<i>All the Little Liars</i>: Exclusive Excerpt All the Little Liars: Exclusive Excerpt Charlaine Harris "He put his big hands on my shoulders and looked down at me intently." <i>The Rancher Returns</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Rancher Returns: Exclusive Excerpt Brenda Jackson "His mouth watered just thinking about the cookies..." <i>Shadow Silence</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Shadow Silence: Exclusive Excerpt Yasmine Galenorn "I gave Peggin a big smile, feeling in a suddenly festive mood." <i>The Goal</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Goal: Exclusive Excerpt Elle Kennedy "I run a thumb over my lip, remembering how good it felt when he kissed me."
From The Blog
September 26, 2016
September 2016 Historical Romance Best Bets
Wendy the Super Librarian
September 24, 2016
ICYMI: Demons in Romance, Blood Red Kiss Interview, Cover Reveals, and more!
Team H & H
September 23, 2016
Your Romance Novel Soulmate Based on Your Zodiac
Team H & H
September 23, 2016
Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to our favorite Emmy winners!
Team H & H
September 23, 2016
The Types of Guys You'll Meet While on Vacation: Romance Edition
Nina Bocci
Mon
Sep 26 2016 4:27pm

Burn with G.A. Aiken and Theresa Romain: 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

Feel the Burn by G.A. AikenDeal Alert: G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin paranormal Feel the Burn is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Want to see what you're getting into first? Read an excerpt from Feel the Burn now.

Deal Alert: Theresa Romain's historical Fortune Favors the Wicked is Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “A military man and a courtesan on a treasure hunt for stolen gold coins. I one-clicked this so fast I broke a nail,” reports Wendy the Super Librarian in her best bets for not-your-usual best bets for March.

Deal Alert: Bella Andre's supermodel-bookworm-meets-baseball-star New Adult contemporary romance Kiss Me Like This is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Andre “defies expectation in the first book in her New Adult series while still maintaining all the things we love from her adult fiction,” writes Jenn Proffitt in her First Look at Kiss Me Like This.

Deal Alert: Joanna Shupe's New York–set American historical Magnate is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* As Wendy the Super Librarian puts it in her unusual-historicals roundup for April: “A self-made man born in Five Points and a Gilded Age era New York City setting? Someone catch me, I’m swooning.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

Mark your calendars! Readers in the Ohio and New York areas will have the chance to meet some of their favorite authors next month at two Avon events: KissCon Cleveland and the Avon 75th Anniversary Event at Book Culture in Manhattan

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Mon
Sep 26 2016 3:00pm

World Traveler: Not-Your-Usual Historical Best Bets for September 2016

Love's Sweet Revenge by Rosanne Bittner

What “unusual” historicals should you be reading this month? 

With the kids now hustled back to school (and parents everywhere rejoicing), September’s enticing crop of new historical romance features some intriguing options for readers looking to escape Almack’s.  Whether it’s an English governess in Arabia, a rancher battling his past in the rapidly changing American West or medieval France, there’s plenty of opportunity for some armchair traveling this month.

Western!

Love’s Sweet Revenge by Rosanne Bittner

Their Passion Shaped a Nation

Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they've finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-legend to hang up his guns.

Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes…

Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.

Outlaw Hearts was first published by Bantam in 1993. Sourcebooks reprinted it in 2015 and the author found herself with a new series on her hands!  This is the third book in the Jake and Miranda Harker saga, and it received a Top Pick! from RT Book Reviews.  The fourth and final book in the saga is set for a September 2017 release date.

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Mon
Sep 26 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Carolyn Brown’s Merry Cowboy Christmas (September 27, 2016)

Merry Christmas Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown
Merry Cowboy Christmas (Lucky Penny Ranch #3)
Forever / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house is the presence of one wickedly hot cowboy who’s come to stay for the holiday. Fiona Logan is downright shocked to return to her childhood home and find that the tall blond stranger who came to her rescue on an icy road will be sleeping just across the hall from her bedroom. Talk about temptation…

Jud Dawson never believed the Lucky Penny Ranch would live up to its name until now. Fiona is gorgeous, smart, funny, and everything he thought he’d never find. Now all he has to do is convince her to stick around town instead of hightailing it back to Houston. But with the wild weather, nosy neighbors, and a new baby in the family, getting her to admit that she’s falling in love might just take a Christmas miracle.

Christmas romance novels have always been my weakness.  I love the holiday season and I love romance novels so the two together is a recipe for bliss. With her latest addition to her Lucky Penny Ranch series, Merry Cowboy Christmas, Carolyn Brown catches on the perfect mix of holiday magic alongside romance hot enough to keep any body warm during the longest days of the year.

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Mon
Sep 26 2016 11:30am

Royal Duties: Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 6 Vicbert Heart-to-Heart

Victoria, Season 1, Episode 6
Victoria, Episode 6, “The Queen's Husband”

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. Victoria, now airing in the U.K., tells the story of that love (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Lou's recaps when Season 1 airs on PBS beginning in January.). Need to catch up? Don't miss our recaps of Episodes 1-5, available here.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes and for “The Queen's Husband”. Enjoy!

The series continues with Episode Six

Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 5 | See all our Victoria coverage here

After the pageantry of Victoria & Albert’s nuptials last week, it’s right down to the serious business of being married.  Unfortunately, it’s not all hearts & flowers as the pair battle to establish Albert’s position by her side, and for him to find his own role outside of being just a husband. Elsewhere there are hints of romance for others residing at Buckingham Palace, but will they get a happy ever after or are they heading for rough waters?

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Mon
Sep 26 2016 10:30am

Trials and Tribulations: Poldark Season 2, Episode 2, Ross/Demleza Heart-to-Heart

Captain's Log, Poldark, Episode 2

Thank you Masterpiece for giving us back-to-back Poldark episodes so our wait for next week seems even shorter. Episode two of Poldark certainly left us with no shortage of drama as this season continues to hold up against the first. The wheels that George set in motion both at the end of Season 1 and episode 2x01 have led us to the trial of Ross Poldark, and things look pretty bleak. Not for nothing, but Ross simply can’t die, or be sentenced to death because literally none of us want to be stuck with Francis as our alternative, right? Right.

Without further ado, I bring you the top 5 moments from Episode 2.

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Mon
Sep 26 2016 9:30am
Excerpt

All the Little Liars: Exclusive Excerpt

Charlaine Harris

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris

Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

Get a sneak peek at Charlaine Harris's All the Little Liars (available October 4, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

My cell phone rang about five o’clock. I noticed the time, because I’d been trying to imagine what we could have for dinner that night, and so far I hadn’t come up with anything. I was exhausted, after a very mild day at work. Would this be the norm until the baby was born? That would be a real pain.

Supper had to be ready early, because Robin’s writers’ group was meeting tonight at the new Community Center, at seven.

[Read the full All the Little Liars excerpt...]

Mon
Sep 26 2016 8:16am

What’s Your Favorite Heroine Profession?

The Governess was Wicked by Julia KellyLast week we asked you, “What's Your Favorite Hero Profession?” Many of you offered great responses—from “duke” to "it doesn't really matter. This week, I want to know if you have preferences when it comes to your heroine? Do you like when her job mirrors some of her personality—i.e. a bluestocking heroine who's a governess—or when it's more unexpected—i.e. the shy fashion model? 

Did any heroine professions stand out to you when you read them? What is your favorite one to read? 

Let us know in the comments!

Sun
Sep 25 2016 10:30pm

“Goodbye, My Dear” Poldark Season 2, Episode 1 Ross/Demelza Heart-to-Heart

Captain's Log Poldark 2x01

IT’S BACK! Our too long wait is over and the wonderful Poldark has finally returned. I’m so pleased to say that it’s off to a wonderful start and promises to be just as good as Series 1.

We start the series right where series 1 left off with Ross being taken in and formally charged thanks to the slimy, sleazy, no good George Warleggan. If you have watched the beautiful series 1, catch up before checking out our coverage of series 2.

Now, without further ado, I bring you the top 5 moments from episode 1 of Poldark.

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Sun
Sep 25 2016 2:00pm

Once Upon a Time’s Belle/Rumpel: Should You Be Shipping Them?

Belle and Rumpelstiltskin, Once Upon A Time

We know you're probably shipping Belle and Mr. Gold a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin... but should you?

One of the most compelling plot threads in Once Upon a Time is the on-again, off-again romance between Belle and Mr. Gold, a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin. In Season 1, we watched as the bookish young beauty melted the heart of the beastly conniver back in the Enchanted Forest. We hissed in disgust once we realized that Belle had been incapacitated and hidden away by the (at that point) evil Mayor Regina in Storybrooke—more or less beneath Gold’s nose. And we rejoiced when it looked as though the two were going to reunite, with a bit of an assist from Sebastian Stan’s righteously aggrieved Mad Hatter.

But the course of true love never did run smooth, and the pair has encountered their fair share of obstacles, most of which can be laid directly at Mr. Gold’s magical feet. (More on that in a minute.) In fact, I think it’s fair to say that if Robert Carlyle and Emilie de Ravin didn’t have such incandescent chemistry together, many of us would be less willing to overlook the fact that in many respects, this is a very problematic relationship indeed, featuring—as it does—a significant power imbalance, a fairly vast difference in goals and worldviews, and some behavior that no woman should tolerate from any man.

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Sun
Sep 25 2016 11:00am

First Look: Robyn Carr’s The Life She Wants (September 27, 2016)

The Life She Wants by Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr
The Life She Wants
MIRA/ September 27, 2016/ $15.99 print, $9.99 digital

#1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr creates an emotional and uplifting ensemble of characters in this rags-to-riches-to-rags novel about women, friendship and the complex path to happiness

In the aftermath of her financier husband's suicide, Emma Shay Compton's dream life is shattered. Richard Compton stole his clients' life savings to fund a lavish life in New York City and, although she was never involved in the business, Emma bears the burden of her husband's crimes. She is left with nothing.

Only one friend stands by her, a friend she's known since high school, who encourages her to come home to Sonoma County. But starting over isn't easy, and Sonoma is full of unhappy memories, too. And people she'd rather not face, especially Riley Kerrigan.

Riley and Emma were like sisters—until Riley betrayed Emma, ending their friendship. Emma left town, planning to never look back. Now, trying to stand on her own two feet, Emma can't escape her husband's reputation and is forced to turn to the last person she thought she'd ever ask for help—her former best friend. It's an uneasy reunion as both women face the mistakes they've made over the years. Only if they find a way to forgive each other—and themselves—can each of them find the life she wants.

It seems you can go home again. Emma Shay Compton certainly hopes so. Or is Robert Frost’s aphorism more accurate, “Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in?” Emma’s return to Sonoma is a bit of both. The Life She Wants is a riches-to-rags story: Emma’s seemingly idyllic New York City society marriage was nothing but a house of cards. Her financier husband Richard was a swindler and a con-man: faced with a lifetime behind bars, he commits suicide. Emma entered the marriage with nine thousand dollars in the bank and that’s what she leaves with. Although she was not a co-conspirator, she wants nothing from a marriage than turned ugly and arid even before the feds started investigating.

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Sat
Sep 24 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s The Goal (September 26, 2016)

The Goal by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy
The Goal (Off-Campus Series #4)
Elle Kennedy / September 26, 2016 / $4.99 digital

 

She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a benchwarmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

The fourth installment in Elle Kennedy’s sexy, humorous, charming, and mildly angsty new adult Off Campus series, The Goal, brings together two secondary characters—John Tucker and Sabrina James. More serious than the last three installments, Kennedy write  a rommance that develops amidst the  struggles of life when things don’t go as planned and showcases the strength it takes to stay in command your future. Well written with a steady pace and witty, revealing narrative, Kennedy gives us a engaging opposite attraction romance between two people whose differences are merely stepping stones on their path to happily ever after.

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Sat
Sep 24 2016 12:00pm
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The Rancher Returns: Exclusive Excerpt

Brenda Jackson

The Rancher Returns by Brenda JacksonReturning from active duty to find his ranch being dug up by a beautiful stranger isn't the homecoming navy SEAL Gavin Blake expected. Layla Harris is convinced there's buried treasure on his land. But the only treasure this wealthy rancher wants to uncover is the professor's secret desires! When Layla unearths family secrets—and mysterious threats—he vows to do whatever it takes to protect her. Even as her revelations change everything…

Get a sneak peek at Brenda Jackson's The Rancher Returns (available October 4, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

While he was home, Gavin intended to return to ranching. He couldn’t wait to get back in the saddle and ride Acer as well as help Caldwell and the men with the herd. And he needed to go over the books with Phil Vinson, the ranch’s accountant.

However, the first thing on his agenda was a discus­sion with his grandmother about her giving someone permission to dig on their land. Hopefully he’d have everything settled by next week and he would hightail it to Mississippi. All he needed was one night with a woman and then he’d be good for a while.

[Read the full The Rancher Returns excerpt...]

Fri
Sep 23 2016 4:49pm

Sinful, Sudsy Romance News & Deals with Rebecca Zanetti and Jackie Collins

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

Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti—Deal Alert: Rebecca Zanetti's romantic suspense Forgotten Sins is on sale for $1.99 in e-book Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Why do we love wounded heroes like Supernatural's Dean Winchester and J.D. Robb's In Death series' Roarke? Rebecca Zanetti has Some Thoughts.

—Deal Alert: Jackie Collins' soapy family saga The Santangelos is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.,* as is fellow Lucky Santangelo book Goddess of Vengeance (read an excerpt from the book here at H&H) and Poor Little Bitch Girl, which features Lucky's son Bobby.

Deal Alert: Lavinia Kent's historical Angel in Scarlet is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* New to Treat yourself to a romantic original scene from Lavinia Kent—read “The Angel Discovers a Rake” here on H&H right now.

Fresh Outta the Oven

You'll want to make Alexa Riley's His Alone yours alone when you see the newly released cover. Riley first got our attention with her breeding romances such as Coach. Are you looking forward to her next release?

Class is (almost) in session! The long-awaited yound adult spin-off of Doctor Who, entitled Class, is set to premiere in spring 2017, according to Entertainment Weekly. We can't get enough of the heart-wrenching and hilarious love in Doctor Who.

[+Today on H&H...]

Fri
Sep 23 2016 4:00pm

Professions & Speculation: 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!


JoMcNally loves an authentic hero.

JoMcNally in What’s Your Favorite Hero Profession?

It's the man more than the job - I love blue-collar, white collar, and first responders as long as they're authentic and sexy. I was waiting for the cable guy last week and jokingly texted a friend that there should be a romance about a cable guy - ha ha ha. Then he arrived - not only gorgeous and nice, but IRISH! Accent and all. Yeah, I'd read that romance!

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Fri
Sep 23 2016 3:00pm

Victoria Creator Daisy Goodwin Dishes on Lord M, Season 2, and More! (+Sweepstakes)

Victoria by Daisy GoodwinQueen Victoria's reign in Great Britain in the 19th century gave rise to one of historical romance's most beloved settings, the Victorian Era. With one of the most epic royal romances as the centerpiece, it's only natural, then, that we Anglophiles on Team H&H should be greatly anticipating the upcoming series Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman, Rufus Sewell, and Tom Hughes. While the show doesn't premiere in the U.S. until January, it's already causing quite a stir in the U.K. (our British recapper Lou Moran has been feeding us juicy weekly updates about the romance in each episode) and was just this morning officially renewed for a second season.

We sat down with Victoria creator and executive producer Daisy Goodwin to talk about the inspiration for the show, the (surprising?) popularity of Victoria and Lord Melbourne in the fandom, and much more.

Can't handle the wait for the show to reach our shores? The good news: Goowin has also written a novelization of the series, Victoria: A Novel of a Young Queen, and it'll be on shelves November 22, 2016. The better news: You can enter for a chance to win 1 of 25 Advance Reader Copies right now!*

Click here to enter for a chance to win
Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
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Fri
Sep 23 2016 2:00pm

Your Romance Novel Soulmate Based on Your Zodiac: Hero Edition

Romance Novel Soulmate Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Do you believe in the power of the stars? Your zodiac can be an insight into who you are as a person—and who completes you! With romance novels on the brain (always), allow us to match you up with The One—at least on the page! Find your sign and discover your romance hero soulmate...*

*Heroine edition coming soon!

Find Your Zodiac Sign!

Aries  |  Taurus  |  Gemini  |  Cancer  |  Leo  |  Virgo  |

Libra  |  Scorpio  |  Sagittarius  |  Capricorn  |  Aquarius  |  Pisces

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Fri
Sep 23 2016 1:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to our favorite Emmy winners!

Sterling Brown

This past Sunday, the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired and it gave us an opportunity to ogle some of our favorite TV Beefcakes in well-fitted tuxes. This past year's TV was amazing thanks to the contributions of Sterling K. Brown, Rami Malek, Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang, Keegan Michael Key, and Jordan Peele.

They definitely made our list of beefiest Beefcakes of the Emmys. 

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Fri
Sep 23 2016 12:00pm

The Types of Guys You’ll Meet While on Vacation: Romance Novel Edition

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

We're thrilled to welcome Nina Bocci (Roman Crazy) to Heroes and Heartbreakers! Nina and Alice Clayton, her writing partner, love to travel and so they know a thing or two about the types of men you'll meet while on vacation. Nina is here today to discuss a few of those types—and the fictional heroes that fit the bill too! Thanks, Nina!

It’s no secret that Alice and I like to travel. Traveling together, and with our besties Christina Lauren, is something that we absolutely love. For us, having a series like Broads Abroad set in Europe was going to be a lot of fun. When we were thinking about what city to set Roman Crazy in, we knew it had to be somewhere that readers would fall in love with.

I’ve always been a fan of novels set somewhere. Whether it was a make believe land far, far away, or in Outer Space (I’m looking at you Pierce Brown), or even dystopian worlds where love is banned. Romances set in Europe, for me, present a different kind of magic. You get the heart-clenchy feelings of people falling in love against the backdrop of some of the most incredible sights the world has to offer. Here are some of my favorite leading men that you may meet while taking a romantic jaunt through Europe.

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Fri
Sep 23 2016 11:00am

A League of Her Own: Pitch Season 1, Episode 1 Ginny/Mike Heart-to-Heart

Pitch on Fox

Show/Episode:Pitch Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Ship(s): Ginny/Mike

Captain's Log, Pitch Episode 1

A true story on the verge of happening. So the marketing hype surrounding Pitch would have us believe, that a woman may be close to playing in baseball’s Major League. While this may or may not be true, the show makes you feel like it is, as it gives us Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), a twenty-three-year-old called up from the minors as starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres, a move that instantly turns her into a symbol, a statement, and the cynosure of all eyes.

There is a lot to love about Pitch, a sports movie in multiple parts from co-creator Dan Fogelman (who also has This is Us to his credit this season). We all know the basic sports movie formula, so it will surprise no one to learn just how abysmally Ginny’s first go on the mound turns out. But it is in the small details that Pitch is set apart from its often similar (but ever-awesome) brethren—and yes, most of them are indeed brethren. Here’s what makes Pitch’s pilot so great:

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