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Fri
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...]

Tue
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?]

Thu
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!]

Mon
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...]

Fri
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?]

Wed
Mar 11 2015 11:10am

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

Seduction by Violetta RandVioletta Rand
Seduction
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?...]

Sat
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?]

Fri
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...]

Thu
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...]

Fri
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...]

Thu
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?]

Sun
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...]

Thu
Jan 29 2015 2:30pm

First Look: Dawn Ryder’s Filthy Rich (February 3, 2015)

Filthy Rich by Dawn Ryder Dawn Ryder
Filthy Rich
Sourcebooks / February 3, 2015 / $13.99 print, $7.99 digital

Celeste Connor swore that she'd never be a victim again. After the hell of her abusive ex, the last thing she needs is to be under another man's thumb. But when she catches the eye of fiercely dominant Nartan Lupan at her best friend's wedding, Celeste finds herself drawn into a glittering world of wealth and power that has her body aching and her mind reeling.

Nartan is a filthy rich businessman who works hard, plays harder, and doesn't take no for an answer-and he wants Celeste with a hunger he's never before felt. He'll do whatever it takes to have her. But Nartan didn't expect that he'd want still more...

In Filthy Rich, Dawn Ryder writes about hot feuding alpha lovers. Filthy Rich's heroine, Celeste Connor, has had more than enough of dealing with powerful, wealthy men. Her rich ex-husband is currently in jail, but during their married life was abusive and controlling toward her. After that debacle, Celeste is taking back her life, working in a low key law practice that caters to military vets and she is an instructor and black belt in tae kwon do. But now Celeste has to survive her best friend’s wedding in Alaska while fighting her very primal attraction to the best man, Nartan Lupan. When Celeste first met powerful playboy Nartan she coldly rebuffed him, but everyone else in the room could feel their electricity. 

[Filthy hot, too!]

Thu
Jan 22 2015 3:00pm

First Look: Violetta Rand’s Surrender (January 27, 2015)

Surrender by Violetta Rand Violetta Rand
Surrender (Devil's Den)
Loveswept / January 27, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.

The club’s new head of security, Garrick had walked away from a career as a mechanical engineer to return to his roots in Corpus Christi. He hadn’t planned on getting to know someone like Robyn, with her sinfully sweet combination of vulnerability and strength, at the Devil’s Den. She acts tough, but only because she’s been hurt. Soon Garrick knows he will do anything to win Robyn’s trust. And if that means surrendering to the red-hot chemistry between them, all the better.

In Violetta Rand’s Surrender, we see if Robyn Gonzalez can overcome her secret past to have a healthy relationship with Garrick Dempsey. Robyn is only twenty years old, but she has seen a lot of life, lived a lot of life, and has been surviving on her own since her affluent (but alcoholic) mother kicked her out on her fifteenth birthday. She is currently one of the most popular dancers at The Devil’s Den and is doing well in college. She has an exit strategy for this crazy life, but when she witnesses an acquaintance of hers getting shaken down by a cartel criminal named Carlos, things start getting dangerous. 

[Surrender yourself!]

Tue
Jan 13 2015 11:45am

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Once Loved (January 20, 2015)

Once Loved by Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson
Once Loved (Shattered Pasts)
Loveswept / January 20, 2015 / $2.99, digital

He’s the campus golden boy. She’s picking up the pieces of her broken past. But in Cecy Robson’s scorching novel of second chances—perfect for readers of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—their differences only make their connection more explosive.

Every memory Lety Tres Santos has from her childhood comes with a scar—some emotional, some physical. Her father is an abusive drug addict, and her mother enables his destructive behavior. College offers Lety a fresh start . . . until her father finds a way to ruin that, too. Now, after losing her scholarship to kick off junior year, Lety must somehow stay in school, pay tuition, and turn a deaf ear to the whispers that follow her. And she intends to do it all without Brody Quaid’s help.

Brody is a lacrosse star, a 4.0 student—and as a freshman, he fell hard for the beautiful and spirited Lety. But their relationship crashed and burned because he couldn’t break through the walls she’s put up around her heart. With Lety hurting more than ever, Brody strives to win her back and make her believe in real love and true partnership. That will mean opening up secrets locked away in his own past—and trusting someone more than he’s ever dared.

Lety knows how painful it can be to depend on the wrong man. She also knows how much Brody wants to do this the right way. But it takes more than sizzling desire to move on and build a future together.

In the second book of the Shattered Past series, Cecy Robson gives Lety Tres Santos a second chance at love with her (ex) boyfriend, the rich, handsome, and ridiculously understanding Brody Quaid. Lety has some serious problems. Her family life has never been great, with the exception of the love she shares with her siblings, and the guy she is totally in love with is trying to get her back after she broke his heart, but she feels like she is probably not good enough for him.  This New Adult drama has more than a few themes; cultural differences, first love, and two people coming together from different sides of the tracks. However, the overwhelming theme that Robson handled was that of domestic violence.

[A dark topic...]

Thu
Jan 8 2015 3:00pm

Cookie and Lucious’s Complicated Relationship in Empire Series Premiere

Cookie and Lucious in EmpireShow/Episode: Empire, Pilot Episode
Ship(s): Cookie and Lucious, Jamal and Michael

Note: This post contains spoilers for last night's series premiere episode of Empire, particularly in regards to Cookie and Lucious.

Empire 1x01 Cookie and Lucious LogEmpire is about Lucious Lyon (Terrence Howard), a music mogul who has just found out he has a terminal illness and about three years left. He decides that he needs one of his three sons to step up to the plate and take over the company. But his ex-wife Cookie Lyon (the fabulous Taraji P. Henson) has recently been released from jail after 17 years and wants back in to the company her drug money funded. Lucious has moved on to a much younger wife, and Cookie has a lot of ground to make up with her sons, but through flashback we see the couple starting out very clearly in love in the '90s in Philly, struggling to make his album happen.

[The sacrifices we make...]

Sat
Jan 3 2015 2:00pm

First Look: Patricia Rosemoor’s Dangerous (January 6, 2015)

Dangerous by Patricia RosemoorPatricia Rosemoor
Dangerous
Loveswept / January 6, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Chicago homicide detective Camille Martell will stop at nothing to track down “Angel,” a sexual predator who has already butchered two young victims—even after her off-the-books investigation leads to her suspension. But when her relentless attempts to contact Angel online puts her teenage neighbor in mortal danger, Camille’s worst fears are realized. Panicked and overwhelmed with guilt, Camille needs help—even if it comes from the one man she swore she’d do anything to forget.

After serving time for a trumped-up charge, private investigator Drago Nance doesn’t trust cops. Nothing will change that, not even the steamy weekend with Camille that burned itself into his memory. But with an innocent girl’s life at stake, Drago can’t ignore the need in Camille’s eyes, or the heated promise in her touch. He agrees to help—if she’s willing to play by his rules. He just never suspected that seducing his partner could be just as thrilling as chasing a madman.

In Dangerous, Patricia Rosemoor gives us some good old fashioned romantic suspense with a twist; Camille Martell is a capable detective who goes to private investigator Drago Nance to continue working a case after a disastrous turn of events. Camille is after an internet predator who calls himself Angel and has kidnapped and murdered at least two young women. Her obsession with the case caused her to be removed from it by her superiors, but Camille decides to play a dangerous game and pursue Angel online on her own. After waiting and waiting for him to approach Camille online to make contact, Camille's teenage dog walker Sandy gets on Camille’s computer and decides to answer Angel’s message to meet while posing as Camille. Now she has disappeared, and Camille is guilt ridden as the race to save young Sandy is on.

[Join the hunt...]

Wed
Dec 17 2014 6:00pm

The Best Kind of Trouble: The Top Books in Suzanne Brockmann’s Troubleshooters Series

Out of the Control by Suzanne BrockmannIt has been fourteen years since Suzanne Brockmann's first Troubleshooters novel, The Unsung Hero, was published and I can still pick up almost any of the sixteen full-length novels and enjoy every thrilling, nail biting moment.

In the series, Brockmann created a rich world full of FBI counterterrorism agents and Navy SEALS that was more than simple romantic suspense; her heroes and heroines were complicated and three dimensional, human, kick-ass, and sometimes gay. You know, like the real world. Brockmann includes hours of military history and indulgent side stories, in fact, this series spawned one of my favorite couples in romantic literature: Sam Starrett and Alyssa Locke. The Troubleshooters were like your friends, except with really dangerous jobs; they even make regrettable choices that usually start with alcohol just like us! The only difference is that they could possibly wake up in the morning (despite the hangover) and save the world, the President, or small country from exploding. Seriously, the Troubleshooters series is in the top among my favorite series, and here are my top 10 Troubleshooters books to help explain why.

1. Out of Control (TS#4)- SEAL Ken “WildCard” Karmody gets hooked into taking rich girl Savannah von Hopf into the jungle to pay a ransom for her uncle. Their adventures lead them to Molly and Jones, another ridiculously hot couple; she is an older and curvy aid worker, he is a sexy, mysterious pirate. There is just enough Alyssa/Sam to make you cry.

[So a full range of emotion, it sounds like...]

Fri
Nov 21 2014 11:15am

Scandal 4x09 Heart-to-Heart: All About That Jake (and Olivia)

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4 Episode 9, “Where the Sun Don’t Shine”
Ship(s): Olivia and Jake, with a dash of Fitz

A snapshot of Olivia and Jake's relationship in Scandal 4x09**Note: This post contains spoilers on all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's, “Where the Sun Don't Shine.”**

Olivia and Jake were the couple to ship this week. Who gets tired of Jake’s relentless devotion and wish to stand in the sun with Olivia? Not this chick! This episode was a lot of Liv and Jake with a small smattering of Cy and Michael (marriage of convenience!) and the always disturbing (but somehow they just work!) Charlie and Quinn.

Jake, Fitz, and Liv are a united front when they interrogate Mama Pope who is shocked when Olivia doesn’t have her back; she is even more shocked when Olivia throws out the order to capture and kill Rowan. Liv is plotting (badly!) how to go up against her father while Fitz is off being the President of the United States, and Jake is watching his back since Command put a kill order out on him in the form of a nifty playing card with Jake’s face on it. This kill order means that Liv’s father is cleaning house, and Jake is concerned that this could mean Liv is in danger as well. Being the sexy man of danger that he is, Jake brings Liv a gun so she can protect herself if he isn’t there. He also gives her a rather provocative lesson in aiming a firearm. Standing close behind her, helping her aim the gun. Whew, it was hot in there! I’m Team Jake because he isn’t reactive like Fitz; he is willing to drop the world and everything in it to put Liv on a pedestal. Unfortunately for him, Liv can’t handle that right now. When he offers to just take her and walk away from all of this mess, Liv tells him that the fantasy of standing in the sun is over and that the sun has set. Booo!

[But the sentiment was so nice!]

Thu
Nov 20 2014 1:00pm

First Look: Laura Kaye’s Hard to Come By (November 25, 2014)

Hard to Come By by Laura KayeLaura Kaye
Hard to Come By (Hard Ink)
Avon / November 25, 2014 / $5.99 print, $4.99 digital

Derek DiMarzio would do anything for the members of his disgraced Special Forces team—sacrifice his body, help a former teammate with a covert operation to restore their honor, and even go behind enemy lines. He just never expected to want the beautiful woman he found there.

When a sexy stranger asks questions about her brother, Emilie Garza is torn between loyalty to the sibling she once idolized, and fear of the war-changed man he's become. Derek's easy smile and quiet strength tempt Emilie to open up, igniting their desire and leading Derek to crave a woman he shouldn't trust.

As the team's investigation reveals how powerful their enemies are, Derek and Emilie must prove where their loyalties lie before hearts are broken and lives are lost. Because love is too hard to come by to let it slip away . . .

Derek DiMarzio is that sexy Alex Minsky type of guy you have wanted to read about and didn’t even know it. In Laura Kaye’s Hard to Come By, it’s way too easy to fall for the ex-Special Forces amputee.

[This kind of falling doesn't hurt]