<i>In the Fast Lane</i>: Exclusive Excerpt In the Fast Lane: Exclusive Excerpt Audra North "He could hear that strong feminine voice in his mind." <i>Do Not Forsake Me</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Do Not Forsake Me: Exclusive Excerpt Rosanne Bittner "He always knew there’d be the devil to pay." <i>The Perfect Bargain</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Perfect Bargain: Exclusive Excerpt Jessa McAdams "He was right—she was too prim for that." <i>The Devil Wears Spurs</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Devil Wears Spurs: Exclusive Excerpt Soraya Lane "She swallowed, hard, trying to think of something witty to say."
From The Blog
July 2, 2015
Listening to Tessa Bailey's Officer Off Limits
July 2, 2015
5 Heroines Who Don't Care About Scandal!
Julie LeMense
July 2, 2015
Alexis Hall's Compelling Couple in For Real
Janet Webb
July 1, 2015
The Role of Family in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy
Sharon Ashwood
July 1, 2015
Romance News: Reisz, Roberts, and Ward!
Heather Waters
Jul 3 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: The Men of Turn

The Men of AMC's Turn

Tomorrow is The Fourth of July in America, or Independence Day! While for the most part, it's just used as a day off work, shows like AMC's Turn remind us of the men and women who fought, died, and spied for our country's freedom. There are so many reasons to love the men of this show, but for our purposes, the one we'll be focusing on is because they're pretty.

Have you watched Turn?

[These guys know how to rock a queue...]

Jul 3 2015 12:00pm

In the Fast Lane: Exclusive Excerpt

Audra North

In the Fast Lane by Audra North

Life in the fast lane.

Racing cars is in Kerri Hart's blood—literally, since it's the family business. But Hart Racing is in dire financial straits, and as the only female rookie driver, Kerri's sponsorship offers always tend to be of the unzipped racing-suit variety. It's a message she'd rather not sell to her young fans. But how can she afford not to?

Love on overdrive.

Ranger Colt knows how to make a woman's heart race. But when his voice pops up on Kerri's headset—while she's in mid-tailspin—she's in no mood for his charms. Colt Hardware now has a significant stake in the Hart family business, and Kerri has no choice but to work with him. But when her ex-boyfriend makes a very public, tabloid-fodder scene that threatens to tarnish her image, it's Ranger who comes to the rescue. Pretending to be engaged to generate some good publicity seems like a good plan. In fact, it works—all too well. What begins as a ruse is revving up to feel a whole lot like the real thing. Will Kerri and Ranger's fake-lationship take a wild turn. . .and lead them toward the finish?

Get a sneak peek at Audra North's In the Fast Lane (available July 14, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

“Holy rotors!” Kerri slammed on the brakes and swerved, groaning with the effort it took to move a couple of tons of metal barreling down the racetrack at nearly two hundred miles an hour. The car shifted to the right, toward the wall. Shit. Not good. She threw all her weight against the wheel, trying to change course while Grady’s voice started screaming in her ear, “Ease up on the brake or you’re gonna spin out! Fucking sh—”

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Jul 3 2015 9:30am

First Look: Scarlett Cole’s The Strongest Steel (July 7, 2015)

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

Scarlett Cole
The Strongest Steel (Second Circle Tattoos #1)
St. Martin's Press / July 7, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Harper Connelly never expected to find herself outside of a tattoo parlor at one in the morning, summoning the nerve to take back her past. She's determined to forget her old life and is looking for an artist who can tattoo over the scars on her back.

Trent Andrews, local legend and owner of the Second Circle tattoo studio, has his own reasons for specializing in inking over scars. And in spite of her mysterious past and the difficult road ahead, he quickly realizes that Harper is funny, smart, and-under her ridiculously oversized clothing and SPF 100 sunscreen-totally hot. He's happy to take on the challenge of designing a meaningful and deadly full-back tattoo for her.

But when cryptic messages start appearing on Harper's phone, strange deliveries arrive at her door, and Second Circle is vandalized, Harper is convinced that her ex-boyfriend has tracked her down, and worse, that he knows about Trent. Running was the only thing that saved her last time, but now that she's started to put down roots in Miami, she'll have to decide if she can finally fight back instead.

Does the thought of a sexy but gentle tattoo artist helping a heroine to overcome her scars double click your mouse?

If so, this romantic suspense novel is for you.

When we first meet the heroine, Harper, she’s carrying around a blue envelope from a United States penitentiary in her purse which she can’t bring herself to open, and it’s also clear that she’s carrying some significant scars from her blood-soaked past (a past which is keen to catch up with her).

[But there might be a strapping hero to get in the way?]

Jul 2 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Lynne Connolly’s Danger Wears White (July 7, 2015)

Dangers Wears White by Lynne Connolly

Lynne Connolly
Danger Wears White (The Emperors of London #3)
Lyrical Press / July 7, 2015 / $15.00 print, $4.99 digital

Hoping to live down her family’s connections to the traitorous Jacobite cause, Imogen wants nothing more than a quiet life in the country. When she stumbles upon a wounded man, the white cockade in his coat tells her he’s a Jacobite, and a danger to the crown. Yet there’s something about him she can’t resist . . .

In search of a document on behalf of his powerful family, Tony is shot and left for dead. Secreted away to a hidden chamber, he finds himself both a guest and prisoner of a beautiful but mysterious woman. What she wants and who she serves, he cannot know. But what he does understand is the desire burning strongly between them. And that neither of them will be spared until their lust is sated.

When the action moves to London, suddenly it’s Tony who has to act to save Imogen. Forced to become a lady in waiting to Princess Amelia, she is in peril from the Jacobites, who are convinced she is their salvation. Only the strength of Tony and Imogen’s love can save them now.

Full Disclosure: On top of being a writer, Lynne Connolly is a blogger at Heroes & Heartbreakers and has blogged with Wendy the Super Librarian at The Good, The Bad and the Unread.

[A true Georgian historical about a spy and his heroine...]

Jul 2 2015 3:14pm

Romance News Roundup: Jenny’s Wedding & Independence Day Recs!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

—Happy Independence Day weekend to my fellow Americans! Team H&H will be taking a long holiday weekend, so the Romance News Roundup will be taking a brief hiatus, back on Monday.

—Katherine Heigl's Jenny is looking forward to marrying Alexis Bledel's Kitty in the film Jenny's Wedding, which looks lovely:

—BookBub offers up book recommendations for your Fourth of July weekend whether you're in the mood for Revolutionary War/Independence Day reads or lighter fare for sunbathing at the beach.

—Deal Alert #1: Nothing says summer lovin' like a road trip, seduction, and Miami, and that's exactly what you'll find in Rachel Gibson's Run to You. It's currently on sale in e-only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Get a taste of the action in our First Look of Run to You. *

*We don't know how long these deals will last so get them before they're gone!

Jul 2 2015 1:30pm

Do You Hear What I Hear? Listening to Tessa Bailey’s Officer Off Limits

Officer Off Limits by Tessa Bailey

What happens when a reader who doesn’t like audiobooks puts Audible to the test with one of her favorite authors? An eye ear-opening experience, that’s what.

Since I began blogging for H&H late last year, I’ve challenged some of my long-held beliefs about reading. I used to think re-reading was a waste of time. No longer. I will now read a series out of order. (But only if I don’t have time to read the backlist. And only if I don’t miss a lot of world-building. And... Okay, so I’m still working on that one. ) I figured it was time to give audio books another try.

I have a dear friend who raves about listening to novels and how much more reading she gets done because of the convenience of audio books. I sit in traffic for up to two hours each workday commuting to and from the office. I listen to talk radio. Audio books should be in my wheelhouse, right? Alas, the previous times I tried listening to books I found myself getting easily distracted and losing my place. So, I thought I should try an author I knew would hold my attention, particularly with her steamy sex scenes. Would hearing someone else read graphic sex scenes in an audio book make me uncomfortable? (I’m from New England and have weirdly held onto some ancient prudish beliefs from the Pilgrims, I think.) Time to find out. Enter Tessa Bailey.

[Listen to Tessa Bailey's Officer Off Limits audiobook...]

Jul 2 2015 11:30am

The Regency…Oh, the Scandal of It!: 5 Heroines Who Don’t Care About Scandal!

Today we're thrilled to have Julie LeMense at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Julie's latest book, Once Upon a Scandal, came out on June 22, and deals with a heroine who wanted to avoid scandal at all costs—too bad she's saddled with one of her father's making! When the chance to save her reputation is presented, she leaps at it! However, Julie is here to today to talk about the heroines who learn to ignore society and relish their scandal. Thanks, Julie!

Were your parents overprotective when you were growing up? Trust me, they had nothing on parents in England’s Regency and Victorian eras. Forget about kissing an eager swain in the garden, and getting sent to your room when you were caught. You’d be standing in front of a vicar, with a marriage license at the ready.

Unchaperoned contact between the sexes was strictly off limits. In fact, you could cause a scandal just by flashing too much ankle, or dancing more than twice with the same man at a society function. Everyone was always watching, and if you didn’t hew to their expectations, you ruined not only yourself, but also your family.

So might as well make the scandal worth the fall, right?

[Meet the five heroines who defy society's labels...]

Jul 2 2015 9:30am

Opposites Attract, For Real: Alexis Hall’s Compelling Couple

For Real by Alexis Hall

Note: Alexis Hall, on top of being a top-notch writer, has also blogged for Heroes and Heartbreakers. 

A new book by Alexis Hall, with characters that move seamlessly between London and Oxford, is something to be celebrated. The description of the plot reads like opposites attract? They’re from different generations and it seems like their life experiences have nothing in common. Really all they share, seemingly, is their sexual preferences—is that how the relationship between Laurie and Toby will play out?

During malaise-filled mental meanderings, Laurie connects his distaste with the Scene to a quote from Anthony Powell,

“The image of Time brought thoughts of mortality: of human beings...moving hand in hand in intricate measure...while partners disappear only to reappear again, once more giving pattern to the spectacle: unable to control the melody, unable, perhaps, to control the steps of the dance.”

And thought: Yes, that. Nothing but a dance to the music of time. As meaningless as it was ultimately unchanging.

At a kinky party, Laurie encounters Toby, a “skinny nineteen-year-old with his adolescence still written on his skin” and this changes the ennui-filled pattern of Laurie’s emotional life dramatically. Toby tells Laurie that he wants him—wants him as a Dom wants a “strong, hot, powerful, man” who submits “because he wants to and because I want him to.” Laurie invites Toby to go home with him but he is concerned enough about the disparities between them to halt the proceedings and talk. It’s a funny rambling conversation and Toby has Laurie, concerned that he’s stepping into cougar territory, dead to rights. Toby wants Laurie, it’s that simple. He’s “amused and exasperated” with Laurie’s quibbles.

[Toby falls for a powerful Dom and he just can't stop falling...]

Jul 2 2015 8:04am

Throwback Thursday: What Book Most Influenced Your Adult Reading?

Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

We all have those books that we read and loved as children or young teens that then went on to heavily influence our reading as adults. Sometimes it's that we discover the author was writing in the Young Adult genre, but really had dozens of books in adult genres that led us to where we are today. Other times, it's simply the tropes that we were introduced to in that early book, that we can find parallels for in our current reading. 

What book did that for you? What themes, tropes, or archetypes can you find that carried over from that early book, into your current reading? 

Let me know in the comments!

Jul 1 2015 4:30pm

Family Matters: The Role of Family in Paranormal Romance and Urban Fantasy

Possessed by the Fallen by Sharon Ashwood

Today we're thrilled to welcome Sharon Ashwood to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sharon's latest release, Possessed by the Fallen, came out today! Sharon writes about wolf shifters, and as we all know, wolves run in packs. Sharon is here today to talk about the unique influence family has on us and how that influence shapes the background and journey of a character. Thanks, Sharon!

No man is an island, unless he’s an alpha hero.  The image of the lone cowboy riding into a prairie sunset is firmly fixed in the popular imagination. He’s the symbol of individualism, independence, and the belief that personal strength of character can overcome every obstacle. He’s a figure of romance in the older sense of the word—an avatar of the quest, a demigod who has accepted loneliness as the price of storied adventure. Or, at least that’s what his publicist would have us believe. Never believe a press kit.

He’s not so alone as all that. Scratch the surface and our hero (unless he’s utterly socially dysfunctional) has a life with relationships and community, even if it’s a less than traditional one. One of the favorite tropes of popular fiction is the “band of brothers,” a group of strong male characters who are held together by a shared experience or purpose. Both military adventures and heist stories use this construct, as do a wealth of paranormal romances. J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood series is an obvious example—no one would ever question the individual power of the heroes, and yet they work within a complex, interdependent community that makes them stronger than they would be on their own.

[Author Sharon Ashwood's talks about family influences on story-telling...]

Jul 1 2015 3:33pm

Romance News Roundup: Tiffany Reisz Teaser, Nora Roberts Deal, and J.R. Ward Fantasy Cast!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts—Deal Alert #1: Nora Roberts's Whiskey Beach is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore.* You can find all things Nora at H&H here.

Tiffany Reisz has just released a teaser for The Queen from her series The Original Sinners: The White Years. Are you psyched? If you're new to the world, head over to Jennifer Porter's post on the compelling Original Sinners world.

Bitten, the TV series based on Kelley Armstrong's Women of the Otherworld books, has been renewed for a third season. Have you been keeping up with Elena, Clay, and the gang? Looking forward to a new season? If you need to catch up, our Bitten Seasons 1 and 2 episode recaps are here.

—“We're making a movie about male strippers here. Make no mistake, I came to play.” Joe Manganiello's Vulture interview for Magic Mike XXL is worth a read for those lines and more. See what Mala Bhattacharjee thought of Magic Mike XXL in her movie review for H&H.

—Deal Alert #2: Abbi Glines's The Vincent Boys is $1.99 in e-book right now Amazon and more.*

[+J.R. Ward fantasy casting & a Cynthia Eden deal...]

Jul 1 2015 2:00pm

Cover Wednesday: Exclusive Reveals from Kerrigan Byrne, Laurelin McGee, Mia Gabriel, Dawn Ryder, and Melanie Scott

Today we have cover reveals from Kerrigan Byrne, Laurelin McGee, Mia Gabriel, Dawn Ryder, and Melanie Scott. He's hired to hunt her down, but once the hero lays eyes on his beautiful prey, he only wants to protect her in Kerrigan Byrne's The Hunter. They can't fight this feeling anymore when an online relationship gets real in Laurelin McGee's Love Struck. Lord Savage returns in Mia Gabriel's Savage Nights. She's too good to be bad, and he's bad in all the right ways in Dawn Ryder's Dangerous to Know. Then it's time for these two lovers to put their professional lives on hold and step up to the plate for each other in Melanie Scott's Playing Hard.

[Learn more about these books and view the amazing covers...]

Jul 1 2015 12:00pm

Do Not Forsake Me: Exclusive Excerpt

Rosanne Bittner

Do Not Forsake Me by Rosanne Bittner Fate brought them together. His past may tear them apart.

Miranda Hayes' life was changed the day she faced down infamous gunslinger Jake Harkner...and walked away with his heart. Their fates have been intertwined ever since. Hunted by the law, fleeing across a savage land, their desperate love flourished despite countless sorrows. Now, twenty-six years later, their family has finally found some measure of peace...balanced on the knife's edge of danger.

Jake has spent his years as a U.S. Marshal atoning for sins, bringing law to the land he once terrorized. But no matter how hard he fights the demons of his brutal past, the old darkness still threatens to consume him. Only Miranda keeps the shadows at bay. But when outlaws looking for revenge strike a fatal blow, Jake risks losing the one woman who saw past his hard exterior and to the man inside.

He always knew there’d be the devil to pay. He just never realized he might not be the one to bear the ultimate price.

Get a sneak peek at Rosanne Bittner's Do Not Forsake (available July 7, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

With a reporter’s eye, Jeff Trubridge studied Marshal Jake Harkner as the man rode into Guthrie with four prisoners in tow, three of them looking mean but defeated, their faces bruised and battered. The fourth man was obviously dead, his body draped over a horse and wrapped in a blanket tied tightly with rope.

Harkner put two fingers to his lips and gave out a loud whistle.

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Jul 1 2015 11:00am

O Canada! Celebrating Canadian Romances and Writers

Mrs. Mike by Benedict and Nancy Freeman

O Canada!

When you think of our neighbor north of the 49th Parallel, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? 

Why, romance, of course! 

I’m not Canadian, but some of my best friends are, and I love to visit their country.  It’s the land where a Stampede is a good thing, at least in Calgary, and you buy your coffee and doughnuts at Tim Hortons with “loonies” and “toonies”.  Heck, Canadians gave the world Leonard Cohen and for that alone we should all be grateful and appreciative!

Sure, the U.S. invaded Canada once or twice, but that’s all behind us now (I hope), and in honor of Canada Day it’s time to pour yourself an ice-wine and raise a glass to The Great White North.

Canada doesn’t take a back seat to anyone in North America when it comes to romance. To readers in the United States, “Canada romance” means the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, aka The Mounties. In the early 20th C., Nelson Eddy crooning to Jeanette MacDonald in Rose-Marie made women’s hearts go pitty-pat for a man in a red coat. The RCMP, famous for always getting their man (and who doesn’t agree with that motto?), conjures images of Dudley Do-Right with his square jaw, the aforementioned baritone Nelson Eddy as Sgt. Bruce, and lovely lines of red-coated gents on parade. 

[In the mood for a little Canadian romance?]

Jul 1 2015 9:30am

First Look: Roni Loren’s Call on Me (July 7, 2015)

Call On Me by Roni Loren

Roni Loren
Call on Me (Loving on the Edge Series, #8)
Penguin Publishing Group / July 7, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

The new Loving on the Edge novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Nothing Between Us and Need You Tonight…

Oakley Easton wants two things: to be a good mom to her daughter and to ditch her less than ideal night job. Hooking up with bad boy drummer Pike Ryland? Not on the agenda. She needs a promotion. Not sex, tattoos and rock ’n’ roll.

Pike isn’t about to let Ms. Prim and Proper shut him down so easily, especially when he stumbles upon Oakley’s sexy night job. She’s only playing a role on those late night calls with strangers, but when he gets her on the line, all bets are off. He won’t stop until that sultry voice is calling his name for real.

But as they move from anonymous fantasies in the dark to the flesh-on-hot-flesh reality of the bedroom, the risk of falling in love becomes all too high. And the safe, quiet world that Oakley’s worked so hard to create is about to be exposed to the one person who could ruin it all.

I’m pretty certain that Roni Loren can do no wrong with her Loving on the Edge series. With Call on Me, we get Pike Ryland’s story as he woos Oakley Easton - mom, receptionist, former girl-band member, and phone sex operator. Except Oakley is trying to keep half of those titles under wraps. After getting pregnant far too early, she was asked to leave Girl-Pop and began raising her daughter on her own. That time of her life left multiple deep scars, causing Oakley to bury that part of her history, save her daughter. A daughter she would do anything for, including going into debt to put her in a special school that has resources for children with Asperger’s and other special needs. Enter her job as a phone sex operator. Not a job that she gets off on, nor does she let anyone else know. But she can make good money because her voice can make men melt with just one word, it is that sultry.

[One man cannot get enough of that seductive voice...]

Jul 1 2015 8:05am

Do You Collect Multiple Editions of a Book?

With reprints and reissues, e-first, paperback, hardcover, tradepaper...there are so many editions to consider! When it comes to your favorite authors, do you find that you collect multiple editions? Maybe a paper copy to keep and an e-copy to read?

What are some of your habits when it comes to your favorite authors? Let me know!

Jun 30 2015 4:30pm

First Look: J.L. Merrow’s Played! (June 30, 2015)

J.L. Merrow
Played! (Shamwell Tales #2)
Samhain Publishing / June 30, 2015 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

All the world's a stage...but real-life lessons are hidden in the heart.

The Shamwell Tales, Book 2

Though Tristan must join his family's New York firm at summer's end-no more farting around on stage, as his father so bluntly puts it-he can't resist when Shamwell's local amateur dramatics society begs him to take a role in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

The bonus: giving private acting lessons to a local handyman who's been curiously resistant to Tristan's advances. Not only is Con delicious, there's fifty pounds riding on Tristan getting him in his bed.

A late-diagnosed dyslexic, Con's never dared to act, convinced he'd never be able to learn his lines. But with Tristan's help, he takes the chance. Trouble is, the last time Con fell for a guy, he ended up getting his heart broken. And with Tristan due to leave the country soon, Con is determined not to start anything that's bound to finish badly.

Just as Tristan thinks he's finally won Con's heart-and given his own in return-disaster strikes. And the curtain may have fallen forever on their chance for happiness.

Warning: Contains a surfeit of Bottoms and asses, together with enough mangled quotations to have the Bard of Avon gyrating in his grave.

With the USA legalizing same-sex marriage on a national scale this past week, it seemed appropriate that the next book I’d write about for H&H would be a queer romance. J.L. Merrow’s Played! called out to me because of the catnip: queer men, one witty and theatrical, the other down to earth and conventionally bodacious, finding love and sexytimes with each other. I’m a fan of the UK-styled wit that Merrow clearly channeled with the story, and it was helped by a strong opposites attract romantic storyline. Played! is a tip of the hat to Shakespeare, theater, sharing passions, and male/male romance.

[A must read male/male romance...]

Jun 30 2015 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Jane Green, Katharine Ashe, and KCole Deals!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Mr. Maybe by Jane Green—Deal Alert #1: Jane Green's Mr. Maybe is $1.99 at the moment in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon.* Get to know Jane Green's writing with excerpts from Summer Secrets and Another Piece of My Heart.

—Deal Alert #2: Katharine Ashe's I Adored a Lord is $1.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.*

—Deal Alert #3: Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter's holiday anthology Deep Kiss of Winter is currently $1.99 at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.*

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Jun 30 2015 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Jennifer Estep, Shiloh Walker, Tillie Cole, and Santino Hassell

Today we have cover reveals from Jennifer Estep, Shiloh Walker, Tillie Cole, and Santino Hassell. First up, you better stay far away from the assassin on a mission in Jennifer Estep's Bitter Bite. Then, he'd walk through Hell for her, but Hell isn't letting him back out in Shiloh Walker's Grimm's End. It's two books for one in the bindup of the first two books in Tillie Cole's Scarred Souls series, Raze and Reap. Then explore New York City in Santino Hassell's Sutphin Boulevard.

[Learn more about these books and view the amazing covers...]

Jun 30 2015 1:00pm

Talk Nerdy to Me: Top 5 Nerds in Romance (and Why We Love Them)

Searching for Always by Jennifer Probst

Today we're thrilled to welcome Jennifer Probst to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Jennifer's latest book, Searching for Always is the fourth book in her matchmaking Searching For series that sees two opposites attracting. Many times that opposites attract trope is used between a nerd and a “popular guy or girl”—to use high school terminology. Jennifer has written that story too featuring the nerd closest to her heart Nate Ellison Raymond Dunkle (yes, his initials spell N.E.R.D.) in Searching for Perfect. Jennifer is here to talk about the glorious appeal of the nerd, and why we all need one in our lives! Thanks, Jennifer!

It's June and I'm ready! For what, you ask?

The end of school. The end of rushing out in the morning with the kids, and making lunches, and missing buses. I'm ready to roll out of bed when I want to, cook a real breakfast other than frozen waffles, and spend some well needed time reading a book on the back deck, cocktail in one hand, while the sun beams bright and hot in the sky.

[Author Jennifer Probst talks nerdy book boyfriends...]