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Mon
Mar 20 2017 11:00am
Excerpt

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...]

Mon
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. 

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Mon
Mar 20 2017 8:07am

What Benign Fantasies Do You Have?

Recently, Chris Evans posed for Esquireand it made our whole week. In the shoot for the magazine, Evans looked like your cozy college professor boyfriend, who was all prepared to rub your back and ask you how your day was. For Team H&H staffer, Jen Wattley, it elicited quite a benign fantasy: he makes you a cup of tea because he thought you had a rough day, or gives you his sweatshirt because you look cold. We then spent a lovely afternoon comparing benign fantasies, that really show that that sweatshirt that Chris is offering you? Yeah, it's made out of boyfriend material. 

What benign fantasies do you have? With which celebrity? We'll tell you ours, if you tell us yours!

Share down in the comments! 

 

Sun
Mar 19 2017 12:07pm
Excerpt

Hot on Ice Sampler #5: Hockey Romances by Desiree Holt, Avery Flynn, and Xio Axelrod

Desiree Holt, Avery Flynn and Xio Axelrod

Body Check by Desiree Holt, Blade by Avery Flynn, and The Warm Up by Xio Axelrod

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 best-sellers 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...]

Sun
Mar 19 2017 11:00am

Who Can You Ship in Travelers? We Have the Scoop

Travelers on Netflix

It’s been said we’re in a new Golden Age of Television, especially for fans of fantasy and science fiction. Outlander, Game of Thrones, Sense8, Orphan Black…the list goes on and on, and that’s not even including the comic book hero shows. 

Sometimes a new show will fail to click with viewers and end up being a one-season wonder. It looked like the Canadian series Travelers on Netflix was on track to be one such show, but just days ago it was announced there will be a second season.

Here’s the premise: hundreds of years from now, humans living in a disastrous dystopian society learn how to send themselves back into the bodies of 21st century people who are within moments of dying. The host’s consciousness dies and the traveler takes over the body. Teams with specific skills are formed to try and change the future, warding off the coming disasters.

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Sat
Mar 18 2017 2:00pm

Death, the After Life... and Romance?

Firstlife by Gena Showalter

The main rule of the romance genre is an HEA—happily ever after. It’s surprising then, how the genre deals with death. A number of novels use the threat of death as a plot device—looking at you, romantic suspense. However, when death isn’t a threat, but part of the whole of the story, the romance takes a different turn.

Let’s look at Gena Showalter’s Firstlife, its sequel Lifeblood just came out. The point of this novel lies on a choice of where you go after you die. Does heroine Tenley choose Myriad, the Dark realm, or Troika, the Light realm? Being a YA heroine, she is, of course, very important to both main factions in the plot. What’s interesting, however, is that while most everyone around her contemplates and hinges their lives on which realm they’ll choose after they die, Tenley doesn’t. There are a lot of conflicts and plot twists that I could spend the whole article going into but suffice to say, Tenley focuses on the here and now, at least while she’s alive. Showalter toys with the idea of one death becoming not the end but rather the desired beginning all humans hope to achieve (suicide is out though) which makes the novel’s concept so interesting.

(Spoilers for J.R. Ward's Lover Unbound ahead)

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Sat
Mar 18 2017 12:00pm
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Hot on Ice Sampler #4: Hockey Romances by Katie Kenyhercz, Lena Hart, and Kim Golden

Katie Kenyhercz, Lena Hart and Kim Golden

Bear Naked by Katie Kenyhercz, Courage by Lena Hart, Under the Midnight Sun by Kim Golden

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...]

Fri
Mar 17 2017 4:30pm

Rebel With a Cause: Romance News & Deals from Maisey Yates, Christina Lee, 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

Last Chance Rebel by Maisey Yates

Deal Alert: Maisey Yates' cowboy contemporary Last Chance Rebel is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Gage, the man Rebecca's never been able to forget, is back and pulling out all the stops to make her his own in the sixth book of Yates' Copper Ridge series. Can't resist a cowboy? We've got all the ingredients you need to cook up a smoking-hot cowboy!

Deal Alert: Christina Lee's new adult romance All of You is $1.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Lee's debut title features a tattooed virgin hero “whose depth and sensitivity you have to read to believe.” Don't miss out on this delicious study of sexual tension.

Deal Alert: Gill Paul's women's fiction novel The Secret Wife is $.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Take a family journey that stretches from 1914 to 2016 in this gripping, emotional novel. And don't miss out on more Women's Fiction Best Bets. 

[+Dumplin' gets a Friend...]

Fri
Mar 17 2017 2:00pm

Modern Love Stories: 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!


Nikki H had her own modern romance

Nikki H in Modern-Day Arranged Marriage Aren’t Just for Romance Novels

What a fantastic story, Sienna! My husband and I were introduced by my brother. The two of them played college baseball and had traveled to my university for a series of games. Honestly, neither of us was very excited to go on this date, but to appease my brother (read: shut him up), we did. That first date was 44 years ago next week, and we've been married nearly 43 years.

May you and your hubby be blessed with many, many more years of happiness.

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Fri
Mar 17 2017 1:00pm

Vampires Need Love, Too—and Can Find It on V-Date?

Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

We love paranormal romance and who hasn't fantasized about finding their own vampire soul mate! Well, thanks to V-Date, a website designed for Juliet Lyons, that fantasy can become reality... sort of! 

In Juliet's upcoming book, Dating the Undead, there's a popular dating site, and none like us mere mortals are used to! It's called V-Date and it's the place where mortals and vamps alike who are struggling to find dates in the real world, can find love in a cyber setting! We got a chance to peruse the V-Date site and man, we're wishing some of these vamps were actually up for grabs! 

Sadly, these aren't real profiles, but they're fun all the same! 

What vampire would you want to get matched up with? Who is your vampire soul mate? 

Tell us about it in the comments! 

And for those of you who are ready to take a step further in this relationship, start reading Dating the Undead below with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene!

Get a sneak peek at Juliet Lyons' Dating the Undead (available May 2, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt!

His green eyes latch on to mine, tension crackling between us like static, and for the first time since the night we met, I allow myself the luxury of a full-on stare. I trail a gaze over his body, svelte yet masculine, a sharp outline of muscle straining beneath his T-shirt. Not for the first time, I ache to be naked in his arms. I shiver, turning back to Ollie’s singing in an attempt to break the spell. Suddenly, it feels as though it’s just the two of us in the whole bar. Even the thumping music is muted by his presence, people around us paling into the shadows like ghosts.

When I turn around, Logan’s heavy-lidded eyes are still fixed on my face. This time, I don’t look away.

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Fri
Mar 17 2017 12:02pm
Excerpt

Hot on Ice Sampler #3: Hockey Romances by Nana Malone, Kimberly Kincaid, and Heather Long

Nana Malone, Kimberly Kincaid and Heather Long

Ransom the Player by Nana Malone, Deep Check by Kimberly Kincaid, and Blocked by Heather Long

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 best-sellers 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...]

Fri
Mar 17 2017 11:00am

H&H Quickie #19: Donna Alward Presents A Somebody Like You Epilogue

Someone to Love by Donna Alward

Today we're thrilled to welcome Donna Alward (author of Someone to Love) back to Heroes and Heartbreakers with a very titilating scene that we know will leave you wanting more!

Last month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you blew us away with a ton of great prompts.

Here are the prompts she chose for (with thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, because there were so many fantastic options):

 

 

Prompts chosen:

Now, without further ado... Donna Alward's Somebody Like You Epilogue

Aiden stepped inside the house and nearly tripped over the piles of bags and cans in the entry.

“Honey?” he called out, wondering where Laurel was and why everything had been dropped at the front door. “You okay?”

“In here!”

He followed the voice into the master bedroom. Since getting married last summer, he’d moved his few possessions into the house she’d bought on her return to Darling. There wasn’t a lot of “him” in the décor, but that wasn’t surprising. He hadn’t had much to begin with, and most of it pretty plain and cheap. Bachelor stuff.

The master bedroom, however, had taken on a new look just today. Laurel was standing over a newly-constructed crib, smoothing out a quilt or something over the mattress.

“What the…” His heart seized a little. The baby wasn’t due for a few months yet, but the sight of the crib and a little table beside it made cold fear creep over his skin.

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Fri
Mar 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Bound Together (March 21, 2017)

Bound Together by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan
Bound Together (Sea Haven Series #6)
Berkley / March 21, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Bound Together reads like a three act play. The first act, Viktor Prakenskii and his loyal band of warriors take down an ineffably evil motorcycle club from the inside. Viktor aka Czar tells his people to leave him to it, that they’ve walked into a trap. He doesn’t want them to follow him “straight to hell.”

Dmitry “Storm” Koval sighed heavily. “We all voted, Czar, just like always. Stop trying to carry us on your shoulders. We chose this life. All of us.”

Viktor clenched his teeth. That was a blatant lie. None of them had chosen their life. Not a single one. They all shared a common beginning. Each of them had parents murdered by a man named Kostya Sorbacov, because their parents hadn’t agreed with Sorbacov’s politics.

The children were tortured unmercifully but under Viktor’s leadership, they became a fearsome fighting unit. Bound Together opens at a climatic crossroads. For five years Viktor’s life has been devoted to stopping one man.

Evan Shackler-Gratsos was the number-one human trafficker in the world. Viktor knew he couldn’t stop everyone, but he was determined to take the man down. That decision had cost him five years of his life, possibly his marriage and the knowledge that the men he called brothers had made the choice to follow him into hell, just as they always had.

Viktor surrenders to the inevitable and the fight is on. Christine Feehan portrays the battle between good and evil in stark, poignant, excruciating detail. When it’s all over, Viktor decides there’s only one person who can give him peace, give him a reason to live—his estranged wife Blythe. In a wry aside, “ice-cold, expressionless” Reaper gives Czar some relationship advice, after Viktor makes the pronouncement that they “can get out of this life.”

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Fri
Mar 17 2017 8:02am

Join Our St. Patrick’s Day “Parade” of Covers!

Today is St. Patrick's Day and for many that means drinking, eating corned beef and cabbage, drinking, wearing green, and now... reading romance! 

However, another common St. Patrick's Day festivity is a St. Patrick's Day parade. So today we'd thought we'd start a parade of covers. Down in the comments share your favorite romance novel that meets the following guidelines: 

  • Features the word luck or lucky in the title
  • Is set in Ireland 
  • Has Irish characters or characters of Irish descent

Let the festivities begin. Simply share either an image of a cover or the romance novel title down in the comments to participate!

We'll kick off the fun with A Stroke of Luck by Audra North!

Thu
Mar 16 2017 4:15pm

Cause a Scandal: Romance News & Deals from Lorraine Heath and Sarah Castille

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 Duke and the Lady in Red by Lorraine Heath

Deal Alert: Lorraine Heath's third novel in her Scandalous Gentleman of St. James series, The Duke and the Lady in Red, is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.*  Reviewer John Jacobson is officially on the Heath fan train after reading this novel, and says that it “deals with characters that are real and messy, appealing to the romance reader that doesn’t like the easy way out with their happily ever afters.”

Deal Alert: Sarah Castille's MMA romance Full Contact is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* The chemistry sizzles between tattoo artist Sia and bad-boy MMA fighter Ray. These two damaged souls find solace and peace in one another making this novel both hot and heartwarming. 

[+Harlequin gets a new series]

Thu
Mar 16 2017 1:00pm

Party Like Miss Fisher: Dating in the Roaring ’20s

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Whether you preferred to dance the night away at a speakeasy like Phryne or accompany your beau to a church social like Dottie, dating in the 1920s offered something for everyone. Hemlines were getting shorter, the Women’s Movement was well underway, and the newfangled motor car gave daring couple a new avenue to romance. In fact, The Miami News reported in 1922 that the leading cause of car accidents in that city was “driving with one hand and holding (a) girl with the other.”

The most-well known and perhaps the most maligned trend of the Roaring '20s was the “flapper,” a young woman who could be recognized by her bobbed hair, fringed skirt, and bare knees. Like Miss Fisher, this bright young thing could often be found dancing the Charleston and sipping illegal champagne. Being called a flapper was to be named bold, daring, and young, but it also carried connotations of loose morals, especially among older generations—after all, nice girls didn’t smoke, drink, and dance provocatively!

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Thu
Mar 16 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Hot on Ice Sampler #2: Hockey Romances by Kate Meader, Virginia Nelson, and Angi Morgan

Kate Meader, Angi Morgan and Virginia Nelson

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...]

Thu
Mar 16 2017 11:00am

“They Are My Strength”: Arrow 5x16, Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow, 5x16, Checkmate

Show/EpisodeArrow Season 5, Episode 16, “Checkmate”
Ship(s): Olicity

Captain's Log, Arrow 5x16

We begin with Oliver trekking across a snowy mountain top, headed for a monastery guarded by stone demons. This is the place that Felicity directed Oliver to, where he could find Talia. But Felicity isn’t available and Curtis is running comms. Inside, Oliver finds Talia and finds out a few uncomfortable things: first that Talia trained Prometheus because she sympathized with him wanting vengeance for the death of his father… because Oliver killed her father as well. She’s an al Ghul. She also tells him that Prometheus goes by the name “Adrian Chase.” Oliver is wrecked by this revelation and Talia is fine with this because she wants him to suffer.   

Back in Star City, Felicity is getting her first tour of Helix and is very excited but also stunned by the size of the operation. She sees that what Helix does is skirting the law. It makes her a little uncomfortable, but the possibilities let her set her concerns aside. Oliver goes straight to City Hall and finds Adrian Chase in the conference room discussing city business with some councilmen.  He won’t speak with Oliver so Oliver confronts him as the Green Arrow in the parking garage. Adrian isn’t concerned, in fact, Oliver is playing right into his hand even now. He lets him know that he has Susan Williams hostage and if Oliver kills him, she’ll die too.

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Thu
Mar 16 2017 9:30am

Trail Mix: How to Cook Up a Smoking-Hot Cowboy

Lickety Split by Damon Suede

Today we're thrilled to welcome Damon Suede (Lickety Split) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Damon's latest book is an erotic cowboy romance so you could say knows a thing or two about cowboys! Today, Damon is here to help us pin down what exactly it is about these strong, silent, often charming heroes that makes us love them so much. Thanks, Damon!

Hey y’all! Today I wanted to take a minute to talk about what makes a cowboy hot…or not.

One of the worst things you can say about a cowboy in Texas is that he's “All hat, no cattle…” That is to say, a flimflammer, a faux-hunk, someone who is all sizzle no steak. Plenty of fellows wear a Stetson and Luccheses to the office in Houston, Dallas, or Austin, but most of those guys have never bucked hay or ridden a fence. They play the part without ever getting barbwire scars or breaking a rib.

For best results, a hot cowboy draws on a set of timeless qualities that show up in every Western romance hero, contemporary or historical. What's astonishing is that although the adjectives stay constant, they apply to a whole range of variable ingredients which produce cowboys of every stripe. It’s practically a spice rack with recommended fixings:

  • Battered: hat, heart, hopes
  • Strong: ties, opinions, arms
  • Thick: calluses, skull, charm
  • Fierce: eyes, loyalty, appetites
  • Slow: walk, anger, smile
  • Rough: manners, hands, language
  • Square: jaw, tastes, values
  • Devoted: friends, habits, animals
  • Solid: roots, seat, reputation
  • Faded: Wranglers, tattoos, prejudices
  • Rugged: build, skills, home
  • Frank: needs, talk, urges
  • Tough: job, skin, problems

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