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Feb 5 2016 9:30am

Habeas Corpus: Emma Chase’s Appealed

Appealed by Emma Chase

When it comes to Emma Chase’s Legal Briefs series, she saved the best for last. And with the friends-to-lovers turned enemies-to-lovers, ugly-duckling-turned-beauty, and reunited-love tropes all working together seamlessly, there’s a lot to love about Kennedy and Brent in Appealed. Everything, in fact.

This is all about history. And Kennedy and Brent’s is so rich it fuels the whole story and gives it weight. But there’s a lot of resolution due after a bad parting years ago, and the perfect backdrop is the courtroom where, poetically, Kennedy and Brent face off as prosecutor and defense attorney and it all becomes about so much more than just a case. Soon they’re sparring outside of work, and when they take it to the bedroom, it’s fiery. The banter is always there, always hilarious, every exchange on point, even as the dynamic shifts because Brent’s in it for good this time and he’s out to prove it.

“But—whether we want to talk or not, it looks like I need to lay some ground rules.” My gaze burns into hers and my voice is almost as hard as my dick. “Rule number one—you don’t set one pretty toe out of my bed without waking me up first. Ever.”

I lean in and skim my nose up the delicate line of her neck, then I drag my tongue down the same path to her pulse point—wrapping my lips around it and sucking—hard enough to leave one bitch of a mark.

But… that’s the price she pays.

“I jerked off twice in the shower,” I hiss against her skin. “And I was still hard as a goddamn rock watching you in court.”

[Whoa Sir! You really are feeling me ...]

Jan 19 2016 4:30pm

First Look: Mercy Brown’s Loud is How I Love You (January 19, 2016)

Loud is How I love You by Mercy Brown

Mercy Brown
Loud is How I Love You (Hub City #1)
Intermix / January 19, 2016 / $2.99 digital

One girls heart gets rocked to the core in the first novel in this sexy New Adult series.

Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don't sleep with your bandmates!  But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

Mercy Brown knows rock and roll. She lived and breathed it. So her debut novel is not only New Adult meets Rock Stars, it’s layer-upon-layer authentic, fresh and real, raw and romantic.

Travis and Emmy are meant to be, but just as the Rock Star part of the equation is true in every sense, the New Adult angst and youth is very much present as well. Brown puts front and center the fact that young twenties feel deeply, dream big, and are just as much flaky. Because for Emmy and Travis and their band Stars on the Floor, the stakes are high, and the intertwining of a romantic relationship and their band’s future makes for either having it all or losing everything, and this is a scary prospect for the artists and lovers.

Of all the guys in this town I could potentially fuck, why do I pick Bean? (By the way, I am the only person on this earth allowed to call Travis that, and it’s after the Travis Bean guitar, which he doesn’t play because, hello, they’re rare and like two grand and he’s not made of money.) I don’t even know. I really shouldn’t have done it, because he’s my number one collaborator, my coconspirator, and one of my best friends, and I’m so worried that fucking him is going to ruin everything we have between us.

[Emmy and Travis know how to rock and roll ...]

Jan 8 2016 2:05pm

The Way Back for The Royals’ Jasper and Eleanor

There’s one ’ship in 2015 that exploded. Jasper and Eleanor of The Royals are bigger and bolder than most TV love/hate stories, and that’s why they’ve really popped. In the era of extreme sex and rough play in romance, they’re television’s poster couple. That’s why they keep us on our toes, and the major angst leads to major feelings we have for them. That’s why Jasper and Eleanor are greater than the admittedly great obstacles that have been put in their way. And now that season two is past the halfway point, there’s still nothing predictable about Jaspenor.

This season has seen more scenes with Jasper and Eleanor apart than together, unfortunately. But it’s what they’re doing in their time apart that’s really given insight into just how much is going on to build them into something big. Eleanor’s jumped from one fling to another, two relationships that were ultimately all about Jasper. The return of her first love Beck fizzled out pretty quickly as it’s clear how very far she’s come since those doe-eyed days of the fantasy of being with her brother’s heroic best friend. He’s just too soft, and she’s bored. And her relationship with Mandy, in a big twist Jasper’s con ex, not only ended up putting her back square in the middle of Jasper’s history, but also showed that Eleanor does crave someone to love, to share something meaningful with. It’s the process of getting there.

[They're both lost without one another ...]

Jan 7 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’s The Dirt on Ninth Grave (January 12, 2016)

The Dirt on Ninth Grave by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
The Dirt on Ninth Grave (Charley Davidson #9)
St. Martin's Press / January 12, 2016 / $26.99 print, $12.99 digital

In a small village in New York Charley Davidson is living as Jane Doe, a girl with no memory of who she is or where she came from. So when she is working at a diner and slowly begins to realize she can see dead people, she's more than a little taken aback. Stranger still are the people entering her life. They seem to know things about her. Things they hide with lies and half-truths. Soon, she senses something far darker. A force that wants to cause her harm, she is sure of it. Her saving grace comes in the form of a new friend she feels she can confide in and the fry cook, a devastatingly handsome man whose smile is breathtaking and touch is scalding. He stays close, and she almost feels safe with him around.

But no one can outrun their past, and the more lies that swirl around her-even from her new and trusted friends-the more disoriented she becomes, until she is confronted by a man who claims to have been sent to kill her. Sent by the darkest force in the universe. A force that absolutely will not stop until she is dead. Thankfully, she has a Rottweiler. But that doesn't help in her quest to find her identity and recover what she's lost. That will take all her courage and a touch of the power she feels flowing like electricity through her veins. She almost feels sorry for him. The devil in blue jeans. The disarming fry cook who lies with every breath he takes. She will get to the bottom of what he knows if it kills her. Or him. Either way.

When we left Charley Davidson, everything we’d come to know in Darynda Jones’ brilliant grim reaper mystery/paranormal romance series was up in the air. The world we love, especially its characters, were knocked sideways with the bombshell that Charley’s name-on-another-plane was finally spoken aloud and revealed to her, blasting her memory and her life to pieces. It was a game-changer, but the thing about game-changers is they’re either big payoffs or major crash and burns. In the case of The Dirt on Ninth Grave it’s a move that not only reinvigorated this beloved series, it’s a harkening back to the perfect balance of eerie, pulse-pounding mystery and soul-deep, heart-pounding romance with a fine dose of mythology that Charley Davidson is known for.

[Charley is back like never before ...]

Dec 23 2015 2:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 3

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne

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.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 3 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and stay tuned for Part 4:

John Jacobson:

The Highwayman by Kerrigan Byrne - Byrne’s new historical is lush and provocative, with the deep language and drama of older historicals and the escapist spunk of newer historicals. Her characters are entrancing in their emotional depth. I was taken away by the narrative - there’s no other book like it out there today.

What a Devilish Duke Desires by Vicky Dreiling - Dreiling writes sweet historical romances with a sexy zing. This book hits all of the high notes with strong threads of dramatic action and romantic longing. The hero and the heroine are fundamentally good people caught up in bad circumstances, and the way Dreiling unveils their happily ever after is expert. Dreiling’s added homage to popular reality television in a Regency-garbed setting creates a humor that makes it the perfect sweet confection.

[What are your top 2015 recommendations? ...]

Dec 7 2015 2:00pm

The Rise and Fall of Reign’s Mary and Francis

They did it. They actually did it. And they broke our hearts in the process. I say process because for better or worse, the drawing out of the death of King Francis and beloved major character on Reign has been lengthy and painful, for his young bride Queen Mary and for shippers everywhere.

From the beginning, Reign set itself apart from history. Lavish costumes, provocative behavior, marked period differences, and bold deviations from true historical fact made a statement that not only was the show unique in its 1500s telling, it was doing historical romance its own way.

[Have you watched? ...]

Nov 23 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Sweetest Scoundrel (November 24, 2015)

Sweetest Scoundrel by Elizabeth Hoyt

Elizabeth Hoyt
Sweetest Scoundrel (Maiden Lane #9)
Forever / November 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital


Prim, proper, and thrifty, Eve Dinwoody is all business when it comes to protecting her brother's investment. But when she agrees to control the purse strings of London's premier pleasure garden, Harte's Folly, she finds herself butting heads with an infuriating scoundrel who can't be controlled.


Bawdy and bold, Asa Makepeace doesn't have time for a penny-pinching prude like Eve. As the garden's larger-than-life owner, he's already dealing with self-centered sopranos and temperamental tenors. He's not about to let an aristocratic woman boss him around . . . no matter how enticing she is.


In spite of her lack of theatrical experience-and her fiery clashes with Asa-Eve is determined to turn Harte's Folly into a smashing success. But the harder she tries to manage the stubborn rake, the harder it is to ignore his seductive charm and raw magnetism. There's no denying the smoldering fire between them-and trying to put it out would be the greatest folly of all . . .

Eve Dinwoody is no ordinary historical romance heroine. She has an unusual last name, is the bastard sister of a Duke, is remarkably plain in all physical aspects, and most prominently, she has a rather memorable, overlong nose. So in her latest Maiden Lane novel, Elizabeth Hoyt has paired her beakish heroine with the last of the Makepeace heroes, Asa, the younger, impulsive and wild brother. He’s a lowly theater manager with a loud personality, and she’s the meek financial overseer for the rebuilding of the grand pleasure gardens, Harte’s Folly. Thrust together, they’re something like vinegar and water but as Eve gains confidence and Asa shows his softer side, they’re once again a Maiden Lane couple brought together by unlikely circumstances to have lasting love.

[A lasting love tale ...]

Nov 3 2015 9:30am

First Look: Lorelei James’s Wrapped and Strapped (November 3, 2015)

Wrapped and Strapped by Lorelei James

Lorelei James
Wrapped and Strapped (Blacktop Cowboys #7)
Signet / November 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

In the new Blacktop Cowboys® Novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Hillbilly Rockstar strange bedfellows find common ground after the lights go down

Flower child, vegetarian and humanitarian Harlow Pratt and gruff and strapping cattle ranch foreman Hugh Pritchett have been taunting each other for years. Hugh thinks she’s nothing but a spoiled rich girl, and he’s had enough of that life with his ex-wife. Harlow thinks Hugh is an ill-mannered trouble-maker who wouldn't know fun if it bit him on his tight denim-clad butt.

When they’re forced together at the Split Rock Ranch and Resort, everything changes. They might be polar opposites, but working out their differences skin to skin, in the dark, seems to help their incompatibility a lot. But when trouble from both their pasts comes calling, Harlow and Hugh have no one else to lean on. Can they trust one another enough to make it through the hard times together… or will their tentative truce fall apart?

Wrapped and Strapped, the latest in western romance queen Lorelei James’ Blacktop Cowboy series, is the perfect do-over. For the one that got away, the relationship that held a spark that couldn’t blaze just yet. This is Hugh and Harlow. She’s the humanitarian hippie with a heart for causes, and he’s the rough tough cowboy tied to the land. Time and again, they butt heads and don’t see eye to eye, and it’s an opposite attracts romance, in a big way. But that’s the great thing about romance, and getting to that middle ground is what it’s all about.

[Love is often found in your opposite ...]

Nov 2 2015 1:45pm

First Look: Samantha Young’s One King’s Way (November 3, 2015)

Samantha Young
One Kings Way (On Dublin Street #6.5)
Intermix / November 3, 2015 / $3.99 digital

The New York Times bestselling author of On Dublin Street returns to the bar where it all began with Braden and Joss for a white-hot new novella full of passion and drama.

When he’s not working at the club, Craig Lanaghan looks out for his mother and little sisters. So when it comes to women, all he wants is a good time. But once Rain Alexander walks into his life, there’s no denying that this woman could be worth much more than a one-night stand….

Rain’s lifelong regret is having left her sister Darcy alone years ago with a guardian who turned out to be abusive. So when Darcy’s boyfriend publicly humiliates her in a cruel way, Rain’s overprotective instincts kick in and she follows him to Club 39—where she meets a guy who just might be her perfect match.

The chemistry between Rain and Craig is explosive, but Rain is out for revenge, and refuses to be sidetracked by flirtation. As things between them heat up, she’ll have to make a heartbreaking choice between giving in to the man of her dreams or putting her sister’s happiness first….

The On Dublin Street series is not only Samantha Young’s signature work, it was one of the hardest good-byes we’ve had to say to the beloved set of characters who came to feel like family when the last novel, Moonlight on Nightingale Way, was published earlier this year. Lucky for us, we didn’t have to. Because with the novella One Kings Way, we get retro On Dublin Street, a shorter but still complex story told in an alternate parallel timeline to the early novels, back to the bar where Joss and Braden fell in love. And with it we happily fall down the rabbit’s hole of bartender player Craig and throwback beauty Rain, the realist and the romantic’s story.

[Aww, just what we needed to say goodbye...]

Oct 26 2015 4:50pm

First Look: Caisey Quinn’s Missing Dixie (October 27, 2015)

Missing Dixie by Caisey Quinn

Caisey Quinn
Missing Dixie (Neon Dreams #3)
William Morrow / October 27, 2015 / $13.99 print, $3.99 digital

Fighting for redemption . . .

I've lived most of my life in darkness, beneath the shadows of secrets and addictions. The last thing I ever wanted to do was hurt the only girl I'd ever loved—the one who brought me into the light. In my entire life I'd made one promise—a promise I'd intended to keep. I've broken that promise and now I have to live with the fallout. Dixie Lark hates me, and I have to tell her that I love her. I also have to tell her a truth that might destroy us forever.

Can she love me, even if she can't forgive me?

Learning to move on . . .

Gavin Garrison broke his promise to my brother and he broke my heart in the process.I may never love anyone the way I've loved him, but at least I won't spend my life wondering “what if.” We had our one night and he walked away. I'm beginning to move on, but my brother's wedding and a battle of the bands are about to throw us together again.

Our band is getting a second chance, but I don't know if I can give him one. How do you hand your heart back to the person who set it on fire once already?

Caisey Quinn’s Neon Dreams trilogy has been magical. It’s one of those series where you have to hold on for the pay-off, but when it comes, like the best things in life, the big lights and big emotion make it all worth it. Dixie and Gavin’s — an up-and-coming New Adult super couple — story began in Leaving Amarillo and in tortured NA fashion, had to wait for brother and best friend Dallas to find his HEA with high school sweetheart Robyn in Loving Dallas before they could come full circle in Missing Dixie. These characters are more than windblown, small-town West Texas musicians hoping to make it; somehow the patchwork family and romance between Dixie and Gavin, Dallas and Robyn are so thoughtfully put together, they get completely under your skin. And if you’ve been holding your breath because it’s been real and messy, you can finally let go.

[Let it go. Let it go...]

Oct 15 2015 8:30am

Best Friend’s Little Sister Takes an Erotic Turn in Eden Bradley’s Dangerously Broken

Dangerously Broken by Eden Bradley

The brother’s best friend/little sister trope takes on hard BDSM kink in Eden Bradley’s long-awaited sequel, Dangerously Broken, where the great thing about the combination of this genre and this trope is the merging of taboos into a heightened awareness of sex, feelings, everything. Summer Grace has always been off-limits for Jamie, not just because of the promise he made her deceased brother but because of where his sexual preferences lie. But when he comes upon Summer playing at his BDSM club, The Bastille, he sees her in a whole new light. And the best thing? He doesn’t torture himself about it; he acts on it.

Desire was not the same as taking action. But who the hell was going to protect her from everything and everyone else at The Bastille if he didn’t do it himself? It was the same damn situation Allie had wrangled Mick into. With his help, he had to admit. But this was different. Wasn’t it? He had a feeling Summer Grace hadn’t done this because of him.

He’d seen the languorous lines of her body under that Domme’s hands. Had seen the way she responded to being hit with the leather paddle. She was right there, her body, her mind, committed to the moment. Oh yeah, she was all in. That wasn’t something anyone could fake. Even if she knew he was into kink — and if Allie had brought her to the club, he was pretty sure she’d known before they’d seen each other tonight — she was obviously there because it was what she wanted.

Summer Grace. With the same dark desires he had himself.

Which could lead her into some dangerous territory.

[This is off limits for work spaces ...]

Oct 4 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Katy Evans’s Ms. Manwhore (October 5, 2015)

Katy Evans
Ms. Manwhore (Manwhore #3)
Gallery / October 5, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Katy Evans returns with a sexy novella, the final installment of the unforgettable love story that began in Manwhore.

What lies ahead for Chicago’s most envied couple, Malcolm Saint and Rachel Livingston?

Sparks flew between them in Manwhore. Separated by deception, they felt the intensity and heat of their attraction turn up in Manwhore +1.

Will Chicago’s wealthiest and most notorious player finally settle down, or will one woman never be enough? Find out in Ms. Manwhore, the ultimate conclusion to their electric, breathtaking story.

This has been the year of Malcolm Saint. He burst on the scene as anything but just another billionaire playboy hero and made us sit up and take notice. Boldly confident, quietly mysterious, potently seductive, he was a god in Manwhore who proved himself human in Manwhore +1, and in the conclusion, Ms. Manwhore, Saint’s not only going monogamous, he’s making it permanent.

[Malcolm is buidling with his lover ...]

Sep 1 2015 8:30am

First Look: Lilah Pace’s Begging for It (September 1, 2015)

Begging For It by Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace
Begging for It (Asking for It #2)
Berkley / September 1, 2015 / $15.00 print, $4.99 digital

The provocative author of Asking for It once again explores the dark side of erotic obsession, and the secrets that make it as dangerous as it is irresistible.

Some secrets should only be shared in the dark.

Jonah and Vivienne’s erotic bond—living out raw scenarios of captivity and force—began as no-strings sex between strangers who shared the same desires. Now the intimacy between them is turning into love, but it’s a love built on fantasies so extreme that exploring them makes guilt inescapable. But the risks they're taking are far more dangerous than they'd imagined.

A stalker is terrorizing the city, and one of Jonah’s ex-lovers names him as a potential suspect to the police. Standing by a man under suspicion could cost Vivienne everything. But when Jonah’s stepfather takes advantage of the scandal to seize control of the Marks family fortune, Vivienne is drawn into her lover’s broken family and twisted past. Only then will she learn how dark the truth really is...

With Asking for It, Lilah Pace packed a punch. It wasn’t just the extreme rape fantasy premise or that the fantasy comes to life. The real shock was that for Jonah and Vivienne, it isn’t just fantasy; it was the embodiment and re-enactment of a very real personal hell for them both. Yet in each other, they finally found what they were missing, a partner who could help unlock that deeper part of themselves. And as they set forth boundaries and limits for their games, their world became a taboo paradise.

[Role playing turns into the perfect romance...]

Aug 31 2015 12:30pm

First Look: Lora Leigh’s Wicked Lies (September 1, 2015)

Wicked Lies by Lora Leigh

Lora Leigh
Wicked Lies (Men of Summer #2)
St. Martin's Press / September 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

From #1 bestselling author Lora Leigh comes Wicked Lies, a sizzling novel of the Men of Summer-their ways and means, and the women they desire...


Jazz Lancing is the stuff of legends. A mountain-bred ex-Navy SEAL with rugged dark looks, a tall muscled frame, and gorgeous blue eyes, he can have any woman he wants in the state of Tennessee. Except Annie Mayes. The beautiful, innocent teacher refuses to fall for Jazz because she's hiding a secret more powerful than her own temptation ...


Jazz knows that Annie isn't who she says she is-that she's lying about her identity, her past, and her motives. But can she be trusted? Little does he know Annie has been craving his kiss for years, dreaming that Jazz would take her in his arms and save her from her demons. But telling Jazz the truth could put both of them in peril. In this deadly game of danger, deceit, and darkness, is desire worth the risk of losing...everything?

Lora Leigh is at her best when she’s writing nail-biting suspense with a group of characters we’ve come to know as close-knit and well-loved, set in the low-country backwoods of the southern midwest. With Wicked Lies she returns to a series whose first book ten years ago still brings fond memories, but has been rebranded with the new Men of Summer series title, and with a launching point all its own. Its Americana at its finest, with homegrown terrorists, big alphas, and the women they’d do anything to possess, Leigh’s bread and butter.

[The more they know, the less they can trust...]

Aug 23 2015 9:00am

First Look: Sharon Page’s Deeper in Sin (August 25, 2015)

Deeper in Sin by Sharon Page

Sharon Page
Deeper in Sin (Wicked Dukes #2)
Kensington / August 25, 2015 / $12.95 print, $9.99 digital

Passion Lost
Memories of a dark past have left the Duke of Caradon disinclined to have any fun. But at the urging of friends, he finds himself attending a Cyprian ball in the hope that some woman will attract his attention. And one certainly does. A stunningly sensual woman who reawakens feelings of carnal desire he thought long lost. . .

Desire Found
Sophie Ashley knows little of the courtesan life except what she's read in a book. A quick learner, Sophie makes her debut at the Cyprian Ball hoping to find a wealthy protector. And when she makes the acquaintance of the reclusive Duke of Caradon, she's most eager to test her talents in the art of erotic seduction. . .

Deeper in Sin tells the story of Sophie, a down-on-her-luck common girl looking for a new start. And she chooses a brazen one: becoming a courtesan. The second book in Sharon Page’s erotic historical Wicked Dukes series is not only a bold seduction between two people seeking redemption or only a dark whodunnit, but rather a primer of insight into the lifestyle of a mistress in Regency England—one where you’ll visit the other side, where courtesan life isn’t at all glamorous; it’s murderous.

[Solve the mystery and don't look back...]

Aug 18 2015 3:30pm

First Look: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake’s Scandal Never Sleeps (August 18, 2015)

Scandal Never Sleeps by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

Shayla Black & Lexi Blake
Scandal Never Sleeps (Perfect Gentlemen #1)
Berkley / August 18, 2015 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

From the New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series . . .

They are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy: privileged, wealthy, powerful friends with a wild side. But a deadly scandal is about to tear down their seemingly ideal lives . . .

Maddox Crawford’s sudden death sends Gabriel Bond reeling. Not only is he burying his best friend, he’s cleaning up Mad’s messes, including his troubled company. Grieving and restless, Gabe escapes his worries in the arms of a beautiful stranger. But his mind-blowing one-night stand is about to come back to haunt him . . .

Mad groomed Everly Parker to be a rising star in the executive world. Now that he’s gone, she’s sure her job will be the next thing she mourns, especially after she ends up accidentally sleeping with her new boss. If only their night together hadn’t been so incendiary—or Gabe like a fantasy come true . . .

As Gabe and Everly struggle to control the heated tension between them, they discover evidence that Mad’s death was no accident. Now they must bank their smoldering passions to hunt down a murderer—because Mad had secrets that someone was willing to kill for, and Gabe or Everly could be the next target . . .

There’s a new sub-genre trending in romance this summer: it’s romantic suspense for the elite. First The Bourbon Kings, now with Shayla Black and Lexi Blake’s Scandal Never Sleeps, we’re plunged into privileged worlds few would ever be privy to. An ensemble of heroes lies at the heart of the Perfect Gentlemen series, and each of the six Creighton Academy players have major screen time: two billionaire helms of mega corporations, a CIA agent, a Navy officer, a lawyer-turned-Chief of Staff, and the freakin’ United States President. It’s the billionaire playboy trope for the political set.

[Leave the politics out of the bedroom... ]

Aug 17 2015 1:00pm

The Forbidden in Romance: Stepbrothers, Priests, and More from Stein, Leigh, and Pearce

Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh

Some of the most talked-about and even most-loved books in romance are those that fall on the more extreme ends of the spectrum. Romance lovers feel strongly about our fantasies, what appeals to each of us individually for whatever reason—experience, background, circumstance. Forbidden love is personal, often subjective, frequently polarizing. But these books start the dialogue, sometimes they start the trends. The best thing about Forbidden Romance is how there’s a little bit of everything for everyone. Whatever your trigger, whatever your fantasy, these are the books and their writers who are stretching the limits, pushing the boundaries, and opening minds. We love a guaranteed sweet, or hot, standard romance, but forbidden romance makes our hearts pound. Whether it’s stepsiblings, rape fantasy, physically impossible sex, incestuous-erotic, priest love, or a hundred others, the good news is if you’ve got a fantasy, you can probably explore it on the page.

Stepsibling romance has become all the rage in publishing, but Lora Leigh started it all way ahead of the trend with the first in her series of the same name, Nauti Boy. Army guy Rowdy returns home from service to the stepsister he’s loved for years and fought attraction to by going halfway around the world. But Kelly’s awakened to it too now, Rowdy’s resolve has waned, and Lora Leigh’s dirty talk is at a perfect all-time high once Kelly and Rowdy get started. It’s virgin heroine, getting it on under your parents’ roof, pure unadulterated fantasy. This is what made me love the stepsibling trope as my own personal forbidden trigger.

[Forbidden doesn't mean off limits...]

Jul 28 2015 8:30am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Bourbon Kings (July 28, 2015)

The Bourbon Kings by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward
The Bourbon Kings (Bourbon Kings #1)
Penguin / July 28, 2015 / $27.99 print, $13.99 digital

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Black Dagger Brotherhood delivers the first novel in an enthralling new series set amid the shifting dynamics of a Southern family defined by wealth and privilege—and compromised by secrets, deceit, and scandal....

For generations, the Bradford family has worn the mantle of kings of the bourbon capital of the world. Their sustained wealth has afforded them prestige and privilege—as well as a hard-won division of class on their sprawling estate, Easterly. Upstairs, a dynasty that by all appearances plays by the rules of good fortune and good taste. Downstairs, the staff who work tirelessly to maintain the impeccable Bradford facade. And never the twain shall meet.

For Lizzie King, Easterly’s head gardener, crossing that divide nearly ruined her life. Falling in love with Tulane, the prodigal son of the bourbon dynasty, was nothing that she intended or wanted—and their bitter breakup only served to prove her instincts were right. Now, after two years of staying away, Tulane is finally coming home again, and he is bringing the past with him. No one will be left unmarked: not Tulane’s beautiful and ruthless wife; not his older brother, whose bitterness and bad blood know no bounds; and especially not the ironfisted Bradford patriarch, a man with few morals, fewer scruples, and many, many terrible secrets.

As family tensions—professional and intimately private—ignite, Easterly and all its inhabitants are thrown into the grips of an irrevocable transformation, and only the cunning will survive.

When it comes to romance, we’re used to a pretty specific formula. At least general guidelines, an idea of what to expect. With J.R. Ward’s long-awaited, contemporary Southern saga, The Bourbon Kings, there are no expectations. It’s splashy, it’s extravagant, it’s jaw-dropping. It’s a world with characters we want to follow through, imperfect people whose lives are messes, who are at the brink of massive change, rampant scandal, and complete collapse. Ward takes risks from start to finish, and the result is new romance, told as an ensemble, a quick-paced cross between violent suspense masked under proper manners and bold romance with big emotion, within a multi-POV structure and the intrigue of modern class relations. Bourbon is both the livelihood and the drug of choice. 

[3 couples looking for more than HEA or less...]

Jul 27 2015 11:00am

First Look: Sophie Jordan’s All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (July 28, 2015)

All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue by Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan                  
All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (The Debutante Files #2)     
Avon / July 28, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

First friends, then enemies . . .

Lady Aurelia hasn't always hated Max, Viscount Camden, her brother's best friend. In fact, as a besotted girl, she thrived under his kind attention— sure that he was the most noble and handsome man in the land. Until her young heart discovered what manner of rogue he really was. Now, though she enjoys nothing more than getting on his last nerve, she can't deny Max drives her to distraction— even if she tries to pretend otherwise.

Now something more...

Max cannot recall a time when Aurelia did not vex him. If she was not his friend's sister, he would stay far away from the infuriating vixen. Unfortunately, they are always thrown together. At parties and family gatherings...she is always there. Mocking him, tossing punch in his face, driving him mad...until one night, she goes too far and he retaliates in the only way he can: with a kiss that changes everything.

Sophie Jordan’s new historical series is something different, a new dimension for the author who’s well-versed in historical and expanded to Young Adult, Paranormal, and New Adult. In this case, her foray into New Adult has added heat and depth to her latest Debutante Files book: it’s bolder, sexier, and riskier, and all the better for it. The first book, The Good Debutantes Guide to Ruin, is an historical stebsibling story, Christmas novella An Heiress for All Seasons harkens back to classic romance sagas with big emotion and big reward, and this second entry, All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue, is a spicy enemies-to-lovers tale where the fighting is foreplay, the brassy heroine gives as good as she gets, and the journey to giving in is as good as the destination.

[Heat up your TBR list...]

Jul 13 2015 3:30pm

First Look: Lorelei James’s Caged (July 14, 2015)

Caged by Lorelei James

Lorelei James
Caged (Mastered #4)
NAL / July 14, 2015 / $14.99 print, $9.99 digital

In the searing fourth novel in the Mastered Series, following Unraveled, only one woman can set a hardened fighter free from his past.…

In order to survive a life of tragedy, Deacon McConnell embraced his roughest edges and learned to fight on the streets. Then a life-changing jujitsu seminar led by Sensei Ronin Black led Deacon to become a professional fighter. With his muscular physique and his body covered in tattoos and scars, the MMA fighter defines mean, both on and off the mat.

But everything changes when innocent Molly Calloway signs up for his kickboxing class. Molly is Deacon’s opposite in every way: She’s kind, sweet, thoughtful, and educated. After a heated argument between them turns into a passionate encounter, Deacon realizes Molly is eager to experience more, and she looks to him to take her to the darker edge of lust....

The last thing either of them expects is how deeply their lives will be thrown upside down by the passion they find together.

Lorelei James can set up all the parts of a love story like nobody’s business. Her BDSM Mastered series has hit full stride with Caged, as couples we’ll long to see come into stories of their own are being moved into place, and we’re really getting attached to the characters that make up the Denver Black Arts dojo. For Molly and Deacon, she’s a bit prim, he’s a bit mean, but theirs is an inexplicable chemistry through three books’ and two years’ timeline worth of foreplay. This was worth waiting for. 

[Another great BDSM erotica from the Mastered series...]