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April 18, 2014
Friday Beefcake: Blue-Eyed Devils
Team H & H
April 18, 2014
Ruthless Ladies in Fiction
Megan Frampton
April 17, 2014
Lessons from J.D. Robb’s In Death Series
Pen Singleton
April 17, 2014
The Appeal of Gritty Romance in Skye Warren's Wanderlust
Cara McKenna
April 16, 2014
Hot Small-Town Contemporaries
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Fri
Apr 18 2014 4:30pm

Eric DaneFor St. Patrick's Day we gave you some green-eyed beefcake to feast your eyes on, so this week we'd thought we'd shift the theme back to the eyes—after all, they're the window to the soul!

Share your favorite blue-eyed beaus in the comments!

[Forget four-eyes, check out another 8 pairs of beautiful blue-eyed beefcake...]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 1:40pm

Unchained by Caris RoaneWe're so excited to reveal the cover for Caris Roane's Unchained on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Unchained is the third book in the Men in Chains series, and with men like these, we wouldn't mind being bound to them either.

Here's the official description:

ABDUCTED

Stalked by a vampire. Stolen in the night. Seduced by a lover. Anthropology student Shayna Prentiss wakes up to find herself trapped in a world she never knew existed—with a man she cannot escape…nor resist.

ENSLAVED

Drawn to her beauty. Driven by lust. Doomed by his destiny. The vampire Marius knows he must bond with this captivating mortal with hidden powers…or both their races will be destroyed forever.

UNCHAINED

Bound by a blood chain that seals their fates together, Marius and Shayna must stand and fight the ultimate enemy—a madman hell-bent on destruction who will test every ounce of their strength, their power, and their passion. When the final weapon is unleashed, will their love remain unbroken? Or will darkness shatter their chains…for eternity?

Unchained will be available on November 25, 2014, pre-order your copy now:

Buy at Amazon

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Fri
Apr 18 2014 9:30am

What a Lady Craves by Ashlyn MacNamaraToday Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to reveal the cover for Ashlyn Macnamara's What a Lady Craves (click the cover to see the full-size verion). First comes love, then comes marriage—but what if the groom picks someone else! It's not going to be an easy road for this couple to find a happily ever after, but when fate throws them together again, it's meant to be! Here's the official description for more on Henrietta and Alexander's story:

Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.
 

Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.
 
For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.

What a Lady Craves will be available August 12, 2014, pre-order your copy today:

Buy at Amazon

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Buy at iTunes

 

Wed
Apr 16 2014 3:00pm

Deep by Kylie ScottYou saw pieces at Aesta's Book Blog, Totally Booked Blog, and Shh Moms Reading. Now, Heroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to reveal the fourth and final piece of the puzzle, and to present to you the full cover for Kylie Scott's Deep in all its sexy rock-god glory! What do you think?

And here's the official description for bassist Ben's long-awaited tumble into love in the conclusion of the Stage Dive series:

Don't miss a beat with the fourth and final novel in the New York Times and USA Today bestselling Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott.

One by one, the members of Stage Dive are falling in love. David, Mal, and Jimmy have all taken the plunge, and now it’s Ben’s turn—only he refuses to fall into that trap. The sexy bassist enjoys his no-strings-attached lifestyle. But when Ben is forced to keep the one girl he's always had a weakness for out of trouble in Sin City, he quickly learns that what happens in Vegas, doesn’t always stay there.

Deep will be available in e-book just in time for Christmas on December 23, 2014, while the paperback will be released on March 10, 2015.

Dying to get your hands on a new Stage Dive novel? You're in luck! Lick and its sequel, Playare out now, and the third book in the series, Lead, will be out in e-book this summer, on July 29.

Learn more about Deep by Kylie Scott:

Buy at Amazon

Fri
Apr 11 2014 4:30pm

Tom HiddlestonBarney Stinson coined the phrase known around the world, and got millions of women thinking that nothing suits them more than a man in a suit! Well, famously this time of year, people are turning to one type of man in a suit—an accountant! Now with the lineup we have prepared, we certainly wouldn't mind any of these guys crunching the numbers for us. We got a few of our favorites including New Girl's Schmidt (Max Greenfield), Suits' Mike and Harvey (Patrick J. Adams and Gabriel Macht), Neil Patrick Harris, and models Ricki Hall and David Gandy.

Tell us your favorite suited up man in the comments, and of course, share a picture or five!

[Plus more suit action that suits us just fine...]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 3:04pm

Burning Desire parts 1 and 2 by Donna GrantHeroes and Heartbreakers has one more awesome reveal to kick off your weekend—the covers for Donna Grant's Burning Desire serial, the first full-length novel in the Dark King series. Forbidden love, dragon magic, Dark Fae... can't wait for Kiril and Shara's story!

Here's the official description:

The Dark Kings have fought for centuries to preserve their dragon magic. But can one warrior resist the greatest temptation of all. . .?

A DESIRE THIS POWERFUL

In his quest to destroy the Dark Fae—his nemesis—the Dragon King known as Kiril goes to Ireland as a spy. When a gorgeous, mysterious woman tries to seduce him, Kiril instantly sees through her glamour to the Dark Fae beneath. Shara isn’t just any Dark; she’s from one of the most powerful bloodlines—and despite the dangers, Kiril can’t stay away from her. He’s enthralled by her smile, enslaved by the undeniable passion…

IS A WAR WORTH FIGTING FOR

Shara has one chance to make things right with her family—and to prove her worth. It seemed like such an easy mission…until she actually meets Kiril. His charm, his sexual magnetism is too much for her to ignore. Shara knows that falling into Kiril’s arms can bring her nothing but trouble. Yet she discovers an inner strength she didn’t know she had…and an attraction that knows no bounds. But is her desire for Kiril worth the risk of eternal doom for them both?

Burning Desire will be available first as a serial beginning September 9, 2014, and will be released in paperback on September 30. Head over to our official Donna Grant Collection 

Burning Desire parts 3 and 4 by Donna Grant

[+Check out the paperback cover!...]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 12:00pm

Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to reveal the covers for Roxanne St. Claire's Barefoot Bay Brides Trilogy, a brand-new series taking place in Barefoot Bay and featuring a group of wedding planners who are about to get their own happily ever after. And we have Roxanne here today to give you an introduction to the new series and an exclusive sneak peek into the first book, Barefoot in White. Thanks, Roxanne!

Note from Roxanne St. Claire...

I am beyond excited to announce a brand new trilogy for fans of the Barefoot Bay series!  Next month, readers can go back to the sun-kissed shores of this Gulf coast island where you always kick off your shoes and fall in love!

The resort and spa that grew out of the hurricane-ravaged Barefoot Bay is now home to the “Barefoot Bay Brides” — a destination wedding service specializing in dreamy “I do’s” on the beach.  The company is run by three women who are gifted in the art of creating a perfect wedding day...but haven’t yet found their own happily ever after.  But you know that’s about to change, right?

We launch with Barefoot in White, released in digital and print on May 15, 2014, then Barefoot in Lace later this summer, followed by Barefoot in Pearls in the fall.  Each full-length novel stands completely on its own, but of course, the friendships and families that surround these women carry over from book to book.  I promise a new and growing cast of characters and, of course, some cameos of fan favorites from the past!

I’ve been blown away by the reader’s response to all the Barefoot Bay books — from the first quartet to this year’s “Barefoot Bay Billionaires” trilogy.  I hope the Brides give my fans exactly what they want in every story — heat, humor, and a happily ever after.  And, of course, a heartbreaking hero!

xoxo

Rocki

Barefoot in White will be available May 12, 2014. Stay tuned for news and announcements about Barefoot in Lace, out this summer, and Barefoot in Pearls, coming this fall.

[Read on for more covers, info, and an excerpt!...]

Wed
Apr 9 2014 10:30am

PROMPTING IS NOW CLOSED.

Thanks for all the awesome prompts. Check back at H&H on April 29 for an original scene from Kristina Mathews based on two or more of these prompts!

Better Than Perfect by Kristina MathewsIf 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 Manda Collins' fantastic H&H Quickies debut, and Lora Leigh's exciting call for prompts, we are pleased to announce today that Kristina Mathews will be the third author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Kristina Mathews with a contemporary theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Kristina will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Kristina used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (chocolate), a setting (a crowded bar), a situation (waiting for a friend), a description (sassy heroine)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be contemporary-themed.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on April 29 for an original scene from Kristina Mathews based on your suggestions!

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.

***

Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Mon
Apr 7 2014 3:30pm

Dorinda and the Doctor by Sabrina JeffriesToday we're delighted to reveal the cover for the digital version of Sabrina Jeffries's Dorinda and the Doctor, which takes a steamy turn when the doctor hero and Society heroine get trapped into a meddler's matchmaking scheme—and end up finding out the meddler was right all along!

Here's the blurb:

Available for the first time digitally, this sizzling short story from New York Times bestselling author Sabrina Jeffries features the dashing Doctor Worth, who appeared in What the Duke Desires from “The Duke’s Men” Regency romance series.

Dr. Percy Worth finds young widow Dorinda Nunley ravishing every time he sees her at her cousins’, the Duke and Duchess of Lyons. But he figures that a society hothouse flower would make a terrible doctor’s wife. Still, when she lets herself into his residence one morning to find him half-dressed, he’s as fascinated as he is surprised by the intrusion. 

Though Dorinda’s angry when she realizes they’re victims of the duchess’s matchmaking, Percy suggests that they teach the duchess a lesson by pretending to court, then break off spectacularly at the duke’s dinner that night. But after a day together—and a very hot tumble in bed—they realize they suit each other far better than they ever dreamed. So do they go forward with their plan? Or embrace the pretense that has become all too real?

Dorinda and the Doctor will be available in e-book on June 16, 2014.

Mon
Apr 7 2014 12:30pm

Ever Mine by Eden AsheToday we're pleased to revea the cover for Eden Ashe's Ever Mine, with a fairy-tale heroine (literally!) who gets rescued by a very real human.

Here's the official description:

Can a kidnapped fairy and a human find love despite all odds?

Nathan Alexander’s batty aunt has done it again. This time she’s sent him a rare plant he doesn’t want. Imagine his surprise when he finds a kidnapped fairy hidden within its leaves. As a man who heads a non-profit organization for abused women and children, Nathan makes it his mission to help her find her way home.

All her life Katenia was warned about the evilness of humans. Never was that proved more true than when she was kidnapped from her quiet valley home. Thrust into the human world, Katenia must fight her very instincts to trust Nathan if she ever hopes to return to her rightful place…and to her normal thumb-sized fairy form.

But with their lives in danger, finding home…and love…will be a journey worthy of a fairy tale.

Ever Mine will be available on June 2, 2014.

Sun
Apr 6 2014 1:42pm

The King by J.R. WardNote: This post may contain SPOILERS for The King. Read at your own risk.

At an event yesterday in Cincinnati to celebrate the release of The King, J.R. Ward announced the title of her next Black Dagger Brotherhood novel: The Shadows. Featuring Trez and iAm, the 13th BDB book will also feature the return of Murhder.

Check out a transcript of the event's Q&A on Ward's Facebook page for more scoop, and stay tuned to H&H's Black Dagger Brotherhood Collection for more details about The Shadows as we get them!

Looking for a place to chat about what happened in The King? Stop by our The King spoiler discussion thread to join in on the fun.

Fri
Apr 4 2014 4:30pm

Chris Evans post-transformation

For those of you have been anticipating the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, wait no more! For those of you who haven't, feast your eyes on the sexy cast that make up the movie's main cast—Chris Evans as Captain America, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldie nee Bucky Barnes—and you might change your mind!

[+5 more manly Marvel men...]

Fri
Apr 4 2014 1:30pm

Risky Business by Melissa CutlerYou can drop this kind of bomb on us anytime! Today we're excited to reveal the covers for the first three books in Melissa Cutler's Bomb Squad series, with gorgeous hockey players who can even make ice hot!

Here's the official description for Book 1, Risky Business:

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of the Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. But the season’s biggest match-up isn’t on the ice as one of their own prepares to go head to head withhis new boss…

Allison Whitely’s ex left her with a mountain of debt and Cloud Nine, a struggling boat rental business. With zero job skills, her only hope of getting back in the black lies in a brooding ex-soldier who has her seeing red…

Theo Lacroix’s teammates are counting on their star player to help them win an upcoming high profile hockey game. But when a sexy tornado of a woman sweeps into town and expects him to help her with Cloud Nine, Theo is tempted to skate away from it all.

Theo vowed to never again be someone’s knight in shining armor, but his feelings—and desire—for Allison are becoming harder to ignore. He longs to save her, but to win Allison’s love, he’ll have to throw out his old playbook and take the ultimate risk…playing from the heart.

Risky Business will be available on August 19, 2014, followed by Undefeated on November 28 and Game Changer in April 2015. Stay tuned for more details as we get them!

P.S. Visit Melissa Cutler's website to learn more about the charm bracelet sweepstakes she's hosting to celebrate her new series.

*Note: Final covers always subject to change

Undefeated and Game Changer by Melissa Cutler

[+Get the scoop on Undefeated!...]

Fri
Apr 4 2014 12:00pm

Get a sneak peek of Iris Johansen’s Live to See Tomorrow (available April 29, 2014), with an exclusive excerpt!

Then, enter for a chance to win a copy of the book!*

Click here to enter for a chance to win a copy.

Click here to read an excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Catherine Ling is one of the CIA’s most prized operatives. Raised on the unforgiving streets of Hong Kong, she was pulled into the agency at the age of fourteen, already having accumulated more insight and secrets than the most seasoned professionals in her world. If life has taught her anything, it is not to get attached, but there are two exceptions to that rule: her son Luke and her mentor Hu Chang. When Luke was kidnapped at the age of two, it nearly broke her. Now, nine years later, her son has astonishingly been returned to her and Catherine vows never to fail him again. But when her job pulls her away from home, she relies on the brilliant and deadly Hu Chang to safeguard Luke in her absence. Now Erin Sullivan, an American journalist with mysterious ties to Hu Chang, has been kidnapped in Tibet. If Catherine doesn’t agree to spearhead the CIA rescue mission, she knows that Hu Chang himself will go, a possibility she can’t risk. But she will be facing a monster whose crimes stretch back forty years, always eluding the CIA. And the job grows even more complicated when Catherine meets Richard Cameron, a supposed ally who’s clearly not telling all he knows. Their attraction is immediate, but Catherine isn't at all sure that he can be trusted. If she’s going to rescue this journalist with a story worth killing for, she’ll need to keep Cameron very close. From the treacherous landscape of the Himalayas to the twisting back alleys of San Francisco, the clock is ticking for Catherine and those she loves most. At every turn she faces a ruthless enemy who is determined to keep the truth buried, even if it means that none of them live to see tomorrow, in this novel from bestseller Iris Johansen.

*NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE DOES NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING. You must be 18 or older and a legal resident of the 50 United States or D.C., or non-Quebec Terriroties of Canada to enter. Promotion begins April 4, 2014 at 12 pm ET, and ends April 18, 2014, 11:59 am ET. Void in Puerto Rico and wherever prohibited by law. Click here for details and official rules.

Wed
Apr 2 2014 4:26pm

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow RowellExciting news! According to Entertainment Weekly, movie studio DreamWorks has picked up the film rights to Rainbow Rowell's much-loved Eleanor & Park, a book set in 1986 during high school that DreamWorks's president of production says "reminded all of us of our own sort of awkwardness, or family dysfunction.” Here's the story's synopsis:

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love—and just how hard it pulled you under.

Rainbow Rowell will be writing the screenplay (!!!), and the studio hopes to start shooting in 2015.

(One caveat: Studios buy a lot of rights to books, but not all of them actually get made into films. Let's hope this one does!)

Stay tuned for updates as we get them. And if you've never read Eleanor & Park, what are you waiting for?! You can read an excerpt from the book and we also have this thoughtful review.

Wed
Apr 2 2014 3:00pm

Lead by Kylie ScottWe're with the band! Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is excited to reveal the sexy tattooed hotness that is lead singer Jimmy on the cover for Kylie Scott's highly anticipated third Stage Dive novel, Lead. And that's not all—we've got an exclusive sneak peek from the book!

Here's the official description for Lead (and keep reading for an exclusive excerpt below!):

Stay up all night with the sexy rockers in Stage Dive, the epic New Adult series from bestselling author Kylie Scott, author of Lick and Play.

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.

Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him.

Lead will be out in e-book on July 29, 2014, and in paperback on November 25.

And now for the final piece of today's exclusive excerpt from Lead! Missed the beginning? Here's where you can catch up:

Ready for more? Jump right in with a brand-new peek at Jimmy and Lena's story.

[Read an exclusive excerpt from Lead!...]

Tue
Apr 1 2014 1:30pm

The King by J.R. WardAt last! Today is the day that J.R. Ward's The King is released, the twelfth book in the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, and a return to Beth and Wrath's romance, which was begun so long ago in the first book, Dark Lover. Here's the blurb:

After turning his back on the throne for centuries, Wrath, son of Wrath, finally assumed his father’s mantle—with the help of his beloved mate. But the crown sets heavily on his head. As the war with the Lessening Society rages on, and the threat from the Band of Bastards truly hits home, he is forced to make choices that put everything—and everyone—at risk.

Beth Randall thought she knew what she was getting into when she mated the last pure blooded vampire on the planet: An easy ride was not it. But when she decides she wants a child, she’s unprepared for Wrath’s response—or the distance it creates between them.

The question is, will true love win out... or tortured legacy take over?

What page are you on? What is most surprising about the book so far? Who are you excited to see?

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.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The KingThis is a post to discuss the entire book. For a non-spoilery BDB fix, visit our Black Dagger Brotherhood Collection. ***

Fri
Mar 28 2014 4:30pm

Criminals and anti-heroes have surged into popularity the last year with motorcycle clubs, dystopic gangs, mafiya enforcers, and assassins. It's just one more way to push the envelope with bad boys.

This week's beefcake is a compilation of some very bad boys, from Charlie's Angels' Justin Theroux; The Italian Jobs' Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, and Mos Def; Wanted's Common; Matt Bomer of White Collar; and Ocean's Eleven's Matt Damon, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt.

Why do you think the anti-hero is so popular these days? Who are some of your favorite criminal beefcake? TV, books, movies, we'll take 'em all!

[Plus more criminally hot beefcake...]

Fri
Mar 28 2014 1:53pm

Treasure on Lilac Lane by Donna AlwardToday we're pleased to present the cover for Donna Alward's Treasure on Lilac Lane, Book 2 in the Jewell Cove series. An ex-Marine returns home to find the girl he used to know has turned into a woman? Oooh... Of course, it's never as easy as it sounds—and we wouldn't have it any other way.

Here's the official description:

Sometimes the journey home is its own reward.

Once upon a time, Rick Sullivan had a promising future. One of Jewell Cove’s star athletes and reigning heartthrobs, he joined the Marines and had the world in the palm of his hand…until it all came crashing down. His honorable discharge doesn’t make him the hometown hero everyone wants him to be, and there’s little reprieve from the demons that haunt him at night. Still, even though it seems that all hope is gone, fate has something else in store…

Just hearing Rick’s name is enough to give Jess Collins a headache. Years ago, they’d been close. Now she barely knows the man Rick has become since his return from service…then again, Jess isn’t that same young, naïve girl anymore either. And while there’s a powerful attraction between them—one that yields a greater passion than Jess could have ever imagined—both are wary about opening their hearts to love…and loss. But happy endings don’t come easily when long-buried secrets insist on rising to the surface. Will their pasts tear them apart—or can love find a way to heal them both?

Treasure on Lilac Lane will be available on October 28, 2014. But not to worry—first comes the release of the first book in the series, The House on Blackberry Hill, on April 29. Be on the lookout for an exclusive excerpt at H&H, coming soon!