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JohnJacobson
July 8 2014

Feels Like the First Time: My First Romance Novel—Diana Palmer’s Rogue Stallion

Romance has this thing about first times. Everyone has their first time with a romance novel. Some of us remember them, and others don’t. Sometimes it’s something as simple as a plot...
scarlettleigh
April 7 2014

When Love Doesn’t Come First: Pregnancy in Romance Novels, Part 1

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage... Except when it doesn’t! In the tradition of mimicking real life situations sometimes the hero and heroine...
scarlettleigh
March 19 2014

Getting into Her Kind of Trouble by Sarah Mayberry

Sarah Mayberry loves to mix things up a bit from book to book. In one of her books, the physical relationship between the hero and hero might develop slowly—going from like to caring to the physical....
WendyCrutcher
March 14 2014

First Look: Karen Templeton’s More Than She Expected (March 18, 2014)

Karen Templeton More Than She Expected Harlequin / March 18, 2014 (print); April 1, 2014 (digital) / $5.50 print, $4.99 digital Neighbor, handyman and…husband? One woman finds her...
CherylSneed
February 15 2014

First Look: Blythe Gifford’s Secrets at Court (February 18, 2014)

Blythe Gifford  Secrets at Court Harlequin / February 18, 2014 / $5.85 print, $4.61 digital Anne of Stamford has long been the keeper of her mistress's secrets, but when Lady...
RachelHyland
November 22 2013

Giving Thanks for Romance: Thanksgiving-Themed Books

I have holiday envy. There, I’ve said it. Whether it be Passover or Ramadan, Diwali or the Mooncake Festival, there is barely an international observance, whether religious or otherwise, that...
AlexisHall
November 12 2013

Power Dynamics in Category Romance: Reading Susan Napier’s Mistress of Deception (Napier Binge Part 2)

This is the second part of my accidental Susan Napier binge (read Part 1 here), which was itself part of a wider attempt to get some sort of handle on category romance. And the truth is, when I picked...
AlexisHall
November 8 2013

Do You Take Checks?: Reading Susan Napier’s Mistress of the Groom, Part 1

I recently made a slightly doomed attempt to get into category romance. The ‘doomed’ part of the endeavour was my own fault because my research was basically on par with the sort of background...
WendyCrutcher
December 25 2012

Unwrapping Presents: Falling in Love with Harlequin Presents

I’m not above admitting when I’m wrong.  When I rediscovered the romance genre in my early 20s I justified this burgeoning, newfound flirtation by dismissing category romance: “Yes,...
TinaAllen
December 20 2012

Who Put That Category Romance into My Romance Novel?

If romance readers admit to having a guilty pleasure, it’s not so much about the genre we choose to read, but the tropes within the genre: Secretly loving alpha men with their monosyllabic commands...
teamhandh
November 14 2012

November 2012 Bloggers’s Recommendations: Marriages of Convenience, Babies, and Small Towns

At the end of last year, we ran our fabulous bloggers’ lists of top reads of the year. Those posts were so fun that we’ve decided to continue, asking our bloggers to share the best thing...
WendyCrutcher
September 26 2012

The Not-So-Simple Genius Of HelenKay Dimon’s Intrigues

As much as I love category romance, there are just certain lines within the Harlequin universe that are harder sells for me. Generally speaking, it tends to be any line that involves romantic suspense....
KateRothwell
September 6 2012

An Auspicious Career: A Tribute to Carla Kelly’s Regencies

Dear Editor: Sorry I’m late handing in this Carly Kelly tribute, but every time I opened a Carla Kelly novel to see if I could find an example, I ended up settling down for a good...
WendyCrutcher
September 4 2012

Bookshelf Babes and Hardcover Heroes: Favorite Librarians in Romance

It is not the easiest thing to suspend disbelief when a romance deals with an aspect of your life that you have intimate, day-to-day knowledge about. I know more than one lawyer who simply cannot read...
SarahAnderson
August 29 2012

Author Sarah Anderson on Names for the Vagina

We're thrilled to welcome author Sarah Anderson back to Heroes and Heartbreakers! Sarah had a memorable post on the variety of terms authors use for the penis, but we knew she was only telling half...
SarahAnderson
July 17 2012

Author Sarah Anderson on a Penis by Any Other Name...

So many men, so little time: Today we welcome author Sarah Anderson to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Sarah’s A Man of Privilege was released just a few weeks ago, and then in September, she’ll...
teamhandh
July 13 2012

July 2012 Recommendations: Heiresses, Tattoos, and OMG Moments

At the end of last year, we ran our fabulous bloggers’ lists of top reads of the year. Those posts were so fun that we’ve decided to continue, asking our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve...
KateNagy
July 13 2012

Genre Experiment: H&H Blogger Kate Nagy Reads Molly O’Keefe

H&H’s bloggers are all avid readers, of course, and each has their favorite genre. So, of course, we challenged them to read outside of their favorite genre—to read a book, in fact,...
RachelHyland
June 8 2012

Magic of Maine: Lee Damon’s Again the Magic

We’re reading our way across America…one romance at a time. Maine: Again the Magic by Lee Damon This is not the first time I have waxed rhapsodic about category romance novels in these pages....
teamhandh
May 21 2012

May 2012 Recommendations: Hellraisers, Governesses, and Enemies to Lovers

At the end of last year, we ran our fabulous bloggers’ lists of top reads of the year. Those posts were so fun that we’ve decided to continue, asking our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve...
WendyCrutcher
May 20 2012

Second Time Around: Barbara Delinsky’s The Forever Instinct

I tend to get my feathers ruffled by readers who like to slap the “golden age” label on any one area of romance fiction. First, it implies that all the books published “back then” were fantastic...
WendyCrutcher
May 12 2012

Converting Your Mom to Romance: A Test Study

I’ll admit I’ve always been a little envious of those romance readers who admit they got hooked on the genre because they found that ubiquitous “grocery bag full of Harlequins”...
teamhandh
April 30 2012

April 2012 Recommendations: Suspense, Zombie Vampires, and The Fifty Shades Legacy

At the end of last year, we ran our fabulous bloggers’ lists of top reads of the year. Those posts were so fun that we’ve decided to continue, asking our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve...
WendyCrutcher
April 2 2012

Secret Loves: “Guilty Pleasure” Themes in Category Romance

I read a fair amount of category romance, and what any category romance reader will openly admit is that many themes have a way of routinely cropping up. (The rest of the genre isn’t immune to this;...
MFrampton
February 13 2012

Work for Love!

Want to find love—and marriage? Go to work! Office romances end up in office marriages about 30% of the time, a CareerBuilder survey finds. According to the survey, 38 percent of workers have...
Janga
December 8 2011

Christmas in Category Romance: Sappy, Sweet, and Perfect

I’m no cynic during any season, but Christmas, a holiday that is steeped in faith, family, and tradition for me, brings out the sentimentalist that I work at keeping under control, with varying degrees...
Janga
October 4 2011

Favorite Category Romances Spanning Three Decades: Seidel, Roberts, Korbel, and Others!

I’ve read category romances since Harlequin had a single imprint and writers such as Essie Summers, Mary Burchell, and Sara Seale topped my list of favorite authors. I can remember how exciting it...
MFrampton
September 16 2011

Single Dads, No Moxie

Poor guys. As though being a single dad weren’t hard enough, now science finds that testosterone levels greatly decrease after a male fathers a child. High levels of testosterone are good when...
MFrampton
September 2 2011

Working Stiff: Workplace Romance

On Monday, the United States celebrates Labor Day, which was originally instituted as a way to recognize America’s workers. Today Americans use it to celebrate the barbecue grill, the deck, and...
WendyCrutcher
May 11 2011

Super Duper: Harlequin SuperRomance, the Gateway Category

One of the knocks against category romance I hear most often is that the books are just “too short.” Simply screaming an emphatic “You’re wrong!” doesn’t seem to...