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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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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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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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MASTERS OF SEX, Season Finale

Kennedy’s presidential campaign and inauguration was the backdrop to this week’s finale. It ushered in change as relationships evolved and this season ended. Six weeks have passed since the last episode. Over time, Masters and Virginia have observed what has and hasn’t worked to help Bill’s impotence. A succession of nights devoted to non-sexual touching, touching genitals but no sex, and finally sexual intercourse may have cured Masters’ sexual dysfunction. After Masters discusses the idea that he and Virginia may have cured impotence, Bill dreams he is thrown a ticker tape parade. He gets into a car with Virginia as they are hailed for their success, but the car suddenly stops when Libby appears in the middle of the road. When Masters wakes from his dream he finds Libby isn’t in her bed. Libby is… Continue
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THE MINDY PROJECT, Season 3, Episode 2

Mindy and Danny are having breakfast at his apartment. Mindy is recounting her dream from the night before about her jungle lover when Danny’s mom (Rhea Perlman, who played Carla on Cheers!) knocks at the door. Danny’s obviously uncomfortable with the situation. Mindy doesn’t pick up on any of the weirdness and introduces herself to Mrs. Castellano. Danny has never mentioned Mindy to his mom so Mrs. Castellano has no idea who Mindy is. In fact, Mrs. Castellano thinks Mindy is his cleaning lady and would like to know Mindy’s rates. Mindy still has no idea what’s going on and rates herself as an 8 in New York, a 10 in Chicago and a 4 in L.A. When Mrs. Castellano finally leaves, Mindy tells Danny she thinks his mom’s first visit went really well.… Continue
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MASTERS OF SEX, Episode 11

This was one of my favorite episodes yet. We watched everyone struggle with how people see then versus how they want to be seen. Masters and Virginia are once again at the hotel. Virginia asks if Bill has talked to his brother since the fight. Masters’ brother left town after their argument but Bill wants to contact with him to make things better. Yeah right, I’ll believe it when I see it. Masters and Virginia talk about the last time they had sex since it was the last time Bill was able to get it up. Masters wants Virginia to tell him how it felt; he palms his erection, trying to get hard to her mild dirty talk. The camera cuts away as they move together on the bed. When it cuts back we learn… Continue
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THE MINDY PROJECT, Season Three Premiere

I’m ecstatic Mindy is back! Last season ended with Mindy and Danny making out like fiends on top of the Empire State Building. This season begins with a monologue from Danny; he waxes poetic about the journey it took for him and Mindy to find each other. Until Mindy hits him and tells him to shut up so they can have sex. Mindy and Danny have both tried to be open to different things. Mindy tries cantaloupe for Danny, and Danny tries on a horrific, tight, pink polo shirt for Mindy. You know, that kind of thing. It looks like their relationship is doing awesome. At the office, Peter comes to Danny for advice. Pete heard Danny is good with his mouth. At first Danny is pleased, but it soon turns to horror when he… Continue
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MASTERS OF SEX, Episode Ten

While this season is quickly coming to a close it’s sure going out with a bang. In this episode we have a fistfight, a cure for impotence, and an epic case of sexual harassment. We start with Frank’s wife, Pauline, having fertility treatments with Dr. Masters. She’s talking to Masters about his relationship with Frank. She wants him to know they want a family and she’s not just talking about a baby. During their conversation the lights go out in the building. Masters barrels out of the room to find Betty, he wants to know what is going on. Betty had to send the electric bill in late because they were behind on other bills. Betty tells Bill that if they don’t rent out the office space on the same floor as his practice they… Continue
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ALL OR NOTHING by Kendall Ryan

The chemistry between Ellie and Braydon in the first two Love by Design books was hot. Their humor and quick wit had me begging for the pair to get together. Thankfully Kendall Ryan gave them their own story to fill my need. After a romp in the bathroom at their best friend’s wedding, Braydon convinces Ellie to be “fuck friends.” It’s clear from the start their friends with benefits relationship isn’t going to work. For being the one who suggested their arrangement Braydon acts like he and Ellie are something more right from the start. Actually, that’s not right. Braydon acts like he and Ellie are in a relationship when they’re at Ellie’s apartment. If Ellie suggests they go to his place or even go out to dinner Braydon turns into a jerk. If fact,… Continue
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MASTERS OF SEX, Episode Nine

Episode nine, titled Story of My Life (anyone else immediately get the New Direction song stuck in their head?) was all about euphemisms and misdirection. We start with Virginia once again in Dr. Madden’s office. She has decided to continue seeing the psychiatrist in lieu of Barbra. For someone who is good at so many things in life Virginia is an awful actor. She recounts Barbra’s story like she’s reading off a grocery list. Dr. Madden calls her on the emotionless account of her sexual abuse. It’s hard to tell, but I think the good doctor may be on to her. Masters and Libby are having Frank, his wife, and their mother over for dinner. Masters leaves right after supper saying he has to go to the office; of course he’s actually meeting Virginia at… Continue
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BREAKING HIS RULES by Allison Packard

I hadn’t read any of the previous books in the Feeling the Heat series so I was pleasantly surprise when it didn’t prevent me from enjoying Breaking His Rules. I’m drawn to books where one of the main characters has gone through a transformation. I like to see how those who have been with them from the start of the journey contrast to those who have only seen the finished product. This novel centers on Melissa and her decision to become a healthier person. Melissa met her personal trainer, Jake, when she was at her heaviest. Although she was unsure of herself, Melissa had the drive and determination to change her life. Her dedication to her health impressed Jake from the start. Admiration quickly leads to friendship and the pair soon find themselves spending… Continue
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RIGHT KIND OF WRONG (Finding Fate #3) by Chelsea Fine

I didn’t read the previous novels in the Finding Fate series as this book could be read as a stand-alone. I feel that sometimes even though authors say you can read a book out of order from the rest of the series you still miss something. But, I was pleasantly surprised that I had no problem following along with Jenna and Jack’s story. This book was a quick read. Even though the problems Jenna and Jack dealt with, especially in the second half of the book, are heavy I would categorize this book as a light read. I actually think that was one of the reasons I didn’t totally fall in love with Right Kind of Wrong. There were some pretty scary illegal activities that were fairly easily taken care of, but I never… Continue
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MASTERS OF SEX, Episode Eight

Denial was the name of the game in this week’s episode. Whether it was denying family, guilt, or their past, everyone worked hard to forget. We open with Masters meeting with an old college friend, Francis. Frank and his wife are having fertility problems and would like to consult with Masters. The entire conversation makes Masters uneasy. In fact, Bill tries to pass Frank off on another specialist but Frank refuses. Masters reaction to his friend’s appearance in his life is odd. Later, when Frank and his wife come in for testing, Masters once again seems uncomfortable with his friend’s presence. When the results come back Frank is found to have an extremely low sperm count. Bill makes an appointment for Frank and his wife to see a different specialist that can help them conceive.… Continue
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MASTERS OF SEX, Episode Seven

I’m not sure how what to think about the latest episode. It was a lot of fast forwarding to set up future storylines. We begin by jumping ahead five months. Lester has come back from Hollywood after being jilted by his lover as well as the movie business. He will once again be documenting Masters and Johnson’s study. Lester’s new obsession with documentary filmmaking has him recording the interactions between the staff in the study as well as the participants. It’s a twist that shows how deeply Masters’ study, as well as his relationship with Virginia, has touched everyone in his life. After Masters was fired from his last job he opened his own clinic. His fertility patients were reluctant to follow him to his new location. With little to do as an OBGYN, Masters… Continue
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MASTERS OF SEX, Episode Six

This was one of my favorite episodes yet! Lillian is undergoing radiation. Her radiologist is more concerned with Lillian’s head placement than the words coming out of her mouth. She notices that he’s ignoring her and declares she was raised by vampires and had sex with a corpse just to see if she can get a reaction from him. I love it when we get to see Lillian’s sense of humor. At her following radiation appointment, Lillian asks the same radiologist to give her the truth about her health. She trusts him because he sees her as a thing more than a person and won’t spare her feelings. The radiologist tells her that the radiation will slow her cancer’s progression but only by a little bit. He then proceeds to tell her she will lose… Continue
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MASTERS OF SEX, Episode Five

Even though there were big changes for Masters, for me this episode was all about Libby and her dramatic change from the first season to the present. We begin with Masters giving Virginia a key to her office at Buell Green Hospital. Instead of being excited Virginia is upset Masters would just assume she would leave Memorial. Virginia wants a contract detailing her job description as well as assurance that if Bill were to leave the hospital she would still have a job. While I understand Virginia’s apprehension over leaving her secure job at Memorial for this new endeavor with Bill, I was surprised with how upset Virginia became. Hasn’t she been complaining this whole time that Masters has been stringing her along? Now that she has the chance to work with Bill she isn’t… Continue
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MASTERS OF SEX, Episode Four

Secrets and lies abound in this episode. Virginia wakes from a dream in a panic. She dreamt Masters told her he couldn’t hire her for the study. She was under qualified and had listed her current job as “mistress” on her job application. Unnerved, she argues with Masters that he shouldn’t have let her fall asleep. They are there to work and nothing more. Masters and Virginia go to her car to get the supplies and paperwork needed to once again start the study. Virginia asks when she will be able to start working with him. Masters assures her he’s doing what he can to get her hired. Virginia tries to get Masters to take all the paperwork for the study with him but he rejects the idea. He tells Virginia he wants her to… Continue
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UGLY LOVE by Colleen Hoover

After every Colleen Hoover book I think, “Okay, that one was my favorite,” until I read the next one and I think, “No wait, okay this one is definitely my favorite.” Well, I’ve just finished Ugly Love and I can say without a doubt, it is my absolute favorite. While adults would enjoy any of Hoover’s novels, this book is the first I would firmly put in the “adult fiction” category. Hopeless and Losing Hope may deal with more disturbing situations, but Ugly Love is more sexually graphic. But before you start thinking Colleen Hoover has turned into the next great erotica author, I should explain what I mean by graphic. The premise of Ugly Love revolves around the main characters, Tate and Miles, agreeing to have sex with no benefits. So unlike her other… Continue
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MASTERS OF SEX, Episode Three

While this episode did not have a lot of action, we get a deeper understanding of Masters and Virginia through veiled comments and allegories. We start with Masters delivering a baby with adrenogenital hyperplasia, which means the baby was born with ambiguous genitalia. Blood work determines that the baby has XY chromosomes and is therefore a boy. The father, who Masters later refers to as a bully, wants to know if the baby will ever be able to perform like a man. Masters admits that the boy will likely need testosterone shots. The father then refuses to take the baby home unless “it” has surgery to have his penis removed, as the baby wouldn’t be a man if he couldn’t get it up. Masters stands up to the father saying he won’t do the surgery… Continue