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Thu
Jan 26 2017 9:30am

First Look: Joanna Shupe’s Mogul (January 31, 2017)

Mogul by Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe
Mogul (The Knickerbocker Club #3)
Zebra / January 31, 2017 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

With an opening line like “She never expected to find her former husband in an opium den,” one might think that Mogul, the third installment of Joanna Shupe’s Knickerbocker Club series, might not be the sort of historical romance novel one comes across every day. One would be right. Why is that, one might ask? One asks a good question. Let’s break that down.

First, the titular mogul in question is Calvin Cabot, owner of three different newspapers, passionately dedicated to spreading the truth, even when, maybe especially when that truth is uncomfortable. Knickerbocker fans may feel like the wait has been forever for Calvin to get his own book, and, now that he’s in the spotlight, he does not disappoint. What’s the worst thing that could happen to a man with a reputation for valuing the truth? Toss up, one says, between having a secret of his own and that one lapse in judgement, where he didn’t investigate, and thus, lost everything that mattered? In Mogul, Shupe gives Calvin both.

Second, every Knickerbocker hero meets his match, and Calvin meets his in smart and beautiful Lily Davies, daughter of a wealthy mine owner. While the slender brunette on the cover of this book is lovely, one wonders if it’s not Lily’s cousin, Cora, standing in while Lily, a smart as a whip, curvy blonde, is busy running her late father’s mining company. When Lily and Calvin first met, Lily had yet to take the reins of Davis Mining, purportedly to hold the position until her brother, Tom, comes of age (sure, Lily, you’re holding it for your brother. We believe that. Not like you actually like all that corporate derring-do for yourself.)

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Wed
Jan 18 2017 3:00pm

Top 5 Highlanders in Romance: The Essential Highland Romance Experience

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Kilty Pleasures!

First of all, boys in kilts. Better than that, men in kilts. Got your attention now? Good. Put the words, “Highlander,” or “Highlander,” on a book cover, and odds are, that book is getting picked off the shelf for at least a look. It’s no surprise. It’s worth a mention that, while all Highlanders are Scots, not all Scots are Highlanders. A Highlander’s devotion to their home and way of life is like none other. Doesn’t hurt that a Highland hunk isn’t hard on the eyes, either. Takes some muscle to wield that sort of weaponry, and when it’s for the right cause, well, dinna fash, lass; all will be well in the end. A strong Highland man or woman, with the right partner beside them, can be an unstoppable force, especially when it comes to commanding reader devotion. Though the motto of the  Highlander movie and TV franchise is, “there can be only one,” thankfully, that’s not even close to true in the romance genre. These Highlanders are likely to bring their whole clan along with them, for even more adventure and romance. That’s a true boon to both new and experienced reader, alike.

Read one Highland romance, and you’ll be part of the clan. Read more than one, and you’ll be ready to extend some Highland hospitality to those only now discovering all that Highland romance has to offer. Here are a few to whet the appetite:

[Delicious Lairds Ahead...]

Mon
Jan 16 2017 9:30am

The Case For Book Boyfriend Status: Piper Huguley’s Lawrence Stewart from The Lawyer’s Luck

The Lawyer's Luck by Piper Huguley

Lawrence “Lawyer” Stewart, from Piper Huguley’s The Lawyer’s Luck, has everything a romance hero needs to confirm book boyfriend status. Should it please the court (or the readership) his qualifications can be summed up in the following five points:

1) He loves his work. Making it through the rigors of law school takes intelligence, dedication and drive. Doing all of the above without the benefit of the internet, energy drinks or a permanent place to live, that takes something extra. Doing all of the above as a man of color in the nineteenth century, that takes even more. Lawrence pursues his life’s calling from the back of a horse, as he rides circuit for his mentor, a judge who can no longer take on the arduous duty of being the law for a series of towns and settlements. He takes his responsibilities seriously, whether it’s conducting marriage ceremonies, settling disputes, leveling judgements, or tracking down the runaway horse he absolutely needs if he’s going to make his circuit in time to take his law exams.

2) He has a strong moral code. When Lawrence believes something, he believes it. He has a strong Christian faith that he relies upon, but does not push on others, and checks himself and his choices against that non-negotiable fact. Because of his belief that slavery is wrong, he risks his livelihood to help Realie, the enslaved woman who stole his horse in her own bid for freedom, he’s willing to put his own goals aside to ensure she gets what’s best for her. Though he has more than one opportunity for casual sex—both with Realie, and with another woman—that’s not for him, and his resolve remains firm. Everything he’s got is for his future wife, (because she’s getting it all; oh lucky, lucky Realie) and that’s not open for discussion.

[A total dreamboat...]

Tue
Dec 13 2016 1:30pm

The Big Six: The 6 Times This is Us Made Us Feel Too Much

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From the opening of the pilot episode, to the last moment of the first midseason finale, This Is Us has hit us right in the feels, every single time. From the agony of infant loss, to the joy of welcoming biological and adopted children on the very same day, This Is Us began as it meant to go on. While the bonds between parents and children, siblings and friends are important, romance fans have a smorgasbord of standout romantic moments to see us through until new episodes return. Check these out for a start:

Best Birthday Ever:
Rebecca/Jack, “Pilot”:

Even being nine months pregnant with triplets won't stop Rebecca from delivering Jack's traditional saucy birthday celebration, even if she has to get extra creative with her lingerie. (A tiny-towel-clad Milo Ventimiglia surely doesn’t hurt, either.) Jack's assurance that she arouses him in any state wins her heart, and ours. Shipping full speed ahead for these two. We believe the deep and passionate love they have for each other, and, when we don’t think this besotted pair of parents-to-be can get any happier, Rebecca’s water breaks, announcing the imminent arrival of three more Pearsons to share Jack’s special day.

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Wed
Oct 19 2016 11:00am

First Look: Joanna Shupe’s Baron (October 25, 2016)

Baron by Joanna Shupe

Joanna Shupe
Baron (The Knickerbocker Club #2)
Zebra / October 25, 2016 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

Will Sloane, railroad baron and aspiring politician (how’s that for a hero with a timely occupation, US readers?) knows where he’s going…or so he thinks. Charter members of Shupe’s Knickerbocker Club series already know the way Will thinks. In Magnate, Will had a few lessons to learn. Though Will didn’t believe a woman could run a successful business, his sister, Lizzie, proved him wrong. Will also learned of some shady doings within his own company, and has hitched his wagon to an up and coming politician, his sights on the state capitol and making a better life for those who depend on him.

 Ava Jones, aka Madame Zolikoff, fake clairvoyant and real survivor, knows she’s not speaking to the other side. There is no other side; all of the signs from the spirits are her own trickery, but it’s for a good cause. Actually two of them. Sure, Ava wants to give her clients some hope in the wake of the losses in their lives, and she does that to the best of her ability, but she is also the main support for her younger siblings. Nobody gets out of New York City’s underbelly without a fight. Ava has dreams of taking them away from long days of hard labor in factories, or hawking newspapers on the streets, to an idyllic farm in upstate New York, whether they want to go or not.

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Tue
Oct 11 2016 10:00am

Next Steps: The Big Bang Theory 10x04 Shamy Heart-to-Heart

Captain's Log Big Bang Theory

Show/Episode: The Big Bang Theory Season 10, Episode 4, “The Cohabitation Experimentation”
Ships: Sheldon/Amy, Leonard/Penny, Howard/Bernadette

All three couples share some special moments when a broken water pipe forces Amy out of her apartment and into Sheldon’s, though Howard and Bernadette’s story doesn’t affect that of the other two couples, which may feel a little unbalanced to some viewers. Each couple, though, shows us exactly why they’re perfect for each other, and why we ship them. Let’s take a look.

Howard, Bernadette, and Raj return home after their first sonogram, Howard and Bernadette unsure if they made the right call in not learning the baby’s sex. Raj, however, does know, as he peeked in the doctor’s file. All they have to do is ask him, and the back and forth over whether they should ask reminds us how much these two are on the same wavelength. Raj doesn’t get much sleep that night, as he’s interrupted by multiple phone calls that go nowhere, but it’s clear that  at least Baby Wolowitz can rest easy in the knowledge that their parents are crazy...for each other.

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Wed
Sep 21 2016 10:00am

Happy Birthday! This Is Us Season 1, Episode 1 Heart-to-Heart

This Is Us, Kate/Toby

Show/Episode: This Is Us Season 1, Episode 1, “Pilot”
Ship(s): Kate/Toby, Jack/Rebecca

Captain's Log This Is Us 1x01

This Is Us introduces three ships in the pilot episode, each with their own dynamic, all connected at an intimate level we don’t learn until the end of the episode, though some savvy viewers may figure it out earlier than that. What we do know is that four of these people share the same birthday, and each character with that birthday will find their lives change forever on birthday number thirty-six.

Jack

Our first birthday boy is Jack, whom we first meet in his birthday suit, as his wife, Rebecca, carries out their birthday tradition, of a sultry, lingerie-clad dance. She suspects it doesn’t have quite the same effect this year, as she is nine months pregnant with triplets, and, in fact, goes into labor during said celebration, but Jack can’t think of anything better. The camera stays tight on the expectant parents as they rush to the hospital and find themselves in the care of the kindly but mysterious Dr. K, a substitute for their regular doctor. Jack refuses to believe there will be any other outcome than taking three healthy babies and one healthy wife home, despite Dr. K’s repeated warnings that the delivery is high risk.

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Sun
Jun 5 2016 12:03pm

Never Again: Outlander 2x09 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Jamie and Claire talk at the wagon in Outlander 2x09Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 9, “Je Suis Prest”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Je suis prest,” or, in English, “I am ready,” may be Jamie’s clan motto, but ain’t nobody ready for what happens in this episode. First of all, remember all those men Lord Lovat gave Jamie for Scotland's glory, Simon's advancement, and Lovat's own personal ass-covering? Yeah, about them. New development: a bunch of them deserted on the way to Lallybroch (but Young Simon is totally on the whole convincing-them-to-come-back thing, we're sure) and those who do make it all the way to their destination are not exactly seasoned soldiers.

Murtagh, Angus, Rupert, and Fergus all give Jamie and Claire a warm welcome, though Willie is nowhere to be found. Jamie immediately puts an arm about Claire's waist, lest she need support on hearing poor Willie's fate, but his fate is a good one—he's married and Irish girl and sailed off for the colonies. Dougal's arrival completes the family reunion. He's full of fatherly pride at the news Jamie will be joining the Jacobite cause. Their men, however, are a different story. They don't even know how to march, much less hold a weapon. That's going to have to change.

[Murtagh has his work cut out...]

Sun
May 22 2016 3:08pm

Losing Faith: Outlander 2x07 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Claire and Jamie grieve in Outlander season 2, episode 7Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 7, “Faith”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

We start this episode with an array of 1950s nature books, and a red-haired little girl calling over her mama to look at the pretty bird. Mama, of course, is Claire, and identifies the bird as a heron. Little girl wants to know if Claire has ever seen a heron in real life, and yes, she has, in Scotland, a long time ago...and we’re back in Scotland, Claire’s present giving way to her past.

Claire lies on Mother Hildegarde’s table, surrounded by concerned nuns, a physician attending her. She has a vision of a heron overhead, and the screen goes white. When she regains consciousness, she’s no longer on the table, but in a bed. She feels her midsection and asks for her baby. Mother Hildegarde has the sad task of informing Claire that her baby has joined the angels. Mother Hildegarde baptized the baby—though it is illegal to do so unless the child is alive—named her Faith, and had her buried in consecrated ground. She’s also brought a priest to give Claire an unction for the sick, as Claire’s fever is not abating, after several days.

[You can fight this, Claire...]

Wed
May 18 2016 12:30pm

Castle and Beckett’s Storybook Ending: Castle 8x22 Heart-to-Heart

Castle and Beckett HEA

Show/Episode: Castle Season 8, Episode 22, “Crossfire”
Ship: Castle/Beckett (Caskett)

Caskett 8x22 Captain's Log

After eight years of solving crimes, in both the real world, where Kate Beckett is sworn to protect and serve, and the fictional worlds of Richard Castle’s novels, where he aims to misbeh...ah, entertain, the story of the rogue mystery novelist and dedicated police officer comes to an end. They’ve never had an easy road; right from the start, creatively blocked mystery author, Castle, found his muse in dedicated police detective, Beckett, who did not need or want a consultant, thankyouverymuch. There was the small matter, though, of that string of murders ripped straight from Castle’s novels, and Beckett will do anything to crack the case, even if that means letting a writer with more imagination than common sense tag along.

On the job, they’ve put their powers of deduction to the test against serial killers, terrorists, perpetrators of international intrigue, cunning kidnappers, and the ongoing mystery of Beckett’s own mother’s murder. Off the job, they’ve dealt with other partners, the grit and glamour of Castle’s career, especially when Nikki Heat, the character Castle based on Beckett, makes some waves -and a feature film. Beckett has had other partners, and she’s not by any means the only woman in Castle’s life. He’s a true ladies’ man, those ladies including his actress mother, spirited teenage daughter and multiple ex-wives. 

[She's not the first wife, but she'll be the last...]

Wed
Apr 6 2016 8:30am

Howdy Neighbor: Charis Michaels’ The Earl Next Door

The Earl Next Door by Charis Michaels

Know that feeling when a moving van pulls into the neighborhood, the urge to peek from behind curtains at wha—and who—is coming out of the van and into the no-longer-vacant house? There’s an excitement that boils when the stuff coming out of that van is pretty darned cool, and hey, wait, what are the new neighbors wearing? They’re taking that in there? They have a what? No, seriously, a what? Time to brew some coffee, bake some cookies and get on over there to say hello, because this neighborhood just got a lot more interesting. The Earl Next Door, by debut author, Charis Michaels, is like that.

That’s also pretty much exactly the first scene, as American heiress, Piety Grey and her African servant, Tiny, descend upon Henrietta Place, in Mayfair, London, home to longtime resident, Lady Frinfrock, and her nurse, Jocelyn, Not only are there new arrivals, but their grand carriage careens into the perfectly proper street with unseemly speed, and they’re moving in next door to the newly-inherited, and impoverished Earl of Falcondale, who seems as eager to get out as the new neighbors are to get settled in place. Of course these two worlds must collide, and of course Lady Frinfrock sends her soon-to-be-erstwhile nurse over to investigate and report back.

[Hello, new hot neighbor ...]

Sun
Apr 3 2016 9:22pm

“Whatever You Do, I Do”: Sleepy Hollow 3x17 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart

Ichabod and Abbie hold hands in Sleepy Hollow Season 3 episode 17Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 17, “Delaware”
Ship: Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie), Joe/Jenny (Joenny)

Ichabod and Abbie relationship tracker in Sleepy Hollow 3x17It all starts with the hand porn. Ichabod and Abbie feast before their trip to the catacombs.  He makes her cappuccino—with his face in the foam, ahem—and she brings him gourmet maple-bacon donuts. She wipes powdered sugar from his beard, twice; he drinks her coffee. There’s soft laughter, tender looks, casual touching—enough that this actually feels like a strange sort of love scene, and it is. Ichabod doesn’t even have to ask the question on his mind. Yes, Abbie is scared of going back to the catacombs, but what he does, she does, that’s the deal.

In the archives, Team Witness has some trouble accepting their two newest members. While Pandora tries to convince the rest of the team that she really does want to help bring down Hidden, Daniel strolls in, asking if this is a good time to join the team. He can’t pretend he hasn’t seen what he’s seen. Abbie isn’t so sure this is a good idea. If anything happened to Daniel, she would never forgive herself, but this is where he wants to be: here, for her. When this is all over, he promises, with a tender caress, they have to go back to the house at Virginia Beach and make up for lost time. Abbie plans to hold him to that, though this being the last episode before the season (and possibly series) finale, maybe she should just pencil him in. Okay, he can play, too.

[Damn, Daniel, back at it again...]

Fri
Apr 1 2016 10:00am

Sheldon’s Shame: Big Bang Theory 9x19 Shamy Heart-to-Heart

Sheldon and Amy in Big Bang Theory 9x19

Show/Episode: The Big Bang Theory Season 9, Episode 19, “The Solder Excursion Diversion”
Ship(s): Sheldon/Amy (Shamy), Penny/Leonard, Howard/Bernadette

Big Bang Theory 9x19

Sometimes, the big moments in a relationship are really the quiet ones, as both storylines in this episode prove. We’ll go with the B story first. Penny and Bernadette lend a hand -literally- to Leonard and Howard’s prototype of their new invention. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to wrap wire, so even Penny can make a contribution to science here, or she could, if they hadn’t run out of solder.

No big deal; the guys will go get more, and be right back. One little problem. They get a chance to participate in an advance viewing of the Suicide Squad movie. Standard method of operation here is to come up with a lie to tell their wives why they’re going to be gone hours instead of minutes, and that’s exactly what Leonard does. Howard, however, texts Raj with the truth, not knowing Raj has popped in to see how the women are doing, and Raj spills the beans. The trio plots to bust the guys, but plotting is all they can do, because Leonard and Howard decide to come clean and admit where they were. They even bring flowers. Raj leaps out of the closet to bust them anyway.

[Oh Raj...]

Thu
Mar 24 2016 3:40pm

Everything They Do Is Magic: Criminal Minds’ Morgan and Garcia Say Good-Bye

Goodbye Derek Morgan of Criminal Minds

Though Criminal Minds is a crime drama, the relationships among the team in the Behavioral Analysis Unit have always been the heart of the show. This is a family forged in fire, as they’ve stood together against terrorists, serial killers, sociopaths and stalkers, both in the course of the job and in their personal lives. They’ve been there for each other through weddings and babies, breakups and funerals, understanding, perhaps better than most, thanks to their intimate knowledge of both intellect and emotion, what’s really going on beneath the surface.

[Sniff, sniff, do we have to say the words? ...]

Sat
Mar 19 2016 4:58pm

Hug It Out: Sleepy Hollow 3x15 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart

Ichabod and Abbie talk in Sleepy Hollow Season 3, episode 15Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 15, “Incommunicado”
Ship: Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)

Three couples share special moments over the course of this episode, highlighting the unique bonds each shares, and how they all work together. It’s also worth a mention that the monster of the week, a banshee, is actually a red herring, which is a pretty clever development, and puts all three couples in places where we see what makes each one tick.

Though Ichabbie only have two scenes together, two is all they need. Their first scene is cute, light, and subtly flirty in that way that seems perfectly natural to the two of them. Abbie, bearing donuts, arrives in the archives to find Ichabod handling the symbol, while wearing a pair of tufted mittens, aka oven mitts. If he doesn’t have something between him and the symbol, his connection to Abbie is so strong that he was able to see exactly what donuts she got him before he looked in the bag. Are her donut choices the only thing he saw? He swears it’s so, but there’s still that undercurrent. If that’s not fanfic bait right there, I don’t know what is.

Sophie summons Abbie to work, and Hidden pays Ichabod a visit. Ichabod grabs his symbol, and Hidden lays down the law. Team Witness has messed with his woman. It's payback time. Ichabod refuses to give up Abbie's whereabouts, despite Hidden's threats. He’s died before, and isn’t afraid of doing it again, but there’s panic in his eyes when Hidden promises Abbie’s death will be slow and excruciating. Hidden hurls a ball of blue light, which Ichabod’s symbol deflects.

[Don't underestimate Team Ichabbie...]

Sun
Mar 6 2016 2:00pm

Put Some Rings on It: The Folley and Mallory Adventures by E. Catherine Tobler

Rings of Anubis (Folley and Mallory Adventures) by E. Catherine Tobler

Looking for a different sort of historical romance, where the history actually impacts the romance? Perhaps with a strong fantasy element that flavors both? Some nifty steampunk gadgets, the myth and legend of ancient Egypt contrasted against the wildly changing world of the late Victorian era? How about werewolves? Shifters? Time travel? Some mysteries for the ages? How about an Irish/Egyptian archeologist heroine with a personal stake in her work, and an opium-addicted French agent with demons of his own? All in the same place? Then the Folley and Mallory Adventures by E. Catherine Tobler is for you.

As the series title might convey, this love story plays out over more than one volume, the romance intrinsically interwoven with the adventure. Serial stories are a form of entertainment the Victorians knew and loved, a format that works beautifully for both the characters and the worlds they inhabit. Yep, worlds, plural.

Eleanor Folley is a woman with roots in two worlds. Though her ordinary (oh, but not for long) world is that of Victorian Europe, Eleanor has never forgotten the day that changed her life forever. Eleanor was a child when her mother disappeared, in the midst of a terrifying desert attack. All Eleanor has left is an ancient ring, and the knowledge that things are not what they seem. Eleanor takes no guff. Her passion for archeology is deeply personal, and she never forgets that what is left of the past is what remains of actual people, who had lives and minds, hopes, dreams (both literal and figurative) and hearts. Eleanor, while a product of her time, is also meeting that time on her own terms; she’s made some choices that set her apart from the ideals of Victorian womanhood, and she’s okay with that. She’s not a virgin. In fact, it’s her adventures with her former lover that bring one very special agent into her life.

[A historical you've been dreaming about ...]

Sat
Mar 5 2016 1:06pm

“I Need Your Help, Crane”: Sleepy Hollow 3x13 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart

Abbie in Sleepy Hollow 3x14, Dark MirrorShow/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 13, “Dark Mirror”
Ship: Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)

Ichabbie relationship tracker for Sleepy Hollow Season 3, episode 14Some episodes of Sleepy Hollow, the plot takes a back seat to the relationships, and this, dear Sleepyheads, appears to be one of them. There are some cute Joe and Jenny moments, and the Hidden One and Pandora backstory is revealed, but Ichabbie is the heart of the show, and the emotional intimacy Ichabod and Abbie share in this episode remind us why they are the beating heart of this show.

Abbie’s been on another one of her woodland runs, which may give some viewers a few concerns, considering that the last two characters we saw running got chomped by a mysterious monster (more on that later) but she’s safe...for now. Well, as safe as she can be when having flashbacks to her time in the catacombs, which lets us know that, despite her strong front, Abbie is not as okay as she’d like the others to believe. When she ducks into her shed and caresses the giant symbol painted on the wall, there is no doubt about that.

[Here comes trouble...]

Mon
Feb 22 2016 10:30am

Care for a Mint (And More)?: The Walking Dead 6x10 Richonne Heart-to-Heart

TV Recap: The Walking Dead 6x10 Rick/Michonne

Show/Episode: The Walking Dead Season 6, Episode 10, “The Next World.”
Ship(s): Rick/Michonne (Richonne)

Here’s the funny thing about the zombie apocalypse, at least in the world of The Walking Dead; knocking civilization down to square one only serves to heighten the human connection. For Rick and Michonne, this is a connection both have been craving, but, since this is the zombie apocalypse, time to explore things like feelings and relationships often gets relegated to the back burner. Which is the perfect place for a slow burn, as this episode shows us.

Rick and Michonne have been living in a de facto family for quite some time now, along with Rick’s children, Carl and Judith, after the death of Rick’s wife, Lori. Michonne is no stranger to heartbreak, having lost both her boyfriend, Mike, and son, Andre, in the chaos that followed the change. Michonne and Carl filled a spot in each other’s lives, a mother without a son and a son without a mother, tying Michonne even closer to the Grimes clan, as well as her bond with baby Judith. Both Rick and Michonne are natural leaders, both know what it’s like to have to make hard decisions on the spur of the moment, both feel the weight of responsibility heavy on their shoulders, and both aren’t going to ask for someone to help carry that load, but if the right person is right there, well, these things happen.

[We're on board for Richonne ...]

Sat
Feb 20 2016 1:52pm

A Succulent Family: Sleepy Hollow 3x11 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 11, “Kindred Spirits”
Ship: Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie)

Ichabod/Abbie relationship tracker in Sleepy Hollow Season 3, episode 11Urban legends come to life are par for the course in Sleepy Hollow, as is Ichabod and Abbie’s bond. While a parking couple’s makeout session escalates from consensual to assault to monster attack in the Crane/Mills residence, Ichabod can’t sleep because Abbie can’t sleep. He comes downstairs to find her pondering the chessboard. They haven’t had a chance to discuss her experiences since returning from the underworld, but not to work.

These quiet moments are some of the best for these two, as Ichabod’s concern leads into the deep tenderness of their bond. Abbie admits Ichabod is her Wilson, alluding to the volleyball in the movie Cast Away. Her chastisement of Ichabod’s massacre of her houseplants manages to combine the good-natured bickering of an old married couple with the earnest reserve of Ichabod’s old world sensibilities. With his single-minded devotion to bringing Abbie home, other responsibilities, including horticulture, fell by the wayside. Perhaps they should get some new plants?

[Domestic Ichabbie is the stuff of dreams...]

Sat
Feb 6 2016 2:06pm

Man Seeking Better Half: Sleepy Hollow 3x09 Ichabbie Heart-to-Heart

Ichabod, Jenny, and Joe in Sleepy Hollow Season 3, episode 9Show/Episode: Sleepy Hollow Season 3, Episode 9, “One Life”
Ship(s): Ichabod/Abbie (Ichabbie), Joe/Jenny (Joenny)

Ichabod and Abbie aka Ichabbie relationship tracker graphic for Sleepy Hollow 3x09For a show as dependent on the chemistry of the leads as Sleepy Hollow, coming back from a mid-season break with an episode featuring only one half of the pair can be a gamble. It’s been a month since Abbie disappeared, and Crane is desperate enough to steal the jug Orpheus used to get back Eurydice from the underworld. Sure, the spell is best used immediately after the disappearance, but this is Crane we’re talking about. Think he's going to let a little thing like that stop him from going after his Lieutenant? Not a chance. Jenny insists she and Joe are in on this, too. If Crane burns out, he's no good to them, or to Abbie. Let them carry the ball for a while.

Once Joe and Jenny depart, Crane gives the jug spell a shot, and...nothing. His stifled sob of disappointment soon gives way to something else—he'd like to know why Sophie is following him. To her credit, she does have a good answer. Crane is a person of interest in Abbie's disappearance. Is he being charged? No? Then kindly leave him alone, thanks.

[Crane without Abbie makes no sense...]