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Sun
Nov 12 2017 10:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Thu
Nov 9 2017 3:30pm

One Last Time: Romance News & Deals from Isabelle Ronin, Kendall Ryan, and More

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Chasing Red by Isabelle Ronin

Deal Alert: Isabelle Ronin's new adult romance Chasing Red is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Caleb Lockhart is a man with everything—or at least he thinks he is until he meets Veronica Strafford, a siren in a red dress that he has to have in his life. Don't forget the New Adult Best Bets for October!

Deal Alert: Christi Caldwell's historical romance My Lady of Deception is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Spend a season with Caldwell as Georgina Wilcox is forced to be a servant in her father, “The Fox”'s home. When he captures Lord Adam Markham, Georgina finds herself fascinated and drawn to the dashing man.

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Wed
Nov 8 2017 4:00pm

Honor Bound: Romance News & Deals from JD Robb, Elizabeth Boyce, and More

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The Honorables by Elizabeth Boyce

Deal Alert: Elizabeth Boyce's Regency historical romance series The Honorables is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Get 5 complete stories from Boyce, including Honor Among Thieves “the first book in the new Honorables Series, this story is perhaps the most scandalous of all...” Enjoy 5 kick-ass heroines and a “band of brothers” know as The Honorables.

Deal Alert: Tricia O'Malley's paranormal romance Wild Irish Eyes is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Pub owner Cait Gallagher craves a moment of silence from the voices in her head...because she's a psychic. She's had feelings for her handsome landlord, Shane MacAuliffe for years, but their constant bickering back and forth infuriates and intrigues them both. This pseudo-office romance is sure to delight!

[+A deal from JD Robb]

Tue
Nov 7 2017 4:30pm

An Epic Body of Work: Romance News & Deals from Stacey Kennedy, Cathy Maxwell, and More

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Restrained Under His Duty by Stacey Kennedy

Deal Alert: Stacey Kennedy's erotic romance Restrained Under His Duty is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “This well-developed romance titillates and thrills with a forbidden vibe when a rigid, rule-following bodyguard begins having very dirty fantasies about his client’s daughter.” Senator's daughter Hadley doesn't want her secret visits to a sex club to become public...but doesn't expect to have a hot and heavy relationship with her bodyguard Ryder.

Deal Alert: Cathy Maxwell's historical romance Treasured Vows is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Phadra Abbott is a reckless heiress who won't  let anyone stand in the way of getting what she wants, not even her long-suffering guardian, Grant Morgan. Having no choice but to accompany Phadra on her latest hair-brained adventure, Grant finds himself fighting a new desire to win her love. Are guardian/ward stories your cup of tea?

Deal Alert: Lexxie Couper's contemporary romance The Mistaken Billionaire is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Thomas St. Clair ruined Mila Elderkin's journalism career years ago, so when a chance encounter throws her back into his sphere, she plans on seeking the revenge she's wanted...except for the tiny hiccup of falling in love. Tell us: do you love or hate revenge plots?

[+Sarah MacLean Bareknuckle Bastards Series news...]

Mon
Nov 6 2017 4:30pm

If You Want it To Be Good...Get Yourself a Bad Boy: Romance News & Deals from Megan Frampton, Alice Walker, and More

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Lady Be Bad by Megan FramptonDeal Alert: Megan Frampton's historical romance Lady Be Bad is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Lady Eleanor, eldest daughter of the Duke of Marymount knows that because of her sister's scandalous marriage, it's on her shoulders to marry well and restore the family name. When the loveless-match is made, Lady Eleanor resigns herself to her fate...until her intended's rakish brother, Lord Alexander Raybourn, comes along and is too tempting to ignore. Got time for a Quickie?

Deal Alert: Alice Walker's short story collection In Love & Trouble: Stories of Black Women is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Get 13 stories from the author of the iconic The Color Purple. These stories are Southern tales of women that don't shy away from the political or the personal, from feminism or racial politics. 

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Sun
Nov 5 2017 9:00pm

A Most Troubling End: Poldark Season 3, Episode 6, Romelza Heart-to-Heart

Poldark, Season 3, Episode 6

Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 3, Episode 6* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza), Dwight/Caroline, Drake/Morwenna

*Editors Note: This is Episode 6 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 7.

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

This episode of Poldark opens with a scene of revelry, but not everyone is in a happy mood. Drake seems downtrodden, and it's no wonder as Morwenna has gone off to marry Rev Whitworth who grows even worse this episode.

George is overjoyed at the news of someone's death—because he's the actual worst.

Morwenna is now wife and step-mother...and is also pregnant herself. Yikes. Time truly flies in the world of Poldark

Aunt Agatha is turning 100 and she's throwing a party and requests the Poldarks be attendance, much to George's dismay, but he kowtows in this instant. His eyes are set towards the future and the Penvenen wedding and the connections he can make there.

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Fri
Nov 3 2017 3:30pm

The Devil You Know: Romance News & Deals from Kelly Bowen, Dana Volney, and More

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Between the Devil and the Duke by Kelly Bowen

—Deal Alert: Kelly Bowen's historical romance Between the Devil and the Duke is $2.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “Seeing this scoundrel fall for Angelique is so delicious, with all the subtle touches and tenderness in each word and action.” Alexander catches Angelique counting cards at vingt-et-un in his club and instead of throwing her out, proposes something much more interesting...

—Deal Alert: Dana Volney's contemporary holiday romance The December Deal is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Lilia Carrigan returns to her home in Wyoming in hopes of raising funds for an experimental cancer treatment for her father. Vincent Morgenstern is racing against the clock to fulfill the clause in his father's will and get married in order to receive his inheritance. When Lilia overhears his dilemma, she offers him up a solution—can they fake being married for year, or will holiday magic make things real? Here are 6 more great holiday reads to get you mood!

Deal Alert: Mimi Jean Pamfiloff's romantic suspense novel Mr. Rook is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If you're craving pirates, try Pamfiloff's action-packed Mr. Rook. Stephanie Fitzgerald isn't interested in the idyllic world of Rook's Island; she simply wants to find her sister. In order to get the answers she seeks, Stephanie has to get close to the island's mysterious owner, who isn't keen to give the island's secrets away...

Deal Alert: Becky Wade's inspirational romance Undeniably Yours is $.99 at Amazon, and $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Meg Cole has to return to her hometown in Texas after the death of her father to take over the family racehorse farm. She has no desire to run the place and tells the manager, Bo Porter, he has six months to close it down. Bo isn't thrilled with the prospect of leaving the one thing he's known and it angry with Meg for suggesting it, but he also can't deny the feelings that Meg stirs up in him. Try out some more inspirational romances! 

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Thu
Nov 2 2017 3:30pm

Romance News & Deals from Jayne Castle, Grace Burrowes

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Editor's note: We're very sad to report that editor and romance author Carolyn Nichols passed away at the end of October. Nichols wrote under the pennames of Iona Charles and Carolyn McKnight and was the founding editor of LoveSwept.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Orchid by Jayne Castle

—Deal Alert: Jayne Castle's paranormal romance Orchid is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Psychic Orchid Adams is baffled by a murder she's tasked to solve...but she's even more mystified by her new client and elemental, Rafe Stonebreaker. Rafe is everything she shouldn't want, but she's inexplicably drawn to him. For Rafe, Orchid showing up in his life when he's desperately in need of a wife to salvage his business and credibility couldn't happen at a better time. Marriages of convenience aren't just for historicals! 

—Deal Alert: Leigh Duncan's time-travel romance Journey Back to Christmas is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* From Hallmark Publishing, bringing your favorite holiday movies to e-book, comes the story of World War II nurse Hanna who is transported to the present after losing her husband in the war. When she arrives in the present, handsome cop Jake takes her into his home and makes a place for her in his heart. Hallmark movies are the perfect category romances.

Deal Alert: Grace Burrowes's historical romance Tremaine's True Love is $1.99 at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Humor, pathos, the struggle for independence, it’s all here.” Lady Nita Haddonfield is used to taking care of others, enjoying her freedom and unmarried status with no desire to change that. Wealthy magnate Tremaine St. Michael sees marriage as a business and a pleasure, and after he meets Nita, he intends to prove just that and win her heart. 

[+Sarina Bowen's next Brooklyn Bruisers book & Crazy Rich Asians]

Wed
Nov 1 2017 3:30pm

Never Gonna Give You Up: Romance News & Deals from Bella Andre, Liz Carlyle, and More

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Never Too Hot by Bella Andre

—Deal Alert: Bella Andre's contemporary romance Never Too Hot is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Injured firefighter Connor thinks he'll be able to get some necessary R&R before returning to his crew, except when he gets to his family cabin in the Adirondacks, it's already occupied by the gorgeous and distracting Ginger Sinclair. Neither of them is willing to cede their time at the cabin, so they have to learn to deal with each other...and the desire igniting between them! Don't you just love an awkward first meeting?

—Deal Alert: Liz Carlyle's historical romance The Devil You Know is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* After a disastrous season, Frederica d'Avillez is certain she'll not marry, but is determined to have a night of unforgettable passion. Rake, scoundrel, and all around hell-raiser Bentley Rutledge suits her needs quite well, and even though he knows he should resist, he can't bring himself to stay away from the magnetic Freddie. 

Deal Alert: Karen Rose's romantic suspense novel Closer Than You Think is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Desperate to escape a stalker, psychologist Faith Corcoran goes back home and takes up residence in a recently inherited home where she has to confront the ghosts of her past. FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak is on a case that sends him right into Faith's path and intersects with her past in a way neither of them could've expected. Get pumped with 5 more intense romantic suspense novels this fall!

Deal Alert: Cat Sebastian's male/male historical romance The Ruin of a Rake is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Reviewer Cerestheories says Sebastian earned a spot on her TBR list with this story of “an uptight man being completely undone by a cheeky man who’s both jaded and comfortable with his sexuality.” Lord Courtenay, tired of being perceived as a libertine and a rake, seeks to improve his reputation by spending time with the most proper man in London, Julian Medlock. These enemies become much more as Courtenay begins to feel a love he doesn't believe he deserves, and Julian sets aside propriety for a desire he can't ignore. 

[+Audible romance package, gay teen romance, and more...]

Tue
Oct 31 2017 3:30pm

Get Yourself a Bad Boy: Romance News & Deals from Shiloh Walker, Julie Garwood, and More

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Thirty Nights with a Dirty Boy by Shiloh Walker

—Deal Alert: Shiloh Walker's contemporary erotic romance Thirty Nights with a Dirty Boy: Part 1 is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Ella Cruise doesn't like to be touched but craves intimacy...even if just for the night. When she meets bartender and sex worker Sean Lachlan, she plans to pay him for his services for 30 nights of no-strings-attached sex. It's just enough money for Sean to be able to start over, but when he accepted the offer, he couldn't have known how deep his feelings would get. Try out a sample of this H&H original serial. Parts 2 and 3 are currently $1.99 each at e-tailers. 

—Deal Alert: Julie Garwood's Medieval historical romance The Secret is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Travel to Medieval Scotland with Judith Hampton, an Englishwoman who leaves her home for the Highlands to help her friend. When she's escorted to her home by Iain Maitland, laird and barbarian, she's overwhelmed by how powerfully enamored she is with the hulking warrior. Iain comes to love and care for Judith because she “does not seek to impress him or cower like a submissive subject, she frees him from having to act the laird.”

Deal Alert: Beth Kery's erotic romance The Affair is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Nurse Emma Shore's newest position finds her taking care of the stepmother of a handsome billionaire racecar driver, Michael Montand. Thinking her assignment will be easy enough, she doesn't foresee the sexual games and fantasies that await her with the enigmatic Michael. Don't miss 6 more erotic romances!

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Mon
Oct 30 2017 3:30pm

Bound For Love: Romance News & Deals from Christine Feehan, Sabrina York, and more

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Earth Bound by Christine Feehan

—Deal Alert: Christine Feehan's paranormal romance Earth Bound is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Nobles | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Lexi and Gavriil have deep scars from their past that pull them closer to one another. “Shared experiences can bring people together, especially when they’re traumatic. This is at the heart of Christine Feehan’s Sea Haven/Sisters of the Heart series – reclaiming life through bonds with people who understand what you’ve been through.” 

—Deal Alert: Sabrina York's historical romance Dark Fancy is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Lady Helena Simpson breaks free of her betrothal in this erotic historical romance. She flees and finds refuge in James, a man she begs to help her escape from her unwanted marriage. Helena unknowingly awakens James's desire with her request, and James is determined to give her everything she wants and more.

Deal Alert: Synithia Williams's contemporary romance collection Southern Love is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Get full-length romances You Can't Plan Love, Worth the Wait, and A Heart to Heal in Williams's sensual South Carolina-set stories. Check out some more Southern contemporary romances!

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels's contemporary Western romance Outlaw's Honor is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* A pickpocket meet-cute may not make the best first impression, but it certainly makes for an unforgettable one, because Darby Cahill recognizes Mariah Ayres as the culprit the moment she walks into his bar looking for work. Get a peek at their auspicious first meeting!

[+Love in the time of zombies and more!]

Sun
Oct 29 2017 9:00pm

One Stone, Many Birds: Poldark Season 3, Episode 5 Romelza Heart-to-Heart


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Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 3, Episode 5* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza), Dwight/Caroline, Drake/Morwenna

*Editors Note: This is Episode 5 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 6.

Heartbreak abounds in this week's episode of Poldark. Dwight is back home, but Caroline is struggling to understand the man who returned to her versus the man who left. Ross is almost caught leaving Trenwith on a visit to Aunt Agatha. Drake is almost caught filling George's pond with toads, then he's wrongfully charged with theft from a gift Geoffrey Charles gives him. Morwenna and Drake are...forever separated it seems, and Ross regrets a great number of his past actions. So, par for the course for Poldark.

At the start of the episode, Ross vows to a still-healing Drake and an incandescent Demelza (as he's leaving to visit Aunt Agatha at Trenwith), that he has no more plans to be reckless anymore. I laughed heartily at this. For a while.

Drake plans on leaving once he's fully mended as he believes Morwenna does not love him. It's all very sad and lovelorn. 

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Wed
Oct 25 2017 3:30pm

Irresistible You: Romance News & Deals from Rachel Gibson, Eliza Knight, and More

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Simply Irresistible by Rachel Gibson

Deal Alert: Rachel Gibson's contemporary romance Simply Irresistible is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Georgeanne Howard runs out of her wedding with the help of hockey bad-boy John Kowalsky. When John realizes he's helped his boss's would-be bride escape, he decides he doesn't want to be anyone's hero. That doesn't stop the two from sharing an intense night of passion that results in a shocking surprise for John seven years later...

Deal Alert: Eliza Knight's historical romance The Highlander's Reward is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* When Lady Arabella de Mowbray is caught in a battle between the English and Scots, Laird Magnus Sutherland comes to her rescue and brings her to his home in the Highlands, where they marry for convenience. She's safe under his watch, but when they share a kiss, Arabella fears that her heart might not be safe from Magnus's touch.

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Tue
Oct 24 2017 3:30pm

A Taste of the Forbidden: Romance Deals from Beverly Jenkins, Susanna Kearsley & More!

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Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins's historical romance Forbidden is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Rhine Fontaine is a successful businessman in the Old West, but he carries a secret with him—he's a black man passing for white. When he rescues the beautiful Eddy from certain death in the desert, he can't fight the attraction he feels for her, but that attraction could cost him everything he's spent a lifetime building. Don't miss one of the top unusual historicals of 2016, and check out this month's Best Bets as well!

Deal Alert: Ainslie Paton's romantic suspense novel Detained is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Trapped together in an airport, journalist Darcy Campbell and billionaire Will Paker play a risky game of truth or dare, purposefully not exchanging names, and telling each other their deepest, darkest secrets. When the truth comes out after a night of intense passion, it threatens to rip them apart. 

[+ Deals on a Halloween anthology and Susanna Kearsley...]

Mon
Oct 23 2017 4:00pm

Burnin’ Up For Your Love: Romance News & Deals from Ilona Andrews, Mariah Stewart, and More

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Burn For Me by Ilona Andrews

Deal Alert: Ilona Andrews's urban fantasy novel Burn For Me is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Burn For Me is a dark, humorous, intensely action-packed David and Goliath story where the strongest always seem to win.” Let Andrews's first novel in the duo's Hidden Legacy series propel you into a world of magic and power that's devastating if wielded by the wrong people. Detective Nevada Baylor is facing her most challenging case yet. When Connor Rogan—tempting, rich, and powerful—joins forces with Nevada, the two of them can't help but succumb to their attraction, but at what cost?

Deal Alert: Mariah Stewart's women's fiction novel Almost Home is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “Mariah Stewart’s Chesapeake Diaries series is set in a very idyllic community.” Steffie Wyler's life  in St. Dennis is exactly what she wants it to be...with the exception of finding love with the “coolest boy in town.” When Wade MacGregor returns to St. Dennis carrying a precious secret with him, the sparks between him and Steffie are as potent as they were so many years ago.

Deal Alert: Stacy Reid's historical romance The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Phillipa Peppiwell has no desire to marry, especially after a betrayal that leaves her with a wounded heart. So when the dashing and dastardly Lord Anthony Thornton catches her attention, she doesn't know if it's best to trust him or keep her pledge to marry. Lord Anthony, intrigued by the icy beauty, sets out to make her his own, but his secrets might spell disaster for their happily ever after. What's better than a reformed rogue?

Deal Alert: Kimberly Kincaid's romantic suspense novel Skin Deep is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If you get hot under the collar for firefighters, don't miss out on Kellan and Isabella's enemies-to-lovers story. Kellan Walker is usually the picture of cool, calm, and collected, but when he gets assigned to work with Detective Isabella Moreno—the woman he holds responsible for putting his sister's life in danger—all bets are off. In order to catch a killer, the pair has to work together and find there's a thin line between love and hate...

[+Today on H&H]

Sun
Oct 22 2017 9:00pm

One Life For Another: Poldark, Season 3, Episode 4 Romelza Heart-to-Heart

Poldark, Season 3, Episode 4

Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 3, Episode 4* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza)

*Editors Note: This is Episode 4 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 5.

This week's episode of Poldark was both bleak and joyful. There were reunions, escapes, near deaths, and deaths all wrapped up in this incredibly emotional episode.

When we left off last week, we saw that Dr. Enys's conditions are dire. The French prison he's being held in is a terrible place and he's only surviving due to his skill as a doctor, but you can see in his countenance that he doesn't anticipate surviving the prison for much longer.

Back in Cornwall, everyone is doing their best with what they have. Morwenna and Drake are growing closer, George is still on the warpath against Ross, Elizabeth is dealing with a baby that has rickets, and Demelza is, of course, the bedrock of the Poldark family while Ross dreams up ways to help Dwight.  

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Fri
Oct 20 2017 3:30pm

Tell Me About It...Stud: Romance News & Deals from Nichole Chase, Sarina Bowen, and More

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Bedmates by Nichole Chase

Deal Alert: Nichole Chase's contemporary romance Bedmates is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* For Maddie McGuire, being the First Daughter is hard enough, so when her latest error lands her in police custody, it gives the press all the ammunition they need. In order to make amends, Maddie must perform community service alongside the annoyingly hot son of the VP, Jake Simmon. When the two of them meet, they prove there's a thin line between love and hate... Don't miss out on more enemies-to-lovers romances! 

Deal Alert: Rachel Grant's romantic suspense novel Covert Evidence is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Reviewer Dolly Sickles calls Grant her “new measuring stick for romantic suspense,“ adding: ”Her heroes and heroines are incredibly well-matched in intelligence, honor, quirkiness, vulnerabilities, and character.” Travel along and fall in love as archaeologist Cressida embarks on a trip to Turkey, where she crosses paths with CIA officer Ian, who is on a mission to intercept a microchip before it falls into enemy hands.

Deal Alert: Sarina Bowen's contemporary romance Keepsake is $.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Lark and Zack are both survivors trying to do their best to piece their lives back together. Shipley Farm ends up being a sanctuary for them both as they learn to trust their new circumstances and one another. Try out a scene from the third book in Bowen's True North series.

Deal Alert: Jamie K. Schmidt's contemporary romance Stud is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Terri can't stand when Mick walks into her coffee shop every morning—no matter how intensely good-looking he may be. When Mick unexpectedly asks her out, she knows she should say no...so why does she find herself saying yes? Pour a drink and get into this double-shot of love! 

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Thu
Oct 19 2017 3:30pm

They’re Sexy and They’re Wicked: Romance News & Deals from Sara Humphreys, Deborah Simmons, and More

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Tall, Dark, and Vampire by Sara Humphreys

Deal Alert: Sara Humphreys's paranormal romance Tall, Dark, and Vampire is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* The first book in Humphreys's Dead in the City series introduces us to a paranormal world within the confines of New York City. Detective Doug Paxton is on the hunt for a killer. When his investigation leads him to the doorstep of Olivia Hollingsworth's club, he knows something is off, but he can't deny the pull he feels towards her. 

Deal Alert: Deborah Simmons's historical romance The Devil's Lady is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Don't miss this Medieval play on the Beauty and the Beast trope. Aisley de Laci is commanded by the king to marry one of his knights, but instead chooses the Baron Montmorency, a recluse rumored to possess mystical powers. When she starts to develop feelings for the man whose face she's never seen, she starts to believe there's something to the rumors about his powers. Don't miss out on more Unusual Historicals!

Deal Alert: Linda Wisdom's paranormal romance Demons Are a Girl's Best Friend is $.99 at iBooksAmazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Maggie is a witch who works as a paranormal law enforcement officer and gets a new assignment that taxes her considerable patience. In order to survive, she's going to have to call on Declan, the half-demon man who makes her hotter than hot. Treat yourself to even more laugh-out-loud paranormal romances!

[+A Dance With Me playlist, The Punisher trailer, and more...]

Wed
Oct 18 2017 3:40pm

Dream Lovers: Romance News & Deals from Susan Mallery, Ruby Lang, and More

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

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Dream Wedding by Susan Mallery

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's contemporary romance Dream Wedding is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Get two wedding stories in one! In Dream Bride, Chloe Wright doesn't believe in the family legend or in the fate of finding “the one” until Arizona Smith walks into her life. And in Dream Groom, Cassie Wright believes the fantasy of getting swept off her feet by her boss, Ryan Crawford, will remain just that, but Ryan's out to prove her wrong. Sometimes weddings go right (and so wrong) in romance.

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Deal Alert: Ruby Lang's contemporary romance Practice Perfect is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Three couples find the perfect prescription for romance in this compilation of Lang's medical romance series. Read excerpts from Hard Knocks, as well as Acute Reactions. And find out why Miss Bates called Clean Breaks “strong and funny, sexy and vulnerable,” and recommended it as her top read for September.

[+Viking YA novel & Hallmark movies turned into romance novels]

Wed
Oct 18 2017 3:00pm

A Typo Leads to Forever for Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Jake and Amy


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This post contains spoilers for Brooklyn Nine-Nine's “HalloVeen” episode. 

Brooklyn Nine-Nine does holiday episodes better than any show on TV, and I fully believe it's because they set it up to be a heist episode as well as, my personal favorite, a bottle episode. 

What made “HalloVeen” even more special, however, is that great twisty turn of the unexpected between Jake and Amy.

Warning: this is your last chance to leave before you get spoiled for the episode....

[Seriously...]