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Thu
May 26 2016 8:15am

Have You Ever Read Jo Beverley?

The Viscount Needs a Wife by Jo BeverleyThis week, romance lost a great star of the genre—Jo Beverley. Many have turned to Word Wenches, the blog that Jo ran along with fellow writers Anne Gracie, Mary Jo Putney, and others, to share memories of a beloved author and friend. Today, we celebrate her work, and ask: Have you ever read Jo Beverley? Do you have a favorite book or series? 

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
May 25 2016 8:03am

To What Lengths Will You Go to Find Out If There’s An HEA?

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Unlike The Librarian on The Magicians, I am not opposed to spoilers, especially when it comes to finding out if a series ends happily. Here's the scene: You are about to start a series that you haven't read before, by an author maybe you haven't read before either. You're about to take the dive, but wait... what if it doesn't end happily!? 

This is a real concern I, and I think many, readers face when they plunge into the dubious world of non-romance. Even in the world of romance, once there's a sniff of a love triangle, I will find myself trying to ferret out information to see if the love triangle ends the way I want to. Yes, yes, it's all about the journey, but I need certain guarantees. Recently, I spent an emotional rollercoaster of an hour grilling a friend—and narrating my frustration to Heather Waters, H&H's site manager—on whether a book ended happily and the way I wanted it to. 

What are the greatest lengths you've gone to find out a book—one that you haven't even bought or started yet—ends the way you want it to? 

Let us know in the comments! 

 

Tue
May 24 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Jay Crownover’s Charged (May 24, 2016)

Jay Crownover
Charged (Saints of Denver #2)
William Morrow / May 24, 2016 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

As readers we’ve been sitting back and watching the tail spin that is Avett Walker’s life for several books now. We’ve seen her shift from a moody teenager to an accessory in her bad boy boyfriend's armed robbery at a bar. Now, Charged opens with the Avett, scared out of her mind, and dealing with the consequences of her actions up to this point. 

While the Marked Men series dealt with redefining family—and coming to terms with the one you have—the theme of the Saints of Denver seems to be one of redemption. First Asa (while not part of this series, he is the bridge to both series) finds redemption for his own past—and now pays it forward in Avett's story—then Zeb finds his redemption through his child. However, Avett, and Quaid's redemption comes more from finding their own self-worth—Avett as she navigates the rocky terrain of young-adulthood, and Quaid as he searches for all the things he lost in a messy divorce. 

[What a beautiful mess they make together...]

Tue
May 24 2016 8:10am

Why Do We Love Beauty and the Beast Tales So Much?

I've always thought, at its core, that the reason I loved the Beauty and the Beast story so much was that Belle is essentially the Patron Saint of Readers (unofficially... I'm sure there's actually patron saints and dieties of readers). However, I think the love of the tale goes deeper than that—it's the same reason we love the reformed rake, the alpha-who-only-has-eyes-for-you, and so on and so forth. It proves that love transforms all—but also that love makes us want to change for ourselves too. 

What do you think it is about the Beauty and the Beast tale that has appealed to so many of us? Let me know in the comments!

Mon
May 23 2016 8:12am

Do You Ever Get “Second-Hand Anger” at Characters?

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Among my friends I have often discussed the feeling of “second-hand embarrassment” which is a feeling of embarrassment I get when I know another person is, or in my mind, should be, embarrassed over a situation. I feel it like it's my own. However, recently while reading a book that featured a very angry character, I found myself getting second-hand angry because of it. It seems when I read, my emotions—much like those in the movie Inside Out—get taken over by those characters for those few hours (sometimes for the good, and sometimes for the... “second-hand anger” variety). 

Do you ever experience “second-hand” emotions from a book? We know that books and movies are meant to elicit a full range of emotions from us, but we feel the happiness and sadness the most. 

Let us know in the comments!

Fri
May 20 2016 5:30pm

Eloisa James Companion & Kristen Ashley’s Midnight Soul Cover: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Breaking a Legend by Sarah Robinson—Deal Alert: Sarah Robinson's Kavanagh Legends/MMA romance Breaking a Legend is $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* We may be a tad biased about this one; we revealed the cover!

Deal Alert: Vicki Lewis Thompson's contemporary cowboy romance Midnight Thunder is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* Why ARE cowboy heroes so gosh darn irresistible?

Fresh Outta the Oven

Two hunky cowboys are better than one! Take a look at the brand-new cover for Sarah M. Anderson's contemporary western male/male novella Crushing on the Cowboy, which hits stores June 27.

[+Eloisa James companion & Shakespeare's “wild 20s”...]

Fri
May 20 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Omar Sy

This week I finally got around to watching Jurassic World. It was everything I hoped it would be—mindless action with hot Chris Pratt and cathartic closure on my childhood fear of Velociraptors. However, there is one unsung hero of the film franchise and that is Omar Sy, assistant raptor trainer to Pratt's Owen. I kept finding myself wanting more scenes with him, triple checking Jurassic-wiki to make sure his character didn't die, and rewinding when I realized I missed one of his few lines. Sure, Chris Pratt was hot, and I shipped the crap out of him and the stuffy Claire, played by Bryce Dallas Howard, but my eye found Omar Sy in every scene. 

So, here is my ode to my latest crush—I will be checking out his backlist, though most of it is French (I say that like it's a bad thing). 

Fri
May 20 2016 8:20am

What’s the Fastest You’ve Caught Up with a Series?

I have recently discovered the beautiful world of Jeffe Kennedy's The Twelve Kingdoms after our reviewer took a first look at the spinoff series, Unchartered Realms. I fully intend to get caught up on the series within the next two weeks, in time for the start of the new series. 

How quickly can you get “caught up” on a series? What's the fastest you've gotten through and how many books was it?

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
May 19 2016 8:35am

Does a Re-Read of a Book Hook You As Much as the Original?

Many of us turn to an old favorite when we're in a reading rut. It's a comfort read and yet, even though we've read it before, we can find ourselves just as sucked in. Suddenly it's 2 a.m. and even though we've read Ol' Faithful before, we're hooked just as much!

Do you find that to be true, or can you put down a book you've read before?

Let us know in the comments!

P.S. One of our readers is still in search of HER re-read—can you help her find this book?

Wed
May 18 2016 2:40pm

Goodbye Ziva, Hello Daddy DiNozzo: NCIS 13x24 Tiva Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: NCIS Season 13, Episode 24, “Family First”
Ship: Tony/Ziva (Tiva)

NCIS 13x24 Captain's Log

Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for the Season 13, Episode 24 of NCIS. You are forewarned!

When news hit that Michael Weatherly, the specialist of Very Special Agents, would be leaving NCIS, I was sad, but not all that surprised—13 seasons and a burning desire to go behind the camera and it made sense for him to leave. However, his send off... was devastating. For those who watched, the Season 13 finale made sense for Tony. It made sense for Ziva. It did NOT make sense for Tony and Ziva (Tiva).

Overall this was actually a pretty great episode to send off a character except for one teensy tiny little detail...

[Spoilers ahead...]

Wed
May 18 2016 8:07am

How Do You Feel About Authors Updating Books?

The Nymph King by Gena Showalter

It's a trend we see in non-fiction and textbooks all the time—new information becomes available and thus a new edition is published. However, in the world of fiction, it's not really done all that often—or if it is, it's with a sleight of hand that slips one book edition out for another. We're seeing it in mutiple mediums, Alanis Morisette did it with “Ironic"—introducing more modern problems (but don't worry guys, the song's biggest irony is still that it is not ironic)—and Gena Showalter is updating The Nymph King, saying on her Facebook:

Announcement time! For those of you who have wanted me to return to the world of Atlantis...I have news. 

So. I'm rewriting THE NYMPH KING. Like, giving it a major, massive overhaul. I'm modernizing it so that it reflects my writing style today rather than...whenever writing style I had when I originally wrote it. Expect big changes—big, big, big. More romance. The Nymph King will actually woo his heroine this go round (and readers, I hope). It is funner and a lot wittier. (I've cracked myself up with many of the new scenes. And these new scenes—well, they are BETTER scenes.

What do you think of authors updating books? Do you think it's a great way to introduce a modern audience to the author's writing—especially as that writing t evolved throughout several books (as Showalter hints)—or do you think once a book is out for public consumption it should stay the way it is?

Let us know in the comments!

Tue
May 17 2016 4:52pm

Pitch and 4 Other Hot Shows to Watch This Fall: Romance News

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Make You Burn by Megan Crane—Deal Alert: Megan Crane's Make You Burn is only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* We're celebrating Megan Crane's super hot cover for Edge of Control at our Coverpalooza today!

—Deal Alert: Jamie McGuire's Beautiful Disaster is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Beautiful Disaster landed at the top of Brittany Melson's list of 10 New Adult Romances you should read—see what else got named! Plus, author Chelsea Fine named Travis Maddox as one of the 5 heroes she wouldn't mind being handcuffed to (of course we made that a list). 

—Deal Alert: Laura Kaye's Hard As It Gets is a bargain at $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* I unleashed my inner fangirl all over book 2 in the Hard Ink series, Hard As You Can, and labeled Kaye as a must-read for me—which she still remains!

Deal Alert: Tina Leonard's Last of the Red-Hot Cowboys is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Dip your toe into Tina's writing with an excerpt from Hotter Than Texas.

[Trailers for fall TV, Harley Quinn movie, and more...]

Tue
May 17 2016 8:20am

Reader Seeks... Gypsy!

Today we have another book mystery for you to solve that we hope will make you flex your romance muscles even more!

Last week, reader Lizzie wrote in to see if we can help her find a romance that she read in her youth. Do you recognize any of this plot?

It was around 18 years ago.

Setting: Bristish, felt medieval, the heroine and hero spent a night with a gypsy caravan. She may have been a time traveler. The cover was embarrassingly “romance-y” for a young Lizzie so I kept it hidden until I gave it away. But I loved it. Beside Garwood it was my first historical romance.

Do you remember any Medieval set Gypsy romances? Let us know in the comments!

 

Mon
May 16 2016 8:14am

What Do You Ask First When Asked for a Recommendation?

Who Do You Love by Christie Ridgway

Giving recommendations is a very subjective act. If you don't know your fellow reader well, you cand totally steer them in the wrong direction—and reading dischord can ruin friendships! 

When someone asks for a recommendation, what's the first question you ask? What other authors do you love? What genre are you looking for? What was the last book you read and loved? 

Let us know in the comments!

Fri
May 13 2016 5:35pm

Friday Beefcake: The 3 Celebrities You “Have a Shot With”

Chris Evans 

Spoiler alert: I love Chris Evans. He's one in my harem of celebrity crushes that I bring out when I need someone to benchpress my car. But look at how made for each other we are: We're both fans of The Patriots, love our moms, and overshare. Add in the bonus that he is single and I am also a single pringle? That means I have a shot! Right? Today we round up three of our favorite celebrites that we totally have a shot with... because they are as single as we are (I am). 

All the hat tips to Kimberly Bell at @BellRomance who we follow most ardently! 

ETA: Literally the day we posted this, Chris Evans announced that he was dating comedian Jenny Slate. Talk about bad luck on Friday the 13th! But a girl can still dream, can't she?

Image source: Tinseltown / Shutterstock.com

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

Fri
May 13 2016 4:45pm

Jeannie Lin Cover & Castle Canceled: Romance News

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Silk, Swords and Surrender by Jeannie Lin

Jeannie Lin's Silk, Swords, and Surrender cover has us fanning ourselves—who said historical can't get hot?! Stay tuned to Jeannie's Twitter page for more information—we can't wait!

Charlaine Harris' Midnight, Texas books will be coming to a screen near you this fall. The show based on her series has been picked up by NBC! Will it be as addictive as True Blood?

Did your favorite TV show get renewed—or canceled? I'll get the bad news out of the way first: Castle, Nashville, Agent Carter, The Grinder, Galavant, Grandfathered, and more have gotten the axe. Now, for some good news: On-the-bubble shows coming back include Supergirl (it's moving to the CW, but I'll take it—yay!), Sleepy Hollow (this one's a head-scratcher), The Catch, The Real O'Neals, and American Crime. See the full list of pickups and renewals.

[+New shows we want to watch, Kristen Callihan cover & more...]

Fri
May 13 2016 8:05am

What Unlucky Things Have Happened to Your Books?

 

Bad things happen when books and coffee mix. #forshame #shameonme #booksofinstagram #bookstagram #amreading #romance #books

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Now *gasp* I don't believe in Friday the 13th, mostly because once when I was a little girl, a Scottish grocery bag in my hometown told me that Friday the 13th wasn't unlucky to the Scots. Seeing as my ancestors proudly hail from the Loch Lomond area and are proud Highlanders, my child-like (but to-this-day-still-superstitious) mind rationalized that, well if the day was just any other day, then I would be fine. 

Sadly that has not stopped some unlucky things from happening to me—on any other “normal” day, and on Friday the 13th, too. What are some unlucky things that have happened to your books? Perhaps you've spilled a cup of coffee on it (like I did in the video above), or torn a page as you tried to turn the page? Or perhaps you've dropped a book in a puddle, or dabbed some wet nail polish as you tried to turn the page (turning pages is dangerous apparently!)? 

Commiserate with me!

Thu
May 12 2016 8:12am

Have You Ever Read Susan Elizabeth Phillips?

Very soon a new generation of readers will be introduced to Susan Elizabeth Phillips. The eighth book in her Chicago Stars series, First Star I See Tonight is coming out very soon—more than 8 years after the last book in the series. 

For longtime fans, returning to the team we know and love is a joy but some have never even been introduced to one of the most popular sports teams in romance!

Have you read Susan Elizabeth Phillips? What books are your favorite?

Let me know in the comments! 

Wed
May 11 2016 4:09pm

Daily Deals on Tattoo Artists, Chicago Stars & Ice Skaters: Romance News

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

The Strongest Steel by Scarlett Cole—Deal Alert: Scarlett Cole's first Second Circle Tattoos novel, The Strongest Steel, is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* The Strongest Steel is nominated for a RITA in the Best First Book and Best Romantic Suspense categories. Read Rhyll Biest's First Look at the book and find out what had her saying: “Does the thought of a sexy but gentle tattoo artist helping a heroine to overcome her scars double-click your mouse? If so, this romantic suspense novel is for you.”

Deal Alert: Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars sports romance It Had to Be You is a steal at $1.99 in e-book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* The Stars are among the most famous (fictional) sports teams in Romancelandia, and what better way to find out why than by reading the book where it all began?

—Deal Alert: Karen Booth's high-school-crush-turned-relationship-with-rock-star Bring Me Back is discounted to $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* If you like this one, you won't want to miss the sequel, Back Forever, which Julia Broadbooks declares “a love letter to fans of Chris and Claire.”

[+Ice-skating romance deal & Gena Showalter teaser...]

Wed
May 11 2016 8:08am

Who’s Coming to Rescue You?

A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

In a fun game on Facebook this week, the question was asked: You've been kidnapped and the main character from the last show you watched is the one that's coming to rescue you. Who's coming for you?

But since we're all about the books here at Heroes and Heartbreakers, we'll give this a readerly twist! The hero/heroine of your latest read is the one charged with your rescue mission. 

With the powerful vampire of Deborah Harkness's A Discover of Witches on the way, I like my chances. What about you? What was your last read and who's coming to rescue you?

Let us know in the comments!