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Cover for STEALING ROSE by Monica Murphy

Monica Murphy is back–with a hot new trilogy, featuring the Fowler Sisters: Violet, Rose, and Lily. Three sisters born to wealth, raised to succeed, ready to love, destined to make waves. We are excited to show you the sexy cover for STEALING ROSE, the second book in this new series!     The second book comes out in March 2015, but you can dive into the new series this December with OWNING VIOLET, the first book in the Fowler Sisters trilogy!         Monica Murphy is the New York Times bestselling author of One Week Girlfriend, Second Chance Boyfriend, Three Broken Promises, Four Years Later, and the eBook novella Drew + Fable Forever. A native Californian, she lives in the foothills of Yosemite with her husband [...]

The Hunger Games: MOCKINGJAY trailer

Today we get our first look at the official Mockingjay, Part I trailer! Are you ready?

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 [...]

WITCHES OF EAST END, Episode Nine

** SPOILER ALERT ** I drank all of my wine and had to resort to copious amounts of ice cream to get through this episode. So much happens and not just in the last two minutes (not that the last two minutes aren’t an action-packed sucker punch to the throat!) Ok, we will start at the top. We start off with Dash in a mood. Ingrid refuses to talk to him and I’m beginning to think he might really have feelings for her, not just of the sexual variety. Dash is trashing the attic yet again in all of his rage and discovers a box of old journals and spell books. Within the pages of these books, he finds an [...]

Books to Buy: New Releases September 15

This week brings us a dating dare that leads to temptation; heroines with troubled pasts; a hunky U.S. Marshal; a revenge plot turning to passion, and more.  

TRUTH OR DARE by Mira Lyn Kelly

After her one attempt at commitment ends with the discovery that her fiancé already has a wife and kid, Maggie Lawson vows that the only people she’ll love ’til death do they part will be her friends. Unfortunately that means Maggie letting her bestie rope her into a year-long dating dare: score a new date each month or pay a penalty. Seems doable—until Maggie’s date stands her up, leaving only one option: the sexy stud who just moved in upstairs. The problem? He and Maggie can’t stop fighting—and that’s just the beginning. His name is Tyler Daniels and the last thing he needs is his neighbor distracting him with her girl-next-door smile and sharp tongue. Tyler’s in Chicago for one [...]

Cover Reveal: THREE AND OUT by Meghan Quinn

Today we are happy to reveal the cover for the third and final novel in Meghan Quinn’s Love and Sports series, THREE AND OUT: Piper was dead to him.The minute she walked out the door on Mason, he was done. D.O.N.E. Now, three months later, he’s still trying to act like he doesn’t care. Like his heart hasn’t been torn into shreds and obliterated beyond recognition. But it’s not working. He’s broken and beyond repair. Then Piper goes missing. Mason tries to show the world he doesn’t care, but his world is flipped upside down. A vulnerable Mason finds help in an unexpected place and it’s an offer he can’t refuse. The knot that has been gripping Mason’s heart slowly [...]

Obsessed with Plots

What happens when you think you can do it better—a cautionary tale! My Grandma Lucille was one of the smartest women I’ve ever known. She was a University of Chicago graduate and her idea of reading for pleasure was devouring the diaries of Samuel Peyps. Never heard of him? Me, neither! LOL!! Turns out the diary he wrote from 1660-1669 is one of the most important historical documents of the English Restoration period. But I digress . . . The takeaway here is that if I wasn’t reading the classics, as far as Grandma was concerned, I might as well have been perusing a cereal box! Grandma and Grandpa were the same age as the whole classic Brat Pack-era, and [...]

For the Love of Cowboys: Best Westerns This Month

 We are thrilled to have Kimberly Rocha of the fabulous Book Obsessed Chicks here today to discuss one of her favorite romance genres – Westerns! Once a month she will be here to make sure you don’t miss her old and new favs set in the wild, wild, west. Kimberly is one of the most well-read, knowledgeable bloggers in all of romance. You can take her recommendations to heart!   It was a great summer for Western Romances. These are my picks for ones you should catch up on before we head into fall.  BRANDED by Laura Wright This first book in the contemporary western romantic suspense The Cavanaugh Brothers series and it is amazing. Branded has everything a romantic suspense [...]

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 [...]

IN YOUR DREAMS by Kristan Higgins

Everyone loves Jack Holland, but Emmaline Neal needs him. Her ex-fiancé is getting married in Malibu and, obviously, she can’t go to the wedding alone. In Manningsport, New York, tall, blond and gorgeous Jack Holland is practically a cottage industry when it comes to rescuing desperate women. He knows the drill, Em figures, so he won’t get the wrong idea.  What Jack needs is an excuse to leave town. Ever since rescuing four teenagers from a car wreck, he’s been hailed as a hero and the attention is making him itchy, especially since his too-pretty ex-wife is back, angling for a reunion. He’s always liked Emmaline. She needs a weekend date? No problem. So when they wind up in bed [...]

TV News: Anne Rice’s THE CLAIMING OF SLEEPING BEAUTY

If you did a survey of erotica authors asking  about the first erotic novel they read, I bet a large percentage would say Anne Rice’s The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty.  Today, Televisa USA announced they bought the TV rights to the series, a show that will be produced by Rachel Winter (one of the co-producers of Dallas Buyers Club, and wife of the creator of Boardwalk Empire). If you’re not familiar with Rice’s version of the fairy tale, I’ll give you a hint that the prince reawakens Beauty with a lot more than a kiss. She gets a full-on  sexual initiation: “ His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty’s complete and total enslavement to him as Anne [...]

#HunkDay: Sons of Anarchy

If you’re anything like us, you’ve been gearing up for the Sons of Anarchy season premiere for a while now.  And even if you’re nothing like us, you probably can still appreciate a hot man on a motorcycle. We’ve rounded up some of the sexiest dudes we could find (not to mention some of the sexiest bikes we could find) for today’s #HunkDay. Follow the rest of the action on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page.   1. Of course we had to start out with Charlie. I mean, come on.    2. Look at that beautiful church in the back..oh, who am I kidding, we’re all loking at the shirtless guy on the bike!     3. He’s so serious. Who [...]

SONS OF ANARCHY, Season Seven Premiere

Welcome to the seventh and the final season of Sons Of Anarchy.  If you are still feeling raw from last season’s finale then hold on to your hats, because this episode was a doozy. The extended premiere was filled with everything we have grown to love from creator Kurt Sutter. He is an expert at keeping things under wraps from season to season.  Anything is possible and no one is safe.  This super-sized episode made that very clear! The opening scene shows us Jax in jail beating someone, with Gemma and the club caring for his boys. Unser is leaving flowers at Tara’s grave while Wendy is packing up to leave rehab. The scenes final moment is Jax carving a [...]

LOVE ON THE BOARDWALK by Christi Barth

Atlantic City is the perfect place for detective Bradley Hudson to nurse his broken heart. A week of beer and strippers is sure to erase his former fiancée from his memory for good. What he didn’t count on was running into a sassy redhead from his past. Maybe a rebound romp is an even better plan… Trina Trimble, private eye in training, is thrilled to be reunited with the hottie she almost hooked up with last summer. She’s undercover on her first solo case, but there’s always time to lock lips with a sexy cop. Besides, a fun fling with Brad doesn’t have to last beyond his week in town. Brad and Trina are supposed to be just flirting, not [...]

Talking BREAKING HIS RULES with Alison Packard

Breaking His Rules is the fourth book in your Feeling the Heat series. If readers are coming to this series for the first time with this book, what do they need to know to jump right in? AP: Although Breaking His Rules is part of a series, I believe it can also be read as a stand-alone. There are references to a few characters in the previous books, but I’ve peppered in just enough information so a new reader can get the gist of who they are without being confused. And hopefully they’ll be intrigued enough to check out the other books in the series. I loved Melissa and Paige so much! Will Paige be getting her own book?  AP: [...]

HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DOM IN FIVE EASY STEPS by Josephine Myles

I wasn’t sure about this book when it was offered for review. I’ve read a few of Ms. Myles’s other books—I also met her at RT this year and she is British and delightful—so I had a sense for what I was in for and trusted her to take me on a good ride, even if BDSM is not really my thing. What I did not expect, though, was for this book to make me cry. I mean that in the best way; there’s a scene toward the end when the characters confess how they feel for each other, and I was sitting on my bed sobbing like a baby because it just got to me and I wanted so [...]

FORGED BY DESIRE by Bec McMaster

Love, death, and revenge are the predominant themes of Bec McMaster’s latest London Steampunk installment, Forged By Desire. After enduring the clutches of a power-hungry Duke and his mad scientist henchman, Perry Lowell decides to join the Nighthawks, hoping that she can put her past behind and forge a new life. Her partner, Garrett Reed, is wise enough not to ask Perry about her secrets up until it finally catches up with her. A serial killer is on the loose in the streets of London, cutting up his female victims and doing nasty experiments with them. The killer’s M.O. is very familiar to Perry, bringing up horrific memories. It takes a while for her to face her fears and the [...]

WITCHES OF THE EAST END, Episode Eight

This episode kicks off in the forest. Note to all mortals: stay out of those woods people! Freddie and Tarkoff are busy cutting people up trying to find a proper host for the King. Sadly, since all of the victims are terrified and fighting the process, the transfer isn’t working. Tarkoff explains to Freddie, he needs to find a willing host, someone who trusts him. Oh poor Caroline, poor, poor, you’ll-be-dead-soon Caroline. That’s just the start of this week’s episode; stick with me, a lot of stuff is about to go down. It’s Freya’s thirtieth birthday and there will be a party and cake. I do have to say, it’s funny listening to Freya lament the fact that her life [...]

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 [...]

SHATTERED BONDS (Wicked Play #7) by Lynda Aicher

Shattered Bonds tells the story of The Den Club Co-Owner Noah Bakker and Liv Delcour, sister to Vanessa Delcour, aka Mistress V another co-owner of the The Den whose story is told in Bonds of Courage (Wicked Play #6) — a book I loved. Shattered Bonds opens with a bang, an event that truly rocks this cast of characters. This is a story that features all the characters in the prior books so I would recommend reading at least some of the stories before this one. (I read Shattered Bonds having only read some of the prior books and I had no issues following the story.) Ms. Aicher did an amazing job taking one event (no, I am not telling you [...]

Books to Buy: New Releases This Week

New books from Kim Harrison and J.D. Robb make this week a big one. We also have a commitment-phobic male model, a Navy SEAL on a beach, and some male-on-male romance — Downton Abbey-style. Read on!

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 [...]

B&N Bookseller Picks: September

Barnes & Noble buyer Jules Herbert is a driving force behind the excellent selection in Barnes & Noble’s romance section. Here’s his list of recommendations for the month of September:   *Missed last month’s picks? Check them out here.

My Romance with the Outdoors

I’ve always been an outdoorsy person. My mom called me a tomboy. I hated dresses (still do). And I spent more time roaming the woods catching frogs than playing inside with Barbie dolls. One of the benefits of being a military brat is it afforded me the opportunity to explore a variety places from the woods on the Air Force base in Maryland, to the tropical jungle on Guam. My favorite outing was going fishing with my father when we lived in in Louisiana. Not only because of the quality time we shared, but because of how magical the swamp seemed to me as a child. It captivated me with a heady blend of danger and beauty. And I learned [...]

WORTH THE FALL by Claudia Connor

When I read that Worth the Fall was a romance between a Navy SEAL and a pregnant mother of four, I was like…What?!! How can that possibly work or be believable? Well it more than worked because this story MELTED my heart! Just sooo lovely! Matt McKinney is spending some time at the beach while on leave when Abby, captures his attention. She’s beautiful, pregnant and alone with four small kids, and the way she cares for her children draws Matt in like a beacon.  He wonders what kind of idiot of a man would allow his wife go on vacation alone and miss out on all the love they obviously provide.  Soon he’s caught up with the kids, drawn [...]

Talking MEN OF THE MANOR with Rob Rosen

Can you imagine if Downton Abbey was a series of m/m erotic stories? Author Rob Rosen did – and he created the anthology Men of the Manor: Erotic Encounters Between Upstairs Lords and Downstairs Lads. Today, we talk to Rob about his inspiration.  LB: How did you get the idea for Men of the Manor? RR: With the soaring popularity of Downton Abbey, the concept for Men of the Manor was quite easy to come up with. I was also a huge fan of Upstairs Downstairs in my younger years, and so I was eager to put this collection together, to tell the sexual tales of the men who have everything and their servants who have nothing, to show not [...]

TV Preview: THE AFFAIR

It’s that time of year again: back to school, back to work, and back to obsessing over new TV shows. One I’m really looking forward to is The Affair, starring Ruth Wilson, Dominic West, Joshua Jackson and Maura Tierney. The series cuts back and forth between the male and female perspective of a love affair.  Alison (Wilson), is a young woman waiting tables at a Hamptons diner, and she begins an affair with Noah (West), a public school teacher and aspiring novelist. Jackson plays Alison’s financially struggling husband, Cole, and Tierney plays Helen, Noah’s wife of seventeen years. From the looks of this trailer, there seems to be some sort of mystery involved. Will you be tuning in? The Affair premieres October 12 [...]

#HunkDay: Mr. Mom

Happy #HunkDay! Now that we’ve made it past Labor Day, all of the kiddies are back in school. I happen to live right across from one school and caddy-corner from another. The high-schoolers–I’ll admit it–scare me a little bit, but the grade-schoolers warm my heart. Just a few days of watching the little ones be walked to school by their dads in suits and the mamas in their work appropriate heels has gotten me hooked! And that’s why today’s hunks are a bunch of dads getting ready for school with their kids. It may be the most wholesome of our #HunkDays, but trust me, you’re going to love it! Follow the rest of the action on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. [...]

WICKEDLY DANGEROUS by Deborah Blake

Known as the wicked witch of Russian fairy tales, Baba Yaga is not one woman, but rather a title carried by a chosen few. They keep the balance of nature and guard the borders of our world, but don’t make the mistake of crossing one of them. Older than she looks and powerful beyond measure, Barbara Yager no longer has much in common with the mortal life she left behind long ago. Posing as an herbalist and researcher, she travels the country with her faithful (mostly) dragon-turned-dog in an enchanted Airstream, fulfilling her duties as a Baba Yaga and avoiding any possibility of human attachment. But when she is summoned to find a missing child, Barbara suddenly finds herself caught [...]