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Saturday, May 27, 2017

Book Review: Hard Rules (Book #1 in the Dirty Money series) by Lisa Renee Jones


Given the fact that the romance genre is one of my top favorite genres of books to read, and it’s my #1 favorite genre of books to review for my blog; I’m always looking for new authors who write books that are a part of the romance genre to check out. Hard Rules is the first book by Lisa Renee Jones that I’ve ever read, and I’m thrilled to say that I absolutely loved it. While the romance genre is one of my top favorite genres of books to read, I definitely can’t deny that the romance genre is a genre that tends to be full of clich├ęs, and can oftentimes be rather lacking in originality. That being said, Hard Rules is in many ways unlike any romance novel that I’ve ever read.

The one thing that really sets Hard Rules apart from all of the other books in the romance genre that I’ve read over the years more than anything else is definitely the overall tone of Jones’ writing. The overall tone of Hard Rules is definitely darker than any book in the romance genre that I’ve ever read, and the tone of the book also has a certain level of mystery and intrigue to it that I’m not used to seeing when it comes to books within the romance genre. That definitely made reading Hard Rules a rather refreshing and enjoyable experience for me. While I’ve never watched Sons of Anarchy before, based on what I’ve heard about the show, I’m guessing that people are comparing Hard Rules to that show because of the somewhat dark and mysterious tone of Jones’ writing. Regardless of whether or not I’m right about why people have compared Hard Rules to Sons of Anarchy, reading this book definitely made me want to watch Sons of Anarchy. One thing that I think Jones handled very well throughout the entire book is the way that she maintained the darker, more mysterious tone of the book without ever letting it ruin the romance and steaminess between Shane Brandon and Emily Stevens.

The other thing that makes Hard Rules so unique compared to all of the other books in the romance genre that I’ve read over the years is the fact that the element of mystery and intrigue that’s present throughout the book pretty much revolved entirely around Emily. In the past, whenever I’ve read a book in the romance genre where one of the characters is portrayed as being at least somewhat of a mysterious person who has a secret, it has always been the guy who has filled that role. By having Emily be the one who’s filling that role in this book, I feel like Jones is offering people something new and fresh with Hard Rules.

Jones definitely excels at writing Emily in such a way that she’s a very likable character, despite the fact that she apparently has a dark secret that instead of finally revealing it to the reader at the end of the book; Jones reveals a whole new plot twist that further added to the mystery that surrounds Emily. While I spent pretty much the entire book feeling very anxious and excited to learn what exactly Emily’s secret and actual backstory is, I’m honestly not the least bit upset that Jones doesn’t reveal any of that information in this book. If anything, the way Jones ends the book got me even more excited to read the second book in the Dirty Money series, Damage Control, than I already was before I even finished reading this book.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Queen of the South: "Live or Die" Season 2 Promo (HD)

Here's the "Live or Die" promo for season 2 of Queen of the South.

Nashville: "New Episodes" Season 5 Trailer (HD)

Here's the "New Episodes" trailer for the second half of season 5 of Nashville.

Fargo: Episode 3x07 "The Law of Inevitability" Promo (HD)

Here's a promo for next week's episode, episode 3x07 "The Law of Inevitability".

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Once Upon a Time: Season 7 scoop on the possibility of Lucy's name being a reference to a fairy tale character or a classic character from TVLine's Michael Ausiello

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Here's some scoop on Once Upon a Time from this week's (Posted on 5/24/17) Ask Ausiello column.



Question: I loved the Once Upon a Time season finale. Could they be doing Narnia next season? If not, I’m surprised by the name Lucy. But I could totally be reading too much into it. —David
Ausiello: Looks like you answered your own question at the end there, David. Matt Mitovich asked the Once creators if there is anything to be gleaned from the naming of Henry’s daughter, and they came back with a decisive “no.”



Link to the full article:‘Will & Grace’ Revival Spoilers: What About the Series Finale? | TVLine



Will & Grace: Scoop on the possibility of the series finale being retconned for the revival from TVLine's Michael Ausiello

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Here's some scoop on the Will & Grace revival from this week's (Posted on 5/24/17) Ask Ausiello column.



Question: Long time fan, first time caller. Any news on how Will & Grace will retcon its finale? Or are they pulling a Roseanne and just ignoring it all? —Eliott 
Ausiello: They’re (mostly) pulling a Roseanne. The finale posited that Will and Grace remained estranged well into their 50s. That will clearly be scrubbed from the history books. Completely eliminating Will and Grace’s now-teenage children (with Leo and Vince, respectively) from the revival equation will likely prove more of a challenge. But that’s what boarding school is for, right?




Link to the full article:‘Will & Grace’ Revival Spoilers: What About the Series Finale? | TVLine





Bloodline: Scoop on the series finale from TVLine's Michael Ausiello

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Here's some scoop on Bloodline from this week's (Posted on 5/24/17) Ask Ausiello column.



Question: I’d love a Bloodline final-season scoop! —Jesse
Ausiello: The series finale “brings to a close the chapter of this story for the Rayburns,” teases exec producer Todd Kessler, who adds, “But it also leaves the audience with a question. And it’s a question that hopefully you will turn to the person you’re watching with and go, ‘What do you think happened?’ It’s meant to be satisfying and thought-provoking.” Having seen the finale, I can confirm that it succeeds on both fronts. I can also confirm that the Season 3 episode everyone will be talking about is not No. 10 (aka the finale). It’s No. 9 (the penultimate episode). I’m still processing everything that transpired in it. BTW, the final season drops this Friday on Netflix.



Link to the full article:‘Will & Grace’ Revival Spoilers: What About the Series Finale? | TVLine