<i>All I Ask</i>: Exclusive Excerpt All I Ask: Exclusive Excerpt Nicole McLaughlin " They were full of raunchy sex and far from classic literature." <i>Black Tie Optional</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Black Tie Optional: Exclusive Excerpt Ann Marie Walker "A marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension." <i>Small Change</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Small Change: Exclusive Excerpt Roan Parrish "This fight can only be won by being vulnerable..." <i>Lost and Found Sisters</i>: Exclusive Excerpt (+Sweepstakes) Lost and Found Sisters: Exclusive Excerpt (+Sweepstakes) Jill Shalvis "His hands went to her hips, gripping hard as they stared at each other..."
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May 24, 2017
The Dirty Dancing Remake: The Good, the Bad, and Baby
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May 24, 2017
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Darlene Marshall
May 23, 2017
Dirty Dancing’s Johnny and Baby Last Forever
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Sun
May 28 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Eva Leigh’s From Duke Till Dawn (May 30, 2017)

From Duke Till Dawn by Eva Leigh

Eva Leigh
From Duke Till Dawn (The London Underground #1)
Avon / May 30, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

From Duke Till Dawn is a fairytale for adults. Two years before the start of the novel, a tall, resolute duke was abandoned by the winsome, impoverished widow who touched his heart, body, and soul…and his purse. Alex, the Duke of Greyland, never stops thinking about Cassandra Blair, his “Lost Queen,” or imagining he hears her as he walks down the street. Eva Leigh’s descriptions of London have an artist’s touch.

Night came on in indigo waves, but the shops spilled golden light in radiant patches onto the street. The hardworking citizens of London continued to toil as the upper echelons began their evening revelries. Crowds thronged the sidewalk, while wagons, carriages, and people on horseback crammed the streets. A handful of pedestrians recognized Alex and politely curtsied or tipped their hats, murmuring, “Good evening, Your Grace.” Though he was in no mood for politeness, responsibility and virtue were his constant companions—had been his whole life—and so rather than snapping, “Go to the devil, damn you!” he merely nodded in greeting.

He’d done his duty.

Life does go on, especially for a duke who is expected to secure his succession, so a few years later, Alex is only mildly disappointed that his fiancée runs away with another. In the aftermath of the scandal of the abandoned duke, Greyland is persuaded to accompany his two best friends to London’s newest gambling hell, an elegant, bustling enterprise in a “slightly raffish part of Piccadilly” with “the slightly overdressed look of a prosperous banker.”  Imagine, if you will, a Regency pop-up gambling establishment. At the age of 38, Alex is on unfamiliar turf.

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Sun
May 28 2017 12:09pm
Excerpt

Nicole McLaughlin Excerpt: All I Ask

Nicole McLaughlin

All I Ask by Nicole McLaughlin

Staff Sergeant Reeve Miller lives by his own golden rules: Train hard, Work hard, and f*ck hard. This way of thinking has served him well. He’s enjoyed a successful career in the military, started his own landscaping business while serving part time in the Guard, and left a string of very happy females in his wake… until he meets one feisty, smart woman in a bar looking for a one-night stand.

Emily Phillips is tired of working her ass off and not enjoying her life. According to her accountant, Emily is a millionaire. But her friends say she is a workaholic heading for lonely spinsterhood. The night of her high school best friend’s bachelorette party seems like a good time to try something new, and when the blue-collar hottie at the bar gives her the look, she’s ready to take a walk on the wild side. He makes it clear that he can give her a night to keep her very satisfied, and since it’s only a night, why bother sharing her title of CEO? But as one night becomes two and three, both Reeve and Emily find it harder to keep their hearts safe.

Get a sneak peek at Nicole McLaughlin's All I Ask (available May 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER ONE

Staff Sergeant Reeve Miller refused to go into his mother’s house. He knocked hard on the door, knowing that the doorbell had been broken for nearly fifteen years and there was no way in hell she’d had it repaired. He could hear things shuffling inside so he knew she was making her way over. He stepped back off the crumbling front step, waiting on the walkway.

He told himself that he didn’t enter the home because it was physically difficult to step inside due to the piles of shit everywhere. But the truth of the matter was that he could not stomach seeing how she lived day in and day out. Just being in her presence was hard enough. Entering the house would be like going back in time to a life he tried hard to forget.

[Read the full All I Ask excerpt...]

Sun
May 28 2017 11:00am

New Girl Nick and Jess: An Adorkable Timeline

New Girl's Nick & Jess

Note: This post contains spoilers for all-aired episodes of New Girl—particularly focused around the Jess/Nick courtship. 

Right from the start, when Jess moves in with Nick and the gang, in “Pilot,” we see the seeds of a beautiful more-than-friendship. Nick, reeling from the effects of his own breakup, will do anything for his friends, even the brand new one who’s crying over Dirty Dancing on his couch. He turns off the TV and drags Jess out to a bar. Jess encourages him to be more in touch with his feelings, lest he end up alone and full of regret. Nick responds with a sarcastic comment about becoming more like Jess, but, at the end of the night, it’s Jess who’s chatting up a new likely prospect, while Nick texts his ex, Caroline.

In “Wedding,” Jess accompanies Nick to a wedding, to make Caroline jealous, and it works. The two share a fake kiss, and Caroline flirts with Nick again, but also reveals she has a new boyfriend. Embarrassed, Nick hides in a photo booth until Jess coaxes him out. He repays Jess for her friendship by dragging her onto the dance floor, where they do the chicken dance and Caroline is the last thing on Nick’s mind. Nick and Jess both see each other naked (though not at the same time) in “Naked.” In “Cece Crashes,” Cece tells Jess that a man’s feet point at what he wants. Later, when Jess and Nick brush their teeth in the communal bathroom, their feet point at each other.

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Sat
May 27 2017 1:00pm

The 7 Women’s Fiction Best Bets of May 2017

The Man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them

Mark Twain

Are you going to take advantage of this month’s list of good books? Of course, good is subjective—but every base is covered in this month’s selection. There are books to challenge the way you think; books that incorporate a sweet romance; book that are pure escapism; and books that celebrate starting over—even when the heroine of the book doesn’t think she ready for that.  Grab your favorite beverage and your sunscreen and take some advantage of some “Me” time.

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman

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Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years—ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she’s just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she’s becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed.

At least her textbook illustrating job has some perks—like actually being called upon to draw whale genitalia. Oh, and there’s that vegetable-gardening class her boss signed her up for. Apparently, being the chosen illustrator for a series of boutique vegetable guides means getting your hands dirty, literally. Wallowing around in compost on a Saturday morning can’t be much worse than wallowing around in pajamas and self-pity.

After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles botanical garden feeling out of her element. But what she’ll soon discover—with the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardeners—is that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not...

Strengths: Humorous voice; Appealing characters; Uplifting and emotionally satisfying starting over story 
Measure of Love: Teaspoon
Mood: Poignant and lighthearted
Why You Should Read this: The author captures the dich0tomy of moving forward, but reluctant to let go of the past perfectly. Great combination of character growth, romance and rewarding ending!

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Sat
May 27 2017 12:05pm
Excerpt

Ann Marie Walker Excerpt: Black Tie Optional

Ann Marie Walker

Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker

Everything about billionaire Coleman Grant III oozes power and sex. And not the perfunctory kind either, but the sheet clawing, heart stopping, gasping for air after you’ve screamed so loud you can’t breathe kind. From his dark wavy hair that stands in an artfully rumpled mess, to the blue eyes that sear your skin, to his full, sensual lips - on the surface he’s pure perfection.

Too bad he's an asshole. An arrogant, uptight corporate raider hell bent on destroying the environment one species at a time.

Everything about Olivia Ramsey screams hippie humanitarian. From her blond hair tied in a sloppy bun, to her faded jeans with the Bonnaroo patch sewn on the thigh, to her combat boots still splattered with mud from the previous day’s site visit.

So it makes perfect sense that they would get married. In Vegas. Stone-cold sober.

Cole needs a wife. Olivia needs to save an endangered species. But what starts as a marriage of convenience soon turns into a battle of wills and sexual tension. Love is a game, and Olivia and Cole are ready to win.

Get a sneak peek at Ann Marie Walker's Black Tie Optional (available May 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Cole offered his arm, and Olivia wrapped her hand around his bicep. Even through his suit coat, she could feel the tension in his muscles. When they reached the center of the cleared floor, he pulled her into his arms. Olivia wanted to keep a respectable distance between them, but seeing as how they were supposed to be happy newlyweds, she forced herself to step closer as the orchestra began to play.

After a few awkward moments, other couples joined them on the dance floor, and the low hum of conversation once again filled the room.

“Have you been enjoying your evening?” Cole asked.

[Read the full Black Tie Optional excerpt...]

Fri
May 26 2017 4:30pm

Historical Heaven: E-Deals from Linda Lael Miller & Laura Kinsale!

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

My Outlaw by Linda Lael MillerDeal Alert: Linda Lael Miller's historical-with-paranormal-elements romance My Outlaw is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Since childhood, Keighly alone has seen the ghostly reflection of handsome cowboy Darby Elder, who lived and died a century before. As an adult, she feels hopelessly drawn to him. Can they bend the rules of space and time to be together? Survey says: Time-travel romance always finds a way.

Deal Alert: Laura Kinsale's historical The Shadow and the Star is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* A survivor of childhood abuse, The Shadow has never considered breaking his vow of celibacy—then he meets The Star... Welcome to the brilliance of Laura Kinsale.

Deal Alert: Amanda Scott's historical The Bawdy Bride is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* What starts as a marriage of convenience—she's the third daughter of an earl and he needs help raising his orphaned niece and nephew—becomes a love match even as Anne brings to light the dangerous secrets lurking in Michael's ancestral estate... Scott's one author who got her start writing Traditional Regencies—what Trads have you read and loved?

[+Today on H&H...]

Fri
May 26 2017 3:30pm

14 Authors Tease Their Next Book

We asked authors to describe their next book... in one sentence! 

Conference is a great time to meet up with authors and find out what they're working on next. We were lucky enough to pin down some of our favorite authors and get the scoop! Read below to see what you can expect:

Tiffany Reisz 

Tiffany Reisz at RT

“Playful and slightly demented pornography.”
-The Red
by Tiffany Reisz

[Keep reading to get the scoop from more of your favorite authors!]

Fri
May 26 2017 2:50pm

Dance, Dance: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


AlisaKwitney's calling for a new romantic dance movie to love

AlisaKwitney in The Dirty Dancing Remake Is...Fine:

... I was all right until the final two scenes, which ought to go into a masterclass for romance writers about “When More is Less.” The anticlimactic lift was followed by a La La Land like epilogue set in 1975. Please, someone, write a fun romantic dance movie that's as idiosyncratic as Dirty Dancing was when it first came out.

[+2 more comments of the week]

Fri
May 26 2017 12:02pm
Excerpt

Roan Parrish Excerpt: Small Change

Roan Parrish

Ginger Holtzman has fought for everything she’s ever had—the success of her tattoo shop, respect in the industry, her upcoming art show. Tough and independent, she has taking-no-crap down to an art form. Good thing too, since keeping her shop afloat, taking care of her friends, and scrambling to finish her paintings doesn’t leave time for anything else. Which … is for the best, because then she doesn’t notice how lonely she is. She’ll get through it all on her own, just like she always does.

Christopher Lucen opened a coffee and sandwich joint in South Philly because he wanted to be part of a community after years of running from place to place, searching for something he could never quite name. Now, he relishes the familiarity of knowing what his customers want, and giving it to them. But what he really wants now is love.

When they meet, Christopher is smitten, but Ginger … isn’t quite so sure. Christopher’s gorgeous, and kind, and their opposites-attract chemistry is off the charts. But hot sex is one thing—truly falling for someone? Terrifying. When her world starts to crumble around her, Ginger has to face the fact that this fight can only be won by being vulnerable—this fight, she can’t win on her own.

Get a sneak peek at Roan Parrish's Small Change (available June 1, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He ran a palm up my spine to my neck and I bit my lip, glad he couldn’t see my face. It was an intimate gesture, appreciative and possessive, and it made me imagine how he’d touch me if the thin fabric of my dress weren’t between us.

Would he trace the lines of my body—follow the shapes of muscle, bone, and flesh—or would he follow the lines of my ink instead?

[Read the full Small Change excerpt...]

Fri
May 26 2017 9:30am

May 2017’s 2 Science Fiction Romance Best Bets

Every month it’s a challenge to talk about only a few of the new scifi romance releases because the books come out fast and furious.  But it’s a challenge I cheerfully accept in my never ending quest to spread the interstellar love!

Zar by Vi Voxley

Zar (Alien Raiders Brides Book 1) from Vi Voxley (Amazon) kicks off a new series set in her already existing universe. There were some aspects of the plot that were a bit different from the “alien warriors need Earth brides” trope. First of all, the heroine, Ashley, was a soldier with military training, and despite the fact she and Zar, the alien ‘harbinger’ or general/overlord of the title were indeed Fated Mates, she adapted to her changed circumstances with a lot of spirit and sass. “You must excuse my manners for not greeting you with the proper amount of screaming,” she says, which fortunately amuses Zar. He likes the fact his mate isn’t afraid of him and will stand up for herself.

Voxley handles the issues well when it comes to the undeniable fact that these Nayanors are helping themselves to literally thousands of Earth women and there’s no returning home for the women, despite the slightly ameliorating fact each will most likely find a fated mate on Luminos. Ashley and Zar have a number of conversations about this as she tries to bring some understanding to his world of why this mass kidnapping approach is wrong to do. The Nayanor have the usual valid reasons why they need women to continue their civilization and we do eventually meet some of the earlier  human abductees who’ve happily settled into life on beautiful-but-harsh Luminos.

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Fri
May 26 2017 8:07am

What Do You Think When a Book “Ends” at the Halfway Point?

Bear with me for just one moment. A recent “trend” in romance seems to be to include bonus content. That sounds great on the surface, but many times that means getting about halfway through a book you've recently purchased only to discover that the remaining four hours that your e-reader says is left in the book is actually “bonus content.” This can take several different forms: previously published books from the author, bonus stories from friends of the author, an excerpt from the next book. 

However, for some readers this “bonus” can be very frustrating. What are your thoughts? Do you like it when you get bonus content? How much bonus content do you like? Is there a point where there is too much? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Thu
May 25 2017 4:30pm

Your Wicked Ways: Romance News & Deals from Carolyn Brown, Sabrina Jeffries and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Wicked Cowboy Charm by Carolyn Brown

Deal Alert: Carolyn Brown's contemporary romance Wicked Cowboy Charm is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Josie isn't fooled by Deke's all-too-slick ways, but when a blizzard leaves them stuck in a tiny cabin together, she finds herself unable to resist his charm. Build your own smoking hot cowboy with a few simple ingredients...

Deal Alert: Sabrina Jeffries' historical romance The Danger of Desire is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* In order to find the man responsible for her brother's death, Delia Trevor spends her nights disguised as a man, gambling her way through London's notorious gaming hells. When Warren, the Marquess of Knightford, recognizes her and threatens to reveal her secret, Delia falls into a whirlwind game with the notorious rakehell. Think you know all about Regency men? Here are 4 birzarre facts from Jeffries about rakes. 

Deal Alert: Lorelei James' contemporary romance What You Need is $1.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Brady Lund may seem like the stereotypical alpha-male tycoon on the surface, but underneath it all “he's rather awkward, conscious of the fact, and self-conscious about it.” The romance between Brady and Lennox takes center stage in What You Need.

[+Red Nose Day and Game of Thrones photos...]

Thu
May 25 2017 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Cherrie Lynn, Jessica Linden, Evangeline Anderson, Cathryn Fox, Addison Fox, and Chelsea M. Cameron

We've got 6 exclusive covers for you today with from authors Cherrie LynnJessica Linden, Evangeline Anderson, Cathryn Fox, Addison Fox, and Chelsea M. Cameron. Have your pick of MMA fighters, college athletes, women on the run, billionaire scions, alpha shapeshifters, and family sagas. Your TBR pile will definitely thank you. 

Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn

Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn

Youngest Larson brother Damien has the luck of the devil. Fast talking and faster thinking, he owns a successful nightclub in Houston and runs an illegal poker room upstairs. After a troubled childhood, now nothing is out of Damien’s reach—except his accountant, Emma Haskell.

Emma has always been drawn to Damien’s dark intensity and the gleam in his eyes that promises more than she can possibly handle. But when her brother’s gambling threatens to destroy her family, Damien makes her an offer she’d be crazy to accept—but can’t refuse: her brother’s debts will be forgiven, and Emma belongs to him for thirty days.

In Damien’s world, he shows his angelic bookkeeper what it’s like to live with the devil. But Emma brings out a side in Damien he thought didn’t exist. Will the flames of lust scorch them both, or will this beauty tame the beast and give him something to fight for?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn, available September 5, 2017:

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[+5 more covers ahead]

Thu
May 25 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Anne Calhoun’s Turn Me Loose (May 30, 2017)

Turn Me Loose by Anne Calhoun

Anne Calhoun
Turn Me Loose (Alpha Ops #3)
St. Martin's Press / May 30, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

I love a good second-chance romance, especially if it comes with a heaping side of suspense and off the charts heat, and Anne Calhoun’s Turn Me Loose delivers on all of the above.

Riva Henneman and Ian Hawthorn do not have your typical meet cute…unless you consider the her selling drugs in college and him being the undercover cop to bust her as cute.

Okay, fine. It still kind of was.

 But Riva and Ian’s relationship doesn’t end with that first bust. In order to avoid jail time, she works for him as an informant, helping him take down as much of the college drug ring that she can without ever once telling him the whole truth—that the mastermind behind the whole operation was her own father.

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Thu
May 25 2017 11:00am

Goodbye Lian Yu: Arrow 5x23, Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow, Season 5 Finale,

Show/EpisodeArrow Season 5, Episode 23, “Lian Yu”
Ship(s): Olicity

Arrow 5x23 Captain's Log

We start where we left off, on Lian Yu, with Oliver asking Slade to help him. Slade is, understandably, confused why Oliver would come to him of all people. A guard interrupts them, refusing to let Slade leave or get on the ARGUS supply boat when Oliver urges him to do so. So Oliver knocks him out and lets Slade out of his cell. This is a different Slade than last we saw. The Mirakuru has worn off and he’s fully sane… and regretful. He did some terrible things to Oliver, namely killing his mother, so why would Oliver want to free him? Perhaps Oliver didn’t kill Slade so that he could be here now to help him when he needs him the most. He needs him to help rescue his friends and family… including his son. Oliver having a son is news to Slade. Oliver then offers Slade a thumb drive with information about how to find his son, Joe Wilson, after he helps Oliver. Seems a good deal and Slade is no dummy. 

They free Digger Harkness too and join a bickering Nyssa and Malcolm on the beach. They plan to get more weapons and ammo from the plane but just about then, an RPG slices through the sky and explodes the plane. So maybe not. Oliver sends Nyssa and Malcolm to find where the RPG was fired from and takes Harkness and Slade with him to find the rest of his team. He warns Harkness not to betray him. 

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Thu
May 25 2017 9:30am

5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for May 2017

What sort of “not-your-usual historical” are you looking for this month? 

May is the month when the flowers are in bloom, the bees are buzzing, the kids are counting down the days until school’s out for summer and we’re digging our cute strappy sandals out from the back of our closets.  It also means a blooming crop of not-your-usual historical romance!  This month features fan favorite authors in different settings, a heroine of dubious reputation, and two marriages of convenience.

1930s Hollywood!

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

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When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…

The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.

Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…

With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…

Quick’s latest is enjoying praise from numerous quarters.  Library Journal calls it “an adventurous romp,” Publisher’s Weekly says it “sparkles with wit and clever plotting,” and Booklist gave it a starred review. H&H’s own Cheryl Sneed was “engrossed with the setting” and “happily seduced.”

[+ more Best Bets ahead...]

Thu
May 25 2017 8:03am

What Did You Think of the Dirty Dancing Twist?

Dirty Dancing lift in remake

Note: This Morning Coffee contains lots of spoilers about the Dirty Dancing remake.

We did it, we survived. The Dirty Dancing remake on ABC has come and gone and we felt... meh about it. For the most part, the members of H&H that gathered 'round to watch it were split. Many of us felt betrayed by taking away the hopeful ending of the orginal. Some felt that adding in the musical elements took away from the movie. Others felt the added subplot of Baby's parents made the movie too slow. Still others thought the best relationship was the alternative universe we created in our heads in which Baby and Penny got together. 

Today, we want to hear your thoughts! What did you think of the remake? This is a safe place so feel free to vent or applaud the movie as you see fit! 

Wed
May 24 2017 4:30pm

Kiss a Wicked Prince: Romance News & Deals from Juliette Cross, Kristan Higgins, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

Deal Alert: Juliette Cross' paranormal romance The Black Lily is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Rebel leader Arabelle manages to leave her dagger behind after the assassination attempt on vampire Prince Marius goes wrong. Now Marius is more determined than ever to find the enigmatic woman who kissed him, even though she's out for his blood. Read an excerpt from this steamy Cinderella retelling. 

Deal Alert: Liana LeFey's Georgian romance Once a Courtesan is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “LeFey mixes romance, mystery and plenty of secrets in this second book in her Once Wicked series,” says Wendy the Super Librarian about Once a Courtesan after naming the book one of her Unusual Historical Best Bets for April 2017. If you're looking for more non-Regenecy historicals, don't miss out on these 5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for May. 

Deal Alert: Angela Benson's women's fiction novel The Summer of Me is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* One of our Best Bet picks of last April, The Summer of Me balances faith and religion with an exploration of many types of relationships—mother and daughter, female friendships, and new romantic interests. 

Deal Alert: Kristan Higgins' contemporary romance The Next Best Thing is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Young widower Lucy isn't looking for someone who will stir her heart (or anything else) again—too bad Ethan's got other plans. This one's too sweet to miss!

[+The new Game of Thrones trailer]

Wed
May 24 2017 2:00pm

The Dirty Dancing Remake Is ... Fine

Dirty Dancing on ABC

Before we go any further, there’s something I want y’all to know. I am not a Dirty Dancing superfan. Not by a longshot. I grew up “watching” the movie at sleepovers in between prank calling school crushes and playing MASH, and while I own the soundtrack, I don’t listen to it regularly. It was an impulse buy from a bargain bin at Walmart. I can’t tell you which song belongs to which scene or recite any lines from the original film other than the iconic “baby in the corner” one.

Needless to say, I didn’t go into watching the TV remake with any real expectations. I wasn’t prepared to hate it, I wasn’t prepared to love it. I’m Switzerland.

Now, if you love the original, I think we both know why you’re reading this post. You want to hear all about how horrible it was. How little Miss Sunshine is no Baby. How the TV movie pales in comparison to the theatrical release. If that’s the case, superfans, don’t watch the TV movie. You’re gonna hate it. Don’t read this post, you’re gonna hate that too.

Because, as we established, I’m not a fan, and I found the remake to be perfectly fine.

Let’s break down some of the good, the bad, and the baby.

[The good, the bad, and the Baby]