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April 21, 2017
Mariana Zapata and the Art of the Slow Burn
Jen Wattley
April 20, 2017
Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveal from Donna Grant
Team H & H
April 20, 2017
The Real Life of a Dominatrix in Jenny Nordbak’s The Scarlett Letters
Nicola R. White
April 19, 2017
A Romance Reader’s Guide to the 2017 NHL Playoffs, Part 1
Stacey Agdern
April 19, 2017
The Great Debate of the Vampire Bite in Paranormal Romance
Tori Benson
Fri
Apr 21 2017 8:15am

Would You Want a Book-Themed Proposal?

Couple in Regency period dress

It's a truth universally acknowledged that Mr. Darcy was not the most romantic of beaus. However, when we find our real-life Mr. Darcy's it appears they can make up for what Mr. Darcy lacked. Yesterday, we stumbled upon a post on Tumblr where a young man did just that. With the help of his girlfriend's very willing-to-play-along family, a young man proposed to his girlfriend with a reenactment of Pride and Prejudice. Scripted scenes were read, his girlfriend's mother made costumes, and then, of course, it all ended with a grand proposal. We may have swooned! 

Would you ever want to be proposed to with a book-themed proposal? Have you? What book/series would you want used as inspiration, or would it generally just be book-themed? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Thu
Apr 20 2017 4:45pm

Don’t You Forget About Me: Romance News & Deals from Sophie Kinsella, Luanne Rice, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

Deal Alert: Sophie Kinsella's women's fiction novel Remember Me? is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* After an accident, Lexi faces a three-year gap in her memory and has absolutely no clue how she ended up with everything she ever wanted...but did she really? Do you love Kinsella? We've got some additional authors for you to try.

Deal Alert: Rose Pressey's paranormal romance A Charmed Life is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Halloween LaVeau's got a full plate as the leader of the Underworld and the owner of a bed-and-breakfast. This quirky and funny paranormal romance will leave you laughing and wanting more of Halloween and crew. 

Deal Alert: Luanne Rice's women's fiction novel Home Fires is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Anne returns to her island hometown as her marriage falls apart and Manhattan loses its luster. A house fire ignites a change in Anne and brings about love she never could've expected. Second chances can be oh, so sweet. 

Deal Alert: Christine d'Abo's erotic romance 30 Nights is $2.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Research assistant Glenna has a major crush on a handsome university professor, Eric, and decides to conduct an experiment they''ll never be able to forget. Don't you forget to check out these erotic Best Bets!

[+Christina Lauren cover & a Maya Banks excerpt...]

Thu
Apr 20 2017 2:30pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveal from Donna Grant

Christmas bells will be ringing in Donna Grant's upcoming Heart of Texas novel The Christmas Cowboy Hero. Ex-Navy SEAL Clayton returns to his hometown for the holidays to find his family in need of his help. Abby's at her wits end in regards to her brother's and the trouble they stir up. Whatever happens, this Christmas is sure to be one they'll never forget. 

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant

’Tis the season for ex-Navy SEAL Clayton East to come home for the holidays—even if the mood at home is anything but festive. His father is ill. The East Ranch is in financial trouble. And now it’s on Clayton, the prodigal son, to make sure his family doesn’t lose everything.

Headstrong Abby Harper is like a mother to her younger brothers, who she’s helped raise since she was a teenager. Keeping them in line is no small task while she’s also working toward her college degree. And now that one of her brothers has been arrested for stealing cattle at the East Ranch, Abby is at her wit’s end. But there is a silver lining: Clayton East. He believes in second chances, and is willing to give one to her brother this Christmas. Letting beautiful Abby—and the inescapable longing in his heart—off the hook, however, is a whole ’nother story. Could it be that the woman of this local hero’s dreams has been back at home all along?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant, available October 31, 2017:

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Thu
Apr 20 2017 1:00pm

Springtime Fancy: Unusual Historical Best Bets for April 2017

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

April is the month where we’re all desperate for sunshine and flowers…then we make the mistake of looking out the window and realize Mother Nature is dumping one last snowfall to remind of us of who is really in charge.  So while there are sunny days ahead, and beach reading to look forward to, there’s still a chance to curl up by a fire and crack open a delicious new historical romance.

Georgian

Once a Courtesan by Liana LeFey

Once a Courtesan by Liana LeFey
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Constable Will Danbury has infiltrated a school to investigate an alleged crime. What he finds is a deeper, darker mystery—and a potent attraction to the alluring headmistress, Jacqueline Trouvère. But a constable can't get romantically involved with a suspect; even one he thinks is innocent, without committing career suicide.

As headmistress of a school devoted to saving the innocent daughters of London's soiled doves, Jacqueline’s life is complicated. Will tempts her in ways she never thought to experience, but she believes no respectable gentleman could love a former courtesan.

Despite their best efforts to fight it, a romance blossoms. When danger jeopardizes the school, however, his deceptions and her omissions come to light, threatening to destroy their love. They must look beyond the past to save both their future together and the lives of those they’ve sworn to protect.

LeFey mixes romance, mystery and plenty of secrets in this second book in her Once Wicked series.  The heroine is the head mistress of a girl’s school who must resort to hiring the hero as her new math professor.  Turns out she’s a former courtesan and he’s a constable conducting an undercover investigation and the school’s pupils?  Daughters of prostitutes.  Secrets abound!

[+More Unusual Historicals Ahead!]

Thu
Apr 20 2017 12:10pm
Excerpt

Sarina Bowen Excerpt: Pipe Dreams

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Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers' office during the play-offs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

Get a sneak peek at Sarina Bowen's Pipe Dreams (available May 2, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Lauren reappeared with two bottles of Dos Equis, a lime wedge in each one. She gave him a curious look, and he realized he was still standing by the door like an idiot.

“Thank you,” he said, taking one. He pushed the lime into the bottle, his eyes sweeping the room until they landed on her bed against the far wall. It was made up with a white comforter and a million throw pillows.

Hell. Don’t look at the bed.

[Read the full excerpt from Pipe Dreams...]

Thu
Apr 20 2017 9:30am

The Real Life of a Dominatrix in Jenny Nordbak’s The Scarlett Letters

The Scarlet Letters by Jenny Nordbak

Editor's Note: This book is a non-fiction memoir of a real-life dominatrix, and not a fictional romance novel. 

Jenny Nordbak’s debut erotic memoir is touching, funny, and fascinating. This book is heavy on graphic descriptions of life as a dominatrix in an L.A. dungeon, so beware! The kinksters and perverts among us will love the details used to describe Nordbak’s clients and their various fetishes while the author embarks on a personal journey to understand and explore her sexuality.

In the vein of 2005’s Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl, Nordbak was an “ordinary girl” until she entered the world of sex work. Although she lives an alternative lifestyle and occasionally engages in what some readers may see as self-destructive behavior (minor spoiler alert: there is recreational drug use in this book), our heroine’s adventures aren’t mere titillation. Instead, they serve the greater goal of displaying the ways in which Nordbak learns about power, compassion, and even love through her time as a dominatrix.

One thing I particularly enjoyed about this book is that it describes the author’s journey into the world of kink from the beginning. We aren’t simply plopped down in the middle with no idea how she got to the dungeon in the first place. (Maybe she got lost on the way to the grocery store?). After all, who among us hasn’t wondered how to go about becoming a professional mistress?

[Read more...]

Thu
Apr 20 2017 8:18am

Do You Wish More Romance Came in Hardcover?

Most romances come in two formats: e-book and paperback. It's the soft paperbacks that we remember of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but it's the e-book that made many romance novels more attainable. However, only some of the biggest authors in romance get a book put into the coveted hardcover format. While I think most people are happy, if they prefer physical books, to have a paperback, but do you like to get hardcover romance? Do you wish more romances came in hardcover or do you think you'd still buy the e-book or paperback only? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Wed
Apr 19 2017 4:30pm

Love, Accidentally: Romance News & Deals from Jill Shalvis, Bella Andre, and More

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Accidentally on Purpose by Jill Shalvis

Deal Alert: Jill Shalvis' contemporary romance Accidentally on Purpose is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* The third book in Shalvis' Heartbreaker Bay series is an enemies-to-lovers romance on the surface, but underneath is a complex, rich story that makes the history between Elle and Archer leap right off the page. 

Deal Alert: Bella Andre's new adult romance Tempt Me Like This is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Rock star Drew meets meets totally off-limits Ashley and tries with all his might not to succumb to the magnetic heat between them.  Rocks stars in romance always hit the right notes. 

Deal Alert: Julia London's Scottish historical Sinful Scottish Laird is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Widowed Daisy Bristol is beseiged by fortune hunters, so she leaves London for the Scottish Highlands where she meets the world-weary Cailean, who wants the Sassenach out of his glen. Settle in for this sensual, heartfelt story that will leave you utterly wooed. 

[+A Jeffe Kennedy Cover & Harlequin and LMN meet...]

Wed
Apr 19 2017 3:30pm

A Romance Reader’s Guide to the 2017 NHL Playoffs, Part 2

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Note: This post is part 2 of a two-part series of posts that's perfect for hockey fans... and those who are just looking for some good recommendations, too! To see the recommendations for part 1, look here. Go sports!

More playoff Game 4s tonight, more familiar faces chiming in about their favorite hockey teams and the books they read to get through the playoffs. 

Here’s tonight’s Lineup:

  • Ottawa Senators vs Boston Bruins
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals
  • Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks 
  • Calgary Glames vs Anaheim Ducks
  • Minnesota Wild and St Louis Blues

Ottawa Senators

Why do you like this team?

Jenn Burke, Author: The Sens are my hometown team! I've been an Ottawa Senators fan since the reincarnation of the team in 1992. They've had seasons of brilliance and seasons of not-quite-realized brilliance, but regardless, they're an integral part of the community.

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Wed
Apr 19 2017 2:03pm

Sexy or Not?: The Great Debate of the Vampire Bite in Paranormal Romance

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“There was a deliberate voluptuousness which was both thrilling and repulsive, and as she arched her neck she actually licked her lips like an animal, till I could see in the moonlight the moisture shining on the scarlet lips and on the red tongue as it lapped the white sharp teeth. Lower and lower went her head as the lips went below the range of my mouth and chin and seemed to fasten on my throat. I could feel the soft, shivering touch of the lips on the supersensitive skin of my throat, and the hard dents of two sharp teeth, just touching and pausing there. I closed my eyes in a languorous ecstasy and waited - waited with beating heart.” —Dracula by Bram Stoker

The so-called love bite, a temporary red mark that is more often than not caused by a lover sucking or biting on the skin,  has been a main element in supernatural romances since the beginning. Bram Stoker’s Dracula wrote the bite of a vampire for blood (food) as a way to sexualize his novel during the Victorian era, effectively creating a “requirement” that has appeared in almost every vampire (and other supernatural beings) novel since. Vampires sucking the blood of their victims is almost always written as a symbolic gesture that mimics the taking of one's virginity and/or the exchange of bodily fluids during sex. More often than not, the vampire bite is likened to a quick pinch of pain (the breaking of a woman’s hymen), that leads to a feeling of ecstasy until the feeding ends in a climatic, dare I say orgasmic, finish.

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Wed
Apr 19 2017 1:30pm

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s Too Hard to Forget (April 25, 2017)

Too Hard to Forget by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey
Too Hard to Forget (Romancing the Clarksons #3)
Forever / April 25, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Is white-hot drama featuring damaged protagonists your jam? Have I got some splendid news for you! Too Hard to Forget, the third installment in Tessa Bailey’s scorching Romancing the Clarksons series, is here, and it definitely brings the sizzle. And it brings the pain. And it also brings the painful sizzle. Gentle readers should be aware up front that this novel chronicles a second chance at love as experienced by a self-loathing college football coach and a four-times-engaged woman who can only achieve sexual satisfaction while her partner is spanking her and rasping the Lord’s Prayer into her ear. (There are kinks and then there are kinks.)

But if you can take it? Tessa Bailey can dish it out. Oh, boy, can she ever.

Three years ago, Elliott Brooks was the powerful, recently-widowed coach of a highly successful college football team. Peggy Clarkson was a gorgeous undergraduate cheerleader. She chased Elliott until he caught her, and they had a brief, clandestine relationship fueled by lust and guilt (hence the prayer and spanking) – Elliott, a devout Catholic, couldn’t forget the circumstances surrounding his wife’s untimely death and was tormented by the utterly sinful bad wrongness of his illicit relationship with a student. Accordingly, he ended up smashing Peggy’s heart into a million little pieces.

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Wed
Apr 19 2017 9:30am

10 Predictions for Kresley Cole’s Wicked Abyss

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series has more than 15 books spanning a variety of timelines, and with a long running series where multiple plot points intersect, they don't necessarily connect in the order readers expect. Published on April 25, Wicked Abyss is the latest foray into the IAD world. Many readers have been surprised that the last two IAD releases focused on new, never-before introduced characters. As a result, some of the plotlines of earlier books have questions left unanswered. In Wicked Abyss, it's my hope that Cole will bridge the gap of one specific book, MacRieve. At the end of MacRieve, we were left with a werewolf paired with a mate who did not react well to him. In the books since, we've gone further into the fey and demon realms. I am interested to see if Wicked Abyss is a transition book that ties together the fate of Munroe and his mate and launching off the action we saw in Shadow’s Seduction while still delivering the signature Cole worldbuilding IAD fans love. With that in mind, I present you with 10 predictions for Wicked Abyss:

[Speculate with us!]

Wed
Apr 19 2017 8:23am

What Book Did You Have Trouble Convincing Others to Read?

We all have books we love, but sometimes the concept can be hard to persuade our friends on. For one person, you may know a book you just read will be a slam dunk, but for one reason or another they don't want to try it. Other times, you know the trope or premise doesn't work for a fellow reader but you think the writing or characters will work. 

Do you have a book like this? Why do you think you had trouble convincing them? Did you ever get them to read it? 

Tue
Apr 18 2017 4:50pm

Be Infamous: Romance News & Deals from J.D. Robb, Grace Burrowes, and More

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Born in Death by J.D. Robb

Deal Alert: J.D. Robb's romantic suspense novel Born in Death is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Eve Dallas is back, solving a crime involving two young lovers and their mysterious daeth, and husband Roarke is close by to offer his unwavering support and expertise. They make one dynamic team—no wonder they ended up our Swoonworthiest couple of 2017. 

Deal Alert: Elizabeth Michels' Regency romance The Infamous Heir is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* The first book in Michels' Spare Heirs Society series introduces us to prize-fighting hero, Ethan, who takes over his brother's title and has no idea what to do with it. When Lady Roselyn Grey finally debuts, Ethan's new title allows him to pursue her the way he'd always hoped he could. Get a taste of Michels' Spare Heirs with an excerpt from the second book in the series, The Rebel Heir.

Deal Alert: Grace Burrowes' Regency romance The Duke's Disaster is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* A marriage of convenience between the Duke of Anselm and Lady Thea Collins is hasty—well out of the Duke's typical nature. The sparks that ignite between the two of them turn this convenience into much more. A duke and a marriage of convenience? What more could we ask for?

[+Sherrilyn Kenyone talks Deadmen Walking, Finn/Poe is real, and more...]

Tue
Apr 18 2017 4:00pm

A Romance Reader’s Guide to the 2017 NHL Playoffs, Part 1

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Note: This post is part 1 of a two-part series of posts that's perfect for hockey fans... and those who are just looking for some good recommendations, too! Go sports!

As pivotal Game 4 of the Stanley Cup hits your television sets, familiar faces who are avidly following the coolest game on ice answer questions about their favorite teams, and give some book recommendations.   

Tonight’s Lineup:  

  • Pittsburgh Penguins (last year’s cup winner)  vs Columbus Blue Jackets
  • New York Rangers vs  Montreal Canadiens
  • Edmonton Oilers vs (last year’s runner up) San Jose Sharks

Pittsburgh Penguins

Why do you like this team? 

Katie Kenyhercz, author:

Growing up in Northeast Ohio, the Pittsburgh Penguins were the closest to me at just over an hour away when the Blue Jackets were 3 hours away. This meant the Pens were on local TV, and I started watching around the time Sidney Crosby came on the scene. I was instantly amazed and in love! His skill on the ice is matched by his kindness and politeness off. He's a great leader with an impressive eye for the game, and he never fails to wow me. We've been able to keep the core of our team together for over a decade, and they really feel like family to me. The guys we've added have only made us better, and I love knowing my team will be formidable for a long time.

RJ Scott, author:

I am a hockey newbie, I’m just coming up to my first anniversary of being a Pens fan. I would love to say I chose that team to support because of statistics, or analysis, but I have to admit I was incredibly shallow. I visited a page called the twenty hottest NHL players and fell for Sidney Crosby. Then I saw one particular moment when he did this complicated stop, change direction, shoot, score, goal and I was lost! They went on to win the cup which I had no idea what that was until I found myself staying up until all hours watching the games.

Melody Gatto, author:

I love my Pittsburgh Penguins because they are my hometown team. They have heart and desire, it's been fun watching them grow as a team. I grew up watching them in the early 90's and have been hooked ever since. I've had the chance to meet a lot of the players and they are all down to Earth and friendly guys. On the ice they seem untouchable, but up close and personal, they are just regular guys.

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Tue
Apr 18 2017 3:00pm

Love on Call in Alexis Hall’s How to Bang a Billionaire

How to Bang a Billionaire by Alexis Hall

How does an almost-graduate of an Oxford college meet a billionaire? How about interview him for a college newspaper…oops, wrong story! Take two.

I was supposed to be doing this college fund-raiser thing where undergraduates called up wealthy alumni and connected deeply with them in a way that got them all nostalgic and wallet-opening or bank-transferring. To be honest, I wasn’t exactly an ideal candidate for the role.

Alexis Hall, though, is an ideal candidate to marry the fantasy of meeting a billionaire with an impressively realistic means to accomplish that feat. Noting that our student caller isn’t even supposed to be there since it his “best friend Nik was actually the one who’d signed up, but he’d come down with laryngitis.” Our hero is not temperamentally suited to cold calling, not well trained, and he’s surrounded by fellow students who are having “life-enriching, college-benefiting conversations.”

I dialed the next number. They’d told me you could hear the smile in someone’s voice, so I made sure I was grinning as if I’d swallowed a coat hanger.

“HelloImArdenSt.IvescallingfromSt.Sebastian’sCollegepleasedonthanguponme.”

Success at last. Who knew that abject desperation on the phone was the way to ensure that an “implacable, cut-glass voice” would actually converse with you?

God, his voice. From the moment I’d heard it, I’d thought it was pretty sexy, in a chilly, upper-class way, but amusement-softened, it was as rich as honey. Irresistible.

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Tue
Apr 18 2017 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Janna MacGregor, Christine d’Abo, Erin McLellan, and Quinn Anderson

Team H&H has four great covers for you from authors Janna MacGregor, Christine d'Abo, Erin McLellan, and Quinn Anderson. The second book in MacGregor's Cavensham Heiresses series follows Emma, and her cold-hearted earl Nicholas St. Mauer, in a delightful story as Emma's passionate ways totally undo Nick's solitude. In d'Abo's Making It, Devan knows what he's always wanted, while Eli has been fighting his entire life. Can a lapse in judgement from Eli be reconciled? In McLellan's Controlled Burn, after Joel's life is turned upside down at a young ag, he pushes everyone away—until Paulie comes along and wriggles his way into Joel's heart. And in Anderson's The Other Five Percent, Logan has a plan that doesn't involve falling for Ellis or admitting to his desires, but there's no way they can deny the heat and chemistry that flows between them. 

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her…
The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once—an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse…

Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause. . .and fight for her heart.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor, available October 31, 2017:

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[+3 more covers ahead!]

Tue
Apr 18 2017 1:00pm

Shayla Black Leaves Us Wanting More in More Than Want You

More Than Want You by Shayla Black

More Than Want You by Shayla Black tells the story of a tightly wound arrogant and power hungry realtor who meets his polar opposite, a meditating/yoga bending/karaoke singing free spirit. Take the opposites attract trope and mix it with a dash of a harebrained scheme trope and none of this should work! But damnit, it does and now I’m going to be super impatient until the next book comes out.

Maxon Reed is the number one real estate agent on Maui. I’ll be honest and say I was not sure how much Maxon was going to interest me. Would the high stakes game of luxury real estate keep my attention? The short answer is an emphatic yes! Maxon was presented to us with such brutal honesty and raw emotion by Shayla Black, who wrote the book from his point of view for the most part. That was an especially smart choice because when we first meet Maxon we get a snapshot into how driven he is and how much his work consumes his life; when he sees Keeley for the first time, his instant attraction is muddied by his idea to use Keeley to distract his top competitor, his estranged brother Griff.

[Read more...]

Tue
Apr 18 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Leisa Rayven Excerpt & Cover Reveal: Mister Romance

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Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven

Max Riley is the man of your dreams. Or at least he will be, for a price.

As his alter-ego Mister Romance, Max is a drop-dead gorgeous escort who makes romantic fantasies come to life. No sex, just swoon-worthy dates to die for, and the cream of New York's socialites can't get enough.  Whether they want a dominating billionaire, bad boy with a heart of gold, hot geek, sexy biker, or best friend who loves them from afar, Max can make it all happen, but he's careful to keep his real identity a secret.

Enter investigative journalist Eden Tate. Having caught wind of the urban legend of Mister Romance from a lovestruck client, Eden is determined to publish a scathing expose on Max and his ability to swindle lonely society women out of their fortunes.

Desperate to protect his anonymity and his clients, Max challenges Eden to give him three dates. If she doesn't fall in love with him, she can run her story with his blessing. If she succumbs to his charms, the story dies.

Cynical Eden has no doubt she can resist his fake romance personas, but when the real Max admits he’s falling for her, she has to decide if the professional liar is telling the truth, or if the passionate man with the mysterious past is just one more character designed to con her out of her career-making story.

Get a sneak peek at Leisa Rayven's Mister Romance (available April 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene. 

I wipe my hands on my napkin and grab my wine glass. “So, Mr. Riley, how do these ‘dates’ of yours work?”

“Well, before I craft an experience for a client, I need to understand them as a person. Then, I choose the scenario I think will be most effective. Most of my dates involve a fantasy element.”

“Like, costumes?”

“Sometimes. And more extreme situations than they’d usually find themselves in.”

“Will you do that for my dates?”

[Read the full Mister Romance excerpt...]

Tue
Apr 18 2017 9:30am

A Definitive Ranking of Every Suzanne Brockmann Troubleshooters Books (So Far)

What is the best Troubleshooters book? Our ranking is here!

Some Kind of Hero by Suzanne Brockmann

In July, Suzanne Brockmann returns to the world of the Troubleshooters with Some Kind of Hero, (Amazon | Kobo | B&N) the 19th book in this series, which remains one of my all-time favorite romantic suspense series. I credit Brockmann for my love of military heroes and for getting me into the romantic suspense genre. I have been a huge fan since I first read Tom and Kelly’s book The Unsung Hero (which also happens to be the first book in the series). So my love of the series undoubtedly qualifies me to officially rank the books in the series.

I left out the e-short stories as they were too difficult to fit in! Keep in mind that Brockmann has so many threads, secondary plots and flashbacks in her books. I decided to stick to ranking these based upon the primary romances because there is just so much going on in these books (with one minor exception).

18. Do or Die (Ian & Phoebe) 

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I don’t really consider this one part of the Troubleshooters world, so it automatically goes to the last place on my list. Ian is a SEAL, so he is in the military, but the book is set apart from the world created in the rest of the series. This is a solid romantic suspense but don’t expect it to really fit in with the series. It pretty much stands alone.

17. Dark of Night (Decker and Tracy; Sophia & Dave) 

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I admit to being one of the readers who hoped/expected Decker and Sophia to get a HEA after their intimate scene together in Into the Storm, which meant that Dark of Night was going to be a tough sell for me. Brockmann surprised me quite a bit with Decker’s sexual preferences and ended up convincing me that Decker and Sophie would not have worked together. However, I never warmed up to Tracy. She had been the office airhead for far too long. I was also a bit lukewarm about Dave and Sophia’s romance - which is why this one is close to the bottom of my rankings.

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