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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. 

[Read more...]

Tue
Oct 17 2017 8:01am

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

 Couple

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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Top Off Your TBR Pile

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]

Mon
Oct 16 2017 3:00pm

Family Before Everything: Victoria 2x08 Vicbert Heart-to-Heart

Victoria Season 2 Episode 8, "The Luxury of Conscience"

Show/EpisodeVictoria, Season 2, Episode 8, “The Luxury of Conscience”
Couple(s): Victoria/Albert (Vicbert)

It’s season finale time, and I’m going to assume every other viewer is eager to see what trials are sent to test our favourite couple, and if the other romantic entanglements finally reach fruition. I’ll warn you now…hankies at the ready because it’s not smooth sailing for all.

Family Before Everything Else

With King Leopold back at the palace, things are tense.  He receives short shrift when trying to insinuate his actions have always been in the family’s interests.  The feisty Monarch abruptly declares his actions selfish, and not about the greater benefit of his loved ones, as he claims. 

Elsewhere, Albert is becoming more annoyed by how Lehzen’s influence over his children’s care, but his concerns are dismissed by his wife, who sides with her former governess over their eldest daughter’s latest ailment.  As Lehzen asks Penge to alter the evening meal for the nursery, he suggests it would be unwise to come between husband & wife.  It gives a hint of the rift which occurred between Lehzen & Victoria due to Albert’s issues with his wife’s reliance on her.

[Read more...]

Mon
Oct 16 2017 2:00pm

5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for October 2017

What unusual historicals are you looking forward to this month?

October is the month of cooler temperatures, kids in costume showing up on your doorstep begging for candy, and mothers everywhere sneakily digging through their children’s candy stash to filch the miniature Snickers bars (admit it…).  It’s also a great month for unusual historicals! 

Hamilton!

Hamilton's Battalion by Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole, and Rose Lerner

Hamilton’s Battalion: A Trio of Romances by Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole and Rose Lerner

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

Love in the time of Hamilton…

On October 14, 1781, Alexander Hamilton led a daring assault on Yorktown's defenses and won a decisive victory in America's fight for independence. Decades later, when Eliza Hamilton collected his soldiers' stories, she discovered that while the war was won at Yorktown, the battle for love took place on many fronts...

Promised Land by Rose Lerner

Donning men's clothing, Rachel left her life behind to fight the British as Corporal Ezra Jacobs—but life catches up with a vengeance when she arrests an old love as a Loyalist spy.

At first she thinks Nathan Mendelson hasn't changed one bit: he's annoying, he talks too much, he sticks his handsome nose where it doesn't belong, and he's self-righteously indignant just because Rachel might have faked her own death a little. She'll be lucky if he doesn't spill her secret to the entire Continental Army.

Then Nathan shares a secret of his own, one that changes everything...

The Pursuit Of... by Courtney Milan

What do a Black American soldier, invalided out at Yorktown, and a British officer who deserted his post have in common? Quite a bit, actually.

* They attempted to kill each other the first time they met.
* They're liable to try again at some point in the five-hundred-mile journey that they're inexplicably sharing.
* They are not falling in love with each other.
* They are not falling in love with each other.
* They are.... Oh no.

That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole

Mercy Alston knows the best thing to do with pesky feelings like “love” and “hope”: avoid them at all cost. Serving as a maid to Eliza Hamilton, and an assistant in the woman's stubborn desire to preserve her late husband's legacy, has driven that point home for Mercy—as have her own previous heartbreaks.

When Andromeda Stiel shows up at Hamilton Grange for an interview in her grandfather's stead, Mercy's resolution to live a quiet, pain-free life is tested by the beautiful, flirtatious, and entirely overwhelming dressmaker.

Andromeda has staid Mercy reconsidering her worldview, but neither is prepared for love—or for what happens when it's not enough.

Coming October 17, Milan, Lerner, and Cole only recently announced that this project existed.  Inspired by love of country, as Milan eloquently states on her website, “It is my most fervent wish that someday equality will truly belong to everyone, the way it was originally promised. I don’t know if this is the book anyone needs to read, but it is the one I needed to write at this particular moment…I like to think of this anthology as a work about the America that always has been there, waiting.”

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Mon
Oct 16 2017 1:00pm

Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You Book Club Discussion Thread

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

After a wonderful spring and summer, H&H’s E-Book of the Month Club program is on a short break. We hope you enjoyed the free e-books and will let you know as soon when the next free e-book is available for download.

In the meantime, we’re happy to say that Book Club continues! We invite you to join us for monthly discussions, author Q&As, and more about books we’re loving.

Today, join Team H&H for October's Book Club pick and gush with us about....Alisha Rai's Hate to Want You

Hate to Want You, the first in the Forbidden Hearts series, is a book we've talked about a lot here at H&H HQ and has been raved about by our reviewers, over and over again! Livvy and Nicholas's story of forbidden love, rival families, and childhood-sweethearts-turned-enemies resonated with us, and we hope it will resonate with you as well! 

Don't know the story just yet? Here's what's to expect from Hate to Want You:

One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts—and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up.

Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want . . . so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence—and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

Being together might be against all the rules . . . but being apart is impossible.

When you're ready, come and chat with us about Livvy and Nicholas and their sexy, angst-filled love story.

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back.

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

[Read more...]

Mon
Oct 16 2017 11:57am
Excerpt

Jessica Linden Excerpt: Trust In Me

Jessica Linden

Trust In Me by Jessica Linden

As the heir to a large pharmaceutical company, Marco Adamo had it all. But when a drunk Marco crashes his car, leaving him unharmed but his best friend in critical condition, Marco’s life is thrown off track. In an attempt to regain control over his life, Marco flees to the military and returns, ready to own up to his actions and his past.

Four years later and returned a changed man, Marco meets the beautiful Kat Delagrage. But before their relationship can blossom into something real, Kat learns that Marco was the man behind her brother’s severe injuries. Kat vows to keep Marco out of her life…until a shadowy man from her past threatens her, making her realize that she’ll need to trust Marco to protect her…and in the process, find a way to let him into her heart for good.

Get a sneak peek at Jessica Linden's Trust In Me (available October 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Marco Adamo pulled out of the car dealership parking lot in a new pickup truck, his army-issued duffel bag that contained all his possessions in the world sitting in the passenger seat. Even though it was a full-size truck, it still felt small after he’d spent the last eighteen months riding around in a Humvee in the Middle East.

He headed in the direction of Adamo Enterprises, his family’s pharmaceutical company. That’s where he should have gone hours earlier when his flight landed instead of taking a cab directly to the car dealership.

He dismissed the thought, telling himself that acquiring transportation was more important. After all, he didn’t want to burden his family with having to drive him around. It was the thoughtful thing to do.

[Read the full Trust In Me excerpt...]

Wed
Jul 5 2017 11:15am

Jax Promises to Worship Gia in the First Trailer for Sylvia Day’s Afterburn/Aftershock

Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day

If you're unfamiliar with the soon-to-come streaming service Passionflix, you're going to want to get on board for the adaptation of Sylvia Days' Afterburn/Aftershock.  Day posted about the project on her Facebook and gave us some photos of the Gia and Jax over at her website. 

We're so excited about the upcoming film, here's a summary from Passionflix: 

“Businesswoman Gia Rossi is determined to be successful in her new job, but when her ex lover Jax Rutledge waltzes back into her life, their passionate connection ignites not only in the boardroom, but the bedroom.”

The film is set to be out in November 2017. We'll update you with an exact date once we know more!

The trailer for Sylvia Day's Afterburn/Aftershock is here! Get an early look at the film, premiering November 3, 2017, on Passionflix! 

Learn more about or order a copy of Afterburn & Aftershock by Sylvia Day, available now: 

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Mon
Oct 16 2017 10:00am

Enter for a Chance to Win 10 Fall Books That’ll Spirit You Away!

Paranormal sweepstakes prize pack

Rake in a Pile of New Romances!

Enter for a chance to win 10 spooky-good books...

What better way to heat up chilly autumn nights than with a stack of sexy romances?! Enter for a chance to win 10 (yes, TEN) of the season’s buzziest books—before some are even in stores!

  • Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
  • Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan
  • Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (Advance Reader Copy)
  • Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole
  • Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh
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  • So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks
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  • Wicked Vampire by Kate Baxter (Advance Reader Copy)

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  6. GENERAL RULES: Sponsor has the right, in its sole discretion, to modify these Official Rules (including without limitation by adjusting any of the dates and/or timeframes stipulated in these Official Rules) and to cancel, modify or suspend this Sweepstakes at any time in its discretion, including without limitation if a virus, bug, technical problem, entrant fraud or misconduct, or other cause beyond the control of the Sponsor corrupts the administration, integrity, security or proper operation of the Sweepstakes or if for any other reason Sponsor is not able to conduct the Sweepstakes as planned (including without limitation in the event the Sweepstakes is interfered with by any fire, flood, epidemic, earthquake, explosion, labor dispute or strike, act of God or of public enemy, communications failure, riot or civil disturbance, war (declared or undeclared), terrorist threat or activity, federal, state or local law, order or regulation or court order) or in the event of any change to the terms governing the use of Facebook or the application or interpretation of such terms. In the event of termination of the Sweepstakes, a notice will be posted on the Website or Sponsor's Facebook page and a random drawing will be conducted to award the prize from among all eligible entries received prior to the time of termination. Sponsor has the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify or prohibit from participating in the Sweepstakes any individual who, in Sponsor's discretion, Sponsor determines or believes (i) has tampered with the entry process or has undermined the legitimate operation of the Website or the Sweepstakes by cheating, hacking, deception or other unfair practices, (ii) has engaged in conduct that annoys, abuses, threatens or harasses any other entrant or any representative of Sponsor or (iii) has attempted or intends to attempt any of the foregoing. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEBSITE OR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORM ASSOCIATED WITH THIS SWEEPSTAKES OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THIS SWEEPSTAKES IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAW. SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, SPONSOR HAS THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES (INCLUDING ATTORNEYS' FEES) FROM ANY PERSON INVOLVED TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW. The use of agents or automated devices, programs or methods to submit entries is prohibited and Sponsor has the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any entry that it believes may have been submitted using such an agent or automated device, program or method. In the event of a dispute regarding who submitted an entry, the entry will be deemed to have been submitted by the authorized account holder of the email address submitted at the time of entry. “Authorized account holder” means the person who is assigned an email address by an internet provider, online service provider or other organization (e.g., business, educational institute, etc.) that is responsible for assigning email addresses for the domain associated with the submitted email address. An entrant may be required to provide proof (in a form acceptable to Sponsor, including, without limitation, government-issued photo identification) that he or she is the authorized account holder of the email address associated with the entry in question. All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. All entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be verified or returned. By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants on behalf of themselves, and to the extent permitted by law on behalf of the Entrant Parties agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final and binding in all respects. These Official Rules may not be reprinted or republished in any way without the prior written consent of Sponsor.

  7. DISPUTES: By entering the Sweepstakes, each entrant on behalf of himself or herself and the Entrant Parties agrees that, to the maximum extent permitted by applicable law, (a) any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with the Sweepstakes, or the provision, acceptance and/or use of any prize or prize component, will be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action (Note: Some jurisdictions do not allow restricting access to class actions. This provision will not apply to you if you live in such a jurisdiction); (b) any and all claims, judgments and awards shall be limited to actual out-of-pocket costs incurred, including costs associated with entering the Sweepstakes, but in no event attorneys' fees; and (c) under no circumstances will any entrant or Entrant Party be permitted to obtain any award for, and each entrant and Entrant Party hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, special, incidental or consequential damages and any and all rights to have damages multiplied or otherwise increased and any other damages, other than for actual out-of-pocket expenses. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and enforceability of these Official Rules or the rights and obligations of the entrants, Entrant Parties and Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of the State of New York in the United States of America without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules or provisions that would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than the State of New York. Any legal proceedings arising out of this Sweepstakes or relating to these Official Rules shall be instituted only in the federal or state courts located in New York County in the State of New York, waiving any right to trial by jury, and each entrant and Entrant Party consents to jurisdiction therein with respect to any legal proceedings or disputes of whatever nature arising under or relating to these rules or the Sweepstakes. In the event of any conflict between these Official Rules and any Sweepstakes information provided elsewhere (including but not limited in advertising or marketing materials), these Official Rules shall prevail.

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Mon
Oct 16 2017 8:02am

Do You Read Parody Romances?

Romance novels can often be the butt of a joke... one that we're not fond of being the punchline. However, if you know romance sometimes it can be fun to play around the rules and write something that's a little whacky. And that “fun” comes in the form of parody romances. They're not meant to be taken seriously and that's part of what makes them such a treat to read. 

Chuck Tingle is one of the names that comes to people's lips first when talking about parody romance, but we know there are others! Have you read any? Do you like parody romance? 

Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!

Sun
Oct 15 2017 10:00pm

A Price to Pay: Poldark Season 3, Episode 3 Heart-to-Heart

Poldark, Season 3, Episode 3

Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 3, Episode 3* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza)

*Editors Note: This is Episode 3 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 4.

Let the record show: Ross Poldark did not behave like a buffoon in this episode.

I'm as shocked as you are.

No, Ross and co. handled some pretty taxing situations with aplomb this week and managed to stick it to the man (i.e. George) in such a beautiful way that I know things will, most certainly, go downhill and fast.

It's Christmastime in the world of Poldark, but all is not merry and bright. Early on in the episode, we see Dwight and his dire situation in France. The place he's being held prisoner is awful—there's not enough water or food and we are led to believe that Dwight is being spared because he's useful as a doctor. Even when he does (hopefully) get rescued, I don't imagine that Dr. Enys will go back to his easy-going ways. Beyond the incredible beard he's sporting, Dwight's entire countenance is one that's deeply affected by war and the conditions around him. 

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Sun
Oct 15 2017 12:03pm
Excerpt

Joanna Shupe Excerpt: A Daring Arrangement

Joanna Shupe

A Daring Arrangement by Joanna Shupe

Lady Honora Parker must get engaged as soon as possible, and only a particular type of man will do. Nora seeks a mate so abhorrent, so completely unacceptable, that her father will reject the match—leaving her free to marry the artist she loves. Who then is the most appalling man in Manhattan? The wealthy, devilishly handsome financier, Julius Hatcher, of course….

Julius is intrigued by Nora’s ruse and decides to play along. But to Nora’s horror, Julius transforms himself into the perfect fiancé, charming the very people she hoped he would offend. It seems Julius has a secret plan all his own—one that will solve a dark mystery from his past, and perhaps turn him into the kind of man Nora could truly love.

Get a sneak peek at Joanna Shupe's A Daring Arrangement (available October 31, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

A waiter appeared to take their drink order. Julius ordered champagne for Nora and bourbon for himself. He should probably drink champagne as well, but the mood hardly felt celebratory. He angled toward her and lowered his voice. “Please, tell me what is bothering you.”

“How are you so certain something is bothering me?”

[Read the full A Daring Arrangement excerpt...]

Sat
Oct 14 2017 12:06pm
Excerpt

Alicia Hunter Pace Excerpt: Slap Shot: Bryant

Alicia Hunter Pace

Slap Shot: Bryant by Alicia Hunter Pace

Two deeply scarred souls struggle with forbidden feelings in this heartfelt second novel in the Nashville Sound series.

Life has taught defenseman Bryant Taylor never to look back and never get serious about a woman. His ill, pregnant wife died while he was off playing an away game, leaving him—and both their families—heartbroken. Jokes and puck bunnies are his style now, and he’s sticking to it.

Gabriella Charbonnet has idolized her brother Emile since he rescued her from their violently abusive father when she was eleven—and he’s supported her ever since. He even agreed to play for the Sound so that she could apprentice as a pastry chef in nearby Beauford, Tennessee.

When Bryant and Gabriella find themselves thrown together at a society fundraiser, sparks fly. But Gabriella wants nothing to do with hockey players, aside from her brother, who just so happens to be Bryant’s best friend. The first rule of the bro code? Don’t mess with sisters.

There are plenty of reasons why starting a relationship would be all kinds of wrong, yet walking away from each other doesn’t prove to be as easy as they thought.

Get a sneak peek at Alicia Hunter Pace's Slap Shot: Bryant (available October 23, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

As the chorus of “Must Be Doing Something Right” ended, a hand closed around Gabriella’s elbow from behind and slid down her arm to her hand. There was something about the warmth and pressure of that hand. She knew it was the same hand that had touched her shoulder before on the porch; she knew it was Bryant before he turned her toward him. There was too much fire in that touch for it to be anyone else.

He looked at her the way every woman wants to be looked at least once, and there wasn’t a trace of pity there. “Dance with me.”

She answered him by moving into his arms and letting him move her to the floor.

Bryant couldn’t believe his luck.

[Read the full Slap Shot: Bryan excerpt...]

Sat
Oct 14 2017 11:00am

Outlander’s Frank Randall Deserved a Happy Ending

Farewell Frank Randall...

Note: This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Outlander, along with a healthy dose of speculation. 

Let’s get the big thing out of the way first. Claire and Jamie, all day every day. Not going to budge on that one. Even Frank understood that. The wife he loved disappeared during that second honeymoon, which was totally not the outcome he wanted. This is the man who jumped on the bed with Claire, giddy as children, happy, together, and so very, very much in love, that it hurt to know that he and Claire would be separated again, soon, and with much more impact. True, Frank may not be a Highland warrior, and neither we nor Claire ever got the chance to see him in a kilt, but Frank’s wartime work with MI6 does grant him secret agent status, and the man does fill out a suit quite nicely. Frank is smart, diligent, has a strong code of ethics, and he’s willing to put in the work to restore his and Claire’s marriage, not once, but twice. Claire’s disappearance sets Frank’s research skills into action, but all for nothing. She’s gone, but not forever.

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Fri
Oct 13 2017 4:30pm

One Wicked Bite: Romance News & Deals from Larissa Ione, Lauren Layne, 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

Forsake by Night by Larissa Ione

Deal Alert: Larissa Ione's paranormal romance Forsaken by Night is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Shifter and vampire Tehya accidentally gets stuck in wolf form and finds herself the pet of Lobo, a fellow vampire with the ability to communicate with wolves. Lobo knows there's something special about Tehya and confirms it once she's finally able to return to her true form, but when she does, they find themselves in more danger than they anticipate. Take a bite out of this one!

Deal Alert: Victoria Roberts's Scottish historical romance My Highland Spy is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Take a trip to the Highlands with Lady Ravenna Walsingham, a spy for the Crown sent to infiltrate the home of Laird Ruairi Sutherland as a governess to his only son. Laird Sutherland didn't expect for his lie to the king to result in a beautiful English governess on his doorstep. Lady Walsingham soon finds that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her body and soul...

Deal Alert: Lauren Layne's contemporary romance From This Day Forward is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Wedding photographer Leah McHale's career has been soaring thanks to her partnership with Wedding Belles, Inc. Her newest assignment, photographer to the former first daughter, is destined to put her on the map and she can't wait...until she finds out she'll be working with Jason Rhodes, the man who once destroyed her heart. Jason, however, sees their arrangement as an opportunity to make amends and win back the one woman he never should've let go. Sometimes things are sweeter the second time around...

Deal Alert: Kelly Jamieson's new adult romance Cross Check is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Ella and Ben can't stand one another—she thinks he's a snob, and he thinks she's a flighty party girl. Through mutual friends, they find themselves constantly around one another and have to admit that there's more to the other than meets the eye. Can't get enough of enemies-to-lovers? Here's 6 more to fit your mood.

[+A new Jamie and Claire photo...]

Fri
Oct 13 2017 3:00pm

“Sometimes my eyes hurt”: 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!


lauralee1912 can ignore a bad cover

lauralee1912 in Which Do You Have a Higher Tolerance For: Bad Covers or Bad Titles?

I pretty much ignore a bad cover since I mostly read e-books. However, sometimes my eyes hurt went I look at my content on our Amazon account, which I share with my husband. That said, I hear about all the dukes who inhabit my Kindle and get teased about any punny or bad titles that appear on the list.

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Fri
Oct 13 2017 2:00pm

Find New Love and Old Friends in Mary Kay Andrews’s The High Tide Club

This summer may have come to a close, but author Mary Kay Andrews is already giving us something to look forward to next year with a first look at her next must-have beach read! Team H&H is thrilled to bring you the cover for Andrews's forthcoming The High Tide Club, an intergenerational story of mystery, secrets, and new love...

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

From the bestselling author of The Weekenders comes a delightful novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.

When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.

Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships at a time when World War II was looming; when secrets led to betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina.

Even at the end of her life, Josephine seems unwilling or unable to face her past, deliberately evading Brooke’s questions. When Josephine nears death with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met. High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a compelling and witty tale of romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered and true love found.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews, available May 8, 2018:

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