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Best Reads of January 2015
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January 29, 2015
Matchmakers of Unusual Kinds
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January 28, 2015
Cupcake Shops: A Romance Breeding Ground?
Candis Terry
January 23, 2015
Friday Beefcake: It's Sweater Weather
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Jan 29 2015 9:30am

First Look: Sierra Kincade’s The Distraction (February 3, 2015)

The Distraction by Sierra KincadeSierra Kincade
The Distraction (The Body Work Trilogy #2)
Berkley / February 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

The seductive story that started in The Masseuse continues...

Anna Rossi knows that opening your heart only gets you hurt. But Alec Flynn is just too good to resist…

It’s been three long months since Anna’s seen Alec, since he saved her life and lit up her soul with unquenchable desire. Being without him has left her on edge, but his bravery has motivated her to change her life and go after what she’s always wanted—a job where she can help people. She can’t wait to show Alec the woman she’s become in his absence, or to prove how much she’s missed him…

Three months away has done nothing to slake Alec’s need for Anna. Unfortunately, it hasn’t made his life any less dangerous. The last thing he wants to do is hurt Anna, but if giving her up is the only way to save her, he’s not sure he can do that either. He’s determined to have her for as long as he can. Except his past is creeping up on him faster than he knows, and this time he may not be able to keep her from becoming collateral damage… 

Sierra Kincade's The Distraction picks up with Anna and Alec three months later after Alec’s release from prison. This second installment provides us with more character development, with a chance to become more invested in the longevity and sustainability of their relationship. When Alec and Anna resume their intimacy, issues of trust and anxiety from Anna’s recent traumatic past arise, forcing the couple to take their communication to a deeper level. This is evident when we see the couple working through Anna’s trauma from her kidnapping and attempted murder.

[Definitely distractions!]

Jan 29 2015 8:23am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Cabin Romance?

Hummingbird by LaVyrle SpencerEarlier this week, Team H&H had a snow day, which reminded us of cabin romances, where the hero and heroine get stuck together, usually because of inclement weather. It's often used in historical romances, where it's otherwise difficult to maneuver the hero and heroine together alone because of propriety.

Some readers adore cabin romances, because the forced time together means an escalation of the romantic relationship. 

Chances are you've read at least one cabin romance—what was your first? 

Jan 28 2015 4:30pm

Vengeance Is Roarke: Roarke’s Dark Past in Vengeance in Death

Vengeance in Death by J.D. RobbThis week, H&H celebrates the forthcoming release of the fortieth (!!!) book in J.D. Robb's In Death seriesObsession in Death. As part of the celebration, we're taking an in-depth look at the sixth book in the series, Vengeance in Death. To join the discussion on Twitter, use the hashtag #obsessedwithindeath. And be sure to check out posts from fellow romance blogs Romance at Random and, next week, Smexy Books for more re-read fun.

Check out our first post discussing Eve and Roarke's relationship.

In the course of J.D. Robb's In Death series, we have learned that Roarke grew up on the mean streets of Dublin, forced to pick pockets for his abusive father. In fact, he started his vast empire of Roarke Industries with the monies from criminal dealing on the far side of law. Roarke was still indulging in some of those shady dealings until he met Eve. There will always be a bit of the Dublin street rat lurking behind the polished businessman.

[Eve gets Roarke's Irish up!]

Jan 28 2015 3:41pm

Romance News Roundup: Milly Taiden Deal, Iambic Pentameter, Ghostbusters, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—An all-female Ghostbusters reboot has been rumored for months, but yesterday the movie's stars were announced: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Are you overwhelmed, underwhelmed, or just whelmed by this casting? (I think you can be just “whelmed” in Europe, wink wink.) Will you watch in any case?

A Mate's Bite by Milly Taiden—Deal Alert: Milly Taiden's A Mate's Bite (Book 2 in the Sassy Mates series) is currently $.99 in e-book at Amazon. For more info before you buy, read Jessie Lane's take on A Mate's Bite as part of her post “Why Are There Love Bites in Paranormal Romance?”

—The track listing for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack is here! Beyoncé, Sia, Ellie Goulding, and more contribute, so you can be sure the music will be top-notch. Find all our Fifty Shades coverage here.

—Calling all fellow language nerds and Shakespeare devotees: TED-Ed presents a video from David T. Freeman and Gregory Taylor on why iambic pentameter is so powerful.

[+Sam Hueghan workout footage, Sylvia Day news, and more!...]

Jan 28 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Karina Bliss’s Rise (January 28, 2015)

Rise by Karina BlissKarina Bliss
Rise (Rock Solid)
Karina Bliss / January 28, 2015 / $9.95 print, $3.99 digital

Even rock stars deserve redemption...

Acclaimed literary biographer Elizabeth Winston writes about long-dead heroes.

So bad-boy rock icon Zander Freedman couldn’t possibly tempt her to write his memoir.

Except the man is a mass of fascinating contradictions–manipulative, honest, gifted, charismatic and morally ambiguous.
In short, everything she seeks in a biography subject.

When in her life will she get another chance to work with a living legend? But saying yes to one temptation soon leads to another.

Suddenly she’s having heated fantasies about her subject, fantasies this blue-eyed devil is only too willing to stoke.

She thought self-control was in her DNA; after all, she grew up a minister’s daughter.

She thought wrong.

Rock star Zander Freedman has been an outlier–many would say an outcast–for most of his life.

But there’s no disaster he can’t overcome, from the breakup of his band to the inevitable damage to his reputation.

His Resurrection Tour is shaping up to be his greatest triumph–if his golden voice holds out.

Contracting a respected biographer is simply about creating more buzz. Elizabeth’s integrity is the key to consolidating his legacy as one of rock’s greats.

All the damn woman has to do is write down what he tells her. Not force him to think.

Or encourage the good guy struggling to get out.

And certainly not make him fall in love for the first time in his life.

Turns out he is scared of something: being known.

Rise is a self-published sequel to Karina Bliss’s 2010 Superromance What the Librarian Did, although this is a stand-alone, and you don't need to have read the first book. The hero, Zander Freedman, could be viewed as the villain of What the Librarian Did, but after finishing that one, I wanted to know what happened to Zander, and if he could be redeemed. I wanted him to have his own happy ending. It’s been a long time coming, but it was so worth the wait.

[Don't keep US in suspense!]

Jan 28 2015 12:15pm

February 2015 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in February. We know you each have your favorite subgenre, but we also know many of you read across genre and care more about the release date!

Below, instead of being separated by subgenre, we've separated the new releases out by release week. Within each week, we then separated it by subgenre. We hope you find this more helpful, but let us know your thoughts!

But...Who says you can't have your cake and eat it, too! We heard your feedback about missing the list by subgenre, and we gave it to you in our prinatable version! Don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop (now seperated out by subgenre)!

Jump to new releases week of:

February 1-7 | February 8-14 | February 15-21 | February 22-28

Heroes and Heartbreakers February 2015 Shopping List!
Week of February 1 through February 7

[Check out the complete list!...]

Jan 28 2015 9:30am

Cupcake Shops: A Place for Sweets or a Romance Breeding Ground?

Sweet Surprise by Candis TerryToday we're joined by author Candis Terry, whose Sweet Surprise has just been released. Sweet Surprise's heroine owns a cupcake shop in Sweet, Texas, a tiny town where everyone knows everyone else's business. Candis is here to talk about the chances of finding love in a cupcake shop when you're getting a luscious treat. Thanks, Candis!

You’ve seen them; the romance book covers that feature perfectly decorated cupcakes or a heroine teasingly dipping her finger into frosting and feeding it to the hero. I know this theme well. My first three books, The Sugar Shack series, were based on a family bakery. And in my newest book Sweet Surprise, from the Sweet, Texas series, the heroine, Fiona Wilder, opens her own cupcake shop. She might have learned her cupcake skills from her grandmother, but there’s nothing matronly about the way she teases fireman Mike Halsey with her treats.

So what makes a bakery or a cupcake shop such a hot spot for contemporary romances?

Let’s take a closer look and see if it all makes sense.

1. Chocolate is sexy. Look at the French, they view chocolate as an aphrodisiac. It’s a specialty to them. And honestly, good chocolate really is to be savored, unlike snarfing down that Snicker bar because you have PMS. Chocolate can be enjoyed in many forms. 

[Benefitial in so many ways...]

Jan 28 2015 8:10am

Pride and Prejudice Published on January 28, 1813

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”—Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Two hundred and two years ago on this day, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice was published. Since then, P&P has inspired all manner of books, movies, theater, web series, and been the gateway to romance for many a reader.

When did you first read Pride and Prejudice? Do you have a favorite quote? 

Jan 27 2015 5:07pm

First Look: Rachel Lacey’s For Keeps (January 27, 2015)

For Keeps by Rachel LaceyRachel Lacey
For Keeps (Love to the Rescue)
Grand Central / January 27, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital

Merry Atwater would do just about anything to save her dog rescue - even if it means working with the most stubborn man on the planet. It's hard to avoid the sparks that fly with TJ Jameson, the ruggedly sexy cowboy in charge of the children's camp where she's just taken an animal therapy job. But commitment is not Mary’s style, and TJ clearly wants more than just a roll in the hay.

TJ Jameson isn't looking for anything complicated-just a peaceful life on his family's ranch with a wife and kids. “No-strings” Merry Atwater doesn't fit that bill, no matter how irresistible she is. But when he sees how Merry gets through to his autistic nephew and the other kids at Camp Blue Sky, TJ's a goner. If he doesn't give in to the now, he might just lose his shot at forever . . .

There is no doubt that romance readers have a thing for admirable, courageous characters. That is one of the primary reasons the main characters in a romance novel are referred to as the hero or the heroine, instead of the protagonist.

[Holding out for a hero!]

Jan 27 2015 3:51pm

Romance News Roundup: Lynsay Sands Deal Alert, Fantastic Four Trailer, 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.

—Deal Alert #1: Lynsay Sands' first Argeneau Vampire novel, A Quick Bite, is listed at just $1.99 in e-book right now at Amazon and $3.99 at Barnes and Noble.* Check out our Argeneau series overview here.

—Deal Alert #2: Kristen Ashley's Sweet Dreams (Colorado Mountain #2) is currently just $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Find all our Kristen Ashley posts here.

—The first teaser trailer for superhero movie Fantastic Four is here. What do you think? Love the leads (Michael B. Jordan! Miles Teller! Kate Mara!), though I hadn't realized until I saw them all together what a young cast this is compared to the last take on the franchise. I've only seen one or two episodes of  the dark British superhero TV series Misfits, but I kinda got that vibe in this teaser, and I liked it.

—Urban Fantasy author Jaye Wells has sold television rights to her Prospero's War series, specifically Dirty Magic and Cursed Moon. As Wells says, this is a very early step and doesn't guarantee a show will be made by any means, but obviously we'll keep you updated if we hear the project is moving forward.

*Reminder that we have no idea how long these deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Jan 27 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Candis Terry’s Sweet Surprise (January 27, 2015)

Sweet Surprise by Candis TerryCandis Terry
Sweet Surprise (Sweet, Texas #4)
Avon / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Fiona Wilder knows all about falling in lust. Love? That's another story. Determined not to repeat past mistakes, the single mom and cupcake shop owner is focused on walking the straight and narrow. But trouble has a way of finding her. And this time it comes in the form of a smoking hot firefighter who knows all the delicious ways to ignite her bad-girl fuse.

Firefighter Mike Halsey learned long ago that playing with fire just gets you burned. He's put his demons behind him, and if there's one line he won't cross, it's getting involved with his best friend's ex. But when fate throws him in the path of the beautiful, strong, and off-limits Fiona, will he be able to fight their attraction? Or will he willingly go down in flames?

Or a sweet surprise!

Sometimes readers crave an angst-filled book, one that includes bittersweet moments and tears. Other times we just want the Calgon moments, where we’re swept away with books that are filled with less strife and turmoil. These are the books that we reach for when the stressful work week, along with the bills and all our pesky chores, have worn us down. I think of them as romance parables.

Romance parables have almost perfect characters living in an almost perfect place. But don’t underestimate these books that feature illusory perfection; while they entertain us and provide escape, they also give us important messages about hope, love and moving forward.

[Life lessons I learned from romance novels...]

Jan 27 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Jeaniene Frost’s Bound by Flames (January 27, 2015)

Bound by Flames by Jeaniene FrostJeaniene Frost
Bound by Flames (Night Prince #3)
Avon / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Play with fire, pay the price

Leila's years on the carnie circuit were certainly an education. What she didn't learn: how to be a vampire, or how to be married to the most famous vampire of them all. Adjusting to both has Leila teetering on a knife edge between passion and peril, and now the real danger is about to begin . . .

Vlad must battle with a centuries-old enemy whose reach stretches across continents and whose strength equals his own. It isn't like Vlad to feel fear, but he does . . . for Leila, because his enemy knows she is Vlad's greatest weakness. As friend and foe alike align against him—and his overprotectiveness drives Leila away—Vlad's love for his new bride could be the very thing that dooms them both . . .

Vlad and Leila have had a lot of hurdles to overcome in the Night Prince series. Many of the biggest burdens in their relationship have come from Vlad’s obstinacy. At first he didn’t like to be touched. He controlled who was allowed to see him without clothes. That was a big step for him back in the first book of the Night Prince series.

He’s pushed her away before because of the way he wanted to control everything. They made progress. He learned that relationships function in a different way in the current century, and if he truly wanted a partnership with Leila, he had to treat her as such.

[Hard to teach an old dog new tricks...]

Jan 27 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Sabrina Jeffries’s If the Viscount Falls (January 27, 2015)

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina JeffriesSabrina Jeffries
If the Viscount Falls (Duke's Men)
Pocket / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print, digital

The heir presumptive to the Viscount Rathmoor, Dominick Manton once had his heart’s desire within reach—a bright future as a barrister and engagement to Jane Vernon, a wealthy baron’s daughter. Then a shattering betrayal by his vindictive brother George snatched away Dom’s inheritance and his hopes of offering Jane a secure future. Brokenhearted, and attempting to end their engagement without destroying Jane’s reputation, Dom staged a betrayal of his own to convince her that he’s not the husband-to-be that she thought.

Now George is gone and the viscountcy restored to Dom, since his brother’s widow, Nancy—Jane’s cousin and closest confidant—never bore an heir. But when Nancy goes missing, a panicked Jane calls on her former fiancé to track down her cousin. Dom knows the mistakes of the past may be unforgiveable—but now, entangled together in mystery and danger, will they rekindle a passionate longing that was never lost to begin with?

There’s something beautiful about reunited sweethearts who have to overcome their trust issues to rebuild something even stronger than what they had before. This trope is an excellent antidote for all those insta love stories. For a romantic soul, it’s like catnip to see characters who belong together, whether they fall back in love, or better yet, admit they always were in love despite their time apart. This is the case in Sabrina Jeffries’s If the Viscount Falls.

[Falling, and staying, in love?]

Jan 27 2015 12:00pm

Hot & Bothered: Exclusive Excerpt

Hot and Bothered by Liz Maverick

Living la belle vie is the best revenge...

Hosting a fabulous party is the perfect cap-off to Cassie Hagen’s successful business trip in Paris. Living in the land of decadent macarons, Louboutins, and French champagne is great – especially compared to her past life as the scholarship student at a tony New York private school.

Then Jack Marchand shows up.

Sure, he's hot, French and super apologetic about how he humiliated her in high school. He was all of her firsts: her first lover, the first to break her heart and the first to dump her after one night together.

Jack has never forgotten Cassie. He’s determined to prove he’s changed and win her back. As an apology, it's pretty much perfect. Deliciously so.

But Cassie isn't quite ready to forgive him.

Full Disclosure: Liz Maverick was the original fearless leader of the Heroes and Heartbreaker's team.

Get a sneak peek at Liz Maverick's Hot & Bothered (available February 10, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

If it’s Friday, it’s Paris, I thought with a grin as I looked at the two open bottles of champagne clutched in my hands. Man, I loved my job. My personal life was nonexistent, but my job? Yeah, I could put a nice big green check mark in that box. I sat crossed-legged next to my sister Anna on the floor of the nicest kitchen this side of the Seine’s left bank, swilling French bubbly.

Our view of the rest of the apartment spanned out in front of us like something from a celebrity magazine feature. Pastel-blue drapes in duchesse satin. White cane armchairs. Cream-colored marble and gold-leaf accents. My handiwork. I traveled the world buying and decorating upscale vacation rentals for my employer, Brooks Property. Until I was out of town and the property went on the market, it was mine to do with what I liked.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of Hot and Bothered...]

Jan 27 2015 10:50am

Sleepy Hollow 2x14 Heart-to-Heart: Proud Ichabbie Keep On Turnin’

Ichabod and Abbie in Sleepy Hollow 2x14Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 14, “Kali Yuga”
Ships: Crane/Abbie (Ichabbie), Jenny/Hawley, Irving/Cynthia

Sleepy Hollow 2x14 Captain's Log**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night's 2x14,“Kali Yuga.”**

Abbie sings Karaoke at a local bar, while Crane finds her performance surprising. Jenny mentions that Abbie has the voice of an angel...whoops, is that a sore spot? Crane says no, Orion was dealt with and he and Abbie have made their peace. Uh huh. Jenny notes that Crane and Abbie have been spending less time together. Did Abbie say something? No, Jenny just noticed.

Hawley leaves to meet a fence and runs into some shady characters, including Carmilla, the woman who raised him. She needs Hawley to help her rob the Knox estate, as in Fort Knox, because Hawley owes her.

[That's a pretty big IOU...]

Jan 27 2015 9:30am

First Look: Victoria Dahl’s Flirting with Disaster (January 27, 2015)

Flirting with Disaster by Victoria DahlVictoria Dahl
Flirting with Disaster (Girls' Night Out #2)
HQN / January 27, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Artist Isabelle West has good reasons for preferring a solitary life. Tucked away in a cabin in the woods, she has everything she needs…except a red-hot love life. That is, until a hard-bodied US marshal threatens to unearth secrets she's spent years protecting. But giving in to the sparks flying between them can only lead to one thing…disaster.

Tom Duncan lives by the letter of the law. But no one has tempted him—or confused him—more than free-spirited Isabelle, who arouses his suspicion and his desire. As their connection grows, and their nights get hotter, they find their wild attraction might shake everything he stands for—and expose everything she has to hide. 

Flirting with Disaster is the second book in Victoria Dahl's new contemporary romance series, Jackson: Girl’s Night Out. The series follows a group of women who are friends in a small town, most of whom are out of their twenties. I’ve followed Dahl on Twitter for years, and I’ve always been interested in trying her contemporary romances because of the voice she’s projected as an authorial brand. Flirting with Disaster met every expectation in voice, and was far from the usual small town based romance novel.

[You've piqued our interest!]

Jan 27 2015 8:20am

Coming of Age in Girlhood

Girlhood, a coming-of-age film that opens in New York City theaters this Friday, and Los Angeles theaters the following Friday, is unusual because it is a French language film featuring a black heroine. Girlhood has been winning (or was nominated) for awards on the festival circuit.

IndieWire's synopsis reads, “In Celine Sciamma's Girlhood, Karidja Toure stars as Marieme, a 15-year-old in a difficult family situation and no interest in school. When she meets a trio of carefree tough girls, she ditches the only existence she's known to join their clique — and changing her name, her dress, and her life to do so.” 

If it doesn't reach your city, it might be worth keeping in mind for when it hits streaming services. 

Jan 26 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Katie Rose’s Too Hot to Handle (January 27, 2015)

Too Hot to Handle by Katie RoseKatie Rose
Too Hot to Handle (The Boys of Summer #2)
Loveswept / January 27, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Nikki Case is no fan of baseball. Her ex gambled away a fortune on the sport, and now her PR firm has tasked her with cleaning up the league’s most notorious bad boys. The New Jersey Sonics are known for wild womanizing and booze-fueled brawls, so Nikki expects the worst. Her first stop in the battle to win hearts and minds is star hitter Jake Baldwin—a legendary ladies man so smokin’ he threatens to melt her tough-girl armor.

Although his teammates prank her without mercy, Jake admires the way Nikki gives as good as she gets. She may be the queen of frost, but there’s kindling beneath those sultry curves—and he’s just the man to ignite it. But when a PR nightmare lands the Sonics in headlines across the country, Nikki is ready to walk. Only then does Jake realize how important she is to the Sonics’ success—and that winning the love of a good woman is no game.

Baseball has always been more than a game to me. Going to a ballgame as an adult unlocks memories of a simpler time when the only thing that mattered was whether your team won that day. Is there anyone who can’t recite these famous lyrics?

Take me out to the ball game/Take me out with the crowd.

Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks/I don't care if I never get back.

Let me root, root, root for the home team/If they don't win it's a shame.

Aahh…For it's one, two, three strikes you're out, at the old ball game!

[One more time!]

Jan 26 2015 3:39pm

Romance News Roundup: Laura Kaye Deal, Beauty and the Beast, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

Hard As It Gets by Laura Kaye—Deal Alert: Laura Kaye's Hard As It Gets is currently listed at $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. Looks like other books in the series, such as Hard to Come By and Hard to Let Go, are also a good bargain right now. (We have no idea how long these prices will last, so get them while you can.) See all of our Kaye coverage here.

—Emma Watson (Hermione in the Harry Potter movies) has been cast as Belle in Disney's live-action Beauty and the Beast film. First up, of course, will be live-action Cinderella.

—Starting today, H&H is re-reading J.D. Robb's sixth In Death book, Vengeance in Death, as part of a multi-blog celebration of the approaching publication of Robb's fortieth (!!!) Eve and Roarke book. Read all three posts in our theme-based re-read this week, and then join us February 10 for an Obsession in Death excerpt and sweepstakes you won't want to miss.

—The Tenth Doctor, David Tennant, has been cast as the villain in the upcoming Netflix/Marvel superheroine series A.K.A. Jessica Jones. If you weren't already on board, has this convinced you to give it a shot? Here's everything else we know about the show so far. Stay tuned for more.

Jan 26 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s Risking It All (January 27, 2015)

Risking it All by Tessa BaileyTessa Bailey
Risking It All (Crossing the Line #1)
Entangled / January 27, 2015 / $14.99 print, $5.99 digital

NYPD detective Seraphia Newsom will avenge her brother’s death at any cost. Even if it means insinuating herself into a rough, Brooklyn street gang and going so far undercover, she’s not sure she’ll be able to get out. Every minute she spends in their midst means the clock ticking down on her life, especially when she overhears something that could get her killed.

Bowen Driscol is the heir to a crime enterprise. He never asked for the job, but with his father behind bars, he has no choice but to step in and keep the operation running. But when the NYPD blackmails him with a piece of damning information in exchange for aiding an undercover cop, he finds himself on the other side of the law for the first time in his life.

Bowen knows the danger Sera is in, and keeping her safe trumps saving his own ass. The problem? She can’t know he’s on her side. And there's the matter of the seriously inconvenient heat sparking between them that's incinerating his resistance. But Sera only sees Bowen's past, and men like him are the reason her brother is dead. If they're to get out alive, he'll have to risk exposing the man beneath, and hope to hell he doesn't blow the whole operation in the process.

Tessa Bailey has outdone herself. Risking It All brings together the strongest elements from her earlier works—alpha hotness, bad boys, cops, strong heroines, dirty talking and mind-blowing sex scenes—and merges them in a refreshing, consuming take on tropes we love.

[Risky business!]