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Mar 6 2015 12:20pm

What the Heart Wants: Spring 2015’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows

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Even the most avid romance fan has trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. We’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for March 2015 through May 2015.

What are your most anticipated romance of the season?


Dark Debt by Chloe Neill (book)
We hear the eleventh Chicagoland Vampires novel features fresh challenges, plenty of action, and a strong-as-ever Ethan/Merit relationship. Sold!
Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid by Suzanne Enoch (book)
It’s tough to get over your childhood crush—even harder when that childhood crush finally opens his eyes and realizes he’s in love with you. That’s exactly what Rowena faces in the latest from Enoch!

[See what's up this spring...]

Mar 5 2015 3:23pm

Romance News Roundup: Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens Joins Beauty and the Beast 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.

Dan Stevens in Downton AbbeyDownton Abbey's Dan Stevens (we miss you, Matthew Crawley) is joining the cast of Beauty and the Beast as the Beast alongside Emma Watson as Belle and Luke Evans as Gaston.

—Speaking of Downton Abbey, series fan Princess Kate (a.k.a. Kate Middleton, a.k.a. the Duchess of Cambridge) will be visiting the set to meet the cast and crew next week, lucky duck. Find all of our Downton Abbey coverage here, including comprehensive episode recaps.

Rumor has it the Fifty Shades of Grey Blu-ray/DVD release will feature deleted scenes. What are you hoping to see in any extra footage? And if you haven't already weighed in on the movie, good or bad, you can join the conversation here.

Mar 4 2015 3:36pm

Romance News Roundup: Avengers 2 Trailer and Kelly Bowen Deal!

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 latest and greatest full Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer is here, and shipping issues aside, it's badass. Widow, particularly, has some cheer-worthy moments:

A new Outlander poster is here, and as BuzzFeed's Jarett Wieselman notes in his tweet, it's REALLY smart, the way it echoes the original poster while also indicating how much as changed for Claire since the first episode.

—As a romance fan, you have to have a sense of humor about covers, especially some of those delightfully over-the-top poses on clinch covers of the '80s and '90s. Cosmopolitan has an entertaining story today in which “real people” reenact romance novel covers. (Thanks to @SignetEclipse to bringing it to my attention.)

[+Deal Alert and Saturn Award nominees...]

Mar 2 2015 8:09am

“I’m Just a Modern Chick Who Does What She Wants”: Is Trainwreck the Bad Girl’s Rom-Com?

Amy Schumer is a funny, smart lady, and she takes on the modern rom-com as a woman who works for a men's magazine and totally loves her awesome life...even if she is a little bit of a hot mess!

This trailer gave us several reasons to tell the movie theaters to just take our money now!

  • Bill Hader: We need more beta guys taking on roles as romantic leads. I've always crushed on Bill, so bring it on!
  • We like watching Downton Abbey...and so does LeBron James!
  • For this line: “Who's your favorite team?” “The Orlando...Blooms?”

What are your reasons?

Feb 27 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Eddie Redmayne

This past Sunday, Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Today, he made headlines once more when the first pictures of him as transgender painter Einar Wegener, aka Lili Elbe were released. What are your thoughts on the British actor? Share your favorite pictures of him in the comments!

Feb 20 2015 3:14pm

Romance News Roundup: Bella Andre Deal & Jason Momoa as Aquaman!

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.

Jason Momoa as Aquaman—Does Jason Momoa look scrumptious in his first Aquaman portrait (at left) or what?! Can't wait. Also, just me or does he look VERY Khal Drogo-ish? In the best way, I mean (miss you, Game of Thrones).

—Accompanying rumors that Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson won't be back to direct the sequel is talk that the behind-the-scenes drama doesn't stop there—Variety says there are conflicts over who will write the screenplay for Fifty Shades Darker as well. What do you make of these reports?

—Deal Alert: Bella Andre's first Sullivans novel, The Look of Love, is currently free in e-book at iBookstore and Amazon.* Read our First in the Series feature on The Sullivans here to meet the family.

ETA: We've also learned that Tessa Dare has released the cover and description for her third Castles Ever After novel, When a Scot Ties the Knot. If you haven't already, find out why we loved her most recent release, Say Yes to the Marquess, so very much.

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

Feb 18 2015 3:27pm

Romance News Roundup: Robyn Carr Deal and Game of Thrones Deleted Scenes

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 Wanderer by Robyn Carr—Rumor has it that Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson will not direct the sequels. If true, who would you want to see at the helm for Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed?

—Deal Alert: Robyn Carr's Thunder Point novel The Wanderer is currently $.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstore and Amazon.* Explore more Robyn Carr coverage here.

—Kristen Ashley has revealed the cover for her next Chaos installment, Ride Steady. Take a look here. Read Tori Benson's thoughts on the appeal of Kristen Ashley here.

—BookRiot offers up “10 Essential Reads for Romance Newbies.” Do you agree with the author's picks?

—Target is offering a “Collector's Edition” of Outlander Season 1, should that be relevant to your interests. (If you haven't noticed, we could talk about Outlander forever. And probably will.)

[+The Mindy Project and Game of Thrones...]

Feb 15 2015 2:30pm

Shipping Sunday: Fifty Shades of Grey’s Christian/Ana

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of GreyFifty Shades of Grey has taken the movie box office by storm this weekend. Have you seen the film yet? What did you think? How 'bout that ending? Will you see Fifty Shades Darker?

Enjoy our Christian/Ana picspam, and add your own favorites in the comments.

[Shall we dance?...]

Feb 13 2015 2:01pm

Romance News Roundup: Shana Galen Deal and The Breakfast Club

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.

Sapphires Are an Earl's Best Friend by Shana Galen—Tomorrow, Valentine's Day, is H&H's fourth birthday! To celebrate, we have some very cool posts to watch out for, including The Swoonies couples battle, Charlotte Stein's wonderful H&H Quickie scene, a Sylvia Day video, and a helping of birthday beefcake. Stay tuned!

—Deal Alert: Shana Galen's Sapphires are an Earl's Best Friend is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at Amazon. You can read an excerpt from the book here for a taste of the story.

—John Hughes's The Breakfast Club turns thirty years old this year, and a fully restored version of the movie will be screened in theaters on March 26 and 31, with a special featurette to run prior to screenings. 

—If you've been holding out for Outlander swag, you'll be happy to hear that collectibles are coming! Factory Entertainment has announced plans to release Outlander-themed pillows, stationery, jewelry replicas, costume accessory replicas, and more.

Feb 12 2015 3:45pm

Romance News Roundup: Jamie/Claire Sexytimes and Hot Dudes Reading

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.

Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia Day—As if we needed another reason to love books—they've brought us “Hot Dudes Reading,” a popular new Instagram account. Here, HuffPo rounds up seven of the most delicious.

—Deal Alert: Sylvia Day's Aftershock & Afterburn collection is currently $4.99 (down from $7.99) in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

—Today is the red-carpet premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey in London and Yahoo! is livestreaming the event right now. (You can read H&H's reactions to the film here.)

—A new week, a new killer Outlander trailer. See Jamie tell Claire, “You are my home now” and keep telling yourself “April 4's not so far away!” See if you're better at convincing yourself of that than we are.

[Plus: Outlander sex scene released!!!...]

Feb 6 2015 12:25pm

Are You Curious?: Fifty Shades of Grey Movie Screening Thoughts (SPOILERS!)

**We were so happy to be able to see the Fifty Shades of Grey movie a WEEK early, BUT for those who want to go into movie with a completely open mind, don't read ahead. We DO discuss SPOILERS. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD. You've been warned... you don't want to get punished, do you?**

Today, two members of Team H&H were privileged to attend the Today Show premiere of Fifty Shades of Grey. The event began at 4:45am, when we rolled out of bed and hustled onto the subway to get to the Ziegfeld Theater, which was hosting the screening. It was ten degrees out, and dark, and we arrived to find an enormous line snaking around the corner. Thankfully, Team H&H had early access, so we only had to wait outside for a few minutes before getting our IDs and tickets checked and going into the theater. On the way in, there were probably thirty waiters holding beverages on trays—all clad in gray, of course—and we were encouraged to snap our pix in front of one of the huge Fifty Shades of Grey posters.

Once inside the theater, we were greeted with heat (yay!), as well as more waiters holding tiny hors d'oeuvres. It was a ticketed event, so we found our seats and waited.

There were many fans, as might be expected, and the shrieks when the cast, director, and E.L. James arrived were huge. Then the movie began.

Master's ChecklistMegan's Thoughts:

Movie Grade: Three Hearts!
Post-Movie Reaction: I'm on-board to see what happens next.

Overall Reaction: Fifty Shades of Grey was both more and less than I had expected. I am an unabashed fan of the first Fifty Shades of Grey book. I devoured it in probably a day, I loved the inner goddess, the emails between Christian and Ana, the fifty shades of fucked up—just everything. Even while I was reading it, however, I was aware of its shortcomings, but the story itself was so compelling I didn’t care. I approached the movie with trepidation, given how all of the book is told through Ana’s eyes and we don’t have that same benefit on the big screen. I was very pleasantly surprised to find I liked the movie way more than I thought I would—the relationship between the two was balanced, the film was gorgeous, and perhaps the most surprising part was Dakota Johnson’s on-point portrayal of Anastasia Steele.

[And now let's get to our Turn Ons and Turn Offs...]

Feb 5 2015 3:30pm

Romance News Roundup: Christian/Ana Chemistry 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.

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson in Fifty Shades of Grey—Gawker blog Defamer calls the Fifty Shades of Grey press tour “disastrous,” citing video and magazine quotes. Reports have circulated for months that co-stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson do not get along and lack chemistry. Now, feuding co-stars is one thing—some of the best on-screen couples of all time have been played by actors who weren't exactly besties during filming—but chemistry is vital to a movie like this. What do you think of the Christian/Ana chemistry you've seen so far? Do you think rumors of the actors' difficult relationship have been exaggerated? H&Hers Megan and Jenn will be attending a screening of the film tomorrow and will share their impressions, so check back then!

—Speaking of Fifty Shades, the film trailer has gone Lego in a viral YouTube video. And British supermodel David Gandy reveals that he turned down the role of Christian Grey in the movie—and why he did so.

[+Deal Alerts and Viking weight-lifting records?]

Feb 4 2015 10:27am

“You’re Welcome”: Magic Mike XXL Trailer

Just released, the first teaser trailer for Magic Mike XXL, where Channing Tatum reveals his rogueish charm (and other things), along with many other fine specimens. The heroine from the first film is gone, and Mike and pals have taken their show on the road.

Here's the blurb:

Magic Mike XXL finds the remaining Kings of Tampa ready to throw in the towel. But they want to do it their way: burning down the house in one last blow-out performance in Myrtle Beach, and with legendary headliner Magic Mike sharing the spotlight with them. On the road to their final show, with whistle stops in Jacksonville and Savannah to renew old acquaintances and make new friends, Mike and the guys learn some new moves and shake off the past in surprising ways.

The trailer makes the movie seem entirely and totally fun, without the Soderbergh-angst of the first film. Does that make you more or less interested in seeing it? 

Magic Mike XXL will be released July 1, 2015.

Feb 3 2015 3:56pm

Romance News Roundup: Magic Mike Poster & Susan Elizabeth Phillips Deal

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.

Magic Mike XXL poster—The Magic Mike: XXL movie poster is here. We're speechless. (For a trip down memory lane, here's our discussion post for Magic Mike on its opening day in 2012.)

—Deal Alert #1: Susan Elizabeth Phillips' Chicago Stars #5, This Heart of Mine, is $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* Reminder: SEP has a novel on our list of the 10 Romance Novels You Should Read, among others.

—To celebrate the recent release of The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy, Julia Quinn will be answering fan questions in a Facebook Q&A tonight at 9 p.m. EST. Read our First Look review of The Secrets of Sir Richard Kenworthy here.

—Deal Alert #2: Mandy Baxter's contemporary romance One Night More (Book 1 in the US Marshals series), is currently marked down to $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Read an excerpt of One Night More, and check out all our Mandy Baxter content. Bonus low-price alert: Baxter's The Billionaire Cowboy: A Billionaire's Club Story (a 91-page e-book) is also $1.99.

[Larissa Ione deal + Fifty Shades movie clips...]

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?