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Fri
Aug 11 2017 4:30pm

Tick-Tock: Romance Deals & News from J.D. Robb and Debbie Macomber

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Time of Death by J.D. RobbDeal Alert: J.D. Robb's In Death anthology Time of Death is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Three short stories—“Eternity in Death,” “Ritual in Death, and ”Missing in Death"—in which Lt. Eve Dallas does what she does best. Need we say more?! After all, you chose Eve and her husband Roarke as the Swoonowrthiest Couple of 2017.

Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's contemporary romance Always Dakota, Book 3 in the Dakota series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Buffalo Valley rancher Margaret Clemens is taking advantage of her town's economic recovery by tackling a new venture and going after the man she wants: Cowboy Matt Eilers. Even if her friends and family disapprove... Macomber's books are sweet, cozy, comfortable—and hot(-selling).

Deal Alert: Katie Ruggle's romantic suspense Hold Your Breath, Book 1 in the Search and Rescue series, is $1.99 in  e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Joining the Rockies search-and-rescue team in part to ditch a scary ex, Lou wants to start fresh and become a valuable member of the brotherhood. Not even her tempting new ice dive captain Callum nor a murder mystery that gets personal will change her mind... Jump into Hold Your Breath with an extended preview of the first 7 chapters.

[+Christmas romance movies and more...]

Tue
Aug 8 2017 4:34pm

Raw Power: Romance Deals & News from Cherrie Lynn and G.A. Aiken!

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Raw Deal by Cherrie LynnDeal Alert: Cherrie Lynn's first Larson Brothers contemporary, Raw Deal, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* MMA fighter Mike “Red Reaper” is guilt-ridden after a brutal punch in a cage match leaves his opponent dead, and he's desperate for the forgiveness of the man's family, including his beautiful sister, Savannah. Neither expects the pain between them to turn to pleasure... Read Chapter 1 now.

Deal Alert: G.A. Aiken's paranormal romance Dragon Actually, first in the Dragon Kin series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon and Barnes & Noble, or $1.99 at Kobo and iBooks.* Annwyl the Bloody spends her days training with a sexy knight and her nights confiding in the fiersome dragon Fearghus the Destroyer, and finds herself yearning for both. Could they be one and the same? Shapeshifters will keep you on your toes!

Deal Alert: CF Rose's contemporary The Whole Man is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Evan never knew why a steamy weekend with baseball star Jesse ended so abruptly back in college, but when they meet again a decade later, she finds she's as drawn to him as ever. Sports romances are a home run for us.

[+“Stop dissing romance novels already”...]

Mon
Aug 7 2017 4:39pm

Mysteries of the Heart: Romance Deals & News from Manda Collins, Nora Roberts & More

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Ready Set Rogue by Manda CollinsDeal Alert: Manda Collins' historical Ready Set Rogue, the first book in the Studies in Scandal series, is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Determined to get to the bottom of his aunt's suspicious death and to learn why she left her estate to four bluestockings, Quill Beauchamp, Marquess of Kerr, does not make the best first impression with the scholarly Miss Ivy Wareham. But in working together to solve the mystery of Lady Celeste's demise, they find themselves bound by passion... Find out why our reviewer TanyaLK saysReady Set Rogue has it all. Mystery, chemistry, witty banter, friendship, and murder.”

Deal Alert: Nora Roberts' Stanislaski family contemporary romance Falling for Rachel, first released in 1992, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* At first, Zack Muldoon desperately needs Rachel Stanislaski to help keep his kid brother out of jail. Later on, he just desperately needs her... (P.S. If you're in the mood for a Nora binge, her romantic suspense novel The Witness is also discounted to $3.99 at the moment. H&H reader KristaH once commented: "If I was going to make a list [of top Nora Roberts novels], The Witness would definitely be in my top 2 or 3.)

Deal Alert: Jessica Park's contemporary new adult romance 180 Seconds is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Bonded by an intense, 180-second social experiment, college junior Allison and social media star Esben want to believe the spark between them could grow into an enduring flame. Trust doesn't come easy for Allison, though, after a childhood spent in and out of foster homes, and risking her heart may be more than she can bear... Discover more new adult romances in our monthly New Adult Best Bets column.

[+Official Dark Hunter t-shirts?!...]

Mon
Jul 24 2017 4:29pm

Doggone: Romance Deals & News from Casey Griffin, Lisa Renee Jones & More

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The Beauty and the Wiener by Casey GriffinDeal Alert: Casey Griffin's contemporary romance Beauty and the Wiener is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* When doggie fashion designer Addison and bartender Felix are forced to team up to solve the case of the missing prize-winning show dogs, they begin to realize that their irritation with each other may indicate more love than hate... Dog lovers, this series is for you.

Deal Alert: Lisa Renee Jones' contemporary romance Damage Control, Book 2 in the Dirty Money series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* (Need to catch up? Book 1, Hard Rules, is on sale for $.99 this week as well.) “Shane Brandon has fallen hard for Emily Stevens, but it turns out that she has as many secrets as him,” reviewer Janet Webb writes in her First Look at Damage Control. But don't worry, she also says the book “satisfies on every level” and sets the stage for the final two installments of the series, Bad Deeds and End Game.

Deal Alert: Brenda Jackson's contemporary romance Seized by Seduction, the second novel in the Protectors series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Introduced at a crime scene, bodyguard Quasar and psychic investigator Randi quickly realize their connection goes far beyond work and may even be destiny... “The romance in this book starts from page one,” promises reviewer AndreaC in her First Look at Seized by Seduction.

Deal Alert: Susanna Kearsley's historical/contemporary time-slip romance A Desperate Fortune is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas embarks on a quest to decipher the 300-year-old diary of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas, whose own thirst for adventure put her on a thrilling but dangerous path. Get a taste of the story with an excerpt from A Desperate Fortune.

[+Amanda Bouchet's new trilogy and more...]

Fri
Jul 21 2017 4:32pm

Time Is Running Out: Romance Deals from Bella Jewel & Christine Feehan

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72 Hours by Bella JewelDeal Alert: Bella Jewel's romantic suspense novel 72 Hours is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* When a serial killer targets exes Lara and Noah as his next victims and dumps them in the woods as part of a sick game, the two join forces to survive and discover the love between them isn't lost after all...  If you're a romantic suspense reader, don't miss your chance to download a free copy of Lora Leigh's Wild Card!

Deal Alert: Christine Feehan's Carpathian paranormal romance novel Dark Blood is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* After being reborn and opening his eyes to find the Dragonseeker woman he's dreamed of for centuries caring for him, warrior Zev starts to question everything... Curious? Read an excerpt from Dark Blood.

Deal Alert: Barbara Samuel's historical romance Lucien's Fall is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Madeline doesn't have time for the renowned London rake Lord Lucien Escher; she's focused on saving her family's home. But even she can't resist him for long... To read Barbara Samuel is to appreciate her...

Deal Alert: Emma Hart's contemporary romance Dirty Secret, Book 1 in the Burke Brothers series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* (Psst: The next three books in the series—Dirty Past, Dirty Lies, and Dirty Tricks—are also on sale for $1.99 right now.) Sofie broke Conner Burke's heart when she left town, but now she's back—and she's not alone...

[+Today on H&H...]

Tue
Jun 27 2017 4:31pm

Make or Break: Romance Deals & News from Tessa Bailey, JR Ward & More

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Make Me by Tessa BaileyDeal Alert: Tessa Bailey's contemporary romance Make Me, Book 3 in the Broke and Beautiful series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Construction worker Russell has been in love with Abby since he met her, but she's way out of his league. Or is she? P.S. You can also read Tessa Bailey's H&H Quickie scene “Penalty Kiss” for free on H&H anytime.

Deal Alert: J.R. Ward's contemporary family saga The Bourbon Kings, first in the Bourbon Kings trilogy about the Bradford family, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* The return of prodigal son Tulane Bradford to his family's estate, where his one-time love Lizzie King is the head gardener, leads to all sorts of delicious complications. Picture all the characters with help from our Bourbon Kings fantasy cast.

Deal Alert: Sabrina Sol's contemporary romance Delicious Temptation, first in the Delicious Desires series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Good-girl Amara wants to save her family's Mexican bakery, if only they'd let her, but she also wants to do very bad things with her brother's ex-best friend, Eric. Bad boys are a romance staple for good reason.

Deal Alert: Joanna Bourne's French Revolution-set historical romance The Forbidden Rose, Book 3 in the Spymaster series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* She's a French aristocrat living in secret as a British governess, and he's a spy out for revenge on her family. It shouldn't end well, but it totally does. Enjoy out-of-the-ordinary historicals? Here are 5 more worth checking out this month.

Deal Alert: May McGoldrick's historical romance Taming the Highlander, a RITA finalist and the second book in the Scottish Relic trilogy, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Conall Sinclair, the Earl of Caithness and a wounded warrior, can't stand to be around anyone...except Innes Munro, who can sense his past with a touch and who makes him burn with want. McGoldrick fans will be happy to hear about a new story in the Say Yes to the Scot anthology also featuring Lecia Cornwall, Anna Harington, and Sabrina York—read samples from the book.

[+Jeaniene Frost excerpt, Ilona Andrews interview & more...]

Mon
Jun 26 2017 5:00pm

Paranormal Activity: E-Deals from Sherrilyn Kenyon, J.D. Robb & More

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Ice Wolf by Jane GodmanDeal Alert: Jane Godman's shapeshifter romance Ice Wolf, Book 1 in the Arctic Brotherhood series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* An Alaskan college professor by day, Elliott Walder is a revenge-seeking Siberian werewolf by night, and he can't afford the distraction that is new recruit Jenny... (Pssst: Shadow Wolf, Book 2 in the series, is also on sale at $1.99.) Read Chapter 1 from Ice Wolf.

Deal Alert: Sherrilyn Kenyon's paranormal Born of Legend, Book 9 in The League series, is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* When outlaw Dagger saves her son's life, Ushara must choose between the man she owes everything and her own people. Sample a scene from Born of Legend.

Deal Alert: J.D. Robb, Mary Blayney, Elaine Fox, Mary Kay McComas, and R.C. Ryan's Down the Rabbit Hole anthology is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Five Alice in Wodnerland-inspired stories, including an Eve Dallas adventure? What's not to like?! Discover the 10 things you'll learn from J.D. Robb's In Death series.

Deal Alert: Nalini Singh's shapeshifter romance Tangle of Need, Book 11 in the Psy-Changeling series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Wolf changeling Adria and SnowDancer Riaz try hard to deny the magnetic pull between them, but resistance is futile... Get to know the Psy-Changeling books.

[+Now's the time to meet the Bourbon Kings...]

Mon
Jun 26 2017 11:31am

Veep’s Amy and Dan Are WHAT?! (Season Finale Spoilers)

Dan and Amy in Veep

WARNING: Major spoilers for the Veep Season 6 finale.

Veep's Amy Brookheimer and Dan Egan have been locked in a will-they-or-won't-they love/hate relationship for so long now that you could be forgiven for thinking it would never happen, especially given that the scales have long seemed tipped toward “hate” and the two hardly interacted at all in Season 6. But patience comes to those who wait...and wait...and wait, apparently, because shippers got the shock of a lifetime in last night's season finale, when Amy revealed that she's pregnant—and that Dan's the father.

[We've gotta discuss this...]

Fri
Jun 23 2017 4:36pm

A Race Against the Clock: Romance News & Deals from Catherine Coulter and More

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Hemlock Bay by Catherine CoulterDeal Alert: Catherine Coulter's sixth Savich and Sherlock suspense novel, Hemlock Bay, is #1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* FBI agents Dillon Savich and Lacey Sherlock's latest case hits close to home as they race to uncover the truth about Savich's sister's car accident. Was it a suicide attempt or sabotage? Here's what you need to know about the (too?) long-running series...

Deal Alert: Iris Johansen's retro romance The Lady and the Unicorn, first published in 1983, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Billionaire Rafe is confined to his home as he recovers from a nasty bout of pneumonia and he's going stir-crazy until lovely game warden Janna sneaks onto his property. She's determined to convince him to give her the land she needs to save endangered animals, and he's determined to have her... Strike it rich with more billionaire heroes recommended by fellow readers.

Deal Alert: Marina Adair's contemporary romance Chasing I Do, first in The Eastons series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* After learning her fiance is cheating, Darcy runs out of the wedding while carrying a big secret: She's pregnant. When she runs into her ex's brother, Gage, a couple years later, she can't help but be drawn to him, and he to her... How do you feel about the secret baby trope?

[+Tiffany Reisz cover & Pride Month deals!...]

Fri
Jun 9 2017 4:30pm

Mission Accomplished: Romance News & Deals

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Deal Alert: Tawny Weber's romantic suspense Call to Honor, Team Poseidon #1, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Navy SEAL Lt. Diego Torres is on the hunt for a traitor, and his new neighbor, single mom Harper, may be the key to his mission... In Call to Honor, “Diego Torres ticks off all of the boxes, he’s tall, dark, handsome, brave, smart, has a conscience and he’s good with kids.” But following orders puts him in a tough spot with his heroine...

Deal Alert: Jeannie Moon's contemporary romance Daring the Pilot, Men of Marietta #3, is FREE in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Who better than a search-and-rescue pilot to help you when your car breaks down on the side of the road? Especially when he's your brother's “big, bad, and gorgeous” best friend... Fresh takes on classic tropes are win/win.

[+The first Black Panther poster...]

Thu
Jun 1 2017 3:00pm

Romance Leaps Off the Page and Onto the Screen with The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit

Corey Sevier and Jewel Staite in The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit

In the real world, waking up to find you're handcuffed to a stranger in a hotel room would be downright terrifying. But in new TV movie The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit, which is based on the Harlequin romantic suspense novel Naked Pursuit by Jill Monroe and which airs tomorrow on LMN, heroine Stella quickly realizes her handsome bedmate, firefighter Owen, is just as upset and confused as she is about how they ended up in this situation. Thus begins the central mystery of the story, and the middle (yes, the middle) of an intense romance.

Thanks to an opportunity to screen the movie and to chat with leading man Corey Sevier (who co-stars alongside Jewel Staite of Firefly fame), we've got everything you need to know to before tuning into this book-to-screen adaptation, starting with the teaser trailer for The Wrong Bed: Naked Pursuit.

Intrigued? Without giving too much away, we can tell you that by slowly piecing together the events of the previous day, Stella and Owen not only figure out how they ended up with memory loss and why they're suddenly in serious danger, but also that they were once well on their way to falling in love...

The movie's mix of mystery, suspense, and romance is certainly part of what drew actor Corey Sevier (whom you may remember from the Cedar Cove television show) to the role of fireman Owen Michaels. In talking about his character, Sevier says that he always looks for a character he can sink his teeth into and that he likes that Owen is a truly good, “solid” guy with a “heartfelt backstory.”

[That's just the beginning...]

Tue
May 30 2017 4:55pm

Can’t Hurry Love: Romance Deals from Emily March & Vanessa Kelly!

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Reunion Pass by Emily MarchDeal Alert: Emily March's small-town romance Reunion Pass, the eleventh book in her Eternity Springs series, is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* High school sweethearts Chase and Lori may have drifted apart, but their love never faded, and now Chase's unexpected return to Eternity Springs after a tragedy may just offer them a second chance at a Happily Ever After. Read a sample from the book now.

Deal Alert: Vanessa Kelly's historical Confessions of a Royal Bridegroom, Book 2 in the Renegade Royals series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Griffin Steele knows there's only one thing to do when he's left caring for an abandoned infant: Hire a nurse. What he doesn't know is that Justine Brightmore also happens to be a spy's daughter determined to protect the baby, who may just be a secret royal. Of course, neither Griffin nor Justine counts on falling in love. Yes, we're still in the throes of our Royal Obsession.

Deal Alert: Linda Howard's romantic suspense novel Troublemaker is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* After Morgan Yancy and his fellow paramilitary operatives are targeted by an unknown enemy, his boss orders him to get off the grid. Long story short, he ends up at the remote home of Isabeau “Bo” Maran, a part-time police chief in West Virginia, who makes for far too tempting of a housemate... See where Troublemaker falls on the spectrum of Howard's books.

Deal Alert: Nora Roberts' contemporary romance Convincing Alex, a Stanislaski family novel, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Who doesn't dream of meeting the love of her life when he (mistakenly) arrests her for soliciting?! Yet that's exactly what first brings soap star Bess McNee and detective Alex Stanislaski together. Nora Roberts has a romance for every mood.

[+Here's what's new on H&H...]

Fri
May 26 2017 4:30pm

Historical Heaven: E-Deals from Linda Lael Miller & Laura Kinsale!

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My Outlaw by Linda Lael MillerDeal Alert: Linda Lael Miller's historical-with-paranormal-elements romance My Outlaw is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Since childhood, Keighly alone has seen the ghostly reflection of handsome cowboy Darby Elder, who lived and died a century before. As an adult, she feels hopelessly drawn to him. Can they bend the rules of space and time to be together? Survey says: Time-travel romance always finds a way.

Deal Alert: Laura Kinsale's historical The Shadow and the Star is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* A survivor of childhood abuse, The Shadow has never considered breaking his vow of celibacy—then he meets The Star... Welcome to the brilliance of Laura Kinsale.

Deal Alert: Amanda Scott's historical The Bawdy Bride is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* What starts as a marriage of convenience—she's the third daughter of an earl and he needs help raising his orphaned niece and nephew—becomes a love match even as Anne brings to light the dangerous secrets lurking in Michael's ancestral estate... Scott's one author who got her start writing Traditional Regencies—what Trads have you read and loved?

[+Today on H&H...]

Tue
May 23 2017 4:30pm

Sweet Surrender: Romance News & Deals from L.A. Banks & Jayne Ann Krentz

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Surrender the Dark by L.A. BanksDeal Alert: L.A. Banks' urban fantasy Surrender the Dark is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & NobleKobo | iBooks | etc.* Half-human, half-angel Celeste is working to save the world with her protector, the angel Azrael, whose desire for her could imprison him among humans forever... Banks's books are a good example of the sometimes blurry line between urban fantasy and paranormal romance.

Deal Alert: Jayne Ann Krentz's contemporary romance Deep Waters is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Charity and Elias are both high-powered CEOs looking for simpler lives, so any relationship between them would be a bad idea...or so they think until they unite forces to catch a murderer. Krentz ranks as one of H&H readers' favorite prolific authors.

Deal Alert: Leigh Bardugo's YA fantasy novel Six of Crows is $2.99 in e-book at AmazonKobo | iBooks | etc.* Enjoy a good heist story? The first book in a duology, Six of Crows follows a group of six outcasts—Kaz, Inej, Wylan, Jesper, Nina, and Matthias—angling for a better life...even if they have to steal it. There's adventure and romance aplenty, but heads up: HEAs are not guaranteed in this one. Here's 10 other fantasy novels you should read.

Deal Alert: Bella Andre's romantic suspense Wild Heat is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Arson investigator Maya had one unforgettable night of passion with firefighter Logan—and then he became her number-one suspect in an investigation. Luckily for Logan, we all know there are at least 5 reasons to love firefighters.

[+tk...]

Mon
May 22 2017 4:34pm

Fools for Love: Romance News & Deals from Brynn Kelly & Jay Crownover

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Deception Island by Brynn KellyDeal Alert: Brynn Kelly's romantic suspense Deception Island is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Rafe will do anything to get his kidnapped son back—even abduct an American heiress at the behest of his blackmailers. But when he captures a lookalike con artist, Holly, instead, Rafe realizes he's in way, way over his head...in more ways than one. Read a scene now.

Deal Alert: Jay Crownover's contemporary Riveted, a Saints of Denver novel, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Dash “Church” Churchill wasn't planning to settle down in Denver, but the irresistible Dixie tempts him like no one else. When a Saint falls, he falls hard.

Deal Alert: Kate Pearce's contemporary Western The Maverick Cowboy, Book 2 in the Morgan Ranch series, is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Drawn back to his family's cattle ranch after serving as a Marine, Blue Morgan is immediately captivated by the new veterinarian, Jenna. Trouble is, she's got enough on her plate without adding a tempting cowboy. (Sure, Jenna.) Never underestimate the appeal of a cowboy hero.

Deal Alert: Jesse Petersen's paranormal romance Married with Zombies is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* A zombie apocalypse can do wonders for a marriage! Or so it turns out for Sarah and David, who are on the brink of divorce and seeing a counselor when zombies attack and they suddenly find themselves fighting not only for their love but their very survival. There's always time for romance—even at the end of the world.

[+Passionflix, Orphan Black trailer, and more...]

Thu
May 11 2017 4:43pm

Brazen Pays Off: Romance Deals from Avery Flynn & Susan Mallery!

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Deal Alert: Avery Flynn's romantic suspense Brazen, a standalone B-Squad novel, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* The co-leaders of B-Squad Security and Investigations, Bianca and Taz are also a rock-solid power couple. Or they were until Bianca learned Taz may still be married to an ex. Will posing as a newlywed couple for a mission give them the chance to uncover their HEA? (Spoiler alert: Yep.) We'll allow a breakup only when followed by hot makeup sex.

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's contemporary beach read The Best of Friends is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Best friends since high school, Jayne and Rebecca's deep bond is tested by Jayne's relationship with David, Rebecca's brother... No one explores the theme of “finding family” quite like Susan Mallery.

Deal Alert: Megan Whalen Turner's fantasy novel The Queen of Attolia, Book 2 in the Queen's Thief series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Celebrated—or vilified, depending on who you ask—as a master thief, Eugenides nevertheless finds himself captured and imprisoned by the Queen of Attolia. Rest assured, there's more going on between them than first meets the eye, and Eugenides will all but certainly steal your heart along with the queen's.

[+Today on H&H...]

Tue
Apr 25 2017 4:38pm

Spring Reading: Romance News & Deals from Kristan Higgins & Lexi Blake!

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

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Until There Was You by Kristan HigginsDeal Alert: Kristan Higgins' contemporary Until There Was You is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Long ago, bad-boy Liam broke Posey's heart, but now he's back in town and looking to make things right. Second-chance romance coming right up in this reissue first published in 2011.

Deal Alert: Lexi Blake's contemporary Ruthless, first in the Lawless family series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Riley Lawless is consumed by plans for vengeance against his parents' killer and anyone involved—but then he meets Ellie Stratton, who's not at all what he expected... Welcome to the Lawless books, where “revenge and espionage grip readers tight in a world of corporate greed.”

Deal Alert: Lorelei James' Blacktop Cowboys contemporary Hillbilly Rockstar is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Country singer Devin's surprise at being protected by a woman is quickly replaced by an intense desire for that new bodyguard, former soldier Liberty. Hillbilly Rockstar's an “erotic western/rockstar romance hybrid that features the best of both genres.”

[+What's new on H&H...]

Mon
Apr 24 2017 4:43pm

O Yeah: Romance News & Deals from Lauren Blakely & Kit Rocha

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

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Mister O by Lauren BlakelyDeal Alert: Lauren Blakely's contemporary romance Mister O is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Teaching his best friend's little sister how to seduce another guy ends up bringing ladies' man Nick to his knees in this contemporary that landed a spot on our Erotic Romance Best Bets list last May.

Deal Alert: Shayla Black's first erotic Wicked Lovers novel, Wicked Ties, is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Black knows how to leave us wanting more.

Deal Alert: Toni Anderson's romantic suspense novel Cold Hearted is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* If you're looking for heart-racing, heat-packed adventure, you'll find it with Detective Erin Donovan and FBI agent Darsh Singh in this captivating story.

Deal Alert: Ann Christopher's contemporary romance Trouble, book 1 in the It's Complicated series, is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Rising-star defense attorney Mike Baldwin can't stop thinking about the totally off-limits Dara—but neither can his brother... We've set a strong precedent in favor of legal-themed romances.

[+Regency romance deal & Kit Rocha's new series...]

Fri
Apr 21 2017 1:56pm

What Does The X-Files Season 11 Mean for Mulder and Scully’s Relationship?

The X-Files Season 11 teaser posterMulder and Scully are back on the case! The X-Files has been renewed for a second event series, or Season 11, Fox confirmed last night via the show's official Twitter account. Better yet, stars Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny will reunite for TEN episodes this time, rather than last year's six, with filming expected to begin in Vancouver this August, meaning the duo may return to our TV screens as early as January 2018. All of which begs the question: What's next for special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully and especially their relationship?

When last we saw them in the Season 10 finale, “My Struggle II,” Mulder was dying of an alien virus while stuck in traffic on a bridge, Scully was practically running people over in her SUV trying to reach Mulder, and—oh yeah—the long-prophesied alien invasion had maybe possibly finally begun. Though Scully'd moved out of their house sometime before the revival and they were technically “broken up,” the two made it clear at every opportunity that they were still in love...and also still in deep mourning over giving up their son, William, for adpotion for his own protection years before. We also got hints that William will prove to be the key to protecting the world from aliens, and that his bone marrow could save his father's life.

Now, as an MSR shipper, a.k.a someone who's ride-or-die for Mulder and Scully's romantic relationship, I saw last year's revival as a mixed bag. On the one hand, The X-Files has always been an uneven show, and nothing showcased that like the Season 10 scripts—“Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster” was genius, while “Babylon” is one of the worst episodes of TV I've ever seen. On the other hand, Mulder and Scully are ICONIC, and my love for them has survived some spectacularly dumb storylines in the past. But that doesn't mean I don't have hopes for a much-improved new season.

[Onto my new wish list...]

Tue
Apr 11 2017 4:35pm

Puppy Love: Romance News & Deals from Jill Shalvis and Pamela Cayne!

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Animal Magnetism by Jill ShalvisDeal Alert: Jill Shalvis' pilot-meets-kennel-owner contemporary romance Animal Magnetism is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Happy National Pet Day, indeed! Yet adorable, cuddly puppies are only one reason to love the Animal Magnetism series...

Deal Alert: Pamela Cayne's historical The Fighter and the Fallen Woman is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* The sexual tension between King and Lady, both of whom (reluctantly) work for the same crime lord, “hits a boiling point before the reader is out of the first chapter.” 

Deal Alert: Anita Clenney's time-traveling paranormal Awaken the Highland Warrior, first in the Connor Clan series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | etc.* This may be one to read if you're missing Outlander...

Deal Alert: R.C. Ryan's cowboy contemporary Luke, Book 2 in the Mallorys of Montana series, is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* If we had you at “cowboy,” you're in good company.

[+New Christmas movies are in the works...]