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Jan 20 2017 3:00pm

The Great Debate: 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!

adria03 votes animals, always animals

adria03 in Men with Dogs or Men with Babies?

I'm not a kid person so I definitely enjoy men and dogs a whole lot more. There's just something sexy about a guy who can care about more than just his own species. It's not just dogs though, if a man loves his cat, horse, or any other animal the book automatically snags my interest.

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Jan 18 2017 11:00am

The Swoonies 2017: The Nominations!

Last year Archangel's Enigma's Raphael/Elena took home the prize as 2016 Swoonworthiest's Couple in Romancelandia! This year, we're prepared for more epic battles between beloved couples, and here's the scoop on how to get your fave nominated for 2017:

Love has no rules, but The Swoonies must have a few:

1. Any couple can be nominated, even if they've never had their own book, but we've seen their romance play out as secondary characters.

2. The more nominations a couple has, the more likely they'll get into the final bracket. Don't be afraid to second a nomination that someone else has already called—the more votes, the better! However, the Heroes and Heartbreakers editorial team will determine which pairings make the final cut for the tourney.

3. The couple must appear in a book that was published between January 18, 2016, and today, January 17, 2017 (i.e. Eve and Roarke of Apprentce in Death are fair game, but Outlander's Jamie and Claire are not eligible for 2017).

4. Feel free to nominate as many couples as your heart desires, and share the love on social media, but please play nice in the comment section. Love lifts us all—even during a competition!

5. Have fun! 

[Are you ready to get nominating?]

Jan 17 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Laura Trentham and Kate Baxter!

Today, Team H&H has two great covers for you from authors Laura Trentham and Kate Baxter. Trentham's Cottonbloom Series gets another addition with Leave the Night On, a tale of betrayal and finding real love where you least expect it. And in Baxter's The Lost Vampire, a vampire and a fae can't fight destiny, even though the risk is eternal doom. 

Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham

Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham

Love, betrayal, and sweet revenge—life in Cottonbloom is about to get a whole lot hotter...

Sutton Mize is known for lavishing attention on the customers who flock to her boutique on the wealthy side of her Mississippi town. So when she finds a lace thong in her fiancé’s classic cherry-red Camaro, she knows just who she sold it to: her own best friend. In an instant, Sutton’s whole world goes up in flames...

Wyatt Abbott has harbored a crush on Sutton since he was a young kid from the other side of the tracks. He witnessed Sutton’s shocking discovery in the Camaro at his family-owned garage—and it made him angry. What kind of man could take lovely, gorgeous Sutton for granted? But then Sutton comes up with an idea: Why not give her betrothed a taste of his own medicine and pretend that she’s got a lover of her own? Wyatt is more than happy to play the hot-and-heavy boyfriend. But what begins as a fictional affair soon develops into something more real, and more passionate, than either Sutton or Wyatt could have imagined. Could it be that true love has been waiting under the hood all along?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Leave the Night On by Laura Trentham, available August 1, 2017:

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[Check out The Lost Vampire...]

Jan 15 2017 11:19pm

Nalini Singh’s Writing Venom’s Book, Archangel’s Viper!

Archangel's Heart by Nalini SinghHave you heard? Nalini Singh has announced the title of her tenth Guild Hunter series novel: Archangel's Viper!

What's more, she revealed the book, which she's writing now, will star none other than Venom, one of Archangel Raphael's Seven. According to the short description Singh shared on Facebook with the news, “[E}ven this powerful vampire has no idea what awaits when he returns to New York...to a woman who might be the greatest threat of all...”

Now we're desperately wondering...who's his heroine? Is it Sorrow, or someone else?

You can be sure we'll share more information as we get it! If the book follows previous installments, it'll be out sometime this fall. In the meantime, if you haven't read Book 9, Archangel's Heart...well, what are you waiting for?

Jan 13 2017 3:00pm

We Learned Some Things: 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!

Yuri gave us some insight on category romances

Yuri in A Newbie’s Guide to Category Romance

Lines are a combination of length, subgenre, theme and even a set of tropes. For a newbie I'd reccommend ignoring the “lines” and just go on descriptions - if you end up liking books from a certain category in particular then you can seek out new authors in that line. For the most part I go by author rather than line, unless I'm in a mood for melodrama then I dig out an HP!

Also not all category romances are short! Superromances are often as long or longer than single titles, just disguised by the thinness of the pages. Even within the same category line some books are “Short” or “Long”: e.g. HSE books appear in the 2013 RITAs under both categories. They do tend to be lighter, which makes them perfect to carry in a handbag.

The only real problem with categories I find is they don't get reviewed as often, which makes it riskier to try new authors. I'll second the reccommendations for Janice Kay Johnson (contemporary and suspense), also Annie Burrows, Harper St George, Jeannie Lin (historical), Sarah Mayberry, and Rachel Lee is a go-to comfort read for me (contemporary).

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Jan 12 2017 1:30pm

Cover Thursday: A Katana Collins Exclusive Reveal!

Team H&H is excited for the next installment in Katana Collins' Harrison Street Crew series with the upcoming Outlaw! We're featuring Ex-Con: Part 1 exclusively on H&H for you next week, but until then, feast your eyes on the the Outlaw covers!

In Outlaw, Patrick is a bad boy who lives outside of the law, while Michelle has taken an oath to protect it; but the fire that rages between them is too hot to ignore.

Outlaw: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Outlaw: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Patrick Flanagan lives outside the law. The cops don’t like him. The law doesn’t trust him. He may come at you with a charm and a handsome smile, but make no mistake—he’s as reckless and bad as they come. But when a total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life, this bad boy is about to be so, so good…

[Check out the sexy covers!]

Jan 11 2017 1:30pm

Linda Howard Targets Her Toughest Books, Recommended Reads, and More!

Troublemaker by Linda Howard

Today we're thrilled to welcome Linda Howard to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Linda's name has become synonymous with romantic suspense and is a staple for many romance readers. With the paperback release of her book Troublemaker, we got the chance to pick her brain! Ever wondered what the hardest book for her to write was? What she would do if she was placed in the same circumstances as some of her beloved characters? We found all of it out! So dive in and get ready to uncover it all! Thanks, Linda!

1. What has been the hardest book for you to write? Did readers have a similar reaction to it?

Linda Howard: From a technical standpoint, Kiss Me While I Sleep. There was so much research into poisons, pandemics, and Paris! I’ve never been to Paris, so of course I set a book there. :-/. Thank heavens for Google Maps, regular maps, tourist books, etc. I don’t think anyone other than the writer knows when a book is research heavy. From an emotional standpoint, though, the two most difficult books were Sarah's Child—which is an oldie—and Cry No More. Both of them wiped me out, and yeah, readers  had the same reaction.

[Uncover them all...]

Jan 11 2017 12:35pm

Set Your Sights on Scarlett Cole’s New Love Over Duty Series!

Under Fire by Scarlett Cole

We love a good heart-pounding romantic suspense novel, and Scarlett Cole's new series, Love Over Duty, answers our call for non-stop action. Under Fire is the first novel in the series and pairs Six, a former Navy SEAL and Louisa, a brilliant scientist, who's set to improve the lives of thousands of people, if Six can manage to keep her alive. Get the scoop:


Hot, hard-bodied Sixten Rapp is a former SEAL who’s raring to begin his brand-new civilian life. He and his Navy “brothers” start a security firm that offers the kind of services only a team of military-trained professionals can provide. But nothing prepared Six for his new client: an innocent woman on a mission to improve thousands of lives. . . unless someone takes hers first.


Dr. Louisa North knows time is against her as she tries to create a “miracle” medical treatment for a disease with no known cure, until she creates a sample so powerful that the wrong people want to use it as a chemical weapon. At first, Six is unwilling to accept Louisa as his client. But soon he realizes that the danger is real and that there’s much more to this plain-Jane scientist…including a burning passion between them that neither of them can resist. And now that an enemy is on Louisa’s trail, Six will do whatever it takes to protect her—or die trying.

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Jan 10 2017 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Bella Jewel and Casey Griffin!

Team H&H has two covers great covers for you from authors Bella Jewel and Casey Griffin. In Jewel's Blind Date, Hartley finds herself under the protection of Detective Ace Henderson. They can't afford to be distracted by the heat between them, but they can't seem to avoid it either. In Casey Griffin's A Wedding Tail, wedding planner Zoe actually hates wedding, and loves her happily-single life. And then along comes Levi... 

Blind Date by Bella Jewel

Blind Date by Bella Jewel


After four years of widowhood, Hartley Watson is ready to start dating again—it’s finally time to let go of her painful past and create a brighter future. But a shadow is about to fall over her fragile new happiness. Someone dangerous is watching her, even stealing into her house. Is one of her dates stalking her…or has she caught the eye of a killer?

Detective Ace Henderson has been assigned to protect her…and his gruff intensity and sinful good looks are alarmingly arousing. With danger closing in, Hartley can’t afford distractions. But when she’s thrust into a life-and-death game of cat and mouse, she’ll surrender to pure instinct—and breathtaking passion…

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Blind Date by Bella Jewel, available August 1, 2017:

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[Now gaze upon the A Wedding Tail cover...]

Jan 9 2017 4:50pm

“The Unmasking”: Holiday Round Robin Full Story

Holiday Round Robin

It's a tale of two brothers... and maybe a cousin... and another dude that we don't know how he's related but they're all at the same masquerade... and one of them could be a murderer? Nalini Singh started our Holiday Round Robin back in December with a first line of “Everyone wore a mask.” With that mysterious starter, it was all up to you guys from there, and you delivered! From what we can understand, here's the scoop:

Janet is a full-time marketer, and part-time caterer and sleuth! She's uncovered the Ranier family secret: Papa Ranier was murdered! Now, gathered together with her former lovers, their cousin, and another guy who may or may not be related, she's set to unmask a killer, but with all that going on, she still has to watch out for her cousin, Joy. But which woman will find love? And with which man?  

Thanks to contributions from authors Nalini Singh, D.D. Ayres, Karen Booth, Shirlee McCoy, Darynda Jones, Celia Aaron, Elizabeth Davis, AJ Pine, Darlene Marshall, Janna MacGregor, Michele Manon, and, of course, the Heroes and Heartbreakers community

Everyone wore a mask.

Janet Susan looked around at the array of false faces in the room, amused at how many masks being worn tonight reflected the truth so often hidden behind her coworkers' normal, day to day masks.

She shook off the ennui of the night, determined to have a good time, and grabbed a glass of champagne from a waiter in a jester's mask. As her eyes met his over the tray of glasses, a thrill of recognition swept through her, but that was crazy...right?

She'd recognize those green eyes anywhere, behind any mask.

It had been 12 years since she had set eyes on David Ranier—not since he broke her heart on the day of their high school graduation. And here the asshole was, serving hors d'oeuvres, dressed as a clown.... fitting. But, she still knew those eyes, could still picture his grin, the quick flash of his dimple, the sardonic curve of his lips. Why had he returned after all those years? He had been college bound, good family, destined to helm some finance company in New York, yet here he was, serving drinks at a low end marketing firm's holiday party. Before she could speak, Don Ranier, the firm's hot-shot new executive and her childhood sweetheart’s brother, grabbed her arm.

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Jan 6 2017 3:00pm

Love in All Its Forms: 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!

Del Dryden fell hard for Chirrut x Baze

Del Dryden in Rogue One’s Chirrut and Baze: A Romantic Force to Be Reckoned With

SO MUCH YES TO THIS. I was talking to El about this in the parking lot on our way out of the movie because I'd legit burst into tears at the “I am one with the Force...” thing when Chirrut died. To me it was the romantic one-up to “I have been, and always shall be, your friend” as far as death-scene lines go.

I want all the Chirrut/Baze backstory so hard, but I almost don't want it if they aren't willing to make it the romance it deserves to be. Better to stick with the slew of inevitable fic I'm sure is already amassing.

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Jan 6 2017 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to The Musketeers

The Musketeers on BBC

Dear Men of The Musketeers,

It's been brought to our attention that Team H&H has been somewhat remiss in recognizing how incredibly hunky all of you are and what a gem this show is. 

Forgive our folly. We hope to make up for it now.

Besides the fact that we love a good period drama here at H&H, not too many things can top four hunky men dressed in finery with swords, and guns, to protect the queen and the place that they love. 

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Jan 1 2017 11:13pm

Christian Wants to Protect Ana in Latest Fifty Shades Darker Teaser

Christian and Ana cuddle in Fifty Shades DarkerChristian and Ana experience the highest highs and lowest lows together in E.L. James' Fifty Shades romance trilogy, and that fact is on full display in the latest Fifty Shades Darker movie trailer, which aired on television during New Year's Eve festivities last night.

In the new footage, clips of Ana telling a friend that she's never been happier and of her cuddling with her billionaire hero in bed are quickly followed by hints that Ana is being stalked by a strange woman, who may or may not be connected to Christian. Of course, as readers already know, she'll eventually be revealed as [spoilers for the books ahead] Christian's ex-lover, Leila.

But like Christian says there at the end, he could never forgive himself if something happened to Ana, so be on the lookout for protector!mode Christian when the second Fifty Shades movie, Fifty Shades Darker, hits theaters just before Valentine's Day, on February 10.

Catching up on Fifty Shades news? See the full two-minute Fifty Shades Darker trailer (or take the steamier route here) and then read an excerpt from the upcoming sequel to Grey, which presents Christian's side of the Fifty Shades story.

Dec 24 2016 4:50pm

Top 10 Posts of 2016: Who Knew?!

Champagne glasses

Ah, 2016, we had some good times, didn't we? We'll always have the Crossfire series finale, another Star Wars movie to obsess over, all the romance novel releases we could one-click, new J.R. Ward and Kresley Cole and Nalini Singh romances, and so much more.

Here are H&H's ten most popular posts of the year, as decided by user interest. Thanks for the memories!

Top 10 Posts (based on traffic):

  1. Sylvia Day's One with You excerpt
  2. 6 Reasons Star Wars' Rey and Kylo Ren Have Serious Shipping Potential
  3. H&H Monthly Shopping Lists
  4. 2016 Swoonies couples battle
  5. J.R. Ward's The Beast spoiler thread
  6. J.R. Ward's Next BDB Book Is The Chosen
  7. 15 Defining Moments for Dawson's Creek's Pacey/Joey
  8. Kresley Cole's Wicked Abyss cover and Q&A
  9. Fantasy Casting J.R. Ward's The Bourbon Kings
  10. Nalini Singh's Allegiance of Honor excerpt

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Dec 23 2016 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Mark Consuelos

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Dear Mark Consuelos,

It's no secret that we hear at Team H&H have a bit of an obsession with all things Pitch. (Just a bit.) So, it's been a revelation and a pleasure to watch you kill it week after week as the smart, tenacious, charming, and somewhat disastorous Oscar Arguella. 

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Dec 21 2016 12:30pm

January 2017 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

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

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 February 2017 release!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:

January 1-7 January 8-14 January 15-21

January 22-28 January 29-31

Week of January 1 through January 7

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Dec 20 2016 2:59pm

Claire Cradles Baby Brianna in New Outlander Season 3 Photo!

Claire and infant Brianna in Outlander season 3The second season of Outlander took us to a place we never expected—1960s Boston, where—in another crazy twist of fate—Frank Randall has raised Jamie Fraser's daughter as his own. But while we saw the fallout of an adult Brianna learning the truth, that her biological father was an 18th century Scots warrior who reportedly died in the Battle of Culloden, we never did get to see Frank meet his adopted daughter for the first time.

Until now.

In a brand-new Outlander season 3 photo released first to Entertainment Weekly (see the whole photo with Frank on the EW site), Claire holds newborn Brianna close while Frank sits right next to them on the hospital bed, offering fans a taste of this heretofore missing family moment.

Are you charmed despite yourself, or are you still nursing your anger at what Jamie never got to have? (I know which way we're leaning...can you tell?)

Outlander Season 3 will air in spring 2017 on Starz. Until then, we're covering every bit of news leading up to the season premiere, so stick around!