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Tue
Jun 28 2016 5:27pm

Jennifer Ashley’s Lord Ian Mackenzie Is Yours for $1.99: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer AshleyDeal Alert: Jennifer Ashley's historical The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Book 1 in the Mackenzies series, is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* The tale features an oft-recommended hurt/comfort scene, says Scarlettleigh in her piece “In Sickness and in Health: Illness and Hurt/Comfort in Romance Novels.”

—Deal Alert: Kate Meader's erotic romance Taking the Score is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* Speaking of red-hot romance... What's the filthiest book you've ever read? Let's discuss!

Deal Alert: Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster sequel, Walking Disaster, is a bargain in e-book at $1.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble.* “Walking Disaster offers that rare glimpse by giving Travis Maddox’s side of the story,” writes Jackie Lester in her First Look at the book.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Release day is the best day! Did one of your auto-buy authors publish a book today? Double-check with our June New Releases Shopping List and then come back tomorrow for our July list.

[+ Fall TV dates for your favorite ABC shows...]

Tue
Jun 28 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’ The Curse of Tenth Grave (June 28, 2016)

The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones 
The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson #10)
St. Martin's Press / June 28, 2016 / $26.99 print, $12.99 digital

Charley Davidson is back.  Back in Albuquerque and back in her right mind.  Good luck with that.  She’s also back to doing what she does best, getting into trouble–I mean, private investigating. 

Darynda Jones has returned our favorite attention-deficit grim reaper to her old stomping grounds in New Mexico, but life doesn’t always go smoothly for Charley. Charley is settling back into her old life, but she is missing her daughter, missing her father, and not missing her step-mother.  On the plus side, she has a new case to investigate but there is something peculiar about being called in by the ADA to investigate a murder charge on behalf of the defendant, especially when said ADA is not a fan of yours.

I drew a deep, cleansing breath.  “No, you’re right.  I need to just put on my granny panties and deal.  We have a case.  No more thongs for me.”

“We have a case?”  she teased.

“A real one,” I said with a nod.  “And according to Nick the Pri—Nick Parker, an innocent man could go to prison if we don’t figure out who really killed his girlfriend, Emery Adams.”

“See?  It’s good to keep busy.  Keeps your mind off all the other, total-annihilation-and/or-death-by-an-angry-celestial-being stuff.”

[More trouble ahead...]

Tue
Jun 28 2016 2:30pm

The 6 Times the Movie Was Better Than the Book!

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We're all about books, but... sometimes their screen adaptations are... just... better. Two weeks ago I polled you to find out what books were better than the movies, and vice versa, and the results were surprising to say the least!

Some series were landslide winners (J.K. Rowling's writing still beats the script writers for the movie franchise, any day) while other battles were a little tougher (Pride and Prejudice: The Miniseries beat out the book by only three votes), and books like The Notebook and The Duff just couldn't stand up to powerhouse actors like Ryan Gosling and Robbie Amell. 

Without further adieu, here is the definitive list (voted by you) of the adaptations that were... better than the book. 

What do you think? Are these fair winners?

Tue
Jun 28 2016 1:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Carolyn Brown & TJ Kline!

 

 

Today H&H is proud of reveal covers from two authors who are serving up some fun, small town, sexy goodness. First up we've got Carolyn Brown stirring up a bit of trouble that's certain to be red hot. Then T.J. Kline gives us a story of love in unlikely circmstances. 

A Heap of Texas Trouble by Carolyn Brown

A Heap of Texas Trouble by Carolyn Brown

Carlene Lovelle, co-owner of Bless My Bloomers lingerie shop, found a pair of fancy red-silk panties in her husband's briefcase, and all hell is breaking loose. She custom-made those fancy bloomers herself—and she remembers the bimbo who bought them. If her husband had a lick of sense, he'd known there are no secrets in a town like Cadillac.

Carlene's cohorts—and their mamas—plan to exact revenge on Lenny Joe where it'll hurt the most: break his ten-year winning streak at the prestigious Red-Hot Chili Cook-Off. Never before has a woman dared to compete. But the ladies of Bless My Bloomers are cooking up a storm...and it seems the whole town is taking sides in the showdown.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of A Heap of Texas Trouble by Carolyn Brown, available December 6, 2016:

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Tue
Jun 28 2016 11:00am
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Sweet Little Lies: Exclusive Excerpt

Sweet Little Lies: A Heartbreaker Bay Novel by Jill Shalvis

Choose the one guy you can’t have...

As captain of a San Francisco Bay tour boat, Pru can handle rough seas—the hard part is life on dry land. Pru loves her new apartment and her neighbors; problem is, she’s in danger of stumbling into love with Mr. Right for anybody but her.

Fall for him—hard...

Pub owner Finn O’Riley is six-foot-plus of hard-working hottie who always makes time for his friends. When Pru becomes one of them, she discovers how amazing it feels to be on the receiving end of that deep green gaze. But when a freak accident involving darts (don’t ask) leads to shirtless first aid, things rush way past the friend zone. Fast.

And then tell him the truth.

Pru only wants Finn to be happy; it’s what she wishes for at the historic fountain that’s supposed to grant her heart’s desire. But wanting him for herself is a different story—because Pru’s been keeping a secret that could change everything...

Get a sneak peek at Jill Shalvis's Sweet Little Lies (available June 28, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Actually,” he said, “I’ve lived plenty. And as for taking a walk on the wild side, I wrote the book on it.” He leaned on the bar, which brought him up close and personal. Eyes locked on hers, he stroked a strand of wet hair from her temple.

[Read the full Sweet Little Lies excerpt...]

Tue
Jun 28 2016 9:30am

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Addicted (June 28, 2016)

Elle Kennedy
Addicted (Outlaws #2)
Signet / June 28, 2016 / $$7.99 print & digital

With Elle Kennedy’s Outlaws series, she’s accomplished quite a feat: bringing Dystopian out of the shadows into the mainstream in a loud and proud way. In a publishing landscape overrun with contemporaries and even cookie-cutter paranormals, Kennedy’s not only celebrating a post-apocalyptic world, she’s putting her own stamp on it. And if Claimed was a fantastic, nearly primeval forest romp for those on society’s fringe, Addicted takes us to the Outlaws version of Pleasantville, where two long-time best friends finally get their story.

Addicted goes into a new piece of Kennedy’s world. After Lennox and Jamie’s good-time pleasure house is burned to the ground where we left off, they’re forced to relocate—always together—to their friend Connor’s compound, but are soon sent on an assignment with a few other members of the group to help with combat and weapons training at a tight-knit community. It’s a different sort of setting, still free-flowing with sex and booze for the adults, but where the young people are sheltered, everyone has a job and purpose, and self-sufficiency in all things, from food to consumer goods either made by hand or bartered for, is paramount and a carefully crafted network. And it’s here where Lennox and Jamie, due to these new circumstances and plenty of urgency, finally find themselves confronted with feelings for each other that go well beyond friendship.  

[A sexy ride...]

Tue
Jun 28 2016 8:05am

Do You Have a Preference on Who “Falls” First?

When it comes to romance, we know that a couple is going to fall in love, but when it comes to who falls in love first, well that can be fun! 

Many times, especially when it comes to an alpha hero, it's a particular delight to see the mighty fall—and thus it can be very sweet to see the big-bad “I'm never going to fall in love” hero, be the one to fall in love first. 

The same can be said for a tough as nails heroine, or even a heroine who isn't afraid to love the alpha hero, despite all his protestations of love being for the week. 

Do you have a preference for who falls in love first? What's your favorite instance of “how the mighty have fallen”?

 

Mon
Jun 27 2016 4:55pm

Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Heart Cover & 5 Deals: Romance News

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Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

Fresh Outta the Oven

Elena's armed to the teeth on the cover of Nalini Singh's Archangel's Heart! The next Guild Hunter book will be out on November 1, 2016—stay tuned for more scoop as we get closer... Haven't joined the Guild Hunter fold yet? Here's what you need to know.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Deal Alert: Sarah MacLean's first Scandal & Scoundrel novel, The Rogue Not Taken, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* [MacLean's] stories are like crack,“ says TanyaLK in her First Look at The Rogue Not Taken, ”where I feel so emotionally attached to the characters and can’t seem to pull myself away in order to do basic necessities like sleeping, eating…you get the drift.“

Deal Alert: Janet Chapman's time-traveling-highlander romance The Highlander Next Door is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Want more time-travel romances? We've got you covered.

—Deal Alert: Sonali Dev's The Bollywood Bride is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The Bollywood Bride is one of 27 books on our Ultimate TBR Pile.

[+Julie Garwood and Karen Robards steals!...]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Eloisa James’ A Gentleman Never Tells (June 28, 2016)

A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James

Eloisa James
A Gentleman Never Tells: A Novella
Avon / (July 26, 2016) / $3.99 print, $.99 digital

Eighteen months ago, Lizzie Troutt’s husband died in his mistress’s bed, leaving her determined to never marry again….and unfortunately virginal.

Eighteen years ago (give or take a few) the Honorable Oliver Berwick blackened his own soul, leaving him hardened and resolutely single.

When the chance for redemption in the form of a country house party invitation comes his way, Oliver is determined to prove himself a gentleman.

Until he breaks all the codes of gentlemanly behavior…once again.

It is said that laughter is the best medicine, and laughter is central to Eloisa James’s A Gentleman Never Tells.

[Laughter and romance...]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 2:00pm

Staying “At Home” Forever: 12 TV Shows and Movies to Watch If You’re Going into Downton Abbey Withdrawals

It's summer and time to start binge-watching period dramas! With so many online options, there’s no shortage of old-fashioned romance to help you escape for a few hours (or days). Here’s my compilation of shows to watch this summer (and yes, I am planning on re-watching all of them!) if you miss Downton Abbey.  A few disclaimers: I’m an Anglophile through and through, so my list is strictly British dramas. I’m also a huge fan of the Early Modern period, the long 18th, and the 19th centuries and I tend to lean more towards period pieces that focus on those particular eras. Third, this is by no means an exhaustive list and some of them might not be as closely related to Downton, but they are all romantic and worth the watch!

[Get ready to binge watch!]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 11:00am

Romance Novels to Read If You Like Friday Night Lights—Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

KC

Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose

“Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose.”

This is the rallying cry of one of my personal favorite television shows of all time, Friday Night Lights. Guaranteed to give you goosebumps of the “feelings” kind, and definitely draw a tear or two (or twenty), this is a television show like no other before it.

And in case you hadn’t heard, during the second week of June 2016, the cast re-united in Austin, Texas ten years after the show began. (And boy do I feel old!) If you’ve never gotten a chance to watch this iconic show, you’re in luck because it’s currently available on Netflix’s streaming service. If you’re already well-acquainted with FNL, then I do not have to tell you how amazing it was and remains to this day.

Throughout its five-year run on NBC/DirecTV, Friday Night Lights brought us countless stories: the all-too realistic depiction of a modern Texas small town (fictional Dillon, Texas), stories of high school and football politics, the revelation that was the on-screen marriage of Tami and Coach Eric Taylor, tales of painful familial loss, aging relatives, abuse, teen pregnancy and abortion, stories about living with disability, about living just above (and sometimes under) the poverty line, stories of first love, forbidden love, second love, (third love?), hard truths about parenthood, brotherhood, friendships and more. (Let’s not forget that almost-threesome in Mexico! I sure can’t!) There has never been anything like it on television, and I very seriously doubt there will ever be again.

But thankfully, there are a few books I’d like to recommend that might help to fill the void in some small way. Of course, nothing can ever match the brilliance that was this show, or the brooding gorgeousness of Timmy Riggins, but I hope that these selections will come close for many of you!

[Let's travel back to Dillon, Texas]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 9:30am

First Look: Emily Giffin’s First Comes Love (June 28, 2016)

First Comes Love by Emily Giffin

Emily Giffin
First Comes Love 
Ballantine / June 28, 2016 / $28.00 print, $13.99 digital

You can have the same parents, be raised in the same family and be strikingly different with very little in common, except censure and disapproval for each other’s lifestyle. That is the situation between Josie and Meredith.

Josie is youngest child with all the free-spiritedness that goes along with that. Not that she is completely irresponsible. She is thirty-seven and has worked fourteen years as a first grade teacher at the same school. She loves what she does. And is very good at it. She has a reputation for being “fun, energetic and creative.” Josie has lots of friends and a very active social life. Still, to Meredith, Josie is utterly self-centered, with a life filled with manufactured drama. All she can talk about is the fact that her old boyfriend’s daughter Edie is now going to be in her first grade class. How awkward it is going to be—how difficult—because she never gotten over him. Meredith told her she could easily have requested that the Edie be moved but Josie wants to live in the tragedy. And how she has even taken to stalking him –well more like stalking his wife:

[Drama, ahoy!]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 8:19am

What Book Finally Hooked You on a Series?

A few years ago, Netflix published some interesting information—it knew exactly what episode hooked you on a show. Scandal hooked you on episode 2, Arrow had you by Episode 8, and Once Upon a Time had you by Episode 6. 

While this has to do with TV, much the same can be said for books. It's not always book 1 that gets your invested in the rest of the series—*cough* especialy if you don't read in order *cough, cough*

What book has hooked you on your favorite author/series? Was it book 1 or did you realize it was “the one” with a later book in the series?

Let us know in the comments!

Sun
Jun 26 2016 2:00pm

Remind Me Not to Get on Your Bad Side, Sassenach: Outlander 2x12 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodeOutlander, Season 2, Episode 12, “The Hail Mary”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x12 Keeping Track of Jamie and Claire's Romance

Jamie and Claire were separated and reunited in the span of last week’s episode. The reunion was more of a rescue, and they saved Lady Mary, too, as they finally discovered who raped her and who organized the attack and both were put down. The rapist by Mary and the orchestrator, the Duke of Sandringham, by Murtagh.

Now that they are edging closer to the fateful battle Claire and Jamie have been trying to avoid, what will they do? Claire saved Frank’s ancestor, but what does that mean in terms of Jack Randall? Let’s dive into Season 2, Episode 12, “The Hail Mary” to see if Jamie and Claire can stay solid without another battle pulling them apart.

As they arrive to the camp outside Inverness it’s clear everyone is defeated. The army is sullen having retreated from successful battles and stuck camping through winter with little food. They are no longer the vibrant army that crushed the British. This is just what Claire and Jamie wanted to avoid. Now they’re three days out from the battle at Culloden Moor, and Claire is despondent. She and Jamie are both beat down by the state of things, too. She wonders what all their plotting was for, and you can see in her eyes she’s remembering how terrible everything was in Paris and realizing it might not have been worth any of it. Jamie still has hope, though. He’s not giving up. He is going to try to make Charles see reason.

[But we're guessing he won't...]

Sun
Jun 26 2016 12:00pm
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Body Rocks: Exclusive Excerpt

A. M. Arthur

Body Rocks by A. M. Arthur

Everything is finally falling into place for Trey Cooper: his band has been accepted into one of the biggest music competitions in the country…too bad their drummer just quit to play with XYZ, their biggest rival. When Trey has a mind-blowingly hot hookup with a mysterious violinist, Trey definitely plans to see him again – just not on stage as a member of XYZ.

Dominic Bounds’ time to make his musical dreams come true is running out. If something doesn’t happen fast, he has to head home to find a real job. This competition is his last chance, and Dom needs to come out on top – but he never expected to fall for his rival. As Dom and Trey risk everything to begin a secret affair, there’s no denying their chemistry is off the charts – but could their band rivalry turn their romance into a one-hit wonder?

Get a sneak peek at A. M. Arthur's Body Rocks (available June 28, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

“Coop, I will pay you twenty dollars if you go out and get laid already,” Danielle said.

Trey Cooper nearly dropped the glass baking dish he was trying to slide into the dishwasher among too many other dirty dishes. The overload was thanks to Danielle’s bright idea to cook for nine people tonight. His best friend and roommate was blunt, probably to a fault and sometimes to her social detriment, but once in a while she managed to outblunt herself.

And his initial shock gave way to faint horror. He glanced at the archway that led into the living room where their other roommate, Bobby, was hanging with their dinner guests.

[Read the full Body Rocks excerpt...]

Sat
Jun 25 2016 12:00pm
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No Master: Exclusive Excerpt

Christine d'Abo

No Master by Christine d'Abo

No man in the galaxy inspires more fear than Korbin, the Admiral of the Black. His life as leader of the biggest pirate band in space leaves little room for trust, so when Korbin's second-in-command disappears without a trace, he suspects the worst.

Zain Strand has left his life as a sex slave behind and risen within the pirate ranks. But he abandons it all to rescue an old friend from recapture by the slavers-even if that means a suicidal confrontation with his old master. He doesn't expect Korbin's arrival, doesn't want Korbin's help ... but Korbin gives Zain no choice.

Losing as master and slave to infiltrate a slave auction, Korbin and Zain embark on a journey of lust that rapidly reveals their deeper feelings. When Zain's old master discovers their ruse, Korbin must do everything in his power to save both their lives and their newfound love.

Get a sneak peek at Christine d'Abo's No Master (available June 27, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The communicator beeped, filling the awkward silence. Zain moved quickly. He was already typing in commands when Korbin reached his side.

“It’s Prem. He wants to speak with you face-to-face before the retreat.”

“Is that typical?”

“Not uncommon. He’ll want a visual to match the person arriving tonight. It’s old-fashioned, but harder to trick than a DNA scan with some races.”

“Ironic.”

[Read the full No Master excerpt...]

Sat
Jun 25 2016 12:00pm

Swoonies 2016: TV Edition—Round 2

The polls are now closed.
We will move on to the Final Round on June 29 at 1:30 p.m. EST!

Welcome to H&H's Swoonies 2016: TV Edition! We're pitting some of our favorite ships head-to-head to see who wins the award for H&H's Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016! 

We're on to Round 2, and only four couples remain before a winner is crowned in the Swoonies! Make sure you vote—this round ends June 29, 2016 12 p.m. EST.

The final four couples are Clexa vs. Olicity and Jessica x Luke vs. Jamie x Claire


Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: June 22-24 at 12 p.m.
  • Round 2: June 25-29 at 12 p.m. (EST)
  • Round 3: June 29-July 1 at 2 p.m. 
  • Winners Announced: July 1 at 3 p.m.

Get the newsletter buttonThe fight for love has just begun! Cast your vote for the Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016, and then sign up for the H&H newsletter for weekly or daily updates on how your favorite Swoonies couples are doing in the polls and when the next round starts, plus hot romance news, deals, sneak peeks, exclusive author spotlights, and more!

[On to the battle!]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Poldark’s Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

Recently we've become—er—enamored, with the incredibly handsome and talented Aidan Turner.

Source: ohnotheydidnt

And can you blame us?

[More hotness ahead...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 2:00pm

Tara Wyatt’s Primal Instinct Defies the Double Standard

Primal Instinct by Tara Wyatt

Generally speaking, we as readers know the trajectory of a bodyguard story.  Our bodyguard hero is forced to protect the heroine from danger.  She will be vulnerable and she will be thrust into our hero’s arms, and most likely, as a result, into his heart (if she wasn’t there before them).  In the hands of a master, they’re amazing. (see Roxanne St. Claire and Cindy Gerard’s bodyguard stories )

We also know what a rock star story has started to look like over the years; a tortured alpha rockstar is a very obvious sexual object, strutting around and either showing people who they really are behind the mask, or allowing their real life, no holds barred personality full reign, both to fall in love with a heroine who loves them for being themselves.  (see Nalini Singh’s amazing Rock Kiss series, for example).

But what if.  What if. 

What if a bodyguard falls in love with the rockstar they’re protecting.  This is a story rarely seen in romance.  But in the hands of someone like Tara Wyatt, it’s revolutionary.  Which of course you’d be expecting considering the contents of her first book.

[Full body protection...]