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May 15 2017 8:30am

First Look: Ilona Andrews’ White Hot (May 30, 2017)

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

Ilona Andrews
White Hot (Hidden Legacy #2)
Avon / May 30, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

When I heard that the release date for this book had been pushed back until May 2017, I was sure I was going to die from lust for this book.

But I didn’t.

And now it’s here!

I love the husband and wife writing duo that is Ilona Andrews. Their books always work for me. They have this combination of fresh world building, kick-ass heroines and touching relationships—not only the romances—that hook me and suck me in.

The Hidden Legacy trilogy, of which White Hot is the second installment, is no exception. The world is a blend of modern American culture and an almost feudal social hierarchy and full of fun twists and surprises. In an alternate version of Houston, a family’s magic is as important as their wealth—more even—in determining their power and influence.

[Read more...]

Mar 14 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Ruthie Knox’s Madly (March 14, 2017)

Madly by Ruthie Knox

Ruthie Knox
Madly (The New York Trilogy Series #2)
Loveswept / March 14, 2017 / $2.99 digital

Ruthie Knox’s book Madly is the next book in her New York series. Madly’s heroine and Truly’s heroine are sisters from Wisconsin.

Sisters on their own in New York City.

Sisters who wander into a bar in New York City.

Sisters who wander into a bar in New York City at a low point in their lives. Feeling desperate and alone in a strange city.

Only in a city as filled with possibilities as New York can a woman in such circumstances find the man of her dreams.

New York City is the kind of place where you feel like you could be walking past anyone. A rock star, a recovering addict, a millionaire hedge fund manager, a UN diplomat, a person living in a shelter. All of those different people and millions more a compressed onto a tiny island. And yet again, Knox’s heroine bumps into hers in a random bar.

Allie Fredericks isn’t just stopping into a random bar, she’s there to spy on someone, complete with the trench coat and hat to obscure her appearance. Allie is the opposite of Truly’s heroine May.

[Read more...]

Apr 14 2016 12:30pm

First Look: Kiersten Hallie Krum’s Wild On the Rocks (April 14, 2016)

Wild On The Rock by Kiersten Hallie Krum

Kiersten Hallie Krum
Wild on the Rocks (Barefoot Bay, Kindle Worlds)
Kindle Worlds / April 14, 2016 / price TK

Wild on the Road

Driven by wanderlust and insatiable curiosity, Quinn Forrester views every new gig for her mixologist business as another chance for adventure. Until the night she wanders down the wrong hallway and witnesses a mob murder. After a week on the run, lack of funds and few options land Quinn in Barefoot Bay where she takes a job tending bar at the swanky Casa Blanca resort…and hopes no wise guys show up to make her sleep with the fishes. But nothing whacks a low profile like having your Navy SEAL ex-husband walk through the door—especially when he’s the love of your life you left behind.

Wild on the Beach

Discovering his restless ex-wife at Casa Blanca—and still going by his name—is enough to drive Lieutenant Commander Jasper McQueen wild. When she ran out on their marriage, Quinn left him a broken man. Now with his career in jeopardy and his sexy ex-wife at hand, Jasper is ready to chuck responsibility and submerse himself in a hedonistic affair—all sex, zero emotions—with the woman he won’t forgive and can never forget. And this time, when they’re done, it’ll be Jasper who does the leaving.

Wild on the Rocks

But a mob enforcer has tracked Quinn to Barefoot Bay. With her days numbered, Jasper may be her only shot at living through the night—if Quinn can get him to believe in her one last time.

Full Disclosure: Kiersten Hallie Krum is an H&H blogger, so clap extra hard for this blogger's debut!

All of us here at Heroes and Heartbreakers are fans. We’re fans of books, and movies, and TV shows, and the people who create them for our entertainment. As a fan, I’ve spent time imagining the characters in a beloved book in new adventures.

[Join the Bay now ...]

Mar 11 2016 9:30am

“Old” is New Again: Finding Love in Late Fall

Late Fall by Noelle Adams

I’ve been a romance reader for many years. I can remember bodice rippers - the real ones. Back in those days all heroines were dainty little pearls. Slender of neck and ankle, with roses on the curve of their unblemished cheeks.

We may not be perfect in Romancelandia but we’ve come such a long way. There are heroines of all shapes and sizes, with all manner of attitudes. It’s even become fairly common to find older heroines well into their 40s. Middle age is no longer forgotten. In Late Fall, Noelle Adams brings us the kind of heroine I’ve rarely seen.

Ellie is old.

Not no-longer-in-the-bloom-of -youth. Not approaching middle age. Ellie is moving into an assisted living facility after a simple fall netted her a broken hip. She might still have some trouble getting around after her hip replacement but everything else about Ellie is still vibrant and her will is undiminished. She’s witty and kind, although her assessments of other people and even herself are brutally honest. She moves from her childhood home, where she has been living alone, across the valley to a pleasant little room where she takes her meals in a common room and someone else worries about the housekeeping. Although Ellie’s move is voluntary, it’s more a reality she’s come to accept than something happy.

When I don’t answer, Beth goes on. “And it might be nice to have  a lot of other people around, at your stage in life. Hopefully, you’ll find a lot of friends and things to do. You won’t have to be alone.”

I smile at her and murmur a wordless answer. I do’t want to hurt her feelings. She is a sweet girl, and she is trying to help. But I like being alone. I don’t want tot be surrounded by a lot of annoying retired people and forced to participate in ridiculous activities I’m expected to enjoy just because I have gray hair.

[Ellie is fearless, old, and finding love in a unexpected way ...]

Mar 2 2016 11:00am

First Look: Megan Mulry’s Encore (March 2, 2016)

Encore by Megan Mulry

Megan Mulry
Megan Mulry / March 2, 2016 / $14.99 print, $3.99 digital

Ellie Sinclair is a wonderfully satisfying, fully adult heroine. Like all Mulry heroines, Ellie is smart and accomplished and witty. She treats life like an adventure to be met with passion and joy. Her enthusiasm and optimism don’t come from fresh from the schoolroom naïveté. Ellie has lived a full life prior to meeting Luke. She’s been a successful businesswoman who pursued her professional ambitions with glee, the kind of entrepreneur who made her own fortune. So instead of inheriting a moldering old family estate, Ellie created and sold her own business. This means her house is a beachfront dream house a short distance from her aging parents. Parents with whom she has a warm relationship. She also has a number of friendships of longstanding that frame her life.

This sounds like Ellie is some sort of superwoman, perfect and beyond fault but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Her enthusiasm sometimes veers into excess and she has to apologize and backpedal. A fearless spirit is sometimes reckless. But Ellie knows her own flaws and does her best to temper them.

[Loss after loss, so new love must be on the horizon ...]

Dec 8 2015 4:30pm

Hart of the Matter: Defying Expectations in Audra North’s Shifting Gears

Shifting Gears by Audra North

Shifting Gears is the second book in Audra North’s new racing series, Hard Driving. The hero, Grady Hart, is the brother of rising NASCAR driver Kerri Hart, the heroine of the first book. I loved Kerri so much for her quick temper, her ambition and determination — all things you don’t usually find in a romance heroine. Grady and their younger brother Lee are one of the few things that bring out Kerri’s softer side.

Grady in his own way is a totally surprising hero. In the first book, his poor choices nearly bankrupts the family’s racing business. And he’s outshone by his talented sister. He doesn’t race because he’s no good at it. He abdicates his spot calling the races for his sister to his future brother-in-law because he isn’t great under pressure. Not exactly the typical setup for a hero. None of that has been erased at the start of this book. He’s a flawed character. And he is painfully aware of his shortcomings which is instantly endearing but then we learn how much Grady has sacrificed of his own personal ambitions to keep his family’s business afloat.

Grady had always wondered where he belonged amidst all that greatness. He practically had a heart attack every time he was on the track, he had a master’s degree in mechanical engineering that he’d never put to any use, and he’d nearly ruined the company with a year of Dad’s death.

He willingly allowed himself to be consumed by his siblings’ dreams at the price of his own. In just a few pages, North managed to make me see Grady in a completely different light. And slowly he starts to see himself in a new way as well.

[Start your reading engines, vroom, vroom ...]

Nov 24 2015 2:00pm

First Look: M. O’Keefe’s The Truth About Him (November 24, 2015)

The Truth About Him by M.O’Keefe

M. O'Keefe
The Truth About Him 
Random House / November 24, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

For fans of Christina Lauren and Jodi Ellen Malpas comes the next novel in M. O’Keefe’s breathtakingly sexy series about a woman called into a journey of the heart, body, and soul. 

We played our roles, told each other lies.
But now Dylan is no longer just a mysterious deep voice on the other end of the line. We’re face-to-face and our relationship is very, very real.
We still have secrets—but so much is crystal clear:
The thrilling danger.
The raw, naked desire.
The need to keep feeling the way he makes me feel. Forever.
Dylan is putting up walls, trying to keep me safe, but he can’t shut me out. He has seen my darkness and rescued me. Now it’s my turn, if only he will let me.

Note: This review contains spoilers for book 1 in the Everything I Left Unsaid series, Everything I Left Unsaid. Read with caution... or be prepared to be spoiled!

The end of Everything I Left Unsaid was a cliffhanger—a pulse-pounding, heart-in-my-throat one. After an entire novel of falling in love with Annie’s relentless honesty and bravery, leaving her in such danger was unthinkable.

Which is why I didn’t read it until I had The Truth About Him in my hot little hands.

[And now you should read too ...]

Nov 6 2015 2:00pm

NASCAR Country Races into Romancelandia: Race Cars in Romance from North, Knox, and More!

Anything But Broken by Joelle Knox

Psst. I have a secret. I don’t like sports.

Well that’s not true. It’s not that I don’t like them. It’s just that I never really can bring myself to care who wins. That makes watching far less entertaining. Unless you can pass the time looking at — okay, let’s be honest, objectifying — the athletes.

Sports romances have long been popular with readers, and with good reason. Who doesn’t want to read about a bunch of very fit men vying for dominance?

While sports leave me cold, sports romance are quite another thing. I love all sport romances and there are so many to keep me happy. Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series, Allison Parr’s Rush Me, The Hook-Up by Kristin Callahan and a whole host of hockey books—Toni Aleo’s Taking Shots, the hilarious Pucked by Helena Hunting, going all the way back to See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson—all live on my keeper shelf. Along side those are an ever growing number of race car books.

The first racing romances I read were back in the late 2000s when Harlequin published a series of NASCAR-branded books and Erin McCarthy published the first of her race car series, Flat-Out Sexy.

There has been a cluster of racing books in the last year and they rev my motor in all the right ways.

[Heroes who Heart sports ...]

Jan 28 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Karina Bliss’s Rise (January 28, 2015)

Rise by Karina BlissKarina Bliss
Rise (Rock Solid)
Karina Bliss / January 28, 2015 / $9.95 print, $3.99 digital

Even rock stars deserve redemption...

Acclaimed literary biographer Elizabeth Winston writes about long-dead heroes.

So bad-boy rock icon Zander Freedman couldn’t possibly tempt her to write his memoir.

Except the man is a mass of fascinating contradictions–manipulative, honest, gifted, charismatic and morally ambiguous.
In short, everything she seeks in a biography subject.

When in her life will she get another chance to work with a living legend? But saying yes to one temptation soon leads to another.

Suddenly she’s having heated fantasies about her subject, fantasies this blue-eyed devil is only too willing to stoke.

She thought self-control was in her DNA; after all, she grew up a minister’s daughter.

She thought wrong.

Rock star Zander Freedman has been an outlier–many would say an outcast–for most of his life.

But there’s no disaster he can’t overcome, from the breakup of his band to the inevitable damage to his reputation.

His Resurrection Tour is shaping up to be his greatest triumph–if his golden voice holds out.

Contracting a respected biographer is simply about creating more buzz. Elizabeth’s integrity is the key to consolidating his legacy as one of rock’s greats.

All the damn woman has to do is write down what he tells her. Not force him to think.

Or encourage the good guy struggling to get out.

And certainly not make him fall in love for the first time in his life.

Turns out he is scared of something: being known.

Rise is a self-published sequel to Karina Bliss’s 2010 Superromance What the Librarian Did, although this is a stand-alone, and you don't need to have read the first book. The hero, Zander Freedman, could be viewed as the villain of What the Librarian Did, but after finishing that one, I wanted to know what happened to Zander, and if he could be redeemed. I wanted him to have his own happy ending. It’s been a long time coming, but it was so worth the wait.

[Don't keep US in suspense!]

Dec 8 2014 1:00pm

First Look: AJ Pine’s What If (December 8, 2014)

What If by AJ PineAJ Pine
What If (If Only)
Entangled / December 8, 2014 / $0.99 digital

Sometimes it takes letting go of the past to find out who you want to be.

During his semester abroad, Griffin Reed almost gave his heart to a girl who loved someone else. Lesson learned. Now he’s home, where following in his father’s footsteps may not be what he wants, but it’s what his parents expect. It might be taking the easy road, but he doesn’t see a way out.

Something that could have killed Maggie Kendall took away the person she used to be instead. Her condition makes her dependent on sticky notes, photos, and medication just to get through each day. The last thing she needs is a distraction—or someone new to disappoint.

What they refuse to see is they are perfect for each other. Maggie makes Griffin want to be a better man, and he makes her believe a future is possible. But these two have to find a way to share the secrets ripping them apart, if they’re ever going to have a chance at happiness.

In the first book in A.J. Pine’s If Only series, Griffin is part of a love triangle that ended badly. For him. A couple years later, his former love is still happily dating his rival and Griffin no longer believes in happy endings. Which in true Romancelandia style, he hides by being the 21st century version of a rake. The broken and broken-hearted bad boy falling in love is one of my favorite tropes and Griffin does not disappoint on that front.

[What if he changes his ways when he meets the right girl?]

Oct 27 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Valerie Bowman’s The Accidental Countess (October 28, 2014)

The Accidental Countess by Valerie BowmanValerie Bowman
The Accidental Countess
St. Martin's Press / October 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

For seven long years, Lady Cassandra Monroe has waited for the man of her dreams to return from the war. Unfortunately, he happens to be engaged to her flighty cousin. What Cass wouldn’t give to take her cousin’s place! When he mistakes Cass for Patience Bunbury, a fictitious friend her cousin has invented to escape social obligations…even with her future husband, Cass thinks this is her chance.

After defeating Napoleon at Waterloo, Captain Julian Swift is not quite ready to settle down and enter into his unwanted arranged marriage—especially when the real object of his affection turns out to be a beguiling beauty he meets at a party. Patience Bunbury is witty, independent, passionate…and, unbeknownst to him, the cousin of his current fiancée. When the truth about Cass comes out—and Julian  discovers that their courtship is anything but accidental—will he surrender his heart to a woman who really is too good to be true.

There is nothing quite like a Regency romp. The silliness and witty banter and house parties and the absolute certainty that, no matter how bad things are looking, they really, truly will work out in the end. Valerie Bowman's The Accidental Countess is a gender-swap take on Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest, with all the love and faux rivals. There is even an imaginary Bunbury.

[We're Wilde about this story!]

Aug 2 2014 1:00pm

First Look: Lia Riley’s Upside Down (August 5, 2014)

Upside Down by Lia RileyLia Riley
Upside Down
Grand Central / August 5, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Twenty-one-year-old Natalia Stolfi is saying goodbye to painful memories—and turning her life upside down with a trip to the land down under. For the next six months, she’ll pretend to be a carefree exchange student. Everything is going to plan until she meets a surly surfer with hypnotic green eyes, and the troubling ability to see straight through her act.

Bran Lockhart is having the worst year on record. After the girl of his dreams turned into a nightmare, he slunk back to Melbourne to piece his life together. Yet no amount of disappointment could blind him to the pretty California girl who gets past all his defenses. He’s never wanted anyone the way he wants Talia. A single semester abroad won’t cover something this serious. But when Bran gets a stark reminder of why he stopped believing in love, he and Talia must decide if what they have is once in a lifetime . . . or if they were meant to live a world apart.

Talia’s trip down under is an escape, pure and simple. What makes her a likeable heroine is that she knows just what she's doing. Her entire life is a mess; her family, her love life, her studies, all of it has spiraled out of her control. She might be lying to everyone in her life about just how bad things have gotten, but she doesn’t lie to herself.

[You can tell us the truth, too!]

Apr 30 2014 3:45pm

First Look: Jamie Brenner’s Ruin Me (May 6, 2014)

Ruin Me by Jamie BrennerJamie Brenner
Ruin Me
St. Martin's Griffin / May 6, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Lulu Sterling thinks she has it all figured out: with one more year left at NYU, she’s spending her summer interning at her mother’s iconic art gallery, determined to overcome the long shadow of her father’s suicide and prove herself to her critical mother. With her boyfriend, rising artist Brandt Penn, Lulu also hopes she will finally experience the love and desire that have always eluded her. But passion comes where she least expects it in the form of a brilliant, reclusive street artist known only by the tag GoST, and Lulu must decide how much she is willing to risk – and how far she is willing to go — to claim it.

I grew up in Manhattan in the '80s when Keith Haring and his compatriots were raising graffiti to an art form. But despite the high end galleries selling such work, the city’s buildings were covered with spray paint. Maybe this street art was working its way into the mainstream, but it still was very much something I could spot in the wild—on a billboard or on the side of a bus stop. The art felt vital, important. Not some untouchable canvas on the wall of the Met to be contemplated in silence, but something urgent. Something worth getting arrested for, maybe worth dying for.

[Sounds intense!...]

Apr 23 2014 8:30am

Family, Dogs, and Love: Jennifer Crusie’s Various Temptations

Welcome to Temptation by Jennifer CrusieJennifer Crusie has never been an especially prolific author and that’s even more true now. But each of her books sticks with me. I love the crazy plots, the zingy one-liners, the madcap escapades. Each of her books sits on my keeper shelf, waiting for me to pick them up and revisit those characters I know and love as well as old friends. And like old friends, Crusie’s books have taught me things, life lessons that I carry with me out into the real world.

Family Makes You Crazy

All of Crusie’s books are filled with family, which makes sense because family shapes us and makes us who we are, for better or worse. Family gives you your start in life and if you’re a Crusie character, they drive you up a wall. Min in Bet Me even goes so far as to give up butter to appease her mother. Rest assured, the book makes it clear what a horrible tragedy that is. In Welcome to Temptation, Sophie ties herself into knots to get her movie made while also trying to keep both her brother and sister from getting themselves arrested. She lies, cheats, steals, even risks the love of her life to protect her siblings. There is nothing that threatens your sanity like the people you love most in the world.

And then there is my own favorite Crusie, Faking It. Every single character in that book is bent, twisted somehow. Secret persona, criminal history, or simply scary needlepoint, they are all a bit, or a whole lot, left of center and I love every single one of them.

[“Sanity” is a relative term...]

Apr 10 2014 8:30am

Simple, Honest, Relevant: The Romance Novels of Betty Neels

The Daughter of the Manor by Betty NeelsSome older romance novels don’t hold up well to the passage of time. The changes in fashion make the clothes seem dated; the changes in tech make the situations seem absurd; the changes in male-female relations make the romance seem stilted. It’s amazing what we thought was charming, romantic, or hot twenty or thirty years ago. The heroine of lots of those books seem insipid. The heroes of many of those books are hard to take in large doses without setting fire to the book.

A Betty Neels book is a different breed. The books are dated, but the characters are so strong it doesn’t matter in the least. Her heroes are usually doctors and whether they are a country doctor in a small village or a highly sought after specialist, they are all used to getting their own way. They are alpha, through and through, but underneath there is a gentleness. One of my favorite scenes is in Daughter of the Manor. The heroine Leonora is running herself into the ground caring for the great, old manor of the title and for her sick relatives. To help her out, the hero arranges for dinner to be brought to her. But, knowing her pride wouldn’t permit her to accept charity, he passes it off as a gift from a neighbor. The really amazing thing is the way the hero James talks about Leonora. He doesn’t fault her for her pride or think it silly or useless. It’s a part of her personality and he just accepts it and works around it to try and make her life easier without causing her any embarrassment.

[That's all anyone really wants...]

Apr 8 2014 1:00pm

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s Unfixable (April 14, 2014)

Unfixable by Tessa BaileyTessa Bailey
Entangled Embrace / April 14, 2014 / $2.99 digital

Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.

Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.

But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?

Unfixable is a New Adult title, but also a sequel to Tessa Bailey’s popular Line of Duty series. Our heroine Willa is the younger sister of the heroine from Protecting What’s His. Although Ginger and her HEA play a part in Willa’s book, it never felt gratuitous (although I will be forced to go back and read her story!) or unwelcome. “Love few, love hard” is the Peet family motto and Ginger and her husband are two of the few people Willa loves. Willa’s past and how she views herself because of that past play a big part in the conflict of Unfixable.

[Don't look back...]

Feb 16 2014 10:36am

First Look: Karen Booth’s Back Forever (February 17, 2014)

Karen Booth
Back Forever
Turquoise Morning Press / February 17, 2014 / $3.99 digital 

The breakup that rocked Christopher Penman and Claire Abby’s romance was a painful test of their love. Now back together, they’re eager to embrace their future. Christopher’s band is making a run at it after a long hiatus. Claire lands a magazine job she never dreamed she could get. Only a ring on Claire’s finger and a baby on the way could make their new life more complete, and Chris is determined they’ll have everything they ever wanted.

But when Claire’s dad starts behaving strangely and her teenage daughter feels left out, Chris and Claire’s picture-perfect plans begin to unravel. Career demands, family strife, and a piece of devastating news send Claire into a downward spiral. Chris must help Claire find the good in all they’ve been through–they will have it all as long as they have each other, forever.

When I realized Karen Booth's Back Forever wasn’t just a connected book, but a sequel to Bring Me Back, I got a copy and read that first and I’m really glad I did. It can be read as a stand-alone novel, but the dedication reads “To every reader who fell in love with Chris and wished to be Claire.” Back Forever is a love letter to fans of Chris and Claire.

[Fall for them again...]

Feb 5 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Suleikha Snyder’s Bollywood and the Beast (February 11, 2014)

Suleikha Snyder
Bollywood and the Beast
Samhain / February 11, 2014 / $4.50 digital

American-born ingénue Rakhee “Rocky” Varma knows a career in Bollywood is no fairy tale, but that truth hits home when her outspoken nature lands her in hot water with the media.

Banished to her leading man’s crumbling mansion on the outskirts of Delhi until things cool down, she is wholly unprepared to meet her costar’s reclusive brother, Taj Ali Khan. Taj, a former action hero until a stunt gone horribly wrong ended his career, wears a cape of scars and a crown of rudeness.

As his cynicism collides with her determination to stick it out in Bollywood no matter what, sparks fly. But little do they know that demons not of their making may turn their fiery, fragile connection to ash. And it will take more than sheer grit to face down the most frightening monsters of all—the ones inside themselves.

Bollywood is the perfect setting for a romance with its glamour and emphasis on appearances, as demonstrated by Suleikha Snyder's Bollywood and the Beast. Bollywood's a fantasy world where reality and illusion coexist and then when heroine Rocky goes to stay in the Beast’s castle, the whole story takes on a magical feel, one that allows anything to happen.

[Expect the unexpected...]

Jan 17 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Mary Ann Rivers’s Live (January 21, 2014)

Mary Ann Rivers
Loveswept / January 21, 2014 / $2.99 digital

If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield, Ohio, gives her plenty of time to ogle the hottest man she has ever laid eyes on: the sexy wood-carver who’s restoring the building. But as the rejection letters pile up, Destiny finds an unexpected shoulder to cry on. With his rich Welsh accent, Hefin Thomas stirs Destiny so completely that, even though he’s leaving soon, she lets herself believe the memory of his scorching kisses will be enough.

Hefin can’t help but notice the slender, confident woman with ginger hair who returns each day, so hopeful and determined. So when the tears start to fall, his silence—penance for a failed marriage—finally cracks. Once he’s touched her, what Hefin wants is to take her back to Wales and hold her forever. But Destiny’s roots run too deep. What they both need is each other—to learn how to live and love again.

Mary Ann Rivers's debut full-length, Live, will make you curl up with your box of tissues and cry until you’re not even sure whether they count as happy or sad tears. Rivers's world and characters feel so real, their emotions so raw, that I need the almost poetic beauty of the words to bear so much truth.

[Hurts so good...]

Dec 20 2013 4:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 2

Written in Red by Anne BishopMay old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!

Check back every other weekday between now and Christmas for all of the blogger recommendations! See the recommendations for Day 1Day 3, and Day 4.

Sahara Hoshi:

Anne Bishop's Written in Red
Cranky wolf shifter meets fun and adorable magically gifted heroine, what's not to love?

Nalini Singh's Heart of Obsidian
The heroine has an amazing name and the hero isn't too shabby either.

Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl
For every time you squeed or sighed over something and nobody understood you, finally there's a book for it.

[Who's next!]