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RachelHyland
July 7 2014

You Bet Your Love: Gambling in Historical Romance

Whist. Vingt et un. Hazard and Loo and Faro and Piquet. If you have ever read a historical, and certainly one set in London between, say, the two Queens Elizabeth, then chances are you have come across...
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,...
scarlettleigh
May 27 2014

Second Chances at First Loves from Higgins, Andersen, Dahl and More!

Over the next couple of weeks, the skies will be filled with mortarboards as millions of students graduate from high school and college. After years of hard work and dedication (for most), their dreams...
GayleCallen
April 29 2014

10 Tropes That Make Historical Romance Awesome

Today we're thrilled to have not one but three authors—Gayle Callen, Laura Lee Guhrke, and Caroline Linden—weigh in on one of our favorite genres, historical romance. Gayle's latest...
MFrampton
April 25 2014

Trope of the Month: Cabin Romance!

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...
scarlettleigh
April 10 2014

Oh, Baby!: Pregnancy in Romance Novels, Part 2

In the first pregnancy in romance novels post, I talked a little bit about unplanned pregnancy in romance, but there are so many different scenarios evolving pregnancy, such as an already pregnant by...
scarlettleigh
April 7 2014

When Love Doesn’t Come First: Pregnancy in Romance Novels, Part 1

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage... Except when it doesn’t! In the tradition of mimicking real life situations sometimes the hero and heroine...
SugarJamison
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...
teamhandh
February 27 2014

Trope of the Month: Fake It ’Til You Make Out (or, Faux 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...
BrittanyMelson
February 13 2014

Loyal, Ambitious, and Strong: Winter Athletes as Romance Heroes and Heroines

The athletes currently participating in the 22nd Winter Olympics possess many of the qualities that romance readers are looking for in their favorite fictional heroes and heroines. They're strong,...
teamhandh
February 5 2014

Trope of the Month: Inexperienced 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...
scarlettleigh
January 17 2014

Good As It Gets: Nice Guy Heroes from Carr, Mayberry, Gibson, and More!

Heroes come in all sorts of different varieties from tortured, Alpha, Beta, wild and dangerous, to just all around nice guy. The journey of the tortured hero’s growth as the author peels back...
SaharaHoshi
January 8 2014

With Sticks and Stones, Can Romance Bloom?: Bullying in Romance

Most little girls are told at some point that if a boy is picking on her, that means he likes her. But what happens when bullying goes from juvenile to adolescence to adulthood? A few new releases are...
SaharaHoshi
January 2 2014

I’m Too Sexy for My Words: Erotica Authors as Heroes and Heroines

Erotica is a huge part of the romance genre, so it makes sense that a romance novel's hero or heroine might themselves write a sexy, scandalous novel. Oftentimes, these heroes and heroines lead...
DaniCollins
December 9 2013

The Arranged Trope: The Convenience of a Marriage of Convenience

Today we're joined by author Dani Collins, whose More Than a Convenient Marriage? and No Longer Forbidden? have been released in a special two-for-one package this month. Dani is a long-time fan...
JenniferPorter
November 12 2013

Keeping It All In the Family?: Twins Who Share

Menage romance featuring two men and one woman (m/f/m) with no sexual touching or titillation between the siblings (a line used in many Siren books) is a very popular subgenre of erotic romance. I remember...
SarahMorgan
October 30 2013

Stranded in the Snow with Roberts, Cornick, and More!

Today we're joined by author Sarah Morgan, whose Sleigh Bells in the Snow is heating up the romance! Sarah's heroine is so over the holidays, but finds the hero's own particular brand of...
MFrampton
October 5 2013

Playing a Part: Masquerades in Romance Novels

He even made her smile quite merrily by telling her of the Scarlet Pimpernel's quaint and many disguises. —Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel Many heroes and heroines get...
redline_
September 27 2013

Trope of the Month: Secret Baby!

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...
LaurieGold
September 26 2013

Gallant, Precious, and Sometimes Strange: The Waif Archetype in Romance Novels

Much has been written about the character type of The Waif. Tammy Cowden, who writes about fictional archetypes, calls her the “original damsel in distress, [whose] childlike innocence evokes...
CutMyTeethOnKleypas
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?...
Janga
September 4 2013

Class Differences in Historical Romance, Part 2: She Stoops to Conquer and to Fall (in Love)

While tales of the gentleman ignoring the strictures of society to marry a heroine of humble status is a long-established tradition in romance fiction, tales of the lady marrying the groom or even the...
teamhandh
July 27 2013

Trope of the Month: Heroines in Disguise (aka Chick-in-Pants)

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...
Janga
July 17 2013

Class Differences in Historical Romance, Part 1: The Triumph of Love Over Level

Part One: Marrying the Maid (Or the Governess or . . .) The theme of love powerful enough to overcome the boundaries of class is rooted deeply in the tradition of romance fiction. Whether one views...
JenniferProffitt
July 12 2013

Hot for Teacher: Student-Teacher Relationships in New Adult from H.M. Ward and Cora Carmack

Once you’ve stopped singing that Van Halen song, let’s talk for a moment about how “Hot for Teacher” is a trend that has been escalating in the New Adult genre over the...
teamhandh
June 28 2013

Trope of the Month: Deadline Love

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...
CharliMac
June 27 2013

Mixing Up the Tropes: Jeannie Moon and Jennifer Haymore

Who doesn’t love a good remix? Take something you like, kick it up a notch, and voila; you have the next dance hit waiting to earworm us all summer long. Romance novels do a bit of remixing as...
Torifl
May 23 2013

Watch It!: Voyeurism in Romance Novels

Voyeurism is the practice of spying on people engaged in intimate behaviors, such as undressing, sexual activity, or other actions usually considered to be of a private nature. Voyeurs are most commonly...
scarlettleigh
May 21 2013

In Sickness and in Health: Illness and Hurt/Comfort in Romance Novels

I read romance novels because I love the journey of two people falling in love. There is the encounter and then the attraction which leads to lust and hunger, need and desire. Throw in some conflict—maybe...
jennyb845
May 14 2013

Jilted at the Altar from Authors Bell, Kennedy, and Maguire

Jilted, rejected, abandoned, left at the altar, deserted, however you want to term it, having it happen on your wedding day is not a cool thing. It is what happens directly afterward that most interests...