<i>The Earl Claims a Bride</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Earl Claims a Bride: Exclusive Excerpt Amelia Grey "Harrison had shed his hat, cloak, and gloves in preparation for the duel." <i>Hard to Fight</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Hard to Fight: Exclusive Excerpt Bella Jewel “This man has demons, all men with faces like his do.” <i>Smoke on the Water</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Smoke on the Water: Exclusive Excerpt Lori Handeland "He stilled, gaze on mine, but he didn’t stop me from touching him." <i>Lady Emily's Exotic Journey</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Lady Emily's Exotic Journey: Exclusive Excerpt Lillian Marek “I begin to think that this will be a most interesting voyage."
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Aug 4 2015 5:30pm

Kit Rocha’s Super Secret Project: Introducing Joelle Knox’s Anything But Broken + Cover Reveal!

Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox

In a special announcement to their newsletter subscribers, Kit Rocha fans learned that their super secret project was no longer super secret and it had a name: Joelle Knox!

The writing team behind Kit Rocha (and Moira Rogers, as a fun fact), Donna Herron and Bree Bridges are known for their hot sex scenes, dirty talk, orgies, and kick-ass action sequences. We're all O'Kanes for life, but this new series has already separated itself from the pack...or the gang, if you will. Here's what they had to say:

It's contemporary. It's still sexy, but it's not quite O'Kane level dirty...and the conflict is a lot more rip-your-heart-out internal.  Writing it was a joy and we are so excited to share it with you.

Here's more about the book from Joelle Knox's site:

Anything but Broken is the first in a trilogy of new adult romances featuring the hottest young race car drivers in Hurricane Creek, Georgia. Their personal lives may skid out of control from time to time, but when they climb behind the wheel, they always get it done.

Pre-orders will be available a week before release! If you’d like an email when Anything but Broken becomes available, sign up for the release day announcement list.

This news has us as excited as the first time we picked up Beyond Shame, and seeing Rocha as Knox take on the high impact world of race car driving has our hearts racing as fast as Dale Earnheardt Jr. in the Indy 500!

Anything but Broken will be available August 25, 2015.

See all three covers for the other two planned books in the series at Joelle Knox's website, coming in 2016.

Aug 4 2015 5:00pm

Gooey Center: The Sweet, but Tough Side of the Alpha Hero!

Arnold Schwarzenegger in Kindergarten Cop

Today we're thrilled to welcome authors Scarlett Cole and Sidney Halston to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Scarlett and Sidney are not co-authors, but write similar kick-ass alpha heroes in their books The Strongest Steel and Laid Out, respectively. The key to a great alpha hero, in our opinion, is that he has a sweet spot when it comes to his heroine. Scarlett and Sidney are here today to talk about the gooey centers of those alpha heroes we love—with visual aids, of course. Thanks, Scarlett and Sidney!

Note: Some of the gifs in this post are NSFW, so it might be best for you to save it for when you're tucked in for the evening!

What is it about the anatomy of a strong yet sweet leading man, a hero in any genre of romance, that leads us to fall in love with him, if only for the few hours it takes us to devour the story from cover to cover.

It doesn’t matter whether it’s a cowboy, a pirate, a rock star, a tattoo artist or a cage fighter. They all have one thing in common… an anatomy that rocks our world. From the top of their (usually) tall heads, to the bottom of their size thirteen feet (because size matters, ladies), there are certain non-negotiables our heroes must have.

[Alpha heroes with a touch of honey...]

Aug 4 2015 4:15pm

Romance News Roundup: Shirtless Amell, Jennifer Crusie Cover, 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.

Hot Toy by Jennifer Crusie

—We know it's only August, but aren't you wanting things to cool down a little? Well, get cooled off...and then heated right back up with the cover for Jennifer Crusie's Hot Toy. Hot Toy was originally published in the Santa Baby holiday anthology and will be available as a standalone e-book on October 13, 2015. Pre-order now from retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.

—Deal Alert #1: Have you always loved the batty and foul-mouthed Valkyries of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark Series? Add the most violent Valk to your collection with Regin's story in Dreams of a Dark Warrior, which you can pick up at various e-tailers for only $1.99, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* 

—We love Supernatural and Arrow, and we love that the lead actors of both CW shows love to hang out with each other as it gives us lovely gems like this one! Stephen Amell and Jard Padalecki got shirtless for charity, and you can dawn a shirt for charity with the roughly 5 hours (as of this 4:15 p.m. posting) remaining to pick up Padalecki's Always Keep Fighting T-shirt.  Can you say “Yaaawwww” (Yum and aaawww, together, natch)  

—Deal Alert #2: Pick up book 2 in Lisa Renee Jones's The Secret Life of Amy Benson, Infinite Possibilities for only $1.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.*

—Deal Alert #3: 'Til death do us part was a real possibility for the couple in Shelly Thacker's Run Wild, until they planned a daring escape. One problem: they're still shackled together...and oh yeah, they hate each other. See how they escape and find love together. You can pick up Run Wild at e-tailers Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore for free!*

—Celebrity breakups seem to come in threes...Ben and Jenn, Gavin and Gwen...and now Kermit and Miss Piggy. Kermit the Frog issued this statement from his official Twitter account. Childhood ruined? Childhood. Ruined. 

—We've seen Alexander Skarsgard in many guises—everything from in the buff to rocking an awesome '70s 'stache in the upcoming The Diary of a Teenage Girl. However, at the London premiere of Diary, we saw him in a look we're not accustomed to: drag. Skarsgard rocked a flowing mane of blonde hair, a gold dress and heels that made him tower over the crowd even more than usual. What do you think, should we nominate him as the next actor to take on the role of Hedwig in Hedwig and the Angry Inch?

*We don't know how long these deals will last, so get them before they're gone!


Aug 4 2015 3:00pm

The Dark-Hunter Series Welcomes Dragonbane!

Dragonbane by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonbane is out today, and we'd like to welcome the newest member of the group to the Sherrilyn Kenyon Collection. Dragonbane is the nineteenth title in Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series. Here to introduce the book is Monique Patterson, Sherrilyn's editor. Thanks, Monique!

You, dear reader are in for a treat. Dragonbane is here and I couldn’t be more excited for you. I’m thrilled every time a new Dark-Hunter novel hits my desk, but Sherrilyn always finds a way to knock me off my seat in a whole new way every single time. She did it once again with Dragonbane. You’ll get no spoilers here—just the promise of one of the most thrilling and satisfying rides you’ve experienced yet.

Learn more about Dragonbane

Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

An antisocial dragon confronted by a suddenly-returned wife? Count us in!

[We welcome Dragonbane...]

Aug 4 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals for Nicole Michaels, L.A. Witt, Jane Ashford, and Fall of Poppies Antholgy

Today we are thrilled to reveal the covers from Jane AshfordNicole Michaels, Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, Marci Jefferson, and L.A. Witt. First up, an arranged marriage could become a love match in Heir to the Duke by Jane Ashford. Then second chances are the order of the day. Career goals got in the way of a happily-ever-after for these sweethearts, but now they're ready to make love the priority in Draw Me Close by Nicole Michaels. A rocker walked away from his bandmates 18 months ago, but he now has a second chance with the band, with one condition: no hooking up. We have a feeling that rule will get broken pretty quickly in L.A. Witt's Running with Scissors. A collection of short stories tell the tales of love and The Great War in Fall of Poppies by Heather Webb, Hazel Gaynor, Beatriz Williams, Jennifer Robson, Jessica Brockmole, Kate Kerrigan, Evangeline Holland, Lauren Willig, and Marci Jefferson.

[Learn more about the books and check out the amazing covers...]

Aug 4 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Lauren Dane’s Falling Under (August 4, 2015)

Falling Under by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane
Falling Under (Ink & Chrome #2)
Forever / August 4, 2015 / $14.99 print, $5.99 digital

The men of Twisted Steel are great with their hands.

And they're not afraid to get dirty.

Duke Bradshaw, co-owner of the Twisted Steel custom motorcycle and hot rod shop, may devote his days to chrome and leather, but his nights belong to Carmella. His sultry redheaded neighbor has a smile like an angel and a body built for sin, and for the past year both have dominated Duke's dreams. When a problem at Twisted Steel requires a fast fix, Duke sees his chance to finally make his fantasy a reality.

Ever since she first heard the low rumble of his engine, Carmella Rossi has wondered if Duke Bradshaw handles his women as expertly as he handles his bike. When he shows up at her door offering her a much-needed job at his shop, she gets her chance to find out. Beneath Duke's masterful touch, Carmella soon submits to a world of unimaginable pleasure.

But history has taught Carmella how bad a boy boy can be. If she doesn't put on the brakes fast, her hard-bodied heartbreaker could drive her right over the edge . . .

Carmella would prefer to not notice the good thing right in front her. Namely, Duke Bradshaw. Her neighbor is friendly, brings treats to her dog, and is damn fine to look at. His motorcycle only ups the sexy for Carmella.

[He's the boss, but when they're alone she's in charge...]

Aug 4 2015 12:15pm

The Earl Claims a Bride: Exclusive Excerpt

Amelia Grey

The Earl Claims a Bride by Amelia Grey

Can a hastily arranged match

Harrison Thornwick is the Heirs' Club's newest member. His carefree days as a reckless rogue carousing around London are suddenly behind him after the tragic death of his brother leaves him in charge of the family estate. What's more, the Prince himself has offered to secure his marital prospects. Now Harrison has no choice but to grin and bear his noble fate-and the woman who's been chosen for him.

Become a love for all time?

Miss Angelina Rule is a spectacular beauty, a dream match for any man. But she is fiercely independent-and full of passion-and is all set to rebel against her royal order of marriage...until she meets the devilishly charming Harrison. With him by her side, Angelina devises a scheme that will teach her meddlesome relatives a lesson, once and for all. But little did she and Harrison expect to fall into a tempestuous attraction-and a powerful desire that neither of them can deny...

Get a sneak peek at Amelia Grey's The Earl Claims a Bride (available August 4, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

He which hath no stomach to this fight, let him depart.

Henry V 4.3.35–36

Winter 1817

The last thing Harrison Thornwick wanted to do was shoot the man, but he didn’t have a choice.

Harrison’s head was pounding and his eyes were blurry, but his spine was straight as an arrow as he stood back-to-back with—with …

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Aug 4 2015 11:42am

Downton Abbey Season (Series) 6 Gets U.S. Premiere Date!

Matthew Goode and Michelle Dockery in Downton Abbey

**SPOILER Alert: If you haven't caught up to all five seasons of Downton Abbey look away—fetch a cup of tea!**

We've known Season (Series) 6 of Downton Abbey would be the last (**sob**), but now we have a date to add to our countdown to the final season. January 3, 2016 will see the U.S. premiere of Downton Abbey on PBS—a pretty great way to kick off the new year, yes?

In the Television Critics Association press tour over the weekend, PBS announced the date for the final season. Hugh Bonneville (a.k.a. Lord Grantham) revealed the cast had originally thought the show would end after Season 5, but that writer Julian Fellowes said he felt that things hadn't “landed” appropriately at the finale and another nine episodes were needed to finish out the story. We'll never say no to more Downton, so we're happy that was the decision made!

[Plus, what the cast will miss most...]

Aug 4 2015 9:30am

First Look: Grace Burrowes’s Tremaine’s True Love (August 4, 2015)

Tremaine's True Love by Grace Burrowes

Grace Burrowes
Tremaine's True Love (True Gentlemen #1)
Sourcebooks Casablance / August 4, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Grace Burrowes introduces a brand new gorgeous Regency Romance series featuring the Haddonfield ladies and their loves.

He's had everything he could ever want...until now
Wealthy wool magnate Tremaine St. Michael is half French, half Scottish, and all business. He prowls the world in search of more profits, rarely settling in one place for long. When he meets practical, reserved Lady Nita Haddonfield, he sees an opportunity to mix business with pleasure by making the lady his own.

Nita Haddonfield has a meaningful life tending to others, though nobody is dedicated to caring for Nita. She insists the limitations of marriage aren't for her, then Tremaine St. Michael arrives-protective, passionate, and very, very determined to win Nita's heart.

The uniquely talented Grace Burrowes’s approaches her story telling with a style that sets her apart. The opening scene of Tremaine’s True Love plunges the reader into the story.

“The greatest plague ever to bedevil mortal man, the greatest threat to his peace, the most fiendish source of undeserved humility is his sister, and spinster sisters are the worst of a bad lot.” In the corridor outside the formal parlor, Nicholas, Earl of Bellefonte, sounded very certain of his point.

...“My lord, you have a visitor.”

Hanford’s pronouncement came off a little desperately but had the effect of silencing his lordship’s lament. Quiet words were exchanged beyond the door, giving Tremaine St. Michael time to step away from the parlor’s cozy fireplace, where he’d been shamelessly warming a personal attribute of his own formerly frozen to the saddle.”

[True love is a journey...]

Aug 4 2015 8:30am

Time Hop: Yay or Nay?

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Whether it's a few years or a few decades, whether the hop is within the book, or within the series, a “time hop” can either be a useful tool in storytelling, or an annoyance to the reader. Are you aware of “time hops” in books? Do you mind them? Do you have a limit on how far a hop should be? How about when it's a series? Do you find it jarring when ten years have passed within a series? 

Let us know in the comments!

Aug 3 2015 6:00pm

First Look: Amelia Grey’s The Earl Claims a Bride (August 4, 2015)

The Earl Claims a Bride by Amelia Grey

Amelia Grey
The Earl Claims a Bride (The Heirs' Club #2)
St. Martin's Press / August 4, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Bestselling author Amelia Grey is back with a brand-new tale of daring, desire, and a delightfully scandalous bargain in her newest, sexy Regency-set historical romance, The Earl Claims a Bride.


Harrison Thornwick is the Heirs' Club's newest member. His carefree days as a reckless rogue carousing around London are suddenly behind him after the tragic death of his brother leaves him in charge of the family estate. What's more, the Prince himself has offered to secure his marital prospects. Now Harrison has no choice but to grin and bear his noble fate-and the woman who's been chosen for him. 


Miss Angelina Rule is a spectacular beauty, a dream match for any man. But she is fiercely independent-and full of passion-and is all set to rebel against her royal order of marriage...until she meets the devilishly charming Harrison. With him by her side, Angelina devises a scheme that will teach her meddlesome relatives a lesson, once and for all. But little did she and Harrison expect to fall into a tempestuous attraction-and a powerful desire that neither of them can deny...

Amelia Grey's Harrison Thornbrook really does not like being called a card cheat, meaning he feels he has no choice but to agree to meet the man calling him out in a duel. When the event ends, with his opponent slightly wounded and Harrison unscathed, an emissary from the Prince, a Mr. Hopscotch, arrives with the devastating news that Harrison’s brother, wife, and children all died of a fever. This heartbreaking circumstance results in Harrison inheriting the earldom and the Thornbrook estate.

[Sometimes love needs a boost from compassion...]

Aug 3 2015 4:30pm

Time-Stopping Orgasm: Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky’s Comic Sex Criminals

Sex Criminals Vol 1 by Matt Fraction

Time Magazine awarded Sex Criminals (2013; Image Comics) by Matt Fraction and Chip Zdarsky the number one spot in its list of Top Ten Comics and Graphic Novels of 2013, and there are plenty of good reasons why.

In 2014, Sex Criminals won an Eisner Award for Best New Series, and there are plenty of good reasons why.

In 2015, Universal TV announced it had optioned Sex Criminals for a series, and there are plenty of good reasons why.

I just finished glomming issues 1-10 of Sex Criminals and—wait for it!—there are plenty of good reasons why.

The number one reason is the premise: A couple gains the power to stop time when they orgasm.

When I first heard about this comic, I was a bit wary. Its high concept premise sounded pretty gimmicky. And it is gimmicky—there's no way around that fact. Sex sells, eh? Despite my misgivings, the gimmicky angle plus my interest in science fiction romance and superhuman stories made it a foregone conclusion that I'd read it. When I became the happy owner of a tablet, and thus able to order the series digitally from comiXology, I took the plunge.

Image Source: Thoughtballoons

[Hello, comic strip sex...]

Aug 3 2015 3:37pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander Bundle Deal, Gena Showalter Cover Shoot, 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.

—Earlier this year, the first shots of Eddie Redmayne as pioneer transgender artist, Lili Elbe, were released. And now the first posters of The Danish Girl are out for public consumption, too. Here's the official description for the film (via IMDB):

The remarkable love story inspired by the lives of artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Will you be seeing The Danish Girl when it comes to theaters? We suspect Oscar buzz, already. 

—Deal Alert #1: Have you ejoyed Outlander (the show) but never read Outlander (the book series)? Well... since Outlander (the show) doesn't return until 2016, you'll have plenty of time to catch up on the books. And there's no better time than now because you can snatch up the entire series as a 7-book bundle for...wait for it... $1.99!!* You can find it at e-tailers such as Amazon. Yeah, we'll wait here... For more Outlander goodies, check out our Relationship in Gifs: Jamie and Claire, and follow all our other Outlander coverage in our Diana Gabaldon's Outlander collection. 

[Plus, Diana Gabaldon on writing, Bella Jewel cover, and more...]

Aug 3 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Jaci Burton’s All Wound Up (August 4, 2015)

All Wound Up by Jaci Burton

Jaci Burton
All Wound Up (Play-by-Play #10)
Berkley / August 4, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

In the latest Play-by-Play novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Quarterback Draw, a sexy baseball player is done striking out...

Tucker Cassidy is going through a slump—but not on the field. It’s his dating life that’s suffering. After having a painful altercation involving his ex-girlfriend’s knee, Tucker is convinced it couldn’t get worse…until a gorgeous doctor comes to the rescue at his most embarrassing moment.

As the daughter of the owner of the St. Louis Rivers, Dr. Aubry Ross has been around jocks all her life. She knows the ins and outs of all their games, and she isn’t interested in playing.

When Tucker repeatedly lands in the hospital where she’s working, Aubry starts to think he’s getting injured just to see her. Tucker is both funny and sexy, and Aubry is pleasantly surprised to discover he actually respects her job.

When her father disapproves of their relationship, Aubry knows she’d rather lose Tucker than have him lose his job. But Tucker isn’t about to let threats of a trade get in the way of a game-changing love…

If you ask me, there aren’t enough sexy spectacled men in the romance novel world.  That’s why I’m particularly thankful to Jaci Burton for giving us Tucker Cassidy in All Wound Up. Not to be superficial when it comes to potential book boyfriends, but that Gregory Peck glasses wearing look is hot.  And Tucker Cassidy (love that name!) is H-O-T:

She’d have to be dead not to find him attractive. He was tall, with thick black hair. His eyes alone could compel any woman to drop her panties, and the dark glasses gave him that Clark Kent/Superman vibe that definitely gave her the quivers in all the right places.

[From base 1 to a homerun...]

Aug 3 2015 1:00pm

Working Towards an HEA: Poldark Season 1 Finale

And here we are ...one more fantastic period drama with too few episodes comes to an end. Having read the books, I knew what was coming, but it still didn’t take away from my anticipation of the show’s final two episodes (which Masterpiece PBS aired as a two-hour finale). The good news is that Season 2 is in the works and we’ll have more of Aidan Turner’s smoldering on our TV. The bad news is that we’ll have to wait a whole year for it. In the meantime, let’s do a quick recap of the last four episodes, and maybe speculate about what might be coming up in the next season.

After Ross married Demelza and faced the derision of his neighbors, business partners, and family friends (including the woe-is-me doe-eyed looks from Elizabeth), he embarked on a venture to not only open his father’s old mine, but to outsmart the Warleggans’ quest to monopolize all aspects of the copper industry. Honoring his uncle’s request, Ross (perhaps reluctantly) asked Francis to join him in his new ventures, but Francis, too deeply enmeshed in the machination of the Warleggans, refused and was ultimately ruined. Gambling away his money, mortgaging his estate and mines, spending time with the local prostitute, Francis is the epitome of the weakling lord, who is easily influenced by conniving “friends” like Warleggan. His relationship with Elizabeth deteriorated to the point of barely-contained hostility and of course, true to form, he somehow found a way to blame it all on Ross.

[What a beautiful romance...]

Aug 3 2015 12:00pm

Hard to Fight: Exclusive Excerpt

Bella Jewel

Hard to Fight by Bella Jewel

Grace is a bounty hunter who wants to be taken seriously, but her boss refuses to believe that a woman can bring down a dangerous criminal. She finally gets a chance to prove herself when she's given the case of a lifetime: capture Raide Knox and bring him to justice.

Raide is a dangerous fugitive on the run...and the sexiest man Grace has ever met. Catching Raide won't be easy. He's not the kind of man to go down without a fight. Raide is more intense and frustrating than any man she's ever had to deal with, and the instantaneous attraction that sparks between them is undeniable. One thing is for sure...it's going to be a case they will never forget.

Get a sneak peek at Bella Jewel's Hard to Fight (available August 11, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

“It’s not funny,” I say, throwing my bag down onto my desk.

My colleague and fellow Bounty Hunter, Vance, laughs. He crosses his large arms over his chest and tilts his head to the side, studying me with a smirk. I glare at him, flopping onto my seat and throwing my booted feet onto the desk. Then I proceed to cross my arms, making sure my body language clearly states how pissed off I am.

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Aug 3 2015 11:00am

Exclusive Cover Reveal for Jessica Fellowes’ Downton Abbey A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons!

Today we are thrilled to reveal the cover for Jessica Fellowes' Downton Abbey - A Celebration: The Official Companion to All Six Seasons with a forward by creator Julian Fellowes. We're sad to see the final season air this year (in the UK), but we suppose this companion guide will be good way to soothe our wounds. 

[Learn more about the book and check out the amazing cover...]

Aug 3 2015 9:30am

First Look: Ilona Andrews’s Magic Shifts (August 4, 2015)

Ilona Andrews
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels Series #8)
Ace / August 4, 2015 / $25.95 print, $12.99 digital

After breaking from life with the Pack, mercenary Kate Daniels and her mate—former Beast Lord Curran Lennart—are adjusting to a very different pace. While they’re thrilled to escape all the infighting, Curran misses the constant challenges of leading the shapeshifters.

So when the Pack offers him its stake in the Mercenary Guild, Curran seizes the opportunity—too bad the Guild wants nothing to do with him and Kate. Luckily, as a veteran merc, Kate can take over any of the Guild’s unfinished jobs in order to bring in money and build their reputation. But what Kate and Curran don’t realize is that the odd jobs they’ve been working are all connected.

An ancient enemy has arisen, and Kate and Curran are the only ones who can stop it—before it takes their city apart piece by piece…

The dynamic writing duo of Ilona Andrews continues to prove that they are indeed the reigning king and queen of Urban Fantasy with the newest installment of their explosive and outstanding Kate Daniels series. Faithful fans will see this book as the beginning of a new chapter for Kate and her fiance, Curran, while also preparing for the end of the series. With only one book left after this one, the Andrews are tightening up the arc, wrapping up seemingly random story threads, and identifying all Kate’s allies and enemies for what is sure to be a climatic finale.

[New adventures for Kate Daniels...]

Aug 3 2015 8:05am

What Do You Want to See Next?

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We often talk about trends in the genre at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sometimes that trend is one we see throughout: like billionaires, bikers, stepbrothers, vampires, and more. We also talk about the trends we want to see: more diversity (both in the worlds of race, sexuality, and everything in between), more females in typically dominated roles, more non-vampire paranormals...the list goes on!

What is on your list? What do you want to read? Also, what is something that you think the genre needs—even if it's not something that you're craving, but rather what you're hoping to see freshen up romance?

Let us know in the comments, and as always, share your recommendations!

Aug 2 2015 12:00pm

Smoke on the Water: Exclusive Excerpt

Smoke on the Water by Lori Handeland

Reunited after four hundred years, three sisters join together to vanquish the power that tore them apart...and embrace the sorcery that is their birthright.

Abandoned as an infant, Willow Black spent her childhood in foster care, the object of whispers and pity...and rumors about being certifiably crazy. Telling your young friends that you can foresee the future-and summon the rain-is a surefire way to end up in the psychiatric ward. But when Dr. Sebastian Frasier arrives at the facility, Willow's whole life takes a turn. Sebastian is the handsomest man she's ever actually laid eyes on-even though he has been in Willow's visions for years. But not even she could have predicted the storm of passion that engulfs them both. With Sebastian by her side, Willow is emboldened to embrace her history, and the sisters she never knew. Soon, the true power in her blood awakes-and the battle she was born to fight begins. While the temp est rages, Willow must depend on the friends and family she's found-and the man she has loved forever…

Get a sneak peek at Lori Handeland's Smoke on the Water (available August 4, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

“Do I know you?”

I glanced up from the book I wasn’t reading to find one of the inmates—I mean patients—of the Northern Wisconsin Mental Health Facility hovering at the edge of my personal space. In a place like this, people learn quickly not to get too close to anyone without warning them first. Bad things happen, and they happen quickly.

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