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Mon
Sep 12 2016 10:00am

Shall We Dance? Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 4 Heart-to-Heart

Victoria, Episode 4, “The Clockwork Prince”

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. Victoria, now airing in the U.K., tells the story of that love (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Lou's recaps when Season 1 airs on PBS beginning in January.). Need to catch up? Don't miss our recaps of Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Victoria, including last night's Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 4, “The Clockwork Prince.” Enjoy!

The series continues with Episode Four,

Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 3 | Victoria, Season 1, Episode 5 | See all our Victoria coverage here

In the wake of Prince Albert’s dramatic entrance at the end of the last episode, his presence triggers a ripple effect for both Victoria and Lord M as the Duchess and King Leopold try to push the pair together at every opportunity.  What unfolds is an angst filled episode of sultry glances, heaving chests (Victoria’s not Alberts!) and breathy responses punctuated by abject reticence and sniping whenever the couple are together.

[Read more...]

Mon
Sep 5 2016 3:00pm

The Queen Stands Alone: Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 3 Heart-to-Heart

Queen Victoria in episode 3 of Victoria
Victoria, Episode 3, “Brocket Hall”

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. Victoria, now airing in the U.K., tells the story of that love (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Lou's recaps when Season 1 airs on PBS beginning in January.). Need to catch up? Don't miss our recaps of Episode 1 and Episode 2.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Victoria, including last night's Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 3, “Brocket Hall.” Enjoy!

The series continues with Episode Three, which finds Victoria struggling with her feelings for Lord Melbourne, whilst fending off multiple would-be paramours who all appear to be related to her in some form or another. Whilst all this is going on there’s more political turbulence, as the Chartist campaign for more democratic voting rights, and a fairer political playing field gathers pace, leading to an uprising taking place in Newport, Wales. Victoria must navigate the hazards her heart is facing, whilst remaining steadfast in her quest to be an understanding and compassionate ruler for her people during these unsettling times. A quick word of warning on this episode for you hopeless romantics: If you weren’t already swooning over Lord Melbourne after the first two episodes, you certainly will be, because Rufus Sewell will break your heart in this one!

[Brace for impact!...]

Tue
Aug 30 2016 9:30am

Anyone Else Feeling the Love Between Lord Melbourne and Queen Victoria? Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 2 Heart-to-Heart

Victoria on ITV

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. Victoria, now airing in the U.K., tells the story of that love (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Lou's recaps when Season 1 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Victoria, including last night's Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 2, “Ladies in Waiting.” Enjoy!

The second episode of Victoria continues with the same dramatic, angst-filled vibe that the first one set up so beautifully.  This time, we are treated to some delicious ‘will they’ or ‘won’t they’ moments between the innocent Queen and her dashing Lord Melbourne as they struggle with the emotional conflict of what they want versus what is right.  There’s more underhand plotting from the dastardly trio of Conroy, the Duchess and the Duke of Cumberland.  There are even more treats from below stairs as Lehzen continues to face opposition from the other members of staff.  All of which has me gripped, just as I was after the first episode of Downton, itching for what the latest turn of events will be, and in a heap of muddled feelings by the time the credits roll.

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Mon
Aug 29 2016 10:45am

Long Live the Queen! Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 1 Heart-to-Heart

Victoria on ITV

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. For U.K. viewers, the beginning of their love story, and Queen Victoria's long reign, has begun with the premiere of Victoria, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Lou's recaps when Season 1 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Victoria, including last night's series premiere. Enjoy!

So why should you watch?

For anyone with a love for a particular style of period drama that has been left bereft after the end of Downton Abbey, fear not because the savior has arrived.  Or to be more precise, the Queen has arrived, in the form of the gloriously written & magnificently styled Victoria (broadcasting on ITV in the UK).  The 8-part series charts her early life as she ascends the throne at the tender age of 18, navigating her role as Head of State during what was a turbulent time for Britain, and equally importantly, her introduction to the man who would go on to be her greatest passion in life.

Penned by novelist Daisy Goodwin, her first foray into the world of screenwriting comes from encountering the young Victoria’s diaries as part of her university studies, something which she admits made the task of telling the story that much easier. 

Production is bolstered by a stellar cast led by Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley) as the woman predominantly portrayed throughout history as a notoriously stoic monarch clad in ‘widow’s weeds’.  Her flawless performance is beautifully supported by the enigmatic BAFTA nominated Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Parade’s End... A Knight's Tale) as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister and long-time confidant. But don't start shipping them yet, as Episode 3 will introduce the historic trifecta with the arrival of the dashing Tom Hughes (The Game, Dancing on the Edge, Silk) as the love of Queen Victoria’s life, Prince Albert.

[Read more...]

Thu
Jul 7 2016 8:30am

First Look: Laura Andersen’s The Virgin’s War (July 12, 2016)

The Virgin's War by Laura Andersen

Laura Andersen
The Virgin's War (Tudor Legacy #3)
Ballantine / July 12, 2016 / $16.00 print, $11.99 digital

The Tudor Legacy series continues with Laura Andersen’s The Virgin’s War. Even though this is the third (and final?) book, there is enough background information provided so that you don’t need to read the first two. However, I highly recommend reading the first two—or better yet—start with the Boleyn King Trilogy first. You’ll get a richer history and background of the characters and storylines.

The Virgin’s War is everything I love about period pieces. There’s plot twists, intricate political liaisons, romance, and eloquent prose. Woven throughout the story of Queen Elizabeth and King Philip’s intellectual showdown are romantic storylines of three of the four Courtenay siblings. Stephen and twins Philippa (Pippa) and Christopher (Kit) are the children of Dominic and Minuette Courtenay. Minuette is a long-time confidante to the Queen. Likewise, Pippa serves in Princess Anabel’s (Anne) court as her dearest friend. For those of you not abreast of the series, Princess Anabel is the re-imagined what-if daughter of Queen Elizabeth I and King Philip II of Spain. With The Virgin’s War, Elizabeth and Philip are separated and Princess Anabel is enmeshed in a political scheme between her parents that could alter the fate of England.

But onto the romance!

[Queens and Kings...]

Tue
May 3 2016 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Lilah Pace and Tamsen Parker!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for not one but FOUR beautiful books coming out this year from Tamsen Parker and Lilah Pace. First up, Tamsen Parker's next book in her Compass series, True North, tells the story of Slade, a hero just starting to get in touch with his kinky side—and the woman he can never forget. Then we have another cover from Tamsen with School Ties, a forbidden romance you won't want to miss! Finally, Lilah Pace is here to reveal two covers for her new Royal duology with His Royal Secret and His Royal Favorite, a male/male romance featuring a royal heir and the journalist he falls for. 

Truth North by Tamsen Parker

Four months ago, Slade Lewis got to fulfill his wildest, long-repressed BDSM fantasies during a one-night stand. Since then, getting more has been the only thing on his mind.

When Slade manages to earn the keys to Reyes Walter’s kinky kingdom, he finds himself face-to-face with none other than Pressly Allwyn, the pearl-bedecked love of his life whom he pushed into divorce six years ago.

Now she’s back, and the fetish he was afraid would drive them apart instead draws them together. They indulge in their common kink together, but past hurts and old insecurities complicate any relationship outside their erotic exploits. Caught between the worlds of hot-button politics and even hotter bedroom games, Pressly and Slade will have to decide how far they’re willing to go for a second chance at happily ever after.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of True North by Tamsen Parker, available July 25, 2016:

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[There's more where that came from...]

Mon
May 2 2016 3:37pm

Buzz Books & Julie Ann Walker Deal: 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

Hell or High Water by Julie Ann WalkerDeal Alert: Julie Ann Walker's Deep Six romantic suspense novel Hell or High Water is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* If you like Sons of Anarchy's Jax Teller, Walker's gritty romances, with their larger-than-life alpha heroes, may be the books for you...

Deal Alert: Katee Robert's marriage-of-convenience contemporary The Marriage Contract is only $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* “A marriage of convenience spawned because of a desire for protection or power brings forward an element of danger that only ups the sexiness factor as far as I’m concerned,” writes Robert in her 2015 guest post “Marraige Contracts as Business Contracts in Romance Novels.”

Deal Alert: Brenda Novak's small-town contemporary When Summer Comes is a bargain at $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Why do we love small-town romances so much? Scarlettleigh investigates.

[+Buzz Books samplers, will Castle kill Beckett? and more...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 3:00pm

Cowboy & Baron Deals + Prince Harry is Very Amusing: 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

Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Deal Alert: Maisey Yates' contemporary Part Time Cowboy is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* You can find a Yates hero named in Rhyll Biest's “10 Romance Heroes You'll Want Between Your Covers.”

Deal Alert: Erin Knightley's historical The Baron Next Door is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Knightley's debut, More Than a Stranger, made it into guest author Valerie Bowman's roundup of historical debuts to watch in 2012.

Fresh Outta the Oven

We didn't elect President Barack Obama for his acting skills, nor do we love the British royal family for theirs, however, I'm currently flailing in my office chair at the cute levels that are being overloaded right now. In the cutest video ever, Prince Harry explains the Invictus Game brochure to his grandmother. Yes, any other day, she's Queen Elizabeth, but in this video she can't be called anything else but Grandma. The video is interrupted by an iMessage from FLOTUS—“Oh look, a message from Michelle, how very amusing”—telling the Royals to “Bring It” for the Invictus Games. I wasn't planning on tuning in before, but I'm very tempted now! See the full video and hear the Queen of England say “Oh, really. Please,” and tell us you're not flailing at the cute too!

[+C.J. Cregg briefs the press (you read that right)...]

Tue
Apr 19 2016 2:23pm

Paris, Sex on the Beach & Geeky Royals: 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

—Deal Alert #1: Jennifer Probst's spring-fling-to-forever-love contemporary Beyond Me (Sex on the Beach #1) is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon,  iBooks, etc.* Probst is currently in the running for a RITA for her contemporary novel Searching for Beautiful.

—Deal Alert #2: Eloisa James' memoir Paris in Love is only $1.99 today in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* In her  First Look at Paris in Love, longtime James fan Janga writes: “James gave me Paris, she sent me back to the poetry of Auden, and she reminded me that lazy moments now and then do not disturb the universe.”

—Deal Alert #3: Grace Burrowes' Windham historical The Heir is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes &Noble, Amazon, etc.* In an H&H guest post last year, Burrowes offers “The Art of Being a True Gentleman in Romance.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Royals + Star Wars = our Kryptonite. Prince William and Prince Harry toured a Star Wars workshop in the UK today. Watch them geek out over lightsabers.

Today on H&H:

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

Have a tip about hot romance news? Drop Heather & Jenn a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com!


Thu
Apr 7 2016 7:08am

The Royals—Are You Into Them?

Snow White
Source: rebloggy

Everything that's old is new again, but does that extend to royalty? Back in the 90s and early 2000s in romancelandia, many a duke was usurped by a prince in the heart of the heroine. With the popularity of shows like The Royals, and general royal fixation, at least here in The States, it begs the question if the trend might be coming back. 

What are your thoughts on royalty in romance? Is this a trope you'd like to see back on your bookshelf? 

Let me know in the comments!

Mon
Oct 19 2015 2:24pm

Romance News Roundup: 4 Deals, Showalter Cover & Bridget Jones’s Baby

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 Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen—Deal Alert #1: Sarina Bowen's contemporary The Shameless Hour (Ivy Years #4) is currently marked down to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore, among others.* After The Shameless Hour comes the newly released The Fifteenth Hour—you may have seen we recently shared an excerpt from the book while Sahara Hoshi offered us a First Look.

—Royal watchers, you'll want to keep an eye on this project: Parenthood's Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are working on a movie adaptation of the William/Kate-inspired The Royal We by fashion site Go Fug Yourself founders Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Royals fan fiction, romance, and Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman? PLEASE LET THIS HAPPEN.

—Deal Alert #2: Barbara Bretton's World War II-set Sentimental Journey is $.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* See what Kate Nagy thought of another Bretton novel, Casting Spells. Also, if you're in the mood for more category romance, don't miss Janga's roundup of some of her favorites.

—Haaaaave you met Baden? Gena Showalter's Darkest Torment cover, first revealed by RT magazine, shows off the latest Lords of the Underworld hero to get his own story, out May 31, 2016. LotU fans and newbies alike may also appreciate Sahara Hoshi's post anticipating Showalter's The Darkest Touch.

[+more delicious deals & news!...]

Mon
May 4 2015 2:59pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri
Apr 10 2015 10:00am

Going to the Chapel: Wedding Drama in Loretta Chase’s Royally Ever After

Royally Ever After by Loretta ChaseThe two short, previously-published novellas in Loretta Chase's Royally Ever After anthology both revolve around a royal wedding. In Lord Lovedon's Duel the heroine's sister just married a minor German Prince whose friend is Behaving Badly, while in The Jilting of Lord Rothwick our love story takes place during the furor over the young Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert, where our hero is Behaving Cluelessly. But both heroes are gobsmacked into love at first sight, bless them. And, apparently, imbibe too much at important moments.

Lord Lovedon got drunk at the wedding reception, said rude things about the bride, and was promptly challenged to a duel by the bride's sister.

He'd drunk enough to float a flagship—possibly the entire Royal Navy—to no effect.

Until a moment ago.

The last dose, the one Miss Sharp had administered externally, had brightened his mood amazingly. The eyes flashing at him had turned out to be an interesting shade of green, with gold flecks … Most important, she'd turned out to have a personality.

Lord Lovedon may be indiscreet while intoxicated, but he knows what he wants.

[I think we can guess what that is...]

Mon
Mar 16 2015 12:00pm

You Can Call Me Queen B: Succession, Sex, and Excess in The Royals

Family Portrait of The Royals E! threw its hat into the scripted soap ring with last night's premiere of The Royals, with fair to middling (not to be confused with 'Middleton') results. The Royals centers on England's scandal-riddled sitting royal family, led by Elizabeth Hurley's Queen Helena and Vincent Regan's King Simon. William Moseley plays Prince Liam, a sweet young prince with a healthy ego and an equally healthy libido, while his twin, Alexandra Park's Eleanor, is a party girl princess. Of course bodyguards shadow every single one of their antics—which viewers are treated to right out of the gate. Eleanor in particular puts on quite a show. Booze! A little coke and dancing on the bar! Crotch shots! And Princess Eleanor's lack of panties hitting the tabloids is far from the family's biggest problem when eldest child and heir to the throne Robert dies under mysterious circumstances. “Hey. This sucks, huh?” Eleanor sighs to her surviving brother in a ginormous understatement.

[Perhaps she shouldn't be Princess Eleanor, but Captain Obvious...]

Thu
Mar 5 2015 3:23pm

Romance News Roundup: Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens Joins Beauty and the Beast 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.

Dan Stevens in Downton AbbeyDownton Abbey's Dan Stevens (we miss you, Matthew Crawley) is joining the cast of Beauty and the Beast as the Beast alongside Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as Gaston.

—Speaking of Downton Abbey, series fan Princess Kate (a.k.a. Kate Middleton, a.k.a. the Duchess of Cambridge) will be visiting the set to meet the cast and crew next week, lucky duck. Find all of our Downton Abbey coverage here, including comprehensive episode recaps.

Rumor has it the Fifty Shades of Grey Blu-ray/DVD release will feature deleted scenes. What are you hoping to see in any extra footage? And if you haven't already weighed in on the movie, good or bad, you can join the conversation here.

Fri
Jan 16 2015 3:17pm

Romance News Roundup: Fifty Shades, #1 Book Couple, Sexiest Farmer, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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 Today show is hosting a sweepstakes for a chance to win tickets to an advance screening of Fifty Shades of Grey in New York City. Read the official rules and register here.

—Speaking of...Fifty Shades of Grey is on track to be Fandango's fastest-selling R-rated film. Have you preordered tickets?  (For all our coverage on the movie and books, stop by our Fifty Shades of Grey Collection.)

—Fellow royal watchers whose interests also include soapy TV, the upcoming E! series The Royals may just be for us. Star Elizabeth Hurley describes her queen of England character as a mixture of Princess Diana had she ascended the throne and...Cruella de Vil?!! This should be interesting...

—Great Britain magazine Farmer's Weekly is holding a competition to find “Britain's Sexiest Farmer 2015.” (H/t BuzzFeed)

—The Merriam-Webster dictionary will soon go out of print—the updated reference book will live only online. Not sure how I feel about this. You? Do you still flip through a dictionary from time to time, or do you do all your spell-checking and research on the computer?

[+Now accepting nominees for #1 book couple OF ALL TIME...]

Mon
Dec 8 2014 3:18pm

Romance News Roundup: Free Historical Read, William/Kate, and More!

It's Tea Time Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—Cecilia Grant has released A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong, a novella in her Blackshear series, and it is free right now at Amazon.  (We have no idea how long it will be free, so grab it while you can.)

—Fans of Stephanie Tyler's Section 8 romantic suspense series will be happy to hear a deal has been announced for two more books in the series (so books 4 and 5) for a 2016 estimated release.

—And in yet more exciting book news, two more books in Jackie Ashenden's Nine Circles contemporary romance series are also in the works for 2016.

—In case you missed it in October, here's a link to Entertainment Weekly's (largely positive) article on the romance genre, “A Billion-Dollar Affair.”

—See the first trailer for Anna Kendrick's big-screen musical The Last Five Years (warning: no HEA)

—President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's loving relationship seems to be the stuff of romance novels, so it only makes sense that a movie about their courtship is reportedly in the works. Two tickets, please!

—Speaking of fairy-tale romances, our favorite British royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Prince William and Kate Middleton), are currently in New York City. Can it be 3 years since we liveblogged their wedding?! See Duchess Kate meet NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray:

[click to see the very short clip...]

Fri
Nov 14 2014 9:30am

First Look: Jeffe Kennedy’s The Tears of the Rose (November 25, 2014)

The Tears of the Rose by Jeffe KennedyJeffe Kennedy
Tears of the Rose (The Twelve Kingdoms #2)
Kensington / November 25, 2014 / $15.00 print, $13.50 digital

Three sisters. Motherless daughters of the high king. The eldest is the warrior-woman heir;the middle child is shy and full of witchy intuition;and the youngest, Princess Amelia, she is as beautiful as the sun and just as generous.

Ami met her Prince Charming and went away to his castle on the stormy sea-cliffs—and that should have been her happily ever after. Instead, her husband lies dead and a war rages. Her middle sister has been taken into a demon land, turned into a stranger. The priests and her father are revealing secrets and telling lies. And a power is rising in Ami, too, a power she hardly recognizes, to wield her beauty as a weapon, and her charm as a tool to deceive…

Amelia has never had to be anything but good and sweet and kind and lovely. But the chess game for the Twelve Kingdoms has swept her up in it, and she must make a gambit of her own. Can the prettiest princess become a pawn—or a queen?

And they lived happily ever after is supposed to be the end of a fairy tale romance. Jeffe Kennedy turns that convention on its head in her latest fantasy romance novel, Tears of the Rose. This adult retelling of Beauty and the Beast shows that true love can occur more than once in an enchanted life time.

In the first novel in this series, Mark of the Tala, heroine Ami met the handsome Prince Hugh when he came to court her elder sister. The two were drawn to each other instantly and although she was the baby of the family, Ami was allowed to marry her sister’s suitor with great pomp and ceremony. Her eldest sister Ursula and older sister Andi both wished her well as she rode off to her new kingdom by the sea. Her beauty combined with his good looks and wealth had her convinced she was stepping into her happily ever after. She just knew everything would be absolutely wonderful from here on out.

[Famous last words...]

Fri
Oct 3 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: The Royal Treatment with Hiddleston, Cumberbatch, Dallas, and More!

Tom Hiddleston in The Hollow CrownIt's been a good week for all those with secret royal obsessions (or not so secret, we're never one to judge), or for those who love a good fairy tale. Why, may you ask? First (in order of excitedness), there was news (and official photos) of Benedict Cumberbatch in BBC's The Hollow Crown: War of the Roses, which will continue the story that initially starred Tom Hiddleston (majestically riding a horse, above). Then, pictures were released of Chris Pine and Billy Magnussen as princes in this December's Into the Woods. And then, of course, was the return of Once Upon a Time, which had its Season 4 premiere on September 28. So, we're giving this week's beefcake the royal treatment!

Though we need very little incentive to swoon over attractive men, we'll gladly take the opportunity to gush over Prince Charming! Who are your favorite royals? Share your pics and picks in the comments!

[And they all lived happily ever after in Romancelandia...]

Sat
Jun 28 2014 11:00am
Excerpt

Kiss of Deception: Exclusive Excerpt

Mary E. Pearson

Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course. As First Daughter, she is expected to have the revered gift of sight—but she doesn’t—and she knows her parents are perpetrating a sham when they arrange her marriage to secure an alliance with a neighboring kingdom—to a prince she has never met.

On the morning of her wedding, Lia flees to a distant village. She settles into a new life, hopeful when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deception abounds, and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—even as she finds herself falling in love.In a society steeped in tradition, Princess Lia’s life follows a preordained course.

Get an exclusive sneak peek of Mary E. Pearson's Kiss of Deception (available July 8, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

Today was the day a thousand dreams would die and a single dream would be born.

The wind knew. It was the first of June, but cold gusts bit at the hilltop citadelle as fiercely as deepest winter, shaking the windows with curses and winding through drafty halls with warning whispers. There was no escaping what was to come.

For good or bad, the hours were closing in. I closed my eyes against the thought, knowing that soon the day would cleave in two, forever creating the before and after of my life, and it would happen in one swift act that I could no more alter than the color of my eyes.

[Continue on to read the full excerpt...]