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March 21 2013

A Room with a View: The Kiss

There's been discussion here at Heroes and Heartbreakers about romantic scenes in film, from Love Actually to the various iterations of Pride and Prejudice and the John Hughes oeuvre. One...
July 31 2012

Bourne to Meet Jeremy Renner

Last night, fellow blogger Heather Waters and I went on a field trip to the Bourne Legacy premiere at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. You could say Heather is a bit of a fan....
February 29 2012

What’s the Best Thing You’ve Read Lately?

We often ask you to rant about things, whether it’s your pick for Worst Cover Ever, or Reading Dealbreakers, or Series Finales That Stunk. But in honor of the unusual day—February 29th,...
June 30 2011

As You Wish: Westley and Buttercup in The Princess Bride

Romantic movies, when done right, can stay with you for a lifetime. The images are seared into you mind, heart, and soul. Just like the written word, an on-screen romantic scene has the power to take...
June 28 2011

For Love of the Glove: Lord of Scoundrels

Loretta Chase’s Lord of Scoundrels is on everybody’s list of favorite Historical Romances. In an All About Romance interview, Ms. Chase professed surprise at its long-term popularity. “I...
June 20 2011

Conan Gets His Barbarian On in the New Conan the Barbarian Trailer!

Just released is a new R-rated (meaning there’s lots of blood) red-band trailer for Conan the Barbarian, starring Game of Thrones’ Khal Drogo, Jason Momoa. He’s got less eye make-up...
June 8 2011

Chemistry 101: Top 10 Romantic Onscreen Moments

I hate to admit it, but underneath this cynical, no-nonsense shell lies a sappy marshmallow core. This confession is going to put a serious dent in my street cred. Okay, maybe not. But just as I’m...
May 20 2011

For the Love of...Mr. Darcy in a Wet Shirt

If the world is ending tomorrow, don't you think this is what we should all be watching today?
May 5 2011

Downton Abbey Season 2 Starts January 8, 2012

We just heard this morning: Downton Abbey Season 2 comes to American television January 8, 2012. And there’s a brand-new clip: Downton Abbey Season 2 Video Clip is Here: Anna...
April 26 2011

Craving Derek Craven: Lisa Kleypas’s Dreaming of You Hero

I do an annual reread of Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. Derek Craven, for the uninitiated, was literally born in the gutter and raised in a brothel. His sordid climb to the top has seen him working...
April 3 2011

Vampire Diaries Convention Squee!

This week, The Vampire Diaries returns from a six-week hiatus, and during the break, the stars—and their hundreds of shrieking fans—converged in Atlanta, Georgia, for a Vampire Diaries convention. In...
March 30 2011

For The Love Of . . . The 2011 Three Musketeers Trailer

Pardon us while we squee; The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas's swashbuckling (like, really, how many swashes can they buckle?!?) tale updated with such actors as Matthew Macfadyen (clearly...
March 14 2011

“The Devil’s Out After Midnight” Scene in Marcia McClure’s The Prairie Prince

Whenever I’m in the mood to read a romance that will not only have my toes curling and stomach dipping but also keep me in a constant state of swooning, the author I instinctively reach for is...
March 12 2011

Obsession Confession: My Twilight Addiction is Disney’s Fault

The question that enters my mind as I go into Duane Reade (a New York drugstore chain) to purchase earplugs before getting in line to wait at least an hour and a half before the premiere of the new...
March 12 2011

Madly, Blindly, Passionately in Love: Rereading The Scarlet Pimpernel

At any given moment in time, there's something I can't find—my keys, my reading glasses, my cup of coffee, the portable phone. I'm constantly missing appointments. And if we've...
March 8 2011

New Pictures from the Set of Downton Abbey Season 2

On-set pictures from the new season of Downton Abbey have emerged on the UK's Daily Mail site and they're veeery intriguing. Especially this one:                       Yay...
March 7 2011

Kermit & Miss Piggy: A Romance for the Ages

There’s one romance I’ve been following since childhood. Yes, that of Kermit and Miss Piggy. Kermit, whose long career in show business from interstellar journalist to variety show host...
March 7 2011

For The Love Of . . . Shirtless Vampire Hotties!

Oh, hi, are you missing something? Like your shirt? <gulp> On second thought, never mind, you look just fine. TOTALLY fine. True Blood returns this summer.
March 4 2011

Is Fassbender’s Mr. Rochester Ugly Enough?

Jane Eyre movie stills have been released by Focus Features. Naturally, this discovery caused quite a bit of excitement at H&H. It also raised the questions: Is Michael Fassbender really ugly enough...
March 3 2011

A Perfect Storm: “The Lightning Scene” in Julia Quinn’s The Viscount Who Loved Me

Electrical storms are not terribly romantic events. I like thunderstorms, though I know they scare the bejesus out of some people. But I remember one occasion when a friend and I went to the top of...
March 3 2011

Nobody Told Me Battlestar Galactica Was a Romance

I love love stories. My favorite part of any book, TV, movie, musical, play or other form of media, is always the romance. I swoon for soulmates; I rejoice at happy endings. That being said, you’d...
March 2 2011

Fresh Meat: Margo Maguire’s Seducing the Governess

Margo Maguire Seducing the Governess Avon Books, March 1, 2011, $7.99 A Proper Governess Should Never . . . Assist a handsome stranger, alone on an unfamiliar road . . . unless the...
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February 20 2011

More Anna and Bates for Downton Abbey Fans

Downton Abbey fans have something to look forward to, according to the UK's Daily Mirror: The new series of Downton Abbey will see John Bates’s romance with head housemaid...
February 18 2011

Reliving “You Are My Egypt” from Connie Brockway’s As You Desire

You know those moments. You're reading a romance and it's good. But then you read a scene that is so indescribably, deliciously, breath-robbingly romantic that it stops you dead in your reading...
February 16 2011

When Historical Romance Readers Go Rogue (or Robb), Pt. 2

Cheryl, You asked about secondary characters in your last letter; I think the depth of the secondary characters is one of the things that has allowed J. D. Robb to continue this series as long...
February 16 2011

Why Vampire Diaries Kicks Twilight Butt

I'm Laurel McKee, and I have a confession to make. I’m a 30-something with a writing career, a mortgage, and a car payment; a responsible, somewhat mature woman—and I am completely...
February 15 2011

When Historical Romance Readers Go Rogue (or Robb), Pt. 1

Dear Cheryl, When you sent me Naked in Death and told me to read it, I was stunned.  We had both been reading solely historical romance for years and eschewed anything that was remotely...
February 15 2011

Coming Clean: Why I Read Romance

When it comes to reading, if we're honest with ourselves, it's all about the emotion. Culturally (almost across the board), it's “weak” to show emotions. For males, such...
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...