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Fri
Feb 5 2016 4:33pm

Romance News: A Simply Sexual Deal and More

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Deal Alerts

Simply Sexual by Kate PearceKate Pearce's first erotic House of Pleasure novel, Simply Sexual, is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* If this book lights your fire, read JenniferPorter's 2015 piece “Hotter Than a Crowded Ballroom: Kate Pearce's Erotically Charged Writing” for more reading suggestions to suit your mood.

Carrie Ann Ryan's tattoo-artist-hero romance Delicate Ink, first in the Montgomery Ink series, is FREE in e-book for the moment at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Donna Cummings wrote about the appeal of tattooed romance heroes in her 2011 article “Marked by Love,” if you're looking for more men with ink. 

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In more Fifty Shades Darker movie casting news, Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows) will portray Leila Williams, one of Christian Grey's exes. Last week we learned that Kim Basinger joined the cast as Elena Lincoln.

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

Fri
Feb 5 2016 12:01pm

“I Swear Fealty to You”: The 100 3x03 Bellarke & Clexa Heart-to-Heart

Lexa and Clarke face off in The 100 Season 3 episode 3, Ye Who Enter HereThe 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 Bellamy/Clarke and Clarke/Lexa relationships, with reactions from two very different perspectives: Camp Bellarke (Heather Waters & Jennifer Proffitt) and the Clexa Cabal (Phoebe Chase & Angela Craft). 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 3, “Ye Who Enter Here” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke), Clarke/Lexa (Clexa)

Clarke/Lexa aka Clexa captain's log relationship tracker graphicClexa Cabal

Can you feel it, Clexa Cabal? Can you feel the DEFCON1 UST? (That's unresolved sexual tension for those not down with romancelandia acronyms.) As a grown woman of almost 50 years and a suburban mother of three, I was on the edge of my seat this entire episode. Right from the opening scene, Clarke and Lexa are throwing down and diving right into the Big Betrayal at Mt. Weather. You know who does that? People that have strong, intense feelings for each other, that's who. 

Lexa defends her decision and tells Clarke that she would have done the same to save her people. These two women have so much in common, are so similar at their core. Lexa sees it, but Clarke isn't ready to admit it. The many, many close-ups of both actresses during these scenes shows just how good they are. The emotions and things being left unsaid were so evident in their faces.

[More Clexa thoughts + Bellarke recap...]

Thu
Feb 4 2016 4:16pm

Romance News: Ilona Andrews’s Magic Binds Cover & More!

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Deal Alerts

Across the Line by Kate WilloughbyKate Willoughby's winning hockey romance Across the Line, Book 2 of the In the Zone series, is currently marked down to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Willoughby and five fellow authors compiled the 18 Reasons Why We Love Athletes in 2014 and it's still very relevant.

Kristan Higgins' charming contemporary The Best Man is discounted to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at Amazon.* In her First Look at The Best Man, Myretta Robens says she felt transported to upstate New York in this book. Armchair traveling ftw!

Tiffany Snow's sexy Risky Business contemporary Power Play is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* Love triangle alert! Reviewer TanyaLK says in her First Look at Power Play that she's not normally a fan of triangles, but Snow sucked her in and made her eager for more.

RaeAnne Thayne's cozy contemporary western Light the Stars, first in the Cowboys of Cold Creek series, is only $.99 right now at iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Thayne dropped by H&H last year to share her insights on the appeal of small-town romance.

[+Ilona Andrews cover & a Sherrilyn Kenyon coloring book!]

Tue
Feb 2 2016 3:40pm

Romance News: Discover Amelia Peabody and Bridgerton Deals!

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Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth PetersElizabeth Peters' first Amelia Peabody Mystery, Crocodile on the Sandbank, is marked down to $1.99 (regularly $9.99) in e-book today at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more.* In a 2012 article on Archaeology and Adventure Romances, Amber McMichael teases that this mystery novel definitely pulls double duty as a romance when “a newly wealthy spinster travels to Egypt to meet a surly (but quite handsome) Egyptologist.”

Julia Quinn's The Duke and I, the book that launched the beloved Bridgertons series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book this week at iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc. as part of the “8 Weeks of Bridgertons” festivities leading up to Because of Miss Bridgerton's release.* Janga chose the Bridgertons as one of her 5 favorite families in historical romance.

Katie MacAlister's paranormal romance Dragon Fall, Book 1 in the Dragon Fall series, is on sale for $2.99 in e-book for the moment at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc.* As JohnJacobson wrote in his First Look at Dragon Fall, it's a “funny, fast-paced start to a new dragon series for MacAlister.”

[+The Me Before You movie poster!...]

Tue
Feb 2 2016 9:04am

“This Is How I Like My Mulder”: The X-Files 10x03 Mulder/Scully Romance (MSR) Heart-to-Heart

Mulder and Scully at an autopsy in The X-Files Season 10, episode 3Eight years after The X-Files: I Want to Believe hit theaters and THIRTEEN years after the series finale aired on television, FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back for a six-episode Season 10 of The X-Files. Suffice to say, I am a WRECK. Won't you join me, fellow Mulder/Scully shippers—you, who coined the phrase “shipping” in the first place—in breaking down each new slice of canon we are gifted? Tonight, following “My Struggle: Part I” and “Founder's Mutation,” we hit the halfway mark of the season (nooooo!!) with 10x03, “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” a comedic episode featuring another monster of the week!

Is The X-Files trying to kill us, or what?! One week it's soul-destroying angst, the next it's feel-good meta.

That's right: Even as the show continues to explore serious issues, such as Mulder and Scully's conflicting feelings about being back at the FBI and various other life choices (Williaaaammmm), “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” presents some remarkably comforting and even downright hilarious callbacks to the original series, as well as more proof that Mulder and Scully are right back where they belong—and, wonder of wonders—happily so.

We depend on Fox Mulder to be the guy who wants to believe, and normally there's no theory too out there for him, but at the top of the hour, he's having a bit of a crisis of faith that Scully is determined to see him through by balancing his lower energy out with her own increased enthusiasm. As is always true, when Mulder falters, Scully is right there to back him up, though when my roommate wandered into the room, she asked, “Did Mulder and Scully switch bodies or something?” And...well...she's not wrong. The two have swapped skeptic and believer badges before, but this may be the most delightful time yet.

[Prepare to laugh, and ponder the meaning of life, and squee...]

Mon
Feb 1 2016 3:54pm

Romance News: Dianne Duvall & Gina Maxwell Deals!

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Shadows Strike by Dianne DuvallDianne Duvall's sixth Immortal Guardians paranormal romance, Shadows Strike, is on sale for $1.99 (regularly $7.99) in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc.* After reading, be sure to drop by Lucy Dosch's Immortal Guardians fantasy casting post—do you agree with her picks or would you cast different actors in the roles?

Gina Maxwell's contemporary What Happens in Vegas story Tempting Her Best Friend is currently marked down to $.99 (from $2.99) in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Arrow powercouple Oliver and Felicity reportedly inspired the Dillon/Alyssa relationship in Tempting Her Best Friend, and Marilyn Porter has all the details.

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Want exclusive content from your favorite authors? Make sure you're signed up for the weekly H&H newsletter. In the next couple months, Sylvain Reynard, Anne Calhoun, Patricia Briggs, Anne Bishop, and more will be featured in the Author Spotlight available ONLY for subscribers!

[+What's the sexiest book you've ever read?...]

Fri
Jan 29 2016 4:37pm

Romance News: Lori Foster MMA Romance Deal and More

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Deal Alert

Tough Love by Lori FosterLori Foster's MMA romance Tough Love, Book 3 in the Ultimate series, is currently on sale for $1.99 in e-book at AmazoniBookstore, etc.* For more on the series, Tori Benson offers her thoughts on Book 1, No Limits.

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It's raining covers!

Want to see the cover for Roan Parrish's Out of Nowhere, the follow-up to her GoodReads Choice Awards finalist In the Middle of Somewhere? Of course you do! Head over to Binge on Books to view the cover. (Bonus: H&H will have an excerpt from Out of Nowhere, as well as from Parrish's upcoming anthology—with other great talents—Follow Me Into Darkness.)

[+Laurelin Paige cover & Hot Dudes Reading book...]

Fri
Jan 29 2016 12:00pm

“We Can’t Lose Her”: The 100 3x02 Bellarke & Clexa Heart-to-Heart

Bellamy and Kane in The 100 Season 3, episode 2, Wanheda: Part 2The 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 Bellamy/Clarke and Clarke/Lexa relationships, with reactions from two very different perspectives: Camp Bellarke (Heather Waters & Jennifer Proffitt) and the Clexa Cabal (Phoebe Chase & Angela Craft). 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 2, “Wanheda, Part 2” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke), Clarke/Lexa (Clexa)

Bellamy and Clarke aka Bellarke relationship tracker Captain's Log for The 100 3x02Camp Bellarke

Bellamy Blake is in love with Clarke Griffin. After this week's episode, there's no doubt in my mind. Even meeting other survivors from the Ark—led by Bellamy and Clarke's Earth Skills teacher, Pike, and including Monty's mom (yay!)—could not distract Bell from his one and only priority: Rescuing Clarke from their enemies.

While everyone is concerned about Clarke, Bellamy's frantically worried throughout the episode and does everything humanly possible to get to her (recalling his comments about Lexa's second in Season 2, that he'd do anything for her, to protect her, and that that made perfect sense to Bellamy). “I hate to cut this short,” he says, interrupting what should be a joyous reunion, “but we've got to find Clarke.” Later, after spotting her in a field through his gun scope, Bellamy charges out to get her only to be pulled back by Pike and told to wait for the Ice Nation army to pass first. As they wait in the cave, Bellamy sits apart from the group with his head in his hands and frets, later anxiously reminding everyone they're losing her. When he can no longer handle doing nothing, Bellamy steals an Ice Nation uniform and joins their march, almost getting caught out before separating from the group to seek out Clarke.

[+more Bellarke feels & Clexa flailing...]

Thu
Jan 28 2016 4:37pm

Romance News: Meet Outlander’s Brianna Randall!

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Deal Alerts

Cora Carmack's charming and funny New Adult romance Faking It (fake boyfriend alert!) is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Could this book be up your alley? Read Jennifer Proffitt's 2013 First Look review.

Keri Lake's dark romance featuring a vigilante hero planning to avenge his wife's death by kidnapping his enemy's wife, Ricochet, is marked down to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* What is dark romance, you ask? Nicole Leapheart spotlights dark erotica.

Sophie Skelton is Brianna FraserTasty Morsels

Outlander TV series fans who have not read Diana Gabaldon's books and don't want to be spoiled, look away now! Outlander book and show fans, the search is over: Brianna Randall (Fraser) has been cast for the show! British actress Sophie Skelton, whose IMDB page confirmd she's brand-new to Hollywood, will be stepping into the role of Claire and Jamie's daughter (who in the books was raised by Frank Randall and Claire), likely making her first appearance on screen by the end of season 2. In her Outlander fantasy casting post back in 2011, Rachel Hyland wrote that no one but Doctor Who's Karen Gillan could play Brianna, but I'm pretty open-minded after seeing how well Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe have worked out, how about you?

[+Kit Rocha cover & Can you ID these abs?...]

Wed
Jan 27 2016 4:15pm

Romance News: Johanna Lindsey & Nicole Michaels Deals

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Deal Alerts

Gentle Rogue by Johanna LindseyJohanna Lindsey's historical Gentle Rogue, third in the Malory-Anderson Family series and famous for its original Fabio cover, is on sale for $1.99 (normally $4.99) in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* John Jacobson remembers the book—in which heroine Georgina Anderson disguises herself as a cabin board and stows away on ex-pirate James Mallory's ship—as one of his first romance reads. Have you read it lately? How does it hold up?

Nicole Michaels' contemporary Start Me Up (in which a formerly no-strings type of guy, mechanic Mike, realizes he wants it all with single mom and lifestyle blogger/party planner Anne) is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon, iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Jenn Proffitt predicted this would be the year for men who work with their hands. Are you tempted by a mechanic hero?

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Christina Dodd has revealed the cover for her next Virtue Falls thriller, Because I'm Watching, on Facebook. New to the series? Try samples from Virtue Falls and Obsession Falls.

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

Tue
Jan 26 2016 3:44pm

Romance News: Sexy New Adult Deals and a Sherrilyn Kenyon Cover

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Phantom Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Deal Alerts

Leisa Rayven's first Starcrossed novel, Bad Romeo, is on sale for $2.99 (down from $14.99) in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* You can read an excerpt from Bad Romeo as well as one from its sequel, Broken Juliet, here at H&H.

Noelle Adams' contemporary New Adult novel One Night with Her Roommate is free for the moment at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* Remember: Friends to lovers are the best...unless they're also roommates, which may be even better.

M. Pierce's erotic New Adult novel Night Owl, first in a trilogy, is currently marked down to $2.99 (usually $7.99) in e-book at iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* Intrigued? Get introduced to Night Owl with a review by Robin Bradford.

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Sherrilyn Kenyon's new cover for the re-release of “the first dedicated all Dream-Hunter story,” Phantom Lover, as a standalone e-book. Read more about how the story came about (it was originally written for another publisher!), as well as the 16th anniversary of the first Dark-Hunter novel, on Kenyon's Facebook page. We're always up for celebrating the world of the Dark-Hunters.

[+Sarah MacLean & Lisa Kleypas covers!...]

Tue
Jan 26 2016 1:12am

Still in Love: The X-Files 10x02 Mulder/Scully Romance (MSR) Heart-to-Heart

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in The X-Files 10.02Eight years after The X-Files: I Want to Believe hit theaters and THIRTEEN years after the series finale aired on television, FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back for a six-episode Season 10 of The X-Files. Suffice to say, I am a WRECK. Won't you join me, fellow Mulder/Scully shippers—you, who coined the phrase “shipping” in the first place—in breaking down each new slice of canon we are gifted? Tonight we continue what last night started with episode 10x02, “Founder's Mutation,” featuring our first new monster of the week!

As we established beyond the shadow of a doubt last night, Mulder and Scully are still fools in love. And yet, just like in the original series, the agents keep us in suspense, forcing us to read too much into every. little. detail. and to imagine all the many ways they could, at any moment, once more fall into each other's arms and give us that sex scene we've been craving for DECADES. (“Desire is the devil's pitchfork” be damned.)

Ahem.

Anyway, so here are a few of the MSR moments from tonight's episode that inspired allllll the feels, and will surely lead to—or has already led to, even as I type this—heaps of new gifs and fan fiction and vids and art.

Two Nerds Indulge in Some “Old School” Bickering & Banter

Mulder once mused that Scully “always keeps [him] guessing,” and you could see that continued awe in him tonight as she pulled a translation of the Marathi word “gupta” out of her pre-Google brain. And while Mulder may be known for his crazy monlogues, Scully tonight cited a court case AND a medical journal in conversation, so. Nerds, the both of them. Seeing them banter and bicker their way through their first case back was pure bliss.

[That's not all, folks...]

Mon
Jan 25 2016 3:21pm

Romance News: Warm Up with Two Hot Deals!

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Deal Alerts

Honor Reclaimed by Tonya BurrowsTonya Burrows's former-sniper-falls-for-photojournalist romantic suspense novel Honor Reclaimed is on sale for $.99 (normally $14.99) in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc.*

M. Clarke's in-love-with-the-boss's-son New Adult contemporary Something Great is free right now (normally $3.99) in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.*

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U.S. east coasters, how did you pass the time during Saturday's blizzard? One couple turned what could have been a disaster—a blizzard on their wedding day—into a triumph of love, with beautiful pictures to prove it. Now I feel like an underachiever; I didn't even do laundry.

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

Mon
Jan 25 2016 2:01am

Don’t Give Up: The X-Files 10x01 Mulder/Scully Heart-to-Heart

Eight years after The X-Files: I Want to Believe hit theaters and THIRTEEN years after the series finale aired on television, FBI special agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) are back for a six-episode Season 10 of The X-Files. Suffice to say, I am a WRECK. Won't you join me, fellow Mulder/Scully shippers—you, who coined the phrase “shipping” in the first place—in breaking down each new slice of canon we are gifted? Tonight we start with the season premiere, episode 10x01, “My Struggle, Part I.”

First, the bad news: Mulder and Scully are not a couple when we meet up with them again in “My Struggle, Part I,” and their unhappiness pervades the whole affair.

This turn of events is maddening and heartbreaking after everything they've been through, so if your response to this episode is a confusing mix of euphoria over seeing your favorites back on screen (not to mention the original credits!) and demoralization over the state of the MSR, that's valid. Go ahead and let yourself feel it all: Mulder's saltiness, Scully's deceptively serene facade, and William's absence, still eating them both from the inside out. It almost hurts to look at them in this episode, yeah?

But, as Mulder tells Scully once again: “Don't give up.”

Here's the good news: Mulder and Scully are totally, absolutely, 100% still in love and everything's gonna be fine. You can see it in every moment they share. Need more convincing?

Here's 7 signs from “My Struggle, Part 1” that Mulder and Scully remain crazy about each other all these years later:

[This ship don't sink...]

Fri
Jan 22 2016 12:09pm

Beauty in the Breakdown: The 100 3x01 Bellarke & Clexa Heart-to-Heart

Eliza Taylor as Clarke Griffin in The 100 3x01, WanhedaThe 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 Bellamy/Clarke and Clarke/Lexa relationships, with reactions from two very different perspectives: Camp Bellarke (Heather Waters & Jennifer Proffitt) and the Clexa Cabal (Phoebe Chase & Angela Craft). 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 1, “Wanheda, Part 1” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke), Clarke/Lexa (Clexa), with mentions of Monty/Miller (Minty), Abby/Marcus, and Raven/Wick

Clexa captain's log ship tracker for The 100 season 3 episode 1Clexa Cabal

I just...

I mean...

WHO IS THAT WOMAN CLARKE IS GETTING NAKED AND SWEATY WITH?

*regroups*

Okay, so we didn't technically see Lexa in this episode, but if that Grounder from the trading post wasn't a stand-in for our favorite fearsome Commander then I'll turn in my recapper credentials. (I'm bluffing. I don't really have any.) She may have been a kinder, gentler, blonder Lexa, but the physical similarities were striking. What's that you say? Wish fulfillment on my part? I'm sure I don't know what you mean.

[More Clexa + a Bellarke breakdown!...]

Thu
Jan 21 2016 3:30pm

Romance News: Hiding Heroines and Fly-Boy Heroes!

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Deal Alerts

Tall, Tatted and Tempting by Tammy FalknerTammy Falkner's heroine-in-hiding contemporary Tall, Tatted, and Tempting, the first Reed Brothers novel, is FREE right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, and more.* And if you also enjoy historical fantasy, you should sample Falkner's 2012 novel A Lady and Her Magic.

Kate Meader's fake-engagement contemporary Even the Score is currently marked down to $.99 (from $2.99) in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more.* We REALLY love the fake engagement trope, and also Jade Lee's guest post on “3 Ways You Might Find Yourself in a Fake Engagement.”

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Chanel Cleeton's going full Top Gun and we are totally on board with this! Cleeton unveiled the cover for Fly with Me, her first Wild Aces book, on Twitter this morning, and well, pilots/fly-boy heroes could be our new favorite thing. In the meantime, we're excited to dig into Cleeton's newly released Assassins romantic suspense novel, Between Shadows. Nicole Leahpeart has the First Look review.

Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski were a little in love on The Office. And weren't we a little in love with them too? Jenna (aka Pam from The Office) gave Andy Cohen the scoop on her chemistry with co-star and love interest, John Krasinski. The secret? Jenna says: “There's like a real part of me that is Pam and a real part of him that's Jim and those parts of us were genuinely in love with one another.” See the full interview from Watch What Happens Live! Then, bask in the glory that is office romances with Jennifer Blackwood's 5 office-romance reading recommendations.

P.S. Have you nominated your favorite 2015 couple for the Swoonies? We're LOVING all your choices. Round 1, which will be between 16 couples, begins on our birthday, February 14/Valentine's Day, so get ready to vote!

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

Wed
Jan 20 2016 3:59pm

Romance News: Delish Deals from Jenny Colgan, Nicole Jordan, and More

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Deal Alerts

Little Beach Street Bakery by Jenny ColganJenny Colgan's comfort-food read Little Beach Street Bakery e-book is currently discounted to $1.99 (usually $7.99) at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, etc.* Scarlettleigh has written about how well food and magic can combine, citing Colgan's work and more.

Nicole Jordan's Regency romance Lover Be Mine is on sale in e-book right now for $1.99 (down from $7.99) at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* Speaking of Regency romance, how many of Myretta Robens' “10 Regency romances you should read” selections have you read?

Cassie Hayes' tropey The Drifter's Mail-Order Bride is free (usually $2.99) in e-book for the moment at Amazon.* This book had me at the title; if you're another sucker for mail-order bride stories, our excerpt from Carolyn Brown's 2014 book The Cowboy's Mail Order Bride may also be relevant to your interests.

[Harley Quinn's romance read & Wonder Woman footage...]

Tue
Jan 19 2016 3:26pm

Romance News: Sweet Connie Brockway & Candace Camp Deals

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Deal Alerts

My Dearest Enemy by Connie BrockwayConnie Brockway's classic, RITA-winning historical My Dearest Enemy is discounted to $.99 (usually $7.50) in e-book at Barnes & NobleAmazoniBookstore, and more right now.* Whether you've never read the book (you should fix that!) or suddenly in the mood for a reread (we approve), Courtney Milan's retrospective on what makes My Dearest Enemy so memorable is a treat.

Candace Camp's first Secrets of the Loch novel Treasured, a Scottish romance, is currently on sale for $1.99 (normally $7.99) in e-book at Amazon.* We have a feeling you won't want to stop there, though, so once you've turned the last page, head on over to BizJaust's First Look at Pleasured, Secrets of the Loch #2.

Laurelin Paige's movie-star-hero romance Take Two is marked down to $.99 (regularly $5.50) in e-book at iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.*

[+hot Alyssa Cole cover, Feverborn spoiler thread, and more...]

Fri
Jan 15 2016 3:26pm

Romance News: Burn for Deals on Ilona Andrews & Anne Bishop

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

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Deal Alerts

Burn for Me by Ilona AndrewsIlona Andrews' Hidden Legacy novel Burn for Me is a steal at $1.99 (usually $5.99) in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, etc.* As Tori Benson put it in her 2014 First Look at Burn for Me: “The writing team of Ilona Andrews is back and bringing their A game to a new urban fantasy series featuring a powerful and unscrupulous alpha billionaire who is used to always getting what he wants and the small time private investigator who is forced to work with him.”

—Another fantasy novel you can't miss is on sale today—Anne Bishop's Written in Red, beloved by many in the H&H community and the first book in the Others series, is marked down to $1.99 (usually $7.99) for the moment at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc. Get the scoop on the Others series and why bloggers love it like burning.

[+fresh TV news, Idris Elba, and more...]

Thu
Jan 14 2016 3:17pm

Romance News: Contemporary Deals on Laura Kaye, Erin McCarthy, and More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

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Deal Alerts

Hearts in Darkness by Laura Kaye—With Laura Kaye's Love in the Light out this week, you may be curious about the first half of Makenna and Caden's story. Well, catching up just got real affordable: Hearts in Darkness, where the two fall in love while stuck in an elevator, is marked down to only $.99 in e-book for the moment at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.*

Ava Miles' Dare River contemporary romance Country Heaven is currently free (normally $.99) in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more.* Miles treated us to recommendations for foodie romances in her 2014 guest post “Food Is Life: Gastronomique Romance for Our Food-Obsessed Culture.”

Erin McCarthy's New Adult romance You Make Me, first in the Blurred Lines series and (worth noting) a modern-day retelling of Wuthering Heights, is another free read today at iBookstore, Barnes & NobleAmazon, etc.* Do you consider Wuthering Heights a romance? Is Heathcliff a hero? Could a change in circumstances have turned things around? Let the debates rage on...

LuAnn McLane's Happily Ever After novel A Prince in Plain Sight is discounted to $2.99 (down from $4.99) in e-book at the moment at Amazon.* Jonesing for some downtime in a small town? Scarlettleigh suggests several other stops in her piece “Where Everybody Knows Your Name: Small Town Romance.”

[Sarah J. Maas cover, Oscar nominees & Alan Rickman's Snape...]