<i>Smoke on the Water</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Smoke on the Water: Exclusive Excerpt Lori Handeland "He stilled, gaze on mine, but he didn’t stop me from touching him." <i>Lady Emily's Exotic Journey</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Lady Emily's Exotic Journey: Exclusive Excerpt Lillian Marek “I begin to think that this will be a most interesting voyage." <i>That Night with the CEO</i>: Exclusive Excerpt That Night with the CEO: Exclusive Excerpt Karen Booth “Hey, you’re the one suggesting showers. Not me.” <i>Dragonbane</i>: Exclusive Excerpt Dragonbane: Exclusive Excerpt Sherrilyn Kenyon "Growling in fury, she’d straddled him, fully intending to take his offer..."
From The Blog
August 1, 2015
H&H ICYMI: RITA and Golden Heart Winners, The Bourbon Kings, Age of (Digital) Discoverability, and more!
Team H & H
July 31, 2015
Friday Beefcake: Tom Hiddleston vs. Sam Heughan
Team H & H
July 31, 2015
Popular LGBTQ Ships in Pop Culture
Megan Erickson
July 31, 2015
10 Things You Should Know About Eve Langlais
Heather Massey
July 30, 2015
How Do You Find New-to-You Romance Authors?
Scarlettleigh
Showing posts by: Rebekah Weatherspoon click to see Rebekah Weatherspoon's profile
Wed
Nov 26 2014 12:00pm

5 Reasons You Need to See Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights movie posterI usually save my movie watching for Sunday mornings; fewer people, slightly cheaper movie tickets, and I like to pretend that popcorn, soda, and mozzarella sticks make up a perfectly reasonable brunch menu. But I couldn’t make it around to Sunday to see Beyond the Lights.

I had to see it IMMEDIATELY so dragged my butt to the theater, mid-week, and boy-howdy am I glad I did. I’m probably going to see it again in theaters this week. Here are 5 reasons I think YOU should go see Beyond The Lights too:

1. Pure, concentrated romance.

There is no way to stress this enough, Beyond the Lights is a one hundred percent, by the book romance. All the beats are there; the meet-cute, which happens to be a wee on the traumatic side, the magical first kiss followed by the pretty righteous first sex. You’ve got your troubled heroine looking for a way out.

[Intense romance, you say? We are in...]

Wed
Nov 5 2014 2:00pm

Widows and Kind Ranchers in Leigh Greenwood’s To Love and To Cherish

To Love and To Cherish by Leigh Greenwood

Leigh Greenwood's To Love and To Cherish offers the second installment in the Cactus Creek series. Cactus Creek, Arizona is home to small group of settlers, most from the same town in Kentucky. You might spy Naomi and Colby from the first Cactus Creek novel—they and the whole town appear to be under the tight control of the Spencer family, the town's primary financiers.

We meet Laurie Spencer, the heroine, the day of her husband’s funeral. Laurie’s parents forced her to marry the man to position themselves and their daughter in better economic circumstances. After his death, it seems the only person in town who will miss Noah Spencer is his brother Norman, the town banker and the man determined to make Laurie’s life miserable, since Noah no longer has the honor. Laurie has other plans however. Restricted by all that is proper and appropriate, Laurie is prepared to live out her widowhood as a single lady in Cactus Creek. All she needs is her inheritance from Noah. It’s a fine plan until Norman makes it painfully clear that his is going to the stipulations of Noah’s will a little too seriously.

[Sounds prickly!...]

Thu
Oct 30 2014 10:05am

Jane the Virgin 1x03 Recap: No Fireflies Were Hurt in the Making of This Episode

Rafael and Jane in Jane the Virgin Season 1 episode 3, 1x03Are you loving the high drama of telenovella-based Jane the Virgin? It's miraculous! Join us each week as we track Jane, Rafael, and Michael's love triangle, as well as other...complicated...relationships!

Beware! This recap contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 3 (also known as “Chapter 3) of Jane the Virgin. Read with caution!

So where we were? Jane is still pregnant with her old flame/current boss’s baby. She’s still engaged to Michael. Her mother, Xiomara is still sleeping with Jane’s father, who, Jane doesn’t know about. Petra is still going for her Oscar for the role of caring wife and mother to-be. And Zaz is still dead, impaled on an ice sculpture.

“Chapter Three” opens with young Jane making a wishing on a firefly. Jane gets boobs and then gets the first boyfriend she’s always wanted, but loses the boy when she tells him that she’s waiting to get married until she has sex. Xiomara says she shouldn’t lead with that when it comes to make out time, but Grandma Alba insists that a lie of omission is still a lie. The right man will wait. Teen Jane makes a wish that she would find the right guy…

[Question is, who's the right guy?...]

Wed
Oct 22 2014 12:30pm

Jane the Virgin 1x02 Recap: Milkshakes and Hot Dads

Are you loving the high drama of telenovella-based Jane the Virgin? It's miraculous! Join us each week as we track Jane, Rafael, and Michael's love triangle, as well as the other...complicated...relationships!

Beware! This recap contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 2 of Jane the Virgin. Read with Caution!

This recap contains spoilers for all episodes this season.

When we last left Jane, she’d been accidentally inseminated with her boss/old crush’s sperm. She got pregnant, didn’t want to keep the baby, decided to keep the baby and then she got engaged. Please see the Episode 1 recap for the abundance of other crazy stuff that happened in just 44 minutes.

Episode 2 opens with a flashback to Jane’s quinceañera where her mother, Xiomara, sang a rousing rendition of Kelis’s “Milkshake,” much to Jane’s horror. In the action packed present, Jane’s called a family meeting with her abuela Alba, Xiomara, and her new fiance, Michael, to discuss her plans moving forward. Jane makes it clear that this baby will not derail her life in any way. In fact she won’t even be calling it a baby. She declares that the baby will further be referred to as The Milkshake.

[That's guaranteed to make us hungry...]

Wed
Oct 15 2014 10:45am

Thoughts on Jane the Virgin 1x01: Introducing the Holy Trinity—Jane, Michael, and Rafael

Jane the VirginBeware! This recap contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 1 of Jane the Virgin. Read with Caution!

I’ve seen posters for Jane the Virgin all over Los Angeles and decided to check it out because American television has a problem when it comes to representing women of color. I was psyched to meet this cast, but I didn’t expect episode 1 to be so dang juicy.

“Jane” is loosely based on the telenova out of Venezuela called Juana Le Virgen, created by writer/producer/director Perla Farías.

Chapter One opens with our narrator, voiced by Anthony Mendez, introducing us to Jane Villanueva, a somewhat pensive ten year old whose interests include God, her family, and the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Jane is getting a lesson in the precious value of her virginity from her grandmother, Alba (who speaks only Spanish throughout the episode) as her young mother, Xiomara sits by, pointing out the ridiculousness of the situation. Jane takes the lesson to heart though, crushing a white flower in her fist, per her grandmother's instructions, to drive home the point that once a flower has been destroyed it can’t be brought back to life. Way to keep it light, Grandma A.

[We have a feeling this experience is going to stay with young Jane...]

Thu
May 29 2014 4:30pm

Take Me Away: Top Five Romantic Getaways…And The Heroes to Pack with You!

Pleasure Under the Sun by Lindsay EvansIn Lindsay Evans’s contemporary romance, Pleasure Under the Sun, the heroine Bailey Hughes is swept off on a romantic week abroad by her sexy hero, artist Seven Carmichael. The two start their journey aboard a yacht off Miami’s shores, sail to Key West, then find true love and lust on the island nation of Jamaica.

These days, a vacation for me means forty-eight uninterrupted hours of Netflix bingeing, junk food and sleep, but as I read this vividly painted romance I couldn’t help but crave a holiday away from my couch. So get out your passport and select the hero of your choosing. Here are some places I’m sure you’ll love to go.

England’s Lake District:
You’ve seen every film and miniseries adaptation of Austen’s work, and your man, a water conservationist, has managed to work in a trip to this national park under the guise of research. You come along to support his professional endeavors, naturally, but really you’re it in for the lakeside B&B sex and the hopes that your lover will reenact the final sunrise scene of Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice.

[What other exotic locales are we headed to...and who with?!]