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Thu
Sep 3 2015 4:30pm

The Best Pride and Prejudice Adaptations, in Order of Mr. Darcy Hotness (An Opinionated Opinion)

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

We all have definitive opinions on the best adaptations of our favorite romance novels—and yes, today, I am counting Pride and Prejudice among that number! You see, romance doesn't get adapted for screen all that often, but if anything has or will, it will be Pride and Prejudice. Upon doing research for this post, I realized that P&P has been adapted a lot...especially in the last decade or so. However, when there are so many adaptations out there, sometimes the only way to make a decision is by how hot the lead is! Austen didn't describe Darcy very much outside of him being tall and quite handsome. All the Darcys that I mention below fit the bill, but we all have our favorites! It's shallow yes, but below, find my ranking of the best Pride and Prejudice adaptations...in order of Mr. Darcy hotness. 

[My favorite Mr. Darcy of all-time is ...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 10:45am

What the Heart Wants: Fall 2015’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

Summer Romance 2015 calendar

September | October | November | Printable Version

Even the most avid romance fan has trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. We’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for September 2015 through November 2015.

What are your most anticipated romance of the season?

September


The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne (book)
An aristocrat reveals his dark side to an innocent widow only to learn she has a few secrets of her own!
 
Only a Kiss by Mary Balogh (book)
The only lady member of The Survivor’s Club gets her own happily ever after...
 
Dark Ghost by Christine Feehan (book)
In this 27th Carpathian novel, a wounded warrior and his fated mate must battle against dangerous enemies. Oh yeah, and passion, lots of passion.

Too Hard to Handle by Julie Ann Walker (book)
The stakes have never been higher as Julie Ann Walker returns to her Black Knight Inc. series.
 
Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh (book)
Kick off the fall with the Men of Summer, where the hero has been telling himself to stay away from the innocent heroine—and the heroine is sick of it!
 
Begging for It by Lilah Pace (book)
The highly anticipated sequel to Pace’s Asking for It sees these lovers facing off against a dangerous stalker but also reconciling their own forbidden desires.

[See what's up this fall...]

Tue
Sep 1 2015 8:22am

Nothing Says the Holidays Like a Fake-Fiancé: Love the Coopers Trailer

It seems that holidays and weddings are the time when the fake fiancé trope is employed the most liberally and lovingly. We love it! And it appears that it's no different than in the upcoming holiday movie/ensemble rom-com, Love the Coopers. What first caught our eye was obviously Olivia Wilde cozying up to a soldier, however with a cast featuring Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms, and others, well...you better believe we'll be watching this when it hits theaters November 13!

What did you think? Will you watch this one? What are your thoughts on the fake-fiancé trope?

Thu
Aug 27 2015 3:39pm

Romance News Roundup: Madeline Hunter Deal & Lawrence-Schumer Comedy!

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.

His Wicked Reputation by Madeline Hunter—Deal Alert: Speaking of Madeline Hunter, her “classic handsome rake/spinster virgin story” His Wicked Reputation is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via BookBub).*

—In Hollywood news almost too good, too pure for this world, Oscar winner/superstar Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, Silver Linings Playbook) and rising star comedian Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer, Trainwreck) have been secretly writing a comedy screenplay in which they'll play sisters. Forget Team Peeta and Team Gale, we are now Team JenAmy.

—The first official pic of Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch in Assassin's Creed has sent the internet into a frenzy, and for Good Reason, we think you'll agree. Yowza.

—In yet more cool movie news, two new Mad Max: Fury Road featurettes have been released ahead of the Blu-ray hitting stores that rightly put the spotlight on Charlize Theron's show-stealer Imperator Furiosa, action heroine of our hearts. I also happen to think Mad Max set up a wonderful Max/Furiosa romance for shippers to latch onto, but that's another story...

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

Fri
Aug 21 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Show Me How You Move with Travolta and more

Some women are into the physique: biceps, back, strong jaw line, bulging quads and more. Those things make a guy nice to stare at or drool over. However, there's still those personality traits hiding underneath all those protruding muscles. What if your guy is not alpha and has a nonexistent six pack? But he does have one thing that a man could never go wrong with: 

He has the moves. He can waltz, salsa, mambo, cha-cha, zydeco, break dance or my personal favorite wine to reggae/soca.

Rumor has it that men that can dance are also good in ... cough, cough. That's always debatable. Still there's nothing like a guy who takes you by the hand and says, “Let's dance.” 

There are so many great dancers and I couldn't do them all. Don't be shy to let me know in the comments below who is your favorite dancer. 

[I love the way you move...]

Tue
Aug 18 2015 3:35pm

Romance News Roundup: Hot Historical Deals, Victor Frankenstein Trailer, 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.

The Unexpected Duchess by Valerie Bowman—Deal Alert #1: Valerie Bowman's The Unexpected Duchess is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via ReadCheaply).* If you haven't already, you HAVE to read Bowman's companion scene to The Unexpected Duchess involving Jane and Garrett's memorable bath house trip, which you can only find here at H&H.

Tessa Bailey's next two Crossing the Line novels—Boiling Point, out January 26, 2016, and Raw Redemption, releasing June 28, 2016—have covers! Spoiler: There's neck biting and tie pulling, people!

—Deal Alert #2: Suzanne Enoch's Rogue with a Brogue is $2.99 right now at e-tailers including iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (via ReadCheaply).* Learn more about the book with Cheryl Sneed's First Look review of Rogue with a Brogue.

—Deal Alert #3: Karen Hawkins's The Prince Who Loved Me is marked down to $1.99 at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore (via ReadCheaply).*

[James McAvoy as Victor Frankenstein, oh my...]

Thu
Aug 13 2015 5:01pm

We’ll Take It from Here: How Mad Max: Fury Road Sets Up a Grand Max/Furiosa Romance

Max Rockatansky and Imperator Furiosa in Mad Max: Fury RoadNote: This post contains MAJOR SPOILERS for the film Mad Max: Fury Road.

Max Max: Fury Road is widely considered one of the best movies of the year and one of the best action movies, period. Critics have praised it for its feminist ideals and applauded it for not shoehorning in a romance between its two haunted, redemption-driven leads, Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) and Max Rockatansky (Tom Hardy).

And, believe it or not, I agree with all of that. There's just one little thing I'd add: Above and beyond taking audiences on a rip-roaring ride, telling a damn good story, and prioritizing organic character development, Mad Max: Fury Road lays the foundation for an epic Furiosa/Max romance, and shippers are happy to take it from here.

If that sounds contradictory, I can explain.

Many of us shippers—those who root for a certain pairing to end up together romantically, whether that happen in canon or just in fan works—don't enjoy forced, inauthentic love stories any more than the next intelligent consumer. And in the case of Mad Max: Fury Road, a non-stop action piece that spans only a few days, any overt romance subplot between the guarded Max and Furiosa—who start off as strangers, launch into a brutal fight at their first meeting, and generally spend 99% of the movie quite literally fighting for their lives—would absolutely have been exactly that: forced and inauthentic.

During the course of the film, however, this concern becomes less and less applicable as the pair naturally get closer and closer—so close, in fact, a viewer might be forgiven for thinking that even if romance doesn't make sense for them in these 120 minutes, it just might down the road (pardon the pun). As in, post-movie. And this is where fandom and shipping come into play, should you dare to continue on this lesser-traveled-but-absolutely-worthwhile road.

[Click if you're here for Max/Furiosa feels...]

Thu
Aug 13 2015 3:47pm

Romance News Roundup: Tom Hiddleston Goes Cowboy, Jaci Burton Cover, 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.

Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light—If you've been wondering “Where have all the cowboys gone?" Tom Hiddleston is your answer! Sony Pictures Classic has released a promotional image by Alan Markfield of Hiddleston in a 10-gallon hat as Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw the Light, opening in limited release on November 27.

—Jaci Burton has revealed the cover for her contemporary Play-by-Play novella Hot Holiday Nights. Here's your beefcake fix for the day, kids!

—In more cover news, former H&H community manager Megan Frampton revealed the cover of her next novella, No Groom at the Inn, on Twitter.

—Deal Alert: Karina Halle's romantic suspense Dirty Angels is currently free at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore (via ReadCheaply).*

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

Tue
Aug 11 2015 4:50pm

Romance News Roundup: The Notebook TV Series, Two Scot to Handle, 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.

Noah and Allie kiss in The Notebook—Whether you push “stop” on the remote as soon as Allie has gotten out of the car at Noah's with her suitcases in hand (so sue me) or watch all the way to the bitter(sweet) end, most of us here probably have Feelings about The Notebook, a 2004 film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel by the same name starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. The two were perfect as star-crossed lovers torn apart by family and then World War II before reuniting years later. So naturally there's a TV reboot of The Notebook in the works! (Yeah. We know. Sigh...) Entertainment Weekly broke the news that the CW is developing (so keep in mind, this is very early stages and could very well come to nothing) a series that, from the sounds of it, would not spend much time retelling the movie but would actually take place around when Allie reunites with Noah in post-World War II North Carolina. Thoughts? Can anyone recreate this heat (see illustration above)?

—Jeaniene Frost's first Broken Destiny novel, New Adult romance The Beautiful Ashes, has gotten a cover makeover for the mass market edition. What do you think? Have you read it yet, or do you plan to? Preview the story with our First Look at The Beautiful Ashes. How does this new cover compare to the original for you?

—Sweepstakes Heads-Up: Macmillan/St. Martin's Press (H&H's parent company) is hosting a “Two Scot to Handle” sweepstakes involving Sabrina York's Hannah and the Highlander and Suzanne Enoch's Some Like It Scot. Learn more about the sweepstakes and how to enter here.

[+hockey romance deal & Game of Thrones love!...]

Tue
Aug 11 2015 11:15am

Beyond the Brawn: 5 Things to Love About John Cena, Beyond His Muscles

John Cena from WWE

I’m not afraid to say it, but I had no clue who John Cena was before Total Divas.

I know, I know, I mean I don’t completely live under a rock. I had noticed him on the occasional WWE commercial but he really captured my attention on Total Divas, a WWE reality TV show that features many of the women. With his muscles stacked on muscles and his ability to pile drive wrestlers through tables, I figured he was a bro’s bro. However, much to my pleasant surprise he’s so much more than that!

John Cena and Beer gif
Via bellatwins

Allow me to explain myself. He has a different side that’s hilarious, charming and pretty awesome.   He’s been branching off into other projects outside of wrestling, such as different movie roles, fitness plans that he’s heading, appearing on Total Divas which has assisted in garnering attention and attracting a new fan base. For those of you were just as ill informed as I was, here are some reasons why John Cena is more than just muscles (and some moments when he really cracked me up).

[Who knew the WWE turned out great hot commodity...]

Fri
Aug 7 2015 3:22pm

Romance News Roundup: Eloisa James Cover, Linda Lael Miller 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.

The American Duchess by Eloisa James

—Cover Alert: Your Friday's just got a little brighter with the cover for Eloisa James's The American Duchess. We were lucky enough to have Eloisa at our RT 2015 panel where she discussed the importance of pineapple—yes, pineapple—in the inspiration for The American Duchess. We can't wait for it, and we love this cover, which was revealed on Friday on USA Today's HEA blog and you can see the stepback art at Bookish.

—Deal Alert #1: Come watch the women of Bliss County fall in love! Linda Lael Miller's The Marriage Pact is on sale for $1.99 on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore

—Have you been curious as to how the Sleepy Hollow-Bones crossover will work? Fox finally broke its silence on the subject...but not by much even if they're making parallels to The X-Files. However, what they did say is the two leads on each show—Booth/Bones and Ichabod/Abbie—will be on the hunt for the same piece of evidence. We're still leery of this crossover, but we're willing to go down the rabbit hole with them!

—At the end of last season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine Andre Braugher's Captain Holt took a PR position to save his squad...but who will take his place? Entertainment Weekly says that will be Bill Hader. But for how long? We hope we'll see the return of Captain Holt, but in the meantime we're glad to see such a healthy cast of cameos—with a love interest for Boyle?!

—Armie Hammer and Henry Cavill have a great bromance in The Man from U.N.C.L.E.—and the movie isn't even out yet! Armie spilled on Conan that he and Henry had to cuddle up pretty close to take the shots on the Vespa in the promotional posters for the film. And also that flat-cap hats in England make you look cool, but in the U.S. it's a different story...

—Do you love Wet Hot American Summer? It's an indie classic and introduced us to Bradley Cooper in his first film role, so what's not to love! While the cast was shooting the film way back in 2000, the set photographer, Amy Rice took additional behind-the-scenes shots of the cast and crew, and is now being released in the documentary Hurricane of Fun: The Making of Wet Hot American Summer. See the trailer at Deadline. 

Wed
Aug 5 2015 3:25pm

Romance News Roundup: Deadpool Trailer, #FreeTheBacon, Deals, 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.

Wicked Ever After by Delilah S. Dawson

—Fans of Delilah S. Dawson's Blud series will be glad to see the return of Criminy and Tish from the first book in Dawson's October novella, Wicked Ever After. Isn't the cover gorgeous? Learn more about the book (available October 5, 2015) at Simon & Schuster. Not familiar with Tish and Criminy? Meet the power couple with our first look at Wicked as They Come.

The Deadpool trailer premiered (warning: it's the Red Band trailer, so NSF -work or -children) last night on Conan, and while Ryan Reynolds didn't get much face time (literally, his face was covered...or scarred), his voice was very evident behind the mask. The humor is dark, the action looks gritty...and we already appreciate the use of '90s hip-hop. What did you think of the darkly funny trailer? Have you added it to your to-be-watched list?

—Deal Alert: Are step-brothers your catnip? Alexis Abbott's Criminal: A Bad-Boy Stepbrother Romance is on sale for $0.99 on Amazon.* For more stepbrother romances, we have the evolution of the stepbrother romance (Clueless, anyone?) for you here.

—In a mock-PSA for Mashable, Kevin Bacon calls all Hollywood men to action: Free the Bacon. And by “bacon,” he means full-frontal nudity. It seems appropriate that this PSA should be issued on the day we're talking about euphemisms on the site. In all seriousness, let's have more male nudity—if Game of Thrones is allowed to have gratuitous boob shots, let's have some gratuitous male nudity. Just saying. Let's all #FreetheBacon.

—Do books get you in the mood to travel? These 7 books are sparking our wanderlust, do they sparks yours too? Scotland or Greece, anyone?

Mon
Aug 3 2015 3:37pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander Bundle Deal, Gena Showalter Cover Shoot, 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.

—Earlier this year, the first shots of Eddie Redmayne as pioneer transgender artist, Lili Elbe, were released. And now the first posters of The Danish Girl are out for public consumption, too. Here's the official description for the film (via IMDB):

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Will you be seeing The Danish Girl when it comes to theaters? We suspect Oscar buzz, already. 

—Deal Alert #1: Have you ejoyed Outlander (the show) but never read Outlander (the book series)? Well... since Outlander (the show) doesn't return until 2016, you'll have plenty of time to catch up on the books. And there's no better time than now because you can snatch up the entire series as a 7-book bundle for...wait for it... $1.99!!* You can find it at e-tailers such as Amazon. Yeah, we'll wait here... For more Outlander goodies, check out our Relationship in Gifs: Jamie and Claire, and follow all our other Outlander coverage in our Diana Gabaldon's Outlander collection. 

[Plus, Diana Gabaldon on writing, Bella Jewel cover, and more...]

Fri
Jul 31 2015 2:00pm

Slash Through the Heart: Popular LGBTQ Ships in Pop Culture

Focus on Me by Megan Erickson

Today we're thrilled to welcome author Megan Erickson to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Megan's latest release, Focus on Me, came out on July 21 and is a male/male romance. Male/male romance has started to edge its way away from the fringe and into the mainstream. That means we can now openly appreciate many of our favorite relationships, even if they weren't part of the original story—yes, we're talking about slash fiction (ships in fandom that squee all over the interpersonal attraction and sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex). Megan is here today to talk about those popular pairings—complete with gifs and fan art! Thanks, Megan!

Fandoms. They love their non-canon ships just about as much as they love their fan fiction. And some of the most popular ships romantically link characters in LGBTQ relationships. Dudes with dudes. Women with women. Non-binary with non-binary. It’s pretty awesome, in my opinion, that we don’t limit our imaginations to only what’s written on the page. And I think it speaks to authors and show creators who create so many amazing characters that we all want them to kiss!

[Pop culture couples we ship...]

Fri
Jul 24 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Men Who Played Writers on Screen

Joseph Fiennes as Shakespeare in Shakespeare In Love

Don't know if I can say that writers are the best lovers, but these characters made us believe in their words, books, and ablities to create a New York Times' Bestseller. Taye Diggs evoked every emotion from betrayl to sympathy as Harper Stewart in The Best Man. Ethan Hawke had us wondering about the one that got away as he played Jesse in Before Sunset.

Not all actors have played love-struck writers. Sean Connery was a writer/mentor in Finding Forrester and Jack Nicholson still scares me as Jack Torrance in The Shining. A round of applause because being a writer isn't easy.

So, in honor of the Romance Writers of America Conference (#RWA) we have rounded up a few of the most desirable actors who have played writers in movies. 

Also, please comment below your favorite actor who has played a writer or your favorite male romance writer in the comments below! 

[Mad, funny, or just plain sexy hot writers...]

Tue
Jul 21 2015 3:13pm

Romance News Roundup: Psy-Changeling Reunion, Tina Leonard 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.

Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh—Old favorites are set to return for a Psy-Changeling reunion in the as-yet-untitled next book in the series, Nalini Singh told fans last night at a Shards of Hope signing/live chat with Sarah Wendell of Smart Bitches, Trashy Books in New Jersey. Characters you can expect to see in future include Falcon Changelings, BlackSea, RainFire, and...pupcubs! (Want more? The Berkley Romance live-tweeted the event.) We will of course bring you news about Singh's 2016 release as we get it, and until then we offer up all our Nalini Singh coverage.

—Deal Alert: Tina Leonard's The Rebel Cowboy's Quadruplets is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Check out the covers for more books by Leonard, including her forthcoming rodeo romance Last of the Red-Hot Heroes, due out September 15, 2015.

[+Watch Chris Evans in a new rom-com trailer...]

Tue
Jul 21 2015 11:00am

Ladies Night: Adventures in Lesbian Sci-Fi Romance

Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi

As an avid lover of sci-fi romance, with its endless possibilities for exploring love in a technology-based setting, many kinds of romances appeal to me. One of those is the lesbian kind. In fact, I love lesbian SFR to pieces! I’m a cis heterosexual woman, so some of you might be wondering, “How does that work, exactly?”

For one thing, it has a lot to do with the kinds of stories I crave in sci-fi romance. A lesbian romance in a science fictional setting allows me to visit progressive futures where, for women, the playing field is level (or at least more level than it is now). There are worlds where marriage equality is the norm and lesbian couples find love while living free from the discrimination and violence they face in real life (for example, Ascension by Jacqueline Koyanagi). Alternately, lesbian sci-fi romances have used their speculative powers to explore how a same-sex couple finds love while navigating an oppressive society (Lise MacTague's Depths of Blue is a great example of this scenario). These are the types of themes I'm keen to explore and reflect upon over and over again.

I'm also a heroine gal, so the concept of reading about two intriguing, smart, equal, confident, and talented women is lesbian SFR's main attraction for me. Heroines in these stories accomplish feats like battling aliens, overthrowing evil corporations (as in Cathy Pegau's Deep Deception), and embarking on perilous journeys through space. There's a whole different set of romance gender dynamics at work and they're told using the most excellent female gaze.

[Women lovers who kick alien butt...]

Sun
Jul 19 2015 2:00pm

Fifty Shades of Clay: A Movie Night with Old Fashioned

Clay and Amber in Old Fashioned

On Valentine’s Day 2015, as Fifty Shades of Grey was raking in bushels of cash at theaters around the country, a quiet revolution was brewing at a couple hundred theaters, mostly in the Midwest. A gentle little film–which, coincidentally, also featured a hero with a penchant for control in his romantic life–began to catch the attention of faith-based audiences and others who didn’t feel that watching Jamie Dornan whack a college student with a riding crop would be their precise cup of tea. The movie was called Old Fashioned, and it broke the record for ticket sales for a film opening at under 300 theaters and has continued to pick up steam now that it’s available on DVD. In fact, at one point the movie, which was filmed on a shoestring budget featuring a cast of largely unknown actors, occupied the #1 spot on Amazon’s “Hot New Releases: Romance” list–above, it’s worth noting, Fifty Shades. So what’s the deal with this odd little phenomenon?

The debut feature film of writer/director/leading man Rik Swartzwelder, Old Fashioned is earnest, charming, and occasionally deeply insightful. Swartzwelder plays Clay, a furniture restorer/antique dealer who underwent a religious conversion as a young man and has spent the subsequent decade atoning for his debauched youth, including production of a series of cheap DVDs in the “Girls Gone Wild” vein. He's basically an honorable guy, but his faith is an airless, joyless thing, mostly concerned with rules and list-making. He won’t even go to church, being disgusted with what he sees as the “hypocrisy” among the churchgoers.

[So he's a tad bit grumpy about his faith...]

Wed
Jul 15 2015 3:23pm

Romance News Roundup: Allison Brennan Offer, Molly O’Keefe 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.

Best Laid Plans by Allison Brennan—Minotaur Books (part of Macmillan, which also owns H&H) is hosting a special pre-order offer for Allison Brennan's next Lucy Kincaid novel, Best Laid Plans (out August 4). Learn more about the pre-order offer here and how you can apply to receive a copy of the first novel in Brennan's Max Revere series, Notorious, when you pre-order Best Laid Plans. Catch up on Allison Brennan on H&H here.

—Deal Alert #1: Melanie Shawn's contemporary romance Tempting Love (Crossroads #5) is currently free in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.*

—Deal Alert #2: Molly O'Keefe's Between the Sheets is $.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore.* Read Myretta Robens's First Look at Between the Sheets for more.

Emily March's Eternity Springs re-read is now starting on book 3, Heartache Falls, over at GoodReads if you want to drop by to catch up and/or join in on the conversation. All caught up on the series and eager for the next book? Here's our reveal of the cover and description of Heartsong Cottage, out November 3, 2015.

[+Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's Sisters trailer!...]

Tue
Jul 14 2015 3:53pm

Romance News Roundup: Sarah MacLean Cover, Kristen Ashley Teaser, 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.

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean's The Rogue Not Taken has a cover and description! Here's the official blurb for Book 1 in the Scandal and Scoundrel series, due out December 29, 2015:

Lady Sophie’s Society Splash

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

—For those who have already blasted through Kristen Ashley's latest Chaos book, it's time to sink your teeth into her next series! On her Facebook page last night, Ashley teased fans of her self-published series, The 'Burg, with an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Hold On, which will be available September 1, 2015. Find all of our Kristen Ashley coverage here.

—Deal Alert #1: Marian Keyes's This Charming Man is $1.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Keyes got some very nice shoutouts from readers in comments on the post “Romantic Literature for Chicks,” if you're in the mood for more women's fiction suggestions.

[+Barack/Michelle Obama movie & another deal alert...]