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Oct 22 2016 11:00am

Screaming for More: Erotic Romance Best Bets for October 2016

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate and your credit card.

NOTE: Not every story I recommend in these posts are always the current month’s releases. Some are from previous months and some are soon to release.

October brings readers a rich harvest of erotic delights when the strong must submit in order to fully experience the passion and desires that await them.

Savage Mafia Prince by Annika Martin

Savage Mafia Prince by Annika Martin

Where is Kiro?

He’s the lost Dragusha brother, heir to a vast mafia empire—brilliant, violent, and utterly savage…and he’s been missing for years.


I'm supposed to be doing simple undercover research at the Fancher Institute for the Mentally Ill & Dangerous, but I can’t keep my mind off Patient 34. He’s startlingly young and gorgeous, but it’s not just that. He’s strapped way too tightly to that bed. And there’s no name or criminal history on his chart. What are these people hiding? My reporter’s instincts are screaming.

Here's the other thing: the staffers here believe he’s so sedated that there’s not a thought in his head, but I catch him watching me when nobody’s looking. Our connection sizzles when I enter the room. When our eyes meet, I know he understands me in a way nobody else ever has.

I’m supposed to follow my editor’s orders—I have secrets, too—but everything about Patient 34 is suspicious. How can I not investigate?

The third and final installment in Annika Martin’s dark mafia romance finally gives the answers fans have been waiting for. This erotic romance suspense will keep readers on their toes when a man’s alpha tendencies roar to the forefront when confronted with his mate. A family continuously searches for a long lost relative while an unknown man suffers in an institute for the criminally insane. His only hope is a young woman who has her own reasons for being there. Though she helps to free him from his physical restraints, he will use whatever it takes to keep her tied to him forever.

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Oct 21 2016 4:29pm

Blood Vows & Runaway Brides: Romance News & Deals

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Blood Vow by J.R. WardThat feeling when only a Blood Vow will do... J.R. Ward has offered up a snippet from her second Black Dagger Legacy novel, due out December 6, on Facebook. See Axe and Elise spar in Blood Vow now. Haven't read Blood Kiss yet? You still have time to catch up!

13 Going on 30: The Musical? It's true: The 2004 rom-com starring Jennifer Garner and Mark Ruffalo is the latest movie heading to Broadway. Razzles for everyone!

Top Off Your TBR Pile

—Deal Alert: May McGoldrick's runaway-bride Scottish historical Much Ado About Highlanders is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Sample Alexander and Kenna's tempestuous, passionate romance in an excerpt of Chapter 1 from Much Ado About Highlanders.

[+Cora Carmack deal and more...]

Oct 21 2016 3:00pm

Miles and Piles of Books: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!

Nicole Luiken is making a list and checking it many times

Nicole Luiken in How Organized is Your TBR Pile?

I like to make lists. :)

I have a To Be Read list usually of about 10-15 titles written in a notebook, subdivided by genre (SF, fantasy, romance, young adult) which includes all the physical books sitting on my book table and several ebooks that I bought. I'm trying very hard not to develop to big of a backlog of ebooks.

In addition to this, I have a To-Read list on Goodreads which includes some of the above books (but not all) plus titles that I'm considering buying, or waiting for the paperback release, or are still forthcoming.

Then I have a third list of another 60 titles of what I call Backlist books. These are mostly books that my husband bought and are in the main collection in the basement, that he has recommended to me or that I didn't have time to read when they were purchased but am still interested in. My goal for the year was to read 12 of these, 1 per month, but I've fallen behind on it. (New books get priority)

The public library has a feature where I can make a For Later list. I have a list there of books that I want to try before spending money on them. This list of 20 mostly overlaps with my Goodreads To-Read list.

That's my current system... Kind of crazy, I know.

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Oct 21 2016 2:00pm

Pitch Slapped: What to Read If You Love Ginny & Mike

Mike and Ginny in Pitch

Like any great sports romance, FOX’s freshman series Pitch balances authentic baseball drama and the palpable sexual tension between its leads, rookie pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) and veteran catcher Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, looking very un-Zack Morris-like). Four episodes in and we’re already helplessly addicted to the series and desperate to see what happens next between Ginny and Mike. Yeah: We are all in with these two.

Alas, the next episode is a whole week away, and we cannot actually wish ourselves into the future. Luckily, this is where romance novels and fanfic come in! A happy, romantic ending for Mike/Ginny may not be in the cards for the show—though we live in hope—but you can bet your ass it is in books and fanfic. So join us in recommending books and fics that bring all the Pitch feels with none of this waiting-for-a-new-episode business.

[Get your recs right here!]

Oct 21 2016 12:03pm

Sarina Bowen Excerpt: Keepsake

Sarina Bowen

Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

Lark Wainright, 23, has nightmares. She used to be fearless. But while overseas for her nonprofit employer, she was kidnapped and held at gunpoint in a dusty shack. Everyone has an opinion about what might have happened to here there, but she's not saying much. She's too consumed by guilt to talk about it.

When her best friend offers her a stay at the Shipley orchard in exchange for help at the farmers’ markets, Lark jumps into her little car and heads to Vermont. Unfortunately, the night terrors don’t stop. Desperate to keep her fragile state a secret from those who know her best, she relies on the most soft-spoken resident of Orange County, Vermont, to calm her down when her dreams prove too much.

Zachariah, 23, is a survivor of a different kind. It’s been three years since he was tossed aside by the polygamist cult out west, and the only home he’d ever known. In Vermont, he’s found a peaceful place in the bunkhouse at the Shipley’s farm. He’s good with animals, and he’s good with his hands. But getting thrown away by your own people at nineteen leaves a mark on a guy. And he doesn’t always know what to make of a world where apps and movie quotes are the primary means of communication. Before hitchhiking to Vermont, he’d never watched TV. He’d never spoken on the phone.

Actually, there are still a lot of things he’s never done.

Zach and Lark slowly grow to trust one another. One night they become even closer than they’d planned. But Lark may still be too broken to trust anyone. When she shoves Zach away, he will have to prove to himself that he's good for more than farm labor.

Get a sneak peek at Sarina Bowen's Keepsake (available October 25, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Now you’ve been spotted!” Kyle snickered. “The approach is my favorite part.”

“Why me,” Zach muttered into his beer.

“Because you give off that nice-guy vibe,” Kyle said cheerfully. “You’re approachable. Like a friendly puppy.”

Zach was giving off an embarrassed vibe, if any. “You want me to scare her off?” I volunteered.

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Oct 21 2016 11:00am

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Jane the Virgin’s Justin Baldoni & Brett Dier

Source: screencap Jane the Virgin

Dear Justin and Brett,

Some of us are clearly #TeamRafael, and some of us are #TeamMichael, but the bromance between the two of you is probably one of the best things on the planet. Jane the Virgin brought your incerdible talent into our lives, and while some of our hearts are hurting a lot from Jane's choice, watching the camraderie of the two of you off screen, makes so many of us incredibly happy.

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Oct 21 2016 9:30am

Pilots Rock the Cockpit in Romance

Royally Screwed by Emma Chase

In Romancelandia, popular tropes and hero/heroines types can be ever-changing. I think the romance genre has the special ability to be anything you absolutely want (case in point the raging popularity of dino-erotica) and trends will ebb and flow. We currently seem to be in a period of nostalgia, I mean 98 degrees just went on tour, Backstreet Boys just announced another, so we’re all looking back, and popular authors are coming back with new series. Romance has also been connecting to its roots and what better alpha male to bring back all those loving feelings than a pilot.

Pilots rule the sky and their cockpit with finesse and skill. As heralded by Fifty Shades of Grey, not every pilot does this full time. Christian Grey was a frequent flyer that also dominated the sky. Pilots can come in all shapes and sizes, they could be billionaires as well as even royalty. In this recent release, Royally Screwed by Emma Chase, Nicholas, flies whenever he can. He loves the rush and on one fantastic date, he shows our heroine, Olivia why.

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Oct 21 2016 8:04am

Is the Sequel Ever Better?

The Empire Strikes Back

In the book world, sequels often are better—the author has had a chance to expand their world, they have to explain less. As one of our bloggers pointed out, many times, first books in a series have a more approachable and accessible hero or heroine, until the reader is “ready” for a more hardcore couple. 

However in the movie realm, sequels are often... not as good as the original. With rare exceptions! So, today we want to talk about those exceptions: when is the sequel better than the original? Is there ever a case? *cough* The Empire Strikes Back *cough* What exceptions can you think of, particularly of a great romantic movie sequel? Can you think of one?

Oct 20 2016 4:38pm

Stay on Your Toes with HelenKay Dimon and Spike vs. Angel: Romance News & Deals

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Under the Wire by HelenKay Dimon—Deal Alert: HelenKay Dimon's Bad Boys Undercover romantic suspense Under the Wire is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* New to the Bad Boys series? Dimon deftly shifts between romantic and spycraft chapters in Book 1, says Dolly Sickles in her First Look at Playing Dirty.

Deal Alert: Sheila Roberts' sweet holiday romance Christmas on Candy Cane Lane is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* How do romance authors decorate for the holidays? Roberts interviews fellow authors Susan Mallery, Nancy Herkness, Carla Neggers, and Wanda Brunstetter.

Deal Alert: Deeanne Gist's historical A Bride in the Bargain is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Gist does more with sexual tension in a 'just kisses' historical romance than some erotic romance authors do with an encyclopedia of fetishes and a chest full of sex toys,” writes Wendy the Super Librarian in “Let's Talk About Sex, or Not: Sexual Tension for the Win!”

[+Introducing the divine Lucian...]

Oct 20 2016 3:00pm

Out of This World: October 2016 Science Fiction Romance Best Bets

Through Uncharted Space by Anna Hackett

I’m excited and honored to be here at Heroes & Heartbreakers, talking about science fiction romance! I’ll bring you a sampling of new SFR releases every month, from cyborgs to blue barbarians to space marines—lots of beloved scifi tropes and heat levels to choose from in our genre.

Let’s start with USA Today Best Seller Anna Hackett and Through Uncharted Space. This series contains action and adventure, and usually involves ancient artifacts or treasures, giving the books something of an “Interstellar Indiana Jones” feel at times, which is fun. There are rival astro-archaeologists and treasure hunters searching the galaxy for fabled items, with different aims of course—conservation and research versus profit. The extended Phoenix family is at the central core of the series, running deep space convoys (think wagon trains venturing through the deep space wilderness to reach colonized worlds). In this novel there’s a stolen map, a scam artist and a long lost treasure to be found.  Dare “I’m in charge of everything” Phoenix is the commander of the ship leading the convoy. Dakota “Do what has to be done” Jones is putting him and his ship at risk as she travels in disguise, seeking a fabulous Terran treasure. The deadly and fanatical Golden Nova order is after her and the booty. There were some elements of this book that reminded me of the movie “Treasure Planet,” especially the cool star map. Of course Dare and Dakota work against each other and with each other, and the tension—sexual and otherwise—is palpable from the early pages to the HEA ending.

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Oct 20 2016 1:30pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive reveals from Valerie Bowman, Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur

Team H&H is thrilled to present two covers for upcoming titles from authors Valerie Bowman, and a compilation from Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur! In Never Trust a Pirate, the next book in Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides series, a case of mistaken identity, leads a renegade pirate and penniless orphan into a romance that's more than they expect. And Hunger brings together three authors with three delicious tales of Alphas, damsels in distress, and finding a mate.

Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother’s estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he’s actually a viscount, Cade’s renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different…

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust—and win her heart—as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman, available May 2, 2017:

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Oct 20 2016 12:00pm

Jordan S. Brock Excerpt: Change of Address

Jordan S. Brock

Change of Address by Jordan S. Brock

Air Force sergeant Michael Baldwin wanted nothing more than to escape his family's political ambitions, but his dream of freedom was shattered by an enemy bullet to the head. Two years later, he and his service dog, Kaylee, resist his father's demand to join him on the campaign trail-where a photogenic “wounded warrior” is always an asset-and instead return to the family's summer home on Hartsbridge Island.

There Michael and his beautiful German shepherd capture the attention of Josh Goldberg, co-owner of the local bagel shop. Josh has a knack for business and a killer repertoire of his bubbe's recipes. But lack of education undermines his confidence, and Josh's father doesn't share his ambition for the restaurant's future.

Chicken soup and bacon might be the way to Michael's heart, but he and Josh need time to learn about everything that comes after-lessons that Governor Baldwin and his relentless ambition will do anything to thwart. Letting someone in is a tall order for two men who can't trust themselves, but if they have any hope of a future together, that's exactly what they'll need to do.

Get a sneak peek at Jordan S. Brock's Change of Address (available October 24, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He’d just lifted the steaming mug to his lips when the bell over the door rang. Biting back a groan, Josh turned—

This is becoming a trend, he thought when he spotted Hot Tourist Guy, and he had to tell himself not to grin like an idiot. Or not like a complete idiot. He was pretty sure he’d hit levels of mild idiocy yesterday or the day before—ever since the guy first walked into Bagel End, in fact.

[Read the full Change of Address excerpt...]

Oct 20 2016 11:00am

Do You Trust Me?: Arrow 5x03 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Arrow, Season 5, Episode 3, “A Matter of Trust”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

Arrow 5x03 Captain's Log


Trust is the name of the game in this latest episode Arrow. Does Oliver trust the team? Do they trust him? It’s clear who does trust one another and that is Oliver and Felicity. Their partner dynamic was in full force, so much so that at one point I was wondering “and why aren’t they together right now?” But then I remembered the boyfriend and Felicity’s hiding from her issues and Oliver probably not wanting to push things and I remembered the real world.

It’s okay. I can wait. Olicity is going to come back, my fellow shippers. We have to endure some bumps along the way but they’ll get there.

Oliver and Felicity are training the team on what makes hero-work work. Namely: getting information. The recruits watch on security camera footage down in the old HIVE lair while Oliver interrogates a dealer for a new drug called Stardust, wanting the name of his supplier. (Yeah, the inside jokes this episode are wild and rampant and I admit to laughing my fool head off at every single one of them because I’m an easy target.) Felicity guides the new team members through what Oliver is doing and why and what the next step is. The way she so accurate depicts what Oliver will have her do upon his return was utterly delightful. They are so married, I can’t hardly stand it.

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Oct 20 2016 9:30am

Lauren Blakely’s The Sexy One is Actually Adorable

The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely

Let me count the ways why falling into forbidden love is not my wisest move...

1. She works with me every single day.

Did I mention she's gorgeous, sweet, kind and smart?

2. She works in my home.

Playing with my five-year-old daughter. Teaching my little girl. Cooking for my princess. Which means...

3. She's the nanny.

And that makes her completely off-limits...But it doesn't stop me from wanting her. All of her.


The other nannies in this city don't call him the Sexy One for nothing. My boss, the amazingly wonderful single father to the girl I take care of every day is ridiculously hot, like movie star levels with those arms, and those eyes, and that body. Not to mention, the way he dotes on his little girl melts me all over. But what really makes my knees weak are the times when his gaze lingers on me. In secret. When no one else is around. 

I can't risk my job for a chance at something more...can I? But I don't know how to resist him much longer either...

The Sexy One is a really fun, feel good read. The book can be read as a stand alone, but it exists in the same world as Big RockMister O, and Well Hung. You meet Simon and Abby and they're just kind of ... adorable. What I liked about this book is how very sweet it is. Sure, it's sexy, and there is crazy chemistry—but the focus is the relationship. It's two really good people developing a romantic relationship. They've gotten to know each other because—as it says, Abby is Simon's employee. She's the nanny for his five year old daughter Hayden. While the relationship could be extremely problematic, what helps is that the book starts seven months after the business relationship began. 

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Oct 20 2016 8:11am

How Organized Is Your TBR Pile?

Recently, H&H reader Mary told us about her very impressive TBR pile. To be honest, ours is just a stack on scattered by our bed and a mental list. She's organized hers extensively:

(I have written in the book everything) I want but can get from library, books I want to buy from used bookstores, and ebooks I want to buy.

Is your TBR list as organized as this one? Do you organize yours at all?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Photo courtesy of Mary the Reader. 

Oct 19 2016 4:05pm

Books in a League of Their Own: Romance News and Deals

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Born of Vengeance by Sherrilyn Kenyon

—Sherrilyn Kenyon is in a league of her own! Start reading an excerpt for Born of Vengeance and find out why Ember is so bent out of shape before the book hits shelves February 7, 2017. 

—What authors would you want to sit down and talk to? If Rainbow Rowell and Stephenie Meyer are on your list and you're in the Phoenix area on November 18, you'll want to take note! Changing Hands Bookstore in Arizona will host a conversation between Stephenie Meyer and author Rainbow Rowell on Friday, November 18, 2016 at 7PM MT. The event will be held at the Mesa Arts Center in Phoenix. Sharpen your fangs and get your inner fangirl under control!

—H&H's own Chelsea Mueller has a book coming out April 4,2017, Borrowed Souls where a young woman, Callie, would do anything for her family—unfortunately her no-good brother knows it! See the cover and learn more about the book. 

—“You just need to find a woman who is as pathetic as you.” Words of wisdom from Drax the Destroyer in the first official sneak peek  at Guardians of the Galaxy, Volume 2. And if that's not enough, ogle the motley crew in the first poster. 

Top Off Your TBR Pile

—Deal Alert: Get ready to dust off your gilding kits because Joanna Shupe's Gilded Age New York City set book Magnate is $1.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Ready to go onto the next? Anna Bowling takes a first look at Baron, out at the end of this month. 

Deal Alert: Susanna Ives' friends-to-lovers Wicked Little Secrets  is just $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Try before you buy with an excerpt from the book!

Deal Alert: Megan Crane's Project Virgin is a steamy read when Scottie decides to divest herself of her virginity, too bad her boss is the only one she wants to lose it to. Get it for yourself for $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.*  Would you like to make yours a virgin 

Today on H&H

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Have a tip about hot romance news? Drop Heather, Jenn & Jen a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com!

Oct 19 2016 3:00pm

3 Things to Love About Susanna Kearsley

The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley

Ever read a book and wanted to scream from a mountaintop that everyone should read it? Yeah, me too. My favorite feeling is when I can give someone else that experience, which leads me to recommend books. My most frequently recommended book? The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. Then The Shadowy Horses and Mariana and The Rose Garden and… You get the idea.

History has all but forgotten...

In the spring of 1708, an invading Jacobite fleet of French and Scottish soldiers nearly succeeded in landing the exiled James Stewart in Scotland to reclaim his crown.

Now, Carrie McClelland hopes to turn that story into her next bestselling novel. Settling herself in the shadow of Slains Castle, she creates a heroine named for one of her own ancestors and starts to write.

But when she discovers her novel is more fact than fiction, Carrie wonders if she might be dealing with ancestral memory, making her the only living person who knows the truth-the ultimate betrayal-that happened all those years ago, and that knowledge comes very close to destroying her...

While the blurb hooked me with the Outlander overtones, Kearsley’s writing is much different and the story has only surface similarities. The Winter Sea is the perfect showcase for Kearsley’s particular brand: a novel that defies categorization and incorporates aspects of time travel, romance, historical fiction, adventure, and just enough magic. I was mom to a 1 year old and working full time when I read this book. I stayed up until 2 am reading it. Let me tell you, almost nothing kept me from sleep those days. So what hooked me? What makes me recommend The Winter Sea and her other books? Let me count the ways…

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Oct 19 2016 1:00pm

Madame TBR’s Romance Novel Recommendations Roundup!

Madame TBR fulfilled so many of your romance novel requests to help you find your next, best future read, so Team H&H decided to round up all her recommendations into one place to help you continue to fulfill your book desires. 

We've broken them down by subgenre to make it easier for you to continue to seek exactly what you're looking for!


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Oct 19 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Joanna Shupe’s Baron (October 25, 2016)

Baron by Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe
Baron (The Knickerbocker Club #2)
Zebra / October 25, 2016 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Will Sloane, railroad baron and aspiring politician (how’s that for a hero with a timely occupation, US readers?) knows where he’s going…or so he thinks. Charter members of Shupe’s Knickerbocker Club series already know the way Will thinks. In Magnate, Will had a few lessons to learn. Though Will didn’t believe a woman could run a successful business, his sister, Lizzie, proved him wrong. Will also learned of some shady doings within his own company, and has hitched his wagon to an up and coming politician, his sights on the state capitol and making a better life for those who depend on him.

 Ava Jones, aka Madame Zolikoff, fake clairvoyant and real survivor, knows she’s not speaking to the other side. There is no other side; all of the signs from the spirits are her own trickery, but it’s for a good cause. Actually two of them. Sure, Ava wants to give her clients some hope in the wake of the losses in their lives, and she does that to the best of her ability, but she is also the main support for her younger siblings. Nobody gets out of New York City’s underbelly without a fight. Ava has dreams of taking them away from long days of hard labor in factories, or hawking newspapers on the streets, to an idyllic farm in upstate New York, whether they want to go or not.

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