Family Feuds

If their parents weren't at war, would Romeo and Juliet have noticed each another?

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Man Down

When alpha males have to take it down a notch.

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The Great Escape

A round-up of romances that offer a respite from the ordinary world -- and an important message from our columnist.

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I'm Too Hot for You

Can two people find love when one has been humiliated by the other?

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Like a Rolling Stone

There's no more enticing figure than a loner who won't settle down -- until he does.

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Secrets and Lies

Stories of lovers with something to hide.

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Odd Girls In

Misfits who find their hearts' desire.

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Ordinary Love

Love stories that don't involve titled gentry or immortal vampires.

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Hard Heads and Heartbreak

Stubborn lovers prove their own worst enemies in five new romances.

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Fallen from Grace

Human imperfections are central to these affecting tales of love.

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Compatibility Tests

The most unlikely romantic pairings can produce the most appealing tales of love.

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We Don't Need Another Hero

Romance meets reality in a world where the damsels aren't always the ones in real distress.

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Think Pink

Stories of love that beats the odds, in a series of romances dedicated to beating a deadly disease.

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Not So Easy to Love

When the dashing hero is closed off from his own feelings, can love break through?

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'Til Death Do Us Part

Eloisa James on four novels that illustrate why weddings in romances need to be more than just happy endings.

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Twice-Told Tales

Four new romances that twist old plots—from Cinderella to Cyrano, Pygmalion to Jane Eyre—to fit these times.

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Clueless: Teens in Love

Eloisa James on great love stories for younger readers.

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Presumed Innocent

Eloisa James is surprised—and delighted—by the winning innocence of the heroines of five new romance novels.

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She's No Rocket Scientist

This month in Reading Romance, Eloisa James celebrates less-than-perfect lovers.

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Breaking the Rules

Is it any surprise that bad behavior makes for the best stories?

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Back to the Future

Ever inventive, writers of romance alter old forms to map fresh approaches to the heart.

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Strange Bedfellows

Marriage to a virtual stranger may not work out well in most peoples lives. But it does make for a good story.

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Way, Way Out West

From the Old West to imagined new frontiers, lone rangers who fire the imagination

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Our Town

Why a small-town setting can make for a particularly compelling tale of love's trials.

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In Praise of Decent Men

Forget about that smoldering demon lover for a minute -- take another look at the boy next door.

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Help, Help, Save Me!

Rescue Me!

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My Brilliant Career

Tales of literary ambitions that stand in the way of love. Read more...

Alpha Allure

Why we're still obsessed with The Leader of the Pack.

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Foreign Affairs

In this month's column, tales of love in which cultures clash -- but a richer harmony is the result.

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When Love Crosses the Tracks

The barriers between rich and poor can put a chill on romance -- or urge it to leap overtop.

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About the Columnist
Eloisa James is a New York Times–bestselling author of historical romances, as well as a memoirist (Paris in Love) and professor of English literature teaching Shakespeare at Fordham University. Her latest novel is Once Upon a Tower.

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Kenneth Calhoun (Black Moon) and Lysley Tenorio (Monstress) of the Discover Great New Writers program on B-movies, heritage, and finales.

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In the Light of What We Know

Zia Haider Rahman's mystery of a brilliant Bangladeshi mathematician's past barrels through the Ivy League, London high finance, and spy-haunted Afghanistan in a page-turning tale of exile, intrigue and the price of friendship. A Discover Great New Writers selection.

The People's Platform

Once touted as the foundation for tomorrow's digital democracy, the Internet is increasingly ruled by a few corporate giants, while millions of contributors till its fields for free. Astra Taylor looks at why the web has failed to deliver a communitarian cyberscape, and offers a compelling case for restoring its original vision.

A Private Venus

Dubbed "the Italian Simenon," Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911-1969) began his crime-writing career with books set in the USA, but quickly shifted scene closer to home, the city of Milan.  In this adventure, appearing in English for the first time, his underdog hero Dr. Duca Lamberti finds himself in the middle of a seedy, scantily clad criminal racket, where the presence of an outsider could result in death.