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Apr 8 2014 6:33pm

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for Captain America: The Winter Soldier as well as major speculation about and potential spoilers for next year's Avengers sequel, The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Read at your own risk.

Nearly two years have passed since Clint “Hawkeye” Barton and Natasha “Black Widow” Romanoff stole scenes and hearts in The Avengers, the end of which saw the pair of SHIELD agents/assassins driving off into the sunset together for parts unknown. Ever since then, many fans—myself included—have been dying to know if there actually is more than friendship between them (I made my case back in 2012 for why I believe they're TOTALLY in love) and how their relationship will be depicted in future films.

Based on new evidence gathered from Captain America: The Winter Soldier (in which Natasha had a part but Clint was mysteriously absent), interviews with the directors and cast about that movie, and a blind item posted by an entertainment blogger, I am inclined to think that not only is there more than friendship between them but we'll get to see at least hints of their romance on screen in Avengers 2. Basically, fellow Clint/Natasha fans, I do believe our ship is about to set sail.

Here's everything I know so far. Let's get to speculatin'. (And to be absolutely clear: This is JUST speculation based on rumors extrapolated from interviews and such, NOT actual knowledge of future films. Your guess about what will happen is as good as mine.)

[“Love is for children; I owe him a debt”...]

Apr 4 2014 4:30pm

Chris Evans post-transformation

For those of you have been anticipating the release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, wait no more! For those of you who haven't, feast your eyes on the sexy cast that make up the movie's main cast—Chris Evans as Captain America, Anthony Mackie as The Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldie nee Bucky Barnes—and you might change your mind!

[+5 more manly Marvel men...]

Apr 4 2014 3:00pm

Captain America: The Winter Soldier*Disclaimer* I am an unabashed Marvel fangirl. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I've seen Marvel's The Avengers in the theater nineteen times, thus far, and, more recently, I saw Thor: The Dark World in the theater five times before a back injury seriously curtailed my ability to binge on movies. I have already seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier two times, though today is the official opening date and I also managed to sneak in a re-viewing of the first Captain America movie, as well. What can I say; I'm an overachiever. I say all of this to let you know that I am supremely qualified to offer a review of this movie, but I also may be the slightest bit biased. Just a smidge. You've been warned. Since most have not yet seen the movie (seriously, what are you waiting for?), I'll keep this spoiler-free.

Because I love and crave all things Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have been anticipating Captain America: The Winter Soldier for months. I've watched all the sneak peeks, I've read all the theories, I've watched the interviews with the cast, I read all of the early reviews, etc. I participated in anything that was intended to ratchet up interest in the movie and the mission was accomplished; if I could have, I would have somersaulted everywhere all day long on Tuesday, so giddy was I that I was going to see the Advance Screening of the movie that night. One of the things I knew going in was that this movie is part traditional superhero movie but also part spy thriller. In honor of that duality, I will present this review in two parts. The first part will be a traditional, spoiler-free review and the second part will be a full-on fangirlgasm wherein I will abuse exclamation marks and make up brand new words. Because I must.

[Two parts, all awesome? You tell us!...]

Mar 7 2014 5:30pm

Jamie Dornan as Christian GreyWe might like billionaires. Like, a lot. At least of the fictional variety. Whether you prefer Gideon Cross, Christian Grey, or any of the others that have come into our lives, there's something for everyone! We only wish there were as many hot billionaires in real life as there are in fiction!

Who is your favorite billionaire in romance? Let us know in the comments!

[+4 more beefcake worth billions...]

Jan 8 2014 10:30am

Bully by Penelope DouglasMost little girls are told at some point that if a boy is picking on her, that means he likes her. But what happens when bullying goes from juvenile to adolescence to adulthood? A few new releases are tackling the topic.

Penelope Douglas's New Adult book, Bully, tells the story of Tate, a young woman who has been tormented by her former friend, Jared (Douglas has donated part of the profits from the book to PACER.org, an anti-bullying organization). At its heart, Bully is the story of two friends whose relationship becomes tempestuous and rife with angst. Jared previously went out of his way to make Tate’s life unpleasant and her only real reprieve was when she was studying abroad in France. Since it is a romance, love blossoms and readers later find out the reasoning behind Jared’s actions. Douglas follows up with Jared and readers are even given further perspective in a follow-up book, Until You.

[Bully to love interest?...]

Dec 18 2013 11:00am

Price of a Kiss by Linda KageHeroes and Heartbreakers has covered the topic of male escorts in romance novels before, but since then, there have been more examples of male prostitutes/male escorts as the hero. (Be warned going into this post, male prostitutes tend to have ridiculous names.)

New Adult readers will fall in love with Linda Kage’s Price of a Kiss. The friends-turned-lovers story is full of twenty-some-odd angst and drama as well as Reese, the witty heroine. Reese is smart, sassy and sticks to her guns about her best friend and the story’s gigolo, Mason. Mason does sell his body for honorable reasons, but his profession is obviously a sore point between the two would be lovers.

Fans of NA sensation Abbi Glines are treated to a hero who sells himself for sex in Just for Now. Part of the popular Sea Breeze series, Preston is a bad boy who has it bad for his friend’s sister, Amanda. The selling-himself-for-sex thing is the main point of conflict between the two protagonists in addition to the whole dating the brother’s friend trope common in romance novels.

[Pay the toll to Click to read more...]

Dec 12 2013 1:45pm

Twisted by Laura K. CurtisToday we're joined by author Laura K. Curtis, whose Twisted is a romantic suspense with a true-crime writer heroine who is trying to solve the true crime in her own life—the murder of her mother—and the chief of police hero who helps her. Laura is here to discuss the evolution of superhero movies, and who they're really aimed at. Thanks, Laura!

Recently, when my husband was out of town, I streamed the entire first season of Arrow, then followed it up with the various Marvel superhero movies. Why did I wait? Because, despite the comic books from which all these franchises are derived being written for young men, the screen versions don’t seem designed to appeal to the same audience at all.

I grew up with an older brother and a younger brother, which means I grew up with comic books. The ones I remember best were Batman, Fantastic Four, and X-Men, but Spider-Man made an appearance on occasion as did several others. We watched both Wonder Woman and The Incredible Hulk on television. (Naturally, the boys pooh-poohed at Wonder Woman, but we watched anyway.)

[News flash: Girls are comic readers too!...]

Nov 15 2013 5:45pm

Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark in Iron Man 2The monicure “sexy scientist” is one usually reserved for large-breasted women in lab coats in a sci-fi movie. But men can be just as sexy in (and out of) a lab coat, too! Last week we celebrated Braun, but today we're celebrating the brains that make us love our heroes so much. So let's here it for the boys!

Don't see your favorite fictional scientist in the mix? Share your favorite pics in the comments!

[+5 more sexy scientists...]

Oct 29 2013 9:42am

The trailer for the next X-Men film, X-Men: Days of Future Past, was released today; what do you think?

The movie will be in theaters May 23, 2014.

Aug 24 2013 3:00pm

Duh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh uh, Batfleck!

We might have a thing for Henry Cavill as Superman and are always glad to have him appear in...as little clothing as possible. However, the internet has been rocked by the casting of Ben Affleck as the new Batman for the Justice League movie franchise. We asked resident comic book fanboy, Christopher Morgan, what he thought of the casting and he's a little worried.

Pro: Ben Affleck is the right age. The Batman for the latest project, is supposed to be older than Christian Bale's Batman. 

Con: Daredevil. 

Pro: Batfleck as he has been dubbed by the media is an Academy Award winning writer and director. While he hasn't been known for doing genre very well, we trust that after Daredevil he's learned his lesson...

Con: But still it had to be said one more time, Daredevil...

The verdicts in and Affleck has ben cast but do you think it was a good casting? Who would you have liked to see donning the black cape and mask? Let us know in the comments!

Aug 13 2013 9:30am

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow RowellWe’re reading our way across America…one romance at a time.

Nebraska: Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

When you think about it, Omaha is just about the last place you’d expect someone to set the heartbreaking story of a skinny sixteen-year-old half-Korean proto-New-Waver and the prickly, large-boned, wild-haired social outcast he comes to adore. I mean, Omaha. Mutual of Omaha! Corn! Football! The legendary Ak-Sar-Ben racetrack, and the River City Rodeo! These kids, they belong in New York or San Francisco. Chicago, maybe. Not in the heart of the Cornhusker State.

This is, of course, part of the point.

Set in 1986, Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor and Park is a novel that captures the ups and downs of first love in all its intensity as experienced by two of the more offbeat characters you’ll encounter in literature. Sad it surely is, but also charming and optimistic. It’s a YA novel that adults can enjoy, and I definitely recommend it.

[There's something for everyone...]

Aug 7 2013 9:45am

One of my biggest complaints about Marvel's first movie featuring their Fantasy Superhero was that we didn't get enough Fantasy. We got glimpses a plenty of the wonderful, vibrant world of Asgard and the politics between the immortals and Frost Giants, but we were then swiftly sent to Earth to mope about and learn humility. The same can not be said of Thor the Dark World.

Not only are we getting more Asgard, but we are getting more Heimdall (and when has more Idris been a bad thing I ask you?), more Warriors Three, more Sif, of course tons more Loki. No wonder they have so many outdoor shots. I'd doubt that there would be any scenery left after Tom Hiddleston left set. Let's not even touch on the whole Loki liking Jane thing. We all remember what Loki did when Thor wanted to protect the Earth. I'm definitely down, what about you?

Jul 21 2013 1:13am

Fassbender and McAvoy at the X-Men panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2013Reporting to you live on San Diego Comic-Con 2013 from...Atlanta?!

Team H&H is still at RWA 2013 (see our post on tonight's 2013 RITA & Golden Heart Awards Ceremony), but we just had to share some of our favorite news tidbits coming out of Comic-Con, like...

Avengers 2 has an official title! Writer/director Joss Whedon announced today that the sequel to last year's smash hit will be called The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Apparently, in the comic book storyline by Brian Michael Bendis, a lot of superheroes die. Gulp! Now we're worried for our favorites (Iron Man! Black Widow! Hawkeye! Cap! Okay, all of 'em!), not to mention our favorite relationships (Hawkeye/Black Widow and Pepperony, for instance).

Footage from Marvel movies Thor: The Dark World (out in November), Captain America: The Winter Soldier (out next spring), and Guardians of the Galaxy (out in Summer 2014) was released, and the casts appeared on stage for the panels. Apparently Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff does in fact have a big role in Cap 2, and she and Steve form quite the odd couple. (But where's Hawkeye??? I still need to know.) Anthony Mackie's Falcon sounds like a major badass. Then there's Doctor Who's Karen Gillan, cast as Nebula in Guardians, who said she shaved her head for the role and then threw her wig into the audience (AWESOME). Oh, and Tom Hiddleston addressed the audience in costume as Loki and the fans just LOST IT, of course:

[+ Fassbender! Momoa! Somherhalder...]

Jul 16 2013 4:18pm

The buzz surrounding Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. is starting to get even louder this week thanks to new promos (like the featurette of FitzSimmons, above, first posted by Huffington Post), the announcement that fan-favorite composer Bear McCreary (whose music for shows like Battlestar Galactica, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and The Walking Dead is nothing short of epic) will be scoring the series, and word that there's even more exclusive news/content coming our way during San Diego Comic-Con (maybe another trailer or even a screening of the whole pilot??).

Fans of Joss Whedon and The Avengers (and especially Black Widow and Hawkeye) that we are, Team H&H is pretty psyched about this show, which will debut (it was just announced) on September 24 on ABC. In fact, one among us may have even staked out a potential new 'ship in the form of Fitz/Simmons (though that video of the actors proclaiming that their characters's relationship is that of brother and sister has cast some doubt on that possibility, it's true, 'cause not every couple could pull off the Cesare/Lucrezia thing).

Do the new featurettes and announcements have you looking forward to Whedon's latest foray into television, too?

ETA 7/20/13: The whole S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot was screened at San Diego Comic-Con! And afterwards IGN interviewed Iain de Caestecker and Elizabeth Henstridge about the Fitz/Simmons relationship (apparently we're not the only ones who think that there could be some romantic potential there!)

Jul 14 2013 2:30pm

Black Widow, Hawkeye, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, and Captain America

Natasha and Clint. Black Widow and Hawkeye. Incredibly gifted master assassins and part of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s Strike Team Delta, these two non-powered superheroes got a chance to shine in Marvel's The Avengers last summer, and stole a few hearts while they were at it. But while the two have a romantic history in the comics, in the movies any feelings other than deep friendship were mere speculation. Could that change in future films, like Captain America: Winter Solider or The Avengers 2? Would you want it to? Do tell!

And if you're already a Clint/Natasha shipper, share your favorite pics of them in the comments!

[+4 more Black Widow/Hawkeye images...]

Jun 20 2013 3:58pm

Will Robert Downey, Jr. (RDJ) be be back as Tony Stark for future Iron Man and Avengers films? The question has been on the minds of Marvel Cinematic Universe fans ever since it became public knowledge that Downey was renegotiating his contract for the franchise.

But we got the answer today thanks to an update from Marvel.com via Entertainment Weekly: Yes! And no.

Yes, RDJ has signed on for not one but TWO more Avengers movies (yay!). But no, he hasn't signed on for more standalone Iron Man movies (aww). Will he? Maybe, maybe not. But Avengers 2 is slated for a 2015 release and Avengers 3 probably won't be out until 2017 or 2018, so he'll be part of the franchise for at least another 4 years, and we know he's up for cameo appearances... Overall, I'd call this a win.

How about you? Are you looking forward to more Tony Stark on your screen in the next few years? Could you have imagined anyone else in the role?

The next Avengers is still two years away, but remember, in the meantime we'll have Thor 2, Captain America 2 (filming now with Chris Evans's Steve Rogers, Scarlett Johansson's Natasha Romanoff, et al.—one can only hope Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye might pop up for one Clint/Natasha scene), and Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, Iron Man 3 will be out on Blu-ray before we know it and we'll be able to revel in the Tony/Pepper a.k.a. Pepperony goodness (not to mention those awesome Downton Abbey shout-outs and that Hulktastic bonus scene).

Jun 18 2013 2:30pm

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini SinghEach 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.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for June 2013 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the related posts section at the bottom of the post):

Jennifer Myers

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh was my most anticipated book of the year.  That is saying a lot for a book where I didn’t even know the name of the hero or heroine until a couple of weeks before release day. It didn’t disappoint. Ms. Singh gave us a truly epic love story combined with breakingtaking steps in the fall of the PsyNet. Neither plot nor romance was sacrificed for the other when it came to this book.  We were given so many answers; who Kaleb had been looking for, the identity of the Ghost, what will happening to the remaining council members, what happens with Pure Psy, yet we were also left with questions we all are desperate to solve. Ms. Singh totally outdid herself with this one.  Now to find out the identity of the next hero...

[The rest of the best...]

Jun 14 2013 4:30pm

Henry Cavill for GQRecently when looking at Man of Steel star, Henry Cavill, we couldn't help but quote Emma Stone's famous line in Crazy Stupid Love “Seriously? It's like you're Photoshopped.”

The man is certainly made of steel—whether it's buns of steel, abs of steel, or...pretty much his whole body. When looking up photos, there certainly isn't a shortage of Beefcake-worthy material as he's been seen nearly-naked in almost everything he's been in. From Tudors, to Immortals, and most recently, Man of Steel—and we most certainly don't mind!

Share your favorite pictures of Henry Cavill in the comments. Will you be seeing Man of Steel this weekend?

[+3 more mouthwatering, and shirtless!, pics that will steel your breath...]

May 4 2013 2:46am

Happy Hogan in Iron ManWe know Downton Abbey is all over pop culture these days. How I Met Your Mother recently paid homage to the show when Marshall, Lily, and Ted found themselves addicted to a very similar period drama called Woodworthy Manor. And in an episode of The Mindy Project a few weeks back (“Santa Fe”), Mindy's ex Josh got a quick update from a high-profile pal/client (the Green Bay Packers's Clay Matthews) on the Crawley drama he'd missed while he was TV-less in rehab. Then there was the time the show was a hot topic with Gossip Girl's upper east siders (or at least with Serena's mom Lily)... The list goes on, really.

So yes, Downton is all over the place lately. But did anyone see that Iron Man 3 connection coming?


[Who knew Tony could be so sensitive?...]

May 3 2013 1:00pm

Does that make here the Iron Lady? Be careful, this post mostly discusses Tony and Pepper's relationship in Iron Man 3, however it IS a review of the movie. While it is not intended to contain spoilers, if you have not seen the movie yet you may not want to read this review before seeing it.

SOME SPOILERS AHEAD! Read with caution!

No one ever said being a superhero’s girlfriend was easy.

Even Lois Lane, laboring under the mystifying delusion that her alien crush and her identical-except-for-corrective-lenses, never-seen-in-the-same-room colleague were actually separate people, must have realized that dating Superman would be a tougher gig than dating regular ol’ Clark Kent. The constant cries for help always interrupting dinner, the supervillains with their axes (and, indeed, death rays) to grind, the secrecy, the power disparity, the thinking he’s dead on a regular basis, the always coming in second to the Greater Good. Ugh.

But in Iron Man 3, Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) has even more to deal with. Not only is her man traumatized following the harrowing events in New York (see: The Avengers), but he’s also, well, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), former playboy of the Western World and unapologetically arrogant erratic genius. That would be difficult to deal with even without the fact that he just played a significant role in saving the planet from space aliens eager to destroy us all.

[Being with Genius, Billionaire, Playboy, Philanthropists Ain't Easy...]