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Fri
Jul 18 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Tim Howard

Tim Howard made headlines for some of us here in America, not because of his outstanding performance in The World Cup, but because of his subsequent appearance on the July 14 issue of AdWeek where every woman perked up and took notice of what his mama (and career as an athlete) gave him!

After extensive research—our jobs are so hard—we discovered that Tim took a lot of opportunities to pose shirtless. Most particularly when he appeared as part of PETA's “Ink Not Mink” campaign.

If Howard is part of the next World Cup, do you think you'll be tuning in a bit more closely? What other sexy soccer players did you spot?

[Ink Not Mink (or Clothes)  is a slogan we can get behind...]

Tue
Jul 15 2014 4:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveal for Leigh Evans’s The Danger of Destiny!

Today at Heroes and Heartbreakers we're thrilled to reveal the cover for Leigh Evans's The Danger of Destiny, the latest adventure in Evans's Mystwalker series. Hedi Peacock is half Were, half Fae—and all heart, when it comes to rescuing someone very dear to her. See below to get under the cover with The Danger of Destiny!

[Your destiny is behind the curtain...or at least the cover is...]

Mon
Jul 14 2014 3:00pm

What is a “Weekend"?: Sherrilyn Kenyon and Starz Share Some News!

Son of No One by Sherrilyn KenyonOver the weekend, while many were relaxing at barbecues and fireworks festivities, our favorite authors and entertainment providers were busy making announcements to ensure the rest of 2014 is a wonderful one.

First, after Sherrilyn Kenyon posted the first chapter of her forthcoming Dark-Hunter book, Son of No-One, at her website, she revealed that the next book after Son of No One (available September 2, 2014) will be Dragonsworn, which has a tentative date of August 4, 2015.

ETA 7/16/14: In a Facebook update, Kenyon's team announced that the book's title has changed to Dragonbane. Learn more about the book here.

Here's the book's description:

Out of all the mysterious boarders who call Sanctuary home, no one is more antisocial or withdrawn than Maxis Drago. But then, it’s hard to blend in with the modern world when you have a fifty foot wingspan.

Centuries ago, he was cursed by an enemy who swore to see him fall. An enemy who took everything from him and left him forever secluded.

But Fate is a bitch, with a wicked sense of humor. And when she throws old enemies together and threatens the wife he thought had died centuries ago, he comes back with a vengeance. Modern day New Orleans has become a battleground for the oldest of evils. And two dragons will hold the line, or go down in flames.

Then, Starz announced that its upcoming Outlander series—based on the Diana Gabaldon books—will be split into two eight-episode series, with the first premiering on the channel on August 9. If you're a little sad to hear there'll be a break in the middle of the season, this might help cheer you up: the premium cable network also announced that Starz subscribers can get an early look at the premiere on August 2!

What is on top of what you're looking forward to this summer? We've got a round-up of what's on our Can't-Miss Romances (and TV/Film) list! 

Sat
Jul 12 2014 1:00pm

What the Heart Wants: Summer 2014’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

Team H&H eats, breathes, and sleeps romance, but even we have trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. To make life a little easier for all of us, we’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for July and August. Let us know what you think, whether it’s showering us with praise or educating us about what we’ve missed (or both)!


Ray Donovan (television)
While it looks like the Terry/Frances relationship that H&H’s Wendy the Super Librarian was rooting for is over (poor Frances!), Liev Schreiber alone is enough to tune in to the Season 2 premiere of Ray Donovan. (Premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime)
  Masters of Sex (television)
Thanks to history and human sexuality classes, we always knew where William Masters and Virginia Johnson’s relationship was going. And sure enough, in Masters of Sex Season 2, their research isn’t all that’s going to new heights. (Premieres at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime)
 
 

[Check out the complete list!...]

Fri
Jul 11 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Claire’s Choice—Jamie Fraser and Frank Randall

Claire cleans Jamie's back in OutlanderBetween the Top 10 Scottish Historicals list and the Outlander featurette that were posted this week, men in kilts seem to be doing a merry jig in our heads! In celebration of Outlander's release just a few weeks away, we're whetting our apetites with a look at Claire's two men: Jamie Fraser and Frank Randall.

[Outlandishly yummy pics ahead...]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 5:42pm

Sherrilyn Kenyon Shares Son of No One Chapter 1!

Son of No One by Sherrilyn KenyonToday Sherrilyn Kenyon shared the first excerpt of Son of No One, Book 18 in the Dark-Hunter seriesSon of No One will focus on Jo, a financially desperate photographer who signs on to be the camerawoman for a paranormal investigation team, and Cadegan, a man who was abandoned as a boy and doomed to walk the earth alone.

Read a snippet from Chapter 1 to see how their story begins:

Chapter 1
New Orleans, Louisiana
September 18, 2014

“You know, Selena, there’s a fine line between important to me, and dead to me. And you’re currently stomping all over it.”

Standing in the hallway, next to a stack of boxes, Selena Laurens laughed at her cousin’s surly tone. “That’s all right, Jo-Jo. Just remember with our Cajun-Romani blood, even if I’m dead to you, in either realm, you’ll still be able to hear me. I will haunt you forever.”

Josette Landry cringed at a childhood nickname that had always made her feel like a yappy Pomeranian. Normally, she’d correct Selena’s usage, but at this point, she was too tired and soul- sick to bother. “Look, the only thing I want to summon right now is a trip to Baskin- Robbins. So unless you’ve got a quart of creamy goodness in your purse, stop talking and start driving.” Jo gently tugged Selena toward the door and ignored the bells that jingled from the hem of Selena’s silver and purple broomstick skirt. A self-proclaimed fortune-teller, her cousin bought into the weirdness of their gypsy heritage lock, stock, and both flaming barrels.

Read the full excerpt of Chapter 1 at Sherrilyn Kenyon's website!

And for more Dark-Hunters at Heroes and Heartbreakers, visit H&H's collection for Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunters, featuring exclusive sneak-peek excerpts, news, and more.

Learn more about or order a copy of Son of No One, available September 2, 2014:

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Wed
Jul 9 2014 5:04pm

“We Have Men in Kilts”: Outlander’s Journey from Book to Screen Revealed!

Author Diana Gabaldon and showrunner Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica 2003) discuss the origin of Outlander as a television show (Hollywood was first keen to adapt the epic book series as a feature film) in a newly released behind-the-scenes video from Starz.

I think it's fair to say all of us book fans are waiting with bated breath to see whether the show can capture the books' magic, especially in the Jamie/Claire department. Are all these trailers and features relieving any of your concerns about a faithful adaptation?

[+more Outlander news...]

Fri
Jul 4 2014 3:00pm

Friday Beefcake: Fourth of July Edition

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It's a holiday weekend at H&H, so we're going to just leave this picture of a panting Chris Evans here for you to oggle—after all, what's more American than Captain America! Share your favorite All-American beefcake in the comments, and let us know where you're celebrating the Fourth!

Fri
Jul 4 2014 11:00am

Cover Alert: J.R. Ward’s The Shadows!

The Shadows by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward loves the Fourth of July, and what better way to celebrate the holiday than with a cover reveal! As we found out back in April, The Shadows will feature brothers iAm and Trez, along with the return of Murhder. However, the cover copy for the  book reveals that at least one of the brothers will be finding happiness. Or maybe not...

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late.

Visit J.R. Ward's Facebook page for the full book description, and let us know your theories and speculation about The Shadows (available April 7, 2015).

Wed
Jul 2 2014 11:00am

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Kimberly Kincaid’s Fire Me Up!

Fire Me Up by Kimberly KincaidToday we're thrilled to reveal the cover for Kimberly Kincaid's Fire Me Up, in which a bad cook meets a bad boy, and together they're making something beautiful!

Here's the official description:

If You Can’t Stand The Heat…

Teagan O’Malley can handle a crisis. She’s a paramedic, it’s her job. But she never expected to land in the kitchen of her father’s pub, with no notice, no cash, and no room for error. The kitchen is not her favorite place. Lucky for her, she just scraped a bad-boy chef off the pavement after a motorcycle accident—and something about him says he can turn up the heat in more ways than one.

Adrian Holt has had a rough few years, and he’s not eager to get tangled up in anything more complicated than a good risotto. But with a broken arm and a head full of bad memories, he needs a challenge to keep him sane. Teagan’s dare-me attitude and smoldering mess of a bar are just what the doctor ordered. And the two of them together might cook up some even better medicine…

Learn more about or order a copy of Fire Me Up by Kimberly Kincaid, available February 3, 2015:

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Tue
Jul 1 2014 2:30pm

The Sherrilyn Kenyon Collection Welcomes Born of Fury!

Sherrilyn Kenyon's Born of Fury is out today, and we'd like to welcome the newest member of the group to the Sherrilyn Kenyon Collection. Born of Fury is the seventh title in Kenyon's League series. Here to introduce the book is Monique Patterson, Sherrilyn's editor. Thanks, Monique!

I love my job and today, the release day of Born of Fury, is one of the big reasons why.  To all the Kenyon fans out there (and yes, I'm one of her biggest fans), I get to read all of her books before they ever become a physical book. How amazing is that?

Born of Fury almost competed with Styxx in terms of word count.  But I didn't even blink when it was delivered. I was excited. Sherrilyn always blows me away and I knew that this book was going to be epic...and it is.  Born of Fury is full of danger, intrigue, humor...and love. Love between friends, between family and between one remarkable man and one remarkable woman.  I can honestly say, that there is no emotion that I did not feel while reading this. This is the kind of reading experience you always want when you pick up a book.  

Born of Fury is here. Welcome...and enjoy the wild ride!

Monique Patterson
Executive Editor

Learn more about Born of Fury:

The war is on…

Counted among the fiercest Andarion warriors ever born, Hauk is one of the five founding members of the Sentella: an organization that has declared war on the League. They rule the Ichidian universe with an iron fist and terrify it with an army of well-trained assassins. Hauk’s enemies are legion, but he fears nothing and no one. He will do whatever it takes to survive and protect his Sentella brethren.

Sumi Antaxas is one of the best assassins the League has ever trained. In her world, failure is not an option and she has never met a target she couldn’t execute. So when she’s assigned Hauk, she believes it’ll be a quick and easy mission.

But nothing is ever as simple as it seems, and Hauk is far better skilled than any she's faced before, in Born of Fury from #1 Bestselling Author Sherrilyn Kenyon.

Welcome, Born of Fury, to the Sherrilyn Kenyon Collection!

Learn more about or order a copy of Born of Fury by Sherrilyn Kenyon, available now:

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Tue
Jul 1 2014 1:42pm

Jamie and Claire’s Chemistry and More in New Outlander Trailer

Editors note: The video we published has been removed by the source but we'll replace it if we find a new one!

A new Australian trailer (different from the previous Outlander trailer) for Outlander has appeared today, and it's got just enough Jamie and Claire interaction to make us wish it were August already. Here's the synopsis:

Follows the story of Claire Randall, a married combat nurse from 1945 who is mysteriously swept back in time to 1743, where she is immediately thrown into an unknown world where her life is threatened. When she is forced to marry Jamie Fraser, a chivalrous and romantic young Scottish warrior, a passionate relationship is ignited that tears Claire's heart between two vastly different men in two irreconcilable lives.

Outlander stars Caitriona Balfe as Claire and Jamie Heughan as Jamie. Outlander begins on Starz on August 9th. What do you think of these new scenes included in this trailer? It certainly reveals more of what those first few episodes will look like!

Tue
Jul 1 2014 12:00pm

Now Win This!: M. Pierce’s Night Owl

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Thanks to all those who entered!

Click here to enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of M. Pierce's Night Owl!*

Night Owl by M. PierceLearn more about the book:

From bestselling ebook author M. Pierce comes Night Owl, the first novel in a provocative erotic trilogy where an anonymous online writing partnership turns into an uncontrollable, passionate obsession

At twenty-eight, Matt Sky has the perfect life. He has a beautiful girlfriend, a massive inheritance, and four national bestsellers — all penned under his airtight alias, M. Pierce.

At twenty-seven, Hannah Catalano is a train wreck. Her boyfriend is a deadbeat and her job is abysmal.

Matt and Hannah meet online as writing partners. Their relationship is safe, anonymous, and innocent...

Until Matt sees a picture of Hannah. Hannah's picture sparks an attraction Matt is powerless to ignore. When circumstance brings Matt and Hannah together, the strangers begin a love story that's passionate, poignant, unforgettable, and unstoppable.

Click here to enter for a chance to win a paperback copy of Night Owl by M. Pierce*

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Tue
Jul 1 2014 11:00am

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Suzanne Enoch, Shiloh Walker, and Kit Rocha!

Mad Bad and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch, Beyond Possession by Kit Rocha, Darker than Desire by Shiloh WalkerToday at Heroes and Heartbreakers we're thrilled to reveal the covers for not one, but three great reads coming from the past, present and future. First up, we're going back in time for the third book in Suzanne Enoch's Scandalous Highlanders series with Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid. Then we're back to the present where the past is haunting the hero and heroine in Shiloh Walker's Darker Than Desire. Finally, it's off to the not-so-distant future with Kit Rocha's O'Kane novella, Beyond Possession. See below to get under the covers with these books!

[Learn more about the books and see the full covers below...]

Fri
Jun 27 2014 6:45pm

Cover Alert: Kresley Cole’s Erotic Game Maker #2, The Master!

The Master by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is a pretty hot author to begin with, but give her an erotic world filled with smart women and mafia bosses, and the heat definitely gets turned up. For those of you who read Cole's The Professional you know that things get pretty hot in Siberia. Earlier today, The Hollywood Reporter revealed the cover for the newest book in the series—and it'll feature a favorite from The Professional.

Here's the official description for The Master:

Everyone fears the Master...
Rich, irresistible politician/Mafiya boss Maksimilian Sevastyan prefers tall, obedient blondes to fulfill his...complicated desires. That is, until the icy Russian encounters a disobedient brunette whose exquisite little body threatens his legendary restraint.

Except her.Catarina Marín was a well-off young wife until her world fell apart. Now she's hiding out, forced to start working as an escort in Miami. Her very first client is beyond gorgeous, but when he tells her what he plans to do to her, Cat almost walks out of the door.

If pleasure is a game, play to win.
After their mind-blowing encounter burns out of control, the lovers crave more. If they escape the deadly threats surrounding them, can Maksim overcome his past—to offer Cat his future? Only then will she tempt him with what he really wants: her, all tied up with a bow.

On Kresley Cole's Facebook page, she had this to say about the reveal:

Loving this cover for The Master!! He looks so cocky, just like Maksim did before he realized what Cat was going to do to his life For those of you who asked about Jess . . . youngest brother Dmitri needs a girl like her, don't you think? 

Many of you called for Maksim's story at the end of The Professional. What do you hope to have happen to him for his book. Do you wish this was going to be a serial too or are you glad you won't have to wait this time around?

Learn more about or order a copy of The Master by Kresley Cole, available January 27, 2015:

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Fri
Jun 27 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Oh Canada with Kitsch, Amell, and More!

Taylor KitschOh Can-ah-da!  July 1 will be Canada Day so we're celebrating our favorite (and hottest) Canadians. Whether your cup of tea is Borgia's Francois Arnaud, Taylor Kitsch, or Stephen Amell, we have you covered!

[Here's some Canadian Beefcake with a side of hotness...]

Fri
Jun 27 2014 2:00pm

Trope of the Month: Romances at Weddings!

I'm in No Mood for Love by Rachel GibsonAcademically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.

Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).

It's wedding season! For some women, it's a hectic time where they're planning their own or to be in someone else's. For the heroine of a romance novel, it might be the time she meets her true love. This trope comes with a lot of wiggle room for readers and writers to work with. Sometimes it's a one-night stand between a bridesmaid and wedding guest, or a character is running away from their own wedding. Whichever path it takes, weddings are usually the only way this hero and heroine would meet—or at least with all the love in the air, it's the only way they'd allow themselves to get together!

Here are a few recommendations for this trope:

What book or movie suggestions do you have that start at the wedding?

Thu
Jun 26 2014 2:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of June 2014

Broken Wings by Judith JamesEach 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 June 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Anna Bowling:

My best of June is a reread, Broken Wing by Judith James. This is the lush, epic, exquisitely emotional sort of historical that keeps me crazy in love with historical romance, and provides not only an unusual premise but a hero and heroine truly worthy of the names. Gabriel is a male prostitute, servicing both women and men, believing himself trapped in  a living hell. Sarah is an unconventional widow, part gypsy, and the older sister of the boy whom Gabriel has gone to extreme lengths to protect. When Sarah comes to rescue her brother from the brothel, the boy won't go without Gabriel, and there begins a truly legendary romance of two broken people who find healing and wholeness in each other. A true classic of the genre.

Sahara Hoshi:

My two picks are Fat by Sarrana de Wylde and Wingman (Woman) by Bella Jewel. Fat is a great take on the plus size girl loves sexy man with an excellent twist. Wingman is really about a heroine fighting for what she wants and a great friends-to-lovers story.

[We have a feeling there's more for us to love...]