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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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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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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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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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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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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: My Yearly 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, and a grand prize package giveaway. Today, our contributor Liza Brown shares why she re-reads NAKED IN DEATH at least once a year.
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SLEEPY HOLLOW, Season 2, Episode 13

  Okay, this has been my least favorite episode so far this season, although not very many of them have been crowd pleasers. It starts out with an art restorer working on a painting of a man working on a painting. How meta. (There’s a term for this, but I’m too annoyed to Google.)The man in the painting starts bleeding; in fact the whole painting starts gushing blood and instead of running away the restorer tries to stanch it. No, dude. First rule of art restoration: get out of there if some antique piece you’re working on starts going all stigmata on you. Also, don’t use your fingers to touch said blood. Shouldn’t he be wearing gloves? The bleeding stops and the blood disappears, leaving the art restorer confused. Back at Corbin’s cabin, which Katrina… Continue
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DOWNTON ABBEY, Season Five, Episode 3

Sunday night’s episode of Downton Abbey was chock full of juicy revelations, with a heavy focus on the women in the house. Despite Tony the Tiger’s best efforts, Mary is having buyer‘s remorse.  While he may be a stud muffin between the sheets, out of bed it appears he bores Mary to tears. Still she’s not ready to cut him loose just yet.  When he suggests announcing their engagement as quickly as possible, she tells him that she wants to do things right, her reputation has been tarnished once already. So Mary must have played true confessions and told Tony all about her dalliance with Mr. Parmuk. But did she also tell him that she killed Parmuk with her lady parts? Just as Mary is remarking to Tony how lucky they were that they haven’t… Continue
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BURNED by Karen Marie Moning

To put it simply, Burned is an adventure from the beginning to the end. Moning delivers an on-the-edge-of-your-seat story with her signature finesse. Enthralling, powerful, and downright sexy, Burned is everything you’ve been aching for and more.
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Fire Me Up (Pine Mountain #4) by Kimberly Kincaid

Fire Me Up is the fourth book in the Pine Mountain Series and what a treat it was!! Kincaid not only writes about beautiful scenery in Pine Mountain, but she also brings some amazing characters that you won’t be able to get enough of.
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REVEALING RUBY (Bound and Determined #1.5) by Lavinia Kent

As the proprietress of London’s most discreet house of pleasure, Madame Rouge—Ruby to her clientele—prefers to keep her own company. The first rule in her establishment? She never, ever personally entertains the customers. However, the tall, dark, and provocatively tattooed American sailor who shows up on her doorstep makes Ruby wonder whether some rules were made to be broken. If she indulges, even just once, Ruby’s loyal patrons might get the wrong idea. If she doesn’t, she may never stop fantasizing about where that tattoo leads. . . .
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COME THE MORNING by Heather Graham

COME THE MORNING by Heather Graham is the first in her epic family saga that follows the Grahams (note: first published in 2000 under the name Shannon Drake). The story introduces us to the Laird Lion, Waryk de Graham, King David of Scotland’s fiercest fighter.
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Surrender (Devil’s Den #1) By Violetta Rand

Ever since her mother kicked her out, twenty-year-old Robyn Gonzalez has been working the poles at the Devil’s Den, saving up to finish college and travel the world. With only her wits and her gorgeous body to rely on, Robyn has learned to be independent—fiercely independent. She’s never been tempted to let a man distract her from her dreams . . . until she meets the dead-sexy Garrick Dempsey.
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THE PRINCE (The Florentine #.05) by Sylvain Reynard

THE PRINCE, a novella by Sylvain Reynard, is a prequel to THE RAVEN, the first full-length novel in his new Florentine series. I find the term “novella” to be too dull and lifeless to describe THE PRINCE. I believe the word “prelude” would be much more appropriate because it effectively expresses the beauty and lyrical prose of this short work.
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HUNGRY LIKE THE WOLF by Paige Tyler

The Dallas SWAT team is hiding one helluva secret . . . they're a pack of wolf shifters. The team of elite sharpshooters is ultra-secretive—and also the darlings of Dallas. This doesn't sit well with investigative journalist Mackenzie Stone. They must be hiding something . . . and she's determined to find out what. Keeping Mac at a distance proves impossible for SWAT team commander Gage Dixon. She's smart, sexy, and makes him feel alive for the first time in years. But she's getting dangerously close to the truth—and perilously close to his heart.
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AGENT CARTER, Episode 2

All the Agent Carter action you can handle in weekly recaps with Elizabeth K. Mahon.
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WOLVES’ BANE by Angela Addams

Morgan Stills is a woman without a future. At least, that’s what the carnival psychic tells her. Love is foretold as well, but too bad. She’s already been marked for death. She no sooner flees the psychic’s tent when she’s confronted by the biggest wolf she’s ever seen. A wolf that talks to her—right before she’s enveloped in a black cloak and dragged away.
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A SINGLE KISS by Grace Burrowes

So, as Romance at Random’s resident Grace Burrowes super fangirl, I saw this book and was like, “Grace Burrowes wrote a contemporary? Gimme!”
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CROUCHING TIGER, FORBIDDEN VAMPIRE By Kerrelyn Sparks

Fifteen books ago, Kerrelyn Sparks had me at hello with this series. Any author that kicks off a series with an ancient vampire breaking off a fang biting into a blow up sex doll, only to fall in love with a dentist who faints at the sight of blood, is an author I need to read and possibly become best friends with! CROUCHING TIGER, FORBIDDEN VAMPIRE ties up this wonderful series with the correct amount of emotion and humor we’ve grown to love and expect from Kerrelyn Sparks.
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NOTHING BETWEEN US by Roni Loren

Unlike the heroine of her popular thriller series, Georgia Delaune can’t afford to take risks or push sexual boundaries—unless you count spying through her neighbor’s bedroom window, and never missing a single move he makes. Colby Wilkes is more than willing to put on a show for the alluring woman next door. But his dominant side aches to show her the pleasures of submission up close. As a counselor, Colby is sensitive to Georgia’s fears. As a Dom at The Ranch, a private BDSM retreat, he’s the perfect teacher to unleash her passion. But just as Georgia lowers her emotional barriers, an unexpected complication arrives: a bad boy musician from Colby’s past who adds fuel to her heated imagination. Now, the lonely author has two gorgeous men eager to fulfill every fantasy she’s ever written—and one she’s never dared to dream….