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Jun 30 2015 12:00pm

The Perfect Bargain: Exclusive Excerpt

Jessa McAdams

The Perfect Bargain (Entangled Lovestruck) by Jessa McAdams

American lass seeks brawny Scot...

As if being newly single isn't brutal enough, Sloane Chatfield's friends are getting obnoxious about setting her up. When Sloane insists she's waiting for a certain sexy fictional Highlander to come along, her friends surprise her with a trip to Scotland to find her a new boyfriend. She'd rather have a root canal. But if she can find a Highland hunk to “break her heart” before her friends arrive...

In a remote Highland village, Galen Buchanan is struggling to keep the family pub afloat. Everything is falling apart, he's running out of money, and now there's an opinionated American lass parked at his best table, driving him mad. But then Sloane asks Galen to be her pretend Highland boyfriend...and offers him enough money to save the pub. It's only for a few days, he figures. What's the worst that could happen?

Get a sneak peek at Jessa McAdams's The Perfect Bargain (available June 30, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The next moment, he heard the jingle of the bell as the door opened and some muttering under breath.

“You didna kick the ewes, did you?” he called out as he finished hooking up the keg. He rose up, wiped his hands on a dishtowel, and swiveled around. Miss Prim was standing there in a tight sweater and tighter pants. She did have a nice figure, he’d give her that. “As I suspected. You again, terrorizing the flock.”

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Jun 30 2015 11:00am

10 Women’s Fiction Audiobooks You Should Listen To

First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

Have you heard? June is Audiobook month so let’s send off the month by celebrating their wonder.

If you are only listening to books on long trips in the car or on the plane then you are doing yourself a disservice. They make even the unpalatable chore palatable.

In the 1990’s I took on the responsibility of ordering my grandmother’s books on tape from National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicap. I thought they were wonderful for her, but really didn’t see the benefit to me. I had much rather read than have someone read to me.

But after a couple long distance trip filled with static and radio silence I became a believer. And for years that was the only time I listened to audiobooks. I would make sure on my trips to find the local Cracker Barrel restaurant and exchange my old book for a new one as I traveled on.

I’m not sure when I discover the beauty of books and chores. Marketers for audiobooks call it multi-tasking, but for me it is called relief. Relief from the drudgery of unwelcome tasks that take me away from my favorite pastime—reading. My mother’s life would have been so much easier if audiobooks had been around when I was a sulky teenager. Her interruptions into my reading time put me in bad temper –martyrdom in fact. I think it is possible that I might have been half way pleasant if I could have washed windows and listened to a favorite book.

[More Women's Fiction audio books below...]

Jun 30 2015 9:30am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of June 2015

The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). 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 June 2015 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Sahara Hoshi:

All of Cassandra Gannon's The Elementals series, my favorite was The Treasure of the Fire Kingdom.

Laura Florand's The Chocolate Touch - I like a big, clumsy guy trying to win a heroine over!

Megan Mulry's The Royals series, my favorite is the second book If The Shoe Fits.

Jess Moro:

So my favorite read was a bundle. It was $.99 so I decided to snatch it up and it was new adult goodness! C.M. Owens' The Sterling Shore Series is filled with alpha guys, hilarious heroines and various antics that I laughed out loud for. I couldn't put it down and devoured the entire series in a week. 

[More book recommendations from H&H bloggers...]

Jun 30 2015 8:08am

When Was the Last Time Your Fangirl (or Boy) Was Unleashed?

Goddess of the Night by Lynne Ewing

Sometimes you love a book/TV show/movie, but you don't know anyone else who loves it as much as you. Sometimes you become obsessive about it and you create fan art, fan videos, join the fandom on Tumblr, and maybe stalk the author or celebrity on social media (we've all been there, don't deny it). The feeling fades and you go on with your life, knowing that you love that series like no one else you know, and that's okay. Then, one day, someone in your “real life” reveals they loved this book/TV show/movie, too! Suddenly, years (sometimes decades) of pent up fangirling is unleashed upon the world, and you just have to let everyone know about these feelings—ALL the feelings—you've had about this fandom. 

What was the last thing that unleashed your fangirl (or boy)? Was it a new fandom that you joined, or was it an old favorite that you just recently found a new love for when you found someone else who loved it, too? What do you love about it?


Let me know in the comments!

Jun 29 2015 5:43pm

Romance News Roundup: #AskELJames, JoJo Moyes Deal, 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.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes—Deal Alert #1: Jojo Moyes's Me Before You is currently $2.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Preview the Me Before You Delicious Despair scene we just had to write about.

Grey author E.L. James is answering questions on Twitter with the hashtag #AskELJames. We've learned that she's “written a new book and [is] halfway through another.” James says they're both romances and she's not sure when they'll be finished. In answer to a question about whether she's ever wanted to change anything in Fifty Shades, she answered: “Yes. I would have liked to split them up for longer at the end of FSoG.” When asked if she would be writing more from Christian's perspective, her answer was maybe. Read more of her responses here. And if you haven't already weighed in with your reactions to Grey, please do join the conversation.

—Deal Alert #2: M.Q. Barber's Healing the Wounds is $.99 right now in e-book at Amazon.* Looking to dive into the Neighborly Affection series? Get the scoop with our First in the Series primer.

—While Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury's former house was demolished earlier this year, the good news is that pieces of Bradbury's house were turned into bookends, according to io9. How fitting, right?

—Deal Alert #3: Cat Johnson's One Night with a Cowboy is $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore and Amazon.* Catch up on all our Cat Johnson coverage here.

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Jun 29 2015 5:20pm

H&H Quickies #10: Kerrigan Byrne—Prompt Me!

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

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 BowmanCharlotte Stein,and more (see all the Quickies, here), we are pleased to announce today that Kerrigan Byrne will be the tenth 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 Kerrigan Byrne with a historical theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Kerrigan 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 Kerrigan used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Wednesday, July 8, 2015, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (mask!), a setting (a country road!), a situation (being robbed!), 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 historically-themed.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on July 24 for an original scene from Kerrigan Byrne 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.


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

Jun 29 2015 3:30pm

Donna Grant Spills About Her Love of Dragons and K.M. Moning’s Fever Series!

Back in March, we asked you to send in questions for Donna Grant (thank you, everyone!), whose Dark Kings novel Soul Scorched is out in paperback tomorrow. Now, today, we're excited to bring you her answers. Thanks, Donna!

In the video, you'll find out what inspired her to write about dragons and druids (:05 mark), the last great book she read (:55 mark), and why she loves writing romance (1:07). We hope you enjoy!

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Jun 29 2015 1:00pm

First Look: V.K. Sykes’s Summer at the Shore (June 30, 2015)

Summer at the Shore by V.K. Sykes

V.K. Sykes 
Summer at the Shore (Seashell Bay #2)
Forever / June 30, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital


Morgan Merrifield sacrificed her teaching career to try to save her family's bed-and-breakfast and care for her younger sister. She can't let herself get distracted by Ryan Butler. After all, the rugged ex-Special Forces soldier is only in Seashell Bay for the summer. But her longtime crush soon flares into real desire—and with one irresistible kiss, she's swept away.

Ryan values his freedom. As much as he wants Morgan, he's not ready to settle down with anyone, much less in sleepy Seashell Bay. But his code of honor doesn't allow him to leave a woman in distress—and she's in desperate need of help to fix the inn. It only takes one day working under the same roof and Ryan is already hoping for a lifetime of hot summer nights...

Or is he? It’s clear that Ryan is hoping for at least a couple months of hot summer nights and Morgan is partially on the same page, but...it’s the eternal conflict: Ryan and Morgan are wrestling with “can you go home again?” versus “there’s no place like home.” It looks like an either/or proposition and that’s not what either one wants. Morgan loves teaching off island, Ryan secretly hopes to train Special Forces warriors: how does that mesh with happily ever after on a Maine island? Morgan is about to find out. The bed and breakfast she and her sister Sabrina inherited from their dad needs a lot more than tender, loving care and Ryan steps up to offer an in-house handyman’s skills. Does Morgan have the fortitude to resist Ryan’s charms?

Ryan was almost a James Bond or Jason Bourne type of guy, a crazy-hot mystery man who did wild, top secret stuff he never talked about. He acted like a normal guy when he was home, except for the sky-high emotional walls he’d erected around himself. Ryan never talked about himself or his life. If that didn’t spell danger, she didn’t know what did.

And now she’d flat-out invited Mr. Sexy Mystery Man into her life. Into her home.

[A summer near water is always sexy...]

Jun 29 2015 11:30am

The Summer’s Gonna Blaze: New Adult Best Bets for June 2015

Burn by Allie Juliette Mousseau

New Adult June is the start of summer! This month’s picks are sure to raise the temperature. Whether it’s a second chance story or characters that hit you right in the gut, these picks make you want to stretch right out and read away.

Burn by Allie Juliette Mousseau is a second chance romance story that brings on the feels. The second book in a standalone series, the premise is around men who forged a strong brotherhood, after extremely painful pasts. Liam and Quinn fell in love when they were teenagers, one night tears it all apart, and circumstances bring them together again, years later. Can the years they were apart wipe away the memories of that one devastating night? My emotions were all over the place and I couldn’t put it down!

Beautiful Sacrifice by Jamie McGuire is the third book in the Maddox Brothers series. Taylor Maddox knows what he wants and goes after it. Using that familiar Maddox charm, this hotshot firefighter uses his skills to befriend Falyn, the girl who keeps him at arm’s length. What ensues is a slow burn that erupts into a blaze.

[More New Adult Best Bets for June 2015...]

Jun 29 2015 9:30am

First Look: Tiffany Snow’s Power Play (June 30, 2015)

Power Play by Tiffany Snow

Tiffany Snow
Power Play (Risky Business #1)
Forever / June 30, 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital


Sage Reese lives for her job. More precisely, she lives for her debonair boss, Parker Andersen. Sage handles everything for Parker, even as she fantasizes about the one thing that isn't in her job description: him. But when a high-stakes account crosses the line from shady to deadly, a tough cop starts giving Sage the attention she wishes Parker would . . .

Detective Dean Ryker couldn't be more different from Parker. While Parker wears expensive suits like a second skin and drives a BMW, Ryker's uniform is leather jackets and jeans . . . and his ride of choice is a Harley. While Parker's sexiness is a reserved, slow burn, Ryker is completely upfront about what-and who-he's after. And Sage tops his list.

Now, as Ryker digs deeper into the dark side of Parker's business, Sage finds herself caught between two men: the one she's always wanted-and the one who makes her feel wanted like never before . . .

First off, let me start by respectfully saying, Tiffany Snow, I officially dislike you, in a loving way. Because now I have to wait who knows how long, in order to find out what happens next in this three-book series. This is why I don’t normally read series when they are in the process of being written. Because it really forces me to meditate on the word patience. Moreover, I’m not typically a fan of the love triangle. I’m just not. But Snow sucks me into the vortex of this story, eager for more.

[Who will she choose?]

Jun 29 2015 8:20am

Who Are Your Favorite LGBTQ Characters?

In honor of the ruling on Friday for Marriage Equality, I want to know who your favorite LGBTQ characters are! Are they the heroes of your favorite male/male romance? The heroines of your favorite lesbian romance? A side character from a male/female romance? What LGBTQ series and books are your favorites? 

Fill the comments with your recommendations!

Jun 28 2015 2:00pm

The Devil Wears Spurs: Exclusive Excerpt

Soraya Lane

The Devil Wears Spurs by Soraya Lane

She knows when to hold'em.

As a newcomer to the great Lone State, Chloe thinks she's immune to the charms of cowboys—until Ryder King comes along. A gorgeous rodeo star with a gambling problem should spell trouble for Chloe, who's as quick-witted as she is stunning. But there's something gentle in Ryder's otherwise wild nature that gives her pause. And she can only fight her attraction for so long…?

Is he ready to show his hand?

Texas born, bred, and proud, Ryder has always had a way with the ladies—though not so much with poker. He's just bet, and lost, a third of his family's ranch in a game. Can Chloe, the daughter of a card sharp who knows how to play to win, team up with Ryder in Vegas to help him win it back? The closer Ryder comes to getting back the ranch, the greater he risks losing his heart to Chloe. Is he ready to lay it all on the line for her? And can she trust that Ryder is for real—or is one of Texas's most notorious playboys too good to be true?

Get a sneak peek at Soraya Lane's The Devil Wears Spurs (available June 30, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Chloe knew she was being a hypocrite. Only months ago she was on campus campaigning for animal rights, and now here she was sitting front and center at a rodeo, and loving every minute of it.

She raised her beer and took a sip, laughing when her friend grabbed the hat off the guy next to them and dropped it onto her head.

“Yee-haw!” Shelly giggled.

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Jun 28 2015 10:30am

First Look: Shona Patel’s Flame Tree Road (June 30, 2015)

Flame Tree Road by Shona Patel

Shona Patel,
Flame Tree Road
Mira / June 30, 2015 / $14.95 print, $8.99 digital

From the acclaimed author of Teatime for the Firefly comes the story of a man with dreams of changing the world, who finds himself changed by love

1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood—shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance—Biren devotes his life to effecting change.

Biren's passionate spirit blossoms as wildly as the blazing flame trees of his homeland. With a law degree, he goes to work for the government to pioneer academic equality for girls. But in a place governed by age-old conventions, progress comes at a price, and soon Biren becomes a stranger among his own countrymen.

Just when his vision for the future begins to look hopeless, he meets Maya, the independent-minded daughter of a local educator, and his soul is reignited. It is in her love that Biren finally finds his home, and in her heart that he finds the hope for a new world. 1870s India. In a tiny village where society is ruled by a caste system and women are defined solely by marriage, young Biren Roy dreams of forging a new destiny. When his mother suffers the fate of widowhood—shunned by her loved ones and forced to live in solitary penance—Biren devotes his life to effecting change.

Epic romances such as Colleen McCullough’s The Thorn Birds or Belva Plain’s Evergreen no longer enjoy the popularity they once did but Shona Patel makes a strong effort in bringing them back with her latest novel about colonial India, Flame Tree Road.  In this story which crosses countries and centuries, we meet Biren Roy and the three amazing women who change his life.

[It's a love that stretches across two continents...]

Jun 27 2015 2:00pm

Feels So Good Being Bad...: Erotic Romance Best Bets for June 2015

Asking For It by Lilah Pace

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 palette and your credit card.

The month of June brings hot day and even hotter nights as the couples below explore every decadent and wicked fantasy they’ve ever had.

Asking For It by Lilah Pace

Graduate student Vivienne Charles is afraid of her own desires—ashamed to admit that she fantasizes about being taken by force, by a man who will claim her completely and without mercy. When the magnetic, mysterious Jonah Marks learns her secret, he makes an offer that stuns her: they will remain near-strangers to each other, and meet in secret so that he can fulfill her fantasy.

Their arrangement is twisted. The sex is incredible. And—despite their attempts to stay apart—soon their emotions are bound together as tightly as the rope around Vivienne’s wrists. But the secrets in their pasts threaten to turn their affair even darker...

Reader Advisory:Asking for It deals explicitly with fantasies of non-consensual sex. Readers sensitive to portrayals of non-consensual sex should be advised.

While fans of Cara McKenna's Willing Victim are sure to see some parallels, the reasons behind the protagonists actions are darker, resulting in a deeper mental and emotional baseline. A smooth flowing storyline addresses multiple subjects lines while slowly peeling back the layers of two extremely complicated characters. Pace handles these subject matters with grace and careful handling as both parties are far more fragile than first assumed. Sexually explicit scenes only add to the edgy intimacy that permeates the book. Though we aren't left with an HEA, Pace leaves readers with a sense of hope these damaged individuals could have a viable future together.

[More Erotic Romance Best Bets for June 2015...]

Jun 27 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Vanessa Kelly’s How to Marry a Royal Highlander (June 30, 2015)

How to Marry a Royal Highlander by Vanessa Kelly

Vanessa Kelly
How to Marry a Royal Highlander (Renegade Royal #4)

Zebra / June 30, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

At sixteen, Alasdair Gilbride, heir to a Scottish earldom, fled the Highlands and an arranged betrothal. Ten years later, Alasdair must travel home to face his responsibilities. It’s a task that would be much easier without the distracting presence of the most enticing woman he’s ever met…

After one escapade too many, Eden Whitney has been snubbed by the ton. The solution: rusticating in the Scottish wilderness, miles from all temptation. Except, of course, for brawny, charming Alasdair. The man is so exasperating she’d likely kill him before they reach the border—if someone else weren’t trying to do just that. Now Eden and Alasdair are plunging into a scandalous affair with his life and her reputation at stake—and their hearts already irreparably lost…

In Vanessa Kelly's How to Marry a Royal Highlander the war finally over, Alec is resigned to returning home to Scotland and his responsibilities as the heir to his grandfather's earldom. He fled to escape an arranged engagement with a cousin, but returns with Edie, the woman he wishes to marry, and Edie's mother. Needless to say, theirs is a chilly reception.

The old man's gaze flicked past him, and his scowl returned. “Well, I suppose you'd best introduce me to those Sassenach standing there behind you,” he grumbled.

Alec didn't bother to repress his sigh. His grandfather still liked to lay it on rather thick, and he could only hope the ladies hadn't heard. “Of course.”

That hope died when he turned to see Lady Reese standing straight as a pike and looking her most forbidding. Eden's smile, however, was luminous and full of humor, emphasizing the charm and beauty that had been the downfall of her numerous suitors.

It had been Alec's downfall from almost the moment he first saw her. He was counting on that charm to work its magic on the Earl of Riddick, too.

[Alec returns home with the one who he wants to marry...]

Jun 26 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: The Boys of Summer with Baseball Hotties from Rios, Kemp, and More!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Aubrey Gross to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Aubrey usually blogs for us, but today she's here with our writer hat on! Aubrey loves baseball, and writes about it in her books, like her latest release in the Devils Ranch series, Baseball and Other Lessons. Today, Aubrey is here with a very special beefcake this week, highlighting the boys of summer we'd love to run the bases with! Thanks, Aubrey!

Full Disclosure: AubreyGross is also one of our amazing bloggers. Check out her posts here!

Ah. Summertime. Pool parties. Trips to the lake. Gathering around the grill. And baseball.

Nothing says “summer” to me like baseball (and, well, maybe ice cream, but that’s a different subject all together). So in honor of the boys of summer, here are some guys bringing heat on and off the field.

[Let's check out the roster...]

Jun 26 2015 3:45pm

Romance News Roundup: Barbara Samuel Deal, C.S. Pacat Teaser, 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.

In the Midnight Rain by Barbara Samuel—Deal Alert #1: Barbara Samuel's In the Midnight Rain is currently $.99 in e-book including e-tailers such as Barnes & NobleiBookstoreAmazon, and more.* Discover why Janga chose In the Midnight Rain's Ellie/Blue as one of her top 5 Barbara Samuel couples!

C.S. Pacat's Kings Rising has a release date: February 2, 2016! Pacat has also released a new teaser from Chapter 9 of the book, which is also known as Captive Prince: Volume 3 (read our speculation post here!).

—Deal Alert #2: Melinda Leigh's She Can #1, She Can Run, is $1.99 right now in e-book at Amazon.* (FYI: In fact, it looks like the first FIVE books in the series are discounted at the time of this writing.)

*We don't know how long deals will last, so grab 'em while you can!

Jun 26 2015 2:00pm

Magic Mike XXL is Bigger, Better, Bawdier, and Bomerier

Magic Mike XXL

Note: This post is made up of SPOILERS for the movie Magic Mike XXL.

With 110 percent more self-awareness, silliness, and skin, Magic Mike XXL casts the spell that 2012's Magic Mike couldn't quite muster. It's going to be a common observation: This is exactly what people wanted from the moody, artsy, and oftentimes slow first film. There's a scene early on in which Channing Tatum's affable Mike shows up in a stiff suit and is immediately tossed into a pool by a naked Joe Manganiello. “Okay, we get it, this is a movie about a bunch of male exotic dancers,” the movie is saying to viewers. “We're diving right in!” Stripped of pretension and clothes, the cast gets to have a blast, and so does everyone watching. I don't think our screening audience at New York's Loews Village 7 theater stopped laughing and cheering once. The script is as hilarious as the actors are naked.   

***Again, this post contains spoilers.***

[Hotter abs, biceps, and more erotic dance moves for fans...]

Jun 26 2015 12:00pm

Heat of the Moment: Exclusive Excerpt

Heat of the Moment by Lori Handeland

A spell that tore three sisters apart is broken four hundred years later, when the magic in their blood reunites them. Now, one of them will discover her gift-and reignite a love long thought lost...

Flame-haired Becca Carstairs was born to be a veterinarian. Since childhood, her affinity for animals has been special, and her healing touch nothing short of magic. But only Becca knows the truth-that she alone can hear the creatures' voices. She's always trusted her sixth sense...until a string of missing pets, an attempted murder, and a face from her past converge into one explosive mystery, with her at its center. Is haunted Owen McAllister, the boy who broke her heart ten years ago, related to the sinister crimes that have peaceful Three Harbors, Wisconsin, on its guard? Or is his reappearance part of the answer to questions that have troubled her all her life? As Becca delves into her strange heritage, she'll have to fight for her life...and the man she will always love.

Get a sneak peek at Lori Handeland's Heat of the Moment (available June 30, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

I glanced up from my examination of a basset hound named Horace to discover the Three Harbors police chief in the doorway. My assistant hovered in the hall behind her.

“Can you take Horace?” I asked, but Joaquin was already scooping the dog off the exam table and releasing him onto the floor. Before I could warn him to leash the beast—my next scheduled patient was Tigger, the cat—Horace had trotted into the waiting area and found out for himself.

Indoor squirrel!

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