<i>The Shattered Court</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Shattered Court: Exclusive Excerpt M.J. Scott "She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth..." <i>Broken Juliet</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Broken Juliet: Exclusive Excerpt Leisa Rayven "He touches my hand, then traces down my wrist and over my forearm." <i>Court of Thorns and Roses</i>: Excerpt Court of Thorns and Roses: Excerpt Sarah J. Maas "He said my name like a caress, and his hot breath tickled my ear." <i>The Memory Painter</i>: Excerpt The Memory Painter: Excerpt Gwendolyn Womack "With their bodies pressed together, he couldn’t think, much less talk."
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April 17, 2015
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April 17, 2015
Scandal 4x19 Heart-to-Heart
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April 16, 2015
Something for Every Romance Reader in Dragon Age
Elizabeth Vail
April 14, 2015
Ghosts, Poltergeists, and the Afterlife from Movies, TV...and Real Life?
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April 10, 2015
Friday Beefcake: Men in Kilts
Victoria Roberts
Sat
Apr 18 2015 12:41pm

Lost Girl 5x01 Discussion Thread: Come Hell or High Water

Kenzi in Lost Girl Season 5, episode 1The first half of the final season of Lost Girl has finally begun in the U.S! Kiersten Hallie Krum's recaps return next week (!!!). Until then, we welcome discussion about the Season 5 premiere, “Like Hell, Part 1,” in which Bo proves she will stop at nothing to find and rescue Kenzi in Valhalla. Except...is the afterlife really so bad?

What did you think of the episode, and what are you hoping to see the rest of the season?

Mon
Feb 16 2015 3:06pm

Bitten 2x02 Nick/Paige Heart-to-Heart: Caged Up

Paige in Bitten Season 2, episode 2We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! 

ETA 4/18/2015: After first airing in Canada earlier this year, Bitten Season 2 has kicked off on SyFy in the U.S. with a two-episode premiere. Check in today and each week following to read all of Jackie Lester's recaps! 

Missed the Episode 1 recap? Find it here!

Show/Episode: Bitten 2x02, “Scare Tactics” (SPOILERS, natch)
Ship(s): Clay/Elena, Nick/Paige

Nick and Paige Captain's Log for Bitten 2x02A sullen young Clayton Danvers opens the show, reluctant to admit he’s missed his dad, who was a Marine helping out in Somalia and due back that day. Sent off to play, he heads into the woods and meets the biggest, baddest wolf possible. Malcolm threatens to eat Clay, forcing the boy back into the woods to escape. Clay finds himself a good hiding spot in the brambles but wolf-Malcolm manages to get his snout in just enough to bite Clay.

In the present day, Logan watches over Malcolm while the rest of the pack discuss his live-or-die fate. Elena thinks Clay could torture Rachel’s location from Malcolm, but Nick doesn’t think that would get results.

[Good call, Nick, good call...]

Mon
Feb 9 2015 1:00pm

Bitten 2x01 Clay/Elena Heart-to-Heart: No Sleeping Dogs

Elena covered in blood in Bitten Season 2 PosterWe've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2!

ETA 4/18/2015: After first airing in Canada earlier this year, Bitten Season 2 has kicked off on SyFy in the U.S. with a two-episode premiere (see recaps for both episode 1 and episode 2!). Check in today and each week following to read all of Jackie Lester's recaps! 

Show/Episode: Bitten 2x01, “Bad Blood.”
Ship(s): Clay/Elena

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 2, Episode 1, “Bad Blood.” Enjoy!

Nate Parker, a minor character in Malcolm’s manipulations from last season, is trapped in a room. Lots of feedback through speakers, camera shaking action, and a bodiless voice indicate Mr. Parker is in peril. When the voice stops, Nate panics momentarily before trying to open the door to his dingy room. He trips his way through an abandoned laboratory, finally making it outside. Running for the forest, he slips off his shoes and Changes. As a wolf, he passes a sign post with a symbol emanating smoke; he’s immediately gunned down. We have our first look at some elements consistent with Kelley Armstrong’s second book in the Otherworld series, Stolen. The symbol, too, will play an important part for the pack this season.

[So let's get started...]

Sat
Apr 18 2015 10:00am

First Look: Vivienne Lorret’s The Devilish Mr. Danvers (April 21, 2015)

The Devilish Mr Danvers by Vivienne LorretVivienne Lorret
The Devilish Mr. Danvers (Rakes of Fallow Hall #2)
Avon / April 21, 2015 / $5.99 print, $1.99 digital

In a high-stakes wager, The Rakes of Fallow Hall vowed never to marry. Fate, however, will play the final hand in the newest book from USA Today bestselling author Vivienne Lorret.

For the first time in her life, Hedley Sinclair holds the keys to her own future. She's inherited the crumbling Greyson Park, but the disrepair does nothing to dissuade her. No one will ever lock her up again or attempt to take away what's hers. No one except Rafe Danvers—the charming, fiendish man from Fallow Hall. He's determined to claim Greyson Park, but if Hedley isn't careful, he'll claim her heart as well.

Rafe has every intention of ridding Greyson Park of the conniving Sinclairs once and for all. The last thing he expects is to find the beguiling Hedley—the younger sister of his former fiancée—standing in his way. With drastic measures called for, he plans to marry her off in order to regain control of the estate. The only trouble is, he can't seem to stop seducing her. Even worse, he can't help falling in love with her.

With one lord already fallen to love (see The Elusive Lord Everhart), Rafe Danvers and Lord Montwood remain determined to stave off love in Vivienne Lorret's The Devilish Mr. Danvers. For the next year, these two men will do whatever it takes to remain single in order to procure the lofty sum of 10,000 pounds at stake from their wager. But as we know, in our historical romances, it is always those that vow to never love or marry again that fall the hardest. And Rafe Danvers is no exception, though he does make a convincing argument for staying a bachelor. Years ago, he was jilted at the altar by his former fiancée, Ursa Sinclair. Older and wiser, he knows better than to make the same mistake twice, and vows to make all Sinclairs his enemy.

[So the younger sister of thine enemy is thine friend lover?]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Classical Musicians from Stewart, Lyon, and More!

Noah StewartThere's just something about musicians. We love them in romance! Maybe it's the idea that they're tortured souls or that they're good with their hands. Today, our focus isn't so much on the rock star or lead guitarist, but on the classical musicians—from operatic tenors to concert violinists, and lots of goodness in between!

What musicians do you like?

[Moonlight serenade, anyone?]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 3:09pm

Romance News Roundup: HelenKay Dimon & Kat Latham 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.

Playing Dirty by HelenKay Dimon—Deal Alert #1: HelenKay Dimon's Playing Dirty (Bad Boys Undercover) is currently $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* FYI, Wendy the Super Librarian's a big fan of Dimon's Intrigue titles, and Dolly Sickle's First Look at Playing Dirty is here.

—Deal Alert #2: Kat Latham's Knowing the Score, first in the London Legends series, is currently $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.* You can read a preview of another Latham story, Mine Under the Mistletoe, here at H&H.

Fri
Apr 17 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Jay Crownover’s Asa (April 21, 2015)

Asa by Jay CrownoverJay Crownover
Asa (Marked Men #6)
William Morrow / April 21, 2015 / $13.99 print, $5.99 digital

You never know which moment might lead to forever . . .

Asa Cross struggles with being the man everyone wants him to be and the man he knows he really is. A leopard doesn't change its spots, and Asa has always been a predator. He doesn't want to hurt those who love and rely on him, especially one luscious arresting cop who suddenly seems to be interested in him for far more than his penchant for breaking the law. But letting go of old habits is hard, and it's easy to hit bottom when it's the place you know best.

Royal Hastings is quickly learning what the bottom looks like after a tragic situation at work threatens not only her career but also her partner's life. As a woman who has only ever had a few real friends, she's trying to muddle through her confusion and devastation alone. Except she can't stop thinking about the sexy southern bartender she locked up. Crushing on Asa is the last thing she needs, but his allure is too strong to resist. And she knows chasing after a guy who has no respect for the law or himself can only end in heartbreak.

A longtime criminal and a cop just seem so wrong together . . . but for Asa and Royal, being wrong together is the only right choice to make.

I binge read this series in a weekend. I started Jet, I read Rule a while ago,  thought I would read one at a time and take a break. Well I blew through the entire series in a weekend. I couldn’t put it down and taking a break didn’t exist. Jay Crownover has the ability to immerse you in a colorful world filled with intriguing, complicated characters. I loved each and everyone one of these characters for various reasons, but Asa always stood out to me.

[OTP worthy?]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 12:15pm
Excerpt

The Shattered Court: Exclusive Excerpt

M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court: A Novel of the Four Arts by M.J. Scott

Entangled in a court ruled by tradition and intrigue, a young witch must come to terms with newfound power and desire—and a choice between loyalty and survival.…

The royal witches of Anglion have bowed to tradition for centuries. If a woman of royal blood manifests powers, she is immediately bound by rites of marriage. She will serve her lord by practicing the tamer magics of the earth—ensuring good harvests and predicting the weather. Any magic more dangerous is forbidden.

Lady Sophia Kendall, thirty-second in line to the throne, is only days away from finding out if she will be blessed—or perhaps cursed—with magic. When a vicious attack by Anglion’s ancient enemies leaves the kingdom in chaos, Sophia is forced to flee the court. Her protector by happenstance is Lieutenant Cameron Mackenzie, a member of the royal guard, raised all his life to be fiercely loyal to the Crown.

Then Sophia’s powers manifest stronger than she ever imagined they would, and Cameron and she are inextricably linked in the process. As a witch unbound by marriage rites, Sophia is not only a threat to the established order of her country, but is also a weapon for those who seek to destroy it. Faced with old secrets and new truths, she must decide if she will fight for her country or succumb to the delicious temptation of power.…

Get a sneak peek at  M.J. Scott's Shattered Court (available April 26, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Cameron reached for his pouch for the coins Eloisa had given him. Thank the goddess that this errand running was nearly over and that he could get Lady Sophia back to the palace. Then his unplanned babysitting stint would be over, and he could get back to his duties instead. The girl was pleasant enough, but her wide-eyed air of curiosity about the port and Madame de Montesse’s dubious store was proof that she didn’t belong in Portholme. But as he lifted the pouch, a growling rumble boomed through the air. A second later, the building shook violently. Jars crashed off the shelves, the sound of shattering glass echoed by an outcry of cries and screams from the street.

“What was that?” Sophia said, twisting.

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

Fri
Apr 17 2015 11:05am

Scandal 4x19 Heart-to-Heart: Time for Team Ralex? We Think Not!

Show/Episode: Scandal, Season 4, Episode 19, “I’m Just a Bill
Ship(s):
Olake, Ralex?

Scandal 4x19 Captain's LogNote: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 19, “I'm Just a Bill.”

When the episode opens, we pick up right where we left off in the last episode with the sexy but mysterious Russell standing at the front door with Rowan in tow. Apparently Papa Pope drugged him so that he and Liv could have a private conversation about getting her assistance in shutting down the B613 legal case. Poor Russell was laying face down on the floor as Rowan laid out two options for Olivia; shut the case down or take him on as a client. When Liv refused to back down, Papa went on a tirade, as he is wont to do, and read Olivia cover to cover. Didn’t she realize how this would affect “him” (Fitz)? Unfortunately for Olivia she has no poker face with her father. As Russell starts to come to, Rowan leaves a burner cell phone on her table and gives her a timetable of forty-eight hours to come to a decision about shutting David Rosen and crew down. As he leaves, he lets us all know that Russell is lucky to have been given a mild sedative he could wake up from instead of a permanent go-night-night-forever drops. Flustered but always thinking, Liv quickly cuts Russell’s duct tape restraints and pretends that they had way too much wine together and fell asleep on the floor. Russell is disoriented and confused, especially when Liv tells him they were singing and dancing together. (Girlfriend, that was you and Jake. Get it right!) But she puts him, and another crazy day, to bed.

[Oy vey, what a day...]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 9:30am

First Look: Terri Osburn’s His First and Last (April 21, 2015)

His First and Last by Terri OsburnTerri Osburn
His First and Last (Ardent Springs #1) 
Montlake / April 21, 2015 / $12.95 print, $4.99 digital

At eighteen, Lorelei Pratchett couldn’t wait to get out of her hometown. Twelve years later, her Hollywood dreams have fizzled and she’s back—temporarily, she thinks. Though she throws herself into saving the old theater and starting a baking business, small towns have long memories, and Lorelei’s wild past still haunts her. It doesn’t help that her ex-boyfriend, Spencer Boyd, is even hotter, smarter, and more distracting than before.

The fiery Lorelei that Spencer knew years ago may have become closed off and cautious, but their chemistry hasn’t faded one bit. Losing her a second time is unthinkable to him, yet Lorelei is convinced she doesn’t belong in Ardent Springs. Somehow, Spencer needs to show her that everything she needs is right here: family, friendship, new beginnings…and a man who’s never stopped loving her.

Warm, sexy, and laugh-out-loud funny, His First and Last is an irresistible story of first love and second chances.

The reunion trope has long been a staple of romance fiction, and in the first book of her Ardent Springs series, Terri Osburn gives readers a book with multiple reunions. Paramount, of course, is the reunion of the hero and heroine, but Lorelei Pratchett is also reunited with Ardent Springs and its citizens. She left a dozen years earlier after breaking her brief engagement and telling the people of her hometown how eager she was to shake the dust of their dead-end world and its hypocritical inhabitants. Now she is back, disillusioned and more fearful about her reception than she is willing to admit. Understandably, the town is not eager to embrace this prodigal, but a second chance brings surprising rapprochement.

[Second time's the charm?...]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 8:17am

What Color Are You Drawn To?

The Color of Love by Julianne MacLeanA study recently concluded that blue was the most prevalent color in the last 100 years of art. Data has also shown in the past that among books gold and red books sell the best. We shouldn't ever judge a book by its cover, but it seems on a subconscious level that we do!

What cover colors are you drawn to the most? Do you find you have one color that is more prevalent in your collection than most? Do you think certain subgenres favor certain colors?

Thu
Apr 16 2015 5:00pm

Got the Magic in Me: Magical Girls Have It Tough from Sailor Moon, Laurenston, and More!

Sailor Moon and Luna from Sailor Moon
Source: sailorscoutsforever.tumblr.com

Re-watching clips of Sailor Moon, I realized that being a magical girl/heroine is pretty difficult. For those not familiar with the Sailor Moon storyline, basically the heroine is a reincarnated princess from a kingdom destroyed by evil and in her second life she must battle those same evil forces while gaining a second chance at true love.

Looking at romance novels, it’s pretty clear that heroines with magic are normally destined for a rough time. Paralleling the Sailor Moon case, Romina Russell’s young adult romantic adventure Zodiac places the fate of an entire planet on the shoulders of young Cancerian, Rho. After a tragedy strikes her home world, Rho is literally the chosen one to lead her planet. Not only does she have to convince people of the big bad threat that could destroy the Zodiac Houses, but she also has to make people trust her despite her age. As the first part of a trilogy, readers see how Rho struggles not only with her leadership role but also with a not-so-classic love triangle, add in the fact that this features astrology and you get a fun, but perilous journey of a young girl coming into her own.

[Learning lady stuff and magic stuff...]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 4:15pm

Romance News Roundup: Jo Goodman Deal & Han Solo in New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser!

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 Steadfast Heart by Jo Goodman—Deal Alert #1: Jo Goodman's My Steadfast Heart is currently free in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.* Goodman's A Place Called Home earned a spot in our Delicious Despair collection, if that helps.

—Deal Alert #2: Jennifer Estep's Touch of Frost and various other books Mythos Academy series are on sale in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & NobleAmazon, and iBookstore.* Here's our First Look review on Touch of Frost.

—We know you know it, Han Solo, but we still love you! A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser is here to wreck our productivity:

[+David Duchovny & Ryan Gosling news...]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 1:15pm

Love in the Age of Dragons: Something for Every Romance Reader in Dragon Age

Alistair in Dragon AgeOne of the reasons I love romance is because it can find a place in any story, in pretty much any storytelling medium. Movies, television shows, novels—and, yes, video games.

Over the years, BioWare games have earned a reputation not only for exhaustingly good worldbuilding, storytelling, and dialogue, but also for entertaining romantic storylines. When I played the Dragon Age games for the first time, not only was I able to customize my own character and determine the stories’ endings with my decisions, but I could also pursue a romance with a selection of love interest characters from my party. Pursuing each love interest, thanks to their differing personalities and backgrounds, results in a different type of romantic story each time—story types that avid romance readers like us can readily recognize. As it turns out, there’s a romance novel for everyone hiding in every Dragon Age game.

For the Fan of the Virginal Beta Male

Romancing Alistair from Dragon Age: Origins allows you to seduce the cloistered, righteous knight and help him adjust to the ramifications of his mysterious parentage. Affectionate, loyal, and happily willing to let the lady take charge, Alistair helps your character stay on the straight and narrow while building his own confidence. Play your cards right, and you just might be the first lady to charge his battlements. He’ll also give you flowers!

[Find your perfect match or collect all 6!...]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 11:15am

Arrow 3x19 Olicity Heart-to-Heart: Love and Sacrifice

Show/Episode: Arrow Season 3, Episode 19, “Broken Arrow.”
Ship: Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

Arrow 3x19 Captain's LogNote: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night's Season 3, Episode 19, “Broken Arrow.”

We start with the arrival of a new baddie in town…a metahuman who can fry people with his eyes. Meanwhile, Roy is arrested and Oliver is released, thanks to Laurel’s quick legal maneuvering. Things are a bit awkward between Ray and Felicity. He’s recovered from his injuries but not from her slight towards his affections. He tells her not to make a big deal out of it. Poor Ray.   

Over at the police station, Oliver visits Roy in the interview room. He’s already dressed in prison orange. Roy swears to Oliver that this is what he needs to do, that this is the first time he’s felt okay since he learned he killed the cop last year. He stands firm that the city needs the Arrow more than it needs Arsenal. Its an emotional moment for the two and the bro-ship is strong here.

[The bro-ship is strong in this one...]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 9:30am

First Look: Jeannie Lin’s A Dance with Danger (April 21, 2015)

A Dance with Danger by Jeannie LinJeannie Lin

A Dance With Danger (Rebels and Lovers #2)

Harlequin Historical / April 21, 2015 / $6.50 print & $5.99 digital

After a failed assassination attempt on a corrupt general, Bao Yang is a wanted man. Taking refuge with an ally, Yang accidentally compromises the man's daughter when they're discovered alone. To save her honor, he must marry the beautiful Jin-mei immediately!

In Yang's arms, Jin-mei feels alive for the first time. She's determined not to lose him, even if it means joining his perilous mission... But when she realizes just how destructive Yang's path could be, can she convince him that their life together could be so much sweeter than revenge?

Jeannie Lin returns to the world of her 2013 novel The Sword Dancer, as well as Tang Dynasty China, as a sheltered but bold magistrate's daughter and a rebel leader unite in marriage and go toe-to-toe in A Dance With Danger.    

Fans will remember outlaw Bao Yang, sword dancer Li Feng's mysterious and driven ex-lover. Here, he is on the run, seeking out allies wherever he can, and still gunning for revenge on General Wang. A chance encounter with Magistrate Tan's daughter, Jin-mei, kicks off a passionate tale of staying the course vs. letting love win—and Lin delivers romance, poetic language, and the feel of historical China at every turn.

[History...love...a rich setting? What more can we want!?]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 8:16am

Throwback Thursday: Which Jane Austen Character Are You?

Emma Thompson in Sense and SensibilityOn this day in H&H History, Myretta Robens discussed which Jane Austen character are you? Sure you've taken the quizzes, but this post came with handy-dandy modern recommendations. Are you a fan of Sense and Sensibility's Elinor Dashwood, then believe it or not, you might find some similarities to Jessica from Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels.

What Jane Austen character do you relate to the most? What was your first Austen book?

Wed
Apr 15 2015 5:00pm

Protective, Possessive, and Passionate: The Alpha Heroes of J. Lynn’s Wait for You Series

Wait for You by J. Lynn

J. Lynn aka Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New Adult series Wait for You is a witty, sexy look into a group of friends that are more like family. Since the first, Wait for You to Fall with Me I’ve devoured each of these books. Each of the main characters carry complexities that drive their stories to new levels. As we enter book 4 of the series, Fall with Me, J. Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout further emphasizes what makes her writing so fun, witty and downright sexy.  She gives unique twists to what could be tired stories of the good girl meets bad boy.

She isn’t afraid to GO THERE, some serious issues are addressed with sensitivity and no judgment. These are journeys that are taken with ups and downs and everything in between. It pulls at your heartstrings. There are some hard life lessons that are learned with serious consequences like in Be with Me when Tess figures out she could no longer dance and saw her entire future change or in Wait for Me when Avery confronts her parents after radio silence from them. But among all the craziness what stands out is the witty banter and her Alpha Male heroes.

Bring on the Alpha! I’m a huge fan of them and they roam a plenty in the series. Cam, Jase, Jax, and Reece exponentially raise the stakes on alpha hotness. They made me laugh and swoon, I even experienced some insane jealousy of their heroines. Their hilarious zingers and sometimes cheesiness really captures your attention and doesn’t let you go.

[We like a bit of cheese with our alphas...]

Wed
Apr 15 2015 3:35pm

Romance News Roundup: Jay Crownover Deals & Sexy Avengers 2?

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.

Rowdy by Jay Crownover—Deal Alert: A few of Jay Crownover's Marked Men novels—including Rome, Rowdy, and Nash—are currently marked down in e-book to between $.99 and $1.99 at e-tailers such as AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. Look for a First in the Series post this Sunday to introduce you to the Marked Men series if you're new to the books! Until then, you can find all our Jay Crownover coverage here.

H&H blogger Kwana Minatee-Jackson (writing as K.M. Jackson) has announced a new book to be published with Kensington imprint Dafina called Insert Groom Here, about a “Manhattanite dumped on-air [who] attempts to salvage her public persona by participating in the network's new show to find a replacement groom for her original wedding date.”

Orange Is the New Black has been renewed for Season 4 by Netflix!

—Apologies to Black Widow/Halkeye fans, but Attention, Black Widow...Hulk shippers? Joss Whedon obviously doesn't know how a shipper's brain works if, only after the scene was rendered, did he realized how sexy the Hulk/Black Widow scene could be construed in a new Avengers 2: Age of Ultron clip. Now H&H's Heather is in fits over this potential new couple, but Whedon says he can see the appeal of both the instinct-driven Hulk and the intellectual Bruce Banner to the team's femme fatale. What are your thoughts? Do you think this is just a bait-and-switch for the real couple of Avengers 2, or do think this is Whedon's OTP? See Joss Whedon's full “instant commentary” of the scene that certainly got us talking.

Wed
Apr 15 2015 3:00pm

Showered with Choices: Male/Male Best Bets for April 2015

Carry the Ocean by Heidi CullinanPart of what I love about romance novels are the many different reading desires they can satisfy. The April m/m possibilities offer something for most moods, whether you're looking for realistic explorations of genuine human concerns, or just for certain tropes that that make your insides go perk when you see them in a blurb.  

Living with Disability
Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan

Normal is just a setting on the dryer.

High school graduate Jeremey Samson is looking forward to burying his head under the covers and sleeping until it’s time to leave for college. Then a tornado named Emmet Washington enters his life. The double major in math and computer science is handsome, forward, wicked smart, interested in dating Jeremey—and he’s autistic.

But Jeremey doesn’t judge him for that. He’s too busy judging himself, as are his parents, who don’t believe in things like clinical depression. When his untreated illness reaches a critical breaking point, Emmet is the white knight who rescues him and brings him along as a roommate to The Roosevelt, a quirky new assisted living facility nearby.

As Jeremey finds his feet at The Roosevelt, Emmet slowly begins to believe he can be loved for the man he is behind the autism. But before he can trust enough to fall head over heels, he must trust his own conviction that friendship is a healing force, and love can overcome any obstacle.

Warning: Contains characters obsessed with trains and counting, positive representations of autism and mental illness, a very dark moment, and Elwood Blues.

Autistic characters are positively trendy in romance these days, but kudos to Cullinan for writing one without glamorizing or downplaying it as a disability, or making it pathetic. This New Adult romance is also unusual in featuring two disabled heroes, who both need to learn how how to balance their own needs with maintaining the relationship. It's a very good everyday kind of story, but never pedestrian.

[It's raining men...]