<i>Unexpected Eden</i>: Excerpt Unexpected Eden: Excerpt Rhenna Morgan "He closed the distance, slow and steady, and traced the angle of her cheekbone." <i>Full Throttle</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Full Throttle: Exclusive Excerpt Julie Ann Walker "There was no use trying to hide the hunger in her expression..." <i>Mine to Take</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Mine to Take: Exclusive Excerpt Jackie Ashenden "A subtle heat that rested on his skin like a ray of sun. Dangerous." <i>The Highland Dragon's Lady</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Highland Dragon's Lady: Exclusive Excerpt Isabel Cooper "His lean body snapped to attention and his eyes blazed with silver fire."
From The Blog
November 26, 2014
Families and Holidays
Lucy Dosch
November 26, 2014
5 Reasons You Need to See Beyond the Lights
Rebekah Weatherspoon
November 26, 2014
Dirty Talking in Romance
Laura Kaye
November 25, 2014
The Busybodies of Romance
Marina Adair
November 25, 2014
Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes
Team H & H
Fri
Nov 28 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Unexpected Eden: Exclusive Excerpt

Rhenna Morgan

Paradise, love and power...and a prophecy with a price.

Most people believe Eden no longer exists. Lexi Merrill's about to learn they're wrong. A hard-working bartender with a self-sufficient backbone and a wary nature, she knows pickup lines like a second language. So, when Eryx Shantos barges into her world with too-smooth words and a body to back it up, she locks up her libido and vows to keep her distance.

Eryx has other ideas. As king of the Myren race, Eryx is duty-bound to enforce the laws preventing exposure of their existence to humans. Yet The Fates have led him through his dreams to Lexi, a temptation he doesn't want to resist. The question is, is she Myren, or human - which makes her forbidden fruit?

When Eryx's nemesis tags Lexi as his next target, Eryx insists on taking her home where he can keep her safe. Lexi had no idea “home” would mean the one-and-only land of creation...or that she'd trigger a prophecy that could doom her newfound race.

Get a sneak peek of Rhenna Morgan's Unexpected Eden (available December 29, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

Slow breaths in, slow breaths out. All Lexi had to do was focus on the thump of Rihanna’s latest hit, keep the drinks flowing, and stick to her half of the bar. The mother lode of testosterone on Jerry’s side couldn’t sit there all night. Could he?

“Don’t suppose you’ve noticed, but there’s a scrumptious not-from- around-here type giving you the eyeball.” Mindy grinned and handed over the latest round of drink orders.

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Thu
Nov 27 2014 2:00pm

Thanksgiving Beefcake: Men Eating (or Drinking), Feat. Pitt, Ackles, Cho, and More!

Mads Mikkelsen as Hannibal Lecter
 

Cheers to our American readers this Thanksgiving! Hope you left enough room for more dessert, 'cause we've got a delicious, calorie-free treat for you: Men Eating (or Drinking, or Anticipating Food...), featuring Hannibal Lecter/Mads Mikkelsen, John Cho (with special guest Karen Gillan), Brad Pitt, Paul Newman, Shemar Moore, David Gandy, and Jensen Ackles.

Dig in!

[How do they still look so sexy?!...]

Thu
Nov 27 2014 10:00am

First Look: Beth Kery’s Only for You (December 2, 2014)

Only for You by Beth KeryBeth Kery
Only for You (One Night of Passion)
Berkley Trade / December 2, 2014 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Former Army intelligence officer Seth Hightower may work with the Hollywood elite as a makeup artist, but he’s learned not to trust the rich and famous with anything more than a good time. Only one woman ever tempted him to break his rules about dating actresses—and she left him with the memory of a single night and a lifetime of what-ifs.

Hollywood “It” girl Gia Harris is used to being in the spotlight. But after she witnesses something that puts her life in danger, she needs to avoid prying eyes. Seth’s special skills make him the perfect person to keep her famous face out of the news, but their history makes him the last person she wants to be alone with. He’s far too tempting—and now, far too close…

As Seth conceals Gia from those who would do her harm, they can’t ignore the blistering attraction between them. And when they give in to their cravings, they reveal more about themselves than either of them has ever laid bare before…

Beth Kery returns to her One Night of Passion series with the final installment, Only for You, whose connecting premise to the other stories is beginning with a scorching one night stand and leading to true romance. And like in the other entries, Seth Hightower—whose story we've been waiting for—and Gia Harris, both huge fixtures in the Hollywood scene, have a one-night encounter that is far from ordinary. 

[Extraordinary!...]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 4:30pm

Should I Watch?: The Episode 2 Test, Fall 2014, Part 3

The Affair(Check out this fall’s earlier premiere coverage, with Part 1 and Part 2.)

With the first casualties of the fall TV season already announced (a bittersweet farewell, A to Z and Selfie!; you sadly deserved this, Bad Judge!; good riddance to you, the horrible Manhattan Love Story!), and the final new show of the regular season—Katherine Heigl’s State of Affairs—at last having made its debut, let’s take a look at the season’s remaining new shows, and whether or not it’s worth sticking around for their sophomore outings…

The Affair
Sundays, 10/9c, Showtime

It’s about…that time Manhattan family man Noah (Dominic West) headed to his in-laws’ palatial Long Island estate for the summer and on the way met sultry, haunted waitress Alison (Ruth Wilson). Their subsequent affair will, it seems, shock us, since it leads them to an interrogation room sometime in the future telling their similar-but-very-different sides of the whole tawdry story.

Reason I tuned in: What a stellar cast!

Where’s the love?: Well, the affair, obviously, but both cheating cheaters also seem to really love their respective spouses. Which, since the one is Maura Tierney and the other is Joshua Jackson, just makes sense.

Episode 2 Test: FAIL

Grade: B+

Comment: You know what? I’ve seen True Detective, so the whole unreliable narrator/dueling perspectives/mysterious incident under police investigation thing feels derivative, and while the infidelity in question is assuredly intriguing, as is whatever has brought our unfaithful pair to this interrogationized pass, I just don’t think I have the energy to try to work out what the hell is going on week by painstaking week. It’s a good show, though (Showtime has already renewed it for Season 2), and the cast really is amazing—Tierney, Jackson, even the Bunheads alum playing a sulky teen daughter is well-cast, though it must be said that Wilson’s American accent holds up better than her fellow Brit, West’s—so I can see perhaps marathonning it when the summer hiatus is upon us, and/or when there are some imminent answers available.

[+reviews of 8 more shows...]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 2:30pm

Sometimes It’s Great, Sometimes It’s a PITA: Families and Holidays

I Saw Her Standing There by Marie ForceThe holiday season is quickly approaching, and the closer we get to Thanksgiving, the more groaning you will hear all around you. But it’s not from the amount of pie being consumed, it is over the amount of time we will need to spend with our families. Many people spend this time of year dreading those few painful hours surrounded by their loved ones. Such family anxiety has inspired movies like Home for the Holidays and Four Christmases.

So if we hate spending time with our own family, why are we flocking to the bookstores to buy stories involving large, close families who are overly involved in each other’s lives?  Is it because when your favorite literary mom asks, “What are your plans for the future?” we can feel her love and concern pouring out. Yet when your mom ask you the same question all you can think is, She’s trying to control my life!   

There is nothing we love more than reading about how these siblings meddle and butt into each other’s lives. When all is said and done, all that meddling breaks down to one thing: making sure that those people they love most are simply happy.

[Spend the holidays with your favorite fictional families...]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 1:00pm

Turkeys Are Not the Only Thing Getting Stuffed This Month: Erotic Recommendations For November 2014

What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

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....

The coming chill of November melts under the onslaught of the lust and pleasure-filled games couples play in the following offerings.

What To Do with a Bad Boy by Marie Harte

Mike McCauley had his soul mate for a precious time before she died giving birth to their son. She left him with the best boy a guy could want, so why is everyone playing matchmaker? He's sick of it...until he meets Delilah Webster.

For some reason, the foul-mouthed, tattooed mechanic sets his motor running. He sees the loving woman buried within. But the closer they get, the more the pain of past wounds throws a monkey wrench into a future he's not sure he can handle...

Second chance love gets a boost from a pint size cupid when a “bad boy” meets his match in this sweet, emotional, and humorous romantic contemporary that examines love, loss, and misconceptions. When two seemingly opposite people hook up for all the wrong reasons, they will have to convince their families and themselves that sometimes two wrongs do make a right.

[This way to more can't-miss erotic reads...]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Full Throttle: Exclusive Excerpt

Julie Ann Walker

Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker

Steady Hands, Cool Head...

Carlos “Steady” Soto's nerves of steel have served him well at the covert government defense firm Black Knights Inc. But nothing has prepared him for the emotional roller coaster of guarding the woman he once loved and lost.

Will All He's Got Be Enough?

Abby Thomson is content to leave politics and international intrigue to her father-the President of the United States-until she's taken hostage half a world away, and she fears her father's policy of not negotiating with terrorists will be her death sentence. There's one glimmer of hope: the man whose heart she broke, but she can ever tell him why...

As they race through the jungle in a bid for safety, the heat simmering between Steady and Abby could be a second chance for them-if they make it out alive.

Get a sneak peek of Julie Ann Walker's Full Throttle (available December 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Abby twisted her lips and looked down to rearrange her tunic top around the skirt material bunched up around thighs. When she glanced back up, it was to discover a strange look plastered over Carlos’s face. Then to her utter consternation, he jumped back and started flailing around like one of those plastic, inflatable air—puppets that dances in front of used car dealerships.

“What’s that? What are you doing?” she demanded. “Why are you hopping around like you have ants in your pants?”

“Ants!” he yelped, whacking at his legs as he simultaneously unfastened the holster tied around his thigh. “In my pants!”

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Wed
Nov 26 2014 11:00am

5 Reasons You Need to See Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights movie posterI usually save my movie watching for Sunday mornings; fewer people, slightly cheaper movie tickets, and I like to pretend that popcorn, soda, and mozzarella sticks make up a perfectly reasonable brunch menu. But I couldn’t make it around to Sunday to see Beyond the Lights.

I had to see it IMMEDIATELY so dragged my butt to the theater, mid-week, and boy-howdy am I glad I did. I’m probably going to see it again in theaters this week. Here are 5 reasons I think YOU should go see Beyond The Lights too:

1. Pure, concentrated romance.

There is no way to stress this enough, Beyond the Lights is a one hundred percent, by the book romance. All the beats are there; the meet-cute, which happens to be a wee on the traumatic side, the magical first kiss followed by the pretty righteous first sex. You’ve got your troubled heroine looking for a way out.

[Intense romance, you say? We are in...]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 9:30am

Why Do We Love Dirty Talking in Romance?

Hard To Come By by Laura KayeToday we're thrilled to have author Laura Kaye joining us at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Laura's latest in her Hard Ink series, Hard to Come By, is just out, and has a hero—Derek DiMarzio—with a prosthetic leg and an enormous heart. He doesn't know what to do when an asset, the sister of a guy he and his friends are investigating, turns out to be so much more. Neither Marz nor Emilie have been with anyone for a while, which means that when they get together, they have a lot to talk about. Laura's here to discuss why we love dirty talk so much. Thanks, Laura!

When reading a book, I’ve always found that nothing makes my heart race more than some well-done dirty talk. The dirtier, bolder, and more raw, the better—especially out of the mouth of the hero.

So I was really excited to be in the midst of writing Hard to Come By and learn that my sexy amputee hero, Derek “Marz” DiMarzio, had a crazy hot mouth on him! Derek is someone who’s never really had a place to belong. So, for him, his growing attraction to and feelings for Emilie Garza are very tied up in a deep yearning to belong to someone…for once in his life. That comes out in his dialogue whenever things flash hot between them. And OMG!

I got to thinking about why I enjoy dirty talk in romance novels so much, and I think it comes down to intensity. Dirty talk reflects the intensity of the talker’s emotions and desire, and its purpose is in part to elicit an intense reaction—lust, need, desire, anticipation, and more. Dirty talk makes me feel what the characters are feeling more than anything else. It makes me feel present in the story.

[Now that you mention it...how true!...]

Wed
Nov 26 2014 8:36am

Happy Thanksgiving from H&H!

As Americans gear up for the Thanksgiving holiday, Downton Abbey is here to show us all how we should be entertaining (hint: a gong and white tie are apparently crucial).

H&H wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving, and asks you, what are you grateful for?

Tue
Nov 25 2014 6:30pm

First Look: G.A. Aiken’s Light My Fire (November 25, 2014)

Light My Fire by G.A. AikenG.A. Aiken
Light My Fire (Dragon Kin #7)
Kensington / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

The trouble with humans is that they're far too sensitive. Forget you put a woman in the local jail for a few months—and she takes it so personally! And yet she is the one trying to assassinate the queen. And now I'm trapped with Elina Shestakova of the Black Bear Riders of the Midnight…gods! That endless name!

But what am I to do? I am Celyn the Charming with direct orders from my queen to protect this unforgiving female.

Even more shocking, this unforgiving female is completely unimpressed by me. How is that even possible? But I know what I want and, for the moment, I want her. And I'm sure that she, like all females, will learn to adore me. How could she not when I am just so damn charming?

How do you keep a series relevant after so many books? G.A. Aiken seems to have the answer. Her Dragon Kin series has gone through the primary family members introduced in the series opener as well as touching on some cousins and other relatives. Light My Fire sort of brings the series home with the story of Celyn the Charming and Elina Shestakova. The romance between Celyn and Elina is hilarious, from the moment the pair meets to the time Celyn throws Elina in prison and leaves her there…for months.

[More like quench my fire, amirite?...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 5:30pm

Sleepy Hollow 2x10 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: Knowledge Is Power

Ichabod Crane and Abbie Miss in Sleepy Hollow Season 2 episode 10Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 10, “Magnum Opus”
Ships: Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie), Crane/Katrina/Abraham, Katrina/Abraham (Katless)

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night's 2x10, “Magnum Opus.”**

Ichabbie Captain's Log for Sleepy Hollow 2x10We start off with some good old Ichabbie banter as a game of liar’s poker played on their phones should jumpstart Abbie and Crane’s problem solving abilities, but then (of course) Katrina summons Crane via magic mirror. If their demon spawn, Henry, finds out mommy is talking to daddy, there will be hell to pay, but Katrina had to take the chance. In two days, Moloch could take over the world. She’s a powerful witch again, how, exactly? Eh, no matter. Crane knows of a weapon that could solve everything, the sword of Methuselah, but he’ll need Katrina’s insights…except that she has to go. Big help there, Katrina. Never fear, Abbie will help Crane crack the code in Grace’s journal, and witty banter ensues. These true partners smolder in wordplay and work together like a well oiled machine.

[We ship it like FedEx...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 5:00pm

The Busybodies of Romance from Mallery, Shalvis and More!

Sugar's Twice as Sweet by Marina AdairToday we're joined by author Marina Adair, whose latest release, Sugar's Twice as Sweet is the first book in her new Sugar, Georgia series. Sugar's Twice as Sweet's heroine, Josephina Harrington,  is coming off a bad relationship, and sees the opportunity to turn her life around by turning her great-aunt's plantation house into a destination getaway. Of course, now that Josephina's back—and finding time to hang out with golf champion Brett McGraw—the town gossips are having a field day. Marina's here to talk about the best busybodies in romance, and how they make the hero and heroine's business their business, too. Thanks, Marina!

I may have been raised just south of San Francisco, but with a Southern father and a live-in-grannie, sometimes my childhood was closer to the Clampetts then the Cleavers. In fact, Grannie Stowell was stubborn, always carried a velvet stick, and was one of the biggest influences in my life. She never missed Sunday service or Wheel of Fortune, and made a business out of knowing everyone else’s business—bless her heart. So, it is no surprise that every book I write has a nosy old biddy who lives to “acquaint” herself with the goings-on of every character in town. 

[Bless your heart...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 4:20pm

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s The King (November 25, 2014)

The King by Tiffany ReiszTiffany Reisz
The King (Original Sinners)
Harlequin MIRA / November 25, 2014 / $14.95 print, $9.99 digital

Cunning. Sex. Pure nerve. Only this potent threesome can raise him to his rightful place as ruler of Manhattan's kink kingdom. 

Bouncing from bed to bed on the Upper East Side—handsomely paid in both bills and blackmail fodder—Kingsley Edge is brilliant, beautiful and utterly debauched. No carnal act or chemical compound can relieve his self-destructive apathy—only Søren, the one person he loves without limit or regret. A man he can never have, but in whose hands Kingsley is reborn to attain even greater heights of sin. He plans to open the ultimate BDSM club­: a dungeon playground for New York's A-list that'll change the scene forever. 

The club becomes Kingsley's obsession—and he's enlisted some tough-as-nails help. His new assistant Sam is smart, secretive and totally immune to seduction (by men, at least). She and Kingsley make a wicked team. Still, their combined—and considerable—expertise in domination can't subdue the man who would kill their dream. The enigmatic Reverend Fuller won't rest until King's dream is destroyed. It's one man's sacred mission against another's….

The King is the second book in the second quartet of Tiffany Reisz’s Original Sinners series, the quartet that revisits the early years of Soren, Nora and Kingsley’s relationships. In The Saint, Reisz told us the story of Soren and Eleanor’s formative years from when they met, up until when they consummated their relationship, all from Nora’s point of view. 

[There are three sides to every story...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 2:45pm

Mr. Grey, Travis Family, Thor, and More: Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayThis time of year, it's not unusual for people to gift and receive self-help books, or to listen to music that they wish was the soundtrack for their lives. Sure, those kinds of things are fine, if that's what you're into, but what if your tastes are a bit more—to quote Mr. Grey—singular? So we've got a holiday gift list that is perfect for the romance fan, depending on your...singular tastes.

You Want a Real-Life Christian Grey:

Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Why? Because Gideon Cross and Eva Trammell are just as dangerously addictive and sexy as Christian Grey and Ana Steele.

J. Kenner’s Stark series. Why? Because the hero and heroine in this series are more than just their effed-up personae; Kenner delves into some real issues behind the trauma.

[Need some help putting together a holiday wish list? Let us help...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 1:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Sabrina Jeffries, Stacey Kennedy, and Alexis Hall!

Cover reveal for new releases by Sabrina Jeffries, Stacey Kennedy, and Alexis HallThursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and today we at Heroes and Heartbreakers find ourselves grateful for not one but THREE more romance gems. We are thrilled to reveal the shiny covers for Sabrina Jeffries' The Art of Sinning (the first book in her new historical series, Sinful Suitors), Stacey Kennedy's Witches Be Burned (the second installment of the paranormal series Magic & Mayhem), and Alexis Hall's There Will Be Phlogiston (a steampunk novella in the Prosperity universe).

[Prepare to oooh and ahhh!...]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sarah MacLean’s Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover (November 25, 2014)

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean
Never Judge a Lady by her Cover (Rule of Scoundrels)
Avon / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London's darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city's most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems, and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana's secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

And so, the legend of Chase comes to an end. Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover is the final novel in Sarah MacLean's Rules of Scoundrels series and the identity of the ever-elusive Chase has been revealed. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this book for what seems like forever. The build up behind MacLean’s latest novel has been growing to a fever pitch. Let me tell you, this book smashed my preconceived theories out of the park. This is a gripping tale of a woman who has been ostracized by society and fights tooth and nail for revenge.

[Covering up her own secrets?]

Tue
Nov 25 2014 8:03am

What’s the First Book You’re Diving Into Today?

Books from Evan Bench's FlickrToday is a huge release day, and includes some very big authors—Jennifer Estep, Sarah MacLean, Laura Kaye, Gena Showalter, Tiffany Reisz—and if you're an avid reader (and we know you are!), chances are you've got at least one, if not more, books headed your way today.

What November 25 release are you reading first? How did you make your decision? 

Photo courtesy of Evan Bench's Flickr.

Mon
Nov 24 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Lauren Dane’s Broken Open (November 25, 2014)

Broken Open by Lauren DaneLauren Dane
Broken Open (Hurley Brothers)
Harlequin HQN / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood’s life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she’s finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex….

Then she met him.

Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn’t the man of Tuesday’s dreams. He’s a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It’s primal. It’s insatiable. And it won’t be satisfied until they’re both consumed, body and soul…

I have two words for you, readers: Beard action!

What I liked best about Lauren Dane's Broken Open is that it’s actually a love story with three main characters: Tuesday, Ezra and Ezra’s beard. (If beard ménage is not a trope, it should be.) Hipsterish bearded men with tats are, in the immortal words of Paris Hilton, so hot right now, and whole Pinterest boards dedicated to sexy bearded dudes have sprouted like daisies of late. Dane cleverly capitalizes on this growing beard-fetish movement by paying homage to the beard throughout Broken Open.

[Worship at the beard temple!...]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 2:30pm

First Look: Megan Hart’s Lovely Wild (November 25, 2014)

Lovely Wild by Megan HartMegan Hart
Lovely Wild
MIRA / November 25, 2014 (print), December 1,2014 (digital) / $14.95 print, $9.99 digital

Brought up in the savage captivity of her unstable grandmother's rural Pennsylvania home, Mari Calder once yearned for rescue. Now she struggles every day to function as an adult in the confines of normal society. Left with only a foggy recollection of her childhood, she's consumed with being a dutiful wife to her husband, Ryan, and mother to their two children.

But an unexpected twist of events returns her to that long-forgotten house in the woods. Soon, Mari is greeted with reminders of a past life, the clarified memories only inviting a new level of strangeness into her fragile world. To protect her family, she must find the beautiful, powerful strength hidden in her inner chaos. Because someone is bent on exploiting Mari's trauma, and as normal and wild begin to blend, a string of devastating truths force Mari to question all she thought she knew. 

Megan Hart has done it again, writing a book that gave me chills and kept me turning the page. One of the things I love about Hart’s books is that she writes strong female characters, and Lovely Wild is no exception. 

[Lovely!...]