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Sep 28 2016 3:00pm

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.

[Read more...]

Thu
Sep 22 2016 9:30am

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.

[Read more...]

Tue
Sep 20 2016 3:00pm

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. 

[Read more...]

Fri
Sep 16 2016 5:24pm

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 9:30am

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

[Read more...]

Mon
Sep 5 2016 9:30am

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?”

[Read more...]

Mon
Aug 29 2016 5:00pm

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 3:30pm

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 3:00pm

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.

[Read more...]

Wed
Jul 27 2016 2:00pm

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!

[Read more...]

Thu
Jul 21 2016 4:30pm

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 9:30am

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 11:00am

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!]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 9:30am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of April 2016

Broken by Cynthia Eden

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.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for April 2016 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Nichole Severn:

My best of April pick is Broken by Cynthia Eden. This is the first in her LOST series and I couldn't put it down. The sexual tension between Gabe and Eve is unforgettable and the mystery had me guessing to the end.​ Best book I've read of hers since Deal with the Devil.

Nicola R. White:

Enchanting The Lady by Kathrynne Kennedy is just as magical as the cover suggests. It has everything I crave in a historical/fantasy blend, including an intrepid heroine, amazing world building, and a miniature dragon. This is book one in what looks to be a  very fun series, and I can't wait to read more!

Willaful:

The Sub's Club by J.A. Rock is a great example of how a really kinky book can be almost... universal. The particular sex acts described range from meh to oh-my-God-in-heaven-no on my personal interest scale, but I didn't give a fig. (Pun intended.) The narrator has such a great, funny voice, and he's dealing with such complex, real issues. And his Dom/love interest is off the hook weird and adorable.

[More books for your TBR list ...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 1:00pm

The Boys Are Back In Town: Erotic Best Bets for April 2016

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology by Anne Calhoun, Christine d'Abo, Delphine Dryden, Megan Hart, Jeffe Kennedy, Megan Mulry, and Molly O'Keefe (writing as M. O'Keefe)

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.

April brings us some deliciously bad boys whose hedonistic desires guarantee your every fantasy will be sated.

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology

A woman's pleasure is a dangerous thing. A primal appetite that, once awakened, can never be sated. A secret that gives power to those who know it. A magic that, once unleashed, can never be contained. Some say the clitoris is the devil's doorbell, set to summon him forth at the merest touch...

It's time to ring the bell.

Here are seven tales of sexual empowerment and erotic defiance, featuring the hottest storytellers of erotic fiction.

Anne Calhoun
Christine d'Abo
Delphine Dryden
Megan Hart
Jeffe Kennedy
Megan Mulry
Molly O'Keefe
(writing as M. O'Keefe)

Seven talented writers flex their skills and unite together to create a stunning erotic anthology that celebrates sexuality in all it’s forms with no apologies. Each story offers an intriguing look into the passions and desires of men and women who know what they want and take it in the most delicious of ways. Perfect reading for those who enjoy indulging in different flavored erotic bites without needing to consume the whole meal.

[Throw back those sheets for more erotic best bets ...]

Wed
Mar 30 2016 3:00pm

Hockey and Hookups: March 2016 Male/Male Romance Best Bets

Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

March was a month of debate in the Male/Male romance community surrounding the Gay-For-You trope, with many prominent people in the sub-genre offering their two cents. Luckily for us romance readers it was also a great month for new releases, with stories ranging from tales of stranded survivors, historical work-place relationships and more.

Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Can your favorite hockey players finish their first season together undefeated?

Five months in, NHL forward Ryan Wesley is having a record-breaking rookie season. He’s living his dream of playing pro hockey and coming home every night to the man he loves—Jamie Canning, his longtime best friend turned boyfriend. There’s just one problem: the most important relationship of his life is one he needs to keep hidden, or else face a media storm that will eclipse his success on the ice.

Jamie loves Wes. He really, truly does. But hiding sucks. It’s not the life Jamie envisioned for himself, and the strain of keeping their secret is taking its toll. It doesn’t help that his new job isn’t going as smoothly as he’d hoped, but he knows he can power through it as long as he has Wes. At least apartment 10B is their retreat, where they can always be themselves.

Or can they?

When Wes’s nosiest teammate moves in upstairs, the threads of their carefully woven lie begin to unravel. With the outside world determined to take its best shot at them, can Wes and Jamie develop major-league relationship skills on the fly?

Many of us devoured Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy and therefore couldn’t wait to return to our two favorite hockey players, Wes and Jamie, when Us was released. While it arguably can’t live up to the magic of Him (few books would), Us is a wonderful second installment. We see Wes and Jamie having to juggle fame, careers, a nosy neighbour and a hidden relationship.

[Ready for more male/male romance ...]

Wed
Mar 30 2016 9:35am

April 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:
April 1-9 | April 10-16 | April 17-23 | April 24-30

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

[Check out the complete list!...]

Tue
Mar 29 2016 2:00pm

In Like A Lion...Erotic Romance Best Bets for March 2016

Deep by Skye Warren

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.

March comes in like a lion and these books will have you ROARING as the passion and love intermingle to form a bond so strong that nothing can tear it apart. No matter how hard the couples below try.

Deep by Skye Warren

Dark. Powerful. Dangerous.

Philip Murphy has all of Chicago under his thumb. Except me.

We met in a perfect storm of violence and lust. He saved me and then disappeared from my life. Now I pretend I never knew that kind of darkness. I focus on midterms and campus parties, as if they can wipe the slate clean.

Then he turns up outside my dorm room—wounded and barely conscious. He’s the head of a crime syndicate, a powerful man, but he needs me now. There are traitors in his midst.

I can help him, but I can’t fall for him.

Not again.

Skye Warren once again takes us into the abyss with a dark, gritty tale of love, loss, obsession, and redemption when a young broken woman finds herself the object of affection of an older man whose climb to the top of the underworld was fueled by pain and perseverance. Kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery for her family’s debt, the heroine, Ella, uses her brain and fists to escape, only to find herself thrust into the lap of the most dangerous man in Chicago- Phillip Murphy. Turbulent emotions, erotic passions, and unexpected revelations rock this couple when the past and present collide in a force that threatens to destroy them all.

[Quench your animalistic thirst ...]

Mon
Mar 28 2016 5:00pm

First Look: Kimberly Dean’s Courting Suspicion (March 29, 2016)

Courting Suspicion by Kimberly Dean

Kimberly Dean
Courting Suspicion (Courting #4)
Mischief / March 29, 2016 / $3.99 digital

It's difficult to run when you want to get caught. Book Four of the Courting Series.

Washington DC's elite escort service, Luxxor is known for its beautiful companions and its discretion. Nina Lockwood — classy, gorgeous, and whip-smart — has spent years building this risky business, but everything is put in jeopardy when a bull-headed, sexy detective starts poking around.

Josh Morgan is the last man on earth she should be attracted to, but Nina can't help it. A romance with a member of the Metro Police would be reckless, but she fantasizes about taking on her role of a D.C. madam in a more personal and pleasurable way.

Josh has always been suspicious of Luxxor but is more intrigued by the mystery of the woman who runs it. He knows she's hiding secrets and he wants to discover each and every one of them — in uniform or not.

But when a Luxxor escort is found in a compromising situation with a prominent politician, the true cat-n-mouse game begins. Can Josh and Nina lower their guards to trust one another and give in to the attraction they both feel? Or will their suspicion minds keep them from seeing the true conspiracy going on behind the scenes?

Courting Suspicion is the book I've been waiting for in this series. It's one of the best books I've read in 2016, and I loved both Nina and Josh. I want to be Nina, or if I can't, I'd love to be friends with her (or someone just like her). If you have (a) Nina on your side, you're golden. While Courting Suspicion is the fourth book in the Courting Series, I think it can be read as a stand alone. Of course, the other books (Courting TroubleCourting Innocence) help with context, but they aren't necessary. In fact, I think book three (Courting Danger) might hold the most weight, and it's the one of the series I haven't read (yet)—I've even read the novellas one and two (Courting Jealousy). I do recommend reading the other books first though.

[You haven't been courted right yet? ...]

Fri
Mar 25 2016 12:00pm

RWA Announces 2016 RITA and Golden Heart Finalists!

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole

Today is a big one in the romance novel world—the Romance Writers of America* has announced its finalists for the 2016 RITA and Golden Heart awards. Congratulations to all of the nominees!

*Romance Writers of America is a nonprofit trade association for romance writers. Each year, RWA awards the RITA, for published fiction, and the Golden Heart, in unpublished fiction, to authors writing in a variety of genres.

The 2016 RITA and Golden Heart awards ceremony will be held in San Diego, California on July 16 at the RWA national conference. Check back that night for a complete list of the winners!

(Want to learn more about the authors/books nominated? As you browse the list of finalists, click on links for past H&H coverage.)

2016 RITA Finalists**

Best First Book

[Check out the other nominees...]