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March 30, 2015
Reasons to Love Jill Shalvis's Animal Magnetism Series
March 29, 2015
Paranormal Romance Best Bets for March 2015
Jane Kriel
March 27, 2015
Best Reads of March 2015
Team H & H
March 26, 2015
Unusual Historicals Best Bets for March 2015
Wendy the Super Librarian
March 24, 2015
The Rise and Popularity of the Billionaire in Romance Novels
Katy Evans
Mar 30 2015 1:00pm

Puppy Love and Military Men: Reasons to Love Jill Shalvis’s Animal Magnetism Series

Animal Magnetism by Jill ShalvisThe first—and most obvious—reason to love Jill Shalvis's Animal Magnetism series is simple: puppies! As a dog lover, and a Doggy Mom to two Great Pyrenees, I loved Gertie, the big, lovable St. Bernard that appears throughout the series (not to mention all the other dogs, too).

That being said, “puppies” was the very obvious answer, and honestly not the thread woven throughout the entire series that stood out to me. Instead, it was a thread of service.

Now, I realize that might sound odd. I mean, Shalvis writes fun contemporary romance, right? Right. But there is a definite thread of service throughout every single one of the “Animal Magnetism” books, and it manifests itself in different ways, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious.

In Animal Magnetism (Book 1) Shalvis gives us Lilah and Brady, who in so many ways epitomize “service:” Lilah runs a kennel and animal rescue and Brady’s a former soldier who’s seen tours of duty in the Middle East and Afghanistan. While one could certainly argue that serving one’s country and facing bullet fire is more important than rescuing dogs and cats, both forms of service are important in their own right and I loved that Shalvis gave each of them equal weight and importance.

[Equality is sexy...]

Mar 30 2015 12:05pm

Shadow of Doubt: Exclusive Excerpt

P.A. DePaul

 Shadow of Doubt by P. A. DePaul

On The Run

When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?

Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.

Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.

Get a sneak peek at  P. A. DePaul's Shadow of Doubt (available April 21, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Michelle ground the heels of her hands against her eyes, trying to clear the gritty gumminess clinging to her lids. She hadn’t cried that hard in a long time. Way to show Cappy you’re a strong independent woman, nota simpering female. Moron.

Smashing her hands against her sockets would do nothing to reduce the puffiness, so she stretched and clicked on a table lamp, then grimaced. Perfect. A slew of items were scattered everywhere. The zipper on her purse must have loosened during her episode.

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Mar 30 2015 10:47am

Bitten 2x08 Heart-to-Heart: Dark Arts, Dark Hearts

We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the Monday after the show airs in Canada on Space. We'll be reposting recaps as episodes air on SyFy, starting April 17!

Show/Episode: Bitten Season 2, Episode 8, “Dark Arts” (spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Clay/Elena, Nick/Paige

Clara, Ruth’s former coven mate, has played a minor role in the show so far but her impact has been wide spread through Aleister. We see more of this through Clara’s talismans being forcibly ripped from her, by Ruth of course. Her vow for revenge truly begins to manifest when she finds Aleister performing ‘magic’ on a sidewalk. She understands he isn’t your typical street performer and introduces herself. Looks like she’s had more to do with Aleister’s current path than merely dropping him off at the church all those years ago.

Aleister, in the current timeline, is carefully wrapping his body in the hut, not needing it for a little while now that he’s taken over Clay’s. Hearing Jeremy calling, Aleister smacks Clay’s head against the frame of the door to give him an alibi. From the get-go, this is a completely different Clay, apologizing to Jeremy for letting Eduardo get away. Jeremy and Nick don’t see the difference yet.

[But they will soon...]

Mar 30 2015 9:30am

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Deep (March 31, 2015)

Deep by Kylie ScottKylie Scott
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $14.99 print, $3.99 digital

Their one night stand wasn't supposed to end this way…

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the devastatingly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man who's ever made her feel out of control with desire? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister, and no matter how hot the chemistry between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben has a moment of weakness in Sin City, he learns that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a true connection of the heart?

To say that I’m a Kylie Scott fangirl is an understatement. She’s written everything from post-apocalyptic romance to the highly successful Stage Dive series. With the close release of the Stage Dive books in succession, it could be quite easy for the series to have the same feel book after book. Scott, however, mixes things up. While Deep has the same feel in terms of the humor amongst the band and the characters are consistent, Lizzy and Ben are a completely different couple from that of, say, Lizzy’s sister, Annie, and drummer Mal.

[What's Lizzy and Ben's story like?...]

Mar 30 2015 8:18am

Three Little Words: Do They Need to Be Said?

I Love How You Love Me by Bella Andre

Three little words: they're the hardest to say for the first time, it seems, both in romance and in the real world. In romance, we're familiar with the grand gestures, the sweep-you-off-your-feet moments, and, of course, the declaration of love! It depends on the characters and the situation, of course, but do you need the characters to say “I love you,” or is the depth of feeling enough, without those three words? 

Mar 29 2015 2:30pm

All the Good Shivers: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for March 2015

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly HarperWelcome to the paranormal best bets for March! The weather is getting a little warmer, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to crawl into bed with a book creature that will give you the good kind of shivers.


The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper

Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire. Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she’ll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants.

Self-described “Queen of Neurotics” Gigi is nervous about her new job at Vampire Headquarters. Harper’s trademark humor is present in all the Half-Moon Hollow tales. There is a lot to enjoy here, a snarky heroine with “vampire trust issues”, a cast of crazy undead folks and a rather appealing mysterious vampire. A definite pick for those wanting lots of laugh out loud moments and who don’t might their heroine wearing the odd pantsuit.

Steampunk Victorian Explorer

Prudence by Gail Carriger

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

So this is technically alternative history steampunk rather than strictly paranormal genre. But there’s a fight with weremonkeys so don’t tell me this isn’t a little bit paranormal! It’s hard to explain why I love a book concerning British Empire diplomatic relations with supernatural creatures so you’ll have to grab a copy yourself! The potential love interest Quesnel Lefoux is a charming rake and there is an irresistible energy to Gail Carriger’s work that makes this a ridiculously fun romp.

[+4 more paranormal romances to scoop up...]

Mar 29 2015 11:00am

First Look: Julie Anne Long’s It Started with a Scandal (March 31, 2015)

It Started with a Scandal by Julie Anne LongJulie Anne Long
It Started with a Scandal
Avon / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 digital

Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword, and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach—when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.

An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. She is shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, and her survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince.

The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe's barricaded heart . . . and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.

Everyone reading Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series has been waiting for years for Lyon and Olivia's story. Alas, It Started with a Scandal is not it, but it is a fine way to spend your time while you wait for The Legend of Lyon Redmond (September 29—mark your calendars!)

We've met Lord Philippe Lavay before. He was born a minor prince of the House of Bourbon whose family lost everything in the Revolution, has been a soldier and a privateer and is now rusticating in Pennyroyal Green while he recovers from an attack in London. His injuries make him even more curt and surly than usual and he holds out little hope that his new housekeeper will last any longer than the last.

[Somehow I think she might...]

Mar 28 2015 3:00pm

First Look: D.D. Ayres’s Force of Attraction (March 31, 2015)

Force of Attraction by D. D. Ayres

D. D. Ayres
Force of Attraction
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

The only thing more powerful than fear is desire…

A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner—a protective canine named Hugo—Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants…until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.

Force of Attraction

Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they've been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they've rekindled...

In Force of Attraction, the third book in D.D. Ayres's K-9 rescue series, you will discover all the right reasons to believe in love at first sight, and then all the wrong ones too. Luckily for Scott and Nicole, they get a second chance to get it right.

[Nicole and Scott had a bomb dropped on them...]

Mar 28 2015 12:05pm

A Desperate Fortune: Exclusive Excerpt

Susanna Kearsley

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

A Long Journey

For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has lain unread. Now, amateur code breaker Sara Thomas has been sent to Paris to crack the cipher.

Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing—for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

As Mary’s gripping tale is revealed, Sara is faced with challenges that will require letting go of everything she thought she knew—about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women will be united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the coincidences of fate.

Get a sneak peek at Susanna Kearsley's A Desperate Fortune (available April 7, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Mary held the little bowl-like teacup balanced neatly on her fingertips, the way the other woman did, and drank with care, deciding that unlike her aunt she rather liked the taste of sweetened tea. She cleared her throat. “Are you from Scotland, Mistress Jamieson?”

“I am.”

“I’ve never been to Scotland.”

“Have you lived in France your whole life, then?”

“I have.”

The other woman looked at Mary as though trying to imagine what that would be like, to spend one’s whole life in one place.

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Mar 28 2015 10:00am

First Look: Kele Moon’s The Slayer (March 31, 2015)

The Slayer by Kele MoonKele Moon
The Slayer
Loose Id LLC / March 31, 2015

To Chuito the apartment was a self-imposed prison for a lifetime of sins. To Alaine, the girl next door, it was salvation from her overbearing, religious father.

He was a devil.

She was an angel.

Two people who should’ve never met, let alone become friends, but it’s not until they give into the dangerous passion that’s been simmering under the surface for five years that things go to hell.

On the outside, Chuito ‘The Slayer’ Garcia is on top of the world. He’s successful. He’s wealthy. He's a champion MMA fighter surrounded by friends who support him, but they don’t know what he was before he came to Garnet.

A gangster.

A thief.

An addict.

A murderer.

Now his past is churning up demons he can’t ignore. Chuito knows he needs to go back to Miami to end it, but there's something holding him back, a single temptation he can't resist before leaving.


She’s the one drug he can’t give up…even if it destroys them both.​

​I don't even know where to start with Kele Moon's The Slayer. Just... damn. This book is intense. I read it in one day, and I resented each and every thing that took my time away from it. (Like, deeply resented. There may have been yelling. Possibly.) That's how good The Slayer is. In fact, I happened to read The Viper over a weekend, and it was so good I immediately ran to Moon's webpage and saw The Slayer was coming out and I went all I must have this book now. And it worked, so I'm sharing with you. This is a really good book. There's so much going on yet the story doesn't get bogged down. Incredible.

[He's just that good. And that dangerous.]

Mar 27 2015 4:34pm

Scandal 4x17 Heart-to-Heart: ’Til Death Do Us Part

Michael in Scandal Season 4, episode 17Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 17, “Put a Ring on It” (Spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Michael/Cyrus, Olivia/Fitz (Olitz)

Captain's Log for Cyrus and Michael in Scandal 4x17Washington D.C. is the city that never sleeps when it comes to political sex scandals, and for Cy, Olivia, and Abby to all get a call at 4 a.m. just can’t be a good thing. It was, in fact, a terrible thing because Cy’s aimless fiance Michael the Sex Worker just got rip roaring drunk and made out with a stranger at one of the most notorious gay bars in D.C. Liv and company are in full fixer mode. The quickest fix? Get Cy and Michael married quick, call the bar indiscretion a wild bachelor party, and change the conversation. Great, no problem, except Cy is having an existential crisis about getting married again, especially to Michael, whom he has vilified to the point of infamy.

Olivia goes to Mellie and pitches the idea of a White House wedding to her. It would be a chance for Mellie to separate herself from the President as she acts in her own interest, and make her more appealing to Democrats who are in support of gay marriage. Michael seemed like a deer caught in headlights when he found out that his parents were invited to the wedding. He made a personal plea to Cyrus to reconsider inviting them, but Cy brushed him off. The wedding was a perfect plan until Sally Langston, who is a talking head with over three million viewers, has caught a scent on Cy’s sham of a marriage and is planning to pay serious money to anyone who can prove it. Liv asks Michael point-blank if there is anything they need to know, and he tells them he is “clean.” Oh, Michael, you idiot.

[Yet the show—and a wedding—must go on...]

Mar 27 2015 3:32pm

Romance News Roundup: H&H at BookCon & Julia Kent Deal!

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.

Shopping for a Billionaire by Julia KentHeroes and Heartbreakers will be hosting a one-hour reader panel at BookCon in New York City the weekend of May 30, 2015! More details to come in the next few weeks, but if you'll be attending, we hope to see you there! (If not there, maybe Dallas for the Romantic Times national convention or NYC for the Romance Writers of America national convention? It's gonna be a wild summer!)

—Deal Alert: Julia Kent's Shopping for a Billionaire, Parts 1-5, is currently $.99 as an e-bundle from e-tailers such as iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.*

*Remember we don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Mar 27 2015 2:45pm

Swoonies 2015: Your Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year Is...Outlander’s Jamie/Claire!

Swoonworthiest Couple 2015 banner for Jamie and Claire

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Jamie and Claire of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander are Swoonworthiest Couple of the YearAfter six grueling rounds of battles against many beloved pairings, your tough-as-nails victorious couple has emerged from the championship round, where they snagged a whopping 3,400+ votes from the community.

And so today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Swoonies...

Outlander's Jamie and Claire Fraser, from Diana Gabaldon, are your 2015 Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Now it's time to celebrate their epic love with some pretty images from a certain show that live-action versions of Jamie and Claire may appear in... Plus, we'd love to hear in the comments what about them you, personally, find swoonworthiest so that we can all sigh and squee right along with you. Pictures and gifs for illustrations very much encouraged, natch.

All hail our King and Queen of the Swoonies! Until next year...!!!

[Jamie and Claire are too busy being in love to pay us any mind, but let's party anyway!...]

Mar 27 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Cynthia Eden’s Broken (March 31, 2015)

Broken by Cynthia EdenCynthia Eden
Broken (LOST Series #1)
HarperCollins / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it's clear he hasn't forgotten her.

I feel a real affinity with the heroine in Cynthia Eden’s new romantic suspense, Broken. Eve Gray is mysterious and beautiful, vulnerable yet strong … and most importantly, in the wake of escaping a brutal attempt on her life by a serial killer, she is NOT broken.

Broken has set the stage for what promises to be one kickass series. Straight out of the chute this book made my heart race.

[Will there be twists in this series?...]

Mar 27 2015 12:25pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of March 2015

Radiance by Grace DravenMala Bhattacharjee

My best read of March is Grace Draven's January release, Radiance. I kept seeing it recommended all over the romance Twitter and blogosphere and was a little wary of all the high praise — I tend to be underwhelmed when I finally get around to reading something everybody else loves — but picked it up with an open mind. I was more than rewarded! Draven's first Wraith Kings tale is a delightful fantasy romance where the couple actually *likes* each other. *Gasp*. Brishen is of the Kai, a humanoid race that's somewhat avian and reptilian while his arranged bride, Ildiko, is of the human Gauri. Their journey to love is filled with gentle humor and kindness, grounding a fantastical plot in real, root-worthy emotion. 


Crushed by Lauren Layne

One of the funniest and quirky heroines I've read in a long time. The story is about an ugly duckling, Chloe, who is being used by the “beefcake” Michael, in order to get closer to meet the father he never knew existed. Because Chloe's sister, Kristin, is dating Michael's half-brother, Devon, whom Chloe has been in love with since...forever. And at first Michael thinks he'll use Kristin, but it's Chloe that begins to infiltrate his hardened exterior.

[+more reading suggestions from H&H's very own!...]

Mar 27 2015 9:30am

First Look: Jennifer Ryan’s When It’s Right (March 31, 2015)

 When It's Right by Jennifer RyanJennifer Ryan
When It’s Right (Montana Men Series #2)
HarperCollins / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Everything's bigger in Big Sky country, including the hearts of the Montana Men

Wide open sky, rolling green hills... Gillian Tucker could get used to life in the country—one far from the violence she left behind in San Francisco. Warily accepting an invitation to the Montana ranch that belongs to her grandfather, a man she's never met, Gillian hopes this is the haven she seeks. A sexy, overbearing cowboy who shines a light on her well-hidden dreams is not at all part of her plans.

Blake Bowden's reckless past is far behind him, and as a newly named co-owner of Three Peaks Ranch, he's not taking any chances. Until a beautiful, haunted woman arrives, igniting a desire he shouldn't feel. His partner's granddaughter is strictly off limits. But the longer Gillian's there, the stronger the pull grows between them. And when a new danger surfaces, Blake will do anything to keep her safe…even if it means risking everything for her heart.

As the popular country song by Big & Rich says, “save a horse, ride a cowboy.” In the sexy romance When It’s Right by Jennifer Ryan, lucky city girl Gillian gets to ride a cowboy (and a couple of horses, for that matter).

If romance novels have taught me anything, it’s that cowboys are always brooding and horny. Maybe it’s because it’s difficult for a farm boy to find a good woman out in the middle of nowhere (at least going by Farmer Chris Soules’ season of The Bachelor).

[But will this cowboy find a good woman?...]

Mar 27 2015 8:15am

Who’s the Handiest Hero/Heroine?

Man at Work by Elaine Fox

The weekend approaches, and while we prepare to take a few days off from our day-jobs, the call of home improvement beckons—especially with the nice weather just around the corner! 

What hero or heroine do you want at your side to help you get your chores done this weekend? Who do you think would be the most helpful? Who would be the most fun?

Mar 26 2015 5:34pm

Romance News Roundup: RWA Announces 2015 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists!

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.

A Bollywood Affair by Sonali DevToday is a big one in the romance novel world—the Romance Writers of America* has announced its finalists for the 2015 RITA and Golden Heart awards. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

*Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association for romance writers. Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.

The 2015 RITA and Golden Heart awards ceremony will be held in New York City on July 25 at the RWA national conference. Check back that night for a complete list of the winners!

(Want to learn more about the authors/books nominated? As you browse the list of finalists, click on links for past H&H coverage.)

2015 RITA Finalists

Best First Book

A Bollywood Affair
by Sonali Dev
Kensington Publishing
Martin Biro, editor

Mind Sweeper
by AE Jones
Faith Freewoman, editor

Purely Professional
by Elia Winters
Harlequin, Carina Press
Kerri Buckley, editor

The Smuggler Wore Silk
by Alyssa Alexander
Penguin Group USA, Berkley
Julie Mianecki, editor

[See the rest of the RITA and Golden Heart finalists...]

Mar 26 2015 4:00pm

March Madness, The Secrets Game: New Adult Romance Best Bets for March 2015

The Deal by Elle KennedyThis month brought some very interesting reading material. These characters are plagued with secrets and what a tangled web you weave, when you practice to deceive. From orchestrated encounters, using someone as a front—to gain what you want, to being so painfully honest you almost wish you kept it a secret, these reads will capture your attention.

The Deal (Off-Campus #1) by Elle Kennedy is the best book I’ve read all year. Quirky, witty banter and swoonworthy scenes make this an amazing read. Garret is the BMOC, captain of the hockey team; he’s struggling with one class when his paths cross with Hannah. They settle on a deal to help each other and along the way they find a lot in common.

Confess by Colleen Hoover uses real confessions and artwork throughout the story, it makes for a compelling emotional read. The heroine, Auburn puts her heart on the line for Owen but he may be hiding a secret that could destroy them both.

[These and more best bets within!...]

Mar 26 2015 3:15pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Total Surrender (March 31, 2015)

Total Surrender by Rebecca ZanettiRebecca Zanetti
Total Surrender
Forever / March 31, 2015 / $8.00 print, $2.99 digital

A fight he must win . . .

Piper Oliver knows she can't trust him. They warned her that the tall, dark, and sexy black-ops soldier Jory Dean would try to win her over with his steel-gray eyes and deadly charm, but she won't be conned by this man they call a traitor. All she has to do is figure out the science necessary to save his life, and she's done. Something isn't adding up, though, and she won't rest until she uncovers the truth-even if it's buried in his deep, dangerous kiss.

A passion she can't resist . . .

Jory will do anything to reunite with and save his brothers-even kidnap the gorgeous woman who's working to deactivate the deadly chip in their spines. But the forces determined to destroy his family won't let them go so easily. Keeping Piper alive is more than he bargained for—and so is his burning desire for her. But with every second bringing him closer to certain death, can he afford to lose himself in her hot and willing embrace?

Did you ever see the Kurt Russell movie, Soldier? I’m a longtime fan of Russell, harkening back to his Snake Plissken days. I think that’s why I love Rebecca Zanetti’s Sin Brothers series about a trio of hot soldier brothers with enhanced abilities. Here are three men who have never known softness or love or compassion from the laboratory where they’ve been reared or the commander who’s overseen their lives. Yet they have created their own family, forged by blood and sweat and tears…and have allowed their nature to trump the nurture they never received.

The boys don’t know who their mother is: “Who cares? We paid for eggs from extraordinary genetic pools, and those women never wanted the ensuing children.”

[Which brings us to Jory Dean and Total Surrender...]