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Fri
Feb 17 2017 4:29pm

Lessons in Scandal: Romance Deals & News from Meredith Duran, Anne Stuart, and More

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A Lady's Lesson in Scandal by Meredith DuranDeal Alert: Meredith Duran's historical romance A Lady's Lesson in Scandal is $1.99 on Amazon | B&N | iBooks | Kobo | etc.* “No one portrays the agony of divided loyalties and the grace of their reconciliation better than Meredith Duran,” says H&H reviewer Miss Bates, who adds that her HEAs promise “in the heroine and hero’s union, a new world, a better, more hopeful, more just, more joyful one.”

Deal Alert: Anne Stuart's romantic suspense Consumed by Fire, first in the Fire series, is $2.00 in e-book at Amazon.* Heroine Evangeline may have been fooled once by the man who stole her grandmother's earrings and then abandoned her on their honeymoon, but she won't be fooled a second time. Except...what if it turns out that was all an act and he's actually a covert operative?! Hero James may start to win you over in this very sexy excerpt from Consumed by Fire.

Deal Alert: Marie Harte's contemporary romance Roadside Assistance is $2.99 on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | etc.* “The pages of Roadside Assistance are populated with macho, mouthy, straight-forward guys,” according to H&H reviewer Janet Webb. “They don’t pussy-foot around.” Yum!

Deal Alert: Lauren Dane's Ink & Chrome erotic romance novel Opening Up is $2.99 at Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* “Lauren Dane is bold,” writes H&H reviewer Tiffany Tyer. “She writes really confident, take-no-prisoners women, and that makes for a fun heroine we can look up to, comfortable in her own skin but vulnerable enough to have layers. That’s what we have in PJ, a smart, gorgeous pin-up type with mad skills in custom painting.” Read the rest of our First Look at Opening Up.

[+Jeaniene Frost video Q&A and more...]

Thu
Feb 16 2017 4:30pm

Consumed by Shadows: Romance News and Deals from Mary Jo Putney, Lauren Blakely and More

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Silk & Shadows by Mary Jo Putney

Deal Alert: Mary Jo Putney's Silk & Shadows is FREE on iBooks | Kobo | Amazon | B&N | etc.* The first novel in her Victorian set trilogy marries character-driven stories with fast-paced action. If you've not before, here's your chance to dive into the wonderful and uncommon writing of Mary Jo Putney.

Deal Alert: Lauren Blakely's Consumed by You is $.99 on Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | B&N | etc.* She's waiting for “the one;” he doesn't do relationships, but their combustible chemistry makes these friends with benefits burn up the sheets. 

Deal Alert: Carrie Aarons' On Thin Ice is $.99 on Amazon | etc.* A small town man is bowled over by an upper crust princess in a book that packs a sensuous mystery. Keep your heart racing and try out 8 more romantic suspense titles that bring the heat. 

[+ Today on H&H...]

Wed
Feb 15 2017 4:30pm

High Adventure: Romance News and Deals from Linda Howard, Tillie Cole, and More

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Reap by Tillie Cole

Deal Alert: Tillie Cole's Reap is $1.99 on Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks | etc.* The second book in Cole's Scarred Souls series will take you on the journey of 221—a Georgian mob prisoner given an obedience drug, and Talia, a woman desperate to break free from that life. Gotta love a mobster redemption story.  

Deal Alert: Linda Howard and Linda Jones' Frost Line is $1.99 on B&N | Amazon | etc* “Frost Line is perfect for readers who love fantasy and mystery,” writes blogger Scarlettleigh in her First Look. And the love story will sweep you right off of your feet!

Deal Alert: Emily Larkin's Unmasking Miss Appleby is FREE on Kobo | B&N | Amazon | iBooks | etc* This a-typical historical, set in the Georgian era, mixes the tropey fun of chick-in-pants, with a bit of mysticism thrown into the mix. Blogger Rachel Hyland declared it the best historical romance she read in 2016.

Deal Alert: Julie Ann Walker's Hell on Wheels is $1.99 on Kobo | B&N | Amazon | etc.* The first book in Walker's Black Knights Inc. series promises more alpha men than you can shake a stick at, which the author simply can't get enough of. 

[+Spend an afternoon with J.R. Ward...]

Tue
Feb 14 2017 5:00pm

Dirty Sexy Money: Romance News and Deals from Lisa Renee Jones, Grace Burrowes, and More

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Hard Rules by Lisa Renee Jones

Deal Alert: Lisa Renee Jones' Hard Rules is $1.99 on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* "All the elements of your standard meet-cute are in place—and delightfully well done,” writes blogger KC in her review. And then things turn dangerous and sexy. Check out the First Look here.  

Deal Alert: Grace Burrowes' The Trouble with Dukes is $1.99 on Kobo | B&N | Amazon | iBooks | etc.* Check out our First Look for The Trouble With Dukes, and get into Burrowes' heroes, who “fall hard and fast” for their heroines. 

Deal Alert: Naima Simone's The Millionaire Makeover is $.99 on Amazon | iBooks | B&N | Kobo | etc.* A best-friend's-little-sister story complete with pining and a charity bachelor auction? Yes, please. We can't get enough of the best-friend's-little-sister trope

[+ A letter from a Winston Brother...]

Mon
Feb 13 2017 4:30pm

Games to Play: Romance Deals from Sylvia Day & Christine Feehan

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Dangerous to Know by Dawn Ryder

Deal Alert: Dawn Ryder's Dangerous to Know is $1.99 on Kobo | B&N | Amazon | iBooks | etc* A bad-boy special ops member and a colonel's daughter meet in this sexy romantic suspense. Do spies, hitmen, and SEALs just do it better? 

Deal Alert: Sylvia Day's Bared to You is discounted to $2.99 on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Don't miss your chance to read Gideon and Eva's story from the beginning. Would you like to see the Crossfire series on screen someday? We've got some suggestions on who we'd like to see play Eva and Gideon. 

Deal Alert: Christine Feehan's Murder Game is $1.99 on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* The genetically engineered men and women of Feehan's GhostWalker world have to infiltrate a dangerous game in order to clear their name. “GhostWalkers are constantly forced to make choices”, blogger Dolly Sickles writes. “The options are always laced with life or death decisions.”

 

[+What's new on H&H...]

Fri
Feb 10 2017 4:30pm

Slings & Arrows: Romance News and Deals from Lauren D.M. Smith, Lili Valente, and More

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The Emperor's Arrow by Lauren D.M. Smith

Deal Alert: Lauren D.M. Smith's The Emperor's Arrow is $.99 on iBooks | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | etc.* Get swept into a high-fantasy romance, full of kick-ass lady warrirors. And make sure you check out 11 more unforgettable fantasy novels from this Winter 2017.

Deal Alert: Lili Valente's A Love So Dangerous is FREE on Amazon | Kobo | B&N | etc.* A dirty-talking bad boy takes center stage in this scorching hot romance. What is it about dirty-talking heroes that we just can't get enough of?

Deal Alert: Christine Kingsley's Return to Love is FREE on Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | B&N | etc.* A bakery owner and the cowboy she never forgot meet up in this small town romance. If you were a small town romance, what would you be?

[+A Kresley Cole reading guide and more...]

Thu
Feb 9 2017 4:30pm

Wicked Kisses: Romance News and Deals from Kathleen Bittner Roth, Nicole Helm, and More

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A Duke's Wicked Kiss by Kathleen Bittner Roth

Deal Alert: Kathleen Bittner Roth's A Duke's Wicked Kiss is $.99 on Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | B&N | etc* The story is set in both India and England, expanding the world of the historical romances beyond Regency tales. Check out more unusual historicals from January 2017.

Deal Alert: Carol Marinelli's A Legacy of Secrets is $.99 on Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | etc* Harlequin Presents is a line of category romances that focuses on privileged protagonists and offers up a “glorious sense of escapism” according to blogger John Jacobson, who suggests 3 more Harlequin Presents authors to give a try

Deal Alert: Nicole Helm's All I Am is $.99 on B&N | Amazon | iBooks | Kobo | etc* “Half the fun of romance is how subversive the genre can be,” Wendy the Super Librarian writes about virgin heroes like Wes in All I Am. Check out four more titles that turn the virgin trope on its ear. 

[+A Chance to Win Nalini Singh's Silver Silence...]

Wed
Feb 8 2017 4:30pm

Have Your Cake and Eat it Too: Romance News & Deals from Maya Banks, Lenora Bell, and More

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In His Keeping by Maya Banks

Deal Alert: Maya Banks' In His Keeping is $1.99 at iBooks | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | etc.* Blogger Jane Kriel talks about the “enticing blend of paranormal, suspense, romance and heat” in the second book in Banks' Slow Burn series. Read her full review

Deal Alert: Elizabeth Reyes' Felix is FREE at Amazon | Kobo | B&N | iBooks* Rough and tumble heroes who are humbled by their heroines are part of what makes New Adult heroines so great

Deal Alert: Jessica Lemmon's The Billionaire Next Door is $1.99 at B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon* A noisy Great Dane throws Tag and Rachel into one another's paths in an adorable meet-cute. You've got to love dogs (and cats) in romance novels.

Deal Alert: Lenora Bell's If I Only Had a Duke is $1.99 at Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks* A rake with a heart of gold, a secret revenge plot, and cheeky servants are just a few of the reasons why Lenora Bell is on blogger Suzanne's insta-buy list.

[+Go on a Date with Tom Hiddleston...]

Tue
Feb 7 2017 4:30pm

Giddy On Up: Romance News and Deals from Kate Pearce, Laura Kaye, and More

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The Reluctant Cowboy by Kate Pearce

Deal Alert: Kate Pearce's The Reluctant Cowboy from her Morgan Ranch series is $.99 on Amazon | Kobo | B&N | etc.* Can't get enough of rough-riding cowboys? Giddy on up, and check out an excerpt from this steamy title

Deal Alert: Jenna Bayley-Burke's Just Married is $1.99 at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | B&N*. Best friends-with-benfits turns into a marriage of convenience with a surprise—or two!—along the way. We can't resist a marriage of convenience trope, can you?

Deal Alert: T.J. Kline's Making the Play is $.99 on Amazon | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Sports-themed romances are hotter than hot, and provide drama, humor, and some very sexy heroes. 

Deal Alert: Laura Kaye's Ride Hard, the first book in her Raven Riders series, is $1.99 at B&N | Kobo | Amazon | iBooks*. Brotherhood, family, club, and wicked ways often define MC heroes. Here are 10 MC heroes who get our motors running.

[+Romance Week on Goodreads...]

Thu
Feb 2 2017 4:34pm

Hot Stuff: Romance News & Deals from Melissa Cutler, Christi Caldwell & More

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One Hot Summer by Melissa CutlerDeal Alert: Melissa Cutler's contemporary western One Hot Summer, a One and Only Texas novel, is $2.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* Hero Micah Garrity, a small-town fire marshal, gets major kudos from H&H reviewer Stacey Agdern for being a stand-up guy who shows how much he respects his heroine as a woman and an equal. Read the full review of One Hot Summer.

Deal Alert: Christi Caldwell's historical romance The Rogue's Wager, Book 1 in the Sinful Brides series, is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon.* “I was rooting for these two the second they saw one another,” H&H reviewer BizJaust says of numbers-minded bluestocking Helena and her Lord Robert. “They seemed the perfect mate for each other.” Read our full First Look at The Rogue's Wager.

Deal Alert: Julia London's historical The Devil Takes a Bride, Book 2 in the Cabot Sisters series, is $1.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* “To a reader, home is more than where her heart is,” London writes in a guest post. See why the concept of home is important to her as a reader and writer.

[+Fantasy excerpt & Underground posters...]

Wed
Feb 1 2017 9:30am

Reading Lisa Kleypas’ Wallflowers: The Layered Storytelling of It Happened One Autumn

In a delightful journey that began with Secrets of a Summer Night in 2004, we accompanied the Wallflowers—young society misses Annabelle, Lillian, Evangeline, and Daisy—as they banded together in a hunt for husbands that led to love and matrimony...if not always in that order.

But if we thought we’d seen the last of our beloved friends, we were (happily) wrong: Lisa Kleypas has announced the Wallflowers will return in her next historical romance, Devil in Spring with the story of Evangeline and Sebastian’s son!

In anticipation of Devil in Spring’s release on February 21, we’ve decided to do what any romance reader would: Revisit the books that started it all! And so, every week for the next four weeks, we invite you to join us in reading—whether for the first time or the fiftieth!—and discussing the first four Wallflower romances: Secrets of a Summer Night, It Happened One Autumn, Devil in Winter, and Scandal in Spring.

It Happened One Autumn by Lisa Kleypas

I’m thrilled to have won the battle royale between the rereaders to get my favorite Lisa Kleypas Wallflower novel, It Happened One Autumn. It’s hard to believe that last year I was a complete novice to the ways of Lisa Kleypas even though I’m an enormous fan of historical romance. I devoured the Wallflower series once I realized the error of my ways, reading them back-to-back was such a delight, but I know in my fervor to get to the next one and the next, I missed some things.

All that was remedied by this delicious reread, and I can say with absolute assurance that It Happened One Autumn is most definitely my favorite of the bunch.

This novel is so thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish because of how masterfully Kleypas layers the world, grounding this touch of mysticism with the perfume with real issues like Marcus’ awful mother and her dislike of the Bowman women to the point where she concocts a sinister plot with Lord St. Vincent. Showing the struggle between love and duty, a true battle of wills between two people who are too stubborn to fail at anything they want to do.

It Happened One Autumn is mostly definitely on my yearly reread list.

I am a sucker for sharp-tongued heroines and broody, know-it-all men who are humbled by them. You could give me 100 novels to read like this and I’ll never get enough of it.

[We Adore Enemies-to-Lovers...]

Tue
Jan 31 2017 5:02pm

Bad Boys and Playboys: Romance Deals & News

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Edge of Control by Megan CraneDeal Alert: Megan Crane's Viking dystopian romance Edge of Control is $1.99 in e-book at Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | etc.* New to the series? Read Chapter 1 from Book 1, Edge of Obsession, here on H&H.

Deal Alert: Nico Rosso's first Black Ops: Automatik romantic suspense novel, Countdown to Zero Hour, is $.99 in e-book at Barnes & Noble | Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | etc.* The romantic suspense subgenre is experiencing a revival, suggests Wendy the Super Librarian, and Countdown to Zero Hour “throw[s] a rope to readers mired in the Serial Killer Rabbit Hole and pull us out into action movie territory.” Read her full review.

Deal Alert: Lotchie Burton's contemporary category romance Nothing's Sweeter Than Candy, in which a playboy meets his match in a woman who no longer believes in happy endings, is $1.99 in e-book at Kobo | iBooks | Amazon | Barnes & Noble | etc.* Making Galentine's Day plans? Hallmark movies are like watching a good category romance novel, and could be perfect group viewing.

Fresh Outta the Oven

—Watch the final Beauty and the Beast trailer! The live-action adaptation of the Disney classic will be in theaters in March, so get your early fix of the wonder that awaits!

[+Sidney Halston cover and more!...]

Fri
Jan 20 2017 2:00pm

Friday Beefcake: A Love Letter to Men with Dogs...and Men with Babies

Men with dogs, or men with babies? Why not both?! We here in Romancelandia are certainly blessed with an array of incredible novel covers, and we've taken up the debate of men with dogs vs men with babies recently. (It seems like dogs is leading the pack...)

Is there anything more heartwarming than a man with an aminal? Or do you prefer a tough, rugged man holding an infant?

But why not rejoice in both options! Enjoy these men with babies and men with dogs to your heart's delight. We hope we get to see more of both of them in the future.

[Oh baby, baby...]

Wed
Jan 18 2017 4:25pm

Ivan, Will & Grace: Romance News & Deals from Kit Rocha and More

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Fresh Outta the Oven

Ivan by Kit RochaHellooooo, Ivan! Kit Rocha (a.k.a. writing team Bree Bridges and Donna Herren) have revealed the gorgeous cover for their third Gideon's Rider novel, Ivan. The Beyond spin-off series hasn't even started yet—Ashwin will be first—and we're chomping at the bit for more of these “holy warrior bikers who police the sectors, protect the weak, crush the bullies, and kill so others don't have to.” (Hot damn!)

—Karen, Jack, Will & Grace will be back on our TV screens soon! NBC has ordered a 10-episode revival of the hit 90s show, set to pick up where we left off at the end of the series. Get your juice boxes ready!

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Deal Alert: Meredith Duran's historical romance Sweetest Regret is $.99 in e-book at Amazon | Kobo | Barnes & Noble | iBooks | etc.* If you only know five things about Meredith Duran, let it be these five from Janga, including that “Her prose is textured, various, and beautiful.”

[Plus a $1.99 Sarah Addison Allen deal and more...]

Fri
Jan 13 2017 1:00pm

Take a Weekend Trip to Pemberley (Digital)

The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

Not all adaptations are created equal.

With the success of the The Lizzie Bennet Diaries, it’s not a surprise that the internet basically exploded with confessional-style webisodes of adapted beloved classics. Some are great, some are not the best, but I have a deep and abiding love for people wishing to take classics and make them over in a way that engages audiences today.  

Pemberley Digital, most noted from The LBD, became the center point for such webisodes and took on a life of its own in a way. These series have taken the chance to expand on the universe and include people of different races, sexual orientations, and creeds, and my personal fave—turning Kitty Bennet into a literal cat that follows Lydia around. So, if you’ve got time over the weekend, settle in for some of my favorite adaptations from Pemberley Digital. 

1.  The Lizzie Bennet Diaries

In case you’re not familiar with The LBD, it’s a modern, web-based confessional video style retelling of Jane Austen’s classic Pride & Prejudice. The Lizzie Bennet Diaries does, for me,  what no other adaptation of P&P has ever been able to do—made me care about Lydia Bennet.

If you’re on the fence about this just know, that each video is around four-five minutes in length. There are 100 episodes, but they go by so quickly, especially once the surly and handsome William Darcy comes into town. It boasts a diverse and wonderful cast, and all the Bennet sisters are sassy redheads.

Seriously, it gets top billing as a favorite Pride & Prejudice of mine, 2kforever.

[Welcome to Pemberley...digital...]

Fri
Jan 6 2017 12:00pm

Katherine Johnson’s Amazing Work—and Romance—Take Flight in Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures starring Taraji P. Henson, Janelle Monae, and Octavia Spencer

This post contains spoilers for the film Hidden Figures... 

I had the distinct pleasure of seeing Hidden Figures in theaters this past Wednesday. It's a movie I recommend everyone put on their watch list. If you're unfamiliar, it's the story that centers around three incredible black women and the work they do in regards to the 1960s space race. It's a piece of hidden Americana that's incredibly significant. Katherine G. Johnson, played by the incredible Taraji P. Henson, did much of the heavy lifting in regards to the complex and intricate mathematics that successfully launched John Glenn and the Friendship 7 into outer space. 

The through line in the film is the struggle between knowing what to do and being utterly competent in a world and climate that keeps you separate from everything else. The film takes place in Virginia in 1961 in the segregated south as tensions continue to grow between the “way things have always been” mindset and the undeniable need for civil rights.

One of the best things about this film is the life that's given to these women. They are not automatons, simply calculating trajectories or solving compelx equations, they have lives—rich inner lives, families, stories, and a camraderie that's so genuine it's a pleasure to watch. 

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Thu
Jan 5 2017 2:00pm

7 Reasons Why Pitch Needs a Season Two

Kylie Bunbury as Ginny Baker in Pitch

Pitch is an anamoly of a show for me, because I don't usually fall so fast or so hard for a show. Y'all, my insta-love affair with Pitch happened fast, and I don't think I'll ever be the same. I quickly fell for the story of Ginny Baker (played by the incredible Kylie Bunbury)—a badass, relentless, hurt, vulnerable, and deeply cared for black woman who happens to be the first female pitcher for the MLB.

For those of you who are sportsball averse, I will tell you that MLB sits as a backdrop—an important one—to the heart of the story: Ginny Baker and her relationships, the most important of which (in my humble opinion) is with her catcher Mike Lawson (played by the incredible Mark-Paul Gosselaar).

And even though I’m a tried and true Ginny x Mike shipper, they're not the only reason for needing more of this show—right now. Pronto. I need more Evelyn and Blip. I need more Oscar and Al. I need more Amelia and Eliot. I need more of my fictional Padres and their colorful commentary. 

This show is far too good to only get one season. 

Here’s 7 reasons why we need a season two of Pitch:

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Mon
Dec 12 2016 4:45pm

Best Romances of 2016: 32 of the Love Stories We Couldn’t Shut Up About

What were the best romance novels of 2016?

The staff of Heroes and Heartbreakers is lucky that romance is our day job. From covers to TV and movie couples, to our favorite bew books and comfort reads, 2016 introduced some romances that will find their way onto our keeper shelves!

Jennifer Proffitt's Top Romances of 2016

Never Sweeter by Charlotte Stein

Stein tells a beautiful story that will challenges your perceptions of what is forgivable and how to forgive—both yourself and those who have wronged you. You wouldn't think the story of a bully and the bullied would have so much lightness and heart to it, but Stein tackles the subject in a meaningful, sweet, and sexy way with her signature style. 

From Sanctum with Love by Lexi Blake

It was around this time last year that I was first recommended Lexi Blake's Masters and Mercenaries, and it quickly became apparent that I would NEED Kai's story at some point. From Sanctum with Love delivers in spades a story that is everything this sadist deserves and everything my little reading heart could want: office romance, thrilling suspense, and melt-you-eyeballs sensuality. Read the whole series if you haven't, because you'll be panting for Kai's story too!

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

I’m from farm country but live in the city, so day dreaming of farm life isn’t something I think I’d be naturally drawn to. However like many Sarina Bowen books, she changes everything for me. The men in Bowen's Bittersweet are built for hard work, they’re dedicated to their land and to their women, and they know it takes a lot of work to make something grow—just what you want in a romance hero. We know happy-ever-afters are guaranteed in romance, but nonetheless, Bowen managed to keep me on the edge of my seat whether they would really make it work. Spoiler alert: there are no bittersweet endings here. 

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Fri
Dec 9 2016 11:00am

Well, This is Awkward: Pitch 1x10 Ginny/Mike (Bawson) Heart-to-Heart


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Show/Episode: Pitch Season 1, Episode 10, “Don't Say It”
Ship(s): Ginny/Mike (Bawson)

Pitch 1x10 Captain's Log

No. I will not enteratin the thought that this show might not come back for Season 2. You know why, Pitch fans? Because everything is in upheveal and my heart just can't take it, so I need this show to come back and fix it because I don't even know, guys. I don't even know.

So much happened in this episode, that I feel like I watched so many different things, but they all seemed to flow together so spectacularly that I don't feel cheated on anything except for the knowledge of whether or not I'm going to get more of this show.

Don't do this to me, Fox. We're good people. We deserve nice things.

The Highlight Reel:

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Sun
Nov 27 2016 10:30pm

A Final Choice: Poldark, Season 2, Episode 9, Romelza Heart-to-Heart

Show/EpisodePoldark, Season 2, Episode 9* (US)
Ship(s): Ross/Demelza (Romelza)

*Editors Note: This is Episode 9 as broadcast by Masterpiece PBS in the U.S. This episode originally aired on BBC One as Episode 10.

Poldark 2x09 Captain's Log

Well, we've reached the end of the line for Poldark season 2, and I am both sad and satisfied. This season was hard, mostly due to the stupidity of one Ross Poldark, but alas, it looks like our favorite idiot is learning.

And just in time, too.

The Warleggans, Elizabeth and George, are now installed in Trenwith, much to the dismay of the remaining Poldark women Verity and Aunt Agatha. Wheal Grace is truly prospering, and Ross is very happy to show Demelza that they've got money now, but that's not what Demelza wants.

Oh Ross. 

A lot happened in this final episode of the season, and I think—I think—Ross and Demelza are going to be okay.

Here are my Top 5 Moments from this episode:

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