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October 17 2016

What Book Introduced You to Your Favorite Trope?

We all have our favorite tropes that we gravitate towards, and while many of us can like the same trope, it's rare that the same book would have been the one to introduce you to it.  What...
October 12 2016

We Need to Talk About the Almack’s Scene in Pam Rosenthals’s Almost a Gentleman

Recently Heroes and Heartbreakers asked readers, can a trope be your favorite and least favorite at the same time? It's a strange alchemy that makes a trope that's tiresome in one writer's...
Nichole Severn
October 12 2016

Three Favorite Romance Tropes—It’s Tropalicious!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Nichole Severn (His Seductive Target) to Heroes and Heartbreakers in her capacity as an author—Nichole is also one of our bloggers! Romance readers love...
October 11 2016

James Rollins Wrote... Romance Novels?! (And He Didn’t Even Know It)

James Rollins would probably be surprised to hear this but for much of his early career he wrote romance novels. Sure, the books were filled with action and adventure, mysterious discoveries and...
October 4 2016

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Kate Baxter, Victoria James, and Sara Richardson!

Today, Team H&H has three fantastic covers for you from authors Kate Baxter, Victoria James, and Sara Richardson! First up, Kate Baxter's Last True Vampire Series gets a fourth book with...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
July 7 2016

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

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....
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...
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...
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....
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...
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....