Dec. 24-25 - All libraries closed for Christmas.
New Arrivals - Romance
"...Moira Fraser has been given an ultimatum--marry the elderly Laird Achaius Morris, or risk another deadly clan war. She vows to do the right thing, as long as she can steer clear of the devilish charms of one stubborn Highlander... Gahn Sutherland knows there's a dangerous plot behind Moira Fraser's wedding, and will stop at nothing to foil it. But where a hot-headed, fiery Highland lass is involved, trust and honor clash with forbidden attraction, threatening to blow the Highland's sky-high."--P. 4 of cover.
Missionary Julia Foster loves working alongside her parents, ministering and caring for young girls in India. But when the family must return to England due to illness, she readily accepts the burden for her parents' financial support. Taking on a job at Highland Hall as governess she quickly finds that teaching her four privileged, ill-mannered charges at a grand estate is more challenging than expected, and she isn't sure what to make of the estate's preoccupied master, Sir William Ramsey. Widowed and left to care for his two young children and his deceased cousin's two teenage girls, William is consumed with saving the estate from financial ruin.
"When tall, handsome Dominic sees one of his Romany band whipping a beautiful, flame-haired captive, he never dreams she is a pampered heiress stolen from the English court. To have her, he will pay a king's ransom and make himself her lord. Lovely Catrina forbids Dominic her bed, but her fiery temper is no match for his cool determination to take her as his lover. Still, she will not be passion's slave forever. She and her Gypsy Lord will meet again--in a glittering London setting, far from the rustic tent they shared. Will her desire for revenge overwhelm her natural urge to love?"--Author's website.
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like...Love! A man gives the gift of trust and receives a second chance at love in return. A woman helps to heal the wounded heart of a soldier. A couple finds that true love knows no distance. And a young widow learns that there can be two great loves in a lifetime. Love, romance and passion come together in this collection of four seasonal shorts Anthology includes:This Time Next Year by Alison Kent. A Rare Gift by Jaci Burton. It's Not Christmas Without You by HelenKay Dimon Mistletoe and Margaritas by Shannon Stacey Stories also available for purchase separately.
"On a midnight train, four hours away from her wedding, Beth McMurray discovers the devastating truth abouth the powerful senator she's about to marry. She is convinced nothing could make this stormy night worse - until the train wrecks and she tumbles straight into the arms of an outlaw."--Back cover.
Pinkerton detective Miranda Hunt assumes another woman's identity in order to apprehend the Phantom, an elusive and notorious train robber thought to be hiding on the sprawling Last Chance Ranch. But she isn't the only one there with something to hide. Wells Fargo detective Jeremy Taggert is working the scene undercover as well. And although their true identities are a secret, it is impossible for Jeremy and Miranda to hide the spark that flares between them. But their careers-- and their lives-- depend on solving this case. Love will have to wait.
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.
Ever since her stepmother brought her a snow globe of the New York City skyline, Annie has wanted to visit the beautiful, big city. Since the time of her rumschpringe is nearing, the family decides a visit is a good idea. But others are not as thrilled with her interest in the Big Apple. Aaron has long been attracted to Annie and is sure he is in love. As he watches her engage in big city life, he grows concerned that she will not want to return to their quieter life. Will Annie follow Aaron back home? Or stay and pursue her dreams? Competing for her attention, Aaron sets out to show Annie that Christmas is not about the glitz and glamour, but about family, love, and the birth of Jesus.
"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.
Pepper has been hopelessly in love with her best friend's brother, Hunter, for, like, ever. Hes the key to everything she's always craved: security, stability, family. But she needs Hunter to notice her as more than just a friend. Even though she's kissed exactly one guy, she has the perfect plan to go from novice to rock star in the bedroom: take a few pointers from someone who knows what he's doing. Her college roommates have the perfect teacher in mind. But bartender Reece is nothing like the player Pepper expects. Yes, he's beyond gorgeous, but he's also dangerous and deep with a troubled past. Soon what started as a lesson in attraction is turning both their worlds upside down, and showing them just what can happen when you go past foreplay and get to what's real.
"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
Features two seasonal romance novellas linked by a "Twelve Days of Christmas" theme.
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.
"Brooke and Remy's relationship is tested when he tries to claim back the Underground championship"-- Provided by publisher.
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.
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.
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.
"... 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.