Dec. 24-25 - All libraries closed for Christmas.
New Arrivals - Romance
A new widow has also lost her only brother, and upon returning to their small hometown of Bloomfield to settle his estate, finds herself in the middle of a long unsolved mystery.
Maybe opposites don't always attract. If they did, architect Olivia Sullivan would have run away with bad boy Rafe Russo when they were teenagers. Instead, Olivia has spent ten years dreaming up designs for a life that hasn't gone the way she planned. Still reeling from her career's implosion and her father's death, Olivia thanks her lucky stars for the support of her three lifelong friends. But this good girl is through sitting on the sidelines. When Rafe returns to the beautiful Oregon coast where they grew up, her former flame ignites a new desire. Now Olivia must take a walk on the wild side to show the new deputy that in matters of love, being bad can feel very good.
After being trapped in an isolated car crash, the life of an elderly widower becomes entwined with that of a young college student and the cowboy she loves.
"One kiss, then another, and before she knows it, Lady Julia Leighton succumbs to the breathtaking charms of a stranger... at the ball celebrating her betrothal to a man who considers her a sister. The steamy encounter changes her life in more ways than one. When she meets her seducer again, Julia is no longer a lady, but an outcast, a paid companion to a lady who used to be her equal- and her desire for him burns as strong as ever. He goes by Thomas Merritt, a name as questionable as his intentions. A thief with a secret past, he was utterly bewitched by the beautiful and innocent Lady Julia. But after their one glorious evening together, the handsome rogue left without a backward glance- knowing that he could never be a part of her world again. Now in a Vienna rife with political intrigue, Thomas harbors a perilous secret- and the only person who can aid him is the woman who has captured his heart." Provided by publisher.
"Krysta is used to getting the drop on vampires. Her "special abilities" aren't much, but the plan is simple -- she plays helpless pretty young thing to lure them in. Then her shoto swords come out and it's bye-bye, bloodsucker. Until one night she finds herself with an unexpected ally. He's a vampire, all right, but different. Mysterious. Handsome. And more interested in saving her skin than draining it. Étienne has been an Immortal Guardian for two hundred years -- long enough to know that Krysta is special. He can't stop thinking about her long legs, even more than her short swords. Then he discovers the vamps she's exterminating have friends in high places, and the Guardians are in danger, too. He'll have to accept Krysta's help to save them. The stakes for a mortal are high. But the cost to his heart might be higher . . . "--P.  of cover.
The infamous Laura Falkner has returned to Regency London society in disguise. Determined to clear her father's name, she becomes a companion to elderly Lady Josephine--only to learn the woman's nephew is none other than Alexander Ross, the devilish Earl of Copley, the man Laura once loved with all her heart. The same man who'd accused her father of theft and forced them to flee England. Alex has never forgotten Laura--or forgiven himself for letting her go. Today, Laura is as lovely--and stubborn--as ever, and her attempts at crime-solving are putting her in danger. The only way Alex can keep her safe is to marry her. But how can this notorious rake convince Laura that his heart is true...before the clock strikes twelve?
Charlie Allington is supposed to be on the fast track to the top--a small-town girl who was making it big in her career. Instead, she's reeling from a scandal that's pretty much burned all her bridges. Now, out of options, she needs a place to lick her wounds and figure out her future. True, working at a ski resort in rugged Jackson Hole, Wyoming, isn't her dream job. But if there's one perk to coming back, it's a certain sexy hometown boy who knows how to make a girl feel welcome.
When Stella Leon reluctantly accompanies ex-Marine Beau Junger on a visit to her late father's ranch in Texas, where her half-sister Sadie is waiting to meet her for the first time, passion sparks between them on their journey.
"Chicago event planner Libby Hamilton can turn any bland setting into a dramatic venue-- but when she abruptly loses her job, and her fair-weather boyfriend moves to another state, Libby suddenly finds herself back in the tiny town she grew up in. Worse than that, her father wants help transforming an old schoolhouse into a vintage ice cream parlor and Libby must trade in her power suits for power tools. Widowed restoration specialist Tom Murphy can rebuild just about anything-- except the shattered relationship he shares with his teenaged daughter. Hired by Libby's father, Tom isn't interested in sharing the details of his personal life with beautiful, spunky Libby. He just wants to get the job done. But she is tenacious--and sexy--and it doesn't take long before she breaks down his walls, builds up his hope, and gets a hold on his heart that won't let go"--Publisher.
After dropping out of pastry school and messing up her big break on a reality cooking show, Leah Sullivan returns home to help her grandmother run her bakery, but finds herself distracted by her best friend, Jack Harper.
After fraudulent spiritual medium Violet Bastien flees England, Daniel Mackenzie, a rogue from a scandalous family, is determined to find the woman who touched his heart.
As chief surgeon for the Wardens, Evelyn Stone fears her own life is on the line when she is kidnapped by a band of pirates, only to discover that the airship captain is Gavin "Mac" MacRae, her former lover. The man whose life she once saved. The man she abandoned. Since Evelyn left, Mac made his mark as both a pirate and a pilot. But his true allegiance isn't known. So when he asks Evie for help with a wounded woman onboard, he tells Evie that the woman is his wife, even if his feelings for Evie have never waned. As the days pass, however, the unease between Evie and Mac gives way to the old comfort they used to have. Yet, their newly ignited romance is complicated by conflicting loyalties and desires, and a betrayal that may cost them both their love and their lives.
Three months ago Jan learned that elves were real, our world wasn't safe and it was up to her to save her boyfriend--and the world--from being englamoured into slavery. Now Jan has a new deadline--ten weeks, ten days and ten hours. That's when the truce she arranged between our world and the elves' realm ends, and the invasion starts. While supernatural creatures work to defend humanity, Jan and the kelpie Martin have to find the preter queen, and use her to force the portals closed. But when magic mixes with technology, shutting it down isn't as simple as closing a door or pulling a plug. Jan's geek-girl know-how might have gotten her this far, but they're going to need technical skills and magic to shut the portals for good.
"As identical twins, Bothan and Calum MacNachton share a bond stronger than most brothers, one forged by a terrible secret. Rumors and dark tales have been whisperedabout their clan for centuries. For they roam the Highlands at night, driven by a savage hunger that can never be sated. Their only hope lies in marriage to Outsiders, mortalwomen whose pure blood will weaken the hold of their eternal curse. Kenna Brodie and Sarra DeCourcey know what it is to stand apart. They've heard the terrible, whispered warnings, but nothing could prepare them for the handsome brotherswhose fierce, unyielding desires are beyond any legend...What Bothan and Calum promise is a life unlike any Kenna and Sarra have ever known. Now, Kenna and Sarra must choose whether to betray their dark lords or stand and fightfor a passion that will never die..."--P. 4 of cover.
"Hoping to escape his past, Ethan Hardesty left a career as an architect and went to work for the railroad. Only two things impede his desire to transform Heartbreak Creek into a thriving town once again-- a vandal bent on stopping the railroad, and the beautiful but hardheaded woman who won't sign over the final right-of-way through the canyon. Audra Pearsall has good reason for not allowing a train to pass within yards of her home, no matter how persuasive the handsome Mr. Hardesty can be. But when vandalism escalates to murder and fear stalks the canyon, Audra doesn't know who to turn to-- until the man she thought was her friend proves to be an enemy, and the man she wouldn't allow herself to trust becomes her reluctant hero" -- from publisher's web site.
There is nothing inherently threatening about Melissa, a young evangelist hoping to write the definitive paper on intelligent design. But when she implores Andy Waite, a biology professor and a hardcore evolutionist, to direct her independent study, she becomes the catalyst for the collapsing house of cards surrounding him. As he works with Melissa, Andy finds that everything about his world is starting to add up differently.
State secrets: Secret Service agent David Goddard never expected to spend his Christmas surveilling the president's cousin but now he wonders is it her secrets that fascinate him ... or Holly herself?
" In this sweeping new series of Renaissance Italy, Bertrice Small does it again with all the passion and historical splendor that has captured the imagination of her legion of fans.... After her two elder sisters become the scandals of Florence, Lucianna Pietro d'Angelo is in the difficult position of finding a wealthy man who will have her for his wife. She has little choice but to accept the proposal of an aging bookseller-a not entirely disagreeable union in which Lucianna comforts the dear man in his final years. When he passes away, she inherits his shop and, with it, a sizable fortune. Lucianna is content with comfortable widowhood-until Robert Minton, Earl of Lisle, visits her bookshop. The Englishman is not only dashing and handsome-he's a trusted courtier of Henry VII. The Pietro d'Angelos cannot deny the spark of attraction between their daughter and the earl, so they scheme to send her to London. There, Lucianna steps out of the shadow of her quiet Florentine life, pursuing a love of which she never dreamed and rising in London society all the way to court of the new Tudor king"-- Provided by publisher.
"When Susanna's heart for the poor and Ben's disillusionment with British rule cross paths in 1763 Massachusetts, the two find themselves bound in a dangerous fight for justice"-- Provided by publisher.
"...Two Sexy Guys... Lieutenant Colonel Logan Hunt can't deny the heat between him and Emma is fierce. But Logan isn't looking for anything serious...just a chance to blow off some steam. So why is he crazy jealous when he sees pro bull rider Jace Mills trying to charm Emily into bed? Winner Takes All... Logan knows he and Emma could have something special--and not just because she's smokin' hot. Now he has to find a way to prove that even a no-strings-attached guy like him can stick around for the long haul..."--P. 4 of cover.
When Cait Douglass resolves to get over her broken heart, throw off her inhibitions, and start really living, she's unprepared for the two sensual men who cross her path. Torn between them, she doesn't know which to choose -- or what kind of dire consequences could follow. Jim Heron, fallen angel and reluctant savior, is ahead in the war, but he puts everything at risk when he seeks to make a deal with the devil -- literally. As yet another soul is unwittingly caught in the battle between him and the demon Devina, his fixation on an innocent trapped in Hell threatens to sidetrack him from his sacred duty .... Can good still prevail if true love makes a savior weak? And will a woman's future be the key, or the curse, for all of humanity? Only time, and hearts, will tell.
After Ellis Garrett turns her life around by dumping her critical boyfriend and opening a plus-size clothing store, she gets another chance at love when Detective Mike Edwards, her sister's ex-boyfriend, comes back into her life.
Leah Gates makes up crossword puzzles for a living, a nice, tame occupation in a safe urbane setting. And she knew that this--knee-deep mud, lashing rain and a burned-down cabin--spelled disaster. What was her friend Victoria thinking of, sending her up here to the wilds of New Hampshire? Meanwhile, woodsman Garrick Rodenheiser was stunned and wary when Leah turned up shivering on his porch, knowing it meant trouble for him. But he couldn't slam the door in her face... or shut out the storm of feeling that raged between them.
After Nicole Perkins opens her store, The Christmas Attic, in Fool's Gold, California, business is booming; and, as a bonus, gorgeous army doctor Gabriel Boylan has offered to help out during the holiday rush.