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May 27, 2016
Friday Beefcake: "Domesticated" Men
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Jessica Moro and Scarlettleigh
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Come Fly With Me (and Chanel Cleeton)
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Fri
May 27 2016 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: “Domesticated” Men—Reality vs. Expectation

It's the start of Memorial Day weekend here in the United States, and what better way to spend time away from the office than relaxing with loved ones? Of course, after spending hours at your desk dreaming up all the fanciful ways you'll fill those hours (reading, knocking out some chores lightning-fast with help from the hubby, letting your partner grill a delicious meal for you, so much reading...), you may find that the reality falls somewhat short. But as our Expectations vs. Reality-themed special edition of Friday Beefcake will illustrate, it's all about perspective. One way or another, this weekend's gonna rock!

[Let the reality check begin...]

Fri
May 27 2016 1:31pm

From Jo Beverley to Birth Control in Romance: Comments That Made Our Week

Community Spotlight

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


emmel talks about her love for Jo Beverley books:

emmel in Have You Ever Read Jo Beverley?

Started reading her back in the Zebra regencies days of yore. I love Emily and the Dark Angel and My Lady Notorious as entry books for her. She was a gracious giant in romance and will definitely be missed.

mandacollins had some second-hand anger at characters:

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

Best example I can think of is Mary Balogh's One Night For Love and A Summer to Remember. I read ASTR first, and when I was finished I had no desire to read the one that came before it—ONFL—because the premise of Summer is that the heroine Lauren is still reeling from being left at the altar when her fiancé's first wife shows up. I was so angry on Lauren's behalf that I've NEVER gone back and read the other book. Lauren could forgive him, but I couldn't.

[More discussion in here...]

Tue
May 24 2016 2:15pm

Cover Tuesday with Donna Grant, Jessica Lemmon, Annabeth Albert & Kelly Siskind!

Cover reveal bannerSexy, suspenseful contemporaries are our catnip, so we are quite pleased to present to you the inside scoop on four such books heading our way: Donna Grant's The Protector (Marine whose father has been kidnapped joins forces with a kickass former Air Force pilot he can't get out of his head...), Jessica Lemmon's The Bastard Billionaire (wounded-vet-turned-COO falls for his personal assistant...or does he???), Annabeth Albert's Wrapped Together (former business rivals + Christmastime = primo romance), and Kelly Siskind's A Fine Mess (he's Mr. One Night Stand until he meets Lily...).

The Protector by Donna Grant

The Protector by Donna Grant (Sons of Texas #2)

EVERYTHING’S HOTTER IN TEXAS

When Marine Force Recon captain Cullen Loughman learns that his father’s been kidnapped, he will do whatever it takes to find him. In order to achieve his mission, Cullen will need to team up with the best of the best—someone who just happens to be the most stunning woman he’s ever laid eyes on…

This isn’t the first rodeo for ex—Air Force pilot Mia Carter. Still, Cullen’s bad-boy good looks and charm are distracting her from duty. . .and it appears that the feeling is mutual. As Mia and Cullen make their descent into a dark, dangerous world, their attraction reaches the boiling point. But is their desire worth the risk when a ruthless enemy is waiting in the wings—or will their Lone Star love conquer all? 

[+Allow us to present 3 more books you can't miss...]

Fri
May 20 2016 11:05am

Relationships to Re-Reads: Comments That Made Our Week

Community Spotlight

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Amy Kat still has hope:

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

I think there is still some hope. There was no body shown, after all, and there was a TVLine interview with the show runner today in which he certainly implied that a reunion was not impossible. Perhaps for the series finale?

Scarlettleigh enjoys a good re-read:

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

Sometimes I enjoy the book more the second time. That was the case with Ain't She Sweet by SEP. It was shocking to me how horrible Sugar Beth was — the bathroom scene, were she sets up her half-sister for embarrassment. That made Sugar Beth very unlikable to me. Read the rest...

[More discussion in here...]

Thu
May 19 2016 2:30pm

Coverpalooza II with Lora Leigh, A.M. Arthur, Sheryl Nantus, and More!

Cover reveal bannerWhy beat the heat when you can bask in it?! We dial it up to 11 with your early bird access to mega-sexy covers for A.M. Arthur's Steady Stroke, Sheryl Nantus' Game On and Betting On Both, Jenna Bayley-Burke's Just Married, Jessica Linden's Fight for Me, May McGoldrick's Taming the Highlander, and Lora Leigh's serial edition of Wicked Pleasure! Mark your calendars for all 9 books and stay tuned to H&H for more exclusive sneak peeks.

Steady Stroke by A.M. Arthur (Off Beat series #2)

After a tragic accident, Lincoln West’s dreams of making it big as a guitarist fell apart. Unable to play music, he’s battling a hopeless downward spiral, and takes his friend’s offer to stay at their beach house for the summer. While at an open mike night at local bar Off Beat, he locks eyes with a busboy who doesn’t make Linc feel so broken anymore. 

Emmett Westmore lives for the anonymity of busing tables in his aunt’s quirky bar where no one pities him for the fire that killed everyone he loved. He blames himself for the fire, and he doesn’t want anyone to see him—except for Linc. Emmett’s walls drop when he’s around the gorgeous blue-eyed guitarist, but he has a secret that could destroy his budding relationship with Linc.

Both Linc and Emmett are looking for a way to live again…will they let their fears control them or take a chance on something real?

[+more Friday beefcake come early!...]

Tue
May 17 2016 2:00pm

Coverpalooza with Christina Saunders, Eve Langlais, Paige Tyler, and More!

Cover reveal bannerYour summer reading list just got a whole lot sexier! Allow us to present to you the scoop on NINE hot romances coming your way in the next few months from Christina Saunders (Bad Bitch, Hardass, and Total D*ck—all out the same day for your binge-reading pleasure), Eve Langlais (Legal Wolf's Mate), Paige Tyler (A Wolf Unleashed), Megan Crane (Edge of Control), Opal Carew (Meat), Michele Mannon (Mercenary, the sequel to Rogue); and co-authors Tara Wyatt, Amanda Heger, Brenna Mills, and Harper St. George (Dirty Work anthology)!

Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders

Bad Bitch by Christina Saunders (Bad Bitch series #1)

They call me the Bad Bitch. A lesser woman might get her panties in a twist over it, but me? I'm the one who does the twisting. Whether it's in the courtroom or in the bedroom, I've never let anyone - much less a man - get the upper hand. 

Except for that jerk attorney Lincoln Granade. He's dark, mysterious, smoking hot and sexy as hell. He's nothing but a bad, bad boy playing the part of an up and coming premiere attorney. I'm not worried about losing in a head to head battle with this guy. But he gets me all hot and bothered in a way no man has ever done before. I don't like a person being under my skin this much. It makes me want to let go of all control, makes me want to give in. This dangerous man makes me want to submit to him completely, again, and again, and again...

[+8 more steamy reads you'll want ASAP...]

Fri
May 13 2016 11:30am

From Unlucky to Hot: Comments That Made Our Week

Community Spotlight

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Scarlettleigh has had bad lucks with some of her books:

Scarlettleigh in What Unlucky Things Have Happened to Your Books?

Of course I have dropped books in water, and spilled coffee on them or diet coke. Or pages have come loose from the binding. But the biggest thing that happened to my books was my house fire.

No, my house didn't burn down. But the heat and smoke damaged about 95% of all the items in my house. Books of course we not salvageable.

That is why I really don't have a true keeper shelf anymore.

LindsayAarons talks flawed characters:

LindsayAarons in Why Romance is the Perfect Place to Tackle Tough Issues .

One thing you didn't mention: the best romance novels are about flawed characters coming together, so well-written romance novels can also shed light on reaching a compromise with a significant other, navigating difficult family dynamics, even dealing and normalizing some mental or physical disabilities.

[More discussion in here...]

Wed
May 11 2016 12:00pm

9 Chronicles of Nick Quotes to Celebrate Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Invision

Invision (Chronicles of Nick Series #7) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

We love the Dark Hunters! If we could track down Artemis and become one, we would—who hasn't had that same thought at some point or another!

Today we're thrilled to celebratelast week's release of the newest Chronicles of Nick book, Invision! We fell hard for Nick Gautier when he was introduced in the first Dark Hunters book, Night Pleasures, and now, seven books into his own series, our love for this character is eternal!

Like any good reader, we've collected some of our favorite quotes from the series, and we're sharing them here with you today to celebrate the latest adventure! Have you read the Chronicles of Nick? What are some of your favorite quotes?

Let us know down in the comments!

9 Chronicles of Nick quotes to celebrate Invision's release

1. “That was what Nick had been doing since the moment he came into this world. Defying the odds. Defying expectation. Defying authority... Defying his destiny.”

[But destiny has a way of finding you...]

Tue
May 10 2016 2:06pm

Cover Tuesday: Scarlett Cole’s The Darkest Link!

Cover reveal banner

Oh, happy day! The Second Circle Tattoos series will continue with The Darkest Link, and today we're thrilled to reveal the cover for Lia and Reid's much-anticipated story. When you can tear your eyes from Reid's hot bod (take your time), see what's in store for our hero and heroine when The Darkest Link hits shelves this August:

The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole

When her car breaks down off the side of a lonely highway far from her sunny Miami home, tattoo artist Lia never expected her very own white knight to ride up on the back of a barely street-legal motorcycle...and she never expected to fall for her dark savior. After a string of failed relationships and a bruised heart Lia is not looking for forever, and the hot mechanic, with his sexy scruff and shaggy hair, is simply impossible to resist. He's the perfect candidate for a mind-blowingly-perfect, no-strings-attached one-night stand.

Reid left his life in Chicago far behind him and hasn't been back, but he's never been able to escape the guilt he feels about his own painful role in inviting a monster into his baby sister's life. A monster who almost destroyed her. Being with Lia is an unexpected gift, one he doesn't feel he deserves, and their one night together has him wanting more than he should. When he surprises her at her tattoo studio, Second Circle Tattoos, in Miami, he's in for a shock—and a fist to the face—when his past and present collide.

With secrets coming to the surface, Reid and Lia are thrown into a world of betray and lies that threatens to pull them under, and the last link to his former life may be the darkest of them all.

Learn more or pre-order a copy of The Darkest Link by Scarlett Cole, available on August 30, 2016:

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BONUS: No better place to start than the beginning, right? Book 1 in Cole's Second Circle Tattoos series, The Strongest Steel, is discounted to $1.99 for a limited time. Snatch it up while you have the chance!

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Fri
May 6 2016 12:30pm

From Heroes to Heroines: Comments That Made Our Week

Community Spotlight

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


whiskeywhite, drops commentary on sexy pregnacy sex. 

whiskeywhite in “We Could Name Him Lambert”: Outlander 2x04 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart:

Speaking of sexy pregnancy sex — I often think about what it's like for Sam and Caitriona to shoot these sex scenes. None (or little) of the hazy impressionistic shots of hands on thighs, etc. which are so common. In “Wedding Night” Caitriona's breasts are firmly in Sam's grasp and in this episode in his mouth. There must have to be a lot of trust between the two. In this case, is Caitriona wearing some sort of a body suit to simulate a pregnant body (since I assume the actress is not pregnant)? In that case, does Sam have an artificial breast in his mouth? Read the rest...

lizzie18, shares insight on the amount of books she reads a week! Impressive!

lizzie18 in How Many Books Do You Read in a Week?.

Now that I'm retired, I average about 7 books a week. This includes books from my keeper shelves that I enjoy reading again... and again. However, I have not had much time for old favorites lately because I have a 5 page list of books (about 250) I would like to read, including over 40 already bought and waiting on my TBR shelf. I few have been there over 6 months. And I agree with scarlettleigh, even with all these books I'd like to read, I still keep looking for anything else interesting out there. However, I made a resolution a couple of weeks ago that I would not buy anymore books 'til July. I might (certainly will!) put new ones on my list but I'll try not to buy before another two months... or maybe until my TBR pile has been cut at least in half. And this blog doesn't help, all you ladies mention books that sound good, so I check out the storyline and, if I'm interested, there it goes on my list. Read the rest...

[More discussion for your pleasure ...]

Tue
May 3 2016 3:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Lilah Pace and Tamsen Parker!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for not one but FOUR beautiful books coming out this year from Tamsen Parker and Lilah Pace. First up, Tamsen Parker's next book in her Compass series, True North, tells the story of Slade, a hero just starting to get in touch with his kinky side—and the woman he can never forget. Then we have another cover from Tamsen with School Ties, a forbidden romance you won't want to miss! Finally, Lilah Pace is here to reveal two covers for her new Royal duology with His Royal Secret and His Royal Favorite, a male/male romance featuring a royal heir and the journalist he falls for. 

Truth North by Tamsen Parker

Four months ago, Slade Lewis got to fulfill his wildest, long-repressed BDSM fantasies during a one-night stand. Since then, getting more has been the only thing on his mind.

When Slade manages to earn the keys to Reyes Walter’s kinky kingdom, he finds himself face-to-face with none other than Pressly Allwyn, the pearl-bedecked love of his life whom he pushed into divorce six years ago.

Now she’s back, and the fetish he was afraid would drive them apart instead draws them together. They indulge in their common kink together, but past hurts and old insecurities complicate any relationship outside their erotic exploits. Caught between the worlds of hot-button politics and even hotter bedroom games, Pressly and Slade will have to decide how far they’re willing to go for a second chance at happily ever after.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of True North by Tamsen Parker, available July 25, 2016:

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

Fri
Apr 29 2016 1:30pm

On Hiddlesbum and Favorite Tropes: Comments That Made Our Week

Community SpotlightWe at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Lisaione, who had to discuss Hiddles with her roomies. Right. Now. 

Lisaione in 7 Reasons to Binge-Watch The Night Manager—Starting with Hiddlesbum:

I just watched episode 1 last night and immediately sought out my roommates to insist they watch also. Alas binging not a possibility.


Willaful, who sees what Star Wars is doing over there *side eyes George Lucas*

Willaful in The Force (of Attraction) is Strong: 6 Reasons Rey/Kylo Ren Have Shipping Potential in Star Wars.

“Why was the line 'You know I can take whatever I want' added in the script when it has obvious sexual undertones to it, if they were to be related/not have their dynamic further explored?”

It wouldn't be the first time the series has flirted with incest.

[More discussion for your pleasure ...]

Thu
Apr 28 2016 9:30am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of April 2016

Broken by Cynthia Eden

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.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for April 2016 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Nichole Severn:

My best of April pick is Broken by Cynthia Eden. This is the first in her LOST series and I couldn't put it down. The sexual tension between Gabe and Eve is unforgettable and the mystery had me guessing to the end.​ Best book I've read of hers since Deal with the Devil.

Nicola R. White:

Enchanting The Lady by Kathrynne Kennedy is just as magical as the cover suggests. It has everything I crave in a historical/fantasy blend, including an intrepid heroine, amazing world building, and a miniature dragon. This is book one in what looks to be a  very fun series, and I can't wait to read more!

Willaful:

The Sub's Club by J.A. Rock is a great example of how a really kinky book can be almost... universal. The particular sex acts described range from meh to oh-my-God-in-heaven-no on my personal interest scale, but I didn't give a fig. (Pun intended.) The narrator has such a great, funny voice, and he's dealing with such complex, real issues. And his Dom/love interest is off the hook weird and adorable.

[More books for your TBR list ...]