Saturday, January 31, 2015

Scandal Season 4,Ep10: Run. AKA: Girl, you in some danger!

Olivia is kidnapped. Jake runs out in his chonies to try and follow her and sees a car driving away. Reality is that she’s in the apartment across the hall
Bad dudes that have her, and little old neighbor lady Lois are watching undie-clad Jake and laughing. They set him up. 

Bad dudes kill the neighbor, throw Olivia in a van, and tell her that it’s time to start bargaining. Trade your life for cash, call in favors. She tells them she knows that they aren’t the ones in charge and calling the shots so no bargaining. 

Why why why is there a FSOG commercial on? And WHY am I shortening Fifty Shades of Grey to FSOG?

Olivia wakes up in a room with crumbling walls with some dude that we find out is a reporter named Ian McClellan. They hear the call for prayer and think they’re in the Middle East somewhere. Ian doesn't know how long he's been there. Liv is asking questions and he has no clue. He can't help her. He freaked about. He tells her there was another dude that paid his ransom, but he was tortured and killed instead. Things aren’t looking good. 

Liv thinks that someone want her there for a reason. As she's carted off to the bathroom, she's checking out the surrounding areas, doors, and window locations. That potty is Nas-Tay! She lines the seat with TP. Damn girl, don't you have better things to worry about than butt germs?

Ian breaks down and tells Olivia the sad truth... They are not going home. Olivia says no way dude. I'm going to save us because I'm OP. Damn Straight. She confesses that if she's missing, the President of the United States will be looking for her.

Liv gets Ian to check her back for a tracking device because that's what he did to her mother. When no device is found, she knows it’s not her Papa Pope that is behind her kidnapping. 

While taking another potty break, Liv feels a breeze and goes MacGyver and uses the underwire from her bra to open the window, except the evil dudes come in and catch her. She smacks one of them but the other grabs her and throws her back in her cell. Bad dude 1 says she needs to pay and holds a gun to her. She taunts him. Do it! To make her pay, they take Ian and kill him instead. She's on the floor in a daze.
She’s passed out and wait….who’s that. HOLY BAD ASS JAKE TO THE RESCUE!!

Er, um. Wait. Now she’s in a hot shower with Fitz, then having breakfast with him  at the Vermont house. She’s made a ton of jam. White Hat Jam. Remember Tom? The Secret Service dude? He is there too. Tom tells Olivia she asked him to come and protect her. Then she’s walking around the property with a dog, and Abby shows up! Abby gets in her face. Tells Olivia she didn't choose Fitz. Where is Mellie? The kids? Really, you make jam? Where is Huck? Where is Jake? He rescues you then what? Abby gives her something to think about:  She has to rescue herself. Last thing Abby says to Olivia is that she dropped something. Lying in the dirt is a pipe fastener.

Olivia is back in the cell all alone. It was all a hallucination. 

She goes MacGyver with her bra again and just when she thinks she can get out from the bathroom window, it's been covered by bricks. She collapses on the floor and is losing her shit when she sees that pipe fastener under the sink. MacGyver bra again to get the pipe to bash in BadGuy1, takes his gun and runs into BadGuy2 and pops him between the eyes and gets out. Except, she's not in the street.

It's a video projection. Ian wasn't really a captive reporter. He's in on it. He got her secret. He knows about Olivia and the President. He loves her. Will never stop looking for her. It's all fake. She's in a warehouse. The VP is behind it so he can get his war.  Wow.

What's happening? Don't know. 
Here's what I do know: I know that Lizzie is involved, and the creepy VP as well. Fitz is looking freaked out. 

Wanna know what else I know? Don't do a Google search for Jake + Underwear (or any variation). Just don't. Or maybe do.... :)

Monday, January 19, 2015

Worth The Risk, Claudia Connor (McKinney Brothers #2)

Hannah Walker is just trying to get over her horrible day – after having to put her beloved dog to sleep, she wanders the grocery store to get the things she needs for dinner at her brothers house. She had no plans to meet anyone, much less the charming playboy Stephen McKinney. 

Stephen sees her upset, and tries to talk to her. She has absolutely no interest in him, and when he asks her out for dinner, she declines. Not willing to let her go, he pushes and they agree to meet for drinks. 

Hannah shows up and Stephen has already arranged for not only drinks that evening, but a table for dinner. Hannah reluctantly agrees, and finds that she really enjoys his company. What Stephen doesn’t know is that this is Hannah’s first date. At the end of the evening, he asks her to go with him to a family party – his family that he’s been distant from for the last few years.

Having lived through a horrific childhood trauma, her uber-protective brothers have kept her under wraps and she’s been hesitant to get out and meet and trust people. Stephen has suffered his own loss and is plagued by his demons as well. Stephen discovers that Hannah is a physical therapist, providing treatment and care to those most in need (injured children), and Hannah finds that while Stephen may have his own successful company, he's struggling to find out what is really important in his life. The two come together and find that with each other, they can let go of their past and move forward and find the happiness they both deserve. 

This is the  second book in the McKinney brother’s series, and it’s just as good as the first. Brother Matt, his wife Abby and the kids are all featured in this book, as are the rest of the McKinney family. This one has a bit more drama and deals with some difficult subject matter, but the author handled it well. I’m looking forward to more in this series and other works by this author! 

About the Author:

Claudia Connor is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of heartfelt contemporary romance. Claudia attended Auburn University, where she received her undergraduate and masters degrees in early childhood education, and completed her studies in Sawbridgeworth, England. Always a lover of happy endings, she enjoys movies, reading, and travel, but spends most of her time typing out the love stories of the almost real people that live in her head. Claudia lives near Memphis, Tennessee, with her husband and three daughters.