<i>So For Real</i>: Exclusive Excerpt So For Real: Exclusive Excerpt Rebekah Weatherspoon "I leaned up on my toes and kissed him some more." <i>All the Little Liars</i>: Exclusive Excerpt All the Little Liars: Exclusive Excerpt Charlaine Harris "He put his big hands on my shoulders and looked down at me intently." <i>The Rancher Returns</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Rancher Returns: Exclusive Excerpt Brenda Jackson "His mouth watered just thinking about the cookies..." <i>Shadow Silence</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Shadow Silence: Exclusive Excerpt Yasmine Galenorn "I gave Peggin a big smile, feeling in a suddenly festive mood."
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Sep 23 2016 4:49pm

Sinful, Sudsy Romance News & Deals with Rebecca Zanetti and Jackie Collins

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Forgotten Sins by Rebecca Zanetti—Deal Alert: Rebecca Zanetti's romantic suspense Forgotten Sins is on sale for $1.99 in e-book Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Why do we love wounded heroes like Supernatural's Dean Winchester and J.D. Robb's In Death series' Roarke? Rebecca Zanetti has Some Thoughts.

—Deal Alert: Jackie Collins' soapy family saga The Santangelos is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.,* as is fellow Lucky Santangelo book Goddess of Vengeance (read an excerpt from the book here at H&H) and Poor Little Bitch Girl, which features Lucky's son Bobby.

Deal Alert: Lavinia Kent's historical Angel in Scarlet is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* New to Treat yourself to a romantic original scene from Lavinia Kent—read “The Angel Discovers a Rake” here on H&H right now.

Fresh Outta the Oven

You'll want to make Alexa Riley's His Alone yours alone when you see the newly released cover. Riley first got our attention with her breeding romances such as Coach. Are you looking forward to her next release?

Class is (almost) in session! The long-awaited yound adult spin-off of Doctor Who, entitled Class, is set to premiere in spring 2017, according to Entertainment Weekly. We can't get enough of the heart-wrenching and hilarious love in Doctor Who.

[+Today on H&H...]

Sep 23 2016 4:00pm

Professions & Speculation: 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!

JoMcNally loves an authentic hero.

JoMcNally in What’s Your Favorite Hero Profession?

It's the man more than the job - I love blue-collar, white collar, and first responders as long as they're authentic and sexy. I was waiting for the cable guy last week and jokingly texted a friend that there should be a romance about a cable guy - ha ha ha. Then he arrived - not only gorgeous and nice, but IRISH! Accent and all. Yeah, I'd read that romance!

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Sep 23 2016 3:00pm

Victoria Creator Daisy Goodwin Dishes on Lord M, Season 2, and More! (+Sweepstakes)

Victoria by Daisy GoodwinQueen Victoria's reign in Great Britain in the 19th century gave rise to one of historical romance's most beloved settings, the Victorian Era. With one of the most epic royal romances as the centerpiece, it's only natural, then, that we Anglophiles on Team H&H should be greatly anticipating the upcoming series Victoria, starring Jenna Coleman, Rufus Sewell, and Tom Hughes. While the show doesn't premiere in the U.S. until January, it's already causing quite a stir in the U.K. (our British recapper Lou Moran has been feeding us juicy weekly updates about the romance in each episode) and was just this morning officially renewed for a second season.

We sat down with Victoria creator and executive producer Daisy Goodwin to talk about the inspiration for the show, the (surprising?) popularity of Victoria and Lord Melbourne in the fandom, and much more.

Can't handle the wait for the show to reach our shores? The good news: Goowin has also written a novelization of the series, Victoria: A Novel of a Young Queen, and it'll be on shelves November 22, 2016. The better news: You can enter for a chance to win 1 of 25 Advance Reader Copies right now!*

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Victoria by Daisy Goodwin

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Sep 23 2016 2:00pm

Your Romance Novel Soulmate Based on Your Zodiac: Hero Edition

Romance Novel Soulmate Based on Your Zodiac Sign

Do you believe in the power of the stars? Your zodiac can be an insight into who you are as a person—and who completes you! With romance novels on the brain (always), allow us to match you up with The One—at least on the page! Find your sign and discover your romance hero soulmate...*

*Heroine edition coming soon!

Find Your Zodiac Sign!

Aries  |  Taurus  |  Gemini  |  Cancer  |  Leo  |  Virgo  |

Libra  |  Scorpio  |  Sagittarius  |  Capricorn  |  Aquarius  |  Pisces

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Sep 23 2016 1:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to our favorite Emmy winners!

Sterling Brown

This past Sunday, the 68th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards aired and it gave us an opportunity to ogle some of our favorite TV Beefcakes in well-fitted tuxes. This past year's TV was amazing thanks to the contributions of Sterling K. Brown, Rami Malek, Aziz Ansari, Alan Yang, Keegan Michael Key, and Jordan Peele.

They definitely made our list of beefiest Beefcakes of the Emmys. 

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Sep 23 2016 12:00pm

The Types of Guys You’ll Meet While on Vacation: Romance Novel Edition

Roman Crazy by Alice Clayton and Nina Bocci

We're thrilled to welcome Nina Bocci (Roman Crazy) to Heroes and Heartbreakers! Nina and Alice Clayton, her writing partner, love to travel and so they know a thing or two about the types of men you'll meet while on vacation. Nina is here today to discuss a few of those types—and the fictional heroes that fit the bill too! Thanks, Nina!

It’s no secret that Alice and I like to travel. Traveling together, and with our besties Christina Lauren, is something that we absolutely love. For us, having a series like Broads Abroad set in Europe was going to be a lot of fun. When we were thinking about what city to set Roman Crazy in, we knew it had to be somewhere that readers would fall in love with.

I’ve always been a fan of novels set somewhere. Whether it was a make believe land far, far away, or in Outer Space (I’m looking at you Pierce Brown), or even dystopian worlds where love is banned. Romances set in Europe, for me, present a different kind of magic. You get the heart-clenchy feelings of people falling in love against the backdrop of some of the most incredible sights the world has to offer. Here are some of my favorite leading men that you may meet while taking a romantic jaunt through Europe.

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Sep 23 2016 11:00am

A League of Her Own: Pitch Season 1, Episode 1 Ginny/Mike Heart-to-Heart

Pitch on Fox

Show/Episode:Pitch Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Ship(s): Ginny/Mike

Captain's Log, Pitch Episode 1

A true story on the verge of happening. So the marketing hype surrounding Pitch would have us believe, that a woman may be close to playing in baseball’s Major League. While this may or may not be true, the show makes you feel like it is, as it gives us Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury), a twenty-three-year-old called up from the minors as starting pitcher for the San Diego Padres, a move that instantly turns her into a symbol, a statement, and the cynosure of all eyes.

There is a lot to love about Pitch, a sports movie in multiple parts from co-creator Dan Fogelman (who also has This is Us to his credit this season). We all know the basic sports movie formula, so it will surprise no one to learn just how abysmally Ginny’s first go on the mound turns out. But it is in the small details that Pitch is set apart from its often similar (but ever-awesome) brethren—and yes, most of them are indeed brethren. Here’s what makes Pitch’s pilot so great:

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Sep 23 2016 9:30am

Shadow Silence: Exclusive Excerpt

Yasmine Galenorn

Shadow Silence by Yasmine Galenorn

Fifteen years ago, I ran away from Whisper Hollow, Washington, a small town on Lake Crescent in the Olympic Peninsula. But truth is, if you were born here, you can never really leave. I'm Kerris Fellwater, and I'm a spirit shaman. It's my responsibility to drive the dead back to their graves, because around Whisper Hollow, people—and secrets—don't always stay buried.

My best friend Peggin finds herself under a curse after she is almost taken by the Lady of the Lake, and the Unliving are determined to drag her back to the hungry waters. As Bryan—my guardian and mate—and I work to break the hex, we uncover a dark and violent mystery from the past. One the Hounds of Cú Chulainn will do anything to guard—even if they must summon a legion of the dead to destroy Whisper Hollow.

Get a sneak peek at Yasmine Galenorn's Shadow Silence (available September 27, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

By then Peggin had managed to get two mugs of soup down me, and we were playing a game of backgammon over peppermint mochas. I glanced at the clock. It was almost six, and Bryan said he would drop by at seven to pick me up. I knew that we were having dinner at the Mossy Rock Steakhouse, but he didn’t know that I knew. I dressed in new black jeans, a soft blue sweater, and a silver belt.

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Sep 23 2016 8:13am

Can You Re-Read Beloved Holiday Books Any Time?

Sure, Christmas in July is a thing, but do we ever really love it when Christmas comes that early? In Romancelandia, the holidays are already starting with many holiday-themed romances hitting shelves next week. As much as we may not like reading holiday romances in September, we do sometimes find much beloved characters and couples from these books. However, because of the holiday setting, do you find that, even when you're really craving a walk down memory lane with a certain book that you just can't force yourself to read a Christmas novel in April? Or do you soldier on and read the book anyway? 

Let us know in the comments!

Sep 22 2016 4:27pm

Go Off-World with Sherrilyn Kenyon & More: Romance News & Deals

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

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In Other Worlds by Sherrilyn Kenyon—Deal Alert: Sherrilyn Kenyon's paranormal short-story anthology In Other Worlds—which contains “Fire and Ice,” “Knightly Dreams,” and “Dragonswan”—is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If we were teaching Paranormal Romance 101, Kenyon's influential works would be quiz material.

—Deal Alert: Tia Louise's contemporary The Prince and the Player, Book 1 in the Dirty Players Duet, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “From the Mediterranean to the Caribbean, the story continues,” as the tagline goes, in our excerpt from Book 2, A Player for a Princess.

Deal Alert: Lorraine Heath's Scandalous Gentlemen of St. James historical Once More, My Darling Rogue is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Emotionally resonant, Once More My Darling Rogue is not a light romance, but hits all the right notes,” writes blogger Erin Moore in her First Look at the novel.

[+Bachelorette cast members turn cover models...]

Sep 22 2016 3:30pm

Best Friends Forever... Or Not

Just Friends by Monica Murphy

Maintaining childhood friendships into adulthood is a hard task, one that Monica Murphy (Just Friends) is familiar with—aren't we all? She's here today to discuss those troublesome friendships, what goes wrong, and most importantly—was it worth it? Thanks, Monica!

Ah, friendships. They come and go throughout your life, but none seem so important, so fraught with drama, so all encompassing and wonderful and awful all at the same time, as teenage friendships. Those people you bond with in high school. The ones you spend all of your waking hours with, in class, during lunch, after school, on the weekends. Sometimes it even feels like you couldn’t live without these people surrounding you.

By the end of my senior year, I had a lot of friends. I truly believed they were major, lasting relationships that would never die. Boy was I wrong. Once we all went our separate ways (and a lot of us scattered to the wind, leaving my hometown and never coming back, including myself), it was hard to stay in contact. And after a while, those friendships eventually withered up and…yep, you guessed it.

They died.

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Sep 22 2016 2:30pm

One Hell of a Lover: Demons in Romance Novels from Kenyon, Brook, Langlais, Cole, and More!

One Silent Night by Sherrilyn Kenyon

“O what a black, dark hill is yon,

”That looks so dark to me?“

”O it is the hill of hell,“ he said,

”Where you and I shall be.”

—From The Daemon Lover, a Scottish ballad.

Ballads, poetry and fiction are rich with demon lovers, and even Fox Television is getting in on the act with Lucifer, a series which Geek Speak Magazine delightfully describes as full of ‘implied orgies’. But the orgies are important, folks, because the thing about demons is that their grace, danger and beauty enthralls whether they’re good, bad or a bit of both. Yes, the truly compelling demon lover ensures that the biggest burning (yes, I went there) question on a reader’s mind is when the demon sexy times are going to show.

Luckily, readers are blessed when it comes to infernal dalliance as there are more demons in romance than you can poke a pitchfork at, and when not frolicking around Hell, they can generally be found booty grazing or roasting the broomstick.

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Sep 22 2016 12:30pm

You Want a To-Go Plate? Empire Season 3, Episode 1 Cookie/Lucious Heart-to-Heart

Empire Season 3, Episode 1 "Kill or Be Killed"

Show/Episode: Empire Season 3, Episode 1, “Light in Darkness”
Ship(s): Cookie/Lucious

Captain's Log, Empire 3x01

When we left the Lyons at the Season 2 finale, pregnant Kitty Boo Boo, a.k.a. Anika, and Rhonda were fighting on the balcony at the venue of the very impromptu nuptials of Anika and Lucious. When Season 3 opens, we find out the fate of the women involved...and Anika managed to push Rhonda over the edge right in front of Andre; her body fell on top of the car that was meant for Grandma Leah. Andre had murder on his mind and started choking Anika, but her water broke and his protective instincts for the baby overrode his revenge for Rhonda. That was before the opening credits.

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Sep 22 2016 11:00am

Kristen Ashley Cover Reveal: The Farthest Edge (Honey #2)!

The anticipation continues to build for Kristen Ashley's Honey Series! We're thrilled to bring you the cover for her second novel in the series—The Farthest Edge. This installment, which will hit shelves in June 2017, will follow hot on the heels of the release of Book 1, The Deep End, which releases on March 7, 2017. Prepare to get drawn into the mysterious world of the Honey Club...

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley

The Farthest Edge by Kristen Ashley

A man without a past. A woman who lost her future. Together they'll push each other to the farthest edge and ignite a passion that's harder and deeper than they ever imagined. But is it strong enough to turn into something real and lasting? In the second highly anticipated book in the Honey series, New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley once again delivers a smoldering hot story that is achingly romantic and populated with intensely raw characters that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

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Sep 22 2016 9:30am

First Look: Helen Hardt’s Possession (September 27, 2016)

Possession by Helen Hardt

Helen Hardt
Possession (The Steel Brothers Saga #3)
Waterhouse Press / September 27, 2016 / $15.99 print, $6.99 digital

Oh, Helen Hardt…I love and hate you. With Possession, the third installment of the Steel Brothers Saga, we get some resolution between Talon and Jade. Yay, for love, right? And then Ms. Hardt has to go and crush my happy glow by dropping major reveals at the conclusion of the book, ending with mega-fat cliff-hangers. Romance-reading friends, you have no idea how bummed I was when my kindle revealed “zero minutes left in book.” Add the realization I would need to wait—who knows how long—before the mystery behind Talon’s childhood captivity comes to resolution? Yep, I cursed my kindle. Yet this is the telltale sign of excellent storytelling.

One thing is for certain, Hardt is the queen of pacing. There is never a moment where the story drags. Not one. With so many twists and turns, I’m gobbling up the pages like it’s a Thanksgiving feast. And within each page, our hero and heroine come to life. I weep alongside Talon when he tackles his pain and fear. I ache for Jade when she wishes Talon would let go of his fears and fully trust. I fan my face, pat my cheeks, and look over my shoulder when Talon and Jade are intimate, and I celebrate when they both take steps toward growth and love.

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Sep 22 2016 8:20am

Do You Read More “New” Authors or More “Known” Authors?

There are so many books coming out in romance every month. Many of them are by non-debut authors that still may be new to you! When you look back at your reading for a given week or month, do you think you most commonly read mostly new-to-you authors or mostly authors that you already know and trust? When you do pick up a new-to-you author, what will make you do so?

Let us know in the comments!

Sep 21 2016 4:46pm

Cool Romance News & Deals from J.D. Robb, Georgette Heyer & Paul Marron

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Playing It Cool by Amy Andrews—Deal Alert: Amy Andrews' fake-relationship contemporary Playing It Cool, Book 2 in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Andrews' book features a Rubenesque heroine and she wrote a guest post for H&H on her pet peeves when reading about plus-sized heroines. What drives you nuts?

—Deal Alert: Christine S. Feldman's brother's-best-friend contemporary Coming Home is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* On the hunt for more best friend/little sister matchups? Try Samantha Young, Toni Blake, and Alison Kent.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Want more scoop on Kristen Ashley's The Honey series? Visit H&H tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET! Book 1, The Deep End, doesn't hit stores until March 7, 2017, but happily Book 2, The Farthest Edge, will be released only three months later, in June 2017, and we'll have your exclusive first look at the cover!

[J.D. Robb sweepstakes, shirtless Paul Marron & more...]

Sep 21 2016 3:30pm

Game the System: Video Games that Are Essentially Romance Novels, Part 2

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In my last article, I made some recommendations for videogames that I thought might appeal to a romance reading audience. The first batch of games I discussed were the ones I categorised as More Like Books, that is you require essentially no gaming experience or technology to experience them. In my next article, I’ll be looking at the games that are More Like Games, that is the ones with strong, conventional videogame tropes and mechanics that might be less accessible to a non-gaming audience. This article is about the ones in the middle. You won’t have to circle strafe anything or worry about optimal gearing but there’s enough “game” in these games that you might not necessarily get the ending you want.

Visual Novels With Resource Management

In the last article, I recommended a bunch of visual novels as an easy introduction to what you might call digital storytelling. The next, well, I hesitate to use the phrase step up because that implies a progression but the next step gamier from straight VNs is what I’m loosely describing as VNs with resource management. Like traditional visual novels, these games are primarily told through text and images with gameplay restricted to selecting options from lists or menus. The big difference is that there’s usually a more abstract level to keep track of as well the purely narrative choices like “do I kiss the butler or the duke.” You might find that your character has numerical stats to manage that go up or down depending on what you do. You might even have control of a small stable of other characters who can achieve things on your behalf to greater or lesser degrees of success. There might even be fighting in it.

Here are a few of this sort of game that I’ve enjoyed recently:

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Sep 21 2016 1:30pm

Cover Wednesday: Exclusive Reveals from Suzanne Enoch and Anna Bennett!

Today Team H&H is pleased to bring you covers for two upcoming historical romances from authors Suzanne Enoch and Anna Bennett! My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch takes us to the rugged highlands where Graeme must battle the English, his kin, and the unexpected, stubborn beauty he can't seem to let go. In I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett, the ornery, dastardly Duke of Blackshire may meet his match in his grandmother's companion—Beth—who isn't the meek wallflower he assumes her to be. 

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Scotland, 1812 – Rugged Highlander Graeme, Lord Maxton’s loyalty to his clan means that their enemies are his own—even when that includes his neighbor, the Duke of Lattimer. It’s a fight he doesn’t relish, but when Graeme’s reckless younger brothers foolishly kidnap Lattimer’s younger sister, all bets are off…

Lady Marjorie Forrester may be aligned with the enemy, but capturing her puts Graeme squarely in the middle of a war. If he turns Marjorie over to his clan chief, she could be killed. If he lets her go, his brothers could face prison. In addition, the woman can’t stop trying to civilize the lot of them! What’s a Highlander to do, then, but keep the stubborn lass close…and explore the unexpected passion that develops between them? But how can Graeme protect both Marjorie and his brothers when both Lattimer and his own clan are on the warpath—and will do whatever it takes to tear these two star-crossed lovers apart?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch, available April 4, 2017:

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