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January 13 2015

Resolve to Get Fit with Help from Roberts, Osburn and More!

The New Year is here, and along with it resolutions. Some of the more common ones are centered on our physical wellbeing: lose weight; exercise; get healthy. Which honestly seems impossible during winter’s...
Rhyll Biest
January 8 2015

Last Night a DJ Saved My Life: Heroes and Heroines Who Are DJs from Ashley, Crusie, and More!

Romance heroes and heroines work at the most interesting professions, and one that is conducive to romance is a DJ, so don't touch that dial, here's a rundown of some of the best DJs in romance. Jennifer...
November 28 2014

Trope of the Month: Just One Bed

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s],“ which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing. But they’re totally not! Romance...
October 15 2014

Dysfunctional Parents in Romance Novels from Robb, Quick, Walker, and More

Plenty of people joke about how dysfunctional their family is. For others, it is no joke at all, but a sad reality. Romance novels examine this issue by looking at how coming from a tough home situation...
July 10 2014

Justify My Love: The 12 Best ’90s Romance Novels

The ten best romances of the 1990s...who can possibly say? Should I choose one book per year? How about titles with tons of buzz for what now seems just a moment in time (The Lover by Robin...
April 23 2014

Family, Dogs, and Love: Jennifer Crusie’s Various Temptations

Jennifer Crusie has never been an especially prolific author and that’s even more true now. But each of her books sticks with me. I love the crazy plots, the zingy one-liners, the madcap escapades....
February 25 2014

Food Is Life: Gastronomique Romance for Our Food-Obsessed Culture

Today we're joined by author Ava Miles, whose Country Heaven has just been released. Country Heaven features a romance between a bad boy country singer and the sassy chef he hires for his next tour....
January 9 2014

Must Love Dogs (and Cats): Animals in Romance Novels

While Heroes and Heartbreakers have covered tropes in many forms, there's one that hasn't yet been covered—and also one I find irresistible—which is incorporating animals into the...
September 10 2013

Neither Comfy Nor Cozy: Bathrobes in Romance Novels

How often do we have to read a specific detail in our romances before we consider it a cliché, a trend, or a trope? What if it’s a very minor detail that pops up more than once or twice?...
August 29 2013

Trope of the Month: Plus-Sized Heroines

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing. But they’re totally not! Romance...
July 25 2013

Kinder Doesn’t Mean Less Sexy: Best Beta Heroes in Romance

Do you think that everyone falls in love with Alpha heroes? I know that when I first starting reading romance, I had a compulsive need for stories featuring heroes who just oozed machismo and dominance....
July 3 2013

The Ten Romance Novels You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

Romance readers agree on only one thing: Each romance novel should have a Happily Ever After. For more of what is required, take a look at What Rules are in the Romance Novel Covenant? We've...
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 5 2012

January 2013 Upcoming Romance Novel Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in January. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a...
October 26 2012

Trope of the Month: Friends to Lovers

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing. But they’re totally not! Romance...
September 5 2012

Package Deals: The Appeal of Ready-Made Families in Romance

Romances always feature people falling in love; sometimes the romantic love also has a familial component, with the main characters introducing their families to each other. Lately I've been reading...
August 2 2012

Top 5 Sex Scenes in Contemporary Romance from Howard, Hart, Crusie, and More!

When I think of contemporary romance, sex isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. To me, this is a genre filled with passion, but its sex scenes tend to blend together. Don’t get me wrong,...
June 17 2012

Happy Father’s Day: Dads in Romance Novels

Happy Father’s Day! We thought to honor the day we’d take a look at some fathers in romance. Mr. Bennet was so odd a mixture of quick parts, sarcastic humour, reserve, and caprice, that...
March 21 2012

Author Tawna Fenske Talks Building Characters with Career Research—and Sequined G-Strings

Those unfamiliar with the romance genre may assume selecting careers for one’s characters is a simple task. He’s either a duke, a pirate, or a kilt-clad Scotsman, while she occupies her time stamping...
December 7 2011

The Gateway Experiment: The Temptation of Christopher Morgan

I’m not going to throw out a cliché about what a “long strange trip it’s been,” but it has been a trip nonetheless, folks. I started in the comforting arms of Loretta...
December 3 2011

Orgasms: Meeting Supply & Demand in Jennifer Crusie’s Welcome to Temptation

I have a degree (technically a certificate) from London Business School in corporate finance. I had always been a liberal-artsy English-and-art-history type, and I wanted to dispel my own myths about...
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...
August 12 2011

You Introduced Me to Janet Evanovich, Iris Johansen, et al.: A Love Letter to Loveswept

When the first Stephanie Plum novel, One for the Money, was released to much acclaim among the chickliterati in 1994, I was gifted with a copy by a friend very dedicated to that particular genre. “It’s...
August 12 2011

Top 10 Phattest Plus-Size Heroines from Lisa Kleypas, Jennifer Crusie, Teresa Medeiros and More!

Our culture is full of downer messages about the romantic prospects of curvy ladies. From the multiplex to the Fiction and Literature shelves, it can seem good things wait for “After.” Fortunately,...
July 9 2011

Changing the Lightbulb, and Other Adorably Mundane Rescues

Romances are full of heroes who bail their lady-loves out of unimaginably tough situations: kidnapping, evil guardians, villainous fiancés, dire financial straights. But while a SEAL rescue is...
May 29 2011

My First Romance Boyfriend: Dating Georgette Heyer’s Beauvallet

When I first started reading romance, most of the heroes were dark, brooding, angst-filled men. But there was one out-of-the-ordinary hero who instigated a lifelong love affair, not only with him, but...
May 23 2011

I Heart Betas!: Beta Heroes in Romance

Quickly now, name your top five heroes from romance novels. I'll wait. Now think about the heroes you’ve named and tally those who are audacious alphas or tormented loners. I suspect that...
May 16 2011

The Better to See You With, My Dear: Glasses-Wearing Romance Heroines

Despite Dorothy Parker’s protestations otherwise, men certainly do make passes at girls who wear glasses. Plenty of us can testify from personal experience, but there’s also romance novel...
April 26 2011

Welcome to Crusie Town: A Jennifer Crusie Appreciation

So, everyone’s heard it at one time or another, right? “Romance novels?!” Cue quelle horreur. “Why would you read that crap?” The answer to the question—once...
March 31 2011

For The Love Of . . . Speaking The Same Language?

Have you ever wondered just how in sync you—or the hero and heroine of the book you're reading—are in terms of communication? Now here's a way to find out: The University...