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Jan 31 2014 11:15am

Conveniently Married: Marriage of Convenience Romance Novels

Shoreline Drive by Lily EverettToday we're pleased to welcome author Lily Everett to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Lily's new release, Shoreline Drive, is a modern-day marriage of convenience story, with a handsome, guarded veterinarian and an exuberant, cheerful new mom. Lily is here to talk about the marriage of convenience trope told by a variety of authors. Thanks, Lily!

Every romance reader has tropes she loves, and tropes she avoids like the plague. Side note: If you don’t know what tropes are, check out this great discussion led by Limecello! Basically when we’re talking about romance novels, we use trope to mean a plot device or story premise that appears over and over, throughout the genre. You say cliché? I say classic! Yes, I’m an apologist for tropes in general. They exist for a reason, which is that writers love to write them and readers love to read them. I don’t advocate using tropes as a lazy shortcut, but with the right twists, updating, and imagination, there’s nothing I love more than a great Secret Baby story, or a romance where the hero and heroine go from Friends to Lovers.

But if I had to choose a single favorite romance trope, it would probably be the Marriage of Convenience. Those stories where the hero and heroine each enter into a committed relationship for practical, unemotional reasons...and then they have to learn how to deal with each other. And of course, since this is romance we’re talking about, we get to see these two levelheaded pragmatists fall deeper into lust and love as they get to know each other better.

[What are your favorites?...]

Jan 24 2014 12:30pm

Shoreline Drive: Exclusive Excerpt

Lily Everett

Shoreline Drive by Lily EverettDr. Ben Faulkner is a veterinarian on warm, welcoming Sanctuary Island, a refuge for wild horses. Though he’s dedicated his life to healing animals and rescuing the ones no one wants, Ben is nursing deep wounds of his own. After tragedy tore his family apart, he gave up his dreams of finding happiness long ago…until Merry Preston arrives on the island. Vivacious, friendly, and instantly loveable, Merry is everything Ben is not. She’s also nine months pregnant and attempting to carve out a new life for herself and her unborn child.


Though Ben tries to keep his distance, when a raging storm cuts them off from the mainland, he’s forced to help bring her new baby into the world.  It’s a harrowing experience that leaves him with one great certainty: I want these two to be my family. Seeing his opportunity, he makes a dramatic proposal to the young mother: a marriage of convenience. If Merry marries him, he’ll draw up a contract naming her son as his heir and promising to provide for them both. But as they’ll learn, love is more than a business proposition…and it’ll take all the magic hidden in Sanctuary Island to turn Ben’s proposal into something real and lasting.

Get a sneak peek of Lily Everett's Shoreline Drive (available January 28, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of the Prologue and Chapters 1 & 2.

May 2013

Rain lashed across the cracked windshield of Dr. Ben Fairfax’s ancient pickup truck as it roared over the pitted inland roads, churning up mud and gravel as he raced across Sanctuary Island.

Ben raked wet hair out of his eyes and tightened his grip on the steering wheel. A single thought repeated itself over and over in his head.

Get to her. Get to her. Get to her.

He bared his teeth at the clash of thunder that rocked his truck, rattling the state-of-the-art large animal trailer hooked to his trailer hitch.

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Jul 5 2013 11:00am

Sanctuary Island: Exclusive Excerpt

Lily Everett

When Ella’s sister decides to reunite with their estranged mother, Ella goes along for the ride—it’s always been the two Preston girls against the world. But Sanctuary Island, a tiny refuge for wild horses tucked off the Atlantic coast, is more inviting than she ever imagined. And it holds more than one last opportunity to repair their broken family—if Ella can open her carefully guarded heart, there is also the chance for new beginnings.

Grady Wilkes is a handyman who can fix anything…except the scars of his own past. When he accepts the task of showing Ella the simple beauties of the island that healed him, he discovers a deep sense of comfort he thought he’d lost. But now he must convince the woman who never intended to stay that on Sanctuary Island, anything is possible—forgiving past mistakes, rediscovering the simple joys of life, and maybe even falling in love.

Get a sneak peek of Lily Everett's Sanctuary Island (available July 30, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

If one more thing messed with Ella Preston’s schedule, she was going to scream.

Tightening her fist around her cell phone—the cell phone which was currently an expensive, high-tech hunk of useless plastic, due to the lack of signal out here in the boonies of southeastern Virginia—Ella put on her best negotiator smile for the white-haired lady behind the counter.

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Jun 19 2013 1:00pm
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The Firefly Cafe: Exclusive Limited-Time Release!

Lily Everett

Firefly Cafe by Lily Everett

The first novella in the Billionaire Brothers series, The Firefly Cafe, is no longer available to read on Heroes and Heartbreakers for. Look for it at all major e-retailers July 7, 2013:

For years, the Harrington family has dominated the business world.  Gorgeous billionaire brothers Dylan, Logan and Miles Harrington command the family empire, which has given them everything they could ever want…except the one thing that matters most.  Now they’re about to travel to the windswept refuge of Sanctuary Island, where they’ll discover that fortune, fame and power don’t mean a thing without someone to share it with.

Dubbed “the Bad Boy Billionaire” by the tabloids, Dylan Harrison’s playboy lifestyle is starting to lose its appeal. When he hops on his motorcycle and drives to Sanctuary Island, he’s looking for time alone to get his head on straight. Instead, he gets pulled into the warm friendliness of the island—and an intense attraction to Penny Little, waitress at the Firefly Café and caretaker of his family’s vacation home.  Trouble is, Penny doesn’t realize he’s a Harrington brother…and he wants to keep it that way until he’s sure he can trust her with his heart. But Penny has a secret of her own, and when the truth comes to light, will they still have a chance at love?

Want your own copy of The Firefly Cafe? Pre-order the first novella in the Billionaire Brothers trilogy before its July 7 release:

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Plus, Book 2 of the Billionaire Brothers trilogy, The Summer Cottage, will be out before you know it—July 9! For more:

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And don't miss Book 3 in the Billionaire Brothers trilogy, Island Road, out July 16:

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