<i>Immortally Yours</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Immortally Yours: Exclusive Excerpt Lynsay Sands "He’ll have to rethink everything he once believed about love and destiny..." <i>Rank & File</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Rank & File: Exclusive Excerpt L.A. Witt "Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they'll both face court-martial." <i>The Love Song of Sawyer Bell</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Love Song of Sawyer Bell: Exclusive Excerpt Avon Gale "A tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart." <i>The Rogue's Conquest</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Rogue's Conquest: Exclusive Excerpt Lily Maxton "There's too much at stake for James to give in to his growing attraction."
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Tue
Sep 26 2017 8:02am

Do You Like Books That Give You a Peak into the “Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous”?

The Queen of Dauphine Street by Thea de Salle

Romance, for many, is all about the escape. For some that escape is just a more idyllic version of their own life, for others it's a total roll reversal that gives us a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. 

What are your thoughts? It's not quite the “billionaire romance” that became so popular a few years ago, but it's certainly a jet-setting lifestyle that few of us truly get to experience. Do you like this glimpse? 

Tell us down in the comments!

Mon
Sep 25 2017 4:47pm

Only Time: Romance E-Deals from Sharon Sala & Georgette Heyer!

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Race Against Time by Sharon SalaDeal Alert: Sharon Sala's romantic suspense Race Against Time is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Detective Nick Saldano hasn't seen Quinn O'Meara since they shared a foster home as children. Now she's all grown up and he can't take his eyes off her—not just 'cause she's gorgeous, but also 'cause she's disrupted a human-trafficking ring and is in serious danger. The tension gets our hearts pounding, but the payoff is so sweet. 

Deal Alert: Nana Malone's contemporary Seductive in Stilettos, the complete collection, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Free of her security detail for the first time in years, Tristia Munroe is more than ready to let loose and dive into dating—with some help from Shane Atkins. What she doesn't know is that Shane is an undercover security consultant who has been hired to protect her... There's nothing more alpha than a man willing to do anything to protect the woman he loves. Do you spot your favorite type of alpha on this list?

Deal Alert: Georgette Heyer's old-school historical Devil's Club is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Rather than get trapped into marriage by a spoiled aristocratic woman, Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal, decides to kidnap the scheming woman and make her his mistress instead. Too bad it's actually her sister, the fascinating Mary Challoner, that he ends up capturing... Our reviewer Scarlettleigh put Devil's Club on her keeper shelf when she first read it, but years later, does it hold up?

Deal Alert: Faith Hunter's paranormal Blood of the Earth, Book 1 in the Soulwood series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.*  In our review of the book, Tori Benson said “action, suspense, dark magic, and a wisp of romance engages from the first page” in this Jane Yellowrock spinoff series.

[+Today on H&H...]

Mon
Sep 25 2017 3:30pm

First Look: RaeAnne Thayne’s Sugar Pine Trail (September 26, 2017)

Sugar Pine Trail by RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne
Sugar Pine Trail (Haven Point #7)
HQN Books / September 26, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

As soon as sexy pilot Jamie Caine temporarily rents the upstairs apartment in librarian Julia Winston’s cat-filled, Victorian home, both are quick to jump to conclusions about the other. Despite Jamie’s heartbreaker reputation, Julia has harbored a secret crush on him. And despite having met her a few times already, Jamie has all but forgotten the buttoned-up Julia exists.

Winston House was entirely too rambling for one single woman and three bad-tempered cats. It had been too big for an older couple and their adopted daughter. It had been too large when it was just her and her mother, after her father died…

“I would ask that you please wipe your feet when you carry your things in and out, given the snow out there. The stairs are original wood, more than a hundred years old.” Cripes. She sounded like a prissy spinster librarian.

Next, fueled by sangria and the self-help read for her evening’s book club, Julia is tasked with crafting a bucket list. As she writes one dream after another, readers see that there is more to Julia than merely her stiff exterior. So, when one of her cats pays Jamie an after-book club visit, he catches a glimpse of a tipsy and slightly disheveled Julia. Then even he starts to see her differently.

She didn’t look much like a stuffy librarian now, with that soft hair slipping free and her cheeks pink and her little tongue darting out to lick her bottom lip.

[Read more...]

Mon
Sep 25 2017 2:30pm

Crazy, Messy Love: Victoria 2x05 Vicbert Heart-to-Heart

Victoria, Season 2, Episode 4, A Queen's Voyage

Show/EpisodeVictoria, Season 2, Episode 5, “A Queen's Voyage”
Couple(s): Vicbert

After last week’s shocking revelations, Prince Albert’s mental and emotional state is in free fall.  He’s pushing Victoria away, questioning his entire existence and shutting down. What will it take for him to share the burden with his wife?

The Messy Business of Politics

France is on the brink of an alliance with Spain, thanks to King Louis Philippe trying to marry his son off to their Queen.  Sir Robert Peel is massively troubled by the implications this would have for Anglo-French relations.  The Queen agrees to intervene, hoping to dissuade her cousin from his plan, but after a discussion with Albert about the suitability of writing a letter, she decides a face to face conversation would have more impact.

Stepping onto French soil, Victoria is instantly faced with the suave French king, and much to Albert’s disapproving expression, it appears to be working. Could it be the Prince Consort can see through the French king’s charming façade?

As their stay in France progresses, Victoria suspects Louis Philippe is doing everything he can to avoid discussing the matter she’s there to tackle.  Eventually, during a walk through the residence’s kitchen garden, they talk about their lives leading up to taking their positions as monarch.  Victoria steers the conversation towards the subject of the marriage, and her concerns.  Louis counters that it would be wrong for all the European princesses to be taken by Coburg men, to which Victoria vehemently argues she married for love, not for political alliance.  Louis dismisses her, stating the French are more cynical when it comes to love & marriage, suggesting neither bears relation to the other.

[Read more...]

Mon
Sep 25 2017 12:30pm

6 Unusual Historical Best Bets for September 2017

What unusual historicals are you looking forward to this month?

Wow, what a month for unusual historicals!  Whether you like rogue knights, bakers heating up the kitchen (in more ways than one!), pirates, or romances breaking through the 20th-century wall, this is a great month with a lot of variety to entice readers (and their wallets!)

1920s!

Lady Be Good by Heather Hiestand

Lady Be Good by Heather Hiestand

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

When exiled royalty and espionage combine, expect a romance as bold as the 1920s . . .

Olga Novikov is a princess without a throne. Her fiancé and her family slain in the revolution, she flees Russia and finds herself working as the head of housekeeping at London’s luxurious Grand Russe Hotel. It’s a far cry from the glamour of her former life, but she’s grateful for the job—until a guest forces her to question where her loyalty lies. The charming nobleman challenges her at every turn—and arouses dreams of romance she thought she’d abandoned forever . . .

Douglas “Glass” Childers is living a double life. On the surface, he’s the indolent Viscount Walling, but in truth he’s an intelligence agent searching for a Bolshevik weapons master. The coolly beautiful and headstrong housekeeper is a distraction he doesn’t need—unless she’s the key piece in the puzzle he must solve. Trusting her could be dangerous—but loving her is an undeniable temptation . . . 

With this third book in her Grand Russe Hotels series Heistand sprinkles in some Russian Revolution intrigue.  RT Book Reviews gave this four stars and calls it “A historical romantic suspense with incredible characters who carry more than guns – they carry secrets they will do anything to keep under wraps.”

[Read more...]

Mon
Sep 25 2017 11:15am

“That Amount of Time Doesn’t Exist”: Outlander 3x03 Jamie and Claire Heart-to-Heart

Outlander, 3x03 "All Debts Paid"

Show/EpisodeOutlander, Season 3, Episode 3, “All Debts Paid”
Couple(s): Jamie and Claire

Outlander 3x03 Captain's Log

We start off the episode in 1956  Boston, where Claire, charmed by the full English breakfast Frank set out for Brianna, invites him on a movie date. Frank has already seen both of Claire’s movie choices, and not alone. Awkward, but Claire did agree to this arrangement, and Frank is discreet, and hey, here’s Brianna, so let’s eat.

Back in 1755, Jamie is no stranger to prison, nor is he a stranger to Major Lord John William Grey, now governor of guess which prison. Jamie acts as the chief of the prisoners, and thus their go-between to the governor, so things are about to get interesting. Lord John calls Jamie in for a private dinner conversation, not that Jamie is eating. Nope, the food is all John’s, while Jamie has to argue against the addition of cats to the cells, because the men need the rat meat. Ew.

For Claire, two years have passed, and her graduation celebration takes a punch in the gut when Frank’s mistress, Sandy,  crashes the party. Franks protests Sandy was only picking him up, since Claire was going to take the car. Claire is livid; this is the house where their daughter lives. Frank meant to hurt her. He doesn’t deny it.  Claire asks for a divorce, but Frank refuses. Their neighbors divorced last year, and now the father never gets to see his children. Frank won’t risk losing Brianna, period.

[Read more...]

Mon
Sep 25 2017 9:30am
Excerpt

Lynsay Sands Excerpt: Immortally Yours

Lynsay Sands

One hundred and twenty-five years is a long time to nurse a crush. That’s how long it’s been since Beth Argenis first met Cullen “Scotty” MacDonald and he instantly became the star of her most X-rated dreams. Back then, he was rescuing her from a Rogue Immortal. Now Beth’s a Rogue Hunter—a damn good one. She doesn’t need saving anymore, despite what Scotty thinks. What she does need is the fierce, wild desire that finally erupts between them.

Scotty has hesitated to claim Beth as his own. But one explosive kiss confirms what he’s long suspected: She’s his life mate. But Beth is tough, fearless, beautiful…and in immortal danger. Unless he wants to lose her forever, he’ll have to rethink everything he once believed about love and destiny as well as confront an enemy who’s terrifyingly close.

Get a sneak peek at Lynsay Sands's Immortally Yours (available September 26, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“It would seem Kira is not well-liked,” Scotty commented as they stepped onto the elevator and Beth pushed the button for the correct floor.

“Yeah, I caught those thoughts myself,” Beth murmured as she watched the panel above the door. She had sensed him poking around inside the receptionist’s mind, so wasn’t surprised by the comment. She had been a little surprised at the level of enmity the receptionist had felt toward the Russian girl, though. Something the receptionist clearly thought was shared by every single person in this building who’d had to deal with “that Russian bitch.”

[Read the full Immortally Yours excerpt...]

Mon
Sep 25 2017 8:05am

What Fandom or Romance Term Do You Wish They’d Add to the Dictionary?

Last week, Merriam-Webster added more than 250 words to the dictionary. Hive mind, pregame, and troll have all been added. While all of these new entries are interesting, it left us wondering what fandom words we would like to have added. What words from fandom or romance would you add? What words need an added definition to include their romance definition? What words from romance or fandom do you wish you could just tell people to look up, but can't? If you had to define the word for Merriam-Webster, how would you go about it?

Tell us all about it in the comments!

Sun
Sep 24 2017 2:38pm
Excerpt

L.A. Witt Excerpt: Rank & File

L.A. Witt

Senior Chief Will Curtis is as straitlaced as they come. While his fellow Sailors have partied their way through their enlistments, he's had his eye on the prize — making master chief and retiring after thirty years of service.

Lieutenant Brent Jameson is a Navy brat turned Annapolis grad. He's lived and breathed the military his whole life, and he knows he's destined for great things —once he's done paying his dues at the bottom of the ladder.

When their paths cross, both men know better than to give in to temptation, but that doesn't stop them. It also doesn't keep them from coming back for more, even though being discovered would sink their careers. Something has to give — Will can retire, Brent can resign, or they'll both face court-martial.

But there's also the option neither wants to acknowledge: jump ship and walk away from each other instead of ending their careers over a fledgling relationship. And they should probably decide before they fall in love.

Except — too late.

Get a sneak peek at L.A. Witt's Rank & File (available September 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As I was reaching into the pile to see what other excitement NAS Adams had to offer, a familiar voice came from a little ways down the hall and made my heart stop:

“Is Senior Chief Curtis around?”

You have got to be shitting me.

“I think he’s in his office,” MA2 Hill said. “You want me to check?”

“Sure. I’ve got some forms for him from admin.”

[Read the full Rank & File excerpt...]

Sun
Sep 24 2017 11:00am

9 Essential Game of Thrones Scenes for Jon/Daenerys Shippers

Between Daenerys and Jon—Who’s really in charge?

It only took seven seasons, but Jon and Daenerys are finally together!

The two most lovable players in Game of Thrones had lots of shared screen time this season. It was exploding with sexual chemistry—um, I mean heavy eye-gazing.

via GIPHY

They sure didn’t touch much. Until the last episode—phew!

It was a massive powerplay in every scene, and the big question the whole way was, who comes out on top?

The Meet-Cute

Their duel for dominance began in Daenerys throne room at Dragonstone. Daenerys, the Dragon Queen, wants Jon, the professed King of the North, to “bend the knee.” (I can’t blame her. I wouldn’t mind seeing him on his knees either.) Jon, however, is conspicuously quiet.

It takes him too long to pull himself together and speak up.

[Read more...]

Sat
Sep 23 2017 1:03pm
Excerpt

Avon Gale Excerpt: The Love Song of Sawyer Bell

Avon Gale

Victoria “Vix” Vincent has only two weeks to find a replacement fiddle player for her band’s summer tour. When classically trained violinist Sawyer Bell shows up for an audition, Vix is thrilled. Sawyer is talented, gorgeous, funny, and excited about playing indie rock instead of Beethoven. Their friendship soon blossoms into romance, even though Vix tries to remember that Sawyer’s presence is only temporary.

Sawyer’s parents think she’s spending the summer months touring Europe with a chamber ensemble. But Sawyer is in dire need of a break from the competitiveness of Juilliard, and desperately wants to rediscover her love of music. Going on tour with her secret high school crush is just an added bonus. Especially when Vix kisses her one night after a show, and they discover that the stage isn’t the only place they have chemistry.

But the tour won’t last forever, and as the summer winds down, Sawyer has to make a tough decision about her future—and what it means to follow her heart.

Get a sneak peek at Avon Gale's The Love Song of Sawyer Bell (available September 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Vix smiled, remembering those days of hurried handjobs in the van, the time she’d sucked Jeff off while he was driving. They’d almost run into a semi, and that was the last time she’d done that.

“You guys are still friends, though.”

“Oh, sure,” Vix agreed. “He was someone who got me. I told him about the bisexual thing, and he was fine with it. Of course, he was fine with me ‘experimenting.’” She shook her head. “Like I said, guys seem to think bisexual women exist so they can watch them with other girls and then fuck them after.”

[Read the full The Love Song of Sawyer Bell excerpt...]

Sat
Sep 23 2017 11:00am

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Of Flame and Fate (September 26, 2017)

Of Flame and Fate by Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson
Of Flame and Fate (Weird Girls #2)
Cecy Robson / September 26, 2017 / $3.99 digital

Cecy Robson shows us that Fate and Destiny are not one and the same in her latest Weird Girls novel.  In Of Flame and Fate, Destiny and Fate collide. No, really.  Like BANG, right into each other.  The seer of Destiny—known as Destiny—and the seer of the Fate—known as…um, Johnny—actually collide at a rock concert. 

Well however they meet, it is not a good thing. Whenever a seer of Fate or Destiny are born at the same time, very bad things happen. Very bad! Cataclysmic! That could be why the forces of evil are suddenly swarming on Lake Tahoe.

“What’s the problem with having Fate and Destiny?”  I ask, seeing that there obviously is.  “Aren’t they the same thing?”

“They are, and they’re not,” Gemini replies, his expression darkening further.  “They’re not supposed to coexist.  They can’t actually, not in the same lifetime.”

“Because they’re anomalies?” I ask.  That’s my guess.  But there’s more, obviously.

“In part,” he answers. “But it’s what happens when they’re together that’s the real issue.”  He releases a harsh breath. “According to mystical beliefs, their powers brutally clash, interfering with the natural balance of the earth and triggering the start of unspoken evils.”

Everyone thought it was simply Destiny’s prophecy that Celia and Aric’s child would destroy all evil which is causing demons and shapeshifters to swarm the area bringing mayhem and death.  Maybe it’s not. 

If a Fate or a Destiny already exists, the witch’s law states that the second child born with the same power must be killed within its first year of life. Johnny’s parents knew this so they took their son and ran, raising him among the humans and keeping him away from any paranormals who would have sensed his powers. The law only decrees that Johnny should have been killed before he turned one. Since Johnny is now 20, the various counsels are at a loss as to what to do. 

[Read more...]

Fri
Sep 22 2017 4:30pm

Sweet, Sweet Fantasy, Baby: Romance News & Deals From Robin LaFevers, Lydia San Andres, and More

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

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Grave Mercy by Robin LaFevers

Deal Alert: Robin LaFevers's YA fantasy romance Grave Mercy is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Escaping the brutality of an arranged marriage, seventeen-year-old Ismae finds sanctuary at St. Mortain's convent. There she learns the ways of the sisters, who serve the gods of old and train her to become an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. Everything changes when Ismae is sent on a vital mission and meets Gavriel... Fill your weekend with more kick-ass fantasy heroine!

Deal Alert: Lydia San Andres's historical romance A Summer of Scandal is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Emilia Cruz didn't expect to come face-to-face with the darling of the literary world, Ruben Torres, at a boating party. Nor did she expect to have him disparage the sexy serial she writes under a pseudonym. Ruben is intrigued by the mysterious author, and the more he writes about her, the better his papers sell...and the more he wants to find out who she is. Do you love authors as protagonists in romances?

Deal Alert: Victoria Denault's sports romance Score is $1.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Hockey star Jude Braddock knows he's not built for long-term relationships. So when his once-friend Zoey comes back into his life, he sees an opportunity to live the life he never thought he wanted. Recently divorced Zoey isn't in the market for more heartbreak, but Jude may prove to be too much to resist. Score big on some more great hockey romances!

[+ Jessica Williams's new sci-fi Showtime show]

Fri
Sep 22 2017 2:00pm

“I am an angstbunny par excellence”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


AnnaBowling is a self-proclaimed angst bunny

AnnaBowling in Moving On Sucks: Outlander 3x02 Heart-to-Heart

Possibly unpopular opinion. but I was okay with this episode. Not a favorite, but didn't hate it. Full disclosure, I am an angstbunny par excellence, provided I get my happy ending (though full disclosure on the full disclosure, I have not made it this far in the books) so as long as Claire and Jamie do find their way back to each other, I can get through this. Not that I like them sleeping with other people, but Claire has a husband in her “now,” and what is Jamie supposed to do, if he believes Claire is really truly dead? Go live by himself in a cave?

Oh wait, that is exactly what he did, and his angst came through beautifully, which fit with the entire extremely bleak episode. We have missing limbs/extremeties, Jamie is basically walking around without a heart, but with enough to take care of Jenny by setting her up to betray him, which is kind of him betraying her; Frank and Claire try to make some headway in their marriage, but while Frank is with Claire, Claire's mind is with Jamie...for an angstbunny, this is a salad bar.

Still want my HEA, though, but for now, this will do. Most certainly agree abotu Claire's unflattering clothing in 1949, because I also like fashion. She has to suffer that, too?

[+2 more comments of the week]

Fri
Sep 22 2017 1:00pm

Happy Endings for Susan Mallery’s You Say It First

 You Say it First by Susan Mallery

It is a truth universally known that romance readers have a thing for small-town series. RaeAnne Thayne, the author of the Haven Bay series, explored the allure of inter-connected stories and the community-as-family at Heroes and Heartbreakers. A favorite destination of readers is Susan Mallery’s town of Fool’s Gold. After twenty or so (who’s counting?) books, Mallery announced she had a new series and destination in mind—Wedding Inc. In the town of Wedding Inc. are some of the characters from a community we’ve come to love over the years. Break out the champagne because who wants to say goodbye to family and friends?

Sculptor Nick Mitchell recently moved from Fool’s Gold to the premier California destination wedding venue Happily Inc. Nick is one of the five Mitchell boys. Fans of Susan Mallery will remember his egotistical, domineering glass-artist father, Ceallach Mitchell—Nick’s troubled relationship with Ceallach drove him not only to leave Fool’s Gold but also to abandon his original dream of working with glass.

Because while he’d grown up working with glass, in the past decade he’d fallen for wood. Glass was cold and mercurial, but wood was alive. Wood had a soul.

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Fri
Sep 22 2017 12:07pm
Excerpt

Lily Maxton Excerpt: The Rogue’s Conquest

Lily Maxton

Wallflower Eleanor Townsend is not like most women. She has no interest in marriage, the ton, or fashion. Instead, her heart lies with science. And when the opportunity to present a paper arises, she takes it, even though it means dressing as a man. But her disguise doesn't quite work. Someone notices-and the brute intends to blackmail her!

Former prizefighter James MacGregor wants to be a gentleman, like the men he trains in his boxing saloon. His first step is gaining a beautiful, wealthy wife. Eleanor Townsend is not that woman, but a chance encounter gives him the leverage he needs. She'll gain him entry to high society and help him with his atrocious manners, and in return, he won't reveal her secret. It's the perfect arrangement. At least until the sparks between them become more than just their personalities clashing. But there's too much at stake for James to give in to his growing attraction.

Get a sneak peek at Lily Maxton's The Rogue's Conquest (available September 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

 “And now the four of us will join hands and turn.” She braced herself for that sweet, unwanted shock again. She’d expected it to be less potent than the first time, but it wasn’t. Oh, it wasn’t.

It was almost worse. Now she knew what he felt like, and she was still startled by the sensation.

He gripped her gently, loosely. Every time he shifted, the rough pads of his hands scraped across her knuckles. She was aware of every inch of her body—the tight clasp of her stays around her chest, tighter with each breath in and then easing, the soft but thick flannel stockings enveloping her legs, garters wrapping around her sensitive thighs. She was aware of her skin, for the first time, as a living, breathing thing. A thing that could feel pain and pleasure and sensation and want.

[Read the full The Rogue's Conquest excerpt...]

Fri
Sep 22 2017 9:30am

4 Science Fiction Romance Best Bets for September 2017

The Corsair’s Captive by Ruby Dixon

A new entry from a favorite author, covers that I couldn’t resist and more to talk about this month!

As Ruby Dixon herself says in a delightfully amusing note at the end of The Corsair’s Captive (Amazon), her latest sci-fi romance release, “The last thing I need to write is another series.” Yes, probably true with all she has going on, but just as she couldn’t seem to resist the idea of a big blue barbarian space pirate, neither could I, not once I saw the cover and read the blurb. The book is on the short side but a fast, fun read.  Kivian’s a pirate with a well-developed fashion sense (a pirate needs his spiffy duds, as he explains several times, or how will anyone know he’s a pirate?), expertise at cheating in games of chance, a fast ship, and a kind heart. Or at least a heart ready to instantly recognize his mate when he meets kidnapped human Fran under really bad circumstances.

She’s being treated as a pet by an ooli frogman with intrusive annoying tentacles and bad intentions. Kivian is on the space station to swindle the guy with the unpronounceable name and once he sees Fran, can’t rest until he steals her too.  They all meet in a bar that feisty Fran says is “like a tripping bananas version of the cantina from ‘Star Wars’.” Everyone there is fascinated by her, and not in a pleasant way. She mistrusts Kivian’s motives at first as well but he’s definitely the more attractive choice and swears not to touch her without her permission.

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Fri
Sep 22 2017 8:02am

What Couples Are You Falling in Love With?

Hope Springs on Main Street by Olivia Miles

Today is the first day of fall—Happy First Day of Autumn! For many of us it's our favorite time of year (everyone on Team H&H is pretty excited). 

So, to celebrate today we're asking you, what couples (on TV or in books) are you totally falling for? Who are you loving?

Tell us all about it down in the comments!

Thu
Sep 21 2017 4:30pm

What’s in a Name?: Romance News & Deals from Sarah MacLean, Julie Garwood, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

A Rogue by Any Other Name by Sarah MacLean

Deal Alert: Sarah MacLean's historical romance A Rogue by Any Other Name is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “The first in the Rules of Scoundrels Series, Michael Lawler, the Marquess of Bourne, traps Lady Penelope Marbury into marriage in order to gain her dowry, which includes his ancestral lands that he foolishly gambled away when he was younger.” The former friends, now enemies, enter into an inconvenient marriage and find that they each have something the other desires.

Deal Alert: Julie Garwood's American historical romance For the Roses is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* The four Clayborne brothers lived a rough and tumble life until they found an abandoned baby girl in a New York City alley, rescued her, and moved out to Montana. Now all grown up, Mary Rose has to confront the secret of her past when the swaggering and dangerous Lord Harrison Stanford MacDonald rides into town. Don't miss out on some more unusual historicals! 

Deal Alert: Katy Evans's new adult romance Womanizer is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Olivia doesn't expect to have an instant attraction to a stranger...only to find out that stranger is her brother's best friend and the CEO of the company where she interns, Callan Carmichael. Olivia probably could've used these tips on how not to act around the hot guy in your office...

Deal Alert: Piper J. Drake's romantic suspense novel Absolute Trust is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Brandon Forte returns to his hometown to open a facility for service dogs. It also puts him back in the line of fire of the one woman he's never been able to forget, Sophie Kim. When enemies from Brandon's past put Sophie's life in danger, he's willing to risk everything—including his life—to keep her safe. Need more heart-racing action? Don't miss out on these great romantic suspense titles!

[+Crave apps, Santino Hassell, and Richonne on EW]