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Jul 23 2012 10:26am

True Blood Season 5, Episode 7 Recap: Vampire Drunk Bloodlust, Oh MY!

Bill, Eric, and Alcide in True BloodIt’s been one week since someone had sex on True Blood, and this week had zero sex. WTH! We should really start doing a countdown.

Things we learned last week: Russell staked Roman, Alcide issues a Master challenge to JD, Terry leaves Arlene, Sam saves Andy’s life and Sookie finds out her parents were killed by a vampire.

(Need to catch up? Check out our previous recaps: Episode 5.01 |Episode 5.02 | Episode 5.03 | Episode 5.04 | Episode 5.05 | Episode 5.06)

This week is all about the WTF, there was just so much WTF.


  • Instead of killing Eric, Russell hangs him by a silver noose. He gets captured, yet is released later on.
  • Sookie gets checked out by the fairies and finds out her magic is depleting. If she keeps using it, she’ll become a vanilla human.

[Sookie, a plain old human? Can you fathom it?...]

Jul 9 2012 10:04am

True Blood Season 5, Episode 5 Recap: Cookie- and Russell-Tossing

Tara and Jessica fight it out in True Blood 505, Let’s Boot and RallyThings we learned last week: Sam finds his shifter buddies dead, Sookie is moving on to Alcide and Tara tried death by Jersey Shore.

Chelsea would normally be your recapper today, but I am subbing for her this week—she promised that this time I would get more nakedness. She lied. This really felt like a filler episode, tying up some loose ends and adding some new threads. It wasn’t all that exciting, but it made some things make more sense.


  • Sookie and Alcide are about to get it on, when all that Sookie drank comes back on Alcide’s shoes and that’s when Eric and Bill walk in.

[Perfect timing, boys...]

Jul 2 2012 4:00pm

Which Hero is on Your “List"?, Part 2

Demon Marked by Meljean BrookWe are back with Part 2 of our H&H bloggers “List” choices—the list is the fictionalized version of characters you would love to see nekkid if you could, where not even your spouse or partner could say you can’t have them. Because hey, they’re on your “allowed to do it with” list!

(If you missed Natasha, Synde, Victoria, and Evangeline’s choices, see The List, part 1.)


Michael (Meljean Brook’s Guardian series):

He’s an angel and has black wings. Is that enough? No? Good because he isn’t really an angel. But he’s intense, brooding and mysterious. He can heal people, teleport and change his appearance, so if I ever get tired of him I can ask him to morph into Michael Fassbender (I’d have him watch Shame first so he gets all the details right).

[Someone’s priorities are clearly in order...]

Jul 2 2012 10:57am

True Blood Season 5, Episode 4 Recap: In Which [Redacted] FINALLY Make Out

Alcide in True BloodThings we learned last week: Newlin is the new Nan, Eric and Bill must find out where Russell is, Pam totally did it with Eric and Tara still hates Sookie and Lafayette.

(Need to catch up? Check out our previous recaps: Episode 5.01 |Episode 5.02 | Episode 5.03)



  • Tara goes all death by Jersey Shore and bakes herself on high in a tanning bed. Pam feels her pain and ends up commanding her dumbass out of the tanning bed.
  • Lafeyette finds out Sookie confessed to Alcide about what happened to Debbie and flips out on her. He ends up calling her the Angel of Death before sashaying away.

[Oh, Sookie...]

Jun 29 2012 9:30am

Which Hero is on Your “List"?, Part 1

The Asylum Interviews by Jocelynn DrakeMany couples have “The List:” you know, the list of celebrities your significant other has given you a free pass to have sexual relations with them if you somehow run into them? Because chances are you will never run into said celebrity, so it’s okay to dream.

Today, we’re riffing on the idea of “The List,” asking H&H bloggers to offer the three heroes they’d want to play hide the kielbasa with. We got some wicked answers, and I may be fighting with my fellow bloggers over a few of these men.

I had no idea our bloggers loved so many heroes, so this will be split into two parts. (Already caught up on Part 1? Click here to go to The List Part 2!)


Bronx (The Asylum Tales by Jocelynn Drake): I fell head over heels in love with Bronx, it was love at first sight. Bronx is a troll and no he’s not built that way, he’s a big old enforcer style troll who works as a tattoo artist. Swoon, free tats! Sadly, Bronx doesn’t date humans so I’m screwed, and not the good kinda screwed.

[But then there’s always...]

Jun 18 2012 10:19am

True Blood Season 5, Episode 2 Recap: Where EVERYBODY Is Pissed!

Tara in True Blood Season 5 episode 2This entire episode can has two major plot points: Tara is batshit crazy as a vampire and the Authority is scary as hell! Hell, to sum it up EVERYONE is pissed at somebody. Also, Newlin dancing.


  • Tara being completely batshit crazy as a fledgling vampire, vampire tantrum anyone? Running all over the place, attacking and biting Sookie only to have Pam giggle, then finally step up and pry her off Sook. She’s like a toddler on speed! Lafayette looks terrified the entire time this is happening, especially when she goes for him. Thankfully, Pam steps up and commands Tara not to bite the humans. Before taking off to Fangtasia and leaving Tara with Sook and Lafayette.

[If Pam goes, I go...]

Jun 12 2012 3:00pm

First Look: Vicki Pettersson’s The Taken (June 12, 2012)

The Taken by Vicki PetterssonVicki Pettersson
The Taken
Harper / June 12, 2012 / $10.98 print, $9.99 digital

Griffin Shaw used to be a PI, but that was back when gumshoes hoofed the streets . . . and he was still alive. Fifty years later, he’s an angel, but that doesn’t make him a saint. One small mistake has altered fate, and now he’s been dumped back onto the mortal mudflat to collect another soul—Katherine “Kit” Craig, a journalist whose latest investigation is about to get her clipped.

Bucking heavenly orders, Grif refuses to let the sable-haired siren come to harm. Besides, protecting her offers a chance to solve the mystery of his own unsolved murder—and dole out some overdue payback for the death of his beloved wife, Evie.

Joining forces, Kit and Grif’s search for answers leads beyond the blinding lights of the Strip into the dark heart of an evil conspiracy. But a ruthless killer determined to destroy them isn’t Grif’s biggest threat. His growing attraction to Kit could cost them both their lives, along with the answer to the haunting question of his long afterlife . . .

“I don’t have to be strong," he finally said, refusing to dwell on it. “I’m dead.”

Vicki Pettersson just completed her Signs of the Zodiac series, and The Taken is the first release of her new Celestial Blues trilogy. Griffin Shaw is the series’ protagonist—and he just happens to be dead. In his previous life, Shaw was a private investigator. Griff’s current job as a Centurion (angel) is to assist the recently and violently dead to the Everlast—sort of an angelic guide—but he isn’t all sugar and spice; he makes one wrong choice and fate gets twisted.

[Ain’t life (and death) a kick in the head?...]

May 13 2012 1:00pm

Show Me the Funny: Humorous Paranormal Romance from Harper, Cassidy, Davidson, and More!

Nice Girls Don’t Have Fangs by Molly HarperParanormal Romance isn’t always just about the sexy times with our favorite creatures that go bump in the night. Some of our favorite PNR novels not only make us feel the need for a cold shower, they also make us dirty giggle. Every so often we need to mix it up to keep it all fresh, to get away from the heavy into something a little on the lighter side of the genre. Not everything has to be about sex, people—okay, I lied just there. I wouldn’t skimp on the sexy times, but add in laughter and you have the perfect combination.

Here are some of my favorite hysterical PNR novels; hopefully you have some to add to my list because we all need a giggle now and then.

Molly Harper’s Jane Jameson series

Molly Harper’s series centers on Jane Jameson, who gets fired by her boss and given a gift certificate for free potato skins instead of a severance check. Ouch! While poor drunk Jane is on her way home from having her ‘skins, she gets mistaken for a deer and shot. Thankfully, that guy she met at the bar just so happens to save her life…even if it means she’s now part of the undead crew in Half Moon Hollow. I couldn’t stop giggling throughout this entire series, and it’s definitely high on my list of all-time favorite series.

[Come for the paranormal, stay for the comedy...]

May 7 2012 1:07pm

Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 21: An Apple a Day Keeps Life Expectancy Away

Snow White and the Evil Queen in Once Upon a Time 1.21*******SPOILERS*******

I could sum up this entire episode in fewer than two words: APPLES! Alas, you all come here for a recap, so sit back and enjoy. *Yawns*

The episode starts out in a dream sequence that has Regina tied to a tree by the entire town of Storybrooke; she pleads for Henry to not let them do this to her but Henry counters with she did it to herself. Just as Emma is about to kill her (so we assume) with a sword, Regina wakes up. She walks over to Henry’s room to make sure he is there, and assumes he is because she really doesn’t check carefully, and it’s a pillow stuffed under the covers.

(Need to catch up? Check out previous Once Upon a Time recaps: Episode 15 |Episode 16 | Episode 17 | Episode 18 | Episode 19 | Episode 20)

Henry is with Emma and she plans for them to leave Storybrooke in her little VW, until Henry finds out what she plans to do and pleads with her not to leave that she is the town’s only hope. Emma doesn’t listen and keeps driving, so Henry being the intelligent child that he is, grabs the wheel and they end up in a ditch…unhurt, amazingly enough.

[Well, this *is* Storybrooke, after all...]

Apr 23 2012 11:52am

Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 19: Daddy Issues

August Booth aka The Stranger in Once Upon a Time*******SPOILERS*******

After a few weeks without Once Upon a Time, we finally get back to the “who the hell is The Stranger, aka August Booth” storyline. We kick the episode off with August in bed having some sort of a leg spasm, and he twitches so hard he falls out of bed. Alas, that doesn’t knock him out bad enough, so he staggers over to place a call to someone (we never do find out who) and says that the plans need to move faster (again, we still have no idea by the end what the “plans” are).

He ends up meeting up with Henry in hopes they can get Emma to believe that they are all fairy tale characters faster and to get a welcome home gift for Mary Margaret at Mr. Gold’s. Henry walks in and provides a distraction so that August can sneak into Mr. Gold’s backroom to look for something. Too bad he isn’t as stealthy as he thought he was, because Gold catches him. August makes some excuse about thinking that he was in the front of the store and not the back, but Gold is on to him.

(Need to catch up? Check out previous Once Upon a Time recaps: Episode 13 | Episode 14 | Episode 15 |Episode 16 | Episode 17 | Episode 18)

[In which The Stranger gets even stranger...]

Mar 27 2012 12:01am

Fresh Meat: J.R. Ward’s Lover Reborn (March 27, 2012)

Lover Reborn by J.R. WardJ.R. Ward 
Lover Reborn
NAL, $27.95/digital $14.99, Mar. 27, 2012

Ever since the death of his shellan, Tohrment has been unrecognizable from the vampire leader he once was. Physically emaciated and heartbroken beyond despair, he has been brought back to the Brotherhood by a self-serving fallen angel. Now, fighting once again with ruthless vengeance, he is unprepared to face a new kind of tragedy.

When Tohr begins to see his beloved in his dreams—trapped in a cold, isolated netherworld far from the peace and tranquillity of the Fade—he turns to the angel in hopes of saving the one he has lost. But because Lassiter tells him he must learn to love another to free his former mate, Tohr knows they are all doomed....

Except then a female with a shadowed history begins to get through to him. Against the backdrop of the raging war with the lessers, and with a new clan of vampires vying for the Blind King’s throne, Tohr struggles between the buried past and a very hot, passion-filled future…but can his heart let go and set all of them free?

It’s finally that time—you’re all probably sitting comfortably with a copy of Lover Reborn today, ready to discover Tohr’s story. But what you do need to have handy in addition to the book is one jumbo box of Kleenex. I admit to crying more then once while reading; at one point I had to put the book down and compose myself. Seriously, be warned and get that box of tissues ready!

[Take that moment. Okay. Ready?...]

Mar 26 2012 10:28am

Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 17: Hello, Hottie!

Emma and Jefferson in Once Upon a TimeThis week’s episode starts with Mary Margaret running through the woods; yeah that was it, just a quick scene of her running. Okay then.

(Need to catch up? Check out previous Once Upon a Time recaps: Episode 11 | Episode 12 | Episode 13 | Episode 14 | Episode 15 | Episode 16)

We then have Henry waiting for Emma at the police station—she arrives with Mr. Gold. Henry talks privately with Emma about how the “escape plan” was such a great idea, too bad Emma didn’t know Mary has turned escapee.  Of course Emma takes off to find Mary, driving her old skool VW bug through the woods in the fog. All of the sudden a guy appears, she can’t stop fast enough and he dives into the ditch. She stops the car and helps him up, and Natasha’s jaw hits the sofa bottom. HELLO HOTTIE! Finally! Another hottie to replace the former Sheriff! His name is Jefferson; he’s limping so Emma drives him home.

[Excellent decision, Emma...]

Mar 19 2012 10:24am

Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 16: Mean Snow!

Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White in Once Upon a TimeTalk about dragging out a storyline! Once again, this week’s episode focuses on David/Mary Margaret and Snow/Charming. Charming and Red set out to find Snow, even though we have little clue how Red met up with Charming to begin with. Right as they set out, King George’s knights come to get them, but Red goes all alpha wolf and eats them up while Charming escapes.

Meanwhile, Snow is still living with the seven dwarves and is singing away cleaning in her bedchambers when a blue parrot appears. Snow goes psycho bitch and tries to brain the bird with a broom; thankfully Grumpy comes in and distracts her, and the bird gets out safely.

(Need to catch up? Check out previous Once Upon a Time recaps: Episode 11 | Episode 12 | Episode 13 | Episode 14 | Episode 15)

[Snow White, would-be killer of birds?!...]

Mar 12 2012 10:23am

Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 15: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

David, Emma, and RedWhat first drew me into Once Upon a Time was seeing Little Red Skanking Hood in the first episode. I knew I had to stick with the show just to get her back-story, regardless of how bored I might become (and I have been!). I was hella excited to be the one recapping this episode for you all!

Let’s start out with the blah parts for me: David, Katherine and Mary Margaret’s love triangle.  We all know Katherine is still missing, and David is the prime suspect.  Emma is investigating, but because they can’t find Katherine, technically no crime has been committed thus David can’t be arrested.

(Need to catch up? Check out previous Once Upon a Time recaps: Episode 11 | Episode 12 | Episode 13 | Episode 14)

Mary Margaret, of course, can’t just sit still and sets out to find Katherine herself; apparently she’s better than the police at this point. The whole running into David in the woods in my opinion was cheese; all of the sudden he’s having blackouts again but was fine the entire time Katherine was around?

[The neverending story...]

Mar 2 2012 11:51am

Team H&H Rants! Dr. Drew is Wrong About E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey

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This morning’s Today show discussed E.L. James’s book Fifty Shades of Grey, and the Fifty Shades trilogy in general.

There’s so much wrong with what was said. Where do we start?

[Rants on their way! Full steam ahead!]

Feb 25 2012 3:00pm

True Blood Season Five Demands: Alcide Booty, Alpha Eric, and Mean Bill

We are coming up on the start of Season Five of True Blood debuting this summer.

If you have memory issues like I do, click here to see my recap of True Blood’s Season Four Finale

There, feel like you just went through it all again? Still angry from the events of last season? Moving right along, I present you with my list of demands.

After last season’s weird-ass finale, I have a list of thing that I would like to see happen and things I wished would stop happening. There were so many things that should have happened last season and didn’t, or things that shouldn’t have happened and did….like Tara getting capped, Jesus kicking the bucket, and Rene’s ghostly return.

[Let’s get back on track, shall we?...]

Feb 20 2012 12:02pm

Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 13: Telling Lies

Prince Charming and the Siren*******SPOILERS*******

In the past, there is a beautiful horse drawn carriage that pulls up to the King (Charming’s “father”) and Princess Abigail steps out to speak with him before her wedding. What the King doesn’t want to tell her is that Charming is missing and he has sent his guards out to bring him back. But Charming outsmarts them by jumping over a fallen tree on his horse. Umm, why the hell can’t the guards jump the tree? Are their horses’ legs different from Charming’s horses’ legs? Anyway, Charming ends up getting captured by another set of guards.

(Need to catch up? Check our our previous Once Upon a Time recaps:
Episode 1Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 | Episode 7 | Episode 8 | Episode 9 | Episode 10 | Episode 11 | Episode 12)

Present time, David is with Katherine having dinner when she tells him not only did she apply to law school in Boston, she was accepted and asks him to move with her to start a new life.

[Time to make a move, David...]

Jan 30 2012 11:16am

Once Upon a Time Season 1, Episode 11: Snakes in a Box!

Mary Margaret and David kiss in Once Upon a Time*****SPOILERS*****

Tonight’s episode starts in the present, with Henry riding to the castle playground area on his bike to meet Emma. They notice the storm from last week has damaged the castle and Emma vows to have it fixed. Henry then starts to dig in the sand; he’s been hiding the Once Upon a Time book from Regina in the park, but when he finally gets to the spot, the book is still there. Regina shows up because Henry has an appointment with Archie he is going to be late for. Regina gives Emma hell, as usual.

(Need to catch up? Check our our previous Once Upon a Time recaps:
Episode 1Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 | Episode 7 | Episode 8 | Episode 9 | Episode 10)

Back at the house, Emma tells Mary Margaret what happened, but Mary gets a text from David telling her to meet him and she cuts the conversation short. Sidney ends up coming to speak with Emma about Regina; he’s half in the bag and says he knows how to take Regina down.

[Let the plotting ensue!...]

Jan 25 2012 2:30pm

Fresh Meat: Darynda Jones’s Third Grave Dead Ahead (January 31, 2012)

Third Grave Dead Ahead by Darynda JonesDarynda Jones
Third Grave Dead Ahead
St. Martin’s Press, $23.99/$10.99 digital, January 31, 2012

Paranormal private eye. Grim reaper extraordinaire. Whatever. Charley Davidson is back! And she’s drinking copious amounts of caffeine to stay awake because, every time she closes her eyes, she sees him: Reyes Farrow, the part-human, part-supermodel son of Satan. Yes, she did imprison him for all eternity, but come on. How is she supposed to solve a missing persons case, deal with an ego-driven doctor, calm her curmudgeonly dad, and take on a motorcycle gang hellbent on murder when the devil’s son just won’t give up?

In novels there are all types of funny; there’s the “ha ha” funny, you know the kind that’s in-between “yeah that was funny” and an LOL. Then there’s the fake LOL, you do it everyday on Twitter and Facebook when something is supposed to be funny but you don’t get it, so you LOL in hopes no one calls you on it. But the best kind of funny, at least in my opinion, is LMAO, snarky, self-deprecating humor and we get that full on in Darynda Jones’s Third Grave Dead Ahead.

[LMFAO takes that to a whole ’nother level, huh?...]

Jan 16 2012 12:34pm

Once Upon a Time Episode 9: Sweets and Hotties!

Hansel and Gretel in Once Upon a Time********SPOILERS********

This week’s episode, “True North,” starts with Henry in a store reading a comic book when Ava, a little girl from school, introduces herself to him. She asks if Henry wants to hang out with her and her brother, Nicolas, but when they go to leave the store the clerk stops them. He accuses Henry of stealing; turns out the two kids stole candy and planted it on poor Henry.

(Need to catch up? Check our our past Once Upon a Time Recaps:
Episode 1Episode 2 | Episode 3 | Episode 4 | Episode 5 | Episode 6 | Episode 7 | Episode 8)

[Into the forest we go...]