<i>Hot & Bothered</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Hot & Bothered: Exclusive Excerpt Liz Maverick Jack groaned, the passion of his kisses intensifying. <i>At His Service</i>: Exclusive Excerpt At His Service: Exclusive Excerpt Suzanne Rock She undid the top few buttons of her blouse, revealing the upper curve of her breasts. <i>Jaguar Pride</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Jaguar Pride: Exclusive Excerpt Terry Spear Seeing her super-manly partner with cubs stirs up some unexpected desires... <i>Rough Justice</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Rough Justice: Exclusive Excerpt Sarah Castille "He pulled her into his body, imprisoning her in the warm circle of his arms..."
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Friday Beefcake: It's Sweater Weather
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Tue
Jan 27 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Sabrina Jeffries’s If the Viscount Falls (January 27, 2015)

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina JeffriesSabrina Jeffries
If the Viscount Falls (Duke's Men)
Pocket / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, digital

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.

Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?

There’s something beautiful about reunited sweethearts who have to overcome their trust issues to rebuild something even stronger than what they had before. This trope is an excellent antidote for all those insta love stories. For a romantic soul, it’s like catnip to see characters who belong together, whether they fall back in love, or better yet, admit they always were in love despite their time apart. This is the case in Sabrina Jeffries’s If the Viscount Falls.

[Falling, and staying, in love?]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Hot & Bothered: Exclusive Excerpt

Hot and Bothered by Liz Maverick

Living la belle vie is the best revenge...

Hosting a fabulous party is the perfect cap-off to Cassie Hagen’s successful business trip in Paris. Living in the land of decadent macarons, Louboutins, and French champagne is great – especially compared to her past life as the scholarship student at a tony New York private school.

Then Jack Marchand shows up.

Sure, he's hot, French and super apologetic about how he humiliated her in high school. He was all of her firsts: her first lover, the first to break her heart and the first to dump her after one night together.

Jack has never forgotten Cassie. He’s determined to prove he’s changed and win her back. As an apology, it's pretty much perfect. Deliciously so.

But Cassie isn't quite ready to forgive him.

Full Disclosure: Liz Maverick was the original fearless leader of the Heroes and Heartbreaker's team.

Get a sneak peek at Liz Maverick's Hot & Bothered (available February 10, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

If it’s Friday, it’s Paris, I thought with a grin as I looked at the two open bottles of champagne clutched in my hands. Man, I loved my job. My personal life was nonexistent, but my job? Yeah, I could put a nice big green check mark in that box. I sat crossed-legged next to my sister Anna on the floor of the nicest kitchen this side of the Seine’s left bank, swilling French bubbly.

Our view of the rest of the apartment spanned out in front of us like something from a celebrity magazine feature. Pastel-blue drapes in duchesse satin. White cane armchairs. Cream-colored marble and gold-leaf accents. My handiwork. I traveled the world buying and decorating upscale vacation rentals for my employer, Brooks Property. Until I was out of town and the property went on the market, it was mine to do with what I liked.

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Tue
Jan 27 2015 10:50am

Sleepy Hollow 2x14 Heart-to-Heart: Proud Ichabbie Keep On Turnin’

Ichabod and Abbie in Sleepy Hollow 2x14Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 14, “Kali Yuga”
Ships: Crane/Abbie (Ichabbie), Jenny/Hawley, Irving/Cynthia

Sleepy Hollow 2x14 Captain's Log**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night's 2x14,“Kali Yuga.”**

Abbie sings Karaoke at a local bar, while Crane finds her performance surprising. Jenny mentions that Abbie has the voice of an angel...whoops, is that a sore spot? Crane says no, Orion was dealt with and he and Abbie have made their peace. Uh huh. Jenny notes that Crane and Abbie have been spending less time together. Did Abbie say something? No, Jenny just noticed.

Hawley leaves to meet a fence and runs into some shady characters, including Carmilla, the woman who raised him. She needs Hawley to help her rob the Knox estate, as in Fort Knox, because Hawley owes her.

[That's a pretty big IOU...]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 9:30am

First Look: Victoria Dahl’s Flirting with Disaster (January 27, 2015)

Flirting with Disaster by Victoria DahlVictoria Dahl
Flirting with Disaster (Girls' Night Out #2)
HQN / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs…except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied US marshal threatens to unearth secrets she's spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster.

Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide. 

Flirting with Disaster is the second book in Victoria Dahl's new contemporary romance series, Jackson: Girl’s Night Out. The series follows a group of women who are friends in a small town, most of whom are out of their twenties. I’ve followed Dahl on Twitter for years, and I’ve always been interested in trying her contemporary romances because of the voice she’s projected as an authorial brand. Flirting with Disaster met every expectation in voice, and was far from the usual small town based romance novel.

[You've piqued our interest!]

Tue
Jan 27 2015 8:20am

Coming of Age in Girlhood

Girlhood, a coming-of-age film that opens in New York City theaters this Friday, and Los Angeles theaters the following Friday, is unusual because it is a French language film featuring a black heroine. Girlhood has been winning (or was nominated) for awards on the festival circuit.

IndieWire's synopsis reads, “In Celine Sciamma's Girlhood, Karidja Toure stars as Marieme, a 15-year-old in a difficult family situation and no interest in school. When she meets a trio of carefree tough girls, she ditches the only existence she's known to join their clique — and changing her name, her dress, and her life to do so.” 

If it doesn't reach your city, it might be worth keeping in mind for when it hits streaming services. 

Mon
Jan 26 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Katie Rose’s Too Hot to Handle (January 27, 2015)

Too Hot to Handle by Katie RoseKatie Rose
Too Hot to Handle (The Boys of Summer #2)
Loveswept / January 27, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Nikki Case is no fan of baseball. Her ex gambled away a fortune on the sport, and now her PR firm has tasked her with cleaning up the league’s most notorious bad boys. The New Jersey Sonics are known for wild womanizing and booze-fueled brawls, so Nikki expects the worst. Her first stop in the battle to win hearts and minds is star hitter Jake Baldwin—a legendary ladies man so smokin’ he threatens to melt her tough-girl armor.

Although his teammates prank her without mercy, Jake admires the way Nikki gives as good as she gets. She may be the queen of frost, but there’s kindling beneath those sultry curves—and he’s just the man to ignite it. But when a PR nightmare lands the Sonics in headlines across the country, Nikki is ready to walk. Only then does Jake realize how important she is to the Sonics’ success—and that winning the love of a good woman is no game.

Baseball has always been more than a game to me. Going to a ballgame as an adult unlocks memories of a simpler time when the only thing that mattered was whether your team won that day. Is there anyone who can’t recite these famous lyrics?

Take me out to the ball game/Take me out with the crowd.

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks/I don't care if I never get back.

Let me root, root, root for the home team/If they don't win it's a shame.

Aahh…For it's one, two, three strikes you're out, at the old ball game!

[One more time!]

Mon
Jan 26 2015 3:39pm

Romance News Roundup: Laura Kaye Deal, Beauty and the Beast, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye—Deal Alert: Laura Kaye's Hard As It Gets is currently listed at $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Looks like other books in the series, such as Hard to Come By and Hard to Let Go, are also a good bargain right now. (We have no idea how long these prices will last, so get them while you can.) See all of our Kaye coverage here.

—Emma Watson (Hermione in the Harry Potter movies) has been cast as Belle in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film. First up, of course, will be live-action Cinderella.

—Starting today, H&H is re-reading J.D. Robb's sixth In Death book, Vengeance in Death, as part of a multi-blog celebration of the approaching publication of Robb's fortieth (!!!) Eve and Roarke book. Read all three posts in our theme-based re-read this week, and then join us February 10 for an Obsession in Death excerpt and sweepstakes you won't want to miss.

—The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, has been cast as the villain in the upcoming Netflix/Marvel superheroine series A.K.A. Jessica Jones. If you weren't already on board, has this convinced you to give it a shot? Here's everything else we know about the show so far. Stay tuned for more.

Mon
Jan 26 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s Risking It All (January 27, 2015)

Risking it All by Tessa BaileyTessa Bailey
Risking It All (Crossing the Line #1)
Entangled / January 27, 2015 / $14.99 print, $5.99 digital

NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.

Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life.

Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process.

Tessa Bailey has outdone herself. Risking It All brings together the strongest elements from her earlier works—alpha hotness, bad boys, cops, strong heroines, dirty talking and mind-blowing sex scenes—and merges them in a refreshing, consuming take on tropes we love.

[Risky business!]

Mon
Jan 26 2015 2:00pm

Trust Issues: Eve and Roarke in J.D. Robb’s Vengeance in Death

This week, H&H celebrates the forthcoming release of the fortieth (!!!) book in J.D. Robb's In Death series, Obsession in Death. As part of the celebration, we're taking an in-depth look at the sixth book in the series, Vengeance in Death (with a bonus excerpt of Chapter 1 from the book at the end of this post). To join the discussion on Twitter, use the hashtag #obsessedwithindeath. And be sure to check out posts from fellow romance blogs Romance at Random and, next week, Smexy Books for more re-read fun.

Vengeance in Death, the sixth of J.D. Robb's wonderful In Death Series, is a pivotal novel for relationships in the series. In book one, Naked in Death, Eve Dallas, homicide lieutenant, fell in love with a man with a criminal past. In book three, Immortal in Death, she is preparing to marry him. Vengeance in Death is a turning point in the Eve / Roarke relationship, the book in which Eve determines how much she trusts her new husband.

Trust does not come easily for Eve, as anyone who has read the series will be aware. As a child, she was abused and molested and, eventually, found in an alley in Dallas, covered in blood with no memory of her past. She was raised in state institutions and driven to law enforcement as a stable, safe harbor. Over the course of the first five books, Eve begins to regain some of her memories and what she recovers does not encourage trust.

[Uh oh... that doesn't bode well...]

Mon
Jan 26 2015 1:00pm

Lost Girl 5x08 Recap and SPOILER Thread: Succubus in a Box

Bo and Dyson in Lost Girl 5x08We'll be recapping Lost Girl as it airs on Showcase in Canada and we'll be repromoting them as it airs in the United States on the SyFy channel. Enjoy and discuss!

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night's Season 5, Episode 8, “End of Faes.”

Tamsin is moving out of Hilton Hovel under protest from Bo who claims she and the team still need Tamsin. Tamsin rightfully doesn’t believe Bo’s platitudes anymore and claims she doesn’t need Bo, which, let’s be honest, she never did. Tamsin seems over last week’s rejection and claims that Bo’s heart will always be with Doctor Lauren and they’ll always be a couple even when they’re not. You know what? I can’t even bother unpacking all the bullshit that’s in that statement anymore. Bo wonders where Tamsin is going to go. “Wherever the universe takes me. Motel 6. And then wherever the universe takes me.” Heh.

[Always bringing the laughs even when your heart is breaking...]

Mon
Jan 26 2015 12:05pm
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At His Service: Exclusive Excerpt

Suzanne Rock

At His Service by Suzanne Rock

Leo Perconti's  life is spinning out of control. As head of his family’s hotel conglomerate, it’s his job to save his family from bankruptcy. At the center of his turmoil is Karin Norell, a quiet, alluring housekeeping manager who compliments his dominating personality and lets him feel in control once more.

As Karin explores her passion her feelings for Leo deepen. Unfortunately, Karin and Leo come from  different worlds, and when the two worlds collide, the cost can be devastating. As the service staff at The Palazzo rise up against the Perconti family, both Leo and Karin are faced with losing what each of them holds most dear. Together they must learn that true power comes from vulnerability and trust that can only happen when you let your insecurities go.

Get a sneak peek at Suzanne Rock's At His Service, Part 1 (available February 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

Karin Norell shoved the cleaning cart inside the elevator and pushed the button in rapid succession to close the door. Once the doors closed and she slid her card for the penthouse suite, she slumped against the mirrored wall and let out a long breath.

Only twelve more weeks to go. Karin had to last just a few short months before she obtained the work credit needed for her hospitality degree. The second she finished her required internship, she was going to quit this lousy job and never think about the Palazzo again.

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Mon
Jan 26 2015 11:22am

“Every Day, Every Man Has a Choice": Watch Outlander 1.5’s Opening Scene

Starz has released the first few moments of the first episode from the second half of Outlander Season 1, which we've dubbed Season 1.5.

By telling part of the story through Jamie's eyes, the series is already diverging from Diana Gabaldon's book, which is told exclusively from Claire's point of view. What do you think of the decision to open the episode with a Jamie voiceover?

Outlander returns April 4 with “The Reckoning.” Find all of our coverage of the show and book series in the Outlander Collection.

Mon
Jan 26 2015 10:45am

First Look: Kelly Jamieson’s Playing Dirty (January 27, 2015)

Kelly Jamieson
Playing Dirty (Windy City Kink, Book 3)
Samhain Publishing / January 27, 2015 / $4.99 digital

What seems like surrender may not be surrender at all...

Paige Nelson has an amazing new life in a new city with her own business and new friends, her abusive ex-husband firmly in her past. Plans to expand her business are running into a few roadblocks, but she doesn't need a man to help her. She can do this on her own.

From the minute he lays eyes on Paige, prominent developer Raff Lauden wants her. Intensely. Urgently. Though petite and delicate usually isn't his type, he finds himself asking her out. Even more surprising? She says no.

Paige has a history of being attracted to dominant, controlling man. The kind she swore never to get involved with again. But maybe she's trying to resist the one man who can give her everything she's ever really wanted...

This is probably my favorite book I've read so far this year, and my favorite thing about Playing Dirty by Kelly Jamieson is how human the characters are. Paige and Raff are just so well developed. They're absolutely dynamic. In fact, (perhaps excluding Paige's ex) I don't think there's a single static character in the book. I also knew going in that this book takes place in the “middle” of a series, but I had no problem keeping up. This book definitely stands alone.

[We'll stand by it!]

Mon
Oct 13 2014 9:15am

Downton Abbey Series 5 (Season 5), Episode 4: Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 5 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 5 on January 4, 2015. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 5, Episode 4. Enjoy!

This week, the episode starts with Thomas returning from his trip to (ostensibly) visit his sick father. Guess what? His father is completely recovered! Shocker.

Upstairs, the family’s all gathered for lunch and we find that Rose’s father is due for a visit and is planning to stay at the Abbey. Yay! Shrimpy’s back! I wonder how he’s doing with his wife these days, and whether or not O’Brien will return, too. That would certainly be interesting. Any way, we’re definitely not going to see that during this episode, because Shrimpy’s traveling alone. Something’s up, though, because when Robert asks where Shrimpy’s next assignment is going to be, Mary shakes her head implying that the subject is not up for discussion.

[Let it lie for a while...]

Mon
Jan 26 2015 8:18am

What Pulls You In Every Time?

Idris Elba in Details MagazineLast week in the H&H Debriefing, we talked about Big Misunderstandings, which can put some people off a book (where you start yelling, “Just talk to each other, already!”).

Today we want to find out the top reason you think, “Oh, yeah, I HAVE to read that one!” It could be a trope, a type of character, a set-up, a genre, there are animals in the story, or anything else. 

What pulls you in every time? 

Sun
Jan 25 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Laura Lee Guhrke’s Catch a Falling Heiress (January 27, 2015)

Catch a Falling Heiress  by Laura Lee GuhrkeLaura Lee Guhrke
Catch a Falling Heiress
Avon / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Linnet Holland wants nothing to do with fortune hunters. No, she's determined to marry a man who loves her. But just as she's about to accept the perfect marriage proposal from the man she wants, the rakish Earl of Featherstone interrupts and ruins everything, including her reputation, with his smoldering kiss . . .

Jack Featherstone knows all about Linnet's “intended,” and he's determined she won't fall prey to that villain as other women have in the past. But when his attempt to save Linnet ruins her instead, he knows he has to make things right. So he sets out to win this golden beauty . . . and prove to her that being ruined by him was the best thing that could have happened to her.

Linnet Holland, the latest heroine in Laura Lee Guhrke's An American Heiress in London series, is determined to escape the fate that has befallen so many others: trading her American money for an English title. She successfully navigated a London season without becoming engaged and is happily back home in Newport, about to agree to marry an old acquaintance—more for familiarity's sake than anything else—when Jack, Earl of Featherstone steps in. 

[Where angels fear to tread?]

Sun
Jan 25 2015 10:00am

Shipping Sunday: Jane the Virgin’s Jane and Rafael

Jane the Virgin caught our eye from Episode 1—after all, when the premise of the show is that a girl who has been saving herself for marriage but suddenly finds herself accidentally artificially enseminated, we knew that hijinx (and love) would ensue! However, the ship we boarded isn't the original relationship that Jane was in at the beginning of the show; rather, we've fallen for Jane and her former-almost-lover-turned-baby-daddy-and-oh-yeah-boss, Rafael.

Now that Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez has won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (!!!!), the show has a few people sitting up and taking notice. Are you one of them? Have you tried this show?

What's been your favorite Jane and Rafael moment? Share gifs and pictures in the comments!

[Do you ship this couple?...]

Sat
Jan 24 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Kimberly Kincaid’s Fire Me Up (January 27, 2015)

FIre Me Up by Kimberly KincaidKimberly Kincaid
Fire Me Up (Pine Mountain #4)
Kensington / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $7.59 digital

Teagan O’Malley can handle a crisis. She’s a paramedic, it’s her job. But she never expected to land in the kitchen of her father’s pub, with no notice, no cash, and no room for error. The kitchen is not her favorite place. Lucky for her, she just scraped a bad-boy chef off the pavement after a motorcycle accident—and something about him says he can turn up the heat in more ways than one.

Adrian Holt has had a rough few years, and he’s not eager to get tangled up in anything more complicated than a good risotto. But with a broken arm and a head full of bad memories, he needs a challenge to keep him sane. Teagan’s dare-me attitude and smoldering mess of a bar are just what the doctor ordered. And the two of them together might cook up some even better medicine…

There is nothing more enticing then a heroine and hero that have it completely together in one area of their life, but not another. Having less than perfect characters equates to authentic characters, and in Katherine Kincaid’s new release, Fire Me Up, the fourth book in her Pine Mountain series, you’ll be intrigued by the characters’ authenticity and vulnerability.

[Fire us up!]

Sat
Jan 24 2015 10:00am
Excerpt

Jaguar Pride: Exclusive Excerpt

Terry Spear

Jaguar Pride by Terry Spear

An impossible mission…

JAG Special Forces agents Huntley Anderson and Melissa Overton are hot on the trail of poachers when they’re suddenly saddled with two jaguar shifter cubs. They have to locate the parents, pronto—but who’s going to babysit in the meantime?

A lifetime of possibilities…

Huntley is a rough, tough jaguar shifter and an all-business agent, but he’s not going to let two abandoned youngsters come to any harm on his watch. Seeing her super-manly partner try to get the playful cubs under control stirs up some unexpected desires in Melissa, and she begins to feel like Huntley’s not the only one who’s in over his head…

Get a sneak peek at Terry Spear's Jaguar Pride (available February 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Men’s voices deeper in the rainforest caught Melissa’s attention. She couldn’t make out what they were actually saying. Huntley was beside her in an instant. Were the men camping in the rainforest? She’d heard at least three different voices. She could smell whiffs of smoke from their campfire. She and Huntley headed in that direction, drawing closer until they could hear the three men talking—about rugby, girlfriends, and sex. Australians. Most likely they were not who she and Huntley were looking for.

“Hey, mate, look at this. Hold the light closer.”

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Fri
Jan 23 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: It’s Sweater Weather with Common, Felton, and More!

Joe ManganielloOkay, we know that beefcake is supposed to be filled with shirtless guys—and we deliver!—but with the cold weather making us all hunker down into our jackets and scarves, it does make us appreciate a man who looks good in his winter clothes! Today, we've gathered up the men who look defined and yummy even in bulky sweaters!

Do you think some men look even better in clothes? Share your favorite beefcake down in the comments!

[Let's get bundled up...]