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January 25 2016

What Real Celebrity Would Make a Great Romance Character?

It is no secret on the Twitterverse that I love Tom Hiddleston, and I think he'd make a great romance hero. There are a ton celebrities—David Gandy, Blake Lively, Chris Evans to name...
December 18 2015

Who’s the Most Relatable Character?

Whether the heroine likes all the same things you do, or it's a secondary character that says all the same things we do, it's great to have a character we can relate to! In fact, if romances—which...
December 3 2015

Throwback Thursday: Older Heroes—How Do You Like ’Em?

We've talked about older heroes and heroines a lot—not so much the older hero since his is practially a staple in Romancelandia. The ages of main characters typically range from 18 in...
November 30 2015

What Is Your Favorite New Name in Romance?

Back in July, Nicole Leapheart shared some name trends she had noticed in romance. Like many trends—in the book world and beyond—names can come in phases and what was old is new again,...
November 23 2015

And What Do You Do...: The Pros and Cons of Hero Professions

It’s unfair but true–some jobs are simply sexier than others.  You never generally hear men boasting at parties, “Oh yeah, I’m a bad-ass burger flipper,” or “I...
November 23 2015

What Sort of Hero Are You Looking for Right Now?

We all go through phases of what we want in a romance hero as the genre changes and as our own reading habits change. Perhaps with the influx of billionaire heroes and biker bosses, you're looking...
November 11 2015

A Little Bit Country, A Little Bit Rock’n’Roll: Favorite Real-Life Rock Stars

Today we're thrilled to welcome Dawn Ryder to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Dawn's first book in her Rock Band series, Rock Me Two Times, came out November 3. We still consider ourselves total...
November 4 2015

Stepping Back: In Defense of the Romance Novel Cover

Romance readers are blessed with the best book covers of any genre in my humble opinion. These images are familiar to all.  Pirates, maidens, rakes, lords and cowboys all gloriously posed, their...
October 16 2015

Friday Beefcake: Dark Vampires with Alexander Skarsgard, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Dracula, and More ...

Bloody fangs and black leather arenormally the attire for a bloodthirsty nocturnal predator. We have come a long way since the cape wearing Bela Lugosi as Dracula. Since then,...
October 6 2015

Noir Heroes: Dry, Shaken, Stirred

Today we are thrilled to be joined by Suzanne Johnson on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Suzanne has blogged for H&H in the past but today she's here with her author hat on—and she's...
September 18 2015

Friday Beefcake: New Men of Fall TV include Raza Jaffrey, Mehcad Brooks, and More

via greggdelman Every heroine needs a hot love interest, tech-savy guy, or kick-ass side kick to play their role while she takes on the world and everyday life matters. These men are normally...
September 15 2015

A Desire of Suitors: The Men of Downton Abbey’s Lady Mary

As we’re getting closer to Downton Abbey season premiere, one of the main questions on our minds is, “what will happen to Lady Mary?” The eldest, oftentimes haughty, daughter...
September 15 2015

It Was a Dark and Stormy...Romance: 5 Traits of the Gothic Romance Hero

My aunt was extremely fond of Gothic romances. I can remember whiling away many an hour in her apartment reading a book with a cover that had a large, sinister looking mansion in the background...
September 14 2015

Smart and Hot: Top Nerds in TV and Film

Today we're thrilled to welcome Jeanette Grey to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Jeanette write books with may say she likes them! In her latest release, When the Stars Align, features...
September 11 2015

The Brave Men of TV with Denis Leary, Taylor Kinney, and More

September 11 will always be a day sketched in the history of America. Many of us remember where we were the very second we got that call or turned on the television.  Throughout America's...
September 3 2015

The Best Pride and Prejudice Adaptations, in Order of Mr. Darcy Hotness (An Opinionated Opinion)

We all have definitive opinions on the best adaptations of our favorite romance novels—and yes, today, I am counting Pride and Prejudice among that number! You see, romance doesn't get...
Grace Burrowes
August 11 2015

Store Your Rakes for the Season: The Art of Being a True Gentleman in Romance

Today we're thrilled to welcome Grace Burrowes to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Grace's new series, True Gentlemen, kicked off with Tremaine's True Love on August 4. Grace is here today...
August 11 2015

Beyond the Brawn: 5 Things to Love About John Cena, Beyond His Muscles

I’m not afraid to say it, but I had no clue who John Cena was before Total Divas. I know, I know, I mean I don’t completely live under a rock. I had noticed him on the occasional...
Mala Bhattacharjee
August 7 2015

Johnny on the Spot: Why Karen Robards Ruined Me For Life

Johnny Harris. Strawberry skirt. If you, like me, were there for Karen Robards' shift into hardcover contemporary romance in the 1990s, then you know exactly what I'm talking about. Those...
July 14 2015

How Old is the Oldest Hero You’ve Read?

We've talked about heroines of a certain age... and silver fox heroes, but age isn't something we're usually made aware of unless it's somehow relevant to the story—or we're...
Rhyll Biest
June 22 2015

The 10 Romance Heroes You’ll Want Between Your Covers

Forget about those articles that tell you what type of guys you should and shouldn’t date, what about the men between your book covers? Here’s a round up of some of the more unusual...
June 19 2015

Friday Beefcake: Jurassic Men

Jurassic World hit theaters last week and fans were left quite entertained—how could one not gush over Chris Pratt or freak out over those huge dinosaurs? In 1993's Jurassic...
June 12 2015

Friday Beefcake: Classic Heroes from Kelly, Dean, and More!

It is hard to earn the title of “classic hero.” You have to be dapper, memorable, lovable, and able to sweep the most iconic heroines off their feet. Well, these men put the “class”...
June 10 2015

Go with the Flow: Mary Balogh’s Passive Heroes

Before launching into a discussion of Balogh’s passive heroes, I’d like to showcase the opposite. There are many examples of Mary Balogh’s pro-active heroes—Edmund of The...
June 5 2015

Are You Into The “Dad Body”?

Today is Friday when we'll be sharing our weekly Friday Beefcake with all of you. However, a new trend in male bodies has been on our minds lately: the Dad Bod. This is a trend that has been...
May 15 2015

Friday Beefcake: The Flawed Men of TV from Lincoln, McKidd, Hamm, and More

Jon Hamm may be the ultimate mad man of Mad Men, but there have been times when our favorite male character leads needed time to recollect themselves mentally. Someone might have even suggested...
April 24 2015

Friday Beefcake: 4 Lords a-Leaping from Cavill, Smith, and More!

“My lord” or “My prince” is what these men like to be referred to on our TV screens. Their tactics in defending their family’s honor, not to mention their other gentlemanly...
Nichole Severn
April 22 2015

The Undeniable Sex Appeal of Zoe Forward’s Matt Ryan

Protecting His Witch is the first book in Zoe Forward’s Keeper of the Veil series. At 252 pages this book was passionate, compelling, and sexy. I was immediately taken with this story...
April 15 2015

Protective, Possessive, and Passionate: The Alpha Heroes of J. Lynn’s Wait for You Series

J. Lynn aka Jennifer L. Armentrout’s New Adult series Wait for You is a witty, sexy look into a group of friends that are more like family. Since the first, Wait for You to Fall with Me I’ve...
April 12 2015

Short, Dark, and Handsome: Average Height Heroes in Romance Novels from Balogh, Bujold, and More!

“Tall, Dark and Handsome.” What a cliché! How boring to always have the same old, same old in our novels and films. How do you recognize the hero? He’s the tall one! The...