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Nov 19 2015 4:03pm

Romance News: Never-Before-Published Edith Layton & Sugar Cookie Sweetheart Deals

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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Peaches and the Queen by Edith Layton

Edith Layton was a historical romance powerhouse. Sadly, she passed away in 2009, and many of her works went unpublished. Edith's daughter, Susie Felber, has been working to get some of those unpublished treats into fans' hands, and today we're happy to share the cover and synopsis for Edith Layton's never-before-published Peaches and the Queen, a holiday novella featuring a much-loved cat and, of course, Queen Victoria:

Presenting a never-before-published, holiday short story from Regency author Edith Layton! 

Christmas is coming to Victorian London. A poor boy living with his milliner sister in a marginal part of town discovers his cat is missing. His old dog can’t live without the cat, so he searches—and hears that the Queen has kidnapped his cat! Queen Victoria’s favorite moggie strayed, and her minions scooped up the wrong cat—or so the boy and his sister think. 

This Christmas novella tells how an earnest young Beefeater, his world-weary superior, and one of the wiliest criminals in London each try to find the right cat without disturbing the old queen, win the boy’s cat back—and woo the pretty sister—before the Queen leaves London for her Christmas holiday. 

From the servants at the palace and the Queen’s own chambers, to Billingsgate and the mudlarks’ favorite taverns, the adventures are many among the high- and low-life of Victorian London.

Pre-order Peaches and the Queen today at Amazon before its November 30 release.

[+Sweet, sweet deals...]

Nov 18 2015 9:30am

First Look: Joanna Chambers’ Unnatural (November 24, 2015)

Unnatural by Joanna Chambers

Joanna Chambers
Unnatural (Enlightenment #3.5)
Samhain Publishing / November 24, 2015 / $15.99 print, $5.50 digital

The heart breaks but does not change.

An Enlightenment Story

Captain Iain Sinclair. Perfect son, perfect soldier, hero of Waterloo. A man living a lie. The only person who really knows him is his childhood friend, scientist James Hart. But they’ve been estranged since Iain brutally destroyed their friendship following a passionate encounter.

Iain is poised to leave the King’s service to become an undercover agent in India. Before he leaves his old life behind, he’s determined to reconcile with James. An invitation to a country house party from James’s sister provides the perfect opportunity to pin the man down.

James has loved Iain all his life, but his years of accepting crumbs from Iain’s table are over. Forgiving Iain is one thing—restoring their friendship is quite another.

In the face of James’s determined resistance, Iain is forced to confront his reasons for mending the wounds between them. And accept the possibility that James holds the key to his heart’s desire—if only he has the courage to reach for it.

Warning: Contains a dashing military hero with one weakness—a scientist who feels their chemistry in every cell of his body. Kissing in the rain, skinny dipping, and emotional flashbacks. Huzzah!

I adored Joanna Chambers' Enlightenment series so when I heard she had written a novel set in the same universe, I was immediately intrigued. After reading the blurb of Unnatural I knew I had to read this book. A story about forbidden, potentially unrequited, first love from one of my favorite historical male/male romance authors is something I just couldn't resist! Also for any fans of the Enlightenment series, you’ll be pleased to know that David and Murdo make a cameo appearance in Unnatural. They might even have helped push one of our heroes in the right direction...

“Balfour and Lauriston were so utterly at ease with one another, every glance they shared was warm with easy intimacy and affection. Iain couldn’t help but reflect that he’d never had this with anyone—expect James Hart.”

[From childhood to the perfect HEA ..]

Nov 8 2015 10:00am

Leveled By Jay Crownover as a Reader Reads Her First Male/Male

Leveled by Jay Crownover

Leveled by Jay Crownover has popped my male/male cherry! As my first book in this realm, I had a few pre-conceived notions going in but, they were blown them out of the water. Leveled is a bridge between the Marked Men series and the new spin-off, Saints of Denver. Lando and Dom are characters that have had small story lines in the background of the Marked Men series and that are now getting a very well-deserved story. I especially wanted Lando to have an HEA after his heartbreaking past. For those of you that don’t remember, Lando is the ex-boyfriend of Remy (Rule’s twin) and Dom is Royal’s best friend. 

I had a picture in my mind of what both of these characters were like going into the story. Lando is the physical therapist who agrees to take on Dom’s case. Dom is still recovering from the injuries he acquired while on the force. His rehabilitation isn’t going as well as it should and Lando swoops in to the rescue. I was pleasantly surprised with the characters, Lando is a tough, smart, quietly assertive man, who knows what he wants and has a plan. Dom is aggressive and more of a wears his heart on his sleeve kind of person. Right from the beginning, sexual tension oozed between the two. It was like being caught in a hurricane of lust.

“There was more than a spark when our palms touched. There was an electrical current that blazed a fiery trail all the way up my injured arm and made my spine tingle at the contact. I held his pale gaze and searched openly for any sign that he felt it, felt something.”

[Let this one pop your male/male cherry ...]

Oct 6 2015 7:25am

Do You Have a Minimum Length Requirement?

As readers, we typically don't have a maximum length requirement (although the double entendre of that just popped into my head). However, since we're, many of us, book buyers too, we may have a length requirement at the other end. Even timewise, length might be a factor—even if a book is free, do we want to “waste” a purchase on 35 pages?

What's worth it to you? Does it depend on authors? Especially with the season of the holiday novella fully in swing, shorter lengths are more of what's out there.

What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments!

Jul 17 2015 2:25pm

Romance News Roundup: Maya Rodale Cover, Darynda Jones Title, Deals, 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 Curse Unbroken by Cecy Robson—Deal Alert #1: Cecy Robson's A Curse Unbroken (Weird Girls #5) is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Eager to learn more? Read Lucy Dosch's First Look at A Curse Unbroken.

Darynda Jones has announced a new novella, Brighter Than the Sun, with the cover and official description reveal coming soon right here at H&H! Stay tuned... Need a distraction? There's always Darynda Jones' H&H guest post on preparing for the apocalypse!

—Deal Alert #2: Jennifer L. Armentrout's Fall with Me is $1.99 right now in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.* Get the full story on Armentrout's Wait for You series.

[+Maya Rodale cover and X-Files teaser...]

May 5 2015 2:49pm

Romance News Roundup: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin, Jeaniene Frost Teaser, 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.

Sweet Ruin by Kresley ColeKresley Cole's Sweet Ruin, Book 16 in the Immortals After Dark series and the followup to Dark Skye, has a cover! Who is that on the cover, do you think? Whose story are you hoping to see told next? More details (including an official description) as we get them, of course. In the meantime, feel free to speculate away with us on this and/or who would be perfect for Nix when she gets her own book...

Follow up 6/3/15: Cover copy has been released for Sweet Ruin, find out the couple here. 

—Jeaniene Frost has shared a teaser for her next Broken Destiny release, The Sweetest Burn. Read the snippet here.

—Lori Handeland's Nightcreature novella Red Moon Rising has been published as a standalone e-book (it was previously part of the anthology Stroke of Midnight). Next month, in June, she launches the Sisters of the Craft trilogy—In the Air Tonight, Heat of the Moment, and Smoke on the Water—which will be released in back-to-back months this summer. See the spellbinding (see what I did there?) covers here.

—Avon Books has announced that Avon FanLit—a writing challenge in which aspiring authors “have the chance to write, read and vote for five chapters of a historical romance” with tips from the likes of Julia Quinn, Lorraine Heath, Tessa Dare, and Beverly Jenkins—is back! Avon is partnering with JukePop to kickstart the program again, and the storytelling portion starts May 8, with the grand prize winner being announced on July 20. Avonfanlit.com has all the details.

[+Star Wars and Avengers odds and ends...]

Apr 10 2015 10:00am

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

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

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

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

Until a moment ago.

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

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

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

Mar 6 2015 3:21pm

Romance News Roundup: Not My First Rodeo Series 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.

Not My 1st Rodeo by Donna Alward, Sarah M. Anderson, and Jenna Bayley-Burke—Sarah M. Anderson, Donna Alward, and Jenna Bayley-Burke have announced a novella trilogy, Not My 1st Rodeo, featuring the contemporary romances Something About a Cowboy, Nothing Like a Cowboy, and Anything for a Cowboy. They've also launched NotMy1stRodeo.com for more about the books and, coming soon, dating profiles of the heroes and heroines.

—Mina Vaughn has revealed the sexy cover for her latest novel, How to Punish Your Playboy, and also posted a brief excerpt to give readers a taste of the story...

[+Thug Notes reviews Fifty Shades...]

Feb 2 2015 10:45am

First Look: Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Beloved (February 3, 2015)

Beautiful Beloved by Christina LaurenChristina Lauren
Beautiful Beloved
Simon and Schuster / February 3, 2015 / $0.99 digital

The seventh work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with the Beautiful Bastard, Beautiful Stranger, and Beautiful Player novels. Featuring all the Beautiful characters…plus one tiny new addition to the group.

In Beautiful Stranger, finance whiz Sara Dillon met the irresistibly sexy Brit, Max Stella, at a New York City club. Through the series we’ve watched them learn to balance commitment with their less than private brand of playfulness. In Beautiful Beloved, Max and Sara take it to the next step. But the question is: Will they be able to find a balance between the wild sexcapades they aren’t ready to retire, and the demands of parenthood that come along with their new Beautiful bundle of joy? Parenthood: it’s not for the weak of heart.

The Beautiful Bastard, Stranger, and Player have all grown up in Christina Lauren's Beautiful series. Once prime-time bachelors, they each had their world shaken up when they met their mate, now marriage, settling down, and pregnancy have changed everything. Beautiful Beloved is a return to the cast and series we love so much, with the spotlight once again on Max and Sara, and their new bundle of joy. But this isn’t really a baby story; it’s a couple’s post-pregnancy story, about reclaiming the lovers they want to be along with the role as parents they now are. And it not only rings true for Max and Sara, it carries an important message.

[We're ready to receive it...]

Jan 17 2015 10:00am

First Look: Rachel Gibson’s I Do (January 20, 2015)

I Do! by Rachel GibsonRachel Gibson
I Do!
Avon /January 20, 2015 / $3.99 print, $1.99 digital

In New York Timesbestselling author Rachel Gibson's newest novella, Vince Haven and Sadie Hollowell are headed to the altar, and all their friends are headed to Lovett, Texas, to join them for the party of the year.

But Becca Ramsey doesn't have time for all that. Fresh out of beauty school, Becca's all business … and the last thing she needs is bad boy Nate Parrish anywhere in her life.

In the past, Nate was trouble. He's been trying to repair his reputation—heck, he's even got just one girlfriend. The problem is, she isn't Becca. Now Nate's in a whole lot of hot water. He needs to get Becca from “I won't” to “I do” … but how can he do that when she won't even say “I might”?

Novellas are a delightful way for authors to give readers glimpses of their favorite characters from previous books, and to give secondary characters their own happily-ever-after.  In I Do!, Rachel Gibson’s newest novella, readers have a chance to catch up on the lives of Vince and Sadie from Rescue Me, in addition to Jack and Daisy from Daisy’s Back in Town; Lily and Tucker from Crazy on You; Stella and Beau from Run to You; and Autumn and Sam from Any Man of Mine. However, the true stars are of I Do! are Nathan, Jack’s and Daisy’s son, and Becca Ramsey.

[I DO want to know more!]

Jan 14 2015 4:03pm

Romance News Roundup: Nora Roberts TV Show, Wet Chris Hemsworth, and More!

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

Nora Roberts' Cousins O'Dwyer series has been optioned for television as a series called Blood Magick. The potential showrunner? Lost Girl showrunner Emily Andras. (Keep in mind: TV shows are very very hard to get on the air, so this is far from a sure thing. Stick with us for updates as we hear about them.) For more background info on the series, read our First Look reviews of the books in the trilogy: Dark Witch (#1), Shadow Spell (#2), and Blood Magick (#3).

Hard to Be Good by Laura Kaye—Laura Kaye has announced an upcoming release, male/male novella Hard to Be Good, which will star Hard Ink series fan-favorites Jeremy and Charlie. The novella will be out on April 7, 2015, and is already up for pre-order at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBooks.

—If you've seen the Arrow midseason finale (no spoilers!), you know MAJOR changes are coming for the show. We'll have a speculation post up on Friday rounding up all the latest spoiler-y tidbits heading into the back half of the season, but until then, sneak a peek at the first episode back with this trailer at E!Online.

—WET CHRIS HEMSWORTH. SET CONDITION ONE THROUGHOUT THE SHIP. Need we say more? Okay, fine: Let's just say Jimmy Fallon's silly Tonight Show game is our gain. Stick around for a VERY sexy dance there at the end. Trust us.

[Watch the clip here...]

Dec 25 2014 2:00pm

Contemporary Christmas 2014: New Releases and Reissues

Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna AlwardIf contemporary Christmas romance stories are one of your favorite holiday treats, you have a feast this year from which to select those you find most appealing. Novellas are more popular during this season than ever, and a list of what’s available may create the impression that every romance author who ever penned a series is adding a holiday novella. Whatever your preferred subgenres in contemporary romance, you can find a Christmas novel to suit your taste, and they generally range from the sweet to the sizzling. In addition to hundreds of new releases, there are bargains to be found among reissues of Christmases past—the recent past, the more distant past (but not, as far as I know, your past). Space (H & H’s) and time (mine) prohibit a comprehensive list. I offer, instead, a handful of personal top fives among all the novellas, novels, and reissues.

Top Five Novellas:

1. Christmas at Sea Shell Cottage, Donna Alward
I’m a fan of Alward’s Jewell Cove series, and I loved this addition to the series. An abandoned baby in the nativity manger, a romance that treats differences in class and race as no big thing, and a hero and heroine who were both likeable had me adding this one to my keepers. An added bonus is that you don’t have to have read earlier books in the series to enjoy the novella.

[Always the sign of a good writer!]

Dec 22 2014 2:00pm

Good Things Come in Small Packages: 2014 Christmas Novellas from Shalvis, Burton, and More!

Merry Christmas, Baby by Jill ShalvisWith just days until Christmas, it can be difficult to find the time we might wish for to devote to our favorite pastime. Thankfully, this holiday season has seen an influx of festive short stories, perfect for the reader strapped for time but looking for spirit. And with this group of holiday novellas—from returns to fan favorite series and stories we've been waiting for to sexy historicals set in more obscure eras to an m/m/m menage paranormal—there's a little something for everybody.

First up is a gift to all long-time fans of Jill Shalvis's Lucky Harbor series, Merry Christmas, Baby, a return glimpse into the lives of Sawyer and Chloe, and a short but sweet, multi-layered look at an unexpected pregnancy for a happily married couple. Chloe's pregnancy brain and neuroses and Sawyer's quiet but steady commitment make for a fun, heartwarming cap to their story, complete with a Christmas surprise. 

There's something about historicals and Christmas stories that go especially well hand in hand. With Her Christmas Earl, Anna Campbell weaves a unique story about a rake and a maiden caught in that compromising-position-of-doom, but it's an unusual one. It's once the hero and heroine really begin getting to know one another, along with a delicious look at their spicy life once the marriage-of-convenience vows are taken, where this story really begins to shine.

[A spicy marriage of convenience is our favorite kind!]

Dec 2 2014 12:00pm

Schooled: Exclusive Excerpt

Lorelei James

Schooled by Lorelei James

When Amery Hardwick first met martial arts master Ronin Black, she wasn’t ready for the primal urges his sensual rope artistry released in her. As it turned out Amery and Ronin were made for each other. But when they head to Japan for a delayed honeymoon and Ronin’s annual training with his sensei, Amery struggles to adapt to the foreign customs as well as running her burgeoning business from afar.

But culture shock is the least of her worries when faced with the changes in Ronin—it feels as if she’s married a stranger. Caught between his sensei’s demands and pleasing his wife, Ronin is at war with himself over choosing advancement in his jujitsu training, or staying at home with the woman who owns his heart and soul. As the limits of their relationship are tested once again, Ronin and Amery discover that they both have a lot to learn about each other….and what it takes to build a love that’ll pass all life’s little tests.

Get a sneak peek of Lorelei James's Schooled (available December 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

For more on this book, read the first look.

 “Holy shit, Ronin. I don’t know what I was expecting—okay, I had zero expectations because I’ve never been on a private plane before, but it certainly wasn’t this.”

“It gets better.” He led her past the conference and lounging areas. He slid open a door, revealing a bathroom with a walk-in tiled shower.

“That is nothing like the tiny, cramped bathrooms on commercial airliners,” she said with awe.

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

Nov 25 2014 1:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Sabrina Jeffries, Stacey Kennedy, and Alexis Hall!

Cover reveal for new releases by Sabrina Jeffries, Stacey Kennedy, and Alexis HallThursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., and today we at Heroes and Heartbreakers find ourselves grateful for not one but THREE more romance gems. We are thrilled to reveal the shiny covers for Sabrina Jeffries' The Art of Sinning (the first book in her new historical series, Sinful Suitors), Stacey Kennedy's Witches Be Burned (the second installment of the paranormal series Magic & Mayhem), and Alexis Hall's There Will Be Phlogiston (a steampunk novella in the Prosperity universe).

[Prepare to oooh and ahhh!...]

Oct 27 2014 1:00pm

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.”

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of The Billion Dollar Player...]

Sep 28 2014 9:00am

Christmas at Seashell Cottage: Exclusive Excerpt

Donna Alward

Christmas at Seashell Cottage by Donna Alward

It's Christmas in Jewell Cove...

And local doctor Charlie Yang finds her quiet, steady life disrupted by both an abandoned baby in the nativity manger, and a real-life mystery man. Sure, she's always wanted a family of her own, but she didn't imagine it coming from a baby that wasn't hers and a man who was more interested in living day by day than making long-term plans.

Ex-SEAL Dave Ricker hadn't planned on making Jewell Cove his forever home, but the talented and tender-hearted Charlie has him reconsidering his position on settling down. Can a beautiful woman, adorable baby and a small-town full of holiday spirit change his mind for good?

Fall in love with Donna Alward's holiday romance, Christmas at Seashell Cottage, exclusively in e-book. And look for the other books in the Jewell Cove series. “Oh, my silly heart be still. This is a wonderful romance, packed with family drama, a sexy hero, an incredible old house. You'll fall in love from the very first page.”—Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times bestselling author on The House on Blackberry Hill

Get a sneak peek of Donna Alward's Christmas at Seashell Cottage (available October 7, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1&2.

Chapter 1

Charlie Yang had never considered herself much of a joiner. So it went without saying that she was surprised to find herself in the middle of setting up a nativity scene in front of the Jewell Cove church, stuffing scratchy straw into a crudely constructed manger. They’d had an early snow, and the layer of white covering the ground and the branches of trees and shrubbery added to the feeling of holiday spirit that had taken over since Thanksgiving.

Like a well-oiled machine, Gloria Henderson and her army of church ladies had taken charge of the volunteers and had assigned jobs to everyone. The men were tasked with anything requiring a ladder and heavy lifting—including lugging three wise men, Mary and Joseph, the shepherds and sheep, and every last bit of the nativity to the front yard. Right now Bill—Charlie had forgotten his last name—from the service station was positioning the figures in the proper places, which were the exact same spots they occupied each and every year, apparently. Charlie gave a dry chuckle. You could always count on small towns, and Jewell Cove, Maine, was no different. It was practically steeped in saltwater traditions.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Christmas at Seashell Cottage...]

Sep 17 2014 12:30pm

October 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in October. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Look for all your favorite Holiday Reprints in our December shopping list!

Ready for more? The November 2014 Shopping List is here!

Heroes and Heartbreakers October 2014 Shopping List!
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Sep 15 2014 8:30am

First Look: Anne Calhoun’s Afternoon Delight (September 16, 2014)

Afternoon Delight by Anne CalhounAnne Calhoun
Afternoon Delight
InterMix / September 16, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Sarah McCall, food truck co-owner and recent Manhattan transplant, savors each moment of her new job—whether it’s refining the truck's menu, learning the city, or spending afternoons in bed with the hot paramedic who's fast becoming her favorite customer.

Tim Cannon spends his days sprinting from one emergency to the next. He eats like he works—at top speed—somewhere along the line he lost his ability to enjoy life's simple pleasures. Hooking up with Sarah is just another way to cope with the stress of his job, until their afternoon trysts coax Tim into enjoying everything he's avoided. Can Tim learn to balance his job saving lives with the everyday delights that make life worth living? If anyone can teach him, it’s Sarah….

As a general rule, I’m a Black Keys, White Stripes, rock'n'roll kind of woman. But I found myself grinning ridiculously and humming the Starlight Vocal Band’s perennial favorite, “Afternoon Delight,” while reading Anne Calhoun’s enjoyable novella of the same title.

[Sky rockets in flight!]

Aug 21 2014 10:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of August 2014

My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry ThomasEach month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for August 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Myretta Robens

My best of August book is Sherry Thomas's My Beautiful Enemy.
The hero and heroine have Sherry Thomas's trademark depth and vividness, and she does an extraordinary job of developing a relationship across time, cultures, and geography. One of her best, in my opinion.

Willa aka Willaful

My “best of” for August, We Are All Completely Besides Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler, is absolutely not a romance. It is, however, a love story
about family. An intriguing high-concept plot and clever narrative
structure reveal deeply moving ideas about how love for family shapes our
identity, and about our ability to close our minds to unpleasant truths.

In romance, I loved the wit and tenderness of The Suffragette Scandal by
Courtney Milan, a lovely end to a memorable series.

[Will you be adding these to you TBR pile?]