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Dec 6 2016 4:00pm

You’ll Be Back: Eleanor Forgives Jasper in The Royals 3x01

The Royals 3x01

Show/Episode: The Royals Season 3, Episode 1, “Together with Remembrance of Ourselves”
Ship(s): Jasper and Eleanor (Jaspenor)

“This place is weird.” This is the repeated tagline of the Season3 premiere of The Royals, and although it does seem as though all the characters have taken a collective breath of relief after the anxiety and tragedy of where they left off last season, happily they’re all up to their usual quirky antics. Everything does feel lighter, more fun. And the Eleanor/Jasper relationship, besides being give the significant screen time it deserves, has definitely taken a shift.

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Dec 6 2016 3:00pm

9 Signs Your Romance Is About to Become a Horror Story

All in Fear by Steve Berman, KJ Charles, Avon Gale, Roan Parrish, Kris Ripper, and J.A. Rock

You might be writing a horror romance if...

Today we're thrilled to welcome the authors of the All in Fear anthology to Heroes and Heartbreakers: Steve Berman, KJ Charles, Avon Gale, Roan Parrish, Kris Ripper, and J.A. Rock! These authors know a thing or two about shiver-inducing scenes and they're here today to offer up a few signs your romance... is about to become a horror story. Thanks!

Steve Berman:

...For me, the clue I like to offer readers is often body horror-related; after all, romance is often very tied to appearances, and sex is a matter of the body landscape. So some mention of an unhealthy physical attribute, something amiss, is terrific way to begin the horror. In “His Mouth Will Taste of Chernobyl” one of the characters has a fondness for a horrible tasting alcoholic beverage and it seems to turn the inside of his mouth into a wasteland.

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Dec 6 2016 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Calista Fox, Aidan Wayne, Jamie Howard, Victoria De La O, and Nicole McLaughlin!

This Cover Tuesday, Team H&H brings you five great covers from authors Calista Fox, Aidan Wayne, Jamie Howard, Victoria De La O, and Nicole McLaughlin! First up, Calista Fox's Confession promises steamy, seductive Bayfront Billionaires and a love triangle that could turn into much more. Aidan Wayne's Making Love features a faulty cupid attempting to find true love for a succubus while trying to better understand the chemistry of love. In Jamie Howard's The Feeling of Forever, Juliet and Felix have secrets and pasts that may keep them from finding their happily ever after. In Victoria De La O's Tell Me Not to Go, Jeff meets his sister's best friend Samantha, and even though neither of them are in the market for romance, they can't deny the attraction between them. And in Nicole McLaughlin's All I Ask, a man who's always down for a good time meets a woman who's tried of always playing it safe. 

Confession by Calista Fox

Confession by Calista Fox

100 Shades of Sin…

Delicious and hot, the seductive Bayfront Billionaires need one thing, and one thing only: the woman made for them, the one woman on earth who can complete their trio of passion and desire.

Billionaire business partners Devon McMillan and Morgan Presley have spent the past two years on opposite coasts after nearly crossing a forbidden line during one of their steamier ménages. But when a tempting business offer brings them back to their hometown, something even more tempting will distract them both—their childhood best friend, Fallon Carteris. The years apart have done nothing to temper their scorching desire for her, and these billionaires will do whatever they can to bring her to their bed.

Fallon has never been able to decide which man she desires more, nor could she ever choose between them—and quickly learns she doesn’t have to. When Fallon confesses she’s always wanted the two men, they both pursue her. As the love triangle heats up, their emotions become as entangled as their bodies. But is their love strong enough to keep their threesome together?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Confession by Calista Fox, available February 7, 2017:

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Dec 6 2016 12:00pm

May McGoldrick Excerpt: Tempest in the Highlands

May McGoldrick

Tempest in the Highlands by May McGoldrick

Miranda MacDonnell is on the run. When she inherited a mysterious relic from her mother, she had no idea the dangers it would bring. Now hunted by a relentless foe who will stop at nothing to find her, she has one choice: stow away on the ship of the notorious privateer, Black Hawk.

Rob Hawkins, the half-English privateer known as Black Hawk, has a mission from the Tudor king to find and kill the rogue commander, Sir Ralph Evers. To complete his quest, Hawk must find Miranda, a young woman Evers is pursuing. Caught in a tempest, he is shipwrecked with a “boy” who demonstrates an uncanny ability for saving him. Cast away on the mysterious Isle of the Dead, Hawk realizes that the “boy” traveling with him is actually Miranda MacDonnell and having her means that Evers will come to him. What begins as a ploy —using her as bait—soon changes, however, as he falls in love with her.

Get a sneak peek at May McGoldrick's Tempest in the Highlands (available December 6, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Tarbert Castle

Kintyre, Western Scotland

Four months later

Though the fires in the tower were nearly out, the acrid smell of smoke hung thick in the air, burning the English ship captain’s lungs. Rob Hawkins glanced down the hill at the village and the harbor. Tarbert Castle would survive, he thought, but too many of its inhabitants had not.

Frowning, he turned his attention back to the cleric.

“Aye, his name was Evers.” The old priest was upset and growing more agitated with each question.

[Read the full Tempest in the Highlands excerpt...]

Dec 6 2016 11:00am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s Blood Vow (December 6, 2016)

Blood Vow by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward
Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy #2)
Ballantine / December 6, 2016 / $28.00 print, $11.99 digital

Today marks the release of Blood Vow, the second in the Black Dagger Legacy series, which if you have been living under a rock, is the spin-off series of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. The BDB continues to train only the elite fighters to help them in their continuing battle with the Lessening Society. Yet, no BDB book is without drama, and the BDL series is no exception. Rhage and Mary’s newly minted family is thrown a curveball, which could destroy them.

In that moment, as he sought to relieve any and all of her anxiety—-and his own, for that matter—he nearly came out with the one thing Bitty didn’t know about her adopted parents. Yes, her new old man had a dragon living under his skin, but her new mom had an even fancier secret.

—“You’re never going to be alone, Bitty,” he repeated. “I swear to you.”

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Dec 6 2016 9:30am

First Look: Christy English’s How to Train Your Highlander (December 6, 2016)

How to Train Your Highlander by Christy English

Christy English
How to Train Your Highlander (Broadswords and Ballrooms #3)
Sourcebooks / December 6, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

How to Train Your Highlander might just as easily have been named How to Train Your Duke—it’s both a “Taming of the Shrew” and an “Enticing of the Recluse.” This is the third in Christy English’s “Broadswords and Ballrooms” series and what an apt title. Wild young Highlander Mary Elizabeth Waters carries at all times—knives and a small flask of Highland whiskey is just two objects always to be found on her person. And she travels with a personal broadsword as well.

The ballroom is the room that Harry Percy, the reclusive, unmarried Duke of Northumberland most wants to avoid for it is there a few day’s hence his forceful grande dame of a mother has arranged for him to choose from one of the marriageable young ladies of the ton. At thirty, with no spare to take the weight off his wide shoulders, it is time for the ducal heir to step up and do his duty.

Is it fate or the machinations of two manipulative mothers that has Mary Elizabeth arriving at the Northumberland estate a few days before the festivities are to commence? When she exits the duchess’s carriage with her brother Robbie and her companion in tow, she says hello to an unusually attractive stable boy who speaks in the “posh tones of the English gentry.”

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Dec 6 2016 8:28am

Has BDSM Romance Been Safe Worded Out of the Genre?

Geoffrey Rush as the Marquis de Sade in Quills

The Marquis de Sade was a polarizing figure in the BDSM world long before Christian Grey was, and December marks the 202nd anniversary of his death. BDSM and erotic romance has certainly had its day, but many think erotic romance is on its way out. Every few years, each subgenre has been told it's “dead”—paranormal, historical... and now erotic. However, BDSM romance as we know it today is the relative new kid on the block. Do you think it's time to safe word out of erotic romance? If not erotic romance altogether, will something spring up in BDSM's place to intrigue those same readers?

Tell me your theories down in the comments!


Hat tip to Megan Frampton

Dec 5 2016 5:20pm

Breaking News: Nalini Singh Shares Silver Silence Cover!

Earlier this year, with the release of Allegiance of Honor, we saw the end of the first arc of Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series with the hope that phase two would begin soon with Psy-Changeling Trinity series. Now, just moments ago, Nalini Singh revealed the cover for the much anticipated book, Silver Silence, on her Facebook page.

We've been looking forward to this release for a while now and we have a lot of questions before the June 13, 2017 release of Silver Silence: Will we see much loved characters again? Where are the bears? What are you most looking forward to?

Learn more about Silver Silence here:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal...

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Silver Silence by Nalini Singh, available June 13, 2017:

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Dec 5 2016 4:31pm

It’s the Thrill of the Chase with Fifty Shades Darker and More: Romance News & Deals

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Fifty Shades Darker by E.L. James

Fresh Outta the Oven

E.L. James' Fifty Shades Darker has a seductive new cover! The movie tie-in edition, featuring a dressed-to-kill Christian (Jamie Dornan) and Ana (Dakota Johnson) dancing at a masquerade, is due out in January, according to a Facebook post from James. The Fify Shades Darker movie, a follow-up to the Fifty Shades of Grey film, will hit theaters on February 10, 2017. Watch the trailer for hints at what's next for Christian and Ana.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Deal Alert: Sidney Bristol's erotic romantic suspense Committed is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* In Committed, DEA agent Damien quickly falls for a woman he meets at a private retreat, Poppy, who identifies as a switch. Not sure what that is? In an H&H guest post, Bristol explains what it means to be a switch in BDSM.

Deal Alert: Karen Rose's romantic thriller Closer Than You Think is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Chase that scared-in-an-exhilarated-way felling with author Susannah Sandlin's choices for the top 5 romantic thriller movie heroes.

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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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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.

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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.

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Dec 5 2016 9:30am

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...]

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!

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...]

Dec 4 2016 2:00pm

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.

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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!]

Dec 3 2016 12:00pm

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.


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...]

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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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.

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