<i>Roomies</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Roomies: Exclusive Excerpt Christina Lauren "Will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?" <i>A Duke in Shining Armor</i>: Exclusive Excerpt A Duke in Shining Armor: Exclusive Excerpt Loretta Chase "So why does Olympia have to make it so deliciously difficult for him...?" <i>Deal Breaker</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Deal Breaker: Exclusive Excerpt Tara Leigh "Will their untamed emotions be a deal breaker?" <i>The Infamous Miss Ilsa</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Infamous Miss Ilsa: Exclusive Excerpt Laine Ferndale "Their dreams pull them in such different directions, can they truly make a future together?"
From The Blog
November 17, 2017
3 Pets from Romance We Wish Were Ours
Tara Leigh
November 15, 2017
The Return to Mystral in C.L. Wilson's The Sea King
Maggie Boyd
November 15, 2017
A Virtual Tour of Regency England
Rachel Hyland
November 14, 2017
What Will Happen with Our Favorite Star Wars Couples in Last Jedi?
Robin Lovett
November 9, 2017
Everything I Learned About Wilderness Survival I Learned in Girl Scouts
Cecilia Tan
Sat
Nov 18 2017 12:00pm

7 Indie Romance Bets Bets for November 2017

November is here, and the wonderful chaos of the holidays is bearing down on us with the promise of busy times ahead. Fortunately, there are some great indie romances out this month, and you’ll definitely have something to read if you need to escape. Of course, we never need a reason to read, but I’m not above exploiting an opportunity to excuse myself and curl up with a good book.

Follow by Tessa Bailey

Follow by Tessa Bailey

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

He wants her soul. Too bad she already sold it. 
Family is everything to gambling den darling, Teresa Valentini. Blood comes first, especially before men. So when her brother lands himself in hot water, she’s willing to do whatever it takes to save him. And showing up topless in her unwitting savior’s motel room is turning out to be the furthest thing from a hardship…
Will Caruso is the bad boy of New York’s financial scene…and he just found out the very thing that drives his success is a damn lie. Now, he’s exchanged his high-stress life for the open road, no one but his Great Dane…and half a million Instagram followers to keep him company. When a mysterious beauty arrives, her secrecy prods his suspicions, even while she tempts his lust to the breaking point.

Teresa met Will under false pretenses, but the bond consuming them is real. They’re strong enough to overcome a little betrayal…aren’t they?

Why you should read it: Follow is one of the sexiest and most captivating books I’ve read in 2017, and you do not want to miss this steamy and vibrant read. Teresa is a resourceful, feisty and loving sister, who will do almost anything to protect her brother–including seducing a stranger–but she never expects to fall for the enigmatic Will and his unforgettable dog Bailey. She and Will are compelling and well-matched with smoking hot chemistry, and Tessa Bailey deftly develops their emotional connection in tandem with their physical relationship, making their love story feel raw and real. Follow is heartfelt, exciting, and deliciously naughty.

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Fri
Nov 17 2017 2:00pm

3 Pets from Romance We Wish Were Ours

Deal Breaker by Tara Leigh

Today we're thrilled to welcome Tara Leigh (Deal Breaker) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Many of us are long-time animal lovers and pet owners, and it can be a special joy to see cute creatures pop up in the romance novels we read. Tara is here today to share some of those beloved pets we've met withing the pages of a love story. Thanks, Tara!

When I was in fourth grade, my teacher called my parents in for a conference… because I wouldn’t let anyone else touch our class pet. I was worried that they would hold the guinea big too tightly, or not tightly enough. That they would pull his fur or drop him if he squirmed. So, the teacher hinted that I might have more friends if I wasn’t so possessive of the guinea pig and that a pet of my own might help. Now, I’d been asking for a dog since I could say the word. But my father was allergic and the answer was always no. They tried to fob me off with goldfish (which promptly died because I tried to “pet” them), and a hamster that escaped its cage, never to be found again. But at my teacher's suggestion, god bless that woman, they finally caved. Tasha the hypoallergenic Bichon Frise was my canine companion for fifteen years.

Fast forward a decade or so. I’d recently graduated from college and was living with my boyfriend in NYC. And even though my boyfriend wasn’t a dog person, I fell in love with a teeny little Maltese in a pet store on the Upper East Side. He reluctantly agreed to the dog… on the condition that she didn’t sleep in our bed. The very first night we brought Billie home, she cried the second I put her in her new crate. So, of course, I brought the scared two-pound puppy into our bed. The boyfriend, none too pleased, complained that it had only been a few hours and I already cared more about her than I did him. It was the truth, and he wasn’t my boyfriend much longer.

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Fri
Nov 17 2017 12:03pm
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Christina Lauren Excerpt: Roomies

Christina Lauren

Marriages of convenience are so...inconvenient.

For months Holland Bakker has invented excuses to descend into the subway station near her apartment, drawn to the captivating music performed by her street musician crush. Lacking the nerve to actually talk to the gorgeous stranger, fate steps in one night in the form of a drunken attacker. Calvin Mcloughlin rescues her, but quickly disappears when the police start asking questions.

Using the only resource she has to pay the brilliant musician back, Holland gets Calvin an audition with her uncle, Broadway’s hottest musical director. When the tryout goes better than even Holland could have imagined, Calvin is set for a great entry into Broadway—until his reason for disappearing earlier becomes clear: he’s in the country illegally, his student visa having expired years ago.

Seeing that her uncle needs Calvin as much as Calvin needs him, a wild idea takes hold of her. Impulsively, she marries the Irishman, her infatuation a secret only to him. As their relationship evolves and Calvin becomes the darling of Broadway—in the middle of the theatrics and the acting-not-acting—will Holland and Calvin to realize that they both stopped pretending a long time ago?

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Roomies (available December 5, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

So what now?

Ahead of us, Lulu and Mark are trading small talk— about jobs, New York, weather.

Calvin and I are in a weird bubble right behind them. The wind is sharp and cold, and we’re bundled up, heading down the last block to Gallaghers Steakhouse, unspeaking. He’s a nice person, I’m a nice person. As our two dates have demonstrated, we get along just fine . . . but I’m sure we’re both reeling with the awareness that we’re married.

Married. Calvin is my husband. I am his wife.

[Read the full Roomies excerpt...]

Fri
Nov 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Loretta Chase’s A Duke in Shining Armor (November 28, 2017)

A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase,

Loretta Chase
A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes #1)
Avon / November 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

The fabulous Loretta Chase begins a new series about three ducal friends, known collectively to the ton as “Their Dis-Graces” with A Duke in Shining Armor. One Dis-Grace is the Duke of Ashmont who is all set to marry Lady Olympia Hightower. However, that lady is having major second thoughts and, slightly inebriated, is caught climbing out of the window by Ashmont’s best friend, the equally dis-graceful Hugh, Duke of Ripley. Ripley follows the tipsy Olympia to keep her out of harm and to talk her into returning. She is dubious about his good intentions.

“Didn’t you tell me you were a damsel in distress?” he said. “I’m your knight in shining armor.”

Her eyebrows went up.

“It makes for a change,” he said.

“I should not call it a change,” she said. “In your case I should call it. . .” Her eyebrows settled again and a glint of humor lit her eyes. “An apocalypse.”

Being a Knight in Shining Armor is a novel experience for Ripley and, while occasionally exasperating, he begins to enjoy their adventures while on the run from the wedding. However, being in close proximity to Olympia reminds Ripley of how much he’d always admired her.

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Thu
Nov 16 2017 9:30am

First Look: Rachel Grant’s Catalyst (November 21, 2017)

Catalyst by Rachel Grant

Rachel Grant
Catalyst (Flashpoint #2)
Rachel Grant / November 21, 2017 / $5.99 digital

We’re back at Camp Citron in Djibouti with Rachel Grant’s latest installment of the Flashpoint series, Catalyst. Another hot setting, another hot story! Who knew archaeologists had such badass, exciting lives?

Knowing that Grant, herself, is a scientist explains so much about her characters and their adventures. It also explains a lot about her latest suspense. Scientifically speaking, catalysts are substances that cause or accelerate a chemical reaction without being affected itself. Catalysts are also things that cause activity between two or more people without being affected, or people who precipitate an event or change. In Catalyst, we meet American aid worker, Brie Stewart, whose colorful past and the life she’s now making for herself are the catalyst for a grand adventure.

“Friends call me Brie. You may call me Ms. Stewart.”

“Stewart? Not Prime?”

She shrugged. “I legally changed my last name to my mother’s maiden name.”

“Like Prime Petroleum changed to Prime Energy a dozen years ago? Obvious and unconvincing greenwashing.”

“I wasn’t greenwashing, I simply no longer wished to be associated with Prime Energy, and the decision to change my last name sent a clear message to Jeffrey Senior.”

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Wed
Nov 15 2017 1:30pm

The Return to Mystral in C.L. Wilson’s The Sea King

 The Sea King by C.L. Wilson

The Sea King is the latest in C. L. Wilson’s romantic fantasy series the Weather Mages of Mystral.  In book one, The Winter King, Khamsin Coruscate, princess of Summerlea married King Wynter Atrialan to settle a long, hard war. The match and the resultant victory brought about by their combined magical powers not only brings peace to their land but a wonderous loving partnership to the royal couple. Now the time has come to repay their allies. As part of a bargain for the help received from the seafaring Calberna, the men of that land will be allowed to court wives from their kingdom.  More importantly, Dilys Merimydion, only son of the Myerial – ruling queen of Calberna – will be allowed to court Khamsin’s sisters, the Seasons of Summerlea and take one to wife. The Seasons, princesses with weather magic that match the season they are called for, are all beautiful and powerful. Well, mostly. Sweet Summer - Gabriella Coruscate– is, like her season: kind, gentle, generous and warm. She is not the powerful kind of mage Dilys will need by his side to defeat his own foe, the dreaded pirate known as the Shark. He leaves Calberna with strict orders to marry one of the other Seasons.

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Wed
Nov 15 2017 12:07pm
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Loretta Chase Excerpt: A Duke in Shining Armor

Not all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there’s the trio known as Their Dis-Graces.

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend’s bride. All he’s trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom.

For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family’s ecstatic. And Olympia? She’s climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway. But tall, dark, and exasperating Ripley is hot on her trail, determined to bring her back to his friend. For once, the world-famous hellion is trying to do the honorable thing.

So why does Olympia have to make it so deliciously difficult for him . . . ?

Get a sneak peek at Loretta Chase's A Duke in Shining Armor (available November 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

If the bride was drunk—which she wasn’t—it was on account of celebrating.

In a very little while, Lady Olympia Hightower was going to make all of her family’s dreams come true.

Hers, too, most of them.

[Read the full A Duke in Shining Armor excerpt...]

Wed
Nov 15 2017 9:30am

A Virtual Tour of Regency England: Clubbing in London

When novelist Georgette Heyer created the first Regency Romance with 1935’s Regency Buck (discuss!), she began a tradition of both namechecking and fictionalizing, for dramatic or comedic effect, real locations, events and personages of the time that persists in the genre today. True, other historical literary endeavours certainly employ the technique, but one could argue that Regency Romance is its most sincere proponent, for what even is a Regency without the Elgin Marbles visits, the illicit Rotten Row gallops, the Vauxhall masquerades, the Gentleman Jacksons, Mrs. Siddonses and Beau Brummells that we have lovingly come to expect?

But what are these places, these events and these people that are so crucial to a well-told tale of aristocratic historical love (and/or lust, depending on one’s tastes) between the years of 1811 and 1820? And, most importantly, do there remain remnants of any of these worthies for the intrepid Regency fan to explore?

The answer: Yes!

Let us begin in London, out and about among the Upper Ten Thousand…

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Tue
Nov 14 2017 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Melissa Foster and Julie Moffett

H&H has two great covers from upcoming romances by Melissa Foster and Julie Moffett. Take a look!

Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster

Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster

Special Forces veteran and Dark Knights Motorcycle Club member Bullet Whiskey lives to protect his family, their bar, and the residents of his small hometown. He’s rough, unapologetic, and haunted by a secret, painful past. He’s also a master at keeping people away, and when his sister hires gorgeous and sweet Finlay Wilson to help expand their biker bar, he knows just how to get rid of her.

After losing her boyfriend and her father, Finlay moves back to her hometown to be closer to the little family she has left. She needs her temporary job at Whiskey Bro’s to get her catering business off the ground, and she’s determined not to let the gruff, arrogant mountain of a man Bullet Whiskey scare her off.

Finlay is everything Bullet has never wanted. She’s afraid of his dog, afraid of motorcycles, and sweet enough to give him cavities, but as she weaves her way into the hearts of everyone around him, he’s powerless to resist her charms. Passion ignites, but trust doesn’t come easily, and when their pasts collide, Bullet finds out the true meaning of protecting those he loves.

Learn more about or pre-order Driving Whiskey Wild by Melissa Foster, available February 21, 2018:

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Tue
Nov 14 2017 12:07pm
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Tara Leigh Excerpt: Deal Breaker

Tara Leigh

Nixie Rowland is having a bad day. Rushing home to drown her sorrows in ice cream and reality television, she decides to take a shortcut to the subway where things take a turn for the worst. But Nixie’s bad luck doesn’t end there—the white knight who comes to her rescue is none other than the Dark Knight of Wall Street, a cocky Manhattan mogul whose ego barely fits inside his penthouse. To her horror, Nixie discovers the sizzling attraction between them is off the charts, and rising fast. Spending the night in his bed does nothing to lower the heat… And everything to set her heart on fire.

Nash Knight doesn’t have room in his life, or his heart, for anything beyond one-night stands or casual flings. And he certainly doesn’t make a habit of rescuing damsels in distress. Except that this particular damsel slips beneath his armor, the vulnerability she covers with a false show of bravado hitting him somewhere deep. Nixie is everything he never wanted… And exactly what he needs.

With Nixie on the run from a controlling ex, and Nash trying to salvage a business deal at risk because his conquests in the bedroom are overshadowing his wins in the boardroom, there’s one simple solution for them both: a marriage in name only. But when lust becomes love, will their untamed emotions be a deal breaker?

Get a sneak peek at Tara Leigh's Deal Breaker (available November 14, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

 

CHAPTER ONE

Nash

It was the girl that caught my eye first. A tiny bit of a thing, her arms were clasped tightly across her chest as she ducked into the alley beside the boxing gym where I trained most nights, the red hair piled on top of her head shining like a halo beneath the gritty streetlights of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, her baggy jeans dragging along the pockmarked sidewalk.

This was my old neighborhood, although you would never know it now as I sat behind the tinted windows of my chauffeur-driven SUV. Most of my days are spent just two miles from here, but a world away, plotting corporate takeovers on Wall Street. I’m best known for stripping my targets of their assets, selling them for more individually than they are worth as a whole. In my spare time I do the same thing to my opponents in the ring. Using a combination of mixed martial arts and good old street fighting, I pounce on weakness, then pulverize it.

[Read the full Deal Breaker excerpt...]

Tue
Nov 14 2017 9:30am

What Will Happen with Our Favorite Star Wars Couples in Last Jedi?

Star Wars The Last Jedi

The new Star Wars trailer is here and all we want to know is—where’s our Rey / Finn candy? Where, oh where, have they gone?

Because if there are no scenes with Rey & Finn together in this movie…

*Pause for moment of emotional collection*

That means…

We’ll be waiting two more years for the next movie to get some? Is that what this is going to turn into?

Rey’s goodbye from Finn in Force Awakens was touching. Which didn’t sound like a goodbye long enough to last an entire Star Wars episode, but that’s sure as hell what it looks like watching the trailer.

via GIPHY

Which means, Rey / Finn is either, not meant to be (which honestly, I’m not ready to consider as a possibility, because I ship them so hard), or they’ll just be biding their time with other people until they meet up again.

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Mon
Nov 13 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Twisted Truths (November 14, 2017)

Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti,

Rebecca Zanetti
Twisted Truths (Blood Brothers #3)
Forever / November 14, 2017 / $14.99 print, $5.99 digital

Despite the advances science has given the world of reproduction, it’s still considered questionable by some folks. Imagine what they’d say to crazy-assed Dr. Madison if they found out she’d enhanced the in vitro fertilization process to make humans with extra abilities. We’re not talking X-Men enhanced—in Rebecca Zanetti’s world, the extra-abled humans are soldiers and survivors and honorable men … and boy are they oh, so compelling. The final installment of her Blood Brothers trilogy concludes with Twisted Truths and delivers a very positive result.

“You gonna study me?” he asked quietly.

Her mouth lost its firm line and she looked softer. She turned the car down a long dirt road toward a big white building. “Yes, I am. You, Ryker and Heath are special.” Suddenly she reached over and grabbed his hand, enclosing it with her soft skin. “You are the most special of all, Denver. Someday I’ll tell you why.”

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Mon
Nov 13 2017 11:30am

Set Sail: Outlander Season 3, Episode 9 Jamie and Claire Heart-to-Heart

Outlander 3x09, The Doldrums

Show/EpisodeOutlander, Season 3, Episode 9, “The Doldrums”
Couple(s): Jamie and Claire

Outlander 3x09 Captain's LogThere’s only one thing Jamie and Claire can do when Portuguese slavers nab Young Ian; sign on a merchant ship bound for Jamaica, in pursuit. Jamie becomes supercargo of the merchant ship, Artemis, with Claire as the ship’s surgeon. Wracked with guilt Jamie  suspects this may be God’s punishment on him. Maybe Claire was right about them not belonging together. If she wants to go back, he’ll take her to the stones. Nothing doing, Claire says, and they board the ship together, in time for a crash course in nautical superstition.

Both women and redheads are considered bad luck on shipboard, so Jamie and Claire need all the luck they can get. Touching the horseshoe nailed to a post on deck is crucial, but not apparently effective, as we get Surprise Fergus, with Surprise Mrs. Fergus,—Jamie’s stepdaughter, Marsali—who had handfast just that morning. Consummated? Nope. Okay, then, all Jamie has to do is keep them from consummating, and the marriage won’t be binding. Separate cabins for both, which also means separate cabins for the Frasers. Claire is not okay with this.

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Mon
Nov 13 2017 9:30am
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Laine Ferndale Excerpt: The Infamous Miss Ilsa

Laine Ferndale

The Canadian frontier-set Fraser Springs series continues with a delightful tale of second-chance romance.

Street-smart and confident Ilsa Pedersen has become an indispensable right-hand woman at Wilson’s Bathhouse, and found a home and family in Fraser Springs. But she hasn’t forgotten the shame of being tossed out penniless as a teenage housemaid by the wealthy Whitacre family when she was found kissing their only son. The only thing that will truly secure her future is independence, and Ilsa has plans to open a dress shop in the big city.

Dr. Theo Whitacre must complete an internship at the grand hotel in Fraser Springs before the socially awkward young man can head off to Europe for a career in medical research. Finding Ilsa in this backwater town is a delightful surprise. But while she is more than happy to be his friend, she won’t trust him a second time with her heart.

When a rash of illnesses begins plaguing the town’s tourists, Theo’s employer doesn’t believe his theory that the hotel is at fault. Only with Ilsa’s help can Theo save the afflicted patrons, and as they work together, they find their teenage romance rekindling. But as their dreams pull them in such different directions, can they truly make a future together?

Get a sneak peek at Laine Ferndale's The Infamous Miss Ilsa (available November 20, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Music began to drift down the stairs; for the first time since Theo had arrived, someone was actually playing the grand piano in the lobby. He didn’t recognize the cheerful, ragtime number.

Ilsa clapped her hands with delight. “Oh, that’s too perfect!” She stood up and held out her hands to him, palms down. “Dance with me.”

“I don’t know how. I’ve never learned any steps.” She pulled him to his feet anyway.

[Read the full The Infamous Miss Ilsa excerpt...]

Sun
Nov 12 2017 10:00pm

Things Fall Apart: Poldark Season 3, Episode 7, Romelza Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 3, Episode 7* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza), Dwight/Caroline, Drake/Morwenna

*Editors Note: This is Episode 7 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 8.

Warning: this episode has allusions to sexual assault, but nothing explicit on screen. It is mentioned in this recap.

There's a whole lot of sniping going on in this week's Poldark, but that's the least of everyone's worries. 

A lot has happened—George gets elected to Parliament, Morwenna has the idiot Whitworth's baby, Ross and George mince words in a pub, Demelza is unsure whether or not Ross is worth all of his trouble, and Elizabeth is left behind at Trenwith. 

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Sun
Nov 12 2017 12:00pm
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Heather McCollum Excerpt: The Devil of Dunakin Castle

Heather McCollum

The Devil of Dunakin Castle by Heather McCollum

Englishwoman, Grace Ellington, has made a home in Scotland, but to escape from the meddling people around her who seem to think she needs to wed right away—because women need saving, right? —she volunteers to journey north to aid a friend in childbirth.

Keir MacKinnon, the younger brother of the MacKinnon clan chief, has been raised to strike fear in people, on and off the battlefield. Trained to uphold MacKinnon law, he has hardened into a lethal warrior. Caught in a Highland blizzard with the feisty Grace, Keir realizes the beautiful woman who saved him can also save his nephew’s life.

Sparks fly when he takes her against her will to his home, and Grace’s courage is put to the ultimate test. Is Keir MacKinnon the passionate, kind man she saved in the Highland blizzard, or is he truly the cruel executioner who seeks to solve all issues by the sword?

Get a sneak peek at Heather McCollum's The Devil of Dunakin Castle (available November 13, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Grace had wanted adventure, and by God she’d found one. And damnation, it was going to kill her.

[Read the full The Devil of Dunakin Castle excerpt...]

Sun
Nov 12 2017 10:00am

Perpetual Anticipation: Top 10 Moments in the Sizzling Slow Burn of Miss Fisher and Jack

Phryne and Jack of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

The long and flirty road of Phryne Fisher and Jack Robinson in “The Miss Fisher Murder Mysteries”  has been one of growing respect and friendship, interrupted opportunities, and intense eye-banging. Honestly, every single episode has at least one scene to make a shipper melt. Jack's first barely there smile when Phryne feeds him in “The Green Mill Murder.” Phryne sitting fetchingly on Jack's desk as they discuss a case. Every time Jack inadvertently runs into some appealing part of her anatomy. And the witty banter of two smart people sharing a constant dance of push and pull.

But of course, some episodes carry particular shipping weight. Here are ten landmark moments in the Phrack relationship.

“I Do Like a Man With a Plan”

Season 1, Episode 1, “Cocaine Blues”

The pattern is set at Miss Fisher and Jack's first meeting, in which his arsenal of authority and male dominance utterly fails to stop her from investigating a murder. Jack, a classic starchy hero, displays reluctant recognition of her deductive skills, and even more reluctant recognition of her charms, eyeing her as she walks away for the first of many times.

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Sat
Nov 11 2017 12:00pm
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Lexi Blake Excerpt: At Your Service, Masters and Mercenaries

Lexi Blake

At Your Service, Masters and Mercenaries by Lexi Blake

Juliana O'Neil's promising future was burned away in the heat of battle. She had been an officer with a bright future in the military, but now she is struggling to survive. Her husband gone and her career in shambles, she finds a job at Top as a hostess and tries to put together the pieces of her life. The last thing she needs is any kind of male attention, but she can't help but be amused at her neighbor and coworker's lothario antics. Not that she would have anything to do with him, at least not for more than one night.

Javier Leones doesn't understand monogamy. No woman could ever be enough for his endless libido, but he has to admit Juliana has his attention. For reasons he doesn't fully understand, he can't seem to get the gorgeous redhead with the sad eyes out of his head. After one scorching night together, he realizes he'll never be able to get her out of his system. But with his reputation, he fears she'll never see him as more than a one-night stand.

When their passions collide, these new lovers will be forced to confront Juliana's past and come to terms with Javier's present. Will they find their way or will this reservation be canceled at the last minute?

Get a sneak peek at Lexi Blake's At Your Service, Masters and Mercenaries (available November 14, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Kai stepped out of the kitchen and smiled her way. “You look lovely tonight, Jules. I’m happy to see you here. I think I saw Cal in the dining room. Let me introduce the two of you.”

[Read the full At Your Service excerpt...]

Sat
Nov 11 2017 10:00am

First Look: Denise Grover Swank’s Always You (November 28, 2017)

Always You by Denise Grover Swank

Denise Grover Swank
Always You (Bachelor Brotherhood #3)
Forever / November 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $3.99 digital

The one-that-got-away trope can be difficult to embrace. If a couple is so right for each other, why did they break up in the first place? If the reasons were legitimate at the time, are they sufficiently and believably resolved? Always You tackles these issues head-on.

Matt Osborne stayed in Kansas City after he graduated from college. He’s made a good life for himself—the only thing missing is a life partner. He even has a family, sort of—he’s his nephew Ethan’s guardian while Ethan’s mother attends medical school on the West Coast. Ethan’s the reason that he volunteered to coach soccer. It seems that more than five-year-old soccer players think Matt’s a terrific guy.

Standing at the edge of a grass soccer field, Matt stared into the sea of parents’ faces and resisted the urge to groan. Obviously, word had spread after last season that Coach Matt was relatively good looking, somewhat successful, loved kids, and most important, was single.

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Fri
Nov 10 2017 1:30pm

That’s Our Spot: Arrow Season 6, Episode 5 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow, Season 6, Episode 5Show/Episode: Arrow Season 6, Episode 5 “Deathstroke Returns”
Ship(s): Olicity

Arrow 6x05 Captain's Log

Councilwoman Pollard, the woman who introduced the anti-vigilante bill (the same one that’s being pushed to a citywide vote), is targeted by a sniper. Dinah spots the danger in time to save the councilwoman but the sniper gets away. Oliver is unable to handle the issue from City Hall because Slade is in town (and hanging out at his apartment no less!). Slade wants his help to locate his son, who goes by the name Kane. He’s been tracking him all across the globe, since last we saw him, and now in Kasnia, working for the Australian Secret Service but he was captured and is in prison. Slade needs Oliver to use diplomacy to help him, not the Green Arrow, so he wants him to go with him to Kasnia. Uhm. I’m getting a red flag here.

Felicity and Curtis are tracking the sniper who is… Vigilante. Dinah is investigating the sniper’s nest with Diggle. They all question why Vigilante would want to target Pollard. Samanda Watson shows up and has some questions about what Diggle is doing at a crime scene. She wants to interview him officially.

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