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New Arrivals - Romance
French-born Lady Celine Wexham is perfectly placed to collect political secrets from the highest circles of London society but finds herself in danger of falling for the man sent to discover where her true loyalties lie.
The humorous story of a struggling young actress trying to get ahead--and keep it together--in New York City.
This tale based on the romance between Charles Baudelaire and the Haitian cabaret singer who inspired his most famous and controversial poems is set against the art scene of 19th-century Paris and follows their enduring bond, the banning of his master work and their scandalous public trial for obscenity.
"All Sasha Miller ever wanted was a place among the great scientists of her time. But when she falls for the seductive charms of Professor Theo Dexter, she loses her heart--and the brilliant original theory that was going to jump-start her career. Sasha is left with nothing--except an unquenchable thirst for revenge"--P.  of cover.
"'Down and Out in Beverly Heels' tells the story of Meg Barnes, a beloved actress who has it all and loses everything-- and ends up living on the streets of tinsel town in her Ritz-Volvo-- thanks to her newlywed con-man husband. The novel is a fun, light-hearted romance, taking us into the Hollywood social swirl, but also delves into the gritty truth of what it is to be 'homeless and hiding it' in one of the most glittering, fashionable cities in the world. It's also a story of redemption as Meg tracks down her fugitive husband and struggles to regain her reputation, career and friendships" -- from author's web page.
At first, beautiful chef Skye Maxwell thinks her new employer, restaurant owner Logan Blaise, is just as shallow as the other guys, but soon things begin to heat up in this Brooklyn bad boy's kitchen.
After losing his eyesight in a revengeful accident, Rafe Easton breaks off his engagement with Eden Derrington and leaves Hawaii for the mainland, leaving Eden to mend her broken heart in the hands of God.
In 1777, Amishman Adam Wyse might join the war effort, leave his faith and the only woman he's ever loved. Will life in this feral and primitive New World be more than his peacekeeping people can withstand?
Determined to secure another London season without assistance from her new brother-in-law, Mary Alsworthy accepts a secret assignment from Lord Vaughn on behalf of the Pink Carnation: to infiltrate the ranks of the dreaded French spy, the Black Tulip, before he and his master can stage their planned invasion of England. Every spy has a weakness, and for the Black Tulip that weakness is black-haired women--his "petals" of the Tulip. A natural at the art of seduction, Mary easily catches the attention of the French spy, but Lord Vaughn never anticipates that his own heart will be caught as well--From publisher description.
Sometimes the best place to find love is right back where you started... Falling asleep in a different bed every night has made it easy for Cain Black to forget his past. It's been ten years since he packed his guitar and left Crystal Lake to chase his dreams. Now tragedy has forced him home again. And though Cain relishes the freedom of the road, one stolen moment with Maggie O'Rourke makes him wonder if he's missing out on something bigger than fame. For Maggie--single mother and newly settled in Crystal Lake--love is a luxury she just can't afford. Sure, she appreciates the tall, dark and handsome looks of prodigal son Cain Black. But how long can she expect the notorious hellion to stay? The last thing either of them wants is something complicated. But sometimes love has its own plans.
"Dr. Quinn Cantrell made a life for himself in Seattle when he left behind his picturesque hometown-and the unhappy memories of a relationship that ended tragically. His grandmother's death is an unexpected blow, but there are even more surprises waiting-including a mischievous puppy, a reunion with his far-flung siblings, and an old acquaintance who's grown into a gorgeous and capable woman. Nikki Brockington was proud of the work she'd done at The Silver Spoon, and when the Cantrells leave its management in her care, she's happy to take on the responsibility. But keeping the inn and its restaurant profitable isn't her only challenge-not when she can't stop thinking about Quinn, who reminds her that home is more than a place. It's who you love"--P.  of cover.
"Juliana Sutton has just about everything a woman could want. Her husband is riding a crest of success in the bustling capital city of Lincoln, and Juliana leads various philanthropic endeavors. Once finished, their new home, a spectacular mansion on five acres, will be the envy of all. Then a devastating scandal erupts... Cass Gregory, the foreman overseeing the Sutton mansion construction, has spent recent years trying to untangle the disastrous results of his own past choices--and wishing he didn't know the truth about his boss. When scandal ignites, Cass longs to comfort Juliana but is convinced her position in society and his past make a relationship impossible. Juliana and Cass are thrown together as completion of the mansion draws near, each one wounded and afraid to trust. Will the shadow of a name stand between them and true happiness?"--Publisher's description.
When thirty-year-old English teacher Anna Emerson is offered a job tutoring T.J. Callahan at his family's summer rental in the Maldives, she accepts without hesitation ; a working vacation on a tropical island trumps the library any day. T.J. Callahan has no desire to leave town, not that anyone asked him. He's almost seventeen and if having cancer wasn't bad enough, now he has to spend his first summer in remission with his family -- and a stack of overdue assignments -- instead of his friends. Anna and T.J. are en route to join T.J.'s family in the Maldives when the pilot of their airplane suffers a fatal heart attack and crash-lands in the Indian Ocean ...
Forced into spying on the Duke of Portsmouth when Napoleon's agents kidnap her father, a beautiful young woman poses as a widow to gain the Duke's trust. But she must be careful, for if the Duke were allowed to undo her defenses, her pretense of experience in marriage would be undone. And his persistent advances place her in an even more precarious position as she falls in love with him.
V is for VampWoman: Pamela decides to shed her prim and proper ways for spandex and a mask to help fight the Malcontents. Now if only she weren't so distracted by the sexy vampire fighting by her side.
With his beloved sister tainted by scandal, his widowed brother shattered by grief, and his funds cut off, Darius Lindsey sees no option but to sell himself -- body and soul. Until the day he encounters lovely, beguiling Lady Vivian Longstreet, whose tenderness and understanding wrap his soul in a grace he knows he'll never deserve ....
Celebrated operatic soprano Caroline Prince returns to Denver to serve as artistic direct to an opera company. Her path crosses that of former lover Jill Allen, who is wary of resuming a relationship with Caroline, remembering all too well being a distant second in Caroline's list of passions.
"Enter a historic Nebraskan prison where three women find betrayal, love, and ultimate truth. Jane Prescott is serving a ten-year sentence for murder. Can a broken spirit be healed behind bars? Matron Mamie Dawson feels called to help the wounded women in her charge. Will a guard's attentions keep her from her mission? Warden's wife Ellen McKenna has changed her preconceptions about these female prisoners. Will it be enough to save her from a life-or-death situation? Will the cryptic quilt connecting their lives expose the truth of one woman's past and ensure a better future for them all?"-- Publisher's website.
Princess Serena of Badenstein intends to flee--from her violent father and from the man to whom she's been pledged in a political marriage of convenience. Karl von Lohenberg is without a country, a title--and a bride if he lets Serena get away. A ruthless man, he takes her to a secluded island, hell-bent on seduction. Only, he discovers a broken woman behind the prim princess facade. The time they spend together mends her spirit and touches his soul, but how will she react when she finds out how he's deceived her?
Joan Winthrop Sherbrooke, better known as Sinjun, spies Colin Kinross, the Scottish Earl of Ashburnham, across the dance floor at a London ball, and, upon learning that he needs a wealthy bride, presents herself as the best candidate.
Jamie Warren asks her best friend Rich Manning to father the child she so desperately wants, which leads to unexpected romance, and Paul Manning, a grieving widower with small children, finds comfort in the arms of Leah Baker.
Anna Starling flees a dissolving marriage in California to save herself and her artistic career, and rents a house in the isolated landscape of Cape Breton. There, her life intersects with that of her neighbor Red Murdock, a cabinetmaker who has recently lost Rosaire, the great love of his life, to cancer. Surrounded by the old ghosts of this landscape and the echoes of the indigenous Scottish culture that once lived in this isolated community, Anna and Murdock slowly come together just as the modern world encroaches on their town. When a local drug-smuggling ring starts to impede on their natural landscape, Anna finds herself caught in the crosshairs, and both she and Murdock must shake off the past in order to contend with the dark forces swirling all around them.
Meredith Stoltzfus could never love anyone like she loved her husband, Luke. When a friend from her past stops by her home to offer a helping hand, Meredith hesitantly agrees. But deep down, she feels uneasy about it. How would it look to others, seeing Jonah around so often?
Having followed her best friend, Tyler, to Texas, Cassidy Jameson finds herself unexpectedly drawn to their new roommate, Gage, who happens to be Tyler's cousin, but Tyler forbids that the two become romantically involved.