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October 23, 2014
Sweet Gestures in Romance Novels
Scarlettleigh
October 23, 2014
The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer
Team H & H
October 22, 2014
What Do Men Need to Be Happy?
Cathy Maxwell
October 21, 2014
Spooktacular Matchmakers in Romance
Maggie Boyd
October 21, 2014
What Do You Want to See More Of?
Megan Frampton
Fri
Oct 24 2014 11:15am

Scandal Season 4 Episode 5 Recap: Mixed Messages

Olivia and Papa Pope on Scandal 4x05

Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. 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 5, “The Key.”

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

Last week left our jaws open and this week is going to punch them closed. Let’s get started!

When Scandal opens, Liv is visiting her old friend Katherine in jail (remember her? The one who was sleeping with her teenage daughter’s boyfriend and said daughter ended up murdered?) Olivia is trying to tie the man they have on surveillance attacking Katelyn with their family. Turns out his name is Kubiak and he is a dirty ex-cop with plenty of friends on the force. He also happens to do freelance work for Katherine’s husband’s firm. Quinn and Olivia(?!) set up a stakeout to keep an eye on Kubiak when they witness him murdering Katelyn’s best friend. Yep, that was before the first credit roll!

[It's gonna be a good episode *rubs hands together*...]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 9:30am

First Look: Ilona Andrews’s Burn For Me (October 28, 2014)

Ilona Andrews
Burn for Me
Avon / October 28, 2014 / $5.99 print, $4.99 digital

Nevada Baylor is faced with the most challenging case of her detective career—a suicide mission to bring in a suspect in a volatile case. Nevada isn’t sure she has the chops. Her quarry is a Prime, the highest rank of magic user, who can set anyone and anything on fire.

Then she’s kidnapped by Connor “Mad” Rogan—a darkly tempting billionaire with equally devastating powers. Torn between wanting to run or surrender to their overwhelming attraction, Nevada must join forces with Rogan to stay alive.

Rogan’s after the same target, so he needs Nevada. But she’s getting under his skin, making him care about someone other than himself for a change. And, as Rogan has learned, love can be as perilous as death, especially in the magic world.

The writing team of Ilona Andrews is back and bringing their A game to a new urban fantasy series featuring a powerful and unscrupulous alpha billionaire who is used to always getting what he wants and the small time private investigator who is forced to work with him.

I’d like to start off by saying that while this is being marketed as a paranormal romance, I found it more suited as a urban fantasy with it's low key romantic elements and no HEA or even HFN. 

[Okay, we're warned...]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 8:15am

What Book Gave You Your Most Recent Book Hangover?

Only Enchanting by Mary BaloghRecently, your Morning Coffee-er (that's me!) read a book that gave me such a book hangover I couldn't start another romance right away. It was Mary Balogh's Only Enchanting, and it just left me drained and emotionally sensitive, so I turned to a non-romance book for my next read.

Book hangovers are well-known to romance readers; we've talked about the worst ones you've ever had.

What book caused your most recent book hangover? What book did you follow it with?

Fri
Oct 24 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain: Exclusive Excerpt

Kelly Long

Like most Mountain Amish girls, Mary King has always dreamed of her wedding day. But she never imagined that a sudden, irresistible kiss would result in marriage to the handsome Englischer professor studying her unique community. Or that doing the truly honorable thing means keeping their relationship chaste so both she and Dr. Jude Lyons can someday go their separate ways.

But when Mary accompanies her husband-in-name-only to Atlanta to meet his wealthy, overbearing family, she's tempted more than ever by Jude's kindness, humor—and vulnerability. And when a wrenching misunderstanding causes her to return heartbroken to her remote Appalachian home, she's certain she's lost the real love they have found...and the shared future she's come to want so much. But a crisis of more than faith will work surprising miracles—and show Mary that love is strong enough to make the impossible come true.

Get a sneak peek of Kelly Long's The Amish Bride of Ice Mountain (available November 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Mary sat on the couch, keeping quiet and still, glad that her fater and bruders had gone to bed and no light shone from beneath their doors. Normally, the first time an Amisch man would come to court, he’d already have identified the girl’s bedroom window and would throw pebbles at the glass to let the girl know he was outside. Then she would decide to let him in or not. Mary smiled at the thought of teasing Jude and not letting him in but knew that she didn’t have the heart to do it to him. And as it was, she was having trouble controlling her own excitement at the prospect of maybe a few kisses or a caress from her handsome husband.

She closed her eyes, daydreaming as she rubbed Bear’s fur, then was startled back to the moment by a light knock at the front door. She gave a quieting pat to Bear’s head and skimmed across the floor to open the door. Her eyes drank their fill of Jude in the black Amisch coat and hat, and he already had a subtle shadow of beard growth on his fine face, making him look faintly piratical and all the more appealing.

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Thu
Oct 23 2014 4:30pm

First Look: RaeAnne Thayne’s Snow Angel Cove (October 28, 2014)

Snow Angel Cove by RaeAnne ThayneRaeAnne Thayne
Snow Angel Cove
HQN / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

Nothing short of a miracle can restore Eliza Hayward's Christmas cheer. The job she pinned her dreams on has gone up in smoke—literally—and now she's stuck in an unfamiliar, if breathtaking, small town. Precariously close to being destitute, Eliza needs a hero, but she's not expecting one who almost runs her down with his car!

Rescuing Eliza is pure instinct for tech genius Aidan Caine. At first, putting the renovation of his lakeside guest lodge in Eliza's hands assuages his guilt—until he sees how quickly he could fall for her. Having focused solely on his business for years, he never knew what his life was missing before Eliza, but now he's willing to risk his heart on a yuletide romance that could lead to forever.

It was during my reading of RaeAnne Thayne's Snow Angel Cove that I had an epiphany. I get it. I finally get why small town contemporary romances are such a big deal. I understand now why they are so insanely popular and new small town-set series seem to hit the shelves every other week. It’s the comfort factor. The Calgon-Take-Me-Away feeling that reading stories like this one can induce. You know what reading Snow Angel Cove reminded me of? Those cozy made-for-TV holiday movies that begin to overrun The Hallmark Channel after Thanksgiving.

[No turkeys here!]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 3:26pm

Cover Alert: Ilona Andrews’s Magic Shifts!

Magic Shifts by Ilona AndrewsIlona Andrews has just released the cover for Magic Shifts, the eighth book in Andrews's Kate Daniels series. Here's the blurb:

In the latest Kate Daniels novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews, magic is coming and going in waves in post-Shift Atlanta—and each crest leaves danger in its wake…

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece.

Magic Shifts will be released August 4, 2015.

Thu
Oct 23 2014 2:00pm

It’s the Little Things: Small, Sweet Gestures in Romance Novels from Reavis, Mann, Higgins, and Lacey

A couple of months ago, Janga talked about grand gestures in her blog, So Romantic: Favorite Grand Gestures in Romance Fiction where she stated:

First, it must be something that is inextricably linked to the particular hero and heroine and their story. Then, it must be costly. The cost does not have to be monetary; it may be costly in terms of time or effort or emotional risk. But whatever the currency, the gesture must be a gift given without measure. Finally, the truly grand romantic gesture must reveal the hero’s understanding of the heroine and who she is, what her dreams are, and what her vulnerabilities are.

There is certainly an association between the grand gestures, and the sweetest, but for the most part grand gestures are planned out, and many times cost a lot of Benjamins, like a trip to Paris, or that large diamond ring, or maybe skywriting words of love.

[We wouldn't turn down a trip to Paris, by the way]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 12:30pm

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Shadows (Oct. 28, 2014)

Archangel's Shadows by Nalini SinghNalini Singh
Archangel's Shadows (Guild Hunter)
Jove / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

In the wake of a brutal war, the archangel Raphael and his hunter consort, Elena, are dealing with the treacherously shifting tides of archangelic politics and the people of a battered but not broken city. The last thing their city needs is more death, especially a death that bears the eerie signature of an insane enemy archangel who cannot— should not—be walking the streets.
This hunt must be undertaken with stealth and without alerting their people. It must be handled by those who can become shadows themselves…

Ash is a gifted tracker and a woman cursed with the ability to sense the secrets of anyone she touches. But there’s one man she knows all too well without a single instant of skin contact: Janvier, the dangerously sexy Cajun vampire who has fascinated and infuriated her for years. Now, as they track down a merciless killer, their cat-and-mouse game of flirtation and provocation has turned into a profound one of the heart. And this time, it is Ash’s secret, dark and terrible, that threatens to destroy them both.

Fans of Nalini Singh’s dark and sensuous Guild Hunters series have waited impatiently for Ashwini and Janiver’s story. We were briefly introduced to them in the Angel’s Pawn novella, where we learned that their “frenemy” status belays a deep attraction played out in a continuous game of catch me if you can. Ash, a hunter for the Guild, has spent years hunting Janiver, a sexy infuriating vampire who often escapes his contract with his master just to get Ash to chase him. Singh builds their relationship slowly throughout the series, giving us teasing little clues as to their whereabouts and their growing feelings for one another.

[Hide and seek, Guild Hunter style!]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 11:54am

“Nothing Lasts Forever”: The Avengers: Age of Ultron Trailer

The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is out, and things don't seem to be going well for our favorite superpowered crew. Here's the official synopsis:

When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Avengers: Age of Ultron will be in theaters May 1, 2015.

First impressions? Looks really dark and intense, huh? Exciting!

Except...are we the only ones disappointed there wasn't more Black Widow/Hawkeye? (Think we spotted them together in only one quick shot, which is a shame because we have hopes and dreams for that relationship in Avengers 2...)

Thu
Oct 23 2014 10:54am

You’re Dangerous, Ray Palmer: Arrow 3x03 Oliver/Felicity Discussion Thread

Oliver and Felicity didn't get much screentime in last night's Arrow Season 3, Episode 3, “Corto Maltese.” Oh, and Ray Palmer kinda sorta won us over (and, we're guessing, Felicity, too). What it is happening?!?!

Warning: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Arrow.

Here's the official description of “Corto Maltese” from the CW:

Oliver decides it's time for Thea to come back to Starling City, so he packs for Corto Maltese, where Felicity has traced Thea's whereabouts. Lyla asks Diggle to go with Oliver because one of her field operatives, Mark Shaw, has gone dark in Corto Maltese and she'd like him to look into it. Feeling responsible for Thea's departure, Roy joins Oliver and Diggle on their journey. Shaw double-crosses Diggle, putting numerous A.R.G.U.S. agents, including Lyla, at risk. Meanwhile, Laurel meets Ted Grant, and Felicity adjusts to her new job.

What with Oliver busy trying to convince Thea to come home, and Felicity back at Queen Consolidated by day, the two didn't get to spend much time together this week, though the exchange they did have (about Felicity's ace computer skills, natch) was as adorable as ever.

The problem: Felicity and Ray Palmer, her new boss, DID get some quality time in. And it was, dare we say...really cute! I mean, dude gave her Oliver's old office/the CEO's office and her very own executive assistant.

[Slick move, Ray...]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 9:30am

First Look: Mary Balogh’s Only Enchanting (October 28, 2014)

Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh
Only Enchanting (Survivors’ Club #4)
Signet / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

The Survivors' Club: Six men and one woman, all wounded in the Napoleonic Wars, their friendship forged during their recovery at Penderris Hall in Cornwall. Now, in the fourth novel of the Survivors' Club series, Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, has left this refuge to find his own salvation—in the love of a most unsuspecting woman…

Flavian, Viscount Ponsonby, was devastated by his fiancée’s desertion after his return home. Now the woman who broke his heart is back—and everyone is eager to revive their engagement. Except Flavian, who, in a panic, runs straight into the arms of a most sensible yet enchanting young woman.

Agnes Keeping has never been in love—and never wishes to be. But then she meets the charismatic Flavian, and suddenly Agnes falls so foolishly and so deeply that she agrees to his impetuous proposal of marriage.

When Agnes discovers that the proposal is only to avenge his former love, she’s determined to flee. But Flavian has no intention of letting his new bride go, especially now that he too has fallen so passionately and so unexpectedly in love.

Mary Balogh has chosen to write about cross-class romances with some frequency throughout her career. Indeed, she uses that trope in the opening book of her current series, The Proposal. In Only Enchanting, the fourth book in the Survivors’ Club series, she gives readers a more subtle treatment of the cross-class romance with a paradoxical pair: an aristocratic, godlike hero whose war wounds were so grievous that years afterward he is not fully healed physically or emotionally and an ordinary heroine whose extraordinariness captivates the hero.

[No ordinary love!]

Thu
Oct 23 2014 8:29am

Throwback Thursday: Who Was Your First Rake?

Wikipedia tells us that, “A rake, short for rakehell (analogous to 'hellraiser'), is a historic term applied to a man who is habituated to immoral conduct, particularly womanising. Often a rake was also prodigal who wasted his (usually inherited) fortune on gambling, wine, women and song, incurring lavish debts in the process. Comparable terms are 'libertine' and 'debauchee'.”

Rakes abound in historical romance novels, of course, and they can also be found lurking within the dominating billionaire and playboys of contemporary romance, or the 'suck-'em-and-leave-'em' vampire heroes of paranormal romance.

No matter what the genre, the womanising hero (who gets tamed by the heroine!) is ubiquitous in romance novels. 

So—who was your first rake? 

Wed
Oct 22 2014 4:30pm

Sex, Food, and More: What Do Men Need to Be Happy?

The Groom Says Yes by Cathy MaxwellToday we're thrilled to welcome author Cathy Maxwell to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Cathy's latest release, The Groom Says Yes, is a delicious historical romance with an earl who's also a felon—and the only person standing between him and justice is the heroine, an avowed spinster who can't help but say yes when he asks her for help (and kisses!). Cathy is here to talk about what men really want—thanks, Cathy!

I’m always on the prowl for “motivation.” No, not pics of hunky guys (well, maybe that, too) but the basic elements that make a hero tick and explain why he makes the choices he does. Several years ago, I attended a lecture by Chris Peirson, a student of sociobiology, which is the study of man’s primal character as well as his cultural one. Her observations play to the heart of the power and popularity of the romance novel. I’ve tempered a few of her thoughts with some of my own. After all, I spend a good deal of time thinking about why people fall in love.

So here is the question: What do men need to be happy?

[Let's discuss...]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 2:35pm

First Look: Stephanie Laurens’s By Winter’s Light (October 28, 2014)

By Winter's Light by Stephanie LaurensStephanie Laurens
By Winter's Light
Mira / October 28, 2014 / $12.00 print, $7.99 digital

It’s December 1837 and the young adults of the Cynster clan have succeeded in having the family Christmas celebration held at snow-bound Casphairn Manor, Richard and Catriona Cynster’s home.

Yet where Cynsters gather, love is never far behind—the festive occasion brings together Daniel Crosbie, tutor to Lucifer Cynster’s sons, and Claire Meadows, widow and governess to Gabriel Cynster’s daughter. Daniel and Claire have met before and the embers of an unexpected passion smolder between them, but once bitten, twice shy, Claire believes a second marriage is not in her stars. Daniel, however, is determined to press his suit. He’s seen the love the Cynsters share, and Claire is the lady with whom he dreams of sharing his life. Assisted by a bevy of Cynsters—innate matchmakers every one—Daniel strives to persuade Claire that trusting him with her hand and her heart is her right path to happiness.

By Winter's Light is a transitional novel as Stephanie Laurens brings us Cynsters: The Next Generation. The romance between governess Claire and tutor Daniel is merely tangential to introducing the children of the original six Cynster cousins, and setting up the next books in the family series.

[We are family!]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 12:30pm

Jane the Virgin Season 1, Episode 2 Recap: Milkshakes and Hot Dads

Are 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 the other...complicated...relationships!

Beware! This recap contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 2 of Jane the Virgin. Read with Caution!

This recap contains spoilers for all episodes this season.

When we last left Jane, she’d been accidentally inseminated with her boss/old crush’s sperm. She got pregnant, didn’t want to keep the baby, decided to keep the baby and then she got engaged. Please see the Episode 1 recap for the abundance of other crazy stuff that happened in just 44 minutes.

Episode 2 opens with a flashback to Jane’s quinceañera where her mother, Xiomara, sang a rousing rendition of Kelis’s “Milkshake,” much to Jane’s horror. In the action packed present, Jane’s called a family meeting with her abuela Alba, Xiomara, and her new fiance, Michael, to discuss her plans moving forward. Jane makes it clear that this baby will not derail her life in any way. In fact she won’t even be calling it a baby. She declares that the baby will further be referred to as The Milkshake.

[That's guaranteed to make us hungry...]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Flaming Hot: Exclusive Excerpt from “Fiery”

Lynn LaFleur

Flaming Hot by Lynn LaFleur

Big and bold, strong and sexy, the firefighters of the Lanville, Texas, Volunteer Fire Department know how to turn up the heat. . .

Fiery

Sparks fly the moment Eve and Quade meet. Fear of heartbreak makes them wary but neither can deny the scorching waves of desire that leave them wanting so much more. . .

Flare

Paige wonders about Cort's past but she can't ignore the heat she feels inside every time he touches her. And things only get hotter when this sexy firefighter takes her to the heights of extreme carnal pleasure. . .

Flash

For years Kirk has kept a secret that not even his twin knows. But the arrival in town of a sexy newcomer turns up the heat and keeps the flames of passion burning all night long. . .

Get a sneak peek of Lynn LaFleur's Flaming Hot (available October 28, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt from “Fiery.”

Eve set the wineglasses on the counter next to Quade so he could pour. He handed one glass to her, took the other for himself. She led the way to the living room, sat in the same spot where she’d sat last night. Quade sat a few inches closer to her than he had last night. When he stretched his arm along the back of the couch, his fingers grazed her nape.

Quade took a sip of his wine. “Mmm, that’s very good.”

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Wed
Oct 22 2014 11:00am

November 2014 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 subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Heroes and Heartbreakers November 2014 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 9:30am

First Look: K J Charles’s Flight of Magpies (October 28, 2014)

Flight of Mapgies by KJ CharlesK J Charles
Flight of Magpies
Samhain Publishing / October 28, 2014 / $4.50 digital

Danger in the air. Lovers on the brink.

With the justiciary understaffed, a series of horrifying occult murders to be investigated, and a young student who is flying—literally—off the rails, magical law enforcer Stephen Day is under increasing stress. And his relationship with his aristocratic lover, Lord Crane, is beginning to feel the strain.

Crane chafes at the restrictions of England’s laws, and there’s a worrying development in the blood-and-sex bond he shares with Stephen. A development that makes a sensible man question if they should be together at all.

When a thief strikes at the heart of Crane’s home, a devastating loss brings his closest relationships into bitter conflict—especially his relationship with Stephen. And as old enemies, new enemies, and unexpected enemies paint the lovers into a corner, the pressure threatens to tear them apart.

Less than a year ago I read KJ Charles's The Magpie Lord, the first book in her Charm of Magpies series. This was my first male/male romance and I fell instantly in love. I loved her writing. I loved her characters, I loved the world building. Now I can't get enough of this series, so I was delighted to do a first look on Flight of Magpies, the third book.

For me, the key to any romance is the characters and the Charm of Magpies series has it in spades. By the time we have reached the third book, Stephen Day and Lucien Vaudry have established a solid relationship, although each has his concerns.

[Not trouble in paradise, though, right?]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 8:14am

Who’s the Best-Dressed in Romance Novels?

Iconic fashion designer Oscar de la Renta died this week at the age of 82. De le Renta was one of the most well-known celebrity designers, and had a several decades-long career, designing first for other houses and then under his own name. He was well-regarded for his evening gowns, and many of his craetions appeared on red carpets (as well as on Amal Clooney when she married George!).

Fashion is on our minds, so we want to ask—who's the best-dressed character, male or female, in romance novels? Whose wardrobe do you covet the most? 

Tue
Oct 21 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Eden Bradley’s Rogue (October 21, 2014)

Rogue by Eden BradleyEden Bradley
Rogue
Samhain / October 21, 2014 / $3.50, digital

Madrid, 2069

He is Rogue.

He has known no other life, no other name. Turned at the tender age of nineteen on the dark streets of London, he wanders Europe, angry and rebellious, haunted by the crime that has followed him for over a century. Always alone.

He is Ramsey.

Member of the Vampire Council, all he has are his memories of dazzling grief and unrelenting pain—his only respite is blood and sex. Until a young rogue vampire poaches in his territory…

Inexorably drawn to each other, the head of Madrid’s Midnight Playground and the rebel from nowhere will find passion in each other’s arms—and discover a dangerous secret that could irrevocably change both their worlds.

This book has been previously published and has been revised from its original release.

Warning: Savage m/m vampire sex. Fangs and viciousness. The infamous, alluring, and dangerous Capture Gardens. Did we mention hot, kinky vampire sex? Take a breath and enter if you dare!

 

The vampire craze may have waned, but there will always be a part of me that loves a sexy vampire. Eden Bradley’s Rogue is the fifth installment in a futuristic series that explores a world run by vampires. Rogue is a novella that packs a lot of sexiness into one space. Bradley is no stranger to writing erotic romance, and like all good erotic romance, the novella is set up so that the sex scenes give the readers a window into the romantic arc and the world presented in the story itself.

It all begins with a rogue. With no memories of his human past, he roams from country to country, blatantly ignoring the laws of vampire civilization in order to remain free, in order to remain angry. He has been sneaking into the luxury estates run for the play of those in vampiric society—estates designed for any and all to enter for indulgent games, blood, and sex. The only requirement is that those that use the estates are vampires.

[So no humans, allowed?]