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8 Signs You Might Be Dating a Paranormal Creature
Linda Grimes
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Once Upon a Dream: A Regency Vacation Read
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Friday Beefcake: The 3 Celebrities You “Have a Shot With”
Jennifer Proffitt
Thu
May 19 2016 4:55pm

Sweet Steampunk Deal & Elizabeth Hoyt Teaser: Romance News

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

Prudence by Gail CarrigerDeal Alert: Gail Carriger's steampunk romance Prudence, Book 1 in the Custard Protocol series, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Carriger's Alexia and Conall—from her Parasol Protectorate series—are one of the top 5 steampunk couples from book, screen, and comics, says Pip Ballantine.

—Deal Alert: Sara Jane Stone's best-friend's-little-sister/fling-to-thing contemporary Serving Trouble is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* What makes for standout moments in romance novels? Sara Jane Stone shares her take in a 2015 guest post.

Deal Alert: Tracey Garvis Graves' contemporary Heart-Shaped Hacker is on sale for $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Gravis' On the Island got a callout in our “Best First Kisses” post by TanyaLK last year.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Riptide Publishing has launched Triton Books, a new YA LGBTQ imprint that aims to “give voice to those too often voiceless, to make YA literature for everyone.” Learn more at tritonya.com and get ready for the line's first books: J.K. Pendragon's Junior Hero Blues, Daisy Harris' Investigating Julius Drake, and Erica Cameron's Assassins: Discord.

[Elizabeth Hoyt excerpt & what to expect in The 100 finale...]

Thu
May 19 2016 4:30pm

Things Get Complicated: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia Episode 5 (Chapter 4) Through Episode 7 (Chapter 6) Binge Read

Belgravia, Episode 5 by Julian Fellowes

Editor's Note: Julian Fellowes is taking his skills to the literary world in a new book,Belgravia, being released in individual installments, starting with the we've met the Trenchard and Brockenhurst families in the Prologue (Episode 1) &  Chapter 1 (Episode 2), gotten into quite a predicament in Chapter 2 (Episode 3), and stayed “at home” in Chapter 3 (Episode 4). And now we're onto our binge-reading recap of Episodes 5-7. 

Things are getting complicated in Belgravia. When we last visited the Trenchard and Brockenhurst families, we finally met Charles Pope, the grandson of Anne and James Trenchard and Caroline and Peregrine Bellasis, the Countess and Earl of Brockenhurst, at a soiree in Belgravia. The mysterious Mr. Pope piqued everyone’s interest, especially the Reverend Bellasis and his son John, the heirs to the Brockenhurst fortune. Everyone wanted to know why the Countess had taken an interest in the affable young man. Of course, poor Charles is completely in the dark as well. All he knows is that the Countess has agreed to support his business ventures. The only people aware of the secret behind the charade are Anne, James, and Caroline, all of whom are playing a dangerous game with the young man and the Trenchard reputation in society. We also met Lady Maria Grey, John Bellasis’ intended, who was clearly taken with Mr. Pope. Now, we are smack in the middle of various plots and intrigues, all of which are probably going to lead to a big reveal of Charles’ identity.

[Duh duh DUH!]

Thu
May 19 2016 2:30pm

Coverpalooza II with Lora Leigh, A.M. Arthur, Sheryl Nantus, and More!

Cover reveal bannerWhy beat the heat when you can bask in it?! We dial it up to 11 with your early bird access to mega-sexy covers for A.M. Arthur's Steady Stroke, Sheryl Nantus' Game On and Betting On Both, Jenna Bayley-Burke's Just Married, Jessica Linden's Fight for Me, May McGoldrick's Taming the Highlander, and Lora Leigh's serial edition of Wicked Pleasure! Mark your calendars for all 9 books and stay tuned to H&H for more exclusive sneak peeks.

Steady Stroke by A.M. Arthur (Off Beat series #2)

After a tragic accident, Lincoln West’s dreams of making it big as a guitarist fell apart. Unable to play music, he’s battling a hopeless downward spiral, and takes his friend’s offer to stay at their beach house for the summer. While at an open mike night at local bar Off Beat, he locks eyes with a busboy who doesn’t make Linc feel so broken anymore. 

Emmett Westmore lives for the anonymity of busing tables in his aunt’s quirky bar where no one pities him for the fire that killed everyone he loved. He blames himself for the fire, and he doesn’t want anyone to see him—except for Linc. Emmett’s walls drop when he’s around the gorgeous blue-eyed guitarist, but he has a secret that could destroy his budding relationship with Linc.

Both Linc and Emmett are looking for a way to live again…will they let their fears control them or take a chance on something real?

[+more Friday beefcake come early!...]

Thu
May 19 2016 12:00pm

Put Aside Your Differences: Arrow 4x22 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Arrow 4x22 “Lost in the Flood”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

Arrow 4x22 Olicity Captain's Log

We begin right where we left off last week: Havenrock has been nuked and Damien is drawing the power of 20,000 souls via his magic idol in the Star City nexus chamber. Oliver and Diggle are unable to even get close to him, even arrows and bullets turn to dust without Damien even having to do so much as lift an eyebrow. He throws them around a little but leaves them alive, he has business at the ark to deal with, after all.

Thea is mourning over Alex, who is in fact dead. She’s devastated and while her back is turned, Anarky makes a break for it. Malcolm shows up and drags Thea back to her “house” where he ties her to a chair and demands her cooperation or else he’ll have to do something really unpleasant. Thea tells him to just get it over with.

Felicity is still reeling from the destruction of Havenrock but there isn’t much time for grief: there’s a clock ticking on Rubicon and she and her dad need to get busy stopping it once and for all. Felicity steals a quick hug for comfort before remembering she’s on the outs with her father and pushing away. Curtis arrives with ideas on how to help out with Havenrock and Felicity has to quickly fill him in on HIVE being behind the destruction. Curtis is on board to help out. Before they can get much work done, however, she gets a text that sends her running to the bunker.

[Uh oh...]

Thu
May 19 2016 11:00am
Excerpt

Stare Him Down: Exclusive Excerpt

Riley Murphy

Stare Him Down by Riley Murphy

When he agreed to walk away from the lifestyle for her, he never expected she’d subversively push him back into it. Until she did…

After tragedy stole the only man James Barrington looked up to, his perfect and orderly life hit a brick wall. One minute he was the right-hand man to the owner of the company, and in the next he was the boss fighting to stop a hostile takeover the only way he knew how. He needed to marry his late mentor’s over-protected daughter, Michaela Donavan, and stay married to her until the threat to the company was averted.

While they were together, James had no intention of disrespecting his in-name-only wife by remaining entrenched in the lifestyle. For the time being he was prepared to walk away from his Dom-like pursuits. He had to. Michaela was the opposite of everything he embodied. She was soft, where he was hard. Gentle, when he favored rough. She was refined and elegant. The epitome of a virtuous woman, and he wasn’t going to do anything to change that. Circumstances may have forced them to enter into a marriage of convenience in order to keep her father’s legacy alive, but the moment that legacy was secured they’d both be free to go their separate ways.

Michaela knew this may be her only opportunity to finally get the one man she has always fantasized about. She’s spent years studying him. Idolizing him. Wanting him in a way she wanted no other. And now? Well, her father always told her to seize whatever good came out of the bad, and Michaela was ready to do just that. Heartbroken over what happened, and faced with the task of saving the company, she sees James’ sensible offer as the perfect solution. A way to achieve two things she desired most at one time. James may consider this a marriage of necessity for the short term, but she’s determined to covertly change his mind on the matter.

Get a sneak peek at Riley Murphy's Stare Him Down (available May 31, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The instant Michaela took his hand James pulled her into his arms and curled down to press his lips against her shoulder. He wanted to know firsthand if her skin there was as soft as it looked, and it was. “Hmm…that’s the strawberry scent I remember.”

She tilted her head back and frowned. “Really? I just recently changed to this moisturizer.”

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt...]

Thu
May 19 2016 9:30am

First Look: Jeffe Kennedy’s The Pages of the Mind (May 31, 2016)

The Pages of the Mind by Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy
The Pages of the Mind (The Unchartered Realms #1)
Kensington / May 31, 2016 / $9.95 print, $7.99 digital

Jeffe Kennedy stunned me with her powerful tale of a magical people in her novel, Mark of the Tala. A story of promised mates and hidden sorcery, it is one of my favorite fantasy romances of all time. She returns now to that world with the first book in a new series, The Pages of the Mind, which introduces us to a beautiful tropical island, fated mates, and dragons.

Readers will remember quiet but strong castle librarian Dafne Mailloux from the author’s The Twelve Kingdom Series. When the story opens she is fretting over a prophecy regarding four armed men who are to appear before the newly crowned queen of the Twelve Kingdoms. They are harbingers of change but whether for good or bad the prophet didn’t know.

[We're guessing it's going to be easy to figure out, either...]

Thu
May 19 2016 8:35am

Does a Re-Read of a Book Hook You As Much as the Original?

Many of us turn to an old favorite when we're in a reading rut. It's a comfort read and yet, even though we've read it before, we can find ourselves just as sucked in. Suddenly it's 2 a.m. and even though we've read Ol' Faithful before, we're hooked just as much!

Do you find that to be true, or can you put down a book you've read before?

Let us know in the comments!

P.S. One of our readers is still in search of HER re-read—can you help her find this book?

Wed
May 18 2016 5:00pm

The Best Shakespearean Adaptations a.k.a. The Shakespearean Hotness Scale

Today we're thrilled to welcome author Lily Anderson (The Only Thing Worse Than Me is You). Lily is a huge fan of Shakespeare fan—after all, her debut is a geeky modern redo of Much Ado About Nothing—and is here today to rank some of her favorite Shakespeare adaptations based on shipability—because why else are we watching!? Thanks, Lily!

Everyone's heard of William Shakespeare's many plays (Romeo and Juliet,OthelloA Midsummer Night's DreamTwelfth Night, need I go on?) which means there are countless Shakespeare adaptations with their own couples to ship. Luckily, I am a noble Shakespeare nut and rated ten adaptations solely on their shipability level. Strike up, pipers!

10. O (2001) – Odin and Desi

Shipability: 1 Yorrick Skull out of 10

So, Othello. Not a cheery story there. But, when this movie came out, two short years after Julia Stiles’ other Shakespearean masterpiece, 10 THINGS I HATE ABOUT YOU, how were we to know how scarred we were gonna be? Odin and Desi are a private school power couple until Hugo starts seeding thoughts of jealousy into Odin’s head. It’s all fun and games until the, um… murder-suicide.

That’s why it’s the bottom of the list, ya’ll! All I’m saying is that Odin and Desi might have had a shot if it weren’t for Josh Hartnett. Josh Hartnett is the root of all suffering.

[Josh Hartnett, why'd you have to ruin everything!]

Wed
May 18 2016 4:39pm

Barbara Samuel Deal & Alyssa Cole’s Extraordinary Cover: Romance News

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

Night of Fire by Barbara Samuel—Deal Alert: Barbara Samuel's Night of Fire is a steal at $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* As fate would have it, Cheryl Sneed has written an ode to the delicious despair of a certain “memory of her hair” scene in Night of Fire, so, yeah: Consider this a heartfelt recommendation! (We eat up the angst around here.)

—Deal Alert: Maya Rodale's Lady Bridget's Diary is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* Not only can you peruse Jessica Moro's First Look at Lady Bridget's Diary but you can also read a juicy sample from the book.

—Deal Alert: Robyn Carr's Thunder Point contemporary The Wanderer is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* One of Carr's books has led Scarlettleigh to wonder whether our favorite heroines can encourage us to seek out happier lives!

[+Alyssa Cole cover & discussions of the day!...]

Wed
May 18 2016 2:40pm

Goodbye Ziva, Hello Daddy DiNozzo: NCIS 13x24 Tiva Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: NCIS Season 13, Episode 24, “Family First”
Ship: Tony/Ziva (Tiva)

NCIS 13x24 Captain's Log

Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the Season 13, Episode 24 of NCIS. You are forewarned!

When news hit that Michael Weatherly, the specialist of Very Special Agents, would be leaving NCIS, I was sad, but not all that surprised—13 seasons and a burning desire to go behind the camera and it made sense for him to leave. However, his send off... was devastating. For those who watched, the Season 13 finale made sense for Tony. It made sense for Ziva. It did NOT make sense for Tony and Ziva (Tiva).

Overall this was actually a pretty great episode to send off a character except for one teensy tiny little detail...

[Spoilers ahead...]

Wed
May 18 2016 1:30pm

Castle and Beckett’s Storybook Ending: Castle 8x22 Heart-to-Heart

Castle and Beckett HEA

Show/Episode: Castle Season 8, Episode 22, “Crossfire”
Ship: Castle/Beckett (Caskett)

Caskett 8x22 Captain's Log

After eight years of solving crimes, in both the real world, where Kate Beckett is sworn to protect and serve, and the fictional worlds of Richard Castle’s novels, where he aims to misbeh...ah, entertain, the story of the rogue mystery novelist and dedicated police officer comes to an end. They’ve never had an easy road; right from the start, creatively blocked mystery author, Castle, found his muse in dedicated police detective, Beckett, who did not need or want a consultant, thankyouverymuch. There was the small matter, though, of that string of murders ripped straight from Castle’s novels, and Beckett will do anything to crack the case, even if that means letting a writer with more imagination than common sense tag along.

On the job, they’ve put their powers of deduction to the test against serial killers, terrorists, perpetrators of international intrigue, cunning kidnappers, and the ongoing mystery of Beckett’s own mother’s murder. Off the job, they’ve dealt with other partners, the grit and glamour of Castle’s career, especially when Nikki Heat, the character Castle based on Beckett, makes some waves -and a feature film. Beckett has had other partners, and she’s not by any means the only woman in Castle’s life. He’s a true ladies’ man, those ladies including his actress mother, spirited teenage daughter and multiple ex-wives. 

[She's not the first wife, but she'll be the last...]

Wed
May 18 2016 12:00pm

May Days: Not-Your-Usual Historical Best Bets for May 2016

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Spring is finally here and with it a new crop of not-your-usual historicals to entice romance readers.  This month’s offerings include new books by two bestselling romance superstars, a historical western fan favorite, and shiver me timbers, pirates!

Self-Made Hero!

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better . . .

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Winterborne

I pretty much spent the entire second half of Cold-Hearted Rake pining to get my grubby little hands on Marrying Winterborne.  A department store owning hero and a reserved heroine who likes to raise orchids.  Shut up and take my money.

[Counting out change...]

Wed
May 18 2016 10:05am

What Is the Difference Between New Adult and Women’s Fiction?

What is in a name? Sometimes very little and sometimes a lot. Books are labeled or classified for marketing reasons and of course for our convenience.  However, the demarcation between one genre and another is very fluid. Sometimes there is very little observable difference between the classifications. The line between Romance and women’s fiction is one of the more clearly defined—with romance having a central love story with a happily-ever-after, and women's fiction more about life issues that the heroine is dealing with –no happy ending guaranteed.  Though even those lines can be blurred as Jane Kriel aptly illustrates in her blog Happily Never After, and the Changing Nature of the Romance Novel. But what about the difference between Women's Fiction and New Adult?

Many would say that the lines between these two genres are as clearly defined —one heroine is coming of age and exploring her sexuality, and the other is dealing with life issues—usually starting over or trying to heal her fragmented life after a traumatic event. But are these true differences? Both Women’s Fiction and New Adult seem to explore the same type of relationships – love, friendship, and family. In addition are the conflicts unique or are they variations of person vs. self and sometimes person vs. society, or person vs. nature.

For clarification, we turned to people in the know. Each month Heroes and Heartbreakers presents New Adult Roundup by Jessica Moro and Women’s Fiction Best Bets by Scarlettleigh and who better to talk about the commonalities and the difference between these two genres

[No better place!]

Wed
May 18 2016 8:07am

How Do You Feel About Authors Updating Books?

The Nymph King by Gena Showalter

It's a trend we see in non-fiction and textbooks all the time—new information becomes available and thus a new edition is published. However, in the world of fiction, it's not really done all that often—or if it is, it's with a sleight of hand that slips one book edition out for another. We're seeing it in mutiple mediums, Alanis Morisette did it with “Ironic"—introducing more modern problems (but don't worry guys, the song's biggest irony is still that it is not ironic)—and Gena Showalter is updating The Nymph King, saying on her Facebook:

Announcement time! For those of you who have wanted me to return to the world of Atlantis...I have news. 

So. I'm rewriting THE NYMPH KING. Like, giving it a major, massive overhaul. I'm modernizing it so that it reflects my writing style today rather than...whenever writing style I had when I originally wrote it. Expect big changes—big, big, big. More romance. The Nymph King will actually woo his heroine this go round (and readers, I hope). It is funner and a lot wittier. (I've cracked myself up with many of the new scenes. And these new scenes—well, they are BETTER scenes.

What do you think of authors updating books? Do you think it's a great way to introduce a modern audience to the author's writing—especially as that writing t evolved throughout several books (as Showalter hints)—or do you think once a book is out for public consumption it should stay the way it is?

Let us know in the comments!

Tue
May 17 2016 4:52pm

Pitch and 4 Other Hot Shows to Watch This Fall: Romance News

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

Make You Burn by Megan Crane—Deal Alert: Megan Crane's Make You Burn is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* We're celebrating Megan Crane's super hot cover for Edge of Control at our Coverpalooza today!

—Deal Alert: Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Beautiful Disaster landed at the top of Brittany Melson's list of 10 New Adult Romances you should read—see what else got named! Plus, author Chelsea Fine named Travis Maddox as one of the 5 heroes she wouldn't mind being handcuffed to (of course we made that a list). 

—Deal Alert: Laura Kaye's Hard As It Gets is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* I unleashed my inner fangirl all over book 2 in the Hard Ink series, Hard As You Can, and labeled Kaye as a must-read for me—which she still remains!

Deal Alert: Tina Leonard's Last of the Red-Hot Cowboys is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Dip your toe into Tina's writing with an excerpt from Hotter Than Texas.

[Trailers for fall TV, Harley Quinn movie, and more...]

Tue
May 17 2016 4:30pm

Come Fly With Me (and Chanel Cleeton)

Fly With Me is so hot it burns. I’m not a fan of Top Gun, and I don’t have a particular thing for men in the military (although uniforms can be pretty sexy.) Yet, Chanel Cleeton’s new series opener makes me want to turn on Top Gun and get it on with a sexy fighter pilot right this second. Fly With Me is a sizzling example of contemporary romance at its finest. Hot couples, intelligent relationship dynamics, sex that makes you swoon, and a writing style that makes this premise as addictive as it is promising.

Jordan Callahan is spending the weekend in Vegas for a bachelorette party. For her younger sister. Who’s marrying a guy that saw Jordan’s tits once in high school. Jordan’s delighted that her sister is madly in love with a great man, but she can’t help but be jealous. Jordan has created a successful small boutique business back home in Florida; her dog is adorable and she works with one of her best friends. Now that she’s approaching thirty, she has most of her life figured out—but she can’t help but feel like she’s almost missed the boat when it comes to finding someone to love.

Now, a girl’s weekend in Vegas probably won’t get Jordan married. It can get her laid, and a night out at the bars gives Jordan a chance to use every curve on her body to her advantage. Vegas is full of possibility. When two hot-as-fuck men approach their bachelorette group, Jordan sees someone that makes her glad for Vegas’s many hotels.

[So many...]

Tue
May 17 2016 2:00pm

Coverpalooza with Christina Saunders, Eve Langlais, Paige Tyler, and More!

Cover reveal bannerYour summer reading list just got a whole lot sexier! Allow us to present to you the scoop on NINE hot romances coming your way in the next few months from Christina Saunders (Bad Bitch, Hardass, and Total D*ck—all out the same day for your binge-reading pleasure), Eve Langlais (Legal Wolf's Mate), Paige Tyler (A Wolf Unleashed), Megan Crane (Edge of Control), Opal Carew (Meat), Michele Mannon (Mercenary, the sequel to Rogue); and co-authors Tara Wyatt, Amanda Heger, Brenna Mills, and Harper St. George (Dirty Work anthology)!

Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders

Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders (Bad Bitch series #1)

They call me the Bad Bitch. A lesser woman might get her panties in a twist over it, but me? I'm the one who does the twisting. Whether it's in the courtroom or in the bedroom, I've never let anyone - much less a man - get the upper hand. 

Except for that jerk attorney Lincoln Granade. He's dark, mysterious, smoking hot and sexy as hell. He's nothing but a bad, bad boy playing the part of an up and coming premiere attorney. I'm not worried about losing in a head to head battle with this guy. But he gets me all hot and bothered in a way no man has ever done before. I don't like a person being under my skin this much. It makes me want to let go of all control, makes me want to give in. This dangerous man makes me want to submit to him completely, again, and again, and again...

[+8 more steamy reads you'll want ASAP...]

Tue
May 17 2016 12:15pm

The Best Jane Eyre Adaptations Based on Mr. Rochester

As we observe the recent bicentennial of Charlotte Brontë’s birth (April 21), it is appropriate to take a critical look at the many filmed adaptations of Jane Eyre, her best-known work. Specifically, it is right and proper to assess, soberly and judiciously, the efforts of the many brave men who have undertaken the challenging role of aspiring bigamist Edward Fairfax Rochester. We embrace our duty to celebrate those individuals who have successfully grasped the brass rings (so to speak) of brooding intensity, towering presence, and smoldering hottitude, while also recognizing those who, for whatever reason, are perhaps less likely to haunt our dreams at night (and noting that there has never been a really bad Rochester). Here, in reverse-ranked order, is one such list.

7. George C. Scott (1970/Susannah York as Jane)

Scott brings the requisite gravitas, but might just be the slightest bit…not young for the role? (I know that he may have been technically younger than some of the other fellows listed here, but his Rochester sort of looks like Jane’s grandpa. A smoldering and particularly attractive grandpa, yes. But the age difference is unusually striking in this adaptation.) Also, in what universe was Susannah York ever “plain,” or even unusual-looking in a way that would have pegged her as “plain”? But that’s its own separate issue.

[And on we go...]

Tue
May 17 2016 9:30am

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Duke of Sin (May 31, 2016)

Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane # 10)
Forever / May 31, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Duke of Sin is a darkly humorous and lushly sensual historical romance that attempts to redeem of one of the series most diabolical and debauched secondary characters to date-Valentine (Val) Napier, the Duke of Montgomery. Fans of this series have seen Val sweep in and out of the series like a plague, causing mayhem and slowly planting seeds of discourse. A libertine whose mercurial attitude and fluid sexual appetites only increases his appeal. A diabolical chess master who uses his skills to play a dangerous game that only one person will be allowed win-him. His utter lack of morals and conscience allows him to do whatever it takes to whomever he wants to increase his inventory of blackmail material.

“I am vengeance I am hate. I am sin personified.“

[Ok, Batman...]

Tue
May 17 2016 8:20am

Reader Seeks... Gypsy!

Today we have another book mystery for you to solve that we hope will make you flex your romance muscles even more!

Last week, reader Lizzie wrote in to see if we can help her find a romance that she read in her youth. Do you recognize any of this plot?

It was around 18 years ago.

Setting: Bristish, felt medieval, the heroine and hero spent a night with a gypsy caravan. She may have been a time traveler. The cover was embarrassingly “romance-y” for a young Lizzie so I kept it hidden until I gave it away. But I loved it. Beside Garwood it was my first historical romance.

Do you remember any Medieval set Gypsy romances? Let us know in the comments!