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Mon
Apr 27 2015 12:15pm

They Laughed, They Cried: Standout Moments in Romance Novels

Wild With You by Sara Jane StoneHeroes and Heartbreakers is pleased to welcome author Sara Jane Stone, whose fourth Independence Falls novel, Wild With You, hit shelves on April 14. Shere's here today to discuss what qualities make for a keeper romance, including laugh-out-loud funny moments. Thanks for joining us, Sara Jane!

As a reader, I find the little moments in a book stay with me the longest. Romance, women’s fiction, non-fiction—the heart-wrenching details haunt me long after I turn the last page. But it is the laugh-out-loud passages that lead me to reread a book over and over.

Jill Shalvis is a master of humorous moments. In Simply Irresistible, the first book in her Lucky Harbor series, I love the scene where the heroine drunk dials the hero (who happens to be the town’s master carpenter) and tells him she needs mastering. I’ve read this story more times than I wish to admit and I still laugh every time.

When I asked Codi Gary, author of Bad For Me, if she could name a standout moment, she selected a humorous moment from Julia Quinn’s Romancing Mr. Bridgerton:

“Where Colin asks Penelope to marry him and she falls out of the carriage and to the ground was funny and wonderful because it was supposed to be a romantic moment and they both butchered it.” 

Reading her words, I can clearly picture this scene. And I’m tempted to drop everything and reread Colin and Penelope’s story. This moment reflects everything I love about these characters.

[Go ahead, give in to the re-read temptation...]

Wed
Jul 9 2014 2:00pm

There When You Need It: How Eloisa James’s The Duke is Mine Landed on the Keeper Shelf

Full Exposure by Sara Jane StoneToday we're thrilled to welcome Sara Jane Stone, whose Full Exposure was just released. Full Exposure is the first book in the Independence Falls series and focuses on Georgia, a recently-returned soldier who is struggling with life back home. Sara Jane faced her own trying time, but found comfort in a romance novel, just when she needed it most, and she's here today to tell us how and why an Eloisa James book landed on her Keeper Shelf. Thanks, Sara Jane!

Do you remember your first?  The romance novel that drew you in and wouldn’t let go, the pages filled with tension, conflict, kisses—maybe a peek inside the bedroom—and characters you couldn’t resist rooting for?  What about your favorite?  The journey to happy-ever-after that you’ve read again and again?

My keeper shelf is lined with these books.  But there is one that stands out from the rest.  It is not the best romance novel I’ve ever read, or my favorite by this particular author.  (And I’ve read all of her books.)  It is the story that was there for me when I thought I couldn’t keep going, paralyzed by my own emotions and fears—on the New York City subway.

[We've all had those moment, and those books that were there for us...]