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Fri
Dec 9 2016 4:35pm

Friendly Neighborhood News & Deals from Meredith Russo, Spider-Man Trailer & More!

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

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith RussoDeal Alert: Meredith Russo's LGBTQ YA romance If I Was Your Girl—in which new-girl-in-school Amanda finds herself falling for sweet-and-easygoing Grant, but worries what'll happen if she tells her crush she used to be Andrew—is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* H&H blogger JohnJacobson's Brief Guide to Transgender Terminology in Romance offers words to use and avoid when reviewing, writing, and discussing romance with transgender characters.

Deal Alert: Mary Jo Putney, Jo Beverley, et al.'s historical holiday anthology The Last Chance Christmas Ball—also featuring stories from fellow Word Wenches Joanna Bourne, Patricia Rice, Nicola Cornick, Cara Elliott, Anne Gracie, and Susan King—is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Go ahead, give in to the lure of the holiday novel.

Deal Alert: Olivia Dade's Lovestruck Librarians novel Ready to Fall is FREE in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Who are some of your favorite librarians in romance?

Fresh Outta the Oven

Paris, je t'aime: Head to the City of Light in the striking newly released cover for Victoria Alexander's The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentleman, the first book in a new series due out on May 30, 2017.

[+The Spider-Man trailer & a Pitch interview...]

Fri
Nov 25 2016 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Look Back at the Men We’re Grateful For


SourceHelga Esteb/Shutterstock.com

There have been a number of truly beefy Beefcakes that we've been grateful for this year, and in true Thanksgiving fashion, we're giving you a sampling of some of Team H&H 's favorite Beefcakes of the year. 

So grab a cup of tea, or a glass of wine if that's more your speed, and journey with us as we give thanks for some of this year's beefcakes.

[Read more...]

Tue
Nov 1 2016 3:36pm

Who Wrote the Best Romance of 2016?: Romance News & Deals

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Fight for Me by Jessica LindenDeal Alert: Jessica Linden's MMA contemporary romance Fight for Me is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Read Chapter 1 from Knox and Natalie's story on H&H now.

Deal Alert: Lynsay Sands' historical romance The Highlander Takes a Bride is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If you're looking to fill the hole in your heart left by Outlander's hiatus, we've got Scotland-set romances, time-travel romances, virgin heroes, alpha males who aren't alphaholes, and more Outlander-themed book recommendations for ya.

Deal Alert: Kate Hewitt's A Yorkshire Christmas is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Get a rundown of the holiday romances that may land you on Naughty and Nice list!

Deal Alert: Stephanie Laurens' third Adventurers historical romance, The Daredevil Snared, is just $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Stephanie Laurens has ensared our hearts for years now... which is probably why she landed on our list of steamiest historical love scenes. 

[+The GoodReads Choice Awards nominees are...]

Fri
Oct 14 2016 1:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Diego Luna

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

Dear Diego Luna,

With Rogue One on the horizon, we can't help but look back over the oeuvre of your filmography. You first captured a number of our hearts (and our attention) in the incredibly sexy Y Tu Mamá También, but Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights is where so many of us fell head-over-heels.

[Read more...]

Fri
Oct 14 2016 8:30am

31 Years Later and We Still Love LadyHawke

LadyHawke

1985:

  • gas cost $1.09, movie tickets $2.75,
  • New Coke would be introduced,
  •  The Unabomber kill his first victim.
  • The Food and Drug Administration would approve a test for AIDS, and insurance companies start screening for the disease.
  • Various artists, including Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Michael Jackson, Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper, Willie Nelson, Lionel Richie, Smokey Robinson, Kenny Rogers, Diana Ross, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder, record the song “We Are The World” as USA for Africa. to raise money for famine relief.
  • Michael Jackson Buys ATV Music and every Beatles Song for $47 million dollars.
  • TWA Flight 847 is hijacked by Hezbollahon on June 14 
  • Back to the Future with $210,609,762 domestic gross is the most popular film of the year.
  • Stephen King dominated the best seller list. But readers were also reading Danielle Steel, Barbara Taylor Bradford, Sidney Shelton

Many romance fans feel that Ever After may be the best fairy tale adaptationwith Drew Barrymore, Dougray Scott, and Anjelica Houston.  It is cute and sweet. Drew Barrymore is a darling. But is it truly a larger than life romance?

As a counterpoint to this modern take on Cinderella, I would like to offer up a movie that is truly a majestic story of love and overcoming obstacles to happily-ever-after—LadyHawke with the hilarious Matthew Broderick, the gorgeous Rutger Hauer, and absolutely stunning Michelle Pfeiffer.

[Read more...]

Mon
Sep 19 2016 1:00pm

Is the Downton Abbey Movie a Done Deal?

Downton Abbey cast photo

We've speculated in the past about a Downton Abbey movie, where it would take us, what our final view of the Crawleys would be... Apparently we may not have to wonder for too much longer!

Various new sources are claiming that a Downton movie is likely to happen due to Maggie Smith agreeing to reprise her role as Dowager Countess. 

The rumors follow from yesterday's Emmy win for Smith's work in the final season of Downton.

What do you think? Ready for one last jaunt with the Crawleys on the big screen?

Missed out on Downton? Catch up here with our coverage of the series. 

Tue
Sep 13 2016 10:17am

“You Just Gonna Stand There Gawking?”: Christian and Ana Reunite in First Fifty Shades Darker Trailer

Christian and Ana in the Fifty Shades Darker movie posterYou ready for some fireworks? Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson are back as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the hot-off-the-internet first trailer for Fifty Shades Darker, the sequel to last year's Fifty Shades of Grey movie, both of which are based on a little Twilight-inspired book trilogy you may have heard of: E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey.

 

Watch the steamy, angsty Fifty Shades Darker trailer and let us know what you think:

Will you be in the theater on February 10, 2017, to see Christian and Ana's story continue onscreen? Whatever the choice come February 10, we know we'll be listening to Miguel's cover of “Crazy in Love” on repeat between now and then. 

Ana and Christian enjoy a little shower sex in the Fifty Shades Darker trailer

Catching up on Fifty Shades news? See the full Fifty Shades Darker poster released yesterday and then read an excerpt from the 2017 sequel to Grey, which presents Christian's side of the Fifty Shades story.

Mon
Sep 12 2016 10:30am

Fifty Shades Darker First Poster & Excerpt—“Slip Into Something a Shade Darker”

Fifty Shades Darker Poster

Saturday marked Anastasia Steele's birthday, so to celebrate, Fifty Shades author E.L. James shared an excerpt from her 2017 book, which will follow the events of Fifty Shades Darker from Christian's perspective (fans will remember last year's release of Grey, which followed Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian's POV).  

If that wasn't enough, fans of the movie will be excited to see the first official Fifty Shades Darker poster. The movie will hit cinemas on Valentine's Day 2017 (as its predecessor did in 2015), and James has promised that the trailer will be coming soon. 

We're definitely intrigued by the tagline “Slip Into Something a Shade Darker” and, as movie-goers know, Fifty Shades of Grey left audiences on a cliffhanger. Are you ready to be tempted for part 2 of this trilogy? 

Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for news of the Fifty Shades Darker trailer, which should debut tomorrow—for now, here's the teaser trailer! 

Thu
Sep 8 2016 3:33pm

Nalini Singh’s Silver Silence Launches Psy-Changeling Trinity: Romance Deals & News

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Dream Man by Linda HowardDeal Alert: Linda Howard's psychic-falls-for-cop Dream Man, a romantic suspense with paranormal elements, is discounted to $4.99 (normally $7.99) in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Linda Howard is one of the best romantic suspense authors around,” writes blogger Jennifer Myers in her piece on the “Top 10 Romantic Suspense Novels You Should Read.”

Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's contemporary romance Dakota Born is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Macomber has written more than 150 “kisses-only” sweet romance novels—how many have you read?

Deal Alert: Mary Burton's romantic suspense I'll Never Let You Go, Morgans of Nashville book 3, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Burton knows the value of unforgettable law enforcement heroines in romance.

Fresh Outta the Oven

And the title of Nalini Singh's next Psy-Changeling novel is... Silver Silence! Meaning, of course, that Silver is the heroine—but who will be her hero? Let the speculation begin... That's not all: Books in the series going forward will be known as Psy-Changeling Trinity novels. If you have more questions, Singh has more answers over at her announcement post and Q&A on Facebook. Not up to date on the Psy-Changeling? The most recent book, Allegiance of Honor, is a great way to catch up with your favorite characters.

[+Emma Chase cover & movie news!...]

Wed
Sep 7 2016 3:36pm

Bloody Jamie Fraser? Yes, Please: Romance Deals & News

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Sweet Disorder by Rose LernerDeal Alerts: Rose Lerner's separated-by-class-differences historical Sweet Disorder, Book 1 in the Lively St. Lemeston series, is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “There's lots of fascinating political maneuvering and intrigue going on in Rose Lerner's Sweet Disorder, but what kept me riveted was Nick and Phoebe's relationship,” writes Cheryl Sneed in her First Look.

Deal Alerts: Jude Deveraux's seventh Montgomery/Taggert Family contemporary romance Wishes is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Deveraux's novels are considered some of the best romances of the 1980s and beyond. Have you read Wishes?

Deal Alerts: Simona Ahrnstedt's Swedish sensation All In, Book 1 in the High Stakes series, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “Reminiscent of the sweeping sagas of the past, but wholly contemporary and modern, All In is a tale of risking it all for love,” writes Maggie Boyd in her review of the book.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Hungry for even one scrap of Outlander Season 3 news? Starz has provided quite the sweet treat: A behind-the-scenes production photo of Sam Heughan in costume as Jamie Fraser getting bloodied touched up by a makeup artist on a break from filming. Even his fingers are bloodstained! This should be good. At least until we have more episodes to obsess over.

[+Tom Hiddleston's dance moves & shiny new covers...]

Tue
Sep 6 2016 3:55pm

Next Stops Lotus Palace, Hope’s Crossing & Stars Hollow: Romance Deals & News

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The Jade Temptress by Jeannie LinDeal Alert: Jeannie Lin's second Lotus Palace historical romance, The Jade Temptress, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* “A delicious blend of mystery, history and romance, this latest installment of the Pingkang Li mysteries is a delight for loyal readers and newcomers alike, whetting the appetite for more,” writes Anna Bowling her First Look at The Jade Temptress.

Deal Alert: RaeAnne Thayne's small-town contemporary Wild Iris Ridge, Book 7 in the Hope's Crossing series, is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Pick your passion: Sweet or spicy small-town romance?

Deal Alert: Janet Dailey's Montana-set This Calder Sky (Calder Family #3) is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* If you find you're suddenly in the mood for more contemporary western romance, Jennifer Ryan's delightful Quickie scene “A Cowboy Country Wedding” awaits.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Luke and Lorelai shippers, you've gotta see this. A new Gilmore Girls photo has surfaced over at TVLine that'll take you back to the good ol' days of the original series and its charming, oddball Stars Hollow gatherings. Of course, like any proper promotional image, the picture's a teensy bit spoiler-y but mostly just leads to more questions. Is it November 25 yet?

[+Fall TV and a sci-fi romance movie poster...]

Fri
Sep 2 2016 1:30pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Thor Odinson’s Beard

 

Thor: Raganork

Dear Thor's Beard:

You're a thing of beauty. Truly. What a wonderful face you offset. You're a regal feature, modeled after the nobility of your father Odin. You're always so well kempt and you're absolutely irresistible around a smile.

Source: thorduna.tumblr.com  

You compliment the regal warrior's hair and help keep Thor looking like the potent God of Thunder that he is. If you're interested, we'd like to do a 'feel' test, because we wager you're soft, but still slightly prickly to the touch. 

[We can sort of feel it now...]

Fri
Aug 26 2016 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Aldis Hodge

 

A photo posted by Aldis Hodge (@aldis_hodge) on

Dear Aldis Hodge,

We fell pretty hard for you in Leverage as the smart, sexy, and brash Alec Hardison. You were funny, charming, and always came through for the team even when the odds were stacked against you.

[Read more...]

Thu
Aug 25 2016 3:45pm

Wicked Nights with a Caged Warrior: Deals & News

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Wicked Nights by Gena ShowalterDeal Alert: Gena Showalter's Wicked Nights, the first Angels of the Dark book, is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* A weakness for one woman and courage are two of the top 5 qualities of alpha book boyfriends, says Showalter—and her heroes display them all.

Deal Alert: Lindsey Piper's demonic-gladiators paranormal Caged Warrior, first in the Dragon Kings series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Fans of urban fantasy and dystopian worlds will likely appreciate this series as well as those who are looking for a new type of paranormal romance,” says Victoria Janssen in her First Look at Caged Warrior.

Deal Alert: Sally MacKenzie's historical What to Do with a Duke makes us ready to join the Sisterhood of Spinsterhood. If you're ready to sign up for the sisterhood too, pick up the first Spinster House book for $1.99 at Barnes & NobleAmazon | iBooks | etc.* Not ready to commit? Read an excerpt from What to Do with a Duke first.

Fresh Outta the Oven

I have loved Dev Patel ever since he was a geeky virgin on UK's Skins. I loved him more when he was the enthusiastic entrepeneur in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (yeah, yeah, Slumdog Millionaire was good, too). However, I think my love for him has shot to new heights (you could say, climaxed) with his turn in Lion. The movie isn't even out yet, but holy hotness, Batman—with slightly longer hair and some shaggy scruff, I'm head over heels for Dev Patel. You'll be joining the club once you see the first trailer for Lion at Entertainment Weekly.

[Today at H&H...]

Wed
Aug 24 2016 3:22pm

Jo Beverley & Manaconda Deals: Romance News

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An Unwilling Bride by Jo Beverley—Deal Alert: Jo Beverley's RITA-winning historical An Unwilling Bride, second in the Company of Rogues series, is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | and more.* If this book made Jo Beverley your be-all and end-all for historical romance, join Janet Webb in an appreciation of the classic author.

—Deal Alert: Cari Quinn & Taryn Elliott's eyebrow-raising contemporary Manaconda is FREE at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If you like your heroes who have rightfully earned similar nicknames, then head over to discuss well-endowed (and we mean well-endowed) heroes with Jennifer Porter.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Catch up with Shannon Stacey's Kowalskis! What It Takes, due out February 28 of next year, will tell the story of Kowalski friends Ben Rivers and Laney Caswell, offering us the chance to reunite with the whole beloved family. See the What It Takes cover and official description over at USA Today's HEA blog. Brie Clementine considers Stacey one of the best current contemporary romance authors out there; what do you think?

[+Jennifer L. Armentrout cover & Thor cast cuteness...]

Tue
Aug 23 2016 3:31pm

Devilish Deals & The Science of Squick Words: Romance News

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The Devil's Waltz by Anne Stuart

Deal Alert: Lisa Jackson's medieval historical Kiss of the Moon is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks| etc.* Medievals aren't as plentiful as Regencies...why do think that's so?

Deal Alert: Anne Stuart's historical The Devil's Waltz is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Scoundrels who have a wicked way with words are basically irresistible. 

Deal Alert: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's Happy Pants Cafe, prequel to Tailored for Trouble, is FREE in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* We did a First Look Review for Tailored for Trouble, and we've gotta say—we've got a thing for grumpy heroes.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Idris Elba: Pro kickboxer? We already knew Idris Elba could kick some serious butt, but now you can follow his path as he learns how to be a real professional kickboxer. We'll be watching the story unfold on Discovery's reality TV show Fighter in 2017. We are, as always, 100% here for sweaty, shirtless Idris Elba.

[+ The science behind squick words & more...]

Tue
Aug 23 2016 3:00pm

Ever After: The Best Fairy Tale Adaptation of All Time?

KC

 

Ever After, starring Drew Barrymore

It was the summer of 1998, and life was just simpler back then. Back then we had dignity! We had respect! We played Pokemon on our Gameboys, not our smart phones! Instead of Clinton and Trump, the names on everyone’s lips were… well, Clinton and Lewinski. We were busy watching Carrie Bradshaw and her cosmopolitan gal pals take on Manhattan in Sex in the City, instead of Hannah Horvath and her band of merry hipsters trying to fumble their way through Brooklyn on Girls. Meanwhile, some kid named Harry Potter was lying in wait, about to take the U.S. by storm.  When you lay it all out like that, it really doesn’t sound like that much has changed. At all.

However, at least one thing is still as true today as it was back then: Our unending love of fairy tales still persists. And never were we more rewarded for our dedication than we were on the day Ever After came out in theaters. Drew Barrymore, a humble brunette and dressed in somber colors, burst into our lives and turned the story of “Cinderella” on its head, and into something that we could all be proud of. It’s been 18 years and it still holds up to this day as one of the, if not THE, best fairy tale film adaptation of all time.

Ever After follows the tale of Danielle De Barbarac, who is forced into servitude by her step-mother after her father suddenly dies. Danielle, played by the luminous Drew Barrymore, is a modern-day version of the character of Cinderella, who happens to live in Renaissance-era France. The thing that Ever After does with the tale of Cinderella that makes it different from your average fairy tale adaptation is that it makes the characters real, it makes Cinderella (Danielle) into a hero in her own right, it makes the prince a person instead of an archetype, and it tells a real love story.

Here are just a few of the reasons it still holds up to this day!:

[More than just Cinderella...]

Fri
Aug 19 2016 7:06am

A Quiet Passion Will Have You Squeeing—Here’s Why

  1. Emily Dickinson (many people's favorite poet) 
  2. Jennifer Ehle (a.k.a. quite possibly one of the best (THE best?) Elizabeth Bennetts ever?) 
  3. A pretty period piece that seems both the perfect balance of “women in pretty dresses” and “emotionally wrought biopic” 

Are you excited for this movie? What do you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments!

 

Thu
Aug 18 2016 4:00pm

Vivienne Lorret & Kerrelyn Sparks E-Deals Yours to Claim: Romance News

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The Debutante Is Mine by Vivienne LorretDeal Alert: Vivienne Lorret's The Debutante Is Mine is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Lorret is an expert at depicting both the sisterhood of spinsterhood and heroes who bet on bachelorhood.

Deal Alert: Kerrelyn SparksLess Than a Gentleman is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Did you know the author of the Love at Stake series started out writing historical romance? True story.

Deal Alert: Mercedes Lackey's Hunger Games-ish YA novel Hunter, the first in a series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Lackey's books can be an effective gateway drug to romance novels, fyi.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Beverly Jenkins makes us catch our breath with her Old West series...so get an oxygen tank before the January release of Breathless, because this cover looks amazing, and what's inside is going to be even better!

If you love raunchy rock stars, you already know to look no further than Olivia Cunning. Once you've wrapped your tour with the Sinners, prepare to become a groupie for Exodus End. Come check out the cover for Outsiders, the first book in this new series. 

[Thor without Jane?...]

Wed
Aug 17 2016 4:20pm

Score with Sexy Geeks & Olympic Swimmers: Romance News

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Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay—Deal Alert: Tracey Livesay's publicist-must-rebrand-sexy-geek contemporary Love on My Mind is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* We're firmly on the record as being pro–geek hero and all for computer prodigy protags, so if they light your fire too, you know what to do.

—Deal Alert: Samantha Chase's first Shaughnessy Brothers contemporary, Made for Us, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon and $2.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Enjoy following one family throughout a series? You should be sure you've read all of these historical family saga romances too.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Did you say swimmer hero? Meghan Quinn is helping fuel our obsession with hot Olympic swimmers with her cover reveal for Stroked Long! A hot guy with a dark past? We're ready to jump in. 

—New shifter series alert! Milly Taiden revealed the cover for her new Shifters Undercover Series book, Bearly in Control. It promises alphas, and animal whisperers, and secrets....oh, my!

Representation in romance matters. Author and RITA finalist Sonali Dev takes a look at the RITAs and representation in romance, plus gives great book recommendations in what will be a weekly NPR feature. Her book A Bollywood Affair is a Team H&H Top 30 pick of 2015.

[The Obamas' sweet romance & cute kittens...]