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Mar 23 2015 10:30am

Bitten 2x07 Nick/Paige Heart-to-Heart: Compromising Position

Jeremy and Elena in Bitten 2x07We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the Monday after the show airs in Canada on Space. We'll be reposting recaps as episodes air on SyFy, starting April 17!

Show/Episode: Bitten Season 2, Episode 7, “Bad Dreams” (spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Nick/Paige, with mentions of Clay/Elena

Bitten 2x07 Captain's LogSavannah is seeing something. She’s screaming and being chased, eventually seeing Elena being eaten by someone. Ominously, Elena predicts everyone will be dead by dawn. The stuttering camera work and bloody effects add a horrible gravity to the words.

In the real world, Elena, safely back at Stonehaven, hasn’t yet shaken off whatever Aleister did to her. Even the background view of Clay’s naked backside can’t distract her from her deep retrospection, seeing her own truths now. It’s Clay’s kind words that finally draw her out but they come after a self-induced hair makeover.

Paige is in Aleister’s abandoned lair. His spinning top is disintegrated by the spell she chants.

[Well, that's a step in the right direction...maybe?]

Mar 16 2015 11:13am

Bitten 2x06 Elena/Clay Heart-to-Heart: Look After You

Clay and Elena hug in Bitten 2x06We've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the Monday after the show airs in Canada on Space. We'll be reposting recaps as episodes air on SyFy, starting April 17!

Show/Episode: Bitten Season 2, episode 6 (2x06), “Nine Circles” (SPOILERS, natch)
Ship(s): Clay/Elena, Nick/Paige, Logan/Rachel

Captain's Log for Bitten 2x06Thirty years ago, a pregnant young Ruth shows at Clara’s door, saying her water has broken. Panic sets in as the two young women try to take care of birthing a baby by themselves in a bath tub. It looks horrific. The baby is finally born and lets out a strong cry: healthy, despite the earlier turmoil. Clara has to deliver the news to Ruth that she’s had a boy. The two witches exchange threats, Clara’s obvious disdain for Ruth evident. Ruth, in turn blackmail’s Clara with the loss of her talisman, telling her she knows what needs to be done to rid them of this problem. Clara has the (adorable) baby in a bath tub and is about to drown him when her conscience gets the better of her. She bundles the baby in a basket and takes it to a church door. Cliché, but a safe bet to ensure the baby will be cared for.

[Back to the present...]

Mar 10 2015 11:30am

Bitten 2x05 Nick/Paige Heart-to-Heart

Paige and Nick in BittenWe've been following this project since it was first announced that an adaptation of Kelley Armstrong's novel Bitten was in the works. We loved Season 1, and we're pumped for Season 2! Check back weekly for episode recaps from Jackie Lester the Monday after the show airs in Canada on Space. We'll be reposting recaps as episodes air on SyFy, starting April 17!

Bitten Nick/Paige Captain's LogShow/Episode: Bitten 2x05, “The Rabbit Hole” (SPOILERS, natch)
Ship(s): Nick/Paige, Clay/Elena

With evidence of Doctor Bauer’s crazy demonstrated at the end of last week, it makes sense to see some background now.  Five months prior, Sondra was performing horrifying experiments in a lab. When she’s discovered by other workers who popped by for a quickie, her superior comes in and has her quickly dismissed from the university research facility. Her protests that she’s attempting to take “human evolution to the next level” is ignored. That her proof is a two-headed bunny already doesn’t bode well for her mental capacity. Her boss, Randall, was also her ex-lover, but she fails in her attempt to extort her job back from him.

Escorted from the building, she stumbles across the rooftop parking lot towards her car, sobbing. Sondra decides instead that the edge of the garage has more appeal and heads towards it. She kicks off her shoes and prepares to plunge to her death. Fortuitously (maybe?), a flock of black birds fly up, pushing her back. She lands badly and screams in pain at the sight of her broken ankle. Aleister arrives, promising to take her pain away. She tells him she wants to feel it and we see her fate was sealed all those months ago.

[That's unfortunate...]

Mar 2 2015 2:00pm

Bitten 2x04 Nick/Paige Heart-to-Heart: She Blinded Me with Science!

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

Bitten 2x04 Captain's LogShow/Episode: Bitten 2x04, “Dead Meat” (SPOILERS, natch)
Ship(s): Nick/Paige, Clay/Elena

Let the scientific experiments on Elena begin! She’s being cut out of her clothes as the staff at the compound assess Elena in all manner of invasive ways. Aleister shows up eventually and tells Elena her blood is the key to “The Undoing.” He touches a hand to Elena’s neck and imprints the ominous symbol on her skin with the heat of his hand. Elena writhes in agony.

When she wakes in her cell later, she’s wearing her best growly face  and immediately starts to work on getting out, showing off Laura Vandervoort’s stunning muscles.  The hole she begun to dig through the wall last episode gets bigger. Hearing the young voice in the room next to her, she calls out, believing it’s Savannah. Two of the captors enter Elena’s cell and have to wrestle her down with a Taser and a control pole. She won’t make things easy for these guys.

[And we look forward to watching every second of it...]

Feb 23 2015 1:00pm

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

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

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

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

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

[Of course they are...]

Feb 16 2015 3:06pm

Bitten 2x02 Nick/Paige Heart-to-Heart: Caged Up

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

Show/Episode: Bitten 2x02, “Scare Tactics” (SPOILERS, natch)
Ship(s): Clay/Elena, Nick/Paige

Nick and Paige Captain's Log for Bitten 2x02A sullen young Clayton Danvers opens the show, reluctant to admit he’s missed his dad, who was a Marine helping out in Somalia and due back that day. Sent off to play, he heads into the woods and meets the biggest, baddest wolf possible. Malcolm threatens to eat Clay, forcing the boy back into the woods to escape. Clay finds himself a good hiding spot in the brambles but wolf-Malcolm manages to get his snout in just enough to bite Clay.

In the present day, Logan watches over Malcolm while the rest of the pack discuss his live-or-die fate. Elena thinks Clay could torture Rachel’s location from Malcolm, but Nick doesn’t think that would get results.

[Good call, Nick, good call...]

Feb 9 2015 1:00pm

Bitten 2x01 Clay/Elena Heart-to-Heart: No Sleeping Dogs

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

Show/Episode: Bitten 2x01, “Bad Blood.”
Ship(s): Clay/Elena

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of Bitten, including last night's Season 2, Episode 1, “Bad Blood.” Enjoy!

Nate Parker, a minor character in Malcolm’s manipulations from last season, is trapped in a room. Lots of feedback through speakers, camera shaking action, and a bodiless voice indicate Mr. Parker is in peril. When the voice stops, Nate panics momentarily before trying to open the door to his dingy room. He trips his way through an abandoned laboratory, finally making it outside. Running for the forest, he slips off his shoes and Changes. As a wolf, he passes a sign post with a symbol emanating smoke; he’s immediately gunned down. We have our first look at some elements consistent with Kelley Armstrong’s second book in the Otherworld series, Stolen. The symbol, too, will play an important part for the pack this season.

[So let's get started...]

Feb 7 2015 1:00pm

Biting Back: Bitten Season 2 Anticipation

Now that confirmation of Bitten’s renewal has hit the wire, it’s time to think about what the second season will hold for Elena and the gang (and it premieres tonight in Canada!)

Without a doubt, vengeance will be at the top of the list when the show returns; there’s no way Elena will let slide the fact that Malcolm purposely beheaded Philip and left the proof for her, Godfather horse-head in the bed style. The Logan/ Rachel pregnancy storyline will also be explored, further complicated by the fact that, when we last saw Rachel, she’d been picked up by Malcolm and his cohort, headed for destinations unknown. While these two ongoing aspects are for certain, other subplots will surely be added to offer some diversity in each weekly episode. Let the guessing begin!

[Bite on this!]

Feb 4 2015 3:00pm

Love, Family, and Football in Jaci Burton’s Quarterback Draw

Quarterback Draw by Jaci BurtonMotherhood changes the ways a woman looks at her priorities in life. Katrina Korsova, the heroine of Jaci Burton's Quarterback Draw, knows this all too well even though she isn’t actually a mom herself. All of the choices she’s made in her life have, instead, revolved around the guardianship of her younger brother and sister, something she chose to fight for when she was eighteen years old. Now, after ten years of living like this, Grant Cassidy comes on the scene, threatening to change all that she’s comfortable with.

From the moment they work a photo shoot together, both Grant and Katrina know there’s chemistry between them.

It wasn’t a kiss. It was an almost kiss, and it was damned frustrating. Her lips were right on his, but he couldn’t move in. He wanted to jerk her fully against him and take what she teasingly offered. Their gazes were locked, their bodies entwined, and it was a good thing cold water rushed over him, because he’d never been hotter.

Despite the heat they feel, Grant isn’t willing to give up on Katrina when she continues to be outwardly cool to his charms. Katrina isn’t as immune as she initially appears, but fighting off male attention is something she’s used to, being a much sought after supermodel.

[It's a hard life...]

Feb 3 2015 6:00pm

First Look: Dakota Cassidy’s The Accidental Dragon (February 3, 2015)

The Accidental Dragon by Dakota CassidyDakota Cassidy
The Accidental Dragon (Accidental Series #9)
Penguin / February 3, 2015 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

Firefighter McAllister “Mick” Malone knows he has a protective streak, especially when it comes to his deceased best friend’s sister, Tessa. But after twenty-five years of verbal sparring, Mick can’t help but notice that their recent arguments have started to feel a lot like foreplay. And while Tessa knows exactly what to say to get him going, Mick is thrown for a loop when he actually starts breathing fire.

Antique-store owner Tessa Preston has loved Mick Malone since she was ten years old—not that she’d ever admit it. Fighting with Mick is the only thing keeping her from an embarrassing romantic confession, but when the sexy firefighter accidentally ingests some ancient dragon scales masquerading as powdered aspirin, Tessa finds herself handling something much hotter than long-simmering sexual tension…

There are some situations in life that are just too difficult to set aside. This is the case between Tessa Preston and Mick Malone. Their mutual, unrequited love is something both of them are willing to take to their graves without ever having admitted the truth to each other. In Dakota Cassidy’s The Accidental Dragon, we see that sometimes fate doesn’t give a damn about human sensitivities and puts things in motion to see this couple finally united.


Jan 19 2015 4:00pm

Plans Go Awry in Vanessa Kelly’s How to Plan A Wedding for a Royal Spy

The consummate spy understands the life they’ve chosen will undoubtedly be a lonely one. The secrets, constant travelling, and undercover work leaves no room for companionship beyond the brothels available in 1815 London. And love? That’s definitely out of the question.

William Endicott, the hero of Vanessa Kelly’s third Renegade Royals book How to Plan a Wedding for a Royal Spy, finds himself resigned to this idea as he looks to his future. He’s recently returned from the battlefield at Waterloo and was part of the successful effort in defeating Napoleon with his exceptional skills as an intelligence agent. Now, he’s hoping to find a way to put the spying game behind him, setting his sights on “a respectable life and career.” The biggest wrinkle in his plan stems from his status as the illegitimate son of the Duke of York, a position in society that doesn’t necessarily equal wealth or decent prospects in marriage when not publicly acknowledged by his father.

Back home in London, he isn’t given a whole lot of time to dwell on this though. His superior, Sir Dominic Hunter, already has another assignment for Will and his partner/cousin, Alec Gilbride. Information has been gathered that points to an attempted assassination of a figure high in the government or royal rankings. A group of extremists, originating in Ireland, are unhappy with the situation involving delicate religious matters of the time. It seems like a fairly simple thing for Will and Alec, considering their high success rate as a team, to look into until they learn of the real reason they’ve been chosen for this particular job: Will’s history with one of the potential suspects, Evelyn Whitney.

[Oh, this is gonna be good...]

Sep 22 2014 4:30pm

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?]

Aug 19 2014 1:00pm

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


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?]

Aug 14 2014 4:30pm

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?]

Jul 25 2014 9:30am

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?]

Jul 14 2014 1:30pm

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?...]

Jul 10 2014 11:00am

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...]

Jun 5 2014 9:30am

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!...]

May 27 2014 9:35am

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!...]

Apr 8 2014 10:19am

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...]