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Tue
Feb 21 2017 3:00pm

The Gateway Experiment: What Romance Should Author Roshani Chokshi Read Next?

A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi

It is one of the greatest joys of any reader to recommend beloved books to a person—especially when that person is brand new to the genre we hold so near and dear! It can be a tough call, however, to find that gateway book that is sure to please. Luckily, making that tough decision just got easier since we'll be matchmaking for author Roshani Chokshi, who is new to the wonderful world of romance!

Since Roshani isn't totally new to the romance genre, we have an idea of what she's looking for in the perfect match. 

Roshani loves Regency romances, having already devoured books from Julia Quinn, Sarah MacLean, and Tessa Dare. 

If a book contains the “fake dating/marriage” trope or feature enemies to lovers, it may be a good fit for what Roshani is looking for in her next read. 

Like any good romance fan, she knows the romance covenant, and hates anything dealing with infidelity. 

We'll be leaving the recommendation period open from now until February 27 when Roshani will pick what book piques her interest. Once Roshani decides on a book, she'll report back on what she thought with a post about her experience!

So—what romance book should Roshani read?

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While Roshani gets to know the romance genre, get to know Roshani. Learn more about or pre-order a copy of A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi, available March 28, 2017:

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Tue
Feb 21 2017 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 3: Final Four Couples

  • Rhine/Eddy vs. Cletus/Jennifer

  • Eve/Roarke vs. Mercy/Adam

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 3 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Friday, February 24, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle 1

Couple: Rhine/Eddy
Book/Series: Forbidden (Old West series)
Author: Beverly Jenkins
What brings them together: Rhine rescues Eddy in the desert and helps her recover. 
What threatens to pull them apart: Society seeks to keep them apart; Rhine is engaged to a woman from a powerful political family, and his life and livelihood depend on him passing as a white man, while Eddy has no intention of risking her plans to move to California to open her own restaurant.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Your sweetness is so much stronger than their hate.' ”
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Couple: Cletus/Jennifer
Book/Series: Beard Science (Winston Brothers series)
Author: Penny Reid
What brings them together: Jennifer blackmails Cletus into helping her shake her “banana cake queen” image.
What threatens to pull them apart: Jennifer’s family and Cletus’ secrets are their biggest hurdles.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'You’re my beginning, middle, and end.' ” —Beard Science 

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Couple Battle 2

Couple: Eve/Roarke
Book/Series: Apprentice in Death (In Death series)
Author: J.D. Robb
What brings them together: Eve’s a homicide detective, and Roarke’s her prime suspect...
What threatens to pull them apart: These days? Mostly just their constant brushes with death.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you,' she said again, pouring herself into the kiss. 'You saved me.'

“ 'Each other.' He laid her back, covered her with his body. 'We saved each other.' ” —Apprentice in Death


Couple: Mercy/Adam
Book/Series: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson series)
Author: Patricia Briggs 
What brings them together: Werewolf Adam happens to be Mercy’s next-door neighbor.
What threatens to pull them apart: Pack infighting, for sure, though Adam has Mercy’s back through it all.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I misspoke,' he said in a steady voice. 'She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live—that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.' ” —Fire Touched

VOTE NOW:

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See all the battles

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:





Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 14
  • Round 2: February 17
  • Round 3: February 21
  • Round 4: February 24
  • Winners Announced: March 2 at 4 p.m. (EST)

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Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies17 on social media to be heard!



For an overview of all the Swoonies 2017 battles, visit the index:


H&H Editor Picks:

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Make Mine a Virgin: Virgin Heroes from James, Gabaldon, Singh & More

 

Fri
Feb 17 2017 3:00pm

Charmed We’re Sure: 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!


Karen H near Tampa loves a charming chap

Karen H near Tampa in Do You Like Charming Heroes?

I'm definitely in the charming camp. I actually never liked Heathcliff and only liked Rochester a little. I prefer to read about people I'd like to be around and snarling has gotten quite old for me.

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Paranormal Couples

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!
Continue voting in Round 3!

  • Rhage/Mary vs. Mercy/Adam

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Rhage/Mary
Book/Series: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
Author: J.R. Ward 
What brings them together: A human thrown into the world of vampires, Mary is dependent on Rhage for protection, which morphs into love...
What threatens to pull them apart: What doesn’t? Vampire/human complications, curses, enemies out for their destruction...Rhage and Mary overcome a lot.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “So if you had the chance...even if there was no music and no ballgown, no tuxedo or gala...when your true love asked you to dance? It was important to say yes.” —The Beast

Couple: Mercy/Adam
Book/Series: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson series)
Author: Patricia Briggs 
What brings them together: Werewolf Adam happens to be Mercy’s next-door neighbor.
What threatens to pull them apart: Pack infighting, for sure, though Adam has Mercy’s back through it all.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I misspoke,' he said in a steady voice. 'She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live—that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.' ” —Fire Touched

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED!
Continue voting in Round 3!

 

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Historical Couples

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! 
Continue voting in Round 3!

  • Rhys/Helen vs. Rhine/Eddy

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Rhys/Helen
Book/Series: Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels series)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
What brings them together: Rhys and Helen enter a marriage of convenience.
What threatens to pull them apart: If anyone can tame the ruthless Rhys Winterborne, it’s Helen, yet his enemies and her dark secret are a force to be reckoned with...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Every time you look at me, you'll remember that I'm half his.'

" 'No.' His hand came to the side of her face, his thumb wiping her tears. 'You're all mine.' His voice was deep and shaken. 'Every hair on your head. Every part of you was made to be loved by me.' ” —Marrying Winterborne


Couple: Rhine/Eddy
Book/Series: Forbidden (Old West series)
Author: Beverly Jenkins
What brings them together: Rhine rescues Eddy in the desert and helps her recover. 
What threatens to pull them apart: Society seeks to keep them apart; Rhine is engaged to a woman from a powerful political family, and his life and livelihood depend on him passing as a white man, while Eddy has no intention of risking her plans to move to California to open her own restaurant.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Your sweetness is so much stronger than their hate.' ”
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Fri
Feb 17 2017 1:00pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Romantic Suspense Couples

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! 
Continue voting in Round 3!

  • Eve/Roarke vs. Evelyn/David

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Eve/Roarke
Book/Series: Apprentice in Death (In Death series)
Author: J.D. Robb
What brings them together: Eve’s a homicide detective, and Roarke’s her prime suspect...
What threatens to pull them apart: These days? Mostly just their constant brushes with death.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you,' she said again, pouring herself into the kiss. 'You saved me.'

“ 'Each other.' He laid her back, covered her with his body. 'We saved each other.' ” —Apprentice in Death


Couple: Evelyn/David
Book/Series: Extreme Honor (True Heroes series)
Author: Piper J. Drake
What brings them together: Ex-soldier and dog trainer David is having trouble helping K-9 Atlas deal with the loss of his handler—until dog whisperer Evelyn walks into their lives.
What threatens to pull them apart: David has trouble letting people get close and Lyn’s life is being threatened by someone who doesn’t want her working with Atlas...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you, Evelyn Jones. Since I don’t even know when. I want you in my life and I’ll wait forever if you need me to.' ” —Extreme Honor

VOTE NOW:

 

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Fri
Feb 17 2017 12:18pm

The Swoonies 2017, Round 2: Contemporary Couples

ROUND 2 VOTING IS NOW CLOSED! 
Continue voting in Round 3!

 

 

  • Eva/Gideon vs. Cletus/Jennifer

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 2 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Tuesday, February 21, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle

Couple: Eva/Gideon
Book/Series: One with You (Crossfire series)
Author: Sylvia Day
What brings them together: Eva takes a job in Gideon’s company and, before her first day, runs into the magnetic Crossfire CEO in the office building’s lobby.
What threatens to pull them apart: Abuse survivors Gideon and Eva must each work through their pasts to be able to live their happily ever after.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'There aren't words to tell you what you mean to me. But I hope that when you see this ring on your hand, you'll remember that you shine as brightly as diamonds in my life and you're infinitely more precious.' ” —One with You

Couple: Cletus/Jennifer
Book/Series: Beard Science (Winston Brothers series)
Author: Penny Reid
What brings them together: Jennifer blackmails Cletus into helping her shake her “banana cake queen” image.
What threatens to pull them apart: Jennifer’s family and Cletus’ secrets are their biggest hurdles.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'You’re my beginning, middle, and end.' ” —Beard Science 

VOTE NOW:

 

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Thu
Feb 16 2017 2:38pm

Outlander Returns to Us in September

Claire and Jamie Fraser in OutlanderWe've got good news and we've got bad news, Outlander fans. The good news is that we now know when Outlander season 3 will premiere. The bad news is that it's not April, or even this summer—rather, the series is set to return to our television screens in September 2017.

At least stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan look absolutely adorable in this video where they bid farewell (for now) to filming in Scotland and giddily anticipate “ditch[ing] a few of these layers” for the warmer weather in sunny Cape Town, South Africa?!

[Until then...]

Thu
Feb 16 2017 2:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Cover Reveals from Kerrigan Byrne, Nancy Naigle, Emma Douglas, and Kayti McGee

The anticipation for fall books is real! We just can't wait to get our hands on these titles from authors Kerrigan Byrne, Nancy Naigle, Emma Douglas, and Kayti McGee, so we're thrilled to share these early covers with you so we can gaze on what's to come later this year.

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Wed
Feb 15 2017 1:30pm

KGI Series’ Final Mission—Maya Banks to Wrap Up Series at Book 15

Brighter Than the Sun by Maya Banks, the latest adventure in her thrilling KGI series, isn't even out yet (March 7 can't come quick enough), but we have a feeling even more people will be clamoring for the KGI series. Earlier this week it was announced that Banks would be wrapping up the KGI group with just three more books in the series—saying goodbye to her popular romantic suspense at book 15. 

The end of series will begin after the as-yet-untitled book 12 in the series, featuring the long-awaited Skylar as the heroine. Banks has been teasing us about Skylar's story for so long we can't even remember a time when we weren't clamoring for it. However, last year, Banks revealed that we'd have to wait even longer for her story as Joe Kelly (the hero of the forthcoming Brighter than the Sun) would be taking precedence. 

With these two getting their happily-ever-afters sorted out, what are you looking forward to in the final three books? 

UPDATED 8 p.m. ET: We're already getting more exciting information: Rusty's story will be told in the final book of the series, according to a comment by moderator Lillie on Banks' Facebook page! (Thank you to @KaylaBashe @ErinMickC on Twitter for alerting us to this new detail!)

What stories in the KGI group are you waiting for? Whose story has gone untold?

Tell us your theories in the comments!

 


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Tue
Feb 14 2017 4:32pm

Nora Roberts Goes Dark with Year One: Read the Book Description!

Cover to Be Revealed for Nora Roberts' Year OneA pretty sweet Valentine's Day just got EVEN BETTER thanks to breaking Nora Roberts book news!

While Echoes in Death just dropped last week and we have Come Sundown to look forward to this May, our hunger for new Nora Roberts is never sated. Luckily, we now have scoop on her December release, Year One, and it sounds intense. Here's what we know so far about this first volume in a new series, the Chronicles of The One:

A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author―an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

It began on New Year’s Eve.

The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed―and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river―or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Intriguing, right?! Stay tuned for more as we get it, including the cover when it's revealed!

P.S. Don't forget to vote for J.D. Robb's Eve/Roarke in the annual Swoonies couples battle!

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Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Year One by Nora Roberts, available December 5, 2017:

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Tue
Feb 14 2017 2:30pm

Love Notes to Our Valentines from Nora Roberts, Christina Lauren, and More!

Sometimes it's just best to bow down to the experts. With a little help from some of our favorite romance authors (and their books), we've created five cards that we think say just what we're feelingpretty well. For more inspiration on how to fill in that daunting “blank space” in your Valentine's Day card, look to these romantic quotes.

[Say it with a card... on us!]

Tue
Feb 14 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Joanna Chambers and JL Merrow!

Team H&H has two fantastic covers for you today from authors Joanna Chambers and JL Merrow. These two distinct titles are a part of a multi-author series Porthkennack, set in Britain with titles that are both contemporary and historical. In Joanna Chambers' A Gathering Storm, a grief-stricken scientist meets a land steward and while their passions ignite, their bond may be too fragile to weather the storm. And in JL Merrow's Wake Up Call, a south London mechanic and a former barrister find love and normalcy in the strangest of circumstances.

A Gathering Storm by Joanna Chambers

A Gathering Storm by Joanna Chambers

When grief-stricken scientist Sir Edward Fitzwilliam provokes public scorn by defending a sham spiritualist, he’s forced to retreat to Porthkennack to lick his wounds. Ward’s reputation is in tatters, but he’s determined to continue the work he began after the death of his beloved brother.

In Porthkennack, Ward meets Nicholas Hearn, land steward to the Roscarrock family. Ward becomes convinced that Nick, whose Romany mother was reportedly clairvoyant, is the perfect man to assist with his work. But Nick—who has reason to distrust the whims of wealthy men—is loath to agree. Until Fate steps in to lend a hand.

Despite Nick’s misgivings, he discovers that Ward is not the high-handed aristocrat he first thought. And when passion ignites between them, Nick learns there’s much more to love than the rushed, clandestine encounters he’s used to. Nevertheless, Nick’s sure that wealthy, educated Ward will never see him as an equal.

A storm is gathering, but with Nick’s self-doubts and Ward’s growing obsession, the fragile bond between the two men may not be strong enough to withstand it.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of A Gathering Storm by Joanna Chambers, available April 17, 2017 from Riptide Publishing.

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Tue
Feb 14 2017 12:00pm

20 Date-Night Approved Valentine’s Day Episodes, Movies, and More to Stream

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Whether it’s romance you’re looking for or just something to make you feel good and laugh, Team H&H has some suggestions on things you can watch if you want to stay in and laugh, swoon—or a combo of the two. These are all availabe to stream on Amazon, Netflix, Hulu, and more, so you don't even need to leave the comfort of your own home to have the perfect night in!

Feel the Love

Two Weeks Notice

Two Weeks’ Notice (Netflix) —Sandra Bullock and Hugh Grant play conscientious lawyer, and clueless CEO respectively in this tropey, delightful rom-com.

The Office: Episode 7x16, “PDA” (Netflix) — Holly and Michael make their relationship Office Official when they announce they’re back together… which earns them a stern talking to on the company policy on office PDA.

North & South (On Netflix until March 1)—Based on the novel of the same name by Elizabeth Gaskell, get ready to swoon at Richard Armitage’s smoldering looks. Watch this title before it leaves Netflix on March 1st.

Belle  (available to rent or purchase on Amazon)— Dido Elizabeth Belle is the mixed race daughter of an English captain in this gorgeous film about 18th century England. It is heart-wrenching, but oh so beautiful.

[More swoony and feel good titles ahead...]

Tue
Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017: An EPIC Couples Battle!

Welcome to H&H’s third annual couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Starting today, in Round 1, you get to decide the fates of 16 couples in 4 battles across 4 conferences (Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical, and Romantic Suspense) by voting for your favorites in each poll. Over the coming weeks, couples will be eliminated via weekly polls until just one couple is left standing.

We recognize this won’t be easy, but hope you’ll enjoy the thrilling matches! Here’s everything you need to know:


Vote Now in Round 3:


Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 14-February 17 at 10:00 am
  • Round 2: February 17-February 21 at 1:00 pm— 
  • Round 3: February 21-February 24 at 1:00 pm VOTE NOW
  • Round 4: February 24- March 2 at 3:00 pm
  • Winners Announced: March 2 at 4 p.m. (EST)

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Tue
Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017, Round 1: Contemporary Couples

Round 1 is now closed. Keep voting in Round 3!

 

 

  • Eva/Gideon vs. Lucy/Josh
  • Cletus/Jennifer vs. Dom/Luke

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 1 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Friday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle #1

Couple: Eva/Gideon
Book/Series: One with You (Crossfire series)
Author: Sylvia Day
What brings them together: Eva takes a job in Gideon’s company and, before her first day, runs into the magnetic Crossfire CEO in the office building’s lobby.
What threatens to pull them apart: Abuse survivors Gideon and Eva must each work through their pasts to be able to live their happily ever after.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'There aren't words to tell you what you mean to me. But I hope that when you see this ring on your hand, you'll remember that you shine as brightly as diamonds in my life and you're infinitely more precious.' ” —One with You

Couple: Lucy/Josh
Book/Series: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
What brings them together: As executive assistants to rival co-CEOs, they spend 10 hours a day staring at each other across their desks. Now they're competing for the same promotion.
What threatens to pull them apart: Lucy and Josh are infamous for hating each other...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “I love him so much it's like a thread piercing me. Punching holes. Dragging through. Stitching love into me. I'll never be able to untangle myself from this feeling. The color of love is surely this robin's-egg blue.” —The Hating Game

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Couple Battle #2

Couple: Cletus/Jennifer
Book/Series: Beard Science (Winston Brothers series)
Author: Penny Reid
What brings them together: Jennifer blackmails Cletus into helping her shake her “banana cake queen” image.
What threatens to pull them apart: Jennifer’s family and Cletus’ secrets are their biggest hurdles.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'You’re my beginning, middle, and end.' ” —Beard Science 

Couple: Dom/Luke
Book/Series: Fast Connection (Cyberlove series)
Author: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
What brings them together: Dom and Luke meet via a hookup app!
What threatens to pull them apart: Family drama has a way of causing major problems.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “I couldn't get enough of him. He was an addiction now, and I hadn't decided yet if he was a healthy one like eating apples every day or an unhealthy one like meth.” —Fast Connection

VOTE NOW in Round 2:

 
 

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Tue
Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017, Round 1: Romantic Suspense Couples

Round 1 is now closed. Keep voting in Round 3!

  • Eve/Roarke vs. Reed/Laney

  • Cal/Zelda vs. Evelyn/David

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 1 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Friday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle #1

Couple: Eve/Roarke
Book/Series: Apprentice in Death (In Death series)
Author: J.D. Robb
What brings them together: Eve’s a homicide detective, and Roarke’s her prime suspect...
What threatens to pull them apart: These days? Mostly just their constant brushes with death.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you,' she said again, pouring herself into the kiss. 'You saved me.'

“ 'Each other.' He laid her back, covered her with his body. 'We saved each other.' ” —Apprentice in Death


Couple: Reed/Laney
Book/Series: Deep Dark (Tracers series)
Author: Laura Griffin
What brings them together: White-hat computer hacker Laney offers to help police detective Reed Novak with his homicide investigation.
What threatens to pull them apart: Not only are they a classic opposites-attract couple, but Laney has a hard time trusting anyone with her secrets, while Reed worries he’s too old for her.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I’m crazy, stupid, out of my mind in love with you, Laney. … Think you can handle it?' ” —Deep Dark

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Couple Battle #2

Couple: Cal/Zelda
Book/Series: A Player for a Princess (Dirty Players series)
Author: Tia Louise
What brings them together: Zelda has been blackmailed into trying to destroy Cal’s older brother’s reputation, and Cal’s determined to stop her.
What threatens to pull them apart: Zelda’s on the run from assassins, and Cal just wants to keep her safe.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I never saw you coming. Even if I had, I never could have been prepared for you. Not in a million years.' ” —A Player for a Princess

Couple: Evelyn/David
Book/Series: Extreme Honor (True Heroes series)
Author: Piper J. Drake
What brings them together: Ex-soldier and dog trainer David is having trouble helping K-9 Atlas deal with the loss of his handler—until dog whisperer Evelyn walks into their lives.
What threatens to pull them apart: David has trouble letting people get close and Lyn’s life is being threatened by someone who doesn’t want her working with Atlas...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you, Evelyn Jones. Since I don’t even know when. I want you in my life and I’ll wait forever if you need me to.' ” —Extreme Honor

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Tue
Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017, Round 1: Paranormal Couples

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  • Raphael/Elena vs. Rhage/Mary
  • Mercy/Adam vs. Feyre/Rhysand

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

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Couple Battle #1

Couple: Raphael/Elena
Book/Series: Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter series)
Author: Nalini Singh
What brings them together: Archangel Raphael hires vampire hunter Elena to track an archangel gone rogue.
What threatens to pull them apart: Raphael and Elena’s enemies are many and they are powerful.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “No one will take my Elena from me. I'll destroy the world before I allow that to happen.” —Archangel’s Heart

Couple: Rhage/Mary
Book/Series: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
Author: J.R. Ward 
What brings them together: A human thrown into the world of vampires, Mary is dependent on Rhage for protection, which morphs into love...
What threatens to pull them apart: What doesn’t? Vampire/human complications, curses, enemies out for their destruction...Rhage and Mary overcome a lot.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “So if you had the chance...even if there was no music and no ballgown, no tuxedo or gala...when your true love asked you to dance? It was important to say yes.” —The Beast

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Couple Battle #2

Couple: Mercy/Adam
Book/Series: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson series)
Author: Patricia Briggs 
What brings them together: Werewolf Adam happens to be Mercy’s next-door neighbor.
What threatens to pull them apart: Pack infighting, for sure, though Adam has Mercy’s back through it all.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I misspoke,' he said in a steady voice. 'She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live—that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.' ” —Fire Touched

Couple: Feyre/Rhysand
Book/Series: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses series)
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
What brings them together: Rhys saves Feyre from faeries. Oh, and they’re fated to be mated.
What threatens to pull them apart: Feyre hates Rhys, at least until she understands his true motives...
Swoonworthiest Moment: " 'She is my mate. And my spy,' I said too quietly. 'And she is the High Lady of the Night Court.' ” —A Court of Mist and Fury

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Tue
Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017, Round 1: Historical Couples

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  • Rhys/Helen vs. Daisy/Crash

  • Richard/Cyprian vs. Rhine/Eddy

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ROUND 1 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Friday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)


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Couple Battle #1

Couple: Rhys/Helen
Book/Series: Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels series)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
What brings them together: Rhys and Helen enter a marriage of convenience.
What threatens to pull them apart: If anyone can tame the ruthless Rhys Winterborne, it’s Helen, yet his enemies and her dark secret are a force to be reckoned with...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Every time you look at me, you'll remember that I'm half his.'

" 'No.' His hand came to the side of her face, his thumb wiping her tears. 'You're all mine.' His voice was deep and shaken. 'Every hair on your head. Every part of you was made to be loved by me.' ” —Marrying Winterborne


Couple: Daisy/Crash
Book/Series: Her Every Wish (Worth Saga)
Author: Courtney Milan
What brings them together: Crash offers to teach Daisy how to act like a man so that she can win a grant to learn a trade. 
What threatens to pull them apart: Daisy and Crash’s first attempt at a relationship ends in heartache, and they have to work toward trusting each other again.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you. Will you please stop teasing me and tell me you’ll marry me and share everything?'

“ 'I suppose if there are pastries…' She hesitated just a moment. 'Then, yes. Yes. I might as well admit that I love you, too.' ” Her Every Wish

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Couple Battle #2

Couple: Richard/Cyprian
Book/Series: A Gentleman’s Position (A Society of Gentlemen series)
Author:  KJ Charles
What brings them together: Cyprian is Richard’s valet and “fixer”
What threatens to pull them apart: Richard attempts to promote Cyprian so their stations in life aren’t so disparate, which makes Cyprian feel looked down upon and like Richard cares more for what society thinks than for Cyprian.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I want you back. I want you as my lover, my right hand, my devious, lying, counterfeiting, entirely unprincipled fox. ' He took a deep breath. 'My valet.' ” —A Gentleman’s Position

Couple: Rhine/Eddy
Book/Series: Forbidden (Old West series)
Author: Beverly Jenkins
What brings them together: Rhine rescues Eddy in the desert and helps her recover. 
What threatens to pull them apart: Society seeks to keep them apart; Rhine is engaged to a woman from a powerful political family, and his life and livelihood depend on him passing as a white man, while Eddy has no intention of risking her plans to move to California to open her own restaurant.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Your sweetness is so much stronger than their hate.' ”
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