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Thu
Sep 11 2014 12:00pm

Star-Struck and Bewitched: Top 5 Couples from Barbara Samuel

A Bed of Spices by Barbara SamuelIf I described my top five couples from the fiction of Barbara Samuel without giving title and author, you might justifiably conclude that the pairs figured as protagonists in novels by five different authors. How likely is it that a single author would write a cross-culture medieval set in 14th-century Germany, a contemporary featuring a recovering alcoholic heroine and a twice-divorced Native American hero, an American historical interracial romance set in WW II Texas, a contemporary romance/women’s fiction hybrid with a homecoming theme that pairs a heroine a few steps away from forty, responsible for a best friend dying of AIDS and a seventeen-year-old son, with a bad-boy, motorcycle-riding hero, and a women’s fiction novel with a biographer protagonist who falls in love with a needy, wounded blues aficionado who also raises orchids? But yet all these stories were penned by the remarkable Barbara Samuel, who has the gift of delivering a potent emotional punch in prose that falls on the ear like music and lingers in the memory like the lyrics of a favorite song.

5. Rica der Esslingen and Solomon ben Jacob, A Bed of Spices (1993)

Rica, the daughter of a German aristocrat, and Solomon, the son of a Jewish merchant, are separated by class, race, and religion, but these barriers are not enough to stop them from falling in love at first sight. Samuel’s description of their first awareness is perfection: “Like a lady stricken with the beauty of a knight in one of the poems the priest had forbidden her, Rica felt faint and star-struck and bewitched. She smiled at him. He swallowed, then glanced away quickly, a dusky stain on his cheekbones.” As they come to know each other, they fall more deeply in love, and with every scene, no matter how often I reread the book, I fall more deeply in love with these characters and this author.

[+ 4 more favorites...]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 9:30am

Top 5 Leading Ladies in Kinky Romance

Linger by Lauren JamesonToday H&H is joined by author Lauren Jameson, whose Linger is just out, and super-hot, pairing a female Dom with an Alpha male sub with some explosive results. Linger is unusual in that the Dom is female, although there are more of those pairings than you might think. And Lauren is here to share her five favorite dominant women in erotic fiction. Thanks, Lauren! 

1. Lauren in Holding The Cards by Joey W. Hill

This was the first BDSM story that I read with a dominant heroine. I was hesitant at first, and I know I’ve heard the same thing from many readers about Linger... they just don’t know if they’re going to enjoy that role reversal. But Joey Hill paints such an intensely beautiful, emotional connection between Lauren and Josh in this book that at the end that I absolutely feel in love with them both. And I want to say that by the end I didn’t care WHO was in charge, so long as they were together... but the characters were drawn in such a way that their dominance and submission was integral to who they were.

[And we're submitting to the gloriousness of this list...]

Thu
Sep 11 2014 8:19am

Throwback Thursday: Do You Recall Your First TSTL Heroine?

“How could she DO that?” Maybe you've asked that of a heroine from one (or more) of the romance novels you've read. She's put herself deliberately in danger, she hasn't spoken up when she should have, she's misunderstood something that was obvious to everyone else; if you've ever encountered one of these heroines, you have met a heroine who's Too Stupid to Live (TSTL, in shorthand romance terms).

Today for Throwback Thursday we'll ask—when's the first time you encountered a TSTL Heroine? 

Wed
Sep 10 2014 4:30pm

Hit the Road: Top 10 Motorcycle Club Heroes

Jax and Tara in Sons of Anarchy

Source: fanpop.com

As of last night,Sons of Anarchy is back on our TV screens. Jax Teller is the epitome of the MC hero: tough as nails attitude, loyal, caring and hoooooottttt. MC books have become quite the rage and it seems this type of hero won’t be fading away any time soon.

What makes a great MC hero? Tough love, alphatastic attitude, a deep loyalty for their brothers, and they’re incredibly sexy!

Here’s a list of my top gritty, rough and tumble, love to hate ‘em MC heroes (in no particular order):

[Let's get this show on the road...]

Wed
Sep 10 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Maggie Robinson’s The Unsuitable Secretary (September 16, 2014)

The Unsuitable Secretary by Maggie RobinsonMaggie Robinson
The Unsuitable Secretary
Penguin / September 16, 2014 / $4.99 digital

Harriet Benson takes her work at the Evensong Agency seriously, but lately, between convalescing from an illness and tending to her father and two young brothers, she’s had to shorten her hours. So when a promising position opens up for part time work, she immediately accepts, despite the fact that her new boss is scandalously indecent—and dangerously appealing.

Though his reputation paints him as a scoundrel, Sir Thomas Featherstone is more proper than anyone would guess. But Harriet’s wit and luscious curves are driving him to distraction. She’s the perfect woman to fill his office requirements, and other desperate needs he’s been ignoring…

Harriet has always held firm to the rule that a secretary must never fall in love with her employer. Only Thomas is determined to win her affections—and he’s willing to risk any cost to make her his…

The Unsuitable Secretary features two of romance readers' favorite tropes: the Virgin Hero and the Plus-size Heroine.

[Ooh! Not unsuitable at all!]

Wed
Sep 10 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Love on the Boardwalk: Exclusive Excerpt

Christi Barth

Atlantic City is the perfect place for detective Bradley Hudson to nurse his broken heart. A week of beer and strippers is sure to erase his former fiancée from his memory for good. What he didn’t count on was running into a sassy redhead from his past. Maybe a rebound romp is an even better plan…

Trina Trimble, private eye in training, is thrilled to be reunited with the hottie she almost hooked up with last summer. She’s undercover on her first solo case, but there’s always time to lock lips with a sexy cop. Besides, a fun fling with Brad doesn’t have to last beyond his week in town.

Brad and Trina are supposed to be just flirting, not forging a new forever. Brad’s still healing, and although Trina changes careers the way other women change shoes, she has finally found her calling in her new life of disguises and stakeouts. But when an irresistible job offer threatens to lure her away, Brad will need to decide to let her go or bet it all on love and risk his heart again.

Get a sneak peek at Christi Barth's Love on the Boardwalk (available September 22, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“How about we not talk about the past anymore? I’m here to forget it, remember?”

Good enough. Trina’s heart lurched into a skip. Or maybe that was all the blood pounding straight to her girly parts in anticipation. She curled her hand around his forearm. His thick, hard forearm. “I thought that if you were still at least a tiny bit sad, you might need cheering up. A distraction. Something to make you be glad in the moment. The now.”

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Wed
Sep 10 2014 9:30am

Hot Guys and Cool Dogs Have a Lot in Common

Irresistible Force by D.D. AyresToday we're pleased to welcome author D.D. Ayres to Heroes and Heartbreakers. D.D.'s new release, Irresistible Force, offers not only a hero and heroine, but a canine best friend to both of them. D.D. is here to talk about our four-legged besties and what makes them similar to some of our favorite two-legged heroes. Thanks, D.D.!

The saying is a dog is a man’s best friend.

However, we female dog owners know that a dog can also be a woman’s bestest friend. Writing the K-9 Rescue Series about hunky dedicated guys in uniform and their smart hard-charging K-9 partners has made me realize these Alpha male partnerships share a lot of traits desirable in romantic human relationships. I’m thinking that looking for these canine traits in a guy might very well help a woman find a sexy, reliable, adoring male of her own.

Desirable Traits in a Dog and A Romance Hero:

[Fetch...let's get this ball rolling!]

Wed
Sep 10 2014 8:20am

When Good Guys Go Bad

We've covered many instances of when bad guys turn good (the villain in one story who becomes the hero of the next), but what about the other way around?

Jax Teller of Sons of Anarchy started out his journey wanting to do the right thing, but events conspired against him, and now he's not. Charlie Hunnam, who plays Jax says in an interview with TV Guide, “Jax was always so tortured by the pull of who he thought he should be. There's something really liberating about being rid of the sense of having to be a good guy. This season is about Jax deciding... if he's got no reason to leave [the outlaw world], he may as well be what this world demands you be.”

Are there examples in romance where the good guy goes bad? 

Tue
Sep 9 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon’s Mending Him (September 9, 2014)

Mending Him by Bonnie Dee and Summer DevonBonnie Dee and Summer Devon
Mending Him
Samhain / September 9, 2014 / $5.50 digital

As his world collapses, love opens his heart.

Robbie Grayson has always felt like a bit of an outsider in the Chester family, though he’s related by blood. An orphan taken in at a young age, he is further set apart by a limp inflicted by a childhood illness.

Nevertheless, he’s content enough with his quiet country life—until a mercurial wastrel named Charles Worthington explodes into it. And Robbie is assigned to play nursemaid to an invalid with an attitude.

Injured in a carriage accident, Charles arrives at the Chester estate drunk as a lord and with empty pockets. Despair consumes him as his broken body slowly heals, but the kindness of quiet, thoughtful Robbie saves him from drowning in self-pity.

Over chess matches and conversation, these polar opposites challenge each other to break out of old patterns, until desire burns through the thin veneer of pure friendship. Yet their passion could destroy the family bonds they value so highly. Especially when someone catches wind of their relationship—and threatens blackmail.

The immense angst of m/m historical romance is hard to beat.  Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon have co-written several of these m/m historical romances, the latest of which is Mending HimMending Him follows two characters, one who lives with disability and one who is recovering from an injury, and throws them together in a place where their attraction is far too electric to ignore.   

[Sparks fly!]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Opal Carew and Christina Lee!

Today we've got two covers to show you—both contemporaries featuring sexy men who know, and like, being in charge, and the women who won't let their vulnerability get in the way of taking what they want. Opal Carew's Riding Steele has danger, excitement, and the leader of a motorcycle club, while Christina Lee's Two of Hearts is all about second chances with a first love.

[Learn more about the books and see the full covers...]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Hope Burns: Exclusive Excerpt

Jaci Burton

Hope Burns by Jaci Burton

Molly Burnett dreads returning to her hometown of Hope for her sister’s wedding, especially knowing she’ll have to endure a weekend with the one man she never wants to see again. It’s only a couple of days, so Molly will try to forget her painful past with high school sweetheart Carter Richards. Because despite the bitter memories, she still can’t forget what they once meant to each other.
 
But when Molly is forced to extend her stay, Carter sees this as his second chance to do things right, to start over again with the only woman he’s ever loved. This time, he isn’t going to let Molly run. Together they’re going to confront the past and put it behind them, and hope for a future as bright as the flame that still burns hot between them.

Get a sneak peek at Jaci Burton's Hope Burns (available September 9, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As Molly had suspected, the festival closed up at ten p.m., and it was ten thirty by the time they got there.

“Not a problem,” Carter said. “I checked my phone and there are some late-night venues continuing on at some of the clubs. We’ll go to one of those, grab something to eat, and listen to some music.”

“Providing we can get in. Some of those events are sold out in advance.”

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Hope Burns...]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 11:00am

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Rock Addiction (September 9, 2014)

Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Rock Addiction
TKA Distribution / September 9, 2014 / $3.99

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that's all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he'll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn't only her body that's become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Rock Addiction is Nalini Singh’s first foray into the self-publishing sphere, but this is not her first contemporary. Her early Harlequin contemporaries addressed some of the same themes in Rock Addiction, such as implied class differences and being in the spotlight versus wanting to hide from it.. Similar to her earlier Harlequin titles, the sexual experience is on a whole different plane with the experienced rock star and the everyday woman. Fox knows what he wants and is ready for it—his pursuit of Molly is akin to what a reader might see in the Psy-Changeling series when a pair has a mating bond. Fox is most definitely the pursuer. Molly is definitely the pursued.

[The hunter gets captured by the game?]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 9:30am

Heroines to Die for from Armstrong, Howard, Robb and More!

Exit Strategy by Kelley ArmstrongFraming a love story around characters with a dark past is a challenge. The angst the character deals with internally often causes the story to take a morose twist that makes the believability of a romance impossible. The actions the character takes in the present to help them wrestle with their demons can do the same. Yet when the author can make us believe in the character and their journey enough the love story shines even brighter against this black background.

Heroines who kill have gone down the darkest path. Whether they kill to defend themselves, defend others, or just as a means of survival, the road they travel is one filled with ghosts. Not only must the author convince us that our hero or heroine can find love in spite of the horrors of their past, they also have to create a sympathetic character who can engage the reader enough to have them set aside whatever inhibitions the reader would normally feel towards someone with that behavior.

While dark pasts tend to be distributed evenly between heroes and heroines, violent reactions to such pasts tend to be far more the purview of men than women. Most kick ass heroines tend to draw the line at killing their opponent. Which ones do seek out violence as a way to lay their demons to rest? Which ladies are willing to go as far as pulling the trigger?

Nadia Stafford from Kelley Armstrong’s Exit Strategy, Made to Be Broken, and Wild Justice is the first who comes to mind. Nadia’s life took a turn for the macabre when she went from being a cop to being a gun for hire.

[That's quite a change...]

Tue
Sep 9 2014 8:03am

Who’s the Most Important Baby in Romance?

News of the royal pregnancy broke yesterday, and naturally we thought about babies in romance novels. Often they are mentioned as part of the Happily Ever After epilogue, and sometimes they are a more crucial part of the plot, whether they are the Secret Baby or the hero or heroine has to suddenly take care of a baby, requiring assistance that leads to romance.

 

 

So we want to ask you—who's the most important baby in romance? 

Mon
Sep 8 2014 4:30pm

What the Heart Wants: Fall 2014’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows


September | October | November | Printable Version

Team H&H eats, breathes, and sleeps romance, but even we have trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. To make life a little easier for all of us, we’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for September through November. Let us know what you think, whether it’s showering us with praise or educating us about what we’ve missed (or both)!

September



Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon (book) 
Two words: Dark. Hunter. Cadegan and Jo’s story comes to life in the latest installment of Kenyon’s hugely popular Dark-Hunter series.
 
Dark Blood by Christine Feehan (book)
He’s a warrior reborn, she’s the mage who’s waking him up. That’s bound to generate a lot of chemistry, and we can’t wait to see it unfold!
 
Shatter by Erin McCarthy (book)
She’s hot for tutor! ’Nough said.


Linger by Lauren Jameson (book)
Our reviewer loved Linger, and we don’t blame him. Sexy, tropey, and kinky, we’re all over this release!
 
Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison (book)
Harrison has cemented herself as a staple on any urban fantasy shelf, and Night’s Honor seems to be another great addition.
   

[See what's up this fall...]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 2:00pm

H&H Quickies #5: Desiree Holt—Prompt Me!

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

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Manda Collins, Kristina Matthews, Lora Leigh, and Valerie Bowman we are pleased to announce today that Desiree Holt will be the fifth author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

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

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Monday, September 15, 2014, at 2 p.m. EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (blackmail), a setting (New York), a situation (lovers-reunited), a description (Alpha hero)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be Contemporary-themed.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on October 1 for an original scene from Desiree Holt based on your suggestions!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at  info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

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Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Mon
Sep 8 2014 12:00pm

Now Win This: Kylie Scott’s Play!

Play by Kylie ScottClick here to enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Kylie Scott's Play*

In honor of the recent paperback release of Kylie Scott's rocker romance, Play, we're giving away five copies! See what's up for Stage Dive next:

Kylie Scott returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to international bestseller LICK

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

Click here to enter for a chance to win Play!*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/playpapersweeps beginning at 12:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on September 8, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 am ET on September 15, 2014. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Mon
Sep 8 2014 10:30am

Outlander Season 1, Episode 5: You MUST Pay the Rent!

Dougal and Claire in Outlander 1x05Claire 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 5, “Rent.” Enjoy!

Claire looks out across the wide water and quotes from John Donne’s “Present in Absence.” Surprise, surprise, Ned Gowan, the lawyer who’ll be helping them collect the rents, knows it, too.

Ned details what exactly counts as rent; livestock of various sorts, even a handkerchief last year, but no more live pigs. Ned’s cough troubles Claire, who suspects asthma and stuffs his pipe with thorn apple.

Dougal hurries them on their way.

[On your way...]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 9:30am

First Look: Christina Dodd’s Virtue Falls (September 9, 2014)

Virtue Falls by Christina DoddChristina Dodd
Virtue Falls
St. Martin's Press / September 9, 2014 / $25.99 print / $12.99 digital

Twenty-three years ago, in the isolated coastal town of Virtue Falls, Washington, four year old Elizabeth Banner witnessed her mother's brutal murder. Elizabeth's father was convicted of killing Misty and sentenced to prison. Elizabeth was sent to live with relatives, and grew from a solitary child to a beautiful woman with a cool scientific mind and an instinctive distrust of love. Now Elizabeth is back in Virtue Falls, a geologist like her father, living cautiously, her life guided by logic and facts. But nothing can help her through the emotional chaos that follows the return of her ex-husband, Garik Jacobsen, an FBI agent on probation and tortured by the guilt of his past deeds. Nor can it help her deal with her father, now stricken with Alzheimer's and haunted by Misty's ghost. When a massive earthquake reveals long-concealed secrets, Elizabeth soon discovers her father is innocent. Is the killer still at large, stalking ever closer to the one witness to Misty's murder? To Elizabeth herself? Elizabeth and Garik investigate, stirring old dark and deadly resentments that could provoke another bloody murder— Elizabeth's own.

Looking for a gritty romantic suspense book? Then look no further to Christina Dodd’s new release, Virtue Falls, the story of so many lives damaged by a single murder and a possibly erroneous conviction.

[Fall into the story!]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 8:16am

Have You Ever Talked to a Stranger About a Book?

Smooth Talking Stranger by Lisa KleypasReaders know there's nothing like talking about a book you love with someone who loves it as well. And perhaps you've seen someone reading a book you loved yourself, but you didn't know the person (even though you knew the book!)

Have you ever gone up and talked to someone about a book they were reading? More than once? What books?