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April 27, 2017
Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Scarlett Cole and Sidney Halston
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April 26, 2017
A Romance Virgin’s First Cover Shoot
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Apr 29 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Juliet Lyons’ Dating the Undead (May 2, 2017)

Dating the Undead by Juliet Lyons

Juliet Lyons
Dating the Undead (Undead Dating Service #1)
Sourcebooks / May 2, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

In Juliet Lyons’ print debut, Dating the Undead, she introduces us to a world in which vampires are “out” and someone is making bank running a dating site for them. You can find a link to the pun-derful site and an excerpt here.

Our snarky heroine, Silver, is booted from a New Year’s Eve party after she catches her date making out with another girl and she reacts (justifiably) poorly. Lucky her, a sexy Irish vampire just happens to approach on the street while she considers whether or not to return to fetch her handbag. Their meet-cute is more of a meet-hot, and it leaves Silver interested in furthering her acquaintance with vampire men.

Logan, the sexy Irish vampire, is, of course, infatuated with Silver and is immediately tasked by his vampire overlord with glamoring her to hate vampires. Silver, meanwhile, is approached by the police for information on the vampire world that she may accumulate through dating vamps. Silver gets onto V-Date and proceeds to date a number of utterly boring vampires. None of them get her going quite the way Logan does.

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Apr 28 2017 5:00pm

J.R. Ward Teases Novo and Peyton’s Story in Blood Fury

There's one thing as good as J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood men and that's their trainees! It feels like we get a double dose of BDB badassery these days with the Black Dagger Legacy series and now the third book, Blood Fury, will hit shelves on January 9, 2018. Just the way to kick off the new year!

Learn more about what's ahead with the official book description:

In a new paranormal romance set in the world of the #1 New York Times bestselling Black Dagger Brotherhood series, a pair of vampire warrior trainees fight their attraction as they prepare for the conflict ahead.

Brothers at the Black Dagger Brotherhood training center push recruits to the limit to become faster and stronger than ever before as they prepare for the fight against the Lessening Society. Novo, a resilient survivor who is a bit rough around the edges, has overcome a great deal—including her intense attraction to suave, aristocratic Peyton, with whom she has shared a passionate physical connection. But when Peyton finally admits his true feelings for Novo, she rejects him for a more stable male. Now they must train in close quarters and eventually confront the feelings they still undoubtedly harbor for each other.

In her release-day Q&A, Ward promised that readers would find a strong heroine in Novo. What do you think of this series so far? What couple can you not wait for?

*This post will be updated as more information becomes available. 

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Blood Fury by J.R. Ward, available January 9, 2018:

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Apr 28 2017 4:30pm

A Weekend Affair: Romance News & Deals from Courtney Milan, Helen Hardt, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Governess Affair by Courtney Milan

Deal Alert: Courtney Milan's historical romance The Governess Affair is FREE at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Get a dose of history in the prequel to Milan's Brothers Sinister series. Serena Barton is desperate to find employment and has to win the favor of Hugo Marshall to do so successfully. Their battle of wills is the start to an incredible series. 

Deal Alert: Helen Hardt's erotic romance Craving is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Jade seeks solace in her friend's brother—hot cowboy Talon—after being heartbroken. “Romance meets western with a touch of erotica” in this first book of Hardt's Steel Brothers Saga.

Deal Alert: Mary Kay Andrews' women's fiction novel Beach Town is $2.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* There's never a dull a moment in this delightful, amusing story of Greer and Eb, who are trying their best not to fall in love and failing hilariously. Put this at the top of your beach reads pile.

[+A royal cover reveal and best romance covers ever...]

Apr 28 2017 3:00pm

Give Us More Books: 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!

NoraG wants more slow burn

NoraG in Mariana Zapata and the Art of the Slow Burn

I recently discovered Mariana Zapata and in the last, maybe 3 months, I have read all 6 of her books so many times I can't count. I just keep them revolving in my kindle. Love that it isn't wam bam thank you mam. My only regret is that I found her so soon. I wish she had about 30 books so I could jump right into the next one. Oh, and my favorite has got to be Under Locke.

[+2 more comments of the week!]

Apr 28 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Emmy Curtis’ Aces Wild (May 2, 2017)

Aces Wild by Emmy Curtis

Emmy Curtis
Aces Wild (Elite Ops #1)
Forever Yours / April 30, 2017 / $19.99 print, $3.99 digital

One thing 1986’s Top Gun proved to us is that we love smug, hot shot, Air Force pilots and we simply can’t get enough of their phenomenal acrobatics.  Emmy Curtis’s new Elite Ops series starts with Aces Wild and she takes us to the Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada for this year’s Red Flag exercises. These exercises help train NATO pilots in advance aerial combat by simulating combat situations. 

As the pilots and their crews arrive, representing the various nations, they believe this year will be just like every other year teaming the various fleets against the Aggressor Squadron made up of an elite team of pilots.   Securing an invitation to perform in these topflight training games is already impressive, but standing out as an exceptional pilot is something which both Royal Air Force pilot Dexter Stone and U.S.A.F. Major Eleanor Daniels are counting on since both their futures might just be riding on how well they perform in these games.

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Apr 28 2017 12:00pm

9 Romances H&H Reviewers Loved in April 2017

Our reviewers give us the scoop every day on the books they're loving and share their opinions here on Heroes and Heartbreakers. However, each month, we ask them to make a tough decision and recommend the best thing they've read over the last month! It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for April 2017 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Rachel Kramer Bussel:

Hold Me Down by Sara Taylor Woods

I was absolutely blown away by erotic romance novel Hold Me Down by Sara Taylor Woods. It's a kinky Jewish feminist love story, featuring a heroine, college student Talia, who has known she's submissive for pretty much as long as she can remember, but has been burned by expressing her interest in the past. A boyfriend broke up with her when she asked about trying BDSM and she's been made to feel that there's something inherently wrong with even thinking the things she does, but that doesn't stop her from fantasizing. Her fantasies start to become reality when she meets Sean, a grad student who's as dominant as she is submissive. The sex scenes are sizzling hot but also grapple with Talia's very common concerns, such as can she be a feminist and want to be of service to a man and follow orders? Is what she's doing mentally and physically safe? How much can and should she trust Sean? The drama unfolds as she gets to know herself better, but finds opposition to the kinky nature of their relationship from friends and family. I loved the practical elements Woods wove in between the erotic, and how they played off each other perfectly. (Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

[+8 more recommendations]

Apr 28 2017 9:30am

First Look: Janna MacGregor’s The Bad Luck Bride (May 2, 2017)

The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor

Janna MacGregor
The Bad Luck Bride (The Cavensham Heiresses #1)
St. Martin's Press / May 2, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

So much to get excited about with The Bad Luck Bride by Janna MacGregor. One, she’s a new author! Huzzah! I always like cheering for a new author. Two, since she’s a new author, this is the start of a very promising series centered around the Canvensham family. Three, Ms. MacGregor knows how to steam the veggies, if you know what I mean. While the plot is interesting and keeps the reader turning the pages—more on that later—it’s the intimate scenes that honestly sealed my love for this book. I’m not sure what it was about them, seeing as how I’ve read my fair share of *ahem* scenes over the years, and many of them start to blend together. But something stood out of for me with this story.

Perhaps it was the voices of our hero and heroine, or that I could sense how the intimate acts brought the two together despite the initial terrible reason behind the coupling. Deception and revenge are never good bedfellows when love is the ultimate prize. Yet the scenes helped me see a softer side to the Marquess, and understand how Lady Claire might fall for the insensitive cad despite his machinations to ruin lives.

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Apr 28 2017 8:21am

Why Do You Love Your Favorite Trope?

We all love certain tropes in the genre. We know this. But why do you love them? For some, enemies-to-lovers is the best trope in the genre, for others it's an automatic DNF.

So what makes you love your favorite trope?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Apr 27 2017 4:30pm

Wants & Needs: Romance News & Deals from Caroline Linden, Nana Malone, and More

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What a Woman Wants by Caroline Linden

Deal Alert: Caroline Linden's historical romance What a Woman Needs is $.99 at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Charlotte has been tasked with protecting her niece from fortune hunters like notorious rake Stuart. Unfortunately, neither one can seem to stay away from the other... Pick your poison: rake or rogue?

Deal Alert: Nana Malone's new adult romance Love Reality is FREE at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Rival dating advice bloggers Mia and Ryan end up as contestants on a reality dating show. Try as they might to deny it, the chemistry between these two somewhat disastrous humans makes for good ratings and complicated circumstances. Love in the digital age sure can be tough. 

Deal Alert: Chanel Cleeton's contemporary romance Fly With Me is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* A little bit of Top Gun and a whole lot of smolder await you in the first novel of Cleeton's Wild Aces series. A weekend in Vegas ends up turning into much more for Jordan and Noah who keep coming back for more despite all the obstacles in their way. This one will take you right to the danger zone! 

Deal Alert: Victoria De La O's new adult romance Tell Me How This Ends is $1.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | etc.* This RITA 2017 finalist introduces brothers Jude and Ryan, who've been inseperable since the death of the mother, and Lizzie, the woman who inadvertently comes between them. What are your feelings on love triangles in romance?

[+An excerpt from Sarah J Maas...]

Apr 27 2017 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Scarlett Cole and Sidney Halston

Team H&H has two great covers for you from authors Scarlett Cole and Sidney Halston! In Cole's Elliott Redeemed, we're back with the band Preload and lead guitarist Elliot's, whose dark past he's fought hard to overcome, while single mom Kendalee's present is something she wishes she could escape. The attraction between the two of them is undeniable, but may lead them down a path they don't expect. And in Halston's Last First Kiss a female bodyguard tries to prove herself in a male dominated world with the hunkiest of A-listers. Watch the sparks fly! 

Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole

Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole

A single mom and tortured musician find common ground in Scarlett Cole's Elliott Redeemed, the second standalone romance about the band Preload.

Elliott “Pyro” Dawson burns up the lead guitar like a legend. But the nickname Pyro isn’t just a clever play on words. It’s much darker. A past he's fought like hell to overcome.

Grocery store cashier Kendalee Walker is at her wits end and homeless. She's watched her fourteen-year-old son, Daniel, go so far off the rails, he can no longer see the tracks.

When the two are brought together, attraction flares, but can Elliott find the family he never had with the sexy woman and her son, or will he fall back on dangerous habits?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole, available July 11, 2017:

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[+Last First Kiss...]

Apr 27 2017 1:00pm

Baby Pull Me Closer with These Erotic Romance Best Bets for April 2017

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate and your credit card.

April showers us with love, lust, and lies as our couples find the road to happiness is often a long and rocky journey.  

Please note that not every story I recommend are the current month’s releases. Some are from previous months.

Restrained Under His Duty by Stacey Kennedy

Restrained Under His Duty by Stacey Kennedy

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

As the chief of security for a prominent senator, Ryder Blackwood is stunned when an anonymous source sends him a compromising photo of his boss’s twenty-five-year-old daughter getting down and dirty in an underground sex club. If it gets out, the media firestorm could ruin her father. More troubling for Ryder is how arousing he finds the whole situation. He’s known Hadley Winters since she was a kid. And now she’s the woman in all his most private fantasies.

Wild behavior helps Hadley get through those painful, lonely nights, but she’s been waiting a long time for a man like Ryder to protect her from herself. Ryder is raw. He’s real. And he makes her feel safe. Now that they’ve both become pawns in a blackmailer’s dangerous game, there’s more at stake than her father’s political career. As the intimate threats tear apart a tender new love, Hadley is forced to trust Ryder with her life—and her heart.

Though the third book in a series, this one stands quite well on its own. This well-developed romance titillates and thrills with a forbidden vibe when a rigid rule following bodyguard begins having very dirty fantasies about his client’s daughter.  A woman he has watched grow from a child. A woman who pushes every button he has. A suspenseful subplot gives this story an intriguing edge.

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Apr 27 2017 11:00am

Smoak vs Arrow: Arrow 5x19 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow 5x19

Show/EpisodeArrow Season 5, Episode 19, “Dangerous Liaisons”
Ship(s): Olicity

Arrow 5x19 Captain's Log

We start with the team on a mission to bring in Chase. They have him entering an arcade and no one has left since so it stands to reason he’s in there, right? Wrong. It’s just a fake out, but it’s rather cool how he rigged the arcade to “fight back” against the team and the ARGUS agents who came to bring him in. At City Hall, Oliver is falling short of adequate reasons why Chase has gotten away with everything so far. He has a lot of people, and families of victims, to answer to. 

Felicity goes to Alena and Helix, desperate for their help in finding Chase. She’s asked to hack ARGUS and they find an ARGUS agent who might or might not have helped out Chase. I don’t know, it seems like a convenient train of thought but Felicity is more than happy to follow it. The next scene, we see that same agent killed via rogue (hacked) elevator and Alena steps out to admire her handiwork. Uhm… that’s not cool, Alena. 

Oliver and Dinah are on site and they ask Felicity to grab the video from the elevator. They realize that it was the elevator that killed the guy. And that whoever did it, hacked it. Felicity realizes it was Helix, aka Alena and she rushes over there to confront her. Alena swears that it was an accident, that she’s never killed before. And yet again, I find the girl very disingenuous. She tells Felicity it’s all about a man named Caden James who is a world-class hacker that ARGUS has in custody, unlawfully, without trial. And she wants Felicity to help her find and free Caden. Because it’s him who has the technology Felicity needs to find Chase. 

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Apr 27 2017 9:30am

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s Baby, Come Back (May 1, 2017)

Baby, Come Back by M. O’Keefe

M. O'Keefe
Baby, Come Back 
M. O'Keefe / May 1, 2017 / $3.99 digital

Baby, Come Back by M. O’Keefe is the follow-up story to Bad Neighbor, the hot and steamy love story of the shy artist Charlotte and the bad boy, MMA fighter Jesse. In Bad Neighbor, we learn about Jessie’s brother Jack, who may be a very dangerous person, and his quest to find Charlotte’s sister Abby. At the end of Bad Neighbor, Jack has discovered Abby’s whereabouts and about her pregnancy. He is determined to to find her, and we are left unsure of Jack’s motives and of Abby’s safety.

Despite this uncertainty, Baby, Come Back is Jack and Abby’s story. It picks up before the events of Bad Neighbor. Abby is working for a company as liquor hostess of sorts. She and her coworkers are booked to work different clubs, and they circulate among the guests to push/sell a particular type of alcohol. When Abby and her crew are sent to work The Moonlight, she meets Jack and is immediately drawn to him.

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Apr 27 2017 8:08am

What is a Romantic Comedy?

After watching this video, we gotta agree with James Corden... do these people even know what a romantic comedy is?! Apparently not. Anne Hathaway started off her list of favorite romantic comedies very strongly with Notting Hill being her top contender. Then she went on to her second pick... Gone Girl. 

*Insert record screech*

She told fellow members of the chat show to “think about it,” but we gotta say that we don't care to. It left host Corden wondering if Hathaway wondering if she even knew what a rom-com was—especially considering she starred in several!

So, let's help educate Anne. How would you define a romantic comedy? What are some of your favorites? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Apr 26 2017 4:30pm

It Was All a Dream: Romance News & Deals from Lisa Kleypas, Linda Howard, and More

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Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas

Deal Alert: Lisa Kleypas' historical romance Dreaming of You is $2.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Derek Craven has a sordid past and a brusque manner, but watching him fall deeper and deeper in love with novelist Sarah Fielding is heart-wrenchingly delicious. It's no wonder Derek is one of our favorite romance heroes ever. 

Deal Alert: Linda Howard's romantic suspense novel Dying to Please is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Sarah, an expert markswoman and exceptional butler, stops a robbery at the home of her elderly employer. When detective Thomas Cahill arrives at the crime scene, the undeniable passion between the two of them burns up the pages while they fight to stay one step ahead of a killer. There's a Linda Howard comfort read for every situation. 

Deal Alert: Marie Harte's contemporary romance A Sure Thing is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* The first book in Harte's Donnigans series introduces us to ex-Marine Landon and clinical psychologist Ava. Both Ava and Landon's big and hilarious families do everything in their power to help push these two together. Sometimes love just needs a helping hand. 

Deal Alert: Kianna Alexander's women's fiction novel Back to Your Love is $1.99 at KoboBarnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Dr. Imani Grant reunites with the sexy and smoldering Xavier Whitted in this second-chance-at-love story about family in all its forms. 

[+The Handmaid's Tale & Cora Carmack's Roar]

Apr 26 2017 2:30pm

First Look: Kate Baxter’s The Untamed Vampire (May 2, 2017)

The Untamed Vampire by Kate Baxter

Kate Baxter
The Untamed Vampire (Last True Vampire #4)
St. Martins Press / May 2, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

For the Love of Strong Heroines

The strong heroine is a staple of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. It’s a glorious thing, everyone should read it. Whether they are born into the paranormal world or end up there after a bite or some magical event, heroines in paranormal and UF are typically, the toughest cookies on the block. Physically and mentally, these powerhouses of the story, are rarely the damsels in distress and often end up saving the day and usually the world. Kate Baxter’s Last True Vampire series is chock full of strong women and each one is a force to be reckoned with. The Untamed Vampire gives us Chelle’s HEA and let me tell you, the tethering/mating process might seem instant on the outside, but the work that goes into bringing two dominant characters together is never easy.

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Apr 26 2017 1:30pm

A Romance Virgin’s First Cover Shoot

Behind the Scenes of Jaci Burton's Cover Shoot

How people come into the romance world can differ wildly. It can be as simple as finding a book in the library that hooks you for life, or as complex as being discovered in a gym to star as a cover model for one of romance’s hottest authors.

The latter is how Derek Nicholas found himself in a New York City studio posing for the cover of Jaci Burton’s fourteenth Play-by-Play novel. Nicholas is a trainer in a gym in New York that happens to be frequented by Berkley’s Associate Director of Publicity, Erin Galloway. 

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Apr 26 2017 12:00pm

Katie Heaney & Arianna Rebolini Excerpt: Public Relations

Katie Heaney and Arianna Rebolini

Public Relations by Katie Heaney, Arianna Rebolini

Young PR star Rose Reed is thrown into the big leagues when her boss leaves town the day of the firm's meeting with Archie Fox, a young, hot, internationally famous British singer-songwriter. The meeting is going badly until Rose suggests a staged romance with up-and-coming, young indie star Raya. He'll do it, but only if Rose becomes his publicist.

As the faux-mance between Archie and Raya begins to rehabilitate Archie's faltering career, Rose finds his herself having unexpected, inconvenient and definitely unprofessional feelings for the crooner. But do late night texts and impromptu burrito binges mean he feels the same? In the end, Rose will have to decide whether to let her fantasy crush go, or to risk her reputation to be with the charming, handsome, scoundrel-y but sweet pop star she's grown to love.

Get a sneak peek at Katie Heaney, Arianna Rebolini's Public Relations (available May 9, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

I hopped back into bed, took another sip of wine, reopened my laptop, and navigated to Facebook. Not much was happen‑ ing on my newsfeed save a few bar photos automatically added from Instagram, and some quiz results from high school class‑ mates I was friends with. A picture of my college roommate’s three‑month‑old baby popped up, and I made a mental note to call her and check in—something the three‑hour coast‑to‑coast time difference made it all too easy to argue was best saved for another day; to promise myself I’d do the next evening I had free time. But the newsfeed wasn’t what I was after. Either I was going to find a reason to like him more, and then be annoyed that he’d ruined everything by being such a jerk; or I’d find a reason to like him less, and then be annoyed I’d wasted any time on him at all. It was a risk‑free endeavor. I clicked onto the search bar.

Neil… Wait, I realized. Did I not know Neil’s last name? I grabbed my phone and opened our text conversation: just Neil. I dug the card out of my purse; no luck there. I laughed. All of this nonsense over a guy I couldn’t even pick out on Facebook— though I was getting tipsy enough to try. What else was I doing? I switched back to the search bar and leaned against my pillows.

[Read the full Public Relations excerpt...]

Apr 26 2017 11:00am

May 2017 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in May.

We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Authors: Have we missed your release before? Drop us a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com with your title, full name, release date, and series name (if you have one) for your upcoming June 2017 release!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:

May 1-8 May 9-15 May 16-22 May 23-29 May 30-31

Week of May 1 through May 8

[Great new releases ahead!]