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Jan 28 2015 3:41pm

Romance News Roundup: Milly Taiden Deal, Iambic Pentameter, Ghostbusters, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—An all-female Ghostbusters reboot has been rumored for months, but yesterday the movie's stars were announced: Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, and Kate McKinnon. Are you overwhelmed, underwhelmed, or just whelmed by this casting? (I think you can be just “whelmed” in Europe, wink wink.) Will you watch in any case?

A Mate's Bite by Milly Taiden—Deal Alert: Milly Taiden's A Mate's Bite (Book 2 in the Sassy Mates series) is currently $.99 in e-book at Amazon. For more info before you buy, read Jessie Lane's take on A Mate's Bite as part of her post “Why Are There Love Bites in Paranormal Romance?”

—The track listing for the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack is here! Beyoncé, Sia, Ellie Goulding, and more contribute, so you can be sure the music will be top-notch. Find all our Fifty Shades coverage here.

—Calling all fellow language nerds and Shakespeare devotees: TED-Ed presents a video from David T. Freeman and Gregory Taylor on why iambic pentameter is so powerful.

[+Sam Hueghan workout footage, Sylvia Day news, and more!...]

Jan 16 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Guys with Long Hair from Leto, O’Hurn, and More!

Brock O'HurnJared Leto seems to be the arbiter of taste for indie-guy hairstyles. Last year he spawned the man-bun (okay, we won't really credit him with it, but he certainly had people talking about it), and this past Sunday, he again sported a new long-haired style with...the man-braid!

Romance is full of long-haired heroes—whether they're in historicals and have their hair perfectly pulled back in a queue, expertly braided for battle, or if they're the bad boy of their small town and have a shaggy mane to go with their don't-care-what-you-think attitude!

[Do you like long haired beefcake? Maybe you will after this post!]

Jan 16 2015 3:17pm

Romance News Roundup: Fifty Shades, #1 Book Couple, Sexiest Farmer, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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 Today show is hosting a sweepstakes for a chance to win tickets to an advance screening of Fifty Shades of Grey in New York City. Read the official rules and register here.

—Speaking of...Fifty Shades of Grey is on track to be Fandango's fastest-selling R-rated film. Have you preordered tickets?  (For all our coverage on the movie and books, stop by our Fifty Shades of Grey Collection.)

—Fellow royal watchers whose interests also include soapy TV, the upcoming E! series The Royals may just be for us. Star Elizabeth Hurley describes her queen of England character as a mixture of Princess Diana had she ascended the throne and...Cruella de Vil?!! This should be interesting...

—Great Britain magazine Farmer's Weekly is holding a competition to find “Britain's Sexiest Farmer 2015.” (H/t BuzzFeed)

—The Merriam-Webster dictionary will soon go out of print—the updated reference book will live only online. Not sure how I feel about this. You? Do you still flip through a dictionary from time to time, or do you do all your spell-checking and research on the computer?

[+Now accepting nominees for #1 book couple OF ALL TIME...]

Jan 13 2015 9:30am

Honor (and Love) Among Thieves? The Lure of the Con Artist

True Pretenses by Rose Lerner

Today we're joined by author Rose Lerner, whose True Pretenses, the second in her Lively St. Lemeston series, is out next week. True Pretenses' hero is a con man, trying to help his brother get out of the game. Rose has joined us to talk about the truths and fictions of con artists. Thanks, Rose!

I absolutely love fictional con artists. There are many reasons for this:

A.) I find competence very sexy, especially at things I can't do so well myself. Con artists are good at risk-taking, rule-breaking, thinking on their feet, being cool as a cucumber, and social interaction. A con man hero is a bad boy who uses his brain to be bad. Nerd catnip!

B.) I love unreliable narrators, and plot twists that make everything that came before SO MUCH COOLER. Con stories are great at both.

C.) I love watching someone who isn't in touch with her own feelings and doesn't know how to have a meaningful, close relationship fall in love.

I could go on.

[Please do!]

Jan 12 2015 3:17pm

Romance News Roundup: Golden Globes, New E.L. James?, Robinson Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—Author Sylvain Reynard wrote on his Facebook page that he and Fifty Shades of Grey author E.L. James have co-written a new “project.” What could it be? Any guesses? We'll keep you updated as we learn more! (In the meantime, if you missed it, be sure to read a special outtake from Reynard's Gabriel's Redemption here.)

—Deal Alert #1: Maggie Robinson's Lord Gray's List is listed at $1.99 today on Amazon. (As always, a reminder that we have no idea how long sales prices will last, so get 'em while they're available.) For more on Robinson, check out H&H's First Look review of her novel The Unsuitable Secretary here.

2015 Golden Globes banner with Tina Fey and Amy Poehler—Tina Fey and Amy Poehler hosted another entertaining Golden Globes, though honestly, I could've done with more of them and less of awkward exchanges between presenters (Jeremy Renner and Jennifer Lopez, David Duchovny and Katherine Heigl, lookin' at you guys). My favorite dress of the night was probably Jessica Chastain's copper gown, but I also really liked the choices of Anna Kendrick, Kate Hudson, Salma Hayek, and Ruth Wilson (I go for simple elegance). Least favorite goes to Keira Knightley (way too much going on). Who was best/worst dressed in your book? Did you just watch the red carpet or did you stay for the ceremony as well? Any standout moments?

[But wait, there's even more!...]

Jan 11 2015 4:08pm

“I Don’t Do Romance:” New Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer

A new trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey has just been released, showing how transfixed Christian Grey is by his Ana. The film comes out February 13, 2015 and stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson.

Do you have plans to go? If so, who's going with you?

Jan 8 2015 3:19pm

Romance News Roundup: Chris Evans, Bond on Set, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—Chris Evans escorting Betty White to the stage at last night's People's Choice Awards is the hottest thing we've seen this year.

Gif via eonline.com

—Speaking of beefcake, BuzzFeed's got a compilation of “19 GIFs of Ranveer Singh That Will Make You Extremely Thirsty.” Hello, handsome!

—Did we get you hooked on Pretty Little Liar's last week with our Shipping Sunday, featuring Spencer and Toby (Spoby) from the show? Dive into the books that spawned the hit TV show—the entire series is discounted to $2.99 (digital) and $4.99 (print) with a special promo code on the Harper Collins site.

—James Bond fans prepare yourself. Daniel Craig and his new Bond girl—Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann—are on set in Sölden, Austria for filming of Spectre. See the pictures at JamesBondLifestyle.com, which also gives you a view of their style and where you can find their clothes, so you can be Bond, too!

Jan 7 2015 4:19pm

Romance News Roundup: H&H E-book, Fifty Shades Rating, Courtney Milan, and More!

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—H&H original short story “The Gentleman and the Lamplighter” by Summer Devon, is now available for purchase as a $.99 e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBookstore. H&H members can also read the story here.

Courtney Milan has posted an excerpt from her first contemporary romance, Trade Me, Book 1 in the Cyclone Series.

A Novel Romance movie banner—Hallmark knows just what we like! This Saturday at 9 p.m. EST will see the premiere of their latest TV movie, A Novel Romance, starring Dylan Bruce (Orphan Black) and Amy Acker (most Joss Whedon projects) as a romance author and reviewer, respectively, who fall in love the hard way, as you do. Will it be any good? We look forward to finding out! You?

Fifty Shades of Grey has been given an R rating by the MPAA to the surprise of no one. What is surprising is the odd reasoning there in the middle: “strong sexual content including dialogue, some unusual behavior and graphic nudity, and for language.” Unusual behavior? Really?

—The latest Television Critics Association press tour (the winter 2015 TCAs) kicked off today, so keep your eyes peeled for lots of cool TV news in the coming days!

Dec 31 2014 12:45pm

Team H&H Recommends: Best of 2014

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLeanEvery month we ask our bloggers for their best book recommendations. With the end of the year approaching, it was time to ask for the Best of 2014. You've seen Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of the Bloggers' Best Reads of 2014. Now it's Team H&H's turns and we're giving you our top 10 books and couples of the year—and we can't wait to see what awaits us in 2015!

Heather Waters (Site Manager):

Like last year, I'm here with my top couples of 2014!

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover’s Georgiana/Duncan

Sarah MacLean knocks it out of the park again in the conclusion to her Rules of Scoundrels series with one of the most beloved tropes in romance: chick in pants! After weaving the legend of powerful club owner Chase for YEARS, MacLean revealed the mysterious character to be none other than fallen Lady Georgianna, and paired her with the only man who could match her in power and in wits, newspaper tycoon Duncan West. All their interactions are delightful, but especially outstanding is a particular pool scene... Let's just say you'll know it when you see it!

Selfie’s Henry/Eliza

The first few episodes of this modern-day My Fair Lady television series were rough, but the show has become a must-see for the heat between Karen Gillan's Eliza Dooley and John Cho's Henry Higgs. If fake dance parties, business retreats, and office-themed birthday celebrations don't sound all that exciting, it's only because you haven't seen how these two tackle them. One only hopes they get some sort of happy-ish ending, since the show has been canceled by ABC (and Hulu is just releasing the final unaired episodes).

[That's what's nice about the age we live in...]

Dec 26 2014 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Favorites of ’14 with Pratt, Mison, DeKay, and More!

Nick BatemanWe like to ask our bloggers the tough questions. So when the end of the year rolled around we thought we'd ask them the toughest question of all: Who was their favorite, hottest, new-to-them, on-their-“List” beefcake? They didn't disappoint! See some of the picks (and pics) and reasons behind their choices. You may be surprised!

Who was on your list this year? Let us know in the comments and share a picture of your own favorite beefcake of the year!

[Let's dig in...]

Dec 18 2014 3:42pm

Romance News Roundup: Reader Problems, The Americans, and More

Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—A reader's life is tough! Or so this BuzzFeed video “Problems Every Book Lover Will Understand” says, anyway. Can you relate? (For more fun, don't miss author Sugar Jamison's “You Know You're a Reader When...” at H&H)

—Here's our first sneak peek at Orphan Black Season 3:

—Twitter Challenge! Will you accept? On Twitter, Megan asks, what are the lines that have made you swoon in romance novels this year? Share your favorite quote with us, and make sure to use #BestRomBksLines2014 so that we can spot it!

—This poster for The Americans Season 3 is top-notch! (Find out why we adore  Cold War-set TV drama The Americans and especially the messed-up yet totally solid Philip/Elizabeth marriage here.)

[Read on for the poster and an editor's note...]

Dec 18 2014 11:52am

Saying Goodbye to The Hobbit: Thorin and Bilbo, Kili and Tauriel

I feel as though I could provide a hundred different quotes from J.R.R. Tolkien’s works that all convey the same message, the one of letting go. Which, as true to Tolkien as can be, itself is a phrase jam-packed with meaning. It can mean a temporary parting, it could be saying good-bye for the very final time. Just as Gandalf was once infamously good morning-ed by a particularly sassy hobbit on a fine spring day, we must now say goodbye to all of our friends.

It was a bitter thing, staying so long. It felt uncomfortable. Not just because this was the last time we’d get to see our favorites and marvel at how they are brought to life, but because this was the note we went out on. A movie that feels bloated. An intentional grab at more money by unnecessarily prolonging a franchise. The Middle Earth I know, the one I saw on screen for the first time so long ago, that one deserves better. So, from here on out, only the good. Come, let us return to Erebor...

[There and back again, of course]

Dec 17 2014 3:48pm

Romance News Roundup: Sylvia Day Deals, Jamie Dornan, and Game of Thrones Peek!

Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

Sylvia Day has TWO books on sale for e-book today, including Captivated by You for $2.50 at Amazon (as of posting, other e-tailers still had it up at its regular price, but check back to see if there's price-matching). The second book in Day's Dream Guardians series, Heat of the Night, is discounted to $1.99 at Amazon (again, no other e-tailers have it at this price, but check back!)

—Jamie Dornan is the cover star for Elle UK's February issue, and in the interview, he talks about visiting a sex dungeon to prepare for his role in Fifty Shades of Grey:

“I went there, they offered me a beer, and they did…whatever they were into. I saw a dominant with one of his two submissives...I was like, 'Come on guys I know I'm not paying for this but I am expecting a show.' It was an interesting evening. Then going back to my wife and newborn baby afterwards... I had a long shower before touching either of them.”

—The first book in Colleen Gleason's Gardella Vampires series, The Rest Falls Away, is free at iTunes, and is .99 at both Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

—Game of Thrones has released a very short (very short) peek at Season 5, coming in Spring 2015. 

*Please note that we have no idea how long downpricing or sales will last, so grab these deals while you can.

Dec 16 2014 3:42pm

Romance News Roundup: Jane Austen, Dane and Hoyt Deals, and More!

It's Tea Time Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—Happy birthday, Jane Austen! The Huffington Post ranks the best Austen modernizations, while the Jane Austen Centre declares today is—what else?—Jane Austen Day. (We're on board, of course. We have an all-things-Austen collection and everything.)

—Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Rihanna made a fake sci-fi romance movie trailer for the real movie Annie, and it's pretty hilarious. Would you go see it?

Lauren Dane's first Hurley Brothers book, The Best Kind of Trouble, is on sale in e-book for $1.99 at what looks to be various retailers today, including iBookstoreBarnes and Noble, and Amazon.

Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane #1, Wicked Intentions, is marked down to $1.99 in e-book for the moment at sites such as AmazonBarnes and Noble, and iBookstore; same goes for Lisa Kleypas's Bow Street book Someone to Watch Over Me (Amazon, iBookstore, and Barnes and Noble, and probably others).

[+ more news this way...]

Dec 12 2014 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Macomber and MacLean Deal Alerts, Outlander Jewelry, and More

It's Tea Time Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—Searching for your next holiday read? Heads-up that it looks like Debbie Macomber's The Christmas Basket is currently marked down to $1.99 at e-tailers such as iBooks, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Google.* (Find out why blogger Janga loves Macomber's books here.)

—And in more deal news, Julianne MacLean's Pembroke Palace #4, Married by Midnight, is currently free at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble. (Get the scoop on Julianne MacLean, including guest posts from the author herself (!!) here at H&H.)

Outlander fans looking for a piece of the show to take home may be interested to learn that the series' official store is selling a replica of Claire's wedding ring, among other goodies. (For more Outlander content at H&H, including episode recaps and book discussions, visit our Outlander Collection.)

—The Insurgent (sequel to Divergent) movie trailer is here and previews some Four/Tris sexytimes:

—Chloe Neill's Lucky Break, a Chicagoland Vampire series novella, is $1.99 at e-tailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble (looks like this is the normal price, as it's a novella, but we figure it's of interest to Chicagoland fans.)

[More romance news this way...]

Dec 8 2014 3:18pm

Romance News Roundup: Free Historical Read, William/Kate, and More!

It's Tea Time Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—Cecilia Grant has released A Christmas Gone Perfectly Wrong, a novella in her Blackshear series, and it is free right now at Amazon.  (We have no idea how long it will be free, so grab it while you can.)

—Fans of Stephanie Tyler's Section 8 romantic suspense series will be happy to hear a deal has been announced for two more books in the series (so books 4 and 5) for a 2016 estimated release.

—And in yet more exciting book news, two more books in Jackie Ashenden's Nine Circles contemporary romance series are also in the works for 2016.

—In case you missed it in October, here's a link to Entertainment Weekly's (largely positive) article on the romance genre, “A Billion-Dollar Affair.”

—See the first trailer for Anna Kendrick's big-screen musical The Last Five Years (warning: no HEA)

—President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama's loving relationship seems to be the stuff of romance novels, so it only makes sense that a movie about their courtship is reportedly in the works. Two tickets, please!

—Speaking of fairy-tale romances, our favorite British royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Prince William and Kate Middleton), are currently in New York City. Can it be 3 years since we liveblogged their wedding?! See Duchess Kate meet NYC First Lady Chirlane McCray:

[click to see the very short clip...]

Dec 5 2014 3:24pm

Romance News Roundup: Jessica Jones, Mark Ruffalo, and More!

It's Tea Time afternoon tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

Marvel may have found its superheroine Jessica Jones: multiple sources are reporting that Krysten Ritter (Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23, Breaking Bad, Veronica Mars) has won the lead role in the Netflix series Jessica Jones.

—Speaking of Marvel heroes, watch baby!Mark Ruffalo (the Hulk) in a 1989 Clearasil commercial.

Arrow fans, sneak a peek at the gorgeous Emily Bett Rickards (Miss Felicity Smoak) on the cover of Runway magazine.

—Sam Heughan (Jamie Fraser in Outlander) has been voted “Anglo Fan Favorites Man of 2014” by BBCAmerica.com users because obviously.

ETA: Pottermore will be the home, this holiday season, to 12 days of new Harry Potter content! Starting December 12 and until Christmas Eve, fans will get a new writing every day from J.K. Rowling, including a piece about Potter's enemy, Draco Malfoy!

—Handy H&H Links:
December New Releases Shopping List
Winter Can't-Miss List
Latest New Release Roundups: ParanormalEroticHistoricalWomen's Fiction, and New Adult

Dec 1 2014 3:00pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander Teaser, Laura Kinsale, and More!

Afternoon Tea bannerWelcome to H&H's brand-new 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.

—Starz has just released a 20-second teaser of Outlander Season 1.5!

—As shared on H&H's Facebook page, looks like several Laura Kinsale e-books (including Seize the Fire, Shadowheart, and The Prince of Midnight) are only $.99 today at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and iBookstore. Go get 'em!

—The first teaser trailer for Star Wars, Episode VII: The Force Awakens doesn't give anything away about the state of affairs between beloved couple Han/Leia years after Episode VI; where/how are you hoping we find them in the film? Are you excited about this first peek anyway?

—Team H&H hasn't had a chance to watch yet, but looks like will-they/won't-they pair Jake and Amy had a few more delicious Moments in last night's Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Have you watched? Read HitFlix's episode review here and find out why we ship Peralta/Santiago here.

Girl Scout cookies will soon be sold online. You're welcome.

What news has caught your eye around the web today? Have you found other great deals on romance books? Drop us a line in the comments!

Nov 26 2014 11:00am

5 Reasons You Need to See Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights movie posterI usually save my movie watching for Sunday mornings; fewer people, slightly cheaper movie tickets, and I like to pretend that popcorn, soda, and mozzarella sticks make up a perfectly reasonable brunch menu. But I couldn’t make it around to Sunday to see Beyond the Lights.

I had to see it IMMEDIATELY so dragged my butt to the theater, mid-week, and boy-howdy am I glad I did. I’m probably going to see it again in theaters this week. Here are 5 reasons I think YOU should go see Beyond The Lights too:

1. Pure, concentrated romance.

There is no way to stress this enough, Beyond the Lights is a one hundred percent, by the book romance. All the beats are there; the meet-cute, which happens to be a wee on the traumatic side, the magical first kiss followed by the pretty righteous first sex. You’ve got your troubled heroine looking for a way out.

[Intense romance, you say? We are in...]

Nov 25 2014 2:45pm

Mr. Grey, Travis Family, Thor, and More: Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes

Captivated by You by Sylvia DayThis time of year, it's not unusual for people to gift and receive self-help books, or to listen to music that they wish was the soundtrack for their lives. Sure, those kinds of things are fine, if that's what you're into, but what if your tastes are a bit more—to quote Mr. Grey—singular? So we've got a holiday gift list that is perfect for the romance fan, depending on your...singular tastes.

You Want a Real-Life Christian Grey:

Sylvia Day’s Crossfire series. Why? Because Gideon Cross and Eva Trammell are just as dangerously addictive and sexy as Christian Grey and Ana Steele.

J. Kenner’s Stark series. Why? Because the hero and heroine in this series are more than just their effed-up personae; Kenner delves into some real issues behind the trauma.

[Need some help putting together a holiday wish list? Let us help...]