<i>Lawless in Leather</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Lawless in Leather: Exclusive Excerpt Melanie Scott "He took a deep breath, and more of her perfume snuck into his brain." <i>Way of the Warrior</i>: Excerpt Way of the Warrior: Excerpt Suzanne Brockmann "He was great with kids, women fainted when they met him and…" <i>The Mistake</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Mistake: Exclusive Excerpt Elle Kennedy "He lightly strokes my cheekbone and I have to stop myself from purring like an affection-starved cat." <i>The Harlot Countess</i>: Excerpt The Harlot Countess: Excerpt Joanna Shupe "He wanted to feel her, to hold her... to run his tongue over the smooth knob of her ankle."
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Apr 28 2015 1:45pm

First Look: Leah Raeder’s Black Iris (April 28, 2015)

Black Iris by Leah Raeder

Leah Raeder
Black Iris
Atria Books / April 28, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

The next dark and sexy romantic suspense novel from the USA TODAY bestselling author of Unteachable, which was praised for its “lush, haunting prose, deft storytelling, and scorching sensuality” (M. Pierce, bestselling author of the Night Owl trilogy), and called “one of the best forbidden romances” (Lauren Blakely, New York Times bestselling author).

“Love is not a thing that we create. It’s an undoing.”

It only took one moment of weakness for Laney Keating’s world to fall apart. One stupid gesture for a hopeless crush. Then the rumors began. Slut, they called her. Queer. Psycho. Mentally ill, messed up, so messed up even her own mother decided she wasn’t worth sticking around for.

If Laney could erase that whole year, she would. College is her chance to start with a clean slate.

She’s not looking for new friends, but they find her: charming, handsome Armin, the only guy patient enough to work through her thorny defenses—and fiery, filterless Blythe, the bad girl and partner in crime who has thorns of her own.

But Laney knows nothing good ever lasts. When a ghost from her past resurfaces—the bully who broke her down completely—she decides it’s time to live up to her own legend. And Armin and Blythe are going to help.

Which was the plan all along.

Because the rumors are true. Every single one. And Laney is going to show them just how true.

She’s going to show them all.

In Leah Raeder’s second book, Delaney Keating has a certain disdain for the “typical college romance novel,” and Black Iris is anything but. Emily Thorne has nothing on Laney, and Raeder’s novel is a cross between “Revenge” and “How to Get Away with Murder,” on steroids. Here’s an idea of just what young people on the cusp of adulthood really are dealing with, a dark world of sexuality undefined, drugs, and what Laney herself perhaps describes best as “Machiavellian masturbation.” It’s a head-trip, but it’s a big foray into an under-represented and misunderstood sector of romance, and Raeder brutally and passionately conveys a story that may just turn all expectations upside down.

[Black Swan has nothing on Black Iris...]

Apr 28 2015 11:30am

Jane the Virgin 1x20 Heart-to-Heart: Geometry in Motion

Jane The Virgin 1x20 Jane

Show/Episode: Jane the Virgin, Season 1, Episode 20, “Chapter Twenty”
Ship: Jane/Rafael

Jane The Virgin 1x20 Jane and Rafael Captain's Log

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Jane The Virgin, including Monday night's Season 1, Episode 20, “Chapter Twenty.” Enjoy!

The Shipping News

It’s 17 hours post break-up and Jane and Rafael are at an ultrasound appointment. Seventeen hours isn’t enough time for Rafael to reconsider his stupid idea that breaking up with Jane is the right thing for her. This recapper’s reaction? Meh. Everything looks great with the baby except for the breech position. The rest of the episode is a lot of set up to get us to a literal turning point—the baby turns and Jane turns on Rafael.

This episode also set us up for some continued interference from Michael and Petra. Love triangles are afoot! We have Jane-Rafael-Petra and Rafael-Jane-Michael. I think I need a Venn diagram to figure it all out. Jane learned that Michael helped Alba with immigration when she was in the hospital, so when Alba remembers that Petra’s mother, Magda, pushed her down the stairs, they turn to Michael again for help because Alba doesn’t want to go to the police since she’s illegal. Jane meets Michael in the Marbella lobby. After they finish talking and Jane leaves, cut to Rafael shooting daggers at Michael. Michael smirks and walks away. There’s something unsavory about Michael. I know he gives Jane a lot of things she needs from a partner and he represents what’s missing from her relationship with Rafael, but I just don’t like him. I can’t quite put my finger on why.

My favorite scene of this episode was between Rafael and Luisa, who just returned after a trip to Peru with a new girlfriend in tow. Rafael unloads everything to her and admits that he gave up Jane for the hotel and he can’t let it fail. Luisa calls him out on his half-truth. He rejected Jane before she could reject him like his mother did. Didn’t you want to reach through the TV screen and give Rafael a giant bear hug? I did. (But don’t try it. You’ll just smudge your television screen. Don’t ask me how I know that!)

[Just grab the box of tissues...]

Apr 28 2015 9:30am

First Look: Elle Kennedy The Mistake (April 28, 2015)

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy
The Mistake (Off-Campus #2)
Elle Kennedy / April 28, 2015 / $4.99 digital

He’s a player in more ways than one…

College junior John Logan can get any girl he wants. For this hockey star, life is a parade of parties and hook-ups, but behind his killer grins and easygoing charm, he hides growing despair about the dead-end road he’ll be forced to walk after graduation. A sexy encounter with freshman Grace Ivers is just the distraction he needs, but when a thoughtless mistake pushes her away, Logan plans to spend his final year proving to her that he’s worth a second chance.

Now he’s going to need to up his game...

After a less than stellar freshman year, Grace is back at Briar University, older, wiser, and so over the arrogant hockey player she nearly handed her V-card to. She’s not a charity case, and she’s not the quiet butterfly she was when they first hooked up. If Logan expects her to roll over and beg like all his other puck bunnies, he can think again. He wants her back? He’ll have to work for it. This time around, she’ll be the one in the driver’s seat…and she plans on driving him wild.

Do you like a good grovel from a hero and a whipsmart heroine? Then you’ll love Elle Kennedy’s The Mistake. The follow-up to Kennedy’s New Adult hockey romance The Deal, The Mistake features Logan, who thinks he’s pining after The Deal’s heroine, Wellsey. Enter young freshman, Grace who proves to be more than distracting to Logan and suddenly his best friend’s girlfriend isn’t the only thing on Logan’s mind. The Mistake is aptly named as Logan does screw up in a big way (no spoilers here though) and when he wants to get Grace back, she’s determined to make him work for it. What differentiates book 2 from the first book in the series is that there is a natural rhythm to the relationship between Logan and Grace.

[Their attraction is too strong to stay away.]

Apr 28 2015 8:02am

What Was Your Most Compelling Elevator Pitch?

Vanessa Bayer spoofs the Fifty Shades of Grey Elevator sceneLast week, we talked about the keywords that will get you to auto-buy a book based on the cover copy. This week, we are talking about the books that are recommended to us by the fellow readers in our lives. Sometimes, it's a tweet we see that makes us ask “What are you reading!?” because it sounds just right up our alley. Other times, someone will recommend a book and they'll use the buzzwords that get us running to a bookstore right away!

What's the most compelling “pitch” you've gotten that resulted in your adding one (or several) books to your TBR pile?

Apr 27 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Cat Johnson’s Midnight Ride (April 28, 2015)

Midnight Ride by Cat Johnson

Cat Johnson
Midnight Ride (Midnight Cowboys #1)
Zebra / April 28, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

One bucking bronco...

Oklahoma ranch hand Tyler Jenkins is too young, too sexy, and too damn wild to be tied down by any single woman—for more than a few steamy hours...

One hard-working widow...

Widowed rancher Janie Smithwick is too busy paying off her debts to play rodeo with a reckless young cowboy like Tyler—no matter how hot he gets her...

One midnight ride they'll never forget. . .

As a rule, Janie should be dating a man her own age, like her handsome neighbor Rohn—not the twenty-four-year old ranch hand he employs. But once Tyler gets Janie alone—held tight in his arms, pressed against his hard muscled body, burning with desire—the widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken...

In an age where female characters are demonized for their sexual desires, it’s comforting to read a book that’s capable of reassuring us that it’s okay to give into need, want, and desire—like Cat Johnson’s Midnight Ride.

There is a twelve year age difference between the hero and the heroine, and right from the beginning, the hero sees the heroine as an object of desire. Tyler thinks Janie’s a beautiful woman. And Lord help him when she mentions his tongue. 

His mind went to bad places at her mention of his tongue and its talents.  Visions of what he’d like to do with it—and her—flashed through his brain.

His desire is immediate and palpable.  And right from the beginning, as far as he’s concerned, her age is simply a number.  “(I)t was obvious Colton had never met Janie Smithwick.  If he had, he sure as hell wouldn’t have called her old.” Hot, beautiful, sexy , yes.  But not old.

[Will she tame the young hunky cowboy?]

Apr 27 2015 3:51pm

Romance News Roundup: Lili St. Germain Deal, Magic Mike XXL, 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.

Magic Mike XXL PosterMagic Mike is making Mondays a little more tolerable with their #MagicMondays. This week, they've released the poster for the latest XXL actor to take it off—Joe Manganiello! You're welcome.

—Last week, we were teased about Fifty Shades Darker with the first image of Jamie Dornan. Now, we present some more teasing—this time, a fan video compiling all of the jokes and funny moments in Fifty Shades of Grey (and there were a lot)! Since Dakota Johnson comes from a comedy background, we're reminded of that sense of humor in this video!

—Deal Alert: Lili St. Germain's Cartel comes out in paperback on May 12, 2015, but for those who can't wait, the e-book can be yours now—and for only $0.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

—This weekend, the Daytime Emmy winners were announced and awards went to soap opera fan favorites such as Days of Our Lives, Bold and the Beautiful, among others!

*We don't know how long these deals will last so get it while it's hot!

Apr 27 2015 2:30pm

Your Supernatural Highness: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for April 2015

Mate Bond by Jennifer Ashley

With excitement over Will and Kate’s royal baby (#2!) at an all-time high, it is perhaps fitting that this month’s paranormal offerings seem to have a bit of a theme—the hereditary ruling class. We’re talking time travelling Earls, dragon Lords, alpha pack leaders, vampire Kings and royal witches. So if you’re keen on the ruling ranks then prepare to dive into this month’s paranormal releases!

Shifters leader!
Jennifer Ashley's Mate Bond (Shifters Unbound #7)

To cement the leadership of his North Carolina Shiftertown, Bowman O’Donnell agreed to a “mating of convenience.” Two powerful wolf shifters, he and Kenzie keep the pack in order and are adored by all. Bowman would do anything to protect Kenzie, for in each other’s arms they’ve found far more than friendship. But as strong as their attachment is, they still haven’t formed the elusive mate bond—the almost magical joining of true mates.

Now with a monster ravaging the countryside and threatening the Shiftertown community, some in the pack fear that a pair without a true mate bond isn’t strong enough to lead. Bowman and Kenzie will have to rely on their instinctive trust in one another to save their Shifters—and the ensuing battle will either destroy them or give them the chance to seize the love they’ve always craved.

There’s no “meet cute” in this one. Pack leader Bowman and his mate Kenzie are an older couple, married for 15 years with a 12 year old son.  Together, they’re the power couple of North Caroline Shifterland. Unfortunately Bowman and Kenzie don’t share the elusive “mate bond”, the metaphysical connection of loved up shifters. This means that if either of them ever meets their true mate, they’re supposed to go their separate ways, no questions asked. It’s an interesting premise. Conventional paranormal novels usually have couples discovering those fated bonds first and then forming a relationship later, this is the other way around. I love the world building in this series. As alpha pack leader, Bowman faced some serious challenges and there’s an unknown monster lurking about.  There’s also some deception and betrayal and a huge emotional pay off.

[More Paranormal Romance Best Bets.]

Apr 27 2015 1:00pm

Game of Thrones 5x03 Heart-to-Heart: Hateship, Broship

Game of Thrones 5x03 Margaery and Tommen

This post contains SPOILERS and speculation from all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 5, Episode 3, “High Sparrow.” Enjoy!


Game of Thrones 5x03 Margaery/Tommen Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Game of Thrones 5x03 “High Sparrow”

Ship(s): Margaery/Tommen, Brienne/Podrick (broship), Ramsey/Sansa (gag),

We open with Arya, sweeping the floors at the House of Black and White. She expresses frustration to Jaqen, that she’s doing chores when she wants to be taught how to be faceless like him. There’s some serious Mr. Miyagi type stuff going on here. She insists that she’s ready to be a faceless man. Jaqen insists she cannot do that until she gets rid of Arya Stark (meaning all of her things she has with her). So she dumps it all in the water with very little fanfare. The only thing she is reluctant to part with is her sword, Needle. She keeps it, hiding it under some stones. It’s her last tie to her father, after all. Jaqen finally comes for her, leading her down a staircase to dark room where she helps to wash a body

In King’s Landing, Margaery marries Tommen and Cersei looks more than a little annoyed, especially given the new Queen’s popularity with the people. The new husband is very eager and she’s very indulgent and I can’t help but think this is a far better outcome than Joffrey had. Tommen thinks its a bit odd that he doesn’t feel more guilty for benefiting from his brother’s death and Margaery plays along. It’s fascinating watching her work her magic on this poor, sweet kid. He eats right out her hand, lapping up her praise and encouragement and the lies she speaks so easily as she praises Cersei. Of course, what she’s doing is sowing seeds of discontent. Also: please tell me that the not-dead corpse under the sheet that Qyburn was fiddling with was NOT the Mountain because I might have a big problem with that.

[She's winning his love.]

Apr 27 2015 12:15pm

They Laughed, They Cried: Standout Moments in Romance Novels

Wild With You by Sara Jane StoneHeroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to welcome author Sara Jane Stone, whose fourth Independence Falls novel, Wild With You, hit shelves on April 14. Shere's here today to discuss what qualities make for a keeper romance, including laugh-out-loud funny moments. Thanks for joining us, Sara Jane!

As a reader, I find the little moments in a book stay with me the longest. Romance, women’s fiction, non-fiction—the heart-wrenching details haunt me long after I turn the last page. But it is the laugh-out-loud passages that lead me to reread a book over and over.

Jill Shalvis is a master of humorous moments. In Simply Irresistible, the first book in her Lucky Harbor series, I love the scene where the heroine drunk dials the hero (who happens to be the town’s master carpenter) and tells him she needs mastering. I’ve read this story more times than I wish to admit and I still laugh every time.

When I asked Codi Gary, author of Bad For Me, if she could name a standout moment, she selected a humorous moment from Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mr. Bridgerton:

“Where Colin asks Penelope to marry him and she falls out of the carriage and to the ground was funny and wonderful because it was supposed to be a romantic moment and they both butchered it.” 

Reading her words, I can clearly picture this scene. And I’m tempted to drop everything and reread Colin and Penelope’s story. This moment reflects everything I love about these characters.

[Go ahead, give in to the re-read temptation...]

Apr 27 2015 11:00am

Lawless in Leather: Exclusive Excerpt

Melanie Scott

Lawless In Leather by Melanie Scott

She's good at her game.

Raina Easton never dreamed she'd end up playing ring master to a bunch of baseball cheerleaders. But when the New York Saints offers her a job to coach its new squad—the Fallen Angels—Raina can't refuse. As the owner of a burlesque club, she can certainly show the girls more than a few good moves. But as for her new boss? That is, as they say, a whole 'nother story...

And he's got it bad.

Army veteran, biker, and all-around tough guy, Malachi Coulter isn't your typical sports-team owner. For one thing, he doesn't think cheerleaders belong on the baseball field. Another: he can't seem to separate business and pleasure when he meets his somewhat scandalous new employee. Seems the major-league bad boy has met his match in the gorgeous, feisty Raina. All's fair in love and baseball…could it be that, after all this time, Malachi is playing to win?

Get a sneak peek at  Melanie Scott's Lawless In Leather (available May 5, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Damn. It smelled like a ballpark. Malachi Coulter breathed deeper, closed his eyes, and let the grin spread across his face as he took in the mix of sweat and grass and old beer and well-worn wood and leather that spelled baseball.

It made his palms itch for a bat.

It made his gut twist as, once again, he contemplated the possible monumental insanity that had led him to buy a baseball team with his two best friends. He still sus- pected Alex had put something in that very good bour- bon they’d been drinking when he’d gotten Mal to say yes to his crazy proposal. Or maybe Lucas. Lucas was the doctor. He had plenty of access to drugs.

Still, here he was. New York. Though, right at this mo- ment, Staten Island. Part owner of the worst team in the major leagues. The New York Saints. And currently in charge of bringing the security in their stadium up to scratch.

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Apr 27 2015 9:30am

First Look: Karen Erickson’s Endless Nights (April 28, 2015)

Endless Nights by Karen Erickson

Karen Erickson
Endless Nights (Vegas Nights #3)
Samhain Publishing / April 28, 2015 / $3.49 digital

The sex is crazy good. Is it crazier to want something more?

Andrea and her two best friends have shed their nurses’ scrubs for a long-awaited weekend in Las Vegas, and nothing—flight delays, lost luggage, or the slightly weird guy with the sketchy invite to an exclusive bash—is going to stop their fun.

Within minutes of arriving at the opulent party, she’s deep in conversation with gorgeous, funny Luke Nelson, wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks. For some crazy reason, he can’t seem to keep his eyes—or hands—off her.

Luke isn’t looking for a hookup, he just wants to relax…until he gets one look at the classy brunette in the barely there dress. One minute they’re talking, the next they’re all over each other in a dark corner. It’s like he’s an addict and she’s the fix he’s been searching for all his life.

One night of hot sex isn’t nearly enough. But after a weekend spent never more than a few inches apart, the time is quickly approaching when they’ll have to make a long-distance relationship work—or break it off.

Warning: A lady who wants to go a little wild, a good-guy pro athlete who likes a little sass with his class, crazy good sex, and a crazy ex.

After just coming back from Vegas myself with my crazy girlfriends, I couldn’t wait to emerge myself in a similar setting. I actually got the whole series; I had to see how each girl met their guy and how their intense connections sizzled from beginning to end. Karen Erickson has a way of sucking you into her romantic whirlwind meeting of two people with unbelievable chemistry, and she delivers that in spades in Endless Nights. 

Andrea is a nurse and in need of a long weekend hanging out with her friends in Vegas. But after a tough landing and some interruptions, Andrea and her friends are invited to a private party by an interesting character named James, whom I found so entertaining. You’ll definitely need to read Wicked Weekend to get the full depth of their meeting. I was super curious to see how Andrea, who seemed out of her comfort zone, would handle to party. She isn’t prepared for the attention she catches, but Luke can’t keep his eyes off her.

[He also can't keep his hands to himself...]

Apr 27 2015 8:16am

We’ve Got a Problem

Michael Vartan as Mr Coulson in Never Been Kissed Never Been Kissed's Mr. Coulson is a beloved hero in the land of Romantic Comedies, especially when paired with the lovably awkward Josie. However, upon closer examination, it can present a bit of an “ick” factor. After all, Mr. Coulson was Josie's teacher, and while as audience member's experience the story through Josie's perspective...he didn't know Josie was a 25-year-old undercover reporter.

That being said, we all still love Mr. Coulson and love their story, but if we think about it too hard, the “ick” emerges. What favorites do you have that can be problematic if you think about them too much, or examine them too closely?

Apr 26 2015 12:17pm

Outlander 1x12 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart: Home at Lallybroch

Jamie and Claire Fraser in Outlander season 1 episode 12Show/Episode: Outlander Season 1, Episode 12, “Lallybroch”
Ship(s): Jamie/Claire

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Outlander, including Saturday night's Season 1, Episode 12, “Lallybroch.” Enjoy!

Outlander 1x12 jamie and claire captain's logThe Jamie/Claire ship took a glorious turn last week. Jamie saved Claire’s life (again) as she was condemned a witch. The bond between them reached new levels as Claire finally told Jamie where—or should we say when—she comes from. She told him everything including about her marriage to Frank. Jamie, being the man we love so much, took her back to the standing stones and gave her the chance to go back to Frank. Even with the promise of more danger and strife, Claire chose to remain in the past with Jamie.

It was the huge turning point in their relationship. Their arranged marriage is now a relationship of choice and love. They’ve both made moves to prove they love one another. Now they have to figure out how to live together and make that relationship work. Easier said than done.

[It's not all sunshine and rainbows, huh?...]

Apr 26 2015 10:00am

First Look: Tracy Wolff’s Exposed (May 5, 2015)

Exposed by Tracy Wolff

Tracy Wolff
Exposed (Ethan Frost #3) 
Random House / May 5, 2015 / $4.99 digital

Ethan Frost, the irresistible leading man from the New York Times bestselling Ruined and Addicted, returns once again in Exposed—a novel that’s perfect for fans of J. Kenner and Sylvia Day.
Will Ethan Frost go too far for the woman he loves?

The moment Chloe Girard walked into my life, she exposed secrets and emotions I always thought were best kept buried.

She wants to move on, to ignore the past. But I can’t do that. Not when she still suffers. And not when the man who hurt her remains unscathed. So when I discover the perfect opportunity to make him pay for what he did to Chloe, I can’t walk away, no matter the consequences.

But there’s a fine line between justice and obsession. As I turn up old crimes and new lies, I know that I’m playing with fire—and risking the very foundations of our relationship.

My love for Chloe is absolute. I just hope it’s enough to save us both.

Exposed is the third book in Tracy Wolff’s Ethan Frost series and it has all the ingredients that make the first two books so addicting: a humanitarian, sexy, wealthy alpha male; a courageous and intelligent heroine; conflict from the past that infiltrates the present; a sticky web of interrelationships; and steamy scenes. But even more than that, what I crave is growth in a relationship. I am pleased to say that Exposed did not let me down in this regard.

[Sometimes you have to stumble before it's perfect...]

Apr 25 2015 2:00pm

Way of the Warrior: Excerpt

Suzanne Brockmann

Way of the Warrior by Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, Anne Elizabeth“It is a proud privilege to be a soldier.” — George S. Patton Jr.

“We sleep safely at night because rough men stand ready to visit violence on those who would harm us.” — Winston Churchill

Eight passionate love stories about amazing military heroes

To honor and empower those who've served, all author and publisher proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project was founded in 2002 and provides a wide range of programs and services to veterans and service members who have survived physical or mental injury during their brave service to our nation. Get involved or register for programs and benefits for yourself and your family online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Get a sneak peek at  Suzanne Brockmann, Julie Ann Walker, Catherine Mann, Tina Wainscott, and Anne Elizabeth's Way of the Warrior (available May 5, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“I’m having your baby!”Navy SEAL Izzy Zanella sang in his best falsetto. “I’m a woman in love, and I love what it’s doing to me!”

Dan and Jenk were both on their burner cell phones, talking to their wives—both of whom were pregnant. Mark Jenkins gave Izzy a rueful eye-roll before turning away. Danny just completely ignored him, instead frowning down at his phone as if he’d maybe lost his connection.

And although Danny’s wife, Jenn, was farther along in her baby-making journey, it was Marky-Mark’s wife, Lindsey, who was the biggest cause for concern. She’d miscarried last year and was playing this current pregnancy super-safe, at least while still in her first trimester.

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Apr 25 2015 11:30am

First Look: Mary Burton’s Be Afraid (April 28, 2015)

Be Afraid by Mary BurtonMary Burton
Be Afraid (Morgan Family #2)
Zebra, April 28, 2015, $7.99 print, $5.84 digital

The Fear Is Terrifying

When police rescue five-year-old Jenna Thompson from the dark closet where she's been held captive for days, they tell her she's a lucky girl. Compared to the rest of her family, it's true. But even with their killer dead of an overdose, Jenna is still trying to find peace twenty-five years later.

But The Truth

On leave from her forensic artist job, Jenna returns to Nashville, the city where she lost so much. Instead of closure, she finds a new horror. Detective Rick Morgan needs Jenna's expertise in identifying the skeletal remains of a young child. The case jogs hazy half-buried memories—and a nagging dread that Jenna's ordeal hasn't ended.

Is Even Worse

Now other women are dying. And as the links between these brutal killings and Jenna's past becomes clear, she knows this time, a madman will leave no survivors. . .

Mary Burton gives us another chilling, thrilling romantic suspense novel in Be Afraid, her second book detailing the lives and loves of the Morgan family. In this latest release, Detective Rick Morgan meets feisty Jenna Thompson and while the middle of a murder investigation might seem like a strange time to start a romance, for these two damaged souls, love is the perfect antidote to all the darkness they are dealing with.

[Let love—and light—in...]

Apr 24 2015 4:50pm

Friday Beefcake: 4 Lords a-Leaping from Cavill, Smith, and More!

Friday Beefcake Lords: Henry Cavill as Charles Brandon in The Tudors

“My lord” or “My prince” is what these men like to be referred to on our TV screens. Their tactics in defending their family’s honor, not to mention their other gentlemanly qualities, make leading ladies swoon. Plus, these guys are hotter than hot and the fact that they are royalty is just the cherry on top.

Which of these guys—Henry Cavill, Sam Heughan, Chris Hemsworth, Josh Dallas, or the Fresh Prince of Bel Air himself, Will Smith—would you choose to address as “My Lord” or “My Prince"? Are we missing your favorite? Do feel free to share suggestions in the comments.

P.S. Thanks to @scandalwomen, @evangelineh, @NicolaMDavidson, @shaeconnor, Jessica M., Heather G., Kara B., Vanessa O., Cj S., Laurie M., and Jackie D. for answering the call for recommendations on Twitter and Facebook. We wish we could've included them all!

[+4 more dreamy pics...]

Apr 22 2015 11:30am
Original Story

H&H Quickies #9: Jennifer Ryan Presents “A Cowboy Country Wedding”

Jennifer Ryan

 When It's Right by Jennifer Ryan Today we are over the moon to bring you an exclusive Quickie scene from Jennifer Ryan, whose latest Montana Men novel, When It's Right, came out in March.

Earlier this month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you blew us away with a ton of great prompts.

Earlier this week, newsletter subscribers got advance access to the story (to join the club and get early looks at exclusive content, become an H&H member and check “yes” to get the newsletter here!), and today we are delighted to present the full scene for all users!

Here are the prompts she chose from (with thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, because there were so many fantastic options):

  • A dirt encrusted key (Kareni)
  • Red leather boots (Kareni)
  • Chubby Appaloosa horse (lauralee1912)
  • Sunset ride (HeatherWaters)
  • a tumbledown shack (laughingcarol)
  • tall, dark and gorgeous (laughingcarol)
  • ride a dark trail (dsh) 
  • a tombstone with only one word 'beloved' on it (Tammy Lever)

Without further ado, here is Jennifer Ryan's H&H Quickie, “A Cowboy Country Wedding.”

Thank you for all the wonderful prompts. I had so much fun reading them and imagining the story they’d create. The tumbledown shack, a tall, dark, and gorgeous cowboy on a sunset ride sparked so many great ideas. I hope you like Trace and Skylar’s scene. 

Trace had been looking at the girl next door his whole life, but he’d never seen her look more beautiful than she did standing in the doorway of her grandparents’ old tumbledown shack dressed in a lace wedding gown. The tips of her red leather boots poked out the hem. That was his tried and true country girl. The building wasn’t much to look at with its sagging porch, cracked glass windows, badly patched roof, and the rotted out back wall that was mostly covered by a rambling wild rose bush. But she was a sight to behold with her blonde hair tied at the base of her neck and draped over one shoulder, spiraled into golden curls. A wreath of tiny rose buds from the bush out back crowned her head. Her blue eyes sparkled bright with the happiness that tilted her lips into a soft smile. She took his breath away.

[Read the full scene now...]

Apr 24 2015 3:35pm

Romance News Roundup: Fifty Shades Darker Tease, Grey’s Anatomy Death, 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.

Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades Darker teaserFifty Shades fans, your first look at Jamie Dornan's Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Darker is here—kinda sorta. It's an image from a Darker tease in the Fifty Shades of Grey Blu-ray, according to EW.com. What do you think? Will you be seeing the movie when it hits theaters on February 10, 2017? In the meantime, stick with H&H for updates about the next two movies and remember you can still weigh in with your thoughts on the first movie.

—OMGDidYouSee...?!!!: A MAJOR Grey's Anatomy cast member departure has rocked the fandom. SPOILERS AHEAD: Last night's Season 11, episode 21, “How to Save a Life” sank the series' hardiest ship, Derek/Meredith, as the beloved McDreamy was struck by a vehicle after saving four victims of another car crash and then receiving less-than-stellar medical treatment. Did you watch last night? How are you feeling? What stage of grief are you currently in?

—Love Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson and in need of an artistic outlet? This fan art challenge may be just the ticket!

Apr 24 2015 1:15pm

First Look: Kelly Bowen’s A Good Rogue is Hard to Find (April 28, 2015)

A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find by Kelly BowenKelly Bowen
A Good Rogue Is Hard to Find
Grand Central / April 28, 2015 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital


The rogue's life has been good to William Somerhall: He has his fortune, his racehorses, and his freedom. Then he moves in with his mother. It seems the eccentric Dowager Duchess of Worth has been barely skirting social disaster-assisted by one Miss Jenna Hughes, who is far too bright and beautiful to be wasting her youth as a paid companion. Now home to keep his mother from ruin, William intends to learn what's afoot by keeping his friends close-and the tempting Miss Hughes closer still.


He's tall, dark, and damnably intelligent-unfortunately for Jenna. She and the duchess are in the “redistribution business,” taking from the rich and giving to the poor, and it's going great - until he shows up. But even as William plots to make an honest woman out of her, Jenna will use all her wiles to reveal just how bad a rogue he can be...

Where have you been all my life, Kelly Bowen? If Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, and Lisa Kleypas were to extract their writing DNA, mix it in a blender, and have a love child, Kelly Bowen would be it. A Good Rogue is Hard to Find is the second book in her Lords of Worth Series and does not disappoint.

[So it's Worth the wait, eh?...]