<i>Lost and Found Sisters</i>: Exclusive Excerpt (+Sweepstakes) Lost and Found Sisters: Exclusive Excerpt (+Sweepstakes) Jill Shalvis "His hands went to her hips, gripping hard as they stared at each other..." Choose Lora Leigh's <em>Collision Point</em> Cover! Choose Lora Leigh's Collision Point Cover! Team H & H Which Lora Leigh cover belongs on bookshelves? Vote now! <i>Shameless</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Shameless: Exclusive Excerpt Nana Malone and M. Malone "You know, I hear you can go blind if you use those things too much." <i>Wed to a Spy</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Wed to a Spy: Exclusive Excerpt Sharon Cullen "Aimee closed her eyes and drew in a deep breath..."
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Mon
May 22 2017 12:00pm

Now Win This!: Nalini Singh’s Silver Silence ARC Sweepstakes!

Click here to enter for a chance to win an ARC of Nalini Singh's Silver Silence!

Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling world is expands in her upcoming release Silver Silence. We've speculated before about the direction of the Trinity series and what's in store for Silence the Consortium, and the PsyNet.

Read an exclusive excerpt from Silver Silence and join in on the speculation converstation about what's to come from this exciting addition to the Psy-Changeling world! 

Team H&H is thrilled to give you the opportunity to enter for a chance to win an advanced reader copy (ARC) of Singh's Silver Silence! Don't miss out!

Silver Silence by Nalini Singh

Learn more about Silver Silence here:

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh returns to her extraordinary Psy-Changeling world with a story of wild passion and darkest betrayal...

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater Bears, brings with him.

Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence—her mind clear of all emotion—Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.

Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed...

Click here to enter for a chance to win an ARC of Nalini Singh's Silver Silence!

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Mon
May 22 2017 11:05am

Consider Victoria’s Season 2 Christened

It's Victoria Day, a day we in the U.S. are not lucky enough to celebrate, but we're still reaping the benefits thanks to PBS's Masterpiece, who shared a first look at Season 2 on Twitter! Season 1 of Victoria ended with Victoria and Albert firmly our favorite ship (though we'll never forget our Victoria/Melbourne feels) and they welcomed their first born! 

 

The stakes are likely to get even higher for the young monarch. She's convinced some of her initial neighsayers that she's the queen the country needs, but what will happen in Season 2? Well, as history tells us Victoria and Albert had a short time together, but lots of children—so at the very least we'll prepare for even more yummy scenes between them! 

[Just can't get enough...]

Mon
May 22 2017 9:30am

Master of None Gave Us the Most Romantic Scene of the Summer

Master of None's Francesca and Dev

Move over Rachel... Is it time to fall for Dev and Francesca?

Note: This post contains spoilers for all-aired episodes of Master of None, and in particular, the Season 2 finale. 

I didn't expect to fall in love so thoroughly with Master of None. The first season absolutely blew me away, so I was cautious, as always, to even start the second season fearing that all the wonderful things about the show would somehow change.

I'm so happy to be wrong.

In the first season, the burgeoning relationship between Dev and Rachel was a dream to watch, but at the end of the season their future was uncertain.

At the start of season two, we get our answer—they're not together anymore. For a romantic, it's kind of heartbreaking because their relationship developed in such a genuine way. But at the start of this new season, we find Dev in Italy, making pasta like he'd set out to do at the end of season one.

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Mon
May 22 2017 8:03am

Romance Used to Mean Something Very Different

Romantic evening

Last week, Merriam-Webster reminded us that “romance” didn't exactly have a romantic origin—and dates back to the fifth century. We know the word has many different meanings, but did you know it dates back to the Romans and that the word actually stems from the Latin word for the Romans? Finding out the origins of words can be surprising—especially when the first meaning looks quite different from what it means today. Can you think of a word like romance that has changed greatly over the years? What's your favorite word origin story?

Read more about the chivalric origins of “romance” at Merriam-Webster. 

Sun
May 21 2017 12:01pm
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M. Malone, Nana Malone Excerpt: Shameless

Nana Malone and M. Malone

Shameless by M. Malone, Nana Malone

I am the thing that goes bump in the night. I am a liar, a protector...a killer... I am Noah Blake.

There is only one light in my darkness, one bright ray in the storm of my life. Lucia DeMarco. And I’ll do anything for her. Anything except show her who I really am...an assassin. Well, former assassin. I don’t really do that anymore...usually.

It would be easier if she didn’t call me names. Asshole, control freak … shameless. It would also be easier if she didn’t look at me with those trusting gray eyes. If I didn’t dream about the perfect curve of her — never mind all that. The point is she’s digging into my world, my secrets, and it’s going to get her killed.

But first, we have another more immediate concern. Lucia is going on a date—With someone else...

And I’m not allowed to kill this one.

Noah’s Cliffhanger Warning:
Ladies, I know you want to see the full package. But I have to tease you first. So I’m just going to open a few buttons so you can take a peek. And while you’re at it, hold onto your panties because I like it dirty. (The Shameless series unfolds over the course of three books)

Get a sneak peek at M. Malone, Nana Malone's Shameless (available May 22, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Do not think about Lucia.

Do not think about Lucia lying naked in bed.

Not that Noah knew whether Lucia slept naked or not, but either way, it didn't matter to his dick. Damn thing hadn’t gone down since he’d gotten a taste of her.

He was such an idiot. He should have never kissed her. Because once that line was crossed, there was no going back. No pretending. She'd been there, she’d felt the desperation he had to keep touching her, to keep holding her, pressing his body into hers. It was unmistakable. His only option right now was to attempt to bring them back to normal. To before.

[Read the full Shameless excerpt...]

Sun
May 21 2017 11:00am

First Look: Madeline Hunter’s The Most Dangerous Duke in London (May 30, 2017)

The Most Dangerous Duke in London by Madeline Hunter

Madeline Hunter
The Most Dangerous Duke in London (Decadent Dukes #1)
Zebra / May 30, 2017 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Madeline Hunter begins a new series with The Most Dangerous Duke in London, a story of revenge turned to love.

Adam became the Duke of Stratton when his father committed suicide over rumors that Adam’s father helped finance Napoleon’s escape from Elba many years ago. Adam and his French mother retreated to Paris, but now, ten years later, he returns with a dangerous reputation for dueling and a desire for revenge.

The rumors that lead to the duke’s death were started by the late Earl of Marwood and he is surprised when the old Dowager Marwood proposes a truce between the families by means of a marriage. Adam is intrigued by the possibilities for revenge by marrying the young and sweet Emilia, but he becomes downright enthusiastic after he meets the elder sister, Lady Clara.

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Sat
May 20 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Lorraine Heath’s An Affair with a Notorious Heiress (May 30, 2017)

An Affair with a Notorious Heiress by Lorraine Heath

Lorraine Heath
An Affair with a Notorious Heiress
Avon / May 30, 2017 / $7.99, $6.99

Lorraine Heath returns with a historical romance that touches on all aspects of love. We understand why the hero is jaded, why the heroine is shunned and why these two should be with each other.

Alistair Mabry is the Marquess of Rexton and he has had the unfortunate reality of growing up under the scandalous union of his common mother and the Duke of Greystone. Hence after he has built a prestigious life over the years, and she the scandal, the last thing he wants is another scandal. Nope. The future Mrs. Mabry must be of the utmost stock of aristocracy, untainted and innocent and pure.

Of course, we know that love is not so simple.  

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Fri
May 19 2017 4:30pm

It’s Hot, Stay in and Read: Romance News & Deals from Jacquelyn Frank, Mia Marlowe and More

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

Thirst by Jacquelyn Frank

Deal Alert: Jacquelyn Frank's paranormal romance Thirst is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Rafe DaSilva is an energy vampire who relies on the sun for sustenance and avoids human interaction whenever possible. But Rafe’s fascination with a beautiful blonde police detective may put everything at risk.

Deal Alert: Mia Marlowe's historical romance Never Resist a Rake is $.99 at Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | etc.* John Barrett learns he's heir to a marquessate and is determined not to lose his freedom to marriage-minded mamas. Enter widowed Rebecca and all of John's best laid plans go awry. Get a peek of John and Rebecca's banter in an excerpt from the book. 

Deal Alert: Addison Fox's contemporary romance At Last is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* The first book in Fox's Brooklyn Brotherhood series brings Emma back home to Brooklyn and to her family-run brewery. Nick Kelley finds his way back home after his NFL career is cut short and wants to purchase the Brooklyn mainstay. Emma and Nick reconnect only to find themselves on opposing sides even as their attraction grows deeper. 

Deal Alert: Tillie Cole's dark romance Reap is $1.99 at Kobo | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Go on a journey with 221—a Georgian mob prisoner given an obedience drug—and Talia, a woman desperate to break free from that life. Don't you just love a mobster redemption story?

[+Erotic anthology cover]

Fri
May 19 2017 3:00pm

New Old Loves: 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!

*Spoilers ahead for J.R. Ward's The Chosen and Lecia Cornwall's Beauty and the Highland Beast*


BT enjoyed the exchanging of ideas

BT in J.R. Ward’s The Chosen Discussion Thread

Thoroughly enjoyed all the comments and fan theories! Totally agree with Devina coming back and somehow getting mangled into the BDB world. Very exciting and well played by J.R. I shrug at the whole V storyline—it was his and Jane's turn to have a rough patch in their relationship, and we all know he has certain needs; makes sense for him to think about straying. Quinn's reaction was way out of character, but I do believe it was the catalyst needed for Layla to get some backbone. Although I do admit that the happily ever after ending between Blay, Quinn, Xcor, and Layla was too wrapped too neatly. Like, Xcor and Quinn being all buddy buddy over Lyric? WTF—nice, neat, bow. Bleh.

I'm just gonna throw this out, but Saxon and Bitty's uncle. Yep. I said it. There was some obvious chemistry, and attraction (at least from Saxon's end) towards the quite, rugged, thoughtful uncle of Bitty's (what's his name?)—Wouldn't be surprised if he discovers his sexuality being so “young” for a vampire.

And then I thought I had it down, when we introduced the Legacy series—I thought for sure, Axe would somehow fixate on Bitty. Hear me out. Because Axe is into kink and Bitty experienced an abusive childhood, the fit wouldn't be right, but they'd figure it out together, yada yada yada. I thought I had something good there. *shrugs* can't win 'em all.

[+2 more comments of the week]

Fri
May 19 2017 2:00pm

Cover + Excerpt Reveal: Start Reading Roni Loren’s The Ones Who Got Away!

The Ones Who Got Away by Roni Loren

There's nothing better than discovering the next book from one of your favorite authors—what's even better is when you can get a sneak peek at that book far in advance! Today we have it all with the exclusive cover reveal of Roni Loren's The Ones Who Got Away and a chance to start reading it now with an excerpt of the first three chapters!

Learn more about the book here:

Twelve years ago, tragedy struck the senior class of Long Acre High School. Only a small number of students survived, a group the media dubbed as The Ones Who Got Away.

Now, web designer Liv Arias, along with the rest of the survivors, have returned to the small Texas town to tell their stories for a documentary. Which means Liv seeing former star-athlete and old flame Finn Dorsey. A lot happened between them that night and Liv is ready to end their decade-long riff and move on. But when her attempt at closure turns into a steamy kiss, moving on proves much more difficult than either of them thought...

Liv's words cut off as Finn got closer. The man approaching was nothing like the boy she'd known. The bulky football muscles had streamlined into a harder, leaner package. The smooth face was now dusted with scruff, and the look in his deep green eyes held no trace of boyish innocence. A thousand things were in those eyes. A thousand things welled up in Liv.

If that description had you saying “I need this now!” then you're in luck! We have the first three chapters right here for you to read right away!

Get a sneak peek of Roni Loren's The Ones Who Got Away (available January 8, 2018) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1-3. Happy reading!

[Read the exclusive excerpt below!]

Fri
May 19 2017 12:00pm
Excerpt

Sharon Cullen Excerpt: Wed to a Spy

Sharon Cullen

Wed to a Spy by Sharon Cullen

Blistering seduction meets international intrigue in the Highlands as a veteran spy infiltrates the court of Mary, Queen of Scots. There he matches wits against a tantalizing enemy: his new wife.
 
Simon Marcheford wants nothing more than to settle down on the land bestowed upon him by the English crown. Queen Elizabeth, however, is not about to let her best spy retire so easily. Simon will have his reward, she decrees, after he completes one last mission in Scotland. But no sooner has he sussed out a diabolical plot up North than Queen Mary weds him to her cousin—an exquisite beauty with troubled, soulful eyes—and orders Simon to watch her every move.
 
Aimee de Verris is no spy. But her life may depend on becoming one. Banished from the French court by Catherine de Medici, Aimee finds herself tasked with reporting on Queen Mary’s activities in Scotland, where she’s unnerved by the frigid weather and brutish customs. Worst of all, Aimee’s been married off to a most uncouth lout. But when murder strikes, she learns to appreciate Simon’s talent for shielding her with every inch of his muscular frame. If Aimee desires her husband, perhaps she could trust him—or even love him.

Get a sneak peek at Sharon Cullen's Wed to a Spy (available May 23, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter 1

Holyrood Castle, Edinburgh, Scotland
March 1566

My dearest Pierre,

Scotland is a dreadful place, cold and damp and inhospitable. I do not know how these people live in such deplorable conditions or how they thrive without the warm sun that so often shines on my beloved France.

My sorrow and misery is doubled—nay, tripled—without your presence beside me. I lay my head on my pillow every night and dream of you.

I miss you so, Pierre. I had never believed such nonsense as a broken heart, but I believe it now. Mine is shattered into a thousand tiny shards and will not be whole again until we are reunited.

I live for that day, dream of it at every moment. I will stay chaste for you, as I promised. I will not even look upon another man, for you are the only man for me.

Yours always,
Aimee

Catherine,

Scotland is as you described it. The people are welcoming and kind. I have formed a special bond with Queen Mary, as you had hoped, and we get along well. She is a good queen to her people—

Aimee de Verris threw her quill down, unable to continue with the lies she was attempting to tell her aunt Catherine de Medici. Oh, how she hated her aunt. Aimee looked longingly at her letter to Pierre and stroked the parchment, remembering the feel of his hands in hers, of his cheek pressed against her own. The parchment was a pale second to her Pierre.

[Read the full Wed to a Spy excerpt...]

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

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

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
Excerpt

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!