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StaceyAgdern
June 24 2016

Tara Wyatt’s Primal Instinct Defies the Double Standard

Generally speaking, we as readers know the trajectory of a bodyguard story.  Our bodyguard hero is forced to protect the heroine from danger.  She will be vulnerable and she will be thrust...
Cerestheories
June 16 2016

Is the First Hero the Most Accessible?: How The introduction to a Series Can Make a Difference

If you binge-read series like I do, you may have noticed a trend that I like to call the Vanilla First Syndrome. Let’s assume that men are like ice cream and we readers enjoy different flavors....
Scarlettleigh
June 12 2016

Why Do Readers Like Tropes So Much?

Tropes—we talk about them a lot. In fact, Jennifer Proffitt, in her Morning Coffee blog “Do You Like Tropes?”, said almost exact same thing. If you do a search on the site, 51...
TanyaLK
June 11 2016

First Look: Lecia Cornwall’s Beauty and the Highland Beast (June 21, 2016)

Lecia Cornwall Beauty and the Highland Beast (Highland Fairy Tale #1) Swerve / June 21, 2016 / $3.99 digital Lecia Cornwall is a new author for me and I’m so thankful I found her....
PaigeTyler
June 1 2016

A Primer on “Star-Crossed Lovers”

Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to welcome Paige Tyler to the site today! Paige, author of To Love a Wolf, is here today to give you primer on star-crossed lover—a trope we love and...
JenniferProffitt
May 10 2016

Bully to Hero—Can the Modern Reader “Buy” It?

Two years ago we ran an article about a trend among romance novels that placed former, reformed, and sometimes current, bullies as heroes. This is a trend not at all dissimilar to the “villain...
KierstenKrum
May 6 2016

Hitch and Ditched in Vegas: Real Life and the Quickie Wedding Trope

Sometimes real life can get in the way of enjoying a trope, but Kiersten Hallie Krum (an author we're also proud to call blogger) is here to talk about how it hasn't stopped her from enjoying...
teamhandh
April 29 2016

On Hiddlesbum and Favorite Tropes: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special...
JenniferProffitt
April 26 2016

What’s Your Favorite Trope Combination?

In classic literature, tropes often get a bad reputation. But in Romancelandia, they reign supreme! According to Romance Writers of America, the top 10 tropes in the genre are: friends...
December 16 2015

Marriage of Convenience Business: Marriage Contracts as Business Contracts in Romance Novels

Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to welcome Katee Robert to the site today. Katee's latest release, The Marriage Contract, will come out in paperback on December 22. While friends-to-lovers...
JenniferProffitt
December 16 2015

How Would You Freshen Up a “Tired” Trope?

The “old” billionaire trope is one we're very familiar with, but what if that billionaire becomes a lady billionaire (like in Alisha Rai's A Gentleman in the Street or...
AubreyGross
December 3 2015

Friends to Lovers: Top 5 “Light Bulb” Moments from Yates, Probst, and More!

According to a recent RWA/Nielsen report, Friends to Lovers is romance readers’ favorite trope. To most people who read and write romance, that was not shocking news. What makes it such...
JenniferProffitt
October 27 2015

If You Could Only Read One Trope...

We all have our favorite tropes. This month at H&H, Scarlettleigh discussed why reunited lovers was her favorite and TanyaLK voiced her opinion on friends to lovers with a twist—roommates...
TiffanyTyer
October 15 2015

Best Friend’s Little Sister Takes an Erotic Turn in Eden Bradley’s Dangerously Broken

The brother’s best friend/little sister trope takes on hard BDSM kink in Eden Bradley’s long-awaited sequel, Dangerously Broken, where the great thing about the combination of this...
JenniferProffitt
September 29 2015

What Trope Would You “Live” In?

We all love tropes—maybe the governess/duke, the villain to hero, or the reunited lovers are your favorites. However, there are some romance novels that we love to read, but would probably...
JenniferProffitt
September 15 2015

Oh, It’s On!: Competitions in Romance—Yay or Nay?

Who doesn't love a little competition? It gets the blood going and the passions high...especially when caffeine is involved! While the trailer for the documentary called Barista doesn't have...
JenniferProffitt
August 18 2015

What is Your Favorite May-December Romance?

We're ready to have the seasons change here and give us some cooler weather. With the seasons in mind, let's talk May-December romances. Once upon a time, they used to be fairly common—especially...
JanetW
August 6 2015

Small-Town Fairy Godmothers: Fairy Tale Parallels Found in Sara Arden’s Finding Glory

Finding Glory is a fairy-tale of a romance, starting with a key element of any self-respecting fairy-tale: the fairy godmothers. Gina’s grandmother Maudine tells her friend, fellow-grandmother,...
JenniferProffitt
July 21 2015

Do You Like Tropes?

We talk about tropes at Heroes and Heartbreakes a lot. What can we say, we love 'em! For those not familiar with the term, here's a quick definition from our Trope of the Month posts: Academically...
JenniferProffitt
July 7 2015

Boss-Secretary Deliciousness: Yay or Nay?

We all have strong feelings on the tropes the genre has to offer. Fated mates are particularly polarizing, for example. Today, however, I want to know your thoughts on another popular trope: the boss...
SaharaHoshi
June 18 2015

Turn the Trope Around: Heroines Take on Male-Dominated Tropes

If I asked you to name common romance tropes most readers could give me a list: brother’s best friend, friends to lovers, alpha billionaire, etc. It’s time to turn these tropes on their...
JenniferProffitt
June 9 2015

What’s Your Favorite Trope Right Now?

At Heroes and Heartbreakers, we love tropes. From boss/assistant deliciousness to fated mates, and everything in between. We love it! Many of us read along tropes...maybe when we're feeling...
SuzanneRockAUTHOR
May 29 2015

How (NOT) to Act Around that Hot Guy in Your Office

Today we're thrilled to welcome Suzanne Rock to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The paperback edition of Suzanne's serial romance, At His Service, will be coming out June 2 and features one of...
Janga
May 20 2015

From Merchant Heiress to Countess: Cross-Class Romance in Mary Balogh’s Traditional Regencies, Part 2

This post is Part 2 of a two-part series exploring the cross-class romances featured in many of Mary Balogh's traditional Regency romances. For the other types of cross-class romances Balogh...
JadeLee
May 5 2015

Will You Fake Marry Me?: 3 Ways You Might Find Yourself in a Fake Engagement

Today we're thrilled to have Jade Lee on the site. Jade's latest book, 50 Ways to Ruin a Rake starts with a fake engagement—but might end with a real one! Jade is here today to talk about...
Rhyll Biest
May 1 2015

Prisoners of Love: Captured in Romances from Stein, Warren, and More!

Why is the capture trope so popular in romance (particularly in historicals)? Arguably it’s because of the popularity of the capture fantasy. Capture fantasy involves a woman or a man...
JenniferProffitt
April 23 2015

Throwback Thursday: What Was Your First Office Romance Novel?

Many couples meet in the work place‚ after all, it's where we spend a lot of our adult life. Office romances—particularly of the boss-secretary variety—are very popular in romance...
JenniferProffitt
April 21 2015

Trigger Happy: What Words Make Something an Auto-Buy?

We all love tropes that make a book an auto-buy for us. Last week, Team H&H was passing around J. Lynn (aka Jennifer Armentrout)'s Fall with Me, and thanks to some keywords in the cover copy,...
JenniferProffitt
April 9 2015

Trope of the Month: Fated Mates

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...
TanyaLK
April 8 2015

The Sisterhood of Spinsterhood: 8 Firmly On-the-Shelf Romance Heroines from Austen, Hoyt, Kleypas, and More!

Spinster (noun): A woman beyond the typical age of marrying with little likelihood to do so. A crueler name disguised in polite society could not have been created for our historical romance heroines....