<i>Love Another Day</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Love Another Day: Exclusive Excerpt Lexi Blake "It might be her own personal demons that could destroy them both." Romance's Most Likely: Nominate Your Fictional Faves! Romance's Most Likely: Nominate Your Fictional Faves! Team H & H Like senior-class superlatives--but with romance novels! <i>A Royal Mistake</i>: Exclusive Excerpt A Royal Mistake: Exclusive Excerpt Elizabeth Davis "She’s wild and exciting and thrives on the unexpected." <i>The Summer That Made Us</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Summer That Made Us: Exclusive Excerpt Robyn Carr "One woman is determined to draw her family together again..."
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August 16, 2017
Romance's Most Likely: Nominate Your Fictional Faves!
Team H & H
August 14, 2017
34 Romance Authors Nominate the Best Reads of 2017... So Far
Team H & H
August 13, 2017
Why Romance Readers Might Be Interested in Zoe
Heather Massey
August 12, 2017
ICYMI: Tessa Dare Excerpt, Kerrelyn Sparks Review, Reader Seeks, and more!
Team H & H
August 11, 2017
Until the Sun Sets' Friends-to-Fake-Lovers Makes for the Perfect Summer Read
Janet Webb
Mon
May 22 2017 11:05am

Victoria Season 2 Premiere Dates Announced!

Victoria, Albert, and the prince of WalesEditor's note: Welcome to our headquarters for news on Victoria Season 2! We're updating this page every time we get more information, so expect to see the newest details at the top.


Victoria Series 2 will premiere on August 27 on ITV in the UK! Yes, as in, only 11 days from now! The official Victoria Twitter account, @VictoriaSeries, dropped the announcement today in the form of a charming video with the cast. Watch the stars promise “lavish, insightful drama” with some “will they, won't they” thrown into the mix:

When will Victoria Season 2 air in the U.S., you ask? January 14, 2018, is when the season premiere is scheduled for PBS. Yes, that means American fans have a much longer wait, but we have a feeling it'll be worth it.

So, are you as excited as we are at the prospect of more Victoria/Albert (aka Vicbert)? Stay tuned for romance-focused episode recaps as the show's second season airs first in the U.K. and then in the U.S.

[Plus, see photos from the new season...]

Wed
Aug 16 2017 4:30pm

The Bigger They Are: Romance News & Deals from Jill Shalvis, Karen Ranney, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Harder They Fall by Jill Shalvis

Deal Alert: Jill Shalvis' contemporary romance The Harder They Fall is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Doctor Hunter Adams' calm, steady, predictable life is thrown into chaos by magnet-for-disaster Trisha Malloy. Trish destroys all of Hunter's best-laid plans and sparks a desire that can't be denied. Sometimes disastrous first meetings can lead to the best happily-ever-afters.

Deal Alert: Karen Ranney's Victorian-set historical romance The English Duke is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Martha York has been fascinated by a man she's never met—Jordan, the Duke of Roth—who happens to be her inventor father's protégé. When Martha travels to Jordan's estate to carry out her father's final wishes, she gets wrapped up in his mind and his allure. Looking for more non-Regency historicals? Check out this month's Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Andrea Laurence's contemporary romance Stirring Up Trouble is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Bakery owner Maddie has everything she wants out of life, except she's strapped with one unbearably noisy, sexy neighbor, Emmett, who it seems lives to aggravate her. When their contentious rivalry lands them before a local judge, they're sentenced to several weeks of community service. As they're forced into close proximity with one another, they can't deny their growing attraction. 

Deal Alert: Jessica Lemmon's contemporary romance Eye Candy is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* In this friends-to-lovers story, Vince and Jacqueline have supported one another through the end of their previous relationships and neither of them is in the market for something serious—until they share an epic kiss.

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Wed
Aug 16 2017 2:31pm
Excerpt

Lexi Blake Excerpt: Love Another Day

Lexi Blake

A man born to protect

After a major loss, Brody Carter found a home with the London office of McKay-Taggart. A former soldier, he believes his job is to take the bullets and follow orders. He's happy to take on the job of protecting Dr. Stephanie Gibson while the team uses her clinic in Sierra Leone to bring down an international criminal. What he never expected was that the young doctor would prove to be the woman of his dreams. She's beautiful, smart, and reckless. Over and over he watches her risk her life to save others. One night of pure passion leads him to realize that he can't risk his heart again. When the mission ends, Brody walks away, unwilling to lose another person he loves.

A woman driven to heal

Stephanie's tragic past taught her to live for today. Everything she's done in the last fifteen years has been to make up for her mistakes. Offering medical care in war-torn regions gives her the purpose she needs to carry on. When she meets her gorgeous Aussie protector, she knows she's in too deep, but nothing can stop her from falling head over heels in love. But after one amazing night together, Brody walks away and never looks back. Stephanie is left behind...but not alone.

A secret that will change both their lives

A year later, Stephanie runs afoul of an evil mercenary who vows to kill her for failing to save his son. She runs to the only people she trusts, Liam and Avery O'Donnell. She hasn't come alone and her secret will bring her former lover across the world to protect her. From Liberia to Dallas, Brody will do whatever it takes to protect Stephanie from the man who wants to kill her, but it might be her own personal demons that could destroy them both.

Get a sneak peek at Lexi Blake's Love Another Day (available August 22, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Nate,” she said, but it came out as a whisper, her voice hoarse as though she’d been screaming and couldn’t do it anymore.

“He’s fine. He’s all right.”

[Read the full Love Another Day excerpt...]

Wed
Aug 16 2017 1:50pm

Romance’s Most Likely 2017: Nominate Your Fictional Favorites!

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School may be (nearly) back in session for the kiddies, but master classes in romance are held year-round. Which is why we've decided it's high time to spotlight some of the past year's best and brightest romance characters through superlative awards decided by you! Nominations are now open for Romance's Most Likely, and we can't wait to hear who's top of the class for you!

So how will this all work? Like with any superlative contest, it's time to nominate your favorites. There are only two rules:

1) The character, couple, or group nominated must have been featured in a book between September 1, 2016 and August 31, 2017.

2) Only one choice per category—and don't forget to include the Author and Title the characters were featured in so we know exactly who you're talking about!

Look over the categories below and for each title make your choice. Nominations will be open from August 16-August 23, so get campaigning today and make sure your favorite characters get the opportunity to fight for their title! Romance's Most Likely voting will start on August 30, with winners revealed on September 13 in the H&H weekly newsletter. Since newsletter subscribers will be the first to learn the results, make sure you're on the list now!

Let the nominations begin!


Best First Kiss (couple)

 

The Characters Who Most Need to Make Out Already—But Haven’t Yet (couple)

 

Best Ensemble (e.g. Dumbledore's Army)

 

Most Likely to Charm Your Pants Off

 

Best Redemption Arc/Most Changed

 

Best Secondary Character

 

Most Likely to Save Us from the Alien Invasion

 

Best Road Trip Buddy

 

Most Likely to Rescue a Wounded Bird

 

Most Likely to Miss Their Own Wedding

 

Most Resourceful

 

Most Likely to Make You Laugh Until You Cry 


Wed
Aug 16 2017 11:30am

Cover Alert! Ilona Andrews Magic Triumphs

Magic Triumphs by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews fans rejoice! The cover for the final book in Andrews' Kate Daniels series, Magic Triumphs, is here! Kate and Curran's story may be drawing to a close, but don't fear, Andrews doesn't intend for the Kate Daniels universe world to end just yet. Find out what's to come as Kate prepares to save the world.

Kate has come a long way from her origins as a loner taking care of paranormal problems in post-Shift Atlanta. She’s made friends and enemies. She’s found love and started a family with Curran Lennart, the former Beast Lord. But her magic is too strong for the power players of the world to let her be.

Kate and her father, Roland, currently have an uneasy truce, but when he starts testing her defenses again, she knows that sooner or later, a confrontation is inevitable. The Witch Oracle has begun seeing visions of blood, fire, and human bones. And when a mysterious box is delivered to Kate’s doorstep, a threat of war from the ancient enemy who nearly destroyed her family, she knows their time is up.

Kate Daniels sees no other choice but to combine forces with the unlikeliest of allies. She knows betrayal is inevitable. She knows she may not survive the coming battle. But she has to try.

For her child.

For Atlanta.

For the world.

[Read more...]

Wed
Aug 16 2017 10:08am

What TV Show Are You Most Looking Forward to This Season?

We may have circled September 10th with hearts on our calendar since it heralds the day Outlander returns to our screens. This means the premiere is less than a month away! Understandably, we got very excited. What shows are you looking forward to this fall and winter? Are they returning shows or new shows? 

Let us know in the comments! 

Wed
Aug 16 2017 9:30am

Who Is the Best Couple on Friends?

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A Definitive Ranking of Every Couple from Friends

The day Friends went onto Netflix was one of the happiest days of my life. I had watched the show sporadically when it originally aired, and many of my high school and college days were spent watching reruns. With its return to TV, I now do a full series rewatch of Friends at least once a year… and if I’m being honest, it's probably even more often than that. Everyone has an opinion on whether Rachel should have ended up with Joey or Ross, and whether Monica and Chandler are soul mates. However, today I gladly ranked every relationship that has ever gotten screentime on the show. Whether it was a serious relationship or a one-time flirtation, I've ranked them all! Scroll through and tell me where you agree and disagree with my ranking, and let me know down in the comments who your Top 5 couples are! 

(Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Friends.)

39. Monica and Chip

Do you ever see people from a different time in your life and think “wow, they haven’t changed a bit?” Sometimes that's a good thing, and sometimes that’s a bad thing. In the case of Chip Matthews, it is a very bad thing. As Monica so succinctly puts it at the end of her only date with him: “I always wanted to go out with Chip Matthews in high school, well, tonight I actually went out with Chip Matthews in high school.” Do you need some aloe for that burn, Chip?

38. Ross and Chloe

Why is the girl Ross had a one-night stand with on this list? She is the catalyst behind one of the greatest debates in TV history (I’m being hyperbolic, but I still argue about this with friends even today). Were Ross and Rachel on a break when he slept with Chloe? It’s open to interpretation, but because she’s the Helen of Troy of Friends, Chloe gets on this list!

[Read more...]

Tue
Aug 15 2017 4:30pm

Flaunt Your “Sets” Appeal: Romance News & Deals from Sarah Morgan, Charlotte Stein, and More

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

Deal Alert: Sarah Morgan's romantic comedy New York, Actually is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Advice columnist Molly is in no rush to find her happily-ever-after—she's happy with the only love in her life, her dalmatian Valentine. Daniel, cynical divorce attorney, is predisposed to think relationships are a bad idea. No attachments mean no hurt feelings. So when he finds himself borrowing a dog from the family business in order to meet the gorgeous woman he keeps seeing in Central Park, he knows he's in over his head. 

Deal Alert: Charlotte Stein's contemporary romance Never Loved is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “What if you could go for what you want despite how dangerous someone told you something was or what if you could be that edgier, cooler persona without facing any consequences?” Beatrix and Serge's journey to their HEA isn't simple or easy, but it is full of heart and hope.

Deal Alert: Virginia Taylor's contemporary romance Sets Appeal is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Theater set-painter Vix Tremain is ready to leave her past and broken relationship behind her and decides on a fling with a handsome stranger, Jay Dee. Jay turns out to be less of a stranger, and what starts out as a way to get a little revenge becomes something more, and they can't help falling for the other. 

[+A rom-com from Netflix and more]

Tue
Aug 15 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from May McGoldrick, Andie J. Christopher, Sabrina York, and Lecia Cornwall

The city or the highlands—how about both?! Take an early look at upcoming romances from authors May McGoldrick, Andie J. Christopher, Sabrina York, and Lecia Cornwall.

Romancing the Scot by May McGoldrick

Romancing the Scot by May McGoldrick

Hugh Pennington—Viscount Greysteil, Lord Justice of the Scottish Courts, hero of the Napoleonic wars—is a grieving widower with a death wish. When he receives an expected crate from the continent, he is shocked to find a nearly dead woman inside. Her identity is unknown, and the handful of American coins and the precious diamond sown into her dress only deepen the mystery.

Grace Ware is an enemy to the English crown. Her father, an Irish military commander of Napoleon’s defeated army. Her mother, an exiled Scottish Jacobite. When Grace took shelter in a warehouse, running from her father’s murderers through the harbor alleyways of Antwerp, she never anticipated bad luck to deposit her at the home of an aristocrat in the Scottish Borders. Baronsford is the last place she could expect to find safety, and Grace feigns a loss of memory to buy herself time while she recovers.

Hugh is taken by her beauty, passion, and courage to challenge his beliefs and open his mind. Grace finds in him a wounded man of honor, proud but compassionate. When their duel of wits quickly turns to passion and romance, Grace’s fears begin to dissolve…until danger follows her to the very doors of Baronsford. For, unknown to either of them, Grace has in her possession a secret that will wreak havoc within the British government. Friend and foe are indistinguishable as lethal forces converge to tear the two lovers apart or destroy them both.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Romancing the Scot by May McGoldrick, available November 14, 2017:

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Tue
Aug 15 2017 12:12pm
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Elizabeth Davis Excerpt: A Royal Mistake

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A Royal Mistake by Elizabeth Davis

Alex lives his life by the book.  That is what is to be expected of the Prince of Wales, after all.  And he enjoys order and predictability, so while the tabloids generally find him a snooze he’s perfectly content to live his life under the radar, placid and comfortable.

Serena Christensen is Hollywood’s latest It Girl, unafraid to call studios on their bullshit and used to causing scenes that wind up plastered all over the internet.  She’s wild and exciting and thrives on the unexpected.

But when one drunken night in Las Vegas brings the two of them together they just might end up making one royal mistake.

Get a sneak peek at Elizabeth Davis's A Royal Mistake (available August 15, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

February 12th, 2017
Las Vegas, Nevada
9:03am

Alex blinked, and then blinked again.  And then again.  Something felt off, but his brain was swimming through wet concrete and it took him a minute to place it.

He could see the ceiling— that was it.  That was what was wrong.  The ceiling— ornately decorated plaster with gold leaf— was in perfect focus, instead of just a blur of white and gold.  He could feel his contacts too, hard circles of plastic resting uncomfortably on his eyes.  He hadn’t fallen asleep in his contacts in years, not since that night with his rugby brothers back at uni.  And given the way his head was pounding, he’d had at least as much to drink as he had then, if not more.

[Read the full A Royal Mistake excerpt...]

Tue
Aug 15 2017 9:30am

4 Science Fiction Romance Best Bets for August 2017

Found Girl by Pauline Baird Jones

Time to talk about more new sci-fi romance reads!

Found Girl by Pauline Baird Jones (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) was right up my alley; with a military hero from Earth and an alien girl who finds out her hidden memories hide a lot more secrets than she previously thought. The huge spaceship Boyington, crewed by the American military personnel, felt like an aircraft carrier or maybe the Battlestar Galactica, depending on the scene. I loved the descriptions of how the fighter pilots in this book thought, flew, and fought in the various intense combat situations in outer space.  The scenes felt like I was right there in jeopardy with them.

Jones also inserts a lot of fun cultural references to classic sci-fi like Doctor Who and Star Trek along the way during this fast read.

 The scenes between Arian, the heroine, and Coop, the hotshot pilot, were excellent and I enjoyed the way their romance developed—a bit tentative on both sides at first, with natural doubts, given their very dissimilar backgrounds, but the mutual attraction couldn’t be denied.  After he takes her to see a movie on board the Boyington, she shyly speculates to herself what it would be like to do the things with Coop that she saw the couple in the movie do. A sweet moment. She’s a fascinating character who starts out as a simple farm girl about to be pressed into a forced marriage on her world and jumps onto a conveniently passing spaceship to escape. Throughout the book, she continually learns more about herself and her true capabilities until by the end she understands she’s a completely different person than the farm girl at the beginning of the adventure. “I am becoming me,” she realizes. This character reveal is handled skillfully, with Arian’s memories and knowledge surfacing as needed, gradually, subtly. I found myself highly intrigued as to what would be revealed next. I wanted more secrets!

[Read more...]

Tue
Aug 15 2017 8:02am

Brontë or Austen?

Wuthering Heights, Jane Eyre, Pride & Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility. These are some of the greatest work of literature for modern fans of fiction—especially if you're a romance reader, which if you've found your way here you likely are! It's a battle that has been raging for a hundred years and dividing readers into two camps: The Brontës or Austen. It says something about a reader when you prefer one of these authors over another, so today we're taking a very important poll to find out which author you prefer!

Let us know down in the comments if you prefer The Brontës (either Charlotte or Emily) or Jane Austen!

Mon
Aug 14 2017 4:30pm

I Pucking Love You: Romance News & Deals from Helena Hunting, Karen Marie Moning, and More

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Pucked Under by Helena Hunting

Deal Alert: Helena Hunting's romantic comedy Pucked Under is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Randy and Lily's romance takes center stage in the fifth book of Hunting's Pucked series. Randy and Lily have been living together and are head-over-heels in love. But as the new season approaches, Randy's unsure about whether he can balance love and hockey, and about what to do when an unexpected houseguest arrives. 

Deal Alert: Karen Marie Moning's time-travel historical romance Beyond the Highland Mist is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Faeries and Scottish lore abound in this romance as a 20th-century woman, Adrienne, is transported back to 16th-century Scotland. She doesn't trust beautiful men, especially Hawk, the legendary predator known throughout the Highlands as a fierce warrior. It doesn't matter to Hawk, however, because he's determined to win her heart and never let her go. 

Deal Alert: Sarina Bowen's contemporary romance Steadfast is $.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If you picked up the first book in the series, Bittersweet, when it was on sale recently, you'll also want to grab the second book in the True North series. Jude and Sophie fall into the “couples that shouldn't work, but do” category. Jude goes back to his hometown after a deadly car crash that changed his life forever and re-enters the life of Sophie, the woman he left broken hearted and whose brother's death was caused by his recklessness. People may not want to see Sophie and Jude back together, but love doesn't always cooperate. 

Deal Alert: Stacy Reid's historical romance Accidentally Compromising the Duke is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* This romance is “a marriage of convenience between two lovely people who cannot seem to get on the same page. You’ll want to hug Adeline after you bop her on the forehead. You’ll want to choke Edmond because it’s clear that he’s smitten with his new wife.”

[+AI romances and more]

Mon
Aug 14 2017 2:00pm

34 Romance Authors Nominate the Best Reads of 2017... So Far

Team H&H's Heather Waters and Jennifer Proffitt were at the Romance Writers of America conference in Orlando, Florida and the hottest topic—as usual when you get a bunch of book lovers into one room—was what was the best book of 2017... so far! These writers have landed on many of our lists for the best read of the year, so dive in and see what books they were loving! 

Sabrina Jeffries, author of The Pleasures of Passion
(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

Sabrina Jeffries nominated A Lady's Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran

[Read more...]

Mon
Aug 14 2017 12:00pm

5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for August 2017

What unusual historicals are you looking forward to this month?

August is all about series for our anticipated unusual historical reading.  A beloved series coming to an end, a new series getting spun off with fan favorite characters, two continuing series and even the return of a debut novel that traveled back to the future from 2002. 

Spies and Lies!

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

Séverine de Cabrillac, orphan of the French revolution and sometime British intelligence agent, has tried to leave spying behind her. Now she devotes herself to investigating crimes in London and finding justice for the wrongly accused.

Raoul Deverney, an enigmatic half-Spaniard with enough secrets to earn even a spy's respect, is at her door demanding help. She's the only one who can find the killer of his long-estranged wife and rescue her missing twelve-year-old daughter.

Séverine reluctantly agrees to aid him, even though she knows the growing attraction between them makes it more than unwise. Their desperate search for the girl ​unleashes treason and murder. . . and offers a last chance for two strong, wounded people to find love.

I realize that Regency era spies are a dime a dozen, but Bourne’s Spymasters have been rooted in the French Revolution and this is the sixth and final book in the beloved series.  H&H’s Janet Webb said in her First Look for our sister site, Criminal Element, that “Séverine and Raoul make formidable adversaries…” and that this is “a worthy conclusion…” to a “mesmerizing series.”   

[More Unusual Historicals ahead...]

Mon
Aug 14 2017 9:30am
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Robyn Carr Excerpt: The Summer That Made Us

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The Summer That Made Us by Robyn Carr

That was then…

For the Hempsteads, two sisters who married two brothers and had three daughters each, summers were idyllic. The women would escape the city the moment school was out to gather at the family house on Lake Waseka. The lake was a magical place, a haven where they were happy and carefree. All of their problems drifted away as the days passed in sun-dappled contentment. Until the summer that changed everything.

This is now…

After an accidental drowning turned the lake house into a site of tragedy and grief, it was closed up. For good. Torn apart, none of the Hempstead women speak of what happened that summer, and relationships between them are uneasy at best to hurtful at worst. But in the face of new challenges, one woman is determined to draw her family together again, and the only way that can happen is to return to the lake and face the truth.

Get a sneak peek at Robyn Carr's The Summer That Made Us (available September 5, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Krista was not surprised to see her boss, Jake McAllister, waiting near the lot with the swing. He walked her most of the way around the lake every day. Sometimes he held her hand for a few seconds. He smiled when he saw her coming. She smiled back, knowing it was a little crooked.

He reached for her hand. “Want to talk about it?”

She laughed a little. “You really don’t have time.”

[Read the full The Summer That Made Us excerpt...]

Mon
Aug 14 2017 8:00am

Have You Read Any One-Book Writers and Wished There Were More?

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Here's the scenario: you've fallen totally head-over-heels with a writer and it's the first book you've read by them, but then—tires screech—they've only ever written the one book. If you're lucky there might be two or three for you to devour. How do you react when you encounter an author you love who's only written one book? Were they just getting started and so haven't built up a backlist, or is it clear that they have written only one book? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Sun
Aug 13 2017 12:07pm
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Alyson Chase Excerpt: Disciplined by the Duke

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Disciplined by the Duke by Alyson Chase

The day her sister murdered their abusive father, Elizabeth Wilcox stopped being a gentleman’s daughter. Willing to do anything to save her sister from the hangman’s noose, now she is a spy... A servant. A liar. A thief. A submissive.

Masquerading as a parlor maid and entrenched in the Duke of Montague’s estate, Liz is willing to risk all to uncover the secrets that would save her sister. But submitting to the duke’s peculiar brand of discipline surprises her with a heady mixture of pleasure and pain. Eager to relinquish control of her messy life, Liz soon craves the rough hands of Montague and his powerful, passionate attentions. Can she succumb to the hot sting of his hand and the gentleness of his kisses without revealing her true identity and darkest secrets? And what punishment will she face when he realizes her betrayal?

Get a sneak peek at Alyson Chase's Disciplined by the Duke (available August 15, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

London, 1813

She dug her nails into her palms, deep enough to draw blood. Of everything she’d been asked to do to rescue her sister, this was the worst.

“My lord.” She tried not to choke on the honorific. “Surely you can’t mean that you want to steal from the Duke of Montague.”

The Earl of Westmore swirled the brandy in his short, bulbous glass. He sat slouched in an ornately carved oak chair, his booted feet propped up on his desk. “My dear Miss Wilcox. Of course I don’t want to steal from the duke.” Her shoulders relaxed, and the creases by his mouth deepened with his smile. “You will steal from him for me.”

[Read the full Disciplined by the Duke excerpt...]

Sun
Aug 13 2017 11:00am

Why Romance Readers Might Be Interested in Zoe

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Zoe Asks: If Technology Could Make Your Romance Perfect, Would You Use It?

We currently have dating apps like Tinder and sites like Match.com to help us find compatible romantic partners, but what if technology suddenly took a giant leap forward and perfected the very process of falling in love?

A forthcoming film called Zoe (2018) plans on exploring exactly that issue. Helmed by Drake Doremus and written by Rich Greenberg, this “sci-fi romance” story is about “…two colleagues at a revolutionary research lab who design technology to improve and perfect romantic relationships. As their work progresses, their discoveries become more profound than they could ever have imagined.” (via Collider). The film stars Léa Seydoux and Ewan McGregor, alongside other prominent actors including Rashida Jones, Christina Aguilera, Miranda Otto, and Theo James.

A perusal of the film's entry on IMDB.com revealed an interesting tidbit: actress Jordana LaJoie will play a character called “The Other Robot.” Whoa. What's that all about?

So, what can we speculate about Zoe so far?

[Read more...]

Sat
Aug 12 2017 12:00pm
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Hayson Manning Excerpt: Ten Days with the Highlander

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Ten Days with the Highlander by Hayson Manning

Go-getter Georgia Paxton has ten days to acquire a quaint hotel in the Scottish Highlands for her travel accommodation company before she’s off on her next grand adventure. Too bad the sexy, broody Scot who owns the place is dead against the idea…and that she’s in very real danger of losing their little bet to see who can convince whom first.

There’s no way Callum MacGregor is going to let the gorgeous American turn his tiny hometown over to bored tourists looking to satisfy their Outlander fantasies. He only has ten days to convince her to slow down and see the magic of the town and its people. If he succeeds, he won’t have to run her out of the county. But if he fails, Georgia might run off with his heart.

Get a sneak peek at Hayson Manning 's Ten Days with the Highlander (available August 14, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

A flash of long, shiny dark hair caught Callum’s eye. Georgia moved through the crowd, stopping at tables and chatting.

Finally. They’d be running out of Ainsley’s pies soon, and he had an unexpected and overwhelming urge to see that she had something to eat.

What was that about?

Irritated with himself, Callum got back to keeping busy, but he managed to keep an eye on his hotel guest as she walked the room. She’d changed into a purple jumper that followed the line of the curve of her hip to the denim that hugged her legs. Dark, knee-high riding boots with a sexy heel completed a very tasty-looking package.

[Read the full Ten Days with the Highlander excerpt...]