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February 12 2013

The Heroines in “Damaged Heroes” Romance Novels

It seems readers (including me) have gone head over heels for the rich, sexy, sex-gods with tormented souls. Heroes such as Gideon Cross, Christian Grey, Ethan Blackstone and Gabriel Emerson want...
January 13 2013

A Perfect Pairing: Drink Suggestions to Go Along with Your Favorite Authors

Restaurants have suggested wine pairings with their food—e.g. this beef dish goes best with a hearty red. I’m thinking bookstores, or maybe even publishers, should pick up the habit....
December 28 2012

Ring in with Romance!: Best of 2012, Day 2

May old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with five days of the Best of 2012. We asked our bloggers for their favorite recommendations of 2012, with...
December 21 2012

On the Wish List for Romance in 2013: Contemporary, Mainstreaming, and More!

This year was an interesting one for romance novel readers. With the astronomical success of E.L. James's Fifty Shades trilogy, we suddenly found ourselves accused of reading “mommy porn”...
December 7 2012

Beyond the Bedroom Door: Most Romantic Love Scenes

For many of us, great romance is a combination of a strong hero and a loving heroine, perfect chemistry, and beautiful writing. But almost as essential, or certainly enhancing, are truly romantic and ...
November 29 2012

The Ups and Downs of Elevator Sex from Authors Sara Fawkes, E.L. James, and More!

When I worked as a writer and producer for a television station's website, I was great friends with the managing editor. We kept a file of crazy news stories that we called our “re-enactment...
August 16 2012

Same Shades of Effed Up: Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Disaster, Sylvia Day’s Bared to You, and E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey

How many times has the suggestion “If you liked that, then you’ll love this” been targeted to the eager readers who devoured E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy in...
July 31 2012

Berkley Acquires Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno

Feed the beast! Publisher Berkley has gotten the rights to publish Sylvain Reynard’s Gabriel’s Inferno Series, which has already been a top release at several e-retailers. The digital release will...
July 19 2012

SF/F as the Gateway Drug to Romance Novels: McCaffrey, Carey, Lackey, Feehan and More!

Every summer my parents would pack up the family to set off on a family vacation. Each of these trips were preceded by several magical hours spent in the local Waldenbooks acquiring paperbacks to keep...
July 10 2012

Fifty (50) Shades of Grey Film Official Facebook Page Launches!

The same day it was announced that the producers behind The Social Network, Mike DeLuca and Dana Brunetti, would produce the filmed version of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey, the company has set...
June 29 2012

Which Hero is on Your “List"?, Part 1

Many couples have “The List:” you know, the list of celebrities your significant other has given you a free pass to have sexual relations with them if you somehow run into them? Because chances...
June 23 2012

Best Hair Color for a Romance Novel Hero?

In the past, Heroes and Heartbreakers has covered why Ladies Do Not Prefer Blonds (as Romance Heroes), as well as The Ginger Hero: Romance’s Redheaded Stepchild. We haven’t done a post on...
June 22 2012

Pass the Serial—the Romance Serial, That Is!

Move over, Charles Dickens—serialized stories are taking a romantic turn! A USA Today article mentions that publisher Berkley (whose Sylvia Day-penned Bared to You just hit the New...
June 20 2012

Author Jennifer Probst on Complete Opposites in Romance

Today we welcome Jennifer Probst to Heroes and Heartbreakers to discuss the very real adage that “opposites attract.” Jennifer’s The Marriage Bargain has taken readers by storm, landing...
May 30 2012

June 2012 Upcoming Romance Releases Shopping List!

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in June. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific...
May 17 2012

Sylvia Day’s Bared to You Now Published by Berkley

Updated 5/18/12: The most recent version of the cover has been added! (Remember, all covers are subject to change before publication.) Romance readers have already heard the buzz about Sylvia Day’s...
May 14 2012

Fifty Shades, Willing Victim, Beg Me: Why Is the Rape Fantasy So Appealing?

A rape fantasy or a ravishment is a sexual fantasy involving imagining or pretending being coerced or coercing another into sexual activity. In sexual role-play it involves acting out roles...
May 4 2012

E.L. James’s Fifty (50) Shades of Grey Pulled from Florida Library System

Even though they presumably purchased the books initially for their patrons, Florida’s Brevard County Public Libraries system has pulled E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey from its shelves,...
April 23 2012

Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey?!!!: Fifty (50) Shades of Grey Movie Casting Speculation

Readers have dream-cast Ian Somerhalder as Christian Grey in the movie adaptation of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey before, but could it become a reality?!  This morning in an interview...
April 18 2012

Mastering the Classics: Spanking in Pride and Prejudice?

You would think that no one had ever written an erotic romance before. All of a sudden, everyone’s buzzing about Fifty Shades of Grey, the ebook that started life as a fan fic of Twilight. (For...
April 16 2012

Newsweek Says Fifty Shades of Grey is Working Women’s Fantasy of Submission

This week’s Newsweek cover story is titled “The Fantasy Life of Working Women: Why Surrender is a Feminist Dream.” The story inside explains that part of E.L. James’s Fifty...
April 9 2012

Read This, It’s Good For You: The Media’s Reaction to E.L. James’s 50 Shades of Grey

On the plate of the media’s coverage of Popular Entertainment, books have always been the vegetables. Everyone knows that books are healthy and good for you, and that everyone really should consume...
April 3 2012

E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey Out Today in Print!

Today, E.L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy is available in print at an affordable price, and early estimates at its first print run are around 750,000 copies. And that’s after it hit bestseller...
March 26 2012

E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey Trilogy Sold for Film

Sold! The film rights for E. L. James’s Fifty Shades trilogy have sold to Universal Pictures and Focus Features, Deadline reports. The bidding included up to ten different film studios, all of them...
March 19 2012

What to Read After Finishing Fifty Shades of Grey: Your Suggestions!

Recently, Megan Frampton asked: What other books would you suggest for people wanting to read more of the same type of book? and boy, did you guys answer! Below is a list of the authors and...
March 10 2012

E.L. James Fifty Shades of Grey Sold to Major Publisher

We’ve been discussing the Fifty Shades phenomenon for some time now, and the Fifty frenzy reached critical mass this week with pop therapist Dr. Drew weighing in on what he thought of the first book...
March 8 2012

Dr. Drew Gets Schooled on E. L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey

Last night, Dr. Drew continued to discuss the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon with the help of four women—including his wife, who liked the book. (His first mention of the book resulted in...
March 6 2012

What to Read After Finishing Fifty Shades of Grey: Suggestions?

The internet phenomenon of E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey has reached the mainstream—and so the Today show asked, in an addendum to its rant-inducing coverage, “Would you admit reading the...
March 2 2012

Team H&H Rants! Dr. Drew is Wrong About E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey

Visit for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy This morning’s Today show discussed E.L. James’s book Fifty Shades of Grey, and the Fifty Shades trilogy...
January 17 2012

Fresh Meat: E.L. James’s Fifty Shades Freed (January 19, 2012)

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades #3) E. L. James The Writer’s Coffee Shop Publishing House, January 19, 2012, $19.99 When unworldly student Ana Steele first encountered the driven,...