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Fri
Apr 24 2015 3:35pm

Romance News Roundup: Fifty Shades Darker Tease, Grey’s Anatomy Death, 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 in Fifty Shades Darker teaserFifty Shades fans, your first look at Jamie Dornan's Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Darker is here—kinda sorta. It's an image from a Darker tease in the Fifty Shades of Grey Blu-ray, according to EW.com. What do you think? Will you be seeing the movie when it hits theaters on February 10, 2017? In the meantime, stick with H&H for updates about the next two movies and remember you can still weigh in with your thoughts on the first movie.

—OMGDidYouSee...?!!!: A MAJOR Grey's Anatomy cast member departure has rocked the fandom. SPOILERS AHEAD: Last night's Season 11, episode 21, “How to Save a Life” sank the series' hardiest ship, Derek/Meredith, as the beloved McDreamy was struck by a vehicle after saving four victims of another car crash and then receiving less-than-stellar medical treatment. Did you watch last night? How are you feeling? What stage of grief are you currently in?

—Love Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson and in need of an artistic outlet? This fan art challenge may be just the ticket!

Thu
Apr 23 2015 4:30pm

The Complicated Beauty and Her Beast: Why Bruce/Natasha Should Be Your New Avengers Ship

Natasha and Bruce in The Avengers

Natasha Romanoff is the little black dress of The Avengers fandom. Maybe it is just her inherent awesomeness, but I can imagine her with everyone from Clint to Steve to Maria. The Black Widow has close ties to every member of the team (except maybe Thor, but he's all wrapped up in Loki…err, I mean Jane), but could she ever be with the one man who truly frightens her, Bruce Banner, AKA The Hulk? The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailers suggest a special bond may be brewing between Bruce and Natasha, and you know what? It makes sense. 

Stay with me now. Natasha has a dark past of her own. As she famously said in the first Avengers, “I've got a lot of red in my ledger; I'd like to wipe it out.” Comic book fans know Natasha was subjected to brainwashing in the Red Room as a child, and as a result she became a killer. Unlike the squeaky clean Steve or god of thunder Thor, Natasha's past is dark, and complicated by acts she had no control over.

[Bruce knows a thing or two about that...]

Tue
Apr 21 2015 9:30am

Eve+Roarke 4Ever: Fantasy Casting J.D. Robb’s In Death Series

Angelina Jolie as Lt. Eve Dallas

Every few years talk starts up that J.D. Robb’s In Death series will be optioned for the big screen. With this year’s release of the 40th book in the series, Obsession in Death, this past February, there was once again talk that it was past time to see these characters brought to life. 

Being a fan of the series for almost a decade, some of these characters have taken up long term residence in my brain while others have filled in along the way in “Aha!” moments. Whether or not you might agree with me, I would pay big money to able to see the world of In Death be brought to life on screen exactly like it does every time I pick up a novel.

Angelina Jolie as Lt. Eve Dallas – The series centers on Lt. Eve Dallas, the head of the homicide division of the New York Police and Security Department. Eve was abused and raped as a child by her own father.  She was forced to kill him in self-defense at the age of 8, then she was tossed into an uncaring foster system. Her name was given to her by a social worker and she made it her own. Eve dreamed of becoming a police officer and protecting the innocent. Eve gives her all to find justice for the dead.

[...and find love for herself?]

Thu
Apr 16 2015 4:15pm

Romance News Roundup: Jo Goodman Deal & Han Solo in New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Teaser!

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.

My Steadfast Heart by Jo Goodman—Deal Alert #1: Jo Goodman's My Steadfast Heart is currently free in e-book at e-tailers such as iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.* Goodman's A Place Called Home earned a spot in our Delicious Despair collection, if that helps.

—Deal Alert #2: Jennifer Estep's Touch of Frost and various other books Mythos Academy series are on sale in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & NobleAmazon, and iBookstore.* Here's our First Look review on Touch of Frost.

—We know you know it, Han Solo, but we still love you! A new Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser is here to wreck our productivity:

[+David Duchovny & Ryan Gosling news...]

Wed
Apr 15 2015 3:35pm

Romance News Roundup: Jay Crownover Deals & Sexy Avengers 2?

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.

Rowdy by Jay Crownover—Deal Alert: A few of Jay Crownover's Marked Men novels—including Rome, Rowdy, and Nash—are currently marked down in e-book to between $.99 and $1.99 at e-tailers such as AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iTunes. Look for a First in the Series post this Sunday to introduce you to the Marked Men series if you're new to the books! Until then, you can find all our Jay Crownover coverage here.

H&H blogger Kwana Minatee-Jackson (writing as K.M. Jackson) has announced a new book to be published with Kensington imprint Dafina called Insert Groom Here, about a “Manhattanite dumped on-air [who] attempts to salvage her public persona by participating in the network's new show to find a replacement groom for her original wedding date.”

Orange Is the New Black has been renewed for Season 4 by Netflix!

—Apologies to Black Widow/Halkeye fans, but Attention, Black Widow...Hulk shippers? Joss Whedon obviously doesn't know how a shipper's brain works if, only after the scene was rendered, did he realized how sexy the Hulk/Black Widow scene could be construed in a new Avengers 2: Age of Ultron clip. Now H&H's Heather is in fits over this potential new couple, but Whedon says he can see the appeal of both the instinct-driven Hulk and the intellectual Bruce Banner to the team's femme fatale. What are your thoughts? Do you think this is just a bait-and-switch for the real couple of Avengers 2, or do think this is Whedon's OTP? See Joss Whedon's full “instant commentary” of the scene that certainly got us talking.

Thu
Apr 9 2015 8:13am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Rom-Com?

Romantic comedies are some of the most watched movies on our shelves. We all have our favorites, but what's your first?

Mon
Apr 6 2015 1:00pm

A Couple of (Steam)punks: Top 5 Steampunk Couples from Books, Screen, and Comics!

Today we're thrilled to host Pip Ballantine at Heroes and Heartbreakers. Pip writes steampunk romance along with her husband and writing partner, Tee Morris. Their latest book in the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences series, The Diamond Conspiracy, came out last week. Pip's Eliza and Wellington of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences are an unstoppable duo between Eliza's cunning use of explosives and Wellington's knowledge. Pip is here to talk about other unstoppable steampunk couples that have made a lasting impression on both the silver screen and the page! Thanks, Pip!

Steampunk is a fantastic genre to write in: the corsets, well-suited men, steam-powered contraptions and airships as far as the eye can see. However, all of that is window dressing without truly awesome characters. As a reader, I always want to have a great character to connect with if I am going to spend valuable time with them.

The extra fun is when you find two characters that just click; they can be friends, lovers or even adversaries. You find the banter and tension between them totally addicting, and all you want to do is hang around and see what they will get into together.

Without further ado, I present my favorite steampunk couples...

[Let's get this ball rolling...]

Mon
Mar 23 2015 3:33pm

Romance News Roundup: The Bridgertons and Pretty Woman!

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 Bridgertons: Happily Ever After by Julia Quinn—Julia Quinn's Bridgertons series turns 15 this year, and Bobbi Dumas—writing for NPR—looks back on the family we love dearly. For more fun with the Bridgertons, revel in our Julia Quinn collection.

—We're so close to new episodes of Outlander! Hold on just a bit longer, because come April 4, Chelsea Mueller will be recapping the show weekly so that we can all squee over Jamie/Claire together. In the meantime, keep these ideas in mind and get another fix with this hilarious video of stars Sam Hueghan and Caitriona Balfe reading fan tweets. (Best part may be Balfe's response to a fan wanting to see up Jamie's kilt: “He's my husband, stop trying to see up his kilt, or I'll come after you.” Plus Hueghan's reaction: “Yeah, watch it, she will.”)

Pretty Woman opened in theaters 25 years ago today. Can you believe that?! Did you see it in theaters, and do you find the Julia Roberts/Richard Gere romance as dreamy now as then? Be sure to enjoy ABC News' look back at the movie, including a 1990 interview with Gere and a list of some of the things that'd be different if the movie were being made today (remember the Walkman?!).

Fri
Mar 20 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Scott Eastwood

We've been looking to add to our list of movie boyfriends, and with his appearance in the upcoming Nicholas Sparks' adaptation, The Longest Ride, Scott Eastwood has earned placement on that list! Movies based on Sparks' books are known for having pretty hot leading men—Liam Hemsworth, Zac Efron, and Ryan Gosling, just to name a few!

Today, we're celebrating another hot leading man and dedicating our beefcake to Mr. Eastwood!

[Here's to some great genes...and jeans...]

Thu
Mar 19 2015 4:06pm

Romance News Roundup: Harlequins and Paper Towns!

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.

Baby for Keeps by Janice Maynard—Deal Alert #1: Janice Maynard's Kavanaghs of Silver Glen novel Baby for Keeps is currently $.99 at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.* (For more baby-focused reading suggestions, check out Scarlettleigh's Pregnancy in Romance Novels post.)

—Jezebel's Kelly Faircloth chronicles the history of Harlequin—and how the brand name became almost synonymous with “romance novel.” Her conclusion? “They're fucking fun.” We agree! Kelly has also written some fabulous pieces for H&H, including her list of the Top 10 Phattest Plus-Size Heroines.

—Deal Alert #2: Jasinda Wilder's Falling into You is currently free in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, iBookstore, and Barnes & Noble.* Stop by our Jasinda Wilder tag for more about her books.

[Watch the first trailer for Paper Towns...]

Wed
Mar 18 2015 4:30pm

Why Can’t We Be Friends (With Benefits): A Guide to Friends with Benefits

Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha YoungIn my quest to help all H&H readers out with all their needs, I’ve come up with some helpful advice on “Friends with Benefits” (for street cred, I’m using the acronym FWB). In a nutshell, FWB is when two friends embark upon some kind of mutually fulfilling sexual arrangement without any expectation of a romantic relationship.  It’s all the sweetness of the “friends to lovers” trope with the added sexiness of a no strings attached carnal arrangement.

Some of you may be adventurous enough to consider a practical application of these tips out in the field.  In which case, I wish you the best of luck. But for the more timid, this guide can merely serve as a taste of the zeitgeist, giving you some helpful recommendations on what to read or watch if you want more of the FWB trope. Either way, this post is intended to offer you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about FWB but were too afraid to ask.

1.    It changes the way that friends see each other

In Samantha Young’s Before Jamaica Lane, Liv makes sure to think of her friend Nate in strictly platonic terms:

“Nate would never see me in a sexual way, so there was no point in even allowing my thoughts to go there. I think I knew more about the real Nate than most people did, so it wasn’t hard to put him in the friend zone.”

[But maybe it's hard to keep him there...]

Sun
Mar 15 2015 12:05pm

Shipping Sunday: The DUFF’s Bianca/Wes

Robbie Amell and Mae Whitman in The DUFF

Based on the novel by Kody Keplinger, The DUFF is a charming teen rom-com that has recently won my heart thanks in large part to the charisma Parenthood's Mae Whitman and The Flash's Robbie Amell exude as Bianca and Wes. Even at the beginning of the movie, when Wes is a complete tool toward Bianca and she lets him know it, you sense something between them. And as the minutes pass and the story unfolds, you can't help but start to root for them to find love, given all the delightful banter and genuine warmth between them.

Have you seen the movie and/or read the novel? Did you find yourself 'shipping Bianca/Wes?

[+More cuteness ahead...]

Thu
Mar 12 2015 3:52pm

Romance News Roundup: Outlander at PaleyFest, Castille Deal, and Beyond Series Teaser!

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.

In Your Corner by Sarah Castille—Attention, Outlander fans! Tonight members of the cast and writing team will be attending PaleyFest in L.A. to discuss the show. The best part? Yahoo! will be streaming the whole thing live here.

—Deal Alert: Sarah Castille's In Your Corner (Book 2 in the Redemption series) is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Amazon, iBookstore, and Barnes & Noble.

—Are you O'Kane for Life? Then don't miss the teaser from Beyond Innocence that Kit Rocha posted earlier today!

—If you loved Frozen as much as we—and, okay, much of the world—did, you'll be happy to hear that star Kristen Bell confirms a sequel, Frozen 2, is officially in the works.

—Need a pick-me-up? Watch “bionics expert” Robert Downey, Jr. help deliver a bionic arm to a young boy.

—Ever wonder where Saved By the Bell's Kelly and Zac would be these days? Series star Tiffany Thiessen predicted yesterday in an AMA that “She'd probably be living in the Midwest somewhere, with 5 children probably and Zac Morris, ahahaha!” We're content with that vision—we do love our HEAs.

*Reminder that we don't know how long these deals will last so get 'em while you can!

Fri
Mar 6 2015 1:20pm

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

March | April | May | Printable Version

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?

March



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...]

Thu
Mar 5 2015 4:23pm

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.

Wed
Mar 4 2015 4:36pm

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...]

Mon
Mar 2 2015 9:09am

“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?

Fri
Feb 27 2015 5:30pm

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!

Fri
Feb 20 2015 4:14pm

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!

Wed
Feb 18 2015 4:27pm

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...]