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HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, Season 1, Episode 6

This week’s episode shines the spotlight on everyone’s favorite jerk Asher. If you’ve been dying to learn more about the loveable frat boy, this episode is for you. If you think that he’s an entitled asshole, you might want to skip this one. In the flash-forward, we see Asher getting ready for Bonfire Night, goofily dancing around his apartment, until he realizes the immunity idol is gone. He suspects Michaela of stealing it and storms over to Annalise’s house to confront her. Again we see the others hiding from Asher, although Laurel wants to bring him into their circle of doom. Wes and Rebecca veto that notion. Michaela sends him a text telling him that she’s at the library. Later on, as they are driving to find a gas station, Connor almost hits Asher with… Continue
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SCANDAL Season 4, Episode 5

This week’s episode, “An Innocent Man,” opens with Olivia (Kerry Washington) swimming laps in her now familiar white one-piece in her equally familiar indoor pool, a sexy montage of memories of lovemaking with Jake (Scott Foley) and then Fitz (Tony Goldwyn) and then Jake again firing off in her head. Her father, Rowan Pope AKA Command (Joe Morton) stands poolside, bringing her “torn between two lovers” reverie to an abrupt end. Olivia awakens from the dream, screaming. Reality is far worse than any love triangle. Jake is still in custody in the bowels of The Pentagon, being interrogated for orchestrating the killing of Jerry, the President’s teenage son. (In reality, Rowan ordered the hit and then framed Jake). Former gladiator and restored BFF, Abby (Darby Stanchfield) has spent the night at Olivia’s, and she rushes… Continue
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DESTINY’S CAPTIVE by Beverly Jenkins

Destiny’s Captive is the third book in Beverly Jenkins’s wonderful Destiny series, which follows the travails of the three Yates brothers and the strong-willed women they fall madly in love with. The books are set, for the most part, on the California ranch of matriarch Alanza Yates; Alanza has spent most of her life working hard to make her ranch profitable after a fall from grace from the Spanish gentry. Each installment has offered a fun, unique romp through the history of the American West, with memorable characters and Jenkins’s signature penchant for fast-paced adventure. In Destiny’s Embrace, Lanza’s rancher (step)son Logan falls for the virgin seamstress his mother has bought in from Philadelphia to be his housekeeper. In Destiny’s Surrender, lady’s man lawyer Drew loses his heart to Billie the sharp-shooting whore… Continue
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SEALING THE DEAL by Sandy James

When Bethany Rogers’s sister dies in combat in Afghanistan, Bethany, a teacher and part-time interior decorator, takes in the nine-month-old daughter her sister left behind. As she struggles with the challenges of raising a young child, she gratefully accepts the help of her fellow Ladies Who Lunch as well as Robert Ashford, her longtime friend and boss at Ashford Homes. Robert is great with kids and has always mentioned wanting a family of his own. Beth soon feels more than gratitude toward her handsome helper, and longs to give in to the growing heat and desire brewing between them. But will loving Robert further complicate her already spinning-out-of-control life? And is he drawn to her, or to the idea of a ready-made family?    Sealing the Deal is the third installment in Sandy… Continue
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SONS OF ANARCHY, Season 7, Episode 8

If last week’s episode was any indication of where the season is headed, then my nerves are going to be shot by the series end. I’m just hoping for the club to receive some good karma, and soon. In episode, eight titled “The Separation Of Crows,” we are thrown right into the drama of it all. Hold on to your seats —  this one is a doozy. The episode opens somberly with Jax sitting on the roof of the compound. Gemma is still at the cabin. Wendy is shown with the kids. Juice tells a prison guard, he is ready to talk, and Bobby; poor Bobby is shown alive with a bandage over his eye. Chibbs finds Jax on the roof contemplating his options regarding August Marks actions against the club. Chibbs acts as a… Continue
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SLEEPY HOLLOW, Season 2, Episode 6


In the last episode, Ichabod had to deal with the ex from Hell (or one of its adjacent circles) and confront the fact that his wife has straight-up lied to him on several fronts, so it makes sense that we open with Abbie and Ichabod getting hot and sweaty together: they’re doing yoga. She’s trying to help him to find some inner peace because he’s been anxious since his argument with Katrina. He says he’s fine, but Abbie encourages him to just talk about his feelings, and yoga gives way to an impromptu therapy session in which Ichabod reveals he’s disappointed and hurt and doesn’t know if he can fully trust Katrina anymore. They end up at a bar, because drinking a beer is much easier than standing on your head, when a fight breaks… Continue
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A BOLLYWOOD AFFAIR by Sonali Dev

When I first started reading A Bollywood Affair, I groaned inwardly; The hero and heroine displayed two of my pet peeves: Mili manages to be completely beautiful and graceful, while at the same time self-effacing and so clumsy she can’t walk for two steps without ending up in the emergency room. That kind of heroine. The hero, Samir, is a womanizing Bollywood dude-bro with some seriously misogynistic views who is bored by all of the skanks around him until he sees our special snowflake of a heroine. That kind of hero. But as I read (and read and couldn’t put the book down), I was completely pulled into the story by Dev’s wonderfully detailed writing — it’s beautiful, really — and her skillful storytelling. Mili and Samir weren’t that kind of anything. They were… Continue
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LADY ELINOR’S WICKED ADVENTURES by Lillian Marek

Tortured by want, Harcourt “Harry”de Vaux escaped to the continent to avoid his infatuation with his best friend Pip’s sister and to run from his scandalous parents. Now he’s back and Lady Elinor “Norrie” Tremaine is most definitely not the girl he got into scrapes with when they were young. No, now she’s sneaking off to the garden with rakes simply to discover if she’s thought to be sweet or saucy. Still, she’s as easy to be around as she ever was—at least when Harry isn’t fighting the green monster of jealousy. But Lord Penworth’s daughter is not for Harry. Norrie deserves someone not mired in scandal. So when the family invites him on a trip to Italy, Harry is resolutely against it. Indebted to Lord and Lady Penworth for treating him immeasurably better than… Continue
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I SAW HER STANDING THERE by Marie Force

If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the Green Mountain series by Marie Force you are definitely missing out. It’s one of the most charming and heartwarming small town romance series that I’ve read. I was giddy to dive in again with the Abbott family and all their quirky, but lovable members. Lincoln Abbott, the patriarch, and Elmer, the grandfather have been busy in the last two novels matchmaking and this time Colton, Lincoln’s son, was their target in I Saw Her Standing There. Colton Abbott is the mountain man of the siblings, running the maple sugaring operation pretty much on his own. He lives without running water and electricity staying close to the family’s original way of producing maple syrup. Colton’s used to a solitary life mostly just on his own… Continue
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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… Continue
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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. … Continue
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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… Continue
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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.
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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… Continue
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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… Continue
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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… Continue
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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… Continue
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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… Continue
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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… Continue
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HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, Season 1, Episode 3

The show flashes forward to the Bonfire Night that will never die.  Only this time we get to see what happened before the Circle of Four made their pact to destroy the body. We see Annalise’s office and poor Sam’s dead body bleeding all over the expensive rug. Wes is comforting damsel in distress Rebecca but Michaela is just losing it. Girlfriend is over in a corner whimpering like a tiny child. Connor is having none of her behavior but Laurel tries to calm her down. Can we just press pause for a moment here to discuss the fact that while these law students may not have committed murder, they are definitely accessories what with the destroying of evidence and lying to law enforcement? AND IT IS ONLY THE FIRST SEMESTER PEOPLE! We flashback to… Continue
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SCANDAL, Season 4, Episode 3

Just when I thought Scandal couldn’t possibly get anymore twisty, I watched last night’s episode and well… W-O-W! The episode opens with newcomer cast member, RNC chairperson, Lizzie Bear (Portia de Rossi) doing kid drop off duty at school—and rendezvousing with the head of a prominent gun lobbying group. (Can we say multi-tasking!) Also dropping off his kids, he’s none too happy about their Republican president’s sudden championing of gun control legislation. “Does your gun lobbyist badge ever come off?” she asks with a mocking smile. He assures her that these days he sleeps with it on. In a legal countermove, the pro-gun faction has engineered an appeal of the new legislation in the mostly conservative Fourth Circuit Court. Still, the outcome is less than certain. Judge Sparks, who in the past has waffled between… Continue
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The Mindy Project, Episode 4

Mindy and Danny are loving their relationship. Danny is more romantic every day, giving Mindy extra apple pie, a beautiful necklace and remembering her nose hair trimmer. Just little surprises to let her know he cares. Except sometimes surprises aren’t so great. Like when during sex your boyfriend tries to get to fifth base, aka trying the backdoor, aka the ultimate form of birth control, aka visiting Margaret (okay that last one may be made up but you get the picture). Danny insists it “just slipped.” But Mindy isn’t having it. At the office, Peter and Tamra are having breakfast. Dr. Reed comes in and tries to sit at their table. Tamra tells him no way is that happening. Everyone in the office is mad at Dr. Reed for stealing Lauren from Peter. #teampeter Morgan… Continue
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SONS OF ANARCHY, Season 7, Episode 5

This season is unforgettable so far. My head is still spinning from last week’s episode. I’m not sure if my heart can handle an entire season. As a dedicated fan I’ll try: the benefits outweigh the latter. With the latest episode, titled “Some Strange Eruption,” things get even bumpier. We open with Jax smoking a cigarette and taking in the Diosa aftermath. Nero asks Jax why Linn would go so far. Jax tells him he doesn’t have a reason. Nero agrees to tell Boraski what happened. Gemma is with Juice when Happy calls to tell her what happened at Diosa. Gemma tells Juice they will leave in the morning. Chibbs is with the Sheriff, both wearing towels one can only assume they had sex; he receives a call and tells her he has to go,… Continue
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SLEEPY HOLLOW, Season 2,Episode 3

This week in Sleepy Hollow our characters encounter money woes, trust issues, evil lawyers, and a new, scruffalicious guy in town. All caught up on your previous recaps? Okay, let’s go! The show kicks off with Henry Parrish painting a model of the Tarrytown Psychiatric Hospital—Hey, even Horsemen of the Apocalypse need a hobby, folks. Cut to the actual hospital, where Ichabod and Abbie try to visit Irving but are informed that they’ve been barred from visitation by Irving’s lawyer, a.k.a., War. Apparently, Henry’s interaction with Irving in the last episode wasn’t entirely a ruse—he’s hung up his shingle as an attorney! (“If you’re in so much trouble that you’re willing to hand over your soul, call 1-800-SIN-EATER.”)  They discover Henry is representing their friend, and instead of blowing the place open and getting Irving… Continue
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WITCHES OF EAST END, Season Finale

This action-packed episode kicks right off with Killian drinking the poison potion Eva’s people gave him to help him get back to Freya. This potion has to kill him, and mourning Killian has no idea Freya is still alive. This is a powerful brew and it immediately hits Killian like a ton of bricks. In his stupor, he sees Freya and she realizes what he’s done and insists she’s alive, they will be together and he needs to contact Ingrid immediately if not sooner and tell her to use the lotus root elixir to lessen the effects of Killian’s poison potion. Killian is able to call Ingrid; she arrives just in time to give him some of the elixir. She leaves the bottle of elixir with instructions to take it every fifteen minutes and heads… Continue
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HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER, Season 1, Episode 2

There was so much good stuff happening in this week’s episode, I had to watch it twice to make sure that I didn’t miss any juicy details.  While the pilot was a little slow and last week’s case was a bit of a snooze, this week’s episode more than makes up for it. The audience is in for a wild ride this season. What you thought you knew from last week is turned completely on its head.  This episode is all about lying liars who lie, and whether or not one can live with a lie. Annalise tells her class that she’s often asked whether or not she cares if her clients are guilty, and she says no. Why? Because it doesn’t matter: her clients often lie to her.  She brings up a good point,… Continue
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THE MINDY PROJECT, Episode 3

We start with Mindy declaring that one of the best things about being a new couple is that you’re so in sync you start thinking alike. For example, when Danny asks Mindy what she’d like to do that evening: Danny would like Thai food, but Mindy would like to have sex on the washing machine. Which of course leads to Danny wanting to have sex on the washing machine. See? Same mind. The only hiccup is that while Mindy thinks now would be a great time for her to start leaving some of her things at Danny’s apartment, Danny would rather she carry all her things back and forth like she’s homeless. Mindy tries leaving a small bag of items like a hairbrush and toothbrush at Danny’s only for him to find her stash again… Continue
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SONS OF ANARCHY, Season 7, Episode 4

This week’s episode, titled Poor Little Lambs, was quite an enlightening experience. I think we are getting down to the heart of it all. What the previous episodes have proven, as well as this one, is that it’s anyone’s game and anything is possible. So start your engines: the final ride continues. The episode opens with Jax in a deep conversation with the white supremacist (Marilyn Manson) in prison. Gemma drops Abel at school where his teacher (Courtney Love) is waiting. Gemma is driving her car speaking to Tara, who is obviously not there. She may be losing a few screws. Juice answers the door at the motel when Wendy and Unser show up. They decide to keep an eye on him. Jax and the sons are meeting when Lila interrupts. Tyler shows up with a problem. They need… Continue
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SLEEPY HOLLOW, Season 2, Episode 2

(Note: first, I would like to issue an apology for not mentioning the confusingly hot alabaster hunk of beef that was Headless without a shirt. Honestly, he seemed so comfortable, just a headless man relaxing without the constrictions of a shirt or an axe, that I let it slide.) This episode has a slower pace than the season opener, and thank goodness for that. We need a moment to re-center ourselves in a post-Purgatory Sleepy Hollow. A lot still happens, though, because slow is a relative term in Sleepy Hollow. The show opens with headless dragging Katrina to a fiery circle where she is manacled and a creepy Henry presides over the joining of their blood, which would sanctify the union of Katrina and Headless. “You must be like him in every way,” Henry says… Continue
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WITCHES OF THE EAST END, Episode 11

This episode lands us in 1848 Baltimore. Joanna, Wendy and Freya are looking for a very powerful weapon that will destroy dear old dad. Present day Joanna, Wendy and Freya have twelve hours to locate this weapon while avoiding bumping into their 1848 selves. During this jaunt back in time we are able to see Wendy and Joanna in very different roles. 1848 Joanna is upset over Victor leaving her and has decided to drown her sorrow in heroin. She’s basically a useless addict who leaves Wendy to run the brothel the sisters own. Freya and Ingrid work at the bar/brothel as well, reading tarot cards. Wendy is the level headed, take-charge sister in this era. While working in the bar, Freya meets a young writer named Edgar Allen Poe and becomes his muse. It… Continue