<i>The Purest Hook</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Purest Hook: Exclusive Excerpt Scarlett Cole "Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters..." <i>In Sickness and In Elf</i>: Exclusive Excerpt In Sickness and In Elf: Exclusive Excerpt AE Jones "Placing her down gently, he pushed a silky strand of hair..." <i>Tangled</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Tangled: Exclusive Excerpt Kate Douglas "The need was so primal, so visceral, it left her shaken..." <i>The Girl from Summer Hill</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Girl from Summer Hill: Exclusive Excerpt Jude Deveraux "He stood there staring at her, saying nothing..."
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May 1, 2016
Ship Just Got Real in Captain America: Civil War
Sahara Hoshi and Pen Singleton
April 29, 2016
Captain America vs. Iron Man: Which Side Are You On?
Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi
April 28, 2016
At Home: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 4
Naz Keynejad
April 28, 2016
Why Prince Songs Make a Perfect Soundtrack for Romance Novels
Abigail Strom
April 28, 2016
Best Reads of April 2016
Team H & H
May 1 2016 3:30pm

“We Could Name Him Lambert”: Outlander 2x04 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 4, “Le Dame Blanche” (SPOILERS for the episode ahead, of course)
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x04 Captains Log

Last week’s episode was kind of a bummer all around. Jamie and Claire spent far too much time apart, and within those spaces secrets found their way between them. Claire now knows that Black Jack Randall is alive, but she hasn’t yet had the heart to tell Jamie. He’s still battling nightmares, after all, and she really wants her husband back. Jamie’s PTSD isn’t going to go away the way everyone would like, but her 1940s medical experience probably doesn’t tell her that.

However, we ended the last episode on a bright note. And in this week’s episode will be hosting a dinner party for Jacobite leaders. Will this be their chance to change history? At the very least it’s our chance to see Claire in more great clothes.

With that said, let’s dive into Season 2, Episode 4, “La Dame Blanche.”

[Yes, let's...]

May 1 2016 2:00pm

Ship Just Got Real in Captain America: Civil War—Time To Decide Your Side (Part 2 of 2)

Team Cap vs Team Iron Man Part 2 gif

Team H&H is having its own Civil War among our bloggers as two of our most die-hard superhero fans, Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi, take a side in Captain America: Civil War. Today they're offering up their State of the Ship for each side, but look back on their opening argument to decide your decide, as they detail what their side winning or losing could mean for the ships we've come to love in the Marvel Universe. 

Team Captain America (Pen):

In the opening argument of the #TeamIronMan post, Sahara delves into members of the team and reasons why they are on Tony’s side, including being haunted by past mistakes, much like Tony. #TeamIronMan sees this as a good thing but I see it as another reason to not be on #TeamIronMan. Tony causing the rift amongst the heroes is doing more than just pitting them against one another; he’s also jeopardizing a few of the bromances and romances amongst the teams. Our heroes splitting up when there is an imminent danger to the planet on the horizon (don’t forget Thanos is on his way!) is bad enough but the thought of these relationships falling apart causes me even more distress. Let’s check in on how Civil War may affect a few of the ‘ships I have a vested interest in. Gif via asparkshinesbright

[Let's now hear from #TeamIronMan ...]

May 1 2016 12:11pm
Original Story

The Purest Hook: Exclusive Excerpt

Scarlett Cole

The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole

Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs...and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn't need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie's sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.

Get a sneak peek at Scarlett Cole's The Purest Hook (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Had it really been seven years?

Sarah-Jane “Pixie” Travers sat down in the entryway to Second Circle Tattoos, the studio she managed, and ran her fingertips along the gray slate. It was impossible to believe that seven years to the day, the first day of April ironically, she’d been reborn on this floor. Not that she remembered too much of it. Sure, she could still recall how cool the tiles had felt against her itching skin, but she had long-since buried the sensations of nausea, and her concerted effort to forget the shame of suffering uncontrollable tremors had been successful.

Working through the humiliation of throwing up at the feet of the two men who would become her saviours had taken longer. There would never be a way to repay Trent and Cujo, her bosses, for saving her life that day.

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Apr 30 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Brenda Rothert’s Blown Away (May 3, 2016)

Brenda Rothert
Blown Away 
LoveSwept / May 3, 2016 / $2.99

I love the premise of Brenda Rothert’s latest new adult romance, Blown Away. Unique setting? Check. Second chance at love? Check. Fun supportive characters? Check.

Blown Away follows a group of tornado chasers across the Midwest and I’m happy to say, this is the first romance book I’ve read with this premise. In particular, we fall in love with Drew and Aiden, though I’m hoping Rothert has several more books in mind for the supporting characters.

Always the one to make sure her siblings were taken care of and successful in their pursuit of higher education, Drew McGovern decides to finally put herself first. A year since her fiancé, Colby, passed away from a car accident, Drew runs into Murph, Colby's fearless tornado-chasing team leader and head researcher. On a whim, Drew decides to join Murph’s team after he extends the invitation.

Also part of the twister team is Aiden O’Neal, Colby’s best friend since childhood. Drew loved Colby, but knows she needs to live in the present. It's not until she gets paired with Aiden do Drew’s hormones decide to return from their extended vacation.

I crawled under the sheet on my bunk, trying to process my feelings: embarrassment, jealousy and arousal that just wouldn’t quit. My sex drive was back after a year-long break, though the timing was awful.

Not to mention…Aiden? I’d never thought of him that way, and now I couldn’t stop thinking of him.

[A natural force is pulling these two together ...]

Apr 30 2016 12:04pm

In Sickness and In Elf: Exclusive Excerpt

AE Jones

In Sickness and In Elf by AE Jones

Meet Alex Bennett—wedding phobic in a family of wedding planners. Not the best combination, but being left at the altar can wreak havoc on one’s self-esteem. When Alex’s grandmother requests her help with a high-profile wedding, Alex sets aside her fears to attend. But when the bride runs away, and her grandmother’s business faces ruin, Alex will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth. Even when the truth leads to sabotaged weddings and a runaway bride who isn’t human. The last thing Alex needs to deal with is the overbearingly handsome man brought in to lead the investigation.

Meet Devin Cole—a paranormal with no powers. Guilty until proven innocent, his powers have been rescinded until his upcoming trial, which he should be preparing for. He doesn’t have time for a runaway bride case. But the bride is a supermodel who also happens to be supernatural, so he and his team must handle damage control. The last thing Devin needs to deal with is a tempting woman who insists on being part of the investigation…and has half the horny supernatural male population chasing after her.

But with humans and supernaturals bent on destroying each other, Alex and Devin must put aside their differences and work together. Can Devin protect Alex and defeat the enemy without his powers? And now that Alex knows supernaturals do exist, can she once again believe in a fairy-tale happily ever after?

Get a sneak peek at AE Jones's In Sickness and In Elf (available May 2, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Devin grabbed Alex’s arm to steady her when she stumbled backward.

“You okay?”

Her caramel eyes widened and she jerked her arm away. “Yes. If you’ll excuse me, I’m…late for a date.”

“Really?” He checked her over. She was wearing sweatpants, a T-shirt that said “Sometimes a cigar IS just a cigar” and flip-flops. He couldn’t help grinning at her ridiculous attempt to lie.

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Apr 29 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Can You Guess Where These Hotties Are From?

Do you ever look at a man and say to yourself, “He's from the Midwest, upstate New York, or the sunny side of California?” It's something about the way he talks, dresses, and says hello. Perhaps the way he bobs his head or what he likes to eat. Well, H&H has rounded up some of the hottest guys from some of the most popular places in the world and the United States. Can you guess where they are from?

*Birthplace revealed at the end of post.

[Is he Midwestern, Irish, or just “hot hot hot”? ...]

Apr 29 2016 4:00pm

Cowboy & Baron Deals + Prince Harry is Very Amusing: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Deal Alert: Maisey Yates' contemporary Part Time Cowboy is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* You can find a Yates hero named in Rhyll Biest's “10 Romance Heroes You'll Want Between Your Covers.”

Deal Alert: Erin Knightley's historical The Baron Next Door is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Knightley's debut, More Than a Stranger, made it into guest author Valerie Bowman's roundup of historical debuts to watch in 2012.

Fresh Outta the Oven

We didn't elect President Barack Obama for his acting skills, nor do we love the British royal family for theirs, however, I'm currently flailing in my office chair at the cute levels that are being overloaded right now. In the cutest video ever, Prince Harry explains the Invictus Game brochure to his grandmother. Yes, any other day, she's Queen Elizabeth, but in this video she can't be called anything else but Grandma. The video is interrupted by an iMessage from FLOTUS—“Oh look, a message from Michelle, how very amusing”—telling the Royals to “Bring It” for the Invictus Games. I wasn't planning on tuning in before, but I'm very tempted now! See the full video and hear the Queen of England say “Oh, really. Please,” and tell us you're not flailing at the cute too!

[+C.J. Cregg briefs the press (you read that right)...]

Apr 29 2016 3:00pm

Captain America vs. Iron Man: Which Side Are You On? Part 1 of 2

Captain American #Team Cap vs Iron Man #TeamIronMan in Civil War

Team H&H is having its own Civil War among our bloggers as two of our most die-hard superhero fans, Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi, take a side in Captain America: Civil War. Today they're offering up their opening arguments for each side, but come back on Sunday as they detail what their side winning or losing could mean for the ships we've come to love in the Marvel Universe. 

We are about a week away from Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and I (Pen Singleton) could not be more ready!  In case you haven’t seen any of my other Marvel posts, here’s a quick rundown of my credentials.  I have a tendency to obsess and it comes into play very strongly with the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I have seen most of the movies multiple times in the theater.  And, when I say multiple, I don’t mean two or three.  I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the theater ten times. And, thus far, I’ve seen The Avengers in the theater twenty times. And I say “thus far” because I already have my ticket for the Ultimate Captain America Marathon on May 5, the day before the release of Captain America: Civil War.  I will be in the movie theater at 8am to watch a 15 hour marathon consisting of both previous Captain American movies and both Avengers movies before the premiere of Captain America: Civil War. So, I know a bit about these movies and have extremely strong feelings about the battle at the heart of the new movie that will pit all of the Marvel heroes we’ve seen in movies since 2008’s Iron Man against one another: Team Iron Man vs Team Captain America.

[Pick your side ...]

Apr 29 2016 1:30pm

On Hiddlesbum and Favorite Tropes: Comments That Made Our Week

Community SpotlightWe 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!

Lisaione, who had to discuss Hiddles with her roomies. Right. Now. 

Lisaione in 7 Reasons to Binge-Watch The Night Manager—Starting with Hiddlesbum:

I just watched episode 1 last night and immediately sought out my roommates to insist they watch also. Alas binging not a possibility.

Willaful, who sees what Star Wars is doing over there *side eyes George Lucas*

Willaful in The Force (of Attraction) is Strong: 6 Reasons Rey/Kylo Ren Have Shipping Potential in Star Wars.

“Why was the line 'You know I can take whatever I want' added in the script when it has obvious sexual undertones to it, if they were to be related/not have their dynamic further explored?”

It wouldn't be the first time the series has flirted with incest.

[More discussion for your pleasure ...]

Apr 29 2016 12:30pm

“We Need Each Other, Bellamy”: The 100 3x13 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart

Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake in The 100 3x13The 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, today with a focus on Bellarke. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

The 100 Season 3, episode 3 relationship tracker graphic for Bellamy/ClarkeShow/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 13, “Join or Die” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

Since the first trailer for The 100 season 3 trailer was released months ago, Bellamy/Clarke shippers have been anticipating the hug depicted therein, holding on to the idea of it throughout the season. In “Join or Die,” we finally got our hug, and several other lovely scenes besides. My 5 favorite Bellarke moments of the evening:

1. Bellamy's retreat — The way Clarke immediately jumps up as if to follow Bellamy as he walks away from another tense exchange with Octavia leaves little doubt as to her feelings. No matter what he's done, she's firmly Team Bellamy, and you know she's going to go check on him as soon as possible.

[+4 more times Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake were totally in love...]

Apr 29 2016 11:00am

First Look: Helen Hardt’s Craving (May 3, 2016)

Craving by Helen Hardt

Helen Hardt
Craving (Steel Brothers Saga #1)
Waterhouse Press / May 3, 2016 / $15.99 print, $6.99 digital

Helen Hardt’s writing just gets better and better with each book. Craving is the first in her Steel Brothers Saga. This romance meets western with a touch of erotica is all about the pain and fear of learning to trust and love when one’s innocence is twisted to shreds. Reader be warned, this book is not for the faint of heart and difficult themes of assault are addressed. However, Ms. Hardt weaves magic with her keyboard and what remains is a beautifully written first installment about two people who are broken but not destroyed. 

When Jade Roberts is jilted at the altar, she heads to the ranch owned by her best friend from college, Marjorie, and her three older brothers. Arriving at the tiny airport in Grand Junction, CO, she is greeted by Talon, the brother Jade never met. The physical attraction is instant yet reluctance by both parties is apparent. More frightening for Talon Steel, is the immediate emotional connection they also share.

That’s what had first drawn me to Jade—those eyes. I felt naked, like she could see right through me, into the very recesses of my broken soul. It scared the hell out of me…

Those eyes…I could never let her get close to me. She would see right through all of the walls that I had built up around me, all the secrets I’d buried deep inside. I could never tell her the truth about why I didn’t sleep, about the demons that haunted me in my dreams. I could never tell anyone.

[Are you willing to wait for the perfect HEA? ...]

Apr 29 2016 9:30am

Uplift Us: April 2016 Women’s Fiction Best Bets

Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

“I once received a letter from an old lady in California who informed me that when the tired reader comes home at night, he wishes to read something that will lift up his heart. And it seems her heart had not been lifted up by anything of mine she had read. I think that if her heart had been in the right place, it would have been lifted up.”
Flannery O'Connor

Tired readers rejoice because April is full of uplifting books. Even the most complex and trouble characters makes their way to a better place. And with it being Spring, romance is definitely in the mix. Many of the book out this month are full love’s twists and turns. Enjoy!

Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

After sixty years of marriage and five daughters, Lynn “Lovey” White knows that all of us, from time to time, need to use our little white lies.

Her granddaughter, Annabelle, on the other hand, is as truthful as they come. She always does the right thing—that is, until she dumps her hedge fund manager fiancé and marries a musician she has known for three days. After all, her grandparents, who fell in love at first sight, have shared a lifetime of happiness, even through her grandfather’s declining health.

But when Annabelle’s world starts to collapse around her, she discovers that nothing about her picture-perfect family is as it seems. And Lovey has to decide whether one more lie will make or break the ones she loves . . .

Strengths: Warm familial bonds; Captivating View of varied romantic relationships; Both insightful and lighthearted; HEA

Measure of Love: Tablespoon
Introspection Level: Medium
Thoughts:  With charming characters, and views of perfect and non-perfect marriages this is a rewarding exploration of the fallacy and the veracity of just knowing immediately that he’s the one.

[Find your way on this journey ...]

Apr 29 2016 8:23am

Does a Character’s “Voice” Ever Pull You Out of a Story?

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Many times it's the voice, more than anything else, that pulls us in and has us coming back time and again. However, sometimes a voice just doesn't do it for us. Or it does, but for whatever reason it pulls us out of the story. Have you ever had a character's voice pull you out of a story? Maybe the female character's voice is pitch perfect, but the hero's isn't? Or vice versa. 

Let us know in the comments!

Apr 28 2016 4:30pm

At Home: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 4 (Chapter 3) Recap

Belgravia, episode 4  by Julian Fellowes

Editor's Note: Julian Fellowes is taking his skills to the literary world in a new book, Belgravia, being released in individual installments, starting with the Prologue (Episode 1) &  Chapter 1 (Episode 2), Chapter 2 (Episode 3), and now moving on to Chapter 3 (Episode 4). Stay tuned for every “recap” as each “episode” is published. 

Wow! What a nail-biting episode! The story is definitely picking up speed! Last week, we paused when the Countess of Brockenhurst had invited the Trenchards for her At Home, and sent a note to Anne letting her know that their secret grandson, Charles Pope, would be attending. This week’s episode is all about that dinner party, and let me tell you, tensions were high and some new complications were introduced. So without further ado, let’s get to it.

The episode starts with Anne getting ready for the party. She’s naturally nervous and is debating on whether she should let her husband, James, know about Charles Pope’s imminent appearance. James, on the other hand, is just excited to finally be included in a party at a peer’s house. And of course, Susan and Oliver are equally elated, particularly Susan, who’s been chomping at the bit for this opportunity.

[Party, Charles, and tea spilled ...]

Apr 28 2016 3:11pm

Free Piper Huguley & Sarina Bowen Reads, Plus Harry Potter Wall Art: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Lawyer's Luck by Piper HuguleyDeal Alert: Piper Huguley's historical novella “The Lawyer's Luck,” a Home to Milford College prequel story, is FREE in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Huguley's books can regularly be found in Wendy the Super Librarian's monthly best bets lists for unusual historicals.

Deal Alert: Sarina Bowen's sports romance Coming in from the Cold, first in the Gravity series, is FREE in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* New to Bowen? Get a feel for her voice with a sneak peek at her novel The Fifteenth Minute.

Deal Alert: Jenna Sutton's office romance All the Right Places is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Sutton explores the “Pleasures and Perils of Workplace Romances in Real Life and on Television,” with examples from Castle/Beckett's and the Obamas' romances as evidence, in an H&H guest post.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Accent walls are good, but Harry Potter accent walls are THE BEST. Author and Potterhead Meredith McCardle painted page 1 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on a wall in her house and it is not just gorgeous, it's inspirational. If you could paint a page from a book on a wall in your house, what would it be?

[+Heroines over 40 & a Highlander soulmate quiz...]

Apr 28 2016 1:30pm

Why Prince Songs Make a Perfect Soundtrack for Romance Novels

GP: Prince loved and celebrated women!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Abigail Strom to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Abigail's new college romance, Claire, which came out last week, features a kickass female musician named Claire, and it’s fair to say that she wouldn’t be who she is without Prince—none of us would, really. Abigail is here today to talk about the enduring power of his songs and why Prince will never be forgotten. Thanks, Abigail!

I first got into Prince when I was thirteen years old, and even though I didn’t understand half of what he was singing about until much later, there was one thing I knew right away.

Prince loved women. He loved them on every possible level.

When you thought he was writing about sex, he was also writing about love. And when he wrote about love, he often found it through sex.

[Prince made the perfect songs for romance ...]

Apr 28 2016 12:00pm

Tangled: Exclusive Excerpt

Kate Douglas

Tangled by Kate Douglas

Nate shows up to work at Tangled Vineyards ready to do what he loves best—craft award-winning wines. But when something better comes in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner, Nate is completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled's mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a temptation, Nate doesn't stand a chance.

Get a sneak peek at Kate Douglas's Tangled (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


“Well, shit.” Nate Dunagan stood on the wrong side of the locked gate currently barring him from reporting to his new job at the Tangled Vines Dry Creek Valley vineyard, and honestly didn’t know whether to laugh, cut loose with a primal scream, or just keep cussing. He really should have expected this, considering the day he’d had. After a ten-hour drive from Paso Robles that should have taken less than five—thanks to a grid-locked San Francisco Bay Area—a call from Marcus Reed, his new boss, telling Nate he’d be unable to meet him tonight as planned, and a dead cell phone, the locked gate was totally apropos.

Daylight was fading fast and the charger for the dead phone was stuck somewhere in one of the boxes with all his belongings in the back of the Silverado. According to his new boss, the winemaker would let him in. All he had to do was give her a call.

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Apr 28 2016 11:00am

Silence the Canary’s Cry: Arrow 4x19 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Arrow 4x19 Canary Cry Oliver eye-banging Felicity

Show/Episode: Arrow 4x19 “Canary Cry”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

TV Recap: Arrow 4x19 Oliver/Felicity Captain's Log

It’s time to finally put Laurel Lance to rest. The entire episode centered around the death of Laurel that we saw at the end of the last episode. Cut throughout were flashbacks to the week surrounding Tommy’s funeral, back in May 2013. Oliver didn’t show up for the funeral (which was Standard Oliver Operating Procedure back in the day… remember him MIA from Moira’s funeral in April 2014?). Afterwards, Laurel tells him that she wished he was there and that Tommy would wish he was too. He wanted to deliver a eulogy but just couldn’t. The two share a moment, remembering Tommy together. They share a kiss and Laurel tells him she’s excited about their future together. Oliver’s face falls and sure enough, the next thing that happens is Laurel finds a letter from him shoved under her door. Inside is the picture he carried while he was away for five years, a trite “I’m sorry, but I can’t” style letter. Then we see Oliver flying towards Lian Yu, which is where we found him in the beginning of Season 2.

A lot of retconning of actual events had to take place for this series of flashbacks but I saw it for what it was… a last kindness for the fans who shipped Laurel and Oliver. Because, as the rest of the episode made sure we understand: Laurel is dead and she’s not coming back.

[Crying, Crying, and back to saving the city ...]

Apr 28 2016 9:30am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of April 2016

Broken by Cynthia Eden

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for April 2016 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Nichole Severn:

My best of April pick is Broken by Cynthia Eden. This is the first in her LOST series and I couldn't put it down. The sexual tension between Gabe and Eve is unforgettable and the mystery had me guessing to the end.​ Best book I've read of hers since Deal with the Devil.

Nicola R. White:

Enchanting The Lady by Kathrynne Kennedy is just as magical as the cover suggests. It has everything I crave in a historical/fantasy blend, including an intrepid heroine, amazing world building, and a miniature dragon. This is book one in what looks to be a  very fun series, and I can't wait to read more!


The Sub's Club by J.A. Rock is a great example of how a really kinky book can be almost... universal. The particular sex acts described range from meh to oh-my-God-in-heaven-no on my personal interest scale, but I didn't give a fig. (Pun intended.) The narrator has such a great, funny voice, and he's dealing with such complex, real issues. And his Dom/love interest is off the hook weird and adorable.

[More books for your TBR list ...]