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Sat
Jun 25 2016 12:00pm

Swoonies 2016: TV Edition—Round 2

Welcome to H&H's Swoonies 2016: TV Edition! We're pitting some of our favorite ships head-to-head to see who wins the award for H&H's Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016! 

We're on to Round 2, and only four couples remain before a winner is crowned in the Swoonies! Make sure you vote—this round ends June 29, 2016 12 p.m. EST.

The final four couples are Clexa vs. Olicity and Jessica x Luke vs. Jamie x Claire


Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: June 22-24 at 12 p.m.
  • Round 2: June 25-29 at 12 p.m. (EST)
  • Round 3: June 29-July 1 at 2 p.m. 
  • Winners Announced: July 1 at 3 p.m.

Get the newsletter buttonThe fight for love has just begun! Cast your vote for the Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016, and then sign up for the H&H newsletter for weekly or daily updates on how your favorite Swoonies couples are doing in the polls and when the next round starts, plus hot romance news, deals, sneak peeks, exclusive author spotlights, and more!

[On to the battle!]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Poldark’s Aidan Turner

Aidan Turner as Ross Poldark

Recently we've become—er—enamored, with the incredibly handsome and talented Aidan Turner.

Source: ohnotheydidnt

And can you blame us?

[More hotness ahead...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 12:00pm

We Literally LOL’d: 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!


DanaSherwood made us do a spittake:

DanaSherwood in What's the Funniest Book Cover in Romance?

For me, it's always been Johanna Lindsey's Man of My Dreams. It features a naked Fabio with the kneeling heroine strategically positioned before him with such an expression of ecstasy on her face that it looks like she has some kind of special “spot” on her upper back. 


DarleneMarshall doled out quality dating advise for fellas:

DarleneMarshall in Finally, Proof that Reading is Sexy

Pish-tosh! As if we needed proof! If hunky guys in glasses hung out in bars reading romance, they'd never go home alone.

If I were a single guy, I'd start reading romance just to meet ladies. Ideally, guys who read romance would also get a piece of clue-cake in the bargain.


[On to more funny...]

Thu
Jun 23 2016 5:15pm

Son of a Wallflower! Lisa Kleypas’ Devil in Spring Cover Is Here

Back in May, Lisa Kleypas revealed the hero for her next Ravenel book, Devil in Spring, would connect to her Wallflower books. And not just any of the Wallflowers, but what is arguably the most beloved of the series—Devil in Winter. Today, we get the cover!

The hero of Devil in Spring, Gabriel, is the son of Evie and St. Vincent. Viscount St. Vincent is one of the most beloved (and polarizing) rakes in the genre—Jennifer Myers named St. Vincent one of the best “villains to heroes” in the genre, while Lisa Kleypas herself talked about the man (the myth, the villain) in her post on writing contemporary and historical heroes. 

For our Father's Day post on historical romances that revisit fathers and sons, Janet Webb touched on what bringing a second generation of wallflowers could mean, and we couldn't be more excited.

Find out more about the book as Bustle sits down with Lisa Kleypas to discuss revisiting these beloved characters with a second generation. 

For more, check out our reviews for the first two books in the series, Cold-Hearted Rake and Marrying Winterborne, to get caught up on the series before Devil in Spring hits shelves on February 21, 2017.  

Learn more about or pre-order a copy today of Devil in Spring, available February 21, 2017:

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Thu
Jun 23 2016 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Christine Warren, Tracy Brown, Casey Griffin, & Abbie Roads!

We know what you're saying: “it's not Tuesday!” We know, but we simply couldn't resist bringing you these four fantastic exclusive cover reveals from a few of our favorite authors—Christine Warren, Tracy Brown, Casey Griffin, and Abbie Roads! A man of stone meets his match in the only female gargolye in Christine Warren's Hard to Handle. Empire, Scandal, and Romeo & Juliet meet for an edgy twist in Tracy Brown's Boss. Then, we have a doggone RomCom, Beauty and the Wiener from Casey Griffin that is sure to delight. And finally, the romantic suspense, paranormal thriller Hunt the Dawn by Abbie Roads that'll give you goosebumps! 

Hard to Handle by Christine Warren

Hard to Handle by Christine Warren

A SEDUCTION STRONGER THAN STONE

The only male among four sisters, Michael Drummond is no stranger to women’s strength and formidable will. His Dublin pub, the Skin & Bones, is his refuge, a reassuringly masculine retreat. Until a fierce woman warrior from another realm bursts into his life, bringing with her a battle between good and evil…and an explosive dose of desire.

The first and only of her kind, Ash is a lone female gargoyle, a creature destined to protect mankind from Demons determined to unleash their darkest forces. But her arrival on Earth is more confusing than she expected: her bone-deep instinct to do battle is matched only by her untamed attraction to stubborn, stalwart Drum. If they manage to keep the world safe, can they turn the passion crackling between them into a love that will withstand the test of time?  

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Hard to Handle by Christine Warren, available February 7, 2017:

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[More titles ahead...]

Wed
Jun 22 2016 1:30pm

Swoonies 2016: TV Edition

Welcome to H&H's Swoonies 2016: TV Edition! We're pitting some of our favorite ships head-to-head to see who wins the award for H&H's Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016! 

We've got eight of our favorite TV couples for the 2015-2016 TV season battling it out in this first round, so let your fandom love show and vote for your favorite couple! 

The round one match ups are: WestAllen vs. Clexa, Olicity vs. KarOlsen, Jessica x Luke vs. Bellarke, and Rachel x Quinn vs. Jamie x Claire.


Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: June 22-24 at 12 p.m. (EST)
  • Round 2: June 25-29 at 12 p.m. 
  • Round 3: June 29-July 1 at 2 p.m. 
  • Winners Announced: July 1 at 3 p.m. 

Get the newsletter buttonThe fight for love has just begun! Cast your vote for the Swoonworthiest TV Couple of 2016, and then sign up for the H&H newsletter for weekly or daily updates on how your favorite Swoonies couples are doing in the polls and when the next round starts, plus hot romance news, deals, sneak peeks, exclusive author spotlights, and more!

[Let's get this Swoonies TV battle started!]

Tue
Jun 21 2016 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Lora Leigh, Lily Everett, K.M. Jackson & Amanda Forester!

 

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from some of our favorite authors in the genre—Lora Leigh, Lily Everett, K.M. Jackson, and Amanda Forester! You may not to wake a real sleeping tiger, but we're happy to poke the one on the cover for Lora Leigh's Wake a Sleeping Tiger. Take a summer break to Sanctuary Island with the covers for Close to Home and Home at Last. Then, it's wedding season with K.M. Jackson's Insert Groom Here, and don't forget to embrace Amanda Forester's Highland Rebel. 

Wake A Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh

Wake a Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh

When readers of dark romance and unbridled desire want to be satisfied,they turn to #1 New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and her “highly charged and carnal” (Fresh Fiction) Breed novels. Now, a Breed hides in the world of man—until a woman arouses the amused and highly carnal animal within... 

Once, he was Judd—Bengal Breed and brother to the notorious fugitive Gideon. After Gideon disappeared, Judd was experimented on until his tortured body knew nothing but agony.  Now, he is Cullen Maverick, serving as the commander of the Covert Law Enforcement Agency in the small community of Window Rock, Arizona. Despite his genetics, Judd is able to pass as human because his Bengal traits are recessed. But he is unable to smell the emotions, bonds and fears that other Breeds take for granted. He remains tormented that he wasn’t able to mate the woman he'd loved—at the cost of her life. 

He’s just a man. The genetics of the animal he was created to possess are forever silent, leaving no hint of the Breed he should have been. Or so he thought. His tiger is about to be awakened by the one woman destined to be his—Chelsea Martinez. And their world will never be the same...

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Wake A Sleeping Tiger by Lora Leigh, available March 21, 2017:

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[On to more goodness...]

Fri
Jun 17 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Leslie Odom, Jr. and Daveed Diggs— The Dreamy Tony Award Winning Men of Hamilton: An American Musical

Daveed Diggs, Arianna Debose, and Leslie Odom. Jr. (from the Arianna Debose's Instagram)

If you haven't heard about the smash musical sensation Hamilton, chances are you've been living under a rock.

That's alright, we're here to help you.

Hamilton: An American Musical took home eleven Tony Awards at this past Sunday's ceremony, and amongst them are today's Friday Beefcakes—Leslie Odom, Jr. and Daveed Diggs.

The Tony Awards are American Theatre's highest honor. Sunday was a day touched by melancholy and tragedy, but that didn't stop the theater world from showing how caring, vibrant, and diverse it truly is. 

These two remarkable men left us in awe not only of their performances, but their committment to the community and the power of believing in yourself.

[And the Tony goes to...]

Fri
Jun 17 2016 11:00am

Knucklehead Couples & Book Love: 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!


wsl0612 wants to knock heads together, just like us:

wsl0612 in Do You Ever Want to Solve the Couple's Problems for Them

ALL THE TIME! Sorry for the shoutiness ;-) but I do get a little crazy (okay I'm always a little crazy) sometimes when a small bit of communication would solve their problems.


Night-owl introduced us to “method reading”:

Night-owl in Is It Harder to Be Transported By a Book As You Get Older?

If anything I think it's easier for me now to get lost in a book than when I was little(my concentration is better). When I was little I was easily distracted. I remember when I used to read Heidi and anytime the grandfather & Heidi had bread & cheese with a mug of milk, I had to go and make myself the same so I could eat what they were eating while I read(I was a very “method reader”. :-) 

[So much to think of...]

Wed
Jun 15 2016 9:30am

H&H Quickies #17: Audra North—Prompt Me!

Crossing the Line by Audra North

If you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Nicole Michaels, Susan Andersen, Rebecca Zanetti, Kerrigan Byrne, Lora Leigh, Valerie Bowman, Anne Calhoun, and more (see all the Quickies, here), we are pleased to announce that Audra North will be the seventeenth author to participate in the H & H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

[The idea]

Tue
Jun 14 2016 5:06pm

Eat Up Kristen Ashley’s The Deep End Cover: Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Fresh Outta the Oven

The Deep End by Kristen Ashley—Sweet news on Kristen Ashley's The Honey series: The Deep End cover is here and it is hot and sticky in the best way possible, eh? But wait, there's more! Read up on what to expect from the first book in Ashley's new series, coming March 7, 2017:

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one’s darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for. 

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

—Addicted to Sarah Castille's Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club? Heads-up that everyone who pre-orders the next installment, Chaos Bound, before June 28 and uploads a receipt will receive a bonus scene featuring Rough Justice couple Jagger and Arianne!

[Loretta Chase, Jennifer Probst & Phillippa Gregory news!...]

Tue
Jun 14 2016 12:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Erickson and Hassell, Walker and Rogers, Quarles, Rains, Zabo, Wayne, and Speedwell!

Today Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to reveal the covers for seven great reads! First up is the second book in Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell's Cyberlove series, Fast Connection. Then get ready to embrace your adventurous side with Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers' Embrace Me, but don't worry, you can get your caffeine boost from Anna Zabo first with Daily Grind. Don't miss your chance to go home for the holidays in Annie Rains' Welcome Home for Christmas. If you're at H&H, you have plenty of kilt-y pleasures, so don't miss out on Angela Quarles' Must Love Kilts. Gearing up for the Summer Olympics? Then check out the acrobat romance in Counterbalance by Aidan Wayne. Finally, head to the Bitterwood with Rowan Speedwell to escape the summer heat–but beware the beast inside! All this and more in today Coverpalooza!

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic 'Nicky' Costigan—the skirt-chasing player. They don't know I've been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.

When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it's for one-night only. That's fine with me, because I'm down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn't take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again. 

He's got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he's as addicted to me as I am to him. He can't resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke's rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe toocomplicated. 

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell, available July 11, 2016:

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[Check out more fantastic reads!]

Fri
Jun 10 2016 11:00am

From Highlighting to Anachronisms: 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!


DanaSherwood highlights the most intense book passages:

DanaSherwood in What Will Make You Highlight a Quote?

The few I've highlighted have been intense, unusual, but entirely fitting declarations of love from the hero — something that is exactly what that character would say when he's at his very best. I can't get to the most recent ones I've highlighted at the moment, but one I've always found memorable is Wentworth's letter to Anne Elliot near the end of Persuasion.

whiskeywhite shares some thoughts on Outlander:

whiskeywhite in Outlander 2x09 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Thanks, Anna, for reminding me of Claire's promise to marry Dougal. I had forgotten that (or supressed it). I was quite taken with the handsome Dougal when the series premiered (remember “I don't hold with rape”?). But that faded. (I have met the actor, Graham McTavish, who is, of course, a perfectly lovely man). The tradition is that Highlanders at times charged into battle not just shirtless but, ahem, kiltless. Apparently quite frightening. :-) But TV isn't ready for that. Read the rest...

[More discussion this way...]

Tue
Jun 7 2016 1:35pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Alexandra Hawkins, Opal Carew, Megan Erickson, A.J. Pine, and Selena Laurence!

They say don't judge a book by its cover, but in the case of today's cover reveal, we totally will because they. Look. Awesome. First up, we've been waiting for Alexandra Hawkins' Waiting for an Earl like You, and now we have a chance to look at the gorgeous cover! Then, get ready to hail a cab and go along for a wild ride in Opal Carew's Fare to Remember. Get covered up with Megan Erickson's Overexposed, and be sure to break the Six Month Rule with A.J. Pine. Finally, we'll give you a show you won't ever forget in A Lush Rhapsody by Selena Laurence.  

Waiting for an Earl like You by Alexandra Hawkins

Waiting for an Earl like You by Alexandra Hawkins

LOVE ISN’T ALWAYS WHAT IT SEEMS.

Justin Reeve Netherwood, Earl of Kempthorn—a.k.a. Thorn—has never cared much for his neighbor’s daughter. But his twin brother, Gideon, befriended the wild, reckless, and wholly inappropriate Miss Olivia Lydall in youth, and two have been close ever since. So when Olivia finds herself in a state of romantic conflict and seeks out Gideon for advice, he’s only too pleased to oblige. Only problem: The man Olivia is speaking to is Thorn. And now it’s too late for him to tell Olivia the truth…

Thorn always believed that Olivia was too smitten with Gideon for her own good. So what’s the harm in steering her away from him? But Thorn’s charade turns out to be anything but harmless once he begins to see Olivia for who she really is: A woman full of spirit and passion…and someone he can’t live without. But how can Thorn claim Olivia’s heart when their deepening connection—and burning desire—is built on lies and deceit? 

Learn more about or order a copy of Waiting for an Earl Like You by Alexandra Hawkins, available January 3, 2017:

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[Get a peek at the other covers... you won't regret it!]

Fri
Jun 3 2016 12:00pm

Ruining Romance and Google Watchdogs: 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!


To Dana Sherwood, who can relate to suspicious Google searches

Dana Sherwood on My Dark and Twisted Relationship with...Google

Are you starting to see why I’m probably on watch lists?” 

I know, right? If I ever get in trouble with the law, prosecutors will be able to read pretty much anything into my search history. A few years ago, I was trying to figure out which poisons would be scary enough for the bad guy to use on the hero but not so awful they'd make romantic funtimes improbable. Gastrointestinal disturbances, seizures, painful priapism...nah, not so much.

[More comments... fewer body function issues...]

Thu
Jun 2 2016 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Lora Leigh and Manda Collins!

We love a good cover reveal—especially when they're for two fabulous authors! Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for Lora Leigh's Intense Pleasure and Manda Collins's Ready Set Rogue. 

Intense Pleasure by Lora Leigh

Intense Pleasure by Lora Leigh*

Sexy, scintillating, and secretive, Intense Pleasure is the story of hidden desires and illicit romance.  When danger threatens a woman, the two men who crave her, cannot live without her, will stop at nothing to protect her life… and satisfy every burning desire she has.  They must stay bound together to be stronger than what hunts her, and let passion consume them…

 

*Cover copy subject to change

 

Learn more about or order a copy of Intense Pleasure by Lora Leigh, available January 3, 2017:

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[Read Set Go for Ready Set Rogue...]