Jul 12 2014 12:00pm

What the Heart Wants: Summer 2014’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

Team H&H eats, breathes, and sleeps romance, but even we have trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. To make life a little easier for all of us, we’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for July and August. Let us know what you think, whether it’s showering us with praise or educating us about what we’ve missed (or both)!

Ray Donovan (television)
While it looks like the Terry/Frances relationship that H&H’s Wendy the Super Librarian was rooting for is over (poor Frances!), Liev Schreiber alone is enough to tune in to the Season 2 premiere of Ray Donovan. (Premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Showtime)
  Masters of Sex (television)
Thanks to history and human sexuality classes, we always knew where William Masters and Virginia Johnson’s relationship was going. And sure enough, in Masters of Sex Season 2, their research isn’t all that’s going to new heights. (Premieres at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime)



Married (television)
Judy Greer’s played the sidekick in rom-coms like 27 Dresses, The Wedding Planner, and 13 Going on 30. Now it’s her turn in the spotlight as the leading lady of what looks to be a charming comedy about “being miserably in love” (?!?!).
(Premieres at 10 p.m. ET on FX)


Lucy (film)
We’re dying to see Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow finally get her own movie, but until then, at least we have Lucy, from La Femme Nikita director Luc Bresson, about a woman who develops superhuman abilities (and kicks some major ass) after an accidental drug overdose.

Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews (book)
Ilona Andrews’s Kate Daniels series continues with another adventure pitting Kate’s sharp wit and sharper sword against enemies who would destroy her, and everyone she loves.
  Loving Rose by Stephanie Laurens (book)
A notorious gentleman reinvents himself and wins the heart of Rose, a woman he would have never allowed for himself in his previous life. For those who love a little mystery with their romance, Book 3 in Stephanie Laurens's Casebook of Barnaby Adair will be the perfect fit.
  Lead by Kylie Scott (book)
Jimmy, the lead singer of Stage Dive has been in a tail spin. Enter Lena: the assistant charged with the daunting task of corraling this renegade rock-star. Things quickly start to heat up in Kylie Scott's latest, and it's music to our ears!

What If? (film) –
Daniel Radcliffe plays a lovelorn man who is hopelessly friend-zoned with the great Zoe Kazan as his leading lady. Honestly? What If? had us at “Daniel Radcliffe.”
  Guardians of the Galaxy (film)
Marvel movies rarely let us down, and while this one looks pretty out there (a talking raccoon, really??), the involvement of hotties Chris Pratt, Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, and Karen Gillan, just to name a few, has us pretty stoked.

Dark Skye by Kresley Cole (book)
Lanthe and Thronos are finally getting their own book! After years of waiting, the angel and the sorceress are finally going to get together—and we’re banking on a whole lot of unresolved sexual tension to make it one of the most fun books in the Immortals After Dark series yet!
  My Beautiful Enemy by Sherry Thomas (book)
Our reviewer, Cheryl Sneed, has already read this, and says it’s one of the best books she’s read all year. Sherry Thomas is an amazingly talented historical author, and this book looks to be among her best.

The Knick (television)
Lovers of gritty history—those who like Boardwalk Empire, and Deadwood, and the like—will be paying attention to Steven Soderbergh’s new project, The Knick, set in turn of the twentieth century NY, and starring Clive Owen.
  Into the Storm (film)
You know those movies you’ll see, even anticipating they won’t be particularly good, because of who’s in them? Hello, Richard Armitage.

Outlander (television)
Only our most anticipated new show of the summer, Outlander is based on Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular book series by the same name and follows time-traveler Claire Randall’s epic romance with swoonworthy Scot Jamie Fraser. (Premieres at 9 p.m. ET on Starz)

How the Scoundrel Seduces by Sabrina Jeffries (book)
Sabrina Jeffries’s sparkling historical romance is the perfect cocktail for summer—bubbly, refreshing, romantic, and satisfying.


Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For (film)
Sin City 2 looks to offer much the same as its predecessor (minus Clive Owen, adding Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Josh Brolin)—a souped-up noir style with loads of visceral violence and self-righteous revenge. We’re in!

Heroes Are My Weakness by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (book)
 SEP is a romance superstar for a reason (Ain’t She Sweet ranks on both our Top 10 Romances and Top 10 Contemporary Romances posts), and Heroes Are My Weakness is an auto-buy.
  Not Quite a Wife by Mary Jo Putney (book)
A newly-married couple is separated when Laurel, the young wife, has her rose-tinted glasses shattered when “she saw him perform an act of shocking violence.” We’ll be having an excerpt on the site in late August for all of you to get a taste Mary Jo Putney's latest, too!
  Ultimate Sins by Lora Leigh (book)
Enemies turn to lovers in Lora Leigh's next Callahan book when Crow Callahan can’t shake the one woman whose gotten under his skin: Amelia Sorenson.

Here are a few more upcoming book releases we can’t wait to get our hot little hands on:

And for an even more thorough list of the hottest new releases in romance, don’t miss our latest monthly New Releases Shopping List!

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Kim Haynes
2. kahintenn
What an excellent roundup! And several items I didn't know were coming, including the new Sherry Thomas, who is superlative. Her "Not Quite a Husband" was one of the first historical romances I ever ranked as a pure 10 on a scale of 1-10.
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