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Fri
Feb 24 2017 8:15am

Do Certain Genres Demand a Physical Book?

I've recently been going through a genre-slump. I have found plenty of books that I love, but realized that my first romance love—historical—had been severely lacking recently. I realized part of that reason might be because I was reading more and more digital books. Which led me to wonder: are certain genres better in phsyical books? 

Do you find this to be the case for you? Do you find that you gravitate towards the physical book format when it comes to certain genres? Or do you find the opposite to be true—that you only read certain genres in digital format? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Thu
Feb 23 2017 8:03am

Do You like Punny Romance Book Titles?

I have yet to meet a romance novel reader who doesn't love the occasional pun. In Romancelandia, it's quite easy for even the most benign word to take on a dirty meaning. Do you like punny romance novel titles? What are some of your favorites?

Unleash the puns down in the comments!

 

Wed
Feb 22 2017 8:10am

Do You Like Thieves in Romance?

Maybe it's our eternal love of Robin Hood. Maybe it's our love of Matt Bomer in White Collar. Maybe it's something completely different, but lately I've noticed quite a few romances featuring thieves. Whether they're a jewel thief, or a con man about to start an art heist, I've seen 'em all! The heist film is practically its own genre in and of itself, do you think we'll see a trend for heist romances? 

Tell me your thoughts down in the comments!

Tue
Feb 21 2017 8:20am

What Sort of Reading Month Did You Have?

February is always the shortest month of the year, which means you either don't get as much reading done as you'd like or your month ends up being jam-packed with great reads. 

What sort of reading month was it for you? Was it filled with great reads, or a bit of a dry spell?

Tell us about your February in the comments!

Fri
Feb 17 2017 8:06am

How Do You Like Your Retellings: Close to the Source or Just Inspired by It?

Retellings and reimaginings can be tough. You're taking a pre-established story line and making it your own. Personally, I love a Beauty and the Beast reimagining or a Pride and Prejudice. However, how the retelling is handled—and how much the reader likes it—can depend on how close to the source material the retelling is. 

Can something be too close to the source material? Do you like it when a retelling is just inpired by the source material and do you prefer and beat-by-beat retelling? 

Let me know in the comments!

Thu
Feb 16 2017 8:29am

What are the Funniest Ship Names?

Liv and Ravi in iZombieRecently, Team H&H had a good chuckle over rediscovering the ship name Ravioli—Ravi and Olivia on iZombie. We love this pair, but it left us wondering about other funny ship names. Granted this is on a comedy, so some hilarity is allowed, however can you think of other funny ship names? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Wed
Feb 15 2017 8:03am

Do You Like Charming Heroes?

We've talked a lot about the brooding hero. He's the alpha of few words—the Heathcliffs and the Rochesters and the Darcys. We love them all. But there's something to be said for a hero who can charm the pants (literally and figuratively) off a heroine! 

Do you have strong thoughts one way or another on charming heroes? Do you prefer the brooding, silent time or the silver tongued devil? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Tue
Feb 14 2017 8:03am

Can You Think of Romances Set on Valentine’s Day?

Valentine for Hire by Aria Cole

Christmas and New Year's gets plenty of love in the romance genre, but an oft overlooked holiday is Valentine's Day! 

We can think of a few books featuring Valentine's Day, can you? Start the day off right by sharing in the comments for those of us looking for a themed-read!

Mon
Feb 13 2017 8:13am

What Book Have You Put Off Reading and Why?

Woman reading a book

There are many classics I have put off reading because I know it'll tear me apart. Much like TV shows and movies, that I can only watch once (I'm looking at you, The Notebook), there are some books that have proven too intense for a first read, let alone a reread. Is there a book that is too intense, but you want to read? Have thought about reading it and put it off? 

Tell us about it in the comments! 

 

Fri
Feb 10 2017 8:03am

Have You Ever Raged/Cried About a Book in an Inappropriate Place?

Living in New York, we at H&H spend a lot of our reading time around the general public—while we ride the subway, while we wait for a friend, the list goes on—and sometimes that can be a real inconvenience! Especially when we're reading a book that's going to sock us right in the feels. For example, when I read Me Before You, I started openly crying on the subway. Luckily, no one seemed to care about my weeping (okay, it was more than weeping...) on our commute. 

However, there are plenty of times when it's just not a good time to be reading a book in public! Whether you want to rage or need to cry, have you ever been about to “express your feelings” in a place that wasn't quite appropriate? Did you wait until later or did you just go for it? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Thu
Feb 9 2017 8:21am

Do You Read More or Less When You Have a Day Off?

For many people on the East Coast of the US today, they are tucked in at home with their families as a major winter storm takes over region. For some it means a relaxing day as everyone entertains themselves, for others it's a day filled with chores. We hope your day is at least spent, in part, reading. 

On your own days off, do you find you do more or less reading?

Wed
Feb 8 2017 8:03am

If You Could Have the Lighting from Any Cover, What Would It Be?

The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne

Only in Romancelandia can you have certain conversations. We're not gonna lie, many times those conversations are dirty, but sometimes it has to do with the perfectly exquisite and romantic lighting and situations found in romance book covers. When we had a cover reveal yesterday, I remarked that as a redhead, I would love to have the lighting of Dark Alpha's Lover by Donna Grant available in every room I entered. One other commenter mentioned she wouldn't hate having the wind machine responsible for the effects in Kerrigan Byrne's The Highlander. 

 

 

 

So what do you say? Would you like to have the lighting or effects of a cover? What cover springs to mind? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Tue
Feb 7 2017 8:15am

Do You Think Certain Tropes Only Work in Certain Subgenres?

A Marriage of Convenience by Devyn Morgan

Recently at H&H, we pondered some of our favorite tropes—a pretty frequent occurence—and realized that many of our favorite tropes don't always translate into other subgenres. But when they do, they're even better. 

Do you find this to be true in your own reading? What tropes do you think only work in one or two subgenres? What tropes work in every subgenre?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Mon
Feb 6 2017 8:02am

Should Idris Elba Be a Good Boy or a Bad Boy on His Date?

On Friday we shared the latest video for Idris Elba's Omaze fundraiser—which could include a special date for one lucky fan. This week, he turned to kids to get a little bit of Valentine's Day advice... and we're swooning ALL over the Heroes and Heartbreakers offices. 

Watch the video and get your smelling salts out—you'll need them because he's charming AF!

 

Fri
Feb 3 2017 8:20am

Do Men Look Better in Period Clothing?

I've recently fallen head over heels with the show Timeless. It's really no surprise to me since I loved Doctor Who, and Timeless has all the charm of Doctor Who with a lot fewer aliens (Read: None. Yet...). The one thing the two shows have in common is fabulous time travel and luxurious costumes—particular for Timeless's lead actress, Lucy. However, one actor nabs my eye every episode: Rufus. 

By modern day, he's a physics whiz with a propensity towards nerdy t-shirts, but the second he steps into his clothes for whatever given time period they're off to—until recently, that time period usually required a cravat of some kind—he's a whole new man to me. And that applies to many a period drama man: Colin Firth, great. Colin Firth in period dress, hamana hamana. Matthew Macfadyen, fine. Matthew Macfadyen in period dress, yes please! There are just some actors that look better in period clothing. 

Does this apply to you as well? Do you like a good cravat?

Tell me your thoughts in the comments! 

 

Thu
Feb 2 2017 8:14am

Is There Such a Thing as a Perfect Adaptation?

Pride and Prejudice adaptation by the BBC

When talking about the best book adaptations, many people bring up the Pride and Prejudice BBC miniseries. It's action-by-action a pretty close representation of the book. However, there are plenty of people, I'm sure, who would disagree. Do you think there is such a thing as the perfect adaptation? What do you think it would take for a beloved book to be perfectly adapted? What book or series would you like to see adapted?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Wed
Feb 1 2017 8:17am

What’s Your Most Anticipated Book of February?

Shadow's Seduction by Kresley Cole

February is going to have great new releases coming from every single genre—it'll be an exciting month in romance!

To get the month started off right, share with us your most anticipated books of the month! 

Tue
Jan 31 2017 8:05am

Is Your Keeper Shelf Vastly Different from Your Current Reading Pattern?

Girl reading

It wasn't until a recent conversation with a friend that I realized the books I kept on my keeper shelf were no longer what I was reading currently. I had shifted heat level and subgenre quite considerably since I first started reading romance and I found my keeper shelf and current tastes no longer ran parallel. I still loved all the books in both piles, but they were vastly different. Have you ever found that to be the case? Has your current reading deviated from the books in your keeper pile? Why do you think that is?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Image via shutterstock.

Mon
Jan 30 2017 8:05am

If You Could Only Read One Subgenre, What Would It Be?

Forever and a Day by Delilah Marvelle

We've asked you about your desert island reads before but this week, I wanted to ask you about your desert island subgenre. Let's say you're trapped in an island, but lucky you, you have an infinite supply of books from your favorite subgenre. What would that subgenre be? What would be the first book you choose to read/reread from that supply?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Fri
Jan 27 2017 8:21am

Have You Ever Converted Someone to Romance?

Talk Me Down by Victoria Dahl

Since we are romance readers, we love to spread the love. And nothing says “the gift that keeps on giving” quite like converting someone to romance. Have you ever been able to get a fellow reader (or non-reader) into romance? How did you do it? Did you have a strategy? What book did you convert them with? 

Tell us about it in the comments!