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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!

Wed
Nov 8 2017 8:03am

What Is Your Preferred Protagonist Age?

Matthew McConaughey delivered one of the most creepy lines in the movie Dazed and Confused when he said “I keep getting older, but they stay the same age.” However, that sentiment is very true when it comes to fictional characters. We get older, but they tend to hover around the same age. When you pick up a romance novel the characters are typically between age 18 and 28. Some of them may be in their 30s and a rarer few are 40 or older. 

What is your preferred age for protagonists? Do you find as you get older you search for older protagonists in what you read? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Tue
Nov 7 2017 8:24am

What Is Your Best Read of 2017?

Book in a libraryAs 2017 is winding down, H&H is winding up to share our Best of 2017 picks! So today, we ask you: Have you found your best read of 2017 yet? Is it a book that came out this year or just one you read this year for the first time? Why do you love it? Tell us about it in the comments!

Mon
Nov 6 2017 7:11am

Do You Like Books Where the Couple Is Already Married?

Couple getting married

They've gone to the chapel, and they've gotten married. And now, readers are expected to pick up their book and read about their happy ending. Much of the romance genre is about finding your partner that you'll marry or spend the rest of your life with. Some authors choose to start a book, though, with the couple already together. Sometimes it shows us after their happy ending and making love work despite the odds. Other times it shows a couple getting back together after some sort of strife tore them apart. 

But what's your take? Do you like to read about couples that are already together? What does an author have to do in order for you to fall for this couple? Can you think of an example where an author gave you a couple that was already together and still kept the tension high? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

 

Fri
Nov 3 2017 7:02am

Would You Rename a Subgenre?

Woman holding lit book

Earlier this week while browsing the list of categories on the new Audibile Romance site, we noticed they had some very specific categories that were a little different from what we have come to know in romance—for example, paranormal romance was broken out into Immortals, Time Travel, etc. 

The often contested subgenre name right now is New Adult, which covers the age of 18-25 (that time between high school and the first job that has some addditional growing pains than later adulthood). But do you have any other subgenres that you'd like to give a different name to? If so, what would it be? 

Alternatively, do you call a subgenre something you realized was not what everyone else called it?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Thu
Nov 2 2017 7:05am

Navy SEAL Romances for a Real Navy SEAL

H&H blogger Elizabeth Poteet wrote to us with a request for a newbie to romance! A friend of the family is looking to discover some romances that fit his profession...as a Navy SEAL! Here's what Elizabeth is looking for:

Heroic, Alpha, competent, protective, very muscular...it's pretty dang obvious why the Navy SEAL is a staple in Romancelandia. I mean come on. Those abs alone make them certified hero gold. Navy SEALs and romance novels are a match made in heaven.

Duh.

Turns out maybe not everyone outside of Romanceland knows that, however. Case in point: my sweet, precious, adorable father. Somehow, someway Navy SEAL romances came up in conversation the other day and my dad was completely shocked. Like, disproportionately shocked. Like, maybe he's been tuning me out for years while I talked about my job shocked.

But after discovering Navy SEAL romances are a thing, he wants some - “give me some of your favorite books”. Turns out dad's BFF, a man I've known my entire life, a real swell guy who gave the best Christmas gifts, is a former SEAL, and like any good BFF, my father wants to share his newest discovery with his dearest friend in the form of a care package. A care package filled with SEAL romances.

Which brings me here, to y'all.

Now the ball is in your court, H&H Community! If you were going to recommend a Navy SEAL romance to a real former Navy SEAL, what would you suggest? Elizabeth said she's looking for a real mix to present: “the best of the best, the most ridiculous, the ones with SEAL in the title. I want them all from the most over the top to the genuine favorites.” 

What SEAL romance do you think a real SEAL should read?

Wed
Nov 1 2017 7:03am

What’s Your Latest Audio Obsession?

It's a new month, which means time to share new obsessions! Whether it's a podcast, narrator, or audiobook series, we want to know: What's your latest audio obsession? What are you loving about it? When did you start? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Tue
Oct 31 2017 7:05am

Did You Carve a Romance- or Book-Themed Pumpkin?

Happy Halloween! Halloween is a much-loved holiday for many people—Team H&H included. This past week we've talked about creepy haunted house reads, favorite Halloween movies, and so much more! With Halloween here at last, we want to know one last thing: Did you carve a pumpkin? Was the carving book or romance themed? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

 

 

Mon
Oct 30 2017 7:31am

What Real Historical Couple Would You Like to See Get a Movie?

Marshall movieIt seems like every fall historical figures get a new biopic. Many times these movies feature a couple that we end up swooning all over. 

With so many historical figures and their romantic counterparts hitting screens this year, who else would you like to see? What real historical couple has resonated with you? Why do you think they'd make a good movie? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

Fri
Oct 27 2017 3:33pm

Remembering Miranda Neville: Romance News & More

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

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Editor's Note: We're very sorry to report that historical romance author Miranda Neville passed away earlier this week. She was beloved by the genre and everyone at Heroes and Heartbreakers, and she will be greatly missed. Many of her fellow authors and readers have begun to share their favorite memories of Miranda.

Top Off Your TBR Pile

Knowing the Score by Kat LathamDeal Alert: Kat Latham's contemporary sports romance Knowing the Score is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* In the first book of the London Legends series, rugby player Spencer is only looking for a short-term relationship when he meets Caitlyn, an American disaster relief worker with a temporary visa. So why does he find himself dreading the end of their arrangement? You can't hurry love!

Deal Alert: Jade Lee's historical romance Her Wicked Surrender, Book 1 in the Regency Hearts Redeemed series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* The daughter of an actress, Scher's greatest desire is to marry a respectable man and start a family, so she doesn't hesitate to accept a marriage proposal from the fourth son of a titled family. Then she meets his cousin, Viscount Blackstone, who steals her heart but belongs to another... If Regency romance is your jam, you'll appreciate these 4 bizarre Regency facts.

Deal Alert: Thea Harrison's Elder Races fantasy novel Shadow's End is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Beluviel and Graydon are forbidden to love each other, yet 200 years has done nothing to diminish the desire they feel. Now they must work together to save their souls while trying not to lose their hearts. What do you make of our fantasy cast picks for the Elder Races series?

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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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Thu
Oct 26 2017 7:18am

What Is Your Favorite Holiday to Read About?

Halloween is right around the corner, which happens to be one of my favorite holidays. There are a ton of romances that take place around many holidays—Valentine's Day, Fourth of July, Christmas, Thanksgiving... the list goes on! 

What's your favorite holiday to see pop up in a romance? Do you have any recommendations? Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Note: We're also starting to collect holiday romances for our annual roundup of winter holiday reads. Check out the form in our November Shopping List to make sure we don't miss a single one!

Wed
Oct 25 2017 7:30am

How Does “Fate” Feel in Paranormal Romance vs. Contemporary?

It's that time of year when many of us pick up paranormal romance when maybe we avoid it other times of the year. One of the favorite tropes of the subgenre is fated mates. While it may not be a beloved trope for many, it adds a sense of destiny that is both romantic and reassuring. While fate playing a hand in a romance is more common in paranormal romance, it's not absent in non-magical or contemporary settings. Many characters in non-paranormal romance may feel that fate has conspired to bring them together, or at the very least that events are incredibly serendipitous. 

What are your thoughts? Have you read a non-paranormal romance that you feel had the hero and heroine fated for one another? What did you find different about it compared to a paranormal romance? What was the same? 

Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!

Tue
Oct 24 2017 7:05am

What Is Your Favorite Character Profession?

“If I hear a character is a librarian, it's an auto-buy for me.” “I love rock stars and musicians.” “Give me all the small-town police chiefs.” 

There are definitely a few favorite professions in romance that we all love to read. A job isn't always front and center for a character's development but it can be a fun way of getting to know them. What are your favorite character professions? Are there any new jobs that you love reading about? Why do you love them?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Mon
Oct 23 2017 7:35am

Do You Consider Any Classics from Literature to be Romances?

Jane Austen is studied in many literature classes but her work also contains some longstanding examples of an outstanding romantic novel. Her books follow many of romance's rules and at the very least have influenced many a romance novel. Can you think of any classics of literature—books that came out before the romance genre was defined as it is today—that would fit within the rules of the genre? Why do you think they fit? 

Tell me your thoughts down in the comments!

Fri
Oct 20 2017 7:24am

What’s the Furthest You’ve Gotten in a Book Before You DNF’ed It?

Girl Reading a BookSome readers make commitments to themselves to read an entire book, no matter how much it may annoy them. Still others will give up on a book within the first few chapters if they don't like it. If you're the type that can DNF a book, what's the furthest you've gotten before you finally gave up? Did you get to the final chapters and decided you just didn't care any more? Did you get halfway? Were you annoyed by the book or just indifferent before you stopped? 

 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Thu
Oct 19 2017 7:24am

Have You Ever Thought Something In Real Life Would Make a Good Romance Novel?

Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction. Still other times, real life is even sweeter. We've all had meet-cutes in life that would make great set ups for romance novels. Have you ever witnessed, experienced, or heard a story about something and thought “that would make a good romance novel”? Or after the fact, think, “if this were a romance novel it would end like this...”? 

Tell me about it in the comments!

 

 

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 7:01am

How Do Your Top Tropes Compare to the Industry’s Top Tropes?

 Couple

According to RWA, the top ten romance tropes are as follows: 

  1. friends to lovers
  2. soul mate/fate
  3. second chance at love  
  4. secret romance
  5. first love
  6. strong hero/heroine
  7. reunited lovers
  8. love triangle
  9. sexy billionaire/millionaire
  10. sassy heroine

While we don't consider some of these actually tropes, the list does include some of our favorite... and least favorite... tropes of the genre. 

How would your top ten tropes differ from this list? Would you simply re-order this list or would you swap out these tropes? 

Tell me about it in the comments!