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November 20, 2014
Different Types of E-Readers
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Favorite Christmas Stories
Miranda Neville, Carolyn Jewel, Grace Burrowes and Shana Galen
Fri
Nov 21 2014 4:45pm

Friday Beefcake: NaNoWriMo Reward

David Tennant in a Library in Doctor WhoIt's the home stretch of National Novel Writing Month, fondly called NaNoWriMo! If you kept at the pace NaNoWriMo sets, then at this point you should have written more than 35,007 words! Woohoo! In order for us to stay well stocked in books, we need someone to write them, so here's to you our intrepid writers, readers, proofreaders, and anyone else involved in the writing process!

Below you'll find some hot beefcake reading and you can pretend they're reading your most recent passages and telling you they're brilliant!

What rewards do you give yourself when you've had a particularly good writing session? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? How many words have you written?

[Who inspires you?]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 4:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of November 2014

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for November 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Sahara Hoshi:

My bests of November are Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee and Forbidden by Charlotte Stein. Readers will love the rambunctious and fun take on New Adult in Pandora Wild Child. In Stein's future release Forbidden, a woman with a marred past meets a man with a holy future, will she be his salvation or downfall? Find out.

Rhyll Biest:

If an order of chivalry were to be awarded (let's call it the Order of the Clit) for erotic romance, I would be pinning that medal to Charlotte Stein's chest right now and calling her Dame Charlotte. I'm awarding The Order of the Clit (for meritorious literary service to readers' lady parts) to Intrusion for several reasons: the playful and erotic use of language, fascinating yet believable characters, delicious and moody tension, and the unique writer's voice. I loved this story about two scarred individuals helping one another to move past their fears.

Darlene Marshall:

What a month of great reading! I've got two historicals tied for first place: Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne and Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh. Both award-winning authors lived up to their deserved reputations for bringing great story, great characters and a completely wonderful romance reading experience. I need to write my reviews for these two books, but I enjoyed them so much I keep putting it off, because I know when I pick them up I'll want to sit down and read them again.

[Let's see what else is up for grabs...]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 1:00pm

First Look: Julie Klassen’s The Secret of Pembrooke Park (November 25, 2014)

Julie Klassen
The Secret of Pembrooke Park
Bethany House / November 25, 2014 / $14.99 print, $14.99 digital

Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Foster’s journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll's house left mid-play...

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor's past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail's attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances—and her dowry—Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn't the only one secretly searching the house.

Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past.

As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?

One of my favorite characters in a Gothic romance novel is the house. While we typically don’t think of settings as characters, an exception must be made in the case of a Gothic romance. It is most often the house that adds the eerie ambience to the tone of the novel, the house that dictates the actions of the other players on stage, the house that most often serves as both catalyst and solution. It is at Manderley that the story of Rebecca must be told, for it is Manderley that keeps the secret. So it is with Pembrooke Park, a home shrouded in mystery in Julie Klassen's The Secret of Pembrooke Hall.

[And every mystery needs a mystery man, right?]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Highland Dragon’s Lady: Exclusive Excerpt

Isabel Cooper

The Highland Dragon's Lady by Isabel Cooper

Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She also knows her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn't count on that friend being so handsome...and she certainly didn't expect him to be a dragon.

Scottish Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has hidden his true nature for his entire life, but the moment he sets eyes on Regina, he knows he has to have her. In his hundreds of years, he's never met a woman who could understand him so thoroughly...or touch him so deeply. Bound by their mutual loneliness, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit-and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.

Get a sneak peek of Isabel Cooper's The Highland Dragon's Lady (available December 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Reggie had thought Whitehill enormous to begin with, but she’d never fully realized how huge it was until she marched through it in careful double file with her parents and Edmund, an apprentice medium, a vicar’s sister, and a handsome dragon-man, while a ghost glared at them and God—whatever that name meant—was their only real protection. They walked very slowly, step by step in time with Mr. Heselton’s prayers and the constantly swinging censer.

The process felt like it took years. She knew she’d remember it for years to come.

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Fri
Nov 21 2014 10:15am

Scandal 4x09 Heart-to-Heart: All About That Jake (and Olivia)

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4 Episode 9, “Where the Sun Don’t Shine”
Ship(s): Olivia and Jake, with a dash of Fitz

A snapshot of Olivia and Jake's relationship in Scandal 4x09**Note: This post contains spoilers on all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's, “Where the Sun Don't Shine.”**

Olivia and Jake were the couple to ship this week. Who gets tired of Jake’s relentless devotion and wish to stand in the sun with Olivia? Not this chick! This episode was a lot of Liv and Jake with a small smattering of Cy and Michael (marriage of convenience!) and the always disturbing (but somehow they just work!) Charlie and Quinn.

Jake, Fitz, and Liv are a united front when they interrogate Mama Pope who is shocked when Olivia doesn’t have her back; she is even more shocked when Olivia throws out the order to capture and kill Rowan. Liv is plotting (badly!) how to go up against her father while Fitz is off being the President of the United States, and Jake is watching his back since Command put a kill order out on him in the form of a nifty playing card with Jake’s face on it. This kill order means that Liv’s father is cleaning house, and Jake is concerned that this could mean Liv is in danger as well. Being the sexy man of danger that he is, Jake brings Liv a gun so she can protect herself if he isn’t there. He also gives her a rather provocative lesson in aiming a firearm. Standing close behind her, helping her aim the gun. Whew, it was hot in there! I’m Team Jake because he isn’t reactive like Fitz; he is willing to drop the world and everything in it to put Liv on a pedestal. Unfortunately for him, Liv can’t handle that right now. When he offers to just take her and walk away from all of this mess, Liv tells him that the fantasy of standing in the sun is over and that the sun has set. Booo!

[But the sentiment was so nice!]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 8:12am

“I Could Be the Ham in That Man Sandwich”: 3 Reasons We Already Love Pitch Perfect 2

  • All the Fat Amy We Can Handle—She's the naughty Australian best friend we always wanted, and says all the things we're thinking!
  • Great Music—Raise your hand if you tried to learn the “Cups (When I'm Gone)” song after seeing the first Pitch Perfect! We imagine it'll be more of the same in the sequel.
  • To Sing Love Songs We Need Love First, Right?—Fat Amy and Bumper Alan, Fat Amy and The Green Bay Packers (aka the Man Sandwich), Becca and Jesse. We're sure there will be plenty of other ships for us to set sail on!

What are your three reasons?

Romance Addict Confession: I've already watched the trailer five times, as of posting. How about you guys?

Thu
Nov 20 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Eva Siedler’s Las Vegas Layover (November 25, 2014)

Las Vegas Layover by Eva Siedler Eva Siedler
Las Vegas Layover
Samhain / November 25, 2014 / $3.50 digital

One night in Vegas could be their ticket to love.

Coastal Airlines mechanic Sebastian Brisbane is on his way to Las Vegas to fix a broken jet. But after one look at his sexy, travel-sized seatmate, he’s more concerned with revving her engine than fixing the plane’s.

Clara Howe will do anything to fulfill her aunt’s last wishes to have her ashes spread in Vegas. A one-night stand isn’t on the itinerary, but when Clara accidentally pricks Sebastian’s temper, along with his passion, only one thing is certain: It’s bound to be a bumpy ride.

My husband, son, and I are great outdoor enthusiasts. We love to travel, and choose new locales based on the kind of “adventuring” we’ll get to experience. Arizona is great for hiking, from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. Belize offers extraordinary snorkeling and free diving, and beautiful hiking through the lush tropical rainforests. But despite the bounty Mother Nature has to offer, I still find myself fascinated with Las Vegas. My husband went for business last year and hated it. Thought it was over-crowded, over-priced, over-smokey...over-hyped. I don’t care. I want to go to a casino and gamble; I want to go to a dancing show at the Tropicana, where the girls are topless and wear 200-pound headpieces. Hell, I want to get married by Elvis at a quickie roadside chapel. I think that’s why I enjoyed Eva Siedler’s contemporary romance novella, Las Vegas Layover, so much.

[A good gamble, then!]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 2:45pm

Literary Devices: Different Types of E-Readers

First, what is an e-reader? When you stop to think about it, there are so many ways you can read an ebook, both in terms of devices and platforms.
Devices are the “things” you read on, and platforms are the program or operating system you use to read it.

First the “things.”

I’ve read ebooks for a long time now. I wear glasses with lenses so complex I have to take out a mortgage every time I need a new pair, so as soon as I discovered a device where I could adjust the size of the print, I was in heaven. I’ve read on the original Palm Pilot, on the first purposed e-reader, the Rocket, and on phones. Today my e-reader of preference is my Nexus 7 tablet, but I also own a Nook e-reader and until recently, a Kindle.

[ALL the things!...]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 1:11pm

The 100 2x05 Bellarke Heart-to-Heart: Body Language

Eliza Taylor and Bob Morley as Clarke Griffin and Bellamy Blake in The 100 2x05Show/Episode: The 100 Season 2, episode 5, “Human Trials"

Ship(s): Clarke/Bellamy (Bellarke), mentions of Clarke/Finn, Raven/Finn, Abby/Marcus, Octavia/Lincoln, Murphy/Octavia, Raven/Wick (so, basically, all the ships!)

Captain's Log for The 100 2x05 for Bellamy/ClarkeAs I mentioned in my Shipping Sunday last week, I'm a recent convert to The 100 and the great 'ship Bellamy/Clarke, so imagine my delight at discovering last night's episode would feature a big step forward in the relationship of my new favorite antagonists-turned-partners-turned-friends. And boy did it. Let's get right to it:

After being “rescued” from Anya by the latest (and last) arrivals from the Ark (read: an Ark sniper shot and killed Anya right after she and Clarke became allies), Clarke is returned to camp immediately, where she reunites with her mom. Yay! You've gotta love a long-awaited mother-daughter reunion.

[Right up until it interferes with Bellarke-as-leaders, that is...]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Laura Kaye’s Hard to Come By (November 25, 2014)

Hard to Come By by Laura KayeLaura Kaye
Hard to Come By (Hard Ink)
Avon / November 25, 2014 / $5.99 print, $4.99 digital

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the sibling she once idolized, and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek's easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting their desire and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn't trust.

As the team's investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let it slip away . . .

Derek DiMarzio is that sexy Alex Minsky type of guy you have wanted to read about and didn’t even know it. In Laura Kaye’s Hard to Come By, it’s way too easy to fall for the ex-Special Forces amputee.

[This kind of falling doesn't hurt]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 10:50am

Arrow 3x07 Heart-to-Heart: Felicity’s Choice—Ray or Oliver?

Show/Episode: Arrow season 3, episode 3x07, “Draw Back Your Bow”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity, some mentions of Ray/Felicity

**Note: This post contains spoilers on all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night's, “Draw Back Your Bow.”**

Oliver Felicity Captain's LogThere is a lot going on in this episode: we are introduced to the comics-verse villain “Cupid” and Ray asks Felicity out on a date!  Join me while I drink my weight in wine while I try to deal with my feels about all of this.

Oliver rescued Cupid during Slade Wilson’s siege on Starling City six months ago and ever since then has developed a serious (and deadly) fixation on him, going so far as to kill last week’s villain as a “gift”. 

Oliver sees a newscast about Queen Consolidated being rebranded as Palmer Technologies and notices how Felicity is right at Ray’s side. This clearly sets him on edge and he takes out his frustration on an arrow of Cupid’s that SCPD lifted off one of her victims, which actually yields him a clue!  Ha!  Jealous displays of anger can sometimes have productive outcomes, I suppose.

[In the world of Arrow, of course!]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 9:30am

First Look: Eileen Dreyer’s Twice Tempted (November 25, 2014)

Twice Tempted by Eileen DreyerEileen Dreyer
Twice Tempted (Drake's Rakes)
Forever / November 25, 2014 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

It feels like a lifetime ago that Alex Knight saved Fiona from certain doom . . . and stole a soul-shattering kiss for good measure. Wanting nothing more than to keep her safe, he left her in the care of her grandfather, the Marquess of Dourne.

But Fiona was hardly safe. As soon as he could, the marquess cast her and her sister out on the streets with only her wits to keep them alive.

Alex has never forgotten that long-ago kiss. Now the dashing spy is desperate to make up for failing his duty once before. This time he will protect Fiona once and for all, from a deadly foe bent on taking revenge on the Ferguson line-and anyone who stands in the way . . .

One of the keys to a successful historical romance series is the sense of family, be that family formed by blood or by choice. Eileen Dreyer's Twice Tempted, the latest installment in the Drake’s Rakes series, brings the love on multiple levels, surrounding Alex and Fiona’s love story with friends, family and a cunning mystery that will keep readers captivated.

[Tempt me once twice!]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 8:28am

Throwback Thursday: What Book Boyfriend Have You Broken Up With?

Harry Hamlin Yesterday's post on Sexiest Romance Hero 2014, along with some pics from People's past pics of Sexiest Man Alive, reminds us that just because we find someone totally hot right now doesn't mean that's always true.

Perhaps there is a boyfriend—a book boyfriend—you had in the past that you know your current self just wouldn't date. 

So what book boyfriend have you broken up with? 

Wed
Nov 19 2014 4:30pm

Favorite Christmas Stories from Dickens, Putney, and More!

Christmas in the Duke's Arms AnthologyToday we're pleased to have four authors joining us at Heroes and Heartbreakers. The four—Grace Burrowes, Shana Galen, Carolyn Jewel, and Miranda Neville—have released a Christmas-themed anthology, Christmas in the Duke's Arms and are here to talk about their favorite Christmas stories. Thanks, ladies!

When Grace Burrowes, Carolyn Jewel, Shana Galen, and I agreed to write a anthology of connected Regency Christmas novellas, we had to decide how to approach the holiday. Christmas romances run the gamut from inspirational to full blown deck-the-halls Santa/Rudolph/Frosty traditional. Since the Regency era was actually a bit of a down time for Yuletide in England, coming between the ancient folkloristic celebrations and the Christmas of Charles Dickens and Queen Victoria that presaged the modern holidays, we could pretty much do as we pleased.

We agreed that the stories in Christmas in the Duke’s Arms should be warm and romantic and I know that my fellow writers, at least, delivered perfectly. As for the Christmas side, there’s plenty of greenery and mistletoe, a Christmas assembly and lots of love and happiness. I asked my fellow writers about their favorite Christmas stories.

Grace Burrowes:

I love the subtler Christmas tropes—the stranger bearing gifts, miracles in unexpected places, light overcoming darkness, warmth in the midst of winter, family of choice over family of origin (shepherds will do in a pinch, right?), and the community we can find at the margins when there's “no room at the inn.” While “The Gift of the Magi” is my favorite Christmas romance, I also love the children's television specials, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “A Charlie Brown Christmas.”

[They still tug on our heart strings, too...]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 3:45pm

Horn of Plenty: Male/Male Romance Roundup for November 2014

Semper Fi by Keira AndrewsA November blog post by an American practically writes itself — and indeed, fans of m/m have much to be thankful for this year, with many real life advances in the fight for marriage equality, as well as a flourishing genre. But there's so much more to November than just American Thanksgiving, and plenty of interesting themes in upcoming books to highlight.

Remembrance Day/Veterans Day

Semper Fi by Keira Andrews

The war is over. The battle for love has just begun.

As Marines, Cal and Jim depended on each other to survive bloodshed and despair in the Pacific. Relieved to put the horrors of war behind him, Jim went home to his apple orchard and a quiet life with his wife and children. Knowing Jim could never return his forbidden feelings, Cal hoped time and an ocean between them would dull the yearning for his best friend.

But when Jim’s wife dies, Cal returns to help. He doesn’t know a thing about apple farming—or children—but he’s determined to be there for Jim, even as the painful torch he carries blazes back to life. Jim is grateful for his friend’s support as he struggles with buried emotions and dark wartime memories. Then Jim begins to see Cal in a new light, and their relationship deepens in ways neither expected. Can they build a life together as a family and find happiness in a world that would condemn them?

Andrews follows up her angsty Amish m/m romance, A Forbidden Rumspringa, with another poignant forbidden love story.  The narrative shows a great deal of respect for those who served, as it moves back and forth between Cal and Jim's emotionally wrenching battle experiences during World War II, and their unexpected romance six years later.

[+8 other new male/male romances you can't miss...]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Rocked by the Billionaire: Exclusive Excerpt

Mandy Baxter

Rocked by the Billionaire by Mandy Baxter

Bad-boy Luke “Lucifer” Blackwell is living the life. Being the lead singer for the rock group Riot 59 has brought him everything he could ever want—billions of dollars, endless parties, and enough groupies to last a lifetime. But when Luke’s wild life starts to wear him down, he returns home to Texas—and ends up in the arms of the one woman who’s always made his heart beat faster than a pounding drum…

Kayleigh Taylor likes being a small-town girl, so she’s always been wary of Luke Blackwell’s fast-paced life—and of Luke himself. Fully expecting never to see the sexy singer who broke her heart years before, Kayleigh is completely shocked to find him back home, avoiding the spotlight and pursuing her instead. Kayleigh knows this can’t be right—his heart was always devoted to his music. But as they spend more and more time together, Luke is awfully convincing that his heart belongs to someone else…

Get a sneak peek of Mandy Baxter's Rocked by the Billionaire (available December 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapter 1.

Chapter 1

The tires of Luke Blackwell’s rental screeched on the pavement. He brought the car to an abrupt stop outside of what was once Joe’s, the coffee shop and bakery where he’d spent most of his formative years playing guitar and singing for extra cash. Now a trendy wine bar and bistro, only the brick façade was left to remind him of his past as he tracked the woman darting across the street toward the building. His gut clenched at the sight of her, his mind flooded with memories of bare skin, panting breaths, and endless hours of teenage lust that had fueled more than a few of his Top 40 hits. God damn. Just thinking about Kayleigh Taylor got his blood up. Seeing her in the flesh was enough to cause his cock to perk up like a hound after a rabbit even eight long years later. He guessed she’d kept to her word and stayed close to home. And here he thought returning to his old stomping grounds to lay low for a while would be boring.

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Wed
Nov 19 2014 11:23am

The First Cinderella Trailer Is Here!

The trailer for Disney's first live-action Cinderella movie is finally upon us! Downton Abbey star Lily James will take on the leading role of young orphaned princess Ella, who's living with her mean step-mother and two evil step-sisters (one of whom you'll discover is The Borgias's Lucrezia, Holliday Grainger). Oh, and Richard Madden, famous for his role of Rob Stark in Game of Thrones, will play the dashing Prince Charming.

Watch the magical trailer and let us know what you think in the comments! Will you be seeing this one in theaters?

Cinderella will arrive on March 13, 2015.

Wed
Nov 19 2014 10:45am

December 2014 Romance Novel New Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in December. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to. Our shopping list is the biggest yet, so don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

This month we have a few new features we'd like to introduce. We are giving you two new sections—one that is exclusive for this month, and the other which will be a new monthly staple. Due to popular demand, for those of you looking for strictly Romantic Suspense, we've added a whole subgenre category for the shopping list that you can use to see what Romantic Suspense titles are coming out each month. And if you're in a holiday mood and looking for Holiday Reprints we've been stockpiling them for you, too, just for this month!

Heroes and Heartbreakers December 2014 Shopping List!
 
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR

[Check out the complete list!...]

Wed
Nov 19 2014 8:16am

Sexiest Hero in a 2014 Romance Novel?

Charlie HunnamBy now, People will have revealed its choice for 2014's Sexiest Man Alive, and of course everyone will have an opinion about the guy who's been chosen.

But since we're Heroes and Heartbreakers, and we're all about romance novels, we want to ask—

Who is your choice for Sexiest Hero in a 2014 Romance Novel? 

Some names to get you started:

  • Picnic from Joanna Wylde's Reaper's Stand?
  • Cadegan from Sherrilyn Kenyon's Son of No One?
  • Gideon Cross from Sylvia Day's Crossfire series? 
  • Thronos from Kresley Cole's Dark Skye?
  • Jimmy from Kylie Scott's Lead?

Or someone else?

Tue
Nov 18 2014 5:23pm

“You’re My 1 in 5 Billion”: 18 Times The X-Files’s Mulder/Scully Ruined Us for All Other TV Romances

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully in The X-FilesNo matter how many days, months, or even years it’s been since I last watched an episode of The X-Files, as soon as I queue one up and hit “Play,” I’m sucked right back into an all-consuming maelstrom of Mulder/Scully feels that remind me why they’re one of my all-time favorite OTPs (one true pairings).

In fact, I would probably go so far as to say they’ve ruined me for all other TV romances. After all, the iconic duo have been together in some form or another (even they probably couldn’t tell you when they made the subtle switch from partners to partners in every sense of the word) for more than 21 years at this point, and I’m still just as invested in the status of their relationship as I was when it began, if not more so. (The X-Files 3, where are you? I need a fix!) What other television romance has played out as perfectly and been allowed to flourish as beautifully?

The series hints that Scully will never die, but I have to say I firmly believe it’s the Mulder/Scully relationship—with its unwavering trust, unbreakable bond, and unconditional love—that is actually immortal. There’s no Scully without Mulder, and vice versa, and if there’s one thing I don’t doubt, it’s that those two wouldn’t have it any other way.

And so I present to you, this, my MSR (Mulder/Scully Romance) Magnum Opus: 18 Times Mulder/Scully Ruined Me Us for All Other TV Romances:

18. Cuddling in Season 7's “Requiem”: Season 7 finale “Requiem” was originally intended to be a series finale (long story), so naturally featured some big Mulder and Scully moments. My favorite is probably the way Scully goes to Mulder’s hotel room (WHY are they still keeping separate rooms?) for comfort when she’s feeling sick. He immediately welcomes her in and tucks her into bed, spooning himself around her. Scully seems caught off-guard by his open display of affection at first, but quickly settles in, and for his part, Mulder seems 100% at home, finally.

[+17 more soul-destroying-in-the-best-way moments...]