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Nov 18 2014 8:16am

Reader Challenge: What Happens in Vegas...

Daniel Craig in Casino RoyaleDo you recognize this book? 

Series set in a Ssouthwest city. I remember the ladies have girls' night at a particular nightclub, it is owned by one of the men in the series. He is an international club owner based in Vegas, he comes to the city in the second or third book and meets one of the ladies. There is a big deal about shoes and how fabulous they look on the guys' shoulder. The guys have conversation about letting the girls go out cause they enjoy how frisky they are when they come home. I laughed a lot, the dialogue in the books is great!

So if you know of a series that features a girls' night out, some inappropriately placed shoes, and lots of fun dialogue, let us know!

Nov 17 2014 12:30pm

The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior: Exclusive Excerpt

Megan Frampton

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?

When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior. 

But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything…

Get a sneak peek of Megan Frampton's The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior (available November 25, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

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The bell on the door jangled, letting Lily know that someone had entered the anteroom outside of the small office where she’d been working on the ledgers. She stood, feeling her back complain about her having sat for the past few hours. Each of the three proprietors of the Quality Employment Agency took turns at organizing the invoices, and this was her week.      

The agency had done well since its inception just a few months ago, providing work (and the occasional falsified reference) for women with unfortunate pasts. They’d placed no fewer than six young women, all of whom whose reputations had been sullied for one reason or another. Lily and her partners were well-aware of what an unfortunate past could do to a person’s livelihood, since each of them had unfortunate pasts themselves.

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Nov 17 2014 8:20am

Head Female in Charge: Queen Elizabeth

Cli e Owen and Cate Blanchett in ElizabethQueen Elizabeth I—the Virgin Queen—succeeded to her throne on this day back in 1558, ushering in close to fifty years of a woman ruling over one of the most influential countries of the time. Her story of navigating the court and marriage and sexual politics amid a shifting European political landscape is fascinating, and her era brought us Shakespeare, Christopher Marlowe, and and John Donne.

There have been many films featuring Elizabeth as well, from Bette Davis, Glenda Jackson, Judi Dench, and Cate Blanchett, among others. Romance novels set during Elizabeth's era include books written by Jude Deveraux, Amanda McCabe, Susan Wiggs, and Suzanne Robinson.

Have you read any books set during Elizabeth's era? 

Nov 15 2014 12:00pm

NSFW (Not Shy for the World): Counting Down the Top Moments of On-Screen Male Nudity

Jamie Dornan in Fifty Shades of Grey

While you won't be seeing Jamie Dornan in the altogether when Fifty Shades of Grey comes out in theaters in February 2015, there are other actors who have agreed to bare their all in film, on television (cable television, of course!), and in pictures. So as a rebuttal (repenisal?) to Dornan's modesty, we present actors who haven't shied away from their full exposure. In order of penile magnificence, natch. 

*THIS POST IS NSFW. IT'S BARELY SFH (safe for home)—Double check to make sure no one's over your shoulder!*

**We're serious. SO NSFW it's ridiculous.**

***Okay? Okay. You know what you're getting into.***

[The pen_is mightier than the sword!]

Nov 14 2014 8:03am

What is Your View of Romantic Love?

Devil May Cry by Sherrilyn KenyonThere are as many different interpretations of what love is, and how it feels, as there are romance novels (else why would there be the need for more romance novels?) There is the view that romantic love completes someone:

“You're the other half of me.”—Lisa Kleypas's Again the Magic

That love is more important than mere functioning:

“One day you will kiss a man you can't breathe without, and find that breath is of little consequence.”—Karen Marie Moning's Bloodfever

And that functioning can be painful if you love:

"When you love someone... truly love them, friend or lover, you lay your heart open to them. You give them a part of yourself that you give to no one else, and you let them inside a part of you that only they can hurt—you literally hand them the razor with a map of where to cut deepest and most painfully on your heart and soul. And when they do strike, it's crippling—like having your heart carved out. It leaves you naked and exposed, wondering what you did to make them want to hurt you so badly when all you did was love them. What is so wrong with you that no one can keep faith with you? That no one can love you? To have it happen once is bad enough... but to have it repeated? Who in their right mind would not be terrified of that?”—Sherrilyn Kenyon's Devil May Cry

What is your view of love?

Nov 13 2014 8:29am

Throwback Thursday: What Was the First Series You Committed To?

Gentle Rogue by Johanna LindseyNearly every romance novel published now is part of a series, but it wasn't always that way. It used to be that there were single title books, ones that had no relation to other books the author wrote. That changed at some point, and now it's customary to follow a series as well as an author or a genre.

What was the first series you followed? 

Nov 12 2014 1:26pm

Subway Porn FTW!: The Mindy Project Spotlights a Romance Author

Peter, Abby, and Mindy in The Mindy Project

The Mindy Project further cemented its place as one of our favorite TV rom-coms last week when it introduced Abby Berman (Allison Tolman of Fargo—Tamra's friend and dudebro Peter's latest love interest—who, get this, just happens to be a best-selling historical romance author! How awesome is that?

While Peter and Abby's romance ended up being short-lived (though not without its highlights, like Peter pleading for a second chance with Abby by writing her a terrible romance story after getting sucked into and subsequently sobbing over one of her very popular novels), Abby was great fun, mostly because she didn't take herself too seriously. In fact, in describing her work to Peter, she says romance is “basically pornography you're allowed to read on the subway.”

[Is it wrong that we enjoyed that line immensely?...]

Nov 12 2014 8:22am

How Do You Organize Your Books?

As a voractious reader, you have a lot of books. And having so many books means you have to have a way to organize them, right?

But how?

Do you organize by color, publisher, genre, alphabetically by author, or some other way?

How do you organize your books?

Photo from hislovelysummergirl.tumblr.com

Thanks to Heather for the idea!

Nov 11 2014 8:11am

Do You Recognize This Book? Woman “Accidentally Gets Turned into a Bear”

Henry CavillAn H&H site member needs help in recalling the author and title of this book; can you help?

I'm trying to remember a comedy/paranormal/romance book but I can't remember the name. Maybe if I tell about them. First book is about a woman who accidently gets turned into a bear by her sexy next door neighbor and she's not happy. She ends up pregnant. Second book is about the human woman who is a friend to the woman in the first. Anyway she ends up being mated to a vampire and I think a wolf. They're very funny and I liked them but I can't remember the names of them. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

Anyone who knows what books these are? Thanks!

Nov 10 2014 8:23am

What is Your TBR Comfort Level?

We talk about books, and how much we love to read books, and what books we have yet to read, here at H&H quite a lot. And we talk about our TBR pile. 

Some people have hundreds of books on their TBR pile (Megan and Heather), and some are just not comfortable with having that much, and refuse to add any books to their list until it's been reduced (Jenn).

Do you have a preferred comfort level to your TBR pile? If so, what is it?

Photo courtesy of Kate Ter Haar's Flickr.

Nov 9 2014 10:00am

Shipping Sunday: Peaky Blinders’s Tommy Shelby and Grace Burgess

Tommy Shelby and Grace from Peaky BlindersHe's the leader of a British gang called the Peaky Blinders, and she's a spy—an Irish woman who's been sent to figure out where an entire cache of guns might have gone (spoiler: he took them!). And, because they're the two most attractive people on the show, of course they belong together. Plus they're on opposite sides!

Have you watched the show? Do you ship it?

[Opposites attract!...]

Nov 7 2014 8:20am

What Series or Author is Your “Guilty Displeasure?”

Woman Reading by Jasmine Cat

Our recent Trope of the Month post: Villains to Heroes revealed that H&H's Jennifer Proffitt had yet to read Karen Marie Moning's series. A frequent H&H commenter told Jenn not to feel bad, since she hadn't ever read Nalini Singh's Psy-Changeling series.

While we are firmly against tagging reading romance as a “guilty pleasure,” we would have to say that the gaps in romance reading might legitimately be called a “guilty displeasure.”

So spill—what iconic series or author have you never read, and are embarrassed to admit it? 

Photo courtesy of Jasmine Cat's Flickr.

Nov 6 2014 8:20am

Throwback Thursday: Identify This Kathleen Woodiwiss Quote!

Benedict Cumberbatch and Sophie HunterYesterday, news broke that Benedict Cumberbatch had announced his engagement using the old-fashioned method of placing a notice in the papers. Aww! That got us to thinking about marriage proposals, and how wonderful the right kind of proposal can be, and how the purple prose of some old-school romances just capture that heartstopping moment. This is from a Kathleen Woodiwiss novel. But which one? 

“I want to be your wife, your lover, your mate for life. I want to feel you inside me, to be one with you, to bear your children, to possess you as you possess me, to touch you as often as I wish, and to feel you quicken in my grasp. I need you... most desperately.”

Swoon! Do you know what Woodiwiss book this comes from? What old-school romances have your favorite proposals?

Nov 5 2014 8:20am

Fifty Shades of Grey Won’t Show ALL the Shades

Media outlets were abuzz this week with the news that, despite earlier reports, Jamie Dornan won't be full frontal in the movie version of E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey. According to Dornan, the reasons for that is “You want to appeal to as wide an audience as possible without grossing them out. You don’t want to make something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic.” Also, it was in his contract he wouldn't be appearing fully nude.

What do you think about the decision to keep Dornan's—as he puts it—“todger” out of the film? What's your reaction to his comment that full frontal could be seen as “something gratuitous, and ugly, and graphic?”

Keep up with all things Christian/Ana with H&H's Fifty Shades Collection.

Nov 4 2014 1:40pm

Cover Alert: Maya Banks’s Darkest Before Dawn!

Darkest Before Dawn by Maya BanksMaya Banks has just revealed the cover and blurb for the tenth book in her KGI series, Darkest Before Dawn, which releases in June 2015. 

Here's the official description:

The enigmatic Hancock has been both opponent and ally to the KGI teams for as long as they've known him. Always working a deep game, Hancock's true allegiance has never been apparent, but one thing is for certain—he never lets anything get in the way of duty.

But now, his absolute belief in the primacy of his ultimate goal is challenged by a captive he's been ordered to guard, no matter how much she suffers in her prison. She's the only woman who's ever managed to penetrate the rigid walls surrounding his icy heart, but will he allow his perplexing feelings for the beautiful victim to destroy a mission he's spent years working to complete or will he be forced to sacrifice her for “the greater good.”

Learn more about or order a copy of Darkest Before Dawn by Maya Banks, available June 2, 2015:

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Nov 4 2014 8:04am

Your Most Romantic Politician Hero?

Campaign for Seduction by Ann ChristopherIt's Election Day in the United States, and while politicians aren't the first career you'd think of for a romance hero or heroine, politician heroes and heroines are out there, campaigning for their loved one's heart!

A politician hero or heroine has some immediate romance novel qualities, including commitment, a strong sense of ethics, a drive to succeed, and the ability to persuade people to do things. The downside of a politician hero is their hubris, focusing on the job and the campaign rather than a personal life, and sometimes getting caught up in the miasma of politics.

Do you like reading politician heroes or heroines? Who's got your vote for most romantic politician hero?

Nov 3 2014 7:15am

Collecting Research on Romance Readers: Take the Survey

Author Maya Rodale is writing a book called Dangerous Books for Girls: The Bad Reputation of Romance Novels, Explained, a non-fiction book that “traces the stigma against romances novels to 18th and 19th century England where The Powers That Be saw reading by “the masses” (especially women) a tremendous threat to the status quo. The reading revolution had to be stopped.”

She's working on research for the book now, and asks for readers' help in compiling stats, and has put up a brief survey so you can share your thoughts and opinions.

Oct 31 2014 7:29am

Top Ten Signs You Might Be the Devil (NSFW)

Hope everyone has a fun Halloween! Who's your favorite devil?

Oct 30 2014 7:10am

Throwback Thursday: Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm

Flowers from the Storm by Laura KinsaleWe've covered Laura Kinsale many, MANY times, and so it's very cool to report that the Old School Romance Book Club has chosen her iconic Flowers From the Storm as its read for November. This book, along with Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels, is frequently mentioned as the best historical romance ever written. If you haven't read it already, this is a great opportunity to see just how an author can make a stroke-addled mathematical genius duke and a Quaker woman fall in love. 

If you have read it already—spoilers ahead!—take a look at the “Confronting the Quakers” Scene from Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm as well as Kinsale's Top Three Damaged Heroes

Have you read Flowers from the Storm

Oct 29 2014 7:16am

We Need Diverse Books—Yes or Hell Yes?

The We Need Diverse Books campaign was focused, initially, on diversity in Young Adult literature, but the movement has grown to include books of all genres, and we are definitely behind diversity in romance novels as well as other genres.

Author John Green did a short clip in support of the campaign, and says, “We need to reflect the reality of our communities...but it's also really important to see The Other; one of the magical things about reading [...] is that it helps me to imagine the life outside of myself...when you don't see the lives of others in stories, it's difficult to imagine them complexly.”

Romance readers read about “The Other” in several of its subgenres already, including historical (unless you're a duchess), paranormals (unless you're a vampire), and romantic suspense (unless you're a special ops soldier).  

What's the last book that exposed you to a “life outside of [your]self?”