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Dec 12 2016 4:45pm

Best Romances of 2016: 32 of the Love Stories We Couldn’t Shut Up About

What were the best romance novels of 2016?

The staff of Heroes and Heartbreakers is lucky that romance is our day job. From covers to TV and movie couples, to our favorite bew books and comfort reads, 2016 introduced some romances that will find their way onto our keeper shelves!

Jennifer Proffitt's Top Romances of 2016

Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

Stein tells a beautiful story that will challenges your perceptions of what is forgivable and how to forgive—both yourself and those who have wronged you. You wouldn't think the story of a bully and the bullied would have so much lightness and heart to it, but Stein tackles the subject in a meaningful, sweet, and sexy way with her signature style. 

From Sanctum with Love by Lexi Blake

It was around this time last year that I was first recommended Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries, and it quickly became apparent that I would NEED Kai's story at some point. From Sanctum with Love delivers in spades a story that is everything this sadist deserves and everything my little reading heart could want: office romance, thrilling suspense, and melt-you-eyeballs sensuality. Read the whole series if you haven't, because you'll be panting for Kai's story too!

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

I’m from farm country but live in the city, so day dreaming of farm life isn’t something I think I’d be naturally drawn to. However like many Sarina Bowen books, she changes everything for me. The men in Bowen's Bittersweet are built for hard work, they’re dedicated to their land and to their women, and they know it takes a lot of work to make something grow—just what you want in a romance hero. We know happy-ever-afters are guaranteed in romance, but nonetheless, Bowen managed to keep me on the edge of my seat whether they would really make it work. Spoiler alert: there are no bittersweet endings here. 

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Jun 21 2016 4:00pm

Romance Reading Virgin: Let’s Travel Through Space Together

Can the second reading of a romance novel be better than the first?

Dark Horse by Michelle DienerI'm back! Hi. How are you? Some of you might remember that I was H&H’s romance virgin who popped his cherry last September when I read my very first romance novel, Irresistible Force by the lovely and talented D.D. Ayres. It was an affair that I will never forget—an experience that will always hold a special place in my heart. No other novel can be my first! I heart you.

That being said, I have met a new romance novel. A novel that might understand me a bit more… well, deeply. A novel that is as nerdy as I am—one with space exploration, battleships, intergalactic adventure and even an AI (artificial intelligence) character. It was love at first chapter and her name is Dark Horse by Michelle Diener. I am sorry, Irresistible Force, it's not you—it's me. I hope we can still be friends and hang out from time to time.

Dark Horse wrapped itself around me like a warm carbonite blanket

Now that I have been ‘experienced,’ I was pretty excited to delve into some cosmic romance. I’ll humbly admit that I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with the crossover into sci-fi; now you might be thinking… wait, he has worked at H&H for years,  read countless experts, participated in many discussions, been privy to every trope, etc. How did he not know how deep the romance rabbit hole goes? The answer is: I had been taking the blue pill, I guess!

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Sep 14 2015 8:30am

Romance Reading Virgin: My First Time with D.D. Ayres’s Irresistible Force

Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres

About a month or so ago I agreed to read my very first romance novel. Why would someone who has shown no real interest in ever reading a romance novel to do such a thing? Someone who traditionally only read nonfiction technical type stuff? For science of course! It is an 'experiment' after all, right? Well, that is just part of my justification for doing so. The other was to see what all the hoopla was about and to share my experience. I have always been the type who tries to see every side of life and to attempt to gain deeper perceptions on humans.

Anywho... After asking the community for recommendations on what book I should read and much soul searching on my part, I chose Irresistible Force by D.D. Ayres. The dog was what sealed the deal. 

Now here are the results!

No Longer A Romance Reading Virgin

*flick* *flick* — *Lights cigarette*

[Well that sums it up for Teddy ...]

Nov 19 2014 11:23am

The First Cinderella Trailer Is Here!

The trailer for Disney's first live-action Cinderella movie is finally upon us! Downton Abbey star Lily James will take on the leading role of young orphaned princess Ella, who's living with her mean step-mother and two evil step-sisters (one of whom you'll discover is The Borgias's Lucrezia, Holliday Grainger). Oh, and Richard Madden, famous for his role of Rob Stark in Game of Thrones, will play the dashing Prince Charming.

Watch the magical trailer and let us know what you think in the comments! Will you be seeing this one in theaters?

Cinderella will arrive on March 13, 2015.

Apr 17 2011 2:31pm


Raphael & Elena vs. Rhage & Mary

Mercy & Adam vs. Feyre & Rhysand

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 1 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Friday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)

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Couple Battle #1

Couple: Raphael/Elena
Book/Series: Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter series)
Author: Nalini Singh
What brings them together: Archangel Raphael hires vampire hunter Elena to track an archangel gone rogue.
What threatens to pull them apart: Raphael and Elena’s enemies are many and they are powerful.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “No one will take my Elena from me. I'll destroy the world before I allow that to happen.” —Archangel’s Heart

Couple: Rhage/Mary
Book/Series: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
Author: J.R. Ward 
What brings them together: A human thrown into the world of vampires, Mary is dependent on Rhage for protection, which morphs into love...
What threatens to pull them apart: What doesn’t? Vampire/human complications, curses, enemies out for their destruction...Rhage and Mary overcome a lot.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “So if you had the chance...even if there was no music and no ballgown, no tuxedo or gala...when your true love asked you to dance? It was important to say yes.” —The Beast



Couple Battle #2

Couple: Mercy/Adam
Book/Series: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson series)
Author: Patricia Briggs 
What brings them together: Werewolf Adam happens to be Mercy’s next-door neighbor.
What threatens to pull them apart: Pack infighting, for sure, though Adam has Mercy’s back through it all.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I misspoke,' he said in a steady voice. 'She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live—that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.' ” —Fire Touched

Couple: Feyre/Rhysand
Book/Series: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses series)
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
What brings them together: Rhys saves Feyre from faeries. Oh, and they’re fated to be mated.
What threatens to pull them apart: Feyre hates Rhys, at least until she understands his true motives...
Swoonworthiest Moment: " 'She is my mate. And my spy,' I said too quietly. 'And she is the High Lady of the Night Court.' ” —A Court of Mist and Fury



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