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Mon
Oct 20 2014 8:27am

What’s Your Favorite Revenge Romance?

Crazy, Sexy Revenge by J.D. MasonEarlier this month, we featured J.D. Mason's Crazy, Sexy Revenge, and that book joins legions of others where revenge is the motivating factor for either (and sometimes both!) the hero and heroine.

Do you like revenge stories? Which one is your favorite? 

Fri
Oct 17 2014 8:29am

Handsome Men Getting Wet: In the Heart of the Sea Trailer

Chris Hemsworth heads In the Heart of the Sea next spring in a new Ron Howard film. The movie is based on the Nathaniel Philbrick book of the same name, the true survival story of the whaling ship Essex, which inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick

In the Heart of the Sea will be in theaters March 2015.

Thu
Oct 16 2014 8:10am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Heather Graham?

The King's Pleasure by Shannon DrakeThis month, Heather Graham's medieval-set historical romance The King's Pleasure, first released under the name Shannon Drake in 1998, was reissued with an updated cover. Here's the blurb:

Danielle D'Aville was sworn to obey King Edward's order to marry her enemy Adrien MacLachlan, the legendary Scot who had masterminded the fall of her beloved home. Suddenly she was bound, body and soul, to the arrogant knight. But swept off to his castle in the Scottish highlands, and into his strong embrace, Danielle was soon possessed by a searing passion for the husband she had vowed to despise.

Adrien MacLachlan couldn't afford to trust the emerald-eyed spitfire, but nor could he ignore the fierce attraction between them. Long ago, he had pledged his right arm to his king. Now he would discover that only by pledging his heart could he win the most precious prize of all.

Heather Graham has written over 150 novels in several genres and under several different names. Chances are you've read at least one Graham, so if you have, which one(s) have you read? If you've read many of her books, which was your favorite? 

Wed
Oct 15 2014 8:04am

What’s Been the Biggest Surprise in Romance?

The Ghost in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series, the Ghost of St. Giles in Elizabeth Hoyt's Maiden Lane series, Chase's identity in Sarah MacLean's Rules of Scoundrels series. Just three series that had big secrets that have finally been revealed. 

All of these revelations were teased out over multiple books, and readers, for the most part, were surprised when the secret was revealed.

What has been the biggest surprise in romance novels thus far? 

Tue
Oct 14 2014 8:10am

What Authors Have You Found from Multi-Author Anthologies?

Seven Wicked NightsThe multi-author anthology for e-readers is now a common offering, with many of the current box sets costing less than a dollar.

While you likely bought the set originally because you like at least one of the authors, chances are that there are some authors included that you haven't read yet.

So if you've bought one of these sets, and found a new author to love, share the details in comments—we want to know which sets are the best, and what new authors to look out for.

Mon
Oct 13 2014 7:59am

What’s the Scariest Book You’ve Ever Read?

Sea of Secrets by Amanda DeWeesNow that we're firmly entrenched in October, and thoughts of candy corn, costumes, and cold weather are dancing in our heads, it seems timely to ask about scary books—do you read them during Halloween season? Is it possible to have a satisfying romance with scary action?

And what's the scariest book you've ever read? 

Fri
Oct 10 2014 8:28am

A Peek at Bitten Season 2

“Look at the blood! Look at the bodies!”

A brand-new trailer for the second season of Bitten was shown at New York Comic Con this week. We'll be covering the second season (here's a recap of the Season 1 finale), which will be shown in early 2015. 

What do you expect from the second season of Bitten?

h/t to Jackie Lester for the post!

Thu
Oct 9 2014 8:13am

Throwback Thursday: What Book Introduced You to Your First Generous Hero?

Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas

We're gonna be honest here (and break the fourth wall for a moment). When it came time to title this post, everything we wanted to say just sounded so—graphic and weird!

So here's the Throwback Thursday question: What book is the first one you read where a hero went down on the heroine? It's commonplace in romance novels now, but in earlier times, it was definitely an anomaly.

What book, and who was the generous hero in question?

Wed
Oct 8 2014 8:04am

Do Quote Me! Quotations About Reading

Readers love to read, of course, but they also love to talk about what they read. And how they read. And how much they love reading. Oscar Wilde, Groucho Marx, and C.S. Lewis are just three of the famous people who loved to read, and had something to say about their passion:

“If one cannot enjoy reading a book over and over again, there is no use in reading it at all.”—Oscar Wilde

“I find television very educating. Every time somebody turns on the set, I go into the other room and read a book.”—Groucho Marx

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.”—C.S. Lewis

What's your favorite quote about reading? 
 

Tue
Oct 7 2014 8:10am

Do You Recognize This Book? Scarred Man and Call Girl

We're looking for another book for an H&H community member; do you recognize the book?

Help! I can not remember the title or author. I remember reading a book that I really liked, and at the end was the first chapter of the next in the series... The lady walks into an apartment to pick up something from a man whom she's never met for her friend/her significant other and the man had apparently thought she was a call girl he'd requested. He got all mad because she was looking at his scars? That's all I remember. 

Let us know if you can identify the missing book!

Image from Bookfinch's flickr

Mon
Oct 6 2014 8:21am

Love + Science = The Theory of Everything

“Where there is life, there is hope.”

The Theory of Everything is the story of physicist Stephen Hawking and his love affair with knowledge and his wife Jane. It stars Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, and will be in theaters November 7, 2014.

Sun
Oct 5 2014 10:00am

Shipping Sunday: The Knick’s Dr. Thackery and Nurse Lucy

First off—no spoiler here!—The Knick, a new show on Cinemax starring Clive Owen, is NOT a romance. It's about a “casual racist” doctor who's addicted to cocaine and opiates. It's set in early twentieth century New York City, at a hospital that has hired a black doctor. The first few episodes introduced Dr. John Thackery (Owen) as well as the other people who work there. 

A recent addition to the Knick (the nickname of The Knickerbocker Hospital) is Nurse Lucy Elkins (played by Bono's daughter, Eve Hewson). In an early episode, Nurse Lucy goes to Thackery's house and finds him suffering from withdrawal, and has to inject him in an awkward place, to say the least, because he's destroyed all his veins by injecting them. 

But then you see where Thackery finds a connection with Lucy, first when she shows him her bike, and he learns how to ride, and then after a series of incidents makes emotions heighten and she takes him back to her room.

It's not as though these two have a future because, hello! drug addict, but their interaction is perfect for their characters. And that's why I 'ship them.

“It’s called a Rambler. First thing I do when I moved here, even before I found a place to stay, was to buy it. Comes in five colors
—Nurse Lucy”

[We're totally addicted to Lucy and Thackery!]

Fri
Oct 3 2014 8:11am

October is Queer Romance Month

Queer Romance MonthQueer Romance Month began two days ago, and continues throughout the month, celebrating “queer romantic fiction in all its aspects.”

Each day, the site will feature multiple articles by authors writing all types of romantic fiction, all guided by the simple premise that “love is love:”

We believe that love is love, and nobody should be relegated to a sidebar or a subgenre. Queer romance is romance.

We welcome anyone who believes in love, irrespective of gender or orientation. Allies, supporters and the curious are all part of QRM.

We support the right to read what you like, write what you love, and be who you are.

We love romantic fiction. We want to share the love and help some amazing books and authors reach a wider audience.

The month-long celebration begins with the organizers of the event “talking awkwardly about queer romance.” 

Thu
Oct 2 2014 8:30am

Throwback Thursday: Old School Romance Book Club Takes on Julie Garwood’s The Bride

Each month, the Old School Romance Book Club is reading a new (old) book together. This month, it's Julie Garwood's The Bride, an iconic book of the genre.

By edict of the king, the mighty Scottish laird Alec Kincaid must take an English bride. His choice was Jamie, youngest daughter of Baron Jamison...a feisty, violet-eyed beauty. Alec ached to touch her, to tame her, to possess her...forever. But Jamie vowed never to surrender to this highland barbarian.
He was everything her heart warned against—an arrogant scoundrel whose rough good looks spoke of savage pleasures. And thought Kincaid's scorching kisses fired her blood, she brazenly resisted him...until one rapturous moment quelled their clash of wills, and something far more dangerous than desire threatened to conquer her senses... 

It's set in 1100 Scotland, and has a Scottish laird and an English heroine. If you've read it, was it your first Scottish-set historical? Or your first medieval? Perhaps the first one where a heroine had to be “tamed” by the hero? If you haven't read it, are you going to give it a try?

Wed
Oct 1 2014 8:10am

“I Won’t Because All of Me Wants To": What’s the Ultimate Sacrifice in Romance Novels?

This is not a romance (um, spoiler, he sends her to jail), but the romance between the protagonist and the femme fatale is real, and so it makes his sacrifice that much more intense.

If all I've said doesn't mean anything to you, then forget it and we'll make it just this: I won't because all of me wants to, regardless of consequences, and because you counted on that with me the same as you counted on that with all the others.

Sometimes honor means more than love, and that moral code (albeit occasionally twisted) is currently being played out excellently in motorcycle club romances, for example, like when a heroine feels as though she has to do something that could land her love interest in hot water, either legally or otherwise. 

What was the most difficult decision a hero or heroine had to make regarding their love interest in recent romances? 

Tue
Sep 30 2014 8:14am

Outlander Thoughts and Predictions?

Now that you've digested the first half of Outlander's season, what do you think of the series? Are you on-board for the second half of the season? What were your favorite parts? What were your least favorite parts?

What do you want to see when Outlander resumes in April?

Discuss!

Gif from Outlander-Starz

Mon
Sep 29 2014 8:29am

Is Edwardian the New Regency?

We've been featuring Not-Your-Usual-Historicals for awhile now, but it seems as though more readers are finding new and different time periods to read in. One of the biggest gains in historical romance is Edwardian-set romance, with recent examples by authors such as Maggie Robinson, Mia Gabriel, and Connie Brockway.

There could be a few explanations for this surge; first and most obvious would be the ripple effect of Downton Abbey's popularity. Second could be because that period is now more than one hundred years from us, and seems more 'historical.' 

While we're not saying the Regency is out-of-fashion, we think Edwardian might be coming more into vogue. If you're a historical reader, have you noticed more Edwardian-set romances?

Fri
Sep 26 2014 8:30am

How Do You Feel About First Person Point-of-View?

Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson in Jane Eyre

In the past, some romance readers said they were turned off by a book if it was told in the first person (“Reader, I married him”). But as New Adult and gothics are coming more into the mainstream of romance, it seems as though first person isn't still the hurdle it used to be.

How do you feel about first person point-of-view?

Thu
Sep 25 2014 8:16am

Throwback Thursday: Who Was Your First Auto-Buy Author?

Frozen by Meljean BrookAn auto-buy author is one whose books you purchase (or pre-order) as soon as you find out about them, without considering whether or not you'll like it—she's one of your favorite authors, so of course you'll like it!

Which author was the first author on your auto-buy list?

Wed
Sep 24 2014 8:03am

The Freedom to Read: Celebrating Banned Books Week

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. JamesWe're midway through Banned Books Week, “an annual event celebrating the freedom to read...Banned Books Week brings together the entire book community—librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types—in shared support of the freedom to seek and to express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular.”

The 10 most challenged titles of 2013 were:

Captain Underpants (series), by Dav Pilkey
Reasons: Offensive language, unsuited for age group, violence

The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group, violence

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, offensive language, racism, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Fifty Shades of Grey, by E.L. James
Reasons: Nudity, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
Reasons: Religious viewpoint, unsuited to age group

A Bad Boy Can Be Good for A Girl, by Tanya Lee Stone
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, nudity, offensive language, sexually explicit

Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Reasons: Drugs/alcohol/smoking, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
Reasons: drugs/alcohol/smoking, homosexuality, sexually explicit, unsuited to age group

Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Reasons: Occult/Satanism, offensive language, religious viewpoint, sexually explicit

Bone (series), by Jeff Smith
Reasons: Political viewpoint, racism, violence

How are you celebrating this week?