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Best Redemption?

Lisa-Kleypas-Devil-in-WinterSome of the best heroes and heroines were villains in previous books — for example, Lisa Kleypas’s Devil in Winter, Mary Jo Putney’s The Rake, and Mary Balogh’s A Christmas Bride, to name a few (and all historical, although paranormal romances have their fair share of villains-to-heroes as well. Hi, Lothaire!).

A villain is memorable, which is why readers often demand that a villain gets his or her own chance at redemption. Whose redemption is the best?

Morning Bites, Reviews, Movies, Reviews

Hidden Gem: FREE FALL

Marketed as “the German Brokeback Mountain,” Free Fall depicts a complicated romance between two police officers. Be warned, the ending is unclear, but the story itself spools out well, building up the tension and the conflict of the lead character. It’s available for streaming on Netflix (and one of its leads also stars in the Netflix-streaming Sense8).

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Morning Bites

Weekend Reading

We’ve got some excellent places to go for your weekend reading (when you’re taking a break from your current book):

Over at XOXOAfterDark, they’re hosting an all-day virtual conference, with appearances from Kresley Cole, Lisa Renee Jones, Sabrina Jeffries, and many more.

On Bookriot, Jessica Tripler is talking about sex in romance, specifically Some Like It Hot: The Literary Function of Sex Scenes in Romance.

Do you have Netflix? House of Flying Daggers, one of the most beautiful movies ever, is set to depart from Netflix in November, so you’ve got a week to watch its lush romance.

What are your weekend plans?


Autumn Thorns Yasmine Galenorn
Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Kristen Ashley’s FIRE INSIDE is $.99!

Fire Inside Kristen Ashley

This deal alert for Kristen Ashley’s Fire Inside is at a perfect time. On Tuesday the newest book in the Chaos series, Walk Through Fire, hits shelves! Kristen’s heroes are usually taciturn and dirtily sexy, and Hop, from Fire Inside, definitely fits that description! She’s got a really distinctive voice, and if you read a sample and find it’s for you, she’s got a very long backlist on which to binge.

Here’s the blurb to entice you to pick up a copy today!

Lanie Heron isn’t looking for love-no surprise, considering her last serious relationship nearly got her killed. So when Lanie propositions Hop Kincaid, all she wants is one wild night with the hot-as-hell biker who patrols with the Chaos Motorcycle Club…

For Hop, Lanie has always been untouchable. She’s too polished and too classy for his taste. But when she gives Hop the once-over with her bedroom eyes and offers him a night in paradise, he can’t say no. And he doesn’t regret it when he finds that Lanie is the best thing that’s ever happened to him-in or out of bed. Now the trick will be to convince her of that.

Reviews, Movies, Reviews

Top 5 4 Rochesters On-Screen

In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte created two incredibly memorable characters. The titular Jane is “poor, plain, and little,” but she is also the most stubborn heroine ever, and knows her own worth: “I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”

Her foil, her true soulmate, is the irascible Mr. Rochester, whom Jane describes as having “broad and jetty eyebrows; his square forehead, made squarer by the horizontal sweep of his black hair. I recognized his decisive nose, more remarkable for character than beauty; his full nostrils, denoting, I thought, choler; his grim mouth, chin, and jaw—yes, all three were very grim, and no mistake.”

Rochester is arrogant, as stubborn as Jane, proud, obnoxious, and manipulative. And yet? And yet he is an iconic hero in literature, and his type shows up in romances as the Alpha male (most recently as a Billionaire rather than a wealthy man with an estate). Since Edward Fairfax Rochester is such a memorable hero, it’s time to round up the Top 4 On-Screen portrayals of Rochester (I stuck with four because these are the ones I think of when I think of Rochester; other people mentioned the William Hurt portrayal, and then there’s Orson Welles hamming it up against Joan Fontaine, but those aren’t MY Rochesters):

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Suffragette and Women’s Rights

Suffragette, starring Carey Mulligan and Helena Bonham-Carter, opens in theaters today. It “is a powerful drama about the women who were willing to lose everything in their fight for equality in early-20th-century Britain.”

Today is also the 165th anniversary of the 1850 Woman’s Rights Convention, the first of its kind to be held in the United States. It took place in Worcester, MA, and inspired heroes such as Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony to carry on with the fight for women’s rights.

Steals & Deals



Remember when we discussed memorable first lines in romance? This one from Angie Fox’s The Accidental Demon Slayer, is a doozie. It sets the tone for what you can expect from the rest of the book, it creates a sense of urgency, and its humor comes from the specificity of the details.

The Accidental Demon Slayer is free right now, so you can read the rest.

When I opened the door to greet my grandmother for the very first time, I’m not sure what I was expecting. I know I hadn’t envisioned an apple-shaped woman in a Kiss My Asphalt T-shirt, with windburned cheeks and a sagging tattoo of a phoenix on her arm. But what I really didn’t bargain for was a brief hug, followed by a forceful shove that had me landing firmly on my butt on the cold, black-and-white checked floor of my hall bathroom.

Morning Bites

RITA Contest Opens Today!

RITA-AwardIf you’re a published author who had a book out this year, chances are you’re considering entering the RITA Awards. The contest is open for entries as of today at RWA. The purpose of “RWA’s RITA Contest is to promote excellence in the romance genre by recognizing outstanding published novels and novellas.”

If you’re a reader, perhaps you’ve heard about the RITAs, but not known quite what it is. Consider it the Oscars of the romance world, complete with a fancy gold statue and the chance to thank your loved ones and agent if you win.

Good luck to all the entrants!

Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Kristen Callihan’s THE HOOK UP

The Hook Up Kristen Callihan

Today we want to give you the heads up on a fantastic New Adult romance, Kristen Callihan’s The Hook Up, the first book in the Game On series, on sale for $.99! Here’s the synopsis:

The rules: no kissing on the mouth, no staying the night, no telling anyone, and above all… No falling in love

Anna Jones just wants to finish college and figure out her life. Falling for star quarterback Drew Baylor is certainly not on her to do list. Confident and charming, he lives in the limelight and is way too gorgeous for his own good. If only she could ignore his heated stares and stop thinking about doing hot and dirty things with him. Easy, right?

Too bad he’s committed to making her break every rule…

Football has been good to Drew. It’s given him recognition, two National Championships, and the Heisman. But what he really craves is sexy yet prickly Anna Jones. Her cutting humor and blatant disregard for his fame turns him on like nothing else. But there’s one problem: she’s shut him down. Completely.

That is until a chance encounter leads to the hottest sex of their lives, along with the possibility of something great. Unfortunately, Anna wants it to remain a hook up. Now it’s up to Drew to tempt her with more: more sex, more satisfaction, more time with him. Until she’s truly hooked. It’s a good thing Drew knows all about winning.

All’s fair in love and football…Game on.

This book is hot, and clever, and refreshing, and fun. It’s definitely something to gobble down, and then ask for more, please.

“I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. No, it was more like oh, hell-yes-please, I’ll have that. With a helping of right-the-fuck-now on the side.”

Anna does a remarkable job resisting the allure of Drew Baylor, who is determined to turn their hook up into something more.

“Why won’t you let me kiss you, Anna?”
I can’t breathe.
“Why, Anna?”
“It’s too much,” I rasp.
“Not when I want everything.” He says it so deep and strong, a staking of a claim. “And I want everything with you, Anna.”

We’re not sure how long the sale will last, so if you’re interested, go pick it up now.