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September 7 2017

32 Authors Share The Words That Squick Them Out!

It's a truth universally acknowledged that some words should just not be used in a romance novel—we're looking at you, “moist.” What squicks out one person is perfectly benign...
March 13 2017

Which Word Squicks You Out More?

Does the word moist make your cringe? Does the word folds totally take you out of the sexy times as you read? Here at H&H there's plenty of debate about the words that totally squick us...
August 24 2016

The Science of Squick?

Yesterday we shared an article that shed some light on a much talked about issue: why we hate the word moist. Scientific American published an article that delved deeply into the science of why...
August 1 2016

Do Euphemisms Ever Feel Out of Place?

As romance readers we're no strangers to words such as “members,” “flowers,” or “lady petals” when describing the anatomy of our favorite characters. After...
October 23 2015

To Smut or Not to Smut?

Yesterday on Twitter, we may have eavesdropped on a few conversations discussing the term “smut.” It's a term that has come back into the romance vernacular in the last few weeks...
October 2 2015

Romance News Roundup: Swooniest Pride & Prejudice Moments, Penny Reid Deal, and More!

Welcome to H&H's 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: Penny Reid writes...
September 24 2015

Only Cream We Want Is for Coffee: Squick Me Out(Loud) Romance Words vs. Real-Life Usage

There are a ton of words that romance writers can get away with in print that the everyday person wouldn’t be ballsy enough to say out loud. In a normal sexual situation, I don’t think...
June 17 2015

Romance News Roundup: Beth Cato’s New Series, Euphemisms, and Deals!

Welcome to H&H's 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: Charlene Sands's The...
April 6 2015

Eff It: Cursing on Covers?

In romance, especially in this day and age, strong language isn't out of the norm within the content of the book. However, it's not always what's on the inside that counts... Sometimes the...
November 6 2014

Turgid Rod, Dewy Petals: You’re Invited to the Euphemism Party!

Today we're pleased to welcome author Brighton Walsh to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Brighton's new book, Caged in Winter, is released this week, and includes Cade, a sexy chef, and Winter, an...
December 4 2013

Fun with Spurts and Squirts in Erotic Romance

In the world of romance, I am known as a spurt expert. And by spurt, I mean the use of the word in any format, although I’m most keen on actual love spurts. I count them when I read romances and...
May 2 2013

Wish You Were Here: News and Gossip from RT Booklover’s Convention

With Lora Leigh and Sylvia Day update, look below for more details! Team H&H's Heather Waters (@redline_) is over in Kansas City, Missouri at the Romantic Times Booklover's Convention....
December 5 2012

Squick Me Out, Part 3: Revenge of the Moist

As you all know, I absolutely detest the word “moist.” Since my first post on Squick Words, I’ve been known to get “moist bombed” on Twitter. That’s when a random...
August 8 2012

When Romance Novels Go TMI: Drenched in Squick-Inducing Seed

So I was enjoying Mary Balogh’s newest RegencyinDisguise, The Proposal (which kicks off her new Survivor’s Club series as well as being a Bedwyn prequel), when a bit of dialogue stopped...
February 16 2012

Cleaning Up His Act: Heroic “Don’ts"

Romance readers generally know what they want in a hero. Me, I know what I don’t want. What I really, really don’t want. Most of them involve personal hygiene—you know, the kind that gets glossed...
November 13 2011

Squick Me Out: UnPassionate Words, Part 2

The first Squick Word post just won’t die (Squick Me Out! Words Not to Use in Moments of Passion) comments keep being posted, and some evil beings continue to email me passages of books with...
August 2 2011

What Word Grosses You Out?

Now, we’re not saying Huffington Post is biting our style, but all’s we can say is, we had Natasha Carty writing about this very thing awhile ago, albeit in a romance novel context, when she wrote...
June 5 2011

We Have A Winner!: Soup of The Day

A little over a month ago, we ran a post that Natasha Carty wrote titled “Squick Me Out!: Words Not To Use In Moments of Passion,” and there’s been a lively discussion in the comments. But...