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SCANDAL, Season 4, Episode 10

The mid season return of SCANDAL shot out of the gate at lightning speed. I’m talking jaw-dropping, whiplash, what the heck is going on, I can’t keep up holy cow I’m exhausted before the first commercial break action. When the show opened, all I could think was, is Olivia Pope dreaming? Is this some sort of homage to Bobby Ewing? (Did I just date myself with that question? Dallas? Dream season?) After a few moments I realized this was not a dream, this was indeed a nightmare for Olivia. Let’s start at the top and try to figure this out together. Olivia is dancing around in her “I am woman hear me roar” groove, demanding to not talk or think about her father. For once in her life, Liv it choosing Liv…not Jake, not… Continue
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HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER: Season 1, Episode 10

It’s been almost two months since we last saw the Keating Five.  Asher and Bonnie hooked up, and Connor, Michaela, Wes and Laurel covered up the fact that Wes murdered Sam Keating with the immunity idol. This week’s episode picks up with Annalise, with a spiffy new hairdo, being interviewed by the police.  She explains that she thinks that Sam fled because she told him that she had ordered a DNA test to see who the father of Lila’s baby was.  She’s so convincing that even I almost believe her when she tells the cops that she had no idea that Sam was having an affair until Bonnie told her that evening. Oh, she suspected something but she never had proof before.  While she’s talking, we see what really happened.  When Wes returned to the… Continue
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Best Westerns: For the Love of Cowboys

We are thrilled to have Kimberly Rocha of the fabulous Book Obsessed Chicks here today to discuss one of her favorite romance genres – Westerns! Every month she stops by to make sure you don’t miss her old and new favs set in the wild, wild, West. Kimberly is one of the most well-read, knowledgeable bloggers in all of romance. You can take her recommendations to heart!
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WORTH THE RISK by Claudia Connor

Claudia Connor swept me off my feet again with this beautiful, heartfelt, and passionate romance. The epilogue was just so completely, and utterly perfect. I’m eagerly counting the days until her next story.
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THE AMERICANS, Season 3, Episode 1

The Americans is one of those shows that’s been on my radar since it started two seasons ago. When I was asked to recap it, I was more than excited for a reason to binge-watch so I could catch up. Thank you Romance@Random for giving me this new obsession! To kick off season three, The Americans dives right in with a healthy dose of tension between Elizabeth and Phillip.
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THE RAVEN by Sylvain Reynard

When I got to the last page of THE RAVEN before Christmas, I wondered just how I was going to be able to pull together a review to properly explain just how wonderful this book was. Even now, I’m not sure I could put words into print to do it any justice. It was, in a word, magnificent.
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#HunkDay: Tropical Getaway

Though the blizzard yesterday wasn't all the weather forecasters made it out to be, it still had everyone on the East Coast stuck at home. Which got me thinking about summer, which inevitably led to some daydreaming about a January tropical getaway. And what kind of good daydream doesn't include a sexy man? We gathered together some hotties on the beach to aid in your own tropical musings...
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Romance News: Harlequin Partnership

Today Harlequin announces a partnership with the Professional Bull Riders (PBR), the fastest growing sport in America. For the partnership, Harlequin will publish four novels within the new Harlequin series line, Harlequin Pro Bull Riders, that feature actual PBR bull riders on the covers.
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AGENT CARTER, Episode 4

Last week just wasn’t the same without my dose of the adventures of Peggy Carter. Thankfully this week the show is back, and it has everything. Fist-fights, Nazis, witty banter between Peggy and Jarvis, Howard Stark and as a special bonus, a cameo by Stan Lee! So let’s plunge into the recap.
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QUARTERBACK DRAW by Jaci Burton

In the latest book, QUARTERBACK DRAW, Grant Cassidy and Katrina Korsova meet while on a magazine shoot. Grant is taken with the cool, professional model during the work and makes it his mission to bring some fun into Katrina’s time with him. Katrina is attracted to Grant, but nothing about him fits into her plans to care for her younger sister and brother. But one innocent night with Grant leads to visits to her place in New York, outings with her siblings and Katrina’s carefully constructed world being tossed upside.
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Five Weeks of Fifty: Authors Discuss the Fifty Effect

With over 100 million books sold worldwide, we all know how Fifty Shades of Grey affected readers. But how did this blockbuster series affect romance writers, many of whom were writing erotic content long before Christian Grey became part of the lexicon. Today, six authors share how Fifty Shades of Grey changed the landscape of erotic writing for them.
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Talking with Bestselling Author Rachel Caine

Today I get to chat with the amazing Rachel Caine, the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of more than 45 novels, including the Morganville Vampires, Weather Warden, Revivalist, Outcast Season and Red Letter Days series. Her most recent novel, Prince of Shadows, was recently nominated for Romantic Times's prestigious Book of the Year award for 2014.
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Now, What’s the Postman’s Name Again?

As my Eternity Springs world grows, new characters come to town, new dogs are acquired, and new buildings are built. It’s a challenge to keep them all straight... I realized I needed a system to keep track of their ages, names, occupations, and other things that make up who they are.
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DOWNTON ABBEY, Season 5, Episode 4

I’m writing this as I sit in the break room in the courthouse downtown waiting to see if I’m summoned for a jury pool, worrying about whether or not poor Anna Bates might be facing a jury of her peers sometime soon. See, Sergeant Willis returned to Downton Abbey this week. Anna was seen loitering in front of The Albany, where Lord Gillingham lives, by a plainclothes detective.  Mrs. Hughes explains that Anna and Lord Mary were in London, and Anna was simply dropping off a note for Lord G.  But there’s more, Anna was also seen visiting the scene of Mr. Green’s death near the statue of Eros in Piccadilly Circus which seems suspicious. Mrs. Hughes assures Sergeant Willis that Anna was nowhere near that statue on the day that Mr. Green met his… Continue
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SLEEPY HOLLOW’S Scariest Monster: Inconsistency

So, as many of us have noticed, the show we once looked forward to every week has changed. Before it was fun and ridiculous and boundary pushing, but now it’s just ridiculous. Where did things go wrong, and can they be made right? I’m hoping that tonight’s episode steers the show back towards the right bearings, but here’s my brief overview of some things I think have contributed to the show’s decline. Add your opinions in the comments!
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MORE by Lea Griffith

hree years ago, Ruthie Copeland ran away from an erotic connection that shook her to the core. Now she realizes that Tobias Edwards is the only man who can give her what she craves. Determined to reignite the dangerous flame between them, Ruthie seeks him out at The Underground—and discovers a changed man. Though Ruthie, blind since childhood, cannot see the scars on Toby’s face that forced him to seal off his heart, her gentle submission eases the pain of her body’s only Master.
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BOUND BY FLAMES (Night Prince #3) by Jeaniene Frost

While reading a Jeaniene Frost novel, I have to prepare the space around me to ensure I have the optimal experience. Note: Do I have my tissues? Check. Is there plenty of chocolate for my sudden hormonal cravings generated by intense action scenes that leave my heart beating outside my chest? Check.
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Books to Buy: New Releases January 26

It’s a great week for historical, with new offerings from Sabrina Jeffries, Julia London, and Laura Lee Guhrke. If you prefer your reading in the here-and-now, you’re also in luck with the latest by Kristen Proby, Maya Banks, Carla Neggers and Sara Arden. Paranormal? We’ve got you covered with Jeaniene Frost. Enjoy!
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UNFADED GLORY by Sara Arden

In Glory, Kansas, a fairy-tale wedding has local tongues wagging. But through this false engagement, can a wounded warrior and the woman he's protecting find true love? Byron Hawkins doesn't want to be responsible for anyone ever again. The former Black Ops soldier is better at taking lives than saving them. But on mission in Tunisia to deliver a package to safety, Hawk is dismayed to find that the precious cargo is actually a hostage rescue, and that his orders are to take Princess Demara Petrakis back to US soil and hide her in plain sight—as his newlywed wife. Back in Hawk's hometown of Glory, Kansas, petite, fierce Demara keeps surprising him; she may be royalty, but she's fully trained in martial arts and will sacrifice anything for her country. As the town rallies around the returning hero and his bride, he's finding that it's way too easy to play the part, and after the hell he has seen, that terrifies him. Hawk didn't want another life to save, but the passionate beauty he's sworn to protect might just turn the tables and save him, instead.
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Obsessed with NAKED IN DEATH: My Top Five Quotes

We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we have been obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series. See below to enter to win grand prize package.
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Talking with Kat Martin

Hi, Kimberly! So glad you enjoyed AGAINST THE WILD. I think you’re going to like Nick Brodie and Samantha in AGAINST THE SKY. I think this one has a lot of heart. I was really happy with the book when I finished. Big sigh, hated to see it end. Thanks so much for having me on Romance at Random. Love ya, Kat
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IN HIS KEEPING (Slow Burn #2) by Maya Banks

Arial knows the rules that keep her safe. She's been following them since she was a little girl: Do not tell. Do not show. But in a moment of terror, facing an attacker intent on taking more than just her life, Ari has no choice but to unleash the psychic powers she's been hiding since childhood. Now, with her abilities revealed, a bigger threat looms—something that makes her question everything she thought she knew about her parents and her secretive upbringing. But this isn't a fight she can face on her own. As the head of Devereaux Security, Beau Devereaux is no stranger to the strange. But when he takes on a new client—a beautiful young woman with an extraordinary gift—Beau isn't prepared for the extent of his attraction to her. What began as a simple assignment, just another job, quickly turns personal as Beau discovers he'll do anything at all to protect Ari. No matter what it costs him personally. Even his heart and soul.
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ECHO LAKE by Carla Neggers

In snowy Swift River Valley, unexpected romance is just around the corner… Heather Sloan has landed her dream job—the renovation of Vic Scarlatti's stately 1912 country home overlooking the icy waters of Echo Lake in Knights Bridge, Massachusetts. It's the perfect project for the family business, but for once, Heather is in charge. Diplomatic Security Service agent Brody Hancock left Knights Bridge at eighteen, a few steps ahead of arrest and the wrath of Heather's older brothers. Though Brody had never planned to return, Vic, a retired diplomat and friend, needs his help.
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Character Interview: HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART’s Sam Ward

The hero in my book HIS SMALL-TOWN SWEETHEART is Sam Ward. He was in the previous two books of my Ward Brothers trilogy. In this book, Sam finds his match, but I wondered what it would be like for Sam to have gone on a date prior to his own story. So I went to eHarmony and found a post on 10 First Date Questions You Probably Haven’t Thought Of. Bear with me as this is my first and probably only character interview. (BTW I can’t guarantee much, Sam’s a hard nut to crack.)
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HERO by Samantha Young

Alexa Holland’s father was her hero—until her shocking discovery that she and her mother weren’t his only family. Ever since, Alexa has worked to turn her life in a different direction and forge her own identity outside of his terrible secrets,. But when she meets a man who’s as damaged by her father’s mistakes as she is, Alexa must help him. Caine Carraway wants nothing to do with Alexa’s efforts at redemption, but it’s not so easy to push her away. Determined to make her hate him, he brings her to the edge of her patience and waits for her to walk away. But his actions only draw them together and, despite the odds, they begin an intense and explosive affair. Only Caine knows he can never be the white knight that Alexa has always longed for. And when they’re on the precipice of danger, he finds he’ll do anything to protect either one of them from being hurt again...
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Obsessed with NAKED IN DEATH: A Week-Long Re-Read

We’re thrilled to be the second stop on the J.D. Robb In Death series re-read countdown to the publication of Book #40 Robb OBSESSION IN DEATH on February 10! All week long we will be obsessing over the book that started the phenomenon, NAKED IN DEATH. HEA launched the announcement last week, and our friends at Heroes & Heartbreakers and Smexy Books will take over the final two weeks, with excerpts, re-reads, conversations about the series. Today, our contributor Deb S. shares her love for the book that started it all, NAKED IN DEATH.