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Miranda Neville
June 18 2014

Separated Spouses in Historicals from Balogh, Haymore, Guhrke, and More!

Today we welcome author Miranda Neville to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Miranda's forthcoming release, Lady Windermere's Lover, has a married couple who've been apart for a year (his choice,...
March 10 2014

The “I Can’t Fix You” Moment in Donna Alward’s Her Rancher Rescuer

There is a moment in every woman’s life where she comes to the realization that no matter how much she loves, how much she pours her soul into a relationship, no matter how hard she may try, she...
February 11 2014

The “Fighting Takes the Edge Off” Scene in Michelle Willingham’s To Tempt A Viking

There is nothing quite as tragic as unrequited love; when one person yearns for another and circumstances invariably end up keeping them apart. In Michelle Willingham’s recent Forbidden Vikings...
February 5 2014

What’s Your Damage? Why We Love Damaged Heroes and Heroines

The damaged hero and heroine in romance is gaining momentum with readers for more reasons than we have room to list, particularly in the New Adult genre. Today's guest, author Season Vining, puts...
January 30 2014

First Look: Grace Burrowes’s The MacGregor’s Lady (February 4, 2014)

Grace Burrowes The MacGregor’s Lady Sourcebooks Casablanca / February 4, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital The last thing Asher MacGregor, newly titled Earl of Balfour, wants is a society...
January 18 2014

First Look: Season Vining’s Beautiful Addictions (January 28, 2014)

Season Vining Beautiful Addictions St. Martin's Press / January 28, 2014 / $14.99 print, $3.79 digital Josie Banks is a girl without a past.  After being found unconscious with...
January 17 2014

First Look: Mary Ann Rivers’s Live (January 21, 2014)

Mary Ann Rivers Live Loveswept / January 21, 2014 / $2.99 digital If there’s an upside to unemployment, Destiny Burnside may have found it. Job searching at her local library in Lakefield,...
December 11 2013

The Impregnable Fortress Scene in Mary Balogh’s A Christmas Promise

In Mary Balogh's A Christmas Promise, recently re-released as an e-book, the hero and heroine are blinded by both pride and prejudice, in that most iconic of romance conflicts. Eleanor Transome...
November 27 2013

The “Get the Hell Out of My World” Scene from Sarah MacLean’s No Good Duke Goes Unpunished

Opening up Sarah MacLean's No Good Duke Goes Unpunished, I was fully prepared to dislike the heroine, Mara. After all, she implicates our hero, Temple, in a murder (her own) and ruins his life....
November 4 2013

First Look: Emily March’s Miracle Road (November 5, 2013)

Emily March Miracle Road Ballantine / November 5, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital After tragedy strikes his team, college basketball coach Lucca Romano arrives in the haven of Eternity...
October 28 2013

The “I’m Not Innocent” Scene from Jeannie Lin’s The Sword Dancer

My one hope whenever I pick up a romance novel to read is that the author will give me a moment of truth in the story, that moment when you know exactly what these fictional people are feeling, going...
September 13 2013

Love Healed and Lover Redeemed in Eloisa James’s When Beauty Tamed the Beast

Eloisa James's When Beauty Tamed the Beast is in my Personal Top 10 Romance List for many reasons, the least of which are that I’m left feeling like I know these characters, have felt their...
August 6 2013

Sometimes You Just Need a Good Cry: Unhappy Ever Afters in Books

I read JoJo Moyes’s Me Before You a couple of weeks ago, and after I finished explaining it to my husband, I asked him, “What would make an author write such a sad book?” His response...
June 9 2013

Shipping Sunday: Angel’s Wesley/Fred

Shipping Sunday is a new feature for us—it'll put the spotlight on favorite TV, movie, and book couples, a.k.a. 'ships. If you like it, we'll make it a regular piece, so do let us...
May 10 2013

The Fault in Our Stars’s Gus Will Be...Ansel Elgort!

Entertainment Weekly has just reported that Ansel Elgort has been offered the role of Augustus “Gus” Waters in the film adaptation of John Green's The Fault in Our Stars opposite...
March 27 2013

Light and Dark: The Shades of Connie Brockway

It's a rare delight to find an author with a wide tonal range. Frequently, I can pick up a book by a beloved author and know that I'll find something light and fun. When I want something...
February 27 2013

Love This Pain: Romance Novels That Twist the Knife

During one of the earlier episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, young surgeon Meredith Grey asks herself, “Why do I keep hitting myself in the hand with a hammer? Because it feels so good when I stop.” You...
October 14 2012

Never Can Say Good-Bye: Good-Byes in Romance Novels

It’s so hard to say good-bye... In romance, one of my favorite scenes to read is the good-bye scene. Often referred to as the “breakup” scene; we watch our heroine or hero finally...
September 29 2012

First Look: Janice Kay Johnson’s No Matter What (October 1, 2012)

Janice Kay Johnson No Matter What Harlequin / October 1, 2012 / $5.50 print, $3.99 digital As a high school vice principal, Molly Callahan is used to being the one with all the solutions....
September 11 2012

Top Five Tortured M/M Characters

Oh...the wonderful angst of a tortured hero. Damaged, broody, morose heroes whose actions often offend us, while at the same time make us want to draw them to our bosoms (or manly hairy chests),...
August 23 2012

Pouring Your Heart Out: The Angstiest Scene in Judith McNaught’s Whitney, My Love

Settle in. Today we’re talking angst. You know the scene that knocks your heart into your throat and solidly lodges it there? The scene that makes your eyes scour the page faster as you worry...
August 7 2012

The “I Only See You” Scene in Jeannie Lin’s My Fair Concubine

When I settle in to read a romance I always hope for two things: 1) that I’ll enjoy the story and 2) that the author will rip my guts out. I love emotional angst. I love moments of delicious despair...
July 11 2012

Breaking Dishes and Setting Fires: Revenge-Inspired Songs and Stories

Adele’s 21 took the world by audible storm, the singer’s very real and poignant failed romance resonating with anyone who’s ever fallen in love, and had it fall apart. 21 is perhaps the most successful...
June 28 2012

Rulebreakers in Romance: Bertrice Small’s Heroes

Though romance is a very wide umbrella, one thing is still sacrosanct; the happily ever after (that, and other rules are covered in our What Rules are in the Romance Covenant? post). Our lovers have...
June 26 2012

Bring the Pain: Angsty Historicals from Ranney, Judith James, Spencer, and More!

Angsty romances aren’t for everyone, but stories where the hero and heroine really have to earn their happily ever after are among my favorites. There’s a certain catharsis in following a pair of...
June 7 2012

The PTSD Breakdown Scene in Kathleen Korbel’s A Soldier’s Heart

Kathleen Korbel’s A Soldier’s Heart: Over 20 years earlier, in a war-torn foreign land, an unnamed nurse had struggled valiantly to pull Tony Riordan away from the brink of death. She’d...
May 19 2012

The “I Don’t Want an Apology” Scene in Jo Goodman’s A Place Called Home

****Note: This post contains SPOILERS!**** A Place Called Home is the first contemporary I’ve read by author Jo Goodman, whose historical romances, both Westerns and otherwise, I have enjoyed....
April 13 2012

Julian Fellowes’s Titanic, Episode 1: More Sink than Swim

“Titanic was called the ship of dreams. And it was. It really was,” a 100-year-old Rose Dawson Calvert gushes in the first few minutes of James Cameron’s epic yet tragic love story about the fated...
April 8 2012

Nicholas Sparks Pie: A Love Story Recipe

The swoons. The tears. The heartache. If you’ve ever indulged in a Nicholas Sparks creation, then you’ve most likely experienced all three back to back. So how exactly does this Nebraskan...
January 30 2012

Downton Abbey Season 2 (Series 2), Episode 5: Sob Alert!

Fair warning! This week’s episode was really emotional. I was a bawling mess by the time it was over. (Need to catch up? Check out our recaps of the Season 2 premiere, episode 2, episode...