<i>Unexpected Eden</i>: Excerpt Unexpected Eden: Excerpt Rhenna Morgan "He closed the distance, slow and steady, and traced the angle of her cheekbone." <i>Full Throttle</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Full Throttle: Exclusive Excerpt Julie Ann Walker "There was no use trying to hide the hunger in her expression..." <i>Mine to Take</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Mine to Take: Exclusive Excerpt Jackie Ashenden "A subtle heat that rested on his skin like a ray of sun. Dangerous." <i>The Highland Dragon's Lady</i>: Exclusive Excerpt The Highland Dragon's Lady: Exclusive Excerpt Isabel Cooper "His lean body snapped to attention and his eyes blazed with silver fire."
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Mon
Nov 24 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Lauren Dane’s Broken Open (November 25, 2014)

Broken Open by Lauren DaneLauren Dane
Broken Open (Hurley Brothers)
Harlequin HQN / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Five years ago, Tuesday Eastwood’s life collapsed and left her devastated. After an empty, nomadic existence, she’s finally pieced her life back together in the small Oregon town of Hood River. Now Tuesday has everything sorted out. Just so long as men are kept for sex, and only sex….

Then she met him.

Musician and rancher Ezra Hurley isn’t the man of Tuesday’s dreams. He’s a verboten fantasy—a man tortured by past addictions, whose dark charisma and long, lean body promise delicious carnality. But this craving goes far beyond chemistry. It’s primal. It’s insatiable. And it won’t be satisfied until they’re both consumed, body and soul…

I have two words for you, readers: Beard action!

What I liked best about Lauren Dane's Broken Open is that it’s actually a love story with three main characters: Tuesday, Ezra and Ezra’s beard. (If beard ménage is not a trope, it should be.) Hipsterish bearded men with tats are, in the immortal words of Paris Hilton, so hot right now, and whole Pinterest boards dedicated to sexy bearded dudes have sprouted like daisies of late. Dane cleverly capitalizes on this growing beard-fetish movement by paying homage to the beard throughout Broken Open.

[Worship at the beard temple!...]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 2:30pm

First Look: Megan Hart’s Lovely Wild (November 25, 2014)

Lovely Wild by Megan HartMegan Hart
Lovely Wild
MIRA / November 25, 2014 (print), December 1,2014 (digital) / $14.95 print, $9.99 digital

Brought up in the savage captivity of her unstable grandmother's rural Pennsylvania home, Mari Calder once yearned for rescue. Now she struggles every day to function as an adult in the confines of normal society. Left with only a foggy recollection of her childhood, she's consumed with being a dutiful wife to her husband, Ryan, and mother to their two children.

But an unexpected twist of events returns her to that long-forgotten house in the woods. Soon, Mari is greeted with reminders of a past life, the clarified memories only inviting a new level of strangeness into her fragile world. To protect her family, she must find the beautiful, powerful strength hidden in her inner chaos. Because someone is bent on exploiting Mari's trauma, and as normal and wild begin to blend, a string of devastating truths force Mari to question all she thought she knew. 

Megan Hart has done it again, writing a book that gave me chills and kept me turning the page. One of the things I love about Hart’s books is that she writes strong female characters, and Lovely Wild is no exception. 

[Lovely!...]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 1:15pm

The State of The Affair: We Need to Talk About Cole

Joshua Jackson and Ruth Wilson as Cole and Alison in The Affair 1x07It’s Episode 7 of The Affair and the Lockhart Ranch manure has officially hit the fan. The affair is revealed to the spouses, the Solloways leave the island, and the drug trafficking problems get worse. But before we get to that…

—Did Joshua Jackson not absolutely knock it out of the park tonight or what? My interest in this show began with his casting, and I’ve been waiting for them to really give him something to chew on and oh boy, did he deliver tonight: anger, tears, confessions, chivalry, punching out the villain…whoo boy. Romance fans, is Cole Lockhart not the quintessential strong-but-silent alpha hero with a tender heart that we all swoon over? His confession about the pain he felt over Gabriel was just heartbreaking. I ask again, how could Alison cheat on this man? HOW!? He finds out he was cuckolded and still cares enough to make sure she doesn’t get her dress dirty sitting on a Manhattan curb (a total Pacey Witter move, by the way). Damn lady! You crazy!

[You deserve better, buddy...]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

Mine to Take: Exclusive Excerpt

Jackie Ashenden

Mine to Take by Jackie Ashenden

First in a brand new series by Jackie Ashenden featuring the members of the Nine Circles Club—friends bound together by power, secrets, need…and the love they will find and stop at nothing to keep.

Passion always comes at a price.

Gabriel Woolf is unstoppable. A ruthless businessman, he has perfected the art of revenge. Ever since his mother’s death, Gabriel has harbored only one wish: To take down the man who ruined their lives. But all bets are off when he meets his father’s step daughter, Honor St. James. Beautiful and innocent, she is everything Gabriel never knew he wanted—and now there’s no turning back...

Is her desire worth the risk?

Honor wasn’t born yesterday. She knows that Gabriel is a wolf in sheep’s clothing, willing to cross any line to get what he wants…herself included. But Gabriel’s passion for Honor—in spite of her connection to the man he hates the most—cannot be denied…and the feeling is utterly mutual. Can Gabriel be trusted? The only thing she knows for sure is how he makes her feel. And she can’t keep herself from coming back to him, over and over again…in Mine to Take.

Get a sneak peek of Jackie Ashenden's Mine to Take (available November 25, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of Chapters 1 & 2.

Chapter 1

Gabriel Woolf walked into the quiet of St. Sebastian’s, his mother’s favorite church, and stopped, stamping the snow from his motorcycle boots. He hadn’t been inside the church for over twenty years but he still remembered the smell, of old stone and incense. Candle wax and piety. And guilt. Lots and lots of guilt.

Yet it wasn’t guilt that brought him here. It was a promise of the worst kind. The kind you make to someone on their deathbed. His mother’s deathbed to be exact. And there was no getting out of a promise like that. No fucking way.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt from Mine to Take...]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 11:30am

First Look: Night Shift Anthology (November 25, 2014)

Night Shift by Nalini Singh, Ilona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla VaneNight Shift Anthology
Penguin / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Four masters of urban fantasy and paranormal romance plunge readers into the dangerous, captivating world unearthed beyond the dark...

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh delivers a smoldering story with Secrets at Midnight, as the scent of Bastien Smith’s elusive lover ignites a possessiveness in him that’s as feral as it is ecstatic. And now that he’s found his mate, he’ll do anything to keep her.

In #1 New York Times bestselling author Ilona Andrews’ novella, Magic Steals, when people start going missing, shapeshifting tigress Dali Harimau and jaguar shifter Jim Shrapshire must uncover the truth about the mysterious creatures responsible.

From Milla Vane—a warrior princess must tame The Beast of Blackmoor to earn a place among her people. But she quickly discovers that the beast isn't a monster, but a barbarian warrior who intends to do some taming himself. 

It’s seer Makenna Frazier's first day on the job at Supernatural Protection and Investigations, and her first assignment is more than she bargained for when bodyguard duty for a leprechaun prince’s bachelor party goes every which way but right in national bestselling author Lisa Shearin ’s Lucky Charms.

Night Shift is an anthology by authors Nalini Singh, Illona Andrews, Lisa Shearin, and Milla Vane with stories that straddle two genres, Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance. All of these stories stand alone, but also are set in long-standing series, making Night Shift for fans of the respective authors’ work and new fans alike.

[Come one, come all...]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 9:30am

First Look: Megan Frampton’s The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior (November 25, 2014)

The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior by Megan FramptonMegan Frampton
The Duke’s Guide to Correct Behavior (Dukes Behaving Badly)
Avon / November 25, 2014 / $5.99 print & digital

All of London knows the Duke of Rutherford has position and wealth. They also whisper that he’s dissolute, devilish, and determinedly unwed. So why, everyone is asking, has he hired a governess?
When Miss Lily Russell crosses the threshold of the Duke of Rutherford’s stylish townhouse, she knows she has come face to face with sensual danger. For this is no doting papa. Rather, his behavior is scandalous, and his reputation rightly earned. And his pursuit of her is nearly irresistible—but resist she must for the sake of her pupil.

As for the duke himself, it was bad enough when his unknown child landed on his doorstep. Now Lily, with her unassuming beauty, has aroused his most wicked fantasies—and, shockingly, his desire to change his wanton ways. He’s determined to become worthy of her, and so he asks for her help in correcting his behavior.

But Lily has a secret, one that, if it becomes known, could change everything.

Full Disclosure: Megan Frampton is the community manager for Heroes and Heartbreakers.

There’s no easy way to transition from being an ordinary man to becoming a duke, or so it seems to Marcus, the new Duke of Rutherford in Megan Frampton's The Duke's Guide to Correct Behavior. When Marcus’s new friend Smithfield asks him, in the face of Marcus’s bellyaching about his new ducal status, “…what did you do six months ago, before you inherited? Or better yet, what would you rather be doing?” Marcus, relaxed after imbibing brandy, has a ready answer.

Disappearing. Leaving. Being free of all responsibilities and cares. Never having to answer to anyone. “I used to walk a lot, just walk. That made me almost happy.”

[It's the simple things...]

Mon
Nov 24 2014 8:00am

Best Family Romance Novels?

A Small Town Thanksgiving by Marie FerrarellaThis week, Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, which is a time to return to family and reconnect with friends. It can be awesome (pumpkin pie! post-turkey naptime! seeing people you haven't seen in years!) or difficult (creamed onions! having to help wash up! seeing people you haven't seen in years!), and it's a natural time for some romances to begin—seeing that person you never quite got over at a high school reunion, or while picking up some cranberries at the grocery store.

Since it there is such a focus on family during this time, we wanted to ask you what your favorite family-based romance novels are. What warms you up during this time of year?

Sun
Nov 23 2014 3:00pm

Shipping Sunday: Have an Alien Blast with Roswell’s Max/Liz

Jason Behr and Shiri Appleby in Roswell 1x01, PilotAs the couple that first inspired me to seek out fandom, Roswell's Max and Liz will always hold a special place in my heart. I mean, I. Was. Obsessed. I had a GeoCities site devoted to them (R.I.P.). Made my parents stop in Roswell, N.M., on our trek to the Grand Canyon. Had every episode of the series recorded on VHS. Can still to this day quote most of the pilot episode. THAT kind of obsessed. Why?

Their story grabbed me from that very first scene, in which Liz is accidentally shot in her parents' diner and Max uses his secret magical alien healing powers to heal her, all set to Sarah McLachlan's “Fear,” of course, because this was 1999. Now, can is that the most romantic thing ever, or is it the most romantic thing ever? Their lives are changed forever, and then their bond gets EVEN deeper when Max lets Liz see inside of his mind (as he'd uninentionally gotten into hers while he healed her) and she discovers that he's loved her from afar since they were kids. SWOON! I was a goner. Thirteen-year-old me wanted to be Liz Parker and marry Max Evans, let's just say that.

Unfortunately, the show got REALLY weird in late Season 1 and never recovered, in my eyes (I'm sure others would beg to differ), but it still had its moments (like Season 2's “The End of the World,” in which Liz learns Max's love for her could DESTROY THE WORLD, oh the ANGST!) and I stuck with it until the very end and was very very pleased with my beloved pairing's HEA in 2002.

Did you watch the show? Did you ship Max/Liz, or were you a Michael/Maria fan? What are your favorite episodes? Now I want to go rewatch a few, like the solid-gold “Pilot,” “Leaving Normal,” “Heat Wave,” and “Blind Date.”

[Max/Liz picspam, here we come...]

Sun
Nov 23 2014 12:05pm

6 Reasons Why Mockingjay: Part 1 Belongs to Team Gale

This post contains SPOILERS for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1. Enjoy!

This is the darkest of the Hunger Games films yet, which is saying something when you consider this is a series based on teens fighting to the death.  In this film the Capitol and the Districts are at war and Katniss and company are integral parts of the battle. There are no moments devoted to mind boggling fashions, few seconds are played for laughs. However, there is a tender romantic thread that runs almost from start to finish. Fans of Gale Hawthorne, played by the wonderful Liam Hemsworth, finally get to see their boy take center stage in the Peeta/Katniss/Gale triangle. It was worth the wait. Here are the six moments I thought most memorable:

1. The Fight Sequence: Early in the film Katniss goes to District 8 to visit a hospital and see firsthand the destruction done in the area by the Capitol’s bombers. When the Capitol catches a glimpse of her through their spy cams, they send bombers into the area to target the hospital and punish those supporting the Mockingjay. Katniss, unwilling to cower with her camera crew in a bunker, rushes out to confront the ships armed with her quiver full of exploding arrows. Gale is with her every step of the way, physically shielding her from shrapnel when a bomb explodes the building in front of them and firing arrows beside her as the ships bear down on them. Their movements are so perfectly in sync, the two working marvelously together, that you can see the long years of their hunting relationship bearing fruit in this moment.

[Awww, yes!...]

Sun
Nov 23 2014 10:00am

First Look: Jennifer Estep’s Black Widow (November 25, 2014)

Black Widow by Jennifer Estep Jennifer Estep
Black Widow (Elemental Assassin)
Pocket / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

There’s nothing worse than a cruel, cunning enemy with time to kill—and my murder to plan.

With wicked Fire elemental Mab Monroe long gone, you’d think I could finally catch a break. But someone’s always trying to take me down, either as Gin Blanco or my assassin alter-ago. Now along comes the Spider’s new arch-nemesis, the mysteriously named M. M. Monroe, who is gleefully working overtime to trap me in a sticky web of deceit.

The thing is, I’m not the only target. I can see through the tangled threads enough to know that every bit of bad luck my friends have been having lately is no accident—and that each unfortunate “coincidence” is just one more arrow drawing ever closer to hitting the real bulls-eye. Though new to Ashland, this M. M. Monroe is no stranger to irony, trying to get me, an assassin, framed for murder. Yet, as my enemy’s master plan is slowly revealed, I have a sinking feeling that it will take more than my powerful Ice and Stone magic to stop my whole life from going up in flames.

The twelfth installment of Jennifer Estep’s high octane urban fantasy Elemental Assassin series takes a different tone than normal from the other books in this series. Rather than the usual blood and multiple kills, Gin and her friends are forced to fight on a more emotional level as their battles take them through a tangled web of deceit put in place by a woman who is hell bent on making Ashland her territory and making herself its queen. The heavily character driven plotlines continue to bode well for an exciting future of the series and its heroine, Gin Blanco.

[Is Gin on ice again?]

Sat
Nov 22 2014 2:15pm

First Look: Gena Showalter’s The Darkest Touch (November 25, 2014)

The Darkest Touch by Gena ShowalterGena Showalter
The Darkest Touch (Lords of the Underworld)
Harlequin / November 25, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

Fierce immortal warrior. Host to the demon of Disease. Torin's every touch causes sickness and death—and a worldwide plague. Carnal pleasure is utterly forbidden, and though he has always overcome temptation with an iron will, his control is about to shatter.

She is Keeleycael. The Red Queen. When the powerful beauty with shocking vulnerabilities escapes from a centuries-long imprisonment, the desire that simmers between her and Torin is scorching. His touch could mean her end, but resisting her is the hardest battle he's ever fought—and the only battle he fears he can't win.

Gena Showalter’s Lords of the Underworld series has reached national as well as international fame, spawning a spin-off and a manga series. What’s so compelling about each book in the series is not only watching the heroine and hero come together, but it’s watching the hero’s internal struggle. Each of the Lords is unique as he or she is possessed by a demon. In The Darkest Touch, fan-favorite Torin, keeper of Disease, finally gets his chance at a happily-ever-after.

Torin’s demon is unique; Disease has rules that comes with it such as no-hand-to-hand, skin-to-skin contact, or otherwise a plague spreads. In addition, the disease that manifests itself is unique each time. If Torin touches an immortal who might weaken but survive the disease, he or she still becomes a carrier for whatever strain Disease decides to produce at that point. Enter Keelycael, the Red Queen, the last of an enigmatic species called Curators and powerful enough to take Torin as well as Disease on.

[Look who's finally met his match...]

Sat
Nov 22 2014 10:30am

3 Things the Fifty Shades of Grey Film MUST Get Right

Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson as Christian and AnaLove it or hate it, E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey is a cultural phenomenon. It's a polarizing work inside and out of romance circles, but its bestseller status many times over and overwhelming penchant as watercooler talk made a transition to the big screen basically inevitable. The thing is, its popularity means that just about everyone has an opinion on the idea of a BDSM romance novel translating to theaters. It's really the first exposure of the genre to blockbuster feature film status. And regardless of the final product, Fifty Shades of Grey struck a chord with people across the globe for a reason, and above all, the film version has to respect that. The Fifty Shades film should make us love it for the same reasons the book resonated with so many. It must reflect the story we've come to know and in order to do that, it has to nail three things: the extreme sex, the proper articulation and balance of the romance, and Christian Grey.

As a film, Fifty Shades of Grey has one objective to accomplish: Walking the tightrope of honoring what fans and readers love about the addictive quality of the work while doing justice to our overactive imaginations as we've devoured the story and know it well. It needs to take itself seriously but not too seriously.

The intensity that should have come across in the first official trailer released this summer at times unfortunately just feels slow, boring, and even cold. So often BDSM is portrayed poorly and inaccurately, and with the visual component of the props and the Red Room of Pain, it cannot be a bunch of cheap thrills. It can't be stereotype and it can't just be an extreme version of Twilight. Execution of the BDSM lifestyle here is a concern, and it's one of the main hit-or-miss elements upon which the film's success hinders, and there will be plenty of fact-checkers in the audience.

[What else will fans be expecting?...]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 4:45pm

Friday Beefcake: NaNoWriMo Reward

David Tennant in a Library in Doctor WhoIt's the home stretch of National Novel Writing Month, fondly called NaNoWriMo! If you kept at the pace NaNoWriMo sets, then at this point you should have written more than 35,007 words! Woohoo! In order for us to stay well stocked in books, we need someone to write them, so here's to you our intrepid writers, readers, proofreaders, and anyone else involved in the writing process!

Below you'll find some hot beefcake reading and you can pretend they're reading your most recent passages and telling you they're brilliant!

What rewards do you give yourself when you've had a particularly good writing session? Are you participating in NaNoWriMo? How many words have you written?

[Who inspires you?]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 4:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of November 2014

Each 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 November 2014 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Sahara Hoshi:

My bests of November are Pandora Wild Child by Sunniva Dee and Forbidden by Charlotte Stein. Readers will love the rambunctious and fun take on New Adult in Pandora Wild Child. In Stein's future release Forbidden, a woman with a marred past meets a man with a holy future, will she be his salvation or downfall? Find out.

Rhyll Biest:

If an order of chivalry were to be awarded (let's call it the Order of the Clit) for erotic romance, I would be pinning that medal to Charlotte Stein's chest right now and calling her Dame Charlotte. I'm awarding The Order of the Clit (for meritorious literary service to readers' lady parts) to Intrusion for several reasons: the playful and erotic use of language, fascinating yet believable characters, delicious and moody tension, and the unique writer's voice. I loved this story about two scarred individuals helping one another to move past their fears.

Darlene Marshall:

What a month of great reading! I've got two historicals tied for first place: Rogue Spy by Joanna Bourne and Only Enchanting by Mary Balogh. Both award-winning authors lived up to their deserved reputations for bringing great story, great characters and a completely wonderful romance reading experience. I need to write my reviews for these two books, but I enjoyed them so much I keep putting it off, because I know when I pick them up I'll want to sit down and read them again.

[Let's see what else is up for grabs...]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 1:00pm

First Look: Julie Klassen’s The Secret of Pembrooke Park (November 25, 2014)

Julie Klassen
The Secret of Pembrooke Park
Bethany House / November 25, 2014 / $14.99 print, $14.99 digital

Abigail Foster is the practical daughter. She fears she will end up a spinster, especially as she has little dowry, and the one man she thought might marry her seems to have fallen for her younger, prettier sister.

Facing financial ruin, Abigail and her father search for more affordable lodgings, until a strange solicitor arrives with an astounding offer: the use of a distant manor house abandoned for eighteen years. The Foster’s journey to imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left: tea cups encrusted with dry tea, moth-eaten clothes in wardrobes, a doll's house left mid-play...

The handsome local curate welcomes them, but though he and his family seem acquainted with the manor's past, the only information they offer is a stern warning: Beware trespassers drawn by rumors that Pembrooke Park contains a secret room filled with treasure.

This catches Abigail's attention. Hoping to restore her family's finances—and her dowry—Abigail looks for this supposed treasure. But eerie sounds at night and footprints in the dust reveal she isn't the only one secretly searching the house.

Then Abigail begins receiving anonymous letters, containing clues about the hidden room and startling discoveries about the past.

As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?

One of my favorite characters in a Gothic romance novel is the house. While we typically don’t think of settings as characters, an exception must be made in the case of a Gothic romance. It is most often the house that adds the eerie ambience to the tone of the novel, the house that dictates the actions of the other players on stage, the house that most often serves as both catalyst and solution. It is at Manderley that the story of Rebecca must be told, for it is Manderley that keeps the secret. So it is with Pembrooke Park, a home shrouded in mystery in Julie Klassen's The Secret of Pembrooke Hall.

[And every mystery needs a mystery man, right?]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 12:00pm
Excerpt

The Highland Dragon’s Lady: Exclusive Excerpt

Isabel Cooper

The Highland Dragon's Lady by Isabel Cooper

Regina Talbot-Jones has always known her rambling family home was haunted. She also knows her brother has invited one of his friends to attend an ill-conceived séance. She didn't count on that friend being so handsome...and she certainly didn't expect him to be a dragon.

Scottish Highlander Colin MacAlasdair has hidden his true nature for his entire life, but the moment he sets eyes on Regina, he knows he has to have her. In his hundreds of years, he's never met a woman who could understand him so thoroughly...or touch him so deeply. Bound by their mutual loneliness, drawn by the fire awakening inside of them, Colin and Regina must work together to defeat a vengeful spirit-and discover whether their growing love is powerful enough to defy convention.

Get a sneak peek of Isabel Cooper's The Highland Dragon's Lady (available December 2, 2014) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Reggie had thought Whitehill enormous to begin with, but she’d never fully realized how huge it was until she marched through it in careful double file with her parents and Edmund, an apprentice medium, a vicar’s sister, and a handsome dragon-man, while a ghost glared at them and God—whatever that name meant—was their only real protection. They walked very slowly, step by step in time with Mr. Heselton’s prayers and the constantly swinging censer.

The process felt like it took years. She knew she’d remember it for years to come.

[Log in or register to read the full excerpt of The Highland Dragon's Lady...]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 10:15am

Scandal 4x09 Heart-to-Heart: All About That Jake (and Olivia)

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4 Episode 9, “Where the Sun Don’t Shine”
Ship(s): Olivia and Jake, with a dash of Fitz

A snapshot of Olivia and Jake's relationship in Scandal 4x09**Note: This post contains spoilers on all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's, “Where the Sun Don't Shine.”**

Olivia and Jake were the couple to ship this week. Who gets tired of Jake’s relentless devotion and wish to stand in the sun with Olivia? Not this chick! This episode was a lot of Liv and Jake with a small smattering of Cy and Michael (marriage of convenience!) and the always disturbing (but somehow they just work!) Charlie and Quinn.

Jake, Fitz, and Liv are a united front when they interrogate Mama Pope who is shocked when Olivia doesn’t have her back; she is even more shocked when Olivia throws out the order to capture and kill Rowan. Liv is plotting (badly!) how to go up against her father while Fitz is off being the President of the United States, and Jake is watching his back since Command put a kill order out on him in the form of a nifty playing card with Jake’s face on it. This kill order means that Liv’s father is cleaning house, and Jake is concerned that this could mean Liv is in danger as well. Being the sexy man of danger that he is, Jake brings Liv a gun so she can protect herself if he isn’t there. He also gives her a rather provocative lesson in aiming a firearm. Standing close behind her, helping her aim the gun. Whew, it was hot in there! I’m Team Jake because he isn’t reactive like Fitz; he is willing to drop the world and everything in it to put Liv on a pedestal. Unfortunately for him, Liv can’t handle that right now. When he offers to just take her and walk away from all of this mess, Liv tells him that the fantasy of standing in the sun is over and that the sun has set. Booo!

[But the sentiment was so nice!]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 8:12am

“I Could Be the Ham in That Man Sandwich”: 3 Reasons We Already Love Pitch Perfect 2

  • All the Fat Amy We Can Handle—She's the naughty Australian best friend we always wanted, and says all the things we're thinking!
  • Great Music—Raise your hand if you tried to learn the “Cups (When I'm Gone)” song after seeing the first Pitch Perfect! We imagine it'll be more of the same in the sequel.
  • To Sing Love Songs We Need Love First, Right?—Fat Amy and Bumper Alan, Fat Amy and The Green Bay Packers (aka the Man Sandwich), Becca and Jesse. We're sure there will be plenty of other ships for us to set sail on!

What are your three reasons?

Romance Addict Confession: I've already watched the trailer five times, as of posting. How about you guys?

Thu
Nov 20 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Eva Siedler’s Las Vegas Layover (November 25, 2014)

Las Vegas Layover by Eva Siedler Eva Siedler
Las Vegas Layover
Samhain / November 25, 2014 / $3.50 digital

One night in Vegas could be their ticket to love.

Coastal Airlines mechanic Sebastian Brisbane is on his way to Las Vegas to fix a broken jet. But after one look at his sexy, travel-sized seatmate, he’s more concerned with revving her engine than fixing the plane’s.

Clara Howe will do anything to fulfill her aunt’s last wishes to have her ashes spread in Vegas. A one-night stand isn’t on the itinerary, but when Clara accidentally pricks Sebastian’s temper, along with his passion, only one thing is certain: It’s bound to be a bumpy ride.

My husband, son, and I are great outdoor enthusiasts. We love to travel, and choose new locales based on the kind of “adventuring” we’ll get to experience. Arizona is great for hiking, from Sedona to the Grand Canyon. Belize offers extraordinary snorkeling and free diving, and beautiful hiking through the lush tropical rainforests. But despite the bounty Mother Nature has to offer, I still find myself fascinated with Las Vegas. My husband went for business last year and hated it. Thought it was over-crowded, over-priced, over-smokey...over-hyped. I don’t care. I want to go to a casino and gamble; I want to go to a dancing show at the Tropicana, where the girls are topless and wear 200-pound headpieces. Hell, I want to get married by Elvis at a quickie roadside chapel. I think that’s why I enjoyed Eva Siedler’s contemporary romance novella, Las Vegas Layover, so much.

[A good gamble, then!]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 2:45pm

Literary Devices: Different Types of E-Readers

First, what is an e-reader? When you stop to think about it, there are so many ways you can read an ebook, both in terms of devices and platforms.
Devices are the “things” you read on, and platforms are the program or operating system you use to read it.

First the “things.”

I’ve read ebooks for a long time now. I wear glasses with lenses so complex I have to take out a mortgage every time I need a new pair, so as soon as I discovered a device where I could adjust the size of the print, I was in heaven. I’ve read on the original Palm Pilot, on the first purposed e-reader, the Rocket, and on phones. Today my e-reader of preference is my Nexus 7 tablet, but I also own a Nook e-reader and until recently, a Kindle.

[ALL the things!...]