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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….
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AGENT CARTER, Series Premiere

I have been looking forward to last night’s premiere of AGENT CARTER ever since it was announced that character would get a limited series of her own. And the first episode did not disappoint. Agent Carter is one of the best female heroines on TV, sassy, snarky and able to keep her cool under pressure. I have never seen so much butt-kicking while wearing fabulous clothes in my life!
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SECRETS OF A SCANDALOUS HEIRESS by Theresa Romain

An unmarried heiress arrives in Bath and tells everyone she’s a widow. A man of business has come to Bath at the insistence of his eccentric boss to either find a blackmailer or sell enough land to pay the blackmailer off. What could possibly go wrong?
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SILVER THAW by Catherine Anderson

SILVER THAW was a feel good, sweet romance sure to reaffirm beliefs in a happily-ever-after. The small town setting of Mystic Creek is a close-knit, loving community that made you feel warmth and a giving human spirit.
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FALLING AWAY by Penelope Douglas

Penelope Douglas’ books are never what I imagine. I go in with a preconceived notion of how the characters are going to act but they end up completely obliterating what I though I knew. And you know what? I freaking love it.
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DOWNTON ABBEY, Season 5, Episode 1

Welcome to season five of Downton Abbey everyone!  Last night’s episode was a marked improvement over last season, filled with sex, blackmail, dubious fashion choices, class warfare, and Jane Austen allusions. It’s 1924, and the times they are changing, and not everyone is happy about it. There is a Labor government in power and both Lord Grantham and Carson have their knickers in a twist about it.  When the townspeople ask Lord Grantham for help building a war memorial for the villagers who fought in the Great War, he assumes that he will be the chairman. While they would like him to donate the land, they want Carson to be the chairman, since he knew most of the young men, and due to his standing in the village.  Lord Grantham swallows his pride, and tells… Continue
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BLOOD WOLF DAWNING by Rhyannon Byrd

"I first stumbled on Rhyannon Byrd a few years back when I picked up Last Wolf Standing and I have been hooked on this series ever since."
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THE DUKE OF DARK DESIRE by Miranda Neville

I love a good woman-in-disguise novel. Jeanne, aka Jane, is a member of a French nobility family that was killed in the Revolution. She has vowed to track down the man responsible for their betrayal and then kill him. I was impressed with her singular focus and her commitment to murder. She wasn’t just out for revenge, which could be carried out in some vague way to be determined later. No, she has a knife and she plans to use it, once she finds the right man.
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LOW MIDNIGHT by Carrie Vaughn

LOW MIDNIGHT spins out of the series on the wave of popularity surrounding Kitty’s fan-favorite supporting character, Cormac Bennett — a two-minded assassin of the paranormal who specializes in killing lycanthropes. In his first solo adventure, Cormac, struggling with a foreign consciousness trapped inside him, investigates a century-old crime in a Colorado mining town which could be the key to translating a mysterious coded diary… a tome with secrets that could shatter Kitty’s world and all who inhabit it. With a framing sequence that features Kitty Norville herself, Low Midnight not only pushes the Kitty saga forward, but also illuminates Cormac’s past and lays the groundwork for Kitty’s future. Kitty fans tend to love or hate Cormac. I’m in the middle; I like him quite a bit but I don’t love him. He is a… Continue
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THE LOST ART OF FALLING IN LOVE by Kate Donovan

Gracie is a workaholic and the constant third wheel to her friends Keira and Nathan. Keira is definitely the one wearing the pants in her relationship with Nathan, supporting him as he tries to find a job as a fledgling filmmaker. When Nathan and his friend Mitch come up with a great idea to film a web series called “The Lost Art of…” they see an opportunity to make some easy money doing what they do best. The first few episodes they decide to focus on are things like spearfishing, but when Keira catches wind of their idea, she suggests they do an episode called The Lost Art of Tying a Bow Tie, a skill that Gracie has perfected. Problem is, the video would star Gracie and Mitch -- two people whom would much rather avoid each other at all costs instead of getting up close and personal on camera.
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SAY YES TO THE MARQUESS by Tessa Dare

"Wonderful things happen in Tessa Dare novels. In this particular story, those wonderful things are cakes. A dining room full of them, in fact. There’s a fine story and delightful characters, but also cake."
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YOU’RE SO FINE By Kieran Kramer

CAN THE ROLE OF A LIFETIME… Lacey Clark’s dreams of Hollywood stardom didn’t turn out quite the way she planned. Instead, her life is more of the daytime-drama variety: One of her actor ex-boyfriends fathered a child with another woman, and now, long story short, Lacey is the adopted single mother of his son. She takes little Henry with her to South Carolina to escape the film business but winds up working at a small movie studio, determined to do a good job both on set and at “home.” Only problem is she ends up sharing a house with movie star Beau Wilder, who is no role model for Henry—and only spells trouble for Lacey… LEAD TO A HAPPY ENDING?
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ANGEL IN ARMANI by Melanie Scott

Sara Charles is striking out on her own. With her dad out of commission, Charles Air has only one helicopter left—and only Sara to fly charters. With the family business in jeopardy, Sara needs all the clients she can get and the newest one is New York Saints team surgeon, Lucas Angelo. When an unexpected flirtation escalates into a night of pure blind passion, Sara is in agony over what she believes was extremely poor judgment on her part. She wants nothing more than to avoid Lucas. And keep her business her business. But she needs him—in more ways than one.
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BAD ROMEO by Leisa Rayven

"I want to live inside this book. I want to peel back the pages, climb inside and snuggle in its angsty goodness. This book is my Kryptonite. It has everything I love: Shakespeare, angst, humor, a slow build up, explosive chemistry, and the ending, oh lord, the ending! That ending was pure perfection."
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BOLD TRICKS (The Artist’s Trilogy #3) By Karina Halle

With more lives at stake and games in motion, Ellie, Camden and Javier form an uneasy alliance that will take them from the treacherous streets of inner-city Mexico to the wilds of the Honduran jungles in order to find their freedom. But with liberty just on the horizon, the cost might come at their own redemption.
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REVENANT by Larissa Ione

Oh, how I love Larissa Ione. Her books are a thrill ride and her unlikely heroes always leave a lasting impression. Revenant is no different. As the final book in the Lords of Deliverance/Demonica series, I think the author definitely saved the best for last, because Revenant is mad and he wants everyone to know it.
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BRANDED by Colette Auclair

Thanks to Colette Auclair’s BRANDED, the third book in her Aspen Valley series, I now have a new Alpha hero to add to my Book Boyfriend list. Jack Cormier is a former pro baseball player from New Orleans with a Cajun accent as smooth as bourbon who sings Engelbert Humperdinck in the shower. The opening chapter when he meets the heroine, Cordelia “Cordy” Sims, has got to be the best “meet cute” situation I’ve read in a long time involving a ski lift and a martini shaker. Still reeling from a broken relationship, Cordy is hired by an Aspen ad agency as a freelance consultant to help a local resort rework its image. After they meet, Cordy and Jack decide to spend the weekend together to explore their mutual attraction for one another with no… Continue
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I’VE GOT MY DUKE TO KEEP ME WARM

Calm. Cool. Collected. Gisele Whitby has perfected the art of illusion—her survival, after all, has depended upon it. Years ago, to escape an abusive husband, Gisele "disappeared." Now she must risk revealing her new identity to save another innocent girl from the same fate. But she needs a daring man for her scheme, and the rogue in question shows a remarkable talent . . . for shattering Gisele's carefully constructed façade and igniting her deepest desires.
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THE MINDY PROJECT, Season 3 Episode 11

Okay people, settle in. You’re going to need to soak up all the Danny/Mindy goodness that you can because this is the last Mindy Project for a while. Mindy will return January 6th after a holiday break. After you find the perfect man you begin to wonder when he’s going to put a ring on it. Mindy begins looking for signs that Danny is going to ask her to marry him. She carries his picture around town going to different jewelers to see if they remember him purchasing an engagement ring. When she doesn’t have luck there she goes through his shredded bank statements. When she finds a purchase for $20,000 Mindy thinks she’s found the evidence Danny is going to propose. At the hospital, Dr. Fishman calls Mindy into her office. She’s so impressed… Continue
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THE GIRLFRIEND’S GUIDE TO DIVORCE, Season 1 Episode 2

Rule #174: Never Trust Anyone Who Charges By the Hour. This week opens with the main character, Abby, watching a replay of her live interview at a book signing that ended last week’s episode. Everyone thinks she is losing her mind for saying, in her interview that sometimes she just wishes he would die because it would be easier. After a phone call from her girlfriend Lyla convinces her to stop reading online comments about herself, he goes downstairs to face the day. Waking her husband who is sleeping on the couch she reminds him he said he would take the kids to school, she yells for the kids and then is off to her meeting with her editor. Upon getting to her editors office she is greeted with the news that her editor Kat… Continue
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SONS OF ANARCHY, Series Finale

Last night’s episode, “Papa’s Goods,” was the series finale. We’ve seen the good, bad, and ugly of SAMCRO. Now it all comes down to the final ride and the epic conclusion to these characters’ stories. Jax wakes up in bed with Wendy and gets up puts his SOA rings on. He is then seen checking on Abel and holding Thomas. We see him throwing away his bloody sneakers and looking through old pictures in his garage as well as JT’s manuscript. He takes the manuscript and burns it. Jax is looking at the old burned down clubhouse and going through the files in the office. He then takes out a covered up motorcycle to Opie’s grave. He kisses a headstone and leaves a ring. We are shown a black bag on the ground what appears… Continue
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KALEIDOSCOPE by Kristen Ashley

I read my first Kristen Ashley book earlier this year. It was a strange reading experience. I’m not normally one for the big, brawny alpha heroes, but something about her writing is really compelling, and I kept turning those pages, unable to put the book down. I joked that there was actual crack-cocaine woven into the pages and I had to keep going back to get my fix. So when this book was up for review, I jumped at it.
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Movie Review: MR. MIRACLE

Based on Debbie Macomber’s book with the same name, Mr. Miracle is a Hallmark Channel original movie that premiered last night. Spoiler alert: I’m going to discuss  the overall story but also point out some differences between the book and the movie version of Mr. Miracle. Harry Mills (Rob Morrow) is a Guardian Angel posing as an English teacher, and has been challenged to help Addie Folsom (Britt Irvin) find her path before Christmas or he won’t be able to stay on earth. Much like in the book, Harry’s innocence and lack of knowledge and understanding of humans reminds me so much of Clarence the angel from It’s a Wonderful Life.  Luckily Harry has another angel, Celeste (Michelle Harrison) helping him learn the ropes. There are a few differences from the book to the movie.… Continue
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PLAY ME Series by Tracy Wolff

Anytime I find a series that takes place in Las Vegas, I pick it up to see what sins are better left in Vegas. But this serial is a bit different. The characters aren’t visitors to Vegas; instead they’re residents who know the seedier side of Vegas and how that seedier side can ruin a person.
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THE EVER AFTER OF ELLA AND MICHA by Jessica Sorensen

I remember when I met Ella and Micha back in The Secret of Ella and Micha. Ella was a messed up kid who didn’t know how to deal with the grief and guilt she felt because of her mother’s death and Micha was her best friend, helping her to not drown. I had to wonder then if this couple would ever get their happily ever after. Lucky for us, Jessica Sorensen gave us their very special ever after.