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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 ...]

Wed
Apr 27 2016 9:30am

May 2016 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!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:
May 1-7 | May 8-14 | May 15-21 | May 22-31

Heroes and Heartbreakers May 2016 Shopping List!
 
Week of May 1 through May 7
May 2016 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping (May 1-7, 2016)

[Check out the complete list!...]

Tue
Apr 26 2016 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Asa Maria Bradley’s Viking Warrior Rebel

Today we're thrilled to reveal the cover of Asa Maria Bradley's Viking Warrior Rebel. Bradley is introducing us to a fierce warrior, who happens to be a woman on a mission until she needs rescuing from the unforgettable hero Luke. Soon she desires more from Luke and we're hoping he wants the same, so we can have the ultimate HEA. This is book two in the Viking Warrior series and a great additon it is. 

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley

She can’t let him discover…
Immortal Vikings are among us

Astrid Irisdotter is a Valkyrie—a fierce warrior fighting to protect humanity from the evil god Loki and his brutal minions. She’s on an urgent mission for her queen when everything goes hideously sideways. Undercover agent Luke Holden arrives on the scene just in time to save her life—and put his own on the line.

Luke may have saved her, but that doesn’t mean Astrid can trust him. Tempers flare as they hide secret upon secret from each other, but Astrid’s inner warrior knows what it wants…and it will not take “no” for an answer.

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Learn more about or order a copy of Viking Warrior Rebel by Asa Maria Bradley, available on October 4, 2016. 

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Fri
Apr 22 2016 3:15pm

On Honeypots and Heyer: 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!


PhoebeChase, who rethought a beauty term.

PhoebeChase in Bare Honeypot v. Lovely Forest:Outlander 2x02 Heart-to-Heart:

I will no longer call it a Brazilian wax — it's the Outlander Honeypot from now on!

EC Spurlock, who pointed out when a book was published really does matter. 

EC Spurlock in This is a Slut-Free Zone (Romance Without Slut-Shaming):

Keep in mind that Georgette Heyer's ouevre was written during the 20's and 30's and in the milieu of the British upper class, where many of the same sexual restrictions and mores she reflects in her books were still very much in force. Her POV is as much a product of her time and upbringing as of the mores her publisher may have enforced.

[+ 1 more for the road...]

Tue
Apr 19 2016 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Cecy Robson and Lorelie Brown

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from Cecy Robson and Lorelie Brown. In Robson's Inseverable, Trinity is always the “pal” and never the girlfriend until she meets ex-army sniper Callahan and makes him feel love again. In Brown's Far From Home, Rachel isn't sure about anything, until she agrees to marry Pari, a hopeless romantic woman. 

These are two great reads for the beach this summer.

Inseverable by Cecy Robson

Inseverable by Cecy Robson 

How can you imagine forever with someone who's leaving everything behind?

Callahan, a former army sniper, wants to make an escape from his past and everything he experienced at war, but most of all, just not feel. Feeling leads to pain and he's suffered enough. When he inherits a house on South Carolina's Kiawah Island, he packs his bags, lured by the peace and seclusion he thinks it will bring. But, Callahan never counted on meeting anyone like Trinity . . .

Trinity has always been the cute, and funny one, who most guys overlook inpursuit of her “hot” friends. She became used to being everyone's pal, until the day the young man she was attracted to, was drawn to her in return. He became her first great love, and first crushing heartbreak when she found him in bed with one of her closest friends.

To move forward, and to carry out her commitment to helping those in need, Trinity enlists in the Peace Corps, but not before returning to Kiawah for one last memorable summer. She just never imagined it would be so unforgettable.

Callahan doesn't want to get close to anyone-let alone Trinity. He finds her perkiness insufferable and her attempts to entice a smile distracting. After all, he's in Kiawah to leave all feelings behind. But when it comes to Trinity, who feels everything, it's hard not to feel something.

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Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Inseverable by Cecy Robson, available on June 21, 2016: 

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[Learn more about the books and check out the amazing covers ...]

Fri
Apr 15 2016 2:00pm

Ichabbie Aftermath and Cheaters: The 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!


Emily S, who has a different take on cheating plots.

Emily S in Cheating in Romance:

I know many won't, but I agree with you. A skilled author can take you on a satisfying emotional journey through heartbreak based on sexual disappointments and even infidelity. Circumstance and resolution is key. But many dislike the thought of either hero or heroine having physical contact with anyone outside the central relationship. Everyone's different. I haven't read any Cameron Dane, but I'll check her out. Thanks!


Kareni, who recommends heroines that cook. 

Kareni in Power Cooker: Women rule the kitchen

One of my favorite historical romances featuring a female chef is Sherry Thomas' Delicious. 

Years ago, I remember reading a Nora Roberts romance that featured a chef renowned for her desserts. I recall her name being Summer, so a litte research has found that the title is Summer Desserts. In one scene, the hero is curious as to what he will find in her cookie jar (no, that's not a euphemism!); he was surprised to find Oreos.


Stacymd2, who is devastated about Ichabbie

Stacymd2 in Wherever you are, Whoever you are, I'll find you Sleepy Hollow 3x18 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart recap

Great post @LaurieGold

You guys above stated how I feel. IchAbbie was the only reason I kept watching Sleepy Hollow. Even if they had never became a couple, I would have been okay with that. Their bond, and the chemistry between the actors, was magnificent. They made Sleepy Hollow watchable after S1. 

IchaTrina was repulsive on every level.

I will not watch if Sleepy Hollow is renewed. Nicole Beharie has my support where ever she lands.

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Tue
Apr 12 2016 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Gambled Away A Historical Romance Anthology

Today we're thrilled to reveal the cover from Gambled Away by Molly O'Keefe, Joanna Bourne, Isabel Cooper, Rose Lerner, and Jeannie Lin. This historical romance anthology is filled with gangs, poker, mistresses, murder, and more importantly love. 

Here are five amazing novellas for you to fall in love with. 

Gambled Away by Molly O'Keefe, Joanna Bourne, Isabel Cooper, Rose Lerner, and Jeannie Lin

Gambled Away by Molly O'Keefe, Joanna Bourne, Isabel Cooper, Rose Lerner, and Jeannie Lin

Get revenge. Pay a debt. Save a soul. Lose your heart.

Spanning centuries and continents, five brand-new novellas from beloved historical romance authors tell the stories of men and women who find themselves wagered in a game of chance and are forced to play for the highest stakes of all: love.

“Gideon and The Den of Thieves” by Joanna Bourne

London, 1793 - Soldier of fortune Gideon Gage has come home from halfway around the world, fully prepared to face down a ruthless gang to save his sister. But there's one member of the gang he could never have been prepared for: fascinating Aimée, driven from her own home by the French Revolution and desperately in need of his help.

“Raising The Stakes” by Isabel Cooper

California, 1938 — When the flute she won in last night's poker game unexpectedly summons an elven warrior bound to her service, two-bit con artist Sam takes quick advantage. With Talathan's fairy powers at her command, her shakedown of a crooked preacher is a sure thing...but would she rather take a gamble on love?

“All or Nothing” by Rose Lerner

England, 1819 - Architect Simon Radcliffe-Gould needs someone to pose as his mistress so he can actually get some work done at a scandalous house party. Irrepressible gambling den hostess Maggie da Silva would rather be his mistress, but she'll take what she can get…

“The Liar's Dice” by Jeannie Lin

Tang Dynasty China, 849 A.D. — Lady Bai's first taste of freedom brings her face to face with murder. A dangerous and enigmatic stranger becomes her closest ally as she investigates the crime, but can she trust her heart or her instincts when everyone is playing a game of liar's dice? 

“Redeemed” by Molly O’Keefe

Denver, 1868 — After agonizing years in the Civil War’s surgical tents, Union doctor James Madison has nothing left to lose. But when beautiful, tortured Helen Winters is the prize in a high-stakes game of poker, he goes all in to save her—and maybe his own soul.

 

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Gambled Away by Molly O'Keefe, Joanna Bourne, Isabel Cooper, Rose Lerner, and Jeannie Lin will be available on May 31, 2016: 

 


Sat
Apr 9 2016 5:26pm

J.R. Ward’s Next Black Dagger Brotherhood Book: XCor/Layla’s The Chosen!

J.R. Ward announced the stars and title of her fifteenth Black Dagger Brotherhood book: Xcor and Layla's story, The Chosen! Watch her share the news about the spring 2017 release.

Speaking at today's The Beast release event in Ohio, Ward also revealed that the next Black Dagger Legacy book will feature Axe, Adrian and Eddie will appear in a future BDB book, and Assail will one day get his own book.

Lots of scoop, eh? How are you feeling about it now? Feel free to speculate about what's to come for the brothers here or in our The Beast discussion post (spoiler alert!), which has some fantastic commentary going.

 

Fri
Apr 8 2016 3:45pm

On Spoilers and Smart Heroines: The 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!


Editor's Note: This week's community spotlights have spoilers for Sylvia Day's One With You and J.R. Ward's The Beast, read with caution!


Kahintenn, who loves a brainy heroine!
Kahintenn in Top 5 Smart Heroines in Historical Romance:

I love brainy heroines in historicals! I think that women then were just as smart as we are today (taking into account the educational opportunities we have that they didn't) but the idea that being smart isn't feminine seems to have been particularly widespread among people who could afford to let their wives and daughters be responsible for nothing but making babies. Which amazes me, because smart people are so much more interesting... Anyway, I enjoyed this post and I'm looking forward to reading your book, which is now on my Kindle!

[Oh yeah! ...]

Fri
Apr 8 2016 2:55pm

Cover Friday: Exclusive Reveals from Donna Grant, Lily Blackwood, and Sarah Castille

Today we're thrilled to reveal covers from Donna Grant, Lily Blackwood, and Sarah Castille. Navy SEAL Owen is ready for action on a new mission in his home town of Texas, where he may also be ready to rekindle an old flame in Grant's The Hero, while Highlander Magnus learns of his true bloodline and vows to take his rightful place before a redheaded beauty complicates his plans in Blackwood's The Rebel of Clan Kincaid. Plus, mafia boss Nico is not happy about marrying his rival's daughter, but marriage to this “mafia princess” who's nothing like he expected may be a proposal he can't pass up in Castille's Nico 

These heroes all seem to be ready for love and we are ready to hear their side of the story!

The Hero by Donna Grant

The Hero by Donna Grant

THE HERO’S HOMECOMING

Owen Loughman is a highly-decorated Navy SEAL who has a thirst for action. But there’s one thing he hasn’t been able to forget – his high school sweetheart, Natalie. After over a decade away, Owen is returned home to the ranch in Texas for a dangerous new mission that puts him face-to-face with Natalie and an outside menace that threatens everything he holds dear. He’ll risk it all to keep Natalie safe – and win her heart. . . .

Natalie Dixon has had a lifetime of heartache since Owen was deployed. Fourteen years and one bad marriage later, she finds herself mixed up with the Loughman’s again. With her life on the line against an enemy she can’t fight alone, it’s Owen’s strong shoulders, smoldering eyes, and sensuous smile that she turns to. When danger closes in, she holds close to the only man she’s ever loved…  

“Sizzling love scenes and engaging characters.” Publishers Weekly on the Dark Warrior series

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Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Hero by Donna Grant, available on December 6, 2016:

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[Check out the amazing covers ...]

Fri
Apr 1 2016 2:30pm

On Top of Mt. TBR: 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!


Lucy D put it elegantly:

Lucy D in Was March a Lion or a Lamb for Your TBR Pile?:

My TBR list grew and grew as the month went on. I think it became less lion and more The Beast!


Kareni also put it elegantly:

Kareni in Was March a Lion or a Lamb for Your TBR Pile?

I don't have a pile, I have Mount St. Book.

[We'll get the oxygen and help you climb...]

Thu
Mar 31 2016 5:15pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Aidan Wayne, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur

Today we're pleased to reveal covers from Aidan Wayne and Kate Douglas & A.C. Arthur. In Wayne's Loud & Clear, Taxi driver Jaxon picks up Caleb and soon learns that with a little effort they can both overcome their insecurities while also finding love. And in steamy paranormal collection Claimed by the Mate, Volume 2, six friends stumble on a private resort run by hot werewolves in Douglas' “Wild Passion,” while two beta-hero shifters learn there's nothing like a sizzling ménage to help you get over heartbreak in Arthur's “Her Perfect Mates.”

Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne

Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne

Jaxon is getting by fine, severe dyslexia or not. Being a cab driver means he doesn’t need to read much, and the job has its perks. The pay isn’t bad, the people can be interesting, and having memorized the city streets keeps him from feeling too stupid.

When he picks up Caleb, a quiet fare in a nice suit, Jaxon doesn't think anything of it. Then he ends up driving Caleb home the next week too, and the next, and the next. Eventually Caleb tries to communicate—by writing things down. Turns out that Caleb has such a bad stutter he spends most of his time mute.

If only Jaxon had an easier time reading what Caleb had to say. But he’s interested in trying, and Caleb seems interested back. They discover that, with a little bit of effort, it isn’t so hard to make themselves understood. Especially when what’s growing between them is definitely worth talking about.

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Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Loud and Clear by Aidan Wayne at Riptide, available on May 23, 2016.