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Wed
Nov 23 2016 9:30am

Don’t Stop Believin’...Erotic Romance Best Bets for November 2016

What are November's best erotic romances?

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 literary palate and your credit card.

Love is a fickle emotion. Sometimes we hold on to it tight and sometimes we let it go in fear. But when it’s meant to be, nothing can stand in its way.

NOTE: Not every story I recommend are the current month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher

Bonds of Trust by Lynda Aicher

(Amazon | B&N )

“It's now or never.”

Cali Reynolds knows in her bones she's a submissive. And now that she's free from her passionless marriage, she's going to explore each and every fantasy she's ever had at The Den, the most exclusive sex club in town.

Jake McCallister knows what he wants and won't accept anything less from a partner. But when a beautiful divorcée shows up at his club looking for fulfillment after years of denial, he's intrigued—and takes it upon himself to initiate her into the pleasures she's been missing.

As their play intensifies, so does their bond. Now Jake doesn't want anyone but Cali, but is he ready to officially claim her? And will she submit to being his forever?

**This is a reissue of a previous full-length novel**

Wicked Play by Lynda Aicher is an emotional full bodied story filled with twitchy sexual tension and erotically charged scenes. This is a 10 part serial that revolves around the club and various couples. Aicher builds a strong foundation for Aicher’s first  couple’s sexual journey as she brings together a woman who's looking to rediscover herself after ending a sexually dead marriage and a man whose inability to commit to anything speaks of dark issues in his past. The chemistry is outstanding and the eventual romance a foregone conclusion as the emotions that Aicher draws forth from both protagonists are intense and prophetic. Introductions to some interesting secondary characters and the BDSM club this world is built upon only adds to the sense of adventure.

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Thu
Nov 17 2016 1:00pm

Three Words for Nikki Sloane’s Three Simple Rules

Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane

I. Loved. It.

Sometimes you just need a really good romp. Rolling in the hay, rollicking good fun. We may need it now more than ever. A few months ago, I picked up Nikki Sloane’s Three Simple Rules. It had something I loved (boss/assistant romance) and something I wasn't too sure about (escorts), however the promise of boss/colleague sexy times was too much to resist. And I'm so glad I didn't!

So what's to love?

If you love office romances...

Oh my god. The entire book you know the premise: Good girl is desperate for money. Good girl signs up to be an escort for one night at an exclusive BDSM-type club called The Blindfold Club. Good girl gets some very good and hot sexy times with a very attractive john, only to have her blindfold whipped off and duh, duh, DUH... it's her boss. Yeah, as the reader you know it's coming, but I still found myself gasping in that moment when Evelyn and Logan make that first contact. It made the rest of the read addictive. The tension between these two at the office and away is off. the. charts. They have their ups and downs and it just makes the pay off... and their unconventional “meet-cute”... all the sweeter. 

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Thu
Nov 17 2016 9:30am

First Look: Meredith Wild’s Over the Edge (November 22, 2016)

Over the Edge by Meredith Wild

Meredith Wild
Over the Edge (Bridge Series #3)
Waterhouse Press / November 22, 2016 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digita
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I’m always a sucker for a good ménage story and Over the Edge by Meredith Wild delivers in spades. Not only does the attraction sizzle, the complications ring true of embracing a polyamorous relationship in a society that still covets monogamy. Olivia, Will, and Ian didn’t enter into their understanding with the intent of having a poly-loving committed relationship. Rather, the opposite is true. Olivia is supposed to be a temporary itch to be scratched. But love doesn’t always make sense, nor does it listen to our intentions.

Olivia Bridge is learning to hold her own, without the parachute of her entitled childhood. Her brothers have managed to make it solo without their parents’ money, but for Olivia, cutting the cord has been a bit harder. Working with her brother, she has creative say over their new fitness building. However, she butts heads with their financial backer, Will Donovan. Will is cocky, arrogant, dominating, and wants Olivia in his bed. And Will usually gets what he wants.

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Wed
Nov 16 2016 9:30am

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Brutal Game (November 22, 2016)

Brutal Game by Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna
Brutal Game (Flynn and Laurel #2)
Cara McKenna / November 22, 2016 / $2.99 digital

The long-awaited sequel to Cara McKenna’s Willing Victim has arrived and fans will delight in the range and depth McKenna uses to explore a relationship that started on a whim and built itself emotionally and physically among the tangled veins of a dark and gritty sexual fantasy. Honesty and trust have been the mainstays of this unconventional relationship, evident in book one where Flynn consistently tells Lauren that she holds all the power in their scenes and that she must tell him what she wants and how she feels for them to continue enjoying their times together. Willing Victim ended with Flynn and Laurel agreeing to see each other exclusively.

Cara McKenna is an auto buy for me. I adore her strong, no-nonsense writing and blue collar protagonists. Her romances are unique, smart, and rooted in a sense of realism so intense that the reader often finds themselves slightly uncomfortable when McKenna choices to address issues that often plague our own lives. She doesn’t grant us absolution, escapism, or promises of a happily ever after.

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Tue
Nov 1 2016 1:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Elizabeth Michels, Heather Van Fleet, Ainsley Booth, Sadie Haller, Scarlett Cole, and Addison Fox!

Spare Heirs, a former Marine, a detective, a mountie, and a ballerina grace the fantastic covers Team H&H has today from authors Elizabeth Michels, Heather Van Fleet, Ainsley Booth & Sadie Haller, Scarlett Cole, and Addison Fox! First up, in the next installment of Elizabeth Michels Spare Heirs series, The Wicked Heir, love and danger go hand in hand as Fallon St. James and Lady Isabelle circle around one another in the most scintillating way. In Heather Van Fleet's The Right Kind of Reckless, Max vows to protect Lia, and soon, irritation and annoyance give way to unwavering attraction. Ainsley Booth & Sadie Heller's Full Mountie lets us know that three doesn't need to be a crowd. Scarlett Cole's Jordan Reclaimed has a bad boy rocker and a classical ballerina who have to learn to battle their demons to find the HEA they deserve. And in Addison Fox's Just Once, a fake relationship starts to heat up between Daphne and Landon, only to have real life come crashing down around them. 

The Wicked Heir by Elizabeth Michels

The Wicked Heir by Elizabeth Michels

When Lady Isabelle Fairlyn’s true love is betrothed to her twin sister, she is heartbroken, but she vows to use the season to find a replacement. He must be a talented dancer, have blonde hair and a keen fashion sense. How hard could it be to find a perfect match?

Fallon St. James is not a perfect match. What’s more, as head of the secret Spare Heirs Society, he must stick to the shadows. Isabelle’s friendship pulls him into the light, and when she is approached by the one man who could destroy Fallon, he must decide whether to let her know she’s dancing with danger…or let his secrets leave her in ruin.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Wicked Heir by Elizabeth Michels, available July 1, 2017:

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Sat
Oct 22 2016 10:00am

Screaming for More: Erotic Romance Best Bets for October 2016

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 palate and your credit card.

NOTE: Not every story I recommend in these posts are always the current month’s releases. Some are from previous months and some are soon to release.

October brings readers a rich harvest of erotic delights when the strong must submit in order to fully experience the passion and desires that await them.

Savage Mafia Prince by Annika Martin

Savage Mafia Prince by Annika Martin

Where is Kiro?

He’s the lost Dragusha brother, heir to a vast mafia empire—brilliant, violent, and utterly savage…and he’s been missing for years.

Ann

I'm supposed to be doing simple undercover research at the Fancher Institute for the Mentally Ill & Dangerous, but I can’t keep my mind off Patient 34. He’s startlingly young and gorgeous, but it’s not just that. He’s strapped way too tightly to that bed. And there’s no name or criminal history on his chart. What are these people hiding? My reporter’s instincts are screaming.

Here's the other thing: the staffers here believe he’s so sedated that there’s not a thought in his head, but I catch him watching me when nobody’s looking. Our connection sizzles when I enter the room. When our eyes meet, I know he understands me in a way nobody else ever has.

I’m supposed to follow my editor’s orders—I have secrets, too—but everything about Patient 34 is suspicious. How can I not investigate?

The third and final installment in Annika Martin’s dark mafia romance finally gives the answers fans have been waiting for. This erotic romance suspense will keep readers on their toes when a man’s alpha tendencies roar to the forefront when confronted with his mate. A family continuously searches for a long lost relative while an unknown man suffers in an institute for the criminally insane. His only hope is a young woman who has her own reasons for being there. Though she helps to free him from his physical restraints, he will use whatever it takes to keep her tied to him forever.

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Fri
Sep 30 2016 8:30am

First Look: J. Kenner’s Sweetest Taboo (October 4, 2016)

Sweetest Taboo by J.Kenner

J. Kenner
Sweetest Taboo (SIN #3)
Bantam / October 4, 2016 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Ack, squee, ack! Sweetest Taboo wraps up the S.I.N. trilogy by the fabulous J. Kenner. The intensity pulses, the sex sizzles, and the finale is well worth the wait. And while my suspicions are confirmed regarding the villainous woman, I am still highly entertained. That said, I’m both elated and saddened the series is over. Elated that Dallas and Jane finally get their HEA. Saddened that my crack for the night is consumed. However, knowing Ms. Kenner, she has something else up her sleeves for us.

With their relationship now public, Dallas and Jane are plastered over the tabloids. It guts me to see how the public and media are so quick to judge their relationship. It’s because they don’t understand Dallas and Jane's love nor their extenuating circumstances. But we, dear readers, do—thanks to Kenner’s gifted storytelling. And if I could, I’d be their biggest cheerleader, fighting the paps for them. But Jane and Dallas have overcome adversity before. This should be a walk in the park in comparison to their time in captivity, and their time separated from each other.

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Wed
Sep 28 2016 2:00pm

Erotic Romance Best Bets for September 2016... Love Me Harder

What erotic romances heated you up in September?

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 literary palate and your credit card.

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

A change in weather isn’t the only changes September brings. Courage takes on new meaning as the couples below all find themselves being offered their deepest fantasies if they are willing to submit fully to their innermost desires.

NOTE: Not every story I recommend in these posts are always the current month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

It was a devastating dirty trick—Joey Silvia just found out her boyfriend of two years is married. What. A. Dick. Joey knows her best chance to get over one guy is to get under another. Of course, heading home to her family's remote cabin in Oregon poses some challenges in the “available men” department…until she discovers this cabin comes with its own hot handyman!

Holy crap, Chris Steffensen. When did her brother's best friend turn into a hard-bodied pile of blond-bearded hotness? He's the perfect Halloween treat—and a surprisingly dirty rebound guy. For a couple of weeks, anyway. Except that Chris has other ideas…like proving to Joey that this blast from the past is a whole lot more than a naughty Halloween hookup.

The first in Tiffany Reisz’s holiday trifecta from Harlequin Blaze will leave you laughing and loving this adorable couple’s second chance romance. This sexy, funny, and deliciously naughty erotic Halloween based romance takes trick or treat to a new level when a woman tricked and on the rebound from a broken heart gets some decadent adult treats from an old friend.

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Thu
Sep 22 2016 8:30am

First Look: Helen Hardt’s Possession (September 27, 2016)

Possession by Helen Hardt

Helen Hardt
Possession (The Steel Brothers Saga #3)
Waterhouse Press / September 27, 2016 / $15.99 print, $6.99 digital

Oh, Helen Hardt…I love and hate you. With Possession, the third installment of the Steel Brothers Saga, we get some resolution between Talon and Jade. Yay, for love, right? And then Ms. Hardt has to go and crush my happy glow by dropping major reveals at the conclusion of the book, ending with mega-fat cliff-hangers. Romance-reading friends, you have no idea how bummed I was when my kindle revealed “zero minutes left in book.” Add the realization I would need to wait—who knows how long—before the mystery behind Talon’s childhood captivity comes to resolution? Yep, I cursed my kindle. Yet this is the telltale sign of excellent storytelling.

One thing is for certain, Hardt is the queen of pacing. There is never a moment where the story drags. Not one. With so many twists and turns, I’m gobbling up the pages like it’s a Thanksgiving feast. And within each page, our hero and heroine come to life. I weep alongside Talon when he tackles his pain and fear. I ache for Jade when she wishes Talon would let go of his fears and fully trust. I fan my face, pat my cheeks, and look over my shoulder when Talon and Jade are intimate, and I celebrate when they both take steps toward growth and love.

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Tue
Sep 20 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Tamsen Parker’s School Ties (September 20, 2016)

School Ties by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker
School Ties
InterMix/ September 20, 2016/ $2.99 digital

Much like Tamsen Parker's Craving Flight, School Ties  reads more like literary fiction tied with romance.  Parker works well with the affluent boarding school setting, Hawthorn Hill as well as the trope of a young student in love with a teacher. What's interesting is that the first half of the novel is really a build of sexual tension between Zach Shepard and Erin Brewster. Erin's not too much older than Zach, but there is the boundary that she is the teacher and Zach's the student. Individuals would argue that there is a great emotional gap between a teacher who is 24 and a student who is 18. However, Zach has to take on more than his share of adult issues including working to help support himself and his family. The maturity is what attracts Erin to Zach although to be honest, Zach's attractiveness doesn't hurt either.

Tamsen Parker fans will be familiar with the kink that runs through the latter half of the book. However, compared to Personal Geography or Craving Flight, the kink is toned down in terms of how much Erin and Zach go into the kink aspect. It's more of a submissive's trust Erin places in Zach and Zach takes care of Erin in the way a dominant might. However, there's not much in terms of toys or the utilization of objects such as rope, paddles, etc. Instead, there is more of a physical dominance at play including spanking and more of Zach dominating Erin through intensity and physical presence. 

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Fri
Sep 16 2016 4:24pm

Don’t Forget to Visit Heartsong Cottage: Romance News & Deals

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Heartsong Cottage by Emily MarchDeal Alert: Emily March's sweet Eternity Springs romance Heartsong Cottage is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Before one-clicking, read an excerpt of Heartsong Cottage, or see why this cover gave Teddy P the warm and fuzzies when he named it one of his favorite covers of 2015. 

—Deal Alert: Jayne Rylon's Divemasters romantic suspense Going Down is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* When author Sidney Bristol talked about “switches” in BDSM erotic romance, Rylon's Mistress's Master was one of her recommendations. 

—Deal Alert: Elisabeth Naughton's reunited lovers/amnesia contemporary romance Wait for Me is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Wait for Me's Kate starts to dig into a past she doesn't remember when a tragic accident wipes her memory. Amnesia is a beloved trope in the genre, and we made it the “trope of the month,” and if you're a heroine or hero suffering from memory loss, Dr. Lovinkind has the diagnosis and support group for you.

[A new Arrow trailer is here!...]

Wed
Sep 7 2016 8:30am

Out of This World: Dystopian Erotic Romance from Dane, Rocha, and More!

Insatiable by Lauren Dane

Dystopian romance is kind of like the misunderstood, forgotten cousin or red-headed stepchild in the vast world of romantic fiction. Not quite paranormal, maybe sci-fi futuristic or alternatively post-apocalyptic, it’s for the very particular reader, one looking for a world outside of the one we know. But at the same time, there are some real, creative gems out there that make up the genre. Because these authors’ series by definition are outside of the box, and with Kit Rocha’s hit indie Beyond series and Elle Kennedy’s newest mainstream Outlaws series, Dystopian series have roared their presence again in a big way and if you haven’t checked them out, you may be missing something really special from some very bright minds.

Lauren Dane shows all her chops with her hugely underrated Federation series. It’s got something for everyone: menage, enemies-to-lovers, reunited lovers, more menage, and every sexual combination you can imagine in this scorching series about a new time and world with a particular focus on both almost ancient social structures and new technological advances. Dane’s quirky writing really works here, where everything’s off kilter but the romance blooms bright through it all. It’s wild and fun and hot. This series has been on my keeper shelf for a long time, and it really demonstrates Dane’s talent and boundless imagination. If you think you know Dane from her contemporaries, you haven’t seen anything yet — it’s a must-read.

“I know people will say I’m too young, or that it’s only the danger of this mission that made me mistake lust for love. I know I will be told to see others because I can’t possibly know my own mind.”

She tipped back enough to look at his face. She wanted him to see her eyes when she told him the rest. “I come from a world where I was traded to a man I neither consented to marry nor wanted to marry. My entire life has been about people telling me what to do, what to think and believe. I have had little space to express my own wishes. I must tell you I choose you. Choose, Daniel.”

-Insatiable, Lauren Dane

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Mon
Sep 5 2016 8:30am

First Look: Jodi Ellen Malpas’s The Protector (September 6, 2016)

The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi Ellen Malpas
The Protector
Forever / September 6, 2016 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital

Bodyguards in romance should be on the rise. It’s a little known secret that I am obsessed with Princess Eleanor and her hot-as-sin bodyguard Jasper on E!’s The Royals. And we could stand to see a whole lot more of this guilty pleasure pairing on the page, as it makes for the best in romance: forbidden attraction, close quarters, and heaps of chemistry all wrapped up in protecting the other’s body. Jodi Ellen Malpas has seized on all these things with her brand-new stand-alone The Protector. Here the heroine is famous in her own right as an heiress with a tabloid past, and the hero is hired security when her not-so-scrupulous father’s dirty business dealings have finally led to a threat against her. So now Camille Logan has her own personal bodyguard, whether she wants it or not.

“What do you mean, look after her?” I ask.

“I’ve hired Sharp to watch you,” he explains. Sharp coughs next to me, and Dad rushes to rephrase that. “He’s your bodyguard for the foreseeable future. The best protection money can buy.”

“Excuse me?” I splutter. “He—” I throw an arm out in the general direction of Sharp and my hand collides with his solid bicep, having me retract in shock. Fucking hell, he’s like Action Man. “He’s my bodyguard?”

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Mon
Aug 29 2016 4:00pm

Something Old, Something New...Erotic Romance Best Bets for August 2016

Burn Down the Night by M.OKeefe

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 literary palette and your credit card.

August is the transitional month where we wave goodbye to the hot lazy days of summer as we step through the doorway towards the cooling relief of fall. The couples below are all at the crossroads of life where they are offered a chance to change their lives if they are strong enough to walk through the flames of their passion to the other side.

NOTE: Not every story I recommend here are this month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

Burn Down The Night by Molly O’Keefe

The only thing that matters to me is rescuing my sister from the drug-cooking cult that once enslaved us both. I’ve run cons my whole life, and I’ll use my body to get whatever I need. Max Daniels is the last connection I have to that world, the one person reckless enough to get involved. Besides, now that his brothers have turned on him, he needs me too.

The deal was supposed to be simple: a place to hide in exchange for rescuing my sister. Now he’s my prisoner. Totally at my mercy. But I’m the one captivated. Enthralled. Doing everything he asks of me until I’m not sure who’s in control.

We both crave the heat. The more it hurts, the better. But what if Max wants a different life now, to leave the game . . . to love me? I thought I knew better than to get burned. Now I’m in too deep to pull away. And the crazy thing is . . . I don’t want to.

Molly O'Keefe is the queen of creating characters so broken you are certain they will never survive the journey towards their redemption. Joan and Max have spent their lives fighting against themselves. Self-recrimination and shame is the theme of this story as a chance encounter leads them down an emotionally charged erotic and dangerous road that will either grant them the forgiveness they so desperately crave or consign them to the hell they feel they deserve.

[More recommendations ahead!]

Mon
Aug 15 2016 2:30pm

The 5 Reasons You Should Always Read Kit Rocha

Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Maybe you have heard me say this before, but just in case you haven’t, I am going to say it again: If you haven’t been reading the Beyond series by Kit Rocha, I don’t know what you are doing with your life. In fact, you need to catch up because this series is just about to come to an end! There is just one book left before we close the door on some of my favorite characters.

For the uninitiated, the Beyond series focuses on the O’Kane crew, a gang of bootleggers led by the charismatic Dallas O’Kane who is considered the king of Sector Four. In this dystopian landscape there are several sectors full of hard living people; the sectors surround the city Eden, full of the rich, elite, and politicians. Eden is full of repressive rules, but plenty of the rich people who live there use the talents of those in the sectors to supply their vices. Each book focuses on the HEA (Happily Ever After) of a particular relationship, but the overall arc of the Beyond series focuses on freedom, revolution, loyalty, and family (blood and chosen.) This series has everything: action, adventure, seriously sexy times, and plenty of intrigue. There are several reasons to read the Beyond books, but I narrowed it down to five:

[Top 5 reasons to read Kit Rocha...]

Fri
Jul 29 2016 2:00pm

Bang, Bang, On The Door Baby...Erotic Romance Best Bets for July 2016

Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy

What were the best erotic romance in July?

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.

July gives readers more bang for their buck as the couples below experience some intense fireworks in their relationships and learn that those bright fleeting sparks can often be used to build a lasting flame.

Bound Beneath His Pain by Stacey Kennedy

Real estate mogul Micah Holt exerts absolute control over all aspects of his life. He keeps his dark side hidden away from the press, who will chase down any hint of scandal. He’s always in command of his world, careful to expose his closely guarded secrets only to those he knows he can trust. Then Allie Bennett shakes his legendary discipline. She’s beautiful, pure, untainted. But is Micah willing to sacrifice her innocence for his own selfish obsessions?

When that sexy smile makes her body burn, Allie tries with all her might to ignore it. For one thing, Micah’s her new boss. For another, he’s as complicated as he is devastatingly handsome. Still, Allie can only fight so much before she gives into his dangerous games. She knows he’s got dark secrets. But when she discovers the true depth of his pain, Allie must decide how far she’s willing to go to light the way for love.

Fans of Stacey Kennedy’s Club Sins series will enjoy this spin off that gives new meaning to the saying, “you can’t always get what you want...but sometimes you get what you need.” Intense emotions overflow and cascade around you as a romance of epic proportions is built between a man determined to retain all the control and the one woman who has the ability to make him lose it. Light BDSM elements flavors the storyline though it isn’t as defining in the relationship as you would expect from this author.

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Wed
Jul 27 2016 1:00pm

An Embarrassment of Riches: Humiliation Kink in Erotic Romance

True North by Tamsen Parker

Today we're thrilled to welcome Tamsen Parker (True North) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Tamsen's hero Slade has... particular tastes (as do many of the characters in her books), while they're not for everyone, BDSM romance has taught us one thing: your kink isn't my kink, but your kink is OK. Thanks, Tamsen! 

Humiliation probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of romance. And for good reason. The word has all sorts of negative connotations, and most of us spend as much energy avoiding humiliation and embarrassment as we spend avoiding physical discomfort.

But much as some people seek out specific types of physical pain for gratification (sexual or otherwise), some others seek out humiliation.

Luckily, still others enjoy inflicting these things, and not in a Mean Girls or Ramsay Bolton kind of way. Because oh so much wincing…

via GIPHY

But does humiliation really have a place in romance? I’m going to go ahead and say that, much like any other kink, as long as it’s done with consent and consideration for everyone involved’s well-being, hell yeah!

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Thu
Jul 21 2016 3:30pm

First Look at Tamsen Parker’s True North (July 25, 2016)

True North by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker
True North (Compass #4)
Tamsen Parker / July 25, 2016 / $3.99 digital

Four months ago, Slade Lewis got to fulfill his wildest, long-repressed BDSM fantasies during a one-night stand. Since then, getting more has been the only thing on his mind.

When Slade manages to earn the keys to Reyes Walter’s kinky kingdom, he finds himself face-to-face with none other than Pressly Allwyn, the pearl-bedecked love of his life whom he pushed into divorce six years ago.

Now she’s back, and the fetish he was afraid would drive them apart instead draws them together. They indulge in their common kink together, but past hurts and old insecurities complicate any relationship outside their erotic exploits. Caught between the worlds of hot-button politics and even hotter bedroom games, Pressly and Slade will have to decide how far they’re willing to go for a second chance at happily ever after.

True North is the fourth book in Tamsen Parker’s The Compass series but can also be read as a standalone. This bewitching, humorous, erotically intense and emotional series introduced us to the hero -Slade Lewis- earlier and left readers with a less than stellar impression of him. Redemption of a character is a tricky trope to pull off.  You have to not only convince the reader the character is worth redemption but also give them a reasonable explanation for their previous behavior and a believable reason for the change. Finding the love of their lives isn’t always a good enough reason and when you make it a second chance romance, some readers will inevitably side eye the author and scoff BRING IT!

[Is he worth redeeming?]

Mon
Jul 11 2016 8:30am

First Look: Delphine Dryden’s Top to Bottom (July 18, 2016)

Top to Bottom by Delphine Dryden

Delphine Dryden
Top to Bottom
Riptide Publishing / July 18, 2016 / $16.99 print

What doesn’t Top to Bottom have to entice readers? BDSM scene? Check. Second chances and exes reuniting? Check. Some douche trying to sabotage a business? Check. A compelling lesbian love story? Check. Vulnerability and character development? Check…check…check. Delphine Dryden has penned a novel that is both character and plot driven that keeps the reader engaged.

Amie is a personal trainer by day and Dom by night. Yet something has fizzled in her life and she no longer feels connected. Inflicting pain on her willing recipients isn’t really enticing her anymore, and her current relationship is fizzling to an end.

She wasn’t feeling it anymore. She wasn’t feeling much of anything anymore except tired.

[Top or bottom?]

Thu
Jun 30 2016 10:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of June 2016

Manties in a Twist by J.A. Rock

What are the best new romances in June 2016?

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

Willaful:

Manties in a Twist by J.A. Rock
The “Subs Club” series continues to rock my socks off, this time focusing on the irrepressible and adorable Kamen, as he struggles to balance his close friendships and his first serious “adulting” relationship. I love how all the characters in this series are different and approach their kinkiness is very different ways, which includes some hilarious misadventures for Kamen and his Dom. It may be the sweetest and funniest book about kinky sex ever. 

[More recommendations ahead!]