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May 1, 2016
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Sahara Hoshi and Pen Singleton
April 29, 2016
Captain America vs. Iron Man: Which Side Are You On?
Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi
April 28, 2016
At Home: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 4
Naz Keynejad
April 28, 2016
Why Prince Songs Make a Perfect Soundtrack for Romance Novels
Abigail Strom
April 28, 2016
Best Reads of April 2016
Team H & H
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

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

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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...]

Mon
Mar 7 2016 3:30pm

What’s Left to Explore in a Downton Abbey Movie?

We're hoping, praying, and wishing for a Downton Abbey Movie with Edith.

Spoiler Warning: This post contains major spoilers for the entire Downton Abbey series and is a fan's take on what could happen should a movie ever be made—including who she thinks would return and who could get killed off! For more speculation, see what the Downton show runners say about the potential for a Downton Abbey movie (or spin-off) at Variety. 

Editor's Note: If you're not ready to say goodbye, head to our Downton Abbey collection to explore recaps, posts, and more on the show. 

Downton Abbey is over and of course, just like all other ridiculously popular shows, there is talk of a follow-up movie. Frankly, I don’t understand why a story can’t just end, but thankfully, I’m not the one making these kinds of decisions. Any way, having admitted that I am a) not necessarily rooting for and b) that I have zero power in its (inevitable) production, here’s what I would like to see in a Downton Abbey movie:

[Fingers and toes crossed for a Downton Abbey movie ...]

Fri
Mar 4 2016 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Size Really Doesn’t Matter

Friday Beefcake: Sizes Really Doesn't Matter James McAvoy

We all have our preferences. We all have our likes and dislikes. Today we'll be talking about one of our favorite likes—hot men! We are romance readers, for goodness' sake. There's always talk in the inner circles if size really does matter or if it doesn't. Authors go on and on in their books about his size. You know. Tall and handsome—what did you think we meant?! 

However, we disagree! Height really isn't the most important marker in hotness. So for all the men that are 5'7 and below, we're here to tell you: You're still hot. Size really doesn't matter. This is dedicated to the Tom Cruises of the world.

*Thanks to Teddy for this week's topic.*

Tell us in the comments if size really does matter, but we bet by the time you get done with this week's beefcake you'll be saying it doesn't!

[How tall are you?]

Thu
Mar 3 2016 5:09pm

Romance News: Cowboys, Ladies’ Men, and Ghostbusters!

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

Two Times as Hot by Cat JohnsonCat Johnson's contemporary romance Two Times as Hot, an Oklahoma Nights book, is currently on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Writes Stephanie Walters-Rowe in her 2013 First Look at Two Times as Hot“Cat Johnson knows her way around a cowboy tale.”

Nancy C. Weeks' romantic suspense In the Shadow of Greed is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Kiersten Hallie Krum's “Fast, Dangerous, and So, So Hot” 2013 article on romantic suspense offers advice on where to start in the subgenre and two books that never get old, if you're looking for more reading recs.

Tasty Morsels

Katy Evans revealed the cover for Ladies Man, the next book in the Manwhore Series. Learn more about Ladies Man and gaze upon bearded hero Tahoe at Evans's Facebook page! For background on the series, read Tiffany Tyer's First Look at Manwhore.

[+Who you gonna call???...]

Thu
Mar 3 2016 2:30pm

5 Reasons Why Miss Pettigrew Lives For a Day Is The Best Romantic Movie Ever

I’m not sure exactly when I knew this movie would turn out to be an all-time favorite. Perhaps it was the moment when Miss Pettigrew, starved in so many ways, eats the cucumbers placed on her eyes as part of a spa treatment. Or maybe it was the moment when Michael asks for an icepick “for murder, not ice,” during his first appearance or perhaps it’s when Miss Pettigrew chastises the rest of the cast for all their emotional flittering. “Love is not a game.”

But my all-time favorite scene from the movie is when Miss Pettigrew advises Delysia on love while hiding under a piano during an air raid drill. Miss Pettigrew knows what it’s like to be in love with someone and to lose him. “He smiled when he looked at me and we could’ve built a life on that.” But Miss Pettigrew’s love died “in the mud in France,” and Delysia must not make the same mistake and lose her love, Michael, for any reason.

The movie is about how Miss Pettigrew, a failed governess, takes over the job of social secretary for a cabaret singer who is hiding secrets of her own, all the while juggling three different men, though she loves only one. It’s done in a style deliberately reminiscent of the classic Hollywood comedies and the dialogue especially shines.

[5 Reasons to watch Miss Pettigrew ...]

Tue
Feb 23 2016 5:27pm

Romance News: Old School Jude Deveraux on Sale!

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

—Jude Deveraux's 1981 novel The Velvet Promise, part of the Montgomery family saga, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Anna Bowling touches on the Montgomerys in her 2013 article “All in the Family: Family Sagas in Romance Novels.” Keep in mind this is an '80s romance, though, and that you may well find an old-school alphahole hero in Gavin Montgomery.

Maya Banks' erotic romance Brazen is discounted to $.99 in e-book for the moment at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* For the latest recommendations in erotic romance, browse Tori Benson's Best Bets for Feburary, including new releases from Kit Rocha and Anne Calhoun.

Tasty Morsels

Harlequin Romance has released a heartwarming short film chronicling a girl's discovery of her first romance novel on her mother's bookshelf—a story familiar to many of us. Check out the full video on Harlequin's Facebook page.

—Fifty Shades Darker's latest cast additions include Robinne Lee as Ros Bailey (vice president at Christian Grey's company) and Fay Masterson as Mrs. Jones (Christian's housekeeper), while Fifty Shades Freed (the trilogy's third movie, which will film back-to-back with Darker) has welcomed aboard Brant Daugherty as Sawyer (Ana's bodyguard). Fifty Shades Darker will be in theaters on February 10, 2017.

Swoonies Update: The battle for Swoonworthiest Couple is down to FOUR couples in four subgenres! Make your choice between the top contemporary couple (Laura Kaye's Caden/Makenna) and the top historical couple (Tessa Dare's Maddie/Logan), as well as between the top paranormal couple (Nalini Singh's Raphael/Elena) and the top romantic suspense couple (Darynda Jones's Charley/Reyes). No pressure, but you'll be deciding who makes it to the championship round!

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

Thu
Feb 11 2016 6:30pm

How to be Single Around the World

Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson in How to Be Single

For those of you living in NYC, you already have had the opportunity to see the new movie How to Be Single starring Dakota Johnson and Rebel Wilson based on the book by Liz Tuccillo, one of the coauthors of He’s Just Not That Into You. For the rest of us, we’ll have the opportunity to see it a few days before Valentine’s Day.

From the trailer, it looks like the movie is all about the “rules” of dating with Rebel Wilson showing Dakota Johnson how to date in NYC. She gives sage advice like “never reply to a text before four hours have passed;” “never use an emoji”—she’ll slap you around if you do— and “always have the men buy the drinks.”

[Lessons you can learn from How to Be Single ...]

Fri
Feb 5 2016 5:33pm

Romance News: A Simply Sexual 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.

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Deal Alerts

Simply Sexual by Kate PearceKate Pearce's first erotic House of Pleasure novel, Simply Sexual, is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* If this book lights your fire, read JenniferPorter's 2015 piece “Hotter Than a Crowded Ballroom: Kate Pearce's Erotically Charged Writing” for more reading suggestions to suit your mood.

Carrie Ann Ryan's tattoo-artist-hero romance Delicate Ink, first in the Montgomery Ink series, is FREE in e-book for the moment at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Donna Cummings wrote about the appeal of tattooed romance heroes in her 2011 article “Marked by Love,” if you're looking for more men with ink. 

Tasty Morsels

In more Fifty Shades Darker movie casting news, Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) will portray Leila Williams, one of Christian Grey's exes. Last week we learned that Kim Basinger joined the cast as Elena Lincoln.

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