<i>Eleventh Grave in Moonlight</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Eleventh Grave in Moonlight: Exclusive Excerpt Darynda Jones "I wanted to study her reaction since I couldn’t feel her emotions." <i>The Turn</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Turn: Exclusive Excerpt Kim Harrison "Love can hold the world together as a new balance is found." <i>The Room Mate</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Room Mate: Exclusive Excerpt Kendall Ryan "My fingertips tingled with the desire to reach out and touch him." <i>The List</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The List: Exclusive Excerpt Tawna Fenske "Will Simon’s big secret make that the one fantasy that can never come true?"
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January 23, 2017
Do You Love Scruffy Men?
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Jan 23 2017 4:46pm

Kiss Kiss Knit Knit: Romance News & Deals from Ella Quinn and Kate Jacobs

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

A Kiss for Lady Mary by Ella QuinnDeal Alert: Ella Quinn's historical A Kiss for Lady Mary, Book 7 in the Marriage Game series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Quinn's got 10 Things to Love About Regency Heroes and pantaloons are one (or two)...

Deal Alert: Kate Jacobs's women's fiction novel The Friday Night Knitting Club is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If you're looking for more reads about knitters, you're in luck—Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Laura K. Curtis recommend a few of their favorite knitting novels.

Deal Alert: Karen Harper's romantic suspense Chasing Shadows is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Harper became one of H&H blogger Tori Benson's “go-to authors” in the '90s for the “suspense, mystery, romance, and engaging characters and storylines” in her books and others'.

Deal Alert: Barbara Freethy's romantic suspense Callaways series box set—which contains books 1-3: On a Night Like This, So This Is Love, and Falling for a Stranger—is $2.99 in e-book at Kobo.* Freethy is known for blending elements of suspense, paranormal, and contemporary into her stories.

[+Katherine Ashe introduces The Duke, and more...]

Jan 23 2017 3:30pm

Do You Love Scruffy Men? Then You May be a Beardosexual

Driven to Distraction by Olivia Dade

The time of the clean shaven hero is gone, for now. Today we're thrilled to welcome Olivia Dade (Driven to Distraction), who loves a good scruff! She's here to break down the different levels of scruff, with handy recommendations!

I can still remember the day I became a beardosexual.

Since marrying my Swedish husband, I’d become a hockey fan. Specifically, a fan of the Washington Capitals. I’d been watching their goalie, Braden Holtby, with interest, and not just because of his obvious talent. A pale redhead with floppy hair, glasses, a love for books, and a goofy smile, he’d charmed me. But he appeared so young, I couldn’t in good conscience leer at him. I liked him and rooted for him, but I didn’t ogle him.

At least, I didn’t until the day I first saw him with a beard. Oh, God, his amazing beard. It transformed him from boyishly good-looking to smoldering-hot. So hot he should have melted the ice beneath his skates and created his own little Jacuzzi in the Verizon Center.

I wanted to get into that Jacuzzi with him and discuss five-holes.

And at that moment, some sort of switch flipped in my brain. Suddenly, I was into beardos. I was into ALL the beardos. Chris Evans. Idris Elba. Jason Momoa.  Godfrey Gao.

To me, every one of them looked better bearded than clean-shaven. I eyed them—and their abundant, glorious follicular prowess—with newly lustful eyes.

So when I started writing my fifth Lovestruck Librarians book, Driven to Distraction, I naturally gave my hero a lumberjack-y beard. (Also a love for amateur hockey. And red hair. And pale skin. Don’t judge me.)

But he’s not the only one on the market. In recent years, romance covers have proffered a flourishing, drool-worthy array of bearded heroes to scruff-lovers like me.

It occurred to me that some sort of scale should exist, one ranking the luxuriance of those beards. So I created one, largely in the hopes that my husband wouldn’t object when I spent hours gazing devotedly at hot bearded guys on my computer. Because, I mean, I was WORKING. Otherwise, I totally wouldn’t have been visiting those sites. Right, honey? Honey?

Here is the result of my dedicated attention and effort: The Beard-O-Meter. It definitively ranks beards on a scale from Scruffalicious to Beardgasm and includes every delicious measurement in between. Please enjoy!*


Jan 23 2017 1:30pm

First Look: Amy Andrews’ Playing the Player (January 30, 2017)

Playing the Player by Amy Andrews

Amy Andrews
Playing the Player (Sydney Smoke Rugby Series #3)
Entangled / January 30, 2017 / $3.99 digital

Psst, can I interest you in some steamy locker room sex and a plot that subverts the sexual bet trope?

Sports romance lovers will devour this book which is the third in Amy Andrew’s Sydney Smoke rugby series, and for those who like their romance red hot, this book offers some very fine lady-boner fodder indeed.

If you’re not very familiar with Australia or Australian sport don’t worry, Amy Andrews takes the hard work out of her Australian football series for non-Australian readers. There’s a glossary of Australian terms at the end of her novel, and she renders her hero’s language intelligible to all instead of baffling readers with the type of statements commonly made by Australian footballers. Wallabies winger Nick Cummins (nicknamed the Honey Badger) is so famous for his Australianisms that entire news articles have been devoted to translating his media quotes which include:

“I just saw the line, pinned me ears back and ended up bagging a bit of meat in the corner there, which was tops!”

“You gave a lot of pill to the Badge ... which was good of you.”

Rest assured, however, that this novel’s hero is no Honey Badger and that the Australianisms have been used sparingly in this witty, fast-paced romance about a jock wooing a lady nerd.

[Read more...]

Jan 23 2017 1:30pm

Darynda Jones Excerpt: Eleventh Grave in Moonlight

Eleventh Grave in Moonlight by Darynda Jones

A typical day in the life of Charley Davidson involves cheating husbands, errant wives, missing people, philandering business owners, and, oh yeah...demons, hell hounds, evil gods, and dead people. Lots and lots of dead people. As a part time Private Investigator and full-time Grim Reaper, Charley has to balance the good, the bad, the undead, and those who want her dead.

Now, Charley is learning to make peace with the fact that she is a goddess with all kinds of power and that her own daughter has been born to save the world from total destruction. But the forces of hell are determined to see Charley banished forever to the darkest corners of another dimension. With the son of Satan himself as her husband and world-rocking lover, will Charley be able to defeat the ultimate evil and find a way to have her happily ever after after all?

Get a sneak peek at Darynda Jones's Eleventh Grave in Moonlight (available January 24, 2017) by reading the first three chapters.


Lord, help me be the sort of person my psychiatrist medicates me to be.


I lay on a psychiatrist’s couch, a couch I’d named Alexander Skarsgård the moment my gaze landed on its buttery curves and wide back, and wondered if I should tell Dr. Mayfield about the dead kid scurrying across her ceiling. Probably not.

She crossed her legs—the psychiatrist, not the kid, who was male—and gave me her most practiced smile. “And that’s why you’re here?”

[Read the full excerpt of Eleventh Grave in Moonlight...]

Jan 23 2017 11:00am

First Look: Jennifer Probst Any Time, Any Place (January 24, 2017)

Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst
Any Time, Any Place (The Billionaire Builders)
Pocket Books / January 24, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

What I love about Jennifer Probst books are her characters. They’re so real they’re almost palpable. Indeed, I feel like they could be part of my own circle of friends. It’s the same with Raven and Dalton in Probst’s second Billionaire Builders Series installment, Any Time, Any Place. Yes, Dalton is a bazillionaire and co-owner of Pierce Brothers construction. But he bleeds red just like the rest of us, and he’s not a caricature beyond reach. This makes him all the more yummy. Partner him with Raven Hawthorne who is a master mixologist and owner of My Place, and the fireworks crackle, explode, and then settle with a satisfying, ahhhh.

The moment Dalton Pierce sees Raven, he knows he needs her. Needs her near him, under him, on top of him. Hell, any way possible that involves skin on skin contact. Unlike most women, Raven is unaffected by Dalton’s charm and good looks. Plus, she’s not a fan of the Pierce Brothers, given what happened in their past. In fact, in her book, the Pierce Brothers are public enemy number one.

Thus, when Dalton hits on Raven, she’s not afraid to dish it out to this outwardly arrogant man.

[Kick-ass heroines ftw...]

Jan 23 2017 9:37am

Kim Harrison Excerpt: The Turn

Kim Harrison

The Turn by Kim Harrison

Can science save us when all else fails?

Trisk and her hated rival, Kal, have the same goal: save their species from extinction.

But death comes in the guise of hope when a genetically modified tomato created to feed the world combines with the government's new tactical virus, giving it an unexpected host and a mode of transport. Plague rises, giving the paranormal species the choice to stay hidden and allow humanity to die, or to show themselves in a bid to save them.

Under accusations of scientific misconduct, Trisk and Kal flee across a plague-torn United States to convince leaders of the major paranormal species to save their supposedly weaker kin, but not everyone thinks humanity should be saved, and Trisk fights the prejudices of two societies to prove that not only does humanity have something to offer, but that long-accepted beliefs against women, dark magic, and humanity itself can turn to understanding; that when people are at their worst that the best show their true strength, and that love can hold the world together as a new balance is found.

Get a sneak peek at Kim Harrison's The Turn (available February 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 4

Kal’s steps were silent as he walked up the stone-paved path to the large ranch home snuggled between rugged palms and dunes held down by long grasses. Cocoa Beach was a ten-minute drive, the Atlantic an easy five-minute walk. The house afforded him a large private yard that kept his neighbors at arm’s length. It had been remodeled only a few years ago and had all the bells and whistles, not that he used the modern kitchen much. It was the walled garden that had attracted him. With mature fruit trees and a shallow koi pond, it had spoken to a part of him he hadn’t known he possessed. Turned out he wasn’t the only one it spoke to.

His parents thought he’d been crazy for wanting the solitary living space over the condo with a communal pool and private beach, even as they’d bought it for him as a graduation present, a consolation, he’d always thought, for having to work at a secondary lab in the hopes of someday transferring to the nearby NASA facility.

[Read the full The Turn excerpt...]

Jan 23 2017 8:07am

Who Is Your Favorite Heroine?

Woman reading in libraryThere are a lot of strong, interesting, unforgettable female characters to enjoy in romance. Who are some of your favorites? Why do you love them? Do you love their heroes equally as much? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

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Sep 5 2016 3:00pm

The Queen Stands Alone: Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 3 Heart-to-Heart

Queen Victoria in episode 3 of Victoria

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're sharing the recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2016. If you want to get spoiled for what's next, you can click over to the next episode, or check out all of the H&H cover for the entire season of Victoria on PBS. 

Note: This episode originally aired as episode 3 in the U.K. It is episode 2 of Victoria on Masterpiece PBS.

Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 2 | Victoria, Season 1, Episode 4 | See all our Victoria coverage here

The series continues with Episode Three, which finds Victoria struggling with her feelings for Lord Melbourne, whilst fending off multiple would-be paramours who all appear to be related to her in some form or another. Whilst all this is going on there’s more political turbulence, as the Chartist campaign for more democratic voting rights, and a fairer political playing field gathers pace, leading to an uprising taking place in Newport, Wales. Victoria must navigate the hazards her heart is facing, whilst remaining steadfast in her quest to be an understanding and compassionate ruler for her people during these unsettling times. A quick word of warning on this episode for you hopeless romantics: If you weren’t already swooning over Lord Melbourne after the first two episodes, you certainly will be, because Rufus Sewell will break your heart in this one!

[Brace for impact!...]

Jan 22 2017 12:00pm

Kendall Ryan Excerpt: The Room Mate

Kendall Ryan

he Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

The last time I saw my best friend’s younger brother, he was a geek wearing braces. But when Cannon shows up to crash in my spare room, I get a swift reality check.

Now twenty-four, he’s broad shouldered and masculine, and so sinfully sexy, I want to climb him like the jungle gyms we used to enjoy. At six-foot-something with lean muscles hiding under his T-shirt, a deep sexy voice, and full lips that pull into a smirk when he studies me, he’s pure temptation.

Fresh out of a messy breakup, he doesn’t want any entanglements. But I can resist, right?

I’m holding strong until the third night of our new arrangement when we get drunk and he confesses his biggest secret of all: he’s cursed when it comes to sex. Apparently he’s a god in bed, and women instantly fall in love with him.

I’m calling bullshit. In fact, I’m going to prove him wrong, and if I rack up a few much-needed org*sms in the process, all the better.

There’s no way I’m going to fall in love with Cannon. But once we start…I realize betting against him may have been the biggest mistake of my life.

Get a sneak peek at Kendall Ryan's The Room Mate (available January 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Paige?” he asked.

Shit, even his voice was hot, deep and smooth and rich.

More importantly, Mister Sex-on-Legs knew my name.

I squinted at him, my mouth opening, then closing without a sound. Recognition clawed at the edges of my brain.

[Read the full The Room Mate excerpt...]

Jan 21 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Tawny Weber’s Call to Honor (January 31, 2017)

Call to Honor by Tawny Weber

Tawny Weber
Call to Honor (A SEAL Brotherhood Novel #1)
HQN Books / January 31, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

The Poseidon Team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…

“No man left behind” is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing—Diego's honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers…and only one woman has them.

Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger's path.

[You need a hero...]

Jan 20 2017 4:34pm

A Few Good Rogues: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Rules for a Rogue by Christy CarlyleDeal Alert: Christy Carlyle's' historical romance Rules for a Rogue, a Romancing the Rules book, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble  | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* You'd probably find a few of your favorite rakish heroes in our roundup of the 10 Regency Romances You Should Read.

Deal Alert: Lindsay McKenna's contemporary western Wind River Wrangler is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* What's the appeal of western romances? Wendy the Super Librarian invites you to saddle up!

Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's small-town romance 311 Pelican Court is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Cedar Cove may well be the sweetest town in America, and you can see the romance play out on the page AND the screen thanks to the Cedar Cove television series starring Andie MacDowell.

[+Today on H&H...]

Jan 20 2017 3:00pm

The Great Debate: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!

adria03 votes animals, always animals

adria03 in Men with Dogs or Men with Babies?

I'm not a kid person so I definitely enjoy men and dogs a whole lot more. There's just something sexy about a guy who can care about more than just his own species. It's not just dogs though, if a man loves his cat, horse, or any other animal the book automatically snags my interest.

[Read more...]

Jan 20 2017 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Men with Dogs...and Men with Babies

Men with dogs, or men with babies? Why not both?! We here in Romancelandia are certainly blessed with an array of incredible novel covers, and we've taken up the debate of men with dogs vs men with babies recently. (It seems like dogs is leading the pack...)

Is there anything more heartwarming than a man with an aminal? Or do you prefer a tough, rugged man holding an infant?

But why not rejoice in both options! Enjoy these men with babies and men with dogs to your heart's delight. We hope we get to see more of both of them in the future.

[Oh baby, baby...]

Jan 20 2017 1:00pm

New Year, New Historicals!: Unusual Historical Best Bets for January 2017

I figure that by now it’s safe to say that many of us have broken our well-intentioned New Year’s Resolutions. However, instead of beating ourselves up over that leftover Christmas candy we binged on last Friday night or the hangover we woke up with on Sunday morning, why not vow to adopt a new resolution?  One that’s fun and easy to keep—read more historical romance! 

What unusual historicals are you looking forward to this month?

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins


Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability—qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town…and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat.

Duchess. That’s the nickname Kent Randolph gave Portia when she was a young girl. Now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman—and Kent has learned his share of hard lessons. After drifting through the West, he’s learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known—and one he intends to win…

Honestly now, do you really need me to do a hard sell for a new Beverly Jenkins western?  Of course not!  But just in case you’re still hungover from the holidays, Kirkus calls this “sexy and smart,” Publisher’s Weekly says it’s “exquisitely written,” and Booklist declares it a “captivating love story.” This second book in a series, the heroine, Portia, is the niece of Eddy Carmichael, heroine in last year’s Forbidden.

[More historicals ahead!]

Jan 20 2017 12:00pm

Tawna Fenske Excerpt: The List

Tawna Fenske

The List by Tawna Fenske

As the millionaire owner of a chain of computer shops, Simon Traxel isn’t normally hands-on with mundane repairs. But when a fretful brunette shows up with her fried laptop and killer green eyes, he makes an exception. And as it turns out, she needs more hands-on help than Simon imagined.

Brainy soil scientist Cassie Michaels has spent her whole life feeling like a grungy tree trunk beside her delicate flower sisters. To make herself more interesting, Cassie invented stories about her wild sex life—stories she’s expected to retell in vivid detail at a bachelorette party. Cassie’s attempt to catalog her biggest whoppers goes awry when she spills wine on her laptop and lands in Simon’s shop with her sexy list frozen on the screen.

But Simon’s interest is piqued, and the two strike a deal to make Cassie’s make-believe sexploits a reality. From steamy public romps gone hilariously awry, to sexy antics with kitchen utensils, their quest to conquer The List is equal parts scorching hot and adorably awkward.

As they near the end of The List though, Cassie and Simon second guess their pledge to shake hands and say goodbye when they cross off the last item. But will Simon’s big secret make that the one fantasy that can never come true?

Get a sneak peek at Tawna Fenske's The List (available January 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One


“Excuse me? I urgently need more RAM, and I was hoping you could give it to me.”

I turn to see a hot blonde wearing cherry-red lipstick and a black dress tight enough to be a tourniquet. Her tone would be more suited for taking calls at 1-900-FuckMe, and the pointed look she just gave my crotch suggests she rehearsed that line before walking into my shop.

Yes, my shop. I own all twenty-six branches of Hot Swap Computer Sales and Repairs scattered around the Pacific Northwest, though I rarely venture out of the back room these days. The boob-graze the blonde just performed on my forearm is one reason.

[Read the full The List excerpt...]

Jan 20 2017 9:30am

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Power Game (January 24, 2017)

Power Game by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan
Power Game (A Ghostwalker Novel)
Berkley / January 24, 2017 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

Fear of the unknown held them.

Life often comes down to a series of choices. For most folks, the options are mundane: should I have the egg white omelette for breakfast, or the French toast? Coffee or tea? The comfy Birkenstocks or the four-inch pumps? But for Christine Feehan’s genetically engineered men and women, the options are always laced with life or death considerations.

Shadow Game was the first book in her GhostWalker series, and has always been one of my favorite romances. Since paranormal is not my usual go-to genre, it’s easy to remember reading about the genetically engineered supersoldiers who could communicate telepathically with one another (and with the women they love) and rushing through the book to see how it ended. Feehan’s written a dozen more GhostWalker stories since 2003, and I have discovered another great set of characters in Ezekiel Fortune and Bellisia in her most recent installation, Power Game.

The GhostWalkers are constantly forced to make choices, chief among them who to invite into their carefully cultivated and protected lives. It’s not like they run out of milk and go to the grocery store, then BAM, run into a pretty lady in the produce section. It happens to Zeke one morning when he goes into town to pick up spices for Nonny, the matriarch of the family.

She smelled—delicious. Sexy.

He instantly had the need to touch her skin, to bury his fingers in that thick mass of hair peeking out beneath the triangle of cloth.

She was vividly alive, a shimmering, beautiful woman he couldn’t take his gaze from.

[Some tough choices...]

Jan 20 2017 8:05am

Comfort Food and Comfort Reads—What Are Yours?

Now is a good time to turn to some comfort—like comfort foods and comfort reads! If you could only pick one of each, what would yours be? 

Chime in down in the comments!


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Jan 19 2017 4:34pm

Reap(er) the Rewards: Romance News & Deals from Darynda Jones and More

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda JonesDeal Alert: Darynda Jones' entire Charley Davidson paranormal mystery series is on sale today in e-book. Meet grim reaper/P.I. Charley in Book 1, First Grave on the Right, for $1.99, and then grab her adventures in Books 2–10 (Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Dirt on Ninth Grave, and The Curse of Tenth Grave) for $2.99 each at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Stay tuned to H&H for the perfect cap to your binge read: An excerpt and more for Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, which hits shelves on January 24.

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's MMA romance Jude's Law, Book 1 in the Law series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If MMA fighters are your type, H&H contributer Mandi Schreiner has a few more recommendations for you in her piece “Straight to the Heart: Fighter Heroes Pack a Punch.”

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' American historical The Taming of Jessi Rose is $2.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Do you know the title of Jenkins' very first historical romance? Challenge your memory in our romance trivia game!

[+California Readin', books 'n' cocktails, and more...]

Jan 19 2017 3:00pm

Romances That Began as Texting Relationships—You’ve Got Text!

Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

New adult is one of my favorite genres and one of the reasons for that is because that it’s constantly evolving and growing. It can give you twisted stories to just some feel-good plots. A new trend that has emerged, that I’ve noticed, involves how the main characters meet. With the way technology shapes our day to day, it’s no wonder it involves text! I’ve noticed more and more books are challenging how they meet and this latest is mystery texting. What do I mean by that, read below.

In J. Daniels' Four Letter Word, (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) a wrong number completely changes the life of our heroine, Sydney. When she calls the wrong person, because of one wrong number, it starts a relationship that develops through text. That’s right, they don’t meet and have no visuals of the other until they’ve already solidified an emotional bond.

“Wild girl. Eaten any innocent men alive today yet?”

“It’s a little early. I usually wait until after dinner to randomly dial up men and cuss them out. Again, I’m so sorry. I feel awful saying that stuff to you.”

“Don’t need to apologize. That was the most interesting conversation I’ve ever had.“


“Straight up. How did the intended guy take it? You make him cry?”

“I never called him.”

“I’m Sydney, by the way. Hi”


“Hey…you. No name? That’s not really fair. What am I supposed to program you in my phone as? Dildo sucker? Don’t lie… you’ve considered it. ;)”

[Text me maybe?]