<i>Forever His Texas Bride</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Forever His Texas Bride: Exclusive Excerpt Linda Broday "With a low moan, she slid her hand around his neck, drawing him closer." <i>Make Me Stay</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Make Me Stay: Exclusive Excerpt Jaci Burton "She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love." <i>Midnight Wrangler</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Midnight Wrangler: Exclusive Excerpt Cat Johnson "He thought about doing more than kissing her." <i>For His Pleasure</i>: Exclusive Excerpt For His Pleasure: Exclusive Excerpt Suzanne Rock “Stop worrying and enjoy the moment.”
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November 21, 2015
Gothic Romance Movie Night: 3 Classics
Lauren Smith
November 20, 2015
Love for Bibliophiles in Whispers in the Reading Room
Maggie Boyd
November 19, 2015
A Ranking of the Lunar Chronicles Series Couples
November 18, 2015
Victoria Dahl Plays Your Heartstrings Harlot
Rebekah Weatherspoon
November 18, 2015
Romantic Suspense to Get Your Heart Racing
Dolly Sickles
Nov 23 2015 2:00pm

And What Do You Do...: The Pros and Cons of Hero Professions

Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh

It’s unfair but true–some jobs are simply sexier than others.  You never generally hear men boasting at parties, “Oh yeah, I’m a bad-ass burger flipper,” or “I rock out the accounts department of a used car lot.”  These men might have a million other fabulous qualities, but they won’t lead with an unsexy profession because they don’t want to be judged by what they do.

We all jump to conclusions based on career. Example: picture a bus driver in your head right now.  Is he middle-aged, a little portly and a lot grumpy?  Our brains typecast pretty much instantly.

And so it is with romance heroes–half the picture is painted with simply knowing his occupation.  Below, I’ve listed the eleven sexiest job titles commonly found in romance, along with a breakdown of the perks and lurks associated for the lucky heroine with each career.  These are in no particular order because it’s too hard to choose, they are all too sexy—DON’T MAKE ME DECIDE I JUST CAN’T YOU’RE NOT MY REAL MUM ANYWAY.

Military man-Army soldier, navy seal, air force pilot


You know these men are disciplined and honourable–plus they’ll be RIPPED as all get out.

[Nothing hotter than working heroes ...]

Nov 23 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Sweetest Scoundrel (November 24, 2015)

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane #9)
Forever / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital


Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.


Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.


In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

Eve Dinwoody is no ordinary historical romance heroine. She has an unusual last name, is the bastard sister of a Duke, is remarkably plain in all physical aspects, and most prominently, she has a rather memorable, overlong nose. So in her latest Maiden Lane novel, Elizabeth Hoyt has paired her beakish heroine with the last of the Makepeace heroes, Asa, the younger, impulsive and wild brother. He’s a lowly theater manager with a loud personality, and she’s the meek financial overseer for the rebuilding of the grand pleasure gardens, Harte’s Folly. Thrust together, they’re something like vinegar and water but as Eve gains confidence and Asa shows his softer side, they’re once again a Maiden Lane couple brought together by unlikely circumstances to have lasting love.

[A lasting love tale ...]

Nov 23 2015 12:00pm

For His Pleasure: Exclusive Excerpt

Suzanne Rock

For His Pleasure by Suzanne Rock

Passion comes with a price.

Tired of living a lie, Arianna Perconti leaves her fiancé at the altar and runs into the arms of her family's fiercest rival, Jason Stone. Hoping to cash in on their 'friends-with-benefits' arrangement while hiding out from bitter relatives, Ari instead finds herself falling deeply, desperately in love with the sexy hotelier. Jason is everything she never knew she wanted-yet she will do absolutely everything to show him she means business. In bed...

Can they afford to live without it?

Jason lives in the fast lane and has the race cars to prove it. A born adrenaline junkie, he must admit that Ari is the perfect partner for his heart-pumping bedroom games. The problem? The relationship is starting to deepen, but is Jason really cut out to be a one-woman kind of man? The question haunts his days, only fueling the passion he and Ari share during those hot, hot nights. But when an estranged sibling enters the picture, threatening to take away everything he holds dear, Jason is forced to make a decision: Say goodbye to his wild ways or risk losing Ari forever?

Get a sneak peek at Suzanne Rock's For His Pleasure (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

One Year Ago

“This is so exciting!” Arianna Perconti clasped her hands together as she watched the last car—an electric blue McLaren—pull up under the large LAPS4KIDS banner on the racetrack.

“Someone is going to get killed.” Camille crossed herself and shook her head. “I can’t believe Stefan talked you into this.”

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Nov 23 2015 11:00am

You Can’t Hurry Love: Erotic Romance Best Bets for November 2015

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

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.

November is about giving thanks for all you are blessed with in your life and that has never more apparent than in the couple's stories below.

With Visions of Red (Broken Bonds, #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the

gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.

She will never be a victim again.

Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG,Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.

When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.

This noir romance suspense takes readers deep into the abyss as a former kidnap victim turned behavioral analyst works to find a sadistic serial killer before he strikes again while struggling to justify her own dark erotic pleasures. This is a series so each one ends on a mild cliffhanger.

[Oh! that's just the beginning, but love is always an option ...]

Nov 23 2015 9:30am

First Look: G.A. Aiken’s Feel the Burn (November 24, 2015)

Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

G.A. Aiken
Feel the Burn (Dragonkin #7)
Zebra / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

War makes strange bedfellows.

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

There are three things you can always count on in a G.A. Aiken novel: 1) seriously sensuous sexy times, 2) laugh out loud humor and 3) fresh language. In Feel the Burn, the author has excelled herself on all three fronts, and while I love all of G.A. Aiken’s dragon shifter books (and most of her writing as Shelly Laurenston) the Shestakova sisters and their tribe are my favourite invention of hers to date.

[Can you feel the burn coming ...]

Nov 23 2015 8:18am

What Sort of Hero Are You Looking for Right Now?

I Need a Hero by Codi GaryWe all go through phases of what we want in a romance hero as the genre changes and as our own reading habits change. Perhaps with the influx of billionaire heroes and biker bosses, you're looking for a regular down-home mechanic or the like. Or maybe you're looking for the reverse.

Let us know down in the comment what sort of hero you're looking for!

Nov 22 2015 5:35pm

Sweet Christmas: Recharge with Jessica Jones Power Couple Jessica/Luke

Jessica and Luke basking in afterglow
Via nickmarino.tumblr.com

Have 13 hours to spare? Take it from me: You're going to need 'em all when you queue up Jessica Jones Season 1 on Netflix for the first time. Consider it a chance to recharge your battery as you stare transfixed at the screen, because Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter are impossible to tear your eyes away from as reluctant superheroes and power couple Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Sure, to their minds, Jessica and Luke are merely a private investigator and bar owner, respectively, just trying to earn a living and stay under the radar, but from the beginning it's clear there's so much more to them than that. And though their relationship is insanely complicated due to some dark, bloody history that ties them together, the two are clearly a perfect match.

But why tell you when I can show you? (SPOILERS for Season 1's Jessica/Luke moments ahoy.)

Here are 5 reasons Jessica and Luke make a weekend spent on the couch binge-watching Jessica Jones not merely totally acceptable but—in case anyone's asking—possibly even your sworn duty as a romance evangelist tasked with sharing word of good romances with the world:

[Jessica Jones and Chill...]

Nov 22 2015 12:00pm

Coming Apart at the Seams: Exclusive Excerpt

Jenna Sutton

Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton

Love can take some time to break in...

Teagan O’Brien, heiress to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire, is anything but a spoiled rich girl. She’s worked hard to secure her place in the family business and can hold her own, in and out of the office. Only one man has ever been able to get under her skin—sexy football star Nick Priest. Years ago they crossed the line from friends to lovers, but he left her heartbroken. Since then, she’s been determined to keep him at arm’s length—no matter how tempting he looks in his jeans…

Nick has fortune, fame, and looks that make most women hot and bothered. But he doesn't have the woman he really wants. He knows he screwed up when he walked away from Teagan, and now that he has a second chance, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over—no matter how tongue-tied he gets…

Get a sneak peek at Jenna Sutton's Coming Apart at the Seams (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Nick sipped his hot cider, enjoying the crisp sweetness of apples and the warm bite of cinnamon against his tongue. Next to him, Teagan stumbled a bit on the uneven sidewalk, and he grabbed her arm with his free hand.

“Hold on to me,” he ordered.

“I should have worn tennis shoes,” she said as she linked her arm though his and wrapped her hand around his forearm. “I don’t know what I was thinking. Stupid.”

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Nov 21 2015 2:00pm

Gothic Romance Movie Night: 3 Movies to Add to Your Queue Tonight

Rebecca, 1940 Rebecca with (Joan Fontaine) and (Laurence Olivier) as Maximilian "Maxim" de Winter

Every fall I get lost in the turning colors of the leaves, the whisper of them as they scuttling along the streets like spiders. The deep orange hue of pumpkins lit by candlelight and the eerie chill of an early winter wind sweeping down from the north to caress my neck causes the fine hairs to rise and goosebumps to break out. This season, ever shadowed by the press of a coming winter and the weight of snow, seems to fill me with a strange and wondrous need to explore the macabre and indulge in gothic flights of fancy. There’s no better way to do this than to watch some good old-fashioned gothic romance movies.

There are three which stand out most that I absolutely must recommend for my fellow romance readers. Rebecca, Suspicion and The Uninvited.

[What are your type Gothic Romances? ...]

Nov 20 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: 14 Instances of Eyebanging with Mehcad Brooks

You know how some people have a...less than nice “resting face”? Well, my working theory is that Mehcad Brooks has a resting eyebanging face. He has to work hard NOT to look like he's banging you with his eyes. 

In honor of all the eyebanging the internet has to behold from Mehcad (yes, I'm on a first name basis. Ok, fine, no I'm not really), here are some of my favorite instances of eyebanging from Mehcad Brooks. 

The “I don't even need a gif to eyebang you” eyebang (above)

[Plus so many more instances of eye-banging...]

Nov 20 2015 3:49pm

Romance News: Crash Into Deals from Paige Tyler, Tracy Wolff, 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.

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Wolf Trouble by Paige TylerDeal Alert #1: Paige Tyler's paranormal romantic suspense Wolf Trouble (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team) is only $.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via Sourcebooks).* John Jacobson says this book is perfect for fans of alpha brotherhoods, shapeshifters, and high stakes.

Deal Alert #2: Tracy Wolff's rock star/brother's-best-friend romance Crash Into Me is discounted to $.99 in e-book for the moment at iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, and Amazon (via BookBub).* And if you find yourself wanting to mainline Wolff's books afterward, Miss_D also recommends her Play Me series.

Deal Alert #3: Michele Gorman's women's fiction/romantic comedy The Curvy Girls Club is on sale for $.99 in e-book right now at Amazon (via ReadCheaply).* If you're looking for other recommended reads featuring curvy heroines, Kelly Faircloth's “Top 10 Phattest Plus-Size Heroines” is exactly what you need.

[+an extra deal & genre news!...]

Nov 20 2015 2:00pm

Love, Bibliophile Style: Shelley Gray’s Whispers in the Reading Room

Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray

Love between bibliophiles is the delightful theme squarely at the center of Shelley Gray’s Whispers in the Reading Room.  

Librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself riveted by a patron who defines the words tall, dark and handsome but it is not his pleasing features that capture her attention; it’s the expression they convey that wins her interest:

She still remembered the expression on his face last week when he’d finished and closed the last tome. He’d looked pleased and just a bit melancholy. She knew those dual feelings well – the satisfaction of completing a well-written piece of literature while also coming to terms with the fact that those few moments of pure bliss would soon be replaced with a longing for more.

For his part, Sebastian Marks has noticed certain things about Lydia as well:

Only when he was alone again did Sebastian dare to let his mind drift back to Miss Lydia Bancroft. The way she rarely chattered on like most females of his acquaintance. The way she shelved books like they were old friends. How she seemed to be more at ease with a room full of books than with people.

Sebastian’s life as a gambling den owner has made him tough and cynical. To him, the reading room is a place of sanctuary:

The lending library gave him some solace. For a few hours’ time he was able to be the man he had wished to become – back before he realized his life in the slums wasn’t about being smarter than the bullies on the street but about being stronger.

[Two book lovers find love ...]

Nov 20 2015 1:00pm

The Big Bang Theory 9x09 Shamy Heart-to-Heart: Just Friends-giving

TV Recap: The Big Bang Theory 9x09 ShamyTV Recap: Captain's Log The Big Bang Theory 9x09 Shamy

Show/Episode: The Big Bang Theory Season 9, Episode 9, “The Platonic Permuation”
Ship(s): Sheldon/Amy (Shamy), Leonard/Penny

Thanksgiving time has come around again, but this year, the gang isn’t assembling en masse. Leonard and Penny will cook their first holiday meal as a married couple, while Bernadette, Howard, Raj and Emily plan to volunteer at a soup kitchen. Normally, Sheldon would do the traditional thing (well, for Sheldon) and hit the Thanksgiving buffet at the aquarium cafeteria, but that’s hard to do when his tickets are for two, and he’s only one. He offers the tickets to Amy, via video chat, so she can take whoever she wants.

Amy’s choice of date? Sheldon, but as a friend. Though Sheldon has concerns this might be awkward, due to their breakup, Amy allays his fears. It’s a Thanksgiving buffet at an aquarium cafeteria. Awkward is pretty much a given. They, however, will be fine.

[We haven't given up, we're rooting for you Shamy ...]

Nov 20 2015 12:00pm

The Harder You Fall: Exclusive Excerpt

The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter

Millionaire video-game creator Lincoln West has a dark and tragic past. The sought-after bachelor lives by a rigid schedule and a single rule—one relationship per year, lasting no more than two months. No exceptions. When he gave up the big city for a small town, he hoped to escape the worst of his memories—until a brash beauty dredges up long-buried emotions.

A reformed party girl, Jessie Kay Dillon is determined to walk the straight and narrow. But her love-hate sizzle with West is just too irresistible. They can't be near each other without tearing off their clothes, but the last thing she needs is to be his next two-month dump. Will she become the one exception? Because as any former girl-gone-wild knows: rules are made to be broken.

Get a sneak peek at Gena Showalter's The Harder You Fall (available November 24, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

In the living room, West stood in profile at the bay window, peering into the waning darkness, and oh, wow, he looked good. A black shirt hugged his biceps. He’d tucked a pair of roughed-up jeans into combat boots, the combination lethal to her resistance. A leather cuff circled one of his wrists, and two silver rings glinted on his fingers.

He was a bad boy in the flesh. A mountain she wanted so badly to climb. The desire only he was capable of summoning weakened her limbs. Jessie Kay trembled… overheated.

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Nov 20 2015 11:00am

Sleepy Hollow 3x08 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: Tis Because We Care

TV Recap: Captain's Log Sleepy Hollow 3x08 Ichabbie

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 8, “Novus Ordo Seclorum”
Ship(s): Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)

The Witnesses face off against an actual god in the fall finale of Sleepy Hollow. Let me break it down for you.

That hooded guy with the scythe? None other than Pandora’s husband The Hidden One, not a monster, but “a living, breathing god” she summoned from the underworld to restore his power, power derived from a gem and known as The Hidden Eye. Paul Revere encased the gem in a sphere to protect mankind from its destructiveness, and there it remained until Nevins broke the sphere and its power entered Jenny.

If The Eye looks familiar, remember that Sleepy Hollow is lousy with Freemasons. They’re the reason—specifically, Benjamin Franklin, the Freemason and Founding Father who continues to confound Crane—the Eye of Providence ended up on our currency. But unless you’re a high-level Freemason, good luck putting it all together. Crane, however, is a high-level Freemason and realizes the answers they seek are found in a Colonial treatise whose sole copy is in an Old Masonic lodge that is part of a university in Albany. Team Witness arrives on campus and secures the book in the midst of a toga party very much like the one in Animal House, including a black singer belting out “Shout.”

[What is going on here? ...]

Nov 18 2015 1:00pm
Original Story

H&H Quickie #14: Valerie Bowman Presents The Irresistible Rogue Prequel Scene

The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman

We are honored and thrilled to share with you a brand-new, exclusive, original Quickie prequel scene to The Irresistible Rogue by Valerie Bowman, which came out earlier this month.

H&H newsletter subscribers were the first to read the Quickie, which we're now thrilled to post for all readers! We hope you enjoy.

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Last month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you brought your A-game!

Here are the prompts Valerie chose as inspiration (with thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, both here at H&H and on Wattpad, because there were so many fantastic options):

  • A hero with a scar (PhoebeChase)

  • Stale tea cakes (lauralee1912)

The London Docks
Approximately one year before The Irresistible Rogue begins

Ok, this was it. Daphne was going to kiss Rafe Cavendish if it was the last thing she did. Tonight. On this ship. They had only two more days before it was all over. Their mission, that is. She’d spent the last nearly two weeks with him aboard The True Love pretending to be his cabin boy, married to him, and he hadn’t made so much as one inappropriate advance on her whatsoever. It was entirely possible this mission would end without any sort of inappropriate advance being made on Rafe’s part and Daphne had made up her mind. If an inappropriate advance was going to be made, apparently she was the one who was going to make it. So be it.

[Read the full scene now...]

Nov 20 2015 8:05am

Who Is Your Sexiest Man Alive for 2015?

David Beckham may have nabbed the titled this year, but there are plenty of sexy men out there. Do you agree with People's choice for Sexiest Man Alive? Who would you have picked in his place, if you weren't on Becks side?

Let us know in the comments (share a pic or two), and come back later today for some more eye-candy with our Friday Beefcake. 

Nov 19 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue’s Before the Dawn (November 30, 2015)

Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue
Before the Dawn (The Ending #4)
L2 Books / November 24, 2015 / $3.99 digital

A year ago, the Virus killed off most people in the world. 

A year ago, strange things started happening to those who survived. Some of them transformed into something dark and sinister, while others evolved, becoming something more, something beyond human.

A year ago, Dani and Zoe were lost. They traversed the country to find one another, losing some of the people dearest to them along the way. They fought for their right to simply live, uncovered long-buried secrets, and discovered irreversible truths. And after everything Dani and Zoe have been through—even with the battle wounds that they bear—they’re still not safe.

It’s time for the struggling to end, for survivors to take back their lives, their families, their safety. It’s time to really begin to live, and to do that, they must wait for the first rays of dawn.

Before the Dawn by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue is the fourth and finalish story in The Ending series. I say finalish because it looks like there will be another story told, but this book definitely closes the chapter on a harrowing, exciting, romantic, and dangerous. The world created here is rich and dynamic; there are several novellas that accompany the series that are worth a read for anyone who is addicted to The Ending series (like me!).

[Get in on this sci-fi series ...]

Nov 19 2015 4:03pm

Romance News: Never-Before-Published Edith Layton & Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Deals

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Peaches and the Queen by Edith Layton

Edith Layton was a historical romance powerhouse. Sadly, she passed away in 2009, and many of her works went unpublished. Edith's daughter, Susie Felber, has been working to get some of those unpublished treats into fans' hands, and today we're happy to share the cover and synopsis for Edith Layton's never-before-published Peaches and the Queen, a holiday novella featuring a much-loved cat and, of course, Queen Victoria:

Presenting a never-before-published, holiday short story from Regency author Edith Layton! 

Christmas is coming to Victorian London. A poor boy living with his milliner sister in a marginal part of town discovers his cat is missing. His old dog can’t live without the cat, so he searches—and hears that the Queen has kidnapped his cat! Queen Victoria’s favorite moggie strayed, and her minions scooped up the wrong cat—or so the boy and his sister think. 

This Christmas novella tells how an earnest young Beefeater, his world-weary superior, and one of the wiliest criminals in London each try to find the right cat without disturbing the old queen, win the boy’s cat back—and woo the pretty sister—before the Queen leaves London for her Christmas holiday. 

From the servants at the palace and the Queen’s own chambers, to Billingsgate and the mudlarks’ favorite taverns, the adventures are many among the high- and low-life of Victorian London.

Pre-order Peaches and the Queen today at Amazon before its November 30 release.

[+Sweet, sweet deals...]