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Fri
Apr 11 2014 9:30am

The Collector by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts
The Collector
Putnam / April 15, 2014 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital

When professional house-sitter Lila Emerson witnesses a murder/suicide from her current apartment-sitting job, life as she knows it takes a dramatic turn. Suddenly, the woman with no permanent ties finds herself almost wishing for one. . . .

Artist Ashton Archer knows his brother isn’t capable of violence—against himself or others. He recruits Lila, the only eyewitness, to help him uncover what happened. Ash longs to paint her as intensely as he hungers to touch her. But their investigation draws them into a rarified circle where priceless antiques are bought, sold, gambled away, and stolen, where what you possess is who you are, and where what you desire becomes a deadly obsession. . . .

In a direct nod to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film Rear Window, Nora Roberts starts us on an adventure that will take us around Manhattan, includes a dash out to Long Island, and a quick hop over to Italy to find antique treasures and keep them out of the hands of The Collector.

[A capitalized nickname makes him seem Much Scarier...]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 8:17am

The Facebook page Books Rock My World recently asked one of the toughest questions that could be asked of a book fan:

Your house is on fire, and you can only take five books with you. Which ones would you save?

Share your five in the comments section!

Thanks to Molly O'Keefe for sharing the link.

Book on fire courtesy of James Lee's flickr stream.

Thu
Apr 10 2014 4:30pm

Newborn Baby for Christmas by Fiona LoweIn the first pregnancy in romance novels post, I talked a little bit about unplanned pregnancy in romance, but there are so many different scenarios evolving pregnancy, such as an already pregnant by another man heroine, a heroine who is just looking for an anonymous sperm donor, or a heroine who has asked a friend to be her baby’s father.

While any type of pregnancy changes a story of boy meets girl to something so much more complex, the above scenarios can be even more complicated.
In best friends to parents together, there has to be a conflict or there is no story. So how does an author create that conflict but still have the reader believe in the strength of their friendship? Fiona Lowe took on the challenge with Newborn Baby for Christmas. Dr. Georgina Lambert wants more than anything in the world to have a baby, but her latest boyfriend bolts when she brought up having a family. Desperate, she turns one of her best mates, Dr. Hamish Pettigrew, and he is thrown for a loop to say the least:

He tried to head off this crazy request by going straight to the heart of the matter. “Georgie, something like this could ruin our friendship.”

Her straight-shooting gaze hooked him, filled with honesty. “It won’t. Another reason I’m asking you is because I know you don’t want a child.”

He had a moment of feeling like he was fighting quicksand. “I don’t understand how me not wanting a child makes you ask me.”

“You’ll leave me in peace to raise him or her alone and do things my way. This is my baby, my new-start family…”

“I’m sorry, Georgie…I don’t think I can help you.”

Her shoulders slumped for a moment and then her chocolate-brown eyes hooked his gaze, filled with everything they’d every shared. “I’ve never asked you for anything, Hamish, and I never will again, but right now I’m asking you my closest friend in the whole world, not to make a hasty decision not to say yes or no. All I’m asking is that you think about it. Sleep on it . . .”

[Friends to co-parents...]

Thu
Apr 10 2014 2:00pm

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for J.R. Ward's The King as well as major speculation about and potential spoilers for next year's The Shadows. Read at your own risk.

Every spring, a special Tuesday in the world of the rabid Black Dagger Brotherhood fan is marked on the calendar. What is this day? Release day, of course! April 1st marked the release of The King, the 12th book in the series and a return the original couple, Wrath and Beth.

For the past few years, another tradition has started. Author J.R. Ward promises to tell us who the next book is about if someone asks at the first book signing after release day (usually that Saturday.) She did not disappoint this year and revealed that the next book was to be The Shadows, about our favorite dark and cannibal brothers. She also promised that they would BOTH get an HEA in this book. (On her Facebook page, she left a transcript from the book signing with some MAJOR spoilers from the BDB world in general.)

[Let the speculating begin!]

Thu
Apr 10 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

IN THIS BATTLE OF WITS

Lady Lucy Upton’s tongue may be too sharp to attract suitors but her heart is good, and when her painfully shy friend Cassandra needs help she devises a brilliant scheme to help her discourage an unwanted suitor, the Duke of Claringdon. Lucy will hide behind the hedgerow and tell Cass just what to say to discourage the Duke of Claringdon…but it turns out that he’s made of sterner stuff than either of them anticipated. And Lucy is shocked to discover that tangling with the tenacious man is the most fun she’s had in ages.

KISSES ARE THE BEST WEAPON

Lord Derek Hunt made a promise to his dying friend to marry the demure Cassandra, and for a man who wants nothing more than peace and quiet after the horrors of war, she’ll make the perfect bride. If only the impudent Miss Upton will let him court the girl! Doing battle is the last thing on his mind, but bantering with Lucy behind the bushes is too tempting to resist. And in The Unexpected Duchess, the spoils of this war just may be true love…

Get a sneak peek of Valerie Bowman's The Unexpected Duchess (available April 29, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1
London, Late June 1815

Lady Lucy Upton blew a leaf away from her lips. A twig in her eye and a mouthful of foliage were the unfortunate by-products of having her head lodged in a hedgerow. Not to mention, it was a bit chilly outside tonight. But this had been her idea, after all, and she intended to see it through.

Lucy was secure in her position behind the bushes in the Chamberses’ garden just steps away from her dearest friend, Cassandra Monroe. There might be a ball going on inside the stylish town house, but out here they were quite alone … for the moment. Lucy pushed her head through the branches as far as she could and craned her neck to see Cass.

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Thu
Apr 10 2014 9:30am

The Daughter of the Manor by Betty NeelsSome older romance novels don’t hold up well to the passage of time. The changes in fashion make the clothes seem dated; the changes in tech make the situations seem absurd; the changes in male-female relations make the romance seem stilted. It’s amazing what we thought was charming, romantic, or hot twenty or thirty years ago. The heroine of lots of those books seem insipid. The heroes of many of those books are hard to take in large doses without setting fire to the book.

A Betty Neels book is a different breed. The books are dated, but the characters are so strong it doesn’t matter in the least. Her heroes are usually doctors and whether they are a country doctor in a small village or a highly sought after specialist, they are all used to getting their own way. They are alpha, through and through, but underneath there is a gentleness. One of my favorite scenes is in Daughter of the Manor. The heroine Leonora is running herself into the ground caring for the great, old manor of the title and for her sick relatives. To help her out, the hero arranges for dinner to be brought to her. But, knowing her pride wouldn’t permit her to accept charity, he passes it off as a gift from a neighbor. The really amazing thing is the way the hero James talks about Leonora. He doesn’t fault her for her pride or think it silly or useless. It’s a part of her personality and he just accepts it and works around it to try and make her life easier without causing her any embarrassment.

[That's all anyone really wants...]

Thu
Apr 10 2014 8:30am

Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce star in Hateship Loveship, based on a short story by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro.

A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her father, who is a recovering addict.

The film opens this Friday. Are you interested?

Wed
Apr 9 2014 5:15pm

Danny and Mindy in The Mindy Project 2x17This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s episode 17, “Be Cool.” Enjoy!

All epic romance novels have a “delicious despair” period—that dark, dark time when every possible chance for a happy ending for your beloved pair seems doomed, and the ashes of all your hopes and dreams for them surround you. Still, you have faith that they will, in fact, pull it out of the fire and attain that glorious HEA. Somehow. Some way. After all, isn't that the golden rule of romance?

The Mindy Project, while not a romance novel, is often described as a romantic comedy series, and I 100% believe that creator/executive producer/head writer/star Mindy Kaling fully intends to follow the Mindy/Danny romance through to, if not an HEA, a “Happily for Now.” Which means that while “Be Cool” saw Danny break up with Mindy after only a few weeks of secretly dating—sending fans into a tizzy of delicious despair—their story is far from over. As in, it's most likely just gettin' started.

[Love conquers all...]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 3:04pm

The Lingerie Shop by Joey W. HillIn 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 palate—and your credit card....

April showers us with love, lust and some dynamic power exchanges as the couples in here explore their boundaries in the bedroom and beyond.

Naughty Bits, Part 1: The Lingerie Shop by Joey W. Hill

Madison is a control freak with one wish—to lose control. Her hidden submissive cravings have led to a string of disastrous relationships. So when she inherits her sister’s North Carolina lingerie shop, Naughty Bits, she jumps at the opportunity to dump her boring finance career and bad history and try her luck down South.

But before Madison can settle in, she catches the attention of the owner of the neighboring hardware store. Sexually dominant Logan Scott can see the hunger for command in Madison’s eyes and is anxious to help unleash her submissive desires. He presents her with three very tempting gifts—handcuffs, erotic cards, and an open invitation to join him at a submissive’s training session.

Faced with the realization that she can’t sell fantasies to her lingerie customers without embracing her own, Madison accepts Logan’s offer. Now, she’s about to discover just how far her desire can take her…

Ooo La La. The first book in Joey Hill’s four book serial, The Lingerie Shop, introduces us to a sexually repressed woman and the kinky sexy dom who wants to make all her desires come true...especially the ones she doesn't even know she has.

[More erotics coming right up...]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 1:00pm

Women of rock in romance are not rare like unicorn rare, but they can be hard to find. But they're out there! Let's start off with the aptly titled Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. While not all of them play in bands, the women in the series embrace the rock 'n’ roll life style, going to concerts, some fight crime and fall in love with hotties while staying true to themselves.

The most notable rock 'n’ roll female I’ve come across has been Regan Elliot, from Olivia Cunning's Double Time. Regan is so good at guitar that one of the heroes, Trey, mistakes her for the guitarist from his band Sinners. She’s not a singer or eye candy, she’s an honest to god guitar goddess. Oh, and she hooks up with Trey and her roommate, Ethan, so yeah, rock and roll ménage!

A woman who works in rock 'n’ roll, but is not a rocker herself is the heroine of Cunning’s Wicked Beat, Rebecca. Rebecca has an unusual job for a romance heroine—she’s a sound engineer and is working with The Sinners in her brother's stead. The Sinners’ drummer, Eric Sticks falls in love at first sight and the two begin a whirlwind romance with some angst, humor and some sexy role play.

[Nothing wrong with role play...]

Sun
Apr 13 2014 10:00am
Reprint
Elizabeth Essex

A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth EssexPart 3 is no longer available. You can read Part 4 here.

Today, we're excited to bring back our H&H Reads program, with the book that introduced us to the Jellicoe clan—A Breath of Scandal.

Every Wednesday and Sunday from now until April 20, we'll be posting A Breath of Scandal in six easy-to-read (if not so easy to wait for!) parts. Right before each new part goes up, we'll be taking down the previous one, so make sure you don't miss a single piece of the book. Whether you're a long-time fan of Elizabeth Essex, or brand new to the Reckless Brides series, we hope you'll read along and then discuss each section of the book with us!

Want to be alerted when future parts of the book are live on the site? Log in or register here to be added to the H&H Reads Alert List! Want more Elizabeth Essex? Log in or register here to stay up to date on all the news!

Don't think you can wait? Catch up on the whole story now. (See the links at the bottom of this post for more info on where you can get your copy of A Breath of Scandal.) Then, come back to share your thoughts!

A BREATH OF SCANDAL BY ELIZABETH ESSEX
Forced by her family into an engagement with a man she can never abide, Antigone Preston knows only a scandal will save her from a loveless marriage. But knocking a man down to the ballroom floor with her fists brings dangerous consequences. She may have ruined her reputation, but now she’s endangered her heart…

The son of an earl and a career navy man, Captain William Jellicoe has no interest in the frivolities of London—and even less in the institution of marriage. But there’s something steering him toward Antigone. He has never met anyone as brazen and unconventional as…himself. But will he risk it all for a woman who still has the breath of scandal hot on her lips?

Part 3 is no longer available. You can read Part 4 here.

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Elizabeth Essex is the critically acclaimed author of historical novels including The Pursuit of Pleasure, A Sense of Sin and the RITA Award nominated The Danger of Desire. When not re-reading Jane Austen, sipping tea or mucking about her garden, Elizabeth can be found writing, making up wonderful stories about people who live far more interesting lives than she. It wasn’t always so. Elizabeth graduated from Hollins College with a BA in Classical Studies and Art History, and then earned her MA from Texas A&M University in Nautical Archaeology, also known as the archaeology of shipwrecks.

Wed
Apr 9 2014 10:30am

PROMPTING IS NOW CLOSED.

Thanks for all the awesome prompts. Check back at H&H on April 29 for an original scene from Kristina Mathews based on two or more of these prompts!

Better Than Perfect by Kristina MathewsIf 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 Manda Collins' fantastic H&H Quickies debut, and Lora Leigh's exciting call for prompts, we are pleased to announce today that Kristina Mathews will be the third 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 Kristina Mathews with a contemporary theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Kristina 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 Kristina used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (chocolate), a setting (a crowded bar), a situation (waiting for a friend), a description (sassy heroine)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be contemporary-themed.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on April 29 for an original scene from Kristina Mathews based on your suggestions!

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

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

Wed
Apr 9 2014 8:11am

Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, was GQ's April cover story, and in the interview, he says he's prepared to disrobe, as so many of the female cast has been asked to:

“It's only right, if you're going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it, that you be a part of that.”

Now that Game of Thrones has been renewed for two more seasons, we want to know—which Game of Thrones male character would you most want to see get naked?

Tue
Apr 8 2014 6:33pm

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as major speculation about and potential spoilers for next year's Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read at your own risk.

Nearly two years have passed since Clint “Hawkeye” Barton and Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff stole scenes and hearts in The Avengers, the end of which saw the pair of SHIELD agents/assassins driving off into the sunset together for parts unknown. Ever since then, many fans—myself included—have been dying to know if there actually is more than friendship between them (I made my case back in 2012 for why I believe they're TOTALLY in love) and how their relationship will be depicted in future films.

Based on new evidence gathered from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (in which Natasha had a part but Clint was mysteriously absent), interviews with the directors and cast about that movie, and a blind item posted by an entertainment blogger, I am inclined to think that not only is there more than friendship between them but we'll get to see at least hints of their romance on screen in Avengers 2. Basically, fellow Clint/Natasha fans, I do believe our ship is about to set sail.

Here's everything I know so far. Let's get to speculatin'. (And to be absolutely clear: This is JUST speculation based on rumors extrapolated from interviews and such, NOT actual knowledge of future films. Your guess about what will happen is as good as mine.)

[“Love is for children; I owe him a debt”...]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 2:00pm

Unfixable by Tessa BaileyTessa Bailey
Unfixable
Entangled Embrace / April 14, 2014 / $2.99 digital

Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.

Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.

But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?

Unfixable is a New Adult title, but also a sequel to Tessa Bailey’s popular Line of Duty series. Our heroine Willa is the younger sister of the heroine from Protecting What’s His. Although Ginger and her HEA play a part in Willa’s book, it never felt gratuitous (although I will be forced to go back and read her story!) or unwelcome. “Love few, love hard” is the Peet family motto and Ginger and her husband are two of the few people Willa loves. Willa’s past and how she views herself because of that past play a big part in the conflict of Unfixable.

[Don't look back...]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 12:30pm
Excerpt
Donna Grant

HER BEAUTY IS A WEAPON.

Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up—as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny—and a desire—that could destroy them both…

HIS PASSION IS A CURSE…

It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans—and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all.

Get a sneak peek of Donna Grant's Darkest Flame (part 1, out now; full book available April 29, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1
Dreagan Land
April 20th

The night was dark and tranquil as Denae slid against an oak and waited for her partner, Matt, to catch up. They had jumped from a slow-moving van under the cover of darkness two nights earlier

While she had only her knife—and two more no one knew about—Matt had been given a Glock. He had tried to keep it hidden, but Denae had seen it just the same.

An owl hooted nearby and crickets sang loudly in the stillness. Wind rustled the leaves as it swept through the branches of the trees. The moon played peekaboo with dense clouds that moved like dark giants swiftly across the sky.

A perfect night for spying.

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Tue
Apr 8 2014 11:33am

Kenzi in Lost Girl Season 4 episode 13We're delighted to once again bring you recaps of Lost Girl, now airing its fourth season in the United States. Don't forget to check into all our Lost Girl coverage, but be warned there are discussion posts for later episodes (we've been talking about the show as it airs in Canada) that contain SPOILERS. Thanks, and please weigh in with your comments!

This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night’s Season 4 finale, episode 13, “Dark Horse.” Enjoy! 

Bo and Rainer pedeconference away from Rosette en flambé. Rainer is rattling through a list of excuses about how his trusted lieutenant turned out to be cray cray and he totes missed it. He meant well. He’s been away. He was imprisoned. He got confused. He used bad judgment. She looked eighteen. “I was a fool,” he finishes accurately. Bo whirls on him. “I stood in front of my friends and said I choose you!” That insanity is on you alone, chickie. Rainer repeats how Rosette was his most trusted general, so I guess death gave her a bump in rank, and that if “he” managed to turn her against Rainer. “He made her throw herself into a fire, Rainer!” Bo shouts. “Who is he, Bo?” Rainer asks. Bo admits he’s someone even the Blood King fears. “My father manipulated all of us!” Rainer points out that they have an advantage, something her father couldn’t foresee. “We share something real. Something good.” You should really check her dating history, dude. Immediately, Bo’s Glowing Handprint of Destiny goes squirrelly. She asks Rainer what’s happening to her. “Our marks…” he begins. “No,” Bo interrupts. “His mark.” Rainer vows that whatever it is, they will fight it. Bo gasps and glares.

Credits.

[Get ready for a wild finale...]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 10:19am

Elena and Clay in the Bitten Season 1 finaleWe've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for recent episodes 1x051x061x071x081x091x101x11, and 1x12.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1 finale, Episode 13, “Ready.” Enjoy!

The season finale opens with Clay in a large metal tub, Elena kneeling behind him, bathing him. Clay says he needs to get ready for what’s coming. Elena says they will be, that “they haven't moved yet.” She must be referring to the mutts. Clay laments that he's failed Elena because he “couldn't protect Philip.” Elena takes the responsibility for Philip's involvement, telling Clay he's the one who actually saved her. She admits she knows the truth about the bite now and makes him understand there should be “no more sacrifices” on his part. She takes his ring and places it back on his left hand. Clay kisses hers.

Nick and Jeremy are moving stacks of wood around in a dumbwaiter. Nick thinks it's a waste to see all of their history go up in flames because that's what the wood is for: burning anything that could reveal their secrets. Jeremy says it's for all of their safety and tells Nick where the torch should be thrown to begin the ignite process “if the battle starts to swing” the way of the mutts. Nick can't believe the mutts would even think of exposing wolf-kind but Jeremy says it's more than that; there are “secrets passed from alpha to alpha.”

[C'mon, you can tell us those secrets...]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 8:10am

If you're reading along with the H&H Reads book, Elizabeth Essex's A Breath of Scandal, you already know that Antigone and Will don't meet for at least a chapter (10% on an e-reader).

In Lisa Kleypas's Sugar Daddy (also a past H&H Reads choice), Liberty and her hero don't meet for much longer than that.

These delays makes sense, but most romance novels have the hero and heroine meeting within five pages. Do you like for them to meet right away, or are you okay for them to wait to meet each other, if it suits the book?

What's the longest you'll wait for the hero and heroine to meet each other?

Mon
Apr 7 2014 3:30pm

Dorinda and the Doctor by Sabrina JeffriesToday we're delighted to reveal the cover for the digital version of Sabrina Jeffries's Dorinda and the Doctor, which takes a steamy turn when the doctor hero and Society heroine get trapped into a meddler's matchmaking scheme—and end up finding out the meddler was right all along!

Here's the blurb:

Available for the first time digitally, this sizzling short story from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries features the dashing Doctor Worth, who appeared in What the Duke Desires from “The Duke’s Men” Regency romance series.

Dr. Percy Worth finds young widow Dorinda Nunley ravishing every time he sees her at her cousins’, the Duke and Duchess of Lyons. But he figures that a society hothouse flower would make a terrible doctor’s wife. Still, when she lets herself into his residence one morning to find him half-dressed, he’s as fascinated as he is surprised by the intrusion. 

Though Dorinda’s angry when she realizes they’re victims of the duchess’s matchmaking, Percy suggests that they teach the duchess a lesson by pretending to court, then break off spectacularly at the duke’s dinner that night. But after a day together—and a very hot tumble in bed—they realize they suit each other far better than they ever dreamed. So do they go forward with their plan? Or embrace the pretense that has become all too real?

Dorinda and the Doctor will be available in e-book on June 16, 2014.