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TV Recaps

TV Recap: Downton Abbey Series 6, Episode 7

Downton Abbey Edith BertieSo much excitement and drama on Sunday night’s episode of Downton as we come up to the penultimate episode of the series.  Marriage proposals, puppies, picnics and unfortunately tragedy was on the menu. Lord Grantham and Tom are just giddy at the prospect of watching Henry race at Brooklands.  Lord Grantham, because he is bored out of his mind, and Tom because he finally has a new male friend to talk about cars with.  Even Bertie Pelham has been invited! Of course, Lady Mary is on the fence about the whole thing.  She’s nervous because of the danger and whether or not Henry Talbot is the right man for her.  She even solicits Anna’s advice who is totally uncomfortable with the giving her opinion. Mary presses her and Anna admits that she’s not sure that Henry and Mary are a perfect match.  Even Robert and Cora are not sure that Mary and Henry are right for each other. Robert points out that Henry might have more sex appeal than Tony Gillingham, he’s lacking in things like money and job skills.

Isobel is shocked to have received an invitation to the wedding of Lord Merton’s son, Larry and Miss Cruikshank. Violet senses something crooked is going on and visits Miss Cruikshank to investigate. Miss Cruikshank is outgunned, outclassed and outmatched in this chess match.  The upshot is that Miss Cruikshank wants Isobel and Lord Merton to get back together because she has no interest in being a companion to an old man.  “You want a free nurse to take a tiresome old man off your hands. You’re a cool little miss, aren’t you? I’d feel sorry for Larry if I didn’t dislike him so much.”  When Miss Cruikshank suggests that the Dowager should leave because if she doesn’t, the two might feel awkward when they next meet, which they “are bound to do.” “I think not, Miss Cruikshank,” Violet counters. “Not if I see you first.” Violet advises Isobel to reconsider the match with Lord Merton. If Isobel marries Merton, she’s practically guaranteed no contact with his son since Larry’s new wife won’t want anything to do with them. So it’s a win-win situation for everyone! Isobel doesn’t agree but she won’t have Violet to advise her further since the Dowager is off on a cruise aboard the SS Paris because she wants a vacation that will “make her eager to come home. A month among the French should do it.” Apparently she’s still not over the whole hospital debacle.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: A GENTLEMAN FOR ALL SEASONS by Kate Noble, Shana Galen, Theresa Romain, and Vanessa Kelly

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Deal Alert: An all-in-one collection of historical romance, only for $.99? It’s too good not to pass on!


A Gentleman for All Seasons by Kate Noble, Shana Galen, Theresa Romain, and Vanessa Kelly

The tiny village of Hemshawe is the sort of place where nothing ever happens…until a handsome ex-soldier and his matchmaking sister let the imposing manor house at the edge of town. The friendly Londoners shake up the staid people of Hemshawe, and villagers see each other in a new and oh-so-appealing light.

Suddenly long-sparring enemies become lovers, a town festival heralds a new start for a fallen woman and a dandy, and a man who has given up on love gets a second chance with the woman he never forgot. And the matchmaker herself? She won’t rest until she finds her own happily-ever-after…

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Guest Post: “If You Bake a Rake a Cookie on Valentine’s Day” by Sally Orr

To Catch a Rake Sally Orr

Valentine’s day is the perfect time to do something special for loved ones.

It is also a great time to cook with friends. So I invited three of my friends over and we baked three batches of cookies to use as Valentine’s Day gifts. This is a great way of doing it for many reasons. Two of the reasons are that you can enjoy the hilarity of three different ways of doing everything in the kitchen. You can also admire the expertise and hidden talents of your friends. Believe me, they are an amazing group of ladies.

Who are the cookies for?

In two cases, the sugar discs were mainly for the little ones. The toddlers that fail at being articulate, but know what those little round things are. It’s neat watching their faces light up, right before the automatic grabbing responses kick in. Another lady cooked for friends visiting town for a couple of days. What’s nicer than have a bunch of homemade cookies in the hotel room rather than a six-dollar snicker bar?

What flavor of cookies did we choose?

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TV Recaps

TV Recap: Downton Abbey Series 6, Episode 6

Downton_Abbey_series_6_episode_6Love is in the air this week on Downton Abbey.  Not just upstairs but downstairs as well. Mary’s relationship with her ‘oily racecar driver’ (as Edith calls Henry) takes a step forward.  Lord Merton is trying to get back into the game with Isobel via his future daughter-in-law, and Mr. Mason clearly has developed a tendre for Mrs. Patmore much to Daisy’s chagrin. Mary still hasn’t gotten the truth about Marigold from anyone, although not for want of trying. And Tom and Henry start their own bromance. We also finally get a resolution to the hospital story in this episode.

As usual, opinions are divided upstairs and downstairs about throwing open the abbey to the public for one day in aid of the Downton Hospital trust. Of course, Robert, who is still convalescing, thinks the idea is ‘crackers’. People would be better off buying a ticket to London to see the Tate. Carson is also totally against the idea. “What’s to stop them from slipping the odd first edition into their back pocket?” he grouses.  He also proclaims that it is the first step towards a ‘guillotine in Trafalgar Square.’ But both Mary and Tom point out that the villagers clearly want to see how the other half lives. Comrade Daisy of course thinks that all great houses should be open to the public. After all what right do people have to keep their houses private? Carson points out that there is this little thing call private property laws. Clearly a legal career is not in Daisy’s future.

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Julianne MacLean, Kathleen Baldwin, and Loreth Anne White

Rogues and romance. What more could you want on a lazy Sunday? Get these steals from Julianne MacLean, Kathleen Baldwin, and Loreth Anne White!


Married by Midnight by Julianne MacLean

AN UNATTAINABLE ROGUE…
For seven years, Lord Garrett Sinclair– the ruggedly handsome illegitimate son of the Duke of Pembroke–has been traveling abroad with no intention of ever returning home to Pembroke Palace… until his father commands that he must marry by Christmas in order to thwart a family curse or lose his inheritance forever. Haunted by a tragic accident that has hardened his soul, Garrett entrusts his brothers to seek out a bride who will agree to a marriage in name only. Her reward? A sizable share of his inheritance–payable immediately after the wedding night….
A BEAUTIFUL TEMPTRESS…
Lady Anne Douglas has been ruined by scandal and disowned by her father. Facing a life of poverty and spinsterhood, she leaps at the generous terms of the marriage contract to ensure her independence. But the charade of a two-week engagement proves more of a challenge than either anticipated when they cannot resist the intoxicating lure of the marriage bed. Anne knows they will part ways after the wedding. Will she dare risk her heart for two weeks of pleasure in the arms of an irresistible rogue? Or will her surrender become her undoing after a most unexpected turn of events mere hours before the wedding?


Lady Fiasco Kathleen Baldwin
Lady Fiasco by Kathleen Baldwin

Can a lady with a reputation for disaster, stumble into love?

An unusual heroine, Fiona Hawthorn grew up running free. Without a mother to restrain her, she spends her days riding her horse neck or nothing across her father’s fields and swimming like a sea nymph. But inside a prim and proper Regency sitting room Fiona is bound to overturn the teapot or accidentally trip the footman. Her illustrious Aunt Honore decides to take the hoyden in hand, but amidst the strictures of the Beau Monde, Fiona is a fish out of water.

When she was younger, Lord Wesmont was her hero. Sadly, he came home from fighting Napoleon a hardened man. Nothing can breathe life back into his cold heart, nothing except, perhaps, the love of an unusual young woman who regularly turns his life upside-down.


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A Dark Lure by Loreth Anne White

Twelve years ago, Sarah Baker was abducted by the Watt Lake Killer and sexually assaulted for months before managing to escape. The killer was caught, but Sarah lost everything: her marriage, her child, and the life she loved.

Struggling with PTSD, Sarah changes her name to Olivia West and finds sanctuary working on Broken Bar Ranch. But as her scars finally begin to heal, a cop involved with her horrific case remains convinced the Watt Lake Killer is still out there. He sets a lure for the murderer, and a fresh body is discovered. Now Olivia must face the impossible—could the butcher be back, this time to finish the job?

As a frigid winter isolates the ranch, only one person can help Olivia: Cole McDonough, a writer, adventurer, and ranch heir who stirs long-dormant feelings in her. But this time, Olivia’s determination to shut out her past may destroy more than her chance at love. It could cost her her life

 

 

Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Jaima Fixsen, Kate McMurray, and Holly Newman

Looking for an excuse to curl up with a great book? Check out these deals from Jaima Fixsen, Kate McMurray, and Holly Newman!

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Fairchild by Jaima Fixsen

Truth or dare?
Good English families all have a house in the country with a deer park, a trout stream, and an army of gardeners. They should have a son and if it can be managed, he should be handsome. Cleverness isn’t important. Daughters in limited quantities are fine so long as they are pretty. Bastards are inconvenient and best ignored. It’s not a big problem, unless you are one.
Unfortunately, Sophy is.
Sick of her outcast role, she escapes her father’s house, only to fall from her horse during a spring storm. Injured, soaked, and shivering, she stumbles to a stranger’s door—Tom, a blunt edged merchant from a family of vulgar upstarts. Mistaking Sophy for the genuine article, he takes her in.
Sophy can’t resist twisting the truth. Soon she’s caught in her own snare—and it might just be a noose.


 

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Guest Post: “The Best Road Trip I’ve Ever Taken” by Theresa Romain

A Gentleman's Game Theresa Romain

My latest historical romance, A Gentleman’s Game, is a road-trip story set in the Regency horse-racing world. It’s my first road romance, but telling this kind of story was inevitable. Sometimes I feel like my life is full of road trips. I live in the Midwest, with family to the north and south and on both coasts. Several times a year, my husband and daughter and I clamber into a car and head out for a visit.

In 2014, I took a road trip on my own: to the Romance Writers of America conference. It was a ten-hour straight shot by car. I don’t do well with air travel (long story), so having the RWA conference in driving distance made it irresistible. I checked out audiobooks from the library, had great snacks, and brought lots of swag; I met my agent and editors, saw lots of author friends in person, and got to meet some delightful readers. And since I didn’t have to fit all my stuff into a single suitcase, I could indulge in a book-gathering orgy. For reader giveaways, of course. Naturally. I definitely didn’t keep any books for myself.*

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Aural Pleasures

Aural Pleasures: A Gothic Romance Playlist from Juliette Cross

The Deepest Well Juliette Cross

I’m thrilled to be here on EverAfter Romance. Thanks so much for having me today. When I set out to write The Deepest Well, which is a historical paranormal, I intended for it to feel like a classic Gothic romance but with a raw supernatural edge. As a dark and often haunting novel, I felt the playlist should accurately mirror George and Katherine’s story. So it’s no surprise that my playlist reflects the brooding, ethereal melodies of artists such as Amy Lee in Evanescence and Christina Perri. But just as in the classic Gothic romance of Jane Eyre (which happens to be my favorite book of all time), there is light and beauty and love in the end. So I’m happy to say my final song turns toward joy when we reach our happily ever after.

Along with the songs, I thought it would be fun to pull the most meaningful lyrics as they relate to the characters. So here’s a quick breakdown of my playlist for you. Hope you enjoy!

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My Never Ending TBR-List: The No. 1’s by Rebekah Weatherspoon

I’m dooming myself. I really am. Every minute I spend on this planet the list just grows longer. This month I thought about doing a feature about the books on my list that I want to read for Valentine’s Day and then I remembered we’re talking about Romance and in Romance every day is Valentine’s Day. ::wink wink:: . It’s a new year so here are the newest additions to the list, all titles to kick off a new series.

Level Up (A Geek Romance Rom Com, Book 1) 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?

Latina geek girl? Sign me the eff up!

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Steals & Deals

Deal Alert: Krystal Shannan, Cora Carmack, and Maureen Driscoll

Start your weekend off right with these amazing steals from Krystal Shannan, Cora Carmack, and Maureen Driscoll!


My Viking Vampire by Krystal Shannan

She’ll fight them to the end…
…Or die trying.

With enemies closing in on her, Bailey Ross has nowhere to run–except into the arms of a sexy stranger, who promises to keep her safe.

But the irresistible and mysterious vampire, Erick Thorson might be a little more than she bargained for. As they begin to grow closer and their chemistry ignites, they realize that their lives are more in jeopardy than ever before. Can Erick live up to his promise of sanctuary in a world of danger and doom?


 

Faking It by Cora Carmack

Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.

Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.

The hot new, New Adult title from New York Times bestselling author of Losing It, Cora Carmack.


 

Never Wager Against Love Maureen Driscoll
Never Wager Against Love by Maureen Driscoll

ADVISORY FROM THE AUTHOR:  This book contains sexually explicit scenes.  You will not like this book if you don’t like that.  Trust me.

When Arthur Kellington was fifteen, a Romany fortune teller predicted that his true love would be killed. Since then, he’s resolved to never fall in love. He has no trouble keeping his resolution until he meets Vanessa Gans, an agent with the Home Office who is on the trail of two hardened criminals. As he finds himself falling for her, he must keep his distance emotionally as the only way to protect them both.Despite her illegitimate birth, Vanessa Gans has worked her way up to being one of the Crown’s finest agents. She’s reluctant to accept Arthur’s help initially because she doesn’t want to place him in danger. Then she realizes her heart is truly at risk because there can be no honorable future between them.