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September 29 2017

Who Is Your Favorite Villain Turned Hero/Heroine?

The reformed hero and the mean girl turned heroine are beloved tropes in the genre. We love seeing the villain get their comeuppances, but we love a redemption story just as much, if not more! So,...
October 7 2016

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Luke Cage’s Mahershala Ali

Dear Mahershala Ali, “Everybody wants to be the king,” but you just might succeed. I know you first from House of Cards as the morally ambiguous Remy Danton. Remy played both...
May 17 2016

First Look: Elizabeth Hoyt’s Duke of Sin (May 31, 2016)

Elizabeth Hoyt Duke of Sin (Maiden Lane # 10) Forever / May 31, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital Duke of Sin is a darkly humorous and lushly sensual historical romance that attempts to...
May 13 2016

From Unlucky to Hot: 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...
May 10 2016

Bully to Hero—Can the Modern Reader “Buy” It?

Two years ago we ran an article about a trend among romance novels that placed former, reformed, and sometimes current, bullies as heroes. This is a trend not at all dissimilar to the “villain...
December 2 2015

What Is Your Preferred Term for Antagonists?

I prefer the term “antagonist.” -Moriarty in The Librarians The word antagonist and villain are words that sound so literary when referred to in romance—thought literary...
April 8 2015

Villainess to Heroine: Do They Exist?

I have been pondering this very question for a couple of months now after I noticed the rise in villains becoming heroes. Happily Ever Afters are not just the realm of the honourable anymore; particularly...
January 13 2015

Romance News Roundup: Sabrina Jeffries & Loretta Chase Deals, Sexy Villains, and More

Welcome to H&H's brand-new daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now. —Deal Alert #1: Sabrina Jeffries'...
October 31 2014

Trope of the Month: Villains to Heroes

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...
January 24 2014

Friday Beefcake: Anti-Heroes

At Team H&H, we've learned if a guy is hot and just a little bit evil, he's probably an anti-hero. With Klaus and Caroline having their big moment last night on The Vampire Diaries, we thought...
October 10 2013

A Man with a Plan: The Romance Novel Villain

Some of the best villains in literature are men with a grand plan, whether it is revenge or world domination. These men have set their goal, usually from a young age, and have spent their lives setting...
September 3 2013

Villainesses in Romance: The Rival, the Evil Vagina, the Bad Mutha, and More!

Female villains in romance novels come in a class of their own. For example, it’s fairly simple to pluck a male baddie out of the bargain bin at the Obsessively Misogynist Murderous Rapist Barn...
August 6 2013

Power Hungry and Hot: Best (Meaning Worst) Anti-Heroes

I’ve just read Siege and Storm, Leigh Bardugo’s second book in the Grisha trilogy. Semi-spoiler here for anyone who hasn’t read the whole first book, Shadow and Bone: the Darkling...
December 11 2012

Don’t Hate Her Because She’s Beautiful: Villains and the Weakness of Beauty in Romance

When one thinks of The Wizard of Oz, one of the first lines that comes to mind is when Good Witch Glinda proclaims, “Only bad witches are ugly” (right after she asks Dorothy if she’s...
November 23 2012

Make Mine Canine: Heroes and Heroines and Their Dog Breeds

Dr. Wright's Breedfreak is a short book by a vet about the characteristics of various dog breeds. To say Dr. Wright has some strong opinions is like saying the ocean has some water. Maybe that’s...
June 11 2012

Bad to the Bone: Favorite Villains!

You know yourself if you’ve really loved something it’s much harder to explain why than it is to explain why you hated it; as Paradise Lost scribe Milton put it, “For evil news rides...
May 5 2012

Authors Linda Howard and Susan Andersen Write the Upside of Abusive Stalkers

It’s strange to think there may be an upside to having an abusive stalker, but if you’re a heroine in a romance novel, you can count on it as fact. And two of the best bright-side-of-stalking stories...
May 1 2012

Redemption? When the Villain Becomes the Hero

Sometimes, instead of making the hero or heroine of a following series book a sibling, the hero or heroine was the villain in a previous book. For example, Mary Balogh, whose The Proposal is out...
August 10 2011

If He’s Hot, He’s an Anti-Hero; If He’s Not, He’s a Villain

I love the romantic anti-hero, the hottie who starts out bad but is redeemed, or chastened, or blindsided or bludgeoned by love and winds up a hero almost in spite of himself. Villains don’t get redeemed,...
August 4 2011

Top 5 Villains I Wish Were Heroes

Yeah, I love villains. Particularly angstful tortured ones who nonetheless find the werewithal somewhere to try and take over the world. And also still have room for Love. No matter how unconventional...
July 13 2011

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark and Wondrous Villains of the Dark-Hunter Series

Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series reveals a convoluted world filled with fantastic supernatural creatures whose ongoing war often bleeds into the human realm. Filled with suspense, intrugue,...
April 6 2011

Take a Walk on the Dark Side: Villains in Romance

For me, storytelling is all about character development. Character is the essential, crucial element that captures and holds my interest in whatever I am reading. In many story lines, the villain is...