sexy playboy good girls like Brynn have always avoided. And yet there was still something about him she just couldn't resist. When Will moved across the country three years ago, Brynn vowed it was time to put him behind her. She never thought Will might have other plans...Back in town, Will intends to get what he's always wanted--gorgeous, unforgettable Brynn. For years, he tormented the untouchable ice princess in a desperate bid for her attention. Now he has a new plan, and he'll do anything to rewrite their stormy past. This time, he's out to show Brynn that the imperfect man might be the best mistake of her life..."--Page 4 of cover.

Different tides

October 17, 2014
Woods, Janet, 1939- author.
Sutton : Severn House, 2014.
219 p. : 23 cm.
"1835. Clementine Morris, despite her youth and inexperience, is hired by Zachariah Fleet to care for his recently orphaned niece and nephew. But Zachariah has a secret, and there are troubles ahead, least of all when the self-possessed, wealthy businessman realises he may be falling for her"--provided by publisher.

Each shining hour : a novel of watervalley

October 17, 2014
High, Jeff, 1957-
New York : New American Library, 2014.
pages cm

Snowfall : a Days of redemption Christmas novella

October 16, 2014
Gray, Shelley Shepard, author.
New York : Avon Inspire, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
222, 10 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes reader's extras.
"Ruth Stutzman is a wonderful caregiver--but she has no experience with [children]. Laid off from her job at a retirement home due to budget cuts, she's relieved to find work--even if it means temporarily watching widower Martin Rodes' brood of six. Martin has done the best he can since his wife's passing, but he and the children need help. Their house, once full of laughter and light, has been darkened by sadness. Soon after Ruth arrives, the children are drawn to her warmth and gentleness, and so is Martin, even though he feels it's wrong"-- Provided by publisher.

The remedy for love : a novel

October 16, 2014
Roorbach, Bill.
Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2014.
311 pages ; 22 cm
They're calling for the "Storm of the Century," and in western Maine, that means something. So Eric closes his law office early and heads to the grocery store. But when an unkempt and seemingly unstable young woman in line comes up short on cash, a kind of old-school charity takes hold of his heart--twenty bucks and a ride home; that's the least he can do. Trouble is, Danielle doesn't really have a home. She's squatting in a cabin deep in the woods: no electricity, no plumbing, no heat. Eric, with troubles--and secrets--of his own, tries to walk away but finds he can't. She'll need food, water, and firewood, and that's just to get her through the storm: there's a whole long winter ahead. Resigned to help, fending off her violent mistrust of him, he gets her set up, departs with relief, and climbs back to the road, but--winds howling, snow mounting--he finds his car missing, phone inside. In desperation, he returns to the cabin. Danielle's terrified, then merely enraged. And as the storm intensifies, these two lost souls are forced to ride it out together.

Rowdy : a marked men novel

October 16, 2014
Crownover, Jay.
New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2014]
viii, 400 pages ; 21 cm
"The New York Times and USA Today bestselling Marked Men series continues with this sizzling, sexy story of love, heartbreak, fate, and second chances. After the only girl he ever loved told him that he would never be enough, Rowdy St. James knocked the Texas dust off his boots and set out to live up to his nickname. A good ol' boy looking for good times and good friends, Rowdy refuses to take anything too seriously, especially when it comes to the opposite sex. Burned by love once, he isn't going to let himself trust a woman again. But that's before his new co-worker arrives, a ghost from the past who's suddenly making him question every lesson he ever learned. Salem Cruz grew up in house with too many rules and too little fun--a world of unhappiness she couldn't wait to forget. But one nice thing from childhood has stayed with her; the memory of the sweet, blue-eyed boy next door who'd been head over heels in love with her little sister.Now, fate and an old friend have brought her and Rowdy together, and Salem is determined to show him that once upon a time he picked the wrong sister. A mission that is working perfectly--until the one person that ties them together appears, threatening to tear them apart for good"-- Provided by publisher.

Unleashed

October 16, 2014
Lacey, Rachel, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
330 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt of "For Keeps" (pages [313]-330).
"A love to the rescue novel"--Page 4 of cover.
"What happens when you find the right one at the wrong time? Cara Medlen has a serious case of animal attraction. And it's not because of all the foster dogs she's rescued. She's got it bad for her incredibly sexy neighbor. Her one rule: Don't get attached. It's served her well with the dogs she's given to good homes and the children she's nannied. Yet the temptation of Matt's sexy smile might just convince her that some rules are made to be broken. Matt Dumont doesn't need his skills as a private investigator to detect disaster on the horizon. Cara is everything he thought he'd never find-gorgeous, funny, and caring. But there's no way he can start a relationship just as he's about to move to another state. Talk about bad timing. As their attraction sizzles too hot to deny, they'll have to make a decision: forget the consequences and let loose, or forget each other and let go..."--Page 4 of cover.

The wicked ways of Alexander Kidd

October 16, 2014
Quinn, Paula, author.
New York : Forever, 2014.
378 pages ; 18 cm
Includes excerpt from "The scandalous secret of Abigail MacGregor" (pages [357]-378).
"An innocent stowaway. As the sheltered niece of a Highland chief, Caitrina Grant longs for adventure beyond the lush hills of Scotland. So when a pirate ship glides into the loch, tempting her with promises of exotic lands and hidden treasures, Trina sneaks aboard. But she is unprepared for the consequences-and the seductive captain who demands the ultimate price for her deception... A sinful pirate. For Alexander Kidd, the sea is no place for a lady. Pursued by deadly enemies from every direction, Alex won't rest until he claims the bounty of riches left to him by his father, the notorious Captain Kidd. A stowaway will not be tolerated-no matter how beautiful. But soon fighting his desire for Trina becomes his toughest battle yet, and he will have to make an agonizing choice: sacrifice his quest-or lose the woman who has stolen his heart."--Publisher's website.

Becoming Bea

October 16, 2014
Gould, Leslie, 1962- author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
348 pages ; 22 cm.
"Ben and Bea have always irritated each other. But when their friends push them together, can they cease bickering long enough to fall in love?"-- Provided by publisher.

Change of heart

October 15, 2014
Deveraux, Jude.
New York : Pocket Books, 2014.
388 pages ; 18 cm
Eli and Chelsea lost touch with each other over the years, until Eli bought a house in his father's hometown of Edilean, Virginia, and invited Chelsea for a visit. She had her own life and was certain that a childhood friendship couldn't be anything more, but she went nonetheless and found herself quite unprepared for the changes she saw in Eli. And neither of them were prepared to run into a mystery with a family that needs to be rescued.

Blood magick

October 15, 2014
Roberts, Nora.
New York : Berkley Books, 2014.
322 pages ; 21 cm.
"County Mayo is rich in the traditions of Ireland, legends that Branna O'Dwyer fully embraces in her life and in her work as the proprietor of The Dark Witch shop, which carries soaps, lotions, and candles for tourists, made with Branna's special touch. Branna's strength and selflessness hold together a close circle of friends and family--along with their horses and hawks and her beloved hound. But there's a single missing link in the chain of her life: love... She had it once--for a moment--with Finbar Burke, but a shared future is forbidden by history and blood. Which is why Fin has spent his life traveling the world to fill the abyss left in him by Branna, focusing on work rather than passion. Branna and Fin's relationship offers them both comfort and torment. And though they succumb to the heat between them, there can be no promises for tomorrow. A storm of shadows threatens everything that their circle holds dear. It will be Fin's power, loyalty, and heart that will make all the difference in an age-old battle between the bonds that hold their friends together and the evil that has haunted their families for centuries"-- Provided by publisher.

The promise

October 14, 2014
Wiseman, Beth, 1962-
Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
pages cm.

The Christmas bouquet

October 14, 2014
Woods, Sherryl.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin MIRA, c2014.
283 p. ; 20 cm.
"For the very driven medical student Caitlyn Winters, catching the bridal bouquet at a Christmas wedding has set off a chain reaction that she's sure is more curse than blessing. Not only has she fallen in love with family medicine resident Noah McIlroy, but an unexpected pregnancy threatens her well-laid plans for the future. It doesn't help that Noah--with a whole lot of help from her O'Brien relatives--is completely on board with the prospect of marriage and happily-ever-after. It takes a whole lot of patience, love and family persuasion to help Caitlyn realize that she can still have everything she ever wanted, including a home in her beloved Chesapeake Shores and a man who understands all of her dreams"-- from author's web site.

Queen of someday : a stolen empire novel

October 14, 2014
Ficklin, Sherry D.
[Place of publication not identified] : Clean Teen Publishing, 2014.
249 p. : port. ; 22 cm.
Before she can become Catherine the Great, fifteen-year-old Sophie will have to survive her social-climbing mother's quest to put her on the throne of Russia--at any cost.

The Christmas wedding ring

October 13, 2014
Mallery, Susan.
©1998
331 pages ; 19 cm
"This is a reissue of reader favorite A WEDDING RING PROMISE" -- from author's web page.
"Harlequin® HQN romance"--Spine.
"In her youth, Molly Anderson couldn't help crushing on gorgeous bad boy Dylan Black-- even though he only had eyes for her older sister. When things didn't work out between them, he said goodbye to Molly as well, vowing they'd have a great adventure when she grew up. Years later, dumped by her fiancé just before Christmas, she's finally ready to take Dylan up on his promise. A guarded Dylan always had a weakness for Molly, and when she waltzes back into his life-- grown-up and gorgeous-- he's stunned. So why not whisk her away for some no-strings-attached fun. Laughter-filled days and late-night kisses are changing Molly's life, for good. The only gift she truly wants now is Dylan's love, but when he discovers the secret she's been keeping, she may lose him again-- this time forever" -- summary copied from ebook record.

J : a novel

October 13, 2014
Jacobson, Howard, author.
New York : Hogarth, [2014]
342 pages ; 25 cm
"A profound, darkly comedic parable set in a future where collective memory has vanished following a historic catastrophe, and one young couple's love affair could have shattering consequences for the human race. In a world where the past is a dangerous country, not to be talked about or visited, J is a love story of incomparable strangeness, both tender and terrifying. After the devastation of WHAT HAPPENED, IF IT HAPPENED, all that should remain is peace and prosperity. Everyone knows his or her place; all actions are out in the open. But Esme Nussbaum has seen the distorted realities, the fissures that have only widened in the twenty-plus years since she was forced to resign from her position at the monitor of the Public Mood. Now, Esme finds something strange and special developing in a romance between Ailinn Solomons and Kevern Cohen. As this unusual pair's actions draw them into ever-increasing danger, Esme realizes she must do everything in her power to keep them together--whatever the cost. With a sense of the dramatic sweep of Michael Ondaatje and the dystopian, literary sensibility of Margaret Atwood, Howard Jacobson's J is an astonishing feat of fiction. In this exquisitely written, beautifully playful and imaginative, and terribly heart-breaking work, Jacobson gathers his prodigious gifts for the crowning achievement of a remarkable career"-- Provided by publisher.

The billionaire in disguise

October 13, 2014
Lane, Soraya, author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Nathan Bell left his high-flying London life for the rolling green hills of New Zealand to shake off the shadows of his past and start again, under the radar. He should not be getting distracted by a feisty blonde who spells nothing but trouble! Jessica Falls has her own reasons for keeping things with Nathan commitment-free... yet every kiss erodes her defenses. And when she discovers how much pain he's hiding, Jessica knows only she has the power to heal her broken billionaire!

His reluctant Cinderella

October 13, 2014
Gilmore, Jessica., author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
250 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Castor Rafferty, London's notorious vice-CEO of glamorous Rafferty's Stores, might have a reputation to uphold, but he's determined to protect his independence. He needs a convenient girlfriend, but his reluctant Cinderella, gorgeous single mom Clara Castleton, doesn't seem to be falling for his charms! Clara isn't looking for Prince Charming, only for a life where she's in control. But there's something about Raff that makes her want to open her heart, and to believe in a happy ending after all!

The unexpected honeymoon

October 13, 2014
Wallace, Barbara, 1964- author.
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
252 pages ; 17 cm.
"Larger print"--Cover.
Widower Carlos Chavez manages La Joya del Mayan, the most romantic resort in Mexico. On good days, the romance passes unnoticed; on dark days, it only reminds him of his loss. But the honeymoon suite's latest guest, Larissa Boyd, has rocked his steadfastness. Stunningly beautiful, she seems lost. And no wonder... she's on a honeymoon for one! The chemistry is instant... and their similarities run deep. Could it be that the two loneliest hearts on the island have found love in the most unexpected of places?

A gift to remember

October 10, 2014
Hill, Melissa, 1974- author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2014.
408 pages ; 21 cm
Originally published: Great Britain : Simon & Schuster UK, 2013.
"A novel"--Cover.
"Darcy Archer works in a small bookstore in Manhattan. A daydream believer, she refuses to settle for anything less than being swept off her feet by the perfect man--literally. One day, when cycling to work, Darcy accidentally crashes into a sharply dressed gentleman walking his dog. He is knocked out cold, rushed to hospital--and the poor pup gets left behind. Wracked with guilt, Darcy takes the dog and makes plans to reunite him with his owner, Aidan"-- Provided by publisher.

To everything a season

October 10, 2014
Snelling, Lauraine, author.
Minneapolis, Minnesota : Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
342 pages : illustration ; 23 cm.
In the first decade of the twentieth century, "Miriam is in Blessing [N.D.] to get practical training to become an accredited nurse. She's been promised a position in the Chicago women's hospital that will enable her to support her siblings and her ailing mother. Although eager to return to her family, Miriam is surprised to find how much she enjoys the small town of Blessing. And her growing attachment to Trygve soon has her questioning a future she always considered set in stone"--Amazon.com.

A princess by Christmas

October 10, 2014
Faye, Jennifer, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2014.
252 pages ; 17 cm
"Larger print"--Page 4 of cover.
"First North American publication 2014"--Title page verso.
"Prince Alexandro Castanovo arrives in snowy New York intent on protecting his royal family from scandal. And when Reese Harding--down-to-earth and heart-stoppingly beautiful--finds room for him at her inn, it seems like the perfect twist of fate. Not long ago Reese's world came crumbling down, shaking her foundations. But this enigmatic stranger intrigues her! She's learned to be wary of secrets...but when she discovers Alex's true identity, might there be enough magic in the air to make this regular American girl a princess by Christmas...?"--Publisher's website.

The paper magician

October 9, 2014
Holmberg, Charlie N.
Seattle : 47North, c2014.
214 p. ; 21 cm.
Bound to a magic she never wanted, a young apprentice falls deeper into its mysteries when she must use everything she's learned from her master in order to save him, and his heart.

Buttermilk sky

October 7, 2014
Watson, Jan.
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014]
xvi, 345 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.

Lost lake

October 7, 2014
Allen, Sarah Addison.
Thorndike, Maine : Center Point Large Print, 2014.
334 pages (large print) ; 23 cm
The first time Eby Pim saw Lost Lake, it was on a postcard, half a life ago. Now it's about to slip into Eby's past. Her husband George is long passed away and most of her demanding extended family are gone. All that's left is a once-charming collection of lakeside cabins succumbing to the Southern Georgia heat and an assortment of faithful misfits drawn back to Lost Lake year after year by their own unspoken dreams and desires. It's a lot, but not enough to keep Eby from relinquishing Lost Lake to a developer with cash in hand, and calling this her final summer at the lake. Until one last chance at family knocks on her door. Lost Lake is where Kate Pheris spent her last best summer at the age of twelve, before she learned of loneliness, and heartbreak, and loss. Now she's all too familiar with those things, but she knows about hope too, thanks to her resilient daughter Devin, and her own willingness to start moving forward. Perhaps at Lost Lake her little girl can cling to her own childhood for just a little longer . . . and maybe Kate herself can rediscover something that slipped through her fingers so long ago. One after another, people find their way to Lost Lake, looking for something that they weren't sure they needed in the first place: love, closure, a second chance, peace, a mystery solved, a heart mended. Can they find what they need before it's too late?

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