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The Allure of the Impossible Romantic Interest

As is most often the case in a romance novel, one or both main characters is considered an impossible catch. Hero or heroine, this particular lead is often…

What Makes a Hero Sexy?

“The hero is sexy,” or some variation, I see a lot when reading reviews. I’m guilty of the same. It got me thinking. What makes a hero sexy?…

Fall in Love with these Beastly Heroes

I don’t know about you, but I grew up on Beauty and the Beast, and to-date it is still my favorite Disney cartoon. I love Belle’s quiet grace…

Best Romantic Short Stories

Guest Post by Sandra Scholes Picture the scene, you don’t have much time at work; so in your break you can only do one thing to keep you…

What are Your Favourite Comedy Romances?

Guest Post by Sandra Scholes We have gone through the erotic romance novels, the paranormal ones, and Regency, but what about the good old comedy romance novel? What…

Review: Everything I Know about Love I Learned from Romance Novels by Sarah Wendell

Genre: Non-Fiction look at Romance Novels Who is Sarah Wendell? She’s one of two romance bloggers behind Smart Bitches <3 Trashy Books. She knows her stuff. You should…

My Favorite Tropes: Secret Baby!

Guest post by Carla F. Secret Baby! The phrase just screams for capitalization and an exclamation point. Of course, this plot is when a couple goes their separate…

My Favorite Tropes: Marriage of Convenience

Guest blog by Carla F. Merriam-Webster defines a trope as “a common or overused theme or device”. However, it seems to me that it can only be “overused”…

Defining the Genre: Gothic Romance

Gothic romance is a genre you can’t find all too easily today. It was a popular genre a few decades ago and lovers of this romance sub-genre will…

Pirate Romance: Separating Myth from Truth

What is pirate, privateer, or buccaneer romance? While pirate romance seems pretty self explanatory the truth of the matter is that modern romantic notions of pirates are far…

Sheik Romance and the Passion of Arabian Nights

There are many fictional desert kingdoms in Sheik romance. In these desert romances the handsome and enigmatic sheik or prince finds love with the white woman for her…

Regency Romance versus Historical Romance

What is regency romance and how does it differ from historical romance? You may well recognize Jane Austen as a regency romance writer. She is best known for…

Defining the Genre: Highlander Romance

What is highlander romance? Highlander romance is a subgenre of historical romance. Not to be confused with the show, highlander romance is all about those sexy warrior men….

What is Urban Fantasy Romance?

I had to educate myself on this. For instance, until I read Katiebabs’ WTF post on Laurell K. Hamilton (among other things) I would have cleanly classified Anita…

Defining the Genre: Paranormal Romance

What is paranormal romance? Well we can easily define paranormal romance as subgenre of romance. But what is it really? Paranormal romance combines the supernatural world with that…

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