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August 28, 2015
Dark Romances for the Reluctant Reader
Sahara Hoshi
August 27, 2015
August Kert's Bring Me to Life
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August 27, 2015
Summer Regency Anthologies Make Reading Easy!
Janet Webb
August 27, 2015
August 2015 Blogger Recommendations
Team H & H
August 26, 2015
Lovers as Property in the Medieval Romance
willaful
Thu
Aug 27 2015 4:30pm

Brains Aren’t the Only Food Group: August Kert’s Bring Me to Life

Bring Me to Life by August Kert

A few months ago, I wrote about my burgeoning love for paranormal romance.  I’ve really embraced love stories with “others.”  I am a sucker for werewolves, but I had never read much that went into the zombie vein. Bring Me to Life is a post-apocalyptic zombie romance that was not too far-fetched or out there.  I mean, I tried and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to see what all the hype was about.  But I never found the need to throw myself back into the proverbial zombie pool.  Then, I got the opportunity to do this first look.  I had so many questions- could zombies do anything BUT eat human brains?  Did they have bodily functions that included…the need for sex? *whispers* (Yes, they do!)

As far as the plot goes, it moved at a steady pace from zombie farm to…other places ( no spoilers, remember?).  Lyric meets Anson while being held, and her only motivation is to NOT get eaten alive by the zombies. There are definitely some erotic scenes that work.  I always thought I’d be like gross, zombie sex…but he has a quality that is just as hot as other creatures in this genre.  The zombies in this book can be at several stages, so Anson is not a mindless “must eat brains” kinda guy. He can’t speak much, but we do find out that being a zombie isn’t quite what we may have expected. 

[Zombie sex and figthing for your life...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 3:39pm

Romance News Roundup: Madeline Hunter Deal & Lawrence-Schumer Comedy!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter—Deal Alert: Speaking of Madeline Hunter, her “classic handsome rake/spinster virgin story” His Wicked Reputation is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via BookBub).*

—In Hollywood news almost too good, too pure for this world, Oscar winner/superstar Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook) and rising star comedian Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck) have been secretly writing a comedy screenplay in which they'll play sisters. Forget Team Peeta and Team Gale, we are now Team JenAmy.

—The first official pic of Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in Assassin's Creed has sent the internet into a frenzy, and for Good Reason, we think you'll agree. Yowza.

—In yet more cool movie news, two new Mad Max: Fury Road featurettes have been released ahead of the Blu-ray hitting stores that rightly put the spotlight on Charlize Theron's show-stealer Imperator Furiosa, action heroine of our hearts. I also happen to think Mad Max set up a wonderful Max/Furiosa romance for shippers to latch onto, but that's another story...

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

Thu
Aug 27 2015 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: J.A. Rock’s The Subs Club Series

Today we're thrilled to reveal The Subs Club series by J.A. Rock with four great covers for The Subs Club, Pain Slut, Manties in a Twist, and 24/7. The series kicks off in December with The Subs Club, learn more about each book, and the series, below.

The Subs Club series: 

After the death of their friend Hal at the hands of an irresponsible dom, submissive friends Dave, Kamen, Miles, and Gould band together to form the Subs Club—an organization seeking to expose dangerous local doms. The club slowly evolves as romances blossom, loyalties are tested, and tensions mount in a community already struggling for unity in the wake of Hal’s death.

From domestic discipline to knife play to fashion paraphilia, and from family drama to new jobs to first loves, the members of the Subs Club explore life’s kinks inside and outside of the bedroom as they attempt to let go of the past and move forward.

[Learn more about the series and check out the amazing covers...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 1:00pm

Summertime Is Anthology-time: Regency Anthologies Make Reading Easy!

Dancing in The Duke's Arms: A Regency Romance Anthology by Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville

Growing up, summer was the time to go to the library and load up on staggering piles of books. I always took as many out as the librarian would allow … and week after week, read my heart out. Sadly, real life has a way of intervening and it’s hard to find the time to read piles of books, even in the summer. But there’s a solution … one that’s made to order for bibliophiles—the vacation anthology.

Regency anthologies are often centered on holiday festivities: I’ve been known to read them in the heat of summer! But Regency short stories with a summer setting are available too—and what a terrific way to get a taste of new authors. Plus summer opens the door to so many activities and pleasures that are worlds away from trimming a tree or having a snowball fight. Regency summers are a time of rowing races, cricket, exploring the woods with children, building sand castles, and catching glimpses of the Prince Regent in his favored playground of Brighton, to name a few diversions.

Four well-known writers (Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville) recently collaborated on Dancing in The Duke's Arms: A Regency Romance Anthology. The book description asks the question,

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? Every summer the cream of society gathers at the Dukeries, named for the ducal estates concentrated in one small corner of Nottinghamshire. While the entertainments include parties, balls, and a famous boat race, the ducal hosts and their guests find heartbreak, love and happy endings.

[A win for all 4 ladies...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Chalvaren Rising: Exclusive Excerpt

Paula Millhouse

Chalvaren Rising by Paula Millhouse

Twenty-five years ago, Theo Ansgar abandoned the Kingdom of Chalvaren for a hiding place on another world. Some called him traitor. Some, thief. Now his fully grown daughter Mia must return to the land of her birth…and their war.

It was the elf prince Kort Elias who brought her back. Theirs was an instant connection, an inescapable union of body, soul and sorcery, reminding Mia of what she truly is, and what she must become. There is also Magnus, destined to be more potent than any wyrm Chalvaren has ever seen, a three-day-old dragonlet Mia must nurture and then ride. And then there is the Dragonstone, an artifact of power nonpareil. Joined, they can tip the scales of battle against the wraith-possessed forces of darkness, of Mia’s own embittered kin. Redemption will be offered, the protected will become the protector, and an ancient prophecy will come to fruition, but only righteous love can conquer all.

Get a sneak peek at Paula Millhouse's Chalvaren Rising (available August 31, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Do you know how to swim?”

The smell of the ocean brightened Mia’s spirit. “I do. It’s one of my favorite things, actually. We lived by the sea when I was younger.”

“Good,” Kort said. I’ll need your help with some chores.”

He tapped Garnet’s neck, and the great red dragon eased down to a dark sandy shore upon the far side of the black rock perimeter. Mia looked up in time to see Magnus gliding in. As before, the dragonlet’s approach was way too fast, and he splashed clumsily into the pool, dousing them with seawater.

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Thu
Aug 27 2015 11:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of August 2015

Covert Evidence by Rachel Grant

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for August 2015 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Dolly Sickles:

Covert Evidence by Rachel GrantRachel Grant is my new measuring stick for romantic suspense. Her heroes and heroines are incredibly well-matched in intelligence, honor, quirkiness, vulnerabilities, and character. It’s so refreshing to have that level playing field. Her training as a scientist (archaeologist) is evident throughout her plots, and the scientific details peppered throughout makes the stories so smart. Covert Evidence is the fifth book in her Evidence series, but (thankfully) the characters from past Evidence books aren’t woven throughout this newest installation. We’re big travelers at my house, so I enjoyed living vicariously through Cressida and Ian’s adventure through Eastern Turkey.

[Add these August picks to your TBR list...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 9:30am

First look: Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Enigma (September 1, 2015)

Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Archangel's Enigma (Guild Hunters #8)
Jove / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Naasir is the most feral of the powerful group of vampires and angels known as the Seven, his loyalty pledged to the Archangel Raphael. When rumors surface of a plot to murder the former Archangel of Persia, now lost in the Sleep of the Ancients, Naasir is dispatched to find him. For only he possesses the tracking skills required—those more common to predatory animals than to man.

Enlisted to accompany Naasir, Andromeda, a young angelic scholar with dangerous secrets, is fascinated by his nature—at once playful and brilliant, sensual and brutal. As they race to find the Sleeping archangel before it’s too late, Naasir will force her to question all she knows...and tempt her to walk into the magnificent, feral darkness of his world. But first they must survive an enemy vicious enough to shatter the greatest taboo of the angelic race and plunge the world into a screaming nightmare…  

The Cascade has started and no one is safe from it’s effects as it begins to change the world and it’s inhabitants in ways never seen before. Archangel Zhou Lijuan is now more determined than ever to rule the Cadre of Ten and the world, stooping to unimaginable depths of depravity in order to secure what she feels is hers by right. In order to thwart her, Raphael sends his more trusted and capable tracker, Nassir, to find the sleeping place of the Archangel of Persia and wake him before Lijuin finds him first and makes his resting place his grave. Helping Nassir is a quiet angel whose scholarly nature belays the fire that flames within her.

[The hunt is on...]

Thu
Aug 27 2015 8:09am

Throwback Thursday: How Much Do You Remember From Your First Romance Novel?

Stuck on You by Patti Berg

You never forget your first...but you might forget a lot of the details. Whether it was a year ago or many years ago, a lot of romance readers remember their first official romance—the title, author, etc.—but the inside, which obviously left an impression, may seem a little fuzzier for readers!

Do you remember your first romance? What subgenre was it? How much of the plot do you remember? What were the main characters' names? What was the conflict? See what you can remember and let me know in the comments! 

Wed
Aug 26 2015 4:30pm

You Belong to Me: Lovers as Property in the Medieval Romance of Madeline Hunter

When authors began leaving the Medieval romance for other  genres, one of the saddest losses was Madeline Hunter. (Though that loss was certainly to the Regency/Victorian novel's gain.) I don't know precisely why the Medieval fell into disfavor, but I suspect it may have to do with readers becoming uncomfortable with the extreme power imbalances between class and sex that are inherent in the setting. And that's exactly why I miss Hunter in the subgenre.

Hunter never went full-on bodice ripper as, for example, Brenda Joyce did in The Conqueror. (A very entertaining book, if you're not sensitive to the disturbing elements.) Nor did she try to write as if power imbalances didn't really matter. Instead she used the tension caused by those imbalances to create stories that aren't only satisfying romance, but thematically fascinating. Two of my favorites explore the effect on love when one person is literally the property of another.

In By Possession, Moira is the illegitimate child of a lord and a serf; her father granted her freedom before his death, but she's unable to prove it. She's now the legal possession of Lord Addis de Valance, and to make things more complicated, she's loved him most of her life. But Moira has no intention of following in her mother's lonely, shameful footsteps, no matter how strong the temptation.

“Can you say that these hands misuse you, Moira, and that you are not willing?”

She sorrowfully extricated herself from his hold and stepped back. She hitched the blanket back on her shoulders and grasped it closed. “I am weak to the pleasure, but what you offer me will someday bring misery and I will not endure it. I swore when just a girl that I would not be any man's whore, least of all one to a knight or a lord.”

Gold fires flamed. Dangerous fires, that spoke of more than thwarted desire.

“You say that often, and insult me with it. 'Tis you who misunderstand, and think the worst of me without cause. Those garments are not meant as a bribe to buy a bedmate for a few nights. I do not seek to make a whore of you.”

She had suspected as much when she saw him at the doorway. Better if he did only want her for brief pleasure. “What you call it will not matter. All others know such women for what they are.”

[O King, how I love her...]

Wed
Aug 26 2015 3:47pm

Romance News Roundup: K.M. Moning’s Feverborn Details & More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Feverborn by Karen Marie MoningKaren Marie Moning released the official description for her next Dani O'Malley/Fever novel, Feverborn, due out on January 19, 2016, on her Facebook page:

In Karen Marie Moning’s latest installment of the epic #1 New York Times bestselling Fever series, the stakes have never been higher and the chemistry has never been hotter. Hurtling us into a realm of labyrinthine intrigue and consummate seduction, FEVERBORN is a riveting tale of ancient evil, lust, betrayal, forgiveness and the redemptive power of love.

When the immortal race of the Fae destroyed the ancient wall dividing the worlds of Man and Faery, the very fabric of the universe was damaged and now Earth is vanishing bit by bit. Only the long-lost Song of Making—a haunting, dangerous melody that is the source of all life itself—can save the planet.

But those who seek the mythic Song—Mac, Barrons, Ryodan and Jada—must contend with old wounds and new enemies, passions that burn hot and hunger for vengeance that runs deep. The challenges are many: The Keltar at war with nine immortals who’ve secretly ruled Dublin for eons, Mac and Jada hunted by the masses, the Seelie queen nowhere to be found, and the most powerful Unseelie prince in all creation determined to rule both Fae and Man. Now the task of solving the ancient riddle of the Song of Making falls to a band of deadly warriors divided among—and within—themselves.

Once a normal city possessing a touch of ancient magic, Dublin is now a treacherously magical city with only a touch of normal. And in those war-torn streets, Mac will come face to face with her most savage enemy yet: herself.

[+Scoop on a Barbara O'Neal deal...]

Wed
Aug 26 2015 2:00pm

Expectations vs. Reality: The Struggles of Being Friends with Non-Romance Readers

Gentle Rogue by Johanna Lindsey

We've all been there and dealt with it. If we're at all “out” about being a romance reader, then we've heard it all before—especially when we're the only romance reader in our friend group or family! Most non-romance readers have similar complaints: the covers (it's all Fabio), the sex scenes (we've all heard it called smut, right?), that the readers must be old maids because they can't get action anywhere else (we're all crazy cat ladies, am I right?), and the books are all poorly written and the characters are under-developed (or not!).

As the readers, we know these misconceptions are exactly that—pure myth! Yes, of course there are examples that prove these myths to be true and there was a time when Fabio was on a lot of covers (although not as many as people think), but that's not the case anymore! That hasn't stopped some people from still “not getting” what romance is all about, and when there's no one else around to back you up about what romance is really like, it can be hard to hop off the struggle bus and confidently deal with these misconceptions. Do they sound familiar...

1. No one understands that the covers are not all Fabio and heaving bosoms...

[They don't understand...but you do!]

Wed
Aug 26 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Wicked Lies: Exclusive Excerpt

Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh

He’s Tempting Fate

Jazz Lancing is the stuff of legends. A mountain-bred ex-Navy SEAL with rugged dark looks, a tall muscled frame, and gorgeous blue eyes, he can have any woman he wants in the state of Tennessee. Except Annie Mayes. The beautiful, innocent teacher refuses to fall for Jazz because she's hiding a secret more powerful than her own temptation ...

She’s In Too Deep

Jazz knows that Annie isn't who she says she is-that she's lying about her identity, her past, and her motives. But can she be trusted? Little does he know Annie has been craving his kiss for years, dreaming that Jazz would take her in his arms and save her from her demons. But telling Jazz the truth could put both of them in peril. In this deadly game of danger, deceit, and darkness, is desire worth the risk of losing...everything?

Get a sneak peek at Lora Leigh's Wicked Lies (available September 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER 1

Loudoun, Tennessee

Damn, he could feel her watching him.

It wasn’t the itch a man got when he was being hunted; he knew that feeling well. This was different. It was an awareness he’d only felt once in his life, with one other person. And if her ghost were going to haunt him, it would have started long before now.

No, the ghost of that young woman wasn’t tracking every move he made. A ghost hadn’t been tracking him for the past three months, either.

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Wed
Aug 26 2015 11:00am

A Travis Family Reunion: A Ranking of the Travis Family Books (An Opinionated Opinion)

When I first started out reading romance, only paranormals and historicals made my to-read list. That was until I finished all of Lisa Kleypas’s historical romance series and was left wanting more. So I went onto her website and read her FAQ page. And much to my surprise, she revealed that Blue-Eyed Devil was probably her all-time favorite. Which made me stop, literally scratch the side of my head, and give an audible, “hmmph.”

Maybe I shouldn’t be so narrow-minded with the sub-genres that I read. So off I went to the local library, made my way to K, and there it was, staring at me. Blue-Eyed Devil in a hardbound copy. Did I think to also check out the other Travis books in the series that were on the bookshelf? Nooo. Of course not. Because I was determined to dislike contemporary romance. In particular, one that features a modern-day Texan renegade. But it was Lisa Kleypas…so I was willing to give it a shot. And am I ever glad I did. Because it had me sobbing, blushing, seething, talking to the characters—because, you know, they can hear me—and then breathing a sigh of relief that the HEA I knew was coming actually occurred. Of course, the next day I went back to the library to pick up Sugar Daddy and Smooth Talking Stranger.

This was immediately followed by a thorough scouring of the internet, trying to investigate when Joe’s story would come out. Months then years went by and *finally* a release date was given.

Now that the date is rapidly approaching, to celebrate the final Travis story, I rate the four couples from this most excellent series.

[Which is your favorite?]

Wed
Aug 26 2015 9:30am

First Look: Amanda Forester’s The Highlander’s Bride (September 1, 2015)

The Highlander's Bride by Amanda Forester

Amanda Forester
The Highlander’s Bride (Highland Trouble #1)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

All Highland warrior Gavin Patrick wants is to get back to his native Scotland. But before he can leave the battlefield, he's given a final mission-escort Lady Marie Colette to her fiancé. Under no circumstances is he to lay hands on the beautiful, clever-tongued heiress...no matter how desperate the temptation.

Forced to pose as a married couple to make their escape from France, Gavin and Marie Colette find themselves thrown into peril...and each other's arms. As the danger mounts, so does their forbidden passion. But it isn't until Marie Colette is taken from him that Gavin is forced to decide-is he willing to lose the woman who stole his heart, or will he jeopardize his honor, defy his promise, and steal her in return?

Lady Marie Colette has been raised as a precious object, rare and beautiful, pure and idolized, her sole duty to serve her family in marriage. In Amanda Forester's The Highlander's Bride, the time has come, and her father the duc has betrothed her to a Scottish earl in exchange for troops to help fight the English in the Hundred Years War. Gavin Patrick has been tasked with escorting her and her enormous retinue to her betrothed. Gavin reconciles her to the journey with the lure of the Highlands.

He stepped close to her, moving with a fluid grace that made her heart beat faster. “In the Highlands we dinna have all yer comforts, but what we do have we hold fast and fiercely defend.”

He was so tall, she had to tilt back her head to see him, putting her headdress dangerously out of alignment. “What do you have?” she asked in a voice barely above a whisper.

“Freedom. We have freedom. No one to order ye about. No one to say what ye can or canna do. Ye can wear what ye wish, eat what ye wish. Ye can ride a horse as long and as fast as ye wish. In the Highlands, m’lady, ye would be free.”

Free? She stared up at him. He dangled before her the one thing all her riches could never buy. He offered her freedom.

[Her journey with the highland warrior turns into adventure...]

Wed
Aug 26 2015 8:20am

Who Are Your Favorite Dogs of Romance?

Today is National Dog Day! Dogs are man's best friend but the ladies love 'em too! Heroes and Heroines alike have a very special bond with their animals and some authors really know how to integrate dogs and other pets into their stories! Sometimes a dog is what brings the pair together, sometimes it's a point of contention, and other times the dog is a character all on its own!

What dogs have you enjoyed in romance? What authors do you think integrate animals the best?

Let me know in the comments!

Tue
Aug 25 2015 4:30pm

First Look: D.D. Ayres’s Primal Force (September 1, 2015)

Primal Force by D.D. Ayres

D.D. Ayres
Primal Force (K-9 Rescue #3)
St. Martin's Press / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Passion is always worth fighting for…

Jori Garrison trains dogs for Warrior Wolf Pack, which provides service animals for disabled veterans. Four years ago, she was wrongly convicted of a crime—thanks to her no-good ex- fiancé. Now she just wants to live her life in peace with her beloved dogs. No men, no complications. But it's hard to play it cool when a lethally hot male is on her tail—and the attraction is fierce, mutual, and dangerous….

PRIMAL FORCE

Lauray “Law” Batisse is a Military Police veteran who was wounded in Afghanistan. Haunted by the loss of his K-9 partner in combat, he's reluctant to accept a service dog named Samantha into his life. But once he meets her trainer—the gorgeous Jori Garrison—he can't fight his primal instincts. And neither can Jori. This sexy alpha male might be the only man strong enough to unleash her desires. And when unseen enemies start hunting them down, he and his new K-9 partner might be her only hope…to survive.

Primal Force by D.D. Ayres is a wonderful concoction of mystery, romance, and service dogs. It also highlights a dog training program using incarcerated inmates. Many states, like my own, have a variation of this type of program, so it was great to see it get some recognition. However, it is the heartfelt story of two damaged people finding love and the fiercely loyal Samantha, a golden doodle (part golden retriever and poodle) who looks a Cheese Doodle that make this book shine.

[Another addictive story about love and animals...]

Tue
Aug 25 2015 5:35pm

Have You Seen Brianna? Outlander Casting Jamie and Claire’s Daughter

Spoiler Alert: This Outlander news contains spoilers for all-aired episodes of Outlander, but may also come as a surprise for those who have not already read the books. Read with caution!

According to E! News, Outlander is seeking its Brianna. For those who have read the books you'll recognize this as the name of Jamie and Claire's daughter! According to the post, it appears the show will indeed be looking to follow closely to the books...sort of! 

The show described Brianna as:

 ...a young 20-something American who's “strong-minded, intelligent beyond her years with an effortless charm and sparkling sense of humor (traits inherited from both her mother and father). She also has a scholastic mindset, with a healthy dose of American strength, having been born and bred in Boston under the watchful eye of professor and historian Frank Randall.” 

For more on the physical type, the call is looking for a tall, red-head with high cheekbones and blue eyes—sound like anyone we know? Like father, like daughter! Once Claire returns to 1940s England, however, it'll be Frank who takes on the father duties...and young Brianna who takes on Frank's name! For those who have read the books, this comes as no surprise...what may come as a surprise is the timeline shifts the show will be making, in that Brianna will be following Claire back to (1700s) Scotland during Season 2—an event which does not happen until book 4. What do you think of this shift in the story?

Back in 2011, Rachel Hyland fantasy cast Outlander, and while none of her picks were in the final cast, we do have to say, one of the picks could still be in the running—Karen Gillan as Brianna, anyone?  Who would you like to see in the role? What do you think of the show continuing on with the 20-year time hop?

Update 8/27/15: Sam Heughan doesn't seem opposed to the idea of Karen Gillan joining Outlander as Brianna. Okay, that might be a stretch, but if he has her on his radar, then maybe so will the casting directors! Check out this tweet from this morning:

Tue
Aug 25 2015 3:24pm

Romance News Roundup: Tiffany Snow & Vanessa Kelly Deals, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Power Play by Tiffany Snow—Deal Alert #1: Tiffany Snow's Risky Business novel Power Play is $1.99 right now in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (via ReadCheaply).* To get the scoop, read TanyaLK's First Look at Power Play.

—Deal Alert #2: Mary McNear's Moonlight on Butternut Lake is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble (via BookBub).* If you enjoy small-town romances and heroines taking care of injured heroes, you'll definitely want to learn more with Janga's First Look at Moonlight on Butternut Lake.

—Deal Alert #3: Vanessa Kelly's Secrets for Seducing a Royal Bodyguard is $2.51 right now in e-book at Amazon (via ReadCheaply).* New to this author? Learn more about Vanessa Kelly's books here.

[+Good news for Arrow's Olicity fans...]

Tue
Aug 25 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Joelle Knox’s Anything But Broken (August 25, 2015)

Joelle Knox
Anything But Broken (Hurricane Creek #1)
Joelle Knox / August 25, 2015 / $4.99 digital

After five years, tragedy brings Hannah Casey back to Hurricane Creek to bury what’s left of her family. She’s flunking out of college, haunted by scandal, and the only person who cares is Sean Whitlow, an irresistible bad boy with a soft spot for her. The problem? He’s her dead sister’s ex.

Sean doesn’t bleed red, he bleeds motor oil. During the week, he struggles to turn his auto repair shop into a profitable business. But when Saturday night rolls around, he’s the reigning stock-car king of the local race track. He doesn’t know how to lose–or how to walk away and leave Hannah alone with her grief.

Between her grades and her wealthy family’s dark secrets, Hannah’s barely holding her life together. And the last thing Sean needs is to get tangled up with another Casey girl. As the attraction between them spins out of control, they’ll either find a love with no limits–or go up in flames.

Joelle Knox’s Anything But Broken is a tale of grief and redemption built around the core of engaging romance and undeniable chemistry.

Hannah Casey has spent her life wearing the Casey mask, being the perfect daughter and living out the life her mother told her she would have. Now she’s back home in Hurricane Creek because her parents were in a terrible car accident. Her father died in the crash, but her mother is brain dead and on life support. Her strained relationship with them doesn’t matter when she’s the only living relative. She has to be at the hospital with her mom, she has to make decisions. It’d be different if her sister Cait were still alive, but she’s not. Hannah is alone and no longer has anyone around to tell her how to feel.

[Compromising for a shot at love...]

Tue
Aug 25 2015 11:00am

Hidden Gems from Old Favorites like Crusie, Donovan, and More!

Knock Me Off My Feet by Susan Donovan

The world is full of terrifying, gruesome, depressing headlines … often. It’s one of the reasons I love the romance genre. Of course there’s the romance and the sexy time, and the hot alpha heroes, but mostly it’s the potential—the hope—for a happy ending. Hope fixes a lot of things. Hope keeps you going.

My go-to subgenre is romantic suspense, but I also love contemporary romances. On a broad scale, contemporary means, “existing, occurring or living at the same time; belonging to the same time.” When referencing art, contemporary art is “art made and produced by artists living today … [who] work in and respond to a global environment that is culturally diverse, technologically advancing, and multifaceted.” And when referencing contemporary romance, we’re talking about “novels that are set from 1950 to the present that focus primarily on the romantic relationship.” Great contemporary romances reflect this time in which we live.

There’s a lot of leeway in the genre, and probably as many great contemporary romance authors as there are stars in the sky. Here are a handful of my favorite contemporaries, with a couple suggestions for you to check out on your own.

[Can't go wrong with contemporary romance...]