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This week’s Indian Summers episode simultaneously moved the story forward and also gave us a little more insight into the characters. Secrets were revealed, alliances were strengthened, and it looks like someone is going to get their heart broken.
Let’s start with the biggest storyline of the episode, the aftermath of the attempted murder of Ralph Whelan. Following the shooting, Ralph’s assistant Ronnie brings in a journalist named Naseem Ali Khan, a reporter from the Delhi Herald, to raise Ralph’s profile. But Khan has another agenda: he’s been tipped off that the attempted murder is not political as everyone assumes, but may be more personal. He starts asking questions that Ralph doesn’t want answered. The civil servants try manipulating him, giving him the run around, and that old tactic, keeping him waiting, hoping that he will get frustrated and leave. But Khan is like a dog with a bone; he senses that Ralph has something to hide.
Max, Jack, and Sam all pop up regularly as hero names (in contemporary, at least), and then there are the menacing names favored in paranormal romance — Rhage, Thanatos, or Talon. Historicals often choose Jack also, as well as nicknames derived from their family names such as Sin, Falcon, and Hawk (for a while there, every historical hero seemed like he was named after a bird.
But are there names that would put you off? Like an Aloysius, Quincy, or Frances (or Henry, perhaps)?
What’s your favorite hero name? And what name would you never buy as the name for a hero?
Hi, my name’s Avery Flynn and I’m a romance junkie. It all started in middle school with purloined copies of my mother’s V.C. Andrews and Jackie Collins. So brazen did I become that my sixth grade teacher – oh, she of the see-through blouses – sent my mom a note ratting me out for bringing The Thorn Birds for my independent reading time.
That wasn’t enough to rid me of my demons. No. I scoured used book stores for dogeared Harlequin novels. The sweet and sheltered heroine whose innocence reels in the arrogant and demanding hero (who later in life I realized was often a total prick). I’d devour the books in one marathon session in the tub, refilling it with hot water as necessary. Then I discovered Johanna Lindsey’s regency romance novels. Independent, smart, spitfire heroines out to right a wrong. And the heroes? Oh, yeah. Brawn and brains – and a title to boot.
I get them sometimes—on Keeping Promise Rock or Deep of the Sound in particular: reviews in which the reviewer doesn’t understand the central conflict of the story—because the central conflict of the story is a promise.
“Crick could have just told the army he was gay—that way he wouldn’t have had to serve!”
“I don’t get why Cal wouldn’t have sold his parents’ property for the money. Why wouldn’t you just cash in?”
The thing about these observations—the thing that many people do not get—is that when a character puts down their name on a contract, or gives his word to an elder, that means something very specific to a writer. To a writer?
Sarah Castille has a new book out today in her Sinner’s Tribe series, Sinner’s Steel! Sarah stops by to answer our questions during her release day!
If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?
Hmmm. That’s a tough one. If my Kindle could count as a book, I’d pick that, but I suppose that might be cheating.
Holiday book releases are starting to appear, and we’ve even featured one already (the historical Last Chance Christmas Ball) here on the site. But it’s only October, you exclaim! We haven’t even had Halloween yet!
But answer this question honestly — do you read any holiday romances after the holiday? And you probably say no, you’re over the season by December 26. So that’s why you’re seeing holiday romances pop up now, to capture readers’ interest before they’ve over it.
When do you start holiday reading?
The first three Under the Caribbean Sun stories are available together for the first time in Tempted, the latest release from Jenna Bayley-Burke. Here’s an exclusive excerpt from the start of the series, Caribbean Christmas. Be sure to order the anthology heat up the chilly days ahead.
“I can’t resist this water.” Saskia stood and reached her arms overhead in a catlike stretch. “I need to have yarn dyed this exact color.”
“You want to stop now?” The sea was always calmer on the northeastern edge of Anguilla. Joe was anxious to make the turn and let Lola do what she did best.
October 6, 2015
Kit Devigny could have loved rock guitarist Noah St. John. Their friendship burned with the promise of intense passion and searing tenderness…until the night Noah deliberately shattered her heart.
Noah knows he destroyed something precious the night he chose to betray Kit, but he’d rather she hate him than learn his darkest secret. All he has left is his music. It’s his saving grace, but it doesn’t silence the voices that keep him up at night. Chasing oblivion through endless one-night-stands, he earns a few hours’ sleep and his bad boy reputation.
When a media error sees Noah and Kit dubbed the new “it” couple, Kit discovers her chance at the role of a lifetime hinges on riding the media wave. Wanting—needing—to give Kit this, even if he can’t give her everything, Noah agrees to play the adoring boyfriend. Only the illusion is suddenly too real, too painful, too beautiful…and it may be too late for the redemption of Noah St. John.
The latest release in Nalini Singh’s Rock Kiss series, Rock Redemption, brings ALL of the tension you’ve ever craved from a romance. AND THEN SOME. It’s nearly agonizing, in fact, not to just plow ahead to the end to make sure everyone is all right (hint: it IS a romance, so that answers that question). This isn’t just a not-friends-to-lovers story; in fact, the “lovers” part of the story doesn’t happen for a lot longer than usual. The book is told from both Kit and Noah’s points of view, and it’s great to get that insight into Noah’s character, in particular, since some of his actions are outside of what is normally acceptable in a romance novel. Despite his hard exterior, Noah is fragile, and recognizes his own fragility — which he then tries to destroy through his actions. He REALLY goes the distance in his attempts to hurt himself and Kit. Like, REALLY (in other words, if you don’t like it when the hero is with another woman while he’s sort of with the heroine, don’t read this).
Nalini hints at Noah’s past, unspooling his story so gracefully you don’t feel as though she’s held anything back or infodumped. It’s deliciously painful. When the truth emerges, it’s as bad as you’d feared, and Noah’s response to the past trauma makes sense, especially given how he was raised. It’s also refreshing to read about a hero who, while competent in bed, isn’t as confident about some of the usual sex tricks. Don’t mistake me, when Kit and Noah finally — finally — get to doing things, it’s very sexy, but it makes sense how Noah behaves, given his past.
Although Noah is an incredibly successful handsome rock star, and Kit is an up-and-coming beautiful actor (whose parents are a model and a tennis pro), they are both easy to relate to, especially when their issues are put in context. It’s easy to envy beautiful, successful people, but there are consequences that are not enviable: stalkers, privacy, having to look great all the time, never letting loose, being a pro no matter what the situation.
The redemption, when it comes, is hard-won, and even then it falters, making your chest seize up when it appears Noah might mess it all up again. Rock Redemption is the most painful — in a good way — book in the Rock Kiss series. Recommended for lovers of angst and tension.
Today we’ve got an exclusive excerpt from the newest book in the Men of the Zodiac series, The Greek Tycoon’s Tarnished Bride by Rachel Lyndhurst. It’s out today from Entangled Publishing and we hope you pick up a copy today!
She shook her head. “I want you to say what you’ve come to say and then leave.”
“Okay. I’m here regarding the child you have, the year- old baby that is Yannis’s only child. Your son.”
Rats, it’s Monday again! We hope everyone had a lovely weekend. And just to make Monday a smidge brighter, here’s a deleted scene from Outlander where Jamie Fraser (Sam Heughan) demonstrates how to don a kilt, Scots-style.
Outlander returns to our television screens in Spring 2016.