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May 27 2015 9:30am

Love Libs: BookCon Edition #1

Hello, H&Hers! In honor of the BookCon festivities ahead this weekend, we have a special treat we hope you'll enjoy: a Mad Libs-inspired word game we've dubbed Love Libs!

Come play with us in the comments today, and if you'll be in New York City this weekend, please do join us for what we're calling a “live-action blog post,” our BookCon panel “Heroes and Heartbreakers: We <3 Romance,” featuring authors Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee (a.k.a. the writing team Laurelin McGee), and St. Martin's Press Executive Editor Monique Patterson, with Team H&H's Heather Waters and Jennifer Proffitt to moderate and generally gab about romance. 

Here's more about the panel:

“Heroes and Heartbreakers: We <3 Romance”
Javits Center in New York City
Saturday, May 30
3:00-4:00 p.m.
Macmillan Meeting Room 3139 on the Show Floor

(Note: This is a ticketed event, head to booth 3056, starting at 10:00 a.m. for a free ticket!)

Can't make it to the panel? Worry not! We'll do our best to tweet and Facebook all about it that day, and in the days after, we'll be hosting a post-BookCon sweepstakes for a chance to win goodies here on the site!

Now, onto the Love Lib!*

Here's how to play: Fill out the list below with the appropriate (or totally inappropriate) noun, verb, adjective, name, or body part. Complete the Love Lib by selecting the word from your list that corresponds with the bolded direction in the parentheses, and let hilarity ensue! Share your results by copying and pasting the list/Love Lib—that might make filling it out a little easier, too!—down in the comments, and/or tag us on Twitter with the funniest snippets at @heroesnhearts and @bookbrag, and follow all the fun with the hashtag #bookbrag.

*With many, many thanks to St. Martin's Press's Lizzie Poteet, the romance genius behind this particular Love Lib

[Let the shenanigans begin...]

May 27 2015 8:18am

Who Is Your Most Trusted Recommender?

Asking for It by Lilah Pace

In the past we've talked about our reading twins—the people in our lives (both on- and offline) whose taste parallels ours. However, there are other people who may not always read the same books that we do, but who just “get” our reading style. This person may be our mom, sister, best friend, Twitter buddy, or librarian, but there's always a person! 

Whose recommendations do you trust the most? Give them a shoutout in the comments, and maybe a virtual high-five on social media for always giving you a great recommendation!

May 26 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Jessica Lemmon’s Rescuing the Bad Boy (May 26, 2015)

Rescuing the Bad Boy by Jessica Lemmon

Jessica Lemmon
Rescuing the Bad Boy (Second Chance #2)
Forever / May 26, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital

For Donovan Pate, the lake town of Evergreen Cove is a minefield of tough memories-including the day he had to let go of Sofie Martin. Years later he still can't forget the taste of her lips and the feel of her killer curves. He knows he's too damaged, that he should stay away for her own good. But what the head says and the heart wants are two very different things . . .

Seven years ago, Donovan broke Sofie's heart. Now her career depends on playing nice in order to pull off the charity fund-raiser of the decade. She vows to keep things professional . . . yet working by his side every day doesn't make it easy to fight temptation, and it isn't long before she finds herself falling for this bad boy all over again. But loving Donovan means helping him face his past-so they can fight for a future together.

Jessica Lemmon is really getting into her stride with this book. While the first book featured a bad boy who wasn’t bad at all, the hero of Rescuing the Bad Boy behaves so badly in the prologue that I wondered if he could ever redeem himself.

Don’t worry, he does.

I will avoid spoilers, although it’s tricky with this book. I’ve kept any detailed comments to the Prologue and first three chapters.

I love the way Lemmon turns the tables in this book. The bad boy has reason to be bad. He has sex with the heroine, Sofie (who he calls Scampi) in the Prologue, then leaves town. When he discovers he has taken her virginity, he says flatly, “I don’t do virgins,” and leaves her devastated.

However, he has a secret that nobody knows about. Two, actually, but one only comes out later in the book, so I’ll leave that to discover for yourself. The first is that he left home after his Dad’s abuse got too much. He is the battered one, not her.

[Battered, but still loveable.]

May 26 2015 3:45pm

Romance News Roundup: Victoria Vane Deal, Sam Heughan Appreciation, 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.

Slow Hand by Victoria Vane—Deal Alert #1: Victoria Vane's Slow Hand is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & NobleiBookstore, and Amazon.* Want to try the book on for size? Read an excerpt from Slow Hand here.

—BuzzFeed Celeb says “We Need to Talk About Sam Heughan” and, I mean, we can't disagree. The man is a gift. Here's hoping Outlander lasts forever and a day while still giving him time to do a ton of other cool projects so that we can see him onscreen year-round! P.S. Don't forget that the Season 1 finale of Outlander (ahhhhh!) airs this Saturday and we'll be here for all your reactions the next day with the recap!

—Deal Alert #2: Gina Conkle's Meet the Earl at Midnight is currently $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Want to see if this romance is for you? Check out a preview of Meet the Earl at Midnight here.

—Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey) devotees can watch him answer questions about his television series The Fall (in which he plays serial killer Paul Spector opposite Gillian Anderson's Stella Gibson) via a Gold Derby Emmys Chat livestream on May 28 here. (Thanks to H&H blogger Janet Webb for the heads-up.)

—The first issue of romance comic Fresh Romance has arrived. We first wrote about the comic back in March, when its creators launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund the anthology. Are you a comics fan? Will you be reading?

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

May 26 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Kate SeRine, Calista Fox, Claire Kent, Tracy Wolff, Cecy Robson, and Laura Drewry!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for books from Kate SeRine, Calista Fox, Claire Kent, Tracy Wolff, Cecy Robson, and Laura Drewry. Tracy Wolff gives us the next installment in her Ethan Frost series with Flawed. Then, you'll get burned by desire in Calista Fox's Flash Burned. One alpha agent is about to get his broken heart mended when he returns home in Stop at Nothing by Kate SeRine. Next, one playboy is about to turn in his player card in Darker the Release by Claire Kent. Cecy Robson welcomes you to the O'Brien Family in Once Kissed. Finally, see what happily-ever-after looks like Laura Drewery's How Forever Feels. 

[See the full covers and learn more about the books...]

May 26 2015 12:00pm

When Opposites Attract: Erotic Romance Best Bets for May 2015

Taken by Charlotte Stein

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate—and your credit card....

Taken by Charlotte Stein

It was just a prank I didn't want to be a part of. I never meant to hurt anyone, least of all Johann Weir. You wouldn't know that he sells literature for a living. He has these wild eyes—eyes that light something up in me—and he must be twice as big as I am, with strong, warm hands. Hands I try not to imagine everywhere.

He scares me. And thrills me.

But now the deed is done, and I have to face the consequences. He says he just wants to hold me here until the police come, but it's been hours and I'm still here.

Chained to a pipe in his back room like a prisoner.

The only person I have to talk to is Johann, and I tell him dark, shameful secrets—secrets that involve the metal around my wrist and him standing over me. But I can't stop. I need him to know everything. I need him.

Johann has his own secrets—ones he wants to tell me too. And more than anything, I want to listen. And maybe, before he sends me away, he'll punish me.

Just a little.

Just enough.

Though this is the third installment in Stein’s Under the Skin series, this stand alone has a lighter, more humorous tone than the first two; revealing a shy awkward hero with a kinky side he fears and a quirky sexually uninhibited heroine who wants everything he has to offer. Laughter and erotic escapades enhance this pseudo-captive scenario as romance and kink offer the perfect base on which this couple finds love.

[Who says kink and happily-ever-after can't go together?]

May 26 2015 9:30am

First Look: Sara Richardson’s No Better Man (May 26, 2015)

No Better Man by Sara Richardson

Sara Richardson
No Better Man (Heart of the Rockies #1)
Grand Central Publishing / May 26, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital

When it comes to business, Avery King always comes out on top. So after a very public breakup, work is the perfect excuse to flee the Windy City for the gentle breezes of Aspen, Colorado. Her mission: acquire the land of a rundown mountain ranch. Avery expects an easy win . . . until she meets the rugged and irresistible rancher who won't give up his property without a fight.

Bryce Walker is stunned by the stubborn beauty determined to get what she wants. But what she wants is his last connection to the life he used to have. Bryce has plans to return the ranch to its former glory and no way will he sell his family home. Yet the more time he spends with Avery, the more her sweet touch makes him forget his painful memories. Now Bryce must decide whether living in the past is worth losing his future...

Ahhh, small-town America, where the living is easy and romance heroes don’t wear suits unless it’s absolutely necessary.

Married an L.A. doll and brought her to this small town

Now she’s small town just like me

No, I cannot forget where it is that I come from

I cannot forget the people who love me

Yeah, I can be myself here in this small town

And people let me be just what I want to be.

Those John Mellencamp lyrics kept running through my head when I was thinking about Sara Richardson’s debut, No Better Man. Our hero, Bryce Walker, embodies what I picture when you tell me small-town and Rocky Mountains. In a word, rugged.  He looks good in jeans and a flannel shirt. He drives a big ‘ol truck and yes, as a matter of fact, there is a dog riding in the back. He works with his hands and knows what do to do with them when the workshop gets traded for the bedroom, or in one case, the cab of his Ford F-450.

[Oh! He wears blue jeans and a flannel shirt and he drives a truck...]

May 26 2015 8:02am

What Was Your Memorial Day Read?

Jake Gyllenhaal in Jarhead

In the United States, yesterday was Memorial Day, and for many it's the chance to relax at home, away from work and do anything they want—head to the beach, watch some fireworks, or read!

What did you do for Memorial Day? What was your Memorial Day read?

May 25 2015 8:11pm

Game of Thrones 5x07 Heart-to-Heart: The Pursuit of (Fleeting) Happiness

Samwell and Gilly in Game of Thrones Season 5 episode 7Show/Episode: Game of Thrones 5x07, “The Gift”
Ship(s): Samwell/Gilly, Dany/Daario

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night's Season 5, Episode 7, “The Gift.” Enjoy!

Captain's Log for Samwell/Gilly in Game of Thrones Season 5 episode 7We open at the Wall, with the new leader of the Wildlings being set free by Jon Snow. The other lords look on disapprovingly. They let him know they think his mission is foolhardy, reckless, and disrespectful. Jon doesn’t really care what they think. He says good-bye to Samwell, mounts his horse, and rides off with the Wildling army towards Winterfell.

Master Aemon is on his last legs, and Samwell holds his hand as he passes and later the knights put him to his final rest above a funeral pyre. Quite possibly, he’s the only person I’ve ever seen die of natural causes on this show. Some randy knights come on to Gilly and Samwell comes to her defense and gets soundly beaten for his troubles. But he gets back up. Before he has a chance to get beaten again, he’s backed up by Ghost, a dire wolf who scares the baddies off. Then he passes out, prompting Gilly to nurse his wounds.

[Could it finally be their time?...]

May 25 2015 4:30pm

3 Types of Series for Every Reader

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh

Today we're thrilled to have Nalini Singh on Heroes and Heartbreakers! Nalini's book, Shards of Hope, releases on June 2 and is the 14th book in her Psy-Changeling series. She has kept readers coming back for more, book after book, and Nalini is here today to talk about the different types of series that are out there for readers to enjoy. Thanks, Nalini!

Before I was a writer of two long-running series, I was a reader of series. And before that, I was a mental fan fiction writer. Back when I hadn’t yet discovered the magic of series and was reading stories that finished with the epilogue or final chapter and that was it, I’d constantly try to imagine what happened next for the characters with whom I’d fallen in love.

Clearly, I have trouble letting go. Thankfully for me, so do many of my favorite writers (in the best way). Today, I thought I’d talk about three different types of series and some favorite reads among them, as well as the challenges and advantages of each type from a writing perspective.

The Stand-Alone Series

First up are what I call the Stand-Alone Series: On TV, I love CSI, and CSI is a stand-alone series. While there are some series-spanning storylines, for the most part, each episode stands alone really well.

In book terms, particularly in the romance genre, a stand-alone series is usually connected by the characters, whether they be members of a family, part of a military brotherhood, or members of a shapeshifter pack. Each main character will eventually get a book, and while previous characters may appear in future books, they tend not to play big roles, and each book is fully complete on its own.

[Find out what book series Nalini Singh's enjoys reading...]

May 25 2015 12:00pm

The Talon of the Hawk: Exclusive Excerpt

Jeffe Kennedy

The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Three daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king.

Ursula’s loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior’s spine. She protects the peace of the Twelve Kingdoms with sweat and blood, her sisters from threats far and near. And she protects her father to prove her worth. But she never imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other—that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior. She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead…

Get a sneak peek at  Jeffe Kennedy's The Talon of the Hawk (available May 26, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

In the banquet hall, Uorsin sat already at the High Table—nothing unusual there, as he often arrived early, which allowed the courtiers the opportunity to circle by, share a toast, and discuss in conversation matters not suitable for either informal or formal court. However—gratingly unusual—the Dasnarian captain also sat at the table.

I made certain to give no sign that I’d taken note of it, as many sets of eyes scrutinized me to see if I would. The seating arrangement of the High Table echoed that of the throne room, with the King’s chair—the largest and heaviest—at the center. My chair had always been to his right, Salena’s long-abandoned chair to his left, with Andi’s after that and Amelia’s next to hers. When Ami married Hugh, a chair was added to her left. Now, though my seat remained empty for me, another chair had been added to the right of mine.

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May 25 2015 9:30am

First Look: Faye Avalon’s Indecent Exposure (May 26, 2015)

Indecent Exposure by Faye Avalon

Faye Avalon
Indecent Exposure
Samhain Publishing / May 26, 2015 / $14.99 print, $4.49 print

She's gotten herself into hot water, and the heat just keeps on rising.

Gina McKenzie didn't make the same mistakes her mother made with men. She just made different ones. Like letting a good one get away-and trusting a bad one to keep her kinky tastes private.

With an ex-lover holding a naked bondage video over her head, she's forced to reunite with an old college crush to get the dirty on him. Back then, she resorted to humiliating Mitchell Coleman to keep her heart safe. Now she has no choice but to compromise him in the worst possible way.

When Gina walks back into Mitchell's life and starts seducing him, desire wars with suspicion. Last time this happened, she tossed him to the wolves. If she's going to serve herself up on a plate, he intends to make her see exactly what she missed by rejecting him all those years ago.

But Mitch soon realizes that Gina has an agenda other than heating up the sheets-and this time he's not going to let her play him for a fool.

Warning: A bad girl trying to be good, a good guy determined to be bad. Naughty goings-on with a stability ball, lunchtime quickies, and a Parisian hotel room where nobody plans on sleeping.

Gina McKenzie has found herself in a spot of bother. Always one to seek out the bad boy, she finally got involved with the wrong man, and he is blackmailing her with a bondage sex tape into getting blackmail material on Mitchell Coleman, a college chum turned savvy venture capitalist who had a crush on her way back when. When Mitchell spots Gina at a function, the lust, arousal, and humiliation from his college years comes flashing back. When she comes up to him with a feeble at best story about getting together to get business advice from him, Mitch’s guard instantly goes up. In Faye Avalon’s Indecent Exposure, Gina has a Big Secret. Will she be able to go through with this betrayal to Mitch?

[Gina wants to save her reputation and needs Mitch to help...]

May 24 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Lauren Dane’s Back to You (May 26, 2015)

Back to You by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane
Back to You (Hurley Brothers #3)
Harlequin / May 26, 2015) / $7.99 print & digital

Former model Kelly Hurley has finally put the ashes of the past behind her. After a passionate but turbulent marriage to rock star Vaughan Hurley that ended in heartbreak and divorce, Kelly rebuilt her life in Portland, where she settled so their two young daughters could be close to their father. Just not so close Kelly couldn’t truly make her own way without interference from the man who shattered her heart. Now Kelly’s finally ready to move on, and she’s planning to marry another man.

But not if Vaughan has anything to say about it.

Vaughan knows he was a fool all those years ago. A young, selfish—and prideful—fool. Even as he buried himself in the fast, decadent rock star lifestyle, he could never drown out the memory of Kelly’s beauty and love. Or the sweet, searing heat whenever they touched. For years, he’s had to deal with the pain of seeing her only because of their daughters, but it was never enough. Now Vaughan must prove that he’s the only man Kelly needs, before he loses her for good. And there’s only one way to do it….

Back to You by Lauren Dane made me think of South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Not very romantic, you might be thinking, but a long-divorced couple who try to find their way back to each other is not going to have an easy time of it. Their path to happiness needs to be strewn with truth, paving the way to trust, finally culminating in an HEA that is all about the sweet rewards of reconciliation.

Kelly has accepted a proposal of marriage from her boyfriend Ross. Even she knows she’s lying to herself when she examines her reasons for saying yes. His tepid proposal didn’t help.

Only less romantically, it was more of a we’ve been sleeping over at one another’s houses for a year now. We should just get married because it’s good for everyone and it would be more cost-efficient, don’t you think?

What else could she do but say yes?

[She said yes, but did she mean maybe?]

May 23 2015 12:00pm

Never Resist a Rake: Exclusive Excerpt

Mia Marlowe

Never Resist a Rake by Mia Marlowe

Can he fool his new family?

John Fitzhugh Barrett, surprised to learn he is heir to a marquessate, is determined his new status won't mean giving up his freedom. But as families from all over England descend upon Somerfield Park for the shooting season, their unmarried daughters are lining up to bag the newest trophy buck-him.

Or is he only fooling himself?

John's instinct for self-preservation inspires him to divide his attentions between a scandalous young widow, and the safely ineligible Rebecca Kearsey, daughter of a destitute baron.

The charade gives John the illusion of controlling the game but when he loses his heart to the beautiful Rebecca, all bets are off.

Get a sneak peek at Mia Marlowe's Never Resist a Rake (available June 2, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The houses on either side of the street became much less grand and finally became fewer and farther between. At the first stone fence row marking off one field from the next, John’s heart lifted, and he inhaled deeply.

He’d forgotten how sweet a lungful of country air could be.

A small whirlwind of fallen leaves, a rust-and-scarlet dervish, twirled across the road in front of them, and the gelding shied at the unexpected sight.

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May 22 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: The Mad Max: Fury Road Crew

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is not the typical movie we cover on Heroes and Heartbreakers...but when hot guys and adrenaline-pumping situations are involved, you can bet we're going to make an appearance. These men (and women) make dirty look sexy! Tom Hardy as Mad Max himself would be enough enticement, but underneath all that makeup is another cinematic hottie—Nicholas Hoult as Nux! 

(With a special cameo appearance from Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, just ’cause she looks pretty badass too.)

Are you going to see Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend? What did you think of it? 

[The Mad Max crew is furiously hot...]

May 22 2015 3:41pm

Romance News Roundup: Laura Florand and Carolyn Brown 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.

The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand—Deal Alert #1: Laura Florand's contemporary The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat, Book 4) is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* The Chocolate Touch was one of several books explored in Kate Rothwell's “How Sweet It Is!: Chocolate in Romance Novels,” just in case you're not already craving a sweet treat...

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, billed as a “bigger, fatter wedding,” is really actually happening and now even has a release date: March 25, 2016.

—Deal Alert #2: Carolyn Brown's contemporary Western Honky Tonk Angel is currently $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* For more, read excerpts from four other Carolyn Brown romances here.

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

May 22 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Dearest Rogue (May 26, 2015)

Dearest Rogue by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Dearest Rogue (Maiden Lane #8)
Forever / May 26, 2015 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

Lady Phoebe Batten is pretty, vivacious, and yearning for a social life befitting the sister of a powerful duke. But because she is almost completely blind, her overprotective brother insists that she have an armed bodyguard by her side at all times-the very irritating Captain Trevillion.

Captain James Trevillion is proud, brooding, and cursed with a leg injury from his service in the King's dragoons. Yet he can still shoot and ride like the devil, so watching over the distracting Lady Phoebe should be no problem at all-until she's targeted by kidnappers.

Caught in a deadly web of deceit, James must risk life and limb to save his charge from the lowest of cads-one who would force Lady Phoebe into a loveless marriage. But while they're confined to close quarters for her safekeeping, Phoebe begins to see the tender man beneath the soldier's hard exterior . . . and the possibility of a life-and love-she never imagined possible.

The heroine of the delightful Dearest Rogue, Lady Phoebe Batten, is blind, which presents some unique problems for her and for the reader. So much of how we experience the world - and fall in love - is done through sight. So Phoebe - and by extension we - must employ our other senses to navigate through life and love. Elizabeth Hoyt does a fabulous job of showing Phoebe's limitations but also how her other senses stimulate her life.

Lady Phoebe is the target of several kidnapping attempts and her stalwart bodyguard James Trevillion, late of His Majesty's Dragoons, whisks her away from danger, racing through the London streets on horseback.

Around them the cacophony of London continued, eternally unabated: the rumble of carriage and cart wheels, the tramping of thousands of feet, the babble of voices raised in song and argument, people buying and selling and stealing, callers of wares, and the shriek of small children. Horses clip-clopped by and church bells tolled the hour, the half hour, and sometimes even the quarter hour.

As they rode, people shouted at them angrily. A canter was quite fast for London, and judging by the bunching of muscles beneath them and the sudden changes of direction, Trevillion was having to weave in and out of the traffic.

She turned her head toward him, inhaling. Captain James Trevillion wore no scent. Sometimes she could discern coffee or the faint smell of horses on him, but beyond that, nothing.

[Oh! Captain James has her smitten...]

Jan 12 2015 11:45am

Lost Girl 5x06 Recap and SPOILER Thread: Bring It On, Succubus

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night's Season 5, Episode 6, “Clear Eyes, Fae Hearts.” The recap first went up after the episode aired in Canada, and now we're bringing it back after SyFy's airing in the U.S. for more discussion. We hope you enjoy...

Bo sits in an ethereal white room wearing a white gown turning the crank on the box Daddy Hades sent her last week from which comes a sweet lullaby. It’s almost exactly like that cool season two promo, except, as the camera slowly pans up, we see it’s not Bo; it’s Doctor Lauren. She turns and smiles at Bo, still cranking away at the box. Try not to get hit over the head by the metaphor. Bo wakes from the dream with a gasp and sits up in bed deeply troubled by its possible meaning. Is it prophetic? Is the doc a tool of Hades? Or a victim? Or does she just crank Bo’s box? Okay, now it hit us upside the head. One thing’s for sure: It means my doccubus-free bliss is apparently coming to a quick end. Oh well. All good things can only last for so long…like season one.


May 22 2015 12:00pm

Now Win This!: Tatiana de Rosnay’s A Paris Affair

Click here to be entered for a chance to win an Advanced Reader's Copy of Tatiana de Rosnay's A Paris Affair!*

A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay

Learn more about the book:

From the internationally best-selling author of Sarah's Key comes an irreverent yet heartfelt collection that examines our most intimate and forbidden desires

Does a fruit taste its sweetest when it is forbidden? Is that which is prohibited always the most pleasurable? In this passionate and perceptive collection, Tatiana de Rosnay paints a portrait of the most forbidden of loves, in many different shades—sometimes tragic, sometimes humorous, sometimes heartfelt, always with a dry wit and an unflinching authenticity. A Paris Affair is an enjoyable “undressing” of intimate delights, where laughter mingles with compassion and the heartbeats of illicit desire.

Click here to enter for a chance to win an Advanced Reader's Copy of A Paris Affair by Tatiana de Rosnay!

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May 22 2015 11:00am

If You Love Outlander, You’ll Love Nora Roberts’ MacGregors

Rebellion by Nora Roberts

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and Rebellion*, In from the Cold, and For Now, Forever by Nora Roberts have so much in common. The stories are anchored in Scottish history, with Rebellion and Outlander beginning in the years leading up to the fateful Battle of Culloden in April 1746. Jamie Fraser and Serena MacGregor (the heroine of Rebellion) are Scottish patriots to the core. Each falls in love with a Sassenach, respectively Claire Beauchamp Randall and Brigham Langston, the English Earl of Ashburn. According to Yahoo answers, “Sassenach is a word used chiefly by the Scots to designate an Englishman. It derives from the Gaelic Sasunnach…” Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary states that the word is “used, often disparagingly, by the Gaelic inhabitants of the British Isles.”

Nora Roberts tells the story of the MacGregor clan, spanning the centuries from war-torn Scotland in the seventeen hundreds to modern-day Boston. Here’s a description of Rebellion:

“Scotland, 1745. Against the bloody background of the Battle of Culloden, another war was waged and won–the price was honor, the victory, love.” Scottish beauty Serena MacGregor’s hatred of all English began as a child when she watched as a band of Englishmen attacked her mother. Her brother’s friend Brigham Langston was no exception to Serena’s loathing–despite his supposed loyalty to the Scottish cause…and his good looks.

Although Brigham eventually proves himself worthy of the MacGregor family’s respect, Serena is still reluctant to abandon her hatred for him and his heritage. But Brigham has other plans. Serena has captivated him with her beauty, her passion for life and commitment to her beliefs–and he refuses to let her antagonistic attitude keep him from winning her. And Serena must learn to open her mind–as Brigham opens his heart–to see the true love awaiting her.

*Note: Heroes and Heartbreakers has a special audio clip at the bottom of the post for readers who are either new to the MacGregors or want to hear it acted out. Enjoy!

[Historical romance filled with so much passion...]