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Mon
Mar 24 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Nora Roberts’s Shadow Spell (March 25, 2014)

Shadow Spell by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts
Shadow Spell
Berkley / March 25, 2014 / $17.00 print, $9.99 digital

With the legends and lore of Ireland running through his blood, falconer Connor O’Dwyer is proud to call County Mayo home. It’s where his sister, Branna, lives and works, where his cousin, Iona, has found true love, and where his childhood friends form a circle that can’t be broken…

A circle that is about to be stretched out of shape—by a long-awaited kiss.

Meara Quinn is Branna’s best friend, a sister in all but blood. Her and Connor’s paths cross almost daily, as Connor takes tourists on hawk walks and Meara guides them on horseback across the lush countryside. She has the eyes of a gypsy and the body of a goddess…things Connor has always taken for granted—until his brush with death propels them into a quick, hot tangle.

Plenty of women have found their way to Connor’s bed, but none to his heart until now. Frustratingly, Meara is okay with just the heat, afraid to lose herself—and their friendship—to something more. But soon, Connor will see the full force and fury of what runs in his blood. And he will need his family and friends around him when his past rolls in like the fog, threatening an end to all he loves…

In the second book of Nora Roberts's O’Dwyer trilogy, cousins Branna, Connor and Iona, with the help of their friends, Fin, Meara, and Boyle, will use the magic connection of three by three to fight against Cabhan's black magic. Cabhan has been trying to possess the O’Dwyer family’s magic since the first Dark Witch, Sorcha, passed her magic to her three children, Brannaugh, Eamon and Teagan. When dreams start to blur the lines between the past and the present, will the magic of the first three, combined with the power of O’Dwyer circle, which will finally destroy Cabhan?

[Will the Circle be unbroken?...]

Thu
Mar 20 2014 4:30pm

6 Reasons to Return to (or Try!) Paranormal Romance: Ward, Briggs, KCole, and More!

Dark Lover by J.R. WardIf you think all paranormal romance is the same, think again. There is a huge difference between the world building of each series and—most importantly, perhaps—how seriously the author takes their characters.

J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood creates a world where vampires live secretly and peacefully among the humans. They eat and drink like humans, and only share blood with their own kind. A diet of human blood would not sustain these vampires for long. The Brotherhood protects the citizens from attacks by the Lessening Society. Lessers might smell like baby powder, but there is nothing innocent about them. Lessers are created by the Omega from violent humans who give up their souls for immortality. The vampire king, Wrath, is the leader of the Brothers and after centuries of life, it appears the Brothers have more emotional scars than physical ones. Even their deity, the Scribe Virgin, is not benevolent. The Brothers know better than to ask her for favors since even the asking can get you killed, but if you ask, you must be willing to pay the pound of flesh she will require of you. For she will save your true love’s life—as long as you promise never to see her again.

[That doesn't look like the way to get to an HEA...]

Sat
Mar 8 2014 4:15pm

First Look: Sarah Harian’s The Wicked We Have Done (March 18, 2014)

The Wicked We Have Done by Sarah HarianSarah Harian
The Wicked We Have Done (A Chaos Theory Novel)
InterMix / March 18, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Twenty-two-year-old Evalyn Ibarra never expected to be an accused killer and experimental prison test subject. A year ago, she was a normal college student. Now she’s been sentenced to a month in the compass room—an advanced prison obstacle course designed by the government to execute justice.

If she survives, the world will know she’s innocent.

Locked up with nine notorious and potentially psychotic criminals, Evalyn must fight the prison and dismantle her past to stay alive. But the system prized for accuracy appears to be killing at random.

She doesn’t plan on making friends.

She doesn’t plan on falling in love, either.

Sarah Harian's The Wicked We Have Done is an exciting and thought provoking debut. The book centers on ten young people between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five who have all been convicted of the crime of murder. Instead of a life sentence, they are given a choice to go the Compass Room for thirty days for judgment. If they survive, they can go free.

[A real matter of life or death!...]

Mon
Mar 3 2014 4:00pm

First Look: Cara Elliott’s Passionately Yours (March 4, 2014)

Passionately Yours by Cara ElliottCara Elliott Passionately Yours
Forever / March 4, 2014 / $7.99 digital

Proper young ladies of the ton-especially ones who have very small dowries-are not encouraged to have an interest in intellectual pursuits. Indeed, the only thing they are encouraged to pursue is an eligible bachelor.

Preferably one with both a title and a fortune.

So, the headstrong, opinionated Sloane sisters must keep their passions a secret.

Ah, but secret passions are wont to lead a lady into trouble . . .

In Cara Elliott's Passionately Yours, Miss Caroline Sloane is the youngest daughter of the Hellions of High Street, and also the most passionate. Their father raised Caro and her sisters to follow intellectual pursuits, even if it was a little unconventional for a young lady of the ton to have such an education.

[Unconventional makes for an excellent heroine!...]

Mon
Feb 17 2014 4:30pm

First Look: J.D. Robb’s Concealed in Death (February 18, 2014)

Concealed in Death by J.D. RobbJ.D. Robb
Concealed in Death
Putnam Adult / February 18, 2014 / $27.95 print, $11.99 digital

In a decrepit, long-empty New York building, Lieutenant Eve Dallas’s husband begins the demolition process by swinging a sledgehammer into a wall. When the dust clears, there are two skeletons wrapped in plastic behind it. He summons his wife immediately—and by the time she’s done with the crime scene, there are twelve murders to be solved.

The place once housed a makeshift shelter for troubled teenagers, back in the mid-2040s, and Eve tracks down the people who ran it. Between their recollections and the work of the force’s new forensic anthropologist, Eve begins to put names and faces to the remains. They are all young girls. A tattooed tough girl who dealt in illegal drugs. The runaway daughter of a pair of well-to-do doctors. They all had their stories. And they all lost their chance for a better life.

Then Eve discovers a connection between the victims and someone she knows. And she grows even more determined to reveal the secrets of the place that was called The Sanctuary—and the evil concealed in one human heart.

J.D. Robb (a.k.a. Nora Roberts) has given us such dynamic characters in her In Death series, featuring the ass-kicking, killer catching, Lt. Eve Dallas of the NYPSD, and her multi-billionaire husband, Roarke. Since this series began, this pair have lived their lives far from their very impoverished and harsh beginnings.

[What's ahead for Eve and Roarke?...]

Thu
Feb 13 2014 1:00pm

Hard as Stone, Easy to Love: Gargoyle Heroes in Romance Novels

Stone Guardian by Danielle MonschTo meet the newest hero of the paranormal romance, just need to search above you. They hide in plain sight on top of buildings or even out in a garden. From their high perches, are they guarding over the city or looking for their soul mates?

Gargoyles are the latest addition to the list of paranormal heroes. There is no mistaking their grey skin, which is hard as stone. They have wings, tails, claw and fangs, and while the backgrounds and focus of these guardians is still open for wide interpretation, there seems to be only two universal truths to a gargoyle hero: (1) They live to protect, and (2) they always possess a magical power to transform into a human form. How else to blend in with the humans or seduce your beautiful heroine?

Authors such as Danielle Monsch, Christine Warren, and Jacquelyn Frank show us that there is beauty within the beast.

The first book of Danielle Monsch’s Entwined Realms series, Stone Guardian, introduces us to a new world after The Great Collision where dimensions have collided. The Human Realm and the Magic Realm have merged and humans find themselves facing werewolves, necromancers, zombies, and countless other magical creatures for the first time.

[Werewolves, necromancers, and zombies, oh my!...]

Sat
Feb 1 2014 3:30pm

First Look: Marie Force’s All You Need is Love (Febuary 4, 2014)

All You Need Is Love by Marie ForceMarie Force
All You Need is Love
Berkley / February 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

When Cameron Murphy heads to Vermont to build a website for a new client, she imagines a more relaxing trip than she gets. After wrecking her car by colliding with the town moose, she meets the most handsome hero she’s ever seen. Unfortunately, her savior, Will Abbott, is also the son of her client—and he wants nothing to do with the new website or the city girl creating it.

For all Will cares, Cameron can march her fancy boots right out of town and out of his family’s business. But he can’t seem to get her out of his head. As his family’s dispute heats up, so does the chemistry between the two, leaving them wondering if simple is better after all—especially when it comes to matters of the heart.

Marie Force’s newest Green Mountain series might be the biggest boost for Vermont since Ben & Jerry’s opened its factory for tours. All You Need Is Love introduces the Abbot Family, which has owned the Green Mountain Country Store, a popular stop for tourists, for three generations. Of the ten Abbot children, Will, Hunter, Ella, Charlotte and Wade all help their father, Lincoln, run the store, while the rest provide authentic “Vermont Made” items to sell at the shop. Colton runs the sugaring facility to create the maple syrup with the help of youngest brother Max. Hannah makes her own jewelry. Landon creates wood carvings, and Lucas manages the Christmas Tree Farm.

[Okay, yeah, let's roadtrip it to Vermont...]

Fri
Jan 31 2014 10:30am

First Look: Katie Reus’s Avenger’s Heat (February 4, 2014)

Avenger's Heat by Katie ReusKatie Reus
Avenger's Heat
Signet / February 4, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Enforcer Erin Flynn has dedicated her life to protecting her kind. But keeping her heart safe from Noah Campbell, the smoking-hot shifter who saved her life last year, is more difficult. The deadly beauty would love to sink into his arms and become his mate, but she knows she can’t—he must never know about her dark past.

When Erin is sent to investigate the disappearances of pregnant shifters in New Orleans, Erin and Noah find themselves involved in a mystery more sinister than anyone expected. And as Erin delves further into the crimes, chilling information about her own past is revealed. The people who wanted her dead in the first place are trying to finish the job, and Noah wants nothing more than to shield her from harm. But can Erin truly trust Noah and let him see the wounded beast she’s hidden for so long?

In the fourth book of Katie Reus’s Moon Shifter series, Erin Flynn had been found by Noah Campbell and his pack severely beaten and left for dead behind a dumpster like trash. It has taken her months to heal from her injuries and even longer to learn to trust again. Erin is now part of Noah’s pack and has been working with Jayce Kazen to become an Enforcer for the North American Counsel of Lupine Shifters.

[Where will her work take her?...]

Thu
Jan 30 2014 2:45pm

First Look: Maya Banks’s Letting Go (February 4, 2014)

Letting Go by Maya BanksMaya Banks
Letting Go
Berkley / February 4, 2014 / $16.00 print, $9.99 digital

Josslyn found perfection once, and she knows she’ll never find it again. Now widowed, she seeks the one thing her beloved husband couldn’t give her: dominance. Lonely, searching for an outlet for her grief and wanting only a brief taste of the perfection she once enjoyed, she seeks what she’s looking for at an exclusive club that caters to people indulging in their most hedonistic fantasies. She never imagined that what she’d find would be the one man who’s long been a source of comfort—and secret longing. Her husband’s best friend.

Dash has lived in an untenable position for years: in love with his best friend’s wife but unwilling to act on that attraction. He’d never betray his best friend. And so he’s waited in the wings, offering Joss unconditional support and comfort as she works past her grief, hoping for the day when he can offer her more.

When he finds her in a club devoted to the darker edges of desire, he’s furious because he thinks she has no idea what she’s getting herself into. Until she explains in detail what it is she wants. What she needs. As realization sets in, he is gripped by fierce, unwavering determination. If she wants dominance, he is the only man who will introduce her to that world. He is the only man who will touch her, cherish her…love her. And the only man she’ll ever submit to.

For Maya Banks’s newest trilogy, Surrender, she has quite appropriately named the first in the series Letting Go. This book is about letting go of a life that is over and making the decision to move on to a new, uncharted future.

[Follow your heart...]

Tue
Jan 21 2014 5:30pm

First Look: Erin McCarthy’s Believe (January 21, 2014)

Believe by Erin McCarthyErin McCarthy
Believe
InterMix / January 21, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Robin used to be a party girl… until she got black out drunk and woke up in bed with her best friend’s boyfriend. Now she’s faced with being THAT girl, and couldn’t be more disgusted with herself. She can’t even tell her friends the reason for her sudden sobriety and she avoids everyone until she meets Phoenix—quiet, tattooed, and different in every way that’s good and oh, so bad…

Phoenix is two days out of jail when he meets Robin at his cousin’s house, and he knows that he has no business talking to her, but he’s drawn to her quiet demeanor, sweet smile, and artistic talent. She doesn’t care that he’s done time, or that he only has five bucks to his name, and she supports his goal to be a tattoo artist.

But Phoenix knows Robin has a secret, and that it’s a naïve dream to believe that his record won’t catch up with them at some point. Though neither is prepared for the explosive result when the past collides with the present…

In Erin McCarthy’s True Believer series, she illustrates that although money and upbringing can separate people, there are still issues that make up a person’s character that can bridge the gap between social levels and shows us that deep down we are more alike than we may first believe.

Robin, the heroine of Erin McCarthy's Believe, grew up in an average middle class home, with average middle class parents in an average middle class neighborhood. She went to college to get a degree in graphic arts so that she could get a plain old office job in a few years and someday marry an accountant or police officer and have her own average middle class home in an average middle class neighborhood and her requisite 2.5 kids.

[What does her future really hold?...]

Mon
Jan 6 2014 5:30pm

First Look: Maya Banks’s After the Storm (January 7, 2014)

After the Storm by Maya BanksMaya Banks
After the Storm
Berkley / January 7, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Over the years, Donovan Kelly has fought relentlessly for justice, women and children always holding a special place in his heart. Working side by side with his brothers, Donovan has witnessed firsthand the toll it’s taken—physically, mentally, and emotionally—on his loved ones, and the innocent lives caught in the crossfire. What he never expects is for his next mission to happen right on his home turf—or for it to take a very personal turn.

Picturesque Kentucky Lake is the perfect place for a soul in search of safe harbor. A beautiful stranger has arrived—desperate, breathless, and on the run from a dark past closing in on her and the younger siblings she has vowed to protect. Donovan must now draw on every resource at his disposal—if he wants to save a woman and the children who may prove to be his destiny. 

Rusty Kelly knows about being a kid on her own. Before being adopted by the Kelly family, she lived on the streets rather than live with her abusive father, trying to stay under the radar of the local police and anyone who would try to do her harm. So when Rusty looks into the eyes of 15-year-old Travis Breckenridge, she recognizes the fear and desperation that he was trying to hide. She wants to help this kid on the run, so offers him a job at the family hardware store. She also knows from experience that offering help to someone in his situation is like offering food to a feral animal. She is aware if she pries too much, he will run. She wouldn’t have trusted anyone offering help, and he won’t either.

[Enter Donovan Kelly...]

Sun
Jan 5 2014 10:30am

First Look: Jacquelyn Frank’s Forsaken (January 7, 2014)

Jacquelyn Frank
Forsaken
Ballantine / January 7, 2014 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

As a mercenary, Leo Alvarez has signed on for a lot—but he never signed on for his best friend becoming host to the soul of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh. Jackson is now inhabited by a Bodywalker, and Leo is forced to grapple with a realm of supernatural beings far more dangerous than anything he’s ever encountered.

But when Jackson is wounded by an attack from a demon god, Leo must team up with another supernatural creature—a Night Angel—to save his friend from utter destruction. With skin as black as midnight, hair as white as snow, and a body of pure perfection, the Night Angel arouses a burning desire in Leo, even as he refuses to be intimidated by her power—or the power of those who would destroy his friend. An unusual alliance is forged, electrified by sexual temptation, and together the two must unite their strengths to bring down a supreme evil.

Leo Alvarez was the biggest badass around. Since leaving the Rangers, he’s been a mercenary for hire, armed and dangerous and killing a few bad guys along the way. No one can hurt him, he thinks, until he encounters creatures in the night more powerful and dangerous than a human.

[So much to learn, Leo...]

Sun
Dec 29 2013 11:00am

First Look: Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Victoria Dahl’s Turn Up the Heat Anthology (December 31, 2013)

Turn Up the Heat by Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Victoria DahlLori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Victoria Dahl
Turn Up the Heat Anthology
Harlequin / December 31, 2013 / $7.99 print & digital

Love Won't Wait 
Lori Foster 

Brendan “Brick” Carlisle is used to women falling at his feet, so shy waitress Merrily Loveland is a breath of fresh air—and an irresistible challenge. But before he can make his move, Merrily comes to him with an offer he can't refuse. If only their “no-strings” pact didn't leave him wanting so much more…. 

Beach House Beginnings 
Christie Ridgway 

She might have avoided Crescent Cove, California, for years, but no-nonsense Meg Alexander is confident she can handle a brief trip home. What she doesn't count on is the spark of desire she feels for Caleb McCall. Can a weekend in paradise convince her to give love a second chance? 

Strong Enough to Love 
Victoria Dahl 

Photographer Eve Hill had always told herself that sexy Brian Stewart was off-limits. But now he's back in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Eve can't resist their long-denied attraction. When the reality turns out to be hotter than the fantasy, Eve might end up getting more than she bargained for….

In this anthology, Lori Foster, Christie Ridgway, and Victoria Dahl show us that although we believe our heads rule our decisions, it is our hearts that show us the way. In each of these stories, our heroes and heroines are simply looking for a little passion to heat up a cold night with no attachment and no life-long commitment. They don’t know that this one moment will put them on a path to a true love that can’t be denied.

[Let love in...]

Mon
Dec 23 2013 2:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 3

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

Check back every other weekday between now and Christmas for all of the blogger recommendations! See the picks from Day 1Day 2, and Day 4.

Rae Alley:

Bitter Kingdom (by Rae Carson) would be my top read. It's billed as a YA, but like so many YA titles lately it isn't just for young adults. There's a bit of finding yourself and making sure you know your purpose in the world throughout this book (and the previous two in the trilogy) but what was interesting to me was seeing how we got to the happy ever after for our heroine and her captain. You start the novel with her running to his rescue and him unaware of whether or not she really is coming to save him as it might mean her trading places with him and how does he really feel about that...and this pace of action stays throughout.

[Action-packed is the way we like it!...]

Tue
Dec 10 2013 10:30am

First Look: Alice Clayton’s The Redhead Plays Her Hand (December 17, 2013)

The Redhead Plays Her Hand by Alice ClaytonAlice Clayton
The Redhead Plays Her Hand
Gallery / December 17, 2013 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Grace’s star is on the rise with a new TV series, but then the director asks her to lose fifteen pounds. When she goes public with her struggles with weight, she suddenly develops a huge fan club of people who are happy to see a curvy actress speak up, and she becomes a flashpoint in society’s ongoing conversation about what’s beautiful and what Hollywood’s responsibility is to portray women of all shapes and sizes.

Meanwhile, Jack is voted the Sexiest Man Alive and becomes a little too enamored with the star lifestyle. But while he can have anything he wants, he can’t have the one thing he really needs: a public relationship with Grace, which his manager says will hurt his career. When Jack begins to spiral downward into parties, booze, and Hollywood brat behavior, it’s time for Grace to set him straight—and maybe dare to walk the red carpet together, hand in hand.

All rock stars say they just want to play music and all actors say they just want to practice their craft, but like with any good drug, they quickly become addicted to the fame. Like any addiction, they can’t see the dark side of that fame until it is too late, and if they are not careful, the dark side of that stardom they wanted so badly can destroy the person they were.

[Can Jack and Grace deal?...]

Tue
Nov 5 2013 11:00am

First Look: Thea Harrison’s Kinked (November 5, 2013)

Kinked by Thea HarrisonThea Harrison
Kinked
Berkley / November 5, 2013 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

As a harpy, Sentinel Aryal is accustomed to dealing with hate, but Sentinel Quentin Caeravorn manages to inspire in her a burning ire unlike anything she’s ever known. Aryal believes the new Sentinel to be a criminal, and vows to take him out as soon as the opportunity arises. But the harpy’s incessant wrath has pushed Quentin to the limit, and forces him to make a deadly vow of his own.

To put an end to the conflict, Dragos, Lord of the Wyr, sends them on a reconnaissance mission to the Elven land of Numenlaur. Forced to work together, Aryal and Quentin’s mutual antagonism escalates. Each fight draws forth more passion—culminating in an explosively sexual confrontation. But when their quest reveals real danger, Aryal and Quentin must resolve their differences in ways beyond the physical, before the entire Wyr is threatened.

In Thea Harrison’s newest Elder Races story, Kinked, Aryal is the only female to achieve the coveted position as one of Dragos’s Sentinels in the Wyr domain. Aryal is a harpy. A harpy refers to a creature of Greek mythology who has the head and torso of a woman and the wings, legs, and talons of a bird. It also refers to a shrewish, unpleasant woman. Aryal is both.

[Will she meet her match?...]

Fri
Oct 25 2013 3:00pm

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Archangel’s Legion (October 29, 2013)

Archangel's Legion by Nalini SinghNalini Singh
Archangel’s Legion
Jove / October 29, 2013 / $7.99 print, $5.99 digital

Angels are falling from the sky in New York, struck down by a vicious, unknown force.

Vampires are dying impossibly of disease.

Guild hunter Elena Deveraux and the Archangel Raphael must discover the source of the wave of death before it engulfs their city and their people, leaving New York a ruin and Raphael’s Tower under siege by enemy archangels.

Yet even as they fight desperately to save the city, an even darker force is stirring, its chill eyes trained on New York…and on Raphael. Rivers of crimson and nightmares given flesh, the world will never again be the same…

In Nalini Singh’s Archangels series, angels aren’t the type to wear haloes and sing praise or go around doing good deeds and saving souls. These angels are the most dominant beings on the earth, and the oldest and deadliest of those are the Archangels. The Archangels have divided the earth into territories and they mercilessly rule over the humans and vampires in their provinces. The battle over these territories is neverending; an Archangel must always be on the alert for the scheming and plotting of the other Archangels.

[Sounds positively exhausting...]

Tue
Oct 22 2013 9:30am

First Look: Nora Roberts’s Dark Witch (October 29, 2013)

Dark Witch by Nora RobertsNora Roberts
Dark Witch
Berkley / October 29, 2013 / $17.00 print, $9.99 digital

With indifferent parents, Iona Sheehan grew up craving devotion and acceptance. From her maternal grandmother, she learned where to find both: a land of lush forests, dazzling lakes, and centuries-old legends.

Ireland.

County Mayo, to be exact. Where her ancestors’ blood and magic have flowed through generations—and where her destiny awaits.

Iona arrives in Ireland with nothing but her Nan’s directions, an unfailingly optimistic attitude, and an innate talent with horses. Not far from the luxurious castle where she is spending a week, she finds her cousins, Branna and Connor O’Dwyer. And since family is family, they invite her into their home and their lives.

When Iona lands a job at the local stables, she meets the owner, Boyle McGrath. Cowboy, pirate, wild tribal horsemen, he’s three of her biggest fantasy weaknesses all in one big, bold package.

Iona realizes that here she can make a home for herself—and live her life as she wants, even if that means falling head over heels for Boyle. But nothing is as it seems. An ancient evil has wound its way around Iona’s family tree and must be defeated. Family and friends will fight with each other and for each other to keep the promise of hope—and love—alive…

Nora Roberts’s newest book, Dark Witch, takes readers on a trip to the land of full of green fields, old ruins, and lots of magick. This is not the first time that Nora Roberts has presented us with a trilogy which will build up to epic battle of good vs. evil, nor is it the first time she has traveled the scenic back roads of Ireland, but Dark Witch is as much a story about the connection of family (“blood talks to blood”) as it is a story of witches and magic.

[Witches and magic and romance, oh my...]

Mon
Oct 14 2013 10:44am

The Walking Dead: New Season...for Love?

Daryl and Carol in The Walking Dead Season 4As we enjoyed The Walking Dead's Season 4 premiere last night, I couldn't stop thinking about the changes in the relationships of our characters, more particularly the romantic relationships.

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of The Walking Dead, including last night's episode, 4x01, “Thirty Days Without an Accident.” Enjoy!

We watched Maggie and Glen’s relationship begin in Season 2 on the farm, when a trip to the pharmacy leads to sex. We have also watched the torture they endured during Season 3 at the hands of Merle and The Governor. Even though they survived, the relationship faltered under Glen’s feelings of failure in not being able to protect Maggie and upon his return to the prison, becoming overbearing towards her and dictating what she could and couldn’t do. By the end of Season 3, their love had proven strong enough to weather that storm and we saw Glen proposing to Maggie, and we cried. Whether that was from the beauty of the moment or the fact that Glen gave her an engagement ring that he cut off of a walker’s hand, I’m not too sure. The question for this season seems to be whether or not there will be a baby in Glen and Maggie’s future.

[How could the others pair up?...]

Thu
Oct 10 2013 3:00pm

A Man with a Plan: The Romance Novel Villain

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini SinghSome of the best villains in literature are men with a grand plan, whether it is revenge or world domination. These men have set their goal, usually from a young age, and have spent their lives setting their plans into motion and creating their own rules for achieving that objective.

In the following paranormal series, our villains have also set themselves above those villains who would destroy the innocent just for pleasure. These are villains who will cross into the dark grey shadows but never go so far that we can’t secretly root for them. And once we know their ultimate goals, we can’t help but love them, evil deeds and all.

This year Nalini Singh gave us Heart of Obsidian, finally revealing the name of The Ghost. The Ghost has been working behind the scenes pulling the strings and attempting to take over the psy-net. Kaleb Krychek knew at a young age that he needed reach the level of the psy-counsel and he had set his goal towards becoming a member, going so far as disposing of opponents whenever necessary. He has been building his power both politically and psychokinetically since his teens. Everything Kaleb has done to gain his power, we find out, has been done so he can locate the one person who means something to him.

[With great power...etcetera etcetera etcetera...]