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May 27 2015 8:18am

Who Is Your Most Trusted Recommender?

Asking for It by Lilah Pace

In the past we've talked about our reading twins—the people in our lives (both on- and offline) whose taste parallels ours. However, there are other people who may not always read the same books that we do, but who just “get” our reading style. This person may be our mom, sister, best friend, Twitter buddy, or librarian, but there's always a person! 

Whose recommendations do you trust the most? Give them a shoutout in the comments, and maybe a virtual high-five on social media for always giving you a great recommendation!

May 26 2015 8:02am

What Was Your Memorial Day Read?

Jake Gyllenhaal in Jarhead

In the United States, yesterday was Memorial Day, and for many it's the chance to relax at home, away from work and do anything they want—head to the beach, watch some fireworks, or read!

What did you do for Memorial Day? What was your Memorial Day read?

May 22 2015 8:07am

Literary Scents, or What Happiness Smells Like

via Powells.tumblr.com

As book people, we like booky gifts. We've thought or taken snapshots of everything type of literary gifts—come on, admit it! Everything from favorite quotes immortalized in jewelery to really cool bookmarks have popped into our view at some point or another.

But what about book perfume? This post from Nylon counts up some of the more popular and interesting literary perfumes that are on the market. These perfumes contain everything from the “vaguely woody scent of books” to perfumes actually inspired by writers. 

Would you or do you have any literary inspired scents? What romance writer or novel do you think deserves a perfume of its own? Flowers from the Storm sounds like it was made for a perfumery, doesn't it?

If you're looking for more book inspired nonsense, check out our So Literal Pinterest board!

h/t to Sahara Hoshi for sharing this link with us!

May 21 2015 8:11am

Throwback Thursday: Who Was Your First Knight?

The Wolf and the Dove by Kathleen E WoodiwissThere was a time when knights, squires, and medieval lords graced the pages of many romances. The shining armor, the sword fights, the derring do! There's a lot to love about medieval romances. But who was your first knight? What was your first medieval romance? Do you read them still?

May 20 2015 8:19am

What Secrets to Success Do You Think Real-Life Couples Could Learn from Romance?

The Right Wife by Beverly Barton

Many times, we as romance readers are told that we are fostering unrealistic expectations of relationships due to our reading. However, I think it's safe to say that there are a few things that real life couples can learn from romance!

A recent study showed that there are two keys to happiness with your spouse: kindness and generosity! As one person noted, “So a happy wife really means a happy life?” This got me thinking about the tips we could learn from romance to influence our relationships in the real world. What would be your suggestions? What books or authors have unleashed a wealth of good advice?

Let us know in the comments!

May 19 2015 8:14am

What’s the Hardest Thing You’ve Ever Had to Read or Watch?

This weekend brought some of the hardest moments to watch in television—what with THAT scene in Outlander 1x15, or THAT OTHER scene in Game of Thrones 5x06.  For readers of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, many people said that scene was even harder to watch than it was to read. 

In fiction, we've seen people knee-capped, tortured, murdered, and so much more. Sometimes those moments have us cheering and cringing along with the characters (depending on what side we're on). What has been the hardest thing for you to read in a book or watch onscreen?

Psst, also, if you really want to rub salt in the wound, check out our Delicious Despair collection where our bloggers talk about those moments in books and on screen that rip our hearts out!

May 18 2015 8:34am

What’s the Sweetest Romance You’ve Ever Read?

So much of the time on Heroes and Heartbreakers we talk about the hottest, sexiest, most melt-our-eyeballs moments in romance, but now I want to hear about those melt-worthy moments of a different kind!

What has been the sweetest romance you've ever read? You know, the ones that get you saying “aww” every other page, and have you swooning at the declarations of love? What's the sweetest moment you remember reading?

Let me know in the comments!

May 15 2015 8:08am

What TV Shows Would You Like to See Influence Romance?

Art imitates life on many an occasion, and sometimes one type of media influences another. Earlier this week we talked about fan fiction, which is one way media permeates the realm of publishing, but in another way we've seen an influx of certain types of romances due to popular tropes. After all, if you love Sons of Anarchy, bikers might hold a certain both as a writer and a reader. If you love Game of Thrones, fantasy romance could be your jam. And if you love Outlander, then you might want to see more highlanders in your life (and bookshelves). 

What TV shows would you like to have influence in the book world? What other examples can you think of where a movie or TV show has led to a certain type of romance becoming popular? 

May 14 2015 8:09am

Throwback Thursday: Who’s Your Favorite Doctor Who Pairing?

The Doctor and Rose in Doctor Who

Back in 2011, news had just broken that married companions, Rory and Amy, would be continuing their adventures on the TARDIS...together. 2015 also sees the 10th anniversary of the reboot—the same reboot that sparked renewed interest and international success for the series. While Doctor Who is fundamentally a science fiction show, that doesn't mean that the love element is totally missing from the show. 

There are classic pairings like The Doctor and Rose, paired companions like Rory and Amy, and newer ships like the doomed Oswald and Danny Pink. What has been your favorite pairing on the show? Would you like The Doctor to get an HEA? What would that look like for you?

May 13 2015 8:12am

Lady Thor’s Identity is Revealed

Thor tries to pull out mjolnir in ThorYesterday, Thor writer Jason Aron revealed the identity of Lady Thor, which you can find out here. Last year when the news initially broke, it was met with mixed results. However, with this new information, it does raise an interesting point. Here's what we know without revealing the identity, for those not wishing to be spoiled:

At some point, Thor, through an unknown circumstance, has become unworthy of the mythical hammer, Mjolnir. 

Now we will unleash the spoiler bots upon the comments—so stay away if you don't wish to be spoiled! What event do you think caused Thor to be deemed unworthy of his hammer? We also know that the mortal version of Lady Thor is weakened every time she uses the hammer, what do you think of the idea of a superpower vanquishing the bad guys, but also harming its user? How do you think that changes the narrative and what examples can you think of in romance?

Let us know in the comments!

May 12 2015 8:18am

Do You Read Fan Fiction?

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fan fiction has come even more into the average romance readers vernacular as publishers have bought up fan fiction for publication.

Do you read fan fiction? What fandoms do you read most prevalently from? Are you aware of any published fan fiction—beyond 50 Shades?

Let us know in the comments!

May 11 2015 8:04am

What Books Take Place at a Conference?

By this time, romance readers, writers, and genre experts are preparing to head (or have already headed) to Dallas, Texas for the annual Romantic Times Booklovers Convention. Recently, we talked about Gina Maxwell's Tempting Her Best Friend for its allusions to the Olicity fandom (after all, the hero and heroine are based off of the main characters of Arrow), however, it also takes place at a romance convention! We've also had author Susanne Matthews on H&H last year talking about sci-fi conventions and romance. What romances can you think of that took place at a convention or conference—romance or otherwise?

May 8 2015 8:04am

Write the Rom-Com: Playing It Cool Trailer

Playing It Cool, starring Chris Evans and Michelle Monaghan (who, it seems, is sadly doomed to wear awful wedding dresses in all her rom-coms—looking at you too, Made of Honor), sees its wide release today. This film once again poses the age-old question of whether men and women can be friends, without sex getting in the way.

Will you be seeing Playing It Cool? What do you think Chris Evans' character could learn about romance?

May 7 2015 8:18am

Throwback Thursday: What Do You Miss About ’80s/’90s Romance?

The Conqueror by Brenda JoyceWe've been thinking a lot about the '80s and '90s romances that were the introduction for many of us to the genre—check out our lists on the Top '80s romance and the best of the 90s to see what our bloggers thought. There are some things that make them so uniquely a part of that time period—the family sagas, the story lines that just swept us away.

What do you miss about '80s and '90s romance? What would you like to see come back about them and what do you think should stay in the past?

May 6 2015 8:11am

Gender Swap: Where Are the Lady Billionaires?


Okay, some of us are sick of billionaires—there are officially way more billionaires in romance than there are in the real world. However, would you be more interested in billionaires—and other male-centric “jobs” in romance—if they were portrayed by women? We love the alpha female, so we think it's time we see her in the role of billionairesses too!

Have you read books with lady billionaires? What other male dominated jobs would you want to see more heroines in?

May 5 2015 8:24am

There When You Need It: What Romance Novels Were There for You When You Needed Them?

Nash by Jay CrownoverSometimes a book or series is just the exact right book to read at the exact right time. Sometimes they are the books there to cheer you up when you're feeling down. Sometimes they're the books that fill a void or shape your reading in a way that was totally unexpected. Other times, they offer us a cathartic experience when when the characters are going through a similar experience as we are.

What books have been there when you need them?

May 4 2015 8:21am

What Would You Ask Your Favorite Author?

H&H recently kicked off a special author spotlight exclusively for our newsletter subscribers (Not on the list? Sign up here!). It's a chance for us to sit down with all our favorite authors and ask them the fan-questions we're all dying to know the answer to—like what was their first romance novel, what TV couples do they ship, and what song best represents their newest couple!

If you could sit down with your favorite author and ask them anything, what would you want to know?

May 3 2015 10:00am

Shipping Sunday: iZombie’s Liv/Lowell (Livwell) or Liv/Ravi (Ravioli)?

I'm not into zombies. At. All. However, CW's new show, iZombie has totally caught my eye. Especially with zombie Liv having so many options for her love life. That being said, my heart has been torn the last few episodes with the introduction of a new love interest, Lowell, while we still have the ever-charming Ravi.

In the first few episodes, viewers were given the choice between Major, Liv's former fiance, and Ravi, her boss at the medical examiner's office. Major is great for eye candy, but that's about it, so for me he doesn't even register on the potential shipping scale.

[But two people do...]

May 1 2015 8:04am

And They’re Off: What Are Your Derby Reads?

Thrown by Colette AuclairTomorrow is the 2015 Kentucky Derby, and while many people are putting on their jauntiest and most outlandish hats, we at Team H&H will be picking up romance novels featuring the most talented riders.

Cowboys, rodeo riders, and ranch owners are all pretty common fare in romance. Who are the most accomplished riders in romance? Can you think of talented riders in romance? Who are your favorites? Have you ever read a romance novel that features the Kentucky Derby or any other well-known races?