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Aug 22 2016 9:30am

First Look: Lauren Layne’s For Better or Worse (August 30, 2016)

For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

Lauren Layne
For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles, Volume 2)
Pocket Books / August 30, 2016 / $5.99 print, $2.99 digital

I think I might be one of Lauren Layne’s biggest fans. She’s an automatic buy for me regardless of the topic. I just know that I’ll love whatever she releases. For Better or Worse is a prime example. I saw the book was releasing August 30th, did a little happy dance, and added it to my to-read list.

For Better or Worse is the second in The Wedding Belles series and gives us wedding planner Heather’s happily ever after, which starts off a bit inauspicious. She moves into her dream apartment in NYC only to be woken up by her neighbor’s guitar playing at two in the morning. Not one to simper behind closed doors, she immediately knocks on said man-child’s door to provide the imminent smack-down-hello-neighbor-and shut-the-hell-up-so-I-can-sleep introduction. This goes to plan, and Heather is brilliant (my kind of gal). Except she doesn’t expect the fun she has bantering and definitely does not appreciate how disgustingly good looking said neighbor is. His nickname for her of 4C (her apartment number) isn't winning him any brownie points either.

[The Girl in 4C is a firecracker...]

Jul 7 2016 5:09pm

Free Kit Rocha & Cathy Yardley Books, Plus BuzzBook Excerpts: Romance News

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

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Note: The Afternoon Tea will be on hiatus next week while half of Team H&H is at the Romance Writers of America conference. (Expect lots of goodies while we're there and when we get back!) Look for the news roundup again on Monday, July 18!

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Beyond Shame by Kit RochaDeal Alert: Kit Rocha's very first Beyond book, Beyond Shame, is FREE in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Let's just say that the Beyond series is in our list of 15 must-read erotic romance novels for good reason...

Deal Alert: Tessa Dare's fourth Spindle Cove historical, Any Duchess Will Do, is only $1.99 in e-book right now at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “...Tessa Dare gives readers an anti-fairy tale romance in which hard work and self-respect are the route to happiness, and love is the only magic anyone needs,” writes Janga in her First Look at Any Duchess Will Do.

Deal Alert: Cathy Yardley's video-game-professionals-discover-love contemporary romance Level Up is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “[Tessa and Adam's] relationship jumps from friends to smooching buddies almost by accident,” Rebekah Weatherspoon writes in her review of the book, and if that isn't our kind of romance, what is?! P.S. If you like fan fiction and/or video games, Suzanne says you definitely want to give this one a shot.

[+Christine Feehan interview, BuzzBooks sampler, and more...]

Dec 28 2015 3:30pm

Your Future Reads: 7 Romance Trends You’ll See in 2016

Truth or Beard by Penny ReidIn 2016 there will be a lot of new books for you to feast your eyes on—hundreds! One of the great things about romance is seeing all the new trends and tropes and twists that pop up in the genre. So with 2016 just around the corner, here's what we know you'll be seeing more of on your e-readers. 

New Archetypes:

Builders and Men Who Work With Their Hands

This one isn’t so much a new archetype as a different take on the “Billionaire” which is a take on the “Chief” archetype—our fearless leaders! 

Call it billionaire fatigue, call it post-50 Shades, but the age of the billionaire is waning—just enough to allow in something fresh and new for readers. Earlier this year we helped Jennifer Probst announce her new Billionaire Builders series, which I imagine will help bridge this gap.

We'll also see the “men who work with their hands” trend expand into more and more mechanics, too. It's a trend I've been loving in books by Layla Frost (Hyde and Seek) and Penny Reid (Truth or Beard), and I can't wait to see more men who are well off but don't have to wear a suit to do it!

[See the rest of your 365-day forecast...]

Dec 14 2015 6:30pm

Grab the Crayons: The Best Adult Coloring Books for Romance Readers and Beyond!

Of course we have all heard of the Secret Garden coloring series, but did you know there really is an adult coloring book for everyone? With the call for these coloring books showing no signs of slowing down, why not add one (or a bunch) to your holiday wish list? Just don’t forget to put markers and pencil crayons on your list too!

If you are in the spirit of the season, there are a ton of holiday coloring books for every occasion, from snowmen to dreidels these artists have you covered.

  • Colorful Chanukah
  • Winter Magic
  • Creative Haven: Ugly Holiday Sweaters

Are your family members driving you nuts during the holidays? There’s a coloring book for that! I have been coloring as stress and anxiety relief for over ten years and there is no better way to pass the time then with a good book, right? Grab a glass of wine and color on!

[Let's get started...]

Oct 31 2015 2:00pm

Trick or Treat: See Your Favorite Romance Covers in Costume!

As romance readers, we love nothing more than to disappear into a new world for a few hours at a time and slip into the role of our favorite characters. One night a year, Halloween allows us to live out that fantasy in real life, too—to put on a costume and become someone else for a while!

With that in mind, we had a thought: Why not dress up some of our favorite romance novel covers for Halloween too?


[These covers will put a spell on you...]

Oct 14 2015 8:04am

What’s Your Favorite One-Liner?

Source: www.buzzfeed.com

On Twitter, Wednesdays are filled with submissions to the #1lineWednesday tag. While we don't have any writing to offer up, we do love a good one-liner.

Movies like Spy (Melissa McCarthy is pictured at right in the film), Miss Congeniality, and so many other rom-coms are FULL of them! What is your favorite “one-liner” from a book, TV show, or movie?

Let us know in the comments!

Sep 20 2015 3:00pm

Shipping Sunday: 30 Rock’s Liz/Jack

Jack and Liz in 30 RockI love friends to lovers, possibly more than office romances featuring a boss/mentor mentality. So, you can see why I totally and fully fell in love with Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy...or at least the possibility.

[Let the possibilities roll...]

Jul 28 2015 3:05pm

Romance News Roundup: Sylvia Day and D.D. Ayres Deals!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres—Deal Alert #1: D.D. Ayres's K-9 Rescue novel Irresistible Force is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore. You may recall that our romance virgin TeddyP is reading this right now! Stay tuned for a post with his thoughts in the next few weeks.

—Indie Spotlight: Sabrina York has shared an excerpt from her newly released self-published novel Laird of Her Heart, Book 1 in the Dundragon Time Travel trilogy. Read a scene from the book here.

—BuzzFeed Books has a humorous post imagining the Airbnb reviews you might see for famous houses in literature, including a few romance fans will recognize, like Pemberley and Thornfield Hall.

—Deal Alert #2: Sylvia Day's historical romance Seven Years to Sin, which inspired the characters in her Crossfire series, is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & NobleiBookstore, and Amazon.* If you're looking for more Day to try, may we recommend reading Sage Spelling's post “Sylvia Day's Writing Is Worthy of Being Bared to You”?

—Diversion Books' EverAfter Romance has announced it will launch a “groundbreaking print program for self-published romance authors” to enable indie authors to “finally have access to the greater print market,” which we assume will make readers happy too!

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Jul 22 2015 8:19am

Would You Rather...Cowboys vs. Dukes

The Cowboy and the Princess by Lori Wilde

This would you rather has a little more to do with personal preference than an actual tough choice, because in this case, you would win no matter what!

So, if you had to, which of these heroes would you rather marry:

  • A Duke and you would live in the lap of luxury complete with balls, jewels, and a sweeping estate
  • A Cowboy and you would work hard...but play hard, too.

Let us know in the comments!

Jun 24 2015 8:09am

Would You Rather...

Zooey Deschanel of New Girl
Source: -hewastheirfriend.tumblr.com

It's hump day, so to help you get over Wednesday into that final part of the week, we're going to play a game of “would you rather”...

Remember, you can only pick one!

Would you rather...

  • Only read one book (the same book) for the rest of your life
  • Never be able to read your favorite book ever again
May 4 2015 3:59pm

Romance News Roundup: Royal Baby, Marsha Canham Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham—Deal Alert #1: Marsha Canham's Robin Hood Trilogy #1, Through a Dark Mist, is currently $.99 in e-book from e-tailers such as iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.* Read up on all our Marsha Canham posts here.

—Great Britain has a new Royal Baby! Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana (!!!!) of Cambridge was born over the weekend, and she's pretty adorable. Awww.

—Deal Alert #2: All three books in Rebekah Weatherspoon's Fit trilogy—Fit, Tamed, and Sated—are currently priced at $.99 in e-book at e-tailers including AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Read Jessica Moro's spotlight on Fit here. (Full disclosure: Rebekah Weatherspoon is also a Heroes and Heartbreakers blogger.)

[+Saturday Night Live's Black Widow: Age of Me trailer...]

Apr 28 2015 8:02am

What Was Your Most Compelling Elevator Pitch?

Vanessa Bayer spoofs the Fifty Shades of Grey Elevator sceneLast week, we talked about the keywords that will get you to auto-buy a book based on the cover copy. This week, we are talking about the books that are recommended to us by the fellow readers in our lives. Sometimes, it's a tweet we see that makes us ask “What are you reading!?” because it sounds just right up our alley. Other times, someone will recommend a book and they'll use the buzzwords that get us running to a bookstore right away!

What's the most compelling “pitch” you've gotten that resulted in your adding one (or several) books to your TBR pile?

Apr 27 2015 3:51pm

Romance News Roundup: Lili St. Germain Deal, Magic Mike XXL, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Magic Mike XXL PosterMagic Mike is making Mondays a little more tolerable with their #MagicMondays. This week, they've released the poster for the latest XXL actor to take it off—Joe Manganiello! You're welcome.

—Last week, we were teased about Fifty Shades Darker with the first image of Jamie Dornan. Now, we present some more teasing—this time, a fan video compiling all of the jokes and funny moments in Fifty Shades of Grey (and there were a lot)! Since Dakota Johnson comes from a comedy background, we're reminded of that sense of humor in this video!

—Deal Alert: Lili St. Germain's Cartel comes out in paperback on May 12, 2015, but for those who can't wait, the e-book can be yours now—and for only $0.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBooks.

—This weekend, the Daytime Emmy winners were announced and awards went to soap opera fan favorites such as Days of Our Lives, Bold and the Beautiful, among others!

*We don't know how long these deals will last so get it while it's hot!

Apr 27 2015 12:15pm

They Laughed, They Cried: Standout Moments in Romance Novels

Wild With You by Sara Jane StoneHeroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to welcome author Sara Jane Stone, whose fourth Independence Falls novel, Wild With You, hit shelves on April 14. Shere's here today to discuss what qualities make for a keeper romance, including laugh-out-loud funny moments. Thanks for joining us, Sara Jane!

As a reader, I find the little moments in a book stay with me the longest. Romance, women’s fiction, non-fiction—the heart-wrenching details haunt me long after I turn the last page. But it is the laugh-out-loud passages that lead me to reread a book over and over.

Jill Shalvis is a master of humorous moments. In Simply Irresistible, the first book in her Lucky Harbor series, I love the scene where the heroine drunk dials the hero (who happens to be the town’s master carpenter) and tells him she needs mastering. I’ve read this story more times than I wish to admit and I still laugh every time.

When I asked Codi Gary, author of Bad For Me, if she could name a standout moment, she selected a humorous moment from Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mr. Bridgerton:

“Where Colin asks Penelope to marry him and she falls out of the carriage and to the ground was funny and wonderful because it was supposed to be a romantic moment and they both butchered it.” 

Reading her words, I can clearly picture this scene. And I’m tempted to drop everything and reread Colin and Penelope’s story. This moment reflects everything I love about these characters.

[Go ahead, give in to the re-read temptation...]

Apr 22 2015 4:06pm

Romance News Roundup: Amy Schumer & Paige Tyler!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

—See for yourself why a sketch from last night's Inside Amy Schumer—which pulled double duty as both a parody of beloved Friday Night Lights TV couple Eric and Tami Taylor (a.k.a. Coach and Mrs. Coach) AND a PSA about campus rape—is setting the internet on fire today.

—Next week's H&H newsletter will feature an exclusive Author Spotlight with Paige Tyler (Her Wild Hero). For access to this and other members-only content, sign up to become a member of the H&H community and check “Yes” to receive the newsletter!

Apr 10 2015 8:14am

Initial Here, Here, and Here

Say My Name by J. KennerIt's Friday, and we're all a little bit brain dead, and could use a break. So, we're going to play a little game!

On the count of three, list as many authors—preferably only romance authors (we think you'll be able to come up with plenty)—who use initials as part of their pen names!

Okay, one... two... three... Go!

Apr 9 2015 8:13am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Rom-Com?

Romantic comedies are some of the most watched movies on our shelves. We all have our favorites, but what's your first?

Mar 31 2015 8:03am

“I Ship It”: What Have Been Your Favorite Ships This Season?

This parody video has been around for awhile, but as many of us stare into the empty void as our favorite shows finish off their seasons, we dedicate this to you!

What have been your new “ships” of the past year? What are your all-time favorites?

Mar 16 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s Chase Me (March 17, 2015)

Chase Me by Tessa BaileyTessa Bailey
Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful #1)
Avon Impulse / March 17, 2015 / $4.99 print, $2.99 digital

College drop-out Roxy Cumberland moved to New York with dreams of becoming an actress, but her dwindling bank account is quickly putting the kibosh on that fantasy. To make some quick cash, she signs up to perform singing telegrams. Her first customer is a gorgeous, cocky Manhattan trust-funder if she ever laid eyes on one. And what could be more humiliating than singing an ode to his junk, courtesy of his last one night stand? Maybe the fact that she’s dressed in a giant pink bunny costume…

After a night out to celebrate winning his last case, lawyer Louis McNally the Second isn’t prepared for the pounding in his head or the rabbit serenading him from the front door. But the sassy wit and sexy voice of the girl behind the mask intrigue him, and one look at her stunning face—followed by a mind-blowing kiss against his doorjamb—leaves Louis wanting more.

Roxy doesn’t need a spoiled rich boy who’s had everything in life handed to him on a Tiffany platter. But there’s more to Louis than his sexy surface and he’s determined to make Roxy see it...even if it means chasing her all over NYC.

In Tessa Bailey’s Chase Me, we are treated to a laugh-out-loud raunchy romantic comedy.

Louis McNally the Second is a playboy lawyer who gets the surprise of his hungover life when an actual, true-to-life singing telegram shows up at his door. Despite the pounding headache, he can tell from the pink bunny’s voice that he wants—no, needs—to know more about her.

[And learn more about her he does...]

Mar 6 2015 4:21pm

Romance News Roundup: Not My First Rodeo Series and More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Not My 1st Rodeo by Donna Alward, Sarah M. Anderson, and Jenna Bayley-Burke—Sarah M. Anderson, Donna Alward, and Jenna Bayley-Burke have announced a novella trilogy, Not My 1st Rodeo, featuring the contemporary romances Something About a Cowboy, Nothing Like a Cowboy, and Anything for a Cowboy. They've also launched NotMy1stRodeo.com for more about the books and, coming soon, dating profiles of the heroes and heroines.

—Mina Vaughn has revealed the sexy cover for her latest novel, How to Punish Your Playboy, and also posted a brief excerpt to give readers a taste of the story...

[+Thug Notes reviews Fifty Shades...]