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Oct 17 2017 8:01am

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


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!

Oct 16 2017 8:02am

Do You Read Parody Romances?

Romance novels can often be the butt of a joke... one that we're not fond of being the punchline. However, if you know romance sometimes it can be fun to play around the rules and write something that's a little whacky. And that “fun” comes in the form of parody romances. They're not meant to be taken seriously and that's part of what makes them such a treat to read. 

Chuck Tingle is one of the names that comes to people's lips first when talking about parody romance, but we know there are others! Have you read any? Do you like parody romance? 

Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!

Oct 13 2017 8:01am

Is This an Appropriate Way to Treat Books?

Some at H&H would think we're deserving of any bad luck today because of this photo. Yesterday as we were looking through our shelves someone at H&H had flipped all the books on their sides while they looked at the back row of books. So, naturally it spawned an argument about whether or not this was an appropriate way to peruse our shelves. 


While over on our Instagram, people thought this wasn't such an egregious practice:

ettacarina: We do this at the library all the time!

So, what are your thoughts? Agree or disagree that this shouldn't be how you treat a book?

Tell us your thoughts down in the comments!


Oct 12 2017 8:05am

Reading Physical Books Is Good For Your Health!

Girl thumbing through the pages of a book

We are still undecided on whether we truly prefer print books or e-books, but a recent article on a study about reading may have us changing our tune. A 2014 study, which recently resurfaced for a Mic article, showed that reading physical books may improve your overall health, and specifically your memory. Reading takes a certain skillset for our brains and studies have shown that reading is good for us, no matter what—it lowers our stress levels, among many other benefits. This study added in another element. It tested people's recall on the same mystery short story. The memory of the group that read the story as a physical book was able to recall more than those who read on e-readers. 

What do you think made the difference between the e-reader and the physical book? Do you think it actually improves our overall memory too? Will you start to read more physical books now? Do you think we'll be able to get a prescription for our doctor that reading is good (and necessary) for our health?

Tell me your thoughts on this study in the comments! 



Oct 11 2017 8:01am

Which Do You Have a Higher Tolerance For: Bad Covers or Bad Titles?

Girl in a library

We shouldn't judge a book by its cover or its title, but it's hard to not have those things be a factor for us. However, usually one of those has a greater pull. We can overlook a bad cover if the title is catchy, or we can overlook a bad title if the cover is good—extra bonuses obviously for the premise, but we can't even get to the premise if the cover or the title are just too bad for us to ignore. 

So, what's your threshold for bad covers vs. bad titles? Which do you have a higher tolerance for? 

Oct 10 2017 8:03am

Do Your Nope-Tropes Change When They’re Gender Swapped?

No Book

We all have our “nope-tropes”—that one (or several) trope that really just... isn't for us. However, sometimes, switching the gender of the characters can make all the difference. Hate office romances, but when it's a lady-boss you're all for it? Love single mom romances but tend to pass on single dads? What about sports romance—love a strong female athlete, but could care less when the hero is the sports guy? 

Tell me your preferences down in the comments!

Oct 9 2017 8:07am

What Was Your Favorite Comic Con Moment?

Comic Con womanWhether you watched the news at home or were there in person, New York Comic Con brought together fans of books, movies, and television. During this time we get to see books and covers for the first time, the first trailers for long-awaited movies and TV shows, awesome cosplay, unforgettable interactions between stars and fans, and so much more! What was your favorite thing to come out of Comic Con this weekend? What were you looking forward to? 

Tell us about it in the comments!


Oct 6 2017 8:09am

Every Major Julia Roberts Movie in 10 Minutes

If you’re a major Julia Roberts fan, then you won’t want to miss this skit from her appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Sit back and enjoy 10 minutes of Julia Roberts’ film career and then tell us what your favorite Julia Roberts movie is in the comments!

Oct 5 2017 8:03am

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!

Oct 4 2017 8:01am

Have You Reread Your First Romance—And Did It Hold Up?

Our first romance is one we all typically remember. If not the exact book and author then at the very least the emotions it made us feel, the types of heroes it made us love, and the love of reading that it would spark in us. 

Sometimes, however, upon rereading that beloved first romance, it's revealed that those memories were best left in the past... What has been your experience? Have you reread your first romance? Did it hold up? Was it even better than you remembered?

Tell us about it in the comments!

Oct 3 2017 8:02am

Shirts vs Skins?

Hot shirtless man

When it comes to covers, the world is our oyster these days. We can have couples, solo women, solo men, clothes, no clothes.... anything can happen! However we all have our preferences so for today's topic, we're talking skin. Do you prefer shirtless men on your cover or someone who is more covered up? 

Tell me about it down in the comments!

Oct 2 2017 8:05am

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!


Sep 29 2017 8:06am

Who Is Your Favorite Villain Turned Hero/Heroine?

Devil in Winter by Lisa Kleypas

The reformed hero and the mean girl turned heroine are beloved tropes in the genre. We love seeing the villain get their comeuppances, but we love a redemption story just as much, if not more!

So, what has been your favorite redemption story? What author do you trust to make that shift for you? Is there any character you thought was too irredeemable but the author changed your mind? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Sep 28 2017 8:03am

In Audiobooks, What Clicks with You First: Author or Narrator?

Coffee, head phones, book.

When it comes to physical books author loyalty is usually what has us picking up our next read. When it comes to audiobooks, however, a different factor is at play: The Narrator. We've talked previously about how we can develop a crush on a narrator and that will compell us to try a book we may never have before, simply because a favorite voice actor is reading it. 

So what's your take? Do you like audiobooks? If so, what do you find you gravitate toward more often: narrator or author? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Sep 27 2017 8:05am

What’s Your Favorite New Podcast?

Woman listening on headphonesPodcasts are having a moment right now in pop culture. While ones like My Favorite Murder shot to success only recently, there have been many reader-focused ones that have captivated audiences for years now. 

What about you? Do you like podcasts? What are some of your favorites? Are they book-related or another topic? 

Tell us about it in the comments!

Sep 26 2017 8:02am

Do You Like Books That Give You a Peek into the “Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous”?

The Queen of Dauphine Street by Thea de Salle

Romance, for many, is all about the escape. For some that escape is just a more idyllic version of their own life, for others it's a total roll reversal that gives us a glimpse into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. 

What are your thoughts? It's not quite the “billionaire romance” that became so popular a few years ago, but it's certainly a jet-setting lifestyle that few of us truly get to experience. Do you like this glimpse? 

Tell us down in the comments!

Sep 25 2017 4:47pm

Only Time: Romance E-Deals from Sharon Sala & Georgette Heyer!

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

Race Against Time by Sharon SalaDeal Alert: Sharon Sala's romantic suspense Race Against Time is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Detective Nick Saldano hasn't seen Quinn O'Meara since they shared a foster home as children. Now she's all grown up and he can't take his eyes off her—not just 'cause she's gorgeous, but also 'cause she's disrupted a human-trafficking ring and is in serious danger. The tension gets our hearts pounding, but the payoff is so sweet. 

Deal Alert: Nana Malone's contemporary Seductive in Stilettos, the complete collection, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Free of her security detail for the first time in years, Tristia Munroe is more than ready to let loose and dive into dating—with some help from Shane Atkins. What she doesn't know is that Shane is an undercover security consultant who has been hired to protect her... There's nothing more alpha than a man willing to do anything to protect the woman he loves. Do you spot your favorite type of alpha on this list?

Deal Alert: Georgette Heyer's old-school historical Devil's Club is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Rather than get trapped into marriage by a spoiled aristocratic woman, Dominic Alistair, Marquis of Vidal, decides to kidnap the scheming woman and make her his mistress instead. Too bad it's actually her sister, the fascinating Mary Challoner, that he ends up capturing... Our reviewer Scarlettleigh put Devil's Club on her keeper shelf when she first read it, but years later, does it hold up?

Deal Alert: Faith Hunter's paranormal Blood of the Earth, Book 1 in the Soulwood series, is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.*  In our review of the book, Tori Benson said “action, suspense, dark magic, and a wisp of romance engages from the first page” in this Jane Yellowrock spinoff series.

[+Today on H&H...]

Sep 25 2017 8:05am

What Fandom or Romance Term Do You Wish They’d Add to the Dictionary?

Last week, Merriam-Webster added more than 250 words to the dictionary. Hive mind, pregame, and troll have all been added. While all of these new entries are interesting, it left us wondering what fandom words we would like to have added. What words from fandom or romance would you add? What words need an added definition to include their romance definition? What words from romance or fandom do you wish you could just tell people to look up, but can't? If you had to define the word for Merriam-Webster, how would you go about it?

Tell us all about it in the comments!

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!

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!