<i>The List</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The List: Exclusive Excerpt Tawna Fenske "Will Simon’s big secret make that the one fantasy that can never come true?" <i>Any Time, Any Place</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Any Time, Any Place: Exclusive Excerpt Jennifer Probst "She liked the press of hard muscles against her soft curves..." <i>Ex-Con: Part 1</i> Exclusive Limited-Time Release! Ex-Con: Part 1 Exclusive Limited-Time Release! Katana Collins "They take what they want. And what they want is you." <i>Afraid to Fly</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Afraid to Fly: Exclusive Excerpt L.A. Witt "Just thinking about kissing him was enough to—"
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January 20, 2017
Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Men with Dogs & Babies
Jen Wattley
January 19, 2017
Meet-Text? Romances That Began as Text Relationships
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January 19, 2017
Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong SPOILER THREAD!! (MAJOR SPOILERS)
Jessica Avery
January 18, 2017
Top 5 Highlanders in Romance
Anna Bowling
January 17, 2017
Romance News & Deals from Christie Craig, Colleen Hoover, and More
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Jan 21 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Tawny Weber’s Call to Honor (January 31, 2017)

Call to Honor by Tawny Weber

Tawny Weber
Call to Honor (A SEAL Brotherhood Novel #1)
HQN Books / January 31, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

The Poseidon Team are hard-bodied, fiercely competitive navy SEALs. But when a sensitive mission goes disastrously wrong, three of the team's finest will have to trust their hearts and instincts to uncover the truth…

“No man left behind” is inscribed in the DNA of every SEAL and Lieutenant Diego Torres is no exception. But with a team member killed—and the body missing—Diego's honor is sorely tested. Now his career and reputation are on the line, and a traitor is hiding among them. Diego wants answers…and only one woman has them.

Single mom Harper Maclean has two priorities—raising her son Nathan and starting a new life. Her mysterious new neighbor may be impossibly charming, but Diego asks too many questions about her past—and about the father of her child. Questions she fears will reveal her burning attraction for Diego, and ultimately put them all in danger's path.

[You need a hero...]

Jan 20 2017 4:34pm

A Few Good Rogues: Romance News & Deals

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Rules for a Rogue by Christy CarlyleDeal Alert: Christy Carlyle's' historical romance Rules for a Rogue, a Romancing the Rules book, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble  | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* You'd probably find a few of your favorite rakish heroes in our roundup of the 10 Regency Romances You Should Read.

Deal Alert: Lindsay McKenna's contemporary western Wind River Wrangler is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* What's the appeal of western romances? Wendy the Super Librarian invites you to saddle up!

Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's small-town romance 311 Pelican Court is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Cedar Cove may well be the sweetest town in America, and you can see the romance play out on the page AND the screen thanks to the Cedar Cove television series starring Andie MacDowell.

[+Today on H&H...]

Jan 20 2017 3:00pm

The Great Debate: 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!

adria03 votes animals, always animals

adria03 in Men with Dogs or Men with Babies?

I'm not a kid person so I definitely enjoy men and dogs a whole lot more. There's just something sexy about a guy who can care about more than just his own species. It's not just dogs though, if a man loves his cat, horse, or any other animal the book automatically snags my interest.

[Read more...]

Jan 20 2017 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Men with Dogs...and Men with Babies

Men with dogs, or men with babies? Why not both?! We here in Romancelandia are certainly blessed with an array of incredible novel covers, and we've taken up the debate of men with dogs vs men with babies recently. (It seems like dogs is leading the pack...)

Is there anything more heartwarming than a man with an aminal? Or do you prefer a tough, rugged man holding an infant?

But why not rejoice in both options! Enjoy these men with babies and men with dogs to your heart's delight. We hope we get to see more of both of them in the future.

[Oh baby, baby...]

Jan 20 2017 1:00pm

New Year, New Historicals!: Unusual Historical Best Bets for January 2017

I figure that by now it’s safe to say that many of us have broken our well-intentioned New Year’s Resolutions. However, instead of beating ourselves up over that leftover Christmas candy we binged on last Friday night or the hangover we woke up with on Sunday morning, why not vow to adopt a new resolution?  One that’s fun and easy to keep—read more historical romance! 

What unusual historicals are you looking forward to this month?

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins


Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

As manager of one of the finest hotels in Arizona Territory, Portia Carmichael has respect and stability—qualities sorely missing from her harsh childhood. She refuses to jeopardize that by hitching herself to the wrong man. Suitors are plentiful, but none of them has ever looked quite as tempting as the family friend who just rode into town…and none has looked at her with such intensity and heat.

Duchess. That’s the nickname Kent Randolph gave Portia when she was a young girl. Now she’s a stunning, intelligent woman—and Kent has learned his share of hard lessons. After drifting through the West, he’s learned the value of a place to settle down, and in Portia’s arms he’s found that and more. But convincing her to trust him with her heart, not just her passion, will be the greatest challenge he’s known—and one he intends to win…

Honestly now, do you really need me to do a hard sell for a new Beverly Jenkins western?  Of course not!  But just in case you’re still hungover from the holidays, Kirkus calls this “sexy and smart,” Publisher’s Weekly says it’s “exquisitely written,” and Booklist declares it a “captivating love story.” This second book in a series, the heroine, Portia, is the niece of Eddy Carmichael, heroine in last year’s Forbidden.

[More historicals ahead!]

Jan 20 2017 12:00pm

Tawna Fenske Excerpt: The List

Tawna Fenske

The List by Tawna Fenske

As the millionaire owner of a chain of computer shops, Simon Traxel isn’t normally hands-on with mundane repairs. But when a fretful brunette shows up with her fried laptop and killer green eyes, he makes an exception. And as it turns out, she needs more hands-on help than Simon imagined.

Brainy soil scientist Cassie Michaels has spent her whole life feeling like a grungy tree trunk beside her delicate flower sisters. To make herself more interesting, Cassie invented stories about her wild sex life—stories she’s expected to retell in vivid detail at a bachelorette party. Cassie’s attempt to catalog her biggest whoppers goes awry when she spills wine on her laptop and lands in Simon’s shop with her sexy list frozen on the screen.

But Simon’s interest is piqued, and the two strike a deal to make Cassie’s make-believe sexploits a reality. From steamy public romps gone hilariously awry, to sexy antics with kitchen utensils, their quest to conquer The List is equal parts scorching hot and adorably awkward.

As they near the end of The List though, Cassie and Simon second guess their pledge to shake hands and say goodbye when they cross off the last item. But will Simon’s big secret make that the one fantasy that can never come true?

Get a sneak peek at Tawna Fenske's The List (available January 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One


“Excuse me? I urgently need more RAM, and I was hoping you could give it to me.”

I turn to see a hot blonde wearing cherry-red lipstick and a black dress tight enough to be a tourniquet. Her tone would be more suited for taking calls at 1-900-FuckMe, and the pointed look she just gave my crotch suggests she rehearsed that line before walking into my shop.

Yes, my shop. I own all twenty-six branches of Hot Swap Computer Sales and Repairs scattered around the Pacific Northwest, though I rarely venture out of the back room these days. The boob-graze the blonde just performed on my forearm is one reason.

[Read the full The List excerpt...]

Jan 20 2017 9:30am

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Power Game (January 24, 2017)

Power Game by Christine Feehan

Christine Feehan
Power Game (A Ghostwalker Novel)
Berkley / January 24, 2017 / $27.00 print, $13.99 digital

Fear of the unknown held them.

Life often comes down to a series of choices. For most folks, the options are mundane: should I have the egg white omelette for breakfast, or the French toast? Coffee or tea? The comfy Birkenstocks or the four-inch pumps? But for Christine Feehan’s genetically engineered men and women, the options are always laced with life or death considerations.

Shadow Game was the first book in her GhostWalker series, and has always been one of my favorite romances. Since paranormal is not my usual go-to genre, it’s easy to remember reading about the genetically engineered supersoldiers who could communicate telepathically with one another (and with the women they love) and rushing through the book to see how it ended. Feehan’s written a dozen more GhostWalker stories since 2003, and I have discovered another great set of characters in Ezekiel Fortune and Bellisia in her most recent installation, Power Game.

The GhostWalkers are constantly forced to make choices, chief among them who to invite into their carefully cultivated and protected lives. It’s not like they run out of milk and go to the grocery store, then BAM, run into a pretty lady in the produce section. It happens to Zeke one morning when he goes into town to pick up spices for Nonny, the matriarch of the family.

She smelled—delicious. Sexy.

He instantly had the need to touch her skin, to bury his fingers in that thick mass of hair peeking out beneath the triangle of cloth.

She was vividly alive, a shimmering, beautiful woman he couldn’t take his gaze from.

[Some tough choices...]

Jan 20 2017 8:05am

Comfort Food and Comfort Reads—What Are Yours?

Now is a good time to turn to some comfort—like comfort foods and comfort reads! If you could only pick one of each, what would yours be? 

Chime in down in the comments!


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Jan 19 2017 4:34pm

Reap(er) the Rewards: Romance News & Deals from Darynda Jones and More

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda JonesDeal Alert: Darynda Jones' entire Charley Davidson paranormal mystery series is on sale today in e-book. Meet grim reaper/P.I. Charley in Book 1, First Grave on the Right, for $1.99, and then grab her adventures in Books 2–10 (Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Dirt on Ninth Grave, and The Curse of Tenth Grave) for $2.99 each at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Stay tuned to H&H for the perfect cap to your binge read: An excerpt and more for Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, which hits shelves on January 24.

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's MMA romance Jude's Law, Book 1 in the Law series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If MMA fighters are your type, H&H contributer Mandi Schreiner has a few more recommendations for you in her piece “Straight to the Heart: Fighter Heroes Pack a Punch.”

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' American historical The Taming of Jessi Rose is $2.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Do you know the title of Jenkins' very first historical romance? Challenge your memory in our romance trivia game!

[+California Readin', books 'n' cocktails, and more...]

Jan 19 2017 3:00pm

Romances That Began as Texting Relationships—You’ve Got Text!

Four Letter Word by J. Daniels

New adult is one of my favorite genres and one of the reasons for that is because that it’s constantly evolving and growing. It can give you twisted stories to just some feel-good plots. A new trend that has emerged, that I’ve noticed, involves how the main characters meet. With the way technology shapes our day to day, it’s no wonder it involves text! I’ve noticed more and more books are challenging how they meet and this latest is mystery texting. What do I mean by that, read below.

In J. Daniels' Four Letter Word, (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) a wrong number completely changes the life of our heroine, Sydney. When she calls the wrong person, because of one wrong number, it starts a relationship that develops through text. That’s right, they don’t meet and have no visuals of the other until they’ve already solidified an emotional bond.

“Wild girl. Eaten any innocent men alive today yet?”

“It’s a little early. I usually wait until after dinner to randomly dial up men and cuss them out. Again, I’m so sorry. I feel awful saying that stuff to you.”

“Don’t need to apologize. That was the most interesting conversation I’ve ever had.“


“Straight up. How did the intended guy take it? You make him cry?”

“I never called him.”

“I’m Sydney, by the way. Hi”


“Hey…you. No name? That’s not really fair. What am I supposed to program you in my phone as? Dildo sucker? Don’t lie… you’ve considered it. ;)”

[Text me maybe?]

Jan 19 2017 1:30pm

Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong SPOILER THREAD!! (MAJOR SPOILERS)


Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

Here you have it: It's FINALLY HERE! A complete play-by-play of all of the events in Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong, out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. 




***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished Feversong.  This is a post to discuss the entire book. 

ARE YOU READY? Are you? Because this - THIS was intense.

So let’s do this. A complete play-by-play of Karen Marie Moning’s Feversong, the ninth and final book in her Fever series, released January 17th 2017. This post is a screaming, raving mass of SPOILERS and mashed feelings below the jump so if you haven’t finished the book yet, TURN BACK!




*** Alright you’ve been warned so let’s do this! This is your last chance to leave because if you haven’t read Feversong yet and you keep reading below you’re gonna be sooooorry. No? Alright? Suit yourself! ***

Here is your super, mega-certified, awesome list of EPIC things that went down!! (Or most of them! I had to leave out some of the small ones as this epic list was getting epically long!)

[Spoilers Ahoy!]

Jan 19 2017 12:00pm

Jennifer Probst Excerpt: Any Time, Any Place

Jennifer Probst

Any Time, Any Place by Jennifer Probst

When she was a teen, Raven Bella Stratton’s father was killed in a horrible car crash. The bigger shock was the discovery of a woman with him—Diana Pierce—and their two fully packed suitcases with airline tickets to Paris. Devastated by her father’s betrayal, Raven went to live with her aunt, never truly overcoming the traumatic event. When she discovers that the mysterious woman had a family with a husband and three boys, Raven vows to leave the memory of her father behind.

Until Dalton Pierce visits one night and suddenly her past challenges her future...

Leaving his life in California behind to run Pierce Construction with his two older brothers, Dalton Pierce has enjoyed returning home and studying his passion of woodworking. But when he visits the local bar with his brothers one evening, he’s immediately drawn to the smart-mouthed, badass, sexy bartender who sets his body on fire. Unfortunately, she doesn’t seem as intrigued by him, and his multiple advances are met with rejection. When he offers to restore the bar back to its original glory, he begins to work with her on a daily basis, and falls harder. His plan of seduction slowly weaves a web around them both, until they are caught up in the spell. But Dalton doesn’t know the secret that can either destroy them both...or finally mend two broken hearts.

Get a sneak peek at Jennifer Probst's Any Time, Any Place (available January 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Her breath came in short bursts from the high of their banter. The warm air spun around her like wispy cotton, lending to the intimate atmosphere. God, why did she feel on the verge of some sexual, delicious combustion? The man was dangerous as hell. She needed to stay away from him.

He nodded.

 “Good. I can load them in my truck tomorrow and bring them over before you open.”


[Read the full Any Time and Any Place excerpt...]

Jan 19 2017 9:30am

First Look: Beverly Jenkins’ Breathless (January 31, 2017)

Breathless by Beverly Jenkins

When I first open a Beverly Jenkins novel, I’m giddy with anticipation. Because I know the woman is a queen among queens with historical romance. And when I finish, I’m two-thirds satiated and one-third frustrated…because she leaves the reader hanging. Yes, Ms. Jenkins…teasing us about the next book in the series is cruel and delicious all at the same time. And as readers of my reviews know, I’m not always the most patient when it comes to waiting for my favorite authors to release their next gem of a novel.

So...Breathless. This book has everything. A yummy hero who has overcome some flaws of his past? Check. A gorgeous woman who gets more revved up looking at numbers and balancing budgets than with the idea of marrying? Check. A believable courtship that leaves the reader flying through the pages? Check. Drama causing our leads to persevere rather than fold? Check.

It’s been years since Portia Carmichael has seen Kent Randolph. The former bartender for her Uncle Rhine, Kent eventually arrives looking for work at the location of Rhine Fontaine’s new ranch. Fifteen years have passed since Kent worked for Rhine. And for a shy twelve year-old girl, eighteen year-old Kent was larger than life. Back then, six years was a big age-spread. Now? Six years is hardly worth mentioning. Moverover, Portia has no misgivings about her future and love. She's past the stage of silly girl crushes and vows she’ll never fall in love, not after what she saw love do to her mother. Portia wants nothing to do with prostitution—her mother’s occupation. Portia's an educated woman now, determined to safeguard her heart.

[And then things get turned upside down...]

Jan 19 2017 8:05am

Are There Certain Books You Wouldn’t Read as a Modern Reader?

It's important to acknowledge where romance started in order to make for a better environment in the future. A lot of times that's going back and reading the books of years gone by. Some you may enjoy, otherwise may be hard for a modern reader. 

Are there certain books you can't read now? Have you tried? On the flip side, are there books that you have re-read and found that they've held up?

Let us know in the comments!

Jan 18 2017 4:25pm

Ivan, Will & Grace: Romance News & Deals from Kit Rocha and More

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Ivan by Kit RochaHellooooo, Ivan! Kit Rocha (a.k.a. writing team Bree Bridges and Donna Herren) have revealed the gorgeous cover for their third Gideon's Rider novel, Ivan. The Beyond spin-off series hasn't even started yet—Ashwin will be first—and we're chomping at the bit for more of these “holy warrior bikers who police the sectors, protect the weak, crush the bullies, and kill so others don't have to.” (Hot damn!)

—Karen, Jack, Will & Grace will be back on our TV screens soon! NBC has ordered a 10-episode revival of the hit 90s show, set to pick up where we left off at the end of the series. Get your juice boxes ready!

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Deal Alert: Meredith Duran's historical romance Sweetest Regret is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If you only know five things about Meredith Duran, let it be these five from Janga, including that “Her prose is textured, various, and beautiful.”

[Plus a $1.99 Sarah Addison Allen deal and more...]

Jan 18 2017 3:00pm

Top 5 Highlanders in Romance: The Essential Highland Romance Experience

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Kilty Pleasures!

First of all, boys in kilts. Better than that, men in kilts. Got your attention now? Good. Put the words, “Highlander,” or “Highlander,” on a book cover, and odds are, that book is getting picked off the shelf for at least a look. It’s no surprise. It’s worth a mention that, while all Highlanders are Scots, not all Scots are Highlanders. A Highlander’s devotion to their home and way of life is like none other. Doesn’t hurt that a Highland hunk isn’t hard on the eyes, either. Takes some muscle to wield that sort of weaponry, and when it’s for the right cause, well, dinna fash, lass; all will be well in the end. A strong Highland man or woman, with the right partner beside them, can be an unstoppable force, especially when it comes to commanding reader devotion. Though the motto of the  Highlander movie and TV franchise is, “there can be only one,” thankfully, that’s not even close to true in the romance genre. These Highlanders are likely to bring their whole clan along with them, for even more adventure and romance. That’s a true boon to both new and experienced reader, alike.

Read one Highland romance, and you’ll be part of the clan. Read more than one, and you’ll be ready to extend some Highland hospitality to those only now discovering all that Highland romance has to offer. Here are a few to whet the appetite:

[Delicious Lairds Ahead...]

Jan 18 2017 1:30pm

Ex-Con: Part 1 Exclusive Limited-Time Release!

Katana Collins

Ex-Con: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Ex-convict Shane McGill is as rugged and wild as they come. Bad to the bone and back on the streets, he’ll do anything and say anything to survive. Even if that something means joining the one car club he had worked so hard to avoid. But there’s one person out there who can match him toe-to-toe...if the hot mechanic pin-up doll of a woman with the body of a goddess and tomboy attitude would even give him a chance.

As an exclusive to H&H, all of Ex-Con: Part 1 by Katana Collins is free, available for you to read until January 27, 2017. Don't let the opportunity to read all of Part 1 pass you by!

Chapter 1 | Chapter 2 | Chapter 3 | Chapter 4 | Chapter 5 | Chapter 6 | Chapter 7 | Chapter 8 | Chapter 9 | Chapter 10 | Chapter 11


Shane McGill walked through the courtyard for the first time. Metal hit concrete with a loud clank as a group of men to his right dropped a barbell to the ground. A few of the faces he recognized from South End. A few he’d gone to high school with. But most were strangers.

He just needed to keep his head down. No eye contact. No alliances. Even though everyone warned him going in that you don’t survive prison without them.

He kept his eyes set straight ahead, stalking toward the empty weight bench at the other end of the yard. He only had to make it five hundred feet. Well, five hundred feet and one thousand four hundred and sixty days . . . but that was beside the point. One step at a time. One day at a time.

[Keep reading Ex-Con: Part 1...]

Jan 18 2017 11:00am

The Swoonies 2017: The Nominations!

Last year Archangel's Enigma's Raphael/Elena took home the prize as 2016 Swoonworthiest's Couple in Romancelandia! This year, we're prepared for more epic battles between beloved couples, and here's the scoop on how to get your fave nominated for 2017:

Love has no rules, but The Swoonies must have a few:

1. Any couple can be nominated, even if they've never had their own book, but we've seen their romance play out as secondary characters.

2. The more nominations a couple has, the more likely they'll get into the final bracket. Don't be afraid to second a nomination that someone else has already called—the more votes, the better! However, the Heroes and Heartbreakers editorial team will determine which pairings make the final cut for the tourney.

3. The couple must appear in a book that was published between January 18, 2016, and today, January 17, 2017 (i.e. Eve and Roarke of Apprentce in Death are fair game, but Outlander's Jamie and Claire are not eligible for 2017).

4. Feel free to nominate as many couples as your heart desires, and share the love on social media, but please play nice in the comment section. Love lifts us all—even during a competition!

5. Have fun! 

[Are you ready to get nominating?]

Jan 18 2017 9:30am

How Can I Ignore The B613 Agent Next Door? Loving Scandal’s Charlie

Charlie on ABC's Scandal

Note: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Read with caution!

With all the intrigue going on in Washington, D.C., many of us cannot wait to see what The Gladiators will be up against this time, white hats or not.

And while most of us shift our loyalties between promises of Vermont or Standing-In-The-Sun, for me, Scandal is all about promises of Charlie.

Charlie (played by George Newbern), is still our adorable, yet confounding B613 spy. And he’s still completely smitten with Gladiator Quinn Perkins.

If you don’t already recognize George Newbern by name or face, you for sure know him by voice. He is the narrator of some of the most prolific audiobooks in recent years (A Man Called Ove, Moonglow, Every Fifteen Minutes, Seabiscuit…). Gamers will know him as Sephiroth from Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts. And DC Comics fans will know him as Superman in the Justice League series.

[An Alpha-Beta Anti-Hero?]