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Oct 24 2016 2:00pm

Heartbeat Not Required: Zombie and Zombie Apocalypse Romance

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It’s Halloween, which means lots of bats, witches, pumpkins, and my favorite part: candy. Between all the haunted houses, corn mazes, costume balls, and apple-bobbing contests, I hope you’re still finding the time to curl up on the couch with a mug of cider and a good romance.

Some readers like their books to match the season; beach reads and adventure romance for the summer, snowbound cabin books and all the holiday reads will get you through the winter. Fall makes me want to pick up farmer and back-to-school books, until October hits and the stores are stocked with costumes, candy, and truly bizarre yard decorations.

While there are Halloween romances, I’m more inclined to head for the supernatural for my seasonal fix. I could go shifters or witches, but this year I’m heading off the beaten path for something a little less…alive and hunkering down with some zombie and zombie apocalypse romances.

Zombies may not seem like a logical choice for romance, because let’s be real, they’re creepy AF. But there’s something about peril that sets a tone for convincing, light-speed romance, and you have to offer a hardy salute to any author who can make a romance work between the undead and the not.  

So I’m going to go ahead and say that zombies and romance go together like peanut butter and bacon: at first you might wrinkle your nose, but once someone convinces you to taste it, you’re all


I’m pretty sure those aren’t brains he’s chowing down on?

Anyway, without further ado, here are some zombie and zombie apocalypse romances to get you through the holiday and beyond.

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Jul 25 2016 12:30pm

Male/Male Romance Best Bets for July 2016

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

What male/male romance novels should you read this month?

What is love without a little angst? Or maybe a lot of angst based on the books I’ve picked this month! Apologies for those who prefer the fluffier romance books but this month is all about love in impossible (or unlikely) situations.

Fast Connection by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

After a decade of serving in the Army, everyone still expects me to be Dominic 'Nicky' Costigan—the skirt-chasing player. They don't know I've been spending my days trying to figure out my post-military life. Including how to pick up guys.

When I meet Luke on a hookup app, he makes it clear it's for one-night only. That's fine with me, because I'm down to see what this silver fox can do. But after I arrive at his doorstep, it doesn't take long to realize we have serious chemistry, and we end up meeting again.

He's got more walls around his heart than a military base, but I think he's as addicted to me as I am to him. He can't resist me for long. I mean, who can? Except Luke's rules exist for a reason, and when I test his limits, things get complicated. Maybe too complicated.

Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell’s second book Fast Connection won’t disappoint fans of Strong Signal! Even if Costigan was a little bit of an arsehole in the previous book, this story about discovering yourself and learning to let go of the past will win over fans old and new.

[On to more goodness...]

Apr 20 2016 9:00am

First, Find a Hot Vampire: 5 Easy Ways to Save Paranormal Romance

As shown in this awesome infographic from author Kiersten Fay, paranormal romance has been around for a long time—at least since the 1700s! Since then, horror and romance have been blended to create some truly iconic characters (think Dracula, Frankenstein, and Anne Rice’s Interview with A Vampire), but it wasn’t until the 1990s that paranormal romance really came into its own.

In the mid-2000s, smell presses and e-publishers like Samhain Publishing helped paranormal romances that were a bit outside the norm find a home. Larger publishers took notice of the trend and in 2005, the Silhouette Nocturne imprint was created (now Harlequin Nocturne).

But by the 2010s, authors began to report that paranormal romance had become a tough sell with agents and publishers, the consequence of a glutted market. Romance bloggers across the vast reaches of the Internet began to wonder if paranormal romance was as dead as its protagonists, and fans started to bemoan a perceived lack of fresh plots and characters in the genre.

[The only moaning we want is on the page...]

Feb 3 2016 9:30am

Ballroom Battlefield: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Spoiler warning! This post contains spoilers on both the book and the movie, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. 

When I first saw the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, I couldn’t quite believe my eyes. Full disclosure, I wasn’t a fan of the original Pride and Prejudice so I didn’t have any desire to watch this film and/or read the book. However, I can’t say no to FREE so when I received free passes I said, “Why not?” Fast forward to today and I’ve now seen this movie not once, but twice! I actually loved it. It’s nothing like what I expected and I think it can cater to a wide audience. Putting a zombie spin on the classic story really did take it to new heights, but what really pushed the movie to a greater edge were the actors.

Beware, spoilers ahead.

[We are all fools in love or zombies ...]

Dec 28 2015 2:30pm

Your Future Reads: 7 Romance Trends You’ll See in 2016

Truth or Beard by Penny ReidIn 2016 there will be a lot of new books for you to feast your eyes on—hundreds! One of the great things about romance is seeing all the new trends and tropes and twists that pop up in the genre. So with 2016 just around the corner, here's what we know you'll be seeing more of on your e-readers. 

New Archetypes:

Builders and Men Who Work With Their Hands

This one isn’t so much a new archetype as a different take on the “Billionaire” which is a take on the “Chief” archetype—our fearless leaders! 

Call it billionaire fatigue, call it post-50 Shades, but the age of the billionaire is waning—just enough to allow in something fresh and new for readers. Earlier this year we helped Jennifer Probst announce her new Billionaire Builders series, which I imagine will help bridge this gap.

We'll also see the “men who work with their hands” trend expand into more and more mechanics, too. It's a trend I've been loving in books by Layla Frost (Hyde and Seek) and Penny Reid (Truth or Beard), and I can't wait to see more men who are well off but don't have to wear a suit to do it!

[See the rest of your 365-day forecast...]

Aug 27 2015 3:30pm

Brains Aren’t the Only Food Group: August Kert’s Bring Me to Life

Bring Me to Life by August Kert

A few months ago, I wrote about my burgeoning love for paranormal romance.  I’ve really embraced love stories with “others.”  I am a sucker for werewolves, but I had never read much that went into the zombie vein. Bring Me to Life is a post-apocalyptic zombie romance that was not too far-fetched or out there.  I mean, I tried and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies to see what all the hype was about.  But I never found the need to throw myself back into the proverbial zombie pool.  Then, I got the opportunity to do this first look.  I had so many questions- could zombies do anything BUT eat human brains?  Did they have bodily functions that included…the need for sex? *whispers* (Yes, they do!)

As far as the plot goes, it moved at a steady pace from zombie farm to…other places ( no spoilers, remember?).  Lyric meets Anson while being held, and her only motivation is to NOT get eaten alive by the zombies. There are definitely some erotic scenes that work.  I always thought I’d be like gross, zombie sex…but he has a quality that is just as hot as other creatures in this genre.  The zombies in this book can be at several stages, so Anson is not a mindless “must eat brains” kinda guy. He can’t speak much, but we do find out that being a zombie isn’t quite what we may have expected. 

[Zombie sex and figthing for your life...]

May 22 2013 8:30am

June 2013 Upcoming Romance Novel Releases Shopping List

Find your future faves with this delightfully convenient shopping list of romance novels coming out in June. We’ve divided them up by subgenre to make it easier for those who’ve got a very specific obsession and there are some great books to look forward to—from steampunk vampires and Dommes to e-serials and a very special motorcycle club. Don’t forget to take this printable version with you when it’s time to shop!

**With newly added books from Entangled Publishing!**

Heroes and Heartbreakers June 2013 Shopping List!
Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/SfR
Shapeshifted by Cassie Alexander, Midnight's Captive by Donna Grant, Sleeping with the Entity by Cat Devon, Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh, Tiger Magic by Jennifer Ashley, Witch Bound by Eleri Stone, His Clockwork Canary by Beth Ciotta, Seducing the Demon Huntress by Victoria Davies

[Check out the complete list!...]

May 9 2013 8:30am

I Would Die For You: An Introduction to Zombie Romance

Warm Bodies by Isaac MarionFor quite some time we have enjoyed paranormal romance, time travel romance, and more recently even post-apocalyptic romance, but how about zombies and romance? I can't say I'm a fan of romance between the actual zombies or even humans and zombies but being a big fan of zombie fiction, and combining it with a fantastic sexy romance? Sounds like my kind of read.

This new genre could be titled Zombie-Apocalyptic Romance. By just calling it “zombie romance” it gives the impression that it’s a romance between zombies, and for the majority of books this isn't the case. And because most people's response to zombie sex is “eeewwwww” (my thoughts exactly) they end up ignoring the genre completely, therefore missing out on the books where the romance is between two people, just set in a zombie-apocalyptic world.

Although I am one of those who have a hard time with the actual zombie being the primary focus of a heroine/heroes affection, I do love it when my human h/h are fighting against the zombies, all the while fancying the pants off each other and wanting to have lots of steamy sex. One zombie/human love story that did work and was my first foray into zombie-apocalyptic romance was Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion.

As you probably know, this was one of the most anticipated movie adaptations of 2013. It's a quirky romance between “R” (our zombie hero) and Julie (our human heroine). There are no sexy-times, there's no real angst, and it certainly isn't erotic. But it's a sweet romance in a story that’s inspiring and makes you think about humanity.

[So...do these books have brains? Asking for a friend...]

Apr 8 2012 11:00am

The Walking Dead: A Budding Romance, or Just Wishful Thinking?

After finishing Season 2 of AMC’s The Walking Dead, I found myself obsessing about what might happen in Season 3—not about next season’s anticipated prison backdrop or how the death of Dale or Shane will ultimately effect the group, but what I presumed was my own flight of fancy, romanticizing the relationship between Daryl Dixon and Carol Peletier. As evidenced by the clip above, I am not the only one who is anticipating this new love amongst the gore.

[Love conquers all...]