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Oct 3 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Madeline Hunter’s Tall, Dark, and Wicked (October 6, 2015)

Tall, Dark, and Wicked by Madeline Hunter

Madeline Hunter
Tall, Dark, and Wicked (Wicked #2)
Jove / October 6, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

A wickedly wonderful new romance from the New York Times bestselling author of His Wicked Reputation  

Most women will give him anything he wants. She is not most women… 

As a well-known barrister and the son of a duke, Ives confines his passionate impulses to discreet affairs with worldly mistresses. A twist of fate, however, has him looking for a new lover right when a fascinating woman shows up in his chambers, asking him to help save her father from the gallows. Unfortunately, he has already been asked to serve as the prosecutor in the case, but that only ensures close encounters with the rarity named Padua Belvoir. And every encounter increases his desire to tutor her in pleasure’s wicked ways...

Having always been too tall, too willful, and too smart to appeal to men, Padua Belvoir is shocked when Ives shows interest in her. Knowing his penchant for helping the wrongly accused, she had initially thought he might be her father’s best hope for salvation. Instead, he is her worst adversary—not least because every time he looks at her, she is tempted to give him anything he wants…

This is the second of the Wicked Trilogy, the first being His Wicked Reputation. As a long-time fan of Madeline Hunter, it was easy to get into Uwain (Nobody knows how to pronounce it anyway, so just call him Ives.) and Padua’s story. Having read like a zillion historical romances in my life, this one starts the way many of them do. A prim, unwittingly hot single woman shows up at a *gasp* bachelor’s home at a most improper time.  In this case, he’s even half undressed and doesn’t have the decency to put his coat back on!  He greets her in a robe for crying out loud!  He should know better, as a lawyer….well a barrister but same difference. 

[Ives to the rescue ...]

Oct 2 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Men Whose Names Start With J (Jason Momoa, Jake Gyllenhaal, and More)

BC Top Image Jeffrey Dean Morgan 470

Hurricane Joaquain has the east coat of the United States a little worried as it continues to gain power in the Atlantic Ocean. While googling the characteristics of a hurricane, I found out from ask.com that hurricanes are: 

  • extremely powerful
  • form above ocean water
  • cause devastating damage to coastal areas
  • and the result is high waves, heavy rains, and powerful winds. 

With a little tweaking, don't these characteristics sound like they could apply to a round of good love making? Only if Hurricane Joaquain could leave the Atlantic and enter the bedroom of a good romance novel. Well it's not that simple, but Jon Hall and Jeffrey Dean Morgan may fit the bill.

Some men just look like they'll be good in bed and I'm sure this week's beefcake won't disappoint. So in honor of Joaquain let's recognize men who names start with the letter J. 

[Hello John, Jake, Jason, or whatever your name is ...]

Oct 2 2015 3:21pm

Romance News Roundup: Swooniest Pride & Prejudice Moments, Penny Reid Deal, 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.

Neanderthal Seeks Human by Penny Reid

—Deal Alert #1: Penny Reid writes great “smart romance,” and she hits all the marks with Neanderthal Seeks Human, the first book in her Knitting in the City series. Bonus: it's free right now at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* For more on Penny Reid, see what our bloggers had to say about her. 

—If you agree with me that Matthew MacFadyen is the sexiest of Darcys, then you'll enjoy Buzzfeed's article about the 24 moments in Pride and Prejudice that will make your heart go pitter-patter—sorry Firth fans, it's only the 2005 adaptation! 

Strike Back fans, get excited! There's talk of a Strike Back movie in the works, according to Entertainment Weekly! The show finished its final season back in July, but just because it's done, doesn't mean it's over—not in the entertainment world! Are you not familiar with it? Check out what Miss_D had to say about the Cinemax show's Michael and Kim (one of the many reasons to watch)!

[Plus, Julianna Marguelis on her dirty pommade, Jake Gyllenhaal's height, and more deals!]

Oct 2 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Manda Collins’s Good Earl Gone Bad (October 6, 2015)

Good Earl Gone Bad by Manda Collins

Manda Collins
Good Earl Gone Bad (Lords of Anarchy #2) 
St. Martin's Press / October 6, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital


Marriage? To a gambler? You must be joking! Yet Lady Hermione Upperton has never backed down from a challenge. When her spendthrift father offers her at the gaming tables, she is given a difficult choice-wed the Earl of Mainwaring, an infamous gamester with no respect for her skills with the reins, or face charges for the murder of a member of the infamous Lords of Anarchy. Either way she'll have to clear her name. Can she count on her husband's help the way she has begun to count on his kisses?


All Jasper Fawley, the Earl of Mainwaring, wanted was a night of cards. But by the end of the evening he's walked away with a fortune-and a bride who's suspected of murder. Jasper knows Hermione is passionate about her unorthodox membership in the Lords of Anarchy, but he's certain she would never kill to keep it. Can he protect his headstrong wife from prosecution and a ruthless killer without endangering both their hearts in the process?

Good Earl Gone Bad by Manda Collins is a fun historical romp featuring gambling, a forced marriage amongst friends, and a woman born way before her time.

[Spend your time with uncoventional Hermione ...]

Oct 2 2015 1:00pm

You Clever Girl: Wickedly Witty Women Writers in Romance from Dahl, Rodale, and Quinn!

Forever Your Earl by Eva Leigh

Today we're thrilled to welcome Eva Leigh to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Eva's latest release, Forever Your Earl, came out on September 29, and is the first book in her Wicked Quills of London series, which—you guessed it—features writer-heroines! Eva is here today to talk about other lady writers in romance. Thanks, Eva!

Editor's Warning: This post may contain spoilers for anyone who hasn't read some of the series mentioned below. If you like writer heroines, you'll love this post...but you may also get spoiled. Read with caution!

Women who write are definitely bad girls. People think we’re probably shy wallflowers who quietly pen stories to take the place of the adventures we never have—but the truth is, writing is daring. It’s even wicked.

For one thing, society often tells women to keep quiet, not to rock the boat, keep our opinions to ourselves, and be seen but not heard. What a bold thing, then, to actually step forward and demand that we deserve to be listened to? To insist that we have something to say? How subversive!

There’s a popular story about Jane Austen: her nephew alleged that she would write in secret, and then, when someone would come into the room, she’d cover her work with other papers, as if to disavow or hide what she was doing. But it’s more likely that Austen was proud of her writing, and pursued her work with ambition and self-respect. But the myth of shy, unassuming Aunt Jane has been part of popular culture for a long time. Think about what it means: that one of the most respected female authors was just a dabbler, quiet and humble—rather than owning her work, and being determined to make her mark in the world of literature. That’s what society at large wants us to take away from the awe-inspiring work of Jane Austen. But to that I say phooey.

[Witty writer heriones who stole the story ...]

Oct 2 2015 12:00pm

Dead Ringer: Exclusive Excerpt

Heidi Belleau and Sam Schooler

Dead Ringer by Heidi Belleau, Sam Schooler

Brandon Ringer has a dead man's face. His grandfather, silver-screen heartthrob James Ringer, died tragically at twenty-one, and Brandon looks exactly like him. But that's where the resemblance ends. Brandon is unknown, unemployed, and up to his ears in back taxes after inheriting his grandparents' Hollywood mansion. He refuses to sell it-it's his last connection to his grandmother-so to raise the cash he needs, he joins a celebrity look-alike escort agency.

Percy Charles is chronically ill, isolated, and lonely. His only company is his meddlesome caregiver and his collection of James Ringer memorabilia. When he finds “Jim Ringer” on Hollywood Doubles' website, he books an appointment, hoping to meet someone who shares his passion for his idol.

Brandon? Not that person.

But despite their differences, they connect, and Percy's fanboy love for James shows Brandon a side of his grandfather he never knew. Soon they want time together off the clock, but Percy is losing his battle for independence, and Brandon feels trapped in James's long shadow. Their struggle to love each other is the stuff of classic Hollywood. Too bad Brandon knows how those stories end.

Get a sneak peek at Heidi Belleau & Sam Schooler's Dead Ringer (available October 26, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Cyrus didn’t answer, so he yanked his sunglasses down over his nose, really, really missing his coffee now, and shoved his door open. It was embarrassing how intimidating just the stupid house was. Brandon knew for sure the john wasn’t the one keeping the yard looking so nice. Did he call everything else in half an hour ahead too? Just call and expect his yard to be trimmed, his cars—Brandon was sure he had a bunch—to be washed, his groceries to be bought and stocked automatically, his newspaper not only brought to his door but delivered each morning on a silver platter next to his daily, overcomplicated breakfast order? Instant service.

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Oct 2 2015 11:00am

Sleepy Hollow 3x01 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: Moving on Up

TV Recap: Sleepy Hollow 3x01 Ichabbie

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 1, “I, Witness”
Ship(s): Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)

Sleepyheads, this has been one long, hot summer, with all the Ichabbie tension crackling in the air since the second season finale. With Katrina dead, this should be a clear shot for Ichabbie to finally act on all that unspoken romantic tension, but this is Sleepy Hollow, and it’s not that easy.

Katrina might be off in the great beyond, but Abraham, Crane’s former best bro and Katrina’s ex, is now tucked neatly in Pandora’s box, and boy is she a creepy one. Seems just Abraham’s type, but this episode is all about the Ichabbie, who have not seen each other for nine whole months since Katrina’s death.

[How we have missed Ichabbie ...]

Sep 30 2015 12:00pm
Original Story

H&H Quickie #12: Susan Andersen Presents “The Girl Next Door”

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Running Wild by Susan Andersen

We are honored and thrilled to share with you a brand-new, exclusive, and original Quickie scene “The Girl Next Door” by Susan Andersen, whose latest release Running Wild, came out in August. 

Want to be alerted for our next Quickie? Become an H&H member and check “yes” to become a newsletter subscriber and get your quick fix of all other romance news, reviews, and excerpts!

Last month, we asked you to offer suggestions (“prompts”) as inspiration for a short original scene, and you blew us away with a ton of great prompts.

Here are the prompts she chose for (with thanks to everyone who left a suggestion, because there were so many fantastic options):

  • Sunburn/girl next door (Heather Waters)
  • Torn T-shirt/aloe gel (Kareni)
  • Sunglasses (brontegirl)
  • Hello Kitty bandages (lauralee1912)
  • Toadsuck, Arkansas/weed-eater (or weed-whacker as we call em in my neck of the woods). (Scarletleigh)

[Welcome Susan Andersen ...]

Oct 2 2015 8:01am

Who Would You Fantasy Cast as the H/H in Your Current Read?

It's Friday and for many that means, #FridayReads

Back in 2012, Megan Frampton asked if you Fantasy-Cast as you read...by now you know we love to fantasy cast! In the spirit of our love of fantasy casting and #FridayReads, what you are reading this week and who would you fantasy cast in the “lead roles”?

Let us know in the comments!

Oct 1 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Lily Everett’s Home for Christmas (October 6, 2015)

Home for Christmas by Lily Everett

Lily Everett 
Home for Christmas (Sanctuary Island #4)
St. Martin's Press / October 6, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Celebrate Christmas on Sanctuary Island, where the love light gleams. There will be snow and mistletoe...and two lonely hearts yearning for love, family, and above all, home.

Magazine columnist Libby Leeds has made a name for herself sharing heartwarming stories from her perfect life on Sanctuary Island. There's just one minor detail she's left out: she hasn't set foot on the island since her childhood. Orphaned and heartbroken, she departed years ago and never looked back-except in her fictional columns. Now a wounded war hero is returning to Sanctuary Island, and Libby's editor insists she cover the story by taking the long road back...


Army Ranger is a tall, handsome single father, and now a media sensation. He wants to reconnect with his daughter, Caitlin, and make up for lost time by giving her a Christmas to remember. When “America's Favorite Homemaker” Libby Leeds offers her help, he jumps at the chance. But the sweet, reclusive writer is more intriguing, and more tempting, than Owen could have imagined. Soon, Owen and Caitlin are spending their holiday with Libby, decorating trees, making gingerbread houses, and warming up by the fire. It's the closest Libby has come to love and family since she was a child-but until she and Owen admit what is in their hearts, the home they are creating together will be only in their dreams.

While Lily Everett pays homage to a long ago movie, Christmas in Connecticut, with her newest release, Home for Christmas, she makes the story uniquely hers. Christmas in Connecticut with Barbara Stanwyck (1945), and then the remake with Dyan Cannon (1992), are romantic comedies; Home for Christmas is a bit weightier and places more emphasis on the importance of family.

[Yearning for family and a lover for the holidays ...]

Oct 1 2015 3:48pm

Romance News Roundup: Lexxie Couper & Jennifer Blake Deals!

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.

Love's Rhythm by Lexxie Couper

—Deal Alert #2: Lexxie Couper's rock star romance Love's Rhythm is currently $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via BookBub).* For an idea of what to expect from a Couper romance, read Rhyll Biest's First Look at her Outback Skies novel Burn for You.

—Deal Alert #1: Jennifer Blake's historical romance Notorious Angel is free in e-book right now at Amazon (via BookBub).* FYI, Blake's historical novel Midnight Waltz made Evangeline Holland's list of Best Lines in Romance Novels.

—Another day, another Jessica Jones show teaser trailer. Just give us the show already!!

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!


Oct 1 2015 2:00pm

Queer Romance Month: Top Queer Romance from Top Queer Romance Authors

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Today we're thrilled to have not one, not two, but SIX great queer romance authors! KJ Charles, Amy Jo Cousins, Megan Erickson, Alexis Hall, Santino Hassell, and Audra North have spent a lot of time organizing Queer Romance Month, and now they're hear to spread the word! Looking for a great LGBTQ+ book to read? The organizers of Queer Romance Month are here today with some recommendations. Thanks, all!

K.J. Charles

Treasure by Rebekah Weatherspoon

A lovely NA 'opposite sides of the tracks' lesbian romance, with two students, one from a wealthy family disappointed in her, and one stripping her way through college. It's sweet, hot, funny and heartwarming. All my favourite things in romance. 

Business Makes Strange Bedfellows by E.E. Ottoman

Lovecraftian horror meets lesbian vampire romance, with a reanimator scientist and a vampire private detective in a wonderfully Gothic setting.

[Queer Romance month is kicking off ...]

Oct 1 2015 1:00pm

H&H Redesign Update #2

H&H under constructionHey, everyone! We want to give you a super quick update on the Heroes and Heartbreakers redesign project...

Wow, the past few weeks have been intense and we are only about halfway through the design phase! We've had so much fun, and the design and overall feel of the new site is starting to take shape. We have been doing our best to ensure that every pixel is perfectly placed and that the design will be user-friendly. We are very excited and can't wait to show you.

With all of that said, we are hoping you can take a moment to participate by answering the poll below.

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If you have specific questions, Team H&H is happy to answer as best as we can; send your questions, concerns, and/or hopes for the future to info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

Oct 1 2015 12:00pm

Good Earl Gone Bad: Exclusive Excerpt

Manda Collins

Good Earl Gone Bad by Manda Collins

Marriage? To a gambler? You must be joking! Yet Lady Hermione Upperton has never backed down from a challenge. When her spendthrift father offers her at the gaming tables, she is given a difficult choice-wed the Earl of Mainwaring, an infamous gamester with no respect for her skills with the reins, or face charges for the murder of a member of the infamous Lords of Anarchy. Either way she'll have to clear her name. Can she count on her husband's help the way she has begun to count on his kisses?

Risking Romance

All Jasper Fawley, the Earl of Mainwaring, wanted was a night of cards. But by the end of the evening he's walked away with a fortune-and a bride who's suspected of murder. Jasper knows Hermione is passionate about her unorthodox membership in the Lords of Anarchy, but he's certain she would never kill to keep it. Can he protect his headstrong wife from prosecution and a ruthless killer without endangering both their hearts in the process?

Get a sneak peek at Manda Collins's Good Earl Gone Bad (available October 6, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


“Damn me, Mainwaring,” an aggrieved Mr. Percy Edgerton groused, throwing his cards to the table. “I should have known better than to bring my winning streak to any table that included you as a player.”

But Jasper Fawley, the Earl of Mainwaring, had heard it all before. With a shrug, he scooped up his winnings and began methodically counting them into his purse. “You cannot say you weren’t warned, Edgerton,” he said when he was finished. “By me and others. And it’s not as if you cannot afford to lose it.”

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Oct 1 2015 11:00am

Celebrating Love: An Officer and a Gentleman’s Heroine as Romance Type

Zachary "Zack" Mayo and Paula in An Officer and a Gentleman

There’s a post on Pinterest which shows Hermione Granger, Princess Leia, Katniss Everdeen and Bella Swan. The captions beneath the pictures read “I fought a Dark Lord. I led an army. I started a rebellion. I got married.” That last, of course, is meant to be derisive. It is an underlining of the fact that wanting to be married as a life goal is no goal at all.

How does that tie into romances? One of the many reasons that critics disdain romance novels and their readers is that the books are seen as encouraging traditional roles and gender stereo types. They are thought to reinforce that age old adage “You ain’t nothing without a man.” Of course, anyone who has ever read a romance knows that’s just not true. Most contemporary heroines have thriving careers and almost all romance heroines are confident, strong women. Love enhances their lives, not defines it.

[Romance. Romance. Romance. ...]

Oct 1 2015 9:30am

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Brighter than the Sun (October 6, 2015)

Brighter Than The Sun by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
Brighter Than the Sun (Charley Davidson 8.5)
St. Martin's Press / October 6, 2015 / $3.99 digital

All his life, Reyes Alexander Farrow has suffered the torments of the damned. Only one thing has given him hope: the woman who radiates a light that no mortals can see; a light that only the departed can see...

Told from his point of view, BRIGHTER THAN THE SUN chronicles the first time Reyes ever encountered Charley, and how their relationship has been the one thing that can either save him or doom him.

Wouldn’t you love to know what’s going on in your boyfriend’s head, especially if said boyfriend was the son of Satan? Darynda Jones gives us a rare treat in Brighter Than the Sun.  She gives us a glimpse into the head of not so heavenly heartthrob, Reyes Alexander Farrow, the love of Charley Davidson’s life.

The Charley Davidson series is written in the first person from the point of view of the main character, Charley. But fans have always wanted to know more about the man behind those smoldering looks always pointed at Charley.

[A novella to hold you over ...]

Oct 1 2015 8:09am

Throwback Thursday: What Banned Books Have You Read?

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

We're at the tail end of Banned Books week, but we still have time to talk about those books that for several reasons have been nominated to their local and school libraries as inappropriate for public consumption.

What banned books have you read... were you aware they were on the banned list at the time? Do you have any “Banned Books” stories?

Let us know in the comments!

Sep 30 2015 4:30pm

Love Transcends Time: 5 Romances to Break the Space-Time Continuum

First Time with a Highlander by Gwyn Cready

Today we're thrilled to welcome Gwyn Cready to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Gwyn's latest release in her Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series, First Time with a Highlander, comes out on October 6. A main feature of Gwyn's series are heroes traveling back into time. Gwyn is here today to talk about other time travelers, but ones that we've fallen in love with onscreen (and in some pages on the page, too). Thanks, Gwyn!

Here, my friends, are my top time travel stories. I’m not even going to include Somewhere in Time, which clearly needs to be a category all its own. Here are the rules: First, the story has to have a central romance because, well, because I’m doing the list, not some Halo-playing guy who thinks the way the guy in Terminator 2 turns to liquid silver is really cool. Second, the story doesn’t have to be straight time travel as long as it plays with time in some way.


Is anyone surprised this tops my list? It’s the reason I became a romance novelist. It has a kick-ass heroine, the most romantic, loyal, brave, intelligent, and supportive hero ever imagined, and it really brings its time period—1740s Scotland—to life. The best part of all is if you like the first book, there are like SIX THOUSAND MORE PAGES of the story to read! It drives me insane that Diana Gabaldon happily categorized this book as a romance at its launch in 1992 and now categorically denies it is one. It is one, trust me—and a great one. Just read the book before you watch the STARZ series that debuted last fall. They are both highly savorable, but the book must come first.

[Time can't stop love ...]

Sep 30 2015 3:48pm

Romance News Roundup: Nola StoryCon, Teresa Medeiros Deal, 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.

Goodnight Tweetheart by Teresa Medeiros—Deal Alert #1: Teresa Medeiros's Goodnight Tweetheart is marked down to $.99 in e-book right now at Amazon and Barnes & Noble (via ReadCheaply).* Goodnight Tweetheart has gotten shoutouts in Evangeline Holland's “Letters of Love: Epistolary Romance” and Shelley K. Wall's “You've Got Text: Love in the Digital Age”; In conclusion, you'll want to read this if you love You've Got Mail.

—As if we needed another reason to save for a trip to New Orleans, authors Jeaniene Frost, Melissa Marr, Ilona Andrews, Kelley Armstrong, and Jennifer L. Armentrout have banded together to organize a new reader-oriented convention: Nola StoryCon! The first StoryCon will be held in, you guessed it, New Orleans from September 30 to October 1, 2016. Tickets go on sale in a couple weeks, on October 15.

—Deal Alert #2: Roni Loren's Loving on the Edge novel Yours All Along is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via Riffle).* For background on the Loving on the Edge series, check out Jennifer Blackwood's thoughts on the novella Forever Starts Tonight (Book 6.5) and TanyaLK's First Look at Call on Me (Book 8).

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!