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Oct 14 2017 12:06pm

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...]

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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Oct 13 2017 4:30pm

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

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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...]

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.

[+ 2 more comments of the week]

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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Oct 13 2017 12:02pm

Christine Warren Excerpt: Hard Breaker

Hard Breaker: A Beauty and Beast Novel by Christine Warren

Ivy Beckett 's gift feels more like a curse. She can hear things happening in distant locations, which is how she knows the very instant her family is killed by servants of the Darkness. Furious, she joins the fight to save the world – but the losses are mounting up. She thinks only a miracle can save them—but she doesn't expect the miracle to come in the form of a handsome gargoyle.

Baen is a fearsome Guardian, but when he awakes, even his surprised by war that is going on. But what’s even more distracting is beautiful Ivy. Driven by passion, she’s ready to charge head-first into battle. But Baen’s primal instincts to protect what’s his rise within him, and Ivy is dangerously attracted to him. Can she and her gargoyle warrior save the world…and fall in love?

Get a sneak peek at Christine Warren's Hard Breaker (available October 31, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

The first rush of breath filled his lungs and went to his head like the strongest liquor, making Baen momentarily dizzy with the intoxicating sensation of awareness. He hadn’t felt anything like it in three hundred years.

Fast on the heels of that first inhalation, his living senses came shrieking back to life. The muffled impressions that had been all he could perceive during the long ages of sleep went instantly sharp, as if a hand had passed across the glass of a window and wiped away the fog of steam that obscured the view. He could hear, see, touch, and smell the world around him again, even taste the dust and rot of stale air in the abandoned place that surrounded him. He breathed it in and along with it came a trace of something fresh and sweet and entirely out of place. Something that reminded him of …

Orange rinds.

[Read the full Hard Breaker excerpt...]

Oct 13 2017 11:00am

Unmasked: Arrow 6x01 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodeArrow Season 6, Episode 1, “Fallout”
Ship(s): Olicity


Olicity Captain's Log

We begin five months after the island blew up. A ship is in Star City harbor with some sketchy figures on board. Suddenly, an arrow lands in one of the bad guys, laying him out. A really cool action sequence follows, where Oliver as the Green Arrow pops out of the water. He’s looking for someone named Faust. He was holding the city for ransom, threatening to fire a ballistic missile. We see Spartan and Wild Dog there with him as they take down the criminals in true Team Arrow fashion. We even see Mr. Terrific in action, taking out a rocket with one of his T-spheres. 

A flashback brings us back to Oliver telling Felicity over the comms to run for the supply ship. Slade abandons the group to save himself while everyone else decides to shelter in the plane. Samantha runs back into the forest to find William and Thea and Felicity race after her. Thea tells Felicity to go to the plane so she runs but trips, falling to the ground. Dig helps her up, telling her he’s not taking refuge without her. They run away from the blasts but it looks like Dig is caught by some shrapnel.

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Oct 13 2017 9:30am

4 Fantasy Novellas You’ll Fall for This Autumn

Fall, with kids returning to school and the holidays just around the corner, can easily be one of the busiest times of the year. Which makes it the perfect time to indulge your reading habits with stories that are slightly shorter but still packed with the heat and heart romance readers crave. Here are some great fantasy romance stories to warm up the season.

The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon

The Glamour Thieves by Don Allmon
Level of Romance: High

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Don Allmon pens a hot reunited lovers story in his male/male fantasy tale The Glamour Thieves. Austin, an elf, has always spelled trouble for JT, an orc who’s worked hard to achieve success. When Austin shows up at JT’s mechanics shop with an amazing, yet clearly stolen, car he knows this time it will be no different. The elf does nothing for free and this “gift” undoubtedly comes with a heavy price tag.

Austin needs help. A mutual friend is in trouble and this is just the excuse he needs to reappear in JT’s life. But JT has created a placid, orderly existence that he has no intention of bringing Austin into. Can Austin convince JT that what he needs in his life is a little hot, sexy Austin style chaos?

It was easy to imagine the two of them like this always. Too easy. He should tell Austin to go. He would tell him. In just a few minutes.

This is an easy to read, a fast and furious tale of magic, mayhem and the power of love.

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Oct 13 2017 8:01am

Is This an Appropriate Way to Treat Books?

Some at H&H would think we're deserving of any bad luck today because of this photo. Yesterday as we were looking through our shelves someone at H&H had flipped all the books on their sides while they looked at the back row of books. So, naturally it spawned an argument about whether or not this was an appropriate way to peruse our shelves. 


While over on our Instagram, people thought this wasn't such an egregious practice:

ettacarina: We do this at the library all the time!

So, what are your thoughts? Agree or disagree that this shouldn't be how you treat a book?

Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!


Oct 12 2017 4:30pm

Sit. Stay. Read.: Romance News & Deals from Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy, Caroline Linden, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Deal Alert: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy's contemporary romance Good Boy is $1.20 at Amazon.* Jess Canning is facing the challenge of hosting a wedding for her brother and their star-studded guest list. As maid of honor, her duties are vast and she has no intention of screwing up or falling into bed—again—with the irresistible best man Blake Riley. Do you love weddings that go wrong in romance?

Deal Alert: Maggie Wells's contemporary romance Seducing Steve is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Erotic romance author Sara uses the secret crush she's been harboring on her best friend, Steve, as fodder for her work. When Steve finds out, he pulls a page from her book—literally—to make her his.

Deal Alert: Caroline Linden's historical romance Six Degrees of Scandal is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Olivia Townsend is being pursued by a dangerous man and turns herself over to the protection of the one man who broke her heart so long ago, James Weston. James is determined to make amends for his past, help Olivia thwart a villain, and never again let her go. Is re-united lovers one of your most beloved historical romance tropes? 

[+ Outlander Season 4 news!]

Oct 12 2017 2:30pm

Pema Donyo’s Stars in Their Eyes is the Bee’s Knees

Stars in Their Eyes by Pema Donyo

Pema Donyo's Stars In Their Eyes is a beautifully written gem and bonus, it stars an Asian-American heroine as the lead. This historical novella takes place in the 1920s and follows the story of an Asian American actress Iris Wong, and the aspiring Caucasian writer boyfriend, Owen Matthews, she had in the United States. Owen had dreams of moving to Paris to hopefully find more work and get his name out to more influential people. Iris and Owen break up as he heads to Paris and she resigns herself to small roles such as the housekeeper or helper of the main character. Fast-forward a few years later and she has moved to Paris herself in search of more starring roles. Currently, she is working for a director named Pierre in a starring role for the lead actress focusing on an Asian-American heroine who doesn’t succumb to stereotypes of Asian women. It’s a role with meat and will show her acting prowess, one that doesn’t have her reenacting negative and hurtful stereotypes.

Little does she know that the screenwriter is none other than Owen, her ex. A man she knew she’d never see again. Yet fate has brought them together again. Try as they might they are still very attracted to each other and can’t resist one another even though time and cultural differences threaten their renewed relationship.

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Oct 12 2017 1:30pm

Is Fred OK? Riverdale 2x01 Heart-to-Heart

Riverdale, Season 2, Episode 1, "A Kiss Before Dying"

Show/Episode: Riverdale, Season 2, Episode 1, “A Kiss Before Dying”
Couple(s): Archie/Veronica (Varchie), Betty/Jughead (Bughead)

Riverdale, Season 2, Episode 1 Captain's Log

We begin our story the same way we ended season one: with plenty of d-r-a-m-a.

Fred Andrews (aka Hot Dad) is bleeding out, Archie Andrews is frantically driving his father to the hospital (without a valid driver's license), and there's blood like pretty much everywhere. On Archie's letterman jacket, all over Hot Dad, in the car, on the snow, covering the floor at Pop's. In other words, welcome back to Riverdale, the sweetest little murder town on TV.

The big questions of the episode: who shot our beloved Fred and will he survive?

Dun dun dun.

Once Fred is dramatically taken off to some old-fashioned looking ER by hospital staff, we cut to the rest of our cast of meddling kids. Betty is at home drinking OJ with her mom who has some very strong words to say about her daughter's deepening relationship with Jughead (“...if that beanie wearing cad defiled you...”), while Veronica is drinking a mimosa with her mom who also has some parental disapproval to dish out, while Jughead is back at his dad's trailer all alone without any form of orange juice. Then they all get the call to assemble and sit vigil over Fred's bedside (hotness alert: Jughead takes his father's motorcycle and it's attractive). Because this is a TV show, they all arrive at the same time for an epic group hug.

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Oct 12 2017 12:00pm

Melissa de la Cruz Excerpt: Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe

Melissa de la Cruz

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz

Darcy Fitzwilliam is 29, beautiful, successful, and brilliant. She dates hedge funders and basketball stars and is never without her three cellphones—one for work, one for play, and one to throw at her assistant (just kidding). Darcy’s never fallen in love, never has time for anyone else’s drama, and never goes home for Christmas if she can help it. But when her mother falls ill, she comes home to Pemberley, Ohio, to spend the season with her family.

Her parents throw their annual Christmas bash, where she meets one Luke Bennet, the smart, sardonic slacker son of their neighbor. Luke is 32-years-old and has never left home. He’s a carpenter and makes beautiful furniture, and is content with his simple life. He comes from a family of five brothers, each one less ambitious than the other. When Darcy and Luke fall into bed after too many eggnogs, Darcy thinks it’s just another one night stand. But why can’t she stop thinking of Luke? What is it about him? And can she fall in love, or will her pride and his prejudice against big-city girls stand in their way?

Get a sneak peek at SMelissa de la Cruz's Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe (available October 17, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Why was this happening? she wondered. Why did every word he spoke fluster her more and more, while nothing she said seemed to affect him whatsoever?

“My God, are we finished here?” She groaned, finishing off the last of her bourbon.

“You really are in such a hurry to get away from me.”

[Read the full Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe excerpt...]

Oct 12 2017 9:30am

First Look: Hamilton’s Battalion Anthology (October 17, 2017)

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

Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, Alyssa Cole
Hamilton's Battalion
Courtney Milan / October 17, 2017 / $4.99 digital 

If you, dear reader, have been longing for something more in the world of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, you must go read Hamilton's Battalion. If you are ambivalent about the Revolutionary War, don’t care for stories of love and perseverance, or are otherwise not into historical romance… you may not enjoy it. For some context, I came into this reading as a fan of the musical, but not a super-fan, as I’ve never been to see it and haven’t read the books. Now that you know I’m a moderate fan, I can say that this is the most moving, inspiring, heartbreaking, hopeful book I’ve read all year. I’ve read 154 books so far in 2017.

Hamilton's Battalion is a trio of novellas by Rose Lerner, Courtney Milan, and Alyssa Cole. Each novella can stand alone, but the authors did stitch them together with a common thread, something that connected the stories to each other and to real life events. Characters in each story were connected to Alexander Hamilton’s victory at the Battle of Yorktown, and the stories are being dictated to Eliza Hamilton as she collects them for her husband’s memoirs.

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Oct 12 2017 8:05am

Reading Physical Books Is Good For Your Health!

Girl thumbing through the pages of a book

We are still undecided on whether we truly prefer print books or e-books, but a recent article on a study about reading may have us changing our tune. A 2014 study, which recently resurfaced for a Mic article, showed that reading physical books may improve your overall health, and specifically your memory. Reading takes a certain skillset for our brains and studies have shown that reading is good for us, no matter what—it lowers our stress levels, among many other benefits. This study added in another element. It tested people's recall on the same mystery short story. The memory of the group that read the story as a physical book was able to recall more than those who read on e-readers. 

What do you think made the difference between the e-reader and the physical book? Do you think it actually improves our overall memory too? Will you start to read more physical books now? Do you think we'll be able to get a prescription for our doctor that reading is good (and necessary) for our health?

Tell me your thoughts on this study in the comments! 



Oct 11 2017 5:25pm

Nalini Singh’s Cherish Hard Launches Hard Play Series

If you're like us, you fell hard for Nalini Singh's contemporary Rock Kiss series. Now we're excited for a brand new series from her, Hard Play. While Singh may be known for her paranormal romances, her first contemporary series has won many hearts. With the first book in the Hard Play series, Cherish Hard (out in just over a month on November 14, 2017), we know we'll be hooked on Sailor, who is also Rock Kiss's Gabriel's brother, and Ísa's love story from start to finish. Want to know why? Read more about the book and find out: 

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.

If that sounds like the perfect formula for a romance for you, get reading. Singh also shared an excerpt from the book on her Facebook page. 

Stay tuned to this page as we'll be updating it as more information becomes available!


Learn more or pre-order a copy of Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh, out November 14, 2017:

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Oct 11 2017 4:30pm

A Little Birdie Told Me: Romance News & Deals from Kristin Hannah, Lori Foster, 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

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Deal Alert: Kristin Hannah's WWII women's fiction novel The Nightingale is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Hannah's novel “weaves through years of despair, horrifying events and heartbreak. But through it all, the two sisters find strength in each other and their family.” Peruse some additional women's fiction titles from last month's Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Karen Fenech's romantic suspense novel Breath of Malice is $1.99 at Amazon | etc.* Reviewer Kimberly Bell named this book her best read in March 2017 and said it's “a great book if you like your romance with an edge.” FBI agent Paige Carson just wants to start a new life in a small town in South Carolina, but when a serial killer from her past catches up with her, she has to team up with FBI agent Sam McKade to bring him down. 

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's contemporary romance Don't Tempt Me is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Two romances bloom in this title from Foster when handyman Jason does his best to knock down the defenses of Honor, his next-door neighbor who's remodeling her home. Across the street, martial arts teacher Sullivan tries his best to ignore Lexie's flirty charm and her hold on his heart. Sometimes things can get steamy in small-town romance!

Deal Alert: Isabel Cooper's paranormal romance Highland Dragon Warrior is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* The first book in Cooper's Dawn of the Highland Dragon series is a historical and paranormal romance rolled into one. English magic controls the Highlands and Cathal MacAlasdair needs a warrior strong enough to break the enemies power—what he gets is alchemist Sophia Metzger. STEM heroines come in all shapes, sizes, and subgenres.

[+Hello Again & a library romance auction]

Oct 11 2017 3:00pm

5 Romantic Suspense Novels That Will Get Your Blood Pumping This Fall!

The heat wasn't just outside this summer and fall, but on the pages, too! Once the weather begins to change I’m always ready for autumn. There was a great crop of romantic suspense books over the last three months, and here's what you definitely don't want to miss!

The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert

The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert

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I think this might be one of my favorite books ever. We’re big hikers in my family, so anytime I can be outside in nature—or read a great outdoor adventure—I’m hooked. I’m also a fan of leveling the playing field, so I thoroughly enjoyed Maggie Gaines, who’s worked as a forest ranger for the last six years. She spent a year in the FBI in the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) unit, partnered with Vic Southerland, a veteran in the BAU. And in the fallout of her first big case that broke her, she kissed Vic. It was awkward because of the timing, and the fact that he had been married.

He’d gone years without seeing her, and now that they were in the same general area, it was like they were two magnets that could barely resist the pull.

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Oct 11 2017 1:30pm

Love Wins (With a Little Work)—and Romance Teaches Us How

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Romances have a happy ending, that's a given—no arguments, dammit!—but those endings in older books can seem pretty whack to someone reading them now. In the early days of Mills and Boon/Harlequin, sometimes all you needed to demonstrate an HEA was a marriage proposal: no matter what hero awfulness came before, that proof of commitment was enough. This often went along with the assumption that the heroine's life would be absorbed into the hero's; her primary job becomes wife and mother, and love is all she really needs.

Modern romances are still about love conquering all, of course, but they also acknowledge that women have ambitions and dreams, that actions have consequences, and that matching up the lives of two distinct people might not always be so simple. Lately, I've been enjoying a trend towards plots relying less on grovels or grand gestures and more on conversations, compromises, and life changes. The best of these books feature heroes and heroines who genuinely want the ones they love to achieve their dreams and are willing to cooperate.

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