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Nov 24 2015 9:30am

Holiday 2015 Romance Novel Shopping List

It's the most wonderful time of year... to be buying books! Whether you're looking for a specific Christmas-themed book or just like to have a little ice and snow with your romances, we have the list for you. Below you'll find a list of holiday and winter romances to warm anyone's heart this holiday season. 

All of these book are available now, unless otherwise noted, so you can add them to your Black Friday or Cyber Monday shopping lists. If you're in a holiday mood and looking for Holiday Romances, look no further, we've been stockpiling these for you! Enjoy!

Heroes and Heartbreakers
Holiday Romance
Shopping List!

[Check out the complete list!...]

Nov 24 2015 8:17am

What Book Are You Thankful For?

The Mistake by Elle Kennedy

'Tis the season to remind ourselves, and our loved ones, of what we've had to be thankful for this year. There are many books that shape our reading as adults—especially the books we read as children—however, even into adulthood, and being “set in our ways,” we can find a book that changes our perspective on the genre, opens us up to a brand-new author or topic, and many other happy occasions.

What book or author has impacted you this year? What book are you thankful for? 

Let us know in the comments!

Nov 23 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Megan Hart’s Hold Me Close (November 24, 2015)

Hold Me Close by Megan Hart

Megan Hart
Hold Me Close
Harlequin Mira / November 24, 2015 / $15.99 print / $8.99 digital

Apart, they are broken, but together, they are whole 

Effie and Heath are famous. Not for anything they did, but for what happened to them as teenagers. Abducted and abused by the same man, they turned to each other for comfort until they were finally able to make their escape. 

Now adults, their relationship is fraught with guilt and despair. Whether fighting or making love, their passion is strong enough to destroy them both—and Effie's not about to let that happen. She knows it's time for her to have a “normal” relationship, and Heath is nothing but a constant reminder of the dark past they share. Heath, on the other hand, knows Effie is the only woman he can ever love. She may want to forget what happened, but he's convinced that they must face their past together in order to move forward. So while Effie continues to bring new men into her life, Heath becomes obsessed with proving he's the one she needs. 

Then a new crisis arises and Effie begins to lose every scrap of self-control she ever had. As she struggles against her desire to return to the one man who understands her, she discovers that sometimes the only safety you find is with the person who is the most dangerous for you.

Hold Me Close is in turns a romance and a tragedy, gut-wrenching and powerful—and one of Megan Hart’s strongest novels since 2013’s Tear You Apart. Through Effie and Heath’s past and present, Hart explores what it means to be “normal” and “healthy” and to truly move on from the devastating events we often think define us.

[Hart is going deep and it will blow your mind ...]

Nov 23 2015 3:43pm

Romance News: Master Deals from Lavinia Kent, Fifty Shades Comments from Jamie Dornan, 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.

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Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent—Deal Alert #1: Lavinia Kent's erotic historical Mastering the Marquess is currently free in e-book at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via BookBub).* Jessica Moro said about the first Bound and Determined book: “Lavinia Kent's Mastering the Marquess is probably the hottest historical romance story I've ever read.” And if you're still thirsty, drink up this Quickie scene from Kent, “The Angel Discovers a Rake,” only at H&H!

Jamie Dornan tells People magazine he's “looking forward to emodying Christian again—and getting a chance to show more of him” in Fifty Shades Darker, which will film early next year back-to-back with& Fifty Shades Freed.

Watch space opera The Expanse's first episode on TVFanatic before it premieres on SyFy on December 14 and 15. The show, which has garnered comparisons to Battlestar Galactica (2003), is set 200 years in the future and stars Thomas Jane. In my experience, even futuristic societies on the verge of war have time for romances (hello, Starbuck and Apollo, my loves), and the pilot features a zero-G sex scene, so this show may be one to watch if you're looking for a new sci-fi couple to cheer on.

Deal Alert #2: Sophie Jordan's historical All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (Debutante Files #2) is marked down to $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, and more (ReadCheaply).* Read Tiffany Tyer's preview of All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue and find out Sophie Jordan's own 10 tips for ruining a rogue.

[+Jamie Dornan's latest Fifty Shades Darker comments...]

Nov 23 2015 2:00pm

And What Do You Do...: The Pros and Cons of Hero Professions

Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh

It’s unfair but true–some jobs are simply sexier than others.  You never generally hear men boasting at parties, “Oh yeah, I’m a bad-ass burger flipper,” or “I rock out the accounts department of a used car lot.”  These men might have a million other fabulous qualities, but they won’t lead with an unsexy profession because they don’t want to be judged by what they do.

We all jump to conclusions based on career. Example: picture a bus driver in your head right now.  Is he middle-aged, a little portly and a lot grumpy?  Our brains typecast pretty much instantly.

And so it is with romance heroes–half the picture is painted with simply knowing his occupation.  Below, I’ve listed the eleven sexiest job titles commonly found in romance, along with a breakdown of the perks and lurks associated for the lucky heroine with each career.  These are in no particular order because it’s too hard to choose, they are all too sexy—DON’T MAKE ME DECIDE I JUST CAN’T YOU’RE NOT MY REAL MUM ANYWAY.

Military man-Army soldier, navy seal, air force pilot


You know these men are disciplined and honourable–plus they’ll be RIPPED as all get out.

[Nothing hotter than working heroes ...]

Nov 23 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Sweetest Scoundrel (November 24, 2015)

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane #9)
Forever / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital


Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.


Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.


In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

Eve Dinwoody is no ordinary historical romance heroine. She has an unusual last name, is the bastard sister of a Duke, is remarkably plain in all physical aspects, and most prominently, she has a rather memorable, overlong nose. So in her latest Maiden Lane novel, Elizabeth Hoyt has paired her beakish heroine with the last of the Makepeace heroes, Asa, the younger, impulsive and wild brother. He’s a lowly theater manager with a loud personality, and she’s the meek financial overseer for the rebuilding of the grand pleasure gardens, Harte’s Folly. Thrust together, they’re something like vinegar and water but as Eve gains confidence and Asa shows his softer side, they’re once again a Maiden Lane couple brought together by unlikely circumstances to have lasting love.

[A lasting love tale ...]

Nov 23 2015 12:00pm

For His Pleasure: Exclusive Excerpt

Suzanne Rock

For His Pleasure by Suzanne Rock

Passion comes with a price.

Tired of living a lie, Arianna Perconti leaves her fiancé at the altar and runs into the arms of her family's fiercest rival, Jason Stone. Hoping to cash in on their 'friends-with-benefits' arrangement while hiding out from bitter relatives, Ari instead finds herself falling deeply, desperately in love with the sexy hotelier. Jason is everything she never knew she wanted-yet she will do absolutely everything to show him she means business. In bed...

Can they afford to live without it?

Jason lives in the fast lane and has the race cars to prove it. A born adrenaline junkie, he must admit that Ari is the perfect partner for his heart-pumping bedroom games. The problem? The relationship is starting to deepen, but is Jason really cut out to be a one-woman kind of man? The question haunts his days, only fueling the passion he and Ari share during those hot, hot nights. But when an estranged sibling enters the picture, threatening to take away everything he holds dear, Jason is forced to make a decision: Say goodbye to his wild ways or risk losing Ari forever?

Get a sneak peek at Suzanne Rock's For His Pleasure (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

One Year Ago

“This is so exciting!” Arianna Perconti clasped her hands together as she watched the last car—an electric blue McLaren—pull up under the large LAPS4KIDS banner on the racetrack.

“Someone is going to get killed.” Camille crossed herself and shook her head. “I can’t believe Stefan talked you into this.”

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Nov 23 2015 11:00am

You Can’t Hurry Love: Erotic Romance Best Bets for November 2015

With Visions of Red by Trisha Wolfe

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.

November is about giving thanks for all you are blessed with in your life and that has never more apparent than in the couple's stories below.

With Visions of Red (Broken Bonds, #1) by Trisha Wolfe

Criminal profiler Sadie Bonds knows blood. Her affair with the

gruesome, dark world of killers began long before she started applying her analytical skills to investigate gory crime scenes. She gets inside the killers’ heads, breaks them down, relates to them on an arcane level. She prefers it this way—because it’s safer to ally herself with the villain than the victim. At least, that’s how she’s coped ever since she was abducted and tortured as a teen.

She will never be a victim again.

Now, she’s honed her skills in order to bring justice to these ritualistic offenders. Working alongside her colleagues, armed with sharp wit and a SIG,Sadie always catches her sadist. Until one ruthless serial killer gets inside Sadie’s head, turning the tables. He knows her secrets. Her obsessions. The darkest, most deviant part of her soul.

When she meets Colton Reed, dangerous stakes are raised as he threatens to unravel her control and reveal her darkest fantasies. The sexy-as-sin bondage rigger at an exclusive BDSM club pushes her boundaries, forcing her to acknowledge that side of herself she fears. Plunged into a realm of torture and suffering, pain and pleasure, Sadie balances on the razor-sharp edge of two intersecting worlds threatening to swallow her.

This noir romance suspense takes readers deep into the abyss as a former kidnap victim turned behavioral analyst works to find a sadistic serial killer before he strikes again while struggling to justify her own dark erotic pleasures. This is a series so each one ends on a mild cliffhanger.

[Oh! that's just the beginning, but love is always an option ...]

Nov 23 2015 9:30am

First Look: G.A. Aiken’s Feel the Burn (November 24, 2015)

Feel the Burn by G.A. Aiken

G.A. Aiken
Feel the Burn (Dragonkin #7)
Zebra / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

War makes strange bedfellows.

I, Gaius Domitus, one-eyed rebel dragon king of the Provinces, know that better than most, since I have to fight off half my ungrateful family on a regular basis to keep law and order here in my lands. But I never expected to have to consort with a barbarian human woman.

Kachka is beautiful, if you like them fierce—and of course I do. But she keeps complaining about how spoiled and decadent I am, and how a feared Daughter of the Steppes has no time for foolish dragons. I think she likes my eye patch, though. It is quite dashing. With death always at our tails, we take our passion like we take our allies. As they say, love the barbarian you’re with…

There are three things you can always count on in a G.A. Aiken novel: 1) seriously sensuous sexy times, 2) laugh out loud humor and 3) fresh language. In Feel the Burn, the author has excelled herself on all three fronts, and while I love all of G.A. Aiken’s dragon shifter books (and most of her writing as Shelly Laurenston) the Shestakova sisters and their tribe are my favourite invention of hers to date.

[Can you feel the burn coming ...]

Nov 23 2015 8:18am

What Sort of Hero Are You Looking for Right Now?

I Need a Hero by Codi GaryWe all go through phases of what we want in a romance hero as the genre changes and as our own reading habits change. Perhaps with the influx of billionaire heroes and biker bosses, you're looking for a regular down-home mechanic or the like. Or maybe you're looking for the reverse.

Let us know down in the comment what sort of hero you're looking for!

Nov 22 2015 5:35pm

Sweet Christmas: Recharge with Jessica Jones Power Couple Jessica/Luke

Jessica and Luke basking in afterglow
Via nickmarino.tumblr.com

Have 13 hours to spare? Take it from me: You're going to need 'em all when you queue up Jessica Jones Season 1 on Netflix for the first time. Consider it a chance to recharge your battery as you stare transfixed at the screen, because Krysten Ritter and Mike Colter are impossible to tear your eyes away from as reluctant superheroes and power couple Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Sure, to their minds, Jessica and Luke are merely a private investigator and bar owner, respectively, just trying to earn a living and stay under the radar, but from the beginning it's clear there's so much more to them than that. And though their relationship is insanely complicated due to some dark, bloody history that ties them together, the two are clearly a perfect match.

But why tell you when I can show you? (SPOILERS for Season 1's Jessica/Luke moments ahoy.)

Here are 5 reasons Jessica and Luke make a weekend spent on the couch binge-watching Jessica Jones not merely totally acceptable but—in case anyone's asking—possibly even your sworn duty as a romance evangelist tasked with sharing word of good romances with the world:

[Jessica Jones and Chill...]

Nov 22 2015 12:00pm

Coming Apart at the Seams: Exclusive Excerpt

Jenna Sutton

Coming Apart at the Seams by Jenna Sutton

Love can take some time to break in...

Teagan O’Brien, heiress to the Riley O’Brien & Co. denim empire, is anything but a spoiled rich girl. She’s worked hard to secure her place in the family business and can hold her own, in and out of the office. Only one man has ever been able to get under her skin—sexy football star Nick Priest. Years ago they crossed the line from friends to lovers, but he left her heartbroken. Since then, she’s been determined to keep him at arm’s length—no matter how tempting he looks in his jeans…

Nick has fortune, fame, and looks that make most women hot and bothered. But he doesn't have the woman he really wants. He knows he screwed up when he walked away from Teagan, and now that he has a second chance, he’ll do whatever it takes to win her over—no matter how tongue-tied he gets…

Get a sneak peek at Jenna Sutton's Coming Apart at the Seams (available December 1, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Nick sipped his hot cider, enjoying the crisp sweetness of apples and the warm bite of cinnamon against his tongue. Next to him, Teagan stumbled a bit on the uneven sidewalk, and he grabbed her arm with his free hand.

“Hold on to me,” he ordered.

“I should have worn tennis shoes,” she said as she linked her arm though his and wrapped her hand around his forearm. “I don’t know what I was thinking. Stupid.”

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Nov 21 2015 2:00pm

Gothic Romance Movie Night: 3 Movies to Add to Your Queue Tonight

Rebecca, 1940 Rebecca with (Joan Fontaine) and (Laurence Olivier) as Maximilian "Maxim" de Winter

Every fall I get lost in the turning colors of the leaves, the whisper of them as they scuttling along the streets like spiders. The deep orange hue of pumpkins lit by candlelight and the eerie chill of an early winter wind sweeping down from the north to caress my neck causes the fine hairs to rise and goosebumps to break out. This season, ever shadowed by the press of a coming winter and the weight of snow, seems to fill me with a strange and wondrous need to explore the macabre and indulge in gothic flights of fancy. There’s no better way to do this than to watch some good old-fashioned gothic romance movies.

There are three which stand out most that I absolutely must recommend for my fellow romance readers. Rebecca, Suspicion and The Uninvited.

[What are your type Gothic Romances? ...]

Nov 20 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: 14 Instances of Eyebanging with Mehcad Brooks

You know how some people have a...less than nice “resting face”? Well, my working theory is that Mehcad Brooks has a resting eyebanging face. He has to work hard NOT to look like he's banging you with his eyes. 

In honor of all the eyebanging the internet has to behold from Mehcad (yes, I'm on a first name basis. Ok, fine, no I'm not really), here are some of my favorite instances of eyebanging from Mehcad Brooks. 

The “I don't even need a gif to eyebang you” eyebang (above)

[Plus so many more instances of eye-banging...]

Nov 20 2015 3:49pm

Romance News: Crash Into Deals from Paige Tyler, Tracy Wolff, 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.

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Wolf Trouble by Paige TylerDeal Alert #1: Paige Tyler's paranormal romantic suspense Wolf Trouble (SWAT: Special Wolf Alpha Team) is only $.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via Sourcebooks).* John Jacobson says this book is perfect for fans of alpha brotherhoods, shapeshifters, and high stakes.

Deal Alert #2: Tracy Wolff's rock star/brother's-best-friend romance Crash Into Me is discounted to $.99 in e-book for the moment at iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, and Amazon (via BookBub).* And if you find yourself wanting to mainline Wolff's books afterward, Miss_D also recommends her Play Me series.

Deal Alert #3: Michele Gorman's women's fiction/romantic comedy The Curvy Girls Club is on sale for $.99 in e-book right now at Amazon (via ReadCheaply).* If you're looking for other recommended reads featuring curvy heroines, Kelly Faircloth's “Top 10 Phattest Plus-Size Heroines” is exactly what you need.

[+an extra deal & genre news!...]

Nov 20 2015 2:00pm

Love, Bibliophile Style: Shelley Gray’s Whispers in the Reading Room

Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelley Gray

Love between bibliophiles is the delightful theme squarely at the center of Shelley Gray’s Whispers in the Reading Room.  

Librarian Lydia Bancroft finds herself riveted by a patron who defines the words tall, dark and handsome but it is not his pleasing features that capture her attention; it’s the expression they convey that wins her interest:

She still remembered the expression on his face last week when he’d finished and closed the last tome. He’d looked pleased and just a bit melancholy. She knew those dual feelings well – the satisfaction of completing a well-written piece of literature while also coming to terms with the fact that those few moments of pure bliss would soon be replaced with a longing for more.

For his part, Sebastian Marks has noticed certain things about Lydia as well:

Only when he was alone again did Sebastian dare to let his mind drift back to Miss Lydia Bancroft. The way she rarely chattered on like most females of his acquaintance. The way she shelved books like they were old friends. How she seemed to be more at ease with a room full of books than with people.

Sebastian’s life as a gambling den owner has made him tough and cynical. To him, the reading room is a place of sanctuary:

The lending library gave him some solace. For a few hours’ time he was able to be the man he had wished to become – back before he realized his life in the slums wasn’t about being smarter than the bullies on the street but about being stronger.

[Two book lovers find love ...]

Nov 20 2015 1:00pm

The Big Bang Theory 9x09 Shamy Heart-to-Heart: Just Friends-giving

TV Recap: The Big Bang Theory 9x09 ShamyTV Recap: Captain's Log The Big Bang Theory 9x09 Shamy

Show/Episode: The Big Bang Theory Season 9, Episode 9, “The Platonic Permuation”
Ship(s): Sheldon/Amy (Shamy), Leonard/Penny

Thanksgiving time has come around again, but this year, the gang isn’t assembling en masse. Leonard and Penny will cook their first holiday meal as a married couple, while Bernadette, Howard, Raj and Emily plan to volunteer at a soup kitchen. Normally, Sheldon would do the traditional thing (well, for Sheldon) and hit the Thanksgiving buffet at the aquarium cafeteria, but that’s hard to do when his tickets are for two, and he’s only one. He offers the tickets to Amy, via video chat, so she can take whoever she wants.

Amy’s choice of date? Sheldon, but as a friend. Though Sheldon has concerns this might be awkward, due to their breakup, Amy allays his fears. It’s a Thanksgiving buffet at an aquarium cafeteria. Awkward is pretty much a given. They, however, will be fine.

[We haven't given up, we're rooting for you Shamy ...]

Nov 20 2015 12:00pm

The Harder You Fall: Exclusive Excerpt

The Harder You Fall by Gena Showalter

Millionaire video-game creator Lincoln West has a dark and tragic past. The sought-after bachelor lives by a rigid schedule and a single rule—one relationship per year, lasting no more than two months. No exceptions. When he gave up the big city for a small town, he hoped to escape the worst of his memories—until a brash beauty dredges up long-buried emotions.

A reformed party girl, Jessie Kay Dillon is determined to walk the straight and narrow. But her love-hate sizzle with West is just too irresistible. They can't be near each other without tearing off their clothes, but the last thing she needs is to be his next two-month dump. Will she become the one exception? Because as any former girl-gone-wild knows: rules are made to be broken.

Get a sneak peek at Gena Showalter's The Harder You Fall (available November 24, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

In the living room, West stood in profile at the bay window, peering into the waning darkness, and oh, wow, he looked good. A black shirt hugged his biceps. He’d tucked a pair of roughed-up jeans into combat boots, the combination lethal to her resistance. A leather cuff circled one of his wrists, and two silver rings glinted on his fingers.

He was a bad boy in the flesh. A mountain she wanted so badly to climb. The desire only he was capable of summoning weakened her limbs. Jessie Kay trembled… overheated.

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Nov 20 2015 11:00am

Sleepy Hollow 3x08 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: Tis Because We Care

TV Recap: Captain's Log Sleepy Hollow 3x08 Ichabbie

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 8, “Novus Ordo Seclorum”
Ship(s): Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)

The Witnesses face off against an actual god in the fall finale of Sleepy Hollow. Let me break it down for you.

That hooded guy with the scythe? None other than Pandora’s husband The Hidden One, not a monster, but “a living, breathing god” she summoned from the underworld to restore his power, power derived from a gem and known as The Hidden Eye. Paul Revere encased the gem in a sphere to protect mankind from its destructiveness, and there it remained until Nevins broke the sphere and its power entered Jenny.

If The Eye looks familiar, remember that Sleepy Hollow is lousy with Freemasons. They’re the reason—specifically, Benjamin Franklin, the Freemason and Founding Father who continues to confound Crane—the Eye of Providence ended up on our currency. But unless you’re a high-level Freemason, good luck putting it all together. Crane, however, is a high-level Freemason and realizes the answers they seek are found in a Colonial treatise whose sole copy is in an Old Masonic lodge that is part of a university in Albany. Team Witness arrives on campus and secures the book in the midst of a toga party very much like the one in Animal House, including a black singer belting out “Shout.”

[What is going on here? ...]