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Mar 30 2015 5:15pm

Second Chances: Women’s Fiction Best Bets for March 2015

Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis

If the shelves are dusty and the pots don’t shine, it’s because I have better things to do with my time.
~Author Unknown

Better things to do with your time like reading! Once you see all the selections for this month, you definitely be saying that spring cleaning can wait. Check out the March women’s fiction smorgasbord. Paraphrasing the LAY'S® commercial—bet you can’t just pick one!

Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis

To an outside observer, Anneke Stroudt is a mess—her shirts are stained, her fingernails stubby, her language colorful. But, despite her flaws, Anneke’s life is close to perfect. She has a beautiful historic house to restore and a loving fiancé who cooks like a dream.
Until Anneke’s charmed existence falls apart when she loses both her job and her future husband in one terrible day. In need of a new start, she packs up her disgruntled schnauzer and moves into her half-finished home, where she throws her pent-up frustration—and what little savings she has—into finishing the renovation.
But at the first step into the house’s overhaul, Anneke is sidetracked when she discovers a mysterious leather-bound book, long hidden away, filled with tempting recipes and steamy secrets from Gemma Ditmore-Smythe, the cook for the house’s original owners. Slowly, with the help of some delicious food and Emma’s life lessons, Anneke begins to realize that, just like a flawless recipe, she’s been waiting for the right ingredients to cook up a perfect life all along…

Strengths: Atypical heroine; Great combination of house remodeling and cooking; Wonderful insight into imperfect relationships and female friendships; HEA.
Measure of Love: Teaspoon
Introspection Level: Low
Thoughts: Perfect book for HGTV fans.

[Home decor and love, sounds like a winning combo!]

Mar 30 2015 4:30pm

Now Win This: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Instinct Premiere Edition!

Click here to enter for a chance to win a collector's edition hardcover copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Instinct.*

Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Learn more about the book and read an excerpt of Chapter 1 from Instinct (available March 31, 2015)!

Chronicles of Nick

Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters—another day in the life of Nick Gautier—and those are just his friends. But now that he's accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that's hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. And no one wants him more than the dark gods who created his race. Now that they know where he is, they will stop at nothing to reclaim him. And without knowing it, Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted. The one person who will hand him over to his enemies to get back the life they lost.

Nick has finally accepted his fate, now he must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves so that they can again return to the world of man and own it, in the next Chronicles of Nick novel, Instinct, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

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Mar 30 2015 3:49pm

Romance News Roundup: Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dakota Cassidy Deal Alerts, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon—Deal Alert #1: Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Ice, Book 3 in the League series, is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore.* Want more on the League? Visit our Sherrilyn Kenyon collection!

—Can't wait another moment for new Outlander? Starz has graced us with a clip of the first three minutes of the midseason premiere, which features loads of Jamie time! Watch a scene from “The Reckoning” here. Remember, H&H's Chelsea Mueller will be recapping the rest of the season from a romance-reader perspective, so check back weekly for your Claire/Jamie discussion fix, and until then, come hang out in our Outlander collection!

—Deal Alert #2: Fern Michaels's sixth Godmothers book, Classified, is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.*

—The Mortal Instruments series is heading to television! While the books were first adapted as a movie, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the TV series adaptation of Cassandra Clare's YA fantasty series—which is being called Shadowhunters—looks to be a fresh take on the world and characters. Find out why Robin Bradford says these books are not your typical YA series and why Willaful digs the love between mortals and immortals.

—Deal Alert #3: Dakota Cassidy's Talk Dirty to Me is currently $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* For a taste of Cassidy's writing, check out our First Look at her novel The Accidental Dragon.

[+Stage Dive, Laurelin Paige, and Donna Grant news!...]

Mar 30 2015 3:05pm

First Look: Jaci Burton’s Love After All (March 31, 2015)

Love After All by Jaci BurtonJaci Burton
Love After All (Hope #4)
Penguin / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Burns, a woman discovers that the man she least expects is exactly what she needs…

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary.  Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

Small-town romance has gotten a facelift lately with authors like Jaci Burton taking the helm. While the stories of Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr, and Sherryl Woods are still as popular as ever, authors like Burton are a breath of fresh air with their experience in erotic contemporaries helping them out. Love After All is the fourth book in Burton’s Hope series, and is a younger, sexier take on the themes of family and community that make up small-town romances.

[Sexy small town? How do we get there?]

Mar 30 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Manda Collins’s A Good Rake is Hard to Find (March 31, 2015)

A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins Manda Collins
A Good Rake is Hard to Find (Lords of Anarchy #1)
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital


Heartbroken by the loss of her brother, Miss Leonora Craven vows to uncover the truth about his “accident,” which seems to have been anything but. Jonathan Craven was involved with the Lords of Anarchy, a notorious driving club, and Leonora can't help but suspect foul play. But the only way she can infiltrate their reckless inner circle is to enlist the help of Jonny's closest ally, Lord Frederick Lisle. If only he didn't also happen to be the man who broke Leonora's heart…


Frederick isn't surprised to find gorgeous, headstrong Leonora playing detective, but he knows that the Lords of Anarchy mean business—and he has no choice but to protect her. A sham engagement to Leonora will allow Frederick to bring her into the club and along for the ride. But it isn't long before pretending to be lovers leads to very real passion. With everything to lose, is their tempestuous affair worth the risk?

This was an interesting, intriguing read. The two main characters and the story line immediately pulled me in. The story immediately opens with a punch, Leonora’s brother has been murdered and she will stop at nothing to find out the truth. Reunited with a former fiancée, Freddy, they embark on a journey filled with races, secrets, and hot dalliances.

There was a lot of background to cover in this first book; Manda Collins does a great job of providing it without weighing down the story. The Lords of Anarchy are considered to be a local driving club but many secrets lay beneath the surface. Nora’s brother was a member and she believes this club is at the center of her brother’s death. Freddy is missing the fourth member of his club, “The Four Horsemen”, Nora’s brother was his best friend and his death has come as big shock. When Nora finds him and demands his help, a false engagement leads to old feelings coming to the surface. The false engagement is the best bet to get them in infiltrate the ranks of the Lords of Anarchy.

[Just put me in a corset and call me an “old lady”...]

Mar 30 2015 1:00pm

Puppy Love and Military Men: Reasons to Love Jill Shalvis’s Animal Magnetism Series

Animal Magnetism by Jill ShalvisThe first—and most obvious—reason to love Jill Shalvis's Animal Magnetism series is simple: puppies! As a dog lover, and a Doggy Mom to two Great Pyrenees, I loved Gertie, the big, lovable St. Bernard that appears throughout the series (not to mention all the other dogs, too).

That being said, “puppies” was the very obvious answer, and honestly not the thread woven throughout the entire series that stood out to me. Instead, it was a thread of service.

Now, I realize that might sound odd. I mean, Shalvis writes fun contemporary romance, right? Right. But there is a definite thread of service throughout every single one of the “Animal Magnetism” books, and it manifests itself in different ways, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious.

In Animal Magnetism (Book 1) Shalvis gives us Lilah and Brady, who in so many ways epitomize “service:” Lilah runs a kennel and animal rescue and Brady’s a former soldier who’s seen tours of duty in the Middle East and Afghanistan. While one could certainly argue that serving one’s country and facing bullet fire is more important than rescuing dogs and cats, both forms of service are important in their own right and I loved that Shalvis gave each of them equal weight and importance.

[Equality is sexy...]

Mar 30 2015 12:05pm

Shadow of Doubt: Exclusive Excerpt

P.A. DePaul

 Shadow of Doubt by P. A. DePaul

On The Run

When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?

Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.

Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.

Get a sneak peek at  P. A. DePaul's Shadow of Doubt (available April 21, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Michelle ground the heels of her hands against her eyes, trying to clear the gritty gumminess clinging to her lids. She hadn’t cried that hard in a long time. Way to show Cappy you’re a strong independent woman, nota simpering female. Moron.

Smashing her hands against her sockets would do nothing to reduce the puffiness, so she stretched and clicked on a table lamp, then grimaced. Perfect. A slew of items were scattered everywhere. The zipper on her purse must have loosened during her episode.

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Mar 30 2015 10:47am

Bitten 2x08 Heart-to-Heart: Dark Arts, Dark Hearts

We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the Monday after the show airs in Canada on Space. We'll be reposting recaps as episodes air on SyFy, starting April 17!

Show/Episode: Bitten Season 2, Episode 8, “Dark Arts” (spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Clay/Elena, Nick/Paige

Clara, Ruth’s former coven mate, has played a minor role in the show so far but her impact has been wide spread through Aleister. We see more of this through Clara’s talismans being forcibly ripped from her, by Ruth of course. Her vow for revenge truly begins to manifest when she finds Aleister performing ‘magic’ on a sidewalk. She understands he isn’t your typical street performer and introduces herself. Looks like she’s had more to do with Aleister’s current path than merely dropping him off at the church all those years ago.

Aleister, in the current timeline, is carefully wrapping his body in the hut, not needing it for a little while now that he’s taken over Clay’s. Hearing Jeremy calling, Aleister smacks Clay’s head against the frame of the door to give him an alibi. From the get-go, this is a completely different Clay, apologizing to Jeremy for letting Eduardo get away. Jeremy and Nick don’t see the difference yet.

[But they will soon...]

Mar 30 2015 9:30am

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Deep (March 31, 2015)

Deep by Kylie ScottKylie Scott
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $14.99 print, $3.99 digital

Their one night stand wasn't supposed to end this way…

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the devastatingly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man who's ever made her feel out of control with desire? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister, and no matter how hot the chemistry between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben has a moment of weakness in Sin City, he learns that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a true connection of the heart?

To say that I’m a Kylie Scott fangirl is an understatement. She’s written everything from post-apocalyptic romance to the highly successful Stage Dive series. With the close release of the Stage Dive books in succession, it could be quite easy for the series to have the same feel book after book. Scott, however, mixes things up. While Deep has the same feel in terms of the humor amongst the band and the characters are consistent, Lizzy and Ben are a completely different couple from that of, say, Lizzy’s sister, Annie, and drummer Mal.

[What's Lizzy and Ben's story like?...]

Mar 30 2015 8:18am

Three Little Words: Do They Need to Be Said?

I Love How You Love Me by Bella Andre

Three little words: they're the hardest to say for the first time, it seems, both in romance and in the real world. In romance, we're familiar with the grand gestures, the sweep-you-off-your-feet moments, and, of course, the declaration of love! It depends on the characters and the situation, of course, but do you need the characters to say “I love you,” or is the depth of feeling enough, without those three words? 

Mar 29 2015 2:30pm

All the Good Shivers: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for March 2015

The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly HarperWelcome to the paranormal best bets for March! The weather is getting a little warmer, but that doesn’t mean you don’t want to crawl into bed with a book creature that will give you the good kind of shivers.


The Dangers of Dating a Rebound Vampire by Molly Harper

Gigi starts her first job (at Vampire Headquarters), gets over her first love, and may even fall for her first vampire. Gigi is no longer an innocent teen. All grown up and looking for love, her family and friends worry she’ll go for the sexy, alluring vampire instead of a nice, safe human. But sexy and alluring, with a penchant for biting, could be just what Gigi wants.

Self-described “Queen of Neurotics” Gigi is nervous about her new job at Vampire Headquarters. Harper’s trademark humor is present in all the Half-Moon Hollow tales. There is a lot to enjoy here, a snarky heroine with “vampire trust issues”, a cast of crazy undead folks and a rather appealing mysterious vampire. A definite pick for those wanting lots of laugh out loud moments and who don’t might their heroine wearing the odd pantsuit.

Steampunk Victorian Explorer

Prudence by Gail Carriger

When Prudence Alessandra Maccon Akeldama (Rue to her friends) is given an unexpected dirigible, she does what any sensible female would under similar circumstances - names it the Spotted Custard and floats to India in pursuit of the perfect cup of tea. But India has more than just tea on offer. Rue stumbles upon a plot involving local dissidents, a kidnapped brigadier's wife, and some awfully familiar Scottish werewolves. Faced with a dire crisis and an embarrassing lack of bloomers, what else is a young lady of good breeding to do but turn metanatural and find out everyone's secrets, even thousand-year-old fuzzy ones?

So this is technically alternative history steampunk rather than strictly paranormal genre. But there’s a fight with weremonkeys so don’t tell me this isn’t a little bit paranormal! It’s hard to explain why I love a book concerning British Empire diplomatic relations with supernatural creatures so you’ll have to grab a copy yourself! The potential love interest Quesnel Lefoux is a charming rake and there is an irresistible energy to Gail Carriger’s work that makes this a ridiculously fun romp.

[+4 more paranormal romances to scoop up...]

Mar 29 2015 11:00am

First Look: Julie Anne Long’s It Started with a Scandal (March 31, 2015)

It Started with a Scandal by Julie Anne LongJulie Anne Long
It Started with a Scandal
Avon / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 digital

Lord Philippe Lavay once took to the high seas armed with charm as lethal as his sword, and a stone-cold conviction: he'll restore his family's fortune and honor, no matter the cost. Victory is at last within reach—when a brutal attack snatches it from his grasp and lands him in Pennyroyal Green.

An afternoon of bliss brings a cascade of consequences for Elise Fountain. She is shunned by her family and ousted from a job she loves, and her survival means a plummet down the social ladder to a position no woman has yet been able to keep: housekeeper to a frighteningly formidable prince.

The bold and gentle Elise sees past his battered body into Philippe's barricaded heart . . . and her innate sensuality ignites his blood. Now a man who thought he could never love and a woman who thought she would never again trust must fight an incendiary passion that could be the ruin of them both.

Everyone reading Julie Anne Long's Pennyroyal Green series has been waiting for years for Lyon and Olivia's story. Alas, It Started with a Scandal is not it, but it is a fine way to spend your time while you wait for The Legend of Lyon Redmond (September 29—mark your calendars!)

We've met Lord Philippe Lavay before. He was born a minor prince of the House of Bourbon whose family lost everything in the Revolution, has been a soldier and a privateer and is now rusticating in Pennyroyal Green while he recovers from an attack in London. His injuries make him even more curt and surly than usual and he holds out little hope that his new housekeeper will last any longer than the last.

[Somehow I think she might...]

Mar 28 2015 3:00pm

First Look: D.D. Ayres’s Force of Attraction (March 31, 2015)

Force of Attraction by D. D. Ayres

D. D. Ayres
Force of Attraction
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

The only thing more powerful than fear is desire…

A seasoned K-9 officer with the police in Maryland, Cole Jamison has left her old life behind her. With a new home and a new partner—a protective canine named Hugo—Cole is ready for fresh challenges. A crucial position on an important drug task force is exactly what she wants…until she discovers her gorgeous, infuriating ex-husband will be the DEA agent in charge.

Force of Attraction

Agent Scott Lucca may be a pro when it comes to undercover assignments, but this job is daunting even for him. Posing as a happy couple on the dog competition circuit means he and Cole need to get a lot closer than they've been in years. Playing a live-in couple should seem like a walk in the park compared to tracking a brutal criminal, but suddenly nothing could be more dangerous than the passionate fire they've rekindled...

In Force of Attraction, the third book in D.D. Ayres's K-9 rescue series, you will discover all the right reasons to believe in love at first sight, and then all the wrong ones too. Luckily for Scott and Nicole, they get a second chance to get it right.

[Nicole and Scott had a bomb dropped on them...]

Mar 28 2015 12:05pm

A Desperate Fortune: Exclusive Excerpt

Susanna Kearsley

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

A Long Journey

For nearly three hundred years, the cryptic journal of Mary Dundas has lain unread. Now, amateur code breaker Sara Thomas has been sent to Paris to crack the cipher.

Jacobite exile Mary Dundas is filled with longing—for freedom, for adventure, for the family she lost. When fate opens the door, Mary dares to set her foot on a path far more surprising and dangerous than she ever could have dreamed.

As Mary’s gripping tale is revealed, Sara is faced with challenges that will require letting go of everything she thought she knew—about herself, about loyalty, and especially about love. Though divided by centuries, these two women will be united in a quest to discover the limits of trust and the coincidences of fate.

Get a sneak peek at Susanna Kearsley's A Desperate Fortune (available April 7, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Mary held the little bowl-like teacup balanced neatly on her fingertips, the way the other woman did, and drank with care, deciding that unlike her aunt she rather liked the taste of sweetened tea. She cleared her throat. “Are you from Scotland, Mistress Jamieson?”

“I am.”

“I’ve never been to Scotland.”

“Have you lived in France your whole life, then?”

“I have.”

The other woman looked at Mary as though trying to imagine what that would be like, to spend one’s whole life in one place.

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Mar 28 2015 10:00am

First Look: Kele Moon’s The Slayer (March 31, 2015)

The Slayer by Kele MoonKele Moon
The Slayer
Loose Id LLC / March 31, 2015

To Chuito the apartment was a self-imposed prison for a lifetime of sins. To Alaine, the girl next door, it was salvation from her overbearing, religious father.

He was a devil.

She was an angel.

Two people who should’ve never met, let alone become friends, but it’s not until they give into the dangerous passion that’s been simmering under the surface for five years that things go to hell.

On the outside, Chuito ‘The Slayer’ Garcia is on top of the world. He’s successful. He’s wealthy. He's a champion MMA fighter surrounded by friends who support him, but they don’t know what he was before he came to Garnet.

A gangster.

A thief.

An addict.

A murderer.

Now his past is churning up demons he can’t ignore. Chuito knows he needs to go back to Miami to end it, but there's something holding him back, a single temptation he can't resist before leaving.


She’s the one drug he can’t give up…even if it destroys them both.​

​I don't even know where to start with Kele Moon's The Slayer. Just... damn. This book is intense. I read it in one day, and I resented each and every thing that took my time away from it. (Like, deeply resented. There may have been yelling. Possibly.) That's how good The Slayer is. In fact, I happened to read The Viper over a weekend, and it was so good I immediately ran to Moon's webpage and saw The Slayer was coming out and I went all I must have this book now. And it worked, so I'm sharing with you. This is a really good book. There's so much going on yet the story doesn't get bogged down. Incredible.

[He's just that good. And that dangerous.]

Mar 27 2015 4:34pm

Scandal 4x17 Heart-to-Heart: ’Til Death Do Us Part

Michael in Scandal Season 4, episode 17Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 17, “Put a Ring on It” (Spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Michael/Cyrus, Olivia/Fitz (Olitz)

Captain's Log for Cyrus and Michael in Scandal 4x17Washington D.C. is the city that never sleeps when it comes to political sex scandals, and for Cy, Olivia, and Abby to all get a call at 4 a.m. just can’t be a good thing. It was, in fact, a terrible thing because Cy’s aimless fiance Michael the Sex Worker just got rip roaring drunk and made out with a stranger at one of the most notorious gay bars in D.C. Liv and company are in full fixer mode. The quickest fix? Get Cy and Michael married quick, call the bar indiscretion a wild bachelor party, and change the conversation. Great, no problem, except Cy is having an existential crisis about getting married again, especially to Michael, whom he has vilified to the point of infamy.

Olivia goes to Mellie and pitches the idea of a White House wedding to her. It would be a chance for Mellie to separate herself from the President as she acts in her own interest, and make her more appealing to Democrats who are in support of gay marriage. Michael seemed like a deer caught in headlights when he found out that his parents were invited to the wedding. He made a personal plea to Cyrus to reconsider inviting them, but Cy brushed him off. The wedding was a perfect plan until Sally Langston, who is a talking head with over three million viewers, has caught a scent on Cy’s sham of a marriage and is planning to pay serious money to anyone who can prove it. Liv asks Michael point-blank if there is anything they need to know, and he tells them he is “clean.” Oh, Michael, you idiot.

[Yet the show—and a wedding—must go on...]

Mar 27 2015 3:32pm

Romance News Roundup: H&H at BookCon & Julia Kent Deal!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Shopping for a Billionaire by Julia KentHeroes and Heartbreakers will be hosting a one-hour reader panel at BookCon in New York City the weekend of May 30, 2015! More details to come in the next few weeks, but if you'll be attending, we hope to see you there! (If not there, maybe Dallas for the Romantic Times national convention or NYC for the Romance Writers of America national convention? It's gonna be a wild summer!)

—Deal Alert: Julia Kent's Shopping for a Billionaire, Parts 1-5, is currently $.99 as an e-bundle from e-tailers such as iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.*

*Remember we don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Mar 27 2015 2:45pm

Swoonies 2015: Your Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year Is...Outlander’s Jamie/Claire!

Swoonworthiest Couple 2015 banner for Jamie and Claire

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Jamie and Claire of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander are Swoonworthiest Couple of the YearAfter six grueling rounds of battles against many beloved pairings, your tough-as-nails victorious couple has emerged from the championship round, where they snagged a whopping 3,400+ votes from the community.

And so today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Swoonies...

Outlander's Jamie and Claire Fraser, from Diana Gabaldon, are your 2015 Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Now it's time to celebrate their epic love with some pretty images from a certain show that live-action versions of Jamie and Claire may appear in... Plus, we'd love to hear in the comments what about them you, personally, find swoonworthiest so that we can all sigh and squee right along with you. Pictures and gifs for illustrations very much encouraged, natch.

All hail our King and Queen of the Swoonies! Until next year...!!!

[Jamie and Claire are too busy being in love to pay us any mind, but let's party anyway!...]

Mar 27 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Cynthia Eden’s Broken (March 31, 2015)

Broken by Cynthia EdenCynthia Eden
Broken (LOST Series #1)
HarperCollins / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Ex-SEAL and LOST founder Gabe Spencer is accustomed to the unusual in his job. But when knockout Eve Gray steps into his office, he's rattled. For the mysterious woman is a dead ringer for the heiress thought to be the latest prey of the serial killer who goes by the name Lady Killer.

When Eve awoke in an Atlanta hospital, her past was a blank slate. Then she recognized her own face in the newspaper and vowed to learn the truth. Determined to confront the nightmares hidden in her mind, she never expects to find a partner in Gabe.

As Gabe and Eve work together, their explosive attraction becomes irresistible. Gabe knows that his desire for Eve is growing too strong, bordering on a dangerous obsession, but nothing pulls him away from her. And when another Eve lookalike disappears, Gabe vows to protect Eve at all costs. While Eve may have forgotten the killer in her past, it's clear he hasn't forgotten her.

I feel a real affinity with the heroine in Cynthia Eden’s new romantic suspense, Broken. Eve Gray is mysterious and beautiful, vulnerable yet strong … and most importantly, in the wake of escaping a brutal attempt on her life by a serial killer, she is NOT broken.

Broken has set the stage for what promises to be one kickass series. Straight out of the chute this book made my heart race.

[Will there be twists in this series?...]

Mar 27 2015 12:25pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of March 2015

Radiance by Grace DravenMala Bhattacharjee

My best read of March is Grace Draven's January release, Radiance. I kept seeing it recommended all over the romance Twitter and blogosphere and was a little wary of all the high praise — I tend to be underwhelmed when I finally get around to reading something everybody else loves — but picked it up with an open mind. I was more than rewarded! Draven's first Wraith Kings tale is a delightful fantasy romance where the couple actually *likes* each other. *Gasp*. Brishen is of the Kai, a humanoid race that's somewhat avian and reptilian while his arranged bride, Ildiko, is of the human Gauri. Their journey to love is filled with gentle humor and kindness, grounding a fantastical plot in real, root-worthy emotion. 


Crushed by Lauren Layne

One of the funniest and quirky heroines I've read in a long time. The story is about an ugly duckling, Chloe, who is being used by the “beefcake” Michael, in order to get closer to meet the father he never knew existed. Because Chloe's sister, Kristin, is dating Michael's half-brother, Devon, whom Chloe has been in love with since...forever. And at first Michael thinks he'll use Kristin, but it's Chloe that begins to infiltrate his hardened exterior.

[+more reading suggestions from H&H's very own!...]