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Jun 22 2016 11:00am

First Look: Abbi Glines’ Up in Flames (June 28, 2016)

Up in Flames by Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines
Up in Flames (Rosemary Beach #13)
Atria / June 28, 2016 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital 

The Rosemary Beach series continues with Nan’s story in Up in Flames. Finally, we get to see her humanity and vulnerability. Yes, she’s been a difficult sort in previous books and maybe not so endearing based on her actions, which appeared selfish and cruel. But behind every bully or mean girl is someone who has been emotionally injured. Nan is no exception. There’s an interesting triangle here, and I love how Abbi Glines weaves it into the story. It’s not your typical—girl has two guys who both want her and she loves both for different reasons—story. Rather, her two male interests don’t initially love her, nor does she realize they even know each other. Nan is a job for them and Major and Cope’s interactions with Nan are meant to elicit information about a criminal she once dated. Once the information is gained, they are off the case and out of Nan’s life.

But in the meantime, Cope does surveillance and Major woos Nan.

[Into the fire...]

Jun 22 2016 9:30am

Lessons from Darynda Jones’ Charley and Reyes—Til Death Never Do Us Part

The Curse of the Tenth Grave by Darynda Jones

As the release date for The Curse of Tenth Grave draws closer, we thought you would enjoy a walk down memory lane with a few Charley/Reyes scenes to put a smile on your face. Charley Davidson, Grim Reaper, and Reyes Alexander Farrow, Son of Satan, have taught us many things over the last few years. 

1. We need to remember family.

“You didn’t remember who you were when you were born?”

His grip on my wrists eased, but just barely.  “No.  But I’d done my research well.  I should have grown up happy, gone to the same schools as you, the same college.  I knew I would have no control over my own destiny once I became human, but it was a chance I was willing to take.”

“But, you’re his son,” I said, trying really hard to hate him.  “You’re the son of Satan. Literally.”

“And you are the stepdaughter of Denise Davidson.”

Wow.  That was a bit harsh.

-  First Grave on the Right

[A hell of a time...]

Jun 22 2016 8:30am

What Will Stop You From Suspending Disbelief?

When we read, it's important for us to suspend disbelief. In fact, the practice is so important for readers, that it's part of the definition:

temporarily allow oneself to believe something that isn't true, especially in order to enjoy a work of fiction.

However, even our most favorite authors can sometimes rip us out of the fantasy and have us hurtling towards reality.

When was the last time you just couldn't suspend disbelief any longer? What is most likely to make reality seep in? An HEA that came about to quickly and cleanly? A fantastical element that was just too fantastical? 

Let us know in the comments!


Jun 21 2016 5:00pm

Romance Reading Virgin: Let’s Travel Through Space Together

Can the second reading of a romance novel be better than the first?

Dark Horse by Michelle DienerI'm back! Hi. How are you? Some of you might remember that I was H&H’s romance virgin who popped his cherry last September when I read my very first romance novel, Irresistible Force by the lovely and talented D.D. Ayres. It was an affair that I will never forget—an experience that will always hold a special place in my heart. No other novel can be my first! I heart you.

That being said, I have met a new romance novel. A novel that might understand me a bit more… well, deeply. A novel that is as nerdy as I am—one with space exploration, battleships, intergalactic adventure and even an AI (artificial intelligence) character. It was love at first chapter and her name is Dark Horse by Michelle Diener. I am sorry, Irresistible Force, it's not you—it's me. I hope we can still be friends and hang out from time to time.

Dark Horse wrapped itself around me like a warm carbonite blanket

Now that I have been ‘experienced,’ I was pretty excited to delve into some cosmic romance. I’ll humbly admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the crossover into sci-fi; now you might be thinking… wait, he has worked at H&H for years,  read countless experts, participated in many discussions, been privy to every trope, etc. How did he not know how deep the romance rabbit hole goes? The answer is: I had been taking the blue pill, I guess!

[We have liftoff...]

Jun 21 2016 4:13pm

4 Irresistible Deals & Dwayne Wade Eye Candy: Romance News

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

No Place to Hide by Shannon StaceyDeal Alert: Shannon Stacey's No Place To Hide is on sale for only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* What makes for a larger-than-life action-adventure hero? Stacey muses about this very topic in a special H&H guest post, writing: “There's just something about a man who tells you he'd die for you and means it. Literally.”

Deal Alert: Eve Silver's gothic romance Dark Desires is FREE in e-book at AmazoniBooksBarnes & Noble, etc.* Silver's book Body of Sin is o ne of a handful of romances Chelsea Mueller credits with “reinvigorating [her] love of reading and remind[ing her] why genre fiction is so damn fun.”

Deal Alert: Maya Banks' Safe at Last is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* “Safe At Last is the final installment of the thrilling Slow Burn series and it’s a well-executed tale of characters finding a second chance at love,” says Jane Kriel in her First Look at the book.

Deal Alert: Barbara O'Neal's The Lost Recipe for Happiness is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* In “Barbara O'Neal Makes Me Hungry,” Myretta Robens writes that the book “is apt to make [her] fat” and shares an irresistible recipe for “Hearty Berry Streusel Muffins” from the book, which is about “mothers and daughters, about love, about nurturing, [while] the bread and baked goods recipes in this book are full of the yeasty aroma of home.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwayne Wade (a.k.a. Mr. Gabrielle Union) is the 2016 cover model for ESPN Magazine's annual Body Issue. Enjoy the view—it is spectacular. Oh, and here's another shot. You're welcome. Look for the issue on stands July 6.

[+Who wore the ugliest bridesmaid's dress of all?...]

Jun 21 2016 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Lora Leigh, Lily Everett, K.M. Jackson & Amanda Forester!


Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from some of our favorite authors in the genre—Lora Leigh, Lily Everett, K.M. Jackson, and Amanda Forester! You may not to wake a real sleeping tiger, but we're happy to poke the one on the cover for Lora Leigh's Wake a Sleeping Tiger. Take a summer break to Sanctuary Island with the covers for Close to Home and Home at Last. Then, it's wedding season with K.M. Jackson's Insert Groom Here, and don't forget to embrace Amanda Forester's Highland Rebel. 

Wake A Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh

Wake a Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh

When readers of dark romance and unbridled desire want to be satisfied,they turn to #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and her “highly charged and carnal” (Fresh Fiction) Breed novels. Now, a Breed hides in the world of man—until a woman arouses the amused and highly carnal animal within... 

Once, he was Judd—Bengal Breed and brother to the notorious fugitive Gideon. After Gideon disappeared, Judd was experimented on until his tortured body knew nothing but agony.  Now, he is Cullen Maverick, serving as the commander of the Covert Law Enforcement Agency in the small community of Window Rock, Arizona. Despite his genetics, Judd is able to pass as human because his Bengal traits are recessed. But he is unable to smell the emotions, bonds and fears that other Breeds take for granted. He remains tormented that he wasn’t able to mate the woman he'd loved—at the cost of her life. 

He’s just a man. The genetics of the animal he was created to possess are forever silent, leaving no hint of the Breed he should have been. Or so he thought. His tiger is about to be awakened by the one woman destined to be his—Chelsea Martinez. And their world will never be the same...

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Wake A Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh, available March 21, 2017:

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[On to more goodness...]

Jun 21 2016 12:00pm

The Curse of Tenth Grave: Exclusive Excerpt

The Curse of Tenth Grave (Charley Davidson Series #10) by Darynda Jones

As a Part-time PI and fulltime grim reaper, Charley Davidson has asked a lot of questions throughout her life: Why can I see dead people? Who is the hot supernatural entity following me? How do I get gum out of my sister’s hair before she wakes up? But, “How do I trap not one malevolent god, but three?” was never among them. Until now. And since those gods are on earth to kill her daughter, she has little choice but to track them down, trap them, and cast them from this dimension.

There’s just one problem. One of the three stole her heart a very long time ago. Can the Razer, a god of absolute death and destruction, change his omniscient spots, or will his allegiances lie with his brothers?

Those are just a few of the questions Charley must answer, and quick. Add to that a homeless girl running for her life, an innocent man who’s been charged with murdering the daughter of a degenerate gambler, and a pendant made from god glass that has the entire supernatural world in an uproar, and Charley has her hands full. If she can manage to take care of the whole world-destroying-gods thing, we’re saved. If not, well…

Get a sneak peek at Darynda Jones's The Curse of Tenth Grave (available June 28, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


Charley Davidson:

Maybe she’s born with it.

Maybe it’s caffeine.

Ignoring the dead girl standing next to me, I crossed my bare feet on the cool windowsill, took a sip of piping-hot coffee, and watched the emerging sunrise from my third-story apartment window. A soft yellow scaled the horizon and stretched across it like tendrils of food coloring suspended in water. Ribbons of pinks and oranges and purples quickly followed, the symphony a slow, exquisite seduction of the senses. Or it could have been if there weren’t a dead girl standing next to me.

She jutted out a tiny hip, anchored a fist onto it, and let loose a lengthy sigh of annoyance for my benefit. I continued to ignore her. There were few things in life more irritating than other people’s children. Hell, perhaps. Been there, done that. But for the moment, the only thing complicating an otherwise serene morning was a tiny blond-haired, blue-eyed beast in Strawberry Shortcake pajamas.

[Read the full The Curse of Tenth Grave excerpt...]

Jun 21 2016 9:30am

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s The Bourbon Thief (June 28, 2016)

The Bourbon Thief by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz
The Bourbon Thief
MIRA / June 28, 2016 / $15.99 print, $8.99 digital

Rarely does a title so completely describe a plot and yet disguise the complex tale that lies behind.  The opening scene is straight out of an old-fashioned crime noir.

There wasn’t much in the world Cooper McQueen cared about more than a good bourbon. In his forty-five years, not one single beautiful woman had managed to persuade him to set down his drink and leave it down. But when the woman in the red dress walked into his bar—a gift from the gods tied in a tight red bow—McQueen decided he might have seen the one woman on earth who could turn even him into a teetotaler. Her dress was tight as old Scrooge’s fist, red as Rudolph’s nose, and looking at her, McQueen had only one thought—Christmas had come awfully early this year.

Millionaire distiller Cooper McQueen overhears “Miss Christmas” ask bartender Maddie for a bourbon that stumps her—Red Thread. He inserts himself into the conversation.

[Bourbon, neat...]

Jun 21 2016 8:04am

Finally, Proof that Reading is Sexy

Cartoon Couple Kissing

According to a recent article on Galley Cat, readers are more attractive to a potential mate. The dating app, My Bae, shared some stats on their users and found that romantic hopefuls who used tags—the way this particular app matchmakes people is through a user's use of similar tags—about books had a higher success rate in finding their potential mate. The results went on to say the sexiest genre was (no surprise, here) romance!

Daniel Sobey-Harker, part of the MyBae startup went on to say: 

I also decided to try and figure out which genres were the most 'attractive' by seeing which tags had the most matches and which had the least. 

The sexiest genres are:

1. —  Romance
2. —  Psychological Thriller
3. — Travel (How/why is beyond me at this time)


Now, for readers, it comes as no surprise to me that we are more attracted to fellow readers, but what do you think of this revelation? Reading is sexy, after all. Do you find your more attracted to other readers? 

Let us know in the comments? 

Jun 20 2016 6:00pm

Love Between the Lines Coloring Book and More: Romance News

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

Love Between the Lines: An Adult Coloring Book by Christina CollieDeal Alert: Moira Rogers' first Southern Arcana book Crux is FREE in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Moira Rogers is an alternate pen name for writing duo Bree and Donna, who are also behind Kit Rocha. The more you know, right? Anyway, Crux hero Jackson made it onto the list of “10 romance heroes you'll want between your covers” by Rhyll Biest.

Deal Alert: Grace Burrowes' Tremaine's True Love is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Get a good first look at Tremaine's True Love with Janet Webb's review of the book.

Fresh Outta the Oven

A romance novel–themed coloring book? Yes, please! Check out the newly unveiled cover for Christina Collie's Love Between the Lines adult coloring book (above), which promises “45 hand-drawn illustrations inspired by romance novels from bestselling writers," including Leisa Rayven, Colleen Hoover, Karina Halle, Anna Todd, and Katy Evans. 

Penny Dreadful's Vanessa/Ethan romance took a tragic turn in what turned out to be the gothic tale's series finale last night. Did you watch?

[+ Today on H&H...]

Jun 20 2016 4:30pm

Final Thoughts: Submerge Yourself in the History of Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia

Belgravia by Julian Fellowes

We've been through it all and now we're ready to head home after a lovely break at Belgravia. We've had Naz Keynejad and author Gwyn Cready on Heroes and Heartbreakers giving their play-by-play of Julian Fellowes' sojourn into serialized fiction, and today Naz is here to give you her final thoughts on the Belgravia!

Before I give you a review of Julian Fellowes’ serialized novel, Belgravia, I should clarify some things: first, I’m a sucker for historical romances. Second, the long eighteenth and nineteenth centuries is where I “live” when it comes to literature, and as such, I am very familiar with the history of both periods. And third, my favorite aspect of a novel has always been character development versus plot. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, here’s what I think of Belgravia:

I would give a 3 out of 5 overall rating because while it does have interesting historical tidbits (in fact, they are meticulously researched and presented), the character development was too weak and just wasn’t there for me. At no point did I feel emotionally invested in any of these people. Maybe because the plot itself was pretty predictable and at times, awkward and clichéd. Let me explain.

[Here's the thing...]

Jun 20 2016 2:00pm

Sampler Platter: Not-Your-Usual Historical Best Bets for June 2016

The Lady Who Saw Too Much by Thomasine Rappold

Sometimes I want a robust meal with multiple courses, a bottle of wine, and why yes I would like dessert at the end.  Then there are times when I want small plates. I want options, lots of them, experiencing a variety of different tastes. For new historical romance, June is literally small plates month.


The Lady Who Saw Too Much by Thomasine Rappold

Cursed with prophetic visions and desperate to atone for a death she could have prevented, Gianna York swears she will never again ignore the chance to save a life. When she is hired by Landen Elmsworth to serve as companion to his sister, Gia repeatedly sees the image of her employer's lifeless corpse floating in Misty Lake. As subsequent visions reveal more details, Gia soon realizes her best chance to save this difficult man is by becoming his wife.

At first, Landen Elmsworth believes the fetching Miss York might be right for a meaningless dalliance, but he grossly underestimates her capacity for cunning and soon finds himself bound until death to a woman he may never be able to trust. Yet in the dark of their bedroom they discover an undeniable passion—and a capacity to forge their own destiny . . .

Rappold is a three-time RWA Golden Heart finalist and this is the second book in her Sole Survivor series.  Set in upstate New York, Publisher’s Weekly calls it a “…page-turning romance, which is enhanced by the angst between the protagonists and the undercurrent of mysticism.”

[On to more servings...]

Jun 20 2016 12:00pm

Wet Heat: Exclusive Excerpt

R.D. Hero

Wet Heat by R.D. Hero

Most omega werewolves want a mate and pups, but Lee Aung prefers an unconventional party-boy lifestyle. Yet at forty-two, he’s stopped going into heat, which means he’s expired goods—no longer a fertile, young omega that alpha wolves drool over. So Lee uses Wet Heat, a synthetic pheromone, to reel in the alpha hookups.

After losing his job at the bank, Lee can’t afford to keep up his Wet Heat habit. His solution: scam free samples by pretending to be a happily mated test subject at Wet Heat headquarters. There, Lee spends two years being interviewed by the reserved alpha scientist, Cain, who at thirty-two is unmated and—up until this point—content with that.

Cain never really felt his alpha instincts, nor took part in the usual alpha/beta/omega social dynamics. But after discovering that Lee has been lying about his unmated status for two years, Cain finally admits that for the first time, he wants to court an omega. Unfortunately, he’s picked the one omega who doesn’t want to be courted.

Get a sneak peek at R.D. Hero's Wet Heat (available June 20, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Once a week, Lee skipped the gym and did something equally as important.

First he would hit up the SuperMart, where Wet Heat had its weekly display. The wolf giving out little drop-sized vials was new, thankfully, and Lee was able to talk her into handing over several of them. He then went to the sex shop on Third, where they usually had a spray bottle set up on the counter. While the clerk was talking to another customer, Lee unscrewed the top and poured some into a bottle he kept handy.

[Read the full Wet Heat excerpt...]

Jun 20 2016 9:30am

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Downtown Devil (June 21, 2016)

Downton Devil by Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna
Downtown Devil (Sins in the City #2)
Signet / June 21, 2016 / $3.99 digital

From the author of Crosstown Crush comes the second sexy novel in the trilogy that explores the illicit pleasures of ménage à trois.

At the edge of thirty, Clare is feeling restless. Even though she’s gainfully employed and pursuing her passion for photography, she can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing. Then she meets Mica. A perfect subject for her portrait exhibit, Mica is sexy, exciting, and everything Clare desires.

One night with the charismatic stranger is all it takes to leave her craving more. But the intensity Mica brings isn’t confined to the bedroom, and Clare wonders if this summer fling might turn more adventurous than she anticipated—especially as a curious energy starts to simmer between the two of them and Mica’s handsome roommate, Vaughn.

As the three-way tension mounts, Mica makes a sinful proposal. It’s an invitation Clare can’t pass up, and an erotic encounter she’ll never be able to forget. Caught up between two irresistible men, Clare is about to get all the excitement she’s been looking for—and then some....

Sometimes in romance, much as we love it for the escape, it feels a little too good to be true. As wonderful a fantasy a romantic hero gives, there are real, three-dimensional, perfectly likable men I’ve encountered that I’ve never quite seen translated to the page. Finally, in Cara McKenna’s Downtown Devil, Mica is that man. And that makes for a McKenna story like we’re used to —unexpected, unpredictable, and unforgettable.

[The three u's...]

Jun 20 2016 8:15am

What’s the Funniest Book Cover in Romance? We Want to Know!

A few years ago, we polled all of you on what the worst book cover in romance was. The distinction might very well go to Christina Dodd's three-armed heroine of Castles in the Air—but that cover also earns the title of one of the funniest (see, three-armed heroine). Some authors shoot for a funny cover, while others are victims of an overzealous cover designer (again, see the three-armed heroine). 

What do you think are the funniest covers in Romancelandia? 

Cast your vote down in the comments!

Jun 19 2016 5:15pm

I Lay Vengeance at Your Feet: Outlander 2x11 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Outlander, Season 2, Episode 11, “Vengeance is Mine”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x11 Jamie and Claire Captains Log

Last week’s episode was big on winning a battle against the British and light on the Jamie/Claire quality time. The events—proving history to be true, losing beloved Clan MacKenzie men, seeing Prince Charlie in this setting, Fergus seeing why maybe he shouldn’t want to fight in a war—were definitely worthwhile to the overall plot in Outlander.

What will the Frasers do now that they’ve stuck a victory against the British and saw some of the cost? Let’s find out in Season 2, Episode 11, “Vengeance is Mine.”

The Jacobite army has made great progress since we saw them last week. They’re in northern England and five days’ march from London. Prince Charles and Jamie both want to move forward to the capitol. All the generals, though? Not so much. History said the Jacobites didn’t march on London, and Jamie wanted so badly to change that. Even if they couldn’t hold London, it would prove they could change history. Instead they’ll be heading back across the border to Scotland. Jamie has to tell his men it’s about keeping them safe for the winter, but he promises Claire he’ll keep her safe no matter the conditions.

[Oh, god, our hearts!]

Jun 19 2016 12:01pm

A Promise in Defiance: Exclusive Excerpt

Heather Blanton

A Promise in Defiance: Romance in the Rockies Book 3 by Heather Blanton

When Charles McIntyre founded Defiance, he was more than happy to rule in hell rather than serve in heaven. But things have changed. Now, he has faith, a new wife...and a ten-year-old half-breed son. Infamous madam Delilah Goodnight wants to take it all away from him. How can he protect his kingdom and his loved ones from her schemes without falling back on his past? How does he fight evil if not with evil?

Logan Tillane carries a Bible in his hand, wears a gun on his hip, and fights for lost souls any way he can. Newly arrived in Defiance, he has trouble, though, telling saints from sinners. The challenge only worsens when Delilah flings open the doors to the scandalous Crystal Chandelier. She and the new preacher have opposite plans for the town. One wants to save it, one wants to lead it straight to hell.

For Tillane and McIntyre, finding redemption was a long, hard road. God's grace has washed away their sins, but the consequences remain and God will not be mocked. For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap...and the harvest is finally at hand.

Get a sneak peek at Heather Blanton's A Promise in Defiance (available June 22, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Billy slipped his hand into Hannah’s and they meandered down the river’s shoreline in perfect peace. The sun had sunk below the towering peaks leaving a beautiful peach glow in the sky, but night would fall fast now. Though this would be a short walk, he loved the sound of the water and being alone with the future Mrs. Page. Mollie was sweet enough to watch Billy for a few minutes so he could do this properly.

Butterflies cavorting in his stomach, Billy touched the ring in his breast pocket.

“Do you miss your parents, Billy?”

[Read the full A Promise in Defiance excerpt...]

Jun 19 2016 10:00am

Like Father, Like Son: When Historical Heroes and Their Sons Get Books from Heyer and Laurens

These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

The apple doesn’t fall very far from the tree when it comes to heroic dads and their next-generation sons. The romance community exploded in delight when Lisa Kleypas announced that her follow-up book to Marrying Winterborne would be Devil in Spring. Could the hero really be Gabriel, the son of Sebastian, the Devil in Winter, and his wife Evie? You got it. What could be more fabulous?

Father’s Day is an excellent time to explore the eternal fascination we have with fathers and sons.


Georgette Heyer's Avon/Vidal

Most famous: Georgette Heyer’s Avon (These Old Shades) and Vidal (Devil’s Cub). No one ever expected the dazzling, somewhat sinister, Duke of Avon to marry. His romantic reputation was legendary. But almost from the moment he spots a red-haired urchin, Léon aka Léonie, she has his heart. She begs him to marry her, but he is reluctant to lay his soiled heart at her feet. He tells her,

“You have seen perhaps the best of me; you have not seen the worst. Infant, you are worthy of a better husband. I would give you a boy who might come to you with a clean heart, not one who was bred up in vice from his cradle.”

One large tear glistened on the end of her lashes.

“Ah, Monseigneur, you need not have told me this! I know—I have always known, and still I love you. I do not want a boy. I want only—Monseigneur.”

“Léonie, you will do well to consider. You are not the first woman in my life.”

She smiled through her tears.

“Monseigneur, I would so much rather be the last woman than the first,” she said.

[Of fathers and sons...]

Jun 18 2016 2:00pm

Reunited Lovers: Falling Back in (Readerly) Love with an Author

Oh so sweet...

You ended your low-carb diet with some delectable fat-laden, sugar-rich-gooey confection.  With that one bite you were a goner. The sweet, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth taste lit up all your taste buds, making them dance with delight – more–more–more.

Discovering an author and a book we love can be just as addictive as a hot-out-of-the-oven Cinnabon drenched with cream cheese icing, caramel and pecans.  With that one book we become enchanted with her wordsmith ability; her plotting; her characterization and world building. And oh, that wonderful sensual romance. If we are lucky, like having a whole box of confectionaries, instead of just one, we discover the author has a back list. If not the pleasure center in our brain keeps us anticipating the author’s new book.

[Oh so delicious...]