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Tue
Jun 27 2017 9:30am

Steve Trevor and the Rise of the Softer Hero

Strong, capable heroines and the men who love them is a trend I can certainly get behind.

One of my favorite parts of Wonder Woman (besides all of it) is the portrayal of Steve Trevor. In my previous article about the film, I reference how their love story doesn't diminish Diana or her strength in any way, and that got me thinking about other men who fill the “love interest” role in films and television. 

Steve is my latest obvious example of a softer kind of hero. I don't mean soft to be diminutive in any fashion. More as a foil to overt hyper-masculinity that can be regressive. In other words, I enjoy Steve immensely because he's not an alpha asshole. There are so many men who fill this role, even in films or TV shows where they are decidedly not the focus, the narrative presents them in such a way where they are incapable of relinquishing a power they believe is theirs to wield. 

[But not Steve...]

Thu
Jun 22 2017 4:30pm

Hit Me With Your Best Shot: Romance News & Deals from Julie Garwood, Theresa Romain and More

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Hotshot by Julie Garwood

Deal Alert: Julie Garwood's romantic suspense novel Hotshot is $1.99 at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Peyton Lockhart has inherited a charming oceanfront resort that has to show a profit in order to stay in the family. When she realizes someone is out to sabotage her and the threats escalate into dangerous territory, she goes to childhood friend and FBI agent Finn MacBain for help. Julie Garwood has written in a couple different subgenres—how many of her titles have you read?

Deal Alert: Theresa Romain's historical romance A Gentleman's Game is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Mystery takes center stage in this Regency romance. Nathaniel Chandler has learned to trade on his charm after his family's streak of bad luck. He suspects Rosalind Agate, his father's new secretary, has something to do with the latest bad luck that's befallen him, but they both have to put aside their suspicions in order to save both their lives. Try out a steamy excerpt from A Gentleman's Game

Deal Alert: Emma Hart's contemporary romance Dirty Past is $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Ella's life gets interesting after she walks out of her wedding, throws her phone in a lake, and takes a job as a PA for Dirty B, a rock band full of dreamy, too sexy men. Band member Tate Burke has always been the love 'em and leave 'em type, but when Ella's terrible ex turns back up, a protective streak he didn't know he had turns their relationship into so much more. Who tops the charts as your favorite rock stars of romance?

[+Today on H&H]

Wed
Jun 21 2017 4:30pm

Be Daring: Romance News & Deals from Lori Foster, Lauren Blakely, and More

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When You Dare by Lori Foster

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's romantic suspense novel When You Dare is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Romantic suspense author Molly Alexander is rescued when mercenary Dare Macintosh raids a human trafficking trailer. Once they return home, Molly hires Dare to find out who is trying to kill her...but what they start to feel for each other may be the most dangerous thing of all. Do you enjoy reading author protagonists? 

Deal Alert: A.M. Arthur's male/male romance Body Rocks is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Trey's life is going exactly to plan as his band gets accepted into the biggest music competition in the country. Things are great...until the band's drummer quits. Devastated and looking to blow off some steam, Trey hooks up with the too hot Dominic, a violinist, who turns out to be a member of a rival band. Try out the first chapter of Body Rocks

Deal Alert: Lauren Blakley's contemporary romance Playing with Her Heart is FREE at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* This boss/assistant relationship gets a Broadway twist as the lines between what's pretend and what's real blur considerably. If you're in the mood for a similar director/actor relationship, we've got you covered. 

Deal Alert: Elley Arden's sports romance The Change Up is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* If you were a fan of TV's Pitch, you'll enjoy the beginning of Arden's Arlington Aces series. Former minor league baseball player Sam Sutter runs into his brother's former high school girlfriend Rachel Reed, now a successful real estate mogul looking to tear down “his” trees. Their contentious relationship grows into much more even as they each battle for what they want. 

[+The new Game of Thrones trailer & a Whitney G cover]

Tue
Jun 20 2017 4:30pm

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

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Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

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

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

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

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

[+Lois & Superman...]

Mon
Jun 19 2017 4:30pm

Forget Your Best Laid Plans: Romance News & Deals from Susan Wiggs, Lorraine Heath, and More

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The Summer Hideaway by Susan Wiggs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Fri
Jun 16 2017 4:30pm

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

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Gone Too Far by Suzanne Brockmann

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

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

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

[+Today on H&H]

Thu
Jun 15 2017 4:30pm

Warm Bodies: Romance News & Deals from Kylie Scott, Sherrilyn Kenyon, and More

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Flesh by Kylie Scott

Deal Alert: Kylie Scott's paranormal romance Flesh is $2.99 at Amazon | iBooks | etc.*  “Zombies may not seem like a logical choice for romance...but there’s something about peril that sets a tone for convincing, light-speed romance.” Daniel, Finn, and Ali band together to survive and end up succumbing to the passion that's between the three of them. 

Deal Alert: Sherrilyn Kenyon's paranormal romance Dragonmark is $2.99 at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* In this Dark-Hunter series novel, hero Illarion, a dragon made human against his will who has been forced to serve humanity, may get the chance to free himself—for a cost.

Deal Alert: Bethany-Kris' romantic suspense novel The Arrangement is $.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* Viviana and Anton's marriage was a deal made between their two leading mafia families. However, when Anton's family is killed and Viviana is left vulnerable, Anton steps up to save the only woman he's ever loved. Sometimes marriages of business have a way of becoming much more. 

Deal Alert: Synithia Williams' contemporary romance From One Night to Forever is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Aaron craves the freedom of the open road, but when he gets a business opportunity too good to pass up, he decides to settle down in a small-town in Tennessee. Things get complicated when he has a one-night stand with the beautiful and resilient Kacey, who turns out to be his new business partner's little sister. Don't you just love a best friends' sibling romance?

[+Anne Bishop cover reveal]

Wed
Jun 14 2017 4:30pm

How ’Bout a Dance?: Romance News & Deals from Tessa Dare, Teri Wilson, and More

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One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare

Deal Alert: Tessa Dare's historical romance One Dance with a Duke is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* The first book in Dare's Stud Club trilogy pairs an unlikely heroine with an arrogant, reclusive duke. Spinster Amelia d'Orsay catches the eye of the fourth Duke of Morland—seemingly against his will—but don't worry: “Dare transforms many a romance cliché along the way to the HEA.”

Deal Alert: Teri Wilson's contemporary romance Royally Roma is $1.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* If you are a fan of the Audrey Hepburn classic Roman Holiday, then Wilson's Royally Roma is for you. Don't miss out on the hijinks as a prince tries to escape his regimented life to enjoy the city with Julia, a tour guide and student who has no idea who he is. Royals behaving badly sometimes make great stories. 

Deal Alert: Remmy Duchene's male/male romance So Into You is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Two diverse heroes from very different classes deal with life, loss, and family obligations. The journey from insta-lust to true love  proves to be a long and winding road for Alfred and Darius. Did you read any of 2016's best male/male romances?

[+Jaci Burton cover alert & excerpt from Samantha Young...]

Tue
Jun 13 2017 4:30pm

History Has Its Eyes on You: Romance News & Deals from Tracy Anne Warren, Maya Banks, and More

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The Bedding Proposal by Tracy Anne Warren

Deal Alert: Tracey Anne Warren's historical romance The Bedding Proposal is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Once a darling of society, divorcée Thalia Lennox now lives on the fringes, doing her best to ignore the enigmatic, bored Lord Leo Byron, whose rakish ways she finds more and more intriguing with every passing day... Catch up on more Unusual Historical Best Bets. 

Deal Alert: Maya Banks' historical romance In Bed with a Highlander is $.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* As the illegitimate daughter of a king, Mairin is wary of love as her connection has made her a pawn in too many schemes. Ewan McCabe is a warrior and the eldest of his clan, determined to conquer his enemy. Neither Mairin or Ewan expected to succumb to the other and conquer their demons together. 

Deal Alert: Liz Carlyle's historical romance Never Deceive a Duke is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Twice married and twice widowed Antonia vows never to marry and never to surrender her freedom again. Gareth Lloyd's solitude is disrupted when he becomes the heir to a dukedom and has to contend with the duke's widow Antonia... There's so much more to this Regency romance than ballrooms...

[+Tuesday Beefcake and Today on H&H]

Mon
Jun 12 2017 4:30pm

Sweeten the Deal: Romance News & Deals from Jennifer Crusie, Kristen Proby, and More

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The Cinderella Deal by Jennifer Crusie

Deal Alert: Jennifer Crusie's contemporary romance The Cinderella Deal is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “Daisy Flattery is a free spirit, a painter and storyteller. Her neighbor Linc Blaise is a stuffy history professor who overthinks everything and is afraid of having a little fun.” When Linc finds himself in need of a fiancée, he gets Daisy to take up the mantle. What starts out as a business arrangement turns into much more in this whimsical story about the journey from friendship to love. 

Deal Alert: Kristen Proby's contemporary romance Blush for Me is $1.99 at iBooksBarnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Katrina Meyers is a no-nonsense woman not afraid of anything—with the exception of flying. When she's forced to take a flight, turbulence has her clinging to sexy seatmate Ryan. Their hot and heavy romance proves a little bit of a turbulence certainly isn't the worst way to meet someone.

Deal Alert: Eva Devon's historical romance The Rogue and I is FREE at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* “Eva Devon draws from the famed Shakespearian play Much Ado About Nothing, and takes readers on a historical romp down a humorous and bittersweet road of love, loss, betrayal, deception, and redemption.” Want more recommendations from H&H reviewers? Don't miss out on the 9 books they couldn't put down in May 2017. 

[+A Lisa Renee Jones cover!]

Fri
Jun 9 2017 9:30am

Wonder Woman and That Pesky Love Interest Storyline

Wonder Woman's Diana & Steve

Note: This post contains spoilers!

I recently saw Wonder Woman at a women-only screening here in NYC and was blown away by the film itself and the experience of being able to sit in a room filled to the brim with women for whom Diana holds a special place in their hearts.

My bubble of happiness, however, was soon curtailed by an article at Slate in which the author declares that she “cannot abide the cheesy, thin romance that gets shoehorned into every plot.” 

Major rage-face, y'all.

The whole premise of said author's piece is that Wonder Woman can't possibly be as feminist as we think it is because of romantic entanglements and some other (potentially more valid) points to which I say—what?

Women are people. Whether they're part-god or not, women should be able to feel the entire scope of human emotions, and yes, that includes love—cheesy or not. There are arguments to be made, smart ones, about women's stories being more than one thing, but often times it misses WHY that's important.

[Read more...]

Thu
Jun 8 2017 4:30pm

Eve and Roarke Cuddles?!: Romance News & Deals

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Back to Your Love by Kianna Alexander

Deal Alert: Kianna Alexander's women's fiction novel Back to Your Love is $1.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* “Xavier is the perfect new/old guy friend. He’s seemingly happy to keep it casual. It’s Imani who starts feeling those old-time feels again when she’s around Xavier.” Join Imani and Xavier on their sweet and sultry journey of second-chance love.

Deal Alert: Sarah Dessen's YA novel Someone Like You is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* When life gets ugly, sometimes your best friend is the only thing to help you make it through. After all—true friendship is forever.  Books are the best places to tackle some of life's toughest issues. 

Deal Alert: Lynn Viehl's paranormal romance Disenchanted & Co. is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Kit makes her living investigating crimes in a steampunk version of an America that lost the Revolutionary War. Kit does her best to keep away from the unwanted scrutiny and affections of the meddlesome police chief, but finds herself falling sooner rather than later. Slip into the magical world of fantasy and steampunk romances...

Fresh Outta the Oven

—In Death fans, this one's for you! Life imitates art when a serial killer starts to emulate the crimes from a popular thriller series in the real world in J.D. Robb's next In Death book,  Dark in Death. Fear not, Eve and Roarke are safe and sound—and making us swoon—with lines like this one from the book description: “The good news is that Eve and her billionaire husband Roarke have an excuse to curl up in front of the fireplace with their cat, Galahad, reading mystery stories for research.” Eve and Roarke cuddles?! We'll take it... even if it is while on the hunt for a murderer. Check out the cover over on Robb's Facebook page, and learn more about or pre-order your copy now from Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks & more! 

Mark your calendars, Olicity fans, Arrow Season 6 has a premiere date! The Arrow Writer's Room on Twitter just revealed that we'll be getting more of Oliver Queen saving the world starting October 12th. 

Today on H&H

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Wed
Jun 7 2017 4:30pm

All Bite, No Bark: Romance News & Deals from Susan Howatch, Rebecca Zanetti, and More

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Bite Me, Your Grace by Brooklyn Ann

Deal Alert: Brooklyn Ann's historical paranormal romance Bite Me, Your Grace is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Ian Ashton, the Lord Vampire, enlists the help of budding novelist Angelica Winthrop in order to quell the growing suspicions around London about vampiric sightings. If you love this, we've got lots of Unusual Historicals to recommend...

Deal Alert: Susan Howatch's family saga Cashelmara is $1.99 at Amazon | etc.* If you're in the mood for a British saga, look no further than Susan Howatch's Edwardian-set drama. Cashelmara follows the fortunes of three generations as they struggle for survival.

Deal Alert: Rebecca Zanetti's romantic suspense novel Mercury Striking is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* The first novel in Zanetti's Scorpius Syndrome series introduces us to a dystopic world in chaos with Dr. Lynn Harmony and Jax Mercury doing their best to try and save it. Check out our First Look. 

[+Beverly Jenkins cover reveal, Dan Stevens Q&A, & Boozy books...]

Tue
Jun 6 2017 4:30pm

Try A Bit of Honey: Romance News & Deals from Kristen Ashley, Susan Wiggs, and More

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The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Deal Alert: Kristen Ashley's erotic romance The Deep End is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* The start of Ashley's Honey series introduces us to the The Honey Club—a BDSM world with the hottest of hot alpha-subs and Ashley's quintessential heroes. Get a taste of honey with an extended excerpt from The Deep End.

Deal Alert: Susan Wiggs' women's fictiona novel Family Tree is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* “Susan Wiggs celebrates the love, loss, hope, and the rebirth of a woman who is forced by unavoidable circumstances to re-evaluate her life after a tragic accident.” See why H&H reviewer Tori Benson called Family Tree her best read of 2016.

Deal Alert: Ainsley Booth's bodyguard romance Booty Call is $2.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* If you're looking to replace the billionaire hero, take a crack at Booth's Horus Group series filled with more gruff, dirty-talking alpha males than you can shake a stick at. 

[+Today on H&H]

Mon
Jun 5 2017 4:30pm

Wrangled for Romance: Romance News & Deals from Delores Fossen, Julie Ann Walker, and More

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Those Texas Nights by Delores Fossen

Deal Alert: Delores Fossen's contemporary romance Those Texas Nights is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Sophie has had a streak of bad luck, losing her business and getting left at the altar all in one day. Desperate for a win, Sophie tries to tempt Wrangler Creek's smoking-hot police chief, Clay, into a fake relationship, but he won't budge...until Sophie's former fiancé shows up in town married to Clay's kid sister. There's something undeniable about a cowboy romance...

Deal Alert: Julie Ann Walker's romantic suspense novel Wild Ride is $1.99 at iBooks |  Amazon | etc.* Investigative reporter Samantha is tasked with uncovering all the secrets of the MC Black Knight Inc, while Ozzie is tasked with making sure she doesn't get herself or BKI in too deep. “How Samantha follows her journalistic instincts, how Ozzie protects her and BKI, is a fast-paced, fascinating story.”

Deal Alert: Elise Marion's historical romance Chained is FREE at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Two houses once embroiled in a bloody feud find themselves at war once again after 30 years of peace when Sir Caden Maignar is captured, wrongfully accused of kidnapping, and chained in the bedroom of Lady Gwendolyn Toustain. Caden is infuriated by Gwendolyn, but more than that, everything about her drives him to distraction. Caden and Gwendolyn take enemies-to-lovers to a whole new level.

[+Audie winners...]

Fri
Jun 2 2017 4:30pm

Your Fri-YAY Forecast is Bright: Romance News & Deals from Debbie Macomber, Sarah Morgan, and More

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Dakota Born by Debbie Macomber

Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's small-town romance Dakota Born is $1.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* The small, rural town of Buffalo Valley is a town on the decline, but Lindsay Synder is determined to make her new start in the once familiar place, and local farmer Gage Sinclair is very glad she does. Slip into a romance where everybody knows your name...

Deal Alert: Jana Aston's contemporary novella Fling is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* The third story in Aston's Cafe Series is filled with boss/assistant deliciousness between Sandra and Gabe, who become much more than co-workers. Some office romances are worth the overtime. 

Deal Alert: Sarah Morgan's romantic comedy Sleepless in Manhattan is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Sleepless in Manhattan is a series opening full of Morgan’s trademark humor, sexual tension, and portrayal of close friendship—all in a magical version of Manhattan.” Kismet and second chances abound in this Morgan title in truly swoonworthy ways. 

[+Today on H&H]

Fri
Jun 2 2017 1:00pm

Center Stage is the Greatest Dance Romance Movie Ever

Center Stage's Jody and Charlie

 There's something about dance movies that lend themselves so well to the genre of romance.

The not-so-great (read: why was this a thing?) remake of Dirty Dancing aside, there's something about films where character development happens with a pas-de-bourrée, or a rond-de-jambe, or a trip to the barre that grounds these coming-of-age or emerging talent stories. 

For me, the 2000 film Center Stage hits all the right marks. Beyond being utterly watchable, full of glossy, beautiful dancers and relative newcomer Zoe Saldana, Center Stage takes us along on Jody's journey, bad feet and all. 

Ingenue Jody Sawyer (who happens to share a last name with the ingenue from the musical 42nd Street) is starry-eyed and not at all discontented at the start of the movie. She's getting a shot coveted by so many ballet dancers across the world—a chance to dance for the American Ballet Academy. 

Like all great romances, Jody's first meet-cute with the hunky Cooper Nielsen is awkward and a little halting. She, of course, knows who he is and when he asks to help with her bags is stupified into cringeworthy, poorly worded phrases. It's sweet and tantalizing and draws you into the story and along on the journey with Jody.

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Thu
Jun 1 2017 4:45pm

Too Hot for Scot: Romance News & Deals from Julia London, Nina Croft, and More

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Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London

Deal Alert: Julia London's Highland historical romance Wild Wicked Scot is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Political intrigue and romance are happy bedfellows in the first book of London's Highland Grooms series. An arranged marriage between English heiress Margot and Scottish chieftan Arran becomes much more when they have to come together to determine who's trying to lead them straight into danger. 

Deal Alert: Violet Duke's new adult romance Jackson's Trust is $.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Football and sex are the only things Jackson believes in. He doesn't want romance, and plans to keep his friends-with-benefits arrangement with new colleague Leila from getting messy—too bad things don't go to plan. This co-worker romance with a sports twist just might hit you offside!

Deal Alert: Nina Croft's contemporary romance Falling for the Bad Girl is $.99 at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Second generation cop Nathan Carter believes in the rules, and views the world in a definitive way. However, he can't stop thinking about Regan, the jewel thief he once caught and who's back in his life in the most tantalizing way. What do you get when you put together a pair from each side of the law?

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Wed
May 31 2017 4:30pm

Wild, Hot Summer: Romance News & Deals from Julie Anne Long, Roan Parrish, and More

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Wild at Whiskey Creek by Julie Anne Long

Deal Alert: Julie Anne Long's contemporary romance Wild At Whiskey Creek is $1.99 at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If you can't get enough of the friends-to-lovers trope, you'll want to pick up this small-town romance between Eli and Glory. “There’s something so squee-worthy about childhood crushes that go unrequited, only to sucker-punch the hero and heroine later in life.”

Deal Alert: Roan Parrish's male/male romance In the Middle of Somewhere is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* In the Middle of Somewhere is tender and domestic and funny and often steaming hot.” Daniel and Rex's opposites-attract story is what good romances are made of. 

Deal Alert: Elizabeth Boyce's historical romance Honor Among Thieves is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Impoverished gentlewoman Lorna Robbins and surgeon/medical researcher Brandon Dewhurst meet repeatedly, in the back alleys of London’s East End and also in the sophisticated drawing rooms of the Ton.” Lorna and Brandon may seem respectable, but their grave-robbing tendencies—in the name of science!—may cast them in a different light. If not-so-typical historicals are your thing, don't miss this month's Unusual Historical Best Bets.

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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.

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