<i>The Perfect Bargain</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Perfect Bargain: Exclusive Excerpt Jessa McAdams "He was right—she was too prim for that." <i>The Devil Wears Spurs</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Devil Wears Spurs: Exclusive Excerpt Soraya Lane "She swallowed, hard, trying to think of something witty to say." <i>Heat of the Moment</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Heat of the Moment: Exclusive Excerpt Lori Handeland "I hesitated, but now that I’d opened the door..." <i>A Duke but No Gentleman</i>: Excerpt A Duke but No Gentleman: Excerpt Alexandra Hawkins "Her lips parted and this time Tristan gently guided her mouth..."
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June 30, 2015
Top 5 Nerds in Romance (and Why We Love Them)
Jennifer Probst
June 30, 2015
Best Reads of June 2015
Team H & H
June 26, 2015
Bi, Bi, Baby!: Bisexual Characters in Romance
Amy Jo Cousins
June 25, 2015
Kate Pearce's Erotically Charged Writing
June 25, 2015
Two HEAs Unite in Molly McAdams's Trusting Liam
Jun 26 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: The Boys of Summer with Baseball Hotties from Rios, Kemp, and More!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Aubrey Gross to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Aubrey usually blogs for us, but today she's here with our writer hat on! Aubrey loves baseball, and writes about it in her books, like her latest release in the Devils Ranch series, Baseball and Other Lessons. Today, Aubrey is here with a very special beefcake this week, highlighting the boys of summer we'd love to run the bases with! Thanks, Aubrey!

Full Disclosure: AubreyGross is also one of our amazing bloggers. Check out her posts here!

Ah. Summertime. Pool parties. Trips to the lake. Gathering around the grill. And baseball.

Nothing says “summer” to me like baseball (and, well, maybe ice cream, but that’s a different subject all together). So in honor of the boys of summer, here are some guys bringing heat on and off the field.

[Let's check out the roster...]

Jun 26 2015 3:45pm

Romance News Roundup: Barbara Samuel Deal, C.S. Pacat Teaser, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel—Deal Alert #1: Barbara Samuel's In the Midnight Rain is currently $.99 in e-book including e-tailers such as Barnes & NobleiBookstoreAmazon, and more.* Discover why Janga chose In the Midnight Rain's Ellie/Blue as one of her top 5 Barbara Samuel couples!

C.S. Pacat's Kings Rising has a release date: February 2, 2016! Pacat has also released a new teaser from Chapter 9 of the book, which is also known as Captive Prince: Volume 3 (read our speculation post here!).

—Deal Alert #2: Melinda Leigh's She Can #1, She Can Run, is $1.99 right now in e-book at Amazon.* (FYI: In fact, it looks like the first FIVE books in the series are discounted at the time of this writing.)

*We don't know how long deals will last, so grab 'em while you can!

Jun 26 2015 2:00pm

Magic Mike XXL is Bigger, Better, Bawdier, and Bomerier

Magic Mike XXL

Note: This post is made up of SPOILERS for the movie Magic Mike XXL.

With 110 percent more self-awareness, silliness, and skin, Magic Mike XXL casts the spell that 2012's Magic Mike couldn't quite muster. It's going to be a common observation: This is exactly what people wanted from the moody, artsy, and oftentimes slow first film. There's a scene early on in which Channing Tatum's affable Mike shows up in a stiff suit and is immediately tossed into a pool by a naked Joe Manganiello. “Okay, we get it, this is a movie about a bunch of male exotic dancers,” the movie is saying to viewers. “We're diving right in!” Stripped of pretension and clothes, the cast gets to have a blast, and so does everyone watching. I don't think our screening audience at New York's Loews Village 7 theater stopped laughing and cheering once. The script is as hilarious as the actors are naked.   

***Again, this post contains spoilers.***

[Hotter abs, biceps, and more erotic dance moves for fans...]

Jun 26 2015 12:00pm

Heat of the Moment: Exclusive Excerpt

Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland

A spell that tore three sisters apart is broken four hundred years later, when the magic in their blood reunites them. Now, one of them will discover her gift-and reignite a love long thought lost...

Flame-haired Becca Carstairs was born to be a veterinarian. Since childhood, her affinity for animals has been special, and her healing touch nothing short of magic. But only Becca knows the truth-that she alone can hear the creatures' voices. She's always trusted her sixth sense...until a string of missing pets, an attempted murder, and a face from her past converge into one explosive mystery, with her at its center. Is haunted Owen McAllister, the boy who broke her heart ten years ago, related to the sinister crimes that have peaceful Three Harbors, Wisconsin, on its guard? Or is his reappearance part of the answer to questions that have troubled her all her life? As Becca delves into her strange heritage, she'll have to fight for her life...and the man she will always love.

Get a sneak peek at Lori Handeland's Heat of the Moment (available June 30, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

I glanced up from my examination of a basset hound named Horace to discover the Three Harbors police chief in the doorway. My assistant hovered in the hall behind her.

“Can you take Horace?” I asked, but Joaquin was already scooping the dog off the exam table and releasing him onto the floor. Before I could warn him to leash the beast—my next scheduled patient was Tigger, the cat—Horace had trotted into the waiting area and found out for himself.

Indoor squirrel!

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Jun 26 2015 11:00am

Bi, Bi, Baby!: Bisexual Characters in Romance from McKenna, Witt, and More!

The Girl Next Door by Amy Jo Cousins

Today we're thrilled to welcome author Amy Jo Cousins to Heroes and Heartbreakers! Amy Jo's latest book, The Girl Next Door, came out on June 16, and features a bisexual heroine. Bisexual and gay characters are not new to Amy Jo as she's written several books featuring them before. Amy Jo is here today to talk about other authors who write great bisexual characters. Thanks, Amy Jo!

I love a bisexual romance. I’m not talking ménage, which I also enjoy, but simply a romance novel with a bisexual hero or heroine. I love reading about characters whose speculative romantic eye scans the room and is potentially interested in anyone. The field of possibilities widens immeasurably, and I love it.

Often people have this image of bisexuality in which bisexuals’ attraction to their lovers works like a pie that has been cut right down the middle. Many people image that all bisexuals are attracted to men and to women equally. Of course, very little in life is that balanced and symmetrical. Lots of bi people lean more strongly to either opposite or same sex attractions, but that doesn’t, or rather shouldn’t, invalidate their sexuality.

[Author Amy Jo Cousins loves bisexual heroes and heroines...]

Jun 26 2015 9:30am

First Look: Kristen Ashley’s Ride Steady (June 30, 2015)

Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley
Ride Steady (Chaos #3)
Grand Central Publishing / June 30, 2015 / $8.00 print, $3.99 digital

The ride of her life . . .
Once upon a time, Carissa Teodoro believed in happy endings. Money, marriage, motherhood: everything came easy—-until she woke up to the ugly truth about her Prince Charming. Now a struggling, single mom and stranded by a flat tire, Carissa's pondering her mistakes when a vaguely familiar knight rides to her rescue on a ton of horsepower.

Climb on and hold tight . . .
In high school, Carson Steele was a bad boy loner who put Carissa on a pedestal where she stayed far beyond his reach. Today, he's the hard-bodied biker known only as Joker, and from the way Carissa's acting, it's clear she's falling fast. While catching her is irresistible, knowing what to do with her is a different story. A good girl like Carissa is the least likely fit with the Chaos Motorcycle Club. Too bad holding back is so damned hard. Now, as Joker's secrets are revealed and an outside threat endangers the club, Joker must decide whether to ride steady with Carissa—-or ride away forever . . .

“My take is, she lost a sister, a mother, her ex is a fucking with her head, and she still puts on a pretty dress, walks right into a biker compound with a homemade pie and looks at Joker not like he rides astride a Harley but does it on a white horse.”

[He is a biker and she was homecoming queen...]

Jun 26 2015 8:02am

Our Romance Reading Virgin Picks...

Last week, we asked the resident male of Team H&H to read his very first romance! You guys gave some GREAT suggestions for our newest Gateway Experiment, and Teddy has made his pick!

Drum roll, please...

D.D. Ayres's Irresistible Force!

For those of you not familiar with the book, here's the official description:

When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire...

For Shay Appleton, it's love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he'll make a terrific watch dog-and with an abusive ex who won't let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart-until Bogart's even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who's convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend...to protect the woman who's stolen his heart?

Have you read this one?

Jun 25 2015 5:15pm

First Look: RaeAnne Thayne’s Redemption Bay (June 30, 2015)

Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne
Redemption Bay (Haven Point #2)
Harlequin / June 30, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.49 digital

New York Times bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne brings you back to Haven Point—a place made for second chances…

McKenzie Shaw would do anything for her beloved hometown of Haven Point. It may be small and struggling, but it's never let her down…unlike gorgeous, infuriating Ben Kilpatrick. He was her childhood hero until he closed his family's factory, leaving the town's economy in shambles. Now he's back—his tech firm is considering opening a local facility. For Haven Point's sake, McKenzie has to grit her teeth and play nice.

What could a town filled with painful memories ever offer Ben? He left Haven Point behind years ago, for good reason. Yet seeing the town through the eyes of McKenzie—its fiery young mayor—he suddenly has his answer. If only he can resolve the animosity crackling between them, Ben may have found the place where he can build ties and find healing…a place where love arrives when it's least expected.

Redemption Bay by RaeAnne Thayne is not a friends to lovers story, it’s a “school days crush turned into crushing hate and now he’s back in town” story. Here’s Haven Point’s mayor McKenzie’s reaction when her sister tells her that Ben Kilpatrick is back.

Ben Kilpatrick. The only person on earth she could honestly say she despised. She picked up the knife and stabbed it through the lemon, wishing it was his cold, black heart.

[Ben is back and instantly the attraction begins...]

Jun 25 2015 4:11pm

Romance News Roundup: Lady Jane’s Salon RWA Event, Wattys, Deals, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

—Deal Alert #1: Julie Anne Long's It Started with a Scandal is $1.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including Barnes & NobleiBookstore, and Amazon.* Read our First Look at It Started with a Scandal here.

—Lady Jane's Salon, “NYC's First & Only Romance Reading Series,” will be hosting a special event to help kick off Romance Writers of America's national conference in New York City next month. On July 21 from 7:00 to 9:30 p.m. at Madame X (Loft Level), romance fans are invited to Lady Jane's “Welcome Back to the Big Apple, RWA!” program, which will feature seven guest authors: Sonali Dev, Carrie Lomax, Dahlia Adler, Regina Kyle, Nancy Scanlon, Laura K. Curtis, and Salon co-founder Hope Tarr. Admission will be $5 to support the Salon's annual donation to Win (Women in Need) and copies of guest authors' books will be available for sale. For more information, visit the Lady Jane's Salon blog.

—Doesn't it make you all warm and fuzzy to see your favorite romances recognized with shiny, well-deserved awards? Reader/writer community Wattpad is currently hosting its annual Wattys (#Wattys2015), where members can vote for their favorite stories of the year. If you've read and loved any stories over there, go vote now!

—Bookriot posts “How Reading Thomas Hardy Led Me to Romance Novels.” Wait. What????

—Deal Alert #2: The e-book bundle of Marie Force's McCarthys of Gansett Island 1-3 is currently $1.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.*

[+Game of Thrones & Sweet Valley High news...]

Jun 25 2015 2:30pm

Hotter Than a Crowded Ballroom: Kate Pearce’s Erotically Charged Writing

Eden’s Pleasure  by Kate Pearce

Kate Pearce knows how to write erotically-charged romance. While not all of her books are erotic in nature, she has a knack for writing some of the hottest historical romance that I’ve ever read. I was hooked on Pearce from the moment that I read Eden’s Pleasure and Antonia’s Bargain, two connected stories featuring the Harcourt twins and their lady loves.

Eden’s Pleasure and Antonia’s Bargain are romances that are related to the Simply (a.k.a. House of Pleasure) series, one of my favorite historical romance series. The series consists of nine books about the sexual escapades of the lords and ladies in Regency England. Simply Sexual is the first book in the series and is the story of Lord Valentin Sokorvsky, a one-time sex slave in a Turkish brothel. Valentin has no sexual boundaries and proves to be a challenge for Sara Harrison. Simply Sinful is the second book in the series and features Peter Howard, who was enslaved with Valentin in the Turkish brothel. Peter meets (and later weds) Abigail Beecham, a woman determined to find a man to fulfill her sexual desires. One of the most fascinating relationships of the entire series is that of Valentin and Peter who are more than friends.

[There's so much more to Kate Pearce...]

Jun 25 2015 1:00pm

Two HEAs Lead to One Epic One: Molly McAdams’s Trusting Liam

Trusting Liam by Molly McAdams

A one-night stand from the past proves provident for our two relationship-fearing leads in Molly McAdams’s Trusting Liam. Liam, unapologetic and upfront about his expectations with women and relationships (ie: there will be no relationship), still can’t seem to embrace the meaning of the expression, “What Happens in Vegas Stays in Vegas.” For Liam, the one night of mind-blowing sex with a mystery woman he calls Moon, still niggles at his conscience, despite his aversion to being tied down to one woman.

I hadn’t thought about Moon for months, but a year later, I still felt the disappointment I’d felt that next morning. I should have gotten her name, her number, something. Anything. But now she was here, and I was supposed to be her friend for her family’s sake…and keep myself at a distance…

Seeing Moon had messed with me all weekend. I’d holed myself up in my apartment and thought of everything I wanted to ask her – only to go through it all again the next hour and the next until I was getting frustrated over what her possible answers would be. When the hell had I turned into the kind of guy who let a single girl make him hide out for two and a half days so he could drive himself crazy thinking about her.

While Liam had hopes of finding Kennedy, Kennedy knew their night together would only ever be a one night stand. Which is why she high-tailed it, much to Liam’s chagrin, the next morning, without any inkling of her identity. Too bad fate had another story planned. Kennedy finds she must hide away in California and is thrust into the social circle of none other than Liam, himself, who is charged by his boss and mentor to take care of his nieces (Kennedy and her twin sister) while they are living in California. Kennedy, like Liam, decides that being involved in a relationship is a recipe for disaster. While her reasons for remaining unattached differ than Liam’s, her commitment to remain uncommitted is just as strong.

[Two noncommittal people go crazy for each other in Trusting Liam...]

Jun 25 2015 11:00am

Formidable Females Facing Foes: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for June 2015

In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland

This month’s paranormal round up features some formidable heroines facing some seriously scary drama.  These ladies aren’t afraid to kick some serious ass to get what they want!


In the Air Tonight by Lori Handeland

Four centuries ago, in a small Scottish village, three baby girls escaped the wrath of a witch hunter. Today, one young woman will learn about her secret history, her heart's destiny, and the sisters she never knew she had...

With her blue-black hair and dark eyes, Raye Larsen has never fit in with the Scandinavian community of New Bergin, Wisconsin. Being adopted is part of the reason she feels like an outsider, but what really sets Raye apart is her ability to see dead people. Everywhere.

She’s learned to keep her visions to herself . . . until she stumbles onto the ghost of a murder victim who needs Raye’s help. Enter Bobby Doucet, a distractingly handsome homicide detective who has been tracking a killer all the way from New Orleans. Could this be the break in his case he’s been looking for all along?

Meanwhile, the deeper Raye gets involved with the case—and with Bobby—the closer she comes to unlocking the mystery of her own origins. What she discovers about herself could destroy everything she knows . . . and everyone she loves. Is finding the truth worth the risk?

Filled with dark magic, dazzling romance, and dire suspense, this is the first book in a thrilling new series by New York Times bestselling author Lori Handeland.

[More Paranormal Romance Best Bets for June 2015...]

Jun 25 2015 9:30am

First Look: Alexandra Hawkins’s A Duke But No Gentleman (June 30, 2015)

Alexandra Hawkins
A Duke But No Gentleman (Masters of Seduction #1)
St. Martin's Press / June 30, 2015 / $7.99 print, digital

In the last opulent days of the eighteenth century, a friendly wager turns into a heated feud that spans decades…and a love affair like none other.

What does it take to tempt a lady…
London, 1792. The Duke of Blackbern and the Marquess of Norgrave are boyhood friends who will still compete at anything. Racing, drinking, gambling, even seduction—until Lady Imogene Sunter crosses their path. Achingly beautiful, and innocent, she has no understanding of the jaded gentlemen who are courting her for favors—of how far they are willing to go to get what they want…

In this game of seduce and destroy?
Fighting for Imogene's affection should have been no more than their usual spirited rivalry. But when Blackbern discovers his feelings for Imogene have deepened, all bets are off. Norgrave, driven by his own demons, won't forsake his pride—and with one shocking act of betrayal that threatens Imogene and Blackbern's newfound desire, Norgrave will set the course for a generation of Regency bad boys who will go down in history as the Masters of Seduction...in A Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra Hawkins.

As an avid reader of everything Alexandra Hawkins has written, I was genuinely pleased with her new release, A Duke But No Gentleman.  I know it can be a challenge for authors of romance to find a new twist in their genre.  Ingénues can only be attracted so many times to the hero, right? Well, I can totally assure you that Hawkins does not suffer from lack of imagination- or hot sex scenes. 

[Here's a new series and a bad boy Duke...]

Jun 25 2015 8:25am

Throwback Thursday: Favorite Old School Romance Cover?

The Windflower by Laura LondonLast month, we had a little too much fun with the How Old Robot—a website that used photos to guess the age of whatever was in it. We say “whatever” because it had a little trouble guessing what was a face...and what wasn't. Sometimes with hilarious results. However, with it being Throwback Thursday, we thought we'd talk about covers once again. This time we want to know what your favorite old school romance covers were! 

What were some of your favorite old school romance covers? What did you like about them?

Jun 24 2015 5:15pm

First Look: Jennifer Probst’s Searching for Always (June 30, 2015)

Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst
Searching for Always (Searching For #4)
Gallery Books / June 30, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

She’s an expert in helping others de-stress, but Arilyn Meadows is running on fumes. Along with her job counseling singles seeking soul mates at the Kinnections agency in Verily, New York, she’s a yoga teacher, animal shelter volunteer, anger management therapist, and helping hand to her beloved grandfather. No time to find Mr. Right—but after discovering her yogi boyfriend in a compromising asana, Arilyn would rather dog-sit for her honeymooning friend Kate than risk her heart on another downward dog. And when police officer Stone Petty—radiating masculinity and bad-boy attitude—is sent to her for mandatory lessons in cooling off when the job gets too hot, Arilyn vows to ignore his seductive glances and sexy grin. But there’s no halting their sizzling flirtation—a red-hot, high-speed chase that’s breaking all the limits.

If you’ve read Searching for Beautiful (and if you haven’t—why not?), odds are you could see this one coming from a mile away. The chemistry between Arilyn and Stone was impossible to miss.

That chemistry most definitely continued in Jennifer Probst's Searching for Always, with Stone and Arilyn drawn to each other in ways neither of them could understand considering, they...well...kind of hated each other.

[The hatred didn't last long before turning into love...]

Jun 24 2015 4:41pm

Romance News Roundup: Megan Frampton Cover and Deals!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild by Megan FramptonMegan Frampton's upcoming historical One-Eyed Dukes Are Wild, out in December, has a cover! What do you think? More details, including the book's description, as we get them. (Full disclosure: Megan is a former H&H community manager.)

—Deal Alert #1: Vivian Arend and Elle Kennedy's All Fired Up is free right now in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.*

—Deal Alert #2: Julia Kent's Random Acts of Crazy is currently free in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.*

—The final eight episodes of Lost Girl will air on Showcase in Canada beginning Sunday, September 6, according to series star Anna Silk, so brace yourselves!

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Jun 24 2015 2:30pm

Leave Your Labels at Home: Sexually Liberated Heroines Who Defy All the Standards

Sex Becomes Her by Regina Cole

Today we're thrilled to welcome Regina Cole to Heroes and Heartbreakers. On June 30, Regina's new book, Sex Becomes Her, will hit shelves. The heroine of Sex Becomes Her doesn't have any problems with her sexuality, but the people around her—from the residents of her small town to her ex-boyfriend—do. Today, Regina is here to talk about society (and the genre's) standards on a woman's sexuality, and some standout heroines who just don't care. Thanks, Regina!

Anyone who’s lived in a close environment, like a small town, religious community, or even the microcosm of high school, knows how quickly poisonous rumors spread. People love to gossip, and sexual gossip is the juiciest of all.  But why does sexual gossip usually involve name-calling, slander, and dragging women through the mud? Even though women’s rights have come a long way over the past fifty years, we’ve still got a long way to go in terms of how we—as a society—approach female sexuality.

 “She was asking for it.”

“OMG, look at her skirt, what a whore.”

“Did you hear she slept with like, three guys at a party once? She’s such a slut!”

[Regina Cole talks doing away with slut-shaming women...]

Jun 24 2015 1:00pm

Up, Up, and Away: Superheroes in Love

Vigil by V.J. Chambers

Black Widow and the Avengers have given us multiple shipping options but here are some series that have the love story already laid out while the heroine and hero fight crime or sometimes, each other.

Vigil by V.J. Chambers is basically a New Adult Batman with a Lois Lane-like hero. Cecily Kane is looking for the scoop on Vigil, a masked crusader who apparently happens to be a billionaire. In this case, Cecily might be right to stay away and she’s a pretty naïve heroine, but if you got to hook up with the fictional equivalent of Batman wouldn’t you?

If you’re looking for something even more erotic and in the vein of a Batman-like hero, Hero by Leighton del Mia will definitely satisfy lovers of dark romance. Filled with tropes like the capture fantasy, dark erotica and just a heads-up, dubious consent, hero Calvin Parish literally whisks heroine Cataline Ford away for her own safety. Whether or not it’s for her own good is up to the reader to decide as the book presents dual points of view from both Calvin and Cataline.

[More superheroes trope novels we love...]

Jun 24 2015 12:00pm

July 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in July. 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:
July 1-7 | July 8-14 | July 15-21 | July 22-31

Heroes and Heartbreakers July 2015 Shopping List!
Week of July 1 through July 7

[Check out the complete list!...]

Jun 24 2015 11:00am

First Look: Robyn Carr’s A New Hope (June 30, 2015)

A New Hope by Robyn Carr

Robyn Carr
A New Hope (Thunder Point Series #8)
Mira / June 30, 2015 / $8.99 print, $6.99 digital

Starting over is never easy, but in Thunder Point, where newcomers are welcome and friends become family, it's possible to find yourself again. #1 New York Times bestselling author Robyn Carr takes us on a moving and rewarding journey as a young woman finds new hope. 

After losing her child, Ginger Dysart was lost in grief. But since moving to Thunder Point, a small town on the Oregon coast, Ginger is finally moving forward. Her job at the flower shop is peaceful and fulfilling, and she's excited to be assisting with the Lacoumette wedding. 

In spite of her lasting heartache, Ginger is swept up in the pleasure of the occasion. But the beauty of the Lacoumette farm and the joy of the gregarious family are ruined by an unfortunate encounter with the bride's brother, Matt. Struggling with painful memories of his own, Matt makes a drunken spectacle of himself when he tries to make a pass at Ginger, forcing her to flee the scene in embarrassment.

But when Matt shows up at the flower shop determined to make amends, what started out as a humiliating first meeting blossoms into something much deeper than either of them expected. Everyone around them worries that Ginger will end up with a broken heart yet again. But if Ginger has the courage to embrace the future, and if Matt can finally learn to let go of the past, there may still be hope for a happy ending.

In one of my previous First Looks on a Robyn Carr book, I stated: “One reason for her popularity is that Ms. Carr creates a wonderful sense of community, plus showcases heroes and heroines surviving life altering changes with courage and mettle. And in A New Hope, Carr’s eighth book in her Thunder Point series that still applies. But Ginger Dysart and Matt Lacoumette didn’t immediately have the mettle to face their tribulations. In fact both of them wallowed a bit —both had a bad case of “why me?” Why did this happen to me? Why did my marriage fail? Why did my baby die? Didn’t I do all the right things?

[Love after loss happens...]