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Thu
Apr 27 2017 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Scarlett Cole and Sidney Halston

Team H&H has two great covers for you from authors Scarlett Cole and Sidney Halston! In Cole's Elliott Redeemed, we're back with the band Preload and lead guitarist Elliot's, whose dark past he's fought hard to overcome, while single mom Kendalee's present is something she wishes she could escape. The attraction between the two of them is undeniable, but may lead them down a path they don't expect. And in Halston's Last First Kiss a female bodyguard tries to prove herself in a male dominated world with the hunkiest of A-listers. Watch the sparks fly! 

Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole

Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole

A single mom and tortured musician find common ground in Scarlett Cole's Elliott Redeemed, the second standalone romance about the band Preload.

Elliott “Pyro” Dawson burns up the lead guitar like a legend. But the nickname Pyro isn’t just a clever play on words. It’s much darker. A past he's fought like hell to overcome.

Grocery store cashier Kendalee Walker is at her wits end and homeless. She's watched her fourteen-year-old son, Daniel, go so far off the rails, he can no longer see the tracks.

When the two are brought together, attraction flares, but can Elliott find the family he never had with the sexy woman and her son, or will he fall back on dangerous habits?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Elliott Redeemed by Scarlett Cole, available July 11, 2017:

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[+Last First Kiss...]

Wed
Apr 26 2017 11:00am

May 2017 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in May.

We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Authors: Have we missed your release before? Drop us a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com with your title, full name, release date, and series name (if you have one) for your upcoming June 2017 release!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:

May 1-8 May 9-15 May 16-22 May 23-29 May 30-31

Week of May 1 through May 8

[Great new releases ahead!]

Tue
Apr 25 2017 12:35pm

Will We Have the Time of Our Life with Dirty Dancing Remake?

After being teased with casting news, set photos, and more for almost a year, the trailer is finally here for ABC's Dirty Dancing remake. Starring Abigail Breslin as Baby, we'll also be seeing familiar faces with an all-star cast including Debra Messing, Katey Segal, and Sarah Hyland. According to People, the movie will not just be a remake of the original movie, but also give us a glimpse into Baby and Johnny's happily ever after: what happens after the summer and what's up with some of the other beloved characters. 

Baby and Johnny in the Dirty Dancing remake

So, do you think you'll love the Dirty Dancing remake? What are your thoughts on knowing what happens after the summer? Do you want to know? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

If you never want the summer to end, stay tuned for a post on the best Baby and Johnny scenes coming soon. 


SEE ALSO: Dance Movies That Give Romance a Good Whirl


 

Fri
Apr 21 2017 3:00pm

Books! The Greatest Weapons of All: Comments That Made Our Week

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!


JennyT prefers paper and e-books

JennyT in Do You Wish More Romance Came in Hardcover?

I usually prefer paperbacks—they're nice and portable, but pretty to look at and easily lent to friends. But I have to admit, e-books make it easier to read books that I otherwise wouldn't want to be seen in public reading *chuckle* If my boss only knew that not all of my reading choices were as literary as he thinks they are!

That, and I love the sheer variety of e-books out there!

[+3 more comments of the week]

Thu
Apr 20 2017 2:30pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveal from Donna Grant

Christmas bells will be ringing in Donna Grant's upcoming Heart of Texas novel The Christmas Cowboy Hero. Ex-Navy SEAL Clayton returns to his hometown for the holidays to find his family in need of his help. Abby's at her wits end in regards to her brother's and the trouble they stir up. Whatever happens, this Christmas is sure to be one they'll never forget. 

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant

The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant

’Tis the season for ex-Navy SEAL Clayton East to come home for the holidays—even if the mood at home is anything but festive. His father is ill. The East Ranch is in financial trouble. And now it’s on Clayton, the prodigal son, to make sure his family doesn’t lose everything.

Headstrong Abby Harper is like a mother to her younger brothers, who she’s helped raise since she was a teenager. Keeping them in line is no small task while she’s also working toward her college degree. And now that one of her brothers has been arrested for stealing cattle at the East Ranch, Abby is at her wit’s end. But there is a silver lining: Clayton East. He believes in second chances, and is willing to give one to her brother this Christmas. Letting beautiful Abby—and the inescapable longing in his heart—off the hook, however, is a whole ’nother story. Could it be that the woman of this local hero’s dreams has been back at home all along?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Christmas Cowboy Hero by Donna Grant, available October 31, 2017:

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Tue
Apr 18 2017 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Janna MacGregor, Christine d’Abo, Erin McLellan, and Quinn Anderson

Team H&H has four great covers for you from authors Janna MacGregor, Christine d'Abo, Erin McLellan, and Quinn Anderson. The second book in MacGregor's Cavensham Heiresses series follows Emma, and her cold-hearted earl Nicholas St. Mauer, in a delightful story as Emma's passionate ways totally undo Nick's solitude. In d'Abo's Making It, Devan knows what he's always wanted, while Eli has been fighting his entire life. Can a lapse in judgement from Eli be reconciled? In McLellan's Controlled Burn, after Joel's life is turned upside down at a young ag, he pushes everyone away—until Paulie comes along and wriggles his way into Joel's heart. And in Anderson's The Other Five Percent, Logan has a plan that doesn't involve falling for Ellis or admitting to his desires, but there's no way they can deny the heat and chemistry that flows between them. 

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor

He would do anything to protect her. Even marry her…
The son of a cold-hearted duke, Nicholas St. Mauer isn’t one to involve himself in society…or open his own heart to anyone. But driven by honor, the reclusive Earl of Somerton feels obliged to keep a watchful eye on Lady Emma Cavensham. She possesses a penchant for passions unbecoming a woman that finds Nick in constant peril of losing his well-structured solitude. She even dared kiss Nick once—an utterly unladylike, and delightful, lapse…

Emma can’t deny the appeal of the earl’s attention, and occasional affection, but she has no need for a man. There are worse fates than spinsterhood, as Emma knows too well. She still mourns the loss of her dear friend Lena, and is determined to prove Lena’s husband responsible for her death before he lures another innocent woman into a brutal marriage. But as Emma pursues her prey, a compromising moment upends all her plans. Now, with gossip swirling and her reputation in tatters, Nick may be the only man brave enough to join in Emma’s cause. . .and fight for her heart.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Bride Who Got Lucky by Janna MacGregor, available October 31, 2017:

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[+3 more covers ahead!]

Mon
Apr 17 2017 11:15am

Kate Baxter’s The Last True Vampire Discussion Thread

The Last True Vampire by Kate BaxterForbidden love, dark pasts, age differences, all the angst you can bear and more... Nothing beats vampire romance for a good stake through the heart, eh? Which is why Kate Baxter's paranormal romance The Last True Vampire, Book 1 in the Last True Vampire series, simply had to be our second H&H E-Book Club selection!

Devour your copy of the book, and then join us in a bloody awesome discussion about Michael and Claire's story in the comments below!

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. In the meantime, here's a non-spoilery Q&A with author Kate Baxter to whet your appetite.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The Last True VampireThis is a post to discuss the entire book.***

Need a refresher? H&H reviewer Jane Kriel writes:

In The Last True Vampire, Michael or Mikhail is the last of the Ancient Ones. Alpha. Sexy. The kind of tortured Byronic hero that is going to break your heart before he puts it back together again. The heroine Claire is one strong ass femme fatale, street smart, admirable and fierce—but check your pocket if you cross paths with her because the little hustler totally just swiped your wallet. When Mikhail meets Claire, he recognizes her as the one who can save him:

After a century of pain, the unending torture of his existence, he’d found the only creature who could wake him from his stupor and return his soul to him. Immeasurable strength fueled every movement and he was no longer the shade of the vampire he’d once been.  The world melted away until there was only her. He’d found the one thing he needed to survive in this gods-forsaken world.

On the other side, Claire’s reaction to Mikhail and the vampire intrusion in her life is slightly less poetic and a little more freaked out:

What. In. The. Hell? Maybe these guys were of some deranged cosplay group? She’d witnessed some pretty effed-up shit in L.A. but this took the cake.Let's discuss!

Read Jane's full review of The Last True Vampire here.

Now, onto the discussion!

[And more...]

Mon
Apr 17 2017 11:15am

Kate Baxter on Vampire Lore, Fated Mates, and World-Building in The Last True Vampire

The Last True Vampire by Kate Baxter

Beware of things that go bump in the night! We're thrilled to offer you Kate Baxter's The Last True Vampire for April's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book Club! As a special treat, we got to sit down and talk with Baxter about Michael's existence as the last vampire, vampire lore, fated mates, and true love that comes at a cost. 

You'll get an action-packed, suspensful tale with incredible world-building from Baxter at the start of this vivid and imaginative series. After all, The Last Vampire is only the beginning...

Heroes and Heartbreakers: In your book, Michael is the last true vampire, but there are other levels of vampires in your world—he’s not truly alone, is he? Can you explain your world a little to new readers?

Kate Baxter: Michael is the last true vampire, but he’s definitely not alone. There is a class of dhampirs who are dependent on vampires for survival. They exist like a grove of Aspens, interconnected where one can’t exist without the other. Dhampirs feed off the energy of vampires, and only a dhampir can be made into a vampire, which is why it’s so essential that Michael finds his mate so he can ascend to power and resurrect his nearly extinct race.

H&H: There’s so much vampire lore out there—what did you want to make sure was different about your vampire mythology in the Last True Vampire series? Was there any mythology you made sure to incorporate?

[Read more...]

Mon
Apr 17 2017 11:00am

Book Club Pick for April: Kate Baxter’s The Last True Vampire!

Our book club gives “summer of love” a whole new meaning. Every month this spring and summer, Heroes and Heartbreakers will spotlight a new romance to read and then gather together to discuss in various ways, such as book club discussion threads, author interviews, fantasy casting, and more.

That's not all: Readers in the U.S. and Canada will also have a limited-time chance to download a copy of each month's e-book—for FREE!* 

Our Book Club selection for April is...Kate Baxter's The Last True Vampire!

The Last True Vampire by Kate BaxterMichael, a.k.a. Mikhail, is the king of vampires—and the last of his race. Claire is a smart, sassy mortal who doesn't let anyone get in her way. Her blood calls to him, and soon Michael and Claire are swept up into a whirlwind of passion. But are they destined to be together—or eternally star-crossed?

Yep, it's true: We're taking a big, juicy bite out of vampire romance this month with the first book in Kate Baxter's Last True Vampire series, giving you just enough time to catch up before the release of book 4, The Untamed Vampire, releases on May 2.

Join the H&H E-Book of the Month Club now! 

Here's the deal:

  • By signing up to get your free e-book, you will also receive the weekly Heroes and Heartbreakers newsletter and  an alert every month when a new e-book is available for download!
  • Book club members will need to confirm the details of their membership in order to get the next month’s free e-book.**
  • Each book will be offered for 14 days and you MUST download your copy before the offer ends.
  • This offer is only available in the U.S. and Canada due to complex international laws; we sincerely apologize for the geographic restriction.

So sign up for the H&H E-Book of the Month Club here and then be sure to join us in all our Last True Vampire Book Club discussion thread, an in-depth Q&A with Kate Baxter, and more! In fact, just go ahead and Bookmark the link to our Book Club collection to keep up with all of the fun we have planned...

Happy reading!

*Offer to download Kate Baxter's The Last True Vampire ends May 1, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

**Book club program runs until September 4, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET. We reserve the right to end this promotion at any time.

Mon
Apr 17 2017 10:22am

Jamie Yearns for Claire in Outlander Season 3 Trailer

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in Outlander season 3

“I have lied, killed, and broken trust...” is quite the onminous start to the first Outlander season 3 trailer, a 40-second teaser to whet our appetites for the full-length trailer coming soon.

We have to wait until September for the new season, but what's in store for us looks amazing. Not only does Jamie vow to find Claire, but we also get a glimpse of an older Claire, a grown-up Brianna graduating from college, and a dueling Jamie.

This season is sure to bring us the signature twists and turns we've come to expect from a season of Outlander, and we can't wait.... Why is it not September yet?

Stay tuned to this post to watch the full-length trailer as soon as it's released!

[Keep reading...]

Fri
Apr 14 2017 2:00pm

This One’s Mine: Comments That Made Our Week

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!


Karen H near Tampa will never loan again

Karen H near Tampa in Do You Have Rules When You Loan a Book?

I don't lend out books unless I'm okay with never seeing them again, so I don't loan out any books really. I did loan a book to my Mom once and it was returned with spine creased and pages bent over so I told her I'd never loan her a book again (so, in my case, moms do not get a pass). But I am very willing to go to the library and get books for her and I keep her well supplied.

[+2 more comments of the week]

Wed
Apr 12 2017 1:30pm

What Nora Roberts Book Are You in the Mood to Read Today?

In Romancelandia, all roads lead to Nora Roberts, but how we get there can be quite different. If you're not sure where your reading mood might take you, let us be your guide! Simply click each of your answers and follow your path to the read that will be the answer to exactly what you're looking for!
 

[Let's take a road trip!]

Sat
Apr 8 2017 3:02pm

What’s After The Chosen for the Black Dagger Brotherhood? J.R. Ward Announces The Thief!

Black Dagger Brotherhood creator J.R. Ward has announced the title of the next installment of the popular paranormal series—The Thief—and also revealed the identity of the 2018 book's main couple—Sola (aka Marisol) and Assail!

Speaking at today's release party and signing for her new BDB book The Chosen in Cincinnati, Ohio, Ward dished out some spoilers about what the future holds. Watch the reveal for yourself in the video below:

Stay tuned for more scoop as we get it—we'll be back to update the post!

Back in 2013, H&H reviewer Chelsea Mueller speculated about Assail and Sola and if they'd get their own book, writing:

[And then there's] Old Country vampire and drug dealer Assail and his bounty hunter Sola. In Lover at Last these two play a cat-and-mouse game that turns up the heat. While I’m not invested in Assail personally yet, I’m positive there would be insane heat between these two. Even the kiss in Lover at Last was hot. Imagine if they got the 700-page treatment. Scorching.

Updated with more scoop: Wondering if Lassiter will ever get his own book? According to fan @Davies_Bets, who live-tweeted the event, when Ward is finally ready to see him naked! Oh, and Qhuinn's brother will probably get his own book in the Black Dagger Legacy spinoff series.

Plus: Not ready to talk about future books yet? Don't worry, we still have much to discuss about the wild events of The Chosen. Come share your review of the book and see what fellow fans are saying in our The Chosen discussion thread (warning: major spoilers in the comments).

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Fri
Apr 7 2017 3:01pm

Kylie Scott’s Chaser Cover Stars Bad-Boy Eric

Chaser by Kylie ScottWhen we learned Dive Bar co-owner Eric Collins would be the hero of Kylie Scott's next book, Chaser, we figured we'd be in for a cover worthy of a bad boy—and we were right!

Eric's broken his fair share of hearts, and he has a...complicated, shall we say...history with his lifelong best friends Nell and Pat, but we're total suckers for angst and a good redemption arc. Fortunately for us, Chaser seems poised to deliver just that. Here's what we know so far about what's ahead for Eric and his new-to-town heroine, Jean, from the book's official description:

Given his well-earned bad boy reputation, Eric is having a tough time scoring.. When single Jean moves to town, she seems heaven sent by the sex gods. Only problem is, she not only wants nothing to do with him, but it turns out that she’s pregnant.

Starting over in a small town, Jean is determined to turn her wild lifestyle around and be the kind of mother she always wished she’d had. Since local bar owner and all round hottie, Eric Collins, is now determined to steer clear of her pregnant self, it should be easy. When she goes into labour during a snow storm and her car slides on some ice, it’s Eric who comes to the rescue.

There seems to be a bond between them now, but is it enough? And can Eric give up his manwhore ways to be the man Jean needs?

Seeing the world through Eric's eyes will surely be a treat when his story lands on April 17, 2018.

In the meantime, for spoiler-y discussion and speculation about Eric's part in the Dive Bar series so far, drop by our Romance Book Club meeting for Book 1, Dirty!

[Want more?...]

Tue
Apr 4 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal from Tamsen Parker

Team H&H has an exclusive cover reveal for you today from author Tamsen Parker for the final book in her Compass Series, The Cartographer. Reyes is a the man used to being in charge—of everything—until he meets Allie, who isn't at all interested in being saved by Rey; however, they come to find the attraction between them too much ignore. 

The Cartographer by Tamsen Parker

The Cartographer by Tamsen Parker

Reyes Walter is the man who engineers everyone’s happiness, and he’s never wanted anything else. He’s got a lucrative job as sovereign of the kink world and he delights in playing puppet master for everyone under his purview…which is everyone.

Allie Hart has got his hands full trying to find a job, and being there for his sister and her kids. Loyal to the bone, he’s not looking for anything to get in the way of his obligations.

When a chance encounter throws Allie into the wide swath of Rey’s concern, Rey’s resolved to play the hero as usual, and Allie’s determined to tell him where to stick it. The last thing Allie needs is some rich know-it-all treating him like a damsel in distress.

The attraction between them leads to more than a back alley tryst, but not anywhere close to for-keeps. Any lovers Rey’s had have been polished up and paired off with someone more suitable. After all, there’s always someone in need and Rey vowed a long time ago not to let anything or anyone come between him and his responsibilities. But Allie Hart may be the one gift he’s tempted to keep for himself.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Cartographer by Tamsin Parker, available June 26, 2017:

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Editor's Note: When not frolicking on authorial adventures, Tamsen Parker is also an H&H blogger. 

Tue
Apr 4 2017 1:00pm

J.R. Ward’s The Chosen Discussion Thread (BEWARE: MAJOR SPOILERS)

The Chosen by J.R. Ward

Here you have it: It's FINALLY HERE! We took to Twitter and found some of the most epic reactions to all of the events in J.R. Ward’s The Chosen (Black Dagger Brotherhood #15), out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back.

(If you're not ready to discuss The Chosen, check out our post talking about J.R. Ward's Bourbon Kings finale, see which Black Dagger Brotherhood book earned a spot in our list of the 7 most romantic scenes in fiction, and then discuss Ward's take on Death and the Afterlife).

MAJOR SPOILERS IN THE COMMENTS.

SPOILERS SO MAJOR THEY WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

[Spoilers ahead!]

Mon
Apr 3 2017 1:30pm

New Lauren Blakely Promises Satisfaction Guaranteed

Earlier today on Twitter, we saw a very special Lauren Blakely announcement! We have loved Blakely's take on the romantic comedy world with her romance (like the upcoming Joy Ride, the titilating Big Rock, and the fantasy-enducing The Sexy One). Now we'll be adding Satisfaction Guaranteed to the list, which promises to be rom-com gold! 

Satisfaction Guaranteed looks like it will deliver on all the trope-y goodness that we've come to know and love from Blakely. Here's what we know:

“A carefree city girl hires a man with a past from Craiglist to both placate her family and drive them nuts during a family reunion.”

Fake relationships? Opposites? Probably a little bit of “I hate you but I want to make out with you tension”? We're all over it! What are your thoughts? Are you as exceited about this as we are? 

Stay tuned, we'll be filling you in as we learn more about this book! 

Get caught up and read Lauren Blakely's latest, The Hot One,  available now:​

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H&H Editor Picks:

First Look: Lauren Blakely’s Full Package

Lauren Blakely’s The Sexy One is Actually Adorable

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