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The 10 Most Memorable TV Weddings That Inspired Jasmine Guillory’s Romanctic Debut

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We’ve got weddings on the brain lately. Between the upcoming royal wedding Prince Harry and actress Meghan Markle AND the epic double wedding on The CW crossover last week, who can blame us? It may be late fall (and not traditionally wedding season), but there’s clearly never a wrong time to get into the wedding-spirit. With so much love in the air, we’re rounding up our favorite TV weddings of all time. Gif via dailydcheroes.tumblr.com Prince Charles & Princess Diana, July 29, 1981 While Prince Harry prepares for his own wedding, he will no doubt get a lot of advice on royal matrimony from his father Prince Charles whose 1981 wedding to Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, was watched by 750 million worldwide.  Often referred…

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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. Gif via Giphy.com 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. Gif via jvmiefraser.tumblr.com When it comes…

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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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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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5 Survival Tips to Get You Through Thanksgiving with Your Nosy Relatives

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, which means turkey, football and relatives who are w-a-y too nosy. Don’t get me wrong, family time is wonderful. We get to talk to cousins we haven’t seen in a year, see how big our nieces and nephews have grown and laugh about how silly we were when we were kids. But then there’s the times that you show up solo to dinner and the questions start. You know the ones I’m talking about: “Still no special someone?” asks your uncle. “Why aren’t you married yet? You’re so attractive,” suggests the aunt who has no filter. “Are you sure you’re not gay? Not that there’s anything wrong with that,” inquires Mom. And then there’s the grandparents…

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The 6 Beloved Couples In TV and Books That We Continue to Adore

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I’m not going to lie, this might have been the hardest article I ever had to write. As both a TV addict and a romance junkie, I have a laundry list of on-screen couples who I worship. Depending on the day or time, those couples fluctuate from, “Oh my god, I’ll die if they don’t get together,” to “Look at them kissing! I have so many feeeeeels.” In the spirit of journalistic honesty, I’ve done my best to narrow down my top five (So. Hard.). Couples who just barely missed the boat include, Buffy and Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Chuck and Blair from Gossip Girl, Lee and Kara from Battlestar Galactica — I could go on and on. So, from both canceled…

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Dear TV Shows: Why I’m Breaking Up with You

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I’m a big fan of television, which is why I’m always raving about the new shows I’ve fallen in love with. From Netflix’s Sense8 to ABC’s Fresh Off the Boat, I’m willing to give pretty much anything a shot. And once I’ve fallen for a show, I’m loyal to a fault, watching for years and years, and trusting that the creators are going to consistently deliver an awesome product. Even when they don’t, I tend to stick around, hoping and praying the magic will come back (hello, Nashville). But sometimes there are shows that never seem to bounce back. Shows that get caught up in boring drama, irrational deaths and terrible writing, leaving almost nothing left to love or root for. That’s…

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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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