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Oct 15 2016 11:00am

She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy: Farmers Are the New Alpha

Nuts by Alice Clayton

Rural romance, agrismut, agriculture erotica, lumbersexual, “50 Bales of Hay”… All new terms popping up in the romance community. Did we ever think we’d be talking about farmer heroes as the new alphas? But that’s what makes romantic fiction so great. I’ll admit, Alice Clayton’s Hudson Valley series, starting with Nuts, had me researching local CSAs and falling in love with sexy farmers. And that’s just the beginning.

In Nuts, organic farmer Leo is doing it all; son of a prominent New York City family who’s gotten back to his true roots, he’s all about pastured chickens, rotating crops for sustainability, and working off the land for everything he needs. Then there’s the beard and the “proximity to flannel and Mumford,” the green eyes and passion for the work he does, and it’s enough for perennial vagabond Ruby to stay put and see a good thing when she’s got it, which is all that glorious attention from long-single Leo. Everything he does is sexy, from his laser focus on her to his love of the land and imparting that love to others, locals and families and student groups alike.

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Oct 3 2016 2:00pm

First Look: Christina Lauren’s Beautiful (October 4, 2016)

Beautiful by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren
Beautiful (The Beautiful Series #10)
Gallery Books / October 4, 2016 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital

It’s clear that Christina Lauren love their lovable players, strangers, bitches, and bastards as much as we do because they’re going out in style. In the last of the best-selling, widely loved and praised Beautiful series—also the final title—workaholic Jensen and down-on-her-luck but adventurous Pippa live across the pond from each other, but have enough mutual friends and family that it seems like fate when they’re brought together as the only non-couple on a couples’ road trip, both needing an escape from lives that have become way too droll to still have so much ahead.

It was a good call having the other players on this boozy, scenic road trip be Will and Hanna—the forever favorites—and Ruby and Niall, the most recent happily ever we get to revisit so soon. In fact, there are a lot of parallels to Ruby and Niall for Pippa and Jensen: jaded, divorced heroes; fun-loving heroines; and a slower burn than some of the more frantic early beginnings for this crowd. It’s almost as though we’ve seen not only the evolution of characters we’ve come to love so much, to feel as ours, but also that of the authors pulling the strings. The emotions are deep, the real-life impact can be felt, and above all, their stories are about two people who come together exactly right.

[Read more...]

Sep 7 2016 9:30am

Out of This World: Dystopian Erotic Romance from Dane, Rocha, and More!

Insatiable by Lauren Dane

Dystopian romance is kind of like the misunderstood, forgotten cousin or red-headed stepchild in the vast world of romantic fiction. Not quite paranormal, maybe sci-fi futuristic or alternatively post-apocalyptic, it’s for the very particular reader, one looking for a world outside of the one we know. But at the same time, there are some real, creative gems out there that make up the genre. Because these authors’ series by definition are outside of the box, and with Kit Rocha’s hit indie Beyond series and Elle Kennedy’s newest mainstream Outlaws series, Dystopian series have roared their presence again in a big way and if you haven’t checked them out, you may be missing something really special from some very bright minds.

Lauren Dane shows all her chops with her hugely underrated Federation series. It’s got something for everyone: menage, enemies-to-lovers, reunited lovers, more menage, and every sexual combination you can imagine in this scorching series about a new time and world with a particular focus on both almost ancient social structures and new technological advances. Dane’s quirky writing really works here, where everything’s off kilter but the romance blooms bright through it all. It’s wild and fun and hot. This series has been on my keeper shelf for a long time, and it really demonstrates Dane’s talent and boundless imagination. If you think you know Dane from her contemporaries, you haven’t seen anything yet — it’s a must-read.

“I know people will say I’m too young, or that it’s only the danger of this mission that made me mistake lust for love. I know I will be told to see others because I can’t possibly know my own mind.”

She tipped back enough to look at his face. She wanted him to see her eyes when she told him the rest. “I come from a world where I was traded to a man I neither consented to marry nor wanted to marry. My entire life has been about people telling me what to do, what to think and believe. I have had little space to express my own wishes. I must tell you I choose you. Choose, Daniel.”

-Insatiable, Lauren Dane

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Sep 5 2016 9:30am

First Look: Jodi Ellen Malpas’s The Protector (September 6, 2016)

The Protector by Jodi Ellen Malpas

Jodi Ellen Malpas
The Protector
Forever / September 6, 2016 / $15.99 print, $7.99 digital

Bodyguards in romance should be on the rise. It’s a little known secret that I am obsessed with Princess Eleanor and her hot-as-sin bodyguard Jasper on E!’s The Royals. And we could stand to see a whole lot more of this guilty pleasure pairing on the page, as it makes for the best in romance: forbidden attraction, close quarters, and heaps of chemistry all wrapped up in protecting the other’s body. Jodi Ellen Malpas has seized on all these things with her brand-new stand-alone The Protector. Here the heroine is famous in her own right as an heiress with a tabloid past, and the hero is hired security when her not-so-scrupulous father’s dirty business dealings have finally led to a threat against her. So now Camille Logan has her own personal bodyguard, whether she wants it or not.

“What do you mean, look after her?” I ask.

“I’ve hired Sharp to watch you,” he explains. Sharp coughs next to me, and Dad rushes to rephrase that. “He’s your bodyguard for the foreseeable future. The best protection money can buy.”

“Excuse me?” I splutter. “He—” I throw an arm out in the general direction of Sharp and my hand collides with his solid bicep, having me retract in shock. Fucking hell, he’s like Action Man. “He’s my bodyguard?”

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Aug 2 2016 9:30am

When Plus Really Is More: Alice Clayton’s Cream of the Crop

Cream of the Crop by Alice Clayton

When it comes to romance, you could say a good romance novel has done its job if it gives the feels, if it indulges a fantasy, or provides an escape. And of course the combination of richly layered love story and toe-curling sexy times, sparkling chemistry and exactly right hero and heroine is what separates the wheat from the chaff, an analogy Hudson Valley series author Alice Clayton will appreciate, whose latest entry Cream of the Crop is the best she’s ever done (even better than Wallbanger, I’d pose). And it’s because when a book and its characters go beyond feeling to changing, that’s what turns reading to empowering, and that’s just what the fabulous, size-eighteen heroine Natalie Grayson does, maybe without ever even realizing it.

Natalie is a gorgeous, take-by-storm advertising executive in posh New York City, where she kills at her job and loves life. She’s financially successful, a social butterfly, a devoted daughter and loving friend, and takes men when and how she pleases. And, both way down on the list and of utmost importance, Natalie has curves. Beautiful, hourglass curves “with an extra hour or two at each end” that she works and owns and appreciates.

[A cheesy delight...]

Aug 1 2016 12:30pm

First Look: Tessa Bailey’s Worked Up (August 1, 2016)

Worked Up by Tessa Bailey

Tessa Bailey
Worked Up (Made in Jersey #3)
Entangled Brazen / August 1, 2016 / $3.99 digital

You think you know a Tessa Bailey hero? She created the alpha virgin hero and she’s famous for her dirty talk, but you haven’t met Duke Crawford in Worked Up yet. He’s Bailey’s giant of a hero, big and burly, a hulk—just wait! He’s also guardian of four crazy adult sisters, temporary landlord to his best friend’s family, and steady mechanic at the local factory. And he’s had it with commitment, responsibility, and taking care of anybody else. It’s the dichotomy of his life, until in walks Samantha, a beautiful commitment-phobe herself for another host of reasons, and kindred spirits collide in New Jersey.

There were a handful of certainties in Duke’s life. One, baseball. Two, his tools. Grease. Working with his hands. Three, barbequing on summer Saturdays. Four, he didn’t have any use for women, romantically speaking. Five, this wasn’t going to be the last time he saw Sam.

[All shook up...]

Jun 28 2016 9:30am

First Look: Elle Kennedy’s Addicted (June 28, 2016)

Elle Kennedy
Addicted (Outlaws #2)
Signet / June 28, 2016 / $$7.99 print & digital

With Elle Kennedy’s Outlaws series, she’s accomplished quite a feat: bringing Dystopian out of the shadows into the mainstream in a loud and proud way. In a publishing landscape overrun with contemporaries and even cookie-cutter paranormals, Kennedy’s not only celebrating a post-apocalyptic world, she’s putting her own stamp on it. And if Claimed was a fantastic, nearly primeval forest romp for those on society’s fringe, Addicted takes us to the Outlaws version of Pleasantville, where two long-time best friends finally get their story.

Addicted goes into a new piece of Kennedy’s world. After Lennox and Jamie’s good-time pleasure house is burned to the ground where we left off, they’re forced to relocate—always together—to their friend Connor’s compound, but are soon sent on an assignment with a few other members of the group to help with combat and weapons training at a tight-knit community. It’s a different sort of setting, still free-flowing with sex and booze for the adults, but where the young people are sheltered, everyone has a job and purpose, and self-sufficiency in all things, from food to consumer goods either made by hand or bartered for, is paramount and a carefully crafted network. And it’s here where Lennox and Jamie, due to these new circumstances and plenty of urgency, finally find themselves confronted with feelings for each other that go well beyond friendship.  

[A sexy ride...]

Jun 23 2016 9:30am

Grant Us a Boone: The Long-Awaited Couple of Lorelei James’ Unbreak My Heart

Unbreak My Heart by Lorelei James

Lorelei James has a knack for creating anticipation in her readers. Thanks to her, Sierra and Boone—two teenagers on the sideline of one of her popular Rough Riders entries, Gone Country — exploded into one of the most in-demand couples of the decade in romantic fiction. Their story, four years in the making, is here at last, and for romance readers, having the journey come full circle, watching two young characters we fell for grow up, seeing star-crossed loves seize this as their time, is oh so sweet.

And it’s clear that it was a labor of love for James herself. Unbreak My Heart is a celebration of the story we’ve waited for. From the moment they met on the bus in Sundance, Wyoming, there was just something about Boone and Sierra. He from the wrong side of the tracks, she a daddy’s princess, new to town but part of the catch-all McKays. They were each other’s tether, forming a friendship that became the deepest bond for them both. But it came to a crashing halt — and put on hold for readers everywhere — when Boone decides to head out for the Army, leaving Sierra and all those possibilities behind. Finally, he’s back and ready for them to get the chance they lost, for them to stake their claim.

[It's finally their turn...]

Jun 20 2016 9:30am

First Look: Cara McKenna’s Downtown Devil (June 21, 2016)

Downton Devil by Cara McKenna

Cara McKenna
Downtown Devil (Sins in the City #2)
Signet / June 21, 2016 / $3.99 digital

From the author of Crosstown Crush comes the second sexy novel in the trilogy that explores the illicit pleasures of ménage à trois.

At the edge of thirty, Clare is feeling restless. Even though she’s gainfully employed and pursuing her passion for photography, she can’t shake the feeling that something’s missing. Then she meets Mica. A perfect subject for her portrait exhibit, Mica is sexy, exciting, and everything Clare desires.

One night with the charismatic stranger is all it takes to leave her craving more. But the intensity Mica brings isn’t confined to the bedroom, and Clare wonders if this summer fling might turn more adventurous than she anticipated—especially as a curious energy starts to simmer between the two of them and Mica’s handsome roommate, Vaughn.

As the three-way tension mounts, Mica makes a sinful proposal. It’s an invitation Clare can’t pass up, and an erotic encounter she’ll never be able to forget. Caught up between two irresistible men, Clare is about to get all the excitement she’s been looking for—and then some....

Sometimes in romance, much as we love it for the escape, it feels a little too good to be true. As wonderful a fantasy a romantic hero gives, there are real, three-dimensional, perfectly likable men I’ve encountered that I’ve never quite seen translated to the page. Finally, in Cara McKenna’s Downtown Devil, Mica is that man. And that makes for a McKenna story like we’re used to —unexpected, unpredictable, and unforgettable.

[The three u's...]

Jun 14 2016 2:00pm

Totally Unrelated: 3 Books to Make You Fall in Love with the Stepbrother Trend

Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh

I’ll be honest, the stepbrother theme is my jam. To me it’s always been a little like the Brother’s Best Friend/Little Sister trope, but more forbidden, more tingly and sexy and extreme, more out there. As much as I love the trope, its success is somewhat a mystery to me because it’s so polarizing. Some of the over-publication of this trend has led to retailers being over-populated with books that cheapen and bury the great step-stories, and most of all, what makes the whole stepsiblings element great. I fell in love with stepbrother romance when it was in the margin, as naughty as can be, because above all, it can push romance to the very edge and wring some serious feeling out of the whole thing.

Exhibit A, Lora Leigh's Nauti Boy

Nauti Boy by Lora Leigh is the ultimate stepbrother romance because it was one of the first. If you love the thrill, if you can bask in the forbidden, this will have you hooked. Imagine Leigh’s dirty-talker alpha hero lusting and loving his stepsister. Explode. Rowdy went into the military to get away from the temptation of his younger stepsister, and though he ran as far as he could, Kelly was waiting for him too. When he comes home and they’re finally under one roof again, all bets are off, and it’s the history that makes it hot between Kelly and Rowdy, but also knowing they have to sneak around a little, that being raised together tends to raise eyebrows in a small town. What I see, though, is protectiveness, a shared background and connection, and that twist —two people that might be considered brother and sister but aren’t, at all. The thing is that for Kelly and Rowdy, the love that isn’t all that brother- or sisterly has always been simmering under years of teenage angst and emotion.

[More forbidden romances ahead...]

May 25 2016 9:30am

First Look: Lisa Kleypas’s Marrying Winterborne (May 31, 2016)

Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas

Lisa Kleypas
Marrying Winterborne (The Ravenels #2)
Avon Romance / May 31, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

A ruthless tycoon

Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better...

A sheltered beauty

Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable . . . the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Winterborne

Helen and Winterborne stole the show in Cold-Hearted Rake, Lisa Kleypas’ family-centric return to historical romance, particularly Avon historicals, after years away. And in the second of the new Ravenels series, Marrying Winterborne, their story is brimming with romance, dazzling with details, and nuanced with depth and delight alike, as only she’s known for. Prepare for a new Lisa Kleypas classic. 

[We're prepared...]

May 16 2016 9:30am

Not-So-Perfect Gentlemen (Just How We Like ’Em) in Lexi Blake and Shayla Black’s Big Easy Temptation

Big Easy Temptation by Shayla Black and Lexi BlakeThe Perfect Gentlemen are back at it again in Big Easy Temptation. Shayla Black and Lexi Blake’s series about conspiracy that goes to the very top, centered around six elite prep school playboys, has combined edge-of-your-seat suspense with some of the very best tropes romance has to offer, and in Big Easy Temptation we’re headed south to New Orleans for a reunited lovers story between Navy captain Dax Spencer and NCIS official Holland Kirk.

Besides the change of scenery, Dax and Holland’s story also stands out for its before-and-after telling. Black and Blake seize on the opportunity to time jump to the group’s former glory days, where Mad is still loud and proud and Dax is determined that his friend Holland finally sees him as more than that. It’s refreshing to see it in two parts, not only for the romance but also to see the winds stirring as pieces are being put in place for the deadly fall-out that’s to come. Dax and Holland’s romance is sweet, inevitable, and the fact that they’re paired up investigating his father’s death adds another dimension to it. Unfortunately, it’s these very stakes that cause a rift and a betrayal that separated them then. And while the past is crucial to the present, once he’s back in NOLA after all that’s happened, a future with Holland is all Dax can think about.

[He knows what he wants...]

Apr 17 2016 10:00am

Shipping Sunday: Which Nashville Couple Do You Love Best?

Shipping Sunday: Nashville's Deacon and Rayna

You don’t really have to be a fan of country music to love Nashville; you just have to be a fan of romance. Because beyond the music, beyond the cool scene, the best thing about Nashville has always been the onscreen love stories. It’s the only show I’ve ever known of where there were four really solid couples that I have been happily invested in — and still root for. Each one offers a little something different, with their own unique histories, so while everyone may have their favorite pair, this is a show that’s done it right. It’s a romance novel through screen and song.

[You can have my heart ...]

Apr 12 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Kresley Cole’s The Player (April 12, 2016)

The Player by Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole
The Player (Game Maker #3)
Valkyrie Press / April 12, 2016 / $12.99 print, $3.99 digital

In this searing stand-alone installment of the erotic Game Maker Series, #1 New York Times bestselling author Kresley Cole brings readers a tale of a man racked with dark desires and the beautiful young woman who could sate him at last.

A madman with a shadowed past . . . In Las Vegas, Sin City, Dmitri Sevastyan finds her, Victoria Valentine—sexy, vulnerable, and in need of a protector. Obsession takes root deep inside him. Despite a history tainted with violation and betrayal, he will stop at nothing to possess her.

A grifter with nothing to lose . . . Descended from a long line of con artists, twenty-four-year-old Victoria, a.k.a. Vice, needs the score of a lifetime to keep her loved ones safe. She sets her sights on gorgeous and rich Dmitri Sevastyan. Even as the irresistible Russian toys with her body and mind, he tempts her heart.

Love is the ultimate wild card. When Vice and her associates maneuver Dmitri into a hasty Vegas wedding, he refuses to protect himself with a prenup, trusting her with all that he has. But can she trust him? As secrets unfold, the newlyweds share days of doubts and nights of the wickedest pleasures. Yet once Vice discovers her husband's past, will she stay to fight for her marriage or cut her losses and run?

Dmitri Sevastyan is a playboy billionaire to give all the rest a run for their money. In the long-awaited final book in her Game Maker trilogy, Kresley Cole offers up an alpha hero who’s fully obsessive and possessive, and all those hints of darkness in him that we’ve had a peek into are finally revealed. But even more than a world that flashes opulence, from the dazzle of Vegas to the stuff of fairy tales, this is a cat-and-mouse game with a sinful billionaire, a con artist princess, and con stacked upon con guaranteed to keep you guessing until the end.

[Make me your maker ...]

Mar 12 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Lilah Pace’s Asking for More (March 15, 2016)

Asking For More by Lilah Pace

Lilah Pace
Asking for More (Asking for It #2.5)
InterMix / March 15, 2016 / $1.99 digital

The incendiary author of Begging for It and Asking for It again plunges readers into the shadowy depths of love, pain, pleasure and peril...

How far is too far?

Finally sure of each other's strength and love, Jonah and Vivienne continue to explore their darkest fantasies together. However, what should be a night of ecstasy takes a dangerous turn, injuring Vivienne. She shrugs off the incident, but Jonah is haunted by it, particularly by the fear that others may believe he abuses her, or even glimpse the truth of their erotic obsession.

Then Jonah receives a call from his younger sister, Rebecca, who's dealing with trouble of her own in South America. When Vivienne travels with him to aid Rebecca, she learns yet more about his tortured history—and Jonah opens up to Vivienne as never before.  

Can Vivienne help Jonah cast off the shadows of his past forever?

The great thing about Lilah Pace’s ground-breaking rape fantasy series, besides the visceral language and the way she makes every word hold meaning, is how thoughtful she’s been along the way, in expressing the desires hero and heroine Jonah and Vivienne share, in the honesty of what they need in fantasy as well as the harder reasons why, and how it all works for them. And with such a complex story, it’s no surprise, to our thrill, that it requires another chapter, one where Jonah and Vivienne are hit head-on with still more issues, internally and externally, that challenge them individually and as a couple. And if you’re as big a fan as we are, the only danger with Asking for More is that it’s not enough.

He’s already begun the transformation into the figure from my darkest longings. He will become forbidding. Commanding. Even dangerous. And I will turn into the victim in his own forbidden daydreams — weak and pliant, vulnerable to his schemes and to brute force.

We do not love the desire we share. But we love each other, and together we’re learning how to own this — our rape fantasies — so that they will never again own us.

[Will it ever be enough? ...]

Feb 29 2016 10:30am

First Look: Christina Lauren’s Beautiful Boss (February 29, 2016)

Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren
Beautiful Boss (Beautiful #9)
Gallery / February 29, 2016 / $9.99 print, $1.99 digital

The ninth work in the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling series that started with Beautiful Bastard. In this novella, Will Sumner and Hanna Bergstrom (from Beautiful Player) find that a wedding and everlasting love were just the beginning.

One Player tamed. One nerd girl satisfied. And one more major life decision to make. When Will fell for Hanna, her quirky sense of humor and fierce dedication to her career were part of the attraction. (Not to mention her coy newbie attitude toward sex and her willingness to let him teach her everything.) But when the job offers start rolling in for her—and oh, they do—Hanna has trouble deciding what she wants, where they should live, and how much she should burden Will with the decision. Magic between the sheets is only one part of a relationship...getting on the same page is quite another altogether.

Somebody somewhere loves us obsessive, giddy romance readers very much to give us two Christina Lauren releases in one month. They have fast become my go-to for sexy, honest contemporary erotic romance, and with Beautiful Boss, we get a return peek at where Will and Hanna, hall of fame couple and huge fan favorites, find themselves just down the road where life is beyond the happily ever after and romance becomes real. Yes, we’re lucky indeed.

[Another beautiful boss ...]

Feb 20 2016 1:00pm

Fifty Shades of Ballrooms: Mia Gabriel’s Savage Nights

Savage Nights by Mia Gabriel

It’s the Fifty Shades of the erotic historical set, and if spanking and submission and red rooms of pain is forbidden and alluring in modern times, add in corsets and the echelon of London’s upper crust and dirty talk that will really make you blush, and you have the second in Mia Gabriel’s dark and sexy Savage series. While the first was a wildly sexy introduction to the mysteriously dominating Lord Savage and the beautiful American widow Evelyn Hart through a romping country orgy, Savage Nights has a distinctly different feel and sets itself apart in its return to London life and the realities that come with it, while maintaining the heat and the connection of these two characters as their blazing affair only continues to deepen and expand. There is growth and development, making what Savage and Eve have shared not a mere fluke or fancy, and still capturing every bit of what made them magical from the start.

[Historical with a erotic twist ...]

Feb 5 2016 10:30am

Habeas Corpus: Emma Chase’s Appealed

Appealed by Emma Chase

When it comes to Emma Chase’s Legal Briefs series, she saved the best for last. And with the friends-to-lovers turned enemies-to-lovers, ugly-duckling-turned-beauty, and reunited-love tropes all working together seamlessly, there’s a lot to love about Kennedy and Brent in Appealed. Everything, in fact.

This is all about history. And Kennedy and Brent’s is so rich it fuels the whole story and gives it weight. But there’s a lot of resolution due after a bad parting years ago, and the perfect backdrop is the courtroom where, poetically, Kennedy and Brent face off as prosecutor and defense attorney and it all becomes about so much more than just a case. Soon they’re sparring outside of work, and when they take it to the bedroom, it’s fiery. The banter is always there, always hilarious, every exchange on point, even as the dynamic shifts because Brent’s in it for good this time and he’s out to prove it.

“But—whether we want to talk or not, it looks like I need to lay some ground rules.” My gaze burns into hers and my voice is almost as hard as my dick. “Rule number one—you don’t set one pretty toe out of my bed without waking me up first. Ever.”

I lean in and skim my nose up the delicate line of her neck, then I drag my tongue down the same path to her pulse point—wrapping my lips around it and sucking—hard enough to leave one bitch of a mark.

But… that’s the price she pays.

“I jerked off twice in the shower,” I hiss against her skin. “And I was still hard as a goddamn rock watching you in court.”

[Whoa Sir! You really are feeling me ...]

Jan 19 2016 5:30pm

First Look: Mercy Brown’s Loud is How I Love You (January 19, 2016)

Loud is How I love You by Mercy Brown

Mercy Brown
Loud is How I Love You (Hub City #1)
Intermix / January 19, 2016 / $2.99 digital

One girls heart gets rocked to the core in the first novel in this sexy New Adult series.

Twenty-one-year-old front girl Emmylou knows that getting her band noticed in the ‘90s indie rock scene will be no easy task. She definitely knows better than to break the number one rule of the band: Don't sleep with your bandmates!  But after she ends up having the best sex of her life with her guitarist, Travis, she finds following that rule is a lot harder than it sounds.

When the band gets the gig of their dreams, making it big seems just within reach. But Emmy’s inability to keep her hands off Travis threatens everything they’ve worked for. Can Emmy find a way to break the rules and not blow the chance of a lifetime?

Mercy Brown knows rock and roll. She lived and breathed it. So her debut novel is not only New Adult meets Rock Stars, it’s layer-upon-layer authentic, fresh and real, raw and romantic.

Travis and Emmy are meant to be, but just as the Rock Star part of the equation is true in every sense, the New Adult angst and youth is very much present as well. Brown puts front and center the fact that young twenties feel deeply, dream big, and are just as much flaky. Because for Emmy and Travis and their band Stars on the Floor, the stakes are high, and the intertwining of a romantic relationship and their band’s future makes for either having it all or losing everything, and this is a scary prospect for the artists and lovers.

Of all the guys in this town I could potentially fuck, why do I pick Bean? (By the way, I am the only person on this earth allowed to call Travis that, and it’s after the Travis Bean guitar, which he doesn’t play because, hello, they’re rare and like two grand and he’s not made of money.) I don’t even know. I really shouldn’t have done it, because he’s my number one collaborator, my coconspirator, and one of my best friends, and I’m so worried that fucking him is going to ruin everything we have between us.

[Emmy and Travis know how to rock and roll ...]

Jan 8 2016 3:05pm

The Way Back for The Royals’ Jasper and Eleanor

There’s one ’ship in 2015 that exploded. Jasper and Eleanor of The Royals are bigger and bolder than most TV love/hate stories, and that’s why they’ve really popped. In the era of extreme sex and rough play in romance, they’re television’s poster couple. That’s why they keep us on our toes, and the major angst leads to major feelings we have for them. That’s why Jasper and Eleanor are greater than the admittedly great obstacles that have been put in their way. And now that season two is past the halfway point, there’s still nothing predictable about Jaspenor.

This season has seen more scenes with Jasper and Eleanor apart than together, unfortunately. But it’s what they’re doing in their time apart that’s really given insight into just how much is going on to build them into something big. Eleanor’s jumped from one fling to another, two relationships that were ultimately all about Jasper. The return of her first love Beck fizzled out pretty quickly as it’s clear how very far she’s come since those doe-eyed days of the fantasy of being with her brother’s heroic best friend. He’s just too soft, and she’s bored. And her relationship with Mandy, in a big twist Jasper’s con ex, not only ended up putting her back square in the middle of Jasper’s history, but also showed that Eleanor does crave someone to love, to share something meaningful with. It’s the process of getting there.

[They're both lost without one another ...]