Jun 16 2017 2:00pm

“Women should acknowledge every part of who they are”: Comments That Made Our Week

We at Heroes and Heartbreakers are so proud of and thankful for this wonderful community. Thank you for always adding a little extra sparkle to our week. In honor of Fan Friday, we want to give a special shoutout to a few of our favorite comments, and the readers behind them. We love your work!

earthdragonwing knows that women wear many hats

earthdragonwing in Wonder Woman and That Pesky Love Interest Storyline

I totally agree with you. Women should acknowledge every part of who you are. I am a mother, wife, electronic technician, christian. I've been a diplomat, hostess, a supervisor, a handyman, a sailor (USN), a suffragist, and many more roles that I've had to assume in my life. I've experienced every human emotion possible. So, Wonder Women is not demeaned in any way by finding love with a man like Steve Trevor in the midst of war. She will never shirk from her duties to the world and a man like Steve would never have let her. As other have said, she grew more as a woman by learning to love and learning who she is and wants to be. My life has been one about family. I have lived and grown to know what is important, what to fight for and not fight for, and not lose who I am. This is why I love this story, because Wonder Woman is plainly a woman inside and feels exactly as any woman does. She is smart because she does not deny that part of herself and neither should any woman.

Loquaria has some great slow burn recommendations

Loquaria in Mariana Zapata and the Art of the Slow Burn

I definitely agree with the idea that the slow burn romance is one of the best! I loved “Kulti” and “The Wall of Winnipeg and Me” from Mariana Zapata, “Radiance” by Grace Draven, “The Hating Game” by Sally Thorne, the Others series by Anne Bishop and “Morning Glory” by LaVyrle Spencer, so I've downloaded the other recommendations. I can't wait to read them! I will add my own recommendations for those who are looking for more wonderful slow burns! Some of these are the ones that make you wait to the end, others it happens a little earlier and you get to see the struggles the characters face:

“In Total Surrender“ by Anne Mallory (this is a regency romance)
”The Rake“ by Mary Jo Putney (also a regency romance)
”The Champion of Baresh“ by Susan Grant
”Entreat Me“ by Grace Draven (OMG, what a great take on beauty and the beast too!!!)
”Nocturne“ by Charles Sheehan-Miles, Andrea Randall (favorite of mine)
”One Good Earl Deserves a Lover“ by Sarah MacLean (regency)
”Sylvester: or The Wicked Uncle“ by Georgette Heyer (clean regency)...pretty much all of Heyer's books are slow burns
”Jake Undone“ by Penelope Ward
”Poison Study“ by Maria V. Snyder
***The Fever series*** by Karen Marie Moning
”Maybe Someday“ by Colleen Hoover
”Neanderthal Seeks Human“ by Penny Reid
”BODACIOUS“ by Sharon Ervin
”Match Me if You Can“ by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
”Easy“ by Tammara Webber
”On the Island“ by Tracey Garvis Graves

Happy (and sometimes heart-wrenching) reading! I know I'm always looking for recommendations for great books, so hopefully this helps someone :D Plenty of great authors in that list!

Cerestheories understands the importance of warnings

Cerestheories in Romance in the Age of the Trigger Warning: Do Readers Need to be Warned?

It's an interesting and sometimes frustrating conversation that I agree we need to have: readers, authors, publishers, reviewers. When I review books for the site here, I try to include a trigger warning at the end of the post if applicable. Of course, triggers vary from person to person, and I am fortunate enough to have ”icks“ but not ”triggers,“ so I'm sure I miss a whole bunch of them.

I recently read/reviewed a book that had a character recovering from a graphic assault that was depicted in a flashback. The story was a powerful work that showed the heroine reclaiming her body, her life... but those pages were definitely worthy of a trigger warning. Sometimes I think that we (reviewers, people recommending books, w/e) should be more specific ”it's between pages 208-220“ but that's not practical and probably not sufficient.

IMO broad warnings are good, not just for triggers, but also to keep folks who don't want sex in their romance from posting those 1 star ”it had sex in it" reviews.

Matt K wins the husband award ;)

Matt K in Do You Want Dad to Give Romance a Try? Give Him One of These 11 Books

my own husband is getting a couple of books I cannot name because he reads all of my posts

Ha! That I do!

Thanks for all you do, H&H community! Don't forget, you can get custom recommendations from Madame TBR! 

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