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May 6, 2015
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A Guide to Transgender Terminology in Romance
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Wed
May 6 2015 4:30pm

How Great Thou Art: Winged Heroes in Sci-Fi Romance

Breathe by Kelley HarveyWinged heroes are majestic, cool, mysterious, and, of course, hot. When a sci-fi romance features a winged hero, it does so with a twist. A few authors have taken the concept of winged heroes and planted them in sci-fi romance's futuristic and technology-based settings. Their efforts have yielded a crop of superhuman delights.

In this genre, the resemblance to paranormal or fantasy winged heroes is generally in name only. Sci-fi romance winged heroes have a variety of origins. Some are alien-based, some are created from bio-engineering, and some have technological origins. Despite being the heroes, they aren't all exactly angelic in nature—a few are quite the bad boys.

I've rounded up some sci-fi romances featuring winged heroes for you to check out, based on books I've read. If you know of others, tell me about them in the comments!

Kelley Harvey's angst-ridden Breathe (Devastation #1) is the first episode of her New Adult series (please note, it ends in a major cliffhanger). This story falls in the “alien hero who fell to Earth” category, but with an angelic twist. The setting is contemporary and offers a friends-to-lovers romance. The hero and heroine are college-age and face major family changes. Breathe also features superhuman elements and an additional twist, which, of course, I shall not breathe (!) a word of, in order to avoid spoilers.

[+More reading suggestions...]

Wed
May 6 2015 3:53pm

Romance News Roundup: New Outlander Clip, Magic Mike XXL Trailer, and Deals!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

My Sould to Take by Rachel Vincent—Deal Alert #1: Beth Wiseman's contemporary romance An Amish Miracle is $.99 in e-book at iBookstoreAmazon, Barnes & Noble.*

—Deal Alert #2: Rachel Vincent's paranormal YA novel My Soul to Take is curently $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.*

Access Hollywood has an exclusive Outlander clip ahead of this weekend's episode (so SPOILERS, of course), featuring Claire and Jenny. More, please!

—“We're gonna see if he's still got some magic in that Mike.” Yep: A new, longer Magic Mike XXL trailer is here and eager to please. For our part, we're impressed with the looks, but can't wait to see what else the movie can do...

—Deal Alert #3: Brenna Aubrey's At Any Price is currently being offered for free in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.* P.S. Already read At Any Price? Check out the next book in the series, At Any Turnwe had an excerpt!

*We don't know how long these deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Wed
May 6 2015 3:00pm

A Saga of Passion, Vengeance, Power, and Love: The Battaglia Mafia Series

Destino by Sienna MynxOne of my favorite series in recent memory is by a multicultural romance author whose books I really enjoy. After I first discovered her, I wrote a column on this site about Sienna Mynx, extoling her novels’ high entertainment value. It can be found here, Finding Your “Try” Book: Satisfying a Craving for Something New. Her Battaglia Mafia Series focuses on the sweeping saga of Giovanni Battaglia and Mirabella Ellison, but it is much more than just their story. There are many characters in these books and the series is full of past and current events seamlessly interwoven. 

The primary love story begins with the introduction of Mira Ellison, an up-and-coming fashion designer from New York visiting Italy with her best friend and business partner, Fabianna, to scout out a place to set up shop.

[And maybe have the hero scout her out?]

Wed
May 6 2015 1:15pm

Baby Girl: 10 Moments That Prove Criminal Minds’ Morgan and Garcia Are Meant to Be!

Sometimes characters have a life beyond the show they’re in. sometimes their onscreen chemistry is too much to resist. Magic happens, and then we’re in shipping territory.

One of my favorite pairs to ship is Derek and Penelope in Criminal Minds, aka Morcia.

I have to confess a liking for the one-hour crime series that the US does so well. I was a fan of CSI from the beginning, and a recent convert to NCIS (we should talk sometime about the dual shipping there. Tony and Kate and then Tony and Ziva!) Every one of these has a quirky character who does the unusual, behind the scenes job – Abby is a great example. But for my money, none of them is quite as good as Penelope in Criminal Minds. An ex-criminal hacker herself, with a bizarre and wonderful taste in fashion, Penelope is socially awkward, but the best geek in the world on a computer.

[Garcia's hair may change a lot, but her love for Morgan doesn't...]

Wed
May 6 2015 11:05am

New Girl 4x22 Heart-to-Heart: New Chapter

The Gang in New Girl 4x22Show/Episode: New Girl Season 4, Episode 22, “Clean Break”
Ships: Nick/Jess, Schmidt/Cece

New Girl 4x22 Nick and Jess Captains LogNote: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of New Girl, including last night's Season 4, Episode 22, “Clean Break.”

With Coach set to follow his heart to New York,  Jess has a Broadway-style send-off in mind, but only Winston is on board. Nick and Schmidt insist this isn't how guys say goodbye, and Coach agrees. With all the times he's moved in the past, he prefers to make a clean break with each move. Get rid of all the physical and emotional junk and move on, that's the ticket.

Schmidt seizes upon the idea; he's single, so it's time to embrace his new life for a fresh start. Nick insists he wants to get rid of his junk, but all of his stuff is really good, so he can't. Coach contends that Nick is basically a hoarder, and challenges Nick to fill one box with junk to throw away. Challenge accepted.

Schmidt has a box as well, but his is full of everything Cece. There's a crude drawing Schmidt made of himself, Cece, and their potential child, a sport bra she left in his car once, and a five dollar bill. Though Nick wants to snag the cash, Schmidt contends that the bill belongs in the box, as it symbolizes something stupid he said to Cece the first time they were alone together. Even when pressed, he won't fess up as to the actual words. The bill, and the other stuff, must go. Time to move on.

[Or not...]

Wed
May 6 2015 9:30am

First Look: Violetta Rand’s Sin (May 12, 2015)

Sin by Violetta RandVioletta Rand
Sin (Devil's Den #3)
Loveswept / May 12, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Every woman at the Devil’s Den strip club has a story to tell, and Macey Taylor is no exception. Smart and self-reliant, she’s got a chip on her shoulder, a broken heart, and no patience for a sexy new manager with an Ivy League pedigree and a strict set of rules. Macey prefers to break rules, something she lets Joshua Camden know from the start—even as he ignites a fire in her that goes beyond the hottest club in town.

Joshua is working the Devil’s Den for all it’s worth, learning everything he can about the adult-entertainment game before investing in a place of his own. Macey is a surprise: a woman as strong-willed as she is gorgeous. Joshua wants to get inside her world, to see through her eyes. But he soon discovers that seduction is a two-way street—and expecting redemption without risking his heart may be the greatest sin of all.

If you have been keeping up with the goings on at the Devil’s Den strip club, then you already know Macey Taylor, the heroine of Violetta Rand's latest installment in the series, Sin. If not, here is a quick rundown: she’s young relatively speaking, but old and world-weary in stripper years; she’s the hostess with the mostest and throws the best Super Bowl party in Texas; and she’s the erstwhile roommate of both Gonzalez sisters, who found love at the Devil’s Den and have since moved on.

[And now it's Macey's turn...]

Wed
May 6 2015 8:11am

Gender Swap: Where Are the Lady Billionaires?

 

Okay, some of us are sick of billionaires—there are officially way more billionaires in romance than there are in the real world. However, would you be more interested in billionaires—and other male-centric “jobs” in romance—if they were portrayed by women? We love the alpha female, so we think it's time we see her in the role of billionairesses too!

Have you read books with lady billionaires? What other male dominated jobs would you want to see more heroines in?

Tue
May 5 2015 5:15pm

First Look: Shiloh Walker’s Busted (May 5, 2015)

Busted by Shiloh WalkerShiloh Walker

Busted (Barnes Brothers #3)
Berkley Sensation / May 5, 2015 / $7.99 print & $5.99 digital

Like his brothers Zach and Zane, Trey Barnes thought he had found the love of his life. But fate had other plans. A widower who’s had to raise his five-year-old son on his own, Trey has not allowed himself to be with another woman. Until he meets Ressa Bliss at―of all places―a children’s library program. The beautiful librarian is wonderful with his son, Clay, but every time Trey even considers asking her out, he is tortured by guilt.

Fate is indeed fickle. When the two meet again at a conference, this time the attraction is too powerful to resist. But is their connection and passion strong enough to survive Trey’s deep inner torment?

Shiloh Walker brings back the Barnes brothers for a third sexy contemporary, uniting single father and author Trey Barnes with librarian Ressa Bliss, who has her own backlist of secrets. Will they get Busted in the private stacks or learn to write their story together?   

Shiloh Walker is probably best known for writing romance with suspense themes. Here, the suspense comes from within―from whether Trey and Ressa's internal struggles will keep them apart. There are no bad guys, just self-created walls and questionable past decisions. But what stands out, for me, about Busted is how the author builds a sense of community and fills it with distinct voices. Not only are Trey and Ressa fully realized, fun characters you can actually hear in your head, but the people around them are equally authentic. Whether it's the dynamics between the Barnes brothers―Zane, Zach, Trey, Travis and Sebastian―or Ressa and her cousin Kiara and her aunt Mama Ang, or the bond between librarians and romance readers created at yearly conferences, Walker makes family the foundation of the book. Oh, and there are two absolutely adorable children, too: Clayton and Neeci, who aren't just there to be cute and precocious but, instead, provide very tangible reasons for why Trey and Ressa are so careful with their hearts.

[Don't go breakin' mine...]

Tue
May 5 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Katie MacAlister’s A Midsummer Night’s Romp (May 5, 2015)

A Midsummer Night's Romp by Katie MacAlisterKatie MacAlister
A Midsummer Night's Romp (Matchmaker in Wonderland #2)
Penguin / May 5, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Importance of Being Alice comes the second Matchmaker in Wonderland romance, where finding love means falling head over heels…

Lorina Liddel is terrified of embarrassing herself on national TV as the face of Dig Britain!, a new archeological reality show. Lorina would much rather keep her head down and her hands in the dirt underneath Ainslie Castle, but her on-screen partner is proving to be a major distraction.

Brother to the castle’s current lord, privileged, perfectly sculpted Gunner Ainslie is a sure bet to keep viewers glued to their screens. Lorina intends to keep the ladies’ man focused on the job at hand, but Gunner is confident he’ll soon have the beauty falling into his bed.

When an unexpected find turns the academic dig into an all-out treasure hunt, Lorina and Gunner get swept up in the excitement. But when their steamy tryst is caught on camera, it’ll take more than an award-winning performance to get them out of the hole they’re in…

In Katie MacAlister's A Midsummer Night's Romp, Baron Elliott Ainslie and his wife, Alice, hope their home, Ainslie Castle, soon to be the subject of a television archaeology documentary, will become an even bigger attraction for tourists. Elliott’s brother, Gunner, recuperating from an injury sustained during his work as a photographer, finds himself intrigued by the idea of the dig taking place on the grounds, especially given his background in archaeology. While Elliott, an author, and Alice visit the United States on a book tour, Gunner will be on-site to deal with the television show filming the dig and the visit of his seventeen-year-old daughter, Cressy.

[Enter our heroine, Lorina...]

Tue
May 5 2015 3:49pm

Romance News Roundup: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin, Jeaniene Frost Teaser, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Sweet Ruin by Kresley ColeKresley Cole's Sweet Ruin, Book 16 in the Immortals After Dark series and the followup to Dark Skye, has a cover! Who is that on the cover, do you think? Whose story are you hoping to see told next? More details (including an official description) as we get them, of course. In the meantime, feel free to speculate away with us on this and/or who would be perfect for Nix when she gets her own book...

—Jeaniene Frost has shared a teaser for her next Broken Destiny release, The Sweetest Burn. Read the snippet here.

—Lori Handeland's Nightcreature novella Red Moon Rising has been published as a standalone e-book (it was previously part of the anthology Stroke of Midnight). Next month, in June, she launches the Sisters of the Craft trilogy—In the Air Tonight, Heat of the Moment, and Smoke on the Water—which will be released in back-to-back months this summer. See the spellbinding (see what I did there?) covers here.

—Avon Books has announced that Avon FanLit—a writing challenge in which aspiring authors “have the chance to write, read and vote for five chapters of a historical romance” with tips from the likes of Julia Quinn, Lorraine Heath, Tessa Dare, and Beverly Jenkins—is back! Avon is partnering with JukePop to kickstart the program again, and the storytelling portion starts May 8, with the grand prize winner being announced on July 20. Avonfanlit.com has all the details.

[+Star Wars and Avengers odds and ends...]

Tue
May 5 2015 3:07pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Paige Tyler, Kay Hooper, Heidi Belleau, and Maureen Child!

This week, many old favorites are getting new looks with covers from Paige Tyler, Kay Hooper, Heidi Belleau, and Maureen Child. First up is a brand-new book from Paige Tyler set in her SWAT series, In the Company of Wolves. Then two vintage Kay Hooper books get a newer, hotter cover with Aces High and It Takes a Thief. Next, Heidi Belleau's get the artistic treatment with reissued covers of her books: Wallflower, Straight Shooter, and Apple Polisher. Finally, we're going to ride off into the sunset with the new covers for Maureen Child's Loving You, Knowing You, and Finding You.

[Let's walk down memory lane...]

Tue
May 5 2015 2:00pm

Will You Fake Marry Me?: 3 Ways You Might Find Yourself in a Fake Engagement

50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade LeeToday we're thrilled to have Jade Lee on the site. Jade's latest book, 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake starts with a fake engagement—but might end with a real one! Jade is here today to talk about the three ways you might find yourself in a fake engagement, and loving it! Thanks, Jade!

In my magical thinking, all engagements–even fake ones–end up with the couple deeply in love and living happily ever after. After many hysterical trials and tribulations, of course. But we all know that engagements often fall apart for one reason or another.

The Old Switcheroo

When I was younger, a pair of identical twins were in my girl scout troop. As much as I tried I couldn’t tell one from the other and they did, occasionally, pretend to be the other. When I was young, I loved reading those twin substitution books especially Georgette Heyer’s False Colors. The prospective groom is away when it comes time to meet the bride’s very important grandmother. So the other twin steps in and the romance is off and running with the wrong twin falling in love with the bride.

[You can always rely on family...]

Tue
May 5 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Jessica Clare & Jen Frederick’s Last Kiss (May 5, 2015)

Last Kiss by Jessica Clare and Jen FrederickJessica Clare and Jen Frederick
Last Kiss (Hitman #3)
Penguin / May 5, 2015 / $14.00 print, $9.99 digital

From the bestselling authors of Last Hit and Last Breath comes the next dark and sensual tale in the Hitman series that crosses the line between danger and desire...

Naomi: When I was kidnapped I thought only of survival. I don’t thrive well in chaos. That’s why I gave my captors exactly what they wanted: my skill with computers. Making millions for a crime lord who kept me imprisoned in his basement compound kept my family safe. When he was taken out, I thought my ticket to freedom had arrived. Wrong. I traded one keeper for another. This time I’m in the hands of a scarred, dark, demanding Russian who happens to be the head of the Bratva, a Russian crime organization. He wants my brain and my body. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t intrigued, but I can’t be a prisoner forever...no matter how good he makes me feel.

Vasily: At a young age, I was taught that a man without power is a puppet for all. I’ve clawed—and killed—my way to the top so that it is my heel on their necks. But to unify the fractured organization into an undefeatable machine, I need a technological genius to help me steal one particular artifact. That she is breathtaking, determined, and vulnerable is making her more dangerous than all of my enemies combined. But only I can keep her safe from the world that she now inhabits. Soon, I must choose between Naomi and Bratva law. But with every day that passes, this becomes a more impossible choice.

Jessica Clare and Jen Frederick (a.k.a. Jane Litte, founder of the blog Dear Author) have turned this series into one you have to watch. There’s nothing quite like international locations, alpha males with broken moral compasses, and heroines that challenge the reader every step of the way. Last Kiss is the third full novel in the Last Hitman series by Frederick and Clare, and it does more than present international action and sexy times: It portrays a relationship between two specific, difficult individuals and handles it with deft precision and erotic edge. Last Kiss is one of those romances that you have to talk about because it’s just too damn fascinating to pass up.

[So let's talk...]

Tue
May 5 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Kilts and Daggers: Exclusive Excerpt

Victoria Roberts

Kilts and Daggers by Victoria Roberts

Ever since Lady Grace Walsingham discovered her uncle and sister are spies for the Crown, she has yearned for adventure. She's counting the days until she can leave barbaric Scotland behind, even if she must endure Highland captain Fagan Murray's company for weeks.
Fagan has a simple mission: escort the haughty Lady Grace back to England. But nothing is ever easy. The sharp-tongued woman needles him at every turn. But when a menacing threat follows them on their journey, Fagan's grudging tolerance for Grace turns to respect...and into a perilous attraction that could seal their fate.

Get a sneak peek at  Victoria Roberts's Kilts and Daggers (available May 5, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Grace stood in the middle of the field of heather, the skies lovely shades of purple, orange, and yellow. She needed a moment away from Fagan. How could the man know Elizabeth pined after Laird Munro? Was it that apparent? She caught herself glancing uneasily over her shoulder. Fagan had tied off the mounts and was walking toward her. She had a sneaking suspicion he was going to question her further and was uncom­fortable with his ability to uncover her thoughts.

For someone who hates the Highlands as much as ye do, ye seem to enjoy yourself."

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt...]

Tue
May 5 2015 11:00am

Jane the Virgin 1x21 Heart-to-Heart: Turn Off Your Heartlight!

Jane in Jane the Virgin 1x21Show/Episode: Jane the Virgin, Season 1, Episode 21, “Chapter Twenty-One”
Ship: Jane/Rafael

Jane the Virgin 1x21 Captain's LogThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Jane The Virgin, including Monday night's Season 1, Episode 21, “Chapter Twenty-One.” Enjoy!

The Shipping News

Our favorite telenovela couple had very little screen time together this week but the penultimate episode felt like a game-changer. Just not in a good way for my fellow Jane/Rafael shippers.

Things start out promising enough. Rafael is, once again, flip-flopping about Jane. He thinks he’s made a mistake by breaking up with Jane. Wait, haven’t we been here before? Honestly, I guess I’m supposed to be happy about this revelation for Rafael, but it just annoys me. At a baby check-up Jane and Rafael both want to talk. Rafael wants to tell her he made a mistake. Jane wants to tell him she’s asking for full custody. There’s a moment when, even though I’m tired of Rafael’s BS, I want him to speak first. I want Jane and Rafael to patch things up before baby is on board. But Jane drops her custody bombshell before Rafael can right this sinking ship. He pleads with her to change her mind, even offering to get an apartment so Jane doesn’t have to bring the baby to the hotel and be around Petra and Magda. Jane doesn’t budge.

[Budge, Jane. BUDGE!]

Tue
May 5 2015 9:30am

First Look: Sarah Dessen’s Saint Anything (May 5, 2015)

Saint Anything by Sarah DessenSarah Dessen
Saint Anything
Penguin Young Readers / May 5, 2015 / $19.99 print, $10.99 digital

 Sydney has always felt invisible.

She's grown accustomed to her brother, Peyton, being the focus of the family’s attention and, lately, concern. Peyton is handsome and charismatic, but seems bent on self-destruction. Now, after a drunk-driving accident that crippled a boy, Peyton’s serving some serious jail time, and Sydney is on her own, questioning her place in the family and the world.

Then she meets the Chatham family. Drawn into their warm, chaotic circle, Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance for the first time. There’s effervescent Layla, who constantly falls for the wrong guy, Rosie, who’s had her own fall from grace, and Mrs. Chatham, who even though ailing is the heart of the family. But it’s with older brother Mac—quiet, watchful, and protective—that Sydney finally feels seen, really seen, at last.

Saint Anything is Sarah Dessen’s deepest and most psychologically probing novel yet, telling an engrossing story of a girl discovering friendship, love, and herself.

I rarely venture into Young Adult books, but I make an exception for the very talented Sarah Dessen. Her plots are relevant to today’s issues—you could almost borrow Law and Order’s tagline: taken from today’s headlines, for her books. Dessen’s characters are so vividly created—their actions and emotions so genuinely authentic—that it almost seems that Dessen has a psychological advantage in understanding our human condition. Her characters make sense—their actions make sense, and the emotions they feel just seem appropriate. 

[We like appropriate emotions...can they also include love emotions?]

Tue
May 5 2015 8:24am

There When You Need It: What Romance Novels Were There for You When You Needed Them?

Nash by Jay CrownoverSometimes a book or series is just the exact right book to read at the exact right time. Sometimes they are the books there to cheer you up when you're feeling down. Sometimes they're the books that fill a void or shape your reading in a way that was totally unexpected. Other times, they offer us a cathartic experience when when the characters are going through a similar experience as we are.

What books have been there when you need them?

Mon
May 4 2015 5:15pm

First Look: Christina Lee’s Two of Hearts (May 5, 2015)

Two of Hearts by Christina LeeChristina Lee
Two of Hearts
Penguin / May 5, 2015 / $14.00 print, $5.99 digital

From the author of the Between Breaths novels comes a gripping romance about finding yourself while taking a second chance at your first love…

Dakota Nakos was always the resilient, strong-willed achiever. But when her father dies and she’s entrusted with the family’s casino, she feels vulnerable, scared, and more than a little emotional —not exactly the best time to see an old lover she’s never really gotten over.

Dakota once meant the world to Shane Garrity. Then suddenly he left town to train as a U.S. Marshal, and their love for each other crashed into a memory. Now he’s come home for her father’s funeral, and one look at the girl he left behind stirs up both memories and regrets, and reignites a fire he feared he’d lost forever.

Dakota may be the same driven girl she always was, but she’s also changed in ways neither could have anticipated. She’s not just a young woman searching for own identity in the Native American community in which she was raised, but one questioning her new life outside her father’s shadow. Above all she wonders if Shane can push past her weakened defenses to rekindle what they once had, or whether the intense blaze between them will ultimately reduce her heart to ashes.

I ignored how my shin tingled simply when his fingers touched me...

There is nothing I love more than sweltering chemistry between the hero and heroine and in Two of Hearts by Christina Lee, Dakota and Shane’s sexual tension is intense. It’s a story of first Love and second chance and from the first few pages—I was captivated by their attraction to on another. Yet, they both harbored unresolved feeling of their past and I was drawn by their conflicted feelings. I wanted them to surrender to their passionate. I rooted for them as a couple within the first few pages, but it seemed that Dakota had a different idea.

[We like different ideas...]

Mon
May 4 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Brighton Walsh’s Tessa Ever After (May 5, 2015)

Tessa Ever After by  Brighton Walsh

Brighton Walsh
Tessa Ever After (Caged in Winter #2)
Penguin / May 5, 2015 / $14.00 print, $9.99 digital

In this grippingly emotional New Adult novel from the author of Caged in Winter, what you want isn’t always what you need…

Jason’s been living (and loving) the rich playboy lifestyle for five years, but now his parents are pressuring him to get involved in the family business. The last thing he wants is another obligation, but when his best friend moves out of state and asks Jason to look after his sister, he can’t just say no.

Tessa had to grow up way too soon. After dealing with the aftermath of her parents’ deaths, then becoming a teenage mom, she knows the meaning of responsibility. Which is why, at twenty-two, she’s looking for so much more than a party boy. She’s looking for someone who can stand by her and her daughter…forever.

A relationship between them is doomed from the start, but who says they can’t have a little fun? But as Jason gets closer to Tessa—and her daughter—fun starts to turn into something else… Something Jason’s not sure he’s ready for.

At the age of 22, Tessa finds herself living on her own and supporting her four year old daughter, Haley, after her brother Cade finds love and moves away to pursue his dream job (see Caged in Winter). Haley is the best thing that has happened to Tessa thus far, but being a single mother without family to help out has been stressful. Good thing her one-time childhood crush and brother’s best friend, Jason, still lives in town. And just when things seem like they’re about to fall apart, Jason always seems to be there helping Tessa pick up the pieces. While Tessa, like any female with eyes, can’t deny how attractive Jason is, she has swallowed a good dose of reality since high school and recognizes guys like Jason are not in the settling down category. Since Tessa is actively seeking out someone who is stable and reliable, romantic notions of Jason have been explicitly locked away in Brighton Walsh's Tessa Ever After.

[Will Tessa finally get her HEA?]

Mon
May 4 2015 3:59pm

Romance News Roundup: Royal Baby, Marsha Canham Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham—Deal Alert #1: Marsha Canham's Robin Hood Trilogy #1, Through a Dark Mist, is currently $.99 in e-book from e-tailers such as iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.* Read up on all our Marsha Canham posts here.

—Great Britain has a new Royal Baby! Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana (!!!!) of Cambridge was born over the weekend, and she's pretty adorable. Awww.

—Deal Alert #2: All three books in Rebekah Weatherspoon's Fit trilogy—Fit, Tamed, and Sated—are currently priced at $.99 in e-book at e-tailers including AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Read Jessica Moro's spotlight on Fit here. (Full disclosure: Rebekah Weatherspoon is also a Heroes and Heartbreakers blogger.)

[+Saturday Night Live's Black Widow: Age of Me trailer...]