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Jul 27 2016 2:00pm

An Embarrassment of Riches: Humiliation Kink in Erotic Romance

True North by Tamsen Parker

Today we're thrilled to welcome Tamsen Parker (True North) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Tamsen's hero Slade has... particular tastes (as do many of the characters in her books), while they're not for everyone, BDSM romance has taught us one thing: your kink isn't my kink, but your kink is OK. Thanks, Tamsen! 

Humiliation probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think of romance. And for good reason. The word has all sorts of negative connotations, and most of us spend as much energy avoiding humiliation and embarrassment as we spend avoiding physical discomfort.

But much as some people seek out specific types of physical pain for gratification (sexual or otherwise), some others seek out humiliation.

Luckily, still others enjoy inflicting these things, and not in a Mean Girls or Ramsay Bolton kind of way. Because oh so much wincing…


But does humiliation really have a place in romance? I’m going to go ahead and say that, much like any other kink, as long as it’s done with consent and consideration for everyone involved’s well-being, hell yeah!

[Read more...]

Jul 27 2016 12:00pm

Now Win This!: RWA 2016 Souvenir Sweepstakes!


RWA 2016 Souvenir Sweepstakes!*

Enter for a chance to win this prize pack from RWA 2016!

Team H&H attended RWA 2016 in beautiful, sunny, Southern California,  and we returned bearing gifts! We brought a little beach back with us, and we're giving you the opportunity enter now for the chance to win an autographed RWA tote bag, fifteen titles, an audiobook, and an autographed mini-notebook from Susan Elizabeth Phillips! 

Click here to enter for a chance to win!

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning.  Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States, D.C., and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are 18 as of the date of entry.  To enter, complete entry at http://www.heroesandheartbreakers.com/rwa16souvenirgrabbag beginning at 12:00 pm Eastern Time (ET) on July 27, 2016. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 am ET on August 3, 2016. Void outside the United States and Canada and where prohibited by law.  Please see full details and official rules here. Sponsor: Heroes and Heartbreakers, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

You're entering for a chance to win the following items:

  • An RWA 2016 Signed Tote Bag
  • An Autographed mini-notebook from Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Audiobook Cuff Me by Lauren Layne
  • Shadow's End by Thea Harrison**
  • Shards of Hope by Nalini Singh**
  • The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott**
  • Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews**
  • Moon Chosen by P.C. Cast**
  • Family Tree by Susan Wiggs
  • The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne**
  • Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins**
  • Magnate by Joanna Shupe**
  • The Marshal's Justice by Delores Forsen
  • Fortune's Special Delivery by Michelle Major
  • Hell Breaks Loose by Sophie Jordan**
  • True North by Tamsen Parker**
  • Call on Me by Roni Loren**
  • Sugar by Seressia Glass**

**denotes an autographed copy

*sunglasses and beach towel not included

Jul 27 2016 11:00am

Burn Down the Night: Exclusive Excerpt

M. O'Keefe

Burn Down the Night by M. 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.

Get a sneak peek at M. O'Keefe's Burn Down the Night (available August 9, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1


I had a speech all worked out. Totally nuts, right? Like I was one of the bad guys in a cheesy movie.

Except I was the good guy. I swear.

And the guy I was going to hold the gun on, the guy I was going to threaten, kill if I had to—he was the bad guy. The villain. The nightmare made flesh and blood.

[Read the full Burn Down the Night excerpt...]

Jul 27 2016 9:30am

August 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

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

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:
August 1-8August 9-16August 17-24August 25-31

Week of August 1 through August 8

[Shopping List ahoy!]

Jul 27 2016 8:25am

How Often Do You Get in a Reading Slump?

Woman slumped over reading

We've asked you about reading slumps in the past: how do you get out of one, is your keeper pile the solution to your slump, are you currently in a reading slump, and so on and so forth. However, since reading slumps can be a chronic issue (really there should be some sort of organization to help us cope), I thought I'd ask how often a slump happens for you. Does it typically happen after you read a really great book and are suffering the effects of a book hangover, do you find yourself reading more “meh” books and not loving them?

Let us know in the comments!

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Jul 26 2016 5:05pm

Dark-Hunter Emojis and a Chicagoland Spinoff Series?!: Romance News

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

Dragonmark by Sherrilyn KenyonWhat's a text conversation without emojis these days? Now you can communicate via one of your favorite book series with the brand-new Dark-Hunter Emoji keyboard in honor of Dragonmark's release next Tuesday! Already looking ahead to the second book in the Dark-Hunter: Dragons Rising series? Discover the identities of Dragonsworn's hero and heroine...

Journey to Chicagoland...again! Chloe Neill has been keeping a BIG announcement under her hat, and today on her Twitter, she revealed the news that her beloved Chicagoland series is getting a spin-off series. This comes on the heels of news that January will see a new Ethan/Merit novella! If you're looking to start from the beginning, don't miss “Merit Is Awesome: A Chicagoland Series Primer.”

Monica Murphy's newly unveiled Just Friends cover hints at tumultous teen romance, and sure enough, in an interview with USA Today's HEA blog, Murphy describes the book as being about “young teenage love. Angsty love. Smash your heart to bits and end up super confused over everything love.” Yes, there's a love triangle, and it sounds like a doozy...

BookRiot Live 2016, a.k.a. “two days of exclusive events celebrating books and the reading life,” will be held November 12 & 13 in New York City. The schedule of events is still in the works, and we hope they'll be adding romance speakers and panels, but you can learn more and register now over at bookriotlive.com.

[+Lois McMaster Bujold, Shelly Ellis & more deals...]

Jul 26 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Jayne Castle’s Illusion Town (July 26, 2016)

Illusion Town by Jayne Castle

Jayne Castle
Illusion Town (Illusion Town)
Jove / July 26, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

It has been almost sixteen years since Jayne Castle wrote her first Harmony series book, and still readers are enamored with this futuristic world— filled with dust bunnies and Castle’s sly humor.  And of course one of our favorite tropes–the soul mate. 

Hannah West is a finder, a very talented one.  Through her dreamlight talent she is able to find objects for people.  Elias Coppersmith spent years trying to find a Coppersmith family heirloom, but within days after contacting Hannah, she located the object for him.

After getting to know Hannah through e-mails, Elias pushed to meet in person. Hannah initially resisted. She’d gone down that route before. Most men who started out as clients and then tried to charm her, typically had a hidden agenda – like trying to charm her into doing “off-the-books searches, as in finding antiquities on the black market or missing-persons work.”

After swearing that he didn’t have any other scheme, besides wanting to take her to dinner, Elias finally convinces Hannah to give him a chance. It is while driving to pick her up that Elias gets a call that blows his credibility to bits – a Coppersmith excavation team is trapped behind a dreamlight gate and he needs Hannah’s help in detangling it.

[Oh the tangled web...]

Jul 26 2016 3:30pm

Love is a Battlefield: The Pros and Cons of Falling in Love with a Fellow Soldier

One Minute to Midnight by Nico Rosso

Today we're thrilled to welcome Nico Rosso (One Minute to Midnight) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Nico's book sees two soldiers falling in love...a feat that is difficult in real-life, especially if they're involved while in a combat zone. Nico is here today to discuss the pros and cons of falling in love with your fellow officer. Thanks, Nico!

In One Minute to Midnight, veteran special forces soldiers Ben Jackson and “Bolt Action” Mary are on assignment for black ops team Automatik in a small Midwestern town in order to root out ruthless gun runners. But when the cover identities Ben and Mary have invented start to flirt, the line between their mission objectives and their own attraction begins to blur. And the passion can’t be denied. So what are the pros/cons of two soldiers being in a relationship? 

[Things to keep in mind...]

Jul 26 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Piper J. Drake’s Ultimate Courage (July 26, 2016)


Ultimate Courage by Piper J. Drake

Piper J. Drake
Ultimate Courage (The True Heroes Series #2)
Forever / July 26, 2016 / $6.99 print, $5.99 digital

Piper J. Drake’s True Heroes Series continues with its second installment, Ultimate Courage. When two people both have dark pasts that they’re trying to overcome, sometimes things get a little complicated.

Elisa Hall is visiting the emergency room for a wrist injury when she meets Alex Rojas. Alex is an ex-Navy SEAL, a protective single dad, and in a very bad mood when the two first meet. Elisa is intrigued, and maybe a little bit frightened. What Alex doesn’t know, but can sense almost immediately, is that Elisa is hiding something. It turns out that she’s on the run from a very powerful, very possessive ex, and the shelter that Alex can provide her may just be what she needs.

Elisa is living in her car and scared that her ex may be catching up with her. So Alex does the only thing that makes sense: he offers her a job at Hope’s Crossing Kennels, where he trains and rehabilitates dogs, and a place to stay at Revolution MMA, the gym where his young daughter trains. Elisa is hesitant, but soon becomes completely absorbed in Alex’s world, the people (and animals) that inhabit it, and in him.

[A man who loves dogs and kids...]

Jul 26 2016 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal from Dawn Ryder!

Today Team H&H is thrilled to bring you an exclusive cover reveal for Dawn Ryder's upcoming novel Deep Into Trouble, the third book in her Unbroken Heroes series.  Saxon, is a man on a mission whose path crosses with Ginger, a woman who doesn't usually make rash decisions, and may come to regret letting go this one time...

Deep Into Trouble by Dawn Ryder

Deep Into Trouble by Dawn Ryder

Desire is more dangerous than anything…

Saxon Hale lives for the hunt—taking down the bad guys, stopping them dead in their tracks. His latest mission has him in New Orleans, where people go for the party that never ends. But fun is the last thing on Saxon’s mind now that he’s a breath away from closing in on a vicious overlord known only as the Raven. Until an innocent young woman unknowingly enters the very deadly game…  

Ginger Boyce is a librarian who’s growing tired of being so buttoned-up on the job, and when she attends a conference in the Big Easy, she decides to taste the wild side of life. But when her dance with darkness becomes lethal, she’s in dire need of protection—and ends up in the embrace of a man who radiates danger and desire. Soon Saxon finds himself Ginger’s shield against an enemy whose power they haven’t yet begun to face. But will he be able to keep his mind on his mission while the very woman under his care drives him beyond distraction?  


Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Deep Into Trouble by Dawn Ryder, available March 7, 2017:

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Jul 26 2016 12:00pm

The Theory of Deviance: Exclusive Excerpt

Rebecca Grace Allen

The Theory of Deviance by Rebecca Grace Allen

Deviance is unacceptable. It’s taboo. And it’s the one thing he’s always wanted. Portland Rebels, Book 3 Painful shyness isn’t the only reason Mikey Pelletier is a twenty-five-year-old virgin. Between working for his parents and volunteering at his church, he neither has the time nor the inclination to admit his bisexuality to the world—or to himself. A visit from Krissy Porter will hopefully fix everything. After three months of chatting with her, Mikey’s got one carefully planned week to win her heart and lose his V-card. He’s hoping he can pull it off, even with her roommate along for the ride. Krissy has been drawn to Mikey for a while. He’s so easygoing, she thinks he could be the calm in her storm. But there’s an extra complication when she comes to visit: her friend-with-benefits, “hetero-flexible” roommate, Rafe. During a week of revelations, intimacy, and kink, Krissy and Rafe become the angel and devil on Mikey’s shoulders, tempting him in different directions. And all three of them discover that a week of pure deviance can lead to the most uncontrollable emotion of all: love. Warning: This book contains innocent board game-playing that takes a sexy turn, use of recreational substances, back-door action, and some smokin’ hot threesomes. Plus, scenes of inner-demon slaying. Fans and tissues advised.

Get a sneak peek at Rebecca Grace Allen's The Theory of Deviance (available August 2, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“So you think this—” she lifted a missal from the rack and waved it around, “—two thousand-year-old book that’s been translated and edited and retranslated is actually the word of God?”

His cheeks went hot at her censure. The same disdain had driven him from the support group back at school.

He took the tome from her hands and put it back in its shelf. “That’s not actually the

[Read the full The Theory of Deviance excerpt...]

Jul 26 2016 9:30am

First Look: Jackie Ashenden’s Dirty for Me (July 26, 2016)

Dirty for Me by Jackie Ashenden

Jackie Ashenden 
Dirty for Me (Motor City Royals #1)
Kensington / July 26, 2016 / $9.95 print, $7.99 digital

The good-girl/bad-boy trope is still going strong in Romancelandia, and Jackie Ashenden’s latest book is a fine (and I mean fiiiiine) example of just how hot it can be. Dirty for Me is the first book in Ashenden’s new series, Motor City Royals, which showcases the city of Detroit and a motor shop in one of its neighborhoods. Dirty for Me is a prime example of the way that the good-girl/bad-boy narrative can be a hot one that empowers both of its characters with agency–and a good deal of sensuality along the way.

Tamara Eliot is the kind of woman that works her way to the top. As the daughter of a well-known man running a famous corporation, Tamara could be perceived as riding her father’s coattails. In actuality, Tamara works her ass off to make herself noticed in the company, highly aware that her father’s employees don’t see her as an asset but instead as yet another brand of nepotism.

It’s not surprise that Tamara’s life has been privileged. Her parents have money, lots of it, and Tamara grew up with the expectations of a mother and father that want a society daughter. She enjoys the luxury of having a modern, furnished apartment and designer clothes, but she could do without the parental meddling, especially in her love life.

[Bad boys are so good...]

Jul 26 2016 8:11am

Can a Trope Be Your Favorite and Least Favorite at the Same Time?

Tropes can walk a fine line. We love them here in Romancelandia—though they're considered cliche out in the “real world.” Many of us have tropes we gravitate towards—friends to lovers, marriage of convenience, reunited lovers, to name a few. However, some tropes are more polarizing, and what can work in one book, can fail collosally in another. In a recent discussion, I mentioned that enemies to lovers is both one of my favorite and least favorite tropes. My feelings towards it reminded me very much of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem, “There was a little girl,” in which readers were reminded that when the little girl was good, she was very, very good, but when she was bad... she was horrid. 

When certain tropes are done well, for me, it's very good, but when it's bad... it's horrid. Do you have any tropes that work really well for you when they're done well, and become your least favorite when they're done poorly? As they say, it's all in the execution! 

Let us know in the comments!

Jul 25 2016 5:10pm

New J.D. Robb & Anne Rice Sneak Peeks Ahoy!: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Curves 'Em Right by Milly TaidenDeal Alert: Milly Taiden's menage paranormal Curves 'Em Right, the fourth standalone book in the Paranormal Dating Agency series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Taiden excels at writing relatable curvy heroines that remind us of ourselves, says Lauren Smith in her post on body image and romance novels.

Deal Alert: Christine Hughes' rom-com Operation One Night Stand is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble.* We're wondering... Would you like to see the return of the rom-com?

Deal Alert: Dana Marton's romantic suspense Flash Fire, which won the 2016 RITA for Romantic Suspense, is just $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* If you like action movies, you should give Marton's books a chance, writes Nichole Severn in her article “Boom Goes the Dynamite: Romance Novels for the Action Movie Fan.”

Deal Alert: M. O'Keefe's erotic contemporary Everything I Left Unsaid is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Everything I Left Unsaid is “the kind of book I want to buy a million copies of and give it to every reader who claims they don’t like romance,” writes Wendy the Librarian in her First Look review.

Fresh Outta the Oven

J.D. Robb reminds us we're less than two months away from Apprentice in Death hitting the shelves. She's offering an excerpt of Chapter 1 for those who just can't wait!

[+Anne Rice excerpt, movie trailers galore & more...]

Jul 25 2016 4:30pm

Dream Destinations... Only a Page Away!

Santorini Sunsets by Anita Huges

Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to welcome Anita Hughes (Santorini Sunsets) to the site. Luckily for readers, many vacation spots are only a page away even when they can't actually get to them. Anita Hughes is here today to offer up some of the places that she wishes she could get away to—and that have inspired her books. Thanks, Anita!

Recently I went on social media and saw a photo of a friend doing yoga on a cliff on the Greek Island of Santorini. Sailboats skimmed over the emerald ocean and I recognized the village of Ojai.

I looked at the photo again and it took me a minute to remember that I actually wasn’t in Santorini with her. By coincidence, I had spent the morning writing about Santorini for my new book, Santorini Sunsets. It all seemed so familiar: the rocks dotted with pink flowers and the churches with their blue domes, and the volcanic Caldera stretching out as far as the eye could see. What better way to see the world, when you don’t have the time or resources to travel, than through reading?

[A bit of wanderlust...]

Jul 25 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Erin Watt’s Broken Prince (July 25, 2016)

Broken Prince by Erin Watt

Erin Watt
Broken Prince (Royals #2)
EverAfter Romance / July 25, 2016 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

Broken Prince picks up where Paper Princess left off, Ella has flown the coop away from Royal Palace and it's up to Reed Royal and his point of view narrative to help pick up the pieces and make sense of what is rotten in the Royal family. 

It's a nice surprise to get things in Reed's perspective, however, his change of heart over how much he was anti-Ella for most of the first book is a bit surprisng. The nice thing about this series is that Erin Watt has left a lot of room for shocking and almost unbelievable plot twists to happen. I'm not going to say who or what happens, but by establishing the soap opera tone early on in Paper Princess, Broken Prince can get away with a bunch of twists and plot shifts that would almost kill the suspension of disbelief in other novels.

[Ever after?]

Jul 25 2016 1:30pm

Male/Male Romance Best Bets for July 2016

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

What male/male romance novels should you read this month?

What is love without a little angst? Or maybe a lot of angst based on the books I’ve picked this month! Apologies for those who prefer the fluffier romance books but this month is all about love in impossible (or unlikely) situations.

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic 'Nicky' Costigan—the skirt-chasing player. They don't know I've been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.

When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it's for one-night only. That's fine with me, because I'm down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn't take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.

He's got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he's as addicted to me as I am to him. He can't resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke's rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.

Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell’s second book Fast Connection won’t disappoint fans of Strong Signal! Even if Costigan was a little bit of an arsehole in the previous book, this story about discovering yourself and learning to let go of the past will win over fans old and new.

[On to more goodness...]

Jul 25 2016 12:00pm

A Promise of Fire: Exclusive Excerpt

Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Catalia “Cat” Fisa lives disguised as a soothsayer in a traveling circus. She is perfectly content avoiding the danger and destiny the Gods-and her homicidal mother-have saddled her with. That is, until Griffin, an ambitious warlord from the magic-deprived south, fixes her with his steely gaze and upsets her illusion of safety forever.

Griffin knows Cat is the Kingmaker, the woman who divines the truth through lies. He wants her as a powerful weapon for his newly conquered realm-until he realizes he wants her for much more than her magic. Cat fights him at every turn, but Griffin's fairness, loyalty, and smoldering advances make him increasingly hard to resist and leave her wondering if life really does have to be short, and lived alone.

Get a sneak peek at Amanda Bouchet 's A Promise of Fire (available August 2, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Beta Sinta points southeast—at least I think it’s southeast. “Six males. Tarvan. They’re definitely following us.”

“Tarvan?” Flynn scratches the auburn stubble on his jaw. “What could they want?”

Everyone looks at me.

I shake my head. “No way. I haven’t attracted attention in years.” No wonder my guard was so low when Beta Sinta showed up at the circus.

[Read the full A Promise of Fire excerpt...]

Jul 25 2016 10:00am

First Look: B.J. Daniels’s Into Dust (July 26, 2016)


Into Dust by B.J. Daniels

B.J. Daniels
Into Dust  (The Montana Hamiltons #5)
HQN Books / July 26th 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

It’s a big week in gossip, politically speaking. The republican candidate for president, Buckmaster Hamilton of Montana, has just bought an engagement ring for his ex-wife Sarah (..it’s complicated!) and unbeknownst to him, one of his six daughters has been kidnapped by a covert anarchist organization that goes by the moniker The Prophecy. And The Prophecy?  Well they want nothing more than to see Hamilton in office, and they’ll do just about anything imaginable to make sure that happens.

Jack Durand, a Texas boy with a businessman father, has somehow been roped into all of this. (And he’s the one that usually does the roping!) When he witnesses Cassidy Hamilton’s near-abduction, he jumps in immediately to help. Cassidy, reluctant to go public with the incident for fear of the political and personal ramifications, convinces him there’s really only one way to deal with this: she has to go into hiding. Jack, naturally, is not the type of man who will let her do that alone. So the two of them go on the run together, discovering along the way that they might have a disturbing shared history that neither of them knew about until now.

In the fifth book of The Montana Hamilton series, the action and plot begins right out of the gate. There is little time for niceties, as nearly every word is important to unraveling this story, but the author still seems to somehow paint a beautiful picture. Tracing a line from Texas to Montana, the picture that Daniels draws for us is deliciously atmospheric.

[Roped into drama...]

Jul 25 2016 8:15am

Are Labels Helpful or Harmful?

Woman walking down the beach

What's in a label? We've discussed this many times with our reader friends—both on the site and in person—many of whom are against labeling books, whether those labels be for calling out LGBT+ romances or African American romance, or something else entirely. Recently, we even had this conversation with calling out Plus-Sized or BBW (the preferred term is still up for debate) heroines. For many, labels such as these marginalize a book or an author, for others labeling helps spotlight authors and readers are able to find books that represent them.

How do you feel about labels? Do you think they're helpful or harmful?