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Fri
May 19 2017 9:30am

Survey Says: What Is It Like to Really Date a Bad Boy?

She Wants It All by Jessica Calla

Today we're thrilled to host Jessica Calla (She Wants It All) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Jessica, like us, knows that romance readers love a bad boy—but some field research proves that actually dating a bad boy leaves much to be desired. See what Jessica found out and what that means for all the fictional bad boys we love. Thanks, Jessica!

The bad boy/good girl trope has consistently been one of romance’s favorites. From Travis and Abby in Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, to Christian and Ana in the 50 Shades series by E.L. James, to Dean Holder and Sky in Hopeless by Colleen Hoover, romance readers love their bad boy heroes.

Sure, on paper (or in your Kindle) these guys are hot. Why wouldn’t boring Ana want to hang out in the red room with Christian? He’s a gorgeous, billionaire, CEO. And Travis? Well, yeah, he has some anger management issues, but damn if he isn’t consumed by his love for Abby. And Holder has his problems, but nobody can deny how protective he is of Sky.

It got me to thinking. What about in real life? Are these the type of guys that we really want to date? Can a romance with a bad boy result in a happily ever after?

With that question in mind, I conducted a survey to find out more about people’s real life, bad boy experiences. Here are the more interesting statistics gleaned from the experiment.

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Fri
May 19 2017 8:02am

What’s Your Most Anticipated Book of the Summer?

Dog waiting in window

It's nowhere near summer yet—at least not officially—but with temperatures around 90 degrees at the H&H offices, we already feel like we're in the dog days of it! Since though it's not official, we have a lot to look forward to this season—especially in the books department! We're waiting on a lot of great releases!

What is your most anticipated read of the summer? 

Share with us down in the comments!

Thu
May 18 2017 4:30pm

Deal or Die: Romance News & Deals from Suzanne Brockmann, Sarah Title, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Do or Die by Suzanne Brockmann

Deal Alert: Suzanne Brockmann's romantic suspense novel Do or Die is $1.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Former Navy SEAL Ian Dunn gets tapped for a job that no one else in the US government is brave enough to take on. Throw in smart, beautiful attorney Phoebe Kruger and his mission suddenly gets a whole lot more interesting. Take a look at our definitive ranking of Brockmann's 19 book Troubleshooters series. 

Deal Alert: Sarah Title's contemporary romance The Undateable is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Librarian Melissa “Bernie” Bernard becomes notorious after a viral video of a proposal in her library catches her rolling her eyes. Enter dating advice columnist Colin Rodriguez, desperate to attract new readers by finding dates for the undateable....starting with Bernie. There's no doubt that reading is incredibly sexy. 

Deal Alert: RC Matthews' contemporary romance Little White Lies is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Attorney Madelyn Russell dumps her fiancé at the altar and takes off on her honeymoon cruise, where she runs into a dilemma—she's scheduled to eat the “newlywed” table. Luckily for her, the handsome Royce Spencer offers to play the part of her husband in exchange for companionship during their trip. Sometimes weddings that go wrong lead to the best HEAs.

Deal Alert: Megan Crane's dystopian romance novel Edge of Obsession is $1.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc.* A beautiful prisoner snags Tyr's attention and he can't rest until he makes Helena his. Try out the first chapter of Crane's gritty, dystopic romance.

[+Today on H&H]

Thu
May 18 2017 2:00pm

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Feel Me (May 23, 2017)

Feel Me by Cece Robson

Cecy Robson
Feel Me (The O'Brien Family)
Cecy Robson / May 23, 2017 / $12.99 print, $3.99 digital

In Cecy Robson’s latest O’Brien Family novel, she turns the spotlight on the O’Brien who truly enjoys his time there, and expects his name to be one everyone’s lips.  Declan O’Brien has always been the most serious brother of the crazy clan.  Not that he doesn’t have his own collection of outrageous stories growing up.  It is just that after his father’s death, while his older brothers went to work to support the family, Declan felt it would be up to him to shoot higher for the family’s success.  Nothing has gotten in the path of his life plan until Melissa Fenske stepped in the way and he has been tripping over his own feet ever since. 

After law school, Declan joined the District Attorney’s office.  He plans on taking over the Homicide Division and someday replace his mentor, Miles Fenske, and become the youngest District Attorney in Philly.  And his goals don’t stop there.  Declan plans to become Mayor and eventually even Governor someday. 

Everything in his life is planned out with each goal in mind.  The one thing Declan O’Brien does not plan for is love and romance.  He doesn’t believe in either and after watching his womanizing father crush his mother’s love slowly and painfully, Declan knows he has no time or desire for a woman in his life.  A beautiful woman on his arm for a formal function and maybe a night of hot sex is necessary from time to time but he only bothers with women who understand that his interest wanes with the coming dawn.

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Thu
May 18 2017 12:00pm
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B. J. Daniels Excerpt: Outlaw’s Honor

B.J. Daniels

Outlaw's Honor by B. J. Daniels

She never expected this Cahill to be her hero—or the only man she'd need.

It's hard to forget a beautiful woman who picks your pocket the first time you meet. Darby Cahill recognizes Mariah Ayres the moment she walks into his bar looking for a job. He shouldn't hire her…or crave more after one impulsive kiss. But what starts as curiosity about her motives turns to concern when he senses how much danger she's in.

Mariah has been running ever since she left her fiancé at the altar. Now she's playing the part of the perfect employee, terrified that her past will catch up with her. But Darby has already seen through her act. He's the kind of guy who saves people. And even if Mariah's given him no reason to trust her, he's determined to protect her—and he'll risk his life to do it…

Get a sneak peek at B. J. Daniels's Outlaw's Honor (available May 30, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Do you want me to help you?” a voice asked at his side.

Darby nodded to the festival volunteer. He threw another T-shirt, looking in the crowd for the woman. She was gone.

Once the box of T-shirts was empty, he hurriedly stepped off the stage into the moving mass. His job was done. His plan had been to have some fry bread and then head back to the saloon. He was happiest behind the bar. Or on the back of a horse. Being Montana born and raised in open country, crowds made him nervous.

[Read the full Outlaw’s Honor excerpt...]

Thu
May 18 2017 11:00am

Olicity Reunion Ahead: Arrow 5x22 Olicity Heart-to-Heart

Arrow, Season 5, Episode 22

Show/EpisodeArrow Season 5, Episode 22, “Missing”
Ship(s): Olicity

Arrow 5x22 Captain's Log

We start the episode in a happy little lull.  Adrian Chase is locked up and everyone is feeling relieved. Except Oliver, perhaps. He’s waiting for the other shoe to drop. But in the meantime, it’s his birthday! And he tells Thea he has dinner plans with Thea. He’s hesitant to hope that it’s a date but it’s clear that he very much hopes that it is. 

Unfortunately for us, but fortunately for the aww-factor, it’s not a date or dinner… but a surprise party! Oliver shows up at the loft and nearly takes Curtis out before realizing the ruse. It’s the first time he’s celebrated his birthday since before the island. We see him blow out the candles on an epic Lord Mesa designed cake (lovely fandom in-joke there!) and then there’s a champagne toast. Everyone talks about what they want to do with their summer vacation, with perhaps a little innuendo from Felicity. The looks she and Oliver kept sharing were loaded! And what does Oliver want to do? Buy socks. I’m not even kidding. 

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Thu
May 18 2017 9:30am

Horror’s Best Romances—Yes, You Read that Correctly

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Something author Tiffany Reisz once said has always stuck with me — that, to her, the closest genre to BDSM romance is horror. Presumably because they both involve facing and conquering fear. As a horror movie junkie, I totally acknowledge that if there’s a shippable pair thrown together against the threat—or maybe it’s the protagonist and the threat—I am all for it. Because there’s nothing like the combination of passion and terror. Everything is heightened. The stakes are astronomical. It’s not just hearts on the line—it’s lives, too.   

Horror also tackles so many fascinating tropes—taboo relationships, us-against-the-world, lovers-on-the-run. But, unlike most mainstream romances, horror happily exposes the creepy underbelly of those plots. Just look at 2013’s Stoker, written by Prison Break’s Wentworth Miller and gorgeously directed by Park Chan-wook. Mia Wasikowska stars as India Stoker, a young woman who develops an intense attachment to her charismatic uncle, Charlie (Matthew Goode). The incestuous elements are the least troubling bits of the film — and I could not look away! I don’t know what this says about Mia’s career choices, but she’s also in two other films I’d recommend to romance readers: 2015’s Crimson Peak and 2013’s Only Lovers Left Alive. (Both co-star Tom Hiddleston, which is a huge selling point for me). Guillermo del Toro and Jim Jarmusch’s respective aesthetics are gorgeous. Just like a good romance zeroes in on the protagonists, so does horror—to an almost claustrophobic extent. These are both films about being stuck—and, honestly, I’m never going to complain about being trapped with Tom Hiddleston, whether he’s an incestuous gold-digger or an emo vampire.

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Thu
May 18 2017 8:09am

What Sort of Relationship Dynamic Do You Find Most Compelling?

Couple Kisses in Bed

Dominant; slow-burn; sweet; fun. These are just a few ways in which the relationship dynamic can manifest itself in a romance. When it comes to your own preferences, what sort of dynamic do you prefer to see between characters? What do you love about that?

Tell me about it in the comments! 

Wed
May 17 2017 4:30pm

This Signal Won’t Fade: Romance News & Deals from Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell, Nora Roberts, and More

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Strong Signal by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

Deal Alert: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell's contemporary male/male romance Strong Signal is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* In the first book of the duo's Cyberlove series, gamers Kai and Garrett get off to a rough start when their online personalities clash in a serious way. Their first meeting may be unconventional, but it does lead them to a deep and powerful connection. 

Deal Alert: Jenny Colgan's women's fiction novel The Bookshop on the Corner is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Librarian Nina possesses the gift for finding the perfect book for her readers while also trying to find her own HEA. This lighthearted read is sure to please.

Deal Alert: Nora Roberts' contemporary romance Hidden Star is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Cade Parris comes to Bailey James' rescue—even though she can't remember who she is and she's armed with a satchel full of cash. Need help deciding what Nora to read next? You're in luck, 'cause all roads lead to Nora.

[+Cover for Lauren Blakely's next romance...]

Wed
May 17 2017 3:00pm

What’s the Line Between Forbidden and Too Forbidden?

All the Lies We Tell by Megan Hart

Today we're thrilled to welcome Megan Hart (All The Lies We Tell) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The line of what's taboo is constantly moving—what was forbidden 20 years ago, is mainstream today, and what is forbidden today... well, only time will tell! Megan is here today to talk about the moving line and what makes a relationship forbidden. Thanks, Megan!

Forbidden love. Why does it feel so delicious to want what’s wrong? There seems to be something inherently arousing about desiring what we know we shouldn’t. Sometimes it’s a chocolate sundae. Sometimes, it’s your super hot billionaire stepbrother, am I right?

It’s clear there’s no question that there’s an enormous difference between what’s truly wrong—non-consensual power play, the use of position to bully someone into providing sex, abuse of power—and what’s “wrong but so right.” The line might be razor sharp, but it’s there…and sometimes, it changes! Reader’s tastes shift, along with societal viewpoints. What used to be common in romances (bodice ripping, for example) falls out of favor, while subjects and plot points that would have been taboo cycle into popularity.

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Wed
May 17 2017 1:30pm

The Song is Sung: What is the Future of Karen Marie Moning’s Fever Series?

So, chances are if you're reading this post you've probably finished Feversong, but just in case: SPOILERS! DEAD AHEAD!

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning

Still with me Fever Fans?

It’s been a wild ride since release day! Feversong roared onto bookshelves everywhere and I for one was knocked clean off my feet.

The newest arrival in the Fever Universe, Feversong artfully wrapped up the series’ bigger storylines. Not only those that began with the arrival of the Hoar Frost King in Iced but even those that began further back with the original five books, such as Cruce being locked in his cell below the abbey, and the mirror image of the Sinsar Dubh buried deep inside Mac’s mind.

But as fans of the series might be aware, though the actual “Fever Series” ended with Feversong, KMM has apparently signed for two more books (!!!) set in the greater Fever Universe. Which is awesome because there’s still so much in this expansive universe left to explore! Including a number of loose ends that KMM didn’t clean up in Feversong.

ONE of the two future books is already spoken for, so to speak. KMM has announced that the next book, High Voltage, will be a Dani book! According to a very mysterious facebook post, High Voltage won’t pick up where we left off at the end of Feversong. Instead KMM has promised us a book that starts at a “different time”... *flail of frustration and anticipation*

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Wed
May 17 2017 12:01pm
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Christina Lauren Excerpt: Dating You / Hating You

Christina Lauren

Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren

Everyone knows that all’s fair in love and war. But these two will learn that sabotage is a dish best served naked.
Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.
But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?
Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending, or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, hilarious story of romance in the modern world.

Get a sneak peek at Christina Lauren's Dating You / Hating You (available June 6, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Get caught up and read Chapter 1, here!

Chapter Two
Carter

Michael Christopher finds me Saturday morning, paper open on the table, coffeemaker sputtering quietly in the background.

“Glad you didn’t try to drive home.” His voice is broken-glass scratchy, and when I look up, I grin at the sight of him in a blue velvet bathrobe hanging haphazardly open over a faded T-shirt and a pair of striped boxers. Atop his head, his hair reaches a campfire peak.

“Morning, Mr. Hefner.”

He swears roundly when his foot locates a handful of Legos buried in the fluffy kitchen rug.

[Read the full Dating You / Hating You excerpt...]

Wed
May 17 2017 9:30am

First Look: Alice Clayton’s Buns (May 23, 2017)

Buns by Alice Clayton

Alice Clayton
Buns (Hudson Valley Series #3)
Gallery Books / May 23, 2017 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Clara Morgan’s ability to turn mud into miracles has kept her in high demand. Hired to help rejuvenate the Bryant Mountain Resort, Clara is excited to work with a historical family owned resort as it appeals to her curiosity of family traditions and their longevity. Having grown up in the foster care system, Clara has spent her life constantly on the move, never stopping long enough to form a deep connection to anything or anyone besides her two best friends, Natalie and Roxie.

Archie Bryant is on board with upgrading his family’s resort, he just doesn't appreciate outside help being brought in. He wants to do it himself at his own pace.  Clara and Archie’s very antagonistic beginning slowly begins to smooth itself out as Archie comes to realize that Clara doesn’t want to erase his family's history from the resort,  she just wants to bring the resort into this current century.  

The more time Clara spends with Archie and the entire Bryant family and staff, the more she begins to see that family isn’t always a bond determined by blood and love often strikes when you least expect it. When Clara is faced with a choice of the heart, she will have to decide if she has the courage to take a leap of faith or will her fear keep her feet and heart firmly on the ground.

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Wed
May 17 2017 8:20am

Can You Read Right Before Bed?

Couple falling asleep in bed while reading

Reading can be a double edged sword when it comes to a nightly routine. FOr some, it can send them right to the Sandman and they'll be sleeping in no time, while for others, it will keep them up late into the night—either because they keep reading (booksomnia should totally be a thing!) or because they were too excited about what they read and they can't fall asleep. 

What's the case for you? Is reading a necesscary nightly ritual or does it keep you up at night and so you stay away from books before bedtime? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Tue
May 16 2017 4:30pm

Hero For Hire: Romance News & Deals from Donna Grant, Linda Howard, and More

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The Hero by Donna Grant

Deal Alert: Donna Grant's romantic suspense novel The Hero is $1.99 at Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Navy SEAL Owen returns to his hometown in Texas and walks right into a conspiracy involving his former high school sweetheart, Natalie. Owen vows to protect her, the one woman he's never been able to get over. You can get a taste of Grant's The Hero with a look at the first 6 chapters on H&H.

Deal Alert: Vivienne Lorret's historical romance This Earl Is on Fire is $.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* The rakish Earl of Wolford winds up battered and bloody on the doorstep of country girl Adeline Pimm. She doesn't have any idea who he is, but as she nurses him back to health, they can't help but slowly fall for one another. Meet (not-so) cutes are so irresistible. 

Deal Alert: Linda Howard's contemporary romance After The Night is $1.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* The reckless and charming Gray sets his sights on Faith, a woman from his childhood, who has come into her own and isn't likely to give into him too easily. In need of more Linda Howard reads? Check out these recommendations.

[+Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell cover reveal and Pitch gets a finale?]

Tue
May 16 2017 3:00pm

Of Course Philippa Gregory Writes Romance: Thoughts on The White Princess

The White Princess on Starz

Note: This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of The White Princess, and for The White Queen.

Watching the Starz adaptation of The White Princess felt like a betrayal. Not of the source material—Philippa Gregory’s novel of the same name—nor of the historical hijinks on which the novel itself is (loosely, if we’re honest) based, but of its predecessor, The White Queen, a show I watched avidly and even recapped exhaustively in these very pages back in 2013.

The White Queen ended its 10-episode run having jumbled together the events and protagonists of three Gregory retellings – The Red Queen and The Kingmaker’s Daughter joined the eponymous tome – and while “hatewatch” wasn’t really a thing we all said yet (how quickly the vernacular can change), I hatewatched the hell out of it. My relationship to the series was akin to our heroine Elizabeth’s love of her philandering, impetuous husband, King Edward: I loved it so, but boy did it do me wrong.

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Tue
May 16 2017 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Emily March, Laura Trentham, Cathy Yardley, and Liv Rancourt

We've got five exclusive cover reveals for you today from authors Emily March, Laura Trentham, Cathy Yardley, and Liv Rancourt! From Eternity Springs, to Cottonbloom, to the inner workings of fandom life, to a trip back to post World War II America, these upcoming releases are sure to take up a slot on your TBR pile!

The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March

When Josh Tarkington gets stuck on a gondola with the lovely Caitlin Timberlake, he thinks his consistently bad luck might have changed.

After their blossoming romance is interrupted, Caitlin realizes that her encounter with Josh was a sign that she needed to make a major life change. So she packs up her things and moves to Eternity Springs, opens a day care, and sets her cap for the town’s mechanic—Josh.

But Josh is hiding a well of secrets that would ruin him, and his relationship with everyone in Eternity Springs—especially Caitlin. When tragedy strikes, Josh and Caitlin find themselves, and their relationship, tested beyond imagining. Will they be able to find their way back to each other?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of The First Kiss of Spring by Emily March, available February 28, 2018:

Buy at Amazon

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[+4 more covers...]

Tue
May 16 2017 12:14pm
Excerpt

Victoria Alexander Excerpt: The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen

Victoria Alexander

The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen by Victoria Alexander

Really, it's too much to expect any normal man to behave like a staid accountant in order to inherit the fortune he deserves to support the lifestyle of an earl. So when Derek Saunders's favorite elderly aunt and her ill-conceived—and possibly fraudulent—Lady Travelers Society loses one of their members, what's a man to do but step up to the challenge? Now he's escorting the world's most maddening woman to the world's most romantic city to find her missing relative.

While India Prendergast only suspects his organization defrauds gullible travelers, she's certain a man with as scandalous a reputation as Derek Saunders cannot be trusted any farther than the distance around his very broad shoulders. As she struggles not to be distracted by his wicked smile and the allure of Paris, instead of finding a lost lady traveler, India just may lose her head, her luggage and her heart.

Get a sneak peek at Victoria Alexander's The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen (available May 23, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

But the more he enjoyed her company, the more he wanted to be with her, the more his conscience nagged at him. He hadn’t been honest with her, and he couldn’t ignore a growing sense of unease. Guilt probably. Cer­tainly all he was really hiding was his uncle’s involve­ment in searching for Lady Heloise. Of course, Derek had sent her luggage astray in an effort to lengthen their stay in Paris, which probably was unforgivable. As much as his conscience might bother him, he vowed never to let her know about that. As for the rest, Aunt Guinevere was family and as such was his responsi­bility. Until India’s cousin was found safely, his great-aunt’s future was at stake. Keeping India in Paris—and away from the authorities—was still an excellent idea. Besides, when one really considered everything, he was doing nothing more than extending a lady’s stay in one of the most exciting cities in the world. Pity the one woman in the world who wouldn’t appreciate that was the one he needed to keep here.

Even as he dressed for dinner, he couldn’t get his mind off this new India. Would she be wearing the purple dress again or did Estelle have something else in mind for her? He rather hoped so. He did like sur­prises. Good ones anyway.

[Read the full The Lady Travelers Guide to Scoundrels and Other Gentlemen excerpt...]

Tue
May 16 2017 9:30am

What Happens When You Binge Read The Wallflowers

A Crown of Wished by Roshani Chokshi

Today we're pleased to welcome Roshani Chokshi (A Crown of Wishes) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Earlier this spring, Roshani is new to romance genre and was game to let the H&H community—that means you guys!!—pick the next romance novel she would read. Like any good romance, that led to a binge-read of the entire series once Roshani started reading Lisa Kleypas' It Happened One Autumn. Without further ado, Roshani is here today to go over all her thoughts as she binge-read the Wallflowers. Thanks, Roshani!

I’m still pretty new to the romance genre, but I ADORE IT TO PIECES. The very first romance I read was The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn (thanks to Heroes and Heartbreakers, actually!). I was *really* wary about it. I was expecting a bare-chested, glistening dude on the cover (now I’m sad that there wasn’t) and scenes that would make me cringe rather than swoon. . .

I was so wrong.

Y’all. I was *in tears* while reading and thinking: this is so beautiful, no one touch Anthony, my smol bean of a hooman. And thus launched my unrequited love of romance. When I got the chance to sign up for this H&H experiment, I hadn’t read any Lisa Kleypas. I know, I know. How can I call myself a fan of regency without reading one of the great queens out there...

Well, I set out to right my wrong. 

At first, Lisa Kleypas and I got off on the wrong foot. This is more my fault than hers. You see, I sent my kindle order to the wrong kindle.

I sent it to my dad’s kindle.

Cue the most awkward 24 hours where neither of us said anything and then I loudly exclaimed: “LISTEN, FATHER, THIS IS MY JOB—"

and that was that. 

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Tue
May 16 2017 8:15am

What’s the Most “Fun” Book You’ve Read?

Recently, an H&H commenter mentioned how fun a book sounded. It's a phrase we toss around a lot—“what a fun read.” However, what constitutes a fun read? What was the last book that inspired you to just say it was “fun”?

Give us your recommendations down in the comments!

Hat tip to commenter Kareni, who inspired this question.