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Fri
May 26 2017 8:07am

What Do You Think When a Book “Ends” at the Halfway Point?

Bear with me for just one moment. A recent “trend” in romance seems to be to include bonus content. That sounds great on the surface, but many times that means getting about halfway through a book you've recently purchased only to discover that the remaining four hours that your e-reader says is left in the book is actually “bonus content.” This can take several different forms: previously published books from the author, bonus stories from friends of the author, an excerpt from the next book. 

However, for some readers this “bonus” can be very frustrating. What are your thoughts? Do you like it when you get bonus content? How much bonus content do you like? Is there a point where there is too much? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Thu
May 25 2017 8:03am

What Did You Think of the Dirty Dancing Twist?

Dirty Dancing lift in remake

Note: This Morning Coffee contains lots of spoilers about the Dirty Dancing remake.

We did it, we survived. The Dirty Dancing remake on ABC has come and gone and we felt... meh about it. For the most part, the members of H&H that gathered 'round to watch it were split. Many of us felt betrayed by taking away the hopeful ending of the orginal. Some felt that adding in the musical elements took away from the movie. Others felt the added subplot of Baby's parents made the movie too slow. Still others thought the best relationship was the alternative universe we created in our heads in which Baby and Penny got together. 

Today, we want to hear your thoughts! What did you think of the remake? This is a safe place so feel free to vent or applaud the movie as you see fit! 

Wed
May 24 2017 8:08am

Have You Ever Returned a Book You Bought?

Upset Person

Sometimes we get buyers remorse. If it were a piece of clothing, we would simply keep the tags on and return it to the store. However, when it comes to books, that same policy doesn't really apply—even when you haven't read the book in question! 

Have you ever gotten book buyers remorse? What did you do? Did you return the book? 

Tell us about it in the comments! 

Tue
May 23 2017 8:13am

What Romance Trend Do You Wish You Understood?

Confused Woman

So many books coming out every week means so many different trends for people to try! Not all books are for all readers, however. There are some trends we just... don't get. 

What trend do you not get? Do you ever WANT to get it? Do you not get the appeal, but still find yourself intrigued by the books? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Mon
May 22 2017 8:03am

Romance Used to Mean Something Very Different

Romantic evening

Last week, Merriam-Webster reminded us that “romance” didn't exactly have a romantic origin—and dates back to the fifth century. We know the word has many different meanings, but did you know it dates back to the Romans and that the word actually stems from the Latin word for the Romans? Finding out the origins of words can be surprising—especially when the first meaning looks quite different from what it means today. Can you think of a word like romance that has changed greatly over the years? What's your favorite word origin story?

Read more about the chivalric origins of “romance” at Merriam-Webster. 

Fri
May 19 2017 8:02am

What’s Your Most Anticipated Book of the Summer?

Dog waiting in window

It's nowhere near summer yet—at least not officially—but with temperatures around 90 degrees at the H&H offices, we already feel like we're in the dog days of it! Since though it's not official, we have a lot to look forward to this season—especially in the books department! We're waiting on a lot of great releases!

What is your most anticipated read of the summer? 

Share with us down in the comments!

Thu
May 18 2017 8:09am

What Sort of Relationship Dynamic Do You Find Most Compelling?

Couple Kisses in Bed

Dominant; slow-burn; sweet; fun. These are just a few ways in which the relationship dynamic can manifest itself in a romance. When it comes to your own preferences, what sort of dynamic do you prefer to see between characters? What do you love about that?

Tell me about it in the comments! 

Wed
May 17 2017 8:20am

Can You Read Right Before Bed?

Couple falling asleep in bed while reading

Reading can be a double edged sword when it comes to a nightly routine. FOr some, it can send them right to the Sandman and they'll be sleeping in no time, while for others, it will keep them up late into the night—either because they keep reading (booksomnia should totally be a thing!) or because they were too excited about what they read and they can't fall asleep. 

What's the case for you? Is reading a necesscary nightly ritual or does it keep you up at night and so you stay away from books before bedtime? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Tue
May 16 2017 8:15am

What’s the Most “Fun” Book You’ve Read?

Recently, an H&H commenter mentioned how fun a book sounded. It's a phrase we toss around a lot—“what a fun read.” However, what constitutes a fun read? What was the last book that inspired you to just say it was “fun”?

Give us your recommendations down in the comments!

Hat tip to commenter Kareni, who inspired this question. 

Mon
May 15 2017 8:10am

Who Are Your Favorite Mothers/Maternal Figures in Romance?

Mothers can sometimes get a bad rap in romance. Many times they're portrayed as shrewish or meddlesome, while other times they're the paragon of maternal instinct. 

However, to be a mother in romance—and in real life—you don't need to have given birth to the person to be a maternal figure to them. So, biological or not, who are some of your favorite mothers in romance? What do you love about them? Do you consider them perfect, or are they flawed? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Fri
May 12 2017 8:08am

Who Is Your Current Celebrity Crush?

Drawn love air balloon

Friday is date night for many. So with love in the air, who is your current celebrity crush? Are they a new crush or a longstanding one? 

Tell us about them—and share a picture!—in the comments!

Thu
May 11 2017 8:20am

What Author or Book Do You Think Most Influenced Your Reading?

We all have a lightbulb moment when we read where an author or a book impacts what we're going to read going forward. Sometimes we're aware of it in the moment, and sometimes it's not until later that we realized the effect a certain author or book had on our reading. 

Can you recall a particular book that greatly impacted your reading taste? How did it change things for you?

Tell me about it in the comments!

Wed
May 10 2017 8:07am

What Romantic Comedy Could You Watch Any Time?

Three Friends Watching a Movie

We love romantic comedies, but there are some that we have to be in the right mood for, while others we can watch over and over, whenever we want. 

What romantic comedy or romantic film can you just watch any time? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Tue
May 9 2017 4:25pm

Read Chapter 1 from Christina Lauren’s Dating You/Hating You

Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren

Back in October, we fell in love with the concept of Christina Lauren's Dating You/Hating You. Office rivals turned friends turned lovers? Yeah, we're definitely going to be “flagging for follow-up” to get the scoop on this book! In a reveal of the first chapter on Hypable, Christina and Lauren admitted this is their favorite trope to write, and we gotta say, we love to read it, too! 

Learn more about the book here: 

Everyone knows that all’s fair in love and war. But these two will learn that sabotage is a dish best served naked.

The first standalone romance by New York Times and #1 international bestselling author Christina Lauren (Beautiful Bastard) is a sexy, compulsively readable romantic comedy that dives headlong into the thrill and doubt of modern love.

Despite the odds against them from an embarrassing meet-awkward at a mutual friend’s Halloween party, Carter and Evie immediately hit it off. Even the realization that they’re both high-powered agents at competing firms in Hollywood isn’t enough to squash the fire.

But when their two agencies merge—causing the pair to vie for the same position—all bets are off. What could have been a beautiful, blossoming romance turns into an all-out war of sabotage. Carter and Evie are both thirtysomething professionals—so why can’t they act like it?

Can Carter stop trying to please everyone and see how their mutual boss is really playing the game? Can Evie put aside her competitive nature long enough to figure out what she really wants in life? Can their actor clients just be something close to human? Whether these two Hollywood love/hatebirds get the storybook Hollywood ending, or just a dramedy of epic proportions, you get to enjoy Christina Lauren’s heartfelt, hilarious story of romance in the modern world.

Are you totally hooked? So are we! 

Learn more about or pre-order your copy of Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren, available June 6, 2017: 

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Tue
May 9 2017 8:01am

Is There a Book You Read Every Summer, Without Fail?

Hello Summer Graphic

Summer is almost here (unless for those reading in the Southern Hemisphere, it is soon to be winter), and that means summer reading. It's not just something kids take a part in! Lazier summer days can mean, for some, more reading—and we hope you're one of those lucky people!

With so much to read, do you find yourself turning to a few favorite books? We love to reread, but do you make sure to reread one book in particular every summer?

Tell us about it in the comments! What do you love about it? Why do you reread it every year? 

Mon
May 8 2017 8:31am

What Is Your Favorite Word in Romance?

Pucked by Helena Hunting

We talk a lot about our least favorite words in romance... and I mean. A. Lot. Like... really, we asked you to vote on it. Today, however, I'm looking for a slightly different slant: what is your favorite word? It doesn't have to be a dirty word, or a word used during a love scene (though those are certainly fine), but it does have to be a word that you don't see often outside of romance or that you discovered in romance. 

Are you up to the challenge? What is your favorite word in romance? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Fri
May 5 2017 8:08am

What’s Your Favorite Military Profession?

Yesterday we shared a post about different heroines who were pilots and engineers and so much more. Many of the professions discussed on the list are also found in the military. It got us thinking... do you like seeing different military professions? What are some of your favorite ones to see? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Thu
May 4 2017 8:05am

How Would You Define a Romance To Someone Who’s Never Read One?

Alien reading

When someone overhears you talking about romance who isn't that big of a reader, or maybe someone who never realized that romance was a subgenre, they probably look at you like you're an alien. But to us, they're the ones who are out of this world. 

So, if and when you talk to someone who's never read a romance—and who maybe never knew it was a genre—how would you define it? 

Tell us your definitions down in the comments!

Wed
May 3 2017 8:02am

What Are Your Top Three Ways You Discover New Books?

Books at a bookstore

There are so many ways to discover new books these days. You can discover new books from the comfort of your own home with recommended reading pouring in from so many directions, it's hard to gauge where the best recommendations are actually coming. With that idea in mind, do you have a few steady or reliable places you get recommendations? Is it just one person? Is it a review site? A trusted librarian?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Tue
May 2 2017 8:01am

Who Are Your Favorite Royals?

Queen with crown

Princess Charlotte turned two and the internet exploded with the cuteness. Emma Chase shared the cover for her next Royals book, Royally Endowed. Prince Harry exists. So you could say we're feeling the royal fever. With so many real and fictional royals to love, we want to know: who are your favorites? 

Tell us about them in the comments!