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Nov 23 2015 3:43pm

Romance News: Master Deals from Lavinia Kent, Fifty Shades Comments from Jamie Dornan, and More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

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Mastering the Marquess by Lavinia Kent—Deal Alert #1: Lavinia Kent's erotic historical Mastering the Marquess is currently free in e-book at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more (via BookBub).* Jessica Moro said about the first Bound and Determined book: “Lavinia Kent's Mastering the Marquess is probably the hottest historical romance story I've ever read.” And if you're still thirsty, drink up this Quickie scene from Kent, “The Angel Discovers a Rake,” only at H&H!

Jamie Dornan tells People magazine he's “looking forward to emodying Christian again—and getting a chance to show more of him” in Fifty Shades Darker, which will film early next year back-to-back with& Fifty Shades Freed.

Watch space opera The Expanse's first episode on TVFanatic before it premieres on SyFy on December 14 and 15. The show, which has garnered comparisons to Battlestar Galactica (2003), is set 200 years in the future and stars Thomas Jane. In my experience, even futuristic societies on the verge of war have time for romances (hello, Starbuck and Apollo, my loves), and the pilot features a zero-G sex scene, so this show may be one to watch if you're looking for a new sci-fi couple to cheer on.

Deal Alert #2: Sophie Jordan's historical All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue (Debutante Files #2) is marked down to $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, and more (ReadCheaply).* Read Tiffany Tyer's preview of All the Ways to Ruin a Rogue and find out Sophie Jordan's own 10 tips for ruining a rogue.

[+Jamie Dornan's latest Fifty Shades Darker comments...]

Nov 18 2015 3:56pm

Romance News: Report for Duty with Agent Carter Season 2 Trailer & More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Agent Carter Season 2 posterAgent Carter is back! Well...almost. And she'll be headed to Hollywood. In the sneak peek below, see how Peggy Carter's love life (and spy life) shape up in this brand-new city. Agent Carter returns to our screens on Monday, January 5, 2016. In the meantime, see our speculation on Peggy's future husband—there are definitely new possibilities in this new trailer!

Deal Alert: Kendall Ryan's erotic romance Screwed is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* Looking for indie romances you may not have heard about yet but should totally be reading? Check out our brand-new Indie Spotlight feature.

Downton Abbey faithful, this one's for you: St. Martin's Press is sponsoring a sweepstakes for a chance to win a set of Downton-themed tea tins as well as copies of the books The Wit and Wisdom of Downton Abbey and Downton Abbey: A Celebration. Learn more about the sweepstakes and rules. Honestly, what more perfect topic for an Afternoon Tea post?! You could sip while reading this, or one of Naz Keynejad's Downton Abbey recaps... I mean, isn't that the life right there?

[The Huntsman trailer, KCole sweeps, ICYMI...]

Nov 17 2015 3:48pm

Romance News: Fall Off the Edge with Deals from Carolyn Crane, Sophie Barnes, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Off the Edge by Carolyn CraneICYMI: Sylvia Day revealed the cover for her final Crossfire novel, One with You, as well as the release date: April 5, 2016. See the cover and read the full article here. Also on the site today, we're chatting about our latest binges, taking a first look at Laura Moore's Once Touched, updating you on the H&H redesign project, showing off brand-new covers from J.C. Daniels and Kate Douglas, and—spoilers for later today—spotlighting indie romances you should read.

Deal Alert #1: Carolyn Crane's romantic suspense novel Off the Edge (Undercover Associates #2) is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and more e-tailers (via BookBub).* Off the Edge made it onto Jennifer Porter's “Sexy Romantic Suspense” roundup as well as Jennifer Myers' “Top 10 Romantic Suspense Novels You Should Read,” so you could say this book has the H&H seal of approval!

Chris Hemsworth, Charlize Theron, Emily Blunt, and Jessica Chastain star in a super brief (15 seconds!) teaser for The Huntsman: Winter's War, but what do we care how short it is—this movie had us at Chris Hemsworth and these glossy new character posters

Deal Alert #2: Sophie Barnes' historical How Miss Rutherford Got Her Groove Back is $.99 right now in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon (via ReadCheaply).* Want more from Sophie Barnes? Read her H&H guest post on fairy tales and real-life expectations.

[+Iris Johansen & Jennifer Ryan deals!...]

Nov 13 2015 3:44pm

Romance News: Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed Movies Update

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Christian and Ana in Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades of Grey movie sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed will be filmed back-to-back by director James Foley starting in early 2016 and with stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and Ana. So the bad news: We won't see Christian/Ana on screen again until February 10, 2017. But, the good news: The third and final movie will follow only a year later, on February 9, 2018. Haven't weighed in on the first movie? Do!

—Charlotte Brontë, whose Jane Eyre is one of the most influential books of our beloved genre, grew up imagining the fantastical kingdoms of Angria and Gondol with her siblings Emily, Anne, and Branwell, and recently more bits of those stories have been discovered. According to The Brontë Society via The New York Times, a poem and prose piece by 17-year-old Charlotte were found tucked into a book that once belonged to her mother, Maria, that had previously been in the possession of an American family since 1916. Cool, right? Do you hope to read them?

Deal Alert #1: K.J. Charles' historical male/male A Fashionable Indulgence is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, Amazon, and more right now (via BookBub).* In case you missed it, go see which LGBTQ+ reading recommendations Charles and other fellow romance authors made a few weeks ago in honor of Queer Romance Month.

[+Jasinda Wilder & Tessa Bailey deals...]

Nov 13 2015 3:00pm

Crimson Peak: Come for the Hiddleston...Stay for the Hiddleston

Crimson Peak's Edith and Sir Thomas

Note: This post contains spoilers! If you haven't seen Crimson Peak yet...go do it, it's been out for two weeks and has Tom Hiddleston in it... What's your excuse!

Do you like to get a little creepy? Not the sort of creepy where randoms send you dick pics but the gothic movie type of creepy?

If you answered yes, I’m betting that you’ve already watched Crimson Peak.

If you haven’t, beware, spoilers ahead.

[A great historical gothic movie ...]

Nov 11 2015 4:50pm

Romance News: Laura Kaye’s Raven Riders & RT Award Nominees!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Ride Hard by Laura KayeLaura Kaye has revealed the cover of her very first Raven Riders novel, Ride Hard, which will hit shelves on April 26, 2016. That sounds far off, I know, but you can take advantage of the downtime to, say, read Laura Kaye's “Why Do We Love Dirty Talking in Romance?” guest post or indulge in an epic reread of her books.

RT Book Reviews has announced its 2015 Reviewers' Choice Award nominees, including Lauren Dane, Elle Kennedy, Lisa Kleypas, Nalini Singh, Kristen Ashley, Tessa Dare, Eloisa James, Kerrigan Byrne, Kristin Hannah, Shana Galen, Christina Dodd, and Lisa Renee Jones. (Don't forget, GoodReads Choice Awards voting is still going on too.)

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 looks to be a romance reader's dream—the chance to visit a beloved couple (or two) again post-HEA or HFN. Watch the first trailer:

[+Hermione/Ron OTP & NaNoWriMo inspiration...]

Nov 6 2015 4:08pm

Romance News: Catch Brenda Jackson’s Bachelor Unleashed

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Bachelor Unleashed by Brenda Jackson—Deal Alert #1: Brenda Jackson's contemporary Bachelor Unleashed is on sale for $1.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & NobleAmazon, iBookstore, and more (via ReadCheaply).* After you catch your unleashed bachelor, claim Robin Bradford's spotlight on Jackson's Bachelors in Demand novel Bachelor Unclaimed.

—Leisa Rayven's Starcrossed series will continue with book 3 on May 3, 2016, but destiny waits for no one, so see the newly revealed Wicked Heart cover right now. Want to go back to the beginning? Read an excerpt from Book 1, Bad Romeo.

—Catherine Hardwicke may be best known for directing the first Twilight film, but that's merely one topic of several touched on in this well-rounded BuzzFeed feature on Hardwicke for the press tour of her latest movie, Miss You Already, starring Drew Barrymore and Toni Collette. Read the article for her thoughts on sexism in the movie-making business, if nothing else.

—Do seek out Megan Erickson's Out of Frame cover, which doubles as some tasty Friday Beefcake! The third In Focus book will hit shelves March 15, 2015.

[+Watch the Z pilot free and start an Affair...]

Nov 5 2015 4:59pm

Romance News: Amazon Books Opens—Cheers or Jeers?

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara JoyDeal Alert #1: Dara Joy's paranormal Knight of a Trillion Stars is on sale for $.99 in e-book at the moment at Amazon (via BookBub).* Heather Massey describes the book as “like Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, and the film Emmanuelle rolled into one.”

Amazon has opened its first brick-and-mortar store, Amazon Books, in Seattle, WA. Publisher's Weekly takes readers inside the store, concluding: “Whatever the company's plans are with physical retailing, it's clear Amazon's goal is about much more than just selling books.” Other commentators have noted the store is more an advertisement for Amazon.com than a practical storefront. On the other hand, the store may be a glimpse into a future in which physical store and website are nearly interchangeable (matching prices, identical organization, same curated displays, etc.). Would you want an Amazon Books in your neighborhood, or would you worry about its impact on your favorite local bookstore?

Deal Alert #2: Courtney Milan's historical Unraveled (Turner #3) is currently only $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via BookBub).*

[+Joanna Wylde teaser, Alice Through the Looking Glass...]

Nov 4 2015 3:57pm

Romance News: Take Home One of Gena Showalter’s Original Heartbreakers for a Song

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

The Closer You Come by Gena Showalter—Deal Alert #1: Gena Showalter's contemporary Original Heartbreakers novel The Closer You Come is only $1.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including iBookstore, Barnes & Noble, and Amazon (via BookBub).* Get to know the Original Heartbreakers series with Tiffany Tyer's introduction to heroes Dane, West, Jase, and Beck.

Don't Let Go of Jaci Burton's new cover, which features the hard-to-beat combo of sexy man, badass motorcycle, AND adorable puppy. The sixth book in the Hope series will be out in July 2016, so you have plenty of time to catch up.

—Who tops Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow as the #1 female superhero? Peruse Vulture's list of The 25 Best Onscreen Female Superheroes and then come back and tell me what you make of their top pick and the rest of their rankings. I'll only say that The Avengers' Black Widow should have placed higher but that I was pleased to see Jessica Alba's underrated Max Guevara from Dark Angel on the list—hey, don't roll your eyes, Max was a cool cat! Pun very much intended. Sorry.

—Deal Alert #2: Shana Galen's Covent Garden Cubs book Earls Just Want to Have Fun is free in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via BookBub).* Carol Malcolm says “Earls Just Want to Have Fun should please historical fans who appreciate an entertaining read that also features characters who demonstrate growth and heart”—read her full First Look here.

—Early reviews of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 are in (read EW's, The Wrap's, and Variety's) and they're...about what I expected: A mixed bag. As book fans know, the darkness nearly overhwhelms Katniss in the end (I'll say no more), and it sounds like the movie stays true to that. Will you be seeing the final installment in theaters? Are you hoping the movie mirrors the second half of the third book, or are you keeping your fingers crossed for any changes? Me, I still say Gale was robbed, but I doubt the movie will correct this...

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Oct 20 2015 2:23pm

Romance News: Leia Still Loves Han & You Can Kickstart The Ripped Bodice

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Han holds Leia in new Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailerThe final Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer has landed ahead of the movie's December 18 release. Anyone else trapped in a glass case of emotion, as Ron Burgundy would say? How many times have you watched so far? Also...PLEASE tell me Han and Leia are (still) together. Please. I mean—just look at these parallels! There's a reason Chris Morgan called theirs “the romance all others are judged by” and that their legendary “I love you”/“I know” scene ranked in Aspasia Bissas' top 10 romantic onscreen moments.

Deal Alert #1: Lisa Kessler's shapeshifter romance Hunter's Moon is on sale for $.99 in e-book right now at iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble (via BookBub).* Get a deeper look at the Moon series with Laurie Gold's First Look at Moonlight.

The Ripped Bodice bookstore—billing itself as “the only exclusively romance bookstore in the United States” with a brick-and-mortar store set to open in Los Angeles in spring 2016—has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help with opening costs, including inventory, fixtures and furniture, and more. Watch owners Bea and Leah make their pitch and learn more about backer rewards at their Ripped Bodice Kickstarter page.

[More deals, leaked X-Files trailers & Gilmore Girls reboot...]

Oct 19 2015 2:24pm

Romance News Roundup: 4 Deals, Showalter Cover & Bridget Jones’s Baby

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen—Deal Alert #1: Sarina Bowen's contemporary The Shameless Hour (Ivy Years #4) is currently marked down to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore, among others.* After The Shameless Hour comes the newly released The Fifteenth Hour—you may have seen we recently shared an excerpt from the book while Sahara Hoshi offered us a First Look.

—Royal watchers, you'll want to keep an eye on this project: Parenthood's Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are working on a movie adaptation of the William/Kate-inspired The Royal We by fashion site Go Fug Yourself founders Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Royals fan fiction, romance, and Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman? PLEASE LET THIS HAPPEN.

—Deal Alert #2: Barbara Bretton's World War II-set Sentimental Journey is $.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* See what Kate Nagy thought of another Bretton novel, Casting Spells. Also, if you're in the mood for more category romance, don't miss Janga's roundup of some of her favorites.

—Haaaaave you met Baden? Gena Showalter's Darkest Torment cover, first revealed by RT magazine, shows off the latest Lords of the Underworld hero to get his own story, out May 31, 2016. LotU fans and newbies alike may also appreciate Sahara Hoshi's post anticipating Showalter's The Darkest Touch.

[+more delicious deals & news!...]

Oct 16 2015 3:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Dark Vampires with Alexander Skarsgard, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Dracula, and More ...

Friday Beefcake: Alexander Skarsgard as Eric Northman Vampire True Blood

Bloody fangs and black leather arenormally the attire for a bloodthirsty nocturnal predator. We have come a long way since the cape wearing Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Since then, the movie has been remade over 15 times, and with each remake it seems Dracula is becoming younger and more attractive. From Gerald Butler (yes, he has played Dracula) to Jonathan Rhys Meyers, the Halloween cult classic hasn't disappointed in the dark sexy men department. 

The new vampires may no longer wear capes, but they're quicker andcuter—and theirbites are more delicious.

Who are your hot vampire picks? Let us know in the comments below. 

[A toast to the quick biters ...]

Oct 12 2015 2:08pm

Romance News Roundup: XOXOConnects, Grace Burrowes Deal, and More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

XOXO Connects reader event bannerFellow romance community XOXOAfter Dark is hosting its first-ever all-day online reader event, XOXOConnects, on Saturday, October 24, from noon to 8 p.m. ET. H&H will be participating as well—at 3 p.m. that day, our very own Jennifer Proffitt will be moderating a conversation between Kresley Cole and Gena Showalter, and you know they're always a hoot together! (More info to come on the panel and where it will be streaming, so stay tuned to the afternoon news roundup—for now, see the full schedule of events here) Basically, we're expecting this to be all the fun of a romance conference without the need to travel or even, you know, change out of PJs. Hope to see you see ya (virtually) there! To keep up on social, follow the hashtag #XOXOConnects

Deal Alert #1: Grace Burrowes's historical David: Lord of Honor is FREE in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, iBookstore, and more (via Riffle).* Love Grace Burrowes? Then pick up her sage advice on the art of being a true gentleman in romance.

Sherryl Woods' Chesapeake Shores Series has begun filming in Vancouver, Canada, as a Hallmark movie series. As someone who enjoyed Lifetime's Nora Roberts for the most part, I'm hopeful. Plus, Chesapeake Shores has a pretty solid cast in Jesse Metcalfe, Meghan Ory, Treat Williams, Diane Ladd, and Barbara Niven for this multi-generational drama. To catch up, here's an article from when the news first broke about the project back in January 2014.

[+Holiday movie schedule & Kresley Cole TV news...]

Oct 9 2015 2:40pm

Romance News Roundup: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies Trailer, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Kresley Cole shared 7 Facts about Sweet Ruin in her newsletter today. I won't take away ALL the fun facts, however I did gleam some juicy tidbits that I just had to share. First, I know many of us fans were bummed when it wasn't Munro or Furie's book, however as we know, we must trust in Kresley! She said this book will set up future conflicts for Munro, Furie, Cara, and Thad's books! I get two things from this: one, yay we are definitely getting their stories, and two, will that be the order?! Start speculating! Kresley also said she'll be introducing Orion, a male who will play “a huge role in Nïx's future.” Are we about to meet Nïx's mate?! Who knows! Finally, speaking of Nïx, apparently she has some bad bad, very bad, things planned for Møriør. We've seen what she does to her friends, can't wait to see what she does to her enemies!

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies...not a combination you would have thought to combine, but of all the reimaginings of Pride and Prejudice I've seen over the years, I'm pretty this is the most unique one. While I didn't care for the book, and I'm not exactly a zombie fan, seeing Lizzy Bennet being a badass? Priceless! What do you think of the trailer?

[Plus deals and Authors Love Cats...]

Sep 30 2015 3:30pm

Love Transcends Time: 5 Romances to Break the Space-Time Continuum

First Time with a Highlander by Gwyn Cready

Today we're thrilled to welcome Gwyn Cready to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Gwyn's latest release in her Sirens of the Scottish Borderlands series, First Time with a Highlander, comes out on October 6. A main feature of Gwyn's series are heroes traveling back into time. Gwyn is here today to talk about other time travelers, but ones that we've fallen in love with onscreen (and in some pages on the page, too). Thanks, Gwyn!

Here, my friends, are my top time travel stories. I’m not even going to include Somewhere in Time, which clearly needs to be a category all its own. Here are the rules: First, the story has to have a central romance because, well, because I’m doing the list, not some Halo-playing guy who thinks the way the guy in Terminator 2 turns to liquid silver is really cool. Second, the story doesn’t have to be straight time travel as long as it plays with time in some way.


Is anyone surprised this tops my list? It’s the reason I became a romance novelist. It has a kick-ass heroine, the most romantic, loyal, brave, intelligent, and supportive hero ever imagined, and it really brings its time period—1740s Scotland—to life. The best part of all is if you like the first book, there are like SIX THOUSAND MORE PAGES of the story to read! It drives me insane that Diana Gabaldon happily categorized this book as a romance at its launch in 1992 and now categorically denies it is one. It is one, trust me—and a great one. Just read the book before you watch the STARZ series that debuted last fall. They are both highly savorable, but the book must come first.

[Time can't stop love ...]

Sep 30 2015 7:17am

Dealing in Culinary Orgasms: Burnt Trailer

There's lots to love about Bradley Cooper's upcoming Burnt, least of all Bradley Cooper himself. The title of this film lends itself to several themes—cooking (obviously), the idea of Bradley's character as being burned out on the industry, and of course, his own burning of bridges in a yet-undisclosed event from Paris. 

Of course, we think we were sold once Bradley said “Culinary Orgasm”... who doesn't love a man who can cook AND looks like BCoop? No one that's who! 

What are your thoughts on chef-heroes? Many people have pulled out the similarities to the 2007 film starring Catherine Zeta Jones and Aaron Eckhart, do you see it? Let us know what you think in the comments!

Sep 25 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Buns of Steel with Christian Bale, Dwayne Johnson, Channing Tatum, and More

When a man gets up from the table or couch what is the one thing that captivates you? Is it his attire, strong arms, or bulge? I might have to overrule you and say it's his buns of steel nicely fitted in those jeans, shorts, or slacks. I mean what's a nice walk if you can't imagine how firm that azz is and how much driving power it has. 

Whoa! I've taken it a little too far. Let me rephrase that and say a man with a filled out back side high, low, or flat calls for attention especially when he gives you the okay to grab it or spank it. The romance world isn't void from nice butts and men should be celebrated for having a nice physique in more than one way. 

*I repeat this is not safe for work. NSFW! *

Tell us in the comments who has the hottest butt you've ever seen below. 

[Baby got back ...]

Sep 25 2015 3:30pm

Did You Watch Too Much Sci-Fi as a Kid? and Other “Concerns”

Alliance by M.L. Callahan

Today we're thrilled to welcome M.L. Callahan to Heroes and Heartbreakers. M.L. writes time travel romances—her latest release, Alliance, came out September 23, 2015—and she's gone down a rabbit hole or two in pursuit of the science of time travel. Call it curiosity, call it research...call it entertainment! Pop culture has been fascinated by the idea of time travel for decades, if not centuries. M.L. is here today to talk about some sci-fi examples out there and also some of the rules she thinks time travelers need to follow. Thanks, M.L.!

How do you know the answer to this question? Well, if you grew up to become an obsessed super-geek who can rattle off Star Wars, Doctor Who, or Game of Thrones facts like a baseball fan rattles of player stats, that might be your first clue.

[Are you a trekkie, trekker, or fan of the listed? ]

Sep 15 2015 2:24pm

Romance News Roundup: Kate Meader & Eloisa James Deals, Allegiant Trailer, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Flirting with Fire by Kate Meader—Deal Alert #1: Kate Meader's first responder romance Flirting with Fire is $1.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon (via ReadCheaply).* For a preview of what the story's all about, check out Lucy Hargrave's First Look at Flirting with Fire.

—Deal Alert #2: Maya Banks's erotic Slow Burn novel Safe at Last is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble (ReadCheaply).* Jane Kriel wrote about the book's “second chance at romance” theme in her First Look at Safe at Last.

—Mindy Kaling's having a big day: Her rom-com TV series The Mindy Project enters the Hulu Originals game with its Season 4 premiere, “While I Was Sleeping,” AND her second book of humorous essays, Why Not Me? hits bookstores. I'm a big Mindy fan myself, if you couldn't tell, and am eager to read her new book and excited to report her Sliding Doors-esque premiere is aces—look for a Mindy/Danny (a.k.a. Dandy) Heart-to-Heart tomorrow morning to discuss the episode's best romantic moments!

—Deal Alert #3: Eloisa James's fairytale historical A Kiss at Midnight is $1.99 in e-book for the moment at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via ReadCheaply).* Already have this book? Find your next read with our post “If You Like Eloisa James, Then You'll Like _____.”

—The Allegiant movie's first teaser trailer offers peeks at where the Divergent series' Tris/Four will go next and Tris's decision: whether or not to “save the world.”

—Writing duo Christina Lauren release Dark Wild Night today, and have stopped over at Buzzfeed to answer some burning questions about their writing process, fan fiction, their current obsessions, and more! Bonus: find out which series is getting adapted for the screen! See all the H&H has to offer on the pair with our Christina Lauren tag. 

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

Sep 14 2015 10:00am

Smart and Hot: Top Nerds in TV and Film

When The Stars Align by Jeanette Grey

Today we're thrilled to welcome Jeanette Grey to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Jeanette write books with nerds...you may say she likes them! In her latest release, When the Stars Align, features another one—and Chris Evans may have inspired his physique. In pop culture, nerds get a bad rap, especially as romantic leads. However, Jeanette is here today to defend them, and list off some of her favorite (and hottest) nerds. Thanks, Jeanette!

When you hear the word “nerd,” chances are that a few common traits come to mind. Glasses. Dorky clothing. Maybe even an overbite or a unibrow. And above all else: painfully awkward.

That's not the kind of nerd I'm here to talk about.

Smarties can also be hotties, and in this age of technological innovation, being a whiz with a computer is no longer incompatible with having a six pack, a killer smile, and a swoon-worthy swagger.

In honor of the release of my new romance, When The Stars Align—which features a physics major who happens to look like Chris Evans at his blondest, buffest, and handsomest—I'm saluting the stealth geeks of the world with this list of my favorite Hot Nerds.

[The hottest dorks are below ...]