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Fri
Sep 30 2016 3:34pm

Fall for Movie Stars, Rogues, and Chefs: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Thrown by Colette AuclairDeal Alert: Colette Auclair's Aspen Valley contemporary romance Thrown, in which horse trainer Amanda is hired to teach a widowed movie star's two daughters to rideis only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* “Thrown is a sweet romance that illustrates the simple, but powerful changes that happen when love is given a chance to grow,” writes blogger Scarlettleigh in her First Look at the book.

Deal Alert: Katharine Ashe's Devil's Duke historical The Rogue is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Don't you appreciate a hero who's an expert in his chosen field? In an H&H guest post, Katharine Ashe spills about her competence kink.

Deal Alert: Penny Watson's foodie romance A Taste of Heaven, in which 47-year-old widow Sophia enters a cooking competition only to butt heads with Scottish chef Elliott, is on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & NobleAmazon | etc.* “Watson packs a lot of punch into this short novel—I don’t think I’ve ever cared about a character as quickly as I did Sophia,” says blogger PhoebeChase in her First Look at A Taste of Heaven.

[+We're already dying to see these two movies...]

Fri
Sep 30 2016 8:15am

Do You Have a Favorite Iconic Duo?

Earlier this week, one fan tweeted she though Kendall and Kylie Jenner were the most iconic duo ever—try to find a more iconic duo, she dared (the tweet has since been deleted). Of course, the internet glommed onto the statement, offering more iconic duos, like Lindsay Lohan and... Lindsay Lohan in The Parent Trap—sorry Kendall and Kylie, you're just not there yet. 

What iconic duos would you add? Do you have a favorite pair? Can you think of any from romance novels? Couples are obviously the place where the brain goes when thinking of duos, but can you think of any non-couple duos in romance? 

Tell me all about it in the comments!

Thu
Sep 29 2016 8:08am

How Taboo Are You Willing to Go?

Three Simple Rules by Nikki Sloane

Over the last few years, like in other media, romance novels have been pushing boundaries. What was taboo just a few years ago is now de rigueur. However, there are some things that are just too taboo, even for us daring romance readers. What works for one person, does not always work for all. What is your current boundary? What did you think you couldn't read before and now really love? 

Tell us all about it in the comments!

 

 

Wed
Sep 28 2016 8:06am

Is It Ever Okay to Ban a Book?

By now we're about halfway through Banned Books week. According to the American Library Association, most books are banned because of explicit language, sexual content, or innappropriate for the age group (and usually some combination of these). I have read many of the books on the list—have you? Do you ever think there's a case when a book should be banned?

Let us know about it in the comment! 

Tue
Sep 27 2016 8:06am

Do You Have Multiple Copies/Editions of the Same Book?

In a Tor article yesterday, James Dashner shared his five books that force him to buy multiple copies. This is not an uncommon problem among book lovers—I myself own three copies (at least) of Pride & Prejucide, many of which were gifts. Do you have multiple copies of the same book? If so, why? If not, would you ever?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Mon
Sep 26 2016 8:16am

What’s Your Favorite Heroine Profession?

The Governess was Wicked by Julia KellyLast week we asked you, “What's Your Favorite Hero Profession?” Many of you offered great responses—from “duke” to "it doesn't really matter. This week, I want to know if you have preferences when it comes to your heroine? Do you like when her job mirrors some of her personality—i.e. a bluestocking heroine who's a governess—or when it's more unexpected—i.e. the shy fashion model? 

Did any heroine professions stand out to you when you read them? What is your favorite one to read? 

Let us know in the comments!

Fri
Sep 23 2016 8:13am

Can You Re-Read Beloved Holiday Books Any Time?

Sure, Christmas in July is a thing, but do we ever really love it when Christmas comes that early? In Romancelandia, the holidays are already starting with many holiday-themed romances hitting shelves next week. As much as we may not like reading holiday romances in September, we do sometimes find much beloved characters and couples from these books. However, because of the holiday setting, do you find that, even when you're really craving a walk down memory lane with a certain book that you just can't force yourself to read a Christmas novel in April? Or do you soldier on and read the book anyway? 

Let us know in the comments!

Thu
Sep 22 2016 8:20am

Do You Read More “New” Authors or More “Known” Authors?

There are so many books coming out in romance every month. Many of them are by non-debut authors that still may be new to you! When you look back at your reading for a given week or month, do you think you most commonly read mostly new-to-you authors or mostly authors that you already know and trust? When you do pick up a new-to-you author, what will make you do so?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Sep 21 2016 4:46pm

Cool Romance News & Deals from J.D. Robb, Georgette Heyer & Paul Marron

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Playing It Cool by Amy Andrews—Deal Alert: Amy Andrews' fake-relationship contemporary Playing It Cool, Book 2 in the Sydney Smoke Rugby series, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Andrews' book features a Rubenesque heroine and she wrote a guest post for H&H on her pet peeves when reading about plus-sized heroines. What drives you nuts?

—Deal Alert: Christine S. Feldman's brother's-best-friend contemporary Coming Home is only $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* On the hunt for more best friend/little sister matchups? Try Samantha Young, Toni Blake, and Alison Kent.

Fresh Outta the Oven

Want more scoop on Kristen Ashley's The Honey series? Visit H&H tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. ET! Book 1, The Deep End, doesn't hit stores until March 7, 2017, but happily Book 2, The Farthest Edge, will be released only three months later, in June 2017, and we'll have your exclusive first look at the cover!

[J.D. Robb sweepstakes, shirtless Paul Marron & more...]

Wed
Sep 21 2016 8:05am

What Do You Think of Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt in Passengers?

Yesterday, we reported the premiere of the long-awaited Passengers trailer, a movie that really does seem to strike the balance between sci-fi action film and romance! Plus, it has Hollywood's favorite leading man and woman of late, Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence—don't tell them, but it was android bartender Michael Sheen that caught my interest. 

Considering this looks like the romantic version of Star Trek, what do you think? Will you be seeing it? What do you think of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence?

Let us know in the comments!

 

Tue
Sep 20 2016 4:30pm

Riding Dirty with Jamie Dornan & Passengers: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Riding Dirty by Jill Sorenson—Deal Alert: Jill Sorenson's motorcycle club romance Riding Dirty is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. (Psst: Shooting Dirty is also on sale.) Can't get enough of men on bikes? Here are 10 more MC heroes you gotta meet.

—Deal Alert: Eloisa James's historical romance debut, Potent Pleasures, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* If you've read every James you can get your hands on, you've probably also read Jane Austen and Lisa Kleypas and Loretta Chase, so try wildcard picks Gail Carriger and Lois McMaster Bujold.

Deal Alert: Jodi Thomas's historical western Beneath the Texas Sky is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Weary of Regency ballrooms? Allow us to recommend that you read any or all of these Top 10 American Historicals.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Jamie Dornan: Man in Tights?! The Fifty Shades of Grey star is reportedly considering joining the film Robin Hood: Origins as Robin's half-brother Will Scarlett. Are you more or less enthused about this than you are about the recently released Fifty Shades Darker trailer?

[+Watch the trailer for Passengers a.k.a. Star Trek plus romance...]

Tue
Sep 20 2016 8:28am

What’s Your Favorite Hero Profession?

Heroes have so many jobs in Romancelandia...maybe not as many as in real life but that's part of the fun! 

Construction workers... mechanics... CEOs... accountants... FBI agents... professional athletes... 

The list goes on!

What is your favorite hero profession? When you see a hero with a certain job, is it an auto-buy for you? Why do you like it?

Let us know in the comments!

Mon
Sep 19 2016 8:09am

What Are You in the Mood For?

With our reading psychic in residence, Madame TBR, Team H&H has been in the mood for SO many different types of books—largely thanks to your suggestions—and with a rainy day here in our offices, it's the perfect climate for reading. What are you in the mood for? What sort of book have you been craving? A rom-com reminiscent of Jennifer Crusie? A modern Linda Howard? 

Let us know in the comments!

Fri
Sep 16 2016 8:05am

Happy Read an eBook Day!

For us, pretty much every day is “read an ebook day,” but today it's official! What ebooks are you reading? What device are you reading on most? For many of us, we've switched to our phones over the traditional reader, have you? What about ebooks are you thankful for?

Let us know how you're “celebrating” in the comments!

 

Image via Shutterstock

Thu
Sep 15 2016 8:09am

Hoarding Heroes Are Kind of Cute

Recently, one of our staffers read Lisa Kleypas for the first time, after years of calling herself a historical romance fan—we don't know how it slipped through the cracks either. She fell head over heels in love with Derek Craven and it allowed all of us at Team H&H to swoon over him again with her. One of the moments that really stuck out to us was Derek pilfering Sara's glasses. On Facebook, a reader reminded us Kleypas had another pick-pocketing hero, Matthew from A Scandal in Spring, who kept Daisy's button for years. 

Under different circumstances, keeping silly, disposable trinkets like this would be considered hoarding, but for us, this behavior is swoon-enducing. 

What are your favorite cases of the “hoarding hero”? Can you think of other heroes who have kept an item from a heroine as a keepsake? Can you think of heroines who have done it?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Sep 14 2016 8:03am

What Helps You Get Over Hump Day?

Camel for Hump Day

Today is Hump Day, and let me tell you, I am struggling! However, I know that “relief” is only a touch screen away with my favorite authors and tropes—I have a plus-sized heroine, a fake relationship, and a secret baby all begging to be read... and that helps!

What book-related things help you get over Hump Day? Do you have a book or any tropes that help get you through the day?

Let us know in the comments!

 

Tue
Sep 13 2016 8:11am

Does a Beta Hero Have to Be Kind?

Nathan Adrian in the Rio Olympics

Recently while going through the H&H Heartchives, I stumbled upon a post about beta heroes—Kinder Doesn't Mean Less Sexy. This statement is unequivocally true. Kindness and sex appeal do not have to be mutually exclusive—and in fact, in the real world, someone who is sexy and kind might be considered even sexier. For example, you hear stories of celebrity encounters and the ones that resonate with fans is that “he's just so nice.“

However, in the romance world, a kind hero is often relegated to the shadows, women crave the alpha—the alpha-hole, if you will—not the kind beta. This brings to mind something, though. Just like the alpha can be a powerful, seductive leader without being a jerk, can the beta hero be anything but kind? In every instance of the word, I could only find the beta described as kind, the sort of guy you ”bring home to mom.“  (*cough* Nathan Adrian *cough*)

Can you think of any heroes that would be considered betas, but are also not always kind? Perhaps a bit grumpy, or is kindness a trademark of the type? Can you still want to bring a hero ”home to mom" but also smack him upside the head for how rude he was to XYZ person? 

Let us know in the comments!
 

Image: Leonard Zhukovsky / Shutterstock.com

Mon
Sep 12 2016 11:30am

Fifty Shades Darker First Poster & Excerpt—“Slip Into Something a Shade Darker”

Fifty Shades Darker Poster

Saturday marked Anastasia Steele's birthday, so to celebrate, Fifty Shades author E.L. James shared an excerpt from her 2017 book, which will follow the events of Fifty Shades Darker from Christian's perspective (fans will remember last year's release of Grey, which followed Fifty Shades of Grey from Christian's POV).  

If that wasn't enough, fans of the movie will be excited to see the first official Fifty Shades Darker poster. The movie will hit cinemas on Valentine's Day 2017 (as its predecessor did in 2015), and James has promised that the trailer will be coming soon. 

We're definitely intrigued by the tagline “Slip Into Something a Shade Darker” and, as movie-goers know, Fifty Shades of Grey left audiences on a cliffhanger. Are you ready to be tempted for part 2 of this trilogy? 

Let us know in the comments and stay tuned for news of the Fifty Shades Darker trailer, which should debut tomorrow—for now, here's the teaser trailer! 

Mon
Sep 12 2016 8:15am

How Long Will You Read Before You DNF a Book?

Romance readers are some of the quickest, most loyal, and most voracious readers around. However, as the age old phrase goes, time is money, and if we're not loving a current read, that's taking us away from the opportunity to be reading something great.

What's your tolerance for a “bad” read? How long do you give a book before you have to DNF it? Do you ever? 

Let us know in the comments!

Fri
Sep 9 2016 8:02am

If You Could Pick an Outfit from Any Cover to Wear, What Outfit Would It Be?

Discovery of Desire by Susanne Lord

It's New York Fashion Week, which means this week we'll be discovering plenty of new looks we both love and hate! We love a fashionista, and when it comes to Romancelandia, we also get to see a lot of beautiful clothes—on covers!

If you could pick an outfit from any cover, what outfit would you choose? Can you think of an author who is always very descriptive about what their character is wearing? 

Let us know in the comments!