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New Arrivals - Romance
When Jonathon Westruther, Earl of Davenport, unexpectedly falls in love with Hilary deVere, a straitlaced former schoolteacher, he resolves to seduce her by any means, only to become her heroic protector from forces in his past.
Lord Kirk, who was terribly scarred by the accident that killed his wife, tries to tranform himself into someone who could catch the eye of his lovely neighbor, Dahlia Balfour, but worries that she pities rather than loves him.
Don Tillman, a profesor of genetics, sets up a project designed to find him the perfect wife, starting with a questionnaire that has to be adjusted a little as he goes along. Then he meets Rosie, who is everything he's not looking for in a wife, but she ends up his friend as he helps her try and find her biological father.
Desperate to retrieve a letter that could destroy her betrothal, Lady Cecily Westruther gains entrance to her enemy's house in disguise, only to be unmasked by the powerful Rand, Duke of Ashburn, who wants her for himself.
"When Chantel's sister falls in love with a sworn enemy in the their 1890s iron-mining community, will Chantel's attempts to aid the couple result in a romance of her own?"--Provided by publisher.
For Evan Kincaid, the best thing about his dusty hometown was watching it fade into the distance. Jessica Bly was the only one who did not treat him like an outsider, and their friendship ended with one mind-blowing night of young passion. Now they've both got the lives they planned--Evan in New York, Jess with her beloved horses in Caribou Crossing. But business has brought Evan back to Jess's crazy horse ranch on a mission that could destroy whatever's left of her trust.
On a mission for Professor Lovecraft with Miss America Jones, Phaeton Black is shanghaied in China and, convinced that the Scotland Yard detective has abandoned her, Miss Jones sets out to find him.
Sharing a seemingly tranquil relationship with his brilliant bohemian wife only to find himself on trial for her murder, liberal arts college professor Samuel Madison struggles with a hostile town while reevaluating his marriage.
Phaeton Black is missing. Sucked into an alternative universe-- courtesy of Professor Lovecraft's Trans-Dimensional Injection Portal-- the illustrious investigator is nowhere to be found. Even the bewitching Miss America Jones, who's pregnant with Phaeton's child, has no clue to his whereabouts. But when a spy fly's microphone picks up Phaeton's voice in the parlors of Paris, she enlists his dearest friends to track him down... before his deadliest enemies find him first.
"Caught between loyalties, the mother of the Tudors must choose between the red rose and the white. Philippa Gregory presents the latest Cousins' War novel, the remarkable story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen. When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house-Elizabeth of York-to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades. But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III-and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York. Henry's greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last."--Jacket.
"Mackenzie "Max" Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they're expecting to meet a nice wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade. Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he's kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they're forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel."--Page 4 of cover.
Devon Hayworth, a member of the nobility, presents himself as a playboy and gives the tabloids plenty of fodder. American entrepreneur Sarah James is unimpressed with him when she meets him, but he is impressed by her. However, it will take more than his playboy ways to win her over!
Widow Miranda Talbot, who is enjoying her independence after years as a dutiful wife, avoids the attentions of numerous suitors before falling for Castor Worthington, who, unbeknownst to her, has a twin who is also courting her.
"In these classic romances ... two couples discover their own way to a happy ending--and a beautiful beginning... "A Will and a Way: She'd inherited $150 million, but all Pandora McVie wants is her uncle back and her infuriating co-beneficiary, Michael Donohue, gone. But that isn't part of the plan--one that isolates them both in a Catskills mansion for six months. Pandora knows it won't be easy living with Michael, but the hardest thing of all might be not falling in love with the man! "Loving Jack: Romance author Jackie 'Jack' MacNamara is thrilled when her own fictional brooding hero turns up in person right under her roof! Unfortunately, confirmed bachelor Nathan Powell has no interest in fairy-tale romances. But Jackie is certain that together they can have their happily-ever-after--now all she has to do is convince her stubborn Prince Charming!".
At the outbreak of World War Two, Meggie Elliot lives with her aunt and uncle in London. Intent on going to university, she joins the WRNS in a burst of patriotism and meets the dangerously exhilarating young aristocrat, Nicholas Cowan, who sweeps her off her feet.
Lydia Wyse is drawn back to her childhood Amish community through her mother's "promise box," and seeks to leave behind her secular life as a book editor when she meets bachelor Gideon Hooley.
"Stop! Or I'll shoot your hat off." Maggie Tucker has just gone through hell. Outlaws murdered her husband, looted their camp, and terrorized Maggie before leaving her lost and alone in the wilds of Wyoming. She isn't about to let another strange man get close enough to harm her. Sage Lightfoot, owner of Paradise Valley ranch, is hunting for the men who killed his best ranch hand. But what he finds is a beautiful, bedraggled woman digging a grave. And pointing a pistol at his heart. From that moment on, Sage will do anything to protect the strong-yet-vulnerable Maggie. Together, they'll embark on a life-changing journey along the dangerous Outlaw Trail, risking their lives...and their love.
Twenty-six-year-old Katie Macauley has placed all her hope in Hope Springs, a small town in the 1870 Wyoming Territory. But if she wants to return home to Ireland to make amends with her estranged family, shell need to convince the influential Joseph Archer to hold true to his word and keep her on his payroll as his housekeeper despite her Irish roots. The town is caught in an ongoing feud between the Irish and the "Reds" the frontiersmen who would rather see all the Irish run out of town and the Irish immigrants who are fighting to make a home for themselves in the New World. When Joseph agrees to keep Katie on as his housekeeper, the feud erupts anew, and Katie becomes the reluctant figurehead for the Irish townsfolk. As the violence escalates throughout the town, Katie must choose between the two men who have been vying for her love though only one might be able to restore hope to her heart.
"Meet Daniella Delaney. She's all ready to open her shop, Heavenly Cupcakes, in one of Chicago's sleepier districts. But she's having a hard time convincing the local business association--namely Nick St. George--that she's a good addition to the neighborhood. Daniella hopes that her famous red velvet cupcakes will be enough to melt any man's heart. But Nick is no ordinary man. He's got fangs. As leader of the Vamptown clan, Nick has no intention of letting Daniella breathe new life into his old haunts. But something about her leaves Nick hungry...for more. He can't control her mind like other humans, a trait that makes Daniella irresistible. Could it be that, for the first time in centuries, Nick has met his match? Love is always a force to be reckoned with. But can this vampire have his cake and eat it too?"-- Publisher's statement from Amazon.com.
"Set in Lancaster County, Addie and Jonathan struggle to continue their relationship against both sets of parents' wishes. Will love finally mend the feud between their two families, or will their forbidden courtship drive everyone further apart?"--Provided by publisher.
When Ella's sister decides to reunite with their estranged mother on Sanctuary Island, Ella goes along, finding that the tiny refuge for wild horses is more inviting than she ever imagined. Grady Wilkes, a local handyman, shows Ella the simple beauties of the island and tries to convince a woman who never intended to stay that on Sanctuary Island, anything is possible, even falling in love.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, Tess Cameron, a divorced teacher, becomes the unwiting guardian of a bi-racial orphan. She is compelled to take the little girl from New Orleans to the Colorado San Luis Valley to meet her grandfather. Estranged from the child's missing mother, the grandfather is unaware of the granddaughter's existence and doesn't want her. Grant Wilder, a widowed outfitter, offers Tess temporary employment on his ranch. But can Tess's wandering spirit find the faith to accept permanent responsibility of the child and open her heart to love again in this land of amazing beauty and haunting secrets?
Jaime Corey, the younger sister of Chocolate Thief protagonist Cade Corey, has survived a brutal attack and decides to treat herself to some chocolate therapy in Paris. She starts going to Dominique Richard's salon twice a day. Intrigued by Jaime, Dom crafts elaborate confections just for her. Although Dom is besotted, he doesn't dare relax around Jaime; he is a big man with a temper and afraid of turning into an abuser like his father. Jaime used to be a do-gooder, trying to save the world to make up for her privileged upbringing, and while Dom makes Jaime feel cherished and adored, she feels guilty for not giving anything in return. Both Jaime and Dom are highly complex characters, with layers of emotions, thorny pasts, and tangled relationships with family and friends.
Despite being in love with her since the moment he first saw her, Nick feels that Abby still treats him like a stranger and devises a way to subtly crack open her stoic facade so that she will let him be there for her and her unborn child.