Romance
Special Issues
The Halloween Issue

The 10 Sexiest Scary Movies Horrifying and hot. The 10 Most Romantic “Monster” Movies Love can be scary. How to Have Sex with a Vampire A top 10 for all you Twilight fans. Are Halloween Couples’ Costumes Cute or Cloying? What do you think? Let us know! Halloween Haiku Contest Winners please, babe? just the tip? / he […]

Pop Culture
Top 5 Love Lessons from The Bachelorette (Andi, Ep 1)

photo courtesy of ABC/Rick Rowell When on a date, follow the same rule of the writer: show, don’t tell. Do not say “I have a lot to offer” as your opening gambit. Prove it by being charming, smart, funny, compassionate and so on. Do not refer to your date as “ma’am” at any point, even […]

Movies
The Top 10 Love Lessons of “Sixteen Candles”

This week marks the 30th (!) anniversary of Sixteen Candles, one of the greatest teen movies of all time (right next to John Hughes’ other classic, The Breakfast Club). At a time when most high school/college movies were raunchy, sexist tales of young men’s pursuit of sexual conquests — think the Porky’s franchise, Losing It, The […]

Pop Culture
Great Love Texts from Literature: Romeo & Juliet

ACT II. SCENE II. Capulet’s orchard: Juliet: R, where u @? [No response.] Juliet: helloooo???? [No response. Juliet starts a new text.] Juliet: yo, i think i’m in <3 but our rents h8 each other Romeo: o rly? Juliet: omg! meant that for my bff, lolz. nvm! Romeo: QFT Juliet: ??? Romeo: i feel the […]

TV
Top 5 Love Lessons from The Bachelorette (The Men Tell All)

It’s hard to come up with five decent love lessons each week when the show isn’t that exciting this season. The bloopers reel wasn’t even that good! (And such small portions, too!) A sure a signifier of just how ho-hum this cast was. So don’t expect much enlightenment from “The Men Tell All.” Fingers crossed […]

TV
Top 5 Love Lessons Learned from the Bachelorette (S 9, Ep 8)

photo via ABC.com Dating don’ts: Showing up shirtless. Showing up in an animal mascot suit. Showing up in earnest. Don’t ever, EVER, let your Dad touch your date more than you’ve touched your date. Similarly: If you ever want to have sex again, do NOT, under any circumstances, get a nasal adjustment on national television. […]

TV
Top 5 Love Lessons Learned from The Bachelorette (S 9, Ep 6)

photo via ABC.com There are no imperfect places to fall in love in the entire resort world. None. Yes, yes, do take your date by the hand in the middle of some boring event, run out into a nearby secluded corridor, press them up against the wall and kiss them passionately, please, yes, do that. […]

Confessions
Comment of the Week: There’s No Such Thing As “The One”

photo via Flickr While romantic idealism is great for the movies, it’s not so great for real-life long-term monogamy. Which is we loved Bryan‘s practical breakdown this week of one readers question: “How do I know he’s The One?“: Testing your relationship by asking “Can I live without this person?” is setting yourself up for […]

TV
Top 5 Love Lessons Learned from Season 9 Ep 5 of The Bachelorette

photo via ABC.com If you (Bryden) are going to dump someone (Des), do NOT take great pains to do it publicly at an inconvenient time for the dumpee. Flying across an ocean to tell someone who you’re not even really dating that you don’t like them is a little “look at me! look at me!” […]

Personal Essays
The Inspiring Results of One Couple’s Better Sex Experiment (Part 2 of 2)

As you might recall, our intrepid couple Emma and Seth volunteered to take on Durex‘s “Get Closer to Go Further” challenge. They’ve spent the past few weeks experimenting with an intimacy kit sent to them by Durex containing sex toys and lube and sex tips and spa gift certificates, oh my! Did they get closer and go further? Or did […]

TV
Top 5 Lessons Learned from Season 9 Episode 1 of The Bachelorette

photo via ABC.com 1. Vocal fry is so not hot. 2. If you have a sense of humor, please use it when you’re one on one with the person you’re trying to charm. (We’re talking to you, Mr. ER doctor with the glasses and the droopy eyes). And while we’re at it, if you have […]

How To
5 Ways to Rekindle the Flame

photo via flickr True love and deep intimacy aren’t a guarantee of hot sex. In fact, being in long-term love might be the reason your sex life is dull! After all, it’s hard to get excited when you know all your partner’s moves, when you know they’re not going anywhere, when you know every bad […]

Pop Culture
The Valentine’s Day Issue

The Best Valentine’s Day Present Ever! The top 10 reasons why our new book 150 Shades of Play makes the best Valentine’s Day present ever! 10 Easy Ways to Be More Romantic Romance is contagious. So the best way to get your partner to be more romantic is to be more romantic with them first. How […]

Toys
See Who Won Our “Adore Me” Contest!

photo via flickr You guys! We loved reading your submissions to our “Adore Me” contest. And we really, really struggled to pick a winner. It just feels so wrong to decide whose couple story is the cutest of all (it gives us bad flashbacks to high school yearbook superlatives). But we ended up going with […]

Pop Culture
Top 10 Worst Lines in Rom Com History

Maybe you think that nominating specific lines in romantic comedy as bad is kind of superfluous. But that’s probably because you’re thinking only of Kate Hudson’s oeuvre — and forgetting about, say, ANNIE HALL or MOONSTRUCK. Remember when Nicolas Cage told Cher: “Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is, and I […]

Wise Guys
Wise Guys: Is the Way to a Man’s Heart Really Through His Stomach?

photo by Julie via WikiCommons Advice from three of EMandLO.com’s guy friends. This week they answer the following: “Is the way to a man’s heart through his stomach? And if not, what’s the way?” Married Bisexual Guy (Bryan Sebeck): In a word, yes.  Several peer-reviewed scientific studies have shown that men are most attracted to scents that are both […]