<i>Forever His Texas Bride</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Forever His Texas Bride: Exclusive Excerpt Linda Broday "With a low moan, she slid her hand around his neck, drawing him closer." <i>Make Me Stay</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Make Me Stay: Exclusive Excerpt Jaci Burton "She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love." <i>Midnight Wrangler</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Midnight Wrangler: Exclusive Excerpt Cat Johnson "He thought about doing more than kissing her." <i>For His Pleasure</i>: Exclusive Excerpt For His Pleasure: Exclusive Excerpt Suzanne Rock “Stop worrying and enjoy the moment.”
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Nov 27 2015 12:00pm

Forever His Texas Bride: Exclusive Excerpt

Linda Broday

Forever His Texas Bride by Linda Broday

All his life, Brett Liberty has straddled two worlds: white and Iroquois. The only place he's truly at peace is with his wild mustangs. But after he's arrested for the color of his skin, he discovers Rayna Harper in the cell next to him. Rough and tumble Rayna has known little kindness, but Brett sees the depth of her heart hidden beneath layers of hurt and fear, and he refuses to leave without her.

Fierce and loyal, kind and strong, Rayna is everything Brett has ever wanted. But the world doesn't look kindly on a love like theirs, and he would rather let her go than bring her pain. Yet when the demons of his past threaten her future, Brett realizes he will do anything to keep Rayna safe...and make her his.

Get a sneak peek at Linda Broday's Forever His Texas Bride (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Brett hesitated before putting his arm around Rayna’s shoulders. “If I was able to take a wife for real, I’d want it to be you. But I’ll never marry anyone. I’m a color no one appears to have a particular fondness for.”

“It doesn’t make any difference to me. I see your heart, not your skin.”

“Thank you, but it does matter a great deal to some.”

Rayna rested her head on his shoulder. “Not to the people of Battle Creek. Mabel told me everyone loves and accepts you.”

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Nov 27 2015 10:00am

First Look: Jade Lee’s One Rogue At A Time (December 1, 2015)

One Rogue at a Time by Jade Lee

Jade Lee
One Rogue at a Time (Rakes and Rogues #2)
Sourcebooks Casablanca / December 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

USA Today bestselling author Jade Lee continues her saucy, vibrant Rakes and Rogues Regency romance series with a high-society outsider who may have met his match...

A brown-eyed bastard with nothing to lose

As the illegitimate son of a duke, Bramwell Wesley Hallowsby grew up tough, on the fringes of society, learning to hide his hurt and cynicism with charm and Town polish. He's carved out a place for himself as a mercenary, serving as bodyguard and general strong arm for the peerage. Bram has nothing to lose... and he's exactly what Maybelle “Bluebell” Ballenger needs.

Meets his match in a blue-eyed beauty with everything to hide

Maybelle needs a mentor to teach her to speak and act like a lady, so she can claim the place in society she was denied. As they team up to take on the ton, Bram knows she's hiding something even from him. Despite the deception he sees behind those sparkling blue eyes, Bram wants to believe that Maybelle's love is no lie. But it seems fate has served him up his just desserts in the likes of this determined damsel.

There have been a lot of firsts lately for me in the subgenre of historical romance in terms of discovering authors. This only makes me wish I had more hours in the day to read! Since now I have to backlog all of the books the authors have written. After reading One Rogue at a Time, I immediately went to Goodreads to see what other books Jade Lee has written. And Lordy, there are many to choose from, which means hours of squee-time. Unfortunately, see above mention about the lack of time.

[Don't let this be your last Jade Lee historical ...]

Nov 26 2015 2:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Vegan Men Are Hot ... Just ask Donnell Blaylock Jr.

BC Donnell Blaylock Jr. eating chocolate

At first it was vegetarian, pescetarian, gluten-free, south beach diet, and the other various names for eating and living healthier. Now I meet more vegans and people trying the Paleo diet. I must admit I've had a few vegan meals, mainly because one of my besties is a hard-core vegan. Vegan cakes, vegan meat, and etc. 

But nothing like donny_savage22 to really make a girl want to go vegan. The real estate agent recently used instargram to promote the vegan lifestyle. I watched Part 1 and then Part 2 .

And ... I've never seen someone entice you into supporting the Vegan movement. I was like Gotdamn...Gotdamn. Do all vegans look like you? Do you make housecalls? Am I drooling over this man on instagram? Can I have him for X-mas? and Valentine's day and everyday as my personal Vegan chef? 

So he's the beefcake of the week peeps ... 

[Can I be a vegan just to get close to you? ]

Nov 26 2015 9:30am

Extra Helpings: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for November 2015

Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister

If your annual strategy to surviving Thanksgiving and Christmas involves hiding from your family and cuddling with up with some paranormal goodness then you’re in the right place.  Sure, none of these books are as scary as what happens when my family gathers together, but these action packed stories still promise to give you a thrill!

Dragon Storm by Katie MacAlister


According to some (including himself), Constantine is one of the greatest heroes of dragonkin who ever lived. Too bad he's now lonelier than ever and his biggest adventure involves a blow-up sheep—until he has an opportunity to save his kind once again. All Constantine has to do is break into a demon's dungeon, steal an ancient artifact, and reverse a deadly curse. The plan certainly does not involve rescuing a woman...


Bee isn't sure whether to be infuriated or relieved when Constantine pops up in her prison. The broody, brawny shifter lights her fire in a way no one ever has before, yet how far can she really trust him? Their chemistry may be off the charts, but when push comes to shove, Constantine will have to make a crucial choice: to save the dragons or the woman he's grown to love with fierce intensity.

Constantine is a cocky dragon with a fine ass.  It’s a hilarious, quirky ride as he rescues the Charmer Bee, who is kind of trapped in hell. Bee has also had a relationship with a dragon before so she’s not keen to repeat the experience.  If you have ever dated a DJ or an “actor” then you can probably relate.  Anyway, there’s this dragonkin curse so Bee and Constantine team up to deal with that. And there’s also this demon lord thing. But it’s really all about the sexually charged situations that the two find themselves in.  There’s also some of that bickering foreplay which is pretty amusing. Good times!

[And more from where that came from ...]

Nov 25 2015 4:30pm

Gifts for Book Lovers: Find the Perfect Gift Based on Favorite Reads

Hearts of Blue by L.H. Cosway

Unsure what to get your spouse or significant other? Do they read romance novels? If so, check the title and genre or use our handy gift guide to help us help you with your holiday shopping.

Name: Lock Me Up Bracelet

Inspired by: 50 Shades of Grey, Charlotte Stein’s Taken, and L.H. Cosway’s Hearts of Blue.

Why it’s a great gift: Perfect for the guy or gal who you want to make sure who’s love you have a lock on. This accessory is inspired from the covers of both the 50 Shades series as well as Cosway’s Hearts of Blue. The reference to Charlotte Stein’s Taken may be a little less obvious, but basically the hero locks up the Zooey Deschanel-like heroine who views the handcuffs as more of a connector and less of a restriction. The kink factor is pretty obvious for Shades of Grey fans, but for those who haven’t read Hearts of Blue, the heroine is a police constable and the hero is involved with things that are less than legal, also the cover literally shows the two clasping hands bound together by handcuffs so you can take it to be a literal or figurative symbol of their love.

[The perfect book gifts for loved-ones ...]

Nov 25 2015 2:00pm

Getting In the Spirit: Male/Male Best Bets for November 2015

Winter Wonderland by Heidi Cullinan

Holiday romances have become as much a sign of November as falling leaves and leftover turkey. This month offers some that are typically mushy and heartwarming, and also some with a little more edge. If neither is your thing, there's also a sun-drenched contemporary and a forbidden love historical.

Winter Wonderland (Minnesota Christmas #3) by Heidi Cullinan

Finding Mr. Right can be a snow lot of fun.

Paul Jansen was the only one of his friends who wanted a relationship. Naturally, he’s the last single man standing. No gay man within a fifty-mile radius wants more than casual sex.

No one, that is, except too-young, too-twinky Kyle Parks, who sends him suggestive texts and leaves X-rated snow sculptures on his front porch.

Kyle is tired of being the town’s resident Peter Pan. He’s twenty-five, not ten, and despite his effeminate appearance, he’s nothing but the boss in bed. He’s loved Paul since forever, and this Christmas, since they’re both working on the Winter Wonderland festival, he might finally get his chance for a holiday romance.

 But Paul comes with baggage. His ultra-conservative family wants him paired up with a woman, not a man with Logan’s rainbow connection.

When their anti-LGBT crusade spills beyond managing Paul’s love life and threatens the holiday festival, Kyle and Paul must fight for everyone’s happily ever after, including their own.

Warning: Contains erotic snow art, toppy twinks, and super-sweet holiday moments. Best savored with a mug of hot chocolate with a dash of spice.

The third in Cullinan's popular Minnesota Christmas series. Is Paul really the last single man standing? Tune in next November to find out. Will there be more penis sculptures in holiday romances? Read on...

[Lift your spirit with these male/male Best Bets...]

Nov 25 2015 12:00pm

Make Me Stay: Exclusive Excerpt

Jaci Burton

Make Me Stay by Jaci Burton

Having left his hometown of Hope years ago, only one thing could persuade architect Reid McCormack to come home for a lengthy stay—the challenge of renovating a historic building. But once the job is finished, he’ll be headed back to Boston, no matter how much he’s drawn to beautiful florist Samantha Reasor.

Samantha watches over her elderly grandmother and pours a piece of herself into every floral creation she designs. Her crush on Reid has been blooming for a while now, but she’s reluctant to act on it. A temporary fling isn’t what she’s looking for, even if Reid is smoking hot and super sexy. She wants a real, permanent, forever kind of love.

Two people with different goals couldn’t possibly work, and yet as their attraction grows into something deeper, maybe falling in love is the one thing Samantha and Reid can build a future on.

Get a sneak peek at Jaci Burton's Make Me Stay (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

She wound her way up to the third floor, where it looked similar to the second floor. Walls had been framed in and drywall was going up. Wood floors had been put in, and there was defined space up here. She wanted to linger, to walk into every room, but first she had to find Reid, because she had questions. She heard banging and talking, so she followed the sound.

She found him talking to one of the workers in one of the bathrooms.

“The wrong color sinks were delivered for up here,” the guy said, causing Reid to rub the side of his temple. “And the window people sent the wrong sizes for the second floor, so those don’t fit.”

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Nov 25 2015 9:30am

First Look: Xavier Neal’s Blue Dream (December 2, 2015)

Blue Dream by Xavier Neal

Xavier Neal
Blue Dream
Entertwine Publishing / December 2, 2015 / $0.99 digital

First love. Last love. Only love. Well, at least that's how Ryder Collins thinks of the girl he lost because of his addiction ten years ago. While Ryder is battling the demons of his past to save his future, he will start to question the nightmare that has become his reality and the illusive blue dream that he swears started it all.

I’ve read a few stories of Xavier Neal’s, but Blue Dream made my heart ache. Why was I so captivated by this story about love lost between an interracial couple in high school? Because the emotions were raw, the situations real, and the characters, though imperfect, ultimately just wanted to love and be loved.

The story starts out present day with Ryder in rehab for drug addiction. He’s had ten years to think about all the crap that went down when he was a senior in high school and in love with his girlfriend, Presley. Pressured by his callous alcoholic father to dump her, we are taken back to the past where the progression of Ryder’s and Presley’s relationship materializes and ultimately crashes to an end.

“That’s what being with her was like. Like having Blue Dream running through your system, all day every day. Pumping through your blood like it had replaced it. She was my first high. That one you never stop chasing.”

[There's nothing better than love ...]

Nov 25 2015 8:15am

What Fictional Characters Would You Invite to Orphan Thanksgiving?

Winn in Supergirl
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Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the States and for many people that means spending time with family. However, for many others, timing and distance are too tight and too far, respectively. Thus, Orphan Thanksgiving (a.k.a. Friendsgiving) was born for those who could not—or, you know, didn't want to—be with their families. 

What fictional characters—from TV, movies, or books (we'll be genre agnostic today)—would you invite to your Orphan Thanksgiving?

Note: Team H&H will be taking a short break for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll be back with Morning Coffees on Monday. You'll find us on social media still, but we hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Nov 24 2015 4:55pm

Romance News: Turkey Week Deals from Sandra Hill, Stephenie Meyer, 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.

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Author's Note: Afternoon Tea is taking a short break for the long Thanksgiving weekend here in the U.S., but rest assured, we'll be back with more deals and news Monday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Christmas in Transylvania by Sandra HillDeal Alert #1: Sandra Hill's Deadly Angels novella Christmas in Transylvania is discounted to $.99 at the moment at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via ReadCheaply).* The novella earned a callout in PhoebeChase's Holiday Romance Recommendations roundup last year.

Deal Alert #2: Pre-order the Seven Books for Seven Lovers e-book bundle (out December 7)—seven full-length novels from Molly Harper, Stephanie Haefner, Liora Blake, Gabra Zackman, Andrea Laurence, Colette Auclair, and Victoria Van Tiem—for $4.99 in e-book at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, et al.*

Deal Alert #3: M.L. Buchman's Hot Point is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon (via BookBub).* Feel the heat of the Firehwaks series with an excerpt from Bachman's Full Blaze on H&H.

[+Twilight deal and more...]

Nov 24 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin (December 1, 2015)

Sweet Ruin by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole
Sweet Ruin (Immortals After Dark #16)
Gallery / December 1, 2015 / 

A foundling raised in a world of humans

Growing up, orphaned Josephine didn’t know who or what she was—just that she was “bad,” an outcast with strange powers. Her baby brother Thaddeus was as perfect as she was flawed; protecting him became her entire life. The day he was taken away began Jo’s transition from angry girl…to would-be superhero…to enchanting, ruthless villain.

A lethally sensual enforcer on a mission

A threat to the Møriør has brought archer Rune the Baneblood to the mortal realm to slay the oldest living Valkyrie. Whether by bow or in bed, he never fails to eliminate his target. Yet before he can strike, he encounters a vampiric creature whose beauty conceals a black heart. With one bite, she pierces him with aching pleasure, taking his forbidden blood—and jeopardizing the secrets of his brethren.

A boundless passion that will lead to sweet ruin…

Could this exquisite female be a spy sent by the very Valkyrie he hunts? Rune knows he must not trust Josephine, yet he’s unable to turn her away. Despite his millennia of sexual conquests, he can’t ignore the unfamiliar longing she arouses deep within him. When Jo betrays the identity of the one man she will die to protect, she and Rune become locked in a treacherous battle of wills that pits ultimate loyalty against unbridled lust.

Editor's Note: This review contains spoilers for all books in the Immortals After Dark series, including the December 1 release of Sweet Ruin. This post especially discusses the Bringers of Doom and events relating to the Accession. Read with caution!

Wars are fought all the time with each side never understanding why the other side fights them. Each fighter knows that his side is the right one. Kresley Cole has been gearing us up for an upcoming war but after all this time, have we been backing the wrong side?

[We were warned ...]

Nov 24 2015 2:00pm

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s The Truth About Him (November 24, 2015)

The Truth About Him by M.O’Keefe

M. O'Keefe
The Truth About Him 
Random House / November 24, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

For fans of Christina Lauren and Jodi Ellen Malpas comes the next novel in M. O’Keefe’s breathtakingly sexy series about a woman called into a journey of the heart, body, and soul. 

We played our roles, told each other lies.
But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.
We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:
The thrilling danger.
The raw, naked desire.
The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.
Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

Note: This review contains spoilers for book 1 in the Everything I Left Unsaid series, Everything I Left Unsaid. Read with caution... or be prepared to be spoiled!

The end of Everything I Left Unsaid was a cliffhanger—a pulse-pounding, heart-in-my-throat one. After an entire novel of falling in love with Annie’s relentless honesty and bravery, leaving her in such danger was unthinkable.

Which is why I didn’t read it until I had The Truth About Him in my hot little hands.

[And now you should read too ...]

Nov 24 2015 12:00pm

Midnight Wrangler: Exclusive Excerpt

Cat Johnson

Midnight Wrangler by Cat Johnson

One Lonely Widower…

Rohn Lerner is a successful Oklahoma rancher. He’s old enough to know what he likes, and still young enough to enjoy it. But losing his wife five years ago wore him thin. He’s not ready to date, but he needs someone to share a meal with as badly as someone to warm his bed.

One Woman with a Secret…

Bonnie Martin fled her Oklahoma home years ago, leaving behind her abusive father, and Rohn, the lost love she never forgot. Now she’s back to settle her father’s estate, but she has no idea that she’s about to bump into Rohn or that they’ll fall for each other all over again.

Get a sneak peek at Cat Johnson's Midnight Wrangler (available November 24, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Rohn was nervous as he stood waiting outside the movie theater for Bonnie. He’d parked his pickup truck and was standing on the curb so she’d see him. He would have liked to have picked her up and driven her here himself, but she’d said to meet her instead.

He couldn’t count how many times he had imagined her riding shotgun in the passenger seat of his truck since the night he’d first talked to her at their prom. He dreamed of glancing over and seeing her there.

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Nov 23 2015 11:00am

Women’s Fiction Best Bets for November 2015

Put a Ring On It by Beth Kendrick

Take risks: if you win, you will be happy; if you lose, you will be wise. ~Author Unknown

The month’s selection range from lighthearted to more serious, but the heroine all share a common dilemma—they all must take risks. Some take risks in love; others in their career, and some even risk their lives fighting for their beliefs. Some end up happy, and some end up wise.

Put a Ring On It (Black Dog Bay Novel) by Beth Kendrick

Brighton Smith doesn’t do outrageous. As an insurance actuary, it’s her job to assess risk and avoid bad investments. But when her fiancé calls to confess he’s married someone else on a whim (“I looked at her and I just knew!”), she snaps…

That night, at a local bar, Jake Sorensen—hot, rich, and way out of her league—buys Brighton a cocktail. At midnight, she kisses him. And by dawn, they’re exchanging vows at a drive-through chapel.

Brighton knows Jake is a bad bet, but she doesn’t care. After a lifetime of playing it safe, she’s finally having fun. Until the whirlwind romance gives way to painful reality...and Brighton finds out the truth about why a guy like Jake married a girl like her. With her heart on the line and the odds stacked against them, Brighton must decide whether to cut her losses or take a leap of faith that this love affair is one in a million.

Strengths:Lighthearted and Humorous, Comedic setting; Appealing Characters; HEA
Measure of Love: Tablespoon         
Introspection Level:Low
Thoughts: Engaging story between heroine and hero with contrasting personalities

[Healing wounds with these Best Bets ...]

Nov 24 2015 9:30am

Holiday 2015 Romance Novel Shopping List

It's the most wonderful time of year... to be buying books! Whether you're looking for a specific Christmas-themed book or just like to have a little ice and snow with your romances, we have the list for you. Below you'll find a list of holiday and winter romances to warm anyone's heart this holiday season. 

All of these book are available now, unless otherwise noted, so you can add them to your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping lists. If you're in a holiday mood and looking for Holiday Romances, look no further, we've been stockpiling these for you! Enjoy!

Heroes and Heartbreakers
Holiday Romance
Shopping List!

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Nov 24 2015 8:17am

What Book Are You Thankful For?

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

'Tis the season to remind ourselves, and our loved ones, of what we've had to be thankful for this year. There are many books that shape our reading as adults—especially the books we read as children—however, even into adulthood, and being “set in our ways,” we can find a book that changes our perspective on the genre, opens us up to a brand-new author or topic, and many other happy occasions.

What book or author has impacted you this year? What book are you thankful for? 

Let us know in the comments!

Nov 23 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Megan Hart’s Hold Me Close (November 24, 2015)

Hold Me Close by Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Hold Me Close
Harlequin Mira / November 24, 2015 / $15.99 print / $8.99 digital

Apart, they are broken, but together, they are whole 

Effie and Heath are famous. Not for anything they did, but for what happened to them as teenagers. Abducted and abused by the same man, they turned to each other for comfort until they were finally able to make their escape. 

Now adults, their relationship is fraught with guilt and despair. Whether fighting or making love, their passion is strong enough to destroy them both—and Effie's not about to let that happen. She knows it's time for her to have a “normal” relationship, and Heath is nothing but a constant reminder of the dark past they share. Heath, on the other hand, knows Effie is the only woman he can ever love. She may want to forget what happened, but he's convinced that they must face their past together in order to move forward. So while Effie continues to bring new men into her life, Heath becomes obsessed with proving he's the one she needs. 

Then a new crisis arises and Effie begins to lose every scrap of self-control she ever had. As she struggles against her desire to return to the one man who understands her, she discovers that sometimes the only safety you find is with the person who is the most dangerous for you.

Hold Me Close is in turns a romance and a tragedy, gut-wrenching and powerful—and one of Megan Hart’s strongest novels since 2013’s Tear You Apart. Through Effie and Heath’s past and present, Hart explores what it means to be “normal” and “healthy” and to truly move on from the devastating events we often think define us.

[Hart is going deep and it will blow your mind ...]

Nov 23 2015 3:43pm

Romance News: Master Deals from Lavinia Kent, Fifty Shades Comments from Jamie Dornan, 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.

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Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent—Deal Alert #1: Lavinia Kent's erotic historical Mastering the Marquess is currently free in e-book at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via BookBub).* Jessica Moro said about the first Bound and Determined book: “Lavinia Kent's Mastering the Marquess is probably the hottest historical romance story I've ever read.” And if you're still thirsty, drink up this Quickie scene from Kent, “The Angel Discovers a Rake,” only at H&H!

Jamie Dornan tells People magazine he's “looking forward to emodying Christian again—and getting a chance to show more of him” in Fifty Shades Darker, which will film early next year back-to-back with& Fifty Shades Freed.

Watch space opera The Expanse's first episode on TVFanatic before it premieres on SyFy on December 14 and 15. The show, which has garnered comparisons to Battlestar Galactica (2003), is set 200 years in the future and stars Thomas Jane. In my experience, even futuristic societies on the verge of war have time for romances (hello, Starbuck and Apollo, my loves), and the pilot features a zero-G sex scene, so this show may be one to watch if you're looking for a new sci-fi couple to cheer on.

Deal Alert #2: Sophie Jordan's historical All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (Debutante Files #2) is marked down to $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, and more (ReadCheaply).* Read Tiffany Tyer's preview of All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue and find out Sophie Jordan's own 10 tips for ruining a rogue.

[+Jamie Dornan's latest Fifty Shades Darker comments...]

Nov 23 2015 2:00pm

And What Do You Do...: The Pros and Cons of Hero Professions

Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh

It’s unfair but true–some jobs are simply sexier than others.  You never generally hear men boasting at parties, “Oh yeah, I’m a bad-ass burger flipper,” or “I rock out the accounts department of a used car lot.”  These men might have a million other fabulous qualities, but they won’t lead with an unsexy profession because they don’t want to be judged by what they do.

We all jump to conclusions based on career. Example: picture a bus driver in your head right now.  Is he middle-aged, a little portly and a lot grumpy?  Our brains typecast pretty much instantly.

And so it is with romance heroes–half the picture is painted with simply knowing his occupation.  Below, I’ve listed the eleven sexiest job titles commonly found in romance, along with a breakdown of the perks and lurks associated for the lucky heroine with each career.  These are in no particular order because it’s too hard to choose, they are all too sexy—DON’T MAKE ME DECIDE I JUST CAN’T YOU’RE NOT MY REAL MUM ANYWAY.

Military man-Army soldier, navy seal, air force pilot


You know these men are disciplined and honourable–plus they’ll be RIPPED as all get out.

[Nothing hotter than working heroes ...]

Nov 23 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Sweetest Scoundrel (November 24, 2015)

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane #9)
Forever / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital


Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.


Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.


In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

Eve Dinwoody is no ordinary historical romance heroine. She has an unusual last name, is the bastard sister of a Duke, is remarkably plain in all physical aspects, and most prominently, she has a rather memorable, overlong nose. So in her latest Maiden Lane novel, Elizabeth Hoyt has paired her beakish heroine with the last of the Makepeace heroes, Asa, the younger, impulsive and wild brother. He’s a lowly theater manager with a loud personality, and she’s the meek financial overseer for the rebuilding of the grand pleasure gardens, Harte’s Folly. Thrust together, they’re something like vinegar and water but as Eve gains confidence and Asa shows his softer side, they’re once again a Maiden Lane couple brought together by unlikely circumstances to have lasting love.

[A lasting love tale ...]