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Wed
Dec 17 2014 5:00pm

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 10:15am

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 12:00pm

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]

Wed
Nov 12 2014 3:00pm

First Look: Lisa Renee Jones’s I Belong to You (November 18, 2014)

I Belong to You by Lisa Renee JonesLisa Renee Jones
I Belong to You (Inside Out #5)
Gallery / November 18, 2014 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

Master…

Being that person, that man, is how I define myself, how I allow the rest of the world to define me as well. And now, with a terrible loss shredding me inside out and someone trying to destroy my family to punish me, control is more important than ever. It is everything. It is what I need. It is all I need. Or maybe I just need…her.

Mark Compon finally gets the full novel treatment in Lisa Renee Jones's I Belong to You, the fifth book in Jones's Inside Out series. For the uninitiated, the series centers around the disappearance and now suspected murder of a young woman named Rebecca. She was an employee at the exclusive and successful art gallery where Mark was the owner. The only clues she left behind were her journals, and despite the fact that he was unnamed in them, Mark was the star of her private thoughts. He was her boss at work, but privately he was her BDSM Dominant and Master. Her journals detailed all of their kinky encounters, her love for him, and the discreet underground BDSM club that he ran.

[Who does Mark belong to?]

Fri
Nov 7 2014 10:30am

Scandal 4x07 Heart-to-Heart: Olivia and Fitz’s Phone Bone

Olivia on the phone with Fitz in Scandal 4x07Show, Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 7, “Baby Made a Mess.”
Ship(s): Olivia/Fitz, Olivia/Jake, Abby/Leo

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

Olivia and Fitz were mostly away from each other this episode; in fact, the lion’s share of the time they spent together was on the phone! So how could this have been rated a High in the heat level? We all know how Fitz gets on the phone. There was no eye-banging in this episode, but can we discuss Fitz’s phone-boning skills? He laid out a few promises so hot, lewd, and lustworthy that Liv had to unbutton a fabulous wool coat and cop a feel on herself. Then he left her hanging because he is a man who knows what he is doing, especially when it comes to Liv. The first two seasons of Scandal, Fitz and Olivia spent copious amounts of time on the phone, in fact Fitz had it blocked off on his official White House schedule (under a covert name, of course.) He desperately wants to get back to those good old days, but he and Liv have been hurt badly due to this crazy magnetic relationship.

[It's a bit of a toxic relationship... but we still love it!]

Wed
Nov 5 2014 9:30am

First Look: Rebecca Grace Allen’s The Duality Principle (November 11, 2014)

The Duality Principle by Rebecca Grace AllenRebecca Grace Allen
The Duality Principle
Samhain Publishing / November 11, 2014 / $4.50 digital

Sometimes A + B = O. Yes. Oh, yes. Just like that.

Gabriella Evans’s life exists in terms of logic and definitions. She’s holed up in Portland, Maine, for the summer to work on her PhD thesis, but something is screwing up her concentration: the rumble of a motorcycle every time the embodiment of her rough-and-tumble fantasies rides down her street.

When her best friend talks her into a blind date, she finds herself out with the opposite of her fantasy. He’s polite and well-mannered, yet something behind his crisply tailored shirt doesn’t add up—a rebellious gleam in his eye that piques her curiosity.

Orphaned at fifteen, Connor Starks has finally put the years of failing grades, breaking laws and breaking hearts behind him. The only holdover? His penchant for getting down and dirty in public places. But Gabriella makes him want to prove he’s become a better man.

Nothing intrigues Gabriella more than a problem she can’t solve. But the more Connor tries to bury his past, the more determined she is to uncover it. And what she finds makes all her trusty logic begin to fail her…

Warning: This book contains a summer romance, dirty talk, dockside kissing, motorcycles and tattoos. Features a rebellious nerdy girl with an appetite for outdoor sex and light spanking, and a bad boy who’s turned good…or at least he’s trying.

In The Duality PrincipleRebecca Grace Allen introduces us to one of the sweetest reformed rakes ever. The heroine, Gabriella Evans, is a PhD student who knows exactly what (and who) she wants out of life. And it's not who her snobby parents want, but she has tried to settle for men who are acceptable to them. The problem? As well mannered as they have been, none of them are able to give her what she needs in bed...or in the park, or maybe someplace else out in public. She has some specific sexual kinks that her past boyfriends have been averse to, and some of them have even viewed her proclivities with contempt.

Gabriella wishes for a hot, alpha, adventurous man, like the mysterious biker she sees around the neighborhood she’s staying in in Portland, Maine. He flies around town wearing his helmet and leathers, no matter the temperature, and Gabriella imagines he would be the type of man that would do everything to her that she desires. But she hasn't yet spoken to him. Her neighbor and best friend has set her up on a blind date and if she is lucky, maybe he will have some of that bad boy charm that gets her going.

Meanwhile the hero, Connor Starks, has a history of past bad behavior, but has been trying for the past few years to make his grandparents proud and clean his act up. Agreeing to a blind date with a nice young lady who is in Portland for the summer seems like a wholesome way to occupy his time. 

[Wholesome is as wholesome does.]

Tue
Nov 4 2014 2:05pm

First Look: Mandy Baxter’s Billion Dollar Player (November 4, 2014)

The Billion Dollar Player by Mandy Baxter

Mandy Baxter
The Billion Dollar Player (A Billionaire's Club Story)
St. Martin's Press / November 4, 2014 / $2.99 digital

Jase Blackwell, starting tight end for the Dallas Cowboys, is a pro when it comes to football—and to women. Never one to shy away from a challenge, “Billion Dollar Blackwell” is finally able to get the cute waitress he’s had his eye on out for a little fun. But when their steamy encounters inspire Jase to play better than he ever has before, he has to wonder if this exciting woman is more than just a good luck charm…

Avery Lockhart doesn’t understand why a pro football player would want to go out with her. Incredibly wealthy and undeniably sexy, Jase Blackwell is everything she thinks she’s not. Getting a little closer to this enigmatic billionaire, however, proves too much for Avery to resist. But as their passion heats up, so does Jase’s game play, and soon, the rumors start to fly. Is Avery only being kept around to ease Jace’s pre-game superstitions? Or, like she believes, does their connection run deeper…?

The heroine of Mandy Baxter's The Billion Dollar Player, Avery Lockhart, has taken a job as a catering waitress to pay for her culinary education at Le Cordon Bleu. She can be kind of a klutz, and proves that when she spills wine all over a fancy female guest at a Dallas Cowboys private event. She catches the attention of Jase Blackwell, who turns out to be her knight in shining armour, but she can't believe that he's actually interested in her when he asks her out...so she turns him down. Over and over again.

[The lady doth protest too much?]

Sat
Nov 1 2014 9:00am

First Look: Edie Harris’s Blamed (November 3, 2014)

Edie Harris
Blamed (Blood Money #1)
Carina Press / November 3, 2014 / $3.99 digital

Born into a long line of spies, sanctioned killers and covert weapons developers, Beth Faraday carried out her first hit-for-hire when she was still a teenager.

That part of her life—the American spy royalty part—ended one year ago, with a job gone wrong in Afghanistan. The collateral damage she caused with a single shot was unfathomable and, for Beth, unforgivable. She's worked hard to build a new life for herself, far away from the family business.

But someone, somewhere, hasn't forgotten what Beth did in Kabul. And they want revenge.

As the Faraday clan bands together to defend Beth and protect their legacy, Beth is forced to flee her new home with the unlikeliest of allies-MI6 agent Raleigh Vick, the only man she's ever loved. And the one she thought she'd killed in the desert.

 

In Blamed, the first book in the Blood Money series, author Edie Harris introduces us to the Faraday family, who has a long history with America, even reaching back to the United State’s origins. A true family of spies, the Faraday empire is known very well around the world today. The heroine of Blamed is  Beth, the youngest Faraday. As a young teen, she became the most talented sniper in the spy game. 10 years later, she is retired and living off the grid in Chicago with a great job and a not so great dating life. Things were quiet until she discovered there was a spy living next door to her; that the spy living next door to her was the spy she has been in love with since she was a teenager; and that he was alive instead of dead by her actions a year ago in Afghanistan. Edie Harris gives us the best of the spy game in Blamed.

[The best, you say...]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 9:43am

Scandal 4x06 Recap: Friends and Foes

Olivia Pope on the prison runway in Scandal Season 4 episode 6Can't get enough Scandal? Join the club—really. Tune into H&H for weekly recaps from Nicole Leapheart and Kwana Minatee-Jackson. 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 6, “An Innocent Man.”

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

Scandal has been a rollercoaster ride, kiddies, so let’s get to it!

When the episode opens, Liv is swimming to an Isley Brothers tune, and is apparently multitasking by fantasizing about sexy times with Jake...wait, now it’s Fitz’s face...wait, now Jake and Fitz are both doing very naughty things in naughty places. Then Olivia finishes a lap, and her father is waiting at the edge of the pool, telling her to wake up with disgust oozing through all of his pores. Olivia wakes with a scream and Abby, who spent the night at her house, comes in to check on her. Fitz refuses to take Olivia’s phone calls regarding Jake and it is driving Liv nuts. At the White House, Smelly Mellie has decided to join the world of the living and turns into Funny Mellie when she notices Fitz on the balcony nursing his bruised hand. Former President Cooper has passed away and the state funeral needs to be planned. She basically tells him to get himself together...unless he wants her to order some fried chicken for him from the kitchen. Good one, Mellie!

[Go go Mellie, go...]

Fri
Oct 31 2014 8:30am

First Look: Marie Harte’s What to Do with a Bad Boy (November 4, 2014)

What to Do with a Bad Boy by Marie HarteMarie Harte
What to Do with a Bad Boy
Sourcebook / November 4, 2014 / $7.99 print & digital

WHAT IS WITH MIKE McCAULEY?
Every time Delilah Webster runs into Mike McCauley, he practically bites her head off. The rough-and-tumble contractor clearly has baggage. Del has her own emotional scars and knows she's better off keeping her distance, but Mike's temptation in jeans and a T-shirt and she's always been good with her hands...

There's something about the strong-willed mechanic that sets Mike's motor running-and scares the hell out of him. Mike has loved and lost and will never hurt like that again, even if that means walking away from a woman who makes him feel alive for the first time in years.

When a simple kiss turns hot and heavy, Mike discovers he can't stay away, no matter how certain he is they're destined to crash and burn...

INTRODUCING...THE McCAULEY BROTHERS
Welcome to the rough-and-tumble McCauley family, a tight-knit band of four bachelor brothers who work hard, drink beer, and relentlessly tease each other. When three independent women move in next door, all hell breaks loose.

Marie Harte completes the McCauley Brothers series with a story that finally sees the oldest brother, Mike, hook up with brash mechanic Delilah “Del” Webster in What to Do with a Bad Boy. They have a hilarious and steamy love-hate relationship, but the one thing they do have in common with each other is a true fondness for Mike’s young son, Colin.

[And we're guessing he's as cute as a button...]

Fri
Oct 24 2014 10:15am

Scandal Season 4, Episode 5 Recap: Mixed Messages

Olivia and Papa Pope on Scandal 4x05

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 5, “The Key.”

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

Last week left our jaws open and this week is going to punch them closed. Let’s get started!

When Scandal opens, Liv is visiting her old friend Katherine in jail (remember her? The one who was sleeping with her teenage daughter’s boyfriend and said daughter ended up murdered?) Olivia is trying to tie the man they have on surveillance attacking Katelyn with their family. Turns out his name is Kubiak and he is a dirty ex-cop with plenty of friends on the force. He also happens to do freelance work for Katherine’s husband’s firm. Quinn and Olivia(?!) set up a stakeout to keep an eye on Kubiak when they witness him murdering Katelyn’s best friend. Yep, that was before the first credit roll!

[It's gonna be a good episode *rubs hands together*...]

Mon
Oct 20 2014 3:30pm

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

Unethical by Jennifer BlackwoodJennifer Blackwood
Unethical
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?]

Fri
Oct 17 2014 10:15am

Scandal Season 4 Episode 4 Recap: Drop the Mic

Source: katherinedeestrickland. tumblr.com  

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!]

Fri
Oct 3 2014 10:02am

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...]

Thu
Oct 2 2014 3:30pm

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!...]

Wed
Sep 24 2014 3:30pm

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!]

Thu
Sep 4 2014 3:30pm

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!...]

Sat
Aug 30 2014 9:00am

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...]

Mon
Aug 18 2014 9:56am

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...]

Thu
Aug 14 2014 8:30am

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?]