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Mon
Sep 22 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Anne Stuart’s Never Marry a Viscount (September 23, 2014)

Never Marry a Viscount by Anne StuartAnne Stuart
Never Marry a Viscount
Montlake / September 23, 2014 / $12.95 print, $4.99 digital

She’s crept back into the home she lost. He’s crept into her heart.

Sophie Russell was once society’s darling. But after the disgrace and death of her father, she now finds all doors firmly shut to her—including those of her family home. To discover the secrets now hidden within its beloved walls, she’ll pose as a cook and spy on the estate’s new owner, a broodingly handsome viscount, who may have schemed against the Russells. Instead of dishing up the truth, the viscount tempts Sophie with delicacies of his own…

Viscount Griffiths suspects that there is more to his new cook than meets the eye—especially since it was a mistress he hired sight unseen, not a cook. With the hope that her passion in the kitchen will extend to his bedchamber, he humors the beautiful interloper. But when that passion burns to brightest love, revelations may shake both of their wary hearts…

The final sensuous book in the Scandal at the House of Russell trilogy will lay the truth bare.

It never bodes well when a tale of romance starts off with a lie; you just know there’ll be all kinds of tension before a happy ever after can achieve fruition. In Anne Stuart's Never Marry a Viscoutn, Sophie Russell decides a small untruth will be her best way into the Viscount Griffiths’s estate. It shouldn’t be hard to pull off pretending to be the new cook when Sophie’s skills in the kitchen have been raved about by her former nanny, among others. The biggest obstacle will be in dealing with the man who may have been party to her father’s murder and the loss of her good family name that has, in part, forced her to seek work. Still, she believes that she knows what she’ll be up against, having watched the Viscount from afar for the previous several weeks:

Alexander Griffiths, the new viscount, had a reputation that was far from stellar. His first wife had died under mysterious circumstances more than a decade before, and he’d lived far to the north, never venturing into society, presumably haunted by guilt. He was certainly haunted by something, Sophie thought, dropping down to her favorite spot on the ledge and taking out her cheese and bread. The one thing no one had ever told her was how exquisitely beautiful he was.

Mere gossip, added with what she’s seen only from a distance, aren’t enough to prepare her for dealing with the tall, dark, handsome man who's become her new boss. Fortunately for Sophie, she’s been assured he’s never been the type of man to show any inclinations towards meddling with his female staff. 

[Until now?]

Tue
Aug 19 2014 12:00pm

First Look: Jill Shalvis’s It’s In His Kiss (August 26, 2014)

It's in His Kiss by Jill ShalvisJill Shalvis
It's in His Kiss
Grand Central Publishing / August 26, 2014 / $8.00, print / $5.99, digital

ONE KISS CAN LAST FOREVER

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now's her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam's eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile.

Boatbuilder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can't resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will he tempt her back to her glamorous life in the city? Or do Sam and little Lucky Harbor have a chance to win Becca's heart?

It takes a lot of courage to pack up and move across the country, away from all that’s familiar. As hard as this is, it’s exactly what Becca Thorpe does in Jill Shalvis's It's in His Kiss, landing her in Lucky Harbor, Washington, for the summer at least. Although a new, strange town presents its own challenges, the bigger issue she’ll have to face is the reason she’d decided to leave her home in the first place. With a chance at a fresh start and the possibility of leaving the past where it should be left, Becca feels the sand and the ocean will be the healing elements the do the trick.

[And they do....maybe with a little help from Sam?]

Thu
Aug 14 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Kelley Armstrong’s Visions (August 19, 2014)

Visions by Kelley Armstrong

Kelley Armstrong
Visions (A Cainsville Novel)
Dutton Adult / August 19, 2014 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

Omens, the first installment in Kelley Armstrong’s exciting new series, introduced Olivia Taylor-Jones, daughter of notorious serial killers, and Gabriel Walsh, the self-serving, morally ambiguous lawyer who became her unlikely ally. Together, they chased down a devious killer and partially cleared her parents of their horrifying crimes.

Their success, however, is short-lived. While Olivia takes refuge in the old, secluded town of Cainsville, Gabriel’s past mistakes have come to light, creating a rift between the pair just when she needs his help the most.

Olivia finds a dead woman in her car, dressed to look like her, but the body vanishes before anyone else sees it. Olivia’s convinced it’s another omen, a sign of impending danger. But then she learns that a troubled young woman went missing just days ago—the same woman Olivia found dead in her car. Someone has gone to great lengths to kill and leave this young woman as a warning. But why? And what role has her new home played in this disturbing murder?

Olivia’s effort to uncover the truth places her in the crosshairs of old and powerful forces, forces that have their own agenda, and closely guarded secrets they don’t want revealed. 

Olivia Taylor-Jones, also known as Eden Larsen, is riding a very fine line between two markedly different lives. In one, she’s the adopted daughter of a wealthy Chicago family; the other has her reconnecting with her birth parents, both currently serving life sentences for serial murders. Established in Omens, the first book in Kelley Armstrong’s Cainesville series, the rift from her old life saw Liv pushed in a new direction, starting with a move to a small town an hour away from the big city, and then investigating at least one of the supposed crimes committed by Pamela and Todd Larsen.

[What does she discover?]

Fri
Jul 25 2014 8:30am

First Look: C.L. Wilson’s The Winter King (July 29, 2014)

The Winter King by C.L. WilsonC.L. Wilson
The Winter King
Avon / July 29, 2014 / $7.99 print / $6.99 digital

After three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.

Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.

As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.

In C.L. Wilson’s The Winter King, our two main characters, Khamsin and Wynter, are polar opposites. Their contrasting affinities for hot and cold and fire and ice are constant and make any connection between the two seem wholly unfathomable. But connect they must, as a result of the peace treaty agreed upon by Khamsin Coruscate’s father, King Verdan, and his nemesis, Wynter Atralian, The Winter King.

[Opposites attract, right?]

Mon
Jul 14 2014 12:30pm

Reading Is Sexy: Hot Librarians from Dahl, McKenna, and Dane!

Looking for Trouble by Victoria DahlThe pairing of a bad boy, tattoos, piercings, and all, with a ‘good girl’ librarian is a perfect blend of popular male and female fantasies, right? But what happens when the “girl” isn't quite so good? What if underneath all those “pearl-buttoned cardigans” lies the desires of real women, vixens even, ready to strut their stuff? Cara McKenna, Victoria Dahl, and Lauren Dane all take a look at this phenomenon in varying ways and show us just exactly what's possible when a librarian lets down her chignon-styled hair and decides to let loose.

In envisioning a librarian, her outward appearance typically comes across demure, or uptight even. It’s important to understand that a neatly coiffed up-do and modest-length pencil skirt are not merely elements of a professional facade though; the wardrobe also offers an element of protection from the outside world. In Dahl’s Looking for Trouble, Sophie Heyer has worked hard to maintain a certain image, fighting against the backdrop of a small town knowing her mother had run off with another woman’s husband. Determined to prove she’s a very different person, Sophie assembles herself daily in vintage style, including “dresses and kitten heels.”

[Ready to check out a few books?...]

Thu
Jul 10 2014 10:00am

First Look: Victoria Dahl’s Looking for Trouble (July 29, 2014)

Looking for Trouble by Victoria DahlVictoria Dahl
Looking for Trouble
Harlequin HQN / July 29, 2014 / $7.99 print, digital

A good reason to be bad…

Librarian Sophie Heyer has walked the straight and narrow her entire life to make up for her mother's mistakes. But in tiny Jackson Hole, Wyoming, juicy gossip doesn't just fade away. Falling hard for the sexiest biker who's ever ridden into town would undo everything she's worked for. And to add insult to injury, the alluring stranger is none other than Alex Bishop—the son of the man Sophie's mother abandoned her family for. He may be temptation on wheels, but Sophie's not looking for trouble!

Maybe Sophie's buttoned-up facade fools some, but Alex knows a naughty smile when he sees one. Despite their parents' checkered pasts, he's willing to take some risks to find out the truth about the town librarian. He figures a little fling might be just the ticket to get his mind off his own family drama. But what he finds underneath Sophie's prim demeanor might change his world in ways he never expected.

There’s nothing like a little family drama to quickly put a damper on a flirtation that might prove very promising. There’s also danger in an identity that could add to the detriments already involved. These two scenarios combine to kick off Victoria Dahl’s Looking for Trouble and begin the attraction between Alex Bishop and Sophie Heyer. It could be the start of something beautiful or signal that they’re on a road to nowhere before things can get really good. Even worse is the potential for all of the bad family blood to continue to mount into anger and resentment of epic proportions, blocking the hero and heroine from the ability to explore all of the wonderful, sexy possibilities.

Sophie knows exactly who Alex is and that she shouldn’t pursue anything with him. But the bad boy on his motorcycle is a hard...really hard…. thing to turn down.

[And we don't want her to...]

Thu
Jun 5 2014 8:30am

Branded by Laura Wright’s Cavanaugh Brothers Series

Laura Wright takes us deep into the cowboy world of Texas with her new series The Cavanaugh Brothers. In the first book, Branded, it’s evident that unresolved matters of the past can fester wildly if allowed. And for the Cavanaughs and the ranch foreman at the Triple C, Mackenzie Byrd, the past haunts their every move. Complicating matters, a drunken kiss shared between Mac and the eldest Cavanaugh, Deacon, opens up a world of possibilities, if only they can find a common ground between what was and what could be.

From the very first page, a diary entry from the one daughter in the Cavanaugh family, Cass, it’s clear that Mackenzie has it bad for Deacon. Back then, she was far too young for him to notice, allowing her youthful crush to die out with time and distance. When Deacon returns to the ranch, along with his brothers, for their father’s funeral, Mackenzie’s resolve is tested. Seeing the grown-up version of the girl that used to follow him around stirs something in Deacon also.

It was damn unfortunate how beautiful she’d become. Granted, he was pretty exceptional at resisting the things that were bad for him. But in that moment, he wasn’t sure how he’d react if Mackenzie Byrd put her head on his shoulder like she had the cowboy’s. Wasn’t sure if his arm would steal around her waist, too, or if he’d pull her close to his side and brush his lips over the curve of her right ear.

[Wait until he gets below her neck!...]

Tue
May 27 2014 8:35am

First Look: Sabrina D’Arby’s Wed at Leisure (May 27, 2014)

Wed at Leisure by Sabrina DarbySabrina D'Arby
Wed at Leisure
Avon Impulse / May 27, 2014 / $3.99 print, $.99 digital

In all of Sussex—scratch that—in all of England, there is no one prettier than Kate Mansfield, and Peter Colburn, heir to the Duke of Orland, has known that since the age of 15. But since her vivacious nature comes with a temper to match, Peter has always masked his hunger for her behind ruthless teasing.

As far as Kate is concerned, there is no one as annoying or as incredibly handsome as Peter. So when he surprises her with a sudden and romantic courtship, Kate is sure this must be his idea of a sick joke. After all, he's the one man who knows how flawed she really is. And the only man to whom she has ever been so attracted. It's only after she rejects him that she realizes he might actually have been serious. And she just might be regretting her hasty decision.

As Kate's determination wars with her traitorous heart, it may be too late. Now she's putting everything, including her reputation, on the line to give this accidental tragedy a happy ending.

In a series that began with Woo’d in Haste, Sabrina Darby continues to weave some of the main conflicts from Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew into the landscape of Regency England with her latest title, Wed at Leisure. Where the first novella looks at the fair sister, Bianca, Wed at Leisure introduces readers to the purported shrew, Catherine. A sequence of brief scenes illustrate the history between Catherine, or Kate to the more familiar, and the hero of the story, Peter, Duke of Orland, before we are plunged into the main crisis that sets the two on the path of reluctant romance.

[But reluctant doesn't mean unwilling!...]

Tue
Apr 8 2014 9:19am

Bitten Season 1, Episode 13 Recap: Heads Up! It’s the Season Finale!

Elena and Clay in the Bitten Season 1 finaleWe've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for recent episodes 1x051x061x071x081x091x101x11, and 1x12.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1 finale, Episode 13, “Ready.” Enjoy!

The season finale opens with Clay in a large metal tub, Elena kneeling behind him, bathing him. Clay says he needs to get ready for what’s coming. Elena says they will be, that “they haven't moved yet.” She must be referring to the mutts. Clay laments that he's failed Elena because he “couldn't protect Philip.” Elena takes the responsibility for Philip's involvement, telling Clay he's the one who actually saved her. She admits she knows the truth about the bite now and makes him understand there should be “no more sacrifices” on his part. She takes his ring and places it back on his left hand. Clay kisses hers.

Nick and Jeremy are moving stacks of wood around in a dumbwaiter. Nick thinks it's a waste to see all of their history go up in flames because that's what the wood is for: burning anything that could reveal their secrets. Jeremy says it's for all of their safety and tells Nick where the torch should be thrown to begin the ignite process “if the battle starts to swing” the way of the mutts. Nick can't believe the mutts would even think of exposing wolf-kind but Jeremy says it's more than that; there are “secrets passed from alpha to alpha.”

[C'mon, you can tell us those secrets...]

Tue
Apr 1 2014 1:30pm

Bitten Season 1, Episode 12 Recap: Pack It Up

Clay being tortured in Bitten 1x12We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for recent episodes1x051x061x071x081x091x10, and 1x11.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, Episode 12, “Caged.” Enjoy!

Elena, in the dress she’d slipped on post-change in the last episode, runs from her apartment building and hops into Clay’s SUV. She’s just about to start the vehicle when someone raps on the window: Nick. He and Jeremy have arrived. Elena gives Jeremy a big hug and hurriedly tells them about Olson stabbing Philip, saying an ambulance is on the way and probably the police too. She lets them know the mutts have taken Clay. Jeremy tells her about the signs of attack at Logan and Rachel’s, with no clue to where they’ve gone. Elena wants to split up and “track the mutts,” but Nick says they “could be anywhere by now.” Jeremy tells Elena that Santos won’t permanently harm Clay until he’s gotten what he wants; Elena doesn’t want to hedge bets where Clay’s life is concerned. Jeremy says they “have to work together on this.” He knows that as soon as Santos gets his hands on Elena, it will be game over for Clay. Jeremy tells Elena to go back to Stonehaven in the truck with Nick where they’ll reconvene for planning and they all depart.

At a rundown barn, Clay is strung up by his hands. He looks to be a little groggy still. Santos, on the other hand, is morbidly gleeful as he hits the two ends of a pair of jumper cables (that are connected to a battery) together to create sparks. Santos, smiling, says “Ready to make some noise, Clayton,” then applies the jumper cables to Clay’s stomach. Clay doesn’t flinch, prompting Victor Olson to comment “You’re going to need a bigger battery.” Santos makes a snide comment about not needing Olson for “roadside assistance” then orders him to go contact Marsten and Leblanc to let they’re at the barn. Olson tries to give Santos a bit more advice about torture, as only a psychopath can. Santos isn’t interested, though, saying there’s more to it than just getting Clay to talk; “it’s about respect.” He connects the clamps to Clay’s torso, this time for a little longer and providing Santos with the first cries of pain from Clay. Olson, continuing to offer his unwanted opinion, thinks Santos is kidding himself that he’s doing this for respect. Instead, it’s looking more like revenge.

[A dish best served bloody?...]

Tue
Mar 25 2014 10:55am

Bitten Season 1, Episode 11 Recap: Don’t Go Changing

We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for recent episodes 1x051x061x071x08, 1x09, and 1x10.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, Episode 11, “Settling.” Enjoy!

It’s 6:37am, and Elena is lying in bed staring at her cell phone. Clay is in the kitchen, talking to Jeremy, describing Elena’s emotional state from all that’s occurred. Elena comes out of the bedroom, upset that she can’t get in touch with Philip. She takes her anger out on Clay, naturally, saying he got what he wanted out of all this. Clay tries to calm her down by saying that he doesn’t want to see her hurt, which she is right now. Elena asks him for some straight answers about how he thinks it’ll “play out.”

Clay moves the focus of the conversation to the fact that the pack is “under attack” now; that it’s “all [he] cares about” at the moment. He informs Elena about Joey being found and leading Jeremy et al to the evil lair. Elena wants to know if Leblanc and Marsten were still there and if Jeremy caught them but, of course, they were gone. Clay says they’ll get the rest of the details when Jeremy arrives, which takes Elena by surprise. Clay explains that the mutts are trying to keep the pack separated, that their best bet will be sticking together to travel back to Stonehaven. Elena asks about Rachel, and Clay tells her that Logan will find a safe place for her before Logan will be expected to return to Stonehaven with the rest of the wolves.

[Although a pack of wolves sounds like a pretty safe place...]

Tue
Mar 18 2014 8:59am

Bitten Season 1, Episode 10 Recap: Safety in Numbers

Clay, Elena, and Philip in Bitten episode 10We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for recent episodes 1x051x061x071x08, and 1x09.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, episode 10, “Descent.” Enjoy!

The focus is on Elena’s bedroom window as the scene opens. She’s packing her bag in preparation to head home. Clay comes in to tell her that it’s Jeremy’s decision to send him with her, that he didn’t influence their Alpha at all. Elena argues that he could’ve “offered to stay.” Clay tells her that it’s out of the question, her safety first in mind. She acquiesces, but has some ideas in mind for how it will be handled. Clay thinks she’s talking about the mission in general—getting Logan and bringing him back. Elena corrects him, explaining she means their personal situation. Elena fumbles with the necklace Philip gave her as she clarifies the importance of the art opening. She tells Clay she wants to be clear “about everything.” Elena says their night together was about feeling safe again. Clay thinks this is a given when she’s with him but Elena tells him that’s not true at all.

Elena doesn’t want him going to “Toronto without knowing the truth.” Clay refers to the guy that “sends [her] lilacs,” understanding at least part of what she’s talking about. Elena admits that she’s been with Philip for six months and that she lives with him, making Jeremy’s request that much more difficult for her. Clay’s face looks like someone trying very hard to digest the knowledge but his words have a measure of stoicism to them. He tells Elena that the night before “wasn’t a mistake" for him but promises not to ruin things for her in Toronto. He tells her he’s “done hurting” her. Elena asks him about the ring, prompting him to move it to his other hand. Elena offers him a simple but meaningful “thank you.”

[Decisions, decisions...]

Tue
Mar 11 2014 9:22am

Bitten Season 1, Episode 9 Recap: Attack and Defend

Elena and Clay in Bitten episode 9We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for episodes 1x011x021x031x041x051x06, 1x07, and 1x08.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, episode 9, “Vengeance.” Enjoy!

Jeremy is back on his feet as this week’s episode opens up. He and Nick are sparring on the grounds with Stonehaven in view behind them. Jeremy, winded and favoring his side, is telling Nick that they “were unprepared when Santos and Leblanc attacked [them] on the side of the road,” that they were “caught off guard…[and Antonio] paid the price.” Nick says that won’t happen again. Jeremy doesn’t want Nick to let his emotions get in the way; he tells him “self-control is everything,” and who would know that better than Jeremy?

Nick asks who “picked the place” and it seems that a meeting has already been arranged between Jeremy and Koenig. Jeremy says it was a “mutually agreed upon” location. Nick wants to know if Jeremy has ever fought Koenig before. Jeremy admits he’s never “fought anyone from the pack…except [his] father.” Nick has faith that Jeremy can take Koenig out, indicating this is less of a “meeting” and more of a pre-arranged bout.

[Not exactly comforting...]

Tue
Mar 4 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Tara Sue Me’s Seduced by Fire (March 4, 2014)

Seduced by Fire by Tara Sue Me

Tara Sue Me
Seduced by Fire: A Partners in Play Novel
NAL Trade / March 4, 2014 / $15.00 print / $9.99 digital

Julie Masterson craves a taste of danger.

Despite being familiar with the different games people play in the bedroom, she’s never given into her curiosity about putting her body in someone else’s power—until a chance meeting with Daniel Covington, the seductive Senior VP of Weston Bank, draws her into a titillating new world of sexual experience, one that she never knew she desperately needed.

Daniel is highly respected within his community, but he hasn’t had an exclusive relationship for over two years. Yet Julie’s eager innocence is driving him to the brink of ecstasy, making him rethink his feelings about commitment.

As their sizzling connection heats up, Daniel is ready to take Julie fully under his command. But when the dangerous side of their play rears its ugly head, Julie will have to decide if she trusts him enough to surrender completely—or if she should escape before she gets burned...

Far too often, much of the plot in romance novels is centered on the utter lack of communication between the romantic hero and heroine, leaving room for misunderstandings galore. Not so in Tara Sue Me's Seduced by Fire; the focus in the book shifts from issues of the partners being unable to articulate their concerns to one of self-discovery and understanding of life inside a BDSM community. Julie is a confident, experienced woman who has always been curious about her friend’s experience as a Submissive, though she hasn’t readily admitted it. As Julie finds her opening to explore, she is well complemented by Daniel, a Dominant willing and very eager to teach her the ropes, with hopes of guiding her to her true potential.

The couple meets at the flower shop co-owned by Julie and her friend, Sasha, and the attraction between Julie and Daniel is immediate. Daniel finds a way to meet up with Julie again through a charitable function, which he invites her not only to supply the flowers for but to be his plus-one, also. Sparks fly, leaving Julie and Daniel excited about what could happen between them.

[And us, too!...]

Tue
Mar 4 2014 11:44am

Bitten Season 1, Episode 8 Recap: Cleaning Up the Mess

Elena and Jeremy in Bitten 108We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for episodes 1x011x021x031x041x05, 1x06, and 1x07.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, episode 8, “Prisoner.” Enjoy!

The scene opens with the sun once again deceptively bright over Stonehaven. Elena and Clay are cleaning the kitchen, a gruesome amount of blood still on the floor and kitchen table. Elena says she “doesn’t know if [she] can do any more funerals.” Me neither. Clay tries to divert her worries, saying “nothing’s going to happen until Nick is back and Jeremy gets better.” Elena feels “like [they] failed Antonio.” Clay replies with a simple “We did.” Clay walks outside.

Elena scrubs a little more at the table before going to check on Jeremy. Jeremy, with labored breathing, admits he thought his weakness was from blood loss but rest hasn’t fixed the problem like it should have. He says meaningfully “there’s something wrong.” Elena checks the scar at the wound that looks like it has been well stitched and is on the road to healing, but tells Jeremy he’s burning up; she doesn’t understand. He confirms the suspicion that he’s been poisoned but warns Elena they’ll need to find out what it is before it can be treated, “the wrong course of treatment could be fatal.”

[Dun dun DUN...]

Tue
Feb 25 2014 12:11pm

Bitten Season 1, Episode 7 Recap: Sudden Death

The pack meets in Bitten 1x07We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for episodes 1x011x021x031x041x05, and 1x06.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, episode 7, “Stalking.” Enjoy!

The camera focuses on a grisly sight in the box—and it's a pair of eyeballs. The pack mates are circled around a table, looking at them, discussing whether these actually belong to Dennis Stillwell. Nick has no doubt that they are. In an epic case of bad timing, Elena's phone rings. Everyone looks at her expectantly, but she hesitates, obviously thinking its Philip despite the caller ID reading “unknown.” She answers to find it’s Santos, putting him on speaker so he can ask Jeremy directly about his “gift.” Santos outs himself as the head of the mutt plan and tells them just how serious he is. He wants an open conversation about the rules. Clay threatens to rip his throat out for what he’s done to Stillwell, playing right into Santos’ impression of the unnecessarily brutal pack enforcement.

[And we're off...]

Tue
Feb 18 2014 1:58pm

Bitten Season 1, Episode 6 Recap: Surprise!

Philip and Elena in Bitten Season 1, episode 6We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for episodes 1x011x021x031x04, and 1x05.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, episode 6, “Committed.” Enjoy!

The nighttime Toronto skyline is in full view as this episode opens. The background audio’s music combines with the sounds of kissing. Elena and Philip are in a post-coital moment, beaming like love sick teenagers. Philip comments that they haven’t left the house in two days, which Elena has absolutely no issue with. They should have been spending some of that time looking for a wedding gift for Becky; neither appears overly concerned with this. Elena says, emphatically, “I’m starving” (surprise, surprise.) Philip tells her to contact the takeout place (again!), that they have ‘their’ address on file. Elena picks up on the hint at co-habitation, which was primarily decided on by Philip because Elena had been at his place constantly since she’d gotten back to town. It’s a weak attempt, but Philip follows up with a joke about Elena “mov[ing] in by stealth.” Elena says she wouldn’t do that, based on her lack of desire to cook or clean. Philip ups the ante with an offer of a cleaning service if she’ll agree to make it a permanent arrangement. Something about the mention of this service gets Elena back ‘in the mood,’ effectively evading the serious conversation with round…whatever…of their sexcapades.

[Funny how that happens...]

Tue
Feb 11 2014 1:57pm

Bitten Season 1, Episode 5 Recap: Breaking Trust

Elena in Bitten Season 1, episode 5

We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for episodes 1x011x021x03, and 1x04.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, episode 5, “Bitten.” Enjoy!

Elena sits fidgeting with a ring—one with a wolf motif, NOT the one sitting in a box somewhere. The pack has once again convened in the Stonehaven living room to discuss what they know to date. Nick is saying how Marsten and Cain “are coming at [them] with both barrels loaded” by not only creating a band of mutt-wolves to come after them but creating them from serial killers. They’re looking through the scrapbook Elena had uncovered in the last episode and highlighting some of the gory details. Jeremy says, with real feeling, “That’s enough.”

Elena puts out the idea that Marsten and the gang can’t be far away, with the number of killings they’ve engineered around Stonehaven. She thinks maybe they’re holed up somewhere between Bear Valley and Syracuse. Elena is raring to go get them but Jeremy is more cautious. He says he’ll “send word through Logan to Daniel Santos that [he’s] willing to talk.” Nick thinks it’s a mistake because Santos lies more than anything else. Jeremy says he wants to hear him out, knowing that he wants reinstatement into the pack and, at the same time, cannot be trusted. Clay offers the information that “the last Santos to walk through [their] doors tried to kill” Jeremy.

[Trust, but verify...]

Tue
Feb 4 2014 9:30am

Bitten Season 1, Episode 4 Recap: Family Matters

Elena and Clay in Bitten 1x05We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for episodes 1x011x02, and 1x03.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, episode 4, “Grief.” Enjoy!

The scene begins with an outside view of Stonehaven. Jeremy’s voice is heard talking about the tradition of the pack and how they’re all together to “bid farewell to one of [their] own.” He says they “were blessed to be [Pete’s] family.” Cut to a shot of a mangy looking wolf roaming past the ‘private property’ sign that is surely on the Danvers land.

Then it’s back to Elena now offering her thoughts, that “this life hasn’t always been easy for [her] but somehow Pete always knew the right thing to say to get [her] through.” Clay speaks about how Pete made everyone around him happier and adds that his “death won’t be in vain.” Again, it cuts over to the other wolf and we see the woods from its perspective. Elena says “all Pete ever wanted was to spread his love” and was killed by someone who hates the pack and what they stand for. They hear the roaming wolf howl and know that it’s taunting them now.

[Who's afraid of a big, bad wolf?...]

Tue
Jan 28 2014 1:15pm

Bitten Season 1, Episode 3 Recap: Hairy Questions

We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. And now, here it is! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the day after the show airs in the U.S. on SyFy (and remember that in Canada the show will be airing a couple days earlier, on Saturdays on Space). Catch up with recaps for episodes 1x01 and 1x02.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 1, episode 3, “Trespass.” Enjoy!

As we pan in from the tree tops, the wolf pack is standing around, still looking at the body of the boy they found on their property. Elena says “This kill is the same as the mutt from the flophouse.” Clay approaches to move the body; Elena wants to know why he’s doing this. She knows it isn’t the right thing to do but Clay says this has put a target on them.

They can hear hunters in the distance, getting closer. Jeremy says “There’s hundreds on our property” but only three show up, one with a tracking dog. Clay tries again to move the body, knowing it will bring attention to the group. Jeremy disagrees, saying it would look much worse if they tried to cover it up. And it would!

[Yup, cover ups never make the guilty party look anything but guilty...]