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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...
May 26 2017

Historical Heaven: E-Deals from Linda Lael Miller & Laura Kinsale!

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...
September 27 2016

Beloved Historical on Sale & Once Upon a Time Spoilers: 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...
April 22 2016

Head into the Wicked Abyss with Kresley Cole: Romance News

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 have your daily cuppa delivered...
February 13 2015

The Swoonies 2015, Round 1: Historical Couples

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!...
February 6 2015

We Ruined a Romance: Replace A Letter Ruin A Romance Results!

[View the story “HnH Replace” on Storify] Earlier this week, we had so much fun with #ReplaceALetterRuinARomance on Twitter —and we think you guys did too! As a treat—and...
November 25 2014

Mr. Grey, Travis Family, Thor, and More: Gifts for Your Singular Reading Tastes

This time of year, it's not unusual for people to gift and receive self-help books, or to listen to music that they wish was the soundtrack for their lives. Sure, those kinds of things are fine,...
November 11 2014

Attention! Top 10 Military Heroes in Romance

Today we're joined by author Jessica Scott, whose All I Want for Christmas is You is released today. Jessica's Christmas novella is also a military romance, as it features a hero and heroine...
November 7 2014

A Precarious Balance: Taking Chances or Sticking With Tropes?

Today we're joined by author Dani Collins, whose book The Russian's Acquisition includes a sexy Russian (natch!), a virgin heroine, and a plot for revenge. Dani is here to talk about taking...
October 30 2014

Throwback Thursday: Laura Kinsale’s Flowers from the Storm

We've covered Laura Kinsale many, MANY times, and so it's very cool to report that the Old School Romance Book Club has chosen her iconic Flowers From the Storm as its read for November....
July 31 2014

Get Out Your Handkerchiefs: Reviewing the Black Moment from Balogh, Howard, Phillips, and More!

Ah, despair! We all love a funny romance with rakish pirates, but every now and then we want an author to rip out our heart and stomp all over it with pointy little stilettos. When you read any...
July 10 2014

Justify My Love: The 12 Best ’90s Romance Novels

The ten best romances of the 1990s...who can possibly say? Should I choose one book per year? How about titles with tons of buzz for what now seems just a moment in time (The Lover by Robin...
October 1 2013

10 Regency Romances You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

To follow Megan's example, I have chosen ten seminal Regency Romances for you. These are not my top ten best Regencies but books that have had an impact on the genre. In fact, if I were trying to...
September 21 2013

Poll: Who is Your Favorite Historical Hero?

We know Mr. Darcy and Mr. Rochester will always hold a special place in your heart. However, these two historical heroes were actually contemporary heroes at the time of publication, but have gone on...
July 27 2013

Trope of the Month: Heroines in Disguise (aka Chick-in-Pants)

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...
July 10 2013

Author Elizabeth Essex on Her Secret Royal Obsession

Today we welcome author Elizabeth Essex—and her secret obsession!— to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Elizabeth's Scandal in the Night, a historical romance, is out this month, and features...
July 3 2013

The Ten Romance Novels You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

Romance readers agree on only one thing: Each romance novel should have a Happily Ever After. For more of what is required, take a look at What Rules are in the Romance Novel Covenant? We've...
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...
March 19 2013

Author Heather Snow on Love in a Time of Madness

Today, Heather Snow joins us to discuss the impetus behind writing a hero or heroine who might be crazy—and why readers like them so much. In her forthcoming Sweet Madness, Heather has written...
February 17 2013

Keepers of the Dream: Reading the Classics in Historical Romance

When offered the chance to propose a “core curriculum” for historical romance, I eagerly accepted, knowing full well the problems I would have narrowing the list to a reasonable length....
December 17 2012

Painful Pasts and Current Anguish: Exploring Tortured Heroines in Romance Novels

As loyal readers of romance know, formulas exist for a reason—because they are highly effective. One of the most bang-for-your-buck formulas in romance is the tortured hero, the man spiritually...
April 18 2012

Mastering the Classics: Spanking in Pride and Prejudice?

You would think that no one had ever written an erotic romance before. All of a sudden, everyone’s buzzing about Fifty Shades of Grey, the ebook that started life as a fan fic of Twilight. (For...
March 24 2012

Top 5 Alpha Females: Kinsale’s Melanthe, Chuck’s Sarah Walker, and More!

Alpha-Beta, or opposites-attract stories are a common and winning formula in romances today. Fire and ice. Action and reaction. Passion versus logic. While there are many different flavors for this...
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...
October 7 2011

Laura Kinsale’s Top Three Damaged Heroes: Jervaulx, S.T., and Sheridan Drake

One of the reasons I love Laura Kinsale’s romances so much is that she isn’t afraid to write damaged heroes and integrate their difficulties into the plot and the romance itself. The most well-known...
August 25 2011

For My Reading Heart: The Brilliance of Laura Kinsale

Back in the old days when Fabio was on every romance novel cover, I couldn’t resist making a purchase when I saw his windblown hair and open shirt. On this particular cover, Laura Kinsale’s Flowers...
August 12 2011

Top 10 Phattest Plus-Size Heroines from Lisa Kleypas, Jennifer Crusie, Teresa Medeiros and More!

Our culture is full of downer messages about the romantic prospects of curvy ladies. From the multiplex to the Fiction and Literature shelves, it can seem good things wait for “After.” Fortunately,...
May 31 2011

Top 10 Greatest Musically Inclined Romance Heroes

From classical composers to rock stars, there’s something extra romantic about a musician. All our preconceptions about genius and brooding and muses are fertile ground for the novelist, and it’s...
May 20 2011

The 11 Most Dashingly Romantic Ship Captains!

They’re not easy to love, but they’re certainly easy to fall for. Between the gold buttons and the scrupulous neatness and that slight whiff of sketchiness, there are many reasons to love...