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Wed
May 25 2016 4:52pm

It’s Raining Tropes—Plus-Size Heroine Deal & Roommates-to-Lovers Cover: Romance News:

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

Big Girls Do It Better by Jasinda Wilder—Deal Alert: Jasinda Wilder's Big Girls Do It: Volumes 1-4 e-book bundle is FREE for the moment in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* We are 100% here for plus-size heroines, always. (And heroes, too!)

Deal Alert: Julie Garwood's first Claybourne Brides novel, One Pink Rose, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Do you remember your first Julie Garwood? 

Fresh Outta the Oven

Kresley Cole's Arcana Rising cover hints at a tempestuous adventure ahead, though we'd expect no less from the Arcana Chronicles. Go check out the cover and look for the book, which Cole suggests may be “the most spine-tingling and sensual AC story yet,” on August 15. If you haven't taken the plunge yet, I'll just say the series is one of those that puts the “adult” in Young Adult.

Laurelin Paige and Kayti McGee's Screwmates sure is an attention-getter! See the cover and get an idea of the story behind the bold title over at GoodReads. The roommates-to-lovers/sex-lessons contemporary will be out October 24. You may have read these two before as Laurelin McGee.

[+Alpha Showdown voting, more book news & Sarah MacLean video...]

Tue
May 24 2016 8:10am

Why Do We Love Beauty and the Beast Tales So Much?

I've always thought, at its core, that the reason I loved the Beauty and the Beast story so much was that Belle is essentially the Patron Saint of Readers (unofficially... I'm sure there's actually patron saints and dieties of readers). However, I think the love of the tale goes deeper than that—it's the same reason we love the reformed rake, the alpha-who-only-has-eyes-for-you, and so on and so forth. It proves that love transforms all—but also that love makes us want to change for ourselves too. 

What do you think it is about the Beauty and the Beast tale that has appealed to so many of us? Let me know in the comments!

Mon
May 23 2016 4:45pm

Kristen Ashley’s The Honey, Beauty and the Beast Trailer & Free Shotgun-Wedding Novella: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Summer Chaparral by Genevieve TurnerDeal Alert: Genevieve Turner's shotgun-wedding novella Summer Chaparral, Book 2 in the Las Morenas series, is FREE in e-book at Barnes & NobleAmazon, etc.* The story was first published as part of the One Love anthology from Roxie Rivera, Farrah Rochon, and more.

—Deal Alert: Mandy Baxter's U.S. Marshals novel One Touch More is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Sneak a peek at the romance brewing between hotel manager Tabitha and “Damien Evans”—who is actually Parker Evans, an undercover U.S. Marshal—in a preview of One Touch More.

Deal Alert: Elizabeth Essex's Mad About the Marquess is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Psst, Elizabeth Essex has a (not-so) secret obsession with royals! But, hey, don't we all?

Fresh Outta the Oven

We're already stuck on Kristen Ashley's new erotic series, The Honey, which she announced today on her Facebook page will launch with The Deep End (out March 7, 2017) and be followed soon after by book 2, The Farthest Edge (out June 6). Here's what we know about The Deep End so far:

[+Read all about the first book in The Honey series...]

Fri
May 20 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Omar Sy

This week I finally got around to watching Jurassic World. It was everything I hoped it would be—mindless action with hot Chris Pratt and cathartic closure on my childhood fear of Velociraptors. However, there is one unsung hero of the film franchise and that is Omar Sy, assistant raptor trainer to Pratt's Owen. I kept finding myself wanting more scenes with him, triple checking Jurassic-wiki to make sure his character didn't die, and rewinding when I realized I missed one of his few lines. Sure, Chris Pratt was hot, and I shipped the crap out of him and the stuffy Claire, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, but my eye found Omar Sy in every scene. 

So, here is my ode to my latest crush—I will be checking out his backlist, though most of it is French (I say that like it's a bad thing). 

Thu
May 12 2016 4:52pm

Lisa Kleypas’ Next Hero Connects to the Wallflowers!!!: Romance News

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Breaking News: Lisa Kleypas has revealed that the hero of her next book is...[highlight for spoilers] Sebastian and Evie's son, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent[/spoilers]!!! He'll fall in love with Lady Pandora Ravenel in their book Devil in Spring, the third Ravenels book (following Marrying Winterbourne), coming in March 2017. Watch Kleypas tease the news in a special videosneak a peek at their story with a sample here, and then take the opportunity to re-read Gabriel's parents' book!

—Writing duo Alexa Riley's next book (their first with Carina Press), Everything for Her, “features an older man so taken with a younger woman, he will do everything in his power to possess her. Preoccupied with her from the first moment he lays eyes on her, he becomes determined to care for her, protect her and give her the life he believes she deserves…if she lets him.” Read the full press release and look for Everything for Her on shelves in January 2017.

Emma Chase has announced a new series, Royal Scoundrels, as well as the titles of the first three books: Royally Screwed, Royally Matched, and Royally Endowed. And while Royally Screwed won't be out until January 2017, you don't have to wait another minute to get your first peek at hero Nicholas Arthur Frederick Edward Pembrook, Crown Prince of Wessco, over at USA Today's HEA blog.

[Harry Potter bars, Sarah J. Maas cover, and 4 tempting deals...]

Fri
May 6 2016 3:15pm

Go Home to a Firefighter, Rock Star, AND MMA Fighter: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Cries in the Night by Kathy ClarkDeal Alert: Kathy Clark's firefighter-hero romantic suspense Cries in the Night, Book 2 in the Denver Heroes series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* We're suckers for men in uniform.

Deal Alert: Emma Hart's rock-star contemporary Dirty Past is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Who are your favorite real-life rock stars? 

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's MMA fighter-hero contemporary Holding Strong is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Tattoos, trash talk, camaraderie, and seriously hot men are only a few of the 10 reasons to love MMA, per author Sidney Halston.

[+Free TV episodes & Kit Harrington photo shoot...]

Thu
May 5 2016 3:15pm

$.99 Shelly Laurenston & Mary Balogh’s Westcott Family Series: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Unleashing by Shelly LaurenstonDeal Alert: Shelly Laurenston's The Unleashing, Call of Crows #1, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* How much do H&H bloggers love Laurenston? Let's just say there's been talk of building altars and preparing sacrifices.

Deal Alert: Bella Jewel's Criminals of the Ocean e-books Enslaved by the Ocean and Where Darkness Lies are $.99 each (or $1.78 for both) at Amazon.* Enslaved by the Ocean earned a place in Brittany Melson's December 2013 New Adult roundup.

Deal Alert: Maggie Stiefvater's The Raven Boys is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Stiefvater hero Sam Roth, from her Wolves of Mercy Falls series, is one of Chelsea Mueller's top 5 YA Alpha heroes.

Deal Alert: Susanna Sandlin's paranormal romance series Penton Legacy is on sale  today. All four e-books—Redemption, Absolution, Omega, and Allegiance—are $1.99 each (or $7.96 for the bundle of four) at Amazon. You may know Sandlin better as Suzanne Johnson, an urban fantasy author and H&H contributor who has tackled “Urban Fantasy's Grand Passion,” among many juicy other topics.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Mary Balogh's next series will follow the Westcott family and is “based on the premise of an earl dying without a will.” The title of the first book in the 8-part Westcott series will be Someone to Love. Learn more about new heroine Anna Snow, a.k.a. Lady Anastasia Wescott, over at Balogh's BookPage interview. Reminder, as if you need it: Mary Balogh's books are genius.

[Anna Dressed in Blood movie & Captain America: Civil War review...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 3:00pm

Captain America vs. Iron Man: Which Side Are You On? Part 1 of 2

Captain American #Team Cap vs Iron Man #TeamIronMan in Civil War

Team H&H is having its own Civil War among our bloggers as two of our most die-hard superhero fans, Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi, take a side in Captain America: Civil War. Today they're offering up their opening arguments for each side, but come back on Sunday as they detail what their side winning or losing could mean for the ships we've come to love in the Marvel Universe. 

We are about a week away from Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and I (Pen Singleton) could not be more ready!  In case you haven’t seen any of my other Marvel posts, here’s a quick rundown of my credentials.  I have a tendency to obsess and it comes into play very strongly with the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I have seen most of the movies multiple times in the theater.  And, when I say multiple, I don’t mean two or three.  I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the theater ten times. And, thus far, I’ve seen The Avengers in the theater twenty times. And I say “thus far” because I already have my ticket for the Ultimate Captain America Marathon on May 5, the day before the release of Captain America: Civil War.  I will be in the movie theater at 8am to watch a 15 hour marathon consisting of both previous Captain American movies and both Avengers movies before the premiere of Captain America: Civil War. So, I know a bit about these movies and have extremely strong feelings about the battle at the heart of the new movie that will pit all of the Marvel heroes we’ve seen in movies since 2008’s Iron Man against one another: Team Iron Man vs Team Captain America.

[Pick your side ...]

Fri
Apr 22 2016 5:00pm

Prince: 5 Most Memorable Moments

Prince gave us sexy in so many ways, from straight hair to high-heels, lace to the original skinny-leg. Count yourself lucky if you ever heard him sing live or rock a stage, or even met him in person, because he’ll forever be considered the GOAT (Greatest of All Time). The Pop Icon introduced us to many firsts, some that can be mentioned here and others that cannot. I’ll always remember him for being exactly who he wanted to be, Prince, and reminding us to live free. The Beautiful Ones always have to go... We miss you! 

Share your Prince moments with us in the comments below. 

[The Purple Reign continues ...]

Thu
Apr 7 2016 4:37pm

Rogue One Trailer, Gilmore Girls Photos, More: Romance News

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Deal Alerts

Broken Juliet by Leisa RayvenLeisa Rayven's Bad Romeo sequel, Broken Juliet, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* “Broken Juliet brings on the feels,” says Jessica Moro in her First Look review of the book.

Melody Anne's Her Forever Hero is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, etc.*

Tasty Morsels

Molly O'Keefe's Burn Down the Night cover, featuring sexy bearded/tattooed biker hero Max, certainly has lit our match. Is it August yet?

The first Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer introduces a new heroine in the 'verse, Jyn Erso, a rebel given a cause by the Rebellion in this prequel to the original trilogy. I am so on board. Watch the trailer:

[Rogue One trailer, Gilmore Girls photos & West Wing reunion...]

Tue
Apr 5 2016 3:15pm

Which Star Wars: The Force Awakens Couple is Your OTP?

via kumanekopandachu

Yes, yes, we all want to know who Rey's parents really are but the REAL debate we've all been having is about who will get paired off with whom. 

So far cases have been made for Rey and Kylo Ren (will they/won't they (be cousins)), Rey and Finn, Finn and Poe, and the Light trifecta, Finn/Rey/Poe (ain't never gonna happen, but a girl can dream). 

Here's the case for each:

Kylo Ren/Rey (Reylo):

Why they should get together:

They're opposites attract, what's better than that?! This is the chance to rewrite the wrongs of Padme and Anakin (on so many levels) and join the dark and light together! You just know Ren is intrigued by Rey's strength and Rey... currently hates Kylo Ren, but they can come back from that! Ok... maybe they can't, but he's so misunderstood and... and... 

Why they should NOT get together:

They're maybe, possibly, probably, potentially... cousins. 


If Reylo is already your OTP (One True Pairing), come discuss your 6 Reasons the force (of attraction) is actually quite strong in Reylo. 


[But wait... there's more!]

Mon
Mar 28 2016 4:13pm

Werewolf Deal, Sylvia Day & Extended Me Before You Trailer: Romance News

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.

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Deal Alerts

Harvest Moon by Lisa KesslerLisa Kessler's werewolf romance Harvest Moon is only $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc.* Harvest Moon is the fourth installment of the Moon series; if you're a newbie, get some background with Laurie Gold's First Look at Moonlight, Book 1 in the series.

Christina Dodd's Virtue Falls short story “Love Never Dies” is out today for $1.99 in e-book at iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* What's the deal with the town of Virtue Falls? Read Scarlettleigh's First Look at the novel that kicked off the romantic suspense series, Virtue Falls.

Marie Rutkoski's YA fantasy romance The Winner's Curse, first in the Winner's series, is currently on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Sample the book with a scene from The Winner's Curse.

Tasty Morsels

Sylvia Day's fifth and final Crossfire novel, One with You, is out next Tuesday! Not sure what to do with yourself until then? Well, you'll want to watch the TV ad that debuted this morning, read the last scene from Chapter 1, and—if you're in the New York City area—check out an exciting One with You release party ticket sweepstakes for a chance to spend an evening with Sylvia Day!

The extended trailer for Me Before You is even more heartbreakingWait 'til you're alone to watch maybe.

[+ #My5WordRomanceNovel & Anne Calhoun Quickie update...]

Thu
Mar 24 2016 4:29pm

Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong Cover & Teaser: Romance News

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Hot News

Feversong by Karen Marie MoningKaren Marie Moning's fiery Feversong cover, revealed by Entertainment Weekly, is a sight to behold. You can also read a scene from the book, which will be the ninth in the Fever series following Mac and Barrons. Feversong will be out January 17, 2017. We'll be over here lusting after Barrons and other scary/sexy heroes while we wait.

Deal Alerts

Roan Parrish's male/male Goodreads Readers Choice nominated book, In the Middle of Somewhere, is currently $0.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.* Parrish was on H&H earlier this month discussing “what is hurt/comfort,” while Willaful highlighted that home is where the heart is in In the Middle of Somewhere. 

Gennita Low's romantic suspense novel Into Danger (undercover Navy SEAL falls for assassin!) is on sale for $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* “Top 10 Romantic Suspense Novels You Should Read” commenter Mo wrote that we should've included Gennita Low's books on the list, and commenter jennyb845 quickly agreed, so take it from your fellow community members—you've gotta try Low.

[+Wonder Woman poster & home library dreams...]

Wed
Mar 23 2016 4:29pm

Another Bridget Jones Love Triangle & 4 Dandy 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.

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Deal Alerts

Darkness Awakened by Stephanie RoweStephanie Rowe's paranormal romance Darkness Awakened, an Order of the Blade novel, is FREE in e-book for the moment at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.*

Shana Galen's Covent Garden Cubs historical The Rogue You Know is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstoreAmazon, etc.* New to the Covent Garden Cubs series? Read Carol Malcom's piece on Earls Just Want to Have Fun, Book 1, from last year.

Kelly Moran's ghost-hunters-in-love paranormal Ghost of You is discounted to $.99 in e-book right now at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Not convinced this is the book for you? Try a sample first—read an H&H excerpt of Ghost of You.

[+Free Sarah Mayberry read & Bridget Jones's Baby trailer...]

Tue
Mar 22 2016 3:15pm

Vampire in Space & Virgin Hero Deals, Plus Norman Reedus: Romance News

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.

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Deal Alerts

Break Out by Nina CroftNina Croft's paranormal/sci-fi romance Break Out, Book 1 in the Dark Desires series, is FREE in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* “Break Out,” Heather Massey writes in her spotlight on the Dark Desires series, “is one of those rare vampire-in-space sci-fi romances and it also offers a different spin on the vampire romance.”

Pamela Morsi's beloved historical Simple Jess is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* The book is one of the “Top 10 American Historicals,” according to Janga, while hero Jess has been named one of the “Top 5 Virgin Heroes” by Victoria Janssen.

Patricia Rosemoor's private-eye-falls-for-homicide-detective romantic suspense Dangerous is discounted to $.99 in e-book at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* In her First Look at Dangerous, Nicole Leapheart likens Camille and Drago's attraction to that of a certain famous TV couple you may have heard of, writing, “[Their chemistry] was that Maddie and David from Moonlighting chemistry with lots of arguments, slammed doors, and stolen hot kisses.” Yum!

[+Marie Force's publishing house & Norman Reedus movie...]

Mon
Mar 21 2016 8:14am

Bigger, Better, Greeker!

This Friday, 14 years after the original, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 will hit theaters. The original was a pretty memorable movie and featured a pretty believable love story of two worlds meeting: Who doesn't remember the line “You don't eat meat? It's ok, I'll make lamb!” or the fact that Windex heals all ills. 

Will you be seeing My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 this week? It certainly shows that no matter how different you try to be... the olive really doesn't fall far from the tree!

Thu
Mar 17 2016 4:45pm

Get Lucky with Deals & New X-Men: Apocalypse Trailer: Romance News

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.

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Deal Alerts

On the Hunt by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Dianne Duvall, and Hannah JaneParanormal anthology On the Hunt by Alexandra Ivy, Rebecca Zanetti, Diane Duvall, and Hannah Jayne is discounted to $1.99 in e-book right now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Is paranormal your go-to? ChelseaMueller's top 5 paranormal romance sex scenes may offer more recommended reads.

St. Patrick's Day sales are on at Samhain Publishing (40% off e-books), Boroughs Publishing (25% off select titles), and Harlequin (17% off with the coupon code LUCKYSALE).* Must be our lucky day!

Jo Beverley's '90s historical romance Forbidden is currently only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc.* In her 2013 Jo Beverley Appreciation piece, Janet Webb writes that Beverley “appeals to readers who are not afraid of turbulent times and unconventional love stories.”

Tasty Morsels

X-Men: Apocalypse looms large, but the latest trailer for the movie, out May 27, has us maybe, possibly looking forward to the end of days—so long as Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, et al. will be there to save us, anyway.

[Watch the trailer + cry over Me Before You some more...]

Tue
Mar 15 2016 4:15pm

Romance News: Free Hockey Hero, RT Awards, and Indiana Jones 5!

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.

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Deal Alerts

Susan Squires' sci-fi romance Body Electric is currently discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Swiping right on this one? You may also be interested in the 10 sci-fi authors you should be reading.

Sarina Bowen's contemporary The Year We Fell Down, Book 1 in the Ivy Years series revolving around Harkness College ice hockey players, is free in e-book for the moment at iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* While you read, listen to Bowen's hockey-romance playlist.

Lauren Blakely's erotic Sinful Nights e-bundle—featuring Sweet Sinful Nights, Sinful Desire, and Sinful Longing—is only $.99 right now at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc.*

Tasty Morsels

RT Book Reviews has named the 2015 RT Reviewers' Choice Award winners. See the full list of winners (which, if you're like me, doubles as a new source of reading recommendations) at RT's blog. Congratulations and thank you to all—we're so fortunate to be part of such an incredibly talented community. Now, excuse me while I go check my one-click order settings...sorry, wallet.

Indiana Jones 5, starring Harrison Ford as Indy, is a go. All righty then.

[+Princess Diaries 3, H&H at RT & a reader challenge...]

Sun
Mar 13 2016 11:00am

The Man from U.N.C.L.E.—A Romance Reader’s Delight!

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Gabby and Illya

As a movie buff, I am addicted to spy movies and movies with love stories. Guy Ritchie in The Man from U.N.C.L.E. gives you just that: a spy/love story movie. But what’s so brilliant about it is the trio of the characters he uses to create the love story.

Let me start off by saying I’m not a fan of clichés. I don’t like to read them or watch them in any form. A lot of spy movies try to work in a romance story where Mr. Sexy Agent is a womanizer and gets all women to fall into his bed. Hum Hum, we’ve been there before. And then magically Mr. Sexy Agent falls for the perfect woman who has a Victoria Secret model style body. Again, I’m not interested in that. Give me a love story where the characters are real and fleshed out. I want to sigh and swoon, not sigh in irritation.

[A romance movie for the ages ...]

Thu
Mar 10 2016 4:52pm

Romance News: Steve/Tony Tension Galore in New Captain America: Civil War Trailer!

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.

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Deal Alerts

Manda Collins' Lords of Anarchy novel A Good Rake Is Hard to Find is marked down to $2.99 in e-book right now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* In her 2015 First Look review, Jessica Moro calls A Good Rake Is Hard to Find a “fast-paced read with two sleuths who have magnetic personalities.”

Eva Leigh's historical Scandal Takes the Stage is currently on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc.* Leigh visited H&H last year to talk “Wickedly Witty Women Writers in Romance,” opening with: “Women who write are definitely bad girls.” You can't stop there!

Tasty Morsels

Captain America: Civil War's second trailer has dropped, and in it we're gifted a Spider-Man cameo and the Black Panther drop-kicking the Winter Soldier, among other snippets from the movie. What are you most looking forward to in Civil War? The new characters? Steve/Tony tension? The Bucky/Natasha reunion? Steve protecting Bucky? All of the above? (I'm still bummed about my Natasha/Clint 'ship, and this trailer just rubs it in, boo.)

[Watch the trailer...]