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Fri
Oct 10 2014 4:30pm

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 4:30pm

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 4:30pm

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 3:00pm

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 2:00pm

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 12:00pm
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 4:30pm

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 12:00pm
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 10:16am

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 2:00pm

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 9:30am

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 4:30pm

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 4:30pm

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?!]

Sat
May 10 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Cora Carmack’s All Lined Up (May 13, 2014)

All Lined Up by Cora CarmackCora Carmack
All Lined Up

William Morrow / May 13, 2014 / $13.99 print / $3.99 digital

In Texas, two things are cherished above all else—football and gossip. My life has always been ruled by both.

Dallas Cole loathes football. That's what happens when you spend your whole childhood coming in second to a sport. College is her time to step out of the bleachers, and put the playing field (and the players) in her past.

But life doesn't always go as planned. As if going to the same college as her football star ex wasn’t bad enough, her father, a Texas high school coaching phenom, has decided to make the jump to college ball… as the new head coach at Rusk University. Dallas finds herself in the shadows of her father and football all over again.

Carson McClain is determined to go from second-string quarterback to the starting line-up. He needs the scholarship and the future that football provides. But when a beautiful redhead literally falls into his life, his focus is more than tested. It's obliterated.

Dallas doesn't know Carson is on the team. Carson doesn't know that Dallas is his new coach's daughter.

And neither of them know how to walk away from the attraction they feel.

With the start of her new series set at Texas's fictional Rusk University, Cora Carmack writes what she knows. And you can't really know all of the obsession, complexity, and rivalry involved in Texas football unless you've lived it. Where weekly games take over small towns all over the state and young players become celebrities and good coaches are like gods. And where it's easy to get swallowed up in the whole thing. This is a world that Carmack builds through first-hand experience, and she captures all of its spirit.

[Go team!]

Tue
Apr 15 2014 2:00pm

18 Reasons Why We Love Athletes

Today we welcome not one, not two, but six authors to talk about why they love athletes. This week, Carina Press published six new sports romances, each featuring a different sport: football, tennis, baseball, hockey, mixed martial arts, and rugby, and we're happy to welcome Rebecca Crowley, Rhonda Shaw, Kate Willoughby, Michele Mannon, Allison Parr, and Kat Latham to discuss why they love athletes.

Commitment, passion, tenacity…athletes have a slew of traits that we romance readers adore.  We are here today sharing just a few of the reasons we love athletes—in 18 charming gifs.

They’re great dancers.

Duchene handshake gif courtesy of nhlgifs.tumblr.com

[It really IS about the motion on the...ice rink...]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 10:30am

H&H Quickies #3: Kristina Mathews—Prompt Me!

PROMPTING IS NOW CLOSED.

Thanks for all the awesome prompts. Check back at H&H on April 29 for an original scene from Kristina Mathews based on two or more of these prompts!

Better Than Perfect by Kristina MathewsIf you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on Manda Collins' fantastic H&H Quickies debut, and Lora Leigh's exciting call for prompts, we are pleased to announce today that Kristina Mathews will be the third author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Kristina Mathews with a contemporary theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Kristina will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Kristina used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (chocolate), a setting (a crowded bar), a situation (waiting for a friend), a description (sassy heroine)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be contemporary-themed.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on April 29 for an original scene from Kristina Mathews based on your suggestions!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

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Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Fri
Apr 4 2014 1:30pm

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Melissa Cutler’s Bomb Squad Series!

Risky Business by Melissa CutlerYou can drop this kind of bomb on us anytime! Today we're excited to reveal the covers for the first three books in Melissa Cutler's Bomb Squad series, with gorgeous hockey players who can even make ice hot!

Here's the official description for Book 1, Risky Business:

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head withhis new boss…

Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red…

Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into town and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.

Theo vowed to never again be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings—and desire—for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.

Risky Business will be available on August 19, 2014, followed by Undefeated on November 28 and Game Changer in April 2015. Stay tuned for more details as we get them!

P.S. Visit Melissa Cutler's website to learn more about the charm bracelet sweepstakes she's hosting to celebrate her new series.

*Note: Final covers always subject to change

Undefeated and Game Changer by Melissa Cutler

[+Get the scoop on Undefeated!...]

Thu
Feb 13 2014 3:00pm

Loyal, Ambitious, and Strong: Winter Athletes as Romance Heroes and Heroines

Golden Dreams by Darlene FranklinThe athletes currently participating in the 22nd Winter Olympics possess many of the qualities that romance readers are looking for in their favorite fictional heroes and heroines. They're strong, both physically and emotionally. They're loyal, dedicated, and hard-working. They're ambitious, with a drive to be the best. And they're passionate. They're almost too good to be true. And in some cases, they've inspired romance authors to write some heartwarming and sexy stories to entertain readers once the Olympics are over and all the athletes head home.

Golden Dreams by Darlene Franklin is a historical romance set in Maple Notch, Vermont, in 1931. Frank Sawtelle, a former figure skating champion, returns home an injured, but still beloved, town hero. Winnie Tuttle, who's also a talented figure skater, has always had a crush on Frank. When he begins coaching her, the crush grows into something deeper, but a romantic relationship could jeopardize Winnie's athletic future.

In Ice Games by Jessica Clare (a.k.a. Jill Myles), Zara Pritchard is a former Olympic figure skater who takes a fall from grace and ends up working in an ice rink at a mall. Ty Randall is an MMA Fighter with a violent reputation looking to improve his image. When Zara is invited to be on a reality television show called Ice Dancing with the Stars, she sees it at a chance to restore her career, but skating with Ty may end up being a more difficult challenge than she ever could have anticipated—particularly when her heart gets involved.

[Olympic sports ftw!...]

Fri
Feb 7 2014 6:45pm

Friday Beefcake: Winter Olympics Edition from Moir, Abbot, Kato, and More!

Blake SkjellerupEven though the 2014 Olympics might be for cold-weather sports, the athletes are certainly heating things up. While the Winter Olympics don't have the men baring it all like the Summer Olympics, we still found something to appreciate—afterall Spandex can be a beautiful thing. We recently stumbled upon this picture of Olympic-hopeful Blake Skjellerup (sadly, he didn't make it), but we were sure glad to see these photos of him. Joining the podium (we hope, literally by the end of the games!) are Jeremy Abbot, Florent Amadio, Scott Moir, Bodie Miller, Eddy Alvarez, and Joji Kato.

Will you be watching the Olympics and who are you rooting for? Share your favorite sport and Olympians in the comments!

[+All the Olympic Beefcake you could want!...]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 5:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Dudes with Dreads from Sherman, Larsen, Kravitz, and More!

The polarizing, but foxy, Richard Sherman of the Seattle SeahawksThe Super Bowl is this weekend, and while we know some of you are sports fans—and we are, too—we took a few moments to look at the very hunky rosters. One name that has caught many an eye this season is the polarizing Seahawks' Richard Sherman. We thought we'd kick off Super Bowl weekend with him, and throw in some of his other dreaded companions. To join the ranks we have Lenny Kravitz and Glee's Samuel Larsen—both before they dropped the dreads—actor Ryan Gentles, and Gary Dourdan.

Are there any other dreaded hotties that have caught your eye?

[+4 more pics that won't make you dread the dreads!]