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Nov 8 2014 10:00am

A Relationship in Gifs: Outlander’s Jamie and Claire

Jamie and Claire in OutlanderThe Heroes & Heartbreakers staff are long-time fans of the time-travel/ historical/ sexy Scots romance Outlander. We were very pleased when Starz brought one of our favorite couples to the small screen. While the show has only covered the first half of the novel (the series comes back April 2015!), they didn’t rush Jamie and Claire’s courtship.

They let us see the small changes in behavior, the sweet words, the longing looks before giving us the most fantastic wedding night.

We already miss the show, so we’re going to relive Jamie and Claire’s relationship thus far in the best way the Internet provides: gifs.

Note: Be aware that not all gifs below are safe for work and may cause mild to moderate panting at the sight of certain body parts, including, but not limited to:

  • Jamie's pecs
  • Jamie's glutes
  • Jamie's “O” face...

[Oh, yes, you know THAT scene got gifed...]

Nov 7 2014 11:07am

The Vampire Diaries 6x06 Delena Heart-to-Heart: Will Elena Remember Damon?

Damon and Elena in The Vampire Diaries season 6, episode 6Show/Episode: The Vampire Diaries Season 6, episode 6, “The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get”
Ship(s): Damon/Elena

Captain's Log for Damon and Elena in The Vampire Diaries 6x06This is the episode every Damon/Elena ‘shipper has been waiting for this season. Damon is back. This will fix everything and give us the steamy reunion we’ve wanted since last season’s finale, right?

Well, we knew from last week’s teaser it wasn’t going to be that easy. Unfortunately, it was even more complicated than necessary. Mostly because Elena makes bad decisions.

I’ve really liked her so much more post-vampire transition—and I swear it’s not just because she’s (mostly) been Team Damon after her transition. She’s been more fun, more adventurous, and generally more interesting. She’s no Caroline, but she’s got some sass.

Well, had.

[You're breakin' our hearts, Delena...]

Oct 9 2014 10:00am

Oliver and Felicity Finally (Gasp!) in Arrow Season 3, Episode 1!

We need to talk about the season 3 premiere of Arrow. We’d been teased and teased for months about the prospects for Oliver and Felicity becoming a couple. The trailer for this season even included what looked like a kiss.

So, naturally, things in the first episode “The Calm” gave us what we wanted, but not exactly how we wanted it.

From here on out the post will become spoiler city. Consider yourself warned. Do not read until after you’ve watched episode 3x01 of Arrow.

[So proceed with caution...]

Sep 25 2014 8:30am

10 Urban Fantasy Series You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

Have you fallen for an urban fantasy series and want more? We’re here to help.

These ten book series epitomize things we love about urban fantasy. They may have influenced the subgenre or they’re the ones every urban fantasy fan has read. These are the books that showcase what we love—and expect—from urban fantasies.

1. Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series by Laurell K. Hamilton

We have to start here. Laurell K. Hamilton was a huge game changer for urban fantasy. She brought us a police procedural—something that is a trope in its own right—with paranormal and fronted the novel with a strong, determined heroine in Anita Blake. The series is on-going, and there’s fervent fan debate regarding the latter books (mostly after Obsidian Butterfly, the ninth novel), but there is no question that these books, starting with Guilty Pleasures, are an urban fantasy must.

2. The Hollows series by Kim Harrison

For the primo example of open world urban fantasy, look no further than Kim Harrison’s The Hollows series. Witches, vampires, demons and faeries are all out in the open, and how does that change society? Engaging characters and stellar world building will hook you into this one.

[We're happy to be on the hook...]

Aug 25 2014 10:00am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 10 Recap: Thank You and Goodbye

This is it—the FINAL episode of True Blood ever. How did it all end?

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s SERIES FINALE, Season 7, Episode 10, “Thank You.” Enjoy!

We’ve stuck with True Blood for seven seasons and more supes than we can count. It’s come to an end, though, and we’re here to recap the show’s final moments. Will Sookie and Bill have a happily ever after? What’s in store for our favorite Viking and his progeny? Did we have any last-minute fatalities?

The H&H team here is to hold your hand as we stay goodbye to Sookie, Bill, Eric, Pam, Jason, Jessica and the rest of the Bon Temps team with our recap of the series finale “Thank You.”


We pick up right where last episode left off. Bill enters Sookie’s house and they begin to discuss his decision to die. And while Sookie has been TSTL on more than one occasion this season—and series—hearing her articulate why his “I’m doing this to save you” is just another way of underestimating her is a breath of fresh air. After that reality check, we get more honesty. Something we don’t get enough from Bill.

[When you're looking at the end, honesty is all that's left...]

Aug 11 2014 9:20am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 8 Recap: We Have a Cure

Bill and Sookie in True Blood Season 7, Episode 8Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 8, “Almost Home.” Enjoy!

Last week Sookie and Bill recreated their first time together. He’s dying of Hep-V, so Sookie ended up back in his arms and his bed on his floor. Adilyn and Wade were in a too-good-to-be-true situation (alone in a love nest!) and Violet was ready to pounce just as the episode ended.

To further complicate things, and keep bringing back old favorites, Jason is trying to deal with Hoyt being back in town—and not being remembered. And Arlene is having a non-sexual romantic relationship with a vampire. Never thought we’d see the day!

What will be next for our Bon Temps friends? Let’s dive into the highlights from season 7’s episode 8 “Almost Home.”

[And we're almost through the Hep-V woods...]

Jul 28 2014 9:50am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 6 Recap: In The Wake of Hep-V

Sookie and Jason in True Blood 7x06Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 6, “Karma.” Enjoy!

Pam and Eric were so close to catching Sarah Newlin last episode. They’d tracked her down to a Republican fundraiser in Dallas, but she slipped through their grips as the Yakuza arrived. (Yes, this season is so crazy that we have to mention the Yakuza in casual sentences.) Sookie finally grieved over the loss of Alcide, but we don’t think Bill is actually friendzoned yet. Though, he now has Hep-V, so anything could happen.

There was major progress on the ‘shipping front as James and Lafayette hooked up—only to have Jessica catch them in the act. Then she slept with Jason, and Violet knows about it.

As this week’s episode is titled “Karma,” we expect there will be a reckoning or two. Probably with Violet involved.

[And here's how it all played out...]

Jul 21 2014 10:30am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 5: Party at Sookie’s House

Pam and Eric in True Blood Season 7, Episode 5Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 5, “Lost Cause.” Enjoy!

Last week’s episode put this season of True Blood back on track. There was plenty of Pam and Eric, including insight into the origins of Fangtasia, Arlene was rescued, and the Hep-V vampires who were hiding out at the aforementioned Shreveport club were taken out.

Where does that leave us? Anything can happen in this latest episode. We still have open story lines for Sookie and Bill (are they heading to a happily ever after?), Eric/Pam and their quest to kill Sarah Newlin, and hopefully tons more of Lafayette.

It’s time to jump into the highlights and WTFery of season 7, episode 5 “Lost Cause.”


We pick up right where we left off: With a whole bunch of dead vampires at Fangtasia. While others are cleaning up outside, Willa vents her maker issues to Pam (with Eric in earshot, of course). She throws some pretty dead-on accusations, and while Eric admits his failure, he still has a request of Willa. He wants info on where Sarah Newlin might be. She barters the information for being released from him.

Turns out dear Sarah Newlin’s sister Amber is a vampire.

[Duh duh DUUUUUHHHHH....]

Jul 14 2014 9:26am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 4 Recap: Showdown at Fangtasia

Pam in True Blood Season 7 episode 4

Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 4, “Death Is Not the End.” Enjoy!

I’m still grieving over the loss at the end of last week’s episode. (If you missed that recap, the comment section may help you deal with—or at least vent about—the show’s most recent casualty.) However, we have to move forward. This is the final season and, just a handful of episodes in, it has become very clear that no one is safe.

So, let’s focus on the good. Eric is back and has a mission (killing Sarah Newlin). They show has gone flashback heavy, but that means flashback sex scenes. Lafayette continues to be the most awesome guy and we’re ‘shipping him and James so hard.

So, let’s cross our fingers that things are about to take a turn for the better­—or at least gets super quote-worthy—as we dive into the highlights from season 7, episode 4, “Death is Not the End.”

[The good, the bad, the naked...]

Jul 7 2014 9:00am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 3 Recap: Flashbacks, Vigilantes, and WTF

Joe Manganiello as Alcide in True Blood Season 7, Episode 3Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 3, “Fire in the Hole.” Enjoy!

Last week’s True Blood gave us a super sexy dream sequence, answers about Eric Northman’s status, Sookie planning to do something idiotic (again), and the town succumbing to vigilantism. 

Fingers crossed that we get to learn more about what’s going on with Eric and his Hep-V, Sookie redeems herself and Arlene and Holly make it out of the Fangtasia basement in this episode “Fire in the Hole.”


Sarah Newlin has moved out to Los Angeles? I don’t doubt she’s still nasty, but we have to give Sarah props for her survival ability. Ten bucks says she has a new cause.

Eric’s been sick with Hep-V for a month. I volunteer to nurse him back to health. Pam confirms Tara met the true death, and Eric doesn’t sympathize. He’s given up.

[Don't give up, Eric!...]

Jun 30 2014 10:00am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 2 Recap: You Found Me

Sookie and Alcide Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 2, “I Found You.” Enjoy!

Hold on, folks. We’re going through this crazy final True Blood season together. On last week’s episode we already spotted some flaws with Mayor Merlotte’s “a vampire for every human” plan, Hep-V vampires were an organized threat, a bunch of our favorite ladies were kidnapped, and Tara was killed!

It wasn’t all bad, though. Sookie and Alcide functioned like a real couple to the point I wanted to ‘ship them. Only I don’t see it in the cards! And Lafayette and James had a poignant, emotional conversation that left all of us wanting to see more of their interactions.

What kind of WTFery will we get into on the second episode? We’ll let’s dive into the highlights of season 7, episode 2 “I Found You.”

[Now let's get to that scene we all know you're looking for...]

Jun 23 2014 9:03am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 1 Recap: A Vampire for Every Human

The cast of True Blood Season 7

Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7 premiere, “Jesus Gonna Be Here.” Enjoy!

Are you ready to stay True to the End? The final season of True Blood is upon us, and for the very first time book readers have zero insight into what’s going to happen. We’re all going into this one completely blind on the plot, which means we’re surely destined for the most madcap, sexy, campy season to date.

We finished last season with huge revelations. Vampires infected with Hep-V were roaming the country ravaging folks in a mindless mob way. Sam got married (!) and became Bon Temps mayor (!!). Sookie and Alcide became a couple. (Something they never managed to make happen in the books.) And a one vampire for every human partnership was proposed.

Will it work out? We don’t know just yet, but we’re in it for the wild ride. From this point out, it’s all spoilers for the season 7 premiere episode “Jesus Gonna Be Here.” We’re talking highlights below—the good, the naked and the WTF.

[Get ready for a wild ride...]

Jun 4 2014 10:00am

True Blood’s Most WTF Sex Moments

Jason and Amy in bed in True BloodThe team at Heroes & Heartbreakers fell for the supernatural southern charm of True Blood a long time ago. The final season is coming up, and as we look back on the series, there are a great number of elements—and actors—that make the show standout. However, there are two elements we’ve often tracked in our recaps of the show: nudity and WTFery. Today we look back at the pivotal scenes that incorporated both.

Join us as we remember the best WTF sex scenes from True Blood.

Jason and Amy in True BloodSeason 1: Sex as Hallucination

We’re introduced to sex with a vampire in the first season of True Blood. This isn’t really all that weird in the world of paranormal novels, but when was the last time you saw graphic, bite-y sex on TV?

Still, that doesn’t mean season one was all vanilla vampire coitus. Nope. Our special sex the first season came as a result of vampire blood ingested by humans. Namely: Jason and Amy. They didn’t even really have sex. The two take the blood—dubbed V—get silly high and have trippy hallucinations together in lieu of sex.

[Whatever floats your boat...]

Mar 13 2014 8:30am

First Look: Kit Rocha’s Beyond Jealousy (March 17, 2014)

Beyond Jealousy by Kit RochaKit Rocha
Beyond Jealousy (Beyond #4)
March 17, 2014 / $4.99 digital / $16 print

When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little siste . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.

Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.

Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.

Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.

We’ve fallen hard for the folks who run Sector Four. Kit Rocha’s Beyond series has brought us gritty fighting, dirtier sex and a whole lot of underdogs to root for. Beyond Jealousy does a little more by bringing together the backing of the underdog and the dirty sex.

Ace has been in every Beyond book. He’s the smooth-talking tattoo artist. He’s soulful and has a filthy mouth. He’s serious about his art and causal about his kinks.

[And boy do we love those kinks...]

Feb 21 2014 9:30am

Safe Words to Read: Five Books to Read After E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey

Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

We’ve talked quite a bit about Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels here at Heroes & Heartbreakers. We’re now getting tastes of the upcoming film, and it’s fueling a need for more billionaires and BDSM.

We’ve got your needs covered. We’ve found five top-notch erotic romance titles that will fill that Fifty Shades shaped void in your e-reader.

1. Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

McKenna is a master of writing emotional, boundary-pushing erotic romance. Willing Victim brings the BDSM factor, but it’s on this list for another reason. If what you really connected with in Fifty Shades was the emotional challenges Ana and Christian overcome, as well as the way they needed to not assume, Willing Victim will push your buttons. The romance is edgy, but the hero builds in a figurative safety net.

2. Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

Want to read a novel that deals with BDSM in a way that’s sexy, emotional and—gasp—realistic? Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands series promises extreme heat with complex heroines and heroes who make even aftercare sexy.

[Definitely hard to imagine...]

Jan 27 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Jeaniene Frost’s Up From the Grave (January 28, 2014)

Up From the Grave by Jeaniene FrostJeaniene Frost
Up From the Grave
Avon / January 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones.  They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war...

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights.  Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death...because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.  And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Cat and Bones have been through a lot in the seven Night Huntress novels from Jeaniene Frost. Now, here we are at the final book, Up From the Grave, and readers had to wonder if they could say good-bye to these two. Hell, would we really be leaving the same characters we’ve fallen in love with?

Yes. Unequivocally yes.

This book, you guys. This book. We’ve seen so many series end on a whimper, but can you honestly see Cat and Bones doing anything half-assed? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

[Warning: Awesomeness ahead...]

Jan 7 2014 2:15pm

Top 5 SyFy Man-Candy Morsels for 2014: Lost Girl, Bitten, Being Human, and Helix

Greyston Holt as Clay on BittenJanuary means new beginnings, resolutions and the end of re-runs on television. Specifically, it’s the month SyFy starts bringing back many of our favorite shows. The network has found its niche of giving us edgy supernatural shows with depth, and we can’t get enough. Better yet, they’re bringing two new shows to the small screen this month that look stellar.

And while, of course, we love the strong character arcs and the clever plots on shows like Lost Girl and Being Human… well, we like the—ahem—visual stimulation, too.

We’re about to get supernaturally prurient on you. It’s time to delve into the Top 5 SyFy Man-Candy Morsels for 2014.

1. Greyston Holt as Clay on Bitten

We might be biased when it comes to Bitten. If you’re not familiar, the new SyFy show is based on the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. (Well, the first novel, also called Bitten.) The adaptation of this ass-kicking, werewolf series looks stellar from what we’ve seen.

[More sexy werewolves always wanted...]

Jan 6 2014 11:30am

Keeping It Anything But Professional: Kresley Cole’s The Professional, Part 2

The Professional, Part 2 by Kresley ColeEven those of us at Heroes and Heartbreakers who aren’t a fan of serials found ourselves sucked into the Russian mafia romance in the first installement of Kresley Cole’s The Professional serial. Our roundtable read of the first segment had mixed results, but those who worried the book would be too much of “do whatever the hot Russian says” and not enough relationship will be very pleased with Part 2.

As expected, the second installment picks up immediately from the end of Part 1. And can I get a THANK YOU for that? We cut off right before things were about to get naked and sweaty in a sauna. (Psst! They do!) Natalie is still trying to hold out on the no sex thing after her father’s revelation that if she and the Siberian hook up it’s a permanent deal.

That means things get complicated. Aleksandr Sevastyan wants his Natalie. He wants her badly and completely. As the story progresses in this second part, he thinks it’s a done deal. Natalie is his, and sex and gifts should be enough.

[But are they?...]

Dec 20 2013 4:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 2

Written in Red by Anne BishopMay old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!

Check back every other weekday between now and Christmas for all of the blogger recommendations! See the recommendations for Day 1Day 3, and Day 4.

Sahara Hoshi:

Anne Bishop's Written in Red
Cranky wolf shifter meets fun and adorable magically gifted heroine, what's not to love?

Nalini Singh's Heart of Obsidian
The heroine has an amazing name and the hero isn't too shabby either.

Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl
For every time you squeed or sighed over something and nobody understood you, finally there's a book for it.

[Who's next!]

Dec 8 2013 12:40pm

First Look: Sierra Dean’s Chasing Kings (December 17, 2013)

Sierra Dean
Chasing Kings

Samhain / December 17, 2013 / $4.50 digital

Samantha Hart wishes things would stop happening in Vegas when a case of mistaken identity lands her in the Hard Rock’s racy Provocateur suite—an S&M wet dream that’s occupied by an honest-to-God porn star. Ethan Silver’s reputation should put her off, but his naughty charm and wicked-sweet smile have her agreeing to a night on the town. Then wishing for a night in, as well.

Ethan knew the instant he stepped through the door that this wasn’t the Samantha Hart he was almost desperate to see. Yet he can’t help it. He wants to ease the blushing bookseller out of her shell and show her a good time…and not just in the bedroom.

As a hot night on the Strip turns into a hotter night at the hotel, Ethan begins to prove there’s a good guy under his bad-boy façade. There’s a loan shark hot on his tail, though, and only Sam can help keep his movie-star face intact. But telling her the truth could cost him something he needs more than money. Her love.

Sierra Dean's Chasing Kings explores expectations—both their effects on us and what can come when we let them go.

While everyone keeps calling this novella “the porn star one,” it’s more than that. (Though Sierra Dean does give James Deen a little shout-out in the acknowledgments.…) If you go into Chasing Kings expecting a porn-star hero, you’ll absolutely get that, but along with it, Dean provides romance, including put-you-on-your-toes kisses.

[So you get sugar and spice...]