<i>Make Me Stay</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Make Me Stay: Exclusive Excerpt Jaci Burton "She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love." <i>Midnight Wrangler</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Midnight Wrangler: Exclusive Excerpt Cat Johnson "He thought about doing more than kissing her." <i>For His Pleasure</i>: Exclusive Excerpt For His Pleasure: Exclusive Excerpt Suzanne Rock “Stop worrying and enjoy the moment.” <i>Coming Apart at the Seams</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Coming Apart at the Seams: Exclusive Excerpt Jenna Sutton "He’ll do whatever it takes to win her over."
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Nov 25 2015 12:00pm

Make Me Stay: Exclusive Excerpt

Jaci Burton

Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Having left his hometown of Hope years ago, only one thing could persuade architect Reid McCormack to come home for a lengthy stay—the challenge of renovating a historic building. But once the job is finished, he’ll be headed back to Boston, no matter how much he’s drawn to beautiful florist Samantha Reasor.

Samantha watches over her elderly grandmother and pours a piece of herself into every floral creation she designs. Her crush on Reid has been blooming for a while now, but she’s reluctant to act on it. A temporary fling isn’t what she’s looking for, even if Reid is smoking hot and super sexy. She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love.

Two people with different goals couldn’t possibly work, and yet as their attraction grows into something deeper, maybe falling in love is the one thing Samantha and Reid can build a future on.

Get a sneak peek at Jaci Burton's Make Me Stay (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

She wound her way up to the third floor, where it looked similar to the second floor. Walls had been framed in and drywall was going up. Wood floors had been put in, and there was defined space up here. She wanted to linger, to walk into every room, but first she had to find Reid, because she had questions. She heard banging and talking, so she followed the sound.

She found him talking to one of the workers in one of the bathrooms.

“The wrong color sinks were delivered for up here,” the guy said, causing Reid to rub the side of his temple. “And the window people sent the wrong sizes for the second floor, so those don’t fit.”

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Nov 25 2015 9:30am

First Look: Xavier Neal’s Blue Dream (December 2, 2015)

Blue Dream by Xavier Neal

Xavier Neal
Blue Dream
Entertwine Publishing / December 2, 2015 / $0.99 digital

First love. Last love. Only love. Well, at least that's how Ryder Collins thinks of the girl he lost because of his addiction ten years ago. While Ryder is battling the demons of his past to save his future, he will start to question the nightmare that has become his reality and the illusive blue dream that he swears started it all.

I’ve read a few stories of Xavier Neal’s, but Blue Dream made my heart ache. Why was I so captivated by this story about love lost between an interracial couple in high school? Because the emotions were raw, the situations real, and the characters, though imperfect, ultimately just wanted to love and be loved.

The story starts out present day with Ryder in rehab for drug addiction. He’s had ten years to think about all the crap that went down when he was a senior in high school and in love with his girlfriend, Presley. Pressured by his callous alcoholic father to dump her, we are taken back to the past where the progression of Ryder’s and Presley’s relationship materializes and ultimately crashes to an end.

“That’s what being with her was like. Like having Blue Dream running through your system, all day every day. Pumping through your blood like it had replaced it. She was my first high. That one you never stop chasing.”

[There's nothing better than love ...]

Nov 25 2015 8:15am

What Fictional Characters Would You Invite to Orphan Thanksgiving?

Winn in Supergirl
Source: karazorelgifs.tumblr.com

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States and for many people that means spending time with family. However, for many others, timing and distance are too tight and too far, respectively. Thus, Orphan Thanksgiving (a.k.a. Friendsgiving) was born for those who could not—or, you know, didn't want to—be with their families. 

What fictional characters—from TV, movies, or books (we'll be genre agnostic today)—would you invite to your Orphan Thanksgiving?

Note: Team H&H will be taking a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll be back with Morning Coffees on Monday. You'll find us on social media still, but we hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Nov 24 2015 4:55pm

Romance News: Turkey Week Deals from Sandra Hill, Stephenie Meyer, 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.

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Author's Note: Afternoon Tea is taking a short break for the long Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S., but rest assured, we'll be back with more deals and news Monday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas in Transylvania by Sandra HillDeal Alert #1: Sandra Hill's Deadly Angels novella Christmas in Transylvania is discounted to $.99 at the moment at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via ReadCheaply).* The novella earned a callout in PhoebeChase's Holiday Romance Recommendations roundup last year.

Deal Alert #2: Pre-order the Seven Books for Seven Lovers e-book bundle (out December 7)—seven full-length novels from Molly Harper, Stephanie Haefner, Liora Blake, Gabra Zackman, Andrea Laurence, Colette Auclair, and Victoria Van Tiem—for $4.99 in e-book at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, et al.*

Deal Alert #3: M.L. Buchman's Hot Point is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon (via BookBub).* Feel the heat of the Firehwaks series with an excerpt from Bachman's Full Blaze on H&H.

[+Twilight deal and more...]

Nov 24 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin (December 1, 2015)

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole
Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)
Gallery / December 1, 2015 / 

A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

Editor's Note: This review contains spoilers for all books in the Immortals After Dark series, including the December 1 release of Sweet Ruin. This post especially discusses the Bringers of Doom and events relating to the Accession. Read with caution!

Wars are fought all the time with each side never understanding why the other side fights them. Each fighter knows that his side is the right one. Kresley Cole has been gearing us up for an upcoming war but after all this time, have we been backing the wrong side?

[We were warned ...]

Nov 24 2015 2:00pm

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s The Truth About Him (November 24, 2015)

The Truth About Him by M.O’Keefe

M. O'Keefe
The Truth About Him 
Random House / November 24, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

For fans of Christina Lauren and Jodi Ellen Malpas comes the next novel in M. O’Keefe’s breathtakingly sexy series about a woman called into a journey of the heart, body, and soul. 

We played our roles, told each other lies.
But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.
We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:
The thrilling danger.
The raw, naked desire.
The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.
Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

Note: This review contains spoilers for book 1 in the Everything I Left Unsaid series, Everything I Left Unsaid. Read with caution... or be prepared to be spoiled!

The end of Everything I Left Unsaid was a cliffhanger—a pulse-pounding, heart-in-my-throat one. After an entire novel of falling in love with Annie’s relentless honesty and bravery, leaving her in such danger was unthinkable.

Which is why I didn’t read it until I had The Truth About Him in my hot little hands.

[And now you should read too ...]

Nov 24 2015 12:00pm

Midnight Wrangler: Exclusive Excerpt

Cat Johnson

Midnight Wrangler by Cat Johnson

One Lonely Widower…

Rohn Lerner is a successful Oklahoma rancher. He’s old enough to know what he likes, and still young enough to enjoy it. But losing his wife five years ago wore him thin. He’s not ready to date, but he needs someone to share a meal with as badly as someone to warm his bed.

One Woman with a Secret…

Bonnie Martin fled her Oklahoma home years ago, leaving behind her abusive father, and Rohn, the lost love she never forgot. Now she’s back to settle her father’s estate, but she has no idea that she’s about to bump into Rohn or that they’ll fall for each other all over again.

Get a sneak peek at Cat Johnson's Midnight Wrangler (available November 24, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Rohn was nervous as he stood waiting outside the movie theater for Bonnie. He’d parked his pickup truck and was standing on the curb so she’d see him. He would have liked to have picked her up and driven her here himself, but she’d said to meet her instead.

He couldn’t count how many times he had imagined her riding shotgun in the passenger seat of his truck since the night he’d first talked to her at their prom. He dreamed of glancing over and seeing her there.

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Nov 23 2015 11:00am

Women’s Fiction Best Bets for November 2015

Put a Ring On It by Beth Kendrick

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. ~Author Unknown

The month’s selection range from lighthearted to more serious, but the heroine all share a common dilemma—they all must take risks. Some take risks in love; others in their career, and some even risk their lives fighting for their beliefs. Some end up happy, and some end up wise.

Put a Ring On It (Black Dog Bay Novel) by Beth Kendrick

Brighton Smith doesn’t do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, it’s her job to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he’s married someone else on a whim (“I looked at her and I just knew!”), she snaps…

That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorensen—hot, rich, and way out of her league—buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they’re exchanging vows at a drive-through chapel.

Brighton knows Jake is a bad bet, but she doesn’t care. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she’s finally having fun. Until the whirlwind romance gives way to painful reality...and Brighton finds out the truth about why a guy like Jake married a girl like her. With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.

Strengths:Lighthearted and Humorous, Comedic setting; Appealing Characters; HEA
Measure of Love: Tablespoon         
Introspection Level:Low
Thoughts: Engaging story between heroine and hero with contrasting personalities

[Healing wounds with these Best Bets ...]

Nov 24 2015 9:30am

Holiday 2015 Romance Novel Shopping List

It's the most wonderful time of year... to be buying books! Whether you're looking for a specific Christmas-themed book or just like to have a little ice and snow with your romances, we have the list for you. Below you'll find a list of holiday and winter romances to warm anyone's heart this holiday season. 

All of these book are available now, unless otherwise noted, so you can add them to your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping lists. If you're in a holiday mood and looking for Holiday Romances, look no further, we've been stockpiling these for you! Enjoy!

Heroes and Heartbreakers
Holiday Romance
Shopping List!

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Nov 24 2015 8:17am

What Book Are You Thankful For?

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

'Tis the season to remind ourselves, and our loved ones, of what we've had to be thankful for this year. There are many books that shape our reading as adults—especially the books we read as children—however, even into adulthood, and being “set in our ways,” we can find a book that changes our perspective on the genre, opens us up to a brand-new author or topic, and many other happy occasions.

What book or author has impacted you this year? What book are you thankful for? 

Let us know in the comments!

Nov 23 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Megan Hart’s Hold Me Close (November 24, 2015)

Hold Me Close by Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Hold Me Close
Harlequin Mira / November 24, 2015 / $15.99 print / $8.99 digital

Apart, they are broken, but together, they are whole 

Effie and Heath are famous. Not for anything they did, but for what happened to them as teenagers. Abducted and abused by the same man, they turned to each other for comfort until they were finally able to make their escape. 

Now adults, their relationship is fraught with guilt and despair. Whether fighting or making love, their passion is strong enough to destroy them both—and Effie's not about to let that happen. She knows it's time for her to have a “normal” relationship, and Heath is nothing but a constant reminder of the dark past they share. Heath, on the other hand, knows Effie is the only woman he can ever love. She may want to forget what happened, but he's convinced that they must face their past together in order to move forward. So while Effie continues to bring new men into her life, Heath becomes obsessed with proving he's the one she needs. 

Then a new crisis arises and Effie begins to lose every scrap of self-control she ever had. As she struggles against her desire to return to the one man who understands her, she discovers that sometimes the only safety you find is with the person who is the most dangerous for you.

Hold Me Close is in turns a romance and a tragedy, gut-wrenching and powerful—and one of Megan Hart’s strongest novels since 2013’s Tear You Apart. Through Effie and Heath’s past and present, Hart explores what it means to be “normal” and “healthy” and to truly move on from the devastating events we often think define us.

[Hart is going deep and it will blow your mind ...]

Nov 23 2015 3:43pm

Romance News: Master Deals from Lavinia Kent, Fifty Shades Comments from Jamie Dornan, 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.

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Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent—Deal Alert #1: Lavinia Kent's erotic historical Mastering the Marquess is currently free in e-book at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via BookBub).* Jessica Moro said about the first Bound and Determined book: “Lavinia Kent's Mastering the Marquess is probably the hottest historical romance story I've ever read.” And if you're still thirsty, drink up this Quickie scene from Kent, “The Angel Discovers a Rake,” only at H&H!

Jamie Dornan tells People magazine he's “looking forward to emodying Christian again—and getting a chance to show more of him” in Fifty Shades Darker, which will film early next year back-to-back with& Fifty Shades Freed.

Watch space opera The Expanse's first episode on TVFanatic before it premieres on SyFy on December 14 and 15. The show, which has garnered comparisons to Battlestar Galactica (2003), is set 200 years in the future and stars Thomas Jane. In my experience, even futuristic societies on the verge of war have time for romances (hello, Starbuck and Apollo, my loves), and the pilot features a zero-G sex scene, so this show may be one to watch if you're looking for a new sci-fi couple to cheer on.

Deal Alert #2: Sophie Jordan's historical All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (Debutante Files #2) is marked down to $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, and more (ReadCheaply).* Read Tiffany Tyer's preview of All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue and find out Sophie Jordan's own 10 tips for ruining a rogue.

[+Jamie Dornan's latest Fifty Shades Darker comments...]

Nov 23 2015 2:00pm

And What Do You Do...: The Pros and Cons of Hero Professions

Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh

It’s unfair but true–some jobs are simply sexier than others.  You never generally hear men boasting at parties, “Oh yeah, I’m a bad-ass burger flipper,” or “I rock out the accounts department of a used car lot.”  These men might have a million other fabulous qualities, but they won’t lead with an unsexy profession because they don’t want to be judged by what they do.

We all jump to conclusions based on career. Example: picture a bus driver in your head right now.  Is he middle-aged, a little portly and a lot grumpy?  Our brains typecast pretty much instantly.

And so it is with romance heroes–half the picture is painted with simply knowing his occupation.  Below, I’ve listed the eleven sexiest job titles commonly found in romance, along with a breakdown of the perks and lurks associated for the lucky heroine with each career.  These are in no particular order because it’s too hard to choose, they are all too sexy—DON’T MAKE ME DECIDE I JUST CAN’T YOU’RE NOT MY REAL MUM ANYWAY.

Military man-Army soldier, navy seal, air force pilot


You know these men are disciplined and honourable–plus they’ll be RIPPED as all get out.

[Nothing hotter than working heroes ...]

Nov 23 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Sweetest Scoundrel (November 24, 2015)

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane #9)
Forever / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital


Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.


Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.


In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

Eve Dinwoody is no ordinary historical romance heroine. She has an unusual last name, is the bastard sister of a Duke, is remarkably plain in all physical aspects, and most prominently, she has a rather memorable, overlong nose. So in her latest Maiden Lane novel, Elizabeth Hoyt has paired her beakish heroine with the last of the Makepeace heroes, Asa, the younger, impulsive and wild brother. He’s a lowly theater manager with a loud personality, and she’s the meek financial overseer for the rebuilding of the grand pleasure gardens, Harte’s Folly. Thrust together, they’re something like vinegar and water but as Eve gains confidence and Asa shows his softer side, they’re once again a Maiden Lane couple brought together by unlikely circumstances to have lasting love.

[A lasting love tale ...]

Nov 23 2015 12:00pm

For His Pleasure: Exclusive Excerpt

Suzanne Rock

For His Pleasure by Suzanne Rock

Passion comes with a price.

Tired of living a lie, Arianna Perconti leaves her fiancé at the altar and runs into the arms of her family's fiercest rival, Jason Stone. Hoping to cash in on their 'friends-with-benefits' arrangement while hiding out from bitter relatives, Ari instead finds herself falling deeply, desperately in love with the sexy hotelier. Jason is everything she never knew she wanted-yet she will do absolutely everything to show him she means business. In bed...

Can they afford to live without it?

Jason lives in the fast lane and has the race cars to prove it. A born adrenaline junkie, he must admit that Ari is the perfect partner for his heart-pumping bedroom games. The problem? The relationship is starting to deepen, but is Jason really cut out to be a one-woman kind of man? The question haunts his days, only fueling the passion he and Ari share during those hot, hot nights. But when an estranged sibling enters the picture, threatening to take away everything he holds dear, Jason is forced to make a decision: Say goodbye to his wild ways or risk losing Ari forever?

Get a sneak peek at Suzanne Rock's For His Pleasure (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

One Year Ago

“This is so exciting!” Arianna Perconti clasped her hands together as she watched the last car—an electric blue McLaren—pull up under the large LAPS4KIDS banner on the racetrack.

“Someone is going to get killed.” Camille crossed herself and shook her head. “I can’t believe Stefan talked you into this.”

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Nov 23 2015 11:00am

You Can’t Hurry Love: Erotic Romance Best Bets for November 2015

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palette and your credit card.

November is about giving thanks for all you are blessed with in your life and that has never more apparent than in the couple's stories below.

With Visions of Red (Broken Bonds, #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the

gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.

She will never be a victim again.

Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG,Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.

When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.

This noir romance suspense takes readers deep into the abyss as a former kidnap victim turned behavioral analyst works to find a sadistic serial killer before he strikes again while struggling to justify her own dark erotic pleasures. This is a series so each one ends on a mild cliffhanger.

[Oh! that's just the beginning, but love is always an option ...]

Nov 23 2015 9:30am

First Look: G.A. Aiken’s Feel the Burn (November 24, 2015)

Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

G.A. Aiken
Feel the Burn (Dragonkin #7)
Zebra / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

War makes strange bedfellows.

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

There are three things you can always count on in a G.A. Aiken novel: 1) seriously sensuous sexy times, 2) laugh out loud humor and 3) fresh language. In Feel the Burn, the author has excelled herself on all three fronts, and while I love all of G.A. Aiken’s dragon shifter books (and most of her writing as Shelly Laurenston) the Shestakova sisters and their tribe are my favourite invention of hers to date.

[Can you feel the burn coming ...]

Nov 23 2015 8:18am

What Sort of Hero Are You Looking for Right Now?

I Need a Hero by Codi GaryWe all go through phases of what we want in a romance hero as the genre changes and as our own reading habits change. Perhaps with the influx of billionaire heroes and biker bosses, you're looking for a regular down-home mechanic or the like. Or maybe you're looking for the reverse.

Let us know down in the comment what sort of hero you're looking for!

Nov 22 2015 5:35pm

Sweet Christmas: Recharge with Jessica Jones Power Couple Jessica/Luke

Jessica and Luke basking in afterglow
Via nickmarino.tumblr.com

Have 13 hours to spare? Take it from me: You're going to need 'em all when you queue up Jessica Jones Season 1 on Netflix for the first time. Consider it a chance to recharge your battery as you stare transfixed at the screen, because Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter are impossible to tear your eyes away from as reluctant superheroes and power couple Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Sure, to their minds, Jessica and Luke are merely a private investigator and bar owner, respectively, just trying to earn a living and stay under the radar, but from the beginning it's clear there's so much more to them than that. And though their relationship is insanely complicated due to some dark, bloody history that ties them together, the two are clearly a perfect match.

But why tell you when I can show you? (SPOILERS for Season 1's Jessica/Luke moments ahoy.)

Here are 5 reasons Jessica and Luke make a weekend spent on the couch binge-watching Jessica Jones not merely totally acceptable but—in case anyone's asking—possibly even your sworn duty as a romance evangelist tasked with sharing word of good romances with the world:

[Jessica Jones and Chill...]

Nov 22 2015 12:00pm

Coming Apart at the Seams: Exclusive Excerpt

Jenna Sutton

Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton

Love can take some time to break in...

Teagan O’Brien, heiress to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire, is anything but a spoiled rich girl. She’s worked hard to secure her place in the family business and can hold her own, in and out of the office. Only one man has ever been able to get under her skin—sexy football star Nick Priest. Years ago they crossed the line from friends to lovers, but he left her heartbroken. Since then, she’s been determined to keep him at arm’s length—no matter how tempting he looks in his jeans…

Nick has fortune, fame, and looks that make most women hot and bothered. But he doesn't have the woman he really wants. He knows he screwed up when he walked away from Teagan, and now that he has a second chance, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over—no matter how tongue-tied he gets…

Get a sneak peek at Jenna Sutton's Coming Apart at the Seams (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Nick sipped his hot cider, enjoying the crisp sweetness of apples and the warm bite of cinnamon against his tongue. Next to him, Teagan stumbled a bit on the uneven sidewalk, and he grabbed her arm with his free hand.

“Hold on to me,” he ordered.

“I should have worn tennis shoes,” she said as she linked her arm though his and wrapped her hand around his forearm. “I don’t know what I was thinking. Stupid.”

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