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Aug 15 2014 12:00pm

A Promise by Daylight: Exclusive Excerpt

Alison DeLaine

A Promise by Daylight by Alison DeLaine

A notorious rake…

In the aftermath of a near-fatal accident, the virile and charming Duke of Winston vowed to reform his ways. But for an infamous rogue, it's easier said than done. Hiring a personal medic, he sets about recovering from his injuries—and avoiding temptation at all costs. Little does Winston know, the one temptation he can't resist might be hiding before his very eyes.
A tenacious virgin…

Without a friend or farthing in the world, posing as a man is Miss Millicent Germain's only chance to achieve her dream of becoming a physician. But working for the decadent duke is trickier than no-nonsense Millie anticipated—and his touch threatens to awaken her deepest desires. By daylight, the two are at odds…but by night, their attraction may prove undeniable.

Get a sneak peek of Alison DeLaine's A Promise by Daylight (available August 26, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Millie watched through the most slender crack in her door as the princess silently raised the latch and let herself into Winston’s dressing room without knocking.

Millie shut her door and leaned against it, closing her eyes, trying not to imagine what would come next.

This was what was supposed to happen.

She wanted this to happen.

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Aug 15 2014 10:33am

Och, Lassie! Outlander Renewed for Season 2!

Claire and Jamie in Outlander Season 1TV Guide is reporting that Starz has renewed Outlander, based on the series by Diana Gabaldon, for a second season. Season 2 will be based on the second book in the series, Dragonfly in Amber, and will have at least 13 episodes.

Only the first episode of Outlander has aired thus far, but thanks to Starz's marketing efforts and the book series' fanbase, that episode has garnered five million views.

And, come on, who doesn't want to see more Jamie and Claire?

Aug 15 2014 9:58am

Nalini Singh Reveals Cover for Rock Addiction!

Rock Addiction by Nalini SinghNalini Singh has revealed the cover for Rock Addiction, the first book in her Rock Kiss series. It sounds as though it's a sexy New Adult romance (emphasis on the sexy!), and luckily, we won't have long to wait—Rock Addiction releases on September 9. 

Here's the book's official description:

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Stay tuned to the H&H Nalini Singh Collection for more information as we get it.

Aug 15 2014 9:30am

First Look: Elizabeth Essex’s A Scandal to Remember (August 26, 2014)

A Scandal to Remember by Elizabeth EssexElizabeth Essex
A Scandal to Remember (Reckless Brides)
St. Martin's / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

In Elizabeth Essex's A Scandal to Remember, for too long, Miss Jane Burke’s father has taken advantage of her painstaking research. Heading to the South Seas to make her own name as a scientist despite the crew’s insistence that a woman aboard is bad luck, she isn’t prepared to be championed by a handsome ship’s officer who rouses longings inside her as wild as any storm…

For Lieutenant Charles Dance, a post on His Majesty’s survey ship Tenacious is just one more dutiful rung on the ladder of his career. Even a headstrong bluestocking on board is less troubling than the ship’s drunken captain—and the ferocious gales that drive the ship off course. Stranded on a remote island, passion blazes between them as hot as the sun, but it’s Jane’s love that Charles wants forever…

Elizabeth Essex's A Scandal to Remember is a very good Adventure on the High Seas romance. I could almost taste the salt in the air, feel the spray of the waves, and hear the creaking of the masts as they are buffeted by the winds. This is a Naval Story, and in particular, a story about Lieutenant Charles Dance as he struggles to do his duty with what has to be the worst ship and crew in the Royal Navy.

[Scandal ahoy!...]

Aug 15 2014 8:10am

Chemistry on Film: “It’s Even Better When You Help”

Actress Lauren Bacall passed away this week, and so it seems like a good opportunity to post this clip from Bacall's first movie, To Have and Have Not, made when she was just nineteen years old.

This is how on-screen chemistry works (and yes, the two embarked on an affair during the course of this film that culminated in their getting married).

What are your favorite on-screen moments of chemistry? 

Aug 14 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Kelley Armstrong’s Visions (August 19, 2014)

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong
Visions (A Cainsville Novel)
Dutton Adult / August 19, 2014 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed. 

Olivia Taylor-Jones, also known as Eden Larsen, is riding a very fine line between two markedly different lives. In one, she’s the adopted daughter of a wealthy Chicago family; the other has her reconnecting with her birth parents, both currently serving life sentences for serial murders. Established in Omens, the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainesville series, the rift from her old life saw Liv pushed in a new direction, starting with a move to a small town an hour away from the big city, and then investigating at least one of the supposed crimes committed by Pamela and Todd Larsen.

[What does she discover?]

Aug 14 2014 2:15pm

Drinking to Numb the Pain: Addicted Heroines in Romance

Before the Storm by Diane ChamberlainIncorporating addiction into a story can be very challenging for an author. Most of us have been around family and friends who've lost control of their life to either drugs or alcohol. And some of us have watched these individuals quit, going months or years without using their drug of choice, only to relapse, or fall off the wagon. We know that there is no cure and that many times addiction goes hand in hand with some type of mental disorder like depression or trauma, like PTSD. We know that people use alcohol and drugs to self-medicate; to feel good, to smother pain, and to escape untenable situations.

By incorporating addiction into a storyline, not only does the author have to convince us that there is a happy-ever-after in the hero’s or heroine’s future, but the author also has to create a relatable flawed character and explain why the character is acting in a non-heroic way. Most authors do this by writing situational addiction—the loss of a child, the trauma of war, the pain from childhood, etc. Many authors show the addiction in the past, making the character immediately worthy of readers’ regard.

While both hero and heroines deal with addiction, it seems to me that the majority are male. Maybe it’s a throwback to the Victorians' beliefs that women are paragons of perfection and purity, or maybe as female readers we would much rather identify with the person doing the saving rather than the person whose life has spiraled out of control. What do you think—is there a readers’ partiality for tortured heroes over heroines?

[What say you?...]

Aug 14 2014 12:00pm

Stone Cold Lover: Exclusive Excerpt

Stone Cold Lover by Christine Warren

Art restorer Felicity “Fil” Shaltis can read the magic in auras, but her fascination with a valuable statue her friend Ella Harrow asks her to locate is purely artistic. At least until the fierce stone gargoyle comes to life as a powerful, and powerfully hot, immortal warrior, who promptly saves her life from a cultist set on destroying them both. Suddenly “chiseled good looks” takes on a whole new meaning…


Spar expected nothing less than one of the seven demons of the Dark to wake him—and instead finds himself the unlikely savior of a spirited human female who now bears the mark of the demon. As one of seven Guardians created to vanquish the Darkness, Spar has no time for love—but he can’t deny that his destiny is clearly entwined with Fil’s. To battle the looming threat to humanity, first Spar must save the woman who summoned him...

Get a sneak peek of Christine Warren's Stone Cold Lover (available August 26, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

Orange was so not her color.

Felicity Shaltis knew this, knew it even as she slipped the purloined key into the heavy antique lock and committed her first felony. The knowledge made her hands shake, but it didn’t stop her. She couldn’t stop; all she could do was hope she went to one of those progressive Canadian prisons where they let the inmates wear blue. Or black. She looked decent in black.

If she got lucky, maybe Ella would visit her.

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Aug 14 2014 11:45am

New Photos for Downton Abbey Season 5!

Mary, Tom Branson, and Lord Gillingham in Downton Abbey Season 5Masterpiece has released new official promotional pictures for Downton Abbey Season 5, giving us hints about what's ahead for our favorite characters. In them, we see Lady Mary hanging out with Tom and maybe-love-interest Lord Gillingham (and their guns!), Anna and Bates looking stiff (but smiling!), Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes possibly more friendly, and a brand-new household portrait (how quickly the babies have grown!). See all 8 of the images at BuzzFeed.

Downton Abbey returns with new episodes in the UK this fall, and in the United States on January 4, 2015. As always, H&H will present weekly recaps, so keep an eye on our Downton Abbey Collection for those and much, much more Downton goodness.

What are you most anticipating in Season 5?

[+Check out 2 more intriguing pics here...]

Aug 14 2014 11:00am

Going Both Ways: Best Bi Short Stories Anthology

Best Bi Short Stories anthology, edited by Sheela LambertFunded via Kickstarter, the Best Bi Short Stories anthology was edited by Sheela Lambert, a civil rights activist and writer discussing bisexual and LGBT issues. Surprisingly, it’s the first book of its kind to deliberately focus on bisexual characters and to foreground their identity rather than leaving it to the reader to figure out from tiny clues.

The anthology contains new stories and also a few that were previously published in a wide variety of venues over the last two decades, including a novel excerpt from Pride/Prejudice: A Novel of Mr. Darcy, Elizabeth Bennet and Their Forbidden Lovers by Ann Herendeen, which explores a relationship between Charles Bingley and Fitzwilliam Darcy and is an intriguing entry in the Austen meta-canon. The most “vintage” story is the moving “Inland Passage” by Jane Rule (author of the classic Desert of the Heart, made into the film Desert Hearts), featuring two widowed older women, both grieving in different ways, who meet on a cruise ship and, after a rocky start, forge a bond with each other.

[Tell us more...]

Aug 14 2014 9:30am

First Look: Lauren Dane’s The Best Kind of Trouble (August 26, 2014)

The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren DaneLauren Dane
The Best Kind of Trouble
Harlequin HQN / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

She has complete control…and he's determined to take it away

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton's world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there's a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets! 

Librarian Natalie Clayton has lived quite a life. She was abandoned as a toddler by her mother and sent to live with her father, who has been an addict her whole life. The fact that she has a trust fund and lived in the suburbs made the reality of the life she was living on the inside of that house even more appalling.

[So what kind of trouble does she get in?]

Aug 14 2014 8:04am

Throwback Thursday: When Did You First Identify as a “Romance” Fan?

Identity Crisis by Eliza DalyMaybe you knew as soon as you stole one of your mother's paperbacks. Maybe it took you longer, you just thought you wanted to read a good story. Maybe you were reading books that had relationships in them, and those were the best parts for you, only you didn't understand why you felt that way.

But somewhere, along the way, someone asked what you liked to read and you answered, “romance. I read romance.”

So when was the first time you recall identifying yourself as a romance reader? 

Aug 13 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Maggie Robinson’s The Reluctant Governess (August 19, 2014)

Maggie Robinson
The Reluctant Governess  (Ladies Unlaced #3)
Intermix / August 19, 2014 / $4.99 digital

A secretary for the renowned Evensong Agency, Eliza Lawrence may have a pretty face, but she’s much prouder of her mind and her morals. When she’s pressed into temporary governess duty as a favor to her boss, she doesn’t expect to bend one bit for the rakish Nicholas Raeburn. Not even when he opens the door to her half-dressed...

Despite his bad reputation, Nicholas is a man of honor. To Nick’s way of thinking, he doesn’t need any help raising his daughter, Domenica. If only he weren’t so drawn to the meddlesome woman’s sparkling wit and uncommon beauty...

But when an act of misplaced chivalry goes seriously awry, resulting in mayhem and almost murder, Eliza becomes the only woman he can depend upon. Nick will do anything to protect his family, but who will protect him from falling in love with his reluctant governess?

The Reluctant Governess is the third in Maggie Robinson's Ladies Unlaced Series. I heartily recommend them all.  In this one, our heroine is Eliza Lawrence, newly hired as a secretary for the Evensong Agency, which is the locus of all the Ladies Unlaced books. When Nicholas Raeburn, an artist with an “artistic” reputation, and brother of the hero of the preceding book, In the Heart of the Highlander, returns to England in need of a governess for the daughter of his late mistress, whom he assumes is also his, Eliza takes the job until the agency can find a permanent one.

[Temporarily his?]

Aug 13 2014 2:00pm

Byronic Baby Daddy: Three Reasons I Adore Mr. Rochester

Upside Down by Lia Riley

Today we're joined by author Lia Riley, whose Upside Down is just out this month. Upside Down's hero isn't perfect, and he has his own issues to work through before—perhaps—finding his own HEA. Like Upside Down's Bran, Jane Eyre's Mr. Rochester has a few issues of his own, but Lia still loves him, or perhaps loves him more because of them. She's here to talk about her book boyfriend, Mr. Rochester, today. Thanks, Lia! 

Bless the book boyfriend, those dreamy larger-than-life guys who inspire us by the end of the story to try and crawl inside the page (or is that just me?). We all have our hero preferences. Maybe you adore a warrior—ready to defend his woman no matter the costs. Or perhaps your tastes run more toward down-to-earth betas, those sweethearts next door.

Me? Man, oh, man, the Byronic hero is my kryptonite.

Lord Byron, dubbed by his eventual lover, Caroline Lamb as “mad, bad, and dangerous to know” lent his name to one of the most enduring classic hero archetypes. He’s often viewed as a protagonist but is also someone unstable and deeply conflicted. None of my many fictional crushes have been as long-standing as Jane Eyre’s brooding true love, Mr. Edward Fairfax Rochester, the epitome of an excellent Byronic hero. You can keep Mr. Knightley or even Mr. Darcy. I’ll take a helping of misunderstood outsider.

Rebellious? Check.

Arrogant? Check.

Angsty? Check.

Anti-social? Yep, pretty much.

Intelligent and keenly perceptive? Oh my yes.

What if we throw in passionate and darkly romantic?

Ermahgawd. . .siiiiiiiiiigh.

[What's not to love!]

Aug 17 2014 10:00am

H&H Reads: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Part 3 of 6)

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First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesToday, we're excited to bring back our H&H Reads program, with the book that introduced us to everyone's favorite grim reaper, Charley Davidson—First Grave on the Right.

Every Wednesday and Sunday from now until August 24, we'll be posting First Grave on the Right in six easy-to-read (if not so easy to wait for!) parts. Right before each new part goes up, we'll be taking down the previous one, so make sure you don't miss a single piece of the book. Whether you're a long-time fan of Darynda Jones, or brand new to the Charley Davidson series, we hope you'll read along and then discuss each section of the book with us!

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Don't think you can wait? Catch up on the whole story now. (See the links at the bottom of this post for more info on where you can get your copy of First Grave on the Right.) Then, come back to share your thoughts!

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

First Grave on the Right is the winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book.

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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

Aug 13 2014 11:00am

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Twenty-three years ago, Misty Banner was brutally slashed to death in her home in Virtue Falls, Washington. Her husband was convicted of the murder. Their four year old daughter Elizabeth witnessed the crime, but has no memory of the killing. Now, two decades later, Elizabeth is back in Virtue Falls. She soon discovers her father is innocent. The real killer is still out there. And her investigation has stirred dark and deadly resentments that could provoke in another bloody murder—her own—in this riveting novel from bestselling author Christina Dodd.

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Aug 13 2014 9:30am

So Romantic: Favorite Grand Gestures in Romance Fiction

The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora RobertsI’m a romantic. I can appreciate a sizzling scene, but I confess that, with few exceptions, once I close a book, the scenes that earned it a high sensuality rating tend to blur into memories of similar scenes I’ve read in thousands of other books. The scenes that remain vivid in my memory and emerge in book talk with romance-reading friends are the romantic scenes, especially those involving grand romantic gestures. To qualify as “grand” on my list, a romantic gesture must meet three criteria. 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. Please proceed with caution: spoilers ahead.

One of my all-time favorite romantic gestures occurs in The Return of Rafe MacKade by Nora Roberts. Early in the developing relationship between former bad-boy Rafe and the elegant, controlled Regan Jones, the two make a light-hearted bet. Rafe bets that within a month Regan will be so crazy about him that she will “wiggle into a leather miniskirt. A red one” and show up at the local watering hole for a beer and a game of pool. Regan counters with a bet that within the same time frame Rafe will be so wild about her that he will fall to his knees, clutching a bouquet of lilacs and spouting poetry. Rafe’s response: “Darling, the day I start spouting poetry’s the day Shane’s prize hog sprouts wings and flies down Main Street.”

[Get ready for pigs to fly...]

Aug 13 2014 8:30am

What’s Your Favorite Genre Right Now?

Beautiful Choice by Emily McKeeAs a regular visitor to Heroes and Heartbreakers, you probably read a variety of genres under the romance umbrella. And while we don't want to put you on the spot, let us ask you*:

If you had to choose your absolute favorite genre (in romance) right now, what would you say?


*we're totally putting you on the spot.

Aug 12 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Sidney Bristol’s Committed (August 12, 2014)

Committed by Sidney BristolSidney Bristol
Loveswept / August 12, 2014 / $2.99 digital

DEA Special Agent Damien Moana works hard and plays even harder. But while indulging in forbidden temptations at a private BDSM retreat, the unexpected happens: He falls under a stranger’s spell. This woman drives Damien to distraction, pushing him to the sweet boundary between pain and pleasure. When duty interrupts their heated encounter, his focus turns to catching a criminal . . . but his head is still with the seductress who ignites his deepest desires. Now Damien must choose between closing the case of his career and losing the woman of his dreams.

Poppy Mercer can’t forget the night she spent with her mystery lover. When chance brings them back together, she seizes the opportunity to again feel his masterful hands on her body. Poppy is a switch who delights in dominating a powerful man . . . and submitting to the ecstasy of his control. Outside the bedroom, however, she questions her place in Damien’s world. His obsession with hunting a ruthless drug lord puts Poppy in the line of fire. And though Damien might be able to save her from danger, salvaging what’s left of her trust is another matter.

Sidney Bristol introduces the Drug of Desire series with Committed, and it might have earned its place as one of my favorite erotic romances. Ever. How did she earn such an exalted spot amongst the many erotic titles I have read? In a recent Twitter conversation, I gave this tweet pitch: “It was great to read a heroine who reveled in her sexuality and an alpha who I could introduce to my folks.”

[Please do go on...]

Aug 12 2014 2:00pm

Supernatural’s Destiel: The Greatest Love Story (N)ever Told

Supernatural Season 9 official posterIt’s August now and another San Diego Comic Con has come and gone. All the beautiful people of The CW and MTV flocked to the San Diego Convention Center to ruminate on the inner lives of their characters, tease us with discussions of the Fall season (unless you watch Teen Wolf which is blessedly filling my need for hot shirtless boys in the summer), and create endless opportunities for Tumblr gifs.

Of all of the casts spotlighted, I must firmly declare my love for that of Supernatural, easily the TV show that has had the firmest grip on my heart for the past couple of years (and the greatest love story ever told).

The cast's hints about next season were tantalizing—morally ambiguous, fully human Sam, demon!Dean at his (self) destructive best, and Cas* searching for Dean at the expense of his fading borrowed grace. Added to all that, a meta-musical(ish) episode?!??! October can’t come soon enough.

But in reading that recap of what we’ve learned so far about Season 10, does any of it really sound that different from what we’ve seen before? No. Even the musical(ish) episode calls back to their other meta episodes like “The Real Ghostbusters” and “The French Mistake” (also, I very much hope, to the classic end credits scene in “Yellow Fever”). So what keeps us coming back to this show that was supposed to end after Season 5 but has amazingly gone on five more seasons (at least)?

[One word: Destiel...]