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May 4 2016 1:00pm

Hot Like Fire: Christine Feehan’s Fire Bound

Fire Bound by Christine Feehan

Fire Bound is Christine Feehan with a gentle touch, and I am here for it. Granted, Feehan’s heroes are so alpha that “gentle” in this case is very subjective. It’s a wonderful example of how her books can have an emotional range with the presentation of its heroes and heroines. More than that, it’s a paranormal romance that does what Feehan does best: spies and conspiracies, fated mate romances, and lots of push and pull between the lead couple.

Glassblower Lissa Piner has found her true home. With her parents long dead and no family to speak of in the United States, she has regained a sense of life in Sea Haven with her sisters of the heart. She’s felt fulfilled by working with them on their collective farm; it gives her a space to protect the people that she cares about, something she didn’t feel like she could do many years ago. As her heart-sisters have slowly gotten married off, however, Lissa has been given the reminder that she’s the family loner.

The men that these women have married all hail from the Prakenskii family. The Prakenskiis are trained assassins with enemies everywhere. It means that a woman that loves a Prakenskii is subject to his stubborn personality and his constant desire to keep her protected. While Lissa isn’t with a Prakenskii man, her pseudo-brothers-in-law still want her to be safe. They decide to put their brother Casmir on the job of shadowing her while she goes to Europe to sell her handmade glass chandeliers.

[I'm gonna swing from the chandelier, from the chandelier...]

Apr 1 2015 2:15pm

First Look: Cherry Adair’s Blush (April 7, 2015)

Blush by Cherry AdairCherry Adair
Gallery Books / April 7, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

In the same pulse-pounding style as Maya Banks and Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair delivers a sizzling erotic romance about a sexy billionaire who’s on the run—and the hit-man-turned-handyman who’s supposed to kill her.

Sex with a stranger. Learn to drive. Learn to cook. Learn to pole dance. Sex under the stars. Buy a truck. These are just a few of the things on Amelia Wentworth’s bucket list, but as the CEO and face of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetic empire, she’s never quite found the time to do them.

Until, after a series of accidents, Amelia discovers that someone wants her dead. But who? And why? She has no time for questions as she changes her name to Mia, buys a secluded fixer-upper near the Louisiana bayou where no one will recognize her, and starts checking things off her bucket list like there’s no tomorrow—which there might not be.

Meanwhile, Cruz Barcelona is a hit man who’s promised himself this will be his last job. Then he’ll take the money and move to a warm, sunny place where he doesn’t have to hide anymore. But when Cruz goes undercover to Mia’s ramshackle house, he starts to realize there’s far more to this poor-little-rich-girl than he thought—and he starts to fall for her. Which is going to make his job a whole lot harder…

In Cherry Adair’s Blush, we meet a hot hitman with a change of heart. Cruz Barcelona has one very important rule about his targets; he refuses to kill anyone who doesn’t deserve it. The dossier he received about Amelia Wellington-Wentworth was appalling, including everything from sweatshops in China to a child pornography ring. He fact checks every thing on his own, and his findings were in line with the dossier. It wasn’t that hard to track Amelia/Mia, and she made it very easy for him by just inviting him in her house. However, the woman he has encountered and the woman in the dossier don’t match. For the first time, Cruz’s instincts are telling him something is off, and this may buy miss Mia a few more days while he figures some things out.

[Figure it out quick...]

Feb 13 2015 10:45am

Scandal 4x12 Heart-to-Heart: Who’s the Highest Bidder?

The Gladiators in Scandal 4x12Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 12, “Gladiators Don’t Run”
Ship(s): Fitz/Mellie, with mentions of Liv/Fitz

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 12, “Gladiators Don't Run.”**

I would have loved to ship Liv and Fitz this episode, but Liv being in her unfortunate captive situation and not even given a phone this episode to share a breathy “hi” with her amore, it just couldn’t be done. But Liv’s departure from the scene has brought upon us the old but unlikely ship of Mellie and Fitz. Now before you go and start throwing tomatoes give me a chance to make my case.

The show opens with Abby sitting in everyone’s favorite DC park, holding two coffees while she waits for Liv. When Liv is a no show and she doesn’t answer her phone Abby decided to check Liv’s apartment. When she gets there and sees the obvious disarray—not to mention the wine stain on the couch—she knows there's a problem. Abby goes to Huck and Quinn for answers but they rebuff her, telling her she’s not a Gladiator anymore. That’s cold.

[Real cold...]

Aug 8 2014 11:00am

Exchange of Fire: Exclusive Excerpt

P.A. DePaul

Faking her death was easy, living with her past is harder, but nothing is more dangerous than falling in love…

Sandra Walsh was a deadly sniper for the Sweet Briar Group, a covert agency with assassins for hire, until her last mission went horribly wrong, accidentally killing an innocent girl. Knowing she’s a danger to her team, Sandra goes off the grid, becoming a Shade—an agent declared dead but secretly hiding among the living. She intends to honor her vow never to pull another trigger or have contact with the spy world again. Until she meets Casper Grady…

Grady is a former Marine with a troubled past and a debt to pay. His life mission has gone from protecting the nation to helping local children and their families. The moment he meets Sandra, he knows there’s more to her than meets the eye, but he can’t help but be drawn to the mysterious femme fatale. And when Sandra’s past suddenly catches up to her, Grady is determined to protect her at all costs, no matter how dark and dangerous her secrets are.

As the danger increases, so does their intense attraction. But when they’re forced to choose between each other and the people they’ve sworn to protect, their growing love might not be enough to keep them together—or alive…

Get a sneak peek of P.A. DePaul's Exchange of Fire (available August 19, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Sandra scoped the area again but saw nothing. Her intuition told her the gunman was gone, but where would he have disappeared to? Their little jaunt into the police station shouldn’t have been enough to chase the operative away. Especially one of SBG’s ilk. She hated to admit it, but his sudden departure made her more nervous than his firing at them. At least then she knew what he was up to.

She slowed the pace to an easy, steady jog. Grady fell in step beside her and stayed silent as they moved through the side streets. She took as many alleys as she could and even doubled back twice, but still felt nothing.

“My turn to lead,” he said as he increased his speed.

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Jul 20 2014 9:00am

First Look: Jennifer Estep’s Poison Promise (July 29, 2014)

Poison Promise by Jennifer Estep

Jennifer Estep
Poison Promise (Elemental Assassin #11)
Pocket Books / July 29, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

In book eleven of her New York Times bestselling Elemental Assassin series, author Jennifer Estep continues “one of the best urban fantasy series going on the market” (Fresh Fiction).

Gin Blanco is hard-nosed, sexy, and lethal. Nicknamed “The Spider,” she’s a stone elemental assassin who brings her unique mix of magic and tact to every assignment, no matter the target.

There’s a new drug on the streets of Ashland, and its name “Burn” sums up the potent effect it has on its users. When one of her restaurant employees is threatened by dealers of the drug, Gin steps in to set things straight…

Gin has defeated her greatest foe, Mab Monroe, but now someone is coming to take Mab’s place. Someone who is determined to gain access to Ashland’s underworld—and rule it.

Gin Blanco, aka The Spider, is back and sharpening her knives in Poison Promise, the eleventh installment of Jennifer Estep’s dark and action-packed Elemental Assassin urban fantasy series. Set in a small town in North Carolina, this ever-evolving world mixes the mundane with the supernatural, as Gin struggles to keep her town and loved ones safe from the darker elements that circle the city like sharks out for blood.

[Assassins are people too...]

Jul 15 2014 1:45pm

Quiz Time: Find Your Own Hot Warrior!

Knight Avenged by Coreene CallahanToday we're delighted to welcome Coreene Callahan to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Coreene has come up with a nifty quiz (President Snow or The Joker? Your favorite Brad Pitt movie?) to help predict your romantic future. Because if there's a hot warrior about to arrive on your doorstep, you should know, right? Knight Avenged, the second of her Circle of Seven book, was just released, and its heroine knows just what's in store for her, since she's an oracle. But she can't predict just how much she'll come to care for Henrik, an assassin who's left the Circle of Seven, and now has to make some very difficult decisions himself. Thankfully, Coreene isn't here today to ask tough questions—just fun ones to help you discover who your warrior love mate might be. Thanks, Coreene!

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Mar 28 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Criminals from Clooney, Statham, Theroux, and More!

Criminals and anti-heroes have surged into popularity the last year with motorcycle clubs, dystopic gangs, mafiya enforcers, and assassins. It's just one more way to push the envelope with bad boys.

This week's beefcake is a compilation of some very bad boys, from Charlie's Angels' Justin Theroux; The Italian Jobs' Mark Wahlberg, Jason Statham, and Mos Def; Wanted's Common; Matt Bomer of White Collar; and Ocean's Eleven's Matt Damon, George Clooney, and Brad Pitt.

Why do you think the anti-hero is so popular these days? Who are some of your favorite criminal beefcake? TV, books, movies, we'll take 'em all!

[Plus more criminally hot beefcake...]

Dec 1 2013 12:00pm

Reaver: Exclusive Excerpt

Larissa Ione

Reaver by Larissa IoneWARRIOR OF HEAVEN

Reaver is an angel with a past, a record, and a less-than-heavenly attitude. Powerful enough to fight alongside the fiercest battle angels-and crazy enough to risk his wings on a one-way mission to hell-he's agreed to go where no angel has ever gone before . . . to steal the most seductive and dangerous prize of Satan himself.


Harvester is one of the Fallen, a once-heroic angel who sacrificed her wings to work as an undercover agent in hell. But now her cover has been blown, and she's doomed to an eternity of agonizing torture. Even if Reaver can snatch her away from Satan's lair, even if they can fight their way out of the underworld's darkest depths, there is one thing Harvester can never escape-her newfound thirst for an angel's blood . . .

Get a sneak peek of Larissa Ione's Reaver (available December 17, 2013) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Five days. Reaver and the three assassins Sin had hooked Reaver up with had been traveling through Sheoul for five days. Felt like five years. They’d been attacked by seventy-one different breeds of demons, over a hundred plant species, and more demonic animals than Reaver could keep track of.

They’d been scalded in torrential rains of boiling water. Nearly frozen by blasts of liquid nitrogen in a region of ice and snow. And they’d been singed by rivers of lava that leaked through stone retaining walls as tall as the eye could see.

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May 13 2013 10:28am

Exclusive Cover Reveal: J.C. Daniels’s Broken Blade!

Broken Blade by J.C. DanielsToday, Heroes and Heartbreakers is delighted to be the first to reveal the cover for J.C. Daniels's (Shiloh Walker's other author persona) Broken Blade, the the third book in her urban fantasy Colbana Files series.

After the soul-ripping, heart-breaking ending to Night Blade,
fans of the series are already chomping at the bit for its release.

Here is the official blurb for Broken Blade:

Kit Colbana: assassin, thief, investigator extraordinaire. Now broken. She always expected her past to catch up with her, but never like this. Haunted by nightmares and stripped of her identity, she’s retreated to Wolf Haven, the no-man’s land where she found refuge years before. But while she might
want to hide away from the rest of the world, the rest of the world isn’t taking the hint.

Dragged kicking and screaming back into life, Kit is thrust head-first into an investigation surrounding the theft of an ancient relic…one that she wants nothing to do with. Her instincts tell her it’s a bad idea to just leave the relic lying about, but finding it might be just as bad.

Forced to face her nightmares, she uncovers hidden strength and comes face to face with one of the world’s original monsters.

If she survives the job, she won’t be the same…and neither will those closest to her.

Broken Blade is slated for release in January 2014.