<i>The Edge of the Blade</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Edge of the Blade: Exclusive Excerpt Jeffe Kennedy "When he opened his mouth, a hard look in his eye..." <i>Can't Stop Loving You</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Can't Stop Loving You: Exclusive Excerpt Miranda Liasson "All Bella’s critical body parts were humming..." <i>The Roman</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Roman: Exclusive Excerpt Sylvain Reynard "She moaned as he lifted her hips and pulled her down on top of him." <i>Glass Tidings</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Glass Tidings: Exclusive Excerpt Amy Jo Cousins "Eddie was out of the bed and crouched next to him on the floor..."
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Mon
Dec 5 2016 3:00pm

A Dark Past Leads to a Happy Future in Cynthia Eden’s Taken

Taken by Cynthia Eden

Bailey Jones survived a serial killer against all odds, but the nightmare isn’t over. However, with the help of LOST’s (Last Option Search Team) very own Asher Young, she’s not alone this time. Bailey is tired of being seen as a victim who can’t move on from the past and Asher is more than willing to help her in that regard as a victim of violent crime himself. But is Bailey hallucinating the victim she helped get away from a deadly killer?

As a master of romantic suspense, Cynthia Eden winds a mesmerizing tale of mystery and romance in the fifth installment of the LOST series. Not only does the main plot of tracking another of the Death Angel’s victims keep readers guessing to the end but the personal mysteries of each character actually drive the hero and heroine closer together. Asher and Bailey, both victims of bloody crimes, aren’t interested in hiding their past. That would be impossible with the media following their every move. Instead, they’ve embraced it and they’re taking control of their lives. Together.

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Mon
Dec 5 2016 2:00pm

Michelle Diener’s Class 5 Series Explores Politics, Love, and Outer Space

Dark Minds by Michelle Diener

Our Romance Reading Virgin Teddy Pierson took a look at Michelle Diener’s novel Dark Horse (Class 5 Series) back in June 2016. Now that the three book, award winning series is complete, we thought it’d be fun to do a retrospective look on the entire series. I live, breathe, and write science fiction romance all day, every day, so I can’t capture Teddy’s wide-eyed approach to the books, but I will tell you this is one of my favorite and most recommended SFR series.

Warning: There will be spoilers!

The three books are Dark Horse, Dark Deeds and Dark Minds and there’s much solid science fiction story telling involved.

Each book features a plucky, smart human woman who’s been abducted from Earth by an alien race in direct contravention of the interstellar treaties on such things and finds herself in a dire situation as a result. Each woman forms a bond with a different Artificial Intelligence (the Class 5 of the series title) and their alliance drives and informs the resulting stories, as well as the larger series arc.

[Read more...]

Mon
Dec 5 2016 12:00pm

Reading the Rainbow at the Holidays: LGBTQ Holiday Romance Recommendations

Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Today we're thrilled to welcome Amy Jo Cousins (author of Glass Tidings) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The end of the year brings lots of seasonal festivities, and that's the case more than ever in Romancelandia. Amy Jo is here today to discuss some of her favorite LGBTQ holiday romances. Thanks, Amy J

I looooooove holiday romance season! I’m a huge fan of letting my smushy and sappy emotional heart run free when I write ‘em and when I read ‘em. Every year I do a massive glom of holiday books, both rereading old favorites and snapping up new reads as soon as I spot them.

Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert is exactly what you want in a holiday romance. It’s a smushy and sweet friends-to-lovers tale, with plenty of family warmth and totally bangin’ sex for two local shop owners who’ve known each other since they were kids. This book is a pure delight and it comes out on December 6. I might read it again two or three more times before Christmas.

[Read more...]

Mon
Dec 5 2016 9:30am
Excerpt

Miranda Liasson Excerpt: Can’t Stop Loving You

Miranda Liasson

Can't Stop Loving You by Miranda Liasson

When it comes to her heart, Arabella D’Angelo has moved on—even though she still lives in Mirror Lake, Connecticut, a little tourist town with a long memory for mistakes. Ever the dutiful daughter of a cantankerous widower who holds grudges, Bella has spent the past twelve years raising her younger brother and making a name for herself as a successful psychologist. Now, when she isn’t counseling a lonely-hearts club for senior women, she’s humoring her matchmaking girlfriends. Bella resists the romancing of their blind dates, yet her friends hope she’ll fall for a local and scrap plans for a fresh start in Chicago.

Then, just before Bella’s thirtieth birthday, her first love, Roman Spikonos, returns to Mirror Lake. When he moves next door to her family’s garden-center business to run his grandparents’ orchard, it stirs up gossip—and a tempest of passions—just in time for pumpkin harvest. As Roman and Bella once again get caught up in a swirl of desire and heartache, not to mention her overprotective father’s fury, Mirror Lake will soon find out whether the Italian hometown beauty and her unforgettable Greek god can stand a second chance.

Get a sneak peek at Miranda Liasson Can't Stop Loving You (available December 6, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Just then, Bella saw a man walking toward her from across the square. She looked the other way, pretending to be fascinated by a couple of little kids kicking up leaves. Because she’d know that sweeping, confident gait, that straight-as-a-cornstalk carriage, those big, strong shoulders anywhere. And the way her limbs were going weak, the way her heart had catapulted into her stomach like a basketball and her breaths were coming raggedly, her body knew it, too. All that told her that the man striding quickly toward her was no surfer guy. It was Roman.

[Read the full Can't Stop Loving You excerpt...]

Mon
Dec 5 2016 8:08am

Have You Ever Bought a Beefcake Calendar?

Fun gag gift? Eye candy year round? Whatever reason you may have bought one or been given one, this is a safe place (you know we won't judge) to tell us about your favorite beefcake calendars!

Have you ever bought a beefcake calendar? Would you ever? Would you hang it in secret, or proudly emblazoned across your office wall? 

Let us know in the comments!

Sun
Dec 4 2016 10:00am

Raise a Glass to Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s God of Wine

Mimi Jean Pamfiloff’s God of Wine is snarky paranormal romance at its finest. Her third in the Immortal Matchmakers, Inc. series focuses on the God of Wine and Intoxication, aka Acan, aka Belch. Yes, Belch. And what a fitting name it is for the God who is, well, always partying and intoxicated. However, a seismic shift in the universe has created a change with our Gods who will turn evil (if they are good) and good (if they are evil) unless they find their mate. For Acan, this could spell disaster for millions of people on earth. His powers already are too strong on New Year’s Eve, the holiday where everyone goes crazy with drink and partying. If he were to turn evil before then? Millions could end up dying.

So! Acan needs to figure his crap out, make himself presentable to women so that he’ll have a better chance of attracting his mate, and then make his match with said woman official, all before New Year’s Eve. With New Year’s Eve only a few weeks away, this doesn’t leave a lot of time.

Should be easy, right? Except our lovely Belch is crude, crass, overweight, and often forgetting to wear pants. Sure, he’s hired an assistant to make sure that he at least doesn’t go around streaking people in public, but when he’s always drunk and intoxicated, pants are easy to forego when Belch has no idea where said assistant even is.

[+Yeah, that could be a problem...]

Sun
Dec 4 2016 2:00pm
Excerpt

Sylvain Reynard Excerpt: The Roman

Sylvain Reynard

The Roman: Florentine Series, Book 4 by Sylvain Reynard

Raven and her sister, Cara, are at the mercy of a small detachment of Florentine vampyres, who are delivering them as a peace offering to the feared Curia in Rome.

Though she’s unsure William survived the coup that toppled his principality, Raven is determined to protect her sister at all costs, even if it means challenging Borek, the commander of the detachment.

In an effort to keep Raven from falling into the hands of his enemies, William puts himself at the mercy of the Roman, the dangerous and mysterious vampyre king of Italy. But the Roman is not what he expects…

Alliances and enmities will shift and merge as William struggles to save the woman he loves and his principality, without plunging the vampyre population into a world war.

This stunning conclusion to the Florentine series will take readers across Italy and beyond as the lovers fight to remain together. Forever.

Get a sneak peek at Sylvain Reynard's The Roman (available December 6, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The Prince of Florence strode through the serpentine passage, his heavy boots thumping against the stone floor, his black cape billowing behind him.

He stopped in front of the door that was guarded by two of his soldiers.

“We are departing for Rome. Assemble the men.” He addressed the senior officer, who bowed and marched away, taking the other Florentine with him.

[Read the full The Roman excerpt...]

Sat
Dec 3 2016 2:00pm

Will Jasper and Eleanor Get Back Together?: What’s to Come in The Royals Season 3

Jasper and Eleanor hold hands in The Royals Season 2Spoiler Note: This post will contain spoilers for all aired episode of E!'s The Royals and will include speculation for Season 3, which airs Sunday, December 4. 

No doubt about it, Season 2 was rough for The Royals fanatics. It doesn’t matter which storyline makes your heart trip a beat, none of the characters had it particularly easy, as the United Kingdom traded one excellent monarch in King Simon for his buffoon of a brother, Cyrus. Because of Queen Helena’s devious playing of one side against the other, her twin spare-heirs were left out in the cold in the line-up to the throne, due to her chocked-up paternity scandal. Now with the kingdom run amok, and the two most upstanding family members dead, Liam and Eleanor were left floundering, and the road for the heart of the whole show—Princess Eleanor and bodyguard Jasper — was the toughest of all. And with Season 3 premiering at the beginning of December, it’s pretty much the best Christmas present for those of us who love an angsty, all the feels romance on TV.

[Happy Holidays to us!]

Sat
Dec 3 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Amy Jo Cousins Excerpt: Glass Tidings

Amy Jo Cousins

Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Eddie Rodrigues doesn’t stay in one place long enough to get attached. The only time he broke that rule, things went south fast. Now he’s on the road again, with barely enough cash in his pocket to hop a bus south after his (sort-of-stolen) car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, Midwest, USA.

He’s fine. He’ll manage. Until he watches that girl get hit by a car and left to die.

Local shop owner Grayson Croft isn’t in the habit of doing people any favors. But even a recluse can’t avoid everyone in a town as small as Clear Lake. And when the cop who played Juliet to your Romeo in the high school play asks you to put up her key witness for the night, you say yes.

Now Gray’s got a grouchy glass artist stomping around his big, empty house, and it turns out that he . . . maybe . . . kind of . . . likes the company.

But Eddie Rodrigues never sticks around.

Get a sneak peek at Amy Jo Cousins's Glass Tidings (available December 5, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Gray’s brain flung him out of sleep and into the predawn dark with one burning thought.

Drugs.

After turning down Gray’s offer last night, Eddie had guarded his duffel like Smaug on his pile of gold, huddled over it in the bathroom. Jerking it out of Gray’s hands and hiding it in the guest room as if afraid to leave it out in the open where someone else might be inclined to examine it.

[Read the full Glass Tidings excerpt...]

Fri
Dec 2 2016 4:36pm

Just Dance: Romance News & Deals from Katherine Locke and S.C. Stephens!

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

Turning Pointe by Katherine LockeDeal Alert: Katherine Locke's ballet romance Turning Pointe is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Have an affinity for ballerinas in romance? You may also enjoy books by Fiona Harper, Sarah Mayberry, and more.

Deal Alert: S.C. Stephens' emotional New Adult romance Thoughtless is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Thoughtless was chosen by H&H bloggers LucyH and TanyaLK as one of the 27 romance novels deserving a spot on your ultimate TBR pile.

Deal Alert: Jennifer Ryan, Lia Riley, and Maisey Yates' Snowbound at Christmas anthology is $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Stock up on more holiday romances with the help of an oldie but a goodie: PhoebeChase and Jennifer Proffitt's 25 Romances of Christmas recommendations.

[+Today on H&H...]

Fri
Dec 2 2016 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Sweater Weather

Attractive young man in a turtleneck sweater

Dear Sweater Weather,

I don't think you realize how great you are. I don't think we always realize how great you are. While we're not looking forward to your seasonal partner, “Dear God Why Is It So Cold Out,” we love you just as you are. You allow us to layer and feel cozy and warm. You let us cuddle with our loved ones, and give us an excuse to stay in and read for three months straight and for that we're eternally grateful. 

And you know what else you give us? Dudes that are all bundled up. Scarves and turtlenecks highlighting strong jaws. Intricately patterned sweaters that hide perfectly sculpted six-packs, or so we can only assume.

[There's more where that came from...]

Fri
Dec 2 2016 1:28pm

Kiss, Marry...Trade?!: Pitch 1x09 Ginny/Mike (Bawson) Heart-to-Heart

Ginny and Mike in the dugout in Pitch episode 9
Source: Ray Mickshaw / FOX

Show/EpisodePitch, Season 1, Episode 9, “Scratched”
Ship: Ginny/Mike (Bawson)

I'd be remiss if I didn't kick things off with the evening's biggest development... Evelyn caught onto Will's scamming ways!!!!

Just kidding.

GINNY AND MIKE ALMOST KISSED!!1!!!!!!!!!!!!1!1!!!!

Did Jen pick a bad week to go on vacation or what?! Sorry, Jen. But let's get down to business discussing a truly epic episode of Pitch.

The Highlight Reel:

The team stresses about Mike leaving

While Mike tries to keep his possible trade to the Chicago Cubs on the downlow, the media is going berserk and his teammates are starting to worry, including Ginny, who tries to convince him to stay and win a world series with the Padres.

But when another teammate, Butch, comes looking for the scoop about Mike from Ginny, explaining that he thought maybe Mike would open up to her, Ginny gets pretty defensive, rolling her eyes and asking, “Because I'm a girl?” Butch, though, just responds with an exasperated, “No, because you two are so close. It's a compliment, Baker. Lighten up!” You maaaay want to examine your reaction and its root cause, Ginny!

[We'll give you three guesses, Ginny...]

Fri
Dec 2 2016 12:20pm

So Conflicted: 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!


rae70 is all of us on the controversial topic of book spines 

rae70 in In Defense of Breaking Spines

I'm so conflicted now......

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Fri
Dec 2 2016 11:15am

Move Over, Vampires, Time for the Age of Vikings!

Are Vikings the New Vampire? (They Should Be)

Last year I read Asa Maria Bradley’s debut, Viking Warrior Rising, and fell in love. I compared it to the Black Dagger Brotherhood but with Vikings. And I was in good company with that comparison since Illona Andrews said pretty much the exact same thing. Like the rest of you, I’ve heard the death knell of paranormal romance—in particular vampire romances—from those “in the know” in publishing. I thought about the popularity of History Channel’s television series, Vikings. So, I said to myself, “Self, Vikings are the new It Thing in romance.”

Then I saw that Bradley’s sophomore effort, Viking Warrior Rebel, was an RT Top Pick. And Booklist was saying good things.

And then I read it.

And I loved it.

And I rushed to the Internet to find anything and everything that was Viking related to prove my point! There must be loads of books! Television shows airing or movies being made!

Insert screeching brake sound here.

[Braking...]

Fri
Dec 2 2016 10:00am

Karen Marie Moning Shares Feversong Dani Excerpt!

Feversong by Karen Marie MoningLooking for a Friday Read, then Karen Marie Moning has you covered. This morning she treated readers to another sneak peek at January's Feversong. Moning gave us a Chapter 1 excerpt Moning last month, and this excerpt gives us a taste of Dani's life before we knew her in a scene that KMM said, left her in tears. 

Here's a taste:

One night my mother gave me a bath, dried and brushed my hair, and we played games on the rickety kitchen table until I nearly fell asleep on my stool. Then she carried me to her bed where I lay my head on her pillowcase—the one with the little ducks—and I put my hands on her face and stared at her with sleepy eyes because I loved watching her while I fell asleep, and she held me so close and so tight, snuggled up in her good mom-smell that I knew I was the most important thing to her in the whole world, and I slipped off to happy dreams.

The next morning I woke up with a collar around my neck, chained on a small mattress inside the dog’s cage.   

Read the full excerpt, plus a note from KMM herself, on Facebook. 

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Feversong by Karen Marie Moning, available January 17, 2017:

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Fri
Dec 2 2016 9:30am
Excerpt

E.J. Russell Excerpt: Clickbait

E.J. Russell

Clickbait by E.J. Russell

After the disastrous ending of his first serious relationship, Gideon Wallace cultivated a protective — but fabulously shiny — outer shell to shield himself from Heartbreak 2.0. Besides, romance is so not a priority for him right now. All his web design prospects have inexplicably evaporated, and to save his fledgling business, he's been compelled to take a hands-on hardware project — as in, his hands on screwdrivers, soldering irons, and needle-nosed pliers. God. Failure could actually be an option.

Journeyman electrician Alex Henning is ready to leave Gideon twisting in the wind after their run-ins both on and off the construction site. Except, like a fool, he takes pity on the guy and offers to help. Never mind that between coping with his dad's dementia and clocking all the overtime he can finagle, he has zero room in his life for more complications.

Apparently, an office build-out can lay the foundation for a new relationship. Who knew? But before Alex can trust Gideon with the truth about his fragile family, he has to believe that Gideon's capable of caring about more than appearances. And Gideon must learn that when it comes to the heart, it's content — not presentation — that matters.

Get a sneak peek at E.J. Russell Clickbait (available December 5, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Geekspeak: Eye Candy

Definition: Any decorative, aesthetically appealing, or attention-grabbing visual element in a computer display; may or may not be closely related or necessary to the underlying content of the page.

When he got back from the permit office, Alex passed through the de facto break room to grab his tools on the way to Manny’s hole-in-the-wall. Break room was giving it more credit than it was worth, considering the space had no walls, no flooring, no sink, and no fridge. It did, however, have a big-ass thermos—Manny had serious standards for the coffee that accompanied his nightly doughnut, and he was willing to share.

[Read the full Clickbait excerpt...]

Fri
Dec 2 2016 8:03am

How Flawed Is Too Flawed?

Recently, members of Team H&H got in an argument healthy discussion, about flawed characters. It's something that many authors have to walk the fine line with—to the point that it becomes the Goldilocks syndrome of “just right.” We want character that are flawed and imperfect and human, but still redeemable, because while that a**hat at your coffee shop surely has a great story... he's stil an a**hat and you don't necessarily want to read a book about him.

Has there been times when a character is too flawed? Can they be flawed in a quirky way? Where do you draw the line?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Thu
Dec 1 2016 4:40pm

It’s Anarchy!: Romance News & Deals

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

At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan

Deal Alert: Jennifer Ryan's suspenseful At Wolf Ranch ebook is $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. Join Jennifer in a fun “game” of “You Might Be a Secret Baby If...”

Deal Alert: Miranda Liasson's fake-relationship story, This Love of Mine is $.99 in ebook at Amazon | etc. If fake relationships are your jam, dive into the comments of a recent morning coffee which asked: “How Many Books of the Same Trope Have You Read in a Row?” and ask yourself Could You Handle a Pretend Boyfriend?

Deal Alert: Carmen Falcone's lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers Brazilian Revenge is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. The hero and heroine of Brazilian Revenge definitely get off on the wrong foot... if that's your thing, you'll definitely want to check out these other meet-NOT-cutes. 

[And for Sons of Anarchy fans...]

Thu
Dec 1 2016 3:30pm

First Look: Brenda Rothert’s Hooked (December 6, 2016)

Hooked by Brenda Rothert

Brenda Rothert
Hooked
Loveswept / December 6, 2016 / $3.99 digital

I love everything about Hooked. But what in particular do I love? Cinderella trope with a strong heroine? Check. Witty banter that eventually turns into scorching chemistry? Check. Overcoming the past in a way that feels fresh? Check.

Miranda Carr is a business student putting herself through college. Not only is she breaking her back working two jobs, one of them involves reporting to a boss at a high-end hotel who delights in squashing her spirit. Regardless, she’s taking steps to finish her degree, no matter how long it takes. An untraditional aged college-student in her mid twenties, Miranda doesn’t let the stresses of life push her down. In fact, it makes her more determined to accomplish her goals. But everything changes when she cleans the penthouse suite of Jake Birch, hockey star and captain. Not only does she clean his apartment, but she has the audacity to tell him off. Miranda knows she’s about to lose her job at the hotel until Jake does the unexpected, and requests she be his personal housekeeper. Let the banter funwheel begin.

[Spin it!]