Read & Win: Sarah Morgan's <i>First Time in Forever</i> Read & Win: Sarah Morgan's First Time in Forever Sarah Morgan Read an excerpt and enter for a chance to win a copy of your own! <i>Vampires Never Cry Wolf</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Vampires Never Cry Wolf: Exclusive Excerpt Sara Humphreys "Looks like there are lots of things you don’t know about me, Ms. Pemberton." <i>Heartbreak Cove</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Heartbreak Cove: Exclusive Excerpt Lily Everett "It was all he could do not to use the leverage to reel her in for a kiss." <i>Darker Than Desire</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Darker Than Desire: Exclusive Excerpt Shiloh Walker "That was all she said before he killed her."
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Tue
Feb 24 2015 2:00pm
Excerpt

Read & Win: Sarah Morgan’s First Time in Forever

Sarah Morgan

Sarah Morgan's First Time in Forever

Windswept, isolated and ruggedly beautiful, Puffin Island is a haven for day-trippers and daydreamers alike. But this charming community has a way of bringing people together in the most unexpected ways…

It's been a summer of firsts for Emily Donovan. From becoming a stand-in mom to her niece, Lizzy, to arriving on Puffin Island, her life has become virtually unrecognizable. Between desperately safeguarding Lizzy and her overwhelming fear of the ocean—which surrounds her everywhere she goes!—Emily has lost count of the number of “just breathe” pep talks she's given herself. And that's before charismatic local yacht club owner Ryan Cooper kisses her…

Ryan knows all about secrets. And it's clear that newcomer Emily—with her haunted eyes and the little girl she won't let out of her sight—is hiding from something besides the crazy chemistry between them. So Ryan decides he's going to make it his personal mission to help her unwind and enjoy the sparks! But can Puffin Island work its magic on Emily and get her to take the biggest leap of trust of all—putting her heart in someone else's hands?

Get a sneak peek at Sarah Morgan's First Time in Forever, available today, with a short excerpt of a selected scene! Then leave a comment to be entered for a chance to win a copy of First Time in Forever by Sarah Morgan!*

“You know a lot about children.” And she hadn’t expected that. He seemed like the type of man who saw children as nothing more than an inconvenient by-product of sex. And then something occurred to her, something that made her stomach lurch. “Are you divorced? Married?”

“You think I left my wife in bed to come here and eat breakfast with you? You have a low expectation of relationships, Emily. And I’m not married.” He looked at her in a way that made her heart beat faster and her insides melt, but what really worried her was the sudden and unexpected lift of her mood that came from the knowledge he was single.

Why should she care that he was single?

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Julia Harper’s Once and Always (February 24, 2015)

Once and Always by Elizabeth Hoyt, writing as Julia HarperJulia Harper (a.k.a Elizabeth Hoyt)
Once and Always
Forever / February 24. 2015 / $6.00 print, $5.99 digital

Small town cop Sam West certainly doesn’t mind a routine traffic stop: speeding ticket, stern warning, and sayonara. With a whopper of a blizzard closing in, that’s all he has time for. But the lawbreaker he pulls over is anything but typical. From her mile-long legs to her razor-sharp wit, Maisa Burnsey is like nothing Coot Lake, Minnesota, has ever seen … and she’s about to take Sam on the ride of his life.

Whoever said blood was thicker than water probably wasn’t related to a former Russian mobster. But an innocent mix-up and rumors of stolen diamonds soon have the Russian mob taking an unusual interest in the sleepy little town – and Maisa facing heated scrutiny from a certain tall, dark, and handsome deputy. Sam’s dazzling blue eyes beg her to reveal all her secrets, but how much should she tell? Getting snowed in with the sexiest lawman in the frozen north may not be the worst way to decide …

(Elizabeth Hoyt writing as) Julia Harper's contemporary romantic suspense novel, Once and Always, like her 2008 Hot and For the Love Of Pete, pits a man on the right side of the law against a woman unstintingly loyal to family with criminal associations. Conflict vies with burning attraction in every encounter. Banter-filled conversation and fraught physical skirmishes abound. Once and Always’s Maisa’s devotion to her Russian mobster uncle, her dyadya Uncle George, and her penchant for exceeding speed limits bring her face-to-face with her emotional and lust-challenging nemesis, Deputy Sam West.

[Once loyal...]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 12:00pm
Excerpt

Vampires Never Cry Wolf: Exclusive Excerpt

Sara Humphreys

Vampires Never Cry Wolf by Sara Humphreys

Vampires are nothing but trouble...
As far as beautiful vampire Sadie Pemberton is concerned, werewolves shouldn't be sticking their noses into New York's supernatural politics. They don't know jack about running a city-not even that hot-as-sin new vampire-werewolf liaison who's just arrived in town.

Werewolves are too sexy for their own good...

The last thing Killian Bane wanted was to end up in New York City playing nice with vampires. Unfortunately, he's on a mission, and when he encounters the sexiest, most stubborn female vamp he's ever met, he's going to have to turn on a little of that wolfish charm...and Sadie's going to learn a thing or two about what it means to have a wild side...

Get a sneak peek at Sara Humphreys's Vampires Never Cry Wolf (available March 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Not even bothering to turn on the lights, Killian shed his clothing and tossed them into the corner, missing the laundry basket entirely. Standing naked in front of the massive bank of windows, he looked out at the spectacular view of the Hudson River. The lights sparkled on the surface of the choppy winter water, and with the light of the almost full moon, the world outside was surprisingly light. Although with the heightened eyesight of his wolf, Killian didn’t need the moonlight. Werewolves could see clearly on even the darkest of nights.
 
He should sleep, but he was too wound up. And Killian had developed a nasty habit of doing anything except what he should do. He should go back to Alaska, and forget about Sadie.

[Continue on to read the full excerpt of Vampires Never Cry Wolf...]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 10:59am

Sleepy Hollow 2x18 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart: A Whole New World

Tom Mison and Nicole Beharie as Ichabod Crane and Abbie Mills in Sleepy Hollow Season 2 finaleShow/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 2, Episode 18, “Tempus Fugit”
Ship(s): Ichabod Crane/Abbie Mills (Ichabbie)

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Sleepy Hollow, including last night's season finale, 2x18, “Tempus Fugit.”

The whole world's turned upside-down at the start of the Season 2 finale. Abbie's behind bars in the 18th century, and Crane the man in charge. She knows him, but he doesn’t know her, and that sets everything off balance.

Abbie knows all about the Hessian horseman, even knows the wording on the disptach that summons Crane back to the battlefield, and what's this about the horseman having a female accomplice? Crane is intrigued.

Speaking of that accomplice, Katrina rushes about the field hospital in search of her wounded hubby so she can make sure he dies this time, only he's not there. Crane was called from the field of battle, never met the Horseman, and was not cut down. Well, this complicates things. Who called him away? Mysterious slave woman named Abigail Mills? Got it in one, Katrina.

[Ichabbie shippers, hold on to your hats...]

Fri
Feb 13 2015 3:15pm

The Swoonies 2015: An EPIC Couples Battle!

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Starting today, in Round 1, you get to decide the fates of 32 couples in 16 battles across 4 conferences (Paranormal, Contemporary, Historical, and Romantic Suspense) by voting for your favorites in each poll. Over the coming weeks, couples will be eliminated via weekly polls until just one couple is left standing.

We recognize this won’t be easy, but hope you’ll enjoy the thrilling matches! Here’s everything you need to know:

Schedule of Events

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Swoonworthiest Couple Announced: March 27

Index of Polls/Battles

Round 1: Polling is now closed, on to Round 2!
Round 2 Battles
   —Vote for your favorite paranormal couples here
   —Vote for your favorite contemporary couples here
   —Vote for your favorite historical couples here
   —Vote for your favorite romantic suspense couples here
Round 3 Battles
Round 4 Battles
Round 5 Battles
Round 6 Battle

The Leaderboard
Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

 

 

#Swoonies15
Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

 

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Tue
Feb 24 2015 9:30am

First Look: Robyn Carr’s One Wish (February 24, 2015)

One Wish by Robyn CarrRobyn Carr
One Wish (Thunder Point)
MIRA / February 24, 2015 / $24.95 print, $8.99 digital

Grace Dillon was a champion figure skater until she moved to Thunder Point to escape the ruthless world of fame and competition. And though she's proud of the quiet, self-sufficient life she's created running a successful flower shop, she knows something is missing. Her life could use a little excitement.

In a community where there are few eligible singles, high school teacher Troy Headly appoints himself Grace's fun coach. When he suggests a little companionship with no strings attached, Grace is eager to take him up on his offer, and the two enjoy…getting to know each other.

But things get complicated when Grace's past catches up with her, and she knows that's not what Troy signed up for. Faced with losing her, Troy realizes Grace is more than just a friend with benefits. He's determined to help her fight for the life she always wished for but never believed she could have—and maybe they can find real love along the way. 

The friends-to-lovers trope is a very popular one in romance, and for good reason—there is an authenticity about the trope because it mimics true life romance. Readers feel that characters who have been friends for a long time truly know each other and are not just letting their hormones do the talking.
Some authors have ability to impart that same type of genuineness even when the hero and heroine haven’t known each other for long. Robyn Carr is one of those authors.

[Click if you wish to read more!...]

Tue
Feb 24 2015 8:30am

What Has a Hero Said That Warms You the Most?

The Devil in Winter by Lisa KleypasIt's cold in many parts, and the news has been filled with stories of people losing heat, electricity, being snowbound, and the like.

If you're an optimist, perhaps you're thinking it's a great time to snuggled under a blanket with a hot beverage and a hotter hero.

 “I don't share my body heat indiscriminately.”—Lisa Kleypas's Devil in Winter

What type of hero talk heats you up the most? Share your favorite quotes! 

Mon
Feb 23 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Kristen Callihan’s Soulbound (February 24, 2015)

Kristen Callihan
Soulbound (Darkest London #6)
Grand Central Publishing / February 24, 2015 / $8.00 print, $7.99 digital

Once two souls are joined . . .
When Adam's soul mate rejected him, there was more at stake than his heart. After seven hundred years of searching, his true match would have ended the curse that keeps his spirit in chains. But beautiful, stubborn Eliza May fled-and now Adam is doomed to an eternity of anguish, his only hope for salvation gone . . .

Their hearts will beat together forever
No matter how devilishly irresistible Adam was, Eliza couldn't stand the thought of relinquishing her freedom forever. So she escaped. But she soon discovers she is being hunted-by someone far more dangerous. The only man who can help is the one man she vowed never to see again. Now Adam's kindness is an unexpected refuge, and Eliza finds that some vows are made to be broken . . .

“Who knows what evil lurks in the minds and hearts of men?  The shadow knows.”

The shadow, according to all adaptations (whether they be a pulp novel, movie or radio play), is a man who uses his psychic powers to fight crime.  By nature, he is an expert at seeing past the facades that people present to the world.  And seeing past facades, whether demon, human or fae, is a fundamentally important part of Kristen Callihan's Soulbound.

Eliza May has been caught up in a world that isn’t hers.  And she’s taken advantage of it; the pretty dresses and the glittering society that swooped her up after she’d escaped from someone who …well didn’t treat her so well.

[To put it mildly...]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 3:53pm

Romance News Roundup: Gena Showalter Novella & The Oscars

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.

Neil Patrick Harris hosts The Oscars—The 87th annual Academy Awards ceremony honoring film was held last night in Los Angeles, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris. What did you think of the show? Did any of your favorites take home awards? Who was your best dressed? Worst?

—Harlequin's Blaze line has launched a #BlazeBlitz campaign to encourage new submissions from aspiring authors of extra sexy contemporary romance novels in the 55,000-word range. For more details, visit their #BlazeBlitz page here.

—Gena Showalter's Original Heartbreakers series prequel novella, The One You Want, is currently available for pre-order for free at e-tailers such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and iBookstore.* The novella will be out in a few days, on March 1. In the meantime, you can always find more Gena Showalter content here.

*We don't know how long deals will last, so get 'em while you can!

h/t to Corinne for the Showalter tip!

Mon
Feb 23 2015 3:11pm

First Look: Jenny Holiday’s Sleeping with Her Enemy (February 23, 2015)

Sleeping with Her Enemy by Jenny HolidayJenny Holiday
Sleeping with Her Enemy
Entangled / February 24, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Amy Morrison is supposed to be at her wedding. But when her husband-to-be jilts her at the altar, a distraught Amy runs to the only place she feels safe—her office. Besides, everyone who works on her floor is at her wedding...except him.
Dax Harris. Playboy, executive, and Amy's official office enemy.

While he and Amy don't see eye-to-eye on the best of days, Dax can't help but feel badly when he sees Amy mid-meltdown. Next thing he knows, he's gotten her good and drunk, and they're making out like two teenagers. And since neither of them want anything serious, why shouldn't they be frenemies-with-benefits? Because there is no possible way they could ever fall for each other...

In Jenny Holiday's Sleeping With Her Enemy, when Amy Morrison gets dumped by her fiancé on their wedding day, she decides to take refuge at work. It’s the one place where she’s guaranteed to be alone, since everyone else who works there—which means all of the employees from all the companies located on the 49th floor of her office building—is at her wedding. All of them except one: total playboy Dax Harris, the one guy she can’t stand.

So it should stand to reason that the first person she sees as soon as she steps off the elevator on her floor is him. And naturally, before he even remembers that it’s her wedding day, and before he even realizes that she’s wearing her wedding dress (in his defense, her wedding dress is a short, silver flapper dress that probably looked kickass but not traditionally wedding-y), they trade a few insults before she stalks off:

[Hit him with your best shot...]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2015, Round 2: Contemporary Couples

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Winners Announced: March 27

The Leaderboard

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

 

 

#Swoonies15

Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

Have another favorite couple? Vote for your favorite couples in:

Historical | Paranormal | Romantic Suspense

[Vote for your favorite couple...]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2015, Round 2: Romantic Suspense Couples

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Winners Announced: March 27

The Leaderboard

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

#Swoonies15

Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

Have another favorite couple? Vote for your favorite couples in:

Historical | Contemporary | Paranormal

[Vote for your favorite couple...]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2015, Round 2: Historical Couples

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Winners Announced: March 27

The Leaderboard

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

 

 

#Swoonies15

Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

Have another favorite couple? Vote for your favorite couples in:

Paranormal | Contemporary | Romantic Suspense

[Vote for your favorite couple...]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 2:00pm

The Swoonies 2015, Round 2: Paranormal Couples

Welcome to H&H’s very first couples battle, The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 13-20
  • Round 2: February 23-27
  • Round 3: March 2-6
  • Round 4 (The Wildcard Round): March 9-13
  • Round 5 (The Final Four): March 16-20
  • Round 6 (The Championship!!!): March 23-27
  • Winners Announced: March 27

The Leaderboard

Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

#Swoonies15

Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies15 on social media to be heard! And if you don’t see your favorite couple in the running, let us know that, too...there may be a wild card round up ahead…

Have another favorite couple? Vote for your favorite couples in:

Historical | Contemporary | Romantic Suspense

[Vote for your favorite couple...]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 1:00pm
Excerpt

Heartbreak Cove: Exclusive Excerpt

Lily Everett

Heartbreak Cove by Lily Everett

Sheriff Andie Shepard may be new to Sanctuary Island, but like everyone who visits, she’s already fallen under its healing spell. Running from her past and a fractured relationship with her family, Andie's sole dedication is to protecting the wonderful island she's come to call home...but that changes when the ten-year-old niece she never knew about shows up on her doorstep. Silent and withdrawn, Caitlin opens up only around the horses that run wild and free across the island.

The only human who seems able to get through to her niece is the one man who challenges everything Andie believes in. Sam Brennan is a loner who makes his own rules and has his own moral compass—but he's as patient with Caitlin as he is with the abused horses he rehabilitates. And as her troubled niece begins to blossom, Andie breaks her own rules to fall for a man with rough edges and gentle hands, a man who balances strength with kindness…a man carrying darkness in his past and hiding a secret that only a loving heart can heal.

Get swept away in the third heartwarming romance in Lily Everett's Sanctuary Island series.

Get a sneak peek at Lily Everett's Heartbreak Cove (available March 3, 2015) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

Andie had never been so grateful for the training that allowed her to leap from Unwillingly Yet Undeniably Aroused to Crisis Mode.

“She can’t have gone far,” Sam pointed out, striding over to the barn doors to peer out at the front paddocks.

“Caitlin?” Andie called. She jogged down the wide barn hall to the opposite set of doors, but there was no sign of her niece on the sloped hill leading down to the training rings. “Are you hiding? Come on out, sweetie, I promise I’m not mad.”

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Mon
Feb 23 2015 12:00pm

Bitten 2x03 Nick/Paige Heart-to-Heart: Blonde Wolf on Top?

Jeremy and Clay with the Witches in Bitten 2x03We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the Monday after the show airs in Canada on Space. There is no American SyFy date yet, but stay tuned—we'll post the second we hear about a Season 2 premiere date!

Nick and Paige Captain's Log Bitten 2x03Show/Episode: Bitten 2x03, “Hell's Teeth” (SPOILERS, natch)
Ship(s): Nick/Paige, Clay/Elena

The witches will be playing a greater role through the season, so it makes sense to get a little background on them. We kick off with Savannah and Paige having a fight over rules. The roof starts shaking and a man appears, leaving the two witches seemingly separated across the space-time continuum. He identifies himself as “Aleister” and informs Savannah she’ll be the most powerful witch ever. He offers her some candy (predator!), which, when consumed, becomes something creepy under Savannah’s skin (even worse!). They exchange strange words: “I am the lock” (Aleister) and “I am the key” (Savannah) then both disappear from the kitchen, startling Paige.

At Stonehaven, the pack are desperately searching the woods for Malcolm. Elena declares the trail cold. Nick runs off, promising to find him, with Logan tagging along after him. Naturally, the witches are their first suspects.

[Of course they are...]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 11:30am

Hot for You: New Adult Best Bets for February 2015

Shift by Karina EspinosaFebruary is one of my favorite months, as it’s filled with all things romance. This roundup brings on the steam and the Alpha. From second-chance romances to friends-to-lovers to anti-heroes, you’ll be sure to find plenty of options to fill up your New Adult TBR.

Shift by Karina Espinosa is the start of a new paranormal romance. Mac has recently discovered she’s a werewolf. Using her claws and sarcastic, witty barbs Mac is navigating through new territory. Mysterious new hot guys, college, and suspense keep you captivated, this is one book you don’t want to miss.

Hero by Samantha Young is an unforgettable romance. Alexa carries guilt for actions that are not her own. When her paths cross with Caine, Boston’s most elusive and hottest bachelor, she’s compelled to reveal their notorious connection. Caine is an anti-hero who is equally swoonworthy and frustrating. Their chemistry is white-hot and the story has twists to keep you on your toes.

The Billionaire and the Virgin by Jessica Clare carries the hilarious characters in Marjorie and Robert. A spin off from her Billionaire Boys Club novels, these two will keep you entertained with their witty banter, steamy moments and endearing storyline.

[What else is new in New Adult?...]

Mon
Nov 10 2014 10:15am

Downton Abbey 5x08: Loose Ends and Tied Knots

Welcome back to Downton Abbey and what's sure to be another year of delicious upstairs/downstairs drama. Come, let's see what Series 5 has in store for our beloved Crawley family, shall we?

Note for U.S. Viewers: Downton Abbey returns to PBS for Season 5 on January 4, 2015. We'll be repromoting Naz's recaps then, so feel free to wait to read them until that time to remain unspoiled.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Downton Abbey, including last night's Series 5, Episode 8. Enjoy!

And here we are! The final episode of the official season. Yes, we still have the Christmas Special to look forward to, but for all intents and purposes, this is the last episode of Season 5. Let’s hope some loose ends are tied up!

The episode starts with the servants running around, preparing for the trip to London. Thomas, looking like his old, spry self, hands copies of the inventory to Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes, and in the kitchen, Mrs. Patmore and Daisy are busy creating edible flowers to decorate the wedding cake. Wait— whose wedding are we celebrating? Rose and Atticus? That was fast!

Yes. It’s Rose’s wedding. Upstairs, she’s trying on clothes with all the ladies of the house (minus Edith, but including Violet and Isobel) in attendance. The show’s jumped ahead a few months, clearly. Rose’s parents are going to meet everyone at St. James’s for the wedding. They couldn’t arrive earlier, due to the government hand-over being pushed back. For those of you who are wondering, this is not the actual hand over of India back to the Indian government, but Shrimpie’s handing over his post to the person who’s succeeding him. The wedding is taking place in London, because Rose wants to placate Lord Sinderby with a blessing in a synagogue. Ah, this is going to be a lot of fun! Susan and Shrimpie, pretending to be happily married, in a room with the grumy Lord Sinderby. Can’t you just imagine how things will disintegrate rather rapidly?

[Yeah, we're guessing it's not going to go well...]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 9:30am

First Look: Jennifer McQuiston’s Diary of an Accidental Wallflower (February 24, 2015)

Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuistonJennifer McQuiston
Diary of an Accidental Wallflower
Avon / February 24, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Pretty and popular, Miss Clare Westmore knows exactly what (or rather, who) she wants: the next Duke of Harrington. But when she twists her ankle on the eve of the Season’s most touted event, Clare is left standing in the wallflower line watching her best friend dance away with her duke.

Dr. Daniel Merial is tempted to deliver more than a diagnosis to London's most unlikely wallflower, but he doesn’t have time for distractions, even one so delectable. Besides, she's clearly got her sights on more promising prey. So why can’t he stop thinking about her?

All Clare wants to do is return to the dance floor. But as her former friends try to knock her permanently out of place, she realizes with horror she is falling for her doctor instead of her duke. When her ankle finally heals and she faces her old life again, will she throw herself back into the game?

Or will her time in the wallflower line have given her a glimpse of who she was really meant to be?

The first book in Jennifer McQuiston’s Seduction Diaries series is a rare cross-class romance in which there is truly a class difference, not just a difference in wealth and social rank, and in which both parties realistically assess the costs of a relationship between them.

[Can love bloom?...]

Mon
Feb 23 2015 8:20am

Pucker Up: Kissing is Good for You!

Serpent's Kiss by Thea HarrisonKissing isn't just fun; it has health benefits ranging from immune systems to libido-boosting and more.

It builds immunity: 

10 seconds of French kissing can transfer 80 million germs from one person’s mouth to the other, which helps build immunity.

It could help your libido:

French kissing between heterosexual partners transfers testosterone to the woman, which increases libido.

It increases happiness:

The act of kissing releases endorphins.

Who are you kissing today?