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October 20 2017

In Defense of the Flawed Heroine

You Keep the Sweet, I’ll Take the Salty Romancelandia seems to do fine with the bad boy in need of redemption, the rakes and rogues who are only waiting for the love of a good woman to...
August 31 2017

Heroines in STEM: Gamers, Hackers, and Coders Edition

In the latest installment of the Heroines in STEM series, the focus is on women who know their way around a keyboard. You’d think that with computers basically everywhere in our lives that...
August 17 2017

Move Over Tortured Heroes—Give Us the Angst of the Tortured Heroine of Sci-Fi Romance

A tortured romance heroine is like buttering bacon. You start with something tasty and then add a rich, delicious layer of sweet angst. The tortured heroines in sci-fi romance hail from far away...
August 8 2017

What Are Your Least Favorite Ways to See a Heroine Described?

We've talked about our nope tropes and our squick words. We've talked about the types of heroines we love... but what about when a heroine we'd otherwise love is described in a way...
July 6 2017

Do Your Hero Preferences Match Your Real-Life Taste in Men?

We've established that some people like the alpha-hole in romance, while hating him in real life. Others love the beta male in real life, but find he's lacking the edge they seek in a romance...
May 31 2017

What Does Your Ideal Heroine Look Like?

We talk a lot about heroes—we're Heroes and Heartbreakers, after all! However, today we want to hear it for the ladies!  What characteristics go into making your ideal heroine?...
April 24 2017

Historical Romance Heroines with Unconventional Occupations—She Can Bring Home the Bacon!

Today we're thrilled to welcome Lenora Bell (Blame It on the Duke) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Lenora's latest release features a linguist heroine who is very talented at translations....
April 13 2017

Not-So-Contemporary Romance: The Paradox of Disenfranchised Heroines

Today we're thrilled to welcome Kilby Blades (Snapdragon) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. The landscape of female desire, gender politics, and societal expectations of women have changed a lot...
March 8 2017

Happy International Women’s Day

At Heroes and Heartbreakers we have the pleasure of working with strong women every day, and talking about the unforgettable heroines they create. To celebrate International Women's Day, we're...
November 10 2016

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Duke of Pleasure (November 29, 2016)

Elizabeth Hoyt Duke of Pleasure (Maiden Lane #11) Forever / November 29, 2016 / $7.99 print & digital Elizabeth Hoyt's Duke of Pleasure, the eleventh book in the Maiden Lane Series,...
September 8 2016

Let’s Hear It for the Girl: 3 Real-Life Heroines Worthy of Admiration!

What Real-Life Heroines Inspire You? Today we're thrilled to welcome Jane Ashford (What the Duke Doesn't Know) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. There are plenty of badass women that inspire...
September 5 2016

I Got This: Damsels Not in Distress and the Importance of Strong Heroines

Today we're thrilled to welcome J.R. Gray (Ever So Madly) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. We're all about strong women here, and romance is a great place to explore that strength. Gray is here...
August 31 2016

On the Scene with L.A. Witt, Fierce Reporters & The Protector: Romance News & Deals

Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in romance. {Did you know you can sign up to receive Afternoon Tea as an e-mail? Sign up to have your daily cuppa delivered...
August 10 2016

Quiz: What Romance Novel Cover Are You?

Does one type of romance novel cover catch your eye? Are you tried and true to swoony couples or are you interested in a bit of mystery and a ripped torso? Think you know? Take our quiz and tell us...
August 2 2016

When Plus Really Is More: Alice Clayton’s Cream of the Crop

When it comes to romance, you could say a good romance novel has done its job if it gives the feels, if it indulges a fantasy, or provides an escape. And of course the combination of richly layered...
July 18 2016

The Top 10 Nora Roberts Novels as Decided Upon By A Very Biased Party

Nora Roberts’s novels were amongst some of the first I picked up in the romance genre and I consumed them voraciously. I love the way she draws her characters, I love the way her stories...
July 13 2016

BBW vs. Plus-Sized: What Does BBW Mean, and Is It Changing the Genre?

Is Plus-Sized No Longer the Preferred Term? Many moons ago when I was finishing grad school, I wrote a research paper on plus size characters in romance. Well, to be fair, the paper was more...
July 11 2016

5 Lessons Readers Can Learn from Romance Novels

We're thrilled to welcome Christie Craig (Divorced, Desperate, and Daring) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Christie is here to offer five lessons every woman should learn from those steamy, emotional...
June 28 2016

Do You Have a Preference on Who “Falls” First?

When it comes to romance, we know that a couple is going to fall in love, but when it comes to who falls in love first, well that can be fun!  Many times, especially when it comes to an...
May 13 2016

Move Over, Batman vs. Superman: It’s Time for the Ladies!

Make no mistake: Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is a bad movie by any objective measure. But in a movie where people make speeches at each other rather than talk and where even the great...
May 9 2016

Anatomy of a Bad Girl: One Part Snark, One Part Strength

Three cheers for bad girls! Nicole Helm's most recent release Outlaw Cowboy features a bad girl with a heart of gold and Nicole is here today to deconstruct the bad girl to get what's deep...
April 20 2016

Are You More Willing to Forgive a Hero Than a Heroine?

Many times books, TV shows, and movies get the conflict going with the Big Unforgivable Thing. Just off the top of our heads we've seen cheating (not usually on the other half of the couple,...
April 8 2016

On Spoilers and Smart Heroines: The 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...
March 18 2016

On Knitting & The Dishy Sgt. Hathaway: 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...
March 17 2016

Who is Jane Yellowrock? Meet Faith Hunter’s Skinwalker

Faith Hunter’s best selling dual natured urban fantasy heroine, Jane Yellowrock, has entertained fans since first meeting her in book one-Skinwalker-which released in 2009. With 9 full length...
March 16 2016

Dumplin’ and the Unapologetic Beauty of a Fat Heroine

Fun Fact from Team H&H: Dumplin' was just named RT Magazine's Book of the Year.  Beauty pageants are a world unto their own. We’ve seen the likes of Toddlers and Tiaras...
March 11 2016

Edible Cumberbatch & The Perfect Roarke: 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...
March 11 2016

“Old” is New Again: Finding Love in Late Fall

I’ve been a romance reader for many years. I can remember bodice rippers - the real ones. Back in those days all heroines were dainty little pearls. Slender of neck and ankle, with roses...
Nicola R. White
March 4 2016

The Merry Widow: Hot Romance and the Widowed Heroine

There’s a reason the term “merry widow” has become synonymous with the sexy corselet—love the second time around can be hot, hot, hot! Just like the corset/bra combination...
February 17 2016

Childless by Choice: When Heroines Decide They Don’t Want Children

I have a romance pet peeve.  The second the heroine complains of a gurgling tummy, a lack of interest in drinking, or vomits even once, I’ll lift my head from the pages and scream loudly,...