New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

April 19, 2014
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

The break-up artist

April 18, 2014
Siegel, Philip, author
Don Mills, Ontario, Canada : Harlequin Teen, [2014]
319 pages ; 22 cm
Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash. Some work at the mall. Becca Williamson breaks up couples. Becca knows from experience the damage that love can do. After all, it was so-called love that turned Huxley from her childhood best friend into a social-world dictator, and love that left Becca's older sister devastated at the altar. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Becca strikes back—for just one hundred dollars via PayPal, she will trick and manipulate any couple's relationship into smithereens. And with relationship zombies overrunning her school and treating single girls as if they're second-class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even Becca's best friend, Val, has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend. One night, Becca receives a mysterious offer to break up the most popular couple in school: Huxley and the football team's star player, Steve. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date—starting rumors, sabotaging cell phones, breaking into cars…not to mention sneaking back into Huxley's good graces. All while fending off the inappropriate feelings she may or may not be having for Val's new boyfriend. No one said being the Break-Up Artist would be easy.

A clash with Cannavaro

April 18, 2014
Power, Elizabeth, author.
184 pages ; 17 cm
"Italian billionaire Emiliano Cannavaro knows everyone has their price. Especially Lauren Westwood, the sister of his brother's duplicitous wife, and the only woman to ever come close to melting his cool defenses! When tragedy strikes, Emiliano will gain custody of his young orphaned nephew, even if the boy is currently under Lauren's care. Innocent Lauren isn't the gold digger he believes and she won't be bought! But when Cannavaro offers her an ultimatum--come to his house in the Caribbean with the child, or see him in court--she chooses to face him head-on. She'll not give up without a fight--and it promises to be explosive!"--P. [4] of cover.

The truth about De Campo

April 18, 2014
Hayward, Jennifer, author.
188 pages ; 17 cm
"Matteo de Campo: every woman's wildest fantasy and the man looking to secure a multimillion-dollar deal with her family's company. Desperate to prove herself once and for all, Quinn Davis finally has the power to make this ultimate, impartial decision--which means she must not fall prey to De Campo's enticing appeal! But Matteo will not be denied. She knows he needs his wine empire to be chosen to overwrite his recent mistakes. But when Quinn glimpses the true demons behind his smoldering gaze, she questions everything. Just who is the real Matteo de Campo? Quinn Davis is about to find out!"--P. [4] of cover.

'Til the well runs dry : a novel

April 17, 2014
Francis-Sharma, Lauren.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, [2014].
382 pages : map ; 24 cm.
"An epic saga about a Trinidadian family spanning WWII to the early Sixties. Told in alternating voices, the author recounts the story of Marcia, our fierce heroine, who leaves her island home in order to protect the man she's loved for years, and finds herself isolated in a strange land but with the determination to survive and rebuild" -- Provided by publisher.

Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 : a novel

April 17, 2014
Prose, Francine, 1947-
New York : Harper, [2014].
436 pages ; 24 cm.
"A richly imagined and stunningly inventive story of love, art, and betrayal in Paris of the 20's, 30's, and 40's"-- Provided by publisher.

Talk dirty to me

April 17, 2014
Cassidy, Dakota.
Ontario, Canada : Harlequin, [2014].
395 pages ; 17 cm
Notorious mean girl Dixie Davis is back in town and it's payback time. Literally. Dixie is flat broke and her best—make that only—friend, Landon, is throwing her a lifeline from the Great Beyond. Dixie stands to inherit his business…if she meets a few conditions: She's got to live in Landon's mansion with her gorgeous ex-fiancé, Caine Donovan, who could also inherit the business which is a phone sex empire. Wait, what? Landon's will lays it out: whoever gets the most new clients becomes the owner of Call Girls. Dixie has always been in it to win it, especially when it comes to Caine, who's made it clear he's not going down easy. (Oh, mercy.) Can Dixie really talk dirty and prove that she's cleaned up her act? Game on!

The only woman to defy him

April 17, 2014
Marinelli, Carol.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin, 2014.
186 p. ; 17 cm.
Standing outside legendary playboy Demyan Zukov's penthouse suite, shy personal assistant Alina Ritchi is shaking with nerves, she should never have agreed to this job. She's out of her depth, and that's before she's met her delicious new boss. Demyan's wicked reputation doesn't disappoint, she might be a virgin, but surely one hot glance from Demyan shouldn't make her feel so, naked? Exposed, she finds that his gaze ignites her defiance, and soon she's challenging him every step of the way!

Hold me in contempt : a romance

April 16, 2014
Williams, Wendy, 1964-
New York, NY : William Morrow Paperbacks, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2014]
321 pages ; 21 cm
A spellbinding and erotically charged interracial love story that captures the drama and excitement of big city life, in which a serious, hard-working lawyer falls madly, passionately in love with a sexy, dangerous man.

The forbidden touch of Sanguardo

April 16, 2014
James, Julia.
Don MIlls, Ont. : Harlequin, 2014.
188 p. ; 17 cm.
Celeste Philips's night was meant to be about raising money for charity. Not trying to douse the flames of attraction between herself and self-made millionaire Rafael Sanguardo, a man who always gets what he wants. Celeste knows she shouldn't fall for Rafael's practiced charm, yet the more her head tells her to walk away and protect her fragile heart, the more she craves his forbidden touch!

Secrets of a ruthless tycoon

April 16, 2014
Williams, Cathy.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin, 2014.
187 p. ; 17 cm.
Leo Spencer has it all, but there's one thing his luxurious lifestyle can't give him, the truth about his past. His search for answers leads him to Brianna Sullivan, hidden in the Irish countryside, where she soon proves to be a distraction he never anticipated. Brianna is unlike any of the women this ruthless tycoon is used to, and her innocence has him captivated, and ready to seduce the secrets of his past from her lips! But when Brianna learns his true identity, their undeniable connection will erupt in a whole new kind of chemistry!

The only woman to defy him

April 16, 2014
Marinelli, Carol.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin, 2014.
186 p. ; 17 cm.
Standing outside legendary playboy Demyan Zukov's penthouse suite, shy personal assistant Alina Ritchi is shaking with nerves, she should never have agreed to this job. She's out of her depth, and that's before she's met her delicious new boss. Demyan's wicked reputation doesn't disappoint, she might be a virgin, but surely one hot glance from Demyan shouldn't make her feel so, naked? Exposed, she finds that his gaze ignites her defiance, and soon she's challenging him every step of the way!

One night to risk it all

April 16, 2014
Yates, Maisey.
Don Mills, Ont. : Harlequin, 2014.
192 p. ; 17 cm.
Gorgeous Greek tycoon Alexios Christofides is notorious for getting exactly what he wants, and he's not above mixing revenge, and pleasure. He's determined to wrench the Holt empire away from his enemy, even if it means seducing the man's fiancee! Rachel Holt has spent years playing the dutiful daughter, hostess, fiancee, and she has not once put a foot wrong. Until reaching for just one electrifying night with a handsome stranger gives her a taste of a freedom she's never known.

A single breath

April 14, 2014
Clarke, Lucy, 1981-
New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
375 pages ; 21 cm
Includes a reading group guide.
"A Touchstone book."
"From the celebrated author of Swimming at Night, a powerful and moving saga of one woman's struggle to overcome her husband's death and uncover his dark, mysterious past. Eva has only been married for eight months when her husband, Jackson, is swept to his death while fishing. Weighed down by confusion and sorrow, Eva decides to take leave of her midwifery practice in London and visit Jackson's estranged family in Tasmania with the hope of grieving together. Instead, she discovers that the man she loved so deeply is not the man she thought she knew. Jackson's father and brother reveal a dark past, exposing the lies her marriage was built upon. As Eva struggles to come to terms with the depth of Jackson's deception, she must also confront her growing attraction to Jackson's brother, Saul, who offers her intimacy, passion, and answers to her most troubling questions. Will Eva be able to move forward in life, or will she be caught up in a romance with Saul, haunted by her husband's past? Threading together beautiful, wild settings and suspenseful twists, A Single Breath is a gripping tale of secrets, betrayal, and new beginnings"-- Provided by publisher.

Steal the north

April 9, 2014
Bergstrom, Heather Brittain.
New York : Viking, 2014.
320 pages : map ; 24 cm
"A novel"--Cover.
"A novel of love in all its forms: for the land, for family, and the once-in-a-lifetime kind that catches two people when they least expect it Emmy is a shy, sheltered sixteen-year-old when her mom, Kate, sends her to eastern Washington to an aunt and uncle she never knew she had. Fifteen years earlier, Kate had abandoned her sister, Beth, when she fled her painful past and their fundamentalist church. And now, Beth believes Emmy's participation in a faith healing is her last hope for having a child. Emmy goes reluctantly, but before long she knows she has come home. She feels tied to the rugged landscape of coulees and scablands. And she meets Reuben, the Native American boy next door. In a part of the country where the age-old tensions of cowboys versus Indians still play out, theirs is the kind of magical, fraught love that can only survive with the passion and resilience of youth. Their story is mirrored by the generation before them, who fears that their mistakes are doomed to repeat themselves in Emmy and Reuben"-- Provided by publisher.

The Pelican bride : a novel

April 9, 2014
White, Beth, 1957-
Grand Rapids, Michigan : Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, [2014]
365 pages ; 22 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Gulf Coast chronicles, book 2.
"A fiesty young Frenchwoman gets more than she bargained for when she flees to the New World as a mail-order bride"-- Provided by publisher.

The opposite of maybe : a novel

April 7, 2014
Dawson, Maddie.
New York : Broadway Books, [2014]
391 pages ; 21 cm
Includes reader's guide.
"A heartfelt, funny, and all-together human novel about the best mistakes a person can make Jonathan and Rosie have been together so long they finish each other's sentences--so when he (finally) proposes and asks her to move across the country with him, everyone is happily surprised. But when things suddenly unravel, Rosie sends Jonathan packing and moves back home with Soapie, the irascible, opinionated grandmother who raised her. Only now she has to figure out how to fire Soapie's very unsuitable caregiver, a gardener named Tony who lets her drink martinis, smoke, and cheat at Scrabble. It's a temporary break, of course--until Rosie realizes she's accidentally pregnant at 44, completely unequipped for motherhood, and worse, may be falling in love with the sentimental, troubled Tony, whose life is even more muddled than hers. It's not until Rosie learns the truth about her mother's tragic story that she wonders if sometimes you have to let go of your fears, trusting that the big-hearted, messy life that awaits you may just be the one you were meant to live"-- Provided by publisher.

Her soldier protector

April 3, 2014
Lane, Soraya.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, 2014.
251 p. ; 18 cm.
"Larger print" -- Back cover.

Stolen kiss from a prince

April 3, 2014
Carpenter, Teresa.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Books, 2014.
252 p. ; 18 cm.
"Larger print" --Back cover.

Northanger Abbey

April 2, 2014
McDermid, Val, author.
New York : Grove Press, [2014]
343 pages ; 24 cm
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by The Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers"-- Title page verso.
In this modern retelling of Austen's classic, bookish minister's daughter Cat Morland joins her well-to-do friends in Edinburgh and falls for an up-and-coming lawyer who may harbor unsettling secrets.

Three weeks with Lady X

April 1, 2014
James, Eloisa.
New York : Avon Books, 2014
388 p. ; 18 cm.
"Having made a fortune, Thorn Dautry, the powerful bastard son of a duke, decides that he needs a wife. But to marry a lady, Thorn must acquire a gleaming, civilized façade, the specialty of Lady Xenobia India. Exquisite, headstrong, and independent, India vows to make Thorn marriageable in just three weeks. But neither Thorn nor India anticipate the forbidden passion that explodes between them. Thorn will stop at nothing to make India his. Failure is not an option. But there is only one thing that will make India his . . . the one thing Thorn can't afford to lose . . . his fierce and lawless heart" -- from publisher's web site.

The shepherd's bride

April 1, 2014
Davids, Patricia.
New York : Harlequin Love Inspired, 2014.
216 p. ; 17 cm.
Includes discussion questions.
"Love inspired inspirational romance"--Spine.
Shunned by the Amish comminity shepherd Carl King has given up on his dream for a family. Yet, when captivating Lizzie Barkman shows up at the sheep farm where he works, Carl sees the wife he once dreamed of. Lizzie is looking for a new start for herself and her sisters, and discovers Carl to be a kind and gentle man who cares deeply about the Amish way of llife. But he is under the bann. Is it possible that htis forbidden man hilds the key to her family's safety and heart?

Sedition : a novel

April 1, 2014
Grant, Katharine, 1958-
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2014.
307 pages ; 22 cm
"The setting: London, 1794. The problem: Four nouveau riche fathers with five marriageable daughters. The plan: The young women will learn to play the piano, give a concert for young Englishmen who have titles but no fortunes, and will marry very well indeed. The complications: The lascivious (and French) piano teacher; the piano maker's jealous (and musically gifted) daughter; the one of these marriageable daughters with a mating plan of her own. While it might be a truth universally acknowledged that a man in possession of a title and no money must be in want of a fortune, what does a sexually awakened young woman want? In her wickedly alluring romp through the late-Georgian London, Italian piano making, and tightly-fitted Polonaise gowns, Katharine Grant has written a startling and provocative debut"-- Provided by publisher.

The sweetheart rules

April 1, 2014
Jump, Shirley, 1968-
New York : Berkley Sensation, [2014].
296 pages ; 18 cm.
"Berkley sensation contemporary romance"--Spine.
Rescue Bay veterinarian and single mom Diana Tuttle needs a man who's in it for the long haul, but it's hard to resist temptation when Coast Guard Lieutenant Mike Stark, a one-night stand from the past, shows up in town.

The winter bride

April 1, 2014
Gracie, Anne
New York : Berkley Sensation, 2014.
324 p. ; 18 cm.
Marriage-phobic Damaris Chance finds herself trapped in a compromising situation with the handsome rake Freddy Monkton-Coombes, she has no choice but to agree to wed him.

Going over

March 31, 2014
Kephart, Beth.
San Francisco : Chronicle Books, c2014.
262 p. : map ; 22 cm.
In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall--Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West.

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