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Feb 28 2015 2:00pm

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?]

Feb 20 2015 10:45am

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...]

Feb 12 2015 2:00pm

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...]

Feb 6 2015 10:43am

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...]

Feb 5 2015 2:00pm

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?]

Feb 1 2015 2:30pm

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...]

Jan 29 2015 1:30pm

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!]

Jan 22 2015 2:00pm

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!]

Jan 13 2015 10:45am

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...]

Jan 8 2015 2:00pm

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...]

Jan 3 2015 1:00pm

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

Dangerous by Patricia RosemoorPatricia Rosemoor
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...]

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...]

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!]

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]

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


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?]

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!]

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.]

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?]

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...]

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...]