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Sun
Feb 9 2014 3:06pm

Shipping Sunday: The Mindy Project’s Mindy/Danny

Mindy and Danny in The Mindy Project's The DesertOpposites attract, enemies to friends to lovers... The Mindy Project's Mindy Lahiri and Danny Castellano (portrayed by Mindy Kaling and Chris Messina) encapsulate several favorite romance tropes. Not to mention the two have loads of chemistry. What's not to love?

What are your favorite Dandy moments? And do you think they're headed for true love after “The Desert” and that kiss, or was it just temporary insanity? For the record, this girl has to believe they'll be brilliant together, even if they never stop bickering (never stop bickering, guys).

[+6 more totes adorbs Dandy pics...]

Thu
Feb 6 2014 8:06pm

Ship’s Log: Trust-Building with Oliver and Felicity in Arrow 2x13!

Oliver and Felicity in ArrowThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night’s 2x13, “Heir to the Demon.”

Trust, or its lack, was a major player in last night's fantastic episode of Arrow as Felicity was forced to decide whether her relationship with Oliver could withstand the truth about Thea's father and Sara finally had to take the plunge and reveal herself to her whole family. Did Oliver prove himself a true friend, justifying Felicity's faith in him? And did Sara's family welcome her back with open arms, demonstrating their unconditional love for her?

Yes and, er, sorta.

First, let's talk about Olicity's progress, because let's be real, a lot of us are here primarily for the delicious tension between them, and last night's episode was a perfect example of why:

See, Felicity—extraordinary Felicity Smoak, ladies and gentlemen—found out the truth (offscreen) about Thea being Malcolm Merlyn's daugther rather than Robert Queen's, which set up that potential Olicity hurdle I mentioned at the top of the post. Moira, when confronted by Felicity, immediately turned things around on Felicity by telling her that if she told Oliver the truth, he'd hate her simply for being the messenger. Low blow made even lower by the fact that she called out Felicity's clear feelings for Oliver (“I see the way you look at him”), which was how she knew Felicity's greatest fear would be losing him. Oh, snap! So understandably, Felicity spent some time angsting over whether or not to come clean with her friend/hero/dream man.

[Here's your time to shine, Oliver...]

Wed
Feb 5 2014 1:00pm

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Meljean Brook’s The Kraken King!

The Kraken King Part 1 by Meljean BrookFebruary's already off to a Kraken good start! Today, Heroes and Heartbreakers is excited to reveal the covers for the first three parts of Meljean Brook's eight-part Iron Seas serial novel, The Kraken King! When a woman yearning for more life experience finds herself on a voyage with a notorious man known as the Kraken King, you just know there's bound to be thrilling adventures and epic romance. We can't wait to check it out.

Here's the official description:

A former smuggler and thief, Ariq—better known as the Kraken King—doesn’t know what to make of the clever, mysterious woman he rescues from an airship besieged by marauders. Unsure if she’s a spy or a pawn in someone else’s game, Ariq isn’t about to let her out of his sight until he finds out…

After escaping her fourth kidnapping attempt in a year, Zenobia Fox has learned to vigilantly guard her identity. While her brother Archimedes is notorious for his exploits, Zenobia has had no adventures to call her own—besides the stories she writes. But when she jumps at the chance to escape to the wilds of Australia and acquire research for her next story, Zenobia quickly discovers that the voyage will be far more adventurous than any fiction she could put to paper…

The Kraken King will be published in eight installments beginning April 15, 2014!

[+See the fantastic covers for Parts 2 and 3!...]

Wed
Jan 22 2014 11:36am

Best of You: Mindy and Danny [Redacted] in Mindy Project 2x14!

Mindy and Danny in The Mindy Project Season 2, episode 14, The DesertThis post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s 2x14, “The Desert.” Enjoy!

“'You know you're right for someone when they force you to be the best version of yourself. That's how I know we're right for each other....'”

In the winter finale of The Mindy Project, a mini roadtrip to visit Danny's (formerly) deadbeat dad, an epic argument in the desert, heartfelt apologies, a co-written apology/love letter to Cliff, and a brush with death (okay, some turbulence on an airplane, endured alone—same diff, though, right?) somehow all led to...

[MAJOR SPOILERS AHOY!...]

Thu
Jan 16 2014 10:26am

Ship’s Log: Oliver Reveals His Jealous Side to Felicity in Arrow 2x10, “Blast Radius”

Arrow Season 2 posterNote: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night's Season 2, episode 10, “Blast Radius.” Enjoy!

Any lingering doubts about whether Oliver was jealous of Felicity's potential new beau, Central City CSI Barry Allen—now in a coma after being struck by lightning—were laid to rest in last night's episode. Not only did Oliver ROLL HIS EYES when Diggle mentioned Felicity was spending a few extra days at Barry's bedside in Central City, he also later (unfairly) blamed an Arrow snafu on her, basically claiming she hadn't been 100% focused on the mission due to Barry.

Of course, THAT comment led to a pretty heated argument between the two of them, in which Felicity went toe-to-toe with Oliver and his (rather irrational) anger, not backing down until Digg told them to chill out. Afterwards, Digg pointed out that Oliver never had a problem with Felicity's work until she met Barry. Your non-platonic feelings are showing, Oliver (clearly Digg would agree)!

But then Mr. Queen redeemed himself. After a passive-aggressive comment or two from Felicity (“You sure you want me doing this? My head might not be in the right place.”) and after they caught the villain of the week (Firefly alum Sean Maher's bomber “Shrapnel”), Oliver seized upon one of those rare quiet moments in the Arrow cave to apologize.

[What? Oliver apologized?!...]

Sat
Jan 11 2014 9:50pm

Jamie and Claire in Action: The Outlander Trailer Is Here!

Starz has released the first trailer for its new TV series Outlander, based on the series of novels by Diana Gabaldon. This marks our first look at Jamie Fraser and Claire Beauchamp Randall (Fraser) in action on the screen.

The footage was first shown to the crowd at the Outlander Fan Event in Los Angeles today (if you missed it, read a liveblog recap of the Outlander panel here), where showrunner/executive producer Ronald D. Moore also announced that the series will be scored by composer Bear McCreary, whose Battlestar Galactica and Walking Dead fans (among many others) are thrilled (this girl being one of them!). During the event Moore also revealed some production art for the series and talked a bit more about adapting the series from the books. He, stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Hueghan, and Gabaldon also took a lot of fan questions in anticipation of the show's series premiere sometime later this year.

Stick with H&H's Outlander Collection for more news!

Sat
Jan 11 2014 7:34pm

Outlander Panel & News Recap

Sam Heughan as Jamie Fraser in Outlander

We may still be a few months out from the series premiere of the Outlander TV show (Starz hasn't set an official date yet but says it'll be in “the third quarter of 2014”), but more and more details are starting to emerge about Jamie and Claire's live-action story. Here are some news tidbits we've seen around the web in the last couple days:

Plus, today in Los Angeles, Starz is holding an Outlander Fan Gathering (the hash tag on Twitter is #OutlanderInvadesLA) featuring a panel with series stars Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heugan, executive producer Ronald D. Moore, and book series author Diana Gabaldon. The panel starts in just a few minutes, at 4pm Pacific/7pm Eastern. To view a livestream of the event, go to Starz's Outlander home page. After the event, I'll update this post with the highlights. Feel free to comment on this post with your own thoughts on the event!

[Read the highlights here...]

Mon
Dec 30 2013 6:54pm

Jamie and Claire Steal Hearts in Their First Outlander Portrait

Jamie and Claire in OutlanderThe first official image of Sam Heughan and Caitriona Balfe as Jamie and Claire (together! finally together!) in the upcoming Outlander television series has been released by Starz via TV Guide (which promises more to come in the magazine's next issue). Do they make a handsome couple or what?!

While we've seen the two seperately, this is the moment we've all been waiting for—the chance to see how they look right next to each other. Now we just have to wait to see their chemistry in action...

Until then, for more Outlander goodies, check out the show's official page, featuring a few videos, including one in which Heughan teaches us all how to pronounce “Sassenach.” This is absolutely as hot as it sounds, yes.

And stay tuned to H&H for all things Outlander, such as news, blog posts (about both Diana Gabaldon's book series and the show), and—once the show begins airing on Starz in 2014—episode recaps with a focus on the romance, especially between supercouple Jamie and Claire.

Fri
Dec 13 2013 1:42pm

“I Love You, April”: Jackson’s Grand Gesture in Grey’s Anatomy 10.12

Jesse Williams as Avery Jackson in Grey's Anatomy 10x12, Get Up, Stand UpThis post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Grey's Anatomy, including last night’s 2x12, “Get Up, Stand Up."

Grey's Anatomy doctors Jackson Avery and April Kepner have never officially been a couple, but theirs is a compelling relationship I've followed since both joined the show, and the hospital, as interns in Season 6. And it's been a doozy: First they were coworkers and roommates that somehow became best friends, then they were friends with benefits, then nothing at all because April wanted to find someone she could marry and Jackson wasn't quite there yet, then friends who got jealous of each other but were trying to ignore it... Complicated, right? But more recently, the two really did seem to be moving on with other people—April even got engaged to EMT Matthew. In fact, their wedding was the climax of last night's episode, and it was going swimmingly, up until the moment when—

Jackson suddenly realized, right there in his seat at the wedding that he almost didn't attend, that he couldn't let her go through with it. He could not let April marry Matthew without knowing how he felt. So the guy turned, apologized to his getting-pretty-serious girlfriend, Stephanie, and stood up to do something...or not. He sat down again. Okay? Only to decide that yep, he had to do this and he had to do it right now. So he stood up again and said the most outrageously romantic thing to April (as well as to all of her family and friends, and Matthew's, too):

“I love you, April. I always have. I love everything about you. Even the things I don't like, I love. And I want you with me. I love you, and I think...that you love me too. Do you?”

[Well, there's a swoonworthy grand gesture for you...]

Thu
Dec 12 2013 4:30pm

Juliette/Avery Lights Up Nashville 2.10, “Tomorrow Never Comes”

Juliette and Avery in NashvilleThis post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Nashville, including last night’s 2x10, “Tomorrow Never Comes."

Juliette and Avery have shared a beautiful friendship in Nashville Season 2, but last night's midseason finale (2x10, “Tomorrow Never Comes”) brought the revelation that Juliette, at least, is interested in embarking on a much deeper relationship. While the episode's biggest cliffhangers involved two potential deaths, that last Juliette/Avery scene is what's got me dying to see the next episode. But we'll get to that. 

You see, after many episodes of buildup (and this is pretty incredible for Nashville, which hasn't often taken a lot of time to set up new relationships), at the end of last week's episode, it seemed to dawn on Juliette that maybe the reason she never felt satisfied by meaningless hookups was because she wanted a real relationship with someone who really knew and understood her (like Avery!).

[Where did that lead in the latest episode?...]

Thu
Dec 12 2013 10:45am

Ship’s Log: An Olicity Hug (!!!) in Arrow 2.09, “Three Ghosts”

This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night’s 2x09, “Three Ghosts."

What a winter finale, eh? Whoa. I need to rewatch that a time or 10 just to absorb it all. But what I do know is that Arrow 2.09, “Three Ghosts,” kicked off with Oliver coding on the table and never let up. We got Barry saving Oliver, Oliver freaking at Felicity over the reveal of his identity, Roy being injected with Mirakuru, Shado dying on the island, Lance nearly dying, Slade Wilson showing his face in present-day Starling, Tommy returning in a flashback, Laurel being consoled by Brother Blood, Barry gifting the Arrow with his mask and then commencing with his own superhero origin tale, and so many other amazing moments big and small.

And then there were the delicious Olicity moments. WE GOT A HUG. AN UNNECESSARILY LONG HUG, at that. It was beautiful.

[Now let's dissect that beautiful moment...]

Thu
Dec 5 2013 10:41am

Ship’s Log: Olicity Gets Complicated in Arrow 2.08

Felicity and Oliver in Arrow 1x08This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night’s 2x08, “The Scientist."

Last night's episode of Arrow was the gift that kept on giving for Olicity shippers (that is, fans of the potential pairing Oliver/Felicity); just when you thought things couldn't get better (worse?), they did, right up until the final moment. And it was fantastic.

Not only did the introduction of Barry Allen (future superhero The Flash) further the plot (omg, he's the only one who can save Oliver now!), but it brought out some fascinating emotions in both Oliver and Felicity. While Oliver seemed to find himself a little jealous—his reaction to Barry was not unlike Felicity's to Isabel, with whom Ollie had a fling a few episodes back—Felicity was clearly attracted to the—admittedly quite charming—scientist.

[The world needs more jealous!Oliver...]

Fri
Nov 15 2013 6:00pm

5 Reasons The Mindy Project’s Danny and Mindy Will Be Perfect Together...Someday

Mindy and Danny in The Mindy ProjectHere at H&H, we're big TV fans, and we love our potential romances, natch. It's rare, though, when a majority of us not only watch the same show but also agree on a pairing like we do with The Mindy Project, in which case, OBVIOUSLY Mindy/Danny are meant to be together. You know, at some point. No rush. After all, the anticipation is a huge part of what makes 'shipping these guys so much fun.

So, in honor of this momentous occasion of consensus, here are 5 reasons that we—we being Team H&H's Jenn, Heather, and Megan—are having a grand ol' time watching doctors Mindy Lahiri (Mindy Kaling) and Daniel Castellano (Chris Messina) dance around each other until they realize they're TOTALLY PERFECT FOR EACH OTHER OMG.

5. They look good together.

Okay, this one is pretty superficial, but they fit together oh, so perfectly! Literally, people. Like when Danny put his arm around Mindy and she leaned her head in during Tuesday's episode (2.08, “You've Got Sext”), it rested perfectly between his shoulder and neck. It's just one more reason why they're meant to be, are we right? The attraction is simmering, waiting to combust. Danny has noticed Mindy's body since the very beginning when he told her what to wear on a date, and since then there've been several instances where Mindy and Danny have hinted that they find the other good-looking. (And apparently will soon hang out in the nude???)

[+4 more reasons we're crazy about Mindy/Danny...]

Wed
Nov 6 2013 6:47pm

Shipshape: On Agents of SHIELD’s Fitz/Simmons, Ward/Simmons, and More

Fitz and Simmons in SHIELD**This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of Agents of SHIELD, including last night’s episode, 1x06, “FZZT.”**

Last night's episode of Marvel's Agents of SHIELD finally started to flesh out two characters I've been very curious about: scientists Jemma Simmons and Leo Fitz. And in doing so, the show also seemed to suggest the potential for a love quadrangle involving Simmons, Fitz, Grant Ward, and Skye.

I'm not sure I'm invested enough in or know enough about the characters to have any real 'ship yet, but I'm me, so I'm always on the lookout for something that'll hook me. And I have to say that “FZZT” at the very least succeeded in making me sit up and pay attention to the wonder twins again after a few weeks of slipping interest due to their lack of screen time (seriously, waaaay to much time given to Ward and Skye—I can already tell you I care not at all if they ever hook up). So, what did we learn?

[Where's the love?...]

Sun
Nov 3 2013 3:41pm

Shipping Sunday: Merlin’s Arthur/Merlin

Colin Morgan and Bradley James as Arthur and Merlin in MerlinArthurian legend has long inspired romantic stories, and there many books and movies devoted to the King Arthur/Guienevere/Lancelot love triangle. But the TV series Merlin's most popular 'ship among the fanbase turned out to be that of Arthur/Merlin, and it's easy to see why—their chemistry, the banter between them, those hurt-comfort scenes, the trust they have in each other...that's what made the show. And while their friendship remained platonic in canon (Merlin concluded its run in December 2012 in the U.K. after 5 seasons), there are many, many fanworks (which you can find at fandom-friendly places like Archive of Our Own, YouTube, and Tumblr) dedicated to romantic feelings between the two. In short, they definitely deserve their own Shipping Sunday.

Are you a fan of the show? Did you enjoy the relationship between Arthur and Merlin, whether or not you 'shipped them? More pictures always welcome in the comments!

[+4 more pretty Arthur/Merlin pics...]

Tue
Oct 22 2013 3:57pm

Veronica Roth’s Allegiant (Divergent #3) SPOILER THREAD!! (MAJOR SPOILERS)

Allegiant Spoiler Thread

Allegiant by Veronica RothThis post on Veronica Roth's Allegiant—Book 3 in the Divergent trilogy, out today—is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. 

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

SPOILERS SO MAJOR THEY WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished AllegiantThis is a post to discuss the entire book.

[Okay, here we go... SPOILERS!!!...]

Sun
Oct 20 2013 4:30pm

Shipping Sunday: The X-Files’s Mulder/Scully

David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as Fox Mulder and Dana ScullyTwenty years after The X-Files debuted on television and 5 years since the last movie hit theaters, interest in the X-Files franchise is still high, if sold-out panels and constant queries and media reports about the state of a third movie are anything to go by. A big part of that reason has to be its stars, David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, and the tremendous chemistry between their characters, FBI special agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.

Whether you rooted for them to get together or hoped to see them to remain close friends and partners as they investigated the strange and the extraterrestrial, there's no denying that Mulder and Scully ARE The X-Files.

And if you do ship them (as I do)? Boy, have I got a treat for you this weekend...

[Stand by for lots of Mulder/Scully gorgeousness...]

Sun
Oct 13 2013 1:45pm

Shipping Sunday: The West Wing’s Josh/Donna

Bradley Whitford and Janel Moloney as Josh and Donna in The West WingThe West Wing is considered by many to be one of the best television shows of all time, and its four consecutive Emmy wins for Outstanding Drama Series certainly support that claim. But a huge part of what puts the show at the top of my own list of personal TV favorites is its long-simmering office romance between White House Deputy Chief of Staff Joshua Lyman (Bradley Whitford) and his senior assistant, ~Deputy Deputy Chief of Staff~ Donnatella “Donna” Moss (Janel Moloney).

Josh and Donna's chemistry is undeniable from the very first episode, and the charming banter and the longing looks and eventually the epic angst all combine to make for an incredibly memorable pairing. After all, who can forget lines like “If you were in an accident, I wouldn't stop for red lights” and “If you think I don't miss you every day...” And then there was Josh dropping everything in the middle of a “Biblical apocalypse” in Washington to be by Donna's side at a hospital in Germany after she was injured in a terrorist attack. *swoon*

Plus, the best part? It all pays off beautifully for them in the final season and especially in the last few episodes. It is a rare thing to see as beautiful a sendoff to a 'ship as Josh and Donna got. Theirs is an immensely satisfying romance, and I love it to pieces.

[+Pretty pics, fandom talk, and vid recs...]

Tue
Oct 8 2013 3:02pm

To ’Ship or Not to ’Ship?: Agents of SHIELD’s Elizabeth Henstridge Talks Fitz/Simmons

Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons in Agents of SHIELDLooks like I'm not the only one already 'shipping Fitz/Simmons, or at least testing the idea. Not only are Agents of SHIELD viewers already creating fan vids (like the one at the bottom of this post) and fan fiction, but the media can't seem to stop bringing up the possibility of a romance between the two in interviews. Question is: Are we getting ahead of ourselves (read: Am I getting ahead of myself?), or will FitzSimmons indeed turn out to have that will-they-or-won't-they relationship that'll keep us romance fans guessing (and hoping against hope) for years?

Before the series premiered, SHIELD's Jemma Simmons herself (Elizabeth Henstridge) compared Simmons' relationship with fellow genius scientist Leo Fitz (Ian de Caestecker) to that of brother and sister, but more recently has been keeping more of an open mind, as in this interview with Natalie Abrams of TV Guide:

“There's always going to be a possibility, I guess, because they're so close and really understand each other, but definitely for right now, I don't think you could convince either one of them that they are meant to be together romantically. We'll just see. We're told fairly little. ... If anything romantic happens, I could see it happening, but I like that, for Simmons, it's not really her main priority. I don't think she even knows that could be a good idea.”

(Read the entire interview with TV Guide here.)

[Could it be a good idea?...]

Fri
Sep 27 2013 2:00pm

Trope of the Month: Secret Baby!

Daisy's Back in Town by Rachel GibsonAcademically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

But they’re totally not! Romance novel fans all have their favorite—not to mention least favorite—tropes, from friends to lovers, chick in pants, secret baby, marriage of convenience, opposites attract, May-December, boss-assistant...the list goes on.

Each month, we’ll be picking a romance novel trope and ask you to offer recommendations falling under the trope rubric (again with the academic talk!).

There's no shortage of secret babies in Romancelandia—they are a great way to ramp up the drama and angst, and have a way of making the family's inevitable happily ever afters feel that much more earned. Here are a few novels featuring the trope that came to mind—what are your favorite examples of the Secret Baby trope in romance novels?

  • Daisy's Back in Town by Rachel Gibson
  • Everyday, Average Jones by Suzanne Brockmann
  • Fancy Pants by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
  • Three Little Secrets by Liz Carlyle
  • Revealed: His Secret Child by Sandra Hyatt
  • Wanted by Her Lost Love by Maya Banks