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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....
AubreyGross
March 30 2015

Puppy Love and Military Men: Reasons to Love Jill Shalvis’s Animal Magnetism Series

The first—and most obvious—reason to love Jill Shalvis's Animal Magnetism series is simple: puppies! As a dog lover, and a Doggy Mom to two Great Pyrenees, I loved Gertie, the big, lovable...
KatyEvans
March 24 2015

Money Can’t Buy Love: The Rise and Popularity of the Billionaire in Romance Novels

Today we're thrilled to welcome Katy Evans to Heroes and Heartbreakers! Katy's most recent release, Manwhore, hits shelves today! The heroine of Manwhore is hired to write an exposé about...
JaneKriel
March 18 2015

Why Can’t We Be Friends (With Benefits): A Guide to Friends with Benefits

In my quest to help all H&H readers out with all their needs, I’ve come up with some helpful advice on “Friends with Benefits” (for street cred, I’m using the acronym FWB)....
TiffanyTyer
March 16 2015

First Look: Alex Rosa’s Tryst (March 17, 2015)

Alex Rosa Tryst Intermix / March 17, 2015 / $3.99 digital In this sensational New Adult debut by Alex Rosa, boyfriends are too much trouble. So what’s the harm in a little fun? With...
JenniferProffitt
February 18 2015

Trope of the Month: Secretly Married!

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
February 11 2015

First Look: Jessica Clare’s The Billionaire and the Virgin (February 17, 2015)

Jessica Clare The Billionaire and the Virgin (Billionaires and Bridesmaids #1) Penguin Intermix / February 17, 2015 / $3.99 digital Waitress Marjorie Ivarsson is the picture of naiveté....
BizJaust
February 10 2015

A Sweet Valentine’s Tale: Codi Gary’s Office Romance The Trouble with Sexy

After reading all kinds of romance novels, I have to say a little sweetness can be a fine break.  Codi Gary’s The Trouble with Sexy is a fast paced love story (it all happens in eight days)...
TanyaLK
February 8 2015

We Can Be Heroes: Why Samantha Young Is So Fabulous from On Dublin Street to Hero

Samantha Young’s rise to the top of my favorite romance authors list was fast and furious due to her On Dublin Street series. With over 20 novels and novellas already published, it’s impossible...
willaful
February 4 2015

Gorgeous, Grumpy, and Growly: A Modern Goldilocks Retelling in Laura Florand’s Once Upon a Rose

You might think from the description of this book, that this will be a “Beauty and the Beast” retelling, but the clue is actually more in the growling, and the curls. French rose grower...
MFrampton
January 23 2015

Romance News Roundup: Kit Rocha & Loretta Chase Sale, Vanity Fair on Fifty Shades of Grey

Welcome to H&H's brand-new daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now. —In this week's H&H Debriefing,...
JenniferProffitt
January 22 2015

Trope of the Month: Held Captive!

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
January 21 2015

Love, Loss, Sisterhood, and Motherhood in Kristin Hannah’s Novels

Stephen King once said, “Life turns on a dime. Sometimes towards us, but more often it spins away, flirting and flashing as it goes: so long, honey, it was good while it lasted, wasn’t it?”...
Scarlettleigh
December 27 2014

She’s Just Not That Into Him from Carr and Sumners

The holidays are almost over and against all odds you've survived the stress—of  attempting to buy everyone the perfect gift; of spring cleaning in the winter because of ...
teamhandh
December 26 2014

Trope of the Month: Unrequited 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...
JohnJacobson
December 20 2014

May We Present to You: 3 Harlequin Presents Authors Who Get it Right

It has been no secret that I have a darling love for the Harlequin Presents line of category romances, which focus on privileged protagonists. One could take all of the wealthy businessman found within...
TanyaLK
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...
TanyaLK
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...
Rhyll Biest
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...