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Fri
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!]

Tue
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...]

Tue
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...]

Tue
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?]

Sat
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...]

Fri
Mar 6 2015 2:00pm
Excerpt

Slow and Steady Rush: Exclusive Excerpt

LauraTrentham

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.

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Mon
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.

[Powerful!]

Fri
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...]

Wed
Feb 4 2015 3:00pm

Love, Family, and Football in Jaci Burton’s Quarterback Draw

Quarterback Draw by Jaci BurtonMotherhood changes the ways a woman looks at her priorities in life. Katrina Korsova, the heroine of Jaci Burton's Quarterback Draw, knows this all too well even though she isn’t actually a mom herself. All of the choices she’s made in her life have, instead, revolved around the guardianship of her younger brother and sister, something she chose to fight for when she was eighteen years old. Now, after ten years of living like this, Grant Cassidy comes on the scene, threatening to change all that she’s comfortable with.

From the moment they work a photo shoot together, both Grant and Katrina know there’s chemistry between them.

It wasn’t a kiss. It was an almost kiss, and it was damned frustrating. Her lips were right on his, but he couldn’t move in. He wanted to jerk her fully against him and take what she teasingly offered. Their gazes were locked, their bodies entwined, and it was a good thing cold water rushed over him, because he’d never been hotter.

Despite the heat they feel, Grant isn’t willing to give up on Katrina when she continues to be outwardly cool to his charms. Katrina isn’t as immune as she initially appears, but fighting off male attention is something she’s used to, being a much sought after supermodel.

[It's a hard life...]

Tue
Feb 3 2015 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Nicole Michaels and Sawyer Bennett!

Today we're thrilled to have a very sporty cover reveal with romances featuring a professional hockey player and a small town football coach from authors Nicole Michaels and Sawyer Bennett. In Nicole Michaels's Win Me Over, the high school's football coach knows the new dance team coach is off limits, but that doesn't stop him from lusting after her, and in Zack by Sawyer Bennett, our single-father, hockey-player hero has another off limits love interest—the nanny for his son. Can these men find their way to a happy ending?

We're guessing yes!

[Learn more about the books, and see the sexy, sweet covers...]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 6:00pm

Friday Beefcake: Super Bowl XLIX Showdown with Brady, Chancellor, and More!

Cooper Heflet – Seahawks Tight EndToday we're pleased to welcome author Laura Trentham to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Laura's Slow and Steady Rush, featuring a librarian heroine and a high school football coach hero, isn't out until March, but she couldn't wait to discuss some very important football facts. Namely, the hottest hotties from Super Bowl XLIX for this special edition of the Friday Beefcake. Thanks, Laura!

If you’ve been living under a rock, or just don’t care, you might not know that the Super Bowl is Sunday, February 1st. The game will be a hard fought battle between ‘the rising superpower’ Seattle Seahawks versus ‘the old guard’ New England Patriots.

I grew up in the South where football is more of a religion than a sport. I’ll admit that I’m not a hardcore NFL fan. Now, college football? I bleed Orange. Tennessee Orange, that is. Not to be confused with Auburn Orange or Clemson Orange or Syracuse Orange… I could go on and on. However, I do follow the careers of my former Tennessee Volunteers. Peyton Manning is the most notable Tennessee football alumni, and I was pulling for the Broncos hard. Now they’re out, I don’t really have dog in the fight.

So instead of debating which quarterback has thrown for the most yards or touchdowns, let’s discuss the hottest men of Super Bowl XLIX. I scoured the web for hours looking for pictures, matching my men, debating the merits of each, and finally, thoughtfully, picking a winner. I know, I feel your pity. It’s a tough job. While some of you may be forced to watch the game by the male in your house, it doesn’t have to be torture. No matter your football allegiance (or your lack of interest in the actual game), we can all get behind men in tight pants, right?

Let’s study the key matchups:

[Let's get this started....]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 5:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Bull Rider Heroes, The 100 Angst, 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.

A Family for the Bull Rider by Tina Leonard—Harlequin is partnering with bull-riding organization Professional Bull Riders (PBR) to launch a new series line, Harlequin Pro Bull Riders. First up they'll reissue four romances about bull-riding heroes from author Tina Leonard with new covers featuring real, live bull riders Harve Stewart (pictured in the cover on the right), Matt Triplett, Reese Cates, and Zane Lambert. The books will be available exclusively at Wal-Mart, so be on the lookout in May for A Family for the Bull Rider, Heart of a Bull Rider, One Wild Bull Rider, and The Bull Rider's Twins.

—Deal Alert: Colette Auclair's Thrown is currently $1.99 at Amazon and Barnes and Noble. We ran a First Look review of Thrown in December 2013.

[+The 100 angst—and shirtlessness—ahead...]

Mon
Jan 26 2015 5:30pm

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 5:30pm

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 10:30am

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 2:00pm
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—

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Tue
Nov 4 2014 3:05pm

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 2:00pm
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 4:30pm

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 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...]