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Mon
Aug 25 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Lorraine Heath’s Once More, My Darling Rogue (August 26, 2014)

Once More My Darling Rogue by Lorraine HeathLorraine Heath
Once More, My Darling Rogue (Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James #2)
Avon / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / $6.99 digital

They are England's most eligible bachelors, with the most scandalous reputations. But for the right woman, even an unrepentant rogue may mend his ways . . .

Born to the street but raised within the aristocracy, Drake Darling can't escape his sordid beginnings. Not when Lady Ophelia Lyttleton snubs him at every turn, a constant reminder he's not truly one of them. But after rescuing her from a mysterious drowning, he realizes she doesn't remember who she is. With plans to bring her to heel, he insists she's his housekeeper—never expecting to fall for the charming beauty.

While Ophelia might not recall her life before Drake, she has little doubt she belongs with him. The desire she feels for her dark, brooding employer can't be denied, regardless of consequences. So when Ophelia's memory returns, she is devastated by the depth of his betrayal. Now Drake must risk everything to prove she can trust this rogue with her heart once more.

Historical romance need not always be light and fluffy. Indeed, some of the best contain elements—abuse, rape, family jealousies, and family secrets—are not always the stuff of romance. Until put into the hands of a masterful author, however.

[Do tell!]

Mon
Aug 25 2014 3:00pm

First Look: Lora Leigh’s Ultimate Sins (August 26, 2014)

Ultimate Sins by Lora LeighLora Leigh
Ultimate Sins (Callahans)
St. Martin's Press / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

Three men, bound by blood, will stop at nothing to protect the women who have stolen their hearts and who they have claimed as their own—no matter what the price.

Ex-Marine Crowe Callahan has only had one obsession in life: Amelia Sorenson. She is the only one who has ever gotten under his skin. However, she is also the daughter of his family’s sworn enemy: a man who has sought to destroy the Callahans for generations in order to further his own nefarious agenda.
 
When Amelia put herself on Crowe’s side and in Crowe’s bed, she became her father’s enemy as well. When Wayne Sorenson escapes capture, both Amelia and Crowe know it is only a matter of time before he resurfaces to exact his revenge. Now Crowe will claim Amelia in order to bait a killer and end things once and for all. But can he protect the woman he can’t seem to live without from one of the deadliest enemies he has ever known? And will he survive if he can’t?

Crowe Callahan's story is finally told in Ultimate Sins, the fourth book of Lora Leigh’s Callahan series. Readers of this series have seen glimpses of Crowe in prior novels, and so we already knew his heart belonged to Amelia Sorenson. Theirs is a sad story of love discovered early, only for them to be torn apart due to horrific external circumstances.

[That's Sinful!]

Mon
Aug 25 2014 1:23pm

Lost Girl to End After Season 5

In a video posted to her Twitter minutes ago (and embedded for you to watch here), Lost Girl star Anna Silk announced that the series will end after Season 5. The good news, however, which she also revealed, is that the final season will be 16 episodes long and will be split in two, meaning the end is still a ways off.

What say you, Lost Girl fans? Are you disappointed, or looking forward to seeing the show go out on top, or both? What are your hopes for the conclusion of Bo's journey?

For more, read Entertainment Weekly's just-posted interview with Silk, and keep an eye on H&H's Lost Girl collection for more news as we get it.

*h/t to Kiersten Krum for tweeting about the news

Mon
Aug 25 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt

Irresistible Force: Exclusive Excerpt

D.D. Ayres

When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire…

For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?

Get a sneak peek of D.D. Ayres's Irresistible Force (available August 26, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

Surveillance was simpler in the South in autumn. It was hunting season in North Carolina. A man dressed in camouflage and carrying a rifle in the woods didn’t rate a second glance. The thick canopy of summer had yielded a blanket of damp leaves that made soft whispery sounds underfoot. Sparse branches improved viewing range, even in the darkness. Forecasters had predicted that by dawn, the frost would give way to the promise of an Indian summer day.

It was just the sort of weather James Cannon enjoyed on his day off from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. However, tonight he was on the job, alone in an unfamiliar area, and closing in on what might be a desperate character.

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Mon
Aug 25 2014 11:46am

Outlander Season 1, Episode 3 Recap: Years Apart and Minutes Away

Jamie and Claire in Outlander Season 1 episode 3Claire Randall's adventure continues in the first season of what is sure to be a long-running series on Starz based on the beloved historical fiction/fantasy/romance series by Diana Gabaldon, and we are so ready to recap and then discuss every single moment of it.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Outlander, including Saturday night's Season 1, episode 3, “The Way Out.” Enjoy!

Claire and Frank traverse a crowded train station, both in uniform. Frank insists what they’re doing is backwards, and it should be her seeing him off to the front lines. “Welcome to the twentieth century,” she answers without missing a beat. Frank elicits Claire’s promise to return to him, and next thing Claire knows, she’s dashed over the head with a bucket of cold water, as Mrs. Fitz helps her bathe.

[Even Claire's doing the #ALSIceBucketChallenge!...]

Mon
Aug 25 2014 11:00am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 10 Recap: Thank You and Goodbye

This is it—the FINAL episode of True Blood ever. How did it all end?

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s SERIES FINALE, Season 7, Episode 10, “Thank You.” Enjoy!

We’ve stuck with True Blood for seven seasons and more supes than we can count. It’s come to an end, though, and we’re here to recap the show’s final moments. Will Sookie and Bill have a happily ever after? What’s in store for our favorite Viking and his progeny? Did we have any last-minute fatalities?

The H&H team here is to hold your hand as we stay goodbye to Sookie, Bill, Eric, Pam, Jason, Jessica and the rest of the Bon Temps team with our recap of the series finale “Thank You.”

HIGHLIGHTS

We pick up right where last episode left off. Bill enters Sookie’s house and they begin to discuss his decision to die. And while Sookie has been TSTL on more than one occasion this season—and series—hearing her articulate why his “I’m doing this to save you” is just another way of underestimating her is a breath of fresh air. After that reality check, we get more honesty. Something we don’t get enough from Bill.

[When you're looking at the end, honesty is all that's left...]

Mon
Aug 25 2014 9:30am

Gothics Are My Weakness: Favorite Gothic Romance Authors

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsToday we're joined by author Susan Elizabeth Phillips, whose Heroes Are My Weakness is released tomorrow (you can read a special selected scene from the book now!) Like many of us, Susan read romance, including gothic romances, when she was younger, and she uses that inspiration to craft the forbidding hero and the updated nightgown-wearing heroine of Heroes Are My Weakness. Susan joins us to talk about her favorite gothic authors from the past, and discusses how an updated version definitely goes beyond the closed bedroom door. Thanks, Susan!

Hold up your hand if you remember the fabulous gothic romances of, among others, Mary Stewart, Anya Seton, Victoria Holt, Daphne DuMaurier, and Phyllis Whitney. And how could we forget Charlotte Bronte’s exquisite Jane Eyre, although I’m more than willing to forget her sister Emily’s horrifically depressing (and inferior) book about you-know-who.

[Let's go gothic...]

Mon
Aug 25 2014 8:38am

What Genre Do You Wish You Had More Of?

Wishful Thinking by Gabi StevensA week ago, we asked you What's Your Favorite Genre Right Now? Some of the commenters said they wished they could find more of “____ genre.”

So today we'd like you to share what genre you wish you could find more books in, and what elements you really like in the books you've found in that genre already.

What genre do you want to be reading more of?

Sun
Aug 24 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Rachel Gibson’s What I Love About You (August 26, 2014)

What I Love About You by Rachel GibsonRachel Gibson
What I Love About You (Truly, Idaho)
Avon / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / $6.99 digital

GIMMEE A B-R-E-A-K!

Ex-high school cheerleader Natalie Cooper could once shake her pom-poms with the best of them. But she's paid for all that popularity—her husband's run off with what's left of their money and a twenty-year-old bimbo named Tiffany. Leaving Natalie to manage a photo store and having to see some pictures she, well, really shouldn't.

GIMMEE A S-H-O-T!

Then she comes toe-to-manly chest with Blake Junger. Exiled to a remote cabin in Truly, Idaho, Blake wants nothing to do with anyone. Instead, he's determined to struggle with his demons and win—all on his own. But the last thing he needs is Natalie distracting him with her luscious curves and breaking down the barriers of his heart.

GIMMEE YOUR H-E-A-R-T!

I fell in love with Rachel Gibson’s storytelling with her very first book, Simply Irresistible. Gibson has a talent for creating hardheaded men who think they know everything about life and living—until they meet the women who show them what is truly important in life. This job is not for the weak, and really smart women should know to stay far, far away. Because men like Blake Junger are not civilized, polite, kind-to-children type men. In fact, they sometimes are the exact opposite:

[Hard to love?...]

Sun
Aug 24 2014 10:00am
Reprint

H&H Reads: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Part 6 of 6)

First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesToday, we're excited to bring back our H&H Reads program, with the book that introduced us to everyone's favorite grim reaper, Charley Davidson—First Grave on the Right.

Every Wednesday and Sunday from now until August 20, we'll be posting First Grave on the Right in five easy-to-read (if not so easy to wait for!) parts. Right before each new part goes up, we'll be taking down the previous one, so make sure you don't miss a single piece of the book. Whether you're a long-time fan of Darynda Jones, or brand new to the Charley Davidson series, we hope you'll read along and then discuss each section of the book with us!

Want to be alerted when future parts of the book are live on the site? Log in or register here to be added to the H&H Reads Alert List! Want more Darynda Jones? Log in or register here to stay up to date on all the news!

Don't think you can wait? Catch up on the whole story now. (See the links at the bottom of this post for more info on where you can get your copy of First Grave on the Right.) Then, come back to share your thoughts!

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

First Grave on the Right is the winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book.

 

Chapter 18

When fighting clowns, always go for the juggler.

— BUMPER STICKER

Had I been asleep for the last twenty-seven years? Were there beings and entities I’d never seen? Beings so dangerous and savage that only something supernatural could fight them?

I sat in the conference room with Uncle Bob, unable to fully focus after last night. Garrett was there, too, as well as the DA, the lead detective on the Price task force, the lawyers, and a very fidgety Angel. We were finalizing the plans for the evening. It was tricky making plans when not everyone in the room was in the loop, but Uncle Bob sold it. I knew he would.

Garrett and Angel had been surprisingly quiet. Garrett, I could understand. He was against the whole thing. But Angel had a prime opportunity to flirt with a hot, departed lawyer in a miniskirt, and he didn’t take it. In fact, he hardly looked at her. I couldn’t imagine what ate at him. Was it Reyes? Did he know I had fantasies about him that bordered on criminal?

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Sat
Aug 23 2014 11:00am

First Look: Laura Drake’s Sweet On You (August 26, 2014)

Sweet on You by Laura DrakeLaura Drake
Sweet on You (Sweet on a Cowboy)
Grand Central / August 26, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

A Love as Bold as a Texas Sunset...

Ex-army medic Katya Smith has always healed other people's pain. Now she has to deal with her own. Taking a job as an athletic trainer on the Pro Bull Riding circuit seems like the perfect escape from her grief-except Katya doesn't know anything about bulls, and even less about the tough men who ride them. She doesn't expect to fall for the sport, or for one tantalizing cowboy who tumbles her defenses.

For rodeo champion Cam Cahill, fifteen years of bucking bulls have taken their toll on his body. Before he retires, he wants a final chance at the world title-and he doesn't need some New Age gypsy telling him how to do his job. But when the stunning trainer with the magical hands repairs more than his worn muscles, everything changes. Soon Cam finds himself trying to persuade Katya to forgive her past so she can build a future...with him.

Hearing that Laura Drake’s The Sweet Spot won the 2014 Romance Writers of America RITA award for Best First Book intrigued my interest in her work. Although I know little to nothing about rodeos, or bull riding, the heroine’s profession in Sweet on You appealed to me. After reading the book, it's clear that Drake is an author that unhurriedly and thoroughly builds a strong emotional bond first, and I appreciate that.

[A strong foundation for love!...]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Emmy Nominees from Elba, Ejiofor, Driver, and More!

Don CheadleThe Emmys are August 25 and some winners have already been announced. Your favorite show might have swept the nominations or been totally snubbed, but these actors really take the (beef)cake when it comes to talent and looks.

Check out all the nominees and winners here.

What favorite shows got snubbed and what ones are you routing for? Let us know in the comments—and as always, share pics of your favorite stars!

[This might be our biggest serving of beefcake yet...]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 4:00pm

First Look: Anna Campbell’s What a Duke Dares (August 26, 2014)

What Duke Dares by Anna CampbellAnna Campbell
What a Duke Dares (Sons of Sin #3)
Grand Central / August 26, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

What woman in her right mind would say no to marrying the dashing Duke of Sedgemoor? Miss Penelope Thorne, that's who. She's known Camden Rothermere since they were children-and she also knows she'd bring nothing but scandal to his name.

Cam can hardly believe Penelope turned down his proposal. But if she wants to run off to the Continent and set the rumor mill ablaze, he can't stop her. Then her brother's dying request sends him to bring home the one woman he thought he'd finally gotten over.

The only way they'll both get back to London without their reputations in tatters is to pretend they're married during the journey. That means kissing like they mean it and even sharing a bed-until it becomes hard to tell where the game ends and true desire begins . . .

At the Romantic Times Convention in May, Lisa Kleypas declared during a panel that what she hopes for the future of historical romance is a return to the lush, sweeping, epic dramas of the past. In my mind, this is some delicious cross between bodice rippers that got our blood pumping and the tamer but still romantic and memorable historical hits of recent years. And What a Duke Dares, the third novel in Anna Campbell's Sons of Sin series, is a good start to usher in this hybrid that represents the best of both worlds.

[Dare to tell us more!...]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 2:53pm

H&H Debriefing: Gothic Heroes!

Another day, another way to follow H&H—we're now on YouTube! Subscribe to the HeroesnHearts channel to catch weekly Debriefings in which Team H&H's Heather, Megan, and Jenn discuss what's hot in romance.

In this week's episode, we tackle Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Heroes Are My Weakness, which Megan is reading now and for which H&H has a sexy excerpt here, with a guest post from SEP herself to come on Monday. Then the convo turns to our general love of Gothic romances and their delicously brooding heroes.

Missed last week's? Catch up on our chat about identifying as romance fans here; we'd love to hear your experiences too!

*Note: For some reason Heather says our SEP excerpt is from Chapter 3 but she's crazy so just ignore that; it's a selected scene from later on in the book.

Fri
Aug 22 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s Evernight (August 26, 2014)

Evernight by Kristen CallihanKristen Callihan
Evernight (Darkest London #5)
Forever / August 26, 2014 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital

Once the night comes . . .

Will Thorne is living a nightmare, his sanity slowly being drained away by a force he can't control. His talents have made him the perfect assassin for hire. But as he loses his grip on reality, there is no calming him-until he finds his next target: the mysterious Holly Evernight.

Love must cast aside the shadows

Holly cannot fathom who would put a contract on her life, yet the moment she touches Will, the connection between them is elemental, undeniable-and she's the only one who can tame his bouts of madness. But other assassins are coming for Holly. Will must transform from killer to protector and find the man who wants Holly dead . . . or his only chance for redemption will be lost.

Ever since she burst on to the scene with the inventive and powerfully romantic Firelight back in 2012, Kristen Callihan has been turning out unique and gripping tales that put the steam in steampunk. Even beyond her dense plots and compelling love stories, she’s a master at world-building. Each of her novels is a magnificent edifice in which Victorian London, with its bustle and damp and grime and energy, forms the foundation; the supernatural, including werewolves, ghosts, and an array of other creatures, forms the walls, and the whole is topped off with clever mechanical innovation. Dirigibles float serenely across Callihan’s London sky, while on the ground ghosts with hearts that tick like clocks move with ease among the unaware populace, mingling with werewolves, fae, angels, and vampires.

[Ever-inventive!...]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Not Quite a Wife: Exclusive Excerpt

Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney

Marry in haste, repent at leisure.

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent…except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife.

Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl—until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest.

Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love….

Get a sneak peek of Mary Jo Putney's Not Quite a Wife (available August 26, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Laurel.  Kirkland gradually rose from darkness to awareness, drifting in a sea of well-being.  He’d dreamed of his wife, which wasn’t unusual, but most of the time, she vanished when he took her in his arms, leaving him aching with loneliness and frustration.  This time he’d had one of his rare dreams of satisfaction, and with a degree of realism that was searing.

But consciousness would not be denied.  He had a large inventory of aches and pains, including a throbbing head.  What had happened?  And where was he? 

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Fri
Aug 22 2014 11:00am

A Sigh of Lovers: Top 5 Nora Roberts Couples

Carnal Innocence by Nora RobertsSince I have read nearly every novel Nora Roberts has written, I had an enormous sigh of lovers to consider in selecting a top five. I could have chosen a top twenty more easily. But after due consideration, these five are the couples that I love most together. They are not necessarily the heroes I consider most swoon-worthy or the heroines I most admire or the books at the top of my keeper list but rather those whose HEAs I believe in most wholeheartedly.

5. Caroline Waverly and Tucker Longstreet, Carnal Innocence (1991)
Burned out concert violinist Caroline, a Yankee who retreats to the small-town South after a breakdown, and wealthy, laidback Southern charmer Tucker, who is practically legendary for his allergy to commitment, are no one’s idea of a perfect match. Tucker, a connoisseur of beautiful women, finds Caro captivating from the beginning, but she is unimpressed with him until she becomes aware of the substance beneath the good-old-boy façade. Caroline is hungry for connection and for love based on who she is rather than on her talent, and Tucker has a great capacity for love as evidenced by his devotion to his messed up family and his anonymous acts of charity. Both characters are more than the sum of their parts, and at heart, they are more alike than different.

[Did your favorites make the list?...]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 9:30am

First Look: Mary Jo Putney’s Not Quite a Wife (August 26, 2014)

Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo PutneyMary Jo Putney
Not Quite a Wife
Zebra / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print, $7.59 digital

James, Lord Kirkland, owns a shipping fleet, half a London gaming house, and is a ruthlessly effective spymaster. He is seldom self-indulgent...except when it comes to the gentle, indomitable beauty who was once his wife. Laurel Herbert gave James her heart as an innocent young girl - until she saw him perform an act of shocking violence before her very eyes. That night she left her husband, and he let her go without a word of protest. Now, ten years later, a chance encounter turns passionate, with consequences that cannot be ignored. But as they try to rebuild what was broken, they must face common enemies and a very uncommon love.

Very often in romance, the hero will kill someone during the novel, especially if he is in the Spy Biz. The deed is usually done without much thought or care for the consequences—the villain needed killing, so he was killed. But what happens when the novel's heroine is a very moral person with a deep sense of what is right and wrong? What if she can't accept that the man she loves is an instrument of death? This is the theme Mary Jo Putney explores in her latest novel, Not Quite a Wife.

[Troubled times ahead!...]

Fri
Aug 22 2014 8:15am

What is Your #FridayReads?

Fiance by Friday by Catherine Bybee

Each week on our Facebook page, we ask the H&H community what they're reading. Today we'd like to extend the conversation over here, and ask you guys what you're reading.

So what book is making your Friday even better? 

Thu
Aug 21 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Christine Warren’s Stone Cold Lover (August 26, 2014)

Stone Cold Lover by Christine Warren

Christine Warren
Stone Cold Lover (Gargoyle #2)
St. Martin's Press / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

Art restorer Felicity “Fil” Shaltis can read the magic in auras, but her fascination with a valuable statue her friend Ella Harrow asks her to locate is purely artistic. At least until the fierce stone gargoyle comes to life as a powerful, and powerfully hot, immortal warrior, who promptly saves her life from a cultist set on destroying them both. Suddenly “chiseled good looks” takes on a whole new meaning…

Spar expected nothing less than one of the seven demons of the Dark to wake him—and instead finds himself the unlikely savior of a spirited human female who now bears the mark of the demon. As one of seven Guardians created to vanquish the Darkness, Spar has no time for love—but he can’t deny that his destiny is clearly entwined with Fil’s. To battle the looming threat to humanity, first Spar must save the woman who summoned him...

Christine Warren’s second Gargoyles story, Stone Cold Lover, takes up just days after we left Ella Harrow and Kees. They located another possible Guardian frozen in his stone sleep near Ella’s college friend Felicity Shaltis in Montreal. With the Guild members missing and many of the Warden’s dead, Ella and Kees are hoping that Felicity’s ability to see auras creates enough magic to wake other Guardian, or the nocturnis and the Darkness may just win against the Light. But maybe they should have mentioned to Fil that there was more to it than just locating a statute?

[Like that the statue is a gargoyle...?]