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Feb 18 2017 12:04pm
Excerpt

Candis Terry Excerpt: Perfect for You

Candis Terry

Perfect for You by Candis Terry

Meet the Kincade brothers: they’ll do what it takes to protect their legacy—but what happens when love gets in the way?

Declan Kincade has spent so much time chasing success he’s almost forgotten how to just live. Lately, though, his all-business routine has been thrown into disarray. Brooke Hastings is the best employee Dec’s ever had: polished, capable, and intelligent. After four years, he’s just realized that she’s also smoking hot. But their working relationship is too valuable to stake on a fling, no matter how mind-bendingly pleasurable it promises to be . . .

What’s worse than never meeting the right man? Finding him, and then working side-by-side every day while he remains absolutely blind to your existence. That is, until one temptation-packed road trip changes everything. Teaching her gorgeous, driven boss how to cut loose and have fun is the toughest challenge Brooke’s ever faced. But it’s one that could give both of them exactly what they need, if Dec will take a chance on a perfect—and perfectly unexpected—love . . .

Get a sneak peek at Candis Terry's Perfect for You (available February 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He’d been denied many things in his life. Forbidding himself at least a taste of Brooke was going to be like sitting in front of a decadent slice of chocolate cake with a shark cage between them.

Just before he swung the Infiniti onto the freeway onramp, she said, “Pull over.”

“What?”

“Right there.” She pointed to yet another gas station.

Against his better judgment—because today he seemed to be minus a few marbles—he complied. “Did you forget something?”

[Read the full Perfect for You excerpt...]

Fri
Feb 17 2017 4:29pm

Lessons in Scandal: Romance Deals & News from Meredith Duran, Anne Stuart, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

A Lady's Lesson in Scandal by Meredith DuranDeal Alert: Meredith Duran's historical romance A Lady's Lesson in Scandal is $1.99 on Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “No one portrays the agony of divided loyalties and the grace of their reconciliation better than Meredith Duran,” says H&H reviewer Miss Bates, who adds that her HEAs promise “in the heroine and hero’s union, a new world, a better, more hopeful, more just, more joyful one.”

Deal Alert: Anne Stuart's romantic suspense Consumed by Fire, first in the Fire series, is $2.00 in e-book at Amazon.* Heroine Evangeline may have been fooled once by the man who stole her grandmother's earrings and then abandoned her on their honeymoon, but she won't be fooled a second time. Except...what if it turns out that was all an act and he's actually a covert operative?! Hero James may start to win you over in this very sexy excerpt from Consumed by Fire.

Deal Alert: Marie Harte's contemporary romance Roadside Assistance is $2.99 on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | etc.* “The pages of Roadside Assistance are populated with macho, mouthy, straight-forward guys,” according to H&H reviewer Janet Webb. “They don’t pussy-foot around.” Yum!

Deal Alert: Lauren Dane's Ink & Chrome erotic romance novel Opening Up is $2.99 at Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* “Lauren Dane is bold,” writes H&H reviewer Tiffany Tyer. “She writes really confident, take-no-prisoners women, and that makes for a fun heroine we can look up to, comfortable in her own skin but vulnerable enough to have layers. That’s what we have in PJ, a smart, gorgeous pin-up type with mad skills in custom painting.” Read the rest of our First Look at Opening Up.

[+Jeaniene Frost video Q&A and more...]

Fri
Feb 17 2017 3:00pm

Charmed We’re Sure: 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!


Karen H near Tampa loves a charming chap

Karen H near Tampa in Do You Like Charming Heroes?

I'm definitely in the charming camp. I actually never liked Heathcliff and only liked Rochester a little. I prefer to read about people I'd like to be around and snarling has gotten quite old for me.

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: 5 Drummers That Won’t Skip a Beat!

Source: Brian Patterson Photos / Shutterstock, Inc.Today we're thrilled to welcome Jamie Shaw (Havoc) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The final book in Jamie's Mayhem series features drummer of The Last Ones to Know, Mike. Jamie is here today to celebrate other favorite drummers with a special guest beefcake. Thanks, Jamie!

1. Travis Barker — Blink-182

Travis has the “bad boy drummer” look down to a tee, and I’m a total sucker for bad boys. The tattoos, the piercings... yes, please! Plus, he’s a doting father, which makes him even sexier.

[Think you can handle these sexy drummers?]

Fri
Feb 17 2017 12:18pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Contemporary Couples

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! 
Continue voting in Round 3!

 

 

  • Eva/Gideon vs. Cletus/Jennifer

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Eva/Gideon
Book/Series: One with You (Crossfire series)
Author: Sylvia Day
What brings them together: Eva takes a job in Gideon’s company and, before her first day, runs into the magnetic Crossfire CEO in the office building’s lobby.
What threatens to pull them apart: Abuse survivors Gideon and Eva must each work through their pasts to be able to live their happily ever after.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'There aren't words to tell you what you mean to me. But I hope that when you see this ring on your hand, you'll remember that you shine as brightly as diamonds in my life and you're infinitely more precious.' ” —One with You

Couple: Cletus/Jennifer
Book/Series: Beard Science (Winston Brothers series)
Author: Penny Reid
What brings them together: Jennifer blackmails Cletus into helping her shake her “banana cake queen” image.
What threatens to pull them apart: Jennifer’s family and Cletus’ secrets are their biggest hurdles.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'You’re my beginning, middle, and end.' ” —Beard Science 

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Paranormal Couples

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!
Continue voting in Round 3!

  • Rhage/Mary vs. Mercy/Adam

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Rhage/Mary
Book/Series: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
Author: J.R. Ward 
What brings them together: A human thrown into the world of vampires, Mary is dependent on Rhage for protection, which morphs into love...
What threatens to pull them apart: What doesn’t? Vampire/human complications, curses, enemies out for their destruction...Rhage and Mary overcome a lot.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “So if you had the chance...even if there was no music and no ballgown, no tuxedo or gala...when your true love asked you to dance? It was important to say yes.” —The Beast

Couple: Mercy/Adam
Book/Series: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson series)
Author: Patricia Briggs 
What brings them together: Werewolf Adam happens to be Mercy’s next-door neighbor.
What threatens to pull them apart: Pack infighting, for sure, though Adam has Mercy’s back through it all.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I misspoke,' he said in a steady voice. 'She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live—that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.' ” —Fire Touched

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!
Continue voting in Round 3!

 

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Historical Couples

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! 
Continue voting in Round 3!

  • Rhys/Helen vs. Rhine/Eddy

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Rhys/Helen
Book/Series: Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels series)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
What brings them together: Rhys and Helen enter a marriage of convenience.
What threatens to pull them apart: If anyone can tame the ruthless Rhys Winterborne, it’s Helen, yet his enemies and her dark secret are a force to be reckoned with...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Every time you look at me, you'll remember that I'm half his.'

" 'No.' His hand came to the side of her face, his thumb wiping her tears. 'You're all mine.' His voice was deep and shaken. 'Every hair on your head. Every part of you was made to be loved by me.' ” —Marrying Winterborne


Couple: Rhine/Eddy
Book/Series: Forbidden (Old West series)
Author: Beverly Jenkins
What brings them together: Rhine rescues Eddy in the desert and helps her recover. 
What threatens to pull them apart: Society seeks to keep them apart; Rhine is engaged to a woman from a powerful political family, and his life and livelihood depend on him passing as a white man, while Eddy has no intention of risking her plans to move to California to open her own restaurant.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Your sweetness is so much stronger than their hate.' ”
Forbidden

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Romantic Suspense Couples

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! 
Continue voting in Round 3!

  • Eve/Roarke vs. Evelyn/David

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Eve/Roarke
Book/Series: Apprentice in Death (In Death series)
Author: J.D. Robb
What brings them together: Eve’s a homicide detective, and Roarke’s her prime suspect...
What threatens to pull them apart: These days? Mostly just their constant brushes with death.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you,' she said again, pouring herself into the kiss. 'You saved me.'

“ 'Each other.' He laid her back, covered her with his body. 'We saved each other.' ” —Apprentice in Death


Couple: Evelyn/David
Book/Series: Extreme Honor (True Heroes series)
Author: Piper J. Drake
What brings them together: Ex-soldier and dog trainer David is having trouble helping K-9 Atlas deal with the loss of his handler—until dog whisperer Evelyn walks into their lives.
What threatens to pull them apart: David has trouble letting people get close and Lyn’s life is being threatened by someone who doesn’t want her working with Atlas...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you, Evelyn Jones. Since I don’t even know when. I want you in my life and I’ll wait forever if you need me to.' ” —Extreme Honor

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 9:30am

What Is the Difference Between a Rake and a Rogue?

Rake or Rogue?

If you’ve ever walked down the aisle of a bookstore in the romance section you’ve no doubt scene one or two words that consistently jump out at you when you peruse the historical romance titles. Rake and Rogue seem to be the most popular and possible the most misused.

So what do the words Rake and Rogue actually mean when it comes to historical romance books? I’m going to break it down for you!

So what is a Rake (also known as a Rakehell?)? A rake, short for rakehell (analogous to “hellraiser”), is a historic term applied to a man who is habituated to immoral conduct, particularly womanizing. Often, a rake was also prodigal, wasting his (usually inherited) fortune on gambling, wine, women, and song, and incurring lavish debts in the process. Comparable terms are “libertine” and “debauchee.” The term rakehell itself comes from the idea that these men are so bad or wicked that they will be having their feet raked over the coals in hell, hence Rakehell. So a basic definition for a rake is that he’s a seducer and a charmer.

So what then is a Rogue? It seems to have a far more negative connation with definitions ranging from: vagrant, tramp, a dishonest or worthless person, or a mischievous person. A basic definition for a rogue within a romance novels is that a rogue is a wild card, a man who is really unpredictable and possible dangerous (but not to the heroine in a bad way)

[Do you prefer a rake or rogue?]

Fri
Feb 17 2017 8:06am

How Do You Like Your Retellings: Close to the Source or Just Inspired by It?

Retellings and reimaginings can be tough. You're taking a pre-established story line and making it your own. Personally, I love a Beauty and the Beast reimagining or a Pride and Prejudice. However, how the retelling is handled—and how much the reader likes it—can depend on how close to the source material the retelling is. 

Can something be too close to the source material? Do you like it when a retelling is just inpired by the source material and do you prefer and beat-by-beat retelling? 

Let me know in the comments!

Thu
Feb 16 2017 4:30pm

Consumed by Shadows: Romance News and Deals from Mary Jo Putney, Lauren Blakely and More

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Silk & Shadows by Mary Jo Putney

Deal Alert: Mary Jo Putney's Silk & Shadows is FREE on iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | B&N | etc.* The first novel in her Victorian set trilogy marries character-driven stories with fast-paced action. If you've not before, here's your chance to dive into the wonderful and uncommon writing of Mary Jo Putney.

Deal Alert: Lauren Blakely's Consumed by You is $.99 on Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | B&N | etc.* She's waiting for “the one;” he doesn't do relationships, but their combustible chemistry makes these friends with benefits burn up the sheets. 

Deal Alert: Carrie Aarons' On Thin Ice is $.99 on Amazon | etc.* A small town man is bowled over by an upper crust princess in a book that packs a sensuous mystery. Keep your heart racing and try out 8 more romantic suspense titles that bring the heat. 

[+ Today on H&H...]

Thu
Feb 16 2017 3:00pm

2 Award-Winning Science Fiction Romances Worth a Second Look

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The 5th annual SFR Galaxy Awards were recently announced and I thought I’d share my mini review of two very different winners as a sample for our readers.

First a word about the awards themselves: A panel of well-regarded scifi romance book bloggers and reviewers make the selections, with each judge naming five or six novels, graphic novels or anthologies that they found memorable during the preceding year. The formal description of the awards’ intent, as taken from the website: “The theme of the SFR Galaxy Awards is inclusiveness. Instead of giving an award to a single book, this event will recognize the worth of multiple books and/or the standout elements they contain. The basic philosophy behind this approach is to help connect readers with books.”

I was honored to find two of my own books on the list this year, Star Cruise: Outbreak and Hostage to the Stars, along with some we’ve mentioned on Heroes and Heartbreakers in the past, such as Anna Hackett and her Galactic Gladiators, Ilona Andrews’s One Fell Sweep and thePets In Space anthology.

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Thu
Feb 16 2017 2:38pm

Outlander Returns to Us in September

Claire and Jamie Fraser in OutlanderWe've got good news and we've got bad news, Outlander fans. The good news is that we now know when Outlander season 3 will premiere. The bad news is that it's not April, or even this summer—rather, the series is set to return to our television screens in September 2017.

At least stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan look absolutely adorable in this video where they bid farewell (for now) to filming in Scotland and giddily anticipate “ditch[ing] a few of these layers” for the warmer weather in sunny Cape Town, South Africa?!

[Until then...]

Thu
Feb 16 2017 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Cover Reveals from Kerrigan Byrne, Nancy Naigle, Emma Douglas, and Kayti McGee

The anticipation for fall books is real! We just can't wait to get our hands on these titles from authors Kerrigan Byrne, Nancy Naigle, Emma Douglas, and Kayti McGee, so we're thrilled to share these early covers with you so we can gaze on what's to come later this year.

[+3 more great covers!]

Thu
Feb 16 2017 11:00am

No More Vicious Cycles: Arrow 5x13 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow 5x13 "Spectre of the Gun"

Show/Episode: Arrow Season 5, Episode 13, “Spectre of the Gun”
Ship(s): Olicity (Oliver/Felicity)

Arrow 5x13 Captain's Log

Arrow takes a departure this week, talking about the very serious and real-world relevant topic of gun control. As such Oliver and Felicity’s relationship (or lack thereof) takes a bit of a backseat. Actually, most things Arrow related took a backseat.

On the upside, we had Thea back in town and she gave Oliver a (rightfully) hard time about his relationship with Susan. He tried to defend himself on that count, asking that Thea respect that he’s doing something serious with the reporter, but Thea seemed fairly firm on the whole thing make making her feel nauseous. We all feel you, Thea.

We did learn that Felicity is actively searching for the mother of Claybourne’s illegitimate child, the one they believe to be Prometheus. She’s gone off the grid so locating her is difficult, but Felicity is zeroing in on her, with the help of the Pandora drive.

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Thu
Feb 16 2017 9:30am

First Look: Sawyer Bennett’s Roman (February 21, 2017)

Roman by Sawyer Bennett

Sawyer Bennett
Roman (Cold Fury Hockey #7)
Loveswept / February 21, 2017 / $5.99 digital

In the latest in the Cold Fury series, Sawyer Bennett tackles the bad boy of the team, Roman. Roman is always ready to throw down for a fight or to find his next conquest. That’s all catching up to him and he’s feeling the heat from upper management, when he meets Lexi.

Lexi is a mystery all on her own. She finds herself in North Carolina looking for her unsuspecting father, Brian the CEO owner of the Cold Fury. Eek! She’s not sure what she’s going to find but she’s determined to meet him and hopefully gain a relationship with her father and her new sister, Grey.

“Let’s get drunk and lose our inhibitions,” he suggests, and I look over my shoulder at him to find him sitting on my couch and unlacing his shoes, which are more like low boots and clearly more expensive than mine.

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again.: I laugh as I pull two bottles of beer out of my fridge. “You are so bad.”

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Thu
Feb 16 2017 8:29am

What are the Funniest Ship Names?

Liv and Ravi in iZombieRecently, Team H&H had a good chuckle over rediscovering the ship name Ravioli—Ravi and Olivia on iZombie. We love this pair, but it left us wondering about other funny ship names. Granted this is on a comedy, so some hilarity is allowed, however can you think of other funny ship names? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Wed
Feb 15 2017 4:30pm

High Adventure: Romance News and Deals from Linda Howard, Tillie Cole, and More

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Reap by Tillie Cole

Deal Alert: Tillie Cole's Reap is $1.99 on Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | etc.* The second book in Cole's Scarred Souls series will take you on the journey of 221—a Georgian mob prisoner given an obedience drug, and Talia, a woman desperate to break free from that life. Gotta love a mobster redemption story.  

Deal Alert: Linda Howard and Linda Jones' Frost Line is $1.99 on B&N | Amazon | etc* “Frost Line is perfect for readers who love fantasy and mystery,” writes blogger Scarlettleigh in her First Look. And the love story will sweep you right off of your feet!

Deal Alert: Emily Larkin's Unmasking Miss Appleby is FREE on Kobo | B&N | Amazon | iBooks | etc* This a-typical historical, set in the Georgian era, mixes the tropey fun of chick-in-pants, with a bit of mysticism thrown into the mix. Blogger Rachel Hyland declared it the best historical romance she read in 2016.

Deal Alert: Julie Ann Walker's Hell on Wheels is $1.99 on Kobo | B&N | Amazon | etc.* The first book in Walker's Black Knights Inc. series promises more alpha men than you can shake a stick at, which the author simply can't get enough of. 

[+Spend an afternoon with J.R. Ward...]

Wed
Feb 15 2017 3:00pm

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s Wait For It (February 28, 2017)

Wait For It by M. O'Keefe

M. O'Keefe
Wait For It (Everything I Left Unsaid #4)
Loveswept / February 28, 2017 / $4.99 digital

Wait For It is the fourth in her Everything I left Unsaid series by Molly O'Keefe. We finally get Tiffany’s story as she leaves her abusive husband, Phil, for good. Blake Edwards is the last person she expects to help her, especially since he’s Tiffany’s brother-in-law. The same man who paid Tiffany to never contact him or his family again. Sometimes pride is a heavy dose to swallow. But with Tiffany’s case, she’ll swallow her pride and then some in order to protect her children.

And that’s what I love about Tiffany. She’s got grit and heart and she’s determined to make life better for her children and herself. When she unknowingly crashes her friend Annie’s party in order to ask for help, the last person she wants to see is Blake. Despite knowing the man has no soul, she can’t help but be drawn to him.

Someone walked in front of the door, a big man in a beautiful dark-brown leather coat and a black T-shirt underneath it, with curls that picked up the light, gilding him like some angel in a renaissance painting, and then he was gone…

Blake Edwards.

My hate was a wrecking ball against that big beautiful red-brick wall that held me up. My unadulterated loathing for that man took my wall down in one swing.

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