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Feb 23 2017 8:03am

Do You like Punny Romance Book Titles?

I have yet to meet a romance novel reader who doesn't love the occasional pun. In Romancelandia, it's quite easy for even the most benign word to take on a dirty meaning. Do you like punny romance novel titles? What are some of your favorites?

Unleash the puns down in the comments!


Feb 22 2017 4:30pm

Puck Love: Romance News & Deals from Sawyer Bennett, Paige Tyler, 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

Off Sides by Sawyer Bennett

Deal Alert: Sawyer Bennett's hockey romance Off Sides is FREE at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* We pucking love a good hockey romance, don't you?

Deal Alert: Jane Goodger's matchmaking historical The Spinster Bride is $1.99 at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Charles enlists Marjorie to help him find a bride in this Victorian-era historical. Want to strike out beyond Regency historicals? Don't miss our monthly Unusual Historicals roundup!

Deal Alert: Paige Tyler's paranormal suspense Her Fierce Warrior is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Shifter Minka finds herself trusting Angelo, the far-too-sexy special forces soldier who found her at her most vulnerable. Strap in for this sexy ride, and expand your world of shapeshifters beyond wolves. 

[+Jane Eyre the comic?]

Feb 22 2017 2:30pm

The (West) End Is Only the Beginning in Lucy Parker’s Pretty Face

Pretty Face by Lucy Parker

Lucy Parker takes readers back to the West End theater scene with Pretty Face. Introducing two new characters, Lily and Luc—the main tropes at play here are the employer-employee relationship as well as the romance between an older man and a younger woman. The “pretty face” the title refers to is Lily Lamprey. At the start of the novel, Lily is best known for her work on Knightsbridge, a campy drama series almost akin to the worst kind of HBO series. Lily has been typecast as a seductress character throughout the entirety of her career on Knightsbridge. Her dream is to make it as a West End actress, but if Luc has his way, her career would be dead in the water.

Unlike Lainie and Richard from Act Like It, the first book in the series, the contention between Luc and Lily is not one of personalities, but of opinion. Luc doesn’t think Lily can hack it in his production and, in no uncensored terms, lets his opinion be known. Unfortunately for Luc, that opinion makes its way back to Lily and the tension builds from there. What’s nice is that we don’t spend the entire novel dwelling over a he said something and she reacts in a negative way. Instead, like it or not, Lily gets the role of Queen Elizabeth I in Luc’s production and the two are forced to coexist.

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Feb 22 2017 1:30pm

First Look: Meredith Duran’s A Lady’s Code of Misconduct (February 28, 2017)

A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

Meredith Duran
A Lady’s Code of Misconduct (Rules for the Reckless #5)
Pocket Books / February 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.

The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for...

Meredith Duran’s latest is an amnesia story, which is a harder trope to find these days. Amnesia plotlines used to be a dime a dozen, but they became such a romance cliché that they have become rare in the last decade or so. A Lady’s Code of Misconduct is a very good amnesia story and reminds me why these storylines were so popular and should be again when in the hands of a gifted storyteller like Duran.

Crispin Burke is not a nice man. In fact, he’s a horrible man. He has spent years bribing, blackmailing and backstabbing his fellow Members of Parliament in his quest to become Prime Minister, so pressuring a young woman in dire straits to spy for him is child’s play.

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Feb 22 2017 12:00pm

March 2017 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in March.

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!

Authors: Have we missed your release before? Drop us a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com with your title, full name, release date, and series name (if you have one) for your upcoming April 2017 release!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:

March 1-7 March 8-14 March 15-21 March 22-31

Week of March 1 through March 7

[See all the new releases!]

Feb 22 2017 9:30am

H&H Quickies #19: Donna Alward—Prompt Me!

Someone to Love by Donna Alward

If you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Nicole MichaelsSusan AndersenRebecca ZanettiKerrigan ByrneLora LeighValerie BowmanAnne CalhounTessa Bailey, and more (see all the Quickies here), we are pleased to announce that Donna Alward will be the nineteenth author to participate in the H & H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Donna Alward with a contemporary romance theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Donna will read over all the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Donna used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights. 

[Ready to get prompting?]

Feb 22 2017 8:10am

Do You Like Thieves in Romance?

Maybe it's our eternal love of Robin Hood. Maybe it's our love of Matt Bomer in White Collar. Maybe it's something completely different, but lately I've noticed quite a few romances featuring thieves. Whether they're a jewel thief, or a con man about to start an art heist, I've seen 'em all! The heist film is practically its own genre in and of itself, do you think we'll see a trend for heist romances? 

Tell me your thoughts down in the comments!

Feb 21 2017 4:30pm

Start Your Engines: Romance News & Deals from Gillian Archer, Susan Mallery, 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

Ruthless by Gillian Archer

Deal Alert: Gillian Archer's motorcycle club romance Ruthless, first in the True Brothers MC series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* It's hard to beat a wicked man with a heart of gold—they sure rev our engines! 

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's women's fiction novel The Friends We Keep, Book 2 in the Mischief Bay series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Three friends provide love and comfort to one another as they journey through the stress and turmoil of life's expectations. It's no surprise that romance is the perfect place to tackle tough issues.

Deal Alert: Julianna Keyes' college co-ed romance Undecided is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* This sexy new adult romance features two characters who don't do anything by halves...including the trouble they get themselves into! Don't miss out on these fresh new adult romances from January!

[+Emma Watson sings 'Belle']

Feb 21 2017 3:00pm

The Gateway Experiment: What Romance Should Author Roshani Chokshi Read Next?

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

It is one of the greatest joys of any reader to recommend beloved books to a person—especially when that person is brand new to the genre we hold so near and dear! It can be a tough call, however, to find that gateway book that is sure to please. Luckily, making that tough decision just got easier since we'll be matchmaking for author Roshani Chokshi, who is new to the wonderful world of romance!

Since Roshani isn't totally new to the romance genre, we have an idea of what she's looking for in the perfect match. 

Roshani loves Regency romances, having already devoured books from Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, and Tessa Dare. 

If a book contains the “fake dating/marriage” trope or feature enemies to lovers, it may be a good fit for what Roshani is looking for in her next read. 

Like any good romance fan, she knows the romance covenant, and hates anything dealing with infidelity. 

We'll be leaving the recommendation period open from now until February 27 when Roshani will pick what book piques her interest. Once Roshani decides on a book, she'll report back on what she thought with a post about her experience!

So—what romance book should Roshani read?


While Roshani gets to know the romance genre, get to know Roshani. Learn more about or pre-order a copy of A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, available March 28, 2017:

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Feb 21 2017 12:15pm

First Look: Lisa Renee Jones’ Damage Control (February 21, 2017)

Damage Control by Lisa Renee Jones

Lisa Renee Jones
Damage Control (Dirty Money #2)
St. Martin's Griffin / February 21, 2017 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital

The second book in a four-part series is always tricky. Damage Control,  the second in Lisa Renee Jones' Dirty Money series, is no exception. Fans on the hook after reading Hard Rules want reassurance that the couple they took to their hearts is going to make it but the plotline has to maintain suspense and tension so that readers devour the story avidly and wait impatiently for Bad Deeds and End Game to arrive. A hard task, but Jones’s latest Dirty Money tale satisfies on every level. 

Shane Brandon has fallen hard for Emily Stevens, but it turns out that she has as many secrets as him. Deeply hurt, Shane confronts her.

[Uh oh...]

Feb 21 2017 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 3: Final Four Couples

Round 3 is now closed!
Keep voting for the Swoonworthiest Couple in the Final Championship Round!

  • Rhine/Eddy vs. Cletus/Jennifer

  • Eve/Roarke vs. Mercy/Adam

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 3 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Friday, February 24, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)

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Couple Battle 1

Couple: Rhine/Eddy
Book/Series: Forbidden (Old West series)
Author: Beverly Jenkins
What brings them together: Rhine rescues Eddy in the desert and helps her recover. 
What threatens to pull them apart: Society seeks to keep them apart; Rhine is engaged to a woman from a powerful political family, and his life and livelihood depend on him passing as a white man, while Eddy has no intention of risking her plans to move to California to open her own restaurant.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Your sweetness is so much stronger than their hate.' ”

Couple: Cletus/Jennifer
Book/Series: Beard Science (Winston Brothers series)
Author: Penny Reid
What brings them together: Jennifer blackmails Cletus into helping her shake her “banana cake queen” image.
What threatens to pull them apart: Jennifer’s family and Cletus’ secrets are their biggest hurdles.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'You’re my beginning, middle, and end.' ” —Beard Science 


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Couple Battle 2

Couple: Eve/Roarke
Book/Series: Apprentice in Death (In Death series)
Author: J.D. Robb
What brings them together: Eve’s a homicide detective, and Roarke’s her prime suspect...
What threatens to pull them apart: These days? Mostly just their constant brushes with death.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you,' she said again, pouring herself into the kiss. 'You saved me.'

“ 'Each other.' He laid her back, covered her with his body. 'We saved each other.' ” —Apprentice in Death

Couple: Mercy/Adam
Book/Series: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson series)
Author: Patricia Briggs 
What brings them together: Werewolf Adam happens to be Mercy’s next-door neighbor.
What threatens to pull them apart: Pack infighting, for sure, though Adam has Mercy’s back through it all.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I misspoke,' he said in a steady voice. 'She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live—that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.' ” —Fire Touched



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See all the battles

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 14
  • Round 2: February 17
  • Round 3: February 21
  • Round 4: February 24
  • Winners Announced: March 2 at 4 p.m. (EST)


Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies17 on social media to be heard!

For an overview of all the Swoonies 2017 battles, visit the index:

H&H Editor Picks:

More Weird Protagonists, Please: Penny Reid's Weird Science

Best Books to Read After Sylvia Day's Crossfire Series

Make Mine a Virgin: Virgin Heroes from James, Gabaldon, Singh & More


Feb 21 2017 11:30am

Acts of Emotional Heroism: The Heart is Mightier Than the Sword

Today we're thrilled to welcome Jennifer Ryan (His Cowboy Heart) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. It comes as no surprise that heroines have the capacity for great heroics—it's not just something left to the men. Jennifer is here today to share some of favorite heroic heroines in romance. Thanks, Jennifer!

Heroines are Heroes Too!

But savvy romance readers know that, right? I mean, why do people only imagine a male “hero”?  I think readers want a heroine who is flawed but can stand on her own. After all, confidence is sexy. Strength is a turn on. It’s what we love in men. It’s what they love in us.

Heroines don’t always start out poised and on top of the world, especially in one of my books, but it’s the journey, the discovery, the trying, failing, and trying again we can all relate to and cheer on.

We all know heroes who put their lives on the line: military, cops, firefighters, Good Samaritans. They step up and fight when called upon. They saves lives and protect the innocent. They run toward danger when others run away. And just like those jobs, heroism knows no gender boundaries. We love stories about these people. We live vicariously through them and hope that if we are put to the test, we’ll rise to the occasion just like them.

[And we rise up...]

Feb 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lisa Marie Perry’s Sin For Me (February 21, 2017)

Sin for Me by Lisa Marie Perry

If you love FOX’s sudsy Empire, then Lisa Marie Perry’s sizzling Sin For Me is a must-read! The twisted, drama-soaked first book in the Devil’s Music duology is set amidst the Atlanta music scene, at a record label that’s growing new talent and age-old feuds. Dangerous wild-child Delilah Bishop, voted out of her family’s company by her three best friends, Joshua Drake, Emma Toledo and Chelsea Coin, wants back in at any cost. She’ll burn things down (literally), wreck marriages — and even throw her own brother, songwriter Dante Bishop, under the bus to get what she wants. But what Delilah doesn’t realize is that Devil’s Music holds its own allure for Dante — in the form of chief operating officer Chelsea, the woman who betrayed him and still enthralls him.      

Her smile could command his heartbeat. Her touch could freeze his mind and light his body on fire. Her pussy was immortalized in the hip-hop/R&B song “In You,” which remained unfinished and unsung, confined to the pages of an old notebook.

Funny how his church’s priest had never said that evil could be beautiful, could sound like the most unforgettable melody, could feel so damn good wrapped around you.

Evil was Chelsea, a woman who’d turned his love against him, betrayed everyone in her way, and preyed on a friend’s mental instability.

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Feb 21 2017 8:20am

What Sort of Reading Month Did You Have?

February is always the shortest month of the year, which means you either don't get as much reading done as you'd like or your month ends up being jam-packed with great reads. 

What sort of reading month was it for you? Was it filled with great reads, or a bit of a dry spell?

Tell us about your February in the comments!

Feb 20 2017 1:00pm

Are You a Betty or a Veronica?: The Riverdale Reading List!

 Betty or Veronica? Betty vs Veronica- The Riverdale Reading List!

By now you may have heard…Archie Andrews and his pals from the Riverdale comics are back!! And starring in a brand new, dark, gritty, sexual version on the CW Network. As a huge fan of the comics and now hopelessly addicted to the show after just one amazing episode, I’ve always wondered who Archie might end up: Betty, blonde-haired, blue-eyed, sweet, supportive, smart girl next door, or Veronica, the dark-haired, dark-eyed, sassy yet classy, city girl who falls hard for our favorite ginger haired hero.

I love that both girls are truly nice, as far as how they treat each other and Archie. It’s a real love triangle. I still can’t decide who I’m rooting for: the girl who’s always dreamed of being with Archie and has always supported him and his dreams, or the girl who’s lost her money, her friends and now is having to start over and falls for the charming Archie because he’s so different from her old life.

As a tribute to the exciting debut of Riverdale, I’m giving you the ultimate Betty vs Veronica book list that way you can read each week to satisfy your hunger for more Riverdale until the next episode airs.

[How 'bout a little Betty and Veronica?]

Feb 20 2017 12:00pm

Kristen Ashley Excerpt: The Deep End

Kristen Ashley

The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are committed to fulfilling a woman's every desire…

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him hungers for the lifestyle offered by this exclusive club. Here, no boundary will be left untested…and one's deepest fantasies will become an exquisite reality.

When Amélie invites Olivier to surrender, she gives the alpha submissive what he craves. Soon they both find themselves falling harder than they ever anticipated—but as their connection deepens, the truth about Olivier’s past could destroy everything…

Get a sneak peek at Kristen Ashley's The Deep End (available March 7, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

One: There Could Only Be One


Amélie sat in the semicircle booth at the back of the club, her lips to the rim of her champagne glass, her eyes to the bodies moving through the large space in front of her, her mind wondering when it had happened.

Seven years.

For seven years, as a day passed that she knew at the end of it she would be going to the club, she felt a mild but persistent anticipation.

This, as she’d make her preparations to go, she’d allow to build into excitement.

[Read the full The Deep End excerpt...]

Feb 20 2017 10:00am

First Look: Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring (February 21, 2017)

Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas Lisa Kleypas
Devil in Spring (Ravenels #3)
Avon / February 21, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Is there a book that is more eagerly anticipated by the romance community than Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Spring? Why is that? The beloved protagonists of Devil in Winter, Evangeline and Sebastian, are now the Duke and Duchess of Kingston and they do a star turn as preternaturally youthful and passionate parents, now grandparents. Their oldest son Gabriel, the new Lord St. Vincent, inadvertently gets into a serious scrape with Lady Pandora Ravenel, the season’s most reluctant debutant. Pandora is her generation’s wallflower, much more interested in her budding board games business than looking for a husband at a ball. Gabriel has a very satisfying relationship with a sophisticated married lady. Marriage is the last thing on the mind of either Gabriel or Pandora. Shades of Georgette Heyer’s Devil’s Cub, no?

Inevitably the news of his oldest son’s indiscretion brings Sebastian to town. Over a game of pool at Jenner’s, Sebastian tells Gabriel that if need be, they’ll “buy a husband for her,” since Gabriel seems to believe that his only honorable option is to marry Pandora. Why then doesn’t Gabriel leap at the opportunity to avoid “a lifetime shackled to a girl,” that he seemingly can’t abide? That question certainly intrigues Sebastian, particularly after Gabriel pronounces Pandora “bloody ravishing.”

[That's a high compliment indeed!]

Feb 19 2017 2:00pm

Beth Kery’s Make Me Is Part Erotic Romance, Part Psychological Thriller!

Make Me by Beth Kery

Harper McFadden established herself as an investigative journalist by being both compassionate and fearless.

After tragedy strikes her family, she moves to the shores of Lake Tahoe to find some peace. But when mysterious software mogul Jacob Latimer enters her life, her thoughts turn from her own healing to an insatiable desire to get closer to him... No one knows what secrets lurk in the past of Jacob Latimer. He built his corporation from nothing, but rumors abound about his mysterious rise to power. Harper is the last person he should let into his life. She could expose the truth about his origins. But Jacob knows things about Harper’s past that draw him in. He wants nothing more than to make her his—and Jacob is a man who always gets what he wants...

Make Me was published as a serial, and I'm super excited that this is now available in book form. (*whispers* I'm not the biggest fan of serials—too impatient, I like reading stories all in one go.) I loved Beth Kery's Make Me when it first came out, and re-reading it for the “compilation” release just brought that home. The end just made me want to hug something - which is saying a lot. 

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Feb 19 2017 11:00am

Rachel Grant’s New Flashpoint Series Is Off with a Bang

Tinderbox by Rachel Grant

Reading Rachel Grant’s books is like being in the middle of an Indiana Jones movie. Only, in her stories Indy is a heroine, and Miriam is a soldier. Since Grant, herself, is an archaeologist, her plots always include badass science—but they also weave in exotic settings and sexy suspense. And in this new Flashpoint series, she incorporates even more of a healthy dose of adventure.

In Tinderbox, we meet Dr. Morgan Adler and Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard. Morgan’s work on a dig in the Djibutian dessert is already dangerous enough, just by geopolitical standards; but when you add in her desperate race from a dig to the closest military base … with a stolen artifact in the trunk … all bets are off. Poor Pax, acting on a tip-off about an en route with a “message” from said Warlord, has no choice but to detain Morgan. Out in the field, choices are made quickly or hesitation can mean death—whether the choice is being made by an archaeologist or a soldier.

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Feb 18 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Megan Frampton’s My Fair Duchess (February 28, 2017)

My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton

Megan Frampton
My Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly #5)
Avon / February 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Fun Fact: Megan Frampton is the former community manager of Heroes and Heartbreakers—we now love being able to talk about her historical romances!

As you might suspect, My Fair Duchess, the latest in Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series is a retelling of the classic My Fair Lady. Yes, there’s a makeover and a reluctant man overseeing the education of the plucky young lady. The real hook, however, is an inversion of the governess-artistocrat trope. I loved it.

Our heroine, the newly-minted Duchess of Blakesley, is an anomaly. She becomes a duchess due to an old forgotten ruling in her family line that allows any direct heir to inherit, not just the most closely related male. A note at the beginning of the novel should clear this up for you in case you are thinking “oh come on, that’s not a thing!” (It was a thing in one family, one time.) Having been raised by servants in the country while her father allows the duchy to languish, Genevieve is woefully unprepared for the role. She needs a new wardrobe, training in estate management, an entire new staff, and the confidence to pull off the demeanor expected of a duchess.

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