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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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
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,...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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)....
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...
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...
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....
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)...
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...
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...
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,...
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...
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?”...