<i>Infamous</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Infamous: Exclusive Excerpt Jenny Holiday "Hunter is all Jesse can think about..." <i>Courtly Pleasures</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Courtly Pleasures: Exclusive Excerpt Erin Kane Spock "Can they create a second chance at love before it’s too late?" <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...?"
From The Blog
November 21, 2017
From Team H&H, With Love
Team H & H
November 21, 2017
How to Advocate for Happily Ever Afters
FrannieC
November 20, 2017
Insight into MaryJanice Davidson’s Deja New
Lucy Dosch
November 19, 2017
Helena Hunting: A Sexy, Angsty, Funny Superstar
Nicola R. White
November 17, 2017
3 Pets from Romance We Wish Were Ours
Tara Leigh
Tue
Nov 21 2017 5:00pm

From Team H&H, With Love

Dear Readers,

Today is our last day at Heroes and Heartbreakers before we hand things off to the lovely Romance team at Macmillan/St. Martin's Press. We wanted to let you all know what a joy you have been to trade comments with since H&H launched in 2011. These last few years have been filled with conversations on everything from the Year's Swoonworthiest Couples to book-borrowing etiquette to the latest television relationships we loved, and we have enjoyed every minute of it. Thank you for allowing us to discover, share, and obsess with you. 

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xoxo

Heather Waters, Jennifer Proffitt, Teddy Pierson, and Jen Wattley

Tue
Nov 21 2017 1:00pm

How to Advocate for Happily Ever Afters

Book Lover

How did a librarian like me fall in love with advocating for all the Happily Ever Afters in Romancelandia?

Building excellent, relevant collections for (y)our community, providing access, community engagement, collaboration, innovation, protecting the right to read and protecting the right of *what* to read is at the forefront of all library advocacy.

Advocacy is also about influencing others to (hopefully) learn, share, make differences…these are all crucial things to participate in, now more than ever, in our social and political climate. And (hopefully) for all the right reasons.

I have personally advocated for our libraries at the state level for 10+ years. So, once I started my focus on Romance and Erotica materials, advocacy was always going to work in tandem with collection building. Because advocacy, in every positive form, should be a necessity for all things.

The Romance Community is an incredible force of change, empowerment, voice, and strength. The characters of Romance give agency.

We often share the $1 Billion+ publishing industry statistic and for good reason. According to Nielsen BookScan, Romance novels account for one-third+ of the entire U.S. Fiction market. One third! It never gets old discussing that.

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Tue
Nov 21 2017 9:30am

An Ongoing Love Affair With Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series

Gideon.

Just his name.

Gideon.

I’ll give you a moment to sigh. (Or sweat…)

Intense.

That’s the best word for him. Also, obsessive and possessive (a side-effect of his personal struggle). Oh, and sex-crazed, through most of the five books in the Crossfire series—for his heroine, of course.

Eva.

Stunningly erratic, and yet patiently steadfast. She gets through to Gideon. The way no one else could.

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Mon
Nov 20 2017 5:00pm

5 Women’s Fiction Best Bets for November 2017

Life is about making an impact, not making an income
—Kevin Kruse

Most of us will never be rich and famous but that doesn’t diminish our worth. We’re all had people in our lives that made a positive impact. And that is one of the heartwarming themes in this month’s selection of women’s fiction books. One of the most genuine gifts you can give is your time and your caring as these books show. While not holiday stories they're the perfect introduction to the holiday season.  

The Story of Arthur Truluv by Elizabeth Berg

(Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

An emotionally powerful novel about three people who each lose the one they love most, only to find second chances where they least expect them

For the past six months, Arthur Moses’s days have looked the same: He tends to his rose garden and to Gordon, his cat, then rides the bus to the cemetery to visit his beloved late wife for lunch. The last thing Arthur would imagine is for one unlikely encounter to utterly transform his life. 

Eighteen-year-old Maddy Harris is an introspective girl who visits the cemetery to escape the other kids at school. One afternoon she joins Arthur—a gesture that begins a surprising friendship between two lonely souls. Moved by Arthur’s kindness and devotion, Maddy gives him the nickname “Truluv.” As Arthur’s neighbor Lucille moves into their orbit, the unlikely trio band together and, through heartache and hardships, help one another rediscover their own potential to start anew.

Wonderfully written and full of profound observations about life, The Story of Arthur Truluv is a beautiful and moving novel of compassion in the face of loss, of the small acts that turn friends into family, and of the possibilities to achieve happiness at any age.

Strengths: Multi-generational characters; Beautiful theme of chosen family; Uplifting ending
Measure of Love: Dash
Mood: Poignant and lighthearted
Why You Should Read this:  What a truly wonderful story. The little bit of magical realism is a nice touch, but the heart of the story is the about lonely people coming together and forming a family. Heartwarming and touching.

[Get more recommendations here...]

Mon
Nov 20 2017 12:03pm
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Jenny Holiday Excerpt: Infamous

Jenny Holiday

All that up-and-coming musician Jesse Jamison has ever wanted is to be on the cover of Rolling Stone. When a gossip website nearly catches him kissing someone who isn’t his famous girlfriend—and also isn’t a girl—he considers the near miss a wake-up call. There’s a lot riding on his image as the super-straight rocker, and if he wants to realize his dreams, he’ll need to toe the line. Luckily, he’s into women too. Problem solved.

After a decade pretending to be his ex’s roommate, pediatrician Hunter Wyatt is done hiding. He might not know how to date in the Grindr world, how to make friends in a strange city, or whether his new job in Toronto is a mistake. But he does know that no one is worth the closet. Not even the world’s sexiest rock star.

As Jesse’s charity work at Hunter’s hospital brings the two closer together, a bromance develops. Soon, Hunter is all Jesse can think about. But when it comes down to a choice between Hunter and his career, he’s not sure he’s brave enough to follow his heart.

Get a sneak peek at Jenny Holiday's Infamous (available November 28, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Finally.” Jesse sighed. “Sorry about all that.”

“He speaks!” Hunter teased. “I thought maybe the fire had hypnotized you.”

Jesse smirked. “Pro tip: the fastest way to get Billy to go away is to stop talking to him. Also, I sort of gave up trying to protect you from him by about the time croquet with shots started. Billy’s an acquired taste. I figure you’ve either acquired him by now, or you’re never going to.”

“I think I’ve acquired him.”

Jesse liked that answer, judging by the unguarded smile that blossomed as he pulled yet another exquisitely bronzed marshmallow out of the fire. “Are you ready for another one?”

[Read the full Infamous excerpt...]

Mon
Nov 20 2017 9:30am

Insight into MaryJanice Davidson’s Deja New

Deja New by MaryJanice Davidson

MaryJanice Davidson asks that age-old question in her latest novel, Deja New if you give birth to your mother, does that make you your own grandmother?

Leah Nazir is one of the world’s top Insighters. She helps diagnose why your life is such a mess because she can see what you screwed up in every one of your past lives. She knows who you were and why that makes you act the way you do now. And it is not just everyone else’s past lives she can see, she is fully aware of all of her own past lives and each of those lives has included the one person she can never, ever get along with—her own mother.

Time and again Leah and her mother have been at odds. Lifetime after lifetime things have not gone well between them. It is not just simply that they never get along, in some lives her mother has been responsible for Leah’s death.

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Sun
Nov 19 2017 12:22pm
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Erin Kane Spock Excerpt: Courtly Pleasures

Erin Kane Spock

What’s a neglected wife to do when her husband doesn’t know she exists? Create a scandal, of course, in this delightful Elizabethan romp.

After ten years of marriage, Frances LeSieur has faded into her role as a lady wife and mother. She has no idea who she is as a woman. So Frances joins Queen Elizabeth’s glittering court and discovers a part of herself she never knew existed—and one she’s sure her neglectful husband would never notice.

Henry has always done his duty to family and crown despite his own desires. When Frances asks for a separation then transforms into a confident and vibrant courtier, he’s floored—and finds himself desperate to learn what makes her tick, both in and out of the bedroom. After years of silent alienation, can he woo her back, or will he lose this intoxicating woman to one of the rakes hell-bent on having her?

As Frances and Henry come to realize that living is not merely surviving, can they create a second chance at love before it’s too late?

Get a sneak peek at Erin Kane Spock's Courtly Pleasures (available Decebmer 4, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Frances and Henry married ten years ago, an arranged match that, even as they grew into themselves, never matured into a relationship with any sort of affection or even mutual respect. Frances has sought Henry out in London to request a separation. She is tired of being used and ignored and wants a chance to find out who she is as woman, not as a wife.

Henry’s pride is stung and he decides to court her, never expecting to be truly intrigued by the woman he never really knew.

Frances had a little too much to drink at the masked ball last night and shared a passionate kiss with a stranger. She’s not entirely sure how to process the fact that the stranger was actually her husband.

“I trust this morning has found you well.” Frances feigned a casual tone that she did not feel.

His mouth quirked in a half smile and, still holding her gloved hand, he leaned against the arched gatepost in the guardhouse kitchen garden. “I do very well and thank you for asking.”

[Read the full Courtly Pleasures excerpt...]

Sun
Nov 19 2017 10:00am

Helena Hunting: A Sexy, Angsty, Funny Superstar

Clipped Wings by Helena Hunting

NYT and USA Today bestselling author Helena Hunting is best known for her Pucked hockey romance series, but as advertised on her website, she also writes everything from contemporary romance to romantic comedy and angsty new adult romance. Her Clipped Wings series has been described as “twisted, dark, incredibly erotic” and enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon gush that “this book is everything!”.

With reviews like that, what romance fan could resist picking up one of her books?

It’s been a whirlwind journey for Hunting from the first draft to bestselling author. As she mentioned in one interview, the first draft of her debut novel was 400,000 words long (yikes!). Eventually, she cut hundreds of thousands of words and the original door stopper became two separate 100,000-word novels. Clipped Wings (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) was published in March 2014 and Hunting hit the NYT bestseller list with Pucked in June of 2015.

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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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[+ No Regrets by Julie Moffett]

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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