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Sep 30 2017 11:01am

Lauren Smith Excerpt: Grigori

Lauren Smith

He’s one of the last of a powerful but vanishing bloodline…

Grigori Barinov is the eldest in an ancient line of dragon shifters and the guardian of his family’s lands and fortune. Sworn to protect their history and magic, he won’t rest until he neutralizes any threat to their existence. When he discovers an ancient manuscript that exposes his family and their dragon lineage has fallen into a mortal woman’s hands, he knows he must get the book back by any means necessary. If that means seducing a nosy American woman with an intoxicating scent, he is more than willing to carry her off to his palatial home deep in the heart of Russia.

She’s the one woman who could expose him to the world…

Madelyn Haynes has never fit in. As an adopted child she grew up in a loving home but never felt as though she belonged. Plagued by mysterious dreams she’s had of a silver scaled beast ever since she was a little girl, she is convinced dragons are real. While in Russia working on her PhD in mythology in order to escape the ridicule from fellow professors, she unexpectedly crosses paths with the sexy and dominating Grigori, and after just one night with the man whose eyes seem to burn, she starts to change inside. Isolated in the Russian wilderness Grigori calls home, Madelyn can’t help but fall under his sensual spell, yet something deep inside her calls out that she can’t trust him. She has to show the world dragons are real to salvage academic reputation, even if it means costing her the heart of the dragon she’s falling in love with.

Get a sneak peek at Lauren Smith's Grigori (available October 3, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Here there be dragons.

—Note on a map from the Age of Exploration, regarding Terra Incognito.

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Apr 26 2017 10:00am

May 2017 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in May.

We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Authors: Have we missed your release before? Drop us a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com with your title, full name, release date, and series name (if you have one) for your upcoming June 2017 release!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:

May 1-8 May 9-15 May 16-22 May 23-29 May 30-31

Week of May 1 through May 8

[Great new releases ahead!]

Nov 9 2016 3:00pm

12 Fantasy Romances to Take You Away

Lloyd Alexander once said that “Fantasy is hardly an escape from reality. It's a way of understanding it.” This autumn’s crop of fantasy novels give both a bit of escape and insight while mixing them with magic, adventure and of course, romance.

Contemporary Fantasy:

The Ferryman Institute by Colin Gigl

The Ferryman Institute by Colin Gigl has been hailed as a “stunning, fantastical debut novel.” In Greek mythology, the souls of the dead are rowed across the rivers Styx and Acheron, bodies of water that divide the world of the living from that of the beyond, by the ferryman Charon (aka Kharon). In this exciting novel, reminiscent of the comic books Rest in Peace Department by Peter M. Lenkov, Charlie Dawson is a ferryman. He helps the living cross to whatever is awaiting them on the other side. He’s the best there is but he has been at this a long, long time and is frankly burned out. Unfortunately, the afterlife doesn’t come with more career opportunities! Then Charlie keeps Alice Spiegel from killing herself and realizes that the afterlife can come complete with romance:

She interrupted him with a kiss. It wasn’t even remotely close to a good one: it was too short, she didn’t meet his mouth flush on, his eyes were still open, and his lips were still moving as he tried to speak. Frankly, she didn’t care.

There was something special about the way Charlie spoke, something Alice had trouble pinning down. Maybe it wasn’t one thing, necessarily, but some combination that when blended together exceeded the sum of its parts. There existed a spellbinding cadence in his words – yes, spellbinding, that was the right word, because what was it if not magic?- and understated rhythm that undressed the world, exposed it as nothing more than an illusion. He was the magician in reverse, the man who demonstrated with a flourish that his act was real – it was her pain and suffering, her reality that was the cheap trick she’d failed to see through.

His voice enveloped her in a tapestry of woven words while his eyes orchestrated the ebb and flow of his inflection, a conductor flicking the baton in seemingly careless strokes, yet driving a masterful symphony with them. Though doubt and fear and sadness all lingered in the back alleys of her psyche, his voice bore her back in time, back to when she was child capable of believing in impossible things. And in the dying moments of that first kiss, Alice believed in them anew.

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Oct 20 2016 12:30pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive reveals from Valerie Bowman, Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur

Team H&H is thrilled to present two covers for upcoming titles from authors Valerie Bowman, and a compilation from Eve Langlais, Kate Douglas, and A.C. Arthur! In Never Trust a Pirate, the next book in Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides series, a case of mistaken identity, leads a renegade pirate and penniless orphan into a romance that's more than they expect. And Hunger brings together three authors with three delicious tales of Alphas, damsels in distress, and finding a mate.

Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman

The rules of engagement were never so scandalous. . .

A rumored pirate and the scurrilous black sheep of his well-to- do family, Cade Cavendish relishes his world of rebellion, deception, and seduction. Nothing and no one can hold him to be the duty-bound, honorable man he is expected to be. But when an unexpected run-in at his twin brother’s estate with a ravishing, raven-haired maid leads her to believe he’s actually a viscount, Cade’s renegade life is thrown wildly off-kilter. And even though a case of mistaken identity can be quickly set to rights, matters of the heart are quite different…

Miss Danielle LaCrosse is startled to learn that the handsome gentleman who radiates sin and has the devil in his eyes is not her employer the Viscount, but rather his infamous brother. A former heiress, orphaned and left penniless, Danielle has more than a few secrets of her own. Cade may be skilled at coaxing even the most hidden desires out of Danielle but can he earn her trust—and win her heart—as they embark on an adventure to confront a dangerous enemy from both of their pasts . . . and uncover the identity of the so-called Black Fox along the way?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Never Trust a Pirate by Valerie Bowman, available May 2, 2017:

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Jun 16 2016 3:30pm

We’re Nuts About Kate Lowell’s Squirrel Shifter Romances!

Nuts About You by Kate Lowell

These days, shifter romances are hot. (In more ways than one.) You’ve probably read one or two: Blade (or Rock...or Nick), a werewolf or wolf-shifter (sometimes, less commonly, a bear- or mountain cat-shifter), who is also a Navy SEAL (or sometimes just your average, everyday firefighter…who also happens to be a werewolf), is the Alpha of his pack (inevitably). He is six-feet-four, with eyes like chips of blue ice, biceps the size of cantaloupes, and cut-from-Baccarat-crystal abs off of which one could bounce a basketball. Sparks fly when he meets Lexi (or Jess or Callie), who is usually an investigative reporter or a detective of some sort. Sexytimes ensue.

Then there are the “Nutty Romances” of Kate Lowell.

These unusual tales relate the saga of Nathan, whose soft blue eyes, sweet smile, short stature, and love handles belie the stalwart heart and unshakeable courage of a born were-squirrel.

[Things are about to get a little nutty...]

May 9 2016 1:00pm

Explore the Phoenix Pack World in Suzanne Wright’s Savage Urges

Savage Urges brings us to the fifth installment in the Phoenix Pack series and is the story of taciturn Enforcer, Ryan paired with Loner, Makenna. Other paranormal romance books have explored the concept of a pack mentality versus a lone wolf figure, but in Suzanne Wright’s shifter world, Loner is actually a social status. A person is kicked out of his or her pack for varying reasons and thus carries a stigma for the rest of his or her life.

The previous installments of the Phoenix Pack series have shown humans becoming increasingly more aggressive in their stance against shifters, so a shifter without a pack is put in physical, social and emotional danger. As a result, Makenna takes her lone wolf status seriously and volunteers with a shelter that houses and helps other lone shifters. Makenna’s work literally brings her to Ryan when a teenage relative of Ryan’s, Zac, is found passed out on her doorstep.

[A most inauspicious meeting if we've ever seen one...]

Mar 17 2016 3:30pm

Who is Jane Yellowrock? Meet Faith Hunter’s Skinwalker

Skinwalker by Faith Hunter

Faith Hunter’s best selling dual natured urban fantasy heroine, Jane Yellowrock, has entertained fans since first meeting her in book one-Skinwalker-which released in 2009. With 9 full length novels and 36 individual shorts and novellas, this series continues to grow and expand, both in arc and characters, as it follows it own rules that keeps you guessing until the very end. Told from a first person narrative, we follow Jane Yellowrock’s journey as she discovers more about her heritage while graduating from a solitary rogue vampire killer to a premier enforcer for Leo Pellissier-the Blood Master of New Orleans. Action packed with a steady influx of magic, mayhem, and romance, Jane’s destiny begins the day she accepts a job in New Orleans only to discover herself pulled reluctantly into vampire politics and the steady stream of adventures that fall her way.

Love Jane, Love Jane's Beast

Jane Yellowrock is a skinwalker of Cherokee descent in existence. An infamous rogue vampire killer for hire, Jane doesn't know much about her childhood, having been raised in foster care after she was found as a child wandering around in Yellowstone National Park. After she turned 18 years old, Jane took what little memories she had of her childhood and went back to Yellowstone where she discovered her ability. Jane’s ability allows her to shift into any animal she chooses. She also shares her body with another—a large mountain cat she calls Beast. Jane and Beast are not extensions of one another, but separate entities that share a soul. An interesting aspect of this series is the fact that Hunter uses science in explaining Jane’s shapeshifting. It’s not simply a matter of shifting and allowing ‘magic’ to explain the shifting of forms with no consequences.  Jane has to calculate the mass of what she is shifting into and make sure she absorbs or expels the calories needed to maintain the form. Stronger than most and very well skilled in weapons and fighting forms, Jane is not immortal nor immune to harm. She is vulnerable and though she heals faster due to Beast, she can be hurt and killed.

[You gotta' love her ...]

Mar 10 2015 8:30am

First Look: Donna Grant’s Night’s Blaze (March 31, 2015)

Night's Blaze by Donna GrantDonna Grant
Night’s Blaze
St. Martin's Press / March 31, 2015 /$7.99 print & digital

A King who walks in darkness.

The Rhys who has existed for centuries is gone. Stripped of his ability to shift forms, Rhys can no longer embody the majestic, powerful dragon he was at birth. Cut off from his heritage by one of his own, this Dragon King must remain a man, haunted by demons who torment his every waking moment. The darkness would swallow him whole . . . except a woman so beautiful and haunted becomes the one beam of light in his world...

A desire that will not be denied.

Lily Ross is taking the first step in building a new life for herself. Still reeling from a relationship that nearly broke her spirit, Lily is wary of her attraction to brawny, brooding Rhys. The passion burning so brightly between them is a potent temptation, but any entanglement is destined to end in disaster. Yet when a spectre from Lily’s past threatens their growing bond, Rhys is forced to choose with his heart, or lose this woman who has become his one chance at salvation...

Note: Night Blaze will be released in four-parts as a weekly serial starting March 10

True confession time. I’m a romance reader who thinks dragons are epically cool yet Night's Blaze is THE FIRST DRAGON SHIFTER ROMANCE I’VE READ. I’m not sure how this is possible. I mean, I even made my kids sit through several showings of Cartoon Network’s Firebreather. Okay, now that we have that out of the way, let’s dig into dragons, shall we?

Since this is my first dragon shifter book, my high-school-math word-problem knowledge also says this is my first book in Donna Grant’s Dark Kings series. It took me a bit to work out the story to-date, but it didn’t hamper my reading of Night’s Blaze.

[Glad you didn't get hung up on the tiny details...]

Jan 31 2015 10:00am

So I Dated a Shapeshifter: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for January 2015

Alphas Prefer Curves Boxed SetThe new year brought a lot of highly anticipated books—Bound by Flame and Burned to name a few! But if you knew where to look, there were also a lot of hidden gems, ripe for the picking (or biting)!


Alpha Prefer Curves Boxed Set

Hot alpha males come in all flavors, from fierce shifters and swaggering rockstars to bad boy bikers and seductive billionaires, men of action and passion. In this collection of standalone BBW romance novels and novellas by the writers of the wildly popular Curvy Girl Romance group, the hunky heroes all have one thing in common: these alphas prefer curves.

This boxed set contained 14 books in total, all featuring alpha heroes and the plus-sized (okay, BBW, but I hate that term), and with pretty much every subgenre represented, there’s pretty much something for everyone looking for an alpha and a plus-sized lady. A Prowl On The Wild Side by Erika Masten and Milly Taiden’s Dangerous Protector were two of my favorite books among the many featured in this boxed set.  In A Prowl on the Wild Side, Vanessa discovers that her nightly sleepwalking and dreams of being a lioness may have deeper and more supernatural repercussions than any pill can fix! And in Dangerous Protector, we see lovers reunited—and oh it feels so good! Milly Taiden is a new find for me and pretty much all of her books feature sexy plus-sized women and the shifters who love them—just my cup of tea!

[And ours too...]

Jan 24 2015 10:00am

Jaguar Pride: Exclusive Excerpt

Terry Spear

Jaguar Pride by Terry Spear

An impossible mission…

JAG Special Forces agents Huntley Anderson and Melissa Overton are hot on the trail of poachers when they’re suddenly saddled with two jaguar shifter cubs. They have to locate the parents, pronto—but who’s going to babysit in the meantime?

A lifetime of possibilities…

Huntley is a rough, tough jaguar shifter and an all-business agent, but he’s not going to let two abandoned youngsters come to any harm on his watch. Seeing her super-manly partner try to get the playful cubs under control stirs up some unexpected desires in Melissa, and she begins to feel like Huntley’s not the only one who’s in over his head…

Get a sneak peek at Terry Spear's Jaguar Pride (available February 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Men’s voices deeper in the rainforest caught Melissa’s attention. She couldn’t make out what they were actually saying. Huntley was beside her in an instant. Were the men camping in the rainforest? She’d heard at least three different voices. She could smell whiffs of smoke from their campfire. She and Huntley headed in that direction, drawing closer until they could hear the three men talking—about rugby, girlfriends, and sex. Australians. Most likely they were not who she and Huntley were looking for.

“Hey, mate, look at this. Hold the light closer.”

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Jan 8 2015 12:00pm

Hunger’s Mate: Exclusive Excerpt

Hunger's Mate by AC Arthur

Half man, half animal, a Shadow Shifter must walk the line between predator and prey, hunger and obsession—to capture the woman he loves…

A natural born hunter proud of his birthright, Ezra Preston agrees to hide his identity and pretend to be human—to learn what his enemies know of his kind. But even undercover, it’s not in his nature to play games with a woman. Especially when he discovers the beautiful creature has been keeping secrets of her own…

This is no ordinary woman he’s stalking but an alluring and mysterious cat thief—with dangerous secrets of her own…

Jewel Jenner has plotted and schemed for months, hiding her knowledge of a top-secret operation to save her ailing father. Captivated by her passion, skill, and courage, Ezra wants to help Jewel on her mission. But when he discovers how far she’s gone—sleeping with the enemy to steal a fortune in diamonds—he must decide if he can trust this enthralling woman with his secret…or trust his fiercest instincts when he’s near her, in Hunger’s Mate by A.C. Arthur

Get a sneak peek of A.C. Arthur's Hunger's Mate (part 1 available January 13, 2015; full book available February 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of the Prologue and Chapter 1.


If she’d ever considered a career as a bank robber, she would have to think again.

Her hands shook uncontrollably as she closed the bedroom door behind her, flipping the little latch that locked it. She took two additional seconds to breathe in and out, to refocus on the goal, the mission that had been dropped in her lap out of pure desperation. Rolling her head and relaxing her shoulders, she looked forward, resigned herself to what was, and moved across the carpeted floor.

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Aug 26 2014 11:00am

Dark Blood: Exclusive Excerpt

Christine Feehan

Dark Blood by Christine Feehan

At long last you are truly back with us...

Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan…

Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth

For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining.

Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear…

Get a sneak peek of Christine Feehan's Dark Blood (available September 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene. And comment below to be entered for a chance to win a copy of Dark Wolf, Dark Lycan, and Dark Blood.

Zev, you need to lie down now.

Zev tried not to smile at the bossy little note in her voice. He’d never been bossed around. His father had given up on telling him what to do by the time he was twelve. Already, he had become lead hunter of their pack. For her, to keep that worried look off her face, he complied, even though he knew movement was going to hurt like hell. Gritting his teeth, he eased back slowly. His face went white. He felt the color drain. Blood spread across his shirt again and a low hiss escaped between his teeth.

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Jul 5 2014 1:00pm

Shifter’s Claim: Exclusive Excerpt

Shifter's Claim by A.C. Arthur

Half man, half animal, a Shadow Shifter is sworn to protect females—human or otherwise—from the savage fury of his own nature…

Rich, handsome, and successful—hotel magnate Sebastian “Bas” Perry could have any woman he desires. But despite his animal attraction to women, he avoids relationships at all costs. As a Shadow Shifter, he must defend innocent humans from the deadliest of his kind. And the most dangerous game of all is falling in love…

It takes a special kind of woman to hunt a predator, to tame the beast—and to capture a man’s heart…

Priya Drake is an ambitious reporter hungry for a story. At a presidential fundraiser, she sets her sights on the mysterious and magnetic Bas Perry, a man with a secret she’s determined to uncover. Stalking her prey back to his hotel, the hunter soon becomes the hunted—when Bas takes her in his arms and unleashes the animal within. For Priya, it is more than a night of wild, reckless passion. It’s the story of a lifetime. But can she betray the man she loves? in Shifter’s Claim by A.C. Arthur.

Get a sneak peek of A.C. Arthur's Shifter's Claim (available July 29, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1
The Willard InterContinental Hotel
Washington, D.C.

Present day

“What do you want?” he asked even though he had one arm wrapped firmly around her waist, the other clapped tightly over her mouth.

She’d been following him all night, her gaze fixated on him like a beacon in the dark of night. Bas had tried to ignore it, no, actually he hadn’t. He’d seen her about two minutes after she’d taken her seat at the table just ten feet away from his. She’d smiled and conversed with the others around her, all the while casing the room for something, until landing on him. Females did not normally affect him this way, they didn’t look at him and cause all the blood in his body to run hotter and faster throughout his veins. They didn’t call to him throughout the night in a room full of about six hundred people and they definitely did not wander around hotel hallways attempting to break into private suites—the private suites of Roman Reynolds, Leader of the Stateside Assembly.

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Jun 20 2014 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: True Blood Stars—Gif Edition!

Source: Forever Fan Girl.

All good things must come to an end—even vampires who are meant to live forever. This Sunday marks the final season of True Blood, and boy have we had fun with this series! Whether it was remembering Naked Northman (and why some of us are Team Eric), the most WTF Sex Moments of the show, or just talking about Charlaine Harris, it's been a good ride.

To say our final goodbyes, we offer this beefcake, but don't worry, we'll be recapping True Blood every Monday, so stay tuned!

And now, our final True Blood beefcake (a gif edition)!

[There's more where that came from...]

May 2 2014 11:00am

Part of Me: Exclusive Excerpt

Part of Me by A.C. Arthur

Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts—a deeply emotional, unforgettable New Adult paranormal romance series by A.C. Arthur about the men who are sworn to protect the females—human or otherwise—from the savage fury of his own nature…

Lidia Morales has always felt out of place. The one stable presence in her childhood has always been Brayden. Every major moment, every growing pain, everything in her life has been shared with him since they were little, so it makes sense to her that they will stay friends at college together. Until one night, emotions are revealed in a heated kiss, and Lidia’s world is turned upside down. Brayden has always been just a friend and she knows she should look somewhere else for love. But the memory of the passion between them is undeniable—and Brayden isn’t about to let her forget it. As trouble brews, Lidia may need Brayden more than she realized and Brayden will do whatever it takes to convince her that they are soulmates…bonded for life, in Part of Me by A.C. Arthur.

Get a sneak peek of A.C. Arthur's Part of Me (available May 13, 2014), a Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts novella, with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1.

Chapter 1


Three months ago

He kissed me.

Brayden Sanchez kissed me, Lidia Morales.

No, to be fair, it wasn’t just a kiss, it was like he was making love to my mouth. If that’s at all possible. I’m almost positive it is, because that’s exactly how I felt when it was happening.

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Apr 16 2014 9:30am

Shifting the Scene: Falling in Love with Paranormal Romance

Mine to Claim by A.C. ArthurH&H is pleased to welcome A.C. Arthur, whose paranormal New Adult e-book trilogy Shadow Shifters: Damaged Hearts kicked off with Mine to Claim last week. A.C. writes sexy shapeshifter romances because she's a fan of them herself, and today she joins us to talk the irresistible pull of alpha shifters as well as to share some of her favorite series. Thanks, A.C.!

From the moment a romance novel is opened, a reader is searching for one thing: that belly-dropping, spine-tingling, whirlwind thrill of falling in love. Oftentimes that thrill is found in a contemporary setting with a very sexy alpha male and a feisty, independent female. On other occasions, the fall into love will take a scandalous duke by storm, or entice the proper lady to let go of her inbred reservations and give in to passion. And then there are the times when a reader simply wants to shift the scene entirely.

Hot, sexy, alpha males combined with the DNA of deadly animals. It’s not a new combination of hero, and yet the depths of the current shapeshifters are pushing the envelope of desire and passion and oh-my-I-need-a-fan-while-I-read elements in paranormal romance.

[Just us or is it getting hot in here?...]

Apr 8 2014 11:30am

Darkest Flame: Exclusive Excerpt

Donna Grant


Denae Lacroix is a beautiful MI5 agent on a deadly mission. Sent to the Scottish Highlands to spy on the mysterious Dreagan Industries, she discovers too late that she’s been set up—as human bait. She is an irresistible lure for a man who has not seen or touched a woman for centuries. He is a man with a destiny—and a desire—that could destroy them both…


It’s been twelve hundred years since Kellan has walked among humans—and there’s no denying the erotically charged attraction he feels for Denae. But as a Dragon King, he is sworn to protect his secrets. Yet the closer he gets to this smart, ravishing woman, the more her life is in danger. All it takes is one reckless kiss to unleash a flood of desire, the fury of dragons…and the fiercest enemy of all.

Get a sneak peek of Donna Grant's Darkest Flame (part 1, out now; full book available April 29, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1
Dreagan Land
April 20th

The night was dark and tranquil as Denae slid against an oak and waited for her partner, Matt, to catch up. They had jumped from a slow-moving van under the cover of darkness two nights earlier

While she had only her knife—and two more no one knew about—Matt had been given a Glock. He had tried to keep it hidden, but Denae had seen it just the same.

An owl hooted nearby and crickets sang loudly in the stillness. Wind rustled the leaves as it swept through the branches of the trees. The moon played peekaboo with dense clouds that moved like dark giants swiftly across the sky.

A perfect night for spying.

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Mar 19 2014 8:30am

First Look: Shelly Laurenston’s Bite Me (March 25, 2014)

Bite Me by Shelly LaurenstonShelly Laurenston
Bite Me
Kensington / March 25, 2014 / $15.00 print, $12.99 digital

Livy Kowalski has no time for idiots. When you shapeshift into a honey badger, getting through life’s irritants is a finely honed skill. Until she gets stuck housing her nutso cousin and dealing with her dad’s untimely and unexplained demise.

That’s where Vic Barinov comes in—or his house does. Vic can’t step outside without coming back to find Livy devouring his honey stash and getting the TV remote sticky. It gets his animal instincts all riled up. But he’ll have to woo her at high speed: all hell is breaking loose, and Livy is leading the charge…

I adore Shelly Laurenston and her delightfully sexy unpredictable shifters. One of the better humor based paranormal romances on the market, Laureston has created a world that balances a well plotted storyline with some of the most dynamic and volatile characters in fiction. They are wild, crazy, humorous, and snarky. Dangerous with a capital D, these shifters and humans are true alphas yet aren’t bogged down by the emotional tragedies that require massive amounts of angst, pity, and turmoil. They go after who they want though the journey to true love is often filled with uncontrollable laughter, sarcasm, and some high-handed shenanigans. What I truly enjoy about the series is the hero and heroine treat each other with respect. Even when one half of the equation is human, they are never treated as a lessor addition to the whole.

[R-E-S-P-E-C-T, got it?...]

Mar 15 2014 1:00pm

Bears Are the New Black: Werebears in Romance

Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter by Jessica SimsBears are the next werewolves and werecats. Skeptical? Hear me out: Many writers have featured bears in a number of their books. Early adopters of the werebear protagonists and prominent figures in the paranormal romance community include Sherrilyn Kenyon, whose Bad Moon Rising and No Mercy feature members of the beloved Peltier clan, which has been a fixture in the Dark Hunter universe for quiet a while, but have more recently been in books within the overall Dark Hunter canon.

Jessica Sims’s Midnight Liaisons series features a bear hero in Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter and the same hero’s jilted fiancée from an arranged marriage in Bear Naked, a Midnight Liaisons novella. The bear hero, Ramsey, and the novella heroine, Nikolina, come from a pretty conservative bear clan.

The use of the bear clan or pack or whatever as a conservative society can be found in other novels such as D’Elan McClain’s Fang Chronicles: Mandy’s Story. Mandy falls in love with a bear and the two are mates, but werewolf Mandy has to get used to the male-dominated as well as conservative bear clan.

The idea of bear clans having a strict set of codes and morals isn’t limited to romance fiction. Just look at Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass; the armored bear, Iorek Bryninson, lives in a society determined by a number of codes, including those of honor.

[Bears always command respect...]

Mar 13 2014 11:15am

Bite Me, Baby: Why Are There Love Bites in Paranormal Romance?

Walk on the Striped Side by Jessie LaneToday we welcome author Jessie Lane to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Jessie's new release, Walk on the Wild Side, is the latest in her Big Bad Bite series, so of course she's here to talk about her favorite bad-boy heroes—shifters! And whenever there's a shifter, she says, there's bound to be a love bite. Thanks for being here, Jessie!

Any which way you read it, there’s always a strong alpha male in paranormal romance. Perhaps he’s a werewolf, perhaps he’s a tiger shifter such as Gage Ivanov from my book Walk on the Striped Side. No matter what type of were-creature he is, you know he’s dominant, virile, protective and oh-so-sexy. You want him to sweep you off your feet, rip your clothes off, claim you as his and then sink those humongous fangs of his in the area between your neck and shoulder.

Hold up. You want him to pierce your flesh and not in the carnal oh-yeah-baby-that’s-the-spot sense? Say what? If you’re a reader who likes your book boyfriends to turn furry and four legged, well yeah, you want that bite. It’s possessive. It’s erotic. It’s the “mate bite.” In paranormal romance stories that revolve around shape shifters, that bite is the physical equivalent of “She’s MINE—hands off!” That bite tells every person who sees it and knows it for what it is that she’s loved, protected, and thoroughly off the singles market.

[Mmm, gotta love a little possessiveness...]