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May 20 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Lorraine Heath’s An Affair with a Notorious Heiress (May 30, 2017)

An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress
Avon / May 30, 2017 / $7.99, $6.99

Lorraine Heath returns with a historical romance that touches on all aspects of love. We understand why the hero is jaded, why the heroine is shunned and why these two should be with each other.

Alistair Mabry is the Marquess of Rexton and he has had the unfortunate reality of growing up under the scandalous union of his common mother and the Duke of Greystone. Hence after he has built a prestigious life over the years, and she the scandal, the last thing he wants is another scandal. Nope. The future Mrs. Mabry must be of the utmost stock of aristocracy, untainted and innocent and pure.

Of course, we know that love is not so simple.  

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May 19 2017 4:30pm

It’s Hot, Stay in and Read: Romance News & Deals from Jacquelyn Frank, Mia Marlowe and More

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Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Deal Alert: Jacquelyn Frank's paranormal romance Thirst is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire who relies on the sun for sustenance and avoids human interaction whenever possible. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blonde police detective may put everything at risk.

Deal Alert: Mia Marlowe's historical romance Never Resist a Rake is $.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | etc.* John Barrett learns he's heir to a marquessate and is determined not to lose his freedom to marriage-minded mamas. Enter widowed Rebecca and all of John's best laid plans go awry. Get a peek of John and Rebecca's banter in an excerpt from the book. 

Deal Alert: Addison Fox's contemporary romance At Last is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* The first book in Fox's Brooklyn Brotherhood series brings Emma back home to Brooklyn and to her family-run brewery. Nick Kelley finds his way back home after his NFL career is cut short and wants to purchase the Brooklyn mainstay. Emma and Nick reconnect only to find themselves on opposing sides even as their attraction grows deeper. 

Deal Alert: Tillie Cole's dark romance Reap is $1.99 at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Go on a journey with 221—a Georgian mob prisoner given an obedience drug—and Talia, a woman desperate to break free from that life. Don't you just love a mobster redemption story?

[+Erotic anthology cover]

May 19 2017 3:00pm

New Old Loves: 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!

*Spoilers ahead for J.R. Ward's The Chosen and Lecia Cornwall's Beauty and the Highland Beast*

BT enjoyed the exchanging of ideas

BT in J.R. Ward’s The Chosen Discussion Thread

Thoroughly enjoyed all the comments and fan theories! Totally agree with Devina coming back and somehow getting mangled into the BDB world. Very exciting and well played by J.R. I shrug at the whole V storyline—it was his and Jane's turn to have a rough patch in their relationship, and we all know he has certain needs; makes sense for him to think about straying. Quinn's reaction was way out of character, but I do believe it was the catalyst needed for Layla to get some backbone. Although I do admit that the happily ever after ending between Blay, Quinn, Xcor, and Layla was too wrapped too neatly. Like, Xcor and Quinn being all buddy buddy over Lyric? WTF—nice, neat, bow. Bleh.

I'm just gonna throw this out, but Saxon and Bitty's uncle. Yep. I said it. There was some obvious chemistry, and attraction (at least from Saxon's end) towards the quite, rugged, thoughtful uncle of Bitty's (what's his name?)—Wouldn't be surprised if he discovers his sexuality being so “young” for a vampire.

And then I thought I had it down, when we introduced the Legacy series—I thought for sure, Axe would somehow fixate on Bitty. Hear me out. Because Axe is into kink and Bitty experienced an abusive childhood, the fit wouldn't be right, but they'd figure it out together, yada yada yada. I thought I had something good there. *shrugs* can't win 'em all.

[+2 more comments of the week]

May 19 2017 2:00pm

Cover + Excerpt Reveal: Start Reading Roni Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away!

The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

There's nothing better than discovering the next book from one of your favorite authors—what's even better is when you can get a sneak peek at that book far in advance! Today we have it all with the exclusive cover reveal of Roni Loren's The Ones Who Got Away and a chance to start reading it now with an excerpt of the first three chapters!

Learn more about the book here:

Twelve years ago, tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a small number of students survived, a group the media dubbed as The Ones Who Got Away.

Now, web designer Liv Arias, along with the rest of the survivors, have returned to the small Texas town to tell their stories for a documentary. Which means Liv seeing former star-athlete and old flame Finn Dorsey. A lot happened between them that night and Liv is ready to end their decade-long riff and move on. But when her attempt at closure turns into a steamy kiss, moving on proves much more difficult than either of them thought...

Liv's words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she'd known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package. The smooth face was now dusted with scruff, and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence. A thousand things were in those eyes. A thousand things welled up in Liv.

If that description had you saying “I need this now!” then you're in luck! We have the first three chapters right here for you to read right away!

Get a sneak peek of Roni Loren's The Ones Who Got Away (available January 8, 2018) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1-3. Happy reading!

[Read the exclusive excerpt below!]

May 19 2017 12:00pm

Sharon Cullen Excerpt: Wed to a Spy

Sharon Cullen

Wed to a Spy by Sharon Cullen

Blistering seduction meets international intrigue in the Highlands as a veteran spy infiltrates the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. There he matches wits against a tantalizing enemy: his new wife.
Simon Marcheford wants nothing more than to settle down on the land bestowed upon him by the English crown. Queen Elizabeth, however, is not about to let her best spy retire so easily. Simon will have his reward, she decrees, after he completes one last mission in Scotland. But no sooner has he sussed out a diabolical plot up North than Queen Mary weds him to her cousin—an exquisite beauty with troubled, soulful eyes—and orders Simon to watch her every move.
Aimee de Verris is no spy. But her life may depend on becoming one. Banished from the French court by Catherine de Medici, Aimee finds herself tasked with reporting on Queen Mary’s activities in Scotland, where she’s unnerved by the frigid weather and brutish customs. Worst of all, Aimee’s been married off to a most uncouth lout. But when murder strikes, she learns to appreciate Simon’s talent for shielding her with every inch of his muscular frame. If Aimee desires her husband, perhaps she could trust him—or even love him.

Get a sneak peek at Sharon Cullen's Wed to a Spy (available May 23, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Holyrood Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
March 1566

My dearest Pierre,

Scotland is a dreadful place, cold and damp and inhospitable. I do not know how these people live in such deplorable conditions or how they thrive without the warm sun that so often shines on my beloved France.

My sorrow and misery is doubled—nay, tripled—without your presence beside me. I lay my head on my pillow every night and dream of you.

I miss you so, Pierre. I had never believed such nonsense as a broken heart, but I believe it now. Mine is shattered into a thousand tiny shards and will not be whole again until we are reunited.

I live for that day, dream of it at every moment. I will stay chaste for you, as I promised. I will not even look upon another man, for you are the only man for me.

Yours always,


Scotland is as you described it. The people are welcoming and kind. I have formed a special bond with Queen Mary, as you had hoped, and we get along well. She is a good queen to her people—

Aimee de Verris threw her quill down, unable to continue with the lies she was attempting to tell her aunt Catherine de Medici. Oh, how she hated her aunt. Aimee looked longingly at her letter to Pierre and stroked the parchment, remembering the feel of his hands in hers, of his cheek pressed against her own. The parchment was a pale second to her Pierre.

[Read the full Wed to a Spy excerpt...]

May 19 2017 9:30am

Survey Says: What Is It Like to Really Date a Bad Boy?

She Wants It All by Jessica Calla

Today we're thrilled to host Jessica Calla (She Wants It All) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Jessica, like us, knows that romance readers love a bad boy—but some field research proves that actually dating a bad boy leaves much to be desired. See what Jessica found out and what that means for all the fictional bad boys we love. Thanks, Jessica!

The bad boy/good girl trope has consistently been one of romance’s favorites. From Travis and Abby in Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, to Christian and Ana in the 50 Shades series by E.L. James, to Dean Holder and Sky in Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, romance readers love their bad boy heroes.

Sure, on paper (or in your Kindle) these guys are hot. Why wouldn’t boring Ana want to hang out in the red room with Christian? He’s a gorgeous, billionaire, CEO. And Travis? Well, yeah, he has some anger management issues, but damn if he isn’t consumed by his love for Abby. And Holder has his problems, but nobody can deny how protective he is of Sky.

It got me to thinking. What about in real life? Are these the type of guys that we really want to date? Can a romance with a bad boy result in a happily ever after?

With that question in mind, I conducted a survey to find out more about people’s real life, bad boy experiences. Here are the more interesting statistics gleaned from the experiment.

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May 19 2017 8:02am

What’s Your Most Anticipated Book of the Summer?

Dog waiting in window

It's nowhere near summer yet—at least not officially—but with temperatures around 90 degrees at the H&H offices, we already feel like we're in the dog days of it! Since though it's not official, we have a lot to look forward to this season—especially in the books department! We're waiting on a lot of great releases!

What is your most anticipated read of the summer? 

Share with us down in the comments!

May 18 2017 4:30pm

Deal or Die: Romance News & Deals from Suzanne Brockmann, Sarah Title, and More

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Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann

Deal Alert: Suzanne Brockmann's romantic suspense novel Do or Die is $1.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Former Navy SEAL Ian Dunn gets tapped for a job that no one else in the US government is brave enough to take on. Throw in smart, beautiful attorney Phoebe Kruger and his mission suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting. Take a look at our definitive ranking of Brockmann's 19 book Troubleshooters series. 

Deal Alert: Sarah Title's contemporary romance The Undateable is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Librarian Melissa “Bernie” Bernard becomes notorious after a viral video of a proposal in her library catches her rolling her eyes. Enter dating advice columnist Colin Rodriguez, desperate to attract new readers by finding dates for the undateable....starting with Bernie. There's no doubt that reading is incredibly sexy. 

Deal Alert: RC Matthews' contemporary romance Little White Lies is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Attorney Madelyn Russell dumps her fiancé at the altar and takes off on her honeymoon cruise, where she runs into a dilemma—she's scheduled to eat the “newlywed” table. Luckily for her, the handsome Royce Spencer offers to play the part of her husband in exchange for companionship during their trip. Sometimes weddings that go wrong lead to the best HEAs.

Deal Alert: Megan Crane's dystopian romance novel Edge of Obsession is $1.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* A beautiful prisoner snags Tyr's attention and he can't rest until he makes Helena his. Try out the first chapter of Crane's gritty, dystopic romance.

[+Today on H&H]

May 18 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Feel Me (May 23, 2017)

Feel Me by Cece Robson

Cecy Robson
Feel Me (The O'Brien Family)
Cecy Robson / May 23, 2017 / $12.99 print, $3.99 digital

In Cecy Robson’s latest O’Brien Family novel, she turns the spotlight on the O’Brien who truly enjoys his time there, and expects his name to be one everyone’s lips.  Declan O’Brien has always been the most serious brother of the crazy clan.  Not that he doesn’t have his own collection of outrageous stories growing up.  It is just that after his father’s death, while his older brothers went to work to support the family, Declan felt it would be up to him to shoot higher for the family’s success.  Nothing has gotten in the path of his life plan until Melissa Fenske stepped in the way and he has been tripping over his own feet ever since. 

After law school, Declan joined the District Attorney’s office.  He plans on taking over the Homicide Division and someday replace his mentor, Miles Fenske, and become the youngest District Attorney in Philly.  And his goals don’t stop there.  Declan plans to become Mayor and eventually even Governor someday. 

Everything in his life is planned out with each goal in mind.  The one thing Declan O’Brien does not plan for is love and romance.  He doesn’t believe in either and after watching his womanizing father crush his mother’s love slowly and painfully, Declan knows he has no time or desire for a woman in his life.  A beautiful woman on his arm for a formal function and maybe a night of hot sex is necessary from time to time but he only bothers with women who understand that his interest wanes with the coming dawn.

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May 18 2017 12:00pm

B. J. Daniels Excerpt: Outlaw’s Honor

B.J. Daniels

Outlaw's Honor by B. J. Daniels

She never expected this Cahill to be her hero—or the only man she'd need.

It's hard to forget a beautiful woman who picks your pocket the first time you meet. Darby Cahill recognizes Mariah Ayres the moment she walks into his bar looking for a job. He shouldn't hire her…or crave more after one impulsive kiss. But what starts as curiosity about her motives turns to concern when he senses how much danger she's in.

Mariah has been running ever since she left her fiancé at the altar. Now she's playing the part of the perfect employee, terrified that her past will catch up with her. But Darby has already seen through her act. He's the kind of guy who saves people. And even if Mariah's given him no reason to trust her, he's determined to protect her—and he'll risk his life to do it…

Get a sneak peek at B. J. Daniels's Outlaw's Honor (available May 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Do you want me to help you?” a voice asked at his side.

Darby nodded to the festival volunteer. He threw another T-shirt, looking in the crowd for the woman. She was gone.

Once the box of T-shirts was empty, he hurriedly stepped off the stage into the moving mass. His job was done. His plan had been to have some fry bread and then head back to the saloon. He was happiest behind the bar. Or on the back of a horse. Being Montana born and raised in open country, crowds made him nervous.

[Read the full Outlaw’s Honor excerpt...]

May 18 2017 11:00am

Olicity Reunion Ahead: Arrow 5x22 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow, Season 5, Episode 22

Show/EpisodeArrow Season 5, Episode 22, “Missing”
Ship(s): Olicity

Arrow 5x22 Captain's Log

We start the episode in a happy little lull.  Adrian Chase is locked up and everyone is feeling relieved. Except Oliver, perhaps. He’s waiting for the other shoe to drop. But in the meantime, it’s his birthday! And he tells Thea he has dinner plans with Thea. He’s hesitant to hope that it’s a date but it’s clear that he very much hopes that it is. 

Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for the aww-factor, it’s not a date or dinner… but a surprise party! Oliver shows up at the loft and nearly takes Curtis out before realizing the ruse. It’s the first time he’s celebrated his birthday since before the island. We see him blow out the candles on an epic Lord Mesa designed cake (lovely fandom in-joke there!) and then there’s a champagne toast. Everyone talks about what they want to do with their summer vacation, with perhaps a little innuendo from Felicity. The looks she and Oliver kept sharing were loaded! And what does Oliver want to do? Buy socks. I’m not even kidding. 

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May 18 2017 9:30am

Horror’s Best Romances—Yes, You Read that Correctly

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Something author Tiffany Reisz once said has always stuck with me — that, to her, the closest genre to BDSM romance is horror. Presumably because they both involve facing and conquering fear. As a horror movie junkie, I totally acknowledge that if there’s a shippable pair thrown together against the threat—or maybe it’s the protagonist and the threat—I am all for it. Because there’s nothing like the combination of passion and terror. Everything is heightened. The stakes are astronomical. It’s not just hearts on the line—it’s lives, too.   

Horror also tackles so many fascinating tropes—taboo relationships, us-against-the-world, lovers-on-the-run. But, unlike most mainstream romances, horror happily exposes the creepy underbelly of those plots. Just look at 2013’s Stoker, written by Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller and gorgeously directed by Park Chan-wook. Mia Wasikowska stars as India Stoker, a young woman who develops an intense attachment to her charismatic uncle, Charlie (Matthew Goode). The incestuous elements are the least troubling bits of the film — and I could not look away! I don’t know what this says about Mia’s career choices, but she’s also in two other films I’d recommend to romance readers: 2015’s Crimson Peak and 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive. (Both co-star Tom Hiddleston, which is a huge selling point for me). Guillermo del Toro and Jim Jarmusch’s respective aesthetics are gorgeous. Just like a good romance zeroes in on the protagonists, so does horror—to an almost claustrophobic extent. These are both films about being stuck—and, honestly, I’m never going to complain about being trapped with Tom Hiddleston, whether he’s an incestuous gold-digger or an emo vampire.

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May 18 2017 8:09am

What Sort of Relationship Dynamic Do You Find Most Compelling?

Couple Kisses in Bed

Dominant; slow-burn; sweet; fun. These are just a few ways in which the relationship dynamic can manifest itself in a romance. When it comes to your own preferences, what sort of dynamic do you prefer to see between characters? What do you love about that?

Tell me about it in the comments! 

May 17 2017 4:30pm

This Signal Won’t Fade: Romance News & Deals from Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell, Nora Roberts, and More

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Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Deal Alert: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell's contemporary male/male romance Strong Signal is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* In the first book of the duo's Cyberlove series, gamers Kai and Garrett get off to a rough start when their online personalities clash in a serious way. Their first meeting may be unconventional, but it does lead them to a deep and powerful connection. 

Deal Alert: Jenny Colgan's women's fiction novel The Bookshop on the Corner is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Librarian Nina possesses the gift for finding the perfect book for her readers while also trying to find her own HEA. This lighthearted read is sure to please.

Deal Alert: Nora Roberts' contemporary romance Hidden Star is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Cade Parris comes to Bailey James' rescue—even though she can't remember who she is and she's armed with a satchel full of cash. Need help deciding what Nora to read next? You're in luck, 'cause all roads lead to Nora.

[+Cover for Lauren Blakely's next romance...]

May 17 2017 3:00pm

What’s the Line Between Forbidden and Too Forbidden?

All the Lies We Tell by Megan Hart

Today we're thrilled to welcome Megan Hart (All The Lies We Tell) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The line of what's taboo is constantly moving—what was forbidden 20 years ago, is mainstream today, and what is forbidden today... well, only time will tell! Megan is here today to talk about the moving line and what makes a relationship forbidden. Thanks, Megan!

Forbidden love. Why does it feel so delicious to want what’s wrong? There seems to be something inherently arousing about desiring what we know we shouldn’t. Sometimes it’s a chocolate sundae. Sometimes, it’s your super hot billionaire stepbrother, am I right?

It’s clear there’s no question that there’s an enormous difference between what’s truly wrong—non-consensual power play, the use of position to bully someone into providing sex, abuse of power—and what’s “wrong but so right.” The line might be razor sharp, but it’s there…and sometimes, it changes! Reader’s tastes shift, along with societal viewpoints. What used to be common in romances (bodice ripping, for example) falls out of favor, while subjects and plot points that would have been taboo cycle into popularity.

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May 17 2017 1:30pm

The Song is Sung: What is the Future of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series?

So, chances are if you're reading this post you've probably finished Feversong, but just in case: SPOILERS! DEAD AHEAD!

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

Still with me Fever Fans?

It’s been a wild ride since release day! Feversong roared onto bookshelves everywhere and I for one was knocked clean off my feet.

The newest arrival in the Fever Universe, Feversong artfully wrapped up the series’ bigger storylines. Not only those that began with the arrival of the Hoar Frost King in Iced but even those that began further back with the original five books, such as Cruce being locked in his cell below the abbey, and the mirror image of the Sinsar Dubh buried deep inside Mac’s mind.

But as fans of the series might be aware, though the actual “Fever Series” ended with Feversong, KMM has apparently signed for two more books (!!!) set in the greater Fever Universe. Which is awesome because there’s still so much in this expansive universe left to explore! Including a number of loose ends that KMM didn’t clean up in Feversong.

ONE of the two future books is already spoken for, so to speak. KMM has announced that the next book, High Voltage, will be a Dani book! According to a very mysterious facebook post, High Voltage won’t pick up where we left off at the end of Feversong. Instead KMM has promised us a book that starts at a “different time”... *flail of frustration and anticipation*

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May 17 2017 12:01pm

Christina Lauren Excerpt: Dating You / Hating You

Christina Lauren

Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

Everyone knows that all’s fair in love and war. But these two will learn that sabotage is a dish best served naked.
Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.
But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?
Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending, or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, hilarious story of romance in the modern world.

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Dating You / Hating You (available June 6, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Get caught up and read Chapter 1, here!

Chapter Two

Michael Christopher finds me Saturday morning, paper open on the table, coffeemaker sputtering quietly in the background.

“Glad you didn’t try to drive home.” His voice is broken-glass scratchy, and when I look up, I grin at the sight of him in a blue velvet bathrobe hanging haphazardly open over a faded T-shirt and a pair of striped boxers. Atop his head, his hair reaches a campfire peak.

“Morning, Mr. Hefner.”

He swears roundly when his foot locates a handful of Legos buried in the fluffy kitchen rug.

[Read the full Dating You / Hating You excerpt...]

May 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Alice Clayton’s Buns (May 23, 2017)

Buns by Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton
Buns (Hudson Valley Series #3)
Gallery Books / May 23, 2017 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Clara Morgan’s ability to turn mud into miracles has kept her in high demand. Hired to help rejuvenate the Bryant Mountain Resort, Clara is excited to work with a historical family owned resort as it appeals to her curiosity of family traditions and their longevity. Having grown up in the foster care system, Clara has spent her life constantly on the move, never stopping long enough to form a deep connection to anything or anyone besides her two best friends, Natalie and Roxie.

Archie Bryant is on board with upgrading his family’s resort, he just doesn't appreciate outside help being brought in. He wants to do it himself at his own pace.  Clara and Archie’s very antagonistic beginning slowly begins to smooth itself out as Archie comes to realize that Clara doesn’t want to erase his family's history from the resort,  she just wants to bring the resort into this current century.  

The more time Clara spends with Archie and the entire Bryant family and staff, the more she begins to see that family isn’t always a bond determined by blood and love often strikes when you least expect it. When Clara is faced with a choice of the heart, she will have to decide if she has the courage to take a leap of faith or will her fear keep her feet and heart firmly on the ground.

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May 17 2017 8:20am

Can You Read Right Before Bed?

Couple falling asleep in bed while reading

Reading can be a double edged sword when it comes to a nightly routine. FOr some, it can send them right to the Sandman and they'll be sleeping in no time, while for others, it will keep them up late into the night—either because they keep reading (booksomnia should totally be a thing!) or because they were too excited about what they read and they can't fall asleep. 

What's the case for you? Is reading a necesscary nightly ritual or does it keep you up at night and so you stay away from books before bedtime? 

Tell us about it in the comments!