<i>What Remains</i>: Exclusive Excerpt What Remains: Exclusive Excerpt Garrett Leigh "Rupert put two fingers under Jodi’s chin and tilted his face until their eyes met." <i>Sweet Little Lies</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Sweet Little Lies: Exclusive Excerpt Jill Shalvis "The way her name rolled off his tongue had her knees wobbling." <i>Body Rocks</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Body Rocks: Exclusive Excerpt A. M. Arthur “You can sit beside me when the world comes down.” <i>No Master</i>: Exclusive Excerpt No Master: Exclusive Excerpt Christine d'Abo "With his free hand, he caressed the side of Zain’s throat."
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KC
Tue
Jun 28 2016 8:05am

Do You Have a Preference on Who “Falls” First?

When it comes to romance, we know that a couple is going to fall in love, but when it comes to who falls in love first, well that can be fun! 

Many times, especially when it comes to an alpha hero, it's a particular delight to see the mighty fall—and thus it can be very sweet to see the big-bad “I'm never going to fall in love” hero, be the one to fall in love first. 

The same can be said for a tough as nails heroine, or even a heroine who isn't afraid to love the alpha hero, despite all his protestations of love being for the week. 

Do you have a preference for who falls in love first? What's your favorite instance of “how the mighty have fallen”?

 

Mon
Jun 27 2016 4:55pm

Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Heart Cover & 5 Deals: Romance News

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Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

Fresh Outta the Oven

Elena's armed to the teeth on the cover of Nalini Singh's Archangel's Heart! The next Guild Hunter book will be out on November 1, 2016—stay tuned for more scoop as we get closer... Haven't joined the Guild Hunter fold yet? Here's what you need to know.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Deal Alert: Sarah MacLean's first Scandal & Scoundrel novel, The Rogue Not Taken, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* [MacLean's] stories are like crack,“ says TanyaLK in her First Look at The Rogue Not Taken, ”where I feel so emotionally attached to the characters and can’t seem to pull myself away in order to do basic necessities like sleeping, eating…you get the drift.“

Deal Alert: Janet Chapman's time-traveling-highlander romance The Highlander Next Door is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Want more time-travel romances? We've got you covered.

—Deal Alert: Sonali Dev's The Bollywood Bride is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The Bollywood Bride is one of 27 books on our Ultimate TBR Pile.

[+Julie Garwood and Karen Robards steals!...]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells (June 28, 2016)

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James

Eloisa James
A Gentleman Never Tells: A Novella
Avon / (July 26, 2016) / $3.99 print, $.99 digital

Eighteen months ago, Lizzie Troutt’s husband died in his mistress’s bed, leaving her determined to never marry again….and unfortunately virginal.

Eighteen years ago (give or take a few) the Honorable Oliver Berwick blackened his own soul, leaving him hardened and resolutely single.

When the chance for redemption in the form of a country house party invitation comes his way, Oliver is determined to prove himself a gentleman.

Until he breaks all the codes of gentlemanly behavior…once again.

It is said that laughter is the best medicine, and laughter is central to Eloisa James’s A Gentleman Never Tells.

[Laughter and romance...]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 2:00pm

Staying “At Home” Forever: 12 TV Shows and Movies to Watch If You’re Going into Downton Abbey Withdrawals

It's summer and time to start binge-watching period dramas! With so many online options, there’s no shortage of old-fashioned romance to help you escape for a few hours (or days). Here’s my compilation of shows to watch this summer (and yes, I am planning on re-watching all of them!) if you miss Downton Abbey.  A few disclaimers: I’m an Anglophile through and through, so my list is strictly British dramas. I’m also a huge fan of the Early Modern period, the long 18th, and the 19th centuries and I tend to lean more towards period pieces that focus on those particular eras. Third, this is by no means an exhaustive list and some of them might not be as closely related to Downton, but they are all romantic and worth the watch!

[Get ready to binge watch!]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 11:00am

Romance Novels to Read If You Like Friday Night Lights—Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

KC

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

This is the rallying cry of one of my personal favorite television shows of all time, Friday Night Lights. Guaranteed to give you goosebumps of the “feelings” kind, and definitely draw a tear or two (or twenty), this is a television show like no other before it.

And in case you hadn’t heard, during the second week of June 2016, the cast re-united in Austin, Texas ten years after the show began. (And boy do I feel old!) If you’ve never gotten a chance to watch this iconic show, you’re in luck because it’s currently available on Netflix’s streaming service. If you’re already well-acquainted with FNL, then I do not have to tell you how amazing it was and remains to this day.

Throughout its five-year run on NBC/DirecTV, Friday Night Lights brought us countless stories: the all-too realistic depiction of a modern Texas small town (fictional Dillon, Texas), stories of high school and football politics, the revelation that was the on-screen marriage of Tami and Coach Eric Taylor, tales of painful familial loss, aging relatives, abuse, teen pregnancy and abortion, stories about living with disability, about living just above (and sometimes under) the poverty line, stories of first love, forbidden love, second love, (third love?), hard truths about parenthood, brotherhood, friendships and more. (Let’s not forget that almost-threesome in Mexico! I sure can’t!) There has never been anything like it on television, and I very seriously doubt there will ever be again.

But thankfully, there are a few books I’d like to recommend that might help to fill the void in some small way. Of course, nothing can ever match the brilliance that was this show, or the brooding gorgeousness of Timmy Riggins, but I hope that these selections will come close for many of you!

[Let's travel back to Dillon, Texas]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 9:30am

First Look: Emily Giffin’s First Comes Love (June 28, 2016)

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin
First Comes Love 
Ballantine / June 28, 2016 / $28.00 print, $13.99 digital

You can have the same parents, be raised in the same family and be strikingly different with very little in common, except censure and disapproval for each other’s lifestyle. That is the situation between Josie and Meredith.

Josie is youngest child with all the free-spiritedness that goes along with that. Not that she is completely irresponsible. She is thirty-seven and has worked fourteen years as a first grade teacher at the same school. She loves what she does. And is very good at it. She has a reputation for being “fun, energetic and creative.” Josie has lots of friends and a very active social life. Still, to Meredith, Josie is utterly self-centered, with a life filled with manufactured drama. All she can talk about is the fact that her old boyfriend’s daughter Edie is now going to be in her first grade class. How awkward it is going to be—how difficult—because she never gotten over him. Meredith told her she could easily have requested that the Edie be moved but Josie wants to live in the tragedy. And how she has even taken to stalking him –well more like stalking his wife:

[Drama, ahoy!]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 8:19am

What Book Finally Hooked You on a Series?

A few years ago, Netflix published some interesting information—it knew exactly what episode hooked you on a show. Scandal hooked you on episode 2, Arrow had you by Episode 8, and Once Upon a Time had you by Episode 6. 

While this has to do with TV, much the same can be said for books. It's not always book 1 that gets your invested in the rest of the series—*cough* especialy if you don't read in order *cough, cough*

What book has hooked you on your favorite author/series? Was it book 1 or did you realize it was “the one” with a later book in the series?

Let us know in the comments!

Sun
Jun 26 2016 2:00pm

Remind Me Not to Get on Your Bad Side, Sassenach: Outlander 2x12 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodeOutlander, Season 2, Episode 12, “The Hail Mary”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x12 Keeping Track of Jamie and Claire's Romance

Jamie and Claire were separated and reunited in the span of last week’s episode. The reunion was more of a rescue, and they saved Lady Mary, too, as they finally discovered who raped her and who organized the attack and both were put down. The rapist by Mary and the orchestrator, the Duke of Sandringham, by Murtagh.

Now that they are edging closer to the fateful battle Claire and Jamie have been trying to avoid, what will they do? Claire saved Frank’s ancestor, but what does that mean in terms of Jack Randall? Let’s dive into Season 2, Episode 12, “The Hail Mary” to see if Jamie and Claire can stay solid without another battle pulling them apart.

As they arrive to the camp outside Inverness it’s clear everyone is defeated. The army is sullen having retreated from successful battles and stuck camping through winter with little food. They are no longer the vibrant army that crushed the British. This is just what Claire and Jamie wanted to avoid. Now they’re three days out from the battle at Culloden Moor, and Claire is despondent. She and Jamie are both beat down by the state of things, too. She wonders what all their plotting was for, and you can see in her eyes she’s remembering how terrible everything was in Paris and realizing it might not have been worth any of it. Jamie still has hope, though. He’s not giving up. He is going to try to make Charles see reason.

[But we're guessing he won't...]

Sun
Jun 26 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Body Rocks: Exclusive Excerpt

A. M. Arthur

Body Rocks by A. M. Arthur

Everything is finally falling into place for Trey Cooper: his band has been accepted into one of the biggest music competitions in the country…too bad their drummer just quit to play with XYZ, their biggest rival. When Trey has a mind-blowingly hot hookup with a mysterious violinist, Trey definitely plans to see him again – just not on stage as a member of XYZ.

Dominic Bounds’ time to make his musical dreams come true is running out. If something doesn’t happen fast, he has to head home to find a real job. This competition is his last chance, and Dom needs to come out on top – but he never expected to fall for his rival. As Dom and Trey risk everything to begin a secret affair, there’s no denying their chemistry is off the charts – but could their band rivalry turn their romance into a one-hit wonder?

Get a sneak peek at A. M. Arthur's Body Rocks (available June 28, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

“Coop, I will pay you twenty dollars if you go out and get laid already,” Danielle said.

Trey Cooper nearly dropped the glass baking dish he was trying to slide into the dishwasher among too many other dirty dishes. The overload was thanks to Danielle’s bright idea to cook for nine people tonight. His best friend and roommate was blunt, probably to a fault and sometimes to her social detriment, but once in a while she managed to outblunt herself.

And his initial shock gave way to faint horror. He glanced at the archway that led into the living room where their other roommate, Bobby, was hanging with their dinner guests.

[Read the full Body Rocks excerpt...]

Sat
Jun 25 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

No Master: Exclusive Excerpt

Christine d'Abo

No Master by Christine d'Abo

No man in the galaxy inspires more fear than Korbin, the Admiral of the Black. His life as leader of the biggest pirate band in space leaves little room for trust, so when Korbin's second-in-command disappears without a trace, he suspects the worst.

Zain Strand has left his life as a sex slave behind and risen within the pirate ranks. But he abandons it all to rescue an old friend from recapture by the slavers-even if that means a suicidal confrontation with his old master. He doesn't expect Korbin's arrival, doesn't want Korbin's help ... but Korbin gives Zain no choice.

Losing as master and slave to infiltrate a slave auction, Korbin and Zain embark on a journey of lust that rapidly reveals their deeper feelings. When Zain's old master discovers their ruse, Korbin must do everything in his power to save both their lives and their newfound love.

Get a sneak peek at Christine d'Abo's No Master (available June 27, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The communicator beeped, filling the awkward silence. Zain moved quickly. He was already typing in commands when Korbin reached his side.

“It’s Prem. He wants to speak with you face-to-face before the retreat.”

“Is that typical?”

“Not uncommon. He’ll want a visual to match the person arriving tonight. It’s old-fashioned, but harder to trick than a DNA scan with some races.”

“Ironic.”

[Read the full No Master excerpt...]

Sat
Jun 25 2016 12:00pm

Swoonies 2016: TV Edition—Round 2

The polls are now closed.
We will move on to the Final Round on June 29 at 1:30 p.m. EST!

Welcome to H&H's Swoonies 2016: TV Edition! We're pitting some of our favorite ships head-to-head to see who wins the award for H&H's Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016! 

We're on to Round 2, and only four couples remain before a winner is crowned in the Swoonies! Make sure you vote—this round ends June 29, 2016 12 p.m. EST.

The final four couples are Clexa vs. Olicity and Jessica x Luke vs. Jamie x Claire


Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: June 22-24 at 12 p.m.
  • Round 2: June 25-29 at 12 p.m. (EST)
  • Round 3: June 29-July 1 at 2 p.m. 
  • Winners Announced: July 1 at 3 p.m.

Get the newsletter buttonThe fight for love has just begun! Cast your vote for the Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016, and then sign up for the H&H newsletter for weekly or daily updates on how your favorite Swoonies couples are doing in the polls and when the next round starts, plus hot romance news, deals, sneak peeks, exclusive author spotlights, and more!

[On to the battle!]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Poldark’s Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

Recently we've become—er—enamored, with the incredibly handsome and talented Aidan Turner.

Source: ohnotheydidnt

And can you blame us?

[More hotness ahead...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 2:00pm

Tara Wyatt’s Primal Instinct Defies the Double Standard

Primal Instinct by Tara Wyatt

Generally speaking, we as readers know the trajectory of a bodyguard story.  Our bodyguard hero is forced to protect the heroine from danger.  She will be vulnerable and she will be thrust into our hero’s arms, and most likely, as a result, into his heart (if she wasn’t there before them).  In the hands of a master, they’re amazing. (see Roxanne St. Claire and Cindy Gerard’s bodyguard stories )

We also know what a rock star story has started to look like over the years; a tortured alpha rockstar is a very obvious sexual object, strutting around and either showing people who they really are behind the mask, or allowing their real life, no holds barred personality full reign, both to fall in love with a heroine who loves them for being themselves.  (see Nalini Singh’s amazing Rock Kiss series, for example).

But what if.  What if. 

What if a bodyguard falls in love with the rockstar they’re protecting.  This is a story rarely seen in romance.  But in the hands of someone like Tara Wyatt, it’s revolutionary.  Which of course you’d be expecting considering the contents of her first book.

[Full body protection...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 12:54pm

Free Eve Langlais Book to Kick Off the Weekend: Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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A Demon and His Witch by Eve LanglaisDeal Alert: Eve Langlais' paranormal romance A Demon and His Witch, the first Welcome to Hell novel, is FREE at e-tailers including iBooks and Amazon.* But before you dive in, here are 10 things you should know about Eve Langlais...

—Deal Alert: Janet Evanovich's mystery One for the Money, the book that kicked off the beloved Stephanie Plum series, not to mention the Stephanie/Morelli/Ranger triangle, is on sale for only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks, etc.* Never met Stephanie & co.? You are missing out! Start reading One for the Money with an excerpt of Chapters 1-3 here at H&H. Plus, join the debate: Are you Team Morelli or Team Ranger?

Deal Alert: Tessa Bailey's romantic suspense Up in Smoke is just $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* “[The hero's] dirty talk helps to bring the hero and heroine together in Bailey’s second Crossing The Line novel,” Chelsea Mueller writes in her First Look at Up in Smoke. How can you resist learning more about that?!

—Deal Alert: Jenny Han's contemporary YA romance, P.S. I Still Love You, the sequel to To All The Boys I've Loved Before, is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* While I'm #TeamPeter all the way, I enjoy the way the first two books keep the focus on Lara Jean's journey, with boys and without.

[+What's hot at H&H...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 12:00pm

We Literally LOL’d: 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!


DanaSherwood made us do a spittake:

DanaSherwood in What's the Funniest Book Cover in Romance?

For me, it's always been Johanna Lindsey's Man of My Dreams. It features a naked Fabio with the kneeling heroine strategically positioned before him with such an expression of ecstasy on her face that it looks like she has some kind of special “spot” on her upper back. 


DarleneMarshall doled out quality dating advise for fellas:

DarleneMarshall in Finally, Proof that Reading is Sexy

Pish-tosh! As if we needed proof! If hunky guys in glasses hung out in bars reading romance, they'd never go home alone.

If I were a single guy, I'd start reading romance just to meet ladies. Ideally, guys who read romance would also get a piece of clue-cake in the bargain.


[On to more funny...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 9:30am

June 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets: When the Tough Get Going, These Girls Get Dirty

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston

This month brings New Adult titles that illustrate strength in tough situations. These heroines face these situations head on and when they find a partner that can help lift them up, nothing will stop them.

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston is the last in the Worth the Fight series. Ending the series is Travis “Cowboy” with unlikely heroine, Penny. Penny is a single mom on the run from her past. She carries many secrets and at times the burden is too much to bear. Travis is more than strong enough to support her but, Penny is hesitant to dive into a relationship. This isn’t insta-love and as they grow, so does their trust. Each has baggage and they find that together, the load is more than easy to carry. Cameo’s from all the other characters round out the series.

Interference by Sophia Henry is a standalone novel also featuring a young, single mom and a new-to-town cop. At their first meeting, Linden lets Jason have it as he benched her little brother. Thus setting the start of a romance that challenges but also brings a sweetness to Linden’s life that she desperately needed. Linden is everyone’s protector, especially her young son but, Jason is making it his job to look out for her.

[Strong ladies ahead...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 8:30am

Do You Still Want the First Generation Story, After the Second Generation?

2017 will be a great year if you like seeing the second generation of favorite heroes. Yesterday, Lisa Kleypas revealed the cover for Devil in Spring, the latest book in her Ravenels series, with the bonus that it would connect to her beloved Wallflower book Devil in Winter. For Stephanie Laurens fans, the Cynster's will return with Devil Cynster's son, Sebastian. 

However, especially in the realm of historical romance, getting the second generation's story can be problematic as, in order for the son's to “succeed” and get the title, their father's would have had to die. 

This is a concept that Laurens' dealt with when she gave us Sebastian Cynster's (Devil's father) story after giving us Devil's story. It's one of the many reasons Julia Quinn has always said readers will not get the story of Edmund and Violet Bridgerton, because the Bridgerton series all started on the basis that Edmund had been long dead. 

What do you think of getting the first generation story after the second generation? Do you still want it? Do you like getting the second generation story? 

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Jun 23 2016 5:15pm

Son of a Wallflower! Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring Cover Is Here

Back in May, Lisa Kleypas revealed the hero for her next Ravenel book, Devil in Spring, would connect to her Wallflower books. And not just any of the Wallflowers, but what is arguably the most beloved of the series—Devil in Winter. Today, we get the cover!

The hero of Devil in Spring, Gabriel, is the son of Evie and St. Vincent. Viscount St. Vincent is one of the most beloved (and polarizing) rakes in the genre—Jennifer Myers named St. Vincent one of the best “villains to heroes” in the genre, while Lisa Kleypas herself talked about the man (the myth, the villain) in her post on writing contemporary and historical heroes. 

For our Father's Day post on historical romances that revisit fathers and sons, Janet Webb touched on what bringing a second generation of wallflowers could mean, and we couldn't be more excited.

Find out more about the book as Bustle sits down with Lisa Kleypas to discuss revisiting these beloved characters with a second generation. 

For more, check out our reviews for the first two books in the series, Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne, to get caught up on the series before Devil in Spring hits shelves on February 21, 2017.  

Learn more about or pre-order a copy today of Devil in Spring, available February 21, 2017:

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Thu
Jun 23 2016 5:06pm

Get Screwed for $.99: Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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**Breaking News: Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Spring, whose hero is the son of a Wallflower, now has a gorgeous cover! See the cover here...**

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Screwed by Kendall Ryan—Deal Alert: Kendall Ryan's Screwed is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Ryan talks the power of an un-put-down-able book in her H&H guest post, writing: “I want to lose myself so completely in the pages that the characters, their choices, decisions and actions feel so real they have the power to turn my stomach into a ball of nerves and glue me to the pages despite my obligations. My family wants dinner? Too bad. We're ordering pizza tonight because I. CANNOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN.”

—Deal Alert: Molly McClain's single-dad-helps-stranded-driver-heroine Can't Get Enough is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Look, there are few things in this world as sexy as hot men who also happen to be terrific fathers. For that reason, I'm 100% game for romances featuring children.

Deal Alert: Annabeth Albert's opposites-attract male/male contemporary Status Update, Book 1 in the #gaymers series, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Book 2 in the series, Beta Test, earned a spot in Lucy_Hargrave's male/male best bets just last month!

[+Romance BuzzBooks & The Devil Wears Prada is 10?!...]