<i>Win Me Over</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Win Me Over: Exclusive Excerpt Nicole Michaels "Her love life was a constant source of contention between her and her mother." <i>Primal Force</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Primal Force: Exclusive Excerpt D. D. Ayres "Good in bed but impossible to love." <i>Hannah and the Highlander</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Hannah and the Highlander: Exclusive Excerpt Sabrina York <i>Chalvaren Rising</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Chalvaren Rising: Exclusive Excerpt Paula Millhouse Mia wrapped her arms around his neck, their chests colliding..."
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Mon
Aug 31 2015 8:30am

Based on a True Story: Real-Life Stories That Should Be Romance Novels

Sometimes truth really can be stranger than fiction. The above video has been around for awhile, but cute kiss cam moments have been making the rounds at H&H recently and started a conversation about real-life moments that are pretty much the setup for a romance novel.

What real-life stories have you heard that have made you go “yup, that's the start of a romance novel”? Let us know in the comments!

Sun
Aug 30 2015 2:00pm

Shipping Sunday: Smallville’s Chloe/Oliver (Chlollie)

I watched Smallville back when it first aired and I have to say Tom Welling is at least partially responsible for my sexual awakening—he was gorgeous and I loved him. However, for whatever reason, I stopped watching the show after the first few seasons and only recently re-discovered my love for the show through Tumblr. It wasn't Clark Kent's relationship with Lana Lang or Lois Lane that had me panting for the show again, but rather the love between Chloe Sullivan and Oliver Queen. While Stephen Amell currently holds my heart in the role of Oliver Queen, I fell in love with the relationship Chlollie possessed!

[They'll possess your heart too...]

Sun
Aug 30 2015 10:00am
Excerpt

Win Me Over: Exclusive Excerpt

Nicole Michaels

Win Me Over by Nicole Michaels

Wining Isn’t Everything

Callie Daniels is a singular sensation. She owns and operates her own bakery, contributes to a popular lifestyle blog, and is the dance team coach at a local high school. She lives by her own design and is much too busy to consider dating. Mr. Right will have to fit into her life when the time is right...

Unless You’re Playing for Keeps

Football coach Bennett Clark always plays by the rules. He knows that his new colleague Callie is off limits but she's so beautiful-and irritating!-that Bennett can't get her off his mind. She wants him to participate in a charity dance contest, and won't take no for an answer. Soon, what begins as a festive athletic endeavor turns into a heated flirtation on and off the dance floor. Could it be that the free-spirited Callie has finally found a way through Coach Clark's line of defense?

Get a sneak peek at Nicole Michaels's Win Me Over (available September 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

One

Some people had skeletons in their closet; Callie Daniels had tiaras. Literally. Big, tacky, blinged-out tiaras. The kind that graced over-teased heads of little pageant girls, took an entire package of bobby pins to hold secure, and were so tall it was amazing they didn’t tip children ass over teakettle. Something she knew from experience because once upon a time she’d been one of those little girls, and if beauty pageant life had taught Callie anything, it was how to put a fake smile on your face. A skill that came in handy when your mother unexpectedly walked through the front door of your bakery on a Thursday afternoon.

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Sat
Aug 29 2015 6:30pm

Time to Say Goodbye: Downton Abbey Season 6 (Series 6) U.K. Premiere Date and First Trailer!

It's time to say goodbye and this first (it's our final first!) trailer for Downton Abbey's Season (Series) 6 pulls at the heart strings in a big way—and we get a premiere date too! Every character that we have come to love and hate gets a little bit of screen time in this trailer all set to a melancholy—well, more melancholy—cover of “Time to Say Goodbye.”

What characters do you want to make sure to say goodbye to? The trailer features Lady Mary quite heavily, will she finally get a happily-ever-after? And what about poor Anna, she looked quite distraught! Let us know in the comments. And stay tuned for our own speculation, coming soon from Naz Keynejad!

Start saying goodbye to Downton Abbey on September 20, when it premieres on ITV. We'll be covering the show as it airs in the U.K.

Sat
Aug 29 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Sabrina York’s Hannah and the Highlander (September 1, 2015)

Sabrina York
Hannah and the Highlander (Untamed Highlander #1)
St. Martin's Press / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

First in a brand-new series from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina York about the bold, brawny men of the Highlands-and the lovely lasses who bring them to their knees...

Scotland 1813:

Highlanders are her weakness.
Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family's land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent—and spectacularly handsome—Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah's hand, will she be able to resist him?

Love is the most powerful weapon of all.
Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land-without mercy-and Alexander can't afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What's more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he's the only man for her—body and soul...in Hannah and the Highlander.

Hannah and the Highlander is the first in the new Untamed Highlander series by Sabrina York. Hannah Dounreay is on the marriage market and thanks to her father, she comes with a great deal of land. At first glance, you might think this book is going to be your typical girl on the shelf who misunderstands her suitors attention for her land rather than who she really is, yadda yadda yadda. And yes, it starts out that way. Because she pretty much is on the shelf at twenty-two, and she does have suitors that only want her land.

[Can't resist the Highlander...]

Sat
Aug 29 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Primal Force: Exclusive Excerpt

D. D. Ayres

Primal Force by D. D. Ayres

Passion is always worth fighting for…

Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans. Four years ago, she was wrongly convicted of a crime—thanks to her no-good ex- fiancé. Now she just wants to live her life in peace with her beloved dogs. No men, no complications. But it's hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male is on her tail—and the attraction is fierce, mutual, and dangerous….

Primal Force

Lauray “Law” Batisse is a Military Police veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Haunted by the loss of his K-9 partner in combat, he's reluctant to accept a service dog named Samantha into his life. But once he meets her trainer—the gorgeous Jori Garrison—he can't fight his primal instincts. And neither can Jori. This sexy alpha male might be the only man strong enough to unleash her desires. And when unseen enemies start hunting them down, he and his new K-9 partner might be her only hope…to survive.

Get a sneak peek at D. D. Ayres's Primal Force (available September 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE

He was running.

The best part of any day. Straight up a steep mountain incline. Knee lifts as important as footfalls. The jackhammer explosion of quads and calves propelled him off the ground and up the terrain in a zigzag pattern. One after the other, his boots hit the rocky earth, springing him forward, taking him higher.

His heart was pumping like a motor with a hemi attached. The sky above a pale-yellow dome of heat. The earth beneath him hard, desert dry, unforgiving.

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Fri
Aug 28 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Dear Mr. President, You’re Hot Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, John F. Kennedy and more

This is not about your political philosophy or your party affliation. Leaders of the free world have always been in their own class. From charamatic to lovable and not-so-lovable, they have all shown some type of confidence. 

With Hillary Clinton announcing her plans to run for presient, it could mean we won't see another male leader for 8 years. It may not be a bad thing. And with shows like Scandal and House of Cards it may be possible to envision what the next male leader should look like or be. In the meantime, we can remember presidents and world leaders that have made us sear. 

[Hottest presidents ever...]

Fri
Aug 28 2015 3:57pm

Romance News Roundup: Sam Heughan’s New Movie 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.

Sam Heughan's Next Role Will Be...Outlander's Sam Heughan and Supergirl's Melissa Benoist are set to play lovers in the romantic drama film Oxford, according to Deadline Hollywood. Will it be tough to see Jamie Fraser romancing someone other than Claire, or are you just happy to see Heughan getting lots of work? For more on these rising stars, see our latest Outlander coverage (the search for Brianna Randall is on!) and watch the trailer for TV series Supergirl.

Shana Galen has shared the cover of her next novel, an anthology with Vanessa Kelly, Kate Noble, and Theresa Romain titled A Gentleman for All Seasons. If you're hankering for something to read right now, our Shana Galen tag can help you out.

Fri
Aug 28 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Brave the Heat (September 1, 2015)

Sara Humphreys
Brave the Heat (The Maguire Brothers #1)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The only fire he can't put out...
Jordan McKenna is back in town, and Fire Chief Gavin Maguire's feelings when he sees her after all these years are as raw as the day she left. Then he was just a kid wearing his heart on his sleeve. Now he spends every day trying to atone for the tragedy he couldn't prevent.

Is the torch he carries for her...
Jordan's life has not exactly worked out the way she expected. A divorced mother of two with a failed acting career, Jordan's biggest concern about coming back to Old Brookfield was seeing her first love. But when a series of suspicious fires breaks out, Jordan and Gavin realize that dealing with the sparks between them may be the least dangerous of their problems.

Sara Humphreys has created an amazing new series starring everyday heroes.  Her first story in this series, Brave the Heat, tells the moving tale of fear and tragedy, love and loss and second chances to get it right.   

Everything that happens in our lives, both the good and the bad, will have an effect on the choices we make in the future.  Sometimes that effect is profound and sometimes it is so subtle it takes time to realize why you acted in such a way.  

[Return to your heart...]

Fri
Aug 28 2015 1:00pm

Come to the Dark Side: Dark Romances for the Reluctant Reader

Beneath the Burn by Pam Godwin

When I first got into reading romance, my focus was on the happy, splashy covers of good looking couples who seemed to be having fun. Little did I know that years later—as in high school—I would be drawn to something darker and a little more bittersweet kind of a like a milk chocolate eater trying the bitter taste of dark chocolate for the first time. Even though I’m not a connoisseur of dark romance, I think I have a few titles if you want to dip your toes in to the reading deep end.

I love Pam Godwin’s Beneath the Burn, it has everything you could want including a sexy rocker, a fearless heroine and one hell of a suspenseful plot. Basically an escapee from a monster of a man, Charlee falls back into his hands but not after a fateful encounter with Jay, a source of light in the darkness surrounding Charlee’s life. What I like about Godwin’s writing in this book is that the abductor and his abduction aren’t romanticized. I have a hard time with darker romances that contain dubious consent. Charlee and Jay are a match made in a twisted heaven if only they can escape the ghosts of both their pasts.

[No HEA, but close enough...]

Fri
Aug 28 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Hannah and the Highlander: Exclusive Excerpt

Sabrina York

Hannah and the Highlander by Sabrina York

Highlanders are her weakness.

Hannah Dounreay has no time for suitors who only seem interested in her family's land, which she manages as well as any man. If she marries, she wants to be loved for the educated, independent woman she is. But when a strong, silent-and spectacularly handsome-Highlander saves her from a violent attack, her heart is stirred. Who is this man? And if he asks for Hannah's hand, will she be able to resist him?

Love is the most powerful weapon of all.

Alexander Lochlannach, Laird of Dunnet, has no time to lose. The Highlands are in an uproar as clans battle for land-without mercy-and Alexander can't afford to fall for the wildly attractive, strong-willed Hannah. What's more, he has a desperate secret, one that could destroy them both. But as their attraction turns into an all-consuming passion, Alexander has no choice but to prove to Hannah that he's the only man for her-body and soul...in Hannah and the Highlander.

Get a sneak peek at Sabrina York's Hannah and the Highlander (available September 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE

May 1813

Barrogill, Caithness County, Scotland

She should look away. Really, she should. But Hannah Dounreay could not tear her gaze from the sight of the enormous man striding onto the field of combat like a warrior of old. It could have been the glorious fall of inky black curls riffling in the breeze, or the breadth of his shoulders, or the sharp cut of his chin … or the rippling muscles of his bare chest, swathed only with the Sinclair plaid. But something had captivated her attention.

He stood, tall and proud, bare legged in the traditional kilt, head and shoulders above the other men. He was even taller than her father and Papa was not a small man.

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Fri
Aug 28 2015 11:00am

No Judgment: New Adult Romance Best Bets for August 2015

Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole

The New Adult August favorites that burned up my kindle were fast-paced reads that gave me a lot to think about. These heroes and heroines are much more than what they appear to be. From opposites, to hiding behind stereotypes, they prove the age-old saying, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Souls Unfractured by Tillie Cole is the story of Maddie and Flame. I’ve been waiting for this book and it was so worth the wait! Flame is part of the “psycho-trio” and he’s extremely twisted. Maddie is part of the original Cursed ones from her cult and has been slow to integrate into the outside world. Maddie and Flame need and help each other in forming better relationships with others and themselves. Their story is beautiful, poignant but extremely dark. Flame might seem like a twisted individual on the outside but he hides many mysteries that Maddie can only bring to light.

Better When He’s Brave by Jay Crownover is the story of good (and hot) cop Titus matched with Reeve, a girl who has lived on the wild side. Titus has always thought the world was black and white but Reeve destroys this manner of thinking. On the surface, Reeve is a criminal —she’s made these bad choices to avenge her sister. When Titus needs help bringing down the newest threat to the Point, Reeve is the last person he wants to depend on. However, Reeve is the key to stopping the threat and close quarters might prove there’s more than a spark there.

[Apologize for nothing. You are still young...]

Fri
Aug 28 2015 9:30am

First Look: Nicole Michaels’s Win Me Over (September 1, 2015)

Win Me Over by Nicole Michaels

Nicole Michaels
Win Me Over
St. Martins Paperback / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

WINNING ISN'T EVERYTHING

Callie Daniels is a singular sensation. She owns and operates her own bakery, contributes to a popular lifestyle blog, and is the dance team coach at a local high school. She lives by her own design and is much too busy to consider dating. Mr. Right will have to fit into her life when the time is right...

UNLESS YOU'RE PLAYING FOR KEEPS

Football coach Bennett Clark always plays by the rules. He knows that his new colleague Callie is off limits but she's so beautiful-and irritating!-that Bennett can't get her off his mind. She wants him to participate in a charity dance contest, and won't take no for an answer. Soon, what begins as a festive athletic endeavor turns into a heated flirtation on and off the dance floor. Could it be that the free-spirited Callie has finally found a way through Coach Clark's line of defense?

Nicole Michaels’s Win Me Over won my love with the first lines:

Some people had skeletons in their closet; Callie Daniels had tiaras. Literally. Big, tacky blinged-out tiaras. The kind that graced over-teased heads of little pageant girls, took an entire package of bobby pins to hold secure, and were so tall it was amazing they didn’t tip children ass over teakettle. Something she knew from experience because once upon a time she’d been one of those little girls, and if beauty pageant life had taught Callie anything, it was how to put a fake smile on your face. A skill that came in handy when your mother unexpectedly walked through the front door.

This gives us a partial introduction to Callie, a fun quirky young woman who also happens to be incredibly strong and independent. She runs her own bakery, coaches the high school dance team and contributes to a local life style blog. She’s busy and loves it. Her life gives her the kind of satisfaction that:

Almost made her want to spin around her ovens and sing like an animated movie princess. She was only missing the talking wildlife – and the Prince Charming. But that was no matter; she had no use or time for a man.

[Charm your way into my heart...]

Fri
Aug 28 2015 8:11am

Help Find Their First!

Blanca Flores in Orange is the New Black
Source: giphy.com

Yesterday, we asked you to reveal what you remembered about your first romance novel. The question yielded some pretty amazing memories! However, one Twitter follower could remember quite a lot from their first romance...except the title and author! Can you help a reader reunite with her first? Do you recognize this book:

Thu
Aug 27 2015 4:30pm

Brains Aren’t the Only Food Group: August Kert’s Bring Me to Life

Bring Me to Life by August Kert

A few months ago, I wrote about my burgeoning love for paranormal romance.  I’ve really embraced love stories with “others.”  I am a sucker for werewolves, but I had never read much that went into the zombie vein. Bring Me to Life is a post-apocalyptic zombie romance that was not too far-fetched or out there.  I mean, I tried and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to see what all the hype was about.  But I never found the need to throw myself back into the proverbial zombie pool.  Then, I got the opportunity to do this first look.  I had so many questions- could zombies do anything BUT eat human brains?  Did they have bodily functions that included…the need for sex? *whispers* (Yes, they do!)

As far as the plot goes, it moved at a steady pace from zombie farm to…other places ( no spoilers, remember?).  Lyric meets Anson while being held, and her only motivation is to NOT get eaten alive by the zombies. There are definitely some erotic scenes that work.  I always thought I’d be like gross, zombie sex…but he has a quality that is just as hot as other creatures in this genre.  The zombies in this book can be at several stages, so Anson is not a mindless “must eat brains” kinda guy. He can’t speak much, but we do find out that being a zombie isn’t quite what we may have expected. 

[Zombie sex and figthing for your life...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 3:39pm

Romance News Roundup: Madeline Hunter Deal & Lawrence-Schumer Comedy!

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.

His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter—Deal Alert: Speaking of Madeline Hunter, her “classic handsome rake/spinster virgin story” His Wicked Reputation is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via BookBub).*

—In Hollywood news almost too good, too pure for this world, Oscar winner/superstar Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook) and rising star comedian Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck) have been secretly writing a comedy screenplay in which they'll play sisters. Forget Team Peeta and Team Gale, we are now Team JenAmy.

—The first official pic of Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in Assassin's Creed has sent the internet into a frenzy, and for Good Reason, we think you'll agree. Yowza.

—In yet more cool movie news, two new Mad Max: Fury Road featurettes have been released ahead of the Blu-ray hitting stores that rightly put the spotlight on Charlize Theron's show-stealer Imperator Furiosa, action heroine of our hearts. I also happen to think Mad Max set up a wonderful Max/Furiosa romance for shippers to latch onto, but that's another story...

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

Thu
Aug 27 2015 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: J.A. Rock’s The Subs Club Series

Today we're thrilled to reveal The Subs Club series by J.A. Rock with four great covers for The Subs Club, Pain Slut, Manties in a Twist, and 24/7. The series kicks off in December with The Subs Club, learn more about each book, and the series, below.

The Subs Club series: 

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

[Learn more about the series and check out the amazing covers...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 1:00pm

Summertime Is Anthology-time: Regency Anthologies Make Reading Easy!

Dancing in The Duke's Arms: A Regency Romance Anthology by Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville

Growing up, summer was the time to go to the library and load up on staggering piles of books. I always took as many out as the librarian would allow … and week after week, read my heart out. Sadly, real life has a way of intervening and it’s hard to find the time to read piles of books, even in the summer. But there’s a solution … one that’s made to order for bibliophiles—the vacation anthology.

Regency anthologies are often centered on holiday festivities: I’ve been known to read them in the heat of summer! But Regency short stories with a summer setting are available too—and what a terrific way to get a taste of new authors. Plus summer opens the door to so many activities and pleasures that are worlds away from trimming a tree or having a snowball fight. Regency summers are a time of rowing races, cricket, exploring the woods with children, building sand castles, and catching glimpses of the Prince Regent in his favored playground of Brighton, to name a few diversions.

Four well-known writers (Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville) recently collaborated on Dancing in The Duke's Arms: A Regency Romance Anthology. The book description asks the question,

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? Every summer the cream of society gathers at the Dukeries, named for the ducal estates concentrated in one small corner of Nottinghamshire. While the entertainments include parties, balls, and a famous boat race, the ducal hosts and their guests find heartbreak, love and happy endings.

[A win for all 4 ladies...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Chalvaren Rising: Exclusive Excerpt

Paula Millhouse

Chalvaren Rising by Paula Millhouse

Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

Get a sneak peek at Paula Millhouse's Chalvaren Rising (available August 31, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Do you know how to swim?”

The smell of the ocean brightened Mia’s spirit. “I do. It’s one of my favorite things, actually. We lived by the sea when I was younger.”

“Good,” Kort said. I’ll need your help with some chores.”

He tapped Garnet’s neck, and the great red dragon eased down to a dark sandy shore upon the far side of the black rock perimeter. Mia looked up in time to see Magnus gliding in. As before, the dragonlet’s approach was way too fast, and he splashed clumsily into the pool, dousing them with seawater.

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