<i>Loving You Easy</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Loving You Easy: Exclusive Excerpt Roni Loren "They were kissing—a little too passionately for this kind of party." <i>Fight for Me</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Fight for Me: Exclusive Excerpt Jessica Linden "Knox knows he must protect her at all costs..." <i>Just Married</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Just Married: Exclusive Excerpt Jenna Bayley-Burke "He rubbed his hands together as he looked for her, tense with anticipation." <i>Balance</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Balance: Exclusive Excerpt Lucia Franco "His gaze openly traveled the length of my body, taking in every inch."
From The Blog
August 31, 2016
10 Things I Love About Regency Heroes
Ella Quinn
August 31, 2016
August 2016 Male/Male Romance Best Bets
August 30, 2016
Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Leigh, Fox, Parrish, Carew, Stein & More!
Team H & H
August 30, 2016
Victoria 1x02 Heart-to-Heart
August 30, 2016
H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of August 2016
Team H & H
Aug 31 2016 5:00pm

10 Things I Love About Regency Heroes

When a Marquis Chooses a Bride by Ella Quinn

Today we're thrilled to welcome Ella Quinn (When a Marquis Chooses a Bride) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Like many of us, Ella loves Regency heroes. Let's count the reasons, shall we? Thanks, Ella!

1. No facial hair. Now, Mr. Q has had a moustache for almost forty years, but in general I do not like facial hair, and Regency dudes did not even have mutton chop sideburns.

2. Cravats. Don’t ask me why, but a man in a cravat just does it for me. It might be the idea of unwrapping it. 

3. They knew how to dance. I mean really dance. As much as I love my husband . . . well, enough said. 

4.  They were romantic. I guess guys today can be romantic. I saw a picture once. But who can beat a man who could recite poetry or write a poem for you? <sigh>

[Read more...]

Aug 31 2016 4:26pm

On the Scene with L.A. Witt, Fierce Reporters & The Protector: Romance News & Deals

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

Cover Me by L.A. WittDeal Alert: L.A. Witt's paramedic-falls-for-detective male/male romantic suspense story Cover Me is FREE in e-book at Amazon.* Witt's books are regularly recommended for readers new to male/male romance looking to discover new authors.

Deal Alert: Grace Burrowes's Lonely Lords historical Hadrian: Lord of Hope is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Burrowes knows a thing or two about historically well-dressed men, and we expect Hadrian cuts a fine figure as well.

Deal Alert: Victoria Alexander's widow-inherits-scandalous-memoir historical The Perfect Mistress, first in the Sinful Family Secrets series, is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If widowed heroines discovering their passionate side appeals, have we got recommendations for you.

Fresh Outta the Oven

“I've never felt a connection so intense I can physically feel it,” realizes Jake Sharp in a sizzling new excerpt from Jodi Ellen Malpas's bodyguard romance The Protector over at RT Book Reviews. Maybe don't read this one at work.

[+Deleted Captain America scene & fierce fictional female journalists...]

Aug 31 2016 2:30pm

August 2016 Male/Male Romance Best Bets—Light-Hearted Reads

Boyfriend Material by K.A. Mitchell

Summer is still in full swing in London, and with it comes the season of beach (park) reading. With that in mind I’ve tried to keep these recommendations on the more light-hearted side of the male/male romance genre… Not always an easy feat for an angst addict!

Boyfriend Material by K.A. Mitchell

Physically, it’s easy for Ethan and Wyatt to be together—well, if “easy” means stolen moments when Ethan’s roommate is away, or sneaking away to a hidden nook in the library. Privacy is hard to come by in a dorm, but finding ways to connect is half the fun. 

Emotionally, though, that’s a different story. Wyatt isn’t sure if a relationship is something he can make last—years of having to hide his emotions have left him with a shaky sense of self-confidence. And when it’s time to head home for the holidays, their steamy on-campus connection may not translate so well to the real world…

Fans of the first book will be happy to see Ethan and Wyatt returning in Boyfriend Material, the second book in K.A. Mitchell’s latest series. Although Ethan and Wyatt have admitted how they feel about each other, telling the rest of the world isn’t as simple…

[More best bets ahead!]

Aug 31 2016 1:30pm

Loving You Easy: Exclusive Excerpt

Roni Loren

Loving You Easy (Loving on the Edge Series #9) by Roni Loren

Cora has an amazing sex life. She’s beautiful, daring, and the most popular submissive in Hayven. Too bad none of it’s real...

IT specialist Cora Benning has figured out the key to her formerly disastrous love life—make it virtual. In the online world of Hayven, she’s free of her geek girl image and can indulge her most private fantasies with a sexy, mysterious master without anyone in her life discovering her secrets. Until her information is hacked and she finds herself working to fix the breach under two very powerful men—one who seems all too familiar...

Best friends and business partners Ren Muroya and Hayes Fox were once revered dominants. Then Hayes was wrongfully sent to prison and everything changed. Ren wants to get back to who they were. Hayes can’t risk it. But when they discover the new IT specialist is their online fascination, and that she’s never felt a dominant’s touch, the temptation to turn virtual into reality becomes all too great…

Get a sneak peek at Roni Loren's Loving You Easy (available September 6, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Cora inhaled through her nose, trying to calm herself. She should be okay. The party was crowded and blending in shouldn’t be a problem.

She moved through the main part of the room, grabbing a glass of wine off a passing waiter’s tray and scanning faces for Grace. Usually her friend was hard to miss, but Cora didn’t see her blond head anywhere. Dammit.

She spotted a table in the farthest spot from the hallway. Two women were sitting there, but there was a chair free. She headed that way and retrieved her phone from her purse so she could text Grace.

[Read the full Loving You Easy excerpt...]

Aug 31 2016 12:00pm

September 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in September.

We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
September 1-6September 7-13September 14-20September 21-30

Week of September 1 through September 6

[September shopping list!]

Aug 31 2016 9:30am

August 2016 Women’s Fiction Best Bets—“It is in Your DNA to Love a Good Story”

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

It is in your DNA to love a good story. You know, neat tales with heroes and villains and conflicts to resolve. A good story pushes our buttons, is exciting and memorable.

-Barry Ritholtz

Memorable is the buzz word for August, and this month women’s fiction releases. These books are memorable in different ways, but still you’ll close the book, and think ‘Oh, that was a good book!”


The Hating Game: A Novel by Sally Thorne

Debut author Sally Thorne bursts on the scene with a hilarious and sexy workplace comedy all about that thin, fine line between hate and love.

Nemesis (n.)

1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.

2) A person’s undoing

3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton and Joshua Templeman hate each other. Not dislike. Not begrudgingly tolerate. Hate. And they have no problem displaying their feelings through a series of ritualistic passive aggressive maneuvers as they sit across from each other, executive assistants to co-CEOs of a publishing company. Lucy can’t understand Joshua’s joyless, uptight, meticulous approach to his job. Joshua is clearly baffled by Lucy’s overly bright clothes, quirkiness, and Pollyanna attitude.

Now up for the same promotion, their battle of wills has come to a head and Lucy refuses to back down when their latest game could cost her her dream job…But the tension between Lucy and Joshua has also reached its boiling point, and Lucy is discovering that maybe she doesn’t hate Joshua. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Strengths: Tantalizing Tension; Brilliant comedic scenarios; Beguiling romance: HEA
Measure of Love: Tablespoon
Mood: Upbeat
Thoughts: What a fabulous first book. It starts out wonderfully comedic, and then the author reveals amazing character complexities!

[More best bets ahead!]

Aug 31 2016 8:08am

What Would Be the Most Unexpected Read on Your Shelf?

It's great to discover new authors, but we all tend to fall into the same patterns of reading—we've found what we like! While romance readers have some of the most varying tastes of any readers I've talked to, even they find patterns within their own reading tastes. 

What do you think would be one author or book that a friend, if they were perusing your shelves/e-reader, would be surprised to find? Has this book changed your reading tastes entirely or was it a blip on the radar? Or is there something else surprising about your shelves–are you a librarian with uncategorized books? Are you devoted to organization, but your books are a mess?

Let us know in the comments!

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Aug 30 2016 4:55pm

Here Be Dragon Shifters...and Highlanders!: News & Deals

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

Some Like It Scot by Suzanne EnochDeal Alert: Suzanne Enoch's Highlander historical Some Like It Scot is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Love the book so much you want to marry it? Well, here, have a post on Scottish wedding traditions in the Highlands.

Deal Alert: Shana Abé's first paranormal-historical Drakon novel, The Smoke Thief, is only $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Lyrically written,” writes Maggie Boyd, “these Regency romances are about a group of aristrocrats who can change from human to dragon in the blink of an eye.” The books snagged a spot in our list of Fantasy Romances You Should Be Reading.

Deal Alert: Tessa Bailey's road-trippin' contemporary Too Hot to Handle, Book 1 in the Romancing the Clarksons series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Road-trip romances present a unique set of challanges, but when done well, the trope can be captivating.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Subway riders, your commute just got more bookish. To celebrate Wi-Fi service in more of New York City's underground tunnels, Penguin Random House is for the next several weeks offering offering free “Subway Reads”—novel excerpts and short stories you can download to read while you ride. (If you have to drive to work and want to throw something at those of us who get to read on our way into the office...that's valid.)

[+Romance tumblrs to follow and today on H&H...]

Aug 30 2016 4:00pm

First Look: Sarah MacLean’s A Scot in the Dark (August 30, 2016)

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean
A Scot in the Dark (Scandal & Scoundrel #2)
Avon Romance / August 30, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

A Scot in the Dark, the second entry in Sarah MacLean’s Scandal & Scoundrel series, follows Alec Stuart and his ward, Lillian Hargrove. Alec is the Duke of Warnick, a Scot who inherited the title after the 17 others in line for it before him died in a variety of unexpected ways. Most of them didn’t have families, so their properties and responsibilities all fell to him. Lily is one of those responsibilities, and after falling in love with the wrong man, she finds herself a pariah with no prospects.

The story begins when Alec is instructed to fix things and travels to London, finding a spirited young woman who is (justifiably) tired of men and rules. MacLean is a master of tension (she teaches workshops on it, I’m not exaggerating here), and the tension in the novel comes largely from a lack of trust between our main characters.

Alec was raised by a father who emotionally abandoned him after Alec’s English mother physically abandoned them to return to London (and then died shortly thereafter). Apparently she didn’t love her family enough to stay in the country, and Alec has spent his life either trying to win her approval or giving the metaphorical middle finger to England and wandering his Scottish estate barechested with two giant dogs for company.

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Aug 30 2016 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Lora Leigh, Calista Fox, Roan Parrish, Opal Carew, Charlotte Stein & More!

We're turning up the heat at the end of summer with sizzling reveals from authors Lora Leigh, Calista Fox, Roan Parrish, and an anthology from Opal Carew, Charlotte Stein, Celia Aaron, and Sheryl Nantus! First up, Lora Leigh's Only Pleasure e-serial** is so good you get three times the thrill! We get to follow Chase and Kia as they navigtate their tumultuous and changing relationship to their hard won forever. Calista Fox's Burning Obsession takes us on a wild and sexy adventure as Kyle and Ari have to dodge bullets and wrangle their growing attraction. In Roan Parrish's Where We Left Off, Leo & Will have a powerful attraction to one another, but Will is keen to ignore it even though their chemistry is off the charts. And finally, Opal Carew, Celia Aaron, Charlotte Stein, Sheryl Nantus, and Calista Fox bring us hot billionaire ménages in Filthy and Rich that are sure to leave us breathless.

**Note: Lora Leigh's Only Pleasure was previously released in paperback

Only Pleasure, Part One by Lora Leigh

Only Pleasure, Parts One by Lora Leigh

Part 1

Sinful pleasure and forbidden desire rule in the first part of #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh's novel Only Pleasure, previously published in trade paperback and now exclusively in e.

Since Chase Falladay came to her rescue two years ago, Kia Stanton has never been able to forget the powerful man or the kind of life he leads. So two years later when she runs into Chase and his friend, Khalid, and leaves with them that night, she knows exactly where it is all heading. However, little prepares her for the smoldering pleasure she feels in the arms of two men. After years of holding back, Kia is finally able to find freedom...as Chase and Khalid possess her body with forbidden sensations...

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Only Pleasure, Part One by Lora Leigh, available November 1, 2016:

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[More Covers Ahead!]

Aug 30 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Laura Lee Guhrke’s No Mistress of Mine (August 30, 2016)

No Mistress of Mine by Laura Lee Guhrke

Laura Lee Guhrke
No Mistress of Mine (An American Heiress in London)
Avon/August 30, 2016/$7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Would you believe me if I told you that I could sum up every romance booklovers’ favorite type of story no matter what genre they read, whether it be contemporary, fantasy, historical or another genre? It’s simple really–we all love an “against all odds” story. Like lovers reuniting after separating, or falling for someone outside their own their socioeconomic class—which is exactly the type of story that Laura Lee Guhrke delivers in her latest release

In Victorian England it’s understood that young men, especially young men of the nobility, need to sow their wild oats before they settle down with a woman of their own social standing. A woman that their family approves of – especially if they are heir to a title. That is exactly what Honorable Denys Somerton is doing the summer he turns 24.  When his friends Nicolas, the Marquess of Trubridge (When the Marquess Met His Match) and Jack, the Earl of Featherstone (Catch a Falling Heiress), take Denys to Lola Valentine’s cabaret show he is immediately smitten. Although both Nicolas and Jack were vying for Lola’s attention, Denys is the one who wins her interest. Part of it was his affable charm, and his dark good looks, but mainly it was his genuine tenderness—something very scarce in Lola’s hardscrabble life.

[Read more...]

Aug 30 2016 12:00pm

Fight for Me: Exclusive Excerpt

Jessica Linden

Fight for Me by Jessica Linden

Raised in the streets, Knox is a battle-worn MMA fighter with no past, present, or future. Fighting every day just to survive, Knox owns nothing but the pride in his victories and the scars on his hands. When his control snaps and he must flee the city to keep his life, he runs into a stunning woman with the same intent. All big eyes and delicate features, she's not cut out to survive on her own. And when finding her own inner strength leads to a shocking act of violence, Knox knows he must protect her at all costs...

Natalie couldn't spend another day under her father's lock and key. Raised to be the perfect picture of wealth and sophistication, she detests the dark, ugly side of her father's greed. Refusing to be held captive by her life a moment longer, she escapes his fortress - and runs right into the arms of the strongest, most dangerous, most desirable man she's ever met. As instant attraction leads to explosive passion, Natalie finds she cannot leave his side. But as their pursuers loom closer and threaten to tear them apart, Natalie and Knox have to decide: is it easier to stand apart? Or is a love this strong worth the fight?

Get a sneak peek at Jessica Linden's Fight for Me (available August 30, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Knox barely heard them shout his name. The minute he stepped into the cage, he was in the zone. Nothing existed except the fighter in front of him.

And nothing would stop him from winning.

As was customary before beginning the fight, he bumped his tattered, battle-scarred gloves with the other fighter’s as a sign of goodwill. But it was all for show. Maybe in professional MMA fighting it meant something. However, in this filthy warehouse, it meant nothing. You did whatever it took to get the win.

[Read the full Fight for Me excerpt...]

Aug 30 2016 10:30am

Anyone Else Feeling the Love Between Lord Melbourne and Queen Victoria? Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 2 Heart-to-Heart

Victoria on ITV

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. Victoria, now airing in the U.K., tells the story of that love (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Lou's recaps when Season 1 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Victoria, including last night's Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 2, “Ladies in Waiting.” Enjoy!

The second episode of Victoria continues with the same dramatic, angst-filled vibe that the first one set up so beautifully.  This time, we are treated to some delicious ‘will they’ or ‘won’t they’ moments between the innocent Queen and her dashing Lord Melbourne as they struggle with the emotional conflict of what they want versus what is right.  There’s more underhand plotting from the dastardly trio of Conroy, the Duchess and the Duke of Cumberland.  There are even more treats from below stairs as Lehzen continues to face opposition from the other members of staff.  All of which has me gripped, just as I was after the first episode of Downton, itching for what the latest turn of events will be, and in a heap of muddled feelings by the time the credits roll.

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Aug 30 2016 9:30am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of August 2016

Broken by Nicola Haken

What are the best new romances in August 2016?

Each 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.


Broken by Nicola Haken tore my heart out and then put it back together again. This is an incredible, dark, m/m romance with two wonderful heroes. Slight warning one of the main characters suffers with severe depression and suicidal tendencies so please don't read if those are triggers for you.

So I might be a little late to the Annie's Song by Catherine Anderson appreciation party, but I loved this book! The love between Annie and Alex is so sweet, pure and caring. I couldn't stop reading this book; even when it finished I wanted more.

[More Best Reads Ahead!]

Aug 30 2016 8:14am

Would You Keep an Anthology for One Story?

Anthologies are great for discovering new authors and finding new stories from long-time faves. However, sometimes anthologies are the only place we can find that beloved story. In recent years, with the digital age of books, we can get a few of those standalone novellas and stories when we couldn't get them before.

Do you have any beloved stories from anthologies? Is it the only place you can read a favorite story by a favorite author?

Let us know in the comments!

Aug 29 2016 5:00pm

Something Old, Something New...Erotic Romance Best Bets for August 2016

Burn Down the Night by M.OKeefe

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your literary palette and your credit card.

August is the transitional month where we wave goodbye to the hot lazy days of summer as we step through the doorway towards the cooling relief of fall. The couples below are all at the crossroads of life where they are offered a chance to change their lives if they are strong enough to walk through the flames of their passion to the other side.

NOTE: Not every story I recommend here are this month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

Burn Down The Night by Molly O’Keefe

The only thing that matters to me is rescuing my sister from the drug-cooking cult that once enslaved us both. I’ve run cons my whole life, and I’ll use my body to get whatever I need. Max Daniels is the last connection I have to that world, the one person reckless enough to get involved. Besides, now that his brothers have turned on him, he needs me too.

The deal was supposed to be simple: a place to hide in exchange for rescuing my sister. Now he’s my prisoner. Totally at my mercy. But I’m the one captivated. Enthralled. Doing everything he asks of me until I’m not sure who’s in control.

We both crave the heat. The more it hurts, the better. But what if Max wants a different life now, to leave the game . . . to love me? I thought I knew better than to get burned. Now I’m in too deep to pull away. And the crazy thing is . . . I don’t want to.

Molly O'Keefe is the queen of creating characters so broken you are certain they will never survive the journey towards their redemption. Joan and Max have spent their lives fighting against themselves. Self-recrimination and shame is the theme of this story as a chance encounter leads them down an emotionally charged erotic and dangerous road that will either grant them the forgiveness they so desperately crave or consign them to the hell they feel they deserve.

[More recommendations ahead!]

Aug 29 2016 4:30pm

Outlander’s Lord John Grey Joins the Fray: Romance News & Deals

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

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Fresh Outta the Oven

David Berry as Alastair in Miss Fisher's Murder MysteriesOutlander's Lord John Grey has walked right out of our imaginations and into real life thanks to news that Aussie thesp and Hollywood newcomer David Berry has been cast in the role for season 3 of the show! (If you're sure you've seen his face before, you're probably a Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries fan, as Berry portrayed Alastair in the episode “Murder on the Ballarat Train.”) Grey and the Frasers, especially Jamie Fraser, have a complex relationship in Diana Gabaldon's books, and we expect no less than a fascinating dynamic on screen. You know we'll be chatting about it either way in our episode recaps.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Deal Alert: Amanda Quick's Beauty-and-the-Beast Regency Ravished is only $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Quick's books have been credited with bringing at least one reader back into the romance fold—did she do the same for you?

—Deal Alert: Former H&H community manager Megan Frampton's governess-tutors-duke historical The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior, Book 1 in the Dukes Behaving Badly series, is on sale fo $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* You are most welcome to sit in on Lily's interview with the duke in an excerpt from the book.

[+Jade Lee & Samanthe Beck deals...]

Aug 29 2016 3:30pm

First Look: Lora Leigh’s Dirty Little Lies (August 30, 2016)

Dirty Little Lies by Lora Leigh

Lori Foster
Dirty Little Lies (Men of Summer)
St. Martin's/August 30, 2016/ $7.99 print & digital

Dirty Little Lies is the latest entry in Lora Leigh’s Men of Summer romantic suspense series and it's a twisty mystery with a spicy romance between a saucy spitfire and the alpha male who will risk everything to save her.

Grace Maddox is a highly intelligent woman whose delicate looks and genteel appearance drive those who love her want to protect her, no matter the consequences. Townspeople have mistaken Grace’s genial behavior for naivety, as her fiery tendencies aren’t well known to those outside of her immediate family. What those who aren't close to her see is not the real Grace. She not only can truly kick butt verbally, which I love, but she’s also able to defend herself physically. One of those individuals under a misguided belief that Grace is a delicate flower is Zack Richards, the man Grace has been in love with for years. He is willing to protect her at all costs from a conspiracy that threatens her life, even fighting with her close family members to do it.

[Read more...]

Aug 29 2016 1:00pm

Just Married: Exclusive Excerpt

Jenna Bayley-Burke

Just Married by Jenna Bayley-Burke

Seattle attorney Miranda Rose arrives in Las Vegas determined to keep her best friend-with-benefits from making a costly mistake – marrying some stranger just to save his family trust. But once there, Miranda discovers she’s the surprise bride! One red-hot honeymoon later, they’re back to their over-scheduled lives on opposite coasts. But a marriage of convenience with regularly scheduled sexytimes turns complicated when Miranda gets the shock of a lifetime: she's pregnant...with twins.

Miranda has always wanted a family of her own, but her infertility made it impossible. Besides, Callum’s difficult upbringing places him adamantly in the no-kid zone. Now she must decide between the man she’s been in love with for years and the children she’s longed for. Or will Callum surprise her yet again and come through when it matters most?

Get a sneak peek at Jenna Bayley-Burke's Just Married (available August 30, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


“You’re getting married.” Miranda Rose choked on the words, her throat constricting, stomach twisting, and soul shriveling like a lone grape forgotten on the vine.

“Tomorrow.” Callum Kerr’s voice held more excitement than she’d heard since their law school graduation, when he’d transitioned from student to textile mogul. From the stillness in the background, he was most likely closed in his office just like she was, only his feet were probably on the desk. And he was smiling. She could tell from the warmth in his voice.

[Read the full Just Married excerpt...]

Aug 29 2016 11:45am

Long Live the Queen! Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 1 Heart-to-Heart


Victoria on ITV

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. For U.K. viewers, the beginning of their love story, and Queen Victoria's long reign, has begun with the premiere of Victoria, now airing in the U.K. (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Lou's recaps when Season 1 airs on PBS beginning in January.) We're sure you're just as eager as we are to get to it, so without further ado...

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Victoria, including last night's series premiere. Enjoy!

So why should you watch?

For anyone with a love for a particular style of period drama that has been left bereft after the end of Downton Abbey, fear not because the savior has arrived.  Or to be more precise, the Queen has arrived, in the form of the gloriously written & magnificently styled Victoria (broadcasting on ITV in the UK).  The 8-part series charts her early life as she ascends the throne at the tender age of 18, navigating her role as Head of State during what was a turbulent time for Britain, and equally importantly, her introduction to the man who would go on to be her greatest passion in life.

Penned by novelist Daisy Goodwin, her first foray into the world of screenwriting comes from encountering the young Victoria’s diaries as part of her university studies, something which she admits made the task of telling the story that much easier. 

Production is bolstered by a stellar cast led by Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley) as the woman predominantly portrayed throughout history as a notoriously stoic monarch clad in ‘widow’s weeds’.  Her flawless performance is beautifully supported by the enigmatic BAFTA nominated Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Parade’s End... A Knight's Tale) as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister and long-time confidant. But don't start shipping them yet, as Episode 3 will introduce the historic trifecta with the arrival of the dashing Tom Hughes (The Game, Dancing on the Edge, Silk) as the love of Queen Victoria’s life, Prince Albert.

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