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April 15 2017

Movie Night! 9 Books and the Movies That Inspired Them!

If you spend time on Heroes and Heartbreakers, or with other groups of engaged readers, you'll notice that many of us love the idea of our favorite books becoming movies. But the pleasure can...
March 31 2017

13 Books H&H Bloggers Loved in March 2017

Our reviewers give us the scoop every day on the books they're loving and share their opinions here on Heroes and Heartbreakers. However, each month, we ask them to make a tough decision and recommend...
February 29 2016

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of February 2016

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have...
October 17 2014

Because Nothing Says Love Like a Makeover: Top 10 Pygmalion-Style Romances

First performed a century ago this very year, George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion has long captured the public fancy. The tale of ragamuffin flower seller Eliza Doolittle learning to better herself...
September 27 2014

Trope of the Month: Mistresses and Courtesans!

Academically put, tropes are “common or overused theme[s] or device[s]," which makes them sound like cliches, which makes them seem like a bad thing. But they’re totally not! Romance...
May 15 2014

Your Hero Does What for a Living? Five of the Least Romantic Professions

Once long ago, an editor at a conference said she couldn’t picture a day care provider as a hero. Her off-hand remark is part of the reason my next book (out in July) features a hero who works...
April 21 2014

Love in Disguise: The Complications of Disguise Plots in Romance

“In a life singular for its lack of attachments, to become obsessed with two women at once was lunacy.” —Connie Brockway, All Through the Night “There was no graceful...
March 28 2014

He’s All That: Historical Romance Heroes with Unusual Professions

Today we're joined by author Jennifer McQuiston, whose Moonlight on My Mind is out this week. Moonlight On My Mind's hero is an Earl who's accused of murder—by the heroine, who might...
September 4 2013

Class Differences in Historical Romance, Part 2: She Stoops to Conquer and to Fall (in Love)

While tales of the gentleman ignoring the strictures of society to marry a heroine of humble status is a long-established tradition in romance fiction, tales of the lady marrying the groom or even the...
June 21 2013

Letters of Love: Epistolary Romance

Reading Jessica Brockmole's July debut, Letters from Skye, reveals that the title of the book is, er, literal! Letters from Skye is an unbashedly romantic epistolary novel following the star-crossed...
June 20 2013

Top Five Bluestocking Romances from Chase, Ashworth, Ivory, and More!

Let's start right out with the basics. The Oxford English Dictionary defines bluestocking as “Of, belonging, or relating to a series of assemblies or salons held c. 1750 by a group...
November 1 2012

Wealthy Women in Love: Lady Grantham, Lacey, and More!

What do TV's Downton Abbey and Anne Calhoun's Liberating Lacey have in common? Leading ladies with more wealth than their leading men. In historical settings,  heroes...
May 14 2012

Fifty Shades, Willing Victim, Beg Me: Why Is the Rape Fantasy So Appealing?

A rape fantasy or a ravishment is a sexual fantasy involving imagining or pretending being coerced or coercing another into sexual activity. In sexual role-play it involves acting out roles...
May 13 2012

Epilogues: Yea or Nay?

Megan: Epilogues, authors tell us, are a way for us to glimpse what happens after the Happy Ever After. In the epilogue, all is right with the world, the hero and heroine have adorable children being...
January 16 2012

Animals in Historicals, from Tessa Dare, Ivory, Kinsale, and More!

Romantic Animals in History, or, no, this is not a post about bestiality in historical romance! Geez, people. I recently saw the movie War Horse, about a horse named Joey and his One True Love,...
November 11 2011

Where Are They Now? Authors I Wish Would Write More Books

Despite the overflowing TBR bookshelf and a couple of dozen unread ebooks  (all books I truly want to read), sometimes I’m just hungry for a new book from a particular author, one whose books...
August 4 2011

Breaking the Rules With Class and Grace: Eloisa James

Eloisa James’s meteoric rise to romance writing fame over the past decade started with a simple goal: to help pay off her student loans so that she and her husband could afford to have a second child. Her...
June 21 2011

RITA Wayback Machine: Myretta Robens on Judith Ivory’s The Proposition

In 2000, the company I worked for as a technology director had just come to the conclusion that the Y2K bug was a lot of sound and fury signifying nothing, the last original Peanuts comic strip appeared...
April 22 2011

Light My Fire!: Top 3 Neanderthal Heroes in Romance

Neanderthals. Forehead-sloping, knuckle-dragging, grunt-expelling Neanderthals. We were taught in school that they died out 25,000 years ago (Women know that Neanderthals are still with us today, but...
March 25 2011

Undressing the Hero: Judith Ivory’s Untie My Heart

When someone asks me the differences between Romance and Erotic Romance and Erotica, my answer usually boils down to “it’s complicated.” For me, one of the most erotic authors out...
February 23 2011

The Lament of the Jilted: When Authors Break Up with Their Readers

   I hate being jilted.  The sense of betrayal (“How could fill-in-the-blank do this to me?”), the self-flagellation (“How could I not have seen this coming?”),...
February 9 2011

That Delicious Sigh Of Satisfaction: Kleypas, James, Ivory and Rodale

What makes some romance writers so . . . delicious? One of the big reasons we keep picking up romances—and nearly 75 million readers do, according to industry research from Romance Writers of...