<i>Midnight Ride</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Midnight Ride: Exclusive Excerpt Cat Johnson "The widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken…" Jay Crownover's Marked Men Series Jay Crownover's Marked Men Series Jay Crownover Get caught up in the Marked Men series with a note from the author, excerpt, and more! <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."
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April 20, 2015
Introducing Gena Showalter's The Original Heartbreakers
Tiffany Tyer
April 18, 2015
20 Years of Anne Rice’s Beauty Series
Jane Kriel
April 17, 2015
Friday Beefcake: Classical Musicians
Jennifer Proffitt
April 17, 2015
Scandal 4x19 Heart-to-Heart
Nicole Leapheart
April 16, 2015
Something for Every Romance Reader in Dragon Age
Elizabeth Vail
Mon
Apr 20 2015 4:36pm

Romance News Roundup: Darynda Jones Re-Read & Julie James Deal Alert!

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.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones—Darynda Jones is hosting a First Grave on the Right re-read event on Wattpad starting today and running through May 4. (Looks like a sweepstakes for a call with Jones is also involved, so yeah: don't miss this whether you're a longtime fan or a newbie looking to join Charley Davidson's adventures for the first time.) For more, visit our Darynda Jones tag here on H&H, and if you'll be at the Romantic Times Booklover convention in Dallas next month, be sure to attend H&H's reader panel featuring Darynda Jones, Eloisa James, and Sylvia Day!

—Deal Alert: Julie James's Love Irresistibly (Book 4 in the FBI/US Attorney series) is currently $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* If you haven't yet tried James and want to know more, this author spotlight is made for you.

[+The X-Files casting news you've been waiting for...]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 3:00pm

Small Town Showalter: Introducing Gena Showalter’s The Original Heartbreakers

The One You Want by Gena ShowalterGena Showalter’s take on small town romance in her new series the Original Heartbreakers is all her own.

This series, named after the heartbreakers themselves - Dane, West, Jase, and Beck - actually plays up the men, their relationship, their past, and their connection to each other. It’s a real part of the story, not just a throwaway. And Showalter gives them real secrets, real struggles, and real baggage to earn their titles. We’re convinced these bad news bad boys that have just moved to Strawberry Valley, Oklahoma, are here to do some damage. And this time they just may have their hearts handed to them.

Any small town contemporary romance series that opens with the stepbrother/stepsister trope gets instant attention. Forbidden but with built-in conflict and chemistry when done right, Dane and Kenna’s story is no different. It’s sexy and emotional and perfect as a novella. And though their parents have been in a long-term relationship, Dane and Kenna really couldn’t be more different, so when they come together, it’s everything that maybe shouldn’t work but does.

[Isn't that amazing...]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 1:15pm

Game of Thrones 5x02 Heart-to-Heart: Nothing’s Ever Black and White

Arya in Game of Thrones 5x02This post contains SPOILERS and speculation from all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 5, Episode 2, “The House of Black and White.” Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 5x02 Captain's LogShow/Episode: Game of Thrones 5x02 “The House of Black and White”
Ship(s): Daenerys and Daario, Jon Snow and ME (kidding, but not really), Bronn and Jamie (bromance)

 It begins with a new location. Arya has finally reached her destination and she’s enraptured with the sights. The city is mostly water and you can see the people trading. I’m not sure where they filmed but it looks a lot like Venice. She arrives at the House of Black and White, where she asks for help and shows the coin Jaquen gave to her. The mysterious man tells her they have no one by that name there. As night falls and Arya has nowhere to go she repeats her “kill list” to herself to keep her company and give her strength. She has no where to go. She wanders the streets practicing her skills on unsuspecting pigeons. I felt horrible for those birds when she sliced their heads off. When she’s cornered in the village, the attackers are scared off by the man who refused her entry. She follows him and demands to know why they were scared of him and his face contort to Jaquen, he was testing her. I definitely didn’t see that coming and as Arya disappears into the house I’m wondering what she’s gotten herself into.

[A whole lot of trouble, we're guessing...]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Midnight Ride: Exclusive Excerpt

Cat Johnson

Midnight Ride by Cat JohnsonOne bucking bronco…

Oklahoma ranch hand Tyler Jenkins is too young, too sexy, and too damn wild to be tied down by any single woman—for more than a few steamy hours…

One hard-working widow…

Widowed rancher Janie Smithwick is too busy paying off her debts to play rodeo with a reckless young cowboy like Tyler—no matter how hot he gets her…

One midnight ride they’ll never forget…

As a rule, Janie should be dating a man her own age, like her handsome neighbor Rohn—not the twenty-four-year old ranch hand he employs. But once Tyler gets Janie alone—held tight in his arms, pressed against his hard muscled body, burning with desire—the widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken…

Get a sneak peek at  Cat Johnson's Midnight Ride (available April 28, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

After an early dinner, Janie lay in bed in her pajamas, flipping through channels and finding nothing to watch. Finally she turned off the television and grabbed the paperback that had sat on her nightstand for months. Most nights she was too tired to read. Tonight, it seemed she couldn’t settle her brain to sleep, so she might as well give the book another try.

She’d just thumbed to the point where she’d left off when a sound caught her attention. Was that someone out in the drive? She sat up, torn between fear and excitement. At the soft knock on the back door, her hope grew.

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Mon
Apr 20 2015 11:00am

Outlander 1x11 Heart-to-Heart: About Those Witches

Claire and Jamie Fraser's epic romance continues in the second half of first season of Outlander, based on the beloved historical fiction/fantasy/romance series by Diana Gabaldon, and we are so ready to recap and then discuss every single moment of it.

Outlander 1x11 Captain's LogThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Outlander, including Saturday night's Season 1, Episode 11, “The Devil's Mark.” Enjoy!

Show/Episode: Outlander Season 1, Episode 11, “The Devil's Mark”
Ship(s): Jamie/Claire

Last week’s episode ended with Claire being arrested for witchcraft alongside Geillis Duncan. We were all frustrated that she’d ignored all the good advice of staying at the Castle and dashed off to visit Geillis thanks for a fraudulent note from everyone’s favorite scheming teenager Laoghaire.

We begin this week’s episode, “The Devil’s Mark,” with Jamie off with Dougal MacKenzie (the man Geillis loves and who’s child she is caring) and Claire being thrown into the thieve’s hole, which is basically a storm sewer. It’s not the first time we’ve seen the old-school justice on Outlander (remember the boy with the nail in his ear?), but this episode took us into darker places.

[So dark...]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 9:30am

First Look: Becca Jameson’s Bound to Be Tempted (April 21, 2015)

Bound to Be Tempted by Becca JamesonBecca Jameson
Bound to Be Tempted (Emergence #4)
Samhain / April 21, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.50 digital

In the six months since Margaret Donovan broke up with her girlfriend, she has prowled Emergence, hoping to find a Dom to help her explore her bisexuality. The only man who's caught her interest in all that time is the bouncer.

He's a firm Dom, and after all, it's just a trial run. An experiment. He doesn't need to know the details of the troubled past that makes her long to get over her aversion to being under anyone's thumb.

Carlton Fisher's keen eye has been tracking Maggie, as well. She looks exactly like the childhood sweetheart who's haunted him for over a decade, but she doesn't need to know that. Two weeks' instruction should get her over her hump, give her the confidence she needs to work with a Dom...and get her out of his system.

Neither is prepared for the floodtide of explosive emotions. It's cathartic and therapeutic, but if they can't purge themselves of the pain of the past, their hearts could suffer irreparable damage.

Warning: This book contains intense submission from established participants in the BDSM world. If nipple clamps, edging, public nudity, restraints, gags, blindfolds and flogging make you squeamish, move along!

Carlton Fisher has had a wary eye on on Margaret Donovan for a while now. She is practically the doppelganger of his first (and only) love, who died tragically and suddenly years ago, before he was even a Dom. He's stayed away from Maggie, which for a time was easy because she had a girlfriend/Domme and they were a very public couple at the exclusive BDSM club Emergence. As the head of security at Emergence, Carlton works the door most nights, keeping an eye on everything and everyone, but he has always had an extra eye out for Maggie. When Maggie breaks up with her girlfriend and shows some interest in taking on a Dom, Carlton knows exactly what kind of Dom she needs, and he's willing to take her on—temporarily—as his submissive.

[Temporarily, huh?...]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 8:05am

So Meta: When Characters Ship Within Their Own Show

When stumbling through Tumblr, we saw this lovely quote about Mama Smoak on her love of the Olicity Ship:

“Donna Smoak vice president of the Olicity ship”

A lot of times, characters within a show that we're watching or a book that we're reading will point out that a couple is meant to be...before the couple in question even acknowledges their own feelings. Can you think of characters who pointed out to their clueless friends that they just might already be with The One? What are the biggest steps OTHER characters have taken to get a couple together?

Image via sparksfly-olicity.tumblr.com.

Sun
Apr 19 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Better Together: Jay Crownover’s Marked Men Series

Jay Crownover

Asa by Jay CrownoverToday we're thrilled to have Jay Crownoever on the site to introduce you to the Marked Men Series. Asa, which comes out April 21, is the final book in the Marked Men series, which features a group of men who form a bond that defies the old adage that “blood is thicker than water.”

The key element that has always tied the Marked Men together is the idea of family being more than blood. That as you come into your own as an individual, you get to make the choices of who you dedicate your time and energy to. The friendships in this series are vast,this crew has created their own idea of family, and I take great pride in thinking you won’t ever find a more loyal or invested bunch out there in romancelandia.

Part of Rule’s journey, which ultimately led to all the other guys’ journeys, was learning to listen to the people that loved him and had his best interests at heart—always. He was so closed off, so resistant to letting anyone else inside of his battered heart that it really took his brother and his friends pointing out to him that “Hey…this girl gets you, she accepts you, she won’t try and change you, she has always—always loved you….” to get him to open his eyes. He was so stubborn that he would have never seen Shaw as anything else without that nudge.

In turn, Rule often ended up being the catalyst, the voice of reason for the rest of the guys as they met their matches along the way. He could attest to how much better life was with the right person so he became the friend handing out eye-opening advice just like his buddies did for him at the beginning.

[So many men...]

Sat
Apr 18 2015 3:00pm

Return to the Kingdom: 20 Years of Anne Rice’s Beauty Series

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne RiceFor many readers (and their mothers), Anne Rice’s Beauty trilogy was their first foray into the world of erotic romance. Writing under the pseudonym of A.N. Roquelaure, the trilogy comprised of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983), Beauty’s Punishment (1984), and Beauty’s Release (1985).

The political context of this book series is interesting, at the time many feminists were very opposed to pornography arguing that it is inherently harmful or exploitative to women. However, Rice disagreed and she resisted all efforts to politicize or sanitize women’s fantasies. She firmly believed that women should be able to write and read whatever erotica they wanted, a sentiment probably supported by many in the H&H community. Unafraid to make a political statement, Rice released her hardcore fantasy erotica and it came to be considered a classic of the genre and a departure point for many discussions concerning the role of feminism within erotica.

The trilogy is not for the faint of heart; by comparison it makes a lot of today’s erotica look very tame. A lot of the action is non-consensual and the slavery theme is not for everyone. The series is loosely based on the fairy tale, it is set in a medieval fantasy world. The action starts when the young protagonist princess Beauty is awakened from a 100 year sleep by the Prince through having sex with her (apparently a chaste Disney kiss wasn’t going to do it). Beauty is then stripped naked and led to Kingdom where she joins other princes and princesses who have been sent to court to be trained as sexual slaves. Both submissives and dominants are male and female. It’s explicit material—degradation, sadomasochistic punishment, pony play, bisexuality and homosexuality. While there is a plot, it’s interspersed between the sex scenes, which are the focus.

[A little plot can go a long when when sexytimes are involved...]

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.

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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?