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Mon
Jul 28 2014 10:50am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 6 Recap: In The Wake of Hep-V

Sookie and Jason in True Blood 7x06Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 6, “Karma.” Enjoy!

Pam and Eric were so close to catching Sarah Newlin last episode. They’d tracked her down to a Republican fundraiser in Dallas, but she slipped through their grips as the Yakuza arrived. (Yes, this season is so crazy that we have to mention the Yakuza in casual sentences.) Sookie finally grieved over the loss of Alcide, but we don’t think Bill is actually friendzoned yet. Though, he now has Hep-V, so anything could happen.

There was major progress on the ‘shipping front as James and Lafayette hooked up—only to have Jessica catch them in the act. Then she slept with Jason, and Violet knows about it.

As this week’s episode is titled “Karma,” we expect there will be a reckoning or two. Probably with Violet involved.

[And here's how it all played out...]

Mon
Jul 21 2014 11:30am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 5: Party at Sookie’s House

Pam and Eric in True Blood Season 7, Episode 5Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 5, “Lost Cause.” Enjoy!

Last week’s episode put this season of True Blood back on track. There was plenty of Pam and Eric, including insight into the origins of Fangtasia, Arlene was rescued, and the Hep-V vampires who were hiding out at the aforementioned Shreveport club were taken out.

Where does that leave us? Anything can happen in this latest episode. We still have open story lines for Sookie and Bill (are they heading to a happily ever after?), Eric/Pam and their quest to kill Sarah Newlin, and hopefully tons more of Lafayette.

It’s time to jump into the highlights and WTFery of season 7, episode 5 “Lost Cause.”

HIGHLIGHTS

We pick up right where we left off: With a whole bunch of dead vampires at Fangtasia. While others are cleaning up outside, Willa vents her maker issues to Pam (with Eric in earshot, of course). She throws some pretty dead-on accusations, and while Eric admits his failure, he still has a request of Willa. He wants info on where Sarah Newlin might be. She barters the information for being released from him.

Turns out dear Sarah Newlin’s sister Amber is a vampire.

[Duh duh DUUUUUHHHHH....]

Mon
Jul 14 2014 10:26am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 4 Recap: Showdown at Fangtasia

Pam in True Blood Season 7 episode 4

Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 4, “Death Is Not the End.” Enjoy!

I’m still grieving over the loss at the end of last week’s episode. (If you missed that recap, the comment section may help you deal with—or at least vent about—the show’s most recent casualty.) However, we have to move forward. This is the final season and, just a handful of episodes in, it has become very clear that no one is safe.

So, let’s focus on the good. Eric is back and has a mission (killing Sarah Newlin). They show has gone flashback heavy, but that means flashback sex scenes. Lafayette continues to be the most awesome guy and we’re ‘shipping him and James so hard.

So, let’s cross our fingers that things are about to take a turn for the better­—or at least gets super quote-worthy—as we dive into the highlights from season 7, episode 4, “Death is Not the End.”

[The good, the bad, the naked...]

Mon
Jul 7 2014 10:00am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 3 Recap: Flashbacks, Vigilantes, and WTF

Joe Manganiello as Alcide in True Blood Season 7, Episode 3Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 3, “Fire in the Hole.” Enjoy!

Last week’s True Blood gave us a super sexy dream sequence, answers about Eric Northman’s status, Sookie planning to do something idiotic (again), and the town succumbing to vigilantism. 

Fingers crossed that we get to learn more about what’s going on with Eric and his Hep-V, Sookie redeems herself and Arlene and Holly make it out of the Fangtasia basement in this episode “Fire in the Hole.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Sarah Newlin has moved out to Los Angeles? I don’t doubt she’s still nasty, but we have to give Sarah props for her survival ability. Ten bucks says she has a new cause.

Eric’s been sick with Hep-V for a month. I volunteer to nurse him back to health. Pam confirms Tara met the true death, and Eric doesn’t sympathize. He’s given up.

[Don't give up, Eric!...]

Mon
Jun 30 2014 11:00am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 2 Recap: You Found Me

Sookie and Alcide Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 2, “I Found You.” Enjoy!

Hold on, folks. We’re going through this crazy final True Blood season together. On last week’s episode we already spotted some flaws with Mayor Merlotte’s “a vampire for every human” plan, Hep-V vampires were an organized threat, a bunch of our favorite ladies were kidnapped, and Tara was killed!

It wasn’t all bad, though. Sookie and Alcide functioned like a real couple to the point I wanted to ‘ship them. Only I don’t see it in the cards! And Lafayette and James had a poignant, emotional conversation that left all of us wanting to see more of their interactions.

What kind of WTFery will we get into on the second episode? We’ll let’s dive into the highlights of season 7, episode 2 “I Found You.”

[Now let's get to that scene we all know you're looking for...]

Mon
Jun 23 2014 10:03am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 1 Recap: A Vampire for Every Human

The cast of True Blood Season 7

Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7 premiere, “Jesus Gonna Be Here.” Enjoy!

Are you ready to stay True to the End? The final season of True Blood is upon us, and for the very first time book readers have zero insight into what’s going to happen. We’re all going into this one completely blind on the plot, which means we’re surely destined for the most madcap, sexy, campy season to date.

We finished last season with huge revelations. Vampires infected with Hep-V were roaming the country ravaging folks in a mindless mob way. Sam got married (!) and became Bon Temps mayor (!!). Sookie and Alcide became a couple. (Something they never managed to make happen in the books.) And a one vampire for every human partnership was proposed.

Will it work out? We don’t know just yet, but we’re in it for the wild ride. From this point out, it’s all spoilers for the season 7 premiere episode “Jesus Gonna Be Here.” We’re talking highlights below—the good, the naked and the WTF.

[Get ready for a wild ride...]

Wed
Jun 4 2014 11:00am

True Blood’s Most WTF Sex Moments

Jason and Amy in bed in True BloodThe team at Heroes & Heartbreakers fell for the supernatural southern charm of True Blood a long time ago. The final season is coming up, and as we look back on the series, there are a great number of elements—and actors—that make the show standout. However, there are two elements we’ve often tracked in our recaps of the show: nudity and WTFery. Today we look back at the pivotal scenes that incorporated both.

Join us as we remember the best WTF sex scenes from True Blood.

Jason and Amy in True BloodSeason 1: Sex as Hallucination

We’re introduced to sex with a vampire in the first season of True Blood. This isn’t really all that weird in the world of paranormal novels, but when was the last time you saw graphic, bite-y sex on TV?

Still, that doesn’t mean season one was all vanilla vampire coitus. Nope. Our special sex the first season came as a result of vampire blood ingested by humans. Namely: Jason and Amy. They didn’t even really have sex. The two take the blood—dubbed V—get silly high and have trippy hallucinations together in lieu of sex.

[Whatever floats your boat...]

Thu
Mar 13 2014 9:30am

First Look: Kit Rocha’s Beyond Jealousy (March 17, 2014)

Beyond Jealousy by Kit RochaKit Rocha
Beyond Jealousy (Beyond #4)
March 17, 2014 / $4.99 digital / $16 print

When Rachel Riley sacrificed a life in Eden to protect the O’Kanes, she earned her place in the powerful Sector Four gang. But the former crime princess is tired of being everyone’s sweet little siste . It’s time for her to get wild, to embrace her fantasies as only an O’Kane can—with a delicious exiled soldier and the gang’s wickedly sinful tattoo artist.

Lorenzo Cruz is a warrior, taught by his commanding officers in Eden that involvement equals distraction. Emotion is a liability, and desire a sin. In Sector Four, he finds decadence, shameless sex—and his own dark urges. No battle strategy prepared him for how Rachel makes his heart race…or the way his rival for her affections sets his blood on fire.

Ace Santana has a dirty reputation and a mind to match, especially where his new lovers are concerned. He’s eager to help Cruz embrace his dominant side, and to explore the lines between pleasure and pain with Rachel. But corrupting them quickly becomes an obsession, a need he can’t deny—and a love he never imagined.

Three hearts on the line means a hundred ways their ménage a trois could go wrong. After all, even O’Kanes do forever two-by-two. One of them could be the missing piece that makes them all whole…or a temporary diversion destined for a broken heart.

We’ve fallen hard for the folks who run Sector Four. Kit Rocha’s Beyond series has brought us gritty fighting, dirtier sex and a whole lot of underdogs to root for. Beyond Jealousy does a little more by bringing together the backing of the underdog and the dirty sex.

Ace has been in every Beyond book. He’s the smooth-talking tattoo artist. He’s soulful and has a filthy mouth. He’s serious about his art and causal about his kinks.

[And boy do we love those kinks...]

Fri
Feb 21 2014 10:30am

Safe Words to Read: Five Books to Read After E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey

Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

We’ve talked quite a bit about Fifty Shades of Grey and its sequels here at Heroes & Heartbreakers. We’re now getting tastes of the upcoming film, and it’s fueling a need for more billionaires and BDSM.

We’ve got your needs covered. We’ve found five top-notch erotic romance titles that will fill that Fifty Shades shaped void in your e-reader.

1. Willing Victim by Cara McKenna

McKenna is a master of writing emotional, boundary-pushing erotic romance. Willing Victim brings the BDSM factor, but it’s on this list for another reason. If what you really connected with in Fifty Shades was the emotional challenges Ana and Christian overcome, as well as the way they needed to not assume, Willing Victim will push your buttons. The romance is edgy, but the hero builds in a figurative safety net.

2. Club Shadowlands by Cherise Sinclair

Want to read a novel that deals with BDSM in a way that’s sexy, emotional and—gasp—realistic? Sinclair’s Masters of the Shadowlands series promises extreme heat with complex heroines and heroes who make even aftercare sexy.

[Definitely hard to imagine...]

Mon
Jan 27 2014 5:30pm

First Look: Jeaniene Frost’s Up From the Grave (January 28, 2014)

Up From the Grave by Jeaniene FrostJeaniene Frost
Up From the Grave
Avon / January 28, 2014 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

Lately, life has been unnaturally calm for vampires Cat Crawfield and her husband Bones.  They should have known better than to relax their guard, because a shocking revelation sends them back into action to stop an all-out war...

A rogue CIA agent is involved in horrifying secret activities that threaten to raise tensions between humans and the undead to dangerous heights.  Now Cat and Bones are in a race against time to save their friends from a fate worse than death...because the more secrets they unravel, the deadlier the consequences.  And if they fail, their lives—and those of everyone they hold dear— will be hovering on the edge of the grave.

Cat and Bones have been through a lot in the seven Night Huntress novels from Jeaniene Frost. Now, here we are at the final book, Up From the Grave, and readers had to wonder if they could say good-bye to these two. Hell, would we really be leaving the same characters we’ve fallen in love with?

Yes. Unequivocally yes.

This book, you guys. This book. We’ve seen so many series end on a whimper, but can you honestly see Cat and Bones doing anything half-assed? Yeah, I didn’t think so.

[Warning: Awesomeness ahead...]

Tue
Jan 7 2014 3:15pm

Top 5 SyFy Man-Candy Morsels for 2014: Lost Girl, Bitten, Being Human, and Helix

Greyston Holt as Clay on BittenJanuary means new beginnings, resolutions and the end of re-runs on television. Specifically, it’s the month SyFy starts bringing back many of our favorite shows. The network has found its niche of giving us edgy supernatural shows with depth, and we can’t get enough. Better yet, they’re bringing two new shows to the small screen this month that look stellar.

And while, of course, we love the strong character arcs and the clever plots on shows like Lost Girl and Being Human… well, we like the—ahem—visual stimulation, too.

We’re about to get supernaturally prurient on you. It’s time to delve into the Top 5 SyFy Man-Candy Morsels for 2014.

1. Greyston Holt as Clay on Bitten

We might be biased when it comes to Bitten. If you’re not familiar, the new SyFy show is based on the Women of the Otherworld series by Kelley Armstrong. (Well, the first novel, also called Bitten.) The adaptation of this ass-kicking, werewolf series looks stellar from what we’ve seen.

[More sexy werewolves always wanted...]

Mon
Jan 6 2014 12:30pm

Keeping It Anything But Professional: Kresley Cole’s The Professional, Part 2

The Professional, Part 2 by Kresley ColeEven those of us at Heroes and Heartbreakers who aren’t a fan of serials found ourselves sucked into the Russian mafia romance in the first installement of Kresley Cole’s The Professional serial. Our roundtable read of the first segment had mixed results, but those who worried the book would be too much of “do whatever the hot Russian says” and not enough relationship will be very pleased with Part 2.

As expected, the second installment picks up immediately from the end of Part 1. And can I get a THANK YOU for that? We cut off right before things were about to get naked and sweaty in a sauna. (Psst! They do!) Natalie is still trying to hold out on the no sex thing after her father’s revelation that if she and the Siberian hook up it’s a permanent deal.

That means things get complicated. Aleksandr Sevastyan wants his Natalie. He wants her badly and completely. As the story progresses in this second part, he thinks it’s a done deal. Natalie is his, and sex and gifts should be enough.

[But are they?...]

Fri
Dec 20 2013 5:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 2

Written in Red by Anne BishopMay old friends be forgot? We don't think so! We're celebrating our favorite reads with four days of the Best of 2013. We asked our bloggers for their favorite books of 2013, with one stipulation, they had to be new to them and not necessarily new to 2013. We know we got a few recommendations to add to our to be read piles and it's a great way to feed those readers you hopefully get for Christmas!

Check back every other weekday between now and Christmas for all of the blogger recommendations! See the recommendations for Day 1Day 3, and Day 4.

Sahara Hoshi:

Anne Bishop's Written in Red
Cranky wolf shifter meets fun and adorable magically gifted heroine, what's not to love?

Nalini Singh's Heart of Obsidian
The heroine has an amazing name and the hero isn't too shabby either.

Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl
For every time you squeed or sighed over something and nobody understood you, finally there's a book for it.

[Who's next!]

Sun
Dec 8 2013 1:40pm

First Look: Sierra Dean’s Chasing Kings (December 17, 2013)

Sierra Dean
Chasing Kings

Samhain / December 17, 2013 / $4.50 digital

Samantha Hart wishes things would stop happening in Vegas when a case of mistaken identity lands her in the Hard Rock’s racy Provocateur suite—an S&M wet dream that’s occupied by an honest-to-God porn star. Ethan Silver’s reputation should put her off, but his naughty charm and wicked-sweet smile have her agreeing to a night on the town. Then wishing for a night in, as well.

Ethan knew the instant he stepped through the door that this wasn’t the Samantha Hart he was almost desperate to see. Yet he can’t help it. He wants to ease the blushing bookseller out of her shell and show her a good time…and not just in the bedroom.

As a hot night on the Strip turns into a hotter night at the hotel, Ethan begins to prove there’s a good guy under his bad-boy façade. There’s a loan shark hot on his tail, though, and only Sam can help keep his movie-star face intact. But telling her the truth could cost him something he needs more than money. Her love.

Sierra Dean's Chasing Kings explores expectations—both their effects on us and what can come when we let them go.

While everyone keeps calling this novella “the porn star one,” it’s more than that. (Though Sierra Dean does give James Deen a little shout-out in the acknowledgments.…) If you go into Chasing Kings expecting a porn-star hero, you’ll absolutely get that, but along with it, Dean provides romance, including put-you-on-your-toes kisses.

[So you get sugar and spice...]

Wed
Nov 20 2013 6:06pm

Arrow to the Heart: Why Oliver Needs to Give Felicity a Chance

Felicity and Oliver in Arrow Season 2This season of Arrow is blowing the first one away. The first outing with Oliver Queen as the playboy cum vigilante of Starling City had him not letting anyone in, trying to rekindle a relationship with his ex Laurel and simultaneously set her up with his best friend. He was a man who didn’t know what he wanted.

This season, the show’s writers have found their path. They’ve given every character on the show much more depth and we’re seeing that character development make for much more interesting relationship dynamics. While we could get into the bromance with Ollie and Digg (and probably just include a slideshow featuring photos of the two working out), we’re 'shippers here at Heroes and Heartbreakers.

You see, I’m not the only one noticing Ollie’s depth this season. We’re seeing him grow, change and become someone worthy of the title of hero.

Felicity Smoak is brilliant. She’s the IT genius behind all the tech wonder we see on Arrow and basically Ollie’s backbone. She’s smart and funny and, oh, she wants to be with Oliver something fierce.

[And who are we to deny the pull of Olicity?...]

Thu
Oct 31 2013 2:45pm

Who Needs Shirts?: Why Teen Wolf, The Vampire Diaries Are So Addictive

Teen Wolf castBook crack is a well-established theme here at Heroes and Heartbreakers. We’ve talked about what makes a book cracktastic—as in OMG I can’t put it down, but I probably should. Those books that aren’t perfect, that are highly campy, the ones that have crazy plots and even more outlandish characters, and the ones we devour at maddening paces.

Turns out this doesn’t apply just to books. Oh, no! There’s a reason we include a “WTFery” category in our True Blood recaps.

I thought it was a one-time thing, but recently a friend warned me not to watch the MTV show Teen Wolf. As I’m out of the demographic for MTV, I thought it was odd she was warning me away. Turns out, she knew I’d be addicted. The first two seasons are available on Netflix, and one rainy afternoon, I decided to try an episode. A harmless curiousity would be sated, right?

Wrong.

Teen Wolf may be the most cracktastic TV show I’ve ever watched. The guys are shirtless every episode. Now, at first I worried this wouldn’t work for me. They’re young, after all. Oh, but there are dads and an adult werewolf named Derek, who mentors main character Scott on and off.

[Bring on the shirtless werewolves and vampires...]

Mon
Oct 21 2013 9:45am

10 Paranormal Romance Novels You Should Read (An Opinionated Opinion)

We’ve talked about the essentials for romance novels in general and the quintessential regency books, so it’s about time we talked about the vampires, demons and shifter that make paranormal romance.

This is not my list of the all-time best paranormal romances. These ten titles are the ones that have had significant influence on the subgenre and the ones every paranormal fan has read—whether they loved it or hated it—they’re where our tropes come from and often epitomize what we expect from our paranormal love stories.

10. Dark Prince by Christine Feehan

Why? Dark vs. Light. Apart the hero and heroine are broken, but together they are able to come alive.

9. Bite Me If You Can by Lynsay Sands

Why? Lynsay Sands injects the fun in her paranormal romance. Bite Me If You Can has the pairing of a newbie vampire and a much older Argeneau vamp. He’s grumpy. She’s independent. The journey is, of course, sexy, but also peppered with humor.

[+8 more essential reads...]

Sun
Sep 29 2013 2:00pm

First Look: Lauren Dane’s Drawn Together (October 1, 2013)

Drawn Together by Lauren DaneLauren Dane
Drawn Together (Brown Siblings #6)
Penguin / October 1, 2013 / $15 print, $7.99 digital

Beauty is more than skin-deep…

Tattoo artist Raven Smith is blunt and hard, broken and jaded, dark and beautiful. While she doesn’t hide her painful past, she does keep a wall around her heart. She’s free sexually—but no one gets to the real Raven beneath the prickly exterior.

With a voice like smoke, Jonah Warner is a smooth-talking, highly successful attorney, with a body that should never be hidden by a suit. He’s the kind of man who never takes no for an answer and always gets what he wants. And what he wants is Raven. She’s a survivor, and he finds that incredibly alluring.

Jonah gets under her skin in a way Raven has never experienced. He makes her break all her rules—including her no-monogamy rule.

But when a figure from Raven’s past shows up at the tattoo parlor and drops a bomb into her life, their relationship will face the ultimate challenge…

One thing you can always count on in a book from Lauren Dane is organic relationships. The way characters interact in her novels are genuine and rich and normal.

There’s no manufactured angst here, but the organic process of people learning about each other, learning how to make their lives mesh, learning to accept new people into their worlds.

[Let's get real...]

Wed
Sep 25 2013 9:30am

First Look: Kresley Cole’s Endless Knight (Oct. 1, 2013)

Endless Knight by Kresley ColeKresley Cole
Endless Knight (Arcana Chronicles #2)
Simon Teen / Oct. 1, 2013 / $18.99 print, $6.49 digital

In the second book of the Arcana Chronicles Evie has now fully come into her powers as the tarot Empress. And Jackson was there to see it all. In the aftermath of killing Arthur, the tarot Alchemist, Evie realizes that a war is brewing between the other teens that, following the apocalypse, have been given powers and its kill or be killed.

Things get even more complicated when Evie meets Death, the mysterious, sexy Endless Knight. Somehow the Empress and Death share a romantic history - one that Evie can't remember, but Death can't forget. She is drawn to the Endless Knight, but is in love with Jack. Determined to discover why she's been granted these powers, Evie struggles to accept her place in a prophecy that will either save the world, or completely destroy it.

Kresley Cole is the queen of manipulating my emotions. It’s really for the best that we don’t date. Endless Knight wrapped me around its little finger and I fell to its every whim. And I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

This second book in Cole’s young adult Arcana Chronicles series picks up immediately where Poison Princess ended. Jack now knows what Evie is, and she’s just truly come into her powers. She can be lethal and they both need to come to terms with that.

[Every hero should be the tiniest bit afraid of his heroine, right?...]

Wed
Sep 4 2013 11:00am

True Blood Season 6 Post-Mortem (Because Vampires Love Word Play)

Sookie and Alcide in True Blood 6x10We survived another season of the madcap supernaturals-in-the-South series True Blood. There was a time when I proclaimed if the show didn’t provide certain things I’d call it quits (mostly those requests were about Sookie and Eric having a real romance in Season 4).

I make similar proclamations each year and every June I’m sucked back into the world of Sookie Stackhouse. This year, though, the season stretched from its source material—the novels penned by Charlaine Harris. While I’m a big fan of the books, this mostly made the season better.

Instead of trying to meet reader expectations, the show did its best to do justice to the characters. True Blood’s season 6 was still full of WTFery, but it didn’t spiral into “what were they thinking” territory until the very last episode.

Let’s talk about what worked (naked Alexander Skarsgard!), what didn’t (ASkars on fire!) and what may come in what was just announced will be True Blood’s final season.

[Now for a look at The Good and The Bad...]