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Fri
Feb 20 2015 10:45am

Scandal 4x13 Heart-to-Heart: Returning the Favor

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 13, “No More Blood”
Ship(s): Olivia/Stephen, with reference to Olivia/Fitz (Olitz) and Olivia/Jake (Olake)

Olivia and Stephen Scandal 4x13 Captain's Log**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 13, “No More Blood.”**

As the episode opens, Olivia is still. In. Captivity. Gus and his cronies are about to deliver her to Iran, but Olivia’s expertise in Farsi thwarts that plan, so the jerk patrol takes Liv back to be auctioned off yet again. Over the past few episodes different people have risen to the challenge to rescue Liv, and Olivia certainly has continued working to save herself as well. This week belonged to the pit bull that is Abby Whelan. As a (former) Gladiator she has been shut out at Pope and Associates, and as the White House Press Secretary she does not have the government clearance to be in the inner circle to find out information about Olivia’s situation.

[But Abby has ways, we're sure...]

Fri
Feb 13 2015 10:45am

Scandal 4x12 Heart-to-Heart: Who’s the Highest Bidder?

The Gladiators in Scandal 4x12Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 12, “Gladiators Don’t Run”
Ship(s): Fitz/Mellie, with mentions of Liv/Fitz

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 12, “Gladiators Don't Run.”**

I would have loved to ship Liv and Fitz this episode, but Liv being in her unfortunate captive situation and not even given a phone this episode to share a breathy “hi” with her amore, it just couldn’t be done. But Liv’s departure from the scene has brought upon us the old but unlikely ship of Mellie and Fitz. Now before you go and start throwing tomatoes give me a chance to make my case.

The show opens with Abby sitting in everyone’s favorite DC park, holding two coffees while she waits for Liv. When Liv is a no show and she doesn’t answer her phone Abby decided to check Liv’s apartment. When she gets there and sees the obvious disarray—not to mention the wine stain on the couch—she knows there's a problem. Abby goes to Huck and Quinn for answers but they rebuff her, telling her she’s not a Gladiator anymore. That’s cold.

[Real cold...]

Thu
Feb 12 2015 5:05pm

Read If You Like...Television-to-Book Edition!: Roswell, Scandal, and The Walking Dead

Touched by an Alien by Gini KochAs romance fans, we look for the romance no matter what form it takes—books, TV, movies. We've assembled a list of some favorite (and wildly divergent) TV shows, and want to suggest some books to read to further quench your desire for more in that style.

Roswell:

If you were a teen in the late 90s you may have been among the many who loved the romance between Max and Liz, the alien and the human. Heck, I’m longer a teen and I’m still hooked on watching the seasons over and over again on DVD. In high school I was obsessed with the show and adored the bad boy Michael, who  was my first real bad boy crush. I’m always on the hunt for books with some alien romance, that excitement of the unknown mysterious guy from another world. So I created a list of my favorites—if you liked Roswell, check out these titles below.

Touched by an Alien by Gini Koch

This series is addicting, full of kick butt action led by he female lead Katherine “Kitty” Katt. Kitty is a tough cookie who ends up battling aliens and working with some smoking hot Armani wearing aliens. Koch has a wonderful sense of humor, her characters are memorable, and the romance will make you swoon.

[We like to swoon! We'll get our smelling salts and fainting couch ready...]

Fri
Feb 6 2015 10:43am

Scandal 4x11 Olitz Heart-to-Heart: “Hi”

Fitz in Scandal season 4, episode 11Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 11, “Where's the Black Lady?”
Ships: Olitz (Olivia/Fitz)

**Note: This post contains spoilers on all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's 4x11, “Where's the Black Lady?.”**

Olivia and Fitz-focused Captain's Log for Scandal 4x11Considering the way this episode ended, this could have been an opportunity to ship Olivia with Ian, but quite honestly there was zero chemistry there to do it. Olivia is always looking for the man who calls the shots and we all know that ain’t Kidnapper Ian.

When the episode opens, Fitz is ready to use every resource available to him (which is a lot of resources) to find Olivia. However several Secret Service agents file into his office and inform him that they, as well as employees in all level of service to the President, are watching his every move. As long as he gives the Vice President the war in West Angola that he wants, Olivia will be just fine.

[No pressure, Fitz...]

Fri
Jan 30 2015 11:20am

Scandal 4x10 Heart-to-Heart: Liv-ing La Vida Loca

Liv gets taken in Scandal 4x10Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 10, “Run”
Ships: Olivia/Fitz, Olivia/Jake, Liv/Liv (a girl's gotta depend on herself, this episode!)

Scandal 4x10 Captain's Log**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's, “Run.”**

It’s been a long cold winter as we sat and waited for the return of Scandal. When we last left off Liv had just declared to Jake over wine and Stevie Wonder that she was choosing Fitz and Vermont AND walking in the sun with Jake but over all that she was choosing herself. Huh? Ok then. Let’s dance about it.

This episode picks up where the last left off with Liv and Jake were cutting it up on her makeshift dancefloor and about to make love on her piano when Liv sends Jake for blankets and a pillow. During Jakes brief run to the bedroom someone, in cahoots with VP Andrew who is unveiling his evilness to Fitz, slips into the apartment and grabs Liv.

We get Liv’s capture from all possible angles and we even get a super slow motion recap of it that shows the masked culprits didn’t actually run off with Liv as was originally thought but instead they grabbed her and pulled her into the apartment of the neighbor across the hall. Pretty slick move kidnappers.

[We don't approve of your slick moves, though!]

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 14 2014 10:45am

Scandal 4x08 Olitz Heart-to-Heart: You Dropped a Bomb on Me

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 8, “The Last Supper”
Ships: Olivia/Fitz, Olivia/Jake, Mellie/Andrew, Cyrus/Michael

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's, “The Last Supper.”**

Here we are with only one episode left before the mid-season finale of Scandal and it’s literally as explosive as the promos said it would be. The episode opened right where it left off last week with Fitz, Liv and Jake—the world’s most uncomfortable threesome—in Fitz’s underground Bunker. Jake was fresh from being on lock down, so feeling, I guess, a mite testy. Going on to Fitz about calling him ‘Captain Ballard’ or some such nonsense to make himself feel more important, trying his best to secure a position as the alpha in the room when clearly the pecking order went: Liv, then Fitz, then speakerphone, then chair and then maybe Jake. But whatever floats your boat, Captain Ballard. The three went back and forth for a bit to come up with a plan to get to Rowan, which included keeping Jake on lockdown while using the secret B613 files. 

[There's a lot going on...]

Fri
Nov 7 2014 10:30am

Scandal 4x07 Heart-to-Heart: Olivia and Fitz’s Phone Bone

Olivia on the phone with Fitz in Scandal 4x07Show, Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 7, “Baby Made a Mess.”
Ship(s): Olivia/Fitz, Olivia/Jake, Abby/Leo

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

Olivia and Fitz were mostly away from each other this episode; in fact, the lion’s share of the time they spent together was on the phone! So how could this have been rated a High in the heat level? We all know how Fitz gets on the phone. There was no eye-banging in this episode, but can we discuss Fitz’s phone-boning skills? He laid out a few promises so hot, lewd, and lustworthy that Liv had to unbutton a fabulous wool coat and cop a feel on herself. Then he left her hanging because he is a man who knows what he is doing, especially when it comes to Liv. The first two seasons of Scandal, Fitz and Olivia spent copious amounts of time on the phone, in fact Fitz had it blocked off on his official White House schedule (under a covert name, of course.) He desperately wants to get back to those good old days, but he and Liv have been hurt badly due to this crazy magnetic relationship.

[It's a bit of a toxic relationship... but we still love it!]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 9:43am

Scandal 4x06 Recap: Friends and Foes

Olivia Pope on the prison runway in Scandal Season 4 episode 6Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Nicole Leapheart and Kwana Minatee-Jackson. Need to catch up? Don't miss our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 6, “An Innocent Man.”

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

Scandal has been a rollercoaster ride, kiddies, so let’s get to it!

When the episode opens, Liv is swimming to an Isley Brothers tune, and is apparently multitasking by fantasizing about sexy times with Jake...wait, now it’s Fitz’s face...wait, now Jake and Fitz are both doing very naughty things in naughty places. Then Olivia finishes a lap, and her father is waiting at the edge of the pool, telling her to wake up with disgust oozing through all of his pores. Olivia wakes with a scream and Abby, who spent the night at her house, comes in to check on her. Fitz refuses to take Olivia’s phone calls regarding Jake and it is driving Liv nuts. At the White House, Smelly Mellie has decided to join the world of the living and turns into Funny Mellie when she notices Fitz on the balcony nursing his bruised hand. Former President Cooper has passed away and the state funeral needs to be planned. She basically tells him to get himself together...unless he wants her to order some fried chicken for him from the kitchen. Good one, Mellie!

[Go go Mellie, go...]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 10:15am

Scandal Season 4, Episode 5 Recap: Mixed Messages

Olivia and Papa Pope on Scandal 4x05

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 our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 5, “The Key.”

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

Last week left our jaws open and this week is going to punch them closed. Let’s get started!

When Scandal opens, Liv is visiting her old friend Katherine in jail (remember her? The one who was sleeping with her teenage daughter’s boyfriend and said daughter ended up murdered?) Olivia is trying to tie the man they have on surveillance attacking Katelyn with their family. Turns out his name is Kubiak and he is a dirty ex-cop with plenty of friends on the force. He also happens to do freelance work for Katherine’s husband’s firm. Quinn and Olivia(?!) set up a stakeout to keep an eye on Kubiak when they witness him murdering Katelyn’s best friend. Yep, that was before the first credit roll!

[It's gonna be a good episode *rubs hands together*...]

Fri
Oct 17 2014 10:15am

Scandal Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: Drop the Mic

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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 our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 4, “Like Father, Like Daughter.”

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

Is everyone still in recovery from this past episode of Scandal? I know I am. Let’s get into it because it is juicy, it is shocking, and it is scandalous!

When the episode opens, Jake AKA Captain Swag is walking to his car, but something just doesn’t feel right. As he approaches his car, he notices a red flashing light underneath. He immediately knows what it is, and turns around in the other direction. Just to prove how badass he is, he hits his car fob to turn his car on and it explodes. This of course makes him a little late for dinner at Liv’s house, who wanted to be domestic. She invites him in and tells him “Let’s talk about our day...I’ll go first.” Of course you will, Liv. Before Jake gets a word in, Liv’s phone rings and she is out the door on a case like a bat out of hell.

[That's so nice of you, Liv...not!]

Fri
Oct 10 2014 10:20am

Scandal Season 4, Episode 3 Recap: Stick a Pork in It

Olivia and Papa Pope on Scandal 4x03Can'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 our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 2, “Inside the Bubble.”

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

Hey there, Gladiators, seems were getting thick into it now. When we last left Pope and Associates, Fitz was delivering kick butt speeches, Mellie was falling apart, Abby was still Gabby, some oddly chiseled jaw gigolo was trying to pick up Cyrus, David was all about that blackmail and Liv was showcasing her boots to their best advantage… around Jake’s hips. 

[That might have been a major highlight from last week...]

Fri
Oct 3 2014 10:02am

Scandal Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: Booty Calls

Fitz's State of the Union speech in Scandal 4x02Can'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 our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 2, “The State of the Union.”

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

Last week there were so many new beginnings! Jake’s new sassy attitude, Cy’s new hair, and Mellie’s new devil-may-care attitude about the world in general. But at its heart, it was the same old Scandal. So let’s take a look at what happened this episode, shall we?

The episode opens with Jake and Olivia jogging together. Jake informs Liv that he has booked a hotel room. When Liv asks him what for, he tells her it’s for “booty calls.” Then Jake says “booty call” every other time we see him in the episode and it is very exciting. VERY. Anyhow, Olivia informs him she doesn’t do booty calls. Then he informs her that with Cyrus waiting at The Bench in the Park, she most certainly does booty calls, especially when they are work-related.

[Talk dirty to us, Jake...]

Fri
Sep 26 2014 12:00pm

Scandal Season 4 Episode 1: Liv’s Back, Gladiators!

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 our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 1, “Randy, Red, Superfreak, and Julia.”

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

And we’re back, Gladiators! We made it through the summer and fall is finally here. When last we left Olivia Pope and Associates, shoes were dropping, fans were being hit, first sons were being assassinated, Presidents were crumbling, and Liv, well, Liv was jetting off to parts unknown with creepy (but hey, still dreamy and hot) Jake because you know…Liv. 

[Crazy, sexy, cool?]

Mon
Sep 8 2014 3:30pm

What the Heart Wants: Fall 2014’s Can’t-Miss Romance Books, Movies, and Shows


September | October | November | Printable Version

Team H&H eats, breathes, and sleeps romance, but even we have trouble keeping track of all the amazing content released throughout the year. To make life a little easier for all of us, we’ve compiled a must list of some of our most anticipated books, movies, and television shows for September through November. Let us know what you think, whether it’s showering us with praise or educating us about what we’ve missed (or both)!

September



Son of No One by Sherrilyn Kenyon (book) 
Two words: Dark. Hunter. Cadegan and Jo’s story comes to life in the latest installment of Kenyon’s hugely popular Dark-Hunter series.
 
Dark Blood by Christine Feehan (book)
He’s a warrior reborn, she’s the mage who’s waking him up. That’s bound to generate a lot of chemistry, and we can’t wait to see it unfold!
 
Shatter by Erin McCarthy (book)
She’s hot for tutor! ’Nough said.


Linger by Lauren Jameson (book)
Our reviewer loved Linger, and we don’t blame him. Sexy, tropey, and kinky, we’re all over this release!
 
Night’s Honor by Thea Harrison (book)
Harrison has cemented herself as a staple on any urban fantasy shelf, and Night’s Honor seems to be another great addition.
   

[See what's up this fall...]

Thu
Apr 24 2014 1:00pm

18 Suggestions on How to Survive the Wait for Scandal Season 4

Now that we’ve made it through the third season of Scandal with our minds relatively intact, we’re suddenly left with a gaping hole in our Thursday nights for the next few months, not to mention the free time that we have not standing around the water cooler or on social media discussing what happened the week before. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of things you can do while waiting for Scandal to return in the fall.

1. Talk yourself into believing you can pull off a white hat.

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[+More ideas on how to stay busy...]

Fri
Apr 18 2014 10:10am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 18 Recap: Elections and Aftershock

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...]

Fri
Apr 11 2014 9:45am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 17 Recap: You Dropped a Bomb on Me

Maya Pope in Scandal 3x17Can'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 recaps of 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, 3x13, 3x14, and 3x15. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 17, “Flesh and Blood.”

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

Howdy, Gladiators, welcome back! Last time, Liv had pulled the plug (literally) on B613 at exactly the wrong time, giving Maya just enough time to slip away unseen with a bomb that she plans to use to take out Fitz. Cut to Jake going practically postal and storming into OPA, putting Liv in a very “I know you didn’t just put your hands on me” choke hold.

Alrighty then. You got that one, Jake. That one. This week, we open with Liv out of her up-against-the-wall hold and she’s now in the main OPA conference room arguing with Jake about her poor timing and treason over taking out B613 when suddenly Fitz chimes in for them to hush it up with Cyrus by his side. Hmm, I’d like to know who called Fitz and how that hold would go over now? But I digress. These are scenes we are not privy to, so back to the matters at hand and Fitz is mad because Liv didn’t talk to him about her plans and Liv replies that she made the call because it was what he said he wanted. Then salty Jake jumped on in and doesn’t miss his shot to toss across the table that Liv slept with him the night before to put a tracker on his phone. Did you hear that, Fitz, yet another man sleeping with your other woman? And Boom.

[Buckle your seatbelts—here we go!...]

Fri
Apr 4 2014 9:29am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 16 Recap: Hard Decisions

Olivia and Fitz in Scandal 3x16Can'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 recaps of 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x123x133x14, and 3x15. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 16, “The Fluffer.”

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

This episode of Scandal was aptly named because it was a jaw-dropper! There was also a lot of hightailing it out of the room, so I kept count.

As the episode opens we see someone else sashaying down the halls with Cyrus Beene. It’s Abby, dressed in Olivia Pope white. (She looks good, too!) Cyrus, in disbelief, is grilling Abby about why Liv isn’t there. He also calls her Gabby, which unfortunately sticks to poor Abby the whole episode as she has interactions at the White House.

Cyrus pulls out his phone to call Olivia, and Abby reports to him that Olivia is only taking Abby’s calls and Abby better not call unless the White House is burning down. Shaking his head, Cyrus tells (G)Abby that he feels sorry for what’s about to happen in the next room.

[Hightail count: 0...]

Thu
Apr 3 2014 8:30am

Man Meddle Not with Me: Onscreen Cheating

Michael Fassbender in Jane Eyre

Cheating—is it ever excusable?

Many romance readers have reading dealbreakers, and one of the most mentioned dealbreaker is cheating in romance novels.

But (and you knew there was a “but”!), sometimes cheating is accepted by the reader because of its context. We had a post on adultery in romance, specifically historical romance, and we've also covered cheating heroes in contemporary romance.

Many of those close-to-acceptable situations have extenuating circumstances (in the historicals, the heroines are trying to have children, for example), but what if there is nothing close to a noble circumstance? Is it still possible to root for the cheaters?

[Maybe? Or not?...]