<i>A Lady's Guide to Ruin</i>: Exclusive Excerpt A Lady's Guide to Ruin: Exclusive Excerpt Kathleen Kimmel "We should not be here, alone in the dark." <i>Target Engaged</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Target Engaged: Exclusive Excerpt M.L. Buchman "She shouldn’t be attached, but she was…" <i>For Love or Magic</i>: Exclusive Excerpt For Love or Magic: Exclusive Excerpt Lucy March "Has her heart fallen under some sort of spell?" <i>Forever His Texas Bride</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Forever His Texas Bride: Exclusive Excerpt Linda Broday "With a low moan, she slid her hand around his neck, drawing him closer."
From The Blog
November 30, 2015
Best Reads of November 2015
Team H & H
November 21, 2015
Gothic Romance Movie Night: 3 Classics
Lauren Smith
November 20, 2015
Love for Bibliophiles in Whispers in the Reading Room
Maggie Boyd
November 19, 2015
A Ranking of the Lunar Chronicles Series Couples
November 18, 2015
Victoria Dahl Plays Your Heartstrings Harlot
Rebekah Weatherspoon
Dec 1 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Penelope Douglas’s Misconduct (December 1, 2015)

Misconduct by Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas
NAL / December 1, 2015 / $14.00 print, $5.99 digital

Former tennis player Easton Bradbury is trying to be the best teacher she can be, trying to reach her bored students and trying to forget her past. What brought her to this stage in her life isn’t important. She can’t let it be. But now one parent-teacher meeting may be her undoing…

Meeting Tyler Marek for the first time makes it easy for Easton to see why his son is having trouble in school. The man knows how to manage businesses and wealth, not a teenage boy. Or a young teacher, for that matter, though he tries to. And yet…there is something about him that draws Easton in—a hint of vulnerability, a flash of attraction, a spark that might burn.

Wanting him is taboo. Needing him is undeniable. And his long-awaited touch will weaken Easton’s resolve—and reveal what should stay hidden…

Penelope Douglas is well known for her angst filled, melodramatic, and antagonistic driven YA/NA Fall Away series. In her first adult contemporary, she softens the emotional tone of her characters, giving them a more mature attitude on which to base their story. Choosing the ever popular older millionaire alpha and the younger seemingly innocent heroine, she twists this trope, creating two protagonists who are on equal footing in every aspect except age. Douglas lasers her focus on to her characters, using their strengths and weaknesses to help them find their way at their own pace, without resorting to contrived misunderstandings or over reaching conflicts.

[Go places in this adult contemporary romance ...]

Dec 1 2015 3:30pm

Nucking Futs: Top 10 Scenes from Kresley Cole’s Nïx, the Ever-Knowing

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

In Kresley Cole’s the Immortals After Dark series, Nïx, the Ever-Knowing, or better known throughout the Lore as Nucking-Futs Nïx, has been setting up her own form of speed-dating in an attempt to match mates and seed alliances for the upcoming Accession, and when you are a 3,000-year-old soothsaying Valkyrie, you don’t have to make it easy for anyone.  I mean, what’s the fun in that?  

Here are a few things we’ve learned about our favorite Valkyrie while over the last few years.

1.     Nïx is always ready for a party…

A group of elven-looking women strolled by, wearing nothing but gauzy skirts.  Their chests were bare except for body paint styled in intricate leafy designs.

“Goody,” Nïx muttered.  “The dendrophiles.”

“The dendro what?” Néomi said.

“Tree lovers – the tree nymphs.”

Their obvious leader said, “Well, if it isn’t Nucking Futs Nïx and the hex hack.”

“Well, if it isn’t the hookers,” Nïx replied blandly.  “Oh, I’m sorry, nymphets, this isn’t the orgy – that’s down the road.”

“Nïxie, every party is an orgy waiting to happen.”

Nïx opened her mouth, then closed it, dragging Néomi and Mari away.  “Well, you can’t argue with reason, can you?”

—  Dark Needs at Night’s Edge

[And this is just the beginning. Read on now ...]

Dec 1 2015 2:35pm

Romance News: Claire and Jamie Fraser Fight the Future in First Outlander Season 2 Teaser

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A lovely piece of Outlander Season 2 has been bestowed upon us: In our first teaser for the new Outlander episodes (hurry up, spring 2016), Jamie and Claire Fraser try to change history/the future and anticipate the arrival of a baby Fraser, by which I mean WE ARE NOT WORTHY OF THIS PERFECT GIFT BUT LET'S ALL WATCH AGAIN AND AGAIN ANYWAY:

And if you have a hankering for more Jamie and Claire afterward, you can always revisit them in the painful/sweet Outlander Season 1 finale.

Deal Alert #1: Tessa Dare's When a Scot Ties the Knot is on sale for $1.99 in e-book today at Barnes & Noble and Amazon (via @Zoe_Archer).* Historical fans, you can't miss the third book in the Castles Ever After series; read Janga's First Look at When a Scot Ties the Knot to find out why.

[+Free Jennifer Ashley & more deals and news...]

Dec 1 2015 1:30pm

First Look: Beth Kery’s Glow (December 1, 2015)

Beth Kery
Berkley / December 1, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Alice Reed never dreamed she’d escape the stigma of her disturbing past. That’s why she was shocked when, out of the blue, she was recruited to join the elite Durand Enterprises by the enigmatic CEO himself, Dylan Fall. The erotic charge between them was fast and deliciously forbidden. But as Alice opened up to worlds she’d never known, everything changed once again with a stunning discovery: there’s much, much more concealed in the shadows of Alice’s troubling childhood, and her life is about to change forever.

Now, with another piece of the puzzle of Alice’s identity revealed, a mysterious adversary plots to destroy it all—and Dylan is determined to protect her. But as Alice’s sexual addiction to Dylan turns helplessly to love, she can’t help but wonder: how deeply can she really trust him? What were his true motives in drawing her close to him? And what other secrets does he know about her past that even she has yet to learn?

You want to read Beth Kery's Glow. And even luckier for you - if you haven't read Glimmer yet you can immediately glom Glow and read the complete story. The second book in a duo logy is always difficult - you're not quite sure how things are going to go, what crucial details you might have forgotten, or if you're as invested in the story. I have to say that I was a bit apprehensive starting this story, but I quickly got wrapped up in the world of Camp Durand and the company. 

[Life changing sexiness is taking place here ...]

Dec 1 2015 12:00pm

Cover Tuesday: K.M. Jackson’s Romancing The Fashionista

Cover Reveal K.M. Jackson’s Romancing The Fashionista

Today we're thrilled to reveal K.M. Jackson’s Romancing the Fashionista. The independent fashion editor Melinda is not letting anything stop her on her way to the top until fate reunites her with her high school crush, Nolan, in this first book in The Flirty Fashionistas series. This read will encourage everyone not to skip out on their high school reunions and be open to rekindling romances, don't you think? 

[Learn more about the book and check out the amazing cover ...]

Dec 1 2015 10:00am

A Lady’s Guide to Ruin: Exclusive Excerpt

Kathleen Kimmel

A Lady's Guide to Ruin by Kathleen Kimmel

Joan Price is a wanted woman. A thief and a fugitive from the mental hospital where she was falsely committed, she’s now on the run from her former partners in crime. But luck must be on her side—just when it seems all is doomed, she runs straight into the arms of Martin Hargrove, Earl of Fenbrook, who mistakes her for his distant cousin, Daphne.

Lord Fenbrook has no intention of marrying, and certainly doesn't consider his notoriously scatterbrained cousin a prospect. But her flighty persona seems to hide something far more intriguing—a secret self she trusts with no one. And Martin is determined to earn that trust…

When Martin’s sister discovers Joan’s charade, they strike a bargain: Joan can remain within the safe walls of Birch Hall, as long as she doesn’t allow Martin to fall in love with her—for their flirtation would surely ruin them both. She’s convinced she poses no threat to his heart, but she’s beginning to realize that her heart may be the one in danger. Especially as he seems very set on seducing her...

Get a sneak peek at Kathleen Kimmel's A Lady's Guide to Ruin (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Joan turned, and froze. A figure stood in the hallway, beside the door to the cupboard beneath the stairs. It was too dark to make out more than broad shoulders and a slight stoop. Her mouth went dry. Moses.

But, no. The faint huff of amusement shattered the illusion. Martin stepped forward, straightening up and dispelling the stunted silhouette his pose had created. “Cousin Daphne,” he said. His voice was warm and rich. She could just make out his features in the dark, those bewitching eyes catching some stray glint of light. “Do you frequently wander through the hallways at night?”

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Dec 1 2015 9:30am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s Blood Kiss (December 1, 2015)

Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward
Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1)
Signet / December 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Timesbestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Old-school fans of the WARDen, rejoice! The author who brought us into a gritty world of vampires and their slayers, shitkickers, glymera, The Pit, needing, and the like is getting back to her roots with the new Black Dagger Brotherhood Legacy series. The main series—Black Dagger Brotherhood—has transitioned into more of a family saga with numerous players than the straightforward paranormal romance it captivated us with early in the series.

[Something else to sink our teeth into ...]

Dec 1 2015 8:08am

What Would Be Your First Family Romance Conversion Kit?

On Saturday, the First Family—or rather the First Daughters, and Barack Obama—were spotted out and about for Small Business Saturday. And, like any good reading family, they stopped at a local bookstore. While the girls were exiting the shop, the checked out a sign featuring none other than historical romance favorite Tessa Dare. 

The sign and photo sparked a conversation on Twitter about what to include in a romance conversion kit for the First Daughters—after all, they picked up books ranging from Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Young Adult books by Cynthia Voight. Don't you think there's some room for romance in there too? 

What would you include in a romance conversion kit for Michelle, Malia, and Sasha? After all, the girls are older than many of us were when we started reading romance, what should we recommend?

Hat tip to Megan Frampton for the heads up!

Nov 30 2015 4:30pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of November 2015

Falling Stars by Anita Mills

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for November 2015 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Anna Bowling:

Falling Stars by Anita Mills hit best read status out of the park this November. Take one English sparrow, one Russian count with a deep, dark secret, the golden rake who did not get the girl in the previous book, Autumn Rain, and step out of the drawing room, into Imperial Russia and a scandal that spans from Moscow to London. Angst, emotion, yearning, nail-biting suspense as the not-yet-lovers flee for dear life, and an author skilled enough to make the workings of Parliament interesting make this a read for which I am truly thankful.

[Enjoy H&H's Blogger recommends ...]

Nov 30 2015 4:05pm

Romance News: Cyber Monday Deals from Kristin Hannah 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.

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The Nightingale by Kristin HannahDeal Alert #1: Kristin Hannah's sweeping World War II-set book The Nightingale is currently on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via ReadCheaply).*

Deal Alert #2: Jay Crownover's  Marked Men New Adult romance Asa is marked down to $1.99 in e-book at the moment at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc. (via BookBub).*

Deal Alert #3: Pepper Winters' dark erotica novel Debt Inheritance (Indebted: Volume 1) is free in e-book right now at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and more (via BookBub).*

Deal Alert #4: Jeffe Kennedy's erotic Under Contract is on sale for $.99 in e-book at e-tailers including iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (via BookBub).*

Deal Alert #5: Megan Crane's biker romance Make You Burn is only $.99 in e-book right now at Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and more (via Riffle).*

[+Amy Schumer & Shadowhunters pics...]

Nov 30 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Edith Layton’s Peaches and the Queen (November 30, 2015)

Peaches and the Queen by Edith Layton

Edith Layton
Peaches and the Queen
Untreed Reads / November 30, 2015 / $0.99 digital

Presenting a never-before-published, holiday short story from Regency author Edith Layton!

Christmas is coming to Victorian London. A poor boy living with his milliner sister in a marginal part of town discovers his cat is missing. His old dog can’t live without the cat, so he searches—and hears that the Queen has kidnapped his cat! Queen Victoria’s favorite moggie strayed, and her minions scooped up the wrong cat—or so the boy and his sister think.

This Christmas novella tells how an earnest young Beefeater, his world-weary superior, and one of the wiliest criminals in London each try to find the right cat without disturbing the old queen, win the boy’s cat back—and woo the pretty sister—before the Queen leaves London for her Christmas holiday.

From the servants at the palace and the Queen’s own chambers, to Billingsgate and the mudlarks’ favorite taverns, the adventures are many among the high- and low-life of Victorian London.

Is there anything more poignantly wonderful than reading an unknown Christmas novella from a favorite Regency novelist , a legendary writer who passed from our ranks far too early? Edith Layton’s Peaches and the Queen is an elegiac, surprising story. There are a number of protagonists, each looking for a very special moggie (that would be cat in British cant), which is unusual because the hallmark of a moggie is a cat that is decidedly ordinary: “a cat, especially one that does not have a pedigree or is otherwise unremarkable.”

[Here's a holiday novella from a legendary writer ...]

Nov 30 2015 1:30pm

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Shadow’s End (December 1, 2015)

Shadow's End by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Shadow's End (Elder Races #9)
Berkley / December 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The author of Lord’s Fall and Midnight’s Kiss returns with an enchanting and sizzling new tale about debts that cannot be repaid and hunger that cannot be satisfied…

For Beluviel, consort to the Elven High Lord, and Graydon, gryphon and First Sentinel of the Wyr, even the slightest desire for each other is forbidden. But two hundred years ago, after a desperate play to save Beluviel’s stepson left them indebted to the cruel Djinn Malphas, they found their fates inexorably linked together—and the hunger between them growing too strong to ignore…

Two centuries later, with their debt to Malphas coming due, Beluviel and Graydon realize that, if they are to stand any chance of saving their souls, they must once again work together—this time more closely than ever before. But every moment they spend with each other brings them nearer to losing something even more vital—their hearts…

Thea Harrison points out to us the consequences we need to live with when we chose desires we know are unattainable and the shadow refers to the shadow on our souls which is the price we pay for wanting what we cannot have.

In Thea Harrison's Shadow’s End, Lady Beluviel, wife of the Elven High Lord, is looking for her stepson Ferion, the heir to the Elven Demesne.  Ferion is a frustrated man living a half-life.  He is the heir of the Demense, so he cannot pursue a life of his own choosing, but as the heir to a father who is nearly immortal and can live centuries more as the High Lord, Ferion is always kept on the outer edge of the Elven Court. Ferion is given no true purpose in his life, yet he cannot go forge his own future. 

[He's seeking purpose ...]

Nov 30 2015 12:00pm

December 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in June. We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
December 1-5 | December 6-12 | December 13-19 | December 20-26 | December 27-31

Heroes and Heartbreakers December 2015 Shopping List!
Week of December 1 through December 5
December 1 to December 5 Shopping List

[Check out the complete list!...]

Nov 30 2015 10:00am

Target Engaged: Exclusive Excerpt

M.L. Buchman

Target Engaged by M. L. Buchman

Delta Force: The most dangerous elite counter-terrorism force on the planet:

• The deadliest shooters
• The most out-of-the-box thinkers in any military
• Will die to get the mission done

Sergeant Kyle Reeves: The premier soldier of the new recruits Sergeant Carla Anderson: The first woman of Delta Force.

If the training doesn't kill them, their passion may-but Kyle Reeves and Carla Anderson blast right in. Show no fear. Have no fear. Then they get the call. The most powerful drug-smuggling ring in Venezuela needs a takedown, and Delta's newest team leaps into the deep jungle to deliver. Giving their all? Not a problem. Giving their hearts? That takes a new level of courage.

Get a sneak peek at M. L. Buchman's Target Engaged (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Carla Anderson has survived five years in the Army, has been the first woman to ever make it through the rigorous Delta Force Selection Process and the Operators’ Training Course. She has done it all by shutting out any thoughts of others, even of herself. Taking the very best of the fellow recruits as lover shouldn’t breach any of her carefully constructed walls…but it is starting to. She is no frozen in the moment between her final exercise as a trainee and her first mission as the first female operator of Delta Force.

Carla was so not ready for this.

HALO jumps were fine. Jumping out of a speeding jetliner at thirty-five thousand feet was almost as much of a rush as having sex with Kyle. Well, no, it wasn’t that good, but it could sure make a girl feel happy in a lot of ways.

Her problem was that she hadn’t slept in over thirty-six hours and they were headed into their first live op on no notice. Well, technically on twenty-three minutes notice, which didn’t help a whole lot.

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Nov 30 2015 8:09am

What Is Your Favorite New Name in Romance?

Asa by Jay Crownover

Back in July, Nicole Leapheart shared some name trends she had noticed in romance. Like many trends—in the book world and beyond—names can come in phases and what was old is new again, and what is new quickly becomes old. 

What are some of your favorite new names, or a name you've discovered and liked because of the genre? Do names for heroes like Asa or Jax inspire you?

Let us know your favorite new (or new-to-you) names in romance—both for heroes and heroines!

Nov 29 2015 3:00pm

Shipping Sunday: The Librarians’ Jake/Cassandra (Jassandra)

Jake and Cassandra in The Librarians

“Shut up. I'm doing math,” might be my favorite line from this show. My second favorite line is “She writes a lot in this little notebook, and I pay attention.” That pretty much sums up Cassandra and Jake's relationship in The Librarians—they're a study in contradictions but both of them pay attention to one another, despite never allowing things to go beyond casual observation and yearning expressions.

For those not familiar with The Librarians, here's a quick recap: Noah Wiley plays Flynn, not just a librarian, but The Librarian—a fantastical adventurer who finds magical artifacts, ones many of us book lovers would be familiar with. The series started as a pair of made-for-TV movies and launched as a television show last year, and introduced us to other librarians, most notably, for our shipping purposes, Cassandra and Jake. 

[A ship can sail on looks alone, right?]

Nov 29 2015 12:00pm

For Love or Magic: Exclusive Excerpt

Lucy March

For Love or Magic by Lucy March

Eliot Parker's good-for-nothing deceased husband has left her a new lease on life: a house in sleepy Nodaway Falls, New York. But his offer comes with a cost: his ghost...

As if being married to him wasn't hard enough! Nodaway Falls turns out to be a town with more than a little magic in the air. Eliot swore off using her own powers sixteen years ago, thanks to one catastrophic day when she lost the only people who ever mattered to her, and ran away from her spellbinding father and his reckless enchantments. Now, when a chance encounter with quiet, handsome Desmond Lamb results in a magical explosion that rocks Eliot to the core, she can't help but wonder: Has her heart fallen under some sort of spell? Or is this what true love really feels like? The real question, of course, is whether her husband will stop haunting her...and let Desmond give her a chance at happily ever after?

Get a sneak peek at Lucy March's For Love or Magic (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

“Let’s be clear about one thing, Seamus,” I said, giving the bull mastiff the French fry he had been whining about since I pulled it out of the bag. “Just because I’m feeding you doesn’t mean you’re my dog.”

I wasn’t trying to be mean, but I didn’t want him to start getting all attached just because I gave him a stupid French fry, either. In truth, there didn’t seem to be much danger of that; he inhaled the fry and continued to remain indifferent to me, which was really best for everyone.

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Nov 28 2015 12:00pm

Be Thankful for the Bad Boy: New Adult Romance Best Bets for November 2015

Once Kissed by Cecy Robson

It’s that time of year where a lot of reflection takes place and gratitude. I, for one, am extremely grateful for the literary bad boy and these characters are excellent examples as to why. The “bad boy” can turn your day right side up or, more than likely tie you into knots. These new adult heroes listed below will all have you thanking the stars for their creation.

Once Kissed by Cecy Robson is the start of a new series, the O’Brien Family. Her stories are engrossing, her alpha males are charismatic, tough, yet vulnerable. She continues the trend in Once Kissed with Curran O’Brien. Tess is a straitlaced law student trying to get out of her father’s thumb one semester at a time. When Curran and Tess meet again, these opposites are pulled together by circumstances (i.e nutzos after Tess) beyond their control. I laughed, I smiled, and I was enthralled with their story. I can’t wait for more in the series! 

The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan has a man-bun, check. Beard, check. Virgin? Eh. Not what you normally expect when you think of the new adult hero but, Ethan Dexter has been way too busy to focus on things other than football. His quiet intensity drags Fi in and she’s reluctant to get involved with what she thinks is a hot shot player. One kiss sets Dex and Fi off on a game plan that she didn’t know she needed. 

[Thankful for all the bad boys ...]

Nov 27 2015 12:00pm

Forever His Texas Bride: Exclusive Excerpt

Linda Broday

Forever His Texas Bride by Linda Broday

All his life, Brett Liberty has straddled two worlds: white and Iroquois. The only place he's truly at peace is with his wild mustangs. But after he's arrested for the color of his skin, he discovers Rayna Harper in the cell next to him. Rough and tumble Rayna has known little kindness, but Brett sees the depth of her heart hidden beneath layers of hurt and fear, and he refuses to leave without her.

Fierce and loyal, kind and strong, Rayna is everything Brett has ever wanted. But the world doesn't look kindly on a love like theirs, and he would rather let her go than bring her pain. Yet when the demons of his past threaten her future, Brett realizes he will do anything to keep Rayna safe...and make her his.

Get a sneak peek at Linda Broday's Forever His Texas Bride (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Brett hesitated before putting his arm around Rayna’s shoulders. “If I was able to take a wife for real, I’d want it to be you. But I’ll never marry anyone. I’m a color no one appears to have a particular fondness for.”

“It doesn’t make any difference to me. I see your heart, not your skin.”

“Thank you, but it does matter a great deal to some.”

Rayna rested her head on his shoulder. “Not to the people of Battle Creek. Mabel told me everyone loves and accepts you.”

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