<i>The Perfect Game</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Perfect Game: Exclusive Excerpt Elley Arden "An unlikely attraction—threaten to derail their season." <i>Ruck Me</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Ruck Me: Exclusive Excerpt Rebecca Norinne "What started off as a bit of fun has quickly spiraled out of control..." <i>His Command</i>: Exclusive Excerpt His Command: Exclusive Excerpt Sophie H. Morgan "Follow his lead and she'll get everything she's ever wished for." <em>Her Fake Engagement</em> Her Fake Engagement Gigi Garrett H&H members can read our brand-new original novella for FREE!
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Jul 22 2017 12:00pm

Elley Arden Excerpt: The Perfect Game

Elley Arden

The Perfect Game by Elley Arden

Arlington Aces’ backup catcher Ian Pratt lives every day to the fullest, focusing on having fun with the three Bs: babes, booze, and baseball. Life’s too short not to go out with a smile on his face.

For Pauly Byrne, being the only female starting pitcher in professional baseball means she’s determined, deliberate, and always staying one step ahead of the naysayers. Facing a difficult choice, she must decide whether to hang up her cleats to become the first woman to coach an NCAA baseball team or hold on to the unlikely dream of becoming the first to play in the Major League. Either way, she needs to win this season’s championship.

When Pauly’s usual catcher fails a drug test going into playoffs, Ian is thrust into the starting role, where their differences—and an unlikely attraction—threaten to derail their season. Their futures are on the line, but can these two total opposites find enough common ground to win the big game and a shot at happily ever after?

Get a sneak peek at Elley Arden's The Perfect Game (available July 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

“Baseball has destroyed my love life. Flynn and Craig want to fix me up, but I’m worried whoever they find will be intimidated by me.”

“You’re very intimidating.” He was only partly sarcastic.

“I know. It sucks.” She genuinely looked crushed by the thought of it.

“Okay.” He stopped walking. “You actually met my ex-girlfriend. The least you can do is tell me about your last boyfriend.” Because he had a feeling some of her reaction was rooted in that.

[Read the full The Perfect Game excerpt...]

Jul 21 2017 4:32pm

Time Is Running Out: Romance Deals from Bella Jewel & Christine Feehan

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72 Hours by Bella JewelDeal Alert: Bella Jewel's romantic suspense novel 72 Hours is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* When a serial killer targets exes Lara and Noah as his next victims and dumps them in the woods as part of a sick game, the two join forces to survive and discover the love between them isn't lost after all...  If you're a romantic suspense reader, don't miss your chance to download a free copy of Lora Leigh's Wild Card!

Deal Alert: Christine Feehan's Carpathian paranormal romance novel Dark Blood is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* After being reborn and opening his eyes to find the Dragonseeker woman he's dreamed of for centuries caring for him, warrior Zev starts to question everything... Curious? Read an excerpt from Dark Blood.

Deal Alert: Barbara Samuel's historical romance Lucien's Fall is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Madeline doesn't have time for the renowned London rake Lord Lucien Escher; she's focused on saving her family's home. But even she can't resist him for long... To read Barbara Samuel is to appreciate her...

Deal Alert: Emma Hart's contemporary romance Dirty Secret, Book 1 in the Burke Brothers series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* (Psst: The next three books in the series—Dirty Past, Dirty Lies, and Dirty Tricks—are also on sale for $1.99 right now.) Sofie broke Conner Burke's heart when she left town, but now she's back—and she's not alone...

[+Today on H&H...]

Jul 21 2017 2:00pm

“It has so many quirky situations”: 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 shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!

Applecookie loves the quirk

Applecookie in Her Fake Engagement: A Heroes and Heartbreakers Original Novella

I loved this story. It has so many quirky situations. The faux bachelorette parties are great. Besides that, the story is written so that you just want to know more, it makes you cheer them on or groan when they do something “stupid”. Great story with a little bit of everything, angst, comedy, and of course romance.

[+2 more comments of the week]

Jul 21 2017 1:00pm

The Summer’s 10 Best Fantasy Romances

J.R.R. Tolkien once said, “Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisoned by the enemy, don't we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we're partisans of liberty, then it's our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”  This summer sees the publication of some unique fantasy novels which will help you escape into whole new worlds.

White Hot by Ilona Andrews

White Hot and Wild Fire by Ilona Andrews
Level of Romance: High

The most exciting news in fantasy romance this year is the dual release of the Hidden Legacy books within a three month period. In Ilona Andrews’s White Hot (May, Book 2) (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) Nevada Baylor once more teams up with Connor “Mad” Rogan. Both of them able to wield powerful magic, they find themselves nearly overwhelmed when the newest client of Nevada’s modest detective agency brings them a case which shows dark forces at work in the city of Houston. Fortunately, while battling for justice—and their lives—they still have time for a few sexy encounters:

I moaned into his lips. He kissed me, pillaging my mouth, the slick heat of his tongue taking over, and I teased him with my tongue, nipping at his lower lip. My breasts felt heavy and full; my body turned pliant. He was all hard muscle and rigid strength, and I stretched myself against him, seducing, enticing.

While book two does indeed show the heat between these two burning brighter, it is Wild Fire (July 25, Book 3) (Amazon | B&N | Kobo) which promises us a greater resolution of the issues keeping them apart. Nevada knows that recent problems within her extended family may cause friction between them but she is determined that the changes about to come to her life will not cost her the man she loves.

He’d made it clear in the past that he expected me to walk away from him the moment our family became a House. He didn’t think our magic was compatible. If we had children, they might not even be Primes. He viewed this as the beginning of our end, but he came anyway. He was also a complete idiot if he thought I’d let him get away. He was mine. My Connor.

This writing team always does a fantastic job of writing lush romance combined with richly imagined fantasy and this is a series not to be missed. Those who haven’t had a chance to read Burn for Me (Book One) should purchase it right away so they can experience this wonderful story for themselves.

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Jul 21 2017 12:00pm

Rebecca Norinne Excerpt: Ruck Me

Rebecca Norinne

Ruck Me by Rebecca Norinne

She flies by the seat of her pants, and he’s a no nonsense kind of kind. When these two opposites attract ... oh baby, it’s game on!

I’ve called Aoife O’Shaughnessy a number of things, but dumb was never one of them. Through all the insane things she’s done—all the trouble she’s gotten into—I never once thought she was actually stupid. Until now. Because I just heard her plan to lose her virginity to the biggest asshole we know.

My first thought? How the fuck is Aoife still a virgin? The second? Over my dead body.

So I volunteered for the job instead.

It might be the stupidest thing I’ve ever done, but once the words were out of my mouth I couldn’t take them back. Suddenly, I can’t stop wondering what it would be like to kiss the pink-haired sprite I’ve known my whole life, to hear her moan my name when she comes.

And I know she’s wondering about me too.

What started off as a bit of fun has quickly spiraled out of control and now I’m in deep. I never meant to fall in love with her … it was never supposed to go this far. And what happens next, just might break us.

Get a sneak peek at Rebecca Norinne's Ruck Me (available August 9, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Shrugging out from under the waitress’s touch, Eoin glanced up. “Can you bring my date another glass of …” He looked my way, his eyebrow raised in silent question.

“The Rioja please, and then the bill when you get a chance.”

[Read the full Ruck Me excerpt...]

Jul 21 2017 9:30am

First Look: Lucy Farago’s A Necessary Lie (July 24, 2017)

A Necessary Lie by Lucy Farago

Lucy Farago
A Necessary Lie (Search and Recover)
Lyrical Press / July 25, 2017 / $15.00 print, $3.99 digital

Lucy Farago is my go-to for romanctic suspense. Why? Because the story is excellent and the writing isn’t too shabby either.  It’s almost like the reader is drawn into the story line and oh yeah, there’s romance to boot. The romance is a pleasant surprise and it encapsulates what I love about reading. I love getting lost in a well-written story and I love a well-written romance where the reader grows with the characters. By the time the characters are ready to be in love, the reader is right there with the characters and ready for the romance.

This is what I love about a Lucy Farago novel. We know who the love characters will be but getting lost in them is part of the fun. The novel doesn’t start off as a romance but the chemistry and all the ingredients of a romance novel are there.

Enter A Necessary Lie. We know that Cowboy is the main hero and Grace is the heroine. And we know they have a connection. Obviously. Jessie is missing and she is Grace’s friend. Jessie and Cowboy have a history as lovers when they were much younger. And now Cowboy must watch over Grace as she finds Jessie. Phew. Yes Relationships are messy:

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Jul 21 2017 8:18am

What Is Your Palate Cleanser Romance?

Earlier this week we talked about reading binges, and many of you said you could read two or three books from the same author or series before it was too much. That calls for a palate cleanser! Sometimes we just need to reset our tastes, so what genre do you fall back on when it's time for a reset? Is it a particular author within that genre? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Jul 20 2017 4:30pm

Open Your Heart to Me: Romance News & Deals from Lauren Dane, Laura Trentham, and More

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Broken Open by Lauren Dane

Deal Alert: Lauren Dane's contemporary romance Broken Open is $1.99 at Amazon.* Tuesday Eastwood pieced her life back together after a tragedy in the small Oregon town of Hood River. With her life sorted, she's content to keep men at a distance—no lengthy attachments. Rancher Ezra Hurley is the opposite of Tuesday's dreams, but their insatiable desire is too much to ignore. 

Deal Alert: Laura Trentham's small-town romance Kiss Me That Way is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Cade Fournette hightailed it out of Cottonbloom as soon he could and didn't look back, even though he left behind Monroe Kirby, the woman he's never been able to forget. “Kiss Me That Way is a satisfying, sensual friends-to-lovers story that examines how a shared past can complicate the possibility of a future between two wary—but very interested—adults.” Bonus! Two more Cottonbloom novels, Then He Kissed Me and Till I Kissed You, are also on sale for $2.99 each. 

Deal Alert: Tawna Fenske's romantic comedy The Hang Up is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Miriam Ashley is a PR specialist who cleans up the acts of bad boys for a living. CEO Jason Sanders should be a breeze of a fix, except she can't seem to resist his charming ways. What is it about bad boys that's so appealing?

[+A cover reveal from author Lauren Blakely]

Jul 20 2017 2:00pm

If Game of Thrones’ Grey Worm & Missandei Die, We Riot!

Missandei and Grey Worm

Note: This post contains some spoilers for HBO's Game of Thrones—particularly those plot points involving Missandei and Grey Worm.

There are more dragons than there are black people in the core cast of HBO's Game of Thrones—a show on which at least six people die before breakfast every day. So, you might understand why I'm petrified that the achingly beautiful Grey Worm (Jacob Anderson) and Missandei (Nathalie Emmanuel) will bite the dust sometime between the current Season 7 and the final Season 8. If they do...? I say we riot!

On a show that prides itself on over-the-top violence, over-the-top sex, and over-the-top sexual violence, the gentle, quiet, love story of Daenerys Targaryen's two trusted companions has been a welcome balm. Grey Worm, forcibly castrated and enslaved as a young boy, now serves as the commander of Dany's army. Missandei, also a survivor of enslavement, is Dany's translator and general bestie (as much as someone can be pals with the Mother of Dragons). And, frankly, most of the time I like them better than anybody in that particular story arc.

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Jul 20 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Rogue Desire Anthology (July 20, 2017)

Rogue Desires Anthology

Adriana Anders, Amy Jo Cousins, Ainsley Booth, Emma Barry, Dakota Gray, Stacey Agdern, Jane Lee Blair, Tamsen Parker
Rogue Desires
Pronoun / July 20, 2017 / $.99 digital

Eight romance authors have teamed up for Rogue Desire, an anthology of what they’re calling “Resistance Romance.” The result is eight stories that serve up doses of heat and hope during a tumultuous political time. It’s like this: the daily (hourly?) news cycle is exhausting, but like a car crash in slow motion, many of us can’t look away. If you can’t look away but also like to read romance… this is the anthology for you.

While a couple of the stories didn’t work for me personally, I was completely engrossed in others. As is the magic of anthologies, every reader has a different favorite, and I really hope some of you will seek me out on Twitter to talk about yours. In the meantime, here’s a snapshot of each story:

Grassroots by Adriana Anders

In the first story, the heroine is running for city council and meets the hero, a visually-impaired hacker/inventor while she’s canvassing. The hero is super hot, but hasn’t had a real relationship because he hasn’t found someone who gets him. The heroine doesn’t have a “name” and just wants to do right by her community. He uses his network to help her out, and she helps him come out of seclusion. This story is known to have made at least two H&H bloggers cry.

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Jul 20 2017 12:01pm

Sophie H. Morgan Excerpt: His Command

Sophie H. Morgan

His Command by Sophie H. Morgan

He's a genie. She's a mortal.

He's a flirt. She's definitely-certainly-absolutely done with charming men.
What happens when this playboy runs across the one woman who doesn't fall under his spell?

Magic of course.

Hailey has been given the chance of her career. All she has to do is plan and execute the perfect society wedding and she'll get the promotion she's been working towards. Too bad the groom is her ex-boyfriend. Ryder hates seeing a damsel in distress and with a little genie magic is determined to make the sexy Miss Hailey have a little bit of fun. All she has to do is follow his lead and she'll get everything she's ever wished for.

Get a sneak peek at Sophie H. Morgan's His Command (available July 25, 2017) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.


Hailey blamed the coffee.

She took it hot and milky, with a touch of sugar if she was feeling naughty. Her boss, whom the employees had labeled the Duchess behind her back, frowned upon sugar in all its forms, lecturing daily on its caloric properties. Erica Pearce Weddings, she always dictated, would not have overweight individuals greeting their exclusive clients. Image was God, and she its disciple.

Hailey almost didn’t blame her for being so crabby. If she hadn’t let a cookie pass her lips for however many years, she might look like she’d sucked a lemon down to the peel, too.

That morning Hailey had let herself into the office at seven a.m., latte—no sugar—in hand, hustled into the little office she shared with fellow grunt workers, Max, Quentin, and the newest intern, and dived into the Cutler-Connelly wedding file to get up to date before she sat in on their meeting that afternoon. They hadn’t discussed more than the location, the date, and some theme options, but Hailey took to details like a drug. If she was ever going to rise above her current grunt level to a full-blown wedding planner, as in her ten-year plan, she knew she needed to excel.

[Read the full His Command excerpt...]

Jul 20 2017 9:30am

5 Erotic Romance Best Bets for July 2017

In need of some erotic reading material to fill your e reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic recommendations to tempt your palate and your credit card.

July’s fireworks don't hold a candle to the sparks generating in these stories as boundaries are ripped away, inhibitions removed, and their every erotic desire is consummated.

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

The Red by Tiffany Reisz

(Amazon | B&N | Kobo)

Mona Lisa St. James made a deathbed promise that she would do anything to save her mother's art gallery. Unfortunately, not only is The Red painted red, but it's in the red.
Just as she realizes she has no choice but to sell it, a mysterious man comes in after closing time and makes her an offer: He will save The Red if she agrees to submit to him for the period of one year.

The man is handsome, English, and terribly tempting...but surely her mother didn't mean for Mona to sell herself to a stranger. Then again, she did promise to do anything to save The Red…

The Red is erotica at its finest when a young woman agrees to give herself to a mysterious man for the period of one year in exchange for his help saving her art gallery. Using a series of famous paintings, Reisz pays homage to the masters while peeling back the layers of a submissive and showing her the true power she holds as she falls deeper into her own desires. This is a standalone and not connected to any of Reisz’s ongoing series.

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Jul 20 2017 8:07am

Can You Name Any Dominant Women in Romance?

The title of this post is rhetorical, because we think—if you read erotic and BDSM romance—that you may be able to mention at least one Dominant woman in a romantic relationship. However, last week guest author May Bridges explored the topic of female sexuality and erotic romance, but it left one commenter asking: where are all the dominant women in romance? We know they're out there! 

So, can you help a reader out? What books would you recommend with the woman as the dominant partner? In particular, can you think of female Dommes? 

Tell us your recommendations in the comments!


Jul 19 2017 4:30pm

I’ve Got You Under My Skin: Romance News & Deals from Susan Mallery, Linda Broday, and More

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Under Her Skin by Susan Mallery

Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's contemporary romance Under Her Skin is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “The Lone Star Sisters quartet...features the three loving but competitive Titan sisters" as they struggle against their controlling father’s plans and their half-brother’s determination to destroy the Titan family. In Under Her Skin, Lexi Titan has to make a choice between losing everything she's built or getting fake engaged to Cruz Rodriguez in order to help save her business.

Deal Alert: Author and H&H Blogger Lynne Connolly's Georgian-set historical romance Wild Lavender is $.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* “Connolly closes out her rollicking Emperors of London series with this seventh book” as Helena refuses the match her family makes for her because she's in love with Tom, the son of her family's most dangerous enemy.

Deal Alert: Linda Broday's Western historical romance Texas Redemption is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Laurel James wants to shed her dark past, so she agrees to marry the mayor of a small Texas town to lead the quiet, safe, respectable life she thinks she wants. Everything is fine until Shenandoah, the man she loved and lost, rides back into town and she can't seem to shake her desire. Looking for more non-Regency historicals? Check out July's Best Bets!

Deal Alert: Adriana Anders' dark romance By Her Touch is $.99 at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | Kobo | etc.* “By Her Touch is a story about an undercover ATF agent/biker-in-hiding and the dermatologist who’s helping remove his tattoos coming together to find redemption and love.” This is the second book in Anders' Blank Canvas series.

[+An RWA anthology!]

Jul 19 2017 3:45pm

First Look: Joan Johnston’s Blackthorne’s Bride (July 25, 2017)

Blackthorne's Bride by Joan Johnston

Joan Johnston
Blackthorne's Bride (A Bitter Creek Novel)
Dell / July 25, 2017 / $7.99 print & digital

In 2013, Joan Johnston published Montana Bride, the third in her Mail-Order Brides series about the Wentworth sisters. Fans have been waiting since then for Josie Wentworth’s story and it was worth the wait. Blackthorne’s Bride has an old-school vibe. 

The titular Blackthorne is summoned home by his grandmother from America. Blackthorne asks his companion to take care of the girl and to do whatever it takes to save her. The back cover copy neatly telescopes the next few years in the lives of our protagonists.

Two years have passed since Josie Wentworth was bought from the Sioux for a gold watch and whisked back to England by Marcus Wharton, the Duke of Blackthorne. When Marcus breaks his promise to return Josie to America, she ends up as a maid in the home of his charming but neglected nephews. Once Josie’s long-lost family finds her, however, the suddenly wealthy heiress sets out to save the two boys from their indifferent uncle—and teach the duke a lesson in honor.

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Jul 19 2017 2:00pm

Bad Boys & Freedom: An Intellectual Choice For The Modern Woman

Breaking Bad: 14 Tales of Lawless Love

Today we're thrilled to host LaQuette (Breaking Bad: 14 Tales of Lawless Love) who is here to talk about one of our favorite things—heroes! And not just any heroes, but bad boys. Now, we've talked several times about how bad boys are maybe not the choice we'd make in the real world... but should it be? LaQuette is here to ponder that very question. Thanks, LaQuette!

Tell me if this sounds familiar: Leave those bad behind boys alone.

If your mama was anything like mine, you’ve heard some variation of that warning throughout your lifetime.  And if you’re also like me, that cautionary advice only made you want to see what was so wrong with bad boys for yourself.

In the romance genre, bad boys are the ultimate forbidden desire for the quintessential good girl.  Polly Perfect is swept off her feet by the dashing, and often sinister bad boy time and time again.  From the outside looking in, this pairing seems unconventional. However, under a closer lens, we can see that there is a genuine reason an innocent, tender thing like Polly would choose a bad boy.  And it’s nothing as dubious as we might think.

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Jul 19 2017 1:30pm
Original Story

Her Fake Engagement: A Heroes and Heartbreakers Original Novella

Gigi Garrett

Her Fake Engagement by Gigi Garrett

Heroes and Heartbreakers is proud to present the newest addition to our H&H Short Fiction Program family: Gigi Garrett's Her Fake Engagement, a delightful contemporary romance set in New York City!

Lottie thinks she has life figured out—until her best friend convinces her to play the role of bride-to-be for a night and she meets artist Tyler... Here's the full description:

No artists, no smokers, no men with beards… Manhattan real estate broker Lottie Langerman feels confident that if she follows her long list of dating rules, she’ll meet The One and her life will unfold exactly as planned. Everything changes when her best friend decides to throw a fake bachelorette party—just to see what all the fuss is about—and Lottie reluctantly agrees to play the role of bride-to-be for a night.

Faking an engagement turns out to be more fun—and trouble—than Lottie could have imagined. Not only does her dream man think she’s taken, but Lottie keeps running into bearded Brooklyn jewelry designer Tyler, who breaks every single one of her rules...yet manages to get under her skin like no one else. Soon, Lottie finds herself at a crossroads where she must decide: Play it safe—or ditch the rules and follow her heart?

H&H members can read the full story on the site right now, a full month before the e-book hits shelves. (Not a member? Sign up now—it's free and easy.) So what are you waiting for? Lose yourself in Lottie's story for a few hours, leave a comment to let us and the author know what you thought, and then pre-order a copy of the Her Fake Engagement e-book (out on August 29) for your digital keeper shelf!

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Jul 19 2017 9:30am

Do We Treat Widows and Widowers Differently in Romance?

The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

The 3 Factors to How We Treat Widows vs. Widowers

After much “research,” I have a hypothesis regarding the treatment of widows and widowers in romance:

The divide isn’t based on male/female but rather on time period. We treat modern widows differently than historical widows.

Okay, before you give me examples of why I’m wrong, hear me out. I have some supporting evidence.

Marriages of Choice vs. Convenience

While there are present-day unhappy marriages and olden-day happy marriages, the advent of divorce, birth control, and economic independence for women has changed the marital landscape. This means that widows and widowers these days are more likely to have been in love with their late spouse. We see characters who may internally compare their new love with the old, and authors who are respectfully making it clear that one is not replacing the other. Characters may have a hard time making room for this new partner in their life while holding on to the memories of the love they had before. It’s a fine line that contemporary authors walk, trying to convince readers of the depth of both loves.

In historicals, it’s more often that the widow(er) has lost a spouse who was, in one way or another, forced upon them. The heroine may be a young widow who married a man 30 years her senior and is just now able to marry of her own will. The hero may have married a spiteful woman with a large dowry, who ran off and is now deceased. (Looking at you, Lawrence Browne Affair) Since so much historical romance focuses on the lives of the aristocracy, marriages are frequently arranged based on financial or political benefit, not on any sort of suitability.

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Jul 19 2017 8:01am

Science Explains Why You Turn Right When You Kiss

Couple kissing in a club

Have you ever noticed that when people kiss, they tilt their head to the right? A recent scientific study showed that two-thirds of couples tilt their head to the right when they kiss their partner, no matter who initiates the kiss—though men are 15 times more likely to initiate a kiss. 

In romance, it does appear that the latter appears to true. But what do you think of this study? Do you think it's interesting?

Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!