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Mon
Jul 17 2017 11:00am

Trivia: How Well Do You Know Lora Leigh’s Books?

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

July's E-Book of the Month Club pick is Lora Leigh's Wild Card, and to kick off the sexy, action-packed month we know you'll have, we wanted to get your adrenaline pumping and your brain cells bubbling. We know you love Lora Leigh's books, but do you know her books as much as you love them? Test your skills against fellow Lora Leigh fans with our fun trivia game. Whether you like her Breeds series or her Elite Ops book, there's plenty for you to tackle!

If you need a refresher, we've got your six. Check out our Binge Guide to Lora Leigh's Elite Ops series. Ready to spill on Wild Card? Join our discussion thread of Wild Card or come chat with Lora Leigh in our exclusive interview!

Answer the Lora Leigh trivia below and tell us in the comments how well you did. Let's see how you stack up against the competition! 

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Mon
Jul 17 2017 11:00am

A Binge Guide to Lora Leigh’s Elite Ops Series

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

We're swooning all over Lora Leigh's Wild Card this month since it's the latest pick in the Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book of the Month Club, but if you need a refresher, we have you covered too! 

In March of 2018, Lora Leigh is starting a new series called Brute Force. The first book in the series is Collision Point which features Riordan “Rory” Malone, the brother of Nathan Malone from Wild Card, the first book in the Elite Ops series. It’s been awhile since Wild Card was published so we thought we’d put together a primer on the series to help prepare us all for Rory’s romance. The Elite Ops series is a spinoff of the Tempting SEALS series, so there's a whole cast of characters you need to get to know!

Tempting SEALS

This series focuses on characters in the Navy SEALs Durango Team.

The Books & Main Characters:

Reno’s Choice—Reno Chavez & Raven McIntire (Amazon | B&N | Kobo)
Reno is a member of Durango Team and Raven is his best friend Clint’s little sister. This novella introduces several of the member of the SEAL team but is not part of the overall series arc.

Dangerous Games—Clint McIntire & Morganna Chavez (Amazon | B&N | Kobo)
Clint is a member of Durango Team and is Raven’s sister.  Morganna is Raven’s best friend and Reno’s sister. In this book, we first learn about Diego Fuentes, the drug lord, and the kidnapped SEAL, Nathan Malone.

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Mon
Jul 17 2017 11:00am

Lora Leigh’s Wild Card Book Club Discussion Thread

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Our adrenaline is pumping hard over this month's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book of the Month Club pick, because it's one of our all time favorite authors: Lora Leigh! Whether you've already read—and fallen in love with—her Elite Ops series, which starts with the book Wild Card, or you're just getting your first taste, we know you'll need to spill, so join our discussion below!

Need more from Lora? Test your knowledge on all things Lora Leigh and see how you stack up in our trivia game—if you need a refresher, we've got your six, check out our Binge Guide to Lora Leigh's Elite Ops series. Ready to spill on Wild Card? Join our discussion thread of Wild Card or come chat with Lora Leigh in our exclusive interview!

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. (There’s also a non-spoiler-y Q&A with Lora Leigh, the author, if you're not yet ready to dive into talking about Wild Card.)

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

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Mon
Jul 17 2017 11:00am

Lora Leigh on Navy SEALs, Wild Card, and Rory Malone

Wild Card by Lora Leigh

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to squee with us over this month's Heroes and Heartbreakers E-Book of the Month Club pick, because it's one of our all time favorite authors: Lora Leigh! We sat down with Lora this month to discuss the mysterious Nathan, his deep love for his wife, Bella, and how they were able to find their way back to one another. If that's not enough to sigh over, we also got the scoop from Lora on Rory Malone and all things Elite Ops. 

Need more from Lora? Test your knowledge on all things Lora Leigh and see how you stack up in our trivia game—if you need a refresher, we've got your six, check out our Binge Guide to Lora Leigh's Elite Ops series. Ready to spill on Wild Card? Join our discussion thread of Wild Card

Now, without further ado, come chat with Lora Leigh!

What drew you to writing Navy SEAL heroes and why do you think they have such an enduring appeal?

The heroism, ideals, honor, loyalty, as well as the scars their hearts and soul carry, is what I believe draws readers to them. They are the ultimate hero.  We want to love them, heal them and be the recipient of all that brooding dark fire we sense must surely be waiting there under the surface. They protect and defend with a strength and determination that makes a romance reader breathless. They’re the perfect specimen of pure male strength and all we want to do is touch.

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Mon
Jul 17 2017 11:00am

July’s Book Club Pick Is Lora Leigh’s Wild Card—Download a Free Copy Now!

Our book club gives “summer of love” a whole new meaning. Each month through August, Heroes and Heartbreakers will spotlight a new romance to read and then invite readers to gather together to discuss the book in various ways, including discussion threads, author interviews, fantasy casting, and more.

That's not all: Readers in the U.S. and Canada will also have a limited-time chance to download a copy of each month's e-book—for FREE!* 

Wild Card by Lora LeighOur Book Club selection for July is...Lora Leigh's Wild Card!

Nothing gets our hearts pounding more than a good romantic suspense novel—especially when they bring the heat like in Lora Leigh's Wild Card, the start of her Elite Ops series. Wild Card follows the story of reunited husband and wife, Nathan and Bella... only their reunion is under unusual circumstances! We know they'll find their way to a happy ending, and we can't wait to see how you enjoy their journey. 

Join the H&H E-Book of the Month Club now! 

Here's the deal:

  • By signing up to get your free e-book, you will also receive the weekly Heroes and Heartbreakers newsletter and  an alert every month when a new e-book is available for download!
  • Book club members will need to confirm the details of their membership in order to get the next month’s free e-book.**
  • Each book will be offered for 14 days and you MUST download your copy before the offer ends.
  • This offer is only available in the U.S. and Canada due to complex international laws; we sincerely apologize for the geographic restriction.

So sign up for the H&H E-Book of the Month Club here and then be sure to join us in all our Wild Card discussion thread, an in-depth Q&A with Lora Leigh, and more! In fact, just go ahead and Bookmark the link to our Book Club collection to keep up with all of the fun we have planned...

Happy reading!

*Offer to download Lora Leigh's Wild Card ends July 31, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET.

**Book club program runs until September 4, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. ET. We reserve the right to end this promotion at any time.

Mon
Jul 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Elley Arden’s The Perfect Game (July 24, 2017)

The Perfect Game by Elley Arden

Elley Arden
The Perfect Game (Arlington Aces #3)
Crimson Romance / July 24, 2017 / $4.99 digital

I'm a huge baseball lover, so it wouldn't have taken much to convince me to read Elley Arden's The Perfect Game...then it was pitched as “for fans of TV's Pitch and I knew instantly that this book was going to shoot to the top of my TBR pile.

And I'm oh, so glad it did. 

There's so much to love about this particular title, but right off the bat (I apologize, there's probably going to be a lot of inadvertent baseball puns here), Pauly being a black, female pitcher in the independent league caught my attention. 

Also, this book is a slow burn. I've talked about my intense love of slow burns and how they speak directly to my fanfic loving heart. Not only that, but this books fulfills my love of the following: enemies-to-lovers trope (in a way that doesn't make you hate one or the other characters), opposites attract, and “softer” men and the kick-ass women they love. 

Pitcher Pauly Byrne is hyperfocused. She has a goal—to pitch professionally for Major League Baseball, and she doesn't take kindly to obstacles in her way—especially hot, back-up-catcher-shaped obstacles like Ian Pratt.

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Mon
Jul 17 2017 8:07am

What Character Reminds You of Someone in Your Own Life?

Many characters are meant to be relatable—and in some cases, they're modeled after various characteristics of the people in the author's life. However, we're talking about you all, so... have you ever encountered a character and thought “this is exactly like my friend, Jane,” or “wow, this reminds me of my brother-in-law, Bob?” 

Tell me about it in comments!

Sun
Jul 16 2017 12:02pm
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Amanda Bouchet Excerpt: Heart on Fire

Amanda Bouchet

Heart on Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Who is Catalia Fisa?

With the help of pivotal figures from her past, Cat begins to understand the root of her exceptional magic, her fated union with Griffin Sinta, and Griffin's role in shaping her destiny.

Only Cat holds the key to unlocking her own power, and that means finally accepting herself, her past, and her future in order to protect her loved ones, confront her murderous mother, and taking a final, terrifying step—reuniting all three realms and taking her place as the Queen of Thalyria.

What doesn't kill her will only make her stronger...we hope.

Get a sneak peek at Amanda Bouchet's Heart on Fire (available January 2, 2018) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Lycheron. Good Gods. He’s still as potent as a horse can get. Half-horse. Half-man. And the male half is…

I’d swallow, but my mouth has gone dry.

…something to look at.

Frankly, the horse half isn’t bad, either. Sleek. Black. Muscled. Huge. Everything—huge.

Next to me, Ianthe stares at him in utter fascination. What worries me, though, is how Lycheron is staring back. The Ipotane’s focus is only partially on Griffin. His equine ears twitch, and his massive man-shoulders keep angling our way, as if he can’t help leaning toward Ianthe. He sniffed me on the Ice Plains, like he was drawing my essence and my magic right inside him and tasting and learning them. Well, now he’s sniffing my sister, repeatedly, and his tawny eyes turn hooded. Muscles quiver down his long horse back, and Ianthe’s lips part on a softly shuddering breath. Her color rises.

[Read the full Heart on Fire excerpt...]

Sun
Jul 16 2017 11:00am

The Only Way You Can Reread Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster Series: In Order

Beauty Like the Night by Joanna Bourne

Anticipation is building for the last book in Joanna Bourne’s Spymaster series, Beauty Like the Night. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) It’s the perfect excuse to re-read the entire series, in order of publication, right? But hold on, the author has proposed a different approach. Bourne’s simple advice, read in order of discovery—that is, when the characters first appear on the scene. A word of warning, there are spoilers ahead.

"If you read the books in the order in which they were written, you're going to see the characters develop as they did in my own mind. You'll find out about them in the way I found out about them.

If you read the books in chronological order, everything is going to fit together neatly with the ongoing historical events. And you should — I hope — get some sense of the growth and developing relationships between my folks.

—From Joanna Bourne on reading in chronological order.

Who would argue with Joanna Bourne?  Using her method, the characters reveal themselves and their relationships with others in a pattern of concentric yet overlapping circles. Here’s the chronological reading order.

1. The Forbidden Rose

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Heroine Marguerite de Fleurignac, “once a glittering aristocrat in a world of privilege” is now “on the run, disguised as Maggie Duncan, British governess.” Hero William Doyle, “England’s top spy,” is a man on a mission with “a score to settle with the de Fleurignacs.”

Marguerite is indomitable and brave, a spirited woman who gives as good as she gets to William Doyle, a seemingly placid, preternaturally observant man. They are the backbone of Joanna Bourne’s “Spymaster series.” Their first conversation inexorably draws in the reader. Marguerite hides from two strangers who are striding around the ruins of her family’s ruined châteaux. When the older of the two finds and attempts to restrain her, she asks him to stand back.

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Sat
Jul 15 2017 1:35pm
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Kylie Scott Excerpt: Trust

Kylie Scott

Trust by Kylie Scott

Being young is all about the experiences: the first time you skip school, the first time you fall in love...the first time someone holds a gun to your head.

After being held hostage during a robbery at the local convenience store, seventeen-year-old Edie finds her attitude about life shattered. Unwilling to put up with the snobbery and bullying at her private school, she enrolls at the local public high school, crossing paths with John. The boy who risked his life to save hers.

While Edie's beginning to run wild, however, John's just starting to settle down. After years of partying and dealing drugs with his older brother, he's going straight—getting to class on time, and thinking about the future.

An unlikely bond grows between the two as John keeps Edie out of trouble and helps her broaden her horizons. But when he helps her out with another first—losing her virginity—their friendship gets complicated.

Meanwhile, Edie and John are pulled back into the dangerous world they narrowly escaped. They were lucky to survive the first time, but this time they have more to lose—each other.

Get a sneak peek at Kylie Scott's Trust (available July 18, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Beep, beep, beep went the sales register, adding up my purchases. Excellent. Cute guy and I were ignoring each other. No further eye contact was made. This was the best of all possible outcomes. Human interactions in general were a trial, but attractive people were far and away the worst. They unnerved me. I always started sweating and turning red, my brain an empty useless place.

All of my loot got shoved into a thin white plastic bag, guaranteed to tear halfway across the parking lot. Never mind. I’d hold it against my front, stretch the bottom of my t-shirt out to bolster it or something. Easier than asking him to double bag it.

[Read the full Trust excerpt...]

Sat
Jul 15 2017 11:00am
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Garrett Leigh Excerpt: House of Cards

Garrett Leigh

House of Cards by Garrett Leigh

Calum Hardy’s life has unravelled. Reeling from the betrayal of a man he once loved, he boards a train heading south, with no real idea where he’s going except a world away from London.

Brix Lusmoore can hardly believe his eyes when he spots one of his oldest friends outside Truro station. He hasn’t seen Calum since he fled the capital himself four years ago, harbouring a life-changing secret. But despite the years of silence, their old bond remains, warm and true—and layered with simmering heat they’ve never forgotten.

Calum takes refuge with Brix and a job at his Porthkennack tattoo shop. Bit by bit, he rebuilds his life, but both men carry the ghosts of the past, and it will take more than a rekindled friendship and the magic of the Cornish coast to chase them away.

Get a sneak peek at Garrett Leigh's House of Cards (available July 15, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“What?” Calum opened his eyes to find Brix watching him, clearly amused. “I’m okay.”

“Oh, I know you are. I remember the look on your face right now. Means you’re gonna fall asleep smiling.”

Calum snorted. “I doubt it. Ain’t done much of that lately.”

“You’d be surprised. I reckon you smile most when you don’t know you’re doing it.”

[Read the full House of Cards excerpt...]

Fri
Jul 14 2017 4:30pm

Say Hey for the Weekend: Romance News & Deals from J. Kenner, Megan Erickson, 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

Say My Name by J. Kenner

Deal Alert: J. Kenner's erotic romance Say My Name is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Sylvia isn't keen to let anyone get too close, until the enigmatic Jackson Steele comes into her life. Learning to trust one another isn't easy, but the pull between them is too strong and too scorching to ignore. 

Deal Alert: Megan Erickson's paranormal romance Daring Fate is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “This series is set in a world where humans are extinct and undead nine-foot werewolves roam the earth in packs. So it’s kind of like The Walking Dead but with shifters. And no Carl!” Read an excerpt from this exciting new paranormal series! 

Deal Alert: Rebecca Shea's new adult romance Unbreakable is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Jessica Harper is the perfect student, a good daughter, and always plays life on the safe side. So falling her her best friend's brother, wide receiver Gabe Garcia, is not only outside of her plans, but something she does her best to ignore. However, when tragedy strikes Jessica and Gabe find themselves drawn together as the course of their lives change. 

Deal Alert: Christy Carlyle's historical romance A Study in Scoundrels is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Sophia Ruthven is the epitome of proper behavior...except when she's writing her lady detective novels. She wants nothing to do with the dashing and entertaining Jasper Grey, the Earl of Stanhope, who has set his sights on her. When Jasper's sister Liddy goes missing, Sophia finds herself unable to stay away from solving the mystery, and unable to stay out of Jasper's arms. Who do you prefer: a rogue or a rake?

[+A political romance anthology a la The West Wing]

Fri
Jul 14 2017 2:00pm

“I will admit that I am a binge reader”: 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!


Laura001 is a confirmed binge reader

Laura001 in What’s the Longest Binge-Reading Streak You’ve Been On?

I will admit that I am a binge reader. If I find a series that I like I will read the whole series start to finish and preorder any future releases. If I really like an author I will track down everything they have ever published and read it too, including website short stories and freebies. I think the longest binge read of any series I have read was the Argeneau Vampire series by Lynsay Sands because it was already 19 books long when I discovered it. Coming in a close second was the Dark Hunter series by Sherrilyn Kenyon because not only was it a long series on its own but i discovered that it was also intertwined with the Dream Hunter series and the Chronicles of Nick.

[+2 more comments of the week]

Fri
Jul 14 2017 1:00pm

Female Sexuality and the Role of Erotic Romance

Killing June by May Bridges

Today we're thrilled to welcome May Bridges (Killing June) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Society's view on female sexuality has changed a lot over the years, but in other ways things have stayed the same. May is here today to talk about society's expectations and how romance places a role in it all. Thanks, May!

Wild Women Do And They Don’t Regret It…

Yes, I do have Natalie Cole lyrics and visions of scenes from Pretty Woman running through my head right now—but on to books! I love when I find pieces of myself in the books I read. Finding something that connects you to a character, something that is fiction imitating reality, pulls you into a book that much more. Over the many years of reading romance I’ve found a common theme in many of them, one that is growing in popularity. It’s the idea of a woman finding a man she can express herself with in a sexual way, a way that perhaps only that man would understand. It’s the journey of her getting to live out her deepest, darkest fantasies, and finding a partner who loves and accepts her for those desires, not despite them. It has opened the door to more books with BDSM and S&M themes. As I look around our society, it doesn’t surprise me this has become a popular book trend. The amazing thing about books are that they can strip away social expectations and misconceptions, and allow us to look at the lives the characters live with fresh eyes.

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Fri
Jul 14 2017 12:06pm
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Cassandra Khaw Excerpt: Bearly A Lady

Cassandra Khaw

Bearly A Lady by Cassandra Khaw

Zelda McCartney (almost) has it all: a badass superhero name, an awesome vampire roommate, and her dream job at a glossy fashion magazine (plus the clothes to prove it).

The only issue in Zelda’s almost-perfect life? The uncontrollable need to transform into a werebear once a month.

Just when Zelda thinks things are finally turning around and she lands a hot date with Jake, her high school crush and alpha werewolf of Kensington, life gets complicated. Zelda receives an unusual work assignment from her fashionable boss: play bodyguard for devilishly charming fae nobleman Benedict (incidentally, her boss’s nephew) for two weeks. Will Zelda be able to resist his charms long enough to get together with Jake? And will she want to?

Because true love might have been waiting around the corner the whole time in the form of Janine, Zelda’s long-time crush and colleague.

What’s a werebear to do?

Get a sneak peek at Cassandra Khaw's Bearly A Lady (available July 18, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“So, this is me.” Janine jabs a thumb at the stoop, smile awkward. London settles around us like a scarf. The world is quieting, calming, drawing into itself, into the old Victorian houses crammed with too many roommates. The street lamps pick out the gold in Janine’s hair, limn her jaw in light. She smiles and my heart forgets a beat.

“Um.” I push my tongue against the roof of my mouth, breathe in. “It isn’t very late yet, and I was wondering—”
“Yes?”

[Read the full Bearly A Lady excerpt...]

Fri
Jul 14 2017 9:30am

The 6 Fantasy Romance Authors You Should Be Reading Right Now

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

When we talk about fantasy and romance, they’re often seen as two totally different genres. While romance can have fantastical elements, and fantasy can have romance elements, it seems a hard bridge to build to find that beautiful gray area of fantasy romance. Much like romantic suspense, fantasy romance needs to have just the right balance of both genres in order to appeal to readers. It's hard to do, but the author that get it right, get it perfect. If you're a fan of Game of Thrones, but are looking for something a little more romantic (read: a lot less violence against women and rape), then these authors are definitely ones you'll want to check out. 

Amanda Bouchet

Amanda Bouchet's debut, A Promise of Fire, took the romance genre by storm just one year ago. Now, with two books in an almost completed series, Amanda Bouchet has cemented her position as one of the premiere voices in fantasy romance. 

The Book That Will Put You Under Their Spell: A Promise of Fire. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) I'm not always a stickler for reading in order, but since this book starts the series—and the series follows the same couple, building on events from each book prior—it's fairly important to read in order. Start from the beginning, I've been told it's a very good place to start. 

Kerrelyn Sparks

While Sparks is a not a new voice in the romance genre, many readers know her for her paranormal romance. With that series done, it was time for Sparks to start a new series and we were gifted with her Embraced books. With catchy titles like How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days and So I Married a Sorcerer,  these books have Sparks' signature humor and, as she herself has described it, are a “female friendly Game of Thrones.” 

The Book That Will Put You Under Their Spell: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) Here's the sticking point, dear fellow readers, this series is only just beginning, so sadly the only book available for us to devour is the first one, however, So I Married a Sorcerer is just around the corner (releasing August 29) so there's just enough time to catch up before Book 2!

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Thu
Jul 13 2017 4:30pm

An Extraordinary Love: Romance News & Deals from Alyssa Cole, Toni Aleo, 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

An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa Cole

Deal Alert: Alyssa Cole's American historical romance An Extraordinary Union is $2.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Former slave Elle Burns trades in her freedom to become a spy in the house of a senator during the height of the Civil War. She's on a mission to gain freedom for her people and end the war between the states—not to find love—and certainly not to find it with Malcolm McCall, a detective for Pinkerton's Secret Service posing as a Confederate soldier. 

Deal Alert: Ashlyn Chase's paranormal romance My Wild Irish Dragon is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc. “Dragon shifter Chloe Arish and firefighter Ryan Fierro find their romance getting off to a fiery start.” This paranormal workplace romance is full of playful banter and steamy encounters that'll have you burning through these pages at warp speed! 

Deal Alert: Toni Aleo's sports romance Trying to Score is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* This second-chance-at-love story heats up on the ice as Lucas Brooks gets traded back to the Nashville Assassins right as his former love, Fallon Parker, nets a huge deal she's hoping will expand her growing wine business. There are lots of twists, turns, and secrets in this sexy title. Love sports and romance? We've got you covered.

Deal Alert: Scarlett Cole's contemporary romance Jordan Reclaimed is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Rocker Jordan Steele and ballerina Aleksandra Artemov could not be more opposite if they tried. He's the product of a broken home and now an international, heavily tattooed rock star, and she's a prima ballerina with a legendary ballet father. They shouldn't want each other—they can't—but they also can't stay away. Do you look for opposites attract in your romances?

[+Emmy nominations & a cover from Kit Rocha's Gideon's Riders series]

Thu
Jul 13 2017 1:00pm

20 Signs You’re Secretly Attracted to the Person You Say You Hate

Heart of the Steal by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish

We're thrilled to welcome Roan Parrish and Avon Gale to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Their book Heart of the Steal just came out last month and features a delicious enemies to lovers/reluctant allies story. Avon and Roan are here today to discuss the ways that you might show you're secretly attracted to someone even though you say you hate them. Thanks, Avon and Roan!

1. Their contact info is in your phone because you need to know when they're contacting you. So you don’t answer. Right.

2. You intend to say their name as a hiss but it comes out as a sigh.

3. You mutter about how badly their suit fits in such detail that you must know their measurements by heart.

4. You check your reflection before you see them to make sure you look good because you will be goddamned if they see you when you look like a scrub and feel superior to you.

5. The way they always wrinkle their nose when they answer a question is so ridiculous that you ask them question after question so you can watch it. Because it's ridiculous.

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Thu
Jul 13 2017 12:02pm
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Alisha Rai Excerpt: Hate to Want You

Alisha Rai

Hate to Want You by Alisha RaiOne 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.

Get a sneak peek at Alisha Rai's Hate to Want You (available July 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

One night. No one will know.

Those were the rules.

They weren’t romantic rules, but nobody had called Nicholas Chandler a romantic in a very long time. Love rarely conquered all, the true villains almost always went unpunished, and happily ever afters? Ha. Sometimes all you could hope for were secret stolen moments with one messy, royally bad girl.

Nicholas shut off the engine of his sedan. He preferred using terms that were clearly defined, so he shied away from adjectives like bad. Bad, especially when used to describe a woman, could mean too many things.

In this case, though, it meant she was bad for him.

[Read the full Hate to Want You excerpt...]