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Apr 28 2016 8:23am

Reading FOMO— Do You Have It?

Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Part of Your World

FOMO (the Fear of Missing Out) can feel pretty debilitating. When it comes to new releases, there are SO many books and so little time. The discerning reader has to make choices as it's pretty impossible to read 200 or more titles in a month—we have more than that in May Shopping List this month. Do you ever get FOMO over all the great books you're NOT reading? What do you think you're “missing out” on?

Let us know in the comments!

Apr 27 2016 4:39pm

Disgraced Lord & Amish Romance Deals, Plus a Jim/Pam Reunion: Romance News

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

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A Promise of More by Bronwen EvansDeal Alert #1: Bronwen Evans' Disgraced Lords historical, A Promise of More, is on sale in e-book for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* Read a sample from A Promise of More.

—Deal Alert #2: Sarah Price's contemporary Amish romance Plain Fame, Book 1 in the Plain Fame series, is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Looking for more Amish romance recommendations? Maggie Boyd shares her 10 favorite Amish romance authors and books so far.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Listen up, audiobook devotees! You can sample a clip from Alica Hunter Pace's newly released Sweet Gone South audiobook, narrated by Amy Rubinate, in the Flash player below. Two lost souls finding each other and falling in love above a candy shop? Sweet! (You can learn more or order a copy of the Sweet Gone South audiobook at Amazon.)

[Listen to a clip + Jim/Pam reunion!...]

Apr 27 2016 4:30pm

7 Reasons to Binge-Watch The Night Manager—Starting with Hiddlesbum

When most of us think about John LeCarre’s novels (and their adaptations for the big and small screens), we probably think of George Smiley, an aging bureaucrat tracking down a KGB mole; or Alec Leamas, a disillusioned spies realizing that both sides play the same tired game that only results in the suffering of innocents. In the post-Cold War era, the conflict is no longer between bureaucrats of spy agencies, but between idealists and the corrupting influences of big business on democratic governments (e.g. The Constant Gardener).

But AMC’s six-part miniseries of The Night Manager, adapted from LeCarre’s novel of the same name, turns those stereotypes on their head with a tale of forbidden love and stylish espionage. The Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), an almost obsequiously polite functionary in some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, whose reaction to a traumatic event in the first episode is to infiltrate the entourage of the ruthless arms dealer Richard Roper (played by Hugh Laurie), who’s currently engaged in selling weapons to the forces of repression in Egypt, after the Arab Spring of 2011. Pine is recruited by Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an idealistic (and heavily pregnant) British intelligence agent who has dedicated her life to bringing Roper down and finally, in Pine, has the means and opportunity to do so; rounding out the main characters, Pine’s mission is potentially compromised by his dangerous and undeniable attraction to Roper’s beautiful and damaged young mistress, Jed (Elizabeth Debicki).

[Don't miss this on AMC ...]

Apr 27 2016 2:30pm

I’ll Do My Best to Power Through: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons


Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 18, “The Singularity”
Ship: Leopold Fitz/Jemma Simmons (FitzSimmons)

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons Captain's Log

Last night, FitzSimmons went from adorkable adolescence to full-on adulthood, with a bit of suave added for good measure. All it took was looking death squarely in the face, then returning to each other.

They were on a mission, you see, to retrieve one Dr. Radcliffe from Romania. A “transhumanist” and leading researcher in parasitic organisms, he might be able to free Daisy from Hive, who uses his parasites to create massive levels of endorphins in the brains of Inhumans he infects. 

Before they left on their mission, they tried to talk about their make-out session the night before, during “The Team.” They are still at HQ, and for some reason keeping their relationship a secret, even though their feelings for one another are likely the least well-kept secret around. Fitz is worried that a romantic involvement will ruin long years of friendship and camaraderie. At this point, they are definitely adorkable, worried about who might hear their conversation.

[Sex talk and fighting bad guys wrapped in one ...]

Apr 27 2016 1:00pm

The Boys Are Back In Town: Erotic Best Bets for April 2016

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology by Anne Calhoun, Christine d'Abo, Delphine Dryden, Megan Hart, Jeffe Kennedy, Megan Mulry, and Molly O'Keefe (writing as M. O'Keefe)

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.

April brings us some deliciously bad boys whose hedonistic desires guarantee your every fantasy will be sated.

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology

A woman's pleasure is a dangerous thing. A primal appetite that, once awakened, can never be sated. A secret that gives power to those who know it. A magic that, once unleashed, can never be contained. Some say the clitoris is the devil's doorbell, set to summon him forth at the merest touch...

It's time to ring the bell.

Here are seven tales of sexual empowerment and erotic defiance, featuring the hottest storytellers of erotic fiction.

Anne Calhoun
Christine d'Abo
Delphine Dryden
Megan Hart
Jeffe Kennedy
Megan Mulry
Molly O'Keefe
(writing as M. O'Keefe)

Seven talented writers flex their skills and unite together to create a stunning erotic anthology that celebrates sexuality in all it’s forms with no apologies. Each story offers an intriguing look into the passions and desires of men and women who know what they want and take it in the most delicious of ways. Perfect reading for those who enjoy indulging in different flavored erotic bites without needing to consume the whole meal.

[Throw back those sheets for more erotic best bets ...]

Apr 27 2016 12:10pm

The Girl from Summer Hill: Exclusive Excerpt

Jude Deveraux

The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux

Enter Elizabeth Bennet. Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she leaves behind a demanding boss at a famous D.C. restaurant and a breakup with a boyfriend jealous of her success. Some peace and quiet on the picturesque Tattwell plantation is just what she needs to start fresh. But the tranquility is broken one misty morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on the porch of her cottage.

Enter Mr. Darcy. What Tate Landers, Hollywood heartthrob and owner of Tattwell, doesn’t need on a bittersweet trip to his ancestral home is a woman spying on him from his guest cottage. Mistaking Casey for a reporter, Tate tries to run her out of her own house. His anger, which looks so good on the screen, makes a very bad first impression on Casey. Hollywood he may be, but he’s no sweetheart to Casey—and she lets him know it!

The plot thickens. Sparks fly—literally—when Casey is recruited to play Elizabeth Bennet opposite Tate’s Mr. Darcy in a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Just brushing past Tate makes Casey’s whole body hum. As they spar on and off stage, Casey begins to think she’s been too quick to judge. Tate is more down-to-earth than Casey expected, and she finds herself melting under his smoldering gaze. But then Tate’s handsome ex-brother-in-law, Devlin Haines, who is playing Wickham, tells Casey some horrifying stories about Tate. She is upset and confused as she tries to figure out who and what to believe. As she finds herself falling for Tate, Casey needs to know: Is the intense, undeniable chemistry between them real, or is this just a performance that ends when the curtain falls?

Get a sneak peek at Jude Deveraux's The Girl from Summer Hill (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Act One, Scene One

Mr. Darcy is revealed

There was a naked man on Casey’s back porch. She would have called the police or, at the very least, screamed if he hadn’t been so damned beautiful.

Instead, without so much as a blink, she fumbled for the electric kettle and poured boiling water over the loose tea leaves in the silver strainer. Quite a bit of water missed the mug, went onto the granite countertop, and ran down to the tile floor, but she didn’t notice.

It was so early that it wasn’t yet daylight, and she hadn’t bothered to turn on the kitchen lights. But then he’d turned on the porch lights, and in the misty morning, as she looked through the screen door, it was almost as though he were on a stage.

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Apr 27 2016 9:30am

May 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in May. We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
May 1-7 | May 8-14 | May 15-21 | May 22-31

Heroes and Heartbreakers May 2016 Shopping List!
Week of May 1 through May 7
May 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping (May 1-7, 2016)

[Check out the complete list!...]

Apr 27 2016 8:17am

We’re Hosting an H&H AMA—Ask Us Anything!

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We've joined the world of Facebook Live! Not sure what that is? That's OK! It's essentially like Live TV, but all hosted on our Facebook page. Every day around 4 p.m. ET we go LIVE (yes, like really live, like super live, like I-say-“all-the-wood”-and-it-gets-taken-sexually live) over on our Facebook page and give you commentary on all the news of the day from our Afternoon Tea roundup. If you haven't been able to tune in... that's OK, too, the videos get saved on Facebook for future viewing pleasure, in case you miss us at 4 p.m.

This week we're trying a little something different: Later today you can send in your questions (or in the comments below now) and I'll answer anything you have from my favorite color and my first romance to what I'm reading, what I really think about certain topics and beyond! 

So, if you have any questions for anyone on Team H&H let us know down in the comments or over on our Facebook, and we'll try to get them answered in our Facebook Live session at 4 p.m. ET today! 

And if you couldn't tune in, here it is! We had so many great questions and I hope I gave great answers in return. Thanks for joining us:

Apr 26 2016 5:00pm

First Look: Susan Mallery’s Best of My Love (April 26, 2016)

Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery
Best of My Love (Fool’s Gold #20) 
HQN Books / April 26, 2016 / $8.99 print, $6.99 digital

Can a man and a woman just be friends? And that doesn’t mean “friends with benefits.” Aiden and Shelby have every reason to get off the dating treadmill: Aiden because he’s been accurately labeled as the town hound dog, and more importantly, he’s learned that his carefree approach to dating transient tourists has caused pain to more than his reputation. An old flame returned to see him and Aiden couldn’t remember her name. As he tells Shelby,

“I didn’t like what I saw in her face. I’m sorry I hurt her. I’m sorry I’ve become that kind of guy. I want to do better. I have to change. I never meant to hurt anybody. That was the point. No one was supposed to get hurt.”

Shelby doesn’t trust men. She has horrific memories of her brutal father which have left her unable to lower her guard with men who might be romantic partners for her. Given that she wants to get married some day and have children, she has to conquer her fear of men before dating again.

Aiden and Shelby are two of the most organized protagonists ever. Aiden runs a year-round outdoor adventure program that caters to novices and outdoor experts alike. It may seem relaxed and spontaneous to participants, but Aiden is a careful, cautious, hands-on CEO. Likewise baker Shelby lives on a tight schedule, getting up early every day to produce delicious treats for her appreciative fans in town.

[Can two type-A personalities make it work? ...]

Apr 26 2016 4:15pm

A Post-Apocalyptic Heroine in Victorian England Deal and More Romance News

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No Proper Lady by Isabel CooperDeal Alert: Isabel Cooper's time-travel historical No Proper Lady—in which a post-apocalyptic heroine Joan travels back to Victorian England to save the world—is discounted to $1.99 at Amazon.* As Cooper wrote in a 2013 guest post, “Horror and romance both hit where you live, if they're done right.” Now you can find out if it's the blend for you.

—Deal Alert: Kristan Higgins' Blue Heron contemporary Anything for You e-book is bargain-priced at $.99 today at Barnes & NobleiBooksAmazon, etc.* “Anything for You, Connor’s story,” Scarlettleigh writes in her First Look at the book, “is one of the best in this series.” How can you resist a good friends-with-benefits-fall-in-love story?

Deal Alert: Johanna Lindsey's historical Marriage Most Scandalous e-book is on sale for Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* TanyaLK and Lucy Hargrave recently included a Johanna Lindsey novel (Love Only Once) on their list of the 27 romances that belong in your ultimate TBR pile.

[+Team Rafael or Michael? & 7 sexual issues Shakespeare tackled...]

Apr 26 2016 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Asa Maria Bradley’s Viking Warrior Rebel

Today we're thrilled to reveal the cover of Asa Maria Bradley's Viking Warrior Rebel. Bradley is introducing us to a fierce warrior, who happens to be a woman on a mission until she needs rescuing from the unforgettable hero Luke. Soon she desires more from Luke and we're hoping he wants the same, so we can have the ultimate HEA. This is book two in the Viking Warrior series and a great additon it is. 

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

She can’t let him discover…
Immortal Vikings are among us

Astrid Irisdotter is a Valkyrie—a fierce warrior fighting to protect humanity from the evil god Loki and his brutal minions. She’s on an urgent mission for her queen when everything goes hideously sideways. Undercover agent Luke Holden arrives on the scene just in time to save her life—and put his own on the line.

Luke may have saved her, but that doesn’t mean Astrid can trust him. Tempers flare as they hide secret upon secret from each other, but Astrid’s inner warrior knows what it wants…and it will not take “no” for an answer.


Learn more about or order a copy of Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley, available on October 4, 2016. 

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Apr 26 2016 12:00pm

Wicked Heart: Exclusive Excerpt

Leisa Rayven

Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.

Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.

Get a sneak peek at Leisa Rayven's Wicked Heart (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.



If sitting on the couch eating cheese were a sport, right now I’d be the Olympic champion.

Our first day of rehearsals has left me drained. The thought of enduring another few months of controlling my reaction to Liam has led me to being pantsless in my favorite nightshirt as I inhale a wedge of Jarlsberg.

“Wine?” Josh calls from the kitchen.

“If you have to ask that question after the day we’ve just had, then we’re no longer friends.”

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Apr 26 2016 11:00am

Kissing Angels and Fighting Demons: Top Eva/Gideon Moments from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series

Crossfire series by Sylvia Day

Editor's Note: This post is meant for superfans of Sylvia Day's Crossfire series as it contains spoilers from all 5 books. If you haven't read all the books yet...what are you still doing here!?—go get a copy now! Bonus, we are currently running a super awesome Crossfire sweepstakes, enter for a chance to win some great prizes. 

Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell are destined to be one of modern romance's top power couples. Gideon is the compelling and wealthy young man who is used to getting what he wants in his personal life as well as his professional life; his past haunts him, but when Gideon lays eyes on Eva Tramell, he sees the future. Eva is not unfamiliar with the lifestyle of affluent society, but with her father’s humble roots to ground her, she is focused on being a happy, healthy, and independent woman; the beautiful Gideon Cross could crush her like a tidal wave if she isn’t careful, but she knows just how to deal with her man. These two have a relationship that spans five books, and there are many defining moments in the series. These are the cream of the crop:

[Eva and Gideon's love ...]

Apr 26 2016 9:30am

First Look: Katee Robert’s The Wedding Pact (April 26, 2016)

The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert

Katee Robert
The Wedding Pact (O'Malley's #2)
Forever / April 26, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

Carrigan O'Malley has always known her arranged marriage would be more about power and prestige than passion. But after one taste of the hard-bodied, whiskey-voiced James Halloran, she's ruined for anyone else. Too bad James and his family are enemy number 1. 

Hallorans vs. O'Malleys—that's how it's always been. James should be thinking more about how to expand his family's empire instead of how silky Carrigan's skin is against his and how he can next get her into his bed. Those are dangerous thoughts. But not nearly as dangerous as he'll be if he can't get what he wants: Carrigan by his side for the rest of their lives.

The best and worst thing about this book is that basically it happens in a vacuum. Let me explain—Carrigan and James are enemies not only because of their families ... but also because James had previously kidnapped Carrigan and his father was going to kill her. ... Yeah, normally I'm a big proponent of reading as you wish, and following series orders at will. While Katee Robert's The Wedding Pact technically can be read alone, I'd strongly advise reading The Marriage Contract (which was one of my top reads in 2015). 

[So where do we sign the license...]

Apr 26 2016 8:07am

What’s Your Favorite Trope Combination?

In classic literature, tropes often get a bad reputation. But in Romancelandia, they reign supreme! According to Romance Writers of America, the top 10 tropes in the genre are:

  • friends to lovers
  •  soul mate/fate 
  • second chance at love 
  • secret romance
  • first love
  • strong hero/heroine
  • reunited lovers
  • love triangle
  • sexy billionaire/millionaire
  • sassy heroine

But what if some of these tropes were combined (an argument could be made that some of these should be already, since they're very similar)—would that be the key to your perfect book? What are your favorite trope combinations? 

Let us know in the comments!


Apr 25 2016 4:45pm

First Look: Stephanie Laurens’ A Buccaneer at Heart (April 26, 2016)

A Buccaneer at Heart by Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens 
A Buccaneer at Heart (The Adventurers Quartet #2)
Mira / April 26, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.49 digital

After a decade leading diplomatic voyages and covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home—with hearth and wife—should be his next challenge. But when an urgent summons arrives, Robert puts his wishes aside and agrees to set sail immediately. His goal is clear: get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp and return to London with the information.

In Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is determined to find her brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared, and she will not allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one.

Joining forces with Aileen, Robert vows to complete his mission and secure the woman he wants as his wife. Compelled to protect the innocent and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only each other to rely on, and with the courage of their hearts as their guide.

Imagine you’re playing Stephanie Laurens’ BINGO. A guaranteed cover for a BINGO square is the entrance on the page of a duke. A duke’s pervasive, persuasive influence and implicit power, almost always presages a request (from the duke) and acquiescence (from whomever the duke is inveigling). So it is no wonder that when Captain Robert Frobisher, newly returned to London and taking his ease in Piccadilly, spots a black carriage, “premonition swept cool fingers across his nape.” The gentleman who steps out of his carriage “with languid grace” is His Grace, the Duke of Wolverstone. Wolverstone, a.k.a. Dalziel, and Viscount Melville, First Lord of the Admiralty, waylay Frobisher in order to ask him to assist the government with a troublesome situation in Africa. Says Melville,

[Says what... says what?!]

Apr 25 2016 3:59pm

Dumplin’ & Shopaholic Deals, Showalter Reveal, and Tony/Ziva Endgame?: Romance News

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Dumplin' by Julie Murphy—Deal Alert: Julie Murphy's YA romance Dumplin'—winner of an RT Reviewers' Choice Award for 2015 Book of the Year—is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* In his article Dumplin' and the Unapologetic Beauty of a Fat Heroine,” John Jacobson writes, “Murphy has created a book that doesn’t emphasize a need to change the body to be healthy, get the guy, and have an adventure, and we need that, dammit.”

—Deal Alert: Sophia Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* The Shopaholic series and heroine Becky Bloomwood earned a shoutout in Jamie Brenner's piece “Out of the Closet: Our Romance with Fashion on the Page.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Gena Showalter has announced that the star of the next Lords of the Underworld series will be...Cameo! Her book's title hasn't been released yet (stay tuned!), but Showalter encourages fans to fill in the blank to see if they can guess it: The Darkest _____?

[+Will Tony reunite with Ziva in NCIS?...]

Apr 25 2016 2:30pm

Love, Lies, and Spies: Teen Regency Done Right

Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Juliana Telford does not set out seeking such an extreme example of adventure when she leaves her aunt and uncle’s home in a huff after an argument with her cousin, Carrie, but somehow the intrepid eighteen-year-old attracts trouble without trying very hard. Fearing the lack of rescue while at the same time worried about what form the aid will take, Juliana feels both relief and mortification when two young men arrive on the scene at St. Ives Head. After a comical exchange which shall not get spoiled here, Juliana escapes peril and all parties agree if they come upon each other in society, they will act as though they have never met.

Back at Grays Hill Park, Juliana focuses her thoughts on the upcoming season in London, which she plans to use primarily as a cover for her efforts to find a publisher for an academic article she and her father have written on a particular species of lady beetle.   

Meanwhile, Spencer Northam, one half of Juliana’s rescue team from the aforementioned unfortunate accident, has his own reasons for wishing to keep his presence at St. Ives hidden—as a spy for the War Office, he suspects the men of the Pyebald family of selling secrets to the French, and the cliff overlooking the water proves a perfect vantage point from which to observe the comings and goings at Ryston Manor.

[A little spying and loving ...]

Apr 25 2016 12:45pm

Once... Twice... 9 Ways He Shows He Loves You

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How many of you have had angst filled relationships? Raising my hand! Taking out of the equation the fact that some (not All by any means) men are just thoughtless, irresponsible and unable to commit, many time the angst begins with us.

Why? Because the heart and head knows when there is a dichotomy between actions and words.  Just like in body language, we intuitively know when someone loves us and is in the same place as we are in the relationship. And when we have doubts about this—it leaves us in turmoil. We spend hours analyzing the differences between what he says and what he does, reaching out to our friends for re-assurance and advise and we even read relationship books.

Back in October, MSN’s Popsugar posted an article titled 9 Signs of a Man Who Will Never Stop Loving You.  And it stuck with me.  At first I didn’t know why – because honestly the signs are pretty obvious –commonsensible. It something that our parents and friends realize, when we don’t want to face the truth yet. But then I realized that these nine signs –oh not all of them, every time, but most of them, show up consistently in the books we deem keepers.

Authors know of course to use the words – “I love you,” “you are my life,” and “you complete me,” but when they show us—not just tell us then we truly believe that the hero and heroine are perfect for each other.  Here is a mix of new and old examples of authors wonderfully showing us the heroes that truly care.

[Flowers, jewels, and “I love yous” ...]

Apr 25 2016 11:05am

First Look: Elle Wright’s Her Kind of Man (April 26, 2016)

Her Kind of Man by Elle Wright

Elle Wright
Her Kind of Man (Edge of Scandal #3)
Forever / April 26, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

The third and final book in Elle Wright’s Edge of Scandal series, Her Kind of Man is an intense friends to lovers romance that follows Allina Parker as she tries to rid herself of her abusive fiance once and for all, while she simultaneously finally comes to terms with her feelings for her best friend, Kent.

The story opens some weeks before Allina is due to marry Isaac Hunter. Instead of preparing for her wedding to the pastor in her new home in Ohio, Allina’s been hiding out in Michigan, using the birth of her friend’s baby as an excuse to avoid all the plans and, seemingly, Isaac. She’s given up everything for him; her dream job, her home and any hope of a future with Kent.

[But there's hope, right!?]