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Wed
Jul 29 2015 8:05am

What Subgenre Are You Currently Reading the Most?

The Friend Zone by Kristen Callihan

Over the years, we've learned and observed that people read all over the genre. Very few people are strictly one subgenre category or another. However, we have noticed that many people go through phases where they read one subgenre almost exclusively for a few months—whether that's a New Adult phase, Historical phase, Paranormal phase, or something else. 

What subgenre are you currently glomming? Is your glom even more specific—for example, hockey romances, small town contemporaries, or governess historicals?

Let us know in the comments!

Tue
Jul 28 2015 8:27am

What’s the Best Insult You’ve Ever Learned from a Book?

We all (probably) went through a phase, after we learned that Shakespeare's “I bite my thumb at you, sir” was the same thing thing as flipping someone the bird...or was that just us... where we used that as our insult of choice—it was both ridiculous in the modern age, but also literary! 

Romance is GREAT fodder for some really hilarious insults—the Valkyries of Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series have offered up some great ones, and Darynda Jones's Charley Davidson is always good for a few one-liners. What has been the best insult you've learned from a book?

Let us know in the comments!

Mon
Jul 27 2015 8:33am

Are You a Writer?

We are all readers, first and foremost at Heroes and Heartbreakers. However, some among us are also writers! With Team H&H just coming off the Romance Writers of America conference, we want to know—are you a writer? Do your writing and reading tastes differ? For example, do you read a lot of historical romance, but write high concept paranormal?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Jul 22 2015 8:19am

Would You Rather...Cowboys vs. Dukes

The Cowboy and the Princess by Lori Wilde

This would you rather has a little more to do with personal preference than an actual tough choice, because in this case, you would win no matter what!

So, if you had to, which of these heroes would you rather marry:

  • A Duke and you would live in the lap of luxury complete with balls, jewels, and a sweeping estate
  • A Cowboy and you would work hard...but play hard, too.

Let us know in the comments!

Tue
Jul 21 2015 8:12am

Do You Like Tropes?

Winter Garden by Adele AshworthWe talk about tropes at Heroes and Heartbreakes a lot. What can we say, we love 'em! For those not familiar with the term, here's a quick definition from our Trope of the Month posts:

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing.

However, recently after speaking with a non-romance reader, we realized that maybe tropes weren't as universally loved as we thought. As a romance reader, instead of searching out your favorite tropes, do you try and avoid them altogether? What do you love or dislike about tropes? Do you think tropes are part of what gives romance the bad rep it has to the more “sophisticated” reader?

Let us know in the comments!

Mon
Jul 20 2015 8:04am

Anticipatory Re-Reading: What Do You Do When the Next Installment is Coming?

For You by Kristen Ashley

One of the beautiful things about romance, in our opinion (outside of the HEAs and hot sex, of course) is that a lot of authors write within a beloved series. So, when we finish one book, there are a whole host of other characters for us to love—and a high likelihood that we will see these characters again and again, if only in passing. 

Another perk of series reading, is the chance to revisit these books every time the next installment comes out. What are some of your habits when you hear the latest book in your favorite series is about to be released? Do you re-read the series? Re-read your favorites? If you're not a re-reader, what, if anything, do you do to mark the occasion? 

Let us know in the comments!

Fri
Jul 17 2015 8:21am

HEA, TSTL: What Romance Terms Do You Have to Explain?

Source: giphy.com

Recently we were reminded that some romance terms are just too inside baseball for the average reader. Sure, in context HEA can be figured out, and terms like TBR and DNF, and even shipper, are fairly common to the reader. What have been some romance specific terms that have thrown you for a loop? What terms do you think are necessary for a romance reader who's new to the genre? 

Thu
Jul 16 2015 8:33am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First “Unusual”?

Jazz Baby by Tea Cooper

We've all had moments as we're reading where an author has taken an element of a subgenre and made it “unusual” for us or for the genre as a whole. Whether it's the first time we read a historical not set in the Regency period, or when we read about a paranormal creature that isn't a vampire. 

What was your first “unusual” element? What did you love about it? Did it change your reading habits?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Jul 15 2015 8:40am

Do You Like to Meet Authors in Person?

Dark Skye by Kresley Cole

With the Romance Writers of America National Conference just around the corner, the romance reader and writer community is buzzing with excitement. On top of the great writer workshops and awards ceremony, there's another huge event that brings readers in from around the country and world: the literacy signing, in which 480+ authors will be in attendance to sign books from their fans. 

Do you like meeting people you're a fan of? For some it's just another step in being a fan, but for others, it shatters the illusion. What authors would you or do you want to meet?

Tue
Jul 14 2015 3:53pm

Romance News Roundup: Sarah MacLean Cover, Kristen Ashley Teaser, 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.

The Rogue Not Taken by Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean's The Rogue Not Taken has a cover and description! Here's the official blurb for Book 1 in the Scandal and Scoundrel series, due out December 29, 2015:

Lady Sophie’s Society Splash

When Sophie, the least interesting of the Talbot sisters, lands her philandering brother-in-law backside-first in a goldfish pond in front of all society, she becomes the target of very public aristocratic scorn. Her only choice is to flee London, vowing to start a new life far from the aristocracy. Unfortunately, the carriage in which she stows away isn’t saving her from ruin . . . it’s filled with it.

Rogue’s Reign of Ravishment!

Kingscote, “King,” the Marquess of Eversley, has never met a woman he couldn’t charm, resulting in a reputation far worse than the truth, a general sense that he’s more pretty face than proper gentleman, and an irate summons home to the Scottish border. When King discovers stowaway Sophie, however, the journey becomes anything but boring.

War? Or More?

He thinks she’s trying to trick him into marriage. She wouldn’t have him if he were the last man on earth. But carriages bring close quarters, dark secrets, and unbearable temptation, making opposites altogether too attractive . . .

—For those who have already blasted through Kristen Ashley's latest Chaos book, it's time to sink your teeth into her next series! On her Facebook page last night, Ashley teased fans of her self-published series, The 'Burg, with an excerpt from Chapter 1 of Hold On, which will be available September 1, 2015. Find all of our Kristen Ashley coverage here.

—Deal Alert #1: Marian Keyes's This Charming Man is $1.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Keyes got some very nice shoutouts from readers in comments on the post “Romantic Literature for Chicks,” if you're in the mood for more women's fiction suggestions.

[+Barack/Michelle Obama movie & another deal alert...]

Tue
Jul 14 2015 8:21am

How Old is the Oldest Hero You’ve Read?

We've talked about heroines of a certain age... and silver fox heroes, but age isn't something we're usually made aware of unless it's somehow relevant to the story—or we're really good at math and realize that there's no way a guy with a 30 year old child can be anything less than 46, for example. 

Yesterday on Twitter, we got into a pretty interesting conversation about older heroes. The highest age we saw, at the time of this posting, was 63. We certainly think that 60s can be sexy. Actors like Mark Harmon, Robert Redford, and more were bandied about as men who are sexy at any age. 

However, we'll backtrack from the screen to the page. What is the oldest hero you've read in romance? Did their age influence your reading at all? Was it, perhaps, the reason you picked up the book to begin with?

 

Mon
Jul 13 2015 8:22am

What Is Your Favorite Period Drama Dress?

Margaret's dress in North and South

We may have started watching period dramas because of the history, the classic love stories, or the setting, however, another reason to love them are for the clothes! After all, many period dramas get nominated for awards for their costume design—we should appreciate them for all their hard work. Whether it's Margaret's dinner dress in North and South, Claire's wedding ensemble in Outlander, or a myriad of other choices, we just love all the pretty dresses.

What's your favorite dress or article of clothing from a period drama? Let us know in the comments, and share a picture!

Fri
Jul 10 2015 8:13am

Lending Habits: What Are Yours?

We all have rules for lending out books—even if they're only subconscious and we never say them out loud (but then there's hell to pay when they're broken). Some of us don't even lend out books any more because our rules are so strict. What are your rules for lending books? Do you have rules for when and if you're able to lend out e-books? Have you loosened up or become more strict about lending? For those who borrow the books: what are some of the guidelines you try to follow as the borrower?

Let us know in the comments!

Check out more insanely accurate charts for book nerds at Epic Reads. Relatable right?

Thu
Jul 9 2015 8:05am

Throwback Thursday: Have You Read Kathleen Woodiwiss?

Everlasting by Kathleen Woodiwiss

Love her or not, Kathleen Woodiwiss has defined a genre! The last book by Woodiwiss, Everlasting, was published six months after her death. Here's the official description: 

Handsome and kind—a black-haired Scotsman with vivid blue eyes—Raven Seabern is an emissary for his king, and unlike any man Abrielle has ever encountered. From the moment their eyes meet, he intrigues and mesmerizes her—and dancing in his arms at a royal banquet leaves her weak with the desire to surrender. But their love can never be, for Abrielle is betrothed to a “monster.” And the well-being of everyone she cares for demands that she honor her promise.

Still, the fire lit that night will not be doused. Raven knows he has found the true one and must never let her go — though secrets, deceptions, dishonor, and unimaginable peril will surely be their fate if they follow the dictates of their hearts.

What Kathleen Woodiwiss books have you read? What are your favorites?

For more discussion of Kathleen Woodiwiss, check out Maya Rodale's argument for why Woodiwiss could be considered feminist!

Wed
Jul 8 2015 8:08am

Are You a Literary Tourist?

We're all book lovers here, and as summer time is vacation time, it seems like the perfect opportunity to talk about vacation spots for the literary minded. Do you go on vacations based on books, authors, or series? Do you always try to find a bookstore while you're on vacation? What are your bibliophile habits while you're away from home?

Let me know in the comments!

Fun Fact: Hugh Grant's book shop in Notting Hill is actually a shoe store.

Hat tip to PhoebeChase for the suggestion!

Tue
Jul 7 2015 8:34am

Boss-Secretary Deliciousness: Yay or Nay?

We all have strong feelings on the tropes the genre has to offer. Fated mates are particularly polarizing, for example. Today, however, I want to know your thoughts on another popular trope: the boss and assistant!

Earlier this year, we asked if you had read, or wanted to read books featuring lady billionaires. It appeared, pretty unanimously that you did! Does the gender-swapped dynamic change how you feel about the boss-assistant trope? Do you like to read it? What was the last boss-assitant book that you read? What do you like (or not like) about the trope?

Let me know in the comments!

Mon
Jul 6 2015 8:12am

Who Are the Most Independent Characters in Romance?

Last week saw both Canada Day and the Fourth of July (aka American Independence Day) in North America. Both days are all about the uniting of colonies and into great nations and being independent. To commemorate the occasions, we want to know who are the most independent characters that you can think of? Who are some of your favorites?

Thu
Jul 2 2015 8:04am

Throwback Thursday: What Book Most Influenced Your Adult Reading?

Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith

We all have those books that we read and loved as children or young teens that then went on to heavily influence our reading as adults. Sometimes it's that we discover the author was writing in the Young Adult genre, but really had dozens of books in adult genres that led us to where we are today. Other times, it's simply the tropes that we were introduced to in that early book, that we can find parallels for in our current reading. 

What book did that for you? What themes, tropes, or archetypes can you find that carried over from that early book, into your current reading? 

Let me know in the comments!