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Thu
Feb 4 2016 9:30am

First Look: Helen Hardt’s Sophie’s Voice (February 9, 2016)

Sophie’s Voice by Helen Hardt

Helen Hardt 
Sophie’s Voice (Sex and the Season #4) 
Waterhouse Press / February 9, 2016 / $14.99 print, $6.99 digital

Lady Sophie MacIntyre has the voice of an angel, but due to her timid nature, no one ever hears it. After losing a bet to her conniving sister, Sophie auditions for the new musicale at the Regal Theatre run by handsome actor Zachary Newland. Though distracted by Zach’s elegant masculinity and her own nerves, she sings well and earns a role in the production.

Zach is a confirmed bachelor, and his taste in women leans toward the glamorous and uninhibited…until he meets the demure Sophie. Her delicate soprano and understated beauty captivate him. She responds to his inappropriate kiss, but quickly dismisses the heat between them. She’s a lady of the peerage, after all, and not one to associate with a rake like him. Zach, however, is not so easily dissuaded. He gets what he wants, and he intends to help Sophie find her true voice…in more ways than one.

What do you get when you combine historical romance, erotica, and kink? A fun romp through historical England with Sophie’s Voice. Let me tell you, I needed a fan for this one. Sophie’s Voice is the fourth book in the Sex and the Season series and focuses on self-proclaimed spinster, Lady Sophie MacIntyre and verified rake, actor, and musicale director, Zachary Newland.

[Not your traditional historical ...]

Wed
Feb 3 2016 12:30pm

Female Billionaires in Romance: An Essential Reading List

Taking the Lead by Cecilia Tan

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to welcome Cecilia Tan to the site. Cecilia's Taking the Lead came out yesterday and features one of our favorite twists on a much-read heroes—the billionaire. But Cecilia doesn't talk about just any billionaires—we're talking billionaire heroines today. Thanks, Cecilia!

One of the things about my latest book, Taking the Lead, is that although it has BDSM and billionaires, in this one the heroine is the billionaire. I'm not the first to have a female billionaire, though, so if the concept intrigues you, I'm pleased to report there are some great titles waiting for you.

A Gentleman in the Street by Alisha Rai

This was by far the most recommended book when I asked around for female billionaire heroines, and Rai's Akira Mori is a businesswoman accustomed to acquiring anything she wants. Anything except the hero, of course. Rai herself was influenced by one of the greats: “Back in the day Jayne Ann Krentz wrote a ton of businesswomen heroines,” she says. “I think I was imprinted.”

[And other billionaire heroines ...]

Sat
Jan 30 2016 2:00pm

BDSM Romance You Need: Sparrow Beckett

Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett

Burned out on domineering billionaires in your romance? I get it. I like a bossy alpha male as much as the average Heroes & Heartbreakers reader, but in a post-Fifty Shades world it’s hard out here for a BDSM romance reader. The flavors of bossy heroes (and antiheroes) have become plentiful, which sounds like a great thing.

More books? Yes.

More book boyfriends? OMG, yes.

And yet somehow we’ve started to suffer from too much of a good thing. The stories go from the comforting familiarity of tropes to the less cozy feeling of repetition. Unlike other reviewers out there, though, I’m not giving up. I like my Doms. I like my tough heroes. I like reading about some power play dynamics. That hasn’t changed. 

Wading in the BDSM deluge is my job, and I’ve come out the other side of the Kindle Sea with a winner: Sparrow Beckett.

The Masters Unleashed series is a fresh foray into the genre. Many others have upped the stakes by making the games played by the heroes and heroines “scarier.” Sparrow Beckett, a writing duo, didn’t go that route exactly. They instead opt to make the sexual needs of their protagonists very clear by setting up a Master/slave dynamic, which the characters may not always be involved in at the beginning of the book. At the same time, the characters’ emotional needs outside the bedroom and their overall understanding of their places within the world are far less defined.

[If you haven't read, you've been missing out ...]

Wed
Jan 27 2016 1:00pm

February 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

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

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
February 1-6 | February 7-13 | February 14-20 | February 21-29

Heroes and Heartbreakers February 2016 Shopping List!
 
Week of February 1 through February 6
Feb 2 Shopping List Image

[Check out the complete list!...]

Thu
Dec 31 2015 10:00am

January 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

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

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
January 1-9 | January 10-16 | January 17-23 | January 24-31

Heroes and Heartbreakers January 2016 Shopping List!
 
Week of January 1 through January 9

[Check out the complete list!...]

Tue
Dec 29 2015 12:00pm

Get Your Read On: Top 10 Posts of 2015

 

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Thanks to you, our lovely readers, H&H is happy to send 2015 off with a bang! You helped us binge-watch Lost Girl and Criminal Minds, you obsessed with us over every J.R. Ward or Karen Marie Moning announcement, and you helped us pick the most EPIC of epic couples.

With only a few days left in the year, we decided to take a look back on some of our most popular posts. Now, we had tons of posts, so below find the top 10 of 2015, based on how many eyeballs—your eyeballs—they had on them! And if you weren't able to stop by Heroes and Heartbreakers as much as you would have liked—well, make it your New Year's Resolution... and catch up with the hot topics below!

Top 10 Posts (based on traffic):

  1. Lost Girl 5x08 Recap and SPOILER Thread: Succubus in a Box
  2. J.R. Ward Announces Next Black Dagger Brotherhood Novel: The Beast!
  3. Baby Girl: 10 Moments That Prove Criminal Mind Morgan and Garcia Are Meant to Be!
  4. The Swoonies 2015: An EPIC Couples Battle!
  5. J.R. Wards The Shadows SPOILER Thread (Major Spoilers!!)
  6. Are You Curious?: Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Screening Thoughts (SPOILERS!)
  7. Karen Marie Moning's Burned SPOILER THREAD!! (MAJOR SPOILERS)
  8. Lost Girl 5x07 Recap and SPOILER Thread: Succubus at the Heart of the Storm
  9. 10 BDSM Romances You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)
  10. J.R. Ward Announces Blood Kiss, First Book in the Black Dagger Legacy Series

 

Sun
Dec 27 2015 10:00am

Top 12 Erotic Romance Novels of 2015 (An Opinionated Opinion)

The List by Anne Calhoun

It’s always hard for me to pick my top reads for the year. It’s like being asked to pick a favorite child. Every book I read has something, be it a character, a trope, or even a small scene, that I form some sort of  connection with. Throughout the year I read a multitude of erotic romances and each month I post a list of erotic recommendations that I feel you all will enjoy. Below are the twelve that I felt are more than worthy of a second, even third look, for 2015.

The List by Anne Calhoun 
Anne Calhoun has a voice that makes me think of rich decadent chocolate. Each of her erotic romances leaves an indelible imprint on your heart but The List goes a step further as she writes of a marriage on the brink of divorce and the extent one will go to for love.

Time Served by Julianna Keyes
A lush erotic second chance romance that shows the complicated volatile emotions between two people whose wants and needs separated them and eventually brings them back together.

Asking For It by Lilah Pace
A dark and edgy erotic romance that reveals forbidden desires for a fragile couple whose past tragedies forces them into an emotional bond neither of them wanted. This the first book in a duology.

[The best spurting scenes, bdsm, and sex of 2015 ...]

Wed
Dec 16 2015 4:30pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 1

The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan

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.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 1 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to stay tuned for Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4:

Sahara Hoshi:

The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan - Callihan takes one of my favorite tropes, a hero who is willing to court his heroine and go the distance with her in a realistic and very sweet relationship, plus they love trip-hop music which is always a plus.

Never Loved by Charlotte Stein - I love Never Loved, I think I love it because it's a novel that gets why I love New Adult so much, the heroine literally transforms herself into someone new which I think is the point of college.

Rock Redemption by Nalini Singh - There is something so powerful between Noah and Kit that goes beyond romance and into what makes a great relationship, a strong solid foundation. The lengths both characters go through to be with each other are astounding and worth your time as well as attention as a reader.

[The Best Reads of 2015 ...]

Fri
Dec 11 2015 9:30am

Stockings Stuffers: Erotic Romance Best Bets for December 2015

Coming Back by Lauren Dane

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.

December is a time of joy, happiness, renewal, and forgiveness. The couples below will have to search deep within themselves to decide if the love and passion they feel for one another is enough to survive the firestorm their desires will cause.

Coming Back by Lauren Dane

Arriving back in Seattle after five years, Jessilyn Franklin is done pretending she didn't want two men. She's done letting anything stop her from being with Adam and Mick, now back from the war and working at Twisted Steel, a custom hot rod and motorcycle shop. One night changes everything, but their relationship must strengthen to weather the storms they'll face as they make their way back to one another.

Fans of Lauren Dane will devour her latest erotic romance that offers three best friends a second chance at happiness and love. Emotionally turbulent and wickedly sinful, Dane addresses the hardships and joys of a non traditional relationship. Outside influences and familiar faces only adds to the spiciness of the story as our triad finally succumbs to their hearts’ desires once and for all.

[Erotic romance reads as winter nears ...]

Thu
Dec 10 2015 4:30pm

Checking for Squirrels and Other Masturbation Euphemisms

Does the term ‘jerking off' bother you? Could you come at ‘doubling clicking the mouse’?

Whether you’re a fan of masturbation scenes in romance or not, you probably have some opinion about the language used to refer to ‘self love’ in novels.

There are a number of literary novels that explicitly refer to masturbation—a well known example is Portnoy’s Complaint. A less well known example is Guillaume Cochin’s French novel Spermatofolie, in which the hero (who calls himself ‘the Tiger Woods of masturbation’) fires the flesh musket repeatedly (as a sperm donor) and ends up fathering 367 ginger-haired children. (All I can say is that he must have been very busy shaking hot white coconuts from the veiny love tree.)

Romance novels, however, tend to only refer to masturbation in detail as it…ah…directly involves both hero and heroine, or their thinking about one another. Even then things can get a little coy at times, with oblique references to trips to the bathroom and the hero ‘taking himself in hand’. In male-male romance the language gets a little earthier (there’s an instance of “I gotta jerk” In Cara McKenna’s Backwoods) but heroines seem to speak much more delicately about such things. Thus in Lover Awakened, Bella tells Zsadist, “You’re beautiful when you touch yourself.”

[Books that are clever about hand play ...]

Mon
Nov 30 2015 12:00pm

December 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

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

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
December 1-5 | December 6-12 | December 13-19 | December 20-26 | December 27-31

Heroes and Heartbreakers December 2015 Shopping List!
 
Week of December 1 through December 5
December 1 to December 5 Shopping List

[Check out the complete list!...]

Mon
Nov 16 2015 4:30pm

Masters and Mercenaries: Lexi Blake’s BDSM Series Needs to Be on Your TBR Pile

The Dom Who Loved Me by Lexi Blake

Did you ever wonder what the James Bond series would be like if, instead of being a secret service agent, he was instead a former CIA Operative and head of his own private security firm in Dallas?  Who also runs a super exclusive BDSM club on the side?  I’m guessing you probably haven’t, but Lexi Blake—author of the incredible Master and Mercenaries series—has and this post will be all about why you should be reading this incredible series.

Honestly, if I ever become a multi-billionaire, I will make it my mission to turn this into a TV show.  It would have to be on a premium cable channel, but let me tell you—it would so be worth the money.  I’ve already got my dream cast ready, and would be willing to initiate a Kickstarter, if anyone else is interested (wink, wink). 

Now, if you got a bit nervous when I said these books involved BDSM, just relax.  Yes, they do have BDSM elements in them, but it’s not the main focus of the novels.  It’s obvious that Lexi Blake is either active in the Lifestyle or she has done some incredible research because she explains how BDSM works so incredibly well, even us vanilla people can follow along.  So, if you’re turned off by BDSM, don’t let that keep you from reading and enjoying this series.  It doesn’t take over the book, and normally is either part of or leading up to some of the most erotic sex scenes I’ve ever come across.  Fair warning though, some of these books will end in semi-cliff hangers, so be prepared to get your Amazon one-click settings ready to roll, ‘cause you’re going to want to keep reading and reading.

[You have been warned ...]

Tue
Nov 10 2015 9:30am

What Is Dark Romance?

Madame X by Jasinda Wilder

There have been a slew of what is considered Dark Erotica novels published recently, and truthfully, I have read and loved a great deal of them. When considering a post that rounds up some of the best of the most recent releases, or at least the most delicious and twisted selections, my first consideration was this: What the heck is Dark Erotica, anyway?

Off the top of my head I thought, well, Dark Erotica is an erotic story with dark undertones...or dark overtones. Not quite sinister, but definitely not Disney bubblegum storytelling. (Well technically, Disney stories are pretty dark, but I digress.) Dark Erotica seems to have less boundaries that typical romances; however with more secrets, lies, and intrigue it is not simply a romantic suspense erotica on steroids. When you are reading a book and give an audible gasp, it could be from an especially juicy sex scene or a secret revealed, and this reaction is common when reading dark romance novels. I think we are getting somewhere here!

I have a “dark” bookshelf on Goodreads, and I thought I could get some inspiration for an explanation from there. I was actually surprised at the variety of what I considered dark books on that shelf. Erotica of all kinds was to be found; from motorcycle clubbers and blue collar lovers to dubious consent, kidnapping novels, and secret BDSM of the affluent, anyone can fall victim to love on the dark side. This explains why DA is growing in popularity, but not exactly what it is.

[Get into the dark erotica romance ...]

Thu
Nov 5 2015 4:30pm

Putting the Menage in Marriage from McKenna, Elgsborg, and More!

The Silk Tie by Lily Harlem

Love and marriage, go together like a male, male, female romance, ok so that’s not the lyrics to the song but it should be in the case of these books. After glomming Cara McKenna’s Crosstown Crush, I came away thinking about the dynamics that are needed to pull something like Mike and Sam’s fantasies off. First of all, Sam goes about arranging things pretty neatly and luckily finds a somewhat normal third partner in the form of Bern. I have to be completely honest, I am Team Bern all the way, but what I love about Crosstown Crush is that it addresses the logical conclusion that people can develop feelings for each other when they sleep together, something Bern, Sam and Mike all have to address. What was interesting about Crosstown Crush is that there was the need for Mike to be present in some form when Sam and Bern were having sex. This idea is echoed in Lily Harlem’s The Silk Tie.

In The Silk Tie, rather than dealing with a cuckolding fantasy, Hayley founds out her husband Gabe wants to experience male-male sex for the first time and finds out the her husband fantasizes about his new client, Brent. What’s interesting about The Silk Tie is that Brent, the third in the relationship, is the one to insist that Hayley be present during Gabe and Brent’s encounters. In addition, Gabe initially protests to Brent touching Hayley but changes his mind when he realizes it’s a bit hypocritical. Unlike Sam in Crosstown Crush, Hayley doesn’t know about her husband’s desire right away and has to discover it for herself. There seems to be less psychological turmoil in The Silk Tie as Hayley and Gabe have ten years of marriage between them as well as the fact that neither of their kinks ever pushed one towards possibly leaving the other like Mike hiding his kink did to Sam in Crosstown Crush. Instead, there’s more of a sense of, “Is this what you want? Ok, we’ll figure it out,” vibe from Hayley, Gabe and Brent.

[Every marriage can use a lil spice ...]

Wed
Oct 28 2015 12:00pm

November 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

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

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
November 1-7 | November8-14 | November 15-21 | November 22-30

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

[Check out the complete list!...]

Sun
Oct 25 2015 1:00pm

Creepy and Kooky Kinky: Morticia and Gomez Addams as Healthy Portrayal of Kink

A tender moment between Morticia and Gomez in the Addams Family MovieWith Halloween fast approaching, what better time than now to talk about one of my favorite creepy couples, Gomez and Morticia Addams. From the popular tv and film franchise, and with many other adaptations in between, The Addams Family one of my favorite shows/movies to watch. With their obsession with all things macabre, dark, and the color black, they weren’t the norm compared to other family sitcoms. I am obsessed with the family’s dark, tongue-in-cheek humor and the love between Gomez and Morticia.

With their Gothic horror-movie-type-family you would think their interactions would be stiff and stilted but, that’s not the case. Gomez and Morticia Addams are the iconic goth couple but I think their marriage transcends stereotypes. They are one of the first couples to explore their sexuality in pop culture. The movie may have had a family rating but there was an eroticism implied that made it much more than just another cookie cutter movie.  

[It made it perfect...]

Thu
Oct 15 2015 8:30am

Best Friend’s Little Sister Takes an Erotic Turn in Eden Bradley’s Dangerously Broken

Dangerously Broken by Eden Bradley

The brother’s best friend/little sister trope takes on hard BDSM kink in Eden Bradley’s long-awaited sequel, Dangerously Broken, where the great thing about the combination of this genre and this trope is the merging of taboos into a heightened awareness of sex, feelings, everything. Summer Grace has always been off-limits for Jamie, not just because of the promise he made her deceased brother but because of where his sexual preferences lie. But when he comes upon Summer playing at his BDSM club, The Bastille, he sees her in a whole new light. And the best thing? He doesn’t torture himself about it; he acts on it.

Desire was not the same as taking action. But who the hell was going to protect her from everything and everyone else at The Bastille if he didn’t do it himself? It was the same damn situation Allie had wrangled Mick into. With his help, he had to admit. But this was different. Wasn’t it? He had a feeling Summer Grace hadn’t done this because of him.

He’d seen the languorous lines of her body under that Domme’s hands. Had seen the way she responded to being hit with the leather paddle. She was right there, her body, her mind, committed to the moment. Oh yeah, she was all in. That wasn’t something anyone could fake. Even if she knew he was into kink — and if Allie had brought her to the club, he was pretty sure she’d known before they’d seen each other tonight — she was obviously there because it was what she wanted.

Summer Grace. With the same dark desires he had himself.

Which could lead her into some dangerous territory.

[This is off limits for work spaces ...]

Wed
Oct 14 2015 9:15am

An Erotic Education: 15 Must-Read Erotic Romance Novels for All Readers

Cowgirls Don't Cry by Lorelei James

Editor's Note: This post is a little NSFW, but super fun! It will give you an erotic education...literally! We'll be discussing erotic romance and offering some recommendations for the Novice, Moderate, and Hardcore Reader. Proceed with caution and be aware that this post deals with sensitive topics including, but not limited to, Rape Fantasy and Sex Trafficking.

Recently, I read an article on Ever After Romance entitled “Has Erotica Become the Beige Granny Panties of Romance?” It caught my attention because the author discusses erotic romance but identifies it as erotica. In my readings and talks with authors, I have gradually come to realize that erotica is not the same as erotic romance. Erotica is sexually explicit and written for the sheer purpose of sexual arousal. There is generally no romance presented because that is not its goal. Erotic romance, on the other hand, is a romance with eroticia added to it. If you take away the erotica, you will still have a viable romance. Can they be interchangable? Yes, I believe they can. I have read some erotic romances that could sit comfortably on either self.

[What's you type of erotic romance reader are you? ...]

Thu
Oct 8 2015 11:30am

HEAs for BBW in YA: A Dictionary of Romance Acronyms

Acronyms Meme

Amazon is filled with acronyms—sometimes, it feels like reading a credit card application when you don’t understand the terms and there isn’t a glossary.

I have this working theory about acronyms—they’re not actually designed to make our lives easier.  For example, LOL.  How many stories do we know about people using these three letters as lots of love rather than laughing out loud?  Sure, the urban legends are hilarious – Heard you had to put your dog down, LOL – but would it be that much harder to type that’s funny, or even haha?

I believe acronyms are culturally a way of being connected.  Teens use them to communicate with each other and irritate their parents.  Corporate types use them to sound important, as if they don’t possibly have the time to speak sentences in full and if you can’t understand what’s being said, you don’t deserve to be in the conversation. 

Meanwhile, for romance readers, we like to get a feel for a book immediately, and a few letters on a book profile can give you gist of things in a single glance – without our SO (significant other) necessarily knowing what we’re browsing.  It also make conversations in public with your fellow readers way less awks.  “So, I was reading this amazing ménage the other day about a marriage of convenience between a step-brother and his big, beautiful woman and their inter-racial bestie.  Oh, hello, waiter…”

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[The Romance acronym guide ...]

Fri
Sep 25 2015 12:00pm

Plenty New Under the Sun: Male/Male Romance Best Bets for September 2015

To Love a Traitor by J.L. Merrow

The romance has such a basic formula, and there have been hundreds of thousands of them written, but authors still manage to come up with fresh plots, characters, and settings across all subgenres. Here are some of the more intriguing sounding stories for the month.

To Love a Traitor by J.L. Merrow

Wounds of the heart take the longest to heal.

When solicitor’s clerk George Johnson moves into a rented London room in the winter of 1920, it’s with a secret goal: to find out if his fellow lodger, Matthew Connaught, is the wartime traitor who cost George’s adored older brother his life.

Yet as he gets to know Matthew—an irrepressibly cheerful ad man whose missing arm hasn’t dimmed his smile—George begins to lose sight of his mission.

As Matthew’s advances become ever harder to resist, George tries to convince himself his brother’s death was just the luck of the draw, and to forget he’s hiding a secret of his own. His true identity—and an act of conscience that shamed his family.

But as their mutual attraction grows, so does George’s desperation to know the truth about what happened that day in Ypres. If only to prove Matthew innocent—even if it means losing the man he’s come to love.

Warning: Contains larks in the snow, stiff upper lips, shadows of the Great War, and one man working undercover while another tries to lure him under the covers.

This is one of a growing number of unusual historicals set in the 1920s, but it's not in the world of flappers and sheikhs. It's a restrained, somewhat sombre character study of honorable people suffering the aftermath of a terrible war. (Though of course since it's Merrow, there's humor as well.) I particularly appreciated Matthew's matter-of-fact attitude about living with a disability. Although this is fairly short, there's plenty of atmosphere to submerge in.

[New plots with these male/male Best Bets ...]