<i>The Rancher Returns</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Rancher Returns: Exclusive Excerpt Brenda Jackson "His mouth watered just thinking about the cookies..." <i>Shadow Silence</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Shadow Silence: Exclusive Excerpt Yasmine Galenorn "I gave Peggin a big smile, feeling in a suddenly festive mood." <i>The Goal</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Goal: Exclusive Excerpt Elle Kennedy "I run a thumb over my lip, remembering how good it felt when he kissed me." <i>Sparking the Fire</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Sparking the Fire: Exclusive Excerpt Kate Meader "He was running out of synonyms for gorgeous when it came to this woman."
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Wed
Sep 21 2016 4:46pm

Cool Romance News & Deals from J.D. Robb, Georgette Heyer & Paul Marron

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Playing It Cool by Amy Andrews—Deal Alert: Amy Andrews' fake-relationship contemporary Playing It Cool, Book 2 in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Andrews' book features a Rubenesque heroine and she wrote a guest post for H&H on her pet peeves when reading about plus-sized heroines. What drives you nuts?

—Deal Alert: Christine S. Feldman's brother's-best-friend contemporary Coming Home is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* On the hunt for more best friend/little sister matchups? Try Samantha Young, Toni Blake, and Alison Kent.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Want more scoop on Kristen Ashley's The Honey series? Visit H&H tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET! Book 1, The Deep End, doesn't hit stores until March 7, 2017, but happily Book 2, The Farthest Edge, will be released only three months later, in June 2017, and we'll have your exclusive first look at the cover!

[J.D. Robb sweepstakes, shirtless Paul Marron & more...]

Wed
Sep 21 2016 3:30pm

Game the System: Video Games that Are Essentially Romance Novels, Part 2

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In my last article, I made some recommendations for videogames that I thought might appeal to a romance reading audience. The first batch of games I discussed were the ones I categorised as More Like Books, that is you require essentially no gaming experience or technology to experience them. In my next article, I’ll be looking at the games that are More Like Games, that is the ones with strong, conventional videogame tropes and mechanics that might be less accessible to a non-gaming audience. This article is about the ones in the middle. You won’t have to circle strafe anything or worry about optimal gearing but there’s enough “game” in these games that you might not necessarily get the ending you want.

Visual Novels With Resource Management

In the last article, I recommended a bunch of visual novels as an easy introduction to what you might call digital storytelling. The next, well, I hesitate to use the phrase step up because that implies a progression but the next step gamier from straight VNs is what I’m loosely describing as VNs with resource management. Like traditional visual novels, these games are primarily told through text and images with gameplay restricted to selecting options from lists or menus. The big difference is that there’s usually a more abstract level to keep track of as well the purely narrative choices like “do I kiss the butler or the duke.” You might find that your character has numerical stats to manage that go up or down depending on what you do. You might even have control of a small stable of other characters who can achieve things on your behalf to greater or lesser degrees of success. There might even be fighting in it.

Here are a few of this sort of game that I’ve enjoyed recently:

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 1:30pm

Cover Wednesday: Exclusive Reveals from Suzanne Enoch and Anna Bennett!

Today Team H&H is pleased to bring you covers for two upcoming historical romances from authors Suzanne Enoch and Anna Bennett! My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch takes us to the rugged highlands where Graeme must battle the English, his kin, and the unexpected, stubborn beauty he can't seem to let go. In I Dared the Duke by Anna Bennett, the ornery, dastardly Duke of Blackshire may meet his match in his grandmother's companion—Beth—who isn't the meek wallflower he assumes her to be. 

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch

Scotland, 1812 – Rugged Highlander Graeme, Lord Maxton’s loyalty to his clan means that their enemies are his own—even when that includes his neighbor, the Duke of Lattimer. It’s a fight he doesn’t relish, but when Graeme’s reckless younger brothers foolishly kidnap Lattimer’s younger sister, all bets are off…

Lady Marjorie Forrester may be aligned with the enemy, but capturing her puts Graeme squarely in the middle of a war. If he turns Marjorie over to his clan chief, she could be killed. If he lets her go, his brothers could face prison. In addition, the woman can’t stop trying to civilize the lot of them! What’s a Highlander to do, then, but keep the stubborn lass close…and explore the unexpected passion that develops between them? But how can Graeme protect both Marjorie and his brothers when both Lattimer and his own clan are on the warpath—and will do whatever it takes to tear these two star-crossed lovers apart?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch, available April 4, 2017:

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 12:00pm
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The Goal: Exclusive Excerpt

Elle Kennedy

The Goal (Off-Campus, #4) by Elle Kennedy

She’s good at achieving her goals…

College senior Sabrina James has her whole future planned out: graduate from college, kick butt in law school, and land a high-paying job at a cutthroat firm. Her path to escaping her shameful past certainly doesn’t include a gorgeous hockey player who believes in love at first sight. One night of sizzling heat and surprising tenderness is all she’s willing to give John Tucker, but sometimes, one night is all it takes for your entire life to change.

But the game just got a whole lot more complicated

Tucker believes being a team player is as important as being the star. On the ice, he’s fine staying out of the spotlight, but when it comes to becoming a daddy at the age of twenty-two, he refuses to be a bench warmer. It doesn’t hurt that the soon-to-be mother of his child is beautiful, whip-smart, and keeps him on his toes. The problem is, Sabrina’s heart is locked up tight, and the fiery brunette is too stubborn to accept his help. If he wants a life with the woman of his dreams, he’ll have to convince her that some goals can only be made with an assist.

Get a sneak peek at Elle Kennedy's The Goal (available September 26, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

I allow myself a few selfish moments to catch my breath, luxuriating against the big chest beneath me. Tremors give way to contentment. A part of me wants to stretch this moment out endlessly, curled up in this guy’s lap while his hand runs soothingly up and down my spine.

“You sure you don’t want to crash at my place?” he asks.

For a second, I nearly say yes. Yes, to going back to his place. Yes, to another round of sex. Yes, to breakfast in the morning, skipping work, and spending the entire day in bed with him. The need surprises and scares me.

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 11:00am

Happy Birthday! This Is Us Season 1, Episode 1 Heart-to-Heart

This Is Us, Kate/Toby

Show/Episode: This Is Us Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Ship(s): Kate/Toby, Jack/Rebecca

Captain's Log This Is Us 1x01

This Is Us introduces three ships in the pilot episode, each with their own dynamic, all connected at an intimate level we don’t learn until the end of the episode, though some savvy viewers may figure it out earlier than that. What we do know is that four of these people share the same birthday, and each character with that birthday will find their lives change forever on birthday number thirty-six.

Jack

Our first birthday boy is Jack, whom we first meet in his birthday suit, as his wife, Rebecca, carries out their birthday tradition, of a sultry, lingerie-clad dance. She suspects it doesn’t have quite the same effect this year, as she is nine months pregnant with triplets, and, in fact, goes into labor during said celebration, but Jack can’t think of anything better. The camera stays tight on the expectant parents as they rush to the hospital and find themselves in the care of the kindly but mysterious Dr. K, a substitute for their regular doctor. Jack refuses to believe there will be any other outcome than taking three healthy babies and one healthy wife home, despite Dr. K’s repeated warnings that the delivery is high risk.

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 9:30am

First Look: RaeAnne Thayne’s Snowfall on Haven Point (September 27, 2016)

Snowfall on Haven Point by RaeAnne Thayne

RaeAnne Thayne
Snowfall on Haven Point (A Haven Point Novel)
HQN Books/ September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

It’s been two rough years since Andrea Montgomery lost her husband, and all she wants is for her children to enjoy their first Christmas in Haven Point. But then Andie’s friend asks a favor—to keep an eye on her brother, Sheriff Marshall Bailey, who’s recovering from a hit-and-run. Andie will do anything for Wyn, even park her own misgivings to check on her grouchy, wounded bear of a brother.

Marshall hates feeling defenseless and resents the protective impulses that Andie brings out in him. But when a blizzard forces them together for the holidays, something in Marshall begins to thaw. Andie’s gentle nature is a salve, and her kids’ excitement for the holidays makes him forget why he never wanted a family. If only he and Andie can admit what they really want—each other—their Christmas wishes might come true after all.

This time of year, most people are thinking about falling leaves, football, and pumpkin-spice everything. But one specific group of people seems to leap directly from the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer to the ho-ho-holidays. These people are popularly known as “publishers,” and they typically flood the market with Christmas fare beginning in mid-September. This practice has brought us more than one highly enjoyable novel, most recently RaeAnne Thayne’s charming Snowfall on Haven Point.

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 8:05am

What Do You Think of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Passengers?

Yesterday, we reported the premiere of the long-awaited Passengers trailer, a movie that really does seem to strike the balance between sci-fi action film and romance! Plus, it has Hollywood's favorite leading man and woman of late, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence—don't tell them, but it was android bartender Michael Sheen that caught my interest. 

Considering this looks like the romantic version of Star Trek, what do you think? Will you be seeing it? What do you think of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence?

Let us know in the comments!

 

Tue
Sep 20 2016 4:30pm

Riding Dirty with Jamie Dornan & Passengers: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson—Deal Alert: Jill Sorenson's motorcycle club romance Riding Dirty is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. (Psst: Shooting Dirty is also on sale.) Can't get enough of men on bikes? Here are 10 more MC heroes you gotta meet.

—Deal Alert: Eloisa James's historical romance debut, Potent Pleasures, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If you've read every James you can get your hands on, you've probably also read Jane Austen and Lisa Kleypas and Loretta Chase, so try wildcard picks Gail Carriger and Lois McMaster Bujold.

Deal Alert: Jodi Thomas's historical western Beneath the Texas Sky is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Weary of Regency ballrooms? Allow us to recommend that you read any or all of these Top 10 American Historicals.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Jamie Dornan: Man in Tights?! The Fifty Shades of Grey star is reportedly considering joining the film Robin Hood: Origins as Robin's half-brother Will Scarlett. Are you more or less enthused about this than you are about the recently released Fifty Shades Darker trailer?

[+Watch the trailer for Passengers a.k.a. Star Trek plus romance...]

Tue
Sep 20 2016 3:00pm

First Look: Tamsen Parker’s School Ties (September 20, 2016)

School Ties by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker
School Ties
InterMix/ September 20, 2016/ $2.99 digital

Much like Tamsen Parker's Craving Flight, School Ties  reads more like literary fiction tied with romance.  Parker works well with the affluent boarding school setting, Hawthorn Hill as well as the trope of a young student in love with a teacher. What's interesting is that the first half of the novel is really a build of sexual tension between Zach Shepard and Erin Brewster. Erin's not too much older than Zach, but there is the boundary that she is the teacher and Zach's the student. Individuals would argue that there is a great emotional gap between a teacher who is 24 and a student who is 18. However, Zach has to take on more than his share of adult issues including working to help support himself and his family. The maturity is what attracts Erin to Zach although to be honest, Zach's attractiveness doesn't hurt either.

Tamsen Parker fans will be familiar with the kink that runs through the latter half of the book. However, compared to Personal Geography or Craving Flight, the kink is toned down in terms of how much Erin and Zach go into the kink aspect. It's more of a submissive's trust Erin places in Zach and Zach takes care of Erin in the way a dominant might. However, there's not much in terms of toys or the utilization of objects such as rope, paddles, etc. Instead, there is more of a physical dominance at play including spanking and more of Zach dominating Erin through intensity and physical presence. 

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Tue
Sep 20 2016 2:00pm

7 Questions with Blood Red Kiss Authors Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter

Blood Red Kiss by Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter

We're big fans of romance, obviously, at Heroes and Heartbreakers, but nothing gets our blood pumping quite like a expertly crafted paranormal romance. Today marks the publication of not one, but three, favorite authors—all in one book!—with Kresley Cole, Larissa Ione, and Gena Showalter's Blood Red Kiss. We got the chance to ask them a few questions about their writing, their world, and most importantly, what's up next. 

Heroes and Heartbreakers: You have all played with the idea of fate and fated mates in some way or another. What do you like about the concept of fate—and especially characters that push against it? 

Kresley Cole: Sometimes the fated-mates trope gets a bad rap as an easy-out shortcut for authors who don’t take the time to craft a plausible love story. When I first started writing the Immortals After Dark, I wanted to make the fated-mate concept just the opposite: an innate conflict that the protagonists have to work around in order to fall in love. Most characters in the IAD are stunned by fate’s choice for them. I love to show the strongest, smartest beings in the universe realize a stronger, smarter force exists. They fight fate, but in the end, they’re eternally grateful that fate wins.

Larissa Ione: Oh, sure, start off with the hard questions. Eek! Okay, well, this might sound weird, but I’m always so conflicted about fate. My stubborn, independent streak hates the concept, but at the same time, the idea that fate might play a role in life kind of takes some pressure off. And fate ties into many reincarnation beliefs, especially the ones in which we ourselves plan out our lives before we’re even born. So while I sometimes would rather avoid fate plots and fated mates, the worlds I create often demand them in order to stay true to the story and characters.

Gena Showalter: I enjoy pairing a sexy alpha male with a woman he would not have chosen for himself—well, not at first, anyway.  I love watching his resistance begin to crumble, his desire for her becoming a force beyond his control.  

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Tue
Sep 20 2016 12:00pm
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Sparking the Fire: Exclusive Excerpt

Kate Meader

Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader

Actor Molly Cade, America’s fallen sweetheart, finally has her shot at a Hollywood comeback with a dramatic new role as a tough-as-nails firefighter that promises to propel her back to the big time and restore her self-respect.

Wyatt Fox, resident daredevil at Engine Co. 6, needs a low-key job to keep him busy while he recovers from his latest rescue stunt. Consulting on a local movie shoot should add just enough spark to his day. Especially when in struts Molly Cade: the woman who worked his heart over good, and then left him in the Windy City dust.

Their story is straight out of a script: irrepressible, spunky heroine meets taciturn, smoldering hero. But these two refuse to be typecast, and when the embers of an old love are stoked, someone is bound to get burned…

Get a sneak peek at Kate Meader's Sparking the Fire (available September 27, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

He heard a caught breath, an appreciative whistle, then one raspy word: “Beautiful.”

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Tue
Sep 20 2016 11:00am

First Look: Lynsay Sands’ Immortal Night (September 20, 2016)

Immortal Nights by Lynsay Sands

Lynsay Sands
Immortal Nights (Argeneau #24)
Avon/ September 20, 2016/ $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

In a sizzling new Argeneau novel from New York Times bestselling author Lynsay Sands, an impulsive rescue pairs a sexy immortal with the woman made to be his for eternity.

When it feels like all is lost in the world for Abigail Forsythe, she agrees to go on an adventure with her best friend, Jet. What does she have to lose, she dropped out of medical school, spent all of her life’s savings caring for her dying mother, gained a lot of weight, lost a lot of self esteem and feels all alone and adrift in the world – perhaps a little fun in the sun with her bestie is just what the doctor ordered. Too bad the bad guys have other plans that thwart Abs’ relaxing vacation. She finds herself in the back of Jet’s cargo plane, face to face with a naked Romanesque god. Well, he’s certainly built like a god and his touch literally makes her swoon. All at once Abs figures the poor lighting in the cargo hold and residual drugs given by his captors are responsible for the gleam in Tomasso Notte’s eye. A man that looks like that can’t possibly be attracted to a girl like her, right? Good thing Tomasso isn’t afraid to get right to the point with her which makes her see the beauty Abigail has been hiding, even from herself for a long time.

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Tue
Sep 20 2016 9:30am

The Double Standard of the Virgin and the Vixen, The Scoundrel and the Saint

A Scot in the Dark by Sarah MacLean

Today we're joined by Sarah Maclean (A Scot in the Dark) on Heroes and Heartbreakers. For both the characters in Sarah's A Scot in the Dark, they're faced with the double standards of the world they live in—neither one being wanted for anything beyond how society sees them. Sarah is here today to discuss this very double standard, and asks the important question: why can't we have it all? Thanks, Sarah!

The Virgin & the Scoundrel. The Wallflower & the Rake. The Bluestocking & the Bastard. I can hear your happy romance novel sighs right now, Romancelandia. We love a rogue. And not just in books. We love a cad in the world. The sports star with the winning smile and the scandalous past. The Clooney-esque playboy who finally meets his match. The natural-born charmer, tall, dark and handsome, who can have any woman he wants. I should know, as I’ve written my fair share of scoundrels, and fallen hard and fast for every one of them.

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Tue
Sep 20 2016 8:28am

What’s Your Favorite Hero Profession?

Heroes have so many jobs in Romancelandia...maybe not as many as in real life but that's part of the fun! 

Construction workers... mechanics... CEOs... accountants... FBI agents... professional athletes... 

The list goes on!

What is your favorite hero profession? When you see a hero with a certain job, is it an auto-buy for you? Why do you like it?

Let us know in the comments!

Mon
Sep 19 2016 4:39pm

Skye’s the Limit: Romance News & Deals

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

His Diamond Queen by Lena HartDeal Alert: Lena Hart's romantic suspense His Diamond Queen, in which a former MMA fighter is hired to protect a crime boss's daughter, is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Get a taste of Hart's writing with an excerpt from her novel The Devil's Bedpost.

Deal Alert: Bertrice Small's historical Skye O'Malley, Book 1 in the O'Malley saga, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | etc.* Skye tops the list of the Top 10 Most Memorable Bertrice Small Heroines for good reason.

Deal Alert: Sandra Hill's first Deadly Angels paranormal Kiss of Pride, in which a Viking vampire angel Vikar is determined to seduce reporter Alexandra, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If you have a thing for Vikings, or vampires, or angels, here's your chance to try all three at once!

[+Supergirl trailer & more...]

Mon
Sep 19 2016 3:30pm

First Look: Tiffany Reisz’s Her Halloween Treat (September 20, 2016)

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Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

Tiffany Reisz
Her Halloween Treat (Men at Work #1)
Harlequin Blaze / September 20, 2016 / $5.50 print, $4.49 digital

When Joey Silvia shows up at her boyfriend (of two years!) doorstep, she does not expect to find his wife behind the threshold. Joey didn’t even know he had a wife! Now she's devastated and has no freaking clue how she's going to compose herself for her older brother's wedding, just over a week away, on her birthday, which just happens to be on Halloween. She shows up at their childhood cabin in Oregon, expecting isolation, nature, and her own personal misery. What she finds, instead, is Chris Steffensen. Chris was her brother’s best friend in high school, and she hasn’t seen him in years. The grungy Nirvana-loving boy she remembers, has grown into quite the man (who still loves Nirvana, because some things just don’t ever change.) Here is list of7 reasons why you should make Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz, yourHalloween treat!

1. It’s got enough pop-culture references to impress even Lorelai Gilmore:

Joey and Chris grew up together and haven’t seen or talked in years, so many of their memories are linked to the past, when they were just teens. That’s where most of the pop-culture references come in. I just happen to be the exact right age to appreciate the time period they hail from: from Nirvana songs, to Oasis jabs, terrible Batman movies, chain wallets and even a 1980s themed wedding. This may seem trivial, but having little details like this just makes the characters more real and relatable. We know these people. We dug the same stuff they used to dig. We may or may not be embarrassed about that now. Just like they may or may not be.

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Mon
Sep 19 2016 2:00pm

Is the Downton Abbey Movie a Done Deal?

Downton Abbey cast photo

We've speculated in the past about a Downton Abbey movie, where it would take us, what our final view of the Crawleys would be... Apparently we may not have to wonder for too much longer!

Various new sources are claiming that a Downton movie is likely to happen due to Maggie Smith agreeing to reprise her role as Dowager Countess. 

The rumors follow from yesterday's Emmy win for Smith's work in the final season of Downton.

What do you think? Ready for one last jaunt with the Crawleys on the big screen?

Missed out on Downton? Catch up here with our coverage of the series. 

Mon
Sep 19 2016 1:30pm

’Tis the Season of Christmas Romances: Marie Harte’s Roadside Assistance

Roadside Assistance by Marie Harte

In romances set at Christmas, snow falls in a picturesque manner, adorning houses and trees and rarely causing havoc (unless it’s a cabin romance, in which case, “let it snow!”). Not the case in Marie Harte’s Roadside Assistance. Cynthia Nichols is justifiably annoyed that her coffee shop’s parking lot is full of cars being worked on by the garage next door. Cyn strides next door in her four inch heels, one “sexy, pissed off woman” and she gives it to mechanic Foley Sanders with both barrels. So he hates her now, right? Wrong.

God love him— a redhead. The woman had wine-red hair so dark it looked almost brown. And that body… She had curves, a lot of them. And height.

Man, talk about Santa coming to town early. Just breathing, the woman qualified as a statuesque knockout. But angry? A serious threat to his sanity. Now how to calm her down… Oh, right. Find and kill Dale, then get their cars out of her lot.

Dale being a fellow mechanic: the Webster’s Garage service writer and the keeper of the keys. The pages of Roadside Assistance are populated with macho, mouthy, straight-forward guys. They don’t pussy-foot around. Like when Dale is nowhere to be found.

“He’s not here, genius. Probably wants to beat the snow.” Johnny Devlin, one of the mouthier mechanics in the garage, lovingly stated the obvious. With Seattle’s winter nearly officially here, the weather seemed to be getting worse.

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Mon
Sep 19 2016 11:00am

Holy Matrimony: Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 5 Victoria/Albert Heart-to-Heart

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. Victoria, now airing in the U.K., tells the story of that love (U.S. viewers, stick with us! We'll be re-posting Lou's recaps when Season 1 airs on PBS beginning in January.). Need to catch up? Don't miss our recaps of Episodes 1-4, available here.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes “An Ordinary Woman”. Enjoy!

The series continues with Episode Five

Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 4 | See all our Victoria coverage here

After the emotional rollercoaster of last week’s episode, I was hoping for a bit of respite with this latest instalment.  Sadly, that was not to be, as Albert’s own personal torture at being unequal going into his marriage to Victoria threatens to derail their happiness.

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Mon
Sep 19 2016 9:30am

How Did Women Make a Living in the Regency Era?

Dressed to Kiss by Madeline Hunter, Caroline Linden, Megan Frampton, Myretta Robins

Today we're thrilled to welcome Madeline Hunter (Dressed to Kiss) to the site. Dressed to Kiss is an anthology centered on a dressmaker’s shop in Regency London. All of the main female characters work for a living, and while in romance we often see ladies of the ton as the main characters, most women were working. Madeline is here today to discuss the various occupations available to the woman throughout history. Thanks, Madeline!

It is common to think that a woman during the late 18th and early 19th centuries had few options for employment. Well-born women could become governesses or companions but other than that their choices were few.  The historical record shows that this generalization is not entirely accurate, however. In fact, the exceptions to the rule were not even rare.

In Dressed to Kiss, Delyth and Selina are gentry born. Their fathers are gentlemen who own property but do not physically farm it themselves. Both heroines have left home to strike out on their own, Delyth due to her own ambitions, and Selina due to scandal.

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