<i>A Crown of Wishes</i>: Exclusive Excerpt A Crown of Wishes: Exclusive Excerpt Roshani Chokshi There’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire." <i>Kiss Marry Kill</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Kiss Marry Kill: Exclusive Excerpt Sidney Halston "This man is seductive, hard, guarded..." <i>Strays</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Strays: Exclusive Excerpt Garrett Leigh "For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking..." <i>The Black Lily</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Black Lily: Exclusive Excerpt Juliette Cross "What he uncovers could change the course of his life forever..."
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March 28, 2017
Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Camp Firefly Falls Reveals from Hayes, Nolan, Decker, and Hughey
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March 28, 2017
Who Are the Hero and Heroine of Kylie Scott's Chaser?
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March 25, 2017
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Mar 28 2017 4:30pm

This Ship’s Sailed: Romance News & Deals from Beverly Jenkins, Lauren Hakweye, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Destiny's Captive by Beverly Jenkins

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' historical romance Destiny's Captive is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The third book in Jenkins' Destiny series is set in the 1870s with a look at Cuba before another revolution, as well as Florida and California. If you love varying locales in historicals, don't miss out on this month's Unusual Historical Best Bets.

 Deal Alert: Lauren Hawkeye's contemporary romance Claiming the Enemy is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Piper ends up with an accidental fake boyfriend in the grumpy, delicious Dr. Ace Lennox in this scorching hot book that'll burn up your e-reader! Think you could handle a fake boyfriend? Take our quiz and find out!

[+Today on H&H]

Mar 28 2017 3:00pm

First Look: Rachel Lacey’s Crazy for You (March 28, 2017)

Crazy for You by Rachel Lacey

Rachel Lacey
Crazy for You (Risking it All #2)
Forever / March 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

At the end of Crazy for You, Rachel Lacey’s reformed bad boy hero informs the heroine that her dreams are important.  That he loves her enough to give up the dream of settling down completely in the town he found home in.

“So I’m here to beg for your forgiveness on the condition that you promise you won’t derail your plans for me.”

By the end of the book, you learn how important this is.  It’s the main thread that holds the story together, in fact. 

When a small town is faced with the damage the wider world does to it’s residents, the reaction is usually to fall back on the relationships, both past and future, that were created within.  Friendships, memories and promises are always given a greater weight as people search for answers to life’s larger questions. 

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Mar 28 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Camp Firefly Falls Reveals from Gwen Hayes, Kait Nolan, Ally Decker, and Lisa Hughey

Team H&H is excited to bring you four exclusive covers for books 8-11 of the Camp Firefly Falls Series from authors Gwen Hayes, Kait Nolan, Ally Decker, and Lisa Hughey! In Hayes' His Runaway Campfire Princess, Princess Merriam desperately wants her independence and slips past her protection detail only to have Harmon Maxwell, Duke of Carlisle in pursuit of her and her heart. Nolan's Second Chance Summer finds professor Audrey Graham seizing the second chance she's been given, including striking up a romance with Hudson, the firefighter who rescued her. In Decker's Falling For the Best Man, Charlie and Kevin find summer lovin' connecting through their mutual love of all things Broadway. And in Hughey's His Semi-Charmed Life, former rivals Penelope and Diego meet again at Camp Firefly and their unexpected attraction makes for a delicious complication. 

His Runaway Campfire Princess by Gwen Hayes

His Runaway Campfire Princess by Gwen Hayes

A Princess on the run…

Just once, Princess Merriam would like to make her own choices, but independence is in short supply when your father, the king, is of the royal opinion that princesses are for looking pretty and being obedient. When she overhears him talking to her broody, sexy, and oh-so-aloof bodyguard about her future wedding, a surprise to her as she’s not currently engaged to anyone, she plots her first rebellion: slip past her protection detail in NYC and board a tourist bus bound for Camp Firefly Falls where she plans to spend the week incognito as a normal twenty-something looking for love during Singles’ Week.

A Duke in pursuit…

Harmon Maxwell , Duke of Carlisle and Commander of the Royal Palace Guard has no patience for spoiled little rich girls who think security is a game. The tempting princess has tormented his dreams for years, but he’s a man of honor and duty, and he intends to bring the reckless beauty to heel until a real threat to her safety means a week at camp might be the safest place for her. It’s his duty to keep her in close protection, and that means she only gets one suitor during Singles’ Week: him.

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Mar 28 2017 12:00pm

Roshani Chokshi Excerpt: A Crown of Wishes

Roshani Chokshi

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Gauri, the princess of Bharata, has been taken as a prisoner of war by her kingdom’s enemies. Faced with a future of exile and scorn, Gauri has nothing left to lose. Hope unexpectedly comes in the form of Vikram, the cunning prince of a neighboring land and her sworn enemy kingdom. Unsatisfied with becoming a mere puppet king, Vikram offers Gauri a chance to win back her kingdom in exchange for her battle prowess. Together, they’ll have to set aside their differences and team up to win the Tournament of Wishes – a competition held in a mythical city where the Lord of Wealth promises a wish to the victor.

Reaching the tournament is just the beginning. Once they arrive, danger takes on new shapes: poisonous courtesans and mischievous story birds, a feast of fears and twisted fairy revels.

Every which way they turn new trials will test their wit and strength. But what Gauri and Vikram will soon discover is that there’s nothing more dangerous than what they most desire.

Get a sneak peek at Roshani Chokshion's A Crown of Wishes (available March 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


Cold Honey, Caught Magic


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The attendant led them down a path of marble and honeycomb chambers. At the end of the hall, a group of Alaka’s magical attendants gasped and whispered behind their hands.

“—so pleased, so pleased!”

“The Jewel of Bharata!” hissed one excitedly.

“Oh,” huffed someone in disappointment. “I thought it was an actual jewel.”

“And there’s the Fox Prince! They’re here!”

Vikram bit back a groan. He was getting tired of that nickname.

“This is the Small Council of Alaka,” said the attendant. “We will be watching and reporting back to Lord Kubera.”

They made their greetings. Vikram caught none of their names.

[Read the full excerpt from A Crown of Wishes...]

Mar 28 2017 10:45am

Who Are the Hero and Heroine of Kylie Scott’s Chaser?

We've been reading Kylie Scott's Dirty for the last week as part of our E-book of the Month Club in anticipation of the release of the second Dive Bar book, Twist, and before the latter is even here, we're psyched to get the scoop on who we can look forward to being the couple of Chaser! For those of you who are as eagerly anticipating the next release in Scott's Dive Bar series as we are, you've probably been hoping that the hero of Chaser will be Eric—well pull up a stool, friends, because you got your wish!

Get the full scoop with the official description of Chaser

Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

So, what do you think? Are you shocked about Eric's heroine? Tell us about it in the comments!

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Mar 28 2017 9:30am

First Look: Candace Camp’s A Perfect Gentleman (March 28, 2017)

A Perfect Gentleman by Candace Camp

Candace Camp
A Perfect Gentleman
Pocket Books / March 28, 2017 / $7.99 print and digital

A Perfect Gentleman is a nice second-chance-at-love story, though Abigail and Graeme’s first chance was doomed from the start. Blackmailed by Abigail’s powerful father into the marriage and in love with somebody else, Graeme’s resentment toward Abby burst forth on their wedding night. Humiliated, the shy young bride fled home to New York and gradually built her confidence and a life for herself. She returns to England 10 years later with the goal of having a child with her estranged husband.

As he watches her deal with his dragon of a grandmother, Graeme is intrigued with this stranger to whom he is married.

“Arthur Dexter is scarcely anyone with whom you’d want to advance an acquaintance,” his grandmother told Abigail firmly. “Jumped up little mushroom. His grandfather was in trade.”

“Shocking,” Abigail agreed with such a twinkle in her eye that Graeme had to hide a smile. “Perhaps he is proud of what he has accomplished rather than his family,” Abigail offered.

“What a very American thing to say.”

“Yes, I suppose it is,” she agreed. “It’s difficult for some people to transcend their upbringing.”

“Precisely.” His grandmother nodded. Graeme wasn’t sure whether she had caught the subtle message in Abigail’s words. He suspected not; Lady Eugenia did not deal in subtleties.

He glanced over at Abigail. She returned his gaze with a wide-eyed blandness that convinced him she had intended the little dig at his grandmother’s prejudices. Again he found himself wanting to smile.

Why did it have to be so bloody easy to like this woman?

Yes, how dare she be so witty and interesting! Not to mention beautiful. Graeme is very wary, however, of letting go of his preconceived notions about Abigail. He has always been sure that she was in cahoots with her father to trap him into the marriage, that she was complicit in the blackmail.

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Mar 28 2017 8:17am

What Is Your Favorite E-Mail or Text Exchange from Romance?

Romance is firmly in the digital age. I'm not talking about e-books, but rather texts and e-mails! More and more, we're seeing this technology integrated into romances. Fifty Shades of Grey may have started it with the emails and texts from Christian to Ana, but now it's present in almost every romance novel featuring characters of a certain age. 

With so many to choose from, what have been your favorite e-mail or text exchanges? Who would you want to trade numbers with have them be your text buddy? What do you love about them? And if you don't like e-mails or texts in your books, what don't you like about it?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Mar 27 2017 4:36pm

To Love a Scoundrel: Romance News & Deals from Loretta Chase and Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta ChaseDeal Alert: Loretta Chase's Regency romance Lord of Scoundrels is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Find out why the Marquess of Dain's enthralling courtship of Miss Jessica Trent is not only on our roundup of the best Regency romances but is also one of 10 novels you must read out of the entire genre.

Deal Alert: Delores Fossen's contemporary romance Blame It on the Cowboy is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Mistakenly thinking she has mere weeks to live, chef Reese throws caution to the wind and indulges in an unforgettable one-night-stand with sexy rancher Logan. Now she must ask herself: Could theirs be a love for the long haul? You'll have to let us know if this read follows author Damon Suede's recipe for a perfect cowboy romance.

Deal Alert: Maya Rodale's study of the romance genre Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained is $2.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Let us never doubt the inherent feminism of romance novels.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Sherrilyn Kenyon's next Dark-Hunter novel is Dragonsworn! See the fiery cover and read an excerpt over at Kenyon's official website. You can bet we'll be talking about the book more and more in our Sherrilyn Kenyon collection as the August 1 release date of Falcyn and Medea's story approaches!

[+After 12 years, Booth and Bones get their HEA...]

Mar 27 2017 2:30pm

Kylie Scott Comes Clean on Dirty

Dirty by Kylie ScottOur Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book Club is off to a great start—worthy of more than a few toasts and cheers to the Dive Bar crew! It's been more than a week and we're all caught up on Kylie Scott's Dirty, and now it's time for the grilling to start! We asked Kylie some of the burning questions we had after finishing Dirty, and now she's here to come clean! 

Beware: there be spoilers below! Not ready to be spoiled? Look over our spoiler-free discussion we had with Kylie Scott last week, or chime in with your picks on who to fantasy cast in the Dive Bar series!

Heroes and Heartbreakers: The banter in your books is out of this world. What scene was the most fun for you to write in Dirty and why?

Kylie Scott: I liked it when Lydia confronted her ex-fiancé and his parents near the start. All of that righteous anger bubbling over along with a healthy dose of sarcasm.

H&H: Lydia, understandably, wants to take things slow with Vaughan after everything that happened with Paul, which makes for more of a “Happily for Now” than a “Happily Ever After” ending for Dirty. Can you talk a little about why you chose to end their story there...for now?

KS: Like you said, Lydia had just been dragged through the mud by her disastrous ex so jumping straight into something super serious didn’t make sense to me. Plus, I knew I could update people as to how they were doing in the next book in the series.

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Mar 27 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Jamie Pope’s Hope Blooms (March 28, 2017)

Hope Blooms by Jamie Pope

Jamie Pope
Hope Blooms
Dafina Books / March 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Is past prologue? For childhood friends and once long-ago lovers Cassandra Miller and Wylie Everett, perhaps so.

It takes a massive tragedy to bring Wylie back to Cassandra’s side. The angry, embittered father of one of Cassandra’s students shoots Cassandra and her husband Terrance in the hallway outside Cassandra’s classroom. Terrance dies; Cassandra loses her unborn child, and, her mother Miss Cora fears, her sanity. So Cora tells Cassandra, “speaking” for Terrance.

 “He wouldn’t want you to be like this.”

“He would want to be alive if he had a choice.” She rolled over, away from her mother’s touch, her worried eyes. Suddenly the exhaustion returned again. It was the only thing she felt anymore. Tired and heavy.

“You can’t go on like this. You haven’t left the house in weeks. You haven’t smiled since it happened. You didn’t die that day. Your life is meant to be lived.”

Miss Cora pleads with Wylie Everett to come back to Harmony Falls, Connecticut, for the sake of the friendship—and more—he once had with Terrance and Cassandra. In high school they were an unbreakable trio. But it has been ten years since Wylie has been home. Even though Cora is ageless, so much has changed.

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Mar 27 2017 11:00am

Sham-Rock the New Adult Best Bets for March 2017

March rocked the New Adult reads! Just like the weather, this month’s reads are all over the place. From hockey rinks to the blue waters of the ocean, discover s how these reads are shaking up NA norms.

Delayed Call by Toni Aleo

Delayed Call by Toni Aleo (Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo) is the next in the Assassins series but, can be read as a standalone. Vaughn Johansson is a star player on the Assassins team but, off the ice can be pretty a-holeish. Brie Soledad is the staff reporter for the team and is constantly butting heads with Vaughn. Their relationship starts off rocky, constantly arguing and it even spills to on to live air time. But, as they say there’s a thin line between love and hate. Vaughn and Brie have both been badly burned before and this spark between them may explode into something more. With lots of hockey antics, loveable characters and witty one-liners, Delayed Call establishes itself as a turning point for the Assassins.

Unwritten by Jen Frederick (Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo) brings the Woodlands bunch back! Finally! In the fifth standalone of the Woodlands series, Adam gets his story. The musician of the bunch, he’s ready to go off and explore new cities with his band. The lead singer of the band drags along his sister after she finds herself in a rough situation. Landry is completely off limits yet, Adam still finds himself drawn to her. This forbidden romance, takes Landry to new heights. As a “computer nerd”, she doesn’t know how she’ll compare to Adam’s previous trysts but their connection is too strong to ignore. Traveling together with the band will test their budding romance and Landry’s inhibitions but Adam is more than willing to drum them out.

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Mar 27 2017 9:30am

Sidney Halston Excerpt: Kiss Marry Kill

Sidney Halston

 Kiss Marry Kill by Sidney Halston

He's been chasing a memory . . .

It was just supposed to be a regular Thursday afternoon…and then he saw her. Sitting in seat L214, one seat over from his at the baseball game, right next to her douche of a soon-to-be-ex-boyfriend. An impromptu kiss for the kiss cam, and Jax knew his life would never be the same. Five years and a tour in Afghanistan later, Jax is back stateside running his own private security firm, Iron-Clad, with his best friend. He isn't the man he used to be... but Megan isn't the sexy and sweet, though sheltered, twenty-two-year-old he left behind, either. And she's in trouble.

...but now they're on the run.

Megan Cruz has made something of herself. She’s turned her dreams of pop stardom into a reality. But when a deadly stalker breaks into her home claiming to be her number-one fan, the only person she can turn to is the boy who got away. But Jax isn’t the same carefree charmer who stole her heart, then broke it when he joined the military. This man is seductive, hard, guarded. And he'll do anything to protect what's his.

Get a sneak peek at Sidney Halston's Kiss Marry Kill (available March 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

“Promise me, you’ll be happy,” he sang from the other side of the door. “Promise me, you’ll always sing. Promise me you’ll never settle. . . .” He jiggled the door handle. “Meggy? Where are you, my little mouse?” he said in a singsong voice, sounding nice enough. Soft enough. Safe enough. But Megan Cruz knew better. The man trying to lure her out of her enormous walk-in closet was deranged.

Megan huddled in a corner behind all of her cocktail dresses, her knees pushed up and a butcher knife in one of her trembling hands. Just waiting. Waiting for the cops to show up, or for Ryan to finally find her. If she could stop breathing, she would. Trying to stay perfectly still and utterly quiet was an impossible feat with her hands shaking so violently. Surely he could hear her fear from where he stood on the other side of the door. If he walked deep enough into the closet, the dresses that served as a barrier between them would not be sufficient to shield her. And the fact that he’d broken into her house in the middle of the night was a good indication that he did want to hurt her.

[Read the full Kiss Marry Kill excerpt...]

Mar 27 2017 8:04am

Do You Read Lesbian Romance?

Over the last few years, male/male romance has proven to be popular amongst romance readers, finding more and more mainstream success and leading several publishers to sprout forward that focus on LGBT books solely. The growing mainstream success of male/male romances has yet to translate to female/female romance, however. 

Do you read lesbian (a.k.a. female/female) romance? What do you love about it? What do you think would help it find similar success to male/male romance?

Let us know down in the comments.


Mar 26 2017 12:00pm

Garrett Leigh Excerpt: Strays

Garrett Leigh

Strays by Garrett Leigh

Work, sleep, work, repeat. Nero’s lonely life suits him just fine until his best friend, Cass, asks him to take on a new apprentice—a beautiful young man who’s never set foot in a professional kitchen. Despite his irritation and his lifelong ability to shut the world out, Nero is mesmerised by the vibrant stray, especially when he learns what drove him to seek sanctuary on Nero’s battered old couch.

Lenny Mitchell is living under a cloud of fear. Pursued by a stalker, he has nowhere left to run until Nero offers him a port in a storm—a job at the hottest restaurant in Shepherd’s Bush. Kitchen life proves heady and addictive, and it’s not long before he finds himself falling hard and fast for the man who has taken him in.

Fast-forward a month and a neither man can imagine life without the other, but one thing stands in their way: a lifetime of horrors Nero can’t bring himself to share with Lenny. Or can he? For the first time ever, happiness is there for the taking, and Nero must learn to embrace it before fate steps in and rips it away.

Get a sneak peek at Garrett Leigh's Strays (available March 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Midnight found them knocking the air out of huge bowls of spelt dough and rolling it into small, pizza-sized balls.

Lenny groaned as he covered the trays with damp tea towels. “You’re such a tease. Do we really have to leave them another twenty-four hours?”

“Yup. That tray over there is gonna go forty-eight. We’re fermenting it, remember?”

[Read the full Strays excerpt...]

Mar 26 2017 11:00am

First Look: Roshani Chokshi’s A Crown of Wishes (March 28, 2017)

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

Roshani Chokshi
A Crown of Wishes
St. Martin’s Griffin / March 28, 2017 / $18.99 print, $9.99 digital

You don't need to have read Roshani Chokshi's lyrical debut, The Star-Touched Queen, to read its sequel, A Crown of Wishes, but you'll probably kick yourself if you don't—because it's a beautiful introduction to the world that continues to grow in this, her second fantasy release.

Steeped and rooted in Hindu mythology, A Crown of Wishes follows warrior princess Gauri and tactician prince Vikramaditya as they struggle to prove themselves and take back their respective kingdoms—by competing in a tournament where the grand prize is a wish granted. 

The first few chapters of A Crown of Wishes might be a little rocky and confusing for some readers, but it doesn’t take Chokshi long to hit her stride, infusing her prose with beautiful world-building and snarky banter as her characters set upon their journey. Though the premise may sound Hunger Games-y, it’s actually a lot more philosophical and fantastical with a good dose of political machinations thrown in. Vikram and Gauri face mythological creatures, moral quandaries and their own fears in pursuit of the winners’ wish—and, oh, a mutual attraction, too! ‘Cause what’s a good quest without romance, right?  

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Mar 25 2017 1:00pm

Science Fiction Romance Best Bets for March 2017—Love, Intergalactic Style

Barbarian's Lady by Ruby Dixon

Barbarian’s Lady, the fourteenth and newest entry in Ruby Dixon’s Ice Planet Barbarians series (Amazon), is on the lighter side of life on Not-Hoth. The heroine, Kate, is tall for a human woman, and muscular, and feels awkward and unsure of herself. Add in the fact that she was the object of teasing and bullying on Earth, and the usual cruel stunts in high school where a hunky athlete would pretend interest in her only so he could laugh at her later with his buddies, and the reader can see why she’s suspicious and touchy when anyone shows interest in her. Herrec, the blue barbarian in question, delights in teasing her and sparring with her and unfortunately in the early going makes remarks he thinks are funny but which hit Kate in the most sensitive parts of her wounded self. Comparing her to a mountain may not have been his smoothest opening line, you know?

Well-meaning friends try to explain to Herrec that he’s pushing too hard. “People two galaxies over can tell you’re interested,” as Mah-dee says. She attempts to suggest he back off a bit and give Kate room to breathe. He takes it that he needs to provide Kate with a challenge, instead of trying to make her laugh and appreciate him. Uh oh, anyone else see disaster looming ahead? Herrec is also endearingly clumsy, which isn’t good when you’re a seven foot tall warrior out for a walk on a glacier with the object of your affections.

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Mar 25 2017 12:00pm

Juliette Cross Excerpt: The Black Lily

Juliette Cross

The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

Cinderella like you’ve never seen before...

With the threat of the vampire monarchy becoming stronger every day, the Black Lily must take drastic measures. As the leader of the underground resistance, Arabelle concocts the perfect idea to gain the attention of the Glass Tower. Her plan? Attend the vampire prince’s blood ball and kill him. Fortunately for Prince Marius, her assassination goes awry, and Arabelle flees, leaving behind only her dagger.

Marius is desperate to find the woman whose kiss turned into attempted murder, hunting for the mysterious assassin he can’t push out of his mind. But what he uncovers could change the course of his life forever...

Get a sneak peek at Juliette Cross's The Black Lily (available March 27, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


“So tell me, Prince Marius, what happens to the blood concubines when they are too old for you to keep?”

“Please, call me Marius.”

He took her hand in his, sliding his thumb gently across the top, and removed her mask with the other. It wouldn’t matter if he saw her face, for he would be dead soon. He paused after removing the mask, examining every line and curve. She let him.

“We provide all retired concubines a mansion of their own wherever they want to live in the Varis Empire, with sovereigns enough to spend their lifetime in luxury.”

[Read the full The Black Lily excerpt...]

Mar 24 2017 4:30pm

My Heart’s Attached: Romance News & Deals from Rainbow Rowell, Ella James, and More

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Deal Alert: Rainbow Rowell's romantic comedy Attachments is $1.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Lincoln's been tasked with reading emails per company policy, and falls for Beth, a woman whose email exchanges with her bff have left him utterly enchanted. There's just one problem—how can he introduce himself now? Love in the digital age sure can be tricky. 

Deal Alert: Nicola Rendell's sports romance Hail Mary is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* An accidental meeting between Mary and footballer Jimmy sparks a relationship that's almost too hot to handle! Can't get enough of sports romances? Neither can we!

Deal Alert: Ella James' contemporary royals romance Crown Jewels is $.99 at Amazon | etc.* H&H staffer Jenn Proffitt enjoyed the way James “handles tough issues with a light-hearted voice that makes this an easy, fun, yet provocative read.” James' other titles are also currently on sale for $.99.*

[+Today on H&H]

Mar 24 2017 3:00pm

Romance for Every Single Day: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!

Romance gets carmenlire through the not-so-great days

carmenlire in When Do You Need Romance Most?

I read romance regularly, but recently I was reminded of why I love it so much. On Friday I had started rereading Vision in White by Nora Roberts at work (I'd finished my book during the morning and stopped by the romance section during my lunch hour—I work at a library) and during dinner I got into an argument with my parents and generally felt like crap after that. I only had about 80 pages of the book left before dinner but thought about not finishing the book because I wouldn't enjoy it as much and would be distracted.

But I knew I wouldn't get a chance to read for a week or two because my schedule is so hectic, so I decided, by golly I'm gonna finish this book tonight! Within a couple of pages I was laughing and totally absorbed with it. When I finished it I just had that feeling, you know the one you get, when you finish a really good book and spent a couple of hours doing something really enjoyable. I just felt lighter and less down in the dumps.

This isn't a one-time thing for me. Used to, when I had more time to read, I knew that a book would distract me from whatever was going on at the time— a bad grade, a large assignment looming, just generally feeling bleh. It was so nice to be reminded of that feeling! I love this genre so much, and as cheesy as it sounds I know I can depend on it in some weird way to always be there for me!

(And as an aside, I loved rereading Vision in White so much that, despite having 2 huge papers due Sunday night I spent the weekend rereading Bed of Roses and Savor the Moment (I submitted one of those papers at 11:58 with a midnight deadline!)—and reread Happy Ever After yesterday! I love the Bride Quartet and Nora Roberts so much that I just had to reread them all lol—good thing I own them!)

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