<i>One True Pairing</i>: Exclusive Excerpt One True Pairing: Exclusive Excerpt Cathy Yardley "The two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality." <i>Perilous Trust</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Perilous Trust: Exclusive Excerpt Barbara Freethy "It was all the control she had right now, and she was hanging on to it." <i>The Perfect Game</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Perfect Game: Exclusive Excerpt Elley Arden "An unlikely attraction—threaten to derail their season." <i>Ruck Me</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Ruck Me: Exclusive Excerpt Rebecca Norinne "What started off as a bit of fun has quickly spiraled out of control..."
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Mon
Jul 24 2017 4:29pm

Doggone: Romance Deals & News from Casey Griffin, Lisa Renee Jones & More

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The Beauty and the Wiener by Casey GriffinDeal Alert: Casey Griffin's contemporary romance Beauty and the Wiener is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* When doggie fashion designer Addison and bartender Felix are forced to team up to solve the case of the missing prize-winning show dogs, they begin to realize that their irritation with each other may indicate more love than hate... Dog lovers, this series is for you.

Deal Alert: Lisa Renee Jones' contemporary romance Damage Control, Book 2 in the Dirty Money series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* (Need to catch up? Book 1, Hard Rules, is on sale for $.99 this week as well.) “Shane Brandon has fallen hard for Emily Stevens, but it turns out that she has as many secrets as him,” reviewer Janet Webb writes in her First Look at Damage Control. But don't worry, she also says the book “satisfies on every level” and sets the stage for the final two installments of the series, Bad Deeds and End Game.

Deal Alert: Brenda Jackson's contemporary romance Seized by Seduction, the second novel in the Protectors series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Introduced at a crime scene, bodyguard Quasar and psychic investigator Randi quickly realize their connection goes far beyond work and may even be destiny... “The romance in this book starts from page one,” promises reviewer AndreaC in her First Look at Seized by Seduction.

Deal Alert: Susanna Kearsley's historical/contemporary time-slip romance A Desperate Fortune is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas embarks on a quest to decipher the 300-year-old diary of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas, whose own thirst for adventure put her on a thrilling but dangerous path. Get a taste of the story with an excerpt from A Desperate Fortune.

[+Amanda Bouchet's new trilogy and more...]

Mon
Jul 24 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Jennifer Probst’s All or Nothing at All (July 25, 2017)

All or Nothing At All by Jennifer Probst

Jennifer Probst
All or Nothing At All (The Billionaire Builders #3)
Gallery Books / July 25, 2017 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital 

Over the years I’ve read my fair share of secret-baby-books. It’s such a profound dilemma. What were the circumstances of the pregnancy? Why couldn’t/wouldn’t/shouldn’t the mother share the news that she is with child with the baby’s father? In their circle of family and friends, who’s in on the secret? What finally causes the truth to come out? These are not light-hearted topics, especially years afterward. All or Nothing At All is the final Billionaire Builders book—and it's time for Tristan Pierce’s story.

Jennifer Probst has given us a great run with the Billionaire Builders series, starting with Everywhere and Every Way. As I noted at the time, what’s not to love about men who work with their hands *ahem* using smarts and passion? Cal was the hero of Everywhere and Every Way. After the death of their father, it’s Cal who persuades his two younger brothers to abide by the edict in their father’s will: the three men must run Pierce Brothers together for a year—and make a profit. Only then can they walk away, if they choose, from the family business. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

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Mon
Jul 24 2017 1:00pm

Clothes Make the Man: 4 Fashionable Heroes from Schwab, Reisz, and More

Say Yes by J.R. Gray

Today we're thrilled to welcome J.R. Gray (author of Say Yes) to Heroes and Heartbreakers! For James, the hero of Say Yes, clothes are a defining part of who he is and how he expresses his personality. For many heroes that holds true even more so. J.R. is here today to talk a little bit about dapper heroes and how the clothes really do make the man. Thanks, J.R.!

I'd read a lot to escape as a kid and my favorites were always sci-fi and fantasy. Heroes and villains always had the coolest wardrobes perfectly fitted to their personality. Fashion is one of my things. I used to hate clothes. I hated shopping and I never felt like myself no matter what I wore. I wanted to be in a world where I could still wear Victorian era men's clothes, or even some of the more outlandish outfits described in fantasy. I love to dress up, just not always in the clothes society thinks I should wear. Once I figured this out I started to feel more at home in my body and my clothes.

Clothes can give us a distinct first importation or change our entire perception of a person. Even the words an author uses to describe a heroes' state of dress or undress gives a reader so many cues. I'll never forget the first time I read A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab, the book opens with Kell and his unusual coat. I was so drawn into his character and his mystery of a coat that could go from fine to frayed with a turn, and more. If I could find one I'd buy such a coat on the spot. But Kell isn't Victoria's only dashing character, she has a full cast of lavishly written well dressed heroes and even a cross-dressing female pirate. I fell in love with Rhy, Kell's princely brother, who is the polish to Kell's hard edge. 

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Mon
Jul 24 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Ilona Andrews’ Wildfire (July 25, 2017)

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews
Wildfire (Hidden Legacy #3)
Avon / July 25, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Wildfire picks up the mantel effortlessly from White Hot and moves forward with purpose, smoothly setting up the main conflict while preparing the multiple subplots for resolution. We left White Hot with Nevada and Rogan disappearing for a much needed holiday, just the two of them. Upon their return, Nevada is forced back to reality when she walks into her house to discover Rogan’s ex-fiancée, and the daughter of the woman Nevada killed, sitting at her kitchen table wanting her help.

I had just been hugged by a giant, super intelligent, pacifist bear. I could do this. I could do anything.

Rynda Sherwood’s husband Brian has disappeared and is nowhere to be found. She has been turned down by every investigative agency in the area due to her mother’s crimes and The Baylor Agency is her last hope. Nevada isn't thrilled to be helping Rynda and jealousy rears its head a little, but one thing the Baylors never do is run, hide, or turn down money.

The Baylor Agency had only three rules, and the last was the most important. At the end of the day, we had to be able to look our reflection in the eye.

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Mon
Jul 24 2017 9:30am
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Cathy Yardley Excerpt: One True Pairing

Cathy Yardley

One True Pairing by Cathy Yardley

Jake Reese needs a decoy girlfriend. Fast. The lead actor of the popular TV show, Mystics, is tired of losing his shirt to overeager fans. Literally. Which is why a chance meeting with gothabilly bookworm-slash-barista Hailey Frost seems almost too perfect to be true. Hailey is not impressed with his TV fame and is desperate to save her family's bookstore. It's a match made in Hollywood, but as the two pretend to date, fan fiction becomes reality. Can this OTP become canon?

Get a sneak peek at Cathy Yardley's One True Pairing (available July 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Just hang in there, Jake. You can do this.

Jake Reese sat in a crowded restaurant in Issaquah, Washington, surrounded by women. Many men would consider this ideal—hell, some would consider it a dream come true. For Jake, it was the job.

“These women have paid hundreds of dollars to have a sit-down meal with one of the stars of Mystics,” his agent, Susie, had said when explaining the gig. “So you’ll glad hand, you’ll answer questions, you’ll take selfies, you’ll eat something. No big deal.”

[Read the full One True Pairing excerpt...]

Mon
Jul 24 2017 8:01am

What’s Your Favorite Reading Position?

We can twist ourselves into pretzels trying to get comfortable while reading. Flipping onto our backs with our heads hanging off the couch or bed; assuming an intricate yoga pose; or just folded up in a favorite chair—we've all tried to get in the most cozy position to read comfortably. So, what's your favorite reading position? 

Sun
Jul 23 2017 12:05pm
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Barbara Freethy Excerpt: Perilous Trust

Barbara Freethy

Perilous Trust by Barbara Freethy

It was one dark night that brought Damon Wolfe and Sophie Parker together. They were two tortured souls, looking for escape, and they weren't supposed to see each other ever again...

Four years later, Sophie's FBI father, who is also Damon's mentor, is killed in a suspicious car crash after leaving Sophie a cryptic message to trust no one from the agency. When Damon shows up looking for her, she isn't sure if he's friend or enemy, but she knows he could easily rip apart what is left of her heart.

The last thing Damon wants is to get involved with Sophie again. It was hard enough to walk away the first time. But she's in trouble, her father's reputation is under attack, and the lives of his fellow agents are at stake if there's a traitor in their midst.

When someone starts shooting at them, they have no choice but to go on the run and off the grid.

Everyone in their world becomes a suspect. They want to uncover the truth, but will it turn out to be the last thing they expect? Proving her father's innocence might just cost them their hearts...and their lives...

Get a sneak peek at Barbara Freethy's Perilous Trust (available Augus 1, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Someone was shooting at her!

“Are you hit?” Damon asked, his gaze raking her face.

Sophie shook her head, unable to find words. There was glass in her hair and her bare arms were bleeding, but she'd managed to escape the bullets. “Who is shooting at me?”

“Doesn't matter. We need to get out here. There's a back door, right?” Damon asked in clipped tones.

[Read the full Perilous Trust excerpt...]

Sun
Jul 23 2017 11:00am

First Look: Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You (July 25, 2017)

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Alisha Rai
Hate to Want You
Avon / July 25, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Hate to Want You is full of classic romantic elements, but features smart, real characters who feel 100% modern. With this book, Alisha Rai has given us a Romeo who is kind, sexy, great at his job, but making some poor choices in his personal life. Her Juliet is independent, caring, self-aware enough to deal with her depression, but avoiding her family and her feelings for Romeo. Rai’s writing combines the best of old and new, creating a story you won’t be able to put down.

But first. Look at that cover. Do you need some time alone? I’ll give you a minute.

Okay, now let’s talk about the book. Alisha Rai starts her Forbidden Hearts series with my favorite book of hers yet. If you’ve read A Gentlman in the Streets or Serving Pleasure, you know that’s saying something. In her trademark style, she ramps up the sexual tension and heart-wrenching yearning to give romance readers the Romeo & Juliet they’ve always wanted. The story is slowed at times by exposition, but Rai weaves history and relational details into deeply emotional scenes that will leave readers wondering how things could have gone so wrong. Long-held secrets, complicated family dynamics, and blazing hot chemistry make this a page-turner.

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Sat
Jul 22 2017 12:00pm
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Elley Arden Excerpt: The Perfect Game

Elley Arden

The Perfect Game by Elley Arden

Arlington Aces’ backup catcher Ian Pratt lives every day to the fullest, focusing on having fun with the three Bs: babes, booze, and baseball. Life’s too short not to go out with a smile on his face.

For Pauly Byrne, being the only female starting pitcher in professional baseball means she’s determined, deliberate, and always staying one step ahead of the naysayers. Facing a difficult choice, she must decide whether to hang up her cleats to become the first woman to coach an NCAA baseball team or hold on to the unlikely dream of becoming the first to play in the Major League. Either way, she needs to win this season’s championship.

When Pauly’s usual catcher fails a drug test going into playoffs, Ian is thrust into the starting role, where their differences—and an unlikely attraction—threaten to derail their season. Their futures are on the line, but can these two total opposites find enough common ground to win the big game and a shot at happily ever after?

Get a sneak peek at Elley Arden's The Perfect Game (available July 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Baseball has destroyed my love life. Flynn and Craig want to fix me up, but I’m worried whoever they find will be intimidated by me.”

“You’re very intimidating.” He was only partly sarcastic.

“I know. It sucks.” She genuinely looked crushed by the thought of it.

“Okay.” He stopped walking. “You actually met my ex-girlfriend. The least you can do is tell me about your last boyfriend.” Because he had a feeling some of her reaction was rooted in that.

[Read the full The Perfect Game excerpt...]

Fri
Jul 21 2017 4:32pm

Time Is Running Out: Romance Deals from Bella Jewel & Christine Feehan

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72 Hours by Bella JewelDeal Alert: Bella Jewel's romantic suspense novel 72 Hours is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* When a serial killer targets exes Lara and Noah as his next victims and dumps them in the woods as part of a sick game, the two join forces to survive and discover the love between them isn't lost after all...  If you're a romantic suspense reader, don't miss your chance to download a free copy of Lora Leigh's Wild Card!

Deal Alert: Christine Feehan's Carpathian paranormal romance novel Dark Blood is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* After being reborn and opening his eyes to find the Dragonseeker woman he's dreamed of for centuries caring for him, warrior Zev starts to question everything... Curious? Read an excerpt from Dark Blood.

Deal Alert: Barbara Samuel's historical romance Lucien's Fall is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Madeline doesn't have time for the renowned London rake Lord Lucien Escher; she's focused on saving her family's home. But even she can't resist him for long... To read Barbara Samuel is to appreciate her...

Deal Alert: Emma Hart's contemporary romance Dirty Secret, Book 1 in the Burke Brothers series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* (Psst: The next three books in the series—Dirty Past, Dirty Lies, and Dirty Tricks—are also on sale for $1.99 right now.) Sofie broke Conner Burke's heart when she left town, but now she's back—and she's not alone...

[+Today on H&H...]

Fri
Jul 21 2017 2:00pm

“It has so many quirky situations”: 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!


Applecookie loves the quirk

Applecookie in Her Fake Engagement: A Heroes and Heartbreakers Original Novella

I loved this story. It has so many quirky situations. The faux bachelorette parties are great. Besides that, the story is written so that you just want to know more, it makes you cheer them on or groan when they do something “stupid”. Great story with a little bit of everything, angst, comedy, and of course romance.

[+2 more comments of the week]

Fri
Jul 21 2017 1:00pm

The Summer’s 10 Best Fantasy Romances

J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”  This summer sees the publication of some unique fantasy novels which will help you escape into whole new worlds.

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

White Hot and Wildfire by Ilona Andrews
Level of Romance: High

The most exciting news in fantasy romance this year is the dual release of the Hidden Legacy books within a three month period. In Ilona Andrews’s White Hot (May, Book 2) (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) Nevada Baylor once more teams up with Connor “Mad” Rogan. Both of them able to wield powerful magic, they find themselves nearly overwhelmed when the newest client of Nevada’s modest detective agency brings them a case which shows dark forces at work in the city of Houston. Fortunately, while battling for justice—and their lives—they still have time for a few sexy encounters:

I moaned into his lips. He kissed me, pillaging my mouth, the slick heat of his tongue taking over, and I teased him with my tongue, nipping at his lower lip. My breasts felt heavy and full; my body turned pliant. He was all hard muscle and rigid strength, and I stretched myself against him, seducing, enticing.

While book two does indeed show the heat between these two burning brighter, it is Wildfire (July 25, Book 3) (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) which promises us a greater resolution of the issues keeping them apart. Nevada knows that recent problems within her extended family may cause friction between them but she is determined that the changes about to come to her life will not cost her the man she loves.

He’d made it clear in the past that he expected me to walk away from him the moment our family became a House. He didn’t think our magic was compatible. If we had children, they might not even be Primes. He viewed this as the beginning of our end, but he came anyway. He was also a complete idiot if he thought I’d let him get away. He was mine. My Connor.

This writing team always does a fantastic job of writing lush romance combined with richly imagined fantasy and this is a series not to be missed. Those who haven’t had a chance to read Burn for Me (Book One) should purchase it right away so they can experience this wonderful story for themselves.

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Fri
Jul 21 2017 12:00pm
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Rebecca Norinne Excerpt: Ruck Me

Rebecca Norinne

Ruck Me by Rebecca Norinne

She flies by the seat of her pants, and he’s a no nonsense kind of kind. When these two opposites attract ... oh baby, it’s game on!

I’ve called Aoife O’Shaughnessy a number of things, but dumb was never one of them. Through all the insane things she’s done—all the trouble she’s gotten into—I never once thought she was actually stupid. Until now. Because I just heard her plan to lose her virginity to the biggest asshole we know.

My first thought? How the fuck is Aoife still a virgin? The second? Over my dead body.

So I volunteered for the job instead.

It might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but once the words were out of my mouth I couldn’t take them back. Suddenly, I can’t stop wondering what it would be like to kiss the pink-haired sprite I’ve known my whole life, to hear her moan my name when she comes.

And I know she’s wondering about me too.

What started off as a bit of fun has quickly spiraled out of control and now I’m in deep. I never meant to fall in love with her … it was never supposed to go this far. And what happens next, just might break us.

Get a sneak peek at Rebecca Norinne's Ruck Me (available August 9, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Shrugging out from under the waitress’s touch, Eoin glanced up. “Can you bring my date another glass of …” He looked my way, his eyebrow raised in silent question.

“The Rioja please, and then the bill when you get a chance.”

[Read the full Ruck Me excerpt...]

Fri
Jul 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lucy Farago’s A Necessary Lie (July 24, 2017)

A Necessary Lie by Lucy Farago

Lucy Farago
A Necessary Lie (Search and Recover)
Lyrical Press / July 25, 2017 / $15.00 print, $3.99 digital

Lucy Farago is my go-to for romanctic suspense. Why? Because the story is excellent and the writing isn’t too shabby either.  It’s almost like the reader is drawn into the story line and oh yeah, there’s romance to boot. The romance is a pleasant surprise and it encapsulates what I love about reading. I love getting lost in a well-written story and I love a well-written romance where the reader grows with the characters. By the time the characters are ready to be in love, the reader is right there with the characters and ready for the romance.

This is what I love about a Lucy Farago novel. We know who the love characters will be but getting lost in them is part of the fun. The novel doesn’t start off as a romance but the chemistry and all the ingredients of a romance novel are there.

Enter A Necessary Lie. We know that Cowboy is the main hero and Grace is the heroine. And we know they have a connection. Obviously. Jessie is missing and she is Grace’s friend. Jessie and Cowboy have a history as lovers when they were much younger. And now Cowboy must watch over Grace as she finds Jessie. Phew. Yes Relationships are messy:

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Fri
Jul 21 2017 8:18am

What Is Your Palate Cleanser Romance?

Earlier this week we talked about reading binges, and many of you said you could read two or three books from the same author or series before it was too much. That calls for a palate cleanser! Sometimes we just need to reset our tastes, so what genre do you fall back on when it's time for a reset? Is it a particular author within that genre? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

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
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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...]