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February 19, 2017
Part Erotic Romance, Part Psychological Thriller: Beth Kery's Make Me
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February 19, 2017
Rachel Grant's New Flashpoint Series Is Off with a Bang
Dolly Sickles
February 18, 2017
ICYMI: Swoonies Voting, KGI Series, J.R. Ward, and more!
Team H & H
February 17, 2017
Friday Beefcake: 5 Drummers That Won't Skip a Beat!
Jamie Shaw
February 17, 2017
What Is the Difference Between a Rake and a Rogue?
Lauren Smith
Tue
Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017: An EPIC Couples Battle!

Welcome to H&H’s third annual couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Starting today, in Round 1, you get to decide the fates of 16 couples in 4 battles across 4 conferences (Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical, and Romantic Suspense) by voting for your favorites in each poll. Over the coming weeks, couples will be eliminated via weekly polls until just one couple is left standing.

We recognize this won’t be easy, but hope you’ll enjoy the thrilling matches! Here’s everything you need to know:


Vote Now in Round 2:


Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 14-February 17 at 10:00 am
  • Round 2: February 17-February 21 at 1:00 pm— VOTE NOW
  • Round 3: February 21-February 24 at 1:00 pm
  • Round 4: February 24- March 2 at 3:00 pm
  • Winners Announced: March 2 at 4 p.m. (EST)

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Sun
Feb 19 2017 2:00pm

Beth Kery’s Make Me Is Part Erotic Romance, Part Psychological Thriller!

Make Me by Beth Kery

Harper McFadden established herself as an investigative journalist by being both compassionate and fearless.

After tragedy strikes her family, she moves to the shores of Lake Tahoe to find some peace. But when mysterious software mogul Jacob Latimer enters her life, her thoughts turn from her own healing to an insatiable desire to get closer to him... No one knows what secrets lurk in the past of Jacob Latimer. He built his corporation from nothing, but rumors abound about his mysterious rise to power. Harper is the last person he should let into his life. She could expose the truth about his origins. But Jacob knows things about Harper’s past that draw him in. He wants nothing more than to make her his—and Jacob is a man who always gets what he wants...

Make Me was published as a serial, and I'm super excited that this is now available in book form. (*whispers* I'm not the biggest fan of serials—too impatient, I like reading stories all in one go.) I loved Beth Kery's Make Me when it first came out, and re-reading it for the “compilation” release just brought that home. The end just made me want to hug something - which is saying a lot. 

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Sun
Feb 19 2017 11:00am

Rachel Grant’s New Flashpoint Series Is Off with a Bang

Tinderbox by Rachel Grant

Reading Rachel Grant’s books is like being in the middle of an Indiana Jones movie. Only, in her stories Indy is a heroine, and Miriam is a soldier. Since Grant, herself, is an archaeologist, her plots always include badass science—but they also weave in exotic settings and sexy suspense. And in this new Flashpoint series, she incorporates even more of a healthy dose of adventure.

In Tinderbox, we meet Dr. Morgan Adler and Master Sergeant Pax Blanchard. Morgan’s work on a dig in the Djibutian dessert is already dangerous enough, just by geopolitical standards; but when you add in her desperate race from a dig to the closest military base … with a stolen artifact in the trunk … all bets are off. Poor Pax, acting on a tip-off about an en route with a “message” from said Warlord, has no choice but to detain Morgan. Out in the field, choices are made quickly or hesitation can mean death—whether the choice is being made by an archaeologist or a soldier.

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Sat
Feb 18 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Megan Frampton’s My Fair Duchess (February 28, 2017)

My Fair Duchess by Megan Frampton

Megan Frampton
My Fair Duchess (Dukes Behaving Badly #5)
Avon / February 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Fun Fact: Megan Frampton is the former community manager of Heroes and Heartbreakers—we now love being able to talk about her historical romances!

As you might suspect, My Fair Duchess, the latest in Megan Frampton’s Dukes Behaving Badly series is a retelling of the classic My Fair Lady. Yes, there’s a makeover and a reluctant man overseeing the education of the plucky young lady. The real hook, however, is an inversion of the governess-artistocrat trope. I loved it.

Our heroine, the newly-minted Duchess of Blakesley, is an anomaly. She becomes a duchess due to an old forgotten ruling in her family line that allows any direct heir to inherit, not just the most closely related male. A note at the beginning of the novel should clear this up for you in case you are thinking “oh come on, that’s not a thing!” (It was a thing in one family, one time.) Having been raised by servants in the country while her father allows the duchy to languish, Genevieve is woefully unprepared for the role. She needs a new wardrobe, training in estate management, an entire new staff, and the confidence to pull off the demeanor expected of a duchess.

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Sat
Feb 18 2017 12:04pm
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Candis Terry Excerpt: Perfect for You

Candis Terry

Perfect for You by Candis Terry

Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy—but what happens when love gets in the way?

Declan Kincade has spent so much time chasing success he’s almost forgotten how to just live. Lately, though, his all-business routine has been thrown into disarray. Brooke Hastings is the best employee Dec’s ever had: polished, capable, and intelligent. After four years, he’s just realized that she’s also smoking hot. But their working relationship is too valuable to stake on a fling, no matter how mind-bendingly pleasurable it promises to be . . .

What’s worse than never meeting the right man? Finding him, and then working side-by-side every day while he remains absolutely blind to your existence. That is, until one temptation-packed road trip changes everything. Teaching her gorgeous, driven boss how to cut loose and have fun is the toughest challenge Brooke’s ever faced. But it’s one that could give both of them exactly what they need, if Dec will take a chance on a perfect—and perfectly unexpected—love . . .

Get a sneak peek at Candis Terry's Perfect for You (available February 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He’d been denied many things in his life. Forbidding himself at least a taste of Brooke was going to be like sitting in front of a decadent slice of chocolate cake with a shark cage between them.

Just before he swung the Infiniti onto the freeway onramp, she said, “Pull over.”

“What?”

“Right there.” She pointed to yet another gas station.

Against his better judgment—because today he seemed to be minus a few marbles—he complied. “Did you forget something?”

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 4:29pm

Lessons in Scandal: Romance Deals & News from Meredith Duran, Anne Stuart, and More

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

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Happy President's Day weekend! The Afternoon Tea will be back on Tuesday with more deals and news...

Top Off Your TBR Pile

A Lady's Lesson in Scandal by Meredith DuranDeal Alert: Meredith Duran's historical romance A Lady's Lesson in Scandal is $1.99 on Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “No one portrays the agony of divided loyalties and the grace of their reconciliation better than Meredith Duran,” says H&H reviewer Miss Bates, who adds that her HEAs promise “in the heroine and hero’s union, a new world, a better, more hopeful, more just, more joyful one.”

Deal Alert: Anne Stuart's romantic suspense Consumed by Fire, first in the Fire series, is $2.00 in e-book at Amazon.* Heroine Evangeline may have been fooled once by the man who stole her grandmother's earrings and then abandoned her on their honeymoon, but she won't be fooled a second time. Except...what if it turns out that was all an act and he's actually a covert operative?! Hero James may start to win you over in this very sexy excerpt from Consumed by Fire.

Deal Alert: Marie Harte's contemporary romance Roadside Assistance is $2.99 on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | etc.* “The pages of Roadside Assistance are populated with macho, mouthy, straight-forward guys,” according to H&H reviewer Janet Webb. “They don’t pussy-foot around.” Yum!

Deal Alert: Lauren Dane's Ink & Chrome erotic romance novel Opening Up is $2.99 at Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* “Lauren Dane is bold,” writes H&H reviewer Tiffany Tyer. “She writes really confident, take-no-prisoners women, and that makes for a fun heroine we can look up to, comfortable in her own skin but vulnerable enough to have layers. That’s what we have in PJ, a smart, gorgeous pin-up type with mad skills in custom painting.” Read the rest of our First Look at Opening Up.

[+Jeaniene Frost video Q&A and more...]

Fri
Feb 17 2017 3:00pm

Charmed We’re Sure: 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!


Karen H near Tampa loves a charming chap

Karen H near Tampa in Do You Like Charming Heroes?

I'm definitely in the charming camp. I actually never liked Heathcliff and only liked Rochester a little. I prefer to read about people I'd like to be around and snarling has gotten quite old for me.

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: 5 Drummers That Won’t Skip a Beat!

Source: Brian Patterson Photos / Shutterstock, Inc.Today we're thrilled to welcome Jamie Shaw (Havoc) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The final book in Jamie's Mayhem series features drummer of The Last Ones to Know, Mike. Jamie is here today to celebrate other favorite drummers with a special guest beefcake. Thanks, Jamie!

1. Travis Barker — Blink-182

Travis has the “bad boy drummer” look down to a tee, and I’m a total sucker for bad boys. The tattoos, the piercings... yes, please! Plus, he’s a doting father, which makes him even sexier.

[Think you can handle these sexy drummers?]

Fri
Feb 17 2017 12:18pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Contemporary Couples

 

 

  • Eva/Gideon vs. Cletus/Jennifer

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Eva/Gideon
Book/Series: One with You (Crossfire series)
Author: Sylvia Day
What brings them together: Eva takes a job in Gideon’s company and, before her first day, runs into the magnetic Crossfire CEO in the office building’s lobby.
What threatens to pull them apart: Abuse survivors Gideon and Eva must each work through their pasts to be able to live their happily ever after.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'There aren't words to tell you what you mean to me. But I hope that when you see this ring on your hand, you'll remember that you shine as brightly as diamonds in my life and you're infinitely more precious.' ” —One with You

Couple: Cletus/Jennifer
Book/Series: Beard Science (Winston Brothers series)
Author: Penny Reid
What brings them together: Jennifer blackmails Cletus into helping her shake her “banana cake queen” image.
What threatens to pull them apart: Jennifer’s family and Cletus’ secrets are their biggest hurdles.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'You’re my beginning, middle, and end.' ” —Beard Science 

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Paranormal Couples

  • Rhage/Mary vs. Mercy/Adam

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Rhage/Mary
Book/Series: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
Author: J.R. Ward 
What brings them together: A human thrown into the world of vampires, Mary is dependent on Rhage for protection, which morphs into love...
What threatens to pull them apart: What doesn’t? Vampire/human complications, curses, enemies out for their destruction...Rhage and Mary overcome a lot.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “So if you had the chance...even if there was no music and no ballgown, no tuxedo or gala...when your true love asked you to dance? It was important to say yes.” —The Beast

Couple: Mercy/Adam
Book/Series: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson series)
Author: Patricia Briggs 
What brings them together: Werewolf Adam happens to be Mercy’s next-door neighbor.
What threatens to pull them apart: Pack infighting, for sure, though Adam has Mercy’s back through it all.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I misspoke,' he said in a steady voice. 'She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live—that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.' ” —Fire Touched

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Historical Couples

  • Rhys/Helen vs. Rhine/Eddy

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Rhys/Helen
Book/Series: Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels series)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
What brings them together: Rhys and Helen enter a marriage of convenience.
What threatens to pull them apart: If anyone can tame the ruthless Rhys Winterborne, it’s Helen, yet his enemies and her dark secret are a force to be reckoned with...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Every time you look at me, you'll remember that I'm half his.'

" 'No.' His hand came to the side of her face, his thumb wiping her tears. 'You're all mine.' His voice was deep and shaken. 'Every hair on your head. Every part of you was made to be loved by me.' ” —Marrying Winterborne


Couple: Rhine/Eddy
Book/Series: Forbidden (Old West series)
Author: Beverly Jenkins
What brings them together: Rhine rescues Eddy in the desert and helps her recover. 
What threatens to pull them apart: Society seeks to keep them apart; Rhine is engaged to a woman from a powerful political family, and his life and livelihood depend on him passing as a white man, while Eddy has no intention of risking her plans to move to California to open her own restaurant.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Your sweetness is so much stronger than their hate.' ”
Forbidden

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Romantic Suspense Couples

  • Eve/Roarke vs. Evelyn/David

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Eve/Roarke
Book/Series: Apprentice in Death (In Death series)
Author: J.D. Robb
What brings them together: Eve’s a homicide detective, and Roarke’s her prime suspect...
What threatens to pull them apart: These days? Mostly just their constant brushes with death.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you,' she said again, pouring herself into the kiss. 'You saved me.'

“ 'Each other.' He laid her back, covered her with his body. 'We saved each other.' ” —Apprentice in Death


Couple: Evelyn/David
Book/Series: Extreme Honor (True Heroes series)
Author: Piper J. Drake
What brings them together: Ex-soldier and dog trainer David is having trouble helping K-9 Atlas deal with the loss of his handler—until dog whisperer Evelyn walks into their lives.
What threatens to pull them apart: David has trouble letting people get close and Lyn’s life is being threatened by someone who doesn’t want her working with Atlas...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you, Evelyn Jones. Since I don’t even know when. I want you in my life and I’ll wait forever if you need me to.' ” —Extreme Honor

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 9:30am

What Is the Difference Between a Rake and a Rogue?

Rake or Rogue?

If you’ve ever walked down the aisle of a bookstore in the romance section you’ve no doubt scene one or two words that consistently jump out at you when you peruse the historical romance titles. Rake and Rogue seem to be the most popular and possible the most misused.

So what do the words Rake and Rogue actually mean when it comes to historical romance books? I’m going to break it down for you!

So what is a Rake (also known as a Rakehell?)? A rake, short for rakehell (analogous to “hellraiser”), is a historic term applied to a man who is habituated to immoral conduct, particularly womanizing. Often, a rake was also prodigal, wasting his (usually inherited) fortune on gambling, wine, women, and song, and incurring lavish debts in the process. Comparable terms are “libertine” and “debauchee.” The term rakehell itself comes from the idea that these men are so bad or wicked that they will be having their feet raked over the coals in hell, hence Rakehell. So a basic definition for a rake is that he’s a seducer and a charmer.

So what then is a Rogue? It seems to have a far more negative connation with definitions ranging from: vagrant, tramp, a dishonest or worthless person, or a mischievous person. A basic definition for a rogue within a romance novels is that a rogue is a wild card, a man who is really unpredictable and possible dangerous (but not to the heroine in a bad way)

[Do you prefer a rake or rogue?]

Fri
Feb 17 2017 8:06am

How Do You Like Your Retellings: Close to the Source or Just Inspired by It?

Retellings and reimaginings can be tough. You're taking a pre-established story line and making it your own. Personally, I love a Beauty and the Beast reimagining or a Pride and Prejudice. However, how the retelling is handled—and how much the reader likes it—can depend on how close to the source material the retelling is. 

Can something be too close to the source material? Do you like it when a retelling is just inpired by the source material and do you prefer and beat-by-beat retelling? 

Let me know in the comments!

Thu
Feb 16 2017 4:30pm

Consumed by Shadows: Romance News and Deals from Mary Jo Putney, Lauren Blakely and More

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

Silk & Shadows by Mary Jo Putney

Deal Alert: Mary Jo Putney's Silk & Shadows is FREE on iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | B&N | etc.* The first novel in her Victorian set trilogy marries character-driven stories with fast-paced action. If you've not before, here's your chance to dive into the wonderful and uncommon writing of Mary Jo Putney.

Deal Alert: Lauren Blakely's Consumed by You is $.99 on Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | B&N | etc.* She's waiting for “the one;” he doesn't do relationships, but their combustible chemistry makes these friends with benefits burn up the sheets. 

Deal Alert: Carrie Aarons' On Thin Ice is $.99 on Amazon | etc.* A small town man is bowled over by an upper crust princess in a book that packs a sensuous mystery. Keep your heart racing and try out 8 more romantic suspense titles that bring the heat. 

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Thu
Feb 16 2017 3:00pm

2 Award-Winning Science Fiction Romances Worth a Second Look

Source: Shutterstock

The 5th annual SFR Galaxy Awards were recently announced and I thought I’d share my mini review of two very different winners as a sample for our readers.

First a word about the awards themselves: A panel of well-regarded scifi romance book bloggers and reviewers make the selections, with each judge naming five or six novels, graphic novels or anthologies that they found memorable during the preceding year. The formal description of the awards’ intent, as taken from the website: “The theme of the SFR Galaxy Awards is inclusiveness. Instead of giving an award to a single book, this event will recognize the worth of multiple books and/or the standout elements they contain. The basic philosophy behind this approach is to help connect readers with books.”

I was honored to find two of my own books on the list this year, Star Cruise: Outbreak and Hostage to the Stars, along with some we’ve mentioned on Heroes and Heartbreakers in the past, such as Anna Hackett and her Galactic Gladiators, Ilona Andrews’s One Fell Sweep and thePets In Space anthology.

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Thu
Feb 16 2017 2:38pm

Outlander Returns to Us in September

Claire and Jamie Fraser in OutlanderWe've got good news and we've got bad news, Outlander fans. The good news is that we now know when Outlander season 3 will premiere. The bad news is that it's not April, or even this summer—rather, the series is set to return to our television screens in September 2017.

At least stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan look absolutely adorable in this video where they bid farewell (for now) to filming in Scotland and giddily anticipate “ditch[ing] a few of these layers” for the warmer weather in sunny Cape Town, South Africa?!

[Until then...]

Thu
Feb 16 2017 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Cover Reveals from Kerrigan Byrne, Nancy Naigle, Emma Douglas, and Kayti McGee

The anticipation for fall books is real! We just can't wait to get our hands on these titles from authors Kerrigan Byrne, Nancy Naigle, Emma Douglas, and Kayti McGee, so we're thrilled to share these early covers with you so we can gaze on what's to come later this year.

[+3 more great covers!]

Thu
Feb 16 2017 11:00am

No More Vicious Cycles: Arrow 5x13 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow 5x13 "Spectre of the Gun"

Show/Episode: Arrow Season 5, Episode 13, “Spectre of the Gun”
Ship(s): Olicity (Oliver/Felicity)

Arrow 5x13 Captain's Log

Arrow takes a departure this week, talking about the very serious and real-world relevant topic of gun control. As such Oliver and Felicity’s relationship (or lack thereof) takes a bit of a backseat. Actually, most things Arrow related took a backseat.

On the upside, we had Thea back in town and she gave Oliver a (rightfully) hard time about his relationship with Susan. He tried to defend himself on that count, asking that Thea respect that he’s doing something serious with the reporter, but Thea seemed fairly firm on the whole thing make making her feel nauseous. We all feel you, Thea.

We did learn that Felicity is actively searching for the mother of Claybourne’s illegitimate child, the one they believe to be Prometheus. She’s gone off the grid so locating her is difficult, but Felicity is zeroing in on her, with the help of the Pandora drive.

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