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Tue
Jun 20 2017 4:30pm

Try This Forbidden Fruit: Romance News & Deals from Beverly Jenkins, Alexa Riley, 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

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' historical romance Forbidden is $2.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Forbidden is a stimulating story that unfolds in the backdrop of the Old West, featuring a hero whose appearance doesn’t reflect to the world a major part of him.” Rhine Fontaine is a black man who passes for white, allowing him to become a prosperous man. His carefully planned out life is thrown completely off-kilter when Eddy, a black woman, walks into his life. Check out even more non-Regency historicals. 

Deal Alert: Alexa Riley's contemporary romance Everything for Her is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* An H&H staffer asserts that “Alexa Riley are the current reigning champs of kinktemporary”—an erotic romance without BDSM elements geared more towards contemporary romance readers. In Everything For Her, billionaire Miles sets his sights on Mallory and is determined to have her in his life and in his bed. What other trends have you enjoyed so far this year?

Deal Alert: Ali Parker's hockey romance Breakaway is FREE at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Captain of the hockey team Lucas White is a hard-hitting guy who isn't at all interested in getting into a relationship—especially not with Aubrey Moore, his teammate's little sister. However, Aubrey's already got her sights set on the surly captain. Hockey and romance are made for one another...seriously! 

Deal Alert: Colleen Oakley's women's fiction novel Close Enough to Touch is $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Jubilee Jenkins has an extremely rare skin disease and after finishing high school lives apart from the world for 10 years, when she has to be get a job. Enter Eric Keegan, divorced father of two. The two meet serendipitously and their slow-burn romance intensifies in this unique and heart-warming romance. 

[+Lois & Superman...]

Tue
Jun 20 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from E.J. Russell, Eli Lang, and Jackie Ashenden

Team H&H has covers for upcoming romances from authors E.J. Russell, Eli Lang, and Jackie Ashenden. Take a look at what's coming this fall and early next year! 

Bad Boy’s Bard by E.J. Russell

Bad Boy’s Bard by E.J. Russell

As far as rock star Gareth Kendrick, the last true bard in Faerie, is concerned, the only good Unseelie is . . . well . . . there’s no such thing. Two centuries ago, an Unseelie lord abducted Gareth’s human lover, Niall, and Gareth has neither forgotten nor forgiven.

Niall O’Tierney, half-human son of the Unseelie King, had never lost a wager until the day he swore to rid the Seelie court of its bard. That bet cost him everything: his freedom, his family—and his heart. When he’s suddenly face-to-face with Gareth at the ceremony to join the Seelie and Unseelie realms, Niall does the only thing inhumanly possible: he fakes amnesia. Not his finest hour, perhaps, but he never revealed his Unseelie heritage, and to tell the truth now would be to risk Gareth’s revulsion—far harder to bear than two hundred years of imprisonment.

Then a new threat to Gareth’s life arises, and he and Niall stage a mad escape into the Outer World, only to discover the fate of all fae resting on their shoulders. But before they can save the realm, they have to tackle something really tough: mending their own broken relationship.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Bad Boy’s Bard by E.J. Russell, available September 18, 2017 from Riptide Publishing.

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Tue
Jun 20 2017 1:00pm

Games: A Gateway to Romance

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Long before HD television and the rise of video games whose graphics you can actually tell apart, I fell in love with the love of a Playstation 1 game. I believe it was elementary school/beginning of junior high that a much-loved game (by me, not necessarily critics), came out called Fantasy VIII. Up to this point, I had read American Girl, Dear America, Sweet Valley High, Babysitter’s Club and more. They brushed around the concept of romance, but Final Fantasy VIII was the first time I actually got to semi-live the romantic story.

Let me be clear, this game is absolutely bonkers with a really incoherent plot. Basically you play a broody, not-quite douchey but almost there hero named Squall. Squall goes to a military academy, things happen and he eventually meet Rinoa, the manic pixie dream girl who later turns out to be a sorceress. The two have a great meet-cute where she forces him into a waltz and then disappears. It was a great cut scene. Long story short is that evil sorceresses (mainly just one) are screwing things up, somehow time travel/body transitioning is involved, eventually you get an airship and it kind of all goes from there. The ending leaves a lot to be desired, there’s some arguments to whether the hero is dead, but if you watch the ending credits there are a ton of hints that he’s not. (It’s clearly a happily for now).

[Read more...]

Tue
Jun 20 2017 12:00pm
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Liz Jacobs Excerpt: Abroad

Liz Jacobs

Abroad: Book One by Liz Jacobs

Nick Melnikov doesn't know where he belongs. He was just a kid when his Russian-Jewish family immigrated to Michigan. Now he's in London for university, overwhelmed by unexpected memories. Socially anxious, intensely private, and closeted, Nick doesn't expect to fall in so quickly with a tight-knit group of students from his college, and it's both exhilarating and scary. Hanging out with them is a roller coaster of serious awkward and incredible longing, especially when the most intimidating of the group, Dex, looks his way.
Dex Cartwell knows exactly who he is: a black queer guy who doesn't give a toss what anybody thinks of him. He is absolutely, one-hundred-percent, totally in control of his life. Apart, maybe, from the stress of his family's abrupt move to an affluent, largely white town. And worrying about his younger brother feeling increasingly isolated as a result. And the persistent broken heart he's been nursing for a while…

When Nick and Dex meet, both find themselves intrigued. Countless late-night conversations only sharpen their attraction. But the last thing Nick wants is to face his deepest secret, and the last thing Dex needs is another heartache. Dex has had to fight too hard for his right to be where he is. Nick isn't even sure where he's from. So how can either of them tell where this is going?

Get a sneak peek at Liz Jacobs's Abroad (available June 27, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“You've got an accent when pissed, did you know that?”

Nick clamped a hand over his mouth. He mumbled something but Dex couldn't make out a single word. He was across the bed before he could think about it and grabbed Nick's wrist to pull his hand away from his mouth. He felt them both stop breathing for a moment.

“Sorry.” His throat felt like he had gorged himself on wine-flavoured candy floss. Their pulses thrummed in counter-rhythm. Nick's wordless music saved them from having to hear only their hard breathing. ”What were you saying?"

[Read the full Abroad excerpt...]

Tue
Jun 20 2017 9:30am

First Look: Sarah MacLean’s The Day of the Duchess (June 27, 2017)

The Day of the Duchess by Sarah MacLean

Sarah MacLean
The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3)
Avon / June 27, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital 

Note: This review will leave you absolutely dying to read Sarah MacLean's The Day of the Duchess, however, it does contain some light spoilers so if you don't want to be spoiled at all, come back to discuss once you've read the book! 

My initial review looked like this:

The Day of the Duchess is the best book Sarah MacLean has ever written. You should read it immediately.

Heroes & Heartbreakers tells me that you might like a more thorough review, however, so here we are. In order to contain the SQUEE, I’ve broken it down into three parts…

Did Sarah answer all of my/our questions?

Back in January, I wrote a post speculating about this book. I had so many questions, particularly about Sera’s pregnancy and whereabouts. Some pretty heavy spoilers drop in the first 50 pages of the book, so I’m going to be a little cagey in this review. Let’s just say that all of the questions are answered.

Sera wants a divorce because she wants to own property, something she can’t do as a married woman, since women aren’t legal entities in 1836. She also wants, after nearly 3 years of hiding, to finally be free of her past with Malcom, Duke of Haven. Sera is a complex heroine who is competent, grieving, and mad as hell. Sarah MacLean writes books with feminist overtones, but this may be her most feminist book yet. Sera is a heroine to cheer for, but she’s not perfect. She’s strong but flawed, smart but blinded by emotion, jaded but hopeful.

“The whole world thinks you ruined me before you married me, when the truth is that I was not ruined until after the fact. You ruined my hopes. My dreams. My future. You ruined my life. And I’ve had enough of that. I am here for one reason only, Your Grace. I want my life back. The one you stole.”

Was Haven successfully redeemed?

[Read more...]

Tue
Jun 20 2017 8:04am

How Do You Define “Old School Romance”?

“Old School Romance” is having a moment in the genre. Nostalgia is as well in the general zeitgeist of our country right now, so it comes as no surprise that this theme has permeated our genre too. However, the idea of old school romance can mean something different to each reader. Is it a certain decade that best encompasses old school romance? Is it a certain feeling? If you had to define “old school romance,” how would you? 

Tell us your definitions down in the comments!

Mon
Jun 19 2017 4:30pm

Forget Your Best Laid Plans: Romance News & Deals from Susan Wiggs, Lorraine Heath, 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 Summer Hideaway by Susan Wiggs

Deal Alert: Susan Wiggs' women's fiction novel The Summer Hideaway is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Private nurse and protected witness Claire Turner travels with her client George Bellamy back to Willow Lake in order to fulfill his final wish to reconcile with his brother. George's grandson, Ross, is deeply mistrustful of Claire and her aims, but can't make himself stay away from her. Need to add some more titles to your summer TBR pile? Here are some Best Bets in Women's Fiction for May 2017.

Deal Alert: Kiarra M. Taylor's new adult romance The Quarter Change is $.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Kimbella's life motto of always keeping her head down and doing just what she's supposed to is boring her to tears. Sick of being in the background of her own life, Kimbella plans to go all out and do the things she's never done for her twenty-fifth birthday. What she doesn't plan for is finding love along the way... Ready to try out more New Adult Best Bets?

Deal Alert: Cathyrn Fox's contemporary romance Engaging the Bachelor is $.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* This steamy contemporary has two of our favorite tropes—reunited lovers and a fake relationship. Carson Reynolds needs help getting his marriage-minded parents off his back, so he enlists the help of friend and bad-girl Gemma Carr. Think you could handle having a pretend boyfriend?

Deal Alert: Miranda Kenneally's YA novel Catching Jordan is $.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Jordan Woods is the quarterback of her high school football team. She enjoys being one of the guys and has her sights set on getting a major university scholarship—until Ty Green comes along with the potential to put a kink in her best laid plans. And now her best friend, Sam Henry, is acting strange... Keneally's book made our list of what to read if you loved the too-short-lived TV show Pitch.

Deal Alert: Lorraine Heath's Western historical romance The Outlaw and the Lady is $2.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* When Angela Bainbridge is kidnapped by the notorious outlaw Lee Raven, she's both righteously angry and incredibly intrigued. But it doesn't look like a life spent on the run can work for either of them, no matter how passionately their relationship. Does this romance make your top 10 Lorraine Heath novels? Check out our own opinionated list!

[+Mahershala Ali for GQ and a Kelly Bowen sweepstakes]

Mon
Jun 19 2017 3:30pm

Plan Your Dream Wedding, and We’ll Tell You Who Your Groom Will Be! (Game)

June is the start of wedding season, but planning a wedding can take all the fun out of it! Luckily, we have a stress-free way of having all the fun of planning and none of the hassel! Simply plan your dream wedding, and we'll tell you who you'll see at the end of the aisle. Share down in the comments who your groom is!

 

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Mon
Jun 19 2017 1:00pm

Two Different Authors, One Very Sexy Hero—The Alpha!

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Today we're thrilled to welcome not one but two authors to Heroes and Heartbreakers—Anne Calhoun (Turn Me Loose) and Jeffe Kennedy (With a Prince). It's always a great coincidence when two authors are not only friends but have books releasing on the same day. Anne and Jeffe are here to talk about their love of the alpha hero and what they loved about each other's heroes! Thanks, Anne and Jeffe!

Romance readers love a wounded hero. We love our book boyfriends to be alpha, brusque, stoic, able to beat off the bad guys with their meaty fists or arsenal of lawyers. But the very best part is discovering what’s hiding under the hero’s gruff exterior. What soft, chewy center awaits the heroine who perseveres to chew through his tough shell?

Romances are all about that most human of journeys: from identity (the surface they present to the world) to essence (their true selves, the ones they trust to almost no one). We keep our inner selves secret, and no one does this better than a romance novel hero. Whether the situation calls for a lighthearted “fake fiance for my BFF’s wedding” or a wounded soul striving for justice and honor, romance novel heroes almost always carry a deep wound and - like most guys - aren’t exactly excited to talk about their true feelings.

But finding love requires vulnerability connection. It's only through the breaking down of the hero’s walls that he's able to love. It's not saving the girl, or signing the billion dollar contract, or winning the Oscar, that makes him able to love and be loved it's those moments when he says this is what hurt me in the past and she says I see that and love you anyway. Or even better, I love you because those things happened in your past. They made you who you are today.

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Mon
Jun 19 2017 12:00pm
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Emily March Excerpt: A Stardance Summer

Emily March

A Stardance Summer by Emily March

Sometimes the end of one road
Brick Callahan enjoys every minute of chaos at his campground, Stardance Ranch, especially after the Tornado Alleycats arrive for an extended summer stay. The members of the all-female glamorous camping club are primarily seniors—active and adventurous, friendly and fun. But when he discovers Liliana Howe frolicking with the glamping grannies in a late night skinny-dipping session, he fears he's in for a summer of trouble. Because his best friend's kid sister has grown up to be drop-dead gorgeous.

. . .is the start of another
Betrayed by those she trusted, Lili decides she's put her career first for too long. She sells her practical sedan, buys a travel trailer, and heads to Eternity Springs for a summer of rest, relaxation, and reassessment as the newest member of the Alleycats. The last person she expects to find running an RV resort is her high school crush. Their undeniable mutual attraction is a reminder that life is full of surprises. But when the past comes calling, will their summer romance stand the test of time?

Get a sneak peek at Emily March's A Stardance Summer (available June 27, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

TWENTY YEARS LATER

I won’t cry. I absolutely, positively will not cry.

Liliana Howe silently repeated the mantra as she rang the doorbell of her parents’ home in Norman, Oklahoma. She still had a key to the house, but her arms were full with two large white paper bags of her father’s favorite Tex-Mex from the taqueria over by Oklahoma University.

Brian and Stephanie Howe met at home for lunch every day, but it was rare for Lili to join them. She usually worked through lunch. But then, today was not a usual day, was it?

[Read the full A Stardance Summer excerpt...]

Mon
Jun 19 2017 9:30am

Top 10 Lorraine Heath Historical Novels

An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath is becoming a Queen among Historical Romance writers because it seems she can do wrong. Each story that comes out has it all. I’m talking chemistry, a hero who is battered but not broken, a strong and multi-layered heroine, and a love that conquers all!  Below is a very opinionated opinion of her top 10 historical romances, in honor of her newest, An Affair with a Notorious Heiress.  At first I thought this would be easy but I love all of her books. How to rank, then?

10. Waking Up With the Duke

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Duke of Ainsley is known for his bedroom prowess. But he’s also been charged by his injured best friend to make a baby with said wife. Everything about this scenario shouldn’t work, but it does, thanks to Heath’s brilliant storytelling. And how will this end up with a happily ever after?

9. An Affair with a Notorious Heiress

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The Marquess of Rexton has spent his life trying to attain respectability after suffering from the ununusual parentage of his common mother. Now he’ll stop at nothing to attain the Lady Lansdowne, even if he has to fake court her sister, despite the Lady’s scandal….

8. Surrender to the Devil

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Frannie is a pickpocket and street thief, not a lady. Yet she can’t deny the attraction to the Duke of Greystone, despite his selfish desires to only bed her not wed her. Note: these are the parents of #9 the Marquess of Rexton.

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Mon
Jun 19 2017 8:11am

What Is Your Squick Trope?

We talk about squick words all the time—words that gross us out in romance novels (I'm looking at you, moist). However, squick can apply to many things, so today I want to hear about the tropes that squick you out? What do you not like about them? Have you found exceptions? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Sun
Jun 18 2017 11:00am

If You Like Julie Garwood, Try Mary Wine’s Highland Hellion

Highland Hellion by Mary Wine

Did you cut your historical romance teeth on Julie Garwood’s memorable Scottish historicals? If so, you’ll relish the tempestuous and unusual heroine of Mary Wine’s Highland Hellion. Katherine Carew is unforgettable—“Illegitimate daughter of an English earl… Abducted to Scotland at age 14… No family, no reputation… No rules.” Since her abduction she has been allowed to train with the young men of her adopted clan. Wearing the plaid, not dresses, Katherine is a tomboy, a trained fighter, a hellion in the Highlands.

Recently Marcus, the head of her clan, decreed Katherine would have to stop riding out and raiding with his warriors. She rails against her fate. No one is going to curb her wings.

The night beckoned to her with warm air and enough clouds to keep the moonlight low. It was just a ride. A few hours to restore her spirit before she had to resume the role Fate had decided was hers.

Hellion?

Perhaps.

Katherine is unworried about tempting fate, even though just days earlier she was almost captured by the men of another clan when she was adventuring at night. Why would she take that risk? Is there a man involved?  Oh yes. And she knows his name and his status: he’s “the heir to an honorable Highland laird.”

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Sat
Jun 17 2017 11:00am

Nalini Singh’s Silver Silence Spoilers: Why It Was So Hard to Start the New Arc of the Psy-Changeling Series

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Long running series are so addictive. A good series writer knows how to cleverly and oh so maddeningly tease, infuriate and delight us with bits and pieces, that keep us anxious for the next book in the series, and there is no doubt that Nalini Singh is an excellent series writer.

Like you, I counted down the days, anxiously waiting to get my hand on Silver Silence, the newest book, and a new direction in the series for Singh’s Psy-Changelings’ series featuring BEARS!

The glimpse that Singh shared was so enticing:

Silver Mercant believed in control. It was what made her so good at what she did—she was never caught by surprise. She prepared for everything. Unfortunately, it was impossible to prepare for the heavily muscled man standing at her apartment door.

“How did you get in?” she asked in Russian, making sure to stand front and center in the doorway so he wouldn’t forget this was her territory.

Bears had a habit of just pushing everything out of their way.

This bear shrugged his broad shoulders where he leaned up against the side of her doorjamb. “I asked nicely,” he replied in the same language.

“I live in the most secure building in central Moscow.” Silver stared at that square-jawed face with its honey-dark skin. It wasn’t a tan. Valentin Nikolaev retained the shade in winter, got darker in summer. “And,” she added, “building security is made up of former soldiers who don’t understand the word ‘nice’” One of those soldiers was a Mercant. No one talked his way past a Mercant.

Except for this man. This wasn’t the first time he’d appeared on her doorstep on the thirty-fourth floor of this building.

“I have a special charm,” Valentine responded, his big body blocking out the light and his deep smile settling into familiar grooves in his cheeks, his hair an inky black that was so messy she wondered if he even owned a comb.

So now that you’ve read it, let’s talk about it. You have read it, haven’t you? Because this is a Major Spoiler blog for the book.

[Spoilers ahead!]

Fri
Jun 16 2017 4:30pm

So Gone For the Weekend: Romance News & Deals from Suzanne Brockmann, Mira Lynn Kelly, 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

Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann

Deal Alert: Suzanne Brockmann's romantic suspense novel Gone Too Far is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Gone Too Far is in second place in our definitive ranking of Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters series. Sam and Alyssa finally get their own book after battling for years to reach their HEA. When Sam Starrett's daughter goes missing and a dead body turns up at the scene, he enlists FBI agent Alyssa Locke to help him—even though she's got serious doubts about Sam's innocence.

Deal Alert: Mira Lyn Kelly's contemporary romance May the Best Man Win is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* The first book in Kelly's Wedding Date series is a trope-y enemies-to-lovers story. Jase and Emily keep finding themselves in one another's company as a number of their mutual friends get married. Their simmering resentment turns into much more with each passing interaction. And check out our review for the second book in the series, The Wedding Date Bargain

Deal Alert: Kari Lemor's romantic suspense novel Wild Card Undercover is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Undercover FBI agent Chris Shaunessy is after crime boss Salazar Moreno in Miami. He finds help through Meg, a waitress at the club owned by Salazar.” The two pose as lovers in order to help Chris nab the bad guy, but all the heat between them turns their convenient relationship from hot to blazing. 

[+Today on H&H]

Fri
Jun 16 2017 2:00pm

“Women should acknowledge every part of who they are”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


earthdragonwing knows that women wear many hats

earthdragonwing in Wonder Woman and That Pesky Love Interest Storyline

I totally agree with you. Women should acknowledge every part of who you are. I am a mother, wife, electronic technician, christian. I've been a diplomat, hostess, a supervisor, a handyman, a sailor (USN), a suffragist, and many more roles that I've had to assume in my life. I've experienced every human emotion possible. So, Wonder Women is not demeaned in any way by finding love with a man like Steve Trevor in the midst of war. She will never shirk from her duties to the world and a man like Steve would never have let her. As other have said, she grew more as a woman by learning to love and learning who she is and wants to be. My life has been one about family. I have lived and grown to know what is important, what to fight for and not fight for, and not lose who I am. This is why I love this story, because Wonder Woman is plainly a woman inside and feels exactly as any woman does. She is smart because she does not deny that part of herself and neither should any woman.

[+3 more comments of the week]

Fri
Jun 16 2017 1:00pm

“Love, Magic, Reckoning”: A Beginner’s Guide to Madhuri Pavamani’s Keeper Series

The Keepers Series by Madhuri Pavamani

Everything you need to know to make The Keepers Series your next keeper

When you start a new series, quickly getting a feel for the setting is key, and that's never more important than when reading a paranormal. One of the most original romances we've read this year is Madhuri Pavamani's Keeper series, which introduces readers to the world of Poochas, Keepers, Deaders—and the hot romance between Dutch and Juma.

Want to know more? Of course you do! With help from author Madhuri Pavamani herself, allow us to present an introduction to Books 1 and 2 of the Keeper series, Dutch and Juma, as well as scoop on Book 3, Death.

First off, what are the important terms?

Poocha: Death’s reclaimers, those beings who help the dead cross back into life. Poochas have nine lives and are the archnemeses of Keepers. Death chooses who shall become a Poocha.

Deader: Nickname for the dead used by Death, her Poochas, and the Alighters.

Alighter: Alighters work with Poochas to assist in the reclamation of the dead. Fixers of memory and circumstance, they often work in teams around the globe to wipe memories and clear the way for a Deader to return to life.

Keeper: Deadly assassin of The Gate, trained to hunt and kill Poochas. Only Keepers may become Ren and lead The Gate.

Each of these roles is dependant on the existence of the others, Pavamani tells us, adding: “These three are intertwined by necessity more than desire—without deaders, there would be no need for poochas, and without poochas, there would be no need for keepers. Each is the reason for the other’s existence, a most twisted co-dependency based upon death, death, and more death.”

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Fri
Jun 16 2017 12:06pm
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May McGoldrick, Sabrina York, Lecia Cornwall, Anna Harrington Excerpt: Say Yes to the Scot

May McGoldrick, Sabrina York, Lecia Cornwall and Anna Harrington

You are formally invited to the Highland wedding event of the year. These four lasses are about to meet their matches in an original digital anthology featuring stories from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sabrina York, Lecia Cornwall, Anna Harrington, and May McGoldrick.

HOW A LASS WED A HIGHLANDER by Lecia Cornwall
In this retelling of The Princess and The Pea, Laird Alex Munro of Culmore has just five weeks to find a bride and marry her...or else the clan will be cursed with ill luck. Cait MacLeod finds herself caught in a clan feud, and when she tries to stop a deadly raid, she ends up as Alex Munro’s prisoner. With timing running out, is this couple meant to be?

A MATCH MADE IN HEATHER by Anna Harrington
She was the laird's daughter. He was nothing more than a penniless, nameless Scot with nothing to offer but his heart. Fate tore them apart, but now he's back in her life with status, money and a title. Can they let go of past hurts and find love?

A MIDSUMMER WEDDING by May McGoldrick
Their marriage was two decades in the making. The young, educated woman and her highland, pirate husband, betrothed when they were still children. But on the day of their wedding, Elizabeth Hay and Alexander Macpherson are in for a surprise.

THE SCOT SAYS I DO by Sabrina York
Catherine Ross's world is turned upside down when her brother gambles away every penny they own. But to make matters worse? He’s lost everything to none other than Duncan Mackay, the rugged Scot who Catherine loved for years—but he never noticed her, and now she positively loathes him. But her brother’s in danger of going to Newgate, and the despicable Duncan has a plan– she can claim back the money and save her brother. If she marries him…

Get a sneak peek at May McGoldrick, Sabrina York, Lecia Cornwall, Anna Harrington's Say Yes to the Scot (available June 20, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

[Read the excerpts...]

Fri
Jun 16 2017 9:30am

Is It Hate or Is It Love? The Closeness of Fear and Desire

Stranger by Robin Lovett

Today we're thrilled to welcome Robin Lovett (Stranger) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Robin writes dark, gritty romance, and knows a thing or two about about the line between love and hate, fear and desire. Today she's here to talk about that fine line. Thanks, Robin. 

That enemies to lovers trope that so many of us love…

Why does that work so well?

They say opposite personalities attract, but I say opposite emotions attract too. The passion that comes out of a relationship that begins with mutual dislike can turn explosive.

The “I hate you. This changes nothing,” declared during a love scene creates the ultimate experience of the forbidden, which gets a lot of us going and turning pages like mad. I can’t get enough of the high stakes game wondering, when will this shouting match turn into a hot-and-heavy?

But why? From intense hatred comes life changing love? It doesn’t make sense—at first sight (pun intended).

But it makes a hell of a lot of sense, if you really think about it.

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