<i>Can't Hide From Me</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Can't Hide From Me: Exclusive Excerpt Cordelia Kingsbridge "He should have left when Ángel asked him to, but he hadn’t..." <i>The White Spell</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The White Spell: Exclusive Excerpt Lynn Kurland "The unavoidable truth was, he was stunning. " <i>Hero in the Highlands</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Hero in the Highlands: Exclusive Excerpt Suzanne Enoch "Unexpectedly she rose up onto her tiptoes and kissed him on the cheek." <i>So For Real</i>: Exclusive Excerpt So For Real: Exclusive Excerpt Rebekah Weatherspoon "I leaned up on my toes and kissed him some more."
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Wed
Sep 28 2016 12:00pm
Excerpt

Hero in the Highlands: Exclusive Excerpt

Suzanne Enoch

Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch

Scotland, 1812: He’s ferocious and rugged to the bone, an English soldier more at home on the battlefield than in any Society drawing room. And when Major Gabriel Forrester learns that he’s inherited the massive Scottish Highlands title and estate of a distant relation, the last thing he wants to do is give up the intensity of the battlefield for the too-soft indulgences of noble life. But Gabriel Forrester does not shirk his responsibilities, and when he meets striking, raven-eyed lass Fiona Blackstock, his new circumstances abruptly become more intriguing.

Like any good Highlander, Fiona despises the English—and the new Duke of Lattimer is no exception. Firstly, he is far too attractive for Fiona’s peace of mind. Secondly, his right to “her” castle is a travesty, since it’s been clan Maxwell property for ages. As the two enter a heated battle of wills, an unexpected passion blazes into a love as fierce as the Highlands themselves. Is Fiona strong enough to resist her enemy’s advances—or is Gabriel actually her hero in disguise?

Get a sneak peek at Suzanne Enoch's Hero in the Highlands (available October 4 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Prologue

Battle. Hot, bloody, dirty battle. Major Gabriel Forrester loved it. Strategy, bluffs, feints, maneuvers—fancy words, but it all came down to who hit harder, and who flinched first. And he’d never flinched.

Kicking Union Jack in the ribs, he sent the bay careening down the slope. Like everywhere else he’d been in Spain, the land around Salamanca offered little but shrubbery and dust and crumbling, steep-walled gullies. Except for the area directly in front of him, that was. Wellington and Marmont had found the one pleasant valley for ten miles around in which to slaughter each other.

[Read the full Hero in the Highlands excerpt...]

Wed
Sep 28 2016 9:30am

A Lady’s Guide to Historical Dress: What Went into Getting Ready for a Ball

The Governess was Wicked by Julia Kelly

Julia Kelly (The Governess Was Wicked) has put a lot of research into historical dress and is here today to share a little of her knowledge with us—and give you some insight into how those ladies ever sat down with so much padding! Thanks, Julia!

The clothes make the heroine.

Whether she’s meeting a dashing duke for the first time or slipping away to a dark balcony for a forbidden assignation, a historical romance heroine would have given a lot of thought to what she wore to the all-important balls on her calendar—and so would the author of her story.

I love historical fashion and made sure to write myself a few scenes where I could really show off the clothes in my Governess series, including a saucy scene in the first book, The Governess Was Wicked, that has the hero slowly undressing the heroine piece by piece. And trust me, when a book is set in London during 1856 there are a lot of pieces.

Today I’m going to show you all the layers of clothing that went into a heroine dressed for a ball.

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Wed
Sep 28 2016 8:06am

Is It Ever Okay to Ban a Book?

By now we're about halfway through Banned Books week. According to the American Library Association, most books are banned because of explicit language, sexual content, or innappropriate for the age group (and usually some combination of these). I have read many of the books on the list—have you? Do you ever think there's a case when a book should be banned?

Let us know about it in the comment! 

Tue
Sep 27 2016 4:48pm

Beloved Historical on Sale & Once Upon a Time Spoilers: 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

Flowers from the Storm by Laura KinsaleDeal Alert: Laura Kinsale's beloved historical Flowers from the Storm is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* “This hero (Christian, Duke of Jervaulx) deserves all the lauds that can be sung in his name,” writes Keira Soleore about the swoonworthiest scene in a very swoonworthy book.

Deal Alert: Nalini Singh's contemporary Rock Addiction is FREE in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Rock Addiction isn’t so much about how to fall in love with a rock star, but [rather:] what you do when you fall in love and how do you stay in love?” says Sahara Hoshi in her First Look at the book.

—Deal Alert: Sarah Nicolas's Young Adult female/female friends-to-lovers contemporary Keeping Her Secret is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* YA does the friends-to-lovers trope oh, so well.

Deal Alert: Viking romance anthology Tales of the Valkyries—featuring stories from Asa Marie Bradley, Gina Conkle, Lisa Hendrix, Anna Markland, Emma Prince, and Harper St. George—is FREE in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Can't get enough Viking romance? Add these to your TBR list.

—Deal Alert: Lynne Connolly's Emperors of London historical Dilemma in Yellow Silk is $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Lynne is also an H&H blogger!

[+The Crown trailer & exciting Once Upon a Time spoilers...]

Tue
Sep 27 2016 3:30pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of September 2016

What are the best new romances in September 2016?

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne

Jessica Moro:

My favorite read this month has to be The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne. The element of a cold blooded assassin falling in love with a passionate actress was so well done. Byrne weaves intense, anti-heroes that you can't help but fall in love with. And the plot! It was twisty and so good! There were so many elements to this story that I loved and I couldn't put it down!

Amy Dittmeier:

Shadow Falling by Rebecca Zanetti

Before I was a romance reader, I was a dystopia reader. Give me a good story about people trying to make it in a post-apocalyptic city and I was there. Zanetti's Scorpius Syndrome series combines my love for ruined cities with well-rounded Alpha Males, and her second book is incredible! I love seeing her version of disease ravaged Los Angeles evolve throughout the books. And the heroes aren't too bad either.

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Tue
Sep 27 2016 2:30pm

First Look: Holiday Temptations Anthology (September 27, 2016)

Holiday Temptations by Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, and K.M. Jackson

Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, and K.M. Jackson
Holiday Temptations
Dafina / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Holiday romances are a special sort of addiction for me. Along with the pumpkin spice lattes and sweaters, the changing of the seasons usually signals an opportunity for me to break out romances laced with feel-good cheer, family gatherings, lots of snow-related activities, and  – I love it all. Holiday Temptations is a perfect bottling of the holiday season with three featured novellas that explore the different ways that couples can come together and find love. For me, a great holiday romance is allowed to be both sentimental and sexy, and Holiday Temptations hits both of those themes.

In “The Gift of Love” by Donna Hill, Traci Long is a drama professor whose life dream is to produce the play she’s been writing for years. She’s always struggled with adding heart to it, but instead of giving up, Traci goes to a nearby coffee shop and works on it constantly. When she orders her usual, Traci usually checks out Noah Jefferson, a hot barista that always remembers her order. A onetime encounter with him at a movie theater leads to an impromptu date, which leads to another one, and another one. Traci has spent the past few years struggling to find her heart again, and Noah may be the person to help her find it.

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Tue
Sep 27 2016 1:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Donna Alward, Amelia Grey, Ally Blue, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart & More

Team H&H is pleased to bring you exclusive cover reveals from authors Donna Alward, Amelia Grey, Ally Blue, and anthology from authors Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, Kianna Alexander, and Piper Huguley! Head back to Darling, Vermont in Donna Alward's Somebody's Baby where a best-friend's-little-sister romance is brewing. It's got a ladies man, a woman who's totally immune to his charms, kissing bridges, and dog rescuing. How could we resist? Slip into a little holiday magic with Amelia Grey's Mistletoe, Mischief, and the Marquis, with an historical best-friend's-little-sister romance as the Marquis of Wythebury is bowled over by an woman he who he believes is off limits. In Ally Blue's No Small Parts, Nat is living his best life, finding unexpected love and weathering tragedy, but coming out the other side stronger with the help of his friends. Finally in Daughters of a Nation, an anthology about black suffragettes, Alyssa Cole, Lena Hart, Kianna Alexander, and Piper Huguley bring you four novellas spanning years and various locations in the United States full of spirit, determination, and love. 

Somebody's Baby by Donna Alward

Somebody's Baby by Donna Alward

FOREVER BEGINS WITH JUST ONE KISS…

Veterinarian Rory Gallagher chose a different path from his brothers, both of whom became first responders in the lovely little town of Darling, Vermont. Rory’s always had an affinity for animals—and the ladies. Known for his impressive track record in breaking hearts, Rory never meant to hurt anyone; he’s just never been in a hurry to settle down. It’s not as if he needs to pay a visit to the town’s famed Kissing Bridge to magically find love. He’ll know The One when he sees her…right?

Oaklee Collier is the kid sister of Rory’s best friend—and, even now that she’s all grown up, remains immune to the pet-doctor’s charms. When she shows up at Rory’s clinic late one night—devastated after hitting a stray dog with her car—Rory’s so-called “bedroom eyes” are the last thing on her mind. Still, his care and kindness toward the dog, and his concern for her feelings, catches Oaklee by surprise…and soon the two (and rescued dog makes three!) begin to share a deep connection that neither could have ever imagined. Could it be that love has been waiting for them by the bridge all along?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Somebody's Baby by Donna Alward, available April 4, 2017:

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Tue
Sep 27 2016 12:08pm
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So For Real: Exclusive Excerpt

Rebekah Weatherspoon

So For Real: A Sugar Baby Novella Kindle Edition by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Even the best laid plans can go completely off the rails…

After pulling off the perfect wedding, Kayla Davis, now Kayla Bradbury need only sit back and enjoy her wonderful life with her amazing husband, internet billionaire and NBA franchise owner, Michael Bradbury. The two are so head over heels for each other that finding creative ways to extend their honeymoon a whole year seems like the only logical next step in their fool-proof plan for happiness.

Too bad life has other ideas for the newlyweds. With personnel hiccups in her small business, a husband balancing dual CEO responsibilities, and news that there will be not one, but two unexpected additions to the Bradbury crew, Kayla needs to totally reconfigure her life if she has any hope of keeping things afloat.

Get a sneak peek at Rebekah Weatherspoon's So For Real (available November 1, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

They say marry your best friend, but Michael was more than that to me. He really was my soulmate, the filling in my heart pie, and we got to kick it together until death do us part. I was fucking excited just to start.

[Read the full So For Real excerpt...]

Tue
Sep 27 2016 11:00am

My Cowboy Addiction: Rancher Rehab Edition

Her Renegade Rancher by Jennifer Ryan

You could say Jennifer Ryan (Her Renegade Rancher) is addicted to cowboys. Today she comes to Heroes and Heartbreakers to help fellow addicts through the process to ranching recovery (who are we kidding, we don't want to recover!). Thanks, Jennifer!

My name is Jennifer Ryan and I am addicted to ranchers.

It’s true. I confess, I have a deep obsession with those rugged men who turn heads in their butt-hugging jeans and cowboy hats. Tough guys who work hard and play harder. It’s not just the work hewn muscles. Don’t get me wrong, I love staring at those wide chests and thick biceps. (Sigh.) So do you. I know you do.

One of the best parts of my job is the sexy cowboy pictures my publisher sends me to pick which one will go on my covers. I’m pretty sure Avon bribes me with sexy rancher pictures to write new books. It works, too.

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Tue
Sep 27 2016 9:30am

First Look: Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire (September 27, 2016)

Sparking the Fire by Kate Meader

Kate Meader
Sparking the Fire (Hot in Chicago Series)
Pocket Books / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Firemen are hot and they live a life of excitement and danger.  They are the subject of many TV shows, movies and books.  So how about a book about a movie about fireman?  Score!

In Kate Meader’s Sparking the Fire, actress Molly Cade’s shining star has taken a little tarnish lately.  A bitter divorce and some hacked private pictures splashed across the internet have sullied her reputation, but she has just the script to bring her back into the public’s affection. 

Firefighter Alexandra Dempsey grabbed headlines last year not only with her antics, but with her passionate and volatile relationship with former City Mayor Eli Cooper.   Molly has a fabulous script about a female firefighter from Chicago and her hot romance with a man of power, but what would really guarantee her a blockbuster would be getting Alex’s stamp of approval to personalize it and make it Alex’s story.

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Tue
Sep 27 2016 8:06am

Do You Have Multiple Copies/Editions of the Same Book?

In a Tor article yesterday, James Dashner shared his five books that force him to buy multiple copies. This is not an uncommon problem among book lovers—I myself own three copies (at least) of Pride & Prejucide, many of which were gifts. Do you have multiple copies of the same book? If so, why? If not, would you ever?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Mon
Sep 26 2016 4:27pm

Burn with G.A. Aiken and Theresa Romain: 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

Feel the Burn by G.A. AikenDeal Alert: G.A. Aiken's Dragon Kin paranormal Feel the Burn is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Want to see what you're getting into first? Read an excerpt from Feel the Burn now.

Deal Alert: Theresa Romain's historical Fortune Favors the Wicked is Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “A military man and a courtesan on a treasure hunt for stolen gold coins. I one-clicked this so fast I broke a nail,” reports Wendy the Super Librarian in her best bets for not-your-usual best bets for March.

Deal Alert: Bella Andre's supermodel-bookworm-meets-baseball-star New Adult contemporary romance Kiss Me Like This is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Andre “defies expectation in the first book in her New Adult series while still maintaining all the things we love from her adult fiction,” writes Jenn Proffitt in her First Look at Kiss Me Like This.

Deal Alert: Joanna Shupe's New York–set American historical Magnate is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* As Wendy the Super Librarian puts it in her unusual-historicals roundup for April: “A self-made man born in Five Points and a Gilded Age era New York City setting? Someone catch me, I’m swooning.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

Mark your calendars! Readers in the Ohio and New York areas will have the chance to meet some of their favorite authors next month at two Avon events: KissCon Cleveland and the Avon 75th Anniversary Event at Book Culture in Manhattan

[+Sonali Dev excerpt and more...]

Mon
Sep 26 2016 3:00pm

World Traveler: Not-Your-Usual Historical Best Bets for September 2016

Love's Sweet Revenge by Rosanne Bittner

What “unusual” historicals should you be reading this month? 

With the kids now hustled back to school (and parents everywhere rejoicing), September’s enticing crop of new historical romance features some intriguing options for readers looking to escape Almack’s.  Whether it’s an English governess in Arabia, a rancher battling his past in the rapidly changing American West or medieval France, there’s plenty of opportunity for some armchair traveling this month.

Western!

Love’s Sweet Revenge by Rosanne Bittner

Their Passion Shaped a Nation

Over the years, Jake and Miranda Harkner have endured all the dangers a wild and brutal West could throw at them. Now, settled on their ranch in the beautiful Colorado hill country, they've finally found peace. But for a man like Jake Harkner, danger is always lurking, and the world may not be ready for an infamous outlaw-turned-lawman-turned-legend to hang up his guns.

Threatened by cruel men in search of revenge, the Harkner clan must be stronger than ever before. Yet nothing can stop the coming storm. With the Old West dying around them and the rules of this new world ever-changing, Jake vows to end the threat to his family no matter what it takes…

Even if it means sacrificing himself so his beloved Miranda may live.

Outlaw Hearts was first published by Bantam in 1993. Sourcebooks reprinted it in 2015 and the author found herself with a new series on her hands!  This is the third book in the Jake and Miranda Harker saga, and it received a Top Pick! from RT Book Reviews.  The fourth and final book in the saga is set for a September 2017 release date.

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Mon
Sep 26 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Carolyn Brown’s Merry Cowboy Christmas (September 27, 2016)

Merry Christmas Cowboy by Carolyn Brown

Carolyn Brown
Merry Cowboy Christmas (Lucky Penny Ranch #3)
Forever / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

‘Tis the night before Christmas and all through the house is the presence of one wickedly hot cowboy who’s come to stay for the holiday. Fiona Logan is downright shocked to return to her childhood home and find that the tall blond stranger who came to her rescue on an icy road will be sleeping just across the hall from her bedroom. Talk about temptation…

Jud Dawson never believed the Lucky Penny Ranch would live up to its name until now. Fiona is gorgeous, smart, funny, and everything he thought he’d never find. Now all he has to do is convince her to stick around town instead of hightailing it back to Houston. But with the wild weather, nosy neighbors, and a new baby in the family, getting her to admit that she’s falling in love might just take a Christmas miracle.

Christmas romance novels have always been my weakness.  I love the holiday season and I love romance novels so the two together is a recipe for bliss. With her latest addition to her Lucky Penny Ranch series, Merry Cowboy Christmas, Carolyn Brown catches on the perfect mix of holiday magic alongside romance hot enough to keep any body warm during the longest days of the year.

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Mon
Sep 26 2016 11:30am

Royal Duties: Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 6 Vicbert Heart-to-Heart

Victoria, Season 1, Episode 6
Victoria, Episode 6, “The Queen's Husband”

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 1-5, available here.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes and for “The Queen's Husband”. Enjoy!

The series continues with Episode Six

Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 5 | See all our Victoria coverage here

After the pageantry of Victoria & Albert’s nuptials last week, it’s right down to the serious business of being married.  Unfortunately, it’s not all hearts & flowers as the pair battle to establish Albert’s position by her side, and for him to find his own role outside of being just a husband. Elsewhere there are hints of romance for others residing at Buckingham Palace, but will they get a happy ever after or are they heading for rough waters?

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Mon
Sep 26 2016 10:30am

Trials and Tribulations: Poldark Season 2, Episode 2, Ross/Demleza Heart-to-Heart

Captain's Log, Poldark, Episode 2

Thank you Masterpiece for giving us back-to-back Poldark episodes so our wait for next week seems even shorter. Episode two of Poldark certainly left us with no shortage of drama as this season continues to hold up against the first. The wheels that George set in motion both at the end of Season 1 and episode 2x01 have led us to the trial of Ross Poldark, and things look pretty bleak. Not for nothing, but Ross simply can’t die, or be sentenced to death because literally none of us want to be stuck with Francis as our alternative, right? Right.

Without further ado, I bring you the top 5 moments from Episode 2.

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Mon
Sep 26 2016 9:30am
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All the Little Liars: Exclusive Excerpt

Charlaine Harris

All the Little Liars by Charlaine Harris

Aurora Teagarden is basking in the news of her pregnancy when disaster strikes her small Georgia town: four kids vanish from the school soccer field in an afternoon. Aurora’s 15-year-old brother Phillip is one of them. Also gone are two of his friends, and an 11-year-old girl who was just hoping to get a ride home from soccer practice. And then there’s an even worse discovery—at the kids’ last known destination, a dead body.

While the local police and sheriff’s department comb the county for the missing kids and interview everyone even remotely involved, Aurora and her new husband, true crime writer Robin Crusoe, begin their own investigation. Could the death and kidnappings have anything to do with a group of bullies at the middle school? Is Phillip’s disappearance related to Aurora’s father’s gambling debts? Or is Phillip himself, new to town and an unknown quantity, responsible for taking the other children? But regardless of the reason, as the days go by, the most important questions remain. Are the kids still alive? Who could be concealing them? Where could they be?

With Christmas approaching, Aurora is determined to find her brother…if he’s still alive.

Get a sneak peek at Charlaine Harris's All the Little Liars (available October 4, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

My cell phone rang about five o’clock. I noticed the time, because I’d been trying to imagine what we could have for dinner that night, and so far I hadn’t come up with anything. I was exhausted, after a very mild day at work. Would this be the norm until the baby was born? That would be a real pain.

Supper had to be ready early, because Robin’s writers’ group was meeting tonight at the new Community Center, at seven.

[Read the full All the Little Liars excerpt...]

Mon
Sep 26 2016 8:16am

What’s Your Favorite Heroine Profession?

The Governess was Wicked by Julia KellyLast week we asked you, “What's Your Favorite Hero Profession?” Many of you offered great responses—from “duke” to "it doesn't really matter. This week, I want to know if you have preferences when it comes to your heroine? Do you like when her job mirrors some of her personality—i.e. a bluestocking heroine who's a governess—or when it's more unexpected—i.e. the shy fashion model? 

Did any heroine professions stand out to you when you read them? What is your favorite one to read? 

Let us know in the comments!

Sun
Sep 25 2016 10:30pm

“Goodbye, My Dear” Poldark Season 2, Episode 1 Ross/Demelza Heart-to-Heart

Captain's Log Poldark 2x01

IT’S BACK! Our too long wait is over and the wonderful Poldark has finally returned. I’m so pleased to say that it’s off to a wonderful start and promises to be just as good as Series 1.

We start the series right where series 1 left off with Ross being taken in and formally charged thanks to the slimy, sleazy, no good George Warleggan. If you have watched the beautiful series 1, catch up before checking out our coverage of series 2.

Now, without further ado, I bring you the top 5 moments from episode 1 of Poldark.

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Sun
Sep 25 2016 2:00pm

Once Upon a Time’s Belle/Rumpel: Should You Be Shipping Them?

Belle and Rumpelstiltskin, Once Upon A Time

We know you're probably shipping Belle and Mr. Gold a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin... but should you?

One of the most compelling plot threads in Once Upon a Time is the on-again, off-again romance between Belle and Mr. Gold, a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin. In Season 1, we watched as the bookish young beauty melted the heart of the beastly conniver back in the Enchanted Forest. We hissed in disgust once we realized that Belle had been incapacitated and hidden away by the (at that point) evil Mayor Regina in Storybrooke—more or less beneath Gold’s nose. And we rejoiced when it looked as though the two were going to reunite, with a bit of an assist from Sebastian Stan’s righteously aggrieved Mad Hatter.

But the course of true love never did run smooth, and the pair has encountered their fair share of obstacles, most of which can be laid directly at Mr. Gold’s magical feet. (More on that in a minute.) In fact, I think it’s fair to say that if Robert Carlyle and Emilie de Ravin didn’t have such incandescent chemistry together, many of us would be less willing to overlook the fact that in many respects, this is a very problematic relationship indeed, featuring—as it does—a significant power imbalance, a fairly vast difference in goals and worldviews, and some behavior that no woman should tolerate from any man.

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