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Tue
Nov 14 2017 9:30am

What Will Happen with Our Favorite Star Wars Couples in Last Jedi?

Star Wars The Last Jedi

The new Star Wars trailer is here and all we want to know is—where’s our Rey / Finn candy? Where, oh where, have they gone?

Because if there are no scenes with Rey & Finn together in this movie…

*Pause for moment of emotional collection*

That means…

We’ll be waiting two more years for the next movie to get some? Is that what this is going to turn into?

Rey’s goodbye from Finn in Force Awakens was touching. Which didn’t sound like a goodbye long enough to last an entire Star Wars episode, but that’s sure as hell what it looks like watching the trailer.

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Which means, Rey / Finn is either, not meant to be (which honestly, I’m not ready to consider as a possibility, because I ship them so hard), or they’ll just be biding their time with other people until they meet up again.

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Thu
Nov 9 2017 8:04am

TV Shows and Clothing Brands: Tacky or Perfect?

Scandal had a clothing line with The Limited. Riverdale's Jughead's beanie at Hot Topic. Mad Men had a brand at The Banana Republic. With so many TV shows and movies having lines at clothings stores, it can be hard to resist! 

Would you buy a clothes based on your favorite show or do you find it tacky or are they clothes you would wear? 

Tell me your thoughts down in the comments!

Thu
Nov 2 2017 8:30am

6 Essentials on Our Afterburn/Aftershock Movie Wish List

Gia and Jax in Sylvia Day's Afterburn/Aftershock Movie

Sylvia Day’s Afterburn/Aftershock releases Nov. 3rd on Passionflix, and we can’t wait!

For years, I've been wanting Sylvia Day characters to get their debut up on the screen. I always hoped it would be the Crossfire series, but alas, it hasn’t worked out so far. BUT, not to despair. Passionflix is to the rescue!

Sylvia Day has been supplying fans with social media and email, building up the hype, from the casting of the characters to the behind the scenes shots, to editing clips, and then the trailer.

Watching the trailer was enough to have me rereading the Afterburn/Aftershock book, and here are some of the things I'm hoping and praying and can’t wait to see in the movie.

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Wed
Nov 1 2017 3:30pm

Never Gonna Give You Up: Romance News & Deals from Bella Andre, Liz Carlyle, and More

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance.

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Top Off Your TBR Pile

Never Too Hot by Bella Andre

—Deal Alert: Bella Andre's contemporary romance Never Too Hot is $1.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* Injured firefighter Connor thinks he'll be able to get some necessary R&R before returning to his crew, except when he gets to his family cabin in the Adirondacks, it's already occupied by the gorgeous and distracting Ginger Sinclair. Neither of them is willing to cede their time at the cabin, so they have to learn to deal with each other...and the desire igniting between them! Don't you just love an awkward first meeting?

—Deal Alert: Liz Carlyle's historical romance The Devil You Know is $1.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* After a disastrous season, Frederica d'Avillez is certain she'll not marry, but is determined to have a night of unforgettable passion. Rake, scoundrel, and all around hell-raiser Bentley Rutledge suits her needs quite well, and even though he knows he should resist, he can't bring himself to stay away from the magnetic Freddie. 

Deal Alert: Karen Rose's romantic suspense novel Closer Than You Think is $1.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Desperate to escape a stalker, psychologist Faith Corcoran goes back home and takes up residence in a recently inherited home where she has to confront the ghosts of her past. FBI Special Agent Deacon Novak is on a case that sends him right into Faith's path and intersects with her past in a way neither of them could've expected. Get pumped with 5 more intense romantic suspense novels this fall!

Deal Alert: Cat Sebastian's male/male historical romance The Ruin of a Rake is $.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Reviewer Cerestheories says Sebastian earned a spot on her TBR list with this story of “an uptight man being completely undone by a cheeky man who’s both jaded and comfortable with his sexuality.” Lord Courtenay, tired of being perceived as a libertine and a rake, seeks to improve his reputation by spending time with the most proper man in London, Julian Medlock. These enemies become much more as Courtenay begins to feel a love he doesn't believe he deserves, and Julian sets aside propriety for a desire he can't ignore. 

[+Audible romance package, gay teen romance, and more...]

Fri
Oct 27 2017 2:01pm

7 Reasons The Mountain Between Us Is Basically a Romance Novel

Ben gazes at Alex in The Mountain Between us

If you had doubts that you could enjoy The Mountain Between Us as a romance reader, let me dispel those for you now: The Mountain Between Us, a new survival movie starring Idris Elba and Kate Winslet, basically is a romance novel and you should definitely go see it in theaters.

Spoiler Warning: This post contains major, potentially plot-ruining spoilers for The Mountain Between Us. Read at your own risk.

Now, yes, we're talking about a disaster movie here, and yes, bad things happen. Won't deny that. But if you like your romance with a healthy dose of angst, you've come to the right place. The Mountain Between Us is about two strangers, Ben and Alex, who, in their desperation to travel from Idaho to the east coast—for an emergency surgery and a wedding, respectively—decide to charter a small plane to take them around a snowstorm. What at first seems like a clever solution turns out to be anything but when not only does the storm shift course right into their path, but also their pilot suffers a heart attack mid-flight. The resulting plane crash strands our heroes and the (deceased) pilot's dog, setting up the rest of the book movie.

If you're thinking to yourself, “Who has time to fall in love while trying to survive a plane crash?” well...you might not be in the right place, mate. However, if you're thinking, “Awww yeahhh, can't wait to see two hot people mash faces out of pure joy that they're somehow still alive and kicking and TOGETHER,” then pull up a chair, friend, and settle in to hear about the 7 ways The Mountain Between Us resembles nothing so much as a romantic suspense novel (like, say, Sandra Brown's Two Alone or Linda Howard's Up Close and Dangerous, to name only two!).

[First of all...]

Fri
Oct 27 2017 7:30am

What Is Your Favorite Movie to Watch on Halloween?

Arsenic and Old LaceIt's Halloween weekend! Many people are preparing their homes for trick-or-treaters, getting ready to go out, and are making last-minute tweaks to their costumes. Yesterday, I listed some of my favorite Halloween movies that I watched for the romance. Today, I'm asking what movies YOU like to watch!

What movies do you watch every year? Do they have any romances in them? Tell me about them in the comments!

Thu
Oct 26 2017 3:15pm

9 Halloween Movie Classics That Are Secretly Romances

Winnie in Hocus Pocus

It’s my favorite time of year—Halloween! While I usually—I say usually, because sometimes I can’t help myself—wait until October to watch my favorite spooky movies, I still find moments to sigh over gif sets and clips year-round. You may be thinking “Halloween movies? Why are you sighing over them?” I’m a romance fan so, of course, even when I’m watching creepy movies during this season I’m looking for the love. I’ve gathered together eight of my favorite movies that I rewatch every year. I’m not a fan of scary movies, so most of these are pretty PG to PG-13.

A note on spoilers: I’m definitely going to spoil at least one of these movies for you, so read with caution!

Hocus Pocus

I’m going to kick off this list with the movie that is a guaranteed rewatch for me every year. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the plot of this one, it stars Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy as the Sanderson Sisters, three witches in Salem, Massachusetts who were hanged for witchcrafts hundreds of years ago. They cursed the town that on a full moon on All Hallow’s Eve, when a virgin lights the Black Flame Candle, the Sanderson Sisters would rise again to torment the people of Salem—and kill their children in order to live forever. Enter our virgin, Max Dennison, who is the idiot who lights the candle (in order to impress a girl, naturally). With the help of his little sister Dani, played by a young Thora Birch, his crush Allison, and a talking cat—yes, a talking cat named Thackery Binx, who was cursed as a teen by the Sanderson sisters, and if you don’t have a crush on him at least a little then I think we’re done here. Obviously Max and his troupe of ill-prepared but well-meaning adolescents succeed and everyone lives happily ever after… except the Sanderson Sisters. Bonus: Bette Midler sings and it’s iconic.

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Wed
Oct 18 2017 7:24am

Broadway Love Story Comes to Big Screen in Hello Again Trailer

If you love Broadway, then you might be familiar with Hello Again. While I'm not the biggest theater buff I was immediately intrigued by this trailer—a musical spanning decades in New York and highlights all the different love stories this city has witnessed? Sign me up! 

What about you? Are you intrigued by Hello Again? What do you think of the trailer? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Tue
Oct 17 2017 1:00pm

Black Panther’s T’Challa and Nakia Are Destined to Fall in Love and Kick Ass

Black Panther's T'Challa and Nakia

I've been excited about Black Panther's standalone movie since T'Challa showed up in Captain America: Civil War. But my current fervor for the movie is unmatched due to the shipping possibilities—yes! the shipping possibilities, you know me—of T'Challa, and Lupita Nygon'o's character, Nakia. 

I'm just here for the romance, y'all. I am who I am.

With the new, full-length EPIC trailer dropping yesterday, I'm even more on board with the potential of T'Challa and Nakia's relationship in the upcoming film. 

I don't know much about Lupita's character, Nakia (at least according to IMDB), but I do know one thing—that photo above could possibly make you catch on fire. What's better than watching two deeply beautiful people fall in love while simultaneously kicking ass?

Not much, friends, not much. 

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Thu
Oct 5 2017 7:03am

Finding Love Again in Our Souls at Night

For those of you who like your romance a little more seasoned, Jane Fonda and Robert Redford deliver in Our Souls at Night. This trailer is achingly sweet as two people search for companionship later in life. 

What do you think? Does this pair have you totally swooning?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Wed
Oct 4 2017 2:00pm

Will a Sea Creature Find Love in The Shape of Water?

The Shape of Water

Serious buzz is building for The Shape of Water, a forthcoming film from writer-director Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth and Hellboy are two of his well-known films).

This 1962-set romantic fantasy is about a mute janitor who discovers a sentient amphibious creature in a government laboratory. On its surface, The Shape of Water is a supernatural/sci-fi romance in the mode of Beauty and the Beast stories. Heroine Elisa (Sally Hawkins) finds a mystery on her hands and makes a deep connection with The Creature (Doug Jones). Just how deep of a connection? The film promises to delve into many aspects of their relationship, including a romantic one.

The Shape of Water will release in the U.S. in December 2017. Early reviews have been extremely positive, including Time Magazine's description of the film as a “…Poetic Love Letter to a Monster,” and The Wrap calling it a “glorious romance.”

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Wed
Oct 4 2017 1:00pm

These Are The Best Bodyguards of Romance

The Bodyguard

You know the saying—everyone loves a man (or woman) in uniform! But is it the uniform that excites us, or is it the fantasy of a strong protector? Romance readers know that whether our heroes and heroines are undercover or in uniform, their protective instincts hold massive appeal. 

1. The Bodyguard (film)

No list of fictional bodyguards could be complete with mentioning Kevin Costner, so let’s get that out of the way first off. In the 1992 film The Bodyguard, Costner’s portrayal of Frank Farmer sets the stage for all bodyguard romances that follow. I hate that the screenwriters named an action romance hero ‘Frank Farmer’, but the plot is all kinds of catnip. The movie received poor critical reviews and with a 64% rating on rottentomatoes.com, some fans felt that the execution left something to be desired. Still, this is one of those movies I can’t help watching if I see it on TV. (Sadly, it is not on Netflix).

2.  Rock Chick by Kristen Ashley

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Like many romances involving bodyguards, this one has at least a peripheral connection to the entertainment industry. The titular rock chick is Indy Savage, a cop’s daughter and used bookstore owner who has been in love with bad-boy-turned-private-eye Lee Nightingale her whole life. When Indy’s employee gets her in trouble with a group of criminals, Lee is forced to protect her. Sparks and bullets fly as Lee tries to save Indy’s life and convince her he’s one of the good guys now. Rock Chick is the first installment of a bodyguard series that pairs the rock chicks of Fortnum’s Bookstore with the ‘Hot Bunch’ of Nightingale Investigations.

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Mon
Oct 2 2017 7:05am

The Bellas Are Back in Pitch Perfect 3

Real Talk: I love the Pitch Perfect movies. With this third installment, all the things I loved about it are back—the strong female friendship, the tunes, and all the love interests! In this trailer alone, I spotted at least three different shipping opportunities. 

So, what are your thoughts? Will you be seeing Pitch Perfect 3

Tell me about it in the comments!

 

Sun
Oct 1 2017 10:00am

The Mystery of the Miss Fisher Movie

Miss Fisher's Phryne and Jack

The Kickstarter for the Miss Fisher movie reached its goal in one day, and the expanded goals look like they could continue to expand for weeks to come. Fan support is certainly there, and “Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears” is expected to start production in 2018.

So what will we get? The producers, calling Phryne a “natural action hero,” seem to be aiming for an Indiana Jones type of story, with adventures all over the world and a mention of many “foreign lovers.”

Essie Davis as Indiana Jones is inherently awesome — I'm still sad she wasn't cast as the next Doctor — and this fits in nicely with the end of Season 3, when Phryne flies her father home to England:

Jack: “I always feared another man would sweep you away from me. I never thought it'd be your father.”
Phryne: “There's a whole world out there, Jack. He's the least of your worries.”

[We love Phrack!]

Thu
Sep 21 2017 8:30am

4 Moments That Prove 10 Things I Hate About You Is The Best

10 Things I Hate About You

The best adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew is the 1999 romantic comedy 10 Things I Hate About You. This is a fact. (Shh, let me have this.) There’s a lot to love in the movie, from Allison Janney’s romance-writing guidance counselor, Ms. Perky, to the sonnet-rapping English teacher, Mr. Morgan. Joey is a terrible/excellent antagonist who gets exactly what’s coming to him when Bianca publicly kicks his butt at prom. Kat and her dad have a heartwarming moment that speaks to the beauty of a parent-child relationship and the ways that changes as kids grow into adulthood.

It’s a GREAT MOVIE. The best part, though? Kat and Patrick’s relationship. Heath Ledger and Julia Stiles have some serious chemistry, and their relationship is what got me hooked on the enemies-to-lovers trope. Without further ado, I offer my top 4 Kat & Patrick scenes in this, my favorite of all rom-coms.

4. The Almost Kiss

For their first sort-of-date, Kat and Patrick go to a party. Kat really doesn’t want to be there and gets rather sloshed. During a memorable table dance, she hits her head on a chandelier and Patrick catches her. He brings her to a swing set in the backyard and tries to keep her awake for fear that she has a concussion. There’s a touching moment… then she vomits. Later, he’s driving her home and she opens up about her dream of starting a band. It’s the first time she’s let her guard down with him, even going so far as to say “you’re not as vile as I thought you were.” (Best line.)

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Wed
Sep 20 2017 12:30pm

“Found Family” Can Be the Best Family

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4 Favorite Found Families

Family doesn't always have to be the people you're related to by blood. Many of us have found that the people we're closest too are the ones that we share no blood ties with at all. Today, authors Michele de Winton (Ride Me Right), Violetta Rand (One Taste of Angel), Michele Mannon (author of the Deadliest Lies series), and Katana Collins (author of the Harrison Street Crew series) are here to discuss some of their favorite found families in fiction. Thanks, ladies!

Note: These authors are part of a massive sale of books. Check out their titles on sale, and peruse all the books (over 100!!) that are on sale from now until September 25. 

FOUND FAMILY 
Definition: A group of unrelated persons who commit to one another as a family.

Oceans Eleven. Harry Potter. Friends. The Found Family is a favorite trope used within fictional storytelling. It’s often done with clear intention and can be very obvious, like in the movie, The Avengers. This story revolves around an unlikely band of misfit superheroes who’ve joined together to save the world. And if you think about it, this is usually the case with adventure stories where the plot lines revolve around newly established and often unexpected brotherhoods. Moviegoers appreciate the rich characterization that goes hand in hand with this type of storyline.

However, the Found Family trope can be showcased in a slightly more subtle way, as is the case in the movie, Steel Magnolias. In this movie, a deep, very realistic sisterhood develops between the characters. Yet it’s the undercurrent of what bonds them together—a strong case of southern moxie along with a dark, painful tragedy—that bears closer inspection. 

We asked four dark contemporary/suspense authors to share examples of their favorite brotherhoods and sisterhoods. And, as is the way with author-hoods writing within the same trope, we received four uniquely different responses.

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Fri
Sep 15 2017 1:58pm

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Movie Kickstarter Roars Onto the Scene!

Phyrne and Jack in Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

Ahead-of-her-time private detective Miss Phryne Fisher and her partner/admirer Detective Inspector Jack Robinson are headed to the big screen in Miss Fisher and the Crypt of Tears! Maybe. With a little help from their fans. Because the crew and cast behind the 1920s-set Australian TV series Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries have launched a Kickstarter campaign to crowd-fund a feature film!

Watch this short video featuring star Nathan Page (Jack) with a cameo from star Essie Davis (Phryne) for more details about the one-month campaign to finance the movie:

Backer rewards include packages for behind-the-scenes updates on production, a limited-edition tote bag, a video message from Jack, tickets to the cast and crew screening of the movie, an accessory from Phryne's film wardrobe, and more! See all the rewards and back the Miss Fisher movie at the official Kickstarter page.

[Take all our money!...]

Fri
Sep 15 2017 8:30am

Everything You Need to Know to Prepare for a Sense8 Movie

What will the Sense8 movie bring?

Take a Deep Dive into the Romances of Sense8

Netflix's Sense8 seems like a show that's too good to be true. Its appealing factors are immediately obvious—a mind bending premise, a diverse cast by diverse filmmakers, and a global, culture-spanning setting, among others. Plus, between Netflix's deep pockets and the pedigree of creators Lana and Lilly Wachowski and J. Michael Straczynski, Sense8 promises to be expertly shot and visually appealing.

The least you need to know:

Eight strangers across the planet evolve into “sensates,” humans with extraordinary psychic powers. These powers enable them to connect mentally and emotionally; they can swap abilities/knowledge with each other (e.g., combat skills); and they can telepathically visit each other. The sensates struggle to understand their newfound abilities while also facing the threat of a mysterious organization bent on hunting them down.

Still, even as a lifelong SF fan, I resisted watching Sense8 for a very long time. Would the show live up to the hype? I have wild love for Bound and The Matrix, but after feeling disappointed by The Matrix Reloaded and Jupiter Ascending and having read tepid reviews of other Wachowski films, I hesitated to make the emotional and time commitment required for two seasons of Sense8. The Wachowskis and Mr. Straczynski have set high bars for themselves across their respective bodies of work, and I really wasn't keen on being disappointed again. (Speed Racer is in my Blu-ray collection, still unwatched as well for that very reason).

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Thu
Sep 14 2017 7:05am

Shape of Water Trailer Has Us Asking Questions—What About You?

When we first saw the trailer for Guillermo del Toro's Shape of Water, we had questions. First, is this a Hell Boy prequel with Hell Boy's BFF, Abe Sapien? And is del Tero really trying to sell us on a relationship between the creature held captive in a lab and the worker who fights to free him—or is he misdirecting us?

What questions do you have after watching this trailer? Are you excited about Shape of Water

Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

 

Sun
Sep 10 2017 9:14pm

Ana’s Wedding Dress Steals First Fifty Shades Freed Trailer

Save the date! Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) will tie the knot in Fifty Shades Freed—the third and final movie adaptation of E.L. James's book trilogy—on Valentine's Day 2018, and we're all invited in the newly released first teaser trailer. Watch here:

Not only do we get a good look at Ana's stunning white gown, but we're also treated to snapshots from a wet 'n' wild honeymoon (we'd expect no less) and hints of life-threatening danger facing the couple in the last installment of a series that's had a huge impact on the romance genre over the last few years.

RSVP in the comments: Will you be attending the Steele/Grey wedding or sending your regrets?

As always, stay tuned to H&H for updates on all things Fifty Shades. We will add details to this master post as we get them. Be on the lookout for the full trailer in November! Until then, catch up on our review of the Fifty Shades Darker film from February.