<i>Any Time, Any Place</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Any Time, Any Place: Exclusive Excerpt Jennifer Probst "She liked the press of hard muscles against her soft curves..." <i>Ex-Con: Part 1</i> Exclusive Limited-Time Release! Ex-Con: Part 1 Exclusive Limited-Time Release! Katana Collins "They take what they want. And what they want is you." <i>Afraid to Fly</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Afraid to Fly: Exclusive Excerpt L.A. Witt "Just thinking about kissing him was enough to—" <i>Real Good Love</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Real Good Love: Exclusive Excerpt Meghan March "Everyone is betting on us to fail, but I'm ready to fight for this..."
From The Blog
January 19, 2017
Meet-Text? Romances That Began as Text Relationships
Jessica Moro
January 19, 2017
Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong SPOILER THREAD!! (MAJOR SPOILERS)
Jessica Avery
January 18, 2017
Top 5 Highlanders in Romance
Anna Bowling
January 17, 2017
Romance News & Deals from Christie Craig, Colleen Hoover, and More
Heather Waters
January 17, 2017
Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Trentham and Baxter!
Team H & H
Jan 20 2017 8:05am

Comfort Food and Comfort Reads—What Are Yours?

Now is a good time to turn to some comfort—like comfort foods and comfort reads! If you could only pick one of each, what would yours be? 

Chime in down in the comments!


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Jan 19 2017 4:34pm

Reap(er) the Rewards: Romance News & Deals from Darynda Jones and More

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

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda JonesDeal Alert: Darynda Jones' entire Charley Davidson paranormal mystery series is on sale today in e-book. Meet grim reaper/P.I. Charley in Book 1, First Grave on the Right, for $1.99, and then grab her adventures in Books 2–10 (Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Dirt on Ninth Grave, and The Curse of Tenth Grave) for $2.99 each at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Stay tuned to H&H for the perfect cap to your binge read: An excerpt and more for Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, which hits shelves on January 24.

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's MMA romance Jude's Law, Book 1 in the Law series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If MMA fighters are your type, H&H contributer Mandi Schreiner has a few more recommendations for you in her piece “Straight to the Heart: Fighter Heroes Pack a Punch.”

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' American historical The Taming of Jessi Rose is $2.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Do you know the title of Jenkins' very first historical romance? Challenge your memory in our romance trivia game!

[+California Readin', books 'n' cocktails, and more...]

Jan 19 2017 3:00pm

Romances That Began as Texting Relationships—You’ve Got Text!

Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

New adult is one of my favorite genres and one of the reasons for that is because that it’s constantly evolving and growing. It can give you twisted stories to just some feel-good plots. A new trend that has emerged, that I’ve noticed, involves how the main characters meet. With the way technology shapes our day to day, it’s no wonder it involves text! I’ve noticed more and more books are challenging how they meet and this latest is mystery texting. What do I mean by that, read below.

In J. Daniels' Four Letter Word, (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) a wrong number completely changes the life of our heroine, Sydney. When she calls the wrong person, because of one wrong number, it starts a relationship that develops through text. That’s right, they don’t meet and have no visuals of the other until they’ve already solidified an emotional bond.

“Wild girl. Eaten any innocent men alive today yet?”

“It’s a little early. I usually wait until after dinner to randomly dial up men and cuss them out. Again, I’m so sorry. I feel awful saying that stuff to you.”

“Don’t need to apologize. That was the most interesting conversation I’ve ever had.“


“Straight up. How did the intended guy take it? You make him cry?”

“I never called him.”

“I’m Sydney, by the way. Hi”


“Hey…you. No name? That’s not really fair. What am I supposed to program you in my phone as? Dildo sucker? Don’t lie… you’ve considered it. ;)”

[Text me maybe?]

Jan 19 2017 1:30pm

Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong SPOILER THREAD!! (MAJOR SPOILERS)


Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

Here you have it: It's FINALLY HERE! A complete play-by-play of all of the events in Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong, out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. 




***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished Feversong.  This is a post to discuss the entire book. 

ARE YOU READY? Are you? Because this - THIS was intense.

So let’s do this. A complete play-by-play of Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong, the ninth and final book in her Fever series, released January 17th 2017. This post is a screaming, raving mass of SPOILERS and mashed feelings below the jump so if you haven’t finished the book yet, TURN BACK!




*** Alright you’ve been warned so let’s do this! This is your last chance to leave because if you haven’t read Feversong yet and you keep reading below you’re gonna be sooooorry. No? Alright? Suit yourself! ***

Here is your super, mega-certified, awesome list of EPIC things that went down!! (Or most of them! I had to leave out some of the small ones as this epic list was getting epically long!)

[Spoilers Ahoy!]

Jan 19 2017 12:00pm

Jennifer Probst Excerpt: Any Time, Any Place

Jennifer Probst

Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst

When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.

Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...

Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.

Get a sneak peek at Jennifer Probst's Any Time, Any Place (available January 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Her breath came in short bursts from the high of their banter. The warm air spun around her like wispy cotton, lending to the intimate atmosphere. God, why did she feel on the verge of some sexual, delicious combustion? The man was dangerous as hell. She needed to stay away from him.

He nodded.

 “Good. I can load them in my truck tomorrow and bring them over before you open.”


[Read the full Any Time and Any Place excerpt...]

Jan 19 2017 9:30am

First Look: Beverly Jenkins’ Breathless (January 31, 2017)

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

When I first open a Beverly Jenkins novel, I’m giddy with anticipation. Because I know the woman is a queen among queens with historical romance. And when I finish, I’m two-thirds satiated and one-third frustrated…because she leaves the reader hanging. Yes, Ms. Jenkins…teasing us about the next book in the series is cruel and delicious all at the same time. And as readers of my reviews know, I’m not always the most patient when it comes to waiting for my favorite authors to release their next gem of a novel.

So...Breathless. This book has everything. A yummy hero who has overcome some flaws of his past? Check. A gorgeous woman who gets more revved up looking at numbers and balancing budgets than with the idea of marrying? Check. A believable courtship that leaves the reader flying through the pages? Check. Drama causing our leads to persevere rather than fold? Check.

It’s been years since Portia Carmichael has seen Kent Randolph. The former bartender for her Uncle Rhine, Kent eventually arrives looking for work at the location of Rhine Fontaine’s new ranch. Fifteen years have passed since Kent worked for Rhine. And for a shy twelve year-old girl, eighteen year-old Kent was larger than life. Back then, six years was a big age-spread. Now? Six years is hardly worth mentioning. Moverover, Portia has no misgivings about her future and love. She's past the stage of silly girl crushes and vows she’ll never fall in love, not after what she saw love do to her mother. Portia wants nothing to do with prostitution—her mother’s occupation. Portia's an educated woman now, determined to safeguard her heart.

[And then things get turned upside down...]

Jan 19 2017 8:05am

Are There Certain Books You Wouldn’t Read as a Modern Reader?

It's important to acknowledge where romance started in order to make for a better environment in the future. A lot of times that's going back and reading the books of years gone by. Some you may enjoy, otherwise may be hard for a modern reader. 

Are there certain books you can't read now? Have you tried? On the flip side, are there books that you have re-read and found that they've held up?

Let us know in the comments!

Jan 18 2017 4:25pm

Ivan, Will & Grace: Romance News & Deals from Kit Rocha and More

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

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Ivan by Kit RochaHellooooo, Ivan! Kit Rocha (a.k.a. writing team Bree Bridges and Donna Herren) have revealed the gorgeous cover for their third Gideon's Rider novel, Ivan. The Beyond spin-off series hasn't even started yet—Ashwin will be first—and we're chomping at the bit for more of these “holy warrior bikers who police the sectors, protect the weak, crush the bullies, and kill so others don't have to.” (Hot damn!)

—Karen, Jack, Will & Grace will be back on our TV screens soon! NBC has ordered a 10-episode revival of the hit 90s show, set to pick up where we left off at the end of the series. Get your juice boxes ready!

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Deal Alert: Meredith Duran's historical romance Sweetest Regret is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If you only know five things about Meredith Duran, let it be these five from Janga, including that “Her prose is textured, various, and beautiful.”

[Plus a $1.99 Sarah Addison Allen deal and more...]

Jan 18 2017 3:00pm

Top 5 Highlanders in Romance: The Essential Highland Romance Experience

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Kilty Pleasures!

First of all, boys in kilts. Better than that, men in kilts. Got your attention now? Good. Put the words, “Highlander,” or “Highlander,” on a book cover, and odds are, that book is getting picked off the shelf for at least a look. It’s no surprise. It’s worth a mention that, while all Highlanders are Scots, not all Scots are Highlanders. A Highlander’s devotion to their home and way of life is like none other. Doesn’t hurt that a Highland hunk isn’t hard on the eyes, either. Takes some muscle to wield that sort of weaponry, and when it’s for the right cause, well, dinna fash, lass; all will be well in the end. A strong Highland man or woman, with the right partner beside them, can be an unstoppable force, especially when it comes to commanding reader devotion. Though the motto of the  Highlander movie and TV franchise is, “there can be only one,” thankfully, that’s not even close to true in the romance genre. These Highlanders are likely to bring their whole clan along with them, for even more adventure and romance. That’s a true boon to both new and experienced reader, alike.

Read one Highland romance, and you’ll be part of the clan. Read more than one, and you’ll be ready to extend some Highland hospitality to those only now discovering all that Highland romance has to offer. Here are a few to whet the appetite:

[Delicious Lairds Ahead...]

Jan 18 2017 1:30pm

Ex-Con: Part 1 Exclusive Limited-Time Release!

Katana Collins

Ex-Con: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Ex-convict Shane McGill is as rugged and wild as they come. Bad to the bone and back on the streets, he’ll do anything and say anything to survive. Even if that something means joining the one car club he had worked so hard to avoid. But there’s one person out there who can match him toe-to-toe...if the hot mechanic pin-up doll of a woman with the body of a goddess and tomboy attitude would even give him a chance.

As an exclusive to H&H, all of Ex-Con: Part 1 by Katana Collins is free, available for you to read until January 27, 2017. Don't let the opportunity to read all of Part 1 pass you by!

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11


Shane McGill walked through the courtyard for the first time. Metal hit concrete with a loud clank as a group of men to his right dropped a barbell to the ground. A few of the faces he recognized from South End. A few he’d gone to high school with. But most were strangers.

He just needed to keep his head down. No eye contact. No alliances. Even though everyone warned him going in that you don’t survive prison without them.

He kept his eyes set straight ahead, stalking toward the empty weight bench at the other end of the yard. He only had to make it five hundred feet. Well, five hundred feet and one thousand four hundred and sixty days . . . but that was beside the point. One step at a time. One day at a time.

[Keep reading Ex-Con: Part 1...]

Jan 18 2017 11:00am

The Swoonies 2017: The Nominations!

Last year Archangel's Enigma's Raphael/Elena took home the prize as 2016 Swoonworthiest's Couple in Romancelandia! This year, we're prepared for more epic battles between beloved couples, and here's the scoop on how to get your fave nominated for 2017:

Love has no rules, but The Swoonies must have a few:

1. Any couple can be nominated, even if they've never had their own book, but we've seen their romance play out as secondary characters.

2. The more nominations a couple has, the more likely they'll get into the final bracket. Don't be afraid to second a nomination that someone else has already called—the more votes, the better! However, the Heroes and Heartbreakers editorial team will determine which pairings make the final cut for the tourney.

3. The couple must appear in a book that was published between January 18, 2016, and today, January 17, 2017 (i.e. Eve and Roarke of Apprentce in Death are fair game, but Outlander's Jamie and Claire are not eligible for 2017).

4. Feel free to nominate as many couples as your heart desires, and share the love on social media, but please play nice in the comment section. Love lifts us all—even during a competition!

5. Have fun! 

[Are you ready to get nominating?]

Jan 18 2017 9:30am

How Can I Ignore The B613 Agent Next Door? Loving Scandal’s Charlie

Charlie on ABC's Scandal

Note: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Read with caution!

With all the intrigue going on in Washington, D.C., many of us cannot wait to see what The Gladiators will be up against this time, white hats or not.

And while most of us shift our loyalties between promises of Vermont or Standing-In-The-Sun, for me, Scandal is all about promises of Charlie.

Charlie (played by George Newbern), is still our adorable, yet confounding B613 spy. And he’s still completely smitten with Gladiator Quinn Perkins.

If you don’t already recognize George Newbern by name or face, you for sure know him by voice. He is the narrator of some of the most prolific audiobooks in recent years (A Man Called Ove, Moonglow, Every Fifteen Minutes, Seabiscuit…). Gamers will know him as Sephiroth from Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. And DC Comics fans will know him as Superman in the Justice League series.

[An Alpha-Beta Anti-Hero?]

Jan 18 2017 8:04am

Men with Dogs or Men with Babies?

Animals and babies: two of the internet's greatest Achilles heels. They're also two things often leveraged for romance readers to enjoy on their covers along with the hunky men cuddling them. 


However, for some people, men and dogs fall short of the sweet men with babies, or on the opposite side, men with babies have readers clicking away to something else. 

So, what side are you on? 


Jan 17 2017 6:15pm

The Future of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series: Totally Baseless and Unsubstantiated Speculation

Note: This post contains spoilers for all Fever books by Karen Marie Moning, except for Feversong, which came out TODAY and which we are still in the process of reading. This is baseless speculation that is meant to be a fun exchange for readers. None of this has been confirmed by Karen Marie Moning or any of her camp. Have fun speculating with us, but also be warned that spoilers for Feversong may come up in the comments!

Fans of long-running series often feel like detectives when trying to figure out where the story will go. We have to read between the lines to find out what couple may get the next book and dig through author blog posts for any mention of upcoming projects. The job is never done—but we're all in this together!

Here's what we know about the future of the Fever series: 

[So let the speculation begin...]

Jan 17 2017 4:30pm

Kick Up Your Heels for Romance News & Deals from Christie Craig and More

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

Only in Texas by Christie CraigDeal Alert: Christie Craig's contemporary romance Only in Texas is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Our beoved genre has so much to offer—don't miss Craig's “5 Lessons Readers Can Learn from Romance.”

Deal Alert: Nana Malone's down-on-her-luck-event-planner-meets-carefree-playboy contemporary romance Sexy in Stilettos is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Try as we might, we can never resist the appeal of “the ultimate dangerous men,” as author Jodi Ellen Malpas puts it.

Deal Alert: Colleen Hoover's new adult romance Hopeless is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* “Hopeless walks the razor’s edge between being a YA and new adult book telling a beautiful tale of first love amidst the dark, ugly secret of abuse that can lurk behind closed doors of a place that is supposed to be a safe haven, but all too often is not, a place called home,” writes H&H contributer Tina Allen in her 2013 post about the best new adult books.

Deal Alert: Liora Blake's new adult/rock star romance True Devotion, second in the True series, is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Between a cowboy, soldier, and rock star, what's your romance novel hero “type”?

[+ An Ocean's Eight hottie...]

Jan 17 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Laura Trentham and Kate Baxter!

Today, Team H&H has two great covers for you from authors Laura Trentham and Kate Baxter. Trentham's Cottonbloom Series gets another addition with Leave the Night On, a tale of betrayal and finding real love where you least expect it. And in Baxter's The Lost Vampire, a vampire and a fae can't fight destiny, even though the risk is eternal doom. 

Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham

Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham

Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge—life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter...

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiancé’s classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton’s whole world goes up in flames...

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton’s shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage—and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she’s got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham, available August 1, 2017:

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[Check out The Lost Vampire...]

Jan 17 2017 12:00pm

Smut Peddler: Naughty Comics by Women, For Women

Smut Peddler Graphic Novel

Last time I wrote about comics, I gave them a rating based upon the subjective criteria “can you read this on the train” and “how explicit is this.” This time, I’m just going to tell you: do not read this on the train unless you want some awkward pants feelings with sweaty strangers giving you creepy looks. I also suggest reading this book when not in the presence of children, your parents, etc. I DO suggest reading it with your significant other (battery-operated or human).  

Smut Peddler, aka The Best Name Ever, is an anthology of dirty comics written by an all-star team of writers and illustrators in the indie comics world. I was brought to the volume by my love for one of the contributors, Jess Fink. Her comic, Chester 5000 XYZ is AMAZING.  (It’s a steampunk sexy romance with a robot and you can read it for free here.) Chester was my first erotic comic and I haven’t talked about it much because it felt like talking about porn, which isn’t something we do in “polite company.” Erotic comics have always felt more accessible to me though because they aren’t real people, which removes the icky ethical issues that have always stopped me from enjoying porn. (This isn’t a judgment of anyone who does watch porn, as I know it’s a healthy part of many people’s sexual experiences.) ANYWAY, I’m going to tell you about Smut Peddler and if you like what I have to say, please buy the comic and support a fantastic group of female artists.

This review is based on the 2014 Edition, a thick volume in black and white that showed up on my doorstep in a completely innocuous media mail envelope. Little did my mail carrier know, subversive comics lay within! The subheading on this book is “A Superior Pornucopia for Classy Dames (and the Forward-Thinking Gentleman).” With that in mind, here we go!

[Dig in...]

Jan 17 2017 9:30am

Kate Douglas & A. C. Arthur Excerpt: Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 3

A. C. Arthur and Kate Douglas

Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 3 by Kate Douglas, A. C. Arthur

In Dangerous Passions, Feral Passions Resort is the place for women to find romance and seduction with a hot, hard werewolf alpha mate. Traker Jakes and Evan Dark of the Trinity Alps pack have yet to find a strong, sexy BBW woman to consume with heady pleasure. But a special woman has arrived at Feral Passions Resort. The one who will burn with passion between these two sexy werewolf shifters. Desire will reach its peak…and the best these three can do is hold on to the sensations that erupt between them.

In Bound to the Wolf, Phelan Sava is a lycan werewolf shifter with a dark side to his soul. He lives for pleasure and revels in pain. But what burns for more than anything is a woman to dominate with his unbridled passion and desperate lust for good. Marena Panos is an attorney with a dark secret that follows her into the mountains and into the bed of a Phelan Sava. And when she is hunted by the feral beast that ravishes her body and claims her soul, Marena has no choice but to give in with no intention of ever looking back.

Get a sneak peek at Kate Douglas, A. C. Arthur's Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 3 (available January 17, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Dangerous Passions by Kate Douglas

Evan watched Trak head down to Growl with the little shifter in tow. He’d been absolutely shocked when Trak introduced her as the florist. Obviously the man knew she was a shifter, but with Darnell sitting here sipping on her margarita it wasn’t like he could announce it to them.

Evan wished he knew her story. She seemed like such a timid little thing, and she had to be rogue to be here in their territory without a pack. Trak would let them know when he could. That was one thing about this pack. They really were more of a democracy. Unusual among werewolf packs. Generally the alpha was the supreme commander of his pack. He wielded the power of life or death over each of the members.

[Read the full Claimed by the Mate, Vol. 3 excerpt...]

Jan 17 2017 8:07am

What’s a Favorite Piece of Slang or Catchphrase You’ve Learned from Romance?

Sweet Disorder by Rose Lerner

This weekend on Twitter, Rose Lerner was sharing some of her favorite Regency era slang—from blanket hornpipe to to blow the grounsils. Outside of historical romance, authors like Darynda Jones and J.R. Ward, among many others, use fun slang and catch phrases in their writing. 

What are some of your favorite slang words or phrases that you've learned in romance? Do certain authors make great use of catchphrases?

Tell me about it in the comments!


Jan 16 2017 12:00pm

L.A. Witt Excerpt: Afraid to Fly

L.A. Witt

Afraid to Fly by L.A. Witt

Once a fearless fighter pilot, Commander Travis Wilson is now confined to a desk. It's been eight years since the near-fatal crash that grounded him, and it still rules his life thanks to relentless back pain.

Lieutenant Commander Clint Fraser almost drowned in a bottle after a highly classified catastrophe while piloting a drone. His downward spiral cost him his marriage and kids, but he's sober now and getting his life back on track. He's traded drones for a desk, and he's determined to reconcile with his kids and navigate the choppy waters of PTSD.

Clint has been on Travis's radar ever since he transferred to Anchor Point. When Clint comes out to his colleagues, it's a disaster, but there's a silver lining: now that Travis knows Clint is into men, the chemistry between them explodes.

It's all fun and games until emotions get involved. Clint's never been in love with a man before. Travis has, and a decade later, that tragic ending still haunts him. Clint needs to coax him past his fear of crashing and burning again, or their love will be grounded before takeoff.

Get a sneak peek at L.A. Witt's Afraid to Fly (available January 16, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He was in uniform, of course, and even though I’d seen him a million times, I couldn’t stop staring. The blue digital camouflage uniforms were not my favorite thing about the Navy. There was something about the uniform that seemed to strip away all semblance of individuality. Which was sort of what uniforms were meant to do, but this one in particular seemed to erase everything. Facial features, skin tones, even eyes—they all seemed to turn generic when people wore these uniforms. I’d had coworkers I didn’t recognize in their civvies because I’d only seen them in blue camouflage.

Travis, though . . . I couldn’t mentally blend him into a crowd if I wanted to. No amount of camouflage dulled a single thing about him. After seeing him in his dress uniform? Jesus.

[Read the full Afraid to Fly excerpt...]