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February 27, 2015
Friday Beefcake: Eddie Redmayne
Team H & H
February 27, 2015
Comedic Sci-Fi Romance
Heather Massey
February 26, 2015
No-Catch Heroes from Friends, Love Actually, and More!
Roe Valentine
February 26, 2015
Best Reads of February 2015
Team H & H
February 25, 2015
Anne Bishop’s Others Series
Sahara Hoshi
Feb 28 2015 10:00am

First Look: Madeline Hunter’s His Wicked Reputation (March 3, 2015)

His Wicked Reputation by Madeline HunterMadeline Hunter
His Wicked Reputation (Wicked #1)
Jove / March 3, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

She was a sensible woman.

He was a man who could drive a woman senseless with desire.

Gareth Fitzallen is celebrated for four things: his handsome face, his notable charm, his aristocratic connections, and an ability to give the kind of pleasure that has women begging for more. Normally he bestows his talents on experienced, worldly women. But when he heads to Langdon’s End to restore a property he inherited—and to investigate a massive art theft—he lays plans to seduce a most unlikely lady.

Eva Russell lives a spinster’s life of precarious finances and limited dreams while clinging to her family’s old gentry status. She supports herself by copying paintings while she plots to marry her lovely sister to a well-established man. Everyone warns her of Gareth’s reputation, and advises her to lock her sister away. Only it is not her sister Gareth desires. One look, and she knows he is trouble. One kiss, however, proves she is no match for this master of seduction.

I'm trying to think of the right word to describe the feel of this historical romance. It's certainly not dated, nor is it what I'd usually call Old Skool. I think the word is “classic.” This is a classic handsome rake/virgin spinster story. But given that it's written by Madeline Hunter, there's one thing you can absolutely count on: the heroine will be neither silly nor wimpy.

It starts off a series about three brothers, all of whom are finding it hard to mourn their fourth brother, the late duke of Aylesbury. Gareth Fitzallen particularly hated Percy, who never accepted his illegitimate half-brother and had kept Gareth's legacy from their father tied up in the courts. Fortunately, Gareth's other half-brothers are quite different. When Ives (don't call him Ywain) asks Gareth to help investigate the mysterious loss of many valuable paintings, he kills two birds with one stone by starting the investigation from his abandoned, derelict property. But he's quickly distracted by his new neighbor, impoverished gentlewoman Eva Russell.

[And is she distracted back?...]

Feb 27 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: Eddie Redmayne

This past Sunday, Eddie Redmayne won an Oscar for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything. Today, he made headlines once more when the first pictures of him as transgender painter Einar Wegener, aka Lili Elbe were released. What are your thoughts on the British actor? Share your favorite pictures of him in the comments!

Feb 27 2015 3:43pm

Romance News Roundup: Grace Burrowes Deal & Another Arrow Spinoff?!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Lady Eve's Indiscretion by Grace Burrowes—Deal Alert #1: Grace Burrowes' seventh Windham novel, Lady Eve's Indiscretion, is currently $1.99 in e-book at iBookstore and Amazon.* (P.S. Ever wonder what the Windham series would look like on screen? Kate Nagy shared her fantasty cast of the series here.)

Arrow and The Flash executive producers Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and Marc Guggenheim are planning another expansion of the superhero universe—according to Deadline.com, another DC spinoff is in the works at the CW, this one an all-star teamup. If picked up to series, the show would star Arrow/The Flash alum Brandon Routh (Ray Palmer/The Atom), Wentworth Miller (Leonard Snart/Captain Cold), Caity Lotz (Sara Lance/Canary), Victor Garber (Dr. Martin Stein), and more. Would you watch? Olicity fans, how happy are you to hear Ray won't be sticking around Starling City if all goes according to plan? (Read our Olicity-focused Arrow recaps here.)

—Deal Alert #2: Crimson Romance currently has quite a few e-books on sale at Amazon for $1.99 and under.

*Daily reminder that we don't know how long these deals will last so get 'em while you can!

Feb 27 2015 2:30pm

Comedic Sci-Fi Romance: Sex, Jokes, and Science in Space

Knight of a Trillion Stars by Dara JoyOne of life's literary challenges involves the combination of science fiction, romance, and comedy—three genres competing for center stage in a single story. Blending these three genres well is no small feat—I imagine it’s like trying to juggle a watermelon, a pineapple, and a kiwi fruit.

Despite my interest in all three of these genres, I harbor some fears about them in combination. What if a story winds up lacking strong emotional impact or depth? Funny and meaningful aren't mutually exclusive. Or a story might fall into campy territory and fail to offer any satire or humorous social commentary. I don't always want to turn off my brain just because a story is humorous.

I take my sci-fi romance seriously in that I have a general preference for serious fare. That's not to say I avoid reading SFR with humorous elements or situations. Such scenes can provide crucial balance in an otherwise dark story. But all-out comedy? That's another matter.

Also, as in the case of parody, the story is inviting me to laugh at my favorite genre. Sometimes I can do that and do so with glee; other times I have difficulty suspending my disbelief over a comedic approach to serious issues. This area, of course, is where execution is key, because I also know that compelling stories will draw me in despite any misgivings I may have.

There are really only a handful of comedic sci-fi romances. It's not a big surprise, given the literary juggling act involved in writing them. But they're out there. Here are a few that, despite my doubts, made a memorable impression on me. They're listed in order of publication date.

[Read on for a good time...]

Feb 27 2015 1:20pm

First Look: Kim Karr’s The 27 Club (March 3, 2015)

The 27 Club by Kim KarrKim Karr
The 27 Club
Penguin / March 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.99 digital

You don't know when...

You don't get to choose if...

When it's time to join...you'll know.

You might think you want to be a member—but trust me, this is one club you don't want to join. It's not a place where people go to live out their deepest, darkest sexual desires—there are no handcuffs or blindfolds.

The 27 Club only admits those who die young and tragically. Having just lost my brother to the club, I know there is no doubt. I'm next. This is my destiny… and I was ready to yield.

But then I met Nate. He awakened a sensuality in me that had never been explored, never satisfied. I knew then I could no longer accept my destiny. Nate's presence controls me. I'm overwhelmed by his touch, his words; my every thought is consumed by desire. I believe he was brought into my life for a reason.

Nate doesn't believe in destiny.

But I do.

And if there's a way to cheat it—I must.

“Perhaps it’s destiny telling me to let go and explore the wilder side of life.”

The premise of Kim Karr's The 27 club is built around a “curse” surrounding artists. It’s widely known that a lot of prominent entertainers have died on their 27th year of birth and this is what the 27 club is based on. Zoey’s family has a similar curse. Various members of her family have no made it past their 27th year. It has affected her mother, her grandfather and now her brother. When she arrives in Miami to deal with the aftermath of her brother’s death and her grief, she decides to stop hiding behind the curse and instead embrace life.

[And love?]

Feb 27 2015 12:30pm

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid: Exlcusive Excerpt

Suzanne Enoch

Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid

The pursued becomes the pursuer. After years of having Rowena MacLawry, the youngest sister of his closest friend, tagging after him, all Lachlan MacTier wants to do is escape. But then Winnie runs off to London, determined to forget Lachlan in the swirl of her debutante Season.

When she returns three months later to prepare for her oldest brother’s lavish Highlands wedding, Rowena is a changed woman. She’s smothered her Scottish brogue, become an arbiter of the latest Paris and London fashions, and is in the company of several handsome young English aristocrats all vying for her favors.

Lach doesn’t quite know what to make of this witty, sophisticated beauty who now has better things to do than follow him to a fishing pond. But the more determined she seems to be to prove that she has no need to fawn after a Scottish, kilt-wearing rogue who couldn’t even be bothered to write her a single letter while she was away, the more interested he is in Winnie. Is she pretending to disdain him now, or has he truly lost his chance at a lady who is turning out to be far more lovely and interesting than he ever imagined?

Rowena’s horizons have expanded, and she isn’t certain any longer that rugged Lachlan is the man with whom she wants to spend her life. Would she be happier in London with the swirl of parties and myriad friends and admirers, or in the silly pursuit of a man who’s never shown any interest in her at all? But in the face of London intrigue and Highlands danger, she begins to realize that the boy she adored is nothing compared to the man he’s become – and that he may prove to be irresistible.

Get a sneak peek of Suzanne Enoch's Mad Bad and Dangerous in Plaid (available March 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of the Prologue and Chapter 1.


“What do ye think, Lachlan?”

Her heart pounding, Lady Rowena MacLawry pirouetted in the middle of the Glengask House morning room. All the way from Paris, this gown was. It practically floated on the air, mauve and a deep gray she knew precisely matched her eyes, because she’d spent hours holding up swatches of material to her mirrored reflection until she’d found the perfect charcoal hue.

“What do I think aboot what?” Lachlan MacTier, Viscount Gray, returned from the corner of the room.

[Continue on to read the full excerpt of Mad, Bad, and Dangerous in Plaid...]

Feb 27 2015 10:55am

First Look: Kendra Leigh Castle’s Every Little Kiss (March 3, 2015)

Every Little Kiss by Kendra Leigh CastleKendra Leigh Castle
Every Little Kiss (Harvest Cove #2)
Penguin / March 3, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The second novel featuring small New England town of Harvest Cove, where the residents know that Emma Henry likes things nice and orderly—but everyone has to let loose sometimes…

Event planner Emma Henry is used to focusing all her attention on reaching her goals and letting romance fall by the wayside. But when her sister Sam’s bachelorette party prompts the most tightly-wound Henry to let her hair down, Emma’s night ends with the entire town linking her to a man who could lay waste to anyone’s best-laid plans.

Army vet Seth Andersen thought that joining the police department in sleepy Harvest Cove would offer a quiet, normal life. But when he finds himself responsible for uptight Emma Henry at the end of her wildest night ever, his world turns unexpectedly complicated—and he’s surprised to discover he doesn’t mind at all…

Looking for a book with great character growth, and relevance to our busy lives? Then look no further than Kendra Leigh Castle's Every Little Kiss. The book is so relatable because most of us have experienced work/life imbalance.  We do something that gets our life out of kilter and end up with no life outside of work—just like Emma Henry —although most of us are not quite as rigid or as much of a perfectionist as Emma. But that is what makes this Before/After picture so rewarding.

[First, to the Before...]

Feb 27 2015 9:30am

First Look: Marie Force’s And I Love Her (March 3, 2015)

Marie Force
And I Love Her (A Green Mountain Romance #4)
Penguin / March 3, 2015 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

As the oldest of the ten Abbott siblings, Hunter prides himself on his ability to solve other people’s problems, but now he has a problem of his own—how to convince the woman of his dreams that his love is for keeps

As the chief financial officer, Hunter Abbott manages the family’s various business interests while “fixing” things for the people he loves. But the one thing he can’t fix is his undeniable attraction to Megan Kane. Instead, Hunter is prepared to do whatever it takes to show Megan that he’s the man for her.

Megan’s sister rocks her with the news that she and her husband are moving overseas, leaving Megan truly alone. With her sister—and her job at the diner—going away, Megan finds herself leaning on the sexy, button-down accountant who isn’t afraid to lay it all on the line for her. But Megan has watched too many people she loves leave her. Can she risk her heart on Hunter?

And I Love Her is the fourth installment of Marie Force’s Beatles’ song inspired series that focuses on the oldest son of the Abbott Family, Hunter, and his long-term love for Megan Kane, a waitress at the diner across the street from his family business. The theme of love at first sight, with a twist, makes this brain-candy novel one that will hold fans captive until the final HEA.

[That's what we like to hear!]

Feb 27 2015 8:29am

This Husband Wins the Romance Game

There's a man in New Jersey named Bill Bresnan who has written a love letter to his wife Kirsten every single day for nearly 40 years. The couple say they rarely fight, and the husband advises, “The key to any relationship is that you both have to work at it every day.... And never go to bed mad. Talk about everything. Everything should get resolved before your goodnight kiss.”


Feb 26 2015 5:30pm

Freedom in Choice: Women’s Fiction Best Bets for February 2015

New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth KendrickSeveral February books take a look at the heartrending time during World War II, so it seems apropos to use a quote by Viktor E. Frankl—“Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation”as the introduction to this month’s selection.  The beauty of this quote is that it applies to all of life’s lessons. Readers have quite a variety to choose from this month, from lighthearted and humorous books to books that illuminate parts of our tragic past. No matter what your taste preference, you’ll be sure to find something that will appeal.

New Uses for Old Boyfriends by Beth Kendrick

After growing up in privilege and marrying into money, Lila Alders has gotten used to the good life. But when her happily-ever-after implodes, Lila must return to Black Dog Bay, the tiny seaside town where she grew up. She’s desperate for a safe haven, but everything has changed over the past ten years. Her family’s fortune is gone—and her mother is in total denial. It’s up to Lila to take care of everything...but she can barely take care of herself.

The former golden girl of Black Dog Bay struggles to reinvent herself by opening a vintage clothing boutique. But even as Lila finds new purpose for outdated dresses and tries to reunite with her ex, she realizes that sometimes it’s too late for old dreams. She’s lost everything she thought she needed but found something—someone—she desperately wants. A boy she hardly noticed has grown up into a man she can’t forget...and a second chance has never felt so much like first love.

Strengths: Appealing characters, humorous setting, second chance at love, HEA
Measure of Love: Tablespoon
Introspection Level: Medium
Thoughts: It’s always great revisiting the setting of Black Dog Bay; lighthearted with hints of life’s lessons.

[+more best bets ahead...]

Feb 26 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Anne Calhoun’s The List (March 3, 2015)

The List by Anne CalhounAnne Calhoun
The List
Penguin / March 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Matchmaker and stationery shop owner Matilda Davies brings people together. For those on her list, Tilda will find the man or woman of their dreams—whether it’s for an hour or a lifetime. But due to a painful past, the British expat has never put her own name on the list. Instead, she limits herself to emotionless and commitment-free hookups. Then she meets Daniel, who wants not just her body, but also her heart…

Daniel Logan hides the soul of a poet under the suit and tie of an FBI agent. Specializing in financial crimes, he pieces together stories of greed and ensures justice is done. He plays by the rules—until he meets Tilda. He’s drawn in by her passion as well as her mysteriousness. Daniel knows that no matter her secrets, he’s the perfect match for Tilda. But even pleasure doesn’t come with a guarantee…

Let me start by saying that it was less than a year ago that I read my first Anne Calhoun book. I know. What rock have I been under? But I’m happy to say that The List is my fourth Calhoun read in said year, so that should tell you something of how I feel about her books. Two things are certain when you dive in to one of her novels. First, this is erotic romance, people, and her books deliver. But what I find just as appealing as the erotic is the emotion her characters exhibit and the way Calhoun’s exquisite attention to detail conveys the emotional turmoil necessary for her characters to experience before they can grow, and of course, The List does just that.

[So we should put in on our list...]

Feb 26 2015 3:53pm

Romance News Roundup: The 100 Kissing and Susan Mallery Deal!

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

Clarke and Lexa in The 100 2x14, Bodyguard of LiesLast night's episode 2x14 of The 100, “Bodyguard of Lies,” turned up the heat on two relationships, Clarke/Lexa (Clexa) and Raven/Wick (Wicken). What did you make of all the kissing? While I hope to see Bellamy/Clarke (Bellarke) happen one day because their personalities complement each other so beautifully, it's awesome to hear that, as showrunner Jason Rothenberg tweeted last night:

In #The100, they don't label themselves. If Clarke's attracted to someone, gender isn't a factor. Some things improve post-apocalypse. ... Clarke is a bisexual character. Remember that in this society, no one's worried about it. They're worried about spears to the chest.

—Deal Alert: Susan Mallery's Delicious, first in the Buchanans series, is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Barnes & Noble, iBookstore, and Amazon. For more, don't miss Janga's post on “Finding Family with Susan Mallery.”

Feb 26 2015 3:11pm

What’s the Catch?: Good-Guy Heroes from Friends, Love Actually, and More!

Today we are pleased to welcome to the site Roe Valentine, whose release, Left to Forever, came out on Tuesday. The hero of Left to Forever is a rare commodity in romance and the real world—there's no “catch!” Roe is here today to talk about other no-catch heroes and why we should love them just as much as the alpha! Thanks for joining us, Roe!

I’ll be honest, all my heroes are loosely based on real men I’ve known (or a combination of them). But that’s what writers do: take reality and give it a fun twist—or not so fun. I recently asked myself why all of my heroes are basically the same, minus the various hunky exteriors, and the only thing I can think is:  therapy. Writing is a great way to express any feeling, good or bad. And it’s also super fun to give a story the ending you want.  From there, I move on to tell other stories in learning about myself and others, but what’s ever so clear is I have a “type”.

As I think further about this “type” I gather that all the heroes I adore have some very distinct things in common, not including typical hero physical characteristics (tall, handsome, wealthy, etc.), but something more. He’s a genuine good guy. And though we wait for it, he doesn’t seem to have a “catch”. He’s a no-catch guy. What does this mean? Well, he’s not necessarily tormented by some tragic past and he genuinely believes in love. In the case of Jacob, the hero in Left to Forever, this is probably due to the unconditional love he’d witnessed between his parents—or maybe he just has intact self-esteem.

[That would be nice for a change...]

Feb 26 2015 2:30pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of February 2015

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy NelsonEach month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for February 2015 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):


I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson was such an excruciating read, it has to be my best book of the month. :-) The narrative is cleverly and fiendishly designed to cause as much pain and suspense as possible; I won't spoil the ending, but the payoff is worth it. It's also gorgeously written, and would be a great choice to give to anyone who sneers at Young Adult literature.

Chelsea Mueller:

Risking It All  by Tessa Bailey

I've been a fan of Bailey's books for some time, but Risking It All is my favorite. I'm a sucker for the enemies-to-lovers trope, and she's a master. What's best about this particular novel—the first in a new series—is the way she twists the trope in a new and exciting way. Also, she writes some of the best dirty-talkin' alphas out there. Swooning for Bowen Driscol is guaranteed.

[+More delicious blogger recommendations...]

Feb 26 2015 12:15pm

First Look: Patricia Briggs’s Dead Heat (March 3, 2015)

Dead Heat by Patricia BriggsPatricia Briggs
Dead Heat (Alpha and Omega #4)
Ace / March 3, 2015 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

For once, mated werewolves Charles and Anna are not traveling because of Charles’s role as his father’s enforcer. This time, their trip to Arizona is purely personal—or at least it starts out that way...

Charles and Anna soon discover that a dangerous Fae being is on the loose, replacing human children with simulacrums. The Fae’s cold war with humanity is about to heat up—and Charles and Anna are in the cross fire.

As humans, it is hard enough to face our own mortality.  When you mix in the world of the supernatural, it gets worse.  Werewolves, vampires and the like can all live for centuries. In a supernatural world, making friends with humans is like having a pet goldfish.  Our lives are fragile and short and just when they are getting to enjoy our company and our individual quirks, *flush* it is time for us to go.

Usually when humans are mixed into an Urban Fantasy, it is either in a discussion of friends long gone or in the present tense, with human friends in their prime of life.  In Patricia Briggs’s latest Alpha and Omega novel, Dead Heat, she makes Charles face the pending death of his long-time friend, sinceeven a werewolf of Charles’s power and strength cannot fight the ravages of human mortality.

[It is quite a juxtaposition...]

Feb 26 2015 11:30am

Arrow 3x15 Olicity Heart-to-Heart: Up, Up, and A.T.O.M. Away

Show/Episode: Arrow 3x15 “Nanda Parbat”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity), with mentions of Ray/Felicity (Raylicity)

Oliver Felicity Captain's LogNote: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night's Season 3, Episode 15, “Nanda Parbat.”

Ra’s is lounging in the Lazarus Pit when Nyssa busts in, upset that Oliver is alive and back in Starling.  Ra’s admits he knew and that Oliver is not Sara’s killer.  He’s just a smart guy, isn’t he?  Nothing gets past him.  Back in Starling, Malcolm, Thea, and Oliver are training and everyone is generally angsty about everything.  Welcome to another episode of Arrow!

In flashbacks, after his debriefing Oliver is let go to travel to Japan with the Yamashiros and from there he can go home. On the way to the boat, the family and Oliver are ambushed by ARGUS agents.  They’re pinned down by gunmen and the whole family is unable to make it to a covered truck together.  This isn’t looking too good for the Yamashiros. 

Thea opens up to Roy about killing Sara and of course he knew but he shares his own struggle with knowing he killed under the influence.  I love the scenes with them this episode, how Roy reassures Thea and tries to help her to find her way out of her guilt.

[Do we smell a reconciliation up ahead?]

Feb 26 2015 8:15am

Throwback Thursday: What Was the First Romance Book You Saw On-Screen?

A Novel RomanceFifty Shades of Grey is just the latest version of a book-to-screen adaptation that exposes non-book readers to a popular romance book. As a romance reader, no doubt you've seen some of your favorite (or not favorite) romance books hit screens, either big or small.

What was the first one you remember reading first, and then seeing the movie or television version? What was the first romance book you saw on-screen? 

Feb 25 2015 4:30pm

Come for Olicity Stay for Gina L. Maxwell’s Tempting Her Best Friend

Tempting Her Best Friend by Gina L. MaxwellLast week on Twitter, I noticed a conversation between two romance authors, Gina L. Maxwell and Rebecca Yarros.  They were talking about Olicity (Oliver and Felicity, from the CW’s Arrow) and Gina mentioned that she shipped them so much that she based her characters from her novel Tempting Her Best Friend on them.  Naturally, this caught the attention of all the Olicity shippers on Twitter and word spread like wildfire.  The discussion even made it to Tumblr.  As a result, sales of the book have skyrocketed and fans all over Twitter are discussing it using the hashtag #olicitybookclub.

Character inspiration aside, this book is more than capable of standing on its own.  For one thing, the heroine is the sort that you identify with right off the bat:

Normally, she didn’t cook anything quite so fancy, but tonight was the eve of her long-awaited weekend trip and she was in the mood to celebrate. Besides, they said the way to a man’s heart was through his stomach. She figured if kickass food had that much influence over the heart, then she should have no problems targeting his sense of adventure.

Tomorrow she would finally arrive at the Masquerade Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for the eighteenth annual Romance Lovers Convention. Three whole days of planned spontaneity and throwing caution to the wind in a moderately controlled environment. And with any luck, she’d convince Dillon to come along and then they could extend the trip through next week. The longer she had with him there, the better her chances of getting out of the damn friend zone and returning to Colorado as his girlfriend.

Or maybe even…wife? She gnawed on her lower lip and started slicing mushrooms as that crazy thought took root in the back of her brain.

Was it all that crazy? When she truly thought about it, they were practically married already, sex being the only thing missing, much to her dismay. And it was Vegas, Land of the Spontaneous Weddings, so it wasn’t entirely out of the realm of possibility…was it? Alyssa pressed a hand to her belly, which suddenly felt like an industrial leaf blower was stirring things into a frenzied cyclone and making one hell of a mess in there.

[That does seem like a Felicity-like response now that you mention it...]

Feb 25 2015 3:17pm

Romance News Roundup: Bertrice Small and More

Welcome to H&H's daily news roundup! Grab a mug of tea and a scone and let's gossip about what's hot in the romance world right now.

The Kadin by Bertrice Small—We're sorry to report that beloved romance author Bertrice Small has passed away. Our thoughts go out to her loved ones. RT Book Reviews is celebrating her life and career, and H&H's Anna Bowling, a big fan, has written about her favorite Small heroines and rulebreaker heroes.

—BuzzFeed rounds up “24 Clever and Cute Bookmarks Every Bookworm Needs.” Personally, I wanna see/hear about your bookmarks!

—Johnlock shippers, a.k.a. fans of who see a romantic relationship between Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, as well as shippers in general, got a surprisingly lovely shoutout from The New York Times the other day.*

*H/t to Chris Morgan for the reading rec

Feb 25 2015 1:00pm

Telling the Truth in Blood: Anne Bishop’s Others Series

Written in Red by Anne BishopWarning: This post contains SPOILERS for Anne Bishop's Others series.

Written in Red, the first book in Anne Bishop's urban fantasy series, starts off almost like many a romantic suspense novel: a mysterious character is on the run from her captors. What makes this scenario totally different, however, is where she finds refuge.

Readers are introduced to Meg Corbyn, a character who is mentally not quite a girl but not quite a woman on the run from those who have held her prisoner. There is magic in Meg’s blood—she is a cassandra sangue which translates to “blood prophet.” That means Meg gets glimpses of the future. The only problem? You have to cut Meg’s skin to do so. And there are a limited amount of times a cassandra sangue can be cut before she goes insane.

Meg ends up fleeing to the Lakeside Courtyard. There, Meg meets Others leader and shapeshifter Simon Wolfguard. To make a long story short, the two form a friendship where Meg now serves as the Liaison for the Others (vampires, shape shifters, etc.) who want human goods. Meg is basically a UPS store for the Others. As the leader of the Lakeside Courtyard, Simon is one part Meg’s boss, one part Meg’s friend, and one part Meg’s potential love interest.

[Love interest, did you say? Hmm!...]