Dec 3 2014 9:30am

What the Heart Wants: Winter 2014/2015’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

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Even the most avid romance fan has trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. We’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for December 2014 through February 2015.

What are your most anticipated romance of the season?


Full Throttle by Julie Ann Walker (book)
The latest in Walker’s Black Knight’s Inc. series finds the daughter of the President of the United States in the hands of dangerous terrorists, but soon she’ll be in the arms of our hero—always the preferred!
Mai Tai’d Up by Alice Clayton (book)
If you’re like the rest of us, you got totally hooked by Clayton’s Wallbanger. Now, the fourth book in the Cocktails Series finds a sweet newcomer falling for the sexy small-town vet. Oh yeah, and there’s light bondage. Yeah, we’re in so fast, it’s ridiculous!
Owning Violet by Monica Murphy (book)
A dutiful daughter, a survivor...Yeah, we’re liking Violet already in Monica Murphy’s new series about three sisters in a powerful family.

Wild (film)
Reese Witherspoon’s performance in this buzzy adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir by the same name is already garnering awards talk. While Wild’s not a romance, we’re eager to see it for what looks to be the depiction of one very tough, relatable woman.


Ripped by Katy Evans (book)
Seeing your ex again is never easy—especially if, since your break up, he’s become a rock star. Never fear, our heroine only has one thing on her mind: Revenge.

The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies (film)
We’ve shown you our hand on this one; aside from automatically going to see this because, duh, Tolkien, we’re dying to see what happens between Tauriel and Kili.

Annie (film)   
Sure, this is a family movie, but is anyone else already ’shipping Jamie Foxx’s Will and Rose Byrne’s Grace?

Into the Woods (film)
Who doesn’t love a good fairy tale or ten? Into the Woods is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, not least due to its stellar cast, including Meryl Streep, Anna Kendrick, Chris Pine, Emily Blunt, and Johnny Depp.

Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks (book)
We’re always sad to see a great series go, but say goodbye to Sparks’s Love at Stake series, we must! Russel is a marine-turned vampire who wakes from a coma to find he has fangs. He meets his true love while on a journey to exact revenge, as one does.
Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare (book)
Clio Whitmore is finally going to break her engagement to her procrastinating fiance, but not if said-fiance’s prizefighting brother has anything to say about it! However, we have a feeling that these two will learn to fight for each other instead of against!
Hot Blooded by Donna Grant (book)
Returning to Scotland to discover the truth about your dead father is traumatic enough. Throw in being part of an ancient prophecy and we definitely don’t blame the heroine for getting a little testy. Luckily, Laith, our hero, will have a few ways to help her...let off some steam.


Flames of Passion by Kayla Perrin (book)
Where’s a good fake boyfriend when you need one? We wish we had more real-life experiences that called for us asking hot firefighters to rescue us. Until then, we’ll settle for Tyler and Nia’s story!

Galavant (television)
Billed as a “4-week comedy extravaganza,” Galavant is a fairy-tale musical that brings to mind Robin Hood: Men in Tights and The Princess Bride. No pressure or anything, show! (8 p.m. on ABC)

Fragmented by Stephanie Tyler (book)
When Drea has to go on the run, she has no one to turn to but her former rescuer, Jem, however with no memory of him rescuing her, things get a little tricky, but with every touch, Jem brings back a little bit of Drea’s memory. Good or bad, we can’t wait to see it unfold!
The Gentleman and the Lamplighter by Summer Devon (book)
H&H is publishing its first story of 2015—to say we’re excited would be a massive understatement, and we’re so happy to be kicking off the year with Summer Devon’s male/male historical.
Marvel’s Agent Carter (television)
One of the few spring shows with a firm series premiere date so far, Agent Carter is a highly anticipated spinoff of the Avengers films (namely Captain America: The First Avenger) that will follow fan-favorite Peggy Carter as she picks herself up after Steve Rogers’ “death” in 1946 and embarks on an exciting new career with a super-secret intelligence agency. (ABC)

Burned by Karen Marie Moning (book)
The seventh book in Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series marks the return of the Mac and her fierce lover, Jericho Barrons. Swoon! We’ve definitely got the fever for Barrons, and we can’t wait to see what Mac has up her sleeve.
The Prince by Sylvain Reynard (book)
Professor Gabriel and his beloved wife Julianne are back in this novella set in the Gabriel’s Inferno world and also introduces the world of Reynard’s new Florentine series.
I Do! by Rachel Gibson (book)
Rachel Gibson is a must for many romance reader’s and with this Avon Impulse title, we’re guessing it’ll be the perfect Impulse buy.

Song One (film)
Weepy romances are all the rage (hi, Fault in Our Stars), so Anne Hathaway’s musical romance—about a woman who returns home after learning a car accident has left her brother in a coma, only to meet and fall for her brother’s favorite singer—sounds like just the ticket.

The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy by Julia Quinn (book)
The fourth book in Julia Quinn’s Smythe-Smith quartet pairs a quiet cello-playing lady with a gentleman who must be married. Of course there are secrets, as well as bad cello-playing and plenty of good kissing.
In His Keeping by Maya Banks (book)
A heroine with telekinetic powers meets the only man who can protect her in the second sexy suspenseful book in Maya Banks’s Slow Burn series.
Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost (book)
Vlad and Leila return in the third book in Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series. Now they’re married, everything should be perfect, right?

If the Viscount Falls by Sabrina Jeffries (book)
Jeffries fans have been clamoring for Dom’s story since the first Duke’s Men book. Now, in the fourth book in the series, we get it, and Dom meets his match in Jane, the woman who jilted him years before.
Catch a Falling Heiress by Laura Lee Guhrke (book)
An American heiress is paired with a scandalous Earl in this Victorian-era historical romance.
Flirting with Disaster by Victoria Dahl (book)
In Victoria Dahl’s newest Girls’ Night Out book, a free-spirited artist is matched with a US marshal, with plenty of Dahl’s signature sizzling sex scenes.


Forever with You by Farrah Rochon (book)
A widowed single mom meets a sexy younger man in Farrah Rochon’s Bayou Dreams series. Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Rough Justice by Sarah Castille (book)
The first book in Sarah Castille’s Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club. Sinners and an MC? Sign us up!
Hero by Samantha Young (book)
For those who have always wanted to try Samantha Young, but On Dublin Street just wasn’t for you, here’s another chance with Young’s new book—out of the series—with the same great voice and a whole new cast of characters!
Rescue Me by Catherine Mann (book)
Shelter Me, book one in the Second Chance Ranch series, landed on many of H&H’s bloggers’ Best Reads lists, see why and what happens next in book two!

Jupiter Ascending (film)
A universe-trotting sci-fi movie starring Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, and Eddie Redmayne? Take our money!

Obsession in Death by J.D. Robb (book)
Eve Dallas becomes the focus of one person’s obsession—and it’s not Roarke! See what happens in the next In Death book

Fifty Shades of Grey (film)
Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey has been a hot topic around these parts since the day the news broke, and we are chomping at the bit to see how he and co-star Dakota Johnson bring Christian and Ana’s relationship to life in the big-screen adaptation of E.L. James’s hugely popular Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Last 5 Years (film)
The story-of-a-marriage premise may sound familiar, but we have a feeling the told-almost-exclusively-through-song execution will be anything but. The charming Anna Kendrick stars, though, and we already know she has the musical and acting chops to pull off something as different as this, so we’re prepared to give it a shot.
Kingsman: The Secret Service (film)
Super spies? Humor? Colin Firth? Even without a romance (please let there be a romance), Kingsman has our attention…

Jane Got a Gun (film)
All we know so far is that Natalie Portman’s Jane will “ask an ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang who are out to kill him,” but honestly, how much more do we need to know?!

The Master by Kresley Cole (book)
If you loved when Kresley Cole made “Siberian” hot, then you’ll love the newest book in the Game Makers series—telling the story of The Siberian’s equally hot brother.
Soulbound by Kristen Callihan (book)
What happens when your soul mate rejects you? Adam found out the hard way when Eliza didn’t just break his heart, but took away his chance to break his curse too.
Vanilla by Megan Hart (book)
We love a woman who isn’t afraid to take charge! But what happens when she meets the perfect man, with more vanilla tastes… We sense a sensual corruption is about to happen!

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

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1. Scarlettleigh
I've already ordered Rachel Gibson's I Do and since I'm doing the First Look on Rescue Me by Catherine Mann I've already read it -- and yes, it is great.

Continuing the dog theme -- Paw and Order by Diane Kelly out the end of this month is great fun. Rachel Lacey put herself on my radar with her previous release Unleashed, and For Keeps --her 1/27/15 release is just as touching.

Robyn Carr has a new book out 02/24/15 -- One Wish, and I'm looking forward to that.

I'm sure there is more . . Maybe that's what I'll do this morning. . . update my to buy/to read list. . .
2. PhoebeChase
I can't wait for Jupiter Ascending.

Also on my must-buy list is Larissa Ione's Revenant.
Maggie Boyd
4. maggieboyd66
Well, of course The Hobbit but my niece is getting married that week (witch :-) and I may not get to see it right away. I should be able to forgive her sometime in the next decade or so.

In books I have been rabidly awaiting This Shattered World by by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner (Dec. 23)

In January I will devote myself to Firefight Brandon Sanderson

Forever With You by Farah Rochon.

That is as far ahead as I am thinking.
Heather Waters
5. HeatherWaters
Julia Quinn and Rachel Gibson are always on my list. In TV I'm looking forward to Agent Carter and, surprisingly, Galavant.
6. Kareni
Lots of good stuff on the horizon! Thanks for the list.
Kim Haynes
7. kahintenn
IMDB has the trailer for anew movie adaptation of Far From The Madding Crowd, starring Carey Mulligan, in the spring.
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