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TV Recap: Downton Abbey Series 6 Episode 2

This week’s episode could have been subtitled ‘subplots galore.’  The biggest drama in this episode was surprisingly whether or not Carson or Mrs. Hughes was going to get his or her way in regards to where their wedding reception would be held. Lord Grantham graciously offered to hold the reception in the servants’ hall but Lady Mary (of course) thought that they could do a bit better. She insists that the reception be held upstairs in the great hall or one of the many other rooms at Downton that we probably haven’t even seen. Mrs. Hughes doesn’t want to have her wedding reception at Downton at all. Number 1, she doesn’t want to be a servant on her wedding day and number 2, as she puts it to Carson, “It’s just not who we are.” Carson protests that he couldn’t possibly turn down Lady Mary’s generous offer which just annoys Mrs. Hughes. “I am the bride. We’ll be doing it your way for the next 30 years, I know that well enough. But the wedding is mine.” Unfortunately for Mrs. Hughes, Carson refuses to budge.  He’s always been inordinately fond of Lady Mary and would rather disappoint his fiancée than her. Priorities, Carson, priorities!

Downton Abbey Lady Mary

Speaking of Lady Mary, she’s now the agent for the estate which comes as a bit of a shock to poor Mr. Finch. It was bad enough that he had to deal with a jumped up chauffeur, but now a lady? “It’s a changing world,” he tells Lady Mary, reminding us once again of the theme of the last two series of Downton. All this change is likely to give the poor man a heart attack.  He’s come to ask whether or not the estate should enter their pigs in the fat stock show. Lady Mary tells him it can’t hurt and promises to bring little George and Marigold along while she talks to her ‘pig man’ Mr. Drewe. Edith, of course, wonders if it is a good idea to have Marigold hanging around near the Drewes, particularly Mrs. Drewe but of course she can’t tell Mary why she disapproves. As Cora points out to Robert, Edith is afraid that Mary will somehow use the information to hurt her and she’s probably not wrong. Ah, siblings, such a blessing. If only Mary and Edith could work together for good instead of finding ways to hurt each other.

Downton Abbey AnnaLady Mary may not be kind to her own sister but she certainly is a good friend to Anna. When Anna confides that she’s having fertility problems, Lady Mary reminds her that she too once had problems but a London doctor performed a minor bit of surgery and all was well.  She not only offers to make an appointment for Anna to see the same miracle gynecologist but also to pay for any treatment/surgery that Anna might need. Of course, Anna being Anna tries to demur, but Lady Mary is good at riding roughshod over whatever the servants might want and insists.  Which is a good thing too because I don’t think I can take another episode of Anna crying in the laundry room or wherever.  Despite Mr. Bates insisting that he would be happy with adoption, Anna is sure that he is lying to her and he only wants children who carry his own DNA.  The good London doctor informs Anna that she has an incompetent cervix but all he has to do is just stitch her up good once she becomes pregnant and a new little Bates can be born. Hurrah! Of course Anna is grateful to which Lady Mary replies that she seriously owes her since Anna hid her Dutch thing-a-majig for her last series, and helped her get rid Mr. Pamuk’s dead body in series 1.  Anna is practically doing cartwheels when she arrives back at the house. As usual, she doesn’t bother to inform Mr. Bates of the cause of her newfound happiness. That would be too easy!

Downton Abbey Drewes

Poor Edith is not having a good episode.  While Mary and Mr. Finch manage to come to an understanding, the editor of the magazine Edith owns won’t listen to her, and although she’s keeping the flat in London, she won’t stay there because it’s too lonely.  And then there is the whole Drewe situation.  Mrs. Drewe quite rightly still yearns for Marigold, the child she raised for several months.  The whole situation is uncomfortable for everyone. Lord Grantham worries about how living so close to Marigold is affecting the Drewes but he can’t quite bring himself to tell them leave. After all, the family have been tenants at Downton since Waterloo! But when Mrs. Drewe makes off with Marigold while everyone is cheering Lady Mary and prize-winning pig, it’s clear that the Drewes can’t stay. It’s incredibly sad but understandable. Of course, Comrade Daisy, thinks the whole thing sucks and is another example of how horrible the aristocracy is, although the Drewes leaving mean that Mr. Mason can now move into Yew Tree Farm.

Thomas has been seriously off his game this series. After five seasons of back-stabbing, blackmailing, and crawling his way up from footman to under-butler, Barrow is now superfluous in the Downton household.  Carson has nothing for him to do, Andy practically runs whenever Thomas offers to help him with something.  When Thomas asks Carson whether or not he should start looking for a new position, Carson practically starts writing a reference for him! When he interviews for a new job, he discovers that he would be expected to not only be a footman but a valet as well as an under butler! Even Baxter has started to feel sorry for him, despite the fact that she was forced to confess her secret to Lady Grantham, because of Thomas.

Downton Abbey Dowager Hospital

In case you were wondering, Isobel vs. Violet, the Dowager is still at a stalemate regarding whether or not the local hospital should merge with the Royal York.  It’s a question of more modern medicine versus a more personal touch. Dickie Merton is still supporting Isobel, and hoping that she will eventually change her mind and marry him. Dr. Clarkson is still on the Dowager’s side. Robert, who is the patron of the hospital, is trying not to get involved or to take sides.  Good luck with that! Violet also convinced Robert not to tell his wife about a meeting of the trustees which didn’t go down very well.  Cora is clearly supports Isobel’s point-of-view. Once again this sub-plot is yet another example of the old ways versus the new.  And it’s not particularly interesting thus far, just regurgitating the same argument they had last week. Only one side can win, and while Isobel worries about whether or not her friendship with Violet will survive, Violet just wants to be right.

Next week it’s Carson and Mrs. Hughes wedding!  Can’t wait to see what the bride is wearing!

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Guest Post: “The Strong Silent Type” by Rose Lerner

Listen to the Moon Rose Lerner

It’s no secret that the strong, silent type is not always my type, especially when it comes to heroes. I like a guy who talks too much and waves his hands around.

But there is an aspect of the trope I do connect with, and that is the struggle for words. I have a lot to say, and I can be excited or angry with the best of them. But when it comes to being vulnerable, to openly expressing affection or pain without sarcasm…I clam up.

That aspect of myself made its way into the starchy valet hero of my new Regency romance, Listen to the Moon. So here, for your enjoyment, is a list of ten of my favorite heroes and heroines who will doggedly walk through hell for you, but have trouble saying I think you’re great.

Oliver Queen

1. Oliver Queen from the CW’s Arrow.

Oliver grew up surrounded by lies and silence and passive-aggression, and then spent five years in hell.

He hates hard conversations. He hates questions. He will stand there with his head bowed and his mouth a tight line and let you think the worst, rather than push out an inadequate explanation. My squirrelly baby.

Jessica Jones

2. Jessica Jones from the eponymous Marvel TV series.

The scene where Jessica slowly forces out the words “I hear…talking…helps,” because someone else is in pain and she wants to help them even though we’ve watched her steadfastly not talk about it for episodes and episodes…yes. Just yes.

Constable Benton Fraser

3. Constable Benton Fraser, RCMP, from Due South.

Constable Fraser will only talk about his feelings when he’s talking to 1) a ghost, 2) his half-wolf, 3) a sleeping person, or 4) a criminal, to create a diversion.

Dante Valentine

4. Dante Valentine from Lilith Saintcrow’s eponymous series.

She is the noir kick-ass necromancer I never knew I needed. Watching her push people away is my everything.

Spock

5. Spock from Star Trek: the Original Series.

No one has ever loved as deeply as Spock ever maybe? But he cannot talk about it, because then he’d be a bad Vulcan. Remember in “Naked Time” when he says “Jim, when I feel friendship for you, I am ashamed”???? REMEMBER?

I remember.

The Jade Temptress Jeannie Lin

6. Constable Wu Kaifeng from Jade Temptress by Jeannie Lin

There is probably no quiet, granite-faced cop I would rather have in my corner were I suspected of murder, but he puts up a great front of being scary and mean. And when he does manage to put his thoughts into words, they pack a wallop:

“It’s difficult to look at you because you make me want things,” he answered plainly. “Things I cannot have.”

Guh.

Eliot Spencer

7. Eliot Spencer from Leverage

There are a lot of things Eliot can’t talk about, or doesn’t let himself talk about. He can’t talk about his hired-gun past because it’s too painful. He can’t talk about his feelings because it wouldn’t be macho. He has trouble even giving a hug without a takeback afterward. Eliot is smothered by shame, and it’s beautiful to watch him push through the pain when his friends need to talk to him.

This clip of him explaining what cooking means to him (“It makes me feel something.” “Feel what?” “…Just…FEEL”) will definitely make you feel stuff.

Proof by Seduction Courtney Milan

8. Gareth from Proof by Seduction by Courtney Milan

Milan takes the alpha hero and flips him onto his back like a turtle, and suddenly all the things that are supposed to be his strengths are actually weaknesses. Gareth yearns for connections with other people, and has zero idea how to forge them. I may have made horrible squeaking noises during the scene where (under orders from the heroine) he tries ineptly to make small talk with his steward.

Tom Foss

9. Tom Foss from ABC Family’s Kyle XY.

I am not exaggerating when I say this minor character in an obscure show that’s been off the air for years changed my life. You can see his soul hovering in the air over his head because it sure as heck is never going to be channelled through his mouth. He answers every question in evasive monosyllables, and also has blown up a bunch of stuff, and then is hurt when you don’t trust him, because he’s given you everything he has and what more do you WANT?

Katniss Everdeen

10. Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.

Katniss can’t say how she feels. Often, she doesn’t even know herself. Put Katniss in the arena and she will get shit done, but don’t ask her to make a speech! And definitely don’t ask her to talk to her friend (who she maybe loves? who knows?) who has been brainwashed to hate her. Because she can’t. She can’t even look at him, and she can’t find the words to explain to anyone why not.


Rose Lerner

Rose Lerner discovered Georgette Heyer when she was thirteen, and wrote her first historical romance a few years later. Her writing has improved since then, but her fascination with all things Regency hasn’t changed. When not reading, writing, or researching, she enjoys cooking and marathoning TV shows. She lives in Seattle with her best friend. You can find her online at her website or on Twitter, Facebook, or Tumblr. You can read the first chapter of Listen To The Moon at her website.

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Swoon-Worthy Heroes

Swoon-Worthy Hero Highlights: Turner from Julia Quinn’s The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever

Secret Diaries Julia Quinn

As a long time Julia Quinn fan, I have many favorite books by her, but The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever is at the very top of the list. Mostly because it’s one of my all-time favorite tropes. The heroine, Miranda, has had a crush on Turner, her best friend’s older brother, for the longest time. Because of the age gap between them, he marries another at a young age thinking he’s in love, but becomes a bitter, angry man once he finds out that she was unfaithful to him. When she dies, Turner is determined to never be at the mercy of love or a woman again.

Now, we all love a good tortured hero and Turner definitely falls under that category. Although he can come off as rude, and several mistakes he makes with Miranda had me cursing him, underneath all the outrageous behavior and snark, is still the amazingly kind man that Miranda had a crush on. As the story goes on, that man begins to emerge, Turner becomes a hero you can both fall for and wish to shake some sense into, depending on where you’re at in the book.

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But overall, Turner is as Swoon-Worthy as they come and here’s why.

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My Never-Ending TBR List: 2016 Fangirl-Gimme Edition by Rebekah Weatherspoon

It’s that time of year again, the time for looking back on the good, the bad and all the books I still haven’t read. The TBR List still grows and grows. I’ve read exactly zero of the fifteen books I’ve shared with EverAfter readers so far. So here are five more, five titles by a few of my go-to authors. 2016 is gonna be good.


To One Hundred by Melissa Blue (January 7)

When they met online they were equals…Then she walks into his classroom.

For four months Eva March shared almost every secret with a handsome stranger. It was easy when she didn’t have to meet his gaze in real life. The online flirtation was fun. She could be a strong, put-together woman without a sordid past. Most importantly, he’d never know the truth.

Grady Addison takes his job as a professor seriously. He doesn’t sleep with co-eds, much less his students. Eva doesn’t even fit his leggy, peppy blonde requirements, but he can’t walk away now. He’s spent too much time fantasizing about her, her smile and the way her eyes darken when she thinks of her past. And her past is a problem. The secrets she hasn’t yet told him could end his career and for Eva, her life could just come crashing down…again.

Melissa has been teasing her upcoming Dirty Sexy Geeks series for months. I cannot wait to get my hands on this first installment.


Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins (January 26)

Rhine Fontaine is building the successful life he’s always dreamed of—one that depends upon him passing for White. But for the first time in years, he wishes he could step out from behind the façade. The reason: Eddy Carmichael, the young woman he rescued in the desert. Outspoken, defiant, and beautiful, Eddy tempts Rhine in ways that could cost him everything . . . and the price seems worth paying.

Eddy owes her life to Rhine, but she won’t risk her heart for him. As soon as she’s saved enough money from her cooking, she’ll leave this Nevada town and move to California. No matter how handsome he is, no matter how fiery the heat between them, Rhine will never be hers. Giving in for just one night might quench this longing. Or it might ignite an affair as reckless and irresistible as it is forbidden…

If you’ve ever met me or seen me tweet, you know that I am a tithes paying member of the Church of Beverly Jenkins. I’ll read anything she writes, but I’m really interested to see how she tackles passing and colorism in this new romance.


Betting The Bad Boy by Sugar Jamison (February 2)

Ten years ago, Duke King knew that getting involved with Grace Truman would only bring trouble into his already hard life. After all, the son of the town drunk has no business falling for the judge’s daughter…a passion that led to disaster and ended with Duke serving a ten year prison sentence. Duke never wanted to return to Destiny, especially now that he’s built a multimillion dollar custom car empire with his brothers. But when his sick aunt calls him home, he must face his past and discover a secret that instantly changes his life.

Grace never thought she would see Duke again, especially after years of silence. But when Duke comes storming back into her life, looking hotter than ever, and determined to get to know the son he never knew he had, she realizes that maybe she’d been wrong about him so many years ago. So Grace decides to make Duke a bet. If he can stay in the house with them for the next thirty days and prove he’ll be a good father, she’ll agree to letting him be part of his son’s life. If not, he’d better be prepared for a fight.

Going from single guy to family man isn’t going to be easy for Duke, especially with the still sexy, now fiery, Grace clouding his every thought. Can Duke be the man he never thought he could be or will his old bad boy ways be too much to conquer?

I inhaled The Bad Boy Ceo, the first book featuring the King brothers, and I have to admit that Duke is my favorite of the bunch. He’s rough around all his edges, but boasts a huge heart of gold. I’m also a sucker for the secret baby/kid trope. I neeeeeed this book.


Hold Me Courtney Milan
Hold Me by Courtney Milan (April 12)

Eighteen months ago, Maria Lopez felt an unexpected spark with Jay, a hot, tattooed, motorcycle-riding bad boy who checked off every item on her fantasy list. But “too good to be true” never ends well. So when he asked for her number, she walked away.

When she runs into him again, she discovers that Jay is a different kind of trouble than she’s imagined. He’s a demanding, driven genius, and once he’s set his sights on something, he does not give up. Now that their paths have crossed once more, he’s not going to let her get away until he knows exactly what’s on her fantasy list…and he figures out how to make her embrace it.

Milan is known for historical romance, but I sobbed like a baby reading Trade Me which is a contemporary New Adult romance. I need more from these characters and more of Milan’s NA goodness. Maria shows up in Trade Me as Tina’s best friend and roommate. Years ago, I would have known better than to hope that as a trans woman, Maria would get her own book. I’m so jazzed that she’s getting her chance at love. In 2016, I am really hoping we see more romances featuring trans women.


The Right Man for the Job Alisha RaiThe Right Man For The Job by Alisha Rai (Winter 2016)

I started 2015 with Rai’s A Gentleman in the Streets, a crazy hot IR romance featuring Jacob Campbell, a super sexy hero looking after his younger siblings. TRMFTJ follows his younger brother Connor’s journey.  There’s no official blurb yet, but you can read and excerpt here.

 

 

 

 


Rebekah WeatherspoonRebekah Weatherspoon was raised in Southern New Hampshire and now lives in Southern California with a great human, one cat whom she loves dearly and another cat she wants to take back to the shelter. Her most recent release, So Sweet is out now. You can find out more about Rebekah and the steamy, funny romance she writes at RebekahWeatherspoon.com or find her on Facebook or Twitter.

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Guest Post: “The Solstice of a Series” by Beth Williamson

Adam Beth Williamson

Eight years ago, I began a journey with a historical western series called Devils of Horseback about a group of five men who had to reinvent themselves after the horror of war. The books are full of emotions, humor, grit, a bit of violence, smexy times, and of course, happily ever afters.

After the last of five books was published, I moved onto different series. The devils, however, called me back. They reminded me they were there, ready to be reborn, a solstice of the series.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Shana Galen, Sarah Castille, and Candis Terry

Today’s first Deal Alert offers titles by Shana Galen, Sarah Castille, and Candis Terry! Get them while you can!


Lord and Lady Spy by Shana Galen

No man can outsmart him, but she’s been outsmarting him for years

Lord Adrian Smythe may appear a perfectly boring gentleman, but he leads a thrilling life as one of England’s most preeminent spies, an identity so clandestine even his wife is unaware of it. But he isn’t the only one with secrets.

Now that the Napoleonic wars have come to an end, daring secret agent Lady Sophia Smythe can hardly bear the thought of returning home to her tedious husband. Until she discovers in the dark of night that he’s not who she thinks he is after all.


 

In Your Corner by Sarah Castille

He rules in the ring
Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn’t dull the pain of Amanda’s rejection-until a chance encounter throws them together.

A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn’t found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did. And then he shows up in her boardroom, hot as sin and needing help…

But can he rule her heart?
Jake is darker, sexier, and impossible to resist. As their chemistry builds, Amanda’s not sure if she can stay in control, or if she’s finally willing to let him claim her body and soul.


Any Given Christmas by Candis Terry

Dean Silverthorne’s mother may be dead, but she still has matchmaking to do.

When an injury dashes NFL Quarterback Dean Silverthorne’s Super Bowl dreams, he heads back to Deer Lick, Montana with a chip on his wounded shoulder, more determined than ever to get back in the game. He loves his kooky family, but this trip home is going to be a very brief Christmas visit.

His game plan doesn’t include an instant attraction to Emma Hart, a feisty kindergarten teacher who seems to be the only person in Deer Lick not interested in the hometown hero. Or his dearly departed mom popping up with mistletoe in hand and meddling on the mind. Now Dean can’t help but wonder if there’s more to love than life between the goal posts.

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Deal Alert: Sara Humphreys, Robin Kaye, Victoria Holt, and Christina Baker Kline

Today’s second Deal Alert offers titles by Sara Humphreys, Robin Kaye, Victoria Holt, and Christina Baker Kline!! Grab them before it’s too late!


Unleashed by Sarah Humphreys

Book 1 of The Amoveo Legend

What if you suddenly discovered your own powers were beyond anything you’d ever imagined…

Samantha Logan’s childhood home had always been a haven, but everything changed while she was away. She has a gorgeous new neighbor, Malcolm, who introduces her to the amazing world of the dream-walking, shapeshifting Amoveo clans…but what leaves her reeling with disbelief is when he tells her she’s one of them…

And shock turns to terror as Samantha falls prey to the deadly enemy determined to destroy the Amoveo, and the only chance she has to come into her true powers is to trust in Malcolm to show her the way…


Breakfast in Bed by Robin Kaye

“DELIGHTFULLY FUN, WITTY ROMANCE… A WRITER TO WATCH.”
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From Romance Writers of America GOLDEN HEART AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR Robin Kaye, the third funny, sexy, contemporary romance from a fresh new voice in romance fiction

He’d be Mr. Perfect if he wasn’t a perfect mess…

Rich Ronaldi is almost the complete package-smart, sexy, great job-but when his girlfriend dumps him, Rich swears he’ll learn to cook and clean just to win her back…

She’ll be happy to make him over, but not for another woman…

Rich is the only guy Becca Larsen’s ever met who hasn’t tried to change her. She’s glad to help him master the domestic arts, but she’ll be damned if he’ll start cooking in another woman’s kitchen-or bedroom…


The India Fan by Victoria Holt

“A mesmerizing story of blackmail, romance, and deception.”-Associated Press

A parson’s daughter, Druscilla Delaney is enthralled by her wealthy, glamorous neighbors-the Framlings-and their handsome son, Fabian. They gift her with a priceless heirloom, a beautiful fan that brings with it a terrible curse.

Beautiful as its peacock feathers may be, the priceless fan hidden deep in the Framling mansion has a legacy of death and destruction. And Druscilla has no idea she’s been marked by its curse.

But the fan’s dark past might prove less of a danger than Fabian Framling himself. Dark, brooding, and dominating, will he be the one to save her from the fan’s cruel fate…or cause her demise?

Including elements of historical romance and romantic suspense, The India Fan is a spellbinding tale from the Queen of Gothic Romance. Fast-paced and gripping, fans of Georgette Heyer, Mary Stewart, and Daphne Du Maurier will be awestruck by this Victorian gothic thriller complete with romance, murder, and mayhem.


Orphan Train: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline

The #1 New York Times Bestseller

Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past—and it includes a special PS section for book clubs featuring insights, interviews, and more.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse…

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

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Deal Alert: Amanda Forester, Kara Braden, and Sandra Hill

Today’s first Deal Alert has great books by Amanda Forester, Kara Braden, and Sandra Hill! Grab these deals before they’re gone!


The Highlander’s Sword by Amanda Forester

A quiet, flame-haired beauty with secrets of her own…She’s nothing he expected and everything he really needs
Lady Aila Graham is destined for the convent, until her brother’s death leaves her an heiress. Soon she is caught between hastily arranged marriage with a Highland warrior, the Abbot’s insistence that she take her vows, the Scottish Laird who kidnaps her, and the traitor from within who betrays them all.

Padyn MacLaren, a battled-hardened knight, returns home to the Highlands after years of fighting the English in France. MacLaren bears the physical scars of battle, but it is the deeper wounds of betrayal that have rocked his faith. Arriving with only a band of war-weary knights, MacLaren finds his land pillaged and his clan scattered. Determined to restore his clan, he sees Aila’s fortune as the answer to his problems…but maybe it’s the woman herself.


The Longest Night by Kara Braden

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This could work, whispered the little voice in the back of her mind, the voice that had been silent for seven years…

SHE SOUGHT SOLACE IN SOLITUDE
Years ago, former Marine Captain Cecily Knight fled her dark past and the nightmares forever haunting her nights. Alone in the remote Canadian wilderness, she survives day to day…until Ian Fairchild comes storming into her life and shatters her protective seclusion.

UNTIL ONE TOUCH BARED HER SOUL
Aloof but intriguing, defensive but undeniable, Ian is everything Cecily shouldn’t want but can’t ignore. He watches her with shrewd blue eyes, as if determined to decipher her secrets…and for the first time in years, she finds herself coming alive beneath the hands of a man with too many scars to count.

As the hushed and harsh winter closes in around them, two lost souls find themselves on the precipice of a love that could save their lives…or destroy them forever.


Vikings and Vampires by Sandra Hill

VIKINGS, VAMPIRES, AND VANGELS, OH, MY!

Sizzling Starts to Three Super Series

The Reluctant Viking

The hypnotic voice on the self-motivation tape was supposed to help Ruby Jordan solve her problems, not create new ones. Instead, she was lulled from a failing marriage to an era of hard-bodied warriors and fair maidens.

But the world ten centuries in the past didn’t prove to be all mead and mirth. Ruby had to deal with a Norseman who had her husband’s face, habits, and desire to avoid Ruby. Determined not to lose the same man twice, Ruby planned a bold seduction that would conquer the reluctant Viking—and make him an eager captive of her love.

The Last Viking

He wore nothing but a leather tunic, spoke in an ancient tongue . . . and he was standing in Professor Meredith Foster’s living room.

The medieval historian told herself he was part of a practical joke, but with his wide gold belt, callused hands, and the rabbit roasting in her fireplace, the brawny stranger seemed so . . . authentic.

Suddenly Meredith was mesmerized by his bronzed, muscular form, and her body surrendered to the fantasy that Geirolf Ericsson really was a Viking from a thousand years ago, sent only to pleasure her. But as she tried to teach him to eat spaghetti and use a computer, she realized he knew an awful lot about the tenth century—and so little about this one. And as he helped her fulfill her grandfather’s dream of re-creating a Viking ship, he awakened her to dreams of her own. Until she wondered if the hand of fate had thrust her into the loving arms of . . . The Last Viking

Kiss of Pride

Some men are too bad to be true . . .

Is he really a Viking with a vampire’s bite? An angel with the body of a thunder god? A lone wolf with love on his mind? Alexandra Kelly, his prey, thinks Vikar Sigurdsson is either flat-out crazy or he’s trying to maneuver her into his bed—which is hardly where a professional reporter should conduct an interview, tempting as that prospect might be.

And some men are too good to be true . . .

Until Vikar does something a teensy bit unexpected, and Alex begins to wonder whether her mystery man could really be everything he says he is: a Viking Vampire Angel on a thousand-year-long mission with his pack of sinful brothers—and a man who’s finally found the woman of his dreams. By then, Vikar is already wrapping his chiseled arms around Alex’s body . . . and sinking his wicked fangs right into her neck. If this is sin, why does it feel so good?

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Deal Alert: Sparrow Beckett, Tiffany Snow, Katie Lane, and Elizabeth Boyle

Today’s first Deal Alert set offers great books by Sparrow Beckett, Tiffany Snow, Katie Lane, and Elizabeth Boyle. Grab these killer deals before they’re gone!!


Finding Master Right by Sparrow Beckett

Dominant, crop-wielding men are all Kate dreams about, but how far is she willing to go? 

Kate wants a man who will take charge—she just needs to find the right guy. Fortunately, her friend is throwing a kinky Halloween party with a guest list loaded with sexy, available men. That’s where she meets Banner.

Dark and intense, Banner’s not just a Dominant, he’s a Master looking for a slave. Kate isn’t interested in something that extreme, but when he offers to help her find the perfect Dom, while training her to be a flawless submissive, she’s glad to have a matchmaker and protector.

Banner knows they’re not compatible, yet something about Kate is impossible to resist. Once he finds her the right Dom, will he be able let her go?


No Turning Back Tiffany Snow
No Turning Back by Tiffany Snow

Being a bartender by night and law firm runner by day helps make ends meet for Kathleen Turner. Mostly. Being 23 and single in Indianapolis wasn’t exactly a thrilling adventure, but then again, that’s not what Kathleen wanted. At least, not until she met Blane Kirk.

Navy SEAL turned high-profile attorney, Blane is everything a woman could want. The only problem? He’s her boss.

Blane is known for playing the field and the last thing Kathleen needs or wants is to get involved with him. But when her friend is murdered and it seems Kathleen will be next, she may not have a choice.

Now Blane is the only thing standing between her and people who want her dead, including assassin-for-hire Kade Dennon. Beautiful but deadly, he’ll kill anyone who gets in his way, even the woman who makes him question everything he’s become.

The deeper she sinks into the web of lies and murder, the more Kathleen realizes she can trust no one if she’s going to survive. No one is innocent. Not even Blane.


Hunk For the Holidays by Katie Lane

Always putting business before pleasure, Cassie McPherson works hard for her family’s construction business. That might explain why she doesn’t have a date for the company Christmas party. But it doesn’t quite explain why she’s crazy enough to hire an escort for the event or – crazier still – why she’s dying to unwrap him like a present…
With whiskey-colored eyes and a killer smile, James is one gorgeous hunk who really knows how to fill out a tuxedo. He charms everyone, including Cassie. And when the night ends, the party doesn’t stop. As Cassie falls, literally, into his bed, James falls head over heels in love. Now he has to figure out a way to tell her the truth: he’s not an escort. He’s her family’s fiercest business rival. But all he wants for Christmas is her…


The Viscount Who Lived Down the Lane by Elizabeth Boyle

In New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Boyle’s fourth novel in the Rhymes With Love series, a resolute young woman goes toe-to-toe with the Beast of Mayfair

She has no desire for love . . .

As she arrives in Mayfair, Louisa Tempest is horrified when her incorrigible cat bolts from the carriage and dashes into a neighbor’s house, where she comes face-to-face with the reclusive Viscount Wakefield. But even more dismaying than his foul temper is the disarray in which she finds his home. Convinced his demeanor would improve if his household were in order, Louisa resolves to put everything to rights.

. . . until she meets the viscount who lives down the lane

Much to his chagrin, Wakefield finds it impossible to keep the meddling Louisa out of his home, invading his daily life with her “improvements,” and his nights with the tempting desires she sparks inside him. Wounded in the war, he’s scorned society ever since his return . . . until Louisa opens the door to his heart and convinces him to give love a second chance.

Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Tiffany Reisz, Michelle Moran, and Diana Pharaoh Francis

Our second Deal Alert of the day features titles by Tiffany Reisz, Michelle Moran, and Diana Pharaoh Francis! Grab these deals while you can!!!


The Siren: The Original Sinners Book 1 by Tiffany Reisz

Notorious Nora Sutherlin is famous for her delicious works of erotica, each one more popular with readers than the last. But her latest manuscript is different—more serious, more personal—and she’s sure it’ll be her breakout book…if it ever sees the light of day.

Zachary Easton holds Nora’s fate in his well-manicured hands. The demanding British editor agrees to handle the book on one condition: he wants complete control. Nora must rewrite the entire novel to his exacting standards—in six weeks—or it’s no deal.

Nora’s grueling writing sessions with Zach are draining…and shockingly arousing. And a dangerous former lover has her wondering which is more torturous—staying away from him…or returning to his bed?

Nora thought she knew everything about being pushed to your limits. But in a world where passion is pain, nothing is ever that simple.


The Second Empress: A Novel of Napoleon’s Court by Michelle Moran

Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte will stop at nothing to marry the Hapsburg princess he hopes will bear him a royal heir, in this compelling novel from bestselling author Michelle Moran.
After the bloody French Revolution, Emperor Napoleon’s power is absolute. When eighteen year old Marie-Louise is told that the Emperor has demanded her hand in marriage, her father presents her with a terrible choice: marry the cruel, capricious Napoleon or refuse and plunge her country into war. To save her father’s throne, Mary-Louise is determined to be a good wife. But at the extravagant French court, she finds many rivals for her new husband’s affection, including Napoleon’s sister Pauline, who is fiercely jealous, utterly uncontrollable, and the only woman as ambitious as the emperor himself. When war once again sweeps the Continent and bloodshed threatens Marie-Louise’s family, the second empress is forced to make choices that will determine her place in history—and change the course of her life.


Trace of Magic by Diana Pharaoh Francis

Even the most powerful tracers can’t track you if the magical trace you leave behind is too old. But I can track almost anything, even dead trace. That makes me a unicorn, the Tooth Fairy, the Easter Bunny, and the Loch Ness Monster all rolled into one. In a word, I am unique. A very special snowflake. And if anyone ever finds out, I’ll be dead or a slave to one of the Tyet criminal factions.

Riley Hollis has quietly traced kidnapped children and quietly tipped the cops to their whereabouts one too many times. Now she’s on the radar of Detective Clay Price, a cop in the pocket of a powerful magic Tyet faction. When he blackmails her into doing a dangerous trace for him, Riley will have to break every rule that keeps her safe. Or become a Tyet pawn in a deadly, magical war.