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Mon
Oct 30 2017 1:00pm

6 Erotic Romance Best Bets for October 2017

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e-reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate and your credit card.

October may offer the promise of delightful tricks but below are some of the most sinful treats this month has to offer.

Please note that not every story I recommend is a current release. Some have already released while others will be available soon for purchase.

Dark Control by Annabel Joseph

Dark Control by Annabel Joseph

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Not all fantasies are safe, sane, and consensual. Welcome to the world of The Gallery…

Juliet meets Fort St. Clair on a miserable, drunken night, and wakes up the next morning cuffed to his guest room bed. Of course, Fort would never take advantage of her. No, the pleasure and pain he wants to inflict on her body must be negotiated in advance, because once Juliet sets foot in his private, exclusive dungeon, she belongs to him.

BDSM at The Gallery is supposed to be a straightforward arrangement, an affair by the rules, but Juliet and Fort’s growing connection brings unexpected emotions they can’t control. She’s the free spirit who transforms his rigid world, and he’s the Dominant she can finally trust—or can she?

The first in Joseph's new Dark Dominance series, Dark Control pushes all your buttons (and some you didn't even know you had) when a true sadist meets his match only to discover that sometimes the most perfect of connections are fundamentally flawed. Using an exclusive club as the backdrop, Joseph explores the facets of sadism/masochism, the underlying reasons behind it, and the vulnerabilities of all those involved. Rich in depth and emotion,  Annabel Joseph once again does not disappoint.

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Sun
Sep 24 2017 10:00am

9 Essential Game of Thrones Scenes for Jon/Daenerys Shippers

Between Daenerys and Jon—Who’s really in charge?

It only took seven seasons, but Jon and Daenerys are finally together!

The two most lovable players in Game of Thrones had lots of shared screen time this season. It was exploding with sexual chemistry—um, I mean heavy eye-gazing.

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They sure didn’t touch much. Until the last episode—phew!

It was a massive powerplay in every scene, and the big question the whole way was, who comes out on top?

The Meet-Cute

Their duel for dominance began in Daenerys throne room at Dragonstone. Daenerys, the Dragon Queen, wants Jon, the professed King of the North, to “bend the knee.” (I can’t blame her. I wouldn’t mind seeing him on his knees either.) Jon, however, is conspicuously quiet.

It takes him too long to pull himself together and speak up.

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Fri
Sep 1 2017 12:00pm

Kit Rocha’s Deacon: An HEA for the Lone Female in Gideon’s Riders

Deacon by Kit Rocha

Deacon is the second book in Kit Rocha’s ongoing dystopian erotic romance series, Gideon’s Riders, the follow-up to the enormously popular Beyond series.

Gideon’s Riders are the infamous group of holy warriors who protect the people of Sector One, a sector that reveres their leader, Gideon, and his extensive family as living deities. Gideon created the Riders as his personal bodyguard and they’ve evolved to be the sector’s foremost defensive unit. But the cost of this faith-driven society is that those who take lives can’t expect to be accepted into paradise, no matter if that killing was done for the greater good. The Riders thus serve as spiritual sacrifices for their people: they kill so the others don’t have to and knowingly give up salvation to do it.

Each Rider is tattooed with a raven to mark every time they’ve killed, an honor badge of their sacrifice. Being spiritually unredeemable, they are sequestered in their own community, living as a brotherhood, and personal relationships and family while not expressly forbidden, are not customary given the family would ultimately someday suffer the loss of their Rider spouse and/or father in battle.

But those customs are changing, subtly maneuvered by none other than Gideon himself. In the first book of the series, Ashwin, we saw a super soldier find a family within the brotherhood—and finally claim his mate, Kora, who had become an adopted sister of Gideon himself. Having put several of them back together in her role as an empathetic doctor, Kora knows the risks of being tied to a Rider long-term, and Gideon accepts that given the choice, Ashwin would choose Kora over Sector One’s holy leader—which would be Gideon’s preference anyway. The old customs about keeping the Riders separate from their families, keeping them from making families, are being tested and stretched…for the good.

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Mon
Aug 7 2017 8:30am

First Look: Alyson Chase’s Disciplined by the Duke (August 15, 2017)

Disciplined by the Duke by Alyson Chase

Alyson Chase
Disciplined by the Duke (Lords of Discipline #1)
Swerve / August 15, 2017 / $3.99 digital

A servant. A liar. A thief. A submissive. The heroine of Alyson Chase’s sexy new Regency romance is all of these things, and more. When her sister is thrown in jail and sentenced to death, gentlewoman Elizabeth Wilcox’s only hope of saving her from the noose is to strike a deal with the odious Earl of Westmore. Her assignment? Go undercover as a maid to spy on the Duke of Montague, a notorious rake with a taste for unconventional bed sport. Disciplined by the Duke is the first installment in Chase’s Lords of Discipline series. Trigger warning—there is attempted sexual coercion by the villain, as well as a mention of past sexual abuse suffered by a secondary character.

The opening scene, when the villain is giving Elizabeth her assignment as a spy, was one of the most difficult to read in the whole book. I had a real fear that Elizabeth was going to give in to the Earl’s coercion and allow him to “take liberties” that would clearly have had devastating consequences to her emotional and mental well-being. Obviously, that doesn’t happen, or Elizabeth would never meet Marcus (the Duke), but Chase does an excellent job of creating a tense, believable opening that establishes what is at stake for our heroine.

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Thu
Jul 20 2017 7:07am

Can You Name Any Dominant Women in Romance?

The title of this post is rhetorical, because we think—if you read erotic and BDSM romance—that you may be able to mention at least one Dominant woman in a romantic relationship. However, last week guest author May Bridges explored the topic of female sexuality and erotic romance, but it left one commenter asking: where are all the dominant women in romance? We know they're out there! 

So, can you help a reader out? What books would you recommend with the woman as the dominant partner? In particular, can you think of female Dommes? 

Tell us your recommendations in the comments!

 

Fri
Jul 14 2017 12:00pm

Female Sexuality and the Role of Erotic Romance

Killing June by May Bridges

Today we're thrilled to welcome May Bridges (Killing June) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Society's view on female sexuality has changed a lot over the years, but in other ways things have stayed the same. May is here today to talk about society's expectations and how romance places a role in it all. Thanks, May!

Wild Women Do And They Don’t Regret It…

Yes, I do have Natalie Cole lyrics and visions of scenes from Pretty Woman running through my head right now—but on to books! I love when I find pieces of myself in the books I read. Finding something that connects you to a character, something that is fiction imitating reality, pulls you into a book that much more. Over the many years of reading romance I’ve found a common theme in many of them, one that is growing in popularity. It’s the idea of a woman finding a man she can express herself with in a sexual way, a way that perhaps only that man would understand. It’s the journey of her getting to live out her deepest, darkest fantasies, and finding a partner who loves and accepts her for those desires, not despite them. It has opened the door to more books with BDSM and S&M themes. As I look around our society, it doesn’t surprise me this has become a popular book trend. The amazing thing about books are that they can strip away social expectations and misconceptions, and allow us to look at the lives the characters live with fresh eyes.

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Mon
Jul 3 2017 8:30am

Everybody Hurts: Sadists in Romance

The Cartographer by Tamsen Parker

Today we're thrilled to have Tamsen Parker (The Cartographer) on Heroes and Heartbreakers. It's no secret that Tamsen's Compass series is kinky and sexy, but it's with the last book that things get a little more sadistic too—in a fun way! Tamsen is here today to talk about sadists in romance and their unique path to a happily-ever-after. Thanks, Tamsen!

Tall, intelligent, built, kind, well-endowed, hard-working, handsome, honest. These are some ways people might describe their ideal romance or real life hero. Strangely, sadistic is probably not making the Top Ten Hero Traits. But for some people, it’s high on their lists. Sure, characters may end up star-crossed with someone who doesn’t share their kinks, but for the most part, sadists are going to find their Happily Ever After with either a masochist who enjoys pain, a bottom who is so proud of what their body can take that they subject themselves enthusiastically to their partner’s smarting ministrations, or a submissive who delights so much in pleasing their partner that they’ll withstand being hurt because their partner enjoys hurting them. Notice how all of those are voluntary and giving enthusiastic consent?

One of the heroes in The Cartographer is the inimitable Reyes Walter who is an unapologetic sadist. And why should he apologize? He’s exceedingly careful and conscientious about choosing his partners, who are all delighted to be with him. He also derives an immense amount of pleasure and satisfaction in teaching other people about BDSM—whether pain is their kink or not—so much so that he’s made it his career.

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Mon
Jun 26 2017 12:00pm

First Look: Tamsen Parker’s The Cartographer (June 26, 2017)

The Cartographer by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker 
The Cartographer (Compass #6)
Tamsen Parker / June 26, 2017 / $14.99 print, $3.99 digital

Helping people is the best, most important thing I can do.  It’s what I’ve chosen to be faithful to instead of whom.

Reyes (Rey) Llewelyn Walter calls himself a life coach. A purveyor of happiness. A kinky white knight. As the master of BDSM (no pun intended), Rey loves to dive in and work his magic on those he feels could benefit from his tutelage. Which, in his opinion, is everyone. He loves to create happily ever afters or happy for now(s), but refuses to even consider the same for himself. That is until a stop for a nightcap at a local watering hole introduces him to a gorgeous young man who screams masochist to Rey’s sadist.

Just you wait. You have no idea what else I’m going to ask you for.

Aloysius (Allie) Emmett Hart II is a man with a mission. With the face of an angel and a body made for sinning, Allie is fresh out of the military and trying to find a job and a place to live while helping take care of his widowed sister and her kids. Strong, independent, and under a mountain of obligations, Allie isn’t looking for a boyfriend—or a savior.

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Wed
May 31 2017 1:30pm

The 5 Erotic Romance Best Bets for May 2017!

What are the best erotic romances of May? 

In need of some sexy reading material to fill your e reader? I’m here for you. Each month I will bring you an assortment of erotic pleasure reads to tempt your palate and your credit card.

Please note that not every story I recommend is the current month’s releases. Some are from previous months while others will release soon.

May blossoms with the unpredictable as opposites attract, new friends are made, and some are left behind when the couples below discover that the key to happiness lies within themselves if they have the courage to look for it. 

The Demon Prince by Ann Aguirre

The Demon Prince by Ann Aguirre

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Charming. Irreverent. Haunted.

Alastor Vega is the sole challenger in a brutal battle for succession. Against all odds, he must stop his power-mad brother, Tycho, before he destroys the Numina. Though he never wanted to rule, he must claim the throne and liberate his people, or the consequences will be calamitous. Yet only the surprising support of a beautiful Animari doctor gives him the fortitude to fight.

Focused. Analytical. Solitary.

Dr. Sheyla Halek has always been more interested in research than personal contact, but family ties—and the needs of her pride—keep her in Ash Valley, deferring her dreams. Brusque and abrasive at the best of times, she never expected to bond with anyone, let alone Golgoth royalty. Strangely, Alastor seems to need her as no one has before, and not only for her medical skills.

Their attraction is forbidden, likely doomed beyond the wildness of wartime, but these fires burn too hot and sweet to be contained…

The 2nd installment in Aguirre’s dark and gritty PNR series-Ars Numina- takes a surprisingly erotic turn when the King of Demons falls for a leopard shifter who not only supports his kinky nature but is more than willing to actively participate in it. Aguirre does a wonderful job of blending the slow burning erotically tinged romance with the main conflict; adding more characterization, action and intrigue while and divulging deeper into this convoluted world.

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Mon
May 22 2017 2:00pm

The “Why” Behind the Current Daddy Kink Trend in Romance

Hold Me Down by Sara Taylor Woods

Today we're thrilled to welcome Sara Taylor Woods (Hold Me Down) to Heroes and Heartbreakers. Erotic romance is known for pushing boundaries, but behind every taboo concept there's a reason why people are drawn to it. Today, Sara is here to discuss the why behind one particular kink—and a trend we've seen a lot on the best seller list: The Daddy Kink. Thanks, Sara.

A decade has passed since the housing bubble burst. A decade since we sank into the worst recession the world has seen in many years—a recession we’re still trying to claw our way out of.

Stay with me. I’m here to talk about romance, I promise.

For most of us, the last decade has been economically trying, at best. In the last ten years, those of us who emerged, blinking and wet-eared, into Adulthood have seen the flaws in the promises we were made as children: a college degree means a good job; a good job means buying property and living without credit card debt. When these promises aren’t fulfilled—our degrees got us those two jobs we need to pay our rent, when we have to pick which bill has to go on the credit card, when we realize we won’t pay off our student debt until our kids are in college (if ever)—we assume it’s our fault. Somewhere we failed. We’ve made bad decisions. We’re irresponsible, ill-equipped, for adulthood.

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Fri
Apr 28 2017 11:00am

9 Romances H&H Reviewers Loved in April 2017

Our reviewers give us the scoop every day on the books they're loving and share their opinions here on Heroes and Heartbreakers. However, each month, we ask them to make a tough decision and recommend the best thing they've read over the last month! It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

Without further ado, here’s the installment for April 2017 (and if you’ve missed any, be sure to check out past recs via the Related Posts section at the bottom of the post):

Rachel Kramer Bussel:

Hold Me Down by Sara Taylor Woods

I was absolutely blown away by erotic romance novel Hold Me Down by Sara Taylor Woods. It's a kinky Jewish feminist love story, featuring a heroine, college student Talia, who has known she's submissive for pretty much as long as she can remember, but has been burned by expressing her interest in the past. A boyfriend broke up with her when she asked about trying BDSM and she's been made to feel that there's something inherently wrong with even thinking the things she does, but that doesn't stop her from fantasizing. Her fantasies start to become reality when she meets Sean, a grad student who's as dominant as she is submissive. The sex scenes are sizzling hot but also grapple with Talia's very common concerns, such as can she be a feminist and want to be of service to a man and follow orders? Is what she's doing mentally and physically safe? How much can and should she trust Sean? The drama unfolds as she gets to know herself better, but finds opposition to the kinky nature of their relationship from friends and family. I loved the practical elements Woods wove in between the erotic, and how they played off each other perfectly. (Amazon | Barnes & Noble)

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Thu
Apr 20 2017 8:30am

The Real Life of a Dominatrix in Jenny Nordbak’s The Scarlett Letters

The Scarlet Letters by Jenny Nordbak

Editor's Note: This book is a non-fiction memoir of a real-life dominatrix, and not a fictional romance novel. 

Jenny Nordbak’s debut erotic memoir is touching, funny, and fascinating. This book is heavy on graphic descriptions of life as a dominatrix in an L.A. dungeon, so beware! The kinksters and perverts among us will love the details used to describe Nordbak’s clients and their various fetishes while the author embarks on a personal journey to understand and explore her sexuality.

In the vein of 2005’s Belle de Jour: Diary of an Unlikely Call Girl, Nordbak was an “ordinary girl” until she entered the world of sex work. Although she lives an alternative lifestyle and occasionally engages in what some readers may see as self-destructive behavior (minor spoiler alert: there is recreational drug use in this book), our heroine’s adventures aren’t mere titillation. Instead, they serve the greater goal of displaying the ways in which Nordbak learns about power, compassion, and even love through her time as a dominatrix.

One thing I particularly enjoyed about this book is that it describes the author’s journey into the world of kink from the beginning. We aren’t simply plopped down in the middle with no idea how she got to the dungeon in the first place. (Maybe she got lost on the way to the grocery store?). After all, who among us hasn’t wondered how to go about becoming a professional mistress?

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Fri
Mar 31 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Tara Sue Me’s Master Professor (April 4, 2017)

Master Professor by Tara Sue Me

Tara Sue Me
Master Professor (Lessons from the Rack #1)
Berkley / April 4, 2017 / $16.00 print, $7.99 digital 

Andie is beyond thrilled when her life-long friend (and Hollywood heartthrob) Terrence finally wants to take things a step further. He tells her he’s a Dominant and explains what this would mean, because he knows she is not only a virgin, but also knows nothing of his world. Terrence is happy to find that Andie is cautiously curious. She says she will do whatever it takes to be person he wants in his bed.

Terrence has to go away on a shoot, but he also wants Andie trained as a submissive as soon as possible. So, with little time, he suggests she be enrolled in BDSM’s most coveted school, The RACK Academy. The only stipulation of this idea being that she remains (technically) a virgin.           

Terrence said he knew that in order for the training to work, she couldn’t feel inhibited or guilty about what she would be doing. She appreciated the freedom, but it made her feel a bit apprehensive as well.

Fulton is in charge of incoming students to RACK. When hearing Andie’s file, a series of red flags jump to mind and he feels that she isn’t suited for training at all.

“You think you’re a submissive? You guess you want to find out for sure?” He mocked her with her own words.

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Thu
Mar 30 2017 1:00pm

Cover Thursday: Exclusive Cover Reveals from authors Rebekah Weatherspoon, J.T. Hall, Eli Lang, and Laurie Loft

Team H&H has four great covers for you today from authors Rebekah Weatherspoon, J.T. Hall, Eli Lang, and Laurie Loft. The first in her new Beards and Bondage series, Weatherspoon's Haven matches carefree city girl Claudia, with a gruff, bearded nature photographers Shepard. Can they find solace and haven in one another as they both recover from personal tragedies? In Hall's Fraud Twice Felt, bounty hunter Derwin is ready to embrace his new life with Elliot, however a plan is in place that puts both of their lives in danger. In Lang's Escaping Indigo, Micah takes a gig as a roadie for a band he's always admired, and falls hard and fast for lead singer Bellamy. Will their story end up perfectly in tune? And in Loft's Love and Other Hot Beverages, Todd's nursing a broken heart, so he doesn't expect to fall for Sebastián, and neither of them expect the fight that's in store for them to get the HEA they deserve. 

Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon

A week-long getaway…

City girl Claudia Cade's carefree life is plunged into chaos when a camping trip with her brother in the national forests of Northern California turns into a deadly dash for her survival.

A solitary world turned upside down…

Nature photographer Shepard Olsen has resigned himself to a quiet existence, with only his dog by his side, until a woman in need of his protection shows up on his doorstep and throws his universe into disarray.

Two lives linked by tragedy…

Claudia is desperate to heal from her traumatic loss, but can’t stop thinking about her run-in with evil….or the grizzled mountain man whose quick thinking and good aim saved her life. When she shows up on Shep's doorstep again, she finds she isn't the only one who can't move on.

…saved by bliss.

The two begin an intense, passionate relationship of Dominance and submission, pleasure and pain, but with dark memories haunting them and decisions about the future rapidly approaching, Claudia can’t help but wonder...how long can they be each other's haven?

*** WARNING: This book contains a sexual relationship between a fashionista and a cranky mountain man who are dealing with physical and emotional trauma. And a very big, cuddly dog.***

Learn more about or pre-order a copy of Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon, available April 25, 2017:

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Tue
Mar 21 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Tamsen Parker’s His Custody (March 21, 2017)

His Custody by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker
His Custody
InterMix / March 21, 2017 / $2.99 digital

His Custody, the latest romance by Tamsen Parker (School Ties, Due South, Craving Flight) is almost like two books in one—and that’s not because the point of view alternates from businessman Jasper Andersson to Tallulah “Keyne” O’Connell, who is the high school student he’s known since birth who comes under his care after both their families—including Gavin, Keyne’s longtime boyfriend and Jasper’s younger brother—die in a boating accident. In the first half of the book, both Jasper and Keyne are adjusting to this new, lonelier life; he has to battle her cousins for custody, and fight off his attraction to her when it starts to overpower his protectiveness. For her part, Keyne has to combat missing Gavin, who did everything with her, survivor’s guilt, and simply face each new day and believe there’s a reason to keep on going.

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Mon
Mar 6 2017 1:00pm

First Look: Kristen Ashley’s The Deep End (March 7, 2017)

The Deep End by Kristen Ashley

Kristen Ashley
The Deep End (Honey Series #1)
St. Martin's Griffin / March 7, 2017 / $15.99 print, $3.99 digital

If you never have read a Kristen Ashley book, this quick note is for you about her books—otherwise, you can skip to the review.  She is the queen of writing the strongest, most powerful, and HOTTEST Alpha males.  Her style of writing is direct and straight to the point.

With that said, when I heard that this author was releasing an erotic book about a hero that is an alpha sub, I got concerned because I had never heard of an alpha being a submissive. It just doesn’t even sound right—like it’s an oxymoronic statement.  Let me be real; I haven’t read a book I didn’t like that she wrote, and I enjoy her alpha male hero in her books and the story she spins around them, but I have to say I was very skeptical on how she was going to make this work.  I’m used to powering my way through her books because of a funny scene or a one line statement from the hero that makes your heart squeeze.  Her her alpha males' one-liners are legendary, which drove me to really want to find out the direction of a story. I dove in praying that this story would be believable and have the same effect on me that her other books do. 

When I first started reading the book, I got a firm layout of where I was and what was going on in The Honey club (BDSM), who the characters were, their personality traits and why they were there.  So far, the first three chapters just covered the bases of this world but not the real story to come.  So, I powered through and hoped that she could convince me how this Alpha/Sub thing was going to work. 

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Tue
Jan 17 2017 12:00pm

Smut Peddler: Naughty Comics by Women, For Women

Smut Peddler Graphic Novel

Last time I wrote about comics, I gave them a rating based upon the subjective criteria “can you read this on the train” and “how explicit is this.” This time, I’m just going to tell you: do not read this on the train unless you want some awkward pants feelings with sweaty strangers giving you creepy looks. I also suggest reading this book when not in the presence of children, your parents, etc. I DO suggest reading it with your significant other (battery-operated or human).  

Smut Peddler, aka The Best Name Ever, is an anthology of dirty comics written by an all-star team of writers and illustrators in the indie comics world. I was brought to the volume by my love for one of the contributors, Jess Fink. Her comic, Chester 5000 XYZ is AMAZING.  (It’s a steampunk sexy romance with a robot and you can read it for free here.) Chester was my first erotic comic and I haven’t talked about it much because it felt like talking about porn, which isn’t something we do in “polite company.” Erotic comics have always felt more accessible to me though because they aren’t real people, which removes the icky ethical issues that have always stopped me from enjoying porn. (This isn’t a judgment of anyone who does watch porn, as I know it’s a healthy part of many people’s sexual experiences.) ANYWAY, I’m going to tell you about Smut Peddler and if you like what I have to say, please buy the comic and support a fantastic group of female artists.

This review is based on the 2014 Edition, a thick volume in black and white that showed up on my doorstep in a completely innocuous media mail envelope. Little did my mail carrier know, subversive comics lay within! The subheading on this book is “A Superior Pornucopia for Classy Dames (and the Forward-Thinking Gentleman).” With that in mind, here we go!

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Sun
Jan 8 2017 11:00am

Why Good Behavior is Great Dark Romance

Good Behavior on TNT

Skye Warren, Annika Martin, Molly O’Keefe...TNT?! It sounds strange to put a cable network on a list of effective, engaging, go-to dark romance authors, but here you have it—because TNT’s Good Behavior, based on novellas by Blake Crouch, absolutely fits the bill! Letty Raines (Michelle Dockery) is a con artist, meth addict and alcoholic who lost custody of her son. Javier (Juan Diego Botto) is a controlling, meticulous hit man with a face like an angel. And they can’t live without each other. From the less-than-rosy protagonists to the shades of dominance and submission, Good Behavior is a good bet for anyone who likes hard-luck plots and hotter-than-hot pairings.    

In the first episode alone, it’s clear that wild-child Letty needs rules—that she is completely incapable of impulse control. She can’t hold down a steady job, she’s an expert at the five-finger discount...and she winds up hearing a contract killer, Javier, setting up a hit and can’t resist getting involved. Long story short, Letty’s good intentions don’t quite translate into sensible actions—and that’s something that carries through the series and cements why Javier becomes such an important figure in her life and her heart. Because he cannot, and will not, let her spiral out. There’s a gut-wrenching moment at the end of the pilot when Javier discovers Letty at rock bottom—stoned out of her mind and ready to die—and he basically takes ownership of her. As an angry hit man whose job got botched because of her, he could easily kill her and walk away. He can’t. Kudos to Juan Diego Botto, who imbues the scenes with equal parts disgust and admiration. “You do not get off that easy,” Javier says to Letty. “You work for me now.” He effectively tells her she’s his...and we know he’s just as much hers.

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Sun
Dec 11 2016 10:00am

First Look: Tamsen Parker’s Due South (December 12, 2016)

Due South by Tamsen Parker

Tamsen Parker
Due South (Compass Series #5)
Tamsen Parker / December 12, 2016 / $13.99 print, $3.99 digital

Lucy Miller and Chanoch Evans have worked together for years but have done nothing more than pass each other in the hall, murmuring the occasional sorry and excuse me. Lucy, a transplant from a small ultra-religious town, came to California seeking fame and fortune behind the camera. When that didn’t pan out, she took a secretarial job and slowly worked her way from coffee maker to the boss’s right-handwoman.

Chanoch Evans, whom everyone refers to as just Evans because they can’t pronounce his name correctly, works for the same company and has always had a bit of a crush on Lucy but his innate shyness has him keeping his feelings well under wraps. He doesn’t feel he has anything to offer her at this time in his life, especially since his time and paycheck goes towards helping his family.

When a once in a lifetime chance appears...will Lucy and Evans be brave and seize the moment? Or will they let their fear overrule their desire?

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Wed
Dec 7 2016 1:17pm

“Take ’Em Off”: Christian and Ana Get Hotter in the New Fifty Shades Darker Trailer

An extended trailer for Fifty Shades Darker is here and it's hotter than the first! In an attempt to win Anastasia back, Christian is pulling out all the stops, and we get more of  a glimpse of all the drama that's to come. 

Former paramours, a visit from Christian's mother, and Ana's boss all culminate in a heart-racing, nail-biting ride. Can't wait to see what's in store of these two.

[See the trailer now!]