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For the Love of Cowboys: Best Westerns

  Welcome to fall! There are so many amazing western romances out and it truly is hard to get to them all. I have picked just a select few that I’d like to share with you. Slow Hand by Victoria Vane A sizzling beginning in her Hot Cowboy Nights series. A great story and even greater characters make this a must-read. I love how Nikki’s misconceptions about men get totally blown out of the water when she meets Wade. From the first, Wade is an honorable and good man on one end of the spectrum and a totally to die for lover on the other. He brings emotions out of Nikki she had no idea she had. These two are on fire, and it’s that fire that Nikki is afraid will burn out. Slow Hand … Continued

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, Season 1, Episode 5

Annalise and her team defends a cop’s son who shot his father in order to protect his battered mother. Annalise lectures that this kind of emotional case hinges on jury selection. Get the right jury, and they have a good chance. They need all the luck they can get especially once the DA manages to get the allegations of abuse thrown out of court. Laurel keeps a handy dandy chart listing which way she thinks a particular jury is leaning. I’m surprised that she didn’t have a PowerPoint flow chart, complete with statistical probability. But when it looks like they don’t have enough jurors on their side, despite Connor sexting one juror nick-named ‘The Lumberjack’ (Will there ever be a case that doesn’t involve Connor’s sex life?) and exposing his pro-police leanings, Laurel decides to … Continued

DIRTY ROWDY THING by Christina Lauren

There is a certain “dirtiness” to the male characters in a Christina Lauren book and I always look forward to seeing just which level of dirtiness the new male lead will have.  Let’s just say, I was definitely not disappointed in Finn Rogers and his expertise with rope.  Well…he is a fisherman after all. Dirty Rowdy Thing brings us the story of Finn Rogers and Harlow Vega.  They met in Vegas, were married for twelve hours, and now find themselves part of this dual trio of best friends.  Finn is the rugged outdoorsman who is often quiet and takes on a heavy burden for his family.  But there is just something about him and Harlow that has him letting go, being more himself.  And that version of Finn is a very dirty, very sexual man.  … Continued

The Socially Awkward Hero

You can have all the dominant billionaires, ex-Navy Seals, and alpha werewolves. Let them out-posture each other in an arrogant fight for your love. I’m here to speak for the other kind of quiet hero: not the strong, silent type, but the shy, socially awkward type. The misunderstood genius, the stodgy aristocrat, the introverted businessman. The men who are so far from alpha that they’re all the way to zeta. In my armchair analysis, I’d say that one of the best characteristics of the awkward zeta hero is that, once he’s won, he is singularly focused on his heroine. Unlike the alpha hero, who sees the outside world as a threat to his relationship and stands aggressively in front of his heroine, the zeta hero barely notices the outside world at all. His thoughts and … Continued

THE BURIED by Shelley Coriell

Secrets from the past. Voices from the grave. Because nothing stays buried forever… Cypress Bend, Florida, is a small southern bayou town filled with long-buried secrets. It’s also the home of successful, fiercely independent state prosecutor Grace Courtemanche, who’s pulled into a world of terror and self-doubt when she receives a phone call from a young woman buried alive. In a race to stop a revenge-seeking killer, Grace unearths skeletons from her past along with feelings for the one man she swore she’d never need again, Theodore “Hatch” Hatcher, a rootless, smooth-talking FBI crisis negotiator who’s back in Cypress Bend to deal with a secret of his own. Well, I have a new author and a new series I’m excited about. I loved this book; I need the first book, and I’ll be reading the … Continued

#HunkDay: Boys of Baseball

Katie Rose, author of the Boys of Summer series all about baseball hotties, has agreed to curate this week’s list of hunks. If you like what you see, you should check out Bring On The Heat and Too Hot To Handle for more baseball hero action.  Here’s what Katie has to say about the hunk day: With the World Series upon us, I decided to launch our own Dream Team. This, of course, has nothing to do with the game, and everything to do with the Hottest Hunks in baseball! When it comes to tall, dark, and dreamy, it’s pretty hard to top Cole Hamels. And if biceps are your thing, check out C.J. Wilson. And if washboard abs turn you on, maybe Hunter Pence is your man.  So when the real game begins and someone asks you why … Continued

SONS OF ANARCHY, Season 7, Episode 7

If you have been keeping up with this season you know that things have been less than peaceful. The death toll alone will make your head spin. In this episode, titled “Greensleeves,” we find that survival of some characters will come at a high price. The ride may be ending for some, but for others it’s a clear open road. The episode opens with Jax giving Juice back his cut. Juice tells Jax he’s sorry. They are on the side of the road in the dessert, and shown in writing on the side of a mountain is JT and his date of Jax’s Father’s death. Gemma tells Wendy that the club has Juice. Wendy asks if Gemma thinks Juice told Jax that they helped him. Wendy says she’s not running anymore. Even though Gemma suggests … Continued

Chatting with Jack and Jasinda Wilder About Love, Books, and Beta

Jasinda Wilder brought sexy back for women of a certain size in her bestselling Big Girls Do It series. She cracked open our hearts with the emotional, poignant, and gut wrenching love story in Falling Into You. She gave us a good girl with a big problem, a hot movie to help, in Stripped. And she made us all feel the heat–the searing, lusty, jump-your-man, sexual kind–in Alpha.

Her newest book, Beta, is a sequel that promises to take us on a hot, sexy, thrilling mystery ride with one of our favorite dominant males, Valentine Roth.

SLEEPY HOLLOW, Season 2, Episode 5

In the last few episodes, Abbie and Ichabod have had to deal with a Franklinstein’s monster (still funny, guys) and a Pied Piper, as well as a nasty inner demon transmitted via coin. Tonight’s episode dips into folkloric monsters again, and brings a blast from Ichabod’s past.

Five Things That Inspire Me

I’ve heard authors talk about how devastating it can be when inspiration fails them. How there is nothing more soul sucking than staring at a blank document on the computer screen, or a blank page in a notebook. I won’t lie and tell you that I’ve never experienced the feeling. But whenever it has, I turn to some foolproof options to find my focus. In no particular order, they are: Nature: I love watching the vast assortment of birds, foxes, deer, the occasional bobcat, turkeys (no, not my husband) and yes, even snakes in my backyard. Decorating for the season: My family thinks I go overboard to make my home festive for whichever holiday I’m celebrating. Personally, I could go for more stuff both inside and outside. I used to work at a shopping mall … Continued

For Love and Money: The Wealthy Hero

My grandma raised her family during The Great Depression, and even though fortunes were lost in the Crash of 1929, the family did okay.  There was money saved (in mattresses, I think) and a solid business, so no one went hungry or went without shoes.  But still, my grandmother used to say, “It’s just as easy to love a rich man as a poor man.”  Her advice was all about self-preservation, of course; a practical consideration for a woman of her era. Through history, money and power have made men more desirable as mates.  It has made them sought after. Made them sexy. So, is the bank book at the root of the popularity of the millionaire/billionaire hero? I guess the glitzy lifestyle has its appeal–the promise of luxury is always tempting. But in truth, … Continued

MADE FOR YOU (The Best Mistake #2) By Lauren Layne

Brynn is celebrating her thirty-first birthday in a bathroom stall. Well, the party is outside, but she’s having a meltdown on a toilet seat after having been ambushed with a surprise party by her younger sister Sophie. This is not how Brynn had planned her life, still single and childless at thirty-one. She has made very rigid lists and goals of what she wants to complete and the timeline in which she wants it done. When her boyfriend fails to propose at the party and later breaks up with her, her meltdown grows to epic proportions as she tries to find her real happiness, not the happiness she had planned as the perfect orthodontist everyone knows her as. What will it take for Brynn to realize where her true happiness lies? Will it be too … Continued

Hardcore Alpha vs. Sensual Seducer

My romance-loving friends and I debate all the time over which kind of leading man is more alluring. While I tend to veer toward the alpha just about every time, I do love the teasing sensual seducer as well. Let’s do a little compare/contrast, shall we? First, our seducer has patience. Our alpha clearly doesn’t even know the definition of the word. The alpha has one goal—her—and he wants her now. No bed required—a good, sturdy wall will do (or desk, pool table, whatever). On the other hand, the seducer is a master of the art of seduction, savoring the slow, tantalizing love-play. For he knows that her surrender will make the reward even more sweet. Another trait our seducer has is charm. Within the seducer’s arsenal of charm is his bone-melting, heart-stopping smile as … Continued

LISTEN UP, PHILIP

Listen Up Philip is a peculiar film, shot somewhat like a wildlife documentary, on why you should never ever date a writer of literary fiction.  If you’ve ever dated such a writer and had it end badly, you’ll get a few solid laughs out of movie that is both incredibly on point and largely grating. The titular Philip (Jason Schwartzman) is feeling disaffected with everything upon the release of his second novel. He finds the perfectly reasonable publicity demands of his publisher unreasonable, grouses that his girlfriend Ashley Kane (Elizabeth Moss) isn’t interested enough in his work because she has her own career as a photographer, and is flummoxed when his book receives little critical notice. The one bright spot in his life is interest in his career from an older writer, Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan … Continued

HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, Season 1, Episode 4

“Why is your penis on a dead girl’s phone?” ABC promised that Viola Davis’ last nine words would be a shocker and they were. Perhaps not as shocking as “Which one you bitches is my mother?” (From the miniseries LACE), but ‘Murder’ certainly is not playing around.  This show is burning through plot faster than I go through a bag of Lay’s potato chips. Seriously this show just got a full-pickup for the season, so we are in for a hell of a ride if the writers keep up the pace they’ve already set.  This week’s episode not only contained some seriously hot sex, but also a suicide, so many betrayals, sex tapes, people freaking out, and the gruesome dismemberment of a corpse. The episode opens as usual with a flash forward to the night … Continued

ONE IN A MILLION by Jill Shalvis

Jill Shalvis has done it again. The Lucky Harbor series has been a favorite of mine since Jax came strutting onto the first page.  After twelve books, the residents of Lucky Harbor worked their way into my heart so it was bittersweet reading One in a Million knowing this was going to be the last one. Luckily for us, this book goes out with a bang. I really enjoyed the premise of this story. Callie, a virtual wedding planner, doesn’t believe in love, but she’s willing to sell it and her relationship advice on her web site tyingtheknot.com.  But Callie really is a closet romantic who had her dreams destroyed when she was left at the altar. Figuring it was safer to say she didn’t believe in love any more than to put herself out there, she lived a pretty … Continued

Cover Reveal: NAKED by Logan Belle

Today I am excited to share exclusively here at R@R the cover for my upcoming erotic romance Naked. This cover is particularly special to me because unlike my previous experiences writing novels, this cover influenced the story. Naked was the first time I had a final cover before I had a finished book. In the midst of working on the story, with this hot cover in front of me, I was inspired to kick everything up a notch. Naked is the story of Gia Capello, a young woman who witnesses a shocking crime and takes refuge in a private, elite sex club — where the secrecy of her new identity is threatened by a powerful client who ignites her deepest desires. I hope this cover sparks your interest in this erotic love story as much … Continued

FREED (Club Sin #3.5) by Stacey Kennedy

Mary Schmidt knows only too well how thrilling a Master’s touch can be. Her husband, Charles, had been her ultimate fantasy, a seducer in the erotic dance of dominance and submission. She misses the sensual lifestyle they shared, but mourns him so deeply she cannot bear to embrace her submissive needs with another Dom—until a man who exudes temptation reawakens desires she can no longer deny. Elliott Foster is dazzled by Mary. He instantly knows that she’s the woman he’s been waiting for—a woman who turns games into need. As her Master, he dares to unlock the deepest pleasures of her flesh, releasing her from pain and healing her mind. When Mary’s lithe body comes to life under his, he knows their connection goes beyond sex. Now that he has found the perfect woman, the … Continued

OH, NAUGHTY NIGHT! by Leslie Kelly

Every Halloween party has its share of eye candy, and journalist Chaz Browning has just spotted a treat he can’t resist: a deliciously wicked witch with sparkly red hair and deep, dark eyes that promise all kinds of sexy tricks. She wants no names. No strings. Just a night of lust-filled magic. The witch’s mask may hide her face, but Lulu Vandenberg knows exactly who Chaz is. They spent most of their childhoods tormenting each other. So the moment Chaz touches her and everything turns to lust, Lulu knows she can never reveal her identity. But desire has a memory of its own, and Chaz has vowed to find his fantasy woman before the holidays end. I’m a huge fan of Leslie Kelly’s books. With Oh, Naughty Night! readers get to have Halloween, Thanksgiving and … Continued

WHAT A LADY NEEDS FOR CHRISTMAS by Grace Burrowes

To escape a scandal, Lady Joan Flynn flees her family’s estate in the Scottish Highlands. She needs a husband by Christmas, or the holidays will ring in nothing but ruin. Practical, ambitious mill owner Dante Hartwell offers to marry Joan, because a wellborn wife is his best chance of gaining access to aristocratic investors. As Christmas—and trouble—draw nearer, Dante and Joan’s marriage of convenience blossoms into unexpected intimacy, for true love often hides beneath the most unassuming holiday wrapping. He didn’t want to help her, but when his precious daughter, Charlie, makes him feel guilty, Dante Hartwell invites Lady Joan Flynn to join them on their travels to house parties for the holidays. Joan has fled Edinburgh is distress after trusting the man she cared for turns into a rather compromising situation. An ambitious man … Continued

Talking WINTER STREET with Elin Hilderbrand

I’m excited to share a conversation with one of my absolute favorite authors, Elin Hilderbrand. She is the bestselling writer Kirkus calls “The queen of the summer novel,” and this week she publishes her first holiday book, WINTER STREET. I asked what inspired her to leave the summertime shores behind, if she plays favorites with her books, and what we can look forward to next. JB: After publishing over a dozen novels set in the summertime on Nantucket, you have written a Winter Street. What made you decide to explore a new season for your story telling? EH: My publisher, Hachette, asked for a Christmas novel, and I thought it would be fun.  I am happy to say, the novel basically wrote itself.  I found it exciting to write a novel that didn’t have the beach in it!  … Continued

THE MINDY PROJECT, Season 3, Episode 5

Mindy and Danny are coming back from a wedding. Mindy is driving since Danny had one two many. A cop pulls them over but Mindy isn’t worried because she’s never gotten a ticket. When the police officer approaches the car Mindy first tries lying, then starts crying to get her way out of the ticket. The officer lets her go because she reminds him of his “demented aunt.” Mindy thinks she should get a reward for getting out of a ticket. Cut to the cop coming back to the car to check if they’re okay because their car has been parked for quiet a while. Judging by Mindy’s smile and her underwear around Danny’s neck I’d say they’re more than fine. At the office, Peter is upset that his friend had to drop out of … Continued

#HunkDay: Hockey Hotties

It’s that time of the week again: Hunk Day! You’ve made it to Wednesday and you deserve a treat! Yesterday, ALEX, the first of Sawyer Bennett’s Cold Fury Hockey Series launched and after looking at the cover all day, we couldn’t help but make today’s hunk day a hockey hotties bonanza. Enjoy these sexy ice skating hunks. They may not be just like Alex Crossman from the Cold Fury team, but I think they’ll do… We’ve picked five to feature here but there will be more hotties popping up on our Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. What do you think? Are you a big hockey fan?  1. Starting off with an old favorite: Ryan Kesler. Yum!    2. So this is what it’s like to get a sneak peek into the locker room….   3. This … Continued

Strip Club Confessions

Today novelist Rachel Blaufeld joins us to talk candidly about how going to strip clubs inspired her novels Electrified and Smoldered.   The question I’m asked the most is, “Did you go to strip clubs before, during, or after writing this? Are you going today? Now? Tomorrow?” Friends ask my husband, extended family members question my mother, readers are extremely curious if I have friends who are strippers, and most of my husband’s gang has offered join me in doing research. Okay, are you ready? Cue Drumroll. Yes. The answer is yes. I have in fact been to a number of strip clubs before writing Electrified. While the Electric Tunnel doesn’t really exist and all the characters that work there are fictitious, I don’t think it would be wise to write a book about the … Continued

SONS OF ANARCHY, Season 7, Episode 6

Can Sons Of Anarchy twist you up anymore? Each episode in this final season keeps on hitting us with more and more punches. What can possibly happen next? This week’s episode,”Smoke Em If YouGot Em,” proves that they are just getting started, and the final ride is in full gear. We open with Gemma walking down the side of the road. Apparently, she survived the assassination attempt. Jax and the Sons are shown looking at the destroyed Diosa. They all take a drink, and Jax says, “sorry ladies we made it right.” Wendy is shown talking to Bobby. Wendy asks what will happen now. Wendy tells Bobby he loves Jax. Bobby responds with “we all do.” Wendy admits to Bobby that she still loves Jax. Nero arrives and asks what they will do now. They … Continued

Flight of Fancy: Inspiration for ALL MESSED UP

I’ve been travelling a lot the last few years, to conventions and writing retreats, and on vacations. When I’m travelling alone I spend a lot of time in airports people watching and eavesdropping and of course, as a writer, wondering “what if….?” Well, my latest release All Messed up is that story of what if…? Who is that attractive stranger? What if he was attracted to you? What if your flight got cancelled and you had to spend the night in a strange city? What if that stranger seemed to be the one person who understood you better than anyone else? And what happens when your flight leaves the next morning? I had the idea for a story about two strangers who meet in an airport and form a connection a long time ago, but … Continued

SHOOTING SCARS (The Artists Trilogy #2) By Karina Halle

Shooting Scars picks up right where Sins and Needles left off. Javier has taken Ellie against her will and Camden is left with his wife and son back in California. Both Ellie and Javier are left to analyze their feelings for each other and each wonder if there is still a chance for the two of them to reconnect. Ellie soon learns what Javier’s plans are for her and they’re not exactly the punishment she was expecting. She had assumed that he would want retribution for conning him and leaving, however he has bigger plans for her, all in the name of her exacting revenge on the man who wrecked her life, Travis. It remains unclear what Javier’s motivation is for Ellie to kill Travis. Camden is nearly killed when his ex-wife sets him up … Continued

SLEEPY HOLLOW, Season 2, Episode 4

This week, we have a great IchAbbie-centric episode. Yes, Hawley, Henry, and Irving make appearances, but there is no focus on Katrina and Headless, or the new sheriff in town, or Abbie and Jenny’s past and present relationship. The storyline focuses on two buds just hanging: listening to world music, hiking in the woods, having coffee dates…okay, this is Sleepy Hollow, so things aren’t that simple, but the bulk of the story focuses on our duo, with the Apocalypse serving as a backdrop after dominating the first three episodes. The show starts off with a young girl walking out of a big house into the misty woods, but then cuts to something a bit more fun—Ichabod is learning to drive! After Abbie gives him a pep talk, he’s ready to roll: “Let us release our … Continued

Get Ready for a Romance Riot with A.L. Jackson

Author Logan Belle chatted with A.L. Jackson about an exciting new event. Here’s her report….  I recently read about a new, one-day romance convention coming here to New York. The name, Romance Riot, grabbed my attention and I had to know more. Today I talk to the co-founder, author A.L. Jackson about what inspired this event, which will feature authors such as Alice Clayton, Jasinda Wilder, Gail McHugh, and many others..   So what is Romance Riot? Is this the first year, or have you hosted the convention before? Romance Riot is a one-day event held in the heart of New York City. The signing features thirty-five bestselling romance authors. This is our first year, and we’re incredibly excited for it.   How did the idea for the Romance Riot convention come about? Who came … Continued

COVER HIM WITH DARKNESS by Janine Ashbless

In a remote and mountainous part of Europe, a priest keeps a dark secret beneath his chapel—a prisoner. Even the holy man does not know how long he has been there—hundreds of years, perhaps, or even longer. The priest’s fear is that anyone in his parish would ever come in contact with his mysterious and unholy charge. But what happens is even worse than he could have ever imagined. His lovely young daughter Milja, whose innocence and devotion to God he prizes over all else, trails her father into the cavern and catches a glimpse of the prisoner, a beautiful being like the most handsome of men, and yet not. She looks into his eyes and sees pain and wisdom and eternity. Unable to keep away from this silent creature chained to an altar stone, … Continued