<i>All The Ways You Saved Me</i>: Exclusive Excerpt All The Ways You Saved Me: Exclusive Excerpt Jamie Howard "I bit my lip to keep it from quivering." <i>Over the Edge</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Over the Edge: Exclusive Excerpt Meredith Wild "Tangling my fingers in her hair and kissing her breathless." <i>When a Laird Finds a Lass</i>: Exclusive Excerpt When a Laird Finds a Lass: Exclusive Excerpt Calista Fox "She stood on her toes to kiss his cheek." <i>Burning Obsession</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Burning Obsession: Exclusive Excerpt Calista Fox "The adrenaline rush she’d given me was exactly what I’d needed."
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October 28, 2016
Something Witchy This Way Comes
Heather Waters
October 28, 2016
Comments That Made Our Week
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October 28, 2016
Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Stranger Things' David Harbour
Team H & H
October 28, 2016
Romeo and Juliet Romances... with 100% More Paranormal Activity!
A.E. Jones
October 26, 2016
What Book Should You Read Based on Your Favorite Halloween Candy?
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Oct 28 2016 4:37pm

Something Witchy This Way Comes: Romance Deals

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

In the Air Tonight by Lori HandelandDeal Alert: Lori Handeland's Sisters of the Craft paranormal romance trilogy—In the Air Tonight, Heat of the Moment, and Smoke on the Water—is marked down to $8.97 (or $2.99 for each book) just in time for Halloween at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Keen on witches and wizards? See if we've recommended a book or two you haven't read yet!

Deal Alert: Gilmore Girls star Lauren Graham's debut women's fiction novel, Someday, Someday, Maybe, is on sale for $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* ahead of the release of her essay collection Talking As Fast As I Can. Lorelai Gilmore fans should not miss these 9 episodes in a rewatch of the series.

Deal Alert: Serena Bell's amnesia romance To Have and to Hold is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Looks like we'll need to add this one to our list of romances using the amnesia trope—have any to recommend yourself?

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Oct 28 2016 4:00pm

What’s Next?: 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!

MeganBurton is full of anticipation

MeganBurton in Nalini Singh’s Psy-Changeling: Trinity Speculation: Breaking the Silence on Silver Silence

I love this series so much, and I cannot wait to read about Silver! I've been intrigued by her for quite a while now! Also, I absolutely LOVE that her hero is not just a changeling, but a bear! We haven't seen any bears yet and I'm squee-ing all over the place! Great article!

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Oct 28 2016 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Stranger Things’ David Harbour

Dear David Harbour,

We weren't sure what to think of your character at the beginning of Stranger Things. He was well on his way to being another jerk of a character who could've simply added to general lack of disbelief about the goings on in Hawkins, Indiana.

After all, your intial motto was coffee and contemplation.

Source: babenam.tumblr.com

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Oct 28 2016 2:00pm

Romeo and Juliet Romances... with 100% More Paranormal Activity!

From This Fae Forward by A.E. Jones

Today we're thrilled to welcome A.E. Jones (From This Fae Forward)! A.E. is no stranger to the Romeo and Juliet plot since her latest book features two fae clans that are mortal enemies! We love seeing the paranormal twist on the classic story—especially when a happily-ever-after is guaranteed! A.E. is here to share some of those stories... with a twist! Thanks, A.E.!

There are many different tropes in the world of romance. One of the most long-standing and angst ridden tropes, is best known as “enemies to lovers” or, as I like to call it Romeo and Juliet. Unlike Shakespeare’s play which was written as a tragedy, in the world of romance a happy-ending must prevail.

So what is it about the Romeo and Juliet trope that is so appealing? I’ll give you a hint. It starts with the letter ‘C’ and ends with ‘onflict’—yep, it’s all about conflict. Since the ending of a romance is going to be happy, the importance of the story is how they get to that ending successfully. Meaning that the journey in a romance is about how the hero and heroine find their way to each other. If that journey is smooth sailing, then there’s not much reason to immerse yourself in the story.

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Oct 28 2016 12:00pm

True Friends: October 2016 Women’s Fiction Best Bets

What women's fiction should you be reading this month?

I never considered a difference of opinion in politics, in religion, in philosophy, as cause for withdrawing from a friend.
-Thomas Jefferson

True friends, and friendship are rare gifts. This month fittingly focuses on friendship. Forgiving friends, understanding what makes a true friend, friends to lovers, and siblings becoming friends are just some of the themes in this month’s books.

Find yourself a quiet place, and immerse in this month’s selection of healing, and new beginnings! There is a book here for everyone!

Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman

Inheriting Edith by Zoe Fishman

For years, Maggie Sheets has been an invisible hand in the glittering homes of wealthy New York City clients, scrubbing, dusting, mopping, and doing all she can to keep her head above water as a single mother. Everything changes when a former employer dies leaving Maggie a staggering inheritance. A house in Sag Harbor. The catch? It comes with an inhabitant: The deceased’s eighty-two-year old mother Edith.

Edith has Alzheimer’s—or so the doctors tell her—but she remembers exactly how her daughter Liza could light up a room, or bring dark clouds in her wake. And now Liza’s gone, by her own hand, and Edith has been left—like a chaise or strand of pearls—to a poorly dressed young woman with a toddler in tow.

Maggie and Edith are both certain this arrangement will be an utter disaster. But as summer days wane, a tenuous bond forms, and Edith, who feels the urgency of her diagnosis, shares a secret that she’s held close for five decades, launching Maggie on a mission that might just lead them each to what they are looking for.

Strengths: Multi-faceted characters; Complex multi-generational relationships; Imaginative concept; Uplifting ending
Measure of Love: Dash
Mood: Poignant
Thoughts: This story will charm you with its quiet simplicity of two people working to make a difficult situation work! A favorite!

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Oct 28 2016 11:00am

2 Ginny/Mike Moments from Pitch 1x05 That Hurt My Heart

Ginny, Mike, and Blip in Pitch 1x05
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My heart hurts a little after last night's episode, but it's okay. The life of a shipper is always uncertain, and I also really love angst, so I'm totally here for this direction of heartbreak that's on the horizon. Ginny and Mike's relationship is very much mentor/mentee at the moment, but you can't ignore that their relationship is building towards something significantly more.

The range of emotions this episode made me feel was vast, and the shipper moments were more periphery than anything else, but they still made me feel all the feels. 

There are a couple of moments in particular that really my heart hurt, but in the best of ways.

[Shipper heartache ahead...]

Oct 28 2016 9:30am

Jamie Howard Excerpt: All The Ways You Saved Me

Jamie Howard

All The Ways You Saved Me by Jamie Howard

Bianca Easton is the perfect senator’s daughter.

Law school? Check.

Camera-ready smile? Check.

A dull and boring existence? Double check.

But that was before. Before she lost her best and only friend in a tragic accident. Before she found that friend's unfinished bucket list. Definitely before she turned her life upside-down by deciding to stay in New York for six months to finish it.

It's while she's checking off her first item on the list—buy coffee for a stranger—that she meets Ian Mathis. Between the tattoo sleeve curling up his right arm, his guitar-roughened fingertips, and the secrets shadowing his past, he's a complication Bianca doesn't need but desperately wants.

With every item they cross off the list together, Bianca uncovers a piece of herself that she's buried under what's expected, all the while breaking her own rules by falling hard for Ian. But when her six months run out, Bianca has to decide if she's willing to risk her empty but picture-perfect life for a chance at real, messy love.

Get a sneak peek at Jamie Howard's All The Ways You Saved Me (available November 1, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1: Bianca

Graduation caps rained down around me, the yellow tassels fluttering in the wind. Everyone cheered, hugging each other tightly. Even the weather was cooperating with the happy occasion—not a cloud in the sky to mar the perfect expanse of endless blue. It was a picture perfect moment in every way.

Except it all seemed to be happening around me. I was there, but not quite there. I held my cap clutched between my fingers, too worried about losing it in the commotion to carelessly toss it in the air.

[Read the full All The Ways You Saved Me excerpt...]

Oct 28 2016 8:04am

How Often Do You DNF?

Drowning in books

While talking about TBR piles earlier this week, the topic of DNF piles also came up!

If you had to give it a percentage... how often do you think you DNF? What's your number? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 27 2016 4:22pm

Living for Lovegame and The Day of the Duchess: 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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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Lovegame by Tracy WolffDeal Alert: Tracy Wolff's dark, sensual romantic suspense Lovegame is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If you're curious about Wolff's backlist, Miss_D very much enjoyed her 5-part Play Me serial, noting: “Erotica on its own is good, but erotica with emotional angst and well-written characters is wonderful!”

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's contemporary romance A Fool's Gold Christmas is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* “In most of the more than one hundred romance and women’s fiction novels she has written, Mallery shows the messiness and the complications of families, and she shows her heroes and heroines finding what Frankie in Carson McCullers’s A Member of the Wedding called 'the we of me,'” writes Janga in her piece “There's No Place Like Home: Finding Family with Susan Mallery.”

Deal Alert: D.D. Ayres' K-9 Rescue romance Primal Force is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* As Ayres points out in a special H&H guest post, the best romance heroes and most beloved dogs share a lot of qualities. How true is this, really?!

[+Sarah MacLean's The Day of the Duchess cover is heeeeere...]

Oct 27 2016 3:00pm

9 Gilmore Girls Episodes You Need to Watch If You Love Lorelai


What are Lorelai's best episodes?

I know that I don’t have to tell the crowd at  Heroes and Heartbreakers that Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life is premiering on Netflix in just a month’s time. I'm sure you are all counting down the days. Since it takes just about that long to defrost a turkey, you’ve got plenty of time to catch up on some of the most important episodes if you're a fan of Lorelai. See my list below. How does it compare to yours?

“That Damn Donna Reed” | Season 1, Episode 14

What’s Lorelai up to?:   Lorelai is helping Luke pick out new paint colors for the diner, and helping Rory keep an eye on her class project.

Elsewhere in Stars Hollow: In this episode, Rory and Dean are still going strong, but they are having a little disagreement about Donna Reed that ends in an unexpected (and hilarious) way.

Luke and Lorelai fans will love this episode because: You may remember a little incident where Rory’s class project (a pet chick) gets loose, and Lorelai calls Luke for help. Luke mistakenly thinks this is a booty call and comes a’runnin’! Lorelai doesn’t put two and two together until Sookie sets her straight, but she is clearly in denial about the whole thing! Plus, there’s an “almost kiss” in the diner that I’m sure fueled shipper dreams for years until the real thing came along!

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Oct 27 2016 2:00pm

Dark Nights, Sweet Reads: Male/Male Romance Best Bets for October 2016

Hotline by Quinn Anderson

The month of spookiness and autumn fashion has finally arrived. The colder weather and darkening nights mean more time for reading and the perfect excuse to wrap up with a blanket and hot chocolate. So put the kettle on, sit in your favorite reading nook and cuddle up with one of the books below.

Hotline by Quinn Anderson

Zack never intended to become a phone sex operator, but with half a college degree and a smart mouth, his options were limited. It helps that he has a knack for thinking on his feet and a willingness to roll with whatever his clients throw at him. Sure, he gets his fair share of creeps and unconventional requests, but it pays the bills, and he’s in no danger of breaking his one rule: never fall for a client.

Until a man named “John” starts calling, and Zack finds himself interested in more than a paycheck. It’s not just that John has money, or that his rumbling baritone drives Zack wild. He’s everything Zack isn’t: educated, poised, and in total control of his life.

A twist of fate brings them face-to-face, and now that they’ve seen each other—and spent an unforgettable night together—they can’t go back to the way things were. A sex worker and a trust fund brat . . . It’s like Romeo and Juliet, but with less stabbing and slightly fewer dick jokes. Hopefully, they can pull off a more successful ending.

A phone sex operator falling in love with one of his clients has all the makings of a great Pretty Woman style romance. As long as John and Zack came look past what brought them together and focus on the future.

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Oct 27 2016 12:00pm

Meredith Wild Excerpt: Over the Edge

Meredith Wild

Over the Edge by Meredith Wild

Olivia Bridge has always been a good girl—good grades, good friends, and a good job that her wealthy parents handed her. Desperate to carve out a life that is truly hers, Liv walks away from it all and takes on the challenge of helping her brothers open a chain of fitness centers in New York City. Just as she’s beginning to find her footing in a new place, she’s caught between two men who couldn’t be more determined to turn all her goodness inside out.

Will Donovan has the capital to make the Bridge brothers’ entrepreneurial dreams a reality. Taking their uptight sister to bed seems a reasonable perk for the risk. Liv is the smartest, sexiest prude Will’s ever met, and he can’t wait to break her down.

Life is too short for Ian Savo to play by anyone’s rules. Sharing women with his friend isn’t anything new, so when Will introduces him to Liv, he can’t wait to get a taste. But falling for the same girl, or falling at all, was never in the plans...

Get a sneak peek at Meredith Wild's Over the Edge (available November 22, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


The vodka had just about worn off, but the Red Bulls hadn’t. The sun had been up for an hour when I stopped staring at the ceiling and finally went to the kitchen. I’d spent the night throwing back some drinks and talking shit with pals from work. I’d even talked to a few women that I could have pursued, but I couldn’t stop thinking about Liv in Will’s bed. The potent visual flooded my thoughts every time I contemplated bringing someone home.

Thousands of pretty girls in New York, but the irrefutable truth was that no one could hold a candle to Olivia Bridge. She wasn’t a diamond in the rough. She was just a fucking diamond—beautiful, refined, smart. A prize for any man.

[Read the full Over the Edge excerpt...]

Oct 27 2016 11:00am

Waiting for an Entrance: Arrow 5x04 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow, Season 5, Episode 4

Show/EpisodeArrow, Season 5, Episode 4, “Penance”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

Arrow 5x04 Captain's Log

We’re still hanging in there, aren’t we Olicity fans? It’s getting more difficult, the longer we go without any sort of encouragement from the promotion around the show. But then we watch an episode and the scenes where Oliver and Felicity face one another are so laden with sexual and romantic tension, that I think “obviously they’re going to get back together.” The promotion and interviews might be bending over backwards to push a “no romance” agenda, but the scenes on our televisions tell a different story. And this week’s episode was no different.

Oliver has the team out in the field, intercepting one of Church’s goons after he stole something from Kord Industries. Wild Dog proves a little unpredictable and hard to manage in the field, making Oliver (and the rest of the team) irritated. Ragman is MIA and Felicity tells Oliver that she’s tried to contact him but no go. When Oliver returns to the bunker, he finds Rory lurking outside and learns that Felicity told him about Havenrock and Rory wants to quit the team.

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Oct 27 2016 9:30am

First Look: Lecia Cornwall’s When a Laird Finds a Lass (November 1, 2016)

When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall

Book 2 in the Highland Fairy Tale series by Lecia Cornwall draws very loosely on the tale of the Little Mermaid. When a Laird Finds a Lass is a story about two tribes that are sworn mortal enemies. Why? No one even remembers. What is known is that the MacDonalds of Dunbronach will never make an alliance with the MacLeods of Glen Iolair, and will kill any MacLeod that steps on MacDonald land. What else is known? Sickness has wiped out over half of the proud MacDonald clan. On his deathbed, the Laird’s parting wish was that his only living son, Malcolm MacDonald, become the new laird. Problem is, he’s a junior lawyer living in the city. Add in a little magic and a myth, and Malcolm reluctantly returns to his childhood village, hoping to appease his clansmen. Once Malcolm fulfills his duty by making a wish on Beltane night, he can return to the city. In addition to his clanspeople’s belief in magic, Malcolm’s return home becomes even more interesting when he comes across a young woman washed ashore.

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Oct 27 2016 8:30am

Do You Ever Struggle to Find Out Why a Book Doesn’t Work for You?

Today's Morning Coffee comes from reader Michelle99, who asked us if there any other readers ever struggle to identify why they don't like a book. Many times we can: the heroine is insufferable, the Big Misunderstanding shouldn't be as Big as it is... the list goes on! But what about when you just can't figure it out? What do you do then? Do you keep reading until you do figure it out in hopes the “problem” will resolve? Or do yo just add the book to your DNF pile?

Oct 26 2016 4:30pm

All’s Fair in Love and War: 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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Along Came Love by Tracey LivesayDeal Alert: Tracey Livesay's contemporary Along Came Love is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “[Mike and India's] HEA is fought on a different battleground—an emotional one that makes them both examine who they are, and who they want to be together,” writes Jen Wattley in her First Look at Along Came Love.

Deal Alert: Paige Tyler's paranormal romantic suspense Hungry Like the Wolf, Book 1 in the SWAT series, is FREE in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* A group of elite sharpshooters who also happen to be a pack of wolf shifters? Dream team! Sneak a peek at SWAT team commander Gage and investigative journalist Mackenzie's story in an excerpt from Hungry Like the Wolf.

Fresh Outta the Oven

“'You have five seconds to take it off. Otherwise, add it to my tab.'” Celebrate Hump Day with RT Book Reviews' hot'n'heavy excerpt from Rina Gray's work-rivals-to-lovers It's Been You, out November 7.

[+Today on H&H...]

Oct 26 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Ruled (November 1, 2016)

Ruled by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy
Ruled (The Outlaws Series)
Berkley / November 1, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

So a disclaimer…I’m new to Elle Kennedy’s Outlaws series, and really had no idea what was in store for me. But right from the first page of Ruled, I was swept into an action packed dystopic world, where rules are thrown out the window. Well, not all the rules. Just those dictated by the Global Council in the Colonies. Reese wants nothing more than to take down the Global Council, as this council hunts her outlaw community living outside the walls of the Colonies. Not only are these outlaw communities hunted, they’re annihilated. Because anyone who dissents from the tyranny of the Global Council is an enemy. But all Reese and her followers want is freedom. This is why she leads and why she fights with so much passion and strength, despite her vulnerabilities. Vulnerabilities that she allows no one but her right-hand man, Sloan, to see.

Yet adding to her stress are the advances of one sexy yet dangerous military-trained fighter, Rylan. Sent from an ally outlaw group to help Reese, their attraction crackles. Reese resists Rylan because he is dangerous and reckless. And Rylan can’t understand why Reese continues to deny his advances.

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Oct 26 2016 1:30pm

November 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in November.

We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:

November 1-7 November 8-14 |  November 15-21 

November 22-28 | November 29-30

Week of November 1 through November 7

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Oct 26 2016 12:00pm

Lecia Cornwall Excerpt: When a Laird Finds a Lass

Calista Fox

When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall

She is his greatest enemy and his only salvation.

Malcolm MacDonald, a lawyer in Edinburgh, unexpectedly inherits his father’s title of Laird of Dunbronach, forcing him to return to a place he hasn’t seen since he was a small child. To gain the trust of a wary clan, Malcolm must act upon their insistence that he cast aside his English betrothed and marry a Highlander.

However, they have one condition—no lasses of the barbaric clan MacLeod.

When he finds an unconscious woman in the sea, he brings her back to his clan but not before doing the one thing that could save her life—hiding her all too telling MacLeod plaid. When she wakes with no memory of who she is, Malcolm vows to keep the little he knows about her identity a secret. As new dangers threaten his clan, the mysterious lass teaches Malcolm some very important lessons about how to be a Highlander and a laird.

But secrets never stay secret for long, and when she finds her plaid, her memory returns and she flees. Malcolm is forced to make a difficult choice to win her back, facing his darkest fears and his worst enemy for a chance at true love.

Get a sneak peek at Lecia Cornwall 's When a Laird Finds a Lass (available November 1, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


Castle MacLeod, Skye, early spring, 1707

When a chief’s son wed the daughter of another chief, the nuptial celebration went on for days. It ended only when the whisky ran out, all the beef was eaten, and the business between the visiting chieftains and lairds had been concluded. While that was done, there was dancing, games, and music for all.

And flirting—there was plenty of that too.

Laird Donal MacLeod of Glen Iolair had come to the wedding with three of his lovely daughters—Aileen, Marcail, and Cait. His other lasses—all eight of them—had stayed at home with the promise of being allowed to attend the next gathering. His third-oldest daughter, Fia, had recently wed the chief of the Sinclairs, and where she went was now her husband’s concern, not Donal’s.

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Oct 26 2016 11:00am

What Book Should You Read Based on Your Favorite Halloween Candy?

Trick or treat? How about a bit of both? Team H&H is getting into the holiday spirit and we've got a few tricks up our sleeves. It's the season for our favorite sweet treats, and what's sweeter than a romance novel to go along with it?

Find your romance novel recommendation based on your favorite Halloween treat!

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