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Be Still My Heart: 10 Love Stories Totally Worth the Wait!

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Be still my heart! Between the new episodes of Outlander and Arrow, this has been a pretty great week for romance. And not just any standard romance either, but love stories that we have been pining over, desperately waiting for our favorite couples to reunite.   On Outlander, we finally got our Print Shop Scene, with Claire and Jamie reuniting after spending 20 years – and technically a couple of centuries – apart. As a longtime Outlander fan (of both the show and the books!), it was everything I could have dreamed of and more. Awkward, sweet, and crazy romantic. Don’t even get me started on the basically 45 minute sex scene that followed. When it comes to Arrow, Oliver and Felicity…

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SPOLIER ALERT: 5 Things We Want to See on Sunday’s Outlander Premiere

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Warning – spoilers for both the show and the books ahead! This summer’s Droughtlander is finally over! Season 3 of Outlander premieres this Sunday on Starz and we are SO READY for it. It’s been way too long since we last saw Jamie and Claire Fraser making out on our screens and it felt like this hiatus would never end. We’ve had a lot to wait for too. When last we left them, the pair of lovers had been heartbreakingly separated, with time traveler Claire heading back through the stones to raise their child in the ‘50s and ‘60s, and Jamie charging into battle at Culloden in 1745. Twenty years have passed since they last saw each other, though neither…

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OTP Roundup: A Guide to Your Favorite TV Couples

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Warning, mild spoilers ahead! With September quickly approaching, it’s time to focus on what really matters: our favorite TV shows returning for the fall season. We certainly love summer, but it’s always a tough waiting game for any true TV watcher, while we speculate and dream over what will befall our favorite characters next year. Or rather, our favorite couples next year. Because let’s face it, we’re mostly in it for the romance. Unfortunately, we left a lot of our OTPS (or One True Pairs) in some pretty tough spots at the end of the 2016-2017 season. Separated by time and space, thinking the other is dead, facing uncertain futures – let’s just say it’s been an angst-filled summer. Because…

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Starz’s Outlander: 5 Reads on Jamie Fraser’s Fictional Bookshelf

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There are few characters as awesome as Jamie Fraser, the hero of Diana Gabaldon’s bestselling Outlander series. Handsome, smart and loyal, Jamie is one of those rare book heroes who grab your heart from the very first page. It doesn’t hurt that he looks so great in a kilt, or that he’s so devoted to Claire, his time traveling wife and lady love. via GIPHY Thankfully, we get to see him in a kilt a lot these days. Ever since the TV show version aired on Starz back in 2014, we’ve been officially Jamie obsessed. And who can blame us? Sam Heughan makes the perfect Jamie, playing him as both broody and fun, the kind of guy we’d want to…

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The Top 10 June Books to Read as You Soak up the Sun

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The birds are chirping, the sun is out (finally), and June is in full swing. It might not be warm enough to jump into a pool yet (at least for some of us), but we’re so close to the heart of summer that we can almost taste those BBQs. That also means it’s the perfect month to soak up some much-needed sun with a good book. Or 10. Yep, June books are here and there’s a pile on our nightstand that says we’ve got some amazing reads waiting for us. Diana Gabaldon, anyone?! Here are the June books that we can’t wait to dive into: Seven Stones to Stand or Fall, Diana Gabaldon (Delacorte Press, June 27, 2017) Fans of…

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If You Like Starz’ Outlander, You’ll Fall in Love with These 10 Books

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As a self-proclaimed Outlander junkie, I’m always on the lookout for different books that are just as romantic and compelling as my favorite series. Claire and Jamie are a force to be reckoned with, and it’s not easy to live up to that kind of love. Not to mention the historical details that Diana Gabaldon brings to the narrative, or her unique touches of fantasy and mystery. But over the years, I have found a few books that come close. Here they are, along with this guarantee: if you like Outlander, you’ll love these 10 books. Promise. Outlander Book Recommendations Into the Wilderness, Sara Donati (Delta, 2008) This is the first book in a series that Gabaldon herself recommends to readers — and…

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Book Romances That Would be Your Perfect Summer Fling!

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Summer is officially here! Teens and college students are home from school and they’re looking for fun and exciting things to spend their time doing every day. Some will go on road trips, others will most definitely go to the beach, while some will certainly fall in love. Ahh, summer flings. So, you’ve just bumped into someone who’s home for a few months and you start thinking they’re pretty cute and totally your type. You both make some memories that you’ll hold dear forever, even if you go your separate ways come September. Then it’s back to reality. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. But if you’re looking to make that summer fling as memorable as you can, you’ll want to take some…

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Wedded Bliss: The Best Book and TV Marriages that Prove Love Always Wins

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We’re in full swing of the biggest month of the year for weddings: June! And when you think of weddings, you almost always think of love, romance and happily ever afters. As a long time romance reader, I’m used to books that have a happy ending. But here’s the thing: we rarely see what comes next. Usually our couple kisses or gets married and then rides off into the sunset. The drama is over, and we’re left to imagine what the rest of their lives look like. Sometimes it’s nice to imagine that idyllic life, trusting that a couple’s future will be free from angst or hardship. But it’s also not very realistic. Because in reality, marriage isn’t an ending, it’s…

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Outlander Kitchen Cookbook: Pair Your Favorite Episode with the Perfect Meal

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I can’t say that I’ve ever eaten Scottish food. Actually, aside from haggis, I can’t say that I even really know what Scottish food is (I mean, there’s lots of sausage and potatoes, right?). So when I heard that there was going to be an Outlander-inspired cookbook, I was intrigued. Well, I was pleasantly surprised by Outlander Kitchen: The Official Outlander Companion Cookbook (Delacorte Press, June 14, 2016). Written by Theresa Carle-Sanders with a foreword by Diana Gabaldon herself(!), the cookbook is charmingly put together, pairing different dishes with their mentions in Gabaldon’s novels. There are 17 chapters, each one containing recipes for different meals or types of food. Browse through “Chapter 9: Game,” to learn how to make Venison Stew with Tomatoe-Fruits,…

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Crazy for “Hamilton”? Here’s 4 Books You Should be Reading!

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I think we can all agree that “Hamilton” is the best thing to happen to Broadway since, well, ever. It seemed to become a national phenomenon overnight, and now it’s all any of us can talk about. There’s also no real reason it should have worked: after all, does anything sound as absurd as a rap musical about first Treasurer Secretary Alexander Hamilton? But it does work, brilliantly so, and it makes history come alive with an insanely talented diverse cast and music that you won’t ever be able to stop humming. Seriously, just listen to this and tell me you’re not hooked:   If you’re still wondering what all the fuss is about, then go download the cast album and…

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Outlander Returns: Why Jamie and Claire are the Best Couple in Books and TV!

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The second season of Outlander premieres this Saturday and I. Am. So. Excited. Jamie in a kilt! Action! Adventure! Historical intrigue! The best sex scenes on TV! And did I mention Jamie in a kilt? I’ve been an Outlander fan since I first read Diana Gabaldon’s series back in high school. I love every novel in the series, but Dragonfly in Amber, the book this new season is based on, has always been one of my favorites. Claire and Jamie are crazy in love, expecting a child and wondering if they have the courage to change the future. But nothing ever goes as planned, and the two face even more challenges than they did in book one. Still, if any couple…

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Amy Schumer Flips the Usual Sexual Politics in Trainwreck

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Any romance novel fan is familiar with the trope of the virginal woman and the more experienced man teaching her about sex. Hell, it’s practically standard in bodice rippers, where the man tends to be a recently reformed rake, only changing his womanizing ways for the right (and often pure) woman. And sure, in more contemporary novels the woman is rarely a virgin, but she still often needs to be sexually taught or enlightened by the new love in her life. Think 50 Shades of Grey or even Twilight. Both women are a little more naïve, needing almost constant guidance in the bedroom area. I love romance novels, but even I’m getting sick of the sexual politics that bleed into…

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Do You Agree with These Choices for Favorite Book Boyfriend?

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Sometimes you don’t just love a book; you worship it. And sometimes you don’t just like a character in that book; you want to marry them. Whether they’re broody and intense or sweet and sensitive, there’s just something about this guy or gal that you can’t get enough of. You comb the pages for mentions of their name, linger on your favorite passages, and, uh, imagine that you’re the one making out with them during love scenes. Luckily, there’s a phrase for these kind of obsessive reading-crushes. Book boyfriends (or girlfriends!). These are the characters you would die to meet in real life, the people you can actually imagine yourself falling in love with—if only they didn’t exist solely in…

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Looking for something bingeworthy? Try the hot men of history

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If I’m going to binge-watch a show, it better have some hot guys in it. And if those guys are say, dressed as Vikings and carrying muskets or swords, all the better. Luckily, there’s a serious trend in historical television right now, and most of them include lots of shirtless men. Take it from me: with all the snow and ice and below-zero temperatures outside, now’s the time to stay in and devour some television with a little side of history. Hey, you might even learn something. Though let’s be honest—we’re mostly in it for the abs. So for your binge-worthy pleasure, here are three must-watch hot men of history shows—and one book!—to get you through those endless winter nights.…

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Melt those winter blues with some lit-inspired tropical style

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It’s about that time of year, when the temperatures are sub-zero, the snow is piling up in slushy hills, and it feels like winter will never end. I am officially over the charm of icicles and outwear; all I want is hot sand under my feet and a margarita in my hand. But alas, the bank account doesn’t necessarily agree with my need for a vacation filled with palm trees and swim-up bars. So in the meantime, I’m only dreaming about heading to the tropics—and fantasizing about what I’d wear if it ever gets above 50 degrees again. Luckily, there are tons of tropical-based books to tide me over until summer (or if I magically win the lottery). To keep…

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Can’t wait for your favorite Scot to return? A wee list to tide ye over

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As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a diehard fan of Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander books. So I had very high hopes —and fears—for the television adaptation. But from the first episode of the new hit Starz series, I’ve basically been happy-dancing in my living room. Hot accents, a perfect Jamie, dreamy lighting, and a sex-scene that’s revolutionizing television—what’s not to love? The first season of Outlander has been split into two chunks, with the second half returning on April 4. Considering that the last episode aired in September, you can imagine my growing desperation. I need this show to come back on the air. Like, now. In the first half of season one, World War II nurse Claire Beauchamp Randall travels back…

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