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Thu
Jun 18 2015 1:05pm

First Look: Crystal Bright’s The Look of Love (June 23, 2015)

The Look of Love by Crystal Bright

Crystal Bright
The Loook of Love (Mama's Boys #1)
Lyrical Press / June 23, 2015 (digital), June 28, 2015 (print) / $15.00 print, $3.99 digital

You can’t fight love…

There’s only one thing MMA fighter Gunnar Wells is more devoted to than his career, and that’s his mother, “Queen” Elizabeth. An elegant African American woman who adopted Gunnar and his two white brothers, Elizabeth was there when they needed her, and they’ll do anything for her. For Gunnar, that means running her hair salon when she suddenly falls ill. And if that’s not awkward enough for the champion fighter, he’ll have to work alongside Eboni Danielson, the other love of his life. The one he left behind to pursue his dream. The one he’s never forgotten…

Between the salon and her volunteer work, Eboni keeps busy to keep her mind off the man who broke her heart. So when Gunnar shows up again, she does her best to stay cool—on the outside. But the more she watches Gunnar step up and help out, the less she can deny her feelings. Soon Gunnar is doing everything he can to convince Eboni to give him a fighting chance. Can she trust him again—even when old secrets and new dangers come between them once more?

We celebrate the variety of tropes in romantic stories, and while some tropes are more popular than others, the unique story surrounding the trope can rope us in. If there is one thing that can be said about The Look of Love by Crystal Bright, it is that it is unique. It’s also a fun, sweet, sexy, and charming second chance romance. 

Gunnar Wells left his past behind a decade ago to pursue his MMA career, and made himself a champion in the process. However it’s time to go home again because his mother, the indomitable and larger than life “Queen” Elizabeth, is ill and she needs him. Gunnar drops everything to be by his mother’s side and immediately butts heads with his ex-girlfriend Eboni Danielson, who has been taken under Queen’s wing. 

[Will they have a second chance at love?]

Fri
Jun 12 2015 2:30pm

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Drive It Deep (June 16, 2015)

Drive It Deep by Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna
Drive It Deep (Desert Dogs Prequel)
Intermix / June 16, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Jeremiah Church and Raina Harper have been close since they were kids, back when life was all about hot Nevada summers spent running wild on the backs of their motorcycles with their friends. Now in their thirties, their lives are changing, and so is the way Miah looks at Raina—a sizzling tension has begun to smolder, impossible to ignore.

Miah is a man of simple pleasures—after a long day overseeing his family’s cattle ranch, a cool drink in his hand and a barstool under his backside are all he needs. Except lately, Miah’s begun looking at his bartender differently. Raina is Miah’s polar opposite—she’s as hot-headed as he is self-possessed, as wild as he is steady. And though they’re a recipe for disaster, the mutual attraction brewing between them is too tempting to deny.

But when bottled-up desires hit this hard, this fast, after so long, the results are positively explosive. And while the affair is hot enough set the badlands on fire, when the flames burn out, will their lifelong friendship survive, or go up in smoke?

Jeremiah Church has his life mapped out. He, like Churches before him, will take over the ranch from his father and work the land. The thought of this makes Miah content, happy even, and the other part of that planned life includes a wife and a parcel of children. Miah knows his own mind; there is no point in empty hookups that go nowhere when he could be settled and satisfied at home on the range. Ever since one of his best friend’s father died, he has been looking at her a little differently and thinking of the possibilities. Raina Harper has been his friend for over twenty years, and over the past several weeks he has been looking at her like he is seeing her for the first time. Of course, in Raina’s head, it’s about damn time Miah looked at her twice. She has had a crush on him since she was a teenager but there was never any heat in his eyes until recently and now Raina wants to find out what could become of a making a lover out of Jeremiah Church. She knows what Miah’s end game is, which is the opposite of Raina’s; marriage and children are not in the cards for her and it isn’t a negotiable point. In Cara McKenna’s Drive it Deep, best friends turn into hot lovers, but will their friendship survive the fallout?

[Friends make the best lovers...]

Thu
Jun 4 2015 1:00pm

First Look: Shady Grace’s Beautiful Criminal (June 9, 2015)

Beautiful Criminal by Shady Grace

Shady Grace 
Beautiful Criminal (McCoy's Boys #1)
Lyrical Press / June 9, 2015 / $1.99 Digital

Mima Etu lives a quiet life with her sled dogs in the stunning Canadian Rockies. But that all changes when she stumbles upon a plane crash while out on a supply run. She’s shocked to discover the pilot is still alive—though barely. With the sun setting and the temperatures quickly dropping, Mima knows he’d never survive the trip to the nearest hospital. So she takes the stranger back to her cabin. As he heals, his vague answers to Mima’s questions about the flight tell her he has secrets. But more disturbing is the consuming, immediate attraction she senses between them.

Before he lost control of his Cessna and plunged into a pilot’s hell, Gabriel Miller was on a deadly mission with precious cargo. Now he’s awakened in the comfort of a log cabin with a gorgeous woman tending to his every need. Her soft-spoken beauty sparks his longing for a different kind of life….and it isn’t long before they surrender to a blazing passion. But their blissful days are numbered. For the owners of the cargo are bent on finding Gabriel—and once they do, they don’t intend to leave any witnesses behind.

Gabriel Miller has been running drugs by plane and doing dirty work for a powerful criminal named McCoy for years. He was taken under McCoy’s wing as a young man and can truly be called Henchman #1. One night, flying in perilous conditions over Canada, his plane caught some bad winds and went down. A day later, Mima and her closest neighbor/best friend were playfully sled racing their dog packs when they came across the wreckage and saved Gabriel’s life. Mima’s cabin was closest so she nursed him back to health. In Shady Grace’s Beautiful Criminal, Gabriel is a very bad boy who is ready for redemption and Mima is a strong and smart woman looking for true love—and an end to a sexual drought is a great start.

[Are they a match for true love?]

Mon
Jun 1 2015 10:30am

First Look: Sarah Castille’s Beyond the Cut (June 2, 2015)

Beyond the Cut by Sarah Castille

Sarah Castille
Beyond the Cut (Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club #2)
St. Martin's Press / June 2, 2015 / $7.99 print, $4.99 digital

SHE'S HOLDING ON TIGHT.

As a teen, Dawn ran from a life on the streets straight into the arms of Jimmy “Mad Dog” Sanchez, a biker who promised to be her knight in shining armor. But his love was just another cage. Years later, Dawn's former life still has its hooks in her and she'll do whatever it takes to break free. When Cade “Ryder” O'Connor, a member of a rival club, makes her an offer, Dawn finds herself in a different, hotter kind of trouble with one irresistible Sinner…

WILL HE GIVE HER THE RIDE OF HER LIFE?

Cade is an outlaw biker with allegiance to one thing and one thing only: The Sinner's Tribe Motorcycle Club. But when it comes to the stunningly sexy, fiercely independent Dawn Delgado, Cade finds himself…hungrier for more. Trouble is on Dawn's heels and he wants to be the answer to her prayers, whether she wants him to be or not. What can't be denied is the red-hot attraction between them. However, as they fall deeper, the danger rises and Cade may have to sacrifice it all…in Beyond the Cut by New York Times bestselling author Sarah Castille.Dawn remembers what  a loving home is like, even if it has been more than half her life since she lived in one. As a young teen, her parents were tragically killed in a car crash, and her life went downhill from there: she went from living with an abusive uncle to becoming a street teen runaway to getting plucked off the street by the very dangerous and sadistic Jimmy “Mad Dog”  Sanchez of the Devil’s Brethren Motorcycle Club. Many abusive years and a painful divorce later, Dawn is separated from her twin girls due to a set up by Mad Dog and is trying to do everything she can to keep up with the illegal custody demands of her ex sister-in-law. She is also trying to deny the feelings she has for Cade O’Connor, member of the Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club. He is known as the most womanizing member of the club, rumored to have never slept with the same woman twice...but he has slept with Dawn twice and he is looking for even more. Dawn has sworn off bikers forever, but she can’t resist Cade. In Sarah Castille’s Beyond the Cut we see if Dawn can tame Cade’s womanizing ways permanently.

Dawn knew that Mad Dog couldn’t get to her in Sinner territory since they are rival clubs, so when she first left him, that is where she fled with her daughters. Mad Dog got back at her by framing her and filming her buying drugs (she thought she was buying something from her daughter’s school), then used that evidence to have custody taken away. He moved his sister to town and the torment of having her girls so close yet so far away is taking it’s toll three years later. Cade has never met anyone like Dawn. He admires her strength, independence, hot temper, and sassy mouth.

[Oh and the list goes on...]

Mon
May 25 2015 9:30am

First Look: Faye Avalon’s Indecent Exposure (May 26, 2015)

Indecent Exposure by Faye Avalon

Faye Avalon
Indecent Exposure
Samhain Publishing / May 26, 2015 / $14.99 print, $4.49 print

She's gotten herself into hot water, and the heat just keeps on rising.

Gina McKenzie didn't make the same mistakes her mother made with men. She just made different ones. Like letting a good one get away-and trusting a bad one to keep her kinky tastes private.

With an ex-lover holding a naked bondage video over her head, she's forced to reunite with an old college crush to get the dirty on him. Back then, she resorted to humiliating Mitchell Coleman to keep her heart safe. Now she has no choice but to compromise him in the worst possible way.

When Gina walks back into Mitchell's life and starts seducing him, desire wars with suspicion. Last time this happened, she tossed him to the wolves. If she's going to serve herself up on a plate, he intends to make her see exactly what she missed by rejecting him all those years ago.

But Mitch soon realizes that Gina has an agenda other than heating up the sheets-and this time he's not going to let her play him for a fool.

Warning: A bad girl trying to be good, a good guy determined to be bad. Naughty goings-on with a stability ball, lunchtime quickies, and a Parisian hotel room where nobody plans on sleeping.

Gina McKenzie has found herself in a spot of bother. Always one to seek out the bad boy, she finally got involved with the wrong man, and he is blackmailing her with a bondage sex tape into getting blackmail material on Mitchell Coleman, a college chum turned savvy venture capitalist who had a crush on her way back when. When Mitchell spots Gina at a function, the lust, arousal, and humiliation from his college years comes flashing back. When she comes up to him with a feeble at best story about getting together to get business advice from him, Mitch’s guard instantly goes up. In Faye Avalon’s Indecent Exposure, Gina has a Big Secret. Will she be able to go through with this betrayal to Mitch?

[Gina wants to save her reputation and needs Mitch to help...]

Sat
May 16 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Cecy Robson’s Once Pure (May 19, 2015)

Once Pure by Cecy Robson

Cecy Robson
Once Pure (Shattered Past #3)
Loveswept / May 19, 2015 / $3.99 digital

She bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can’t control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past novel—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—true love lands a knockout punch.
 
Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behaviors and unworthy men. Now, at twenty, she just hopes she’s ready to rebuild some of what she lost. One way or another, it always comes back to her childhood friend and longtime crush, Killian O’Brien.
 
As strong as Killian is, Sofia has always been his one weakness. He knows Sofia has suffered and wants to ensure she’s never hurt again—not like before, and definitely not under his watch. When Sofia agrees to work at his mixed martial arts gym, Killian seizes the opportunity to help and protect the sweet girl he’s always cared for. And yet, as he trains Sofia to defend herself using his hard-hitting MMA techniques, he’s drawn to the vulnerable beauty in ways he never expected.
 
As Sofia grows stronger, she also grows brave enough to open herself up to love. And along the way, she challenges everything Killian believes to be true, showing him that no matter how much he dominates in the ring, the real battle is fought in the heart.In Cecy Robson’s Once Pure we see if long time friends Killian and Sofia can overcome their pasts and fall in love.

In Cecy Robson’s Once Pure we see if long time friends Killian and Sofia can overcome their pasts and fall in love.

Fans of the Shattered Past series  know the history of the Tres Santos family, but never fear if this is your first time; this story can be read as a standalone and you will get a crash course. Sofia Tres Santos is the baby of the family; she has an older sister, Lety, and an older brother, Teo (Matteo). They come from a household with an abhorrently abusive father (now in jail) and a mother who refused to leave him because of her strict religious upbringing in Cuba. Sofia’s older siblings were made fighters because of what they endured but Sofia was made even more fragile due to the abuse. As a child the only true friend she had was the cute boy next door a couple of years older than her named Killian O’Brien. In their adolescence they independently suffered through horrific losses of innocence and drew apart. However, now in adulthood, they are drawn back together and Killian knows exactly what he wants: Sofia. He also knows to tread softly and carefully with her; he knows some of what Sofia has been through but not everything. Between his hero complex and Sofia’s victim blaming self-esteem, they have a long road to haul. 

[Will these two be able to make it?]

Fri
May 8 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Kat Latham’s Taming the Legend (May 11, 2015)

Taming the Legend by Kat LathamKat Latham
Taming the Legend (London Legends #4)
Carina Press / May 11, 2015 / $3.99 digital

When retiring rugby star Ash Trenton considered his next career move, coaching troubled teens at his ex-girlfriend's California camp wasn't on the list. But when Camila Morales reappears after eighteen years, begging for his help, he can't say no to his first and only love.

Camila was just sixteen when Ash moved on to start his rugby career, leaving her heartbroken…and on her own to make a life-changing decision. Now she needs his help to win a tournament prize and save her camp. Relying on Ash is the last thing she wants. But while it's hard to get over being dumped for a sport, it's even harder to ignore the rush of attraction that has only gotten stronger after so many years apart.

Coaching teens is the hardest job Ash has ever had, and the task becomes personal when he begins to fall for Camila all over again. But when he is offered his dream job, will he choose the job—or the woman whose heart he already sacrificed once?

Camila Morales is desperate. So desperate, in fact, that she is willing to take her meager savings, go to London, and try to convince her first love to help her. The camp she has been running ever since she inherited it from her dad in California is in serious danger of closing. Camila has a madcap idea about how to save the camp, but she just has to do one thing: convince rugby king Ashley Trenton to come back to America with her. Ash just finished his last rugby game as a Legend, and has no idea what will come next in his life. Surprised isn’t an adequate word to describe his feelings when he sees his long lost first love Mila at the victory after party. Surprised is also not an adequate word to describe his shock when she punches him right in the face. In Kat Latham’s Taming the Legend, Mila and Ash are second chance lovers with a lot to sort out and not a lot of time to do it.

[Love on a deadline...we like it!]

Fri
May 8 2015 10:45am

Scandal 4x21 Heart-to-Heart: On the Mend

Note: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 21, “A Few Good Women.”

Show/Episode: Scandal, Season 4 Episode 21, “A Few Good Women”
Ship(s): Mellie/Fitz, Olivia/Jake (Olake)

When the episode opens, Jake is recuperating at Liv’s apartment. Jake is plenty smart and knows that Russell is probably on ice somewhere but Liv isn’t talking. Their morning interactions are downright domestic considering he is recovering from a massive knife attack at the hands of Russell. She makes sure he is comfortable, deftly avoids all of his questions, and pretends to leave. What she actually does is go across the hall. Liv has left Russell in the capable hands of Huckleberry Quinn who are taking turns and having a good time trying to get the answer to one simple question: What is Foxtail? Russell, however, isn’t talking. Also, Huck was really getting turned on by watching Quinn work.

[An unconventional office romance...]

Wed
May 6 2015 9:30am

First Look: Violetta Rand’s Sin (May 12, 2015)

Sin by Violetta RandVioletta Rand
Sin (Devil's Den #3)
Loveswept / May 12, 2015 / $2.99 digital

Every woman at the Devil’s Den strip club has a story to tell, and Macey Taylor is no exception. Smart and self-reliant, she’s got a chip on her shoulder, a broken heart, and no patience for a sexy new manager with an Ivy League pedigree and a strict set of rules. Macey prefers to break rules, something she lets Joshua Camden know from the start—even as he ignites a fire in her that goes beyond the hottest club in town.

Joshua is working the Devil’s Den for all it’s worth, learning everything he can about the adult-entertainment game before investing in a place of his own. Macey is a surprise: a woman as strong-willed as she is gorgeous. Joshua wants to get inside her world, to see through her eyes. But he soon discovers that seduction is a two-way street—and expecting redemption without risking his heart may be the greatest sin of all.

If you have been keeping up with the goings on at the Devil’s Den strip club, then you already know Macey Taylor, the heroine of Violetta Rand's latest installment in the series, Sin. If not, here is a quick rundown: she’s young relatively speaking, but old and world-weary in stripper years; she’s the hostess with the mostest and throws the best Super Bowl party in Texas; and she’s the erstwhile roommate of both Gonzalez sisters, who found love at the Devil’s Den and have since moved on.

[And now it's Macey's turn...]

Mon
Apr 20 2015 9:30am

First Look: Becca Jameson’s Bound to Be Tempted (April 21, 2015)

Bound to Be Tempted by Becca JamesonBecca Jameson
Bound to Be Tempted (Emergence #4)
Samhain / April 21, 2015 / $15.00 print, $5.50 digital

In the six months since Margaret Donovan broke up with her girlfriend, she has prowled Emergence, hoping to find a Dom to help her explore her bisexuality. The only man who's caught her interest in all that time is the bouncer.

He's a firm Dom, and after all, it's just a trial run. An experiment. He doesn't need to know the details of the troubled past that makes her long to get over her aversion to being under anyone's thumb.

Carlton Fisher's keen eye has been tracking Maggie, as well. She looks exactly like the childhood sweetheart who's haunted him for over a decade, but she doesn't need to know that. Two weeks' instruction should get her over her hump, give her the confidence she needs to work with a Dom...and get her out of his system.

Neither is prepared for the floodtide of explosive emotions. It's cathartic and therapeutic, but if they can't purge themselves of the pain of the past, their hearts could suffer irreparable damage.

Warning: This book contains intense submission from established participants in the BDSM world. If nipple clamps, edging, public nudity, restraints, gags, blindfolds and flogging make you squeamish, move along!

Carlton Fisher has had a wary eye on on Margaret Donovan for a while now. She is practically the doppelganger of his first (and only) love, who died tragically and suddenly years ago, before he was even a Dom. He's stayed away from Maggie, which for a time was easy because she had a girlfriend/Domme and they were a very public couple at the exclusive BDSM club Emergence. As the head of security at Emergence, Carlton works the door most nights, keeping an eye on everything and everyone, but he has always had an extra eye out for Maggie. When Maggie breaks up with her girlfriend and shows some interest in taking on a Dom, Carlton knows exactly what kind of Dom she needs, and he's willing to take her on—temporarily—as his submissive.

[Temporarily, huh?...]

Fri
Apr 17 2015 11:05am

Scandal 4x19 Heart-to-Heart: Time for Team Ralex? We Think Not!

Show/Episode: Scandal, Season 4, Episode 19, “I’m Just a Bill
Ship(s):
Olake, Ralex?

Scandal 4x19 Captain's LogNote: This post contains spoilers of all aired episodes of Scandal, including last night's Season 4, Episode 19, “I'm Just a Bill.”

When the episode opens, we pick up right where we left off in the last episode with the sexy but mysterious Russell standing at the front door with Rowan in tow. Apparently Papa Pope drugged him so that he and Liv could have a private conversation about getting her assistance in shutting down the B613 legal case. Poor Russell was laying face down on the floor as Rowan laid out two options for Olivia; shut the case down or take him on as a client. When Liv refused to back down, Papa went on a tirade, as he is wont to do, and read Olivia cover to cover. Didn’t she realize how this would affect “him” (Fitz)? Unfortunately for Olivia she has no poker face with her father. As Russell starts to come to, Rowan leaves a burner cell phone on her table and gives her a timetable of forty-eight hours to come to a decision about shutting David Rosen and crew down. As he leaves, he lets us all know that Russell is lucky to have been given a mild sedative he could wake up from instead of a permanent go-night-night-forever drops. Flustered but always thinking, Liv quickly cuts Russell’s duct tape restraints and pretends that they had way too much wine together and fell asleep on the floor. Russell is disoriented and confused, especially when Liv tells him they were singing and dancing together. (Girlfriend, that was you and Jake. Get it right!) But she puts him, and another crazy day, to bed.

[Oy vey, what a day...]

Thu
Apr 9 2015 9:30am

First Look: Keri Ford’s Cupcakes and Crushes (April 14, 2015)

Cupcakes and Crushes by Keri FordKeri Ford
Cupcakes and Crushes (Turtle Pine #1)
Samhain Publishing / April 14, 2015 / $14.00 print, $4.99 digital

Sometimes there is enough sweet to make up for the bitter.

Years ago, a broken heart sent Annie Cookie running from home, and she’s never looked back—until now. Her grandpa’s broken wrist means the family bakery is at risk of losing two big orders.

Reluctantly, Annie returns to Turtle Pine to help out, only to discover it’s not just seven hundred cupcakes she has to bake, but also a wedding cake for the half-sister who stole her high-school sweetheart. Annie left town to get away from her sister. No way is she getting mixed up with her again. Once the cupcakes are done, she’s outta there.

Back in high school, Cade Revlin hid his crush on his brother’s girl, but when his brother dumped Annie for another Cookie sister, Annie slipped through his fingers and out of town. Now that she’s back, he’s determined to give her a reason to stay.

He’s got one week to change her mind. Or she’ll be gone in a cloud of powdered sugar.

Warning: Contains small-town meddling, family drama and all the necessary ingredients for a second chance at love—if they have the guts to turn up the heat.

In Keri Ford's sweet (pun intended) romance Cupcakes and Crushes, hometown girl Annie Cookie makes good.

[Good love... Good cupcakes... Good on her promises...]

Tue
Apr 7 2015 3:00pm

First Look: J. Kenner’s Say My Name (April 7, 2015)

J. Kenner
Say My Name (Stark International #1)
Penguin / April 7, 2015 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

I never let anyone get too close—but he’s the only man who’s ever made me feel alive.

Meeting Jackson Steele was a shock to my senses. Confident and commanding, he could take charge of any room . . . or any woman. And Jackson wanted me. The mere sight of him took my breath away, and his touch made me break all my rules.  

Our bond was immediate, our passion untamed. I wanted to surrender completely to his kiss, but I couldn’t risk his knowing the truth about my past. Yet Jackson carried secrets too, and in our desire we found our escape, pushing our boundaries as far as they could go.

Learning to trust is never easy. In my mind, I knew I should run. But in my heart, I never felt a fire this strong—and it could either save me or scorch me forever.

Say My Name is intended for mature audiences.

Set in the same world as the Stark Trilogy, J. Kenner’s erotica Say My Name brings us a new billionaire bad boy to satisfy those submissive cravings. Alpha? Check. Brilliant? Check. Sexy as hell? Double Check. Meet Jackson Steele, celebrity architect and holder of a complicated history with one Sylvia Brooks, the executive assistant of the powerhouse Damien Stark. Reunited lovers anyone?

[Yes, please!]

Mon
Apr 6 2015 9:30am

First Look: Sarah Castille’s Full Contact (April 7, 2015)

 Full Contact by Sarah Castille

Sarah Castille
Full Contact (Redemption #3)
Sourcebooks / April 7, 2015 / $13.99 print, $7.99 digital

When you can't resist the one person who could destroy you...

Sia O'Donnell can't help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.

Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he'll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray's darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he's going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.

Ray is called Predator because of the calm and calculated way he stalks his prey in the ring, toys with them, then goes in for the kill. He is a man of few words, but who needs to talk when his huge, imposing figure and dark menace speak loud enough for all to hear? Ray is mysterious, brooding, intense, and all Sia can think about. Sia O’Donnell has had her eye on Predator for over a year, going to all of his underground MMA fights, taking in his leashed control and wishing he was putting her in all of those submission moves. As a survivor of sexual assault, Sia has some triggers that she is still dealing with, but she is tired of being treated like a delicate flower. In Full Contact, we see if Sarah Castille’s Sia and Ray can overcome the tragedies in their pasts to have a healthy future together.

[Healthy future means an HEA!]

Wed
Apr 1 2015 3:15pm

First Look: Cherry Adair’s Blush (April 7, 2015)

Blush by Cherry AdairCherry Adair
Blush
Gallery Books / April 7, 2015 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

In the same pulse-pounding style as Maya Banks and Kresley Cole, New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair delivers a sizzling erotic romance about a sexy billionaire who’s on the run—and the hit-man-turned-handyman who’s supposed to kill her.

Sex with a stranger. Learn to drive. Learn to cook. Learn to pole dance. Sex under the stars. Buy a truck. These are just a few of the things on Amelia Wentworth’s bucket list, but as the CEO and face of a multi-billion-dollar cosmetic empire, she’s never quite found the time to do them.

Until, after a series of accidents, Amelia discovers that someone wants her dead. But who? And why? She has no time for questions as she changes her name to Mia, buys a secluded fixer-upper near the Louisiana bayou where no one will recognize her, and starts checking things off her bucket list like there’s no tomorrow—which there might not be.

Meanwhile, Cruz Barcelona is a hit man who’s promised himself this will be his last job. Then he’ll take the money and move to a warm, sunny place where he doesn’t have to hide anymore. But when Cruz goes undercover to Mia’s ramshackle house, he starts to realize there’s far more to this poor-little-rich-girl than he thought—and he starts to fall for her. Which is going to make his job a whole lot harder…

In Cherry Adair’s Blush, we meet a hot hitman with a change of heart. Cruz Barcelona has one very important rule about his targets; he refuses to kill anyone who doesn’t deserve it. The dossier he received about Amelia Wellington-Wentworth was appalling, including everything from sweatshops in China to a child pornography ring. He fact checks every thing on his own, and his findings were in line with the dossier. It wasn’t that hard to track Amelia/Mia, and she made it very easy for him by just inviting him in her house. However, the woman he has encountered and the woman in the dossier don’t match. For the first time, Cruz’s instincts are telling him something is off, and this may buy miss Mia a few more days while he figures some things out.

[Figure it out quick...]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 3:00pm

J.R. Ward’s The Shadows SPOILER Thread (Major Spoilers!!)

The Shadows by J.R. WardHere you have it: It's FINALLY HERE! A complete play-by-play of all of the events in J.R. Ward’s The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13), 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 The Shadows here to whet your appetite, plus all our J.R. Ward content).

MAJOR SPOILERS BELOW THE JUMP.

SPOILERS SO MAJOR THEY WILL RUIN THE BOOK FOR YOU IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT.

YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished The ShadowsThis is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of The Shadows here and other J.R. Ward's content here.***

[Okay, let's get started then...]

Tue
Mar 31 2015 10:45am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Shadows (March 31, 2015)

The Shadows by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward
The Shadows (Black Dagger Brotherhood #13)
Penguin / March 31, 2015 / $27.95 print, $14.99 digital

Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward.

Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist.  And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world.  Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude.  He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on... except for his brother, iAm.

iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing—and he knows he’s failed.  It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around... but by then it’s too late.  The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.

Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with.  But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything.  Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever.  And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice...

Trez and iAm have long been the dark, enigmatic Shadows in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Companions and business partners with Rehvenge, Trez was usually the more outgoing Shadow, frightfully so, and iAm the quiet terror behind him. They finally get the chance to have their HEAs (Happily Ever Afters) appropriately enough together as they are brothers and best friends. In The Shadows, J.R. Ward takes us on an emotional journey with an arranged marriage, a debilitating illness, and some deception as well.

[Drama, intrigue, sex...what more can we ask for?]

Fri
Mar 27 2015 4:34pm

Scandal 4x17 Heart-to-Heart: ’Til Death Do Us Part

Michael in Scandal Season 4, episode 17Show/Episode: Scandal Season 4, Episode 17, “Put a Ring on It” (Spoilers, natch)
Ship(s): Michael/Cyrus, Olivia/Fitz (Olitz)

Captain's Log for Cyrus and Michael in Scandal 4x17Washington D.C. is the city that never sleeps when it comes to political sex scandals, and for Cy, Olivia, and Abby to all get a call at 4 a.m. just can’t be a good thing. It was, in fact, a terrible thing because Cy’s aimless fiance Michael the Sex Worker just got rip roaring drunk and made out with a stranger at one of the most notorious gay bars in D.C. Liv and company are in full fixer mode. The quickest fix? Get Cy and Michael married quick, call the bar indiscretion a wild bachelor party, and change the conversation. Great, no problem, except Cy is having an existential crisis about getting married again, especially to Michael, whom he has vilified to the point of infamy.

Olivia goes to Mellie and pitches the idea of a White House wedding to her. It would be a chance for Mellie to separate herself from the President as she acts in her own interest, and make her more appealing to Democrats who are in support of gay marriage. Michael seemed like a deer caught in headlights when he found out that his parents were invited to the wedding. He made a personal plea to Cyrus to reconsider inviting them, but Cy brushed him off. The wedding was a perfect plan until Sally Langston, who is a talking head with over three million viewers, has caught a scent on Cy’s sham of a marriage and is planning to pay serious money to anyone who can prove it. Liv asks Michael point-blank if there is anything they need to know, and he tells them he is “clean.” Oh, Michael, you idiot.

[Yet the show—and a wedding—must go on...]

Tue
Mar 24 2015 12:00pm

First Look: Lori Foster’s Holding Strong (March 31, 2015)

Holding Strong by Lori FosterLori Foster
Holding Strong (Ultimate #2)
Harlequin / March 31, 2015 / $7.99 print & digital

 

An up-and-coming MMA fighter wants more than just one night from a woman fleeing her past in New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster's irresistible new novel

Heavyweight fighter Denver Lewis plays real nice, but he doesn't share. That's why he's been avoiding top-notch flirt Cherry Peyton. But a man can only resist those lush curves for so long. Their encounter surpasses all his fantasies, bringing out protective urges that Cherry's about to need more than she knows…

Denver's combination of pure muscle and unexpected tenderness has been driving Cherry wild. Yet no sooner does she get what she's been craving than old troubles show up on her doorstep. And this time, Cherry can't hide behind a carefree facade. Because the man by her side is one who'll fight like hell to keep her safe…if only she'll trust him enough to let him…

Cherry Peyton is a bouncy, bubbly, fun-loving woman. To know her now would give no clue as to the dark childhood she overcame and the adolescent horrors she escaped. Since she left and started life over in Warfield, Ohio, her life has been looking up; she is a Kindergarten teacher and lives in a great house with her best friend Merissa, and has found a new community in Rissy’s brother’s MMA friends.

[Can we join that community, too?]

Thu
Mar 19 2015 12:00pm

Empire Cookie/Lucious Season 1 Finale Heart-to-Heart: Will the Empire Fall?

Show/Episode: Empire Season 1 Finale, Episodes 1x11, “Die But Once,” and 1x12, “Who I Am” (Spoilers up ahead!)
Ship(s): Cookie/Lucious, Cookie/Malcolm

The two hour finale of Empire had everything in it except the kitchen sink! Everyone was kung fu fighting, everyone was arguing, and everyone was making unholy alliances. A lot has happened since our last check in. Anika, finally done with Lucious and his lies goes to Beretti (Judd Nelson!) and decides to double-cross him to work for Creedmoore Records. She had a long con in play but Cookie busted her and revealed her intentions to Lucious and started a label war with scores of artists on the line. Andre has a complete psychotic break, and Jamal’s ex wife(!) Olivia (Raven Symone, with a nod to her Cosby Show character’s name) shows up out of the blue with an adorable child in tow, claiming she’s Jamal’s. The timing is right,  and just when Jamal accepts his role as father, Olivia’s psycho ex-boyfriend tracks her down and threatens to kill Jamal. To save him, Lucious admits that the little girl was actually his baby and he used Jamal as a patsy; Malcolm saves the day and takes out the crazy ex. Hakeem is out of the closet in his relationship with older lover Camilla, until Lucious sends her packing, thinking he could buy her out of her relationship. He was wrong. Jamal is firmly out of the closet in a shocking move by using one of his father’s old songs and updating the lyrics. With Anika out of the picture, Lucious decides he wants to marry Cookie and proposes to her.

[Cookie isn't gonna have any of it!]