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teamhandh
July 25 2014

Trope of the Month: Time Travel Romances

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...
TiffanyTyer
July 23 2014

The Ultimate Temptation: Best Friend/Little Sister Romances

What is it about the brother’s best friend and his little sister hooking up that is so irresistible? It's one of the most popular themes in romance, appearing over and over again. Perhaps...
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...
teamhandh
June 27 2014

Trope of the Month: Romances at Weddings!

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...
kennedyryan1
June 20 2014

Breakin’: Reading Between the Rules

Today we welcome author Kennedy Ryan to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Kennedy's When You Are Mine, the first book in the Bennett series, is a story of forbidden love—namely, when a woman realizes...
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,...
Moroccan06
June 10 2014

Sex with the Ex from Sheehan, Ashley, and More!

How often do you get a second chance? “Sex with the ex” is an already popular trope in the romance genre that has seen a boom in recent books. Who doesn’t love a second chance to make...
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...
JenniferProffitt
May 16 2014

Trope of the Month: Childhood Sweethearts!

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...
AlexisHall
May 7 2014

Surrendering Slowly to Cecilia Tan’s Slow Surrender

I’m always really wary about reviews that begin with “I don’t like genre/subgenre [x]” like it’s a badge of honor. It inevitably leads to the reviewer making trite observations...
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...
March 7 2014

Soap Operas, Romance Novels, and Tropes, Oh My! Why We Love Them All

Today we're joined by author Jennifer Ryan, whose latest release, The Return of Brody McBride, is out now. Brody does indeed return after eight years, only to find there's more waiting for him...
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...
willaful
February 27 2014

Be True to Yourself: Ten Life Lessons from Mary Balogh

In a career spanning almost 30 years to date, Mary Balogh has broken numerous boundaries in romance. Sex in traditional Regencies. A courtesan heroine. An adulterous sex addict hero. A heroine who molested...
teamhandh
February 26 2014

Exclusive Cover Reveal: Elyssa Patrick’s Four Weddings and a Break Up!

Today we're pleased to reveal the cover for Elyssa Patrick's Four Weddings and a Break Up, where a good girl does some bad things when she embarks on a fake relationship with a sexy...
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...
juliabroadbooks
November 17 2013

CE, POV, Stet: Decoding the Author

More and more, authors are engaging with readers online. It’s great to be able to tell a favorite author how much I love her work. Just as fun as the peek behind the scenes as an author is researching...
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...