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Fri
Sep 22 2017 8:02am

What Couples Are You Falling in Love With?

Hope Springs on Main Street by Olivia Miles

Today is the first day of fall—Happy First Day of Autumn! For many of us it's our favorite time of year (everyone on Team H&H is pretty excited). 

So, to celebrate today we're asking you, what couples (on TV or in books) are you totally falling for? Who are you loving?

Tell us all about it down in the comments!

Thu
Sep 21 2017 8:02am

What Piece of Clothing from a Book or Movie Would You Add to Your Closet?

In The Incredibles, Edna Mode had one hard and fast rule: No Capes. Luckily we are not superheroes, and Edna Mode isn't here to critique us because when we found out that we could buy the cape that Howl wears in Howl's Moving Castle, suffice to say we were thrilled. Would you ever buy an item that's been featured in a book or movie? Have you ever gotten any themed clothing? We confess we have a lot in our own closets so feel free to share your own fandom finds down in the comments!

Wed
Sep 20 2017 8:01am

What Would Be Your Ideal Romance Film Adaptation?

Today Passionflix launches and we have to admit it's a project we've been eagerly anticipating. Who wouldn't love to have their favorite books turned into movies? For many readers that dream is coming true. Alessandra Torre, Brenda Jackson, and Sylvia Day are just a few of the authors having their work turned into a movie under Passionflix, and today Alessandra Torre's Hollywood Dirt is the first film to premiere under the brand. 

That has us wondering: what books would you like to be turned into movies? What authors' voices lend themselves to the screen? 

Tue
Sep 19 2017 8:05am

What Jane Austen Retellings Would You Recommend?

Clueless (1995)Yesterday on Twitter, one of our followers asked us a question: What Jane Austen retellings (particularly Emma and Pride and Prejudice) did we have to recommend? Many fellow users chimed in with their favorites, but for a really great Emma re-telling we found ourselves stumped! 

What Jane Austen retellings—particularly of Emma—have you found and loved? 

Let us know down in the comments and help a fellow reader out!

(Jane Austen fun fact: Clueless is a modern-day retelling of Emma)

Mon
Sep 18 2017 8:05am

Did Any of Your Favorite Shows/Ships Win an Emmy Last Night?

 Whenever the announcer says “And the Emmy goes to...” we all wait with bated breath to discover if our beloved TV show (usually, for us, because of the ships involved) has won. Last night many of our favorite shows were nominated—and won—an Emmy for their work. What were some of the shows you were rooting for? What did you love most about the Emmys? Did any of your favorite shows win the Emmy? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Fri
Sep 15 2017 8:01am

What Literary Characters Are Worthy of an HEA?

Sherry Thomas has given Sherlock Holmes a very fun twist—a gender swap! While the Lady Sherlock series is historical mystery, we know there are still strong romantic elements, and with Sherry's background in romance, we're hoping things will end happily for Charlotte Holmes. 

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved characters in fiction—and the one who has been seen in many various adaptations. What other literary characters would you like to see get the romance treatment—HEAs and all?  

 

Thu
Sep 14 2017 8:05am

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!

 

Wed
Sep 13 2017 8:01am

Love on the Run: Love It or Hate It?

Falling for the Billionaire Wolf and His Baby by Sasha SummersIf you read enough romantic suspense—or romances with suspenseful elements—you may have noticed a few commons trends. One of which is the “love on the run” premise. The main characters are in mortal danger, but they still find time to fall in love (and bang). In the immortal words of Rihanna, they “found love in a hopeless place.” 

For some people that is their catnip, but for others it has them shaking their head. 

What are your thoughts? Do you love this trope in romantic suspense? What authors have done it really well?

Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Tue
Sep 12 2017 8:00am

Reader Seeks Childfree Historical

Last month we ran an article about being childfree in romance and how society, and the genre, still has children as one of the expectations of a good relationship—despite children not being essential to the happy-ever-after for many women. The comments really lead to a great conversation, and one commenter in particular was left looking for a book that handled this topic particularly well: 

There was one historical that I read years ago - I don't remember title or author, but I would love to find it again—where the couple gets married with the usual expectation that she would provide an heir to his title, but no babies ever happened. The pressure from both families started getting a little out of hand and the hero eventually told everyone else - very publically, “I don't give a damn about an heir, she's my wife and I love her and I'm staying married to her even if we never have children.” (I'm paraphrasing.) And the epilogue showed them, several years later...they never were able to have children, but they were happy and the estate was going to go to some cousin's kid - who was being shown the ropes so he'd know what he was doing when he inherited - and a point was made to show that their life turned out just fine and dandy, sans offspring. More of that, please, authors!!!

Now, however, we're on the hunt for this book as several people are also searching for its identity! Does this sound familiar to any readers? Let us know down in the comments!

Mon
Sep 11 2017 8:02am

What’s The Grandest Grand Gesture You Remember?

Patrick dancing in 10 Things About You

Recently, Team H&H was talking about grand gestures. We had our favorites—Heath Ledger's song and dance routine in 10 Things I Hate About You, Nick's public declaration gesture in Alisha Rai's Hate to Want You, or the finding of the family jewels in Eloisa James' Three Weeks with Lady X. 

What are some of your favorite grand gestures? Do you think a grand gesture is important or do you prefer quieter declarations? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

 

Fri
Sep 8 2017 8:09am

What Do You Think of Office Romances?

Off the Clock by Roni LorenFriends to lovers may be one of the most popular tropes in the genre, but for some readers that has nothing on the beloved, forbidden allure that can exist in the office romance. However, for some, the power dynamic found in office romance just doesn't work for them. 

What are your thoughts? What do you like (or not) about the office romance trope? Are you fine when it's among co-workers (perhaps working in an office with a strict no fraternizing policy) than it is when it's a boss and his direct report? 

Tell us your opinion down in the comments!

Thu
Sep 7 2017 8:00am

What’s On Your To-Do List?

-Finish that series you got halfway through and never completed ✔️
-Separate out your signed copies from your regular copies ✔️
-Actually organize your book shelves ✔️

A reader's to-do list can go on and on and seem endless! But sometimes lists are fun... especially if they involve books!

What's on your to-do list for your reading life? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Wed
Sep 6 2017 8:02am

Not Reading? What Makes You Feel That Way?

Bored girl reading and studying

**Gasp** 

Oh the humanity! 

Yes, we know. It's shocking. Every now and then, our brains are just too tired to read... or just too apathetic to all of our reading options that we just don't feel like reading. 

When you don't feel like reading, why do you feel that way? What has caused it usually? Is it too many “meh” books in a row? Is it too much going on in your life that reading just isn't enough of an escape? 

Tell us your “why” down in the comments!

Tue
Sep 5 2017 8:04am

Did You Get Any Reading Done Over the Long Weekend?

My weekend is all booked

For our U.S. readers—and Team H&H—Labor Day gifts us a long weekend to send off summer and reward ourselves for our labors. It's our chance to relax and welcome fall (and Pumpkin Spice Lattes) into our lives again. Hopefully your weekend was fully booked with both fun plans... and really great reading!

Did you get a chance to read this weekend? If so, what did you read and love? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Fri
Sep 1 2017 8:04am

How Would You Sum Up Your Feelings Toward Your TBR Pile?

Woman browsing the shelves

It's Friday, and for U.S. readers, it's the Friday before a long weekend! This means lots of reading time! However, the looming presence of the TBR pile can be intimidating... or on a long weekend it can be exhilerating, with so many possibilities! 

Use a gif... Use your words... Use whatever you like, but down in the comments, tell us how you feel about your TBR pile! Are you excited by how packed it is? Excited by how small it is? Do you feel overwhelmed? 

Let us know!

Thu
Aug 31 2017 8:03am

What Was Your Best Read of August?

Books and Glasses

In just a little bit, the reviewers at H&H will offer up their best read of August. Today we want to hear from you too! What was the best romance you read this month? Was it a new release or an older read? 

Tell us in the comments!

Wed
Aug 30 2017 8:02am

Do You Prefer Being the Recommender or the Recommendee?

Recommended stamp

Offering your opinion on a book can be a scary endeavor—what if what you like is something hated by the person you're talking to, or vice versa. Sometimes that means it's just easier to be the person who gets recommended books, rather than be the person who does the recommending! However, for others nothing beats the thrill of recommending a book—and the other person loving it!

“I'm bossy, so I always like to tell people what to do,” said one person on her reason for loving being the recommender.  

Do you like to recommend or have someone recommend to you? What do you like about it? 

Tue
Aug 29 2017 8:02am

How Many Bookmarks Do You Own?

A book with many bookmarks in it

This week I was tackling my ever-growing physical TBR pile (we don't talk about my digital to-be-read pile... it's too scary!) and I decided to crack out a gift I got for Christmas last year: a beautiful ornate, silver bookmark that read “Happily Ever After” on one side, and “Once Upon a Time” on the other—it's very “on brand,” my family member should be proud. Since it's well known that I am an avid reader, it wasn't the first time I'd received a bookmark as a present. Despite having a tidy sum of bookmarks at home, it's also something I still gravitate towards at bookstores when I wander the shelves. 

Do you have a lot of bookmarks at home? How many do you think you have (that are official, not scraps of paper we're likely to use in a desperate moment)? Do you have a favorite?

Mon
Aug 28 2017 4:30pm

Not Safe for Work: Romance News & Deals from B.J. Daniels, Whitney G., 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

Branded by B.J. Daniels

Deal Alert: B.J. Daniels's romantic suspense novel Branded is $.99 at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* B.J. Daniels brings the suspense in Branded, but it comes with the western romance elements we've come to love from her. Do you love westerns?

Deal Alert: Whitney G.'s contemporary romance Resisting the Boss is FREE at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | etc.* Claire is over workaholic men, but that doesn't stop her from developing some very Not Safe for Work feelings for her boss—she'd fit right in with these other top office romance offerings!

Deal Alert: Ruthie Knox's romantic comedy Madly is $.99 at iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* “Only in a city as filled with possibilities as New York can a woman in such circumstances find the man of her dreams,” said our reviewer Julia Broadbooks in her First Look of Madly. When the possibilities include a fake kiss and family drama, they really are endless for hero Winston and heroine Allie!

DealAlert: Monica Murphy's new adult romance Never Tear Us Apart is $1.99 at Kobo | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* TanyaLK said in her review of the bookNever Tear Us Apart (will be) my first “I’d give it 6 stars if I could” 5-star rating of 2016. Yes, it’s that good, and yes, it’s done that well.” Tanya went on to list Never Tear Us Apart's Will and Kate as one of the couples that shouldn't work... but totally does. 

[+Riverdale news and what you missed on H&H...]

Mon
Aug 28 2017 8:16am

What Couple Overcame the Most Insurmountable Odds?

Hate to Want You by Alisha RaiMany times in romance, the main thing keeping the couple apart is the couple in question. They had a big misunderstanding, or the perceived unequal power dynamic is too much for society to handle, or one of them is allergic to cats and the other is a diehard cat lover. Whatever the circumstances, to the reader they seem very easy to “get over” as long as the couple loves each other. And in romance, that's a guarantee. 

What couple have you encountered that faced what seemed like insurmountable odds? Was their happy ending believable with how they overcame those obstacles? Did you love how the author handled it? 

Tell us about it in the comments!