<i>His Command</i>: Exclusive Excerpt His Command: Exclusive Excerpt Sophie H. Morgan "Follow his lead and she'll get everything she's ever wished for." <em>Her Fake Engagement</em> Her Fake Engagement Gigi Garrett H&H members can read our brand-new original novella for FREE! <i>Dragonsworn</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Dragonsworn: Exclusive Excerpt Sherrilyn Kenyon This Were-Hunter was huge. ... And to her instant horror, she wasn’t immune to his charms. July's Book Club Pick Is Lora Leigh's <em>Wild Card</em>! July's Book Club Pick Is Lora Leigh's Wild Card! Team H & H Prepare to dish on the SEALs of Lora Leigh's Elite Ops #1, Wild Card!
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July 19, 2017
Do We Treat Widows and Widowers Differently in Romance?
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Janet Webb
July 15, 2017
Trust: Exclusive Excerpt
Kylie Scott
July 14, 2017
The 6 Fantasy Romance Authors You Should Be Reading Right Now
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July 13, 2017
Jane Austen at Home Explores a Different Side of Austen
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Thu
Jul 20 2017 4:30pm

Open Your Heart to Me: Romance News & Deals from Lauren Dane, Laura Trentham, and More

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Broken Open by Lauren Dane

Deal Alert: Lauren Dane's contemporary romance Broken Open is $1.99 at Amazon.* Tuesday Eastwood pieced her life back together after a tragedy in the small Oregon town of Hood River. With her life sorted, she's content to keep men at a distance—no lengthy attachments. Rancher Ezra Hurley is the opposite of Tuesday's dreams, but their insatiable desire is too much to ignore. 

Deal Alert: Laura Trentham's small-town romance Kiss Me That Way is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Cade Fournette hightailed it out of Cottonbloom as soon he could and didn't look back, even though he left behind Monroe Kirby, the woman he's never been able to forget. “Kiss Me That Way is a satisfying, sensual friends-to-lovers story that examines how a shared past can complicate the possibility of a future between two wary—but very interested—adults.” Bonus! Two more Cottonbloom novels, Then He Kissed Me and Till I Kissed You, are also on sale for $2.99 each. 

Deal Alert: Tawna Fenske's romantic comedy The Hang Up is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Miriam Ashley is a PR specialist who cleans up the acts of bad boys for a living. CEO Jason Sanders should be a breeze of a fix, except she can't seem to resist his charming ways. What is it about bad boys that's so appealing?

[+A cover reveal from author Lauren Blakely]

Thu
Jul 20 2017 2:00pm

If Game of Thrones’ Grey Worm & Missandei Die, We Riot!

Missandei and Grey Worm

Note: This post contains some spoilers for HBO's Game of Thrones—particularly those plot points involving Missandei and Grey Worm.

There are more dragons than there are black people in the core cast of HBO's Game of Thrones—a show on which at least six people die before breakfast every day. So, you might understand why I'm petrified that the achingly beautiful Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) will bite the dust sometime between the current Season 7 and the final Season 8. If they do...? I say we riot!

On a show that prides itself on over-the-top violence, over-the-top sex, and over-the-top sexual violence, the gentle, quiet, love story of Daenerys Targaryen's two trusted companions has been a welcome balm. Grey Worm, forcibly castrated and enslaved as a young boy, now serves as the commander of Dany's army. Missandei, also a survivor of enslavement, is Dany's translator and general bestie (as much as someone can be pals with the Mother of Dragons). And, frankly, most of the time I like them better than anybody in that particular story arc.

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Thu
Jul 20 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Rogue Desire Anthology (July 20, 2017)

Rogue Desires Anthology

Adriana Anders, Amy Jo Cousins, Ainsley Booth, Emma Barry, Dakota Gray, Stacey Agdern, Jane Lee Blair, Tamsen Parker
Rogue Desires
Pronoun / July 20, 2017 / $.99 digital

Eight romance authors have teamed up for Rogue Desire, an anthology of what they’re calling “Resistance Romance.” The result is eight stories that serve up doses of heat and hope during a tumultuous political time. It’s like this: the daily (hourly?) news cycle is exhausting, but like a car crash in slow motion, many of us can’t look away. If you can’t look away but also like to read romance… this is the anthology for you.

While a couple of the stories didn’t work for me personally, I was completely engrossed in others. As is the magic of anthologies, every reader has a different favorite, and I really hope some of you will seek me out on Twitter to talk about yours. In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of each story:

Grassroots by Adriana Anders

In the first story, the heroine is running for city council and meets the hero, a visually-impaired hacker/inventor while she’s canvassing. The hero is super hot, but hasn’t had a real relationship because he hasn’t found someone who gets him. The heroine doesn’t have a “name” and just wants to do right by her community. He uses his network to help her out, and she helps him come out of seclusion. This story is known to have made at least two H&H bloggers cry.

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Thu
Jul 20 2017 12:01pm
Excerpt

Sophie H. Morgan Excerpt: His Command

Sophie H. Morgan

His Command by Sophie H. Morgan

He's a genie. She's a mortal.

He's a flirt. She's definitely-certainly-absolutely done with charming men.
What happens when this playboy runs across the one woman who doesn't fall under his spell?

Magic of course.

Hailey has been given the chance of her career. All she has to do is plan and execute the perfect society wedding and she'll get the promotion she's been working towards. Too bad the groom is her ex-boyfriend. Ryder hates seeing a damsel in distress and with a little genie magic is determined to make the sexy Miss Hailey have a little bit of fun. All she has to do is follow his lead and she'll get everything she's ever wished for.

Get a sneak peek at Sophie H. Morgan's His Command (available July 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

1.

Hailey blamed the coffee.

She took it hot and milky, with a touch of sugar if she was feeling naughty. Her boss, whom the employees had labeled the Duchess behind her back, frowned upon sugar in all its forms, lecturing daily on its caloric properties. Erica Pearce Weddings, she always dictated, would not have overweight individuals greeting their exclusive clients. Image was God, and she its disciple.

Hailey almost didn’t blame her for being so crabby. If she hadn’t let a cookie pass her lips for however many years, she might look like she’d sucked a lemon down to the peel, too.

That morning Hailey had let herself into the office at seven a.m., latte—no sugar—in hand, hustled into the little office she shared with fellow grunt workers, Max, Quentin, and the newest intern, and dived into the Cutler-Connelly wedding file to get up to date before she sat in on their meeting that afternoon. They hadn’t discussed more than the location, the date, and some theme options, but Hailey took to details like a drug. If she was ever going to rise above her current grunt level to a full-blown wedding planner, as in her ten-year plan, she knew she needed to excel.

[Read the full His Command excerpt...]

Thu
Jul 20 2017 9:30am

5 Erotic Romance Best Bets for July 2017

In need of some erotic reading material to fill your e reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic recommendations to tempt your palate and your credit card.

July’s fireworks don't hold a candle to the sparks generating in these stories as boundaries are ripped away, inhibitions removed, and their every erotic desire is consummated.

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

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Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother's art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it's in the red.
Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him for the period of one year.

The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting...but surely her mother didn't mean for Mona to sell herself to a stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red…

The Red is erotica at its finest when a young woman agrees to give herself to a mysterious man for the period of one year in exchange for his help saving her art gallery. Using a series of famous paintings, Reisz pays homage to the masters while peeling back the layers of a submissive and showing her the true power she holds as she falls deeper into her own desires. This is a standalone and not connected to any of Reisz’s ongoing series.

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Thu
Jul 20 2017 8:07am

Can You Name Any Dominant Women in Romance?

The title of this post is rhetorical, because we think—if you read erotic and BDSM romance—that you may be able to mention at least one Dominant woman in a romantic relationship. However, last week guest author May Bridges explored the topic of female sexuality and erotic romance, but it left one commenter asking: where are all the dominant women in romance? We know they're out there! 

So, can you help a reader out? What books would you recommend with the woman as the dominant partner? In particular, can you think of female Dommes? 

Tell us your recommendations in the comments!

 

Wed
Jul 19 2017 4:30pm

I’ve Got You Under My Skin: Romance News & Deals from Susan Mallery, Linda Broday, and More

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Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's contemporary romance Under Her Skin is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “The Lone Star Sisters quartet...features the three loving but competitive Titan sisters" as they struggle against their controlling father’s plans and their half-brother’s determination to destroy the Titan family. In Under Her Skin, Lexi Titan has to make a choice between losing everything she's built or getting fake engaged to Cruz Rodriguez in order to help save her business.

Deal Alert: Author and H&H Blogger Lynne Connolly's Georgian-set historical romance Wild Lavender is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “Connolly closes out her rollicking Emperors of London series with this seventh book” as Helena refuses the match her family makes for her because she's in love with Tom, the son of her family's most dangerous enemy.

Deal Alert: Linda Broday's Western historical romance Texas Redemption is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Laurel James wants to shed her dark past, so she agrees to marry the mayor of a small Texas town to lead the quiet, safe, respectable life she thinks she wants. Everything is fine until Shenandoah, the man she loved and lost, rides back into town and she can't seem to shake her desire. Looking for more non-Regency historicals? Check out July's Best Bets!

Deal Alert: Adriana Anders' dark romance By Her Touch is $.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* “By Her Touch is a story about an undercover ATF agent/biker-in-hiding and the dermatologist who’s helping remove his tattoos coming together to find redemption and love.” This is the second book in Anders' Blank Canvas series.

[+An RWA anthology!]

Wed
Jul 19 2017 3:45pm

First Look: Joan Johnston’s Blackthorne’s Bride (July 25, 2017)

Blackthorne's Bride by Joan Johnston

Joan Johnston
Blackthorne's Bride (A Bitter Creek Novel)
Dell / July 25, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

In 2013, Joan Johnston published Montana Bride, the third in her Mail-Order Brides series about the Wentworth sisters. Fans have been waiting since then for Josie Wentworth’s story and it was worth the wait. Blackthorne’s Bride has an old-school vibe. 

The titular Blackthorne is summoned home by his grandmother from America. Blackthorne asks his companion to take care of the girl and to do whatever it takes to save her. The back cover copy neatly telescopes the next few years in the lives of our protagonists.

Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.

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Wed
Jul 19 2017 2:00pm

Bad Boys & Freedom: An Intellectual Choice For The Modern Woman

Breaking Bad: 14 Tales of Lawless Love

Today we're thrilled to host LaQuette (Breaking Bad: 14 Tales of Lawless Love) who is here to talk about one of our favorite things—heroes! And not just any heroes, but bad boys. Now, we've talked several times about how bad boys are maybe not the choice we'd make in the real world... but should it be? LaQuette is here to ponder that very question. Thanks, LaQuette!

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Leave those bad behind boys alone.

If your mama was anything like mine, you’ve heard some variation of that warning throughout your lifetime.  And if you’re also like me, that cautionary advice only made you want to see what was so wrong with bad boys for yourself.

In the romance genre, bad boys are the ultimate forbidden desire for the quintessential good girl.  Polly Perfect is swept off her feet by the dashing, and often sinister bad boy time and time again.  From the outside looking in, this pairing seems unconventional. However, under a closer lens, we can see that there is a genuine reason an innocent, tender thing like Polly would choose a bad boy.  And it’s nothing as dubious as we might think.

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Wed
Jul 19 2017 1:30pm
Original Story

Her Fake Engagement: A Heroes and Heartbreakers Original Novella

Gigi Garrett

Her Fake Engagement by Gigi Garrett

Heroes and Heartbreakers is proud to present the newest addition to our H&H Short Fiction Program family: Gigi Garrett's Her Fake Engagement, a delightful contemporary romance set in New York City!

Lottie thinks she has life figured out—until her best friend convinces her to play the role of bride-to-be for a night and she meets artist Tyler... Here's the full description:

No artists, no smokers, no men with beards… Manhattan real estate broker Lottie Langerman feels confident that if she follows her long list of dating rules, she’ll meet The One and her life will unfold exactly as planned. Everything changes when her best friend decides to throw a fake bachelorette party—just to see what all the fuss is about—and Lottie reluctantly agrees to play the role of bride-to-be for a night.

Faking an engagement turns out to be more fun—and trouble—than Lottie could have imagined. Not only does her dream man think she’s taken, but Lottie keeps running into bearded Brooklyn jewelry designer Tyler, who breaks every single one of her rules...yet manages to get under her skin like no one else. Soon, Lottie finds herself at a crossroads where she must decide: Play it safe—or ditch the rules and follow her heart?

H&H members can read the full story on the site right now, a full month before the e-book hits shelves. (Not a member? Sign up now—it's free and easy.) So what are you waiting for? Lose yourself in Lottie's story for a few hours, leave a comment to let us and the author know what you thought, and then pre-order a copy of the Her Fake Engagement e-book (out on August 29) for your digital keeper shelf!

[Read Her Fake Engagement...]

Wed
Jul 19 2017 9:30am

Do We Treat Widows and Widowers Differently in Romance?

The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

The 3 Factors to How We Treat Widows vs. Widowers

After much “research,” I have a hypothesis regarding the treatment of widows and widowers in romance:

The divide isn’t based on male/female but rather on time period. We treat modern widows differently than historical widows.

Okay, before you give me examples of why I’m wrong, hear me out. I have some supporting evidence.

Marriages of Choice vs. Convenience

While there are present-day unhappy marriages and olden-day happy marriages, the advent of divorce, birth control, and economic independence for women has changed the marital landscape. This means that widows and widowers these days are more likely to have been in love with their late spouse. We see characters who may internally compare their new love with the old, and authors who are respectfully making it clear that one is not replacing the other. Characters may have a hard time making room for this new partner in their life while holding on to the memories of the love they had before. It’s a fine line that contemporary authors walk, trying to convince readers of the depth of both loves.

In historicals, it’s more often that the widow(er) has lost a spouse who was, in one way or another, forced upon them. The heroine may be a young widow who married a man 30 years her senior and is just now able to marry of her own will. The hero may have married a spiteful woman with a large dowry, who ran off and is now deceased. (Looking at you, Lawrence Browne Affair) Since so much historical romance focuses on the lives of the aristocracy, marriages are frequently arranged based on financial or political benefit, not on any sort of suitability.

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Wed
Jul 19 2017 8:01am

Science Explains Why You Turn Right When You Kiss

Couple kissing in a club

Have you ever noticed that when people kiss, they tilt their head to the right? A recent scientific study showed that two-thirds of couples tilt their head to the right when they kiss their partner, no matter who initiates the kiss—though men are 15 times more likely to initiate a kiss. 

In romance, it does appear that the latter appears to true. But what do you think of this study? Do you think it's interesting?

Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!

Tue
Jul 18 2017 4:30pm

Be Sinfully Good: Romance News & Deals from Nora Roberts, Kristen Ashley, and More

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Sacred Sins by Nora Roberts

Deal Alert: Nora Roberts' romantic suspense novel Sacred Sins is $2.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Well-known and respected psychiatrist Tess Court and detective Ben Paris team up to stop a serial killer wreaking havoc in Washington, D.C. These two opposites can't keep away from one another as tensions mount and the killer draws closer... Take another trip with Nora once you're ready to leave D.C. 

Deal Alert: Kristen Ashley's contemporary romance At Peace is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* When Violet has enough of her rowdy neighbor, she goes next door to tell him to quiet down only to be confronted with the sexy and reckless Joe Callahan. Think you might be in an enemies-to-lovers situation, too? Here are 20 foolproof signs...

Deal Alert: M. O'Keefe's contemporary romance Wait For It is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* In the fourth book of O'Keefe's Everything I Left Unsaid series, Tiffany and Blake's contentious relationship lights up the pages as they both have to contend with their pasts and find that the journey makes the outcome well worth the wait. 

Deal Alert: Sarah Robinson's MMA romance Becoming a Legend is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Kane Kavanagh has a clear goal—to be the best mixed martial artist alive. He doesn't have time for commitment, especially not with the all-too-tempting Nora Hannigan. When the chemistry gets to be too much, Kane realizes he's willing to go round-for-round to win Nora's heart

[+Graphic novels and the creator of Wonder Woman...]

Tue
Jul 18 2017 2:00pm

Once Upon a Time’s Best (and Worst) Couples, An Opinionated Opinion

Once Upon A Time

Note: This post contains spoilers on all six seasons of Once Upon a Time... and is slightly opinionated! Share down in the comments your own favorite and least favorite couples from the show. 

Once Upon a Time Season 6 has just wrapped *sighs dramatically* and there’s some major shake-ups on the way for the Storybrooke cast.  With the show going through a reboot, Snow, Charming, Belle, Young Henry and even our kick-ass blonde savior Emma are out. Poof!

What this means for the remaining cast, we won’t know until new episodes of the show hit screens in October later this year (or probably in 2020 if you live in Australia like me and for some reason EVERY show takes months to get released, as if it’s being rowed here by a one-armed delivery man in a kayak with no GPS) but for now, let us all obsess over the all-time great romances of the show.

Note—I’m only covering couples that include the main cast.  This show is romance-heavy, and I can’t list them all, especially considering there are niche shippings for couples that don’t even exist involving characters who don’t have names #CaptainNemo+FairyNumber3Foreva

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Tue
Jul 18 2017 1:00pm

First Look: On Fire Anthology (July 18, 2017)

On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories

Edited by Rachel Kramer Bussel*
On Fire: Erotic Romance Stories
Cleis Press / July 18, 2017 / $10.99 digital

On Fire is the latest in writer/editor Rachel Kramer Bussel’s erotica anthologies with Cleis Publishing… but it was my first modern erotica anthology ever. I’ve read erotic romance, sure. Romance anthologies, yes. My first anthology of erotica, I suppose, would be Anais Nin’s The Delta of Venus. But a book of pure smut written and edited by and for women? This was my first. It won’t be my last.

In the introduction, Kramer Bussel says:

“…these stories are both tender and dirty, sometimes within the span of the same page. That is the beauty of these erotic storytellers – they don’t skimp on love or lust, instead entwining them in tales that make your pulse pound, your heart race, and your breath sigh.”

That, in two sentences, sums up the anthology. The stories within are varied, so I think there’s something for everyone here. Some stories are kinky, some are not. Some stories focus on two partners, some couples invite others in for the fun. A couple of the stories are about new lovers, but most take place within the bounds of already existing relationships.

It’s this last bit that I found fascinating. In several of the stories, a couple that’s been together for months, years, centuries (yeah, there’s a paranormal), explores the physical and emotional intimacy that already exists in their relationship. In a couple of the cases, this aspect of their love has been neglected. In one memorable story, the couple swings, and the sexual part of their joint life has very clearly never been neglected. There are stories of partners reuniting after an absence. Stories of partners drawing upon their trust and love to share new or previously daunting aspects of their sexuality.

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Tue
Jul 18 2017 12:07pm
Excerpt

Sherrilyn Kenyon Excerpt: Dragonsworn

 Dragonsworn by Sherrilyn Kenyon

In this second book in the “Dragons Rising” trilogy, set in the Dark-Hunters universe that has pushed Kenyon to the top of the New York Times best sellers list many, many times, the dragon Falcyn hates Greeks for having destroyed all that he loved. Now the god Apollo is sending an army of demons to destroy the people of his granddaughter, Medea, who is not content to sit back idly. Testy Falcyn has a weapon that could save them all.

Get a sneak peek at Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dragonsworn (available August 1, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene from Chapter 1!

Medea screwed her face up at all the humans in the dark, noisy bar as they swayed to the music of the house band of shapeshifters they’d ironically named The Howlers. Gah, how she hated them all. Though to be honest, it would be quite a feast for her should she choose to indulge, not that she needed their blood to feed— unlike the others of her kind.

For her, it was just fun payback. . . .

More tempted than she ought to be, she forced herself to ignore all the throats that would be so easy to rip open and searched for her half brother’s familiar face. Though she and Urian were technically enemies who fought on opposite sides of this war, he was still one of the few people she considered her friend.

Right now, she had dire news he needed to hear.

“Hey, baby! You looking for me?”

[Keep reading...]

Tue
Jul 18 2017 9:30am

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Trust (July 18, 2017)

Trust by Kylie Scott

Kylie Scott
Trust
Kylie Scott / July 18, 2017 / $4.99 digital 

There are a few books where I would be okay with the relationship between the hero and heroine being platonic because the friendship and foundation has been so strongly written that the relationship is as satisfying as two individuals coming together in a romantic relationship. Kylie Scott’s Trust is one of those books. I’ve been a fan of Scott’s since the publication of her zombie-menage Flesh. Trust is Scott’s first foray into the self-publishing world and hopefully not her last.

Trust brings us the story of plus-size heroine, Edie, a young woman who’s future at her current school was defined by the fateful night she became the hostage of a gunman. John is a peer her age that, through his brother’s reputation as a dealer, knew the gunman and was able to talk him down before attacking the gunman and rescuing Edie. Fastfoward from that night and you have John trying to put his life in order away from his brother’s sordid reputation and Edie finding herself starting over at the public high school.

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Tue
Jul 18 2017 8:13am

What Is Your Favorite Romance Title?

When new information from our favorite authors gets revealed, we sigh over the cover and notice the title—and hopefully are left saying “such a great title.” We're told not to judge a book by its cover... but what about its title? Not looking at the content, or considering your subgenre preferences, what has been your favorite romance novel title? What did you love about it? 

Mon
Jul 17 2017 4:30pm

Cowboy Take Me Away: Romance News & Deals from Diana Palmer, Kari Lynn Dell, and More

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Carrera's Bride by Diana Palmer

Deal Alert: Diana Palmer's Western romance Carrera's Bride is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Marcus Carrera strikes fear into the hearts of friends and foes alike, so when fate blindsides him with Delia Mason and a problem only he can solve, he sets out to help her and cedes more of his heart to her than he expected. Here are some surefire ways you'll know you're in a Diana Palmer romance...

Deal Alert: Kari Lynn Dell's contemporary romance Tangled in Texas is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Delon Sanchez's life is turned upside down in 32 seconds when a career-ending injury takes him out of the rodeo circuit for good. Just when he thinks fate can't get any more cruel, his perfect ex, Tori Patterson, comes back into his life in a way he can't avoid. Do you love second-chance romances?

Deal Alert: Ann B. Harrison's contemporary romance Chance for Love is FREE at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Callie is looking for a new start so she answers an ad for a ranch manager. Chance, the ranch owner, happens to need a bride as well.... Saddle up for this tropey marriage of convenience story.

[+Outlander's Lord John Grey, Boozy Books, and a new Kristin Hannah novel]

Mon
Jul 17 2017 2:30pm

5 Unusual Historical Best Bets for July 2017

What sort of “not-your-usual historical” are you looking for this month? 

Hot. It’s so hot not even the beach is offering much reprieve.  That only leaves a girl with one viable option: Camp out in front of the nearest air conditioner and enjoy the more pleasurable alternative of getting your temperature rising with these new not-your-usual historicals!  This month’s eligible bachelors include:

Medieval!

Forbidden Night with the Warrior by Michelle Willingham

Forbidden Night with the Warrior by Michelle Willingham

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One wicked night for an heir! 

Rosamund de Courcy has always loved Warrick de Laurent, but was forced to marry another. Now her husband's dying command is that she must provide him with an heir. To do so, she will have to spend one sinful night…with Warrick! 

The powerful warrior was wounded by Rosamund's abandonment years ago, and Warrick refuses to let her touch his heart again. But this illicit night is impossible to resist, and soon he is determined—he will not only possess her, but reclaim her for his own!

Her dying husband’s greatest wish is that his odious brother doesn’t inherit, and ultimately ruin, everything he’s spent his lifetime building.  Unable to perform the task of impregnating his wife, he arranges an indecent proposal for our heroine, but not just with any man.  Oh no.  Our hero, the man she loved and lost when her father arranged her marriage to another. This kicks off Willingham’s new Warriors of the Night series, with two more books in the series following in late 2017 and 2018.

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