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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!

Wed
Jul 1 2015 8:05am

Do You Collect Multiple Editions of a Book?

With reprints and reissues, e-first, paperback, hardcover, tradepaper...there are so many editions to consider! When it comes to your favorite authors, do you find that you collect multiple editions? Maybe a paper copy to keep and an e-copy to read?

What are some of your habits when it comes to your favorite authors? Let me know!

Tue
Jun 30 2015 8:08am

When Was the Last Time Your Fangirl (or Boy) Was Unleashed?

Goddess of the Night by Lynne Ewing

Sometimes you love a book/TV show/movie, but you don't know anyone else who loves it as much as you. Sometimes you become obsessive about it and you create fan art, fan videos, join the fandom on Tumblr, and maybe stalk the author or celebrity on social media (we've all been there, don't deny it). The feeling fades and you go on with your life, knowing that you love that series like no one else you know, and that's okay. Then, one day, someone in your “real life” reveals they loved this book/TV show/movie, too! Suddenly, years (sometimes decades) of pent up fangirling is unleashed upon the world, and you just have to let everyone know about these feelings—ALL the feelings—you've had about this fandom. 

What was the last thing that unleashed your fangirl (or boy)? Was it a new fandom that you joined, or was it an old favorite that you just recently found a new love for when you found someone else who loved it, too? What do you love about it?

 

Let me know in the comments!

Mon
Jun 29 2015 8:20am

Who Are Your Favorite LGBTQ Characters?

In honor of the ruling on Friday for Marriage Equality, I want to know who your favorite LGBTQ characters are! Are they the heroes of your favorite male/male romance? The heroines of your favorite lesbian romance? A side character from a male/female romance? What LGBTQ series and books are your favorites? 

Fill the comments with your recommendations!

Fri
Jun 26 2015 8:02am

Our Romance Reading Virgin Picks...

Last week, we asked the resident male of Team H&H to read his very first romance! You guys gave some GREAT suggestions for our newest Gateway Experiment, and Teddy has made his pick!

Drum roll, please...

D.D. Ayres's Irresistible Force!

For those of you not familiar with the book, here's the official description:

When adrenaline runs high, so does the force of desire...

For Shay Appleton, it's love at first sight when a gorgeous stray dog is brought into the animal shelter where she works. She just knows he'll make a terrific watch dog-and with an abusive ex who won't let go, she needs all the protection she can get. But Shay never suspected that her new pet is actually a trained police K-9 named Bogart-until Bogart's even more gorgeous, human partner shows up on her doorstep.

Officer James Cannon is one tall, strong alpha male who's convinced that Shay stole his dog. But once he gets closer to the suspect, he realizes that this stubborn, independent woman not only needs a guard dog, she needs James as well. It seems that someone from her past is stalking her, and threatening her life. When danger meets desire, will James risk his career and his best friend...to protect the woman who's stolen his heart?

Have you read this one?

Thu
Jun 25 2015 8:25am

Throwback Thursday: Favorite Old School Romance Cover?

The Windflower by Laura LondonLast month, we had a little too much fun with the How Old Robot—a website that used photos to guess the age of whatever was in it. We say “whatever” because it had a little trouble guessing what was a face...and what wasn't. Sometimes with hilarious results. However, with it being Throwback Thursday, we thought we'd talk about covers once again. This time we want to know what your favorite old school romance covers were! 

What were some of your favorite old school romance covers? What did you like about them?

Wed
Jun 24 2015 8:09am

Would You Rather...

Zooey Deschanel of New Girl
Source: -hewastheirfriend.tumblr.com

It's hump day, so to help you get over Wednesday into that final part of the week, we're going to play a game of “would you rather”...

Remember, you can only pick one!

Would you rather...

  • Only read one book (the same book) for the rest of your life
  • Never be able to read your favorite book ever again
Tue
Jun 23 2015 8:13am

Do You Pre-Order Books?

Ride Steady by Kristen AshleyToday is release day for many authors, and pre-orders are still very much part of the success of a book. However, it also is a mark of you as a fan. Pre-ordering a book was reserved for the books that you needed on your doorstep or local bookstore the day they were released, and that's still the case, but in the digital age, books are in our hands the second we want them.

Do you still pre-order books? What was the last book you pre-ordered?

Mon
Jun 22 2015 8:15am

What Classic Story Would You Like To See Next?

Aidan Turner as PoldarkLast night US viewers got the chance to watch Aidan Turner as Poldark in Masterpiece on PBS. We've been crushing on him for awhile and are particularly looking forward to watching the romance unfold between Poldark and Demelza. However, some of you may or may not know that the onscreen Poldark-love has been around since the 70s when another miniseries followed the adventures of our beloved Ross Poldark.

While there are many Poldark novels to be adapted for the screen, there's no guarantee that they will be. What classic story would you like to see adapted next? Who would you fantasy cast in the lead roles?

Let us know in the comments!

Fri
Jun 19 2015 8:24am

What Will Make You Keep Reading a Book?

Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and PrejudiceWe've talked about book crack before. It's that book that is un-put-downable, that no matter what else is going on, we have to keep reading. However, sometimes book crack will make us overlook some of the issues with it—afterwards we realized the worldbuilding wasn't as strong as it could have been, or it deserved maybe one more round of critiquing.

What elements of a book will make you overlook some of its issues? The heroines? The trope? The dialogue? Does it change with every book, or do you have a pattern? For example, if there's a governess and her duke, maybe with a precocious illegitimate offspring, you'll overlook almost anything.

Thanks to commenter wsl0612 for the inspiration.

Thu
Jun 18 2015 8:16am

Throwback Thursday: What’s the Oldest Romance Novel on Your Shelf?

Bold Angel by Kat MartinWe buy new books all the time—whether it's every day, once a week on Fridays or Tuesdays, once a month, every few months, or somewhere in between. While the e-book era has changed what our keeper shelves look like, we still have that one romance novel that we've been dragging around for ages. What's the oldest book on your shelf that you still have? Have you bought up its e-book counterpart or do you prefer the paperback edition?

Let us know in the comments!

Wed
Jun 17 2015 8:22am

Have You Ever Had a Character Not Say I Love You?

Shadowfever by Karen Marie MoningBack in March, I posed the question of whether saying “I Love You” was totally necessary and for the most part, people agreed that while it wouldn't be needed, it would be missed. After all, we're reading romance!

Now I want to know if you can think of a romance where a character did NOT say “I Love You.” Or maybe said it in a non-traditional way like Barrons does to Mac in Shadowfever:

He pulls me around and kisses me.
“You're Mac,” he says. “And I'm Jericho. And nothing else matters. Never will. You exist in a place that is beyond all rules for me. Do you understand that?”
I do.
Jericho Barrons just told me he loves me.

Can you think of memorable “I Love You”s that didn't actually contain the words? Does it matter to you?

Tue
Jun 16 2015 8:21am

Do You “Rate” Books?

The Viscount Who Loved Me by Julia Quinn

Recently, H&H joined millions of others and made a GoodReads account...and we have to say, we find it a bit addictive! However, one aspect of the site that we're still on the fence about is “rating.” Do you “rate” books? Do you only go to extremes in rating—5 stars when you love it and 1 star if you didn't, and nothing else in between? Or do you want to be as accurate to how you feel as possible? Do you only rate books and choose not to leave a review? Or vice versa? We want to know how you're using it and sites like it!

Do you rate on other sites, too, such as Amazon or Barnes & Noble? With every reader reading so much, we can see how rating can help you remember if something is worth a re-read!

Let us know in the comments!

Psst: You can find us on GoodReads, here!

Mon
Jun 15 2015 8:18am

The Gateway Experiment: A Romance Reader Virgin Wants Suggestions!

Star TrekTeddyP. is the resident tech guru on Team H&H—and the lone male on our team! Because he's never read a romance novel and he's on our staff, of course we needed to indoctrinate him into the wonderful world of romances! We're looking to get him to read his first romance—and write about it on the site!—but he needs your suggestions!

Here's a little more about Teddy:

  • He loves technology, and...
  • Star Trek, and...
  • Long walks on the beach  Animals

In comments, please recommend a contemporary or science fiction/fantasy romance title for Teddy to read, as part of his romance virgin devirginification project, keeping in mind the romance has to be as important as any other plot point.

He’ll report back with his thoughts after he’s chosen a book to read!

Fri
Jun 12 2015 8:05am

Will You See Jurassic World?

Some people believe you should leave the classics alone, no questions asked. For many, both the original Jurassic Park movie and book by Michael Crichton of the same name, are one of those classics that shouldn't be messed with.

However, because we live in a world where the classics are messed with, rebooted, reimagined, and more—and because Chris Pratt is looking pretty darn sexy—we want to know if you'll be seeing Jurassic World this weekend...or have you already for those who went to a midnight showing? 

Why are you seeing it? What are you hoping for and what did you actually get out of it? Let us know!

Thu
Jun 11 2015 8:27am

Throwback Thursday: What Part of the Country Do You Associate with Westerns?

This question may seem self-explanatory: The West, of course!? However, The West, especially when looking at historical Westerns can mean different things to different people—California, Texas, Colorado, Montana, and many places/territories in between—especially depending on your own personal taste or starting point! The Old School Romance Book Club recently named Lorraine Heath's Texas Destiny as their pick for June, and Texas is a setting for many of the books in her early historical series. 

Do you have a particular state or territory that you associate with Westerns? Do you think Westerns can apply to books that take place outside of the U.S.'s Western half—say in a different part of the country (or different country altogether)? 

Wed
Jun 10 2015 8:22am

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey: Are You Aware of the Passage of Time in a Romance?

A Week to be Wicked by Tessa DareWhen we're reading, we're not always aware of the passage of time outside of a romance (“when did it become 11 p.m., I just started reading?!...7 hours ago”), however, inside a romance, it can sometimes be hard to tell too.

Unless the author is calling it out, it can be hard to tell how long a courtship has actually taken...has it been a few days...a few weeks...a few months?

Are you aware of time inside a romance? Do you ever finish a book and say “wait a minute, it's only been a week you crazy kids”?

Tue
Jun 9 2015 8:15am

What’s Your Favorite Trope Right Now?

The Reluctant Governess by Maggie RobinsonAt Heroes and Heartbreakers, we love tropes. From boss/assistant deliciousness to fated mates, and everything in between. We love it!

Many of us read along tropes...maybe when we're feeling at a loss for other options, we go to a favorite trope to help get us out of a rut. Maybe our keeper shelf is littered with governess stories.

What is the trope that's holding your heart right now? Have you been reading many books under one theme lately, or are you looking for a new book/author in a given trope?

Recommendations and suggestions welcome in the comments!