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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
Source: drunkcoworkers.tumblr.com

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...]

Apr 24 2014 2:00pm

18 Suggestions on How to Survive the Wait for Scandal Season 4

Now that we’ve made it through the third season of Scandal with our minds relatively intact, we’re suddenly left with a gaping hole in our Thursday nights for the next few months, not to mention the free time that we have not standing around the water cooler or on social media discussing what happened the week before. With that in mind, we’ve come up with a list of things you can do while waiting for Scandal to return in the fall.

1. Talk yourself into believing you can pull off a white hat.

Source: scorpiant.tumblr.com

[+More ideas on how to stay busy...]

Apr 18 2014 11:10am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 18 Recap: Elections and Aftershock

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 any of our Season 3 recaps, including 3x103x113x123x133x14, 3x15, 3x16, and 3x17. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 18, “The Price of Fair and Free Elections.”

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

Put on your gym shoes and track shorts because this episode felt like an epic workout and it had the blood, sweat, and tears to prove it!

When the episode opens, the bomb is ticking and Fitz is still practicing his speech in his office. Papa Pope is being wheeled into the emergency room with multiple stab wounds, and Adnan is getting nervous that things aren’t going to plan to which Mama Pope tells her to chill and be patient. Jake is trying to call everyone to get them to clear the church, and this is all in the first 45 seconds of the show! (Warmed up yet? Let’s start power walking.)

Just when Cy is having an attack of conscience and is about to fill Fitz in on the fact that there is a bomb at the funeral he is supposed to be attending, Jake bursts into the Oval Office and announces that they have a “situation”.

While Liv is in the hospital waiting room, footage of funeral goers being quickly evacuated from the church is being reported live on television. Fitz is in the Situation Room with plenty of advisors—including Jake giving a guilty looking Cyrus the side eye—when boom goes the dynamite and the front of the church explodes. (And now we have the beginning credits, so let’s start jogging.)

[I got my running shoes ready...]

Apr 10 2014 2:00pm

What Might Emerge from J.R. Ward’s The Shadows? A Speculation Post

Note: This post contains SPOILERS for J.R. Ward's The King as well as major speculation about and potential spoilers for next year's The Shadows. Read at your own risk.

Every spring, a special Tuesday in the world of the rabid Black Dagger Brotherhood fan is marked on the calendar. What is this day? Release day, of course! April 1st marked the release of The King, the 12th book in the series and a return the original couple, Wrath and Beth.

For the past few years, another tradition has started. Author J.R. Ward promises to tell us who the next book is about if someone asks at the first book signing after release day (usually that Saturday.) She did not disappoint this year and revealed that the next book was to be The Shadows, about our favorite dark and cannibal brothers. She also promised that they would BOTH get an HEA in this book. (On her Facebook page, she left a transcript from the book signing with some MAJOR spoilers from the BDB world in general.)

[Let the speculating begin!]

Apr 4 2014 10:29am

Scandal Season 3, Episode 16 Recap: Hard Decisions

Olivia and Fitz in Scandal 3x16Can'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 recaps of 3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x123x133x14, and 3x15. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 16, “The Fluffer.”

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

This episode of Scandal was aptly named because it was a jaw-dropper! There was also a lot of hightailing it out of the room, so I kept count.

As the episode opens we see someone else sashaying down the halls with Cyrus Beene. It’s Abby, dressed in Olivia Pope white. (She looks good, too!) Cyrus, in disbelief, is grilling Abby about why Liv isn’t there. He also calls her Gabby, which unfortunately sticks to poor Abby the whole episode as she has interactions at the White House.

Cyrus pulls out his phone to call Olivia, and Abby reports to him that Olivia is only taking Abby’s calls and Abby better not call unless the White House is burning down. Shaking his head, Cyrus tells (G)Abby that he feels sorry for what’s about to happen in the next room.

[Hightail count: 0...]

Mar 30 2014 10:30am

Hog Wild: Best Erotic Motorcycle Club Romances by Sheehan, Wylde, Ashley and More!

Undeniable by Madeline SheehanThanks to the allure of gritty television shows such as Sons of Anarchy (and their hot eye-candy stars like Charlie Hunnam) the Motorcycle Club lifestyle has become a popular subject of interest. Recently MC erotica has created a rabid fanbase. They perfectly exemplify the alpha-male bad-boy (who may or may not be on the wrong side of the law) and the MC lifestyle has a subversive set of rules where the men go to work and the women keep the home fires (or bedroom sheets or wherever is handy) burning. Sometimes these stories are more traditionally romanticised, and sometimes they are dark and epic. Here are the ones to put at the very top of your TBR pile:

Madeline Sheehan, Undeniable series
This series is the litmus test for reality in the MC world. The research has been done, and you can see it reflected in the settings, the characters, and the language they use. None of these stories are pretty little walks on the wild side; each couple’s story spans time, tragedy, and mistakes. In Undeniable, Deuce and Eva met when she was 5, he was 23, and they were both visiting their fathers in prison. They continued to cross paths over time, and all the while they loved each other and hurt each other. It was an emotional rollercoaster for the reader as well as the characters, and the hits keep coming with the other books in the series.

[Start your engines...]

Mar 21 2014 12:06pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 14 Recap: Plenty of Love Lost

Olivia and Cyrus in Scandal Season 3 episode 14Can'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 recaps of 3x06,3x07, 3x08, 3x09, 3x10, 3x11, 3x12, and 3x13. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 14, “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.”

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

Grab your wine bottle, your therapist’s number, and get out your tissues out—this one is a snot-fest.

When the episode opens, it starts where the cliffhanger ended last week. We see the distractingly handsome Jake take out three people; the big question was, who got shot, David or James? Turns out it was James. In a moment of sheer self-preservation, James bolts down the street, and Jake guns him down. Swinging his big gun to David’s face, Jake tells David that he always liked him, and asks him if he’s smart and if he can play ball—or does Jake need to stop liking him?

[Scary Jake is scary...]

Mar 7 2014 1:49pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 12 Recap: Lattes and Lovers

Mellie and Olivia in Scandal 3x12Can'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 recaps of 3x063x073x08, 3x09, 3x10, and 3x11. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 12, “We Do Not Touch the First Ladies.”

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

As usual, this episode was a jaw dropper, so without further ado, let’s take a page from Fitz and Olivia and jump right into it!

When the episode opens, Fitz and Olivia are screaming at each other in a hotel room about Jake, who is standing sentry outside said room with Tom and some other secret service agents.  Fitz apparently didn’t appreciate Olivia bringing Jake to their rendezvous. Olivia reminds him that being seen going into a hotel by herself with the President looks kind of bad. He ups the ante and the volume by spouting nonsense about having a “fox” in his “henhouse.” Olivia informs him that she is no one’s hen and that her house is her own. So there!

[Check yourself before you wreck yourself, Fitz...]

Mar 6 2014 1:00pm

Long Live the King: Anticipating J.R. Ward’s The King

The Black Dagger Brotherhood series has millions of fans, seemingly a million characters, and sold millions of books worldwide. This spring, author J.R. Ward will bring her incredible world full circle in the 12th book in the series, The King. Wrath, king of the vampires, and his queen, Beth, have ruled over the wayward vampire population for eleven books. But as the first couple of the series, they had the shortest book and this is a great opportunity to go back and check in on them. So what is going to happen in The King?

First, let’s see where we left off in Lover at Last, book eleven of the BDB universe:

Qhuinn and Blay get together (FINALLY!) and Qhuinn becomes a Brother. We finally found out what happened to his brother—and Luhcas is home safe! Meanwhile, Q’s baby mama, Layla, is pregnant and in love with Xcor, the king of the Band of Bastards. Xcor is equally besotted, but Layla’s status as a Chosen (fallen or not) gives the cleft palate suffering king pause because he doesn’t feel worthy of her (aww!) Also, as the BoB have tried to assassinate Wrath and are considered traitors, Layla and Xcor are in the middle of some real Romeo and Juliet drama.

Assail, an opportunist who is fairly new to the BDB world, is chasing after Sola, basically a female version of him. She was kidnapped at the end of the book, and he plans on getting her back. (The sighs of relief heard round the world that this wouldn’t be the next book were louder than Katy Perry’s “Roar.”)

[Our sighs at J.R. Ward are always bigger than a roar...so many sighs!]

Feb 25 2014 2:45pm

First Look: Sugar Jamison’s Thrown for a Curve (February 25, 2014)

Thrown for a Curve by Sugar JamisonSugar Jamison
Thrown for a Curve
St. Martin's Press / February 25, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

Cherri has often wished she were thin and graceful like a ballerina instead of being a six-foot-tall blonde with curves that require serious caution. Surely a charming Irishman like her new boss Colin, with his throaty brogue and to-die-for bod, would never go for someone like Cherri. Unless maybe he’s looking for the exact opposite of a delicate lass? 

When Colin hired Cherri to work in his furniture-restoration shop, he had his eyes, first and foremost, on her artistic talents. But now he can’t help but see Cherri for the lush, spirited beauty that she is…and, soon enough, he finds himself mixing business with pleasure. But Cherri turns out to be more vulnerable than she appears. Is she in need of more than Colin can give? Or could it be that a feeling stronger than lust has him thrown for a curve?

In Sugar Jamison's charming Thrown for a Curve we meet Charlotte “Cherri” Rudy: devoted granddaughter of a sassy Ukrainian romantic widow, statuesque and curvy youngest sidekick of her group of friends, and the fresh-faced forbidden fruit of Irish transplant Colin O’Connell. This book is the second in The Perfect Fit series, and Sugar Jamison weaves a funny, sexy, and touching tale.

[Sounds like one sweet combo...]

Jan 7 2014 1:00pm

First Look: J. Kenner’s Wanted (January 7, 2014)

Wanted by J. KennerJ. Kenner
Random House / January 7, 2014 / $15.00 print, $9.99 digital

He is everything I crave, all I desperately want—and he is everything I can’t have.

Evan Black embodies my every fantasy. He is brilliant, fierce, and devastatingly handsome. But he is also headstrong, dangerous, and burdened with secrets.

My family warned me to stay away, that I could never handle Evan’s dark dealings or scarred past. Maybe I should have listened. Maybe I should have run. But our desire is undeniable, and some temptations you just can’t fight.

And from the moment we touch—the passion between us consuming us both—I know that I will never be the same.

Simply said, Wanted by J. Kenner is an exercise in the study of anticipation. Angelina has been lusting after Evan Black for eight years. Evan, along with his friends Cole and Tyler, was taken under her Uncle Jahn’s wing as a young man. During her summer vacations in Chicago with her uncle she would hang out with them and was like a sister to the—but she felt differently about Evan. Unfortunately for Angie, Evan never reciprocated her feelings. As the book opens, Uncle Jahn has passed away and despite her grief and a hopeful suitor, Angie is looking forward to seeing Evan Black again.

[Can't deny those feelings...]

Dec 18 2013 3:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best of 2013, Day 1

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

Want more? See the recommendations from Day 2Day 3, and Day 4 as well!

Jennifer Myers

Touch & Geaux by Abigail Roux
The Cut & Run series is really my everything for the year, favorite book, series and new author.  I read them all in two weeks and then did it all over again.  Touch & Geaux ripped me open, put me back together and then did it all over again.

Written in Red by Anne Bishop
The first book in what promises to be an amazing new Urban Fantasy series, Written in Red was un-put-downable.  The world building and graphic nature of the story were amazing.  I adored the unapologetic brutal nature of the shifters.

[See who else made the list!...]

Dec 6 2013 12:39pm

Scandal Season 3, Episode 9 Recap: You Only Die Once

Huck, Jake, and Harrison in Scandal 3.09Can'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 recaps of 3x013x02,3x033x043x053x06, 3x07, and 3x08. And now, let's dive into H&H's recap of Season 3, episode 9, “YOLO.”

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

Mama Pope lives and we celebrated by having one of the most exciting episodes yet of Scandal. Let’s just jump right in, shall we?

When the episode opens, Quinn finds herself in Huck’s spiderweb. She is naked and restrained by duct tape. Huck is describing in explicit detail everything he wants to do to her and how much he is going to like it. He hates how much he is going to enjoy torturing her, but can’t resist getting a taste of her fear by licking her face. Quinn is in hysterics, and we watch, wondering if Huck is just trying to teach her a lesson. He won’t really pull her teeth out, will he? Begging, Quinn repeats over and over again, “I’ll be good, I’ll be good!” Huck goes in to pull out the first tooth, and his cell phone rings. Saved by the bell! It’s Olivia and she is hiding behind a door, watching her mother pace in another room. She tells Huck that she is alive, and she is at her house. Huck tells her to get out immediately and get to the safe house—if Maya is there, then Command is coming. Huck laments having to leave Quinn before they really get down to business. He asks her to wait for him, then decides, “We have time for one. Let’s live a little. What’s that stupid thing the kids are saying? YOLO?” He reaches in with the extractor and you know it isn’t a test, you know it isn’t a joke, you know Huck is really pulling out Quinn’s teeth.

This was the first three minutes before the credits rolled. So it’s going to be THAT kind of episode? Okay, Shonda Rhimes.

[Better buckle up...]