<i>The Purest Hook</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Purest Hook: Exclusive Excerpt Scarlett Cole "Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters..." <i>In Sickness and In Elf</i>: Exclusive Excerpt In Sickness and In Elf: Exclusive Excerpt AE Jones "Placing her down gently, he pushed a silky strand of hair..." <i>Tangled</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Tangled: Exclusive Excerpt Kate Douglas "The need was so primal, so visceral, it left her shaken..." <i>The Girl from Summer Hill</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Girl from Summer Hill: Exclusive Excerpt Jude Deveraux "He stood there staring at her, saying nothing..."
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May 3, 2016
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Captain America vs. Iron Man: Which Side Are You On?
Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi
April 28, 2016
At Home: Julian Fellowes’ Belgravia, Episode 4
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April 28, 2016
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Abigail Strom
Tue
May 3 2016 8:33am

How Many Books Do You Read in a Week?

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Spring has sprung, kind of. Many children are on their way back from Spring Break, while many more are looking forward to having summer off very soon. And during that time, that means a lot of reading can get done! However, it's the adults we're concerned with here at H&H. Do you find you get more or less reading done during the summer? How many books can you read in a week? Does your average shift from winter to summer? 

Let us know in the comments!

Tue
May 3 2016 9:30am

First Look: Valerie Bowman’s The Untamed Earl (May 3, 2016)

The Untamed Earl by Valerie Bowman

Valerie Bowman
The Untamed Earl (Playful Brides #5)
St. Martin's Press / May 3, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

Valerie Bowman's Playful Brides series continues with The Untamed Earl. It's a retelling of The Taming of the Shrew—with some twists.

Lord Owen Monroe is a rake of the highest order. Living up to his father’s disappointment and low expectations has been Owen’s mission since he was forced to leave Eton. Family squabbles and misunderstandings aside, Owen must find a wife and settle down if he wishes to see another dime of his allowance. Enter Lady Lavinia Hobbs. If Owen is the veritable rake, Lavinia takes shrewdness to a new level. And Lavinia and Owen’s parents have it all planned out: Owen must make Lavinia fall in love with him. This would be all fine and dandy, if it weren’t for the fact Alexandra Hobbs, Lavinia’s younger sister, is head over heels in love with Owen. And Owen much prefers the younger sister to the elder.

And so a deception begins. Alex will help Owen woo her sister in exchange for a dance at the ton balls with Owen in order to bolster her reputation after a dismal first season. With more attention from the men of the ton, perhaps she could secure the interest from the man of her dreams. Of course we know that man is Owen, and what fun it is to watch as the story unravels. Even though Owen is clueless of Alex’s feelings, it is only a matter of time before he realizes he is courting the wrong sister.

He shrugged casually. “I don’t know. You seem a bit…anxious.”

“Anxious? Me? No!” Again, the words were uttered far too quickly, and her chest was rising and falling rapidly, indicating that her breathing was increasing. Though he had to admit he was enjoying the view of her décolletage, which was on full display…

“Not anxious?” he asked, slowing their pace a bit, hoping to put her at ease.

“N-n-not at all.” She pushed up her chin, and Owen had to give her a mental point for her bravery. She was clearly filled with nerves but didn’t want to admit it.

[You have permission to woo me Lord Monroe ...]

Mon
May 2 2016 5:00pm

First Look: Mary Alice Monroe’s A Lowcountry Wedding (May 3, 2016)

A Lowcountry Wedding by Mary Alice Monroe

Mary Alice Monroe
A Lowcountry Wedding (Lowcountry Summer)
Gallery / May 3, 2016 / $16.00 print, $11.99 digital

Nothing could be more enchanting than a summer wedding—or two!—in Charleston’s fabled lowcountry. A centuries-old plantation, an avenue of ancient oaks dripping moss, a storied ballroom, a sand dune at sunset … it’s all picture perfect, and half-sisters Dora, Carson, and Harper and their grandmother Marietta “Mamaw” Muir couldn’t be more excited. Venues are booked, favors selected, and delectable cakes tasted. What could possibly go wrong?



The answer, the Muir clan is soon to find out, is everything. Carson can’t wait to be Blake’s bride, until she realizes it means giving up her freedom … Harper makes a discovery that will change the course of her and Taylor’s lives, not to mention their impending wedding … and a newly unfettered Dora has no plans to walk down the aisle at all—but she just might, if Devlin has anything to say about it.

Just when it seems things couldn’t get more complicated for the Muir sisters, a stranger arrives bearing a long-held family secret that has the potential to upend even the most carefully laid-out plans. With the weddings mere weeks away and the sisters in flux, it’s up to Mamaw to come to the rescue and see her Summer Girls through to their very own happily-ever-afters.

When a series ends and an unintended sequel follows, will it be perfunctory, saccharine, or simply unnecessary? These scenarios occur all too often. Luckily, Mary Alice Monroe’s A Lowcountry Wedding wraps up her “Summer Girls” series tidily but also satisfyingly and not easily.

With Mamaw happily ensconced in Lucille’s old cottage, Sea Breeze is now a reflection of its new chatelaine, Harper, whose wedding to Taylor is some two months away. Her book is soon to be published, she’s deliriously happy and in full-out housewife mode. Taylor’s support is a constant, but when Granny James arrives from England and insists upon a prenup, the couple must confront how Harper’s money will affect their marriage.

[More money, more problems...]

Mon
May 2 2016 4:37pm

Buzz Books & Julie Ann Walker Deal: Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Hell or High Water by Julie Ann WalkerDeal Alert: Julie Ann Walker's Deep Six romantic suspense novel Hell or High Water is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* If you like Sons of Anarchy's Jax Teller, Walker's gritty romances, with their larger-than-life alpha heroes, may be the books for you...

Deal Alert: Katee Robert's marriage-of-convenience contemporary The Marriage Contract is only $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* “A marriage of convenience spawned because of a desire for protection or power brings forward an element of danger that only ups the sexiness factor as far as I’m concerned,” writes Robert in her 2015 guest post “Marraige Contracts as Business Contracts in Romance Novels.”

Deal Alert: Brenda Novak's small-town contemporary When Summer Comes is a bargain at $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Why do we love small-town romances so much? Scarlettleigh investigates.

[+Buzz Books samplers, will Castle kill Beckett? and more...]

Mon
May 2 2016 2:15pm

Secret Keeper Shelf: The Best Kept Secret Identities in Romance

Temptation of a Wallflower by Eva Leigh

Today we're thrilled to welcome author Eva Leigh to the site. Eva's recent release of Temptation of a Wallflower came out on April 26 and features a hero and heroine who have been keeping secrets from each other—big secrets! We love a good secret (in romance) and Eva is here to talk about some of the most memorable secret-keepers in romance! Thanks, Eva!

P.S. SPOILER warning: In case the title didn't make it obvious, secrets will be revealed—that means spoilers will abound too, read with caution!

Is there anything more delicious than a secret identity? We have been obsessed with secret selves for hundreds of years—from The Scarlet Pimpernel to Batman, we love to watch a hero or heroine keep their true identity hidden, especially from their loved ones. When will the secret come out? What will happen when the truth is discovered?

Naturally, when thinking of a romance character with a secret identity, I can’t help but think of Elizabeth Hoyt’s Maiden Lane series. In 18th century London, a masked avenger known as the Ghost of St. Giles prowls the streets, righting wrongs and protecting the innocent. I won’t spoil the books to reveal just which character (or characters) dons the mask each night. If you’re looking for a very hot, deeply addicting series, then look no further.

[But we can actually keep looking, right?]

Mon
May 2 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Mary Balogh’s Only Beloved (May 3, 2016)

Only Beloved by Mary Balogh

Mary Balogh
Only Beloved (Survivors Club #7)
Signet / May 3, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital

For the first time since the death of his wife, the Duke of Stanbrook is considering remarrying and finally embracing happiness for himself. With that thought comes the treasured image of a woman he met briefly a year ago and never saw again. 

Dora Debbins relinquished all hope to marry when a family scandal left her in charge of her younger sister. Earning a modest living as a music teacher, she’s left with only an unfulfilled dream. Then one afternoon, an unexpected visitor makes it come true.

For both George and Dora that brief first encounter was as fleeting as it was unforgettable. Now is the time for a second chance. And while even true love comes with a risk, who are two dreamers to argue with destiny?

With Only Beloved, Mary Balogh finishes her delightful and moving Survivor’s Club Series, with the long-awaited story of George, the Duke of Stanbrook, who founded the group. After the death of his son in the Napoleonic Wars and subsequent suicide of his wife, George turned his Cornwall estate into a hospital for survivors of the war and a group of seven became especially close. These dear friends have recovered from their wounds—both physical and emotional—and the last one has just gotten married.

Was it downright contrary of him to be feeling ever so slightly depressed this morning? They had moved on with their lives, those six, and left him behind. And what a blasted pathetic, selfpitying thought that was. He was lonely, damn it. To the marrow of his bones and the depths of his soul.

[Don't be lonely, George!]

Mon
May 2 2016 11:15am

Here Comes the Baby Carriage: Mothers to Look Up to in Inspirational Romance

Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin

We are doubtless all familiar with the playground chant that describes the road to maternity—first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes you with the baby carriage. While modern mothers may choose to forgo the second part of this childhood rhyme, most roads to motherhood do still start with the initial step: first comes love.

Reminding us of just how wonderfully fun and exciting that first step to parenthood is are some recent releases from Inspirational romance authors, just in time to celebrate Mom on her special day.

First Comes Love

Two people burned in the past find that love can be an Anchor in the Storm by Sarah Sundin’s latest novel. Lillian Avery is a woman in a man’s world. One of the few female pharmacists to graduate from her class she knows she only got a job because Pearl Harbor meant the men are all enlisting for the War. She heads to Boston determined to prove that the she may have gotten the position because the boss was desperate but she’ll keep it due to merit.

Ensign Archer Vandenberg went against his family’s wishes when he joined the Naval Academy and set out to sea. A rich man, he wants nothing to do with the trappings of wealth and is bitter that women seem more interested in his pocketbook than his character. Then he meets Lillian and begins to hope that not all women are gold diggers.

This woman wasn’t like the society girls angling for the best husband or the shopgirls digging for gold.

Not Lillian Avery. She’d gone to college to learn, not to snag a man. She had a career and plans and dreams and didn’t need Arch Vandenberg or his wealth. And his good looks and charm didn’t seem to affect her.

If he could win the heart of a woman like her, it wouldn’t be due to his name or looks or money, but due to who he was inside.

[Isn't that what we all want?...]

Mon
May 2 2016 9:30am

First Look: Monica Murphy’s Never Let You Go (May 3, 2016)

Never Let You Go by Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy
Never Let You Go (Never Tear Us Apart #2)
Bantam / May 3, 2016 / $16.00 print, $5.99

Dear Ms. Murphy,

I cursed you several times for making Never Tear Us Apart into a two-book series. But I understand. Now that I have finished Never Let You Go, I have forgiven you.

Never Let You Go picks up right where Never Tear Us Apart ends. For those of you who have not read Never Tear Us Apart, be forewarned, there are some spoilers from that book in this review.

At the start of Never Let You Go, Katie and Ethan/Will are separated now that Katie knows Ethan’s true identity as Will Monroe—the boy who saved her life. We feel the conflict that Katie has regarding Ethan, absorbing the love she still craves from him and the hurt from his deception.

I meet his gaze for the briefest moment and I can feel him. Feel his presence, his strengths, his weaknesses, but most of all I feel him unequivocal yearning reaching toward me. The yearning he feels for me. For this.

For us.

My traitorous body answers, everything within me growing warm and loose. I quickly turn away, my breath short, my hear thumping like a wild thing, the blood roaring in my ears. One look at him, one single moment of our gazes meeting, and I’m lost. His hold on me is so incredibly baffling, so unbelievably dangerous, I’m not sure what to do.

I don’t know how to resist, even though I know I should.

[Picking up where we left off ...]

Mon
May 2 2016 8:45am

Frenemies in Romance—The Characters We Love to Hate?

I stumbled upon a recent post in which people wrote to the frenemies who had passively aggressively “supported them” through years of friendship. The notes were refreshing, empowering, and embodied everything you would like to say to our frenemies. The concept, especially to our younger selves, is one that is so familiar that we find it quite often in fiction. If the heroine has a friend, she's either hyper supportive... or the gateway to a breakthrough for the heroine when she realize this friend was actually an enemy all along. 

What do you think about the concept of the “frenemy” both in fiction and in real life? When we portray female friendship in romance, do you like seeing all sides of female friendship—from the faithful best friend to the “enemy that you keep around because you live in a small town and you can't not be friends with her”? Or do you think the presence of the frenemy in female friendship perpetuates the myth that it's “ok” to be mean?

Let us know in the comments!  

Sun
May 1 2016 3:30pm

“We Could Name Him Lambert”: Outlander 2x04 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 4, “Le Dame Blanche” (SPOILERS for the episode ahead, of course)
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x04 Captains Log

Last week’s episode was kind of a bummer all around. Jamie and Claire spent far too much time apart, and within those spaces secrets found their way between them. Claire now knows that Black Jack Randall is alive, but she hasn’t yet had the heart to tell Jamie. He’s still battling nightmares, after all, and she really wants her husband back. Jamie’s PTSD isn’t going to go away the way everyone would like, but her 1940s medical experience probably doesn’t tell her that.

However, we ended the last episode on a bright note. And in this week’s episode will be hosting a dinner party for Jacobite leaders. Will this be their chance to change history? At the very least it’s our chance to see Claire in more great clothes.

With that said, let’s dive into Season 2, Episode 4, “La Dame Blanche.”

[Yes, let's...]

Sun
May 1 2016 2:00pm

Ship Just Got Real in Captain America: Civil War—Time To Decide Your Side (Part 2 of 2)

Team Cap vs Team Iron Man Part 2 gif

Team H&H is having its own Civil War among our bloggers as two of our most die-hard superhero fans, Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi, take a side in Captain America: Civil War. Today they're offering up their State of the Ship for each side, but look back on their opening argument to decide your decide, as they detail what their side winning or losing could mean for the ships we've come to love in the Marvel Universe. 

Team Captain America (Pen):

In the opening argument of the #TeamIronMan post, Sahara delves into members of the team and reasons why they are on Tony’s side, including being haunted by past mistakes, much like Tony. #TeamIronMan sees this as a good thing but I see it as another reason to not be on #TeamIronMan. Tony causing the rift amongst the heroes is doing more than just pitting them against one another; he’s also jeopardizing a few of the bromances and romances amongst the teams. Our heroes splitting up when there is an imminent danger to the planet on the horizon (don’t forget Thanos is on his way!) is bad enough but the thought of these relationships falling apart causes me even more distress. Let’s check in on how Civil War may affect a few of the ‘ships I have a vested interest in. Gif via asparkshinesbright

[Let's now hear from #TeamIronMan ...]

Sun
May 1 2016 12:11pm
Original Story

The Purest Hook: Exclusive Excerpt

Scarlett Cole

The Purest Hook by Scarlett Cole

Can a love built on secrets survive?

Rugged, hot, and rock hard, Dred Zander is exactly the type of man that normally sends Pixie running. Not dreaming about running her hands down his washboard abs...and lower. The lead singer and guitarist for the band Preload embodies trouble behind his quick smile and guarded eyes, and Pixie left trouble behind her years ago along with the name Sarah Jane Travers and the pathetic trailer her mom called home. With her abusive past in her past, she has a new life, a new family at Second Circle, and a dream of opening her own business. She needs capital and time. What she doesn't need is a tempting long-haired rocker or the paparazzi that follow him around.

But Dred has other ideas. Pixie's sweet hazel eyes, purple hair and kaleidoscopic tattoo of exotic flowers that swirl up her arm haunt his dreams, and he knows she wants him too. He just has to convince her. But as a juicy exposé threatens to expose their pasts, and a blackmailer terrorizes their present, Pixie and Dred have to decide what really matters and fight like hell to keep it.

Get a sneak peek at Scarlett Cole's The Purest Hook (available May 3, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

Had it really been seven years?

Sarah-Jane “Pixie” Travers sat down in the entryway to Second Circle Tattoos, the studio she managed, and ran her fingertips along the gray slate. It was impossible to believe that seven years to the day, the first day of April ironically, she’d been reborn on this floor. Not that she remembered too much of it. Sure, she could still recall how cool the tiles had felt against her itching skin, but she had long-since buried the sensations of nausea, and her concerted effort to forget the shame of suffering uncontrollable tremors had been successful.

Working through the humiliation of throwing up at the feet of the two men who would become her saviours had taken longer. There would never be a way to repay Trent and Cujo, her bosses, for saving her life that day.

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Sat
Apr 30 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Brenda Rothert’s Blown Away (May 3, 2016)

Brenda Rothert
Blown Away 
LoveSwept / May 3, 2016 / $2.99

I love the premise of Brenda Rothert’s latest new adult romance, Blown Away. Unique setting? Check. Second chance at love? Check. Fun supportive characters? Check.

Blown Away follows a group of tornado chasers across the Midwest and I’m happy to say, this is the first romance book I’ve read with this premise. In particular, we fall in love with Drew and Aiden, though I’m hoping Rothert has several more books in mind for the supporting characters.

Always the one to make sure her siblings were taken care of and successful in their pursuit of higher education, Drew McGovern decides to finally put herself first. A year since her fiancé, Colby, passed away from a car accident, Drew runs into Murph, Colby's fearless tornado-chasing team leader and head researcher. On a whim, Drew decides to join Murph’s team after he extends the invitation.

Also part of the twister team is Aiden O’Neal, Colby’s best friend since childhood. Drew loved Colby, but knows she needs to live in the present. It's not until she gets paired with Aiden do Drew’s hormones decide to return from their extended vacation.

I crawled under the sheet on my bunk, trying to process my feelings: embarrassment, jealousy and arousal that just wouldn’t quit. My sex drive was back after a year-long break, though the timing was awful.

Not to mention…Aiden? I’d never thought of him that way, and now I couldn’t stop thinking of him.

[A natural force is pulling these two together ...]

Sat
Apr 30 2016 12:04pm
Excerpt

In Sickness and In Elf: Exclusive Excerpt

AE Jones

In Sickness and In Elf by AE Jones

Meet Alex Bennett—wedding phobic in a family of wedding planners. Not the best combination, but being left at the altar can wreak havoc on one’s self-esteem. When Alex’s grandmother requests her help with a high-profile wedding, Alex sets aside her fears to attend. But when the bride runs away, and her grandmother’s business faces ruin, Alex will do whatever it takes to uncover the truth. Even when the truth leads to sabotaged weddings and a runaway bride who isn’t human. The last thing Alex needs to deal with is the overbearingly handsome man brought in to lead the investigation.

Meet Devin Cole—a paranormal with no powers. Guilty until proven innocent, his powers have been rescinded until his upcoming trial, which he should be preparing for. He doesn’t have time for a runaway bride case. But the bride is a supermodel who also happens to be supernatural, so he and his team must handle damage control. The last thing Devin needs to deal with is a tempting woman who insists on being part of the investigation…and has half the horny supernatural male population chasing after her.

But with humans and supernaturals bent on destroying each other, Alex and Devin must put aside their differences and work together. Can Devin protect Alex and defeat the enemy without his powers? And now that Alex knows supernaturals do exist, can she once again believe in a fairy-tale happily ever after?

Get a sneak peek at AE Jones's In Sickness and In Elf (available May 2, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Devin grabbed Alex’s arm to steady her when she stumbled backward.

“You okay?”

Her caramel eyes widened and she jerked her arm away. “Yes. If you’ll excuse me, I’m…late for a date.”

“Really?” He checked her over. She was wearing sweatpants, a T-shirt that said “Sometimes a cigar IS just a cigar” and flip-flops. He couldn’t help grinning at her ridiculous attempt to lie.

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Fri
Apr 29 2016 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Can You Guess Where These Hotties Are From?

Do you ever look at a man and say to yourself, “He's from the Midwest, upstate New York, or the sunny side of California?” It's something about the way he talks, dresses, and says hello. Perhaps the way he bobs his head or what he likes to eat. Well, H&H has rounded up some of the hottest guys from some of the most popular places in the world and the United States. Can you guess where they are from?

*Birthplace revealed at the end of post.

[Is he Midwestern, Irish, or just “hot hot hot”? ...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 4:00pm

Cowboy & Baron Deals + Prince Harry is Very Amusing: Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Deal Alert: Maisey Yates' contemporary Part Time Cowboy is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* You can find a Yates hero named in Rhyll Biest's “10 Romance Heroes You'll Want Between Your Covers.”

Deal Alert: Erin Knightley's historical The Baron Next Door is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Knightley's debut, More Than a Stranger, made it into guest author Valerie Bowman's roundup of historical debuts to watch in 2012.

Fresh Outta the Oven

We didn't elect President Barack Obama for his acting skills, nor do we love the British royal family for theirs, however, I'm currently flailing in my office chair at the cute levels that are being overloaded right now. In the cutest video ever, Prince Harry explains the Invictus Game brochure to his grandmother. Yes, any other day, she's Queen Elizabeth, but in this video she can't be called anything else but Grandma. The video is interrupted by an iMessage from FLOTUS—“Oh look, a message from Michelle, how very amusing”—telling the Royals to “Bring It” for the Invictus Games. I wasn't planning on tuning in before, but I'm very tempted now! See the full video and hear the Queen of England say “Oh, really. Please,” and tell us you're not flailing at the cute too!

[+C.J. Cregg briefs the press (you read that right)...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 3:00pm

Captain America vs. Iron Man: Which Side Are You On? Part 1 of 2

Captain American #Team Cap vs Iron Man #TeamIronMan in Civil War

Team H&H is having its own Civil War among our bloggers as two of our most die-hard superhero fans, Pen Singleton and Sahara Hoshi, take a side in Captain America: Civil War. Today they're offering up their opening arguments for each side, but come back on Sunday as they detail what their side winning or losing could mean for the ships we've come to love in the Marvel Universe. 

We are about a week away from Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and I (Pen Singleton) could not be more ready!  In case you haven’t seen any of my other Marvel posts, here’s a quick rundown of my credentials.  I have a tendency to obsess and it comes into play very strongly with the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  I have seen most of the movies multiple times in the theater.  And, when I say multiple, I don’t mean two or three.  I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the theater ten times. And, thus far, I’ve seen The Avengers in the theater twenty times. And I say “thus far” because I already have my ticket for the Ultimate Captain America Marathon on May 5, the day before the release of Captain America: Civil War.  I will be in the movie theater at 8am to watch a 15 hour marathon consisting of both previous Captain American movies and both Avengers movies before the premiere of Captain America: Civil War. So, I know a bit about these movies and have extremely strong feelings about the battle at the heart of the new movie that will pit all of the Marvel heroes we’ve seen in movies since 2008’s Iron Man against one another: Team Iron Man vs Team Captain America.

[Pick your side ...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 1:30pm

On Hiddlesbum and Favorite Tropes: Comments That Made Our Week

Community SpotlightWe at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!


Lisaione, who had to discuss Hiddles with her roomies. Right. Now. 

Lisaione in 7 Reasons to Binge-Watch The Night Manager—Starting with Hiddlesbum:

I just watched episode 1 last night and immediately sought out my roommates to insist they watch also. Alas binging not a possibility.


Willaful, who sees what Star Wars is doing over there *side eyes George Lucas*

Willaful in The Force (of Attraction) is Strong: 6 Reasons Rey/Kylo Ren Have Shipping Potential in Star Wars.

“Why was the line 'You know I can take whatever I want' added in the script when it has obvious sexual undertones to it, if they were to be related/not have their dynamic further explored?”

It wouldn't be the first time the series has flirted with incest.

[More discussion for your pleasure ...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 12:30pm

“We Need Each Other, Bellamy”: The 100 3x13 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart

Bob Morley as Bellamy Blake in The 100 3x13The 100 Season 3: That's the dream. And now it's a reality, too. Welcome to H&H's weekly romance-focused episode reviews dedicated solely to tracking the show's relationships, today with a focus on Bellarke. If this show has taught us anything, it's that this is going to be one wild ride, so buckle up!

The 100 Season 3, episode 3 relationship tracker graphic for Bellamy/ClarkeShow/Episode: The 100 Season 3, Episode 13, “Join or Die” (SPOILERS for this episode ahead, natch)
Ship(s): Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke)

Since the first trailer for The 100 season 3 trailer was released months ago, Bellamy/Clarke shippers have been anticipating the hug depicted therein, holding on to the idea of it throughout the season. In “Join or Die,” we finally got our hug, and several other lovely scenes besides. My 5 favorite Bellarke moments of the evening:

1. Bellamy's retreat — The way Clarke immediately jumps up as if to follow Bellamy as he walks away from another tense exchange with Octavia leaves little doubt as to her feelings. No matter what he's done, she's firmly Team Bellamy, and you know she's going to go check on him as soon as possible.

[+4 more times Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake were totally in love...]