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Fri
Feb 24 2017 10:30am

First Look: Jeaniene Frost’s Into the Fire (February 28, 2017)

Into the Fire by Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost
Into the Fire (Night Prince #4)
Avon / February 28, 2017 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampire’s…. 

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

There are so many elements I look forward to in a Jeaniene Frost novel.

A heroine to be the heartbeat of the book and keep its pace.

A hero who is undeniably devoted and worthy.

A well-rounded ensemble cast that I enjoy butting in instead of grumbling at time away from the OTP.

Into the Fire achieves all of these, but manages to accomplish a few bonuses.

[Read more...]

Thu
Jan 26 2017 3:00pm

Katie Faith and Aimee Are Friendship Goals in Lauren Dane’s Protected

Protected by Lauren Dane

Lauren Dane is a master of female friendships and nuanced small-town romances. When she merges the rural, Southern charm of a small-town with fiery witches and the werewolves who love them in Protected she hits all the right notes to captivate both paranormal and small-town romance fans.

Also, it’s hot.

Protected is the second Diablo Lake novel, which is home to all types of supernatural creatures. The primary forces in the series are rival werewolf packs (Dooley and Pembry) and the witches who try to keep the peace. While the first novel Moonstruck, the plot centered around Katie Faith, who had been engaged to a Pembry wolf long ago (bad memories, y’all) and ended up falling for, and marrying, a Dooley wolf.  While Katie Faith was in the middle of the wolves wanting to claim the one they saw as theirs, in Protected Aimee is more focused on keeping the peace in the community and stopping the in-fighting than having rival wolves trying to throw down over which side she picks.

[Werewolves and Witches, Oh My...]

Sun
Jul 10 2016 8:30pm

Dragonfly in Amber: Outlander 2x13 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Outlander's Jamie & ClaireShow/EpisodeOutlander Season 2, Episode 13, “Dragonfly in Amber”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Jamie and Claire Outlander 2x13 Captain's Log

Last week’s episode felt like we were making progress on this whole “changing history” thing. Until Prince Charles went and ruined everything by getting lost. In the season finale of Outlander, we dabble in all the things that make this show a favorite. It makes time travel feel real and plausible. It showcases love as paramount—the sacrifices we make for those we care about most and the secrets we’ll keep for them. Love is sticky and complicated and sad and glorious, and with “Dragonfly in Amber” the show hit all those notes.

We started this season in 1948 with Claire having just returned to Frank. She arrived back in Scotland pregnant and distraught. We close the season twenty years after that time. Claire and her now grown daughter Brianna are back in Scotland, and the memories are frequent and heavy. Brianna doesn’t know anything of Jamie. She doesn’t know of her Scottish heritage. She doesn’t know that her mom and dad had a rough patch. She’ll learn though, and at the same time Claire flashes back to that final day with Jamie before the Battle of Culloden. She makes peace, as much as one can, twenty years after leaving the love of her life.

Claire’s solo trip back to Lallybroch in 1968 hurts to watch. The gorgeous home is in ruins with chains on the broken doors and a hand-painted “Keep Out” sign posted. The simple audio from her and Jamie’s arrival at the home yanks on the heartstrings, but seeing the memory of him in the archway in his dashing regalia and looking every bit the powerful Scot we know makes me want to cry as much as Claire.

[Sobbing forever...]

Sun
Jun 26 2016 2:00pm

Remind Me Not to Get on Your Bad Side, Sassenach: Outlander 2x12 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodeOutlander, Season 2, Episode 12, “The Hail Mary”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x12 Keeping Track of Jamie and Claire's Romance

Jamie and Claire were separated and reunited in the span of last week’s episode. The reunion was more of a rescue, and they saved Lady Mary, too, as they finally discovered who raped her and who organized the attack and both were put down. The rapist by Mary and the orchestrator, the Duke of Sandringham, by Murtagh.

Now that they are edging closer to the fateful battle Claire and Jamie have been trying to avoid, what will they do? Claire saved Frank’s ancestor, but what does that mean in terms of Jack Randall? Let’s dive into Season 2, Episode 12, “The Hail Mary” to see if Jamie and Claire can stay solid without another battle pulling them apart.

As they arrive to the camp outside Inverness it’s clear everyone is defeated. The army is sullen having retreated from successful battles and stuck camping through winter with little food. They are no longer the vibrant army that crushed the British. This is just what Claire and Jamie wanted to avoid. Now they’re three days out from the battle at Culloden Moor, and Claire is despondent. She and Jamie are both beat down by the state of things, too. She wonders what all their plotting was for, and you can see in her eyes she’s remembering how terrible everything was in Paris and realizing it might not have been worth any of it. Jamie still has hope, though. He’s not giving up. He is going to try to make Charles see reason.

[But we're guessing he won't...]

Fri
Jun 24 2016 8:48am

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Addicted (June 28, 2016)

Elle Kennedy
Addicted (Outlaws #2)
Signet / June 28, 2016 / $$7.99 print & digital

Elle Kennedy expands on the world she crafted in the first Outlaws book with a friends to lovers story that doesn’t take the typical path.

In the first book, Claimed, readers discovered a world where everything was regulated—even relationships—and the people who lived on the fringe were in much more of a wild west setting. We spent the first book mostly at Connor’s outpost in the woods with his hodgepodge group of men and the woman he fell for, Hudson. I was curious which of the group would get the next story then as the group has a lot of characters I want to know much better.

After raiders took out another outpost, though, the group grew even more, and two of those people were Lennox and Jamie. Unlike most of the outlaws fending for themselves on the fringe, these two have been together since they were kids. They’ve stayed side-by-side and kept one another safe from the go. Partners in crime, if you will. And they’ve never even considered hooking up.

Well, that’s not all that accurate. They’ve both thought about it. A lot. Just separately. And certainly haven’t ever divulged those details to the other party. Instead they’ve been casual about sex and hookups and have a bit of a voyeuristic approach to one another. This does make things a little murky as Addicted opens, as Jamie is focused on Rylan, who she is having a whole lot of fun with, and quickly Lennox is having a threesome with two other women. Complicated, right?

It’s the good kind of complicated. The setting gets moved to another outpost as a segment of our group goes to help train others to fight. In the meantime, Jamie and Lennox end up crossing the line that involves panties on the floor and some very public first times together. Only neither are sure what to do with that. They don’t have other people they can count on. Each is the closest thing the other has to family. How do you risk losing the one person who knows you better than anyone else?

Their initial plan is to compartmentalize. Friends outside the bedroom, and naughty strangers in the bedroom. That doesn’t actually work. (Does it ever?) What makes Addicted so engaging is watching these two discover their feelings, acknowledge them and have to come to terms with how it changes how they see themselves, how it changes their relationship and what it means for who they want to be.

It doesn’t hurt that Kennedy also packs some intense (and frequent) sex scenes that will certainly have readers backing Lennox and Jamie’s decision to shift from friends to lovers. 

***

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Chelsea Mueller runs Vampire Book Club and writes SF/F novels. Her appreciation of Alexander Skarsgard is well documented. Bother her on Twitter — @ChelseaVBC — she likes it.

Sun
Jun 19 2016 5:15pm

I Lay Vengeance at Your Feet: Outlander 2x11 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Outlander, Season 2, Episode 11, “Vengeance is Mine”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x11 Jamie and Claire Captains Log

Last week’s episode was big on winning a battle against the British and light on the Jamie/Claire quality time. The events—proving history to be true, losing beloved Clan MacKenzie men, seeing Prince Charlie in this setting, Fergus seeing why maybe he shouldn’t want to fight in a war—were definitely worthwhile to the overall plot in Outlander.

What will the Frasers do now that they’ve stuck a victory against the British and saw some of the cost? Let’s find out in Season 2, Episode 11, “Vengeance is Mine.”

The Jacobite army has made great progress since we saw them last week. They’re in northern England and five days’ march from London. Prince Charles and Jamie both want to move forward to the capitol. All the generals, though? Not so much. History said the Jacobites didn’t march on London, and Jamie wanted so badly to change that. Even if they couldn’t hold London, it would prove they could change history. Instead they’ll be heading back across the border to Scotland. Jamie has to tell his men it’s about keeping them safe for the winter, but he promises Claire he’ll keep her safe no matter the conditions.

[Oh, god, our hearts!]

Sun
Jun 12 2016 3:00pm

The Day is Ours, Sassenach: Outlander 2x10 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Claire tends the injured in Outlander 2x10

Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 10, “Prestonpans”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x10 Jamie Claire Love Log

Last week, a few favorites from Clan MacKenzie joined Jamie and Claire to help train and build their army. The army they need to fight the British and support Bonny Prince Charlie’s rebellion. The training proved useful, but Claire kept flashing back to WWII and the lives lost then. Often we forget she’s lived through war already, and now she must prepare for another, one where she’s trying to change history and not lose the man she loves.

Big events on the line in Season 2, Episode 10, “Prestonpans.”

While there was a lot of buildup about this episode for Jamie and Claire, they didn’t have many scenes together. This was about making progress in the rebellion and not the Frasers working on making another baby.

[So we'll just skip to next week? JK, let's find out what happens...]

Sun
May 29 2016 2:45pm

The White Lady’s Vision: Outlander 2x08 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Jamie and Claire happy at Lollybroch in 2x08Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 8, “The Fox's Lair”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Jamie and Claire Captains Log for Outlander 2x08

For some time this season I have lamented the big-picture storytelling in lieu of the tight character-focused plot of season one. Well, last week I got what I asked for, and I’m sorry. So, so sorry. After the agony that was last week—everyone ugly cried at that episode, right?—Jamie and Claire are on the same page again. They are different, as something so tragic changes one, but they are together and are no longer holding grudges against one another.

Even better? We’re home in Scotland!

Being at Lallybroch helps heal these two. The potatoes are coming in and Jamie and Claire are back to behaving like those in love.  … and if we know one thing about Outlander, that sweetness never lasts. The Clans have posted their support for Prince Charles. Jamie’s name was forged on the document. He’s now a traitor to the British crown. Once again Jamie’s life is on the line. Seems like that happens every time they come back to Lallybroch.

[Sigh. Come on, Clans, get it together!]

Sun
May 15 2016 2:50pm

Crossing Swords: Outlander 2x06 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Jamie and Le Comte St. Germain face off in Outlander Season 2 episode 6Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 6, “Best Laid Schemes"
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x06 Jamie Claire Shipping

Outlander hasn’t never shied away from the hard stuff, and, well, it just keeps getting harder for Claire and Jamie to function. Last week she told him she owed her a life for saving his—that’s right she saved her husband’s life and threw it in his face. The life? The man who abused and tortured him, so that her husband of the future/past would still be born. Timeline stuff is weird, y’all, but the crux is she wants Frank born so she wants Jamie to forego killing Black Jack Randall.

He’s a man who pays his debts so he agrees, but once you’ve essentially blackmailed the person you love most in the world, it’s really hard to have an intimate, trusting relationship.

And this is how we enter Season 2, Episode 6, “Best Laid Schemes.”

[Oh boy...]

Sun
May 8 2016 1:11pm

The Brothers Randall: Outlander 2x05 Heart-to-Heart

Jamie and Claire in Outlander Season 2, episode 5Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 5, “Untimely Resurrection”
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander Season 2, episode 5 Jamie/Claire relationship trackerLast week’s Outlander made great strides in the plot and in Jamie and Claire’s relationship. Jamie was honest about how he felt after the abuse by Black Jack Randall, and he and Claire reconnected. They plotted to put Bonny Prince Charlie off kilter in front of the Duke of Sandringham by revealing that his married lover was pregnant in the middle of a dinner party with said lover’s husband. Unfortunately, there are others who are also plotting. Claire’s carriage was purposely damaged, and on the walk home she and Mary were attacked. While Claire escaped unscathed, Mary was raped.

Back home Alex Randall was tending to Mary, but when she woke she didn’t remember the situation, and fled screaming toward the dinner party. When everyone came to her rescue, Alex Randall was above her as though he were the rapist.

Have they pushed Mary into Black Jack’s hands? Will Prince Charles still confide in Jamie? Will Louise confide in Claire?

[These questions need answers...]

Sun
May 1 2016 3:30pm

“We Could Name Him Lambert”: Outlander 2x04 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 4, “Le Dame Blanche” (SPOILERS for the episode ahead, of course)
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Outlander 2x04 Captains Log

Last week’s episode was kind of a bummer all around. Jamie and Claire spent far too much time apart, and within those spaces secrets found their way between them. Claire now knows that Black Jack Randall is alive, but she hasn’t yet had the heart to tell Jamie. He’s still battling nightmares, after all, and she really wants her husband back. Jamie’s PTSD isn’t going to go away the way everyone would like, but her 1940s medical experience probably doesn’t tell her that.

However, we ended the last episode on a bright note. And in this week’s episode will be hosting a dinner party for Jacobite leaders. Will this be their chance to change history? At the very least it’s our chance to see Claire in more great clothes.

With that said, let’s dive into Season 2, Episode 4, “La Dame Blanche.”

[Yes, let's...]

Sun
Apr 24 2016 4:52pm

Not My Ladies: Outlander 2x03 Jamie/Claire Heart-to-Heart

Claire in Outlander Season 2, episode 3

Show/Episode: Outlander Season 2, Episode 3, “Useful Occupations and Deceptions” (SPOILERS for the episode ahead, of course)
Ship: Jamie/Claire

Captain's Log for Jamie and Claire in Outlander season 3, episode 3When we last left Jamie and Claire, she’d taken to French customs for body hair (Jamie approved) and discovered that Black Jack Randall is still alive (and she hasn’t told Jamie). They’re making headway on their mission to stop the rebellion. They’ve met key players in the previous episodes. Now they need to move forward with the plan.

Jamie and Claire’s quest to stop Bonny Prince Charlie’s progress means they are spending less time together. Jamie is out at the brothel with Charles every night, drinking and enduring the prince’s blathering. As Claire points out when he comes home in the morning, the stench of cheap perfume on him isn’t helping her morning sickness. Their cause is to save them both, but playing this game has the power to drive a wedge in a marriage, especially when one of them is pregnant and the other is spending evenings getting drunk at brothels.

[Keep the faith...]

Tue
Feb 23 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Kit Rocha’s Beyond Ruin (February 23, 2016)

Beyond Ruin by Kit Rocha

Kit Rocha
Beyond Ruin (Beyond #7)
Kit Rocha / February 23, 2016 / $14.99 print, $4.99 digital

Adrian Maddox fled his royal life—and tragic past—in Sector One, choosing instead to join up with the O’Kanes. For years, he’s lived by one rule: love fast, love hard, and always be willing to walk away. He’s managed to guard his heart, keep it whole and untouched—until now.

They couldn’t be more different—Dylan, the brilliant, burned-out doctor from Eden who drowns his pain with drugs and self-destruction. Scarlet, the sensuous, sexy rocker from Three, a woman unafraid to embrace the world. And Jade, the whore turned spy from Sector Two, who battled addiction and came out stronger than anyone he’s ever met.

Separately, they make Mad long to open his heart, to tumble head-first into a sea of possibilities and wild love. Together, they make him burn, inside and out, with lust and unbearable, unimaginable pleasure.

Then one fateful moment shakes their world to its foundations—and leaves the sectors on the verge of all-out war with Eden. It’s the biggest fight the O’Kanes have ever faced, and Mad and his lovers are at the dead center of it. They could end up with everything they never knew they wanted—or lose it all. Including their lives.

Kit Rocha’s Beyond novels have an underlying theme of balance. The blend of harshness and beauty is woven through the pages of each erotic romance set in Sector Four. Beyond Ruin encapsulates this juxtaposition on the grandest scale yet.

[Finding love through the ruins ...]

Thu
Feb 11 2016 10:30am

The Definitive Ranking of Sookie Stackhouse Novels, An Opinionated Opinion

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris

Spoiler Warning: This post may contain spoilers for Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Series (a.k.a. The Sookie Stackhouse Series), and by extension, the HBO show True Blood. 

Editor's Note: Chelsea is also a major True Blood fan, if you're looking for more, check out her recaps of the show. 

Charlaine Harris’s Southern Vampire Mysteries brought a fresh take to paranormal. It offered a look at the normalization of vampires in the open world. The books were urban fantasy in a rural setting. Sookie and her companions offered Southern charm, grit, and plenty of bloody plot twists.

Whether you started reading when the first book Dead Until Dark was released in 2001, you dived in after everyone started calling the series “the Sookie Stackhouse books,” or you came to the books after developing an addition to the pulpy HBO adaptation True Blood, the series has obvious high points.

We’re here to tell you exactly which books are the best in this series. Expect spoilers, because we can’t talk about the 13-novel series without dropping some bombs. If you’re ready, here is Heroes & Heartbreakers definitive ranking of Sookie Stackhouse novels.

[The top Sookie Stackhouse book ...]

Sat
Jan 30 2016 3:00pm

BDSM Romance You Need: Sparrow Beckett

Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett

Burned out on domineering billionaires in your romance? I get it. I like a bossy alpha male as much as the average Heroes & Heartbreakers reader, but in a post-Fifty Shades world it’s hard out here for a BDSM romance reader. The flavors of bossy heroes (and antiheroes) have become plentiful, which sounds like a great thing.

More books? Yes.

More book boyfriends? OMG, yes.

And yet somehow we’ve started to suffer from too much of a good thing. The stories go from the comforting familiarity of tropes to the less cozy feeling of repetition. Unlike other reviewers out there, though, I’m not giving up. I like my Doms. I like my tough heroes. I like reading about some power play dynamics. That hasn’t changed. 

Wading in the BDSM deluge is my job, and I’ve come out the other side of the Kindle Sea with a winner: Sparrow Beckett.

The Masters Unleashed series is a fresh foray into the genre. Many others have upped the stakes by making the games played by the heroes and heroines “scarier.” Sparrow Beckett, a writing duo, didn’t go that route exactly. They instead opt to make the sexual needs of their protagonists very clear by setting up a Master/slave dynamic, which the characters may not always be involved in at the beginning of the book. At the same time, the characters’ emotional needs outside the bedroom and their overall understanding of their places within the world are far less defined.

[If you haven't read, you've been missing out ...]

Tue
Dec 1 2015 10:30am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s Blood Kiss (December 1, 2015)

Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward
Blood Kiss (Black Dagger Legacy #1)
Signet / December 1, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

The legacy of the Black Dagger Brotherhood continues in a spin-off series from the #1 New York Timesbestselling author…

Paradise, blooded daughter of the king’s First Advisor, is ready to break free from the restrictive life of an aristocratic female. Her strategy? Join the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training center program and learn to fight for herself, think for herself…be herself. It’s a good plan, until everything goes wrong. The schooling is unfathomably difficult, the other recruits feel more like enemies than allies, and it’s very clear that the Brother in charge, Butch O’Neal, a.k.a. the Dhestroyer, is having serious problems in his own life.

And that’s before she falls in love with a fellow classmate. Craeg, a common civilian, is nothing her father would ever want for her, but everything she could ask for in a male. As an act of violence threatens to tear apart the entire program, and the erotic pull between them grows irresistible, Paradise is tested in ways she never anticipated—and left wondering whether she’s strong enough to claim her own power…on the field, and off.

Old-school fans of the WARDen, rejoice! The author who brought us into a gritty world of vampires and their slayers, shitkickers, glymera, The Pit, needing, and the like is getting back to her roots with the new Black Dagger Brotherhood Legacy series. The main series—Black Dagger Brotherhood—has transitioned into more of a family saga with numerous players than the straightforward paranormal romance it captivated us with early in the series.

[Something else to sink our teeth into ...]

Thu
Nov 19 2015 12:00pm

Arrow 4x07 Olicity Heart-to-Heart: In the Light of Day

TV Recap: Captain's Log Arrow 4x07 Olicity

Show/Episode: Arrow Season 4, Episode 7, “Brotherhood”

Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

Last week’s episode was heavy on the Olicity action. There was fear, conflict, a mother in town, kissing, making up. Basically, last week was a ‘shipper’s dream. So, of course, going into “Brotherhood,” we had to slow it down. There was a lot to cover with Digg and uncovering his brother was still alive. Thea is battling the effects of the Lazarus Pit. Ollie is still on target to run for Mayor.

In other words: It’s damn busy in Star City.

On the Olicity front, this week had zero smooching, but we did get a little flash of Stephen Amell’s abs as Felicity tended to Ollie’s wounds following a nasty battle with the Ghosts.

[Let's dive straight in ...]

Thu
Nov 12 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Joya Ryan’s Tell Me You Need Me (November 16, 2015)

Tell Me You Need Me by Joya Ryan

Joya Ryan
Tell Me You Need Me (Search and Seduce #1)
Entangled / November 16, 2015 / $2.99 digital

A sexy category romance from Entangled's Brazen imprint...

Playing dirty can be the best kind of fun…

Chloe Franklin wouldn't call herself a commitment-phobe, so much as she's allergic to anything long term. She loves the sexy, sweaty and intensely hot hours of the night that come before the sun rises, though. Especially when those nights are spent with Search-and-Rescuer Gage McGraw...

Gage loves his job, but there is one thing he's starting to like more than the rush of a mission—a stacked blonde with a mouth that haunts his dreams. Every time he steps foot in the sleepy town of Beaufort, he hooks up with Chloe. But he's tired of hooks-ups. He wants more.

Just the sight of Gage gets Chloe's blood going. Hot, bothered, and finally naked, she's ready for their night to start. But before he takes her, he whispers what his intentions really are…and then the games really begin.

Joya Ryan has put a delightful twist on the friends-to-lovers trope in her latest Tell Me You Need Me. Chloe and Gage have known each other for a couple years. They aren’t a couple, but they can’t wait to see each other each time Gage, a search and rescue man, comes to town.

[He's her distance lover ...]

Thu
Nov 5 2015 12:00pm

Arrow 4x05 Olicity Heart-to-Heart: Our Ship is Solid

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night's episode 4x05, “Haunted.”

TV Recap: Arrow 4x05 Captain's Log Olicity

Show/Episode: Arrow Season 4, Episode 5, “Haunted”

Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

Last week’s episode spent quite a bit of time setting up potential friction between Oliver and Felicity. Both their former flames—in memory and in body—returned to reignite grief and loss. Felicity listened to Ray’s final message at the end of Episode 4, and it was destined to bring up more between her and Ollie. In Episode 5, Oliver learns that Sara is back, via Lazarus Pit.

Instead of spending time apart and ruminating on what this means, Oliver and Felicity spend some quality time on the couch in that fancy loft and talk like adults. I love it! It’s so wonderful that the show is treating their relationship with respect. Oliver admits that he thinks about all the people he’s lost, but that the way Sara was brought back doesn’t heal anyone’s pain.

[Felicity and Oliver are adulting and facing their fears together ...]

Thu
Oct 29 2015 10:46am

Arrow 4x04 Olicity Heart-to-Heart: Here Comes Trouble

Oliver announces his run for mayor in Arrow Season 4, episode 4Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Arrow, including last night's episode 4x04, “Beyond Redemption.”

Arrow 4x04 Captain's Log graphicShow/Episode: Arrow Season 4, Episode 4, “Beyond Redemption”
Ship(s): Oliver/Felicity (Olicity)

This isn’t a particularly Olicity-heavy episode, so let’s start with the candy: The salmon ladder is back! The fancy new Arrow Cave has the salmon ladder, and Felicity gets to watch Ollie work his way up shirtless. It was a great callback to when she used to watch him workout and have to pretend it wasn’t doing anything for her. Now she gets to gaze unabashed.

“Beyond Redemption” wasn’t about Oliver and Felicity. It was about unearthing secrets, and what happens under the weight of that knowledge. In regards to Olicity, this was a whole lot of groundwork. Ollie and Felicity are working well together. While they had eight scenes together this episode, they were primarily about working as a team to save the city.

[A couple that fights for justice together stays together?...]