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Bad Boys for Free!

Charlie-Hunnam-SOAYou’ve likely heard that women like to read about bad boy heroes — guys who are ruthless, commanding, and bend the rules for their own gain. But is there any scientific proof that real-life women prefer guys who are, as Sean Bean says, “a bit of rough?”

Actually, yes. An article in Psychology Today describes an experiment where self-described bad boys (encompassing the “Dark Triad personality traits of narcissism, psychopathy, and Machiavellism”) were presented to a group of women who rated the Dark Triad types higher than the control group.

While real-life women who are also romance readers might argue whether we’d like this Dark Triad guy in person, there’s no doubt that we do love bad boys (in romance). Here are three books featuring said bad boys available for free from EverAfter’s app:

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Morning Bites

Happy Birthday, Lois McMaster Bujold!

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Speculative fiction author Lois McMaster Bujold was born on this day in 1949 (Happy Birthday, Lois!). While Bujold writes primarily fantasy, she has elements of other genres, including a healthy dollop of romance, in her books, particularly in the Vorkosigan Saga, the Chalion series, and the Sharing Knife series.

The relationship between Miles Vorkasigan and Ekaterin Vorsoisson is one that many readers swoon over, and it is as fraught with complications as any family drama.

Have you read Bujold? Which of her series is your favorite?

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Hidden Gem: Desk Set

Starting today, if you are an Amazon Prime member you can stream Desk Set for free. Made in 1957, Desk Set stars real-life couple Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy. It’s not one of the better-known Hepburn-Tracy pairings, but it is a delightful treasure of a movie, and is especially intriguing because of our own computerized age. Tracy plays a computer expert who’s been sent to a television network to computerize their fact-checking department. Hepburn plays the head of the department, and the two of them share the wittiest dialogue on their way to an HEA:


Bunny Watson: I don’t smoke, I only drink champagne when I’m lucky enough to get it, my hair is naturally natural, I live alone… and so do you.

Richard Sumner: How do you know that?

Bunny Watson: Because you’re wearing one brown sock and one black sock.


Which is your favorite romantic-comedy pairing?

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Weekend Reading

Tom Hiddleston explains gothic literature. Swoon!

News outlets are reporting that Sandra Bullock has signed on to lead an all-female cast remake of Ocean’s Eleven, which first starred Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, then George Clooney and his pals. Then there’s the all-female remake of Ghostbusters. Let’s think about other movies that could stand the inclusion of women — The Magnificent Seven, perhaps? The Great Escape? Do you think recasting these films is a gimmick, or just an interesting reimagining of a film?

Oh, look. A mainstream media journalist was dismissive of the romance genre. Again. Jenny Trout has a fantastic post about it.

Publishers Weekly has announced its Best Books of 2015, including their Top Romance picks. Have you read any of them? Any of them now on your TBR pile?

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Caturday: Adopt a Black Cat!

From the Des Hommes et des Chatons tumblr.
From the Des Hommes et des Chatons tumblr.

Happy Halloween, everyone! Let’s launch into Caturday, shall we?

People are superstitious, often ridiculously so, which means that 40% of all cats in shelters are black cats. Poor kitties can’t help the color of their fur!*

But some shelters around the country are trying to encourage black cat adoption, especially at Halloween.

Here’s why you should adopt a black cat:

–They are always dressed for black tie events.

–There is no better combination than black hair fur and green eyes.

–Black goes with everything.

*Full disclosure: I have a black cat.


 

Also, it’s not too late to enter for a chance to win the right to name a cat in an upcoming author’s book! Check out authorsforcats for details on this excellent cause.

 

 

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Keep Queer Romance Month All the Year

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Queer Romance Month is winding to a close, and to celebrate the month, I’m following up on a post I wrote in celebration in October 2014. Take a look around the site to find posts by authors and readers of queer romance.

Last year, I shared how I came to read queer romance (primarily m/m), which was a fairly recent thing.

This year, as I thought about writing something to contribute to QRM, I wanted to figure out what more there was to say. I read queer romance, I like it, and I support it. Easy-peasy, right?

Not necessarily.

As I thought about what to write for this year, I realized that I was still pigeon-holing my queer romance reads. As being, you know, queer romance. And yet the theme of this month is love is love and, to paraphrase Charles Dickens, “”I will honor [Queer Romance Month] in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” I feel that it’s doing the work a disservice by categorizing it even before I’ve read it, based on my preconceived notions of what it is. Not so much that it IS queer romance; I mean, I expect certain things from my historical reading as well, and would think less of the book if it had an anachronism (that I could identify) as much as if a m/m romance ended up being a m/f.

So my challenge to myself as I set forth on continuing to read stories where ‘love is love’ is not to segment them in my mind based on whose parts are on what character. It’s all romance, and I’m a romance reader, and I like to read stories where people fall in love.

Maybe it is easy-peasy. I just have to keep it in my heart.

What queer romance have you read, and would want to recommend? My recommendations for this year are below:

Amy Jo Cousins’s Off Campus from the Off Campus series
Alexis Hall’s Waiting for the Flood
Larissa Ione’s Base Instincts
Kate Rothwell’s The Gentleman and the Lamplighter
KJ Charles’s A Fashionable Indulgence

Morning Bites

Playing Dress-Up: Outlander Costume!

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No, of course this isn’t just an excuse to run a pic of Jamie!

Tomorrow is Halloween, and perhaps you forgot to plan a costume. Here’s a thought: as long as you can convince your partner to get on-board, how about dressing as Outlander’s Claire and Jamie? All you need is a dress, a shawl, and a kilt.

If you are dressing up, what is your costume?

Morning Bites

Daniel Craig or James Bond?

Daniel-CraigThe latest James Bond film, Spectre, opens next week in the United States and is already showing on screens in the United Kingdom. On the press tour, Daniel Craig, who plays the current James Bond, is having none of the nonsensical questions people ask about the iconic double-O agent.

In a recent interview, Craig says, “Let’s not forget that he’s actually a misogynist. A lot of women are drawn to him chiefly because he embodies a certain kind of danger and never sticks around for too long.”

Even better, this is how Craig answers when someone talks about Bond succumbing to the charms of an older woman (played by Monica Belluci): “I think you mean the charms of a woman his own age. We’re talking about Monica Bellucci, for heaven’s sake. When someone like that wants to be a Bond girl, you just count yourself lucky!”

And when he’s asked, how important it is for Bond to be in excellent shape he replies, “It’s an aesthetic choice. My female producer always makes sure I take off my shirt often enough.”

But James Bond, the character, is appealing, since he himself is a lethal weapon, is apparently quite good in his other skills, and carries a big…gun. Plus there’s no messy entanglements — you’ll have fun, and then he’ll leave, and you won’t have to worry if he’ll squeeze the toothpaste the wrong way.

If you had to choose, would you go for James Bond the character or Daniel Craig the actor?

Morning Bites

Who’s Your Favorite Under-the-Radar Author?

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Who’s behind that green makeup and hood?

Now that self-publishing and digital e-reading has become part of the norm of publishing, more and more authors are (seemingly) coming out of nowhere to become bestsellers. Some authors are bestsellers but aren’t known to much of the romance reading world. If you are a big fan of an author who it seems nobody else has heard of, share them here!

Who’s your favorite under-the-radar author?

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What’s the Longest You’ve Waited for a Book?

Lisa-Kleypas-Cold-Hearted-RakeLisa Kleypas’s Cold-Hearted Rake is released today, marking her return to historical romance. It’s been a long time since Kleypas has written anything historical (has it been five years already?), and Kleypas fans have been yearning for this day to come. And it’s here!

If you’ve ever anticipated a highly-anticipated book, what book was it, and how long did you wait for it?

What’s the longest you’ve waited for a book?