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Witches of East End Recap: 2.3 - "The Old Man and the Key"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 21, 2014 | PERMALINK

All right, it’s time for more Witches! This week: some slightly confusing backstory and a shirtless (but bloody) Freddy! 

We start with a flashback, the first of the season, if you can believe it. Jo, dressed in trippy white robes, comes through the portal, sans Freddy. Back in real time, Jo covers a sleeping Freddy with a blanket, discovering the symbol branded on his chest. Jo rushes to tell Wendy: it’s the king’s symbol, which Wendy exposits is the ultimate symbol of loyalty to bad granddad. Jo admits to having suspicions about her son. Never fear, our girl Wendy has plan!


You know you missed the crazy flashback wardrobe.

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Freya, looking smoking in a blue bustier — because that’s what I wear when I fly, sure — is ready to chase after her man. She’s saying goodbye to Ingrid, who’s packing. They remind us that Dash has powers, and Freya says “shit!” “Did she just say shit? They can do that?” my husband asks. Indeed! Ingrid wants to help Dash, Freya wants to leave him alone. Freya follows a packing Ingrid into the hall closet, where they discover a door. It’s locked. Jo lies badly, telling them it’s just leftover from the remodel. The girls clearly don’t believe her. “Why are you being weird?” Freya asks her mother, speaking for all of us.


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Friday Giveaway: DVDs + A Sherrilyn Kenyon Audiobook!

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 18, 2014 | PERMALINK

Happy almost weekend, readers! It's been quite a week for us as we pack up our offices and prepare to move, but guess who reaps the benefits with an awesome giveaway? You! We came across some unclaimed goodies from previous giveaways, and we're bundling them for one lucky person to win. This giveaway includes copies of the film Endless Love (DVD/Blu-ray) and season 1 of Witches of East End, (DVD) plus an audiobook CD copy of Sherrilyn Kenyon's Dark-Hunter novel Time Untime. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. Good luck!

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Cover Breakdown: Blood Assassin by Alexandra Ivy

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 17, 2014 | PERMALINK

We're back with another cover breakdown! The hero on the cover of Alexandra Ivy's upcoming Sentinels novel Blood Assassin made us do a double-take, and he's got an equally striking woman by his side. Clearly, this calls for a cover breakdown. First let's find out what this story is all about:


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Witches of East End Recap: 2.2 - "The Son Also Rises"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 14, 2014 | PERMALINK

Well! Are we recovered from last week’s tentacle sex? I was a little nervous to watch this week’s episode because my mom is visiting — “What’s a recap?” she asks — but this episode was thankfully free of cephalopod loving, though never fear, there was still lots of beefcake to ogle! Frederick was particularly of interest to some.

Our own intrepid DJ volunteers his services.

Let’s get to it!

Jo’s worried about Ingrid — um, rightly so, mama! They find her passed out on the lawn, all beat up. Ingrid opens her eyes, unable to remember the tentacle sex. She feels totally rested and is starving. I can’t, you guys.

Jo tells the girls about Frederick and how she left him behind in Asgard — though Wendy insists it was Frederick’s choice to stay with grandpa, he who cursed them all. Jo still believes Frederick’s story that he escaped Asgard, with the helpful proof of his curing her poisoning. Ingrid points out that the being Wendy saw in the forest, who had escaped from the portal, was vicious and evil. Jo says they think that it was something other than Frederick, Wendy demurs.

Frederick bonds with his sisters and exposits that he and Freya are twins. Ingrid’s hair looks amazing, must be the tentacle sperm? She’s knocked up, right?!


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Have You Joined The Holy Taco Church Yet? - On Creating A Successful Collaborative Blog

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 10, 2014 | PERMALINK

For many authors, group blogs are a fun, relatively easy way to promote their work. And for readers, these blogs can be highly entertaining. There are tons of group author blogs, but the Holy Taco Church might be my new favorite. As far as excellent group author blogs go, the Holy Taco Church has nailed it.


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Cover Breakdown: The Shadows by J.R. Ward

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 07, 2014 | PERMALINK

We're back with another Cover Breakdown! This time, Elisa takes a closer look at the dark and compelling cover for J.R. Ward's The Shadows, the upcoming thirteenth installment of her popular Black Dagger Brotherhood series! Let's get started!


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Witches of East End Recap: 2.1 - "A Moveable Beast"

BY Elissa Petruzzi, JULY 07, 2014 | PERMALINK

At last it’s time for season two of those campy witches with the amazing hair, the Witches of East End! First off, I’d like to thank Lifetime for moving the ladies to a 9 p.m. time slot because I am old and I appreciate them respecting my bedtime.

There’s tons of exposition this episode in addition to your usual supernatural hijinx, and then a sexy ending that had me clutching my metaphorical pearls.

So let’s get to it, shall we? We begin with a veritable clip show from season one: The girls found out they were cursed witches! Freya had two brothers fighting over her. There were lots of past lives and kicky flashbacks with wigs. Cat-shifter Aunt Wendy was awesome. The girls met their dad — and found out about their long lost brother, and the world, Asgard, their mom and aunt left behind. The portal opened.

And we’re off!

We open in a forest, with a cat skulking around, a shadow chasing behind. Aunt Wendy shifts into human form and looks around furtively. Be careful, Wendy, you’re on your last life!

Freya, in our first lingerie sighting of the season, casts a spell complete with green flame.

Oh! Kinky alert! (This will be a theme. Trust me.) Upstairs, Joanna is tied to the bed and Victor smolders as he takes off his belt. Wocka wocka. (Does EL James get a cut of this?) Except then Victor takes out a knife and cuts Jo. She screams.


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The King-Off: J.R. Ward's Wrath and Tiffany Reisz's Kingsley Face Off

BY Elisa Verna, JULY 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

This year, two highly anticipated romance novels titled The King release(d) — The King by J.R. Ward, which released in April, and The King by Tiffany Reisz, which comes out in December. This got me thinking, what would happen if Wrath and Kingsley met? Kingsley would probably try and have sex with Wrath, and Wrath likely wouldn't let him. (Someone please write that fic.) I doubt Beth would be into it either. And this of course would turn Kingsley on even more. My weird book fantasies aside, let's compare Wrath and Kingsley:

The King by J.R. Ward

 

 

The King by Tiffany Reisz

 


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Loose Id Is Giving RT Readers A 20% Discount For The Month Of July

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JULY 02, 2014 | PERMALINK

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We're enablers here at RT, and we're more than happy to keep your book-buying addiction going strong by bringing you as many deals and discount codes as we can find. This month romance ebook publisher Loose Id is making things easier by offering RT readers a special discount code. Valid from July 1 through July 31, readers can get 20% off their total purchase by using the coupon RTUNLEASHED. The coupon is good for two uses per person. Their titles are already reasonably priced (most of them are less than $8, with many in the $4-5 range), so 20% off is just the cherry on your massive ebook-hoarding sundae. Happy reading!


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June Seal of Excellence

BY RT BOOK REVIEWS, JUNE 30, 2014 | PERMALINK

Each month the RT editors select one book that is not only compelling, but pushes the boundaries of genre fiction. This book stands out from all the others reviewed that month, in the magazine issue and on the website. June 2014's RT Seal of Excellence — the editors' pick for best book of the month — is awarded to Jeffe Kennedy's fantasy romance, The Mark of the Tala.


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