Halloween 2014 Sweepstakes! Halloween 2014 Sweepstakes! Team H & H Pick your pleasure... enter for a chance to win a paranormal and/or erotic prize! <i>Treasure on Lilac Lane</i>: Deleted Scene Treasure on Lilac Lane: Deleted Scene Donna Alward "His gaze settled on her and his dark eyes seemed to challenge her..." <i>Her Lone Wolf</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Her Lone Wolf: Exclusive Excerpt Paige Tyler "It was all he could do not to bury his nose in the curve of her neck..." <i>His Wicked Seduction</i>: Exclusive Excerpt His Wicked Seduction: Exclusive Excerpt Lauren Smith "Lucien slid his hand down over her bottom, catching her in his grasp..."
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Fri
Oct 31 2014 4:00pm

H&H Debriefing: Paranormal Favorites

For a peek into the daily conversations of Team H&H's Heather, Megan, and Jennifer, check out our latest Debriefing video on YouTube. This week, Megan and Jenn gang up on poor, defenseless Heather and her love of psychics in romance. (I kid, I kid. You'll see!) Also, we're all looking for amazing new paranormals to try, so please please send us your suggestions!

If you, too, are in the mood for a good paranormal romance today, may we suggest checking out the 10 Paranormal Romances You Must Read, today's Trope of the Month post on Villains to Heroes, and All Hallow's Eve-ning at the Movies: Best Paranormal Romance Date Movies?

And of course you simply MUST check out our monstrous Halloween Date Night sweepstakes—one prize pack up for grabs contains signed books from Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.R. Ward, and more, so. Yeah. You don't want to miss your chance at getting your hot little hands on those collector's editions.

Happy Halloween!

Fri
Oct 31 2014 3:00pm

Striving Through Adversity: October 2014 Women’s Fiction Roundup

Wanting Forever by Diana GardinAdversity, trials and tribulations—who doesn’t dread when they come knocking on our door? But getting past that to survive makes the outcome worth even more. Not only that, but through our daunting experiences we develop strength of character. As much as we hate to admit it, Ralph Waldo Emerson was right when he stated:

Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

Our characters in October’s women’s fiction releases are sure getting their share of science this month.

Wanting Forever by Diana Gardin

For Sam Waters, it's Aston Hopewell. Talk about a girl out of his league. But he's just a hired hand, happy to keep his head down and work hard on her father's ranch. With a warrant out for his arrest, he can't afford trouble.

Everyone thinks Aston's life is perfect, but she knows the truth: nothing is as it seems. The only one who gets that is Sam. He understands her in a way no one ever has. But even he won't tell her everything-until the night that changes their destiny forever . . .

Strengths: New Age, Surprising elements, Happy Ending
Measure of Love: Teaspoon
Introspection Level: Medium

[What's up next...]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 2:00pm

Trope of the Month: Villains to Heroes

Lothaire by Kresley ColeAcademically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.

Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).

It's good to be bad. And sometimes, a character is so bad...they're a villain! But everyone loves to reform a bad boy (or girl!), and those same villains are just looking for someone to understand them...okay that might be too kind for some of these characters, but let's have you weigh in!

Here are some recommendations:

  • The Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas
  • Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith
  • Lothaire by Kresley Cole
  • Kiss of a Demon King by Kresley Cole
  • Never Kiss a Rake by Anne Stuart
  • Emily Thorn of Revenge
  • Klaus of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals
  • Raw by Belle Aurora
  • Queen of Attolia by Megan Whalen Turner
  • Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh
  • Secrets of a Scandalous Bride by Sophia Nash

We know we're missing a few quintessential villains/villainesses (we blame Friday brain), so let us know who would make your list of the top villains to heroes/heroines! Do you like the villain-to-hero trope? Do you really believe that villains can become heroes or heroines, or do you find them totally irredeemable? Let us know your favorites and chime in with your thoughts!

Fri
Oct 31 2014 1:00pm

Pick Your Pleasure H&H’s Halloween 2014 Sweepstakes

Happy Halloween! While many of you will be suiting up in costumes and preparing to take kiddos out or answer the door, we're giving YOU a treat with a special Halloween Sweepstakes! We're giving you two sweepstakes to choose from, whether you want a trick (paranormal romance) or a treat (erotic romance). You can enter both for double the goodies!

So, who will you let past the threshold?

Open this door for a
paranormal encounter...*
Open this door if you have an erotic date in mind...**
Paranormal Sweepstakes Erotic Halloween Sweeptakes

Why choose when you don't have to?! Remember, you can enter BOTH sweepstakes for all the goodies you can handle!

Click here to enter for a chance to win the paranormal date prize pack.*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/paranormaldatesweeps beginning at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on October 31, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 12:59 pm ET on November 14, 2014. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Click here to enter for a chance to win the erotic date prize pack.**

**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/eroticdatesweeps beginning at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on October 31, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 12:59 pm ET on November 14, 2014. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

[Check out the massive prizes included in each sweepstakes before you pick your date...]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Treasure on Lilac Lane: Deleted Scene

Donna Alward

Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna Alward

Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove's star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand...until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn't make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there's little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store...

Just hearing Rick's name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they'd been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service...then again, Jess isn't that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there's a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love...and loss. 

But happy endings don't come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?

Have you already read and devoured Donna Alward's latest Jewel Cove novel, Treasure on Lilac Lane? Donna and her editor are here today to introduce a special deleted scene from the book. We can't wait to get reading and get a sneak peek behind the curtain to see how this all works. Thanks, Donna!

Read an excerpt of Donna Alward's Treasure on Lilac Lane and The House on Blackberry Hill.

From first draft to final, every book changes. But what happens to those scenes that end up on the cutting room floor?

Donna Alward: When I wrote the toast to the bride, I was thinking it would serve two purposes. First of all, this is the BIG toast at any wedding and tends to be a little longer and not so brief. And secondly, I used it as a way to tie this story back to The House on Blackberry Hill, which is Tom and Abby’s story and I could perhaps share some info with readers who are new to the series.  So I chatted about Abby and also her Aunt Marian, who left her the house in the first place. My editor, who is AMAZING, thought we should trim it a little. Thankfully only bits and pieces went on the cutting room floor, not the whole thing. I can guarantee you that my editor has a BRILLIANT eye about what should stay and what should go, so I’ll let her tell you why she cut some bits and pieces of the speech and scene.

[Continue on to read the full deleted scene...]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 10:43am

Scandal 4x06 Recap: Friends and Foes

Olivia Pope on the prison runway in Scandal Season 4 episode 6Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Nicole Leapheart and Kwana Minatee-Jackson. Need to catch up? Don't miss our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 6, “An Innocent Man.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

Scandal has been a rollercoaster ride, kiddies, so let’s get to it!

When the episode opens, Liv is swimming to an Isley Brothers tune, and is apparently multitasking by fantasizing about sexy times with Jake...wait, now it’s Fitz’s face...wait, now Jake and Fitz are both doing very naughty things in naughty places. Then Olivia finishes a lap, and her father is waiting at the edge of the pool, telling her to wake up with disgust oozing through all of his pores. Olivia wakes with a scream and Abby, who spent the night at her house, comes in to check on her. Fitz refuses to take Olivia’s phone calls regarding Jake and it is driving Liv nuts. At the White House, Smelly Mellie has decided to join the world of the living and turns into Funny Mellie when she notices Fitz on the balcony nursing his bruised hand. Former President Cooper has passed away and the state funeral needs to be planned. She basically tells him to get himself together...unless he wants her to order some fried chicken for him from the kitchen. Good one, Mellie!

[Go go Mellie, go...]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 9:30am

First Look: Marie Harte’s What to Do with a Bad Boy (November 4, 2014)

What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie HarteMarie Harte
What to Do with a Bad Boy
Sourcebook / November 4, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

WHAT IS WITH MIKE McCAULEY?
Every time Delilah Webster runs into Mike McCauley, he practically bites her head off. The rough-and-tumble contractor clearly has baggage. Del has her own emotional scars and knows she's better off keeping her distance, but Mike's temptation in jeans and a T-shirt and she's always been good with her hands...

There's something about the strong-willed mechanic that sets Mike's motor running-and scares the hell out of him. Mike has loved and lost and will never hurt like that again, even if that means walking away from a woman who makes him feel alive for the first time in years.

When a simple kiss turns hot and heavy, Mike discovers he can't stay away, no matter how certain he is they're destined to crash and burn...

INTRODUCING...THE McCAULEY BROTHERS
Welcome to the rough-and-tumble McCauley family, a tight-knit band of four bachelor brothers who work hard, drink beer, and relentlessly tease each other. When three independent women move in next door, all hell breaks loose.

Marie Harte completes the McCauley Brothers series with a story that finally sees the oldest brother, Mike, hook up with brash mechanic Delilah “Del” Webster in What to Do with a Bad Boy. They have a hilarious and steamy love-hate relationship, but the one thing they do have in common with each other is a true fondness for Mike’s young son, Colin.

[And we're guessing he's as cute as a button...]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 8:29am

Top Ten Signs You Might Be the Devil (NSFW)

Hope everyone has a fun Halloween! Who's your favorite devil?

Thu
Oct 30 2014 5:15pm

New Adult Roundup for October 2014: A Fighting Chance

Becoming Calder by Mia SheridanThis month’s round up features characters facing some tough times and upheaval. When all is said and done, they’ll go down swinging for what they want.

Becoming Calder/Finding Eden by Mia Sheridan is set in a world where modern luxuries are a thing of the past; this is a crazy ride with eye-opening scenes. Calder and Eden find themselves battling religious proclivities that were drummed into them from birth. With new thoughts and ideas forming in their minds, can they fight against fate and destiny? Eden and Calder must battle against the community they’ve been raised in to find their happiness.

The story has surprising twists—I found myself having a lot of WOW moments and can't even begin to describe the feels this book invoked. These two books were released simultaneously and Becoming Calder must be read first.

Alex by Sawyer Bennett tells the story of a bitter hockey player who meets his match in Sutton Price, an addiction counselor. Sutton helps peel back the cynical layers to reveal the gentle man underneath. Alex has always lived his life under abuse and anger; will Sutton help him turn over a new leaf? This is a character-driven story with great detail. Sutton and Alex each have an angst-filled journey with many surprises along the way. I'm looking forward to the next installment, as Garret, his teammate, was one of my favorites of the story.

[It takes a village—or a team—to get an HEA...]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 3:00pm

First Look: Ashlyn Macnamara’s What a Lady Demands (November 4, 2014)

What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn MacnamaraAshlyn Macnamara
What a Lady Demands
Loveswept/ November 4, 2014 / $2.99 digital

Viscount Lindenhurst cannot seem to find a governess who meets his impossible standards—until Cecelia Sanford becomes the first woman to interrupt the widower’s brooding in years. Lind had returned home from the Napoleonic wars, broken in body and soul and longing for his wife’s embrace, only to find her changed. Before they could reconcile, an accident struck their son and claimed her life. Now enter Cecelia, with her soft curves and sharp tongue—a tempting distraction, it is true, but not a welcome one.

Past the usual marrying age and haunted by a scandal of her own, Cecelia soon finds herself caring for both the child and the man. The viscount is brittle and even abrupt at times, yet she cannot deny the attraction that stirs her body in his presence. Moved by the deep sense of abandonment that tortures his soul, Cecelia aches to fully awaken Lind’s heart from its rancorous slumber—if she can just keep their pasts from destroying a second chance at love.

What a Lady Demands by Ashlyn Macnamara is quite possibly one of the best romances involving the blossoming friendship between the hero’s child and the heroine. It’s adorable, yet not over-the-top cuddly. Despite having zero qualifications, and even having a few dark skeletons in her closet, Cecilia truly is the perfect governess for Lindenhurst's daughter, and it made this romance that much more enjoyable to read. The mystery and the heat made this romance feel like a master blend of Jane Eyre and Rebecca, but with a much more satisfactory ending.

[We demand to know more!]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Megan Hart, Red Garnier, and Christine Warren!

Covers for new books by Megan Hart, Christine Warren, and Red GarnierAllow us to brighten your day with some pretty amazing new covers for sexy upcoming e-book releases from Megan Hart (Don't Deny Me, a novel in three parts), Christine Warren (Any Witch Way She Can), and Red Garnier (Caught and Reckless and Yours).

Don't Deny Me, Part 1 by Megan HartDon't Deny Me, Parts 1-3, by Megan Hart

Part 1:

He’s back, and the heat between them cannot be denied…
Part One of the passionate new e-serial novel from bestselling author Megan Hart.

Alice and Mick had it all: the happy days, the heartfelt evenings, the hot, slow nights. But Mick couldn’t give her what she needed, and in a moment of crisis, they lost everything. Torn apart, Alice tries to pry him out of her life and move on—until a not-so-chance meeting at an old friend’s party brings them face-to-face once more. Now they’re talking again, Alice can’t escape the burning in her chest whenever he’s near, the way his eyes still follow her around the room…but she won’t repeat the mistakes of her past. Passion alone is nothing to build a life on. Or is it?

[Feast your eyes on more cover treats...]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 1:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of October 2014

Beguiled by Joanna ChambersEach 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 October 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Willaful

Joanna Chambers's entire Enlightenment trilogy is excellent, but the second book, Beguiled, really stood out for me. It's a reunion story: two lovers who previously had very different views on life meet again and find themselves being changed by the strength of their feelings for each other. The historical setting — Scotland during a visit from the English kin — is strongly drawn, and the dilemmas of the main characters feel very much of their time. If Mary Balogh wrote sexy m/m, this is the sort of book she might write.

Jessica Moro

My best of October Read is two books. Released simultaneously Becoming Calder and Finding Eden, both by Mia Sheridan, have gushing about it all over the place. Easily one of my best reads of the year. These books absolutely slayed me. Following Calder and Eden from childhood to adulthood, it chronicles their life inside of a commune. This religious cult has a zealot that seems to be making more and more outrageous demands and outlandish prophecies. As Calder and Eden grow older, they find they don't always fall in line with everyone else in regards to their “leader”. These dangerous thoughts will spurn decisions that will haunt them for years to come. I couldn't put it down. I was messaging a friend, who read the book, constantly for reassurance and virtual hand holding. If you read it, brace yourself, it's amazing!

[Bracing!]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Her Lone Wolf: Exclusive Excerpt

Paige Tyler

Her Lone Wolf by Paige Tyler

Leaving him was Impossible...

It took everything she had for FBI Special Agent Danica Beckett to walk away from the man she loved. But if she wants to save his life, she has to keep her distance. Now, with a killer on the loose and the stakes higher than ever before, the Department of Covert Ops is forcing these former lovers into an uneasy alliance...whether they like it or not.

Seeing her again is even worse

The last thing Clayne Buchanan wants is to be shackled to the woman who broke his heart. She gets under his skin in a way no one ever has and makes him want things he has no right to anymore. All he has to do is suffer through this case and he can be free of her for good. But when Clayne finds out why Danica left in the first place, everything he's tried to bury comes roaring back-and there's no way this wolf shifter is going to let her get away this time.

Get a sneak peek of of Paige Tyler's Her Lone Wolf (available November 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Clayne was at the shooting range when John called him in. Despite all the smoke fumes he’d been breathing in for the past hour, he couldn’t miss the tantalizing aroma lingering in the air as he headed down the hallway. It was so exquisite he stopped walking and inhaled, letting his wolf out just enough to pinpoint where the smell was coming from. After a few slow circles, he figured out it was John’s office. Hot damn.

He picked up his pace, suddenly eager to get there. Usually getting called to John’s office meant something bad was coming his way—a reprimand, an attempt at a motivational pep talk, a briefing for a mission he didn’t have any interest in, a partnership pairing that had no hope of succeeding. But if that delicious scent was coming from John’s office, he didn’t care what the hell the man wanted.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Her Lone Wolf...]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 11:10am

Cover Alert: Nalini Singh’s Shards of Hope!

Shards of Hope by Nalini SinghNalini Singh has just revealed the cover for Shards of Hope, the fourteenth book in her Psy-Changeling series. Here's the official description:

The “smoldering heat, epic romance, and awesome action”* of Nalini Singh's New York Times bestselling series continues as two Arrows find themselves caught in a chilling conspiracy that spans all three races…

Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn't welcome outsiders.
And they must survive. A shadowy enemy has put a target on the back of the Arrow squad, an enemy that cannot be permitted to succeed in its deadly campaign. Aden will cross any line to keep his people safe for this new future, where even an assassin might have hope of a life beyond blood and death and pain. Zaira has no such hope. She knows she's too damaged to return from the abyss. Her driving goal is to protect Aden, protect the only person who has ever come back for her no matter what.

This time, even Aden's passionate determination may not be enough—because the emotionless chill of Silence existed for a reason. For the violent, and the insane, and the irreparably broken…like Zaira.

Learn more about or order a copy of Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh, available June 2, 2015:

Buy at Amazon

Buy at iTunes

 

Thu
Oct 30 2014 10:05am

Jane the Virgin 1x03 Recap: No Fireflies Were Hurt in the Making of This Episode

Rafael and Jane in Jane the Virgin Season 1 episode 3, 1x03Are you loving the high drama of telenovella-based Jane the Virgin? It's miraculous! Join us each week as we track Jane, Rafael, and Michael's love triangle, as well as other...complicated...relationships!

Beware! This recap contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 3 (also known as “Chapter 3) of Jane the Virgin. Read with caution!

So where we were? Jane is still pregnant with her old flame/current boss’s baby. She’s still engaged to Michael. Her mother, Xiomara is still sleeping with Jane’s father, who, Jane doesn’t know about. Petra is still going for her Oscar for the role of caring wife and mother to-be. And Zaz is still dead, impaled on an ice sculpture.

“Chapter Three” opens with young Jane making a wishing on a firefly. Jane gets boobs and then gets the first boyfriend she’s always wanted, but loses the boy when she tells him that she’s waiting to get married until she has sex. Xiomara says she shouldn’t lead with that when it comes to make out time, but Grandma Alba insists that a lie of omission is still a lie. The right man will wait. Teen Jane makes a wish that she would find the right guy…

[Question is, who's the right guy?...]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 9:30am

First Look: Judi Fennell’s What a Woman Gets (November 4, 2014)

What a Woman Gets by Judi FennellJudi Fennell
What a Woman Gets (Manley Maids)
Berkley / November 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

What happens when three irresistibly sexy brothers lose a poker bet to their enterprising sister? They get hired out for her housecleaning venture. Now, the Manley Maids are at your service. Satisfaction guaranteed. It’s what a woman gets...

Business owner Liam Manley has no patience for women like Cassidy Davenport—women happy to spend a man’s money without giving a thought to any actual work. But to make good on his bet, Liam must not only tolerate the couture-clad socialite, he’ll have to clean up after her. Until Cassidy’s father suddenly cuts off her finances. With no money and no home for Liam to clean, Cassidy has no choice but to accept a job offer—as Liam’s new maid…

Liam is eager to teach her a lesson about the real world, but he winds up learning a few things himself. Free from her father’s influence, Cassidy can finally pursue her own life, and winds up showing Liam how resourceful and determined she can be. Not to mention how sexy she is with (or without) that designer wardrobe. But when sparks fly between them, will it be true love…or just another messy affair?

Fish out of Water trope one of your favorites? Then you won’t want to miss Judi Fennell’s What a Woman Gets.

[Unfamiliar waters!]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 8:10am

Throwback Thursday: Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm

Flowers from the Storm by Laura KinsaleWe've covered Laura Kinsale many, MANY times, and so it's very cool to report that the Old School Romance Book Club has chosen her iconic Flowers From the Storm as its read for November. This book, along with Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels, is frequently mentioned as the best historical romance ever written. If you haven't read it already, this is a great opportunity to see just how an author can make a stroke-addled mathematical genius duke and a Quaker woman fall in love. 

If you have read it already—spoilers ahead!—take a look at the “Confronting the Quakers” Scene from Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm as well as Kinsale's Top Three Damaged Heroes

Have you read Flowers from the Storm

Wed
Oct 29 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Shannon Stacey’s Her Holiday Man (November 3, 2014)

Her Holiday Man by Shannon StaceyShannon Stacey
Her Holiday Man
Carina Press / November 3, 2014 / $2.99 digital

Christina Forrester is starting over. After a financial scandal sent her ex-husband to prison, she's left raising her young son without any of the comforts of their old life. Budgets, coupons, lawn care—you name it, she's learning to do it all on her own. Well, almost on her own—she'd be lost without Gail Broughton, the kind widow across the street. But when Gail's son comes home, Christina's vow to never trust a man again is put to the test.

Will Broughton left town because he was tired of being “that poor man” who lost his wife and unborn child in a tragic accident. But years have passed and, with his dad gone and his mom alone, it's time to go home. Only his mother's not alone. She's taken Christina under her wing, and the beautiful and determined single mother awakens something in Will he thought was buried forever.

As Will and Christina are forced to spend more time together, feelings that are more than neighborly grow between them. And with Christmas coming and a child filling both houses with holiday cheer, it becomes nearly impossible not to embrace the joy—and the love—in their lives.

Christmas can be a wonderful time filled with family, friends and loved ones, but for many, the season is laden with what could have been.

[Guess we're not talking about not getting a pair of diamond earrings!]

Wed
Oct 29 2014 1:59pm

Announcing New H&H Story “The Gentleman and the Lamplighter” by Summer Devon!

The Gentleman and the Lamplighter by Summer DevonExciting news this afternoon! Heroes and Heartbreakers is positively giddy to announce the upcoming publication of a brand-new original short story, Summer Devon's “The Gentleman and the Lamplighter,” which already has a cover! Get a load of the gorgeous art and read on for all the details:

“The Gentleman and the Lamplighter”
by Summer Devon

You Can’t Walk Away from Love

Destroyed by the death of his former schoolmate yet unable to show it publicly, Giles Fullerton has taken to walking the streets of London in the middle of the night, the only time he can safely mourn the only person he’s ever loved—until one chance meeting with a lamplighter changes everything…

But You Can Walk Toward It

Widower John Banks knows a thing or two about grief, and immediately recognizes a kindred spirit when he finally meets the handsome, haunted gentleman he’s admired from afar. And in fact, the two men discover shared passions and the possibility of a forever love—if they can overcome social taboos, and their own fears…

HeroesandHeartbreakers.com members will be the first to be able to read the story, which will be posted to the site on December 3 (mark your calendars!), so be sure to join up now so that you won't miss a thing. (And don't forget to check the box to subscribe to the newsletter for early access to this and future stories, as well as other exclusive content.)

As usual, the story will also be available as an e-book, due out in January 2015.

We cannot wait to share this wonderful new addition to the H&H short story program with you, and we hope you'll join us on Wednesday, December 3, to read and discuss!

xoxo,
Team H&H

To pre-order or to learn more about Summer Devon's “The Gentleman and the Lamplighter” e-book edition, available on January 6, 2015:

Buy at Amazon

Buy at B&N

Wed
Oct 29 2014 1:45pm

Something For Everyone: Male/Male Romance for October 2014

Foundation of Trust by A.M. ArthurOctober has been designated Queer Romance Month, so it seemed like a perfect time to start a monthly m/m round-up. The slogan of Queer Romance Month is “because love is not a subgenre,” and looking at just some of this month's offerings, we see that m/m relationships aren't an isolated category, but can be found in virtually every type of story. If you're never explored a novel featuring a same sex couple, why not pick your favorite subgenre or trope and have a go?

Small town contemporary
Cost of Repairs Series by A.M. Arthur

Not everyone gets a second chance with their first love.

David Weller thought he had it all—a loving partner who gave him a ring, a steady job he didn’t hate, and so much hope for the future. But in the wake of a devastating diagnosis, everything he thought was solid and real lay in pieces at his feet.

Four years later, he’s still sifting through the rubble of his life. His catering partnership occupies his days, while his nights are filled with dangerous sexual hookups and very bad decisions. Then the last person he ever expected to see again walks back into his life.

Owen Hart’s single biggest regret is the way he was forced to leave David behind—no explanations, no chance to make it right. Until now. Finally free of eight years of lies, Owen’s back for the only man he’s ever loved.

An incendiary encounter in a club proves that time hasn’t weakened their physical connection, but David’s wounds run deeper than Owen’s deception. And if David can’t first forgive, Owen doesn’t have a second chance in hell.  

Arthur's website is titled “Small Towns, Big Love” and this series has a strong emphasis on family, work, and friendship, in addition to plenty of angst and kinky sex, especially in the latest book Foundation of Trust.

Short stories
Another Place in Time by Tamara Allen, Joanna Chambers, K.J. Charles, Kaje Harper, Jordan L. Hawk, Aleksndr Voinov

Welcome to another place in time...where one can be swept away into lands and eras long forgotten.

A self-published anthology for charity featuring six excellent authors, this takes us to five intriguing historical locales and one parallel universe. Along with the more familiar Regency and Medieval settings, check out m/m romances set just after World War I and during World War II.

[We're ready to be drafted for this anthology!]