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Jul 2 2015 3:14pm

Romance News Roundup: Jenny’s Wedding & Independence Day Recs!

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.

—Happy Independence Day weekend to my fellow Americans! Team H&H will be taking a long holiday weekend, so the Romance News Roundup will be taking a brief hiatus, back on Monday.

—Katherine Heigl's Jenny is looking forward to marrying Alexis Bledel's Kitty in the film Jenny's Wedding, which looks lovely:

—BookBub offers up book recommendations for your Fourth of July weekend whether you're in the mood for Revolutionary War/Independence Day reads or lighter fare for sunbathing at the beach.

—Deal Alert #1: Nothing says summer lovin' like a road trip, seduction, and Miami, and that's exactly what you'll find in Rachel Gibson's Run to You. It's currently on sale in e-only at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Get a taste of the action in our First Look of Run to You. *

*We don't know how long these deals will last so get them before they're gone!

Jun 26 2015 2:00pm

Magic Mike XXL is Bigger, Better, Bawdier, and Bomerier

Magic Mike XXL

Note: This post is made up of SPOILERS for the movie Magic Mike XXL.

With 110 percent more self-awareness, silliness, and skin, Magic Mike XXL casts the spell that 2012's Magic Mike couldn't quite muster. It's going to be a common observation: This is exactly what people wanted from the moody, artsy, and oftentimes slow first film. There's a scene early on in which Channing Tatum's affable Mike shows up in a stiff suit and is immediately tossed into a pool by a naked Joe Manganiello. “Okay, we get it, this is a movie about a bunch of male exotic dancers,” the movie is saying to viewers. “We're diving right in!” Stripped of pretension and clothes, the cast gets to have a blast, and so does everyone watching. I don't think our screening audience at New York's Loews Village 7 theater stopped laughing and cheering once. The script is as hilarious as the actors are naked.   

***Again, this post contains spoilers.***

[Hotter abs, biceps, and more erotic dance moves for fans...]

Jun 19 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Jurassic Men

Chris Pratt plays Owen in Jurassic World

Jurassic World hit theathers last week and fans were left quite entertained—how could one not gush over Chris Pratt or freak out over those huge dinosaurs?

In 1993's Jurassic Park, all eyes were on Jeff Goldblum (and of course the T-Rex). That movie truly changed our minds about what heroic men looked like and how sexy a hero could look without a gun or two.

On the other hand, this year's Jurassic World has given us a tight-shirt-wearing hero, weapons, and one giant genetically engineered dinosaur.

What I'm saying is this: It may be time to talk the men of Jurassic Park vs. the men of Jurassic World. H&H would love to hear your thoughts on Jurassic World and the gorgeous men in both films, so leave your comments below!

[The men of Jurassic just got hotter...]

Jun 16 2015 4:45pm

Romance News Roundup: Tillie Cole’s Scarred Souls, Jackie Ashenden 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.

Talking Dirty with the CEO by Jackie Ashenden—Deal Alert: Jackie Ashenden's Talking Dirty with the CEO is currently free in e-book at Barnes & NobleiBookstore, and Amazon.* Get a feel for Ashenden's writing with excerpts from four of her romances here.

—If you've ever wanted a pocket-size Jamie Fraser for your very own, here's your chance! In October, toy company Original Funko will be releasing a line of Outlander figures, but today you can see the “glam shots” for Claire, Jamie, Dougal, Frank, and Black Jack. Will one or more of these guys be gracing your desk come the fall? For all things Outlander, head over here.

Tillie Cole has announced a 4-book deal for the Scarred Souls series, including the previously released (and formerly standalone) novel Raze, meaning we'll see much more of the Russian Bratva and of Raze/Kisa's love story. Check out our Tille Cole posts here and watch this space for more info as we get it about the Scarred Souls 'verse.

Cosmopolitan says Jamie Dornan is reportedly being offered a $1.5 million bonus plus creative control of the scene(s) to go full frontal as Christian Grey in Fifty Shades Darker. Not sure what to think about that—you?

Pitch Perfect 3 is officially a go with both Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson set to return. So I guess I know where I'll be on July 21, 2017.

—Over at The Mary Sue, author Maya Rodale is doing the genre proud, talking “Smart Tropes in Sexy Books: Positive Characterization and Good Romance Novels.”

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

Jun 12 2015 12:00pm

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

Summer Romance 2015 calendar

June | July | August | 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 June 2015 through August 2015.

What are your most anticipated romance of the season?


Unreal (television)
“Bad people make good TV.” With a tagline like that, we’re already in! This drama centered on a team of cutthroat producers for a dating competition show (think The Bachelor) features Shiri Appleby (Roswell) as overworked freelancer Rachel.

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

Jun 12 2015 8:05am

Will You See Jurassic World?

Some people believe you should leave the classics alone, no questions asked. For many, both the original Jurassic Park movie and book by Michael Crichton of the same name, are one of those classics that shouldn't be messed with.

However, because we live in a world where the classics are messed with, rebooted, reimagined, and more—and because Chris Pratt is looking pretty darn sexy—we want to know if you'll be seeing Jurassic World this weekend...or have you already for those who went to a midnight showing? 

Why are you seeing it? What are you hoping for and what did you actually get out of it? Let us know!

Jun 9 2015 4:05pm

Romance News Roundup: Mockingjay Trailer & Erin Knightley 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 first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 2 is here! What do you think? Have you been keeping up with the films? Will you see the conclusion to the story? Here's all our Hunger Games coverage (books and movies) in one place.

—Deal Alert #1: Jane Porter's contemporary The Tycoon's Kiss is currently free in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon.* Visit our Jane Porter tag for more.

—Deal Alert #2: Erin Knightley's historical romance Flirting with Fortune is $1.99 in e-book right now from iBookstore, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other e-tailers.* Read up on Erin Knightley's other books here.

ETA: The first image of David Duchovny on the set of The X-Files has emerged! He looks damn fine, if I may say so. Come celebrate the return of The X-Files with me here.

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

May 22 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: The Mad Max: Fury Road Crew

Tom Hardy in Mad Max: Fury Road

Mad Max: Fury Road is not the typical movie we cover on Heroes and Heartbreakers...but when hot guys and adrenaline-pumping situations are involved, you can bet we're going to make an appearance. These men (and women) make dirty look sexy! Tom Hardy as Mad Max himself would be enough enticement, but underneath all that makeup is another cinematic hottie—Nicholas Hoult as Nux! 

(With a special cameo appearance from Charlize Theron as Imperator Furiosa, just ’cause she looks pretty badass too.)

Are you going to see Mad Max: Fury Road this weekend? What did you think of it? 

[The Mad Max crew is furiously hot...]

May 22 2015 3:41pm

Romance News Roundup: Laura Florand and Carolyn Brown Deals!

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 Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand—Deal Alert #1: Laura Florand's contemporary The Chocolate Touch (Amour et Chocolat, Book 4) is currently $2.99 in e-book at e-tailers such as Barnes & Noble and Amazon.* The Chocolate Touch was one of several books explored in Kate Rothwell's “How Sweet It Is!: Chocolate in Romance Novels,” just in case you're not already craving a sweet treat...

My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2, billed as a “bigger, fatter wedding,” is really actually happening and now even has a release date: March 25, 2016.

—Deal Alert #2: Carolyn Brown's contemporary Western Honky Tonk Angel is currently $.99 in e-book at Amazon.* For more, read excerpts from four other Carolyn Brown romances here.

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

May 19 2015 5:00pm

Top 7 Ballsy Women in Movies, TV, and Novels (and Why We Need More!)

Atonement by Winter Austin

Today we're thrilled to have Winter Austin on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Winter writes ballsy women—Nic, the heroine of her upcoming book, Atonement, which came out yesterday, is a former marine sniper suffering from PTSD. Nic doesn't want to accept anyone's help and is reluctant to do so when a string of suspicious suicides strike her small town. Winter is here today to talk about other ballsy women in fiction and why we need more of them! Thanks, Winter!

In Hollywood and in fiction, the “Strong Female Character” is finally having her heyday and it’s about time. The world of movies, television shows, and novels are now rife with women who take center stage and take care of business after years of only being sidelined as the love interest or the damsel in distress.

But when executed poorly, this kind of characterization can result in women who are written to behave like men. It’s still somewhat rare to find a great story that offers us a fully realized, complex kickass lady who isn’t emotionless or one-dimensional.

So here are seven favorite strong-willed, independent-minded and tough-as-nails fictional ladies who aren’t afraid to get in touch with their feminine side open up and be vulnerable and caring when it counts. They might have balls but they also have heart, and that’s something we definitely need more of in our movies, TV and books.

[Meet the Ballsy Women of Movies, TV, and Novels...]

May 8 2015 8:04am

Write the Rom-Com: Playing It Cool Trailer

Playing It Cool, starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan (who, it seems, is sadly doomed to wear awful wedding dresses in all her rom-coms—looking at you too, Made of Honor), sees its wide release today. This film once again poses the age-old question of whether men and women can be friends, without sex getting in the way.

Will you be seeing Playing It Cool? What do you think Chris Evans' character could learn about romance?

May 7 2015 4:19pm

Romance News Roundup: The Mindy Project, Mary Jo Putney, 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.

Mindy and Danny in The Mindy Project Season 3The Mindy Project has been canceled by FOX and we are devastated here at Team H&H, big fans of Mindy/Danny that we are. And yet, there may be a bright light at the end of the tunnel—multiple Hollywood journalists are reporting that Hulu has expressed interest in acquiring the series. The best news? They may even pick it up for two seasons at once! Fingers crossed...

—In happier TV news, iZombie has been renewed for Season 2 and Orphan Black will be back for Season 4! We've loved hearing your thoughts on Liv's romantic options in iZombie this week...

—Deal Alert #1: Rosalind James's Reality Show Western romance Welcome to Paradise is currently free in e-book at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.*

—Deal Alert #2: Mary Jo Putney's classic The Rake is currently $1.99 in e-book (as is Never Less Than a Lady, by the way) at Amazon.* Dig into all our Mary Jo Putney-related content here.

[+Chris Hemsworth nearly nude, yes, please!...]

May 7 2015 9:30am

His Bark is Worse Than His Bite: Much-Loved Beauty and the Beast Retellings

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas Today we're thrilled to welcome Sarah J. Maas to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sarah's latest book, A Court of Thorns and Roses, came out on Tuesday and features a young huntress offered up to a vicious beast—that's right, it's a Beauty and the Beast reimagining! Sarah is here today to talk about the Beauty and the Beast retellings that reign supreme in her heart. Thanks, Sarah!

So, one of my earliest memories is seeing Beauty and the Beast in a movie theater. My parents’ friend had tickets to the New York premiere, and wanted to bring me along as her plus one. It all went well—until that scene where Maurice nearly gets eaten by wolves. Cue one of the most massive, epic flip-outs I’ve ever had—so bad that my parents’ poor friend had to haul me out of the theater and bring me home.

A few weeks later, my grandmother came to visit and wanted to see the film… So I was dragged to the theater again. And when that scene came on the screen, I literally crawled under the seat, sobbing, begging my grandma to take me home. My grandma, being awesome and pretty no-nonsense, refused, and told me to stick it out—she promised me that everything would be fine and that there would be a happy ending to it all.

[We like those sorts of guarantees...]

May 5 2015 3:49pm

Romance News Roundup: Kresley Cole’s Sweet Ruin, Jeaniene Frost Teaser, 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.

Sweet Ruin by Kresley ColeKresley Cole's Sweet Ruin, Book 16 in the Immortals After Dark series and the followup to Dark Skye, has a cover! Who is that on the cover, do you think? Whose story are you hoping to see told next? More details (including an official description) as we get them, of course. In the meantime, feel free to speculate away with us on this and/or who would be perfect for Nix when she gets her own book...

Follow up 6/3/15: Cover copy has been released for Sweet Ruin, find out the couple here. 

—Jeaniene Frost has shared a teaser for her next Broken Destiny release, The Sweetest Burn. Read the snippet here.

—Lori Handeland's Nightcreature novella Red Moon Rising has been published as a standalone e-book (it was previously part of the anthology Stroke of Midnight). Next month, in June, she launches the Sisters of the Craft trilogy—In the Air Tonight, Heat of the Moment, and Smoke on the Water—which will be released in back-to-back months this summer. See the spellbinding (see what I did there?) covers here.

—Avon Books has announced that Avon FanLit—a writing challenge in which aspiring authors “have the chance to write, read and vote for five chapters of a historical romance” with tips from the likes of Julia Quinn, Lorraine Heath, Tessa Dare, and Beverly Jenkins—is back! Avon is partnering with JukePop to kickstart the program again, and the storytelling portion starts May 8, with the grand prize winner being announced on July 20. Avonfanlit.com has all the details.

[+Star Wars and Avengers odds and ends...]

May 5 2015 2:00pm

Will You Fake Marry Me?: 3 Ways You Might Find Yourself in a Fake Engagement

50 Ways to Ruin a Rake by Jade LeeToday we're thrilled to have Jade Lee on the site. Jade's latest book, 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake starts with a fake engagement—but might end with a real one! Jade is here today to talk about the three ways you might find yourself in a fake engagement, and loving it! Thanks, Jade!

In my magical thinking, all engagements–even fake ones–end up with the couple deeply in love and living happily ever after. After many hysterical trials and tribulations, of course. But we all know that engagements often fall apart for one reason or another.

The Old Switcheroo

When I was younger, a pair of identical twins were in my girl scout troop. As much as I tried I couldn’t tell one from the other and they did, occasionally, pretend to be the other. When I was young, I loved reading those twin substitution books especially Georgette Heyer’s False Colors. The prospective groom is away when it comes time to meet the bride’s very important grandmother. So the other twin steps in and the romance is off and running with the wrong twin falling in love with the bride.

[You can always rely on family...]

May 4 2015 3:59pm

Romance News Roundup: Royal Baby, Marsha Canham 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.

Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham—Deal Alert #1: Marsha Canham's Robin Hood Trilogy #1, Through a Dark Mist, is currently $.99 in e-book from e-tailers such as iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.* Read up on all our Marsha Canham posts here.

—Great Britain has a new Royal Baby! Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana (!!!!) of Cambridge was born over the weekend, and she's pretty adorable. Awww.

—Deal Alert #2: All three books in Rebekah Weatherspoon's Fit trilogy—Fit, Tamed, and Sated—are currently priced at $.99 in e-book at e-tailers including AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Read Jessica Moro's spotlight on Fit here. (Full disclosure: Rebekah Weatherspoon is also a Heroes and Heartbreakers blogger.)

[+Saturday Night Live's Black Widow: Age of Me trailer...]

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!

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...]

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?]

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...]