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Sep 22 2016 12:30pm

You Want a To-Go Plate? Empire Season 3, Episode 1 Cookie/Lucious Heart-to-Heart

Empire Season 3, Episode 1 "Kill or Be Killed"

Show/Episode: Empire Season 3, Episode 1, “Light in Darkness”
Ship(s): Cookie/Lucious

Captain's Log, Empire 3x01

When we left the Lyons at the Season 2 finale, pregnant Kitty Boo Boo, a.k.a. Anika, and Rhonda were fighting on the balcony at the venue of the very impromptu nuptials of Anika and Lucious. When Season 3 opens, we find out the fate of the women involved...and Anika managed to push Rhonda over the edge right in front of Andre; her body fell on top of the car that was meant for Grandma Leah. Andre had murder on his mind and started choking Anika, but her water broke and his protective instincts for the baby overrode his revenge for Rhonda. That was before the opening credits.

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Sep 14 2016 9:30am

Black Dagger Brotherhood Speculation: Will Selena Return?

The Shadows by J.R. Ward

Will Selena be reincarnated?

Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood include for the books, The Shadows and The Beast. 

Back in April, J.R. Ward teased us all and sent this message out via Facebook:

J.R. Ward
Do you believe in reincarnation? Trez will. #HEA

This of course sent tongues wagging and mouths gasping and the possibilities ran through fan’s heads. Does this actually mean the late Selena, Trez’s Happily Ever After, may be returning to the Black Dagger Brotherhood universe? In a heart wrenching turn in The Shadows, Trez loved and lost the beautiful Chosen known as Selena to a debilitating disease called the Arrest. The Arrest affects the Chosen by freezing their muscles for longer and longer episodes, eventually turning the Chosen into stone over time, which is horrible to watch if you are a loved one. We read The Shadows and grieved with Trez, who came to terms with the fact that he will see his beloved Selena in the fade. The fact that J.R. Ward (also known as the WARDen to super fans) was hinting that reincarnation is on the table for Selena is shocking and exciting. Then this past weekend, there was this:

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Aug 15 2016 3:30pm

The 5 Reasons You Should Always Read Kit Rocha

Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Maybe you have heard me say this before, but just in case you haven’t, I am going to say it again: If you haven’t been reading the Beyond series by Kit Rocha, I don’t know what you are doing with your life. In fact, you need to catch up because this series is just about to come to an end! There is just one book left before we close the door on some of my favorite characters.

For the uninitiated, the Beyond series focuses on the O’Kane crew, a gang of bootleggers led by the charismatic Dallas O’Kane who is considered the king of Sector Four. In this dystopian landscape there are several sectors full of hard living people; the sectors surround the city Eden, full of the rich, elite, and politicians. Eden is full of repressive rules, but plenty of the rich people who live there use the talents of those in the sectors to supply their vices. Each book focuses on the HEA (Happily Ever After) of a particular relationship, but the overall arc of the Beyond series focuses on freedom, revolution, loyalty, and family (blood and chosen.) This series has everything: action, adventure, seriously sexy times, and plenty of intrigue. There are several reasons to read the Beyond books, but I narrowed it down to five:

[Top 5 reasons to read Kit Rocha...]

Jul 20 2016 11:00am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Angels’ Share (July 26, 2016)

The Angels' Share by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward
The Angels' Share (Bourbon Kings #2)
NAL / July 26, 2016 / $28.00 print, $14.99 digital

The Angels' Share is the second book of J.R. Ward’s The Bourbon Kings series, and in true Ward fashion she weaves a captivating story and tells it by her own rules. The saga of the Bradford Bourbon Company and the family that runs it continues right where The Bourbon Kings left off. Full of delicious drama, devious deeds, and plot twists, The Angels' Share will be the beach read you need to finish out the summer.

This will be a spoiler-free review, but there are two quick caveats; 1) a significant death in the first book is the driving force for the second book and 2) those that expect a Happily Ever After for any romantic couples this time around will have to stick around and ride the drama train to the next book. (A book I already want, by the way.) Ward continues the episodic storytelling she began in the The Bourbon Kings; we see the world through the narration of the major players in the game and yet they still manage to surprise us with secrets kept close to their chest.

[Drama, deviousness, and plot twists...]

Jun 8 2016 4:30pm

Violetta Rand’s Loving Lucas is Made Out of (Book) Boyfriend Material

In the fast paced amatuer motocross world, these true weekend warriors race, party, grill, and drink. If you are Karlie Augustine, that means you are doing all of these things and smiling on the outside while hiding on the inside a long term relationship with an abusive bastard. Way past tired and realizing her mortality could be at stake one weekend, it was finally enough for Karlie and she was brave enough to make a public exit with the support of her two best friends (her high school best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend.)

When the situation looked like it might be escalating to a violent one for everyone involved a tall, hot stranger named Lucas Lafontaine entered the scene and literally saved the day. The fact that Lucas was a police officer was just the icing on the cake. Lucas knew from the moment he laid eyes on Karlie that he wanted her and despite the fact that she just just got out of a terrible relationship, he also knew he would do whatever he could to keep Karlie around until she was ready to reciprocate those feelings. In Violetta Rand’s Loving Lucas, we find out what happens when a young woman hooks up with a good guy who has a bad boy edge.

[Our favorite kind...]

May 27 2016 12:00pm

Shock and Lyon Claws: Empire Season 2 Finale Cookie/Lucious Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Empire Season 2 Finale, Episode 18, “Past is Prologue”
Ship(s): Cookie and Lucious

Empire Season 2 Finale Captains Log

It’s never dull in the land of the Lyon clan. Tea was spilled, bitches were called out, fights ensued, people died, one came back from the dead, and shots were fired. Yes, yes, yes! The second half of Empire was everything and more, and through it all Cookie and Lucious continued to have the best chemistry in the worst family.

When we left the Lyons Rhonda was in the hospital because she was pushed down the stairs by an unknown person; best guesses went to Anika and we found out later on in the season that that guess was correct. Rhonda lost her baby, Andre went a little off the rails, but managed to pull himself back, and this was happening all while Camilla was running Empire with Hakeem as her new toy and CEO. Despite Hakeem’s anger at Lucious, Cookie convinces ‘Keem to be loyal to the family, and he sends a sex tape of himself and Camilla to her wife. This ends in a murder-suicide when Lucious catches Camilla killing Mimi and convinces her to kill herself. Lucious and Thirsty stayed busy doing felonious things, and Cookie stayed busy doing Cirque du Soleil quality antics to try and keep her family from killing each other.

[Oh good...]

May 20 2016 1:00pm

Scandal Season 5 Finale Olake Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5 Finale
Ship(s): Olivia/Jake (Olake)

Scandal Olake Heart-to-Heart

At the mid-season finale, Olitz was caput, Jake went home to Command, and Abby was just starting to properly fill the shoes of a White House Chief of Staff. Six months later, the Primary presidential race is on and it is dirty. (The team at Shondaland proved that truth was indeed stranger than fiction; at the Paley Center panel she confirmed that they had to go do quick rewrites when current presidential candidates actually said some of the over the top statements that were already part of Scandal scripts!)

The second half of this season introduced us to different versions of the characters we thought we knew so well. Olivia is a harder, colder Liv as she is still suffering from PTSD and her breakup with Fitz; Abby has realized how close she is to the power of the Oval Office and decides to make grabs for power, even if it means making an enemy of Olivia; Tom is sleeping with Cyrus (!), David is sleeping with Liz AND Susan, Mellie and Marcus have crushes on each other, and Jake appears to be domesticated under Command’s tutelage. There is never a dull moment in Shonda’s Washington.

[Never Ever...]

Apr 26 2016 11:00am

Kissing Angels and Fighting Demons: Top Eva/Gideon Moments from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series

Crossfire series by Sylvia Day

Editor's Note: This post is meant for superfans of Sylvia Day's Crossfire series as it contains spoilers from all 5 books. If you haven't read all the books yet...what are you still doing here!?—go get a copy now! Bonus, we are currently running a super awesome Crossfire sweepstakes, enter for a chance to win some great prizes. 

Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell are destined to be one of modern romance's top power couples. Gideon is the compelling and wealthy young man who is used to getting what he wants in his personal life as well as his professional life; his past haunts him, but when Gideon lays eyes on Eva Tramell, he sees the future. Eva is not unfamiliar with the lifestyle of affluent society, but with her father’s humble roots to ground her, she is focused on being a happy, healthy, and independent woman; the beautiful Gideon Cross could crush her like a tidal wave if she isn’t careful, but she knows just how to deal with her man. These two have a relationship that spans five books, and there are many defining moments in the series. These are the cream of the crop:

[Eva and Gideon's love ...]

Apr 5 2016 12:00pm

First Look: Sylvia Day’s One With You (April 5, 2016)

One With You by Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day
One With You (Crossfire #5)
St. Martin's Griffin / April 5, 2016 / $15.99 print, $9.99 digital

FROM #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SYLVIA DAY The final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

It has been a dark and dangerous road, but finally (squee!) Sylvia Day’s long awaited finale to the Crossfire series, One with You, is here and it is everything us fans deserve; like having a crisp and full bodied wine after a delicious steak dinner we are left sated, buzzed, and with a smile on our faces. Ace and his Angel get the HEA they deserve, but of course it’s not without enduring a few final bumps in the road.

From the moment Gideon Cross spotted Eva going into the Cross building, he was struck with the thunderbolt called love and his obsession with Eva Tramell began. The end of Captivated by You left the couple in a shakily firm place; their whirlwind courtship had barely survived past abuse, past lovers, and overzealous family members but Eva and Gideon made the commitment to be together, literally, in a secret marriage ceremony. One with You opens pretty much where Captivated ends, with our happy couple enjoying their version of domestic bliss. Eva has set some boundaries in their relationship; Gideon hates them, but he loves Eva, so he is following her lead...for now.

[One with these final pages ...]

Apr 5 2016 12:00pm


Here you have it: It's FINALLY HEREA complete play-by-play of all of the events in Sylvia Days’s One With You, out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of One With You here to whet your appetite).




***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished One With You.  This is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of One With You here.***

[Spoilers for One With You below ...]

Mar 10 2016 3:00pm

Country Fantasies: J.R. Ward’s Bourbon Kings Fantasy Casting

FC: Bourbon Kings - Aidan Turner as Jonathan Tulane “Lane” Baldwine

Fans of J.R. Ward are very familiar with her paranormal series like The Black Dagger Brotherhood and The Fallen Angels were probably surprised this past summer when she released the contemporary, but Downton Abbey-esque, The Bourbon Kings. This delicious first read about a Kentucky family with a prosperous bourbon business that is generations old was picked up by NBC to develop a pilot for television. The Bourbon Kings has quite a cast of characters; here is my fantasy cast of actors that I think could realistically step into these roles:

Aidan Turner as Jonathan Tulane “Lane” Baldwine

Character Bio: Lane is the youngest of the three sons; including his younger sister there are four Baldwine children. Known as a playboy, Lane found love with Lizzie King, the head horticulturalist at his mother’s family estate, Easterly. After that relationship went sour for good reason, he fled to New York and has been there for two years. However, when news comes that his “Mamma”, Miss Aurora (the woman who actually raised him) has fallen ill at Easterly, he returns home to an estate filled with drama, intrigue, and maybe once again, love. Image Source

Why Aidan? Some people know Aidan Turner as either a dwarf in The Hobbit, a vampire from the BBC series Being Human, or from the BBC series Poldark. No, he isn’t Channing Tatum but he is hot as sin to look at, and has a sexy vulnerability perfect for Lane. Also, I would love to hear him pull off a southern American accent. J.R. Ward has said Channing Tatum was the inspiration for Lane, but considering the fact that Channing is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he won’t have time for an NBC show. Described in the book with short, dark hair and of course, insanely handsome, Aidan fits this bill just fine for me.

[Be my king ...]

Feb 29 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Jasinda Wilder Exposed (March 1, 2016)

Exposed by Jasinda Wilder

Jasinda Wilder
Exposed (Madame X #2)
Berkley / March 1, 2016 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder presents the second darkly seductive novel starring the mysterious Madame X.
My name is Madame X.
My life is not my own.
But it could be...
Everything Madame X has ever known is contained within the four walls of the penthouse owned by her lover, her keeper—the man who controls her every move and dominates her desires.
While Caleb owns her body, someone else has touched her soul. X’s awakening at the hands of Logan’s raw, honest masculinity has led her down a new path, one that is as exciting as it is terrifying.
But Caleb’s need to own X completely knows no bounds, and he isn’t about to let her go. Not without a fight that could destroy them all...

Madame X is back in Exposed, book two of Jasinda Wilder’s sultry Madame X series. All of the erotic, noir-influenced mystery that I loved in the first book is back—and then some!

[It's delicious seduction wrapped around a meaty plot ...]

Feb 19 2016 10:30am

First Look: Lori Foster’s Fighting Dirty (February 23, 2016)

Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster

Lori Foster
Fighting Dirty (Ultimate #4)
HQN Books / February 23, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

He's the hottest MMA fighter in the game, but one woman is ready to try out a few steamy moves of her own in an unforgettable new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster 

With the life he's led and the muscles he's gained, Armie Jacobson isn't afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter's effect on him. It's not just that she's his best friend's little sister. Fact is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that's all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.  

Good girl meets bad boy. It's a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons and present-day danger collide, they're both about to learn what's truly worth fighting for…

Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster is a hot across the tracks romance set in the ever popular Mixed Martial Arts sport genre. Merissa aka Rissy and Armie have the worst kept secret in the gym; they have the hots for each other and they have for a long time. Will they be able to brave her brother’s potential wrath for a real love?

[Dating a friend's sibling is never easy ...]

Jan 19 2016 10:30am

First Look: Chanel Cleeton’s Between Shadows (January 19, 2016)

Between Shadows by Chanel Cleeton

Chanel Cleeton 
Between Shadows
Chanel Cleeton / January 19, 2016 / $3.99 digital

A sexy new thriller about love and revenge from the author of the Capital Confessions and International School series… 

X lives by three rules: Show no weakness. Trust no one. Don’t get caught. She lives by the rules they gave her. 

The Academy—set in London, shrouded in secrecy—it trains spies, computer experts, and assassins. Their mission? Dispensing justice and altering the course of world politics. Or so they think. In a world where secrets are weapons and some kills are impossible to forget, everything X thought she knew about her life is about to change. 

They taught her to fight. To blend into the shadows like a ghost, to operate on the fringes of society, to change her identity with ease. They taught her to kill. 

She’ll need every skill they taught her, to stay alive.

The romantic suspense genre gets a slick and sexy update in Chanel Cleeton’s international spy thriller Between Shadows. An young American woman living in London, X is part of the Academy, a secret spy school where training starts in childhood. She could live out on her own but chooses to stay in the dorms to keep an eye on her younger sister, Grace. X is the top student at the Academy and the only student who could match her was Luke, the boy she betrayed in the worst possible way when they were younger. Now guess who is back at the Academy with revenge on his mind?

[You'll never believe who ...]

Jan 7 2016 10:30am

“Just Love Each Other”: Shayla Black and Lexi Blake’s Seduction in Session

Seduction in Session by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake

The second Perfect Gentlemen novel from the New York Times bestselling authors of the Masters of Ménage series.

Privileged, wealthy, and wild: they are the Perfect Gentlemen of Creighton Academy. But the threat of a scandal has one of them employing his most deceptive—and seductive—talents…

Recruited into the CIA at a young age, Connor Sparks knows how dirty the world can be. Only when he’s with his friends can he find some peace. So when an anonymous journalist threatens one of the Perfect Gentlemen, Connor vows to take down the person behind the computer, by whatever means necessary—even if it means posing as his target’s bodyguard.

Publishing a tabloid revealing Washington’s most subversive scandals has earned Lara Armstrong the ire of the political scene—and a slew of death threats.  To keep herself from ending up a headline, Lara hires a bodyguard, a man as handsome as he is lethal.

When the bullets start to fly, Lara is surprised to find herself in Connor’s arms. But as they begin to unravel a mystery that just might bring down the White House, Lara is devastated when she discovers Connor’s true identity—and finds herself at the mercy of forces who will stop at nothing to advance their deadly agenda.

In the second book of The Perfect Gentleman series co-written by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake we meet Lara Armstrong; hipster, vegan, and daughter of Senator Armstrong who secretly writes the salacious Capitol Scandals blog. Readers of the first novel, Scandal Never Sleeps briefly met the dangerous operative Connor Sparks; tall, broad, deadly and using his skills to find out what Lara Armstrong knows about the woman who can solve his best friend’s murder. Their relationship is based on lies, but it is lust at first sight. In Seduction in Session, we have an opposites attract enemies-to-lovers story.

[She needs a bodygurad and he needs her ...]

Dec 28 2015 11:00am

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 4

Playing By the Greek’s Rules by Sarah Morgan

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 4 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1Part 2, and Part 3:

Miss Bates:

When H&H asked me to pick the best three romances I read in 2014, I agonized. I penned lists. I culled lists. I whittled lists. I wrote long- and short-lists. This year, my top three romances danced in my head like seasonal sugarplums! I knew exactly who they were and why I loved them. Here they are, in no particular order other than the mental sugarplum one.

Sarah Morgan’s Playing By the Greek’s Rules is a brilliant riff on the opposites-attract trope. Lily Rose, former-foster-child, waif-heroine is made of loving, empathetic steel. Her sunny ways and self-soothing personal philosophy break down the walls of Jericho around pragmatic, commitment-phobe hero Nik Zervakis’s heart.

[The final best reads of 2015 ...]

Dec 26 2015 11:00am

First Look: Sidney Halston’s Fighting Dirty (January 5, 2016)

Fighting Dirty by Sidney Halston

Sidney Halston
Fighting Dirty (Worth the Fight #5)
Loveswept / January 5, 2015 / $2.99 digital

If you love the MMA romances of Vi Kreeland and Kendall Ryan, Sidney Halston’s Worth the Fight series will knock your socks off! In Fighting Dirty, a geek-chic cage fighter proves that appearances can be deceiving... and oh-so-tempting.

With his preppy clothes and horn-rimmed glasses, Enzo Silva is the last dude anyone expects to find in a mixed martial arts gym. A wealthy Brazilian banker who never had to fight for anything, Enzo’s stuck in the amateur circuit—but he burns to make the pros. Maybe that explains the heat he feels whenever he’s around Jamie Lynn Calhoun. The pint-size, magenta-haired bartender with the Texas drawl is everything he’s not... and everything he craves.

Tough as nails and independent to a fault, Jamie Lynn—JL to her friends—works hard to pay her bills and keep life simple. Enzo is doing his best to complicate that. Even though she likes to bust his balls, he’s got some kind of a nerdy-hot vibe that makes JL wonder if she might finally be able to let her guard down. It might do the boy some good to spend some time in her world, where blood, sweat, and victory are as sweet as the first taste of real love.

Fighting Dirty by Sidney Halston is a sexy across the tracks romance that was full of hot chemistry and some serious wooing!

Enzo Silva has been trying to get Jamie Lyn to go out on a date with him for a year, but she keeps turning him down. She thinks he is a rich, stuffy snob and she tells him that she isn’t interested. While he is rich, he isn’t stuffy or a snob. Ok, he is a little anal retentive and orderly, but the right woman can change that and Enzo thinks that Jamie Lyn is the one. Meanwhile Jamie Lyn is hot for Enzo but she is very aware of their income disparity; she is a self confident woman on the outside, but on the inside the memories of her trailer park upbringing are constantly in the back of her head, holding her back. Will their opposite natures attract?

[The best fighters ...]

Dec 4 2015 10:30am

Scandal Season 5 Midseason Heart-to-Heart: There Is No Us!

TV Recap: Scandal Season 5, Mid Season Finale "Baby It's Cold Outside"

TV Recap: Season 5x09 Midseason Captain's Log Olitz

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5, Mid Season Finale “Baby It’s Cold Outside”

Ship(s): Olitz

We have come a long way, baby since the “Heavy is the Head” season premiere of Scandal. Over the course of the season so far, Olivia has found out just exactly what that phrase mean as she and Fitz have been through quite a lot; here is the quick and dirty: First, footage of Olitz playing house in the White House is mysteriously released to Sally Langston prompting Olivia to admit she and the President are having an affair; Olivia and Fitz find themselves in the crosshairs of a scorned Mellie who has initiated an impeachment inquiry with the Senate judiciary committee; the Senate judiciary committee flips the script on Mellie and sets her up on the stand to start a complete takedown of the Grant family; Olivia is next to testify and she will either have to lie on the stand or refuse to answer questions...unless Olivia and Fitz get married in a quickie ceremony so she can’t testify against him. Out of the shadows comes Olivia’s father with another solution: release him from prison and he can pull out enough dirt on all the senators to shut the inquiry down. Olivia recruits Mellie to make his release happen and Mellie does with the caveat that Olivia helps her run for President; Papa Pope comes through, but Olivia can’t tell Fitz. Of course Fitz finds out about Eli’s escape and sends Jake to “take care of him” while Olivia is taking on First Lady duties that are boring her to tears, which brings us to “Baby It’s Cold Outside”. (That was a mouthful!)

[Everything falls apart and comes together at the same time ...]

Dec 3 2015 1:30pm

Empire Season 2 Midseason Heart-to-Heart: When Lyons Attack

TV Recap: Empire Season 2x10 Cookie and LuciousTV Recap: Empire 2x10 Captain's Log Cookie and Lucious

Show/Episode: Empire Season 2, Midseason Finale “Et Tu, Brute?”

Ship(s): Cookie and Lucious

Well, the Empire clan have been very busy over the course of the season but this finale. Cookie and Hakeem have created Lyon Dynasty and are pretty successful with their new label; Jamal has taken flight as a solo artist and is eclipsing his father quickly; Andre finally got back into the inner circle with Lucious after revealing 1) he and Rhonda accidentally killed Vernon and 2) he and Rhonda are having a baby; Cookie got a new boo-thang named Laz in the form of the sexy Adam Rodriguez and lost him when she found out Laz was conning her; Hakeem grew up when he was kidnapped and beaten up by Laz’s crew; and Lucious got rid of his legal troubles and picked up a lawyer named Thirsty as crooked as he is. (Jamal also has a storyline where his boyfriend cheats on him so they break up and recently he was so dazzled by his working relationship with pop singer Sky a.k.a. Alicia Keys that they sleep together. I’m ignoring that mess.) We also find out more about Lucious as a child with a mentally ill mother, played by Kelly Rowland. That just about brings us to the mid season finale, “Et Tu, Brute?”

[THE LYONS FAMILY has taken a left turn ...]

Nov 19 2015 5:30pm

First Look: Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue’s Before the Dawn (November 30, 2015)

Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue
Before the Dawn (The Ending #4)
L2 Books / November 24, 2015 / $3.99 digital

A year ago, the Virus killed off most people in the world. 

A year ago, strange things started happening to those who survived. Some of them transformed into something dark and sinister, while others evolved, becoming something more, something beyond human.

A year ago, Dani and Zoe were lost. They traversed the country to find one another, losing some of the people dearest to them along the way. They fought for their right to simply live, uncovered long-buried secrets, and discovered irreversible truths. And after everything Dani and Zoe have been through—even with the battle wounds that they bear—they’re still not safe.

It’s time for the struggling to end, for survivors to take back their lives, their families, their safety. It’s time to really begin to live, and to do that, they must wait for the first rays of dawn.

Before the Dawn by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue is the fourth and finalish story in The Ending series. I say finalish because it looks like there will be another story told, but this book definitely closes the chapter on a harrowing, exciting, romantic, and dangerous. The world created here is rich and dynamic; there are several novellas that accompany the series that are worth a read for anyone who is addicted to The Ending series (like me!).

[Get in on this sci-fi series ...]