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Tue
May 19 2015 1:35pm

First Look: Jeffe Kennedy’s The Talon of the Hawk (May 26, 2015)

The Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy

Jeffe Kennedy
The Talon of the Hawk
Kensington / May 26, 2015 / $15.00 print, $13.50 digital

Three daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king.

Ursula’s loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior’s spine. She protects the peace of the Twelve Kingdoms with sweat and blood, her sisters from threats far and near. And she protects her father to prove her worth. But she never imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other―that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior. She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead…

The third installment of Jeffe Kennedy's Twelve Kingdoms fantasy series tears sharply and deeply into the books' mythology as well as into the heart of its core family. The Talon of the Hawk, Ursula's story, doesn't hesitate to draw blood and, in the process, proves also to be incredibly healing.  

All three sisters' stories have dealt with unlocking the true potential of who you are, and Ursula's journey is perhaps the most heightened and the most emotionally intense, because so much of her identity is tied up in being the dutiful heir to a tyrant king. She doesn't take chances like Andi does and she's not beautiful like Amelia, so who is she? Just a cipher, an extension of Uorsin, or a fully realized woman and person with her own worth? Yes, it is a man―Dasnarian mercenary captain Harlan―who sees that woman and that person and makes her aware of herself as an individual, but it's not as simple as lust or love fixing her issues. Harlan may be the catalyst for her self-awareness, but it's Ursula who has to painstakingly evolve ― and Kennedy makes sure the reader feels every beat and step of that process. Even before Harlan starts to seep into Ursula's consciousness, she chooses to don the Heir's Circlet and her mother's jewels as a message to her father. The seeds of growth are there. It's just that they need to be tended and encouraged.

[Ursula will have to fight her issues to have a shot at happiness...]

Tue
May 19 2015 11:00am

Keeping Warm on a Cold Scottish Night: Highland Knits for Outlander Fans

Claire from Outlander in her knits

Fans of the Starz network’s ongoing adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s wildly popular Outlander saga – and they are legion – tend to wax rhapsodic over three particular aspects of the show. First, the sizzling chemistry between series leads Caitriona Balfe and Sam Heughan as time-traveling Claire and her strapping Scottish protector-turned husband Jamie. Second, the cinematography, which superbly depicts the beauty and wonder of the Scottish Highlands. And third, the absolutely delicious knitwear flaunted by many of the major (and not-so-major) characters.

So popular have these gorgeous designs become that entire blogs, Pinterest boards, and Facebook pages have sprung up to honor the costumes themselves and their indefatigable designer, Terry Dresbach (who, it is said, had less than two months to develop and create all the costumes for the show). And while purists may sniff that many of these knits are seriously anachronistic – evidently, eighteenth-century Scotswomen favored neither capelets nor shrugs – many if not most fans who knit merely shrug their shoulders and say “Whatever. Where can I find the pattern?”

…Many places, as it turns out. A number of knitwear designers have produced patterns or collections that were directly inspired by Outlander; others have published patterns that evoke Scotland or the turbulent era in which Jamie and Claire have their adventures. Here are some of the best.

[Find your favorite knits from the TV show Outlander...]

Tue
May 19 2015 9:30am

First Look: Melissa Cutler’s Game Changer (May 19, 2015)

Game Changer by Melissa Cutler

Melissa Cutler
Game Changer (Bomb Squad #3)
Penguin Intermix / May 19, 2015 / $4.99 digital

Welcome to Destiny Falls, New York, home of Bomb Squad—an ice hockey team full of rugged military heroes. An once-in-a-lifetime opportunity has the team captain packing his bags for greener pastures, but saying good-bye to the woman who’d captured his heart is easier said than done…

After being wounded in combat, Brandon Theroux lives every day like it’s his last. He never could have imagined that the sleek mechanics of his prosthetic leg would open so many doors, including minor celebrity status as a fitness model and a well-earned reputation as a rakish playboy. The only door it hasn’t opened is the one to Harper Johnson’s bedroom.

Harper has too much self-respect to join the ranks of Brandon’s “carpe diem” conquests, but when she needs someone to keep the peace in the tavern she owns, Brandon offers his help—as long as she agrees to a very tempting trade. It isn’t long before the two realize that a deal struck between friends who can’t keep their hands off each other has the potential to be a whole lot hotter than either of them is prepared to handle.

Sometimes when I read that a wounded warrior is the hero, I mutter, another day, another hero. I wonder what will be different about this one. Is there a fresh perspective possible? Without giving anything away, YES, Melissa Cutler's Game Changer really is a game changer because both Brandon and Harper are wounded inside and out, but they heal from within first and then lovingly, sexily, create a sensual space for each other that is different than anything I’ve ever read.

Dancing with the Stars has given the world sexy, agile, muscular former military men who have come to terms with their injuries. For Brandon it almost seems like his disability is a door-to-the-bedroom opener. His forever friend (and not with benefits), Harper, is a gun-toting, bar-owning, take-charge heroine! She’s older than the hero but that’s simply stated, not agonized over or examined exhaustively. Back to the gun-toting – we meet Harper as she defends her bar from some miscreants, thinking,

It might be a man’s world, but that was only because not enough women were properly armed. She loaded the rifle as she walked, then unlocked the front door and threw it open.

[Bars, guns, sex in the backseat and this is Upstate New York...]

Tue
May 19 2015 8:14am

What’s the Hardest Thing You’ve Ever Had to Read or Watch?

This weekend brought some of the hardest moments to watch in television—what with THAT scene in Outlander 1x15, or THAT OTHER scene in Game of Thrones 5x06.  For readers of Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series, many people said that scene was even harder to watch than it was to read. 

In fiction, we've seen people knee-capped, tortured, murdered, and so much more. Sometimes those moments have us cheering and cringing along with the characters (depending on what side we're on). What has been the hardest thing for you to read in a book or watch onscreen?

Psst, also, if you really want to rub salt in the wound, check out our Delicious Despair collection where our bloggers talk about those moments in books and on screen that rip our hearts out!

Mon
May 18 2015 6:00pm

First Look: Mary Kay Andrews’s Beach Town (May 19, 2015)

Beach Town by Mary Kay Andrews

Mary Kay Andrews
Beach Town
St. Martin's Press / May 19, 2015 / $26.99 print, $12.99 digital

Greer Hennessy is a struggling movie location scout. Her last location shoot ended in disaster when a film crew destroyed property on an avocado grove. And Greer ended up with the blame.

Now Greer has been given one more chance—a shot at finding the perfect undiscovered beach town for a big budget movie. She zeroes in on a sleepy Florida panhandle town. There's one motel, a marina, a long stretch of pristine beach and an old fishing pier with a community casino—which will be perfect for the film's climax—when the bad guys blow it up in an all-out assault on the townspeople.

Greer slips into town and is ecstatic to find the last unspoilt patch of the Florida gulf coast. She takes a room at the only motel in town, and starts working her charm. However, she finds a formidable obstacle in the town mayor, Eben Thibnadeaux. Eben is a born-again environmentalist who's seen huge damage done to the town by a huge paper company. The bay has only recently been re-born, a fishing industry has sprung up, and Eben has no intention of letting anybody screw with his town again. The only problem is that he finds Greer way too attractive for his own good, and knows that her motivation is in direct conflict with his.

Will true love find a foothold in this small beach town before it’s too late and disaster strikes? Told with Mary Kay Andrews’s inimitable wit and charm, Beach Town is this year's summer beach read!

Every year I look forward to Mary Kay Andrews’ latest release. Her books typically come out toward the beginning of summer, and are labeled “Perfect Beach Read”.  That terminology has different meanings to different people.  However, if it means entertaining, then the publisher has hit the nail on the head.

[Two larger than life personalities find life's sweeter together...]

Mon
May 18 2015 5:05pm

Romance News Roundup: Lisa Kleypas Cover, Lauren Dane Deal & 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.

Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas—Lisa Kleypas's Cold-Hearted Rake has a cover! Jezebel released the cover along with a Q&A with the author. We're *pretty* excited to read a new historical from Kleypas, though of course first up readers are getting Joe Travis's book, Brown-Eyed Girl, because we are spoiled like that.

—BuzzFeed Books was also at the Romantic Times convention in Dallas this past week and today published the post “20 Reasons to Read & Write Romance Novels.” Recognize any faces?! And tell us, Why do YOU read and/or write romance? Then, head over to their post “17 Misconceptions Romance Readers Want to Clear Up Right Now.” Oh, yeah.

—Love Nalini Singh? You won't want to miss her exclusive Author Spotlight in the H&H newsletter this Wednesday! Don't yet receive the weekly newsletter? You can become a member of the site here—then just check “Yes” to sign up for the newsletter and start getting exclusive goodies like this delivered straight to your inbox!

—Deal Alert: Lauren Dane's The Best Kind of Trouble is currently $1.99 in e-book at e-tailers including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore. We don't know how long the deal will last, so get it while you can! For more at H&H, visit our Lauren Dane tag.

Mon
May 18 2015 4:10pm

Love Is In the Air: Not-Your-Usual Historical Romance Best Bets for May 2015

Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist

Spring, when a not-so-young-anymore girl’s fancy turns to…..more historical romance! There’s a nice variety of historical romance this month to help you shake up any impending Regency ruts that may have befallen you, but never fear! There are still some English settings to make even the most hearty Anglophile content.

American-Set!

Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist

As preparations for the 1893 World’s Fair set Chicago and the nation on fire, Louis Tiffany—heir to the exclusive Fifth Avenue jewelry empire—seizes the opportunity to unveil his state-of-the-art, stained glass, mosaic chapel, the likes of which the world has never seen.

But when Louis’s dream is threatened by a glassworkers’ strike months before the Fair opens, he turns to an unforeseen source for help: the female students at the Art Students League of New York. Eager for adventure, the young women pick up their skirts, move to boarding houses, take up steel cutters, and assume new identities as the “Tiffany Girls.”

Tiffany Girl is the heartwarming story of the impetuous Flossie Jayne, a beautiful, budding artist who is handpicked by Louis to help complete the Tiffany chapel. Though excited to live in a boarding house when most women stayed home, she quickly finds the world is less welcoming than anticipated. From a Casanova male, to an unconventional married couple, and a condescending singing master, she takes on a colorful cast of characters to transform the boarding house into a home while racing to complete the Tiffany chapel and make a name for herself in the art world.

As challenges mount, her ambitions become threatened from an unexpected quarter: her own heart. Who will claim victory? Her dreams or the captivating boarder next door?

Gist has been slowly moving away from the inspirational subgenre with her last couple of releases taking on a more secular Americana feel.  But fans shouldn’t fear that she’s gone full-blown Fifty Shades on us, she’s still writing some of the strongest sweet romances around.  I liked the Tiffany historical tidbits, and the fact that the characters behaved in an era appropriate manner.  However my favorite parts of this story centered around the boardinghouse that the heroine lives in. 

[More Not-Your-Usual Historical Romance Novels...]

Mon
May 18 2015 2:00pm

Game of Thrones 5x06 Heart-to-Heart: Game of Faces

Game of Thrones 5x06 Jamie and Bronn

This post contains SPOILERS and speculation from all aired episodes of Game of Thrones, including last night’s Season 5, Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken.” Enjoy!

Game of Thrones 5x06 Jaime/Bronn Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Game of Thrones Season 5, Episode 6, “Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken”

Ship: Jaime/Bronn

Game of Thrones open with the story of Arya. Due to the length of her hair and her new height, it looks like some time has passed with her at the Black annd White Hall. She’s beginning to question her training. Why is she still cleaning corpses and why is she sleeping on a bed of stone—okay, that’s actually my question because that looks like it hurts? She’s desperate to begin the game of faces. The young girl, Waif—who is so annoying—asks her who are you, in response to Arya’s inquiry. Waif gives her back-story and asks is it a lie, am I lying? Which gives Arya food for thought. Jaqen wakes Arya in the middle of the night and asks who are you? She attempts the girl’s tactic and states her life story. Jaqen lashes her with the whip for her wrong answer. She’s over this game and her patience is wearing thin. Cut to Arya cleaning in the hall, this training so far is composed of a lot of cleaning. A young, ill girl is brought in by her father; she suffers everyday and the father has no idea who else to do with her. Arya lies to her and in a cold, calculating move tells the girl that she was also sick and drank from the water to heal. When the young girl dies, Jaqen watches silently. Jaqen leads Arya to a hall filled with many faces. This is what they do to the corpses. They keep the faces. Arya is no ready to be no one but, is now ready to become someone else. And isn’t that what GoT has been about. Playing the game and becoming who you need to be in order to win?

Tyrion and Jorah are still on their own journey together. Tyrion delivers the sad news that Jorah’s father died at the wall and their small moment of bonding is immediately ended. Jorah moves on and appears to be stoic in the wake of the news. As they continue their pace, they’re captured by a ragtime group of misfits who, want to sell Tyrion’s penis. It seems that a dwarf’s penis has magic and I’m pretty Tyrion could have used that in a line or two, lol. Jorah and Tyrion convince them they’re better as fighters and instead will be taken to the pits.

[Could things get any worse?]

Mon
May 18 2015 12:00pm
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Then He Kissed Me: Exclusive Excerpt

Maria Geraci

Then He Kissed Me by Maria Geraci

Lauren Donalan was once Whispering Bay’s golden girl—the rich, bubbly blonde cheerleader who married the high school football star. When her mediocre marriage falls apart, she returns home and starts a vintage clothing business, determined to prove she’s more than just a pretty face with a trust fund.

Nate Miller may have been a nerd in high school, but now he has a beautiful girlfriend and is set to take over Doc Morrison’s medical practice. Still, the good folks of Whispering Bay find his no-nonsense approach more than a little unsettling, leaving his future in town a great big question mark. And things go even further downhill when his well-intentioned marriage proposal goes awry.

Lauren doesn’t need a man to complete her, yet when she finds herself set up on a date with Nate, she can’t help but notice how sexy and confident he is. In fact, every time the former introvert kisses her, she sees fireworks. But, only a big love will make Lauren change her mind about commitment. As Nate attempts to win Lauren over, a real estate co-op threatens Lauren’s business—and Nate’s ex still has a thing or two to say about their previous relationship. Now Lauren has to decide to go big or go home, in business, as well as in love.

Get a sneak peek at  Maria Geraci's Then He Kissed Me (available May 19, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

It was chilly now, but her jacket kept her warm enough that she wasn’t miserable. Plus, there was something sort of nice about being on the beach with Nate. Neither of them said anything. They just kept walking, the cold salt water tickling their toes anytime they got too close to the gulf. Walking on the beach had been a good idea. Her head began to clear from the effects of too much wine and rich food, and she was shocked to discover that she was sorry the night was almost over. It occurred to her that this was probably the only time she’d ever be alone with Nate Miller, at least, in this sort of private setting, and she found herself curious.

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Mon
May 18 2015 11:00am

Outlander 1x15 Heart-to-Heart: Dark Times

Outlander 1x15 Claire

Show/Episode: Outlander 1x15: Wentworth Prison
Ships: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 1x15 Jamie and Claire Captain's Log

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Outlander, including the most recent Season 1, Episode 15, “Wentworth Prison.” Enjoy!

Jamie has never been nearer to death. Though Tarran MacQuarrie attempts to distract Jamie from the matter at hand with literal gallows humor, it doesn’t work. Jamie isn’t afraid of the rope, but what Claire will think of him for getting himself hanged. Got his priorities straight, our Jamie. There’s no chatter, no background noise at all to leaven the grimness of this scene, and even MacQuarrie’s patriotic speech is cut short as his neck breaks…mostly. No sooner is the rope around Jamie’s neck than Black Jack Randall rides in and orders Jamie’s execution stopped. Jamie’s expression says it all – there has got to be something sinister behind this reprieve, and, as we find out, there certainly is. Book fans, you know what’s coming.

Claire, however, does not. She has one thing in mind and one thing only; to get Jamie out of there by any means necessary. If that means posing as a distant relative and convincing the pious warden, Sir Fletcher, that she’s concerned Jamie can’t write his mother final farewell, then that’s what she’ll do. Not as easy as she thought, as Sir Fraser thinks meeting a dangerous criminal is too dangerous for a fine lady, but he will entrust Jamie’s effects to her. Can she get them to his next of kin? Claire keeps a stiff upper lip long enough to accept the box, but staggers outside and collapses, with sobs and vomit, her agony palpable.

Also palpable is the disgust she and Murtaugh feel over Angus and Willie’s losing all their money at a game of dice…until they learn the money was lost to prison guards, who gave up some priceless information. Sir Fletcher always takes time to dine and read his Bible in private, which will give Claire a shot at finding the keys.

[But she must not waste anytime.]

Mon
May 18 2015 9:30am

First Look: Astrid Amara’s Song of the Navigator (May 26, 2015)

Song of the Navigator by Astrid Amara

Astrid Amara
Song of the Navigator
Samhain Publishing / May 26, 2015 / $15.99 print, $4.99 digital

Worst Possible Birthday: Being sold into slavery by none other than your lover.

Tover Duke's rare ability to move anything instantly across light-years of space makes him a powerful, valuable asset to the Harmony Corporation, and a rock star among the people of the colonies. His life is luxurious. Safe. Routine.

He has his pick of casual hookups passing through Dadelus-Kaku Station. His one brush with danger of any kind-the only bright spot in his otherwise boring life-is Cruz Arcadio, a dark-haired, hard-bodied engineer whose physical prowess hints he's something much more.

When a terrorist abducts Tover, hurling him into a world of torture, exploitation and betrayal, it's with shattering disbelief that he realizes his kidnapper is none other than Cruz. As Tover struggles to find the courage to escape his bondage, he begins to understand the only way to free his body, his mind-and his heart-is to trust the one man who showed him that everything about his once-perfect life was a lie.

Warning: This story contains descriptions of extreme violence and assault. It also contains graphic sexual depictions. It also has a lot of birds. And pirate movies from the future. And romance.

This is the book I have been waiting for. An incredible science fiction romance featuring two men. Science fiction and male/male are some of my favorite sub-genres in romance, therefore, for me Astrid Amara's Song of the Navigator was an instant must-read.

An essential ingredient for any good science fiction, in my opinion, is an imaginative, in-depth yet relatable world. Of course I want a world that is interesting, unique and alien, but I also want to be able to connect with that world’s problems! Be it through the issue of social injustice, political turmoil or economic espionage. In Song of the Navigator the idea of Navigators (humans able to move objects and people through space and time through vocal vibrations) immediately intrigued me, partly because Tover is a gifted and valued improvisational Navigator but also because of the role they occupied in society.

[They'll move more than objects through space...]

Mon
May 18 2015 8:34am

What’s the Sweetest Romance You’ve Ever Read?

So much of the time on Heroes and Heartbreakers we talk about the hottest, sexiest, most melt-our-eyeballs moments in romance, but now I want to hear about those melt-worthy moments of a different kind!

What has been the sweetest romance you've ever read? You know, the ones that get you saying “aww” every other page, and have you swooning at the declarations of love? What's the sweetest moment you remember reading?

Let me know in the comments!

Sat
May 16 2015 2:00pm

Love, History, and Family in Deeanne Gist’s Tiffany Girl

Tiffany Girl by Deeanne Gist

Deeanne Gist delivers a novel that is rich in both love and history in her latest book Tiffany Girl. Flossie Jayne’s story is one that highlights the difficulties that women once faced in regards to independence. When our story begins she is working as an assistant to her mother, a very successful dress maker who names the elite of New York among her clients. Flossie doesn’t really enjoy sewing and does it only so that money can be earned for her to attend the School of Applied Design. It is Flossie’s dream to be a painter and she is certain that the studying she is doing at the school will lead to her success.  Then her mother drops a bombshell.

Your father has decided to withdraw you from the School of Applied Design.

Flossie’s argument is immediate and vehement. She and her mother do all the work, why on Earth should she not have the joy of spending some of the money? Her mother’s response is simple and infuriating to Flossie.

You and I don’t have any money. It’s all his.

Flossie wants to go on strike until her father agrees to allow them to take part in the financial decision making but her mother refuses to go along. Just when Flossie is resigned to leaving art school Louis Tiffany comes to the facility looking for glass workers. While this is not Flossie’s area of expertise she and Mr. Tiffany get along so well that he offers her a position. Her parents are livid – young ladies of her class do not do menial labor for money. Flossie, determined to have the money needed for art school, leaves home and heads to Klausemeyer’s boarding house and begins her life as a New Woman.

[Flossie has to shake off the hate and follow her destiny...]

Sat
May 16 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Once Pure (May 19, 2015)

Once Pure by Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson
Once Pure (Shattered Past #3)
Loveswept / May 19, 2015 / $3.99 digital

She bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can’t control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past novel—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—true love lands a knockout punch.
 
Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behaviors and unworthy men. Now, at twenty, she just hopes she’s ready to rebuild some of what she lost. One way or another, it always comes back to her childhood friend and longtime crush, Killian O’Brien.
 
As strong as Killian is, Sofia has always been his one weakness. He knows Sofia has suffered and wants to ensure she’s never hurt again—not like before, and definitely not under his watch. When Sofia agrees to work at his mixed martial arts gym, Killian seizes the opportunity to help and protect the sweet girl he’s always cared for. And yet, as he trains Sofia to defend herself using his hard-hitting MMA techniques, he’s drawn to the vulnerable beauty in ways he never expected.
 
As Sofia grows stronger, she also grows brave enough to open herself up to love. And along the way, she challenges everything Killian believes to be true, showing him that no matter how much he dominates in the ring, the real battle is fought in the heart.In Cecy Robson’s Once Pure we see if long time friends Killian and Sofia can overcome their pasts and fall in love.

In Cecy Robson’s Once Pure we see if long time friends Killian and Sofia can overcome their pasts and fall in love.

Fans of the Shattered Past series  know the history of the Tres Santos family, but never fear if this is your first time; this story can be read as a standalone and you will get a crash course. Sofia Tres Santos is the baby of the family; she has an older sister, Lety, and an older brother, Teo (Matteo). They come from a household with an abhorrently abusive father (now in jail) and a mother who refused to leave him because of her strict religious upbringing in Cuba. Sofia’s older siblings were made fighters because of what they endured but Sofia was made even more fragile due to the abuse. As a child the only true friend she had was the cute boy next door a couple of years older than her named Killian O’Brien. In their adolescence they independently suffered through horrific losses of innocence and drew apart. However, now in adulthood, they are drawn back together and Killian knows exactly what he wants: Sofia. He also knows to tread softly and carefully with her; he knows some of what Sofia has been through but not everything. Between his hero complex and Sofia’s victim blaming self-esteem, they have a long road to haul. 

[Will these two be able to make it?]

Mon
Jan 5 2015 1:55pm

Lost Girl 5x05 SPOILER THREAD: Luck Be a Succubus Tonight

Bo and Tamsin in Lost Girl 5x05We'll be doing full recaps for Lost Girl when it airs in the United States on the SyFy channel. Meanwhile, enjoy a quick summary of last night's episode and discuss!

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Lost Girl, including last night's Season 5, Episode 5, “It's Your Lucky Fae.”

It’s Bo’s birthday! And we know how that always goes so well. Already, she’s got a box delivered from Daddy, which is about as creepy as it sounds when your Father is Hades, Lord of the Underworld. Talk about your gifts from hell. Inside the gaily wrapped box is…another box. Older and creepier and loaded with potential dire meaning, but still, a box. Incidentally, it’s the same box that Bo was winding in the promos for season two, so props to Lost Girl for continuity! Wow. There’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. ­­­-

The card enclosed reads Happy Birthday, Precious. Love, Daddy. Who do you think did a package pickup in hell, UPS or FedEx? Properly freaked out, Bo calls Cassie the Oracle for a confab. Cassie is only too happy to have her dating site date interrupted. She wants Cassie to tell her what the birthday gift from hell means. “All I’m good for, right?” Cassie sneers. Gotta wonder when the last time was that Bo gave Cassie a call without wanting something from her. They agree to meet at The Dal the next day for pints on Bo and a consult.

[Happy Birthday, Bo!]

Fri
May 15 2015 4:30pm

Friday Beefcake: The Flawed Men of TV from Lincoln, McKidd, Hamm, and More

Jon Hamm is the Ultimate Mad Man

Jon Hamm may be the ultimate mad man of Mad Men, but there have been times when our favorite male character leads needed time to recollect themselves mentally. Someone might have even suggested a visit to the crazy house. 

Perhaps something in their eyes tell us early on that these men will incur battle wounds or are deeply distrubed. The macho man, protector, and cutie we once adored begins to get eye rolls as they go from scene to scene. I know it's just TV, right? They appear a little less attractive, and we then realize our once favorite dreamy characters have gone mad.

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead having hallucinations about his dead wife talking to him or that episode when Kevin McKidd as Dr. Owen Hunt did the unmentionable thing to Dr. Christina Yang in Grey's Anatomy. I still find that epsidoe hard to watch although he was suffering from PTSD. 

Let's just admit some of our favorite characters are flawed, but does their madness make them even hotter. Could we easily exchange them for one of the conflicted heroes from our favoirte romance novel or not?

You be the judge. And if my choices don't please you, then drop your favorite Mad Men character from TV name in the comments. 

[Be the judge of these Mad Men...]

Fri
May 15 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Darynda Jones’s Eighth Grave After Dark (May 19, 2015)

Eighth Grave After Dark by Darynda Jones

Darynda Jones
Eighth Grave After Dark (Charley Davidson #8)
St. Martin's Press / May 19, 2015 / $25.99 print, $12.99 digital

With twelve hellhounds after her, pregnant Charley Davidson takes refuge at the only place she thinks they can’t get to her: the grounds of an abandoned convent. But after months of being cooped up there,  Charley is ready to pop. Both metaphorically and literally since she is now roughly the size of a beached whale. Fortunately, a new case has captured her attention, one that involves a murder on the very grounds the team has taken shelter upon. A decades-old murder of the newly-vowed nun she keeps seeing in the shadows is almost enough to pull her out of her doldrums. 

Charley's been forbidden to step foot off the sacred grounds. While the angry hellhounds can’t traverse the consecrated soil, they can lurk just beyond its borders. They have the entire team on edge, especially Reyes. And if Charley didn’t know better, she would swear Reyes is getting sick. He grows hotter with every moment that passes, his heat scorching across her skin every time he’s near, but naturally he swears he’s fine.

While the team searches for clues on the Twelve, Charley just wants answers and is powerless to get them. But the mass of friends they’ve accrued helps. They convince her even more that everyone in her recent life has somehow been drawn to her, as though they were a part of a bigger picture all along. But the good feelings don’t last for long because Charley is about to get the surprise of her crazy, mixed-up, supernatural life….

Demons and Hellhounds and the Vatican? Oh my. Things are getting crazy(er) in the world of Charley Davidson. The grim reaper and the son of Satan are having a baby and Charley is being surrounded by…well, everyone. 

When Darynda Jones starts Eighth Grave After Dark, Charley and Reyes have been staying in the abandoned convent for eight months awaiting the birth of their daughter, affectionately known as Beep.  And they’re not alone.  No, they are never alone. 

[Someone is watching their every move...]

Fri
May 15 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Consumed By Fire: Exclusive Excerpt

Anne Stuart

 Consumed by Fire by Anne Stuart

Evangeline Morrissey remembers the last time she saw her husband: it was during their honeymoon, right before he stole her grandmother’s earrings and abandoned her. Now, five years later, the enigmatic man who’d broken her heart and destroyed her trust is back. But she’s not the same naive young woman who fell for him so easily.

Marrying Evangeline and letting her think he was nothing but a common thief had been James Bishop’s plan all along. As an assassin for the Committee, a covert agency dedicated to stamping out international crime, he had no business even thinking about marriage. But it was the only way to protect Evangeline after she’d unwittingly wandered into his operation against a group of human traffickers, placing herself in grave danger. And now that James’s vigilant watch over Evangeline’s life has revealed to his enemies that she’s his one true weakness, he must set out to have, to hold, and—above all—to protect his bride.

Get a sneak peek at  Anne Stuart's Consumed by Fire (available May 26, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

His mouth on hers was a shock. It was no tentative kiss, no preliminary exploration. The mouth that covered hers was open, carnal, wet, and for a moment she was too startled to do anything but stand there clutching her clothes to her breast like an idiot. He was cupping her face in his beautiful hands, blocking out everything but his mouth, his body up against hers, and then he lifted his head, his deep brown eyes glittering in the darkness. “You want this,” he said, no longer sounding lazy. It wasn’t a question, and she couldn’t nod if she wanted to, not with him holding her head still for his kisses, so she had to be brave.

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Fri
May 15 2015 11:00am

Scandal 4x22 Heart-to-Heart: Sunny Days

Scandal 4x22 Finale Olitz

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 22, “You Can't Take Command”

Scandal 4x22 Liv/Fitz Captain's Log

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 22, “You Can't Take Command” 
Ship(s): Liv/Fitz

There’s an old saying that goes, “be careful what you wish for because you just might get it,” which pretty much sums up my feelings after last night Scandal season finale being the big old cheerleader for Team #Olitz that I am. But before I get into my feeling at the end of the episode let me do a quick backtrack and take you through my journey to the sunny side of the street.

The episode opened where we left off the week before with Mellie as the fox caught in Papa Pope’s trap. He was disguised as a big money donor and going under the name Damascus Bainbridge when he handed Mellie a file that held all her and Fitz’s dirty little secrets. In exchange for his silence he told Mellie that all he wanted was a list.

We then see Jake testifying under oath to David in a courtroom about B613. He’s spilling his guts while the jury looks on. While this is happening Liv sits outside the courtroom and thinks over her years with Fitz. She then calls him and tells him how proud she is of all he’s done with Mellie and her campaign. There is a nice mention back to Clarence Parker and his episode when Fitz says he’s signing the Brandon Bill into law. I love that the writers did not drop the ball on that very important episode. Fitz and Liv have their usual intimate and low key sexy banter but Liv is sad and Fitz picks up on it. When Liv says goodbye to Fitz this time it really does feel like a goodbye.

[No more standing in the sun for Olitz.]

Fri
May 15 2015 9:30am

How to Seduce a Billionaire by Portia Da Costa or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Like Virgins and Billionaires

How to Seduce a Billionaire by Portia Da Costa

If ever a book was created to have me run screaming in the other direction, it was this one.  Twenty-nine year old virgin heroine finds her groove thing with billionaire hero. Typing that last sentence literally gave me an eye twitch.  However, this isn’t your average virgin meets billionaire romance.  No, it’s one written by Portia Da Costa.

This is a concept that non-readers would find absurd, but that all readers, specifically genre readers, will understand.  I trust Portia Da Costa.  I’ve been reading Portia Da Costa for close to fifteen years.  For all intents and purposes, I have built up a relationship with her work and I know that, while I’ve liked some stories more than others, I’ll be in capable hands.  Which means, yes.  I’m going to keep an open mind about the virgin and the billionaire.

Jess Lockhart is an amateur artist with a job as an insurance company drone.  Then said insurance company gets bought out by Ellis McKenna, an eccentric billionaire who pops by the office after the acquisition to ruffle a few feathers.  Instead it’s a whole flurry of hormones that get ruffled, which means the tango between Jess and Ellis begins fast and furiously.

Oh shit. Oh Lord. I want him.  I’ve no practical idea how to do sex, but I want to do it with him, even if I will be the most hopeless lay.

[Her V-card is on the table...]