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April 20 2017

Do You Wish More Romance Came in Hardcover?

Most romances come in two formats: e-book and paperback. It's the soft paperbacks that we remember of the 70s, 80s, and 90s, but it's the e-book that made many romance novels more attainable....
April 17 2017

Will You Use Your Tax Return on Anything Book Related?

Congratulations! If you're in the United States, you've sent in your taxes and are hopefully waiting on getting a very nice tax return. With a little extra spending money, do you plan on...
March 2 2017

How Do You Think You’d React If You Found Yourself in a Magical World?

Many times the first book in a paranormal romance series involves a new person being introduced to the world—in many cases it's the heroine who finds herself to be the fated mate of an...
February 27 2017

How Do You Feel About Annotating in a Book—Especially Romances?

It's a practice that became handy with textbooks. As you're reading the chapter for your next clas, you jot down notes in the margins. With ebooks, taking notes in books has changed a little...
February 24 2017

Do Certain Genres Demand a Physical Book?

I've recently been going through a genre-slump. I have found plenty of books that I love, but realized that my first romance love—historical—had been severely lacking recently. I realized...
February 23 2017

Do You like Punny Romance Book Titles?

I have yet to meet a romance novel reader who doesn't love the occasional pun. In Romancelandia, it's quite easy for even the most benign word to take on a dirty meaning. Do you like punny...
February 1 2017

What’s Your Most Anticipated Book of February?

February is going to have great new releases coming from every single genre—it'll be an exciting month in romance! To get the month started off right, share with us your most anticipated...
December 20 2016

Have You Ever “Quit” Reading?

“Quitting” an activity that you don't enjoy is totally reasonable—life's too short! And sometimes, even for us bibliophiles, the pleasure of reading can be taken away. Though...
December 19 2016

Do You Like Slow Burns?

Slow burn: that delicious attraction between characters that can take so long (but just the right amount) to actually light a spark.  We see this term a lot in television where we want...
November 25 2016

In Defense of Breaking Spines

We’re not monsters. We’re not bad people.We’re not book hating anarchists. We’re your friends, your neighbors, your sisters and spouses. We work next to you, come to your...
November 16 2016

Have You Ever Taken Off Work/School to Read?

Tuesdays are great days... they're not Mondays and they happen to be release day for those looking for their next big read! Every month there's a new “big book” for us to glom...
November 15 2016

Do Romance Novels Really Offer Unrealistic Expectations?

Romance novels get the bad rap of setting unrealistic expectations for women. They cause us to think that men have to be perfect, that they all are... well-endowed... that biker bars are where...
November 3 2016

Do You Ever Investigate “Facts” You Learn from a Romance Novel?

It's always a great treat when you discover a new “fun fact” while reading a book. Much of my own knowledge has come from facts I glean from fiction, and then go to investigate.  How...
October 20 2016

How Organized Is Your TBR Pile?

Recently, H&H reader Mary told us about her very impressive TBR pile. To be honest, ours is just a stack on scattered by our bed and a mental list. She's organized hers extensively: (I...
September 27 2016

Do You Have Multiple Copies/Editions of the Same Book?

In a Tor article yesterday, James Dashner shared his five books that force him to buy multiple copies. This is not an uncommon problem among book lovers—I myself own three copies (at...
September 19 2016

What Are You in the Mood For?

With our reading psychic in residence, Madame TBR, Team H&H has been in the mood for SO many different types of books—largely thanks to your suggestions—and with a rainy day here...
September 14 2016

What Helps You Get Over Hump Day?

Today is Hump Day, and let me tell you, I am struggling! However, I know that “relief” is only a touch screen away with my favorite authors and tropes—I have a plus-sized heroine,...
September 7 2016

How to Talk to a Woman Who is Reading a Romance Novel

Editor's Note: An article has been making the rounds—“How to Talk to a Woman Who is Wearing Headphones.” The simple answer: don't. However, just in case a man is thinking...
August 25 2016

What Gaps Do You Have in Your Reading Education?

An entire episode of the show How I Met Your Mother is devoted to gaps in our education. For the group, it meant that Ted thought chameleon was pronounced sha-ma-lee-on (a problem many readers...
July 27 2016

How Often Do You Get in a Reading Slump?

We've asked you about reading slumps in the past: how do you get out of one, is your keeper pile the solution to your slump, are you currently in a reading slump, and so on and so forth....
June 18 2016

Reunited Lovers: Falling Back in (Readerly) Love with an Author

You ended your low-carb diet with some delectable fat-laden, sugar-rich-gooey confection.  With that one bite you were a goner. The sweet, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth taste lit up all your...
June 16 2016

Do You Ever Want to Solve the Couple’s Problems for Them?

We set the scene: we're innocently reading along in a book and are about halfway through. Suddenly we realize, all the problems the main couple face could be fixed with one simple solution....
June 2 2016

My Dark And Twisted Relationship With…Google: 5 Suspicious Questions Every Reader/Writer Has Looked Up

Today we're thrilled to welcome Cynthia Eden (author of Torn) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Cynthia writes pulse-pounding—in more than one way *wink wink*—romantic suspense. However,...
June 1 2016

What Do You Consider a Beach Read?

June marks the beginning of two of our favorite seasons—Wedding Season and Beach Season. For the laywoman, Beach Season usually means diving into her “trashy book” collection...
May 23 2016

Do You Ever Get “Second-Hand Anger” at Characters?

via GIPHY Among my friends I have often discussed the feeling of “second-hand embarrassment” which is a feeling of embarrassment I get when I know another person is, or in my mind,...
May 19 2016

Does a Re-Read of a Book Hook You As Much as the Original?

Many of us turn to an old favorite when we're in a reading rut. It's a comfort read and yet, even though we've read it before, we can find ourselves just as sucked in. Suddenly it's...
May 10 2016

Cowgirl Up: Romance News

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance. {Did you know you can sign up to receive Afternoon Tea as an e-mail? Sign up have your daily cuppa delivered...
May 4 2016

Do You Like Heroes/Heroines Who Are Similar to You?

Fiction, for many, is escapism—pure and simple. However, for some that means one of two things: they look for characters who are very similar to themselves, or they look for characters who...
May 3 2016

How Many Books Do You Read in a Week?

Source: Spring has sprung, kind of. Many children are on their way back from Spring Break, while many more are looking forward to having summer...
April 21 2016

Describe Your Favorite Book in 5 Words or Less!

We're almost through the week, so we thought it'd be fun to play a little game. We all have our favorite books, but sometimes it's hard to articulate what's going on with them and why...