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Apr 4 2016 1:30pm

First Look: Audrey Carlan’s Resisting Roots (April 5, 2016)

Resisting Roots by Audrey Carlan

Audrey Carlan
Resisting Roots (Lotus House #1)
Waterhouse Press / April 5, 2016 / $15.00 print, $6.99 digital

Resisting Roots is the first title in a new series by Audrey Carlan and I’m hooked. The pacing is fast, the connection is steamy, and the yoga is zen.

The backdrop: The Lotus House Yoga Center.

The main characters: Meet Genevieve (Viv) Harper, a yoga teacher/hair stylist trying to make ends meet while raising her younger brother and sister. As for our male lead? Trent Fox is an injured professional baseball player who never thought about settling down with one woman.

Thank goodness Trent’s agent forces him to sign up for yoga classes at the Lotus House where Viv teaches. Not only does the yoga help heal Trent’s torn hamstring, it helps to center him so he can realize the love of his life is right in front of him. But these two resist the coupling even though it seems the universe is working overtime to bring them together.

My own thoughts had been far from decent. A good yoga teacher should be more worries about the client and helping him heal physically and emotionally from whatever ails him, not imagining doing the naked pretzel in a private room. I added a mental reminder to meditate on this issue later with Dara, our resident meditation guru at the Lotus House. She’d be able to help me find a sense of clarity when my hormones were going wacky over one ridiculously hot male client.

[Already hooked on this yogi ...]

Feb 5 2016 2:15pm

Ready to Play: Football Highlights from Burton, Callihan, Stacey, and More!

Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton

Super bowl looms ever closer and it’s time to make a confession.  It’s time to confess that we love the game as much as our men.  We just love those players in their uniforms with their tight pants and their fanny pats.   Those hot men in uniforms catching the football with those big strong arms.  Admit it ladies, that’s why there are so many series featuring gorgeous football players that we want to huddle with ourselves.

Jaci Burton has given us plenty to hot hunks to play with in her Play by Play series.  This series features brothers from both the Riley family and the Cassidy family and their teammates.   While some of her heroes might have chosen to play those more girly games like professional hockey and major league baseball, Jaci Burton keeps bringing us back to those massive men of football.  In her upcoming release, Unexpected Rush, Barrett Cassidy plays for the NFL, unless his twin brother Tucker “Mr. Perfect Game” Cassidy.  Barrett knows that there is no better game than football and no more important Guy Code than don’t touch your buddy’s sister.  Barrett might a success in the game of football, but can he keep from breaking the Code when the temptation is too great.

[More Football romances for Superbowl 50 ...]

Feb 4 2016 5:16pm

Romance News: Ilona Andrews’s Magic Binds Cover & More!

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

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Deal Alerts

Across the Line by Kate WilloughbyKate Willoughby's winning hockey romance Across the Line, Book 2 of the In the Zone series, is currently marked down to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Willoughby and five fellow authors compiled the 18 Reasons Why We Love Athletes in 2014 and it's still very relevant.

Kristan Higgins' charming contemporary The Best Man is discounted to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at Amazon.* In her First Look at The Best Man, Myretta Robens says she felt transported to upstate New York in this book. Armchair traveling ftw!

Tiffany Snow's sexy Risky Business contemporary Power Play is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* Love triangle alert! Reviewer TanyaLK says in her First Look at Power Play that she's not normally a fan of triangles, but Snow sucked her in and made her eager for more.

RaeAnne Thayne's cozy contemporary western Light the Stars, first in the Cowboys of Cold Creek series, is only $.99 right now at iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Thayne dropped by H&H last year to share her insights on the appeal of small-town romance.

[+Ilona Andrews cover & a Sherrilyn Kenyon coloring book!]

Dec 31 2015 12:15pm

The Best of 2015: Team H&H’s Top 30 Romances

The Deal by Elle KennedyThe bloggers have had their fun, and now Team H&H is here to give you their top picks in all things romance—books, movies and TV, and music.

For more Best of 2015 recommendations, see what had the bloggers buzzing in their Best of 2015 picks in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4!

Let us begin....

Heather Waters, Site Manager

Regency England. Modern college campus. The magical world of Ravka. Post-apocalyptic Earth. Rest assured, falling in love is possible anywhere, anytime, and no one exemplifies this quite so well as the 8 couples I've chosen as my favorite fictional relationships for the year, all of whom remind me how lucky I am and what a joy it is to write about romance for a living.

Top 8 'Ships of 2015:

Hannah/Garrett in Elle Kennedy’s The Deal If you'd asked me late last year, I'd have told you I needed a breather from New Adult romances. They brought the angst I craved, but not enough of the froth I needed. My scales felt tipped too far into darkness when I depend on a fair share of sunshine in my escapist reading. Then I discovered The Deal. Hannah and Garrett charmed my socks off with their delightfully well-worn path to love (girl asks popular jock to teach her how to woo another man, only to find—gasp!—she's fallen for her tutor, and he with her) that nevertheless contains a few surprises.

[Read all our editors' picks...]

Dec 9 2015 4:56pm

Romance News: Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie Stun as Tarzan and Jane

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

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Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard as Jane and Tarzan 2015

Deal Alerts

Elley Arden's lady-football player romance Running Interference is on sale for $.99 in e-book from retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* See why this book had John Jacobson saying Tough Women Rock in his First Look of Running Interference. 

—H&H Blogger Jennifer Blackwood's New Adult Foolproof is on sale for $.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* See Jennifer's posts on Heroes and Heartbreakers!

Tasty Morsels

Alexander Skarsgård is Tarzan. We knew this was coming...but now we get to see him as Tarzan. Hypable has the first look at ASkars' turn as the jungle king when, years after adapting to life in London and the “human” world, Tarzan is pulled back to the jungle. We never really doubted that the tall, lean actor could bulk up for the role, but seeing is believing. In fact, we're having trouble tearing our eyes away from him and Margot Robbie in this incredibly intimate Tarzan/Jane pose. There goes our productivity... (Credit for bringing this to our attention goes to Chelsea Mueller, who has always had a thing for ASkars and his nudity. No seriously, she really likes him. Like, a lot.)

[+Arrow scene, Downton set photos, and more...]

Nov 1 2015 10:00am

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s The Game Plan (November 1, 2015)

The Game Plan (Game On #3) by Kristen Callihan Kristen Callihan
The Game Plan (Game On #3)
Kristen Callihan / November 1, 2015 / $3.99 digital

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter's focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she's also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law's best friends. That ends now.

Fi doesn't know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he's a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she's left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away; they live vastly different lives in separate cities. And Dex is looking for a forever girl. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.

​ Whoa. So I (obviously) got an ARC of this book, and I didn't see the cover until after I read it. ... I don't normally do this but ... let's all take a moment and admire that cover, shall we? And also how very much it fits the story. Yes. 

[A moment of silence for that cover...]

Oct 27 2015 12:00pm

A Playlist As Cold As Ice: The Perfect Songs for Every Hockey Romance Lover

The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

We are so thrilled to welcome Sarina Bowen to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sarina writes the Ivy Years series, and the latest book, The Fifteenth Minute came out last week. Many of her books feature hockey players, and for research—and fun—Sarina spent many a game day writing down the songs the DJ at hockey games would play. Today, Sarina is here to share some of those songs, and offer you a playlist so you can prentend like you're at the game with her and get in the mood for your next hockey romance. Thanks, Sarina!

I love sports romance. But sometimes the athletes aren't the only cool people in the arena! Sometimes I sit there in my ticketed seat and wonder how a girl could get to drive a Zamboni. Who's in control of the kiss-cam? And who's spinning the tunes I'm hearing over the sound system?

The music at a sporting event really adds to the party-like atmosphere. And certain songs have become sporting anthems. I wonder if Queen had any idea when they released “We Will Rock You” in 1977 that it would play for three decades and counting in arenas all over the world?

[What's on your hockey romance playlist?...]

Sep 18 2015 8:20am

Not IRL, but Fiction Is a Different Story!

A Girl to Come Home To by Grace Livingston Hill

“He has the body of a professional athlete, chiseled to perfection in all the right places.” 

There's a lot to love about athletes—even outside of their bodies. We guess... However, not everyone who is into athletes are into sports, and same goes for lots of things!

Not religious, but love inspirationals; not into sports but love sport romances? What things are you “not into” in real life, but eat up in fiction? We imagine the list could be long, so let us know in the comments!


Sep 10 2015 2:00pm

Fantasy Football: Picking the Top Players in Sports Romance

Romance and Fantasy Football 2015

 via isportsmagazine

Today we're thrilled to welcome Nicole Michaels and Julie Brannagh. Both Nicole and Julie write romances featuring sports heroes. Nicole's latest book, Win Me Over, which came out last week, features a football coach in a small town, and Julie's upcoming Guarding Sophie, coming November 10, has a wide reciever looking to get away for a little while—until he finds love, naturally. Julie and Nicole are here today to talk why they love football stars and to pass out some MVP awards, with a romance twist, of course! Thanks, Nicole and Julie!

From the slight but hella fast wide receivers, to the hulk sized linemen, and cocky quarterbacks. There is just something about a football hero that instantly gets us going. Maybe it’s the macho alpha that finds himself having to woo a female for the first time. Or the fact that they are always in amazing physical shape.

[Fantasy football and romance picks ...]

Aug 31 2015 8:30am

Based on a True Story: Real-Life Stories That Should Be Romance Novels

Sometimes truth really can be stranger than fiction. The above video has been around for awhile, but cute kiss cam moments have been making the rounds at H&H recently and started a conversation about real-life moments that are pretty much the setup for a romance novel.

What real-life stories have you heard that have made you go “yup, that's the start of a romance novel”? Let us know in the comments!

Aug 11 2015 4:50pm

Romance News Roundup: The Notebook TV Series, Two Scot to Handle, 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.

Noah and Allie kiss in The Notebook—Whether you push “stop” on the remote as soon as Allie has gotten out of the car at Noah's with her suitcases in hand (so sue me) or watch all the way to the bitter(sweet) end, most of us here probably have Feelings about The Notebook, a 2004 film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' novel by the same name starring Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling. The two were perfect as star-crossed lovers torn apart by family and then World War II before reuniting years later. So naturally there's a TV reboot of The Notebook in the works! (Yeah. We know. Sigh...) Entertainment Weekly broke the news that the CW is developing (so keep in mind, this is very early stages and could very well come to nothing) a series that, from the sounds of it, would not spend much time retelling the movie but would actually take place around when Allie reunites with Noah in post-World War II North Carolina. Thoughts? Can anyone recreate this heat (see illustration above)?

—Jeaniene Frost's first Broken Destiny novel, New Adult romance The Beautiful Ashes, has gotten a cover makeover for the mass market edition. What do you think? Have you read it yet, or do you plan to? Preview the story with our First Look at The Beautiful Ashes. How does this new cover compare to the original for you?

—Sweepstakes Heads-Up: Macmillan/St. Martin's Press (H&H's parent company) is hosting a “Two Scot to Handle” sweepstakes involving Sabrina York's Hannah and the Highlander and Suzanne Enoch's Some Like It Scot. Learn more about the sweepstakes and how to enter here.

[+hockey romance deal & Game of Thrones love!...]

Jun 26 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: The Boys of Summer with Baseball Hotties from Rios, Kemp, and More!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Aubrey Gross to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Aubrey usually blogs for us, but today she's here with our writer hat on! Aubrey loves baseball, and writes about it in her books, like her latest release in the Devils Ranch series, Baseball and Other Lessons. Today, Aubrey is here with a very special beefcake this week, highlighting the boys of summer we'd love to run the bases with! Thanks, Aubrey!

Full Disclosure: AubreyGross is also one of our amazing bloggers. Check out her posts here!

Ah. Summertime. Pool parties. Trips to the lake. Gathering around the grill. And baseball.

Nothing says “summer” to me like baseball (and, well, maybe ice cream, but that’s a different subject all together). So in honor of the boys of summer, here are some guys bringing heat on and off the field.

[Let's check out the roster...]

May 8 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Kat Latham’s Taming the Legend (May 11, 2015)

Taming the Legend by Kat LathamKat Latham
Taming the Legend (London Legends #4)
Carina Press / May 11, 2015 / $3.99 digital

When retiring rugby star Ash Trenton considered his next career move, coaching troubled teens at his ex-girlfriend's California camp wasn't on the list. But when Camila Morales reappears after eighteen years, begging for his help, he can't say no to his first and only love.

Camila was just sixteen when Ash moved on to start his rugby career, leaving her heartbroken…and on her own to make a life-changing decision. Now she needs his help to win a tournament prize and save her camp. Relying on Ash is the last thing she wants. But while it's hard to get over being dumped for a sport, it's even harder to ignore the rush of attraction that has only gotten stronger after so many years apart.

Coaching teens is the hardest job Ash has ever had, and the task becomes personal when he begins to fall for Camila all over again. But when he is offered his dream job, will he choose the job—or the woman whose heart he already sacrificed once?

Camila Morales is desperate. So desperate, in fact, that she is willing to take her meager savings, go to London, and try to convince her first love to help her. The camp she has been running ever since she inherited it from her dad in California is in serious danger of closing. Camila has a madcap idea about how to save the camp, but she just has to do one thing: convince rugby king Ashley Trenton to come back to America with her. Ash just finished his last rugby game as a Legend, and has no idea what will come next in his life. Surprised isn’t an adequate word to describe his feelings when he sees his long lost first love Mila at the victory after party. Surprised is also not an adequate word to describe his shock when she punches him right in the face. In Kat Latham’s Taming the Legend, Mila and Ash are second chance lovers with a lot to sort out and not a lot of time to do it.

[Love on a deadline...we like it!]

Apr 7 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Sawyer Bennett, Chanel Cleeton, Caisey Quinn, and Cassie Mae!

Today we have four amazing covers from authors Sawyer Bennett, Caisey Quinn, Chanel Cleeton, and Cassie Mae! First up, Sawyer Bennett's Ryker is a badass on the ice, but a tender single father off of it. Then, who said “old married couple?!” In Cassie Mae's Doing It for Love, this affianced pair is worried about the spark going out of their relationship, even before the wedding, but the first one to cave in their seductive bet gets to pick the honeymoon! Next, we're approaching Dallas City Limits with Caisey Quinn's Loving Dallas, when a pair of ex-lovers are reunited. Finally, the hero and heroine in Chanel Cleeton's latest are Playing with Trouble.

[See the covers in all their sexy glory...]

Mar 31 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Violetta Rand, Megan Crane, and Samantha Kane!

Today we're thrilled to reveal three very beefcake-y covers from authors Violetta Rand, Megan Crane, and Samantha Kane! First up, we have the first book in the brand-new Leather and Lies series from Violetta Rand, Loving Lucas. Then, get ready to meet the bad boy bikers of Deacon Street in Megan Crane's Make You Burn. Finally, head south where things are heating up with Samantha Kane's Broken Play.

[Now take a peek at these hot-is-an-understatement covers...]

Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Lori Foster’s Holding Strong (March 31, 2015)

Holding Strong by Lori FosterLori Foster
Holding Strong (Ultimate #2)
Harlequin / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital


An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster's irresistible new novel

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn't share. That's why he's been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry's about to need more than she knows…

Denver's combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she's been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can't hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who'll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she'll trust him enough to let him…

Cherry Peyton is a bouncy, bubbly, fun-loving woman. To know her now would give no clue as to the dark childhood she overcame and the adolescent horrors she escaped. Since she left and started life over in Warfield, Ohio, her life has been looking up; she is a Kindergarten teacher and lives in a great house with her best friend Merissa, and has found a new community in Rissy’s brother’s MMA friends.

[Can we join that community, too?]

Mar 7 2015 12:30pm

First Look: Laura Trentham’s Slow and Steady Rush (March 10, 2015)

Slow and Steady Rush by Laura TrenthamLaura Trentham
Slow and Steady Rush (Falcon Football Series #1)
St. Martin’s Press / March 10, 2015 / $3.99 digital

She lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after.

Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when her beloved Grandmother needs help, Darcy takes a leave of absence and heads back to the home and past she left behind.

He knows how to play the field—and is in no rush to settle down.

Robbie Dalton knows a thing or two about painful pasts. After bouncing around in foster care and the Army for years he is finally ready to move on and make a home for himself in Falcon, Alabama, as the newest high school football coach. Sparks fly when the sexy new coach and the sharp-tongued librarian meet, but neither of them is looking to make ties.

But when it comes to love, sometimes you’ve gotta throw away the rule book to cross the finish line…

Everything changes when Darcy falls in love, not only with the gruff, protective, and smoking hot man who's sharing her days and nights, but also with the complex tapestry of people who weave Falcon together. Could this be where she belongs—and who she belongs with?

Let me be blunt: I’m not a big fan of cutesy. Too much precious and I start scouring my bookshelves for deep, dark corners to burrow away in.  And to be frank?  The precious pit is very easy trap to fall into when you’re reading a small town contemporary. Cutesy small town denizens. Cutesy small town shenanigans. And somehow everybody knowing everybody’s business is charming and cutesy instead of what it is in real life, painfully annoying to the point where you want to run screaming through the streets to tell everybody and their dead grandmother to mind their own darn business.

Yes, I grew up in a small town. Why do you ask?

This is what makes Laura Trentham’s debut so darn remarkable.

[Tell us more, tell us more...]

Mar 6 2015 2:00pm

Slow and Steady Rush: Exclusive Excerpt


Slow and Steady Rush by Laura TrenthamShe lives by the book—and is still searching for her happily ever after.

Darcy Wilde has tried hard not to live up to her last name. As a librarian in Atlanta she lives a fine life far away from the football-obsessed town of her childhood. But when her beloved Grandmother needs help, Darcy takes a leave of absence and heads back to the home and past she left behind. 

He knows how to play the field—and is in no rush to settle down.

Robbie Dalton knows a thing or two about painful pasts. After bouncing around in foster care and the Army for years he is finally ready to move on and make a home for himself in Falcon, Alabama as the newest high school football coach. Sparks fly when the sexy new coach and the sharp-tongued librarian meet, but neither of them is looking to make ties.

Get a sneak peek at  Laura Trentham's Slow and Steady Rush (available March 10, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Dude …” Logan drew out the innocuous greeting, imbuing it with a wealth of questions. He took a seat across from Robbie’s desk in the football pavilion and settled his hands on spread knees.

Christ, had Logan divined the confused, lustful thoughts Robbie had entertained about his cousin? He’d seen Darcy in the bleachers. Normally, he tuned out the buzz of female chatter and laughter during his practices. He lasered his attention on conditioning the team for their first game, but his gaze had darted to her more times than he cared to admit. Her swinging ponytail, T-shirt, and shorts were in sharp contrast to the rest of the bleacher babes.

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

Feb 16 2015 5:00pm

First Look: Lynda Aicher’s Game Play (February 16, 2015)

Game Play by Lynda AicherLynda Aicher
Power Play (Game Play)
Carina / February 16, 2015 / $4.99 digital

One night, one time, nothing more. That's all it was supposed to be. They'd agreed their first night together would be their only night together—and Minnesota Glaciers defenseman Dylan Rylie was fine with that. Giant hickeys and claw marks on his ass had never been his style, even if the very memory of Samantha Yates's merciless sexual energy gets him hard within seconds. He needs to focus on getting a better contract, not mind-blowing orgasms.

One night, one time, nothing more. Fresh off representing the US at the Games and with nowhere else to play, Samantha gave in to one night of frantic passion with the Glaciers' brawny hotshot. She couldn't get hurt—not if she controlled the outcome. And she planned to leave Minnesota soon, anyway. She didn't expect to be recruited to coach Dylan after they'd gotten down and dirty.

When brutal on-ice workouts lead to kinky locker room sessions and “one night” falls by the wayside, Samantha insists on keeping things casual, despite Dylan's quiet hope for more. But when Dylan goes down—hard—and his career is in jeopardy, Samantha is the first one by his side. What will it take to keep her there after he's healed?

The one story most people did not see during the NHL winter classic of 2012 when the Olympic Hockey teams were announced involved Phil Kessel and his sister Amanda. Both played in the Winter Olympics; both were announced to teams at the winter classic. But there wasn’t a moment where brother and sister embraced, where they were able to congratulate each other. Phil Kessel wasn’t even asked about what he thought about the fact his sister was named to the Olympic team. Nor was Amanda asked about what she thought about her brother’s selection to the Olympic team, or what she thought about how he was playing in the winter classic.


Feb 6 2015 5:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Let’s Work Out with Heughan, Ramsey, and More!

David Ramsey and Stephen Amell in ArrowSo, it's the middle of winter, and the last thing we want to think about is working out, but with eye candy like these guys, would it be such a bad fate?

We'll just leave these yummy pictures here for you, what do you think? Share your favorite beefcake down in the comments!

[+More manly muscles ahead...]