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August 20 2015

Romance News Roundup: The Great Bra Debate & Nadia Lee Deal!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now. —Deal Alert #1: Nadia Lee's billionaire...
April 22 2015

Romance News Roundup: Amy Schumer & Paige Tyler!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now. —See for yourself why a sketch from last...
February 24 2015

Romance News Roundup: Kylie Scott’s New Series and...Power Rangers?!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now. —Stage Dive series author Kylie Scott has...
June 26 2014

No Boys Allowed: Girls’ Nights Out from Banks, Ashley, and More!

Girls' nights out (GNOs) are usually a night of unrestrained fun, the nights you and your girlfriends get together and just unleash. It usually has three things: good people, good food, and good...
April 18 2014

Bloodied Relations: Lucrezia, Scarlett, Cersei and More Ruthless Ladies!

Today is Lucrezia Borgia's birthday, born in Italy way back in 1480. Happy Birthday, Lucrezia! Lucrezia has become notorious in history as a woman who will do anything for her family, including...
January 27 2014

Spousal Abuse in the Regency Era

Today we're joined by author Bronwen Evans, whose latest release, A Kiss of Lies, is out this month. The book launches the Disgraced Lords series and tells the exploits of the Libertine Scholars,...
January 8 2014

Look Like a Woman: The Mindy Project 2x12 and Plus-Size Heroines in Romance

This post contains spoilers for all aired episodes of The Mindy Project, including last night’s 2x12, “Danny Castellano is My Personal Trainer.“ Last night's episode of...
December 14 2013

Waistcoat Ripper: When Heroines Rape the Hero in Romance

Back when calling a romance a “bodice-ripper” was actually accurate, rape was often an element in the unfolding of the romance between the hero and heroine. In those books, the hero—a...
October 24 2013

Waxing Pathetic—Should Heroines Dare to be Bare?

Today we welcome back Sarah M. Anderson, whose Expecting a Bolton Baby comes out in just a few weeks. Sarah is no stranger to getting in-depth and personal at H&H; her past posts have including...
October 10 2013

Young Women, Slut-Shaming, and Writing the Happy Ending

Author Jen Frederick's Unspoken tells the events following a night where a young college student makes a mistake—and has to pay for it with her reputation in the ensuing weeks and months....
September 19 2013

Marvelous Rumor: Female-Led Agent Carter Next Marvel TV Series?

Joss Whedon's The Avengers TV spinoff, Marvel's Agents of SHIELD, premieres on ABC next week, yet Marvel Entertainment is apparently already thinking ahead, as they do. Clearly anticipating...
August 28 2013

More than a Housewife: Feminism in Romance Novels

As a devout romance reader, no doubt you've heard many of the same things I have when people have seen what genre my book is: “really, you read romance?” or “isn’t that just...
August 20 2013

“A Vicariously Slutty Life”: Author Gender Switching

Slate recently had a portrait gallery of erotic romance authors photographed in real life. The comments section (note to everyone: Don't read the comments) included some posts by people who...
May 9 2013

Fertility in Fiction: Interesting Conditions from Weiner, Simons, and Hannah

Regardless what you’re reading right now, I guarantee there is something in it, whether prevalent or miniscule, that has to do with baby-making. Not sure if you know this, but sex can sometimes...
March 25 2013

You Are What You Wear: Clothing in Romance Novels

We all know how important clothing is in real life. It functions as a primary means of nonverbal communication to inform a watching world about who we are. Clothing can reveal—or sometimes conceal—gender,...
March 17 2013

Think with Your Ovaries: A Defense of The Walking Dead’s Andrea

You'd have to be a member of the Walking Dead not to be aware of Sunday evening's required viewing—and the show's fans are very lively when it comes to who they want to make it, and...
March 14 2013

Men are from Mars: The Art of Writing Misogynists

Back in the 1980s, novels like Judith McNaught’s historicals ranked at the top of the charts. They had intrigue, they had excitement, they had heroines in gorgeous (albeit historically-suspect)...
March 11 2013

Wild Cherry, Please: How Christian, Gideon, and Tony De-vanillafy Their Heroines

I can still remember the day I heard that men, in the old days—I mean, really old days, would bite the ear lobe of their lovers whilst de-flowering them. Sounds...barbaric. But, if you think...
March 5 2013

The Bad Girls’ Club: Romantic Anti-Heroines

Confession: When it comes to heroines, I have a definite type. I don’t particularly care what the hero is like (although alpha-holes need not apply), but I like my fictional women a little bit...
February 10 2013

Four Weddings and a Funeral: In Defense of Andie MacDowell

Four Weddings and a Funeral is widely considered one of the classic romantic comedies of the 1990s. It’s also considered a movie that works in spite of, rather than because of, its leading lady’s...
February 7 2013

Author Sarah M. Anderson on Slut Shaming and Happily Ever Afters

Today, we're pleased to welcome Sarah Anderson back to H&H. Sarah is an old-timer by now, having written A Penis by Any Other Name and Names for the Vagina and today's post was inspired...
January 27 2013

The Sad, Lonely Bed of the Hollows’s Rachel Morgan

Urban fantasy heroes and heroines aren’t known for their stable relationships. I mean, once you get past Cat and Bones, Mercy and Adam, and Charles and Anna, the picture gets ugly, fast. (And...
January 6 2013

Rarer Than Hen’s Teeth: Sexually Experienced Heroines in Historical Romance

With Chelsea Mueller’s recent Heroes and Heartbreakers article on sexually experienced contemporary and paranormal romance heroines, she took an excellent look at the slut-shaming that can often...
December 19 2012

Author Jill Sorenson on Vagina Envy

Today we're happy to welcome author Jill Sorenson to Heroes and Heartbreakers. She's been a frequent visitor here, and she has a new release—Aftershock—out now. Aftershock is about...
December 14 2012

Experienced Heroines: Stopping Slut-Shaming One Book at a Time

There is a classic romance trope of the virginal heroine meeting the experienced hero and learning all about sex with him. (And magically it’s perfect that first time!) While there can be appeal...
December 11 2012

Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Beautiful: Villains and the Weakness of Beauty in Romance

When one thinks of The Wizard of Oz, one of the first lines that comes to mind is when Good Witch Glinda proclaims, “Only bad witches are ugly” (right after she asks Dorothy if she’s...
May 16 2012

Author Bronwen Evans on Regency Working Girls (Companions, Governesses, Smugglers, and Courtesans)

Today we welcome author Bronwen Evans to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Bronwen’s most recent release, Invitation to Scandal, features a heroine who makes her not-quite-honest living as a smuggler....
April 19 2012

Virgins in Historical Romance: Chadwick, Seton, Gabaldon, and Donati

It’s all very nice when a girl and her hero unite happily ever after in a novel. It’s even nicer when readers get a peek (or more) at the consummation of that union. Having given my affection to...
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...
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...