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May 24 2016 8:10am

Why Do We Love Beauty and the Beast Tales So Much?

I've always thought, at its core, that the reason I loved the Beauty and the Beast story so much was that Belle is essentially the Patron Saint of Readers (unofficially... I'm sure there's actually patron saints and dieties of readers). However, I think the love of the tale goes deeper than that—it's the same reason we love the reformed rake, the alpha-who-only-has-eyes-for-you, and so on and so forth. It proves that love transforms all—but also that love makes us want to change for ourselves too. 

What do you think it is about the Beauty and the Beast tale that has appealed to so many of us? Let me know in the comments!

May 23 2016 5:30pm

First Look: Marguerite Kaye & Bronwyn Scott’s Scandal at the Midsummer Ball (May 24, 2016)

Marguerite Kaye & Bronwyn Scott
Scandal at the Midsummer Ball
Harlequin Historical / May 24, 2016 / $6.50 print, $4.99 digital


Colonel Fergus Kennedy must make a suitable match at the Midsummer Ball. But when this officer encounters sultry acrobat Katerina Vengarov, he finds himself torn between duty…and heart-stopping, irresistible passion! 


Kael Gage is the last person at the Midsummer Ball Miss Zara Titus should speak to—and anything more is definitely off-limits! But the notorious rake seems determined to awaken this innocent debutante's every desire…

The Duke and Duchess of Brockmore host an annual house party where they facilitate powerful and prestigious marital matches for many of their guests. Invitations are highly coveted, but a couple of the attendees are more leery than anticipatory.

Part of the entertainment for the week is the appearance of the world renowned Flying Vengarovs, a brother and sisters acrobatic team, and this theme of “flying” is integral to both of the novellas which comprise Scandal at the Midsummer Ball.

[We're into it...]

May 23 2016 4:45pm

Kristen Ashley’s The Honey, Beauty and the Beast Trailer & Free Shotgun-Wedding Novella: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Summer Chaparral by Genevieve TurnerDeal Alert: Genevieve Turner's shotgun-wedding novella Summer Chaparral, Book 2 in the Las Morenas series, is FREE in e-book at Barnes & NobleAmazon, etc.* The story was first published as part of the One Love anthology from Roxie Rivera, Farrah Rochon, and more.

—Deal Alert: Mandy Baxter's U.S. Marshals novel One Touch More is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Sneak a peek at the romance brewing between hotel manager Tabitha and “Damien Evans”—who is actually Parker Evans, an undercover U.S. Marshal—in a preview of One Touch More.

Deal Alert: Elizabeth Essex's Mad About the Marquess is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Psst, Elizabeth Essex has a (not-so) secret obsession with royals! But, hey, don't we all?

Fresh Outta the Oven

We're already stuck on Kristen Ashley's new erotic series, The Honey, which she announced today on her Facebook page will launch with The Deep End (out March 7, 2017) and be followed soon after by book 2, The Farthest Edge (out June 6). Here's what we know about The Deep End so far:

[+Read all about the first book in The Honey series...]

May 23 2016 3:00pm

May 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets—May These Heroes Seduce You

For the One by Brenna Aubrey

This month there’s new kind of heroes that will have you wanting to wrap around their maypole. From classic nerds, to smart lawyers, to medieval role-playing knights?! You’re sure to find some new twists on a classic swoonworthy hero.

For The One by Brenna Aubrey has a unique storyline that had me cheering for the underdog. Wil was previously introduced in the series but his book can be read as a standalone. William, our hero, is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and while this impacts his interactions with other people, Jenna our heroine, isn’t deterred by this. She has her own battles as she was a refugee in this country and is still dealing with the aftershocks of living in a war-torn country. Jenna has always viewed Wil as a friend, a hot one but, still a friend. Until, he rides in and defends her honor. There’s some role playing here, as both Jenna and William are involved in the Barony of Anaya, a medieval modern society. Take your chance on this refreshing, heart-pounding romance that challenges these two characters and delivers an epic of tale of growth and love.

Caged by Karina Espinosa is the second in the Mackenzie Grey series and must be read in order. It picks up right where Shift ends and takes you on a high octane ride trying to navigate the world of alpha male werewolves as an alpha female wolf. Politics and personal issues won’t bring Mackenzie down and she’ll stop at nothing to make it all right.

[We approve of this plan...]

May 23 2016 9:30am

Baker’s Dozen: Exclusive Excerpt

Allison Fuller

Baker's Dozen by Allison Fuller

If the way to a man's heart was through his stomach, she'd be married by now - but on the cusp of thirty, Victoria Mason is still single.
She tells herself she has everything she needs - a thriving bakery, a wonderful son, great friends. A good life. But she watches through the pass-through of her kitchen every morning as customers come and go, waiting for that one particular face to wander in. Mr. 8:15, Gavin Bailey, dark roast with room and a mini pie to-go as he flirts with the girl behind the counter. He's a bright spot in a life that has become increasingly monotonous.
She knows nothing about him beyond his easy smile and his usual order, but that's about to change. As the weather grows colder, her love life heats up, and while fall turns to winter in the Big Apple, Victoria discovers that Mr. 8:15 could be exactly what she needs to shake things up.

Get a sneak peek at Allison Fuller's Baker's Dozen (available May 23, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

It is an October Monday in New York City.

The leaves are turning on the trees, little pops of fiery color hovering above the sidewalks, crunching underfoot and collecting along the edges of streets that finally no longer smell like hot trash and gutter water. The summer tourists are gone and the Thanksgiving ones haven’t yet arrived, so for a little while the sidewalks don’t feel so congested.

Summer’s muggy heat has faded, leaving the air cool and crisp; September’s maddening inability to decide whether it wants to be too hot or too wet finally settled into something stable and lovely. Sunny days with just enough chill in the air to warrant a light jacket, over a soft sweater, over a thin long-sleeve – layers you can peel off and put back on to keep from sweating or freezing. The scarves have come out, but not the mittens. The slouchy hats, but not the fur-edged hoods. It’s denim over cashmere, not North Face zipped tightly over wool.

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May 23 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Liz Talley’s Charmingly Yours (May 24, 2016)

Charmingly Yours by Liz Talley

Liz Talley 
Charmingly Yours (Morning Glory #1)
Montlake / May 24, 2016 / $9.50 print, $3.99 digital

Charmingly Yours is an appealing play on the charm bracelet that serves as catalyst in Liz Talley’s new series, and the title also hints at the charm of Morning Glory, Mississippi, hometown of the heroine. But the title fails to suggest Talley’s substantive exploration of the will to risk that is required to break free from familial tethers that makes this novel more than just another sweet, small-town romance.

Rosemary Reynolds loves her hometown where, except for her college years, she has spent all of her twenty-seven years.

Morning Glory was a way of life. It was sweet tea and porch swings. Mayhaw jelly in a mason jar and fireflies dotting the night.  Morning Glory was Sunday Morning church bells, gossip at Dean’s Diner, and traditions that didn’t make sense but were carried out regardless because that’s the way it was.

[And that's the way it was gonna stay...]

May 23 2016 8:12am

Do You Ever Get “Second-Hand Anger” at Characters?


Among my friends I have often discussed the feeling of “second-hand embarrassment” which is a feeling of embarrassment I get when I know another person is, or in my mind, should be, embarrassed over a situation. I feel it like it's my own. However, recently while reading a book that featured a very angry character, I found myself getting second-hand angry because of it. It seems when I read, my emotions—much like those in the movie Inside Out—get taken over by those characters for those few hours (sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the... “second-hand anger” variety). 

Do you ever experience “second-hand” emotions from a book? We know that books and movies are meant to elicit a full range of emotions from us, but we feel the happiness and sadness the most. 

Let us know in the comments!

May 22 2016 4:08pm

Losing Faith: Outlander 2x07 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Claire and Jamie grieve in Outlander season 2, episode 7Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 7, “Faith”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

We start this episode with an array of 1950s nature books, and a red-haired little girl calling over her mama to look at the pretty bird. Mama, of course, is Claire, and identifies the bird as a heron. Little girl wants to know if Claire has ever seen a heron in real life, and yes, she has, in Scotland, a long time ago...and we’re back in Scotland, Claire’s present giving way to her past.

Claire lies on Mother Hildegarde’s table, surrounded by concerned nuns, a physician attending her. She has a vision of a heron overhead, and the screen goes white. When she regains consciousness, she’s no longer on the table, but in a bed. She feels her midsection and asks for her baby. Mother Hildegarde has the sad task of informing Claire that her baby has joined the angels. Mother Hildegarde baptized the baby—though it is illegal to do so unless the child is alive—named her Faith, and had her buried in consecrated ground. She’s also brought a priest to give Claire an unction for the sick, as Claire’s fever is not abating, after several days.

[You can fight this, Claire...]

May 22 2016 10:00am

First Look: Tanya Michaels’ Turning Up the Heat (May 24, 2016)

Turning Up the Heat by Tanya Michaels

Tanya Michaels
Turning Up the Heat (Friends with Benefits #1)
Harlequin Blaze / May 24, 2016 / $5.50 print & digital

There’s a reason why Tanya Michaels is an award-winning romance author with over forty novels and multiple RITA nominations. Her prose pulls the reader in effortlessly and we are whisked away into the journey of our hero and heroine as they navigate their attraction, their misunderstandings, and their happily ever after. Turning Up the Heat is a prime example.

Phoebe Mars is a pastry chef, newly dumped by her now ex-boyfriend, Cameron Pala, head chef at the restaurant Piri. Now the pastry chef for All The Right Notes, Phoebe is cursed with having to see her ex at a mutual friend’s party. Enter Heath Jensen, business partner and half-owner of Piri. He’s been one of Phoebe’s best friends since they started working together. To help Phoebe get Cam back, Heath propositions Phoebe. They pretend to date, no emotions, purely physical, and he will help her tap into her sex appeal that she fears is non-existent. Saying no to Heath is almost impossible, especially after that kiss…

[That... kiss...]

May 21 2016 12:02pm

Interference: Exclusive Excerpt

Sophia Henry

Interference: A Pilots Hockey Novel by Sophia Henry

Linden Meadows doesn’t back down from anyone, especially if her family’s involved. So when her little brother’s new hockey coach benches him in the middle of a game, Linden lets him have it. She also notices that the coach is way hotter than she expects, but Linden won’t let herself get burned by another athlete. Been there, done that—and had a kid at seventeen to show for it.

When Jason Taylor isn’t taking abuse from hockey moms, he’s patrolling the streets as a member of the Bridgeland PD. After Jason pulls Linden over for speeding, he begins to see that there’s more to her than a big mouth . . . or a lead foot. Their chemistry leads to good company, intense conversation, and an intimacy that pushes beyond the boundaries of friendship. And yet Linden’s decision to keep her now three-year-old son, Holden, is a painful reminder to Jason that his own mother gave him up for adoption.

Linden’s sure she’s found the man to round out their family. But when Holden’s deadbeat dad forces his way back into the picture, Jason starts to back off. He needs time—to heal, to grow, and to love with all his heart.

Get a sneak peek at Sophia Henry's Interference (available June 7, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“What do you recommend, Indie?” The woman asked, glancing at me before dropping her eyes back to the menu.

“Um, well,” I said, faltering. How did the cop’s mom know my name? Had he told his mom about me?

“She read your name tag. Don’t get your hopes up.” Officer Taylor nodded at my chest.

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May 20 2016 5:30pm

Eloisa James Companion & Kristen Ashley’s Midnight Soul Cover: Romance News

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Breaking a Legend by Sarah Robinson—Deal Alert: Sarah Robinson's Kavanagh Legends/MMA romance Breaking a Legend is $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* We may be a tad biased about this one; we revealed the cover!

Deal Alert: Vicki Lewis Thompson's contemporary cowboy romance Midnight Thunder is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Why ARE cowboy heroes so gosh darn irresistible?

Fresh Outta the Oven

Two hunky cowboys are better than one! Take a look at the brand-new cover for Sarah M. Anderson's contemporary western male/male novella Crushing on the Cowboy, which hits stores June 27.

[+Eloisa James companion & Shakespeare's “wild 20s”...]

May 20 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Omar Sy

This week I finally got around to watching Jurassic World. It was everything I hoped it would be—mindless action with hot Chris Pratt and cathartic closure on my childhood fear of Velociraptors. However, there is one unsung hero of the film franchise and that is Omar Sy, assistant raptor trainer to Pratt's Owen. I kept finding myself wanting more scenes with him, triple checking Jurassic-wiki to make sure his character didn't die, and rewinding when I realized I missed one of his few lines. Sure, Chris Pratt was hot, and I shipped the crap out of him and the stuffy Claire, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, but my eye found Omar Sy in every scene. 

So, here is my ode to my latest crush—I will be checking out his backlist, though most of it is French (I say that like it's a bad thing). 

May 20 2016 2:00pm

“I Love You”: The 100 3x16 Bellarke & Clexa Heart-to-Heart

Clarke enters the city of light in The 100 season 3 finaleThe 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, especially Bellarke and Clexa. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

Show/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 16, “Perverse Instantiation: Part 2” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Clarke/Lexa (Clexa), Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

The 100 Season 3 finale relationship tracker for ClexaClexa Cabal

The beauty of genre TV is that death doesn't have to be final. While repeated resurrections can cheapen death (I'm looking at you, Arrow), a well-timed temporary resurrection thanks to extremely advanced tech can be a welcome way to bring back a beloved character for a proper goodbye.

Losing Lexa earlier this season was just one decision that led to an overall uneven season of character development, though unlike some of the others this one was primarily driven by forces from outside the show. It wasn't just tragic for a fan base that had become attached to a wonderful character, but became emblematic of issues of LGBT representation on TV and the way creators interact with fans online.

But, because The 100 is a sci-fi show, because Lexa was connected to an incredibly complex AI, the finale was our chance to see our beloved Commander again. And for her and Clarke to share a few last intimate moments!


May 20 2016 1:00pm

Scandal Season 5 Finale Olake Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5 Finale
Ship(s): Olivia/Jake (Olake)

Scandal Olake Heart-to-Heart

At the mid-season finale, Olitz was caput, Jake went home to Command, and Abby was just starting to properly fill the shoes of a White House Chief of Staff. Six months later, the Primary presidential race is on and it is dirty. (The team at Shondaland proved that truth was indeed stranger than fiction; at the Paley Center panel she confirmed that they had to go do quick rewrites when current presidential candidates actually said some of the over the top statements that were already part of Scandal scripts!)

The second half of this season introduced us to different versions of the characters we thought we knew so well. Olivia is a harder, colder Liv as she is still suffering from PTSD and her breakup with Fitz; Abby has realized how close she is to the power of the Oval Office and decides to make grabs for power, even if it means making an enemy of Olivia; Tom is sleeping with Cyrus (!), David is sleeping with Liz AND Susan, Mellie and Marcus have crushes on each other, and Jake appears to be domesticated under Command’s tutelage. There is never a dull moment in Shonda’s Washington.

[Never Ever...]

May 20 2016 11:05am

Relationships to Re-Reads: Comments That Made Our Week

Community Spotlight

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!

Amy Kat still has hope:

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

I think there is still some hope. There was no body shown, after all, and there was a TVLine interview with the show runner today in which he certainly implied that a reunion was not impossible. Perhaps for the series finale?

Scarlettleigh enjoys a good re-read:

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

Sometimes I enjoy the book more the second time. That was the case with Ain't She Sweet by SEP. It was shocking to me how horrible Sugar Beth was — the bathroom scene, were she sets up her half-sister for embarrassment. That made Sugar Beth very unlikable to me. Read the rest...

[More discussion in here...]

May 20 2016 9:30am

Geralt of Rivia—The Witcher’s Romance Hero

Hi, I’m Christopher Morgan. You may remember me from such articles as, “Dinner, my enemy!” or “How I Fell in Love with an Alien Lizard”. Once upon a time, I was a far more regular presence here in the hallowed halls of Heroes and Heartbreakers.  I’ve been know as many things here. Romance Virgin, Tolkien aficionado, Star Wars Fanboy, and a gamer. But, it’s that last bit I would like to indulge for bit, if you will permit me.

You see, this whole thing emerged out of a conversation I recently had with a friend concerning power fantasies and gaming. The state of the gaming community is a bit… toxic, and I am perfectly willing to leave that discussion to those conversations to my far wiser and smarter betters. But, through course of that discussion, I made a realization. Geralt of Rivia, the Butcher of Blavakin, Witcher of the Wolf School, is, in fact, a Romance Hero.

[Stay with me now, for the night is dark and full of terrors and this is Witcher work…]

May 20 2016 8:20am

What’s the Fastest You’ve Caught Up with a Series?

I have recently discovered the beautiful world of Jeffe Kennedy's The Twelve Kingdoms after our reviewer took a first look at the spinoff series, Unchartered Realms. I fully intend to get caught up on the series within the next two weeks, in time for the start of the new series. 

How quickly can you get “caught up” on a series? What's the fastest you've gotten through and how many books was it?

Let us know in the comments!

May 19 2016 4:55pm

Sweet Steampunk Deal & Elizabeth Hoyt Teaser: Romance News

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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 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...]

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!]