<i>Tangled</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Tangled: Exclusive Excerpt Kate Douglas "The need was so primal, so visceral, it left her shaken..." <i>The Girl from Summer Hill</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Girl from Summer Hill: Exclusive Excerpt Jude Deveraux "He stood there staring at her, saying nothing..." <i>Wicked Heart</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Wicked Heart: Exclusive Excerpt Leisa Rayven "I think if I kissed you right now, we’d barely make it through..." <i>Much Ado About Highlanders</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Much Ado About Highlanders: Exclusive Excerpt May McGoldrick "Violet-blue eyes stared at him with disbelief that quickly..."
From The Blog
April 29, 2016
Captain America vs. Iron Man: Which Side Are You On?
Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi
April 28, 2016
At Home: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 4
Naz Keynejad
April 28, 2016
Why Prince Songs Make a Perfect Soundtrack for Romance Novels
Abigail Strom
April 28, 2016
Best Reads of April 2016
Team H & H
April 25, 2016
Love, Lies, and Spies: Teen Regency Done Right
Carol Malcolm
Fri
Apr 29 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Can You Guess Where These Hotties Are From?

Do you ever look at a man and say to yourself, “He's from the Midwest, upstate New York, or the sunny side of California?” It's something about the way he talks, dresses, and says hello. Perhaps the way he bobs his head or what he likes to eat. Well, H&H has rounded up some of the hottest guys from some of the most popular places in the world and the United States. Can you guess where they are from?

*Birthplace revealed at the end of post.

[Is he Midwestern, Irish, or just “hot hot hot”? ...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 4:00pm

Cowboy & Baron Deals + Prince Harry is Very Amusing: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Deal Alert: Maisey Yates' contemporary Part Time Cowboy is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* You can find a Yates hero named in Rhyll Biest's “10 Romance Heroes You'll Want Between Your Covers.”

Deal Alert: Erin Knightley's historical The Baron Next Door is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Knightley's debut, More Than a Stranger, made it into guest author Valerie Bowman's roundup of historical debuts to watch in 2012.

Fresh Outta the Oven

We didn't elect President Barack Obama for his acting skills, nor do we love the British royal family for theirs, however, I'm currently flailing in my office chair at the cute levels that are being overloaded right now. In the cutest video ever, Prince Harry explains the Invictus Game brochure to his grandmother. Yes, any other day, she's Queen Elizabeth, but in this video she can't be called anything else but Grandma. The video is interrupted by an iMessage from FLOTUS—“Oh look, a message from Michelle, how very amusing”—telling the Royals to “Bring It” for the Invictus Games. I wasn't planning on tuning in before, but I'm very tempted now! See the full video and hear the Queen of England say “Oh, really. Please,” and tell us you're not flailing at the cute too!

[+C.J. Cregg briefs the press (you read that right)...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 3:00pm

Captain America vs. Iron Man: Which Side Are You On? Part 1 of 2

Captain American #Team Cap vs Iron Man #TeamIronMan in Civil War

Team H&H is having its own Civil War among our bloggers as two of our most die-hard superhero fans, Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi, take a side in Captain America: Civil War. Today they're offering up their opening arguments for each side, but come back on Sunday as they detail what their side winning or losing could mean for the ships we've come to love in the Marvel Universe. 

We are about a week away from Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and I (Pen Singleton) could not be more ready!  In case you haven’t seen any of my other Marvel posts, here’s a quick rundown of my credentials.  I have a tendency to obsess and it comes into play very strongly with the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I have seen most of the movies multiple times in the theater.  And, when I say multiple, I don’t mean two or three.  I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the theater ten times. And, thus far, I’ve seen The Avengers in the theater twenty times. And I say “thus far” because I already have my ticket for the Ultimate Captain America Marathon on May 5, the day before the release of Captain America: Civil War.  I will be in the movie theater at 8am to watch a 15 hour marathon consisting of both previous Captain American movies and both Avengers movies before the premiere of Captain America: Civil War. So, I know a bit about these movies and have extremely strong feelings about the battle at the heart of the new movie that will pit all of the Marvel heroes we’ve seen in movies since 2008’s Iron Man against one another: Team Iron Man vs Team Captain America.

[Pick your side ...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 1:30pm

On Hiddlesbum and Favorite Tropes: Comments That Made Our Week

Community SpotlightWe 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!


Lisaione, who had to discuss Hiddles with her roomies. Right. Now. 

Lisaione in 7 Reasons to Binge-Watch The Night Manager—Starting with Hiddlesbum:

I just watched episode 1 last night and immediately sought out my roommates to insist they watch also. Alas binging not a possibility.


Willaful, who sees what Star Wars is doing over there *side eyes George Lucas*

Willaful in The Force (of Attraction) is Strong: 6 Reasons Rey/Kylo Ren Have Shipping Potential in Star Wars.

“Why was the line 'You know I can take whatever I want' added in the script when it has obvious sexual undertones to it, if they were to be related/not have their dynamic further explored?”

It wouldn't be the first time the series has flirted with incest.

[More discussion for your pleasure ...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 12:30pm

“We Need Each Other, Bellamy”: The 100 3x13 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart

Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake in The 100 3x13The 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, today with a focus on Bellarke. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

The 100 Season 3, episode 3 relationship tracker graphic for Bellamy/ClarkeShow/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 13, “Join or Die” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

Since the first trailer for The 100 season 3 trailer was released months ago, Bellamy/Clarke shippers have been anticipating the hug depicted therein, holding on to the idea of it throughout the season. In “Join or Die,” we finally got our hug, and several other lovely scenes besides. My 5 favorite Bellarke moments of the evening:

1. Bellamy's retreat — The way Clarke immediately jumps up as if to follow Bellamy as he walks away from another tense exchange with Octavia leaves little doubt as to her feelings. No matter what he's done, she's firmly Team Bellamy, and you know she's going to go check on him as soon as possible.

[+4 more times Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake were totally in love...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 11:00am

First Look: Helen Hardt’s Craving (May 3, 2016)

Craving by Helen Hardt

Helen Hardt
Craving (Steel Brothers Saga #1)
Waterhouse Press / May 3, 2016 / $15.99 print, $6.99 digital

Helen Hardt’s writing just gets better and better with each book. Craving is the first in her Steel Brothers Saga. This romance meets western with a touch of erotica is all about the pain and fear of learning to trust and love when one’s innocence is twisted to shreds. Reader be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart and difficult themes of assault are addressed. However, Ms. Hardt weaves magic with her keyboard and what remains is a beautifully written first installment about two people who are broken but not destroyed. 

When Jade Roberts is jilted at the altar, she heads to the ranch owned by her best friend from college, Marjorie, and her three older brothers. Arriving at the tiny airport in Grand Junction, CO, she is greeted by Talon, the brother Jade never met. The physical attraction is instant yet reluctance by both parties is apparent. More frightening for Talon Steel, is the immediate emotional connection they also share.

That’s what had first drawn me to Jade—those eyes. I felt naked, like she could see right through me, into the very recesses of my broken soul. It scared the hell out of me…

Those eyes…I could never let her get close to me. She would see right through all of the walls that I had built up around me, all the secrets I’d buried deep inside. I could never tell her the truth about why I didn’t sleep, about the demons that haunted me in my dreams. I could never tell anyone.

[Are you willing to wait for the perfect HEA? ...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 9:30am

Uplift Us: April 2016 Women’s Fiction Best Bets

Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

“I once received a letter from an old lady in California who informed me that when the tired reader comes home at night, he wishes to read something that will lift up his heart. And it seems her heart had not been lifted up by anything of mine she had read. I think that if her heart had been in the right place, it would have been lifted up.”
Flannery O'Connor

Tired readers rejoice because April is full of uplifting books. Even the most complex and trouble characters makes their way to a better place. And with it being Spring, romance is definitely in the mix. Many of the book out this month are full love’s twists and turns. Enjoy!

Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies.

Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancé and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even through her grandfather’s declining health.

But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves . . .

Strengths: Warm familial bonds; Captivating View of varied romantic relationships; Both insightful and lighthearted; HEA

Measure of Love: Tablespoon
Introspection Level: Medium
Thoughts:  With charming characters, and views of perfect and non-perfect marriages this is a rewarding exploration of the fallacy and the veracity of just knowing immediately that he’s the one.

[Find your way on this journey ...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 8:23am

Does a Character’s “Voice” Ever Pull You Out of a Story?

Source: giphy.com

Many times it's the voice, more than anything else, that pulls us in and has us coming back time and again. However, sometimes a voice just doesn't do it for us. Or it does, but for whatever reason it pulls us out of the story. Have you ever had a character's voice pull you out of a story? Maybe the female character's voice is pitch perfect, but the hero's isn't? Or vice versa. 

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Apr 28 2016 4:30pm

At Home: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 4 (Chapter 3) Recap

Belgravia, episode 4  by Julian Fellowes

Editor's Note: Julian Fellowes is taking his skills to the literary world in a new book, Belgravia, being released in individual installments, starting with the Prologue (Episode 1) &  Chapter 1 (Episode 2), Chapter 2 (Episode 3), and now moving on to Chapter 3 (Episode 4). Stay tuned for every “recap” as each “episode” is published. 

Wow! What a nail-biting episode! The story is definitely picking up speed! Last week, we paused when the Countess of Brockenhurst had invited the Trenchards for her At Home, and sent a note to Anne letting her know that their secret grandson, Charles Pope, would be attending. This week’s episode is all about that dinner party, and let me tell you, tensions were high and some new complications were introduced. So without further ado, let’s get to it.

The episode starts with Anne getting ready for the party. She’s naturally nervous and is debating on whether she should let her husband, James, know about Charles Pope’s imminent appearance. James, on the other hand, is just excited to finally be included in a party at a peer’s house. And of course, Susan and Oliver are equally elated, particularly Susan, who’s been chomping at the bit for this opportunity.

[Party, Charles, and tea spilled ...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 3:11pm

Free Piper Huguley & Sarina Bowen Reads, Plus Harry Potter Wall Art: Romance News

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

The Lawyer's Luck by Piper HuguleyDeal Alert: Piper Huguley's historical novella “The Lawyer's Luck,” a Home to Milford College prequel story, is FREE in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Huguley's books can regularly be found in Wendy the Super Librarian's monthly best bets lists for unusual historicals.

Deal Alert: Sarina Bowen's sports romance Coming in from the Cold, first in the Gravity series, is FREE in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* New to Bowen? Get a feel for her voice with a sneak peek at her novel The Fifteenth Minute.

Deal Alert: Jenna Sutton's office romance All the Right Places is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Sutton explores the “Pleasures and Perils of Workplace Romances in Real Life and on Television,” with examples from Castle/Beckett's and the Obamas' romances as evidence, in an H&H guest post.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Accent walls are good, but Harry Potter accent walls are THE BEST. Author and Potterhead Meredith McCardle painted page 1 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on a wall in her house and it is not just gorgeous, it's inspirational. If you could paint a page from a book on a wall in your house, what would it be?

[+Heroines over 40 & a Highlander soulmate quiz...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 1:30pm

Why Prince Songs Make a Perfect Soundtrack for Romance Novels

GP: Prince loved and celebrated women!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Abigail Strom to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Abigail's new college romance, Claire, which came out last week, features a kickass female musician named Claire, and it’s fair to say that she wouldn’t be who she is without Prince—none of us would, really. Abigail is here today to talk about the enduring power of his songs and why Prince will never be forgotten. Thanks, Abigail!

I first got into Prince when I was thirteen years old, and even though I didn’t understand half of what he was singing about until much later, there was one thing I knew right away.

Prince loved women. He loved them on every possible level.

When you thought he was writing about sex, he was also writing about love. And when he wrote about love, he often found it through sex.

[Prince made the perfect songs for romance ...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Tangled: Exclusive Excerpt

Kate Douglas

Tangled by Kate Douglas

Nate shows up to work at Tangled Vineyards ready to do what he loves best—craft award-winning wines. But when something better comes in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner, Nate is completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled's mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a temptation, Nate doesn't stand a chance.

Get a sneak peek at Kate Douglas's Tangled (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER 1

“Well, shit.” Nate Dunagan stood on the wrong side of the locked gate currently barring him from reporting to his new job at the Tangled Vines Dry Creek Valley vineyard, and honestly didn’t know whether to laugh, cut loose with a primal scream, or just keep cussing. He really should have expected this, considering the day he’d had. After a ten-hour drive from Paso Robles that should have taken less than five—thanks to a grid-locked San Francisco Bay Area—a call from Marcus Reed, his new boss, telling Nate he’d be unable to meet him tonight as planned, and a dead cell phone, the locked gate was totally apropos.

Daylight was fading fast and the charger for the dead phone was stuck somewhere in one of the boxes with all his belongings in the back of the Silverado. According to his new boss, the winemaker would let him in. All he had to do was give her a call.

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Thu
Apr 28 2016 11:00am

Silence the Canary’s Cry: Arrow 4x19 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Arrow 4x19 Canary Cry Oliver eye-banging Felicity

Show/Episode: Arrow 4x19 “Canary Cry”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

TV Recap: Arrow 4x19 Oliver/Felicity Captain's Log

It’s time to finally put Laurel Lance to rest. The entire episode centered around the death of Laurel that we saw at the end of the last episode. Cut throughout were flashbacks to the week surrounding Tommy’s funeral, back in May 2013. Oliver didn’t show up for the funeral (which was Standard Oliver Operating Procedure back in the day… remember him MIA from Moira’s funeral in April 2014?). Afterwards, Laurel tells him that she wished he was there and that Tommy would wish he was too. He wanted to deliver a eulogy but just couldn’t. The two share a moment, remembering Tommy together. They share a kiss and Laurel tells him she’s excited about their future together. Oliver’s face falls and sure enough, the next thing that happens is Laurel finds a letter from him shoved under her door. Inside is the picture he carried while he was away for five years, a trite “I’m sorry, but I can’t” style letter. Then we see Oliver flying towards Lian Yu, which is where we found him in the beginning of Season 2.

A lot of retconning of actual events had to take place for this series of flashbacks but I saw it for what it was… a last kindness for the fans who shipped Laurel and Oliver. Because, as the rest of the episode made sure we understand: Laurel is dead and she’s not coming back.

[Crying, Crying, and back to saving the city ...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 9:30am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of April 2016

Broken by Cynthia Eden

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for April 2016 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Nichole Severn:

My best of April pick is Broken by Cynthia Eden. This is the first in her LOST series and I couldn't put it down. The sexual tension between Gabe and Eve is unforgettable and the mystery had me guessing to the end.​ Best book I've read of hers since Deal with the Devil.

Nicola R. White:

Enchanting The Lady by Kathrynne Kennedy is just as magical as the cover suggests. It has everything I crave in a historical/fantasy blend, including an intrepid heroine, amazing world building, and a miniature dragon. This is book one in what looks to be a  very fun series, and I can't wait to read more!

Willaful:

The Sub's Club by J.A. Rock is a great example of how a really kinky book can be almost... universal. The particular sex acts described range from meh to oh-my-God-in-heaven-no on my personal interest scale, but I didn't give a fig. (Pun intended.) The narrator has such a great, funny voice, and he's dealing with such complex, real issues. And his Dom/love interest is off the hook weird and adorable.

[More books for your TBR list ...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 8:23am

Reading FOMO— Do You Have It?

Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Part of Your World

FOMO (the Fear of Missing Out) can feel pretty debilitating. When it comes to new releases, there are SO many books and so little time. The discerning reader has to make choices as it's pretty impossible to read 200 or more titles in a month—we have more than that in May Shopping List this month. Do you ever get FOMO over all the great books you're NOT reading? What do you think you're “missing out” on?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Apr 27 2016 4:39pm

Disgraced Lord & Amish Romance Deals, Plus a Jim/Pam Reunion: Romance News

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

A Promise of More by Bronwen EvansDeal Alert #1: Bronwen Evans' Disgraced Lords historical, A Promise of More, is on sale in e-book for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* Read a sample from A Promise of More.

—Deal Alert #2: Sarah Price's contemporary Amish romance Plain Fame, Book 1 in the Plain Fame series, is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Looking for more Amish romance recommendations? Maggie Boyd shares her 10 favorite Amish romance authors and books so far.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Listen up, audiobook devotees! You can sample a clip from Alica Hunter Pace's newly released Sweet Gone South audiobook, narrated by Amy Rubinate, in the Flash player below. Two lost souls finding each other and falling in love above a candy shop? Sweet! (You can learn more or order a copy of the Sweet Gone South audiobook at Amazon.)

[Listen to a clip + Jim/Pam reunion!...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 4:30pm

7 Reasons to Binge-Watch The Night Manager—Starting with Hiddlesbum

When most of us think about John LeCarre’s novels (and their adaptations for the big and small screens), we probably think of George Smiley, an aging bureaucrat tracking down a KGB mole; or Alec Leamas, a disillusioned spies realizing that both sides play the same tired game that only results in the suffering of innocents. In the post-Cold War era, the conflict is no longer between bureaucrats of spy agencies, but between idealists and the corrupting influences of big business on democratic governments (e.g. The Constant Gardener).

But AMC’s six-part miniseries of The Night Manager, adapted from LeCarre’s novel of the same name, turns those stereotypes on their head with a tale of forbidden love and stylish espionage. The Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), an almost obsequiously polite functionary in some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, whose reaction to a traumatic event in the first episode is to infiltrate the entourage of the ruthless arms dealer Richard Roper (played by Hugh Laurie), who’s currently engaged in selling weapons to the forces of repression in Egypt, after the Arab Spring of 2011. Pine is recruited by Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an idealistic (and heavily pregnant) British intelligence agent who has dedicated her life to bringing Roper down and finally, in Pine, has the means and opportunity to do so; rounding out the main characters, Pine’s mission is potentially compromised by his dangerous and undeniable attraction to Roper’s beautiful and damaged young mistress, Jed (Elizabeth Debicki).

[Don't miss this on AMC ...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 2:30pm

I’ll Do My Best to Power Through: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons

 

Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 18, “The Singularity”
Ship: Leopold Fitz/Jemma Simmons (FitzSimmons)

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons Captain's Log

Last night, FitzSimmons went from adorkable adolescence to full-on adulthood, with a bit of suave added for good measure. All it took was looking death squarely in the face, then returning to each other.

They were on a mission, you see, to retrieve one Dr. Radcliffe from Romania. A “transhumanist” and leading researcher in parasitic organisms, he might be able to free Daisy from Hive, who uses his parasites to create massive levels of endorphins in the brains of Inhumans he infects. 

Before they left on their mission, they tried to talk about their make-out session the night before, during “The Team.” They are still at HQ, and for some reason keeping their relationship a secret, even though their feelings for one another are likely the least well-kept secret around. Fitz is worried that a romantic involvement will ruin long years of friendship and camaraderie. At this point, they are definitely adorkable, worried about who might hear their conversation.

[Sex talk and fighting bad guys wrapped in one ...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 1:00pm

The Boys Are Back In Town: Erotic Best Bets for April 2016

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology by Anne Calhoun, Christine d'Abo, Delphine Dryden, Megan Hart, Jeffe Kennedy, Megan Mulry, and Molly O'Keefe (writing as M. O'Keefe)

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.

April brings us some deliciously bad boys whose hedonistic desires guarantee your every fantasy will be sated.

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology

A woman's pleasure is a dangerous thing. A primal appetite that, once awakened, can never be sated. A secret that gives power to those who know it. A magic that, once unleashed, can never be contained. Some say the clitoris is the devil's doorbell, set to summon him forth at the merest touch...

It's time to ring the bell.

Here are seven tales of sexual empowerment and erotic defiance, featuring the hottest storytellers of erotic fiction.

Anne Calhoun
Christine d'Abo
Delphine Dryden
Megan Hart
Jeffe Kennedy
Megan Mulry
Molly O'Keefe
(writing as M. O'Keefe)

Seven talented writers flex their skills and unite together to create a stunning erotic anthology that celebrates sexuality in all it’s forms with no apologies. Each story offers an intriguing look into the passions and desires of men and women who know what they want and take it in the most delicious of ways. Perfect reading for those who enjoy indulging in different flavored erotic bites without needing to consume the whole meal.

[Throw back those sheets for more erotic best bets ...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 12:10pm
Excerpt

The Girl from Summer Hill: Exclusive Excerpt

Jude Deveraux

The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux

Enter Elizabeth Bennet. Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she leaves behind a demanding boss at a famous D.C. restaurant and a breakup with a boyfriend jealous of her success. Some peace and quiet on the picturesque Tattwell plantation is just what she needs to start fresh. But the tranquility is broken one misty morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on the porch of her cottage.

Enter Mr. Darcy. What Tate Landers, Hollywood heartthrob and owner of Tattwell, doesn’t need on a bittersweet trip to his ancestral home is a woman spying on him from his guest cottage. Mistaking Casey for a reporter, Tate tries to run her out of her own house. His anger, which looks so good on the screen, makes a very bad first impression on Casey. Hollywood he may be, but he’s no sweetheart to Casey—and she lets him know it!

The plot thickens. Sparks fly—literally—when Casey is recruited to play Elizabeth Bennet opposite Tate’s Mr. Darcy in a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Just brushing past Tate makes Casey’s whole body hum. As they spar on and off stage, Casey begins to think she’s been too quick to judge. Tate is more down-to-earth than Casey expected, and she finds herself melting under his smoldering gaze. But then Tate’s handsome ex-brother-in-law, Devlin Haines, who is playing Wickham, tells Casey some horrifying stories about Tate. She is upset and confused as she tries to figure out who and what to believe. As she finds herself falling for Tate, Casey needs to know: Is the intense, undeniable chemistry between them real, or is this just a performance that ends when the curtain falls?

Get a sneak peek at Jude Deveraux's The Girl from Summer Hill (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Act One, Scene One

Mr. Darcy is revealed

There was a naked man on Casey’s back porch. She would have called the police or, at the very least, screamed if he hadn’t been so damned beautiful.

Instead, without so much as a blink, she fumbled for the electric kettle and poured boiling water over the loose tea leaves in the silver strainer. Quite a bit of water missed the mug, went onto the granite countertop, and ran down to the tile floor, but she didn’t notice.

It was so early that it wasn’t yet daylight, and she hadn’t bothered to turn on the kitchen lights. But then he’d turned on the porch lights, and in the misty morning, as she looked through the screen door, it was almost as though he were on a stage.

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