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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!

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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

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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...]

Mon
Apr 10 2017 4:44pm

Simply Extraordinary: Romance News & Deals from Alyssa Cole and Nancy Thayer

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An Extraordinary Union by Alyssa ColeDeal Alert: Alyssa Cole's Civil War–era historical An Extraordinary Union is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Already one of Team H&H's top romances of 2017, this first novel in the Loyal League series may just introduce you to your new favorite heroine...

Deal Alert: Rachel Hauck's modern-day inspirational romance How to Catch a Prince is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* What's better than royals? Probably only royals IN SPACE!

Deal Alert: Nancy Thayer's Nantucket-set women's fiction novel The Guest Cottage is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* And if you're looking for new releases, don't miss our most recent selections for best bets in women's fiction.

[+Let's all stare for a while at Thor's new look...]

Fri
Apr 7 2017 4:13pm

Splendour in the Stacks: Romance News & Deals from Julie Garwood & Diana Palmer

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Honor's Splendour by Julie GarwoodDeal Alert: Julie Garwood's beloved historical Honor's Splendour is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Think you know your favorite author's first book? See if you can guess Julie Garwood's in our trivia game!

Deal Alert: Diana Palmer's contemporary western Wyoming Brave, a member of the Wyoming Men series, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* If you're a Diana Palmer superfan, then you might be familiar with these signs you're in a Diana Palmer novel. 

Deal Alert: Sarah Robinson's New Adult contemporary romance Not a Hero is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Home to help take care of his ill father, miltary veteran Miles finds himself falling fast for his dad's nurse, Zoe. If military romance heroes are your catnip, then peruse fellow vets from Romancelandia. 

[+Books & booze time...]

Mon
Mar 27 2017 4:36pm

To Love a Scoundrel: Romance News & Deals from Loretta Chase and Sherrilyn Kenyon

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Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta ChaseDeal Alert: Loretta Chase's Regency romance Lord of Scoundrels is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Find out why the Marquess of Dain's enthralling courtship of Miss Jessica Trent is not only on our roundup of the best Regency romances but is also one of 10 novels you must read out of the entire genre.

Deal Alert: Delores Fossen's contemporary romance Blame It on the Cowboy is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Mistakenly thinking she has mere weeks to live, chef Reese throws caution to the wind and indulges in an unforgettable one-night-stand with sexy rancher Logan. Now she must ask herself: Could theirs be a love for the long haul? You'll have to let us know if this read follows author Damon Suede's recipe for a perfect cowboy romance.

Deal Alert: Maya Rodale's study of the romance genre Dangerous Books For Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels Explained is $2.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Let us never doubt the inherent feminism of romance novels.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Sherrilyn Kenyon's next Dark-Hunter novel is Dragonsworn! See the fiery cover and read an excerpt over at Kenyon's official website. You can bet we'll be talking about the book more and more in our Sherrilyn Kenyon collection as the August 1 release date of Falcyn and Medea's story approaches!

[+After 12 years, Booth and Bones get their HEA...]

Tue
Feb 21 2017 5:30pm

Start Your Engines: Romance News & Deals from Gillian Archer, Susan Mallery, and More!

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

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Ruthless by Gillian Archer

Deal Alert: Gillian Archer's motorcycle club romance Ruthless, first in the True Brothers MC series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* It's hard to beat a wicked man with a heart of gold—they sure rev our engines! 

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's women's fiction novel The Friends We Keep, Book 2 in the Mischief Bay series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Three friends provide love and comfort to one another as they journey through the stress and turmoil of life's expectations. It's no surprise that romance is the perfect place to tackle tough issues.

Deal Alert: Julianna Keyes' college co-ed romance Undecided is $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* This sexy new adult romance features two characters who don't do anything by halves...including the trouble they get themselves into! Don't miss out on these fresh new adult romances from January!

[+Emma Watson sings 'Belle']

Fri
Feb 17 2017 5:29pm

Lessons in Scandal: Romance Deals & News from Meredith Duran, Anne Stuart, and More

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A Lady's Lesson in Scandal by Meredith DuranDeal Alert: Meredith Duran's historical romance A Lady's Lesson in Scandal is $1.99 on Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “No one portrays the agony of divided loyalties and the grace of their reconciliation better than Meredith Duran,” says H&H reviewer Miss Bates, who adds that her HEAs promise “in the heroine and hero’s union, a new world, a better, more hopeful, more just, more joyful one.”

Deal Alert: Anne Stuart's romantic suspense Consumed by Fire, first in the Fire series, is $2.00 in e-book at Amazon.* Heroine Evangeline may have been fooled once by the man who stole her grandmother's earrings and then abandoned her on their honeymoon, but she won't be fooled a second time. Except...what if it turns out that was all an act and he's actually a covert operative?! Hero James may start to win you over in this very sexy excerpt from Consumed by Fire.

Deal Alert: Marie Harte's contemporary romance Roadside Assistance is $2.99 on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | etc.* “The pages of Roadside Assistance are populated with macho, mouthy, straight-forward guys,” according to H&H reviewer Janet Webb. “They don’t pussy-foot around.” Yum!

Deal Alert: Lauren Dane's Ink & Chrome erotic romance novel Opening Up is $2.99 at Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* “Lauren Dane is bold,” writes H&H reviewer Tiffany Tyer. “She writes really confident, take-no-prisoners women, and that makes for a fun heroine we can look up to, comfortable in her own skin but vulnerable enough to have layers. That’s what we have in PJ, a smart, gorgeous pin-up type with mad skills in custom painting.” Read the rest of our First Look at Opening Up.

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