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March 22, 2017
Embrace Your Fantasy Story!
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March 21, 2017
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March 21, 2017
The “Real” Mr. Darcy: It Was Never About the Face
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Mar 22 2017 12:30pm

Karen Booth Excerpt: The Ten-Day Baby Takeover

Karen Booth

The Ten-Day Baby Takeover by Karen Booth

A billionaire's baby deal!

One look into his infant son's trusting blue gaze and Aiden Langford knows his wild, carefree days are over. If only he can get Sarah Daltrey, his son's temporary guardian, to give him daddy lessons… Certainly the soft-hearted entrepreneur will agree to his ten-day proposal to stay as the nanny. Aiden just needs to keep his mind on parenting and off Sarah's seductive curves…

Being in the handsome tycoon's arms puts up Sarah's emotional defenses even as her body begs her to let go. But being a babysitter with benefits isn't on her agenda—especially for a father and son who might steal her heart…

Get a sneak peek at Karen Booth's The Ten-Day Baby Takeover (available April 4, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

This snippet is from the end of Chapter Two, when Sarah Daltrey, temporary guardian of Aiden Langford’s infant son, is negotiating with him about taking custody.

Of course, most single men, especially those who notoriously played the field, weren’t in a position to drop everything and care for a baby. But Aiden Langford wasn’t most men. Didn’t he have a pile of money to throw at the problem? “I used to be a nanny. Past tense. That’s no longer my vocation.” She stopped short of admitting that she didn’t have the stomach for it anymore. “You’ll need to hire someone. I wrote down the number for the top nanny agency in the city for you. One phone call and they’ll send someone over to help you.”

“So I’m not only supposed to work with a complete stranger to take care of a baby, but the baby is supposed to accept that, too?”

[Read the full The Ten-Day Baby Takeover excerpt...]

Mar 22 2017 11:30am

Embrace Your Fantasy Story!

How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Today we're thrilled to have Kerrelyn Sparks (How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days) at Heroes and Heartbreakers! Kerrelyn has crafted a story for us where we get to make some of the decisions—like what magical power we get, who our hero will be, and how we get to our happily ever after! Thanks, Kerrelyn! 

If you fell in love with Luciana and Leo in the first book of The Embraced, you'll love this game—and if you haven't met them yet, then welcome to Aerthlan, a magical world of two moons where children born under their magical influence are gifted (or cursed, depending on how you look at it) with awesome powers! 

To play, read along with the story Kerrelyn has imagined. At several points you'll come to a crossroads and will have the chance to pick your power, pick your hero, and if you choose correctly, you'll eventually get to your happily-ever-after... who are we kidding, Aerthlan is in Romancelandia, so everyone gets an HEA!

Tell us down in the comments what power you choose and who your hero is and we'll see you in Aerthlan! 


[Read more...]

Mar 22 2017 9:30am

First Look: Alexa Riley’s His Alone (March 28, 2017)

His Alone by Alexa Riley

Alexa Riley
His Alone (For Her Series #2)
Carina Press / March 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Insta-Love fans, fear not! The dynamic writing duo, Alexa Riley is back with, His Alone, book 2 in their full-length, For Her novel series.

(The pace is already in mid-action when His Alone opens. So, it actually does help to read Everything For Her first. But, there are enough hints to make it sort of ok if you don't).

Ryan Justice and Paige Turner are at the top of the security detail team for the prestigious Osbourne Corp. Ryan is Paige’s boss and Paige is harboring a revenge plot for her father. It’s nice to see an Alexa Riley take on vendetta, while dabbling with romantic suspense.

This is not the insta-love billionaire fare of the first book. The perspective of Paige and Ryan is a fresh one because of the slow-burn nature of their relationship as it grows deeper.

We learn why Ryan (a.k.a. Captain) is instantly taken with Paige. But Paige battles her growing desire for Ryan and keeping her focus on vengeance.

[Read more...]

Mar 22 2017 8:07am

When Do You Need Romance Most?

This delightful video from Harlequin is about a year old now but the message still applies! Romance is there when you need it. No matter what! 

What romance was there for you when you needed it most? Do you need romance on the daily? Is it a special treat when you're feeling down? When do you most need romance?

Tell us about it in the comments!


Mar 21 2017 5:00pm

On the Run: Romance News & Deals from Julia London, Kristen Painter and More

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

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

Deal Alert: Kristen Painter's paranormal romance The Vampire's Mail Order Bride is FREE at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* This charming book follows Delaney, who's on the run from the mob, in the small, spooky town of Nocturne Falls where she finds herself engaged to a 400-year-old vampire. Kristen Painter sure knows how to write a vampire. 

Deal Alert: Julia London's Scottish historical Wild Wicked Scot is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Reviewer Carol Malcolm says London “does a fine job of portraying two very different people who have one thing in common: being at the mercy of their time and place” in this satisfying and intriguing romance. 

[+A Mariah Carey classic gets a movie...]

Mar 21 2017 4:03pm

RWA Announces 2017 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists!

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Find out the 2017 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists! 

Every year in March we wait with bated breath as many of our favorite authors get the call that they have been nominated for a RITA—the prestigious award presented by the Romance Writers of America organization to outstanding romances in a given category. While the winners won't be announced until July at the annual RWA conference, we're so thrilled for these authors. We hope you see a few familiar names on this list and will find plenty to add to your TBR pile also!

Congrats to the nominees!

2017 RITA Finalists

Best First Book

  • Alterations by Stephanie Scott
  • Before Goodbye by Mimi Cross
  • The Distance from A to Z by Natalie Blitt
  • Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison
  • Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods

Contemporary Romance: Long

  • Always a Bridesmaid by Lizzie Shane
  • Hot in Hellcat Canyon by Julie Anne Long
  • Make Me Sin by J. T. Geissinger
  • Miracle on 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
  • Pansies by Alexis Hall
  • Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne
  • Tender Is the Night by Barbara Freethy

Contemporary Romance: Mid-Length

  • Back in the Saddle by Karen Templeton
  • Barefoot at Midnight by Roxanne St. Claire
  • Carolina Dreaming by Virginia Kantra
  • Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell
  • Lone Heart Pass by Jodi Thomas
  • Off the Hook by Laura Drewry
  • Once and For All: An American Valor Novel by Cheryl Etchison
  • Tell Me How This Ends by Victoria De La O
  • Wanderlust by Roni Loren

[More nominees ahead!]

Mar 21 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Tamsen Parker’s His Custody (March 21, 2017)

His Custody by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker
His Custody
InterMix / March 21, 2017 / $2.99 digital

His Custody, the latest romance by Tamsen Parker (School Ties, Due South, Craving Flight) is almost like two books in one—and that’s not because the point of view alternates from businessman Jasper Andersson to Tallulah “Keyne” O’Connell, who is the high school student he’s known since birth who comes under his care after both their families—including Gavin, Keyne’s longtime boyfriend and Jasper’s younger brother—die in a boating accident. In the first half of the book, both Jasper and Keyne are adjusting to this new, lonelier life; he has to battle her cousins for custody, and fight off his attraction to her when it starts to overpower his protectiveness. For her part, Keyne has to combat missing Gavin, who did everything with her, survivor’s guilt, and simply face each new day and believe there’s a reason to keep on going.

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Mar 21 2017 12:00pm

Shelly Laurenston Excerpt: The Unyielding

Shelly Laurenston

The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston

Stieg Engstrom, Angriest Viking Ever, has got big problems. The human Viking Clans of earth are in danger of being obliterated—along with the rest of the world—and the only one who may be able to save them is a super pain-in-the-ass Crow. Most people annoy Stieg, but this is the one woman he really can’t stand…

Erin Amsel loves being a Crow! Why wouldn’t she when the other Viking Clans are so hilariously arrogant and humorless? She’s not about to let all that come to an end! She just didn’t expect to be shoulder to shoulder in battle with Stieg. Then again, he’s so easy to torment—and also kind of cute.

With the future of the world riding on them, Stieg knows he’ll have to put aside his desperate need to kiss the smirk right off Erin’s face. Wait. What? He didn’t mean that—did he? No! They have one goal: To conquer the idiots. Because nothing bugs Stieg more than when idiots win. If only he can keep himself from suddenly acting like one…

Get a sneak peek at Shelly Laurenston's The Unyielding (available March 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

I can’t believe he has you walking his goat.” Karen shook her head. “I can’t believe he has a goat. He picks up the weirdest strays. Why can’t he just get a dog or a cat like everyone else?” She shrugged. “I used to have a lizard that I found in the trash. But nope…he’s gotta be…Stieg.”

With a sigh, she moved toward the elevator and Erin continued down the building’s front steps, the goat now pulling her until they were outside.

Once they were on the street, the goat seemed to calm down and walked beside Erin with no problem. She was like a well-trained dog on the leash.

[Read the full The Unyielding excerpt...]

Mar 21 2017 11:00am

The “Real” Mr. Darcy: It Was Never About the Face

Pride and Prejudice

Back in February of this year (2017) the New York Times ran an article in response to a study on the real!Mr. Darcy, commissioned by Britain’s UKTV. The original study was carried out by John Sutherland (Prof. Emeritus of Modern English Language at the University College London) and Amanda Vickery (Prof. of Early Modern History at Queen Mary University of London), along with beautiful illustrations of the real!Mr. Darcy by artist Nick Hardcastle. The purpose of this study was to give Darcy fans of both the book and the many film adaptations a chance to compare the modern vision of Mr. Darcy they are accustomed to seeing - based on modern ideals of masculinity - and the Mr. Darcy who would have been closer to Austen’s original vision, based on the masculine ideal of the 18th century.

However, while Sutherland and Vickery’s original study was a respectful, academic work calling attention to this difference in a fairly neutral fashion, not all of the response articles which followed were as moderate in tone.

On the surface Kimiko de Freytas-Tamura’s piece for the New York Times, “Mr. Darcy You’re No Colin Firth,” seems to blend in with the range of pieces from The Guardian, The Smithsonian, et. al. But while the foremost part of her article follows the mold of the others, recapping the Sutherland/Vickery study with a small amount of additional commentary, it is Freytas-Tamura’s snide tone and her use of select sarcastic phrases that have raised objection from certain corners. The distinct impression she leaves the reader with is one of communal disdain, inviting them to share in her view of Mr. Darcy’s many fans. Look at these silly, obsessed women - she seems to say—losing their minds over this blow to their “adoration of English literature’s most eligible bachelor”, but you and me *wink wink nudge* we know how foolish and shallow they are.

[Oh Mr. Darcy!]

Mar 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lora Leigh’s Wake a Sleeping Tiger (March 21, 2017)

Wake A Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh

Lora Leigh
Wake a Sleeping Tiger (A Novel of the Breeds Series)
Berkley / March 21, 2017 / $26.00 print, $12.99 digital

Lora Leigh is back with her latest book in her sensational The Breeds series, Wake A Sleeping Tiger, which tells the story of Cullen Maverick, twin to Graeme from her previous book, Bengal’s Quest.  

Cullen is a recessed Bengal. Despite his animal being in hiding, he continues to have the additional strength and coordination known to the Breeds. He can sense other Breeds even though they can’t sense him as well as latent instincts that have been coming to the surface since his brother returned to be near him. Cullen spent over 20 years with his inner Bengal mostly locked away until the moment his colleague, Chelsea Martinez, decides to leave her job, which means leaving him.

Chelsea is tired of being kept in a box. She has strong feelings for Cullen but she wants more from life than doing his filing and other lower level assignments. She’s too talented to be boxed away as if fragile. After a recent tragic incident, she makes a move to give herself a chance to move forward with her life and maybe get over Cullen. He, on the other hand, is having none of that. It sets off a chain reaction in which his true inner self is no longer content to hide from the world or from his mate.

[Read more...]

Mar 21 2017 8:05am

Man Proposes for 3 Years Through Love Letters—Cue Sigh!

Man on one knee proposing

By now the story has made the news and been thorougly circulated, but if you need a Tuesday morning pick-me-up, then look no further than this sigh-enducing story. 

The couple, who had been letter-exchanging friends for years, finally got together in 2013, and their letter writing continued—but so did a new plan! Timothy, the new groom, came up with an idea for a proposal that continued the letter-writing that had gotten them together. Three years later he pulled together all the letters and asked Candice, his soon-to-be bride, to read them in order, paying particular attention to the first letter of every note. You can probably guess what they spelled out! 

Isn't this cute? Read the full story at ABC News!

Mar 20 2017 5:15pm

Breaking: Sorrow is Venom’s Heroine in Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Viper

Archangel's Viper by Nalini Singh

Moments ago on Nalini Singh's Facebook page she revealed the cover for her next Guild Hunters book, Archangel's Viper—and it. Is. Delicious!

We love the Guild Hunters books—you do too, since you voted Raphael and Elena the swoonworthiest couple last year. We have been waiting for Venom's book for ages, and now it's finally here! Well... almost! Even more exciting is the news that Venom's heroine will definitely be Sorrow!

Luckily we only have a few months to go before Venom and Sorrow's story hits shelves and we may just tack up this cover on our vision board until it's in our hot little hands. 

For those of you waiting with bated breath on what's to come in their story, learn more about the book here:

Enter New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh’s breathtakingly passionate Guild Hunter world with the story of a woman who isn’t a vampire or an angel…or human…

Once a broken girl known as Sorrow, Holly Chang now prowls the shadowy gray underground of the city for the angels. But it’s not her winged allies who make her a wanted woman—it’s the unknown power coursing through her veins. Brutalized by an insane archangel, she was left with the bloodlust of a vampire, the ability to mesmerize her prey, and a poisonous bite.
Now, someone has put a bounty on her head…
Venom is one of the Seven, Archangel Raphael’s private guard, and he’s as infuriating as he is seductive. A centuries-old vampire, his fangs dispense a poison deadlier than Holly’s. But even if Venom can protect Holly from those hunting her, he might not be able to save himself—because the strange, violent power inside Holly is awakening…
No one is safe.

[What does it all mean?!...]

Mar 20 2017 4:30pm

Cut to the Chase: Romance News & Deals from Sidney Bristol, Ella Quinn, and More

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

Chase by Sidney Bristol

Deal Alert: Sidney Bristol's romantic suspense novel Chase is $.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* The third book in Bristol's Hot Rides series brings together former FBI agent Gabriel and his sexy ex-partner, Nikki, as they attempt to bring down a homegrown terrorist cell, all while trying to ignore the smoldering heat between them. Romantic suspense provides the perfect setting for unresolved sexual tension.

Deal Alert: Brenda Novak's romantic suspense novel Dead Silence is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* A murder mystery in Stillwater, Mississippi, brings Grace back to the small, quaint town where she witnessed something she shouldn't have. Get pulled into the first book of the Stillwater trilogy and enjoy all the nuance small-town romances have to offer.

Deal Alert: Ella Quinn's Regency romance When the Marquis Chooses a Bride is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Dominic, the Marquis of Merton, thinks there's no greater faux pas than falling in love, and sets out to woo Dorothea—“Dotty”—without the inconvenience that love presents. This book will most definitely have you loving Regency heroes.

[+Tessa Dare's new series...]

Mar 20 2017 2:00pm

Hot on Ice Sampler #6: Hockey Romances by Robin Covington, Andie J. Christopher, and Christi Barth

Robin Covington, Andie J. Christopher and Christi Barth

Free Ageny by Robin Covington, Full Contact by Andie J. Christopher, Check My Heart by Christi Barth

The New Orleans Cajun Rage professional hockey team just won the Cup. No one thought they’d do it: they were a team of shoulda beens, never coulda beens and a star or two. They’d only been in the Crescent City for three years before this year’s Cinderella run that had them skating off the ice with the championship. Over the following summer, each player gets to keep the Cup for a day. Nobody knows why, but whoever has the Cup falls in love.
USA Today Bestsellers Robin Covington, Kimberly Kincaid, Nana Malone and Virginia Nelson, Publisher’s Weekly Bestseller Angi Morgan, along with Xio Axelrod, Christi Barth, Andie J. Christopher, Avery Flynn, Kim Golden, Lena Hart, Desiree Holt, Robin Kaye, Katie Kenyhercz, Heather Long, Kate Meader, Susan Scott Shelley, and Misty D. Waters bring you 18 romances with smoking hot heroes—both on and off the ice.

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win the Hot on Ice Sweepstakes

[Start reading the Hot on Ice: A Hockey Romance Anthology excerpts...]

Mar 20 2017 12:00pm

Fantasy Casting Kylie Scott’s Dive Bar Series

Twist by Kylie Scott

As we prep for the release of Kylie Scott's Twist and chat about Dirty for H&H Book Club, it's only natural to start casting the heroes and heroines in our heads! We asked our blogger to do one of the toughest jobs we have: Playing casting director and placing celebrities in the roles of each of the lead and supporting characters for the Dive Bar series (so far). Take it away, Tanya...

As Kylie Scott releases her second book in the Dive Bar Series, I keep imagining the characters on the screen. Big screen, little screen, I don’t care. In my mind, this series would make an awesome adaptation to film. Why? The characters are real. They’re gritty with struggles we all can relate to. And the male leads are not bazillionaires. Not that I don’t love me some bazillionaire romance. However, sometimes it’s nice to read about everyday folks. What’s more, they get to fall in love. Without further ado, I give you my very opinionated fantasy casting for Dirty and Twist (books #1 and #2).

Vaughan Hewson - Domhnall Gleeson (Lead in Dirty)

Editorial credit: Helga Esteb / Shutterstock.com

Vaughan is a tall, lean, muscular, strawberry-blond tatted guitar-wielding guy whose initial few words masks a man deep in thought. A man who’s layered, with his own drama. Domhnall is just the man. We can easily paint tats on him, and we already know he can rock the messy hair and scruff. He’s a chameleon of an actor, able to play any role from pyscho-Hitler wannabe in Star Wars to a fur-trapper in Revenant to romantic in Brooklyn. He grew up in a musical family, playing fiddle. I say, it’s time to give this man a guitar.

[Check out the rest of the Dirty cast...]

Mar 20 2017 12:00pm

Kylie Scott on Dirty’s Meet-Cute, Plus-Sized Heroines, and Naked Vaughn (Spoiler-Free!)

Dirty by Kylie Scott

Ready to dive into Dirty? As part of our Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book Club festivities for March, we're thrilled to sit down with author Kylie Scott as she sets up the book for us, including the idea behind Dirty's delectable meet-cute (in which the hero is *gasp*—naked), plus-sized heroines, and more!

Feel free to read this interview BEFORE starting the book, but come back next week after you've finished the book for the spoiler-y second part of our interview with Kylie, in which she spills about Dirty's ending and teases us about what's ahead for the Dive Bar crew in the next book in the series, Twist, which hits shelves April 11.

Now, onto some Dirty talk with author Kylie Scott...

Heroes and Heartbreakers: You give us a wonderful plus-sized heroine with Lydia; Was there anything you wanted to make sure you got right about her portrayal and especially her perception of her own body image?

Kylie Scott: It’s my goal to give heroines of all shapes and sizes a happy ever after. Advertising does a great job of making us all insecure about ourselves. I’d like to try and balance that out a little with some body-positivity messages and women who are a little closer to home to us readers.

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Mar 20 2017 12:00pm

Kylie Scott’s Dirty Discussion Thread (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Dirty by Kylie ScottWhether you're brand-new to Kylie Scott's Dive Bar world or you've been anxiously awaiting the release of Book 2, Twist (April 11!!!), nothing beats reading Dirty (pun 110% intended), which is why Dirty is the first selection in our newly announced Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book Club!

So chug the book that started it all, pull up a bar stool, and share your observations about Lydia and Vaughan's sexy story in the comments!

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y Q&A with Kylie Scott, the author, to whet your appetite, not to mention our fantasy casting of the Dive Bar crew to help you visualize as you read.)


***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished DirtyThis is a post to discuss the entire book.***

[Let's discuss...]

Mar 20 2017 12:00pm

Join the H&H E-Book Club and Get Kylie Scott’s Dirty for FREE!

Forget what you think you know about book clubs... If what you really want is a few hours to kick back, drink a glass of wine, and chat with fellow romance bookworms about our genre’s kickass feminist novels, you're in the right place, 'cause in H&H’s book club, we’re all romance, all the time!

Announcing the H&H E-Book of the Month Club!

Our book club gives “summer of love” a whole new meaning. Every month this spring and summer, Heroes and Heartbreakers will spotlight a new romance to read and then gather together to discuss in various ways, such as book club discussion threads, author interviews, fantasy casting, and more.

That's not all: Readers in the U.S. and Canada will also have a limited-time chance to download a copy of each month's e-book—for FREE!* 

Join the H&H E-Book of the Month Club now! 

But wait, there's even more! Bookmark the link to our Book Club collection to keep up with all of the hijinks we have planned...

Dirty by Kylie ScottOur First Book Club Selection Is...Kylie Scott's Dirty!

Kylie Scott's Twist is right around the corner, so what better time to jump into the first book in her Dive Bar series?!

Featuring a hot and totally naked guitarist (Vaughan) who pulls back his shower curtain only to discover a bride (Lydia) crying in his bathtub, Dirty hooked us right away, and we have a feeling you'll feel the same!

Here's the deal:

  • By signing up to get your free e-book, you will also receive the weekly Heroes and Heartbreakers newsletter and  an alert every month when a new e-book is available for download!
  • Book club members will need to confirm the details of their membership in order to get the next month’s free e-book**
  • Each book will be offered for 14 days and you MUST download your copy before the offer ends
  • This offer is only available in the U.S. and Canada due to complex international laws; we sincerely apologize for the geographic restriction

So sign up for the H&H E-Book of the Month Club here and then be sure to join us in all our Dirty discussion posts, chats with the author and more! Happy reading!

*Offer to download Kylie Scott's Dirty ends April 3, 2017, at 11:59 a.m. ET.
**Book club program runs until September 4, 2017, at 11:59 a.m. ET. We reserve the right to end this promotion at any time.

Mar 20 2017 11:00am

Kristen Callihan Excerpt: The Hot Shot

Kristen Callihan

The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

Get a sneak peek at Kristen Callihan's The Hot Shot (available April 17, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“I’m not sleeping with you,” I blurt out. 

“All right.”

“All right?”

He halts, which has me stopping too.  A laugh leaves him in a huff of breath. “You expect me to beg?”

“No. Of course not. I just… That was easy.”

His big shoulders lift in a shrug. “I’m an easy going guy.”

“At the risk of sounding paranoid, this all feels odd. Like you’re playing me.”

[Read the full The Hot Shot excerpt...]

Mar 20 2017 9:30am

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s The Night Mark (March 28, 2017)

The Night Mark by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz
The Night Mark
Harlequin MIRA / March 28, 2017 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital

She has nothing to live for in the present, but finds there’s something worth dying for in the past…

Tiffany Reisz transitions to women’s fiction tinged with magical realism in her newest release, The Night Mark, while still retaining everything readers love about her erotic fiction—banter, beautiful prose and deep, emotional relationships. (And sex. Of course, there is sex.)

An aching meditation on grief and loss, The Night Mark uses a lighthouse as both a touchstone and a catalyst when deeply unhappy Faye Barlow finds herself at an emotional crossroads. Trapped by a marriage to her dead husband’s best friend, mired in the memories of a blazing first love, she obtains a quickie divorce and flees to Beaufort, South Carolina to restart her career as a photographer. Bride Island — which Reisz fans will recognize from The Bourbon Thief, immediately fascinates her. As she digs into the history of the island and its decaying but dazzling lighthouse, she’s gut-punched by an old photograph. Carrick Morgan, a lighthouse keeper from the 1920s, looks exactly like her first husband, charming baseball player Will Fielding. 

[Read more...]