<i>Force of Attraction</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Force of Attraction: Exclusive Excerpt D.D. Ayres "Her pulse ticked up with equal amounts of excitement and anxiety." H&H Quickies #8: Lavinia Kent Presents... H&H Quickies #8: Lavinia Kent Presents... Lavinia Kent "And then the woman was naked, the robe falling in a puddle of silk behind her..." <i>Under the Lights</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Under the Lights: Exclusive Excerpt Shannon Stacey "That fruity scent of hers was the smell of forbidden fruit." <i>Instinct</i>: Excerpt Instinct: Excerpt Sherrilyn Kenyon "Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted."
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March 27, 2015
Best Reads of March 2015
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March 26, 2015
Unusual Historicals Best Bets for March 2015
Wendy the Super Librarian
March 24, 2015
The Rise and Popularity of the Billionaire in Romance Novels
Katy Evans
March 23, 2015
Qualities of the Perfect Romance Hero
Nichole Severn
March 23, 2015
H&H Is Hiring
Team H & H
Wed
Mar 25 2015 2:20pm

First Look: Shelly Laurenston’s The Unleashing (March 31, 2015)

The Unleashing by Shelly Laurenston

Shelly Laurenston
The Unleashing (Call of Crows #1)
Kensington / March 31, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Winging It

Kera Watson never expected to face death behind a Los Angeles coffee shop. Not after surviving two tours lugging an M16 around the Middle East. If it wasn't for her hot Viking customer showing up too late to help, nobody would even see her die.

In uncountable years of service to the Allfather Odin, Ludvig “Vig” Rundstrom has never seen anyone kick ass with quite as much style as Kera. He knows one way to save her life—but she might not like it. Signing up with the Crows will get Kera a new set of battle buddies: cackling, gossiping, squabbling, party-hearty women. With wings. So not the Marines.

But Vig can't give up on someone as special as Kera. With a storm of oh-crap magic speeding straight for L.A., survival will depend on combining their strengths: Kera's discipline, Vig's loyalty... and the Crows' sheer love of battle. Boy, are they in trouble.

Author Shelly Laurenston creates a whole new world in her newest novel, The Unleashing.   She puts her own twist on Norse Mythology and creates the nine clans who fight evil—and each other—to keep the balance between the light and the dark.  The gods also want warriors to fight at their side during the Ragnarok.  While Odin and Freyja choose their warriors by tracing their lineage back to the original Vikings tribes, the only culturally diverse Clan amongst them are The Crows.  The Goddess, Skuld, takes the dead and gives them a second life on earth in exchange for service to her as a Crow.  Skuld doesn’t discriminate on race or skin color.  She is looking for strong and smart women who will be an asset to her warriors.    

[So the only requirement is that you're a bada**? That's a goddess we can sign up with...]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 12:30pm

April 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in April. 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:
April 1-7 | April 8-14 | April 15-21 | April 22-30

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

[Check out the complete list!...]

Wed
Mar 25 2015 9:30am
Excerpt

Under the Lights: Exclusive Excerpt

Shannon Stacey

 Under the Lights by Shannon Stacey

They Were the Golden Boys of Fall

Stewart Mills High School’s legendary championship winning football team. Fourteen years later, they’re back to relive their glory, save the team—and find themselves again…

Chase Sanders’s life has taken a lot of crazy turns lately. But returning to his hometown to help his old coach keep his high school football team afloat might be the craziest thing to happen to him yet. That is, until he starts falling for the last person he should—Coach’s gorgeous daughter…

Kelly McDonnell learned the hard way that cocky, charming men are nothing but trouble, so she knows Chase is bad news. Still, she can’t resist his smile—or the rest of him. But when his loyalty to her father conflicts with their growing attraction, any hope for a relationship might be blocked before it can even begin…

Get a sneak peek at Shannon Stacey's Under the Lights (available May 26, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Coach ran his finger down the menu, making sounds of indecision as he read. “I usually have the hash and cheese omelet since the wife won’t let me have them after my cholesterol check, but I’m not that hungry this morning.”

“Me neither, to tell you the truth.”

Amusement crinkled the corners of Coach’s eyes. “Make sure you tell your mom we said thanks for the pie.”

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Wed
Mar 25 2015 8:35am

What Other Romance Revivals Would You Want to See?

Mulder and Scully in The X-FilesYesterday came the news that many X-Files fans and especially Mulder/Scully shippers had been longing to hear: The series, which ran for 9 seasons and spawned two feature films, will be returning to television for a 6-episode event series starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny as FBI-partners-turned-lovers Dana Scully and Fox Mulder. With a new season comes new glimpses into the pair's relationship all these years later, as we can only assume their love affair continues.

What other romances—whether in books, movies, TV series, or other media—would you like to check back in on after a long hiatus? Or do you prefer that the end of the original story be the last, to let your imagination fill in the rest? Do tell!

Tue
Mar 24 2015 5:20pm

Romance News Roundup: RWA 2015 Award Recipients and Mindy Kaling on Love Triangles

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.

Once More My Darling Rogue by Lorraine HeathRomance Writers of America announced their award winners for the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Emma Merritt Service Award, among many authors. Congratulate authors Carole Mortimer, Lorraine Heath, and many other faces in romance for the honor! These ladies and gentlemen will be recognized at the RWA 2015 Conference in July.

Mindy Kaling chooses sides in the biggest love triangles the world has seen! She weighs in on Scandal's Olivia/Fitz/Jake, Hunger Games's Peeta/Katniss/Gale and so many others! Spoiler Alert: Mindy apparently does NOT believe in the Power of Pacey.

—Newsletter subscribers have the chance to read Lavinia Kent's Quickie Scene before anyone else (see the prompts that could appear)! Be added to our list before the newsletter goes out tomorrow and get a sneak peek at “The Angels Discovers a Rake.”

If you're not already on the H&H weekly newsletter list, here are three more reasons to join in on the fun. To sign up, register to become an H&H community member here and check “YES” to receive the newsletter. Or, if you're already an H&H member and want to start getting the newlsetter, go into into your profile, click on the red button with the heart that says “Click here to subscribe for the H&H Newsletter,” and voilà! If you have any trouble signing up, always feel free to contact us for troubleshooting.

 

Hat tip to MissD for the Mindy Kaling interview!

Tue
Mar 24 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Katy Evans’s Manwhore (March 24, 2015)

Manwhore by Katy Evans

Katy Evans
Manwhore (Manwhore #1)
Gallery / March 24, 2015 / $16.99 print, $7.99 digital

From Katy Evans, the New York Times bestselling author of Real, Mine, Remy, Rogue, and Ripped comes the first novel in a sexy new series.

Is it possible to expose Chicago's hottest player—without getting played?

This is the story I've been waiting for all my life, and its name is Malcolm Kyle Preston Logan Saint. Don't be fooled by that last name though. There's nothing holy about the man except the hell his parties raise. The hottest entrepreneur Chicago has ever known, he's a man's man with too much money to spend and too many women vying for his attention.

Mysterious. Privileged. Legendary. His entire life he's been surrounded by the press as they dig for tidbits to see if his fairytale life is for real or all mirrors and social media lies. Since he hit the scene, his secrets have been his and his alone to keep. And that's where I come in.

Assigned to investigate Saint and reveal his elusive personality, I'm determined to make him the story that will change my career.

But I never imagined he would change my life. Bit by bit, I start to wonder if I'm the one discovering him...or if he's uncovering me.

What happens when the man they call Saint, makes you want to sin?

Bastard heroes are hard to get right in romance, and with Katy Evans’s Malcom Saint from her new series with the unforgettable title, Manwhore, she gives us her version of the type. So many memorable ones have stood out on the pages in recent years, that they need to be bad enough but still human. Still someone who says he isn’t looking for love, but doesn’t completely and irrevocably screw it up when it comes his way. Malcolm Saint fits the bill.

[So many bills...]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Renita Pizzitola and Kathy Clark!

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers for books by Renita Pizzitola and Kathy Clark. In Renita Pizzitola's Just a Little Kiss, both the hero and heroine are trying to get over heartbreak and aren't looking for anything permanent...until they meet each other! Then, in Deep Night by Kathy Clark, the hero is also trying to recover, after years serving the military, but he must stay strong to help his heroine face her demons too.

[See the full covers and learn about the books!]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 1:02pm

10 Wishes for Mulder/Scully in the X-Files Revival

IT'S ALL HAPPENING! Just minutes ago, believers everywhere were rewarded—FOX has officially OFICIALLY confirmed the long-rumored return of The X-Files to television for a limited new season (!!!) starring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as iconic Truth-seekers and former FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Yes, you read that right: The X-Files and Mulder/Scully are back, baby!

Need a sec to process? Go ahead. I'll wait.

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Okay, are you back? Then let's get right down to it: While details are still emerging about the 6-episode “event series” in the works (set to go into production this summer), X-Philes have had a very long time—7 years, to be precise—to ponder what they'd like to see in an X-Files Revival. Here's what this fan would like to see for her beloved OTP (one true pairing), Mulder and Scully:

1. A Mulder/Scully Sex Scene  We've spent 22 years, 9 seasons, and 2 movies with these guys, yet casual fans still debate whether Mulder and Scully are, in fact, an item. (To be fair, series creator Chris Carter said for years there was nothing between them and then made a complete hash of the William storyline, among other things, but more on that later!) My suggestion: Let's put this question to rest forever with a sex scene! We deserve it.

[The truth is (still) out there...]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Lori Foster’s Holding Strong (March 31, 2015)

Holding Strong by Lori FosterLori Foster
Holding Strong (Ultimate #2)
Harlequin / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

 

An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster's irresistible new novel

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn't share. That's why he's been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry's about to need more than she knows…

Denver's combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she's been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can't hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who'll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she'll trust him enough to let him…

Cherry Peyton is a bouncy, bubbly, fun-loving woman. To know her now would give no clue as to the dark childhood she overcame and the adolescent horrors she escaped. Since she left and started life over in Warfield, Ohio, her life has been looking up; she is a Kindergarten teacher and lives in a great house with her best friend Merissa, and has found a new community in Rissy’s brother’s MMA friends.

[Can we join that community, too?]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 9:30am

Money Can’t Buy Love: The Rise and Popularity of the Billionaire in Romance Novels

Manwhore by Katy EvansToday we're thrilled to welcome Katy Evans to Heroes and Heartbreakers! Katy's most recent release, Manwhore, hits shelves today! The heroine of Manwhore is hired to write an exposé about the hero, who lives a less-than exemplary lifestyle. He also happens to be living the lifestyle of the rich and famous. Katy is here to talk about those well-loved heroes—the billionaires—and track their popularity, with examples, naturally! Thanks, Katy!

Billionaires. They’re never out of style. These heroes are sexy, powerful, and never one to mess around.

I started where every writer begins; reading. A lot. First, Young Adult books, later Historicals, and soon I discovered the decadent Harlequin Presents line – my introduction to the billionaire trope. Sheiks, tycoons, and billionaires galore, I would devour these books one after the other. If you wanted a strong and powerful hero who didn’t mess around and who stood, proudly so, at the top of the food chain, these were the books that you picked up—the Harlequin Presents. Soon to be matched, the Silhouette Desires came out with fabulous offerings, many catering to this very well-known and beloved trope.

Emma Darcy’s titles like The Billionaire’s Scandalous Marriage and The Billionaire Bridegroom lined up my shelves next to sultry Silhouette Desires by Maureen Child, Robyn Grady, and Jennifer Lewis.

[To name a few classics...]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 8:12am

Spoiler Alert: What’s a Fan to Do When a TV Show or Movie Spoils the Books?

Sansa in Game of Thrones

Source: fuckyeahreactions.tumblr.com

Yesterday i09 published a report (via Vanity Fair and the Oxford Union)that confirmed rumors/fears we've had for years: Game of Thrones, the TV show, will be surpassing the books, and since George R.R. Martin has said in the past that he's told showrunners how to end the feuding families in Westeros, it pretty much guaranteed that watching the show will ruin the books, if any more are published.

What's a faithful reader to do? Do you forge ahead with the television adaptation, and hope to enjoy the finer details in the books, if/when they're published? Are you looking forward to getting some closure on the series, even if it beats the books?

This situation seems pretty unique, can you think of another instance where a movie adaptation spoiled a book series?

Mon
Mar 23 2015 5:45pm

First Look: Julianna Keyes’s Time Served (March 23, 2015)

Time Served by Julianna KeyesJulianna Keyes
Time Served
Carina Press / March 23, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Dean Barclay had nothing to do with my decision to flee my old life, but he is 100 percent of the reason I vowed to never look back.

I've never forgotten how it felt to follow Dean—dangerous, daring, determined—away from the crowd and climb into his beat-up old Trans Am. I was sixteen and gloriously alive for the first time. When I felt his hand cover my leg and move upward, it was over. I was his. Forever.

Until I left. Him, my mom, and the trailer park. Without so much as a goodbye.

Now Dean's back, crashing uninvited into my carefully cultivated, neat little lawyerly life. Eight years behind bars have turned him rougher and bigger—and more sexually demanding than any man I've ever met. I can't deny him anything…and that just might end up costing me everything.

Men returning from prison—and the women who love them—is one of the most compelling tropes out there. In addition to the hero’s hard time, Julianna Keyes brilliantly shows how the heroine’s working world can seem like hard time of its own. Poet Richard Lovelace’s words: “Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage,” come to mind and attorney Rachel Moser is hitting the glass ceiling hard. Like lawyer Cara Adams in Dorien Kelly’s Do-Over, Rachel struggles while other more ambitiously deft colleagues climb higher and faster up the ladder of success. When Rachel becomes reacquainted with her high school boyfriend, Dean Barclay, an ex-con, it turns out their personal lives have a lot in common: conflict and competition have made both of their lives fraught with tension. 

[Of the sexual variety...?]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 4:30pm

In Pursuit of Perfection: Qualities of the Perfect Romance Hero from Ward, Weber, and More!

Her Fallen Protector by Nichole SevernToday we're thrilled to welcome Nichole Severn to Heroes and Heartbreakers, whose latest release, Her Fallen Protector, came out last month. In Her Fallen Protector, former archangel has to jump through a lot of hoops to help his long-lost love, and it kind of earns him status as a perfect hero... Nichole is here today to talk about the qualities of a perfect hero and wherelse you can find them in romance. Thanks, Nichole!

I don’t know about you, but one of the main reasons I read romance is the vast array of swoonworthy heroes. I may be slightly embarrassed to admit no matter how the plot plays out or which bimbo he ends up with (shove off, Beth from Dark Lover!), I catch myself envisioning myself as the heroine in every book. But I’m sure I’m not the only one.

There’s just something about finding the perfect man in all these stories that makes us fall head over heels and pick up yet another romance. The heroes elicit passion, desire, and maybe a few too many fantasies. ***clears throat*** Every romance reader has their favorite “book boyfriend,” but what is it about these fictional men that makes them perfect for thousands of readers?

THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

The very first thing heroines notice of their heroes are looks and isn’t that true for us here in the real world as well? Sight is the first sense to register attraction, but the mind’s eye can be just as satisfying if not more so.

[A little scruff never hurts, for instance...]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 3:33pm

Romance News Roundup: The Bridgertons and Pretty Woman!

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.

The Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn—Julia Quinn's Bridgertons series turns 15 this year, and Bobbi Dumas—writing for NPR—looks back on the family we love dearly. For more fun with the Bridgertons, revel in our Julia Quinn collection.

—We're so close to new episodes of Outlander! Hold on just a bit longer, because come April 4, Chelsea Mueller will be recapping the show weekly so that we can all squee over Jamie/Claire together. In the meantime, keep these ideas in mind and get another fix with this hilarious video of stars Sam Hueghan and Caitriona Balfe reading fan tweets. (Best part may be Balfe's response to a fan wanting to see up Jamie's kilt: “He's my husband, stop trying to see up his kilt, or I'll come after you.” Plus Hueghan's reaction: “Yeah, watch it, she will.”)

Pretty Woman opened in theaters 25 years ago today. Can you believe that?! Did you see it in theaters, and do you find the Julia Roberts/Richard Gere romance as dreamy now as then? Be sure to enjoy ABC News' look back at the movie, including a 1990 interview with Gere and a list of some of the things that'd be different if the movie were being made today (remember the Walkman?!).

Mon
Mar 23 2015 2:45pm

First Look: Vivienne Lorret’s The Elusive Lord Everhart (March 24, 2015)

Vivienne Lorret
The Elusive Lord Everhart (The Rakes of Fa
Avon / March 24, 2015 / $4.99 print, $0.99 digital

Vivienne Lorret, the USA Today bestselling author of Winning Miss Wakefield, returns with a new series featuring the three roguish bachelors of Fallow Hall.

Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart, will never marry, and thus is sure to win the bachelors' wager amongst his friends. Assuming, of course, that his deepest secret—a certain letter containing a marriage proposal made in a moment of passion—doesn't surface. After all, without Calliope Croft to tempt him, there's no danger of losing. Or of falling in love.

Calliope wants revenge. Five years ago, an anonymous love letter stole her heart and ultimately broke it. Now Casanova has struck again, and Calliope vows to unmask the scoundrel, stopping him from breaking any more hearts. Yet, time and again, Gabriel distracts her from her task, until she can no longer deny that something about him calls to her …

Gabriel was a fool to ignore the depth of his feelings for Calliope, but the threat that kept him from her five years ago remains. Now he must choose between two paths: break her heart all over again or finally succumb to loving her … at the risk of losing everything.

Vivienne Lorret graces us with the start of a new spin off series from her Wallflower Wedding series, The Rakes of Fallow Hall, and I couldn’t be happier (insert squee). In this first installment, The Elusive Lord Everhart, we see a twist on long-lost-love-realized between Calliope Croft, sister to Griffin Croft, and Gabriel Ludlow, Viscount Everhart.

[But whose secret love will be revealed?]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 2:05pm

Want to Join the Heroes and Heartbreakers Team? We’re Hiring!

Heroes and Heartbreakers is recruiting! If your interests include digital production, copywriting, and romance novels, we want to hear from you!

Check out the official job listing here to learn more about the position of production associate contractor and to find out how to apply. (Full disclosure: H&H is owned by Macmillan Publishers/St. Martin's Press.)

Mon
Mar 23 2015 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2015, Championship Round: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Acheron/Tory vs. Diana Gabaldon’s Jamie/Claire

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Winners Announced: March 27

The Leaderboard

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

#Swoonies15

Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

[Vote for your favorite couple...]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 12:05pm
Excerpt

Instinct: Excerpt

Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Chronicles of Nick

Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters—another day in the life of Nick Gautier—and those are just his friends. But now that he's accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that's hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. And no one wants him more than the dark gods who created his race. Now that they know where he is, they will stop at nothing to reclaim him. And without knowing it, Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted. The one person who will hand him over to his enemies to get back the life they lost.

Nick has finally accepted his fate, now he must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves so that they can again return to the world of man and own it, in the next Chronicles of Nick novel, Instinct, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Get a sneak peek at Sherrilyn Kenyon's Instinct (available March 31, 2015) with an excerpt of Chapter 1.

CHAPTER 1

“Nickaboo? Hurry, child! You’re about to be late for school!”

Nick Gautier dropped the towel from the damp hair he was drying as he glanced to the clock on his nightstand to confirm the fact that his mother was still the most vigilant and accurate timekeeper in the history of all mankind. At least when it came to his home, school, and work schedules.

But how odd … he’d had almost forty minutes just a heartbeat ago when he’d left the bathroom.

How long did it take to pull on a pair of jeans and one really foully ugly Hawaiian shirt, anyway?

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Mon
Mar 23 2015 10:30am

Bitten 2x07 Nick/Paige Heart-to-Heart: Compromising Position

Jeremy and Elena in Bitten 2x07We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the Monday after the show airs in Canada on Space. We'll be reposting recaps as episodes air on SyFy, starting April 17!

Show/Episode: Bitten Season 2, Episode 7, “Bad Dreams” (spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Nick/Paige, with mentions of Clay/Elena

Bitten 2x07 Captain's LogSavannah is seeing something. She’s screaming and being chased, eventually seeing Elena being eaten by someone. Ominously, Elena predicts everyone will be dead by dawn. The stuttering camera work and bloody effects add a horrible gravity to the words.

In the real world, Elena, safely back at Stonehaven, hasn’t yet shaken off whatever Aleister did to her. Even the background view of Clay’s naked backside can’t distract her from her deep retrospection, seeing her own truths now. It’s Clay’s kind words that finally draw her out but they come after a self-induced hair makeover.

Paige is in Aleister’s abandoned lair. His spinning top is disintegrated by the spell she chants.

[Well, that's a step in the right direction...maybe?]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 8:28am

What Do You Do When You Realize You’re Reading Out of Order?

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia QuinnSometimes we read books out of order: I'll leave you time to recover from the shock that brings to some readers. It just can't be helped—especially in the days before we could obsessively track the next book by our favorite author, or make sure we're starting a series from the very beginning by popping onto their website. However, mistakes do happen, and you find that you are reading book 2 or 3 without every laying eyes on book 1. Do you soldier on, and hope for the best? Put the book down automatically (and maybe run for the hills)? Or, do you deliberately pick books later in the series, based on tropes, hero/heroines, etc?