<i>Nailed It</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Nailed It: Exclusive Excerpt Cindi Madsen "It's much easier to fix up a house than a broken heart..." <i>The Right Kind of Rogue</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Right Kind of Rogue: Exclusive Excerpt Valerie Bowman "A surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark..." <i>The Scandalous Flirt</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Scandalous Flirt: Exclusive Excerpt Olivia Drake "Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along..." <i>Trust In Me</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Trust In Me: Exclusive Excerpt Jessica Linden "She’ll need to trust Marco to protect her…"
From The Blog
October 19, 2017
Set Sail with Danelle Harmon’s Heir to the Sea
Wendy the Super Librarian
October 19, 2017
How to Review Romance for the Inexperienced (and Indifferent) Critic
Robin Lovett
October 18, 2017
Life Is a Cosmic Cabaret
Veronica Scott Author
October 18, 2017
Hit the Road in Ruthie Knox's Completely
Janet Webb
October 18, 2017
8 Spooky Historical Houses for Your Halloween
Jessica Avery
Thu
Oct 19 2017 4:30pm

They’re Sexy and They’re Wicked: Romance News & Deals from Sara Humphreys, Deborah Simmons, and More

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Tall, Dark, and Vampire by Sara Humphreys

Deal Alert: Sara Humphreys's paranormal romance Tall, Dark, and Vampire is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* The first book in Humphreys's Dead in the City series introduces us to a paranormal world within the confines of New York City. Detective Doug Paxton is on the hunt for a killer. When his investigation leads him to the doorstep of Olivia Hollingsworth's club, he knows something is off, but he can't deny the pull he feels towards her. 

Deal Alert: Deborah Simmons's historical romance The Devil's Lady is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Don't miss this Medieval play on the Beauty and the Beast trope. Aisley de Laci is commanded by the king to marry one of his knights, but instead chooses the Baron Montmorency, a recluse rumored to possess mystical powers. When she starts to develop feelings for the man whose face she's never seen, she starts to believe there's something to the rumors about his powers. Don't miss out on more Unusual Historicals!

Deal Alert: Linda Wisdom's paranormal romance Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend is $.99 at iBooksAmazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Maggie is a witch who works as a paranormal law enforcement officer and gets a new assignment that taxes her considerable patience. In order to survive, she's going to have to call on Declan, the half-demon man who makes her hotter than hot. Treat yourself to even more laugh-out-loud paranormal romances!

[+A Dance With Me playlist, The Punisher trailer, and more...]

Thu
Oct 19 2017 2:00pm

Set Sail with Danelle Harmon’s Heir to the Sea

Heir to the Sea by Danelle Harmon

Oh, what a glorious time we romance readers live in! When self-publishing is viable and authors have options on how they wish to deliver their stories to readers. This seventh book in Danelle Harmon’s Heroes of the Sea series is a perfect example. It is one part throwback and one part rule breaker, making it less than ideal to land in New York, but more than comfortable in the wild, wild west of self-publishing.

Captain Kieran Merrick is the youngest son of a past series romance couple, Brendan, and Mira from Captain of My Heart, and is grappling with the untimely death of his parents. That would be Rule Breaker #1. Kieran was the good son. The child that never gave his parents any grief. Not like his sister Maeve or his brother Connor. Speaking of Connor, Kieran has baggage with him that he’s not anxious to confront, namely the fact that he blames Connor’s impulsiveness for the death of his parents.  That would be Rule Breaker #2.

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Thu
Oct 19 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Christine Warren’s Hard Breaker (October 31, 2017)

 Hard Breaker by Christine Warren

Christine Warren
Hard Breaker (Gargoyles #6)
St. Martin's Press / October 31, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

Christine Warren takes opposites attract to new levels in Hard Breaker, the 6th in her Gargoyles series. American Ivy Beckett has the gift of Clairaudience: “She can hear voices, feel events, and receive messages from great distances.” Sounds great, right? A “radio receiver inside her head” that allows her to tune into whatever, whenever. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works.

Ivy never got to choose what she could hear. It only came to her at the moments she least wanted to hear, moments filled with anger or fear or soul-wrenching grief. It had to be powered by emotion, and somehow the most powerful emotions always seemed to be the most painful ones.

Clairaudial empathy, someone had suggested as a label. Ivy just called it her curse.

One night, in the “choking grip of sleep,” Ivy’s “subconscious recognized the fear in her cousin’s voice, the urgency in her uncle’s.” She listens, powerless, as they are murdered by the “servants of the Darkness.” Heartbroken, angry, confused, and at the mercy of her garbled gift of Clairaudience, Ivy moves across the pond to Croydon, South London: “Situational awareness had become a hard-earned skill of hers since she’d gotten involved in her little side business here in London.” Her side business is running an underground railroad of sorts—shepherding Wardens from England to safety in Paris. Slow down—Wardens? Are we in Harry Potter territory, magic all around us Muggles but we can’t see it? That’s not far from the truth.

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Thu
Oct 19 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Cindi Madsen Excerpt: Nailed It

Cindi Madsen

Nailed It by Cindi Madsen

I'm Ivy Clarke. Bartender, best friend, and disbeliever in love.And now I'm in over my head, trying to flip a house all by myself. Thanks, HGTV.

I'm not too proud to admit I need some help. Too bad the only one who can help me is the same man I want to throw out this house's second-story window.

Jackson Gamble and I can't be in the same room together for more than a minute without devolving into a sparring match.

Except for that one time...

But enough about that. Jackson's looking for forever, and I don't believe in love, remember?

Get in. Renovate. Get out. Keep my heart firmly in tact. Because it's much easier to fix up a house than a broken heart.

Get a sneak peek at Cindi Madsen's Nailed It (available October 23, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Jackson sighed and rubbed a hand along his jaw as he took another glance at the mess that was the kitchen. Then he turned back to me. “There’s no reason for you to use up every penny you have, and you definitely have enough stubbornness to spare, but maybe hold it back for one little minute while I suggest something…”

I opened my mouth, and he arched an eyebrow, like he was challenging me to make it that one little minute. “Fine. You’ve got one minute.”

[Read the full Nailed It excerpt...]

Thu
Oct 19 2017 9:30am

A How-to Guide for Reviewing Romance for the Inexperienced (and Indifferent) Critic

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6 Aspects of Romance You Should Definitely Bring Up When You Review the Genre

Being a critic isn’t an easy job. Especially when it comes to reviewing romance.

It’s such a complex genre with all those predictable endings that are so feel-good. I mean, what’s to critique in that? And all that intricate conflict, carefully crafted plot development, and detailed characterization can be very overwhelming to the inexperienced critic.

I’m here to help you.

What’s that? Oh, you’re actually very experienced and well-read individual? I see, just not with romance. Forgive me for assuming you’re a beginner given the inaccuracies that slip in an occasional (or every) sentence of your review.

I suppose it is forgivable since romance is out of the norm of what a book critic, like yourself, usually reads. When serious things like death, violence, introspection, and assault are your standard, knowing what to do with something so touchy-feely as romance is very challenging.

Here’s a best practices guide to give you a little assistance on reviewing the new-to-you genre you just started reading last week and you’re now a self-proclaimed avid fan of.

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Thu
Oct 19 2017 8:24am

Have You Ever Thought Something In Real Life Would Make a Good Romance Novel?

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Still other times, real life is even sweeter. We've all had meet-cutes in life that would make great set ups for romance novels. Have you ever witnessed, experienced, or heard a story about something and thought “that would make a good romance novel”? Or after the fact, think, “if this were a romance novel it would end like this...”? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

 

 

Wed
Oct 18 2017 4:40pm

Dream Lovers: Romance News & Deals from Susan Mallery, Ruby Lang, and More

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Dream Wedding by Susan Mallery

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's contemporary romance Dream Wedding is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Get two wedding stories in one! In Dream Bride, Chloe Wright doesn't believe in the family legend or in the fate of finding “the one” until Arizona Smith walks into her life. And in Dream Groom, Cassie Wright believes the fantasy of getting swept off her feet by her boss, Ryan Crawford, will remain just that, but Ryan's out to prove her wrong. Sometimes weddings go right (and so wrong) in romance.

Fill your e-reader up to the brim and sign up for our daily deals newsletter, Afternoon Tea. 

Deal Alert: Ruby Lang's contemporary romance Practice Perfect is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Three couples find the perfect prescription for romance in this compilation of Lang's medical romance series. Read excerpts from Hard Knocks, as well as Acute Reactions. And find out why Miss Bates called Clean Breaks “strong and funny, sexy and vulnerable,” and recommended it as her top read for September.

[+Viking YA novel & Hallmark movies turned into romance novels]

Wed
Oct 18 2017 4:00pm

A Typo Leads to Forever for Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Jake and Amy


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This post contains spoilers for Brooklyn Nine-Nine's “HalloVeen” episode. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine does holiday episodes better than any show on TV, and I fully believe it's because they set it up to be a heist episode as well as, my personal favorite, a bottle episode. 

What made “HalloVeen” even more special, however, is that great twisty turn of the unexpected between Jake and Amy.

Warning: this is your last chance to leave before you get spoiled for the episode....

[Seriously...]

Wed
Oct 18 2017 3:00pm

Life Is a Cosmic Cabaret

Cosmic Cabaret, a Sci-Fi Romance Anthology

Cosmic Cabaret is an exciting new sci-fi romance anthology, newly released in October, with thirteen SFR stories by different authors, all set on the LS Quantum, a luxury spaceliner where pretty much anything in the way of love and adventure can happen.

Opening this set of enticing reads, I decided to sample a few of the stories for you and share my thoughts—no spoilers though.

First up I read Starlight by Kerry Adrienne, where the action takes place on the less desirable decks of the big ship. Apparently even in space, there are better neighborhoods and then the low rent district. Hero astronomer Dr. Andrew Mann is the ultimate nerd and introvert but he’s had to come on this cruise to give a paper and further his academic career. Dancer/bartender Stella is a refugee from an alien planet that was destroyed, now indentured to a lowlife thug who owns the bar concession in this part of the ship and has other rackets going as well. Stella has some not-so-hidden powers that draw Andrew like a moth to a flame.

Adrienne paints the scenes vividly and the descriptions of Stella’s dancing alone make the story worth reading–amazing passages using all the senses to draw the reader into the moment. Andrew isn’t happy to be forced by his boss to attend the conference icebreaker in a seedy bar. “The only voyeurism he wanted to be known for was staring at a star through a telescope.” Until he sees Stella, who “…resembled the fairies from his favorite childhood book.”

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Wed
Oct 18 2017 2:00pm

Hit the Road in Ruthie Knox’s Completely

Completely by Ruthie Knox

A favorite romantic trope is a road-trip relationship. Completely is no ordinary road-trip: Englishwoman Rosemary Chamberlin is “something of a celebrity mountain-climber.” A deadly avalanche destroys her hopes of summiting: in the midst of the turmoil, her guide, New Yorker Kal Beckett, rains down questions on her. He’s her guide, but she thinks of him as “Doctor Doom.”

His arm tightened, drew her close, pushed the wool of his knit cap into her forehead, hard. She felt his breath against her face. “You’re okay.”

She wasn’t.

“Everything’s okay.”

It wasn’t.

“It will be.”

Kal’s certainty is hard-won.  He’s part of an illustrious climbing family—his famous mountain-climber mother has a scandalous past—and he’s philosophical about climbers in general. He’s had a lot of time to think.

He fetched a lot of cups of tea. Pitched a lot of tents. Carried newspapers, started fires, watched climbers, and figured out that exactly two kinds of people showed up to scale the tallest mountain in the world: the megalomaniacs, who were obsessed with their own power, and the walking wounded, who wanted the mountain to heal them.

Kal was neither. He’d never climbed to the summit of Everest. He’d never wanted to.

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Wed
Oct 18 2017 12:07pm
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Valerie Bowman Excerpt: The Right Kind of Rogue

The Right Kind of Rogue by Valerie Bowman

Can two star-crossed lovers come together—until death do they part?

Viscount Hart Highgate has decided to put his rakish ways behind him and finally get married. He may adore a good brandy or a high-speed carriage race, but he takes his duties as heir to the earldom seriously. Now all he has to do is find the right kind of woman to be his bride—ideally, one who’s also well-connected and well-funded. . .

Meg Timmons has loved Hart, the brother of her best friend, ever since she was an awkward, blushing schoolgirl. If only she had a large dowry—or anything to her name at all. Instead, she’s from a family that’s been locked in a bitter feud with Hart’s for years. And now she’s approaching her third London season, Meg’s chances with him are slim to none. Unless a surprise encounter on a deep, dark night could be enough to spark a rebellious romance. . .for all time?

Get a sneak peek at Valerie Bowman's The Right Kind of Rogue (available October 31, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

CHAPTER TWO

“How in Hades’s name can you drink at this hour of the morning, Highgate?”

Hart tossed back his brandy, swallowed, and laughed at his brother-in-law’s words. The two sat across from each other at Brooks’s gentlemen’s club. It was decidedly before noon. The only reason Hart was up at this hour was because he’d promised to meet Lord Christian Berkeley. His brother-in-law rarely asked for favors and Hart suspected this meeting was his sister Sarah’s doing, but he would humor the viscount just the same.

“Berkeley, old chap, you don’t know the half of it.” Hart clapped the viscount on the back. “Helps with the devil of a head left over from last night, don’t ya know?”

Berkeley lifted his teacup to his lips. “No. I don’t. But I’ll take your word for it.”

That reply only made Hart laugh harder, which made his head hurt more. Hart liked his brother-in-law a great deal, but the man was decidedly humdrum when it came to amusements. Berkeley rarely drank, rarely smoked, and preferred to spend his time at his estate in the north of England or his hunting lodge in Scotland. Berkeley enjoyed quiet pursuits like reading or carving things out of wood much more than the amusements London had to offer. But Viscount Berkeley was a good man and one who clearly adored Hart’s sister, and that was what mattered.

[Read the full The Right Kind of Rogue excerpt...]

Wed
Oct 18 2017 9:30am

Enter if You Dare: 8 Spooky Historical Houses for Your Halloween

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It’s that ghostly time of year again, bats and ghouls!

The air is crisp (at least up here in New England), the days are shorter, and everything is just a little spookier. Even my romance reads. This is the time of year when I get a craving for haunted houses; big, crumbling, rambling piles in bleak, isolated locations that are probably haunted by someone’s dead (or crazy) (or both) wife. Wives in the attic, ghosts on the stair—there’s just nothing that can compete with a haunted house when it comes to kicking off the Halloween season.

The romance version of the “Super Spooky Gothic House” (that’s a very official academic term as you can tell) is rather recognizable once you’ve encountered it for the first time. It’s most often found in those novels that are, while still part of the romance genre, drawn more from the Gothic novel than the domestic novel of manners. And one of the motifs of the Gothic novel that pseudo-Gothic romance novels pick up on frequently is The House. As with many Gothic novels, pseudo-Gothic romances often feature a hugely significant house, much like the rambling piles referenced above. I say “hugely significant” as, in the pseudo-Gothic romance as in the Gothic novel, the house is almost a character in and of itself.

[It's spooky!...]

Wed
Oct 18 2017 8:24am

Broadway Love Story Comes to Big Screen in Hello Again Trailer

If you love Broadway, then you might be familiar with Hello Again. While I'm not the biggest theater buff I was immediately intrigued by this trailer—a musical spanning decades in New York and highlights all the different love stories this city has witnessed? Sign me up! 

What about you? Are you intrigued by Hello Again? What do you think of the trailer? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Tue
Oct 17 2017 4:30pm

Fire & Fangs: Romance News & Deals from Joanna Wylde, Robin Covington, and More

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Reaper's Fire by Joanna Wylde

Deal Alert: Joanna Wylde's contemporary romance Reaper's Fire is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Gage Cooper, manager for the Reaper's MC, is on a mission to infiltrate a rogue motorcycle club and in order to do it, he needs a believable cover. Luckily he sees a help-wanted ad for a handyman at a tea and antique shop. Gage expects “a blue-haired dame pushing eighty,” but when he comes face-to-face with Tinker Garrett, he's in for more than he bargained.

Deal Alert: Heather Long's paranormal romance When Danger Bites is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Marine Captain Jax Raymond runs a special forces recon unit with a secret—they're wolf shifters. Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is the first woman assigned to their unit and is determined to find out their secret, but every time she and Jax get near one another, they have other aims in mind... Don't just stop at wolf shifters!

Deal Alert: Robin Covington's paranormal romance Sex and the Single Vamp is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Vampire Cici Trent runs a dating agency for humans and supernatural beings. When someone tries to sabotage her business, she turns to the one person who can help her, who happens to be the one man who broke her heart two hundred and fifty years ago. Vampire Deacon's been patiently waiting for Cici, and now that she's back in his life, he's determined never to let her go again. Do you still love vampire romances?

[+Today on H&H]

Tue
Oct 17 2017 2:00pm

Black Panther’s T’Challa and Nakia Are Destined to Fall in Love and Kick Ass

Black Panther's T'Challa and Nakia

I've been excited about Black Panther's standalone movie since T'Challa showed up in Captain America: Civil War. But my current fervor for the movie is unmatched due to the shipping possibilities—yes! the shipping possibilities, you know me—of T'Challa, and Lupita Nygon'o's character, Nakia. 

I'm just here for the romance, y'all. I am who I am.

With the new, full-length EPIC trailer dropping yesterday, I'm even more on board with the potential of T'Challa and Nakia's relationship in the upcoming film. 

I don't know much about Lupita's character, Nakia (at least according to IMDB), but I do know one thing—that photo above could possibly make you catch on fire. What's better than watching two deeply beautiful people fall in love while simultaneously kicking ass?

Not much, friends, not much. 

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Tue
Oct 17 2017 12:45pm

Nora Roberts Announces Standalone Suspense Novel Shelter in Place!

Shelter in Place by Nora RobertsNeed a little pick-me-up? You're in luck, because Nora Roberts has revealed the title and cover for her next standalone novel, coming May 2018: Shelter in Place!

We don't know much about the plot yet, but here's the spine-tingling official teaser:

Sometimes, there is nowhere safe to hide.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—a powerful tale of heart, heroism . . . and propulsive suspense.

Ummm, don't know about you, but we're already feeling the suspense of this one!

 

Watch the full announcement video now:

We'll update this post with more news about Shelter in Place as we get it, but until then, don't miss our reveal of the prophecy from Year One (which publishes on December 5) or our picks for the Top 10 Nora Roberts novels (so far).

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts, available May 29, 2018:

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Tue
Oct 17 2017 12:09pm
Excerpt

Olivia Drake Excerpt: The Scandalous Flirt

Olivia Drake

The Scandalous Flirt by Olivia Drake

Scandal begins with just one kiss. . .

Aurora Paxton was once the belle of the ball, the most sought-after debutante of the season—until a scandalous mistake ruined her.Shunned by her family, Rory was banished to the country to live in disgrace. Now she’s been summoned back to London by her stepmother, who is being blackmailed by the least likely person Rory can imagine: Lucas Vale, Marquess of Dashell.

Lucas is someone Rory’s known for years—a man as devastatingly handsome as he is coldly disapproving of her. What in the world could he want from her or her family? Rory intends to find out as soon as she comes face to face with her old foe. What she never expects, however, is that the icy aristocrat has a soft spot for her—and a secret plan to redeem her status. Could it be that Lucas has been in love with Rory all along. . .and has finally found a way to win her heart?

Get a sneak peek at Olivia Drake's The Scandalous Flirt (available October 31, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

The merest breath of scandal can ruin a lady.

—MISS CELLANY

If Lady Milford hadn’t received a last-minute invitation to dine with a member of the royal family, she might never have gone to the bank so late in the day. And she would never have found the next young lady who deserved to wear the enchanted slippers.

As she entered the bank, Clarissa shivered from a blast of chilly April wind. Heavy clouds darkened the skies and hastened the onset of dusk. It would be a good night to remain at home in front of a fire. But she was not yet so ancient as to huddle in a rocking chair with a rug over her knees. Besides, one did not ignore a summons to St. James’s Palace. Nor did one wear ordinary jewels like those she kept in a strongbox at home. This grand occasion called for her most prized tiara.

[Read the full The Scandalous Flirt excerpt...]

Tue
Oct 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Kimberly Kincaid’s In Too Deep (October 17, 2017)

In Too Deep by Kimberly Kincaid

Kimberly Kincaid
In Too Deep (Station Seventeen #3)
Kimberly Kincaid / October 17,
2017 / $4.99

Romantic Suspense is a hard genre to write and to read at times. There are factors that every single one gets judged upon:

  1. Romance to suspense/mystery ratio. How much time does the author spend on the romance? How much time is spent developing the suspense/ mystery? Many times, a reader will encounter an instalove situation, and while that can be enjoyable, some readers feel that it’s just not realistic.  For me, an enjoyable romantic suspense book must have a well- developed conflict and bad guy. Otherwise, it isn’t as enjoyable.

    2. The female main character.  A strong heroine is not only desired in a compelling romantic suspense novel but absolutely necessary. However, often the heroine is labeled the damsel in distress or oft nicknamed TSTL (Too Stupid To Live). We all have read those characters, they hear a noise in the garage, go check it out, and OMG…she gets kidnapped! Once said DID (Damsel in Distress) is taken or finds herself in some kind of trouble she breaks down, cries a lot, makes very little or no effort to get herself out of the situation. In a nutshell, she waits for the hero to ride in on his white horse and rescue her. 

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Tue
Oct 17 2017 8:01am

How Do Your Top Tropes Compare to the Industry’s Top Tropes?

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According to RWA, the top ten romance tropes are as follows: 

  1. friends to lovers
  2. soul mate/fate
  3. second chance at love  
  4. secret romance
  5. first love
  6. strong hero/heroine
  7. reunited lovers
  8. love triangle
  9. sexy billionaire/millionaire
  10. sassy heroine

While we don't consider some of these actually tropes, the list does include some of our favorite... and least favorite... tropes of the genre. 

How would your top ten tropes differ from this list? Would you simply re-order this list or would you swap out these tropes? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Mon
Oct 16 2017 4:30pm

Don’t Believe Me Just Watch: Romance News & Deals from Suzanne Brockmann, Mira Lyn Kelly, and More

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Night Watch by Suzanne Brockmann

Deal Alert: Suzanne Brockmann's romantic suspense novel Night Watch is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Navy SEAL Wes Skelly reluctantly agrees to get set up on a date with Brittany Evans, the sister-in-law of a fellow SEAL. When their date puts her in danger, he knows the only way he can keep her safe is to keep her close to him... Need more SEALs in your life? Check out our ranking of Brockmann's Troubleshooters series.

Deal Alert: Cynthia Cooke's paranormal romance All Bets Are On is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Derek Wescott, ruler of the Eighth Level of Hell has been set up by his minions on an online date with sweet, unsuspecting Jaclyn Reynolds. Jaclyn, however, is in a bind and in danger of losing everything. Luckily, a deal with the Prince of Hell might just help her out... We love paranormal with a healthy dose of humor.

Deal Alert: Mira Lyn Kelly's new adult romance Touch & Go is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Ava Meyers has been in love with her best friend Sam Farrow for as long as she can remember, but she's never admitted it. When Sam pretends to be Ava's boyfriend for a night in order to stave off unwanted attention, the sexual tension between them is too hot to ignore. What are your favorite friends-to-lovers “light bulb” moments?

[+Black Panther trailer, Australian firefighters w/cuddly animals, and more]