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Mon
May 2 2016 4:37pm

Buzz Books & Julie Ann Walker Deal: Romance News

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Hell or High Water by Julie Ann WalkerDeal Alert: Julie Ann Walker's Deep Six romantic suspense novel Hell or High Water is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* If you like Sons of Anarchy's Jax Teller, Walker's gritty romances, with their larger-than-life alpha heroes, may be the books for you...

Deal Alert: Katee Robert's marriage-of-convenience contemporary The Marriage Contract is only $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* “A marriage of convenience spawned because of a desire for protection or power brings forward an element of danger that only ups the sexiness factor as far as I’m concerned,” writes Robert in her 2015 guest post “Marraige Contracts as Business Contracts in Romance Novels.”

Deal Alert: Brenda Novak's small-town contemporary When Summer Comes is a bargain at $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Why do we love small-town romances so much? Scarlettleigh investigates.

[+Buzz Books samplers, will Castle kill Beckett? and more...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 12:30pm

“We Need Each Other, Bellamy”: The 100 3x13 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart

Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake in The 100 3x13The 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, today with a focus on Bellarke. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

The 100 Season 3, episode 3 relationship tracker graphic for Bellamy/ClarkeShow/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 13, “Join or Die” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

Since the first trailer for The 100 season 3 trailer was released months ago, Bellamy/Clarke shippers have been anticipating the hug depicted therein, holding on to the idea of it throughout the season. In “Join or Die,” we finally got our hug, and several other lovely scenes besides. My 5 favorite Bellarke moments of the evening:

1. Bellamy's retreat — The way Clarke immediately jumps up as if to follow Bellamy as he walks away from another tense exchange with Octavia leaves little doubt as to her feelings. No matter what he's done, she's firmly Team Bellamy, and you know she's going to go check on him as soon as possible.

[+4 more times Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake were totally in love...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 3:11pm

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

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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...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 4:39pm

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

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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!...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 4:15pm

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

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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...]

Mon
Apr 25 2016 3:59pm

Dumplin’ & Shopaholic Deals, Showalter Reveal, and Tony/Ziva Endgame?: Romance News

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Dumplin' by Julie Murphy—Deal Alert: Julie Murphy's YA romance Dumplin'—winner of an RT Reviewers' Choice Award for 2015 Book of the Year—is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* In his article Dumplin' and the Unapologetic Beauty of a Fat Heroine,” John Jacobson writes, “Murphy has created a book that doesn’t emphasize a need to change the body to be healthy, get the guy, and have an adventure, and we need that, dammit.”

—Deal Alert: Sophia Kinsella's Confessions of a Shopaholic is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* The Shopaholic series and heroine Becky Bloomwood earned a shoutout in Jamie Brenner's piece “Out of the Closet: Our Romance with Fashion on the Page.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Gena Showalter has announced that the star of the next Lords of the Underworld series will be...Cameo! Her book's title hasn't been released yet (stay tuned!), but Showalter encourages fans to fill in the blank to see if they can guess it: The Darkest _____?

[+Will Tony reunite with Ziva in NCIS?...]

Fri
Apr 22 2016 2:32pm

The 100 Against the World: The 100 3x12 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart

Bellamy and Clarke search Arkadia with guns drawn in The 100 season 3, episode 12The 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, today with a focus on Bellarke. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

Bellamy and Clarke relationship tracker for The 100 season 3 episode 12Show/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 12, “Demons” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)

Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

Camp Bellarke

Right when I'd begun to doubt I'd ever be fully invested in The 100 again, the show proved me dead wrong with a second (in two weeks!) delinquents-driven episode featuring a few of my favorite things: Bellamy and Clarke co-leading (buddy!cops!), the hundred working as a team toward a common goal (adventure squad!), and plenty of nail-biting suspense (I may have screamed a couple times, so worried was I for my favorites—apologies to my roommates).

[My dynamic duo, together again...]

Thu
Apr 21 2016 3:43pm

Angie Fox Deal & Sylvia Day Podcast: Romance News

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Southern Spirits by Angie FoxDeal Alert: Angie Fox's Southern Ghost Hunter mystery #1, Southern Spirits, is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & NobleAmazoniBooks.* Ghost hunters + Fox's trademark comedy chops? You can't go wrong! (Fox's books got a callout in Carol Malcolm's piece “Humor in Urban Fantasy.”)

Deal Alert: K. Bromberg's Driven  #2, Fueled, is on sale for $.99 at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, etc. right now.* Driven, where Colton and Rylee's story begins, is $2.99. If you're looking for a contemporary series to sink your teeth into, you'll be glad to hear that after Colton and Rylee get their HEA, their best friends Becks and Haddie get a spinoff.

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

Fresh Outta the Oven

Remember that time Jenn and I interviewed Sylvia Day at the Apple Store in SoHo?! Well, we're happy to say that now everyone can watch and/or listen to our Q&A with Sylvia about One with You and the whole Crossfire series. Download the free video and/or podcast at iTunes now! Finished One with You and need someone to talk to? We're always here for you in the One with You spoiler thread!

[+Today on H&H...]

Wed
Apr 20 2016 4:54pm

Lauren Layne & Terry Spear Deals + H&H Is Hiring!: Romance News

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Blurred Lines by Lauren LayneDeal Alert: Lauren Layne's roommates-to-lovers contemporary Blurred Lines is a bargain at $.99 in e-book today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* The book brings back lots of lovely memories for TanyaLK, who reveals in her First Look at Blurred Lines that she and her husband were also roommates first. Awww!

Deal Alert: Tessa Dare's Castles Ever After historical Say Yes to the Marquess is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* Heads-up that a certain happening in the book inspired a “Swoonoworthiest Scenes” post from Jenn Proffitt.

Deal Alert: Rachel Grant's romantic suspense Incriminating Evidence is marked down to $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Dolly Sickles calls Grant a “fabulous storyteller” in her First Look at Cold Evidence, Book 6 in the evidence series.

Deal Alert: FIVE of Terry Spear's Silver Town Wolf books (Destiny of the Wolf, Wolf Fever, Dreaming of the Wolf, Silence of the Wolf, and Silver Wolf Christmas) are only $.99 each in e-book right now at AmazonBarnes & Noble, etc. ahead of Alpha Wolf Need Not Apply's release in May. Love shapeshifters? Suzanne Johnson has a terrific roundup of authors who write wolves, big cats, dragons, and more.

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

Fresh Outta the Oven

Heroes and Heartbreakers is hiring! If you're in the New York City area and looking to get your foot in the door in publishing and/or blogging, check out our job listing here.

[Today on H&H...]

Tue
Apr 19 2016 3:23pm

Paris, Sex on the Beach & Geeky Royals: Romance News

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—Deal Alert #1: Jennifer Probst's spring-fling-to-forever-love contemporary Beyond Me (Sex on the Beach #1) is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon,  iBooks, etc.* Probst is currently in the running for a RITA for her contemporary novel Searching for Beautiful.

—Deal Alert #2: Eloisa James' memoir Paris in Love is only $1.99 today in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* In her  First Look at Paris in Love, longtime James fan Janga writes: “James gave me Paris, she sent me back to the poetry of Auden, and she reminded me that lazy moments now and then do not disturb the universe.”

—Deal Alert #3: Grace Burrowes' Windham historical The Heir is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes &Noble, Amazon, etc.* In an H&H guest post last year, Burrowes offers “The Art of Being a True Gentleman in Romance.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Royals + Star Wars = our Kryptonite. Prince William and Prince Harry toured a Star Wars workshop in the UK today. Watch them geek out over lightsabers.

Today on H&H:

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

Have a tip about hot romance news? Drop Heather & Jenn a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com!


Mon
Apr 18 2016 4:36pm

Castle Shocker & Cynthia Eden Deal: Romance News

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Deal Alerts

Bite the Dust by Cynthia EdenCynthia Eden's paranormal Bite the Dust (Blood and Moonlight #1), in which homicide detective Jane Hart finds herself in the middle of a war between vampires and werewolves, is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Eden writes top-notch anti-heroes, says Nichole Severn.

Jill Shalvis's contemporary Get a Clue—in which jilted-bride Breanne takes her honeymoon anyway and ends up meeting burned-out vice cop Cooper—is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Want more Jill Shalvis? You've come to the right place.

Dorothea Benton Frank's South Carolina Lowcountry-set women's fiction novel The Hurricane Sisters—featuring “three generations of women buried in secrets”—is bargain-priced at $1.99 in e-book for the moment at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Wondering what's good in women's fiction lately? Scarlettleigh has the new releases roundup you need.

Tasty Morsels

H&H's Jenn Proffitt joins the ladies of the “XOXO After Darkcast” to talk all things shipping, first romance novels, and more! Check out the episode on XOXO After Dark or on iTunes.

[+Castle news & more...]

Fri
Apr 15 2016 12:55pm

“You’ll Recover”: The 100 3x11 Clexa & Bellarke Heart-to-Heart

Bellamy and Clarke in The 100 season 3, episode 11The 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, with a focus on Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke) and Clarke/Lexa (Clexa). If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

Show/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 11, “Nevermore” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Clarke/Lexa (Clexa), Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

Clexa Cabal

For an episode with only one character death (and far from a beloved character at that), this might have been the most brutal episode of The 100 this season.

Lindsey Morgan, the actress who plays Raven, has been hitting it out the park with her City of LIght storyline, especially with her amazing ability to mimic ALIE’s body language/speech patterns. And this week she played that up to full horrifying effect, like a CW-friendly version of The Exorcist, cutting down our heroes one by one, dredging up all of their painful memories about the terrible things they’ve done since coming to Earth.

But hey, at least our heroes are all back together again? It’s been ages since we’ve had this core group of the 100—the kids originally sent to Earth—in one scene, and now they spent an entire episode glued to each other’s sides.

[The hundred ride again...]

Fri
Apr 8 2016 4:30pm

Love Show: 10 Ways Bellamy and Clarke Show Affection in The 100

Bellamy and Clarke in The 100 Season 2

The 100 co-leaders Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake sure have come a long way in two and a half seasons of TV. What began between the two as a reluctant, antagonistic alliance born of necessity has evolved into a beautiful friendship and partnership built on trust and respect, with hints at an even deeper relationship to come. And since I'm disappointed with where Season 3 has gone so far, I thought I'd scrap this week's heart-to-heart recap in favor of a look at why I still believe in the Bellamy/Clarke relationship.

Is romance in the cards? I'm not sure. Showrunner Jason Rothenberg is cagey about the idea about their romantic odds, Clarke is in mourning for her love Lexa, Bellamy hasn't had much more time to process the death of his girlfriend Gina, and, well, anything can happen in this show, up to and including Bellamy or even Clarke's death. Let's be honest, this show probably isn't gonna end with anyone walking off into the sunset.

But here is what I know for sure: These two give good PDA, with off-the-charts chemistry making those moments hard to tear your eyes from. Body language doesn't lie, and theirs indicates a profound intimacy—and love. Here are 10 of the ways Bellamy and Clarke show affection for one another and nearly kill me and keep shippers shipping the great ship Bellarke.

[10 reasons we believe in the Bellamy/Clarke ship ...]

Fri
Apr 8 2016 3:45pm

Kylie Scott’s Twist & an E-Mail Order Bride: Romance News

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Twist by Kylie Scott

Dear Readers: The Afternoon Tea will be on hiatus next week while Team H&H heads to the Romantic Times Booklovers Convention in Las Vegas! Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook for curated news and deals as we find them, plus updates from RT. Afternoon Tea will be back on Monday, April 18, more delicious than ever. Xoxo, Heather & Jenn

Tasty Morsels

Kylie Scott's Twist cover has us reconsidering our weekend plans; clearly we should be spending it at funny, friendly, hot bartender Joe Collins' joint. Once you've gotten your fill of the cover (as if), drink up the details of Joe and Alex's story, out November 22.

Reason #2,345 to love telenovelas: half-naked wrestling! Today on Buzzfeed, they deconstructed what is obviously the hottest argument to ever take place between two step-brothers as one very half-naked Bruno, one of the stars of Sortilegio, comes to blows with main protagonist and ficitional step-brother, Alex. You won't believe the hotness. And for more hotness, may we present our beefcake featuring Alex, a.k.a. William Levy, among others?

[+E-mail order bride & psychic romance deals...]

Thu
Apr 7 2016 4:37pm

Rogue One Trailer, Gilmore Girls Photos, More: Romance News

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Deal Alerts

Broken Juliet by Leisa RayvenLeisa Rayven's Bad Romeo sequel, Broken Juliet, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* “Broken Juliet brings on the feels,” says Jessica Moro in her First Look review of the book.

Melody Anne's Her Forever Hero is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBooks, Barnes & Noble, etc.*

Tasty Morsels

Molly O'Keefe's Burn Down the Night cover, featuring sexy bearded/tattooed biker hero Max, certainly has lit our match. Is it August yet?

The first Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trailer introduces a new heroine in the 'verse, Jyn Erso, a rebel given a cause by the Rebellion in this prequel to the original trilogy. I am so on board. Watch the trailer:

[Rogue One trailer, Gilmore Girls photos & West Wing reunion...]

Wed
Apr 6 2016 4:43pm

Watch Outlander’s Season 2 Premiere Two Days Early: Romance News

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

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Deal Alerts

Rustler's Moon by Jodi ThomasJodi Thomas' contemporary Western Rustler's Moon is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* Thomas' The Texans Wager hero, Carter, ranks as one of the top 5 virgin heroes in Victoria Janssen's book.

Vivian Arend's Six Pack Ranch spinoff story “Rocky Ride” is FREE for the moment at iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* In her First Look at the Marked anthology—which counts “Rocky Ride” among its three stories—Tiffany Tyer writes, “This one starts hot and heavy with its own forbidden tale of bad boy biker Mitch Thompson and straight-laced cop Anna Coleman.”

Jo Baker's historical novel Longbourn, which imagines downstairs life during the events of Pride & Prejudice, is currently discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, etc.* If you haven't already weighed in, tell us: How would you rank the Pride & Prejudice adaptations ranked by Mr. Darcy hotness?

Tasty Morsels

—Watch the Outlander season premiere two days early! Starz subscribers will be able to stream the episode beginning tomorrow, April 7, rather than having to wait until the official premiere on Saturday night. Variety TV critic Mo Ryan, in her review of the first few episodes of Season 2, writes: “The TV version of Diana Gabaldon’s 'Outlander' novels is founded on the idea that sensuality isn’t just an outlet or a relief, but key to the communication of joy, pain, heartache, connection and beauty.” As if we weren't excited enough to be recapping the second season!

[How did I miss this “Vote Leia” poster???...]

Tue
Apr 5 2016 3:33pm

The Protector and The Ladies Man: Romance News

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

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Deal Alerts

No Turning Back by Tiffany SnowTiffany Snow's romantic suspense No Turning Back, Book 1 in the Kathleen Turner series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* What happened when romance virgin Chris Morgan read his first romantic suspense, Linda Howard's Mr. Perfect? Come see...

Monica Murphy's contemporary Never Tear Us Apart—in which survivor Katherine Watts falls for the son of the serial rapist and murderer who attacked her as a child—is only $.99 in e-book for the moment at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Not sure if this is the book for you? Read TanyaLK's First Look at Never Tear Us Apart to get an idea of what to expect.

Selena Laurence's contemporary romance Speaking Greek, Book 1 in the Foreign Exchange series, is on sale for $.99 in e-book right now at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.*

Tasty Morsels

Jodi Ellen Malpas' The Protector cover is a knee-weakener, all right. Surely it's not just us who'd trade places with heroine Camille in a second to wind up in the arms of bodyguard Jake—even if he is there because her life's in danger. Feast your eyes on the cover and then read all about Jenn's behind-the-scenes experience on the set of The Protector cover shoot with author Jodi Ellen Malpas and models Soto Palladas and Casie Chegwidden, whom she calls “the most beautiful people I've ever seen up close.”

[+Katy Evans excerpt...]

Mon
Apr 4 2016 3:43pm

Sweet Deals from Elizabeth Hoyt and Lauren Dane: Romance News

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Deal Alerts

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth HoytElizabeth Hoyt's Sweetest Scoundrel is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* Tiffany Tyer, in her First Look at Sweetest Scoundrel, writes about how “boldly and shockingly” Eve and Asa's relationship develops, if you needed another reason to try this book.

Lauren Dane's Ink & Chrome novel Coming Back is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Like to read from the beginning? Tiffany Tyer has your introduction to the Ink & Chrome series with a First Look at Opening Up, Book 1.

Tasty Morsels

Another day, another glowing Outlander review as the AV Club writes: Outlander's not just sexy, it's important,” admiring the big moment in each episode, the show's exploration of the question “Can history be changed at all?,” the incredible settings and costumes, and more.

Kiersten Hallie Krum's newly unveiled Wild on the Rocks cover doubles as a persuasive ad to spend the spring and summer in Barefoot Bay, and in fact, Krum's debut romantic suspense novel is part of Roxanne St. Claire's Barefoot Bay Kindle Worlds launch on April 14. Check out the Wild on the Rocks cover and description on Facebook.

[+Oscar Isaac's perfect face & Richelle Mead AMA...]

Fri
Apr 1 2016 3:58pm

Bridgerton Quiz & Deals to Covet: Romance News

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Deal Alerts

Coveted by Shawntelle MadisonShawntelle Madison's urban fantasy novel Coveted is on sale today for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc.* “If there were such  a thing as a geek badge,” Madison writes in a 2014 guest post, “I'd have one permanently attached to my clothes,” especially when it comes to science ficiton. Pick up a few of her recommendations.

Kelly Jamieson's hockey romance Major Misconduct, first in the Chicago Aces series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Jamieson's a master of sexy reads, so you can trust her suggestions for some of the best romances featuring a ménage à trois.

Tasty Morsels

Which Bridgerton heroine are you?” Take the quiz and share your result. (You can call me Sophie Beckett. Now: Where's my Benedict Bridgerton?!) P.S. Have you read Julia Quinn's Because of Miss Bridgerton yet?

[+Sam Heughan met Rita Wilson & you can meet Sylvia Day—and us!...]

Fri
Apr 1 2016 11:55am

“May We Meet Again”: The 100 3x09 Bellarke & Kabby Heart-to-Heart

Kane and Abby in The 100The 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, with a focus on Bellarke and Clexa. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

Show/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 9, “Stealing Fire” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

Kane and Abby relationship tracker for The 100 season 3, episode 9Camp Bellarke (with bonus Team Kabby!)

Given the events of the last few episodes, the lack of Bellarke in “Stealing Fire” is to be expected. Which is not to say Clarke and Bellamy didn't take important steps in the individual personal journeys that I still believe will one day bring them together romantic-styles.

In Polis, Clarke is still reeling from the death of her love Clexa 24 hours before, and while she has a couple opportunities to escape with Murphy back to Arkadia (which could have really used her the past half-season, never getting over that), she knows her people's fate depends on a Lexa loyalist becoming the next commander. When Ice Nation's Ontari murders all the Nightbloods, including Lexa's chosen heir, Aden, that becomes even less of a certainty. Clarke's new goal—and honestly, this is the most “Clarke” she has felt to me since last season, her passivity gone—becomes finding a runaway initiate and having the Flame implanted into her neck, but my money's on Clarke herself becoming commander by season's end. She's already “wanheda," and since the Flame contains Lexa's memories, it would be a way of keeping her close even now that she's gone.

[And then there's Bellamy...]