<i>Tangled</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Tangled: Exclusive Excerpt Kate Douglas "The need was so primal, so visceral, it left her shaken..." <i>The Girl from Summer Hill</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Girl from Summer Hill: Exclusive Excerpt Jude Deveraux "He stood there staring at her, saying nothing..." <i>Wicked Heart</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Wicked Heart: Exclusive Excerpt Leisa Rayven "I think if I kissed you right now, we’d barely make it through..." <i>Much Ado About Highlanders</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Much Ado About Highlanders: Exclusive Excerpt May McGoldrick "Violet-blue eyes stared at him with disbelief that quickly..."
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Wed
Apr 27 2016 9:30am

May 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in May. We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
May 1-7 | May 8-14 | May 15-21 | May 22-31

Heroes and Heartbreakers May 2016 Shopping List!
 
Week of May 1 through May 7
May 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping (May 1-7, 2016)

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Wed
Apr 27 2016 8:17am

We’re Hosting an H&H AMA—Ask Us Anything!

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We've joined the world of Facebook Live! Not sure what that is? That's OK! It's essentially like Live TV, but all hosted on our Facebook page. Every day around 4 p.m. ET we go LIVE (yes, like really live, like super live, like I-say-“all-the-wood”-and-it-gets-taken-sexually live) over on our Facebook page and give you commentary on all the news of the day from our Afternoon Tea roundup. If you haven't been able to tune in... that's OK, too, the videos get saved on Facebook for future viewing pleasure, in case you miss us at 4 p.m.

This week we're trying a little something different: Later today you can send in your questions (or in the comments below now) and I'll answer anything you have from my favorite color and my first romance to what I'm reading, what I really think about certain topics and beyond! 

So, if you have any questions for anyone on Team H&H let us know down in the comments or over on our Facebook, and we'll try to get them answered in our Facebook Live session at 4 p.m. ET today! 

And if you couldn't tune in, here it is! We had so many great questions and I hope I gave great answers in return. Thanks for joining us:

Tue
Apr 26 2016 5:00pm

First Look: Susan Mallery’s Best of My Love (April 26, 2016)

Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery
Best of My Love (Fool’s Gold #20) 
HQN Books / April 26, 2016 / $8.99 print, $6.99 digital

Can a man and a woman just be friends? And that doesn’t mean “friends with benefits.” Aiden and Shelby have every reason to get off the dating treadmill: Aiden because he’s been accurately labeled as the town hound dog, and more importantly, he’s learned that his carefree approach to dating transient tourists has caused pain to more than his reputation. An old flame returned to see him and Aiden couldn’t remember her name. As he tells Shelby,

“I didn’t like what I saw in her face. I’m sorry I hurt her. I’m sorry I’ve become that kind of guy. I want to do better. I have to change. I never meant to hurt anybody. That was the point. No one was supposed to get hurt.”

Shelby doesn’t trust men. She has horrific memories of her brutal father which have left her unable to lower her guard with men who might be romantic partners for her. Given that she wants to get married some day and have children, she has to conquer her fear of men before dating again.

Aiden and Shelby are two of the most organized protagonists ever. Aiden runs a year-round outdoor adventure program that caters to novices and outdoor experts alike. It may seem relaxed and spontaneous to participants, but Aiden is a careful, cautious, hands-on CEO. Likewise baker Shelby lives on a tight schedule, getting up early every day to produce delicious treats for her appreciative fans in town.

[Can two type-A personalities make it work? ...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 4:15pm

A Post-Apocalyptic Heroine in Victorian England Deal and More Romance News

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No Proper Lady by Isabel CooperDeal Alert: Isabel Cooper's time-travel historical No Proper Lady—in which a post-apocalyptic heroine Joan travels back to Victorian England to save the world—is discounted to $1.99 at Amazon.* As Cooper wrote in a 2013 guest post, “Horror and romance both hit where you live, if they're done right.” Now you can find out if it's the blend for you.

—Deal Alert: Kristan Higgins' Blue Heron contemporary Anything for You e-book is bargain-priced at $.99 today at Barnes & NobleiBooksAmazon, etc.* “Anything for You, Connor’s story,” Scarlettleigh writes in her First Look at the book, “is one of the best in this series.” How can you resist a good friends-with-benefits-fall-in-love story?

Deal Alert: Johanna Lindsey's historical Marriage Most Scandalous e-book is on sale for Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* TanyaLK and Lucy Hargrave recently included a Johanna Lindsey novel (Love Only Once) on their list of the 27 romances that belong in your ultimate TBR pile.

[+Team Rafael or Michael? & 7 sexual issues Shakespeare tackled...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Asa Maria Bradley’s Viking Warrior Rebel

Today we're thrilled to reveal the cover of Asa Maria Bradley's Viking Warrior Rebel. Bradley is introducing us to a fierce warrior, who happens to be a woman on a mission until she needs rescuing from the unforgettable hero Luke. Soon she desires more from Luke and we're hoping he wants the same, so we can have the ultimate HEA. This is book two in the Viking Warrior series and a great additon it is. 

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

She can’t let him discover…
Immortal Vikings are among us

Astrid Irisdotter is a Valkyrie—a fierce warrior fighting to protect humanity from the evil god Loki and his brutal minions. She’s on an urgent mission for her queen when everything goes hideously sideways. Undercover agent Luke Holden arrives on the scene just in time to save her life—and put his own on the line.

Luke may have saved her, but that doesn’t mean Astrid can trust him. Tempers flare as they hide secret upon secret from each other, but Astrid’s inner warrior knows what it wants…and it will not take “no” for an answer.

***

Learn more about or order a copy of Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley, available on October 4, 2016. 

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Tue
Apr 26 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Wicked Heart: Exclusive Excerpt

Leisa Rayven

Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.

Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.

Get a sneak peek at Leisa Rayven's Wicked Heart (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

THREE

PAST TENSE

If sitting on the couch eating cheese were a sport, right now I’d be the Olympic champion.

Our first day of rehearsals has left me drained. The thought of enduring another few months of controlling my reaction to Liam has led me to being pantsless in my favorite nightshirt as I inhale a wedge of Jarlsberg.

“Wine?” Josh calls from the kitchen.

“If you have to ask that question after the day we’ve just had, then we’re no longer friends.”

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Tue
Apr 26 2016 11:00am

Kissing Angels and Fighting Demons: Top Eva/Gideon Moments from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series

Crossfire series by Sylvia Day

Editor's Note: This post is meant for superfans of Sylvia Day's Crossfire series as it contains spoilers from all 5 books. If you haven't read all the books yet...what are you still doing here!?—go get a copy now! Bonus, we are currently running a super awesome Crossfire sweepstakes, enter for a chance to win some great prizes. 

Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell are destined to be one of modern romance's top power couples. Gideon is the compelling and wealthy young man who is used to getting what he wants in his personal life as well as his professional life; his past haunts him, but when Gideon lays eyes on Eva Tramell, he sees the future. Eva is not unfamiliar with the lifestyle of affluent society, but with her father’s humble roots to ground her, she is focused on being a happy, healthy, and independent woman; the beautiful Gideon Cross could crush her like a tidal wave if she isn’t careful, but she knows just how to deal with her man. These two have a relationship that spans five books, and there are many defining moments in the series. These are the cream of the crop:

[Eva and Gideon's love ...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 9:30am

First Look: Katee Robert’s The Wedding Pact (April 26, 2016)

The Wedding Pact by Katee Robert

Katee Robert
The Wedding Pact (O'Malley's #2)
Forever / April 26, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

Carrigan O'Malley has always known her arranged marriage would be more about power and prestige than passion. But after one taste of the hard-bodied, whiskey-voiced James Halloran, she's ruined for anyone else. Too bad James and his family are enemy number 1. 

Hallorans vs. O'Malleys—that's how it's always been. James should be thinking more about how to expand his family's empire instead of how silky Carrigan's skin is against his and how he can next get her into his bed. Those are dangerous thoughts. But not nearly as dangerous as he'll be if he can't get what he wants: Carrigan by his side for the rest of their lives.

The best and worst thing about this book is that basically it happens in a vacuum. Let me explain—Carrigan and James are enemies not only because of their families ... but also because James had previously kidnapped Carrigan and his father was going to kill her. ... Yeah, normally I'm a big proponent of reading as you wish, and following series orders at will. While Katee Robert's The Wedding Pact technically can be read alone, I'd strongly advise reading The Marriage Contract (which was one of my top reads in 2015). 

[So where do we sign the license...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 8:07am

What’s Your Favorite Trope Combination?

In classic literature, tropes often get a bad reputation. But in Romancelandia, they reign supreme! According to Romance Writers of America, the top 10 tropes in the genre are:

  • friends to lovers
  •  soul mate/fate 
  • second chance at love 
  • secret romance
  • first love
  • strong hero/heroine
  • reunited lovers
  • love triangle
  • sexy billionaire/millionaire
  • sassy heroine

But what if some of these tropes were combined (an argument could be made that some of these should be already, since they're very similar)—would that be the key to your perfect book? What are your favorite trope combinations? 

Let us know in the comments!

 

Mon
Apr 25 2016 4:45pm

First Look: Stephanie Laurens’ A Buccaneer at Heart (April 26, 2016)

A Buccaneer at Heart by Stephanie Laurens

Stephanie Laurens 
A Buccaneer at Heart (The Adventurers Quartet #2)
Mira / April 26, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.49 digital

After a decade leading diplomatic voyages and covert missions for the Crown, Captain Robert Frobisher decides that establishing a home—with hearth and wife—should be his next challenge. But when an urgent summons arrives, Robert puts his wishes aside and agrees to set sail immediately. His goal is clear: get to Freetown, determine the location of a slavers' camp and return to London with the information.

In Freetown, Miss Aileen Hopkins is determined to find her brother Will, a naval lieutenant who has mysteriously disappeared, and she will not allow anyone to turn her from her path. But all too quickly, that path grows dark and dangerous. And then Robert Frobisher appears and attempts to divert her in more ways than one.

Joining forces with Aileen, Robert vows to complete his mission and secure the woman he wants as his wife. Compelled to protect the innocent and bring retribution to a heartless enemy, they plunge into the jungle with only each other to rely on, and with the courage of their hearts as their guide.

Imagine you’re playing Stephanie Laurens’ BINGO. A guaranteed cover for a BINGO square is the entrance on the page of a duke. A duke’s pervasive, persuasive influence and implicit power, almost always presages a request (from the duke) and acquiescence (from whomever the duke is inveigling). So it is no wonder that when Captain Robert Frobisher, newly returned to London and taking his ease in Piccadilly, spots a black carriage, “premonition swept cool fingers across his nape.” The gentleman who steps out of his carriage “with languid grace” is His Grace, the Duke of Wolverstone. Wolverstone, a.k.a. Dalziel, and Viscount Melville, First Lord of the Admiralty, waylay Frobisher in order to ask him to assist the government with a troublesome situation in Africa. Says Melville,

[Says what... says what?!]

Mon
Apr 25 2016 3:59pm

Dumplin’ & Shopaholic Deals, Showalter Reveal, and Tony/Ziva Endgame?: Romance News

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Dumplin' by Julie Murphy—Deal Alert: Julie Murphy's YA romance Dumplin'—winner of an RT Reviewers' Choice Award for 2015 Book of the Year—is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* In his article Dumplin' and the Unapologetic Beauty of a Fat Heroine,” John Jacobson writes, “Murphy has created a book that doesn’t emphasize a need to change the body to be healthy, get the guy, and have an adventure, and we need that, dammit.”

—Deal Alert: Sophia Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* The Shopaholic series and heroine Becky Bloomwood earned a shoutout in Jamie Brenner's piece “Out of the Closet: Our Romance with Fashion on the Page.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Gena Showalter has announced that the star of the next Lords of the Underworld series will be...Cameo! Her book's title hasn't been released yet (stay tuned!), but Showalter encourages fans to fill in the blank to see if they can guess it: The Darkest _____?

[+Will Tony reunite with Ziva in NCIS?...]

Mon
Apr 25 2016 2:30pm

Love, Lies, and Spies: Teen Regency Done Right

Love, Lies, and Spies by Cindy Anstey

Juliana Telford does not set out seeking such an extreme example of adventure when she leaves her aunt and uncle’s home in a huff after an argument with her cousin, Carrie, but somehow the intrepid eighteen-year-old attracts trouble without trying very hard. Fearing the lack of rescue while at the same time worried about what form the aid will take, Juliana feels both relief and mortification when two young men arrive on the scene at St. Ives Head. After a comical exchange which shall not get spoiled here, Juliana escapes peril and all parties agree if they come upon each other in society, they will act as though they have never met.

Back at Grays Hill Park, Juliana focuses her thoughts on the upcoming season in London, which she plans to use primarily as a cover for her efforts to find a publisher for an academic article she and her father have written on a particular species of lady beetle.   

Meanwhile, Spencer Northam, one half of Juliana’s rescue team from the aforementioned unfortunate accident, has his own reasons for wishing to keep his presence at St. Ives hidden—as a spy for the War Office, he suspects the men of the Pyebald family of selling secrets to the French, and the cliff overlooking the water proves a perfect vantage point from which to observe the comings and goings at Ryston Manor.

[A little spying and loving ...]

Mon
Apr 25 2016 12:45pm

Once... Twice... 9 Ways He Shows He Loves You

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How many of you have had angst filled relationships? Raising my hand! Taking out of the equation the fact that some (not All by any means) men are just thoughtless, irresponsible and unable to commit, many time the angst begins with us.

Why? Because the heart and head knows when there is a dichotomy between actions and words.  Just like in body language, we intuitively know when someone loves us and is in the same place as we are in the relationship. And when we have doubts about this—it leaves us in turmoil. We spend hours analyzing the differences between what he says and what he does, reaching out to our friends for re-assurance and advise and we even read relationship books.

Back in October, MSN’s Popsugar posted an article titled 9 Signs of a Man Who Will Never Stop Loving You.  And it stuck with me.  At first I didn’t know why – because honestly the signs are pretty obvious –commonsensible. It something that our parents and friends realize, when we don’t want to face the truth yet. But then I realized that these nine signs –oh not all of them, every time, but most of them, show up consistently in the books we deem keepers.

Authors know of course to use the words – “I love you,” “you are my life,” and “you complete me,” but when they show us—not just tell us then we truly believe that the hero and heroine are perfect for each other.  Here is a mix of new and old examples of authors wonderfully showing us the heroes that truly care.

[Flowers, jewels, and “I love yous” ...]

Mon
Apr 25 2016 11:05am

First Look: Elle Wright’s Her Kind of Man (April 26, 2016)

Her Kind of Man by Elle Wright

Elle Wright
Her Kind of Man (Edge of Scandal #3)
Forever / April 26, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

The third and final book in Elle Wright’s Edge of Scandal series, Her Kind of Man is an intense friends to lovers romance that follows Allina Parker as she tries to rid herself of her abusive fiance once and for all, while she simultaneously finally comes to terms with her feelings for her best friend, Kent.

The story opens some weeks before Allina is due to marry Isaac Hunter. Instead of preparing for her wedding to the pastor in her new home in Ohio, Allina’s been hiding out in Michigan, using the birth of her friend’s baby as an excuse to avoid all the plans and, seemingly, Isaac. She’s given up everything for him; her dream job, her home and any hope of a future with Kent.

[But there's hope, right!?]

Mon
Apr 25 2016 9:30am

New Adult April Showers bring GIRL POWER: New Adult Best Bets for April 2016

Dirty by Kylie Scott

I was originally going to title this post April Showers brings Bad Boys in Towels. Which I thought was so clever! But, after reading Rhyll Biest post’s on Romance without Slut-Shaming and watching Taylor Swift throw shade at the tabloids that talked about her dating life, I got to thinking about girl power. It really does come in all shapes and sizes and these April NA books really showcase that. Sometimes the plan you had in life doesn’t go your way and you find yourself in a stranger’s bathtub, owning that and THEN finding a new you is girl power, just ask Lydia in Kylie’s Scott’s Dirty. Maybe life has handed you some major lemons and you and make your own lemonade, that’s girl power, just turn to Ella in Paper Princess. Looking your old tormentor in the eye, forgiving them and moving on is girl power, Letty illustrated that in Never Sweeter. There are plenty of examples here this month of what makes each of these unique characters so powerful.

Dirty by Kylie Scott is the start of a new series, Highly-anticipated, it takes place in Coeur d’Alene where another favorite series of mine takes place there and here’s to hoping there’s crossover characters! Lydia’s thought she had a fairy tale romance complete with a wedding but that quickly crashed and burned. Vaughn didn’t think he would find a runaway bride in his childhood bathtub when he returned to figure out his next step. Never the less, a friendship with lots of sexual tension is formed. A great start to a new series, it’s filled with Scott’s trademark humor and sass, I can’t wait for the rest of the series to unfold with these quirky characters.

[And next up in this new adult cocktail ...]

Mon
Apr 25 2016 8:07am

Do You Ever Fall in Love with Secondary Characters More?

It doesn't happen often but it can happen, you're swimming along reading a great book... and suddenly you realize you're more in love with the secondary characters than you are with the main leads! Have you ever had this happen to you? Do you continue to read anywa,y or do you put down the book and see if the author has written about those other characters yet? What's a good reader to do!? 

Let us know in the comments!

Sun
Apr 24 2016 12:09pm
Excerpt

Much Ado About Highlanders: Exclusive Excerpt

May McGoldrick

Much Ado About Highlanders by May McGoldrick

Highland warrior Alexander Macpherson has lost his wife. When he agreed to take Kenna Mackay as his bride to advance his clan’s power in the north, he expected a bit of an adjustment. He didn't expect the sharp-tongued beauty to run away on their wedding night. Still, Alexander wants his runaway bride…and he has the sneaking suspicion that she wants him, too.

Kenna Mackay thought she was safe in a priory full of nuns learning the craft of healing, but when she is kidnapped by her own husband, the battle of wits begins anew. But even as passions ignite, a deadly secret from Kenna's past rises to the surface and put their new love in jeopardy. As a heartless villain closes in, two headstrong lovers find themselves locked in a struggle between evil and the power of undying love. And this time, Alexander is determined he will not lose his wife again.

Get a sneak peek at May McGoldrick's Much Ado About Highlanders (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

There was a star danced, and under that was I born

Western Coast of Scotland

Fifty Years Later

The old saying danced in Kenna MacKay’s head. When a man comes to a birthing, someone will die.

And yet, Kenna thought, if the man were a physician, right now that was a risk she’d gladly take.

She was in deep waters, and she knew it. She was no midwife. Her prayers were frequently ignored by the saints. And she had no interest in witchcraft. Regardless, she had to convince either God or Nature to lend a hand and turn this bairn around.

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Sun
Apr 24 2016 4:52pm

Not My Ladies: Outlander 2x03 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Claire in Outlander Season 2, episode 3

Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 3, “Useful Occupations and Deceptions” (SPOILERS for the episode ahead, of course)
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Captain's Log for Jamie and Claire in Outlander season 3, episode 3When we last left Jamie and Claire, she’d taken to French customs for body hair (Jamie approved) and discovered that Black Jack Randall is still alive (and she hasn’t told Jamie). They’re making headway on their mission to stop the rebellion. They’ve met key players in the previous episodes. Now they need to move forward with the plan.

Jamie and Claire’s quest to stop Bonny Prince Charlie’s progress means they are spending less time together. Jamie is out at the brothel with Charles every night, drinking and enduring the prince’s blathering. As Claire points out when he comes home in the morning, the stench of cheap perfume on him isn’t helping her morning sickness. Their cause is to save them both, but playing this game has the power to drive a wedge in a marriage, especially when one of them is pregnant and the other is spending evenings getting drunk at brothels.

[Keep the faith...]

Sat
Apr 23 2016 1:00pm

Sex, Love, and Second Chances for the Eternal in Shakespeare

Much Ado About Highlanders by May McGoldrickToday we're thrilled to welcome May McGoldrick to Heroes and Heartbreakers. While a “death day” doesn't typically offer much to celebrate, today we're here to celebrate the life and work of Shakespeare. Four hundred years to the day after his death, Shakespeare's works are still relevant and timeless. May McGoldrick—whose latest release Much Ado About a Highlander comes out on May 3 and offers a twist on a classic Shakespearean story—is here to talk about what has made him so enduring—and we think it might have something to do with love *wink wink.* Thanks, May!

When Shakespeare’s friends and partners got together to assemble his plays for the first time, his great rival Ben Jonson wrote, “He was not of an age, but for all time.” High praise, to be sure, but maybe this was the original book quote, put on that First Folio simply to sell a few more copies.

No, no, let’s put that cynicism behind us. Four hundred years have passed since William Shakespeare penned his last play, and his language, imagery, plots, and (most important) characters are as alive today as they were when the plays were originally staged. Shakespeare’s plays have definitely survived the test of time. But why is that?

[What keeps us coming back time and time again?...]