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Fri
Apr 28 2017 8:21am

Why Do You Love Your Favorite Trope?

We all love certain tropes in the genre. We know this. But why do you love them? For some, enemies-to-lovers is the best trope in the genre, for others it's an automatic DNF.

So what makes you love your favorite trope?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Thu
Apr 27 2017 8:08am

What is a Romantic Comedy?

After watching this video, we gotta agree with James Corden... do these people even know what a romantic comedy is?! Apparently not. Anne Hathaway started off her list of favorite romantic comedies very strongly with Notting Hill being her top contender. Then she went on to her second pick... Gone Girl. 

*Insert record screech*

She told fellow members of the chat show to “think about it,” but we gotta say that we don't care to. It left host Corden wondering if Hathaway wondering if she even knew what a rom-com was—especially considering she starred in several!

So, let's help educate Anne. How would you define a romantic comedy? What are some of your favorites? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Wed
Apr 26 2017 1:30pm

A Romance Virgin’s First Cover Shoot

Behind the Scenes of Jaci Burton's Cover Shoot

How people come into the romance world can differ wildly. It can be as simple as finding a book in the library that hooks you for life, or as complex as being discovered in a gym to star as a cover model for one of romance’s hottest authors.

The latter is how Derek Nicholas found himself in a New York City studio posing for the cover of Jaci Burton’s fourteenth Play-by-Play novel. Nicholas is a trainer in a gym in New York that happens to be frequented by Berkley’s Associate Director of Publicity, Erin Galloway. 

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Wed
Apr 26 2017 8:08am

Do You Like Hearing About an Author’s Creative Process?

Creative Lightbulb

Spring brings a lot of creation—flowers blossom, baby animals are born... and apparently author's share their creative process! Many times this week, we've seen authors sharing how their book came to be—whether it's generally talking about their writing process or how a line from a song inspired them. It can be a really interesting conversation, especially when it's from your favorite authors. 

What are your thoughts? Do you like to hear about the creative process? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Tue
Apr 25 2017 8:05am

What’s the Shortest It’s Taken for a Series to “Click” for You?

Sometimes it takes as little as two words—like, Beards and Bondage—for you to realize a series seems made for you. Other times it takes a few books for it to sneak up on you and make you realize you love it. 

What's the shortest it's taken you to click with a series? Do you typically have trouble getting in sync with a series? What's your average? 

Tell me all about it in the comments!

Mon
Apr 24 2017 2:00pm

Two Sides to Every “Nice” Guy: A Case Study

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As the adage goes, “nice guys finish last.” Out in the real world this may not be the case. I always like the nice guy—I think a lot of us do! However, for every nice guy in real life, there's a not-so Nice Guy in fiction... who thinks he's a nice guy. Sadly, for many nice guys in fiction, there's a sense of entitlement and arrogance that makes them Bad Nice Guys. 

The “Bad” Nice Guy

This might be an unpopular opinion, but Ross Geller is the worst. That doesn't mean that I don't love him, love his characters, and accept him. However, here is where this nice guy turns into a not-so-nice guy: Entitlement. Throughout the first few seasons of Friends, in particular, Ross frequently felt that he should be with Rachel simply because he had known her first, because he was the nicer guy and therefore deserving of her attention. That level of entitlement is exactly why I never could really root for that relationship on the show (I was always a Mondler fan). Being a nice guy does not mean you inherently are deserving of things. It means that when nice things happen to you people will say “Oh, it's so great that that happened since he's so nice.”

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Mon
Apr 24 2017 8:08am

What Couple Shouldn’t You Ship... But You Do?

With the recent return of Prison Break, we've been talking a lot about our favorite couple on that show: Michael and Sara. While we love them, we know that maybe we shouldn't. The same goes for Jax and Tara from Sons of Anarchy. There's just something about these pairs... we know they shouldn't work together and yet they totally do. But if this were real life we'd be telling these women to run for the hills! 

Do you have show couples that are like that? They don't need to be criminals like Jax and Tara or Michael and Sara, but do you have a ship that you know you shouldn't root for, but do? What do you love about them? What makes you hesitant to ship them?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Fri
Apr 21 2017 8:15am

Would You Want a Book-Themed Proposal?

Couple in Regency period dress

It's a truth universally acknowledged that Mr. Darcy was not the most romantic of beaus. However, when we find our real-life Mr. Darcy's it appears they can make up for what Mr. Darcy lacked. Yesterday, we stumbled upon a post on Tumblr where a young man did just that. With the help of his girlfriend's very willing-to-play-along family, a young man proposed to his girlfriend with a reenactment of Pride and Prejudice. Scripted scenes were read, his girlfriend's mother made costumes, and then, of course, it all ended with a grand proposal. We may have swooned! 

Would you ever want to be proposed to with a book-themed proposal? Have you? What book/series would you want used as inspiration, or would it generally just be book-themed? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Thu
Apr 20 2017 8:18am

Do You Wish More Romance Came in Hardcover?

Most romances come in two formats: e-book and paperback. It's the soft paperbacks that we remember of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but it's the e-book that made many romance novels more attainable. However, only some of the biggest authors in romance get a book put into the coveted hardcover format. While I think most people are happy, if they prefer physical books, to have a paperback, but do you like to get hardcover romance? Do you wish more romances came in hardcover or do you think you'd still buy the e-book or paperback only? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Wed
Apr 19 2017 8:23am

What Book Did You Have Trouble Convincing Others to Read?

We all have books we love, but sometimes the concept can be hard to persuade our friends on. For one person, you may know a book you just read will be a slam dunk, but for one reason or another they don't want to try it. Other times, you know the trope or premise doesn't work for a fellow reader but you think the writing or characters will work. 

Do you have a book like this? Why do you think you had trouble convincing them? Did you ever get them to read it? 

Tue
Apr 18 2017 8:08am

What Is Your Favorite Local Bookstore?

Bookstore in Venice Italy

Last week in our Morning Coffee question about loaning out books, commenter ElizabethPoteet called out a bookstore down in Tennessee that she loved. It sparked talk of local bookstores. Do you have a beloved bookstore that you always visit? What do you love about it? What is it called? 

Tell us all about it in the comments!

Mon
Apr 17 2017 8:03am

Will You Use Your Tax Return on Anything Book Related?

Congratulations! If you're in the United States, you've sent in your taxes and are hopefully waiting on getting a very nice tax return. With a little extra spending money, do you plan on using your tax return on anything fun—how about something fun that's also book related? Maybe you're finally getting that sweet book 

Tell me about it in the comments!

 

Fri
Apr 14 2017 8:00am

What Real-Life Couple Would You Like a Romance Of?

Single Line drawing couple

There are so many celebrity couples that often inspire writers to pen a story. There are also lots of couples in our every day life that inspire us too. What real-life couple—celebrity or not—do you think would inspire a romance novel? What do you love about their story? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Thu
Apr 13 2017 8:05am

How Often Do You Read Non-Romance?

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Monthly book club? Weekend read? Are romances just your treat and non-romance is your main genre? It can differ month-to-month and year-to-year, but many of us take a break from romance from time to time. 

How often do you read non-romance? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Wed
Apr 12 2017 8:04am

Who Are The Best Romance Authors Right Now?

Crown rings

We know many of the kings and queens of romance, the one that shaped the genre into what it is today. They are the trailblazers who gave us the romance genre—Nora Roberts, Kathleen Woodiwiss, Susan Elizabeth Phillips... the list goes on! However, if you were to crown the best romance novelists right now, who would they be? How have they changed the genre? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Tue
Apr 11 2017 3:30pm

7 Books to Read if You Love The Fast and the Furious Movies

Ex-Con by Katana Collins

It comes as no surprise that, after eight movies, the cultural influence of The Fast and the Furious film franchise should permeate the hallowed walls of Romancelandia. With stars like Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Tyrese Gibson, it's no wonder that we fell for these anti-heroes. The world of the Fast and the Furious offered us strong women, too, who challenged these men—and thus our little shipper heart's were sealed forever to this crew. However, the franchise is winding to a close (Maybe? Who knows at this point!) and so romance is the place we must turn to to get our fix!

In my head, Katana Collins' Harrison Street Crew are The Fast and the Furious guys. Ex-Con introduces us to this crew as ex-convict Shane McGill is released from prison and finds himself pulled back into the car club that he wants nothing to do with. As the prologue says, Shane wasn't part of the crew when he went into jail, but he's part of it once he's behind bars. This is a pretty dark read and handles some intense—even triggering—material, so it's not for everyone, but the writing is stellar and the sex is on fire. 

[Fire!]

Tue
Apr 11 2017 9:30am

Kylie Scott’s Twist Discussion Thread!

Twist by Kylie ScottBack in March, Heroes and Heartbreakers read Kylie Scott's Dirty as the first book in our E-Book of the Month Club, and after we were done, it left us panting for even more in the Dive Bar series. Luckily, the release of book 2, Twist was right around the corner!

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended 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. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look review of Twist to whet your appetite, not to mention our fantasy casting of the Dive Bar crew to help you visualize as you read.)

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

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

[Let's discuss...]

Tue
Apr 11 2017 8:08am

Do You Insert Yourself into the Story?

Couple in a book

When we were discussing lesbian romance, commenters got into a conversation about how much readers put themselves into the story. Do you look for a carbon copy of yourself amongst the pages of the story? Do you look for the opposite? Does it help you enjoy the story more if you see yourself in the main characters?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Mon
Apr 10 2017 8:17am

Do You Have Rules When You Loan a Book?

When you loan out a book, it's with the idea that the person you are loaning it to will enjoy it. However, there's another unwritten expectation—that they'll also take care of it! it can be pretty devastating when you get a book back that you loaned to someone and have the spine be decimated, or the pages dog-eared. So, before that happens—or because it's happened one too many times—do you have any rules for people who borrow your book? What are they? Do you have a “blacklist” of people who are not allowed to borrow books from you any more? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Fri
Apr 7 2017 8:08am

Can You Read Romance With Characters in the Same Profession As You?

Love Irresistibly by Julie James

It can be great to see characters in the same profession as you being displayed on the same page, but sometimes... you know too much. If you're a lawyer, you may know that the court system doesn't work in the way that the author needed it to work for the plot. If you're a journalist, you know that a reporter would never sleep with their source. However, in the hands of a capable author, this can be overlooked! 

What are your thoughts? Can you read a romance that has characters who hold the same job as you? Does that take away from the fantasy? 

Tell me about it in the comments!