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Feb 2 2017 2:00pm

Jumping Back into Brenda Jackson with Forged in Desire

Forged in Desire by Brenda Jackson

Sometimes looking at the body of work of a romance author as accomplished as Brenda Jackson can be a little bit intimidating. Brenda has so many wonderful books out in the world and as a reader who sees a series like the Westmorelands and the Madaris family as a clear reason why I need to quit my job, and abandon my friends and family just so I can catch up, Forged in Desire, the first book in The Protectors series was a great place to jump back into Mrs. Jackson’s catalog. Who doesn’t love the start of a new series?!

After over six weeks serving on a jury for the trial of ultra criminal, Murphy Erickson, Margo Connelly is more than ready to get home so she can resume her life and her business as a wedding dress designer. I didn’t blame her one bit. Jury duty is an important civic duty and emotionally exhausting as all get out. Plus Margo can’t even carry out said duty without being creeped on by a fellow juror with the case of the hots. Margo has earned some peace and quiet, but first she needs to survive.

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Nov 16 2016 3:00pm

5 Books from 2016 That Will Get You Through the Rest of the Year

2016 has been a very interesting year. I personally think that 2016 is trying to kill me, but luckily there has been plenty of romance to keep me company while whoever else is clearly dead set on finding and breaking the seventh seal is hard at work making the rest of us cringe our way into 2017. In the spirit of self-care and chasing that feel-good feeling, here a five books I’ve glommed in the last few weeks that made me believe in love and humanity again. Hope they can put a smile on your face as the year comes to a close.

Perv by Dakota Gray

Perv by Dakota Gray

What’s it about?

Revenge has never tasted so sweet.

I'm honest about what I am. You want to screw until you can't see straight? I'm your guy. You want to experience the best oral orgasm of your life, don't pass go and collect two-hundred dollars. Eating you for dessert is my specialty. I live for that. Skinny, average or meat on your bones, I don't care. Blonde, brunette...white, Asian, black...  Are you pink where it counts? Then you're my type.  I'm your guy.

For the duration of our affair, I will call you Sugar because I can't bother to retain your name.

That's the kind of man I am, and you will know that going in. I make sure of it. So it's not my fault her friend loved me, but She is going to make me pay for that. And I'm too addicted to her taste to walk away.

Why you should read it? HOMG! THE SEX! The sex is so dang hot. Also there’s this amazing enemies to lovers to partners who still have mind blowing sex thing going on. The build up and the teasing, the revenge flirting, it’s all so, so good.

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Sep 27 2016 11:08am

So For Real: Exclusive Excerpt

Rebekah Weatherspoon

So For Real: A Sugar Baby Novella Kindle Edition by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Even the best laid plans can go completely off the rails…

After pulling off the perfect wedding, Kayla Davis, now Kayla Bradbury need only sit back and enjoy her wonderful life with her amazing husband, internet billionaire and NBA franchise owner, Michael Bradbury. The two are so head over heels for each other that finding creative ways to extend their honeymoon a whole year seems like the only logical next step in their fool-proof plan for happiness.

Too bad life has other ideas for the newlyweds. With personnel hiccups in her small business, a husband balancing dual CEO responsibilities, and news that there will be not one, but two unexpected additions to the Bradbury crew, Kayla needs to totally reconfigure her life if she has any hope of keeping things afloat.

Get a sneak peek at Rebekah Weatherspoon's So For Real (available November 1, 2016) with an exclusive excerpt of a selected scene.

They say marry your best friend, but Michael was more than that to me. He really was my soulmate, the filling in my heart pie, and we got to kick it together until death do us part. I was fucking excited just to start.

[Read the full So For Real excerpt...]

Jul 6 2016 11:00am

It’s All About the (Perfect) Timing in Mia Hopkins’ Cowboy Player

Cowboy Player by Mia Hopkins

Mia Hopkins’s Cowboy Player is the third in the Cowboy Cocktail series following the MacKinnon brothers, hot cowboys who need to leak the whereabouts of their closest hunky male relative because I want one. Friends since childhood, Melody and Clark work together, selling the best of the Mackinnon Family beef product. Just out of a long term relationship and after losing both theirparents, Melody has been focused on getting her younger sister off to her next phase in life. And now that Harmony seems to be old enough to stand on her own Clark takes the opportunity to make his move on big sister. No spoilers, but Hopkins sets up the lifelong friends-to-lovers situation perfectly. It's all about timing, people.

[Giddy up...]

Apr 25 2016 10:05am

First Look: Elle Wright’s Her Kind of Man (April 26, 2016)

Her Kind of Man by Elle Wright

Elle Wright
Her Kind of Man (Edge of Scandal #3)
Forever / April 26, 2016 / $5.99 print & digital

The third and final book in Elle Wright’s Edge of Scandal series, Her Kind of Man is an intense friends to lovers romance that follows Allina Parker as she tries to rid herself of her abusive fiance once and for all, while she simultaneously finally comes to terms with her feelings for her best friend, Kent.

The story opens some weeks before Allina is due to marry Isaac Hunter. Instead of preparing for her wedding to the pastor in her new home in Ohio, Allina’s been hiding out in Michigan, using the birth of her friend’s baby as an excuse to avoid all the plans and, seemingly, Isaac. She’s given up everything for him; her dream job, her home and any hope of a future with Kent.

[But there's hope, right!?]

Feb 24 2016 4:30pm

Video Game Professionals Discover Love in Cathy Yardley’s Level Up

Level Up by Cathy Yardley

Geeky introvert Tessa Rodriguez will do whatever it takes to get promoted to video game engineer–including create a fandom-based video game in just three weeks. The only problem is, she can't do it alone. Now, she needs to strong-arm, cajole, and otherwise socialize with her video game coworkers, especially her roommate, Adam, who’s always been strictly business with her. The more they work together, though, the closer they get…

Adam London has always thought of his roomie Tessa as “one of the guys” until he agreed to help her with this crazy project. Now, he’s thinking of her all the time… and certainly as something more than just a roommate! But his last girlfriend broke up with him to follow her ambitions, and he knows that Tessa is obsessed with getting ahead in the video game world.

Going from friends to something more is one hell of a challenge. Can Tessa and Adam level up their relationship to love?

Ever since reading Koko Brown’s The Viking Wants Forever I’ve been on the prowl for more geek girl heroines. I’m also looking for more heroines of color so when Cathy Yardley’s Level Up popped up on my radar I knew I had to have it. This is Yardley’s first book in the Fandom Hearts series and I’m hoping there are at least five more books, I loved all the ladies in this book that much.

[Found another awesome book ...]

Dec 30 2015 9:30am

First Look: Karen Booth’s Pregnant by the Rival CEO (January 1, 2016)

Pregnant By The Rival CEO by Karen Booth

Karen Booth
Pregnant by the Rival CEO
Harlequin / January 5, 2016 / $5.25 print, $3.99 digital

It was just business. And then she got pregnant…

Anna Langford is ready to be CEO of the family business, but her brother won't give up control. When she sees the opportunity for a major deal, she goes for it, even though it means working with Jacob Lin, her brother's former best friend, the guy she's never quite gotten over—the man her brother now despises. A successful venture capitalist, Jacob makes ruthless moves. And Anna has given him the perfect chance to take revenge on her brother…

What starts as business turns into romance—until Anna learns of Jacob's motives. And an unplanned pregnancy presents them both with the greatest challenge they've ever faced.

A follow up to That Night with the CEO, Karen Booth catches up with the Langford family and things aren’t pretty. The family business, LangTel, is having a little trouble and the baby sister of the bunch, Anna Langford, is anxious to save it with an acquisition she’s convinced with revive the company. In order to “seal the deal” she has to do business with Jacob Lin, her brother Adam’s ex best friend and business partner. Anna had a thing for Jacob once upon time and even tried to act on it, but for the sake of his friendship with her brother, Jacob stiff-armed Anna before she could negotiate a first kiss. It’s been years, but Anna still thinks about that night, recalling it vividly when she runs into Jacob again.

[More with the Langford family ...]

Dec 21 2015 2:00pm

H&H Bloggers Recommend: Best Reads of 2015, Part 2

Radiance by Grace Draven

Each month, we ask our bloggers to share the best thing they’ve read (or things, plural, if our bloggers declare a tie ’cause they just can’t choose). It doesn’t have to be a new book, as evidenced below; just something that made the month sparkle a bit more.

It's the end of the year now, and so we've asked them for their top three books that made the year in reading so memorable. Without further ado, here's Part 2 (of four parts) of our bloggers best reads of 2015—and don't forget to check out Part 1, and stay tuned for Part 3 and Part 4:

Maggie Boyd:

My number one pick for Best of 2015 is Radiance by Grace Draven. I've re-read this book numerous times since purchasing it and have recommended it to anyone who stands still long enough to listen. It's the story of an arranged marriage between two different species - Brishen Khaskem is a prince of the Kai, a second son whose only marital worth is to secure an allegiance. Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, is valuable only as a pawn in a strategic marriage. To the Kai, the Gauri look repellent with their round eyes, square teeth and mollusk colored skin. To the Gauri the Kai look like monsters with their razor sharp claws, fang like teeth and eel like coloring. But brave hearts and compassionate souls are the makeup of our hero and heroine and they forge a bond that transcends cultural boundaries and resonates with love.

[More greats reads for the end of the year ...]

Dec 12 2015 2:00pm

#12RomComsofXMas: A Holiday Binge-Watch List

The 12 Gifts of Christmas

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It’s that time of year again, Christmas time. That magical time of year when cable and network tv pumping out more holiday related programming than one can handle. Last year I found all the glorious ABCFamily Christmas romantic comedies Netflix had to offer. I highly recommend Christmas Cupid and 12 Dates of Christmas. After spending the last few months buried in superheroes—We get it, Hollywood. You’re never going to make romantic comedies, again—I am more than ready to dive back into the cheesy holiday, romancy goodness.

ABCFamily has stopped producing these gems, but luckily Hallmark, Lifetime, Ion and UP have picked up the slack. There are so many to chose from, by my preliminary count at least thirty-eight different holiday themed rom-coms are airing between now and December 31st. Here’s a short list of the movie I feel I cannot miss.

12 Gifts of Christmas

When Anna, an unemployed painter, is unable to make ends meet, she is hired to become a personal Christmas shopper for Marc, an uptight corporate exec. As they work together, Marc learns that Christmas giving has less to do with the amount of money spent and more to do with the importance of the gift, while Anna discovers she might find success as an artist in a way she never expected. Stars Katrina Law, Aaron O'Connell and Donna Mills.

I’ve loved Katrina Law since the first time I marathoned Spartacus and the guy in this movie has a jaw that could cut glass. Count me in.

[Us too!]

Dec 9 2015 12:00pm

Love Bends Space and Time in Koko Brown’s The Viking Wants Forever

The Viking Wants Forever by Koko Brown

This is my first Koko Brown story. The cover snagged my attention, because come on dude, look at that back. I’d heard the heroine was black and that made me a little nervous because the story involves time-travel. Not modern-day black lady traveling back to 18th century Virginia nervous, but still a little nervous. The light tone of the blurb, though,  immediately put some of my fears at ease. The idea of a comic book nerd tangling with Loki hinted at the levity I needed to take on this story, and I’m glad I put my fears for Reese’s general safety aside and jumped into the story.

Reese Johnson is having a crap day, but I have to say I love the way her day is set up. She manages a comic book store in Florida and after a failed attempt at securing a raise, she tries to drown her sorrows in a game of D&D and with her coworker-friends. The reality of how little her boss values her pushes Reese to her limits, forcing her to quit her job before their game can even get started. She’s ready to head out into the world to chase her dreams of launching her own comic, but she’s not going anywhere until her character is wiped off the mystical map so her friends can keep their game going.

In a huff Reese refuses to pay proper homage to her friend’s mention of the Norse god, Loki and this is where the fun really begins. The next day, Reese wakes up a one thousand years in the past, and to get back home she must carry out a quest; steal a gem stone from Viking ruler and all around stud, Eirik Sigurdsson and deliver it to Loki.

[Forever with a viking in space ...]

Nov 18 2015 4:30pm

Victoria Dahl Plays Your Heartstrings Like A Banjo With Harlot

Here’s the deal. I went in for the sex, okay? A few years ago I picked up The Wicked West (Victoria Dahl writing as Holly Summers, the pseudonym of the heroine in Talk Me Down). I’m a sucker for historical Westerns and I love erotic romances. Mix the two and I’m in heaven. The Wicked West gave me exactly what I wanted. The smoking hot sexy times, mixed with the dirt under the nails and buck baths that come with the old West setting. When I heard about Harlot, I almost broke my nail on that one-click pre-order button. I was ready for more of Dalh’s brand of old timey sexy times. Yeah, yeah, I read the disclaimer on her website.

Warning: Harlot is an erotic romance and is darker than most of my books. Be prepared for a little wrongness. Just the right amount of wrong, hopefully.

Bring on the dark wrongness! Bring it! I was ready and, again, I got exactly what I wanted. Harlot is filled with drool-worthy sex scenes between a couple who has waited years to finally share a bed. But I got something else I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t expecting to feel all the feels. I wasn’t expecting to be up in the middle of the night, pretending I wasn’t dashing tears out of the corners of my eyes while I stared at my e-reader.

[Change your reading experience with this book ...]

Nov 11 2015 4:00pm

A Modern Cinderella Meets Her Rugged Prince in Sugar Jamison’s The Bad Boy CEO

As hard as they try, the King brothers cannot hide from Destiny. Nevada that is. After a horrible childhood, Duke, Levi, and our hero Colt King struck out together to make a life for themselves. The boys, who make up the three prongs of the King’s Customs Empire, do better than well, achieving millionaire status in the years since they high-tailed it out of town. The Bad Boy CEO, Book 1 in Sugar Jamison’s The Bad Boys of Destiny series, belongs to middle brother, Colt.

No one hates, Destiny and most of it’s residents like Colt King. He’s the brains of the operation, the money making genius that made the success of King’s Customs possible, success that allowed them to stay away for so long. Tall, dark, and buff, Colt is a hard egg to crack, though it’s clear early on that he has a huge heart. Even though he often butts heads with older brother, Duke there’s no doubt that they care deeply, and would do anything for each other.

Life is interrupted when their Aunt Lolly calls them back to their hometown of Destiny. Aunt Lolly’s heal has taken a turn and on the surface, it appears that Lolly simply needs the boys to help her get some duck in a row. Her hair salon is failing, as are many of the businesses in town. She knows Colt is the perfect person to bring money back to the salon, but she ulterior motives in bringing the boys back to town. Both, Duke and Levi and have their own issues to deal with in Destiny, while Aunt Lolly shoves Colt right into path, and shot gun barrell, of the gorgeous woman renting a room under Lolly’s roof.

[Guess family fixing you up isn't always a bad thing ...]

Nov 26 2014 11:00am

5 Reasons You Need to See Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights movie posterI usually save my movie watching for Sunday mornings; fewer people, slightly cheaper movie tickets, and I like to pretend that popcorn, soda, and mozzarella sticks make up a perfectly reasonable brunch menu. But I couldn’t make it around to Sunday to see Beyond the Lights.

I had to see it IMMEDIATELY so dragged my butt to the theater, mid-week, and boy-howdy am I glad I did. I’m probably going to see it again in theaters this week. Here are 5 reasons I think YOU should go see Beyond The Lights too:

1. Pure, concentrated romance.

There is no way to stress this enough, Beyond the Lights is a one hundred percent, by the book romance. All the beats are there; the meet-cute, which happens to be a wee on the traumatic side, the magical first kiss followed by the pretty righteous first sex. You’ve got your troubled heroine looking for a way out.

[Intense romance, you say? We are in...]

Nov 5 2014 1:00pm

Widows and Kind Ranchers in Leigh Greenwood’s To Love and To Cherish

To Love and To Cherish by Leigh Greenwood

Leigh Greenwood's To Love and To Cherish offers the second installment in the Cactus Creek series. Cactus Creek, Arizona is home to small group of settlers, most from the same town in Kentucky. You might spy Naomi and Colby from the first Cactus Creek novel—they and the whole town appear to be under the tight control of the Spencer family, the town's primary financiers.

We meet Laurie Spencer, the heroine, the day of her husband’s funeral. Laurie’s parents forced her to marry the man to position themselves and their daughter in better economic circumstances. After his death, it seems the only person in town who will miss Noah Spencer is his brother Norman, the town banker and the man determined to make Laurie’s life miserable, since Noah no longer has the honor. Laurie has other plans however. Restricted by all that is proper and appropriate, Laurie is prepared to live out her widowhood as a single lady in Cactus Creek. All she needs is her inheritance from Noah. It’s a fine plan until Norman makes it painfully clear that his is going to the stipulations of Noah’s will a little too seriously.

[Sounds prickly!...]

Oct 30 2014 9:05am

Jane the Virgin 1x03 Recap: No Fireflies Were Hurt in the Making of This Episode

Rafael and Jane in Jane the Virgin Season 1 episode 3, 1x03Are you loving the high drama of telenovella-based Jane the Virgin? It's miraculous! Join us each week as we track Jane, Rafael, and Michael's love triangle, as well as other...complicated...relationships!

Beware! This recap contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 3 (also known as “Chapter 3) of Jane the Virgin. Read with caution!

So where we were? Jane is still pregnant with her old flame/current boss’s baby. She’s still engaged to Michael. Her mother, Xiomara is still sleeping with Jane’s father, who, Jane doesn’t know about. Petra is still going for her Oscar for the role of caring wife and mother to-be. And Zaz is still dead, impaled on an ice sculpture.

“Chapter Three” opens with young Jane making a wishing on a firefly. Jane gets boobs and then gets the first boyfriend she’s always wanted, but loses the boy when she tells him that she’s waiting to get married until she has sex. Xiomara says she shouldn’t lead with that when it comes to make out time, but Grandma Alba insists that a lie of omission is still a lie. The right man will wait. Teen Jane makes a wish that she would find the right guy…

[Question is, who's the right guy?...]

Oct 22 2014 11:30am

Jane the Virgin 1x02 Recap: Milkshakes and Hot Dads

Are you loving the high drama of telenovella-based Jane the Virgin? It's miraculous! Join us each week as we track Jane, Rafael, and Michael's love triangle, as well as the other...complicated...relationships!

Beware! This recap contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 2 of Jane the Virgin. Read with Caution!

This recap contains spoilers for all episodes this season.

When we last left Jane, she’d been accidentally inseminated with her boss/old crush’s sperm. She got pregnant, didn’t want to keep the baby, decided to keep the baby and then she got engaged. Please see the Episode 1 recap for the abundance of other crazy stuff that happened in just 44 minutes.

Episode 2 opens with a flashback to Jane’s quinceañera where her mother, Xiomara, sang a rousing rendition of Kelis’s “Milkshake,” much to Jane’s horror. In the action packed present, Jane’s called a family meeting with her abuela Alba, Xiomara, and her new fiance, Michael, to discuss her plans moving forward. Jane makes it clear that this baby will not derail her life in any way. In fact she won’t even be calling it a baby. She declares that the baby will further be referred to as The Milkshake.

[That's guaranteed to make us hungry...]

Oct 15 2014 9:45am

Thoughts on Jane the Virgin 1x01: Introducing the Holy Trinity—Jane, Michael, and Rafael

Jane the VirginBeware! This recap contains spoilers for Season 1, Episode 1 of Jane the Virgin. Read with Caution!

I’ve seen posters for Jane the Virgin all over Los Angeles and decided to check it out because American television has a problem when it comes to representing women of color. I was psyched to meet this cast, but I didn’t expect episode 1 to be so dang juicy.

“Jane” is loosely based on the telenova out of Venezuela called Juana Le Virgen, created by writer/producer/director Perla Farías.

Chapter One opens with our narrator, voiced by Anthony Mendez, introducing us to Jane Villanueva, a somewhat pensive ten year old whose interests include God, her family, and the perfect grilled cheese sandwich. Jane is getting a lesson in the precious value of her virginity from her grandmother, Alba (who speaks only Spanish throughout the episode) as her young mother, Xiomara sits by, pointing out the ridiculousness of the situation. Jane takes the lesson to heart though, crushing a white flower in her fist, per her grandmother's instructions, to drive home the point that once a flower has been destroyed it can’t be brought back to life. Way to keep it light, Grandma A.

[We have a feeling this experience is going to stay with young Jane...]

May 29 2014 3:30pm

Take Me Away: Top Five Romantic Getaways…And The Heroes to Pack with You!

Pleasure Under the Sun by Lindsay EvansIn Lindsay Evans’s contemporary romance, Pleasure Under the Sun, the heroine Bailey Hughes is swept off on a romantic week abroad by her sexy hero, artist Seven Carmichael. The two start their journey aboard a yacht off Miami’s shores, sail to Key West, then find true love and lust on the island nation of Jamaica.

These days, a vacation for me means forty-eight uninterrupted hours of Netflix bingeing, junk food and sleep, but as I read this vividly painted romance I couldn’t help but crave a holiday away from my couch. So get out your passport and select the hero of your choosing. Here are some places I’m sure you’ll love to go.

England’s Lake District:
You’ve seen every film and miniseries adaptation of Austen’s work, and your man, a water conservationist, has managed to work in a trip to this national park under the guise of research. You come along to support his professional endeavors, naturally, but really you’re it in for the lakeside B&B sex and the hopes that your lover will reenact the final sunrise scene of Joe Wright’s Pride and Prejudice.

[What other exotic locales are we headed to...and who with?!]