<i>The Purest Hook</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Purest Hook: Exclusive Excerpt Scarlett Cole "Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters..." <i>In Sickness and In Elf</i>: Exclusive Excerpt In Sickness and In Elf: Exclusive Excerpt AE Jones "Placing her down gently, he pushed a silky strand of hair..." <i>Tangled</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Tangled: Exclusive Excerpt Kate Douglas "The need was so primal, so visceral, it left her shaken..." <i>The Girl from Summer Hill</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Girl from Summer Hill: Exclusive Excerpt Jude Deveraux "He stood there staring at her, saying nothing..."
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Fri
Apr 29 2016 8:23am

Does a Character’s “Voice” Ever Pull You Out of a Story?

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Many times it's the voice, more than anything else, that pulls us in and has us coming back time and again. However, sometimes a voice just doesn't do it for us. Or it does, but for whatever reason it pulls us out of the story. Have you ever had a character's voice pull you out of a story? Maybe the female character's voice is pitch perfect, but the hero's isn't? Or vice versa. 

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Apr 28 2016 4:30pm

At Home: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 4 (Chapter 3) Recap

Belgravia, episode 4  by Julian Fellowes

Editor's Note: Julian Fellowes is taking his skills to the literary world in a new book, Belgravia, being released in individual installments, starting with the Prologue (Episode 1) &  Chapter 1 (Episode 2), Chapter 2 (Episode 3), and now moving on to Chapter 3 (Episode 4). Stay tuned for every “recap” as each “episode” is published. 

Wow! What a nail-biting episode! The story is definitely picking up speed! Last week, we paused when the Countess of Brockenhurst had invited the Trenchards for her At Home, and sent a note to Anne letting her know that their secret grandson, Charles Pope, would be attending. This week’s episode is all about that dinner party, and let me tell you, tensions were high and some new complications were introduced. So without further ado, let’s get to it.

The episode starts with Anne getting ready for the party. She’s naturally nervous and is debating on whether she should let her husband, James, know about Charles Pope’s imminent appearance. James, on the other hand, is just excited to finally be included in a party at a peer’s house. And of course, Susan and Oliver are equally elated, particularly Susan, who’s been chomping at the bit for this opportunity.

[Party, Charles, and tea spilled ...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 3:11pm

Free Piper Huguley & Sarina Bowen Reads, Plus Harry Potter Wall Art: Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Lawyer's Luck by Piper HuguleyDeal Alert: Piper Huguley's historical novella “The Lawyer's Luck,” a Home to Milford College prequel story, is FREE in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Huguley's books can regularly be found in Wendy the Super Librarian's monthly best bets lists for unusual historicals.

Deal Alert: Sarina Bowen's sports romance Coming in from the Cold, first in the Gravity series, is FREE in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* New to Bowen? Get a feel for her voice with a sneak peek at her novel The Fifteenth Minute.

Deal Alert: Jenna Sutton's office romance All the Right Places is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Sutton explores the “Pleasures and Perils of Workplace Romances in Real Life and on Television,” with examples from Castle/Beckett's and the Obamas' romances as evidence, in an H&H guest post.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Accent walls are good, but Harry Potter accent walls are THE BEST. Author and Potterhead Meredith McCardle painted page 1 of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone on a wall in her house and it is not just gorgeous, it's inspirational. If you could paint a page from a book on a wall in your house, what would it be?

[+Heroines over 40 & a Highlander soulmate quiz...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 1:30pm

Why Prince Songs Make a Perfect Soundtrack for Romance Novels

GP: Prince loved and celebrated women!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Abigail Strom to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Abigail's new college romance, Claire, which came out last week, features a kickass female musician named Claire, and it’s fair to say that she wouldn’t be who she is without Prince—none of us would, really. Abigail is here today to talk about the enduring power of his songs and why Prince will never be forgotten. Thanks, Abigail!

I first got into Prince when I was thirteen years old, and even though I didn’t understand half of what he was singing about until much later, there was one thing I knew right away.

Prince loved women. He loved them on every possible level.

When you thought he was writing about sex, he was also writing about love. And when he wrote about love, he often found it through sex.

[Prince made the perfect songs for romance ...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Tangled: Exclusive Excerpt

Kate Douglas

Tangled by Kate Douglas

Nate shows up to work at Tangled Vineyards ready to do what he loves best—craft award-winning wines. But when something better comes in the form of Cassie, the winemaker and former owner, Nate is completely love-drunk. Getting involved with Tangled's mixologist is a bad way to start off a new job, but with Cassie as a temptation, Nate doesn't stand a chance.

Get a sneak peek at Kate Douglas's Tangled (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER 1

“Well, shit.” Nate Dunagan stood on the wrong side of the locked gate currently barring him from reporting to his new job at the Tangled Vines Dry Creek Valley vineyard, and honestly didn’t know whether to laugh, cut loose with a primal scream, or just keep cussing. He really should have expected this, considering the day he’d had. After a ten-hour drive from Paso Robles that should have taken less than five—thanks to a grid-locked San Francisco Bay Area—a call from Marcus Reed, his new boss, telling Nate he’d be unable to meet him tonight as planned, and a dead cell phone, the locked gate was totally apropos.

Daylight was fading fast and the charger for the dead phone was stuck somewhere in one of the boxes with all his belongings in the back of the Silverado. According to his new boss, the winemaker would let him in. All he had to do was give her a call.

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Thu
Apr 28 2016 11:00am

Silence the Canary’s Cry: Arrow 4x19 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Arrow 4x19 Canary Cry Oliver eye-banging Felicity

Show/Episode: Arrow 4x19 “Canary Cry”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

TV Recap: Arrow 4x19 Oliver/Felicity Captain's Log

It’s time to finally put Laurel Lance to rest. The entire episode centered around the death of Laurel that we saw at the end of the last episode. Cut throughout were flashbacks to the week surrounding Tommy’s funeral, back in May 2013. Oliver didn’t show up for the funeral (which was Standard Oliver Operating Procedure back in the day… remember him MIA from Moira’s funeral in April 2014?). Afterwards, Laurel tells him that she wished he was there and that Tommy would wish he was too. He wanted to deliver a eulogy but just couldn’t. The two share a moment, remembering Tommy together. They share a kiss and Laurel tells him she’s excited about their future together. Oliver’s face falls and sure enough, the next thing that happens is Laurel finds a letter from him shoved under her door. Inside is the picture he carried while he was away for five years, a trite “I’m sorry, but I can’t” style letter. Then we see Oliver flying towards Lian Yu, which is where we found him in the beginning of Season 2.

A lot of retconning of actual events had to take place for this series of flashbacks but I saw it for what it was… a last kindness for the fans who shipped Laurel and Oliver. Because, as the rest of the episode made sure we understand: Laurel is dead and she’s not coming back.

[Crying, Crying, and back to saving the city ...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 9:30am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of April 2016

Broken by Cynthia Eden

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 April 2016 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Nichole Severn:

My best of April pick is Broken by Cynthia Eden. This is the first in her LOST series and I couldn't put it down. The sexual tension between Gabe and Eve is unforgettable and the mystery had me guessing to the end.​ Best book I've read of hers since Deal with the Devil.

Nicola R. White:

Enchanting The Lady by Kathrynne Kennedy is just as magical as the cover suggests. It has everything I crave in a historical/fantasy blend, including an intrepid heroine, amazing world building, and a miniature dragon. This is book one in what looks to be a  very fun series, and I can't wait to read more!

Willaful:

The Sub's Club by J.A. Rock is a great example of how a really kinky book can be almost... universal. The particular sex acts described range from meh to oh-my-God-in-heaven-no on my personal interest scale, but I didn't give a fig. (Pun intended.) The narrator has such a great, funny voice, and he's dealing with such complex, real issues. And his Dom/love interest is off the hook weird and adorable.

[More books for your TBR list ...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 8:23am

Reading FOMO— Do You Have It?

Ariel in The Little Mermaid, Part of Your World

FOMO (the Fear of Missing Out) can feel pretty debilitating. When it comes to new releases, there are SO many books and so little time. The discerning reader has to make choices as it's pretty impossible to read 200 or more titles in a month—we have more than that in May Shopping List this month. Do you ever get FOMO over all the great books you're NOT reading? What do you think you're “missing out” on?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Apr 27 2016 4:39pm

Disgraced Lord & Amish Romance Deals, Plus a Jim/Pam Reunion: Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

A Promise of More by Bronwen EvansDeal Alert #1: Bronwen Evans' Disgraced Lords historical, A Promise of More, is on sale in e-book for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* Read a sample from A Promise of More.

—Deal Alert #2: Sarah Price's contemporary Amish romance Plain Fame, Book 1 in the Plain Fame series, is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Looking for more Amish romance recommendations? Maggie Boyd shares her 10 favorite Amish romance authors and books so far.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Listen up, audiobook devotees! You can sample a clip from Alica Hunter Pace's newly released Sweet Gone South audiobook, narrated by Amy Rubinate, in the Flash player below. Two lost souls finding each other and falling in love above a candy shop? Sweet! (You can learn more or order a copy of the Sweet Gone South audiobook at Amazon.)

[Listen to a clip + Jim/Pam reunion!...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 4:30pm

7 Reasons to Binge-Watch The Night Manager—Starting with Hiddlesbum

When most of us think about John LeCarre’s novels (and their adaptations for the big and small screens), we probably think of George Smiley, an aging bureaucrat tracking down a KGB mole; or Alec Leamas, a disillusioned spies realizing that both sides play the same tired game that only results in the suffering of innocents. In the post-Cold War era, the conflict is no longer between bureaucrats of spy agencies, but between idealists and the corrupting influences of big business on democratic governments (e.g. The Constant Gardener).

But AMC’s six-part miniseries of The Night Manager, adapted from LeCarre’s novel of the same name, turns those stereotypes on their head with a tale of forbidden love and stylish espionage. The Night Manager follows Jonathan Pine (Tom Hiddleston), an almost obsequiously polite functionary in some of the world’s most exclusive hotels, whose reaction to a traumatic event in the first episode is to infiltrate the entourage of the ruthless arms dealer Richard Roper (played by Hugh Laurie), who’s currently engaged in selling weapons to the forces of repression in Egypt, after the Arab Spring of 2011. Pine is recruited by Angela Burr (Olivia Colman), an idealistic (and heavily pregnant) British intelligence agent who has dedicated her life to bringing Roper down and finally, in Pine, has the means and opportunity to do so; rounding out the main characters, Pine’s mission is potentially compromised by his dangerous and undeniable attraction to Roper’s beautiful and damaged young mistress, Jed (Elizabeth Debicki).

[Don't miss this on AMC ...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 2:30pm

I’ll Do My Best to Power Through: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons

 

Show/Episode: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3, Episode 18, “The Singularity”
Ship: Leopold Fitz/Jemma Simmons (FitzSimmons)

TV Recap: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 3x18 FitzSimmons Captain's Log

Last night, FitzSimmons went from adorkable adolescence to full-on adulthood, with a bit of suave added for good measure. All it took was looking death squarely in the face, then returning to each other.

They were on a mission, you see, to retrieve one Dr. Radcliffe from Romania. A “transhumanist” and leading researcher in parasitic organisms, he might be able to free Daisy from Hive, who uses his parasites to create massive levels of endorphins in the brains of Inhumans he infects. 

Before they left on their mission, they tried to talk about their make-out session the night before, during “The Team.” They are still at HQ, and for some reason keeping their relationship a secret, even though their feelings for one another are likely the least well-kept secret around. Fitz is worried that a romantic involvement will ruin long years of friendship and camaraderie. At this point, they are definitely adorkable, worried about who might hear their conversation.

[Sex talk and fighting bad guys wrapped in one ...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 1:00pm

The Boys Are Back In Town: Erotic Best Bets for April 2016

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology by Anne Calhoun, Christine d'Abo, Delphine Dryden, Megan Hart, Jeffe Kennedy, Megan Mulry, and Molly O'Keefe (writing as M. O'Keefe)

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.

April brings us some deliciously bad boys whose hedonistic desires guarantee your every fantasy will be sated.

The Devil’s Doorbell Anthology

A woman's pleasure is a dangerous thing. A primal appetite that, once awakened, can never be sated. A secret that gives power to those who know it. A magic that, once unleashed, can never be contained. Some say the clitoris is the devil's doorbell, set to summon him forth at the merest touch...

It's time to ring the bell.

Here are seven tales of sexual empowerment and erotic defiance, featuring the hottest storytellers of erotic fiction.

Anne Calhoun
Christine d'Abo
Delphine Dryden
Megan Hart
Jeffe Kennedy
Megan Mulry
Molly O'Keefe
(writing as M. O'Keefe)

Seven talented writers flex their skills and unite together to create a stunning erotic anthology that celebrates sexuality in all it’s forms with no apologies. Each story offers an intriguing look into the passions and desires of men and women who know what they want and take it in the most delicious of ways. Perfect reading for those who enjoy indulging in different flavored erotic bites without needing to consume the whole meal.

[Throw back those sheets for more erotic best bets ...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 12:10pm
Excerpt

The Girl from Summer Hill: Exclusive Excerpt

Jude Deveraux

The Girl from Summer Hill by Jude Deveraux

Enter Elizabeth Bennet. Chef Casey Reddick has had it up to here with men. When she arrives in the charming town of Summer Hill, Virginia, she leaves behind a demanding boss at a famous D.C. restaurant and a breakup with a boyfriend jealous of her success. Some peace and quiet on the picturesque Tattwell plantation is just what she needs to start fresh. But the tranquility is broken one misty morning when she sees a gorgeous naked man on the porch of her cottage.

Enter Mr. Darcy. What Tate Landers, Hollywood heartthrob and owner of Tattwell, doesn’t need on a bittersweet trip to his ancestral home is a woman spying on him from his guest cottage. Mistaking Casey for a reporter, Tate tries to run her out of her own house. His anger, which looks so good on the screen, makes a very bad first impression on Casey. Hollywood he may be, but he’s no sweetheart to Casey—and she lets him know it!

The plot thickens. Sparks fly—literally—when Casey is recruited to play Elizabeth Bennet opposite Tate’s Mr. Darcy in a stage adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Just brushing past Tate makes Casey’s whole body hum. As they spar on and off stage, Casey begins to think she’s been too quick to judge. Tate is more down-to-earth than Casey expected, and she finds herself melting under his smoldering gaze. But then Tate’s handsome ex-brother-in-law, Devlin Haines, who is playing Wickham, tells Casey some horrifying stories about Tate. She is upset and confused as she tries to figure out who and what to believe. As she finds herself falling for Tate, Casey needs to know: Is the intense, undeniable chemistry between them real, or is this just a performance that ends when the curtain falls?

Get a sneak peek at Jude Deveraux's The Girl from Summer Hill (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Act One, Scene One

Mr. Darcy is revealed

There was a naked man on Casey’s back porch. She would have called the police or, at the very least, screamed if he hadn’t been so damned beautiful.

Instead, without so much as a blink, she fumbled for the electric kettle and poured boiling water over the loose tea leaves in the silver strainer. Quite a bit of water missed the mug, went onto the granite countertop, and ran down to the tile floor, but she didn’t notice.

It was so early that it wasn’t yet daylight, and she hadn’t bothered to turn on the kitchen lights. But then he’d turned on the porch lights, and in the misty morning, as she looked through the screen door, it was almost as though he were on a stage.

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Wed
Apr 27 2016 9:30am

May 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in May. We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
May 1-7 | May 8-14 | May 15-21 | May 22-31

Heroes and Heartbreakers May 2016 Shopping List!
 
Week of May 1 through May 7
May 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping (May 1-7, 2016)

[Check out the complete list!...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 8:17am

We’re Hosting an H&H AMA—Ask Us Anything!

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We've joined the world of Facebook Live! Not sure what that is? That's OK! It's essentially like Live TV, but all hosted on our Facebook page. Every day around 4 p.m. ET we go LIVE (yes, like really live, like super live, like I-say-“all-the-wood”-and-it-gets-taken-sexually live) over on our Facebook page and give you commentary on all the news of the day from our Afternoon Tea roundup. If you haven't been able to tune in... that's OK, too, the videos get saved on Facebook for future viewing pleasure, in case you miss us at 4 p.m.

This week we're trying a little something different: Later today you can send in your questions (or in the comments below now) and I'll answer anything you have from my favorite color and my first romance to what I'm reading, what I really think about certain topics and beyond! 

So, if you have any questions for anyone on Team H&H let us know down in the comments or over on our Facebook, and we'll try to get them answered in our Facebook Live session at 4 p.m. ET today! 

And if you couldn't tune in, here it is! We had so many great questions and I hope I gave great answers in return. Thanks for joining us:

Tue
Apr 26 2016 5:00pm

First Look: Susan Mallery’s Best of My Love (April 26, 2016)

Best of My Love by Susan Mallery

Susan Mallery
Best of My Love (Fool’s Gold #20) 
HQN Books / April 26, 2016 / $8.99 print, $6.99 digital

Can a man and a woman just be friends? And that doesn’t mean “friends with benefits.” Aiden and Shelby have every reason to get off the dating treadmill: Aiden because he’s been accurately labeled as the town hound dog, and more importantly, he’s learned that his carefree approach to dating transient tourists has caused pain to more than his reputation. An old flame returned to see him and Aiden couldn’t remember her name. As he tells Shelby,

“I didn’t like what I saw in her face. I’m sorry I hurt her. I’m sorry I’ve become that kind of guy. I want to do better. I have to change. I never meant to hurt anybody. That was the point. No one was supposed to get hurt.”

Shelby doesn’t trust men. She has horrific memories of her brutal father which have left her unable to lower her guard with men who might be romantic partners for her. Given that she wants to get married some day and have children, she has to conquer her fear of men before dating again.

Aiden and Shelby are two of the most organized protagonists ever. Aiden runs a year-round outdoor adventure program that caters to novices and outdoor experts alike. It may seem relaxed and spontaneous to participants, but Aiden is a careful, cautious, hands-on CEO. Likewise baker Shelby lives on a tight schedule, getting up early every day to produce delicious treats for her appreciative fans in town.

[Can two type-A personalities make it work? ...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 4:15pm

A Post-Apocalyptic Heroine in Victorian England Deal and More Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

No Proper Lady by Isabel CooperDeal Alert: Isabel Cooper's time-travel historical No Proper Lady—in which a post-apocalyptic heroine Joan travels back to Victorian England to save the world—is discounted to $1.99 at Amazon.* As Cooper wrote in a 2013 guest post, “Horror and romance both hit where you live, if they're done right.” Now you can find out if it's the blend for you.

—Deal Alert: Kristan Higgins' Blue Heron contemporary Anything for You e-book is bargain-priced at $.99 today at Barnes & NobleiBooksAmazon, etc.* “Anything for You, Connor’s story,” Scarlettleigh writes in her First Look at the book, “is one of the best in this series.” How can you resist a good friends-with-benefits-fall-in-love story?

Deal Alert: Johanna Lindsey's historical Marriage Most Scandalous e-book is on sale for Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* TanyaLK and Lucy Hargrave recently included a Johanna Lindsey novel (Love Only Once) on their list of the 27 romances that belong in your ultimate TBR pile.

[+Team Rafael or Michael? & 7 sexual issues Shakespeare tackled...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Asa Maria Bradley’s Viking Warrior Rebel

Today we're thrilled to reveal the cover of Asa Maria Bradley's Viking Warrior Rebel. Bradley is introducing us to a fierce warrior, who happens to be a woman on a mission until she needs rescuing from the unforgettable hero Luke. Soon she desires more from Luke and we're hoping he wants the same, so we can have the ultimate HEA. This is book two in the Viking Warrior series and a great additon it is. 

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

She can’t let him discover…
Immortal Vikings are among us

Astrid Irisdotter is a Valkyrie—a fierce warrior fighting to protect humanity from the evil god Loki and his brutal minions. She’s on an urgent mission for her queen when everything goes hideously sideways. Undercover agent Luke Holden arrives on the scene just in time to save her life—and put his own on the line.

Luke may have saved her, but that doesn’t mean Astrid can trust him. Tempers flare as they hide secret upon secret from each other, but Astrid’s inner warrior knows what it wants…and it will not take “no” for an answer.

***

Learn more about or order a copy of Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley, available on October 4, 2016. 

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Tue
Apr 26 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Wicked Heart: Exclusive Excerpt

Leisa Rayven

Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

The one guy she can’t have is the one she can’t forget.

Liam Quinn is one of the biggest movie stars in the world…and the only man Elissa Holt has ever truly loved.

After being out of her life for six years, he and his gorgeous fiancé are set to star in the new Broadway show Elissa is stage managing. The only trouble is, when late night rehearsals bring Elissa and Liam together, the line between what is and what could have been gets blurred. Now one moment of weakness is about to create a scandal that will echo around the world.

Elissa knows that falling for Liam again would be a tragedy in the making, but as any good romantic knows, love doesn’t always follow the script.

Get a sneak peek at Leisa Rayven's Wicked Heart (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

THREE

PAST TENSE

If sitting on the couch eating cheese were a sport, right now I’d be the Olympic champion.

Our first day of rehearsals has left me drained. The thought of enduring another few months of controlling my reaction to Liam has led me to being pantsless in my favorite nightshirt as I inhale a wedge of Jarlsberg.

“Wine?” Josh calls from the kitchen.

“If you have to ask that question after the day we’ve just had, then we’re no longer friends.”

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Tue
Apr 26 2016 11:00am

Kissing Angels and Fighting Demons: Top Eva/Gideon Moments from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series

Crossfire series by Sylvia Day

Editor's Note: This post is meant for superfans of Sylvia Day's Crossfire series as it contains spoilers from all 5 books. If you haven't read all the books yet...what are you still doing here!?—go get a copy now! Bonus, we are currently running a super awesome Crossfire sweepstakes, enter for a chance to win some great prizes. 

Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell are destined to be one of modern romance's top power couples. Gideon is the compelling and wealthy young man who is used to getting what he wants in his personal life as well as his professional life; his past haunts him, but when Gideon lays eyes on Eva Tramell, he sees the future. Eva is not unfamiliar with the lifestyle of affluent society, but with her father’s humble roots to ground her, she is focused on being a happy, healthy, and independent woman; the beautiful Gideon Cross could crush her like a tidal wave if she isn’t careful, but she knows just how to deal with her man. These two have a relationship that spans five books, and there are many defining moments in the series. These are the cream of the crop:

[Eva and Gideon's love ...]