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Kate Nagy
December 7 2014

Happily Never After: Romances Without a HEA

Recently, H&H’s Jennifer Proffitt took some time to speculate upon the likely fate of The Hobbit’s Kili and Tauriel. Although the adorable, mismatched dwarf-and-elf pair are not precisely...
MFrampton
November 15 2014

NSFW (Not Shy for the World): Counting Down the Top Moments of On-Screen Male Nudity

While you won't be seeing Jamie Dornan in the altogether when Fifty Shades of Grey comes out in theaters in February 2015, there are other actors who have agreed to bare their all in film,...
teamhandh
November 7 2014

Feminist Beefcake with Cumberbatch, Radcliffe, Waldau, and More!

Feminism is usually one of those words, in recent history, that you don't want to be labeled with because it's a “dirty word.” However, 2014 might be the year that word gets taken...
BrightonWalsh
November 6 2014

Turgid Rod, Dewy Petals: You’re Invited to the Euphemism Party!

Today we're pleased to welcome author Brighton Walsh to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Brighton's new book, Caged in Winter, is released this week, and includes Cade, a sexy chef, and Winter, an...
MFrampton
October 21 2014

What Do You Want to See More Of?

Romance novels feel like the Wild West, with authors blazing trails all over the place, from criminal heroes with no plans to change, to addicted heroines, to a lizard hero. And there are so many other...
CaraConnelly
October 8 2014

Alpha Heroines in Contemporary Romance: Stand Back and Watch the Sparks Fly

Today we're joined by author Cara Connelly, whose The Wedding Vow has just been released. The Wedding Vow, the second book in Cara's Save the Date series, has a heroine named Maddie who can...
RachelHyland
September 26 2014

We Laugh Because We Love: Top 10 Romance Parodies

Obviously, we all love Romance as a genre. None of us would be here if we didn’t. (Here, as in at this site obviously, not here as in alive and in the world.) But loving something does not mean...
MFrampton
September 25 2014

Throwback Thursday: Who Was Your First Auto-Buy Author?

An auto-buy author is one whose books you purchase (or pre-order) as soon as you find out about them, without considering whether or not you'll like it—she's one of your favorite authors,...
Kate Nagy
August 7 2014

Dear Old Mum Taught You Better Than That: Outlander and Gender Politics

As pretty much everyone knows by now, Vanity Fair recently ran a short piece by one Joanna Robinson about Starz’s upcoming Outlander series. The piece was rather unwisely entitled “Does...
MFrampton
July 22 2014

You Know Nothing: What’s the Last Thing You Read You Knew Nothing About?

  With romance novel sites (such as this one!), social media, conferences, book signings, and other opportunities for virality, it's now hard to find an author about whom you know...
BoxyFrown
July 8 2014

TSTL vs. Kick-Ass Heroines from Frost, Armstrong, Brockmann, and More!

As an avid reader, I come across a lot of heroines. Some of them kick-ass, some of them forgettable, and unfortunately, some of them Too Stupid to Live. What are the characteristics of a TSTL heroine...
kennedyryan1
June 20 2014

Breakin’: Reading Between the Rules

Today we welcome author Kennedy Ryan to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Kennedy's When You Are Mine, the first book in the Bennett series, is a story of forbidden love—namely, when a woman realizes...
sbell987
June 19 2014

Caught in a Bad Romance: When Is a Bad Boy Too Bad?

Today we welcome author Shelly Bell to Heroes and Heartbreakers to talk about a topic we all like discussing: bad boys. Shelly's White Collared serial is an erotica thriller, one which requires...
Miranda Neville
June 18 2014

Separated Spouses in Historicals from Balogh, Haymore, Guhrke, and More!

Today we welcome author Miranda Neville to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Miranda's forthcoming release, Lady Windermere's Lover, has a married couple who've been apart for a year (his choice,...
willaful
June 16 2014

You Never Forget Your First: Rereading Your First Romance Novels

The internet helped me locate the very first genre romance I ever read as an adolescent, a book that made such a strong impression on me, I still can't use the word “chiffon” in a crossword...
JohnJacobson
June 12 2014

What Can Romance Learn from New Adult?

New Adult, as it matures, is finally being accepted as a genre/subgenre that affects the romance community. Its crossover appeal to romance readers has become plain, as evidenced by its presence on...
Scarlettleigh
June 9 2014

Daddy Dearest: Supportive Fathers in Contemporary Romance from Gibson, Wiggs, and More!

It is an accepted psychological truth that the lack of a positive father figure in a young girl’s life can impact her ability to trust and form healthy relationships. So having a horrid or distant...
Scarlettleigh
May 22 2014

Melting, Branding, Toe-Curling: The Top 10 Kisses in Contemporary Romance Novels

Kisses—kisses that make your toes curl, and your body hum. They can turn your bones turn to water, and make your heart rejoice. Sometimes they are the appetizer and sometimes they are the dessert....
JenniferProffitt
May 15 2014

FX’s Louie Takes on the Plus-Sized Heroine

Comedian Louie CK has a talent for presenting issues without really sugar-coating them in his popular FX comedy, Louie. On the Monday night episode of his semi-fictional show, our intrepid main...
AlisaKwitney
May 14 2014

Contemperotica? Erotimance?: A New Breed of Contemporary Erotica

There’s a new kind of contemporary erotic romance in town, and it’s breaking all the rules. The heroes aren’t billionaires, the heroines aren’t virgins, there’s no specialized...
AlexisHall
May 7 2014

Surrendering Slowly to Cecilia Tan’s Slow Surrender

I’m always really wary about reviews that begin with “I don’t like genre/subgenre [x]” like it’s a badge of honor. It inevitably leads to the reviewer making trite observations...
SusanneMatthews
May 2 2014

The Final Frontier: The Quest for Cosplay and SF Conventions in Romance Novels

Live long and prosper! Today we're pleased to welcome author Susanne Matthews to Heroes and Heartbreakers to talk about science fiction conventions in romance novels—the lack of them, and...
JanetW
May 1 2014

Said Discreetly, Heard Everywhere: Eavesdropping in Romance Novels

One of the most disconcerting events that can happen to a romance hero or heroine is to overhear someone say something mean about them. Five examples, from books published between 1813 and 2013, demonstrate...
JenniferProffitt
April 30 2014

Maturing New Adult: A Case Study with Samantha Young, Christina Lauren, and More!

The post-50 Shades of Grey world resulted in an explosion of billionaires in erotic romance who gave a sexual education to a relative ingénue, and whether that ingénue was sexually innocent...
Torifl
April 28 2014

From Trixie Belden to Anne Calhoun: A Journey to Adulthood

Reading was my escape from reality when I was growing up. My childhood wasn’t sublime and I spent a large portion of time by myself. So I read. Books were my escape as they didn’t judge,...
Torifl
April 22 2014

They Did WHAT??: When Authors Mess with the HEA

When a romance author advances her hero and heroine towards a serious relationship, readers expect romance, physical scenes, conflict, and eventually a happily ever after. We are pleased that our couple...
JenniferProffitt
April 21 2014

What Will Get You to Read Out of Your Comfort Zone?

We asked recently what genre was the biggest surprise to you, and many of you called out that some authors and subgenres got you out of your comfort zone—and you've never been happier! So...
CaraMcKennaAuthor
April 17 2014

Gorgeous and Gritty: The Appeal of Gritty Romance in Skye Warren’s Wanderlust

Today we welcome Cara McKenna to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Cara’s Hard Time came out earlier this week, and it features a convicted felon hero who courts the librarian heroine via clandestine...
Janga
April 7 2014

Not Remotely Beautiful: Edith Layton’s Homely Heroes

The best authors of romance fiction know how to use the conventions of the genre. They are skilled not only at storytelling and prose style but also at tweaking and twisting familiar tropes— sometimes...
JenniferProffitt
April 2 2014

Don’t Look Back in Anger: Can the Ending Ruin the Journey?

Hearts and social media alike imploded on Monday night during the series finale of the nine-year story of How I Met Your Mother. Ted's epic tale to his children of how he met their mother ended...