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Jun 29 2017 1:00pm

The Conflicted Feelings When Fictional Sports Teams Become Real

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Mark Twain famously said that “Truth is stranger than fiction, but is because fiction is obliged to stick to possibilities; Truth isn’t.”  A corollary to this is the fact that every once in a while, fictional possibilities turn into reality. 

It’s happened a lot these days, and authors deal with this intersection of fact and fiction in interesting ways. 

For example, on May 9th, the NHL announced the annual Winter Classic would take place at Citi Field (home of the New York Mets) between the New York Rangers and the Buffalo Sabres.  My excitement about this mixed with concern. Why? Only one year ago, I was proud to be a part of an anthology called Icing the Puck.  (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) The anthology centered around a hockey game played outside on January first…at a thinly disguised Citi Field. When my conflicted feelings resolved, I found myself excited at the prospect of seeing if the other things I’d written about in Crossing the Line would become a reality—my favorite Irish band being recruited to play at intermission, for example.  I also was realistic.  If someone counted up the different stadiums located in the New York/New Jersey area, one of them had already been used for a series of outdoor hockey games, and the others would be more difficult to justify for various reasons.

Kate Willoughby, writer of the In the Zone series about the San Diego Barracudas hockey team had conflicted feelings upon the arrival of the AHL’s San Jose Barracudas.  They arrived a full two years after Willoughby’s first book was published with Carina Press.

[Read more...]

Jun 22 2017 1:00pm

10 Dirty Football Terms You Didn’t Know Were Legitimate

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Sports romances are hot these days, and it's not just because athletes usually have a six-pack and a pinchable butt. Football players are tough and manly, not to mention they do all right financially. And several are quite nice to look at. As a lifelong football fan and romance reader, this is one of my favorite trends yet.

In addition, football is loaded with terms that carry double meaning. The kind that make me snicker like a pre-teen boy when they come out of Troy Aikman's mouth during a broadcast. Here I share 10 of those terms so they don't make you do a spit-take the first time you read them in a romance novel.

Tight end: The classic double-entendre football term. Jokes about players having tight ends are almost cliché at this point. But tight ends do typically have especially tight (rear) ends. In football, the tight end is an offensive player who functions as both a receiver (catches the ball) and a blocker (keeps the defensive players from getting to the player with the ball). They're usually bigger guys, like 6'6", 265-pound Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots. Gronk has even been made somewhat infamous in the romance world thanks to the self-published fanfic of sorts, A Gronking to Remember.

Score: If a football-playing romance hero plays his cards right, this is something he can do twice. First by scoring points on the football field, then by scoring with the heroine in bed. On the field, the defense tries to stop him; in romance, he likewise encounters obstacles he must overcome to score his happily ever after (interpret HEA however you'd like).

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Apr 19 2017 2:30pm

A Romance Reader’s Guide to the 2017 NHL Playoffs, Part 2

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Note: This post is part 2 of a two-part series of posts that's perfect for hockey fans... and those who are just looking for some good recommendations, too! To see the recommendations for part 1, look here. Go sports!

More playoff Game 4s tonight, more familiar faces chiming in about their favorite hockey teams and the books they read to get through the playoffs. 

Here’s tonight’s Lineup:

  • Ottawa Senators vs Boston Bruins
  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs Washington Capitals
  • Nashville Predators vs Chicago Blackhawks 
  • Calgary Glames vs Anaheim Ducks
  • Minnesota Wild and St Louis Blues

Ottawa Senators

Why do you like this team?

Jenn Burke, Author: The Sens are my hometown team! I've been an Ottawa Senators fan since the reincarnation of the team in 1992. They've had seasons of brilliance and seasons of not-quite-realized brilliance, but regardless, they're an integral part of the community.

[Read more...]

Apr 18 2017 3:00pm

A Romance Reader’s Guide to the 2017 NHL Playoffs, Part 1

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Note: This post is part 1 of a two-part series of posts that's perfect for hockey fans... and those who are just looking for some good recommendations, too! Go sports!

As pivotal Game 4 of the Stanley Cup hits your television sets, familiar faces who are avidly following the coolest game on ice answer questions about their favorite teams, and give some book recommendations.   

Tonight’s Lineup:  

  • Pittsburgh Penguins (last year’s cup winner)  vs Columbus Blue Jackets
  • New York Rangers vs  Montreal Canadiens
  • Edmonton Oilers vs (last year’s runner up) San Jose Sharks

Pittsburgh Penguins

Why do you like this team? 

Katie Kenyhercz, author:

Growing up in Northeast Ohio, the Pittsburgh Penguins were the closest to me at just over an hour away when the Blue Jackets were 3 hours away. This meant the Pens were on local TV, and I started watching around the time Sidney Crosby came on the scene. I was instantly amazed and in love! His skill on the ice is matched by his kindness and politeness off. He's a great leader with an impressive eye for the game, and he never fails to wow me. We've been able to keep the core of our team together for over a decade, and they really feel like family to me. The guys we've added have only made us better, and I love knowing my team will be formidable for a long time.

RJ Scott, author:

I am a hockey newbie, I’m just coming up to my first anniversary of being a Pens fan. I would love to say I chose that team to support because of statistics, or analysis, but I have to admit I was incredibly shallow. I visited a page called the twenty hottest NHL players and fell for Sidney Crosby. Then I saw one particular moment when he did this complicated stop, change direction, shoot, score, goal and I was lost! They went on to win the cup which I had no idea what that was until I found myself staying up until all hours watching the games.

Melody Gatto, author:

I love my Pittsburgh Penguins because they are my hometown team. They have heart and desire, it's been fun watching them grow as a team. I grew up watching them in the early 90's and have been hooked ever since. I've had the chance to meet a lot of the players and they are all down to Earth and friendly guys. On the ice they seem untouchable, but up close and personal, they are just regular guys.

[Read more...]

Mar 23 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Sloane Howell’s Bossed (March 28, 2017)

Bossed by Sloane Howell

Sloan Howell
LoveSwept / March 28, 2017 / $4.99 digital

One thing I can always count on when I read a LoveSwept book? The story will be fast-paced, the characters will have something to overcome, and the chemistry will be smoldering. Bossed by Sloane Howell is no exception. I whipped through this puppy like it was chocolate during that time of the month. Also like our favorite time of the month, my emotions were all over the place. I laughed, I cried, I felt my heart squeeze, and literally said, “Awwww,” out loud. And I almost threw my Nook because I was so frustrated with the leads in love.

Now, onto the meat of the story. It’s an employer-employee trope revolving around sports. We’ve got Ethan Mason, in his late twenties, and owner of the sports agency Mason and Associates. Jenny Jackson is a whiz with numbers. Thanks to being raised by her single dad, she grew up surrounded by sports and could recall every baseball player’s batting average. It’s like she’s Rain Man with sports stats. Only, she doesn’t have autism, and she’ female, oh, and she’s young and beautiful. She lands an interview for the staff accounting position at Mason and Associates. And if she gets this position, it’d be a pay increase to help with her dad’s growing medical bills as he fights cancer.

[Read more...]

Mar 12 2017 11:00am

5 Rugby Phrases That Sound Dirty But Are Legit Sports Terms

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Rugby is the new black in romance, with rugby heroes popping up between book covers everywhere.

But what’s the poor reader to do who doesn’t know the difference between a scrum and a ruck?

Luckily, many countries take their rugby very seriously—so seriously that the World Rugby published a guide called Laws of the Game: Rugby Union where you can even take an online test and download a personalised awareness certificate (!). Aside from assisting followers to understand the game, the guide is also unintentionally hilarious for dirty-minded romance writers like myself.

Here’s five terms which while they sound like they belong in an erotic romance are actually culled from real rugby commentary and rules.

[Get rucked!]

Mar 3 2017 4:30pm

Indulge in Kilt-y Pleasures: Romance News & Deals from Lori Foster, HelenKay Dimon, and More!

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

The Fixer by HelenKay Dimon

Deal Alert: HelenKay Dimon's romantic suspense The Fixer is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Hero Wren is “stern, mysterious, seriously hot, and powerful (in every way),” according to reviewer Lime Cello, even though he has all the people skills of a grizzly bear. 

Deal Alert: Christy English's Scottish historical How to Wed a Warrior, the second book in her Broadswords and Ballrooms series, is $.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc. * The daughter of a ruined earl is hired by a highland warrior to teach his sister manners, but the two can't help but succumb to their intense passion. Highlander romances are truly kilt-y pleasures. 

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's contemporary romance No Limits, the first book in her Ultimate series, is $1.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* A surprise inheritance reunites MMA fighter Cannon and Yvette, the woman he could never forget, in this sexy book. We've got 10 reasons why you've gotta love MMA fighters.

[+Today on H&H...]

Oct 21 2016 1:00pm

Pitch Slapped: What to Read If You Love Ginny & Mike

Mike and Ginny in Pitch

Like any great sports romance, FOX’s freshman series Pitch balances authentic baseball drama and the palpable sexual tension between its leads, rookie pitcher Ginny Baker (Kylie Bunbury) and veteran catcher Mike Lawson (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, looking very un-Zack Morris-like). Four episodes in and we’re already helplessly addicted to the series and desperate to see what happens next between Ginny and Mike. Yeah: We are all in with these two.

Alas, the next episode is a whole week away, and we cannot actually wish ourselves into the future. Luckily, this is where romance novels and fanfic come in! A happy, romantic ending for Mike/Ginny may not be in the cards for the show—though we live in hope—but you can bet your ass it is in books and fanfic. So join us in recommending books and fics that bring all the Pitch feels with none of this waiting-for-a-new-episode business.

[Get your recs right here!]

Aug 8 2016 11:30am

Susan Elizabeth Phillips: “Captain” of Sports Romance and the Chicago Stars!

First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phllips

A Susan Elizabeth Phillips book is always cause for celebration but with First Star I See Tonight readers have a double reason to celebrate— a new book, and this book is a return to her beloved Chicago Stars football team.

Now all of Phillips’ heroes are special, but her Chicago Star heroes are larger than life. They are the embodiment of our biggest fantasies. Full of swagger, machismo, part down-home county boy, and part debonair sophistication. They are bossy, stubborn and misguided with a tendency to believe their own press. But then again, it’s only natural that they should, because they have proven they’re the best of the best. They’re men’s men – having demonstrated on the field and in business their strength, endurance and grit. Women are attracted to them like bees to honey. Part of it, of course, is the evolutionary attraction that women have for a strong warrior and good provider. But it more than that....much more. Phillips entices us with heroes that can be disarmingly charming and genuine kind—when it suits them! Of course it’s a given that they as handsome as sin... Sigh—anyone one of them could eat crackers in our bed.

[Blue forty-two...]

Aug 5 2016 1:30pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to the U.S. Men’s Water Polo Team

Dear U.S. Men's Water Polo Team:

Thank you for existing.


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No, honestly, thank you very much for the speedos and the well-sculpted bodies, and the time you spend in the water with the speedos and the well-sculpted bodies. You're making America proud.

[The lumberjacks of swimming...]

Jun 22 2016 2:44pm

Meet Sarina Bowen’s Hard Hitter and Outlander’s Grown-Up Brianna & Roger: Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen

Sarina Bowen is gracing us with a lot of hotness this summer—hot farmers with Bittersweet, and now more hot hockey players with the cover for Hard Hitter, the second book in her Brooklyn Bruisers series. But we're getting a bit ahead of ourselves: Look for more about the series, including a First Look review of Book 1, Rookie Move, before it hits shelves this September!

Season 2 of Outlander is almost over (nooooo), but as the finale nears, so too does the first appearance of an adult Brianna, <highlight for spoilers>Jamie and Claire's daughter</spoilers> and Roger. Entertainment Weekly has the first look at the handsome pair in all their finery! You can be sure we'll be analyzing their story in our Outlander heart-to-heart recaps.

—Vote Sam Seaborn for President! Until that can actually happen, we'll settle for a West Wing reunion at the ATX Television Festival in Austin, Texas. Aaron Sorkin said The West Wing made “a different kind of character sexy on television.” We couldn't agree more as we make heart-eyes at Bradley Whitford and bask forever in our love for Josh/Donna.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

—Deal Alert: Rory Wilde's animal shelter–set male/male romance, Forever Home, is FREE in e-book at Amazon.* Lucy_Hargrave named Forever Home one of her male/male romance best bets of May, saying “Just be careful you don’t end up adopting a four-legged friend by the end of it!”

[+Paula Byrne & Susan Elizabeth Phillips deals...]

Jun 21 2016 3:13pm

4 Irresistible Deals & Dwayne Wade Eye Candy: Romance News

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

No Place to Hide by Shannon StaceyDeal Alert: Shannon Stacey's No Place To Hide is on sale for only $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBooks, etc.* What makes for a larger-than-life action-adventure hero? Stacey muses about this very topic in a special H&H guest post, writing: “There's just something about a man who tells you he'd die for you and means it. Literally.”

Deal Alert: Eve Silver's gothic romance Dark Desires is FREE in e-book at AmazoniBooksBarnes & Noble, etc.* Silver's book Body of Sin is o ne of a handful of romances Chelsea Mueller credits with “reinvigorating [her] love of reading and remind[ing her] why genre fiction is so damn fun.”

Deal Alert: Maya Banks' Safe at Last is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, etc.* “Safe At Last is the final installment of the thrilling Slow Burn series and it’s a well-executed tale of characters finding a second chance at love,” says Jane Kriel in her First Look at the book.

Deal Alert: Barbara O'Neal's The Lost Recipe for Happiness is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* In “Barbara O'Neal Makes Me Hungry,” Myretta Robens writes that the book “is apt to make [her] fat” and shares an irresistible recipe for “Hearty Berry Streusel Muffins” from the book, which is about “mothers and daughters, about love, about nurturing, [while] the bread and baked goods recipes in this book are full of the yeasty aroma of home.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

Miami Heat shooting guard Dwayne Wade (a.k.a. Mr. Gabrielle Union) is the 2016 cover model for ESPN Magazine's annual Body Issue. Enjoy the view—it is spectacular. Oh, and here's another shot. You're welcome. Look for the issue on stands July 6.

[+Who wore the ugliest bridesmaid's dress of all?...]

Jun 10 2016 2:00pm

Nacho Figueras Gives You a Taste for Polo in High Season by Jessica Whitman

High Season by Jessica WhitmanIt’s a truth universally acknowledged that many well-minded people go through a time when they are obsessed with horses. While not every budding horse obsession leads to polo, it’s hard not to like the idea of polo after falling in love with horses. Jessica Whitman and Nacho Figueras's High Season piqued my interest because of the connection between horses and sport (something that Theresa Romain’s new series is also exploring) and the partnership between a well-known polo player and the romance community. High Season manages to be a successful contemporary romance perfect for anyone with a curiosity towards polo and a love of dramatic rich-people drama.

Veterinary work in upstate New York is Georgia’s life. She lives with her father on their ramshackle farm, tending to their animals and working for a local vet. It’s not the glamorous life that some of her classmates from Cornell are living, but she’s content. Georgia is doing what she loves most: taking care of animals. She also can’t bear to leave her father alone after her mother abandoned them in favor of a high-profile career with horses.

Georgia’s best friend from college surprises her with plane tickets to join him in Florida–partially to ogle his new boyfriend, partially to catch the polo matches going on. When Georgia takes the risk and goes, she finds herself in a world unlike her extremely modest hometown. Polo players, their families, and their horses are the height of glamour. It’s there that she meets Alejandro Del Campo, the eldest son of the famous Del Campo family, and one of the most famous polo players in the world.

[And everything changes...]

Apr 4 2016 12:30pm

First Look: Audrey Carlan’s Resisting Roots (April 5, 2016)

Resisting Roots by Audrey Carlan

Audrey Carlan
Resisting Roots (Lotus House #1)
Waterhouse Press / April 5, 2016 / $15.00 print, $6.99 digital

Resisting Roots is the first title in a new series by Audrey Carlan and I’m hooked. The pacing is fast, the connection is steamy, and the yoga is zen.

The backdrop: The Lotus House Yoga Center.

The main characters: Meet Genevieve (Viv) Harper, a yoga teacher/hair stylist trying to make ends meet while raising her younger brother and sister. As for our male lead? Trent Fox is an injured professional baseball player who never thought about settling down with one woman.

Thank goodness Trent’s agent forces him to sign up for yoga classes at the Lotus House where Viv teaches. Not only does the yoga help heal Trent’s torn hamstring, it helps to center him so he can realize the love of his life is right in front of him. But these two resist the coupling even though it seems the universe is working overtime to bring them together.

My own thoughts had been far from decent. A good yoga teacher should be more worries about the client and helping him heal physically and emotionally from whatever ails him, not imagining doing the naked pretzel in a private room. I added a mental reminder to meditate on this issue later with Dara, our resident meditation guru at the Lotus House. She’d be able to help me find a sense of clarity when my hormones were going wacky over one ridiculously hot male client.

[Already hooked on this yogi ...]

Feb 5 2016 1:15pm

Ready to Play: Football Highlights from Burton, Callihan, Stacey, and More!

Unexpected Rush by Jaci Burton

Super bowl looms ever closer and it’s time to make a confession.  It’s time to confess that we love the game as much as our men.  We just love those players in their uniforms with their tight pants and their fanny pats.   Those hot men in uniforms catching the football with those big strong arms.  Admit it ladies, that’s why there are so many series featuring gorgeous football players that we want to huddle with ourselves.

Jaci Burton has given us plenty to hot hunks to play with in her Play by Play series.  This series features brothers from both the Riley family and the Cassidy family and their teammates.   While some of her heroes might have chosen to play those more girly games like professional hockey and major league baseball, Jaci Burton keeps bringing us back to those massive men of football.  In her upcoming release, Unexpected Rush, Barrett Cassidy plays for the NFL, unless his twin brother Tucker “Mr. Perfect Game” Cassidy.  Barrett knows that there is no better game than football and no more important Guy Code than don’t touch your buddy’s sister.  Barrett might a success in the game of football, but can he keep from breaking the Code when the temptation is too great.

[More Football romances for Superbowl 50 ...]

Feb 4 2016 4:16pm

Romance News: Ilona Andrews’s Magic Binds Cover & 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.

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Deal Alerts

Across the Line by Kate WilloughbyKate Willoughby's winning hockey romance Across the Line, Book 2 of the In the Zone series, is currently marked down to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Willoughby and five fellow authors compiled the 18 Reasons Why We Love Athletes in 2014 and it's still very relevant.

Kristan Higgins' charming contemporary The Best Man is discounted to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at Amazon.* In her First Look at The Best Man, Myretta Robens says she felt transported to upstate New York in this book. Armchair traveling ftw!

Tiffany Snow's sexy Risky Business contemporary Power Play is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, etc.* Love triangle alert! Reviewer TanyaLK says in her First Look at Power Play that she's not normally a fan of triangles, but Snow sucked her in and made her eager for more.

RaeAnne Thayne's cozy contemporary western Light the Stars, first in the Cowboys of Cold Creek series, is only $.99 right now at iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Thayne dropped by H&H last year to share her insights on the appeal of small-town romance.

[+Ilona Andrews cover & a Sherrilyn Kenyon coloring book!]

Dec 31 2015 11:15am

The Best of 2015: Team H&H’s Top 30 Romances

The Deal by Elle KennedyThe bloggers have had their fun, and now Team H&H is here to give you their top picks in all things romance—books, movies and TV, and music.

For more Best of 2015 recommendations, see what had the bloggers buzzing in their Best of 2015 picks in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4!

Let us begin....

Heather Waters, Site Manager

Regency England. Modern college campus. The magical world of Ravka. Post-apocalyptic Earth. Rest assured, falling in love is possible anywhere, anytime, and no one exemplifies this quite so well as the 8 couples I've chosen as my favorite fictional relationships for the year, all of whom remind me how lucky I am and what a joy it is to write about romance for a living.

Top 8 'Ships of 2015:

Hannah/Garrett in Elle Kennedy’s The Deal If you'd asked me late last year, I'd have told you I needed a breather from New Adult romances. They brought the angst I craved, but not enough of the froth I needed. My scales felt tipped too far into darkness when I depend on a fair share of sunshine in my escapist reading. Then I discovered The Deal. Hannah and Garrett charmed my socks off with their delightfully well-worn path to love (girl asks popular jock to teach her how to woo another man, only to find—gasp!—she's fallen for her tutor, and he with her) that nevertheless contains a few surprises.

[Read all our editors' picks...]

Dec 9 2015 3:56pm

Romance News: Alexander Skarsgård and Margot Robbie Stun as Tarzan and Jane

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.

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Margot Robbie and Alexander Skarsgard as Jane and Tarzan 2015

Deal Alerts

Elley Arden's lady-football player romance Running Interference is on sale for $.99 in e-book from retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* See why this book had John Jacobson saying Tough Women Rock in his First Look of Running Interference. 

—H&H Blogger Jennifer Blackwood's New Adult Foolproof is on sale for $.99 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* See Jennifer's posts on Heroes and Heartbreakers!

Tasty Morsels

Alexander Skarsgård is Tarzan. We knew this was coming...but now we get to see him as Tarzan. Hypable has the first look at ASkars' turn as the jungle king when, years after adapting to life in London and the “human” world, Tarzan is pulled back to the jungle. We never really doubted that the tall, lean actor could bulk up for the role, but seeing is believing. In fact, we're having trouble tearing our eyes away from him and Margot Robbie in this incredibly intimate Tarzan/Jane pose. There goes our productivity... (Credit for bringing this to our attention goes to Chelsea Mueller, who has always had a thing for ASkars and his nudity. No seriously, she really likes him. Like, a lot.)

[+Arrow scene, Downton set photos, and more...]

Nov 1 2015 9:00am

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s The Game Plan (November 1, 2015)

The Game Plan (Game On #3) by Kristen Callihan Kristen Callihan
The Game Plan (Game On #3)
Kristen Callihan / November 1, 2015 / $3.99 digital

A beard-related dare and one hot-as-hell kiss changes everything.

NFL center Ethan Dexter's focus has always been on playing football and little else. Except when it comes to one particular woman. The lovely Fiona Mackenzie might not care about his fame, but she's also never looked at him as anything more than one of her brother-in-law's best friends. That ends now.

Fi doesn't know what to make of Dex. The bearded, tattooed, mountain of man-muscle looks more like a biker than a football player. Rumor has it he's a virgin, but she finds that hard to believe. Because from the moment he decides to turn his quiet intensity on her she's left weak at the knees and aching to see his famous control fully unleashed.

Fi ought to guard her heart and walk away; they live vastly different lives in separate cities. And Dex is looking for a forever girl. But Dex has upped his game and is using all his considerable charm to convince Fi he's her forever man.

​ Whoa. So I (obviously) got an ARC of this book, and I didn't see the cover until after I read it. ... I don't normally do this but ... let's all take a moment and admire that cover, shall we? And also how very much it fits the story. Yes. 

[A moment of silence for that cover...]

Oct 27 2015 11:00am

A Playlist As Cold As Ice: The Perfect Songs for Every Hockey Romance Lover

The Fifteenth Minute by Sarina Bowen

We are so thrilled to welcome Sarina Bowen to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sarina writes the Ivy Years series, and the latest book, The Fifteenth Minute came out last week. Many of her books feature hockey players, and for research—and fun—Sarina spent many a game day writing down the songs the DJ at hockey games would play. Today, Sarina is here to share some of those songs, and offer you a playlist so you can prentend like you're at the game with her and get in the mood for your next hockey romance. Thanks, Sarina!

I love sports romance. But sometimes the athletes aren't the only cool people in the arena! Sometimes I sit there in my ticketed seat and wonder how a girl could get to drive a Zamboni. Who's in control of the kiss-cam? And who's spinning the tunes I'm hearing over the sound system?

The music at a sporting event really adds to the party-like atmosphere. And certain songs have become sporting anthems. I wonder if Queen had any idea when they released “We Will Rock You” in 1977 that it would play for three decades and counting in arenas all over the world?

[What's on your hockey romance playlist?...]