The Boy Most Likely To – Huntley Fitzpatrick

Breaking the Curse of the Sequel

I don’t believe that there is in fact a documented literary phenomena to support my splashy sub-heading but admit it you all knew what I was referring to. In case I seem to be going out on a limb here let me rephrase, have you ever read a book and liked it so much that you never wanted to read another thing by the author? No? So it’s just me then? Well let me explain I adored, I mean straight out “loved” My Life Next Door – read my rave review here – and having more than a little bit in common with the anxiety ridden second youngest member of the Garrett family George, I was extremely worried about what a sequel would have in store for me. Oh yeah, and my beloved Garretts too.

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Surprises abound and sparks ignite in the highly anticipated, utterly romantic companion to My Life Next Door

Tim Mason was The Boy Most Likely To:
find the liquor cabinet blindfolded
– need a liver transplant
– drive his car into a house

Alice Garrett was The Girl Most Likely To:
well, not date her little brother’s baggage-burdened best friend, for starters

For Tim, it wouldn’t be smart to fall for Alice. For Alice, nothing could be scarier than falling for Tim. But Tim has never been known for making the smart choice, and Alice is starting to wonder if the “smart” choice is always the right one. When these two crash into each other, they crash hard.

Then the unexpected consequences of Tim’s wild days come back to shock him. He finds himself in a situation that isn’t all it appears to be, that he never could have predicted . . . but maybe should have.

And Alice is caught in the middle.

Told in Tim’s and Alice’s distinctive, disarming, entirely compelling voices, this return to the world of My Life Next Door is a story about failing first, trying again, and having to decide whether to risk it all once more.


My Life Next Door was ridiculously good, Huntley Fitzpatrick brought the boisterous Garrett family to life etching in loving detail every member of the unbelievably large family, think Kate Plus Eight large. As I write this, one might not appreciate what a difficult task this is, until they stop and consider how many books that a person reads and only the protagonist and/or possibly the love interest have any real detail or character development. I am pretty sure this is not a stylistic choice but actually because it is really hard to give more than just a very small number of characters real and tangible depth. Yet in a Huntley Fitzpatrick novel even the tertiary supporting characters have a vibrancy not often found in novels today.

I am not a kid person, my own notwithstanding though they are not entirely immune to my aversion depending on the day yet I fell in love with the many younger members of this clan. Even my less grumpy book compatriots have been known to comment on how annoying children can be in books. Well in this series they abound and truly steal the show on more than one occasion. In My Life Next Door, I was completely captivated by young George’s many worries, in my mind I imagined a four year old Woody Allenesque fellow.  Ms Fitzpatrick proved that this was not just an anomaly with the sequel The Boy Most Likely To where 18 month old Patsy repeatedly stole any scene she was present in. Even newborn Cal had a separate and distinct character truly an awesome feat considering how most infants don’t seem to have much of a personality at all, let alone in literature, to anyone short of their parents.

Amongst the myriad of possibilities for a follow up was the hot mess known as Tim Mason. Samantha Reed’s erstwhile best friend Nan’s twin brother and resident druggie/alcoholic, Tim hits rock bottom towards the end of My Life Next Door and at the beginning of The Boy Most Likely To, we find him struggling to make a go of the sober life with little or no help from his family. Alice, the second of the eight soon to be nine Garrett children, was not a favourite of mine in the first book. Not to put to fine a point on it but Alice seemed to be a bit of a bitch. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but out of characters whom I loved from the first book she didn’t make my short list of ones I needed to revisit immediately. As I read I found myself emphasizing completely with “Tin Alice” and thinking her the ideal choice. However, if there were ever two mismatched people who were actually perfect for one another it is Tim and Alice.

I often complain about YA and NA literature for the sheer unadulterated amount of angst, the equal one could only find in a soap opera, sometimes not even there. Without a doubt there is some very heavy stuff that goes down in this series and in yet another demonstration of her skill and artistry Ms Fitzpatrick manages to keep the drama high without ever descending into the territory of the maudlin’.

In short, don’t wait to read The Boy Most Likely To, it is easily the equal of it’s excellent predecessor. My George-like fears were completely unfounded, I can only hope that there will be more stories about the many Garrett siblings to come. At the very least I will certainly stop putting off reading What I Thought To Be True.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

HFHuntley Fitzpatrick grew up dreamy and distracted in coastal Connecticut. She flourished in a family of bookworms where everyone always had their nose in a book. She kept an exhaustively thorough journal which frightened her boyfriends but has proved very useful in her career as a writer. Her debut contemporary Romance, MY LIFE NEXT DOOR, was published in June of 2012 by Penguin-Dial for Young Readers. Now she laughs with and eavesdrops on her six children who provide her with perspective and material. She is represented by the amazing Christina Hogrebe of the Jane Rotrosen Agency.

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Biker Bitches #3

Jamie Begley

Releasing Dec 11th, 2015

Young Ink Press

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What can I say? I’m not a nice person. When I walk by, people call me a slut, and I’m okay with that. I believe in calling a spade a spade. I am a slut.
With the holidays approaching, I miss belonging to The Last Riders. Drake’s keeping me warm, but he wants more than I can give. He wants me to trust him, to believe he can protect me. Doesn’t he know Santa put me on the Naughty List long ago?

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What can I say? I’m a nice guy and have always done the responsible thing.
Bliss is everything I shouldn’t want, but it’s hard to resist a woman who stopped believing in miracles. She wants to be back with The Last Riders, 
whom she considers her true family. Doesn’t she know it’s Christmas, and miracles do happen?

 

 

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“Who are you going out with?”

Knowing Genny was still determined to try to become BFFs with her, Bliss almost didn’t tell her, but honestly, she couldn’t find a reason not to. It wasn’t like she was going to come home afterward and have a chat-fest about it.

“Drake Hall.”

A concerned look crossed Genny’s face. “Be careful, Bliss.”

Bliss couldn’t help laughing. “I can handle Drake.”

“Don’t be too sure. He has a reputation in town for leaving women when they get too serious about him.”

“Then he’s perfect for me. I have no intention of getting serious.”

Genny shook her head at her. “That’s what all the women say.”

“Well, I mean it.” Bliss watched as Shade stood, blending into the crowd and leaving the auditorium. Jo’s eyes followed after him. “Besides, I can’t give what’s already taken.”

Bliss started past her yet paused when Genny laid a hand on her arm.

“You have an itch any man could scratch without leaving marks. Drake’s not that type of man. Of all the women I heard gossip about regarding him, none have walked away unscathed. He’s always been the one to break it off. Some scratches go away after a few days, and you forget they ever existed, but others fester and spread until they consume you.”

“Are you telling me I should be afraid of him?” Bliss couldn’t believe Genny was giving her advice about men. Didn’t she realize what went on in the clubhouse? What did she know about men, anyway? She was barely nineteen.

Willa had told her Genny had lived with a foster couple until she had turned eighteen. Willa had wanted to help Genny find a home she could call her own. Bliss knew that was why she had asked her if she would be interested in being roommates with Genny.

Bliss had thought they were mismatched but grudgingly had begun to feel a tendril of liking for Genny.

“That’s exactly what I’m telling you. A smart woman would steer clear of him.”

“No one’s ever accused me of being smart,” Bliss said wryly.

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“I was born in a small town in Kentucky. My family began poor, but worked their way to owning a restaurant. My mother was one of the best cooks I have ever known, and she instilled in all her children the value of hard work, and education.

Taking after my mother, I’ve always love to cook, and became pretty good if I do say so myself. I love to experiment and my unfortunate family has suffered through many. They now have learned to steer clear of those dishes. I absolutely love the holidays and my family puts up with my zany decorations.

For now, my days are spent writing, writing, and writing. I have two children who both graduated this year from college. My daughter does my book covers, and my son just tries not to blush when someone asks him about my books.

Currently I am writing five series of books- The Last Riders, The VIP Room, Predators MC, Biker Bitches, and The Dark Souls.

All my books are written for one purpose- the enjoyment others find in them, and the expectations of my fans that inspire me to give it my best.”

Great Expectations – The Sex Surrogate by Jessica Gadziala

No, I am not going to compare Dickens to The Sex Surrogate but now that I have mentioned it, know that there will be no further references because I never got much beyond considering watching the movie and then opting for something more timely starring Ethan Hawke instead. What I was in fact referring to was our own preconceived notions that we often have before we pick up something new to read, particularly when the author is unfamiliar. The Sex Surrogate popped up on my Goodreads page recently and I was so intrigued that I “one-clicked” and read it in the space of 24 hours. Then even though I have other books that I should be reading I flipped back to page one and started all over again.

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From GoodreadsAva has been suffering from sexual dysfunction for years. Tired of not being able to have a normal relationship with a man, she is steered in the direction of Dr. Chase Hudson, a psychologist and sexual surrogate.

When she signed up for her sessions, she wasn’t prepared for his god-like good looks or her instant, intense, and growing connection with him.

But as things heat up… and professional lines get blurred, she is forced to confront the question: What are you supposed to do when you start falling for your sex surrogate?


Often times the description or the rave review on my Goodreads feed can hook my attention but once I visit the book page itself, it is the more critical reviews that ultimately seal any particular book’s fate for me. However, when I was skimming the reviews for The Sex Surrogate I saw that one of the less than positive reviews commented that they found the hero to be “creepy” as he was an authority figure etc. While I believed that in itself was a  valid argument it struck me as completely out of place in the context of the story and didn’t deter me in the least from reading it. As I read I kept reflecting on this reader’s words and couldn’t help thinking “well, what did you THINK it was about?” Obviously, in real life for one’s therapist to develop a romantic attachment would be unethical and extremely unprofessional but this is fiction and for entertainment purposes only and if such a thing is a trigger why would you read about it?

Ava suffers from anxiety, the nature of which is not examined in depth but upon the advice of her therapist she seeks the treatment of another therapist one who also specializes in sexual surrogacy. Prepared for her therapist to be old and not in the least bit attractive, instead Dr. Hudson is a tall, young, ripped, blue eyed, raven-haired example of the best humanity has to offer.

Ava’s first sexual encounter was particularly unpleasant and already having a tendency to be awkward and introverted she became increasingly anxious in subsequent attempts to the point of suffering panic attacks when she found herself in situations that were too overwhelming. Chase’s non-judgmental, straight forward manner allows Ava to begin to explore sexual situations without the crippling anxiety she had suffered in the past. Of course it isn’t long before Ava begins to question the deepening feelings that she has for the very attractive doctor, is it “transference” or something more?

HCThe Sex Surrogate was a wonderful surprise, free of angst and unexpectedly humorous at times. I can be a crotchety, difficult to please reader, critical of so many things that I get on my own nerves. Wading into a story featuring a character with anxiety had my arm-chair psychologist on high alert and ready to pounce. However, instead of snorting to myself and muttering “shyeah right” I found that I was nodding and thinking “that could happen…” well other than the plausibility of  a sexologist who looked in my mind like the glorious Henry Cavill but I was willing to let that one slide because truly we all need our fantasies.

If I wanted to be nit-picky and fussy I could claim that the connection between the main characters was a bit insta-lovey (it was) but see above! I rest my case. Or that the best friend Shay was at times the stereotypical BFF you know the type, man-eating, loud just a touch crass and of course fashion savvy. Yet she was somehow was the perfect foil to our adorably clueless heroine and instead of coming off as skeevy her roommate was just such a dude that I found myself disappointed that his romance isn’t coming up in the queue.  Is it?

Frankly, I can’t wait for the upcoming follow-up from Chase’s POV. In the meantime I likely will be ferreting out everything Ms Gadziala has written to date and procrastinating on all the other reading I should be doing.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

JGJessica is a full-time writer from New Jersey who believes coffee is a food group and that her parrots can totally understand her when she talks to them. She can not be trusted with houseplants or to respond to text messages in a reasonable amount of time.

Writing was the only acceptable career path for her from the first time she learned that with just twenty-six letters, she could create whole new worlds. She attempted a string of odd jobs before quitting and taking the blind leap of faith that was trying to make a career out of her passion.

Jessica is a firm believer in snark, strong secondary characters, and HEA.

When she is not writing (which is practically never), she is obsessively trying to read as many books as possible and has totally been known to throw temper tantrums over fictional characters.

She is super active on GR and, in fact, is probably stalking your status updates right now.

Her current project is “Monster” and will be available December 3rd!

You can find her on: Facebook | Tumblr | Twitter | Goodreads
Message her, she’s friendly!

 

 

 

Sidekick Returns by Auralee Wallace – The Best Book You Haven’t Read Yet

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Sidekick Returns

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FROM GOODREADS – Bremy St James is back in a brand new adventure, mixing chaos, humour, sex, and superheroes in this fresh, funny, flirty series. It’s the superhero romance you didn’t know you needed…

Fresh off thwarting the crime of the century, Bremy St. James is back and more determined than ever to fight by the side of the city’s top superhero, Dark Ryder. There’s just one problem: Dark Ryder’s disappeared.

To make matters worse, Bremy’s evil billionaire father, Atticus, is taking her lack of family loyalty very personally, and Bremy’s last tie to her old life, her reason behind her choices—her sister—is distancing herself as well.


REVIEW

After sort of single handedly thwarting her father’s nefarious plans to take over the world Bremy St. James and her motley gang are back for more crime fighting hi-jinks.

The second installment of the Sidekick series raises the stakes even higher. After Atticus’ escape from the prison in the first book, things are quiet, too quiet. Bremy feels she is ready to take her place at Dark Ryder’s side only she is nowhere to be found and it isn’t long before ready or not Bremy is right back in the thick of things with her motley crew at her side.

It’s no secret that I love everything Auralee Wallace writes and unlike most writers she seems to get better and better with every word. If you haven’t read the first installment, one-click it immediately and hold on cause the circus is in town! For the rest of you it is only three short weeks until you can reacquaint yourselves with Bart, Queenie, Pierce and meet the Little Big Shot (think pint size Robin Thicke, shudder), the Angel of St. James, the Crime Mime and funeral director Kevin straight out of the Addams Family. It’s an unholy combination that works like something you could never imagine with equal parts hilarity and humanity that only Bremy can handle with her trademark naive obstinate perseverance that she can change the world with a bit of help from her friends.

Sidekick was much like a fun-house circus ride but in Sidekick Returns we discover a much darker side to super heroism that will ultimately pit Bremy against a foe she never imagined… her own twin sister.

If you appreciate unique, adrenaline filled, subtly witty and occasionally farcical stories then the Sidekick series is for you. Think Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer with a soupcon of Star Wars thrown in for good measure. Take my advice, read them. You won’t regret it.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

AWAuralee Wallace has played many roles in her life, including college professor, balloon seller, and collections agent. When this semi-natural blonde mother of three children (and psychiatric nurse to two rescue cats) isn’t writing humorous novels about quirky characters, she can often be found watching soap operas with lurid fascination and warring with a family of peregrine falcons for the rights to her backyard. She can also be found on Twitter, Goodreads, Facebook, and her blog http://auraleewallace.com/.

Auralee is represented by Natalie Lakosil, Bradford Literary Agency.

 

 

Persuasion – Violetta Rand NOW AVAILABLE!

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PERSUASION
Sons of Odin MC #1
Violetta Rand
Releasing December 8th, 2015
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If you love the motorcycle romances of Joanna Wylde and Julie Ann Walker, don’t miss Violetta Rand’s irresistible novel about a sexy-as-sin biker who tempts a good girl to go bad.
Lang Anderson may be the new leader of the Sons of Odin motorcycle club, but his personal life is in shreds. He’s struggling to take care of his three young sisters in the wake of tragedy, while rumors of drug dealing within his ranks jeopardize everything he’s built.
The last thing he needs is another distraction—like a bar brawl over a woman—but Lang is a sucker for a damsel in distress. And this one gets him roaring like a finely tuned engine.
High school guidance counselor Lily Gallo is no fender bunny. So why can’t she get Lang off her mind? Lily’s head says the rugged, rough-and-tumble biker who came to her aid is bad news. Her
body begs to differ. But when Lang’s troubled kid sister walks into her office, Lily’s determined to help, even if it puts her in the crossfire of a gang war.

On a crash course with danger and desire, Lily partners up with Lang to fight for his family—and for love.
 
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EXCERPT

Fuck. Lang Anderson stormed out of the Corpus Christi Federal Courthouse and sniffed the air. It reeked of rotten fish from the marina, reminding him of the stench of corruption in the courtroom. The place was full of assholes who didn’t believe in the long-standing tradition of innocent until proven guilty. Including the special prosecutor the feds had imported from Los Angeles. She was a bitch on wheels out for the kill, and unfortunately her prey was Jessie Mansard, the acting president of his club. No doubt it didn’t help that he wore MC patches—the same colors Lang proudly sported every day of his life.

If found guilty, Jess would get the death penalty. Unless he copped a plea, which likely meant a life sentence. Either way, he was going to be wearing stripes instead of his leathers.

A threat every Brother faced eventually for living outside the law. One Lang couldn’t afford, since his parents had been killed in a motorcycle accident outside Houston seven months ago. Their deaths had resulted in his having custody of his three little sisters, whose lives had been shattered, leaving them vulnerable and scared. Even with all his careful attention and unyielding patience, the eldest, Maya, was still acting out and required close supervision.

The loss of his mother and father had sealed Lang’s fate too. It also made him rethink everything in his life and with the club. What if that were him wearing shackles in front of the cameras? The judge presiding over the case had opened his courtroom to the media. And they attacked like rabid dogs, feasting on Jess—portraying him as a psychotic killer.

The end result was that Jess would never taste freedom again. Lang would become the next president, a role he’d never wanted nor dreamed of filling.

He tapped a cigarette out of his pack and lit it, sucking in smoke, then blowing it out, his gaze drifting to the entrance of the courthouse. His paternal grandfather had been a founding father of the club, and, as a third-generation member, Lang held partial deed to the club property and bar. Throughout the years, blood had been shed to ensure the charter’s survival. And now that Lang had control, he needed to surround himself with men who believed in the same things he did. Striving to keep peace with larger clubs was at the top of his priorities list. Several MCs had been dissolved over the last couple of years, either merging with the dominant charter in the area or folding because of financial challenges.

Survival of the fittest meant more than his Brothers realized.

 

An environmental scientist by day, Violetta Rand has
been in love with writing since childhood. Struck with an entrepreneurial spirit at a young age, she wrote short stories illustrated by her best friend and sold them in her neighborhood. Rand enjoys outdoor activities, music, reading, and losing herself in the world she brings to life in the pages of her stories. The only thing she loves more than writing is her wonderful relationship with her husband.
 

 

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FOOLING AROUND WITH CINDERELLA
Storybook Valley #1
Stacy Juba
Released November 9th, 2015
Self Published

What happens when the glass slippers pinch Cinderella’s toes?


When Jaine Andersen proposes a new marketing role to the local amusement park, general manager Dylan Callahan charms her into filling Cinderella’s glass slippers for the summer. Her reign transforms Jaine’s ordinary life into chaos that would bewilder a fairy godmother. Secretly dating her bad boy boss, running wedding errands for her ungrateful sisters, and defending herself from the park’s resident villain means Jaine needs lots more than a comfy pair of shoes to restore order in her kingdom.

First in the Storybook Valley series, a blend of sweet romance, chick lit, and fairy tale fun.

 
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Dylan scrutinized Jaine, arms folded across his royal blue shirt with the Storybook Valley logo stamped over the left in white block letters. “Do you wear contacts?”

“I have plenty of media contacts. Wait. Did you say wear contacts? You mean instead of these?” Jaine fingered the earpiece of her gold-rimmed glasses.

“Right. Contact lenses.”

She gave a nervous chuckle. “I scheduled a consultation in college, but was too squeamish to insert the lens. I was more comfortable in glasses.”

Was she really justifying her vision enhancement choices to her prospective new boss? Maybe he intended to discuss medical benefits. Or did he think she looked nerdy? What was the saying? Guys don’t make passes at girls who wear glasses? Not that she wanted him to make a pass even if he was hot.

“How blind are you without glasses?” Dylan persisted.

“You wouldn’t want to drive with me.”

“How about if you’re walking around a building? Are you in danger of hurting yourself?”

This interview had taken the Mad Hatter Freeway from Fairy Tale Land into Wonderland where nothing made a damn bit of sense. Did this guy have a glasses fetish, like those weirdoes with shoe fetishes?

“I should be okay. I take them off for special occasions.” In fact, Jaine’s older sister Bree, who was getting married in August, remarked just last week, “You are losing the glasses for my wedding pictures, right?”

What the hell. She’d be a good sport and hope Dylan would be so grateful to pick the brain of a real, flesh and blood, bespectacled person that he would appoint her marketing director. Jaine removed her glasses and the fine details of her surroundings fuzzed. She nodded toward the framed print hanging on a side wall, the picture a wash of symbols and colors. “I can tell that’s a park map, but the words and images smear together.”

And that was myopia in a nutshell. Jaine adjusted her glasses back into place so she could see his reaction. Dylan examined her with such intensity that a blush stained her cheeks. She patted her blonde French braid, in case stray strands were straggling out.

“Here’s the situation,” Dylan said. “I took over the general manager position a few months ago. I’m evaluating possible changes and researching how other theme parks run. My grandfather and father have worked with a marketing firm for years to create our brochures, billboards, print, and radio ads.”

Jaine’s shoulders caved, imperceptible to him, but it felt as if her whole body was sinking.

No fairy tale job ending for her.

 

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Stacy Juba got engaged at Epcot Theme Park and spent part of her honeymoon at Disneyland Paris, where she ate a burger, went on fast rides, and threw up on the train ride to the hotel. In addition to working on her new Storybook Valley chick lit/sweet romance series, Stacy has written books about ice hockey, teen psychics, U.S. flag etiquette for kids, and determined women sleuths. She has had a novel ranked as #5 in the Nook Store and #30 on the Amazon Kindle Paid List. 
 
When she’s not visiting theme parks with her family, (avoiding rides that spin and exotic hamburgers), or writing about them, Stacy helps authors to strengthen their manuscripts through her Crossroads Editing Service. She is currently writing the next book in the Storybook Valley Series, Prancing Around with Sleeping Beauty.

OUTLANDER Season Two, Will You Be Watching? …#springiscoming

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It’s no secret that I’m an avid fan of the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon, as well as,  Ron D. Moore’s adaptation of the story for television found on the STARZ network in the U.S. and on Showcase here in Canada.

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What probably impressed me the most about Outlander’s first season was how the show’s creators manage to find two actors who were able to step into the roles of Jamie and Claire so effortlessly. I’m sure that was a concern for many fans, as we all had our own visions of Jamie and Claire, and getting the casting right was key if the show was going to get off the ground.

 

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The show’s outstanding scenery, music and the contributions from supporting cast members all came together to make Outlander’s inaugural season a huge success.

Outlander’s story is a long one as those of us who are still reading the series, it has been eight novels and the story is still not over. It’s filled with romance, adventure, and the harsh reality of living in the 18th century which includes a far amount of violence. Near the conclusion of Outlander, the first novel, readers and television viewers alike were presented with a particularly horrific act that for readers of the novel will not soon forget.

As Season 1 came to an end, we all knew what was coming as Jamie was left in the hands of Black Jack Randall in Wentworth Prison. From a pure production point of view, it was an incredibly difficult episode to pull off, the show’s creators did an amazing job. That said, I fear that there are images forever burned into my mind that I will never be able to erase! Okay, perhaps that’s being a little melodramatic, but I’m sure that there are others out there who agree with me.

After many discussions around the proverbial “water-cooler”, I think that despite the rawness of the season finale, most people that I’ve talked with will be tuning into Season 2. I know that I certainly will be, and from the looks of the first trailer for Season 2, the production values certainly appear to be of the highest quality once again. I also have a soft-spot for Dragonfly in Amber, the second novel in the series and as a history major, 18th century Paris was my favourite time period to study.

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So, the question is, will you be watching?