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TanyaKaanta
December 16 2014

Happy V-Day!: Virgin Heroines from Kenyon, Quinn, and More!

Honestly, I’m a sucker for the virgin heroine. When done well, there’s something about the Dance of the Deflower that draws me in and keeps me captive through the night until I have my HEA....
Scarlettleigh
December 9 2014

Riches to Rags: Heroines Who Hit Rock Bottom from Gibson, Phillips, Higgins, and More!

Glory Days—we’ve either lived them or observed other people living them. That magical time where you are the king or queen of the world.  The fame, the power, the influence, the adulation...
MeganMulry
December 9 2014

Getting Off on the Wrong Foot: Meet-Not-Cutes in Romance Novels from Yates, Neville, and More!

Today we're joined by author Megan Mulry, whose Roulette was released last week. Roulette has a heroine who is struggling to live a normal life, given that she is descended from two very famous...
TanyaKaanta
December 8 2014

Taking Center Stage: Vivienne Lorret’s Wallflower Wedding Series

Vivienne Lorret has captured our hearts with her entertaining and clever Wallflower Wedding Series. What is it about Lorret’s books that are so appealing, making them ideal reads for when we want...
JaneKriel
December 5 2014

Keeping it in the Family: Romantic Stepsiblings from Clueless, Glines, Desrochers, and More!

For the uninitiated, the stepsibling trope involves illicit romance between stepsiblings. What could be more dramatic and angst ridden then two unrelated teenagers forced to fight their hormonal urges...
jessielane
December 4 2014

This Time Around: Second-Chance Romances from Banks, Leigh, and More!

Today, author Jessie Lane joins H&H to talk about second chance romances. Jessie's latest release, Stripping Her Defenses, is the second book in her Ex-Ops series, and has an ex-couple who meet...
BEAST
December 3 2014

Inconveniently Yours: Marriage of Conveniences in Contemporary Romance

Usually, when someone slaps a ring on a girl’s finger and proposes marriage everyone gets all dewy-eyed and crushing embraces ensue, but not here, not in this trope, no siree. In the marriage...
redline_
November 28 2014

Trope of the Month: Just One Bed

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...
DaniCollins
November 7 2014

A Precarious Balance: Taking Chances or Sticking With Tropes?

Today we're joined by author Dani Collins, whose book The Russian's Acquisition includes a sexy Russian (natch!), a virgin heroine, and a plot for revenge. Dani is here to talk about taking...
JenniferProffitt
October 31 2014

Trope of the Month: Villains to Heroes

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...
maggieboyd66
October 3 2014

Pick Me! Auctions in Romance Novels

If you’ve ever seen the musical Oklahoma! you know that auctions can be synonymous with love play. In that story, farm owner Laurie is wooed by cowboy Curly and farmhand Jud during a day and evening...
MayaRodale
October 2 2014

Hitting the Road: Why We Love Road Trips in Historical Romance

Today we're delighted to welcome Maya Rodale to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Maya's new release, What a Wallflower Wants, is the third book in her Wallflower trilogy, and is also a road romance—its...
maggieboyd66
October 1 2014

Fish Out of (Historical and Fantasy) Water

All of us have been the odd man out at some point in time. Whether it is the memory of our first day of kindergarten, or the first day at a new job, we can all relate to that weird mix of exhilaration...
teamhandh
September 27 2014

Trope of the Month: Mistresses and Courtesans!

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...
RachelHyland
September 24 2014

Love and Laughter, Coming this Fall: The Romantic Possibilities of TV’s Upcoming Sitcoms

From Sam and Diane on Cheers to Ross and Rachel on Friends to last season’s most absorbing comedy couple, Danny and Mindy, sitcoms can surprise and delight with their romantic escapades. Sure,...
teamhandh
August 29 2014

Trope of the Month: Separated Spouses

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...
LydiaNetzer
August 7 2014

What Would You Say to an Arranged Marriage?

Today we're joined by author Lydia Netzer, whose  How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky has just been released. How to Tell Toledo from the Night Sky features two astronomers whose mothers...
SophieJordan
July 30 2014

Top 10 Tips to Toppling from the Top of the Ton

Today we're joined by author Sophie Jordan, whose A Good Debutante's Guide to Ruin is out today! Sophie's good debutante takes on a bad persona when she discovers the only man she wants...
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,...
JessicaMoro
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...