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Wed
Nov 30 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Lauren Layne’s Someone Like You (December 6, 2016)

Lauren Layne
Someone Like You (Oxford #3)
LoveSwept / December 6, 2016 / $3.99 digital

There’s not a book Lauren Layne can write that I won’t read. Because she’s able to explore themes that don’t feel redundant and overexploited. It’s how she can weave a narrative that grabs me from the first page and holds my attention until her next book releases. Someone Like You is another winner winner chicken dinner, and I’ve been waiting a long time for Lincoln’s story, so thank you Ms. Layne for finally writing and releasing it!

Lincoln Mathis is a player. At least that’s the image he wants everyone to see. The man who can charm a woman’s undies off just by a nod of his head or a curl of his lips. With Someone Like You, we finally learn why he has this persona…the one where he’ll flirt with any woman under the sun but won’t ever commit. No spoilers, because it’s a doozy…but let’s just say it explains a heck of a lot. And it makes us love him that much more. Best book boyfriend? He’s definitely in the running.

[Best of the best?]

Wed
Nov 30 2016 1:30pm

In a Galaxy Far Far Away... November 2016 Science Fiction Romance Best Bets

Gladiator by Anna Hackett

Another month has gone by and another galaxy full of scifi romances have released. I’ll cover four that stood out to me.

Yes, I’m going to talk about Anna Hackett again–she makes it impossible to ignore her, with a hot new series, Galactic Gladiators. Gladiator, the first book, was really good, and I have the second volume, Warrior, waiting on my kindle. Who can resist sexy space gladiators? The heroine is a human, Harper Adams, who happens to be a Space Marine assigned to a research station orbiting Jupiter when the story opens. She’s tough, smart, resourceful and an excellent fighter–I loved her. Some passing aliens who fell through a transient wormhole attack the station and seize a few people including Harper, before they escape again through the now vanishing portal. (No return to Earth will ever be possible.) Harper ends up being sold to be a gladiator on a desert planet who knows where. She’s determined to save herself and rescue as many of her friends as she can find.

Former prince Raiden Tiago was in her spot years ago, at age fifteen, but won his freedom and is now the champion of the House of Galen and the whole Kor Magna Arena. Not that the evil Thraxxians who destroyed his planet don’t make multiple, sneaky attempts to kill him. Raiden is HOT and has a good heart, even though he of course tries to deny it. He and Harper make an excellent team, in the arena and out of it; lots of chemistry.

[Get an A+ in Chemistry!]

Wed
Nov 30 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Lily Blackwood Excerpt: The Rebel of Clan Kincaid

Lily Blackwood

The Rebel of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

Since childhood, Magnus has been led to believe he is the Laird Alwyn’s bastard, and raised to hate the Clan Kincaid. But when he learns he is without a doubt the son of the murdered Laird Kincaid, his life as he has always known it is shattered. Now, hiding his knowledge and his fury, he returns to Burnbryde Castle, awaiting the chance to strike against the man whose treachery robbed him of his legacy. His first act of rebellion: to steal a kiss from the redheaded beauty who’s betrothed to the Alwyn’s eldest son and heir.

Since her arrival at Burnbryde, Tara Iverach has been confined to a tower to guard her virtue before she marries. But after a surprise embrace with a lean, bare-chested Highlander who claims to be the Alwyn’s oldest son, she can’t contain her excitement over her good fate. Unfortunately, he is the wrong eldest son, and she is set to marry his cruel and lecherous half brother, Hugh. Can Magnus conquer his rivals and claim his Kincaid destiny before the woman who’s captured his heart becomes his sworn enemy’s bride?

Get a sneak peek at Lily Blackwood's The Rebel of Clan Kincaid (available December 6, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Near about the same time.

“Awaken, child,” said a woman’s voice, low with urgency. The dim light of a lantern washed over the stone walls of Tara Iverach’s small chamber. “Your guardian sends word that he travels near and wishes an audience.”

Tara pushed up on the narrow bed. The drab blanket fell away, exposing her skin to the chill. She shivered and seized the wool back against her neck and shoulders. Sister Agnes’s words echoed in her ears.

Her guardian … Alexander Stewart, the powerful Earl of Buchan … here, in this humble place?

[Read the full The Rebel of Clan Kincaid excerpt...]

Wed
Nov 30 2016 9:45am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of November 2016

A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas

What are the best romance of November 2016?

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Darlene Marshall:

My best of November is A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock, #1) by Sherry Thomas, an entertaining twist on the Sherlock Holmes legend. What if Holmes wasn't who we thought he is, but instead was a woman, constrained by Victorian society and mores, but possessing the same keen mind and abilities?

Thomas presents us with a tantalizing new series, where Holmes is teamed with Mrs. John Watson and together they work to unravel a series of mysterious deaths.

We're introduced to a number of characters in this first novel, some familiar, some new, and I found the entire experience quite satisfying. There's a hint of a romance, and I wondered if there would be a Mr. Adler in Miss Holmes' future adventures to keep things interesting.

TanyaLK:

The Virgin and the Viscount by Charis Michaels is the first book I've read by this fairly new author and make no mistake, it won't be the last. It's heavy material, touching on themes of the sex trade a la 1800s England. But this story is also about redemption and second chances. With scenes that had me squeeing and crying, I vacillated between reading slow in order to savor the moments and plowing through to find out what happens next. Historical romance fans, rejoice! This one's a winner winner chicken dinner...or perhaps more fitting, turkey dinner?

[We have a winner!]

Wed
Nov 30 2016 8:08am

How Many Books of the Same Trope Have You Read in a Row?

Act Like It by Lucy Parker

I have a confession to make. I realized this week that I've read 5 “fake relationship” books in a row over the last few weeks. This may be a new record and I think I may have a problem. 

Okay, just kidding, if I have a “problem,” it's not one I'm willing to address when it comes to finding books featuring my favorite tropes. However, even I was shocked with how many I'd been able to score in a row!

So what about you? How many books featuring the same trope have you been able to read in a row?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Tue
Nov 29 2016 5:30pm

Delicious Encounters: November 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets

November is here (and gone)! It’s almost the end of the year and as we start winding down, these reads become more personal and more seductive. The holiday season is upon us and that means lots of new books to read and hopefully, time! This month features hilarious heroines with unlikely heroes that are no match for their wit and have unique encounters. From paranormal to rock stars, to Scotland and Hawaii, this month will leave you wanting more!

Hell and Back by Natasha Madison is an emotional roller coaster. Bella is running from her personal hell and lands back at the house where she last knew safety. This time she’s not alone. Lilah is all Bella has left and she’ll stop at nothing to protect her, even if it means distancing herself from the handsome neighbor next door. Bella’s not ready to trust again however, Jackson slowly chips away at her resolve. She’s stared into the eyes of a monster, will she be able to let the past go and live free? Jackson will protect Lilah and Bella with everything he has, then he realizes what they’ve brought to his door. Gut-wrenching and suspenseful, this story will keep you in its clutches from beginning to end.  

[Our adrenaline is pumping already...]

Tue
Nov 29 2016 4:37pm

Bad-Boy Dukes Desired: 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 Duke But No Gentleman by Alexandra HawkinsDeal Alert: Alexandra Hawkins' historical A Duke But No Gentleman is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “I am always on the lookout for a new series to latch on to! And with A Duke but no Gentleman, I believe I found one,” writes BizJaust in her First Look review.

Deal Alert: Jay Crownover's second Saints of Denver contemporary romance, Charged, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “While the Marked Men series dealt with redefining family—and coming to terms with the one you have—the theme of the Saints of Denver seems to be one of redemption,” writes H&H community manager Jennifer Proffitt in her First Look at the book.

Deal Alert: Grace Burrowes' historical Lady Sophie's Christmas Wish is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Looking for more winter romances? Scroll through all your newest options with our 2016 holiday romance shopping list.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Lisa Kleypas' historical Christmas novella “I Will,” first published as part of the Wish List anthology, will be reissued as a standalone e-book on December 13. RT Book Reviews has the scoop. Love all things Lisa Kleypas? We have a collection for that...

[+Today on H&H...]

Tue
Nov 29 2016 3:15pm

First Look: Sandra Hill’s Good Vampires Go to Heaven (November 29, 2016)

Sandra Hill
Good Vampires Go to Heaven (Deadly Angels #8)
Avon Books / November 29, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

In the Deadly Angels series, vangels (Viking vampire angels) attempt to prevent Lucipires (demon vampires) from turning sinning humans into demons before they have a chance at redemption. 

Zebulon (Zeb), a Lucipire caught spying against his own for the vangels in the hopes of joining the ranks of the good guys, has spent a year imprisoned by Jasper, the Lucipire leader, enduring endless physical torture. A visit from Satan results in mental torment being added to the repertoire.   

Regina, a vangel witch, tired of playing second fiddle to all of the male vangels, decides rescuing Zeb may be her ticket out of the lower ranks, despite vangel leader Vikar’s admonition not to do so. Infiltrating Jasper’s castle, Horror, Regina finds not only Zeb, but also three Lucipire witches, who tell her they will help her free Zeb if she agrees to take them with her. Believing she will figure out a way to leave the trio behind when the time comes, Regina reluctantly agrees to the deal.

[But it'll be worth it in the end...]

Tue
Nov 29 2016 1:30pm

Love Libs #2: Fill in the Blank...

Rule Breaker by Sienna Snow

Today we're thrilled to host Sienna Snow (author of Rule Breaker) on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sienna writes hot, and we mean HOT, romance, so to spice things up, she's written a Mad Libs-inspired word game we've dubbed Love Libs (You may remember our first game of Love Libs from last summer). So, get your dirty minds ready and have some fun! Thanks for creating this fun game for us, Sienna!

Now, onto the Love Lib!

 

[Let the shenanigans begin...]

Tue
Nov 29 2016 12:15pm
Excerpt

Sidney Bristol Excerpt: Chase

Sidney Bristol

Chase by Sidney Bristol

For Gabriel, the FBI is just a painful memory. His new team of motorheads may work for the Feds undercover, but they’re nothing like the backstabbers and bureaucrats he left behind. Hunting drug dealers and smugglers in Miami gets him the adrenaline rush he wants and the justice he needs. All that’s missing is the seal on the badge—and Nikki, his sexy ex-partner.

Until she shows up at his garage, wearing short shorts and a look that spells trouble. Nikki has never forgotten the heartbreak Gabriel left her with last time. Even if she can’t have him, she still has to work with him. There’s a homegrown terrorist recruiting military vets to a cult of fear and deception, and they all have roots in Miami.

It will take Gabriel and all the Classic Rides crew to stop a catastrophe. But in close quarters with sparks flying, it’s only a matter of time before the old flame ignites...

Get a sneak peek at Sidney Bristol's Chase (available November 29, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Any word yet on Isabella or Hillary?”

“Not yet, but I had another thought there. Not a good one, but . . .” Nikki bit her lip.

“What?”

“Use me as bait.”

Gabriel stared at her. His lips thinned and his gaze had a hard quality that would have intimidated her if she wasn’t positive of her actions.

[Read the full Chase excerpt...]

Tue
Nov 29 2016 11:30am

Life Is Too Short: Supergirl 2x08 Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Supergirl Season 2, Episode 8, “Medusa”
Ship(s): Alex x Maggie (Maglex), Mon El x Kara

Editorial:

Supergirl 2x08 Captain's Log

Ready to shake off the after effects of being kidnapped by CADMUS, Kara and friends come together to celebrate a Thanksgiving feast for Supergirl’s Winter Finale. While Winn and James argue about whether or not to reveal their affiliation with the Guardian, Alex is loading up on liquid courage in preparation for a confession of her own. However, a mysterious portal opens above Kara’s dining table and puts all attempts to “come clean” on hold.

Top Headlines:

1. BUT SHE’S MY MOM…

Kara suspects that Mon El is acting a little too friendly with her mother, Eliza Danvers (Helen Slater). She finds herself a somewhat freaked out by the fact that he appears to be flirting with her Earth mom. However, Eliza claims that her mother’s intuition suggests Mon El really has feelings for Kara.

[Mother knows best...]

Tue
Nov 29 2016 9:30am

First Look: Sarah Morgan’s Miracle on 5th Avenue (November 29, 2016)

Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan
Miracle on 5th Avenue (From Manhattan with Love #3)
HQN Books / November 29, 2016 / $7.43 print, $5.99 digital

Is bestselling crime writer Lucas Blade a modern manifestation of Scrooge? Is he first-cousin to the Grinch, determined to ignore the very existence of Christmas? Or is he a handsome-on-the-outside Beast, reluctant to let anyone into his lair of misery? Eva Jordan, on her way to house-sit his gorgeous Fifth Avenue penthouse, is about to find out.

In Sarah Morgan's Miracle on 5th Avenue, Lucas' grandmother hires her to work Eve Christmas magic on Blade’s apartment and prepare it for the holidays in his absence. Some women would cavil at disappearing from the busy Christmas social scene at the height of the season but not Eva. Her business partners are concerned that her dating life is non-existent but Eva is very picky.

“I hate online dating. I prefer meeting people in other ways.”

“But you’re not meeting people at all! You work. You go to bed with your teddy bear.”

“It’s a stuffed kangaroo. Grams gave it to me when I was four.”

Eva’s partners may think the kangaroo is a little worse for wear, and that she needs to replace it “with a flesh-and-blood man,” but Eva loves her stuffed animal that “never lets me down.”

[Always there for her...]

Tue
Nov 29 2016 8:15am

Have You Ever Read Little Women?

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is a cornerstone book for many readers. It is even a central element of an episode of Friends in which Joey reads Little Women for the first time (and Rachel commits the cardinal sin of reading and spoils the ending). 

So, have you read Little Women? Do you have definite thoughts on who Jo should have ended up with

Tell me about it in the comments!

Mon
Nov 28 2016 3:45pm

Give More: November 2016 Women’s Fiction Best Bets

The Canterbury Sisters by Kim Wright

Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Around the holidays we tend to think more of families, more of giving, and more of good will toward others (as long as they’re not getting the last parking space in the mall!) Wouldn't it be wonderful if this perceptive insight and feelings lasted the whole year round?

Of course, that's not a new sentiment. Be it what it may, while we do need each other—family, friends, and the kindness of strangers, it's not always easy to get along with each other, even among family.

We talked about the definition of women's fiction before—a woman on the “brink of life changes and personal growth.” And sometimes this personal growth is changing talk the talk to walk the walk.

For Women’s Fiction Best Bets this November I'm doing something a little different. Rather than talk about books released this month we are taking the opportunity to highlight books mentioned in previous columns that you might have missed—that really have the message of the holidays—even if the period they cover is not specifically during November and December.

In these books the heroines learn to forgive past mistakes; mend broken relationships, and offer the hand of friendship to others. The books also illustrate the importance of family, how they can affect us in both a positive and negative way. In no particular order, here are some great books to read over the upcoming holidays:

[Let's get this started...]

Mon
Nov 28 2016 1:00pm

Quiz: Could You Handle a Pretend Boyfriend?

Today we're thrilled to welcome Karina Bliss (Fall) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The hero and heroine of Fall embark on a fake relationship, so they know a thing or two about surviving that, but the question is... do you think you could handle it? Karina let's us know! Thanks, Karina!

Like other conveniences–gas stations, bathrooms and chore amnesia–the  relationship of convenience is a useful tool for romance authors, and catnip to romance readers. The trope promises so much–comedy, forced proximity (often including awkward kisses and bed-sharing), unresolved sexual tension, and the ever-present danger of discovery.

But the biggest joy comes from watching two people who are clearly meant to be together, stumble into true love.

From Georgette Heyer's Cotillion and Heaven Texas by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (my personal favorite), to emerging classics like Elle Kennedy's The Deal and Act Like It by Lucy Parker, we just can't get enough of  these novels. Checking Goodreads, I see 794 books listed under Popular Fake Relationship Books. And that's before we include movies like The Proposal, French Kiss and 10 Things I Hate About You (the fake relationship with a tragi-comic twist–only one of the lovers knows the relationship's fake). If you're a movie buff here's a bigger list:

But have YOU read enough of your favorite trope to pull off a fake boyfriend scam? Let's find out.

Note: The quiz is a weeeee bit NSFW. But just the tiniet bit!

[So can you handle it?]

Mon
Nov 28 2016 12:10pm
Excerpt

Lorraine Heath Excerpt: The Viscount and the Vixen

Lorraine Heath

The Viscount and the Vixen by Lorraine Heath

Love begets madness. Viscount Locksley watched it happen to his father after his cherished wife’s death. But when his sire arranges to marry flame-haired fortune hunter Portia Gadstone, Locke is compelled to take drastic measures to stop the stunning beauty from taking advantage of the marquess. A marriage of mutual pleasure could be convenient, indeed . . . as long as inconvenient feelings don’t interfere.

Desperation forced Portia to agree to marry a madman. The arrangement will offer the protection she needs. Or so she believes until the marquess’s distractingly handsome son peruses the fine print . . .and takes his father’s place!

Now the sedate—and, more importantly, secure—union Portia planned has been tossed in favor of one simmering with wicked temptation and potential heartbreak. Because as she begins to fall for her devilishly seductive husband, her dark secrets surface and threaten to ruin them both—unless Locke is willing to risk all and open his heart to love.

Get a sneak peek at Lorraine Heath's The Viscount and the Vixen (available November 29, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Locke glided his fingers down Portia’s arms, all the way to her fingertips, before going back up. I like your arms bared,” he said, his voice low, feral, deep. Don’t wear gloves in the future.”

Following dinner, she hadn’t put them back on. As much as she wanted to, she couldn’t quite regret it at that moment. It would be improper.”

A corner of his mouth hitched up, his eyes darkened. Before this night is done, you’ll learn that I enjoy a good many improper things. Turn around.”

[Read the full The Viscount and the Vixen excerpt...]

Mon
Nov 28 2016 9:30am

December 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in December.

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:

December 1-6 December 7-13 December 14-20 |   December 21-31

Week of December 1 through December 6

[Read more...]

Sun
Nov 27 2016 10:30pm

A Final Choice: Poldark, Season 2, Episode 9, Romelza Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 2, Episode 9* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza)

*Editors Note: This is Episode 9 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 10.

Poldark 2x09 Captain's Log

Well, we've reached the end of the line for Poldark season 2, and I am both sad and satisfied. This season was hard, mostly due to the stupidity of one Ross Poldark, but alas, it looks like our favorite idiot is learning.

And just in time, too.

The Warleggans, Elizabeth and George, are now installed in Trenwith, much to the dismay of the remaining Poldark women Verity and Aunt Agatha. Wheal Grace is truly prospering, and Ross is very happy to show Demelza that they've got money now, but that's not what Demelza wants.

Oh Ross. 

A lot happened in this final episode of the season, and I think—I think—Ross and Demelza are going to be okay.

Here are my Top 5 Moments from this episode:

[Read more]

Sun
Nov 27 2016 12:06pm
Excerpt

Rowan Speedwell Excerpt: Angel Voices

Rowan Speedwell

Angel Voices by Rowan Speedwell

One frigid winter night a week before Christmas, college student Will stumbles into a church during choir practice, bruised by his own father's hands. He's out of the closet now — there's no going back since his fundamentalist father learned the truth — but he's also out of a home, a family, and a future. Will has nowhere to turn. No one to care.

Except . . . Will's roommate, Quinn, cares. Maybe too much. He's been attracted to Will since they moved in together, but never dreamed his crush was gay. With Will's life in pieces, Quinn doesn't want to push. He also knows he has more experience than Will, who's never even been kissed.

Then Will's father makes a reappearance, and Will has to learn to trust his heart more than the voices of his past. But it's the season of miracles, faith, and hope, and Quinn is determined to teach Will how to love and be loved.

Get a sneak peek at Rowan Speedwell's Angel Voices (available November 28, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The dorm building was mostly empty and quiet, with the majority of its tenants gone home for the holidays. It had once been an apartment building, built back in the late eighteen hundreds, until the university had bought and renovated it into dorm rooms and suites in the fifties. They’d renovated it again in the nineties, so it was fairly modern and comfortable. Will was grateful no one was around to watch as he limped up the couple of steps into the big old building, through the heavy oak door, and into the narrow, tiled vestibule.

[Read the full Angel Voices excerpt...]

Sun
Nov 27 2016 11:00am

First Look: Karina Halle’s Heat Wave (November 28, 2016)

Heat Wave by Karina Halle

Karina Halle
Heat Wave
Karina Halle / November 28, 2016 / $14.00 print, $3.99 digital

If you haven’t hopped aboard Karina Halle’s travel romances, you’re seriously missing out. Halle has almost single-handedly defined the trope because for her, the setting isn’t just a place for the story; it lends an element to the mood, the emotion, and all the romance. In Heat Wave, we’re transported to magical, mystical Kauai, Hawaii, for the second-chance, forbidden, enemies-to-lovers love story of Veronica and Logan. And not only is Kauai practically a third main character, it’s where timing, circumstances, and fate have converged for two people with quite a past and a lot of time to make up for.

Halle sets the stage beautifully with a prologue that, no matter the angst to follow, shows right away the powerful chemistry and connection between twenty-something Ronnie and thirty-something Logan. They’re two kindred spirits who see something in the other in an instant, and the complication of literal politics and a meddling family can’t get in the way. Not even when their moment is quickly and irrevocably overshadowed by Ronnie’s older, beautiful, in-the-spotlight sister, Juliet. And Ronnie and Logan don’t get the something together they want right away, but you know what they say about things that are worth waiting for…

[Read more...]