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August 29, 2014
Friday Beefcake: Back to School Edition 2014
Team H & H
August 29, 2014
You Down with OTP?
Sandy Hall
August 28, 2014
Alcoholic and Addicted Heroes
Willa aka willaful
August 27, 2014
Second Chances in Lori Foster’s No Limits
Tori Benson
August 27, 2014
The August 2014 Women’s Fiction Roundup
Leigh Davis
Wed
Aug 27 2014 10:45am

First Look: Lauren Jameson’s Linger (September 2, 2014)

Linger by Lauren JamesonLauren Jameson
Linger
Penguin / September 2, 2014 / $15.00, print / $5.99, digital

On her last night in Nevada before embarking on a yearlong veterinary internship, Scarlett Malone is celebrating—and looking for one night of incredible pleasure. But the man who draws her eye is not her usual type: He’s a cowboy whose alpha-male tendencies tempt her beyond belief. Scarlett can’t understand why she wants this man and no one else, but she’s determined to entice him to submit.…

Dr. Logan Brody lives an isolated life in rural Montana, running a ranch and suppressing his submissive tendencies. Only on his occasional trips does he give into his hidden urges. He can’t deny his scorching attraction to Scarlett or that she makes him want more, but he never lets anyone break him down fully. He’s hers for one night and one night only.

But when Scarlett shows up at Logan’s door as his intern for the year, he realizes that the walls around his heart are about to crumble—and that this sexy dominant woman has no intention of letting him keep control.…

Nothing causes pages to burn quite like a submissive alpha male cowboy and a Mistress determined to make him hers.  Lauren Jameson’s Linger is a stunningly sexy concoction that weaves together two souls with a taste for volcanic-hot sex.  Scarlett Malone is just about to leave her home for a veterinary internship.  City life doesn’t teach a veterinarian all of the in’s and out’s of large animal care, and the only way to get the needed hands-on experience is to work under someone who takes care of those big animals on a day-to-day basis.  This means going out into the quiet countryside of Montana and leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind.

Before Scarlett leaves for a year, she takes one more night to fulfill her sexual desires.  A rich friend of hers owns one of the hottest BDSM clubs in the area; she has trained to be a Mistress and has more than her share of fans.  That final night, Scarlett enters the club to see a man that she has to have.  A tall cowboy with a beautiful body—a cowboy who may very well be a Master himself—immediately catches her attention.  Scarlett is in luck: her cowboy is a submissive, if an alpha one, and the challenge he will provide her is just what she needs. 

[Challenge accepted...]

Wed
Aug 27 2014 9:30am

Beginning Anew in the August 2014 Women’s Fiction Roundup

Small Blessings by Martha WoodroofAugust women’s fiction releases cover all the bases, from a thrilling mystery set in Australia to humorous romances set in and around the English countryside. Several books have a Southern setting, in a not so distant past, and you have small town settings on the west coast, and a quiet college town. A common theme runs through all of them—of new beginnings, and the need for change, courage and resolve.

Small Blessing by Martha Woodroof

…an inspiring tale of a small-town college professor, a remarkable new woman at the bookshop, and the ten-year old son he never knew he had.

Tom Putnam has resigned himself to a quiet and half-fulfilled life. An English professor in a sleepy college town, he spends his days browsing the Shakespeare shelves at the campus bookstore, managing the oddball faculty in his department and caring, alongside his formidable mother-in-law, for his wife Marjory, a fragile shut-in with unrelenting neuroses, a condition exacerbated by her discovery of Tom’s brief and misguided affair with a visiting poetess a decade earlier.

Then, one evening at the bookstore, Tom and Marjory meet Rose Callahan, the shop's charming new hire, and Marjory invites Rose to their home for dinner, out of the blue, her first social interaction since her breakdown. Tom wonders if it’s a sign that change is on the horizon, a feeling confirmed upon his return home, where he opens a letter from his former paramour, informing him he'd fathered a son who is heading Tom's way on a train. His mind races at the possibility of having a family after so many years of loneliness…

A heartwarming story with a charmingly imperfect cast of characters to cheer for, Small Blessings's wonderfully optimistic heart that reminds us that sometimes, when it feels like life has veered irrevocably off track, the track shifts in ways we never can have imagined.

Strengths: Unconventional characters; unique plot; warm, inspiring message, surrogate family bonds; charming
Measure of Love: Tablespoon
Introspective Level: Medium

[What else is on the dockett?]

Wed
Aug 27 2014 8:21am

Time Traveling, Your Way: Would You Rather Be Claire or Jamie?

Hugh Jackman in Kate & Leopold Outlander, as we know, has a heroine who falls back through time. In other scenarios, a person from the past comes to the present (Kate and Leopold, Sleepy Hollow).If you had to choose, which would you prefer?

a. Being a present-day person falling back through time (like Claire)

b. Being the person who encounters the time traveler (like Jamie)
c. Being a past person who travels to the present (like Leopold or Ichabod)
d. Being the person who encounters the time traveler (like Kate or Abbie)

And why?

Tue
Aug 26 2014 5:15pm

First Look: Elizabeth Vail’s The Duke of Snow and Apples (August 26, 2014)

The Duke of Snow and Apples by Elizabeth VailElizabeth Vail
The Duke of Snow and Apples
Entangled / August 26, 2014 / $0.99 digital

Frederick Snow, first footman, is the perfect servant: efficient, hardworking, and completely bereft of emotion. Unbeknownst to his employers, he’s the lost Duke of Snowmont, on the run from a suspicious stepfather and a powerful magic he can only control by burying his passions beneath his frosty demeanor. He's managed to hide behind his carefully ordered life until an impertinent miss arrives and challenges everything he thought he wanted.

If Charlotte Erlwood wants to land a wealthy, titled husband at her great aunt’s house party, she has to stop losing her temper – especially with inordinately handsome footmen. Perhaps if she recruits Frederick for her matrimonial schemes, she'll be able to direct her attention toward suitable single noblemen and away from inappropriate dalliances. But Frederick’s frigid control is no match for Charlotte’s irrepressible spirit, and her passionate kiss could summon the darker side of his magic...or wake his heart from its frozen sleep.

Elizabeth Vail's The Duke of Snow and Apples is an alternate-reality romance where magic is the norm and the gulf between the Pure-Blooded and Underfolk is even greater than that of your basic Regency-set Historical.

[Magic conflict!...]

Tue
Aug 26 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Heroes Are My Weakness (August 26, 2014)

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth PhillipsSusan Elizabeth Phillips
Heroes Are My Weakness
William Morrow / August 26, 2014 / $26.99 print / $15.99 digital

Deepest winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man. A woman.
Puppets. (Yes, puppets . . .)
And . . .
A mysterious house looming over the sea . . .
He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

Annie Hewitt has arrived on Peregrine Island in the middle of a snowstorm and at the end of her resources. She's broke, dispirited, but not quite ready to give up. Her red suitcases hold the puppets she uses to make her living: sensible Dilly, spunky Scamp, and Leo, the baddest of bad guys. Her puppets, the romantic novels she loves, and a little bit of courage are all she has left.

Annie couldn't be more ill prepared for what she finds when she reaches Moonraker Cottage or for the man who dwells in Harp House, the mysterious mansion that hovers above the cottage. When she was a teenager, he betrayed her in a way she can never forget or forgive. Now they're trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don't know how to mind their own business.

Is he the villain she remembers, or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.

Fans of Susan Elizabeth Phillips never know what to expect from one book to the next. From football, to computers, to matchmaking to the English nobility, she has done it all. My favorite book in terms of originality is Natural Born Charmer—it is not often that a hero meets his love interest while she is wearing a beaver costume.

[DAM, she's good!]

Tue
Aug 26 2014 3:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Heidi Cullinan, Lorelei James, and Brighton Walsh!

Covers for Heidi Cullinan, Brighton Walsh, and Lorelei JamesThis week we're thrilled to reveal the covers from Heidi Cullinan, Lorelei James, and Brighton Walsh. Each of these couples has barriers to their relationship—sometimes each other—but somehow, we think they'll work it out!

Take a look at the great covers for Brighton Walsh's Captive, Carry the Ocean by Heidi Cullinan, and Unraveled by Lorelei James, and learn more about the books.

[Peek behind the curtain to see all 3 covers!...]

Tue
Aug 26 2014 1:30pm

First Look: Jeaniene Frost’s The Beautiful Ashes (August 26, 2014)

The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene FrostJeaniene Frost
The Beautiful Ashes (Broken Destiny #1)
Harlequin / August 26, 2014 / $14.95 print, $7.99 digital

In a world of shadows, anything is possible. Except escaping your fate.

Ever since she was a child, Ivy has been gripped by visions of strange realms just beyond her own. But when her sister goes missing, Ivy discovers the truth is far worse—her hallucinations are real, and her sister is trapped in a parallel realm. And the one person who believes her is the dangerously attractive guy who's bound by an ancient legacy to betray her.

Adrian might have turned his back on those who raised him, but that doesn't mean he can change his fateno matter how strong a pull he feels toward Ivy. Together they search for the powerful relic that can save her sister, but Adrian knows what Ivy doesn't: that every step brings Ivy closer to the truth about her own destiny, and a war that could doom the world. Sooner or later, it will be Ivy on one side and Adrian on the other. And nothing but ashes in between.

Jeaniene Frost dives into a brand new world with the first book in her Broken Destiny trilogy, The Beautiful Ashes. With little preamble, we are thrown into Ivy’s world, where suddenly instead of the happy, cohesive family she’s always known, she now has a missing sister and dead parents—and can see into a parallel world made up of dark, disfigured facsimiles of our world and people.

[Into the darkness...]

Tue
Aug 26 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Dark Blood: Exclusive Excerpt

Christine Feehan

Dark Blood by Christine Feehan

At long last you are truly back with us...

Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan…

Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth

For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining.

Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear…

Get a sneak peek of Christine Feehan's Dark Blood (available September 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene. And comment below to be entered for a chance to win a copy of Dark Wolf, Dark Lycan, and Dark Blood.

Zev, you need to lie down now.

Zev tried not to smile at the bossy little note in her voice. He’d never been bossed around. His father had given up on telling him what to do by the time he was twelve. Already, he had become lead hunter of their pack. For her, to keep that worried look off her face, he complied, even though he knew movement was going to hurt like hell. Gritting his teeth, he eased back slowly. His face went white. He felt the color drain. Blood spread across his shirt again and a low hiss escaped between his teeth.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Dark Blood...and be entered for a chance to win a copy of the book...]

Tue
Aug 26 2014 11:00am

Action! Adventure! Larger-than-Life Heroes in Romantic Suspense

No Place to Hide by Shannon StaceyToday Heroes and Heartbreakers is delighted to welcome author Shannon Stacey. Shannon's No Place to Hide, the fourth book of her Devlin Group series, is a thrilling romantic ride with the hero having to protect the heroine from an assassin while he struggles with how important she's become to him. Shannon knows heroes, having written many memorable ones in her various series, so she's here to talk about what makes those heroes larger than life. Thanks, Shannon!

No matter the subgenre, a romance hero is always a little larger than life. When I’m asked why readers love the heroes in my contemporary romance series, I often say it’s because they’re the kind of guys who could be real, and who you could meet at gas station. That’s not really true, though. The chances of running into a smoking hot guy who’s great in bed, has plenty of money, a nice truck, loves and respects his family, and can drink a beer without belching is pretty slim.

The hero of an action-adventure romance, though, takes larger than life to an entirely new level. He’s everything listed above, plus he’s dangerous. His confidence comes from knowing he can and will take on anything that comes his way, and it’s incredibly sexy.

[Leave it to me, babe...]

Tue
Aug 26 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sandy Hall’s A Little Something Different (August 26, 2014)

A Little Something Different by Sandy HallSandy Hall
A Little Something Different
Swoon Reads / August 26, 2014 / $9.99 print, $7.12 digital

Lea and Gabe are in the same creative writing class. They get the same pop culture references, order the same Chinese food, and hang out in the same places. Unfortunately, Lea is reserved, Gabe has issues, and despite their initial mutual crush, it looks like they are never going to work things out.

But somehow even when nothing is going on, something is happening between them, and everyone can see it. 

You have heard the saying that it takes a village to raise a child—well, in this new playful release, A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall, it takes a village to get two crazy-for-each-other university students together.

Some of you might have never been shy or self-conscious in seeking out the object of your infatuation—you see someone you like, you strike up a conversation and if nothing comes of it, well, there are plenty of fish out there. But for those of you who've agonized over every sighting, explored every nuances of a simple one word conversation, like “hi,” be prepared to be thrown back to your youth with Hall’s amusing and tender story of two people finding their way to each other.

[Ahhhh, first love...]

Tue
Aug 26 2014 8:15am

What Book Are You Reading First?

Irresistible Force by D.D. AyresToday is a HUGE book release day, and as an avid reader (like we all are), chances are good you've been eagerly anticipating at least one of the books being released today, if not more.

So what book are you reading first? How do you decide what book to choose, if you've got more than one new release calling your name?

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?...]