<i>Clickbait</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Clickbait: Exclusive Excerpt E.J. Russell "For some reason, that only made him hotter, and Alex licked his lips." <i>Rules of Contact</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Rules of Contact: Exclusive Excerpt Jaci Burton "She needed to tell her inner sex voice to go to hell..." <i>The Rebel of Clan Kincaid</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Rebel of Clan Kincaid: Exclusive Excerpt Lily Blackwood "Tara froze at hearing Buchan’s voice call after her..." <i>Chase</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Chase: Exclusive Excerpt Sidney Bristol "She shows up at his garage, wearing short shorts and a look that spells trouble."
From The Blog
December 2, 2016
Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Sweater Weather
Jennifer Proffitt
December 2, 2016
Karen Marie Moning Shares Feversong Dani Excerpt!
Team H & H
December 1, 2016
Love and Trust Go Hand-in-Hand in Poison Evidence
Dolly Sickles
November 30, 2016
The Best Reads of November 2016
Team H & H
November 29, 2016
Love Libs #2: Fill in the Blank...
Sienna Snow
Dec 2 2016 4:36pm

Just Dance: Romance News & Deals from Katherine Locke and S.C. Stephens!

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Turning Pointe by Katherine LockeDeal Alert: Katherine Locke's ballet romance Turning Pointe is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Have an affinity for ballerinas in romance? You may also enjoy books by Fiona Harper, Sarah Mayberry, and more.

Deal Alert: S.C. Stephens' emotional New Adult romance Thoughtless is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Thoughtless was chosen by H&H bloggers LucyH and TanyaLK as one of the 27 romance novels deserving a spot on your ultimate TBR pile.

Deal Alert: Jennifer Ryan, Lia Riley, and Maisey Yates' Snowbound at Christmas anthology is $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Stock up on more holiday romances with the help of an oldie but a goodie: PhoebeChase and Jennifer Proffitt's 25 Romances of Christmas recommendations.

[+Today on H&H...]

Dec 2 2016 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Sweater Weather

Attractive young man in a turtleneck sweater

Dear Sweater Weather,

I don't think you realize how great you are. I don't think we always realize how great you are. While we're not looking forward to your seasonal partner, “Dear God Why Is It So Cold Out,” we love you just as you are. You allow us to layer and feel cozy and warm. You let us cuddle with our loved ones, and give us an excuse to stay in and read for three months straight and for that we're eternally grateful. 

And you know what else you give us? Dudes that are all bundled up. Scarves and turtlenecks highlighting strong jaws. Intricately patterned sweaters that hide perfectly sculpted six-packs, or so we can only assume.

[There's more where that came from...]

Dec 2 2016 1:28pm

Kiss, Marry...Trade?!: Pitch 1x09 Ginny/Mike (Bawson) Heart-to-Heart

Ginny and Mike in the dugout in Pitch episode 9
Source: Ray Mickshaw / FOX

Show/EpisodePitch, Season 1, Episode 9, “Scratched”
Ship: Ginny/Mike (Bawson)

I'd be remiss if I didn't kick things off with the evening's biggest development... Evelyn caught onto Will's scamming ways!!!!

Just kidding.

GINNY AND MIKE ALMOST KISSED!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!1!1!!!!

Did Jen pick a bad week to go on vacation or what?! Sorry, Jen. But let's get down to business discussing a truly epic episode of Pitch.

The Highlight Reel:

The team stresses about Mike leaving

While Mike tries to keep his possible trade to the Chicago Cubs on the downlow, the media is going berserk and his teammates are starting to worry, including Ginny, who tries to convince him to stay and win a world series with the Padres.

But when another teammate, Butch, comes looking for the scoop about Mike from Ginny, explaining that he thought maybe Mike would open up to her, Ginny gets pretty defensive, rolling her eyes and asking, “Because I'm a girl?” Butch, though, just responds with an exasperated, “No, because you two are so close. It's a compliment, Baker. Lighten up!” You maaaay want to examine your reaction and its root cause, Ginny!

[We'll give you three guesses, Ginny...]

Dec 2 2016 12:20pm

So Conflicted: 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!

rae70 is all of us on the controversial topic of book spines 

rae70 in In Defense of Breaking Spines

I'm so conflicted now......

[Read more...]

Dec 2 2016 11:15am

Move Over, Vampires, Time for the Age of Vikings!

Are Vikings the New Vampire? (They Should Be)

Last year I read Asa Maria Bradley’s debut, Viking Warrior Rising, and fell in love. I compared it to the Black Dagger Brotherhood but with Vikings. And I was in good company with that comparison since Illona Andrews said pretty much the exact same thing. Like the rest of you, I’ve heard the death knell of paranormal romance—in particular vampire romances—from those “in the know” in publishing. I thought about the popularity of History Channel’s television series, Vikings. So, I said to myself, “Self, Vikings are the new It Thing in romance.”

Then I saw that Bradley’s sophomore effort, Viking Warrior Rebel, was an RT Top Pick. And Booklist was saying good things.

And then I read it.

And I loved it.

And I rushed to the Internet to find anything and everything that was Viking related to prove my point! There must be loads of books! Television shows airing or movies being made!

Insert screeching brake sound here.


Dec 2 2016 10:00am

Karen Marie Moning Shares Feversong Dani Excerpt!

Feversong by Karen Marie MoningLooking for a Friday Read, then Karen Marie Moning has you covered. This morning she treated readers to another sneak peek at January's Feversong. Moning gave us a Chapter 1 excerpt Moning last month, and this excerpt gives us a taste of Dani's life before we knew her in a scene that KMM said, left her in tears. 

Here's a taste:

One night my mother gave me a bath, dried and brushed my hair, and we played games on the rickety kitchen table until I nearly fell asleep on my stool. Then she carried me to her bed where I lay my head on her pillowcase—the one with the little ducks—and I put my hands on her face and stared at her with sleepy eyes because I loved watching her while I fell asleep, and she held me so close and so tight, snuggled up in her good mom-smell that I knew I was the most important thing to her in the whole world, and I slipped off to happy dreams.

The next morning I woke up with a collar around my neck, chained on a small mattress inside the dog’s cage.   

Read the full excerpt, plus a note from KMM herself, on Facebook. 

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Dec 2 2016 9:30am

E.J. Russell Excerpt: Clickbait

E.J. Russell

Clickbait by E.J. Russell

After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective — but fabulously shiny — outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he's been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project — as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad's dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.

Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon's capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it's content — not presentation — that matters.

Get a sneak peek at E.J. Russell Clickbait (available December 5, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Geekspeak: Eye Candy

Definition: Any decorative, aesthetically appealing, or attention-grabbing visual element in a computer display; may or may not be closely related or necessary to the underlying content of the page.

When he got back from the permit office, Alex passed through the de facto break room to grab his tools on the way to Manny’s hole-in-the-wall. Break room was giving it more credit than it was worth, considering the space had no walls, no flooring, no sink, and no fridge. It did, however, have a big-ass thermos—Manny had serious standards for the coffee that accompanied his nightly doughnut, and he was willing to share.

[Read the full Clickbait excerpt...]

Dec 2 2016 8:03am

How Flawed Is Too Flawed?

Recently, members of Team H&H got in an argument healthy discussion, about flawed characters. It's something that many authors have to walk the fine line with—to the point that it becomes the Goldilocks syndrome of “just right.” We want character that are flawed and imperfect and human, but still redeemable, because while that a**hat at your coffee shop surely has a great story... he's stil an a**hat and you don't necessarily want to read a book about him.

Has there been times when a character is too flawed? Can they be flawed in a quirky way? Where do you draw the line?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Dec 1 2016 4:40pm

It’s Anarchy!: Romance News & Deals

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

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At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan

Deal Alert: Jennifer Ryan's suspenseful At Wolf Ranch ebook is $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. Join Jennifer in a fun “game” of “You Might Be a Secret Baby If...”

Deal Alert: Miranda Liasson's fake-relationship story, This Love of Mine is $.99 in ebook at Amazon | etc. If fake relationships are your jam, dive into the comments of a recent morning coffee which asked: “How Many Books of the Same Trope Have You Read in a Row?” and ask yourself Could You Handle a Pretend Boyfriend?

Deal Alert: Carmen Falcone's lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers Brazilian Revenge is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. The hero and heroine of Brazilian Revenge definitely get off on the wrong foot... if that's your thing, you'll definitely want to check out these other meet-NOT-cutes. 

[And for Sons of Anarchy fans...]

Dec 1 2016 3:30pm

First Look: Brenda Rothert’s Hooked (December 6, 2016)

Hooked by Brenda Rothert

Brenda Rothert
Loveswept / December 6, 2016 / $3.99 digital

I love everything about Hooked. But what in particular do I love? Cinderella trope with a strong heroine? Check. Witty banter that eventually turns into scorching chemistry? Check. Overcoming the past in a way that feels fresh? Check.

Miranda Carr is a business student putting herself through college. Not only is she breaking her back working two jobs, one of them involves reporting to a boss at a high-end hotel who delights in squashing her spirit. Regardless, she’s taking steps to finish her degree, no matter how long it takes. An untraditional aged college-student in her mid twenties, Miranda doesn’t let the stresses of life push her down. In fact, it makes her more determined to accomplish her goals. But everything changes when she cleans the penthouse suite of Jake Birch, hockey star and captain. Not only does she clean his apartment, but she has the audacity to tell him off. Miranda knows she’s about to lose her job at the hotel until Jake does the unexpected, and requests she be his personal housekeeper. Let the banter funwheel begin.

[Spin it!]

Dec 1 2016 2:00pm

Megan Crane’s Edge of Power Sneak Peek!

Toda we're thrilled to offer up double the reveals with the exclusive cover reveal for Megan Crane's Edge of Power, the fourth book in The Edge series. What could make a dystopic erotic romance better? Add Vikings! Now we know you'll want to take the time to oggle this cover, but after you're done, meet the Viking of your dreams with a sneak peek from a scene in Edge of Power!

Edge of Power by Megan Crane

Edge of Power by Megan Crane (The Edge #4)

It's the End of the World and We Feel Fine Because
Hot Sex + Hard Vikings = Mind. Blown.

Book 4 in the Edge series! 

This brotherhood of raider warriors is alpha, dominant, unforgiving...and they keep what they take.

No man embodies being a Raider better than Wulf. King of his clan and the ruthless head of the raider brotherhood, every foe in his path surrenders to his rage. But when his mortal enemy’s beguiling daughter gets under his skin the way no one else ever has, a whole new intensity from the Raider King in unleashed…the fiery strength of dark passion and hard-hitting lust.

Kathlyn is no fan of the life she’s been forced to live under her savage father’s unforgiving rule. But the bold and powerful barbarian who steals her innocence—and her heart—is a dangerous bet. There’s nothing safe about a man who wants to destroy everything she knows and burn it to the ground. Kathlyn is all too aware that the deadly, brutally compelling raider who sets her afire with every scorching touch can only be using heras one more daring attempt to usurp her father’s power. But can the overwhelming heat of her warrior-King lead to something even stronger than lust?

[+Read a scene from the book!]

Dec 1 2016 12:15pm

Jaci Burton Excerpt: Rules of Contact

Jaci Burton

Rules of Contact by Jaci Burton

A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…

After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again.

Flynn can’t get enough of Amelia, and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough yet tender Flynn. But trust is a hard-fought battle for both. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was the easy part. Are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?

Get a sneak peek at Jaci Burton Jaci Burton (available December 6, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He leaned in, his shoulder and thigh brushing hers. Really, it wasn’t like this was a first for her. She had male employees and worked shoulder to shoulder with them all the time.

The problem was, she wasn’t attracted to any of them. But she was attracted to Flynn and that was wrong on so many levels.

When he’d first hired her, she’d noticed how incredibly good-looking he was, but she knew her boundaries, so she figured it wouldn’t be a problem. Plus, she was so done with men. After her divorce, the last thing she wanted was to get involved.

[Read the full Rules of Contact excerpt...]

Dec 1 2016 11:30am

Family Reunion: Arrow 5x08 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Arrow Season 5, Episode 8, “Invasion!”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

Captain's Log

It’s crossover time! To catch you up on what’s going on: on The Flash, aliens known as the “Dominators” landed in Central City as well as around the world. They need to gather a team to deal with these aliens so Barry and Cisco went to Kara Danvers/Supergirl’s Earth to recruit her, to Star City to get Team Arrow and Felicity called in the crew from Legends of Tomorrow. Introductions were made, meets were cute. You get the idea. Long story short, the Dominators put mind control on all the heroes except for Barry and Oliver, they had to fight their friends before Barry devised a way to break the mind control. But as soon as that happened, Oliver, Thea, Diggle, Ray Palmer and Sara Lance were all beamed aboard a Dominator space ship.

The 100th episode of Arrow begins with Oliver running, like we’ve seen so many times before. But this time, he’s jogging, just like in the open for 4x01 when he was living in Ivy Town with Felicity. And he’s running towards the Queen Mansion (which burned down in the summer between season 2 and 3). Inside, he takes a shower and makes flirty talk with… Laurel Lance. We learn that Oliver has no scars on his body and he’s engaged to marry Laurel. Then we learn that none of this is real: he is in a pod aboard the Dominator ship, alongside Ray, Thea, Dig and Sara. 

[So... rescue mission?]

Dec 1 2016 9:30am

Rachel Grant’s Poison Evidence Proves Love is the Key to Trusting Your Instincts

Poison Evidence by Rachel Grant

Trust is a precious commodity in any relationship. In most circumstances, it’s easily achieved. But when a brilliant US scientist whose husband was a traitor is asked to put her trust in a Russian spy who steals her away in the night to help find a missing sub in Palau’s Rock Islands, there’s not much hope in trust developing. And for the seventh installment of Rachel Grant’s Evidence series, Poison Evidence is a prophetic title … the very thing that could save the day also has the potential to destroy the people involved.

He smiled, liking this woman’s cool wits in the face of terror. He’d have to remember that she didn’t give in to hysterics. When she learned what he was, she’d be a cunning adversary.

Jack Keaton needs Ivy MacLeod and her ground-breaking technology to find a missing prototype Air/Underwater Unmanned Vehicle (AUUV). His reasons are his own, and though he is a Russian spy, he isn’t the bad guy. In fact, he’s trying to save her and the Computer-Aided Mapping system and drone she developed from falling into the hands of terrorists who bought the technology from her bastard of an ex-husband, convicted traitor Patrick Hill. Once Jack gets what he needs from Ivy, he’s willing to let her—and the technology—go. But because he refuses to tell her what he’s searching for and why, it makes it all the more difficult for her to let her guard down.

[Come on... let him in!]

Dec 1 2016 8:08am

What Sort of Books Did You Grow Up Around?

The books we grow up reading—and what we see our family members reading—end up being the foundation for our reading as an adult. Was your family a reading family? Did they encourage your reading? What sort of books did they read? How do you think they influenced your adult reading?

Tell me about it in the comments!



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Nov 30 2016 4:27pm

Wicked Romance News & Deals from Elizabeth Hoyt, J.D. Robb, and More

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

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Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth HoytDeal Alert: Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane historical Wicked Intentions is FREE in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Catch up or refresh your memory on the series before jumping into the newly released eleventh installment of the series, a chick-in-pants tale, Duke of Pleasure—this steamy excerpt will hook you.

Deal Alert: Elle Wright's first Edge of Scandal contemporary, The Forbidden Man, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Waiting in the wings for you will be our First Look at The Forbidden Man, the third and final book in the series.

Deal Alert: Contemporary holiday romance anthology Baby, It's Cold Outside—featuring stories by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, and Kate Meader—is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Use our Holiday Romance Shopping List to find more must-reads.

Deal Alert: Historical holiday romance anthology What Happens Under the Mistletoe—featuring stories by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp, and Meredith Duran—is only $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Want some holiday movies to complement your reading choices? The #12RomComsofXMas holiday binge-watch guide is just what you need.

Fresh Outta the Oven

J.D. Robb's Echoes in Death is nearly within grasp thanks to an exclusive early excerpt from Chapter 1 over at Entertainment Weekly. You got Eve's first glimpse of her husband, Roarke, in the book at H&H a few weeks back; now read the rest of their scene and then some!

[+Jaci Burton holiday video & more...]

Nov 30 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s Someone Like You (December 6, 2016)

Lauren Layne
Someone Like You (Oxford #3)
LoveSwept / December 6, 2016 / $3.99 digital

There’s not a book Lauren Layne can write that I won’t read. Because she’s able to explore themes that don’t feel redundant and overexploited. It’s how she can weave a narrative that grabs me from the first page and holds my attention until her next book releases. Someone Like You is another winner winner chicken dinner, and I’ve been waiting a long time for Lincoln’s story, so thank you Ms. Layne for finally writing and releasing it!

Lincoln Mathis is a player. At least that’s the image he wants everyone to see. The man who can charm a woman’s undies off just by a nod of his head or a curl of his lips. With Someone Like You, we finally learn why he has this persona…the one where he’ll flirt with any woman under the sun but won’t ever commit. No spoilers, because it’s a doozy…but let’s just say it explains a heck of a lot. And it makes us love him that much more. Best book boyfriend? He’s definitely in the running.

[Best of the best?]

Nov 30 2016 1:30pm

In a Galaxy Far Far Away... November 2016 Science Fiction Romance Best Bets

Gladiator by Anna Hackett

Another month has gone by and another galaxy full of scifi romances have released. I’ll cover four that stood out to me.

Yes, I’m going to talk about Anna Hackett again–she makes it impossible to ignore her, with a hot new series, Galactic Gladiators. Gladiator, the first book, was really good, and I have the second volume, Warrior, waiting on my kindle. Who can resist sexy space gladiators? The heroine is a human, Harper Adams, who happens to be a Space Marine assigned to a research station orbiting Jupiter when the story opens. She’s tough, smart, resourceful and an excellent fighter–I loved her. Some passing aliens who fell through a transient wormhole attack the station and seize a few people including Harper, before they escape again through the now vanishing portal. (No return to Earth will ever be possible.) Harper ends up being sold to be a gladiator on a desert planet who knows where. She’s determined to save herself and rescue as many of her friends as she can find.

Former prince Raiden Tiago was in her spot years ago, at age fifteen, but won his freedom and is now the champion of the House of Galen and the whole Kor Magna Arena. Not that the evil Thraxxians who destroyed his planet don’t make multiple, sneaky attempts to kill him. Raiden is HOT and has a good heart, even though he of course tries to deny it. He and Harper make an excellent team, in the arena and out of it; lots of chemistry.

[Get an A+ in Chemistry!]

Nov 30 2016 12:00pm

Lily Blackwood Excerpt: The Rebel of Clan Kincaid

Lily Blackwood

The Rebel of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

Since childhood, Magnus has been led to believe he is the Laird Alwyn’s bastard, and raised to hate the Clan Kincaid. But when he learns he is without a doubt the son of the murdered Laird Kincaid, his life as he has always known it is shattered. Now, hiding his knowledge and his fury, he returns to Burnbryde Castle, awaiting the chance to strike against the man whose treachery robbed him of his legacy. His first act of rebellion: to steal a kiss from the redheaded beauty who’s betrothed to the Alwyn’s eldest son and heir.

Since her arrival at Burnbryde, Tara Iverach has been confined to a tower to guard her virtue before she marries. But after a surprise embrace with a lean, bare-chested Highlander who claims to be the Alwyn’s oldest son, she can’t contain her excitement over her good fate. Unfortunately, he is the wrong eldest son, and she is set to marry his cruel and lecherous half brother, Hugh. Can Magnus conquer his rivals and claim his Kincaid destiny before the woman who’s captured his heart becomes his sworn enemy’s bride?

Get a sneak peek at Lily Blackwood's The Rebel of Clan Kincaid (available December 6, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Near about the same time.

“Awaken, child,” said a woman’s voice, low with urgency. The dim light of a lantern washed over the stone walls of Tara Iverach’s small chamber. “Your guardian sends word that he travels near and wishes an audience.”

Tara pushed up on the narrow bed. The drab blanket fell away, exposing her skin to the chill. She shivered and seized the wool back against her neck and shoulders. Sister Agnes’s words echoed in her ears.

Her guardian … Alexander Stewart, the powerful Earl of Buchan … here, in this humble place?

[Read the full The Rebel of Clan Kincaid excerpt...]