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Fri
Feb 13 2015 3:15pm

The Swoonies 2015: An EPIC Couples Battle!

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Starting today, in Round 1, you get to decide the fates of 32 couples in 16 battles across 4 conferences (Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical, and Romantic Suspense) by voting for your favorites in each poll. Over the coming weeks, couples will be eliminated via weekly polls until just one couple is left standing.

We recognize this won’t be easy, but hope you’ll enjoy the thrilling matches! Here’s everything you need to know:

Schedule of Events

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Swoonworthiest Couple Announced: March 27

Index of Polls/Battles

Round 1: Polling is now closed, on to the next round!
Round 2: Polling is now closed, on to round 3!
Round 3 Battles
   —Vote for your favorite paranormal couples here
   —Vote for your favorite contemporary couples here
   —Vote for your favorite historical couples here
   —Vote for your favorite romantic suspense couples here
Round 4 Battles
Round 5 Battles
Round 6 Battle

The Leaderboard
Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

 

 

#Swoonies15
Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

 

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Mon
Mar 2 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Sara Humphreys’s Vampires Never Cry Wolf (March 3, 2015)

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys Sara Humphreys
Vampires Never Cry Wolf (Dead City #3)
Sourcebooks / March 3, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

As far as beautiful vampire Sadie Pemberton is concerned, werewolves shouldn't be sticking their noses into New York's supernatural politics. They don't know jack about running a city-not even that hot-as-sin new vampire-werewolf liaison who's just arrived in town.

Werewolves are too sexy for their own good...

The last thing Killian Bane wanted was to end up in New York City playing nice with vampires. Unfortunately, he's on a mission, and when he encounters the sexiest, most stubborn female vamp he's ever met, he's going to have to turn on a little of that wolfish charm...and Sadie's going to learn a thing or two about what it means to have a wild side...

Everyone knows that vampires and werewolves don’t mix.  It would be crazy for a vampire to get too close to a creature whose bite could kill her, even if he exudes sex and temptation. Right? Sara Humphreys’s latest Dead in the City novel, Vampires Never Cry Wolf, deals with the unsuitable attraction between NYC vampire Sadie Pemberton and the Alaskan werewolf prince and heir to the throne, Killian Bane.

[Love is blind...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2015, Round 3: Romantic Suspense Couples

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Winners Announced: March 27

The Leaderboard

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

#Swoonies15

Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

Have another favorite couple? Vote for your favorite couples in:

Historical | Contemporary | Paranormal

[Vote for your favorite couple...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2015, Round 3: Historical Couples

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Winners Announced: March 27

The Leaderboard

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

 

 

#Swoonies15

Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

Have another favorite couple? Vote for your favorite couples in:

Paranormal | Contemporary | Romantic Suspense

[Vote for your favorite couple...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2015, Round 3: Contemporary Couples

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Winners Announced: March 27

The Leaderboard

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

 

 

#Swoonies15

Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

Have another favorite couple? Vote for your favorite couples in:

Historical | Paranormal | Romantic Suspense

[Vote for your favorite couple...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2015, Round 3: Paranormal Couples

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Winners Announced: March 27

The Leaderboard

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

#Swoonies15

Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

Have another favorite couple? Vote for your favorite couples in:

Historical | Contemporary | Romantic Suspense

[Vote for your favorite couple...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 1:00pm

Bitten 2x04 Nick/Paige Heart-to-Heart: She Blinded Me with Science!

We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the Monday after the show airs in Canada on Space. There is no American SyFy date yet, but stay tuned—we'll post the second we hear about a Season 2 premiere date!

Bitten 2x04 Captain's LogShow/Episode: Bitten 2x04, “Dead Meat” (SPOILERS, natch)
Ship(s): Nick/Paige, Clay/Elena

Let the scientific experiments on Elena begin! She’s being cut out of her clothes as the staff at the compound assess Elena in all manner of invasive ways. Aleister shows up eventually and tells Elena her blood is the key to “The Undoing.” He touches a hand to Elena’s neck and imprints the ominous symbol on her skin with the heat of his hand. Elena writhes in agony.

When she wakes in her cell later, she’s wearing her best growly face  and immediately starts to work on getting out, showing off Laura Vandervoort’s stunning muscles.  The hole she begun to dig through the wall last episode gets bigger. Hearing the young voice in the room next to her, she calls out, believing it’s Savannah. Two of the captors enter Elena’s cell and have to wrestle her down with a Taser and a control pole. She won’t make things easy for these guys.

[And we look forward to watching every second of it...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Tamed: Exclusive Excerpt

Stacey Kennedy

Tamed by Stacey Kennedy

THE MASTER
Porter Marshall has nearly achieved his goal of becoming a Club Sin Master, but his new sub poses a much bigger challenge than he anticipated. Despite their mutual attraction and red-hot dungeon sessions, Kenzie Hart plays her own games. Her bratty, you-can’t-break-me attitude masks terrible personal hurt—pain that only the exquisite touch of a skilled Dom can release. But when Porter suggests taking their connection to the outside world, Kenzie denies him... which only makes him want her more.

SURRENDERS EVERYTHING
Kenzie can’t ignore the raw, fierce bond she has with Porter. But she can’t give in to his dangerous demands, either. Is the passion they share real, or is he using her to solidify his status at Club Sin? And yet, who else can she trust with the shattering secrets she holds within? As Porter expertly brings her to the point of no return, Kenzie surrenders her body—and, piece by piece, her heart.

Get a sneak peek at  Stacey Kennedy's Tamed (available March 10, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

What in the hell was that?

Kenzie’s world spun around her and there seemed to be no place to land. Porter’s kiss was not a kiss from a Dom. That was a kiss from a lover. A kiss that Kenzie had never experienced before in her life, and usually made sure to avoid. Porter, though, gave her no choice. Sure, some might think it was weird that she was twenty-five and had never been kissed so intimately, but that was her intention; she didn’t need or want this level of play.

During high school she had vanilla boyfriends, but even they were not as educated as Porter was in the ways of kissing. She couldn’t recall a single time she’d ever been kissed like that in her life—raw, passionate, purposeful; her knees wobbled.

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Fri
Dec 26 2014 1:25pm

Downton Abbey Season 5 (Series 5) Christmas Special Recap: Joy to the World

Lady Mary and George in Downton Abbey Season 5 Christmas specialWelcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 5 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 5 on January 4, 2015. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 5 Christmas Special. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas, everyone! Here we are, the true finale of the season.

We start with Mary visiting poor Anna in jail. Anna’s worried that Mary’s visit will leave a black mark on the Crawley name, but Mary assures her that her visit will actually prove to the world that they Crawley family believes Anna to be innocent.  She also promises that the testimony of one man claiming to have seen Anna at the scene of the crime is not enough for a conviction, and that Anna will be released soon. I hope so! This is seriously ridiculous.

[Things can only get better from here...right?...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 9:30am

First Look: Anne Bishop’s Vision in Silver (March 3, 2015)

Vision in Silver by Anne BishopAnne Bishop
Vision in Silver (Others #3)
Roc / March 3, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

The Others freed the  cassandra sangue  to protect the blood prophets from exploitation, not realizing their actions would have dire consequences. Now the fragile seers are in greater danger than ever before—both from their own weaknesses and from those who seek to control their divinations for wicked purposes. In desperate need of answers, Simon Wolfgard, a shape-shifter leader among the Others, has no choice but to enlist blood prophet Meg Corbyn’s help, regardless of the risks she faces by aiding him.

Meg is still deep in the throes of her addiction to the euphoria she feels when she cuts and speaks prophecy. She knows each slice of her blade tempts death. But Others and humans alike need answers, and her visions may be Simon’s only hope of ending the conflict.

For the shadows of war are deepening across the Atlantik, and the prejudice of a fanatic faction is threatening to bring the battle right to Meg and Simon’s doorstep…

Anne Bishop reaffirms her title as the Queen of Fantasy with the third installment in her epic and utterly captivating Others series, Vision of Silver. This complex urban fantasy series takes the sensitive issues of racism, discrimination, and abuse disguised as caring, then showcases them inside a vibrantly magical world that nevertheless has a realistic core. Teeming with intrigue, suspense, heartbreak, and hints of romance, Bishop’s literary skills continue to astound and enchant.

[Step back into the world of the Others...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 8:09am

“I’m Just a Modern Chick Who Does What She Wants”: Is Trainwreck the Bad Girl’s Rom-Com?

Amy Schumer is a funny, smart lady, and she takes on the modern rom-com as a woman who works for a men's magazine and totally loves her awesome life...even if she is a little bit of a hot mess!

This trailer gave us several reasons to tell the movie theaters to just take our money now!

  • Bill Hader: We need more beta guys taking on roles as romantic leads. I've always crushed on Bill, so bring it on!
  • We like watching Downton Abbey...and so does LeBron James!
  • For this line: “Who's your favorite team?” “The Orlando...Blooms?”

What are your reasons?

Sun
Mar 1 2015 2:15pm

First Look: Jessica Scott’s Before I Fall (March 3, 2015)

Before I Fall by Jessica ScottJessica Scott
Before I Fall (Falling #1)
Self-published / March 3, 2015 / $4.99 digital

Stay focused. Get a job. Save her father’s life.

Beth Lamont knows far too much about the harsh realities of life her gilded classmates have only read about in class. She’ll do whatever it takes to take care of her father, even if that means tutoring a guy like Noah - a guy who represents everything she hates about the war, soldiers and what the Army has done to her family.

Noah Warren doesn’t know how to be a student. All he knows is war. But he’s going to college now to fulfill a promise and he doesn’t break his promises. Except he doesn’t count on his tutor being drop dead gorgeous and distracting as hell. One look at Beth threatens to unravel the careful lies Noah has constructed around him.

Welcome to the wonderful world of New Adult, Jessica Scott

Am I ever so glad that she decided to venture into this subgenre. Before I Fall had me laughing, crying, gritting my teeth in frustration (all in sympathy with the lead), and rooting for this couple to succeed. In addition, Scott’s narrative takes us on an emotional rollercoaster as we get a glimpse into how vets and loved ones are forced to navigate the devastation of war and the roadblocks they endure physically, mentally, and socially upon their return home.

[True love's not for the faint of heart...]

Sun
Mar 1 2015 12:03pm
Excerpt

Start Me Up: Exclusive Excerpt

Nicole Michaels

Start Me Up by Nicole Michaels

WHY DO DO-IT-YOURSELF
Single mom Anne Edmond can handle—and hand-make—just about anything. From table settings to party favors, floral arrangements to nursery décor, there is no project her creativity and a glue gun can’t tackle. But dating? That’s a whole ’nother story. Case in point: Mike Everett. He’s a gorgeous mechanic and known car-whisperer, a man who can work with auto parts like nobody’s business. And he has thrown a monkey wrench into Anne’s carefully-crafted life… 

WHEN YOU CAN DO IT TOGETHER?

One look at Anne is enough for Mike to know that she’s no fixer-upper. She’s perfect just the way she is—and the chemistry between them works like a charm. Mike’s always been a no-strings kind of guy, but Anne’s impressive self-reliance—and gorgeous exterior—gives him pause. This time, a fast joyride just doesn’t seem like enough. But first he has to convince Anne that he means to take her all the way…

Get a sneak peek at Nicole Michaels's Start Me Up (available March 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Thankfully Mike was sitting directly under a speaker so he could barely hear the woman in front of him talking. He nodded when it seemed appropriate. Her smile indicated that she was appeased, and so did her hand resting on his thigh. He tended to avoid Smokey’s on the weekends because this was not his idea of a good time— too loud, too crowded, and too many drunken idiots. Since he’d spent his early twenties one step away from death or incarceration, he was unfamiliar with the fratboy party way of life. When had he gotten old? He came to a bar to chill out, have a beer, catch up with Aiden who let him drink cheap in exchange for tune-ups and oil changes, and, yes, occasionally flirt with someone. But this was madness. He couldn’t believe Anne was here, but sure enough she was.

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Sun
Mar 1 2015 10:00am

Top 5 Reasons to Ship Jane the Virgin’s Jane and Rafael

Jane and Rafael dance in Jane the VirginJane the Virginis on a short hiatus, but I didn’t want to leave anyone in the lurch. So I’m here to give you a Jane & Rafael shipping fix. Okay, okay, fine. It’s my fix, I’m just dragging all you enablers down with me.

I don’t remember exactly when I began shipping Jane and Rafael, but I do remember it was toward the end of a serious Jane the Virgin binge and the clock was mocking me with its “You see me over here, right? My bright red numbers say 2:36 AM. You have three kids you need to get out the door to school and then you have to get to the office for an 8-hour day. PUT THE REMOTE DOWN.” But I couldn’t. I had to know what happened next with Jane and Rafael.

Why am I so invested in this couple? Let me count the Top 5 ways.

[We could think of a hundred reasons!]

Sat
Feb 28 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Nina Crespo’s Thane’s Redemption (March 3, 2015)

Thane's Redemption by Nina CrespoNina Crespo
Thane's Redemption
Kensington / March 3, 2015 / $1.99 digital

It's been almost a year since Celine's fiancé's death and she's still struggling to move on. But when she meets Thane, the super hot lead singer of Thane’s Redemption, she finds her desire reawakening, and her heart opening. Soon one kiss leads them straight into a night of heated passion…

Thane’s unexpected connection with Celine only leaves him wanting more of her—but his life makes it impossible. For Thane's Redemption is just a cover for a deeper secret: A former Army Ranger presumed dead, Thane is really a time-traveling, covert operative charged with saving the world from disaster. Each jump through time forces those around him to forget he ever existed—and Celine would be no exception. But can time work in their favor to give them a second chance at love? Or will a choice Thane makes in the future put Celine in mortal danger?...

The titular Thane in Nina Crespo's Thane’s Redemption is a complicated man; he has a band called Thane’s Redemption, he is a time traveling hero that answers to an ancient warrior named Dalir, and he may have just fallen in love with a woman who is still mourning her fiancé Dominic’s death in combat. 

[Who gets redeemed?]

Sat
Feb 28 2015 12:00pm

There Be Dragons: Paranormal Romance Best Bets for February 2015

Windburn by Juliette CrossShifters, dragons, and magical beings all take part in this month's round up of the Paranormal Best Bets. What caught your eye this month?

Dragons...kind of!

Windburn by Juliette Cross

In the Gladium Province, the boundaries between humans and Morgons, the dragon-hybrid race, continue to blur as a new generation surrenders to long-forbidden temptation…

Sorcha Linden does whatever she wants whenever she wants, and no one can stop her.  Least of all a man. After all, they’re good for only one thing—warming her bed. But then she meets Lorian, brother of Lucius Nightwing. Seductive and iron-willed, Lorian is determined to melt her emotional defenses—and warm her rebellious heart.

The beast within Lorian longs to cage Sorcha and mark her as his own. Forever. Yet the man within also longs to protect her. When a stalker starts leaving Sorcha suggestive gifts with cryptic messages bearing an ancient blood cult symbol, Lorian’s dragon side takes over. With her life at stake, Sorcha can no longer deny the love they share. But when evil tracks her into the night, will she be too late to claim it?

Dragons meet gargoyle-type creatures in this second book in the Nightwing series and continues to fulfill all my Gargoyle childhood shipping fantasies!

[That's what we like to hear!]

Sat
Feb 28 2015 10:00am

First Look: Madeline Hunter’s His Wicked Reputation (March 3, 2015)

His Wicked Reputation by Madeline HunterMadeline Hunter
His Wicked Reputation (Wicked #1)
Jove / March 3, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

She was a sensible woman.

He was a man who could drive a woman senseless with desire.

Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when he heads to Langdon’s End to restore a property he inherited—and to investigate a massive art theft—he lays plans to seduce a most unlikely lady.

Eva Russell lives a spinster’s life of precarious finances and limited dreams while clinging to her family’s old gentry status. She supports herself by copying paintings while she plots to marry her lovely sister to a well-established man. Everyone warns her of Gareth’s reputation, and advises her to lock her sister away. Only it is not her sister Gareth desires. One look, and she knows he is trouble. One kiss, however, proves she is no match for this master of seduction.

I'm trying to think of the right word to describe the feel of this historical romance. It's certainly not dated, nor is it what I'd usually call Old Skool. I think the word is “classic.” This is a classic handsome rake/virgin spinster story. But given that it's written by Madeline Hunter, there's one thing you can absolutely count on: the heroine will be neither silly nor wimpy.

It starts off a series about three brothers, all of whom are finding it hard to mourn their fourth brother, the late duke of Aylesbury. Gareth Fitzallen particularly hated Percy, who never accepted his illegitimate half-brother and had kept Gareth's legacy from their father tied up in the courts. Fortunately, Gareth's other half-brothers are quite different. When Ives (don't call him Ywain) asks Gareth to help investigate the mysterious loss of many valuable paintings, he kills two birds with one stone by starting the investigation from his abandoned, derelict property. But he's quickly distracted by his new neighbor, impoverished gentlewoman Eva Russell.

[And is she distracted back?...]

Fri
Feb 27 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Eddie Redmayne

This past Sunday, Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Today, he made headlines once more when the first pictures of him as transgender painter Einar Wegener, aka Lili Elbe were released. What are your thoughts on the British actor? Share your favorite pictures of him in the comments!

Fri
Feb 27 2015 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Grace Burrowes Deal & Another Arrow Spinoff?!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Lady Eve's Indiscretion by Grace Burrowes—Deal Alert #1: Grace Burrowes' seventh Windham novel, Lady Eve's Indiscretion, is currently $1.99 in e-book at iBookstore and Amazon.* (P.S. Ever wonder what the Windham series would look like on screen? Kate Nagy shared her fantasty cast of the series here.)

Arrow and The Flash executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim are planning another expansion of the superhero universe—according to Deadline.com, another DC spinoff is in the works at the CW, this one an all-star teamup. If picked up to series, the show would star Arrow/The Flash alum Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/Canary), Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein), and more. Would you watch? Olicity fans, how happy are you to hear Ray won't be sticking around Starling City if all goes according to plan? (Read our Olicity-focused Arrow recaps here.)

—Deal Alert #2: Crimson Romance currently has quite a few e-books on sale at Amazon for $1.99 and under.

*Daily reminder that we don't know how long these deals will last so get 'em while you can!

Fri
Feb 27 2015 2:30pm

Comedic Sci-Fi Romance: Sex, Jokes, and Science in Space

Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara JoyOne of life's literary challenges involves the combination of science fiction, romance, and comedy—three genres competing for center stage in a single story. Blending these three genres well is no small feat—I imagine it’s like trying to juggle a watermelon, a pineapple, and a kiwi fruit.

Despite my interest in all three of these genres, I harbor some fears about them in combination. What if a story winds up lacking strong emotional impact or depth? Funny and meaningful aren't mutually exclusive. Or a story might fall into campy territory and fail to offer any satire or humorous social commentary. I don't always want to turn off my brain just because a story is humorous.

I take my sci-fi romance seriously in that I have a general preference for serious fare. That's not to say I avoid reading SFR with humorous elements or situations. Such scenes can provide crucial balance in an otherwise dark story. But all-out comedy? That's another matter.

Also, as in the case of parody, the story is inviting me to laugh at my favorite genre. Sometimes I can do that and do so with glee; other times I have difficulty suspending my disbelief over a comedic approach to serious issues. This area, of course, is where execution is key, because I also know that compelling stories will draw me in despite any misgivings I may have.

There are really only a handful of comedic sci-fi romances. It's not a big surprise, given the literary juggling act involved in writing them. But they're out there. Here are a few that, despite my doubts, made a memorable impression on me. They're listed in order of publication date.

[Read on for a good time...]