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Thu
Mar 26 2015 8:02am

Throwback Thursday: What Were Your First Impressions of Pretty Woman?

Pretty Woman turned 25 this week, and with such a momentous birthday, comes reflection! What were your first impressions of the movie? Did you watch it when it first came out, or years later when statements like “You're sitting on my fax,” seem dated? 

Tue
Mar 24 2015 5:20pm

Romance News Roundup: RWA 2015 Award Recipients and Mindy Kaling on Love Triangles

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Once More My Darling Rogue by Lorraine HeathRomance Writers of America announced their award winners for the Nora Roberts Lifetime Achievement Award, the Emma Merritt Service Award, among many authors. Congratulate authors Carole Mortimer, Lorraine Heath, and many other faces in romance for the honor! These ladies and gentlemen will be recognized at the RWA 2015 Conference in July.

Mindy Kaling chooses sides in the biggest love triangles the world has seen! She weighs in on Scandal's Olivia/Fitz/Jake, Hunger Games's Peeta/Katniss/Gale and so many others! Spoiler Alert: Mindy apparently does NOT believe in the Power of Pacey.

—Newsletter subscribers have the chance to read Lavinia Kent's Quickie Scene before anyone else (see the prompts that could appear)! Be added to our list before the newsletter goes out tomorrow and get a sneak peek at “The Angels Discovers a Rake.”

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Hat tip to MissD for the Mindy Kaling interview!

Tue
Mar 24 2015 8:12am

Spoiler Alert: What’s a Fan to Do When a TV Show or Movie Spoils the Books?

Sansa in Game of Thrones

Source: fuckyeahreactions.tumblr.com

Yesterday i09 published a report (via Vanity Fair and the Oxford Union)that confirmed rumors/fears we've had for years: Game of Thrones, the TV show, will be surpassing the books, and since George R.R. Martin has said in the past that he's told showrunners how to end the feuding families in Westeros, it pretty much guaranteed that watching the show will ruin the books, if any more are published.

What's a faithful reader to do? Do you forge ahead with the television adaptation, and hope to enjoy the finer details in the books, if/when they're published? Are you looking forward to getting some closure on the series, even if it beats the books?

This situation seems pretty unique, can you think of another instance where a movie adaptation spoiled a book series?

Mon
Mar 23 2015 8:28am

What Do You Do When You Realize You’re Reading Out of Order?

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia QuinnSometimes we read books out of order: I'll leave you time to recover from the shock that brings to some readers. It just can't be helped—especially in the days before we could obsessively track the next book by our favorite author, or make sure we're starting a series from the very beginning by popping onto their website. However, mistakes do happen, and you find that you are reading book 2 or 3 without every laying eyes on book 1. Do you soldier on, and hope for the best? Put the book down automatically (and maybe run for the hills)? Or, do you deliberately pick books later in the series, based on tropes, hero/heroines, etc?

Fri
Mar 20 2015 8:14am

Where Are the Dudes?

Vision in White by Nora RobertsRecently we stumbled across an article about Dudes Who Read Romance (not to be confused with the Hot Dudes Reading Instagram or our Reading is Sexy beefcake), in which one male romance reader confessed his love of reading romance. At H&H, we know there are male readers—we even count a few among our own bloggers—and have even met the rare species out in real world when a man confessed he had read Nora Roberts and Georgette Heyer.

If you're a dude in romance, raise your hand! We know you're out there! Do you know any men in your life who read romance? Or a friend of a friend who once had a man in their life finding an HEA with the latest bestseller? Let us know!

Thu
Mar 19 2015 8:22am

Throwback Thursday: Have You Read Georgette Heyer?

The Black Moth was Georgette Heyer's first book, published when she was just 19 years old! Since then, Heyer has become synonymous with Regency romance, and considered by many to be the mother of historicals as we know them today.

Have you read her? What was your first Heyer book?

Wed
Mar 18 2015 8:12am

First and Last Lines?

Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

“Emma Burnett could have never imagined that going hundreds of thousands of dollars in debt would be so exhilerating.”
...
“In the town she'd always called home.”
-Hope Flames by Jaci Burton

There are various ways of choosing your next read. One we recently ran into is reading the first and last sentence of the books you're debating between (if you have a physical copy) and choosing the best one as your next read. What's the first and last line of the book you are currently reading?

Tue
Mar 17 2015 8:14am

You’re Dismissed: What Book Would You Bring to Get Out of Jury Duty?

Jury duty, while one of those constitutional duties we fought so hard for, is not one most citizens look forward to. In a recent Facebook conversation, someone asked what book to bring to jury duty if they wanted to try and get dismissed from being seated on the jury. It brought to mind Liz Lemon's tactics on 30 Rock for getting out of her jury duty—including wearing what would later become her wedding dress.

What book would you bring to get out of jury duty?

Hat tip to Phoebe Chase for the suggestion.

Mon
Mar 16 2015 8:12am

What Couple Are You Waiting For?

This time last week, Julie Anne Long shared the cover for The Legend of Lyon Redmond (available September 29, 2015). We discussed the book briefly in Janga's post about her favorite families in historical romance. Lyon Redmond's book is a much anticipated one for lovers of Long's Pennyroyal Green series, and now that we have a release date and a cover to glom onto, we know we'll be getting some closure soon. 

What's the next couple you're looking forward to the most?

Fri
Mar 13 2015 8:09am

Clean Reading App: Would You Use It?

The clean reading app has been making waves in the online community this week. Romance isn't exactly known for it's clean language—we've all learned some words that, if said aloud or out of context, would make us blush. Do you think the app would take away from moments like this one:

Where the hell was the logic in that, she wondered. Gimme an S! A T! An O! A C! Followed by a K-H-O-L-M! What's it spell? HEAD FUCK.

-Lover Unbound

Would you use the app? Do you know anyone who wants to?

Thu
Mar 12 2015 8:24am

Throwback Thursday: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Turns 18!

Even now we hear that pumping theme music and it gets you in the mood to watch an “average” teenage girl faced with a destiny that was anything but. For many shippers, Buffy the Vampire Slayer launched a million hours of obsession. With that obsession in mind, who was your main ship in the show? Were you Team Angel, Team Spike or someone else?

Wed
Mar 11 2015 8:01am

Who Are Your Favorite Reformed Rakes and Playboys?

While we love all the antics of Jane the Virgin, one character holds our heart—Rafael Solano, the reformed playboy. This weekend, our blogger PhoebeChase rounded up some of her favorite reformed playboys from contemporary romance.

Everyone likes to take a bad boy under their wing and make him into a hero, worthy of love and commitment, but who are your favorites?

What reformed playboys would make it onto your list? What do you love about them?

Tue
Mar 10 2015 8:32am

Unusual Middle Names: What’s Your Favorite?

Today is the incredibly underrated Middle Name Pride Day. In romance—and especially in the aristocracy—there can be some pretty unusual names, but the middle name is rarely touted around.

In the case of the above Jamie Fraser, the only thing unusual about his middle name is the sheer quantity of them. In the Harry Potter universe, Harry's own sons were saddled with quite interesting middle names—James Sirius and Albus Severus, after the many fallen loved ones from Harry's life. For some characters, we find out their middle names when they get married, it might be the opening line of the book, or they might go by their middle name and then we don't even know their first name. Middle names can have sentimental reasons, silly reasons, or be a family name passed down.

What are some of the middle names that stand out to you?

Mon
Mar 9 2015 3:47pm

Romance News Roundup: Cathie Linz, Karen Marie Moning, and More!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Big Girls Don't Cry by Cathie Linz—It is with sad hearts that we share the news that Cathie Linz (aka Cat Devon) has passed away from colon cancer—our thoughts are with her friends and family. Her friend and fellow author, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, shared the news of Linz's death on her own Facebook page this weekend. We were lucky enough to have Cathie on Heroes and Heartbreakers once when she discussed vampires, heroes, and chocolate with her editor, Jennifer Enderlin.

Karen Marie Moning announced via her Facebook page that Feverborn would be pushed back from an October 2015 release to January 19, 2016. This is on the heals of her January 2015 release of Burned—it looks like even though the date has been pushed back, it will only be a year between releases for fans!

—Deal Alert: Looking to add a a little fiery redhead to your reading collection? Alice Clayton's The Redhead Revealed is on sale at Amazon for $1.99*

[Plus, more news!]

Mon
Mar 9 2015 9:17am

What’s the Weirdest Place Characters Have Said “I Love You?”

Source: lifehack.org

This could very easily turn into a romantic version of Green Eggs and Ham—“Would you, could you say I love you in a boat? Would you say I love you in a moat?“

Romance is filled with pages upon pages of ”I Love You“—in fact, we could write a book just of the ”I Love You“ scenes. You've probably read books where ”I love you“ is gasped in a moment of passion, or seen a movie where the hero runs up to the heroine in the rain and kisses her after an exultant ”I love you" from across the street. But have you read a romance where the heroine shouts her love in a battle field? In a grocery aisle?

What's the weirdest place you remember characters finally declaring their love?

Fri
Mar 6 2015 9:08am

What’s Your Friday Read?

The Deal by Elle Kennedy

The beautiful thing about the weekend is that it offers endless hours of reading time!

Heather's reading Elle Kennedy's The Deal, while I'm tackling Mary Balogh's the Survivor's Club series.

What books are you polishing off your TBR list this weekend? 

Thu
Mar 5 2015 9:28am

Throwback Thursday: Who Was the First Cover Model You Remember?

Rogue by FabioFabio is the cover model all romances have become associated with, even though it's been quite some time since he graced a cover. However, in a recent Jezebel article, it rapidly became clear that he was only associated with a select few of the many romance titles that came out in the 80s and 90s. Was Fabio your cover guy or was a different cover model the one catching your eye on every cover? Share the covers and the models—if you know them—in the comments!

Fun Fact: Did you also know that in addition to being on many romance covers, Fabio, in collaboration with other authors, has written eight romances in his own right?

Wed
Mar 4 2015 9:21am

“This One for the Footmen”: Downton Funk

Wanting to catch up on Downton Abbey, but just don't have the time to devote to four seasons of British Period Drama goodness? Or maybe you're already missing the Crawleys after Sundays season finale? Never fear, College Humor is here for you! You can catch up on major Downton plot points and get this catchy tune stuck in you head! Be warned, “Downton Funk” is set to the tune of Mark Ronson's “Uptown Funk,” featuring Bruno Mars, and it will get stuck in your head!

What do you think, would Violet Crawley, Dowager Countess of Grantham, approve of this mash-up?

Tue
Mar 3 2015 9:14am

How Much Is Enough?

No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole

We've talked about when you want the first kiss in a romance, and how soon is too soon for the first consummation. But between kissing and (after) consummation, there are quite a few levels of heat and frequency to consider.

What are your preferences when you're reading: is one love scene enough to solidify the connection between the main characters, or do you want the love scenes early on and often? Do you look for a minimum number as your ideal?