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Mon
Sep 4 2017 10:30am

Jealousy Is Unbecoming: Victoria 2x02 Vicbert Heart-to-Heart

Victoria, Series 2, Episode 2

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're sharing the recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2017. If you want to get spoiled for what's next, you can click over to the next episode, or check out all of the H&H coverage for the entire season of Victoria on PBS. 

Show/Episode: Season 2, Episode 2, “The Green Eyed Monster”
Ship(s): Victoria/Albert (Vicbert) 

After such a triumphant return last week, we were all left eagerly anticipating the return of the enigmatic Lord M, and wondering what impact his appearance might have for our freshly reconciled VicBert.  Well, I can promise he certainly creates waves, but there’s more pressing things to cover before I get to that part.

Pride Comes Before a Fall

Freshly reconciled after last week’s drama, our favourite couple are back to business once more, with Albert doing his best to step back completely from interfering in Victoria’s duties.  As he returns to his own interests, Victoria finds herself struggling to understand some of the more technical language on the papers she’s reviewing. Our stubborn Monarch refuses to ask her husband for help.

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Mon
Aug 28 2017 10:00am

A Mother and a Queen: Victoria 2x01 Vicbert Heart-to-Heart

Victoria Series 2, Episode 1

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're sharing the recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2017. If you want to get spoiled for what's next, you can click over to the next episode, or check out all of the H&H coverage for the entire season of Victoria on PBS. 

Victoria is back with a bang! The first series ended with Victoria & Albert happy in their little love bubble after welcoming their baby to the world. We pick up only a matter of weeks later, with the couple struggling to adjust to being a family with very different obligations compared to others in their situation.

Constant Interference

Following the birth of her daughter, Victoria is struggling with the expectation placed on her as a mother, and is experiencing a loss of identity as those around her are attempting delay her return to her constitutional position.  Feeling isolated and alienated by her experience, while her beloved Albert is simply trying to give his wife time to adjust to motherhood, she unfortunately perceives his attempts to shield her (particularly from the military situation unfolding in Afghanistan) as stifling interference.  This puts massive pressure on their relationship, as he sees his actions as being for her benefit, while she views them as nothing but undermining her position.

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Fri
Aug 25 2017 3:30pm

Pretty Pretty Princess: Romance Deals from Vanessa Kelly, Paige Tyler & More

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Three Weeks with a Princess by Vanessa Kelly

Deal Alert: Vanessa Kelly's Improper Princesses book Three Weeks with a Princess is $1.99 at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc. Lia Kincaid is the illegitimate daughter of the Duke of York and only wants one thing—her childhood best friend, Jack Easton. Too bad he doesn't want her in return... or does he? If royals in romance have you looking for your tiara, check out these favorite fictional heirs to the throne.

Deal Alert: Paige Tyler's paranormal romantic suspense Hungry Like the Wolf is $1.99 at iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | etc. This elite SWAT team are as alpha as it gets. While they, and their commander Gage Dixon, may be the media's darling, Mac Stone is one journalist who isn't impressed. She'll get as close to Gage as she needs to to discover his team's secret to success—but the closer she gets to the truth, the more at risk both their hearts are. Get a taste of Mac and Gage's chemistry in Hungry Like the Wolf with an excerpt. 

[+3 more tropalicious deals...]

Mon
May 22 2017 10:05am

Victoria Season 2 Premiere Dates Announced!

Victoria, Albert, and the prince of WalesEditor's note: Welcome to our headquarters for news on Victoria Season 2! We're updating this page every time we get more information, so expect to see the newest details at the top.


Victoria Series 2 will premiere on August 27 on ITV in the UK! Yes, as in, only 11 days from now! The official Victoria Twitter account, @VictoriaSeries, dropped the announcement today in the form of a charming video with the cast. Watch the stars promise “lavish, insightful drama” with some “will they, won't they” thrown into the mix:

When will Victoria Season 2 air in the U.S., you ask? January 14, 2018, is when the season premiere is scheduled for PBS. Yes, that means American fans have a much longer wait, but we have a feeling it'll be worth it.

So, are you as excited as we are at the prospect of more Victoria/Albert (aka Vicbert)? Stay tuned for romance-focused episode recaps as the show's second season airs first in the U.K. and then in the U.S.

[Plus, see photos from the new season...]

Thu
Jun 29 2017 7:00am

Do You Prefer Historical Royals or Contemporary Royals?

Royals in contemporary romance seem to be having a moment in the romance genre—however they used to be all the rage in historicals as well. We all love royals, one would say we're a wee bit obsessed. We wouldn't be doing our jobs though if we didn't ask the tough questions, so... do you like historical royals or contemporary royals? Why do you think you prefer one over the other? Or... do you not like royals at all!?

Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

Tue
May 2 2017 7:01am

Who Are Your Favorite Royals?

Queen with crown

Princess Charlotte turned two and the internet exploded with the cuteness. Emma Chase shared the cover for her next Royals book, Royally Endowed. Prince Harry exists. So you could say we're feeling the royal fever. With so many real and fictional royals to love, we want to know: who are your favorites? 

Tell us about them in the comments!

Mon
Sep 12 2016 10:00am

Shall We Dance? Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 4 Heart-to-Heart

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're sharing the recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2016. If you want to get spoiled for what's next, you can click over to the next episode, or check out all of the H&H cover for the entire season of Victoria on PBS. 

Note: This episode originally aired as episode 4 in the U.K. It is episode 3 of Victoria on Masterpiece PBS.

Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 3 | Victoria, Season 1, Episode 5 | See all our Victoria coverage here

In the wake of Prince Albert’s dramatic entrance at the end of the last episode, his presence triggers a ripple effect for both Victoria and Lord M as the Duchess and King Leopold try to push the pair together at every opportunity.  What unfolds is an angst filled episode of sultry glances, heaving chests (Victoria’s not Alberts!) and breathy responses punctuated by abject reticence and sniping whenever the couple are together.

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Mon
Sep 5 2016 3:00pm

The Queen Stands Alone: Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 3 Heart-to-Heart

Queen Victoria in episode 3 of Victoria

Long live the Queen! Queen Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're sharing the recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2016. If you want to get spoiled for what's next, you can click over to the next episode, or check out all of the H&H cover for the entire season of Victoria on PBS. 

Note: This episode originally aired as episode 3 in the U.K. It is episode 2 of Victoria on Masterpiece PBS.

Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 2 | Victoria, Season 1, Episode 4 | See all our Victoria coverage here

The series continues with Episode Three, which finds Victoria struggling with her feelings for Lord Melbourne, whilst fending off multiple would-be paramours who all appear to be related to her in some form or another. Whilst all this is going on there’s more political turbulence, as the Chartist campaign for more democratic voting rights, and a fairer political playing field gathers pace, leading to an uprising taking place in Newport, Wales. Victoria must navigate the hazards her heart is facing, whilst remaining steadfast in her quest to be an understanding and compassionate ruler for her people during these unsettling times. A quick word of warning on this episode for you hopeless romantics: If you weren’t already swooning over Lord Melbourne after the first two episodes, you certainly will be, because Rufus Sewell will break your heart in this one!

[Brace for impact!...]

Tue
Aug 30 2016 9:30am

Anyone Else Feeling the Love Between Lord Melbourne and Queen Victoria? Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 2 Heart-to-Heart

Long live the Queen! Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're re-posting our recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2016. If you're eager to see what's next, you can read future recaps—just beware of spoilers!

Note: This episode originally aired as episode 2 in the U.K. It is the second hour of the two-hour premiere of Victoria on Masterpiece PBS.

Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 1 | Victoria, Season 1, Episode 3 | See all our Victoria coverage here

The second episode of Victoria continues with the same dramatic, angst-filled vibe that the first one set up so beautifully.  This time, we are treated to some delicious ‘will they’ or ‘won’t they’ moments between the innocent Queen and her dashing Lord Melbourne as they struggle with the emotional conflict of what they want versus what is right.  There’s more underhand plotting from the dastardly trio of Conroy, the Duchess and the Duke of Cumberland.  There are even more treats from below stairs as Lehzen continues to face opposition from the other members of staff.  All of which has me gripped, just as I was after the first episode of Downton, itching for what the latest turn of events will be, and in a heap of muddled feelings by the time the credits roll.

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Mon
Aug 29 2016 10:45am

Long Live the Queen! Victoria Season 1 (Series 1), Episode 1 Heart-to-Heart

Long live the Queen! Victoria is one of Great Britain's most well-known monarchs, and she's well known in the romance community for the great love she shared with her husband Prince Albert. The episodes are now airing in the U.S. on PBS Masterpiece, so we're re-posting our recaps from the U.K. run in Fall 2016.

Note: Tonight, PBS aired the first TWO episodes of the series, so make sure you click over to the second episode's recap once you've finished reading this one!

Next Recap: Victoria, Season 1, Episode 2 | See all our Victoria coverage here

So why should you watch?

For anyone with a love for a particular style of period drama that has been left bereft after the end of Downton Abbey, fear not because the savior has arrived.  Or to be more precise, the Queen has arrived, in the form of the gloriously written & magnificently styled Victoria (broadcasting on ITV in the UK).  The 8-part series charts her early life as she ascends the throne at the tender age of 18, navigating her role as Head of State during what was a turbulent time for Britain, and equally importantly, her introduction to the man who would go on to be her greatest passion in life.

Penned by novelist Daisy Goodwin, her first foray into the world of screenwriting comes from encountering the young Victoria’s diaries as part of her university studies, something which she admits made the task of telling the story that much easier. 

Production is bolstered by a stellar cast led by Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who, Death Comes to Pemberley) as the woman predominantly portrayed throughout history as a notoriously stoic monarch clad in ‘widow’s weeds’.  Her flawless performance is beautifully supported by the enigmatic BAFTA nominated Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Parade’s End... A Knight's Tale) as Lord Melbourne, Victoria’s first prime minister and long-time confidant. But don't start shipping them yet, as Episode 3 will introduce the historic trifecta with the arrival of the dashing Tom Hughes (The Game, Dancing on the Edge, Silk) as the love of Queen Victoria’s life, Prince Albert.

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Thu
Jul 7 2016 8:30am

First Look: Laura Andersen’s The Virgin’s War (July 12, 2016)

The Virgin's War by Laura Andersen

Laura Andersen
The Virgin's War (Tudor Legacy #3)
Ballantine / July 12, 2016 / $16.00 print, $11.99 digital

The Tudor Legacy series continues with Laura Andersen’s The Virgin’s War. Even though this is the third (and final?) book, there is enough background information provided so that you don’t need to read the first two. However, I highly recommend reading the first two—or better yet—start with the Boleyn King Trilogy first. You’ll get a richer history and background of the characters and storylines.

The Virgin’s War is everything I love about period pieces. There’s plot twists, intricate political liaisons, romance, and eloquent prose. Woven throughout the story of Queen Elizabeth and King Philip’s intellectual showdown are romantic storylines of three of the four Courtenay siblings. Stephen and twins Philippa (Pippa) and Christopher (Kit) are the children of Dominic and Minuette Courtenay. Minuette is a long-time confidante to the Queen. Likewise, Pippa serves in Princess Anabel’s (Anne) court as her dearest friend. For those of you not abreast of the series, Princess Anabel is the re-imagined what-if daughter of Queen Elizabeth I and King Philip II of Spain. With The Virgin’s War, Elizabeth and Philip are separated and Princess Anabel is enmeshed in a political scheme between her parents that could alter the fate of England.

But onto the romance!

[Queens and Kings...]

Tue
May 3 2016 2:00pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Lilah Pace and Tamsen Parker!

Today we're thrilled to reveal the covers for not one but FOUR beautiful books coming out this year from Tamsen Parker and Lilah Pace. First up, Tamsen Parker's next book in her Compass series, True North, tells the story of Slade, a hero just starting to get in touch with his kinky side—and the woman he can never forget. Then we have another cover from Tamsen with School Ties, a forbidden romance you won't want to miss! Finally, Lilah Pace is here to reveal two covers for her new Royal duology with His Royal Secret and His Royal Favorite, a male/male romance featuring a royal heir and the journalist he falls for. 

Truth North by Tamsen Parker

Four months ago, Slade Lewis got to fulfill his wildest, long-repressed BDSM fantasies during a one-night stand. Since then, getting more has been the only thing on his mind.

When Slade manages to earn the keys to Reyes Walter’s kinky kingdom, he finds himself face-to-face with none other than Pressly Allwyn, the pearl-bedecked love of his life whom he pushed into divorce six years ago.

Now she’s back, and the fetish he was afraid would drive them apart instead draws them together. They indulge in their common kink together, but past hurts and old insecurities complicate any relationship outside their erotic exploits. Caught between the worlds of hot-button politics and even hotter bedroom games, Pressly and Slade will have to decide how far they’re willing to go for a second chance at happily ever after.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of True North by Tamsen Parker, available July 25, 2016:

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[There's more where that came from...]

Mon
May 2 2016 3:37pm

Buzz Books & Julie Ann Walker Deal: Romance News

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Hell or High Water by Julie Ann WalkerDeal Alert: Julie Ann Walker's Deep Six romantic suspense novel Hell or High Water is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* If you like Sons of Anarchy's Jax Teller, Walker's gritty romances, with their larger-than-life alpha heroes, may be the books for you...

Deal Alert: Katee Robert's marriage-of-convenience contemporary The Marriage Contract is only $.99 in e-book right now at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* “A marriage of convenience spawned because of a desire for protection or power brings forward an element of danger that only ups the sexiness factor as far as I’m concerned,” writes Robert in her 2015 guest post “Marraige Contracts as Business Contracts in Romance Novels.”

Deal Alert: Brenda Novak's small-town contemporary When Summer Comes is a bargain at $.99 in e-book at iBooks, Amazon, Barnes & Noble, etc.* Why do we love small-town romances so much? Scarlettleigh investigates.

[+Buzz Books samplers, will Castle kill Beckett? and more...]

Fri
Apr 29 2016 3:00pm

Cowboy & Baron Deals + Prince Harry is Very Amusing: Romance News

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Part Time Cowboy by Maisey Yates

Deal Alert: Maisey Yates' contemporary Part Time Cowboy is marked down to $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, iBooks, Amazon, etc.* You can find a Yates hero named in Rhyll Biest's “10 Romance Heroes You'll Want Between Your Covers.”

Deal Alert: Erin Knightley's historical The Baron Next Door is discounted to $2.99 in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* Knightley's debut, More Than a Stranger, made it into guest author Valerie Bowman's roundup of historical debuts to watch in 2012.

Fresh Outta the Oven

We didn't elect President Barack Obama for his acting skills, nor do we love the British royal family for theirs, however, I'm currently flailing in my office chair at the cute levels that are being overloaded right now. In the cutest video ever, Prince Harry explains the Invictus Game brochure to his grandmother. Yes, any other day, she's Queen Elizabeth, but in this video she can't be called anything else but Grandma. The video is interrupted by an iMessage from FLOTUS—“Oh look, a message from Michelle, how very amusing”—telling the Royals to “Bring It” for the Invictus Games. I wasn't planning on tuning in before, but I'm very tempted now! See the full video and hear the Queen of England say “Oh, really. Please,” and tell us you're not flailing at the cute too!

[+C.J. Cregg briefs the press (you read that right)...]

Tue
Apr 19 2016 2:23pm

Paris, Sex on the Beach & Geeky Royals: Romance News

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—Deal Alert #1: Jennifer Probst's spring-fling-to-forever-love contemporary Beyond Me (Sex on the Beach #1) is currently on sale for $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon,  iBooks, etc.* Probst is currently in the running for a RITA for her contemporary novel Searching for Beautiful.

—Deal Alert #2: Eloisa James' memoir Paris in Love is only $1.99 today in e-book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iBooks, etc.* In her  First Look at Paris in Love, longtime James fan Janga writes: “James gave me Paris, she sent me back to the poetry of Auden, and she reminded me that lazy moments now and then do not disturb the universe.”

—Deal Alert #3: Grace Burrowes' Windham historical The Heir is discounted to $1.99 in e-book at iBooks, Barnes &Noble, Amazon, etc.* In an H&H guest post last year, Burrowes offers “The Art of Being a True Gentleman in Romance.”

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Royals + Star Wars = our Kryptonite. Prince William and Prince Harry toured a Star Wars workshop in the UK today. Watch them geek out over lightsabers.

Today on H&H:

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Thu
Apr 7 2016 7:08am

The Royals—Are You Into Them?

Snow White
Source: rebloggy

Everything that's old is new again, but does that extend to royalty? Back in the 90s and early 2000s in romancelandia, many a duke was usurped by a prince in the heart of the heroine. With the popularity of shows like The Royals, and general royal fixation, at least here in The States, it begs the question if the trend might be coming back. 

What are your thoughts on royalty in romance? Is this a trope you'd like to see back on your bookshelf? 

Let me know in the comments!

Mon
Oct 19 2015 2:24pm

Romance News Roundup: 4 Deals, Showalter Cover & Bridget Jones’s Baby

Welcome to H&H's 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.

The Shameless Hour by Sarina Bowen—Deal Alert #1: Sarina Bowen's contemporary The Shameless Hour (Ivy Years #4) is currently marked down to $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and iBookstore, among others.* After The Shameless Hour comes the newly released The Fifteenth Hour—you may have seen we recently shared an excerpt from the book while Sahara Hoshi offered us a First Look.

—Royal watchers, you'll want to keep an eye on this project: Parenthood's Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are working on a movie adaptation of the William/Kate-inspired The Royal We by fashion site Go Fug Yourself founders Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan. Royals fan fiction, romance, and Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman? PLEASE LET THIS HAPPEN.

—Deal Alert #2: Barbara Bretton's World War II-set Sentimental Journey is $.99 in e-book right now at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore (via BookBub).* See what Kate Nagy thought of another Bretton novel, Casting Spells. Also, if you're in the mood for more category romance, don't miss Janga's roundup of some of her favorites.

—Haaaaave you met Baden? Gena Showalter's Darkest Torment cover, first revealed by RT magazine, shows off the latest Lords of the Underworld hero to get his own story, out May 31, 2016. LotU fans and newbies alike may also appreciate Sahara Hoshi's post anticipating Showalter's The Darkest Touch.

[+more delicious deals & news!...]

Mon
May 4 2015 2:59pm

Romance News Roundup: Royal Baby, Marsha Canham Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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.

Through a Dark Mist by Marsha Canham—Deal Alert #1: Marsha Canham's Robin Hood Trilogy #1, Through a Dark Mist, is currently $.99 in e-book from e-tailers such as iBookstoreBarnes & Noble, and Amazon.* Read up on all our Marsha Canham posts here.

—Great Britain has a new Royal Baby! Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana (!!!!) of Cambridge was born over the weekend, and she's pretty adorable. Awww.

—Deal Alert #2: All three books in Rebekah Weatherspoon's Fit trilogy—Fit, Tamed, and Sated—are currently priced at $.99 in e-book at e-tailers including AmazonBarnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* Read Jessica Moro's spotlight on Fit here. (Full disclosure: Rebekah Weatherspoon is also a Heroes and Heartbreakers blogger.)

[+Saturday Night Live's Black Widow: Age of Me trailer...]

Fri
Apr 10 2015 10:00am

Going to the Chapel: Wedding Drama in Loretta Chase’s Royally Ever After

Royally Ever After by Loretta ChaseThe two short, previously-published novellas in Loretta Chase's Royally Ever After anthology both revolve around a royal wedding. In Lord Lovedon's Duel the heroine's sister just married a minor German Prince whose friend is Behaving Badly, while in The Jilting of Lord Rothwick our love story takes place during the furor over the young Queen Victoria's wedding to Prince Albert, where our hero is Behaving Cluelessly. But both heroes are gobsmacked into love at first sight, bless them. And, apparently, imbibe too much at important moments.

Lord Lovedon got drunk at the wedding reception, said rude things about the bride, and was promptly challenged to a duel by the bride's sister.

He'd drunk enough to float a flagship—possibly the entire Royal Navy—to no effect.

Until a moment ago.

The last dose, the one Miss Sharp had administered externally, had brightened his mood amazingly. The eyes flashing at him had turned out to be an interesting shade of green, with gold flecks … Most important, she'd turned out to have a personality.

Lord Lovedon may be indiscreet while intoxicated, but he knows what he wants.

[I think we can guess what that is...]

Mon
Mar 16 2015 12:00pm

You Can Call Me Queen B: Succession, Sex, and Excess in The Royals

Family Portrait of The Royals E! threw its hat into the scripted soap ring with last night's premiere of The Royals, with fair to middling (not to be confused with 'Middleton') results. The Royals centers on England's scandal-riddled sitting royal family, led by Elizabeth Hurley's Queen Helena and Vincent Regan's King Simon. William Moseley plays Prince Liam, a sweet young prince with a healthy ego and an equally healthy libido, while his twin, Alexandra Park's Eleanor, is a party girl princess. Of course bodyguards shadow every single one of their antics—which viewers are treated to right out of the gate. Eleanor in particular puts on quite a show. Booze! A little coke and dancing on the bar! Crotch shots! And Princess Eleanor's lack of panties hitting the tabloids is far from the family's biggest problem when eldest child and heir to the throne Robert dies under mysterious circumstances. “Hey. This sucks, huh?” Eleanor sighs to her surviving brother in a ginormous understatement.

[Perhaps she shouldn't be Princess Eleanor, but Captain Obvious...]