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JohnJacobson
September 27 2016

First Look: Holiday Temptations Anthology (September 27, 2016)

Donna Hill, Farrah Rochon, and K.M. Jackson Holiday Temptations Dafina / September 27, 2016 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital Holiday romances are a special sort of addiction for me. Along with...
Rhyll Biest
September 22 2016

One Hell of a Lover: Demons in Romance Novels from Kenyon, Brook, Langlais, Cole, and More!

“O what a black, dark hill is yon, ”That looks so dark to me?“ ”O it is the hill of hell,“ he said, ”Where you and I shall be.” —From...
EVail
September 9 2016

Dr. Lovinkind’s Guide Part 2: Take Two Secret Babies and Call Me In the Morning

  Are you lovesick? Dr. Lovinkind has your romance affliction diagnosed! Greetings, and welcome to the second edition of Dr. Lovinkind’s Guide to Common Romance Medicine. I studied...
SuperWendy
September 8 2016

4 Reasons Why a Romance Hero Stays a Virgin

Half the fun of the romance is how subversive the genre can be when it turns societal conventions on its ear. Romance is a safe place where women can explore, and embrace, their desires in a world...
TiffanyTyer
September 7 2016

Out of This World: Dystopian Erotic Romance from Dane, Rocha, and More!

Dystopian romance is kind of like the misunderstood, forgotten cousin or red-headed stepchild in the vast world of romantic fiction. Not quite paranormal, maybe sci-fi futuristic or alternatively...
PhoebeChase
September 4 2016

Fiction for the Fashionista: 6 Romances That Take Place in the Fashion World

Ahhh, September. That first breath of crisp air brings me back to the excitement of pulling out the back-to-school corduroy pants, sweaters, and the giant September issues of fashion magazines....
Limecello
September 2 2016

We Accept Katee Robert’s Indecent Proposal

We've got more O'Malley's! An Indecent Proposal by Katee Robert, features Cillian O'Malley and Olivia Rashidi, who I can't really describe without spoilers, so this...
teamhandh
August 30 2016

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of August 2016

What are the best new romances in August 2016? Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause...
Torifl
August 25 2016

Sosie Frost Makes Secret Babies Fun Again

There aren’t many tropes in romance that annoy me. Second chance, insta-love, best friend’s little sister, May/December, etc...they all have their moments in the sun. When paired with...
BoxyFrown
August 15 2016

The 5 Reasons You Should Always Read Kit Rocha

Maybe you have heard me say this before, but just in case you haven’t, I am going to say it again: If you haven’t been reading the Beyond series by Kit Rocha, I don’t know what...
RachelHyland
August 7 2016

A Formula for Love–Hallmark Movies as Category Romances

  Source: Straight From the Heart screencap There was a time when I would devour category romance novels as enthusiastically, as mindlessly, as...
willaful
August 4 2016

Trope-Flippers: 5 Category Romances that “Mess” with the Formula

Note: These are all older books, but be aware that spoilers abound! As I wrote recently, many category readers both enjoy their standard tropes and like to mix it up a bit. Here are some category...
Scarlettleigh
July 26 2016

First Look: Jayne Castle’s Illusion Town (July 26, 2016)

Jayne Castle Illusion Town (Illusion Town) Jove / July 26, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital It has been almost sixteen years since Jayne Castle wrote her first Harmony series book, and...
JohnJacobson
July 26 2016

First Look: Jackie Ashenden’s Dirty for Me (July 26, 2016)

Jackie Ashenden  Dirty for Me (Motor City Royals #1) Kensington / July 26, 2016 / $9.95 print, $7.99 digital The good-girl/bad-boy trope is still going strong in Romancelandia, and...
JenniferProffitt
July 26 2016

Can a Trope Be Your Favorite and Least Favorite at the Same Time?

Tropes can walk a fine line. We love them here in Romancelandia—though they're considered cliche out in the “real world.” Many of us have tropes we gravitate towards—friends...
slowlyfallingsnowflake
July 15 2016

Waiting on the Beast: 5 Books to Read Until You Can See Emma Watson as Beauty in Beauty and the Beast

With the upcoming release of a live action Beauty and the Beast, a lot of readers, including myself, are thrilled with the casting and the development but not so thrilled about having to wait a...
willaful
July 14 2016

Bringing It Back: The Subtle Twists of Michelle Smart

Being a category romance reader can be a bit of a double-bind. On the one hand, the whole point of category lines is that you know basically what you're getting. For example, my two favorite...
JenniferProffitt
July 11 2016

What Trope Would You Want to Be in Real Life?

There are many tropes that translate to “real life” quite easily—friends-to-lovers is quite common among actual married couples, and has the bonus of being a favorite in the genre...
Cerestheories
July 7 2016

Marked on My Soul: Mate Markings and Tattoos in Romances from Ione, Cole, Rocha, and More!

As we know, romance comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and flavors. Sometimes outside forces conspire to keep our two lovers apart, while other times it’s our characters themselves. One...
heynowkc
July 7 2016

Ship Off: 4 Shows That Always Have Us Asking, “Will They or Won’t They?”

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Will they? Or won’t they? You all know this classic TV trope. They’ve got chemistry, they banter, they take care of each other, and they just might secretly be in love with one another....
Cerestheories
July 6 2016

Romance and Fan Fiction Readers Have More in Common Than You Think

Do you like fan fic? Are you still recovering from the ending of the Harry Potter or Twilight series? Do you like to read fun, sometimes wacky stories? Me, too. I don’t spend nearly as much...
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...