Quantico: 2×01 – Kudove

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Ah this show is BACK!

At the end of last season I truly wondered how they could set up something which has the foundations to be as interesting and surprising as last season whilst still retaining the time-jumps that I love so well.

Well, I think they’ve done it!  The setup with Alex and Ryan going through training at the Farm mirrors what they went through at Quantico.  We’re going to get lots of Ryan/Alex cuteness and angst*.  We’ve been introduced to intriguing secondary characters as well as seeing a glimpse of familiar faces.

And of course there’s a massive terrorist plot.

Give me more.

* They have had so many things thrown at them and so many more things will be thrown their way to keep them apart but I can’t help but ship Ryan/Alex.

To Love and to Cherish (The Wedding Belles #3) by Lauren Layne

To Love and to Cherish (The Wedding Belles, #3)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Trope: Friends-to-Lovers

Chemistry: Simmering

One-Sentence Summary: An accountant forces a wedding planner to confront their mutual attraction

Review: This one was so hard to review!

I don’t know whether it’s because I’d been looking forward to Logan/Alexis’s story the most that when it arrived, it just seemed to be …. rushed. The pacing for me was off.

I loved the start of the book and learning how Logan/Alexis first met. I loved the dancing around each other that Logan and Alexis did and the kisses full of UST. Then as soon as they cross the line, things move really really fast with Logan having waited for 8 years, suddenly unwilling to wait any longer for Alexis to process what was happening between them. Alexis has an epiphany moment and then suddenly -boom- happy-ever-after is achieved.

Logan’s commitment to take over his father’s business was never lauren-layne-loganreally resolved either even if it is made clear he never ended up moving back to London.

I did like how it was the guy who was the one pining over the girl who refused to see him as anything more than a friend. I also liked how with Logan there wasn’t any denial of his feelings, he OWNED his feelings for Alexis without apology.

Four stars because overall I loved Alexis and I was invested in her relationship with Logan, even if didn’t play out quite how I would have liked it.

For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles #2) by @_LaurenLayne

For Better or Worse (The Wedding Belles, #2)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 5*

Trope: Friends-turned-lovers

Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio

One-Sentence Summary: When neighbours become something more

Review: When I first read the summary for this book, I have to say it didn’t give me any real excitement; to me, this book was just the filler before we got to Logan/Alexis’s story.

But ohmygod I loved it.

It’s not the usual friends-to-lovers story in that Heather and Josh aren’t friends for a longtime before they get together and they acknowledge their attraction early on, even if they don’t cross the line for awhile. There is fun neighbourly banter and I loved the whole 4A/4C nicknames.lauren-layne-josh

Also refreshing is the fact that it’s the guy who has the secret and the angsty past that he is hiding underneath his happy-go-lucky attitude.

This was a fun, flirty read and everything you could want from a Lauren Layne romance ….. (apart from the whole use of the word “bullocks” (should be bollocks)).

Chicago Med: 2×01 – Soul Care

What a very mediocre start to the season:

  • Rhodes’s new boss is a serious ASS
  • Charles’s daughter springs out from nowhere
  • Choi totally offended Maggie
  • And all of a sudden Natalie is suddenly ready to move on but of course not with Will but with Jeff

I really hope the show regains the magic of the first half of the first season pronto!

Flashpoint Season 3

So what the hell happened to Leah?  She came in to replace Lou at the end of last season and then disappeared without a trace by the start of the season.  Don’t get me wrong, I didn’t miss her presence and the show worked with the team as it is but still I would’ve expected some sort of explanation!

I don’t think anything is going to be able to match the first season in terms of cases but this was an okay season.

3×06 – The Other Lane – great case around Ed’s brother and how the viewer and the team were never sure whether he was a good or bad guy.

3×08 – Jumping at Shadows – Favourite episode of the season without a doubt.  Amazing little actress they found to play the girl.  Liked seeing Greg connect with his son.

3×11 – Terror –  When I read that this episode was a Jules-centric one I had high hopes but it was quite disappointing in the end.  It was good for some !jealousSam but the case was a bit boring.

3×13 – Fault Lines –  Victor Garber and the return of Officer Sabine who I really like.  It was interesting getting into the psyche of the team.  Was interesting seeing flashbacks to the cases that affected each of them the most.  This must be the start of Wordy’s illness that I read about?  Poor Ed, he’s had it rough this season. Yay for Sam/Jules getting back together.

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Designated Survivor: 1×01 – Pilot

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When I first saw the trailer for this, I knew that the The West Wing fan in me had to give it a try and, hello, MAGGIE Q!  I’ll watch anything she is in thank you very much.

The West Wing comparisons aside, this is like a male-lead version of Madam Secretary whose first season I enjoyed but wasn’t able to hold my interest by the end of the first season.  Time will tell whether this does.

The Pilot was shockingly well made and it was good to see a bunch of familiar faces back on my screen, though oddly enough I don’t think I’ve ever actually seen Kiefer Sutherland in anything before ….

Sparking The Fire by @KittyMeader

Sparking the Fire (Hot in Chicago, #3)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

Trope: Reconciliation / Firefighter romance

Chemistry: Off the charts Scorchio

One-Sentence Summary: Destiny throws a firefighter and an actress together again

Review: It seems like only a few moons ago that I first discovered Kate Meader through her Hot In The Kitchen series and here we are wrapping up her third series already!

In Sparking This Fire we get to find out the broody Wyatt’s story and the secret he has been hiding from the rest of his family, their niece! Then there’s the small matter of another secret – his past with a certain Hollywood actress Molly Cade.

Needless to say when Wyatt and Molly meet again and are forced to work together on the set of her latest film, sparks fly again and there is a lot of sneaking around whilst they are both forced to confront how they fit in each others’s worlds.kate-meader-wyatt

Meanwhile the whole of the Dempsey gang are busy creating a lot of noise and drama as you would expect, especially over the discovery that Logan had a daughter. Having them all learn to build a relationship with this new arrival certainly added another layer to the story to balance out the Wyatt/Molly romance.

I’m really sad to be leaving the Dempsey family. Meader has an irresistible way of immersing you in a world and exploring human emotions that leaves you wanting more.

Kate, I know you have a hockey series on the way but if you ever feel the need the give Dick Wolf a run for his money and expand this Chicago series to explore the world of PD and Med then I’m definitely game!

Chicago Fire: 4×23 – Superhero

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The last few episodes have been the best of the whole season.

TPTB finally gave the cute Jimmy a storyline. there were big fires and life/death situations and I was actually quite fond of the Dawson/Louie storyline.  Adored the team rallying around her to convert Herrmann’s empty room into an idyllic apartment (I want!!).  I was 95% sure that Casey wouldn’t end up going to Susan’s room but it was a nice play with the switchabout to Dawson’s door.

I am ambivalent to Severide/Stella but Grant needs to GTFO now.  He’s been around far too much and I don’t understand how Stella has been so patient with him.  I also can’t stop at staring at Stella’s ears – they do stick out right?  It’s not just me ….

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