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Tue
Oct 17 2017 12:45pm

Nora Roberts Announces Standalone Suspense Novel Shelter in Place!

Shelter in Place by Nora RobertsNeed a little pick-me-up? You're in luck, because Nora Roberts has revealed the title and cover for her next standalone novel, coming May 2018: Shelter in Place!

We don't know much about the plot yet, but here's the spine-tingling official teaser:

Sometimes, there is nowhere safe to hide.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts—a powerful tale of heart, heroism . . . and propulsive suspense.

Ummm, don't know about you, but we're already feeling the suspense of this one!

 

Watch the full announcement video now:

We'll update this post with more news about Shelter in Place as we get it, but until then, don't miss our reveal of the prophecy from Year One (which publishes on December 5) or our picks for the Top 10 Nora Roberts novels (so far).

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Shelter in Place by Nora Roberts, available May 29, 2018:

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Mon
Oct 16 2017 1:00pm

Alisha Rai’s Hate to Want You Book Club Discussion Thread

Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

After a wonderful spring and summer, H&H’s E-Book of the Month Club program is on a short break. We hope you enjoyed the free e-books and will let you know as soon when the next free e-book is available for download.

In the meantime, we’re happy to say that Book Club continues! We invite you to join us for monthly discussions, author Q&As, and more about books we’re loving.

Today, join Team H&H for October's Book Club pick and gush with us about....Alisha Rai's Hate to Want You

Hate to Want You, the first in the Forbidden Hearts series, is a book we've talked about a lot here at H&H HQ and has been raved about by our reviewers, over and over again! Livvy and Nicholas's story of forbidden love, rival families, and childhood-sweethearts-turned-enemies resonated with us, and we hope it will resonate with you as well! 

Don't know the story just yet? Here's what's to expect from Hate to Want You:

One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts—and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up.

Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want . . . so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence—and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

Being together might be against all the rules . . . but being apart is impossible.

When you're ready, come and chat with us about Livvy and Nicholas and their sexy, angst-filled love story.

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back.

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

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Mon
Oct 16 2017 10:00am

Enter for a Chance to Win 10 Fall Books That’ll Spirit You Away!

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Rake in a Pile of New Romances!

Enter for a chance to win 10 spooky-good books...

What better way to heat up chilly autumn nights than with a stack of sexy romances?! Enter for a chance to win 10 (yes, TEN) of the season’s buzziest books—before some are even in stores!

  • Secrets in Death by J.D. Robb
  • Dark Legacy by Christine Feehan
  • Lake Silence by Anne Bishop (Advance Reader Copy)
  • Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole
  • Archangel’s Viper by Nalini Singh
  • Heart of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Advance Reader Copy)
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  • So I Married a Sorcerer by Kerrelyn Sparks
  • Eye Candy by Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, Bella Jewel & Tara Sivec
  • Wicked Vampire by Kate Baxter (Advance Reader Copy)

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Fri
Oct 13 2017 3:00pm

“Sometimes my eyes hurt”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


lauralee1912 can ignore a bad cover

lauralee1912 in Which Do You Have a Higher Tolerance For: Bad Covers or Bad Titles?

I pretty much ignore a bad cover since I mostly read e-books. However, sometimes my eyes hurt went I look at my content on our Amazon account, which I share with my husband. That said, I hear about all the dukes who inhabit my Kindle and get teased about any punny or bad titles that appear on the list.

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Fri
Oct 13 2017 2:00pm

Find New Love and Old Friends in Mary Kay Andrews’s The High Tide Club

This summer may have come to a close, but author Mary Kay Andrews is already giving us something to look forward to next year with a first look at her next must-have beach read! Team H&H is thrilled to bring you the cover for Andrews's forthcoming The High Tide Club, an intergenerational story of mystery, secrets, and new love...

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews

From the bestselling author of The Weekenders comes a delightful novel about new love, old secrets, and the kind of friendship that transcends generations.

When ninety-nine-year-old heiress Josephine Bettendorf Warrick summons Brooke Trappnell to Talisa Island, her 20,000 acre remote barrier island home, Brooke is puzzled. Everybody in the South has heard about the eccentric millionaire mistress of Talisa, but Brooke has never met her. Josephine’s cryptic note says she wants to discuss an important legal matter with Brooke, who is an attorney, but Brooke knows that Mrs. Warrick has long been a client of a prestigious Atlanta law firm.

Over a few meetings, the ailing Josephine spins a tale of old friendships at a time when World War II was looming; when secrets led to betrayal and a long-unsolved murder. She tells Brooke she is hiring her for two reasons: to protect her island and legacy from those who would despoil her land, and secondly, to help her make amends with the heirs of the long dead women who were her closest friends, the girls of The High Tide Club—so named because of their youthful skinny dipping escapades—Millie, Ruth and Varina.

Even at the end of her life, Josephine seems unwilling or unable to face her past, deliberately evading Brooke’s questions. When Josephine nears death with her secrets intact, Brooke is charged with contacting Josephine’s friends’ descendants and bringing them together on Talisa for a reunion of women who’ve actually never met. High Tide Club is Mary Kay Andrews at her Queen of the Beach Reads best, a compelling and witty tale of romance thwarted, friendships renewed, justice delivered and true love found.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The High Tide Club by Mary Kay Andrews, available May 8, 2018:

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Wed
Oct 11 2017 5:25pm

Nalini Singh’s Cherish Hard Launches Hard Play Series

If you're like us, you fell hard for Nalini Singh's contemporary Rock Kiss series. Now we're excited for a brand new series from her, Hard Play. While Singh may be known for her paranormal romances, her first contemporary series has won many hearts. With the first book in the Hard Play series, Cherish Hard (out in just over a month on November 14, 2017), we know we'll be hooked on Sailor, who is also Rock Kiss's Gabriel's brother, and Ísa's love story from start to finish. Want to know why? Read more about the book and find out: 

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.

If that sounds like the perfect formula for a romance for you, get reading. Singh also shared an excerpt from the book on her Facebook page. 

Stay tuned to this page as we'll be updating it as more information becomes available!

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Learn more or pre-order a copy of Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh, out November 14, 2017:

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Tue
Oct 10 2017 10:24am

E.L. James Sheds Light on Darker: Fifty Shades Darker as Told by Christian

Darker by EL JamesFifty Shades trilogy author E.L. James has officially announced Darker: Fifty Shades Darker As Told by Christian, complete with a cover and release date!

In a Facebook post minutes ago, James shared the news that Darker will be released in both the U.S. and the U.K. very soon: November 28, 2017!

Darker follows in the footsteps of Grey, which gave us insight into how Christian Grey saw the events of Fifty Shades of Grey, the first volume of Christian and Anastasia Steele's love story in James's Fifty Shades trilogy, which was itself inspired by Edward and Bella's romance in the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer.

Here's the official book description:

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Fri
Oct 6 2017 2:30pm

“I’m totally in favor of muscles on display”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Karen H near Tampa is a fan of muscles

Karen H near Tampa in Shirts vs Skins?

I'm totally in favor of muscles on display, that is, without shirts! My only problem is that too often the model's head is cut off and I like looking at attractive faces also. And I don't worry about them getting cold because men in general, especially when they're well-muscled, give off a lot of heat in my experience. The covers do look different to me, while I find all those historical romances with women in modern prom dresses, that are definitely not period-appropriate, all look the same except for color. For a while, they were all shown from the back, though that has tempered somewhat.

My biggest cover issue these days is that the “bad-boy” romances are starting to include cigarettes! Having seen the devastation of lung cancer in my family, not to mention the awful smell that hangs around smokers, I cannot be happy about this new trend and I sincerely hope it is restricted to a very small sample. We must not re-normalize smoking or we all suffer needlessly, as we did in the past. I personally consider it a very, very lazy way to show that the male protagonist is a bad boy.

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Fri
Oct 6 2017 9:30am

Kristen Ashley’s Honey Series Gets Sweeter with The Greatest Risk Cover

Get some more Honey in your life. Kristen Ashley's Honey series is about to get a little sweeter with the third book in the series, The Greatest Risk! Knowing Ashley's penchant for the hottest of hot alpha men, we're sure this scorching addition to the series will absolutely delight and thrill as we go back to the Honey Club once more!

While you wait, try a sample of the first two books in the series, The Deep End, and The Farthest Edge, so you're ready for more when The Greatest Risk hits bookshelves!

The Greatest Risk by Kristen Ashley

The Greatest Risk by Kristen Ashley

A woman unable to connect, struggling to hide another part of her. A man burning to learn her truth, and make her whole. Through explosive passion and deep exploration, they are about to take the greatest risk of all. But will they be able to take that leap, and come out on the other side together? In this next passionate novel in the Honey series, New York Times bestselling author Kristen Ashley delivers a stunningly romantic and intensely sexy novel that will stay with you long after you turn the final page.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The Greatest Risk by Kristen Ashley, available May 1, 2018:

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Thu
Oct 5 2017 3:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Scarlett Cole; Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden & Kate Baxter; Manda Collins; Amelia Grey; and Soraya Lane

Team H&H has five great covers for you today from authors Scarlett Cole, Eve Langlais, Milly Taiden, & Kate Baxter, Manda Collins, Amelia Grey, and Soraya Lane. Whether you're in the mood for some action with a SEAL, alpha shifters, historical rogues and rakes, or a down-home cowboy, we've got you covered! Take a look!

Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole

Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole

Ex- Navy SEAL Cabe Moss can disappear in plain sight. He sees links in everything, filing every little detail away for future reference as he fades further into the background. He can remember the color of an assailant’s eyes, the face of his first kill, and the last time he kissed his fiancée (two years, one month, eleven days, and eight hours ago, the day before she left for Afghanistan, and thanks to a roadside IED, never came back). Which is why the signs are telling him that the recent cases he has worked on with his brothers at Eagle Securities are not only connected, but the tip of the iceberg. He knows money is being laundered. The question is how?

F.B.I. Special Agent Amy Murray knows there are thirty-nine stairs up to her office, nineteen rows of roof tiles on the building opposite her apartment, and that the reason she has no student debt is because she counted cards in black jack though college. Growing up in Las Vegas with a World Series of Poker champion for a father, it was to be expected. So when the chance arises to act as a dealer in a casino suspected of allowing money laundering on its premises, Amy takes the job. But it lands her her straight into the path of the deadly handsome warrior Cabe. As the two work together, their explosive attraction begins to lead to something deeper. But before risking their lives, he needs to risk his heart…

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Deep Cover by Scarlett Cole, available May 29, 2018:

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Wed
Oct 4 2017 10:15am

Donna Grant Reveals Next Dark Kings Hero and the Cover of Torched!

Fans of Donna Grant's long-running Dark Kings series—your wait is almost over. Team H&H is thrilled to bring you the cover for the upcoming book in the series, Torched. And as a special treat, we have a letter from the author herself to tell you whose book to prepare yourselves for... And, well... we'll let Donna Grant take it away:

Hello, lovelies!

Normally during a cover reveal you'd get the back cover blurb as well as who the story is about. But we're going to do things a little different this time. Why? Oh, well, that's because Torched is one of *the* big books in the series. And by “big book” I mean more than just pages. Torched will be about a Dragon Kings everyone has been wondering about, asking about—and dreaming about.

Can you tell who it is yet based on the cover? Well, why don't I end the misery and tell you that it's Ulrik's book. :)

Does this bad boy dragon get redeemed? I do write romance, so that sorta gives it away, but in all honesty, this book will deliver on some major plot questions that so many have been begging to know. There is a lot packed into this book (a LOT), and I will be the first to tell you that it nearly killed me writing it. I knew it wasn't going to be an easy book, but I didn't realize it was going to be such a hard one to get the words down. 

Yet, I love this book. I love the characters, their hardships, their survival, their courage - and their love. Sometimes the hardest books to write are the most rewarding, and this is certainly one of them. I can't wait for you to read Torched! But until then, feel free to pet the cover and daydream about the Ulrik, the King of Silvers. 

xoxox,

DG

Thanks, Donna! So, what do you all think? Can't wait for Torched? What are you looking forward to in Ulrik's story?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Torched by Donna Grant, available May 29, 2018:

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Tue
Oct 3 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Valerie Bowman, Tara Thomas, Lily Blackwood, Janna MacGregor, and Michele de Winton!

Team H&H has five incredible covers for you today from authors Valerie Bowman, Tara Thomas, Lily Blackwood, Janna MacGregor, and Michele de Winton. Suspense, mystery, a marriage of convenience, Highlanders, and more await a trip to the top of your To Be Read pile!

A Duke Like No Other by Valerie BowmanA Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman

First comes love, then comes marriage. Unless it’s the other way around. . .

General Mark Grimaldi has sacrificed everything for his military career, working his way through the ranks without the benefit of a nobleman’s title. Now, his years of dedication are about to pay off—with an offer for a prestigious promotion to Home Secretary. There’s only one condition: Mark must be married. Aside from the small matter of not actually wanting to be wed, Mark faces another troubling problem: he already has a wife.

Nicole Huntington Grimaldi has spent ten contented years in France without her husband—and without regret. When Mark asks her to return to London and play the part of his beloved wife, she sees her chance. But neither of them is prepared for news that will throw Mark’s future into chaos…nor the undeniable desire they’ve rekindled. Maybe happily-ever-after can happen the second time around?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of A Duke Like No Other by Valerie Bowman, available May 1, 2018:

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Mon
Oct 2 2017 3:17pm

Enter for a Chance to Win a Signed Copy of Nora Roberts’s Year One!

Year One by Nora RobertsAre you curious about the new direction Nora Roberts is taking in her next book, the post-apocalyptic novel Year One? Same here! That's why we're thrilled to say we've teamed up with Nora Roberts' publisher (and H&H's parent company), St. Martin's Press, to offer U.S. readers* the chance to win an advance reading copy of Year One AND a finished copy signed by Nora herself!

Enter for a chance to win the Year One Signed Sweepstakes.**

Year One, Book 1 in the Chronicles of One, will hit shelves on December 5, 2017. Here's what you need to know about it:

A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author—an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magic, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives…

It began on New Year’s Eve. The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magic rose up in its place. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river—or in the ones you know and love the most. In a world of survivors, every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Don't wait—enter the signed Year One sweepstakes now!**

*We're very sorry about the geographic restriction; laws governing sweepstakes vary from country to country.

**NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A purchase does not improve your chances of winning. Sweepstakes open to legal residents of 50 United States and D.C. who are 18 and older as of the date of entry. To enter, complete entry at https://us.macmillan.com/static/smp/year-one-sweepstakes/index.html beginning at 12:00 AM Eastern Time (ET) Monday, October 02, 2017. Sweepstakes ends at 11:59 PM ET Monday, October 16, 2017. Void outside the United States and where prohibited by law. Please see full details and official rules below. Sponsor: St. Martin's Press, 175 Fifth Ave., New York, NY 10010.

Fri
Sep 29 2017 3:30pm

“It shows her growth because it’s a happy dream”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


willaful enjoys the happy dream

willaful in The Incredible Jessica James Is Actually Incredible

Great write up! Hey, now we need the guy who plays Moss in a rom-com! I love him!

So... am I the only person who thought the ending of the movie was one of Jessica's dreams? But that it shows her growth because it's a happy dream, rather than one mired in the past.

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Fri
Sep 29 2017 11:30am

11 Books H&H Reviewers Couldn’t Put Down in September 2017

Our reviewers give us the scoop every day on the books they're loving and share their opinions here on Heroes and Heartbreakers. However, each month, we ask them to make a tough decision and recommend the best thing they've read over the last month! It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for September 2017 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole

Anna Bowling:

My best read of September is Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole. (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) This historical romance novella, set in the heart of the American Revolution gives us two lovers on opposite sides of the conflict. Elijah, who is enslaved, fights with the patriots, in his master's stead, to advance a new nation, while Kate, formerly enslaved, gained her freedom by siding with the British. When danger thrusts the two together, they must find common ground and save those they hold most dear. Full of historical detail and a potent romance, this story will make readers think as well as feel.

Dolly Sickles:

The Hunting Grounds by Katee Robert (Amazon | B&N)

I loved everything about this story, from the wilderness setting to the two main characters who are written equally in strength and weaknesses. Maggie Gaines is no simpering female lost in the woods and reliant on the brawn of FBI agent Vic Southerland. They need each other to find a serial killer and survive both the wilds and the killer in Glacier National Park. Added to the mix Maggie and Vic worked together and shared a forbidden kiss seven years ago … ah, this is the good stuff.

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Wed
Sep 27 2017 11:30am

Sarina Bowen’s Bountiful Cover Brings a City Boy to the Country

No farmer's tans here! Sarina Bowen's Bountiful, the fourth book in the True North series, has a cover! It's been a year since our last True North book and we've been enjoying our discussion of Bittersweet in our September Book Club. We got the full scoop on Bountiful in our interview with Bowen earlier in September. Now, though, we have the full cover to feast our eyes on, plus a little more about Zara and her hero, Dave Beringer of the Brooklyn Bruisers. 

No last names. No life stories. Those were the rules.

Once upon a time a cocky, copper-haired tourist sauntered into Zara’s bar. And even though she knew better, Zara indulged in a cure for the small-town blues. It was supposed to be an uncomplicated fling—a few sizzling weeks before he went back to his life, and she moved on. 

Until an accidental pregnancy changed her life. 

Two years later, she’s made peace with the notion that Dave From Brooklyn will never be found. Until one summer day when he walks into her coffee shop, leveling her with the same hot smile that always renders her defenseless.

Hockey star Dave Beringer has never forgotten the intense month he spent with prickly Zara. Their nights together were the first true intimacy he’d ever experienced. But the discovery of his child is the shock of a lifetime, and his ugly past puts relationships and family out of reach.

Or does it? Vermont’s countryside has a way of nurturing even tortured souls. The fields and the orchards—and hard won love—are Bountiful.

For those readers who also follow Bowen's Brooklyn Bruisers series, you may remember Dave Beringer as a background character in all of those books. You'll be even more excited to find out that the heroes from the other books in that series will also make an appearance. 

So what are you thoughts? Are you excited or super excited? (Answer: Super. SUPER excited.)

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Learn more or pre-order a copy of Bountiful by Sarina Bowen, available October 20, 2017:

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Wed
Sep 27 2017 9:30am

October 2017 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in October.

We’ve divided them up by week to make it easier for you to find the newest releases. For those who’ve got a very specific obsession, we also divided the list up by subgenre and there are some great books to look forward to, and you can find them in our printable version. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

Authors: Have we missed your release before? Drop us a line at heroesnhearts@gmail.com with your title, full name, release date, and series name (if you have one) for your upcoming November 2017 release!

Jump to New Releases for the Week of:

October 1-3 |  October 4-10 October 11-17October 18-24 | October 25-31

Week of October 1 through October 3

[See new releases ahead!]