<i>Make Me Stay</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Make Me Stay: Exclusive Excerpt Jaci Burton "She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love." <i>Midnight Wrangler</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Midnight Wrangler: Exclusive Excerpt Cat Johnson "He thought about doing more than kissing her." <i>For His Pleasure</i>: Exclusive Excerpt For His Pleasure: Exclusive Excerpt Suzanne Rock “Stop worrying and enjoy the moment.” <i>Coming Apart at the Seams</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Coming Apart at the Seams: Exclusive Excerpt Jenna Sutton "He’ll do whatever it takes to win her over."
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Nov 26 2015 9:30am

Extra Helpings: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for November 2015

Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister

If your annual strategy to surviving Thanksgiving and Christmas involves hiding from your family and cuddling with up with some paranormal goodness then you’re in the right place.  Sure, none of these books are as scary as what happens when my family gathers together, but these action packed stories still promise to give you a thrill!

Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister


According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he's now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep—until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon's dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman...


Bee isn't sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he's grown to love with fierce intensity.

Constantine is a cocky dragon with a fine ass.  It’s a hilarious, quirky ride as he rescues the Charmer Bee, who is kind of trapped in hell. Bee has also had a relationship with a dragon before so she’s not keen to repeat the experience.  If you have ever dated a DJ or an “actor” then you can probably relate.  Anyway, there’s this dragonkin curse so Bee and Constantine team up to deal with that. And there’s also this demon lord thing. But it’s really all about the sexually charged situations that the two find themselves in.  There’s also some of that bickering foreplay which is pretty amusing. Good times!

[And more from where that came from ...]

Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Years ago, family loyalty caused Fain Hauk to give up everything he loved: His military career. His planet. His fiancée. Even his name.

Now decades later, everything has changed. He’s built a new life out of the ashes of his old, and he’s vowed to never let anything threaten his loved ones again.

But when old enemies align themselves with new ones, he’s caught in the middle of a brutal war. And when fate throws his former fiancée back into his world and she has her own agenda that includes taking his head for what he did to her years ago, more than just his life is at stake. The fate of the Ichidian universe and that of his brothers-in-arms hangs in the balance. Winner take all.

It’s killed or be killed, and never has the battle been more fierce…

Or more fun.

I’m all kinds of obsessed with second chance romances and Sherrilyn Kenyon is a goddess so I was looking forward to this one.  We know that Fain left his fiancé Galene and abandoned his son years ago to run off and marry a human woman.  Of courses he’s not the deadbeat that we imagine, there’s more to it than that and he just might deserve a second chance. This is an emotional ride as Galene and Faine work through their issues as their paths cross again. There’s also the brutal war against the League, with explosions and a growing body count.  Enjoy another well-paced, intricately woven installment to the League series!

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts

To celebrate the rise of their new queen, three goddesses of the moon created three stars, one of fire, one of ice, one of water. But then they fell from the sky, putting the fate of all worlds in danger. And now three women and three men join forces to pick up the pieces…

Sasha Riggs is a reclusive artist, haunted by dreams and nightmares that she turns into extraordinary paintings. Her visions lead her to the Greek island of Corfu, where five others have been lured to seek the fire star. Sasha recognizes them, because she has drawn them: a magician, an archaeologist, a wanderer, a fighter, a loner. All on a quest. All with secrets.

Sasha is the one who holds them together—the seer. And in the magician, Bran Killian, she sees a man of immense power and compassion. As Sasha struggles with her rare ability, Bran is there to support her, challenge her, and believe in her.

But Sasha and Bran are just two of the six. And they all must all work together as a team to find the fire star in a cradle of land beneath the sea. Over their every attempt at trust, unity, and love, a dark threat looms. And it seeks to corrupt everything that stands in its way of possessing the stars…

Six very different individuals are brought together on a quest to find three stars and protect them from evil. Sorta like Friends meets Harry Potter – except they’re handing out in Greece. With Nora it’s all about the relationships and that warm cozy feeling she gives us. Sasha is a reclusive artist from the mountains of North Carolina.  She is plagued by nightmares but she’s able to them into paintings so it’s not all bad.  When she joins the star quest, she meets Bran – and she’s already foreseen their relationship.  Bran is a magician which is awesome because magic is cool. Anyway, he’s dealing with his own secrets and turmoil but it’s apparent that Sasha and Bran are fated.

Feel the Burn by G.A Aiken

Feel the Burn by G.A Aiken

War makes strange bedfellows.

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

Aiken continues to subvert gender stereotypes with the Daughters of the Steppes who firmly believe that men are a little too emotional and stupid for their own good. This makes for some pretty bad ass heroines and Kachka is no exception, like a member of the superior gender, she rescues Gaius (of course he needs help, he’s only a man). Anyway, then the two embark on another rescue mission to free Garbhàn Isle from this crazy cult.  It’s good stuff.  There’s also some great dialogue between this stubborn pair as they continually challenge each other. While Kachka may feel some love-hate between for Gaius, her feelings for the one eyed dragon’s one eyed monster are infinitely simpler (sexy!).  It’s a fun world filled with chaos, magic and hilarity, which offset the carnage and violence.

Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley

Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley

Immortal Vikings are among us.

Leif Skarsganger and his elite band of immortal warriors have been charged to protect humanity from the evil Norse god Loki.

Under attack from Loki’s minions, Leif is shocked to encounter a dark-haired beauty who fights like a warrior herself. Wounded and feverish, the Viking kisses her, inadvertently triggering an ancient Norse bond. But when Naya Brisbane breaks away and disappears before the bond is completed, Leif’s warrior spirit goes berserk. If Leif doesn’t find her fast, he’s going to lose himself to permanent battle fury.

But Naya doesn’t want to be found...and he’ll do anything to find her. Because they’re both running out of time.

There’s an awesome blending of classic Norse mythology with modern super high tech enhanced humans and lab experiments here.    Viking King Leif (who was obviously played by Chris Hemsworth in my very dirty imagination) leads a band of warriors sent back to earth to save the humans from the bad guys.  Lab escapee Naya is Leif’s fated love, she keeps his berserker calm.  There’s action and intrigue here. I also enjoyed the bromance vibe between all the warriors and their macho banter.  This should please all those who dig horny Vikings.


Learn more about the books mentioned in this post: 

Born of Betrayal by Sherrilyn Kenyon  
Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister  
Stars of Fortune by Nora Roberts  
Feel the Burn by G.A Aiken  
Viking Warrior Rising by Asa Maria Bradley  







Jane Kriel, lover of chocolate and all things Sweet Valley High.



Nov 25 2015 4:30pm

Gifts for Book Lovers: Find the Perfect Gift Based on Favorite Reads

Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway

Unsure what to get your spouse or significant other? Do they read romance novels? If so, check the title and genre or use our handy gift guide to help us help you with your holiday shopping.

Name: Lock Me Up Bracelet

Inspired by: 50 Shades of Grey, Charlotte Stein’s Taken, and L.H. Cosway’s Hearts of Blue.

Why it’s a great gift: Perfect for the guy or gal who you want to make sure who’s love you have a lock on. This accessory is inspired from the covers of both the 50 Shades series as well as Cosway’s Hearts of Blue. The reference to Charlotte Stein’s Taken may be a little less obvious, but basically the hero locks up the Zooey Deschanel-like heroine who views the handcuffs as more of a connector and less of a restriction. The kink factor is pretty obvious for Shades of Grey fans, but for those who haven’t read Hearts of Blue, the heroine is a police constable and the hero is involved with things that are less than legal, also the cover literally shows the two clasping hands bound together by handcuffs so you can take it to be a literal or figurative symbol of their love.

[The perfect book gifts for loved-ones ...]

Nov 25 2015 2:00pm

Getting In the Spirit: Male/Male Best Bets for November 2015

Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

Holiday romances have become as much a sign of November as falling leaves and leftover turkey. This month offers some that are typically mushy and heartwarming, and also some with a little more edge. If neither is your thing, there's also a sun-drenched contemporary and a forbidden love historical.

Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas #3) by Heidi Cullinan

Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.

No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

 But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection.

When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

The third in Cullinan's popular Minnesota Christmas series. Is Paul really the last single man standing? Tune in next November to find out. Will there be more penis sculptures in holiday romances? Read on...

[Lift your spirit with these male/male Best Bets...]

Nov 25 2015 12:00pm

Make Me Stay: Exclusive Excerpt

Jaci Burton

Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Having left his hometown of Hope years ago, only one thing could persuade architect Reid McCormack to come home for a lengthy stay—the challenge of renovating a historic building. But once the job is finished, he’ll be headed back to Boston, no matter how much he’s drawn to beautiful florist Samantha Reasor.

Samantha watches over her elderly grandmother and pours a piece of herself into every floral creation she designs. Her crush on Reid has been blooming for a while now, but she’s reluctant to act on it. A temporary fling isn’t what she’s looking for, even if Reid is smoking hot and super sexy. She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love.

Two people with different goals couldn’t possibly work, and yet as their attraction grows into something deeper, maybe falling in love is the one thing Samantha and Reid can build a future on.

Get a sneak peek at Jaci Burton's Make Me Stay (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

She wound her way up to the third floor, where it looked similar to the second floor. Walls had been framed in and drywall was going up. Wood floors had been put in, and there was defined space up here. She wanted to linger, to walk into every room, but first she had to find Reid, because she had questions. She heard banging and talking, so she followed the sound.

She found him talking to one of the workers in one of the bathrooms.

“The wrong color sinks were delivered for up here,” the guy said, causing Reid to rub the side of his temple. “And the window people sent the wrong sizes for the second floor, so those don’t fit.”

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Nov 25 2015 9:30am

First Look: Xavier Neal’s Blue Dream (December 2, 2015)

Blue Dream by Xavier Neal

Xavier Neal
Blue Dream
Entertwine Publishing / December 2, 2015 / $0.99 digital

First love. Last love. Only love. Well, at least that's how Ryder Collins thinks of the girl he lost because of his addiction ten years ago. While Ryder is battling the demons of his past to save his future, he will start to question the nightmare that has become his reality and the illusive blue dream that he swears started it all.

I’ve read a few stories of Xavier Neal’s, but Blue Dream made my heart ache. Why was I so captivated by this story about love lost between an interracial couple in high school? Because the emotions were raw, the situations real, and the characters, though imperfect, ultimately just wanted to love and be loved.

The story starts out present day with Ryder in rehab for drug addiction. He’s had ten years to think about all the crap that went down when he was a senior in high school and in love with his girlfriend, Presley. Pressured by his callous alcoholic father to dump her, we are taken back to the past where the progression of Ryder’s and Presley’s relationship materializes and ultimately crashes to an end.

“That’s what being with her was like. Like having Blue Dream running through your system, all day every day. Pumping through your blood like it had replaced it. She was my first high. That one you never stop chasing.”

[There's nothing better than love ...]

Nov 25 2015 8:15am

What Fictional Characters Would You Invite to Orphan Thanksgiving?

Winn in Supergirl
Source: karazorelgifs.tumblr.com

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States and for many people that means spending time with family. However, for many others, timing and distance are too tight and too far, respectively. Thus, Orphan Thanksgiving (a.k.a. Friendsgiving) was born for those who could not—or, you know, didn't want to—be with their families. 

What fictional characters—from TV, movies, or books (we'll be genre agnostic today)—would you invite to your Orphan Thanksgiving?

Note: Team H&H will be taking a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll be back with Morning Coffees on Monday. You'll find us on social media still, but we hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Nov 24 2015 4:55pm

Romance News: Turkey Week Deals from Sandra Hill, Stephenie Meyer, and More

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.

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Author's Note: Afternoon Tea is taking a short break for the long Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S., but rest assured, we'll be back with more deals and news Monday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas in Transylvania by Sandra HillDeal Alert #1: Sandra Hill's Deadly Angels novella Christmas in Transylvania is discounted to $.99 at the moment at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via ReadCheaply).* The novella earned a callout in PhoebeChase's Holiday Romance Recommendations roundup last year.

Deal Alert #2: Pre-order the Seven Books for Seven Lovers e-book bundle (out December 7)—seven full-length novels from Molly Harper, Stephanie Haefner, Liora Blake, Gabra Zackman, Andrea Laurence, Colette Auclair, and Victoria Van Tiem—for $4.99 in e-book at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, et al.*

Deal Alert #3: M.L. Buchman's Hot Point is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon (via BookBub).* Feel the heat of the Firehwaks series with an excerpt from Bachman's Full Blaze on H&H.

[+Twilight deal and more...]

Nov 24 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin (December 1, 2015)

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole
Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)
Gallery / December 1, 2015 / 

A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

Editor's Note: This review contains spoilers for all books in the Immortals After Dark series, including the December 1 release of Sweet Ruin. This post especially discusses the Bringers of Doom and events relating to the Accession. Read with caution!

Wars are fought all the time with each side never understanding why the other side fights them. Each fighter knows that his side is the right one. Kresley Cole has been gearing us up for an upcoming war but after all this time, have we been backing the wrong side?

[We were warned ...]

Nov 24 2015 2:00pm

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s The Truth About Him (November 24, 2015)

The Truth About Him by M.O’Keefe

M. O'Keefe
The Truth About Him 
Random House / November 24, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

For fans of Christina Lauren and Jodi Ellen Malpas comes the next novel in M. O’Keefe’s breathtakingly sexy series about a woman called into a journey of the heart, body, and soul. 

We played our roles, told each other lies.
But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.
We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:
The thrilling danger.
The raw, naked desire.
The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.
Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

Note: This review contains spoilers for book 1 in the Everything I Left Unsaid series, Everything I Left Unsaid. Read with caution... or be prepared to be spoiled!

The end of Everything I Left Unsaid was a cliffhanger—a pulse-pounding, heart-in-my-throat one. After an entire novel of falling in love with Annie’s relentless honesty and bravery, leaving her in such danger was unthinkable.

Which is why I didn’t read it until I had The Truth About Him in my hot little hands.

[And now you should read too ...]

Nov 24 2015 12:00pm

Midnight Wrangler: Exclusive Excerpt

Cat Johnson

Midnight Wrangler by Cat Johnson

One Lonely Widower…

Rohn Lerner is a successful Oklahoma rancher. He’s old enough to know what he likes, and still young enough to enjoy it. But losing his wife five years ago wore him thin. He’s not ready to date, but he needs someone to share a meal with as badly as someone to warm his bed.

One Woman with a Secret…

Bonnie Martin fled her Oklahoma home years ago, leaving behind her abusive father, and Rohn, the lost love she never forgot. Now she’s back to settle her father’s estate, but she has no idea that she’s about to bump into Rohn or that they’ll fall for each other all over again.

Get a sneak peek at Cat Johnson's Midnight Wrangler (available November 24, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Rohn was nervous as he stood waiting outside the movie theater for Bonnie. He’d parked his pickup truck and was standing on the curb so she’d see him. He would have liked to have picked her up and driven her here himself, but she’d said to meet her instead.

He couldn’t count how many times he had imagined her riding shotgun in the passenger seat of his truck since the night he’d first talked to her at their prom. He dreamed of glancing over and seeing her there.

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Nov 23 2015 11:00am

Women’s Fiction Best Bets for November 2015

Put a Ring On It by Beth Kendrick

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. ~Author Unknown

The month’s selection range from lighthearted to more serious, but the heroine all share a common dilemma—they all must take risks. Some take risks in love; others in their career, and some even risk their lives fighting for their beliefs. Some end up happy, and some end up wise.

Put a Ring On It (Black Dog Bay Novel) by Beth Kendrick

Brighton Smith doesn’t do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, it’s her job to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he’s married someone else on a whim (“I looked at her and I just knew!”), she snaps…

That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorensen—hot, rich, and way out of her league—buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they’re exchanging vows at a drive-through chapel.

Brighton knows Jake is a bad bet, but she doesn’t care. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she’s finally having fun. Until the whirlwind romance gives way to painful reality...and Brighton finds out the truth about why a guy like Jake married a girl like her. With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.

Strengths:Lighthearted and Humorous, Comedic setting; Appealing Characters; HEA
Measure of Love: Tablespoon         
Introspection Level:Low
Thoughts: Engaging story between heroine and hero with contrasting personalities

[Healing wounds with these Best Bets ...]

Nov 24 2015 9:30am

Holiday 2015 Romance Novel Shopping List

It's the most wonderful time of year... to be buying books! Whether you're looking for a specific Christmas-themed book or just like to have a little ice and snow with your romances, we have the list for you. Below you'll find a list of holiday and winter romances to warm anyone's heart this holiday season. 

All of these book are available now, unless otherwise noted, so you can add them to your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping lists. If you're in a holiday mood and looking for Holiday Romances, look no further, we've been stockpiling these for you! Enjoy!

Heroes and Heartbreakers
Holiday Romance
Shopping List!

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Nov 24 2015 8:17am

What Book Are You Thankful For?

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

'Tis the season to remind ourselves, and our loved ones, of what we've had to be thankful for this year. There are many books that shape our reading as adults—especially the books we read as children—however, even into adulthood, and being “set in our ways,” we can find a book that changes our perspective on the genre, opens us up to a brand-new author or topic, and many other happy occasions.

What book or author has impacted you this year? What book are you thankful for? 

Let us know in the comments!

Nov 23 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Megan Hart’s Hold Me Close (November 24, 2015)

Hold Me Close by Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Hold Me Close
Harlequin Mira / November 24, 2015 / $15.99 print / $8.99 digital

Apart, they are broken, but together, they are whole 

Effie and Heath are famous. Not for anything they did, but for what happened to them as teenagers. Abducted and abused by the same man, they turned to each other for comfort until they were finally able to make their escape. 

Now adults, their relationship is fraught with guilt and despair. Whether fighting or making love, their passion is strong enough to destroy them both—and Effie's not about to let that happen. She knows it's time for her to have a “normal” relationship, and Heath is nothing but a constant reminder of the dark past they share. Heath, on the other hand, knows Effie is the only woman he can ever love. She may want to forget what happened, but he's convinced that they must face their past together in order to move forward. So while Effie continues to bring new men into her life, Heath becomes obsessed with proving he's the one she needs. 

Then a new crisis arises and Effie begins to lose every scrap of self-control she ever had. As she struggles against her desire to return to the one man who understands her, she discovers that sometimes the only safety you find is with the person who is the most dangerous for you.

Hold Me Close is in turns a romance and a tragedy, gut-wrenching and powerful—and one of Megan Hart’s strongest novels since 2013’s Tear You Apart. Through Effie and Heath’s past and present, Hart explores what it means to be “normal” and “healthy” and to truly move on from the devastating events we often think define us.

[Hart is going deep and it will blow your mind ...]

Nov 23 2015 3:43pm

Romance News: Master Deals from Lavinia Kent, Fifty Shades Comments from Jamie Dornan, and More

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.

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Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent—Deal Alert #1: Lavinia Kent's erotic historical Mastering the Marquess is currently free in e-book at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via BookBub).* Jessica Moro said about the first Bound and Determined book: “Lavinia Kent's Mastering the Marquess is probably the hottest historical romance story I've ever read.” And if you're still thirsty, drink up this Quickie scene from Kent, “The Angel Discovers a Rake,” only at H&H!

Jamie Dornan tells People magazine he's “looking forward to emodying Christian again—and getting a chance to show more of him” in Fifty Shades Darker, which will film early next year back-to-back with& Fifty Shades Freed.

Watch space opera The Expanse's first episode on TVFanatic before it premieres on SyFy on December 14 and 15. The show, which has garnered comparisons to Battlestar Galactica (2003), is set 200 years in the future and stars Thomas Jane. In my experience, even futuristic societies on the verge of war have time for romances (hello, Starbuck and Apollo, my loves), and the pilot features a zero-G sex scene, so this show may be one to watch if you're looking for a new sci-fi couple to cheer on.

Deal Alert #2: Sophie Jordan's historical All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (Debutante Files #2) is marked down to $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, and more (ReadCheaply).* Read Tiffany Tyer's preview of All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue and find out Sophie Jordan's own 10 tips for ruining a rogue.

[+Jamie Dornan's latest Fifty Shades Darker comments...]

Nov 23 2015 2:00pm

And What Do You Do...: The Pros and Cons of Hero Professions

Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh

It’s unfair but true–some jobs are simply sexier than others.  You never generally hear men boasting at parties, “Oh yeah, I’m a bad-ass burger flipper,” or “I rock out the accounts department of a used car lot.”  These men might have a million other fabulous qualities, but they won’t lead with an unsexy profession because they don’t want to be judged by what they do.

We all jump to conclusions based on career. Example: picture a bus driver in your head right now.  Is he middle-aged, a little portly and a lot grumpy?  Our brains typecast pretty much instantly.

And so it is with romance heroes–half the picture is painted with simply knowing his occupation.  Below, I’ve listed the eleven sexiest job titles commonly found in romance, along with a breakdown of the perks and lurks associated for the lucky heroine with each career.  These are in no particular order because it’s too hard to choose, they are all too sexy—DON’T MAKE ME DECIDE I JUST CAN’T YOU’RE NOT MY REAL MUM ANYWAY.

Military man-Army soldier, navy seal, air force pilot


You know these men are disciplined and honourable–plus they’ll be RIPPED as all get out.

[Nothing hotter than working heroes ...]

Nov 23 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Sweetest Scoundrel (November 24, 2015)

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane #9)
Forever / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital


Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.


Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.


In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

Eve Dinwoody is no ordinary historical romance heroine. She has an unusual last name, is the bastard sister of a Duke, is remarkably plain in all physical aspects, and most prominently, she has a rather memorable, overlong nose. So in her latest Maiden Lane novel, Elizabeth Hoyt has paired her beakish heroine with the last of the Makepeace heroes, Asa, the younger, impulsive and wild brother. He’s a lowly theater manager with a loud personality, and she’s the meek financial overseer for the rebuilding of the grand pleasure gardens, Harte’s Folly. Thrust together, they’re something like vinegar and water but as Eve gains confidence and Asa shows his softer side, they’re once again a Maiden Lane couple brought together by unlikely circumstances to have lasting love.

[A lasting love tale ...]

Nov 23 2015 12:00pm

For His Pleasure: Exclusive Excerpt

Suzanne Rock

For His Pleasure by Suzanne Rock

Passion comes with a price.

Tired of living a lie, Arianna Perconti leaves her fiancé at the altar and runs into the arms of her family's fiercest rival, Jason Stone. Hoping to cash in on their 'friends-with-benefits' arrangement while hiding out from bitter relatives, Ari instead finds herself falling deeply, desperately in love with the sexy hotelier. Jason is everything she never knew she wanted-yet she will do absolutely everything to show him she means business. In bed...

Can they afford to live without it?

Jason lives in the fast lane and has the race cars to prove it. A born adrenaline junkie, he must admit that Ari is the perfect partner for his heart-pumping bedroom games. The problem? The relationship is starting to deepen, but is Jason really cut out to be a one-woman kind of man? The question haunts his days, only fueling the passion he and Ari share during those hot, hot nights. But when an estranged sibling enters the picture, threatening to take away everything he holds dear, Jason is forced to make a decision: Say goodbye to his wild ways or risk losing Ari forever?

Get a sneak peek at Suzanne Rock's For His Pleasure (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

One Year Ago

“This is so exciting!” Arianna Perconti clasped her hands together as she watched the last car—an electric blue McLaren—pull up under the large LAPS4KIDS banner on the racetrack.

“Someone is going to get killed.” Camille crossed herself and shook her head. “I can’t believe Stefan talked you into this.”

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Nov 23 2015 11:00am

You Can’t Hurry Love: Erotic Romance Best Bets for November 2015

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palette and your credit card.

November is about giving thanks for all you are blessed with in your life and that has never more apparent than in the couple's stories below.

With Visions of Red (Broken Bonds, #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the

gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.

She will never be a victim again.

Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG,Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.

When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.

This noir romance suspense takes readers deep into the abyss as a former kidnap victim turned behavioral analyst works to find a sadistic serial killer before he strikes again while struggling to justify her own dark erotic pleasures. This is a series so each one ends on a mild cliffhanger.

[Oh! that's just the beginning, but love is always an option ...]

Nov 23 2015 9:30am

First Look: G.A. Aiken’s Feel the Burn (November 24, 2015)

Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

G.A. Aiken
Feel the Burn (Dragonkin #7)
Zebra / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

War makes strange bedfellows.

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

There are three things you can always count on in a G.A. Aiken novel: 1) seriously sensuous sexy times, 2) laugh out loud humor and 3) fresh language. In Feel the Burn, the author has excelled herself on all three fronts, and while I love all of G.A. Aiken’s dragon shifter books (and most of her writing as Shelly Laurenston) the Shestakova sisters and their tribe are my favourite invention of hers to date.

[Can you feel the burn coming ...]