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Tue
Feb 21 2017 4:30pm

Start Your Engines: Romance News & Deals from Gillian Archer, Susan Mallery, and More!

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Ruthless by Gillian Archer

Deal Alert: Gillian Archer's motorcycle club romance Ruthless, first in the True Brothers MC series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* It's hard to beat a wicked man with a heart of gold—they sure rev our engines! 

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's women's fiction novel The Friends We Keep, Book 2 in the Mischief Bay series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Three friends provide love and comfort to one another as they journey through the stress and turmoil of life's expectations. It's no surprise that romance is the perfect place to tackle tough issues.

Deal Alert: Julianna Keyes' college co-ed romance Undecided is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* This sexy new adult romance features two characters who don't do anything by halves...including the trouble they get themselves into! Don't miss out on these fresh new adult romances from January!

[+Emma Watson sings 'Belle']

Fri
Feb 17 2017 4:29pm

Lessons in Scandal: Romance Deals & News from Meredith Duran, Anne Stuart, and More

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A Lady's Lesson in Scandal by Meredith DuranDeal Alert: Meredith Duran's historical romance A Lady's Lesson in Scandal is $1.99 on Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “No one portrays the agony of divided loyalties and the grace of their reconciliation better than Meredith Duran,” says H&H reviewer Miss Bates, who adds that her HEAs promise “in the heroine and hero’s union, a new world, a better, more hopeful, more just, more joyful one.”

Deal Alert: Anne Stuart's romantic suspense Consumed by Fire, first in the Fire series, is $2.00 in e-book at Amazon.* Heroine Evangeline may have been fooled once by the man who stole her grandmother's earrings and then abandoned her on their honeymoon, but she won't be fooled a second time. Except...what if it turns out that was all an act and he's actually a covert operative?! Hero James may start to win you over in this very sexy excerpt from Consumed by Fire.

Deal Alert: Marie Harte's contemporary romance Roadside Assistance is $2.99 on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | etc.* “The pages of Roadside Assistance are populated with macho, mouthy, straight-forward guys,” according to H&H reviewer Janet Webb. “They don’t pussy-foot around.” Yum!

Deal Alert: Lauren Dane's Ink & Chrome erotic romance novel Opening Up is $2.99 at Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* “Lauren Dane is bold,” writes H&H reviewer Tiffany Tyer. “She writes really confident, take-no-prisoners women, and that makes for a fun heroine we can look up to, comfortable in her own skin but vulnerable enough to have layers. That’s what we have in PJ, a smart, gorgeous pin-up type with mad skills in custom painting.” Read the rest of our First Look at Opening Up.

[+Jeaniene Frost video Q&A and more...]

Mon
Feb 6 2017 4:37pm

SEALed with a Kiss: Romance News & Deals from Suzanne Brockmann, Ruby Lang, and More

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Prince Joe by Suzanne BrockmannDeal Alert: Suzanne Brockmann's Tall, Dark and Dangerous SEAL-hero category romance Prince Joe is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Nowadays, Brockmann is well known for her SEAL heroes, but Lt. Joe Catalanotto is her first!

Deal Alert: Ruby Lang's contemporary romance Hard Knocks, part of the Practice Perfect series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Considering that neurologist Helen Chang Frobisher is working to ban hockey in Portland, her relationship with hockey player Adam Magnus doesn't get off to the smoothest start—yet the sparks are hard to ignore. Read an excerpt from Hard Knocks now.

Deal Alert: Elizabeth Boyle's Rhymes with Love historical romance The Knave of Hearts is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Boyle has a wild theory that we've come to realize is 100% true, when you think about it: “We love our cats just like we love our romance heroes because they are, simply put, one and the same.” Discover 5 qualities cats and romance novel heroes share.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—When Lady Pandora met Lord St. Vincent... Lisa Kleypas has offered up a new excerpt from Devil in Spring teasing the first time Pandora sets eyes on a hero we also don't know but already love: Gabriel, the son of Wallflower series heroine Evie and her husband, Sebastian. Is it February 21 yet?

[+Downton Abbey coloring book & Galentine's Day party...]

Fri
Feb 3 2017 4:43pm

Read Dangerously: Romance News & Deals from Cindy Gerard, HelenKay Dimon, and More

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Take No Prisoners by Cindy GerardDeal Alert: Cindy Gerard's Black Ops romantic suspense Take No Prisoners is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Fellow Black Ops novel Last Man Standing is one of our picks for 10 Romantic Suspense Novels You Should Read.

Deal Alert: HelenKay Dimon's contemporary The Talented Mr. Rivers is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* “With The Talented Mr. Rivers you'll find action, humor, love, enthralling suspense, and non-stop action... it's the total package,” writes LimeCello. Read the full book review.

Deal Alert: Former H&H community manager Megan Frampton's Regency romance A Singular Lady is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Still not exactly sure what a pelisse or a curricle looks like? Longtime Regency romance reader Cheryl Sneed offers up “The Almack's Almanac: Regency Historical Terminology.”

Deal Alert: Megan Erickson's contemporary romance Leveling the Field is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* “What happens when you introduce a grumpy, irritable, reclusive former You Tube star to a gorgeous, vivacious, foul mouth photographer? You get the fourth and final book in Erickson’s adorable and oh-so-sexy Gamer series.” See why H&H reviewer Tori Benson chose Leveling the Field as one of her erotic romance best bets last May.

[Today on H&H...]

Thu
Feb 2 2017 4:34pm

Hot Stuff: Romance News & Deals from Melissa Cutler, Christi Caldwell & More

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One Hot Summer by Melissa CutlerDeal Alert: Melissa Cutler's contemporary western One Hot Summer, a One and Only Texas novel, is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Hero Micah Garrity, a small-town fire marshal, gets major kudos from H&H reviewer Stacey Agdern for being a stand-up guy who shows how much he respects his heroine as a woman and an equal. Read the full review of One Hot Summer.

Deal Alert: Christi Caldwell's historical romance The Rogue's Wager, Book 1 in the Sinful Brides series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* “I was rooting for these two the second they saw one another,” H&H reviewer BizJaust says of numbers-minded bluestocking Helena and her Lord Robert. “They seemed the perfect mate for each other.” Read our full First Look at The Rogue's Wager.

Deal Alert: Julia London's historical The Devil Takes a Bride, Book 2 in the Cabot Sisters series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* “To a reader, home is more than where her heart is,” London writes in a guest post. See why the concept of home is important to her as a reader and writer.

[+Fantasy excerpt & Underground posters...]

Wed
Feb 1 2017 4:56pm

Star-Touched Reads: Romance News & Deals

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The Star-Touched Queen by Roshani ChokshiDeal Alert: Roshani Chokshi's YA fantasy romance The Star-Touched Queen is $2.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Have you been bitten by the fantasy romance bug? Here are 20+ other fantasy romances you should read.

Deal Alert: KJ Charles' historical romance A Gentleman's Position, A Society of Gentlemen Novel, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* H&H contributer Lucy Hargrave named A Gentleman's Position one of her top male/male romances of 2016, writing: “K.J. Charles proves how love can conquer all. Even our own preconceptions.”

Deal Alert: Donna Grant's paranormal dragonshifter romance The Darkest Flame, Book 1 in the Dark Kings series, is $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* For a preview of Denae and Kellan's story, read Chapters 1-2 from The Darkest Flame here at H&H.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Fancy a blind date with a book?! Publisher Flatiron books is hosting a Valentine's Day sweepstakes in which you can enter for a chance to win a mysterious, soon-to-be-released novel and a box of chocolates! We agree wholeheartedly that “there is no love affair quite like the one you share with a good book.”

[+Jamie Dornan on Kimmel, ClexaCon, and more...]

Tue
Jan 31 2017 5:02pm

Bad Boys and Playboys: Romance Deals & News

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Edge of Control by Megan CraneDeal Alert: Megan Crane's Viking dystopian romance Edge of Control is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* New to the series? Read Chapter 1 from Book 1, Edge of Obsession, here on H&H.

Deal Alert: Nico Rosso's first Black Ops: Automatik romantic suspense novel, Countdown to Zero Hour, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The romantic suspense subgenre is experiencing a revival, suggests Wendy the Super Librarian, and Countdown to Zero Hour “throw[s] a rope to readers mired in the Serial Killer Rabbit Hole and pull us out into action movie territory.” Read her full review.

Deal Alert: Lotchie Burton's contemporary category romance Nothing's Sweeter Than Candy, in which a playboy meets his match in a woman who no longer believes in happy endings, is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Making Galentine's Day plans? Hallmark movies are like watching a good category romance novel, and could be perfect group viewing.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Watch the final Beauty and the Beast trailer! The live-action adaptation of the Disney classic will be in theaters in March, so get your early fix of the wonder that awaits!

[+Sidney Halston cover and more!...]

Mon
Jan 30 2017 4:32pm

Want, Need, Love Romance News & Deals from Niobia Bryan, J.R. Ward, and More!

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Want, Need, Love by Niobia BryantDeal Alert: Niobia Bryant's matchmaker-torn-between-brothers contemporary romance Want, Need, Love, Book 9 in the Hot in Holtsville series, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* “What is it about the love triangle that rouses such passion, both in the fictional characters embroiled in them, and in us, the readers?” muses author and H&H contributer Jamie Brenner in her post on The Timeless Thrill of Love Triangles.

Deal Alert: Sonali Dev's contemporary romance A Change of Heart, in which a widowed doctor meets the single mother who received his wife's heart and together they help finish the work she couldn't, is $2.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* H&H contributer Mala Bhattacharjee says the book was one of her favorite reads of 2016.

Deal Alert: Alison Goodman's historical paranormal The Dark Days Club, Book 1 in the Lady Helen series about a demon-hunting Regency lady, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* In her brand-new First Look at the book's sequel, The Dark Days Pact, H&H reviewer Jessica Avery says: “If you thought you loved the Lady Helen novels after their premiere with The Dark Days Club last year, brace yourselves friends. Because love is about to become obsession.”

[+YA fantasy deal, J.R. Ward virtual signing & more...]

Fri
Jan 27 2017 4:50pm

Bloody Good Fun: Romance News & Deals from Patricia Briggs and Julie Garwood

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Blood Bound by Patricia BriggsDeal Alert: Patricia Briggs' urban fantasy novel Blood Bound, Book 2 in the series about shapeshifter mechanic Mercy Thompson, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* H&H contributer and author ChelseaMueller considers the Mercy Thompson books one of the 10 Urban Fantasy Series You Should Read.

Deal Alert: Hazel Gaynor's Titanic-set historical novel The Girl Who Came Home is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Looking for more not-your-usual historicals to choose from? Wendy the Super Librarian has your recommended reading for January.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Julie Garwood is Wired... and so are we after see the book's newly revealed cover! Does FBI agent Liam Scott rock a suit or what?! We are IN. Here's the official description for Wired, slated for release on July 4:

[More about Wired this way...]

Thu
Jan 26 2017 4:36pm

Single Fathers, TV Chefs & Fake Fiancés: Romance News & Deals

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Taming Natasha by Nora RobertsDeal Alert: Nora Roberts' Stanislaskis contemporary romance Taming Natasha, featuring a single-father hero, is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble.* We've gone on the record about our 10 all-time favorite Nora Roberts novels—are they the same as yours?

Deal Alert: Mary Kay Andrews's battle-of-the-TV-chefs novel Deep Dish is $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* H&H contributer Lisa Hughey delves into “the deep emotional connection we, especially as women, have with food” in her post “The Food-Love Connection,” in which she spotlights novels from Kristan Higgins and Barbara O'Neal, and also shares her mac 'n' chesse recipe (yum).

Deal Alert: Eve Silver's Dark Gothic historical His Dark Kiss is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooksBarnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Haunted by the sense that you were meant to live in another century? Maggie Boyd offers “5 Signs You Might Be a Gothic Heroine.”

[+Shannon Stacey deal and more...]

Wed
Jan 25 2017 4:38pm

Take the Bet: Romance News & Deals from Rachel Van Dyken and More

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The Wager by Rachel Van DykenDeal Alert: Rachel Van Dyken's contemporary romance The Wager is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Her next book, Cheater, is one of the 150+ titles in our hot-off-the-presses February New Releases Shopping List.

Deal Alert: Karina Halle's contemporary romance The Debt is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* One of Halle's heroes, Camden McQueen from Sins and Needles, is among the 5 New Adult Heroes You'd Want to Be Handcuffed to for a Day.

Deal Alert: Susan Meissner's women's fiction novel Stars Over Sunset Boulevard is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If you missed any of our picks for the best women's fiction of 2016, find out why books by Louise Miller, Anne-Marie Casey, Viola Shipman, Ellen Herrick, and Rowan Coleman should be on your list.

[+What's new on H&H...]

Tue
Jan 24 2017 4:34pm

Hunters, Spellbinders, and RT Reviewers’ Choice Award Nominees: Romance News & Deals

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The Hunter by Kerrigan ByrneDeal Alert: Kerrigan Byrne's Victorian Rebels historical romance The Hunter is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* “If you’ve not read her yet, put her to the front of your To Be Read pile and enjoy!” writes H&H contributer ParanormalLibrarian in her First Look at The Hunter.

Deal Alert: Iris Johansen's '80s romance The Spellbinder is $.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Johansen is one of the authors that Loveswept first introduced H&H contributer to Rachel Hyland to, as she chronicles in her walk-down-memory-lane piece “You Introduced Me to Janet Evanovich, Iris Johansen, et al.: A Love Letter to Loveswept.”

Deal Alert: Annabeth Albert's fourth Portland Heat contemporary romance, Knit Tight, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Albert's books have earned spots in in our monthly picks for Best Bets in male/male romance.

Deal Alert: Tracy Brogan's historical Highland Surrender is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Craving more romances starring brawny Scotsmen? Allow us to present our Top 5 Highlanders in Romance from H&H contributer Anna Bowling.

[+RT Reviewers' Choice Award nominees and more!...]

Mon
Jan 23 2017 4:46pm

Kiss Kiss Knit Knit: Romance News & Deals from Ella Quinn and Kate Jacobs

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A Kiss for Lady Mary by Ella QuinnDeal Alert: Ella Quinn's historical A Kiss for Lady Mary, Book 7 in the Marriage Game series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Quinn's got 10 Things to Love About Regency Heroes and pantaloons are one (or two)...

Deal Alert: Kate Jacobs's women's fiction novel The Friday Night Knitting Club is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If you're looking for more reads about knitters, you're in luck—Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Laura K. Curtis recommend a few of their favorite knitting novels.

Deal Alert: Karen Harper's romantic suspense Chasing Shadows is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Harper became one of H&H blogger Tori Benson's “go-to authors” in the '90s for the “suspense, mystery, romance, and engaging characters and storylines” in her books and others'.

Deal Alert: Barbara Freethy's romantic suspense Callaways series box set—which contains books 1-3: On a Night Like This, So This Is Love, and Falling for a Stranger—is $2.99 in e-book at Kobo.* Freethy is known for blending elements of suspense, paranormal, and contemporary into her stories.

[+Katherine Ashe introduces The Duke, and more...]

Fri
Jan 20 2017 4:34pm

A Few Good Rogues: Romance News & Deals

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Rules for a Rogue by Christy CarlyleDeal Alert: Christy Carlyle's' historical romance Rules for a Rogue, a Romancing the Rules book, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble  | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* You'd probably find a few of your favorite rakish heroes in our roundup of the 10 Regency Romances You Should Read.

Deal Alert: Lindsay McKenna's contemporary western Wind River Wrangler is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* What's the appeal of western romances? Wendy the Super Librarian invites you to saddle up!

Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's small-town romance 311 Pelican Court is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Cedar Cove may well be the sweetest town in America, and you can see the romance play out on the page AND the screen thanks to the Cedar Cove television series starring Andie MacDowell.

[+Today on H&H...]

Thu
Jan 19 2017 4:34pm

Reap(er) the Rewards: Romance News & Deals from Darynda Jones and More

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The Curse of Tenth Grave by Darynda JonesDeal Alert: Darynda Jones' entire Charley Davidson paranormal mystery series is on sale today in e-book. Meet grim reaper/P.I. Charley in Book 1, First Grave on the Right, for $1.99, and then grab her adventures in Books 2–10 (Second Grave on the Left, Third Grave Dead Ahead, Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet, Fifth Grave Past the Light, Sixth Grave on the Edge, Seventh Grave and No Body, Eighth Grave After Dark, The Dirt on Ninth Grave, and The Curse of Tenth Grave) for $2.99 each at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Stay tuned to H&H for the perfect cap to your binge read: An excerpt and more for Eleventh Grave in Moonlight, which hits shelves on January 24.

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's MMA romance Jude's Law, Book 1 in the Law series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If MMA fighters are your type, H&H contributer Mandi Schreiner has a few more recommendations for you in her piece “Straight to the Heart: Fighter Heroes Pack a Punch.”

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' American historical The Taming of Jessi Rose is $2.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Do you know the title of Jenkins' very first historical romance? Challenge your memory in our romance trivia game!

[+California Readin', books 'n' cocktails, and more...]

Tue
Jan 17 2017 4:30pm

Kick Up Your Heels for Romance News & Deals from Christie Craig and More

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Only in Texas by Christie CraigDeal Alert: Christie Craig's contemporary romance Only in Texas is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Our beoved genre has so much to offer—don't miss Craig's “5 Lessons Readers Can Learn from Romance.”

Deal Alert: Nana Malone's down-on-her-luck-event-planner-meets-carefree-playboy contemporary romance Sexy in Stilettos is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Try as we might, we can never resist the appeal of “the ultimate dangerous men,” as author Jodi Ellen Malpas puts it.

Deal Alert: Colleen Hoover's new adult romance Hopeless is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* “Hopeless walks the razor’s edge between being a YA and new adult book telling a beautiful tale of first love amidst the dark, ugly secret of abuse that can lurk behind closed doors of a place that is supposed to be a safe haven, but all too often is not, a place called home,” writes H&H contributer Tina Allen in her 2013 post about the best new adult books.

Deal Alert: Liora Blake's new adult/rock star romance True Devotion, second in the True series, is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Between a cowboy, soldier, and rock star, what's your romance novel hero “type”?

[+ An Ocean's Eight hottie...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 4:39pm

Try These on for Size: Romance News & Deals from Alison Bliss and Living Single

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Size Matters by Alison BlissDeal Alert: Alison Bliss's contemporary romance Size Matters, featuring a plus-size heroine, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* In her First Look at the book, H&H blogger Jessica Moro writes: “Size Matters tackles sensitive subjects like weight, low self-esteem and overbearing families with funny lines and relatable characters.” Are you especially drawn to plus-sized heroines? Then you'll probably have strong feelings about author Amy Andrews' “7 Pet Peeves Ever Reader Has When Reading a Plus-Sized Heroine.”

Deal Alert: Susan Wiggs's contemporary Summer At Willow Lake, Book 1 in the Lakeshore Chronicles, is $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Wiggs is one of the masters of poignant, non-romantic scenes in romance novels, says H&H blogger Janga.

Deal Alert: Heidi McLaughlin's baseball romance Third Base is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* This may be a book to check out if you've already exhausted our list of what to read if you're obsessed with Pitch's Ginny and Mike.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Queen Latifah says they're “not there yet,” but anticipates a Living Single revival complete with original cast members Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, and Kim Fields reprising their original roles. Can't wait to get an update on Synclaire and Overton as well as well as the tempestuous, but always fun to watch Max and Kyle.

What were the most-read books of 2016? According to the USA Today best-seller list, the top 100 books of the year included releases by J.K. Rowling (shocker!), Jojo Moyes, Nora Roberts, and Sylvia Day.

[+Today on H&H...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Bates Motel’s Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Alex Romero

Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Alex Romero in Bates Motel

Dear Nestor Carbonell,

I never watched Lost, so when I started watching Bates Motel the other week, I was woefully unprepared for the feels your Sheriff Alex Romero would slowly but surely evoke as I made an Olympics-qualifying dash through every episode (so far) of the Psycho prequel series.

At first, I admit, I was unmoved by Romero's appeal, despite his undeniably handsome face and seriously luxurious eyelashes. See, in Season 1, he helped cover up crimes, his own included, and one could only guess whether it was truly for the good of the town—and new resident Norma Bates—or not. And, like, why brood over the potentially corrupt—albiet gorgeous—sheriff when poor, noble, too-good-for-this-world Dylan Massett needed my attention?! I was sure I was mostly addicted to this show because I desperately wanted to see Dylan escape his awful family and dangerous town, then go off to live a better life.

[And then that all changed...]

Thu
Jan 12 2017 4:37pm

Swept Away by Romance News & Deals!

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

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle KennedyDeal Alert: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy's male/male hockey romance Him is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* The sequel, Us, is also on sale for $.99 and gives readers the chance to reunite with heroes Wes and Jamie as they “juggle fame, careers, a nosy neighbor and a hidden relationship,” as Lucy_Hargrave describes it in her March 2016 edition of the Male/Male Romance Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Sawyer Bennett's Legal Affairs contemporary romance Friction is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Bennett's recently released Cold Fury novel Max made it into Jessica Moro's December edition of our New Adult Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Robyn Carr's women's fiction novel Swept Away is $2.99 in e-book today at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Carr is a regular fixture of our monthly Women's Fiction Best Bets list, so if you're a fan of hers, you'll find a lot of authors to love in that roundup of recommendations.

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels's romantic suspense category romance Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch is $1.99 in e-book today at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Are you a category romance newbie ready to dip a toe into the water? Here's your chance...

[+Billionaires soiree and book display tips...]

Tue
Jan 10 2017 4:39pm

Major-League Deals & News from Sherrilyn Kenyon, Christine Feehan, and More

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

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Born of Night by Sherrilyn KenyonDeal Alert: Sherrilyn Kenyon's first League novel, Born of Night, is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Newcomer to the series? Learn everything you need to get started with our League primer, including an introduction, a list of the books in reading order, and an excerpt from Born of Night.

Deal Alert: Hannah Howell's Scottish historical Highland Chieftain, twenty-first in the Murrays series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The Murrays get a shout-out in H&H blogger Anna Bowling's spotlight on family sagas in romance novels.

Deal Alert: Christine Feehan's first Sea Haven paranormal romance, Water Bound, is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* In her First Look at the fourth book in the series, Earth Bound, H&H blogger PhoebeChase notes that the larger them of the series is “reclaiming life through bonds with people who understand what you have been through.”

[+YA fantasy deal and pretty covers...]