Dec. 24-25 - All libraries closed for Christmas.
New Arrivals - Romance
Features two seasonal romance novellas linked by a "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme.
Each member of the Christmas Cookie Club has a story to tell and each discovers the miracle of the season and the power of love.
"Lauren Wilder fell for the wrong man, trusted the wrong man, and she paid a very dear price for it. Now broken and wounded, she's retreated to the bosom of the Colter family and the unshakeable love and support they offer. But the man she once loved and trusted is not without his own power, and he'll use every bit of his money and resources to make sure he gets Lauren back, no matter whom he destroys doing it." -- Provided by publisher.
"Brooke and Remy's relationship is tested when he tries to claim back the Underground championship"-- Provided by publisher.
As single father Logan O'Donnell prepares to give his son, Charlie, the best Christmas ever on the shores of Willow Lake, he may be in for a Christmas surprise himself, in the form of sharp-witted and independent Darcy Fitzgerald.
"Leonard Self has spent a year unwinding his ranch, paying down debts, and fending off the darkening. Just one thing left: taking his wife's ashes to her favorite overlook, where he plans to step off the cliff with her into a stark and beautiful landscape. But Leonard finds he has company on a route that intertwines old wounds and new insights that make him question whether his life is over after all"--Amazon.com, viewed November 8, 2013
When they have to spend a week together, the antagonism between Hugh Prentice, a crippled, bookish mathematician, and Lady Sarah Pleinsworth, who blames him for the duel that forced her cousin into exile, turns to something more.
When Ian Ferguson flees after being falsely accused of trying to assassinate the Duke of Wellington, he finds himself wounded and at the mercy of Lady Sarah Clarke, an impoverished country wife with secrets of her own.
When socialite Genevieve Beaumont faces being disinherited by her father if she does not marry her philandering fiancé, it becomes more and more difficult to resist her attraction to wounded Afghanistan war veteran Dylan Caine.
For centuries, Malcolm has struggled against the forces of darkness and he bears the scars to prove it. Hardened by a lifetime of fighting, he is more warrior than man, incapable of feeling love or compassion. But one stormy night, he pulls a beautiful woman from a car wreck and experiences a rush of fiery emotion that could melt even the hardest of hearts. Since childhood, Evangeline Walker has felt the magic growing inside her. Descended from Druids, she is the perfect vessel for ancient magic and evil. Evie knows she should trust no one, not even Malcolm, whose strong touch and tender kiss she craves. But after she makes a devil's bargain to save her half-brother, this fearsome warrior may be the only man who can protect her with his heart, his body, and his soul.
What does it matter if Kate, Lady d'Allenay, has absolutely no marriage prospects? She has a castle to tend, an estate to run, and a sister to watch over, which means she is never, ever reckless. Until an accident brings a handsome, virile stranger to Bellecombe Castle, and Kate finds herself tempted to surrender to her houseguest's wicked kisses. Disowned by his aristocratic family, Lord Edward Quartermaine has turned his gifted mind to ruthless survival. Feared and vilified as proprietor of London's most notorious gaming salon, he now struggles to regain his memory, certain of only one thing: he wants all Kate is offering and more. But when Edward's memory returns, he and Kate realize how much they have wagered on a scandalous passion that could be her ruin, but perhaps his salvation.
In the first story, Ashley Robbins is prepared to repay Cooper Masters the money that he lent her for college, but she would also like to gift him this Christmas with her own knowledge of God's love. In the second story, Lindsey Mitchell gives newcomer Jesse Slater a job on her tree farm, but she would also like to share the true spirit of Christmas with him and his young daughter.
"... Cursed by past tragedies, notorious Highlander Laird Athdar MacCallum has devoted himself to leading his people--and has vowed never to marry again. Until he is utterly disarmed by the innocent beauty in the eyes of Isobel Ruriksdottir... Isobel is drawn to the vulnerability she senses behind the fearsome facade of the clan chief. But with his formidable reputation, he is strictly forbidden. Being together can only lead them into danger, yet the temptation to risk all for their perilous passion is impossible to ignore"--P. 4 of cover.
For Reagan Deveraux, Sugar Creek, Vermont, and the Cupcake Lovers are a dream come true. A cozy little town where family and friends come before everything else. She's never experienced anything like it -- especially not growing up with her mother, a fickle, fame-hungry heiress. But Rae's plan to hide out in anonymity for a year until she can claim her inheritance -- and her independence -- changes with one kiss from gorgeous pub owner Luke Monroe.
"Weary of war and diplomatic wandering, Leander Knollis, Earl of Charrington, wants a home, a wife, and a good old-fashioned English Christmas. As he seems unable to fall in love, however, he will only consider a marriage of convenience to a sensible woman. He is beginning to despair when he encounters the perfect candidate, a woman so devoted to her late husband's memory that no one thinks she could ever love again. Judith Rossiter is in no position to turn down the astonishing proposal, but it worries her. Why would an earl, and a most attractive one at that, offer marriage to an impoverished widow with two young children? At least his main condition should be easy enough to fulfill. After the folly of Judith's first marriage, a sensible rather than a sentimental union is exactly what she wants. Or so she believes when she says her vows"--From publisher description.
On the Massachusetts coast north of Boston, a controlling manager, Mark, discovers his wife's infidelity after twenty-five years of marriage. An overweight young woman, Marla, gains a romantic partner but loses her innocence. A philandering bartender/aspiring poet, Robert, betrays his pregnant wife. And in title novella, a teenage girl named Devon, fleeing a dirty image of her posted online, seeks respect in the eyes of her widowed great-uncle Francis and of an Iraq vet she's met surfing the Web.--from publisher's description.
Former spy and Inferno Club member Lord Trevor Montgomery is about to ace the greatest danger of all--marriage! Yes, he has every lady of the ton swooning, but he doesn't have a jot of interest in any of them, except for shy, warm-hearted Miss Grace Kenwood--the parson's daughter. She could steal his heart--if he believed he still possessed one.
Former border agent Dalton Kirk thought his life was over--literally--when a gang of smugglers left him for dead. Defying all odds, he survives his ordeal and returns to his Wyoming ranch ready to dedicate his future to a more peaceful home on the range. Until lovely Merissa Baker knocks on his door. Merissa is well aware of her reputation as the local eccentric--she knows things before they happen--and she's had a vision that Dalton is in danger. Even though her beliefs clash with Dalton's cowboy logic, she's determined to save the handsome rancher she's secretly loved forever. Visions? It's all ridiculous to Dalton...until things start happening that prove Merissa right. And now Dalton is not the only target--so is Merissa. Can Dalton be bold enough to trust the unknown? Is this Wyoming man ready to love?--Page  of cover.
"Peregrine Perriam, son of an earl, has no desire to marry, but when he's named heir to Perriam Manor, he finds he has only a month to persuade a stranger, Claris Mallow, to the altar, or the property will be lost to his family forever, and his line will be cursed"--From publisher description.
Ian and Francesca return to reignite the exquisite passions that drew them together, and to finally face the intimate secrets that threatened to separate them forever. The secrets of an inescapable past that was one man?s darkest mystery?a darkness that seduced one woman and forever held her spellbound with forbidden desire. For both of them, the next step is total abandon.
Two short romances, including Woman Hater, in which a woman unexpectedly falls for her boss's mysterious and distrustful older brother; and The Humbug Man, in which a grouchy rancher rediscovers his Christmas spirit through a relationship with a spunky woman.
"Special Ops soldier Griffin Reid doesn't exactly have happy memories of growing up in Sunshine, Idaho. He's only come back to recover from a war injury, and while he refuses to admit he's in a weakened state, he finds comfort in the last person he'd expect. Kate Evans teaches fourth grade science in Sunshine, the place she's always called home. Dreaming of graduate school and a happily-ever-after, she's desperate to break out of the monotony of Sunshine. Luckily, a certain sexy man has just come back into her life. To Griffin, Kate as always been his little sister's friend, but now he's finding her to be so much more. As both attempt to forge their paths, they must decide if their passionate connection can turn into something lasting..."-- Page  of cover.
Too bad not all memories are pleasant! Everyone in Whiskey Creek remembers Sophia DeBussi as the town's mean girl. Especially Ted Dixon, whose love she once scorned. But Sophia has paid the price for her youthful transgressions. The man she did marry was rich and powerful but abusive. So when he goes missing, she secretly hopes he'll never come back, until she learns that he died running from an FBI probe of his investment firm.