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Aug 19 2016 12:30pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to the 22 Push Up Challenge

Dear 22 Push Up Challenge,

Thank you for bringing awareness to a situation we might not have known about before. You started out as a way to bring mainstream attention to the rampant problem amongst our military veterans—men and women—who committ suicide daily because they feel unable to cope after returning from combat.

We are so grateful to the men and women who proudly serve our country, and we do not take the sacrifices you make for granted. If you are a vet going through a rough patch, please reach out and know we appreciate you. 

Thank you to those who've taken the challenge to raise awareness and put this in everyone's minds. Your help is so important. 

Source: Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson's Instagram, gif by H&H

Here's a list of some of our favorites doing the 22 Push Up Challenge featuring half of our favorite Chrises and puppies!

Source: Chris Evans on Twitter, gif by H&H


Aug 19 2016 9:30am

Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally Are Relationship Goals



Source: Helga Esteb/Shutterstock.com

This past Saturday, I had the pleasure of seeing Megan Mullally (Will & Grace) and Nick Offerman (Parks and Recreation), probably my all-time favorite celebrity couple (and a couple of darn fine comedians!), perform their comedy variety show Summer of 69: No Apostrophe at The Carpenter Theater in Richmond, Virginia.

If you were not already aware that this dynamic duo was on tour this summer, I know that right now you’re probably scrambling for your wallet to get your tickets. But before you place an order for the whole family, please know that this is definitely an R-rated, NSFW affair! The two talk (and sing! So much singing!) not only about love (and their deep love for each other), but relationship and dating advice, sex, politics (only for a minute!), marital bliss, sex with jesus, marital spats, poodles, marital vows, the moral conundrum of woodworking, irritable bowel syndrome and sex with celebrities. In other words: sex (and marriage!).

[R-rated fun!]

Aug 19 2016 8:06am

A Quiet Passion Will Have You Squeeing—Here’s Why

  1. Emily Dickinson (many people's favorite poet) 
  2. Jennifer Ehle (a.k.a. quite possibly one of the best (THE best?) Elizabeth Bennetts ever?) 
  3. A pretty period piece that seems both the perfect balance of “women in pretty dresses” and “emotionally wrought biopic” 

Are you excited for this movie? What do you think of the trailer? Let us know in the comments!


Aug 18 2016 5:00pm

Vivienne Lorret & Kerrelyn Sparks E-Deals Yours to Claim: Romance News

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The Debutante Is Mine by Vivienne LorretDeal Alert: Vivienne Lorret's The Debutante Is Mine is only $.99 in e-book at Amazon | iBooks | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Lorret is an expert at depicting both the sisterhood of spinsterhood and heroes who bet on bachelorhood.

Deal Alert: Kerrelyn SparksLess Than a Gentleman is on sale for $2.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Did you know the author of the Love at Stake series started out writing historical romance? True story.

Deal Alert: Mercedes Lackey's Hunger Games-ish YA novel Hunter, the first in a series, is discounted to $.99 in e-book at iBooks | Barnes & Noble | Amazon | etc.* Lackey's books can be an effective gateway drug to romance novels, fyi.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Beverly Jenkins makes us catch our breath with her Old West series...so get an oxygen tank before the January release of Breathless, because this cover looks amazing, and what's inside is going to be even better!

If you love raunchy rock stars, you already know to look no further than Olivia Cunning. Once you've wrapped your tour with the Sinners, prepare to become a groupie for Exodus End. Come check out the cover for Outsiders, the first book in this new series. 

[Thor without Jane?...]

Aug 18 2016 2:30pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Reveals from Lecia Cornwall, Jamie Howard, Addison Fox, and Victoria De La O!

Team H&H has four more fantastic covers for you this week from authors Lecia Cornwall, Jamie Howard, Addison Fox, and Victoria De La O! Family, duty, and responsibity are major themes amongst these four titles starting with When A Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall where Malcolm finds himself caught between duty and love in a story that promises scandal, mystery, and conquering the darkest of fears. In Jamie Howard's All the Ways You Saved Me, the death of Bianca's best friend takes her life from predictably boring daughter-of-a-senator to a life filled with adventure and romance. In At Last by Addison Fox, Emma has to choose between her family's legacy and falling in love. And finally, in Tell Me How This Ends, Lizzie finds herself between and rock and a hard place...and two brothers. 

When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall

When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall

She is his greatest enemy and his only salvation.

Malcolm MacDonald, a lawyer in Edinburgh, unexpectedly inherits his father’s title of Laird of Dunbronach, forcing him to return to a place he hasn’t seen since he was a small child. To gain the trust of a wary clan, Malcolm must act upon their insistence that he cast aside his English betrothed and marry a Highlander. 

However, they have one condition—no lasses of the barbaric clan MacLeod.

When he finds an unconscious woman in the sea, he brings her back to his clan but not before doing the one thing that could save her life—hiding her all too telling MacLeod plaid. When she wakes with no memory of who she is, Malcolm vows to keep the little he knows about her identity a secret. As new dangers threaten his clan, the mysterious lass teaches Malcolm some very important lessons about how to be a Highlander and a laird.

But secrets never stay secret for long, and when she finds her plaid, her memory returns and she flees. Malcolm is forced to make a difficult choice to win her back, facing his darkest fears and his worst enemy for a chance at true love.

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of When a Laird Finds a Lass by Lecia Cornwall, available November 1, 2016:

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[More covers ahead!]

Aug 18 2016 1:00pm

Come Slyther In: Why Snape Might be the Best Character in the Harry Potter Universe


Severus Snape as played by Alan Rickman

If you haven’t read The Harry Potter Series—where have you been for the last 20 years? Needless to say, Spoiler Alert!

In Harry Potter and The Sorceress’s Stone, by J.K. Rowling, Professor Snape was perceived as a mysterious and dark man. His velvety voice and his long sweeping black robes added to his allure, (I’ve always wondered what he wore under those robes *grin*) but it was his ability to command a room that really got my attention.

 “You are here to learn the subtle science and exact art of potion-making,” he began. He spoke in barely more than a whisper, but they caught every word —Snape had the gift of keeping a class silent without effort. “As there is little foolish wand-waving here, many of you will hardly believe this is magic. I don’t expect you will really understand the beauty of the softly simmering cauldron with its shimmering fumes, the delicate power of liquids that creep through human veins, bewitching the mind, ensnaring the senses...I can teach you how to bottle fame, brew glory, even stopper death—if you aren’t as big a bunch of dunderheads as I usually have to teach.”

[Mysterious and divisive...]

Aug 18 2016 12:00pm

The Pleasure of the Rose: Exclusive Excerpt

Jane Bonander

The Pleasure of the Rose by Jane Bonander

As Fletcher MacNeil sat in a jail cell, the last thing he expected was a Scottish solicitor bearing news of an inheritance. Fletcher, half Comanche and half Scottish, is the only surviving heir to Castle Sheiling and a fortune beyond his wildest dreams. But to claim it, he must escape his current predicament and travel across the ocean—to a world of loyal clans and kinsmen where Fletcher’s very appearance marks him as outsider.

Rosalyn Geddes, housekeeper of Sheiling, is relieved to hear that the new earl of Kintyre has been located in America. But the last thing she expected was the mysterious, darkly handsome man who appears on the castle doorstep. Rosalyn cannot believe he is a MacNeil, let alone the new earl. But there’s something about this man—a power and magnetism that draws her in.

Fletcher learns that his inheritance comes with a caveat—he must produce an heir within one year’s time or the fortune goes to a rogue cousin of the late earl. A marriage of convenience is proposed, and Roz reluctantly agrees. What begins as purely a business transaction blossoms into something more. Roz begins to feel herself open up to the possibility of love, but the question of whether Fletcher will leave her once he’s met the terms of the will continues to loom over their relationship. Can they overcome Roz’s tragic past and Fletcher’s uncertain future?

Get a sneak peek at Jane Bonander's The Pleasure of the Rose (available August 23, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Sheiling Castle, Isle of Hedabarr, Scotland, January 1858

Rosalyn tugged the shawl close around her and paced the cobbled drive. Sima, the pregnant wolfhound, followed close behind.

“Aye, Sima lass,” Rosalyn crooned, reaching down to stroke the hound’s furry ears. “Walking might jar those pups loose.” The dog’s belly was huge; Rosalyn didn’t envy the delivery.

[Read the full The Pleasure of the Rose excerpt...]

Aug 18 2016 9:30am

First Look: Linda Howard & Linda Jones’ Frost Line (August 30, 2016)

Frost Line by Linda Howard and Linda Jones

Linda Howard and Linda Jones 
Frost Line 
Avon Books / August 30, 2016 / $25.99 print, $6.99 digital

Linda Howard and Linda Jones are not new collaborators. They’ve previously written together two fantasy books, Blood Born, Warrior Rising, and a western, Running Wild. Although I’ve only read two of the four, from my perspective, their collaboration is a pretty seamless one, giving readers books full of action and romance.

Elijah Tilley is seven years old and lives with his mother, Amber. His mother doesn’t work—of course Elijah doesn’t have any concept of money and what it costs to live in the house that they do. Elijah knows that his mother has friends over–Sammy and a man he calls Uncle Bobby. Elijah likes Uncle Bobby because he gives him gifts and calls him son. Uncle Bobby is actually State Senator Robert Markham, and Elijah’s mother is his mistress. However, Amber is two-timing her sugar daddy with Sammy –a man closer to her age.

Unfortunately, Amber accidentally leaves her phone out, and Robert discovers this via a sex tape on her phone.  Amber cheating on him doesn’t push him over the edge, but her ridicule of him, recorded on the tape, does and when Amber catches him invading her privacy, she slaps him and then spits in his face. Losing control, Robert kills her, and Elijah witnesses it. Petrified, he sneaks away from the house and hides in his best friend’s house, and disturbs a secret magical set of cards which draws Lenna Frost to Elijah’s world.

[Read more...]

Aug 18 2016 8:05am

What’s One Word You’d Use to Describe Your Reading Taste?

The way we talk about our favorite books says a lot about us. However, trying to sum up what we love most about romance into just one word? Well... you guys, know I like to ask the tough questions! 

  • Sexy 
  • Sweet
  • Inspirational
  • Vampy
  • Erotic
  • Quirky

The list goes on! Disqualifying the use of “romance," for obvious reasons, what one word would describe your reading taste? 

Let us know in the comments!

Aug 17 2016 5:20pm

Score with Sexy Geeks & Olympic Swimmers: Romance News

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Love On My Mind by Tracey Livesay—Deal Alert: Tracey Livesay's publicist-must-rebrand-sexy-geek contemporary Love on My Mind is only $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* We're firmly on the record as being pro–geek hero and all for computer prodigy protags, so if they light your fire too, you know what to do.

—Deal Alert: Samantha Chase's first Shaughnessy Brothers contemporary, Made for Us, is on sale for $1.99 in e-book at Amazon and $2.99 at Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* Enjoy following one family throughout a series? You should be sure you've read all of these historical family saga romances too.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Did you say swimmer hero? Meghan Quinn is helping fuel our obsession with hot Olympic swimmers with her cover reveal for Stroked Long! A hot guy with a dark past? We're ready to jump in. 

—New shifter series alert! Milly Taiden revealed the cover for her new Shifters Undercover Series book, Bearly in Control. It promises alphas, and animal whisperers, and secrets....oh, my!

Representation in romance matters. Author and RITA finalist Sonali Dev takes a look at the RITAs and representation in romance, plus gives great book recommendations in what will be a weekly NPR feature. Her book A Bollywood Affair is a Team H&H Top 30 pick of 2015.

[The Obamas' sweet romance & cute kittens...]

Aug 17 2016 4:45pm

The Fifty Shades Revolution... Or Why I’m Thankful for E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James

It's hard to believe that Fifty Shades of Grey was only published back in 2011, but here we are five years later... and I am grateful. Yes, you read that correctly: Grateful. Am I a fan of Fifty Shades of Grey? Not really. Do I know people who are? Of course. Do I judge them for it? Not one bit.

Fifty Shades triggered a reading revolution the likes of which we hadn't seen since J.K. Rowling dared children to call themselves “readers” without mockery or Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series challenged women and teens to choose a side in an epic reading war. In fact, it was because of Twilight that we are here today talking about this phenomena. It got teens reading, and six years later, it got them intrigued in its published fan fiction, Fifty Shades of Grey. 

Women who were told they weren't readers, who were too busy to read, who only thought books were those recommended in your English lit class—they all became book lovers. Teens and grandmothers alike were reading Fifty Shades of Grey and talking about romance in a way that hasn't been seen since its first rocket to the mainstream consciousness in the 1970s and '80s. In 2011, the book community was about to embark on a reading rebellion like few of us have ever seen—and that the majority of us were fully prepared for. 

What was Fifty Shades' Influence? 

The Conversation

As one of my friends on Twitter mentioned, Fifty Shades not only had us talking about it among fellow readers, but also took the conversation to a large national stage with widely respected and “legitimate” news outlets. It wasn't just niche readers who were talking about it, but mainstream news outlets. It was talked about in every newspaper, magazine, and morning show. The author became a celebrity, and shortly after, a movie was made—bringing the series to even greater global attention. 

While many outlets talked about it in a derisive way, the books also had people asking questions: Why is romance so popular? Who is actually reading it? Is everyone secretly a sexual deviant? 

Okay, that last probably wasn't asked all that often, but who can forget the Today show feature calling Fifty Shades of Grey “the dirty secret in the suburbs,” but don't worry, Dr. Drew (the biggest opponent of the book in that segment) quickly got schooled by the internet on the subject. 

However, in starting the discourse—condescending as it was at first—the series allowed us to change the conversation and correct some long-held misconceptions. 

[Time to break out of the ties that bind the genre...]

Aug 17 2016 1:30pm

Romance: A Light in Dark Places, When All Other Lights Go Out

Paradise Valley by Robyn Carr

A year ago, in her hard hitting article, Never Read a Romance Novel? Grow Up, Kristan Higgins talked about romance novels and the insidious lack of respect that is prevalent still, even though this industry is a billion-dollar one. She also pointed out most of the people criticizing romance novels have never read one. 

Although Higgins was preaching to the choir in my case, since I’m a long time romance reader, I still was impressed with her distinct and astute explanation of why romance book are so popular. She stated:

It exists and thrives because romance authors offer readers an emotional experience that mirrors an elemental desire in life: to find a constant and loving companion; to become our best selves; to forgive our mistakes of the past and learn from them.

Early this summer, H&H blogger Nicola R. White in her blog talked about Why Romance is the Perfect Place to Tackle Tough Issues.

These are two different articles with two different slants—but there is a commonality. Of course both are talking about romance novels, but each in their own way touched on something that is the heart of a romance novel—the emotional experience. Higgins touches on forgiveness and moving forward, and Nicola talks about tough issues with uplifting and happy endings. There is no doubt that writing about characters facing tough issues gives readers an emotional experience.

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Aug 17 2016 12:16pm

Looking for Group: Exclusive Excerpt

Alexis Hall

Looking for Group by Alexis Hall

So, yeah, I play Heroes of Legend, y'know, the MMO. I'm not like obsessed or addicted or anything. It's just a game. Anyway, there was this girl in my guild who I really liked because she was funny and nerdy and a great healer. Of course, my mates thought it was hilarious I was into someone I'd met online. And they thought it was even more hilarious when she turned out to be a boy IRL. But the joke's on them because I still really like him.

And now that we're together, it's going pretty well. Except sometimes I think Kit-that's his name, sorry I didn't mention that-spends way too much time in HoL. I know he has friends in the guild, but he has me now, and my friends, and everyone knows people you meet online aren't real. I mean. Not Kit. Kit's real. Obviously.

Oh, I'm Drew, by the way. This is sort of my story. About how I messed up some stuff and figured out some stuff. And fell in love and stuff.

Get a sneak peek at Alexis Hall's Looking for Group (available August 29, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Tinuviel was the only person Drew knew who actually decorated their college room. He had a couple of posters and a duvet cover that didn’t look like he’d nicked it from a hotel but that was about as far as it went. Tinuviel had things like throw pillows and a lamp. She was lying on a pink sheepskin rug, fiddling away on one of those razor-thin MacBooks, the sort Drew wouldn’t have been able to afford in a million years.

She waved him in, and he collapsed gratefully into the beanbag chair.

[Read the full Looking for Group excerpt...]

Aug 17 2016 9:30am

“There Has Only Been You”: Searching for Home in Lily Blackwood’s The Beast of Clan Kincaid

The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood

Note: Because we'll be talking about a scene dripping with delicious despair, this post may contain spoilers for anyone who hasn't read The Beast of Clan Kincaid by Lily Blackwood... but we promise it will make you want to read it. 

If you were to simmer the melting pot that is romance down to its essence, you’d be left with relationships.  All romance, at its core, is about relationships and people finding each other.  Finding that person who makes you feel whole. That person who completes the puzzle and flips the proverbial light switch in your soul.  The person who becomes your home, no matter where life takes you.

That’s what the hero and heroine in Lily Blackwood’s debut Scottish historical are looking for. Niall Braewick is the son of the Laird of Kincaid, spirited away by a warrior on the night his father lost everything to greedy men and was murdered.  Niall has been in hiding, honing his skills as a mercenary, biding his time, when his chance for revenge presents itself in the form of the MacClaren chief, the man whose family now controls the former Kincaid lands.  Falling for the MacClaren’s eldest daughter is an added complication he doesn’t need.

[Love is all you need...]

Aug 17 2016 8:02am

What Are Your #7FaveRomanceNovels?

This week, if you live at all on Twitter, you'll know that various “7 Fave” tags were trending. People named their 7 Fave Movies, their 7 Fave TV Shows, 7 Fave Hashtags... the list went on, almost ebbing into ridiculousness. However, we'll add a 7 Fave hashtag to the list that's just for us romance readers—#7FaveRomanceNovels. 

Make your list—though when we started yesterday, it was hard to keep it under 140 characters—and use the #7FaveRomanceNovels. Let us know down in the comments what your list is and share the love!

Aug 16 2016 5:30pm

It’s Always Darkest Before the Dawn: Kerrigan Byrne’s The Highlander

The Highlander by Kerrigan Byrne

Belle Glen Asylum: the dreadful mental hospital Lady Philomena (Mena) Benchley gets sent to for daring to stand up to her husband and his mother, more than just a prison, becomes a place of constant torture (ice baths being one method), carrying the threat of an even more personal physical assault. When the husbands of two of Mena’s friends’ rescue her from this hell, her friends devise a plan to keep Mena hidden so her husband cannot find her: she will serve as a governess for the teenage son and daughter of a Scottish Highland laird.

Despite her gratitude to her friends, Mena finds the prospect of working for the man referred to as the Demon Highlander a bit disconcerting. A soldier for twenty years, the Marquess of Ravencroft earned a reputation of being impossible to kill. Now returned home and retired from his previous activities, Liam needs someone to get both of his children ready to present to society.

Both Mena and Liam have secrets, pasts they wish to outrun and put behind them, and find themselves instantly drawn to one another. Bit by bit Mena learns how Liam’s cruel father affected not only his childhood but also played a part in determining the course of his life. How can Mena get closer to Liam when she cannot share the truth about herself?

[Secrets and demons...]

Aug 16 2016 3:42pm

Happy Birthday, Georgette Heyer!: Romance News

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These Old Shades by Georgette Heyer

 Deal Alert: In honor of Georgette Heyer's birthday Sourcebooks has dicounted all of her novels to $2.99 from now until August 28th. So many of her novels have provided the best book boyfriends we could ask for. These Old Shades is an excellent place to begin your Heyer education. Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks, etc

—Deal Alert: Tessa Dare's Spindle Cove novella, Beauty and the Blacksmith is FREE in e-book. Be sure to pick it up from e-tailers like Amazon | Barnes & Noble | iBooks, etc. Author Jennifer McQuiston said Beauty and the Blacksmith's “Mr. Aaron Dawes can pump my bellows anytime.”

[But wait! There's more...]

Aug 16 2016 2:30pm

Cover Tuesday: Exclusive Reveals from Opal Carew, Laura Trentham, Melissa Cutler, Tara Wyatt, Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt!

Team H&H is bringing you six exclusive covers from authors Opal Carew, Laura Trentham, Melissa Cutler, Tara Wyatt, and Liv Rancourt & Irene Preston. These books will definitely keep you warm during the upcoming fall and winter months! First up, we have Opal Carew's Big Package—a missed connection plus snow storm is sure to equal a raging inferno! A bad boy looking to reform his ways meets a woman who needs his help in Laura Trentham's Candy Cane Christmas—who can resist a little holiday sweetness? Melissa Cutler's If Santa Were A Cowboy offers up more naughty than nice in this charmning holiday tale. Tara Wyatt's When Snowflakes Fall and Like Fresh Fallen Snow take us from Christmas to New Year's Eve with a little bit of redemption and a whole lot of holiday magic! And finally, Liv Rancourt & Irene Preston bring us Vespers, the first book in a new series, about vampires, demons, and insatiable urges. 

Big Package by Opal Carew

Big Package by Opal Carew

Baby it’s cold outside…but things are about to heat up. 

I missed the last bus to my sister’s for Christmas, and now I'm stranded in a bus station—in the middle of a blizzard—with a giant package covered in naughty wrapping paper.

Then he shows up: Kalen Welles, the football star from my high school fantasies—and offers me a ride.

Just when the car is getting cozy, the roads get shut down due to snow.

Luckily there’s a nearby cabin where we can hole up for the night.

A warm fireplace, cozy blankets, pent-up longing we both spent years ignoring… maybe. I’ll be able to unwrap Kalen's big package before Christmas morning.

But when the snow clears and the ice melts, will the former football star and the shy nerd finally get a happy ending?

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Big Package by Opal Carew, available October 25, 2016:

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[More reveals ahead!]

Aug 16 2016 12:00pm

Nailed: Exclusive Excerpt

Opal Carew

Nailed by Opal Carew

He’s about to take control of her body…and her dream.

When River set up a fundraiser to kick start her nail polish business, she never expected someone to pay five thousand dollars just to have dinner with her. But when she meets her mysterious benefactor, he turns out to be billionaire Kane Winters—the one man from her past who she never wanted to see again.

Kane is determined to right the wrong that happened to River in college—because of him. She’s been an obsession he can’t escape…and Kane wants River more than he’s ever wanted anything. So he offers her a deal she can’t refuse: marry him and her business will be success. But River’s knight in shining armor isn’t looking for a platonic business deal. He wants their marriage to be real…in every way.

Get a sneak peek at Opal Carew 's Nailed (available August 23, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Chapter One

“Oh my God, I can’t believe someone is willing to pay five thousand dollars to have dinner with me.” River stared at the Kickstarter page on her cell.

“Really?” her friend Tia said. “Let me see.”

Tia pushed her long, red hair behind her ear as she peered over River’s shoulder. They were standing in the break room of Giselle’s, the cosmetics and accessories store where they worked. River was just checking her e-mails before she stashed her phone and other belongings in her locker and started her shift.

[Read the full Nailed excerpt...]

Aug 16 2016 9:30am

In Chuck Wendig’s Invasive, the Heroine Is the Story

Invasive by Chuck Wendig

Note: While we love Chuck Wendig's writing, he does not write romance, and while we'll be exploring the kick-ass heroine in his lastest book, Invasive, we can't guarantee an HEA...but you probably guess that already. 

When I finally watched Jurassic World, having missed it when it was in theaters, I turned to my eldest son and asked “does this movie entirely consist of Chris Pratt yelling at the female scientist for being wrong?”

He said, “Yeah, pretty much, plus the dinosaurs.”

I was thinking of my reaction to Jurassic World as I read Chuck Wendig’s new thriller, Invasive. Without being too spoilery, the story is about an FBI consultant, a self-dubbed futurist, who is called in on the case of a mysterious death in a remote cabin where ants have consumed the corpse. Things quickly become more complicated. There’s a billionaire, a secret lab on a remote island, and the inevitable but terrifying release of the killer ants.

The consultant is the lead of the story, the one who the others depend on for survival. In other words, this character is the Chris Pratt-style lead.

But in Invasive, a woman is the lead.

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