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Wed
Oct 18 2017 4:40pm

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

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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.

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 4:00pm

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...]

Tue
Oct 17 2017 4:30pm

Fire & Fangs: Romance News & Deals from Joanna Wylde, Robin Covington, and More

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Reaper's Fire by Joanna Wylde

Deal Alert: Joanna Wylde's contemporary romance Reaper's Fire is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Gage Cooper, manager for the Reaper's MC, is on a mission to infiltrate a rogue motorcycle club and in order to do it, he needs a believable cover. Luckily he sees a help-wanted ad for a handyman at a tea and antique shop. Gage expects “a blue-haired dame pushing eighty,” but when he comes face-to-face with Tinker Garrett, he's in for more than he bargained.

Deal Alert: Heather Long's paranormal romance When Danger Bites is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Marine Captain Jax Raymond runs a special forces recon unit with a secret—they're wolf shifters. Corporal Kaitlyn Amador is the first woman assigned to their unit and is determined to find out their secret, but every time she and Jax get near one another, they have other aims in mind... Don't just stop at wolf shifters!

Deal Alert: Robin Covington's paranormal romance Sex and the Single Vamp is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Vampire Cici Trent runs a dating agency for humans and supernatural beings. When someone tries to sabotage her business, she turns to the one person who can help her, who happens to be the one man who broke her heart two hundred and fifty years ago. Vampire Deacon's been patiently waiting for Cici, and now that she's back in his life, he's determined never to let her go again. Do you still love vampire romances?

[+Today on H&H]

Tue
Oct 17 2017 2:00pm

Black Panther’s T’Challa and Nakia Are Destined to Fall in Love and Kick Ass

Black Panther's T'Challa and Nakia

I've been excited about Black Panther's standalone movie since T'Challa showed up in Captain America: Civil War. But my current fervor for the movie is unmatched due to the shipping possibilities—yes! the shipping possibilities, you know me—of T'Challa, and Lupita Nygon'o's character, Nakia. 

I'm just here for the romance, y'all. I am who I am.

With the new, full-length EPIC trailer dropping yesterday, I'm even more on board with the potential of T'Challa and Nakia's relationship in the upcoming film. 

I don't know much about Lupita's character, Nakia (at least according to IMDB), but I do know one thing—that photo above could possibly make you catch on fire. What's better than watching two deeply beautiful people fall in love while simultaneously kicking ass?

Not much, friends, not much. 

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Mon
Oct 16 2017 4:30pm

Don’t Believe Me Just Watch: Romance News & Deals from Suzanne Brockmann, Mira Lyn Kelly, and More

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Night Watch by Suzanne Brockmann

Deal Alert: Suzanne Brockmann's romantic suspense novel Night Watch is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Navy SEAL Wes Skelly reluctantly agrees to get set up on a date with Brittany Evans, the sister-in-law of a fellow SEAL. When their date puts her in danger, he knows the only way he can keep her safe is to keep her close to him... Need more SEALs in your life? Check out our ranking of Brockmann's Troubleshooters series.

Deal Alert: Cynthia Cooke's paranormal romance All Bets Are On is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Derek Wescott, ruler of the Eighth Level of Hell has been set up by his minions on an online date with sweet, unsuspecting Jaclyn Reynolds. Jaclyn, however, is in a bind and in danger of losing everything. Luckily, a deal with the Prince of Hell might just help her out... We love paranormal with a healthy dose of humor.

Deal Alert: Mira Lyn Kelly's new adult romance Touch & Go is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Ava Meyers has been in love with her best friend Sam Farrow for as long as she can remember, but she's never admitted it. When Sam pretends to be Ava's boyfriend for a night in order to stave off unwanted attention, the sexual tension between them is too hot to ignore. What are your favorite friends-to-lovers “light bulb” moments?

[+Black Panther trailer, Australian firefighters w/cuddly animals, and more]

Sun
Oct 15 2017 10:00pm

A Price to Pay: Poldark Season 3, Episode 3 Heart-to-Heart

Poldark, Season 3, Episode 3

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

*Editors Note: This is Episode 3 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 4.

Let the record show: Ross Poldark did not behave like a buffoon in this episode.

I'm as shocked as you are.

No, Ross and co. handled some pretty taxing situations with aplomb this week and managed to stick it to the man (i.e. George) in such a beautiful way that I know things will, most certainly, go downhill and fast.

It's Christmastime in the world of Poldark, but all is not merry and bright. Early on in the episode, we see Dwight and his dire situation in France. The place he's being held prisoner is awful—there's not enough water or food and we are led to believe that Dwight is being spared because he's useful as a doctor. Even when he does (hopefully) get rescued, I don't imagine that Dr. Enys will go back to his easy-going ways. Beyond the incredible beard he's sporting, Dwight's entire countenance is one that's deeply affected by war and the conditions around him. 

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Fri
Oct 13 2017 4:30pm

One Wicked Bite: Romance News & Deals from Larissa Ione, Lauren Layne, and More

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Forsake by Night by Larissa Ione

Deal Alert: Larissa Ione's paranormal romance Forsaken by Night is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Shifter and vampire Tehya accidentally gets stuck in wolf form and finds herself the pet of Lobo, a fellow vampire with the ability to communicate with wolves. Lobo knows there's something special about Tehya and confirms it once she's finally able to return to her true form, but when she does, they find themselves in more danger than they anticipate. Take a bite out of this one!

Deal Alert: Victoria Roberts's Scottish historical romance My Highland Spy is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* Take a trip to the Highlands with Lady Ravenna Walsingham, a spy for the Crown sent to infiltrate the home of Laird Ruairi Sutherland as a governess to his only son. Laird Sutherland didn't expect for his lie to the king to result in a beautiful English governess on his doorstep. Lady Walsingham soon finds that the only real threat Sutherland poses is to her body and soul...

Deal Alert: Lauren Layne's contemporary romance From This Day Forward is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Wedding photographer Leah McHale's career has been soaring thanks to her partnership with Wedding Belles, Inc. Her newest assignment, photographer to the former first daughter, is destined to put her on the map and she can't wait...until she finds out she'll be working with Jason Rhodes, the man who once destroyed her heart. Jason, however, sees their arrangement as an opportunity to make amends and win back the one woman he never should've let go. Sometimes things are sweeter the second time around...

Deal Alert: Kelly Jamieson's new adult romance Cross Check is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Ella and Ben can't stand one another—she thinks he's a snob, and he thinks she's a flighty party girl. Through mutual friends, they find themselves constantly around one another and have to admit that there's more to the other than meets the eye. Can't get enough of enemies-to-lovers? Here's 6 more to fit your mood.

[+A new Jamie and Claire photo...]

Thu
Oct 12 2017 4:30pm

Sit. Stay. Read.: Romance News & Deals from Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy, Caroline Linden, and More

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Good Boy by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy

Deal Alert: Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy's contemporary romance Good Boy is $1.20 at Amazon.* Jess Canning is facing the challenge of hosting a wedding for her brother and their star-studded guest list. As maid of honor, her duties are vast and she has no intention of screwing up or falling into bed—again—with the irresistible best man Blake Riley. Do you love weddings that go wrong in romance?

Deal Alert: Maggie Wells's contemporary romance Seducing Steve is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Erotic romance author Sara uses the secret crush she's been harboring on her best friend, Steve, as fodder for her work. When Steve finds out, he pulls a page from her book—literally—to make her his.

Deal Alert: Caroline Linden's historical romance Six Degrees of Scandal is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Olivia Townsend is being pursued by a dangerous man and turns herself over to the protection of the one man who broke her heart so long ago, James Weston. James is determined to make amends for his past, help Olivia thwart a villain, and never again let her go. Is re-united lovers one of your most beloved historical romance tropes? 

[+ Outlander Season 4 news!]

Wed
Oct 11 2017 4:30pm

A Little Birdie Told Me: Romance News & Deals from Kristin Hannah, Lori Foster, and More

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Deal Alert: Kristin Hannah's WWII women's fiction novel The Nightingale is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Hannah's novel “weaves through years of despair, horrifying events and heartbreak. But through it all, the two sisters find strength in each other and their family.” Peruse some additional women's fiction titles from last month's Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Karen Fenech's romantic suspense novel Breath of Malice is $1.99 at Amazon | etc.* Reviewer Kimberly Bell named this book her best read in March 2017 and said it's “a great book if you like your romance with an edge.” FBI agent Paige Carson just wants to start a new life in a small town in South Carolina, but when a serial killer from her past catches up with her, she has to team up with FBI agent Sam McKade to bring him down. 

Deal Alert: Lori Foster's contemporary romance Don't Tempt Me is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Two romances bloom in this title from Foster when handyman Jason does his best to knock down the defenses of Honor, his next-door neighbor who's remodeling her home. Across the street, martial arts teacher Sullivan tries his best to ignore Lexie's flirty charm and her hold on his heart. Sometimes things can get steamy in small-town romance!

Deal Alert: Isabel Cooper's paranormal romance Highland Dragon Warrior is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* The first book in Cooper's Dawn of the Highland Dragon series is a historical and paranormal romance rolled into one. English magic controls the Highlands and Cathal MacAlasdair needs a warrior strong enough to break the enemies power—what he gets is alchemist Sophia Metzger. STEM heroines come in all shapes, sizes, and subgenres.

[+Hello Again & a library romance auction]

Tue
Oct 10 2017 4:30pm

We’ve Got A Secret...It’s a Good One: Romance News & Deals from Monica Murphy, J. Kenner, and More

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One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy

Deal Alert: Monica Murphy's new adult romance One Week Girlfriend is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Drew needs a girlfriend to take home for Thanksgiving dinner and ends up asking Fable, a girl at a local bar he frequents. During their week together, Drew and Fable grow closer and realize that even though their lives are very different, they have more in common than they thought. Need some more new adult romance? Try out these 7 Best Bets for September. 

Deal Alert: J. Kenner's erotic romance Dirtiest Secret is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Dallas and Jane's lives intersect through the darkest of circumstances—a kidnapping they both survived. The event that changed them forever is the same one that should keep them apart, but Dallas and Jane can't keep fighting their connection to one another. Add some more sizzle to your e-reader with these 5 erotic romance Best Bets.

Deal Alert: RaeAnne Thayne's contemporary holiday romance Snow Angel Cove is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Geeky billionaire Aidan meets Eliza, an independent heroine with bad luck, a child, and a reluctance to accept help. “If you like Christmas stories rich in sentiment or if you are a fan of the [Haven Point] Caines,” you'll be delighted by the heartwarming holiday tale. 

[+Remembering Julie Brannagh, Downton Abbey exhibition, and more]

Mon
Oct 9 2017 4:30pm

Quench Your Thirst: Romance News & Deals from May McGoldrick, Sophie Barnes, and More

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Outlander on STARZ

What can we expect from Jamie & Claire's long-awaited reunion? Outlander fans will have to wait a bit longer—until October 22—to see the couple back on screen together after Episode 5's major tease, but until then, at least we can watch the trailer for the couple's reunion in Episode 6 and stare endlessly at this delectable photo of Jamie and Claire in bed!

Classic romances, available in e-book. Author Mary Stewart's romances are now available in e-book format and are priced starting at $1.99. 

Cover alert! Take a look at the cover for Lauren Blakely's upcoming women's fiction novel, The Real Deal

PNW Romance Lovers—don't forget: The Greater Seattle Romance Writers of America is hosting a reader appreciation “Passport to Romance” event October 14th at the Westin Hotel in Bellevue, Washington, from 6pm-8pm. Head over to the event's Facebook page for more information and to RSVP. 

[+Deals from May McGoldrick, Sophie Barnes, and More...]

Sun
Oct 8 2017 10:00pm

Swoony Looks and Longing Eyes: Poldark, Season 3, Episode 2 Romelza Heart-to-Heart

Poldark, Season 3, Episode 2

Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 3, Episode 2* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza)

*Editors Note: This is Episode 2 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 3.

Ross is still on a mission to France to find out any information about Dwight. Ross has apparently been gone for a while because Demelza is heavily and obviously with child. George is as terrible as always, especially now that he's a magistrate in the district. 

The Methodists in the county are causing quite the problem, and since two of them are related to Demelza, George goes out of his way to stamp out every bit of happiness or kindness they could receive, including the use of property Francis gave to the county. Sam and Drake, along with Zacky Martin go to Elizabeth to beg for her to intercede on their behalf with George. However, when George alerts Elizabeth that the two men are related to Demelza, Elizabeth gets mad at the perceived interference of Ross in her life and steals away to Truro, where she's faced with the knowledge that her husband is a horrible human being. George accuses a victim of an assault of making up her assault because the man who did it is from a rich, noble family.

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Fri
Oct 6 2017 4:30pm

Behold Your (Weekend) Destiny: Romance News & Deals from Amanda Bouchet, Brenda Novak, and More

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A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Deal Alert: Amanda Bouchet's fantasy romance A Promise of Fire is $.62 at Amazon and $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Bouchet is one of the 6 fantasy authors you should be reading right now, and A Promise of Fire is the start to her Kingmaker Chronicles series where “mythology [blends] with magic... [and] vividly creates a fascinating world in which magic reigns supreme.” The second book in the series,  Breath of Fire, is also currently on sale for $1.99. 

Deal Alert: Brooklyn Skye's contemporary romance A Moment of Weakness is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Strapped for cash until the school year begins, Laurel Harris agrees to become a nanny for her best friend's older brother, Micah Crane. Micah, however, isn't interested in hiring a nanny, especially one as tempting and appealing as the hot and opinionated Laurel.  

Deal Alert: Brenda Novak's women's fiction novel Until You Loved Me is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | etc.* After one wild, out-of-the-ordinary night, Ellie Fisher finds herself pregnant with her one-night stand, football player Hudson King. Distrustful, but unwilling to miss being a part of his child's life, Hudson urges Ellie to move to Silver Springs where he can help raise their child, and the two of them find that their passion is still as potent as ever. Don't miss out on some more Women's Fiction Best Bets!

Deal Alert: Peggy Bird's contemporary romance Unmasking Love is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Trace and Julie hook up one hot Halloween night at a costume party, but when their true identities are revealed, their burgeoning romance hits a major snag—Julie is suing the bank Trace manages. The situation gets tricky for the couple until they can face the ghosts of their pasts. Are you a Halloween lover?? Here are some book treats you can't miss!

[+The Princess Bride 30th-anniversary...]

Thu
Oct 5 2017 4:30pm

How To Fall in Love in One Day: Romance News & Deals from Kerrelyn Sparks, Nora Roberts, and More

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How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Deal Alert: Kerrelyn Sparks's fantasy romance How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “In the same style as The Princess Bride, [Sparks] has created an entirely new world for us to savor with all of the marvelous characters and sparkling humor we have come to expect.” Leo—known as the Beast—is Embraced, cursed with the power of lightning, unable to touch anyone for fear of harming them. In order to save her father, Luciana has to marry Leo

Deal Alert: Kendall Ryan's contemporary romance Sinfully Mine is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Reece knows that his best friend's little sister, Macey, is completely off-limits and that should be enough to stop him from thinking about her. However, when she walks back into his life, he can't resist the temptation she presents to his body and his heart. Don't miss out on 8 more indie romances from September!

Deal Alert: Nora Roberts's contemporary romance Mind Over Matter is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Producer David Brady and theatrical agent A.J. Fields have a contentious relationship from the beginning. A.J. doesn't trust the smooth-talking man, and David doesn't believe in psychics—even though he's trying to find one for his paranormal psychology program. Take a trip with Nora with one of her earliest romances as David and A.J. learn to trust one another and get a little more than they bargained for.

Deal Alert: Rina Gray's contemporary romance Fool for You is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Sports journalist Melanie has all of the goals checked off her list except for one—convincing her BFF Damien that they're meant to be forever. Friends-to-lovers can be tricky, but the reward is often worth the risk.

[+Diversity in romance, by the numbers]

Wed
Oct 4 2017 4:30pm

Don’t Leave the Past Behind!: Romance News & Deals from Lorraine Heath, Laura Lee Guhrke, and More

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An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Deal Alert: Lorraine Heath's historical romance An Affair with a Notorious Heiress is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* The story of Alistair and Tillie “touches on all aspects of love. We understand why the hero is jaded, why the heroine is shunned, and why these two should be with each other.” Alistair has no desire to reenter the spotlight of society because of an infamous attachment, but he can't keep his feelings for Tillie at bay...

Deal Alert: Laura Lee Guhrke's historical romance The Truth About Love and Dukes is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* After his mother takes advice from the popular “Dear Lady Truelove” column and elopes, Henry, the Duke of Torquil, sets off to find out the woman behind the notorious column and stop her before she can ruin any more lives. The duke suspects Irene Deverill to be the writer, yet soon discovers he wants to make her his own. Do you like reading author protagonists?  

Deal Alert: Shana Galen's historical romance I Kissed A Rogue is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Sir Brook Derring is a top investigator in London tasked with finding the daughter of the Duke of Lennox, Lady Lillian Anne, the woman who broke his heart so many years ago. Try a sample of the third book in Galen's Covent Garden Cubs series.

[+Sarah MacLean's Bareknuckle Bastards series peek...]

Mon
Oct 2 2017 4:30pm

For a Moment Like This: Romance News & Deals from Kresley Cole, Lavinia Kent, and More

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The Warlord Wants Forever by Kresley Cole

Deal Alert: Kresley Cole's paranormal romance The Warlord Wants Forever is $2.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Coming in at number 11 in the definitive ranking of all of the Immortals After Dark books, vampire general Nikolai Wroth is on a mission to find his bride, Valkyrie Myst, a sworn enemy of vampires and the one woman Nikolai cannot live without. 

Deal Alert: Lavinia Kent's historical romance Tangled in Sin is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* This erotic historical romance from the Bound and Determined series is a best-friend's-older-sibling story where Lady Cynthia Westhope is ravished by Lord James Winters and taught the ways of seduction. 

Deal Alert: Lena Hart's historical romance A Sweet Surrender is FREE at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* When sergeant James Black is injured during an assault in 1777, the British officer finds himself under the care of Siara, a Native woman who doesn't know if she can trust the officer. What happens when the pair decide to follow their hearts no matter the cost? Don't miss out on some more Unusual Historical Best Bets!

Deal Alert: Marie Harte's contemporary romance Roadside Assistance is $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* “Roadside Assistance is a hot, tender, engaging story about two people with a lot in common, first impressions notwithstanding.” Foley doesn't have much need for anything more than casual until Cynthia walks into his life and turns his entire world upside down. 

[+Book clubs & cover reveals]

Sun
Oct 1 2017 10:15pm

A Wedding, A Death, and a Baby: Poldark, Season 3, Episode 1, Romelza Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 3, Episode 1* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza)

*Editors Note: This is Episode 1 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 1 & 2.

Poldark is back which means capital D Drama has returned as well. If you need to catch up on last season's shenanigans, check out our full season recap from last year, and let's get going on the highlight reel of this mega-episode. 

The two-hour premiere was chocked full of all the things you've come to expect from Poldark: family drama, babies (oh babies), Ross being an idiot, and Demelza being totally incandescent. 

In the first hour, Elizabeth is heavy with child and still not quite sure on the parentage of the baby. When she goes into labor a month too early for it to be George’s child, she concocts a plan to make it seem like an accident that she's gone into early labor. Honestly, everything about Elizabeth and George and their scheming ways solidifies that the two of them deserve one another. 

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Fri
Sep 29 2017 4:30pm

A Dream is A Wish Your Heart Makes: Romance News & Deals from Debbie Macomber, Megan Crane, and More

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Borrowed Dreams by Debbie Maccomber

Deal Alert: Debbie Macomber's contemporary romance Borrowed Dreams is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Carly journeys to the wilds of Alaska hoping for a new beginning. When the rugged, handsome, and a little broken Brand St. Clair comes into her life, Carly is struck by her desire for him that grows the more she gets to know him. As a widower, Brand isn't interested in finding anyone new, no matter how much Carly makes him want to love again. There's something so special and warm about a Debbie Macomber romance. 

Deal Alert: Megan Crane's erotic romance Devil's Own is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* This erotic Best Bet for September, is an "opposites attract romance with a splash of sexually fueled antagonism.” Lara hates bikers and MCs, especially after one ripped apart her family and cost them her brother. So when Chaser, the top enforcer for Devil's Keepers, comes into her life, she should run the other way—no matter how gorgeous he is. Yet the spark between is too hot to ignore.

Deal Alert: Elizabeth Michels's historical romance Must Love Dukes is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Try a sample of the first book in Michels's Tricks of the Ton series. Lillian Phillips never expected her quiet, simple life to be thrown into chaos by a series of dares from the Mad Duke of Thornwood, Devon Grey. Try as he might, Devon can't stop challenging Lillian until he makes her his own.

[+Hamilton's Batallion news from Alyssa Cole]

Fri
Sep 29 2017 2:30pm

Eleanor and Chidi said “I Love You” and Everything’s Perfect on The Good Place

Warning: major spoilers ahead for Season 2, Episode 3 of The Good Place

Help! Shipper down! Shipper down! Last night, one of my favorite new comedies on TV, The Good Place, aired the third episode in its second season and the shipper in me cannot stop thinking about the huge reveal for the S.S. Chidi and Eleanor. (Cheleanor? Elidi? Chideanor?)

Eleanor and Chidi slept together! Gasp!

Unfortunately, neither of them remember the circumstances, exactly, because...well, if you haven't been watching, be prepared to be spoiled on the running joke of The Good Place.

[We're ready...]

Thu
Sep 28 2017 4:30pm

Behold the Future!: Romance News & Deals from Thea Harrison, B.J. Daniels, and More

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

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Oracle's Moon by Thea Harrison

Deal Alert: Thea Harrison's paranormal romance Oracle's Moon is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “The Elder Races is a paranormal romance series set in modern times, in a supernatural world filled with sexy, over-the-top alpha shifters; intelligent, powerful humans; elusive vampires; snobby elves; and all manner of in between.” Reviewer Tori Benson calls Oracle's Moon her “favorite book in this series” as well as her favorite trope, where two indomitable forces, Grace and Khalil, transition from enemies to lovers. 

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels's small-town romance Lassoed is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Suspense meets small town in the second book in Daniels's Whitehorse, Montana series. When Billie Rae crashes into town and meets cowboy Tanner, she's determined to keep him at arm's length and safe from the danger she brings, but Tanner refuses to let her go it alone. Cowboys always know how to get the job done. 

Deal Alert: Victoria Davies's contemporary romance Right Billionaire, Wrong Wedding is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Billionaire Darian King needs help planning his sister's wedding, so he turns to his perfect personal assistant, Allison Reed. Allison does not need extra stress on top of being Darian's never-fail assistant or to be so close to him planning the wedding of her dreams. She vows that once the wedding planning is done, she's done being his assistant, but Darian isn't ready to let her go. Can you get enough of that billionaire appeal?

Deal Alert: Liz Maverick's romantic suspense novel The Financier is available for pre-order for $.99 at Amazon | etc.* Catch up on the first book in Maverick's Hudson Kings series, The Transporter, before this second book hits shelves. Nick Dawes, the money man for the Hudson Kings, finds himself in deep trouble, and the only person who can help him is the smart and gorgeous Jane MacGregor. 

[+Roshani Chokshi gives us Hindu myth girl power & a new BBC series]