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Aug 28 2016 11:00am

New Adult Romance Best Bets for August 2016—Give In to Temptation!

Veiled by Karina Halle

August brings a round of temptation that is too hard to resist. Our heroines and heroes find that love doesn’t come at an easy price, they might have to lose it all in order to gain what they want. From smart witty stories to dark adventures that threaten your sensibilities, get ready for a wild ride with these reads!

Veiled by Karina Halle is a paranormal spin off of her Experiment in Terror series. You don’t have to read Eit for Veiled but, it’s so good! Ada finds herself embroiled in an adventure she never saw coming. One that is filled with terror, suspense and forbidden love. Creepy goodness and full of Halle’s customary wit, Veiled is an adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover is a story best read with no details before diving in. A story that delivers a punch so good, it will reverberate throughout your mind and its message can’t be missed. It’s an inspiring look into the intricacies of relationships and how easily they can shape us.

[More recs ahead!]

Jul 31 2016 11:00am

New Adult Best Bets for July 2016—Throwback to the Good Times

Beautifully Decadent by L.A. Fiore

This month seems to be filled with nostalgia. From PokemonGo to the My2k tour with 98 degrees—comebacks are in! I’ve had so many memories brought back. It seems to be the case for these NA reads as well. Second chances abound here and these heroes have learned from their mistakes.

Beautifully Decadent by L.A. Fiore makes me want to eat all the cake! Avery, a pastry chef, needs help finding a place to live. Rafe offers his carriage house and an instant attraction is born. However, their attraction can lead to nowhere as Rafe has more baggage than me after a signing. There’s a lot of suspense and mystery and it’ll be up to Avery to peel back the layers.

Hitched (Volume 1 and 2) by Kendall Ryan is a romantic comedy that brings on the heat! An NYC playboy has ninety days to win over a woman he’s always desired in order to save his father’s company and like the start of any epic romance, she hates him. Not only do they have to get Hitched but he must also produce a heir. The third installment will be available in August!

[More recommendations ahead!]

Jun 24 2016 9:30am

June 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets: When the Tough Get Going, These Girls Get Dirty

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston

This month brings New Adult titles that illustrate strength in tough situations. These heroines face these situations head on and when they find a partner that can help lift them up, nothing will stop them.

Stacked Up by Sidney Halston is the last in the Worth the Fight series. Ending the series is Travis “Cowboy” with unlikely heroine, Penny. Penny is a single mom on the run from her past. She carries many secrets and at times the burden is too much to bear. Travis is more than strong enough to support her but, Penny is hesitant to dive into a relationship. This isn’t insta-love and as they grow, so does their trust. Each has baggage and they find that together, the load is more than easy to carry. Cameo’s from all the other characters round out the series.

Interference by Sophia Henry is a standalone novel also featuring a young, single mom and a new-to-town cop. At their first meeting, Linden lets Jason have it as he benched her little brother. Thus setting the start of a romance that challenges but also brings a sweetness to Linden’s life that she desperately needed. Linden is everyone’s protector, especially her young son but, Jason is making it his job to look out for her.

[Strong ladies ahead...]

Jun 1 2016 3:00pm

Make ’em Laugh: Penny Reid’s Grin and Beard It is Rom-Com Gold

Grin and Beard It by Penny Reid

Penny Reid is an automatic 1-click buy for me and it started because of this series, The Winston Brothers. Grin and Beard It is the second in the series and can be read as a standalone. However, once you’ve met any of the Winston Brothers, you’ll find that their unfair amount of charm and charisma will have you wanting more. Using her trademark smart romance and unconventional style, Reid weaves a tale of forgiveness, second chances and redemption while still making you laugh out loud.

Sienna Diaz is called to Green Valley, Tennessee to film her new movie. An A-list actress, she’s used to charm and handsome men but doesn’t expect to find it in this small town. When she finds herself constantly getting lost on the mountain, Jethro always seems to be there at the right place and the right time to lend a hand thus rescue this leading lady. The more time they spend together, the harder Sienna finds it is to forget about him. She’s met the crème of the crop in her line of work but not even she is immune to the Winston charm.

“He is a gentleman. He sounds very complex. He has layers, like an onion. “

“Exactly. He lives his life simply, but he’s not simple.”

[Nothing simple here...]

May 26 2016 1:15pm

First Look: Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Torment (May 31, 2016)

The Darkest Torment by Gena Showalter

Gena Showalter
The Darkest Torment (Lords of the Underworld #12)
Harlequin / May 31, 2016 / $22.99 print, $11.99


 “You don’t consider yourself human? So what are you, the boogeyman?”


-Katarina to Baden

The Lords of the Underworld return! This is one of my favorite paranormal romance series and I can’t get enough. I thought at one point the series was going to end and I seriously didn’t know what I was going to do with myself (it’s a fear I have with other series as well that I try not to think about). This is the 12th book in the series and Gena Showalter has kicked it up a notch! Baden and Katarina, our MCs, are reminiscent of Beauty and the Beast and have you cheering for their happy ever after.

[All good things...]

May 23 2016 3:00pm

May 2016 New Adult Romance Best Bets—May These Heroes Seduce You

For the One by Brenna Aubrey

This month there’s new kind of heroes that will have you wanting to wrap around their maypole. From classic nerds, to smart lawyers, to medieval role-playing knights?! You’re sure to find some new twists on a classic swoonworthy hero.

For The One by Brenna Aubrey has a unique storyline that had me cheering for the underdog. Wil was previously introduced in the series but his book can be read as a standalone. William, our hero, is diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and while this impacts his interactions with other people, Jenna our heroine, isn’t deterred by this. She has her own battles as she was a refugee in this country and is still dealing with the aftershocks of living in a war-torn country. Jenna has always viewed Wil as a friend, a hot one but, still a friend. Until, he rides in and defends her honor. There’s some role playing here, as both Jenna and William are involved in the Barony of Anaya, a medieval modern society. Take your chance on this refreshing, heart-pounding romance that challenges these two characters and delivers an epic of tale of growth and love.

Caged by Karina Espinosa is the second in the Mackenzie Grey series and must be read in order. It picks up right where Shift ends and takes you on a high octane ride trying to navigate the world of alpha male werewolves as an alpha female wolf. Politics and personal issues won’t bring Mackenzie down and she’ll stop at nothing to make it all right.

[We approve of this plan...]

May 18 2016 10:05am

What Is the Difference Between New Adult and Women’s Fiction?

What is in a name? Sometimes very little and sometimes a lot. Books are labeled or classified for marketing reasons and of course for our convenience.  However, the demarcation between one genre and another is very fluid. Sometimes there is very little observable difference between the classifications. The line between Romance and women’s fiction is one of the more clearly defined—with romance having a central love story with a happily-ever-after, and women's fiction more about life issues that the heroine is dealing with –no happy ending guaranteed.  Though even those lines can be blurred as Jane Kriel aptly illustrates in her blog Happily Never After, and the Changing Nature of the Romance Novel. But what about the difference between Women's Fiction and New Adult?

Many would say that the lines between these two genres are as clearly defined —one heroine is coming of age and exploring her sexuality, and the other is dealing with life issues—usually starting over or trying to heal her fragmented life after a traumatic event. But are these true differences? Both Women’s Fiction and New Adult seem to explore the same type of relationships – love, friendship, and family. In addition are the conflicts unique or are they variations of person vs. self and sometimes person vs. society, or person vs. nature.

For clarification, we turned to people in the know. Each month Heroes and Heartbreakers presents New Adult Roundup by Jessica Moro and Women’s Fiction Best Bets by Scarlettleigh and who better to talk about the commonalities and the difference between these two genres

[No better place!]

Apr 25 2016 9:30am

New Adult April Showers bring GIRL POWER: New Adult Best Bets for April 2016

Dirty by Kylie Scott

I was originally going to title this post April Showers brings Bad Boys in Towels. Which I thought was so clever! But, after reading Rhyll Biest post’s on Romance without Slut-Shaming and watching Taylor Swift throw shade at the tabloids that talked about her dating life, I got to thinking about girl power. It really does come in all shapes and sizes and these April NA books really showcase that. Sometimes the plan you had in life doesn’t go your way and you find yourself in a stranger’s bathtub, owning that and THEN finding a new you is girl power, just ask Lydia in Kylie’s Scott’s Dirty. Maybe life has handed you some major lemons and you and make your own lemonade, that’s girl power, just turn to Ella in Paper Princess. Looking your old tormentor in the eye, forgiving them and moving on is girl power, Letty illustrated that in Never Sweeter. There are plenty of examples here this month of what makes each of these unique characters so powerful.

Dirty by Kylie Scott is the start of a new series, Highly-anticipated, it takes place in Coeur d’Alene where another favorite series of mine takes place there and here’s to hoping there’s crossover characters! Lydia’s thought she had a fairy tale romance complete with a wedding but that quickly crashed and burned. Vaughn didn’t think he would find a runaway bride in his childhood bathtub when he returned to figure out his next step. Never the less, a friendship with lots of sexual tension is formed. A great start to a new series, it’s filled with Scott’s trademark humor and sass, I can’t wait for the rest of the series to unfold with these quirky characters.

[And next up in this new adult cocktail ...]

Apr 4 2016 9:30am

First Look: Erin Watt’s Paper Princess (April 4, 2016)

Paper Princess by Erin Watt

Erin Watt
Paper Princess (The Royals #1)
EverAfter Platinum / April 4, 2016 / $14.99 print

“These Royals will ruin you.”

“Maybe I want to be ruined,” I say lightly.

Two of my favorite authors (Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick) joined forces to bring us Erin Watt , The Royals series. I knew next to nothing about this and pretty much just went in blind. I was hoping that my success with reading their other NA books and really loving them would make this a good choice. AND IT WAS! I love this first book in the series and I really can’t wait for more.

Ella Harper is a survivor. She’s seventeen and on her own after the death of her mother. What really stood out to me about Elle was her ability to remain optimistic. With her life experiences and her current situation, I expected a very jaded girl with a huge chip on her shoulder. What I got was a sarcastic, funny, smart, pretty positive adulteen. She’s seen and lived through more things than an adult but, still retains that innocent, sometimes naïve, quality of a teen. After all these awful hands she’s been dealt, she gets a surprise when her legal guardian shows up, Callum Royal. This sets off a chain of events that will forever change her life and we’re all along for this crazy ride.

[Ready for the royals ...]

Mar 25 2016 3:00pm

Your Eggs, My Basket: March 2016 New Adult Best Bets

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

It’s March!! Spring is arriving and so are brand new books! Easter egg hunts will be prevalent this month so why not hunt for something better, like books! This month has some spunky characters that are more than willing to explore new places, new people and say yes to new adventures. From all over the globe, each of these stories share a unique view on love.

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan is a story rife with mystery, secrets and a crazy kind of love. This story is best read going in blind, with no warnings, as the ride is sure to turn you inside out.

The Wall of Winnipeg and Me by Mariana Zapata is a slow burn story filled with witty dialog that I loved! Vanessa is taking charge of her life and putting herself first. She’s a recent graduate and is finally going to put her degree to good use but, her boss gives her a deal too good to pass up. Her boss? Aiden Graves, top defensive end. What begins as an easy deal between the two, slowly evolves into a bind neither of them can let go. The walls between them have come down; will they be able to just walk away when their time is up?

[Fill your book baskets with these ...]

Mar 8 2016 5:30pm

First Look: Lily Kay’s Compose (March 8, 2016)

Compose by Lily Kay

Lily Kay
Compose (The Arts #1)
Entertwine / March 8, 2016 / $.99 digital

Editor's Note: Lily Kay is the pen name for our blogger Tanya LK

Compose by Lily Kay is the first in a new series. This story is a touching view into living a life filled with doubts.  It’s a close look at what living with anxiety and recovering from an eating disorder is like ­—real topics that are very much prevalent on college campuses.  Our heroine, Louise aka Louie Tanner, seems like she has everything, a loving family, great friends, but her demons lurk very close to the surface.

Louise is an interesting heroine. I love the unique spin on her family background. She was born in Korea, but adopted by a very nice American family as a baby. Living in a town where no one looks like her makes her stick out like a sore thumb. The bullying in her town reached such excessive and aggressive heights, she chose to attend college as far away as she could. My heart broke for Louise who was stuck in a place where she loved her family but wanted to explore more of her Asian roots. She’s also dealing with typical college issues. Basically Louise’s stress levels are an all time high.

[Not to high for Gavin's swoon ...]

Feb 24 2016 3:00pm

You Had Me at Alpha: New Adult Romance Best Bets for February 2016

Power Play by Sophia Henry

One of my favorite heroes is the Alpha but, there can be different types! Sometimes there’s the quiet alpha which can be applied to some of the heroes listed here or the blatant alpha’s that reeks of that pheromone which you can also find here. These type of heroes want what they want and they go after it but, also treat their true partners like the queens to their king. Read below to find just a few from this month’s list of New Adult best bets for February.  

Power Play by Sophia Henry gives us a different look at hockey heroes. It’s the second in the Pilots hockey series but can be read as a standalone. Landon Tyler is trying to make his way up from the hockey minor leagues and also trying to score with Gabriella. They’ve grown up together but haven’t had many interactions, that all changes in a matter of seconds. Landon is the first to be Gabriella’s shoulder to lean on and when the pressure gets tough, his arms are the ones she wants to be in. Fun and with a very interesting view into life in Detroit, these two will wrap you up in their whirlwind romance.

[Hot alphas for these new adults ...]

Feb 18 2016 5:30pm

First Look: Maya Rodale’s Lady Bridget’s Diary (February 23, 2016)

Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale

Maya Rodale
Lady Bridget’s Diary (Keeping up with the Cavendishes #1)
Avon / February 23, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

In the first novel of Maya Rodale's stunning new series, an American heiress must learn to navigate London society and an infuriatingly irresistible rake . . .

Lord Darcy is the quintessential Englishman: wealthy, titled, impossibly proper, and horrified that a pack of Americans has inherited one of England's most respected dukedoms. But his manners, his infamous self-restraint, and his better judgment fly out the window when he finds himself with the maddening American girl next door.

Lady Bridget Cavendish has grand—but thwarted—plans to become a Perfect Lady and take the haute ton by storm. In her diary, Bridget records her disastrous attempts to assimilate into London high society, her adoration of the handsome rogue next door, her disdain for the Dreadful Lord Darcy, and some truly scandalous secrets that could ruin them all.

It was loathing at first sight for Lady Bridget and Lord Darcy. But their paths keep crossing . . . and somehow involve kissing. When Lady Bridget's diary goes missing, both Darcy and Bridget must decide what matters most of all—a sterling reputation or a perfectly imperfect love.The Cavendish’s are coming to London!

Lady Bridget’s Diary is the first in a new series by Maya Rodale, the Cavendish series. Lady Bridget Cavendish is the one of four mysterious American siblings that have arrived, after a quest to search for the real duke heir to a large property. Now that her brother has inherited the dukedom, the American siblings must learn ALL the rules of London society and it’s exhausting. Seeing the ton through the sibling’s eyes is a captivating experience. They’re like fish out of water, they can’t seem to find their right footing which leads to some hilarious antics.

“For their visit to Almack’s on Wednesday evening, Bridget wore pink because Francesca said that was the done thing. “

[Time to learn and catch a Duke ...]

Feb 10 2016 3:00pm

Indie Spotlight: New-to-You Books from Vi Keeland, Meghan Quinn, and More!

Abruption by Riley Mackenzie

We're celebrating independent women (and men..and publishers)! On a seasonal basis, our bloggers will be offering up a list of their favorite books coming from independent and self-published outlets. Tune in every three months for another look at the indie books that got their hearts racing.

Abruption by Riley Mackenzie is a new-to-me author. These two touched my heart with their story about Guy, Finny, Maxie and Jules. Jules is the new nurse manager on the floor and encounters Guy during her first week at the hospital. Guy is a single parent to two small children, Maxie and Finn. Guy also works at the hospital but even on his off hours is constantly there, as Finn gets sick often. OMG, Finn and Maxie are the cutest! Their interactions with Guy and Jules pull at your heartstrings and have you rooting for a HEA for them. Jules finds herself quickly enamored with this family despite a tragic past. As Guy and Jules’ love grows, so does Finn’s mysterious illness. This whirlwind romance will make you laugh, cry and speed read to find out all the answers.  

[Indie books that have our hearts racing ...]

Feb 3 2016 10:30am

Ballroom Battlefield: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Spoiler warning! This post contains spoilers on both the book and the movie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 

When I first saw the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. Full disclosure, I wasn’t a fan of the original Pride and Prejudice so I didn’t have any desire to watch this film and/or read the book. However, I can’t say no to FREE so when I received free passes I said, “Why not?” Fast forward to today and I’ve now seen this movie not once, but twice! I actually loved it. It’s nothing like what I expected and I think it can cater to a wide audience. Putting a zombie spin on the classic story really did take it to new heights, but what really pushed the movie to a greater edge were the actors.

Beware, spoilers ahead.

[We are all fools in love or zombies ...]

Jan 27 2016 6:30pm

Under Pressure: New Adult Romance Best Bets for January 2016

Hooked by Love by Toni Aleo

This month's round up is titled after one of my favorite Bowie songs (he will be so missed), it applied perfectly to these New Adult reads. These characters are under a lot of pressure to make decisions and to deal with the next step in their life but, with a perfect partner they'll find the road isn't so hard. Elle Kennedy slams back in with her series that is a must read and we find some other notable NA authors on this list as well. With social, family and friendly pressures, these bad boys don't always make the perfect choices bu, the journey to making better choices is what makes these picks so great. Read on to find out.

Hooked by Love by Toni Aleo the third in the Bellevue Bullies series and is story of the only remaining single Sinclair brother, Jace. Each can be read as a standalone, Jace is the youngest and has a ton of pressure to live up to the family name. Now that both of his brothers are in the NHL, all eyes are on him to complete the family circle. He's sworn NO DISTRACTIONS however, Avery crashes into his life and he can't let go. Avery is an inspiring singer with BIG dreams as well. Jace and Avery have to make some tough choices but, let's just say these two were HOOKED! It was funny, so steamy and included family too.

[High pressure love ...]

Jan 25 2016 12:00pm

Nothing Mundane About It: First Impressions on Shadowhunters

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

I’m a huge fan of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrument’s book series. I was captivated by the dialogue, the world building and some memorable characters. So when they announced that ABC Family, now Freeform, was doing a TV show, you better believe I was excited.

After the movie didn’t do too, well—with many different opinions on it: I loved it—the TV show had a lot of hype surrounding it. Fans poured in hope and excitement that our precious characters would be given a new life on the small screen. There was a lot of build up to the first episode and I hungrily awaited any announcements, videos and I was beside myself with excitement with the announcement of the actors, particularly Jace and Clary, the primary characters.

The actors and actresses are all a great match appearance-wise to their characters. There were some familiar faces among the cast, such as Dominic Sherwood from Vampire Academy (another favorite), Harry Shum, Jr from Glee and a Step Up alum Isaiah Mustafa, who can be recognized from the Old Spice commercials. After being disappointed in the actor choice for the movie, I was holding on to my hopes and dreams of Jace and I skipping down to happiness on the TV show. I firmly believe they delivered. He’s blonde, looks great in leather and has pretty great skills with a sword. I went into the first episode with my heart fully settled on Jace being my absolute favorite of the show.

[Mortal Instruments to ABC's Shadowhunters ...]

Dec 29 2015 10:30am

The Best New Adult Romances of 2015—Ring in the New (Adult) Year!

Falling Away by Penelope Douglas

New Adult authors had an amazing year redefining this every changing genre. Yes, there is still a lot of angst but considering the age bracket of every changing emotions and life choices, why wouldn’t there be. That angst however, was balanced off by playful banter. More charismatic characters ranging from alpha males to nerdy heroes, sassy heroines to the girl next door, we had it all. These are just some of MY favorites from my monthly NA best bets round up.

Falling Away by Penelope Douglas has Jax finding his HEA. A jack of all trades, Jax quickly stole your heart and then proceeded to sweep you off your feet. K.C is his unlikely heroine. With K.C. coming back into town for reasons beyond her control, he’s finally able to make a move on the girl he’s never forgotten. But will she be able to handle his secrets? Page-turning and with so much intrigue I couldn’t handle myself!

Fighting Silence by Aly Martinez is a gut-wrenching story that spans years, a friends-to-lovers story that takes many twisted turns. Be prepared with some hard liquor and tissues on hand because you’re in for a wild ride.

The Deal by Elle Kennedy, I can’t gush enough over The Deal! With its amazing one-liners, clever banter and incredibly charismatic characters, I laughed from beginning to end. Pulling off an amazing balancing act between angst and humor is what made this book so great. 

[Oh! more please ...]

Dec 28 2015 11:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 4

Playing By the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 4 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and Part 3:

Miss Bates:

When H&H asked me to pick the best three romances I read in 2014, I agonized. I penned lists. I culled lists. I whittled lists. I wrote long- and short-lists. This year, my top three romances danced in my head like seasonal sugarplums! I knew exactly who they were and why I loved them. Here they are, in no particular order other than the mental sugarplum one.

Sarah Morgan’s Playing By the Greek’s Rules is a brilliant riff on the opposites-attract trope. Lily Rose, former-foster-child, waif-heroine is made of loving, empathetic steel. Her sunny ways and self-soothing personal philosophy break down the walls of Jericho around pragmatic, commitment-phobe hero Nik Zervakis’s heart.

[The final best reads of 2015 ...]

Dec 22 2015 6:00pm

Santa, Define “Naughty”… Characters Behaving Badly from Ashley, Douglas, and More!

When reading a story I’m always looking for someone to root for—whether it be the underdog, or that snazzy character that captures my attention. While yes, most of my favorite characters are the “good” ones, I can’t help but love when there’s naughtiness to them. You can’t be good all the time and these characters prove that being bad has its perks.

You know that feeling of disappointment, when you come up with so many witty lines after a horrible confrontation? Well, Sloane Avery knows that feeling all too well. In Jamie Howard’s Until We Break, Sloan is forced back into the town she desperately needed to escape but, this time she puts things on an even playing field. Sloane uses her newfound confidence to basically destroy the relationships of those who did her wrong. The calculated destruction was impossible to stop reading and once the ball was rolling it didn’t stop! Of course, a change of heart did happen but, the consequences were harsh. Sloan definitely earned herself a spot on the naughty list!

[Add them to the naughty reading list ...]