Romance: RITA Awards 2019

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Every year, the Romance Writers of America choose the very best in romances from across the board. Here are the 2019 nominees and winners.


Kelly Bowen
Description: When disreputable duke and businessman August Faulkner comes back into her life, headmistress Clara Hayward is tempted to pick up where they left off ten years ago, despite worrying that he aims to take over her family's business.
Call Number: FIC Bow
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Amy Lane
Call Number: FIC ordered 041119
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Ellen Lindseth
Description: Rural China, 1942. Twenty-two-year-old Eugenia Baker exists in a bubble as yet untouched by WWII. Content to help her father with his missionary work, Genie sees her future as a straight, if narrow, road—until an American pilot arrives, warning them of the approaching Japanese army. Lieutenant Ted Younan is one of the Flying Tigers, volunteer fighters protecting China from aerial attacks. After rescuing Ted from his downed plane, Genie’s father asks the flyboy to get his daughter across the mountains so she can escape to the United States. To leave her beloved home—much less chaperoned by her father’s overbearing assistant, Nathan—is the last thing Genie wants, but she reluctantly agrees. Ted is unlike any man Genie has known, and he opens her eyes to the idea of determining her own fate and chasing her dreams. But Genie has her doubts when tragedy thrusts responsibility upon her and the war creates unexpected opportunities, challenges…and temptations. Now, a world away from the woman she was, Genie must discover the woman she wants to be.
Call Number: FIC ordered 040419
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Joanna Shupe
Description: Arriving in New York City to realize her dream of becoming an architect, Lady Eva Hyde discovers that her new boss is the man with whom she had a passionate shipboard encounter, and struggles to make him take her seriously as danger threatens.
Call Number: FIC Shu
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Maisey Yates, Maisey. Snowed in with the cowboy Yates
Description: With only a suitcase and a broken-down truck to her name, McKenna came to Gold Valley aiming to confront her birth father, then leave by Christmas. Working at the Dodge ranch wasn't planned, nor was falling for Grant Dodge, the gorgeous cowboy who keeps his heart roped off.
Call Number: FIC Yat
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Caroline Linden
Description: "When Hugh Deveraux discovers his newly inherited earldom is bankrupt, he sets about rebuilding the family fortune--in the gaming hells of London. But the most daring wager he takes isn't at cards. A wealthy tradesman makes a tantalizing offer: marry the man's spinster daughter and Hugh's debts will be paid and his fortune made. The only catch is that she must never know about their agreement. Heiress Eliza Cross has given up hope of marriage until she meets the impossibly handsome Earl of Hastings, her father's new business partner. The earl is everything a gentleman should be, and is boldly attentive to her. It doesn't take long for Eliza to lose her heart and marry him. But when Eliza discovers that there is more to the man she loves--and to her marriage--her trust is shattered. And it will take all of Hugh's power to prove that now his words of love are real..."--back cover
Call Number: FIC Lin
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Stefanie London
Description: If one more person mentions Bad Bachelors to Reed McMahon, someone's gonna get hurt. A PR whiz, Reed is known as an 'image fixer' but his womanizing ways have caught up with him. What he needs is a PR miracle of his own. When Reed strolls into Darcy Greer's workplace offering to help save the struggling library, she isn't buying it. The prickly Brooklynite knows Reed is exactly the kind of guy she should avoid. But the library does need his help. But as she reluctantly works with Reed, she realizes there's more to a man than his reputation. Maybe, just maybe Bad Bachelor #1 is the one for her.
Call Number: FIC Lon
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Brenda Novak, Ann Marie Gideon
Description: A traumatic loss makes Sloane McBride decide to find out the truth behind her mother's mysterious disappearance when she was five. But as Sloane starts digging, the question isn't whether she can uncover what really happened, it's what will remain of her family if she does?
Call Number: FIC Nov
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Kate Clayborn
Description: Winning the lottery is the biggest ticket to freedom Greer Hawthorne's ever had. Until her best friend's brother comes to town . . . Greer Hawthorne's winning lottery ticket doesn't just bring her wealth, it also means her chance at a long-postponed education. She's finally on the cusp of proving to her big, overprotective family that she's independent--until a careless mistake jeopardizes her plan to graduate. Lucky for her, there's someone in town who may be able to help . . . Alex Averin plans to show up for his sister's wedding, then quickly get back to his job as a world-renowned photojournalist. But when gorgeous, good-hearted Greer needs an assist with a photography project, he's powerless to say no. Showing Greer his professional passion ignites a new one, and rouses instincts in Alex he thought he'd long set aside. Can a ceaseless wanderer find a stopping place alongside a woman determined to set out on her own . . . or are Alex and Greer both pushing their luck too far?
Call Number: FIC ordered 040819
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Maisey Yates
Description: "The woman on his doorstep is brash, independent and holding a baby! His father won't approve, which makes her perfect for Joshua Grayson's scheme. He'll pretend he's marrying unsuitable Danielle Kelly to keep his father from meddling. He won't be tempted to touch her, to claim her...or to fall in love."--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Yat
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
J. R. Ward
Description: Anne Ashburn is a woman consumed by her bitter family legacy, by her scorched career as a firefighter, by her obsession with department bad-boy Danny McGuire, and by a new case that pits her against a fiery killer. Strong-willed Anne was fearless and loved the thrill of fighting fires, pushing herself to be the best. But when one risky decision at a warehouse fire changes her life forever, Anne must reinvent not only her job, but her whole self. Shattered and demoralized, Anne finds her new career as an arson investigator a pale substitute for the adrenaline-fueled life she left behind. She doesn't believe she will ever feel that same all-consuming passion for her job again--until she encounters a string of suspicious fires setting her beloved city ablaze -- ǂc From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC War
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Mary Burton
Description: Trauma victims are not new to medical examiner Faith McIntyre, but this one is different. The unconscious woman clinging to life after a hit and run is FBI agent Macy Crow. What the woman from Quantico was doing in a dark alley after midnight is just one mystery. The other is more unsettling: Macy is Faith's mirror image-the twin sister she never knew she had. Faith knew that she was adopted, but now she's finding that her childhood concealed other secrets. Following the trail of clues Macy left behind, Faith and Texas Ranger Mitchell Hayden make a shocking discovery on an isolated country ranch-a burial ground for three women who disappeared thirty years before.
Call Number: FIC Bur
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Marie Force
Description: I knew on the day of the attack that our lives were changed forever. What I didn't know then was that I'd never see John again after he deployed. One day he was living with me, sleeping next to me, making plans with me. The next day he was gone. That was five years ago. The world has moved on from that awful day, but I'm stuck in my own personal hell, waiting for a man who may be dead for all I know. At my sister's wedding, I meet Eric, the brother of the groom, and my heart comes alive once again. The world is riveted by the capture of the terrorist mastermind, brought down by U.S. Special Forces in a daring raid. Now I am trapped between hoping I'll hear from John and fearing what'll become of my new life with Eric if I do.
Call Number: FIC For
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Keri Arthur
Description: When the church bell tolls thrice in the middle of the night, evil this way comes. Lizzie Grace and Belle Kent, her witch familiar, are living and working on the Faelan Werewolf Reservation-one that has banned the use of magic within its borders. Although they have their supporters-including ranger Aiden O'Connor, who once hated all things witch-Lizzie and Belle now face possible eviction.But the Faelan Reservation is a place filled with wild magic which-when left unprotected-quickly becomes a draw to those who walk the darker paths. As Christmas approaches, a new evil comes to town-one that eats the souls of the living and animates the flesh of the dead.As the body count grows and the trail of clues leads them to the doorstep of the local vampire, Lizzie, Belle, and Aiden must find the killer before death comes calling on them. But the biggest threat of all may come in the form of a witch who sees through the veils of Lizzie's carefully constructed lies and suspects the truth of who she really is.
Call Number: FIC Art
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Jennifer Beckstrand
Description: "Mary Anne Neuenschwander knows she should be content with what Gotte has given her. She has a comfortable house, a fruitful farm, and a good, steady husband. But after nearly six years of marriage, she still longs for a baby. Yet her husband, Jethro, seems to care more about fishing than about his wife. Unable to bear Jethro's indifference, Mary Anne moves into a tent in the woods where he won't have to be bothered. But when her mammi and dawdi find out what she's done, they'll stop at nothing--including a little camping trip of their own--to help save their granddaughter's marriage. Jethro's greatest blessing is his beloved wife, Mary Anne. Nothing else in his life has turned out anywhere near the way he expected. Rather than burden Mary Anne with his disappointment, he shields her by spending less and less time at home and more time on the river. But when he finds that she's moved out, he's shocked. What will people think? What is Mary Anne thinking? And what clever plans are her grandparents hatching?"-- Back cover.
Call Number: FIC Bec
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Sarah Morgan
Description: Lauren, Jenna, their mother, Nancy, and Lauren's daughter, Mack, are not so close. But when they are thrown together for a summer on Martha's Vineyard, these very different women must relearn how to be a family. And while unraveling their secrets might be their biggest challenge, the rewards could be infinite.
Call Number: FIC Mor
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Marie Tremayne
Description: "She wants to escape her present . . . When Clara Mayfield helps her sister elope, she's prepared for the scandal to seal her fate as a spinster. What she doesn't expect is to find herself engaged to the vile Baron Rutherford as a means of salvaging her family's reputation. Determined not to be chained to a man she loathes, Clara slips out of Essex and sheds her identity: she becomes Helen, maid at the Earl of Ashworth's country estate. After all, below stairs is the last place anyone would think to look for an heiress . . . He wants to forget his past . . . William, Lord Ashworth, is attempting to rebuild his life after the devastating accident that claimed the lives of his entire family, save his beloved sister and niece. Haunted by memories of what was and determined to live up to the title he never expected to inherit, William doesn't have time for love. What he needs is a noble and accomplished wife, one who can further the Ashworth line and keep the family name untarnished . . . Together, can they find the perfect future? From their first encounter, the attraction between them is undeniable. But Clara knows William is falling for Helen, a woman who doesn't even exist. The question is, if she reveals the truth about her identity, can she trust the broken William to forgive her lie . . . and stand by her side when scandal--and the baron--inevitably follow her to his door?"--Back cover.
Call Number: FIC ordered 040419
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Scarlett Cole
Call Number: FIC ordered 041119
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Kate Clayborn
Description: Sure, winning the lottery allows Zoe Ferris to quit her job as a cutthroat corporate attorney but no amount of cash will clear her conscience about the way her firm treated the O'Leary family in a wrongful death case. So she sets out to make things right only to find gruff, grieving Aiden O'Leary doesn't need or want her apology. He does, however, need something else from her. Something Zoe is more than willing to give, if only to ease the pain in her heart, a sorrow she sees mirrored in his eyes. Aiden doesn't know what possesses him to ask his family's enemy to be his fake fiancée. But he needs a bride if he hopes to be the winning bid on the campground he wants to purchase as part of his beloved brother's legacy. Skilled in the art of deception, the cool beauty certainly fits the bill. Only Aiden didn't expect all the humor and heart Zoe brings to their partnership or the desire that runs deep between them. Now he's struggling with his own dark truth, that he's falling for the very woman he vowed never to forgive.
Call Number: FIC ordered 040819
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
J. T. Geissinger
Description: A wallflower gets seduction tips from a playboy athlete?until love changes the rules.Socially awkward Joellen Bixby has a date every Saturday?with her cat, a pint of ice cream, and fantasies of the way-too-handsome Michael Maddox. She?d give anything to win over the unattainable CEO of her firm, but how can she when she blends in so well with her cubicle? The answer may be closer than she thinks. Cameron McGregor is a cocky, tattooed Scottish rugby captain who just moved in next door. He?s not Jo?s type?at all?but the notorious playboy is offering to teach the wallflower everything he knows about inspiring desire. Though a lot of women have rumpled Cam?s kilt, Jo is special. Far from the ugly duckling she thinks she is, in Cam?s eyes she?s sharp, funny, and effortlessly sexy. Now, thanks to him, Jo is blooming with confidence and has the man of her dreams within reach. Unfortunately for Cam, he?s just helped to push the woman of his dreams into the arms of another man?and now he?s in the fight of his life to keep this beauty from getting away.
Call Number: FIC ordered 040419
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Jodi Thomas
Description: "Jillian James has never had a place she could call home. so when she lands in the sleepy Texas town of Laurel Springs, she's definitely not planning to stay -- except to find a few clues about the father who abandoned her and destroyed her faith in family. Connor Larady is desperate: he's a single dad, and his grandmother, Eugenia, has Alzheimer's. He's the only one around to care for her, and he has no idea how. And now he has to close the quilt shop Eugenia has owned all her life. When Connor meets down-on-her-luck Jillian, he's out of options. Can he trust the newcomer to do right by his grandmother's legacy? Jillian is done with attachments. But the closer she grows to Connor and Eugenia, the higher the stakes of her leaving get. She has to ask herself what love and family mean to her, and whether she can give up the only life she's ever known for a future with those who need her." -- dust jacket.
Call Number: LP FIC Tho
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Nisha Sharma
Description: Betrayed by Raj, who she thought she was fated to marry, seventeen-year-old Winnie Mehta teams with fellow film fan Dev to get her life back on track and find her true soul mate.
Call Number: YA FIC Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Renee Ann Miller
Description: Known as a brazen philanderer, Hayden Milton, Earl of Westfield, is almost done in by a vengeful mistress who aims a gun at a rather essential part of his anatomy--but ends up wounding his thigh instead. Recuperating in his London townhouse, Hayden is confronted by his new medical attendant. Sophia Camden intrigues him, for behind her starched uniform is an enticing beauty better suited for bedding than dispensing salves and changing bandages. Unshaken by his arrogance, not to mention impropriety, Sophia offers Hayden a dare: allow her ten days to prove her competency. If she resigns in exasperation like her two predecessors, she will be beholden to this wicked seducer. As a battle of wills begins, Sophia finds herself distracted by the earl's muscular physique...and discovers that the man within longs only for a second chance to love.
Call Number: FIC ordered 040419
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Ally Carter, Brittany Pressley
Description: Maddie thought she and Logan would be friends forever. But when her dad is a Secret Service agent, and Logan's dad is the president, sometimes life has other plans. Before she knows it, Maddie's dad is dragging her to a cabin in the middle of the Alaskan wilderness. Maddie tells herself it's okay. Until Logan shows up six years later, and she wants to kill him. But before that can happen, an assailant appears out of nowhere, knocking Maddie off a cliff and dragging Logan to some unknown fate.
Call Number: YA FIC Car
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Teri Wilson
Description: "Okay, Evangeline Holly! You can do this. Put that bad breakup behind you. And stop obsessing over the subsequent superhot one-night stand. Focus on your future. It's the first day of your new job! Just ignore the fact that your boss, Ryan Wilde, was your former one-night lover. (He's so hot!) Oh, and--surprise!--you're pregnant with Ryan's baby. And your job hinges on keeping it secret. You've got this! Right?"-- back cover.
Call Number: FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Katee Robert
Description: When Keira O'Malley was a child, she used to picture her perfect wedding. The flowers. The dress. Her husband. But nothing could have prepared her for saying "I do" to Dmitri Romanov--cold, domineering, and always one step ahead of everyone else in the ever-shifting power plays of New York City. She agreed to his bargain to secure peace for her family, and she may want the bastard more than she'd ever admit, but she'll be damned if she'll make this marriage easy for him. Dmitri knows better than to underestimate Keira for one second. Molten desire smolders between them, a dangerous addiction neither can resist. But his enemies are already on the move, and he needs every ounce of his legendary focus and control to keep them alive. Keira could just be his secret weapon--if she doesn't bring him to his knees first.
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Caro Carson
Description: They have nintety days before the state of Texas will grant these strangers a divorce from their impetuous Vegas wedding. Captain Helen Pallas is certain she's not cut out for marriage. And Captain Tom Cross doesn't believe in love. Yet working in the same unit - and assigned to married quarters - Helen and Tom know the attraction is real. It's a long shot, but could they be betting on happily-ever-after?
Call Number: FIC Car
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Maria Vale
Description: "If I return to my pack, the stranger will die... Silver Nilsdottir is at the bottom of her Pack's social order, with little chance for a decent mate and a better life. Until a wounded stranger stumbles into their territory, and Silver decides to risk everything. But Tiberius Leveraux is more than he seems, and in the fragile balance of Pack and Wild, he may tip the destiny of all wolves." - back cover.
Call Number: FIC Val
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Carla Laureano, Teri Schnaubelt
Description: As Alex and Rachel work together to make their project a success, Rachel begins to realize Alex is not the unfeeling opportunist she once thought he was, and that perhaps there's life, and love, outside the pressure cooker of her chosen career. Can she give up her lifelong goals without losing her identity as well?
Call Number: FIC Lau
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Lenora Worth
Description: "Widowed single mother Ava Jane Graber can't believe her eyes. Her first love is back in Lancaster County. Years ago, Jeremiah did the unthinkable: left the Amish--and her--for the Navy SEALs. Now the prodigal hero wants redemption from his community, his family, and from the woman he never forgot. For the ex-soldier, becoming Ava's husband is his ultimate mission"--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Wor
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Sally MacKenzie
Description: Scandal does not define the "fallen" ladies of Puddledon Manor's Benevolent Home. Instead, it's a recipe for an intoxicating new future as the women combine their talents--to operate their own brewery and alehouse . . .When Penelope Barnes arrived at the Home with her young daughter, she discovered a knack for horticulture--and for cultivating the hops needed to produce a superlative pint. She put her scandalous affair with Harry Graham firmly in the past, along with the wrenching pain she felt when he went off to war. After all, she'd always known a farmer's daughter had no future with an earl's son. Now she has the pleasant memory of their passion, and she has little Harriet, for whom she would do anything--even marry a boring country vicar . . .
Call Number: FIC Mac
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
Christina (Romance fiction writer) Britton
Call Number: FIC ordered 040419
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 12, 2019
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A Duke In The Night
Kelly Bowen
FIC Bow
Lady In Waiting
Marie Tremayne
FIC ordered 040419
A Fool And His Manny
Amy Lane
FIC ordered 041119
Lennon Reborn
Scarlett Cole
FIC ordered 041119
A Girl Divided
Ellen Lindseth
FIC ordered 040419
Luck Of The Draw: A Chance Of A Lifetime
Kate Clayborn
FIC ordered 040819
A Scandalous Deal
Joanna Shupe
FIC Shu
Melt For You
J. T. Geissinger
FIC ordered 040419
A Tall, Dark Cowboy Christmas
Maisey Yates, Maisey. Snowed in with the cowboy Yates
FIC Yat
Mornings On Main [Large Print]
Jodi Thomas
LP FIC Tho
An Earl Like You
Caroline Linden
FIC Lin
My So-Called Bollywood Life
Nisha Sharma
YA FIC Sha
Bad Bachelor
Stefanie London
FIC Lon
Never Dare A Wicked Earl
Renee Ann Miller
FIC ordered 040419
Before We Were Strangers [Audiobook]
Brenda Novak, Ann Marie Gideon
FIC Nov
Not If I Save You First [Audiobook]
Ally Carter, Brittany Pressley
YA FIC Car
Best Of Luck
Kate Clayborn
FIC ordered 040819
The Bachelor's Baby Surprise
Teri Wilson
FIC Wil
Claim Me, Cowboy
Maisey Yates
FIC Yat
The Bastard's Bargain
Katee Robert
FIC Rob
Consumed
J. R. Ward
FIC War
The Captains' Vegas Vows
Caro Carson
FIC Car
Cut And Run
Mary Burton
FIC Bur
The Last Wolf
Maria Vale
FIC Val
Five Years Gone
Marie Force
FIC For
The Saturday Night Supper Club [Audiobook]
Carla Laureano, Teri Schnaubelt
FIC Lau
Hell's Bell
Keri Arthur
FIC Art
Their Amish Reunion
Lenora Worth
FIC Wor
Home On Huckleberry Hill
Jennifer Beckstrand
FIC Bec
What Ales The Earl
Sally MacKenzie
FIC Mac
How To Keep A Secret
Sarah Morgan
FIC Mor
With Love In Sight
Christina (Romance fiction writer) Britton
FIC ordered 040419