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September 12, 2014
Friday Beefcake: A Venti Hottie, Please!
Team H & H
September 11, 2014
Top 5 Couples from Barbara Samuel
Janga
September 10, 2014
Hot Guys and Cool Dogs Have a Lot in Common
D.D. Ayres
September 7, 2014
Stalkers in Romance
Jessica Moro
September 5, 2014
Friday Beefcake: 2014 Fantasy Football Picks
Team H & H
Tue
Sep 9 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon’s Mending Him (September 9, 2014)

Mending Him by Bonnie Dee and Summer DevonBonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Mending Him
Samhain / September 9, 2014 / $5.50 digital

As his world collapses, love opens his heart.

Robbie Grayson has always felt like a bit of an outsider in the Chester family, though he’s related by blood. An orphan taken in at a young age, he is further set apart by a limp inflicted by a childhood illness.

Nevertheless, he’s content enough with his quiet country life—until a mercurial wastrel named Charles Worthington explodes into it. And Robbie is assigned to play nursemaid to an invalid with an attitude.

Injured in a carriage accident, Charles arrives at the Chester estate drunk as a lord and with empty pockets. Despair consumes him as his broken body slowly heals, but the kindness of quiet, thoughtful Robbie saves him from drowning in self-pity.

Over chess matches and conversation, these polar opposites challenge each other to break out of old patterns, until desire burns through the thin veneer of pure friendship. Yet their passion could destroy the family bonds they value so highly. Especially when someone catches wind of their relationship—and threatens blackmail.

The immense angst of m/m historical romance is hard to beat.  Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon have co-written several of these m/m historical romances, the latest of which is Mending HimMending Him follows two characters, one who lives with disability and one who is recovering from an injury, and throws them together in a place where their attraction is far too electric to ignore.   

[Sparks fly!]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Opal Carew and Christina Lee!

Today we've got two covers to show you—both contemporaries featuring sexy men who know, and like, being in charge, and the women who won't let their vulnerability get in the way of taking what they want. Opal Carew's Riding Steele has danger, excitement, and the leader of a motorcycle club, while Christina Lee's Two of Hearts is all about second chances with a first love.

[Learn more about the books and see the full covers...]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Hope Burns: Exclusive Excerpt

Jaci Burton

Hope Burns by Jaci Burton

Molly Burnett dreads returning to her hometown of Hope for her sister’s wedding, especially knowing she’ll have to endure a weekend with the one man she never wants to see again. It’s only a couple of days, so Molly will try to forget her painful past with high school sweetheart Carter Richards. Because despite the bitter memories, she still can’t forget what they once meant to each other.
 
But when Molly is forced to extend her stay, Carter sees this as his second chance to do things right, to start over again with the only woman he’s ever loved. This time, he isn’t going to let Molly run. Together they’re going to confront the past and put it behind them, and hope for a future as bright as the flame that still burns hot between them.

Get a sneak peek at Jaci Burton's Hope Burns (available September 9, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As Molly had suspected, the festival closed up at ten p.m., and it was ten thirty by the time they got there.

“Not a problem,” Carter said. “I checked my phone and there are some late-night venues continuing on at some of the clubs. We’ll go to one of those, grab something to eat, and listen to some music.”

“Providing we can get in. Some of those events are sold out in advance.”

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Hope Burns...]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 11:00am

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Rock Addiction (September 9, 2014)

Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Rock Addiction
TKA Distribution / September 9, 2014 / $3.99

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that's all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he'll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn't only her body that's become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Rock Addiction is Nalini Singh’s first foray into the self-publishing sphere, but this is not her first contemporary. Her early Harlequin contemporaries addressed some of the same themes in Rock Addiction, such as implied class differences and being in the spotlight versus wanting to hide from it.. Similar to her earlier Harlequin titles, the sexual experience is on a whole different plane with the experienced rock star and the everyday woman. Fox knows what he wants and is ready for it—his pursuit of Molly is akin to what a reader might see in the Psy-Changeling series when a pair has a mating bond. Fox is most definitely the pursuer. Molly is definitely the pursued.

[The hunter gets captured by the game?]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 9:30am

Heroines to Die for from Armstrong, Howard, Robb and More!

Exit Strategy by Kelley ArmstrongFraming a love story around characters with a dark past is a challenge. The angst the character deals with internally often causes the story to take a morose twist that makes the believability of a romance impossible. The actions the character takes in the present to help them wrestle with their demons can do the same. Yet when the author can make us believe in the character and their journey enough the love story shines even brighter against this black background.

Heroines who kill have gone down the darkest path. Whether they kill to defend themselves, defend others, or just as a means of survival, the road they travel is one filled with ghosts. Not only must the author convince us that our hero or heroine can find love in spite of the horrors of their past, they also have to create a sympathetic character who can engage the reader enough to have them set aside whatever inhibitions the reader would normally feel towards someone with that behavior.

While dark pasts tend to be distributed evenly between heroes and heroines, violent reactions to such pasts tend to be far more the purview of men than women. Most kick ass heroines tend to draw the line at killing their opponent. Which ones do seek out violence as a way to lay their demons to rest? Which ladies are willing to go as far as pulling the trigger?

Nadia Stafford from Kelley Armstrong’s Exit Strategy, Made to Be Broken, and Wild Justice is the first who comes to mind. Nadia’s life took a turn for the macabre when she went from being a cop to being a gun for hire.

[That's quite a change...]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 8:03am

Who’s the Most Important Baby in Romance?

News of the royal pregnancy broke yesterday, and naturally we thought about babies in romance novels. Often they are mentioned as part of the Happily Ever After epilogue, and sometimes they are a more crucial part of the plot, whether they are the Secret Baby or the hero or heroine has to suddenly take care of a baby, requiring assistance that leads to romance.

 

 

So we want to ask you—who's the most important baby in romance? 

Mon
Sep 8 2014 4:30pm

What the Heart Wants: Fall 2014’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows


September | October | November | Printable Version

Team H&H eats, breathes, and sleeps romance, but even we have trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. To make life a little easier for all of us, we’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for September through November. Let us know what you think, whether it’s showering us with praise or educating us about what we’ve missed (or both)!

September



Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon (book) 
Two words: Dark. Hunter. Cadegan and Jo’s story comes to life in the latest installment of Kenyon’s hugely popular Dark-Hunter series.
 
Dark Blood by Christine Feehan (book)
He’s a warrior reborn, she’s the mage who’s waking him up. That’s bound to generate a lot of chemistry, and we can’t wait to see it unfold!
 
Shatter by Erin McCarthy (book)
She’s hot for tutor! ’Nough said.


Linger by Lauren Jameson (book)
Our reviewer loved Linger, and we don’t blame him. Sexy, tropey, and kinky, we’re all over this release!
 
Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison (book)
Harrison has cemented herself as a staple on any urban fantasy shelf, and Night’s Honor seems to be another great addition.
   

[See what's up this fall...]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 2:00pm

H&H Quickies #5: Desiree Holt—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 Manda Collins, Kristina Matthews, Lora Leigh, and Valerie Bowman we are pleased to announce today that Desiree Holt will be the fifth 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 Desiree Holt with a Contemporary theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Desiree 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 Desiree used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Monday, September 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (blackmail), a setting (New York), a situation (lovers-reunited), a description (Alpha hero)...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 October 1 for an original scene from Desiree Holt based on your suggestions!

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

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

Mon
Sep 8 2014 12:00pm

Now Win This: Kylie Scott’s Play!

Play by Kylie ScottClick here to enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Kylie Scott's Play*

In honor of the recent paperback release of Kylie Scott's rocker romance, Play, we're giving away five copies! See what's up for Stage Dive next:

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller LICK

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

Click here to enter for a chance to win Play!*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/playpapersweeps beginning at 12:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on September 8, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 am ET on September 15, 2014. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Mon
Sep 8 2014 10:30am

Outlander Season 1, Episode 5: You MUST Pay the Rent!

Dougal and Claire in Outlander 1x05Claire Randall's adventure continues in the first season of what is sure to be a long-running series on Starz based on the beloved historical fiction/fantasy/romance series by Diana Gabaldon, and we are so ready to recap and then discuss every single moment of it.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Outlander, including Saturday night's Season 1, Episode 5, “Rent.” Enjoy!

Claire looks out across the wide water and quotes from John Donne’s “Present in Absence.” Surprise, surprise, Ned Gowan, the lawyer who’ll be helping them collect the rents, knows it, too.

Ned details what exactly counts as rent; livestock of various sorts, even a handkerchief last year, but no more live pigs. Ned’s cough troubles Claire, who suspects asthma and stuffs his pipe with thorn apple.

Dougal hurries them on their way.

[On your way...]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 9:30am

First Look: Christina Dodd’s Virtue Falls (September 9, 2014)

Virtue Falls by Christina DoddChristina Dodd
Virtue Falls
St. Martin's Press / September 9, 2014 / $25.99 print / $12.99 digital

Twenty-three years ago, in the isolated coastal town of Virtue Falls, Washington, four year old Elizabeth Banner witnessed her mother's brutal murder. Elizabeth's father was convicted of killing Misty and sentenced to prison. Elizabeth was sent to live with relatives, and grew from a solitary child to a beautiful woman with a cool scientific mind and an instinctive distrust of love. Now Elizabeth is back in Virtue Falls, a geologist like her father, living cautiously, her life guided by logic and facts. But nothing can help her through the emotional chaos that follows the return of her ex-husband, Garik Jacobsen, an FBI agent on probation and tortured by the guilt of his past deeds. Nor can it help her deal with her father, now stricken with Alzheimer's and haunted by Misty's ghost. When a massive earthquake reveals long-concealed secrets, Elizabeth soon discovers her father is innocent. Is the killer still at large, stalking ever closer to the one witness to Misty's murder? To Elizabeth herself? Elizabeth and Garik investigate, stirring old dark and deadly resentments that could provoke another bloody murder— Elizabeth's own.

Looking for a gritty romantic suspense book? Then look no further to Christina Dodd’s new release, Virtue Falls, the story of so many lives damaged by a single murder and a possibly erroneous conviction.

[Fall into the story!]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 8:16am

Have You Ever Talked to a Stranger About a Book?

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa KleypasReaders know there's nothing like talking about a book you love with someone who loves it as well. And perhaps you've seen someone reading a book you loved yourself, but you didn't know the person (even though you knew the book!)

Have you ever gone up and talked to someone about a book they were reading? More than once? What books?

Sun
Sep 7 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Rock Addiction: Exclusive Excerpt

Nalini Singh

Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media’s harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that’s all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he’ll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn’t only her body that’s become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Get a sneak peek of Nalini Singh's Rock Addiction (available September 9, 2014) with an excerpt of a selected scene.

We're so thrilled to be a part of the blog tour featuring not one, not two, but six other great blogs—each with an excerpt for you to read too! Get ready to be rocked:

August 26th - Maryse
September 3rd - Natasha is a Bookjunkie  
September 4th - Vilma's Book Blog
September 5th - Dear Author
September 6th - Smexy Books
September 7th - Heroes & Heartbreakers (that's us!)
September 8th - The Rock Stars of Romance

Damn right he’d touched Molly. And he planned to do it again. “She’s mine.” Sex usually worked women out of his system; it had only worked Molly in deeper.

Noah angled his body to stare at him. “What?”

“Molly. She’s mine.” This was no longer about anything as simple or as easily handled as physical attraction.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Rock Addiction...]

Sun
Sep 7 2014 10:00am

Somebody’s Watching Me: Stalkers in Romance

Raw by Belle Aurora**This post contains spoilers—some big, some small—you have been warned.**

“I wear my sunglasses at night so I can watch you weave and breathe…” 

Stalkers in romance have been a consistent theme for years. High on drama and adrenaline, my liking for stalker books probably began back in Sweet Valley when the Wakefield twins had an overenthusiastic admirer. When a romance novel has a stalker theme, it excels at revealing those creeptastic moments, that black moment when the hero or heroine realizes their personal space has been infiltrated. I find myself making sure I close my blinds, or double-checking my surroundings. Be warned there’s SPOILERS ahead. These are some of the best books that have brought out these feelings:

1. Raw by Belle Aurora 
You are put deeply in the mind of Twitch, the stalker, so deeply, in fact you fall for the stalker. Yeah, that’s you with the Stockholm Syndrome sitting right there. Twitch has followed Lexie for years, and has become a physical symbol for him of all the things in his life that have gone wrong. He starts out in the book as a predator, but as the story evolves, a change occurs, and somehow the two of them fall in love and chaos ensues. Raw takes your typical stalker story and turns it on its head.

[Stalker...turned “hero”?!]

Sat
Sep 6 2014 2:10pm

Sylvia Day’s Captivated by You (Crossfire #4) Has a Release Date!

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayThe fourth installment in Sylvia Day's Crossfire quintet, Captivated by You, finally has a release date: November 18, 2014. 

Captivated by You continues the tumultuous and passionate relationship between Gideon and Eva. Here's the blurb:

Gideon calls me his angel, but he’s the miracle in my life. My gorgeous, wounded warrior, so determined to slay my demons while refusing to face his own.

The vows we’d exchanged should have bound us tighter than blood and flesh. Instead they opened old wounds, exposed pain and insecurities, and lured bitter enemies out of the shadows. I felt him slipping from my grasp, my greatest fears becoming my reality, my love tested in ways I wasn’t sure I was strong enough to bear.

At the brightest time in our lives, the darkness of his past encroached and threatened everything we’d worked so hard for. We faced a terrible choice: the familiar safety of the lives we’d had before each other or the fight for a future that suddenly seemed an impossible and hopeless dream...

The Crossfire quintet began with Bared to You, then Reflected in You, and Entwined with You. There will be a fifth and final book in the quintet after Captivated by You.

Sat
Sep 6 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Vault of Dreamers: Exclusive Excerpt

The Forge School is the most prestigious arts school in the country. The secret to its success: every moment of the students' lives is televised as part of the insanely popular Forge Show, and the students' schedule includes twelve hours of induced sleep meant to enhance creativity. But when first year student Rosie Sinclair skips her sleeping pill, she discovers there is something off about Forge. In fact, she suspects that there are sinister things going on deep below the reaches of the cameras in the school. What's worse is, she starts to notice that the ridges of her consciousness do not feel quite right. And soon, she unearths the ghastly secret that the Forge School is hiding—and what it truly means to dream there.

Get a sneak peek from Caragh O'Brien's Vault of Dreamers (available September 16, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The Clock Tower

Burham's disapproval stung. I couldn’t believe he’d thought I was just a nice, awkward sort of girl, but it was even worse that he thought I was a manipulator. I kept reviewing what had happened at lunch the day before, and I knew I’d asked, in so many words, for him and the other students at our table to try to get me a spike in ratings. But he was the one who had proposed the theory of influencing spikes, and the others had seen their blip ranks improve, too.

[Continue on to read the full excerpt of Vault of Dreamers...]

Sat
Sep 6 2014 10:00am

First Look: Jennifer Ashley’s Scandal and the Duchess (September 16, 2014)

Scandal and the Duchess by Jennifer AshleyJennifer Ashley
Scandal and the Duchess (MacKenzies)
InterMix / September 16, 2014 / $1.99 digital

Scandal follows Rose Barclay, young widow of the Duke of Southdown, wherever she goes. It's never her fault, but newspapers love to write about the young woman from Scotland, and the much older duke she married, who died on their honeymoon. The duke left her with a large widow's portion, now contested by his son, who kicks Rose out of the estate's dower house and uses it to kennel his dogs.

Rose does not need to be found with a large, handsome Scot passed out at her feet, fueling gossips and giving her brother-in-law more ammunition. The Scot is Steven McBride—a decorated soldier who is notorious for heavy gambling and womanizing during his leave time. Steven is happy to open his eyes and find the beautiful woman standing over him, and happy to help spirit her away. He comes up with a ruse to foil the journalists, but Rose will have to go along with his very scandalous proposal.

I’ve been a huge fan of the Highland Pleasures series since I stumbled across The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie. Jennifer Ashley writes amazingly complex characters that are still easily relatable. They come alive across the pages with wit, humor and natural ease. Her Scottish heroes are some of my favorite historical fiction characters, and Scandal and the Duchess is an excellent addition to the series.
[Ye dinna say!]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: 2014 Fantasy Football Picks

Dez Bryant

Football season has begun! There are lots of amazingly talented people drafted, and many favorite return players. We asked our Twitter followers for some of their favorite, and foxiest, football players, and they sure delivered!

Would you add these guys to your fantasy football team (see what we did there...)? Who would be your draft picks? Let us know in the comments!

[But wait, there's more...]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 3:00pm

The Boys of Summer: Baseball’s True Appeal

Devil in Denim by Melanie ScottToday we're joined by author Melanie Scott, whose The Devil in Denim is out now, and is set in the world of the All-American pasttime—baseball. Melanie knows just why so many of us like to watch baseball, and baseball movies, and it isn't necessarily because we're all fans of the sport. She's here to share her thoughts of some of the best baseball movies, and some of the best guys to get to all the bases with. Thanks, Melanie!

The Americans among us have no trouble understanding the Church of Baseball. Me? I’m an Aussie. And trust me, that has earned me a few strange looks when I tell people I’m writing book with baseball in them. “Why baseball?” is possibly the most common question I’ve been asked (at least by fellow Aussies). And the answer to that question is two-fold. Firstly, in Australia, when it comes to sports that involve bats, the boys got taught cricket but, at least in my day, the girls usually played softball. Which means, for all intents and purposes, that I have some idea of the actual rules of baseball and can understand them. And secondly, well I’m a hopeless sucker for sports movies. Because they usually have a happy ending and because, well, they tend to be well populated with hot guys. Call me shallow, but that works for me. And baseball movies have also been high in my list of favorite sports movies.

[They have a lot of appeal]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 2:00pm

H&H Debriefing: Best Summer Reads!

Another day, another way to follow H&H—we're now on YouTube! Subscribe to the HeroesnHearts channel to catch weekly Debriefings in which Team H&H's Heather, Megan, and Jenn discuss what's hot in romance.

Today it's just Jenn and Megan talking about a Morning Coffee item from earlier in the week which asked, “What's the Best Book You Read this Summer?

Both of us share what made our list, then talked about some of the books mentioned in the post. So tell us what YOU think, and we'll see you next Friday!