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Jun 29 2015 9:30am

First Look: Tiffany Snow’s Power Play (June 30, 2015)

Power Play by Tiffany Snow

Tiffany Snow
Power Play (Risky Business #1)
Forever / June 30, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital


Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .

Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he's after. And Sage tops his list.

Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker's business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she's always wanted-and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before . . .

First off, let me start by respectfully saying, Tiffany Snow, I officially dislike you, in a loving way. Because now I have to wait who knows how long, in order to find out what happens next in this three-book series. This is why I don’t normally read series when they are in the process of being written. Because it really forces me to meditate on the word patience. Moreover, I’m not typically a fan of the love triangle. I’m just not. But Snow sucks me into the vortex of this story, eager for more.

[Who will she choose?]

Jun 29 2015 8:20am

Who Are Your Favorite LGBTQ Characters?

In honor of the ruling on Friday for Marriage Equality, I want to know who your favorite LGBTQ characters are! Are they the heroes of your favorite male/male romance? The heroines of your favorite lesbian romance? A side character from a male/female romance? What LGBTQ series and books are your favorites? 

Fill the comments with your recommendations!

Jun 28 2015 2:00pm

The Devil Wears Spurs: Exclusive Excerpt

Soraya Lane

The Devil Wears Spurs by Soraya Lane

She knows when to hold'em.

As a newcomer to the great Lone State, Chloe thinks she's immune to the charms of cowboys—until Ryder King comes along. A gorgeous rodeo star with a gambling problem should spell trouble for Chloe, who's as quick-witted as she is stunning. But there's something gentle in Ryder's otherwise wild nature that gives her pause. And she can only fight her attraction for so long…?

Is he ready to show his hand?

Texas born, bred, and proud, Ryder has always had a way with the ladies—though not so much with poker. He's just bet, and lost, a third of his family's ranch in a game. Can Chloe, the daughter of a card sharp who knows how to play to win, team up with Ryder in Vegas to help him win it back? The closer Ryder comes to getting back the ranch, the greater he risks losing his heart to Chloe. Is he ready to lay it all on the line for her? And can she trust that Ryder is for real—or is one of Texas's most notorious playboys too good to be true?

Get a sneak peek at Soraya Lane's The Devil Wears Spurs (available June 30, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Chloe knew she was being a hypocrite. Only months ago she was on campus campaigning for animal rights, and now here she was sitting front and center at a rodeo, and loving every minute of it.

She raised her beer and took a sip, laughing when her friend grabbed the hat off the guy next to them and dropped it onto her head.

“Yee-haw!” Shelly giggled.

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Jun 28 2015 10:30am

First Look: Shona Patel’s Flame Tree Road (June 30, 2015)

Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel

Shona Patel,
Flame Tree Road
Mira / June 30, 2015 / $14.95 print, $8.99 digital

From the acclaimed author of Teatime for the Firefly comes the story of a man with dreams of changing the world, who finds himself changed by love

1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood—shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance—Biren devotes his life to effecting change.

Biren's passionate spirit blossoms as wildly as the blazing flame trees of his homeland. With a law degree, he goes to work for the government to pioneer academic equality for girls. But in a place governed by age-old conventions, progress comes at a price, and soon Biren becomes a stranger among his own countrymen.

Just when his vision for the future begins to look hopeless, he meets Maya, the independent-minded daughter of a local educator, and his soul is reignited. It is in her love that Biren finally finds his home, and in her heart that he finds the hope for a new world. 1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood—shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance—Biren devotes his life to effecting change.

Epic romances such as Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds or Belva Plain’s Evergreen no longer enjoy the popularity they once did but Shona Patel makes a strong effort in bringing them back with her latest novel about colonial India, Flame Tree Road.  In this story which crosses countries and centuries, we meet Biren Roy and the three amazing women who change his life.

[It's a love that stretches across two continents...]

Jun 27 2015 2:00pm

Feels So Good Being Bad...: Erotic Romance Best Bets for June 2015

Asking For It by Lilah Pace

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.

The month of June brings hot day and even hotter nights as the couples below explore every decadent and wicked fantasy they’ve ever had.

Asking For It by Lilah Pace

Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.

Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker...

Reader Advisory:Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised.

While fans of Cara McKenna's Willing Victim are sure to see some parallels, the reasons behind the protagonists actions are darker, resulting in a deeper mental and emotional baseline. A smooth flowing storyline addresses multiple subjects lines while slowly peeling back the layers of two extremely complicated characters. Pace handles these subject matters with grace and careful handling as both parties are far more fragile than first assumed. Sexually explicit scenes only add to the edgy intimacy that permeates the book. Though we aren't left with an HEA, Pace leaves readers with a sense of hope these damaged individuals could have a viable future together.

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

Jun 27 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Vanessa Kelly’s How to Marry a Royal Highlander (June 30, 2015)

How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly
How to Marry a Royal Highlander (Renegade Royal #4)

Zebra / June 30, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…

In Vanessa Kelly's How to Marry a Royal Highlander the war finally over, Alec is resigned to returning home to Scotland and his responsibilities as the heir to his grandfather's earldom. He fled to escape an arranged engagement with a cousin, but returns with Edie, the woman he wishes to marry, and Edie's mother. Needless to say, theirs is a chilly reception.

The old man's gaze flicked past him, and his scowl returned. “Well, I suppose you'd best introduce me to those Sassenach standing there behind you,” he grumbled.

Alec didn't bother to repress his sigh. His grandfather still liked to lay it on rather thick, and he could only hope the ladies hadn't heard. “Of course.”

That hope died when he turned to see Lady Reese standing straight as a pike and looking her most forbidding. Eden's smile, however, was luminous and full of humor, emphasizing the charm and beauty that had been the downfall of her numerous suitors.

It had been Alec's downfall from almost the moment he first saw her. He was counting on that charm to work its magic on the Earl of Riddick, too.

[Alec returns home with the one who he wants to marry...]

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...]