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August 4 2015

Time Hop: Yay or Nay?

Source: Whether it's a few years or a few decades, whether the hop is within the book, or within the series, a “time...
July 28 2015

What’s the Best Insult You’ve Ever Learned from a Book?

We all (probably) went through a phase, after we learned that Shakespeare's “I bite my thumb at you, sir” was the same thing thing as flipping someone the bird...or was that just us......
June 23 2015

Do You Pre-Order Books?

Today is release day for many authors, and pre-orders are still very much part of the success of a book. However, it also is a mark of you as a fan. Pre-ordering a book was reserved for the books that...
June 17 2015

Have You Ever Had a Character Not Say I Love You?

Back in March, I posed the question of whether saying “I Love You” was totally necessary and for the most part, people agreed that while it wouldn't be needed, it would be missed. After...
June 10 2015

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey: Are You Aware of the Passage of Time in a Romance?

When we're reading, we're not always aware of the passage of time outside of a romance (“when did it become 11 p.m., I just started reading?!...7 hours ago”), however, inside a romance,...
June 8 2015

It’s Elementary! Do You Read Books with “Elements”?

“An erotic romance with romantic suspense elements.” “Historical romance with paranormal elements.” “Women's fiction with historical elements.” We've...
June 4 2015

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Self-Published Book?

By now, self-published books are readily available for any discerning reader with the patience to wade through all the ones on the market, and access to an e-reader. What was the first self-published...
June 1 2015

How Long Can You Go Until Your Next Fix?

We've talked in the past about how long it takes us to finish a book, how many books we think we read in a year, a week, etc. However, today I'm wondering how long you can go between readings....
May 29 2015

What’s the Funniest Dedication You’ve Ever Read?

Dedications are the chance for the author to call out a person or group that really made their book possible. Personally, I love reading them and seeing who the author thanks—I read the acknowledgements,...
May 27 2015

Who Is Your Most Trusted Recommender?

In the past we've talked about our reading twins—the people in our lives (both on- and offline) whose taste parallels ours. However, there are other people who may not always read the...
May 18 2015

Romance News Roundup: Lisa Kleypas Cover, Lauren Dane Deal & More!

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. —Lisa Kleypas's Cold-Hearted Rake has...
May 5 2015

There When You Need It: What Romance Novels Were There for You When You Needed Them?

Sometimes a book or series is just the exact right book to read at the exact right time. Sometimes they are the books there to cheer you up when you're feeling down. Sometimes they're the books...
May 4 2015

What Would You Ask Your Favorite Author?

H&H recently kicked off a special author spotlight exclusively for our newsletter subscribers (Not on the list? Sign up here!). It's a chance for us to sit down with all our favorite authors...
April 29 2015

Overheard in Romance: Name Those Conversations That Can Only Happen in Romance!

Source: Only in romance can subjects such as BDSM, fate, friends-to-lovers, and spurting all be part of the same conversation....
April 28 2015

What Was Your Most Compelling Elevator Pitch?

Last week, we talked about the keywords that will get you to auto-buy a book based on the cover copy. This week, we are talking about the books that are recommended to us by the fellow readers in our...
April 6 2015

Eff It: Cursing on Covers?

In romance, especially in this day and age, strong language isn't out of the norm within the content of the book. However, it's not always what's on the inside that counts... Sometimes the...
April 3 2015

What’s the Most Risqué Occupation of a Hero or Heroine?

In Gina Gordon's Rush (available May 12, 2015), the hero is the son of a king...of a porn empire. In the book there's a scene where the heroine's uptight parents meet her new boyfriend for...
April 1 2015

Fated Mates: Love Them or Hate Them?

We romance readers love nothing so much as a satisfying HEA. But of course, there are all sorts of paths to true love, both in real life and in our beloved genre. Which raises the question: Fated mates—love...
March 17 2015

Romance News Roundup: Donna Grant Q&A, Reaper’s Fall Description, and More Vorkosigans!

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. —Have any burning questions for Dark Kings...
March 10 2015

Romance News Roundup: Eloisa James Deal & Shannon Stacey’s Boston Fire Series

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: Eloisa James's Much...
February 25 2015

Romance News Roundup: Bertrice Small and More

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. —We're sorry to report that beloved...
February 12 2015

The Reluctant Re-Reader: Returning to the Dark Lover Side

I spend too much time on Twitter. More than my day job would like, I’m sure. I see so many of my Tweeps talking about being in a reading slump and going back to a comfort read. Huh? A comfort...
January 5 2015

What Are Your Reading Resolutions?

Lose weight, eat more vegetables, call your prickly aunt more than once a year—sure, they're great resolutions, but they don't get books read. Do you make reading resolutions? If so,...
December 18 2014

Romance News Roundup: Reader Problems, The Americans, and More

Welcome to H&H's brand-new 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. —A reader's life is tough!...
November 10 2014

What is Your TBR Comfort Level?

We talk about books, and how much we love to read books, and what books we have yet to read, here at H&H quite a lot. And we talk about our TBR pile.  Some people have hundreds of...
November 7 2014

4 Ways Tom Hiddleston (Not Romance Novels) Ruined My Expectations of Men, or What Men Can Learn from Heroes

Hi, my name’s Jenn and I’m a single, romance novel addict. I start this post like an AA meeting, because in a lot of ways, once you get a Visa for Romancelandia, it often seems like...
November 5 2014

We Want You: Heroes and Heartbreakers Looking for Bloggers!

Do you have opinions and thoughts and all the feels about romance novels? Are you a regular visitor to the site, who has been thinking about contributing yourself? Then send us an email! We're...
August 27 2014

10 Signs You’re Addicted to Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter Series

With a series that shows no signs of slowing down, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series has made for some amazing reading. And some Menyons are obsessed. Are you wondering if you’re a Menyon...
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...
March 4 2014

You Know You’re a Romance Reader When...

Today we're joined by Sugar Jamison, whose latest release, Thrown for a Curve, is the newest in her Perfect Fit series, featuring plus-sized heroines whose heroes think they're perfect the way...