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Dec 2 2016 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Sweater Weather

Attractive young man in a turtleneck sweater

Dear Sweater Weather,

I don't think you realize how great you are. I don't think we always realize how great you are. While we're not looking forward to your seasonal partner, “Dear God Why Is It So Cold Out,” we love you just as you are. You allow us to layer and feel cozy and warm. You let us cuddle with our loved ones, and give us an excuse to stay in and read for three months straight and for that we're eternally grateful. 

And you know what else you give us? Dudes that are all bundled up. Scarves and turtlenecks highlighting strong jaws. Intricately patterned sweaters that hide perfectly sculpted six-packs, or so we can only assume.

[There's more where that came from...]

Dec 2 2016 8:03am

How Flawed Is Too Flawed?

Recently, members of Team H&H got in an argument healthy discussion, about flawed characters. It's something that many authors have to walk the fine line with—to the point that it becomes the Goldilocks syndrome of “just right.” We want character that are flawed and imperfect and human, but still redeemable, because while that a**hat at your coffee shop surely has a great story... he's stil an a**hat and you don't necessarily want to read a book about him.

Has there been times when a character is too flawed? Can they be flawed in a quirky way? Where do you draw the line?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Dec 1 2016 4:40pm

It’s Anarchy!: 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

At Wolf Ranch by Jennifer Ryan

Deal Alert: Jennifer Ryan's suspenseful At Wolf Ranch ebook is $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. Join Jennifer in a fun “game” of “You Might Be a Secret Baby If...”

Deal Alert: Miranda Liasson's fake-relationship story, This Love of Mine is $.99 in ebook at Amazon | etc. If fake relationships are your jam, dive into the comments of a recent morning coffee which asked: “How Many Books of the Same Trope Have You Read in a Row?” and ask yourself Could You Handle a Pretend Boyfriend?

Deal Alert: Carmen Falcone's lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers Brazilian Revenge is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. The hero and heroine of Brazilian Revenge definitely get off on the wrong foot... if that's your thing, you'll definitely want to check out these other meet-NOT-cutes. 

[And for Sons of Anarchy fans...]

Dec 1 2016 8:08am

What Sort of Books Did You Grow Up Around?

The books we grow up reading—and what we see our family members reading—end up being the foundation for our reading as an adult. Was your family a reading family? Did they encourage your reading? What sort of books did they read? How do you think they influenced your adult reading?

Tell me about it in the comments!



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Nov 30 2016 4:27pm

Wicked Romance News & Deals from Elizabeth Hoyt, J.D. Robb, and More

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

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Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth HoytDeal Alert: Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane historical Wicked Intentions is FREE in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Catch up or refresh your memory on the series before jumping into the newly released eleventh installment of the series, a chick-in-pants tale, Duke of Pleasure—this steamy excerpt will hook you.

Deal Alert: Elle Wright's first Edge of Scandal contemporary, The Forbidden Man, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Waiting in the wings for you will be our First Look at The Forbidden Man, the third and final book in the series.

Deal Alert: Contemporary holiday romance anthology Baby, It's Cold Outside—featuring stories by Jennifer Probst, Emma Chase, Kristen Proby, Melody Anne, and Kate Meader—is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Use our Holiday Romance Shopping List to find more must-reads.

Deal Alert: Historical holiday romance anthology What Happens Under the Mistletoe—featuring stories by Sabrina Jeffries, Karen Hawkins, Candace Camp, and Meredith Duran—is only $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Want some holiday movies to complement your reading choices? The #12RomComsofXMas holiday binge-watch guide is just what you need.

Fresh Outta the Oven

J.D. Robb's Echoes in Death is nearly within grasp thanks to an exclusive early excerpt from Chapter 1 over at Entertainment Weekly. You got Eve's first glimpse of her husband, Roarke, in the book at H&H a few weeks back; now read the rest of their scene and then some!

[+Jaci Burton holiday video & more...]

Nov 30 2016 8:08am

How Many Books of the Same Trope Have You Read in a Row?

Act Like It by Lucy Parker

I have a confession to make. I realized this week that I've read 5 “fake relationship” books in a row over the last few weeks. This may be a new record and I think I may have a problem. 

Okay, just kidding, if I have a “problem,” it's not one I'm willing to address when it comes to finding books featuring my favorite tropes. However, even I was shocked with how many I'd been able to score in a row!

So what about you? How many books featuring the same trope have you been able to read in a row?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Nov 29 2016 8:15am

Have You Ever Read Little Women?

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is a cornerstone book for many readers. It is even a central element of an episode of Friends in which Joey reads Little Women for the first time (and Rachel commits the cardinal sin of reading and spoils the ending). 

So, have you read Little Women? Do you have definite thoughts on who Jo should have ended up with

Tell me about it in the comments!

Nov 23 2016 8:05am

What Romance Author Are You Most Thankful For?

Starting tomorrow, those of us at H&H will be taking a few days break to gather round with our families to celebrate Thanksgiving. We'll say what we're thankful for, gorge ourselves on food, and maybe take a nap. Since we'll be missing you on the exact holiday, my question to you today is: What romance authors are you most thankful for? Why? 

Let me know in the comments!

(Note: I know you'll miss the Morning Coffee questions terribly, but they'll be back on Monday—once again asking the tough questions!)

Nov 22 2016 2:30pm

Breaking News: J.R. Ward’s Final Bourbon Kings Book, Devil’s Cut, Has a Cover!

The Devil's Cut by J.R. Ward

Did finishing Angel's Share leave you screaming at your e-reader because you needed more? Yeah, we can relate! Now you'll have a date (August 1, 2017) to circle on your calendar and book description to tease you (what's Edward's fate?!). 

Learn more about Devil's Cut

In #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward’s thrilling finale of the Bourbon Kings series, the Bradford family dynasty teeters on the edge of collapse after the murder of their patriarch—and a shocking arrest.
At first, the death of William Baldwine, the head of the Bradford family, was ruled a suicide. But then his eldest son and sworn enemy, Edward, came forward and confessed to what was, in fact, a murder. Now in police custody, Edward mourns not the disintegration of his family or his loss of freedom... but the woman he left behind. His love, Sutton Smythe, is the only person he has ever truly cared about, but as she is the CEO of the Bradford Bourbon Company’s biggest competitor, any relationship between them is impossible. And then there’s the reality of the jail time that Edward is facing.
Lane Baldwine was supposed to remain in his role of playboy, forever in his big brother Edward’s shadow. Instead he has become the new head of the family and the company. Convinced that Edward is covering for someone else, Lane and his true love, Lizzie King, go on the trail of a killer—only to discover a secret that is as devastating as it is game-changing.

We have so many questions! Is Edward really covering for the real killer? WHO is William Baldwine's killer?! And will there be kissing?! We need to know!

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Devil's Cut by J.R. Ward, available August 1, 2016:

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Nov 22 2016 11:30am

6 Excuses to Help You Sneak Away to Read This Thanksgiving

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The holidays are nigh upon us and while it's great to be around family, sometimes all we want to do is relax, unwind, and read! With family underfoot, that can be a little hard to do. For your peace of mind, it's important to find ways to touch base and do what is, surely, one of your favorite things: read. I know I'll be finding every excuse I can to read this holiday season. After all, a few days off work or school is a special treat and needs to be filled with at least a little bit of reading. So without further ado, if you're scratching your head as to how you can politely sneak away... I have a few tips. 

1. “Let me get cleaned up before everyone arrives”

This was a trick back in my “I can’t let anyone know I’m a romance reader” days. While the water was getting warm I would read the entire time. Luckily, it always took at least 20 minutes for the water to “heat up.” Take that time for yourself to chill out.

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Nov 22 2016 10:15am

Kresley Cole’s Wicked Abyss Description Reveals New Details!

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole

It will be almost a year in the making once we finally have Kresley Cole's Wicked Abyss in our hot little hands. Back in August, we sat down with Kresley to get the scoop on Wicked Abyss. Every new Kresley Cole book is sure to please, but this Beauty and the Beast tale is checking all of our boxes! What's a king of hell to do when he finds out the woman he loved (and who betrayed him) is back? Kidnap her, of course! Abyssian and his heroine will have a long road to happy-ever-after, but if anyone can do it, Kresley can. 

Find out more about what's ahead and meet Sian's Calliope:

The terrifying king of hell...

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster—just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for aeons. When the demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the demon’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

It wouldn't be an Immortals After Dark book if there weren't two polar opposites! This is gonna be fun...

But more importantly, how do you think this will play into the larger immortals war? Are you looking forward to this Beauty and the Beast tale? (Hint: we are. We really, really are.)

Find out what's ahead in the Immortals After Dark in a special Q&A with Kresley Cole. 


Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole, available April 25, 2017:

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H&H Editor Picks:

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Nov 22 2016 8:09am

Does Anyone in Your Family Read Romance?

Women talking over dinner

You may be spending this week arguing with family over longheld recipes, but I hope for you that you spend at least a little of it talking about books and things you love with them! In the United States, we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving this week and one thing many of you may be thankful for is the number of people in your family who read romance.

So....does anyone in your family read romance? Will chatter at the Thanksgiving table include book talk? Will you be spending part of the holiday week comparing what you're reading and loving? Was this family member the one who got you hooked on romance to start with?

Tell me about it in the comments!

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Nov 21 2016 8:12am

What Are Your Reading Travel Essentials?

Many Americans will be packing up their bags this week to join friends and family for the Thanksgiving weekend. However that means making one of the hardest travel decisions there is: what to read. many people take this time to catch up on their magazine reading, while others load up their e-readers and get ready to relax, and some don't pick up any books because between family and Black Friday sales, no one has time for a book (we don't know these people but we hear they exist).

When it's time to pack up for a trip, what do you bring? Paper or e-books? An old favorite to get you through a tough week with family or new books to inspire?

Nov 18 2016 4:25pm

A Booty Call and a Soldier’s Scoundrel: 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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Booty Call by Ainsley BoothDeal Alert: Ainsley Booth's bodyguard romance Booty Call is FREE from retailers like Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc. Ainsley Booth's book with Sadie Haller, Prime Minister, was recently called out on a list of favorite politicians on stage, screen, and page. 

—Deal Alert: Carla Neggers' Swift River Valley romance Cider Brook is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Carla Neggers, Sheila Roberts, and more stopped by H&H last year to share how they decorate for Christmas. Did you get any decorating tips?

Deal Alert: Cat Sebastian's historical male/male romance The Soldier's Scoundrel is $.99 at e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. If you love male/male romance, top off your TBR pile with the best bets in the subgenre for October. 

Fresh Outta the Oven

“Don’t play games with me, Miss Trevor." An excerpt from Sabrina Jeffries' upcoming The Danger of Desire packs a punch and gives us more than one reason to shiver in anticipation!

[+Today on H&H...]

Nov 18 2016 8:16am

Prologues: Yay or Nay?

Prologues can be a great start to a novel. They set up some of the back story without bogging down the narrative, they give you a bit of history to the characters...and sometimes they can be a little boring. 

We've heard before that many people skip the prologue together, while others will refer back to it to get some of the finer details of a characters past... which side are you on? Are you a fan of prologues or do you tend to skip them? Or are you somewhere in between and skim to find the pertinent details before moving on to the meat of the story?

Tell me about it down in the comments!


Nov 17 2016 1:00pm

Three Words for Nikki Sloane’s Three Simple Rules

Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane

I. Loved. It.

Sometimes you just need a really good romp. Rolling in the hay, rollicking good fun. We may need it now more than ever. A few months ago, I picked up Nikki Sloane’s Three Simple Rules. It had something I loved (boss/assistant romance) and something I wasn't too sure about (escorts), however the promise of boss/colleague sexy times was too much to resist. And I'm so glad I didn't!

So what's to love?

If you love office romances...

Oh my god. The entire book you know the premise: Good girl is desperate for money. Good girl signs up to be an escort for one night at an exclusive BDSM-type club called The Blindfold Club. Good girl gets some very good and hot sexy times with a very attractive john, only to have her blindfold whipped off and duh, duh, DUH... it's her boss. Yeah, as the reader you know it's coming, but I still found myself gasping in that moment when Evelyn and Logan make that first contact. It made the rest of the read addictive. The tension between these two at the office and away is off. the. charts. They have their ups and downs and it just makes the pay off... and their unconventional “meet-cute”... all the sweeter. 

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Nov 17 2016 8:02am

If I Read One More...

Annoyed Woman reading on her phone

We all love a trend. Sometimes it can spawn a new slew of really great books and other times, well, one too many people have hopped on the band wagon. If this sounds at all familiar, fill in the blank: “If I Read One More______!”

Let us know down in the comments!

Nov 16 2016 8:13am

Have You Ever Taken Off Work/School to Read?

Woman reading in the living room

Tuesdays are great days... they're not Mondays and they happen to be release day for those looking for their next big read! Every month there's a new “big book” for us to glom on and makes us want to call off work... but have you ever? 

If you have, what was the book? Why did you want to take the day to read it? Would you/have you done it more than once? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Nov 15 2016 8:08am

Do Romance Novels Really Offer Unrealistic Expectations?

Too Good to be True by Kristan Higgins

Romance novels get the bad rap of setting unrealistic expectations for women. They cause us to think that men have to be perfect, that they all are... well-endowed... that biker bars are where we will find our true love and hope that time travel is a possibility so we can travel back to the 1700s' Scotland and find a Jamie for our own. 

Mostly, I think these assumptions and arguments of “unrealistic expectations” don't allow for women to have a fantasy life, which is pretty vital for living a happy and healthy life. However, do you think there's some truth to the stereotype? Where did you ever have an unrealistic expectation due to a romance? Do you still think it's unrealistic? What do you say to people who spout this rhetoric?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Nov 14 2016 8:15am

What Was the Last Author You Binged?

Ruthless by Lexi Blake I think we can all admit we binge—this is a safe place, it's okay! And finding a new author we can binge is always a relief. What was the last author you binged? What made them so bingeworthy to you?

Tell us about it in the comments!