February 2018: Lovers and Fighters

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For this month's Year in Reading challenge, explore the dual sides of passion. Will you let love consume your reading? Or contention? 


Ginny Aiken
Description: Gabriella Carlini moves home to Lyndon Point, Washington to help her family save their restaurant. She's spent her adult life avoiding her heritage. What she needs is a new chef to take the heat off her. Talented and experienced, Zachary Davenport seems to be the answer to her prayers.
Call Number: FIC Aik
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Leigh Bale
Description: As Little Horn, Texas, prepares for Thanksgiving, Dr. Tyler Grainger tries to count his blessings. One of those blessings is Eva Brooks, the new nanny for his deceased sister's baby.
Call Number: FIC Bal
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
John Ringo
Description: With the Earth in the path of the rapcious Posleen, the peaceful and friendly races of the Galactic Federation offer their resources to help the backward Terrans-for a price: Humanity now has three words to defend. As Earth's armies rush into battle and special operations units scout alien worlds, the humans begin to learn a valuable lesson: You can protect yourself from your enemies, but may the Lord save you from your allies.
Call Number: FIC Rin
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Seth Grahame-Smith, Scott Holst
Description: In this alternative-history bloodbath, Seth Grahame-Smith reconstructs the life of America's greatest president. Here, when young Abe learns that his mother's death is actually the result of a vampire attack, he vows to cleanse the country of the undead scourge.
Call Number: FIC Gra
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Robert F Dorr
Call Number: 358.434 Dor
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Stephanie Perkins
Description: When Anna's romance-novelist father sends her to an elite American boarding school in Paris for her senior year of high school, she reluctantly goes, and meets an amazing boy who becomes her best friend, in spite of the fact that they both want something more.
Call Number: YA FIC Per
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Holly Jennings
Description: "The RAGE tournaments--the Virtual Gaming League's elite competition where the best gamers in the world compete in a no-holds-barred fight to the digital death. Every bloody kill is broadcast to millions. Every player is a modern gladiator--leading a life of ultimate fame, responsible only for entertaining the masses. And though their weapons and armor are digital, the pain is real. Chosen to be the first female captain in RAGE tournament history, Kali Ling is at the top of the world--until one of her teammates overdoses. Now, she must confront the truth about the tournament. Because it is much more than a game--and even in the real world, not everything is as it seems. The VGL hides dark secrets. And the only way to change the rules is to fight from the inside."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Jen
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Mikey Neumann, Agustin Proilla
Description: Explains how Roland got on the bus with Mordecai, Lilith, and Brick. It also looks at the soldiers of Crimson Lance and what made him leave their ranks and search for the Vault.
Call Number: FIC Neu
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Robert Gildea
Description: "The French Resistance has an iconic status in the struggle to liberate Nazi-occupied Europe, but its story is entangled in myths. Gaining a true understanding of the Resistance means recognizing how its image has been carefully curated through a combination of French politics and pride, ever since jubilant crowds celebrated Paris's liberation in August 1944. Robert Gildea's penetrating history of resistance in France during World War II sweeps aside "the French Resistance" of a thousand clichés, showing that much more was at stake than freeing a single nation from Nazi tyranny. As Fighters in the Shadows makes clear, French resistance was part of a Europe-wide struggle against fascism, carried out by an extraordinarily diverse group: not only French men and women but Spanish Republicans, Italian anti-fascists, French and foreign Jews, British and American agents, and even German opponents of Hitler. In France, resistance skirted the edge of civil war between right and left, pitting non-communists who wanted to drive out the Germans and eliminate the Vichy regime while avoiding social revolution at all costs against communist advocates of national insurrection. In French colonial Africa and the Near East, battle was joined between de Gaulle's Free French and forces loyal to Vichy before they combined to liberate France. Based on a riveting reading of diaries, memoirs, letters, and interviews of contemporaries, Fighters in the Shadows gives authentic voice to the resisters themselves, revealing the diversity of their struggles for freedom in the darkest hours of occupation and collaboration."--Publisher's description.
Call Number: 940.5344 Gil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Lise Haines
Description: In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of seven gladiators, wants nothing less than to follow her mother's path, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her last stepfather may be to face him in the arena.
Call Number: YA FIC Hai
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Joe Abercrombie
Description: Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could. But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began--in twists, and traps, and tragedy.
Call Number: FIC Abe
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Lyndsay Faye
Description: A sensitive orphan, Jane Steele suffers first at the hands of her spiteful aunt and predatory cousin, then at a grim school where she fights for her very life until escaping to London, leaving the corpses of her tormentors behind her. After years of hiding from the law, Jane discovers her aunt has died and her childhood home has a new master: Mr. Charles Thornfield, who seeks a governess. Jane takes the position incognito, and falls in love with the fascinating but caustic Mr. Thornfield, an army doctor returned from the Sikh Wars. Can she possess him -- body, soul, and secrets -- without revealing her own murderous past?
Call Number: LP FIC Fay
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Claire Kann
Call Number: YA FIC ordered 010418
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Emma Straub
Description: "Friends and former college bandmates Elizabeth and Andrew and Zoe have watched one another marry, buy real estate, and start businesses and families, all while trying to hold on to the identities of their youth. But nothing ages them like having to suddenly pass the torch (of sexuality, independence, and the ineffable alchemy of cool) to their own offspring. Back in the band's heyday, Elizabeth put on a snarl over her Midwestern smile, Andrew let his unwashed hair grow past his chin, and Zoe was the lesbian all the straight women wanted to sleep with. Now nearing fifty, they all live within shouting distance in the same neighborhood deep in gentrified Brooklyn, and the trappings of the adult world seem to have arrived with ease. But the summer that their children reach maturity (and start sleeping together), the fabric of the adult lives suddenly begins to unravel, and the secrets and revelations that are finally let loose--about themselves, and about the famous fourth band member who soared and fell without them--can never be reclaimed."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Str
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Beverly Jenkins
Description: Since Ian Vance's beloved wife was murdered years ago, the hardened bounty hunter knows he'll never feel love or tenderness again, so he's made it his mission to ensure others get their justice. But when he's charged with delivering a sharp-eyed beauty to the law, Ian can't help but feel he may still have something left to lose. Orphaned at twelve, Maggie Freeman has always found her way out of trouble. But now there's a vigilante mob at her back who would like nothing more than to see her hang for a crime she didn't commit. Maggie may have to accept help for the first time in her life, even if it's from the one man standing between her and freedom. As the past closes in, the sassy prisoner and toughened lawman may just find a passion between them that could bring blinding happiness, if they'll let it.
Call Number: FIC Jen
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Ainsley Booth, Sadie Haller
Description: "Gavin: Ellie Montague is smart, sensitive, and so gorgeous it hurts to look at her. She's also an intern in my office. The office of the Prime Minister of Canada. That's me. The PM. She calls me that because when she calls me Sir, I get hard and she gets flustered, and as long as she's my intern, I can't twist my hands in her strawberry-blonde hair and show her what else I'd like her to do with that pretty pink mouth. Ellie: How much I like the PM varies on a daily basis. He's intense, controlling, and a perfectionist in every way--and he demands the same of his staff. How much I want him never wavers. There's something about him that tugs at me deep inside, and makes me wish that just once he'd cross the line in a late night work session. I'd take that secret to the grave if it meant I got a taste of the barely restrained beast inside him."--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Boo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
William Shakespeare, Kent Richmond
Call Number: 822.3 R4
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Pat Laprade, Dan Murphy
Description: Documenting the rise of women's wrestling from sideshow to WWE main event. Sisterhood of the Squared Circle presents the history of women's wrestling, from the carnival circuit of the late 1800s to today's popular matches. With more than 100 wrestler profiles, find out how backstage politics, real-life grudges, and personalities shaped the business. The careers of many well-known trailblazers, including Mildred Burke, the Fabulous Moolah, Mae Young, Penny Banner, Wendi Richter, Trish Stratus, Chyna, and Lita, are celebrated alongside today's stars, like Charlotte, Sasha Banks, and Bayley. The exploration of women's wrestling worldwide includes chapters on Japan, Mexico, England, and Australia.--From statement provided by publisher..
Call Number: 796.812 Lap
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Sarah MacLean
Description: Since being named "London's Lord to Land" by a popular ladies" magazine, Nicholas St. John has been relentlessly pursued by every matrimony-minded female in the ton. So when an opportunity to escape fashionable society presents itself, he eagerly jumps only to land in the path of the most determined, damnably delicious woman he's ever met! The daughter of a titled wastrel, Lady Isabel Townsend has too many secrets and too little money. Though she is used to taking care of herself quite handily, her father's recent passing has left Isabel at sea and in need of outside help to protect her young brother's birthright. The sinfully handsome, eminently eligible Lord Nicholas could be the very salvation she seeks. But the lady must be wary and not do anything reckless and foolish like falling madly, passionately in love.
Call Number: FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Anna Freeman
Description: "Born in a brothel, Ruth doesn't expect much for herself beyond abuse. While her sister's beauty affords a certain degree of comfort, Ruth's harsh looks set her on a path of drudgery. That is until she meets pugilist patron Granville Dryer and discovers her true calling--fighting bare knuckles in the prize rings of Bristol. Manor-born Charlotte has a different cross to bear. Scarred by smallpox, stifled by her social and romantic options, and trapped in twisted power games with her wastrel brother, she is desperate for an escape. After a disastrous, life-changing fight sidelines Ruth, the two women meet, and it alters the perspectives of both of them"--FantasticFiction.com.
Call Number: FIC Fre
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Peter Hart
Description: World War One altered the nature of warfare and changed the landscape of the modern world. Hart's combat history of the conflict seeks to understand the direct consequences of the event that began a century ago.
Call Number: 940.4 Har
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Cale Dietrich
Description: In a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies, the stakes are high for two agents, Caden and Dylan, whose mission to compete for a girl destined for great power becomes complicated when Caden finds himself falling in love with his competition.
Call Number: YA FIC Die
Format: Book
Date Added: Oct 26, 2017
Tracy Anne Warren
Description: When she moves into his Manhattan apartment building, Ivy Grayson determines to make billionaire financier James Jordon, whom she has loved since she was fifteen, see her as a desirable woman instead of a little girl.
Call Number: FIC War
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Bryce Courtenay
Description: Follows Peekay, a white British boy in South Africa during World War II, between the ages of five and eleven, as he survives an abusive boarding school and goes on to succeed in life and in the boxing ring.
Call Number: FIC Cou
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Jeff Shaara, Paul Michael
Description: World War II through the eyes of Pvt. Jack Logan, a tank gunner, and Sgt. Jesse Adams, a paratrooper, during the fall of 1942 through the spring of 1943.
Call Number: FIC Sha
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
Cat Sebastian
Description: A scoundrel who lives in the shadows. Jack Turner grew up in the darkness of London's slums, born into a life of crime and willing to do anything to keep his belly full and his siblings safe. Now he uses the tricks and schemes of the underworld to help those who need the kind of assistance only a scoundrel can provide. His distrust of the nobility runs deep and his services do not extend to the gorgeous high-born soldier who personifies everything Jack will never be. A soldier untarnished by vice. After the chaos of war, Oliver Rivington craves the safe predictability of a gentleman's life--one that doesn't include sparring with a ne'er-do-well who flouts the law at every turn. But Jack tempts Oliver like no other man has before. Soon his yearning for the unapologetic criminal is only matched by Jack's pleasure in watching his genteel polish crumble every time they're together.--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Seb
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
K. M Jackson
Call Number: FIC Jac
Format: Book
Date Added: Jan 23, 2018
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A Daughter's Homecoming
Ginny Aiken
FIC Aik
Night Hawk
Beverly Jenkins
FIC Jen
A Doctor For The Nanny
Leigh Bale
FIC Bal
Prime Minister
Ainsley Booth, Sadie Haller
FIC Boo
A Hymn Before Battle
John Ringo
FIC Rin
Romeo And Juliet
William Shakespeare, Kent Richmond
822.3 R4
Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter [Audiobook]
Seth Grahame-Smith, Scott Holst
FIC Gra
Sisterhood Of The Squared Circle : The History And Rise Of Women's Wrestling
Pat Laprade, Dan Murphy
796.812 Lap
Air Combat: An Oral History Of Fighter Pilots
Robert F Dorr
358.434 Dor
Ten Ways To Be Adored When Landing A Lord
Sarah MacLean
FIC Mac
Anna And The French Kiss
Stephanie Perkins
YA FIC Per
The Fair Fight
Anna Freeman
FIC Fre
Arena
Holly Jennings
FIC Jen
The Great War : A Combat History Of The First World War
Peter Hart
940.4 Har
Borderlands: Origins
Mikey Neumann, Agustin Proilla
FIC Neu
The Love Interest
Cale Dietrich
YA FIC Die
Fighters In The Shadows: A New History Of The French Resistance
Robert Gildea
940.5344 Gil
The Man Plan
Tracy Anne Warren
FIC War
Girl In The Arena: A Novel Containing Intense Prolonged Sequences Of Disaster And Peril
Lise Haines
YA FIC Hai
The Power Of One
Bryce Courtenay
FIC Cou
Half A King
Joe Abercrombie
FIC Abe
The Rising Tide: A Novel Of World War II [Audiobook]
Jeff Shaara, Paul Michael
FIC Sha
Jane Steele: A Confession [Large Print]
Lyndsay Faye
LP FIC Fay
The Soldier's Scoundrel
Cat Sebastian
FIC Seb
Let's Talk About Love
Claire Kann
YA FIC ordered 010418
To Me I Wed
K. M Jackson
FIC Jac
Modern Lovers
Emma Straub
FIC Str