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Tue
Jan 3 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Lexi Blake’s Satisfaction (January 3, 2017)

Satisfaction by Lexi Blake

Lexi Blake
Satisfaction (Lawless #2)
Berkley / January 3, 2017 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital 

In Lexi Blake’s second installment of the Lawless series, readers will be compelled to read the entire book in one sitting. In this contemporary romance, revenge and espionage grip readers tight in a world of corporate greed.

For Carly Fischer, starting over comes with a price.

After discovering her cheating husband has embezzled millions from her employer, she’s ready to resign from her position as assistant to the Devil Wears Prada Patricia Cain. But Patricia has something entirely different in mind for her assistant’s future with the company. Seeing as how Carly’s ex-husband put some of that stolen money in Carly’s sister’s name, she’s not going anywhere. At least, not until Patricia has used her until she’s worthless. But while she might just be an assistant, Carly has valuable information on Patricia and the Cain Corporation.

And Brandon Lawless intends to extract it.

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Mon
Dec 5 2016 3:00pm

A Dark Past Leads to a Happy Future in Cynthia Eden’s Taken

Taken by Cynthia Eden

Bailey Jones survived a serial killer against all odds, but the nightmare isn’t over. However, with the help of LOST’s (Last Option Search Team) very own Asher Young, she’s not alone this time. Bailey is tired of being seen as a victim who can’t move on from the past and Asher is more than willing to help her in that regard as a victim of violent crime himself. But is Bailey hallucinating the victim she helped get away from a deadly killer?

As a master of romantic suspense, Cynthia Eden winds a mesmerizing tale of mystery and romance in the fifth installment of the LOST series. Not only does the main plot of tracking another of the Death Angel’s victims keep readers guessing to the end but the personal mysteries of each character actually drive the hero and heroine closer together. Asher and Bailey, both victims of bloody crimes, aren’t interested in hiding their past. That would be impossible with the media following their every move. Instead, they’ve embraced it and they’re taking control of their lives. Together.

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Wed
Oct 12 2016 8:30am

Three Favorite Romance Tropes—It’s Tropalicious!

His Seductive Target by Nichole Severn

Today we're thrilled to welcome Nichole Severn (His Seductive Target) to Heroes and Heartbreakers in her capacity as an author—Nichole is also one of our bloggers! Romance readers love a good trope, and Nichole is here today to talk about a few of her favorites, are they yours? Thanks, Nichole!

What are your favorite tropes in romance?

If you’re a fan of reading Romance or have delved deep into writing it, you’ll probably recognize one, if not two or three, romance tropes within the same story. These simple plot devices are used to bring the heroine and hero together and drive readers to buy books. If fact, a lot of readers are looking for these tropes to power the books they pick up, keep them hooked, and they definitely love to see some twists along the way. In my experience with writing category romance, they are possibly the most important devices to weave throughout the book and today I’m covering a few of my favorite things…and tropes.

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Mon
Oct 26 2015 11:30am

The Monsters That Go Bump in the Night: The Anti-Heroes of Cynthia Eden’s Purgatory Series

The Wolf Within by Cynthia Eden

Cynthia Eden is well-known for her paranormal romance. From vampires to werewolves and Greek gods, she knows exactly how to keep her readers wanting more, but it’s her anti-heroes that make the deal for me.

No matter the setting, no matter the species, or who they’ve chosen to protect, Eden’s heroes are more bad boy than savior. They come from all walks of life and backgrounds, but there seems to be a theme within these anti-heroes from her Purgatory series: they’re the monsters that go bump in the night.

Duncan in The Wolf Within

FBI Special Agent Duncan McGuire spends his days–and his nights–tracking real-life monsters for the Seattle-based Para Unit. Vampires and werewolves aren’t just a legend in this world. They’re the problem. With his entire family falling victim to a werewolf attack when he was younger, Duncan hunts the monsters with a chip on his shoulder and protects the innocent at all costs. Until he becomes a monster himself.

[A monster we know we'll come to love...]

Wed
Aug 5 2015 3:30pm

Boom Goes the Dynamite: Romance Novels for the Action Movie Fan

Blamed by Edie Harris

Forget the chick flicks, romantic comedies, and dramas. I want action. In my movie choices and my reading. Romantic suspense and romantic thrillers are my go-to genre, no matter what kind of mood I’m in. With authors such as Katie Reus, Cynthia Eden, and Edie Harris, I can rely on being entertained with guns, dangerous situations, and high-octane romance that always gets my blood pumping.

So if you’re in love with explosions, bad guys, and saving the world like I am, I’ve got five Romance novel recommendations for you.

Blamed by Edie Harris

I cannot tell you how excited I was when Carina Press started promoting for this book. The excerpt found on their website had me drooling to get my hands it. Spies, strong heroines, dark heroes, secrets, betrayal. This book has everything I’ve been looking for.

Beth Faraday was a contract killer, the very best, but she’s gotten herself out of the life. She works for a museum and has cut off nearly all ties to her mercenary family and that life. Until the very last person she expected to ruin her new life is shot. And she’s the only one who can save his life.

[Bring the guns, explosives, and ransom to this sub-genre...]

Mon
Jun 8 2015 3:30pm

First Look: Sophie Jackson’s A Pound of Flesh (June 9, 2015)

A Pound of Flesh by Sophie Jackson

Sophie Jackson
A Pound of Flesh
Gallery Books / June 9, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Orange Is the New Black meets Jennifer Probst’s New York Times bestselling Marriage to a Billionaire trilogy, featuring a strong-minded prison tutor who discovers that her sexy bad-boy student is far more than he appears to be.

Haunted by nightmares of her father’s street murder fifteen years ago, Kat Lane decides to face her fears and uphold his legacy of helping others by teaching inmates at a New York prison. There she meets arrogant Wesley Carter, who’s as handsome as he is dangerous, as mysterious as he is quick-witted, and with a reputation that ensures people will keep their distance.

As teacher and student, Kat and Carter are forced to leave their animosities at the door and learn that one should never judge a book by its cover. As Carter’s barriers begin to crumble, Kat realizes there’s much more to her angry student than she thought, leaving them to face a new, perilous obstacle: their undeniable attraction to one another.

When Carter is released and Kat continues to tutor him on the outside, the obstacles mount. Can they fight the odds to make their relationship work? Will Kat’s family and friends ever accept her being with someone of his background? And will Kat’s discovery of Carter’s role on the night her father died force them apart forever...or unite them?

Wes Carter is dangerous.

His rap sheet reads like my never-ending grocery list: car boosting, handling a dangerous weapon, drug possession, drunk and disorderly conduct. Just to name a few charges. But that doesn’t deter the Arthur Kill Prison’s English Literature tutor. Nope. Kat Lane wants to understand this bad boy.

“Kat was unable to tear her eyes from the new addition to her class. He was fine to look at with his buzz cut; wide, strong shoulders; two days’ worth of stubble; and long legs that stuck out from underneath the desk, but his attitude made him sharp around the edges. There was a dangerous aura around him that scream No entry...How very badass.”

[Every good girl needs one bad boy in her lifetime...]

Wed
Apr 22 2015 9:45am

The Undeniable Sex Appeal of Zoe Forward’s Matt Ryan

Protecting His Witch by Zoe Forward

Protecting His Witch is the first book in Zoe Forward’s Keeper of the Veil series. At 252 pages this book was passionate, compelling, and sexy.

I was immediately taken with this story in the first few pages. Kat Ramsey wakes up in an unfamiliar bed, and her powers are threatening to jump her into an alternate universe. Buck naked. Unable to control this jumping ability, she fights to find clothes when she realizes she isn’t alone.

Matt Ryan has stolen my heart. For one, his dark, secretive nature—mixed with some badass—made the entire book for me. He’s burdened by responsibility, but when Kat comes back into his life for good after ten years, the reader discovers his passion, his secrets, and his undeniable sex appeal.

I love how the author focuses completely on action and reaction with these two characters. They affect each other with wild desire, and you can feel that passion on the page as you read. The sensual scenes are hopeful and romantic, and full of blistering heat. The chemistry smoldering between Kat and Matt is scorching hot and mesmerizing and I can’t wait to see if they appear elsewhere in the series.

[We can't either!]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 3:30pm

In Pursuit of Perfection: Qualities of the Perfect Romance Hero from Ward, Weber, and More!

Her Fallen Protector by Nichole SevernToday we're thrilled to welcome Nichole Severn to Heroes and Heartbreakers, whose latest release, Her Fallen Protector, came out last month. In Her Fallen Protector, former archangel has to jump through a lot of hoops to help his long-lost love, and it kind of earns him status as a perfect hero... Nichole is here today to talk about the qualities of a perfect hero and wherelse you can find them in romance. Thanks, Nichole!

I don’t know about you, but one of the main reasons I read romance is the vast array of swoonworthy heroes. I may be slightly embarrassed to admit no matter how the plot plays out or which bimbo he ends up with (shove off, Beth from Dark Lover!), I catch myself envisioning myself as the heroine in every book. But I’m sure I’m not the only one.

There’s just something about finding the perfect man in all these stories that makes us fall head over heels and pick up yet another romance. The heroes elicit passion, desire, and maybe a few too many fantasies. ***clears throat*** Every romance reader has their favorite “book boyfriend,” but what is it about these fictional men that makes them perfect for thousands of readers?

THE PHYSICAL APPEARANCE

The very first thing heroines notice of their heroes are looks and isn’t that true for us here in the real world as well? Sight is the first sense to register attraction, but the mind’s eye can be just as satisfying if not more so.

[A little scruff never hurts, for instance...]