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Mon
Jan 26 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Katie Rose’s Too Hot to Handle (January 27, 2015)

Too Hot to Handle by Katie RoseKatie Rose
Too Hot to Handle (The Boys of Summer #2)
Loveswept / January 27, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Nikki Case is no fan of baseball. Her ex gambled away a fortune on the sport, and now her PR firm has tasked her with cleaning up the league’s most notorious bad boys. The New Jersey Sonics are known for wild womanizing and booze-fueled brawls, so Nikki expects the worst. Her first stop in the battle to win hearts and minds is star hitter Jake Baldwin—a legendary ladies man so smokin’ he threatens to melt her tough-girl armor.

Although his teammates prank her without mercy, Jake admires the way Nikki gives as good as she gets. She may be the queen of frost, but there’s kindling beneath those sultry curves—and he’s just the man to ignite it. But when a PR nightmare lands the Sonics in headlines across the country, Nikki is ready to walk. Only then does Jake realize how important she is to the Sonics’ success—and that winning the love of a good woman is no game.

Baseball has always been more than a game to me. Going to a ballgame as an adult unlocks memories of a simpler time when the only thing that mattered was whether your team won that day. Is there anyone who can’t recite these famous lyrics?

Take me out to the ball game/Take me out with the crowd.

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks/I don't care if I never get back.

Let me root, root, root for the home team/If they don't win it's a shame.

Aahh…For it's one, two, three strikes you're out, at the old ball game!

[One more time!]

Fri
Jan 16 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Guys with Long Hair from Leto, O’Hurn, and More!

Brock O'HurnJared Leto seems to be the arbiter of taste for indie-guy hairstyles. Last year he spawned the man-bun (okay, we won't really credit him with it, but he certainly had people talking about it), and this past Sunday, he again sported a new long-haired style with...the man-braid!

Romance is full of long-haired heroes—whether they're in historicals and have their hair perfectly pulled back in a queue, expertly braided for battle, or if they're the bad boy of their small town and have a shaggy mane to go with their don't-care-what-you-think attitude!

[Do you like long haired beefcake? Maybe you will after this post!]

Thu
Jan 15 2015 9:30am

First Look: Elley Arden’s Running Interference (January 19, 2015)

Elley Arden
Running Interference (Cleveland Clash)
Crimson / January 19, 2015 / $4.99, digital

As a wide receiver for the Cleveland Clash, Tanya Martin is tough inside and out. The 5’9” beauty can take a hit and keep on going. But when the man she was best friends with - and secretly in love with - in high school comes home the same day she learns her father’s gym is in financial trouble, she’s unexpectedly blindsided.

Super Bowl MVP Cam Simmons is only back in town to convince his mom to move out of her failing neighborhood and live in luxury with him in Boston. But running into Tanya stirs up plenty of old feelings he never resolved. He was happy to leave his old life behind him when he hit the NFL, but walking away from their friendship was a mistake he wants to rectify.

Tough women rock, especially when they’re romance novel heroines. Elley Arden’s Running Interference features a heroine who definitely qualifies as tough. She trains at her father’s gym, holds down a job as a physical education teacher, and plays on a women’s football team. Her love of sports is foiled by her determination to protect herself and her family at any cost.

Running Interference is the first book in a series featuring the players of the Cleveland Clash, the women’s football team that proves that women can tackle problems and find romance, too.

[They're multitaskers!]

Sun
Dec 14 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt

Angel in Armani: Exclusive Excerpt

Melanie Scott

Angel in Armani by Melanie Scott

WILL A LOVE OF THE GAME

Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.

LEAD TO A FIELD OF DREAMS?

But there is a catch: Lucas also needs Sara. Spring training is upon him, and his schedule is madness. So he asks Sara to be his personal pilot. It’s an offer she can’t refuse. She intends to keep him at arm’s length—especially when she discovers just what different lives they have. Little does Sara know that, for Lucas, the only thing more important than business is pleasure. He only plays to win. And he intends to hit it out of the park…

Get a sneak peek of Melanie Scott's Angel in Armani (available December 30, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

It was like having a tiger in the back of the helicopter.

The knowledge of something big and dangerous and ruthless riding behind her. Something that could squish you like a bug and not blink a big golden eye.

Of course, the man behind her had blue eyes, not golden ones. Very blue.

So maybe a tiger wasn’t the right metaphor. Maybe—

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Angel in Armani...]

Tue
Nov 4 2014 2:05pm

First Look: Mandy Baxter’s Billion Dollar Player (November 4, 2014)

The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter

Mandy Baxter
The Billion Dollar Player (A Billionaire's Club Story)
St. Martin's Press / November 4, 2014 / $2.99 digital

Jase Blackwell, starting tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, is a pro when it comes to football—and to women. Never one to shy away from a challenge, “Billion Dollar Blackwell” is finally able to get the cute waitress he’s had his eye on out for a little fun. But when their steamy encounters inspire Jase to play better than he ever has before, he has to wonder if this exciting woman is more than just a good luck charm…

Avery Lockhart doesn’t understand why a pro football player would want to go out with her. Incredibly wealthy and undeniably sexy, Jase Blackwell is everything she thinks she’s not. Getting a little closer to this enigmatic billionaire, however, proves too much for Avery to resist. But as their passion heats up, so does Jase’s game play, and soon, the rumors start to fly. Is Avery only being kept around to ease Jace’s pre-game superstitions? Or, like she believes, does their connection run deeper…?

The heroine of Mandy Baxter's The Billion Dollar Player, Avery Lockhart, has taken a job as a catering waitress to pay for her culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu. She can be kind of a klutz, and proves that when she spills wine all over a fancy female guest at a Dallas Cowboys private event. She catches the attention of Jase Blackwell, who turns out to be her knight in shining armour, but she can't believe that he's actually interested in her when he asks her out...so she turns him down. Over and over again.

[The lady doth protest too much?]

Mon
Oct 27 2014 1:00pm
Excerpt

The Billion Dollar Player: Exclusive Excerpt

Mandy Baxter

The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter

In The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter, Jase Blackwell, starting tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, is a pro when it comes to football—and to women. Never one to shy away from a challenge, “Billion Dollar Blackwell” is finally able to get the cute waitress he’s had his eye on out for a little fun. But when their steamy encounters inspire Jase to play better than he ever has before, he has to wonder if this exciting woman is more than just a good luck charm…

Avery Lockhart doesn’t understand why a pro football player would want to go out with her. Incredibly wealthy and undeniably sexy, Jase Blackwell is everything she thinks she’s not. Getting a little closer to this enigmatic billionaire, however, proves too much for Avery to resist. But as their passion heats up, so does Jase’s game play, and soon, the rumors start to fly. Is Avery only being kept around to ease Jace’s pre-game superstitions? Or, like she believes, does their connection run deeper…?

Get a sneak peek of Mandy Baxter's The Billion Dollar Player (available November 4, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

“How’s the groin, Jason? You gonna be one hundred percent for Sunday, son?”

Steve McNealy, the offensive coordinator, always talked to Jase like he was still in Pee-Wee football instead of a twenty-seven-year-old man with a college career and four years of pro ball under his belt. Though, in relation to the years with the NFL that Steve could claim, Jase guessed he was sort of a pup.

“I’m good to go, Coach. I’ll be tearin’ it up next week.”

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Fri
Oct 24 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Basketball Picks!

Go sports! Okay, just kidding. Some of us at Heroes and Heartbreakers do like sports, and not just for the eye candy. This week we're casting a spotlight on those hotties of the NBA! Who are your picks? What team do you follow? Let us know in the comments, and as always, share your pictures so we can all enjoy!

[Let's get this ball rolling...]

Fri
Oct 10 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: MLB Playoffs 2014

Cardinals' Matt CarpenterWe're taking one for the team, Team H&H that is! Athletes are a favorite in the romance world, so we're celebrating all the things we love about baseball, just in time for the playoffs. If you're a Baltimore Orioles, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, or Kansas City Royals, then you might recognize quite a few of these guys.

Are you watching the playoffs? What team are you rooting for?

[We have a beefcake for every position...]

Fri
Sep 26 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Falling for Ginger Guys from Heughan, White, and More!

Sam HeughanIt's officially fall! And with fall comes changing leaves, which, of course makes us think of men (but really, what doesn't). In particular, it makes us think of ginger men—or redheads for those not familiar with the UK term. We polled our Twitter Followers (it was very scientific), and asked who some of their favorite redheads were.

The man who landed on top? None other than Outlander's Sam Heughan (aka Jamie Fraser). Others included Olympic athlete Shaun White, actor Simon Wood, and many more! We tried to include as many of your picks as possible, but part of the joy of beefcake is introducing you to new eye candy! Share your favorite redheaded beefcake pics in the comments. And if you're still looking for more redheaded beefcake (Michael Fassbender, Kevin McKidd, and many more), head to our previous Ginger Beefcake post.

For those with a particular ginger love, photographer Thomas Knight has a photobook and calendar called Red Hot, which focuses solely on hot gingers, and provided us with one of our pics!

[Gingers unite...]

Fri
Sep 5 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: 2014 Fantasy Football Picks

Dez Bryant

Football season has begun! There are lots of amazingly talented people drafted, and many favorite return players. We asked our Twitter followers for some of their favorite, and foxiest, football players, and they sure delivered!

Would you add these guys to your fantasy football team (see what we did there...)? Who would be your draft picks? Let us know in the comments!

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

Fri
Sep 5 2014 2:00pm

The Boys of Summer: Baseball’s True Appeal

Devil in Denim by Melanie ScottToday we're joined by author Melanie Scott, whose The Devil in Denim is out now, and is set in the world of the All-American pasttime—baseball. Melanie knows just why so many of us like to watch baseball, and baseball movies, and it isn't necessarily because we're all fans of the sport. She's here to share her thoughts of some of the best baseball movies, and some of the best guys to get to all the bases with. Thanks, Melanie!

The Americans among us have no trouble understanding the Church of Baseball. Me? I’m an Aussie. And trust me, that has earned me a few strange looks when I tell people I’m writing book with baseball in them. “Why baseball?” is possibly the most common question I’ve been asked (at least by fellow Aussies). And the answer to that question is two-fold. Firstly, in Australia, when it comes to sports that involve bats, the boys got taught cricket but, at least in my day, the girls usually played softball. Which means, for all intents and purposes, that I have some idea of the actual rules of baseball and can understand them. And secondly, well I’m a hopeless sucker for sports movies. Because they usually have a happy ending and because, well, they tend to be well populated with hot guys. Call me shallow, but that works for me. And baseball movies have also been high in my list of favorite sports movies.

[They have a lot of appeal]

Sun
Aug 17 2014 1:00pm

First Look: Melanie Scott’s The Devil in Denim (August 26, 2014)

The Devil in Denim by Melanie ScottMelanie Scott
Devil in Denim (New York Saints #1)
St. Martin's Press / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

LIFE JUST THREW HER A CURVEBALL.

As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

WILL LOVE BE A HOME RUN?

Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…

Melanie Scott's The Devil in Denim is a different take on the usual baseball novel. It doesn’t focus on a baseball player, but on the players behind the scenes. Tom Jameson has owned the Saints baseball team for years. Maggie, Tom’s daughter, was raised with the Saints. A recent college graduate, Maggie assumed she would work at the owner’s office for the Saints. Unexpectedly, Tom sells the Saints to businessman Alex Winters and his two associates Malachi Coulter (Mal) and Lucas Angelo.

[For love of the Saints...]

Mon
Aug 11 2014 11:00am
Excerpt

Devil in Denim: Exclusive Excerpt

Melanie Scott

The Devil in Denim by Melanie Scott

LIFE JUST THREW HER A CURVEBALL.

As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

WILL LOVE BE A HOME RUN?

Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…in The Devil in Denim by Melanie Scott.

Get a sneak of Melanie Scott's Devil in Denim (available August 26, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

God, she hated tequila. Maggie Jameson squinted at the bottle in the bartender’s hand. The little red devil on the label leered back at her. Perfect. Tequila was the devil’s drink. Which was fitting because her life had just gone to hell. She lifted the shot glass before her, tilted it and slammed the tequila back. It burned all the way down and she sucked lemon desperately. She really hated tequila but it was the fastest way she knew to get drunk.

And tonight she really, really needed to be drunk.

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Fri
Jul 18 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Tim Howard

Tim Howard made headlines for some of us here in America, not because of his outstanding performance in The World Cup, but because of his subsequent appearance on the July 14 issue of AdWeek where every woman perked up and took notice of what his mama (and career as an athlete) gave him!

After extensive research—our jobs are so hard—we discovered that Tim took a lot of opportunities to pose shirtless. Most particularly when he appeared as part of PETA's “Ink Not Mink” campaign.

If Howard is part of the next World Cup, do you think you'll be tuning in a bit more closely? What other sexy soccer players did you spot?

[Ink Not Mink (or Clothes)  is a slogan we can get behind...]

Wed
Jun 25 2014 11:00am
Excerpt

Riding the Wave: Exclusive Excerpt

Lorelie Brown

Riding the Wave by Lorelie Brown

The gray-green swells of San Sebastian haven’t changed in ten years, but Tanner Wright has. The last thing he expects to find back on his home turf is the love of his life....

With a make-or-break world championship on the line, professional surfer Tanner Wright has come back to the coastal California hometown he left a decade ago, carrying only his board and the painful knowledge of his father’s infidelity. Now that Hank Wright is dead, Tanner intends to keep the secret buried to spare his mother and sister the burden.

The last time Avalon Knox saw her best friend’s brother, she was fourteen and he was a twenty-year-old surfer god. She’s never understood or respected the way Tanner distanced himself from the family that has embraced her. But now she has the professional chance of a lifetime: to photograph Tanner for the competition—if he’ll agree.

Out on the waves, they find in each other passion that’s impossible to resist. And Tanner’s not the only one trying to move forward from his past. As the competition heats up, secrets get spilled, and lust takes over. How close can Avalon get to this brooding surfer…without getting burned?

Get a sneak peek of Lorelie Brown's Riding the Wave (available July 1, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Avalon had almost given up searching for Tanner and was in the process of pulling his childhood bedroom door closed behind her, when a flash of white caught her gaze.

Except it was outside the window.

She stepped back into the room. “Tanner?”

There was no answer, but the white shifted again. The corner of a sleeve, she figured. The window was open to the evening’s breeze coming in off the ocean a block away, and it smelled of salt. More home.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Riding the Wave...]

Tue
Jun 24 2014 9:16am

Cover Reveal: Mandy Baxter’s Billionaire’s Club: Texas Novellas!

Rocked by the Billionaire by Mandy BaxterToday we've got two more covers in Mandy Baxter's Billionaire's Club: Texas series (you saw The Billionaire Cowboy yesterday) to share!

One hero's a rock star; The other's a football player. Both have as much money and women as they can handle; Neither has the one woman he really needs. Until... 

C'mon, you know you've gotta find out more! Here are the official descriptions:

Rocked by the Billionaire (December 2, 2014)

Bad-boy Luke “Lucifer” Blackwell is living the life. The lead singer for the rock group Riot 59 has brought him everything he could ever want—billions of dollars, endless parties, and enough groupies to last a lifetime. But when Luke’s wild life starts to wear him down, he returns home to Texas—and ends up in the arms of the one woman who’s always made his heart beat faster than a pounding drum…

Kaleigh Taylor likes being a small-town girl, so she’s always been wary of Luke Blackwell’s fast-paced life—and of Luke himself. Fully expecting never to see the sexy singer who broke her heart years before, Kaleigh is completely shocked to find him back home, avoiding the spotlight and pursuing her instead. Kaleigh knows this can’t be right—his heart was always devoted to his fans. But as they spend more and more time together, Luke is awfully convincing that his heart belongs to someone else…

[May we also introduce Jase Blackwell?!...]

Sat
Jun 21 2014 1:00pm

Game Changers: Top 10 Hottest Jock Heroes

The Vincent Boys by Abbi GlinesSports romance books have been growing to include more than just the typical “jocks"; football, baseball, basketball have been pushed to the side for fighters, hockey players, and even race car drivers. Jocks are always an enjoyable read. It’s like having water after a really long, hot day. I look for cover inspiration, humor, general badassery, and charisma in my jocks.

Here's the list of Hot Jocks:

1. Beau Vincent, of Abbi Glines's New Adult book The Vincent Boys, set my heart jogging as the misunderstood bad boy in his small town. It’s the South, so everyone plays football—even Beau. Good enough to be offered a scholarship for college ball, Beau is one sexy, bad boy who wins the heart of the town “good girl.” She also happens to be his cousin’s girlfriend. Played out among their high school walls, Beau is the perfect blend of bad boy from the wrong side of the tracks with a sweet side.

[+ meet 9 more sexy jocks...]

Thu
Jun 12 2014 8:30am

First Look: Lisa Marie Perry’s Midnight Play (June 17, 2014)

Midnight Play by Lisa Marie PerryLisa Marie Perry
Midnight Play
Harlequin Kimani / July 1, 2014 / $6.50 print / $5.99 digital

As general manager of the Las Vegas Slayers, Danica Blue goes toe-to-toe with players whose size is matched only by their egos. Quarterback Dex Harper is the biggest and toughest of them all, with a hell-raiser reputation that he insists he doesn't deserve. And Danica, the good daughter who's always played by the rules, is suddenly tempted to break every last one. 

Football is the only thing Dex has ever been able to count on. To save his career he needs Danica's PR savvy, and he's happy to help her discover her inner bad girl in return. But glimpsing the real woman behind that sexy, flawless facade is making him realize how much is at stake. Because getting back on the team could mean losing Danica, unless he's willing to risk it all—and play for keeps….

Raw chemistry rules in Midnight Play, a friends with (secret) benefits story from Lisa Marie Perry. Electricity literally crackles between Dex Harper, a disgraced football player with something to prove, and Danica Blue, the new General Manager of the Las Vegas Slayers who fired him. Danica’s parents  purchased the football team when it was revealed that the former team owner was paying off players to make bad plays. With her business sense and savvy, Marshall and Tem Blue knew they could count on their trusty middle daughter to follow directions to the letter and improve their new team.

[Playing for keeps?]

Fri
Jun 6 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: World Cup 2014!

Diego PerezThe World Cup competition begins next week, for some it's been four long years of cheering on their favorite teams, and players, in a bid for global fame. For us, it's been the opportunity to preemptively ogle some of the finest bodies. Are you a soccer (or football, depending on where you're from) fan? What team are you rooting for? Who's your favorite player?

Share all that (plus pics to go with it) and more in the comments!

[These guys would get us shouting Goal!...]

Thu
May 29 2014 3:30pm

Take Me Away: Top Five Romantic Getaways…And The Heroes to Pack with You!

Pleasure Under the Sun by Lindsay EvansIn Lindsay Evans’s contemporary romance, Pleasure Under the Sun, the heroine Bailey Hughes is swept off on a romantic week abroad by her sexy hero, artist Seven Carmichael. The two start their journey aboard a yacht off Miami’s shores, sail to Key West, then find true love and lust on the island nation of Jamaica.

These days, a vacation for me means forty-eight uninterrupted hours of Netflix bingeing, junk food and sleep, but as I read this vividly painted romance I couldn’t help but crave a holiday away from my couch. So get out your passport and select the hero of your choosing. Here are some places I’m sure you’ll love to go.

England’s Lake District:
You’ve seen every film and miniseries adaptation of Austen’s work, and your man, a water conservationist, has managed to work in a trip to this national park under the guise of research. You come along to support his professional endeavors, naturally, but really you’re it in for the lakeside B&B sex and the hopes that your lover will reenact the final sunrise scene of Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice.

[What other exotic locales are we headed to...and who with?!]