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Wed
Aug 20 2014 11:00am

September 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in September. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Heroes and Heartbreakers September 2014 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR
Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon, Burning Desire by Donna Grant, Night's Honor by Thea Harrison, Ghost Layer by Robin D. Owens, Forged by Desire by Bec McMaster, Chained by Night by Larissa Ione, Once Haunted Twice Shy by HP Mallory, Beauty's Beast by Amanda Ashley

[Check out the complete list!...]

Wed
Aug 20 2014 12:00pm
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H&H Reads: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Part 5 of 6)

First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesToday, we're excited to bring back our H&H Reads program, with the book that introduced us to everyone's favorite grim reaper, Charley Davidson—First Grave on the Right.

Every Wednesday and Sunday from now until August 20, we'll be posting First Grave on the Right in five easy-to-read (if not so easy to wait for!) parts. Right before each new part goes up, we'll be taking down the previous one, so make sure you don't miss a single piece of the book. Whether you're a long-time fan of Darynda Jones, or brand new to the Charley Davidson series, we hope you'll read along and then discuss each section of the book with us!

Want to be alerted when future parts of the book are live on the site? Log in or register here to be added to the H&H Reads Alert List! Want more Darynda Jones? Log in or register here to stay up to date on all the news!

Don't think you can wait? Catch up on the whole story now. (See the links at the bottom of this post for more info on where you can get your copy of First Grave on the Right.) Then, come back to share your thoughts!

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

First Grave on the Right is the winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book.

Chapter 14

Well, this is awkward.
— T-SHIRT

Apparently, this really was Kill Charley Davidson Week. Or at least Horribly Maim Her. I considered the slick gun pointed at me from across the threshold confirmation. It would probably never get government recognition, though, destined to be underappreciated like Halloween or Thesaurus Day.

When I opened the door, Zeke Herschel, Rosie’s abusive husband, stood across from me with vengeance in his eyes. I glanced at the nickel-plated pistol clenched in his hand and felt my heartbeat falter, hesitate, then stumble awkwardly forward, tripping on the next beat, then the next, faster and faster until each one tumbled into the other like the drumroll of dominoes crashing together. Funny how time stands still when death is imminent. While I watched Herschel’s muscles contract through my periphery, his finger squeeze the trigger, I focused on his face. A cocky arrogance glittered in his colorless eyes.

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Wed
Aug 20 2014 9:30am

First Look: Marilyn Pappano’s A Love to Call Her Own (August 26, 2014)

A Love to Call Her Own by Marilyn PappanoMarilyn Pappano
A Love to Call Her Own (Tallgrass #3)
Grand Central / August 26, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

It's been two years since Jessy Lawrence lost her husband in Afghanistan, and she's never fully recovered. Drowning her sorrows didn't help, and neither did the job she'd hoped would give her a sense of purpose. Now trying to rebuild her life, she finds solace in her best friends, fellow military wives who understand what it's like to love-and lose-a man in uniform . . . and the memory of one stolen night that makes her dream of a second chance at love.

Dalton Smith has known more than his fair share of grief. Since his wife's death, he revels in the solitude of his cattle ranch. But try as he might, he can't stop thinking about the stunning redhead and the reckless, passionate night they shared. He wasn't ready before, but Dalton sees now that Jessy is the only woman who can mend his broken heart. So how will he convince her to take a chance on him?

The initial aftermath of devastation is horrific. Sometimes it takes a while for the aphorism “time heals all wounds” to come true. In Marilyn Pappano's A Love to Call Her Own, Jessy Lawrence and Dalton Smith have grief and uncomfortable memories in common—each has lost a military spouse. Complicating their sorrow is the circumstances surrounding each death. At the time of her husband’s death, Jessy’s marriage was on the skids, and Jessy wondered if her marriage would even survive. How can Jessy talk about this, even with her closest friends, the members of The Fort Murphy Widows’ Club?

[Talk it out!...]

Wed
Aug 20 2014 8:12am

Who’s Your Favorite Bad Girl?

Sometimes some characters are so dastardly, and yet so charismatic that even when they're doing terrible things, you still kind of like them.

Often those characters, at least in romance novels, go through some transformation and end up as the hero or heroine in a future book. Sometimes they're just too bad to be redeemed.

Ava, the character played by Eva Green in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (opening Friday) seems to be the latter type. She joins the company of Cruella DeVil, Lady MacBeth, and the Marquise de Merteuil (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), among others.

Who's your favorite bad girl? 

Tue
Aug 19 2014 4:30pm

Top 5 Things I Learned from Doctor Who

I’ve been a Doctor Who fan since I was in my early teens, and was overjoyed when the series returned to television back in 2005, starring the divine Christopher Eccleston. These days, it’s the only television show I actually keep up with, as opposed to bingeing on DVDs at season’s end (though I do that as well, every Christmas). And though I’m rarely perfectly happy with any single episode—what fan is?—that never stops me from continuing to eagerly anticipate the next story, the next companion, the next Doctor. I also go backwards; as older episodes become available on DVD, I’m beginning to catch up on the series’ earliest history as well, and discovering how much I love the immense variety of the black and white stories, and all those awesome 1960s costumes.

To distract myself from vibrating with excitement for the advent of Peter Capaldi’s Doctor, I put together this list of the top five things I’ve learned from watching this classic, long-running series.

[Don't forget your bow-tie!]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 3:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals for Donna Grant, Manda Collins, D. D. Ayres, Season Vining, and J.M. Stewart!

We've got rakes, dragon kings, infuriating exes, undercover agents, and more in this week's edition of Cover Tuesday, when we reveal book covers for some exciting upcoming new releases! 

Read on for a special first look at the brand-new covers for Manda Collins' A Good Rake Is Hard to Find, D. D. Ayres' Force of Attraction, Donna Grant's Night's Blaze, Held Against You by Season Vining, and J.M. Stewart's Whatever It Takes.

[Drumroll, please...]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 1:00pm

First Look: Jill Shalvis’s It’s In His Kiss (August 26, 2014)

It's in His Kiss by Jill ShalvisJill Shalvis
It's in His Kiss
Grand Central Publishing / August 26, 2014 / $8.00, print / $5.99, digital

ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?

It takes a lot of courage to pack up and move across the country, away from all that’s familiar. As hard as this is, it’s exactly what Becca Thorpe does in Jill Shalvis's It's in His Kiss, landing her in Lucky Harbor, Washington, for the summer at least. Although a new, strange town presents its own challenges, the bigger issue she’ll have to face is the reason she’d decided to leave her home in the first place. With a chance at a fresh start and the possibility of leaving the past where it should be left, Becca feels the sand and the ocean will be the healing elements the do the trick.

[And they do....maybe with a little help from Sam?]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Son of No One: Exclusive Excerpt

Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In Son of No One, next in the blockbuster The Dark-Hunters series by Sherrilyn Kenyon, it’s not easy being life’s own personal joke, but Josette Landry has made an unstable peace with the beast. Completely down on her luck, Josette takes a job with a local paranormal group as a photographer and camerawoman. Yeah, they’re even crazier than she is. The only paranormal thing she believes in is the miracle that keeps her rusted out hoopty running. But when something truly evil is released into the world, they are forced to call in reinforcement.

From the moment Josette meets Cadegan, she knows something about him isn’t quite right. Mysterious and armed with lethal sarcasm, he seems a lot older than his age.

Centuries ago, Cadegan was viciously betrayed into an immortal prison by the only person he’d ever trusted. Forced against his will to do good, he hates everything in life. All he wants is a way out. But for the damned there is only eternal suffering. And yet there is something about Josette that intrigues him. Something he can’t seem to fight and the last time he felt this way about a woman, it cost him everything.

He knows he has to stay away from her, but the unleashed demon is hellbent on consuming her soul. If one more innocent is taken, he will be sent back to an unimaginable prison that makes his current hell look like paradise. But how can he keep her safe when his being with her is the greatest threat of all?

Get a sneak peek of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Son of No One (available September 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 3. Listen to the first two chapters in audio, and then dive in to read an excerpt from Chapter 3. (Plus, be sure to check out H&H's Son of No One Collector's Edition Sweepstakes!)

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Jo froze as she found herself in the strangest place she’d ever seen. Creepy Fairy Forest—complete with twisted trees that looked like they should come alive and try to eat her head.

Now ain’t this a bitch.… I’ve fallen into TV Land and I can’t get up.

And from the looks of it, it was a missing episode of The Addams Family.

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Tue
Aug 19 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sabrina Jeffries’s How the Scoundrel Seduces (August 19, 2014)

How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina JeffriesSabrina Jeffries
How the Scoundrel Seduces (Duke's Men)
Pocket / August 19, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

The third deliciously sexy novel in the New York Times bestselling Duke’s Men historical romance series, featuring an investigator who sets out to find gypsies—and unexpectedly finds love.

Investigator Tristan Bonnaud has one aim in life—to make sure that his half-brother George can’t ever ruin his life again. So when the pesky Lady Zoe Keane, the daughter of the Earl of Olivier, shows up demanding that the Duke’s Men find a mysterious gypsy woman, he seizes the opportunity to also hunt for a gypsy friend who knows secrets about George. Tristan doesn’t expect to uncover Lady Zoe’s family secrets, as well…or end up falling for the woman who will risk all to discover the truth.

How does the Scoundrel seduce? First, he’ll bewitch the pesky heroine with his good looks. Then he’ll tell her the news that she needs to hear, even if it makes her pout. (Think Rhett Butler telling Scarlett O’Hara that Ashley isn’t the right man for her.) Next, he’ll convince her with one hot make-out session that he can awaken her sexual desires. Follow this with him looking out for her, protecting her interests, and just being an all-around rugged independent man—and our heroine is successfully seduced!

[Sounds good to us!...]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 8:07am

Do You Recognize This Book? Reader Searching for Africa-set Romance

Marilyn MonroeWe're back with another missing book wanted by a member of the H&H community:

The book is set in Africa. The heroine is working for a relief organization, I think, and is famous and/or rich and/or ran away from home. The hero is hiding in the bushes waiting to snatch her when he discovers someone is trying to kill her. He manages to get her and they both run away being pursued by the bad guys. They travel across Africa, buy an old car/jeep from a local tribe who know the hero by his bush reputation as a good person. Eventually they escape from or overcome the bad guys. The hero and heroine have fallen in love and make a life together in which the heroine continues to do charity/relief/? work.

The story was a well written romantic adventure with a good, believable plot. I cannot remember who the author is or what the title is. I would like to read more books by the author. It may be a Harlequin publication.

Do you recognize this book?

Mon
Aug 18 2014 3:30pm

Men in Uniform: Hot or Not?

The Girl He Knows by Kristi RoseToday we're joined by author Kristi Rose, whose The Girl He Knows is out now.

The Girl He Knows is about a man-in-uniform who happens to be the older brother of the heroine's best friend! And then one morning they wake up in the same bed. Oops! Of course they think they're embarking on a “no strings attached” relationship, but it becomes so much more.

Kristi is here to talk about men in uniform, and what makes them so delicious.

Thanks, Kristi! 

When I think of a man in a uniform, I think military and HOTTIE and this is what my mind’s eye sees:

Chris Pratt and more as Navy SEALs in Zero Dark ThirtyI’m certainly biased; I’m the spouse of a service member. I know firsthand what these guys sacrifice and maybe that’s why I think they’re sexy. These guys pictured were SEALs. That’s top of the food chain for me.

[Alpha heroes ftw...]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Heroes Are My Weakness: Exclusive Excerpt

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Deepest winter.
An isolated island off the coast of Maine.
A man. A woman.
Puppets. (Yes, puppets . . .)
And . . .
A mysterious house looming over the sea . . .

He's a reclusive writer whose imagination creates chilling horror novels. She's a down-on-her-luck actress reduced to staging kids' puppet shows. He knows a dozen ways to kill his characters with his bare hands. She knows a dozen ways to kill an audience with laughs. But she's not laughing now.

Annie Hewitt has arrived on Peregrine Island in the middle of a snowstorm and at the end of her resources. She's broke, dispirited, but not quite ready to give up. Her red suitcases hold the puppets she uses to make her living: sensible Dilly, spunky Scamp, and Leo, the baddest of bad guys. Her puppets, the romantic novels she loves, and a little bit of courage are all she has left.

Annie couldn't be more ill prepared for what she finds when she reaches Moonraker Cottage or for the man who dwells in Harp House, the mysterious mansion that hovers above the cottage. When she was a teenager, he betrayed her in a way she can never forget or forgive. Now they're trapped together on a frozen island along with a lonely widow, a mute little girl, and townspeople who don't know how to mind their own business.

Is he the villain she remembers, or has he changed? Her head says no. Her heart says yes.

It's going to be a long, hot winter.

Get a sneak peek of Susan Elizabeth Phillips's Heroes Are My Weakness (available August 26, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Their  gloomy moods didn’t lift until dinner. The weekly supply boat had brought  groceries for Moonraker Cottage, most of which Theo had ordered, and she’d stuck with what she did well—meatballs and homemade spaghetti sauce. It wasn’t haute cuisine, but his enjoyment was obvious. “Why didn’t you make this for me when you were helping Jaycie with dinner?”

“I wanted you to suffer,” she said.

“Mission accomplished.”

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Mon
Aug 18 2014 10:56am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 9 Recap: All Fanged Up!

Eric Northman in True Blood season 7 episode 9Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 9, “Love Is to Die.” Enjoy!

When we last checked in on the gang, there was quite a crew at Fangtasia who had come together to get Bill healed from Hep-V. But Bill didn’t want to take Sarah Newlin’s blood. So what does he want?

He wants the true death, apparently. When the scene opens, we are still in Fantasia’s basement dungeon. Bill wishes to meet the true death, but can’t quite articulate why. After a couple of Cher/Moonstruck slaps to try to get the answers out of him, Sookie is held back by Eric. He doesn’t say anything, but we all know that since Eric just went through his own brush with death, he may be empathising with Bill. Jessica, in her grief, asks to be released and Bill grants her wish. He leaves Jess crying into Pam’s couture jacket, Sookie crying into Eric’s couture jacket, and us wondering what the heck is going on.

[The end is nigh...]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 10:30am

Outlander Season 1, Episode 2 Recap: Detained!

Is this real life?! More than two years after it was announced that Outlander just might be headed for the small screen, the day we've been waiting no-so-patiently for is finally (finally!) here. Though Starz has hosted screenings and even released the pilot episode on demand last week, tonight is the officially official series premiere of Outlander, and to celebrate, we present Anna Bowling's recap in the hopes that this week—and every week the show airs—you will read and enjoy and join us to discuss every tiny delicious detail of Claire Beauchamp Randall Fraser's epic journey (and, okay, yes, we'll especially be obsessing over every single scene featuring her beloved Scot, one James “Jamie” Alexander Malcolm MacKenzie Fraser). And now, let's get this show on the road...

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Outlander, including last night's Season 1, episode 2, “Castle Leoch.” Enjoy!

Now that Claire knows she’s not in the twentieth century anymore, what is she going to do about that? The journey she, Jamie and the others have taken ends at Castle Leoch, familiar to them, and to Claire, but for different reasons. Claire is a stranger to all that’s familiar to her companions, and of course she sticks out like the proverbial sore thumb. She’s with Jamie, though, so it can’t be all bad, can it?

[Not even a little bad...]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 8:10am

How Many Books Have You Binge-Read?

Concealed in Death by J.D. RobbWe have all binge-read, at one point or another, in our reading careers. The question is, what's the most amount of books by one author you've read consecutively?

How many books have you binge-read in a row?

Wed
Aug 20 2014 12:00pm
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H&H Reads: First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones (Part 4 of 6)

Part 4 is no longer available. Continue on to read Part 5 of Darynda Jones's First Grave on the Right.

First Grave on the Right by Darynda JonesToday, we're excited to bring back our H&H Reads program, with the book that introduced us to everyone's favorite grim reaper, Charley Davidson—First Grave on the Right.

Every Wednesday and Sunday from now until August 24, we'll be posting First Grave on the Right in six easy-to-read (if not so easy to wait for!) parts. Right before each new part goes up, we'll be taking down the previous one, so make sure you don't miss a single piece of the book. Whether you're a long-time fan of Darynda Jones, or brand new to the Charley Davidson series, we hope you'll read along and then discuss each section of the book with us!

Want to be alerted when future parts of the book are live on the site? Log in or register here to be added to the H&H Reads Alert List! Want more Darynda Jones? Log in or register here to stay up to date on all the news!

Don't think you can wait? Catch up on the whole story now. (See the links at the bottom of this post for more info on where you can get your copy of First Grave on the Right.) Then, come back to share your thoughts!

First Grave on the Right by Darynda Jones

First Grave on the Right is the smashing, award-winning debut novel that introduces Charley Davidson: part-time private investigator and full-time Grim Reaper.

Charley sees dead people. That's right, she sees dead people. And it's her job to convince them to “go into the light.” But when these very dead people have died under less than ideal circumstances (i.e., murder), sometimes they want Charley to bring the bad guys to justice. Complicating matters are the intensely hot dreams she's been having about an Entity who has been following her all her life...and it turns out he might not be dead after all. In fact, he might be something else entirely.

This is a thrilling debut novel from Darynda Jones, an exciting newcomer to the world of paranormal romantic suspense.

First Grave on the Right is the winner of the 2012 Rita Award for Best First Book.

Part 4 is no longer available. Continue on to Part 5...

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Copyright © 2011 by Darynda Jones.
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NYTimes and USA Today Bestselling Author Darynda Jones has won numerous awards for her work, including a prestigious RITA, a Golden Heart, and a Daphne du Maurier. As a born storyteller, Darynda grew up spinning tales of dashing damsels and heroes in distress for any unfortunate soul who happened by, annoying man and beast alike, and she is ever so grateful for the opportunity to carry on that tradition. She currently has two series with St. Martin's Press: The Charley Davidson Series and the Darklight Trilogy. She lives in the Land of Enchantment, also known as New Mexico, with her husband of almost 30 years and two beautiful sons, the Mighty, Mighty Jones Boys. She can be found at www.daryndajones.com.

Sun
Aug 17 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Melanie Scott’s The Devil in Denim (August 26, 2014)

The Devil in Denim by Melanie ScottMelanie Scott
Devil in Denim (New York Saints #1)
St. Martin's Press / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

LIFE JUST THREW HER A CURVEBALL.

As the team-owner’s daughter, Maggie Jameson grew up in the New York Saints’ stadium—glove, cap, hot dogs, and all. Baseball’s in her blood, and she’s always dreamed of the day when she would lead the Saints to victory herself. That was before her dad had to sell the team to Alex Winters. The fast-talking, fiercely attractive businessman has a baseball pedigree that’s distinctly minor league. Maggie wants to hate him but his skills of seduction, however, are off the charts.

WILL LOVE BE A HOME RUN?

Alex could never have imagined how much this team means to Maggie. He needs her to help show the players that they’re still a family…even if he and Maggie are at the verge of exchanging blows. But her fiery determination and gorgeous looks prove irresistible to Alex. And much as he wants to relegate their relationship to the playing field—and get the Saints back in the game—Alex just can’t help himself: What he wants to win most is Maggie’s heart…

Melanie Scott's The Devil in Denim is a different take on the usual baseball novel. It doesn’t focus on a baseball player, but on the players behind the scenes. Tom Jameson has owned the Saints baseball team for years. Maggie, Tom’s daughter, was raised with the Saints. A recent college graduate, Maggie assumed she would work at the owner’s office for the Saints. Unexpectedly, Tom sells the Saints to businessman Alex Winters and his two associates Malachi Coulter (Mal) and Lucas Angelo.

[For love of the Saints...]

Sat
Aug 16 2014 2:00pm
Excerpt

Ever After: Exclusive Excerpt

Kate SeRine

Ever After by Kate SeRine

To Catch a Thief…

For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.

Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood—the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.

Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?

Get a sneak peek of Kate SeRine's Ever After (available August 21, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As I slipped out of the rift, I made a grab, my hand closing around her arm before she even realized I was there. I spun her around, snatching the hood from her head in the same movement.

And then I forgot to breathe.

In my shock, I released her, staggering back with a choked cry, stumbling over my own feet and ass-planting in the fallen leaves. For a long moment, I could only stare up at the woman before me, unable to accept what my eyes were seeing.

You,” I finally managed to croak, tears of disbelief blurring my vision. “It’s you.

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Sat
Aug 16 2014 11:00am

First Look: D.D. Ayres’s Irresistible Force (August 26, 2014)

Irresistible Force by D.D. AyresD.D. Ayres
Irresistible Force
St. Martin's Press / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

For Shay Appleton, it’s love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he’ll make a terrific watch dog—and with an abusive ex who won’t let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart—until Bogart’s even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who’s convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend…to protect the woman who’s stolen his heart?

You don’t have to be a dog lover to enjoy D.D. Ayres’s new series because she has all the bases covered with menacing antagonists, sizzling chemistry, and flawed, appealing characters.

The threat to the characters is real, and the way that plays out is intriguing, but even more than that, I enjoyed the flawed characters. Characters who have made mistakes—like getting involved with the wrong people. In Shay’s case, she put off doing something because of fear of the past repeating itself— even backing down when she should have stood her ground. But she has good reasons for the way she acts.

[Irresistible reasons?...]

Fri
Aug 15 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Swimsuit Edition with Lochte, Holloway, Swayze

Josh HollowayIt's the dog days of summer and what's better than to spend those hot times by the pool, or at the beach or lake. We gathered together some prime specimens who will hopefully heat you up before you go cool down!

[Go for a dip with these beefcake...]