New Arrivals · Romance Fiction

March 28, 2015
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

An empty cup

March 27, 2015
Price, Sarah, 1969-
Grand Haven, MI : Waterfall Press, [2015].
238 pages ; 21 cm
"An Amish woman is blessed with a second chance at love. Amish woman Rosanna Zook lost her self-confidence within the confines of a loveless and abusive marriage. In the years spent quietly dealing with her burdens and dutifully caring for others, she forgot her sense of self and ability to feel. But after her first husband's untimely death, she gets a second chance with Rueben Troyer, a godly man who welcomes Rosanna and her two children into his life. Despite the love and respect she finds in her new marriage, Rosanna soon learns that juggling the demands of her family and church community is more than she can handle. When Rosanna becomes ill, she is forced to confront a hard truth: one empty cup cannot fill another. For a woman who has spent her life giving, will Rosanna finally be able to let go and receive?"--Page [4] of cover.

A ring from a marquess

March 26, 2015
Merrill, Christine.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, [2015]
281 pages ; 17 cm.
"A unexpected proposal"--Cover.
"Independent Margot de Bryun has no intention of giving a man control of her life! Although handsome rake Stephen Standish, Marquess of Fanworth, does pique her interest... Maybe a man can offer other advantages? Stephen sees Margot as perfect marriage material--talented, intelligent and alluring. But when a stolen family ruby is traced to the jewelry shop Margot owns, Stephen is infuriated and demands she become his mistress. Except Margot's not one to be easily tamed--and whether she be mistress or wife, sparks will certainly fly!"-- From back cover.

The courtesan duchess

March 26, 2015
Shupe, Joanna, author.
Kensington Pub Corp 2015 New York, NY : Zebra Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
347 pages ; 17 cm

Where sea meets sky : a novel

March 26, 2015
Halle, Karina.
New York : Atria Books, 2015.
363 pages ; 22 cm
"Joshua Miles has spent his early twenties spinning his wheels. Working dead-end jobs and living at home has left him exhausted and uninspired, with little energy to pursue his passion for graphic art. Until he meets Gemma Henare, a vivacious out-of-towner from New Zealand. What begins as a one-night stand soon becomes a turning point for Josh. He can't get Gemma out of his head, even after she has left for home, and finds himself throwing caution to the wind for the first time in his life. It's not long before Josh is headed to New Zealand with only a backpack, some cash, and Gemma's name to go on. But when he finally tracks her down, he finds his adventure is only just beginning. Equally infatuated, Gemma leads him on a whirlwind tour across the beautiful country, opening Josh up to life, lust, love, and all the messy heartache in between. Because, when love drags you somewhere, it might never let go--even when you know you have to say goodbye"-- Provided by publisher.

Little Beach Street Bakery : a novel

March 26, 2015
Colgan, Jenny, author.
424, 16 pages ; 21 cm
Includes recipes and reading group guide.
"First published in Great Britain in 2014 by Sphere"--Title page verso.
Polly Waterford flees to the Cornish coast to escape a ruined relationship. To keep her mind off her troubles, she throws herself into her favorite hobby: making bread. But her relaxing weekend diversion quickly develops into a passion. As she pours her emotions into kneading and pounding the dough, each loaf becomes better than the last. Soon, Polly is working her magic with nuts and seeds, chocolate and sugar, and the local honey--courtesy of a handsome beekeeper. Packed with laughter and emotion, Little Beach Street Bakery is the story of how one woman discovered bright new life where she least expected it.

The closer you come

March 26, 2015
Showalter, Gena, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : HQN Books, [2015]
441 pages ; 17 cm
"The original heartbreakers"--Cover.
"Just released from prison, Jase Hollister has one goal: stay out of trouble. Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, sounds like the perfect place for him and his two brothers-by-circumstance to settle down and live a nice, simple life. But model citizen isn't exactly this rugged bachelor's default setting--especially when it comes to a certain hot-blooded Southern beauty... Brook Lynn Dillon has always been responsible. Not that it's done her much good. The down-on-her-luck waitress is broke, single and fun-deprived. Until Jase comes along. He is dangerous, sexy and tempting as sin, and the sizzling passion between them is undeniable. But can it melt her resistance? After all, the right kind of trouble might be just what they both need" -- Provided by publisher.

This heart of mine

March 26, 2015
Novak, Brenda, author.
392 pages ; 17 cm.
Unable to prove her innocence, Phoenix Fuller was sent to prison for running down a romantic rival. Now, after serving her 17-year sentence, Phoenix wants to return to Whiskey Creek and get to know her son, Jacob. But Jacob's father, Riley, isn't exactly welcoming.

Wild hearts

March 26, 2015
Sala, Sharon, author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Mira Books, [2015]
378 pages ; 17 cm
"Secrets and lies"--Cover.
"Dallas Phillips refuses to believe her father committed suicide, even though things were tough on his farm and he was deeply in debt. When she hears he'd told a neighbor about an upcoming windfall, she grows suspicious, and her suspicion only deepens when she realizes someone is lurking in the nearby mountains after dark. For help, she turns to Trey Jakes, local police chief--and her former lover. As they begin to investigate, another mystery comes to light. Trey's mother is beginning to remember events from thirty years ago, something shadowy that happened in the mountains, and Dallas's father was there, too. Is what happened that night connected to his 'suicide'? As they search for the truth, Trey and Dallas struggle to fight their attraction, but they may not be able to fend off another force--a killer who's more than willing to kill again to make sure old secrets stay buried."--Back cover.

The unleashing

March 26, 2015
Laurenston, Shelly.
New York : Kensington Pub Corp., c2015.
373 p. ; 21 cm.
Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn't for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die. In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig "Vig" Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life--but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines. But Vig can't give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera's discipline, Vig's loyalty... and the Crows' sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

Driving heat : a blue-collar lover novel

March 26, 2015
Day, Zuri, author.
New York, NY : Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corp., [2015]
viii, 370 pages ; 18 cm.
Meet the Carter brothers, five hard-working men with a lot to offer. They may not be wealthy but they're rich in integrity and loyalty--not to mention sex appeal. They just need the right women to share their world. At thirty, eldest brother Byron hasn't dated seriously in a while--not since he became a single dad to his beloved baby girl. Besides, he's found that most women can't see past his job as a bus driver, and he's not interested in that type of superficial foolishness. When he meets Cynthia Hall, her disinterest is obvious. Still, there's something about her. Cynthia has been successful in her career and unlucky in love. But those two worlds collide when Byron ends up in her office on business. It's a coincidence that casts him in a very different light than she's previously seen. Too bad he's not the upscale professional Cynthia had in mind. Yet given the chance, she might discover that while money can't buy happiness--a loving and passionate man can.

Amish redemption

March 26, 2015
Davids, Patricia.
New York, NY : Love Inspired, 2015.
217 p. ; 17 cm.
"Love Inspired inspirational romance"--Spine.
Joshua Bowman is ready to go home. After spending time in prison for a crime he did not commit, he is putting everything behind him and reconciling with his fractured family. When a devastating tornado throws him unexpectedly into the path of Mary Kaufman and her daughter, Hannah, he feels the first spark of life after months. But Mary's adoptive dad is the Englisch sheriff--and he would never trust her care to a man with Joshua's past. Plus the lovely single mom has a secret of her own, one that she has spent years running from. Together they survived the storm, but are they strong enough to shed the shadows of their past?

The language of paradise

March 26, 2015
Moss, Barbara Klein, author.
New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2015]
xxi, 387 pages ; 25 cm
"A novel"--Jacket.
Sophy Hedge, the artistic daughter of the town's minister, falls in love with Gideon Birdsall, a driven theology student assisting her father with a Hebrew lexicon. Sophy is drawn to Gideon's intellect, passion, and spiritual nature, while Gideon glimpses in her a free soul unbound by convention. Yet Gideon's restlessness after they wed worries Sophy, and she finds his friendship with Leander Solloway, the charismatic new schoolmaster, a cause for anxiety. As the men immerse themselves in Gideon’s mystical theories, Sophy translates her fears into secret paintings. When Sophy becomes pregnant, Gideon and Leander construct a faux Eden in a greenhouse as part of a daring experiment to discover the language of paradise—the tongue Adam spoke when he named the creatures of the earth. Sophy must decide whether to live and paint in the world her husband has made or escape to save her child and herself.

The chapel : a novel

March 26, 2015
Downing, Michael, 1958-
Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint Press, [2015]
273 pages ; 24 cm

Narcisa : our lady of ashes

March 25, 2015
Shaw, Jonathan, 1953- author.
xi, 612 pages ; 23 cm.
Previously published with slightly different text by Heartworm Press.
In the wild backwaters of Rio de Janerio and New York, motorcycle-riding, nomadic outlaw poet Ignacio Valencia Lobos--known as Cigano--attempts in vain to curb the unhinged habits of his lover, Narcisa, a crack-smoking philosopher prostitute. Though he knows they will destroy each other, Narcisa is an exquisite poison he cannot resist. As they navigate the chaos of her downward spiral-dragged deeper by the gravity of drugs, burglaries, and violence, Cigano recounts a love affair doomed by insanity, dysfunction, and vice.

Love after all

March 25, 2015
Burton, Jaci, author.
New York : Jove Books, 2015.
293 pages ; 18 cm.
High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner, tired of dating the wrong men, has developed a foolproof list to help her find her soulmate, but bar owner Sebastian Palmer tries to convince her that she is going about things all wrong.

Cursed by ice : the immortal brothers

March 25, 2015
Frank, Jacquelyn.
New York, NY : Ballantine, 2015.
343 pages ; 17 cm
When she is freed from slavery by the warrior Gareth, Sarielle, gifted with an extraordinary ability, is drawn to this cursed soul who wants nothing more than to conquer her.

The one that got away : a novel

March 25, 2015
Chase, Bethany.
New York : Ballantine Books, [2015]
340 pages ; 20 cm
A Ballantine Books Trade Paperback Original
"Sarina Mahler has finally settled into life. She has a successful career as an architect, a perfect, loving boyfriend, and a close group of friends. But when an old crush moves to town - Eamon, a former Olympic swimmer and the only man she never truly got over - everything flips upside down. Haunted by the death of her mother, Sarina uses her passion for design, inherited from her beloved step-father, to escape from emotional entanglements. With her boyfriend in Buenos Aires for work, and Eamon looking for an architect to renovate his new Austin digs, Sarina discovers quickly that in order to be honest with both men, whom she cares deeply about, she must come to terms with what she's really looking for in love, and life"-- Provided by publisher.

Fires of winter

March 24, 2015
Lindsey, Johanna.
New York : Avon Books, [2002], ©1980.
384 pages ; 17 cm

Paper hearts

March 23, 2015
Walsh, Courtney, 1975-
Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, [2014]
402 pages ; 21 cm
Includes discussion questions.
Abigail Pressman would never have guessed that love notes penned on paper hearts by an anonymous couple could restore her belief in love. As a business owner in a quaint town at the base of the Rockies, she's poured everything into dreams of expansion . . . and resisting the matchmaking efforts of the Valentine Volunteers, who gather in her store to continue Loves Park's tradition of stamping mail with the city's romantic postmark.When Abigail is unwillingly drafted into the Volunteers, she encounters the paper hearts, a distraction that couldn't come at a worse time. A hard-to-read doctor has become Abigail's new landlord, and he's threatening to end her lease to expand his practice.As she fights a growing attraction to this handsome man crushing her dreams, Abigail is inspired to string the hearts in her store, sparking a citywide infatuation with the artsy trend. But when a new batch of hearts reaches the Volunteers, it appears something tragic has happened to the couple.


March 20, 2015
Walsh, Brighton. author.
New York : St. Martin's Griffin, 2015.
274 pages ; 21 cm
"Madison Frost is desperate to escape her life. The daughter of a prominent business man, she has everything she could ask for. Except a father who's present in her life, a mother who doesn't spend her days drinking herself into oblivion, and anyone to talk to outside the four walls of the prison she calls a home. Madison dreams of someday leaving her life behind. She just never thought being kidnapped is how it would happen. Now she's being held captive by a man who's as frightening as he is sinfully gorgeous. Enormous, muscular, and filled with secrets, the man they call Ghost is an enigmatic mercenary as dangerous as he is compelling, and Madison is trapped with him. She doesn't know who hired him or why, but the more time she spends with him, the more she realizes he's not what he seems. Beneath his rough exterior lies an unexpected gentleness, and a heart as broken and battered as her own. But as Madison lets her walls down for the first time in her life, Ghost holds tight to his, hiding secrets that could rock her very foundation"-- Provided by publisher.

It had to be him

March 20, 2015
Baumann, Tamra, author.
Seattle : Montlake Romance, [2015].
278 pages ; 21 cm
"She may have sworn him off for good...but love is full of surprises. Even though Meg Anderson's hell-raising days are over, coming home to Anderson Butte isn't easy, especially when her impossible-to-please dad is the mayor and her do-gooder siblings run the place. But with another job lost and the gorgeous father of her daughter trying to make contact after disappearing three years ago, a break is definitely in order. Hopefully the little town filled with big, juicy secrets can help. After being off the grid for years, Josh Granger, a man with his own secrets, wants Meg and his daughter back. But first he has to get past townspeople as protective as a pack of rottweilers. He's not the man Meg thinks he is, but he can't tell her why...not yet. As Meg slowly warms to Josh, it's clear the old spark is still there. But when his secret is exposed--along with Meg's own shocking revelation--will it tear their family apart again, or bind them forever?"--Page [4] of cover.

The duke's disaster

March 20, 2015
Burrowes, Grace, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015].
439 pages ; 18 cm
Includes an excerpt from: Tremaine's true love (pages [433]-439).
"Between his high-handedness, her pride, and both of their bruised and tender hearts, what else could possibly go wrong? Noah Winters, Duke of Anselm, proposes to prim Lady Thea Collins because he's loath to waste time on courtship nonsense and Lady Thea should make a biddable duchess. Noah prides himself on his practicality, so he's dismayed when his engagement to Lady Thea embroils him in nothing but trouble. Is he courting a duchess of convenience or a ducal disaster? Lady Thea has fallen on hard times, and accepts His Grace's proposal because he shows every indication of being a distant and manageable husband. When the duke intrudes into every aspect of Thea's life, and adds humor, tenderness, and passionate kisses to their bargain, Thea must take His Grace firmly in hand"--Page [4] of cover.

Meant for you

March 20, 2015
Chase, Samantha, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015].
347 pages ; 18 cm.
Includes an excerpt from: Made for us (pages [331]-347).
"She dares to dream...Summer Montgomery wants to be taken seriously almost as much as she wants her brother's best friend, Ethan. But with a long résumé of seemingly random career choices and a protective brother on watch, those things are nothing more than pipe dreams...Does she dare try? Ethan Reed would like nothing more than to live by his own rules. Not wanting to disappoint his best friend Zach, or any of the Montgomerys, Ethan's had to push his long-denied feelings for Summer aside. But it only takes one night away from watchful eyes to make impossible dreams come true"--Page [4] of cover.

The lady meets her match

March 20, 2015
Conkle, Gina, author.
Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Casablanca, [2015].
371 pages ; 18 cm.
"Finding her is only half the battle. Cyrus Ryland didn't become England's wealthiest bachelor by being a pushover, but the mysterious beauty he discovers sneaking around at his grand ball enflames his curiosity. When the clock chimes midnight and she's nowhere to be found, Cyrus vows to scour all of London to uncover who she is. Little does he know that not only does Claire Mayhew not want to be found, but she wants nothing to do with him at all"--Page [4] of cover.

At the Brazilian's command

March 20, 2015
Stephens, Susan, 1949- author.
Don Mills, Ontario : Harlequin Enterprises Limited, 2015.
184 pages ; 17 cm.
Polo champion Tiago Santos needs a wife and Danny Cameron sees their marriage as a business investment, but neither expects their feelings to complicate this agreement.

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