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Apr 21 2014 10:20am

Orphan Black Season 2 episode 1Orphan Black blew us away last year (you may have seen our Season 1 recaps during the hiatus?) with its riveting performances (led by Tatiana Maslany), brilliant storytelling, and intriguing romances (like Sarah/Paul and Cosima/Delphine). Now it's back for Season 2, and so are our weekly episode recaps. Buckle up—we have a feeling it's going to be quite the ride.

It’s raining in Cloneronto. In a full out panic, Sarah sprints down the sidewalk. She’s running so fast, it’s a struggle to keep her hoodie up to hide her face. Skidding to a stop under the awning of a diner, she pulls out the PinkMobile and dials Felix while chanting “pick up, pick up.” Alas, she gets his voicemail. “Leave it for Felix.” Heh. Sarah leaves a message. “Fee. Shit! Fee where are you? They took ‘em. They took Kira and Mrs. S.” Disconnecting, she’s looks to see where she is. She ducks into the conveniently empty diner. The big, bald bruiser of a cook takes one look at her soaking wet, ragged form in his doorway and immediately offers her of coffee. Sarah concedes that she’ll take tea instead. She slides into a booth and checks her lip, which is still bleeding from her fight with Helena. Pulling out the PinkMobile, she checks the short contact list: Alison, Beth, Cosima, Felix, Paul. She calls the first name on the list only to hear the three-toned ring of, “The number you have reached is not in service at this time.” Swearing, she goes down to contact three: Cosima. “The number you have reached is not in service at this time.” Now she frowns at the phone. Once is annoying; twice means something’s wrong. She clicks on the only name left to her and stares at it with frightened indecision for nearly a full minute. Steeling herself, she calls Paul…and her head nearly hits the table when she gets his voicemail. “Paul, what the hell is going on?! Did Rachel just take my family? I need you to call me now.”I’m a tad puzzled here since they were in the elevator together at the end of season one when she got the news from Cosima that they could not deal with the Dyad Institute. Based on that, I expected them to have made plans to meet up later when Sarah went home only for her to find Kira and Mrs. S. gone. Guess not.

[Where did everybody go?...]

Apr 21 2014 9:30am

Home to Stay by Terri OsburnTerri Osburn
Home to Stay (Anchor Island)
Montlake / May 1, 2014 / $12.95 print, $4.99 digital

Willow Parsons’s two new best friends are getting married, putting her squarely on the sidelines of romance—which suits her just fine. After the nightmarish situation she escaped from, featuring the ultimate Mr. Wrong, she is more than happy to spend her days slinging drinks in Dempsey’s Bar & Grill, and her nights alone. But her Anchor Island refuge has just one catch: muscle-bound charmer Randy Navarro.

Everyone in town knows that Randy, owner of the local fitness club, is a giant teddy bear. Everyone, it seems, except for Willow. He’s convinced that her avoidance is more than just playing hard to get, and is determined to uncover the secrets that shadow her lovely eyes. But when old fears are dragged into the light, can Randy get Willow to stay and fight for their love…or will she take flight, leaving him and Anchor Island behind?

Home to Stay is a charming, romantic tale about following your heart to find where you belong.

Can I just say, I don’t think that there is a more appealing hero than the Teddy Bear type, especially if they are “large enough to deserve his own zip code” like Randy Navarro. Terri Osburn definitely got my attention when she wrote him into the story!

[Sometimes, bigger is better...]

Apr 21 2014 8:20am

The Comfort Zone by Jodi ThomasWe asked recently what genre was the biggest surprise to you, and many of you called out that some authors and subgenres got you out of your comfort zone—and you've never been happier! So we know you've stepped out of your reading comfort zone, but today we're asking what would get you there in the first place?

Do you rely heavily on reviews? Or will you follow an author, no matter where they take you? Do you have someone whose reading style is close to yours that you trust to give you recommendations that you normally wouldn't pick up?

Apr 20 2014 2:00pm

It Takes a Scandal by Caroline LindenCaroline Linden
It Takes a Scandal
Avon / April 29, 2014 / $5.99 print, $4.99 digital

Sometimes It Takes a Scandal...

Abigail Weston has everything: beauty, wit, and one of the largest dowries in England. Her parents hope she'll wed an earl. Abigail hopes for a man who wants her desperately and passionately. But the money seems to blind every man she meets—except one.

Sebastian Vane has nothing. He came home from war with a shattered leg to find his father mad and his inheritance gone. He's not a fit suitor for anyone, let alone an heiress. But Abigail lights up his world like a comet, bright and beautiful and able to see him instead of his ruined reputation. And it might end happily ever after . . .

To Reveal Your Heart's Desire

...Until Benedict Lennox begins courting Abigail. Ben is everything Sebastian isn't—wealthy, charming, heir to an earl. Sebastian won't give up the only girl he's ever loved without a fight, but Abigail must choose between the penniless gentleman who moves her heart, and the suitor who is everything her parents want.

Sebastian Vane has had a tough seven years. He came home from Waterloo with a serious injury that has left him with a limp and in constant pain to find that his father had gone insane and sold off most of his assets for pennies on the pound. And then things got worse.

His father had disappeared, not turned up dead. A missing man couldn’t be judged incompetent, which meant Sebastian had no grounds to contest the sale of the land in court. A missing man wasn’t the same as a dead man, which meant Sebastian couldn’t even inherit the remaining property and begin to rebuild his estate. With his father missing, he was effectively bankrupt, unable to sell Montrose Hill but barely able to maintain it. In his darker moods, he thought that if he had decided to kill his father, he damned sure wouldn’t have done it in a way that made things worse for him.

[You would certainly think so...]

Apr 20 2014 10:00am
Elizabeth Essex

A Breath of Scandal by Elizabeth EssexToday, we're excited to bring back our H&H Reads program, with the book that introduced us to the Jellicoe Clan—A Breath of Scandal!

Every Wednesday and Sunday from now until April 20, we'll be posting A Breath of Scandal in six easy-to-read (if not so easy to wait for!) parts. Right before each new part goes up, we'll be taking down the previous one, so make sure you don't miss a single piece of the book. Whether you're a long-time fan of Elizabeth Essex fan, we hope you'll read along and then discuss each section of the book with us!

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Don't think you can wait? Catch up on the whole story now. (See the links at the bottom of this post for more info on where you can get your copy of A Breath of Scandal.) Then, come back to share your thoughts!

Forced by her family into an engagement with a man she can never abide, Antigone Preston knows only a scandal will save her from a loveless marriage. But knocking a man down to the ballroom floor with her fists brings dangerous consequences. She may have ruined her reputation, but now she’s endangered her heart…

The son of an earl and a career navy man, Captain William Jellicoe has no interest in the frivolities of London—and even less in the institution of marriage. But there’s something steering him toward Antigone. He has never met anyone as brazen and unconventional as…himself. But will he risk it all for a woman who still has the breath of scandal hot on her lips?

Chapter Twenty

“You stupid, stupid girl.” Mama paid Antigone no heed, and continued venting her smoldering anger. “And what has that got you? Has Commander Jellicoe proposed? Has he offered you a home? What’s to become of you if Lord Aldridge finds out about him? When he finds you’re no longer a virgin? How could you be so stupid? Don’t think that I’ll have you back in my house after such behavior.”

Her mother’s anger and disdain could not surprise Antigone, but they still burned like an ember embedded against her skin. “Do you think that if you leave me nowhere else to go, I will be forced to choose Lord Aldridge? Do you think to make him the most palatable alternative? It will not work, Mama. You cannot know what he is. He is a monster of the lowest sort who preys on children. You cannot want me to be with such a man.”

“Why not? It isn’t as if you’re a child any longer, though I’ve worked hard to make him think you are.”

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Apr 19 2014 3:00pm
Bobbi Cole Meyer

Book one in the Men of Passion Series: A contemporary erotic series about the passions and devotion of five men to the one woman who loves them all...

Kayla Saradon is a beautiful, respected psychiatrist who her friends claim has discovered the fountain of youth. Kayla wonders what her friends would say if they knew her secret is the polyandry lifestyle she shares with her four, studly “husbands” — each skilled in his own sexual specialty?

Then PI, Trey Sean Cameron, who is secretly investigating her lifestyle, explodes into her life. The ex-Army Special Forces operative raises emotions Kayla can neither control nor contain. Can Trey — a demanding and possessive lover — ever share in her lifestyle? If not, how far will she go to keep him?

Get a sneak peek of Bobbi Cole Meyer's Uncensored Passion (available May 1, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

After her brief conversation with Lee, Kayla found the day to be another exasperatingly long one. As she ushered her last appointment out, she released a pent-up sigh of sheer relief.

The more she listened to her patients’ problems—some extremely deep-seated, but most insipidly vain, born out of frustrated loneliness and misconceptions of what life does or does not expect from one—the more Kayla realized how lucky she was. And how utterly content.

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Apr 19 2014 11:00am

Hard Time by Cara McKenna**Note: This post contains spoilers for Cara McKenna’s Hard Time…you’ve been warned!**

Usually an ex-con would not make it onto anyone’s list of Most-Desirables, but since I read Cara McKenna’s Hard Time, I’ve had it bad for inmate 802267, Eric Collier. Eric has been in prison for five years when he meets prison-outreach librarian, Annie Goodhouse. The connection is immediate, and it’s easy to see why Annie goes running into Eric’s arms, when any other woman would have been running the other way.

1. He’s hard-working:

We see this both before and after Eric’s release. He works with Annie, granted with an ulterior motive, on his learning disability so that he can be a better person after his release. He worked as a landscaper during his prison work-release and he took that opportunity to develop a skill for a job once he’s paroled. His work ethic is admirable, and his dedication to being a better, calmer, more educated person once he’s out of prison is inspiring.

Also, he takes total advantage of the prison yard to work on his physique; a fact Annie and readers alike appreciate.

[Like...REALLY appreciate...]

Apr 18 2014 4:30pm

Eric DaneFor St. Patrick's Day we gave you some green-eyed beefcake to feast your eyes on, so this week we'd thought we'd shift the theme back to the eyes—after all, they're the window to the soul!

Share your favorite blue-eyed beaus in the comments!

[Forget four-eyes, check out another 8 pairs of beautiful blue-eyed beefcake...]

Apr 18 2014 3:00pm

Today is Lucrezia Borgia's birthday, born in Italy way back in 1480. Happy Birthday, Lucrezia!

Lucrezia has become notorious in history as a woman who will do anything for her family, including poisoning, sexual favors, and incest. The men of her family were worse in their actions, but it's Lucrezia who is the most notorious.*

Perhaps, if she were a man, Lucrezia would have been modestly infamous for being so ruthless and Machiavellian, but it seems to be even more outrageous that she did those things and was a female. Of course, if she were male, she wouldn't have had to resort to sneakier methods of getting her way such as using sex or a poison ring to guarantee the outcome she wanted; she would just have straight-out murdered the person in question, or perhaps gone ahead and led an army against them. But being a woman, she didn't have those methods at her disposal, so she used what she did have—her femininity and the misguided thought that women were the weaker sex, and wouldn't dare to act as she did.

[Hence the poison ring thing...]

Apr 18 2014 1:40pm

Unchained by Caris RoaneWe're so excited to reveal the cover for Caris Roane's Unchained on Heroes and Heartbreakers. Unchained is the third book in the Men in Chains series, and with men like these, we wouldn't mind being bound to them either.

Here's the official description:


Stalked by a vampire. Stolen in the night. Seduced by a lover. Anthropology student Shayna Prentiss wakes up to find herself trapped in a world she never knew existed—with a man she cannot escape…nor resist.


Drawn to her beauty. Driven by lust. Doomed by his destiny. The vampire Marius knows he must bond with this captivating mortal with hidden powers…or both their races will be destroyed forever.


Bound by a blood chain that seals their fates together, Marius and Shayna must stand and fight the ultimate enemy—a madman hell-bent on destruction who will test every ounce of their strength, their power, and their passion. When the final weapon is unleashed, will their love remain unbroken? Or will darkness shatter their chains…for eternity?

Unchained will be available on November 25, 2014, pre-order your copy now:

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Apr 18 2014 12:00pm

The Billionaire Biker by Jackie AshendenJackie Ashenden, author of the just-released Billionaire's Club story The Billionaire Biker, is our latest guest on the blog. If you couldn't tell from her wickedly sexy books, she's a big fan of Alpha males, and especially loves that there are, in fact, such a wide variety of types. Today she's here to share her findings on the 6 flavors of Alpha. Thanks for joining us, Jackie!

Okay, so I have a confession to make: I love an alpha hero. Yeah, I know, loving an alpha isn't so fashionable these days. We want a guy who's more sensitive, who's not so in your face or controlling, who's laid back, who's a bit more true-to-life even.

But me, I'm an alpha girl all the way. He's a very misunderstood beast in my opinion. Like the best kind of bad boy, he has a checkered past and a rap sheet a mile long. He's got a few skeletons in his closet (not looking at anyone in particular old skool romance!). But the true heart of an alpha hero is golden and the journey of him finding that heart is its own very special form of crack.

One of my personal peeves about alpha heroes though, is the accusation that they're all the same. They are not.  They come in many different flavors and if you're not an alpha fan, you may be surprised at what kind of man you might uncover.

Check out these guys here. Six of my favorite alpha hero types and why they're different.

[What's your favorite flavor of Alpha?...]

Apr 18 2014 11:10am

Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss any of our Season 3 recaps, including 3x103x113x123x133x14, 3x15, 3x16, and 3x17. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 18, “The Price of Fair and Free Elections.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

Put on your gym shoes and track shorts because this episode felt like an epic workout and it had the blood, sweat, and tears to prove it!

When the episode opens, the bomb is ticking and Fitz is still practicing his speech in his office. Papa Pope is being wheeled into the emergency room with multiple stab wounds, and Adnan is getting nervous that things aren’t going to plan to which Mama Pope tells her to chill and be patient. Jake is trying to call everyone to get them to clear the church, and this is all in the first 45 seconds of the show! (Warmed up yet? Let’s start power walking.)

Just when Cy is having an attack of conscience and is about to fill Fitz in on the fact that there is a bomb at the funeral he is supposed to be attending, Jake bursts into the Oval Office and announces that they have a “situation”.

While Liv is in the hospital waiting room, footage of funeral goers being quickly evacuated from the church is being reported live on television. Fitz is in the Situation Room with plenty of advisors—including Jake giving a guilty looking Cyrus the side eye—when boom goes the dynamite and the front of the church explodes. (And now we have the beginning credits, so let’s start jogging.)

[I got my running shoes ready...]

Apr 18 2014 9:30am

What a Lady Craves by Ashlyn MacNamaraToday Heroes and Heartbreakers is thrilled to reveal the cover for Ashlyn Macnamara's What a Lady Craves (click the cover to see the full-size verion). First comes love, then comes marriage—but what if the groom picks someone else! It's not going to be an easy road for this couple to find a happily ever after, but when fate throws them together again, it's meant to be! Here's the official description for more on Henrietta and Alexander's story:

Ashlyn Macnamara weaves a delicious tale of two souls torn apart by circumstance and reunited by fate—perfect for fans of Julia Quinn, Eloisa James, and Sabrina Jeffries.

Henrietta Upperton is about to marry Alexander Sanford when he rushes off to India to salvage his family’s fortune. Then comes the devastating news that he has wed another. Eight agonizing years later, a storm washes Alexander ashore—injured, widowed, and hunted—and one glimpse of his ruggedly handsome face reawakens the desire Henrietta thought she had buried deep inside. Her body still yearns for his touch, but she’s determined not let him wound her again . . . not this time.
For Alexander, honor always comes first. But only now does he realize that when given the choice between two virtuous deeds, he picked the wrong one. On the run with his life in tatters and a pair of daughters in tow, Alexander burns for Henrietta. He knows he does not deserve forgiveness. And yet he longs to wrap his arms around her warm body once again. What’s more, he is sure the lady craves the same.

What a Lady Craves will be available August 12, 2014, pre-order your copy today:

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Apr 18 2014 8:45am

J.R. Ward, Meljean Brook, Larissa Ione, Kresley Cole—all of these writers have long-running series with increasingly complex storylines. There are, of course, many other authors who have also created magnificent backdrops against which their romances unfold.

So which author has the most complex worldbuilding? 

Apr 17 2014 4:30pm

Once Bitten, Twice Burned by Cynthia EdenCynthia Eden
Once Bitten, Twice Burned
Brava / April 29, 2014 / $14 print, $11.99 digital

Ryder Duncan keeps his secrets. With a twisted scientist starving him in a 10 X 12 cell, it's not easy to conceal the abilities that set him apart from other vampires, or his plans for escape. But survival - and revenge - are worth waiting for. Until the so-called doctor tempts his appetites with something special: a woman, with a soft Southern accent and a scent like flowers. Sabine. Sabine Acadia didn't volunteer to be dinner. She was kidnapped and tossed into the cage of a monster. A monster with fierce green eyes, a body that speaks of ruthless power—but a touch gentle as a caress. Ryder knows things about her, secrets Sabine needs to learn fast. Because while they might soon escape this prison, she's fighting an urge to set all her desires free...

To say I love Cynthia Eden’s new Phoenix Fire series would be a massive understatement, and Once Bitten, Twice Burned does a great job of expanding the universe. For those experiencing VFS, otherwise known as Vampire Fatigue Syndrome, this series will be a breath of fresh air. Obviously, based on the title, the series revolves around Phoenix, beings even the paranormal creatures of this world think are a myth. While the most recent installment of the series does in fact feature a vampire, he is different. We met Ryder in the first book as he desperately searched for the phoenix he had met in the lab; one taste of her blood gave him unthinkable powers and ignited scorching passion and an insatiable hunger.

[“No matter where you go, I will find you”...]

Apr 17 2014 2:00pm

Concealed in Death by J.D. RobbWhen I first started reading J.D. Robb's In Death series, there were maybe just six books written in the series, and I had happened to pick up the second book. I loved it and went back the following week and bought all of the books available at that time. And have bought every one in the series since then. I love the world Robb has created, but what keeps me coming back is the characters. I adore the main and recurring characters in that series. I think of them as old friends. I actually miss them between books! The series does more than entertain; it can teach you, if you let it. Below are the top ten life lessons I’ve gleaned from the In Death series.

*Note: Beware of mild SPOILERS if you have not read the majority of the series*

1. Compromise really is the key to a successful relationship

At the beginning of the series, Eve is a no-nonsense cop with no tolerance for criminals. Roarke is a wealthy businessman with a dubious past and a healthy disdain for rules and authority, including the police. Over the series, Eve has strayed slightly from the straight and narrow and Roarke has become less shady. The compromise from them both has helped to strengthen their bond.

[Take a page out of Eve's book(s)...]

Apr 17 2014 12:30pm
Julie Ann Walker

Hell for Leather by Julie Ann Walker

Bad-boy bikers by day & special ops team by night—these New York Times bestselling Black Knights keep you on the edge of your seat!


Only a crisis could persuade Delilah Fairchild to abandon her beloved biker bar, let alone ask Black Knights Inc. operator Bryan “Mac” McMillan for help. But her uncle has vanished into thin air, and sexy, surly Mac has the connections to help her find him. What the big, blue-eyed Texan has against her is a mystery… but when the bullets start to fly, Mac becomes her only hope of survival, and her only chance of finding her uncle alive.


Mac knows a thing or two about beautiful women— mainly that they can’t be trusted. Throw in a ticking clock, a deadly homegrown terrorist, and some missing nuclear weapons, and a man just might find himself on the wrong end of the gun. But facing down danger with Delilah is one passion-filled thrill ride…

Get a sneak peek of Julie Ann Walker's Hell for Leather (available May 5, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Damned if Mac wasn’t kissing Delilah right back…

He couldn’t believe it. And there was a large part of his brain that was screaming, what the hell, dude? It was supposed to be one kiss! Just one kiss!

Yessir, a large part of his brain was screaming exactly that. Over and over. But the rest of him? Well the rest of him was yelling something else entirely. Something that started with “oh” and ended with “yeah” and had a “hell” thrown in somewhere in the middle.

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Apr 17 2014 11:00am

Hard Time by Cara McKenna

Today we welcome Cara McKenna to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Cara’s Hard Time came out earlier this week, and it features a convicted felon hero who courts the librarian heroine via clandestine love letters. An ex-con falling for a librarian is not the easiest tale to tell, and comes with some pretty intense moments. Cara is here to share some of the reasons (and recommendations) that gritty is oh-so great. Thanks, Cara!

Editor's note: Please be aware that his post contains discussion of rape and dubious consent.

Darren, Michigan, is a struggling former factory town, home to my most recent book, Hard Time, and the fictional Cousins Correctional Facility. Darren’s a pretty bleak little working-class city, short on both industry and hope. Recently, I asked friends and readers on Twitter what their favorite gritty romances from the past year were, and got loads of excellent recommendations. I picked four that I intended to read and reference in this post, but then something messed that plan all up.

A something called Wanderlust, by Skye Warren.

I’d not read Warren before, but a friend came over for pizza and gossip and told me about it. I caught key words—dubious consent, trucker, kidnapping—and promptly one-clicked.

The trouble with my original plan is that since I started Wanderlust I haven’t been able to get it out of my head. I don’t want it out of my head yet, like a flavor I’m a little worried I won’t ever taste again, so I’m hesitant to wash it away with some other meal, no matter how lovely the new tastes might be. It’s beautiful, and it’s so, so, fucked. And wonderful. And fucked. And so not for everyone. Let me explain some of the ways in which it’s fucked.

[Would you say it's f***ed?...]

Apr 17 2014 9:30am

Trinity Stones by L.G. O'ConnorL.G. O'Connor
Trinity Stones
She Writes Press / April 22, 2014 (U.S.) / $18.95 print, $4.95 digital

Between a hostile work environment and an impossible romantic situation with her longtime friend and first love, Dr. Kai Solomon, anxiety-ridden New York investment banker Cara Collins has little to smile about on her 27th birthday. But before the day ends, she learns she has inherited $50 million—a windfall that she must keep secret if she wishes to keep the lives of those close to her safe.

As Cara unravels the truth surrounding her inheritance, she makes a startling discovery: angels walk among the living, and they're getting ready to engage in a battle that will determine the future of the human race. In the midst of these revelations, she meets mysterious and sophisticated Simon Young, who offers her the promise of romance for the first time since Kai.

When Kai and his daughter are kidnapped by dark forces, Cara must choose: accept her place in a 2,000-year-old prophecy foretold in the Trinity Stones as the First of the Twelve who will lead the final battle between good and evil . . . or risk losing everything she holds dear. In doing so, she realizes that not only her heart but also her destiny is entwined with the two men in her life.

Angels! Vampires, succubi, demon kings, and other bad boys of the supernatural realm get a lot of press, but where’s the love for our winged protectors from on high? Oh, we have J.R. Ward’s irreverent Fallen Angels, who somehow manage to find themselves in a lot of decidedly wicked situations, as well as Sharon Shinn’s more PG-rated Angels of Samaria. I’m sure there are others I have missed. But for whatever reason – I suspect that many authors prefer to steer clear of the explicit religiosity implied in the term – angels have tended to get somewhat short shrift in romantic fiction.

Now, however, fans of things angelic will sing a hearty “Gloria!” to learn that Trinity Stones, the first installment in L.G. O’Connor’s Angelorum Twelve Chronicles, has arrived. O’Connor has created a complex and fascinating world full of passion, intrigue, and bravery in the eternal battle between good and evil. Fans of the “angel” subgenre will want to check it out.

[Be an angel and keep reading, won't you?...]

Apr 17 2014 8:15am

Paranormal romance and urban fantasy have long had characters who have gotten tattooed, not just for cosmetic purposes, but because their tattoos hold power. More recently, many New Adult and erotic romance characters have sported ink, in line with how many people in real life seem to be getting skin art.

If you were to get a book-related tattoo, what would it be? If you already have one, let us know in comments!

Photo by Word Made Flesh