These Early-'90s 'Futuristic' Romance Covers Are Stunning and Wondrous 

Historical romance covers of the late ‘80s and early ‘90s are instantly recognizable—a triumph of design, frankly. But equally striking are the covers for these science fiction romance stories from the period. In 3034, we won’t need spacesuits, just pants and rippling abs. The future looks bright! »11/20/15 3:40pm11/20/15 3:40pm


Turns Out Writing Gay Romance Is More Complicated Than Just Plagiarizing Straight Romances

Stephenie Meyer recently demonstrated that taking one of your old novels and “rewriting” it as a gender-bent retelling can be a lucrative way to appeal to one’s fans. But what if the story that you’re writing up isn’t yours to begin with? A romance novelist specializing in gay fiction has just been uncovered as a… »10/29/15 3:35pm10/29/15 3:35pm

Scott Disick Is a Philandering Douchepacker in the Season Finale of KUWTK

“Piece of shit,” mutters Kris Jenner, gazing into her phone. On tonight’s Season 10 Finale (!!!) of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Jenner (along with the audience) discovers something that the paparazzi has been in on for a while. Scott Disick, erstwhile partner to Kourtney Kardashian and father of her three… »10/11/15 9:00pm10/11/15 9:00pm

Goddamn It, I've Known Who Sandra Bullock's Boyfriend Is For So Long

Earlier this month, after I’d published a story about Sandra Bullock’s “super hot” new boyfriend, a loyal reader emailed me. “Can give name and photo of Sandy B’s new bf,” their message said. My eyes widened. I felt like Bob Woodward getting a call from Deep Throat in 1972, only if Bob Woodward wrote for the Arts… »8/28/15 5:10pm8/28/15 5:10pm

Holy Shit, Who Thought This Nazi Romance Novel Was a Good Idea? 

The annual conference of the Romance Writers of America, held a few weeks ago, was a great time. But it’s tough to get past a truly horrifying discovery: Not only did somebody write a Christian romance novel with a Jewish heroine and a Nazi “hero,” it was nominated for two RITA awards, the genre’s equivalent of the… »8/06/15 1:25pm8/06/15 1:25pm

What Do Women Want? To Have Sex with Their Stepbrothers

Nestled inside the top sellers list on Amazon, between the James Patterson pot-boilers, the ubiquitous de-cluttering manifesto, and various forgettable beach reads, is the answer to what women really want: in short, to fuck their stepbrothers. For months now, self-published stepsibling romance novels have become a… »7/07/15 4:10pm7/07/15 4:10pm

Threesomes Are Fun (If You Do Them Right)

In the pantheon of sexual fantasies blissful to imagine but volatile to undertake, threesomes are near the top of the list. It might seem like a ménage à trois should be an easy sell: more hands! More mouths! More genitals! More fun! Yet such logic evades the emotional brains driving our hot-sex-machine bodies. As… »6/04/15 2:55pm6/04/15 2:55pm

Inside the Push for a More Diverse Romance Genre

It was inspiring to watch the authors picking up trophies at the RT Book Reviews awards ceremony in Dallas. Many were successful middle-aged women who’d started writing romances as a second career, supportive husbands cheering them on. But—as reflects the publishing business overall—it was a fairly white group, and… »5/22/15 12:50pm5/22/15 12:50pm

The Perfect Letter Is Chris Harrison's Boring Idea of 'Mommy Porn'

Chris Harrison wrote a romance novel. It took him a couple years and lots of late nights, but given that he’s spent his adult life advising sort of adults how to find love, and given that he’s divorced and has shown no real readiness to settle down again, it seems like that developing this side hustle was time… »5/21/15 3:30pm5/21/15 3:30pm

My Hot, Consensual Introduction to the Rape Fantasy Romance Novel

One of the primary elements that’s kept me away from indulging in the wet and wistful pleasures of a good romance novel is that the sex was never rough enough and men were always drippy. They were either counts, billionaires, cowboys, or some other sort of amorphous type of “stud” that I’ve never encountered in Real… »5/19/15 5:20pm5/19/15 5:20pm

What Do Romance Readers and Pick-Up Artists Both Obsess About? Alphas.

It’s a common trope in romance novels for the hero to be an alpha male: confident, bold, a natural leader of other men. They are often firefighters, military men, cops, tycoons, or 19th-century dukes in saucy cravats. And in romance’s taxonomy of alpha males, there appears the sub species of the alpha-hole. These men… »5/15/15 4:30pm5/15/15 4:30pm

Blinded By the Light (of the Glistening Bare Abs at This Romance Con)

One thing struck me immediately upon my arrival at the RT Booklovers’ Convention, and that was the proliferation of abs. So many abs! Abs on the elevators, abs on the walls, abs in the welcome bag, abs plastered all over the promo materials. Abs, abs, abs, abs. I don’t even care about abs and I’m in female-gaze hog… »5/15/15 12:50pm5/15/15 12:50pm