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Fri
Apr 18 2014 8:45am

J.R. Ward, Meljean Brook, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole—all of these writers have long-running series with increasingly complex storylines. There are, of course, many other authors who have also created magnificent backdrops against which their romances unfold.

So which author has the most complex worldbuilding? 

Thu
Apr 17 2014 8:15am


Paranormal romance and urban fantasy have long had characters who have gotten tattooed, not just for cosmetic purposes, but because their tattoos hold power. More recently, many New Adult and erotic romance characters have sported ink, in line with how many people in real life seem to be getting skin art.

If you were to get a book-related tattoo, what would it be? If you already have one, let us know in comments!

Photo by Word Made Flesh

Wed
Apr 16 2014 8:46am

Maybe you've followed a favorite author into a genre you don't normally read. Perhaps you were intrigued by a book blurb. Or like the cover. Or there was a sale.

You probably had expectations about the genre, which is why you don't normally pick it up. But whatever the reason for breaking out of your usual reading, we want to know: what genre was the biggest surprise? Do you continue to read in that genre?

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Tue
Apr 15 2014 8:03am

It's the day taxes are due in the United States, and for many people, this is a time when we are acutely aware of our finances.

(Spoiler: Not many of us are billionaires).

Who's your favorite dirt-broke hero, and what does he economize on the best?

Mon
Apr 14 2014 8:00am

In honor of April's being National Poetry Month, we present Tom Hiddleston reading “May I Feel Said He” by e.e. cummings (And for more, visit the site Hot Men Reading Poetry).

Do you have a favorite poem? Share in comments!

Fri
Apr 11 2014 8:17am

The Facebook page Books Rock My World recently asked one of the toughest questions that could be asked of a book fan:

Your house is on fire, and you can only take five books with you. Which ones would you save?

Share your five in the comments section!

Thanks to Molly O'Keefe for sharing the link.

Book on fire courtesy of James Lee's flickr stream.

Thu
Apr 10 2014 8:30am

Kristen Wiig and Guy Pearce star in Hateship Loveship, based on a short story by Nobel Prize winner Alice Munro.

A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her father, who is a recovering addict.

The film opens this Friday. Are you interested?

Wed
Apr 9 2014 8:11am

Kit Harington, the actor who plays Jon Snow on Game of Thrones, was GQ's April cover story, and in the interview, he says he's prepared to disrobe, as so many of the female cast has been asked to:

“It's only right, if you're going to make a show where nudity and sex is a large part of it, that you be a part of that.”

Now that Game of Thrones has been renewed for two more seasons, we want to know—which Game of Thrones male character would you most want to see get naked?

Tue
Apr 8 2014 8:10am

If you're reading along with the H&H Reads book, Elizabeth Essex's A Breath of Scandal, you already know that Antigone and Will don't meet for at least a chapter (10% on an e-reader).

In Lisa Kleypas's Sugar Daddy (also a past H&H Reads choice), Liberty and her hero don't meet for much longer than that.

These delays makes sense, but most romance novels have the hero and heroine meeting within five pages. Do you like for them to meet right away, or are you okay for them to wait to meet each other, if it suits the book?

What's the longest you'll wait for the hero and heroine to meet each other?

Mon
Apr 7 2014 8:10am

Game of Thrones returned for its fourth season, and it has become an object of obsession for many people (including your Morning Coffee-er!).

We know you're obsessed with romance novels, but now we want to know what all your other obsesssions are, whether a television show, Taylor Swift, a movie, a professional sports team, Hello Kitty, food, nail polish, cars, etc.

What are your non-book obsessions?

Fri
Apr 4 2014 8:21am

There's something about a fairy tale, especially when it's brought to the big screen, that resonates with us in a deep, emotional way.

We all have our favorite fairy tales, and fairy tale heroines (and heroes), and so we thought we'd ask:

Which fairy tale heroine is your favorite? Which one's story resonates the most with you, and why?

Thu
Apr 3 2014 9:30am

Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre

Cheating—is it ever excusable?

Many romance readers have reading dealbreakers, and one of the most mentioned dealbreaker is cheating in romance novels.

But (and you knew there was a “but”!), sometimes cheating is accepted by the reader because of its context. We had a post on adultery in romance, specifically historical romance, and we've also covered cheating heroes in contemporary romance.

Many of those close-to-acceptable situations have extenuating circumstances (in the historicals, the heroines are trying to have children, for example), but what if there is nothing close to a noble circumstance? Is it still possible to root for the cheaters?

[Maybe? Or not?...]

Thu
Apr 3 2014 8:01am

Yesterday, Jenn Proffitt asked if a bad ending can ruin a great journey. Today we want to know which romance novel had the best ending—maybe the book throughout was great as well, or maybe the ending made something that was just all right into something astonishing.

So—which romance novel had the perfect ending?

Tue
Apr 1 2014 8:07am

Today is April Fool's Day, so we thought we'd ask—who's your favorite trickster or funny character?

Thanks to Jenn Proffitt for the post!

Loki gif from Total Film

Mon
Mar 31 2014 8:40am

Things you never thought you'd see written: Cee-Lo and Keira Knightley are in a film together. Begin Again comes out this summer, and also stars Mark Ruffalo, Adam Levine, Hailee Steinfeld and Mos Def. Here's the synopsis:

A dejected music business executive forms a bond with a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan.

It looks—odd. It will be released in theaters on July 4, 2014.

Do you want to see Keira sing (or lip sync?) How about Adam Levine in a beard? Or Mark Ruffalo being casually charming?

Fri
Mar 28 2014 8:00am

Huffington Post Books recently did a post listing 21 Female Book Characters You've Crushed On...And What They Reveal About You (like a Buzzfeed quiz, only with more words and less choosing of random items). The list includes Elizabeth Bennet, Katniss Everdeen, and Hermione Granger.

If you had to choose your girlcrush from characters in romance novels, who would it be? What do you think it says about you?

Thu
Mar 27 2014 8:23am

Will Indiana Jones be the same if he's not played by Harrison Ford?

Our Twitter feed lit up when we posted a rumor that Bradley Cooper was being considered as a replacement for Ford in a rebooted version of the Indiana Jones movies. Some commenters refused to allow anyone but Ford to play Indy, while others thought Cooper could bring the right blend of good looks, swagger, and smartass to the part.

What do you think? Thumbs up or down for Cooper replacing Ford as Indy?

Wed
Mar 26 2014 8:10am

Many people received word from Amazon yesterday that they were entitled to a credit for past e-book purchases, and that credit could only be used to purchase more e-books.

(Darn! You have to buy more books!)

How much credit did you get? And what did you splurge on?

Tue
Mar 25 2014 8:03am

Yesterday, we ran a spoiler-filled post about a death on a television show, which shocked fans of the show and broke up a popular 'ship (don't click if you don't want to know!).

Today, we're asking you to tell us—whose death in a romance novel shocked you the most? Have you recovered yet?

Mon
Mar 24 2014 8:11am

Way back in 2011, we asked you to name The Book Character You'd Most Like to Sleep With. Since that time, we've met Vlad, Gabriel Emerson, Lothaire, Temple the Duke of Lamont, Gideon Cross, Didier Pedra, Christian Grey,Winter Makepeace, and many more.

So—who's your most recent book boyfriend?