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Tue
Jul 29 2014 11:04am

Cedar Cove Season 2, Episode 2 Recap: Baby Daddy

Maryellen and Grace in Cedar Cove 2x02Cedar Cove, the Hallmark Channel television series based on Debbie Macomber's romance novel series of the same name and starring Andie MacDowell, is back for Season 2 and H&H is all over it! Stay tuned for weekly recaps of this year's small-town shenanigans, and if you're just catching up, be sure to go back and read Rachel Hyland's Season 1 posts.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Cedar Cove, including Saturday night’s 2x02, “Letting Go: Part 2.”

Who knew Cedar Cove had the power to surprise me? Oh, not in terms of plot twists or anything—I have read the Debbie Macomber books on which the show is based, and while their fairly forgettable details may not exactly stand out in my mind, I well recall the general gist, the vibe of each novel’s relationship rollercoaster(s). And even where the books and series diverge, well, it’s hardly The Sixth Sense. But the fact that this episode provided some of the most romantic and exhilarating moments the show has ever given us courtesy of, of all people, John Bowman (Charlie Carrick) and Maryellen (Elyse Levesque)... well, I never would have believed it possible.

Let us see how that happened, shall we? One couple at a time...

OLIVIA AND JACK

Cedar Cove royalty Jack (Dylan Neal) and Olivia (Andie McDowell) continue to wrangle with Jack’s sulky son Eric (Tom Stevens) and his recalcitrant inamorata this week as an emotional Shelly (Hayley Sayles) still lies abed at the (surprisingly state-of-the-art) local hospital on the very verge of a) having a baby and b) giving up said baby for adoption, to the never-ending whining protest of Eric.

[Quit yer cryin', dude...]

Tue
Jul 29 2014 9:47am

J.R. Ward Announces New Series: The Bourbon Kings!

An Irresistible Bachelor by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward has signed a three-book deal for a contemporary romance series called “The Bourbon Kings.” The first book will come out in late 2015, and the series will delve into "the intertwined fortunes of several ultrawealthy Kentucky families who have made their fortunes from bourbon.”

Ward, writing as Jessica Bird, has published contemporary romances before (including An Irresistible Bachelor, pictured here), but these will be the first contemporary books she's written since starting the Black Dagger Brotherhood.

Have you read Ward's contemporaries before? Are you intrigued by the idea of this series? 

Tue
Jul 29 2014 9:20am

First Look: Pamela Morsi’s Mr. Right Goes Wrong (July 29, 2014)

Mr. Right Goes Wrong by Pamela MorsiPamela Morsi
Mr. Right Goes Wrong
Harlequin MIRA / July 29, 2014 / $7.99, print & digital

No More Mr. Nice Guy

Like a bad-choice-making boomerang, Mazy Gulliver has returned to her mom's tiny house in Brandt Mountain. But this time, she's got her teenage son, Tru, in tow and no intention of messing up ever again. Mazy’s so determined to rebuild her life she hardly minds being the new loan collector, or even working for Tad, her ex. She's not here to make friends—or fall in love.

Sweet, dependable Eli Latham has loved Mazy since they got pretend married in second grade. But after being burned by Mazy for two decades, Eli's got a new strategy. Mazy likes bad boys, so a bad boy is what he'll be. How hard can it be to act like a jerk?

Not for the first time, men are making Mazy crazy, though she's determined to do what's right for her and Tru.  But breaking old habits is hard, and if she really wants things to change she'll have to face her biggest adversary: herself.

Looking for a different type of heroine, perhaps one who is imperfect?  The heroine of Pamela Morsi's Mr. Right Goes Wrong just can’t seem to quit making the same mistake over and over again—getting involved with losers.

When Mazy was in high school she got intentionally pregnant by Tad Driscoll. Tall, dark, handsome, rich—captain of the basketball team and class president—Tad is every girl’s dream guy, except he is a first class jerk, as Mazy soon discovers. After she told him she was pregnant, he denied that the baby was his, and Mazy was left to raise her son, Tru, alone. But that one experience didn’t faze her as she bounced from one bad relationship to another.  The only time she found solace with a nice guy was when she rebounded—not once, but twice into the arms of Eli Latham.  And while she never intentionally wanted to hurt her son, her choices have done exactly that: 

[Not really anything to be proud of, until Tru...]

Tue
Jul 29 2014 8:20am

Which Couple Has the Best Chemistry?

Eric and Sookie in True Blood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of us have our favorite couples from romance novels, and usually what makes them our favorite is that the characters separate are fine, but together, their chemistry is explosive, and you can't imagine any other person being a better fit for them.

Which couple has the best chemistry?

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Mon
Jul 28 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Sherry Thomas’s My Beautiful Enemy (August 5, 2014)

My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry ThomasSherry Thomas
My Beautiful Enemy
Berkley / August 5, 2014 / $7.99, print & digital

Hidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man’s. Although this has taken her far in the world, she still doesn’t have the one thing she craves: the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she’s ever loved, the only person to ever betray her.

Despite the scars Catherine left him, Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him. When she unexpectedly reappears in his life, he refuses to get close to her. But he cannot deny the yearning she reignites in his heart.

Their reunion, however, plunges them into a web of espionage, treachery, and deadly foes. With everything at stake, Leighton and Catherine are forced to work together to find a way out. If they are ever to find safety and happiness, they must first forgive and learn to trust each other again…

Wow. I loved this book. There are so many Good Things I could talk about, but I want to highlight something that Sherry Thomas does that almost no one else does well: The Flashback.

We meet Catherine Blade in “present day” Victorian England, as she is getting off a boat from India and being introduced to the family of fellow boat passengers when she hears a voice.

[A voice that's very familiar...]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 3:28pm

Sarah MacLean Offers a Peek at Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover!

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean has just released a sneak peek at her forthcoming release, Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover, the fourth (and highly-anticipated) book in the RITA award-winning Rule of Scoundrels series.

**The excerpt below contains SPOILERS for earlier books in the series. Read at your own risk.**

March 1823
Leighton Manor

“I love you.”

 Three strange, small words that held so much power.

Not that Lady Georgiana Pearson—daughter of one duke and sister to another, child of honor and duty and pristine presentation, and perfectly bred female of the ton—had ever heard them.

Aristocrats did not love.

And if they did, they most certainly did not do something so base as to admit it.

So it was a shock, frankly, that the words spilled from her lips with such ease and comfort and truth. But Georgiana had never in her sixteen years believed anything so well, and she had never been so quickly rid of the shackles of expectation that came with her name and her past and her family.

Yes. Love had freed her.

Read the rest at Sarah MacLean's site.

Mon
Jul 28 2014 2:00pm

July 2014 New Adult Roundup: Solace in the Arms of a Bad Boy

Whiskey Prince by Toni AleoThis month’s New Adult releases seem to be filled with angst and despair. New Adult is defined by vicissitudes of life; these books highlight the transitions and growth experienced by all characters. But, of course, what’s life without some funny moments to break up the tension. I laughed, I cried but overall these books brought on some major feels. What stood out for me was the support these characters were able to find in unlikely places and the independence that it spurred.

A tale of love and loss, Whiskey Prince by Toni Aleo finds the right balance between the two. After losing both of her parents, Amberlyn follows her late mother’s advice and travels to Ireland to live with an aunt and uncle she’s never met. Trying to work past her grief and find a new path in life, she tends bar at the family pub. While seeking solitude, Amberlyn encounters Declan, heir to the O’Callaghan Distillery and local royalty known popularly as the “Whiskey Prince,” and a connection is made. Declan is a bit of a recluse due to a traumatic event involving his sister. He finally comes out of his shell when his parents hand him an ultimatum, get married or lose the Distillery. Set against the backdrop of Ireland, this story brings two people together who need each other to start their next journey in life.

[It got these Irish eyes smiling...]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Magic Breaks: Exclusive Excerpt

Ilona Andrews

 Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews

No matter how much the paranormal politics of Atlanta change, one thing always remains the same: if there’s trouble, Kate Daniels will be in the middle of it.

As the mate of the Beast Lord, Curran, former mercenary Kate Daniels has more responsibilities than it seems possible to juggle. Not only is she still struggling to keep her investigative business afloat, she must now deal with the affairs of the pack, including preparing her people for attack from Roland, a cruel ancient being with god-like powers. Since Kate’s connection to Roland has come out into the open, no one is safe—especially those closest to Kate.

As Roland’s long shadow looms ever nearer, Kate is called to attend the Conclave, a gathering of the leaders from the various supernatural factions in Atlanta. When one of the Masters of the Dead is found murdered there, apparently at the hands of a shapeshifter, Kate is given only twenty-four hours to hunt down the killer. And this time, if she fails, she’ll find herself embroiled in a war which could destroy everything she holds dear.

Get a sneak peek of Ilona Andrews’s Magic Breaks (available July 29, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Kate, this is really dangerous,” Ascanio said.

Teenage shapeshifters have an interesting definition of “dangerous.” Lyc-V, the virus responsible for their existence, regenerates their bodies at an accelerated rate, so getting stabbed means a nap followed by a really big dinner, and a broken leg would equal two weeks of taking it easy and then running a marathon with no problems. On top of being a shapeshifter, Ascanio was an adolescent male and a bouda, or werehyena, who were in a category all their own when it came to taking risks. Usually when a bouda said that something was dangerous, it meant it could instantly incinerate you and spread the ashes to the wind.

“Alright,” I said. “Hold the rope.”

[Log in or register to read an excerpt of Magic Breaks…]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 11:30am

New The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer!

“No one else can do this but her.”

The latest trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 is out, and shows the ramifications of what happened in Catching Fire, when certain people were revealed as being secret rebel sympathisers, and Katniss Everdeen had to make choices that would change her life forever. 

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 comes out November 21, 2014. 

Mon
Jul 28 2014 10:50am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 6 Recap: In The Wake of Hep-V

Sookie and Jason in True Blood 7x06Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 6, “Karma.” Enjoy!

Pam and Eric were so close to catching Sarah Newlin last episode. They’d tracked her down to a Republican fundraiser in Dallas, but she slipped through their grips as the Yakuza arrived. (Yes, this season is so crazy that we have to mention the Yakuza in casual sentences.) Sookie finally grieved over the loss of Alcide, but we don’t think Bill is actually friendzoned yet. Though, he now has Hep-V, so anything could happen.

There was major progress on the ‘shipping front as James and Lafayette hooked up—only to have Jessica catch them in the act. Then she slept with Jason, and Violet knows about it.

As this week’s episode is titled “Karma,” we expect there will be a reckoning or two. Probably with Violet involved.

[And here's how it all played out...]

Mon
Jul 28 2014 8:10am

What Job Should the Next Wave of Heroes Do?

It's hard to believe (hi, Kylie Scott and Olivia Cunning!), but it used to be that rock star heroes were supposedly a hard sell to romance readers. Now it seems that doctors and lawyers are scarcer, while tattooed artists, bikers, club owners, and even criminals are de rigeur in romance.

So we want to know—what job will the next group of heroes come from? Or what profession would you like to see more heroes doing?

Sun
Jul 27 2014 12:52am

RWA Announces 2014 RITA and Golden Heart Winners

Tonight, the RWA capped off its 2014 conference with the annual RITA  and Golden Hearts awards ceremony. Relive the event through our Twitter feed or read on for a complete list of this year's uber-talented winners!

(Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association for romance writers. Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.)

And the 2014 RITAs went to (drumroll, please!):

Best First Book

The Sweet Spot by Laura Drake (Grand Central/Forever)

Paranormal Romance

The Firebird by Susanna Kearsley (Sourcebooks/Landmark)

Erotic Romance

Claim Me by J. Kenner (Random House/Bantam)

Contemporary Romance

Crazy Thing Called Love by Molly O'Keefe (Random House/Ballantine Bantam Dell)

Inspirational Romance

Five Days in Skye by Carla Laureano (David C. Cook)

[Read the complete list here...]

Sun
Jul 27 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Nicola Cornick’s Claimed by the Laird (July 29, 2014)

Nicola Cornick
Claimed by the Laird (Scottish Brides #3)
Harlequin HQN / July 29, 2014 / $7.99, print & digital

He will expose her as the criminal he seeks, or seduce her as the woman he desires…

An old maid—that's all Lady Christina McMorlan, daughter to the Duke of Forres, is to society now that she's past thirty. She hosts her father's parties and cares for her siblings, knowing she'll never have her own home and family. She has no time to pine, however. By night, she's The Lady, head of a notorious whiskey-smuggling gang that supports her impoverished clan. They're always one step ahead of the revenue man—until Lucas Black shows up.

Rejecting his title and the proper society that disparaged his mother, Lucas earns his living running a successful gambling house. He's also a spy, charged with bringing down the Forres Gang. He thinks The Lady's just a bored society spinster. She thinks he's a lost child playing at rebellion. And when the truth comes out, it's not just their love on the line.

What would a spinster daughter-to-a-duke and a smuggler on the edge of society have in common? More than you would think. They are both living in the shadows. Christina’s brother-in-law Jack tells Lucas that she is “easy to overlook.”

“Christina’s self-effacing, the old spinsterish sister. No one notices her.”

Lucas found that hard to believe when both Lucy and her sister Mairi McMorlan, Jack’s wife, were stunningly pretty, diamonds of the first order. He felt an odd, protective pang of pity for the colorless Lady Christina, living in their shadow, the duke’s unmarried daughter.

[She's about to step out of the shadow...]

Sat
Jul 26 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

My Beautiful Enemy: Exclusive Excerpt

Sherry Thomas

My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas

A beautiful and cunning woman meets her match in a man just as dangerous and seductive as she is, putting both her heart and her future at risk…...

Hidden beneath Catherine Blade’s uncommon beauty is a daring that matches any man’s. Although this has taken her far in the world, she still doesn’t have the one thing she craves: the freedom to live life as she chooses. Finally given the chance to earn her independence, who should be standing in her way but the only man she’s ever loved, the only person to ever betray her.

Despite the scars Catherine left him, Captain Leighton Atwood has never been able to forget the mysterious girl who once so thoroughly captivated him. When she unexpectedly reappears in his life, he refuses to get close to her. But he cannot deny the yearning she reignites in his heart.

Their reunion, however, plunges them into a web of espionage, treachery, and deadly foes. With everything at stake, Leighton and Catherine are forced to work together to find a way out. If they are ever to find safety and happiness, they must first forgive and learn to trust each other again…

Get a sneak peek of Sherry Thomas's My Beautiful Enemy (available August 5, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

England
1891

Most of the time, Leighton Atwood could hike for fifteen miles and not feel a twinge of discomfort, his limbs as fresh and nimble as those of an adolescent. This state of health and well-being would go on for weeks, sometimes months. And then, without warning, without rhyme or reason, the agony would return, like a hook piercing through his flesh.

In much the same way, the girl from Chinese Turkestan would fade from mind, long enough for him to almost believe that she no longer mattered to him. To almost cease turning sharply in the street when a dark-haired woman of similar figure and gait passed by. But the memories always came back: her face in the firelight, her laughter, the dirty overcoat she had worn as part of her disguise, the embroidery on the lapels hopelessly soiled.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of My Beautiful Enemy...]

Sat
Jul 26 2014 10:00am

First Look: Sophie Jordan’s A Good Debutante’s Guide to Ruin (July 29, 2014)

A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin by Sophie JordanSophie Jordan
A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin
Avon / July 29, 2014 / $7.99, print / $6.99, digital

The last woman on earth he would ever touch . . .

Declan, the Duke of Banbury, has no interest in ushering Rosalie Hughes, his stepsister, into society. Dumped on him with nowhere else to go, he's determined to rid himself of the headstrong debutante by bestowing on her an obscenely large dowry . . . making her the most sought-after heiress of the Season.

. . . is about to become the only one he wants

But Rosalie isn't about to go along with Declan's plans. Surrounded by fortune hunters, how is she supposed to find a man who truly wants her? Taking control of her fate, Rosalie dons a disguise and sneaks into Sodom, a private club host to all manner of illicit activity—and frequented by her infuriatingly handsome stepbrother.

In a shadowed alcove, Declan can't resist the masked temptress who sets his blood afire . . . any more than Rosalie can deny her longing for a man who will send her into ruin.

The best thing about A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin, the first book in Sophie Jordan's new Debutante Files series, is that it not only features that forbidden stepbrother/stepsister theme, it celebrates it. Declan and Rosalie were thrown together as children, raised under the same household when their parents married, but upon his father's death, Rosalie and her mother were cast out and Declan and Rosalie went their separate ways. Not only have they not seen each other in years, they don't have much in common anymore, he the wealthy prince – or duke, as the case may be – she the lowly pauper. Until the day when Rosalie returns to her stepbrother's doorstep, needing him once again.

[A little taboo...]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Hero Inspiration from Gandy, Armitage, and More!

Many authors look to real-life celebrities for inspiration when they start writing their books. Some authors even have Tumblrs and Pinterest Boards devoted to their inspiration. Since so many authors have gathered in San Antonio for the Annual Romance Writers of America convention, we've decided to do a little hero worship of our own with some of the celebrities and models we've heard inspired authors through the years.

[There's more where that came from...]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Manda Collins’s Why Lords Lose Their Hearts (July 29, 2014)

Why Lords Lose Their Hearts by Manda CollinsManda Collins
Why Lords Lose Their Hearts

St. Martin's Press / July 29, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

Perdita, the widowed Duchess of Ormond, keeps a dangerous secret—the truth of how her brutish husband died. But a mysterious avenger seems to know it, too, and when anonymous threats turn into public attacks, there’s only one friend she can turn to for help—her husband’s former secretary, Lord Archer Lisle. The man who witnessed her every heartache. The kind of man whose love she can only dream of…

The youngest of the Duke of Pemberton’s five sons, Lord Archer Lisle is used to waiting his turn. For years, he could only stand by, seething, as Perdita suffered at the hands of her husband, but now she’s under threat from another source—one who will stop at nothing to make her pay for the late duke’s death. But the good-natured Archer can be dangerous when crossed—and he’ll do anything to keep the woman he’s adored for so long safe in his arms…

For the third and final installment of the Wicked Widows trilogy, Why Lords Lose Their Hearts, Manda Collins does a brilliant job at building the suspense, with a strong element of danger and paranoia that will keep you on edge even as you root for the romance. The heroine, Perdita, was in an abusive marriage to the Duke of Ormond. The hero, Lord Archer, is the youngest son of a Duke, and also the secretary to the Duke of Ormond. Don’t be fooled, he is a lion wearing lamb’s wool. Underneath the appearance of being just another loyal “employee” he is quite the force to be reckoned with, especially when it comes to going after what he wants and protecting Perdita. But he wasn’t an alpha hero in an over intimidating way.

[But we think there are other things to be intimidated by in this book...]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 12:30pm

Trope of the Month: Time Travel Romances

Beyond the Highland Mist by Karen Marie MoningAcademically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.

Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).

You will meet a mysterious stranger...from another time! Whether it's Outlander sending Claire back in time to Jamie, or throwing a Medieval knight into modern times, time travel books combine old-world romance with new world intricacies! Many people ponder the question of ”If you could visit any time period, what would it be?" Books give us the opportunity to do that—and time travel romances afford us the option of seeing how a character survives that very question!

Here are a few recommendations for this trope off the top of our heads:

What books would you suggest for fellow readers with a need to travel back in time?

Fri
Jul 25 2014 11:30am

Downton Abbey Cast Teases Season (Series) 5—Plus Premiere Date!

Cora Crawley in Downton Abbey**SPOILER Alert: If you haven't caught up to all four seasons of Downton Abbey look away—fetch a cup of tea!**

American viewers have to wait until January 2015 for the fifth season of Downton Abbey, but UK watchers will be able to see series five in just a few short months. In a press conference earlier this week, Michelle Dockery (Lady Mary), Joanne Froggatt (Anna Bates), Laura Carmichael (Lady Edith), Allen Leech (Tom Branson), and executive producer Gareth Neame spilled some tid bits about the upcoming season.

The obvious plot point that needs to be dealt with is Anna and Bates. After Anna was raped last season, her sense of self (and safety) were severely rocked—as was her relationship with Bates. But now, the cast hints, Bates might have found a way of healing Anna...by killing her rapist!? Maybe, maybe not! That apparently will be a major plot point in the Bates/Anna realm, and Frogatt said even Anna will be struggling with Bates's innocence:

In her heart of hearts, she has this doubt, it just doesn’t leave her. It’s something that sort of haunts her in season five, it’s this niggle, that there are so many coincidences.

Do you think Bates is going to go back for another round in prison? How do you feel if that happened? Were you among those who was tired of the Anna arc by the end of Season 4?

The other major news surrounds Lady Mary, who had a shocking end to her marriage to Matthew when former co-star Dan Stevens elected to not renew his contract—and therefore was killed off! She now has a few love interests on the horizon, and might finally be getting her groove back!

Downton Abbey Season (Series) 5 will be premiering in the U.S. on PBS on January 4, 2015. Can't wait? We'll be recapping it here starting in late September as it premieres in the U.K.

For all Downton Abbey news and recaps, head to our collection page, or subscribe to our newsletter to be among the first readers to get all the romance news!

Fri
Jul 25 2014 9:30am

First Look: C.L. Wilson’s The Winter King (July 29, 2014)

The Winter King by C.L. WilsonC.L. Wilson
The Winter King
Avon / July 29, 2014 / $7.99 print / $6.99 digital

After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.

Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.

As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.

In C.L. Wilson’s The Winter King, our two main characters, Khamsin and Wynter, are polar opposites. Their contrasting affinities for hot and cold and fire and ice are constant and make any connection between the two seem wholly unfathomable. But connect they must, as a result of the peace treaty agreed upon by Khamsin Coruscate’s father, King Verdan, and his nemesis, Wynter Atralian, The Winter King.

[Opposites attract, right?]