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AN EARL LIKE NO OTHER by Wilma Counts

Katherine Gardiner, a young English widow, has only one dream: to protect her son—a future duke—from her merciless father-in-law. Determined and desperate, she has no option but to take the guise of a housekeeper and escape to Yorkshire where the only hope is the enigmatic Earl of Kenrick. In all his years spent roaming the world, Jeremy Chilton never braced himself for the burden of a much-damaged inheritance. Now, the new Earl of Kenrick must save his family legacy and raise his motherless young daughter as a proper English lady. His only salvation is his beautiful housekeeper, Kate. But as her secrets unravel, much that is puzzling about her falls into place. No wonder the Earl has caught himself imagining [...]

IGNITED by J. Kenner

IGNITED is the third book in the Marked Men series, about a three powerful men, known as the Knights, and the women that manage to do what no other could.  This last book focuses on Cole, artist, Dom, and a man who still flirts with the wrong side of the law and his obsession with Kat. I did not read the first two books in the series, but it didn’t matter: The author does a great job of ensuring readers understand the underlying current of want between Cole and Kat. Both have been somewhat obsessed with the other, but reluctant to do anything with their feelings. Kat, because she feared a dynamic shift in their little group; Cole, because he [...]

Why I Write BDSM

Chances are, if you ever meet me, you’ll find out pretty quickly that I’m an open book. I also don’t hide what I write. Well, unless I’m talking to people I went to seminary with and then—do you blame me? So, pretty much everyone in my life knows that I write BDSM fiction. Yes, my parents and grandmother are aware of it. They just don’t want to talk about it. I often joke and tell people in my day-to-day life they aren’t old enough to read my books yet, which gets a few laughs. Every now and then, someone is curious enough to ask me the real question. Why do you write kink? To be honest, at first I did [...]

#HunkDay: The Great Outdoors

Happy #HunkDay ladies and gentlemen! Anyone else noticing the subtle change in temperature? The few leaves starting to fall? The way the air has changed? Fall’s coming and coming quick! But we’re still in the last weeks of summer, so let’s celebrate. We’ve picked a few hunks who are doing their best to celebrate the great outdoors. Blue skies, shirtless men, what more could a girl want?! Our first five hotties are here, but follow the rest of the action on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page.   1. This guy looks like he’s ready to do some gardening, or maybe have a little garden hose water fight?     2. I don’t know what’s more stunning, the man or the [...]

THE BEST KIND OF TROUBLE by Lauren Dane

Natalie Clayton was one of those characters who is difficult to like. She has built a very protective shell around herself, and is often times standoffish with people, making it hard to connect with her.  She is only open and completely herself around her small group of college friends; once you see her in that element, you want her to be like that all the time because she is clearly a very warm, caring person. Once we got her back-story, it’s understandable why she protects herself.  So when her long ago, two-week teenage romance, Paddy Hurley, walks into her favorite bakery, it’s clear that life as Natalie knows it is going to change…big time. There wasn’t much I didn’t like [...]

Talking INSIDE OUT with Lisa Renee Jones

Deep secrets, dark eroticism, forbidden sex, romantic suspense, hot alpha men, and an extremely well-crafted story are some of the elements that attracted readers to Lisa Renee Jones’ bestselling “Inside Out” series and have kept them there for three steamy books and seven novellas—thus far. Fans are on the edge of their seats waiting for the fourth full-length novel, No In Between, publishing today. The story begins in the San Francisco art world, and revolves around darkly erotic journals found in an abandoned storage unit.  A high school teacher is left with the task of clearing the unit for a friend and becomes obsessed with reading the intimate details of another woman’s life. Concerned about the woman’s well-being, she sets [...]

THE BEAUTIFUL ASHES by Jeaniene Frost

It’s the age-old tale of angels versus demons, but forget the usual stuff about their rift because Jeaniene Frost is switching things up in The Beautiful Ashes. Curious? Since I’ve been fortunate enough to snag an ARC, I’m giving you a quick lowdown on Ivy and Adrian’s story. The rest you just have to read for yourself. Let’s start with the romance: what you’ll find in The Beautiful Ashes is the forbidden sort as Ivy and Adrian’s lineage has been at odds with each other for centuries. Now I wouldn’t necessarily call it insta-love because they said the L-word towards the end but if we are to follow the timeline, Ivy and Adrian did fall for each other sooner rather [...]

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 [...]

A HIGHLANDER’S OBSESSION (Highlander’s Beloved #1) By Vonnie Davis

I’ve never hidden the fact that in the realm of paranormal romances, I’m a shifter girl, not a fang banger. In the romance realm, I am also a lover of all things Highlander and let me just interject, what a wonderful time it is to be a lover of the Highlanders! A HIGHLANDER’S OBSESSION is the best of both worlds. Set in modern times, there is a definite throwback feel when exploring the mores of the castle/bed and breakfast inhabitants. In fact, Creighton Matheson is the laird of the land. He’s the first born son in an area that places huge value on first born sons but there is also a curse settled on these fellas, and it never ends [...]

WITCHES OF THE EAST END, Episode Six

This episode kicks off with Hudson, Ingrid’s library co-worker, popping in to grab something he left behind only to find an obviously be-spelled Ingrid in a pile of disarray sprawled out on the floor. In an odd sing-songy voice, Ingrid tells him she’s so glad he was chosen and seconds later, the Madragora and his creepy tentacles attack poor Hudson. When the group looking for Ingrid finally finds him, a freshly bad guy carved up and branded Hudson tells them “he wanted to wear my skin but it wasn’t a good fit” and then rounds the final corner on the death train. The take away should be, don’t befriend a witch in this town, if we did a roll call, [...]

TRUE BLOOD, Episode Nine

With just two more episodes to go and shocked by Bill’s refusal to drink Sarah Newlin’s blood, Team Everyone Else tries to reason with him.  Sookie even slaps him. Twice.  She goes for a third time, but Eric stops her. Jessica is just as upset, but her slap is more metaphorical.  She demands Bill release her and he gives an awesome speech about how proud he is of the vampire she’s grown up to be.  This is the first parenthood-related moment of this episode, but not the last, and we’re all pretty sure that Sookie is still having sad vampire Bill’s sad vampire baby. Meanwhile, Sam’s plotline gets wrapped up with him almost entirely off camera.  He’s left Sookie a [...]

Books to Buy: New Releases This Week

This weeks brings the much-anticipated next book in the Inside Out series, a new historicals, and a paranormal novella.

DARK SKYE (Immortals After Dark # 14) By Kresley Cole

Dark Skye is the story of ill-fated childhood best friends, Thronos and Lanthe. Thronos is royalty in his Vrekener clan. A real life prince of a winged warrior. Vrekeners reside in the secluded floating city of Skye Hall. It is far above the clouds, heaven of sorts and the residents live a life of austere moderation to say the least. No impure thoughts, no pre-marital sex, no drinking, no dancing, no flashy clothes, no thinking outside the box. Self control to the most excruciating degree. Lanthe is Queen of Persuasion, royalty of the Sorceri. Sorceri worship gold, live in the moment, and are carousing, wanton sexual beings. Sorceri are the night to Vrekener day but Lanthe is fated to be [...]

Immortals After Dark: A Series Primer

I will admit it, freely and openly: I love a good paranormal romance. But when it comes to paranormal, suspension of disbelief is vital. Many authors have tried, but not all have succeeded in coaxing me into the headspace necessary to fall into the story they create. In paranormal, another key is world-building; Kresley Cole accomplishes this flawlessly. Her Immortals After Dark series is one of the most engaging, tightly focused, thoroughly consistent paranormal series out there. This is not a small task. Keeping your world building consistent across a huge laundry list of books is exceptionally difficult; I can’t even imagine the flow chart Ms. Cole has for this series. Cole manages to introduce new characters, new situations and [...]

Movie Review: THE GIVER

Based on Lois Lowry’s novel, as a film The Giver manages to be unsatisfying as entertainment while also, somehow, being emotionally effective. If you’re not already familiar with Lowry’s novel, the plot takes place in a centrally planned society that has eliminated difference, conflict, and emotion. The Giver is the story of Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), who is training to be the one person allowed cultural memory and emotion in his society, referred to as The Community. While Jonas is supposed to keep his learning secret, he is ebullient at discoveries like music, dance, and colors.  He stops taking his government mandated medication that suppresses emotion, and shares these items with his family and with his two wary best friends, drone [...]

THE RELUCTANT GOVERNESS by Maggie Robinson

Eliza has settled in as the efficient receptionist at the Evensong Agency. So when her boss asks her to temporarily resolve a family problem, Eliza agrees. The governess job isn’t her first choice but watching over her boss’s niece-in-law should be a breeze. If only the adorable girl’s father wasn’t one of those “unconventional” artist types. Shirtless, covered in paint, and answering his own door, Nicholas isn’t what she expected a Scottish baron’s brother to be like. But when the little girl jumps into an antique vase and her father does nothing, Eliza knows she’s desperately needed. Nick and daughter Sunny have been getting along just fine since the last governess died. Why had his meddlesome sister-in-law sent a proper [...]

#HunkDay: The Six Pack Files

Happy Hunk Day! Each week we’re looking for the hottest hunks so that come Wednesday, we’ve got the best of the best. But…not all of the hunks we find get used. So today we’re opening up our Hunk Day files and bringing you the best of the six packs.It’s not about surfers or sailors or Scots, all we’re focusing on today are the bods. (And we may even have some eight packs to share too!) Our first five hotties are here, but follow the rest of the hunks from the vault on the Romance at Random Facebook and Twitter and our Loveswept Pinterest page. 1. You, sir, are most definitely blessed.   2. This guy really should be a cover model for romance novels. He’s got it all [...]

Charmed by the Highlanders: My Favorite Scottish Romances

If you know me, you know I love a good romp through the heathers. Give me a book filled with castles, thick brogues and burly men who bathe in the cold mountain stream and I’m a happy girl.  It’s a well known fact that I started my blog over two years ago because of my love of Highlanders. (I was sick, on the couch with nothing else to do so I sat and read whatever I could get my hands on. My friends came to visit me while I was couch-ridden and of course the topic turned to books. More than one friend suggested I start a blog and well, Bored and On the Couch wasn’t a catchy blog name [...]

A CURSE AWAKENED by Cecy Robson

Discover Cecy Robson’s sensational Weird Girls series—or return to where the magic first began—with this eBook original prequel novella about four sisters coming to grips with their unique supernatural powers. Celia Wird shouldn’t possess the ability to transform into a tigress. Her three sisters should never be able to burst into flames, heal wounds, or transform common objects into deadly weapons. And yet they do. Before they were born, the Wird Sisters were cursed by a spell that was intended to destroy them, not endow them with extraordinary powers. The sisters’ magic is untamed and explosive at best, and time is running out for them to take command. Vampires have targeted Celia’s sweet, tragically human ex-boyfriend Danny. The sisters rush [...]

EVER AFTER by Kate SeRine

Kate Serine’s Transplanted Tales is my favorite fairy tale-inspired series. The series gist is very similar to the TV show Once Upon a Time: a rift happens, and our beloved characters from lores, legends, myths, and tales of old are transplanted to our world.  Some have managed to stay true to their characters as they were in the tales, some are almost unrecognizable, while others managed to do both like the heroes and heroines of each installment. Ever After is book four of the series. The hero is Gideon, whom we’ve met in the earlier books, a loyal Unseelie guard to the royal fae family, and his lady love, Arabella aka Robin Hood. I was one of those fans who [...]

IT’S IN HIS KISS by Jill Shalvis

Becca Thorpe has uprooted her life and escaped to the beach. Now’s her chance to get away from city living, throw caution to the ocean winds, and live in the moment. Especially if the moment includes the deliciously sexy surfer she meets shortly after arriving in Lucky Harbor. Something about the dark intensity of Sam’s eyes and the thrill she gets at his touch convinces her to stay awhile. Boat builder and investment genius Sam Brody is a self-made man who knows how dangerous it can be to mix business and pleasure. But he can’t resist offering Becca a job just to hear her laugh and have her near. Yet when her brother comes to town asking for help, will [...]

VEXING THE VISCOUNT by Christie Kelley

As the reluctant new Viscount Middleton, Braden Tavers already has several reputations to save–including his own. So it’s imperative he rescue his estate’s healer Tia Featherstone from her impetuous plan to find his rakehell brother Jonathon. And he’ll do whatever it takes to keep her determined spirit and unworldly charms at arm’s length. But protecting this stubborn beauty from himself is only stoking an irresistible desire–and an insidious danger threatening them both . Tia must get Jonathon back under her care before his unforgiving brother discovers how ill he truly is. But searching London’s most scandalous hellholes and staying two steps ahead of Braden is uncovering the viscount’s deepest secrets–and a longing to make his wounded heart her own. To [...]

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 [...]

WITCHES OF THE EAST END, Episode Five

After taking a week off, Witches of East End kicks off with Joanna doing a solitary ritual in the woods, to put Victor’s soul at rest. Her mourning period is interrupted by a black form flyby and immediately Joanna knows a Mandragora is loose in the woods. Finally, blue sex leech Avatar guy has a species type! Mandragoras are some of the worst creatures in all of Asgard and almost no one has survived a brush with these nasty dudes. Mandragoras develop parasitic sexual relationships with their mate and even pull energy from the mate when they are not feeding. If you kill or injure a Mandragora, the mate suffers the same fate – not good news for Ingrid. Joanna [...]

Cover Reveal: WHAT A LADY DEMANDS by Ashlyn Macnamara

Ashlyn Macnamara gave us her thoughts on the cover of WHAT A LADY DEMANDS, the second in the Eton Boys Trilogy. WHAT A LADY CRAVES, the first title in the trilogy is on-sale tomorrow! Find out more here.  “We all bear our scars. Some are more visible than others.” Cecelia Sanford, the titular demanding lady of my November release What a Lady Demands, says these words to Viscount Lindenhurst in the course of the narrative. For my hero, they are very apt. Cecelia has known this man since his youth, when he was friends with her older brother. Since his youth when his body was still perfect. Since her youth when she may have nurtured a tendre for him. But that [...]

TRUE BLOOD, Episode Eight

We’re three episodes from the end of True Blood forever, and this week the show actually manages to wrap up two plots (Tara’s and Violet’s), while continuing to reopen Hoyt’s, and completely ignoring that Sam even exists. The episode opens with Sarah Newlin begging Eric to kill her so that she can be the new messiah (and Eric having been the king of bad choices regarding Sarah’s sister), Eric drinks from her, gets cured, and leaves her alive. Back in Bon Temps, Sookie and Bill follow-up last episode’s sad sex with a sad post-coital chat about a plot from seasons three and four you might not even remember. This involved Sophie-Ann wanting Bill to bring Sookie to her, and Sookie [...]

Books to Buy: New Releases This Week

Outside the Ballroom: Unusual Historicals

I was editing something at my day job on the American Revolution recently and discovered it was riddled with little factual errors. They were the sort of mistakes that probably read as facts to most Americans who gleaned their knowledge of our nation’s founding from textbooks in elementary school. When I mentioned this to my boss, I added, “I only know this is inaccurate because I just read a book on the American Revolution.” (I recently read Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose, on which the AMC show Turn is based. My brother, a Revolutionary War scholar, and I were the only people who watched Turn and it was on against Game of Thrones so you’re forgiven for not knowing about [...]

SHELTER ME by Catherine Mann

Once I read that Shelter Me was about an animal rescue, that was it: I had to read it.  I love animals, especially dogs, and I’ve rescued three of them myself.  Like Lacey, I would save them all if only I had the time and the money.  The subject matter is near and dear to my heart, so this book got bumped up to the top of Mt.TBR. Shelter Me destroyed me. DESTROYED me. Not because it was sad, but because each of the damaged, grieving characters found their HEA.  I grew to like them all so much, so it was gratifying that they were able, with a rescued canine’s assistance, to put their grief behind them and embrace a brighter [...]

UPSIDE DOWN: Talking with Lia Riley

Tell us about your journey to being published with Forever Romance. LR: Last June, my agent and I brainstormed projects. I made an off-the-cuff reference about how my exchange semester to Australia changed my life (and yielded me a husband). I was surprised there weren’t many study abroad stories in New Adult. She went quiet for a second and said, “Go play with that idea.” I got to work, sent her three chapters and a synopsis. Here’s a rough transcript of our next conversation. Agent: Lia, I couldn’t sleep last night because of this book. Me: Woo hoo! Wait, did it give you nightmares? Agent: No, no. I loved it! But I don’t know what to do with you. Me: [...]