Flashpoint Season 1

THIS SHOW!

On the one hand I am annoyed with myself for not picking up this show when it was still on air and getting to enjoy the experience “live”.  On the other hand, I am grateful that I have discovered this show when I can get my hands on the whole series at once and be wowed episode after episode.

I’ve only watched the first season so far but it is just wonderful.  It combines all the things I love about my favourite procedurals: great team, cute ship, high stakes situations, and perps you can sympathise with.

The Team

Greg ParkerVeronica Mars‘s Dad!  What a steady leader who knows exactly what his team needs

Ed Lane – The first episode was very Ed-centric and I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about a whole show where he was the main character but it turns out they only chose to focus on him in that episode and ultimately whilst “his” storyline bookended the season, it is very much a team show.  He definitely grew on me more and more as the season went on.

Jules Callaghan – my favourite character.  Yes you’re shocked I know!  Smart sassy female in a man’s world.

Sam Braddock – when we first met him my initial thoughts were that he was a cocky lad but he won me over as much as he won Jules over.

Spike – he brings the laughs.

Wordy – loved how we found out about how he met his wife early on in this season and that he doesn’t mind getting in touch with his feminine side since he has daughters

Lou – probably the only character we know nothing about at the moment!

The Perps

As much as I love the team, the cases are what makes this show amazing.  There wasn’t a single episode I didn’t love and I would go as far as to say the majority of them were outstanding.  Favourite ones:

1×02 – First In Line with the father of the heart transplant girl.  That’s when I knew I had to keep watching this show.  Wow.
1×04 – Asking For Flowers with the familiar face of Rebecca from Played.
1×06 – Attention Shoppers with the poor teenage girl and great setting for an episode in a busy shopping mall.
1×08 – Never Kissed A Girl with the wrongly imprisoned boy.
1×10 – Eagle Two with the team on protective detail

Sam/Jules

Gah!!!!  I spoiled myself completely for what happens in future seasons when I was looking for gifs which I’m slightly mad at myself for but still, I can’t wait to see their happy ever after play out

  • I loved Sam’s flirting at the start
  • I loved the scene in the changing room where he was examining her back
  • I am surprised they got together so soon
  • I liked the whole blue paint thing meaning that Parker knew about them
  • The look on Sam’s face when Jules got shot!!

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To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles #1) by Lauren Layne

To Have and to Hold (The Wedding Belles, #1)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Trope: Weddings!

Chemistry: Low Boil

One-Sentence Summary: Cynical millionaire meets romantic wedding planner.

Review: Lauren Layne is back with another scorching series, this time based in the world of wedding planners. This was a slick romance with the wedding planner going head-to-head with the cynical brother of the bride.

I am always of romances that start with the couple being hit with a barrage of instalove the minute they set eyes on each other but I quite enjoyed how this one played out in the end.

However, I was probably more intrigued with the idea of Grant/Maya than with Seth/Brooke and I really wish that Grant/Maya were given proper secondary romance status and that we got to see them actually get together.

Rewatch: Third Watch Season 1

1×01 – Bosco and his epic footchase. Love the retro background music and the medical/personal talk. Sully/Ty. I must have watched this episode a few times, it all seems very familiar. Mantooth the firehouse dog! The peanut butter prank Kim pulled on Carlos. “Think he’s pissed? I think he’s pissed.” Such a gripping Pilot, especially the last twenty minutes.

1×02 – The team talking about Jerry’s pranks. The homeless guy crapped in Bosco’s car! Ah Bobby’s interested in “someone else” …. Perving at Kim. I’m getting vertigo just looking at Carlos hanging out of that window. “Now it just smells like someone took a dump in a pine forest.”

1×03 – Bosco pranked Sully’s car …. Except Bosco didn’t even do it! Sully and Ty having to rescue the family from the car in the river. That is so obviously a dummy Jimmy just rescued from the boot of the car. Sully’s flour prank on Bosco! Bosco’s car prank on Sully. Bosco/the captain’s daughter caught on camera! Who stole Bosco’s car? “How are we not going to attract any attention? We’re chasing another squad at 12 miles/hour?!” Bobby/Kim have a fight which sends her running to Jimmy

1×04“He’s just getting even because I parked my car in his space.” “Is that what they’re calling it nowadays?!” Bosco and his weird walking. Bosco and Faith losing that jumper. Jimmy vs Bosco. Carlos and Doc butting heads. Bobby and Joey. It’s been a bad bad Monday for everyone. Bobby’s sweet and replaced the money Sunny stole. Bosco wants in on the BBQ so badly.

1×05 – Jimmy getting his son to pull a woman for him in the shop. The mugger trying to get more jail time to stay inside and avoid the mob. “I know you’re upset but if we’re going to rely on me being the level-headed one, we’re going to have some problems.” Jimmy fighting Bobby for Joey’s affection. Faith is on the warpath.

1×06 – Bobby’s brother! OMG that’s Jon Seda from Chicago PD! What a small world! Sully/Ty’s mother Maggie. Carlos knocked someone over! It’s been a few episodes since we’ve seen Jimmy/Fire in action. Sully and Ty singing in the car together. Doc calling Bobby on his feelings for Kim. Doc/Carlos fighting. Sweet Bosco/Faith moment. Oh god awkward moment when Bobby goes to kiss Kim. Love and Happiness – I love this song.

1×07 – Dead body in the burning car! Oh man surely Carlos is never going to be left to drive again after that crash. “Got a call about a man stuck up a tree?” “Looks like gravity took care of it.” Sully/Ty’s Mum.

1×08 – Thanksgiving madness. Bosco is missing Faith. Hostage-taker at Thanksgiving dinner.

1×09 – Look at those mobiles! Doc’s father is in hospital. Morbidly obese girl. I like seeing Bosco’s softer side. Ty trying to do the right thing has got the boy into more trouble.

1×10 – Poor Faith. She is too good for her husband. Building coming down! Look at the size of that camera!! What a heartbreaking episode.

1×11 – Oh no the poor woman jumped in front of her son. Kitten! Poor Kim is really feeling this one. Furry hats! Bosco is obsessed with that homeless person’s car. Doc/Morales. Kim’s looking after the cute kitten. Poor Sully.

1×12 – Bobby definitely doesn’t want to listen to Matty’s list of misdeed. Foot patrol for Davis. The retarded couple. Poor schoolgirl – brains in her hair. Bobby and Kim on the ice rink. LOL! Jimmy’s gambling. Bosco’s geography knowledge – or lack thereof! Poor Bobby, his brother his putting him through the ringer.

1×13 – Doc/the doctor. Epic gunfight and crazy amount of shots fired and then manhunt. Moral question – was Bosco right to let the perp bleed out and die? Oh no some Bobby/Kim pity sex coming. This is not going to end well.

1×14 – Mass shooting at a church! “I think you should know we’re having physical relations.” “Physical relations? What you’re arm wrestling with her?” Nice Doc/Carlos moment. Faith arresting her husband. Malcolm, Ty’s friend makes a reappearance. I can’t believe the out-dated attitude towards gays. Jimmy down the fireman pole. Faith calling Bosco out on being a bigot. Oh God Carlos and that crazy chick. Bobby moves on fast.

1×15 – I really don’t remember this episode. Poor Ty accidentally shooting an innocent guy. Bosco’s being hard on Faith for splitting up with her husband. Oh man this whole episode about police shooting an innocent black man – nothing has changed in 16 years since this episode was written ….. Carlos’s creepy stalker girlfriend. The boy trapped between the two walls – cute dog.

1×16 – Bosco becoming a robber from a robbee. Doc and Carlos caught in the middle of a gang war. Jimmy’s gambling is catching up with him. “FOOD! NOW”. Bosco and Faith are hilarious in this episode. Kim/Faith girl talk. Jimmy is a LOUSY father.

1×17 – Faith and Bosco hanging out in the kitchen. Funny hearing references to Hilary Clinton. The whole gang hanging out. Hilarious Bosco making fun of “President Hilary”. Storytelling time – worst cases, political sides, for/against the death penalty/religion

1×18 – Candyman is back. The guy with a screwdriver coming out of his head. Doc’s dad. Basketball competition – PD Vs Fire. Never got to find out who won!

1×19 – LOL that poor cat having to witness that! OMG that’s Lea Michele from Glee!!!!!! Carlos’s crazy stalker girlfriend is back …. And she’s pregnant! Sully’s priest was stabbed and now he’s on a mission

1×20 – Massive fire! Davis impersonating Sully! Bosco’s good with that little boy. Doc/Morales are cute together.

1×21 – Sully letting Davis drive. Jimmy’s getting married! Carlos is in trouble. “This guy is going to wallpaper with all the tickets I’m going to write him” Bosco and Faith’s epic car chase. “Looks like we found our combatants.” “Either that or a ballroom dance competition.” Candyman’s back. Bosco in his tux. Kim is being really unfair by talking to Bobby about Jimmy when she knows how he feels/felt about her. Doc and Carlos looking at cassette tapes – not even CDs!!!!

1×22 – Jimmy/Kim – really?! Doc/Moralez is cute. I hate that Faith is pregnant – I can’t stand her husband. Crazy fire and Doc and Carlos are trapped! The firehouse dog finally makes an appearance again. The guy shooting at Jimmy and all the firemen! I don’t remember any of this! Kim driving like a boss. Hmm, I always thought Bobby got killed in this episode ..

Lured In (Fishing for Trouble #2) by @lauradrewry

Lured In (Fishing for Trouble, #2)ARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4.5*

Trope: Friends-to-lovers

Chemistry: Simmering

One-Sentence Summary: Long-time friends Finn and Jessie become something more as they work towards getting Jessie over her fear of water

Review: I love love love a good friends-to-lovers romance! There’s something so sweet about seeing the relationship change between two friends. It was a really nice change to see that it was the guy n this case who realised his feelings before the girl.

I adore the setting of this story and Laura Drewry does a really goodLaura Drewry - Finn job of scene-setting and making you feel like you are out in the fishing shack near the water with the O’Donnell brothers.

When I read that *SPOILER* Finn and Jessie acted on their attraction before the arrival of Sam I was really disappointed as I was looking forward to more UST and jealousy on the part of Finn. However, I should never have doubted the author as it still all played out wonderfully and there was a satisfying happy-ever-after for two characters haunted by the events of their childhood.

Prentiss is back! (Again)

“We’re excited to have Paget Brewster back for multiple episodes in our 12th season,” showrunner Erica Messer announced Thursday at the “CBS Favorites” San Diego Comic-Con panel. “The BAU can use more help this year since they’ve got a lot of known and unknown subjects to catch.”

I’m still disappointed by Grandfathered‘s cancellation but super excited by this!  You can never have enough Prentiss/JJ/Garcia scenes.

To Have and To Hold by Lauren Layne Book Tour

Sex and the City meets The Wedding Planner in The Wedding Belles!

 

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD
The Wedding Belles #1
Lauren Layne
Releasing July 26th, 2016
Pocket Books

 

Sex and
the City 
meets The
Wedding Planner 
in The Wedding Belles, her sizzling brand new
contemporary romance series about three ambitious wedding planners who can make
any bride’s dream come true…but their own.
 
Discovering her fiancé is an
international conman just moments before they exchange vows devastates
celebrity wedding planner Brooke Burke’s business—and breaks her heart. Now a
pariah in Los Angeles, she seeks a fresh start in New York City and thinks
she’s found it with her first bridal client, a sweet, if slightly spoiled,
hotel heiress. Then she meets the uptight businessman who’s holding the purse
springs.
Seth Tyler wishes he could write a
blank check and be done with his sister’s fancy-pants wedding. Unfortunately,
micromanaging the event is his only chance at proving Maya’s fiancé is a liar.
Standing directly in his way is the stunning blonde wedding planner whose
practiced smiles and sassy comebacks both irritate and arouse him. He needs
Brooke’s help. But can he persuade a wedding planner on a comeback mission to unplan
a wedding? And more importantly, how will he convince her that the wedding she
should be planning…is theirs?
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Lauren lives in New York City with her husband (who was her high school sweetheart–cute, right?!) and plus-sized Pomeranian.

Five years ago, she ditched her corporate career in Seattle to pursue a full-time writing career in Manhattan.

She writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush, and in her ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

When not bringing The Sexy, she likes to blog about her Instagram addiction, and why mean girls are the worst.

 

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Sting by Sandra Brown

StingARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 4*

Trope: Romantic Suspense

Chemistry: Simmering

One-Sentence Summary: Stockholm Syndrome on speed and more twists and turns than Spaghetti Junction

Review: It was this time last year that I first discovered Sandra Brown when I got approved for the ARC of Friction. Since then there has been no going back. She is undoubtedly one of the best romantic suspense authors.

Sting didn’t quite equal the heady heights of Friction but even when Brown is not at the peak of her game, the result is still far superior than most author’s best efforts.

This book, like all her best work, has engaging main characters, interesting secondary characters and enough twists to keep the reader on her toes. I guess my main complaint is that *SPOILER*even when Jordie thought Shaw was a hitman who had just murdered someone in cold blood in front of her, she was still wildly attracted to him. Whilst I was waiting for the other shoe to drop and for Shaw to reveal his true identity, it didn’t even occur to Jordie that he was an undercover cop so I found it a bit weird that sexual thoughts would even occur to her when she was sure he was going to kill her.  It was a little like a severe case of Stockholm Syndrome.

Still, that is all I have to complain about and I loved the way the rest of the story played out.

Here’s to hoping we don’t have to wait for another year before we get a new Sandra Brown novel!

Just Kiss Me by Rachel Gibson

Just Kiss MeARC received from: Netgalley

Rating: 3*

Chemistry: Low Boil

One-Sentence Summary: A Hollywood actress re-enters her old life when she goes back home

Review: Rachel Gibson is one of the queens of contemporary romance and her new releases nowadays are few and far between. However, no matter how long I have to wait, I’m almost guaranteed to tune in.

From the get-go I felt instantly transported to the South where there are still such things as carriage houses and where family honour is everything. The set up with Vivien being a famous actress going back to her home town and running into her mother’s former employer’s son Henry (NB: different names to what appears in the blurb) was an interesting one.

However, two main things let this book down: First, Vivien’s teenage diary entries. Give me one or two to set the scene but if you must revisit the past in this way then flashbacks are less grating. Secondly, there was overuse of time jumps for my liking. Every good romance needs to make use of some jumps in time otherwise it’s hard to convince the reader that two characters really have fallen in love in such a short amount of time. However, there were just too many stock “Vivien went back to her actress life then came back to be with Henry for a few days” mentions that whilst I believe their get-together was a nice set-up, we never really get to experience how and why they fall in love and we are just expected to accept that it happened during these short visits.

Call me hard to please but when a book’s release date is delayed by more than a year, I set my standards high and unfortunately this just failed to live up to expectations.