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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?

Fri
Mar 21 2014 8:09am

It's March Madness time, with people attempting to predict who will win in a variety of contests: college basketball in the NCAAs, the fugliest fashion in Fug Madness, and romance novels released in 2013 in DABWAHA. And there are, of course, many more competitions happening now.

So in the spirit of predicting the winner, tell us—What book did you predict to be as huge as it got? What was your best book prediction?

Feel free to submit more than one of your most accurate predictions in comments!

Thu
Mar 20 2014 8:04am

Both Eloisa James and Jo Beverley have returned to their previous series for their current releases; James's Three Weeks with Lady X is a Desperate Duchesses book, while Beverley's A Shocking Delight returns to the Rogues world.

What other historical series would you like to see new books in?

Wed
Mar 19 2014 8:20am

“It's like a butterfly going out with a parsnip.”

Nick Frost, Chris O'Dowd, and Rashida Jones star in Cuban Fury, the story of “A former salsa prodigy [who] attempts a comeback years after his career was ruined.” Normally it's the heroine who's reaching for an out-of-her-league hero, but here, Nick Frost is the “2,” and Rashida Jones is the “10.”

It opens in theaters April 11.

Tue
Mar 18 2014 8:11am

Yesterday, Myretta Robens talked about Kristan Higgins's Fade-to-Black sex scenes. Even though Higgins doesn't go into the bedroom with her characters, the scenes and the relationship between the hero and heroine are very sexy.

Today we'd like to ask you—what book is the sexiest without being explicit?

Mon
Mar 17 2014 8:23am

“I am going to take a heroine whom no one but myself will much like.”—Jane Austen on Emma.

A lively discussion broke out at H&H HQ recently about unlikeable heroes and/or heroines. If you encounter a hero or heroine whom you just don't like, what do you do? Do you keep reading, because you like the other characters in the book? Do you keep reading hoping the author has also recognized the unlikeability, and will make the hero or heroine undergo a change of character? Or do you DNF the book because you don't want to read about heroes or heroines you don't like?

What do you do if you dislike the hero or heroine?

Fri
Mar 14 2014 8:00am

Today is Pi Day, so named because it's March 14, or 3/14, or the beginning part of the Pi equation, which is 3.14159.

Geektastic!

(And yes, we've featured Pi Day before, with mathematician heroes/heroines and our favorite type of pie)

And who doesn't love pie—not to mention the people who make pies, and cakes, and other delicious things? A few books featuring pastry chefs or bakers include Laura Florand's Chocolate Thief, Kristen Ashley's Wild Man, Lauren Dane's Tart, and Carla Kelly's Marriage of Mercy.

Who's your favorite pastry chef or baker in romance novels?

Thu
Mar 13 2014 2:00pm

Outlander by Diana GabaldonJamie + Claire + hot sex + time travel + Scotland + botany + obsession + spankings + Scots dialect + a lot of red hair + 800+ pages = Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Where to begin?

Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series includes so many disparate elements it's nearly impossible to find any one book that is similar to it. Since it is so popular (and we can't wait until the series premieres on Starz this summer), we thought we'd analyze Outlander's elements, and make recommendations for further reading, depending on what element is your favorite.

First, we offer suggestions of two books that include many of the elements, which two of H&H's Outlander fans, Anna Bowling and Aniko Nagy, both recommend. It's Sara Donati's Into the Wilderness series, an “American colonial era saga, but Jamie and Claire actually make a cameo in one of the books.” (Donati and Gabaldon are friends).

Charli Mac offers, “Paulina Simmons's epic trilogy of The Bronze Horsemen, also known as Alexander and Tatiana. They survive WWII ravaged Leningrad, POW camps, and anti-communist McCarthy era US. Its a sweeping love story with the backdrop of war, politics, and the deep wounds within us all. It's brilliant!”

[What to read, what to read?...]

Thu
Mar 13 2014 8:14am

The film version of Veronica Roth's Divergent comes to theaters in a little over a week, and from the trailers, it looks as though it will satisfy romance fans as well as hopefully satisfying the book fans.

In Divergent, people are sorted into five factions based on their personalities and virtues. Here are the five, with a brief description of each:

Abnegation (The Selfless), Erudite (The Intelligent), Dauntless (The Brave), Amity (The Peaceful), and Candor (The Honest).

If you were to have to choose a faction, which would you choose?

Divergent gif via Teen.com

Wed
Mar 12 2014 8:01am

You might have seen this already, but it is so perfect for H&Hers we wanted to make certain you had. Tatia Pilieva's short clip, aptly titled “First Kiss,” shows strangers meeting for the first time—and then kissing. It is awkward, sexy, romantic, passionate, and really quite lovely.

When was your first kiss? Who was it with?

(Jezebel reports that it's a clothing ad in disguise, featuring models, musicians, artists, and actors. But it's also still cute!)

Tue
Mar 11 2014 8:39am

Recently, an H&Her said she had picked up an old romance novel she used to love—and the book didn't live up to her memories. We all have favorite books, one we read and reread while in the first throes of passion for the genre, but not all those books are as good five, or ten, or twenty years later.

So—which of your favorite romance novels have stood the test of time?

Mon
Mar 10 2014 8:20am

Huffington Posts Books recently did a post rounding up a list of 'nice guy' characters who weren't really that nice (including Col. Brandon from Sense and Sensibility, Laurie from Little Women, and St. John from Jane Eyre—interesting list!), so we wanted to pose the same question as it relates to romance novels:

What 'nice guys' really aren't?

Fri
Mar 7 2014 9:11am

Daylight Savings Time begins this weekend, which means we lose an hour (sob!), but gain more daylight (yay!).

But DST means that Spring is on its way, even though it might not seem so just yet (brrr!)

What is the first thing you are going to do when Spring does—finally, eventually—arrive?

Thu
Mar 6 2014 9:29am

Things are looking up! Winter might be coming to an end, and there's a new potential cracktastic so bad it's good movie coming out soon. It stars Dancing with the Stars's Derek Hough, plus Korean singer/dancer BoA. Here's the synopsis:

A pair of star-crossed dancers in New York find themselves at the center of a bitter rivalry between their brothers' underground dance clubs.

What is your favorite love-to-dance/dance-to-love movie?

Wed
Mar 5 2014 9:23am

We've all broken up with an author or a series, and the reasons are myriad.

But have you ever been persuaded to get back together? For example, many readers broke up with Anne Bishop because of the ending for her Dark Jewels trilogy. But her The Others series has been getting accolades, so perhaps you want to try for a reconcilation.

If you've ever done it, how did it go? Why did you return? Or is it once you've broken up all you can be is just friends?

h/t to the Lady Lioness for the post idea

Tue
Mar 4 2014 9:15am

Last week, we asked about binge-reading, where you read all the books in a series one after the other.

This week, we want to know—what's the last piece of entertainment you binged on? Was it a television show, a book series, a particular actor's body of work, or an author?

What's the last thing you binged on?

Gif from LostFilm.TV via Tubular at the Houston Chronicle.

Mon
Mar 3 2014 9:03am

The Lunchbox, starring Slumdog Millionaire/Life of Pi/In Treatment actor Irrfan Khan and well-known (in India) actor Nimraut Kaur opens in select cities on Friday, with more to come. It looks poignant and sweet. Here's the blurb:

Middle class housewife Ila is trying once again to add some spice to her marriage, this time through her cooking. She desperately hopes that this new recipe will finally arouse some kind of reaction from her neglectful husband. She prepares a special lunchbox to be delivered to him at work, but, unbeknownst to her, it is mistakenly delivered to another office worker, Saajan, a lonely man on the verge of retirement. Curious about the lack of reaction from her husband, Ila puts a little note in the following day’s lunchbox, in the hopes of getting to the bottom of the mystery.

This begins a series of lunchbox notes between Saajan and Ila, and the mere comfort of communicating with a stranger anonymously soon evolves into an unexpected friendship. Gradually, their notes become little confessions about their loneliness, memories, regrets, fears, and even small joys. They each discover a new sense of self and find an anchor to hold on to in the big city of Mumbai that so often crushes hopes and dreams. Still strangers physically, Ila and Saajan become lost in a virtual relationship that could jeopardize both their realities.

If it doesn't show where you are, hopefully it'll be available for streaming soon. Are you intrigued?

Fri
Feb 28 2014 9:10am

Here at H&H, we embrace an inclusivity policy. If you've got a relationship front and center, and there is a Happy Ever After (or at least a Happy For Now), we want to read you. And we cover all of that on our site.

It seems, however, as though some newer readers who came in through the New Adult portal aren't necessarily (self-identified) romance readers, even though they like the hot guy, the sex, and the relationship drama.

So if a New Adult reader wants to dive into romance, what traditional romance novels would you recommend as being most similar to the newer New Adult genre?

Thu
Feb 27 2014 9:31am

Oh, so many favorites here! What are your favorite forbidden romances in movies, TV, or books?

Wed
Feb 26 2014 9:12am

Pop culture fiction has been awash in anti-heroes lately—men whose actions are deplorable, yet we somehow end up rooting for them.

With Hannibal returning to television this week, The Blacklist still doing well in its first season, and Game of Thrones returning in April, our list of so-bad-they're-good heroes is getting longer and longer.

So who, out of all the heroes/anti-heroes you've seen or read about, has seemed, at first meeting, to be the most unlikely hero you'd ever root for?