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Sep 7 2017 11:00am

Jennifer Ryan’s Escape to You Is a Perfect Cabin Romance—with a Touch of Suspense!

Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan

Escape to You is a love story that evolves out of a rescue but who rescues whom?

Actress Ashley Swan has been imprisoned for a year. Her captor, Brice Mooney, is a cruel, barbaric psychopath, and it’s especially horrifying that she’d once seen him as a friend in the entertainment industry, and enjoyed her visits to his late-night talk show.

He liked to hurt her.

One day, she’d find a way to hurt him.

She’d find a way to escape.

She’d save herself.

And the boy he called son, but treated like an unruly dog that needed to be beaten into submission.

If only he’d make one mistake. Give her one small opening. She’d find a way to overcome the crippling fear of more pain and certain death, and take it.

Isn’t that the essence of bravery—digging down deep to find the courage to try once more? One evening Ashley discovers that she’s not locked in, that the bolts on her door are not sprung. It’s her chance to escape.

Nightmares of her earlier attempts swamped her mind, but out of those gruesome images hope grew that this time, luck was on her side.

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Aug 30 2017 2:00pm

Cowboy Professions: He Wears More Hats Than Just a Stetson!

Montana Heat Escape to You by Jennifer Ryan

Today we're thrilled to host Jennifer Ryan (Montana Heat: Escape to You) on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Most people know being a cowboy isn't just a job... it's a way of life! That means many times the Western heroes and heroines we've come to love aren't just cowboys. Jennifer is here today to talk a little about that and the different jobs a cowboy may have! Thanks, Jennifer!

No one is ever just one thing. I’m not just a writer. I’m a daughter, sister, mother, and wife. Before I started writing full time, I was a Cable Systems Designer. The things that truly run deep inside of me are mother, wife, and writer. Those roles embody who I am at the heart and down to my soul. It is my everyday life. Those are the things that make me the happiest, fulfilled, and feel truly like I’m living my best life.

As an author, I like to write about ordinary people who do extraordinary things. After the McBride and Montana Men series, I think everyone knows I love cowboys!

I love those ranchers, working hard to provide for their families, taking care of the land and their animals, and providing for communities across the country and beyond. The Montana Men are about those kind of men. Stories about family ties, farms and ranches that are handed down generation to generation. A way of life that is soaked in tradition, loyalty, hard work, and love.

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Aug 26 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Maisey Yates’s Wild Ride Cowboy (August 29, 2017)

Wild Ride Cowboy by Maisey YatesMaisey Yates
Wild Ride Cowboy (Copper Ridge #9)
HQN Books / August 29, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital 

How can a story be both angsty to the core and delightfully silly, often concurrently? Not to mention passionate and poignant. Welcome to Maisey Yates’s latest Wild Ride Cowboy, the ninth in her Copper Ridge series.

Clara Campbell is in the throes of a massive addiction—to caffeine.

He was perfect in every way.

Clara Campbell didn’t even bother to hide the look of longing she knew was currently etched on her face. Asher was facing away from her anyway, working on making a cappuccino behind the bar—for her—so he wouldn’t notice if she spent a little while admiring the elegant way he moved while he steamed the milk.

Okay, maybe most people wouldn’t be applying words like elegant to the process of steaming milk. But in her mind, Asher could do no wrong, and everything he did was poetry. Including his work as a barista at Copper Ridge’s newest artisan coffeehouse, Stim.

Is it Clara’s desperate need for caffeine that leads her to soak up the magic of Asher’s moves? Nope. She doesn’t even like coffee, a fact that her late brother Jason’s friend, Alex Donnelly, finds both odd and intriguing. Clara is looking for love and affection and she’s built up a whole fantasy around the new barista in town.

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Mar 16 2017 8:30am

Trail Mix: How to Cook Up a Smoking-Hot Cowboy

Lickety Split by Damon Suede

Today we're thrilled to welcome Damon Suede (Lickety Split) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Damon's latest book is an erotic cowboy romance so you could say knows a thing or two about cowboys! Today, Damon is here to help us pin down what exactly it is about these strong, silent, often charming heroes that makes us love them so much. Thanks, Damon!

Hey y’all! Today I wanted to take a minute to talk about what makes a cowboy hot…or not.

One of the worst things you can say about a cowboy in Texas is that he's “All hat, no cattle…” That is to say, a flimflammer, a faux-hunk, someone who is all sizzle no steak. Plenty of fellows wear a Stetson and Luccheses to the office in Houston, Dallas, or Austin, but most of those guys have never bucked hay or ridden a fence. They play the part without ever getting barbwire scars or breaking a rib.

For best results, a hot cowboy draws on a set of timeless qualities that show up in every Western romance hero, contemporary or historical. What's astonishing is that although the adjectives stay constant, they apply to a whole range of variable ingredients which produce cowboys of every stripe. It’s practically a spice rack with recommended fixings:

  • Battered: hat, heart, hopes
  • Strong: ties, opinions, arms
  • Thick: calluses, skull, charm
  • Fierce: eyes, loyalty, appetites
  • Slow: walk, anger, smile
  • Rough: manners, hands, language
  • Square: jaw, tastes, values
  • Devoted: friends, habits, animals
  • Solid: roots, seat, reputation
  • Faded: Wranglers, tattoos, prejudices
  • Rugged: build, skills, home
  • Frank: needs, talk, urges
  • Tough: job, skin, problems

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Sep 27 2016 10:00am

My Cowboy Addiction: Rancher Rehab Edition

Her Renegade Rancher by Jennifer Ryan

You could say Jennifer Ryan (Her Renegade Rancher) is addicted to cowboys. Today she comes to Heroes and Heartbreakers to help fellow addicts through the process to ranching recovery (who are we kidding, we don't want to recover!). Thanks, Jennifer!

My name is Jennifer Ryan and I am addicted to ranchers.

It’s true. I confess, I have a deep obsession with those rugged men who turn heads in their butt-hugging jeans and cowboy hats. Tough guys who work hard and play harder. It’s not just the work hewn muscles. Don’t get me wrong, I love staring at those wide chests and thick biceps. (Sigh.) So do you. I know you do.

One of the best parts of my job is the sexy cowboy pictures my publisher sends me to pick which one will go on my covers. I’m pretty sure Avon bribes me with sexy rancher pictures to write new books. It works, too.

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Sep 26 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Carolyn Brown’s Merry Cowboy Christmas (September 27, 2016)

Merry Christmas Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown
Merry Cowboy Christmas (Lucky Penny Ranch #3)
Forever / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house is the presence of one wickedly hot cowboy who’s come to stay for the holiday. Fiona Logan is downright shocked to return to her childhood home and find that the tall blond stranger who came to her rescue on an icy road will be sleeping just across the hall from her bedroom. Talk about temptation…

Jud Dawson never believed the Lucky Penny Ranch would live up to its name until now. Fiona is gorgeous, smart, funny, and everything he thought he’d never find. Now all he has to do is convince her to stick around town instead of hightailing it back to Houston. But with the wild weather, nosy neighbors, and a new baby in the family, getting her to admit that she’s falling in love might just take a Christmas miracle.

Christmas romance novels have always been my weakness.  I love the holiday season and I love romance novels so the two together is a recipe for bliss. With her latest addition to her Lucky Penny Ranch series, Merry Cowboy Christmas, Carolyn Brown catches on the perfect mix of holiday magic alongside romance hot enough to keep any body warm during the longest days of the year.

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Jul 25 2016 9:00am

First Look: B.J. Daniels’s Into Dust (July 26, 2016)


Into Dust by B.J. Daniels

B.J. Daniels
Into Dust  (The Montana Hamiltons #5)
HQN Books / July 26th 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

It’s a big week in gossip, politically speaking. The republican candidate for president, Buckmaster Hamilton of Montana, has just bought an engagement ring for his ex-wife Sarah (..it’s complicated!) and unbeknownst to him, one of his six daughters has been kidnapped by a covert anarchist organization that goes by the moniker The Prophecy. And The Prophecy?  Well they want nothing more than to see Hamilton in office, and they’ll do just about anything imaginable to make sure that happens.

Jack Durand, a Texas boy with a businessman father, has somehow been roped into all of this. (And he’s the one that usually does the roping!) When he witnesses Cassidy Hamilton’s near-abduction, he jumps in immediately to help. Cassidy, reluctant to go public with the incident for fear of the political and personal ramifications, convinces him there’s really only one way to deal with this: she has to go into hiding. Jack, naturally, is not the type of man who will let her do that alone. So the two of them go on the run together, discovering along the way that they might have a disturbing shared history that neither of them knew about until now.

In the fifth book of The Montana Hamilton series, the action and plot begins right out of the gate. There is little time for niceties, as nearly every word is important to unraveling this story, but the author still seems to somehow paint a beautiful picture. Tracing a line from Texas to Montana, the picture that Daniels draws for us is deliciously atmospheric.

[Roped into drama...]

Jul 18 2016 12:30pm

The Top 10 Nora Roberts Novels as Decided Upon By A Very Biased Party

Midnight Bayou by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts’s novels were amongst some of the first I picked up in the romance genre and I consumed them voraciously. I love the way she draws her characters, I love the way her stories fit so well together, I love the visuals she paints so vividly.

So when I got asked to make a list of my top ten Nora Roberts novels, I said, “heck yeah! Let’s do this!” Then I realized that’s really hard to do. Seriously. I’ve rewritten this list no fewer than ten times and started this ‘Top 10’ post about the amount of times.

I think I’ve finally decided on some things. I think. Maybe. Let’s see how this goes.

[On to the list!]

Jul 6 2016 11:00am

It’s All About the (Perfect) Timing in Mia Hopkins’ Cowboy Player

Cowboy Player by Mia Hopkins

Mia Hopkins’s Cowboy Player is the third in the Cowboy Cocktail series following the MacKinnon brothers, hot cowboys who need to leak the whereabouts of their closest hunky male relative because I want one. Friends since childhood, Melody and Clark work together, selling the best of the Mackinnon Family beef product. Just out of a long term relationship and after losing both theirparents, Melody has been focused on getting her younger sister off to her next phase in life. And now that Harmony seems to be old enough to stand on her own Clark takes the opportunity to make his move on big sister. No spoilers, but Hopkins sets up the lifelong friends-to-lovers situation perfectly. It's all about timing, people.

[Giddy up...]

Apr 8 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Saddle Up With These Hotties

You can take the boy out of the country, but you can't take the country out of him. At least that's what I say. Suit up those chaps, pull down that cowboy hat, and adjust those hips because these guys are ready to take you for a ride with those experienced hands. Call him country thunder or wild wild west. Tell him his midwest or southern twang has your panties in a bunch, but please don't say your riding skills are not up to par. Image via Sheknows

[Are you ready to ride? ...]

Aug 13 2015 2:47pm

Romance News Roundup: Tom Hiddleston Goes Cowboy, Jaci Burton Cover, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Tom Hiddleston as Hank Williams in I Saw the Light—If you've been wondering “Where have all the cowboys gone?" Tom Hiddleston is your answer! Sony Pictures Classic has released a promotional image by Alan Markfield of Hiddleston in a 10-gallon hat as Hank Williams in the biopic I Saw the Light, opening in limited release on November 27.

—Jaci Burton has revealed the cover for her contemporary Play-by-Play novella Hot Holiday Nights. Here's your beefcake fix for the day, kids!

—In more cover news, former H&H community manager Megan Frampton revealed the cover of her next novella, No Groom at the Inn, on Twitter.

—Deal Alert: Karina Halle's romantic suspense Dirty Angels is currently free at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore (via ReadCheaply).*

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Jun 29 2015 4:43pm

Romance News Roundup: #AskELJames, JoJo Moyes Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes—Deal Alert #1: Jojo Moyes's Me Before You is currently $2.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Preview the Me Before You Delicious Despair scene we just had to write about.

Grey author E.L. James is answering questions on Twitter with the hashtag #AskELJames. We've learned that she's “written a new book and [is] halfway through another.” James says they're both romances and she's not sure when they'll be finished. In answer to a question about whether she's ever wanted to change anything in Fifty Shades, she answered: “Yes. I would have liked to split them up for longer at the end of FSoG.” When asked if she would be writing more from Christian's perspective, her answer was maybe. Read more of her responses here. And if you haven't already weighed in with your reactions to Grey, please do join the conversation.

—Deal Alert #2: M.Q. Barber's Healing the Wounds is $.99 right now in e-book at Amazon.* Looking to dive into the Neighborly Affection series? Get the scoop with our First in the Series primer.

—While Fahrenheit 451 author Ray Bradbury's former house was demolished earlier this year, the good news is that pieces of Bradbury's house were turned into bookends, according to io9. How fitting, right?

—Deal Alert #3: Cat Johnson's One Night with a Cowboy is $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore and Amazon.* Catch up on all our Cat Johnson coverage here.

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Jun 17 2015 8:30am

Build-a-Cowboy: Top 5 Characteristics of the Perfect Cowboy

Sharp Shootin' Cowboy by Victoria Vane

Today we're so excited to welcome Victoria Vane on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Victoria writes heroes have rough exteriors, but have hearts of gold, especially the hero of her most recent release Sharp Shootin' Cowboy! The heroes of her books Slow Hand, Rough Rider, Sharp Shootin' Cowboy, and A Cowboy's Whisper all embody the different facets of the cowboy—the charmer, the wounded warrior, the quintessential protector, and the lost soul. Victoria is here today to talk about the qualities of the cowboy that bring all those heroes together—and she brought some author friends with her to help make her case! Thanks, Victoria!

In the words of my hero Wade Knowlton from Slow Hand, “I hate to burst your bubble, sweetheart, but a Stetson and a pair of Tony Lamas don’t make a man a cowboy.”

Although they generally do wear the trademark hat and boots, cowboy heroes come in various shapes and sizes. While they can be very different people, they still must exemplify some key cowboy characteristics—good manners, humor, honesty, loyalty, and protectiveness. These are traits that most romance readers cherish in men, but are hard to find in the modern world. The cowboy hero exemplifies our ideal male.

For the sake of discussion, I asked eight very different Western romance authors the key characteristic of a perfect cowboy hero for them.

[Here's what those Western romance authors had to say...]

May 22 2015 2:41pm

Romance News Roundup: Laura Florand and Carolyn Brown Deals!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand—Deal Alert #1: Laura Florand's contemporary The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat, Book 4) is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* The Chocolate Touch was one of several books explored in Kate Rothwell's “How Sweet It Is!: Chocolate in Romance Novels,” just in case you're not already craving a sweet treat...

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, billed as a “bigger, fatter wedding,” is really actually happening and now even has a release date: March 25, 2016.

—Deal Alert #2: Carolyn Brown's contemporary Western Honky Tonk Angel is currently $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* For more, read excerpts from four other Carolyn Brown romances here.

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

May 1 2015 7:04am

And They’re Off: What Are Your Derby Reads?

Thrown by Colette AuclairTomorrow is the 2015 Kentucky Derby, and while many people are putting on their jauntiest and most outlandish hats, we at Team H&H will be picking up romance novels featuring the most talented riders.

Cowboys, rodeo riders, and ranch owners are all pretty common fare in romance. Who are the most accomplished riders in romance? Can you think of talented riders in romance? Who are your favorites? Have you ever read a romance novel that features the Kentucky Derby or any other well-known races?

Apr 27 2015 3:30pm

First Look: Cat Johnson’s Midnight Ride (April 28, 2015)

Midnight Ride by Cat Johnson

Cat Johnson
Midnight Ride (Midnight Cowboys #1)
Zebra / April 28, 2015 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

One bucking bronco...

Oklahoma ranch hand Tyler Jenkins is too young, too sexy, and too damn wild to be tied down by any single woman—for more than a few steamy hours...

One hard-working widow...

Widowed rancher Janie Smithwick is too busy paying off her debts to play rodeo with a reckless young cowboy like Tyler—no matter how hot he gets her...

One midnight ride they'll never forget. . .

As a rule, Janie should be dating a man her own age, like her handsome neighbor Rohn—not the twenty-four-year old ranch hand he employs. But once Tyler gets Janie alone—held tight in his arms, pressed against his hard muscled body, burning with desire—the widow realizes that some rules, like broncos, are meant to be broken...

In an age where female characters are demonized for their sexual desires, it’s comforting to read a book that’s capable of reassuring us that it’s okay to give into need, want, and desire—like Cat Johnson’s Midnight Ride.

There is a twelve year age difference between the hero and the heroine, and right from the beginning, the hero sees the heroine as an object of desire. Tyler thinks Janie’s a beautiful woman. And Lord help him when she mentions his tongue. 

His mind went to bad places at her mention of his tongue and its talents.  Visions of what he’d like to do with it—and her—flashed through his brain.

His desire is immediate and palpable.  And right from the beginning, as far as he’s concerned, her age is simply a number.  “(I)t was obvious Colton had never met Janie Smithwick.  If he had, he sure as hell wouldn’t have called her old.” Hot, beautiful, sexy , yes.  But not old.

[Will she tame the young hunky cowboy?]

Mar 31 2015 12:00pm

H&H Quickies #9: Jennifer Ryan—Prompt Me!

 When It's Right by Jennifer Ryan

If you can never get enough of your favorite authors (and who can?!?), you are going to love H&H's author writing challenge, H&H Quickies. Not only will you get to read fun, original scenes by awesome romance authors, but said awesome romance authors will be writing those scenes based on YOUR prompts!

Following up on wonderful Quickie scenes by Lora Leigh, Valerie Bowman, Charlotte Stein, and more (see all the Quickies, here), we are pleased to announce today that Jennifer Ryan will be the ninth author to participate in the H&H Quickies challenge! Here are the details:

The idea

For the next week, H&H readers are invited to leave comments on this post with writing prompts/ideas for Jennifer Ryan with a contemporary/mystery-suspense theme. Once the prompting period is over next week, Jennifer will read over all of the prompts and pick at least two that she finds inspiring, and use them to write a short original scene. H&H will then post the scene for everyone to read and enjoy (yay!), as well as reveal which prompts Jennifer used for the scene (woo-hoo!) for bragging rights.

The rules

Prompting is open from right now until Tuesday, April 7, 2015, at noon EST.

Prompts can be anything, like a word (saddle!), a setting (a ranch!), a situation (dancing at a Western bar!), a description (tall, dark, and handsome!)...the sky's the limit! Just one requirement, to keep things interesting: the prompts for this particular challenge should be contemporary-themed or have mystery/suspense elements.

After you leave some prompts, that's it, your job is done for now! Just be sure to check back on April 24 for an original scene from Jennifer Ryan based on your suggestions!

Psst... if you're a newsletter subscriber, you'll get to see the full scene a few days early! Not on the list? Here are three more reasons to join in on the fun. To sign up, register to become an H&H community member here and check “YES” to receive the newsletter. Or, if you're already an H&H member and want to start getting the newlsetter, go into into your profile, click on the red button with the heart that says “Click here to subscribe for the H&H Newsletter,” and voilà! If you have any trouble signing up, always feel free to contact us for troubleshooting.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment below or email us at  info@heroesandheartbreakers.com.


Sounds like a blast, right? Let's get prompting!

Mar 20 2015 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Scott Eastwood

We've been looking to add to our list of movie boyfriends, and with his appearance in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks' adaptation, The Longest Ride, Scott Eastwood has earned placement on that list! Movies based on Sparks' books are known for having pretty hot leading men—Liam Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Ryan Gosling, just to name a few!

Today, we're celebrating another hot leading man and dedicating our beefcake to Mr. Eastwood!

[Here's to some great genes...and jeans...]

Jan 31 2015 12:00pm

Rough Rider: Exclusive Excerpt

Victoria Vane

Rough Rider by Victoria Vane

Two wary hearts ...
Janice Combes has two loves, bucking bulls and Dirk Knowlton. But Dirk only has eyes for a dazzling rodeo queen. How can Janice ever compete while mired ankle-deep in manure? Exchanging playful banter with Dirk is all Janice can expect-until the stormy night he knocks on her door dripping wet and needing a place to crash.

Different Dreams...
Dirk Knowlton is living the cowboy dream. Life should be good-roping, branding, backing broncs, riding bulls, but there's a void he can't seem to fill. After getting hung up by a bull, he wonders if this is really the life he wants. Restless and rebellious, he bolts...but there's a certain cowgirl he can't forget.

When a battle-scarred Dirk returns to his Montana ranch he's determined to hang on at any cost. Janice has come back home to lick her own wounds. When old dreams turn to dust, can two wary hearts take another chance on love?

Get a sneak peek from Victoria Vane's Rough Rider (available February 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Damn!” Dirk toed off his boots with a mumbled curse. “Is there anything worse than trying to peel off wet jeans?” His clothes were stuck to him and his bum left hand and shoulder didn’t make it any easier.

“Here, let me help you.”

Before he could protest, Janice had squatted down in front of him. She went right to work tugging the bottom half of his pant legs—a position that put her face level with his crotch.

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Jan 30 2015 12:00pm

Shameless: Exclusive Excerpt

Brynley Bush

Shameless by Brynley Bush

Sheltered good girl Victoria Raine has always wanted to be a little bad.  Tired of living life safely on the sidelines, she summons the courage to forge a new path for herself and applies to the FBI, looking for adventure and something to fulfill her vague longing for something…more. She gets more than she bargained for with her first undercover assignment—posing as the girlfriend of country music’s bad boy, Drake Maddox, a lone wolf with a reputation for having singularly erotic tastes.  Hoping to catch a serial killer that’s targeting women close to Drake, Tori’s job is to convince the public, and the killer, that she and the wickedly handsome superstar are an item.

Although their relationship is a sham, there’s nothing fake about the hidden desires the sexy as sin cowboy awakens in Tori.  As the killer draws closer, Tori finds herself falling for the one man she can’t have.

Get a sneak peek of Brynley Bush's Shameless (available February 11, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“For the first time in my life, I’m regretting having a truck,” Drake says a little bit later as we drive toward downtown.

“Really? Why?”

“You look far too beautiful to be taken out on a date in a truck.  I should have rented a limousine.”

“I’m starting to kind of like your truck,” I say, sliding across the bench seat until my hip is pressed next to his. He smiles at me, deliberately placing his hand on my bare thigh.

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