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Tue
Dec 16 2014 11:00am

First Look: Larissa Ione’s Revenant (December 16, 2014)

Revenant by Larissa IoneLarissa Ione
Revenant (Demonica)
Grand Central / December 16, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

For five thousand years, Revenant believed he was alone in the world, a fallen angel beyond any redemption. Now he finds he has a twin brother who had all the light and love Revenant was denied. Caught in a tug of war between Heaven and Hell, he must weigh his thirst for revenge against his desire for a mysterious female named Blaspheme-a female whose very origins could deliver him into salvation . . . or destruction.

Blaspheme has a deadly secret: she's the forbidden offspring of an angel and a fallen angel. Hunted by both heavenly and satanic forces, she has survived only by laying low and trusting no one. When Revenant claims he can save them both, how can she possibly believe him? But the powerful angel is persistence incarnate and for Blaspheme, there's no place she can hide in Heaven or Hell where he won't find her . . .

Last year saw a real return to Larissa Ione's popular and super-imaginative Demonica series and a merging with her Lords of Deliverance series, with Reaver, the most powerful angel in Heaven restored to grace as a Radiant, as well as the “good twin.” In a companion novel that continues to show profound effects on the paranormal fate of the world, Revenant is the dark side of the coin, the angel who's equally as powerful as his brother but who's only ever known a life in Hell, the “bad twin.”

[We do love a bad boy...]

Tue
Dec 16 2014 9:30am

We’re Not So Different, You and I: Heroines in Sarah MacLean and Christina Lauren

One Good Earl Deserves a Lover by Sarah MacLeanRomance readers have a plethora of options to choose from like, billionaires to regular Joes to dukes, all kind of heroes and heroines are found within the pages of your favorite books. These characters can be found in various genres across romance storylines. Each division has particular attributes that distinguish each of them, whether it is time, characters or setting. While some genres seem to be polar opposites, similarities can be found in even the most unlikely.

Sarah MacLean’s One Good Earl Deserves a Lover and Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Player are examples of such stories. Sarah MacLean writes amazing heroines set in the Regency period. Historical romance can be a hard line for some readers, as sometimes the historic detail can be overwhelming. MacLean has the ability to easily integrate you into the time periods and write stories relevant to all. Christina Lauren is a hilarious duo with witty, independent heroines. Unlike MacLean, their books are contemporary modern novels. Their books are contemporary modern novels.

Sarah MacLean and Christina Lauren have two heroines that blur the lines between these two genres. Each of the heroines are in fields where women do not conform to the norm. Unique heroines, Pippa and Hanna are two characters that have touched a chord. These are two “average” women who are grabbing life by the reins and taking control.

[These ladies aren't pushovers...]

Tue
Dec 16 2014 8:40am

Favorite Unexpected Christmas Movie?

There are the obvious choices for best Christmas movies: Love Actually, Miracle on 34th Street, It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Story, all the iterations of A Christmas Carol, etc.

And then there are films that happen to take place around Christmas that people cite as Christmas films, like Die Hard, The Thin Man, and Metropolitan

What are your favorite unexpected Christmas movies? 

Mon
Dec 15 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Diane Kelly’s Paw and Order (December 30, 2014)

Paw and Order by Diane KellyDiane Kelly
Paw and Order (Paw Enforcement)
St. Martin's Press / December 30, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

Police officer Megan Luz and her loyal K-9 partner Brigit are back on the beat—and under the gun—when the local rodeo show goes to the dogs…

After capturing the notorious Fort Worth “Tunabomber,” Megan and Brigit are practically celebrities. Which is why the police chief lassoed them into doing rodeo duty —mostly as a public relations stunt for the department. Megan’s not a fan of calf roping, bull riding, or goat milking contests. But when a thief appears to be working the circuit, her trusty K-9 partner starts sniffing for clues…

The culprit is “Robin Hood,” a young Texas golddigger who steals from the rich to give to the poor—namely, herself. With Brigit hot on the trail, Megan has to juggle her on-again off-again reputation in the FWPD with her on-again off-again relationship with sexy bomb-squader Seth Rutledge. This time, Megan is determined to rope in her suspect and her man…before chaos, and/or her trusted furry partner, is unleashed.

There is something very appealing about a woman who sets boundaries—someone who’s not afraid to say you can’t treat me that way or there will be consequences. Both police officer Megan Luz and her K-9 partner, Brigit, are those type of females.

[Girl power!]

Mon
Dec 15 2014 3:12pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander, Bailey, and Stacey Deal Alerts; Gone with the Wind; 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.

—Deal Alerts*: Tessa Bailey's His Risk to Take is discounted (read: free) today at Amazon. Looking for a little holiday flavor? The Season for Love Boxed Set is only $0.99 at Barnes & Noble and Amazon, and features three holiday novellas by Shannon Stacey. (See what Sarah Morgan had to say about one of the novellas, Snowbound with the CEO, in her post about romances that feature snowbound heroes and heroines).

—Missing Outlander? There's a chance to catchup with the books while the show is on hiatus (April can't come soon enough!). The entire series is discounted anywhere from just $0.99 to $4.99. Start with book 1, Outlander for only $2.99 on Amazon, and get book 2, Dragonfly in Amber at Amazon for $0.99.* (Spoilers: Kiersten Hallie Krum weighs in on how the show writers should handle the 20-year gap in the series). As you open presents on Christmas morning, you can pretend Jamie Fraser is curled up next to you as original Outlander scores play over a 90-minute video of the clan's Yule Log burning in the fireplace.

Entertainment Weekly reminded us of some of the many reasons why Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara was the first 'ship for many of us. Gone with the Wind reached 1 million people when it debuted in Atlanta on this day in 1939. Happy 75th Birthday! 

—This Friday, you'll have the opportunity to not only see Downton Abbey's Dan Stevens on-screen again, but as a famous heartthrob, Lancelot! He'll be joining Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, and others in Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. And Dan is over at Vulture talking about the movie, working with Williams, and what it was like to be a knight in shining armor.

—You might have picked up on the fact that we're big shippers here at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Entertainment Weekly reminds us of some of the Sweetest Shipper Moments of 2014. Agree or Disagree? Let us know!

*Please note that we have no idea how long downpricing or sales will last, so grab these deals while you can.

Mon
Dec 15 2014 1:30pm

A Great Miracle: Jewish Heroes and Heroines in Contemporary Romance

December is here! The nights are getting longer, the temperature colder, and Hanukkah is fast approaching. Although there are plenty of traditional options to keep folks warm and happy during those eight nights—like candles, songs, and sufganiyot—there’s also the cozy feeling of curling up on the couch to read a good romance book by the light of the shamash.

As part of this year’s celebration, I went looking for some recent contemporary romances featuring Jewish heroes or heroines and was recommended some fabulous new-to-me authors, Emma Barry and Allison Parr. Both authors write modern, Jewish characters whose personal identities and social lives are, in some part, influenced by their faith.

In Barry’s Private Politics (The Easy Part series), the hero, Liam Nussbaum, identifies as culturally Jewish, but in his thoughts, his conversations with his mother, and later on in his relationship with WASP Alyse Philips, his cultural identity is overtly, specifically discussed in the book, and is a part of the characterization and plot as much as many of the other events that happen in the story. Political blogger Liam is a smart-but-schlubby guy whom nonprofit director Alyse hadn’t really considered before an investigation throws them together. The story is very engaging—suspenseful at times but primarily a romance about confidence, goals, and love. It’s the perfect book for holding in one hand to read while the other forks bites of latkes into your mouth.

[Food+romance novels=Perfection...]

Mon
Dec 15 2014 11:00am

What the Valhalla!?: Lost Girl 5x02 Discussion Thread

Lauren, Kenzi, and Dyson in Lost Girl 5x02We'll be doing full recaps for Lost Girl when it airs in the United States on the SyFy channel. Meanwhile, enjoy a quick summary of last night's episode and discuss!

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night's Season 5, Episode 2, “Like Hell, Part 2.”

In Like Hell part 2 Bo bangs her stepmother and walks and talks around Tartarus a lot which last week was Valhalla but I geddit. When you’re filming at the Royal York hotel, you’re gonna milk it for all its worth. Despite walking all over the place, Bo never meets her father YET AGAIN. Instead, Bo is attacked by a pooka goblin, confused by the voices in her head, and ultimately saved by the only woman with a suckier fate than Pandora—Persephone. Their sexy healing times inadvertently conjures some in tandem ghost sex for Doctor Lauren back at Hilton Hovel. Only afterward does Bo find out Persephone is married to her father, Hades. Now that’s keeping it in the family.

[That's...tricky...]

Mon
Dec 15 2014 9:30am

First Look: Diane Alberts’s Seducing the Princess (December 15, 2014)

Seducing the Princess by Diane AlbertsDiane Alberts
Seducing the Princess (Shillings Agency #3)
Entangled / December 15, 2014 / $0.99 digital

Protecting a princess is not what former marine Gordon Waybrook signed up for when he joined the Shillings Agency. But instead of the spoiled, regal little creature he expects, Isabelle VanGuard is a fiery, sexy-as hell woman who's been denied what she needs for too long. And he's just the man to break through her frozen public facade and give it to her.

When she's with Gordon, all Isabelle can think about is pleasure. Their blistering chemistry is immediate and intense, but volatile. In fact, the only thing they agree on is that their one night together is just that—one night. Even after it becomes more. But tempers and temptation can't disguise reality. Isabelle is a princess, and a hot, hard, and tattooed bodyguard isn't the Prince Charming her country expects...even if he's exactly what she needs. 

Seducing the Princess lets us revel in that modern day fairytale love affair between royalty and a commoner with some fun twists. I've read countless books that utilize this trope where our stately royal is male, used to being in control, and can sweep an unassuming ordinary girl off her feet with his riches and status. But with this installment of the Shillings Agency, it's our heroine who is the royal. Moreover, the balance of power illustrated between our hero and heroine is not stereotypically dominated by the male. Rather, Gordon and Isabelle have more of a mutual give and take as their relationship develops. Diane Alberts doesn't stray too far from our beloved trope as we see the theme of forbidden love woven through the text. This forces both the characters and us readers to work for our HEA. Alberts weaves a narrative that offers up an exchange of fun banter and introspection with our equally headstrong lovers.

[Seductive!]

Mon
Dec 15 2014 8:10am

What Do You Do When You Just Don’t Feel Like Reading?

Clark Gable reading Gone With the WindYou probably just read the headline and thought, “there's never a time I don't feel like reading!” And maybe not, but every once in a while, you just don't feel like it, for no particular reason. It's not a reading slump, or that you're sick or too stressed; it's just—you're not in the mood for reading at that moment.

What do you do when you just don't feel like reading? 

(Added fun tidbit: Gone with the Wind debuted on this day in 1939).

Sun
Dec 14 2014 3:00pm

Shipping Sunday: Sherlock Holmes and John Watson (JohnLock)

I love Sherlock Holmes. I will take him in every iteration—BBC's modernization with Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr. in a historical action version, and Johnny Lee Miller in Elementary, or The Great Moust Detective. What I have loved even more is tracking the allusions to a relationship that is slightly more domestic and less platonic between Holmes and his faithful friend, John Watson.

In canon, there are hints that this domestic duo, were a little bit more than just roommates and partners in crime...partners in life maybe?

BBC's Sherlock has been a particular favorite of mine—I'm a big Doctor Who fan and I feel Stephen Moffat, the writer of both, brings intelligence and hijinx to both. In Sherlock, the hints of a relationship are a lot more overt than in more historical adaptations. Sherlock and Watson, no matter what iteration we find them in, do tend to act more like an old married couple than two male roommates/crime fighters.

So this week's Shipping Sunday is going to focus on that tension between these two and all the times that Sherlock and Watson acted or were mistaken for a couple. #SecretlyMarried anyone?

Sun
Dec 14 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt

Angel in Armani: Exclusive Excerpt

Melanie Scott

Angel in Armani by Melanie Scott

WILL A LOVE OF THE GAME

Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.

LEAD TO A FIELD OF DREAMS?

But there is a catch: Lucas also needs Sara. Spring training is upon him, and his schedule is madness. So he asks Sara to be his personal pilot. It’s an offer she can’t refuse. She intends to keep him at arm’s length—especially when she discovers just what different lives they have. Little does Sara know that, for Lucas, the only thing more important than business is pleasure. He only plays to win. And he intends to hit it out of the park…

Get a sneak peek of Melanie Scott's Angel in Armani (available December 30, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

It was like having a tiger in the back of the helicopter.

The knowledge of something big and dangerous and ruthless riding behind her. Something that could squish you like a bug and not blink a big golden eye.

Of course, the man behind her had blue eyes, not golden ones. Very blue.

So maybe a tiger wasn’t the right metaphor. Maybe—

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Angel in Armani...]

Sun
Dec 14 2014 11:00am

First Look: Annie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner’s This Shattered World (December 23, 2014)

This Shattered World by Amie Kaufman and Meagan SpoonerAmie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner
This Shattered World (Starbound #2)
Disney Hyperion / December 23, 2014 / $17.99 print, $9.99 digital

Jubilee Chase and Flynn Cormac should never have met.

Lee is captain of the forces sent to Avon to crush the terraformed planet's rebellious colonists, but she has her own reasons for hating the insurgents.

Rebellion is in Flynn's blood. His sister died in the original uprising against the powerful corporate conglomerate that rules Avon with an iron fist. These corporations make their fortune by terraforming uninhabitable planets across the universe and recruiting colonists to make the planets livable, with the promise of a better life for their children. But they never fulfilled their promise on Avon, and decades later, Flynn is leading the rebellion.

Desperate for any advantage against the military occupying his home, Flynn does the only thing that makes sense when he and Lee cross paths: he returns to base with her as his prisoner. But as his fellow rebels prepare to execute this tough-talking girl with nerves of steel, Flynn makes another choice that will change him forever. He and Lee escape base together, caught between two sides in a senseless war.

Johnse Hatfield and Roseanna McCoy. Romeo and Juliet. Tony and Maria from West Side Story. Rose and Jack from Titanic. Writers have adored the star-crossed lovers trope since, well, since we’ve been telling tales. Evidence of this motif goes back as far as A.D. 8, when Ovid’s Metamorphoses was published, including the fable of Pyramus and Thisbe, lovers forbidden to wed because of their parents’ rivalry. Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner revise this popular theme in their latest novel, the second book in their Starbound series.

[Oooh, let's get started then...]

Sat
Dec 13 2014 1:00pm

Surviving DrOutlander: Bridging the Gap of 20 Years

The following post includes spoilers for the Outlander series. Like big, honking ones. No, seriously. Proceed at your own risk.

I’ll admit, I’m reaching deep to get through the long, dark days between the end of Outlander S1 part one this October and the debut of part two on STARZ network April 4, 2015. I came this close to adding Jamie’s eye-sexxing as my mobile wallpaper talisman to make it through. Here at Heroes and Heartbreakers, we’re pushing through this six-month Droughtlander on a steady diet of nekkid JAMMF GIFs and banked episodes on our DVRs.

Why—WHY—must they torture us so?!

Looking ahead, this may be a small drop in the Long Wait Pond. It’s already been announced that Outlander the television series plans to film one season for each book in the Outlander saga. This means season two will be based on Dragonfly in Amber (DIA) and season three on Voyager. Anyone who has read these two books knows that Jamie and Claire are separated at the end of DIA in a pretty freaking definitive way. They remain apart for the first third of Voyager as they (unknowingly) wait 20 years on either side of a 200-year divide to be reunited.

So the question has to be asked: how will Outlander the series handle their 20-year separation?

[I have a few ideas...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Unusual Historical Heroes from Vikings, Outlander, Marco Polo, and More!

Clive Standen in VikingsYou guys know we love a good unusual historical—we could have a duke any day, but a viking? Or a Highlander? What about a late-Victorian era detective, or a few gangsters from post-WWI England? Yeah, that's the stuff of dreams! While we offer you monthly books set in unusual venues with our Not-Your-Usual Historicals Shopping List, we decided to take it to the screen and present our favorite beefcake who portray men from all sorts of times and places—even if they aren't always hero material.

[It's like time travel without a TARDIS...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Macomber and MacLean Deal Alerts, Outlander Jewelry, and More

It's Tea Time Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome 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.

—Searching for your next holiday read? Heads-up that it looks like Debbie Macomber's The Christmas Basket is currently marked down to $1.99 at e-tailers such as iBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Google.* (Find out why blogger Janga loves Macomber's books here.)

—And in more deal news, Julianne MacLean's Pembroke Palace #4, Married by Midnight, is currently free at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. (Get the scoop on Julianne MacLean, including guest posts from the author herself (!!) here at H&H.)

Outlander fans looking for a piece of the show to take home may be interested to learn that the series' official store is selling a replica of Claire's wedding ring, among other goodies. (For more Outlander content at H&H, including episode recaps and book discussions, visit our Outlander Collection.)

—The Insurgent (sequel to Divergent) movie trailer is here and previews some Four/Tris sexytimes:

—Chloe Neill's Lucky Break, a Chicagoland Vampire series novella, is $1.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble (looks like this is the normal price, as it's a novella, but we figure it's of interest to Chicagoland fans.)

[More romance news this way...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 1:30pm

25 Romances of Christmas: Holiday Romance Recommendations, Part 2

The Keepers: Christmas in Salem by Heather Graham, Deborah LeBlanc, Kathleen Pickering, and Beth CiottaWhile the holidays are creeping in, it might be just the time to start in on that list—the books on your To Be Read list, that is. Over the next few weeks Phoebe Chase and Jennifer Proffitt will be delivering a little something naughty and nice in the form of the 25 Christmas books you should be adding to your wish list. See what they recommended in Part 1.

The Keepers: Christmas in Salem by Heather Graham, Deborah LeBlanc, Kathleen Pickering, Beth Ciotta

Vampires, witches, elementals, and selkies co-mingling in Salem, Mass.? No, I don’t have the wrong holiday, this really is a Christmas romance. Total darkness has engulfed Salem as Christmas nears. Four authors spin connected stories centered around four cousins who are Keepers, humans charged with overseeing a particular supernatural community. They put their hearts on the line to save their beloved town from an encroaching evil that threatens Salem and beyond. I really loved the way this anthology connected all the stories with one central holiday plot and how each novella furthered the story, bringing us closer to the happily ever.

[We like getting closer to that HEA...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Blood Assassin: Exclusive Excerpt

Alexandra Ivy

Blood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy

They are the outcasts of humanity. Blessed with power. Cursed by fate. Driven by passion. The Sentinels have returned. . .

Out Of The Shadows

At six-foot-three and two-hundred-fifty pounds, Fane is a natural born guardian. A flawless mix of muscled perfection and steely precision, he has devoted years of his life to protecting a beautiful necromancer. But after she found love in the arms of another, Fane has been a warrior adrift. He swears allegiance only to the Sentinels. And no woman will ever rule his heart again. . .

Into The Fire

Not only a powerful psychic, Serra is that rare telepath who can connect to minds through objects. When the daughter of a high-blood businessman is kidnapped, Serra agrees to help. But when she stumbles onto a conspiracy involving secrets sects and ancient relics, her life is in mortal danger—and Fane is her only hope. Is the warrior willing to risk his body, his soul, and his heart, for Serra? Or will one last betrayal destroy them both?

Get a sneak peek of Alexandra Ivy's Blood Assassin (available December 30, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“True.”  Fane tried to dismiss the problem from his mind.  Soon enough he would be in the seclusion of the monastery and the dangers of the world would no longer be his concern.  Right?  “It sounds like you have it covered.  I’ll send you more warriors when they’ve completed their training.”

“Dammit, Fane...”  Wolfe bit off his words as the atmosphere in the gym abruptly changed.

Both men turned to discover what had happened.

Or rather...who...had happened.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Blood Assassin...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 10:45am

Bones 10x10 Heart-to-Heart: Vintage Love

Booth and Bones in Bones 10x10Show/Episode: Bones 10x10, “The 200th in the 10th—Feels like the First Time”
Ship: Booth and Bones

**Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Bones, including last night's 200th Episode.**

Right off the bat, we're not in Kansas anymore, as a 1950s' style newsreel presents us with vintage versions of Emily Deschanel and David Boreanz celebrating their tenth movie together. What strange new world have we fallen into?

It's the 200th episode of Bones, a Hitchcockian minimovie with a midcentury flavor. Just go with it. We're talking total alternate universe here and the attention to detail is gorgeous. Booth is a jewel thief and Bones the cop hot on his tail, in more ways than one. Bones follows Booth to a posh mansion, where a dead body turns everything upside down. Bones gets called on the carpet by her boss, police chief and dad, Max. He wants her gun and badge, but she's adamant to prove herself as a good detective anyway. Her first stop? Waiting for oh so suave Booth in his bachelor abode. Oh the classy chemistry, so smooth, so restrained, but still smoldering. Bones knows of the perfect way to save her career and Booth's life; they can work together to find the real killer. The unlikely allies toast to their new partnership.

[We like partnerships...they lead to partnerships of a different variety...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 9:30am

“Oy with the Poodles Already!” or Top 10 Reasons The Gilmore Girls Will ALWAYS Be Fabulous

What If by AJ Pine Today we're joined by author A.J. Pine, whose book What If is just out, and is the second in her If Only series. What If's heroine has issues with her memory, while the hero can't help but remember what his parents want him to do, even as he tries to forget what he wants. A.J. is here talking about one of her pop  culture references, the Gilmore Girls, and is listing just what made the show so fabulous. Thanks, A.J.!

**Spoiler Alert: This post may contain spoilers, squee-ing, fangirling, and swooning in response to all aired episodes of The Gilmore Girls.**

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a pop culture addict. It’s a part of who I am, and because of this, it’s a part of who my characters are too. Pop culture references I’ve made in books so far? Friends, Dead Poets Society, '90s Brit Pop songs, The Vampire Diaries, and in my NA romance What If,, I paralleled the love story with one from one of my favorite shows ever, Gilmore Girls. It’s always a risk infusing pop culture into a book because you want the relevance to be untouched by time. So in case you were worried that Gilmore Girls wouldn’t hold up against the years (I know…pshaw, right?), I’m here to ease your mind.

10. BOOKS.

We read the books because we love the books! Of course this has to be the first reason. Rory Gilmore will always be the best example of a true bookworm. She even brings a book to her first dance with Dean. Be still my book-loving heart! Throughout the series, Rory is seen reading 339 books! HERE you can see how many of Rory’s books you’ve read. Or even better—take the Rory Gilmore reading challenge! And then there’s Jess (more on him later), who stole Rory’s book TO MAKE NOTES IN THE MARGIN.

[That's our kind of man...]

Fri
Dec 12 2014 8:30am

“I Feel It In My Fingers": Happy Birthday, Bill Nighy (NSFW for Language)

Today is Bill Nighy's birthday, and since the holidays are soon approaching, we thought we'd share this clip from Love Actually, a movie many romance readers love (actually!). Because any excuse to show Nighy as Billy Mack works for us.

Happy Birthday, Bill!