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Oct 5 2017 8:30am

Nick Giannakis of Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George’s Dirty Boxing is Book Boyfriend Material

Dirty Boxing by Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George

In Dirty Boxing, the first book in the Blood and Glory series by Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt, we meet a commitment-phobic workaholic and an MMA athlete in a sexy second chance romance.

Jules Darcy had a torrid three-week romance with Nick Giannakis in Chicago before she dropped him like a bad habit. Now, a year later, she is in Las Vegas as the new head of marketing for a growing MMA league run by her father. Meanwhile, Nick decided to leave the heartbreak of Chicago behind him and accepted a lucrative contract for the league run by the legendary Craig Darcy...Jules’s father. Imagine the mutual shock as they both realized they worked for the same company. Imagine even further shock and dismay (with a dash of excitement) as it has become apparent that Nick is to be the face of the new marketing campaign.

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Sep 18 2017 8:30am

First Look: Chantal Fernando’s Breaching the Contract (September 18, 2017)

Breaching the Contract by Chantal Fernando

Chantal Fernando
Breaching the Contract (Conflict of Interest Series #1)
Pocket Star / September 18, 2017 / $2.99 digital

In Breaching the Contract by Chantal Fernando, we meet Kat and Tristan who find themselves in an inappropriate office romance and I was here for every tense second of it! I do love a good secret relationship, and Kat and Tristan are pretty hot.

Kat is a hard-working new associate in Tristan’s law firm. His partner, Jaxon, was acting as her mentor until he had to take a sudden leave of absence and left Tristan to take over some of his cases...and the mentoring of Kat. Their mutual attraction makes the transition awkward, and add that the fact that Jaxon and Tristan have much different styles in mentorship, Kat is initially nervous about working under Tristan. Her fears are confirmed when he has her going on coffee runs and babysitting his two kids as opposed to directly helping with cases like she did with Jaxon. Despite all of this, there is some dynamic chemistry sizzling between these two and as Kat spends more time with Tristan and his family, she sees a vulnerable side to him. Likewise, Tristan sees the sharp wit and intelligence that will make Kat a great lawyer one day.

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Jun 23 2017 12:00pm

5 Reasons You Should Listen to Audiobooks

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Audiobooks aren’t new, and certainly with the popularity of apps like Overdrive and Audible, there is more accessibility than ever. Recently I have become obsessed with audiobooks, in no small part because my workload leaves my brain nothing but sludge at the end of the day. If you haven’t listened to a book in a while, this summer is the perfect time to get into the habit. You won’t regret it! Make no mistake however; a terrible narrator or terrible source material can turn you off, but it’s worth the risk and here’s why:

1. It’s the perfect opportunity to reconnect with your favorite reads.

Many moons ago when I discovered The Black Dagger Brotherhood book series, I also discovered Jim Frangione’s voice in the audiobooks, and the same goes for Kimberly Alexis, who has been the voice for most of the Anita Blake series audiobooks. The perfect synergy of voice and source material can take your imagination to another level, just when you think you know the story by heart.

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May 31 2017 2:00pm

What Happened to Your Favorite Scandal Couples in Season 6?

Scandal, Season 6, Episode 15

Show/Episode: Scandal, Season 6 Finale, “Tick Tock”/“Transfer of Power”
Ship(s): Marllie, Olitz, Chinn                      

Scandal Season 6 Captain's Log


This season of Scandal was shorter than previous seasons, clocking in at only 16 episodes as opposed to season 5’s 23 episodes, which means there was no mid-season break. The first part of the season was all about the lead up to the election and election night; every episode peeled off a different layer, revealing each part of a many sided dice controlled by two villains dangerous and resourceful enough to get Abby and even Eli Pope himself over a barrel. Frankie Vargas was assassinated on election night, and the fallout of his murder impacted professional and personal lives, which rippled throughout the rest of the season.

Let’s take it couple by couple, shall we?

Cyrus and Michael:

With Cyrus’s guilt an on again/off again confusion, his rekindled relationship with Tom destroys what happy homelife Cyrus had with Michael. A jilted Tom is part of the frame against Cyrus for Frankie’s murder, but a deathbed (er, floor) confession confirms for Cy that he didn’t accidentally send an unhinged Tom off to kill Frankie. Tom died in prison, still in love with Cyrus and Michael divorced Cyrus, taking Ella with him. 

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Apr 18 2017 12:00pm

Shayla Black Leaves Us Wanting More in More Than Want You

More Than Want You by Shayla Black

More Than Want You by Shayla Black tells the story of a tightly wound arrogant and power hungry realtor who meets his polar opposite, a meditating/yoga bending/karaoke singing free spirit. Take the opposites attract trope and mix it with a dash of a harebrained scheme trope and none of this should work! But damnit, it does and now I’m going to be super impatient until the next book comes out.

Maxon Reed is the number one real estate agent on Maui. I’ll be honest and say I was not sure how much Maxon was going to interest me. Would the high stakes game of luxury real estate keep my attention? The short answer is an emphatic yes! Maxon was presented to us with such brutal honesty and raw emotion by Shayla Black, who wrote the book from his point of view for the most part. That was an especially smart choice because when we first meet Maxon we get a snapshot into how driven he is and how much his work consumes his life; when he sees Keeley for the first time, his instant attraction is muddied by his idea to use Keeley to distract his top competitor, his estranged brother Griff.

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Jan 27 2017 11:00am

Race to the Oval Office: Scandal 6x01 Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Scandal, Season 6, Episode 1 “Survival of the Fittest”
Ship(s): Marllie                    


Scandal 6x01 Captain's Log

At the Season 5 finale, Cyrus switched teams (to the Democrats!) and got himself on Frankie Vargas’ ticket as the Vice President against Mellie, and Liv finally figured out that Daddy Pope has been grooming her for the ultimate position...to wield the power of Command herself. The Season 6 premiere did not disappoint, with an explosion in the first 2 minutes, election results in the first 5 minutes, and an assassination in the first 10 minutes. (It should be mentioned that the Shondaland crew filmed this episode in August, well before the current election.)

Well, Mellie lost the election. The heartbreaking conversation Olivia had to have with Mellie to make the call conceding the election was Scandal and television at its finest. Olivia had already “taken a minute” to grieve the election, even with half an assist from Fitz, but when Liv put her game face back on and had to coach Mellie through that phone call...it certainly punched a lot of people right in the feels. And right when we thought we were recovering with those two over a bottle of bubbly, President Elect Frankie Vargas was shot, live on air. It appeared at first to be a lone gunman, but Liv knows how these things work and she runs first to her father, who is expecting her visit. Papa Pope assures Olivia he had nothing to do with the shooting, but asks her to think about who would benefit the most from Vargas being out of the way...Cyrus Beene.

[Oh the tangled web...]

Dec 19 2016 11:00am

A Change of Heart: Empire Midseason Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Empire, Season 3, Episode 9, “A Furnace For Your Foe”
Ship(s): Cookie and Lucious Angelo

Empire, 3x09, Captain's Log

The first half of this season has been as shocking and dramatic as you would expect. The biggest surprise this season, however, has been the romance between Cookie and city councilman Angelo Dubois (played by Taye Diggs) that has stuck. However, this is Empire, and ther are plenty of moments that surprised and shocked me. Here are my top moments of Empire’s top moments of the season so far:

Cookie Gets a New Man                   

Cookie meets Angelo when he and Jamal have a disagreement on a local radio show and it results in Jamal and Angelo working together to benefit Angelo’s teen summit group. They had a rocky start; despite the fact that Lucious is married to Anika to keep her from testifying against him, he is pulling out all the stops to remind Cookie of the “good old days”. However, Angelo’s charm and persistence after a few false starts begins to win Cookie over. Angelo is a polished, educated, and seemingly bourgeois politician. However, he proves time and again that he man enough to handle Cookie and deserves her. (See some of the moments below.) Empire is making me believe in Angelo, but we all know that Lucious is on the prowl and if he can’t have Cookie, no one can.

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Sep 22 2016 11:30am

You Want a To-Go Plate? Empire Season 3, Episode 1 Cookie/Lucious Heart-to-Heart

Empire Season 3, Episode 1 "Kill or Be Killed"

Show/Episode: Empire Season 3, Episode 1, “Light in Darkness”
Ship(s): Cookie/Lucious

Captain's Log, Empire 3x01

When we left the Lyons at the Season 2 finale, pregnant Kitty Boo Boo, a.k.a. Anika, and Rhonda were fighting on the balcony at the venue of the very impromptu nuptials of Anika and Lucious. When Season 3 opens, we find out the fate of the women involved...and Anika managed to push Rhonda over the edge right in front of Andre; her body fell on top of the car that was meant for Grandma Leah. Andre had murder on his mind and started choking Anika, but her water broke and his protective instincts for the baby overrode his revenge for Rhonda. That was before the opening credits.

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Sep 14 2016 8:30am

Black Dagger Brotherhood Speculation: Will Selena Return?

The Shadows by J.R. Ward

Will Selena be reincarnated?

Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers for J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood include for the books, The Shadows and The Beast. 

Back in April, J.R. Ward teased us all and sent this message out via Facebook:

J.R. Ward
Do you believe in reincarnation? Trez will. #HEA

This of course sent tongues wagging and mouths gasping and the possibilities ran through fan’s heads. Does this actually mean the late Selena, Trez’s Happily Ever After, may be returning to the Black Dagger Brotherhood universe? In a heart wrenching turn in The Shadows, Trez loved and lost the beautiful Chosen known as Selena to a debilitating disease called the Arrest. The Arrest affects the Chosen by freezing their muscles for longer and longer episodes, eventually turning the Chosen into stone over time, which is horrible to watch if you are a loved one. We read The Shadows and grieved with Trez, who came to terms with the fact that he will see his beloved Selena in the fade. The fact that J.R. Ward (also known as the WARDen to super fans) was hinting that reincarnation is on the table for Selena is shocking and exciting. Then this past weekend, there was this:

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Aug 15 2016 2:30pm

The 5 Reasons You Should Always Read Kit Rocha

Beyond Shame by Kit Rocha

Maybe you have heard me say this before, but just in case you haven’t, I am going to say it again: If you haven’t been reading the Beyond series by Kit Rocha, I don’t know what you are doing with your life. In fact, you need to catch up because this series is just about to come to an end! There is just one book left before we close the door on some of my favorite characters.

For the uninitiated, the Beyond series focuses on the O’Kane crew, a gang of bootleggers led by the charismatic Dallas O’Kane who is considered the king of Sector Four. In this dystopian landscape there are several sectors full of hard living people; the sectors surround the city Eden, full of the rich, elite, and politicians. Eden is full of repressive rules, but plenty of the rich people who live there use the talents of those in the sectors to supply their vices. Each book focuses on the HEA (Happily Ever After) of a particular relationship, but the overall arc of the Beyond series focuses on freedom, revolution, loyalty, and family (blood and chosen.) This series has everything: action, adventure, seriously sexy times, and plenty of intrigue. There are several reasons to read the Beyond books, but I narrowed it down to five:

[Top 5 reasons to read Kit Rocha...]

Jul 20 2016 10:00am

First Look: J.R. Ward’s The Angels’ Share (July 26, 2016)

The Angels' Share by J.R. Ward

J.R. Ward
The Angels' Share (Bourbon Kings #2)
NAL / July 26, 2016 / $28.00 print, $14.99 digital

The Angels' Share is the second book of J.R. Ward’s The Bourbon Kings series, and in true Ward fashion she weaves a captivating story and tells it by her own rules. The saga of the Bradford Bourbon Company and the family that runs it continues right where The Bourbon Kings left off. Full of delicious drama, devious deeds, and plot twists, The Angels' Share will be the beach read you need to finish out the summer.

This will be a spoiler-free review, but there are two quick caveats; 1) a significant death in the first book is the driving force for the second book and 2) those that expect a Happily Ever After for any romantic couples this time around will have to stick around and ride the drama train to the next book. (A book I already want, by the way.) Ward continues the episodic storytelling she began in the The Bourbon Kings; we see the world through the narration of the major players in the game and yet they still manage to surprise us with secrets kept close to their chest.

[Drama, deviousness, and plot twists...]

Jun 8 2016 3:30pm

Violetta Rand’s Loving Lucas is Made Out of (Book) Boyfriend Material

In the fast paced amatuer motocross world, these true weekend warriors race, party, grill, and drink. If you are Karlie Augustine, that means you are doing all of these things and smiling on the outside while hiding on the inside a long term relationship with an abusive bastard. Way past tired and realizing her mortality could be at stake one weekend, it was finally enough for Karlie and she was brave enough to make a public exit with the support of her two best friends (her high school best friend and her best friend’s boyfriend.)

When the situation looked like it might be escalating to a violent one for everyone involved a tall, hot stranger named Lucas Lafontaine entered the scene and literally saved the day. The fact that Lucas was a police officer was just the icing on the cake. Lucas knew from the moment he laid eyes on Karlie that he wanted her and despite the fact that she just just got out of a terrible relationship, he also knew he would do whatever he could to keep Karlie around until she was ready to reciprocate those feelings. In Violetta Rand’s Loving Lucas, we find out what happens when a young woman hooks up with a good guy who has a bad boy edge.

[Our favorite kind...]

May 27 2016 11:00am

Shock and Lyon Claws: Empire Season 2 Finale Cookie/Lucious Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Empire Season 2 Finale, Episode 18, “Past is Prologue”
Ship(s): Cookie and Lucious

Empire Season 2 Finale Captains Log

It’s never dull in the land of the Lyon clan. Tea was spilled, bitches were called out, fights ensued, people died, one came back from the dead, and shots were fired. Yes, yes, yes! The second half of Empire was everything and more, and through it all Cookie and Lucious continued to have the best chemistry in the worst family.

When we left the Lyons Rhonda was in the hospital because she was pushed down the stairs by an unknown person; best guesses went to Anika and we found out later on in the season that that guess was correct. Rhonda lost her baby, Andre went a little off the rails, but managed to pull himself back, and this was happening all while Camilla was running Empire with Hakeem as her new toy and CEO. Despite Hakeem’s anger at Lucious, Cookie convinces ‘Keem to be loyal to the family, and he sends a sex tape of himself and Camilla to her wife. This ends in a murder-suicide when Lucious catches Camilla killing Mimi and convinces her to kill herself. Lucious and Thirsty stayed busy doing felonious things, and Cookie stayed busy doing Cirque du Soleil quality antics to try and keep her family from killing each other.

[Oh good...]

May 20 2016 12:00pm

Scandal Season 5 Finale Olake Heart-to-Heart

Show/Episode: Scandal Season 5 Finale
Ship(s): Olivia/Jake (Olake)

Scandal Olake Heart-to-Heart

At the mid-season finale, Olitz was caput, Jake went home to Command, and Abby was just starting to properly fill the shoes of a White House Chief of Staff. Six months later, the Primary presidential race is on and it is dirty. (The team at Shondaland proved that truth was indeed stranger than fiction; at the Paley Center panel she confirmed that they had to go do quick rewrites when current presidential candidates actually said some of the over the top statements that were already part of Scandal scripts!)

The second half of this season introduced us to different versions of the characters we thought we knew so well. Olivia is a harder, colder Liv as she is still suffering from PTSD and her breakup with Fitz; Abby has realized how close she is to the power of the Oval Office and decides to make grabs for power, even if it means making an enemy of Olivia; Tom is sleeping with Cyrus (!), David is sleeping with Liz AND Susan, Mellie and Marcus have crushes on each other, and Jake appears to be domesticated under Command’s tutelage. There is never a dull moment in Shonda’s Washington.

[Never Ever...]

Apr 26 2016 10:00am

Kissing Angels and Fighting Demons: Top Eva/Gideon Moments from Sylvia Day’s Crossfire Series

Crossfire series by Sylvia Day

Editor's Note: This post is meant for superfans of Sylvia Day's Crossfire series as it contains spoilers from all 5 books. If you haven't read all the books yet...what are you still doing here!?—go get a copy now! Bonus, we are currently running a super awesome Crossfire sweepstakes, enter for a chance to win some great prizes. 

Gideon Cross and Eva Tramell are destined to be one of modern romance's top power couples. Gideon is the compelling and wealthy young man who is used to getting what he wants in his personal life as well as his professional life; his past haunts him, but when Gideon lays eyes on Eva Tramell, he sees the future. Eva is not unfamiliar with the lifestyle of affluent society, but with her father’s humble roots to ground her, she is focused on being a happy, healthy, and independent woman; the beautiful Gideon Cross could crush her like a tidal wave if she isn’t careful, but she knows just how to deal with her man. These two have a relationship that spans five books, and there are many defining moments in the series. These are the cream of the crop:

[Eva and Gideon's love ...]

Apr 5 2016 11:00am

First Look: Sylvia Day’s One With You (April 5, 2016)

One With You by Sylvia Day

Sylvia Day
One With You (Crossfire #5)
St. Martin's Griffin / April 5, 2016 / $15.99 print, $9.99 digital

FROM #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLING AUTHOR SYLVIA DAY The final chapter in the global blockbuster Crossfire quintet Gideon Cross. Falling in love with him was the easiest thing I’ve ever done. It happened instantly. Completely. Irrevocably. Marrying him was a dream come true. Staying married to him is the fight of my life. Love transforms. Ours is both a refuge from the storm and the most violent of tempests. Two damaged souls entwined as one.

It has been a dark and dangerous road, but finally (squee!) Sylvia Day’s long awaited finale to the Crossfire series, One with You, is here and it is everything us fans deserve; like having a crisp and full bodied wine after a delicious steak dinner we are left sated, buzzed, and with a smile on our faces. Ace and his Angel get the HEA they deserve, but of course it’s not without enduring a few final bumps in the road.

From the moment Gideon Cross spotted Eva going into the Cross building, he was struck with the thunderbolt called love and his obsession with Eva Tramell began. The end of Captivated by You left the couple in a shakily firm place; their whirlwind courtship had barely survived past abuse, past lovers, and overzealous family members but Eva and Gideon made the commitment to be together, literally, in a secret marriage ceremony. One with You opens pretty much where Captivated ends, with our happy couple enjoying their version of domestic bliss. Eva has set some boundaries in their relationship; Gideon hates them, but he loves Eva, so he is following her lead...for now.

[One with these final pages ...]

Apr 5 2016 11:00am


Here you have it: It's FINALLY HEREA complete play-by-play of all of the events in Sylvia Days’s One With You, out today. This post is made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended only as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back. (There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of One With You here to whet your appetite).




***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished One With You.  This is a post to discuss the entire book. There’s a non-spoiler-y First Look of One With You here.***

[Spoilers for One With You below ...]

Mar 10 2016 2:00pm

Country Fantasies: J.R. Ward’s Bourbon Kings Fantasy Casting

FC: Bourbon Kings - Aidan Turner as Jonathan Tulane “Lane” Baldwine

Fans of J.R. Ward are very familiar with her paranormal series like The Black Dagger Brotherhood and The Fallen Angels were probably surprised this past summer when she released the contemporary, but Downton Abbey-esque, The Bourbon Kings. This delicious first read about a Kentucky family with a prosperous bourbon business that is generations old was picked up by NBC to develop a pilot for television. The Bourbon Kings has quite a cast of characters; here is my fantasy cast of actors that I think could realistically step into these roles:

Aidan Turner as Jonathan Tulane “Lane” Baldwine

Character Bio: Lane is the youngest of the three sons; including his younger sister there are four Baldwine children. Known as a playboy, Lane found love with Lizzie King, the head horticulturalist at his mother’s family estate, Easterly. After that relationship went sour for good reason, he fled to New York and has been there for two years. However, when news comes that his “Mamma”, Miss Aurora (the woman who actually raised him) has fallen ill at Easterly, he returns home to an estate filled with drama, intrigue, and maybe once again, love. Image Source

Why Aidan? Some people know Aidan Turner as either a dwarf in The Hobbit, a vampire from the BBC series Being Human, or from the BBC series Poldark. No, he isn’t Channing Tatum but he is hot as sin to look at, and has a sexy vulnerability perfect for Lane. Also, I would love to hear him pull off a southern American accent. J.R. Ward has said Channing Tatum was the inspiration for Lane, but considering the fact that Channing is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, he won’t have time for an NBC show. Described in the book with short, dark hair and of course, insanely handsome, Aidan fits this bill just fine for me.

[Be my king ...]

Feb 29 2016 1:00pm

First Look: Jasinda Wilder Exposed (March 1, 2016)

Exposed by Jasinda Wilder

Jasinda Wilder
Exposed (Madame X #2)
Berkley / March 1, 2016 / $15.00 print, $7.99 digital

New York Times bestselling author Jasinda Wilder presents the second darkly seductive novel starring the mysterious Madame X.
My name is Madame X.
My life is not my own.
But it could be...
Everything Madame X has ever known is contained within the four walls of the penthouse owned by her lover, her keeper—the man who controls her every move and dominates her desires.
While Caleb owns her body, someone else has touched her soul. X’s awakening at the hands of Logan’s raw, honest masculinity has led her down a new path, one that is as exciting as it is terrifying.
But Caleb’s need to own X completely knows no bounds, and he isn’t about to let her go. Not without a fight that could destroy them all...

Madame X is back in Exposed, book two of Jasinda Wilder’s sultry Madame X series. All of the erotic, noir-influenced mystery that I loved in the first book is back—and then some!

[It's delicious seduction wrapped around a meaty plot ...]

Feb 19 2016 9:30am

First Look: Lori Foster’s Fighting Dirty (February 23, 2016)

Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster

Lori Foster
Fighting Dirty (Ultimate #4)
HQN Books / February 23, 2016 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

He's the hottest MMA fighter in the game, but one woman is ready to try out a few steamy moves of her own in an unforgettable new novel from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster 

With the life he's led and the muscles he's gained, Armie Jacobson isn't afraid of anything. Except maybe Merissa Colter's effect on him. It's not just that she's his best friend's little sister. Fact is, she deserves better. Women pursue him for one night of pleasure, and that's all he wants to offer. Until rescuing Merissa from a robbery leads to the most erotic encounter of his life.  

Good girl meets bad boy. It's a story that rarely ends well. But Merissa is taking matters into her own hands. No matter how he views himself, the Armie she knows is brave, honorable and completely loyal. And as past demons and present-day danger collide, they're both about to learn what's truly worth fighting for…

Fighting Dirty by Lori Foster is a hot across the tracks romance set in the ever popular Mixed Martial Arts sport genre. Merissa aka Rissy and Armie have the worst kept secret in the gym; they have the hots for each other and they have for a long time. Will they be able to brave her brother’s potential wrath for a real love?

[Dating a friend's sibling is never easy ...]