<i>Girl Underwater</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Girl Underwater: Exclusive Excerpt Claire Kells "This is your captain. Brace for impact." Now Win <i>This</i>: Sherrilyn Kenyon's <i>Instinct</i>! Now Win This: Sherrilyn Kenyon's Instinct! Team H & H Enter for a chance to win the premiere edition of Instinct. <i>Shadow of Doubt</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Shadow of Doubt: Exclusive Excerpt P.A. DePaul "The second his lips met hers she knew he was right." <i>A Desperate Fortune</i>: Excerpt A Desperate Fortune: Excerpt Susanna Kearsley “I am told the men there are the handsomest in all of France, and very gallant.”
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March 31, 2015
Girl Underwater: Exclusive Excerpt
Claire Kells
March 30, 2015
Reasons to Love Jill Shalvis's Animal Magnetism Series
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March 29, 2015
Paranormal Romance Best Bets for March 2015
Jane Kriel
March 27, 2015
Best Reads of March 2015
Team H & H
March 26, 2015
Unusual Historicals Best Bets for March 2015
Wendy the Super Librarian
Wed
Apr 1 2015 8:09am

Fated Mates: Love Them or Hate Them?

Mate's Bite by Milly TaidenWe romance readers love nothing so much as a satisfying HEA. But of course, there are all sorts of paths to true love, both in real life and in our beloved genre. Which raises the question: Fated mates—love 'em or hate 'em?

Do you enjoy reading about destiny bringing two people together, or do you prefer to steer clear of fated love stories? Who are your favorite examples of fated mates?

Tue
Mar 31 2015 6:30pm

What Happens Next?!: Male/Male Best Bets for March 2015

March is the month for m/m lovers to get lots of new books in their favorite series, and for me to realize how terribly behind in my series reading I am. Fortunately, there are also some new series to start — ah, the lure of the fresh and shiny — and plenty of standalones, too.

Continuing Couple Series
Crash & Burn (Cut and Run #9) by Abigail Roux

It’s been five years since Special Agents Ty Grady and Zane Garrett first worked together to solve the Tri-State murders, and time has been both harsh and kind. Engaged now, they face the challenge of planning a deeply uncertain future together. Zane is at the pinnacle of his career with one last mystery to solve, while Ty is at sea in a world where he’s no longer the tip of a spear.

There’s just one more hurdle in the way of their happy ever after: a traitor from their inner circle who threatens to burn their world to the ground.

Squeezed between the Vega cartel, an unknown mole, and too many alphabet agencies to count, Ty and Zane must gather all their strength and resources to beat the longest odds they’ve ever faced. To make it out alive, they’ll need help from every friend they’ve got. Even the friends who might betray their trust.

Five years for the characters, seven years for readers, nine books total, and the end of the series! The publishers did a real tease for this final book, by withholding the title and blurb until release day — and it certainly seems to have worked, because this is the number one anticipated m/m book on GoodReads for both March and for 2015. But it's quite probable it would have been anyway, because readers simply love this couple. The title is a little unnerving for the last book of a roller coaster ride of a series, but I'm pretty sure a happy ending is finally in store for Special Agents Ty and Zane.

[Agent Ty, Agent Zane, it's a pleasure to see you again...]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon’s The Bohemian and the Banker (March 31, 2015)

The Bohemian and the Banker by Bonnie Dee and Summer DevonBonnie Dee & Summer Devon
The Bohemian and the Banker
Samhain / March 31, 2015 / $14.00 print, $3.99 digital

“A night lost in Paris finds two hearts changed forever.”

Sent to Paris on business, Nigel Warren doesn’t quite understand why his colleagues’ eyes twinkle as they tell him to meet them at a local night spot.

When he discovers it’s a drag cabaret and his acquaintances aren’t there, he realizes he’s the butt of a joke. Yet he finds himself quite undone by a singer dressed in an elegant gown, crooning a spellbinding ballad.

It’s not unusual for Jay, a former Londoner, to bring a new “friend” home from the cabaret, but he’s never had a guest quite like Nigel, whose straitlaced manner hides an unexpected passionate streak.

One romantic night on a rooftop under starry skies, followed by an afternoon enjoying the excitement of the 1901 Paris Exposition, bonds these opposites in a way neither can forget—even after they part.

Their spark reignites when Jay comes to London, but he’s not sure he can go back to hiding his true self, not even for the sake of love…unless Nigel is willing to shed his cloak of staid respectability and take a leap of faith.

Warning: Contains a virgin who doesn’t speak French but is fluent in numbers, and a drag performer who is trilingual in English, French and Love. Not responsible for extra pounds brought on by the urge to dine on croissants au deux.

Sometimes when reading historicals, it’s necessary to suspend one’s disbelief. How likely is it that a young lady would flit around the darker byways of a London night with a stranger? Contrast that to a staid banker in Paris on business combining his work with a little pleasure.

The Parisian setting of Bonnie Dee and Summer Devon's The Bohemian and the Banker is as transformative as the romance itself—surely everything is possible in the City of Lights. Take buttoned-down banker Nigel, transfixed by drag singer Jean Michel:

[Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir?]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 3:51pm

Romance News Roundup: Julianne MacLean Deal and New Girl!

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.

Seduced at Sunset by Julianne MacLean—Deal Alert: Julianne MacLean's Seduced at Sunset is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon. For more MacLean, read excerpts from her books as well as her H&H guest posts.

New Girl Season 5 is a go at FOX, and The Americans was just renewed for Season 4 by FX. More of Nick/Jess, Schmidt/Cece, and Elizabeth/Philip ahead? All right!

Tue
Mar 31 2015 3:00pm

J.R. Ward’s The Shadows SPOILER Thread (Major Spoilers!!)

The Shadows by J.R. WardHere you have it: It's FINALLY HERE! A complete play-by-play of all of the events in J.R. Ward’s The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), 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. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Shadows here to whet your appetite, plus all our J.R. Ward content).

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

SPOILERS SO MAJOR THEY WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The ShadowsThis is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Shadows here and other J.R. Ward's content here.***

[Okay, let's get started then...]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Violetta Rand, Megan Crane, and Samantha Kane!

Today we're thrilled to reveal three very beefcake-y covers from authors Violetta Rand, Megan Crane, and Samantha Kane! First up, we have the first book in the brand-new Leather and Lies series from Violetta Rand, Loving Lucas. Then, get ready to meet the bad boy bikers of Deacon Street in Megan Crane's Make You Burn. Finally, head south where things are heating up with Samantha Kane's Broken Play.

[Now take a peek at these hot-is-an-understatement covers...]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 1:00pm

H&H Quickies #9: Jennifer Ryan—Prompt Me!

 When It's Right by Jennifer Ryan

If you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Lora Leigh, Valerie Bowman, Charlotte Stein, and more (see all the Quickies, here), we are pleased to announce today that Jennifer Ryan will be the ninth author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Jennifer Ryan with a contemporary/mystery-suspense theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Jennifer will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Jennifer used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (saddle!), a setting (a ranch!), a situation (dancing at a Western bar!), a description (tall, dark, and handsome!)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be contemporary-themed or have mystery/suspense elements.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on April 24 for an original scene from Jennifer Ryan based on your suggestions!

Psst... if you're a newsletter subscriber, you'll get to see the full scene a few days early! Not on the list? Here are three more reasons to join in on the fun. To sign up, register to become an H&H community member here and check “YES” to receive the newsletter. Or, if you're already an H&H member and want to start getting the newlsetter, go into into your profile, click on the red button with the heart that says “Click here to subscribe for the H&H Newsletter,” and voilà! If you have any trouble signing up, always feel free to contact us for troubleshooting.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at  info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

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Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Tue
Mar 31 2015 12:19pm
Excerpt

Girl Underwater: Exclusive Excerpt

Claire Kells

Girl Underwater by Claire Kells

Nineteen-year-old Avery Delacorte loves the water. Growing up in Brookline, Massachusetts, she took swim lessons at her community pool and captained the local team; in high school, she raced across bays and sprawling North American lakes. Now a sophomore on her university’s nationally ranked team, she struggles under the weight of new expectations but life is otherwise pretty good. Perfect, really.

That all changes when Avery’s red-eye home for Thanksgiving makes a ditch landing in a mountain lake in the Colorado Rockies. She is one of only five survivors, which includes three little boys and Colin Shea, who happens to be her teammate. Colin is also the only person in Avery’s college life who challenged her to swim her own events, to be her own person—something she refused to do. Instead she’s avoided him since the first day of freshman year. But now, faced with sub-zero temperatures, minimal supplies, and the dangers of a forbidding nowhere, Avery and Colin must rely on each other in ways they never could’ve imagined.

In the wilderness, the concept of survival is clear-cut. Simple. In the real world, it’s anything but.

Get a sneak peek at Claire Kells's Girl Underwater (available March 31, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The date screams at me from the hospital white-board: Wednesday, December 10.

How did it get to be December tenth?

As I consider this, my nurse bustles in, tells me it’s time for breakfast. She sets the tray on the table, and the stench of processed eggs fills the room. Unlike yesterday, or the days before that, there is no lunch menu this time.

No lunch menu because today I’m going home.

A pile of spare blankets sits in the corner. On the opposite wall, an electrical cord dangles from an unplugged flat-screen TV. I stare at the blank screen for hours on end, picturing the rabid faces of reporters and their sensationalist headlines. The same dated photos of those desolate mountains, recycled over and over again, like an overplayed commercial. I tried to watch different channels. Tried to read books or magazines. And even now, with the hulking thing disconnected, I hear the news and see their faces and wish it all away.

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Tue
Mar 31 2015 10:45am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Shadows (March 31, 2015)

The Shadows by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward
The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13)
Penguin / March 31, 2015 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist.  And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world.  Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude.  He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing—and he knows he’s failed.  It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late.  The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with.  But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything.  Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever.  And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

Trez and iAm have long been the dark, enigmatic Shadows in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Companions and business partners with Rehvenge, Trez was usually the more outgoing Shadow, frightfully so, and iAm the quiet terror behind him. They finally get the chance to have their HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) appropriately enough together as they are brothers and best friends. In The Shadows, J.R. Ward takes us on an emotional journey with an arranged marriage, a debilitating illness, and some deception as well.

[Drama, intrigue, sex...what more can we ask for?]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 9:30am

First Look: Christine Warren’s Hard as a Rock (March 31, 2015)

Hard as a Rock by Christine Warren

Christine Warren
Hard As A Rock (Gargoyles #3)
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Bestselling author Christine Warren returns to the mesmerizing world of gargoyles in which the laws of attraction are never written in stone—and love knows no bounds…

Wynn Powe comes from a long line of powerful women, and an equally long line of Wardens. Unfortunately, Wardens all over have gone missing—her brother included—just when the threat from the Order of Eternal Darkness has begun to rise. Now more than ever, humanity needs Guardians to stand between them and the ultimate evil, so Wynn has returned to Chicago to locate a Guardian of her own. But the Order of Eternal Darkness has beat her to the punch, and the statue she's come to investigate has been blown to smithereens. An elusive enemy is on her trail…and this time, she's on her own. It's up to her, a woman with no training as a Warden, to summon a new Guardian to the fight.

Enter Knox. He may be a newly summoned Guardian, but he possesses all the skills and memories of his race…along with drop-dead, expertly-chiseled good looks. Bound to Wynn as his Warden, Knox vows to learn the truth about the destroyed Guardian—and protect Wynn at all costs. But he never could have imagined the fierce attraction that has taken hold of him, body and soul. Is his desire for Wynn worth the risk of being destroyed by the Order? The only thing he knows for sure is that he won't go down without a fight. Nor will he pass up a night of pure blind passion. . .

One of the things I like best about the television show Sleepy Hollow is the fish-out-of-water aspect. Ichabod Crane wakes up from a 250-year slumber and next thing you know he’s trying on skinny jeans and lusting after motorcycles. But he never loses his formal Colonial-era speech and sexy British accent. (Aside: THANK GOD.) He calls Abby, “lieutenant” and it’s adorable.

Knox reminds me a bit of Ichabod. He’s unwittingly summoned by Wynn and thrust into the modern world. He does come preloaded with his race’s entire history and their raison d'être, but he’s not entirely familiar with his surroundings. Within hours of being summoned, he’s driving a car. I would have loved some description of his learning to drive, but we are given just enough to get a sense of Knox on the road.

[On the road again...]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 8:03am

“I Ship It”: What Have Been Your Favorite Ships This Season?

This parody video has been around for awhile, but as many of us stare into the empty void as our favorite shows finish off their seasons, we dedicate this to you!

What have been your new “ships” of the past year? What are your all-time favorites?

Mon
Mar 30 2015 5:15pm

Second Chances: Women’s Fiction Best Bets for March 2015

Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis

If the shelves are dusty and the pots don’t shine, it’s because I have better things to do with my time.
~Author Unknown

Better things to do with your time like reading! Once you see all the selections for this month, you definitely be saying that spring cleaning can wait. Check out the March women’s fiction smorgasbord. Paraphrasing the LAY'S® commercial—bet you can’t just pick one!

Recipe for Disaster by Stacey Ballis

To an outside observer, Anneke Stroudt is a mess—her shirts are stained, her fingernails stubby, her language colorful. But, despite her flaws, Anneke’s life is close to perfect. She has a beautiful historic house to restore and a loving fiancé who cooks like a dream.
 
Until Anneke’s charmed existence falls apart when she loses both her job and her future husband in one terrible day. In need of a new start, she packs up her disgruntled schnauzer and moves into her half-finished home, where she throws her pent-up frustration—and what little savings she has—into finishing the renovation.
 
But at the first step into the house’s overhaul, Anneke is sidetracked when she discovers a mysterious leather-bound book, long hidden away, filled with tempting recipes and steamy secrets from Gemma Ditmore-Smythe, the cook for the house’s original owners. Slowly, with the help of some delicious food and Emma’s life lessons, Anneke begins to realize that, just like a flawless recipe, she’s been waiting for the right ingredients to cook up a perfect life all along…

Strengths: Atypical heroine; Great combination of house remodeling and cooking; Wonderful insight into imperfect relationships and female friendships; HEA.
Measure of Love: Teaspoon
Introspection Level: Low
Thoughts: Perfect book for HGTV fans.

[Home decor and love, sounds like a winning combo!]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 4:30pm

Now Win This: Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Instinct Premiere Edition!

Click here to enter for a chance to win a collector's edition hardcover copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Instinct.*

Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Learn more about the book and read an excerpt of Chapter 1 from Instinct (available March 31, 2015)!

Chronicles of Nick

Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters—another day in the life of Nick Gautier—and those are just his friends. But now that he's accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that's hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. And no one wants him more than the dark gods who created his race. Now that they know where he is, they will stop at nothing to reclaim him. And without knowing it, Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted. The one person who will hand him over to his enemies to get back the life they lost.

Nick has finally accepted his fate, now he must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves so that they can again return to the world of man and own it, in the next Chronicles of Nick novel, Instinct, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Click here to enter for a chance to win a collector's edition hardcover copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Instinct.*

 

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Mon
Mar 30 2015 3:49pm

Romance News Roundup: Sherrilyn Kenyon & Dakota Cassidy Deal Alerts, 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.

Born of Ice by Sherrilyn Kenyon—Deal Alert #1: Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Ice, Book 3 in the League series, is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore.* Want more on the League? Visit our Sherrilyn Kenyon collection!

—Can't wait another moment for new Outlander? Starz has graced us with a clip of the first three minutes of the midseason premiere, which features loads of Jamie time! Watch a scene from “The Reckoning” here. Remember, H&H's Chelsea Mueller will be recapping the rest of the season from a romance-reader perspective, so check back weekly for your Claire/Jamie discussion fix, and until then, come hang out in our Outlander collection!

—Deal Alert #2: Fern Michaels's sixth Godmothers book, Classified, is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.*

—The Mortal Instruments series is heading to television! While the books were first adapted as a movie, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, the TV series adaptation of Cassandra Clare's YA fantasty series—which is being called Shadowhunters—looks to be a fresh take on the world and characters. Find out why Robin Bradford says these books are not your typical YA series and why Willaful digs the love between mortals and immortals.

—Deal Alert #3: Dakota Cassidy's Talk Dirty to Me is currently $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* For a taste of Cassidy's writing, check out our First Look at her novel The Accidental Dragon.

[+Stage Dive, Laurelin Paige, and Donna Grant news!...]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 3:05pm

First Look: Jaci Burton’s Love After All (March 31, 2015)

Love After All by Jaci BurtonJaci Burton
Love After All (Hope #4)
Penguin / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

In the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hope Burns, a woman discovers that the man she least expects is exactly what she needs…

High school math teacher Chelsea Gardner has the perfect plan. She’s tired of dating all the wrong men, and after years of frustration, she’s developed a foolproof list of requirements for finding “The One.”

Bar owner Sebastian “Bash” Palmer finds Chelsea beautiful, smart and fun, but he thinks her list is ridiculous and unnecessary.  Intent on proving Chelsea is looking for love in all the wrong ways, he offers to help her find the “perfect” man.

Chelsea knows Bash isn’t the right guy for her—he barely meets one of her criteria—but there’s something about the charismatic man that has her yearning for things that are most definitely not list approved.

Because sometimes, a relationship that looks totally wrong on paper can turn out incredibly right…

Small-town romance has gotten a facelift lately with authors like Jaci Burton taking the helm. While the stories of Debbie Macomber, Robyn Carr, and Sherryl Woods are still as popular as ever, authors like Burton are a breath of fresh air with their experience in erotic contemporaries helping them out. Love After All is the fourth book in Burton’s Hope series, and is a younger, sexier take on the themes of family and community that make up small-town romances.

[Sexy small town? How do we get there?]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Manda Collins’s A Good Rake is Hard to Find (March 31, 2015)

A Good Rake is Hard to Find by Manda Collins Manda Collins
A Good Rake is Hard to Find (Lords of Anarchy #1)
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

A DANGEROUS GAME

Heartbroken by the loss of her brother, Miss Leonora Craven vows to uncover the truth about his “accident,” which seems to have been anything but. Jonathan Craven was involved with the Lords of Anarchy, a notorious driving club, and Leonora can't help but suspect foul play. But the only way she can infiltrate their reckless inner circle is to enlist the help of Jonny's closest ally, Lord Frederick Lisle. If only he didn't also happen to be the man who broke Leonora's heart…

AN UNDENIABLE DESIRE

Frederick isn't surprised to find gorgeous, headstrong Leonora playing detective, but he knows that the Lords of Anarchy mean business—and he has no choice but to protect her. A sham engagement to Leonora will allow Frederick to bring her into the club and along for the ride. But it isn't long before pretending to be lovers leads to very real passion. With everything to lose, is their tempestuous affair worth the risk?

This was an interesting, intriguing read. The two main characters and the story line immediately pulled me in. The story immediately opens with a punch, Leonora’s brother has been murdered and she will stop at nothing to find out the truth. Reunited with a former fiancée, Freddy, they embark on a journey filled with races, secrets, and hot dalliances.

There was a lot of background to cover in this first book; Manda Collins does a great job of providing it without weighing down the story. The Lords of Anarchy are considered to be a local driving club but many secrets lay beneath the surface. Nora’s brother was a member and she believes this club is at the center of her brother’s death. Freddy is missing the fourth member of his club, “The Four Horsemen”, Nora’s brother was his best friend and his death has come as big shock. When Nora finds him and demands his help, a false engagement leads to old feelings coming to the surface. The false engagement is the best bet to get them in infiltrate the ranks of the Lords of Anarchy.

[Just put me in a corset and call me an “old lady”...]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 1:00pm

Puppy Love and Military Men: Reasons to Love Jill Shalvis’s Animal Magnetism Series

Animal Magnetism by Jill ShalvisThe first—and most obvious—reason to love Jill Shalvis's Animal Magnetism series is simple: puppies! As a dog lover, and a Doggy Mom to two Great Pyrenees, I loved Gertie, the big, lovable St. Bernard that appears throughout the series (not to mention all the other dogs, too).

That being said, “puppies” was the very obvious answer, and honestly not the thread woven throughout the entire series that stood out to me. Instead, it was a thread of service.

Now, I realize that might sound odd. I mean, Shalvis writes fun contemporary romance, right? Right. But there is a definite thread of service throughout every single one of the “Animal Magnetism” books, and it manifests itself in different ways, from the obvious to the not-so-obvious.

In Animal Magnetism (Book 1) Shalvis gives us Lilah and Brady, who in so many ways epitomize “service:” Lilah runs a kennel and animal rescue and Brady’s a former soldier who’s seen tours of duty in the Middle East and Afghanistan. While one could certainly argue that serving one’s country and facing bullet fire is more important than rescuing dogs and cats, both forms of service are important in their own right and I loved that Shalvis gave each of them equal weight and importance.

[Equality is sexy...]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 12:05pm
Excerpt

Shadow of Doubt: Exclusive Excerpt

P.A. DePaul

 Shadow of Doubt by P. A. DePaul

On The Run

When her secretly filmed tryst shows up on the internet, Michelle Alger goes on the run. She has no choice. Not only was her one-night stand the son of a US senator, but he’s been murdered—and she’s the number one suspect. With both the senator and an avenging drug lord on her trail, her life is in danger. There’s only man she can trust. He saved her once, but will he still be her hero six years later?

Captain Jeremy Malone and the rest of Delta Squad have the senator’s order: find the mystery woman who killed my son. But to Jeremy, she’s no mystery. Six years ago his team of Green Berets rescued her from the torturous clutches of a Colombian cartel, and he’s never forgotten her. His personal and covert mission: find Michelle before anyone else. When he and Michelle do meet again, the sparks are explosive and consuming. They’re also dangerous as hell.

Because with each new bit of evidence, Jeremy suspects that Michelle’s innocence may be a ruse—a beautiful trap set by a woman who has even more secrets yet to bare.

Get a sneak peek at  P. A. DePaul's Shadow of Doubt (available April 21, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Michelle ground the heels of her hands against her eyes, trying to clear the gritty gumminess clinging to her lids. She hadn’t cried that hard in a long time. Way to show Cappy you’re a strong independent woman, nota simpering female. Moron.

Smashing her hands against her sockets would do nothing to reduce the puffiness, so she stretched and clicked on a table lamp, then grimaced. Perfect. A slew of items were scattered everywhere. The zipper on her purse must have loosened during her episode.

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Mon
Mar 30 2015 10:47am

Bitten 2x08 Heart-to-Heart: Dark Arts, Dark Hearts

We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the Monday after the show airs in Canada on Space. We'll be reposting recaps as episodes air on SyFy, starting April 17!

Show/Episode: Bitten Season 2, Episode 8, “Dark Arts” (spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Clay/Elena, Nick/Paige

Clara, Ruth’s former coven mate, has played a minor role in the show so far but her impact has been wide spread through Aleister. We see more of this through Clara’s talismans being forcibly ripped from her, by Ruth of course. Her vow for revenge truly begins to manifest when she finds Aleister performing ‘magic’ on a sidewalk. She understands he isn’t your typical street performer and introduces herself. Looks like she’s had more to do with Aleister’s current path than merely dropping him off at the church all those years ago.

Aleister, in the current timeline, is carefully wrapping his body in the hut, not needing it for a little while now that he’s taken over Clay’s. Hearing Jeremy calling, Aleister smacks Clay’s head against the frame of the door to give him an alibi. From the get-go, this is a completely different Clay, apologizing to Jeremy for letting Eduardo get away. Jeremy and Nick don’t see the difference yet.

[But they will soon...]

Mon
Mar 30 2015 9:30am

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Deep (March 31, 2015)

Deep by Kylie ScottKylie Scott
Deep
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 / $14.99 print, $3.99 digital

Their one night stand wasn't supposed to end this way…

Positive. With two little lines on a pregnancy test, everything in Lizzy Rollins' ordinary life is about to change forever. And all because of one big mistake in Vegas with Ben Nicholson, the devastatingly sexy bass player for Stage Dive. So what if Ben's the only man who's ever made her feel out of control with desire? Lizzy knows the gorgeous rock star isn't looking for anything more permanent than a good time, no matter how much she wishes differently.

Ben knows Lizzy is off limits. Completely and utterly. She's his best friend's little sister, and no matter how hot the chemistry between them, no matter how sweet and sexy she is, he's not going to go there. But when Ben has a moment of weakness in Sin City, he learns that what happens in Vegas doesn't always stay there. Now he and Lizzie are connected in the deepest way possible...but will it lead to a true connection of the heart?

To say that I’m a Kylie Scott fangirl is an understatement. She’s written everything from post-apocalyptic romance to the highly successful Stage Dive series. With the close release of the Stage Dive books in succession, it could be quite easy for the series to have the same feel book after book. Scott, however, mixes things up. While Deep has the same feel in terms of the humor amongst the band and the characters are consistent, Lizzy and Ben are a completely different couple from that of, say, Lizzy’s sister, Annie, and drummer Mal.

[What's Lizzy and Ben's story like?...]