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Sun
Jan 15 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Meghan March Excerpt: Real Good Love

Meghan March

Real Good Love by Meghan March

I've had my fair share of bad boys, but nothing prepared me for what it was like to be with a real good man.

Logan Brantley changed everything.

Somewhere along the way, what started as a fling became the best part of my life.

He makes me want all the things I've never had, like forever and happily ever after, but nothing worth having comes easily.

Everyone is betting on us to fail, but I'm ready to fight for this real good love.

Real Good Love is the conclusion of the Real Duet.

Get a sneak peek at Meghan March's Real Good Love (available January 17, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Editor's Note: This is Book 2 in a duology and are best read in order. Spoilers may abound for anyone who hasn't read Real Good Man. 

“Banner! Banner!”

I look around to find who’s calling my name. It’s unusual enough that there’s little to no chance of whoever it is calling to someone else.

A tap on my shoulder has me spinning around to face Brandon Sidewalk, a guy I went out with once to a club opening, who didn’t understand that a short skirt was not an invitation to feel me up.

Unfortunately, he’s standing there with a stupid grin on his face, so I can’t exactly walk away. But I can pretend I don’t remember him.

[Read the full Real Good Love excerpt...]

Sat
Jan 14 2017 2:00pm
Excerpt

Rebecca Grace Allen Excerpt: Taming Sugar

Rebecca Grace Allen

A modern day, BDSM, Taming of the Shrew.

After being dropped from the best role she’d ever gotten, actress Roxy Cavanaugh is on a week’s vacation to work on her patience. Being holed up in a little cabin isn’t doing much to help her, and neither is meeting sexy property manager Hunter Finn. Unfazed by her willful determination, Finn might be the first man strong enough to take her…if they don’t kill each other first.

Get a sneak peek at Rebecca Grace Allen's Taming Sugar (available January 19, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene. 

The rumble of Hunter’s truck was easy to catch in the otherwise quiet evening. Roxy waited eagerly until he reappeared beside her, holding a bottle of wine. A very expensive and rare bottle of wine, judging by the name and vintage on the label.

“Was your quick errand to a winery?”

He smirked. “No. This is from my own personal storage.”

Whoa. She hadn’t imagined him to be a wine connoisseur, but Roxy was starting to think she’d imagined Hunter Finn all wrong.

[Keep reading...]

Sat
Jan 14 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Vi Keeland Excerpt: Egomaniac

Vi Keeland

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office.

I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.

He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.

Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated.

Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent.

I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place.

I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.

I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages.

The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.

And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

Get a sneak peek at Vi Keeland's Egomaniac (available January 16, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Drew’s door was closed when I returned to the office. I listened to make sure he wasn’t on a call and then flung it wide open.

“You are such an asshole!”

“I’ve been told that. How was your lunch with Professor Pompous?”

“Delicious,” I lied. My fancy hamburger wasn’t even that good.

“Baldwin read what you wrote on my whiteboard. You need to stop screwing with me.”

[Read the full Egomaniac excerpt...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 4:39pm

Try These on for Size: Romance News & Deals from Alison Bliss and Living Single

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Size Matters by Alison BlissDeal Alert: Alison Bliss's contemporary romance Size Matters, featuring a plus-size heroine, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* In her First Look at the book, H&H blogger Jessica Moro writes: “Size Matters tackles sensitive subjects like weight, low self-esteem and overbearing families with funny lines and relatable characters.” Are you especially drawn to plus-sized heroines? Then you'll probably have strong feelings about author Amy Andrews' “7 Pet Peeves Ever Reader Has When Reading a Plus-Sized Heroine.”

Deal Alert: Susan Wiggs's contemporary Summer At Willow Lake, Book 1 in the Lakeshore Chronicles, is $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Wiggs is one of the masters of poignant, non-romantic scenes in romance novels, says H&H blogger Janga.

Deal Alert: Heidi McLaughlin's baseball romance Third Base is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* This may be a book to check out if you've already exhausted our list of what to read if you're obsessed with Pitch's Ginny and Mike.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Queen Latifah says they're “not there yet,” but anticipates a Living Single revival complete with original cast members Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, and Kim Fields reprising their original roles. Can't wait to get an update on Synclaire and Overton as well as well as the tempestuous, but always fun to watch Max and Kyle.

What were the most-read books of 2016? According to the USA Today best-seller list, the top 100 books of the year included releases by J.K. Rowling (shocker!), Jojo Moyes, Nora Roberts, and Sylvia Day.

[+Today on H&H...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 3:00pm

We Learned Some Things: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Yuri gave us some insight on category romances

Yuri in A Newbie’s Guide to Category Romance

Lines are a combination of length, subgenre, theme and even a set of tropes. For a newbie I'd reccommend ignoring the “lines” and just go on descriptions - if you end up liking books from a certain category in particular then you can seek out new authors in that line. For the most part I go by author rather than line, unless I'm in a mood for melodrama then I dig out an HP!

Also not all category romances are short! Superromances are often as long or longer than single titles, just disguised by the thinness of the pages. Even within the same category line some books are “Short” or “Long”: e.g. HSE books appear in the 2013 RITAs under both categories. They do tend to be lighter, which makes them perfect to carry in a handbag.

The only real problem with categories I find is they don't get reviewed as often, which makes it riskier to try new authors. I'll second the reccommendations for Janice Kay Johnson (contemporary and suspense), also Annie Burrows, Harper St George, Jeannie Lin (historical), Sarah Mayberry, and Rachel Lee is a go-to comfort read for me (contemporary).

[Read more...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Bates Motel’s Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Alex Romero

Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Alex Romero in Bates Motel

Dear Nestor Carbonell,

I never watched Lost, so when I started watching Bates Motel the other week, I was woefully unprepared for the feels your Sheriff Alex Romero would slowly but surely evoke as I made an Olympics-qualifying dash through every episode (so far) of the Psycho prequel series.

At first, I admit, I was unmoved by Romero's appeal, despite his undeniably handsome face and seriously luxurious eyelashes. See, in Season 1, he helped cover up crimes, his own included, and one could only guess whether it was truly for the good of the town—and new resident Norma Bates—or not. And, like, why brood over the potentially corrupt—albiet gorgeous—sheriff when poor, noble, too-good-for-this-world Dylan Massett needed my attention?! I was sure I was mostly addicted to this show because I desperately wanted to see Dylan escape his awful family and dangerous town, then go off to live a better life.

[And then that all changed...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 1:00pm

Take a Weekend Trip to Pemberley (Digital)

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Not all adaptations are created equal.

With the success of the The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, it’s not a surprise that the internet basically exploded with confessional-style webisodes of adapted beloved classics. Some are great, some are not the best, but I have a deep and abiding love for people wishing to take classics and make them over in a way that engages audiences today.  

Pemberley Digital, most noted from The LBD, became the center point for such webisodes and took on a life of its own in a way. These series have taken the chance to expand on the universe and include people of different races, sexual orientations, and creeds, and my personal fave—turning Kitty Bennet into a literal cat that follows Lydia around. So, if you’ve got time over the weekend, settle in for some of my favorite adaptations from Pemberley Digital. 

1.  The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

In case you’re not familiar with The LBD, it’s a modern, web-based confessional video style retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride & Prejudice. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries does, for me,  what no other adaptation of P&P has ever been able to do—made me care about Lydia Bennet.

If you’re on the fence about this just know, that each video is around four-five minutes in length. There are 100 episodes, but they go by so quickly, especially once the surly and handsome William Darcy comes into town. It boasts a diverse and wonderful cast, and all the Bennet sisters are sassy redheads.

Seriously, it gets top billing as a favorite Pride & Prejudice of mine, 2kforever.

[Welcome to Pemberley...digital...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Cherrie Lynn Excerpt: Raw Deal

Cherrie Lynn

Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn

Savannah's brother was killed in a cage fight with Mike “Red Reaper” Larson after a savage punch to the head.

When Mike shows up at the funeral, he’s nothing like Savannah expected. Gone is the fierce, brutal beast she’s seen in the cage. In his place is a beautiful man torn with guilt, seeking forgiveness, and willing to do anything to ease her pain.

Her family doesn’t approve, but her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither of them can deny the intoxicating desire unleashed between them, turning their pain into the most exquisite pleasure. But every time Mike steps into the cage, Savannah knows she could lose him too. She can’t go through that again, but how can she let go of the one man who sets her body and soul on fire?

Get a sneak peek at Cherrie Lynn's Raw Deal (available January 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Savannah Dugas didn’t think she’d ever seen a bald eagle in the wild before. It was somehow fitting that one glided above right now, stark black against an impossibly blue sky. She could distinguish the magnificent creature’s white head from the darkness of its body, from the majestic span of its wings. Tommy had loved eagles. He’d had a huge tattoo of one on his back, fierce and proud, wings spread so wide that the tips reached each of his shoulders.

She would never see that tattoo again.

As Savannah dropped her gaze from the eagle soaring above to Tommy’s bronze casket, a wash of dizziness overcame her and she thought for a second that she might faint or throw up. It was no wonder; she’d barely eaten for three days, but it took all her effort to clamp her jaw closed and fight the nausea welling in her throat. Strong, she thought, I have to be the strong one. Her mother’s clawlike fingers dug hard into her right arm, and Rowan leaned heavily on her left. Savannah knew that if she crumbled the other women would crumble too. Regina Dugas had lost a son. Rowan Dugas had lost her college sweetheart, husband, love of her life.

[Read the full Raw Deal excerpt...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 9:30am

Fictional Spy Gadgets I’d Love to Beg, Borrow or Buy

Ready or Dead by PM Kavanaugh

Today we're thrilled to welcome author PM Kavanaugh (Ready or Dead) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Who doesn't love a good spy gadget? We've all found ourselves coveting a thing or two. PM is here today to list off a few of those gadgets and when they would come in useful. Thanks, PM! 

Have you ever seen or read about a clever gadget used by a female spy and said, “How cool is that! Can I get one?” I have. I’ve even invented my own. In my latest book just released by Crimson Romance, Ready or Dead, my spy-in-training heroine, Anika Washington, wears a pair of heels with a hollowed-out platform hiding a high-tech “key” that helps her unlock a safe and steal state secrets. But why should spies have all the fun? Here’s a list of some favorite spy gadgets that I’d love to own:

Breath-Mint Bugging Devices in Laura Peyton Roberts’s Alias: A Secret Life

In this tie-in novel for the hit TV show, AgentSydney Bristow  plants listening devices disguised as tiny white breath mints inside a Parisian fashion house suspected of laundering money for an enemy agency. I’d love to drop a few of these “mints” into the wastebaskets of my company’s executive conference room. I’ve always wanted to hear what gets said behind those wood-paneled closed doors!

[Read more...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 8:21am

What Authors Would You Want to Co-Write Together?

We all have our favorite authors, and it can be a unique thrill when we see them pair up together to write something—in fact, the combo can be pretty epic. 

What authors would you like to see paired together to write? What do you think it is about their writing style/worlds, etc. that would work well together? Has this already happened for you?

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Jan 12 2017 4:37pm

Swept Away by Romance News & Deals!

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle KennedyDeal Alert: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy's male/male hockey romance Him is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* The sequel, Us, is also on sale for $.99 and gives readers the chance to reunite with heroes Wes and Jamie as they “juggle fame, careers, a nosy neighbor and a hidden relationship,” as Lucy_Hargrave describes it in her March 2016 edition of the Male/Male Romance Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Sawyer Bennett's Legal Affairs contemporary romance Friction is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Bennett's recently released Cold Fury novel Max made it into Jessica Moro's December edition of our New Adult Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Robyn Carr's women's fiction novel Swept Away is $2.99 in e-book today at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Carr is a regular fixture of our monthly Women's Fiction Best Bets list, so if you're a fan of hers, you'll find a lot of authors to love in that roundup of recommendations.

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels's romantic suspense category romance Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch is $1.99 in e-book today at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Are you a category romance newbie ready to dip a toe into the water? Here's your chance...

[+Billionaires soiree and book display tips...]

Thu
Jan 12 2017 3:00pm

8 Romances for Fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Flappers!

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

What romance should you turn to for Miss Fisher withdrawals?

It is a rare movie or TV show that doesn’t prompt viewers to say “the book was better,” but Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries does not disappoint. Based on the series of historical detective novels by Australian author/lawyer Kerry Greenwood, this drama left fans begging for more when it ended after only three series (or seasons, in North American terms). The romantic tension between globe-trotting heiress Phryne Fisher and the always-logical Detective Inspector Jack Robinson is evident from their first meeting and only grows stronger with time.

In November 2016, the Sydney Morning Herald announced that ABC will make a series of three action movie spin-offs starring Miss Fisher, reminiscent of the Indiana Jones films. Unfortunately for those of us desperately waiting for their release, producers must work around the busy schedule of Miss Fisher herself (actress Essie Davis), who is currently cast as Lady Crane on Game of Thrones.

Until Miss Fisher appears on the silver screen, these romance novels set in the 1920s may hold you over.

[Check out these dapper reads!]

Thu
Jan 12 2017 1:30pm

Cover Thursday: A Katana Collins Exclusive Reveal!

Team H&H is excited for the next installment in Katana Collins' Harrison Street Crew series with the upcoming Outlaw! We're featuring Ex-Con: Part 1 exclusively on H&H for you next week, but until then, feast your eyes on the the Outlaw covers!

In Outlaw, Patrick is a bad boy who lives outside of the law, while Michelle has taken an oath to protect it; but the fire that rages between them is too hot to ignore.

Outlaw: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Outlaw: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Patrick Flanagan lives outside the law. The cops don’t like him. The law doesn’t trust him. He may come at you with a charm and a handsome smile, but make no mistake—he’s as reckless and bad as they come. But when a total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life, this bad boy is about to be so, so good…

[Check out the sexy covers!]

Thu
Jan 12 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Thirst (January 17, 2017)

Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Jacquelyn Frank
Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1)
Loveswept / January 17, 2017 /  $4.99 digital

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

[Sink you teeth into this...]

Thu
Jan 12 2017 9:30am

Lonely Hearts: Past and Present

Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles

We're thrilled to welcome KJ Charles (Wanted, A Gentleman) who knows a thing our two about love advertisements, especially after doing some research. But can you guess when the first “Lonely Heart” ad was placed? KJ fills us in. Thanks, KJ!

Advertising for love might seem to the young a modern phenomenon, the invention of Match.com, Tinder and Grindr. If you’re 40-plus, you might well have tried dating through the small ads in newspapers and magazines. Pop quiz: when do you think the first recorded Lonely Hearts advert dates from?

I’m guessing you’re thinking early 1900s, maybe post-war thanks to the social impact of the mass slaughter of young men. Nope. Try again.

Maybe early 1800s then? The Napoleonic Wars had had a proportionately devastating effect on the male population to the First World War, and the Industrial Revolution had caused massive social upheaval in getting people moving around and swelling the cities. Sounds convincing? Still too late.

The first recorded Lonely Hearts advert in the world was published in a London pamphlet of July 1695, and asked for “some Good Young Gentlewoman that has a fortune of £3000, or thereabouts” to marry a gentleman in his thirties “that says he has a Very Good Estate”. (Let’s take a moment to side-eye that “says he has”. I hope his bride didn’t just take his word for it.)

[Where do lonely hearts go?]

Thu
Jan 12 2017 8:05am

What Is Your Most Anticipated Book of 2017?

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole2017 is set up to be a pretty big year in the romance genre. Many series are finishing, many more are just starting up. 

What books are you looking forward to this year? Why are you excited? Give us your elevator pitch as to why everyone should be excited about it too!

Let us know down in the comments!

Wed
Jan 11 2017 4:53pm

Hook Up with a Scarlett Cole E-Deal & Fifty Shades Darker Soundtrack News!

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Purest Hook by Scarlett ColeDeal Alert: Scarlett Cole's third Second Circles Tattoos novel, Purest Hook, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Already read all of Cole's books and looking for more about her next release? You're in luck—today we all get to set our sights on her romantic suspense Love Over Duty series, which will kick off with Under Fire in August.

Deal Alert: Deeanne Gist's historical Maid to Match is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If you, like H&H contributer Wendy the Super Librarian, are sure you cannot live on Dukes alone, you'll be happy to learn that Maid to Match is “the romance of a lady's maid and a wannabe footman” working for the Vanderbilt family.

Deal Alert: Skye Jordan's first Renegades new adult romance, Reckless, is FREE in e-book at Amazon | etc.* A scene from Jordan's novel Ricochet earned a “Delicious Despair” post from Jessica Moro—see the moment that made her tear up on an airplane surrounded by strangers.

Deal Alert: Mercedes Lackey's YA fantasy novel Hunter is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon |  Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Lackey's sci-fi/fantasy books are considered a gateway drug to romance novels.

Wed
Jan 11 2017 3:00pm

11 Memorable Moments from Unforgettable Fantasy This Winter

Albert Einstein tells us that “Imagination is everything.” The fantasy novels of winter 2016/2017 contain heart, love, and plenty of imagination.

Contemporary Fantasy:

Indelible by Adelia Saunders

Indelible by Adelia Saunders

Indelible by Adelia Saunders is the story of Magdalena, and Richard and Neil and how their fates intertwine. Magdalena sees people’s lives literally written on their skin. As a child, the sentences looked like funny markings but she can still remember when she first learned to read and blurted a horrible truth to her teacher. She was delighted when her vision blurred at a young age and uses her glasses only when absolutely necessary. Her battered shins may hate her but her soul, at least, finds a certain peace in this solution. When Richard sends a Christmas present to her mom, he uses his son Neil as a carrier. Magdalena is happy to pick up the package but less delighted when she is forced to put on her glasses and sees her own name clearly on his skin. What can that mean?

An interesting take on how magical gifts can come with high prices, Indelible offers a slow burn romance within a literary fantasy/paranormal novel.

Memorable moment: When Neil and Magdalena meet:

Suddenly, she leaned in, looking right at him with strange intensity. Either he had something on his face or she was going to kiss him. Neil thought he might pass out. But instead she smiled, like something there had pleased her.

[Read more...]

Wed
Jan 11 2017 1:30pm

Linda Howard Targets Her Toughest Books, Recommended Reads, and More!

Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Today we're thrilled to welcome Linda Howard to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Linda's name has become synonymous with romantic suspense and is a staple for many romance readers. With the paperback release of her book Troublemaker, we got the chance to pick her brain! Ever wondered what the hardest book for her to write was? What she would do if she was placed in the same circumstances as some of her beloved characters? We found all of it out! So dive in and get ready to uncover it all! Thanks, Linda!

1. What has been the hardest book for you to write? Did readers have a similar reaction to it?

Linda Howard: From a technical standpoint, Kiss Me While I Sleep. There was so much research into poisons, pandemics, and Paris! I’ve never been to Paris, so of course I set a book there. :-/. Thank heavens for Google Maps, regular maps, tourist books, etc. I don’t think anyone other than the writer knows when a book is research heavy. From an emotional standpoint, though, the two most difficult books were Sarah's Child—which is an oldie—and Cry No More. Both of them wiped me out, and yeah, readers  had the same reaction.

[Uncover them all...]