<i>Kilts and Daggers</i>: Excerpt Kilts and Daggers: Excerpt Victoria Roberts "She knew she should deter his advances, but the passion between them consumed all thought." <i>Summer on Lovers' Island</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Summer on Lovers' Island: Exclusive Excerpt Donna Alward "Lizzie felt Charlie's strong arms around her and closed her eyes." <i>Make You Mine </i>: Exclusive Excerpt Make You Mine : Exclusive Excerpt Jackie Ashenden "He looked down into her eyes, shadowed in the dim light of the room." <i>The Unlikely Lady</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Unlikely Lady: Exclusive Excerpt Valerie Bowman "A soft smile touched Jane’s lips, despite her best efforts to stifle it."
From The Blog
May 4, 2015
First Look: Christina Lee's Two of Hearts
Sage Spelling
May 4, 2015
A Guide to Transgender Terminology in Romance
JohnJacobson
May 3, 2015
Shipping Sunday: iZombie's Liv/Lowell or Liv/Ravi?
Jennifer Proffitt
May 1, 2015
Friday Beefcake: Hot Guys Grilling and Picnicking!
Team H & H
May 1, 2015
Held Captive Erotic Romance Novels from Stein, Warren, and More!
Rhyll Biest
Mon
Apr 20 2015 9:30am

First Look: Becca Jameson’s Bound to Be Tempted (April 21, 2015)

Bound to Be Tempted by Becca JamesonBecca Jameson
Bound to Be Tempted (Emergence #4)
Samhain / April 21, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.50 digital

In the six months since Margaret Donovan broke up with her girlfriend, she has prowled Emergence, hoping to find a Dom to help her explore her bisexuality. The only man who's caught her interest in all that time is the bouncer.

He's a firm Dom, and after all, it's just a trial run. An experiment. He doesn't need to know the details of the troubled past that makes her long to get over her aversion to being under anyone's thumb.

Carlton Fisher's keen eye has been tracking Maggie, as well. She looks exactly like the childhood sweetheart who's haunted him for over a decade, but she doesn't need to know that. Two weeks' instruction should get her over her hump, give her the confidence she needs to work with a Dom...and get her out of his system.

Neither is prepared for the floodtide of explosive emotions. It's cathartic and therapeutic, but if they can't purge themselves of the pain of the past, their hearts could suffer irreparable damage.

Warning: This book contains intense submission from established participants in the BDSM world. If nipple clamps, edging, public nudity, restraints, gags, blindfolds and flogging make you squeamish, move along!

Carlton Fisher has had a wary eye on on Margaret Donovan for a while now. She is practically the doppelganger of his first (and only) love, who died tragically and suddenly years ago, before he was even a Dom. He's stayed away from Maggie, which for a time was easy because she had a girlfriend/Domme and they were a very public couple at the exclusive BDSM club Emergence. As the head of security at Emergence, Carlton works the door most nights, keeping an eye on everything and everyone, but he has always had an extra eye out for Maggie. When Maggie breaks up with her girlfriend and shows some interest in taking on a Dom, Carlton knows exactly what kind of Dom she needs, and he's willing to take her on—temporarily—as his submissive.

[Temporarily, huh?...]

Sat
Apr 18 2015 3:00pm

Return to the Kingdom: 20 Years of Anne Rice’s Beauty Series

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty by Anne RiceFor many readers (and their mothers), Anne Rice’s Beauty trilogy was their first foray into the world of erotic romance. Writing under the pseudonym of A.N. Roquelaure, the trilogy comprised of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty (1983), Beauty’s Punishment (1984), and Beauty’s Release (1985).

The political context of this book series is interesting, at the time many feminists were very opposed to pornography arguing that it is inherently harmful or exploitative to women. However, Rice disagreed and she resisted all efforts to politicize or sanitize women’s fantasies. She firmly believed that women should be able to write and read whatever erotica they wanted, a sentiment probably supported by many in the H&H community. Unafraid to make a political statement, Rice released her hardcore fantasy erotica and it came to be considered a classic of the genre and a departure point for many discussions concerning the role of feminism within erotica.

The trilogy is not for the faint of heart; by comparison it makes a lot of today’s erotica look very tame. A lot of the action is non-consensual and the slavery theme is not for everyone. The series is loosely based on the fairy tale, it is set in a medieval fantasy world. The action starts when the young protagonist princess Beauty is awakened from a 100 year sleep by the Prince through having sex with her (apparently a chaste Disney kiss wasn’t going to do it). Beauty is then stripped naked and led to Kingdom where she joins other princes and princesses who have been sent to court to be trained as sexual slaves. Both submissives and dominants are male and female. It’s explicit material—degradation, sadomasochistic punishment, pony play, bisexuality and homosexuality. While there is a plot, it’s interspersed between the sex scenes, which are the focus.

[A little plot can go a long when when sexytimes are involved...]

Thu
Apr 9 2015 11:15am

Forget the Wedding Present, Bring the Heat in Lauren Gallagher’s I’ll Show You Mine

I'll Show You Mine by Lauren GallagherLauren Gallagher’s I’ll Show You Mine is a book that enflames with sexual tension from the first page. Erotic romance like this is the reason heat ratings exist, and I can mean that only as a compliment. Gallagher’s book is a satisfying read in terms of the kinky relationship between the hero and the heroine, and the strength of the romance is specifically in the intensiveness of the small moments between the two characters. Sometimes the best romances are made up of small moments. In this case, the small moments just happen to include a lot of foreplay, sexual tension, and (pleasurable) pain.

Sometimes it takes a wedding to change everything. Alyssa Warren’s is the maid of honor in her sister’s wedding. The wedding is beautiful and everything their family wanted it to be—on a boat, no less. If only Alyssa could escape the gossip about her past, she’d be set. A terrible mistake made several years before permeates every whispered discussion about her it seems. Because of this, Alyssa’s romantic life—especially her sex life—has gone on hold.

[Dry spell is about to end...]

Tue
Apr 7 2015 3:00pm

First Look: J. Kenner’s Say My Name (April 7, 2015)

J. Kenner
Say My Name (Stark International #1)
Penguin / April 7, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.

Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.  

Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.

Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.

Say My Name is intended for mature audiences.

Set in the same world as the Stark Trilogy, J. Kenner’s erotica Say My Name brings us a new billionaire bad boy to satisfy those submissive cravings. Alpha? Check. Brilliant? Check. Sexy as hell? Double Check. Meet Jackson Steele, celebrity architect and holder of a complicated history with one Sylvia Brooks, the executive assistant of the powerhouse Damien Stark. Reunited lovers anyone?

[Yes, please!]

Mon
Apr 6 2015 5:00pm

First Look: Tara Sue Me’s The Enticement (April 7, 2015)

The Enticement by Tara Sue MeTara Sue Me
The Enticement (Submissive #5)
Penguin / April 7, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

New York Times bestselling author Tara Sue Me returns to the story of Abby and Nathaniel to explore the passion after the ‘Happily-Ever-After’…

Limits were made to be pushed.

Abby West has everything she wanted: a family, a skyrocketing new career, and a sexy, Dominant husband who fulfills her every need. Only, as her life outside the bedroom becomes hectic, her Master’s sexual requirements inside become more extreme. Abby doesn’t understand Nathaniel’s increased need for control, but she can’t deny the delicious way her body reacts to his tantalizing demands…

Between Abby’s reluctance and Nathaniel’s unyielding commands, the delicate balance of power between the Dominant and his submissive threatens to shift. And as the underlying tension and desire between them heats up, so does the struggle to keep everything they value from falling apart …

Trilogies like the Submissive trilogy have slowly started ending following the post-Fifty Shades boom. Tara Sue Me’s latest book, The Enticement, came as a bit of surprise considering it takes the lead where her first trilogy ended. The story is a continuation of the tale of Abby and Nathaniel, now married and parents, and their adventures in the world of BDSM. The Enticement is a balanced portrayal of a Dom/sub relationship with BDSM and other erotic situations incorporated, showing its readers a romance that struggles with marriage and continual sexual pleasure, not just a romance that struggles with the positives and negatives of BDSM. 

[It's all a balance...]

Fri
Apr 3 2015 9:30am

First Look: Mina Vaughn’s How to Punish Your Playboy (April 6, 2015)

How to Punish Your Playboy by Mina VaughnMina Vaughn
How to Punish Your Playboy (DommeNation #3)
Pocket Star / March 31, 2015 / $1.99 digital

In this saucy and funny domination romance, pin-up model Veronika Kane meets sexy, arrogant Aston Delano and decides to teach this playboy a lesson he’ll never forget.

When Veronika Kane hears that she’s up for Miss Pin Up Las Vegas, she auctions off her classic hot-rod and decides to head out west. But when the man who bought her car, hot restaurateur Aston Delano, asks her to “show him the ropes,” his not-so-innocent question takes them down a surprising, sexy road. And as they travel cross-country as Domme/sub, their chemistry sizzles—as do the luscious meals Aston creates.

Torn between the rediscovered pleasure of food and worry about staying in competition shape, Mistress Veronika unexpectedly finds herself as much a pupil as a teacher. Throw in long-distance trouble from her ex and from Aston’s family, and it’s a potential recipe for disaster. A road trip can be hard on any relationship—will this drive them apart, or will they buckle in for the long haul?

Mina Vaughn has hit it again (literally and figuratively) in the latest in her DommeNation series. As a reader since day one, I can honestly say I like How to Punish Your Playboy the most! Her plot is even stronger this time around as well as her character development. There is really something for everyone—even lovers of romance who are not necessarily into BDSM. It is rough enough for those who are, but gentle enough for those who aren’t. Plus, who doesn’t love an amorous road trip trope?

[Let's hop in the car and get outta here!]

Tue
Mar 3 2015 10:30am

First Look: Lorelei James’s Unraveled (March 3, 2015)

Unraveled by Lorelei JamesLorelei James
Unraveled (Mastered #3)
Penguin / March 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Shiori Hirano and Knox Lofgren are left to run the martial arts program at Black Arts while Ronin Black travels. On the surface, the two highest ranked belts appear to cooperate—but in private, they butt heads constantly, despite the undeniable attraction between them. Soon their power exchanges start to make for a sweltering dynamic in the bedroom…

At first Knox is shocked to be living out his submissive desires, but Shiori sets out to prove that embracing his true sexual nature doesn’t make him a weak man. But even while their sexual relationship grants him a power and fulfillment he finds surprising, there’s no training regimen for the fight that comes with loving a strong woman…

Unraveled is the third novel in Lorelei James’s Mastered series, and this one focuses on Shiori, the tough-as-nails sister of Ronin Black, who was the focus of the previous novels. Ronin, who runs the Black Arts dojo, is off traveling with his new wife,and has left Knox in charge of things in his absence. This grates on Shiori, as she outranks him in her mastery of martial arts. 

[But we sense she's about to even the odds...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 1:00pm
Excerpt

Tamed: Exclusive Excerpt

Stacey Kennedy

Tamed by Stacey Kennedy

THE MASTER
Porter Marshall has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a Club Sin Master, but his new sub poses a much bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite their mutual attraction and red-hot dungeon sessions, Kenzie Hart plays her own games. Her bratty, you-can’t-break-me attitude masks terrible personal hurt—pain that only the exquisite touch of a skilled Dom can release. But when Porter suggests taking their connection to the outside world, Kenzie denies him... which only makes him want her more.

SURRENDERS EVERYTHING
Kenzie can’t ignore the raw, fierce bond she has with Porter. But she can’t give in to his dangerous demands, either. Is the passion they share real, or is he using her to solidify his status at Club Sin? And yet, who else can she trust with the shattering secrets she holds within? As Porter expertly brings her to the point of no return, Kenzie surrenders her body—and, piece by piece, her heart.

Get a sneak peek at  Stacey Kennedy's Tamed (available March 10, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

What in the hell was that?

Kenzie’s world spun around her and there seemed to be no place to land. Porter’s kiss was not a kiss from a Dom. That was a kiss from a lover. A kiss that Kenzie had never experienced before in her life, and usually made sure to avoid. Porter, though, gave her no choice. Sure, some might think it was weird that she was twenty-five and had never been kissed so intimately, but that was her intention; she didn’t need or want this level of play.

During high school she had vanilla boyfriends, but even they were not as educated as Porter was in the ways of kissing. She couldn’t recall a single time she’d ever been kissed like that in her life—raw, passionate, purposeful; her knees wobbled.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt...]

Fri
Feb 6 2015 1:25pm

Are You Curious?: Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Screening Thoughts (SPOILERS!)

**We were so happy to be able to see the Fifty Shades of Grey movie a WEEK early, BUT for those who want to go into movie with a completely open mind, don't read ahead. We DO discuss SPOILERS. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. You've been warned... you don't want to get punished, do you?**

Today, two members of Team H&H were privileged to attend the Today Show premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey. The event began at 4:45am, when we rolled out of bed and hustled onto the subway to get to the Ziegfeld Theater, which was hosting the screening. It was ten degrees out, and dark, and we arrived to find an enormous line snaking around the corner. Thankfully, Team H&H had early access, so we only had to wait outside for a few minutes before getting our IDs and tickets checked and going into the theater. On the way in, there were probably thirty waiters holding beverages on trays—all clad in gray, of course—and we were encouraged to snap our pix in front of one of the huge Fifty Shades of Grey posters.

Once inside the theater, we were greeted with heat (yay!), as well as more waiters holding tiny hors d'oeuvres. It was a ticketed event, so we found our seats and waited.

There were many fans, as might be expected, and the shrieks when the cast, director, and E.L. James arrived were huge. Then the movie began.

Master's ChecklistMegan's Thoughts:

Movie Grade: Three Hearts!
Post-Movie Reaction: I'm on-board to see what happens next.

Overall Reaction: Fifty Shades of Grey was both more and less than I had expected. I am an unabashed fan of the first Fifty Shades of Grey book. I devoured it in probably a day, I loved the inner goddess, the emails between Christian and Ana, the fifty shades of fucked up—just everything. Even while I was reading it, however, I was aware of its shortcomings, but the story itself was so compelling I didn’t care. I approached the movie with trepidation, given how all of the book is told through Ana’s eyes and we don’t have that same benefit on the big screen. I was very pleasantly surprised to find I liked the movie way more than I thought I would—the relationship between the two was balanced, the film was gorgeous, and perhaps the most surprising part was Dakota Johnson’s on-point portrayal of Anastasia Steele.

[And now let's get to our Turn Ons and Turn Offs...]

Wed
Jan 28 2015 1:15pm

February 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in February. We know you each have your favorite subgenre, but we also know many of you read across genre and care more about the release date!

Below, instead of being separated by subgenre, we've separated the new releases out by release week. Within each week, we then separated it by subgenre. We hope you find this more helpful, but let us know your thoughts!

But...Who says you can't have your cake and eat it, too! We heard your feedback about missing the list by subgenre, and we gave it to you in our prinatable version! Don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop (now seperated out by subgenre)!

Jump to new releases week of:

February 1-7 | February 8-14 | February 15-21 | February 22-28

Heroes and Heartbreakers February 2015 Shopping List!
 
Week of February 1 through February 7

[Check out the complete list!...]

Tue
Jan 20 2015 3:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Laura Trentham, Stacey Kennedy, and Maggie McGinnis!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for books from Laura Trentham, Stacey Kennedy, and Maggie McGinnis. The heroine of Laura Trentham's Caught Up in the Touch needs to stay in control, stay calm, and stay professional, but all of that gets thrown out the window when she meets a sexy restraunteur. Speaking of control, the hero of Commanded by Stacey Kennedy certainly likes it, but he might be willing to give it all up for the private investigator who catches his eye—and his heart. Meanwhile, Maggie McGinnis has us saying “Make Mine a Cowboy,” in Once Upon a Cowboy, but the heroine might not agree with us.

Learn about these hot reads and see the covers while they're hot off the presses!

[Sneak a peek...]

Mon
Jan 12 2015 2:00pm

Serious Fun: Tracy Wolff’s Play Me Series

Play Me by Tracy Wolff

This five part series is a little different from my usual romance fare. Not to say I’ve not indulged in my fair share of BDSM novels, as I have, but that subgenre is not one I actively read often. After reading this series, I think that is something that I will have to change going forward. I very much enjoyed the Play Me series. This is my first time having read a Tracy Wolff book and it certainly will not be the last time I read anything by her. 

The heroine has moxie! Aria Winston is a Vassar graduate in a thankless cocktail waitressing job in a Las Vegas casino that includes many leches and more than a little bit of sexual harassment. She is tough and the reader sees early on that she’s is the type of woman who will step-in to defend someone weaker. I loved the introduction to her character as the author puts the reader right in Aria’s head and plays out a situation that makes it easy to appreciate her.  

When we first meet him, Sebastian Caine is harried and slightly resentful. He's back in the city he grew up in, but not because he really wants to be there—he's returned to run the family casino because his father’s health problems make it impossible for him to manage the business anymore. It’s not something Sebastian's happy about but regardless of his feelings, he is dedicated to making sure the casino runs smoothly and with some class.

[But smoothly and with class is never fun...]

Tue
Jan 6 2015 3:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Kieran Kramer, Lori Handeland, Lauren Smith, Amber Hart, Gail Hamilton, and Candy Caine!

What's a better way to ring in the new year than to reveal our first batch of covers for 2015? Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from seven great books coming to you this year from must-read authors!

See what happens when the small-town librarian and the town's favorite son get together—after a healthy competition to be the town's mayor—in Trouble When You Walked In by Kieran Kramer. Fellow bookworm (we assume) and novelist must rush into the arms of her hero—both literally and figuratively—when she lands in the sights of a dangerous Navajo skinwalker in Lori Handeland's Red Moon Rising. Lori has a second cover up for offer too with yet another protector in the works, this time it's the FBI agent heroine who needs to do the protecting when she goes after a supernatural serial killer—and falls in love with her main suspect—in Voodoo Moon.

Things start to heat up in two anthologies. In Gail Hamilton's Magical Love, three couples find some real magic mixed in with the power of love, and pick your fantasy in Candy Caine's More Heated Pleasure—do you like a little boss/secretary deliciousness, voyeurism, or maybe the postman rings twice for you? If that's not hot enough, take a trip to a luxurious BDSM club in Lauren Smith's The Gilded Cuff. Finally, if the winter blues have you down, fly over to Cameroon and see how family loyalties in a foreign land play a part in the happily-ever-after in Captured by You by Amber Hart.

[Take a peek behind the curtain...]

Mon
Jan 5 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Roni Loren’s Nothing Between Us (January 6, 2015)

Nothing Between Us by Roni LorenRoni Loren
Nothing Between Us (Loving on the Edge)
Penguin / January 6, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Unlike the heroine of her popular thriller series, Georgia Delaune can’t afford to take risks or push sexual boundaries—unless you count spying through her neighbor’s bedroom window, and never missing a single move he makes.

Colby Wilkes is more than willing to put on a show for the alluring woman next door. But his dominant side aches to show her the pleasures of submission up close. As a counselor, Colby is sensitive to Georgia’s fears. As a Dom at The Ranch, a private BDSM retreat, he’s the perfect teacher to unleash her passion.

But just as Georgia lowers her emotional barriers, an unexpected complication arrives: a bad boy musician from Colby’s past who adds fuel to her heated imagination. Now, the lonely author has two gorgeous men eager to fulfill every fantasy she’s ever written—and one she’s never dared to dream…

Nothing Between Us is book six in Roni Loren’s Loving on the Edge series. I don’t know how Loren does it, but every time I read a new release, I always think this is her best book yet. And Nothing Between Us continues that cycle.

[Best book yet, you say?]

Wed
Dec 17 2014 2:00pm

Now Win This!: “Mr. Grey Will See You Now” Fifty Shades Poster

Fifty Shades of Grey Teaser PosterWe've been waiting for our appointment with Mr. Grey For. Ever! This poster gives us all sorts of Fifty Shades of Grey-feels, and now you have a chance to hang it in your own home!

Want more Fifty Shades of Grey news? Check out our series page, and follow our posts under the hastag #OfficialFifty to see more news and exclusives!

Click here to enter for a chance to win the Fifty Shades of Grey Teaser Poster Sweepstakes!*

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/50shadespostersweeps beginning at 1:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on December 17, 2014. Sweepstakes ends at 12:59 pm ET on December 22, 2014. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Sat
Dec 6 2014 1:00pm

Too Big for One Book: Erotic Romance Trilogies by Kenner, Tan, and More!

Release Me by J. KennerThe release of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Gray series helped popularize a trend in romance: BDSM erotic romances where one couple’s happily ever after is told over three books. This trend has both pros and cons; the pros being that a couple’s HEA can be told in more depth and readers can spend more time with the main characters, but the cons being there are often cliffhanger endings, there may be a long wait between books, and the second books often read like filler. Despite the cons, I keep reading them.

One of the most popular of these BDSM series is J. Kenner’s Stark trilogy, which follow the tumultuous relationship between Nikki Fairchild and Damien Stark in Release Me, Claim Me and Complete Me. In Release Me, Damien, a billionaire entrepreneur, offers Nikki a million dollars to pose for a nude painting. She accepts and thus gets swept up in Damien’s swank and kinky lifestyle. In the second book, the author reveals more about Damien’s past and adds more external conflict. While the couple remains together, Damien is in trouble by the end of Claim Me, setting the stage for the storyline in Complete Me. The relationship between Nikki and Damien is compelling and sexy with only light kink and some bondage. For fans of this series, there are several novellas revisiting the couple.

[It's like sitting down with old friends...]

Tue
Dec 2 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt

Schooled: Exclusive Excerpt

Lorelei James

Schooled by Lorelei James

When Amery Hardwick first met martial arts master Ronin Black, she wasn’t ready for the primal urges his sensual rope artistry released in her. As it turned out Amery and Ronin were made for each other. But when they head to Japan for a delayed honeymoon and Ronin’s annual training with his sensei, Amery struggles to adapt to the foreign customs as well as running her burgeoning business from afar.

But culture shock is the least of her worries when faced with the changes in Ronin—it feels as if she’s married a stranger. Caught between his sensei’s demands and pleasing his wife, Ronin is at war with himself over choosing advancement in his jujitsu training, or staying at home with the woman who owns his heart and soul. As the limits of their relationship are tested once again, Ronin and Amery discover that they both have a lot to learn about each other….and what it takes to build a love that’ll pass all life’s little tests.

Get a sneak peek of Lorelei James's Schooled (available December 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

For more on this book, read the first look.

 “Holy shit, Ronin. I don’t know what I was expecting—okay, I had zero expectations because I’ve never been on a private plane before, but it certainly wasn’t this.”

“It gets better.” He led her past the conference and lounging areas. He slid open a door, revealing a bathroom with a walk-in tiled shower.

“That is nothing like the tiny, cramped bathrooms on commercial airliners,” she said with awe.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Schooled...]

Mon
Dec 1 2014 12:15pm

First Look: Lorelei James’s Schooled (December 2, 2014)

Schooled by Lorelei JamesLorelei James
Schooled (The Mastered Series)
Intermix / December 2, 2014 / $2.99 digital

When Amery Hardwick first met martial arts master Ronin Black, she wasn’t ready for the level of his sensual artistry—or his need for extreme control. Nor was she prepared for the primal urges it released in her. Amery and Ronin were made for each other.

When they married they were certain their future would be a fulfilling journey of love and passion. But happily ever after is never so simple. Six months later, while in Japan, Ronin is training with his sensei, while Amery is consumed by her own burgeoning career—and a culture shock with which she is struggling to adapt.

Now, from the heady pleasures of Tokyo bondage houses to the unyielding family traditions pulsing with every beat of Ronin’s heart, Amery and Ronin find the limits of their relationship tested once again, and shocked to discover what they’re willing to do in order to save it.

The great thing about sequels after fan favorite couples get their HEA is the comfort of knowing they have conquered all and come out together, while still getting to see them learning to navigate the everyday obstacles of life. This is exactly what we find in Lorelei James's Schooled, her follow-up to the Mastered duet featuring Ronin and Amery Black. 

[Getting schooled takes on a whole new meaning!]

Sat
Nov 22 2014 11:30am

3 Things the Fifty Shades of Grey Film MUST Get Right

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and AnaLove it or hate it, E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey is a cultural phenomenon. It's a polarizing work inside and out of romance circles, but its bestseller status many times over and overwhelming penchant as watercooler talk made a transition to the big screen basically inevitable. The thing is, its popularity means that just about everyone has an opinion on the idea of a BDSM romance novel translating to theaters. It's really the first exposure of the genre to blockbuster feature film status. And regardless of the final product, Fifty Shades of Grey struck a chord with people across the globe for a reason, and above all, the film version has to respect that. The Fifty Shades film should make us love it for the same reasons the book resonated with so many. It must reflect the story we've come to know and in order to do that, it has to nail three things: the extreme sex, the proper articulation and balance of the romance, and Christian Grey.

As a film, Fifty Shades of Grey has one objective to accomplish: Walking the tightrope of honoring what fans and readers love about the addictive quality of the work while doing justice to our overactive imaginations as we've devoured the story and know it well. It needs to take itself seriously but not too seriously.

The intensity that should have come across in the first official trailer released this summer at times unfortunately just feels slow, boring, and even cold. So often BDSM is portrayed poorly and inaccurately, and with the visual component of the props and the Red Room of Pain, it cannot be a bunch of cheap thrills. It can't be stereotype and it can't just be an extreme version of Twilight. Execution of the BDSM lifestyle here is a concern, and it's one of the main hit-or-miss elements upon which the film's success hinders, and there will be plenty of fact-checkers in the audience.

[What else will fans be expecting?...]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 11:45am

December 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in December. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

This month we have a few new features we'd like to introduce. We are giving you two new sections—one that is exclusive for this month, and the other which will be a new monthly staple. Due to popular demand, for those of you looking for strictly Romantic Suspense, we've added a whole subgenre category for the shopping list that you can use to see what Romantic Suspense titles are coming out each month. And if you're in a holiday mood and looking for Holiday Reprints we've been stockpiling them for you, too, just for this month!

Heroes and Heartbreakers December 2014 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]