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Oct 13 2015 1:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Santino Hassell’s Sunset Park

Today we're thrilled to reveal Santino Hassell's Sunset Park cover. In Hassell's latest novel, Raymond meets a hot stud who is offering him a place to crash and opening his bi-curious mind. It's another hot urban contemporary male/male romance from his A Five Boroughs Story series. 

[Learn more about the books and check out the amazing covers]

Oct 13 2015 11:00am

Until Death Do Us Part: 7 Must-Read Novels for the Halloween Lover

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Halloween is my absolute favorite time of the year. If I could have pumpkins outside my house and fake bats hanging from my ceiling all year round, I would definitely do it. But since I can’t do that without making my neighbors raise their eyebrows, I’m going to share my top 7 must read Halloween Romances. Why 7? Well in the world of Harry Potter 7 was a special number in the magical world. So 7 sounds good to me! I’m ranking these in no particular order, so put on your witch hat, dust of your broom and let these books cast a spell over you this fall!

1. A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
A woman with latent witch abilities raised by her darling crazy witch aunts gets rescued by a sexy French vampire who helps her uncover the secret of her past. She learns she’s the daughter of two of the most powerful witches to ever exist and they locked her abilities inside her as a child to protect her. The chemistry between the witch and the vampire in this book is just off the charts and Harkness writes in such a rich, luscious style that you’re just sucked into the story (get it, sucked?).

2. The Host by Stephenie Meyer
Yes, it’s not a vampire or werewolf book, but it’s aliens and those are sort of Halloweenish right? Just go with me on this. It’s one of the best romances I’ve probably ever read. Meyer shows the world her insight into humanity and love both physical and platonic in this book. A small silvery parasite-like alien is implanted in a 21 year old female host body of a resistance fighter. When the alien wakes up, the human host uses memories to make her fall in love with humans, particularly one human male. What follows is one of the most powerful love quadrangles I’ve ever read. Four souls, four hearts, four love stories woven seamlessly into a story of what it means to be human and to love.

[Halloween novels for the taking ...]

Oct 13 2015 9:30am

First Look: Melissa Hill’s The Gift of a Charm (October 13, 2015)

The Gift of a Charm by Melissa Hill

Melissa Hill
The Gift of a Charm (The Gift #2)
St. Martin's Griffin / October 13, 2015 / $15.99 print, $9.99 digital

From Melissa Hill, author of A Gift from Tiffany's, comes The Gift of a Charm-another New York Christmas love story to restore your faith in miracles

Holly O'Neill knows that every charm bracelet tells a story. Many years ago she was sent one with just a single charm attached. The charms have been appearing ever since, often at challenging times, as if her mysterious benefactor knows exactly when she needs a little magic in her life.

As a result, Holly's bracelet is her most prized possession. So when she finds someone else's charm bracelet, she feels she has to try to reunite it with its owner-even if the only clues she has to follow are the charms themselves.

The Gift of Charmby Melissa Hill, first published in the U.K as The Charm Bracelet is a now available to U.S. readers. It is a story of charm and charms –full of memories and new discoveries.

We women love to celebrate the significant moments in our lives with special remembrances, especially jewelry. That is why charm bracelets will never go out of style. They are the perfect way to carry our most special memories with us. Not that we need material objects to remember— but the charms are a visible reminder of our most significant achievements and our most beloved blessings. In many cases, charm bracelets are the story of our lives –telling the story of school, work, marriage, vacations, birth of children, etc.

[Let this book charm you ...]

Oct 13 2015 8:14am

What’s the Most Romantic Commercial You’ve Seen?

This commercial has been making the rounds lately, and it seriously pulls on the heart strings! Gum commercials, of all commercials, are probably the most straight up romantic—after all, when do you want your breath to be smelling the freshest but when you're about to lean in for a kiss?

What is the most romantic commercial you can remember?

Oct 12 2015 4:30pm

5 Things You’ll Always Find in a Reunited Lovers Story (Besides Sex with the Ex)

There is no doubt that as a collective group, romance readers have favorite things—which lead to tropes. Not only does Romance Writers of America (RWA) support authors, but they also collect data about the romance genre. Listed on their site is a lot of interesting information collected from 2014 Nielsen Romance Buyer Survey. Not surprisingly, readers were asked about their favorite tropes. Here are the results:

(1) friends to lovers; (2) soul mate/fate; (3) second chance at love; (4) secret romance; (5) first love; (6) strong hero/heroine; (7) reunited lovers; (8) love triangle; (9) sexy billionaire/millionaire; (10) sassy heroine

How does this match up with your favorite tropes? Are you startled at any of the results?

At first glance, I wasn’t. At one time I would have easily said friends to lovers was my favorite trope—because in this trope, it is easy to believe the couple are in love. They know each other. But—you get a very similar story with reunited lovers.

Just think about it! Like friends to lovers, reunited lovers have a history together. And sometimes they started out as friends before becoming lovers, especially if they were each other’s first love in school. Stories of reunited lovers are actually second-chance-at-love stories; reunited lovers stories also play into the soulmate trope—this is a love that was meant to be, against all odds; Not convinced? Sonali Dev’s Bollywood Bride is a reunited-lovers story. The hero and heroine met as children, so they were first friends and then lovers. Each were the other’s first love, and both had a sense of knowing that the other was their soulmate.

[Reunited lovers are often the best romances ...]

Oct 12 2015 3:08pm

Romance News Roundup: XOXOConnects, Grace Burrowes Deal, and More

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

XOXO Connects reader event bannerFellow romance community XOXOAfter Dark is hosting its first-ever all-day online reader event, XOXOConnects, on Saturday, October 24, from noon to 8 p.m. ET. H&H will be participating as well—at 3 p.m. that day, our very own Jennifer Proffitt will be moderating a conversation between Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, and you know they're always a hoot together! (More info to come on the panel and where it will be streaming, so stay tuned to the afternoon news roundup—for now, see the full schedule of events here) Basically, we're expecting this to be all the fun of a romance conference without the need to travel or even, you know, change out of PJs. Hope to see you see ya (virtually) there! To keep up on social, follow the hashtag #XOXOConnects

Deal Alert #1: Grace Burrowes's historical David: Lord of Honor is FREE in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, and more (via Riffle).* Love Grace Burrowes? Then pick up her sage advice on the art of being a true gentleman in romance.

Sherryl Woods' Chesapeake Shores Series has begun filming in Vancouver, Canada, as a Hallmark movie series. As someone who enjoyed Lifetime's Nora Roberts for the most part, I'm hopeful. Plus, Chesapeake Shores has a pretty solid cast in Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Treat Williams, Diane Ladd, and Barbara Niven for this multi-generational drama. To catch up, here's an article from when the news first broke about the project back in January 2014.

[+Holiday movie schedule & Kresley Cole TV news...]

Oct 12 2015 2:00pm

Now Win This!: Sandy Hall’s Signs Point to Yes Sweepstakes

Click here to enter for a chance to win Sandy Hall's Signs Point to Yes*

Sandy Hall follows up her spectacular young adult romance novel, A Little Something Differentwith her new release Signs Point to Yes. Jane is a superstitious fangirl whose summer is not starting off great, but that doesn't mean she won't land a smooch from her new crush. This contemporary young adult romance is bound to keep you turning each page as Jane discovers her 8-ball may not have all the answers. The book will be available on October 20, but we are giving you a chance to enter to win it now. 


Learn about the book: 

Signs Point to Yes by Sandy Hall 

Jane, a superstitious fangirl, takes an anonymous babysitting job to avoid an unpaid internship with her college-obsessed mom. The only problem? She's babysitting the siblings of her childhood friend and new crush, Teo.

Teo doesn't dislike Jane, but his best friend Ravi hates her, and is determined to keep them apart. So Teo's pretty sure his plans for a peaceful summer are shot. His only hope is that his intermittent search for his birth father will finally pan out and he'll find a new, less awkward home. Meanwhile, at Jane's house, her sister Margo wants to come out as bisexual, but she's terrified of how her parents will react.

In a summer filled with secrets and questions, even Jane's Magic 8 ball can't give them clear answers, but Signs Point to Yes.


Click here to enter for a chance to win Sandy Hall's Signs Point to Yes*

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Oct 12 2015 12:00pm

Everything I Left Unsaid: Exclusive Excerpt

M. O'Keefe

Everything I Left Unsaid by M. O'Keefe

I didn’t think answering someone else’s cellphone would change my life. But the stranger with the low, deep voice on the other end of the line tempted me, awakened my body, set me on fire. He was looking for someone else. Instead he found me.

And I found a hot, secret world where I felt alive for the first time.

His name was Dylan, and, strangely, he made me feel safe. Desired. Compelled. Every dark thing he asked me to do, I did. Without question. I longed to meet him, but we were both keeping secrets. And mine were dangerous. If I took the first step, if I got closer to Dylan—emotionally, physically—then I wouldn’t be hiding anymore. I would be exposed, with nothing left to surrender but the truth. And my truth could hurt us both.

Get a sneak peek at M. O'Keefe's Everything I Left Unsaid (available October 13, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Later, I took another cold shower and then, still too hot and too out of sorts to eat, I crawled into bed.

I’d made that promise to read the book, but I didn’t want the book.

I wanted Dylan.

In the bedside table I practically heard the phone taunting me.

Annie McKay—runs away from her old life only to keep liv­ing by its rules. It was sad.

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Oct 12 2015 11:00am

Downton Abbey 6x04 Recap: Goode Times

TV Recap: Downton Abbey's 6x04 Lady Mary's Date

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another (final, sob!) year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 6 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 6 on January 3, 2016. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 6, Episode 4. Enjoy!

Well, here we are, at the mid-way point of the final season. I have to say, the best part of tonight’s episode was the presence of my beloved, deliciously handsome Matthew Goode as Henry Talbot. (Yes, I’ve had a crush on him for years, so I’m going to subject you to my drooling in this recap.)

[Hot dates and baby talk this week ...]

Oct 12 2015 9:30am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Dragos Goes to Washington (October 12, 2015)

Dragos Goes to Washington by Thea Harrison

Thea Harrison
Dragos Goes to Washington (Elder Races #8.5)
Thea Harrison / October 12, 2015 / $5.99 print, $3.99 digital

Dragos Cuelebre, Lord of the Wyr, needs to throw a party without maiming anyone. That isn’t exactly as easy as it might sound.

After the destructive events of the last eighteen months, the Elder Races are heading to Washington D.C. to foster peace with humankind. Not known for his diplomacy skills, Dragos must rely on his mate Pia to help navigate a battlefield of words and polite smiles rather than claws. With Dragos’s mating instinct riding close to the surface, his temper is more volatile than ever and the threat of violence hovers in the air.

Then the human spouse of a prominent politician winds up murdered and Dragos and Pia must race against time to hunt down those behind it before they are held responsible for the crime.

For fans of DRAGON BOUND and LORD’S FALL, the latest novella in the Elder Races holds passion, peril, political intrigue, and revelations that will change Dragos and Pia’s lives forever.

Dragos Goes to Washington is the first part of a three-story series about Dragos, Pia, and their son Liam. Each story stands alone, but fans might want to read all three in order as they will be released: Dragos Goes to Washington, Pia Does Hollywood, and Liam Takes Manhattan.

Paranormal romance fans love the Elder Races series and can’t wait for more of her fabulous stories featuring the different demesne, including the Wyr, the Light Fae, the Dark Fae, the Nightkind and the Demonkind. 

[We can't get enough of this paranormal ...]

Oct 12 2015 8:10am

And the Winner of Spurtember is... Tiffany Reisz!

The Saint by Tiffany Reisz

We were all biting our nails to see who would be the winner of Spurtember, and between Jennifer Porter's own recommendations, the ones we got on Twitter, and the comments here on the site, it was a pretty stiff competition (pun always intended).

We're proud to announce the winner is the “Vintage Spurt” in Tiffany Reisz's The Saint!

Thanks for all those who voted, nominated, and otherwise played along! 

Oct 11 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Alice Clayton’s Nuts (October 20, 2015)

Alice Clayton
Nuts (Hudson Valley #1)
Gallery / October 20, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

The New York Times bestselling author of Wallbanger and Rusty Nailed is back with Nuts, the first in a brand new series set in New York’s beautiful Hudson Valley.

Roxie Callahan is a private chef to some of Hollywood’s wealthiest, and nastiest, calorie-counting wives. After a dairy disaster implodes her carefully crafted career in one fell ploop, she finds herself back home in upstate New York, bailing out her hippie mother and running the family diner.

When gorgeous local farmer Leo Maxwell delivers her a lovely bunch of organic walnuts, Roxie wonders if a summer back home isn’t such a bad idea after all. Leo is heavily involved in the sustainable slow food movement, and he likes to take his time. In all things. Roxie is determined to head back to the west coast as soon as summer ends, but will the pull of lazy fireflies and her very own Almanzo Wilder be enough to keep her home for good?

Salty. Spicy. Sweet. Nuts. Go on, grab a handful.

Alice Clayton has always brought us wonderful characters, some…okay, most who are not quite sane. She likes to point out to her readers that that life is wrapped up in chaos, and that’s a good thing.  Her latest novel, Nuts, isn’t just referring to Farmer Leo’s special goodies.  It is simply referring to…well, everyone.  Everyone in this story is just a little bit nuts.  It’s all part of life in the little Hudson Valley town of Bailey Falls, NY. 

[Grab the nuts ...]

Oct 11 2015 10:00am

Shipping Sunday: Felicity’s Love Triangle—Team Ben vs. Team Noel

Felicity. It's one of those iconic shows every 90s TV watcher was watching. Until Felicity cut her hair of course! Yes, I know we were all devestated. Jokes aside, it's an iconic show and even people who did not watch it at the time, remember the hair cut, it was a cultural touchstone. However, for those who watched it, what we remember even more was the Love Triangle that was Felicity, Ben, and Noel. 

[Get ready for some love geometry...]

Oct 11 2015 12:00pm

Passion Ignites, Part 1: Exclusive Excerpt

Donna Grant

Passion Ignites: Part 1 by Donna Grant

He consumed her with that kiss...and nothing would ever be the same.

Thorn is the bad boy of the Dragon Kings, a gorgeous, reckless warrior whose passions run wild and fury knows no bounds. When he sees the brave, beautiful Lexi being lured into the Dark Fae's trap, he has no choice but to rescue her from a fate worse than death. But will his desire put him in mortal danger—for eternity?

Get a sneak peek at Donna Grant's Passion Ignites: Part 1 (available October 13, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

October 24

I’m going to find him.

It was an invocation Lexi repeated several times a day. It was the first thing she said upon waking, and the last thing she said before she fell asleep.

She looked at herself in the mirror and shoved her light brown hair out of her face. “I’m getting closer,” she told herself. “I’m finding more information every day I search. I will find him, Christina.”

Lexi spun away from the mirror and walked out of the bathroom. Her other two friends were sitting at the breakfast table talking in low tones.

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Oct 10 2015 12:00pm

The Fifteenth Minute: Exclusive Excerpt

Sarina Bowen

The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

Just because she's famous doesn't mean she's happy.

Freshman Lianne Challice is known to millions of fans as Princess Vindi. But sometimes a silver screen sorceress just wants to hang up her wand, tell her manager to shove it, and become a normal college student.

Too bad that’s harder than it looks.

She’s never lived a normal life. She hasn’t been to school since kindergarten. And getting close to anyone is just too risky — the last boy she kissed sold the story to a British tabloid.

But she can’t resist trying to get close to Daniel “DJ” Trevi, the hot, broody guy who spins tunes for hockey games in the arena. Something in his haunting, dark eyes makes her need to know more.

DJ's genius is for expressing the mood of the crowd with a ten second song snippet. With just a click and a fade, he can spread hope, pathos or elation among six thousand screaming fans.

Too bad his college career is about to experience the same quick fade-out as one of his songs. He can't get close to Lianne, and he can't tell her why. And the fact that she seems to like him at all? Unbelievable.

Get a sneak peek at Sarina Bowen's The Fifteenth Minute (available October 13, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

My awareness of Lianne is a gradual thing.

I hear the press box door open and shut, but I’m too busy to look. As I cue up my next couple of song ideas, I feel eyes on me. In my peripheral vision, I see a pair of shapely legs in skinny jeans, and a delicate hand, its thumb hooked into the pocket of a tailored wool jacket. Her fingernails are shiny and pink, like candies.

Below me, a whistle blows. I’m smiling—and then scrambling—because Saint B’s is getting called for hooking. I hit “play” on Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys.”

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Oct 9 2015 5:00pm

Friday Beefcake: Rugby Boys with James Haskell, Ben Cohen, and More...

While we in the U.S. prepare for the MLB playoffs, the Rugby World Cup is taking place. It never ceases to amaze us at Team H&H at just how attractive rugby players are. If it isn't enough to know how hard they play, sweat, and compete to take home the trophy, we must discuss how sexy they make rugby look.

The Rugby World Cup ends on October 31, so don't miss out on your chance to see their hotness in action.

Thanks for the Friday beefcake inspiration H&H Community Manager Jennifer Proffitt. For more rugby action to squee over, check out what these men look like in their uniforms in this Buzzfeed rugby players article.

These men will make you grasp at the screen to touch them in all the right places and perhaps learn a little bit about the sport too. 

[Tune in below ...]

Oct 9 2015 3:40pm

Romance News Roundup: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Trailer, 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.

Kresley Cole shared 7 Facts about Sweet Ruin in her newsletter today. I won't take away ALL the fun facts, however I did gleam some juicy tidbits that I just had to share. First, I know many of us fans were bummed when it wasn't Munro or Furie's book, however as we know, we must trust in Kresley! She said this book will set up future conflicts for Munro, Furie, Cara, and Thad's books! I get two things from this: one, yay we are definitely getting their stories, and two, will that be the order?! Start speculating! Kresley also said she'll be introducing Orion, a male who will play “a huge role in Nïx's future.” Are we about to meet Nïx's mate?! Who knows! Finally, speaking of Nïx, apparently she has some bad bad, very bad, things planned for Møriør. We've seen what she does to her friends, can't wait to see what she does to her enemies!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...not a combination you would have thought to combine, but of all the reimaginings of Pride and Prejudice I've seen over the years, I'm pretty this is the most unique one. While I didn't care for the book, and I'm not exactly a zombie fan, seeing Lizzy Bennet being a badass? Priceless! What do you think of the trailer?

[Plus deals and Authors Love Cats...]

Oct 9 2015 2:15pm

J.R. Ward Shares Excerpt from The Beast

Moments ago J.R. Ward shared a snippet of The Beast on her Facebook page. While the book is still months away—slotted for an April 2016 release—this excerpt is just enough to whet our appetites for more. What about you?

Check out the full scene of Rhage wondering at his luck in finding Mary on Ward's Facebook page, but in the meantime, here's a taste:

But that would be like touching up the Mona Lisa or hitting a rose bush with some Febreeze.

There were a hundred thousand ways to detail his mate's physical attributes and not one single sentence, or indeed an entire book, that could come close to describing her presence.

She was the watch on his wrist, the roast beef when he was starving, and the pitcher of lemonade when he was thirsty. She was his chapel and his choir, the mountain range to his wanderlust, the library for his curiosity and every sunrise and sunset that ever was or would ever be. With one look or the mere syllable of a word, she had the power to transform his mood, giving him flight even as his feet stayed on the ground. With a single touch, she could chain his inner dragon, or make him come before he was even hard. She was all the power in the universe coalesced into a living, breathing thing, the miracle that he had been granted in spite of the fact that he had long been undeserving.

Quite simply, Mary was his life.

Are you excited for Rhage's second book? What do you think of his sweet musings on his mate, Mary?

For more BDB discussion, come hang out in our spoilerrific discussion thread for the newly released The Shadows, or read a non-spoilery First Look here

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Beast by J.R. Ward, available April 5, 2015:

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Oct 9 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Donna Alward’s Christmas at Evergreen Inn (October 13, 2015)

Christmas at Evergreen Inn by Donna Alward

Donna Alward
Christmas at Evergreen Inn (Jewell Cover #3.5)
St. Martin's Press / October 13, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Welcome back to Jewell Cove with this heartwarming novella, where this holiday season, there happens to be no room at the inn...

When a December Nor'easter roars up the eastern seaboard, Jewell Cove cop Todd Ricker spends his day off being a Good Samaritan to stranded holiday travelers. But when the roads close and Todd can't make his way home, he discovers that the Evergreen Inn is full up. Until another Good Samaritan opens her doors and offers him a place to stay...

Lainey Price is not looking forward to Christmas, but just because she's not filled with the holiday spirit doesn't mean she's going to turn Todd out into the stormy night. Even if it means offering the handsome police officer the couch in her tiny cottage. But when the weather takes a turn for the worse, the two are snowed in for a wintry evening by the fire. With Christmas only a few days away, can Todd convince Lainey to open her heart to the season...and love?

While I wouldn’t say all of us have spent the holidays trying to get over a romance gone bad, I suspect a good majority have. If you’re one of them, you remember how miserable it was. It sort of went like this: Everyone around you is full of good cheer. One friend is excited about the wonderful presents—a soft-as-butter leather jacket, and tool box for his truck—that she has bought for her significant other; another is full of excitement because it is her baby’s first Christmas and the third can’t wait to show you the new outfit she bought for the special-meet-the-parents-holiday-visit. She won’t say anything to you, because she knows you’re still hurting, but you’ve heard from other friends that she’s hoping for a ring.

[Love heals painful memories ...]