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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?  


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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?  

Jul 24 2016 1:30pm

First Look: Megan Frampton’s Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? (July 26, 2016)

Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? by Megan Frampton

Megan Frampton
Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? (Dukes Behaving Badly #4)
Avon / July 26, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Fun Fact: Megan Frampton is the former community manager of Heroes and Heartbreakers—we now love being able to talk about her historical romances!

Megan Frampton sparkles again with her very witty latest novel, Why Do Dukes Fall in Love? What do I love about this book? Pretty much everything. This character driven story features widowed Edwina Cheltam, her daughter Gertrude, Michael, the Duke of Hadlow, and Chester his dog.

First our heroine Edwina. She’s smart. Like mega-clever with numbers smart. But when her husband dies and her brother-in-law squanders away all of her late husband's fortune, she is left with nothing but her brain and her ability to work. The last thing she wants is to be burdened to said brother-in-law who gives her and me the heebie-jeebies. She finds employ with the Duke of Hadlow as his personal secretary and the match is perfection. More on that in a moment.

Now let’s meet our beloved Duke. He’s a peculiar one and a bit of a savant, this Duke of Hadlow. Had he been alive today, I’m certain we would diagnose him as having a mild form of Asperger’s Syndrome. He doesn’t care for social settings, needs routine and preciseness, and has no need for friends and likes it that way. Good thing he’s a duke—where everyone caters to his needs and demands. Except Edwina. She’s possibly the first person who has defied his demands.

[Read more...]

Jul 24 2016 11:30am

First Look: Ainslie Paton’s Damaged Goods (July 29, 2016)

Damaged Goods by Ainslie Paton

Ainslie Paton
Damaged Goods (Sidelined #2)
Supervised by Cat / July 29, 2016 / #3.99 digital

Jesus Heist, this book—which follows Offensive Behaviour, book one in the Sidelined series—is great.

Here’s why it kept me turning pages way past oh-shit-I-have-work-tomorrow o’clock.

I love that it challenges the ‘a-hard-wang-is-everything’ myth of sexuality. Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against wang and I’ve met plenty of hard wangs in romance that I’ve loved. But I’ve also always been a little uncomfortable with the notion (frequently found betwixt book covers) that all one needs for great sex is a boner that a dog couldn’t chew through and the stamina to vigorously apply it Mixmaster or Ditch-witch style to the heroine’s nether regions.

Anyone with a basic acquaintanceship with human sexuality knows that this is rot, and yet much of our culture (and Viagra sales) is built on the notion that a hard wang is both the ultimate symbol of masculinity and essential for fun times in the theme park known as Bonking World. There’s also an unstated (but almost universal) assumption that both parties must orgasm or they may as well as have spent their time knitting instead. (No disrespect to knitting intended.)

For those reasons alone it was very refreshing to meet a hero unable to get an erection or have an orgasm, and to meet a couple sensible and inventive enough to work on making their sex lives satisfying without those things. What delighted me was the way Paton’s writing translated those differences into sex scenes that will leave readers reaching for their asbestos underwear. A sample:

[It's not so hard...]

Jul 23 2016 1:30pm

“The Bisexual Dilemma”: When Writing Becomes True to Life

Butterfly Tattoo: The Ultimate Edition

Today we're thrilled to welcome Deidre Knight (Butterfuly Tattoo). Deidre is well known in the industry as a literary agent, but has worn many hats, including the one she wears today as an author. Butterfly Tattoo features a bisexual character named Michael, and Deidre is here today to talk about how Michael's journey came to reflect her own. Thanks, Deidre!

I’m thrilled to be celebrating the release of my contemporary romance, Butterfly Tattoo: The Ultimate Edition. This reissue contains a deleted scene, reader questions, and a long interview about the book. Still, even as excited as I am to share my “baby” with readers anew, I have to make a totally frank admission: for whatever reason, I’ve struggled more with this particular blog post than any I can recall.

I’m certainly no stranger to writing blog posts, or (in my capacity as literary agent) pitch letters and synopses, which can put a real strain on one’s abilities as a writer. But this has been even more difficult. That’s probably because Butterfly Tattoo is an intensely personal book, even if it might not appear to be so at first glance. Then again, that’s one of the major themes of the novel: how large parts of a person’s identity—who they really are inside—can be obscured by the more glaringly obvious surface aspects.

The heroine, Rebecca O’Neill, bears scars all over her body from a stalker’s attack that occurred many years earlier. She’s ashamed of them, not only because she feels disfigured but, more important, because she fears they’ve redefined her against her will. Thanks to those scars, she has settled for a desk job behind the scenes of the entertainment industry.

[Don't settle...]

Jul 23 2016 11:00am

First Look: Jaci Burton’s Don’t Let Go (July 26, 2016)

Don't Let Go by Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton
Don't Let Go (Hope #6)
Jove / July 26, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

By their wares shall you know them? Megan’s pastries and Brady’s bikes are superlative manifestations of their passions and talents. Unfortunately, the undeniably gorgeous and sensitive Brady is a reluctant suitor. He’s haunted by memories of his dead brother in his hometown of Hope, Oklahoma. What will it take for Brady to break out of his self-imposed prison of work and loneliness?

Brady is isolated and glad to be so. But bakery owner Megan seems determined to break through his cone of silence. Her weapon of choice: fresh-baked goodies, accompanied by fresh-brewed coffee. As she says to Brady,

“Okay, I make a really great cup of coffee. I’m surprised you haven’t come into the bakery, since it’s so close to the auto shop. Most everyone who works around here pops in.”

It’s impossible for Brady to ignore the force that is Megan. He thinks to himself, “Man, she could really talk. He’d noticed that the couple of times they’d been together in social situations.” Conversation is something that Brady has really missed.

[Read more...]

Jul 22 2016 4:30pm

Yes, We Really Went There: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!

We sometimes still feel too young, too, Kareni:

Kareni in Do You Think You Were Too Young When You Read Your First Romance?

I'm another one who started reading romances as a young teen, and I ended up with a 100 plus collection of Barbara Cartland romances. (And I'll admit that I'd be afraid to read any of her books today.) I don't think I was too young for the romances I read. Now ask me about the twisted pornographic book that was being passed around school when I was in 7th grade; I'm stilltoo young for that one as it made Fifty Shades of Grey look tame.

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Jul 22 2016 3:25pm

E.L. James on Instagram and a Wonder Woman Poster: 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

Wonder Woman official poster E.L. James is taking over the @fiftyshadesmovie Instagram to reveal pictures from the Fifty Shades movies filming in France. Remember, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are currently filming back-to-back with director James Foley; the second installment of Christian and Ana's story will hit theaters on February 10, 2017, while the trilogy's conclusion will follow the next year, on February 9, 2018.

Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is ready to save the world in her new official poster, which reads simply: “Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.” Diana Prince was the best part of Batman vs. Superman, so we're pleased as punch her standalone film's coming up.

The first Luke Cage trailer is here! Watch Mike Colter kick a lot of ass and then join us in our breathless anticipation of Luke “just getting started” on September 30. Anyone else hoping we'll see at least a cameo from Jessica Jones? As we've learned, Luke and Jessica make quite the power couple.

If Rami Malek could play another Mr. Robot character, it would be... Angela! Vulture has a theory about why that may be as we head deeper into Season 2 of the show...

[+Sarah Addison Allen & L.J. Shen deals...]

Jul 22 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Kelly Bowen’s A Duke to Remember (July 26, 2016)

A Duke to Remember by Kelly Bowen

Kelly Bowen
A Duke to Remember (Season of Scandal #2)
Forever / July 26, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

A Duke to Remember is book two of Kelly Bowen’s s Season of Scandal series. I am in love with everything about this book. Right away, I’m curious why a duke disappears as a child, and why he doesn’t surface as an adult. I’m digging the bad-ass-ness of our heroine, and swooning over their love story of love-at-first-sight that only builds as their relationship develops.

Elise DeVries is a partner at Chegarre and Associates. Their mission is to fix problems in society that no one else is able to do. In this case, the Duchess of Ashland is locked away in Bedlam for lunacy. The Duchess’s daughter, Abigail, seeks out Chegarre and Associates to help remove her mother from this awful prison. This would be an easy problem to fix if it weren’t for the fact that the Duke has passed away and a scheming cousin Francis will stop at nothing to ensure the Duchy becomes his—including committing his aunt to Bedlam for believing her son still alive. And if Noah Ellery does indeed still exist, Francis is desperate enought to ensure Noah’s disappearance is permanent. If Elise can discover the new duke’s whereabouts and convince him to return to society, the duchess can be saved and the Duchy of Ashland remains under the control of the true Duke.

[Read more...]

Jul 22 2016 12:00pm

The CEO Daddy Next Door: Exclusive Excerpt

Karen Booth

The CEO Daddy Next Door by Karen Booth

He wants a mother for his child. She won't settle down. And now they're living together…

After one disastrous date, reality TV personality Ashley George and devastatingly handsome British billionaire Marcus Chambers are roommates! When a fire destroys her apartment, Ashley leans on her Manhattan neighbor for help—and soon finds herself falling for the father and his baby. But despite their off-the-charts attraction, Marcus only dates women who would be suitable mothers for his daughter. His free-spirited neighbor is completely unsuitable. So why can't he seem to keep her out of his bed…and out of his heart?

Get a sneak peek at Karen Booth's The CEO Daddy Next Door (available August 9 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

In this scene, British gin maker Marcus and his neighbor, Ashley, are avoiding a meddlesome tabloid reporter by hitting the dance floor at the premiere party for Ashley’s wildly popular reality TV show, The Manhattan Matchmaker.

“I don’t want to be old-fashioned,” Marcus said, “but it is generally considered the man’s job to lead.”

Ashley wasn’t good at this part. Even at the age of seven, she’d been accused of trying to lead. “After all of that with Maryann, you’re going to give me a hard time about leading?”

He yanked her tightly against him, sending a surprising shock through her entire body. “Just relax.”

[Read the full The CEO Daddy Next Door excerpt...]