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From The Blog
May 25, 2017
Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Lynn, Linden, Anderson, Fox, Fox, and Cameron
Team H & H
May 24, 2017
The Dirty Dancing Remake: The Good, the Bad, and Baby
Elizabeth Poteet
May 24, 2017
Will Elizabeth Swann Get the Happy Ever After She Deserves in New Pirates of the Caribbean?
Darlene Marshall
May 23, 2017
Dirty Dancing’s Johnny and Baby Last Forever
Mala Bhattacharjee
May 23, 2017
Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Bennett, Douglas, Witt, Dee, York, Willoughby, Dean, and Vaughn
Team H & H
May 26 2017 8:07am

What Do You Think When a Book “Ends” at the Halfway Point?

Bear with me for just one moment. A recent “trend” in romance seems to be to include bonus content. That sounds great on the surface, but many times that means getting about halfway through a book you've recently purchased only to discover that the remaining four hours that your e-reader says is left in the book is actually “bonus content.” This can take several different forms: previously published books from the author, bonus stories from friends of the author, an excerpt from the next book. 

However, for some readers this “bonus” can be very frustrating. What are your thoughts? Do you like it when you get bonus content? How much bonus content do you like? Is there a point where there is too much? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

May 25 2017 4:30pm

Your Wicked Ways: Romance News & Deals from Carolyn Brown, Sabrina Jeffries and More

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Wicked Cowboy Charm by Carolyn Brown

Deal Alert: Carolyn Brown's contemporary romance Wicked Cowboy Charm is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Josie isn't fooled by Deke's all-too-slick ways, but when a blizzard leaves them stuck in a tiny cabin together, she finds herself unable to resist his charm. Build your own smoking hot cowboy with a few simple ingredients...

Deal Alert: Sabrina Jeffries' historical romance The Danger of Desire is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* In order to find the man responsible for her brother's death, Delia Trevor spends her nights disguised as a man, gambling her way through London's notorious gaming hells. When Warren, the Marquess of Knightford, recognizes her and threatens to reveal her secret, Delia falls into a whirlwind game with the notorious rakehell. Think you know all about Regency men? Here are 4 birzarre facts from Jeffries about rakes. 

Deal Alert: Lorelei James' contemporary romance What You Need is $1.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Brady Lund may seem like the stereotypical alpha-male tycoon on the surface, but underneath it all “he's rather awkward, conscious of the fact, and self-conscious about it.” The romance between Brady and Lennox takes center stage in What You Need.

[+Red Nose Day and Game of Thrones photos...]

May 25 2017 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Cherrie Lynn, Jessica Linden, Evangeline Anderson, Cathryn Fox, Addison Fox, and Chelsea M. Cameron

We've got 6 exclusive covers for you today with from authors Cherrie LynnJessica Linden, Evangeline Anderson, Cathryn Fox, Addison Fox, and Chelsea M. Cameron. Have your pick of MMA fighters, college athletes, women on the run, billionaire scions, alpha shapeshifters, and family sagas. Your TBR pile will definitely thank you. 

Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn

Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn

Youngest Larson brother Damien has the luck of the devil. Fast talking and faster thinking, he owns a successful nightclub in Houston and runs an illegal poker room upstairs. After a troubled childhood, now nothing is out of Damien’s reach—except his accountant, Emma Haskell.

Emma has always been drawn to Damien’s dark intensity and the gleam in his eyes that promises more than she can possibly handle. But when her brother’s gambling threatens to destroy her family, Damien makes her an offer she’d be crazy to accept—but can’t refuse: her brother’s debts will be forgiven, and Emma belongs to him for thirty days.

In Damien’s world, he shows his angelic bookkeeper what it’s like to live with the devil. But Emma brings out a side in Damien he thought didn’t exist. Will the flames of lust scorch them both, or will this beauty tame the beast and give him something to fight for?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Raw Heat by Cherrie Lynn, available September 5, 2017:

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[+5 more covers ahead]

May 25 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Anne Calhoun’s Turn Me Loose (May 30, 2017)

Turn Me Loose by Anne Calhoun

Anne Calhoun
Turn Me Loose (Alpha Ops #3)
St. Martin's Press / May 30, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

I love a good second-chance romance, especially if it comes with a heaping side of suspense and off the charts heat, and Anne Calhoun’s Turn Me Loose delivers on all of the above.

Riva Henneman and Ian Hawthorn do not have your typical meet cute…unless you consider the her selling drugs in college and him being the undercover cop to bust her as cute.

Okay, fine. It still kind of was.

 But Riva and Ian’s relationship doesn’t end with that first bust. In order to avoid jail time, she works for him as an informant, helping him take down as much of the college drug ring that she can without ever once telling him the whole truth—that the mastermind behind the whole operation was her own father.

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May 25 2017 11:00am

Goodbye Lian Yu: Arrow 5x23, Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow, Season 5 Finale,

Show/EpisodeArrow Season 5, Episode 23, “Lian Yu”
Ship(s): Olicity

Arrow 5x23 Captain's Log

We start where we left off, on Lian Yu, with Oliver asking Slade to help him. Slade is, understandably, confused why Oliver would come to him of all people. A guard interrupts them, refusing to let Slade leave or get on the ARGUS supply boat when Oliver urges him to do so. So Oliver knocks him out and lets Slade out of his cell. This is a different Slade than last we saw. The Mirakuru has worn off and he’s fully sane… and regretful. He did some terrible things to Oliver, namely killing his mother, so why would Oliver want to free him? Perhaps Oliver didn’t kill Slade so that he could be here now to help him when he needs him the most. He needs him to help rescue his friends and family… including his son. Oliver having a son is news to Slade. Oliver then offers Slade a thumb drive with information about how to find his son, Joe Wilson, after he helps Oliver. Seems a good deal and Slade is no dummy. 

They free Digger Harkness too and join a bickering Nyssa and Malcolm on the beach. They plan to get more weapons and ammo from the plane but just about then, an RPG slices through the sky and explodes the plane. So maybe not. Oliver sends Nyssa and Malcolm to find where the RPG was fired from and takes Harkness and Slade with him to find the rest of his team. He warns Harkness not to betray him. 

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May 25 2017 9:30am

5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for May 2017

What sort of “not-your-usual historical” are you looking for this month? 

May is the month when the flowers are in bloom, the bees are buzzing, the kids are counting down the days until school’s out for summer and we’re digging our cute strappy sandals out from the back of our closets.  It also means a blooming crop of not-your-usual historical romance!  This month features fan favorite authors in different settings, a heroine of dubious reputation, and two marriages of convenience.

1930s Hollywood!

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

The Girl Who Knew Too Much by Amanda Quick

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When Hollywood moguls and stars want privacy, they head to an idyllic small town on the coast, where the exclusive Burning Cove Hotel caters to their every need. It’s where reporter Irene Glasson finds herself staring down at a beautiful actress at the bottom of a pool…

The dead woman had a red-hot secret about up-and-coming leading man Nick Tremayne, a scoop that Irene couldn’t resist—especially since she’s just a rookie at a third-rate gossip rag. But now Irene’s investigation into the drowning threatens to tear down the wall of illusion that is so deftly built around the famous actor, and there are powerful men willing to do anything to protect their investment.

Seeking the truth, Irene finds herself drawn to a master of deception. Oliver Ward was once a world-famous magician—until he was mysteriously injured during his last performance. Now the owner of the Burning Cove Hotel, he can’t let scandal threaten his livelihood, even if it means trusting Irene, a woman who seems to have appeared in Los Angeles out of nowhere four months ago…

With Oliver’s help, Irene soon learns that the glamorous paradise of Burning Cove hides dark and dangerous secrets. And that the past—always just out of sight—could drag them both under…

Quick’s latest is enjoying praise from numerous quarters.  Library Journal calls it “an adventurous romp,” Publisher’s Weekly says it “sparkles with wit and clever plotting,” and Booklist gave it a starred review. H&H’s own Cheryl Sneed was “engrossed with the setting” and “happily seduced.”

[+ more Best Bets ahead...]

May 25 2017 8:03am

What Did You Think of the Dirty Dancing Twist?

Dirty Dancing lift in remake

Note: This Morning Coffee contains lots of spoilers about the Dirty Dancing remake.

We did it, we survived. The Dirty Dancing remake on ABC has come and gone and we felt... meh about it. For the most part, the members of H&H that gathered 'round to watch it were split. Many of us felt betrayed by taking away the hopeful ending of the orginal. Some felt that adding in the musical elements took away from the movie. Others felt the added subplot of Baby's parents made the movie too slow. Still others thought the best relationship was the alternative universe we created in our heads in which Baby and Penny got together. 

Today, we want to hear your thoughts! What did you think of the remake? This is a safe place so feel free to vent or applaud the movie as you see fit! 

May 24 2017 4:30pm

Kiss a Wicked Prince: Romance News & Deals from Juliette Cross, Kristan Higgins, and More

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The Black Lily by Juliette Cross

Deal Alert: Juliette Cross' paranormal romance The Black Lily is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Rebel leader Arabelle manages to leave her dagger behind after the assassination attempt on vampire Prince Marius goes wrong. Now Marius is more determined than ever to find the enigmatic woman who kissed him, even though she's out for his blood. Read an excerpt from this steamy Cinderella retelling. 

Deal Alert: Liana LeFey's Georgian romance Once a Courtesan is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “LeFey mixes romance, mystery and plenty of secrets in this second book in her Once Wicked series,” says Wendy the Super Librarian about Once a Courtesan after naming the book one of her Unusual Historical Best Bets for April 2017. If you're looking for more non-Regenecy historicals, don't miss out on these 5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for May. 

Deal Alert: Angela Benson's women's fiction novel The Summer of Me is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* One of our Best Bet picks of last April, The Summer of Me balances faith and religion with an exploration of many types of relationships—mother and daughter, female friendships, and new romantic interests. 

Deal Alert: Kristan Higgins' contemporary romance The Next Best Thing is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Young widower Lucy isn't looking for someone who will stir her heart (or anything else) again—too bad Ethan's got other plans. This one's too sweet to miss!

[+The new Game of Thrones trailer]

May 24 2017 2:00pm

The Dirty Dancing Remake Is ... Fine

Dirty Dancing on ABC

Before we go any further, there’s something I want y’all to know. I am not a Dirty Dancing superfan. Not by a longshot. I grew up “watching” the movie at sleepovers in between prank calling school crushes and playing MASH, and while I own the soundtrack, I don’t listen to it regularly. It was an impulse buy from a bargain bin at Walmart. I can’t tell you which song belongs to which scene or recite any lines from the original film other than the iconic “baby in the corner” one.

Needless to say, I didn’t go into watching the TV remake with any real expectations. I wasn’t prepared to hate it, I wasn’t prepared to love it. I’m Switzerland.

Now, if you love the original, I think we both know why you’re reading this post. You want to hear all about how horrible it was. How little Miss Sunshine is no Baby. How the TV movie pales in comparison to the theatrical release. If that’s the case, superfans, don’t watch the TV movie. You’re gonna hate it. Don’t read this post, you’re gonna hate that too.

Because, as we established, I’m not a fan, and I found the remake to be perfectly fine.

Let’s break down some of the good, the bad, and the baby.

[The good, the bad, and the Baby]

May 24 2017 12:00pm

Jill Shalvis Excerpt: Lost and Found Sisters (+Sweepstakes)

Lost and Found Sisters by Jill Shalvis

They say life can change in an instant…

After losing her sister in a devastating car accident, chef Quinn Weller is finally getting her life back on track. She appears to have it all: a loving family, a dream job in one of L.A.'s hottest eateries, and a gorgeous boyfriend dying to slip an engagement ring on her finger. So why does she feel so empty, like she's looking for a missing piece she can't find?

The answer comes when a lawyer tracks down Quinn and reveals a bombshell secret and a mysterious inheritance that only she can claim. This shocking revelation washes over Quinn like a tidal wave. Her whole life has been a lie.

On impulse, Quinn gives up her job, home, and boyfriend. She heads up the coast to the small hometown of Wildstone, California, which is just a few hours north, but feels worlds apart from Los Angeles. Though she doesn't quite fit in right away, she can't help but be drawn to the town’s simple pleasures…and the handsome, dark-haired stranger who offers friendship with no questions asked.

As Quinn settles into Wildstone, she discovers there's another surprise in store for her. The inheritance isn't a house or money, but rather something earthshattering, something that will make her question everything she thought she knew about herself, about her family. Now with a world of possibilities opening up to Quinn, she must decide if this new life is the one she was always meant to have—and the one that could finally give her the fulfillment she's searched so long for.

Get a sneak peek at Jill Shalvis's Lost and Found Sisters (available June 20, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

She wasn’t sure what was happening to her. Maybe the domino effects of Carolyn’s dying had kick-started her emotions again, at least the simple ones like lust and anger and frustration.

But things like sadness and grief and love . . . those she’d shoved so deep she didn’t know how to access them anymore.

Basically, she was an emotional idiot.

She distracted herself from that knowledge with the scenery. Wildstone at night was an experience. There were no streetlights. No billboards, and with the exception of the bar, the sidewalks apparently rolled up at eight o’clock. There was nothing to detract from the inky night shining with the brilliance of so many stars it looked like a velvet blanket scattered with diamonds.

[Read the full Lost and Found Sisters excerpt...]

May 24 2017 9:30am

Will Elizabeth Swann Get the Happy Ever After She Deserves in New Pirates of the Caribbean?

Elizabeth Swann, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

Will Elizabeth and Will End Up Together Forever?

It’s summer, time for another installment in the iconic Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. Take your eyes off of Jack Sparrow for a moment and ponder the magnificence of the true hero of the Pirates of the Caribbean films….Elizabeth Swann. 

Ahoy! Spoilers ahead, mateys!

In Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, young Elizabeth saved shipwrecked youth Will Turner by stealing the gold coin he wore so Will wouldn’t be accused of piracy. As the movie progresses, it’s Elizabeth who continues taking action to save herself and true love Will, parlaying with Barbossa, hiding her and Will’s true identity, rescuing herself and Jack Sparrow when they’re marooned on a desert island.

Following in the bootsteps of true-life pirate Mary Read, Elizabeth is all about saving her man, no matter what it takes. In the first film she was cast more-or-less as a love interest, but by the second and subsequent films, Elizabeth Swann grows into a woman of action, a pirate captain, someone who twists the plot to save the day. She chains Jack Sparrow to a mast to allow everyone else to escape in Dead Man’s Chest. She vows revenge for her father’s death and becomes Pirate Lord of the South China Sea in At World’s End, and she marries Will, but he becomes bound to the cursed Flying Dutchman and can only visit her once every ten years…or so we’re led to believe.

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May 24 2017 8:08am

Have You Ever Returned a Book You Bought?

Upset Person

Sometimes we get buyers remorse. If it were a piece of clothing, we would simply keep the tags on and return it to the store. However, when it comes to books, that same policy doesn't really apply—even when you haven't read the book in question! 

Have you ever gotten book buyers remorse? What did you do? Did you return the book? 

Tell us about it in the comments! 

May 23 2017 4:30pm

Sweet Surrender: Romance News & Deals from L.A. Banks & Jayne Ann Krentz

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Surrender the Dark by L.A. BanksDeal Alert: L.A. Banks' urban fantasy Surrender the Dark is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & NobleKobo | iBooks | etc.* Half-human, half-angel Celeste is working to save the world with her protector, the angel Azrael, whose desire for her could imprison him among humans forever... Banks's books are a good example of the sometimes blurry line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Deal Alert: Jayne Ann Krentz's contemporary romance Deep Waters is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Charity and Elias are both high-powered CEOs looking for simpler lives, so any relationship between them would be a bad idea...or so they think until they unite forces to catch a murderer. Krentz ranks as one of H&H readers' favorite prolific authors.

Deal Alert: Leigh Bardugo's YA fantasy novel Six of Crows is $2.99 in e-book at AmazonKobo | iBooks | etc.* Enjoy a good heist story? The first book in a duology, Six of Crows follows a group of six outcasts—Kaz, Inej, Wylan, Jesper, Nina, and Matthias—angling for a better life...even if they have to steal it. There's adventure and romance aplenty, but heads up: HEAs are not guaranteed in this one. Here's 10 other fantasy novels you should read.

Deal Alert: Bella Andre's romantic suspense Wild Heat is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Arson investigator Maya had one unforgettable night of passion with firefighter Logan—and then he became her number-one suspect in an investigation. Luckily for Logan, we all know there are at least 5 reasons to love firefighters.


May 23 2017 3:00pm

Dirty Dancing’s Johnny and Baby Last Forever—And You Can’t Tell Us Any Different!

Dirty Dancing

Baby and Johnny live happily ever after. Sure, it’s easy to write off the events of 1987’s beloved Dirty Dancing as a beautiful summer fling set to a kickass 1960s soundtrack—most people do—but I’m here to tell you that they make it. They survive past the credits and the last strains of “The Time of My Life.”

The basic plot of the movie involves a privileged, sheltered, college-bound girl, played by Jennifer Grey, falling for Patrick Swayze’s blue-collar dance instructor. But like so many romance novels we’ve devoured and loved, the emotional core is that they connect despite their differences — and they admire each other because of them. I’ve read summaries that describe Johnny as the worldly one in the relationship — and maybe he is sexually, but in all other ways...? Baby holds the power. Yes, she’s wealthy and educated, but she’s also fearless and brave and strong in her convictions. She goes after what she wants—and who she wants. That floors Johnny. Ultimately, he’s the one seduced, not her. 

Johnny: “I've never known anyone like you. You think you can make the world better. Somebody's lost, you find them. Somebody's bleeding—”

Baby: “I go get my daddy. That's really brave, like you said.”

Johnny: “That took a lot of guts to go to him! You are not scared of anything.”

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May 23 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Anna Bennett, Emma Douglas, L.A. Witt, Bonnie Dee, Zoe York, Kate Willoughby, Cate Dean, and Violet Vaughn

Team H&H has some great covers for you today for upcoming titles to help you keep your TBR pile fully stocked! Check out the reveals from authors Anna Bennett, Emma Douglas, L.A. Witt, Bonnie Dee, and from authors Zoe York, Kate Willoughby, Cate Dean, and Violet Vaughn who are writing in the Camp Firefly Falls universe!

The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett

The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett

“Hide your daughters and your maiden aunts…

Lord Samuel Travis is back.” —The London Hearsay, special society edition

Equal parts scoundrel and seducer, he’s returned to London determined to mend the rift with his older brother. All Sam must do is take possession of a tumbledown town house. A seemingly simple task, except the house is occupied—by an infuriating, whip-smart beauty who refuses to do his bidding.

Miss Juliette Lacey’s wallflower days are over. She has a plan to turn her eccentric family into the toast of the ton—but the devilishly handsome rake trying to oust them from their home thwarts her at every turn. How can one man be so vexing and make her simmer with desire?

As her attraction to Sam deepens, Julie’s problems grow—she may have, once upon a time, secretly shared a kiss with his honorable older brother. Suddenly, Julie’s caught between a rogue and a marquess, between passion and respectability. Torn between two brothers, what’s a girl to do?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Rogue is Back in Town by Anna Bennett, available January 2, 2018:

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[+7 more covers ahead!]

May 23 2017 12:00pm

Bonnie and Clyde: History’s Most Infamous Couple

Becoming Bonnie by Jennie L. Walsh

Today we're thrilled to welcome author Jenni L. Walsh (Becoming Bonnie) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. May 23 is the fateful day when Bonnie and Clyde's crime spree came to an end, but this criminal couple's story has endured for almost 100 years. Jenni is here today to talk about some of the mystique surround this couple and why so many years later, their dark story still fascinates. Thanks, Jenni!

Today marks the anniversary of the day the law brought down notorious American outlaws Bonnie and Clyde eighty-three years ago. At only twenty-three and twenty-five years old, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow were fugitives, eluding police for twenty-two months and leaving a path of death and destruction in their wake.

On May 23, 1934, the duo sat side by side in their Ford V8, traveling down a dirt road. Upon noticing an acquaintance’s broken-down truck, they slowed to help. Bonnie and Clyde didn’t know the law lay in wait. Gunfire erupted. Two minutes later, the roar of gunfire ceased and Bonnie and Clyde’s Ford had been riddled with 167 bullets. Researchers say the duo were shot more than fifty times each. Bonnie was the first known woman to be gunned down by the law in American history.

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May 23 2017 9:30am

First look: Graceley Knox’s Mark of Truth (May 23, 2017)

Mark of Truth by Graceley Knox

Graceley Knox
Mark of Truth (Wicked Kingdoms #1)
Graceley Knox / May 23, 2017 / $5.99 digital

If you like your heroine strong, sassy, and sarcastic, then Ever is your girl and Graceley Knox's Mark of Truth is your fantasy romance. She's been raised among humans but her kind has not been secreted from her. In fact, she goes around and hunts messed up fae and brings them back to their world. 

But a prophecy years ago talks about how a girl with fire red hair will eventually rule the realm of the fae. Also years ago, a decree was created that made it illegal for the different type of fae to marry.  Yeah, we're talking purification of species. And Ever is of course tied to everything. Even she may not be what she seems, being of half Elf and half human.

Ever Leath Cine knows her mother is Elven loyalty. She’s no nonsense and has come to love her role hunting messed up fae. Part human and part Fae, she roams the earth and protects us from fae gone bad.  That is until thee goblins decide they must protect Ever, convince her she’s the daughter of a lost goblin king. Which would make her half-goblin , not human. She’s not quick to embrace this new stature since it implies a death sentence. Apparently, when the light elven king purified the races, it also made offspring like her illegal.

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May 23 2017 8:13am

What Romance Trend Do You Wish You Understood?

Confused Woman

So many books coming out every week means so many different trends for people to try! Not all books are for all readers, however. There are some trends we just... don't get. 

What trend do you not get? Do you ever WANT to get it? Do you not get the appeal, but still find yourself intrigued by the books? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

May 22 2017 4:34pm

Fools for Love: Romance News & Deals from Brynn Kelly & Jay Crownover

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Deception Island by Brynn KellyDeal Alert: Brynn Kelly's romantic suspense Deception Island is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Rafe will do anything to get his kidnapped son back—even abduct an American heiress at the behest of his blackmailers. But when he captures a lookalike con artist, Holly, instead, Rafe realizes he's in way, way over his head...in more ways than one. Read a scene now.

Deal Alert: Jay Crownover's contemporary Riveted, a Saints of Denver novel, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Dash “Church” Churchill wasn't planning to settle down in Denver, but the irresistible Dixie tempts him like no one else. When a Saint falls, he falls hard.

Deal Alert: Kate Pearce's contemporary Western The Maverick Cowboy, Book 2 in the Morgan Ranch series, is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Drawn back to his family's cattle ranch after serving as a Marine, Blue Morgan is immediately captivated by the new veterinarian, Jenna. Trouble is, she's got enough on her plate without adding a tempting cowboy. (Sure, Jenna.) Never underestimate the appeal of a cowboy hero.

Deal Alert: Jesse Petersen's paranormal romance Married with Zombies is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* A zombie apocalypse can do wonders for a marriage! Or so it turns out for Sarah and David, who are on the brink of divorce and seeing a counselor when zombies attack and they suddenly find themselves fighting not only for their love but their very survival. There's always time for romance—even at the end of the world.

[+Passionflix, Orphan Black trailer, and more...]

May 22 2017 3:00pm

The “Why” Behind the Current Daddy Kink Trend in Romance

Hold Me Down by Sara Taylor Woods

Today we're thrilled to welcome Sara Taylor Woods (Hold Me Down) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Erotic romance is known for pushing boundaries, but behind every taboo concept there's a reason why people are drawn to it. Today, Sara is here to discuss the why behind one particular kink—and a trend we've seen a lot on the best seller list: The Daddy Kink. Thanks, Sara.

A decade has passed since the housing bubble burst. A decade since we sank into the worst recession the world has seen in many years—a recession we’re still trying to claw our way out of.

Stay with me. I’m here to talk about romance, I promise.

For most of us, the last decade has been economically trying, at best. In the last ten years, those of us who emerged, blinking and wet-eared, into Adulthood have seen the flaws in the promises we were made as children: a college degree means a good job; a good job means buying property and living without credit card debt. When these promises aren’t fulfilled—our degrees got us those two jobs we need to pay our rent, when we have to pick which bill has to go on the credit card, when we realize we won’t pay off our student debt until our kids are in college (if ever)—we assume it’s our fault. Somewhere we failed. We’ve made bad decisions. We’re irresponsible, ill-equipped, for adulthood.

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