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Oct 16 2014 1:00pm

Drawn Together: The 5 Anime Series You Must Watch This Fall

Ouran Highschool Host ClubFall is upon us making it the perfect time for pumpkin spice everything and binge watching TV shows. If you are a romance or anime fan and need something to watch, consider the following:

Ouran High School Host Club

This is the ultimate reverse harem story. “Reverse harem” refers to a pairing of a female lead with a bevy of male heroes as opposed to the regular harem anime, a guy surrounded by a ton of girls. The plot is pretty ridiculous. Haruhi, our protagonist, is a working class student at an upper class school. One day she stumbles into Music Room 3, home to an after school club run by rich kids, The Ouran High School Host Club. A host club is a place where men or women pay for the company of extremely attractive individuals. In this case, the affluent men of Ouran High have gotten together in an extremely ridiculous hobby much to the frustration of our heroine.

Why should you watch it? It has every trope that makes anime, especially shoujo anime, including cross-dressing, twins, glasses-fetishes, non-glasses fetishes, and the ultimate fangirl character. Plus, seeing Haruhi navigate the ridculousness of her rich peers while falling in love is plain fun.

[Ah, l'amore...]

Oct 15 2014 9:30am

Under the Radar: Paranormal Romance Series to Love

Feral Sins by Suzanne WrightOctober is the season and the perfect reason to pick up a new paranormal romance. The shelves are lines with recognizable names: Aiken, Laurenston, Ione, Kenyon, Singh, Showalter, and Cole, but there are some other paranormal romances that would appreciate some reader love.

The Phoenix Pack Series by Suzanne Wright

Fans of G.A. Aiken and Shelly Laurenston’s humor will enjoy the adventures of Trey, Taryn and the rest of the pack. The first book, Feral Sins, features one power-hungry alpha, a latent female shifter with attitude and a marriage of convenience. The prose is snarky and on-point which sets up the future books between pack members. Furthermore, readers will enjoy how Wright explores the complexities of what it means to be “alpha” or “submissive” within a pack.

Midnight Liaisons Series by Jessica Sims

The alter-ego of Jessica Clare or Jill Myles, Sims’ books revolve around the concept of a paranormal dating agency. What happens when a human gets thrown into the mix? The answer is found in the first book, Beauty Dates the Beast. Bathsheba and Beau (seriously those are the names) are a great couple and sparks fly when a literal cougar shifter is on the prowl for his mate.

[Can we sign up?!...]

Sep 24 2014 11:00am

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Rock Courtship (September 30, 2014)

Rock Courtship by Nalini SinghNalini Singh
Rock Courtship
TKA Distribution / September 30, 2014 / $2.99

A drummer for the hottest rock band on the planet, David has a single, powerful weakness: Thea, the band’s publicist and the woman who steals his breath away with her every move. 

Only problem is, Thea doesn’t date clients—or musicians. Emotionally scarred by a cheating ex, she’s not about to risk her heart with a man who has groupies buzzing around him like flies. Even if his sexy smile ties her up in knots. 

What she doesn’t know is that David is a one-woman man...and he’s madly in love with her. David’s determined to prove he’s worth the risk, and willing to court her, step by exquisite step. Thea’s about to discover just how long and hard this handsome drummer can play.

Is chivalry dead? Not necessarily is the answer in Nalini Singh’s novella, Rock Courtship. Featuring David Riviera, “The Gentleman of Rock,” and Thea, Molly’s sister and Schoolboy Choir’s PR maven, Singh combines her newfound rockstar contemporary success with elements of the relationship building that permates her Psy-Changeling and Guild Hunter novels. I am going to flat out say that Rock Courtship had me swooning at every page. Why? The answer is David.

[Oh, tell us more!]

Sep 9 2014 11:00am

First Look: Nalini Singh’s Rock Addiction (September 9, 2014)

Rock Addiction by Nalini Singh

Nalini Singh
Rock Addiction
TKA Distribution / September 9, 2014 / $3.99

A bad boy wrapped in a sexy, muscled, grown-up package might be worth a little risk…

Molly Webster has always followed the rules. After an ugly scandal tore apart her childhood and made her the focus of the media's harsh spotlight, she vowed to live an ordinary life. No fame. No impropriety. No pain. Then she meets Zachary Fox, a tattooed bad boy rocker with a voice like whiskey and sin, and a touch that could become an addiction.

A one-night stand with the hottest rock star on the planet, that's all it was meant to be…

Fox promises scorching heat and dangerous pleasure, coaxing Molly to extend their one-night stand into a one-month fling. After that, he'll be gone forever, his life never again intersecting with her own. Sex and sin and sensual indulgence, all with an expiration date. No ties, no regrets. Too late, Molly realizes it isn't only her body that's become addicted to Fox, but her heart…

Rock Addiction is Nalini Singh’s first foray into the self-publishing sphere, but this is not her first contemporary. Her early Harlequin contemporaries addressed some of the same themes in Rock Addiction, such as implied class differences and being in the spotlight versus wanting to hide from it.. Similar to her earlier Harlequin titles, the sexual experience is on a whole different plane with the experienced rock star and the everyday woman. Fox knows what he wants and is ready for it—his pursuit of Molly is akin to what a reader might see in the Psy-Changeling series when a pair has a mating bond. Fox is most definitely the pursuer. Molly is definitely the pursued.

[The hunter gets captured by the game?]

Aug 1 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Lay It Down (August 5, 2014)

Lay It Down by Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna
Lay It Down (The Desert Dogs)
Signet / August 5, 2014 / $7.99 print / digital

Backbreaking days, wild nights, and the hard hum of steel between your thighs...

That’s a life well lived, according to the Desert Dogs—four friends who call Fortuity, Nevada, their badlands home.

Vince Grossier is the self-crowned outlaw king around here. But when Fortuity’s slick new mayor invites a shady casino development to town, the invaders’ cutthroat takeover tactics quickly turn deadly. With police turning a suspiciously blind eye, it’s up to the locals to fight back, and Vince is on the front line. The pretty photographer hired by the developers might be the key to infiltrating the enemy. And a temptation too good to pass up.

Finally free of a controlling ex, Kim Paget’s not looking to be taken for a ride—not on the back of some tattooed roughneck’s bike and definitely not in his bed. But when she finds evidence that her bosses are rattlesnake-dangerous, Kim must entrust her safety to the man who threatens danger of a whole different kind.

Cara McKenna’s Lay It Down is different than any other prior work of hers I’ve read before, including the books under the Meg Maguire name. The plot is simple; something’s not right in the town of Fortuity and local badass, Vince Grossier, wants to know why. Grossier is also opposed to a casino development project that has started in Fortuity, and becomes entangled with Kim, a freelance photographer hired to take pictures of the surrounding area. Add in the element of a good friend’s death and Vince has enough to be suspicious of the casino development and those associated with it.

[We'd be suspicious too...]

Jul 21 2014 1:30pm

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Lead (July 29, 2014)

Lead by Kylie ScottKylie Scott
St. Martin's Press / July 29, 2014 / $14.99 print / $3.99 digital

As the lead singer of Stage Dive, Jimmy is used to getting whatever he wants, whenever he wants it, whether it's booze, drugs, or women. However, when a PR disaster serves as a wake-up call about his life and lands him in rehab, he finds himself with Lena, a new assistant to keep him out of trouble.  

Lena's not willing to take any crap from the sexy rocker and is determined to keep their relationship completely professional, despite their sizzling chemistry. But when Jimmy pushes her too far and Lena leaves, he realizes that he may just have lost the best thing that ever happened to him. 

Kylie Scott’s Stage Dive series has taken the world by storm. While the first two books were a blend of humor, romance and angst, Scott’s Lead takes a more serious tone in this friends-to-lovers story. Focusing on Stage Dive's tortured lead singer, Jimmy, who is battling alcoholism and substance abuse, Scott presents a heroine in the form of the quirky and hilarious, Lena, Jimmy’s sobriety companion.

[And soon-to-be life companion?]

Jul 19 2014 12:07pm

First Look: Mina Vaughn’s How to Reprimand Your Rock Star (July 21, 2014)

How to Reprimand Your Rock Star by Mina VaughnMina Vaughn
 How to Reprimand Your Rock Star
Pocket Star / July 21, 2014 / $4.99 digital

Thea is a star basketball player at UConn on track to be Rookie of the Year. That is, if she can stay focused on the game. Lately that hasn’t been going so well, as her knee has been bothering her. But that’s not the only thing on her mind…

Ever since rock star Keaton Lowe surprised her in the girl’s locker room, Thea can’t stop thinking about him. On top of his status and enticing ways, he seems to know everything about her. But some of his actions cross the line, and Keaton needs to be punished. Will Thea keep her head in the game, or get distracted by her other favorite pastime—reprimanding her rock star?

As the follow up to How to Discipline Your Vampire, Mina Vaughn takes a foray into the world of New Adult and adds a bit of female domination to the mix. Thea, short for Athena, is a star basketball player at the University of Connecticut; she’s also a freshman who comes across the sexy rock star, Keaton Lowe. After a sexy interlude in the locker room sparks fly.

[Rock on!...]

Jul 4 2014 10:00am

Beyond Borders: Loving Outside Your Country in Romance Novels!

Before Jamaica Lane by Samantha YoungOne of the first times I encountered a romance where people from different countries meet and fall in love was Sharon Creech’s Bloomability: Girl goes to awesome international boarding school, meets boy and comes of age. It makes sense that romance authors would like to take people from two entirely different cultures and throw them together. For example, the Dublin Street series by Samantha Young features two romances where an American citizen falls for a Scotsman: the first book in the series, On Dublin Street, and the third book, Before Jamaica Lane. On Dublin Street's Joss is a heroine with a tragic past and Braden is the perfect alpha male counterpart. Meanwhile, Nate and Olivia in Before Jamaica Lane present a great friends-to-lovers story all set amidst Scotland’s capital.

If you’re a fan of Irishmen you need to pick up Edie Harris’s Stripped, a great little novel about a make-up artist heroine (love the diversity in her job) and a new European heartthrob, Declan. Fiona is a reluctant heroine, so Declan finds the process of taking down her walls that much sweeter. Together, the pair sizzle while Fiona tries (and mostly fails) to keep things professional with Declan.

[Don't worry, we won't call HR...]

Jun 27 2014 9:30am

First Look: Jamie McGuire’s Beautiful Oblivion (July 1, 2014)

Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuireJamie McGuire
Beautiful Oblivion
Atria / July 1, 2014 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

Fiercely independent Camille “Cami” Camlin gladly moved on from her childhood before it was over. She has held down a job since before she could drive, and moved into her own apartment after her freshman year of college. Now tending bar at The Red Door, Cami doesn’t have time for much else besides work and classes, until a trip to see her boyfriend is cancelled, leaving her with a first weekend off in almost a year.

Trenton Maddox was the king of Eastern State University, dating co-eds before he even graduated high school. His friends wanted to be him, and women wanted to tame him, but after a tragic accident turned his world upside down, Trenton leaves campus to come to grips with the crushing guilt.

Eighteen months later, Trenton is living at home with his widower father, and works full-time at a local tattoo parlor to help with the bills. Just when he thinks his life is returning to normal, he notices Cami sitting alone at a table at The Red.

As the baby sister of four rowdy brothers, Cami believes she’ll have no problem keeping her new friendship with Trenton Maddox strictly platonic. But when a Maddox boy falls in love, he loves forever—even if she is the only reason their already broken family could fall apart.

When I first received a Kindle a couple of Christmases ago, I devoured and still devour independently written stories. That was my first experience with Jamie McGuire’s previous work Beautiful Disaster. I liked Abby and Travis so much that I picked up the sequel, Walking Disaster, and now we come full circle with Beautiful Oblivion. There is something cracktastic about the world she has created and the characters who inhabit it, and Beautiful Oblivion's Cami and Trent are no exception.

[What makes them so...beautiful?]

Jun 24 2014 3:00pm

She’s the Boss: Female Domination in Romance Novels

Natural Law by Joey W. HillWhile there are many submissive heroines waiting to be swooped up by the next dominant billionaire hero, there are far  fewer female dommes taking control in the bedroom. Usually, when the word femdom comes up in romance, one author comes to mind: Joey W. Hill. Her contemporary erotic romance, Natural Law, is a classic in femdom romance.

The book tells the story of male submissive and cop, Mackenzie (Mac) Nighthorse and his Mistress, Violet. The backstory revolves around murders taking place in a BDSM club;  Mac infiltrates the club, where he meets Violet and things start to evolve between them personally, with the book taking a look at the deep levels of connection and trust between the submissive and Mistress. Paranormal fans will also enjoy Hill’s Vampire Queen series which again explores power control between strong females and the capitulation of what on the outside appear to be alpha male heroes.

If you are looking for the traditional BDSM relationship, but in a sci-fi setting, try Christine d’Abo’s Mistress Rules and Bound Odyssey by Michelle Polaris. In d’Abo’s book, the heroine, Stella, is a Mistress to the space warlord Ulric and ends up teaching both Ulric and his associate, Faris, a thing or two. In Bound Odyssey, a female dominant, a male switch and a typical alpha male come together to explore the definitions of domination and submission while facing a dying earth. The heroine, Mira and male switch, Roman, must convince the alpha male Jace to submit to ensure their survival on a female-dominated planet.

[You gotta do what you gotta want to do to survive...]

Jun 19 2014 12:00pm

Meatball Head and Other Terms of Endearment: Mooning Over Sailor Moon

The Sailor Scouts are here to vanquish evil, and that means you!When Cartoon Network still had a little thing called Toonami, they showed Japanese anime around the clock. One of the shows was about a ditzy girl who gets the power to transform into a defender of justice. That was Sailor Moon.

It’s been 20 years since  Sailor Moon premiered in Japan, and now a reboot based on the original manga by Naoko Takeuchi called Sailor Moon Crystal is in the works. The reboot will cover the first arc of the manga featuring Sailor Moon and the four inner Sailor Scouts: Mercury, Mars, Venus and Jupiter, all fighting against an evil queen.

[And they're here to vanquish it with the power of love!]

Jun 13 2014 9:30am

I’m a Lumberjack and I’m…a Romance Hero? Lumberjack Heroes from McKenna, Kelley, Harper and More!

Love the beards, the smell of evergreens or just the outdoors? Then it’s likely you’ve come across or should read a book with a lumberjack hero. Some people might have a problem with the whole cutting down trees thing, but the hero in Penny Watson’s Lumberjack in Love, Marcus Anderson, actually cares about the environment and conservation. Together with his bulldog and the great state of Vermont, he’ll try to win the heart of the city-loving Ami Jordan.

Sometimes the hero is more of a broody, sexy hero whose personality and axe come between an existing couple like the hero Patrick in Cara McKenna’s Ruin Me. Robin wants to marry Jay, but can’t forget about the sexy lumberman who saved her one night. With Jay’s permission, Robin embarks on a journey to get Patrick out of her system. The only question is: can she?

Another erotic take on lumberjacks is featured in Ava Lovelace’s short and sweet The Lumberfox, the first in her Geekrotica series. Although not a lumberman by trade, hero Ryon fits the lumberjack stereotype, plaid shirts, facial hair and all. The meet-cute in this story is a car accident in the middle of a gigantic snow storm.

[You gotta stay warm somehow right?...]

May 26 2014 9:30am

Getting Spirited Away by Manga, LeGuin, Ashley and More

In 2001, I was transfixed by a fantasy tale flowing across a movie screen about a little girl who entered a fantasyland full of mysterious creatures. Less of an acid trip than Alice in Wonderland for me, Hayao Miyazaki’s Spirited Away started my obsession with the plot line of individuals entering a new realm of fantasy.

Shortly after seeing Miyazaki’s film, an older me discovered what would be my first introduction to fantasy romance, Escaflowne, that actually came out the year before Spirited Away. The main character Hitomi was a high school girl to whom I could relate: Sleepless and depressed, she wants to escape the monotony of day to day life and thus she is swept away into Gaea, a mysterious world where she faces a destiny as “The Winged Goddess.”

[Let's get spirited away...]

May 24 2014 10:00am

Libraries, Bracelets, and Hearts: The 10 Most Coveted Items in Romance from KCole, Singh, Rocha, and More!

Have you ever read a romance novel and said, “I want that?” I know I have. Or has the hero done some romantic gesture that just sweeps you offer your feet? Yeah, I thought so. Below are the top 10 coveted items/actions that heroes have given heroines; some are material some are sexual, but all have given readers an OMG response.

1. The charm bracelet from Nalini Singh’s Heart of Obsidian: Who doesn’t have all the feels when Kaleb gives a certain bracelet and charms to an aptly named heroine? Each charm is special and has a special meaning to Kaleb as well as the heroine, Sahara. I don’t even wear bracelets, but after reading this book I want one.

2. The Diamond Rose from Nalini Singh’s Angels’ Blood: Okay, so this is meant to entice the heroine into an angelic booty call, but come on. It’s a ROSE made out of DIAMONDS. Call me shallow and superficial, but Elena’s reaction to the rose is even better, she sends the archangel Raphael packing and looking for more creative gifts.

[Go, go gadget! What else is there...]

May 16 2014 2:00pm

X-Tra Special: What to Read if You Love the X-Men

X-Men: Days of Future Past movie posterX-Men is a defining Marvel work and spans multiverses, literally. The premise however, of a rag-tag group of genetically different individuals fighting crime while facing oppression from the outside world is a simple yet profound concept. With X-Men: Days of Future Past set to hit the big screen this summer, here are some recommended reads if you enjoy people with power.

The first recommendation is an author who writes for Marvel as well, Marjorie M. Liu’s Dirk and Steele series. The first book, Tiger Eye, is especially recommended for those enjoyed Gena Showalter’s The Pleasure Slave or Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Fantasy Lover. Sexy hero locked inside a puzzle box? Check. Psychic heroine? Check. The pair make a winning combination for the first entry into a great series about the Dirk and Steele agency.

[Seems like all the boxes are checked!]

Apr 14 2014 2:00pm

First Look: Charlotte Stein’s Beyond Repair (April 16, 2014)

Beyond Repair by Charlotte SteinCharlotte Stein
Beyond Repair
Ellora's Cave / April 16, 2014 / $5.95 digital

When Alice Evans finds a bona fide movie star on the floor of her living room, she has no idea what to do. Ordinary men are frightening enough, never mind someone as famous and frankly gorgeous as Holden Stark.

However, once she realizes that Holden is suffering behind that famous facade, she knows she has to help. He needs someone like her to give him a taste of sweetness and desire and love. He needs normality. The only problem is—Alice is hiding a secret that is far from normal. In fact, her name isn’t even Alice at all.

And once Holden finds out, the intense connection they are just beginning to build may well be torn apart.

Beyond Repair is hands down my favorite Charlotte Stein book so far. Period. We are introduced to Alice, a 20-year-old, hermit by the beach, as she encounters heartthrob Holden Stark, a.k.a. Captain Amazing. Stein has created a great timid-girl-meets-messed-up-movie-star story. The title, Beyond Repair, does not just apply to the messed-up movie star hero, but also the painfully shy heroine whose secrets we discover later on.

[Could they be a perfect match?...]

Apr 9 2014 1:00pm

Rock and Roll-hers: The Women of Rock in Romance

Women of rock in romance are not rare like unicorn rare, but they can be hard to find. But they're out there! Let's start off with the aptly titled Rock Chick series by Kristen Ashley. While not all of them play in bands, the women in the series embrace the rock 'n’ roll life style, going to concerts, some fight crime and fall in love with hotties while staying true to themselves.

The most notable rock 'n’ roll female I’ve come across has been Regan Elliot, from Olivia Cunning's Double Time. Regan is so good at guitar that one of the heroes, Trey, mistakes her for the guitarist from his band Sinners. She’s not a singer or eye candy, she’s an honest to god guitar goddess. Oh, and she hooks up with Trey and her roommate, Ethan, so yeah, rock and roll ménage!

A woman who works in rock 'n’ roll, but is not a rocker herself is the heroine of Cunning’s Wicked Beat, Rebecca. Rebecca has an unusual job for a romance heroine—she’s a sound engineer and is working with The Sinners in her brother's stead. The Sinners’ drummer, Eric Sticks falls in love at first sight and the two begin a whirlwind romance with some angst, humor and some sexy role play.

[Nothing wrong with role play...]

Mar 25 2014 1:30pm

First Look: Kylie Scott’s Play (March 25, 2014)

Kylie Scott
St. Martin's Griffin / March 25, 2014 / $14.99 print / $3.99 digital

Mal Ericson, drummer for the world famous rock band Stage Dive, needs to clean up his image fast—at least for a little while. Having a good girl on his arm should do the job just fine. Mal doesn’t plan on this temporary fix becoming permanent, but he didn’t count on finding the one right girl.

Anne Rollins never thought she’d ever meet the rock god who plastered her teenage bedroom walls—especially not under these circumstances. Anne has money problems. Big ones. But being paid to play the pretend girlfriend to a wild life-of-the-party drummer couldn’t end well. No matter how hot he is. Or could it?

The second book in the Stage Dive series from Kylie Scott features my favorite hero of the year so far, Malcolm aka Mal, the playful and flirty drummer of Stage Dive. Anne, the heroine of Play, is an acquaintance of Evelyn, the heroine of the first book in the Stage Dive series, Lick. Anne is down on her luck as far as roommates and money are concerned, so when she meets Mal she becomes caught up in a whirlwind relationship that will change her life.

[Life-changing is good, right?]

Mar 15 2014 2:00pm

Bears Are the New Black: Werebears in Romance

Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter by Jessica SimsBears are the next werewolves and werecats. Skeptical? Hear me out: Many writers have featured bears in a number of their books. Early adopters of the werebear protagonists and prominent figures in the paranormal romance community include Sherrilyn Kenyon, whose Bad Moon Rising and No Mercy feature members of the beloved Peltier clan, which has been a fixture in the Dark Hunter universe for quiet a while, but have more recently been in books within the overall Dark Hunter canon.

Jessica Sims’s Midnight Liaisons series features a bear hero in Desperately Seeking Shapeshifter and the same hero’s jilted fiancée from an arranged marriage in Bear Naked, a Midnight Liaisons novella. The bear hero, Ramsey, and the novella heroine, Nikolina, come from a pretty conservative bear clan.

The use of the bear clan or pack or whatever as a conservative society can be found in other novels such as D’Elan McClain’s Fang Chronicles: Mandy’s Story. Mandy falls in love with a bear and the two are mates, but werewolf Mandy has to get used to the male-dominated as well as conservative bear clan.

The idea of bear clans having a strict set of codes and morals isn’t limited to romance fiction. Just look at Philip Pullman’s The Golden Compass; the armored bear, Iorek Bryninson, lives in a society determined by a number of codes, including those of honor.

[Bears always command respect...]

Mar 3 2014 2:45pm

Love Under the Big Top: Circus-Themed Romances

The Night Circus by Erin MorgensternCircus-themed romances are few and far between, but a few stand out as literary gems—and then there are some that would make the Ringling Brothers blush.

The first book that stands out in most people’s minds is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, which is a Romeo and Juliet story with dueling magicians, Celia and Marco. You’ve got magic, history, and a rich backstory, all of which has put this book on the best-seller list.

A common theme in circus romances is the idea of the hero or heroine running away to look for a fresh new start. The nature of the circus is by and large nomadic, the performers and workers literally pick up and go on to the next destination. For many heroines (and in a few cases a hero), this presents a unique opportunity to start fresh with a group that they want to be a part of.

For fans of young adult, Kendall Ryan writing as Ryann Kerekes presents The Cirque about a good girl ballerina named Ariel and a bad boy knife thrower named Gabriel. For those of you who found the knife throwing scene in Divergent suspenseful, basically take the sexual tension between Tris and Four, add the circus to it and you’ve got The Cirque. Ariel is a good girl looking for adventure while Gabriel is running away from his problems. The Cirque is a tightly written young adult novel that presents the circus as a backdrop for angst and romance.

[Run away and join the circus...]