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BECAUSE I CAN by Tamara Morgan

John “Monty” Montgomery is a workaholic. The oldest of the Montgomery children, he’s been working by his father’s side building the family hotel chain almost his entire life. His commitment to the business leaves no time for romance. But that’s about to change. Georgia Lennox has been fantasizing about Monty ever since she started her gig as handywoman at Montgomery Manor. She figures Monty is way out of her league, so she hasn’t dared to act on her feelings — until he offers to help fill a volunteer shortage on her latest project, building houses for families in need. Sparks fly as they spend time together, first on the job site, then off. But Georgia’s not your typical frilly and feminine society girl. Hoping to find a way to fit in with the Montgomerys, she … Continued

A Toast to a New Series: The Napa Wine Heiresses

Join author Heather Heyford as she uncorks a sparkling new series following the St. Pierre sisters, heiresses to a Napa wine fortune who are toasting the good life and are thirsty for love: Chardonnay St. Pierre’s father is as infamous for his scandals as he is for his wine, and it’s up to Char to restore the family name. The Challenge, an elite charity competition held in Napa, seems like the perfect opportunity for the socialite to cement her image as a philanthropist. But all eyes—including Char’s—are on the Hollywood heartthrob who’s also entered the race… Long before his face was splashed across the gossip magazines, Ryder McBride grew up in a working-class family in Napa. He knows all about the St. Pierre sisters and their notorious father, and when he learns he’ll be up … Continued

Playlist for INDECENT PROPOSAL by Molly O’Keefe

Molly O’Keefe, author of the Boys of Bishop series, came by to give us her playlist for her latest INDECENT PROPOSAL.  I really love putting together these playlists. With some songs, they come so easy: the Florence and The Machine song, for example, totally embodies the heroine Ryan. It was a given. Other times, the song just happens to be the song I was obsessed with while writing the book. The Death Cab for Cutie song fits that particular criteria. It was sung at a friend’s wedding and I spent months with it on repeat while writing INDECENT PROPOSAL. Some songs I have to seek to find the perfect fit. And some I’m just dying to use—”Love is a Battlefield?” YES!   Patty Griffin – “Not Alone“ This song is actually about a woman who has … Continued

Small Town Touch

I grew up in a small town. My parents were hippies who decided to bring me and my siblings west and try farming. The neighbors found the fact that we’d come from New York City hilarious, especially when my mother milked the goats in a maxi dress and work boots. We were not the Waltons by any stretch. But the townsfolk took us in anyway, taught us when the almonds were ready for harvesting, the proper way to build a functional barn and how to make cheese with our leftover milk. Eventually, we got some horses and I spent a good portion of my childhood in a saddle, riding through the hills for hours on end. But when I graduated high school, I went off to a big-city college and wound up working in other … Continued

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 … Continued

RAISING THE RENT by JL Merrow

I have long suspected that gay romance writers can get away with a lot more than, let’s say, more traditional romance writers because there’s already that “two dudes” or “two ladies” hurdle to clear for the audience. For example, when was the last time you saw a prostitute heroine (or hero, for that matter) in a heterosexual romance novel? Yet rent boys are all over gay romance. Raising the Rent is kind of a take on Pretty Woman. (Or Pygmalion, if you like.) Our hooker with a heart of gold is Nathan, who sells his body at night to help pay for college. (College in the British sense, I should clarify; he’s trying to finish his A-levels because he plans to go to university to study library science.) He has a regular client, the Henry … Continued

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 … Continued

Five Questions for Tere Michaels

Superhero fans, get excited! Tere Michaels, author of FAITH AND FIDELITY, a gay romance classic, has a new series coming out starting this October. It’s really different from what she’s done before, but still very Tere, so I know I’m excited. She and I are friends, so I asked her some nosy questions about the series and the other projects she has on tap.   Let’s start with the Vigilante series. The first book, Who Knows the Storm is out in October and the cover is amazing and I want it. When you first told me about the book, you billed it as “Batman gets a boyfriend.” Is that still basically the premise? I am so excited about this project! Yes – Batman gets a boyfriend is a good way to put it. It’s also … Continued

OVER THE LINE (Alpha Ops #1) by Emmy Curtis

We first met James and Beth in the novella that kicked this Alpha Ops series off, Dangerous Territory. They are in the field, in the throes of war and James saves Beth’s life after she’s shot in the leg during an ambush. James has admired and secretly lusted after Beth while under her command but when her life is put in danger, all of the feelings he’s kept a lid on bubble to the surface in an adrenaline based tsunami of protective need and want. Ever the professional, James saves the day and gets Beth on a transport that whisks her away for medical treatment. Time passes, tours end, wounds heal but the feelings James has for Beth never fade. When he sees her stateside months later, James knows Beth is the one for him … Continued

DARLING BEAST by Elizabeth Hoyt

Being a single mother is hard enough without having your livelihood burn to the ground around you, but that’s exactly what happened to Lily Stump. The garden theater she burnt bridges to join is in shambles and she can’t afford to live anywhere but inside the singed structure. Her son Indio loves the freedom of exploring the ravaged garden, and he loves stalking the hulking mute gardener he’s named Caliban even more. Lily can’t take her eyes off the brute even though his face isn’t one she’d call comely. Despite his breadth, he’s actually quite gentle and does what he can to protect her family. Or is it all an act to get under her skin? Apollo Greaves is hiding from the law and Bedlam, literally. Escaped from the asylum after a brutal beating that … Continued

#HunkDay: Autumnal Hunks

At the start of October, it finally feels like Fall here in NYC. Living in the city we can’t get to a lot of the quintessential fall activities like apple picking, chopping firewood for fires, raking leaves. Since we’re feeling a little left out we’ve gathered up some hunks being their best autumnal selves. What’s your favorite fall activity to do with your own hunk? Tell us in the comments.    1.  It’s finally flannel season again! If there’s one outfit I love on almost all men, it’s a flannel.    2. I already love apple picking…add in this shirtless hottie doing the picking with me and I’m in heaven. Then add in an apple cider donut and wow, I don’t think I would ever leave.    3. So it doesn’t look like he’s exactly … Continued

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 … Continued

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, … Continued

Cover Reveal: FEVER by Jamie K. Schmidt

If you love fashion and escapism, you’ve got to get in on Jamie K. Schmidt’s Club Inferno series. There are sexy clothes and sexier BDSM action, not to mention the hot studs that frequent the place. Oh, look, there’s one below on the FEVER cover!  Readers of Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You will savor a visit to Club Inferno, the erotic playground where glitz and glamour mix with leather and whips.   Deep in the shadows of her exclusive fashion resort, Couture, Colleen Bryant presides over a much more intimate world: Club Inferno. The successful businesswoman and sex instructor has built an empire that caters to the BDSM elite, but now she finds herself longing for something a bit more ordinary: a man to love. She’s not sure how to find someone who will accept what … Continued

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 … Continued

MR. MIRACLE by Debbie Macomber

Harry Mills is a guardian angel on a mission: help twenty-four-year-old Addie Folsom get her life back on track—and, if the right moment strikes, help her find love. Posing as a teacher at a local college in Tacoma, Washington, Harry is up to the task, but not even he can predict the surprises that lay in store. After trying to make it on her own, Addie has returned home to Tacoma for the holidays, but this time she plans to stay for good, enrolling in the local community college to earn her degree. What she doesn’t plan to do is run into Erich Simmons. Addie and her next-door neighbor, Erich, are like night and day. Growing up, he was popular and outgoing while she was rebellious and headstrong, and he never missed an opportunity to … Continued

INDECENT PROPOSAL by Molly O’Keefe

Perfect for readers of Susan Mallery and Rachel Gibson, Molly O’Keefe’s gritty and sensual tale of passion and politics features the brother of the heroine from the author’s beloved novel, Never Been Kissed. He’s a driven man who refuses to be distracted—until he meets a beautiful bartender who just may change his life.  With his chiseled jaw and his thick blond hair, Harrison Montgomery was born to lead. Four generations of Montgomery men have served the state of Georgia and now he’s next in line. Harrison, though, is driven to right wrongs: namely to clean up the political mess left by his father’s greed and corruption. But Harrison must first win his congressional bid, and nothing can get in his way—not even an angel who served him whiskey and gave him a shoulder to lean … Continued

Book Groups 2.0 + Giveaway

It used to be that you’d find a local book club; a group of folks you could meet and chat with over coffee about the book you’re reading. Now, Facebook has become the new living room, and your book club might sprawl from New York to Texas to the Philippines. Bonding over books is so hot right now, and some of the best books are being discussed and dissected in group reads hosted by virtual book clubs and blogs everywhere. I spoke to a few of these “virtual” book clubs, and these are some of the titles bringing them together: “Reading is now what the cool kids do and is at an all-time high,” said Alexis Durbin of Three Girls And A Book Obsession Book Blog. “People love to read with their friends and to … Continued

Lady Jane’s Salon Author Roundtable

When Romance at Random invited me to blog on Lady Jane’s Salon®, the New York City romance reading series I co-founded nearly six years ago, I leapt at the chance. An opportunity to spread the word about our passion project in a forum founded by and for romance lovers from all areas of the industry—talk about win-win! Each month, I’ll be interviewing our Salon guest authors, asking them my same five questions—plus a few totally random fun facts—and posting their responses exclusively here at Romance at Random. Recently I caught up with our October 6th readers: Alyssa Cole, Sara Jane Stone, and my Lady Jane’s Salon Co-founder, Maya Rodale. Here’s what they had to say.   1.     At what age did you read your first romance novel? Was stealth required e.g., flashlight under the covers … Continued

SIDESWIPED (Off the Map #2) by Lia Riley

Talia and Bran are back again in the second installment of Lia Riley’s Off the Map series. Talia has said goodbye to California and is headed to her new home in Australia to be with her boyfriend, Bran. Their reunion is everything they hoped it would be, but reality soon smacks them in the face when time flies and the expiration of Talia’s visa into the country is set to expire. When Bran comes up with an idea to keep her in the country, Talia begins to question just what it is she is looking for in her relationship with Bran, and whether or not she is willing to put her heart out on the line, or if she should sacrifice her happiness for the greater good.   When the opportunity of a lifetime arises, … Continued

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 … Continued

Cover Reveal: CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT by Chelsey Krause

How sweet is the cover for CAN’T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT by debut Loveswept author Chelsey Krause?! We can’t wait to fall in love with our next book boyfriend, Brett, the hot carpenter, and find out what the red balloon has to do with everything!   Fans of Ruthie Knox, Rachel Gibson, and Molly O’Keefe will love this deeply romantic and uplifting debut novel about losing everything you thought you wanted—and getting exactly what you need. Sophie Richards has been looking forward to a much-needed girls’ night out: a Rolling Stones concert, a few drinks, a distraction from her grueling nursing shifts in acute care. But when her best friend bails, Sophie gets stuck with a blind date. Although Brett Nicholson may be the hottest carpenter alive, and Sophie may technically be single, she … Continued

CELINE (When Hearts Dare #1) by Kathleen Bittner Roth

It’s been a while since I’ve read a non-Scottish themed historical romance. Hello genre I’ve been neglecting, let’s be friends again. CELINE begins in plantation era-New Orleans and moves along the wagon train of the untamed American West. Roth’s descriptions of the forbidden sultry feel of New Orleans and the gritty countryside of the American West will catapult you into the world Celine and Trevor inhabit. Celine has had a tough life full of hardship and misfortune. Widowed young, she’s left to regroup all alone. The kindness of an older plantation owner helps her heal and gives her a home full of dignity, support and love. When the playboy prodigal son returns on business, the sexual tension builds to fill the final portion of Celine’s broken spirit. Trevor has been battling his own demons over … Continued

ONCE PERFECT by Cecy Robson

Evelyn has gone from having everything to having nothing in the wake of her father’s financial scandal. If that wasn’t bad enough, he commits suicide, leaving her on her own. Alone and nearly penniless, she works at a high-end nightclub as a waitress. It is there that she meets Mateo, a bouncer with a checkered past. Having spent time in jail for assault, he maintains an aura of mystery that both scares and excites Evelyn. Once learning the truth about Mateo’s history, versus the rumors circulating around the club, Evelyn decides to pursue a relationship with Mateo and soon finds that he is not at all how others perceive him. Evelyn is a college student, finishing up her nursing degree. She lives with her best friend Lourdes and works as much as she can, picking … Continued

ALEX (Cold Fury Hockey #1) by Sawyer Bennett

“I should let her go… right now, right this very minute. But I’m a selfish bastard and I’m not going to do it. I’m going to keep her until I’m ready to destroy her, and then I’ll just add that to the pile of guilt I’m already suffering under.”  An emotional romance with a hint of darkness, ALEX is at once sexy, heartbreaking and hopeful. Bennett bravely tackles issues of abuse and addiction, and still delivers a sizzling sports romance. Cold as ice. That’s how I would describe hockey star Alex Crossman. He’s gorgeous, he’s a loner, and he’s broken. Growing up with an abusive, alcoholic father has left him unable to form meaningful relationships. That is, until he meets Sutton Price. Now, I’m all about my book boyfriends, and Alex is certainly worthy, but … Continued

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, … Continued

New TV Show Alert: A-Z

For anyone having How I Met Your Mother withdrawal this TV season, tonight we have a new show that just might help: A-Z is the story of Andrew (Ben Feldman, The Mindy Project) and Zelda (Cristin Milioti, the mother from How I Met Your Mother) – a pair that almost wasn’t – and all the things that happen from the day they met. It premieres tonight at 9:30 EST on NBC. Will you be tuning in? If you watch it, come back tomorrow and post your thoughts! (Watch the trailer)

WANTING FOREVER by Diana Gardin

Sam Waters is on the run from the law. He was indirectly involved in a domestic dispute between his girlfriend and her father and in order to deflect suspicion of her, he takes off with the intention of one day having her join him in his new life. Sam has gone from small town Duck Creek, VA to Nelson Island, an affluent island suburb of Charleston, South Carolina. He is working as a ranch hand for the Hopewell family until Mr. Hopewell, owner and CEO of Hopewell Enterprises offers to take Sam under his wing to learn the ropes of the company and become a part of the team. Sam finds that he is becoming more and more attached to his new life; with a new job, a new group of friends, and a change … Continued

The More Things Change,The More Things Stay the Same

When I wrote my novel DOLLBABY, which starts in New Orleans the summer of 1964, I never imagined a novel set in my lifetime would be considered historical fiction. I suppose a lot has changed in the last fifty years—there were no computers, no Internet, no answering machines. Heck, there wasn’t even color television. Many houses had only one phone (a land line), one bathroom, and in many cases, no air conditioning. Perma-press, fast food, and iTunes were things of the future. Yet no matter how much things change, certain aspects of life will forever remain the same. Take human nature for example. From the dawn of time, man has had the same wants and desires. Granted they may be expressed a little differently these days, but we still ask the same questions of ourselves. … Continued

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 … Continued