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Fri
Aug 18 2017 4:30pm

Lasso the Weekend: Romance News & Deals from Beverly Jenkins, Sarah Mayberry, and More

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Destiny's Embrace by Beverly Jenkins

Deal Alert: Beverly Jenkins' historical romance Destiny's Embrace is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Travel back to the American West as ranch owner Logan does his best not to fall for his beautiful, free-spirited housekeeper Mariah. Logan and Mariah don't hit it off in the beginning, but their humorous banter gives way to their true attraction. The second book in the Destiny series, Destiny's Surrender, is also on sale for $2.99. Dive into more Unusual Historicals! 

Deal Alert: Sarah Mayberry's contemporary romance Tanner is FREE at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Evie ends up in a strange town halfway around the world after trying to surprise her boyfriend goes horribly wrong. Luckily, cowboy Tanner is ready to step in as her white knight. Evie doesn't know if she needs saving, but Tanner is a difficult man to resist. Tanner certainly has the right characteristics for the perfect cowboy hero.

Deal Alert: Lori Wilde's contemporary romance All Out of Love is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Lace has always been a little in love with her older brother's best friend Pierce. After an embarrassing episode involving a lovelorn letter to Pierce ending up on the front page of the school newspaper, Lace vows to let the attraction go. So when Lace returns to town years later, she's surprised to find Pierce in pursuit of her heart. 

[+Find out how much of the solar eclipse you'll see...]

Fri
Aug 18 2017 1:00pm

Kat and Adena’s Romance Makes The Bold Type Even Sweeter

Kat and Adena of The Bold Type

Freeform’s women-driven new drama, The Bold Type, is my new TV love and I have a new ship—Kadena!

Please don’t get canceled.

Whether or not you’re a lover of portmanteaus, Kat Edison and Adena El Amin are two powerhouse ladies that you’re absolutely going to fall for and their (kind of) bittersweet romance.

The Bold and the Beautiful

Warning: spoilers ahead!

I’d been planning on tuning into The Bold Type for a while, hoping that it was all the things I wanted Younger to be (that's a story for another day), and was pleasantly surprised that it didn’t let me down. I was even more grateful for the opportunity to ship two queer women—who are also women of color!

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Thu
Aug 17 2017 4:30pm

You Must Be Haunting Me: Romance News & Deals from Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, Jess Michaels, and More

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Haunted by Your Touch by Jeanine Frost, Shayla Black, and Sharie Kohler

Deal Alert: Jeaniene Frost, Shayla Black, and Sharie Kohler's paranormal romance anthology Haunted by Your Touch is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Don't miss out on this collection of original novellas featuring fallen angels, demons, warrior wizards, and other creatures that go bump in the night. Want more supernatural beings? Give these paranormal romances a try! 

Deal Alert: Andie J. Christopher's contemporary romance Dusk Until Dawn is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* This second-chance-at love-story reunites Maya and Javier. Maya agrees to one dinner with Javier, one last night to let go of the lingering desire between them, but Javi's determined to prove he's exactly what Maya needs and isn't keen to let her go. 

Deal Alert: Jess Michaels' historical romance An Affair in Winter is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If you're a fan of “forced proximity” romances and hotter-than-hades historicals, An Affair in Winter will hit all the right notes. Rosalinde Wilde is waylaid by an unexpected storm on the way to her sister's wedding when she meets Grayson Danford, a handsome, tempting stranger who sweeps her up in a night of passion...only to meet her again as he's trying to break up her sister's marriage to his brother. 

Deal Alert: Zoe Fishman's women's fiction novel Inheriting Edith is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* When a former employer dies, housekeeper and single mother Maggie inherits an astounding amount of money and a home in Sag Harbor—as well as the deceased's 82-year-old mother, Edith. “This story will charm you with its quiet simplicity of two people working to make a difficult situation work.”

[+Attend the Outlander premiere & more...]

Wed
Aug 16 2017 4:30pm

The Bigger They Are: Romance News & Deals from Jill Shalvis, Karen Ranney, and More

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The Harder They Fall by Jill Shalvis

Deal Alert: Jill Shalvis' contemporary romance The Harder They Fall is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Doctor Hunter Adams' calm, steady, predictable life is thrown into chaos by magnet-for-disaster Trisha Malloy. Trish destroys all of Hunter's best-laid plans and sparks a desire that can't be denied. Sometimes disastrous first meetings can lead to the best happily-ever-afters.

Deal Alert: Karen Ranney's Victorian-set historical romance The English Duke is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Martha York has been fascinated by a man she's never met—Jordan, the Duke of Roth—who happens to be her inventor father's protégé. When Martha travels to Jordan's estate to carry out her father's final wishes, she gets wrapped up in his mind and his allure. Looking for more non-Regency historicals? Check out this month's Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Andrea Laurence's contemporary romance Stirring Up Trouble is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Bakery owner Maddie has everything she wants out of life, except she's strapped with one unbearably noisy, sexy neighbor, Emmett, who it seems lives to aggravate her. When their contentious rivalry lands them before a local judge, they're sentenced to several weeks of community service. As they're forced into close proximity with one another, they can't deny their growing attraction. 

Deal Alert: Jessica Lemmon's contemporary romance Eye Candy is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* In this friends-to-lovers story, Vince and Jacqueline have supported one another through the end of their previous relationships and neither of them is in the market for something serious—until they share an epic kiss.

[+Sherrilyn Kenyon cover and more...]

Tue
Aug 15 2017 4:30pm

Flaunt Your “Sets” Appeal: Romance News & Deals from Sarah Morgan, Charlotte Stein, and More

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New York, Actually by Sarah Morgan

Deal Alert: Sarah Morgan's romantic comedy New York, Actually is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Advice columnist Molly is in no rush to find her happily-ever-after—she's happy with the only love in her life, her dalmatian Valentine. Daniel, cynical divorce attorney, is predisposed to think relationships are a bad idea. No attachments mean no hurt feelings. So when he finds himself borrowing a dog from the family business in order to meet the gorgeous woman he keeps seeing in Central Park, he knows he's in over his head. 

Deal Alert: Charlotte Stein's contemporary romance Never Loved is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “What if you could go for what you want despite how dangerous someone told you something was or what if you could be that edgier, cooler persona without facing any consequences?” Beatrix and Serge's journey to their HEA isn't simple or easy, but it is full of heart and hope.

Deal Alert: Virginia Taylor's contemporary romance Sets Appeal is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Theater set-painter Vix Tremain is ready to leave her past and broken relationship behind her and decides on a fling with a handsome stranger, Jay Dee. Jay turns out to be less of a stranger, and what starts out as a way to get a little revenge becomes something more, and they can't help falling for the other. 

[+A rom-com from Netflix and more]

Mon
Aug 14 2017 4:30pm

I Pucking Love You: Romance News & Deals from Helena Hunting, Karen Marie Moning, and More

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Pucked Under by Helena Hunting

Deal Alert: Helena Hunting's romantic comedy Pucked Under is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Randy and Lily's romance takes center stage in the fifth book of Hunting's Pucked series. Randy and Lily have been living together and are head-over-heels in love. But as the new season approaches, Randy's unsure about whether he can balance love and hockey, and about what to do when an unexpected houseguest arrives. 

Deal Alert: Karen Marie Moning's time-travel historical romance Beyond the Highland Mist is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Faeries and Scottish lore abound in this romance as a 20th-century woman, Adrienne, is transported back to 16th-century Scotland. She doesn't trust beautiful men, especially Hawk, the legendary predator known throughout the Highlands as a fierce warrior. It doesn't matter to Hawk, however, because he's determined to win her heart and never let her go. 

Deal Alert: Sarina Bowen's contemporary romance Steadfast is $.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* If you picked up the first book in the series, Bittersweet, when it was on sale recently, you'll also want to grab the second book in the True North series. Jude and Sophie fall into the “couples that shouldn't work, but do” category. Jude goes back to his hometown after a deadly car crash that changed his life forever and re-enters the life of Sophie, the woman he left broken hearted and whose brother's death was caused by his recklessness. People may not want to see Sophie and Jude back together, but love doesn't always cooperate. 

Deal Alert: Stacy Reid's historical romance Accidentally Compromising the Duke is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* This romance is “a marriage of convenience between two lovely people who cannot seem to get on the same page. You’ll want to hug Adeline after you bop her on the forehead. You’ll want to choke Edmond because it’s clear that he’s smitten with his new wife.”

[+AI romances and more]

Thu
Aug 10 2017 4:30pm

Read With Caution: Romance News & Deals J.R. Ward, Julie James, and More

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Envy by J.R. Ward

Deal Alert: J.R. Ward's paranormal romance Envy is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Fall for a fallen angel in the third novel of Ward's spin-off BDB series. “The third book of the series, Envy, is the story of a character introduced in Lover Unleashed: Thomas “Veck” DelVecchio. The angels' side wins, but not without some serious costs.”

Deal Alert: Julie James' contemporary romance Just the Sexiest Man Alive is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Tough-as-nails attorney Taylor Donovan never lets a man rattle her, and she's not about to start when she's assigned to coach People's “Sexiest Man Alive,” Jason Andrews, for his next big legal drama. But Jason is determined to get under Taylor's skin when he realizes that she may be his perfect match. Objection overruled, counselor. 

Deal Alert: Susan Mann's romantic suspense novel The Librarian and the Spy is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Librarian Quinn Ellington likes to solve mundane mysteries for library patrons and get lost in spy novels. However, when her latest research project entangles her in the middle of an international arms deal and she meets handsome “insurance” agent James Lockwood, anything is possible. Read dangerously. 

Deal Alert: Synithia Williams' contemporary romance Making It Real is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Redemption and a fake relationship take center stage in this romance between Kareem and Neecie. After 5 years in prison, Kareem is set on achieving his goal but lacks the necessary connections. Luckily for him, Neecie has just what he's looking for, while he can provide her with a much-needed buffer between her and her family. Fake it 'til you make it! 

[+Save A Horse, Read a Cowboy...]

Wed
Aug 9 2017 4:30pm

Tame the Beast: Romance News & Deals from Heather McCollum, Emily March, and More

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The Beast of Aros Castle by Heather McCollum

Deal Alert: Heather McCollum's historical romance The Beast of Aros Castle is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Ava Sutton is on the run from a dangerous man and makes her way to Scotland where she pretends to be a titled English lady. She must convince Tor Maclean, chief of Aros Castle, to marry her before she's tracked down in order to remain safely in the highlands. Tor's sworn off marriage, but is drawn to Ava's passion and beauty...but can he forgive her lies when they come to light? Hold on to your kilts! 

Deal Alert: Ella Grace's romantic suspense novel Midnight Lies is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* After the man she loves is accused of murder, Samantha returns home to Midnight, Alabama. Once he's exonerated, Quinn follows her to Midnight, despite his pain at her betrayal. But another shocking murder terrifies the town and puts Quinn under suspicion once again. This time, however, Samantha's not about to turn her back on Quinn—even if it means walking into the killer's trap. Want more action? Try out some more heart-pounding suspense. 

Deal Alert: Emily March's women's fiction novel Hummingbird Lake is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Return to the small town of Eternity Springs along with Sage Anderson, a pediatric surgeon who gives up her practice after witnessing a terrible tragedy. Eternity Springs is also a refuge for Colt, who goes there for a little R&R, but ends up fascinated by Sage and the secrets she's keeping. 

[+Covers and TV news!]

Fri
Aug 4 2017 4:30pm

Spend the Weekend with a Highlander: Romance News & Deals from Julia London, Chantal Fernando, and More

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Highlander in Disguise by Julia London

Deal Alert: Julia London's historical romance Highlander in Disguise is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* In order to recover a priceless family heirloom, Griffin Lockhart disguises himself as a Scottish earl and heads to London to track down the lost treasure. While he's there, he catches the eye of Anna Addison, high-born, sharp-tongued, and able to see through his disguise. Instead of giving him up, Anna makes Grif a bargain—she'll help him find his heirloom and keep his secret if Grif will teach her how to seduce a man and find a husband before the season is over. Grif leaves us thankful that Scottish heroes are utterly appealing! 

Deal Alert: Chantal Fernando's contemporary romance Crossroads is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Ranger has a decision to make—move on with his life and leave the Wild Dragons Motorcycle Club or stay in that world and get dragged under. When a woman Ranger knows goes missing, he teams up with stubborn police detective Johanna Chase. They come to rely on one another when they realize they're in way over their heads, and their attraction to one another is too strong to fight. Ranger has all the qualities of a great MC hero.

Deal Alert: Bella Andre's contemporary romance collection Tempt Me, Taste Me, Touch Me is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Andre's three novellas center around a trio of friends experiencing Napa wine country and a trio of sexy men who help each woman find what she didn't know she was looking for. Pour a glass of your favorite beverage while you read these sexy tales!

[+ Game of Thrones shipping & covers]

Thu
Aug 3 2017 4:30pm

Get Buck Wild: Romance News & Deals Evangeline Anderson, Sawyer Bennett, and More

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Buck Naked by Evangeline Anderson

Deal Alert: Evangeline Anderson's paranormal romance Buck Naked is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* When Sadie Becker wakes on her fortieth birthday, things are different for her—much different. She's feeling and looking younger and drawing the attention of the men of Cougarville in a brand new way. When her sexy reclusive neighbor Mathis realizes she's in over her head, he sets out to protect her, believing he's the only one who can. Their attraction, however, is more than either of them can handle. Get a taste of the first chapter of Buck Naked

Deal Alert: Sawyer Bennett's hockey romance Roman is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “Roman is always ready to throw down for a fight or to find his next conquest. That’s all catching up to him and he’s feeling the heat from upper management when he meets Lexi.” Lexi's a mystery that Roman's just got to solve in this intensely sexy romance! Need more hockey romances? We've got you covered. 

Deal Alert: Bronwen Evans' historical romance Addicted to the Duke is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon  | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Alexander Bracken, the Duke of Bedford, is tasked with sailing to the Mediterranean and tracking down Lady Hestia's missing father. His grace once had to rescue Hestia from a Turkish pirate, so for her own safety, she accompanies him on his mission to rescue her father. Alex does his best to resist Hestia's skillful attempts at seduction, but on board a ship and miles from home, Alex knows he won't be able to deny her anything. Sail away with more Unusual Historical Best Bets. 

Deal Alert: J.B. Heller's romantic suspense novel Undeniable Attraction is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Ivy is everything Gabe is not, and he's everything she wants...but he just so happens to be her boss. When Ivy's life is in danger, Gabe takes her into his protection and in such close quarters, the sparks truly fly! Try some more heart-pounding action with summer's can't-miss romantic suspense novels! 

[+An excerpt from Lisa Renee Jones]

Wed
Aug 2 2017 3:45pm

Sweet Like Candy: Romance News & Deals from Sarina Bowen, Kathy Love, and More

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Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

Deal Alert: Sarina Bowen's contemporary romance Bittersweet is $.99 at Amazon | iBooks | etc.* This story “features an apple farmer in Vermont, working his butt off to save his family and a city girl who worms her way into his heart.” You'll be delighted by Griff, the grumpy farmer, and Audrey's delicious romance. 

Deal Alert: Kathy Love's contemporary romance Wanting What You Get is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Librarian Ellie has had a crush on handsome and dashing Mason, the town's mayor, for as long as she can remember. She never believed he'd be interested in her but is surprised when they get put together for her sister's wedding and the sparks fly. Librarians do it better! 

Deal Alert: Maya Rodale's historical romance Lady Claire Is All That is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* After being jilted by his fiancée, Lord Fox accepts a bet to transform society's roughest diamond, Claire Cavendish, into the jewel of the Ton, but Claire's got other plans up her sleeve. “Fox and Claire have an accidental romance that results in a lot of amazing and sometimes awkward moments.”

Deal Alert: Rowan Coleman's women's fiction novel The Day We Met is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* This is a poignant, heartfelt story that's uplifting even through a grim diagnosis. Claire has a perfect life until her memories start to fade and she can't remember the day she and her husband Greg met. Don't miss out on some more great women's fiction titles from last month. 

[+Alyssa Cole cover & The trailer for Call Me By Your Name]

Tue
Aug 1 2017 4:30pm

Disguise of Every Sort: Romance News & Deals from Karen Robards, Lauren Blakely, and More

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Dark of the Moon by Karen Robards

Deal Alert: Karen Robards' historical romance Dark of the Moon is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Disguised as an Irish street waif, Caitlyn O'Malley tries to pickpocket the handsome Earl of Iveagh, Connor d'Arcy. After her unsuccessful attempt, Connor takes her into his protection and the two find themselves well on their way to being in love. Disguise of every sort isn't always an abhorence! 

Deal Alert: Lauren Blakely's contemporary romance The Sexy One is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Reviewer Limcello called this story adorable: “what I liked about this book is how very sweet it is. Sure, it's sexy, and there is crazy chemistry—but the focus is the relationship.” Read Simon and Abby's too cute story! 

Deal Alert: Angela Campbell's romantic suspense novel On the Scent is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Hannah becomes the owner of a snarky cat, a dim-witted dog and $10 million making her the target of every money-hungry weirdo in Atlanta. She needs help fending them off—enter gorgeous psychic detective and PI Zachary Collins, and strap in for one hysterical ride! 

[+Today on H&H]

Mon
Jul 31 2017 4:30pm

Roommates & Lovers: Romance News & Deals from Kendall Ryan, Linda Howard, and More

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The Room Mate by Kendall Ryan

Deal Alert: Kendall Ryan's contemporary romance The Room Mate is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Paige remembers her best friend's little brother, Cannon, as a gangly, braces-wearing geek. So when he shows up in need of Paige's spare room, broad-shouldered, charming, incredibly sexy, and not looking to get attached, the temptation is too great to turn down

Deal Alert: Linda Howard's romantic suspense novel A Game of Chance is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* In order for undercover agent Chance Mackenzie to hunt down a vicious criminal, he gets close to his intended mark's daughter, Sunny. Neither of them could've expected the dangerous attraction that grows between them. Want more action? Don't miss this summer's hot romantic suspense novels! 

Deal Alert: Jude Devereaux's contemporary romance The Girl from Summer Hill is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Misunderstandings, prejudice, and pride aside, there are several love connections in the making that elicit all the feels we hope for in a romance.” Read this charming Pride and Prejudice modern retelling. 

Deal Alert: Joanna Shupe's historical romance Magnate is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Self-made man Emmett Cavanaugh fought his way to the top of the booming steel empire. He loathes the “high society” type of women who now surround him, but one rebellious blue-blooded woman, Elizabeth Sloane, might change all of that. Check out July's Best Bets for Unusual Historicals

[+Victoria news, Rebekah Weatherspoon cover, and romance discussion]

Fri
Jul 28 2017 4:30pm

Book a Weekend Fantasy: Romance News & Deals from Amanda Bouchet, Cheryl Etchison, and More

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Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet

Deal Alert: Amanda Bouchet's fantasy romance Breath of Fire is $.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Monsters, gods, and magic fill the second book of Bouchet's Kingmaker Chronicles as we continue to follow Cat and Griffin's sexy romance. H&H reviewer Cerestheories declares that Griffin is “not a book boyfriend. He’s a book husband.” Add some more fantasy romance to your weekend!

Deal Alert: 2017 RITA winner Cheryl Etchison's contemporary romance Once and For All is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* A modern marriage of convenience story with one simple rule: when Bree Dunbar is ready to stand on her own again, she'll be able to walk away and Danny will let her go. However, Staff Sergeant Danny MacGregor, the man who once broke Bree's heart and wishes to atone for his past knows sometimes life doesn't always go to plan. Don't you just love a marriage of convenience trope?

Deal Alert: Madhuri Pavamani's urban fantasy novel Dutch is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “Dutch Mathew is a thirty-seven-year-old Keeper for The Gate—an assassin who kills for a living. Tasked with ending each of a Poocha’s nine lives, his existence is a never-ending circle of hell.” Dive into the intense and sexy Keeper series with Dutch. Continue your journey with the second book in the series, Juma, also on sale for $1.99.

[+ICYMI...2017 RITA award winners]

Fri
Jul 28 2017 9:30am

Penny Reid & The Quirky Romantic Comedy

Beard Science by Penny Reid

The romance genre contains multitudes. Truthfully, if you're in a mood or you have an idea of an idea in mind, nine times out of ten, you'll be able to find something that speaks directly to what you're looking for. Lately, I've noticed more and more romantic comedies entering the romance stage and I'm thrilled to see them carving out a particular niche for themselves. 

One author in particular I've been captivated by recently is Penny Reid. I first came to read her because of her Winston Brothers series. It's well-documented that I'm a pretty big fan of beards, so when it came to light that there were romance novels centered around bearded brothers with punny titles, I caved immediately and consumed all the books voraciously. 

There's a certain quality that Reid's work possess—I can't always name it, but it has the ability to make me cringe, make me smile, and make me laugh in equal measure. There's a charm to her rom-coms that make them wholly consumable and utterly enchanting. 

Her characters tend to be a little messy—in the best of ways. They're so real and relatable, even when they sometimes do cringeworthy things. They don't have it all together even if they think they might, and it's refreshing to see that as part of their personalities rather than situations to overcome because often times they don't. 

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Thu
Jul 27 2017 4:30pm

The Second Time is Sweeter: Romance News & Deals Robyn Carr, B.J. Daniels, and More

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The Newcomer by Robyn Carr

Deal Alert: Robyn Carr's contemporary romance The Newcomer is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Longtime friends and single parents Mac and Gina finally take the plunge and give in to the attraction between them. But when Mac's estranged ex comes back into town, will Gina and Mac's love be strong enough to withstand the pressure? Like single dads in romance? Check out a few more!

Deal Alert: Penny Reid's romantic comedy Beauty and the Mustache is FREE at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Having six brothers is the least of Ashley's problems when she heads back home to Tennessee and has to contend with the soulful, steadfast, and handsome local hero Drew Runous. Reid's Winston Brothers series is rom-com gold.

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels' romantic suspense novel The Cowgirl in Question is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Rourke McCall comes back home on a mission to track down a killer he tangled with in the past, but when he's reunited with Cassidy Miller, the woman he could never forget, his emerging desire makes his mission a little bit sweeter. Is love better the second time around?

Deal Alert: Jessica Linden's contemporary romance Fight For Me is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* MMA fighter Knox has to flee the city in order to save his life and runs into Natalie, a woman with the same intent. The worlds they're trying to leave behind couldn't be farther apart, but Knox and Natalie know they're stronger together. Read chapter one of this heart-racing story. 

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Wed
Jul 26 2017 4:30pm

Mind the Fangs!: Romance News & Deals from Sara Humphreys, MaryJanice Davidson, and More

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Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys

Deal Alert: Sara Humphreys' paranormal romance Vampires Never Cry Wolf is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Vampire Sadie Pemberton believes werewolves have no place in New York's supernatural politics. The last thing werewolf Killian Bane wants is to end up on a mission in New York playing nice with vampires, but when he meets Sadie he can't help but turn on his wolfish charm.

Deal Alert: Tiffany Allee's paranormal romance Don't Bite the Bridesmaid is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Alice needs a date for her sister's wedding in order to make her ex-fiancé jealous, so she decides to recruit her sexy neighbor Noah as her fake date. Alice is in for quite the surprise once it comes to light that Noah is vampire. Take a bite out of this funny paranormal romance!

Deal Alert: Laurell K. Hamilton, Rebecca York, MaryJanice Davidson, and Eileen Wilks' paranormal romance anthology Cravings is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Enjoy four short stories about the mystical and the undead including “Blood Upon My Lips” from Hamilton's Anita Blake series, and “Dead Girls Don't Dance” from Davidson's Queen Betsy series.

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Tue
Jul 25 2017 4:30pm

Dream a Little Dream: Romance News & Deals from Alyssa Cole, Sylvain Reynard, and More

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Let Us Dream by Alyssa Cole

Deal Alert: Alyssa Cole's American historical novella Let Us Dream is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Originally published in the Daughters of a Nation anthology, this novella is set in a Harlem cabaret in 1917. With women's voting rights on the ballot for the upcoming election, Bertha decides to use her considerable skills to push the men of New York City towards voting yes. Amir Chowdhury comes to New York looking for the American Dream, only to find it's not all he hoped—though his boss Bertha is appealing in a way he can't ignore. 

Deal Alert: Sylvain Reynard's paranormal romance Gabriel's Inferno is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Dedicated scholar and uninhibited playboy are all rolled into one package with Professor Gabriel Emerson. Grad student Julia can't resist him even though she should, because Gabriel may be a little too broken to love...

Deal Alert: Bella Andre and Jennifer Skully's contemporary romance Breathless in Love is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* The first book in the Maverick Billionaires series introduces Will Franconi, a self-made man from the wrong side of town who keeps his heart well and truly guarded until a simple letter throws him into the path of Harper Newman. There's something tantalizing about billionaire heroes.

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Thu
Jul 20 2017 4:30pm

Open Your Heart to Me: Romance News & Deals from Lauren Dane, Laura Trentham, and More

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Broken Open by Lauren Dane

Deal Alert: Lauren Dane's contemporary romance Broken Open is $1.99 at Amazon.* Tuesday Eastwood pieced her life back together after a tragedy in the small Oregon town of Hood River. With her life sorted, she's content to keep men at a distance—no lengthy attachments. Rancher Ezra Hurley is the opposite of Tuesday's dreams, but their insatiable desire is too much to ignore. 

Deal Alert: Laura Trentham's small-town romance Kiss Me That Way is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Cade Fournette hightailed it out of Cottonbloom as soon he could and didn't look back, even though he left behind Monroe Kirby, the woman he's never been able to forget. “Kiss Me That Way is a satisfying, sensual friends-to-lovers story that examines how a shared past can complicate the possibility of a future between two wary—but very interested—adults.” Bonus! Two more Cottonbloom novels, Then He Kissed Me and Till I Kissed You, are also on sale for $2.99 each. 

Deal Alert: Tawna Fenske's romantic comedy The Hang Up is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Miriam Ashley is a PR specialist who cleans up the acts of bad boys for a living. CEO Jason Sanders should be a breeze of a fix, except she can't seem to resist his charming ways. What is it about bad boys that's so appealing?

[+A cover reveal from author Lauren Blakely]

Wed
Jul 19 2017 4:30pm

I’ve Got You Under My Skin: Romance News & Deals from Susan Mallery, Linda Broday, and More

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Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's contemporary romance Under Her Skin is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “The Lone Star Sisters quartet...features the three loving but competitive Titan sisters" as they struggle against their controlling father’s plans and their half-brother’s determination to destroy the Titan family. In Under Her Skin, Lexi Titan has to make a choice between losing everything she's built or getting fake engaged to Cruz Rodriguez in order to help save her business.

Deal Alert: Author and H&H Blogger Lynne Connolly's Georgian-set historical romance Wild Lavender is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “Connolly closes out her rollicking Emperors of London series with this seventh book” as Helena refuses the match her family makes for her because she's in love with Tom, the son of her family's most dangerous enemy.

Deal Alert: Linda Broday's Western historical romance Texas Redemption is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Laurel James wants to shed her dark past, so she agrees to marry the mayor of a small Texas town to lead the quiet, safe, respectable life she thinks she wants. Everything is fine until Shenandoah, the man she loved and lost, rides back into town and she can't seem to shake her desire. Looking for more non-Regency historicals? Check out July's Best Bets!

Deal Alert: Adriana Anders' dark romance By Her Touch is $.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* “By Her Touch is a story about an undercover ATF agent/biker-in-hiding and the dermatologist who’s helping remove his tattoos coming together to find redemption and love.” This is the second book in Anders' Blank Canvas series.

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