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Jul 9 2014 8:21am

Didn’t See THAT Coming: What’s the Most Unexpected Turn a Romance Novel Has Taken?

An Unexpected Blessing by Unoma Nwankwor

Romances always have a HEA; but the path the two (or more, depending on the genre) characters take varies greatly.

There have been many “No way!” moments in romance. What is the most unexpected turn a romance novel has taken in its inevitable progression to its Happy Ever After?

Jul 8 2014 8:30am

How Do You Revel in Your Obsessions?

Mindy and Danny in The Mindy Project

Here in H&H HQ, Kresley Cole fangirl Jenn Proffitt has been obsessing over the upcoming release of Dark Skye. Heather Waters has been known to spend a few hours reading Mindy and Danny (from The Mindy Project) fanfic, while Megan can't pass up Anne Stuart titles as they're digitally published, even though she owns ALL of Stuart's books in print.

We've all done obsessive above and beyond the norm things in the name of fandom; how do you revel in your obsessions?

Mindy/Danny image via Mindy Kaling's Instagram

Jul 7 2014 8:16am

Who’s the Smartest Heroine in Romance?

Back in the summer of 1678, a Venetian noblewoman named Elena Cornaro Piscopia was the first woman to receive a doctorate of philosophy. Elena received a mathematics degree as well, spoke several languages, and wrote several treatises and academic studies.

And because we love a smart woman—especially when she's a romance novel heroine—we want to know:

Who's the smartest heroine in romance?

Jul 3 2014 8:10am

Throwback Thursday: What Traditional Regencies Did You Read?

The Battling Bluestocking by Amanda ScottMany of the biggest historical romance authors writing today, including Mary Balogh, Jo Beverley, Mary Jo Putney, and Loretta Chase got their start writing Traditional Regencies.

The traditional Regency line is gone now, but many historical fans discovered the genre through these books, which tended to be more historically accurate than other historicals and often (though not always) had less explicit sex.

What traditional Regencies do you remember reading?

Jul 2 2014 8:20am

What’s the Worst Way a Hero or Heroine Has Gotten Dumped?

Last week, Robin Thicke made a not romantic pathetic desperate video that is basically an entreaty for his estranged wife to forgive him.

While we have no advice for that scenario, it had to have been precipitated by a bad breakup (we have no clue on if it was the worst breakup ever).

Breaking up often starts a book, with the hero or heroine getting dumped in an incredibly awkward, unpleasant, many times public, way.

What's the worst way a hero or heroine has gotten dumped in a romance novel?

Jul 1 2014 8:03am

Two Sides to Every Story: the Eleanor Rigby Trailer

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them, a new film starring  James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain, tells the story of a married couple whose marriage falls apart after a tragedy. The film will be out on September 26, but then six weeks later, two new versions—one titled The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, the other The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Her, will be out, so viewers can see the two sides of the Them story.

In making these versions, director Ned Benson is drawing on the Rashomon Effect, where all the narratives are suspect. There is bound to be a lot of Oscar buzz for this film, and it's an intriguing approach to telling a story.

h/t to Heather Waters for the post!

Jun 30 2014 8:10am

What’s the Most Memorable Nickname in Romance?

“I mean to make ye call me ‘Master,’ Sassenach.” His soft voice was a threat of revenge for the agonies of the last minutes. “I mean to make you mine.”

If you've read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander, the term “Sassenach” is forever in your memory. But Jamie Fraser's nickname for Claire isn't the only memorable one  in romance (although it might just be the most memorable).

What other nicknames do you remember from romance novels? And what romance novel nickname is the most memorable?

Jun 27 2014 8:02am

Spotting the Easter Egg in Romance Novels

Secrets of a Summer Night by Lisa Kleypas Easter eggs in media such as computer games, software design, and movies are hidden messages or inside jokes that only people familiar with the particular type of media will get.

But do Easter eggs exist in romance novels?

We went to Twitter, and the answer is yes! Larissa Ione has several mentions of Star Trek (she is a big fan), Maisey Yates has a heroine from one (unconnected) book come from the fictional hometown of another series, while Sherrilyn Kenyon mentions a Kinley MacGregor (her historical alter-ego) book in one of her Kenyon releases. And there are many more examples.

Have you noticed any Easter eggs in romance? What ones did you spot?

Jun 26 2014 8:19am

Throwback Thursday: First Nora Roberts?

Megan's Mate by Nora RobertsChances are, you've read at least one Nora Roberts novel, either under her own name or writing as J.D. Robb. Roberts's career spans from 1981 to the present, and she has written in a multitude of genres.

So do you remember your first Nora book? What was it? Do you continue to read her, and which of her books are your favorites?

Jun 25 2014 8:15am

How Long Does it Take for You to Know Your Current Book is Going to be Amazing?

Last week, Heather, Jenn, and Megan debriefed the H&H Community with what we're each thinking about/obsessing over.

Although only seven pages in (at the time), it was clear to your Morning Coffee-er that Loretta Chase's Vixen in Velvet was going to be an incredible read.

For one thing, it's Loretta Chase. For another, the hero and heroine meet and flirt in the very first scene, and then she keeps adding layers to what is likely to happen, so that within just a few pages you are delightedly anticipating the rest of the book.

What's the shortest amount of time you've read a book and just known it was going to work for you? How long does it take for you to know your current book is going to be amazing?

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?

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.

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)?

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.—”


So what Johanna Lindsey books have you read?

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.

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

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?

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

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?

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?

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