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Jan 16 2017 9:30am

The Case For Book Boyfriend Status: Piper Huguley’s Lawrence Stewart from The Lawyer’s Luck

The Lawyer's Luck by Piper Huguley

Lawrence “Lawyer” Stewart, from Piper Huguley’s The Lawyer’s Luck, has everything a romance hero needs to confirm book boyfriend status. Should it please the court (or the readership) his qualifications can be summed up in the following five points:

1) He loves his work. Making it through the rigors of law school takes intelligence, dedication and drive. Doing all of the above without the benefit of the internet, energy drinks or a permanent place to live, that takes something extra. Doing all of the above as a man of color in the nineteenth century, that takes even more. Lawrence pursues his life’s calling from the back of a horse, as he rides circuit for his mentor, a judge who can no longer take on the arduous duty of being the law for a series of towns and settlements. He takes his responsibilities seriously, whether it’s conducting marriage ceremonies, settling disputes, leveling judgements, or tracking down the runaway horse he absolutely needs if he’s going to make his circuit in time to take his law exams.

2) He has a strong moral code. When Lawrence believes something, he believes it. He has a strong Christian faith that he relies upon, but does not push on others, and checks himself and his choices against that non-negotiable fact. Because of his belief that slavery is wrong, he risks his livelihood to help Realie, the enslaved woman who stole his horse in her own bid for freedom, he’s willing to put his own goals aside to ensure she gets what’s best for her. Though he has more than one opportunity for casual sex—both with Realie, and with another woman—that’s not for him, and his resolve remains firm. Everything he’s got is for his future wife, (because she’s getting it all; oh lucky, lucky Realie) and that’s not open for discussion.

[A total dreamboat...]

Jan 15 2017 11:19pm

Nalini Singh’s Writing Venom’s Book, Archangel’s Viper!

Archangel's Heart by Nalini SinghHave you heard? Nalini Singh has announced the title of her tenth Guild Hunter series novel: Archangel's Viper!

What's more, she revealed the book, which she's writing now, will star none other than Venom, one of Archangel Raphael's Seven. According to the short description Singh shared on Facebook with the news, “[E}ven this powerful vampire has no idea what awaits when he returns to New York...to a woman who might be the greatest threat of all...”

Now we're desperately wondering...who's his heroine? Is it Sorrow, or someone else?

You can be sure we'll share more information as we get it! If the book follows previous installments, it'll be out sometime this fall. In the meantime, if you haven't read Book 9, Archangel's Heart...well, what are you waiting for?

Aug 30 2016 9:30am

Anyone Else Feeling the Love Between Lord Melbourne and Queen Victoria? Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 2 Heart-to-Heart

Long live the 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. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're re-posting our recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2016. If you're eager to see what's next, you can read future recaps—just beware of spoilers!

Note: This episode originally aired as episode 2 in the U.K. It is the second hour of the two-hour premiere of Victoria on Masterpiece PBS.

Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 1 | Victoria, Season 1, Episode 3 | See all our Victoria coverage here

The second episode of Victoria continues with the same dramatic, angst-filled vibe that the first one set up so beautifully.  This time, we are treated to some delicious ‘will they’ or ‘won’t they’ moments between the innocent Queen and her dashing Lord Melbourne as they struggle with the emotional conflict of what they want versus what is right.  There’s more underhand plotting from the dastardly trio of Conroy, the Duchess and the Duke of Cumberland.  There are even more treats from below stairs as Lehzen continues to face opposition from the other members of staff.  All of which has me gripped, just as I was after the first episode of Downton, itching for what the latest turn of events will be, and in a heap of muddled feelings by the time the credits roll.

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Aug 29 2016 10:45am

Long Live the Queen! Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 1 Heart-to-Heart

Long live the 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. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're re-posting our recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2016.

Note: Tonight, PBS aired the first TWO episodes of the series, so make sure you click over to the second episode's recap once you've finished reading this one!

Next Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 2 | See all our Victoria coverage here

So why should you watch?

For anyone with a love for a particular style of period drama that has been left bereft after the end of Downton Abbey, fear not because the savior has arrived.  Or to be more precise, the Queen has arrived, in the form of the gloriously written & magnificently styled Victoria (broadcasting on ITV in the UK).  The 8-part series charts her early life as she ascends the throne at the tender age of 18, navigating her role as Head of State during what was a turbulent time for Britain, and equally importantly, her introduction to the man who would go on to be her greatest passion in life.

Penned by novelist Daisy Goodwin, her first foray into the world of screenwriting comes from encountering the young Victoria’s diaries as part of her university studies, something which she admits made the task of telling the story that much easier. 

Production is bolstered by a stellar cast led by Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley) as the woman predominantly portrayed throughout history as a notoriously stoic monarch clad in ‘widow’s weeds’.  Her flawless performance is beautifully supported by the enigmatic BAFTA nominated Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Parade’s End... A Knight's Tale) as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister and long-time confidant. But don't start shipping them yet, as Episode 3 will introduce the historic trifecta with the arrival of the dashing Tom Hughes (The Game, Dancing on the Edge, Silk) as the love of Queen Victoria’s life, Prince Albert.

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Jan 15 2017 12:00pm

Meghan March Excerpt: Real Good Love

Meghan March

Real Good Love by Meghan March

I've had my fair share of bad boys, but nothing prepared me for what it was like to be with a real good man.

Logan Brantley changed everything.

Somewhere along the way, what started as a fling became the best part of my life.

He makes me want all the things I've never had, like forever and happily ever after, but nothing worth having comes easily.

Everyone is betting on us to fail, but I'm ready to fight for this real good love.

Real Good Love is the conclusion of the Real Duet.

Get a sneak peek at Meghan March's Real Good Love (available January 17, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Editor's Note: This is Book 2 in a duology and are best read in order. Spoilers may abound for anyone who hasn't read Real Good Man. 

“Banner! Banner!”

I look around to find who’s calling my name. It’s unusual enough that there’s little to no chance of whoever it is calling to someone else.

A tap on my shoulder has me spinning around to face Brandon Sidewalk, a guy I went out with once to a club opening, who didn’t understand that a short skirt was not an invitation to feel me up.

Unfortunately, he’s standing there with a stupid grin on his face, so I can’t exactly walk away. But I can pretend I don’t remember him.

[Read the full Real Good Love excerpt...]

Jan 14 2017 2:00pm

Rebecca Grace Allen Excerpt: Taming Sugar

Rebecca Grace Allen

A modern day, BDSM, Taming of the Shrew.

After being dropped from the best role she’d ever gotten, actress Roxy Cavanaugh is on a week’s vacation to work on her patience. Being holed up in a little cabin isn’t doing much to help her, and neither is meeting sexy property manager Hunter Finn. Unfazed by her willful determination, Finn might be the first man strong enough to take her…if they don’t kill each other first.

Get a sneak peek at Rebecca Grace Allen's Taming Sugar (available January 19, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene. 

The rumble of Hunter’s truck was easy to catch in the otherwise quiet evening. Roxy waited eagerly until he reappeared beside her, holding a bottle of wine. A very expensive and rare bottle of wine, judging by the name and vintage on the label.

“Was your quick errand to a winery?”

He smirked. “No. This is from my own personal storage.”

Whoa. She hadn’t imagined him to be a wine connoisseur, but Roxy was starting to think she’d imagined Hunter Finn all wrong.

[Keep reading...]

Jan 14 2017 12:00pm

Vi Keeland Excerpt: Egomaniac

Vi Keeland

Egomaniac by Vi Keeland

The night I met Drew Jagger, he’d just broken into my new Park Avenue office.

I dialed 9-1-1 before proceeding to attack him with my fancy new Krav Maga skills.

He quickly restrained me, then chuckled, finding my attempted assault amusing.

Of course, my intruder had to be arrogant.

Only, turned out, he wasn’t an intruder at all.

Drew was the rightful occupant of my new office. He’d been on vacation while his posh space was renovated.

Which was how a scammer got away with leasing me office space that wasn’t really available for rent.

I was swindled out of ten grand.

The next day, after hours at the police station, Drew took pity on me and made me an offer I couldn’t refuse. In exchange for answering his phones while his secretary was out, he’d let me stay until I found a new place.

I probably should have acted grateful and kept my mouth shut when I overheard the advice he was spewing to his clients. But I couldn’t help giving him a piece of my mind.

I never expected my body to react every time we argued. Especially when that was all we seemed to be able to do.

The two of us were complete opposites. Drew was a bitter, angry, gorgeous-as-all-hell, destroyer of relationships. And my job was to help people save their marriages.

The only thing the two of us had in common was the space we were sharing.

And an attraction that was getting harder to deny by the day.

Get a sneak peek at Vi Keeland's Egomaniac (available January 16, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Drew’s door was closed when I returned to the office. I listened to make sure he wasn’t on a call and then flung it wide open.

“You are such an asshole!”

“I’ve been told that. How was your lunch with Professor Pompous?”

“Delicious,” I lied. My fancy hamburger wasn’t even that good.

“Baldwin read what you wrote on my whiteboard. You need to stop screwing with me.”

[Read the full Egomaniac excerpt...]

Jan 13 2017 4:39pm

Try These on for Size: Romance News & Deals from Alison Bliss and Living Single

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

Size Matters by Alison BlissDeal Alert: Alison Bliss's contemporary romance Size Matters, featuring a plus-size heroine, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* In her First Look at the book, H&H blogger Jessica Moro writes: “Size Matters tackles sensitive subjects like weight, low self-esteem and overbearing families with funny lines and relatable characters.” Are you especially drawn to plus-sized heroines? Then you'll probably have strong feelings about author Amy Andrews' “7 Pet Peeves Ever Reader Has When Reading a Plus-Sized Heroine.”

Deal Alert: Susan Wiggs's contemporary Summer At Willow Lake, Book 1 in the Lakeshore Chronicles, is $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Wiggs is one of the masters of poignant, non-romantic scenes in romance novels, says H&H blogger Janga.

Deal Alert: Heidi McLaughlin's baseball romance Third Base is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* This may be a book to check out if you've already exhausted our list of what to read if you're obsessed with Pitch's Ginny and Mike.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Queen Latifah says they're “not there yet,” but anticipates a Living Single revival complete with original cast members Kim Coles, Erika Alexander, and Kim Fields reprising their original roles. Can't wait to get an update on Synclaire and Overton as well as well as the tempestuous, but always fun to watch Max and Kyle.

What were the most-read books of 2016? According to the USA Today best-seller list, the top 100 books of the year included releases by J.K. Rowling (shocker!), Jojo Moyes, Nora Roberts, and Sylvia Day.

[+Today on H&H...]

Jan 13 2017 3:00pm

We Learned Some Things: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!

Yuri gave us some insight on category romances

Yuri in A Newbie’s Guide to Category Romance

Lines are a combination of length, subgenre, theme and even a set of tropes. For a newbie I'd reccommend ignoring the “lines” and just go on descriptions - if you end up liking books from a certain category in particular then you can seek out new authors in that line. For the most part I go by author rather than line, unless I'm in a mood for melodrama then I dig out an HP!

Also not all category romances are short! Superromances are often as long or longer than single titles, just disguised by the thinness of the pages. Even within the same category line some books are “Short” or “Long”: e.g. HSE books appear in the 2013 RITAs under both categories. They do tend to be lighter, which makes them perfect to carry in a handbag.

The only real problem with categories I find is they don't get reviewed as often, which makes it riskier to try new authors. I'll second the reccommendations for Janice Kay Johnson (contemporary and suspense), also Annie Burrows, Harper St George, Jeannie Lin (historical), Sarah Mayberry, and Rachel Lee is a go-to comfort read for me (contemporary).

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Jan 13 2017 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Bates Motel’s Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Alex Romero

Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Alex Romero in Bates Motel

Dear Nestor Carbonell,

I never watched Lost, so when I started watching Bates Motel the other week, I was woefully unprepared for the feels your Sheriff Alex Romero would slowly but surely evoke as I made an Olympics-qualifying dash through every episode (so far) of the Psycho prequel series.

At first, I admit, I was unmoved by Romero's appeal, despite his undeniably handsome face and seriously luxurious eyelashes. See, in Season 1, he helped cover up crimes, his own included, and one could only guess whether it was truly for the good of the town—and new resident Norma Bates—or not. And, like, why brood over the potentially corrupt—albiet gorgeous—sheriff when poor, noble, too-good-for-this-world Dylan Massett needed my attention?! I was sure I was mostly addicted to this show because I desperately wanted to see Dylan escape his awful family and dangerous town, then go off to live a better life.

[And then that all changed...]

Jan 13 2017 1:00pm

Take a Weekend Trip to Pemberley (Digital)

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Not all adaptations are created equal.

With the success of the The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, it’s not a surprise that the internet basically exploded with confessional-style webisodes of adapted beloved classics. Some are great, some are not the best, but I have a deep and abiding love for people wishing to take classics and make them over in a way that engages audiences today.  

Pemberley Digital, most noted from The LBD, became the center point for such webisodes and took on a life of its own in a way. These series have taken the chance to expand on the universe and include people of different races, sexual orientations, and creeds, and my personal fave—turning Kitty Bennet into a literal cat that follows Lydia around. So, if you’ve got time over the weekend, settle in for some of my favorite adaptations from Pemberley Digital. 

1.  The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

In case you’re not familiar with The LBD, it’s a modern, web-based confessional video style retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride & Prejudice. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries does, for me,  what no other adaptation of P&P has ever been able to do—made me care about Lydia Bennet.

If you’re on the fence about this just know, that each video is around four-five minutes in length. There are 100 episodes, but they go by so quickly, especially once the surly and handsome William Darcy comes into town. It boasts a diverse and wonderful cast, and all the Bennet sisters are sassy redheads.

Seriously, it gets top billing as a favorite Pride & Prejudice of mine, 2kforever.

[Welcome to Pemberley...digital...]

Jan 13 2017 12:00pm

Cherrie Lynn Excerpt: Raw Deal

Cherrie Lynn

Raw Deal by Cherrie Lynn

Savannah's brother was killed in a cage fight with Mike “Red Reaper” Larson after a savage punch to the head.

When Mike shows up at the funeral, he’s nothing like Savannah expected. Gone is the fierce, brutal beast she’s seen in the cage. In his place is a beautiful man torn with guilt, seeking forgiveness, and willing to do anything to ease her pain.

Her family doesn’t approve, but her heart doesn’t stand a chance. Irresistibly drawn together, neither of them can deny the intoxicating desire unleashed between them, turning their pain into the most exquisite pleasure. But every time Mike steps into the cage, Savannah knows she could lose him too. She can’t go through that again, but how can she let go of the one man who sets her body and soul on fire?

Get a sneak peek at Cherrie Lynn's Raw Deal (available January 24, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Savannah Dugas didn’t think she’d ever seen a bald eagle in the wild before. It was somehow fitting that one glided above right now, stark black against an impossibly blue sky. She could distinguish the magnificent creature’s white head from the darkness of its body, from the majestic span of its wings. Tommy had loved eagles. He’d had a huge tattoo of one on his back, fierce and proud, wings spread so wide that the tips reached each of his shoulders.

She would never see that tattoo again.

As Savannah dropped her gaze from the eagle soaring above to Tommy’s bronze casket, a wash of dizziness overcame her and she thought for a second that she might faint or throw up. It was no wonder; she’d barely eaten for three days, but it took all her effort to clamp her jaw closed and fight the nausea welling in her throat. Strong, she thought, I have to be the strong one. Her mother’s clawlike fingers dug hard into her right arm, and Rowan leaned heavily on her left. Savannah knew that if she crumbled the other women would crumble too. Regina Dugas had lost a son. Rowan Dugas had lost her college sweetheart, husband, love of her life.

[Read the full Raw Deal excerpt...]

Jan 13 2017 9:30am

Fictional Spy Gadgets I’d Love to Beg, Borrow or Buy

Ready or Dead by PM Kavanaugh

Today we're thrilled to welcome author PM Kavanaugh (Ready or Dead) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Who doesn't love a good spy gadget? We've all found ourselves coveting a thing or two. PM is here today to list off a few of those gadgets and when they would come in useful. Thanks, PM! 

Have you ever seen or read about a clever gadget used by a female spy and said, “How cool is that! Can I get one?” I have. I’ve even invented my own. In my latest book just released by Crimson Romance, Ready or Dead, my spy-in-training heroine, Anika Washington, wears a pair of heels with a hollowed-out platform hiding a high-tech “key” that helps her unlock a safe and steal state secrets. But why should spies have all the fun? Here’s a list of some favorite spy gadgets that I’d love to own:

Breath-Mint Bugging Devices in Laura Peyton Roberts’s Alias: A Secret Life

In this tie-in novel for the hit TV show, AgentSydney Bristow  plants listening devices disguised as tiny white breath mints inside a Parisian fashion house suspected of laundering money for an enemy agency. I’d love to drop a few of these “mints” into the wastebaskets of my company’s executive conference room. I’ve always wanted to hear what gets said behind those wood-paneled closed doors!

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Jan 13 2017 8:21am

What Authors Would You Want to Co-Write Together?

We all have our favorite authors, and it can be a unique thrill when we see them pair up together to write something—in fact, the combo can be pretty epic. 

What authors would you like to see paired together to write? What do you think it is about their writing style/worlds, etc. that would work well together? Has this already happened for you?

Let us know in the comments!

Jan 12 2017 4:37pm

Swept Away by 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

Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle KennedyDeal Alert: Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy's male/male hockey romance Him is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* The sequel, Us, is also on sale for $.99 and gives readers the chance to reunite with heroes Wes and Jamie as they “juggle fame, careers, a nosy neighbor and a hidden relationship,” as Lucy_Hargrave describes it in her March 2016 edition of the Male/Male Romance Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Sawyer Bennett's Legal Affairs contemporary romance Friction is $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* Bennett's recently released Cold Fury novel Max made it into Jessica Moro's December edition of our New Adult Best Bets.

Deal Alert: Robyn Carr's women's fiction novel Swept Away is $2.99 in e-book today at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Carr is a regular fixture of our monthly Women's Fiction Best Bets list, so if you're a fan of hers, you'll find a lot of authors to love in that roundup of recommendations.

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels's romantic suspense category romance Crime Scene at Cardwell Ranch is $1.99 in e-book today at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Are you a category romance newbie ready to dip a toe into the water? Here's your chance...

[+Billionaires soiree and book display tips...]

Jan 12 2017 3:00pm

8 Romances for Fans of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Flappers!

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

What romance should you turn to for Miss Fisher withdrawals?

It is a rare movie or TV show that doesn’t prompt viewers to say “the book was better,” but Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries does not disappoint. Based on the series of historical detective novels by Australian author/lawyer Kerry Greenwood, this drama left fans begging for more when it ended after only three series (or seasons, in North American terms). The romantic tension between globe-trotting heiress Phryne Fisher and the always-logical Detective Inspector Jack Robinson is evident from their first meeting and only grows stronger with time.

In November 2016, the Sydney Morning Herald announced that ABC will make a series of three action movie spin-offs starring Miss Fisher, reminiscent of the Indiana Jones films. Unfortunately for those of us desperately waiting for their release, producers must work around the busy schedule of Miss Fisher herself (actress Essie Davis), who is currently cast as Lady Crane on Game of Thrones.

Until Miss Fisher appears on the silver screen, these romance novels set in the 1920s may hold you over.

[Check out these dapper reads!]

Jan 12 2017 1:30pm

Cover Thursday: A Katana Collins Exclusive Reveal!

Team H&H is excited for the next installment in Katana Collins' Harrison Street Crew series with the upcoming Outlaw! We're featuring Ex-Con: Part 1 exclusively on H&H for you next week, but until then, feast your eyes on the the Outlaw covers!

In Outlaw, Patrick is a bad boy who lives outside of the law, while Michelle has taken an oath to protect it; but the fire that rages between them is too hot to ignore.

Outlaw: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Outlaw: Part 1 by Katana Collins

Worse than bad. Hotter than hot. These are the bad boys of the Harrison Street Crew, and they answer to no one. They take what they want. And what they want is you.

Volume One of a three-part volume by Katana Collins.

Patrick Flanagan lives outside the law. The cops don’t like him. The law doesn’t trust him. He may come at you with a charm and a handsome smile, but make no mistake—he’s as reckless and bad as they come. But when a total bombshell with stilettos and a power suit comes blazing into his life, this bad boy is about to be so, so good…

[Check out the sexy covers!]

Jan 12 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Thirst (January 17, 2017)

Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Jacquelyn Frank
Thirst (The Energy Vampires #1)
Loveswept / January 17, 2017 /  $4.99 digital

A hidden society of vampires—and the humans they love—are at the heart of this opening novel in a biting, all-original series from the New York Times bestselling author Jacquelyn Frank of the Nightwalkers saga.

Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire, soaking up nourishment from the sun—and, only when necessary, drawing sweet sustenance from humans who are pure in body and spirit. As the right-hand man to his queen, Rafe is a key player at a historic peace summit in New York City, which will unite the vampire nations against a common threat: the sycophants, who feed on humanity and kill indiscriminately. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blond police detective may put everything at risk.

Detective Renee Holden has never worked a homicide quite like this. The victim has twin puncture wounds on his neck, and the only eyewitness swears she saw a vampire. Now’s definitely not the time to get distracted by a seductive stranger. But the suave, darkly austere, exotically handsome Rafe DaSilva is a hard man to deny, and as Renee falls under his spell, she also falls prey to his enemies. Desperate to protect her, Rafe lifts the veil on a shadow realm she can only visit—a world of intoxicating power, terrifying dangers, and forbidden pleasures.

[Sink you teeth into this...]

Jan 12 2017 9:30am

Lonely Hearts: Past and Present

Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles

We're thrilled to welcome KJ Charles (Wanted, A Gentleman) who knows a thing our two about love advertisements, especially after doing some research. But can you guess when the first “Lonely Heart” ad was placed? KJ fills us in. Thanks, KJ!

Advertising for love might seem to the young a modern phenomenon, the invention of Match.com, Tinder and Grindr. If you’re 40-plus, you might well have tried dating through the small ads in newspapers and magazines. Pop quiz: when do you think the first recorded Lonely Hearts advert dates from?

I’m guessing you’re thinking early 1900s, maybe post-war thanks to the social impact of the mass slaughter of young men. Nope. Try again.

Maybe early 1800s then? The Napoleonic Wars had had a proportionately devastating effect on the male population to the First World War, and the Industrial Revolution had caused massive social upheaval in getting people moving around and swelling the cities. Sounds convincing? Still too late.

The first recorded Lonely Hearts advert in the world was published in a London pamphlet of July 1695, and asked for “some Good Young Gentlewoman that has a fortune of £3000, or thereabouts” to marry a gentleman in his thirties “that says he has a Very Good Estate”. (Let’s take a moment to side-eye that “says he has”. I hope his bride didn’t just take his word for it.)

[Where do lonely hearts go?]