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Aug 25 2014 8:38am

What Genre Do You Wish You Had More Of?

Wishful Thinking by Gabi StevensA week ago, we asked you What's Your Favorite Genre Right Now? Some of the commenters said they wished they could find more of “____ genre.”

So today we'd like you to share what genre you wish you could find more books in, and what elements you really like in the books you've found in that genre already.

What genre do you want to be reading more of?

Aug 22 2014 8:15am

What is Your #FridayReads?

Fiance by Friday by Catherine Bybee

Each week on our Facebook page, we ask the H&H community what they're reading. Today we'd like to extend the conversation over here, and ask you guys what you're reading.

So what book is making your Friday even better? 

Aug 21 2014 8:03am

Throwback Thursday: Who Was Your First Book Boyfriend?

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy

We've asked who your most recent book boyfriend was, and now we want to know who was your first—you know, the first hero you read about who made you wish he were real and could come find you and sweep you off your feet.

Who was your first book boyfriend?

Aug 20 2014 8:12am

Who’s Your Favorite Bad Girl?

Sometimes some characters are so dastardly, and yet so charismatic that even when they're doing terrible things, you still kind of like them.

Often those characters, at least in romance novels, go through some transformation and end up as the hero or heroine in a future book. Sometimes they're just too bad to be redeemed.

Ava, the character played by Eva Green in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (opening Friday) seems to be the latter type. She joins the company of Cruella DeVil, Lady MacBeth, and the Marquise de Merteuil (Les Liaisons Dangereuses), among others.

Who's your favorite bad girl? 

Aug 19 2014 8:07am

Do You Recognize This Book? Reader Searching for Africa-set Romance

Marilyn MonroeWe're back with another missing book wanted by a member of the H&H community:

The book is set in Africa. The heroine is working for a relief organization, I think, and is famous and/or rich and/or ran away from home. The hero is hiding in the bushes waiting to snatch her when he discovers someone is trying to kill her. He manages to get her and they both run away being pursued by the bad guys. They travel across Africa, buy an old car/jeep from a local tribe who know the hero by his bush reputation as a good person. Eventually they escape from or overcome the bad guys. The hero and heroine have fallen in love and make a life together in which the heroine continues to do charity/relief/? work.

The story was a well written romantic adventure with a good, believable plot. I cannot remember who the author is or what the title is. I would like to read more books by the author. It may be a Harlequin publication.

Do you recognize this book?

Aug 18 2014 8:10am

How Many Books Have You Binge-Read?

Concealed in Death by J.D. RobbWe have all binge-read, at one point or another, in our reading careers. The question is, what's the most amount of books by one author you've read consecutively?

How many books have you binge-read in a row?

Aug 15 2014 8:10am

Chemistry on Film: “It’s Even Better When You Help”

Actress Lauren Bacall passed away this week, and so it seems like a good opportunity to post this clip from Bacall's first movie, To Have and Have Not, made when she was just nineteen years old.

This is how on-screen chemistry works (and yes, the two embarked on an affair during the course of this film that culminated in their getting married).

What are your favorite on-screen moments of chemistry? 

Aug 14 2014 8:04am

Throwback Thursday: When Did You First Identify as a “Romance” Fan?

Identity Crisis by Eliza DalyMaybe you knew as soon as you stole one of your mother's paperbacks. Maybe it took you longer, you just thought you wanted to read a good story. Maybe you were reading books that had relationships in them, and those were the best parts for you, only you didn't understand why you felt that way.

But somewhere, along the way, someone asked what you liked to read and you answered, “romance. I read romance.”

So when was the first time you recall identifying yourself as a romance reader? 

Aug 13 2014 8:30am

What’s Your Favorite Genre Right Now?

Beautiful Choice by Emily McKeeAs a regular visitor to Heroes and Heartbreakers, you probably read a variety of genres under the romance umbrella. And while we don't want to put you on the spot, let us ask you*:

If you had to choose your absolute favorite genre (in romance) right now, what would you say?


*we're totally putting you on the spot.

Aug 12 2014 8:11am

Happy Birthday, George IV!

The Voluptuary

The man who lent his era to the most popular period in historical romance, the Regency, was born today back in 1762. King Geoge IV was acting Prince Regent for his father, George III, who was incapacitated due to madness (now thought perhaps to be porphyria).

George, as Regency readers likely know, was excessive in many things, from love affairs to spending to food and more. But his excesses had some positive results; he was a strong proponent of the arts, including painting, architecture, and literature. The Regency era produced such artists as William Coleridge, William Blake, the Shelleys (Mary and Percy), Lord Byron, John Keats, and more. 

Many historical authors have put George in as a character in their books*, including Georgette Heyer, Mary Robinette Kowal, Loretta Chase, Barbara Hazard, Sophia Nash, Kieran Kramer, Sabrina Jeffries, Suzanne Enoch, Mary Jo Putney, Gaelen Foley, and more.

In what book did you first meet the birthday boy?

*Thanks for all the help from Twitter friends!

Aug 11 2014 8:15am

Do You Recognize This Book? Reader Searching for Regency Romance!

Keira Knightley in Pride and Prejudice

In our ongoing quest to unite readers with books they read (but have since lost), we are asking for help in identifying this book:

The book was a Regency Romance about a couple who gets married but not because they are in love. I cannot recall if they get married because of a scandal or if they were betrothed or if he proposed and her family needed the money. But before they get married the heroine's sister (who is not a nice person) tells the heroine that women are not allowed to enjoy the more physical aspects of marriage. She convinces the heroine that she must never let her husband know that she enjoys his attention.

The hero, for his part, seems to be falling in love with his new wife except that he cannot figure out what he is doing wrong in the bedroom. Which leads to a rather comical scene where he becomes very frustrated with his wife's lack of response. Some yelling occurs and he decides to get dressed and go sulk somewhere. While he is getting dressed the heroine is muttering to herself that it was extremely difficult to remain ladylike when enduring such pleasure. She confesses to having been reciting the multiplication tables in an effort to be stoic throughout. Apparently the eights were quite the ordeal!

Do you know what book this is? 

Aug 8 2014 8:30am

Drug-Addicted and Brilliant: Clive Owen Stars in The Knick

It's a Friday in August, so it's time to break the fourth wall and talk about something that isn't necessarily romance, but is a passion.

As a Clive Owen fan who's been disappointed by many of Clive's cinematic choices, it seems like there might be hope in the new series premiering on Cinemax tonight called The Knick. Directed by Stephen Soderbergh (who brought us Magic Mike, remember!), The Knick revolves around “the Knickerbocker Hospital and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who work there, pushing the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics...Clive Owen stars as Doctor John Thackery, a brilliant surgeon pioneering new methods in the field, despite his secret addiction to cocaine.”

The Knick takes place in 1900—but in New York City, not England, so although it shares its fashions and innovations with the Edwardian era, it is a starkly different place. The world was advancing toward the advent of WWI, Kodak introduced its “Brownie” camera, and work began on the New York City subway system (completed in 1904).

Cinemax has already renewed The Knick for Season 2, and Soderbergh has signed on to direct the episodes, so it seems that this might actually be worthy of Clive Owen's considerable talent (even though, once again, he is sporting an unfortunate moustache—but this time it's period-appropriate).

Many of you have your own Clive Owen—someone you will see whatever they're in, no matter how unappealing it sounds (speaking of which, Richard Armitage stars in Into the Storm, opening today). Who's yours? 

Aug 7 2014 12:30pm

The “Jimmy, That’s Love” Scene in Kylie Scott’s Lead

Lead by Kylie Scott**Spoiler Alert! This post contains spoilers about Book 3 in Kylie Scott's Stage Dive series, Lead. Read with caution...you've been warned!**

In Kylie Scott’s Lead, the heroine Lena is hired to babysit Stage Dive’s lead singer, Jimmy, who’s in recovery from drug and alcohol addiction. Lena is one of the few women Jimmy’s met who doesn’t fawn all over him, and she returns his monosyllabic grunts with her own saucy replies. Eventually, they build up a friendship, and then Lena falls in love with him. And then tells Jimmy, who laughs and tells her to get over it.

But gradually, Jimmy and Lena find themselves in a semblance of a romantic relationship, except Jimmy doesn’t think he can ever love, and Lena knows she won’t be satisfied unless he’s all in. Lena returns home to attend her sister’s wedding, and does a lot of thinking:

There’s probably a lot of things I could say about the nature of love. Exactly what I did or didn’t mean to Jimmy would never be known, perhaps not even to himself. Love was truly one of life’s mysteries. That it could fuck you five ways to Sunday and still remain so utterly perplexing and unknown was kind of impressive.

Jimmy makes a grand entrance at the wedding, and then goes to Lena, thinking all will be forgiven and she’ll come back home with him, to the easy, casual relationship they had before.

[You can't go back...only forward!]

Aug 7 2014 8:18am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Julie Garwood Book?

Lion's Lady by Julie GarwoodIn her post on spies in romance, Shana Galen mentioned Julie Garwood's Lion's Lady, which has come up in comments and in posts from time to time as a book readers fell in love with, back in the day.

Garwood has published over twenty-five books in both the contemporary and historical genres, so chances are you've read at least one of her books.

What was your first Julie Garwood book? 

Aug 6 2014 8:03am

How Important is the Secondary Relationship?

As attention spans shorten, and more and more books get written and released, books themselves seem to be getting shorter, which means that what used to be standard in romance novels—specifically focus on a secondary relationship—has gone away. Or if there is mention of a secondary relationship, that relationship becomes primary in a subsequent book.

Do you miss secondary relationships in romance novels? Are there any particular ones in current romances that you've loved, and would miss if they were removed? 

How important is the secondary relationship?

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Aug 5 2014 8:40am

Stephen Colbert Speaks to Young Women

Most people know Stephen Colbert in his late night television persona, but here, as his own self, he's offering advice to young women that is thoughtful and well-considered.

Have you ever gotten advice from an unlikely source? 

h/t to Heather Waters for the post!

Aug 4 2014 8:20am

What Would You Never Give Up?

Starz is allowing anyone to watch the first episode of Outlander, based on Diana Gabaldon's series, and many, many people did (it's embedded here, if you haven't seen it).

Eventually, Claire has to make a choice about whether to return home to post WWII England, or to stay in mid-seventeenth century Scotland. She does make a choice, but today we want to ask you:

What's the one thing about modern life that would make you hesitate, if not give up outright, leaving your current time for a previous one?

Aug 1 2014 8:10am

Voracious Reader Looking for Urban Fantasy Title

Woman in the library

Today, we're asking for the H&H community to help one of your own. A self-professed “voracious reader” is looking to see if anyone can recall the title and author of this book. She read it originally in French, but would like to find it in English. Here's her recollection on it:

It's an urban fantasy about a girl who got a good deal of magic, owns a library or a new age shop and goes on a quest for an item (she can't recall what the item is), and  is helped by a Dragon Lord, a fox shifter and a Faerie Lord or demon or vampire—one of them named Silvan, perhaps. It was quite a lookalike of Karen Marie Moning's Fever series, but not that one. 

Does anyone know what that book might be? 

(If anyone wants to submit a book they'd like to find, email: info AT heroesandheartbreakers DOT com)

Jul 31 2014 8:03am

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Historical?

Savage Surrender by Natasha PetersHistorical romance was the top genre in romance for many, many years, and if you found your way to romance by borrowing an older relative's books, chances are you found your way to a historical (not a traditional Regency) at some point in your reading career.

What was your first historical? Do you continue to read them? 

Jul 30 2014 1:55pm

Outlander’s “Just a Bodice-Ripper”? Really, Vanity Fair?!

Jamie and Claire in Starz's OutlanderEarlier this week, Vanity Faira posted an article with the headline “Does the New Outlander Series Have What It Takes to Be More than Just a Bodice-Ripper?b

In the piece itself, journalist Joanna Robinson says that no, it does not, and writes that “in order to become a true hit, Outlander, a steamy, time-traveling romp through Scotland, is going to have to find a way to appeal to more than just your dear old mum. In other words, it can’t just be Fifty Shades of Plaid.”

Annoyed? You're not alone.

The article goes on to mention that the most recent installment of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander book series, Written in My Own Heart's Blood, debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List. Let's think about that discrepancy for a moment.

[Yes, please, let's discuss...]