<i>Body Rocks</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Body Rocks: Exclusive Excerpt A. M. Arthur “You can sit beside me when the world comes down.” <i>No Master</i>: Exclusive Excerpt No Master: Exclusive Excerpt Christine d'Abo "With his free hand, he caressed the side of Zain’s throat." <i>Bad Bitch</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Bad Bitch: Exclusive Excerpt Christina Saunders "I pulled him toward me, guiding him to my center." <i>Addicted</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Addicted: Exclusive Excerpt Elle Kennedy "She refuses to let sex ruin the most important relationship..."
From The Blog
June 24, 2016
Friday Beefcake Love Letter to Aidan Turner
Team H & H
June 23, 2016
Boone and Sierra Get Their HEA in Lorelei James' Unbreak My Heart
Tiffany Tyer
June 21, 2016
Romance Reading Virgin: Let’s Travel Through Space Together
Teddy Pierson
June 19, 2016
Love's Second Generation: Historical Father/Son Heroes
Janet Webb
June 18, 2016
Falling Back in Love with an Author
Scarlettleigh
Sun
Jun 26 2016 2:00pm

Remind Me Not to Get on Your Bad Side, Sassenach: Outlander 2x12 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodeOutlander, Season 2, Episode 12, “The Hail Mary”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x12 Keeping Track of Jamie and Claire's Romance

Jamie and Claire were separated and reunited in the span of last week’s episode. The reunion was more of a rescue, and they saved Lady Mary, too, as they finally discovered who raped her and who organized the attack and both were put down. The rapist by Mary and the orchestrator, the Duke of Sandringham, by Murtagh.

Now that they are edging closer to the fateful battle Claire and Jamie have been trying to avoid, what will they do? Claire saved Frank’s ancestor, but what does that mean in terms of Jack Randall? Let’s dive into Season 2, Episode 12, “The Hail Mary” to see if Jamie and Claire can stay solid without another battle pulling them apart.

As they arrive to the camp outside Inverness it’s clear everyone is defeated. The army is sullen having retreated from successful battles and stuck camping through winter with little food. They are no longer the vibrant army that crushed the British. This is just what Claire and Jamie wanted to avoid. Now they’re three days out from the battle at Culloden Moor, and Claire is despondent. She and Jamie are both beat down by the state of things, too. She wonders what all their plotting was for, and you can see in her eyes she’s remembering how terrible everything was in Paris and realizing it might not have been worth any of it. Jamie still has hope, though. He’s not giving up. He is going to try to make Charles see reason.

[But we're guessing he won't...]

Sun
Jun 26 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Body Rocks: Exclusive Excerpt

A. M. Arthur

Body Rocks by A. M. Arthur

Everything is finally falling into place for Trey Cooper: his band has been accepted into one of the biggest music competitions in the country…too bad their drummer just quit to play with XYZ, their biggest rival. When Trey has a mind-blowingly hot hookup with a mysterious violinist, Trey definitely plans to see him again – just not on stage as a member of XYZ.

Dominic Bounds’ time to make his musical dreams come true is running out. If something doesn’t happen fast, he has to head home to find a real job. This competition is his last chance, and Dom needs to come out on top – but he never expected to fall for his rival. As Dom and Trey risk everything to begin a secret affair, there’s no denying their chemistry is off the charts – but could their band rivalry turn their romance into a one-hit wonder?

Get a sneak peek at A. M. Arthur's Body Rocks (available June 28, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One“Coop, I will pay you twenty dollars if you go out and get laid already,” Danielle said.

Trey Cooper nearly dropped the glass baking dish he was trying to slide into the dishwasher among too many other dirty dishes. The overload was thanks to Danielle’s bright idea to cook for nine people tonight. His best friend and roommate was blunt, probably to a fault and sometimes to her social detriment, but once in a while she managed to outblunt herself.

And his initial shock gave way to faint horror. He glanced at the archway that led into the living room where their other roommate, Bobby, was hanging with their dinner guests.

[Read the full Body Rocks excerpt...]

Sat
Jun 25 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

No Master: Exclusive Excerpt

Christine d'Abo

No Master by Christine d'Abo

No man in the galaxy inspires more fear than Korbin, the Admiral of the Black. His life as leader of the biggest pirate band in space leaves little room for trust, so when Korbin's second-in-command disappears without a trace, he suspects the worst.

Zain Strand has left his life as a sex slave behind and risen within the pirate ranks. But he abandons it all to rescue an old friend from recapture by the slavers-even if that means a suicidal confrontation with his old master. He doesn't expect Korbin's arrival, doesn't want Korbin's help ... but Korbin gives Zain no choice.

Losing as master and slave to infiltrate a slave auction, Korbin and Zain embark on a journey of lust that rapidly reveals their deeper feelings. When Zain's old master discovers their ruse, Korbin must do everything in his power to save both their lives and their newfound love.

Get a sneak peek at Christine d'Abo's No Master (available June 27, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The communicator beeped, filling the awkward silence. Zain moved quickly. He was already typing in commands when Korbin reached his side.

“It’s Prem. He wants to speak with you face-to-face before the retreat.”

“Is that typical?”

“Not uncommon. He’ll want a visual to match the person arriving tonight. It’s old-fashioned, but harder to trick than a DNA scan with some races.”

“Ironic.”

[Read the full No Master excerpt...]

Sat
Jun 25 2016 12:00pm

Swoonies 2016: TV Edition—Round 2

Welcome to H&H's Swoonies 2016: TV Edition! We're pitting some of our favorite ships head-to-head to see who wins the award for H&H's Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016! 

We're on to Round 2, and only four couples remain before a winner is crowned in the Swoonies! Make sure you vote—this round ends June 29, 2016 12 p.m. EST.

The final four couples are Clexa vs. Olicity and Jessica x Luke vs. Rachel x Quinn


Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: June 22-24 at 12 p.m.
  • Round 2: June 25-29 at 12 p.m. (EST)
  • Round 3: June 29-July 1 at 2 p.m. 
  • Winners Announced: July 1 at 3 p.m.

Get the newsletter buttonThe fight for love has just begun! Cast your vote for the Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016, and then sign up for the H&H newsletter for weekly or daily updates on how your favorite Swoonies couples are doing in the polls and when the next round starts, plus hot romance news, deals, sneak peeks, exclusive author spotlights, and more!

[On to the battle!]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Poldark’s Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

Recently we've become—er—enamored, with the incredibly handsome and talented Aidan Turner.

Source: ohnotheydidnt

And can you blame us?

[More hotness ahead...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 2:00pm

Tara Wyatt’s Primal Instinct Defies the Double Standard

Primal Instinct by Tara Wyatt

Generally speaking, we as readers know the trajectory of a bodyguard story.  Our bodyguard hero is forced to protect the heroine from danger.  She will be vulnerable and she will be thrust into our hero’s arms, and most likely, as a result, into his heart (if she wasn’t there before them).  In the hands of a master, they’re amazing. (see Roxanne St. Claire and Cindy Gerard’s bodyguard stories )

We also know what a rock star story has started to look like over the years; a tortured alpha rockstar is a very obvious sexual object, strutting around and either showing people who they really are behind the mask, or allowing their real life, no holds barred personality full reign, both to fall in love with a heroine who loves them for being themselves.  (see Nalini Singh’s amazing Rock Kiss series, for example).

But what if.  What if. 

What if a bodyguard falls in love with the rockstar they’re protecting.  This is a story rarely seen in romance.  But in the hands of someone like Tara Wyatt, it’s revolutionary.  Which of course you’d be expecting considering the contents of her first book.

[Full body protection...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 12:54pm

Free Eve Langlais Book to Kick Off the Weekend: Romance News

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

{Did you know you can sign up to receive Afternoon Tea as an e-mail? Sign up have your daily cuppa delivered straight to your inbox.}

Top Off Your TBR Pile

A Demon and His Witch by Eve LanglaisDeal Alert: Eve Langlais' paranormal romance A Demon and His Witch, the first Welcome to Hell novel, is FREE at e-tailers including iBooks and Amazon.* But before you dive in, here are 10 things you should know about Eve Langlais...

—Deal Alert: Janet Evanovich's mystery One for the Money, the book that kicked off the beloved Stephanie Plum series, not to mention the Stephanie/Morelli/Ranger triangle, is on sale for only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks, etc.* Never met Stephanie & co.? You are missing out! Start reading One for the Money with an excerpt of Chapters 1-3 here at H&H. Plus, join the debate: Are you Team Morelli or Team Ranger?

Deal Alert: Tessa Bailey's romantic suspense Up in Smoke is just $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* “[The hero's] dirty talk helps to bring the hero and heroine together in Bailey’s second Crossing The Line novel,” Chelsea Mueller writes in her First Look at Up in Smoke. How can you resist learning more about that?!

—Deal Alert: Jenny Han's contemporary YA romance, P.S. I Still Love You, the sequel to To All The Boys I've Loved Before, is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* While I'm #TeamPeter all the way, I enjoy the way the first two books keep the focus on Lara Jean's journey, with boys and without.

[+What's hot at H&H...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 12:00pm

We Literally LOL’d: 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!


DanaSherwood made us do a spittake:

DanaSherwood in What's the Funniest Book Cover in Romance?

For me, it's always been Johanna Lindsey's Man of My Dreams. It features a naked Fabio with the kneeling heroine strategically positioned before him with such an expression of ecstasy on her face that it looks like she has some kind of special “spot” on her upper back. 


DarleneMarshall doled out quality dating advise for fellas:

DarleneMarshall in Finally, Proof that Reading is Sexy

Pish-tosh! As if we needed proof! If hunky guys in glasses hung out in bars reading romance, they'd never go home alone.

If I were a single guy, I'd start reading romance just to meet ladies. Ideally, guys who read romance would also get a piece of clue-cake in the bargain.


[On to more funny...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 9:30am

June 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets: When the Tough Get Going, These Girls Get Dirty

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston

This month brings New Adult titles that illustrate strength in tough situations. These heroines face these situations head on and when they find a partner that can help lift them up, nothing will stop them.

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston is the last in the Worth the Fight series. Ending the series is Travis “Cowboy” with unlikely heroine, Penny. Penny is a single mom on the run from her past. She carries many secrets and at times the burden is too much to bear. Travis is more than strong enough to support her but, Penny is hesitant to dive into a relationship. This isn’t insta-love and as they grow, so does their trust. Each has baggage and they find that together, the load is more than easy to carry. Cameo’s from all the other characters round out the series.

Interference by Sophia Henry is a standalone novel also featuring a young, single mom and a new-to-town cop. At their first meeting, Linden lets Jason have it as he benched her little brother. Thus setting the start of a romance that challenges but also brings a sweetness to Linden’s life that she desperately needed. Linden is everyone’s protector, especially her young son but, Jason is making it his job to look out for her.

[Strong ladies ahead...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 8:30am

Do You Still Want the First Generation Story, After the Second Generation?

2017 will be a great year if you like seeing the second generation of favorite heroes. Yesterday, Lisa Kleypas revealed the cover for Devil in Spring, the latest book in her Ravenels series, with the bonus that it would connect to her beloved Wallflower book Devil in Winter. For Stephanie Laurens fans, the Cynster's will return with Devil Cynster's son, Sebastian. 

However, especially in the realm of historical romance, getting the second generation's story can be problematic as, in order for the son's to “succeed” and get the title, their father's would have had to die. 

This is a concept that Laurens' dealt with when she gave us Sebastian Cynster's (Devil's father) story after giving us Devil's story. It's one of the many reasons Julia Quinn has always said readers will not get the story of Edmund and Violet Bridgerton, because the Bridgerton series all started on the basis that Edmund had been long dead. 

What do you think of getting the first generation story after the second generation? Do you still want it? Do you like getting the second generation story? 

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Jun 23 2016 5:15pm

Son of a Wallflower! Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring Cover Is Here

Back in May, Lisa Kleypas revealed the hero for her next Ravenel book, Devil in Spring, would connect to her Wallflower books. And not just any of the Wallflowers, but what is arguably the most beloved of the series—Devil in Winter. Today, we get the cover!

The hero of Devil in Spring, Gabriel, is the son of Evie and St. Vincent. Viscount St. Vincent is one of the most beloved (and polarizing) rakes in the genre—Jennifer Myers named St. Vincent one of the best “villains to heroes” in the genre, while Lisa Kleypas herself talked about the man (the myth, the villain) in her post on writing contemporary and historical heroes. 

For our Father's Day post on historical romances that revisit fathers and sons, Janet Webb touched on what bringing a second generation of wallflowers could mean, and we couldn't be more excited.

Find out more about the book as Bustle sits down with Lisa Kleypas to discuss revisiting these beloved characters with a second generation. 

For more, check out our reviews for the first two books in the series, Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne, to get caught up on the series before Devil in Spring hits shelves on February 21, 2017.  

Learn more about or pre-order a copy today of Devil in Spring, available February 21, 2017:

Buy at Amazon

Buy at B&N

Buy at iTunes

Buy at IndieBound

 

 

 

 

Thu
Jun 23 2016 5:06pm

Get Screwed for $.99: Romance News

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

{Did you know you can sign up to receive Afternoon Tea as an e-mail? Sign up have your daily cuppa delivered straight to your inbox.}

**Breaking News: Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Spring, whose hero is the son of a Wallflower, now has a gorgeous cover! See the cover here...**

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Screwed by Kendall Ryan—Deal Alert: Kendall Ryan's Screwed is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Ryan talks the power of an un-put-down-able book in her H&H guest post, writing: “I want to lose myself so completely in the pages that the characters, their choices, decisions and actions feel so real they have the power to turn my stomach into a ball of nerves and glue me to the pages despite my obligations. My family wants dinner? Too bad. We're ordering pizza tonight because I. CANNOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN.”

—Deal Alert: Molly McClain's single-dad-helps-stranded-driver-heroine Can't Get Enough is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Look, there are few things in this world as sexy as hot men who also happen to be terrific fathers. For that reason, I'm 100% game for romances featuring children.

Deal Alert: Annabeth Albert's opposites-attract male/male contemporary Status Update, Book 1 in the #gaymers series, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Book 2 in the series, Beta Test, earned a spot in Lucy_Hargrave's male/male best bets just last month!

[+Romance BuzzBooks & The Devil Wears Prada is 10?!...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 4:30pm

5 Reasons Mindy Project Fans Should Give Jody a Chance

KC

Now that Mindy and Jody have officially locked lips on The Mindy Project, I say it’s finally time to give Jody a chance.

Look, I know what you’re thinking: Who is this girl thinking that she can walk in here and trounce on the epic love that is Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano? And I really doknow what you’re thinking, because I adore them too!

When I fell in love with The Mindy Project, a huge part of that was falling in love with its main couple: Mindy and Danny. Even though they seemed to be polar opposites at times, Mindy and Danny were totally made for each other… until the day when they weren’t anymore. It happens. It’s real. I applaud the show for that. I know many of our readers may not feel the same way. It’s too soon, too raw. But if you will indulge me for just a little while, I hope that I can bring you around to the idea that maybe, just maybe, Mindy and Jody could be something kind of, sort of… well… great!

I won’t pretend that a relationship between them could ever rival Mindy and Danny in most eyes, but in my eyes, it’s definitely working its way there. Here’s a list of reasons why, you too, should give Jody a chance!

[Just a little chance?]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Christine Warren, Tracy Brown, Casey Griffin, & Abbie Roads!

We know what you're saying: “it's not Tuesday!” We know, but we simply couldn't resist bringing you these four fantastic exclusive cover reveals from a few of our favorite authors—Christine Warren, Tracy Brown, Casey Griffin, and Abbie Roads! A man of stone meets his match in the only female gargolye in Christine Warren's Hard to Handle. Empire, Scandal, and Romeo & Juliet meet for an edgy twist in Tracy Brown's Boss. Then, we have a doggone RomCom, Beauty and the Wiener from Casey Griffin that is sure to delight. And finally, the romantic suspense, paranormal thriller Hunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads that'll give you goosebumps! 

Hard to Handle by Christine Warren

Hard to Handle by Christine Warren

A SEDUCTION STRONGER THAN STONE

The only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women’s strength and formidable will. His Dublin pub, the Skin & Bones, is his refuge, a reassuringly masculine retreat. Until a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil…and an explosive dose of desire.

The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces. But her arrival on Earth is more confusing than she expected: her bone-deep instinct to do battle is matched only by her untamed attraction to stubborn, stalwart Drum. If they manage to keep the world safe, can they turn the passion crackling between them into a love that will withstand the test of time?  

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Hard to Handle by Christine Warren, available February 7, 2017:

Buy at Amazon

Buy at B&N

Buy at IndieBound

 

 

[More titles ahead...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Bad Bitch: Exclusive Excerpt

Christina Saunders

Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders

They call me the Bad Bitch. A lesser woman might get her panties in a twist over it, but me? I'm the one who does the twisting. Whether it's in the courtroom or in the bedroom, I've never let anyone - much less a man - get the upper hand.

Except for that jerk attorney Lincoln Granade. He's dark, mysterious, smoking hot and sexy as hell. He's nothing but a bad, bad boy playing the part of an up and coming premiere attorney. I'm not worried about losing in a head to head battle with this guy. But he gets me all hot and bothered in a way no man has ever done before. I don't like a person being under my skin this much. It makes me want to let go of all control, makes me want to give in. This dangerous man makes me want to submit to him completely, again, and again, and again...

Get a sneak peek at Christina Saunders's Bad Bitch (available July 5, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

EVAN

“You’re fired.”

I savored the words as they rolled off my tongue. The simple phrase always brought a slight buzz of power. This time was no different.

The offending associate rose and glanced around the room. No help there. My other dozen or so associates studied their legal pads as if they contained a detailed listing of everyone’s competitive raises and bonuses for the past two years.

“You can’t do this.” He was definitely trying on his “I’m an adult!” tone.

I laughed. This was becoming the highlight of my day, and it was only eight thirty in the morning.

[Read the full Bad Bitch excerpt...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 9:30am

Grant Us a Boone: The Long-Awaited Couple of Lorelei James’ Unbreak My Heart

Unbreak My Heart by Lorelei James

Lorelei James has a knack for creating anticipation in her readers. Thanks to her, Sierra and Boone—two teenagers on the sideline of one of her popular Rough Riders entries, Gone Country — exploded into one of the most in-demand couples of the decade in romantic fiction. Their story, four years in the making, is here at last, and for romance readers, having the journey come full circle, watching two young characters we fell for grow up, seeing star-crossed loves seize this as their time, is oh so sweet.

And it’s clear that it was a labor of love for James herself. Unbreak My Heart is a celebration of the story we’ve waited for. From the moment they met on the bus in Sundance, Wyoming, there was just something about Boone and Sierra. He from the wrong side of the tracks, she a daddy’s princess, new to town but part of the catch-all McKays. They were each other’s tether, forming a friendship that became the deepest bond for them both. But it came to a crashing halt — and put on hold for readers everywhere — when Boone decides to head out for the Army, leaving Sierra and all those possibilities behind. Finally, he’s back and ready for them to get the chance they lost, for them to stake their claim.

[It's finally their turn...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 8:10am

Can You Name Romance Novels that “Start” After the Marriage?

First Comes Marriage by Mary Balogh

We love Outlander—we love the show, the books, and especially Jamie and Claire. However, it is no secret that while Diana Gabaldon has created one of the greatest couple in the history of fiction—we're not just saying that, you voted them the best couple—she has a deep disdain for the romance genre. While she's right—these books (past book 1) are not romances in the genre sense of the word—the way that she dismisses love stories and the genre is... frustrating to so many readers that have become her die-hard fans. In a recent interview for Vulture, Gabaldon once again made her opinion known:

“A romance is a courtship story. In the 19th century, the definition of the romance genre was an escape from daily life that included adventure and love and battle. But in the 20th century, that term changed, and now it’s deemed only a love story, specifically a courtship story.”

Many romances are a courtship story. Many romances are not. Gabaldon's voice reaches a wide audience, and as a scholar (which she is), you'd think she would value accuracy. As Jessica Tripler pointed out in her rebuttal over at Book Riot, this opinion is not only outdated, but it's outright incorrect. Many romance novels—including many that were published at least a decade (and further back, obviously) before Outlander—feature a beloved trope in the genre: The marriage of convenience. A quick scan of Goodreads showed nearly 4,000 books featuring this trope.

So in the spirit of good-naturedly proving Diana Gabaldon wrong: Can you name romance novels that “start” with a marriage, or don't “end” once the courtship is done?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Jun 22 2016 4:30pm

Into The Long Dark Night...Erotic Romance Best Bets for June 2016

Smut by Karina Halle

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.

Love is a fickle emotion that can lift you up to the heavens or leave you lying broken in the street. The couples below all experience the ups and downs of love and learn that the world is theirs for the taking as long as they have the passion, desire, and courage to seize it.

Smut by Karina Halle

All Blake Crawford wants is to pass his creative writing course, get his university degree, and take over his dad's ailing family business. What Amanda Newland wants is to graduate at the top of her class, as well as finish her novel and prove to her family that writing is a respectful career. What Blake and Amanda don't want is to be paired up with each other for their final project, but that's exactly what they both get when they're forced to collaborate on a writing piece. Since Amanda thinks Blake is an arrogant jerk (with a panty-melting smirk and British accent) and Blake thinks Amanda has a stick up her (tight, round) bottom, they fight tooth and nail. That is, until they discover they write well together. They also might find each other really attractive, but that's neither here nor there. When their writing project turns out to be a success, the two of them decide to start up a secret partnership using a pen name, infiltrating the self-publishing market in the lucrative genre of erotica. Naturally, with so much heat and passion between the pages, it's not long before their dirty words become a dirty reality.

Halle writes a smart, fun, and oh so kinky story that marries fiction and fact as she examines the art of writing erotic romance, the ins and outs of self-publishing, and the stereotypes that are often associated with it. Your laughter rings true as we watch our protagonists, Blake and Amanda, who are paired together in a creative writing class, leave the classroom and end up in the bedroom as they strive to make their dreams come true in ways they never imagined.

[Smart, sexy, fun...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 3:44pm

Meet Sarina Bowen’s Hard Hitter and Outlander’s Grown-Up Brianna & Roger: Romance News

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

{Did you know you can sign up to receive Afternoon Tea as an e-mail? Sign up have your daily cuppa delivered straight to your inbox.}

Fresh Outta the Oven

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is gracing us with a lot of hotness this summer—hot farmers with Bittersweet, and now more hot hockey players with the cover for Hard Hitter, the second book in her Brooklyn Bruisers series. But we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves: Look for more about the series, including a First Look review of Book 1, Rookie Move, before it hits shelves this September!

Season 2 of Outlander is almost over (nooooo), but as the finale nears, so too does the first appearance of an adult Brianna, <highlight for spoilers>Jamie and Claire's daughter</spoilers> and Roger. Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the handsome pair in all their finery! You can be sure we'll be analyzing their story in our Outlander heart-to-heart recaps.

—Vote Sam Seaborn for President! Until that can actually happen, we'll settle for a West Wing reunion at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. Aaron Sorkin said The West Wing made “a different kind of character sexy on television.” We couldn't agree more as we make heart-eyes at Bradley Whitford and bask forever in our love for Josh/Donna.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

—Deal Alert: Rory Wilde's animal shelter–set male/male romance, Forever Home, is FREE in e-book at Amazon.* Lucy_Hargrave named Forever Home one of her male/male romance best bets of May, saying “Just be careful you don’t end up adopting a four-legged friend by the end of it!”

[+Paula Byrne & Susan Elizabeth Phillips deals...]