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Oct 20 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Jennifer Blackwood’s Unethical (October 20, 2014)

Unethical by Jennifer BlackwoodJennifer Blackwood
Entangled / October 20, 2014 / $10.99 print / $.99 digital

Love burns hotter the second time around…

Two years ago, the medical world was shaken by scandal, and Payton Daniels's family was at the center of it. The second she graduated, Payton left everything behind―her high school sweetheart, her family, and the controversy surrounding her mother's death—and hid within the anonymity of college. But Payton’s ex, Blake Hiller, hasn't forgiven her for leaving, and when he enrolls in the same medical ethics class, she panics. She can’t run the risk of him telling everyone who she really is.

As if being at the same university isn’t enough, both Blake and Payton land the same internship. Forced together, their passion for each other reignites, but when Payton is asked to testify in her father’s high-profile trial, she must choose between risking her acceptance into medical school to help her father, and losing every connection to her past—including the only guy she’s ever loved.

Payton Daniels has a lot on her plate. Two years ago, Payton’s mother was suffering from cancer and her father (a physician) assisted in her decision to commit suicide. He was arrested, and the case has become a sensationalized major news story. Distraught by her father’s seeming betrayal, Payton leaves her hometown and escapes to school in Florida, using her mother’s maiden name and leaving behind a boyfriend, an incarcerated father, and the pain of her mother's death.

[Running away always helps, right?]

Oct 17 2014 11:15am

Scandal Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: Drop the Mic

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Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 4, “Like Father, Like Daughter.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

Is everyone still in recovery from this past episode of Scandal? I know I am. Let’s get into it because it is juicy, it is shocking, and it is scandalous!

When the episode opens, Jake AKA Captain Swag is walking to his car, but something just doesn’t feel right. As he approaches his car, he notices a red flashing light underneath. He immediately knows what it is, and turns around in the other direction. Just to prove how badass he is, he hits his car fob to turn his car on and it explodes. This of course makes him a little late for dinner at Liv’s house, who wanted to be domestic. She invites him in and tells him “Let’s talk about our day...I’ll go first.” Of course you will, Liv. Before Jake gets a word in, Liv’s phone rings and she is out the door on a case like a bat out of hell.

[That's so nice of you, Liv...not!]

Oct 3 2014 11:02am

Scandal Season 4, Episode 2 Recap: Booty Calls

Fitz's State of the Union speech in Scandal 4x02Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Kwana Minatee-Jackson and Nicole Leapheart. Need to catch up? Don't miss our previous recaps and posts on Scandal. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 4, episode 2, “The State of the Union.”

NOTE: This post may contain spoilers for all aired episodes of Scandal. Enjoy!

Last week there were so many new beginnings! Jake’s new sassy attitude, Cy’s new hair, and Mellie’s new devil-may-care attitude about the world in general. But at its heart, it was the same old Scandal. So let’s take a look at what happened this episode, shall we?

The episode opens with Jake and Olivia jogging together. Jake informs Liv that he has booked a hotel room. When Liv asks him what for, he tells her it’s for “booty calls.” Then Jake says “booty call” every other time we see him in the episode and it is very exciting. VERY. Anyhow, Olivia informs him she doesn’t do booty calls. Then he informs her that with Cyrus waiting at The Bench in the Park, she most certainly does booty calls, especially when they are work-related.

[Talk dirty to us, Jake...]

Oct 2 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Kelly Jamieson’s All Messed Up (October 7, 2014)

All Messed Up by Kelly Jamieson

Kelly Jamieson
All Messed Up (Windy City Kink)
Samhain / October 7, 2014 / $5.50 digital

Mallory Hurst has tried to live a life that makes up for past mistakes. But now she faces a huge ethical dilemma. Her pharmaceutical company’s unapproved, off-label use of a medication puts lives at risk, and her protests have fallen on deaf ears.

Hoping a trip home will clear her head, she boards a plane for California. And strikes up a conversation with a handsome stranger.

Joe Mason recently learned that the man he’s called father all his life…isn’t. At least that explains why he never measured up to his older brothers. Flying to meet his biological father for the first time, he meets a sleek, sexy woman who makes him want to mess up her perfect hair.

Shared conversation leads to a shared drink between flights, then when their flight is canceled, a shared bed overnight—where their rush of attraction explodes into a night of much-needed kinky fun.

Yet a night of hot, messy sex won’t fix anything—in fact, blowing off steam could have blown their lives all to hell…

At first glance, Mallory Hurst is a prim and driven good girl; she's achieved success in the workplace at a young age, and is the dutiful only daughter to a pastor and his lovely wife. That is, until she meets rugged cop Joe Mason at the airport. Then, the good girl goes very bad! Or does she? Turns out Kelly Jamieson has introduced us to a former bad girl turned good.

[Bad to good to bad? Sounds good!...]

Sep 24 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Desiree Holt’s Finding Julia (September 29, 2014)

Desiree Holt
Finding Julia
Lyrical Press / September 29, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Can a moment of passion outlast years of secrets and misery?

For Julia Patterson, meeting Luke Buchanan awakens within her a passion she’s never dared dream possible. He claims her body and and helps her remember what it means to be a woman. But Fate has a twisted sense of humor. Just when Julia is ready to step over the threshold into a wonderful new life, her almost-ex-husband is diagnosed with a heart condition that puts her divorce on hold. Turning her back on Luke is the most difficult thing she’s ever done. But Julia has a secret, one that Charles discovers and uses against her.

Years later, when Luke walks back into Julia’s life, the passion between them is just as explosive. But Charles is still controlling her from the grave, and the secret Julia has hidden for fourteen years could destroy their dreams forever.

When Julia Patterson met Luke Buchanan in Desiree Holt's Finding Julia, she was on a business trip to pitch a product line for his business. During her presentation, they locked eyes and their attraction was instantaneous. In fact, their chemistry was so strong they moved from the board room to the bedroom and knew this was going to be more than just one night, distance be damned. 

[Not just one night? Refreshing!]

Sep 4 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Lisa Renee Jones’s My Control (September 8, 2014)

My Control by Lisa Renee JonesLisa Renee Jones
My Control (Inside Out)
Pocket Star / September 8, 2014 / $.99 digital

I have lost the man I once was, letting guilt and heartache define who I am. Darkness has controlled me, and one woman has seen what no one else has seen in me, what I do not wish to exist. I'm consumed with my hunger for her and my need for her has driven me to the edge of sanity, but no more.

She's about to find out that the Master has returned.

My Control is the third novella of Mark Compton's story in the Inside Out series by Lisa Renee Jones. Mark is a dark, enigmatic character with plenty of secrets. He is also the star of Rebecca’s journals, and his guilt over her disappearance has increased tenfold now that his ex-playmate, Ava, has confessed to killing Rebecca. He is also dealing with his mother suffering with cancer and with the police investigation resulting from not only Ava’s impulsive behavior but from Sara investigating Rebecca’s disappearance in the first place. And then, of course, there is Crystal. Crystal, who runs point at Riptide, and who has gone toe-to-toe with Mark. She is no one’s submissive and while she cares about Mark, they have to balance their incredible chemistry with Mark’s needs. Jones takes us through one of the most challenging parts of any romance: the courtship.

[Woo us!...]

Aug 30 2014 10:00am

First Look: Christine Feehan’s Dark Blood (September 2, 2014)

Dark Blood by Christine FeehanChristine Feehan
Dark Blood (Dark Series #26)
Berkley / September 2, 2014 / $26.95 print, $12.99 digital

At long last you are truly back with us...

Zev Hunter was an elite warrior, a dark-blood dealer of death to rogue Lycans who preyed on mankind. He was a loner, never given to personal attachments, and damned fierce at his job. But Zev begins to question his past and his purpose when he awakens in the darkness of the sacred cave of warriors—and is soothed back to consciousness by the sensuously familiar voice of one woman, the woman who has haunted his fantasies for centuries. She was Branislava, member of the Dragonseeker clan…

Mother Earth called the ancients to witness your rebirth… 

For this half-mage, half-Carpathian temptress, the ritual of awakening Zev to the council of warriors was the only way to save him. Locked away for his own protection, the time has now come for his rebirth, for his blood to stir with that of the ancient warriors before him. He has been assured by Branislava that their fates are entwined, that their spirits are woven together for eternity and that his new purpose in life is beyond imagining.

Now, with a blood-sworn vow of honor, mercy and endurance, and under the influence of a siren as bewitching as Branislava, Zev begins to wonder what his purpose is, what it means for the future of the Carpathians and what it is about his rebirth that he has to fear… 

Dark Blood is (amazingly!) the 26th book of Christine Feehan's Dark Series. It is the last of a trilogy in the series and this time around, the Dragonseeker Branislava has rescued the Lycan Zev Hunter from death, literally. He slowly awakes from death through his connection to Bronnie (or Branka, as he nicknames her) to find out that not only is he not dead, he is of mixed blood and his warrior expertise is needed.

[Tell us more, tell us more...]

Aug 18 2014 10:56am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 9 Recap: All Fanged Up!

Eric Northman in True Blood season 7 episode 9Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 9, “Love Is to Die.” Enjoy!

When we last checked in on the gang, there was quite a crew at Fangtasia who had come together to get Bill healed from Hep-V. But Bill didn’t want to take Sarah Newlin’s blood. So what does he want?

He wants the true death, apparently. When the scene opens, we are still in Fantasia’s basement dungeon. Bill wishes to meet the true death, but can’t quite articulate why. After a couple of Cher/Moonstruck slaps to try to get the answers out of him, Sookie is held back by Eric. He doesn’t say anything, but we all know that since Eric just went through his own brush with death, he may be empathising with Bill. Jessica, in her grief, asks to be released and Bill grants her wish. He leaves Jess crying into Pam’s couture jacket, Sookie crying into Eric’s couture jacket, and us wondering what the heck is going on.

[The end is nigh...]

Aug 14 2014 9:30am

First Look: Lauren Dane’s The Best Kind of Trouble (August 26, 2014)

The Best Kind of Trouble by Lauren DaneLauren Dane
The Best Kind of Trouble
Harlequin HQN / August 26, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

She has complete control…and he's determined to take it away

A librarian in the small town of Hood River, Natalie Clayton's world is very nearly perfect. After a turbulent childhood and her once-wild ways, life is now under control. But trouble has a way of turning up unexpectedly—especially in the tall, charismatically sexy form of Paddy Hurley….

And Paddy is the kind of trouble that Natalie has a taste for.

Even after years of the rock-and-roll lifestyle, Paddy never forgot the two wickedly hot weeks he once shared with Natalie. Now he wants more…even if it means tempting Natalie and her iron-grip control. But there's a fine line between well-behaved and misbehaved—and the only compromise is between the sheets! 

Librarian Natalie Clayton has lived quite a life. She was abandoned as a toddler by her mother and sent to live with her father, who has been an addict her whole life. The fact that she has a trust fund and lived in the suburbs made the reality of the life she was living on the inside of that house even more appalling.

[So what kind of trouble does she get in?]

Aug 8 2014 11:00am

Alpha-holes vs. Alpha-gents

Recently, I tackled the subject of TSTL heroines vs. kick-ass heroines, and it yielded a lively debate on what readers consider stupid, what readers consider badass, and the span between. Alpha-holes are an interesting breed. They have über-alpha traits that make a lot of readers cringe, wince, or gasp in outrage. Why do they do the things they do? Sometimes an author gives a compelling backstory to sway readers into understanding him. However, sometimes an alpha-hole is just an alpha-hole and can have some of these traits:

1. He’s a bad communicator.

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Much like his TSTL counterpart, an alpha-hole will say and do whatever he wants, including not saying anything at all. He gets an idea in his mind, and that’s that.The heroine and the reader are left wondering why he says/does what he does; we also wonder why the heroine goes back for more.

[It does make us wonder...]

Aug 6 2014 2:15pm

First Look: Jackie Ashenden’s Living in Shadow (August 12, 2014)

Living in Shadow by Jackie AshendenJackie Ashenden
Living in Shadow
Samhain / August 12, 2014 / $4.50 digital

Law professor Eleanor May is fine with taking over a class for a colleague on sabbatical. She’s not so fine with the hot student who’s always seated front and center. Once upon a time she was that student…and the scars remain eight years after it ended.

Yet this guy seems different from the others. Despite the alarm bells in her head warning her about history repeating itself, she is drawn toward the forbidden once again—even though this time it could consume her.

Lucien North’s past is darker than the ink on his skin, a reminder of a time when survival was a fight to the death. Seducing his beautiful professor wasn’t supposed to be part of his plan to put it behind him, but there’s something about Eleanor that’s gotten hold of him and won’t let go.

Together they light up the night, but will their powerful desire lead them to love—or drag them both to the brink of disaster?

Living in Shadow by Jackie Ashenden tackles a few themes, the most interesting being the power dynamic of an older woman with a younger alpha male.

[Who's teaching whom?...]

Aug 4 2014 10:22am

True Blood Season 7, Episode 7 Recap: Searching for a Cure

Bill and Jessica in True Blood 7x07Believe it or not, the wait is finally over: True Blood's seventh and final (!!!) season is now under way. Tune in each week as we recap and discuss the last chapter in the story of our favorite Bon Temps residents.

This post contains SPOILERS for all aired episodes of True Blood, including last night’s Season 7, Episode 7, “May Be the Last Time.” Enjoy!

When we last left Bon Temps, Sarah Newlin claimed she could heal her sister Amber of Hep-V, Lafayette (aka LaLa) actually agreed with Lettie Mae, and Bill was apparently dying superfast of Hep-V, probably thanks to Sookie’s fae blood. How are the good times rolling this episode?

Eric, Pam, and the Yakuza roll up to Amber’s house, Fast and the Furious style, where they encounter her newly healed when she opens the door. They interrogate her, but she refuses to divulge Sarah’s whereabouts. However, she does let it slip that Sarah herself is the cure to Hep-V. In a fit of rage and hallucination, Eric stakes her. Pam was shocked and the Yakuza were pissed, so this seems like a good place to roll opening credits.

[It's the final countdown...]

Jul 8 2014 2:00pm

TSTL vs. Kick-Ass Heroines from Frost, Armstrong, Brockmann, and More!

As an avid reader, I come across a lot of heroines. Some of them kick-ass, some of them forgettable, and unfortunately, some of them Too Stupid to Live. What are the characteristics of a TSTL heroine you say? Well, I happen to have a handy-dandy list right here:

1) She’s an overthinker.

Joan in Mad Men
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We have all read this kind of heroine before. The hero walks into the room, says, “Hi!” to her and for the next three (or more...) pages she overthinks about how hot, awesome, sexy and worldly he is; then she laments about how he probably will never ever talk to her and how he wouldn’t even look her way or see her for who she is and oh why bother and then she runs out of the room crying. Which brings me to…

[...More TSTL qualities?]

Jun 30 2014 9:30am

First Look: Sofia Tate’s Breathless for Him (July 1, 2014)

Breathless for Him by Sofia Tate

Sofia Tate
Breathless for Him (Davison and Allegra)
Forever Yours / July 1, 2014 / $3.99 digital

As a gifted opera singer, Allegra Orsini's only obsession is music-until she meets him. A strikingly handsome and powerful man with a life splashed across the tabloids, Davison Cabot Berkeley isn't what she expected. He's unlike the other wealthy patrons who dine at Le Bistro. Davison sees more than just a coat-check girl working her way through grad school. And from the moment he looks at her, those deep green eyes ignite a fire inside Allegra she's never felt before.

She craves Davison's touch-his possession-endlessly. Even though every fiber of her being is telling her to stay away, that it's best for both of them, she can't. As his passion consumes her, Allegra can no longer deny Davison's hold on her. He'll never let her go. But as much as she wants him, Allegra can't surrender to his love-not until she faces a painful secret from her past that could destroy them both . . .

With a name like Allegra Orsini, it would seem that one is destined to do something exceptional, like become an opera singer. But until that moment becomes reality, Allegra is an opera grad student with a gig as the coat check girl at the exclusive restaurant Le Bistro, which has a bird’s eye view of the Metropolitan Opera. One day at the restaurant she encounters Page Six bait, super rich hottie, and thrice named Davison Cabot Berkeley. Sparks fly, and the chemistry between them is ridiculous. Their short initial exchange piques Davison’s interest, so when he becomes single, he thinks of Allegra.

[And we're guessing Allegra's been thinking about him!]

Jun 12 2014 9:30am

First Look: Lisa Marie Perry’s Midnight Play (June 17, 2014)

Midnight Play by Lisa Marie PerryLisa Marie Perry
Midnight Play
Harlequin Kimani / July 1, 2014 / $6.50 print / $5.99 digital

As general manager of the Las Vegas Slayers, Danica Blue goes toe-to-toe with players whose size is matched only by their egos. Quarterback Dex Harper is the biggest and toughest of them all, with a hell-raiser reputation that he insists he doesn't deserve. And Danica, the good daughter who's always played by the rules, is suddenly tempted to break every last one. 

Football is the only thing Dex has ever been able to count on. To save his career he needs Danica's PR savvy, and he's happy to help her discover her inner bad girl in return. But glimpsing the real woman behind that sexy, flawless facade is making him realize how much is at stake. Because getting back on the team could mean losing Danica, unless he's willing to risk it all—and play for keeps….

Raw chemistry rules in Midnight Play, a friends with (secret) benefits story from Lisa Marie Perry. Electricity literally crackles between Dex Harper, a disgraced football player with something to prove, and Danica Blue, the new General Manager of the Las Vegas Slayers who fired him. Danica’s parents  purchased the football team when it was revealed that the former team owner was paying off players to make bad plays. With her business sense and savvy, Marshall and Tem Blue knew they could count on their trusty middle daughter to follow directions to the letter and improve their new team.

[Playing for keeps?]

May 30 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Joanna Wylde’s Devil’s Game (June 3, 2014)

Devil's Game by Joanna WyldeJoanna Wylde
Devil's Game
Berkley Trade / June 3, 2014 / $15.00 print / $5.99 digital

Liam “Hunter” Blake hates the Reapers MC. Born and raised a Devil’s Jack, he knows his duty. He’ll defend his club from their oldest enemies—the Reapers—using whatever weapons he can find. But why use force when the Reapers’ president has a daughter who’s alone and vulnerable? Hunter has wanted her from the minute he saw her, and now he has an excuse to take her.

Em has lived her entire life in the shadow of the Reapers. Her overprotective father, Picnic, is the club’s president. The last time she had a boyfriend, Picnic shot him. Now the men in her life are far more interested in keeping her daddy happy than showing her a good time. Then she meets a handsome stranger—a man who isn't afraid to treat her like a real woman. One who isn't afraid of her father. His name is Liam, and he’s The One.

Or so she thinks.

“Complicated” is the simplest word to explain the relationship between star-crossed lovers Liam and Em, but be assured this isn’t your grandmother’s Romeo and Juliet. These enemies-turned-lovers have a lot to overcome outside and inside their relationship. Devil’s Game tosses out all preconceived notions and Joanna Wylde produces my new favorite hero in the Reaper’s MC series.

[He's a real Devil, huh?]

May 22 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Suleikha Snyder’s Opening Act (May 27, 2014)

Opening Act by Suleikha Snyder

Suleikha Snyder
Opening Act
Entangled Edge / May 27, 2014 / $.99 digital

Reporter Saroj Shah has been in love with bass player and bartender Adam Harper since her first day of college—seven years ago. Forever thinking of her as part-friend and part-little sister, he's just been too blind, and too clueless, to see it. Until one pivotal moment pulls her into the spotlight.

The moment Saroj steps on stage, Adam sees his friend in a new light. He can't take his mind off of her and realizes they could make beautiful music together. But seven years is a long time and Saroj is ready to move on. Adam will have to hit the right note if he wants to prove to Saroj he was worth the wait.

Seven years is a long time to suffer from unrequited love. In the friends-to-lovers novella Opening Act, Saroj Shah has been the one carrying the torch for one of her best friends, musician Adam Harper. Opening Act probably has the most stubborn hero I have read in a long time; he’s also probably the sweetest. The world that Snyder created for her lovers is filled with laugh out loud humor and poignant emotional connections.

Saroj has had it with pining after Adam Harper. After seven years and many mates between them, it’s obvious that Adam is never going to take her blatant feelings for him seriously. Adam's deliberately obtuse view of his relationship with Saroj is first shaken and then broken when mutual friend and band member Johnny Ray makes out with her one night. JR is a notorious playboy that I actually wouldn’t mind reading more about; he’s bisexual, naughty, funny, and sensitive enough that we can tell he is damaged.

[That checks a lot of OUR boxes, what about you? But he's not our hero, yet...]

May 9 2014 3:00pm

First Look: Stephanie Tyler’s Salvation: A Defiance Novel (May 12, 2014)

Stephanie Tyler
Salvation: A Defiance Novel
Carina Press / May 12, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Luna is headed for trouble. She knows exactly what the men who run motorcycle clubs are capable of—the ruthless violence, the grabs for power, the brutal treatment of women. The one bright spot in her dark world is being held against his will by a rival gang after sacrificing himself for the sake of the club—without saying goodbye first. She needs to bring Bishop home to Defiance, both for the good of the MC and for herself.

Keller's mafia has thrived in the fallout from the Chaos and their compound is a city of sin, a world of depraved excess where people live in fear with nowhere else to go. When Luna is taken prisoner, Bishop has no choice but to lie. As far as the enemy knows, she's his. It's the one thing that will keep her safe.

Caught off guard, Luna follows Bishop's lead. And that's where the lines begin to blur, because what's been building between them for real is undeniable. But what Keller's protecting is something he'll kill to keep under wraps and with Defiance unable to come to their rescue, and only each other to turn to, Luna and Bishop may be facing their final goodbye.

When we last left the Defiance MC in Redemption, the second book of the Defiance series, Mathias had found love with Jessa, the Vice President’s daughter. They first met when Bishop and Mathias saved her from being sold into human trafficking. The incident resulted in the deaths of many members of a rival gang, including the death of powerful Paul Keller’s son. To keep Keller and Defiance from an all out war, it was decided that Mathias would pay off the debt to Keller by fighting at his compound for a year, but Bishop takes his place instead. As Salvation opens, Luna is in her car and driving to Keller’s compound with one goal in mind: get to Bishop.

[Not just to say hi, we're guessing...]

May 6 2014 4:30pm

First Look: Rebecca Zanetti’s Blind Faith (May 6, 2014)

Blind Faith by Rebecca ZanettiRebecca Zanetti
Blind Faith
Forever / May 6, 2014 / $2.99 digital

For Nate Dean, love is a four-letter word. As part of a secret black-ops military unit, he and his brothers were genetically engineered by the government to be ruthless soldiers with an expiration date. They were loyal only to one another . . . until Nate laid eyes on the woman who stole his heart and blew his world apart. Now, years later, his family is still paying the price for his mistake. But as time runs out, there's only one person who can save his family: the very woman Nate swore he'd never trust again.

The moment Audrey Madison spies Nate across a crowded ballroom, she can barely breathe. He's just as undeniably sexy as she remembers, yet there's an edge to him now that's as irresistible as it is dangerous. When he asks for her help, Audrey can't refuse. But she has secrets of her own—secrets that, if Nate ever discovers them, may cost them both their lives . . .

In Rebecca Zanetti's Blind Faith, the Dean brothers have been on the run for five years from the Commander and his training facilities for genetically engineered super soldiers. Formerly known as the Gray brothers because of their eye color, three of the Deans are searching for answers. Jory, the brother they thought was dead, may be alive after all and they need to find him.

[Super Dean brothers to the rescue!...]

Apr 30 2014 10:15am

Playing with Jax: Sylvia Day’s Afterburn and Aftershock

Afterburn and Aftershock by Sylvia DayCosmopolitan magazine, in conjunction with Harlequin Romance, started Cosmo Red-Hot Reads, “A new line of sexy, contemporary stories featuring fun, fearless women who know what they want from their lives, their careers and their lovers!”

Recently, Crossfire series writer Sylvia Day released her delicious contribution to Cosmo Red-Hot Reads, a two-part series called Afterburn & Aftershock, in a single volume together, and I think I may like Jax nearly as much as I like Gideon Cross. (Now that is saying something.)

Jax is sexy, complicated, and rich. (Sound familiar?) Gianna wants him badly, but since he walked out of their short and passionate relationship two years ago, she has gotten a great education from her mentor, Lei Yeung—success is the best revenge. Now it looks like Jax and Lei's ex-lover are in business together, and it's affecting a multimillion dollar deal Gianna has been working to the bone for.

Gianna (aka Gia) comes from a tight-knit family that runs a successful restaurant. The hope is that each sibling in the family will open their own franchise to run and she knows she can always fall back on this. When her relationship with Jax ended so abruptly, she was lucky enough to have the support of her family to help her through, but Gianna was hungry for more in life, so she sought out tycoon Lei Yeung.

[Try always to learn from the best...]