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Oct 19 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Joanna Shupe’s Baron (October 25, 2016)

Baron by Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe
Baron (The Knickerbocker Club #2)
Zebra / October 25, 2016 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Will Sloane, railroad baron and aspiring politician (how’s that for a hero with a timely occupation, US readers?) knows where he’s going…or so he thinks. Charter members of Shupe’s Knickerbocker Club series already know the way Will thinks. In Magnate, Will had a few lessons to learn. Though Will didn’t believe a woman could run a successful business, his sister, Lizzie, proved him wrong. Will also learned of some shady doings within his own company, and has hitched his wagon to an up and coming politician, his sights on the state capitol and making a better life for those who depend on him.

 Ava Jones, aka Madame Zolikoff, fake clairvoyant and real survivor, knows she’s not speaking to the other side. There is no other side; all of the signs from the spirits are her own trickery, but it’s for a good cause. Actually two of them. Sure, Ava wants to give her clients some hope in the wake of the losses in their lives, and she does that to the best of her ability, but she is also the main support for her younger siblings. Nobody gets out of New York City’s underbelly without a fight. Ava has dreams of taking them away from long days of hard labor in factories, or hawking newspapers on the streets, to an idyllic farm in upstate New York, whether they want to go or not.

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Oct 19 2016 11:00am

Scarlett Cole’s Second Circle Epilogue: Cujo and Drea’s “Full Circle”

Scarlett Cole

Scarlett Cole's Second Circle Tattoos, The Complete Series

Today we're thrilled to give you a taste of a very special epilogue. For the complete series bundle of Scarlett Cole's Second Circle Tattoos series, Scarlett has given a hint at our favorite inked couples and their HEAs with a special epilogue written for this bundle. We get a taste of the epilogue with Cujo and Drea's “Full Circle.”

The tattoo artist with a heart of gold.

The playboy with his own hidden scars.

The international rockstar who longs for a home.

The mechanic with a dark past.

These are the heroes of Second Circle Tattoos. Trent, Cujo, Dred, Reid. And now all four books are together for the first time in a fabulous, low priced eBook box set featuring an exclusive epilogue. Why pick one book boyfriend when you can have all four?

Start reading “Full Circle,” the special epilogue featuring Cujo and Drea from Scarlett Cole's The Fractured Heart. The epilogue will feature other beloved characters in Scarlett Cole's Second Circle Tattoos series, will be featured in the Second Circle Tattoos, The Complete Series (available January 3, 2016). Happy reading!

“Full Circle” by Scarlett Cole


“So, I don't want you to get mad, Shortcake, but I have a surprise for you,” Cujo said. Nervously, he ran his hand through his blond hair as the opulent elevator of the Bellagio hotel in Las Vegas took him and his unsuspecting soon-to-be fiancée up to their room. He studied Drea's hazel eyes. Eyes that lit up when she smiled, that became red and blotchy when she cried, and went wide when she came apart in his arms like she had in bed that morning. Right now they looked at him suspiciously.

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Oct 19 2016 9:30am

Books You Love, But...: An Appropriately Love/Hate Relationship with The Hating Game

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Hating Game is an enemies-to-lovers, opposites-attract story about two coworkers who have worked side by side, in mutual disdain, for a year. Their days are spent in strange battles with unwritten rules: The Mirror Game. The Staring Game. The (especially ugly) HR Game.

“I should mention that the ultimate aim of all our games is to make the other smile, or cry. It's something like that. I'll know when I win.

I made a mistake when I first met Joshua: I smiled at him. My best sunny smile with all my teeth, my eyes sparkling with stupid optimism that the business merger wasn't the worst thing to ever happen to me. His eyes scanned me from the top of my head to the soles of my shoes. I'm only five feet tall, so it didn't take long. Then he looked away out the window. He did not smile back, and somehow I feel like he's been carrying my smile around in his breast pocket ever since. He's one up.”

This debut novel by Sally Thorne came out to enormous acclaim. A starred review from Kirkus. Praise from The Washington Post and Library Journal. In Romancelandia, Twitter has been kvelling, “All About Romance” listed it as a Desert Island Keeper, and Smart Bitches gave it a B+.

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Oct 19 2016 8:12am

What Will Make You Return to an Author?

Lovers reunited

It happens to everyone. You love an author and their books... but you've grown apart. You're just... different people now. But then one day, you think you'll pick up their book just one. last. time. Et voila! You love them again!

What will make you return to a favorite author? What is important for your favorite authors to have at the “core” of each of their books? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

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Oct 18 2016 4:41pm

Heart’s Desires with Tawny Weber & Lenora Bell: Romance News & Deals

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

A SEAL's Desire by Tawny WeberDeal Alert: Tawny Weber's Uniformly Hot category romance A SEAL's Desire is on sale in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* What makes for a standout moment in a romance novel? Weber dishes on her love for a special scene in Nora Roberts' Blood Magick.

Deal Alert: Donna Hill, Zuri Day, and Cheris Hodges' holiday contemporary anthology The One That I Want is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Ready to start dipping into holiday reads? You can start with 25 Romances of Christmas recommendations and/or a Naughty and Nice sampler of romances coming soon. Pssst: Harlequin has a big sale going on for more than 18,000 e-books!

Deal Alert: Meredith Wild's contemporary second-chance romance On My Knees, first in the Bridge series, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* And if you enjoy this book, you're going to want to stick around for “the taming of the ultimate player—Darren Bridge,” writes TanyaLK in her First Look at Into the Fire, book 2 in the Bridge series.

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Oct 18 2016 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Skye Warren and Debbie Mason!

Team H&H is pleased to present two exclusive cover reveals from authors Skye Warren and Debbie Mason! First up, in Skye Warren's The Pawn, Gabriel Miller is a man used to getting what he wants, ruthless and cunning, he makes an offer that can't be refused. And in Debbie Mason's Primrose Lane, a hunky doctor has to battle off a hoard of single women, while trying desperately to get the one he wants for their happily ever after.

The Pawn by Skye Warren

The Pawn by Skye Warren

The price of survival…

Gabriel Miller swept into my life like a storm. He tore down my father with cold retribution, leaving him penniless in a hospital bed. I quit my private all-girl’s college to take care of the only family I have left.

There’s one way to save our house, one thing I have left of value.

My virginity.

A forbidden desire…

I’m determined to face the auction with dignity, but Gabriel appears at every turn. He seems to take pleasure in watching me fall. Other times he’s the only kindness in a brutal underworld.

One month. One million dollars.

Except he's playing a deeper game than I knew. Every move brings us together, every secret rips us apart. And when the final piece is played, only one of us can be left standing.

THE PAWN is a full-length contemporary novel about revenge and seduction in the game of love. The next book in the series, THE KNIGHT, comes out in January 2017.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Pawn by Skye Warren available December 6, 2016:

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Oct 18 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s To Love and to Cherish (October 18, 2016)

To Love and to Cherish by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne
To Love and to Cherish (The Wedding Belles, #3)
Pocket Books / October 18, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

There’s nothing quite more tailored to the world of romance than weddings. So, it doesn’t come as much of a surprise that a go-to contemporary romance theme is often that of wedding planners. Lauren Layne’s Wedding Belles series explores those connections between weddings and romance narratives. To Love and to Cherish is the final book in the trilogy, and it deftly explores how planning and executing other people’s dreams can make us ignore our own.

Eight years ago, Alexis Morgan was ordering a drink at an NYC bar, wondering if her goose was well and truly cooked. Her brilliant idea for an upscale wedding planning business was without a single investor. Her move to the city to follow the dream of owning a business—the dream she’s worked for through years of college and hard work—seemed like a failure. Just as she felt like giving up, the universe gave her hope.

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Oct 18 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Susannah Sandlin’s Black Diamond (October 18, 2016)

Black Diamond by Susannah Sandlin

Susannah Sandlin
Black Diamond (Wilds of the Bayou #2)
Montlake / October 18, 2016 / $12.95 print, $3.99 digital

For some people, the untamed beauty of the bayou is a place to hide. For Louisiana wildlife agent Jena Sinclair, it’s a place of refuge—one where she can almost forget the tragedy that scarred both her skin and her soul. But when the remains of yet another fisherman turn up, Jena realizes that Bayou Pointe-aux-Chenes is not safe for her…or anyone else.

The mysterious deaths aren’t her only problem. A dangerous drug known as Black Diamond is circulating through Terrebonne Parish, turning addicts into unpredictable sociopaths. Jena’s investigation leads her to Cole Ryan—a handsome, wary recluse struggling with his own troubled history—who knows more than he’s willing to admit. If they want to stop the killer, Jena and Cole must step out of the shadows of their pasts and learn to help each other…before the evils lurking in the bayou consume them both.

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Oct 18 2016 11:00am

Ross Poldark, Problematic Fave: We Love Him Even When We Want to Kick Him

Ross Poldark is a good man. And he's also not a good man. He's caring and passionate. He's also stubborn and willful. He's a fully rounded and explored character, and in the Poldark TV series, Ross Poldark is nothing short of a study in contradictions. He's compelling, and there are few characters on television right now that make me want to both wring their necks and protect them from harm. Ross straddles that line flawlessly.

Ross eschews the social order, yet benefits from coming from a distinct lineage in the face of self-made men, e.g. George Warleggan. Ross deeply loves and cares for Demelza, but still holds a significant longing for first love Elizabeth—a fact that's bound to get him into significant trouble.

He has financial problems, but he's too stubborn to ask for assistance.

He could have a relatively easy life, but chooses to make some really dumb decisions and make things as difficult as possible for himself and his family.

But, we love him anyway. He's an undeniably flawed hero, but that makes him even more enticing to watch and root for, and sometimes root against.

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Oct 18 2016 9:30am

All Hallows Eve: October 2016 Not-Your-Usual Historical Romance Best Bets

October is a month filled with a mountain of miniature chocolate wonders and my secret guilty pleasure – candy corn! (Don’t judge–especially if you willingly eat Peeps ::shudder::).  It’s also a month that is chock full of historical romance.  This small list is but the tip of the iceberg – or in the case of October, the tip of the witch’s hat.  What not-your-usual historicals are you looking forward to this month?


A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

With her inquisitive mind, Charlotte Holmes has never felt comfortable with the demureness expected of the fairer sex in upper class society.  But even she never thought that she would become a social pariah, an outcast fending for herself on the mean streets of London.

When the city is struck by a trio of unexpected deaths and suspicion falls on her sister and her father, Charlotte is desperate to find the true culprits and clear the family name. She’ll have help from friends new and old—a kind-hearted widow, a police inspector, and a man who has long loved her. But in the end, it will be up to Charlotte, under the assumed name Sherlock Holmes, to challenge society’s expectations and match wits against an unseen mastermind.

A couple years ago Thomas was speaking to a group of librarians at an RWA conference.  When asked about what she was working on she teased us with “What if Sherlock Holmes was a woman?” and all our collective ears perked up.  The first in her Lady Sherlock series is finally out this month, the start of a historical mystery series that promises romance as well.

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Oct 18 2016 8:14am

What’s the Book You’ve Gotten the Most People to Read?

When Beauty Tamed the Beast by Eloisa James

As readers, we love to recommend our favorite books to anyone who will listen. There comes a certain pride in getting someone hooked on your keepers. 

What book do you know you've gotten the most people hooked on? What is it and how have you made so many people read it?

Tell me about it in the comments. 

Oct 17 2016 4:36pm

Secretly Married Westmorelands & Feversong Clues: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Bane by Brenda JacksonDeal Alert: Brenda Jackson's contemporary western Bane, a secretly-married AND second-chance-at-love Westmoreland novel, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Can't get enough of those cowboys? Read an excerpt from The Rancher Returns, the latest release in the Wesmoreland Legacy series.

Deal Alert: Melanie Dickerson's Fairy Tale Romance Collection—featuring The Healer's Apprentice, The Merchant's Daughter, The Fairest Beauty, The Captive Maiden, and The Princess Spy—is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Swooning over fairy tales is one of our favorite hobbies.

Deal Alert: Deirdre Martin's classic hockey romance Body Check is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Martin and Rachel Gibson are often credited with making hockey the sport of choice in romance.

Deal Alert: Sharon Cullen's historical Sebastian's Lady Spy is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Never let it be said that we turned down an opportunity to break down our love of spies in romance.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Anxiously awaiting Karen Marie Moning's Feversong? Maybe the official description will offer some clues and ease some of your jitters?

[+Feversong description, sexy adult Harry Potter & more...]

Oct 17 2016 2:00pm

More Weird Protagonists Please: Penny Reid’s Beard Science

Beard Science by Penny Reid

Sometimes I wish that I could read a book again for the first time because it’s so good, I want to experience all the feelings it made me feel the first time around.

That is precisely how I feel about Penny Reid’s Beard Science.  When I first read the description for this book, I thought—“how on earth am I going to read about Cletus? He’s SO odd!”

But, that’s why this book is so perfect. Honestly, this novel will definitely go on my ‘Best Reads of 2016’ list for a number of reasons, but the biggest reason is that both Cletus and the heroine Jennifer are weird.

Really weird, and I love that. Romantic comedies need more weird protagonists. It’s such a refreshing departure from the protagonists who have it all together and they’re just trying to battle some wayward thing that’s come to disrupt their lives. Beard Science does have external conflict that propels the story along, but the best part is watching these two characters fall for one another, almost without realizing it.

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Oct 17 2016 12:00pm

Naughty and Nice: 2016 Holiday Romance Novel Sampler

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We’re serving up a bit of naughty and nice this holiday season with eleven excerpts from titles that are sure to make your season bright! These romances will make you want to get cozy, grab a mug of hot cocoa, and start getting out those decorations. Get into the spirit with a sampling of these holiday romances:

In Opal Carew’s Big Package—a missed connection, plus a former high school football star, plus a blizzard equals a raging inferno!

A bad boy looking to reform his ways meets a woman who needs his help in Laura Trentham's Candy Cane Christmas.

Emily March’s Christmas in Eternity Springs will lift your spirits with a story of healing past hurts, finding a second chance at love, and embracing Christmas cheer. 

A woman who’s all work and no play finds herself home for holidays to help out her family, and gets more than she bargained for in Nancy Naigle’s Christmas Joy.

An old high school crush, a wayward disaster, and a chance to fix past wrongs are in store in Melissa Cutler's If Santa Were A Cowboy, a story that’s more naughty than nice.

Slip into a little holiday magic with Amelia Grey's Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis, with an historical best-friend's-little-sister romance as the Marquis of Wythebury is bowled over by a woman he believes is off limits.

Mary Connealy, Ruth Logan Herne, and Margaret Brownley are giving us three magnificent stories from the Second Chance at Star Inn Series about loss, love, redemption, and finding home for the holidays. 

Tara Wyatt's When Snowflakes Fall and Like Fresh Fallen Snow take us from Christmas to New Year's Eve and put us in the mood for the wonder of the holidays!

Start reading by clicking the titles below:

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Oct 17 2016 11:00am

What is Your Small Town Romance?

Candy Cane Christmas by Laura Trentham

Today we're thrilled to welcome to Laura Trentham (Candy Cane Christmas) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Laura writes some of our favorite small town romances—whether we're spending the day in Falcon, Alabama with her Falcon Football series or heading to Cottonbloom where “the other side of the tracks” (or river, in this case) looks pretty appealing. Today she's here to help you “write” one of your own. Below, simply find your first initial, favorite color and birth month to craft your own small town romance. Thanks, Laura!

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Oct 17 2016 9:30am

First Look: Dianne Duvall’s Rendezvous with Yesterday (October 17, 2016)

Rendezvous with Yesterday by Dianne Duvall

Dianne Duvall
Rendezvous with Yesterday (The Gifted Ones #2)
Dianne Duvall / October 17, 2016 / $12.99 print, $4.99 digital

In Rendezvous with Yesterday, Dianne Duvall paints a brilliant picture of the differences of modern life and medieval England by blending her Gifted Ones series with her Immortal Guardians series and to do so, she only needed a splash of time travel dabbed with a little immortality.

Bethany Bennett is a modern woman who has a normal obsession with her cell phone and a not so normal one for guns. But the guns are important to her work in the family business as a bounty hunter. In a day that will change how Bethany views the world (and history), Bethany goes with her brother on what should be a long-shot tip to apprehend two wanted killers.  From the moment they step into the forest, everything goes wrong and Bethany is left fighting for her life.  She is losing a great deal of blood and as she loses consciousness, she isn’t sure if this is the end.  What she doesn’t realize is that when she wakes up she is no longer in modern day Texas, but in the forest of England in the year 1203.   

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Oct 17 2016 8:05am

What Book Introduced You to Your Favorite Trope?

Underfoot by Leanne Banks

We all have our favorite tropes that we gravitate towards, and while many of us can like the same trope, it's rare that the same book would have been the one to introduce you to it. 

What is your favorite trope and what book made you love it? Is there a trope that you don't love but you love how a book treated it? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Oct 16 2016 12:00pm

J.A. Rock Excerpt: Slave Hunt

J.A. Rock

Slave Hunt (Subs Club, #5) by J.A. Rock

Thirty people. Two hours. Only the strong will survive.

When Riddle decides to put on a slave hunt, the Subs Club is on board. Tops hunting bottoms in the woods with paintball guns? Yes. Captives strung up on whipping posts, at the mercy of their captors? Hell yes. But on the morning of the hunt, nothing’s going according to plan. Miles and Drix are at odds over Miles’s reluctance to move in together. Dave is determined to show up D, who thinks Dave won’t last two minutes in the woods. Gould finds himself torn between obeying his master’s orders and living out a longtime fantasy. And Kamen inadvertently becomes a double agent when he aligns himself with two different parties.

By the end of the hunt, alliances will be forged and broken, loyalties will be tested, relationships will be strengthened…and someone will barrel roll. Narrated by ten different characters, Slave Hunt tells the story of two hours in the woods that will change everyone forever. Or at least, remind them that love is the greatest victory of all.

Get a sneak peek at J.A. Rock's Slave Hunt (available October 17, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Twelve guns?” Kel tapped her clipboard with her pen.

I did a quick recount of the paintball guns. “Yes, Ma’am.”

“Thirty-five pairs of goggles?”

I tried to recount, but got distracted by the collapsible dog run Greg was setting up near the snack table, and by my embarrassing desire to be in there. “Yes, Ma’am.”

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Oct 16 2016 11:00am

Season’s Greetings from Hope Ramsay’s A Christmas Bride

A Christmas Bride by Hope Ramsay

Amidst the cheerful “making a list and checking it twice” crowd that prevail at Christmas are always people whose circumstances make them reluctant participants in the pervasive jolliness. David Lyndon is a recent widower. He has a young daughter, he is running for Congress, and if Christmas would just go away, that would be fine with him.

Willow Peterson retreats to Shenandoah Falls, the town where she grew up, after a fruitless attempt to do the right thing—she blew the whistle on corporate malfeasance and the only thing blown out of town is her. She’s a failed 34 year-old whistleblower living under her mother’s roof.

A charming aspect of A Christmas Bride is the “it takes a village” cast of characters—be it Willow’s counter-culture mother and laid-back sister or David’s uptight, controlling mother and his adorable, anxious daughter Natalie—but we never lose our focus on the evolving relationship between Willow and David. Willow was a close friend of David’s deceased wife and she mourns her friend. Her place in David’s past somewhat muddles the possibility that they might become more than friends in the future.

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Oct 15 2016 11:00am

She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy: Farmers Are the New Alpha

Nuts by Alice Clayton

Rural romance, agrismut, agriculture erotica, lumbersexual, “50 Bales of Hay”… All new terms popping up in the romance community. Did we ever think we’d be talking about farmer heroes as the new alphas? But that’s what makes romantic fiction so great. I’ll admit, Alice Clayton’s Hudson Valley series, starting with Nuts, had me researching local CSAs and falling in love with sexy farmers. And that’s just the beginning.

In Nuts, organic farmer Leo is doing it all; son of a prominent New York City family who’s gotten back to his true roots, he’s all about pastured chickens, rotating crops for sustainability, and working off the land for everything he needs. Then there’s the beard and the “proximity to flannel and Mumford,” the green eyes and passion for the work he does, and it’s enough for perennial vagabond Ruby to stay put and see a good thing when she’s got it, which is all that glorious attention from long-single Leo. Everything he does is sexy, from his laser focus on her to his love of the land and imparting that love to others, locals and families and student groups alike.

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