Release Day Blitz: Submission is Not Enough by Lexi Blake


This series was brought to my attention once I read Ruthless by Lexi Blake. I really enjoyed Ruthless and am mighty curious about this series so I’m glad that we’re featuring this book our blog today. Submission is Not Enough comes out today and I was able to research the series as part of putting this post together and I’m even more curious about all of it. This series sounds like good stuff!


Submission is Not Enough by Lexi Blake
Series: Masters and Mercenaries #12
Release Date: October 25, 2016
Publisher: Lexi Blake
Genres: Contemporary, Romantic Suspense

A fallen hero reborn

Theo Taggart lost everything the night he died. His family, his beautiful Erin, and worst of all, he lost himself. A twisted doctor brought him back from the brink of death, but reprogrammed his identity to serve her will. Rescued by his brothers, he must fight to reclaim the man he was and the life, and love, that were stolen from him.

A love worth fighting for

Erin Argent thought she’d lost Theo forever. When he walked back into her life, it was nothing short of a miracle. Months of torture and conditioning at the hands of Dr. Hope McDonald have done damage to Theo that may never be mended. He has no memory of her or the life they shared. Breaking through to him, and helping him rediscover all he lost, will be the toughest mission she’s ever faced. Luckily for Theo, Erin loves a good fight.

Their reunion under siege

Unfortunately, Hope is far from done with Theo Taggart. Obsession with her prize experiment, she will do anything to get him back. If the only way to finally break him of his past life is to kill Erin and his son, then she’s only too happy to oblige…


Theo took the stairs as quickly as he could. He knew where he was going, but he wasn’t going to think about it. For the first time since he’d gotten home, he didn’t care about his past or figuring out who he’d been. He wanted. He wanted something right now and that felt good.

She’d been right. There wasn’t a place for guilt here.

He strode up the stairs, her weight comforting in his arms. Yeah, he wasn’t going to think about that either. He was going to enjoy it, not wonder why his body remembered her when his mind would not.

“Hey, is everything okay?”

Damn it. Case was standing at the top of the stairs, obviously having come out of the privacy rooms. His wife was at his side, her face flushed. Mia had sex hair. Good for them. Red was about to have sex hair, too. Lots of filthy sex hair. “Everything’s great. Night.”

Case put a hand on his shoulder. “Whoa. I thought you were going to take this slow, brother.”

“If you don’t get your hand off him right this second, Taggart, I am going to ensure that you never have children,” Red said, her eyes narrowing on his brother. “You won’t be able to cock block anyone because you won’t have a damn cock. Am I clear?”

Case’s hands came up immediately as though he knew that tone and was not going there. “Trying to help.”

“Three is clean and has plenty of condoms. We’re taking a monitor turn up here. I checked all the rooms.” Mia grinned at him. She actually was helpful. “Have fun and we’ll see you at home.”

He didn’t bother to look back. Case could give him a lecture later. He wasn’t waiting anymore. He’d waited forever. Even when he couldn’t remember her face, he’d known she was there. He’d felt her, or rather he’d felt her absence.

Could he truly be with a woman whose name he couldn’t think without hurting her?

It didn’t matter. He wasn’t making those decisions tonight. He was enjoying her. His sub. He was bringing her pleasure and he probably should do a good job of it because his sub was fucking mean.

And fragile. He’d seen the moment she’d thought he was rejecting her. He’d watch her skin flush and her body start to turn in on itself. She was such a mix of strength and need. It was intoxicating. He wanted so badly to be the man who gave her what she needed.

Affection. Pleasure. Comfort.

Love—he wasn’t thinking that word tonight. Nope. Pleasure was way better.

He kicked out lightly at the partially open door number three. It looked like Mia had done her job. The room was perfectly clean, the lighting soft and romantic. The best thing about this room though was the complete lack of any of his friends or family being here.

It was him and her, and that was exactly what he wanted. No Ian. No Li. No Kai asking them hundreds of questions. Him and her and the night.

He tossed her on the bed and stood back, looking down at her. “Tell me why you thought I was rejecting you.”

The instant she hit the bed, she was up on her knees. So graceful. So deadly. What the hell was this woman like out in the field? She moved like a predator, but the look on her face was pure sarcasm. “Uhm, your words. That’s what sealed it for me. ‘I don’t want to do this’ is generally considered a rejection.”

Somehow she managed to put an unsaid “dumbass” on the end of her sentences. Not all of them. She’d been perfectly sweet most of the night, but she could turn it on when she wanted to. “I didn’t mean that. When I said the words, I watched you change. Why? You’re good at slapping people down. I wouldn’t have said that until today.”

“Because I’ve been careful around you,” she admitted.

“Why? You think I’m delicate?”

Her lips curled up. “I don’t think you’re delicate. I think I’m a lot to take, but I also am starting to believe I was wrong. You like me rough.”

“I like you a lot.” More than he could ever tell her.

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About the Author

Lexi Blake


NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn’t until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

While the duke was sleeping by Sophie Jordan

Guest Review: While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan

Guest Review: While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie JordanReviewer: Tracy
While the Duke Was Sleeping by Sophie Jordan
Series: The Rogue Files #1
Published by Avon
Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Historical, Romance
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Sometimes the man of your dreams . . .

Shop girl Poppy Fairchurch knows it’s pointless fantasizing about the Duke of Autenberry. Still, dreams can’t hurt anyone . . . unlike the carriage Poppy spies bearing down upon the unsuspecting duke. After she pulls him to safety, the duke lapses into a coma and Poppy is mistaken for his fiancée. But one person isn’t fooled: his arrogant and much too handsome half-brother, Struan Mackenzie. Soon Poppy isn’t sure what she wants more . . . the fantasy of her duke or the reality of one smoldering Scot who challenges her at every turn.

. . . is not who you think.

An illegitimate second son, Struan may have built an empire and established himself as one of the wealthiest men in Britain, but he knows he will always be an outsider among the ton. Just like he knows the infuriating Poppy is a liar. There’s no way the haughty Duke of Autenberry would deign to wed a working class girl. It doesn’t matter how charming she is. Or tempting. Or how much Struan wants her for himself.

Poppy has this dream about the Duke of Autenberry.  She fancies herself in love with him so one day when he leaves the flower shop where she works, and gets into an argument with another man and then a fistfight, she jumps in to save him.  Unfortunately saving his life made him bump his head and he goes into a coma.  She is in the carriage when the Duke is taken to his home – along with the man he was in a fistfight with – who turns out to be his half-brother.  When they get the duke to his house Poppy mumbles to herself about how he needs to get better because they were going to get married.  The housekeeper hears her mumbling and assumes he’s her fiancé.

Poppy has every intention of correcting the misunderstanding but people keep cutting her off when she speaks and of course, she does want to be with the duke while he’s recovering so she keeps quiet.  One night when she is sitting vigil his best friend overhears her talking to the duke and figures out she’s not his fiancé.  He talks her into keeping the secret until the duke wakes up and for some reason she agrees.

The half-brother, a bastard brother who the duke hates, is Struan Mackenzie and he’s completely attracted to Poppy from the word go.  She’s a strong woman who risked her life for the duke which he admires – but finds he hates that she’s in love with the duke.  He sets out to prove, more to himself than anything, that Poppy isn’t in love with the duke.  Unfortunately this only gets him closer to Poppy and the more he’s with her the more he finds he’s falling in love with her.

As you can probably tell by the title of this book the story is a play on the movie While You Were Sleeping with Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman.  I love that movie to death so was excited to read Sophie Jordan’s version of it.  It didn’t turn out to be quite as good as I expected but I still found a lot to like in the story.

As in the movie Poppy thinks herself in love with a man that she really doesn’t know.  It’s all based on looks and how nice he seems when he comes into the flower shop where she works.  Struan is the type of man that she thinks would be the farthest thing from someone that she’d fall in love with but she finds it happening none-the-less.  This relationship starts off as contentious but hot.  Struan and Poppy are pretty steamy together and I liked that part of the story.  I wish that we could have gotten to know more about the man he is now.  We are told a lot of what happened to him when he was younger but besides his desire to be included in the family we really don’t know a whole lot about him which I found a bit frustrating.

Poppy we see pretty clearly and she seemed like a good heroine.  One who looked out for other people and was a nurturer first and foremost.  She didn’t think of her own happiness so the thought of falling in love with Struan was a foreign concept.  I liked how she tried to stick to her guns about her love for the duke even though she knew deep down she was in love with Struan.

Were there many things different between the movie and the book? Yes, definitely.  I, however, found that to be a good thing and enjoyed the book.  If Jordan had copied the movie completely it wouldn’t have been interesting and I would have been comparing the two constantly.  I was happy with what she did with the concept and that she took it in her own direction.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Frosh: Second Chances by Monica B. Wagner

Guest Review: Frosh: Second Chances by Monica B. Wagner

Guest Review: Frosh: Second Chances by Monica B. WagnerReviewer: Tracy
Frosh: Second Chances by Mónica B. Wagner
Series: Frosh Series #2
Also in this series: Frosh: First Blush
Published by The Studio/ Paper Lantern Lit
Publication Date: September 27th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
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In FROSH: FIRST BLUSH, Ellie, Grant, Devon, and Charlie spent their welcome week falling head over heels for each other—before totally falling apart. Now, in FROSH: SECOND CHANCES, they’ll have to pick up the pieces.

After ruining Grant’s football career (and her own reputation), Ellie has been trying to lie low—which means not making more enemies. But some students still want her to pay for what she did, and now, Ellie’s determined to fight back—and fight for Grant.

Grant is adjusting to his new reality: no more football means no more free passes in class, and definitely no more distractions; especially from Ellie, whom he misses even after she destroyed his world. Can he find a way to move on without her—and without football?

Devon finally has it all: her brother's sober and her boyfriend is an adorkable genius. But when her parents threaten to tear her and Charlie apart because he doesn't 'fit' into their high society, she will go to dangerous lengths to prove that nothing—nothing—can defeat Devon Connors.

Charlie’s never questioned who he is: pre-med science geek, and now, Devon Connors’ boyfriend. But when he discovers a secret about his past, Charlie isn’t sure of anything—especially whether he can trust Devon with the truth.

This is the second book and the series.  After the first ended in a cliffhanger I wasn’t sure that I wanted to read book 2 until book 3 came out.  I really don’t like being left in the dark.  Unfortunately I have no patience so went ahead and read this one. 🙂

The story starts a few weeks after book one ends and its Ellie, Grant, Devon and Charlie trying to get their lives back on track.  Without giving spoilers from book 1 let’s just say that the shit majorly hit the fan and Grant and Ellie’s budding relationship couldn’t stand the fallout.  He wanted time away from her because he life was in flux but he still cared about her and wanted to be with her.  Ellie is trying to survive being the cause of so many bad things happening when it really wasn’t her fault.  A secret society starts trying to bully her to try to get her to leave the school – it’s a mess.  Unfortunately Grant and Ellie’s feelings for each other are all over the place and sadly they mostly spend the book apart rather than together.  The story ends on a high note for the two so I’m hoping in book 3 they can settle everything between them.

Devon and Charlie…was there ever a more unlikely pair?  He’s earnest and such a nerd and she’s a spoiled rich girl who truly cares about him but does the wrong things for the right reasons.  Of course that never really works out for people and it didn’t in this case.  While Devon was trying to save her relationship with Charlie from her mother’s scheming she was imploding it at the same time by being secretive and always running off.  Charlie gets some big news and hates that he can’t even tell Devon.  The way the story ended for these two makes me think that they’ll have others in their lives before long but I honestly can’t tell how that relationship will turn out.

I liked the story and getting a bit more info on the couples was nice but frankly the story didn’t go anywhere, imho.  It was more like things were happening but we really got no conclusions at all except maybe one with Charlie.  To me the book felt more like a place holder and some slices of life than a complete book – but that’s my opinion, of course.  I truly am ready for book 3 but since book 1 & 2 were almost a year apart in publication I think I’ll have to wait a while. 🙁

Rating: 3 out of 5


Review: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

Review: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica LemmonReviewer: Rowena
The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon
Series: Billionaire Bad Boys #2
Also in this series: The Billionaire Bachelor
Published by Forever
Publication Date: October 25th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 384
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Can't Buy Me Love

It's Tag Crane's job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn't perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he's ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It's not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it's a fantasy come true. What's the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can't be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

The Billionaire Next Door is the second book in the Billionaire Bad Boys series and it was another enjoyable romance that I loved to pieces. Before I get into my review of this book, can we take a moment to admire the beauty of that man on the cover? My first thought upon seeing that I was approved to review this book was:

Yeah, I was that excited for this story. I was also really excited to get more Taggart Crane. His character really shined in Reese’s book and his role was very minor. I’m happy to report that he was just as awesome as I expected him to be in this book. This series is really shipping up to be one of my favorites of the year. The stories themselves are great and I’m really loving the characters as well. I’m mighty anxious for The Bastard Billionaire next.

Tag is in charge of the Guest and Restaurant Services part of the Crane hotels. He’s the laid back Crane brother that is always up for a good time. He keeps to himself but enjoys women. He enjoys entertaining women for a few months before helping them on their way to their next relationships. He’s never wanted more than that from anyone before so he’s taken aback from his instant attraction to Rachel Foster, the woman house and dog sitting for his downstairs neighbor who is out of town on business for the next month.

Rachel just quit her job because her boyfriend stole her ideas and got the promotion she was angling for. So she’s on her way to a new life. She wasted years of her life with someone who didn’t appreciate her and didn’t respect her so she’s making changes. She’s a bartender these days and she shares an apartment with her co-worker and friend, Bree, who is in a relationship that is getting pretty serious so Rachel knows that her time of sharing rent with her friend is running out so when she’s offered a gig house and dog sitting for one of her regulars at the bar, she jumps in because 1) extra money means she’ll get closer to getting her own spot soon and 2) she’ll be house sitting a condo in the freaking Crane Towers. That gorgeous is going to be her home for a month. Yes, please.

Rachel and Tag are brought together by a barking dog that keeps Tag from working in his home office. When Tag finds out that the woman he can’t get out of his mind is the same woman that is dog sitting while his neighbor is out of town, Tag is excited. Rachel is attracted to Tag but has some hang ups about relationships at the moment so it takes her a bit to warm up to him.

I really enjoyed watching these two circle each other before Tag was able to swoop in and snag Rachel up. I loved how patient Tag was with Rachel and how much Rachel liked Tag. I thought the way that their relationship was handled was well written and fun. I liked the progression of their romance and was really into everything that was going on from the very beginning. This was a fun romance with two very likable characters that you’ll be rooting on from the jump. I didn’t even care that the title was wrong since Tag lived upstairs from Rachel, not next door. It was good!

Lemmon is impressing me with this series and I’m really looking forward to more in the next one. I can’t wait! This was a good, solid romance and I definitely recommend it.

Grade: 4 out of 5

weekly wrap up

Weekly Wrap Up: October 17 – October 23, 2016

We had a pretty great week on the blog. Lots of great bookish content so if you were busy this week, here’s what you missed on Book Binge. 🙂

Reviews Posted

10/17: Casee reviews Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads | 3.75 out of 5
10/18: Rowena reviews The Boy is Back by Meg Cabot | 4 out of 5
10/19: Tracy reviews Dragon Detective by Mell Eight | 4 out of 5
10/19: Tina reviews The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney | 4 out of 5
10/20: Rowena reviews To Love and To Cherish by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
10/20: Tracy reviews The Trouble with Mistletoe by Jill Shalvis | 3.75 out of 5
10/21: Tina reviews Christmas at the Comfort Food Cafe by Debbie Johnson | 3.5 out of 5

Posts You May Have Missed

10/17: Blog Tour: Race the Darkness by Abbie Roads
10/18: Release Day Blitz: Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
10/20: Blog Tour: To Love and To Cherish by Lauren Layne
10/21: Excerpts: You Had Me at Christmas Anthology
10/21: What Are You Reading? (305)
10/22: WTF Cover Saturday (181)
10/23: Sunday Spotlight: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

Giveaway Winners

No winners to announce this week. Sorry guys. Please check in next week. 🙂

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That does it for this week’s weekly wrap up. How was your week in books? Hear any book news that we missed? Get any new books you want to share? Review any books we should check out? Please share.