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From The Blog
January 23, 2015
Friday Beefcake: It's Sweater Weather
Team H & H
January 23, 2015
Karen Marie Moning Dishes on Fever Series and More!
Karen Marie Moning
January 22, 2015
Meredith Duran and the Romance of Uncertain Loyalties
Miss Bates
January 21, 2015
Love, Loss, Sisterhood, and Motherhood in Kristin Hannah’s Novels
Maggie Boyd
January 19, 2015
Plans Go Awry in Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan A Wedding for a Royal Spy
Jackie Lester
Jan 21 2015 1:00pm

First Look: HelenKay Dimon’s Playing Dirty (January 27, 2015)

Playing Dirty by HelenKay DimonHelenKay Dimon
Playing Dirty (Bad Boys Undercover)
Avon / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

As an elite Alliance agent—the joint undercover operation of MI6, the British Secret Intelligence Service, and the CIA—Ford Decker lives for the adrenaline. But when he befriends sexy property manager Shay Alexander in hopes of finding her cousin, a known national security threat, Ford crosses the line, getting to know her better . . . in bed.

After being burned by her last relationship, Shay wants to take things slow. Yet she can't keep her hands off the drop-dead gorgeous hottie who's moved into her apartment building. So when Ford's identity as an undercover agent is exposed, his betrayal cuts deep. Shay never wants to see him again, but Ford can't let her go, not when her life is still in danger. He will sacrifice everything to protect her, then be prepared to walk away from the only woman he's ever loved, even if it breaks him.

My mother retired from General Motors after 31 years, and when I started working in the marketing department of an international telecommunications company, she was constantly floored with the flexibility I had. During the heyday of telecom, before the dot-com bust around 2000, my Canada-based company spent millions of dollars on product demos and rollouts without blinking. I had to be available 80% of the time, which meant I worked about five hours to cover eastern to pacific time zones, and then a couple more hours in the middle of the night to pick up project teams in Europe and Asia Pacific. It took me YEARS to break the habit of being hyper-productive in the middle of the night. My mother couldn’t even fathom how I considered it a “traditional” workday (because her workday looked like the administrative staff in Mad Men).

[Work hard, play hard—and play dirty!]

Jan 21 2015 12:00pm

Rough Justice: Exclusive Excerpt

Sarah Castille

Rough Justice by Sarah Castille

From bestselling author Sarah Castille comes a scorching new series featuring red-hot, hard-riding bikers and the women who can’t help but love them…


Raised in a motorcycle gang, tough, beautiful Arianne Hunter has always dreamed of a normal life. But no sooner does she escape her father’s domineering grasp than she wakes up to find herself in a rival gang’s clubhouse—at the mercy of the dangerously sexy Jagger Knight.


The alpha leader of the notorious Sinner’s Tribe, Jagger Knight is all muscle, all biker, and all man. But somewhere inside this hard tattooed outlaw, Arianne senses a kindred spirit—and she can’t ignore their tempestuous attraction. Can she beat him at his own game in a revved-up blaze of glory? Or will their passion spark a war that’s the end of the road for them both?

Get a sneak peek at Sarah Castille's Rough Justice (available February 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

The name of the club shall be the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club.


Jagger skidded his sleek Harley chopper to a stop as incandescent chunks of steel arced across the night sky. Clouds of black smoke engulfed the flaming skeleton of what had once been his clubhouse, now a crumbling beacon at the edge of town.

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

Jan 21 2015 10:45am

First Look: Jessica Lemmon’s Bringing Home the Bad Boy (January 27, 2015)

Bringing Home the Bad Boy by Jessica LemmonJessica Lemmon
Bringing Home The Bad Boy (Second Chance)
Forever / January 27, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital

Evan Downey needs a new beginning. Since the death of his wife five years ago, the brilliant tattoo artist has shut himself away in a prison of grief that not even his work can break him out of-and what's worse, Evan knows his son Lyon is bearing the brunt of his seclusion. Moving back to the lake town of Evergreen Cove where he spent his childhood summers is his last chance for a fresh start.

Charlotte Harris knows she owes it to her best friend's memory to help Evan and his son find their way again, but she can't stop her traitorous heart from skipping a beat every time she looks into Evan's mesmerizing eyes. Charlotte is determined to stay strictly in the Friend Zone-until a mind-blowing night knocks that plan by the wayside. Now, if they're brave enough to let it, Charlotte and Evan might just find a love capable of healing their broken hearts . . .

Jessica Lemmon's Bringing Home The Bad Boy contains a number of tropes; small town romance, friends to lovers, second chance romance and there’s a moppet. What it doesn’t really contain is a bad boy.

[Bringing home the good boy doesn't have the same ring]

Jan 21 2015 9:30am

Love, Loss, Sisterhood, and Motherhood in Kristin Hannah’s Novels

Home Front by Kristin HannahStephen King once said, “Life turns on a dime. Sometimes towards us, but more often it spins away, flirting and flashing as it goes: so long, honey, it was good while it lasted, wasn’t it?” Kristin Hannah seems to have placed this philosophy at the heart of her novels, showing us how love and loss are often two sides of the same coin. In her intense, emotional tales she focuses on strong women facing multiple challenges and realizing that the only way through their travails is to move forward and embrace love.

Such is the case for Jolene Zarkades of Hannah’s Home Front. Jolene grew up fast and hard. The daughter of two alcoholics, she was surprised at how sad it made her when a drunk driving accident took them both from her forever. She is proud that she has been able to provide a far different life for her girls than the one she had. Her husband, Michael, an attorney is a kind, if sometimes absentee, father.

She is a pilot for the National Guard, a job she is able to share with her best friend, Tami. Tami was the sister Jolene had never had. They’d been teenagers when they met—a pair of eighteen-year-old girls who had joined the army because they didn’t know what else to do with their lives. Both had qualified for the high-school-to-flight-school helicopter-pilot training program.

[Not too shabby, ladies...]

Jan 21 2015 8:32am

What Course Corrections Would You Suggest?


Pencils have erasers for a reason. Everyone makes mistakes; everyone makes bad decisions. (N.B. there’s a big difference between the two—mistakes and bad decisions).

To err is human. Therefore one of the most important skills we can develop is course correction. It’s direly important to understand when a mistake is a mistake, to learn from our indiscretions, to change course and move forward a better person.—The Minimalists

In the comments for yesterday's Sleepy Hollow recap, Heather Waters mentioned that the show's network is advising a course correction before it gets renewed for Season 3.

And yesterday also saw the publication of Karen Marie Moning's Burned, a marked return to the Mac/Barrons-driven Fever series rather than the Dani O'Malley tangent begun in Iced

If you are a fan of a series, whether television or book, chances are you have an opinion abou where a series should go and how it went wrong or could go right. Let us know your thoughts! What course corrections would you advise? 

Gifs courtesy of singlittledove

Jan 20 2015 5:15pm

First Look: Jeanette Grey’s Through the Static (January 20, 2015)

Through the Static by Jeanette GreyJeanette Grey
Through the Static
Samhain / January 20, 2015 / $14.00 print, $4.49 digital

The only way to save him is to let him into her mind…and her heart.

When cybernetics researcher Aurelia Locke is attacked, she instantly recognizes her assailants as a Three—a mercenary unit made up of a trio of soldiers whose minds have been cybernetically linked, their pasts erased, their wills subsumed.

By the skin of her wits, she escapes to an abandoned house, where she hacks its security system in her desperation to find refuge.

Jinx is already on high alert when his Three notices something isn’t right with their safe house. But he never expected to find a woman wounded and bleeding out in his own bed, or that his visceral reaction to her would begin to awaken his lost past from a years-long haze of violence.

In a mad gamble to escape, Aurelia frees Jinx from his Three by severing his neural connection to them and tying his mind to hers. The power of their link shocks them both, manifesting not only in shared thoughts, but in an intensely passionate physical connection.

But dangerous forces pursue them, intent on reclaiming Jinx and silencing Aurelia’s knowledge. Her only chance of saving him is to risk everything—her research, her heart, and her life.

Cyberpunk with mentally-linked sex scenes? Through the Static hit hot buttons I didn’t know I had, and there’s always a level of giddy excitement that comes with being introduced to tropes and world types that you never knew existed before. Jeanette Grey’s latest novella, a sexy exploration of cyberpunk romance that thrives on its accessibility for readers new to the subgenre, plays with a cybernetic future where the world is dangerous and the secrets cybernetic. 

[Static shock!]

Jan 20 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Sara Jane Stone’s Hero by Night (January 20, 2015)

Hero by Night by Sara Jane StoneSara Jane Stone
Hero by Night (Independence Falls #3)
Avon Impulse / January 20, 2015 / $2.99 digital

He was nobody's hero until he landed in the wrong bed …

Armed with a golden retriever and a concealed weapons permit, Lena Clark is fighting for normal. She served her country, but the experience left her emotionally numb and estranged from her career-military family. Staying in Independence Falls seems like the first step to reclaiming her life until the town playboy stumbles into her bed …

Chad Summers is living his dream—helicopter logging by day and slipping between the sheets with Mrs. Right Now by night. Until his wild nights threaten his day job, leaving Chad with a choice: prove he can settle down or kiss his dream goodbye. But when he ends up in the wrong bed, the one woman in Independence Falls he can't touch offers a tempting proposition. Chad is ready and willing to give in to the primal desire to make Lena his at night—on one condition. By day, they pretend their relationship is real.

But their connection extends beyond the bedroom, threatening to turn their sham into reality if Chad can prove he's the hero Lena needs night and day … forever.

The best thing about books, especially romance books, is that authors are only limited by their imagination. In Hero by Night, Sara Jane Stone takes readers on a creative ride as two lost souls find a very physical fix to their pain.

[Let's get physical!]

Jan 20 2015 3:23pm

Romance News Roundup: Nalini Singh, “Romance to the Rescue,” 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.

—Nalini Singh has released via Facebook the official description for her next Guild Hunter novel, Archangel's Enigma, out September 1, 2015:

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…

Find out why we dig the Guild Hunter series here.

—HBO is set to release a “Day in the Life” documentary about the filming of Game of Thrones Season 5 in February:

—Deal Alert #1: Kristin Harmel's women's fiction novel The Sweetness of Forgetting is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers including iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.*

—Deal Alert #2: Kristi Charish's urban fantasy book The Owl and the Japanese Circus is currently marked down to $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes and Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.*

Outlander stars and writers will sit on a panel at PaleyFest Los Angeles on March 12. The panels usually streamed online for those at home; we'll let you know if/when we hear more!

—The newly released “Romance to the Rescue” box set from authors Bella Andre, Marie Force, Julianne MacLean, JoAnne Ross, Glynnis Campbell, Shelly Thacker, Lauren Royal, Kathryn Shay, Debra Holland, and Eliza Knight features 10 full-length novels starring loveable pets. The best part? Proceeds will benefit the Tails of Joy Animal Rescue!

*Daily reminder: We don't know how long these deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Jan 20 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Laura Trentham, Stacey Kennedy, and Maggie McGinnis!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for books from Laura Trentham, Stacey Kennedy, and Maggie McGinnis. The heroine of Laura Trentham's Caught Up in the Touch needs to stay in control, stay calm, and stay professional, but all of that gets thrown out the window when she meets a sexy restraunteur. Speaking of control, the hero of Commanded by Stacey Kennedy certainly likes it, but he might be willing to give it all up for the private investigator who catches his eye—and his heart. Meanwhile, Maggie McGinnis has us saying “Make Mine a Cowboy,” in Once Upon a Cowboy, but the heroine might not agree with us.

Learn about these hot reads and see the covers while they're hot off the presses!

[Sneak a peek...]

Jan 20 2015 1:00pm

Karen Marie Moning’s Burned SPOILER THREAD!! (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Burned by Karen Marie MoningHere you have it: It's FINALLY HERE! A complete play-by-play of all of the events in Karen Marie Moning’s Burned (Fever #7), out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of Burned here to whet your appetite, plus all our Karen Marie Moning content).




***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished BurnedThis is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of Burned here and other Karen Marie Moning content here.***

[You've been warned...]

Jan 20 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Maya Banks’s In His Keeping (January 27, 2015)

Maya Banks
In His Keeping (Slow Burn)
Avon / January 27, 2015 / $14.99 print, $7.99 digital

Abandoned as a baby to a young wealthy couple and raised in a world of privilege, Arial has no hint of her past or who she belonged to. Her only link lies in the one thing that sets her apart from everyone else—telekinetic powers. Protected by her adoptive parents and hidden from the public to keep her gift secret, Ari is raised in the lap of luxury, and isolation. That is, until someone begins threatening her life.

Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. As the head of Deveraux Security, he’s more than familiar with the realities of psychic powers. So when a family friend approaches him about protecting his daughter, he’s more than ready to jump on board. What Beau isn’t prepared for is the extent of his attraction to his beautiful and powerful client. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he’ll do anything at all to protect Ari. Even if it costs him his life.

In His Keeping is the second installment to Maya Banks's Slow Burn series, offering an enticing blend of paranormal suspense, romance and heat.

[Keeping us entertained?]

Jan 20 2015 10:51am

Sleepy Hollow 2x13 Heart-to-Heart: Do Those Crazy Kids Actually Stand a Chance?

Date Night for The Cranes in Sleepy Hollow 2x13Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 13, “Pittura Infamante”
Ships: Ichabod Crane/Katrina (Ichatrina)

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night's 2x13, “Pittura Infamante.”**

Sleepy Hollow 2x13 Captain's LogTonight’s episode is Latin for “defaming portrait,” and the Tarot deck’s Hanging Man card is like the Renaissance’s version of an urban myth—though thought to have been painted on frescoes, none have ever been found. The Hanging Man, BTW, is actually an upside down hanging man.

It’s date night and the Cranes are preparing to attend an exhibit of John and Abigail Adams’s personal belongings hosted by the Sleepy Hollow Historical Society. Katrina the Grown-Up Witch developed a close friendship with Abigail Adams after serving as her midwife, and she tells Crane that when the Don’t forget the ladies First Lady wasn’t raising their children by herself or advising John on matters of state and diplomacy, she solved mysteries.  You know, in all that spare time.

[Loads of it...]

Jan 20 2015 9:30am

First Look: Karen Marie Moning’s Burned (January 20, 2015)

Burned by Karen Marie MoningKaren Marie Moning
Burned (Fever #7)
Delacorte / January 20, 2015 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

It’s easy to walk away from lies. Power is another thing.

MacKayla Lane would do anything to save the home she loves. A gifted sidhe-seer, she’s already fought and defeated the deadly Sinsar Dubh—an ancient book of terrible evil—yet its hold on her has never been stronger.

When the wall that protected humans from the seductive, insatiable Fae was destroyed on Halloween, long-imprisoned immortals ravaged the planet. Now Dublin is a war zone with factions battling for control. As the city heats up and the ice left by the Hoar Frost King melts, tempers flare, passions run red-hot, and dangerous lines get crossed. Seelie and Unseelie vie for power against nine ancient immortals who have governed Dublin for millennia; a rival band of sidhe-seers invades the city, determined to claim it for their own; Mac’s former protégé and best friend, Dani “Mega” O’Malley, is now her fierce enemy; and even more urgent, Highland druid Christian MacKeltar has been captured by the Crimson Hag and is being driven deeper into Unseelie madness with each passing day. The only one Mac can depend on is the powerful, dangerous immortal Jericho Barrons, but even their fiery bond is tested by betrayal.

It’s a world where staying alive is a constant struggle, the line between good and evil is blurred, and every alliance comes at a price. In an epic battle against dark forces, Mac must decide who she can trust, and what her survival is ultimately worth.

Burned is one of the most anticipated books in romance, long-delayed and coming (belatedly) on the heels of Iced, which took a left turn from where Karen Marie Moning's Fever series had been heading.

[It's getting hot in here!...]

Jan 20 2015 8:00am

“It’s You, Isn’t It?:” Cinderella Trailer

Well, doesn't this look lovely? Directed by Kenneth Branagh, and starring Cate Blanchett, Lily James, an almost unrecognizable Richard Madden, and Helena Bonham-Carter, Cinderella will be in theaters March 26, 2015.

Which version or reimagining of Cinderella is your favorite? 

Jan 19 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Julia Quinn’s The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy (January 27, 2015)

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia QuinnJulia Quinn
The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy
Avon / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Sir Richard Kenworthy has less than a month to find a bride. He knows he can't be too picky, but when he sees Iris Smythe-Smith hiding behind her cello at her family's infamous musicale, he thinks he might have struck gold. She's the type of girl you don't notice until the second—or third—look, but there's something about her, something simmering under the surface, and he knows she's the one.

Iris Smythe–Smith is used to being underestimated. With her pale hair and quiet, sly wit she tends to blend into the background, and she likes it that way. So when Richard Kenworthy demands an introduction, she is suspicious. He flirts, he charms, he gives every impression of a man falling in love, but she can't quite believe it's all true. When his proposal of marriage turns into a compromising position that forces the issue, she can't help thinking that he's hiding something . . . even as her heart tells her to say yes.

As the title implies, The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy are multiple (no spoilers!), but the main secret comes from a family scandal that is ready to erupt in Julia Quinn's latest book in the Smythe-Smith quartet.  But the real secret is the way each of the characters chooses to deal with this scandal-to-be.  I love me a good scandal...preferably one that finds the hero and heroine caught in an indelicate situation.  Our hero and heroine are caught in such a sitch, but it was more chaste than anything else.

[Do you want to know a secret?]

Jan 19 2015 3:00pm

Plans Go Awry in Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan A Wedding for a Royal Spy

The consummate spy understands the life they’ve chosen will undoubtedly be a lonely one. The secrets, constant travelling, and undercover work leaves no room for companionship beyond the brothels available in 1815 London. And love? That’s definitely out of the question.

William Endicott, the hero of Vanessa Kelly’s third Renegade Royals book How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy, finds himself resigned to this idea as he looks to his future. He’s recently returned from the battlefield at Waterloo and was part of the successful effort in defeating Napoleon with his exceptional skills as an intelligence agent. Now, he’s hoping to find a way to put the spying game behind him, setting his sights on “a respectable life and career.” The biggest wrinkle in his plan stems from his status as the illegitimate son of the Duke of York, a position in society that doesn’t necessarily equal wealth or decent prospects in marriage when not publicly acknowledged by his father.

Back home in London, he isn’t given a whole lot of time to dwell on this though. His superior, Sir Dominic Hunter, already has another assignment for Will and his partner/cousin, Alec Gilbride. Information has been gathered that points to an attempted assassination of a figure high in the government or royal rankings. A group of extremists, originating in Ireland, are unhappy with the situation involving delicate religious matters of the time. It seems like a fairly simple thing for Will and Alec, considering their high success rate as a team, to look into until they learn of the real reason they’ve been chosen for this particular job: Will’s history with one of the potential suspects, Evelyn Whitney.

[Oh, this is gonna be good...]

Jan 19 2015 2:02pm

Lost Girl 5x07 Recap and SPOILER Thread: Succubus at the Heart of the Storm

Bo and Dyson on the case in Lost Girl 5x07We'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 7, “Here Comes the Night.”

Chaos reigns in the streets of Faeronto. A tornado touched down in downtown, wrecking cars, pinning people, generally wreaking havoc heretofore unseen. Dirty and disheveled, Dyson and Bo slowly make their way through the disaster. They’re both visibly stunned by the scope of the damage around them. It’s very dark; look, they put such a dark filter on this episode, it is really hard to make things out. I’m all for ambiance and playing with shadows, but we the people have to be able to see what’s going on in order to know what’s going on. And it’s not like Lost Girl was such a brightly lit show to begin with.

Bo hears someone calling for air in a car pinned down by a telephone pole. She runs for the door while Dyson lifts the pole off the car. “Hasn’t every annoying person ever told you: lift with your legs,” Bo orders. “Way to make light of a heavy situation,” he replies as he hefts the pole off the car. They get the people out. Tamsin hurries up to tell them the tornados passed on to the east. Dyson goes to take care of the humans they freed. Tamsin thinks the scene looks like a battlefield and she’s seen enough to know. “Shit got real.” Frightened, Bo admits she’s never seen anything like it. Tamsin puts her arm around Bo and promises it’s nothing they can’t handle together. “You’re my girl.” Bo starts to have The Talk, but backs off instead. Wandering through the wreckage she finds a huge mark of the triskele burned into the street.

[Saved by the mark...]

Jan 19 2015 1:00pm

H&H Quickies #7: Charlotte Stein—Prompt Me!

If you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Lora Leigh, Valerie Bowman, and more (see all the Quickies, here), we are pleased to announce today that Charlotte Stein will be the seventh author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Charlotte Stein with an contemporary theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Charlotte will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Charlotte used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Friday, January 23, 2014, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (Zamboni!), a setting (a bedroom!), a situation (their clothes have disappeared!), a description (criminal heroine!)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be contemporary-themed.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on February 13 for an original scene from Charlotte Stein based on your suggestions!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at  info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.


Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Jan 19 2015 12:00pm

Playing with Fire: Exclusive Excerpt

Kat Black

Playing With Fire by Kat Black

The steamy story of Annabel Frost and Aidan Flynn continues … Can you handle the heat?

Before Aidan Flynn had swept into her life with the destructive force of a wildfire, Annabel Frost had thought she'd had all she needed from her life. A successful career, financial independence, emotional restraint. Things that were safe, secure, steady. Everything her childhood hadn't been.

Aidan represented none of that. Reckless and risky he'd been the red hot flame that melted the icy layers of her long-frozen heart. Having run from him once, Annabel should have learnt to leave trouble well enough alone.

But now Aidan is back, turning up the heat. And regardless of the danger of getting herself badly burned, Annabel can't seem to resist the temptation to play with this particular fire.

Get a sneak peek at Kat Black's Playing with Fire (available February 26, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Want more of Ms. Frost? We ran an excerpt of book 1, Melting Ms. Frost, which began Aidan and Annabel's story: read it here!

‘Hurry!’ Annabel gasped.

The only response Aidan was capable of giving was an urgent, animalistic growl of frustration deep in his throat as he buried his face in the crook of her neck. The smell, the feel, the taste of her had his blood fired and his senses reeling. If only she’d keep still, he could do as she asked. Hurry, as he so badly wanted to do.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Playing with Fire...]

Oct 6 2014 9:46am

Downton Abbey Series 5 (Season 5), Episode 3 Recap: Free Will and Weekends Away

Lady Mary in Downton Abbey Season 5

Editor's Note 1/19/15: Downton Abbey Season 5 is now airing in the U.S. on PBS, woo-hoo! H&H will be re-promoting each of Naz's wonderful recaps the morning after the episode airs for those watching weekly, so stick with us and enjoy the ride! (That said, if you're dying for spoilers and want to read ahead, scroll to the bottom of the post for “related articles” and/or visit our Downton Abbey Collection and you may just find what you're looking for. ;) )


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 premiere. Enjoy!

Well, here we are! The episode starts with Mary waking up in bed with Tony. They banter back and forth about the “rituals and routines” of early morning preparations. It’s their last day, and while Tony wants to simply continue on, Mary insists on their being as proper as possible and not “tarnish” her reputation again. He talks about their marrying as a foregone conclusion, but as soon as he leaves the room, Mary looks a bit concerned. Hmm. I wonder if she’s really going to marry Tony or is just looking at this as a bit of fun? Any way, she leaves Liverpool and leaves Tony with a “we’ll talk soon” farewell. As she gives him a quick peck on the cheek and gets in her car, we see Violet’s butler, Mr. Spratt, on the street, looking at the departing car. Uh-oh. It seems that Mary’s secret might be out. Can’t wait for the lecture she’s going to get from her grandmamma!

[Keep calm and carry on...]