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Jan 19 2016 9:30am

First Look: Chanel Cleeton’s Between Shadows (January 19, 2016)

Between Shadows by Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton 
Between Shadows
Chanel Cleeton / January 19, 2016 / $3.99 digital

A sexy new thriller about love and revenge from the author of the Capital Confessions and International School series… 

X lives by three rules: Show no weakness. Trust no one. Don’t get caught. She lives by the rules they gave her. 

The Academy—set in London, shrouded in secrecy—it trains spies, computer experts, and assassins. Their mission? Dispensing justice and altering the course of world politics. Or so they think. In a world where secrets are weapons and some kills are impossible to forget, everything X thought she knew about her life is about to change. 

They taught her to fight. To blend into the shadows like a ghost, to operate on the fringes of society, to change her identity with ease. They taught her to kill. 

She’ll need every skill they taught her, to stay alive.

The romantic suspense genre gets a slick and sexy update in Chanel Cleeton’s international spy thriller Between Shadows. An young American woman living in London, X is part of the Academy, a secret spy school where training starts in childhood. She could live out on her own but chooses to stay in the dorms to keep an eye on her younger sister, Grace. X is the top student at the Academy and the only student who could match her was Luke, the boy she betrayed in the worst possible way when they were younger. Now guess who is back at the Academy with revenge on his mind?

[You'll never believe who ...]

Jan 7 2016 9:30am

“Just Love Each Other”: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake’s Seduction in Session

Seduction in Session by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

The second Perfect Gentlemen novel from the New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series.

Privileged, wealthy, and wild: they are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy. But the threat of a scandal has one of them employing his most deceptive—and seductive—talents…

Recruited into the CIA at a young age, Connor Sparks knows how dirty the world can be. Only when he’s with his friends can he find some peace. So when an anonymous journalist threatens one of the Perfect Gentlemen, Connor vows to take down the person behind the computer, by whatever means necessary—even if it means posing as his target’s bodyguard.

Publishing a tabloid revealing Washington’s most subversive scandals has earned Lara Armstrong the ire of the political scene—and a slew of death threats.  To keep herself from ending up a headline, Lara hires a bodyguard, a man as handsome as he is lethal.

When the bullets start to fly, Lara is surprised to find herself in Connor’s arms. But as they begin to unravel a mystery that just might bring down the White House, Lara is devastated when she discovers Connor’s true identity—and finds herself at the mercy of forces who will stop at nothing to advance their deadly agenda.

In the second book of The Perfect Gentleman series co-written by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake we meet Lara Armstrong; hipster, vegan, and daughter of Senator Armstrong who secretly writes the salacious Capitol Scandals blog. Readers of the first novel, Scandal Never Sleeps briefly met the dangerous operative Connor Sparks; tall, broad, deadly and using his skills to find out what Lara Armstrong knows about the woman who can solve his best friend’s murder. Their relationship is based on lies, but it is lust at first sight. In Seduction in Session, we have an opposites attract enemies-to-lovers story.

[She needs a bodygurad and he needs her ...]

Dec 28 2015 10:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 4

Playing By the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 4 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and Part 3:

Miss Bates:

When H&H asked me to pick the best three romances I read in 2014, I agonized. I penned lists. I culled lists. I whittled lists. I wrote long- and short-lists. This year, my top three romances danced in my head like seasonal sugarplums! I knew exactly who they were and why I loved them. Here they are, in no particular order other than the mental sugarplum one.

Sarah Morgan’s Playing By the Greek’s Rules is a brilliant riff on the opposites-attract trope. Lily Rose, former-foster-child, waif-heroine is made of loving, empathetic steel. Her sunny ways and self-soothing personal philosophy break down the walls of Jericho around pragmatic, commitment-phobe hero Nik Zervakis’s heart.

[The final best reads of 2015 ...]

Dec 26 2015 10:00am

First Look: Sidney Halston’s Fighting Dirty (January 5, 2016)

Fighting Dirty by Sidney Halston

Sidney Halston
Fighting Dirty (Worth the Fight #5)
Loveswept / January 5, 2015 / $2.99 digital

If you love the MMA romances of Vi Kreeland and Kendall Ryan, Sidney Halston’s Worth the Fight series will knock your socks off! In Fighting Dirty, a geek-chic cage fighter proves that appearances can be deceiving... and oh-so-tempting.

With his preppy clothes and horn-rimmed glasses, Enzo Silva is the last dude anyone expects to find in a mixed martial arts gym. A wealthy Brazilian banker who never had to fight for anything, Enzo’s stuck in the amateur circuit—but he burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever he’s around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the Texas drawl is everything he’s not... and everything he craves.

Tough as nails and independent to a fault, Jamie Lynn—JL to her friends—works hard to pay her bills and keep life simple. Enzo is doing his best to complicate that. Even though she likes to bust his balls, he’s got some kind of a nerdy-hot vibe that makes JL wonder if she might finally be able to let her guard down. It might do the boy some good to spend some time in her world, where blood, sweat, and victory are as sweet as the first taste of real love.

Fighting Dirty by Sidney Halston is a sexy across the tracks romance that was full of hot chemistry and some serious wooing!

Enzo Silva has been trying to get Jamie Lyn to go out on a date with him for a year, but she keeps turning him down. She thinks he is a rich, stuffy snob and she tells him that she isn’t interested. While he is rich, he isn’t stuffy or a snob. Ok, he is a little anal retentive and orderly, but the right woman can change that and Enzo thinks that Jamie Lyn is the one. Meanwhile Jamie Lyn is hot for Enzo but she is very aware of their income disparity; she is a self confident woman on the outside, but on the inside the memories of her trailer park upbringing are constantly in the back of her head, holding her back. Will their opposite natures attract?

[The best fighters ...]

Dec 4 2015 9:30am

Scandal Season 5 Midseason Heart-to-Heart: There Is No Us!

TV Recap: Scandal Season 5, Mid Season Finale "Baby It's Cold Outside"

TV Recap: Season 5x09 Midseason Captain's Log Olitz

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5, Mid Season Finale “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Ship(s): Olitz

We have come a long way, baby since the “Heavy is the Head” season premiere of Scandal. Over the course of the season so far, Olivia has found out just exactly what that phrase mean as she and Fitz have been through quite a lot; here is the quick and dirty: First, footage of Olitz playing house in the White House is mysteriously released to Sally Langston prompting Olivia to admit she and the President are having an affair; Olivia and Fitz find themselves in the crosshairs of a scorned Mellie who has initiated an impeachment inquiry with the Senate judiciary committee; the Senate judiciary committee flips the script on Mellie and sets her up on the stand to start a complete takedown of the Grant family; Olivia is next to testify and she will either have to lie on the stand or refuse to answer questions...unless Olivia and Fitz get married in a quickie ceremony so she can’t testify against him. Out of the shadows comes Olivia’s father with another solution: release him from prison and he can pull out enough dirt on all the senators to shut the inquiry down. Olivia recruits Mellie to make his release happen and Mellie does with the caveat that Olivia helps her run for President; Papa Pope comes through, but Olivia can’t tell Fitz. Of course Fitz finds out about Eli’s escape and sends Jake to “take care of him” while Olivia is taking on First Lady duties that are boring her to tears, which brings us to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. (That was a mouthful!)

[Everything falls apart and comes together at the same time ...]

Dec 3 2015 12:30pm

Empire Season 2 Midseason Heart-to-Heart: When Lyons Attack

TV Recap: Empire Season 2x10 Cookie and LuciousTV Recap: Empire 2x10 Captain's Log Cookie and Lucious

Show/Episode: Empire Season 2, Midseason Finale “Et Tu, Brute?”

Ship(s): Cookie and Lucious

Well, the Empire clan have been very busy over the course of the season but this finale. Cookie and Hakeem have created Lyon Dynasty and are pretty successful with their new label; Jamal has taken flight as a solo artist and is eclipsing his father quickly; Andre finally got back into the inner circle with Lucious after revealing 1) he and Rhonda accidentally killed Vernon and 2) he and Rhonda are having a baby; Cookie got a new boo-thang named Laz in the form of the sexy Adam Rodriguez and lost him when she found out Laz was conning her; Hakeem grew up when he was kidnapped and beaten up by Laz’s crew; and Lucious got rid of his legal troubles and picked up a lawyer named Thirsty as crooked as he is. (Jamal also has a storyline where his boyfriend cheats on him so they break up and recently he was so dazzled by his working relationship with pop singer Sky a.k.a. Alicia Keys that they sleep together. I’m ignoring that mess.) We also find out more about Lucious as a child with a mentally ill mother, played by Kelly Rowland. That just about brings us to the mid season finale, “Et Tu, Brute?”

[THE LYONS FAMILY has taken a left turn ...]

Nov 19 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue’s Before the Dawn (November 30, 2015)

Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue
Before the Dawn (The Ending #4)
L2 Books / November 24, 2015 / $3.99 digital

A year ago, the Virus killed off most people in the world. 

A year ago, strange things started happening to those who survived. Some of them transformed into something dark and sinister, while others evolved, becoming something more, something beyond human.

A year ago, Dani and Zoe were lost. They traversed the country to find one another, losing some of the people dearest to them along the way. They fought for their right to simply live, uncovered long-buried secrets, and discovered irreversible truths. And after everything Dani and Zoe have been through—even with the battle wounds that they bear—they’re still not safe.

It’s time for the struggling to end, for survivors to take back their lives, their families, their safety. It’s time to really begin to live, and to do that, they must wait for the first rays of dawn.

Before the Dawn by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue is the fourth and finalish story in The Ending series. I say finalish because it looks like there will be another story told, but this book definitely closes the chapter on a harrowing, exciting, romantic, and dangerous. The world created here is rich and dynamic; there are several novellas that accompany the series that are worth a read for anyone who is addicted to The Ending series (like me!).

[Get in on this sci-fi series ...]

Nov 16 2015 9:30am

So Cheeky: Fall in Love with Curran in Cecy Robson’s Once Kissed

Once Kissed by Cecy Robson

In Cecy Robson’s Once Kissed we meet a serious law student intern who is counting down the days to graduation when her past comes back in a seriously sexy way. One of the police officers assigned to protect her turns out to be the only one night stand she allowed herself when she was an undergrad. Now that they are going to be spending quite a bit of time together, we get to see if these second chance romance lovers can make it work.

Set in the same world as her Shattered Past series, I fell in love with the O’Brien clan in Robson’s Once Pure. I was so pleased to hear the O’Briens would be getting their own series and having read Once Kissed, I can’t wait to see what happens when love hits the rest of the siblings.

The first sibling in this series to find a happily ever after is Curran, the O’Brien that has always been the life of the party and a golden boy who never had a problem keeping his bed warm. He takes his job as a police officer for the Philadelphia Police Department seriously and is well known through the department for his hard work and great instincts. However, he is currently on modified duty until he is cleared for full service; an arrest gone wrong ended with his partner getting shot and paralyzed. Now Curran has a harder time trusting his instincts and he can see in the eyes of his colleagues that they do, too.

[Reunited for some fun and sexy times, but will it be more? ...]

Nov 10 2015 9:30am

What Is Dark Romance?

Madame X by Jasinda Wilder

There have been a slew of what is considered Dark Erotica novels published recently, and truthfully, I have read and loved a great deal of them. When considering a post that rounds up some of the best of the most recent releases, or at least the most delicious and twisted selections, my first consideration was this: What the heck is Dark Erotica, anyway?

Off the top of my head I thought, well, Dark Erotica is an erotic story with dark undertones...or dark overtones. Not quite sinister, but definitely not Disney bubblegum storytelling. (Well technically, Disney stories are pretty dark, but I digress.) Dark Erotica seems to have less boundaries that typical romances; however with more secrets, lies, and intrigue it is not simply a romantic suspense erotica on steroids. When you are reading a book and give an audible gasp, it could be from an especially juicy sex scene or a secret revealed, and this reaction is common when reading dark romance novels. I think we are getting somewhere here!

I have a “dark” bookshelf on Goodreads, and I thought I could get some inspiration for an explanation from there. I was actually surprised at the variety of what I considered dark books on that shelf. Erotica of all kinds was to be found; from motorcycle clubbers and blue collar lovers to dubious consent, kidnapping novels, and secret BDSM of the affluent, anyone can fall victim to love on the dark side. This explains why DA is growing in popularity, but not exactly what it is.

[Get into the dark erotica romance ...]

Oct 29 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Brenda Jackson’s Breaking Bailey’s Rules (November 3, 2015)

Breaking Bailey's Rules by Brenda Jackson

Brenda Jackson
Breaking Bailey's Rules (The Westmorelands)
Harlequin Desire / November 3, 2015 in print; November 1, 2015 in digital / $5.25 print, $3.99 digital

In New York Times bestselling author Brenda Jackson's novel, a Westmoreland learns that rules are meant to be broken! 


Rule number one for Bailey Westmoreland: Never fall for a man who would take her away from her tight-knit family's Colorado home. So why is she following rancher Walker Rafferty all the way to Alaska? Bailey tells herself she owes the sexy loner an apology, and once she gets there, it's only right to stay and help him when he's injured…isn't it? Before long, Bailey realizes home might be where you make it—if Walker is ready to take all she has to offer.

In Brenda Jackson's Breaking Bailey’s Rules, we meet a self-assured, family oriented go-getter who trips and falls in love with a slightly older and way too sexy rancher who lives all the way in Alaska.

The Westmoreland family is notorious in Colorado. However, the Outlaw family is notorious in Fairbanks, Alaska and beyond due to their freight business, and the Westmorelands have discovered that they are related to the Outlaws. Being an open and welcoming but close-knit family, the Westmoreland bunch reach out to the Outlaws with this news, hoping to extend their familial ties. Being a cautious and close knit family, the Outlaws send Walker Rafferty, a close family friend, to Denver to check them out. Wild teen turned responsible adult Bailey Westmoreland is tasked with being his babysitter during his visit, and the sparks fly, but so do the tempers! Brenda Jackson’s frenemies turned lovers story Breaking Bailey’s Rules is delicious, a bit exciting, and a lot sexy.

[Just how we like 'em...]

Oct 5 2015 4:30pm

First Look: Jasinda Wilder’s Madame X (October 6, 2015)

Madame X by Jasinda Wilder

Jasinda Wilder 
Madame X
Penguin / October 6, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Madame X invites you to test the limits of desire in this provocative new novel from New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder.
My name is Madame X.
I’m the best at what I do...
Hired to transform the uncultured, inept sons of the wealthy and powerful into decisive, confident men, Madame X wields culture and wit like a knife. But behind her sophisticated facade X is a woman adrift, trapped between a dangerous past she can’t remember and the protection of a seductive man who claims her body—and her soul.
Undone time and again by his exquisite dominance, X craves and fears his desire in equal measure. And while she longs for the safety of her tower penthouse, she also yearns to escape. But X has never known anything or anyone else—until he came along…

There is nothing typical about Madame X by Jasinda Wilder. The story itself is certainly different than what “old” Jasinda Wilder fans like myself have read in the fun and bubbly Big Girls Do It series, but reflects the direction her most recent offerings like her Alpha series have been heading. I find this hugely exciting as a fan of dark erotica and gritty storytelling. It could be a challenge to be unique in the dark erotica landscape, but Jasinda Wilder has done it, and done it well, in Madame X.

[A dark erotic for your pleasure ...]

Sep 25 2015 10:00am

Scandal 5x01 Heart-to-Heart: Liv-ing in the White House?

Scandal 5x01 Olitz

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5, Episode 1, “Heavy is the Head”
Ship(s): Olivia/Fitz (Olitz)

Scandal 5x01 Captain's Log for Olitz

In the Season 5 opener of Scandal, Olivia and FItz are living one of their fantasies out in in technicolor. With Mellie kicked out of the White House, Liv has been sleeping over with Fitz. A lot. And judging by her reactions, Fitz really really really (no, REALLY) knows what he is doing in bed. As usual with Olitz, Olivia knows the best course of action for their relationship is to play it slow and steady for the long haul; Fitz is the emotional (read: spoiled) one who can’t bear to live his life unless it’s on his terms. Besides all of the sneaking around that Olitz has been doing, Fitz has been courting the nation of Caledonia to put an American naval base there. It also happens to be a monarchy that an American married into and became a princess with Grace Kelly-like fame. Unfortunately during the royal visit to America, Princess Emily’s story took a tragic Princess Diana turn, and she was killed in a car accident. The queen hired Olivia to make the spectacle as small as possible.

[You do your job and I'll do mines ...]

Sep 24 2015 9:30am

Empire 2x01 Heart-to-Heart: Back in the Lyons Den

Empire 2x01 The Lyon Clan is Back

Show/Episode: Empire Season 2, Episode 1 “The Devils Are Here”
Ship(s): Cookie and Lucious, Marisa Tomei and everybody

Empire 2x01 Captain's Log Cookie and Lucious

Empire’s knockout inaugural season highlighted the dysfunctional Lyon family and the complicated relationship between the recently released from jail matriarch and record company executive patriarch of the family, Cookie and Lucious Lyon respectively. Season 2 opens with a role reversal as Lucious is in jail and Cookie is on the outside, refusing to visit him. (There were also more cameos in the first ten minutes than most shows have all season!) They only had one scene together, but the magnetic pull Cookie and Lucious have to each other is felt through the whole show; Cookie throws a huge  Free Lucious free concert all the while courting rich investors to take controlling interest in Empire, Lucious laments to his son Jamal that Cookie hasn’t been to visit him in prison, and in a cheeky face time video when Cookie’s takeover bid fails, Lucious chuckles both evilly and indulgently at her antics.

[Cookie needs a favor ...]

Sep 12 2015 11:00am

First Look: Chanel Cleeton’s Falling for Danger (September 15, 2015)

Chanel Cleeton 
Falling for Danger (Capitol Confessions #3)
Intermix / September 15, 2015 / $2.99 digital

The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her third book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them… 
Kate Reynolds has just graduated from college and is determined to make it on her own. Her job as a junior political analyst at the CIA is a dream come true and the perfect opportunity to find answers about the night that’s plagued her for four years—the night she lost her fiancé, Matt, on a Special Forces mission in Afghanistan. Kate’s consumed with uncovering the truth and avenging the man she loved and lost, even if it means risking her own life to prove that his death wasn’t an accident.
When she gets too close to discovering what happened that fateful night and danger arrives on her doorstep, Kate’s stunned by the man who comes to her rescue. Together, they begin to dig for the truth, fighting to stay alive as they’re dragged down into a world of secrets and lies. But when the threat hits close to home, Kate must choose between vengeance and a future with the man who’s ignited a fire inside her that she thought died long ago.

Take some romantic suspense, mix it up with a little second-chance romance, and add a dash of secret romance and you will end up with the exciting, sexy, and fast paced Falling for Danger by Chanel Cleeton.

[She's trying to uncover a scandal of her lost lover ...]

Aug 14 2015 8:30am

First Look: Sidney Halston’s Laid Out (August 18, 2015)

Laid Out by Sidney Halston

Sidney Halston
Laid Out (Worth the Fight #4)
Loveswept / August 18, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and Cecy Robson, Sidney Halston’s scorching new MMA romance proves there are no holds barred when it comes to seduction.

As an Army brat, Violet Channing could never meet her dad’s high expectations. But in the eyes of her best friend, she could do no wrong. He even insisted that he should be her first kiss. Now Cain Sorensen is all grown up, hardened by years in special ops and always looking for a good fight. Tall, with striking blue eyes and impossibly blond hair, he’s a modern-day Viking warrior. Of course, Violet’s all grown up, too, and she’s ready to surrender to his every command.

Cain knows he’s bad for Violet. His work is dangerous, and his hobbies are downright deadly. As a private mercenary and a mixed martial arts fighter, he could never let such an innocent soul into his world. And yet his most grueling combat training is no match for Violet’s killer curves, hot touch, and suggestive glances. Now all of Cain’s most explosive fantasies are coming true—but once they cross the line between friends and lovers, there’s no turning back.

Violet Channing and Cain Sorensen have been best friends and army brats since practically birth. Jeremy Edwards made up the third part of their trio and when the slightly older boys decided to enlist in the Army, Cain didn’t leave before giving Violet her first kiss. She was in full crush mode over the silent and sexy Cain, but he humiliatingly never pursued her. Jeremy did, however, and over the years her relationship with Jeremy grew. They were engaged when he was killed in combat, and Cain was there to see the tragedy play out. Wracked with survivor’s guilt, Cain returned home but he couldn’t find it in himself to betray Jeremy and claim Violet as his own, despite the fact that he has wanted her as long as Jeremy did. Longer even, since Jeremy has been dead for a few years. In Sidney Halston’s Laid Out, friends turned lovers takes a tortured but seductive turn.

[Loyalty can no longer stand in their path...]

Aug 7 2015 8:30am

First Look: Laura Marie Altom’s The Escort (August 11, 2015)

The Escort by Laura Marie Altom

Laura Marie Altom
The Escort (Shamed #3)
Loveswept / August 11, 2015 / $2.99 digital

In Laura Marie Altom’s scorching new Shamed novel, perfect for fans of J. Kenner and Tracy Wolff, a broken heart pushes a rugged loner to the breaking point—until a not-so-innocent affair changes everything.
When the woman he loves marries billionaire Liam Stone, Nathan Black swears off dating and playing by the rules. He’s also tired of being broke. His new gig as a male escort isn’t exactly legal, but the cash will help him build a solid future. Then there’s Carol Moore, Liam’s personal assistant. She and Nathan always seem to get paired up at Stone family functions—and always seem to end up in bed together. She’s definitely intriguing. But how could a good girl like Carol settle down with a screw-up like Nathan?
After Carol’s dreamy boss gets hitched, crushing any chance of them getting back together, she finds herself hooking up with the bride’s best friend. Nathan is hot, adventurous, and just a little bit dangerous. But when one of their sexy games goes too far, Carol discovers how out of control Nathan’s life really is. And before long Carol is forced to choose between her safe old life and the bad boy who makes her feel like the woman she’s meant to be.

Laura Marie Altom’s The Escort starts with a bang, literally. Nathan Black and Carol Moore are left with nothing but their memories to comfort them when the objects of their unrequited loves get married. They decide to sneak away during the ceremony and comfort each other, to spectacular result. Can two jilted exes get over their pain of rejection and allow themselves to try love again...with each other?

[Such a heartbreak to watch your unrequited lover marry...]

Aug 1 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Megan Crane’s Make You Burn (August 4, 2015)

Megan Crane
Make You Burn (Deacons of Bourbon Street #1)
Loveswept / August 4, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Meet the Deacons of Bourbon Street, bad boy bikers who are hell on wheels—and heaven between the sheets. Megan Crane revs up an irresistible new series co-written with Rachael Johns, Jackie Ashenden, and Maisey Yates.

Sean “Ajax” Harding’s oaths are inked into his skin. Once second-in-command of the Deacons of Bourbon Street motorcycle club, he left New Orleans to protect the brotherhood, and only the death of his beloved mentor, Priest Lombard, could lure him back. Walking into the old hangout gives him a familiar thrill—especially when he gets an eyeful of the bar’s delectable new owner. A wild ride with her is just the welcome Ajax needs. Then he realizes that she’s Priest’s daughter, all grown up and totally off limits.

Sophie Lombard loved her father, not his lifestyle. She’s done with bikers . . . until Ajax roars into town—arrogant, tough, and sexy as ever. And although he treats her like the Catholic schoolgirl he once knew, Sophie’s daydreams tend to revolve around sin. With the very real possibility of heartbreak looming, Sophie knows better than to get too close to an outlaw. But every touch from Ajax is steamier than the Louisiana bayou—and heat like this may just be worth getting burned.

Sophie Lombard knows what the motorcycle club life means for women. As the “princess” to the once thriving Deacons of Bourbon Street MC in New Orleans, LA, her father ran the club with an iron fist and raised her as a single dad with respect for MC culture. However, he did at least try to protect her from the ugly side of the MC life, and made sure she had a great education, including sending her to college. Ten years ago, something went down with the Deacons, and Sophie’s father sent away his four officers, including his Vice President, Ajax.

In Megan Crane’s erotic MC story Make You Burn, Sophie and Sean “Ajax” Harding bite the forbidden fruit and enter into a whirlwind, torrid affair that would make her father burn...in anger.

[Get gritty with these characters...]

Jul 25 2015 1:00pm

Signed with an X: Trending Names in Romance

The Billionaire's Game by J.S. Scott

The subject of hero naming trends never gets old. With the popularity of some books or television shows we see an influx of heroes with familiar sounding names (hello Christian and Jax!) However, there are some hero names that are staples in the romance genre that make me wonder “Who really has this name?” or “Why are so many authors choosing this name?” I’m talking about names that seem to be exclusive to romantic novels across sub-genres. It occurred to me that I was reading a lot of books with similarly uniquely named heroes, and I did a quick bit of personal research on the names most popular in certain sub-genres. For instance:

1) Cade

Cade has been credited with having Gaelic roots, short for Caden. Perhaps Margaret Mitchell is the trend setter in modern times as she named a character Cade in Gone With the Wind. It seems these days everyone has a hero named Cade or the popular variation, Kade. I’m not complaining! I have yet to meet a Cade/Kade that I didn’t want to be rescued by. Cade had strong western romance beginnings, but now a lot of Cades seem to be dangerous urban alpha heroes with a score to settle.

[Name that trend...]

Jul 20 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Chanel Cleeton’s Playing with Trouble (July 21, 2015)

Playing with Trouble by Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton 
Playing with Trouble (Capital Confessions #2)
Intermix / July 21, 2015 / $2.99 digital

The author of Flirting with Scandal presents her second book in a sexy contemporary romance series about three sisters in a powerful political family, the scandals that threaten to destroy them, and the passion that drives them…

The daughter of one of the Senate's most powerful figures, Blair Reynolds was ready to become the ultimate political wife—until she caught her fiancé cheating on her wedding day. Law school is a fresh start, her shot at putting the pieces of her life back together. That’s the plan, at least. Until trouble comes in the form of her Torts professor, the man whose arrogance infuriates her in class but haunts her private fantasies. 

Graydon Canter had a fortune and a place on all the hottest "Thirty under Thirty” lists, until a series of personal missteps nearly destroyed his career. A year teaching at a D.C. law school is just the break he needs to get his life back in order, as long as nothing—and no one—trips him up.

When Blair and Gray are forced to work together, their explosive attraction becomes impossible to resist. But Gray’s demons have drawn him dangerously close to the edge, and Blair has spent her life playing by the rules. Will she break them for a shot at love?

Growing up in a political family, Blair Reynolds of Chanel Cleeton's Playing with Trouble has been carefully groomed to be poised, ladylike, and above all else to stay away from scandal. However, between recently finding out she has another sister (a love child her age from her father) and catching her high school sweetheart fiance sleeping with someone else on their wedding day, Blair is unfortunately front row and center of scandal right now. She concludes that a change is in order and decides to go to law school. 

[The professor put the moves on me...]

Jul 17 2015 8:30am

First Look: Sparrow Beckett’s Finding Master Right (July 21, 2015)

Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett

Sparrow Beckett
Finding Master Right (Masters Unleashed Series #1)
InterMix / July 21, 2015 / $3.99 digital

Dominant, crop-wielding men are all Kate dreams about, but how far is she willing to go?

Kate wants a man who will take charge—she just needs to find the right guy. Fortunately, her friend is throwing a kinky Halloween party with a guest list loaded with sexy, available men. That’s where she meets Banner.

Dark and intense, Banner’s not just a Dominant, he’s a Master looking for a slave. Kate isn’t interested in something that extreme, but when he offers to help her find the perfect Dom, while training her to be a flawless submissive, she’s glad to have a matchmaker and protector.

Banner knows they’re not compatible, yet something about Kate is impossible to resist. Once he finds her the right Dom, will he be able let her go?

Kate is still holding out hope that she can find the right Dom for herself, but she is a skeptic. Most of the dominant men she encounters she either scares away with her sharp tongue or turns them off with her brattiness. However, some of the bad guys accept her challenging ways and want to break her. What is a possibly submissive but definitely strong willed gal to do when she is looking for the one? Luckily, her best friend is also a submissive and has found her happily ever after in her Dominant mate; she offers to throw a Halloween mixer with their BDSM friends to see if Kate clicks with the right man. Banner walked in and he and Kate immediately clicked, but Banner isn’t looking for a submissive. He is looking for a full time slave. Considering the fact that Kate isn’t a hundred percent sure of her submissiveness, there is no way she could be the very hot and tempting Banner’s slave. However, there is another option available. In Sparrow Beckett’s Finding Master Right, Kate and Banner make an arrangement. Will love be a side benefit?

[Kate wants a Dom and Banner is over taming women...]