New Arrivals - Romance
"For ambitious engineer Simon Darcy, winning Queen Victoria's competition to recover lost inventions of historical significance is a matter of pride--and redemption. After all, it was Simon's failed monorail project that left his family destitute, and winning the tournament would surely restore the Darcys' reputation. Simon sets his sights high, targeting no less than the infamous time-travel device that forever changed the world by transporting scientists, engineers, and artists from the twentieth century. The Mod technology was banned and supposedly destroyed, but Simon is sure he can re-create it. His daring plan draws the attention of Willie G., the Clockwork Canary, London's sensationalist reporter. Simon soon discovers that Willie is a male guise for Wilhemina Goodenough, the love of his youth, who left him jilted and bitter. He questions her motives even as he falls prey to her unique charm. As the attraction between the two reignites, Simon realizes that this vixen from his past has secrets that could be the key to his future...as long as he can put their history behind him."--P.  of cover.
"Set in San Francisco and North Carolina, the linked stories in Damn Love introduce us to a group of characters struggling with love in all its complicated forms, including a young doctor who treats heroin addicts, a newly married gay man who tries to reconcile with his mother after years of estrangement, a trio of physicists caught in a surprising love triangle, and a soldier who takes secrets with her to the Iraqi desert. Together, these stories report from the fault lines of American life, uncertain territory where identity, risk, and desire comingle, and where resilience is found in even the most flawed efforts to connect. "--Provided by publisher.
"A single visit to Mustang Ridge can change a person's life in the most unexpected ways.... Recovering from a difficult divorce and having problems with her daughter, Shelby accepts a summer job cooking at a family-run dude ranch. She hopes the animals will be just what her daughter, Lizzie, needs. Little does she know that ranch life will work some healing magic on her too. When Shelby meets the head wrangler, Foster, she is put off by his brusque nature, but Lizzie takes an instant liking to the cowboy and his horses. While both Foster and Shelby have been scarred by love, it's not long before Shelby is drawn to the rugged cowboy and his thoughtful ways. But with summer nights in short supply and Foster wary of falling for a city girl, a simple summer romance soon grows complicated. As the days dwindle, Shelby will have to decide not only what is best for her daughter, but also where her future--and her happiness--will be found.".
One of the best interrogators in the business, Rock Babineaux, on the run from his own government when a job goes horribly wrong, races against time to clear his name with the help of Vanessa Cordero, who believes in his innocence.
"After werewolves Elaine Hawthorn and Cearnach MacNeill almost have a head-on collision on a foggy Highland road, they're pretty well stuck with each other. It'll be hours before anyone can get there to pull his car out of the ditch and they both have better places to be. The sexy little American brings out all of Cearnach's big bag protective instincts. If she thought she was in trouble before, Elaine has no idea what kind of complications a hot Scot can cause"--P.  of cover.
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.
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 ....
When Lady Verity Fitzroy wakes up to find her brother's archenemy Rory Lennox, the Duke of Abshire, in her bed, she is less concerned about the danger to her reputation than about being unmasked as the author of the infamous Duke Diaries.
"For Avery Spencer, the sight of rugged, sullen and dangerously sexy Callum Shepherd is enough to set her pulse racing. Too bad she's only on his ranch to tell him that her adorable baby niece is his daughter! Reclusive rancher Callum is shocked to discover he's a father. But now Callum must learn to believe he does have what it takes to become a dad, and convince Avery that both she and baby Nell belong on the ranch?with him!"--Publisher.
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.
So what if Joann Yoder's Amish community deems her a spinster? She's content to stay single. In the meantime, she's working hard to finally buy her dream house. So it's problematic when she's fired from her job to make room for the owner's nephew, Roman Weaver. His blue eyes aside, she simply can't stand him! Good thing she has the secret letters she's been exchanging with a mystery man to keep her going. But who "is" writing her letters? And could she possibly fall for him in real life, too?
"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.
Detective Shane Ford, Sugarland's favorite cop, has been blindsided by the sudden death of his best friend, NFL star Brad Cooper, and by becoming the legal guardian of Brad's son, Drew. a bitter, angry sixteen-year-old with a dangerous secret. Shane is determined to pry the truth from Drew, but he manages only to alienate him and winds up going head-to-head with Juvenile Officer Daisy Callahan, whose job is to protect the teen's best interests. Shane has always been drawn to Daisy's beauty and strength, but he is determined not to allow their intense attraction to interfere with his duty ever again. It's a vow that will prove difficult to keep, as the realities of Shane and Daisy's blossoming love and their growing bond with the grieving teen propel Shane headlong into danger for the new family he has sworn to protect.
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.
Veterinarian Dr. Peyton Blackstone walks a fine line between business and pleasure after asking Nicholas Cole-Thomas, who, among Virginia's horse-country elite, is the ultimate eligible bachelor, for help.
"Lennox Taskill is a dissolute rogue, a powerful witch who some say even trades his enchantments for profit when it pleases him. His only loyalty is to his coven, his disdain for humanity sealed by the searing memory of his mother burning at the stake. So when the wife of a wealthy landlord comes seeking his help, the beguiling Chloris Keavey unwittingly presents Lennox with his greatest opportunity for distraction, and retribution. By failing to produce an heir, Chloris faces a terrible threat : being turned out by her heartless husband. Now, she vows to get with child, even if it means surrendering her body, and soul, to Lennox's seductive magic. But with a witch hunt brewing, Lennox and Chloris are soon risking everything for their forbidden nights of ecstasy, and to protect the secret that could cost them their lives"--From publisher description.
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?
After surviving a lightning strike, Kiya Mortenson takes a job as a nanny to five pugs in the Oregon wilderness. She meets Peter Faa, who, a member of the Watch tracking a murderer and his own estranged family of Travellers, changes her life forever.
Emilie Rhodes was taught to think for herself, but doing so makes her want to write the "real news." This offends her newspaper editor father, who fires her. When Emilie begins writing anonymously for her father's competition, she finds herself falling in love with lecturer and dramatist Noah Shaw. Noah in turn seeks answers to stories tied with his grandmother's quilts, even though the truth may lead to brokenness-- or hope and healing.
Her timing couldn't be worse ... Miss Eugenia Talbot's presentation to the Queen is spoiled by a serious faux pas -- the despicable William Grant made her laugh, right in front of Her Majesty. Now Eugenia is ruined and had better marry -- someone, anyone -- at once ... And his couldn't be better ... Roguish William Grant has never taken anything seriously in his life. Until he meets Eugenia Talbot, who makes him feel and do things he never thought he would. Now Eugenia's great sense of humor and kindheartedness may be her undoing, unless William can help her find a husband. To his surprise, that's the last thing he wants to do.
Returning from college to his home town, Jim Praley is determined to experience everything Tulsa has to offer and begins a romance with a wealthy high-school dropout who somehow makes him feel right at home.
Scarred by the memories of the war, Captain Garrett Sinclair returns to England where he, dealing with powerful enemies who want him dead, comes to the aid of the penniless Lady Alexandra Langdon, who makes him forget his past and look forward to the future.
"Sonya Richardson can't resist starring on a hit reality dating show to give America a taste of what a real black woman is like...But one contestant is throwing Sonya off her game."--p.  of cover.
In order to bring her estranged parents together, Lady Sophia Bryant announces her false betrothal to Lord Francis Sutton, while bluestocking Lady Mary Gregg tries to resist the advances of infamous rake Lord Edmond Waite.
The darling of the ton, beautiful widow Elizabeth Chudderly longs for something more and finds what she is looking for in Lord Michael de Grey, a dashing aristocrat raised in scandal who, in order to escape family duty, must marry a woman of his brother's choosing.