<i>Burn Down the Night</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Burn Down the Night: Exclusive Excerpt M. O'Keefe "His hand was practically burning a hole through my hoodie..." <i>The Theory of Deviance</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Theory of Deviance: Exclusive Excerpt Rebecca Grace Allen "His cheeks went hot at her censure." <i>A Promise of Fire</i>: Exclusive Excerpt A Promise of Fire: Exclusive Excerpt Amanda Bouchet "My chest deflates as I exhale the breath I was holding." <i>The CEO Daddy Next Door</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The CEO Daddy Next Door: Exclusive Excerpt Karen Booth "Before she could take a breath, he claimed his kiss."
From The Blog
July 28, 2016
Kidnap the President's Daughter? NBD in Hell Breaks Loose
July 27, 2016
The (Many?) Lovers of Mr. Spock
Maggie Boyd
July 27, 2016
Humiliation Kink in Erotic Romance
July 26, 2016
The Pros and Cons of Falling in Love with a Fellow Soldier
Nico Rosso
July 25, 2016
J.D. Robb & Anne Rice Excerpts Ahoy!
Heather Waters and Jennifer Proffitt
Jul 28 2016 3:30pm

July 2016 Women’s Fiction Best Bets—Laugh as Much as You Cry

We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

My great hope is to laugh as much as I cry; to get my work done and try to love somebody and have the courage to accept the love in return.
-Maya Angelou

Every month there seems to be a great selection, but this month seems especially abundant in books that will make you laugh; books that will make you cry; and books that make you rejoice that the characters did try to love someone, and gain the courage to accept the love in return.

We Are All Made of Stars by Rowan Coleman

Fans of Jojo Moyes will love We Are All Made of Stars,” raves Good Housekeeping. Rowan Coleman’s beautiful, life-affirming novel tells an unforgettable story about second chances, the power of words, and the resilience of the heart.

A dedicated nurse, Stella finds comfort at the hospice where she works the late shift, especially since her husband returned from Afghanistan—cold, distant, and shattered by painful memories he refuses to share. The hospice at night is another world, where the dying receive closure by creating the letters that Stella helps them write. The pages are filled with love and humor, sometimes regret, and, occasionally, even instructions for a perplexed husband on how to run appliances. There’s one rule: The letters are mailed only after the patient has passed.
Suddenly Stella is faced with a dilemma: A woman under her care, Grace, has written a confession to the son she abandoned many years before. The letter clearly needs to be read before Grace dies. But if Stella mails it now, she breaks the rule—and risks tampering not only with Grace’s wishes but also with fate.
Navigating passion and grief, loyalty and loss, and a marriage threatened by silence and secrets, Stella discovers that letters hold a special power: granting solace, saving memories, nurturing relationships. As the words endure, love redeems.

Strengths: Exceptionally moving; Wonderful handling of end of life and illness; Authentic martial conflict; Uplifting Ending
Measure of Love: Teaspoon
Mood: Poignant with tissue alert
Thoughts: Emotional and touching in an authentic way.  Loved it! Couldn't Put It Down!   

[More recommendations ahead...]

Jul 28 2016 1:30pm

First Look: Faith Hunter’s Blood of the Earth (August 2, 2016)

Blood of the Earth by Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter
Blood of the Earth (Soulwood #1)
Roc / August 2, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

When Nell Ingram met skinwalker Jane Yellowrock, she was almost alone in the world, exiled by both choice and fear from the cult she was raised in, defending herself with the magic she drew from her deep connection to the forest that surrounds her. Now, Jane has referred Nell to PsyLED, a Homeland Security agency policing paranormals, and agent Rick LaFleur has shown up at Nell’s doorstep. His appearance forces her out of her isolated life into an investigation that leads to the vampire Blood Master of Nashville. Nell has a team—and a mission. But to find the Master’s kidnapped vassal, Nelland the PsyLED team will be forced to go deep into the heart of the very cult Nell fears, infiltrating the cult and a humans-only terrorist group before time runs out…

Faith Hunter’s powerful voice and exceptional skills comes through crystal clear in her latest urban fantasy series that expands upon her very popular Jane Yellowrock world. Blood of the Earth stars Nell Ingram, a young woman who wields a dark and potentially deadly elemental power rooted deep in the earth itself.

“I am not a witch. I am something far more dangerous. "

[Dark and deadly...]

Jul 28 2016 11:00am

Criminals are a Girl’s Best Friend in Sophie Jordan’s Hell Breaks Loose

Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan

When Sophie Jordan comes to play, she brings an alpha male and a plot that will leave you dizzy. Hell Breaks Loose is no exception to that. The second book in her Devil’s Rock series takes the volatile combination of one kidnapped president’s daughter and one escaped convict and turns it into a romance. Folks, this book is a great example of a story that will have you running to the bookstore (or to your ereader) if you love a romance steeped in moral ambiguity.

Being the daughter of the current President of the United States is not easy. Grace Reeves spends most of her life under security detail. Well, when she’s not attending society events or luncheons for nonprofit groups. Her life is holed up. She can’t go out and eat by herself, much less walk around like a normal human being. Grace already struggles with feeling invisible. Under her father’s shadow, she’s all but disappeared.

Grace decides to sneak out. To grab one burger for herself. To finally do something for herself. She’s in Texas and she’s someplace relatively safe – it should be an easy win; a few hours away for dinner before Grace has to return to her political family and the recent news of the man that her parents have arranged for her to marry. A man she has no sexual interest in whatsoever. Yet, when Grace steps out of sight, she gets kidnapped.

[Not for the faint of heart...]

Jul 28 2016 9:30am

First Look: Debbie Macomber’s Sweet Tomorrows (August 2, 2016)

Sweet Tomorrows by Debbie Macomber

Debbie Macomber
Sweet Tomorrows (Rose Harbor #5)
Ballantine / August 2, 2016 / $26.00 print, $12.99 digital

There’s a reason why Debbie Macomber is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and with Sweet Tomorrows, we get another dose of women’s fiction perfection. What I loved most about this book was the telling of the story from four points of view, told in first person (Jo Marie, Emily Gaffney, and Mark Taylor) and third person (Nick Schwartz). With the first person, the story is immediate and happening right in front of me. I feel the intensity of emotions as if I were the characters. When Macomber shifts to the third person for Nick’s story, it presents like a movie, illustrating the enormity of his situation, traumatic in a different way than the other three. Finally, the driving conflicts in the story are relevant - from classified military ops in the Middle East, to loss of loved ones. Macomber highlights how if we look in the nooks and crannies of small-town life, we'll find significance, beauty, and love.

So enough vague-speak…let’s get to the meat of this book: the couples.

Jo Marie and Mark Taylor. Jo Marie is a widow, having lost her husband to the war in the Middle East. Mark Taylor is the handyman she hires to fix up the B&B she owns and runs following her husband’s death. And this B&B, the Rose Harbor Inn is a place of healing. Before she realizes it, she has fallen in love with Mark Taylor when he tells her he has to leave.

[Read more...]

Jul 28 2016 8:10am

Are You Still Looking for the Story of a Tertiary Character?

Enchanted by Elizabeth Lowell

Earlier this week, we received an email from Reader Brenda. Brenda, like many of us, has been looking for the story of a tertiary character—a story she fears will never be written. If any of you have read Elizabeth Lowell's medieval series, then you may be experiencing a similar desire for the story of Erik. As Brenda said, when she Googles it (and we verified when we did our own research), “Erik” pops up as one of the suggested search terms. 

Has an author left you pining for a character's story? Did or could you do anything about it? Did you try to get more information out of the author? 

Let us know in the comments!

Jul 27 2016 5:05pm

Gilmore Girls Premiere Date and Christina Dodd Deal: Romance News

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

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Gilmore Girls returns with 4 all-new episodes November 25! In a move we will be truly thankful for (yes, that's the Friday after Thanksgiving), Netflix made the news official with the first trailer for “A Year in the Life,” which includes a clip of Lorelai and Rory bantering about Amy Schumer—“Do you think Amy Schumer would like me? No.”—the Corpse Flower—“that plant... that only blooms once every 50 years and smells disgusting”—and...oh, we can't do it justice, you'll just have to watch for yourself:

The '80s are making a comeback in Jenny Holiday's New Wave Newsroom series. If you're hungry like the wolf for '80s-set romance, you'll want to tear into The Fixer, The Gossip, and The Pacifist. Feast your eyes on the covers and an excerpt at USA Today's HEA blog.

We never tire of that Ross/Demelza clinch. Gaze upon the Poldark Series 2 promotional picture.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Deal Alert: Christina Dodd's Castles in the Air (yep, the one notoriously first published with a three-armed heroine on the cover) is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* The e-book may have new packaging, but you can always revisit the old edition in our laugh-out-loud roundup of the worst (best) covers ever.

[+Robyn Carr deal & free Carly Phillips e-book...]

Jul 27 2016 4:30pm

The (Many?) Lovers of Mr. Spock—It’s Not the Size of Your Starship That Counts


Spock & Uhura, Star Trek, 2009

Mr. Spock was my first crush. As a six year old watching a sci-fi program for probably the first time in her life, I totally fell in love with the enigmatic alien. That crush has stuck through the years and I still harbor a special place in my heart for this wonderful, cool, logical, intelligent character. I want the best for him. I want love for him.  I’m not alone. Fandom has long shipped Spock with the women who walk in and out of his life and in the 2009 J.J. Abrams reboot of the series many finally got their wish when Abram’s alternate reality universe had Spock and Uhura as lovers.

Naturally, there are nay-sayers who prefer to see this beloved character as a romantic loner, a man whose only close relationships are the platonic ones he has with Captain Kirk and Doctor McCoy. However, that idea of a Lone Ranger style Spock is in many ways a myth. A close look at the original Trek TV series shows that he did, in fact, have several romantic (or almost romantic) relationships over the course of that original five year mission. Here are just a few of the loves (and near loves) of First Officer Spock:

[Spock needs love, too...]

Jul 27 2016 3:30pm

Baby, You’re a Firework: Not-Your-Usual Historical Best Bets for July 2016

A Gift of Guile by Alissa Johnson

What historical romances should you be reading this month? Find out!

We’ve watched the fireworks (and tried to ignore our neighbors who were still setting them off on July 5th!), consumed an unhealthy amount of barbeque, and now it’s time to lounge by the pool, or on your favorite beach, with some of these historical best bets for July 2016!

Bad Girls, Bad Reputations!

A Gift of Guile by Alissa Johnson

She's a liar.
She's a con.
She's a thief.
And God help him, but he'll do anything to keep her safe.

Beautiful and conniving, maddening and brilliant, Esther is everything private detective Samuel Brass shouldn't want. Esther knows she's put herself in terrible danger, but nothing will stop her from making amends-not her family's enemies, not old fears, and certainly not the domineering, interfering, and undeniably handsome former officer of the Scotland Yard. Yet whenever he's near, Samuel makes her long for a life that can never be hers...and wish she were worthy of being saved.

Like the first book in the series, A Talent for Trickery, Johnson has earned her second starred review in a row from Publisher’s Weekly who says, “This series is pure pleasure.”

[On to more unusual finds...]

Jul 27 2016 2:00pm

An Embarrassment of Riches: Humiliation Kink in Erotic Romance

True North by Tamsen Parker

Today we're thrilled to welcome Tamsen Parker (True North) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Tamsen's hero Slade has... particular tastes (as do many of the characters in her books), while they're not for everyone, BDSM romance has taught us one thing: your kink isn't my kink, but your kink is OK. Thanks, Tamsen! 

Humiliation probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of romance. And for good reason. The word has all sorts of negative connotations, and most of us spend as much energy avoiding humiliation and embarrassment as we spend avoiding physical discomfort.

But much as some people seek out specific types of physical pain for gratification (sexual or otherwise), some others seek out humiliation.

Luckily, still others enjoy inflicting these things, and not in a Mean Girls or Ramsay Bolton kind of way. Because oh so much wincing…


But does humiliation really have a place in romance? I’m going to go ahead and say that, much like any other kink, as long as it’s done with consent and consideration for everyone involved’s well-being, hell yeah!

[Read more...]

Jul 27 2016 12:00pm

Now Win This!: RWA 2016 Souvenir Sweepstakes!


RWA 2016 Souvenir Sweepstakes!*

Enter for a chance to win this prize pack from RWA 2016!

Team H&H attended RWA 2016 in beautiful, sunny, Southern California,  and we returned bearing gifts! We brought a little beach back with us, and we're giving you the opportunity enter now for the chance to win an autographed RWA tote bag, fifteen titles, an audiobook, and an autographed mini-notebook from Susan Elizabeth Phillips! 

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/rwa16souvenirgrabbag beginning at 12:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on July 27, 2016. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 am ET on August 3, 2016. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

You're entering for a chance to win the following items:

  • An RWA 2016 Signed Tote Bag
  • An Autographed mini-notebook from Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Audiobook Cuff Me by Lauren Layne
  • Shadow's End by Thea Harrison**
  • Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh**
  • The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott**
  • Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews**
  • Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast**
  • Family Tree by Susan Wiggs
  • The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne**
  • Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins**
  • Magnate by Joanna Shupe**
  • The Marshal's Justice by Delores Forsen
  • Fortune's Special Delivery by Michelle Major
  • Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan**
  • True North by Tamsen Parker**
  • Call on Me by Roni Loren**
  • Sugar by Seressia Glass**

**denotes an autographed copy

*sunglasses and beach towel not included

Jul 27 2016 11:00am

Burn Down the Night: Exclusive Excerpt

M. O'Keefe

Burn Down the Night by M. O'Keefe

The only thing that matters to me is rescuing my sister from the drug-cooking cult that once enslaved us both. I’ve run cons my whole life, and I’ll use my body to get whatever I need. Max Daniels is the last connection I have to that world, the one person reckless enough to get involved. Besides, now that his brothers have turned on him, he needs me too.

The deal was supposed to be simple: a place to hide in exchange for rescuing my sister. Now he’s my prisoner. Totally at my mercy. But I’m the one captivated. Enthralled. Doing everything he asks of me until I’m not sure who’s in control.

We both crave the heat. The more it hurts, the better. But what if Max wants a different life now, to leave the game...to love me? I thought I knew better than to get burned. Now I’m in too deep to pull away. And the crazy thing is...I don’t want to.

Get a sneak peek at M. O'Keefe's Burn Down the Night (available August 9, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1


I had a speech all worked out. Totally nuts, right? Like I was one of the bad guys in a cheesy movie.

Except I was the good guy. I swear.

And the guy I was going to hold the gun on, the guy I was going to threaten, kill if I had to—he was the bad guy. The villain. The nightmare made flesh and blood.

[Read the full Burn Down the Night excerpt...]

Jul 27 2016 9:30am

August 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in August.

We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
August 1-8August 9-16August 17-24August 25-31

Week of August 1 through August 8

[Shopping List ahoy!]

Jul 27 2016 8:25am

How Often Do You Get in a Reading Slump?

Woman slumped over reading

We've asked you about reading slumps in the past: how do you get out of one, is your keeper pile the solution to your slump, are you currently in a reading slump, and so on and so forth. However, since reading slumps can be a chronic issue (really there should be some sort of organization to help us cope), I thought I'd ask how often a slump happens for you. Does it typically happen after you read a really great book and are suffering the effects of a book hangover, do you find yourself reading more “meh” books and not loving them?

Let us know in the comments!

Image via shutterstock

Jul 26 2016 5:05pm

Dark-Hunter Emojis and a Chicagoland Spinoff Series?!: Romance News

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

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Dragonmark by Sherrilyn KenyonWhat's a text conversation without emojis these days? Now you can communicate via one of your favorite book series with the brand-new Dark-Hunter Emoji keyboard in honor of Dragonmark's release next Tuesday! Already looking ahead to the second book in the Dark-Hunter: Dragons Rising series? Discover the identities of Dragonsworn's hero and heroine...

Journey to Chicagoland...again! Chloe Neill has been keeping a BIG announcement under her hat, and today on her Twitter, she revealed the news that her beloved Chicagoland series is getting a spin-off series. This comes on the heels of news that January will see a new Ethan/Merit novella! If you're looking to start from the beginning, don't miss “Merit Is Awesome: A Chicagoland Series Primer.”

Monica Murphy's newly unveiled Just Friends cover hints at tumultous teen romance, and sure enough, in an interview with USA Today's HEA blog, Murphy describes the book as being about “young teenage love. Angsty love. Smash your heart to bits and end up super confused over everything love.” Yes, there's a love triangle, and it sounds like a doozy...

BookRiot Live 2016, a.k.a. “two days of exclusive events celebrating books and the reading life,” will be held November 12 & 13 in New York City. The schedule of events is still in the works, and we hope they'll be adding romance speakers and panels, but you can learn more and register now over at bookriotlive.com.

[+Lois McMaster Bujold, Shelly Ellis & more deals...]

Jul 26 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Jayne Castle’s Illusion Town (July 26, 2016)

Illusion Town by Jayne Castle

Jayne Castle
Illusion Town (Illusion Town)
Jove / July 26, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

It has been almost sixteen years since Jayne Castle wrote her first Harmony series book, and still readers are enamored with this futuristic world— filled with dust bunnies and Castle’s sly humor.  And of course one of our favorite tropes–the soul mate. 

Hannah West is a finder, a very talented one.  Through her dreamlight talent she is able to find objects for people.  Elias Coppersmith spent years trying to find a Coppersmith family heirloom, but within days after contacting Hannah, she located the object for him.

After getting to know Hannah through e-mails, Elias pushed to meet in person. Hannah initially resisted. She’d gone down that route before. Most men who started out as clients and then tried to charm her, typically had a hidden agenda – like trying to charm her into doing “off-the-books searches, as in finding antiquities on the black market or missing-persons work.”

After swearing that he didn’t have any other scheme, besides wanting to take her to dinner, Elias finally convinces Hannah to give him a chance. It is while driving to pick her up that Elias gets a call that blows his credibility to bits – a Coppersmith excavation team is trapped behind a dreamlight gate and he needs Hannah’s help in detangling it.

[Oh the tangled web...]

Jul 26 2016 3:30pm

Love is a Battlefield: The Pros and Cons of Falling in Love with a Fellow Soldier

One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rosso

Today we're thrilled to welcome Nico Rosso (One Minute to Midnight) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Nico's book sees two soldiers falling in love...a feat that is difficult in real-life, especially if they're involved while in a combat zone. Nico is here today to discuss the pros and cons of falling in love with your fellow officer. Thanks, Nico!

In One Minute to Midnight, veteran special forces soldiers Ben Jackson and “Bolt Action” Mary are on assignment for black ops team Automatik in a small Midwestern town in order to root out ruthless gun runners. But when the cover identities Ben and Mary have invented start to flirt, the line between their mission objectives and their own attraction begins to blur. And the passion can’t be denied. So what are the pros/cons of two soldiers being in a relationship? 

[Things to keep in mind...]

Jul 26 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Piper J. Drake’s Ultimate Courage (July 26, 2016)


Ultimate Courage by Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake
Ultimate Courage (The True Heroes Series #2)
Forever / July 26, 2016 / $6.99 print, $5.99 digital

Piper J. Drake’s True Heroes Series continues with its second installment, Ultimate Courage. When two people both have dark pasts that they’re trying to overcome, sometimes things get a little complicated.

Elisa Hall is visiting the emergency room for a wrist injury when she meets Alex Rojas. Alex is an ex-Navy SEAL, a protective single dad, and in a very bad mood when the two first meet. Elisa is intrigued, and maybe a little bit frightened. What Alex doesn’t know, but can sense almost immediately, is that Elisa is hiding something. It turns out that she’s on the run from a very powerful, very possessive ex, and the shelter that Alex can provide her may just be what she needs.

Elisa is living in her car and scared that her ex may be catching up with her. So Alex does the only thing that makes sense: he offers her a job at Hope’s Crossing Kennels, where he trains and rehabilitates dogs, and a place to stay at Revolution MMA, the gym where his young daughter trains. Elisa is hesitant, but soon becomes completely absorbed in Alex’s world, the people (and animals) that inhabit it, and in him.

[A man who loves dogs and kids...]

Jul 26 2016 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal from Dawn Ryder!

Today Team H&H is thrilled to bring you an exclusive cover reveal for Dawn Ryder's upcoming novel Deep Into Trouble, the third book in her Unbroken Heroes series.  Saxon, is a man on a mission whose path crosses with Ginger, a woman who doesn't usually make rash decisions, and may come to regret letting go this one time...

Deep Into Trouble by Dawn Ryder

Deep Into Trouble by Dawn Ryder

Desire is more dangerous than anything…

Saxon Hale lives for the hunt—taking down the bad guys, stopping them dead in their tracks. His latest mission has him in New Orleans, where people go for the party that never ends. But fun is the last thing on Saxon’s mind now that he’s a breath away from closing in on a vicious overlord known only as the Raven. Until an innocent young woman unknowingly enters the very deadly game…  

Ginger Boyce is a librarian who’s growing tired of being so buttoned-up on the job, and when she attends a conference in the Big Easy, she decides to taste the wild side of life. But when her dance with darkness becomes lethal, she’s in dire need of protection—and ends up in the embrace of a man who radiates danger and desire. Soon Saxon finds himself Ginger’s shield against an enemy whose power they haven’t yet begun to face. But will he be able to keep his mind on his mission while the very woman under his care drives him beyond distraction?  


Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Deep Into Trouble by Dawn Ryder, available March 7, 2017:

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Jul 26 2016 12:00pm

The Theory of Deviance: Exclusive Excerpt

Rebecca Grace Allen

The Theory of Deviance by Rebecca Grace Allen

Deviance is unacceptable. It’s taboo. And it’s the one thing he’s always wanted. Portland Rebels, Book 3 Painful shyness isn’t the only reason Mikey Pelletier is a twenty-five-year-old virgin. Between working for his parents and volunteering at his church, he neither has the time nor the inclination to admit his bisexuality to the world—or to himself. A visit from Krissy Porter will hopefully fix everything. After three months of chatting with her, Mikey’s got one carefully planned week to win her heart and lose his V-card. He’s hoping he can pull it off, even with her roommate along for the ride. Krissy has been drawn to Mikey for a while. He’s so easygoing, she thinks he could be the calm in her storm. But there’s an extra complication when she comes to visit: her friend-with-benefits, “hetero-flexible” roommate, Rafe. During a week of revelations, intimacy, and kink, Krissy and Rafe become the angel and devil on Mikey’s shoulders, tempting him in different directions. And all three of them discover that a week of pure deviance can lead to the most uncontrollable emotion of all: love. Warning: This book contains innocent board game-playing that takes a sexy turn, use of recreational substances, back-door action, and some smokin’ hot threesomes. Plus, scenes of inner-demon slaying. Fans and tissues advised.

Get a sneak peek at Rebecca Grace Allen's The Theory of Deviance (available August 2, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“So you think this—” she lifted a missal from the rack and waved it around, “—two thousand-year-old book that’s been translated and edited and retranslated is actually the word of God?”

His cheeks went hot at her censure. The same disdain had driven him from the support group back at school.

He took the tome from her hands and put it back in its shelf. “That’s not actually the

[Read the full The Theory of Deviance excerpt...]

Jul 26 2016 9:30am

First Look: Jackie Ashenden’s Dirty for Me (July 26, 2016)

Dirty for Me by Jackie Ashenden

Jackie Ashenden 
Dirty for Me (Motor City Royals #1)
Kensington / July 26, 2016 / $9.95 print, $7.99 digital

The good-girl/bad-boy trope is still going strong in Romancelandia, and Jackie Ashenden’s latest book is a fine (and I mean fiiiiine) example of just how hot it can be. Dirty for Me is the first book in Ashenden’s new series, Motor City Royals, which showcases the city of Detroit and a motor shop in one of its neighborhoods. Dirty for Me is a prime example of the way that the good-girl/bad-boy narrative can be a hot one that empowers both of its characters with agency–and a good deal of sensuality along the way.

Tamara Eliot is the kind of woman that works her way to the top. As the daughter of a well-known man running a famous corporation, Tamara could be perceived as riding her father’s coattails. In actuality, Tamara works her ass off to make herself noticed in the company, highly aware that her father’s employees don’t see her as an asset but instead as yet another brand of nepotism.

It’s not surprise that Tamara’s life has been privileged. Her parents have money, lots of it, and Tamara grew up with the expectations of a mother and father that want a society daughter. She enjoys the luxury of having a modern, furnished apartment and designer clothes, but she could do without the parental meddling, especially in her love life.

[Bad boys are so good...]