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July 23, 2014
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Friday Beefcake: Tim Howard
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Tue
Jun 24 2014 8:16am

What’s the Longest Series You’ve Kept Up With?

Written in My Own Heart's Blood by Diana Gabaldon

With Diana Gabaldon's Written in My Own Heart's Blood securing the top spot on a number of sales lists, it's clear fans are not tired of her Outlander world. Next year, J.D. Robb will release her fortieth full-length In Death series book, while Nalini Singh, Kresley Cole, J.R. Ward, and other authors show no signs of stopping their respective series. That's a lot of books in series for fans to read, and definitely requires commitment.

What is the longest series you've kept up with?

Mon
Jun 23 2014 8:03am

What Did You Do Instead of Game of Thrones?

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Game of Thrones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There was no Game of Thrones last night. Season 5 will likely return in Spring 2015, but meanwhile, there's a big, sad gap on our Sunday nights.

What did you do instead of watching Game of Thrones? What are your plans between now and its return?

Gif courtesy of pandawhale.

Fri
Jun 20 2014 8:03am

What’s Your Favorite Sports Romance?

Parminder Nagra and Jonathan Rhys-Meyer in Bend It Like Beckham

As World Cup Fever takes over the globe, all of a sudden we're all fascinated by the stories behind the players—who's from where, what odds they've overcome to get there, what they stand to win or lose depending on the game's outcome.

It's all like a real romantic drama playing out before our eyes, with the bonus of sports, so that brings up the question—what is your favorite sports romance (in books or film)?

Thu
Jun 19 2014 8:03am

Throwback Thursday: What Johanna Lindsey Novels Have You Read?

Johanna Lindsey's Stormy Persuasion is a return to her Malorys series, and judging by the book's sales, many readers were excited to see Lindsey's return.  Lindsey's first book, Captive Bride, came out in 1977, and she has published well over fifty books in the course of her career.

“You know, you really don't have to kill anyone over this. I'll get an annulment. It will be like never happened.“

His eyes came to her, briefly meeting her gaze before dropping to her mouth. ”You'll have to make that a divorce instead.“

”No, you don't understand. An annulment will be much easier to obtain.“

His gaze locked with hers now. Cassie became slightly breathless with the intensity of his stare.

”Not after tonight, it won't,“ he said in his mesmerizing drawl.

”Why?“ She barely got the word out.

”Because I'm in the mood to play husband.“

”You're what?“

He started toward her. She was too stunned to move, so he was there and reaching for her before she had time to think about running.

”We're having a wedding night," he said as he lifted her off her feet.—”

Angel

So what Johanna Lindsey books have you read?

Wed
Jun 18 2014 10:57am

First Official Look at Christian Grey in Fifty Shades of Grey Movie!

The twitter account for Fifty Shades of Grey the movie tweeted the first official photo of Christian Grey, played by Jamie Dornan.

Christian certainly looks both dangerous and charismatic here; is he living up to what you thought he would look like when you read the books? (If you read the books, that is).

(There have been earlier photos from the set—the First Glimpse of Fifty Shades of Grey—but this is the first one from the film).

Fifty Shades of Grey will be in theaters February 14, 2015.

Wed
Jun 18 2014 8:20am

Alpha Women Should Go For Beta Males: Agree?

A new book titled The Alpha Woman Meets Her Match says that today's “Leaning In” woman should go for a man who is beta to her alpha.

The author, a “relationship therapist,” wants the “Alpha woman to look past the overly competitive, domineering Alpha male for a man who is not threatened by her strengths but is communicative, responsible, and collaborative. Just as Alpha women aren't demanding bitches, Beta men aren't passive wimps.”

There's an online test you can take to find out just how much alpha and beta you have in your personality—and therefore who would be your perfect match.

Have romance novels been doing it wrong all this time, pairing Alpha females with Alpha males? Are there any examples of Beta females paired with Beta men?

h/t to Sahara Hoshi for the post

Tue
Jun 17 2014 8:15am

The Worst Book-Lending Experience: Discuss!

We've all been there (unless you just have never lent a book, in which case, bravo!).

So today we want you to share: What's your worst book-lending experience?

Mon
Jun 16 2014 8:05am

Who’s Your Favorite Beta Hero?

Tom HiddlestonWe write a lot about Alpha Males—bossy, demanding men who aren't shy about going after what they want.

But there's a lot of love for Beta Heroes, too—men who are more considerate, less aggressive about what they want (even as they definitely want what they want as much as their Alpha counterparts!)

So today we want to ask: Who's your favorite Beta Hero?

Gif from hannibalecter.co.vu

Fri
Jun 13 2014 8:37am

Unluckiest Characters?

It's Friday the 13th, which is regarded by some superstitious people as an unlucky day.

Some characters just seem to find trouble, which of course generally end up as misfortune for them (and fun hijinks for readers!)

So—which characters do you think are the unluckiest? What happened to them?

Thu
Jun 12 2014 1:30pm

Cover Alert: Sarah MacLean’s Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover!

Never Judge a Lady by Her Cover by Sarah MacLeanSarah MacLean has just revealed the cover for the fourth Rule of Scoundrels books, Never Judge a Lady By Her Cover, and it has one of our favorite tropes—chick-in-pants! **Spoilers ahead for anyone who hasn't read No Good Duke Goes Unpunished**

Here's the description:

By day, she is Lady Georgiana, sister to a Duke, ruined before her first season in the worst kind of scandal. But the truth is far more shocking—in London’s darkest corners, she is Chase, the mysterious, unknown founder of the city’s most legendary gaming hell. For years, her double identity has gone undiscovered . . . until now.

Brilliant, driven, handsome-as-sin Duncan West is intrigued by the beautiful, ruined woman who is somehow connected to a world of darkness and sin. He knows she is more than she seems and he vows to uncover all of Georgiana’s secrets, laying bare her past, threatening her present, and risking all she holds dear . . . including her heart.

Were you shocked by the reveal at the end of No Good Duke Goes Unpunished? What do you hope to see out of Chase's book?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Never Judge a Lady By Her, available November 25, 2014:

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Thu
Jun 12 2014 8:01am

Throwback Thursday: What Do You Remember About Rosemary Rogers’s Sweet Savage Love?

Today we thought we'd join in on Throwback Thursday (or #TBT, in social media), and ask you to recall one of the most iconic romance novels from the 1970s, Rosemary Rogers's Sweet Savage Love.

The vibrant young daughter of a U.S. senator, Ginny Brandon has tasted only the sweetest of life's pleasures until fate carries her far from the safety of her home. Now the courageous, flame-haired beauty is lost in Steve Morgan's world, the captive prisoner of a dashing and dangerous soldier of fortune caught up in the turmoil of the American West.

Did you read it? What do you remember most about it?

Wed
Jun 11 2014 8:03am

What Is the Most Memorable Wedding in Romance Novels?

June is a popular month for weddings, and as any good romance reader knows, many romance novels end with a wedding featuring the happy hero and heroine.

But not all weddings go off smoothly, and those are the ones we remember the best. A runaway bride, a missing groom, maybe an irresistible best man?

What is the wedding you remember the best in romance novels?

Tue
Jun 10 2014 11:53am

Cover Alert: Jeaniene Frost’s Bound by Flames

Bound by Flames by Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is sharing a trifecta of awesome today! First, she's got the title for the next Vlad and Leila book, and it's Bound in Flames; second, she's revealed the cover; and third, she offers an excerpt from Chapter 1 on her website.

Here's a snippet:

Hundreds of candles glowed from the ballroom’s gothic chandeliers, casting soft amber light onto the guests below. The lack of modern illumination wasn’t because this house used to be a medieval stronghold, but because the owner was a pyrokinetic vampire, so he was rather fond of fire.

I was perched on one of the ceiling’s corner rafters, taking a brief rest from my evening’s covert activities. A few stories below, all the guests wore masks and costumes, but even without seeing fangs or glowing green eyes, it was easy to determine who was human and who wasn’t. Vampires had an inherent grace, making their movements appear as seamless as water rushing over stones. Their mortal counterparts, well, let’s just say they lacked that finesse. Not that it was their fault. Unlike vampires, humans didn’t have supernatural control over every muscle in their bodies.

Until several weeks ago, neither did I. Changing into a vampire had had some unexpected side effects in addition to the now-I-drink-blood stuff. Before, I also didn’t have my new ability to briefly hold in the electrical currents that had surged through me since touching a downed power line when I was thirteen.

Read the rest of the Bound in Flames excerpt on Frost's website. Bound in Flames, a Night Prince novel, comes out January 26, 2015.

Tue
Jun 10 2014 8:14am

What’s the Saddest Book You’ve Ever Read (and Loved)?

Even though romance readers are usually all about the happy ending, sometimes you just need a good cry.

And with The Fault in Our Stars surpassing expectations at the box office (seeing a corresponding rise in the sale of tissues), it seems like a good time to ask:

What's the saddest book you've read—and loved?

Mon
Jun 9 2014 10:02am

Monday Roundup: New Excerpts from Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kresley Cole!

Born of Fury by Sherrilyn KenyonOver the weekend, Sherrilyn Kenyon and Kresley Cole both offered sneak peeks of their forthcoming releases. Here's the first part of Kenyon's Born of Fury:

“Thia! Thia! Thia! Thia! Thia!” The last one was punctuated with a screech so high, he was amazed his ears weren’t bleeding.

He barely had time to step away from her before Adron and Jayce all but tackled their older sister to the ground. To her credit, Thia stayed upright and hugged them against each side while laughing at their enthusiasm. At six and eight, the blond boys had laughing blue eyes and were almost identical in looks. The only way to really tell them apart was the difference in height. Adron, being older, had a good three inches on his brother.

For now. Hauk remembered well when his older brothers and Nykyrian had towered over him, too, and that definitely wasn’t the case now. He was a good three inches taller than Nyk and had Keris lived, he’d have barely reached Hauk’s shoulders.

You can read the rest at Sherrilyn Kenyon's site.

And here's a look at Cole's Dark Skye:

Prologue

Deep within the Alps, mortal realm
roughly five centuries ago

Crawling along a meadow on her hands and knees, Lanthe scoured the
grass for berries or dandelions—anything to dull her hunger pangs
as her stomach seemed to gnaw on itself.

Her older sister, Sabine—or Ai-bee, as Lanthe called her—would soon
be back from the nearby human village, where she’d gone on a desperate food run. Lanthe had wanted to accompany her, but Sabine said nine was too young.

So Lanthe waited in this meadow, her favorite spot below the high
mountain abbey where she lived with Sabine and her parents. A fir-tree
forest surrounded the small clearing, and a placid lake reflected the
sky like a mirror. Her dress hem continually danced with swaying wild flowers.

You can read the rest of the excerpt at Kresley Cole's site.

Mon
Jun 9 2014 8:22am

What’s Your Favorite Rainy Kiss?

It's raining hard at H&H HQ today, so that got us to thinking about romantic moments in the rain.

There are so many of them, and it seems the rain inspires a particular sort of passion. What's your favorite rainy kiss?

Fri
Jun 6 2014 8:30am

Reading the Next Book in a Series After a Hiatus?

The latest book in Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling book, Shield of Winter, was released earlier this week, while Harry Dresden returned in Skin Game, a new book in Jim Butcher's Dresden Files series.

With these two examples in double digits, there's a lot of history to recall, and because you're an avid reader, you've read many books since you read the prior book in the series. How do you prepare to read the latest entry in a long-running series? Do you jump right in? Or reread the previous books? Or find a wiki type of primer to remind you of what you might have forgotten?

How do you read the next book in a series after a hiatus?

Thu
Jun 5 2014 8:13am

How Many Books Do You Read at a Time?

Over on our Facebook page, we began discussing just how many books people who read more than one at a time actually read. Some of our community members actually read four books at a time, and that got us to wondering—

If you do read more than one book at a time, what's the biggest number of books you've been simultaneously reading?

Wed
Jun 4 2014 8:17am

What If? Trailer

Daniel Radcliffe works his magic (get it?) in a trailer for the romantic comedy What If?, also starring Zoe Kazan and Adam Driver.

Here's the synopsis:

Medical school dropout Wallace has been repeatedly burned by bad relationships. He meets Chantry, an animator who lives with her longtime boyfriend Ben, and they form an instant connection, striking up a close friendship. Still, there is no denying the chemistry between them, leading the pair to wonder, what if the love of your life is actually your best friend?

Did you ever have a 'What If?' moment?

Tue
Jun 3 2014 8:16am

What is a Beach Read?

At this time every year, media outlets roll out their suggestions for books to take to the beach. These “beach reads” often include romance, and also include the implicit approval of reading such fluffy material.

A “beach read” can be something you don't need to follow intensely, or you can be interrupted while reading, or is light and fluffy.

It can also be used pejoratively, as something you wouldn't normally read, but heck, you're on vacation (kind of like donning a loud outfit or a bizarre hat, because you're away from home.

What's your definition of “beach read?” And what books do you remember reading in summers past?

Photo courtesy of Steve Bennett's Photostream