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Thu
Jul 28 2016 5:03pm

Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflower E-Deal & Jodi Ellen Malpas Video Excerpt: Romance News

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Devil in Winter by Lisa KleypasDeal Alert: Lisa Kleypas' third Wallflowers historical, Devil in Winter, is a steal at $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Evie and St. Vincent's son's book is in the works! Get scoop on Devil in Spring, coming February 21, 2017.

Deal Alert: Eva Leigh's Wicked Quills of London historical romance Forever Your Earl is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* In her First Look at the book, PhoebeChase writes: “Witty. Smart. Subversive. Charming. These are all terms that define the hero and heroine of Forever Your Earl, but can also be ascribed to the book overall.

Deal Alert: S.C. Stephens' rock-star contemporary romance Thoughtful is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Stephens' novel Thoughtless, set in the same universe, is one of two New Adult romances on our list of the ”27 Best Romance Novels—Your Ultimate TBR Pile" from TanyaLK and Lucy Hargrave.

Deal Alert: Carla Neggers' second Sharpe & Donovan romantic suspense novel, Heron's Cove, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* What happened when our former Romance Virgin read his first romantic suspense, Linda Howard's treasure of a book Mr. Perfect? Well, he revisited his issues with the classic movie Speed, for one...

[+Jodi Ellen Malpas' video excerpt & Arrow Season 5 trailer...]

Wed
Jul 27 2016 5:05pm

Gilmore Girls Premiere Date and Christina Dodd Deal: Romance News

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Gilmore Girls returns with 4 all-new episodes November 25! In a move we will be truly thankful for (yes, that's the Friday after Thanksgiving), Netflix made the news official with the first trailer for “A Year in the Life,” which includes a clip of Lorelai and Rory bantering about Amy Schumer—“Do you think Amy Schumer would like me? No.”—the Corpse Flower—“that plant... that only blooms once every 50 years and smells disgusting”—and...oh, we can't do it justice, you'll just have to watch for yourself:

The '80s are making a comeback in Jenny Holiday's New Wave Newsroom series. If you're hungry like the wolf for '80s-set romance, you'll want to tear into The Fixer, The Gossip, and The Pacifist. Feast your eyes on the covers and an excerpt at USA Today's HEA blog.

We never tire of that Ross/Demelza clinch. Gaze upon the Poldark Series 2 promotional picture.

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Deal Alert: Christina Dodd's Castles in the Air (yep, the one notoriously first published with a three-armed heroine on the cover) is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* The e-book may have new packaging, but you can always revisit the old edition in our laugh-out-loud roundup of the worst (best) covers ever.

[+Robyn Carr deal & free Carly Phillips e-book...]

Tue
Jul 26 2016 5:05pm

Dark-Hunter Emojis and a Chicagoland Spinoff Series?!: Romance News

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Dragonmark by Sherrilyn KenyonWhat's a text conversation without emojis these days? Now you can communicate via one of your favorite book series with the brand-new Dark-Hunter Emoji keyboard in honor of Dragonmark's release next Tuesday! Already looking ahead to the second book in the Dark-Hunter: Dragons Rising series? Discover the identities of Dragonsworn's hero and heroine...

Journey to Chicagoland...again! Chloe Neill has been keeping a BIG announcement under her hat, and today on her Twitter, she revealed the news that her beloved Chicagoland series is getting a spin-off series. This comes on the heels of news that January will see a new Ethan/Merit novella! If you're looking to start from the beginning, don't miss “Merit Is Awesome: A Chicagoland Series Primer.”

Monica Murphy's newly unveiled Just Friends cover hints at tumultous teen romance, and sure enough, in an interview with USA Today's HEA blog, Murphy describes the book as being about “young teenage love. Angsty love. Smash your heart to bits and end up super confused over everything love.” Yes, there's a love triangle, and it sounds like a doozy...

BookRiot Live 2016, a.k.a. “two days of exclusive events celebrating books and the reading life,” will be held November 12 & 13 in New York City. The schedule of events is still in the works, and we hope they'll be adding romance speakers and panels, but you can learn more and register now over at bookriotlive.com.

[+Lois McMaster Bujold, Shelly Ellis & more deals...]

Mon
Jul 25 2016 5:10pm

New J.D. Robb & Anne Rice Sneak Peeks Ahoy!: Romance News

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Curves 'Em Right by Milly TaidenDeal Alert: Milly Taiden's menage paranormal Curves 'Em Right, the fourth standalone book in the Paranormal Dating Agency series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Taiden excels at writing relatable curvy heroines that remind us of ourselves, says Lauren Smith in her post on body image and romance novels.

Deal Alert: Christine Hughes' rom-com Operation One Night Stand is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble.* We're wondering... Would you like to see the return of the rom-com?

Deal Alert: Dana Marton's romantic suspense Flash Fire, which won the 2016 RITA for Romantic Suspense, is just $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* If you like action movies, you should give Marton's books a chance, writes Nichole Severn in her article “Boom Goes the Dynamite: Romance Novels for the Action Movie Fan.”

Deal Alert: M. O'Keefe's erotic contemporary Everything I Left Unsaid is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Everything I Left Unsaid is “the kind of book I want to buy a million copies of and give it to every reader who claims they don’t like romance,” writes Wendy the Librarian in her First Look review.

Fresh Outta the Oven

J.D. Robb reminds us we're less than two months away from Apprentice in Death hitting the shelves. She's offering an excerpt of Chapter 1 for those who just can't wait!

[+Anne Rice excerpt, movie trailers galore & more...]

Fri
Jul 22 2016 3:25pm

E.L. James on Instagram and a Wonder Woman Poster: Romance News

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Wonder Woman official poster E.L. James is taking over the @fiftyshadesmovie Instagram to reveal pictures from the Fifty Shades movies filming in France. Remember, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are currently filming back-to-back with director James Foley; the second installment of Christian and Ana's story will hit theaters on February 10, 2017, while the trilogy's conclusion will follow the next year, on February 9, 2018.

Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman is ready to save the world in her new official poster, which reads simply: “Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder.” Diana Prince was the best part of Batman vs. Superman, so we're pleased as punch her standalone film's coming up.

The first Luke Cage trailer is here! Watch Mike Colter kick a lot of ass and then join us in our breathless anticipation of Luke “just getting started” on September 30. Anyone else hoping we'll see at least a cameo from Jessica Jones? As we've learned, Luke and Jessica make quite the power couple.

If Rami Malek could play another Mr. Robot character, it would be... Angela! Vulture has a theory about why that may be as we head deeper into Season 2 of the show...

[+Sarah Addison Allen & L.J. Shen deals...]

Thu
Jul 21 2016 5:16pm

Sherrilyn Kenyon Deal & Book Soundtracks: Romance News

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Son of No One by Sherrilyn KenyonDeal Alert: Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter novel Son of No One is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Are you a Menyon? Discover the 10 signs you're addicted to Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series.

Deal Alert: Jamie K. Schmidt's contemporary romance Life's a Beach is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* How do you choose your beach reads? What even makes a book a “beach read,” anyway? 

Fresh Outta the Oven

Rachel Grant's Body of Evidence, coming to a theater near you? Maybe! Word is, producer Nancy Cartwright's company Spotted Cow Entertainment has secured the movie and TV rights to the romantic suspense novel about an archaeologist and the sexy U.S. attorney who aren't sure how to trust each other but who definitely want to jump each other's bones. Yum.

[+Book soundtracks & Luke Cage interview...]

Wed
Jul 20 2016 5:27pm

Fantasy Deals & Daveed Diggs’ Next Role: Romance News

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Rescue Me by Jaci BurtonDeal Alert: Jaci Burton's Rescue Me is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Burton certainly knows her hot heroes—treat yourself to some specially curated Vee-Day Beefcake this Hump Day.

Deal Alert: Kaitlyn Davis' Beauty's-the-cursed-one fantasy romance Withering Rose is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* You may have noticed the book headlines Maggie Boyd's recently published post “Magic Hinges to a Magical World: Fantasy Romances You Should Be Reading.”

Deal Alert: Kristen Callihan's Darkest London novella Entwined is discounted to $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Callihan's series is another one on the list of fantasy romances you should be reading, and now that the last Darkest London book is in stores, you can feel free to load up your e-reader and prepare to binge-read.

[+Hamilton's Daveed Diggs joins the cast of...]

Tue
Jul 19 2016 4:56pm

Stephenie Meyer’s The Chemist and X-Files Origins: Romance News

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The Chemist by Stephenie MeyerTwilight author Stephenie Meyer's next book will be The Chemist, an adult thriller that she describes as “the love child created from the union of my romantic sensibilities and my obsession with Jason Bourne/Aaron Cross.” Hello! The Wall Street Journal has more scoop about the book, out November 15, and its former-secret-agent heroine. Can we expect another Bella/Edward-level romance, or will there not be time for love? (There's always time for love. #priorities)

Prepare to investigate teenage Mulder and Scully in The X-Files: Origins. Kami Garcia's Agent of Chaos will follow Mulder at 17, while Jonathan Maberry's Devil's Advocate is 15-year-old Scully's story. See the covers and official descriptions for both young adult X-Files books, which will hit stores the same day, January 3, 2017. Until then, I'm always here to commiserate with you over the exquisite torture of shipping Mulder/Scully.

[+ Christine Feehan trailer & 4 sweet deals...]

Mon
Jul 18 2016 3:02pm

RITA Winner E-Deal & Book Nerds in Love: Romance News

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Must Love Chainmail by Angela QuarlesDeal Alert: Angela Quarles' RITA Award–winning paranormal Must Love Chainmail, Book 2 in the Must Love series, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* And what do you know, you're in luck: Must Love Kilts hit stores just last week—learn more in our cover reveal from June.

Deal Alert: Kelly Harms' debut women's fiction novel, The Good Girl of Shipwreck Lane, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* On the hunt for beach reads? Don't miss genre expert Scarlettleigh's roundup of June 2016 women's fiction best bets.

Deal Alert: Kristan Higgins' contemporary romance Somebody to Love, Gideon's Cove #3, is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Heroine Lucy's feline companion, Fat Mikey, is terrific comic relief, says Myretta Robens in her article “Going to the Dogs in Kristan Higgins's Romance Novels.”

[When book lovers fall in love, Sarah J. Maas & Comic Con...]

Fri
Jul 8 2016 4:00pm

Fandom Made Me Do It: A Case Study on Shipping Jon/Sansa in Game of Thrones

Sansa Stark and Jon Snow face their enemy in Game of ThronesNote: If you're disturbed by the idea of romance between cousins-raised-as-siblings Jon Snow and Sansa Stark in Game of Thrones, I completely understand, but you'll want to skip this article.

The morning after watching Games of Thrones' season 6 finale, “The Winds of Winter,” I logged into Tumblr to find my dashboard full of Jon/Sansa text posts, gif sets, and more. People 'ship Jon and Sansa? I thought. Huh! I mean, their scenes last night were really good... Little did I know that clicking that jon x sansa tag to investigate the fandom further would lead me to my next 'ship.

But I should have known. Fandom has a way of absorbing your interest in a topic and then reflecting it back at you tenfold. That was certainly the case here. As I scrolled through persuasive arguments and colorful fan art pointing out parallels between them and Stark powercouple Ned and Catelyn, I began to warm to the idea of a marriage alliance between Jon Snow and Sansa Stark—and maybe even a romance.

Danger, Will Robinson! I know, I know. All the warning signs were there: Fan discussions and creations in one part of the fandom were starting to change my perspective on the whole show and on what's most definitely an edgy 'ship—and one I would not support in real-life.

[How did this even happen?...]

Fri
Jul 8 2016 1:45pm

Weekend E-Book Deals from Mary Kay Andrews & Roxie Rivera: Romance News

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Note: The Afternoon Tea will be on hiatus next week while half of Team H&H is at the Romance Writers of America conference. (Expect lots of goodies while we're there and when we get back!) Look for the news roundup again on Monday, July 18!

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Save the Date by Mary Kay AndrewsDeal Alert: Mary Kay Andrews' contemporary novel Save the Date is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Cara’s tribulations will entertain you, but her gumption and resourcefulness will charm you,” says Scarlettleigh about the heroine in her First Look at Save the Date.

Deal Alert: Roxie Rivera's first Her Russian Protectors novel, Ivan, is FREE right now on Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If you love (fictional) mobsters, you won't want to miss our recommendations post dedicated to mobsters in love...

Deal Alert: Michelle Willingham's historical romance Undressed by the Earl, Secrets in Silk #3, is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Willingham knows a thing or two about putting us through the wringer in the very best way: A certain “fighting takes the edge off” scene in her book To Tempt a Viking inspired a “Delicious Despair” post from Wendy the Super Librarian.

Fresh Outta the Oven

“Hell hath no hunger like a man let out of a cage...” is the tagline for Sophie Jordan's latest, Hell Breaks Loose, and is code for “red-hot Alpha hero” if we've ever seen it. Read a sample of chapter 1 now...

[+Outlander finale pics...]

Thu
Jul 7 2016 5:09pm

Free Kit Rocha & Cathy Yardley Books, Plus BuzzBook Excerpts: Romance News

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Note: The Afternoon Tea will be on hiatus next week while half of Team H&H is at the Romance Writers of America conference. (Expect lots of goodies while we're there and when we get back!) Look for the news roundup again on Monday, July 18!

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Beyond Shame by Kit RochaDeal Alert: Kit Rocha's very first Beyond book, Beyond Shame, is FREE in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Let's just say that the Beyond series is in our list of 15 must-read erotic romance novels for good reason...

Deal Alert: Tessa Dare's fourth Spindle Cove historical, Any Duchess Will Do, is only $1.99 in e-book right now at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “...Tessa Dare gives readers an anti-fairy tale romance in which hard work and self-respect are the route to happiness, and love is the only magic anyone needs,” writes Janga in her First Look at Any Duchess Will Do.

Deal Alert: Cathy Yardley's video-game-professionals-discover-love contemporary romance Level Up is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “[Tessa and Adam's] relationship jumps from friends to smooching buddies almost by accident,” Rebekah Weatherspoon writes in her review of the book, and if that isn't our kind of romance, what is?! P.S. If you like fan fiction and/or video games, Suzanne says you definitely want to give this one a shot.

[+Christine Feehan interview, BuzzBooks sampler, and more...]

Wed
Jul 6 2016 3:50pm

Lynsay Sands E-Book Deal and True Blood...The Musical?: Romance News

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Runaway Vampire by Lynsay SandsDeal Alert: Lynsay Sands' twenty-third Argeneau novel Runaway Vampire is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* In an ode to heroine Mary Winslow, Scandal writes: “Mary is a grown-ass woman, she’s self-sufficient, strong, and capable of taking care of herself. When something is amiss, she is mature enough to call it out, immediately. No running, no games, no being coy. She knows her body, and she trusts her mind. That’s a comfortable level of self-esteem hard-fought and won over the years. Mary is my hero.”

Deal Alert: Lauren Blakely's Hollywood-set romance Stars in Their Eyes is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Rival celebrity photographers forced to work together is exactly the type of enemies-to-lovers romance we crave—you?

[+Melissa Foster & Julia London deals and...a True Blood musical?!]

Fri
Jul 1 2016 2:37pm

Who Needs Fireworks with Tillie Cole, Mary Balogh & Kerrigan Byrne Deals: Romance News

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Editor's Note: To our fellow Americans, happy Independence Day weekend! To the rest of our dear readers, have a lovely few days! The Afternoon Tea will be back on Wednesday, July 6.

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Raze by Tillie ColeDeal Alert: Tillie Cole's first Scarred Souls book, Raze, is only $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon, iBooks | etc.* And once you've torn through Raze, know that we have a sample from Book 2, Reap, for your reading pleasure. The third book, Ravage, is coming soon; it'll be out on August 16. So basically, plan to binge!

Deal Alert: Mary Balogh's An Unlikely Duchess is on sale for just $1.99 each in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* We're total Balogh junkies, as if you couldn't tell from our “Ten Life Lessons from Mary Balogh” piece.

—Deal Alert: Kerrigan Byrne's Victorian Rebels historical The Highwayman is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Start reading the book with an excerpt, and then, for a romantic story by Byrne you won't find anywhere else (!!!), check out her gorgeous H&H Quickie entitled “Chasing the Storm.” You'll be sighing with satisfaction by the end, promise.

[+What's up at H&H...]

Thu
Jun 30 2016 4:57pm

Tempting Deals from Synithia Williams and Sylvia Day: Romance News

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From One Night to Forever by Synithia WilliamsDeal Alert: Synithia Williams' contemporary romance From One Night to Forever, which promises both the one-night-stand-to-more and friend's-little-sister tropes, is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* What's your favorite combination of tropes?

Deal Alert: Rainbow Rowell's contemporary novel Landline is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “In Landline,” writes Kate Nagy in her First Look at the book, “Rowell gives us a compelling modern romance shot through with magical realism—and in fact, even without the phone calls to the past, the story is one that will resonate with many readers.”

—Deal Alert: Sylvia Day's Don't Tempt Me is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Day is one of those authors who have busted through 3 myths of erotic romance, according to Erin Moore.

Deal Alert: Laurelin Paige's Free Me is, well, FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Get a feel for Paige's writing with a sample from her sexy romance Forever with You.

[+Jill Shalvis sneak peek, Nashville news & more...]

Tue
Jun 28 2016 5:27pm

Jennifer Ashley’s Lord Ian Mackenzie Is Yours for $1.99: Romance News

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The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer AshleyDeal Alert: Jennifer Ashley's historical The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie, Book 1 in the Mackenzies series, is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* The tale features an oft-recommended hurt/comfort scene, says Scarlettleigh in her piece “In Sickness and in Health: Illness and Hurt/Comfort in Romance Novels.”

—Deal Alert: Kate Meader's erotic romance Taking the Score is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* Speaking of red-hot romance... What's the filthiest book you've ever read? Let's discuss!

Deal Alert: Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster sequel, Walking Disaster, is a bargain in e-book at $1.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble.* “Walking Disaster offers that rare glimpse by giving Travis Maddox’s side of the story,” writes Jackie Lester in her First Look at the book.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Release day is the best day! Did one of your auto-buy authors publish a book today? Double-check with our June New Releases Shopping List and then come back tomorrow for our July list.

[+ Fall TV dates for your favorite ABC shows...]

Mon
Jun 27 2016 4:55pm

Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Heart Cover & 5 Deals: Romance News

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Archangel's Heart by Nalini Singh

Fresh Outta the Oven

Elena's armed to the teeth on the cover of Nalini Singh's Archangel's Heart! The next Guild Hunter book will be out on November 1, 2016—stay tuned for more scoop as we get closer... Haven't joined the Guild Hunter fold yet? Here's what you need to know.

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Deal Alert: Sarah MacLean's first Scandal & Scoundrel novel, The Rogue Not Taken, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* [MacLean's] stories are like crack,“ says TanyaLK in her First Look at The Rogue Not Taken, ”where I feel so emotionally attached to the characters and can’t seem to pull myself away in order to do basic necessities like sleeping, eating…you get the drift.“

Deal Alert: Janet Chapman's time-traveling-highlander romance The Highlander Next Door is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Want more time-travel romances? We've got you covered.

—Deal Alert: Sonali Dev's The Bollywood Bride is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The Bollywood Bride is one of 27 books on our Ultimate TBR Pile.

[+Julie Garwood and Karen Robards steals!...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 12:54pm

Free Eve Langlais Book to Kick Off the Weekend: Romance News

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A Demon and His Witch by Eve LanglaisDeal Alert: Eve Langlais' paranormal romance A Demon and His Witch, the first Welcome to Hell novel, is FREE at e-tailers including iBooks and Amazon.* But before you dive in, here are 10 things you should know about Eve Langlais...

—Deal Alert: Janet Evanovich's mystery One for the Money, the book that kicked off the beloved Stephanie Plum series, not to mention the Stephanie/Morelli/Ranger triangle, is on sale for only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks, etc.* Never met Stephanie & co.? You are missing out! Start reading One for the Money with an excerpt of Chapters 1-3 here at H&H. Plus, join the debate: Are you Team Morelli or Team Ranger?

Deal Alert: Tessa Bailey's romantic suspense Up in Smoke is just $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* “[The hero's] dirty talk helps to bring the hero and heroine together in Bailey’s second Crossing The Line novel,” Chelsea Mueller writes in her First Look at Up in Smoke. How can you resist learning more about that?!

—Deal Alert: Jenny Han's contemporary YA romance, P.S. I Still Love You, the sequel to To All The Boys I've Loved Before, is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon, etc.* While I'm #TeamPeter all the way, I enjoy the way the first two books keep the focus on Lara Jean's journey, with boys and without.

[+What's hot at H&H...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 5:06pm

Get Screwed for $.99: Romance News

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**Breaking News: Lisa Kleypas' Devil in Spring, whose hero is the son of a Wallflower, now has a gorgeous cover! See the cover here...**

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Screwed by Kendall Ryan—Deal Alert: Kendall Ryan's Screwed is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Ryan talks the power of an un-put-down-able book in her H&H guest post, writing: “I want to lose myself so completely in the pages that the characters, their choices, decisions and actions feel so real they have the power to turn my stomach into a ball of nerves and glue me to the pages despite my obligations. My family wants dinner? Too bad. We're ordering pizza tonight because I. CANNOT. PUT. THIS. BOOK. DOWN.”

—Deal Alert: Molly McClain's single-dad-helps-stranded-driver-heroine Can't Get Enough is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Look, there are few things in this world as sexy as hot men who also happen to be terrific fathers. For that reason, I'm 100% game for romances featuring children.

Deal Alert: Annabeth Albert's opposites-attract male/male contemporary Status Update, Book 1 in the #gaymers series, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Book 2 in the series, Beta Test, earned a spot in Lucy_Hargrave's male/male best bets just last month!

[+Romance BuzzBooks & The Devil Wears Prada is 10?!...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 3:44pm

Meet Sarina Bowen’s Hard Hitter and Outlander’s Grown-Up Brianna & Roger: Romance News

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

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is gracing us with a lot of hotness this summer—hot farmers with Bittersweet, and now more hot hockey players with the cover for Hard Hitter, the second book in her Brooklyn Bruisers series. But we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves: Look for more about the series, including a First Look review of Book 1, Rookie Move, before it hits shelves this September!

Season 2 of Outlander is almost over (nooooo), but as the finale nears, so too does the first appearance of an adult Brianna, <highlight for spoilers>Jamie and Claire's daughter</spoilers> and Roger. Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the handsome pair in all their finery! You can be sure we'll be analyzing their story in our Outlander heart-to-heart recaps.

—Vote Sam Seaborn for President! Until that can actually happen, we'll settle for a West Wing reunion at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. Aaron Sorkin said The West Wing made “a different kind of character sexy on television.” We couldn't agree more as we make heart-eyes at Bradley Whitford and bask forever in our love for Josh/Donna.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

—Deal Alert: Rory Wilde's animal shelter–set male/male romance, Forever Home, is FREE in e-book at Amazon.* Lucy_Hargrave named Forever Home one of her male/male romance best bets of May, saying “Just be careful you don’t end up adopting a four-legged friend by the end of it!”

[+Paula Byrne & Susan Elizabeth Phillips deals...]