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Apr 20 2015 9:30am

First Look: Becca Jameson’s Bound to Be Tempted (April 21, 2015)

Bound to Be Tempted by Becca JamesonBecca Jameson
Bound to Be Tempted (Emergence #4)
Samhain / April 21, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.50 digital

In the six months since Margaret Donovan broke up with her girlfriend, she has prowled Emergence, hoping to find a Dom to help her explore her bisexuality. The only man who's caught her interest in all that time is the bouncer.

He's a firm Dom, and after all, it's just a trial run. An experiment. He doesn't need to know the details of the troubled past that makes her long to get over her aversion to being under anyone's thumb.

Carlton Fisher's keen eye has been tracking Maggie, as well. She looks exactly like the childhood sweetheart who's haunted him for over a decade, but she doesn't need to know that. Two weeks' instruction should get her over her hump, give her the confidence she needs to work with a Dom...and get her out of his system.

Neither is prepared for the floodtide of explosive emotions. It's cathartic and therapeutic, but if they can't purge themselves of the pain of the past, their hearts could suffer irreparable damage.

Warning: This book contains intense submission from established participants in the BDSM world. If nipple clamps, edging, public nudity, restraints, gags, blindfolds and flogging make you squeamish, move along!

Carlton Fisher has had a wary eye on on Margaret Donovan for a while now. She is practically the doppelganger of his first (and only) love, who died tragically and suddenly years ago, before he was even a Dom. He's stayed away from Maggie, which for a time was easy because she had a girlfriend/Domme and they were a very public couple at the exclusive BDSM club Emergence. As the head of security at Emergence, Carlton works the door most nights, keeping an eye on everything and everyone, but he has always had an extra eye out for Maggie. When Maggie breaks up with her girlfriend and shows some interest in taking on a Dom, Carlton knows exactly what kind of Dom she needs, and he's willing to take her on—temporarily—as his submissive.

[Temporarily, huh?...]

Apr 17 2015 11:05am

Scandal 4x19 Heart-to-Heart: Time for Team Ralex? We Think Not!

Show/Episode: Scandal, Season 4, Episode 19, “I’m Just a Bill
Olake, Ralex?

Scandal 4x19 Captain's LogNote: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 19, “I'm Just a Bill.”

When the episode opens, we pick up right where we left off in the last episode with the sexy but mysterious Russell standing at the front door with Rowan in tow. Apparently Papa Pope drugged him so that he and Liv could have a private conversation about getting her assistance in shutting down the B613 legal case. Poor Russell was laying face down on the floor as Rowan laid out two options for Olivia; shut the case down or take him on as a client. When Liv refused to back down, Papa went on a tirade, as he is wont to do, and read Olivia cover to cover. Didn’t she realize how this would affect “him” (Fitz)? Unfortunately for Olivia she has no poker face with her father. As Russell starts to come to, Rowan leaves a burner cell phone on her table and gives her a timetable of forty-eight hours to come to a decision about shutting David Rosen and crew down. As he leaves, he lets us all know that Russell is lucky to have been given a mild sedative he could wake up from instead of a permanent go-night-night-forever drops. Flustered but always thinking, Liv quickly cuts Russell’s duct tape restraints and pretends that they had way too much wine together and fell asleep on the floor. Russell is disoriented and confused, especially when Liv tells him they were singing and dancing together. (Girlfriend, that was you and Jake. Get it right!) But she puts him, and another crazy day, to bed.

[Oy vey, what a day...]

Apr 9 2015 9:30am

First Look: Keri Ford’s Cupcakes and Crushes (April 14, 2015)

Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri FordKeri Ford
Cupcakes and Crushes (Turtle Pine #1)
Samhain Publishing / April 14, 2015 / $14.00 print, $4.99 digital

Sometimes there is enough sweet to make up for the bitter.

Years ago, a broken heart sent Annie Cookie running from home, and she’s never looked back—until now. Her grandpa’s broken wrist means the family bakery is at risk of losing two big orders.

Reluctantly, Annie returns to Turtle Pine to help out, only to discover it’s not just seven hundred cupcakes she has to bake, but also a wedding cake for the half-sister who stole her high-school sweetheart. Annie left town to get away from her sister. No way is she getting mixed up with her again. Once the cupcakes are done, she’s outta there.

Back in high school, Cade Revlin hid his crush on his brother’s girl, but when his brother dumped Annie for another Cookie sister, Annie slipped through his fingers and out of town. Now that she’s back, he’s determined to give her a reason to stay.

He’s got one week to change her mind. Or she’ll be gone in a cloud of powdered sugar.

Warning: Contains small-town meddling, family drama and all the necessary ingredients for a second chance at love—if they have the guts to turn up the heat.

In Keri Ford's sweet (pun intended) romance Cupcakes and Crushes, hometown girl Annie Cookie makes good.

[Good love... Good cupcakes... Good on her promises...]

Apr 7 2015 3:00pm

First Look: J. Kenner’s Say My Name (April 7, 2015)

J. Kenner
Say My Name (Stark International #1)
Penguin / April 7, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.

Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.  

Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.

Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.

Say My Name is intended for mature audiences.

Set in the same world as the Stark Trilogy, J. Kenner’s erotica Say My Name brings us a new billionaire bad boy to satisfy those submissive cravings. Alpha? Check. Brilliant? Check. Sexy as hell? Double Check. Meet Jackson Steele, celebrity architect and holder of a complicated history with one Sylvia Brooks, the executive assistant of the powerhouse Damien Stark. Reunited lovers anyone?

[Yes, please!]

Apr 6 2015 9:30am

First Look: Sarah Castille’s Full Contact (April 7, 2015)

 Full Contact by Sarah Castille

Sarah Castille
Full Contact (Redemption #3)
Sourcebooks / April 7, 2015 / $13.99 print, $7.99 digital

When you can't resist the one person who could destroy you...

Sia O'Donnell can't help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he'll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray's darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he's going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

Ray is called Predator because of the calm and calculated way he stalks his prey in the ring, toys with them, then goes in for the kill. He is a man of few words, but who needs to talk when his huge, imposing figure and dark menace speak loud enough for all to hear? Ray is mysterious, brooding, intense, and all Sia can think about. Sia O’Donnell has had her eye on Predator for over a year, going to all of his underground MMA fights, taking in his leashed control and wishing he was putting her in all of those submission moves. As a survivor of sexual assault, Sia has some triggers that she is still dealing with, but she is tired of being treated like a delicate flower. In Full Contact, we see if Sarah Castille’s Sia and Ray can overcome the tragedies in their pasts to have a healthy future together.

[Healthy future means an HEA!]

Apr 1 2015 3:15pm

First Look: Cherry Adair’s Blush (April 7, 2015)

Blush by Cherry AdairCherry Adair
Gallery Books / April 7, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

In the same pulse-pounding style as Maya Banks and Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair delivers a sizzling erotic romance about a sexy billionaire who’s on the run—and the hit-man-turned-handyman who’s supposed to kill her.

Sex with a stranger. Learn to drive. Learn to cook. Learn to pole dance. Sex under the stars. Buy a truck. These are just a few of the things on Amelia Wentworth’s bucket list, but as the CEO and face of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetic empire, she’s never quite found the time to do them.

Until, after a series of accidents, Amelia discovers that someone wants her dead. But who? And why? She has no time for questions as she changes her name to Mia, buys a secluded fixer-upper near the Louisiana bayou where no one will recognize her, and starts checking things off her bucket list like there’s no tomorrow—which there might not be.

Meanwhile, Cruz Barcelona is a hit man who’s promised himself this will be his last job. Then he’ll take the money and move to a warm, sunny place where he doesn’t have to hide anymore. But when Cruz goes undercover to Mia’s ramshackle house, he starts to realize there’s far more to this poor-little-rich-girl than he thought—and he starts to fall for her. Which is going to make his job a whole lot harder…

In Cherry Adair’s Blush, we meet a hot hitman with a change of heart. Cruz Barcelona has one very important rule about his targets; he refuses to kill anyone who doesn’t deserve it. The dossier he received about Amelia Wellington-Wentworth was appalling, including everything from sweatshops in China to a child pornography ring. He fact checks every thing on his own, and his findings were in line with the dossier. It wasn’t that hard to track Amelia/Mia, and she made it very easy for him by just inviting him in her house. However, the woman he has encountered and the woman in the dossier don’t match. For the first time, Cruz’s instincts are telling him something is off, and this may buy miss Mia a few more days while he figures some things out.

[Figure it out quick...]

Mar 31 2015 3:00pm

J.R. Ward’s The Shadows SPOILER Thread (Major Spoilers!!)

The Shadows by J.R. WardHere you have it: It's FINALLY HERE! A complete play-by-play of all of the events in J.R. Ward’s The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Shadows here to whet your appetite, plus all our J.R. Ward content).




***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The ShadowsThis is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Shadows here and other J.R. Ward's content here.***

[Okay, let's get started then...]

Mar 31 2015 10:45am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Shadows (March 31, 2015)

The Shadows by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward
The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13)
Penguin / March 31, 2015 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist.  And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world.  Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude.  He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing—and he knows he’s failed.  It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late.  The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with.  But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything.  Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever.  And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

Trez and iAm have long been the dark, enigmatic Shadows in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Companions and business partners with Rehvenge, Trez was usually the more outgoing Shadow, frightfully so, and iAm the quiet terror behind him. They finally get the chance to have their HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) appropriately enough together as they are brothers and best friends. In The Shadows, J.R. Ward takes us on an emotional journey with an arranged marriage, a debilitating illness, and some deception as well.

[Drama, intrigue, sex...what more can we ask for?]

Mar 27 2015 4:34pm

Scandal 4x17 Heart-to-Heart: ’Til Death Do Us Part

Michael in Scandal Season 4, episode 17Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 17, “Put a Ring on It” (Spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Michael/Cyrus, Olivia/Fitz (Olitz)

Captain's Log for Cyrus and Michael in Scandal 4x17Washington D.C. is the city that never sleeps when it comes to political sex scandals, and for Cy, Olivia, and Abby to all get a call at 4 a.m. just can’t be a good thing. It was, in fact, a terrible thing because Cy’s aimless fiance Michael the Sex Worker just got rip roaring drunk and made out with a stranger at one of the most notorious gay bars in D.C. Liv and company are in full fixer mode. The quickest fix? Get Cy and Michael married quick, call the bar indiscretion a wild bachelor party, and change the conversation. Great, no problem, except Cy is having an existential crisis about getting married again, especially to Michael, whom he has vilified to the point of infamy.

Olivia goes to Mellie and pitches the idea of a White House wedding to her. It would be a chance for Mellie to separate herself from the President as she acts in her own interest, and make her more appealing to Democrats who are in support of gay marriage. Michael seemed like a deer caught in headlights when he found out that his parents were invited to the wedding. He made a personal plea to Cyrus to reconsider inviting them, but Cy brushed him off. The wedding was a perfect plan until Sally Langston, who is a talking head with over three million viewers, has caught a scent on Cy’s sham of a marriage and is planning to pay serious money to anyone who can prove it. Liv asks Michael point-blank if there is anything they need to know, and he tells them he is “clean.” Oh, Michael, you idiot.

[Yet the show—and a wedding—must go on...]

Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Lori Foster’s Holding Strong (March 31, 2015)

Holding Strong by Lori FosterLori Foster
Holding Strong (Ultimate #2)
Harlequin / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital


An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster's irresistible new novel

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn't share. That's why he's been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry's about to need more than she knows…

Denver's combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she's been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can't hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who'll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she'll trust him enough to let him…

Cherry Peyton is a bouncy, bubbly, fun-loving woman. To know her now would give no clue as to the dark childhood she overcame and the adolescent horrors she escaped. Since she left and started life over in Warfield, Ohio, her life has been looking up; she is a Kindergarten teacher and lives in a great house with her best friend Merissa, and has found a new community in Rissy’s brother’s MMA friends.

[Can we join that community, too?]

Mar 19 2015 12:00pm

Empire Cookie/Lucious Season 1 Finale Heart-to-Heart: Will the Empire Fall?

Show/Episode: Empire Season 1 Finale, Episodes 1x11, “Die But Once,” and 1x12, “Who I Am” (Spoilers up ahead!)
Ship(s): Cookie/Lucious, Cookie/Malcolm

The two hour finale of Empire had everything in it except the kitchen sink! Everyone was kung fu fighting, everyone was arguing, and everyone was making unholy alliances. A lot has happened since our last check in. Anika, finally done with Lucious and his lies goes to Beretti (Judd Nelson!) and decides to double-cross him to work for Creedmoore Records. She had a long con in play but Cookie busted her and revealed her intentions to Lucious and started a label war with scores of artists on the line. Andre has a complete psychotic break, and Jamal’s ex wife(!) Olivia (Raven Symone, with a nod to her Cosby Show character’s name) shows up out of the blue with an adorable child in tow, claiming she’s Jamal’s. The timing is right,  and just when Jamal accepts his role as father, Olivia’s psycho ex-boyfriend tracks her down and threatens to kill Jamal. To save him, Lucious admits that the little girl was actually his baby and he used Jamal as a patsy; Malcolm saves the day and takes out the crazy ex. Hakeem is out of the closet in his relationship with older lover Camilla, until Lucious sends her packing, thinking he could buy her out of her relationship. He was wrong. Jamal is firmly out of the closet in a shocking move by using one of his father’s old songs and updating the lyrics. With Anika out of the picture, Lucious decides he wants to marry Cookie and proposes to her.

[Cookie isn't gonna have any of it!]

Mar 16 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s Chase Me (March 17, 2015)

Chase Me by Tessa BaileyTessa Bailey
Chase Me (Broke and Beautiful #1)
Avon Impulse / March 17, 2015 / $4.99 print, $2.99 digital

College drop-out Roxy Cumberland moved to New York with dreams of becoming an actress, but her dwindling bank account is quickly putting the kibosh on that fantasy. To make some quick cash, she signs up to perform singing telegrams. Her first customer is a gorgeous, cocky Manhattan trust-funder if she ever laid eyes on one. And what could be more humiliating than singing an ode to his junk, courtesy of his last one night stand? Maybe the fact that she’s dressed in a giant pink bunny costume…

After a night out to celebrate winning his last case, lawyer Louis McNally the Second isn’t prepared for the pounding in his head or the rabbit serenading him from the front door. But the sassy wit and sexy voice of the girl behind the mask intrigue him, and one look at her stunning face—followed by a mind-blowing kiss against his doorjamb—leaves Louis wanting more.

Roxy doesn’t need a spoiled rich boy who’s had everything in life handed to him on a Tiffany platter. But there’s more to Louis than his sexy surface and he’s determined to make Roxy see it...even if it means chasing her all over NYC.

In Tessa Bailey’s Chase Me, we are treated to a laugh-out-loud raunchy romantic comedy.

Louis McNally the Second is a playboy lawyer who gets the surprise of his hungover life when an actual, true-to-life singing telegram shows up at his door. Despite the pounding headache, he can tell from the pink bunny’s voice that he wants—no, needs—to know more about her.

[And learn more about her he does...]

Mar 13 2015 11:14am

Scandal 4x15 Heart-to-Heart: Testify My Love

Liv is not okay in Scandal 4x15Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 15, “The Testimony of Diego Munoz”
Ship(s): Abby and Leo, Olivia and Fitz, Huck and Kim

Scandal 4x15 Captain's Log**Note: There be spoilers ahead**

This episode truly belonged to Abby and Leo (or Reo as the internets are calling them, for Red and Leo.) When Susan, Fitz’s Vice Presidential pick, flubs her first press conference with a snort and giggle heard around the world Cyrus wants to bring Olivia in to fix it. Olivia is still huddled in a corner at her apartment with a metaphorical “Closed” sign planted on her door, so they move on to the other fixer they know, Leo Bergen. While Olivia is trying to get over her ordeal, Rose (Marla Gibbs) comes back knocking on her door asking for help in trying to find her friend Lois that was killed when Liv was kidnapped. Her desire to help Rose and find some closure for herself and Lois has her setting her last two full time Gladiators on finding Lois’ body.

Meanwhile Leo and Abby are working closely with Susan to polish her up for the Senate confirmation hearings. Her initial poor showing has the talking heads’ tongues wagging in disdain, but Leo Bergen is on the case and he is a hard ass. He is relentless in his drill sergeant tactics in shaping Susan up, who is becoming obviously weary in the process. Not weary, however, is Abby who is getting hot and bothered every time she and Leo clash, agree, or are neutral in their handling of Susan. Even Cyrus gave Abby a knowing look when she breathlessly defended Leo’s tactics to him.

[A little too vocal of a defense?]

Mar 11 2015 11:10am

First Look: Violetta Rand’s Seduction (March 17, 2015)

Seduction by Violetta RandVioletta Rand
Random House / March 17, 2015 / $2.99 digital

The night Marisela Gonzalez rides up to the Devil’s Den on her motorcycle, running from trouble and looking for her sister, she finds more than a place to hide out and work her red-hot body. She meets a guy brave enough to stand by a tough, terrified nineteen-year-old girl who’s been in the wrong place with the wrong jerk one too many times. And he’s ready to show Marisela how a real man treats the woman he desires.

An ex-cop taking over as the club’s head of security, Craig Hanson can handle anything—except the urgent need he suddenly feels to hold Marisela tight. Commitment has never been his thing, but all that changes when Craig finds something too real to deny between them. Sensual and vulnerable, Marisela’s got a scary past. And when it comes knocking, Craig goes all in to protect her—because seduction is the ultimate game changer.

When we first met Craig Hanson back in Violetta Rand’s Surrender, he was a rough-around-the-edges, uber-possessive jerk who wouldn’t take no for an answer from his beautiful ex-girlfriend Robyn Gonzalez. However, he was able to show a tad of redemption by the end, especially in the way he dealt with Robyn’s wayward younger sister, Marisela. He was a perfect gentleman with the wild but highly astute teen, even when his rakish reputation indicated he may not have always been so chivalrous. Now, almost two years later, Marisela Gonzalez rides back into Craig’s life and he is the one who gets swept off his feet. In Seduction, Craig is a reformed rake and Marisela is a gun-shy flight risk.

[Where will they go from here?...]

Feb 28 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Nina Crespo’s Thane’s Redemption (March 3, 2015)

Thane's Redemption by Nina CrespoNina Crespo
Thane's Redemption
Kensington / March 3, 2015 / $1.99 digital

It's been almost a year since Celine's fiancé's death and she's still struggling to move on. But when she meets Thane, the super hot lead singer of Thane’s Redemption, she finds her desire reawakening, and her heart opening. Soon one kiss leads them straight into a night of heated passion…

Thane’s unexpected connection with Celine only leaves him wanting more of her—but his life makes it impossible. For Thane's Redemption is just a cover for a deeper secret: A former Army Ranger presumed dead, Thane is really a time-traveling, covert operative charged with saving the world from disaster. Each jump through time forces those around him to forget he ever existed—and Celine would be no exception. But can time work in their favor to give them a second chance at love? Or will a choice Thane makes in the future put Celine in mortal danger?...

The titular Thane in Nina Crespo's Thane’s Redemption is a complicated man; he has a band called Thane’s Redemption, he is a time traveling hero that answers to an ancient warrior named Dalir, and he may have just fallen in love with a woman who is still mourning her fiancé Dominic’s death in combat. 

[Who gets redeemed?]

Feb 20 2015 11:45am

Scandal 4x13 Heart-to-Heart: Returning the Favor

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 13, “No More Blood”
Ship(s): Olivia/Stephen, with reference to Olivia/Fitz (Olitz) and Olivia/Jake (Olake)

Olivia and Stephen Scandal 4x13 Captain's Log**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 13, “No More Blood.”**

As the episode opens, Olivia is still. In. Captivity. Gus and his cronies are about to deliver her to Iran, but Olivia’s expertise in Farsi thwarts that plan, so the jerk patrol takes Liv back to be auctioned off yet again. Over the past few episodes different people have risen to the challenge to rescue Liv, and Olivia certainly has continued working to save herself as well. This week belonged to the pit bull that is Abby Whelan. As a (former) Gladiator she has been shut out at Pope and Associates, and as the White House Press Secretary she does not have the government clearance to be in the inner circle to find out information about Olivia’s situation.

[But Abby has ways, we're sure...]

Feb 12 2015 3:00pm

Empire Midseason Heart-to-Heart: No Crumbled Cookies Here

Show/Episode: Empire Season 1 Mid Season Check-in (Ep 6)
Ship(s): Cookie and Lucious Lyon

**Reader Beware: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Empire, and recaps the entire season through Episode 6.**

Empire Midseason Captains LogEmpire continues to belong to Taraji P. Henson through her portrayal of the perpetual underdog and honest to a fault Cookie Lyon. Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, her ex-husband, is a perfect match and anyone can see the two enjoy bouncing barbs back and forth. Why wouldn’t they, when they have the most incredible lines?

Right now, the two are on opposite sides of a contentious family battle. Their two youngest sons Jamal and Hakeem were extremely close, but that relationship is suffering because Lucious personally manages Hakeem’s career and has passed Jamal over to Cookie’s management as he rejects the fact that Jamal is gay. Cookie and Lucious have some great exchanges, but Cookie’s unabashedly candid (to put it mildly) rapport with those around her clearly angers and delights Lucious to no end. Angered (mostly) when she is dealing with his fiance Anika, and delighted when she clowns around with everyone else.

[That's a good sign...]

Feb 6 2015 11:43am

Scandal 4x11 Olitz Heart-to-Heart: “Hi”

Fitz in Scandal season 4, episode 11Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 11, “Where's the Black Lady?”
Ships: Olitz (Olivia/Fitz)

**Note: This post contains spoilers on all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's 4x11, “Where's the Black Lady?.”**

Olivia and Fitz-focused Captain's Log for Scandal 4x11Considering the way this episode ended, this could have been an opportunity to ship Olivia with Ian, but quite honestly there was zero chemistry there to do it. Olivia is always looking for the man who calls the shots and we all know that ain’t Kidnapper Ian.

When the episode opens, Fitz is ready to use every resource available to him (which is a lot of resources) to find Olivia. However several Secret Service agents file into his office and inform him that they, as well as employees in all level of service to the President, are watching his every move. As long as he gives the Vice President the war in West Angola that he wants, Olivia will be just fine.

[No pressure, Fitz...]

Feb 5 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Sidney Halston’s Below the Belt (Febuary 10, 2015)

Below the Belt by Sidney HalstonSidney Halston
Below the Belt (Worth the Fight #3)
Loveswept / February 10, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Once one of the most sought-after names on the mixed martial arts circuit, Antonio “Scarface” Marino watched his career go down for the count as he chased skirts and made tabloid headlines. Now he’s finally making a comeback, and it’s all thanks to Francesca Silva, a Brazilian bombshell as tough as any of her fighters. But who’s the real Francesca: the trash-talking trainer who rides him hard, or the vulnerable woman who blushes at his touch?

Francesca went to the mat to sign Tony because she believes he still has the potential to bring big success to her gym—if she can keep his head in the cage and out of her personal life. After a short-lived marriage soured her on love, a one-night stand is all she can handle. Now Tony’s kisses are stirring up complicated feelings—especially when he agrees to face her ex in the ring. Francesca’s used to freezing guys out. But Tony’s tempting her to give in to the heat.

In the third book of Sidney Halston's Worth the Fight series, Below the Belt, a rough and volatile Cuban MMA fighter falls head over heels for a potty-mouthed, suit wearing Brazilian gym owner/trainer. (Spoiler Alert: sexy times happen!)

[Fight for love?]

Feb 1 2015 3:30pm

First Look: Sarah Castille’s Rough Justice (February 3, 2015)

Rough Justice by Sarah CastilleSarah Castille
Rough Justice (Sinner's Pride Motorcycle Club #1)
St. Martin's Press / February 3, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

Raised in a motorcycle gang, tough, beautiful Arianne Wilder has always dreamed of a normal life. But no sooner does she escape her father’s domineering grasp than she wakes up to find herself in a rival gang’s clubhouse—at the mercy of the dangerously sexy Jagger Knight.

The alpha leader of the notorious Sinner’s Tribe, Jagger Knight is all muscle, all biker, and all man. But somewhere inside this hard, tattooed outlaw, Arianne senses a kindred spirit—and she can’t ignore their tempestuous attraction. Can she beat him at his own game in a revved-up blaze of glory? Or will their passion spark a war that’s the end of the road for them both?

In Rough Justice, Sarah Castille gives us an exciting look at the one percenter Motorcycle Club culture from a bad-ass biker chick’s point of view. Arianne, road name Vexy, is the elder child of Viper, the deadly and pernicious president of the Black Jack Motorcycle Club. Under his abusive hands, the only thing she has wanted for years is to get her brother Jeff and herself out of Conundrum, Montana, and into the freedom that she imagines in Canada. 

[A conundrum indeed...]