Weekly Wrap Up: December 3 – December 9, 2018

Posted December 9, 2018 by Rowena in Features, Giveaway Winners | 1 Comment

Here’s what you missed this week on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed

Casee reviewed Archangel’s Prophecy (Guild Hunter #11) by Nalini Singh | 4.25 out of 5
Casee reviewed Smoke & Sin (The Perfect Gentlemen #4) by Shayla Black & Lexi Blake | 3.75 out of 5
Casee reviewed Rookie Move (Brooklyn Bruisers #1) by Sarina Bowen | 2 out of 5
Holly and Rowena reviewed Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs | 4.5 & 5 out of 5
Holly reviewed Red Wolf (Shifters Unbound #10) by Jennifer Ashley | 3.75 out of 5

What We Posted

Christmas Gift Alert: Bathtub Caddy
Christmas Gift Alert: Classic Book Kindle Covers
Bookish Thoughts: Casee’s Ultimate Christmas Wishlist
Christmas Gift Alert: Open Book Desk Lamp
Christmas Gift Alert: Bookish Socks
What Are You Reading? (+ Donna Grant Giveaway)
WTF Cover Saturday (289)
Sunday Spotlight: Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh

Current Giveaways

Monthly Reads: November 2018

What Are You Reading? (+ Donna Grant Giveaway)

Sunday Spotlight: November 2018

Giveaway Winners

We have some winners to announce this week! Congratulations to the following…

Rita Wray

Booksgiving with Book Binge: Day 18


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Booksgiving with Book Binge: Day 20

Diane S

Booksgiving with Book Binge: Day 21


Booksgiving with Book Binge: Day 22

Winners: It’s been quite a busy couple of weeks for us in our personal lives but we’re working behind the scenes on getting all of the book prizes sent out in the next couple of weeks. Please be patient as we try to sort out our personal lives as well as our blog lives. If you’re waiting on prizes, they’re coming, we promise!

An email will be sent to you shortly. Please let us know where you would like us to send your prize. You have two weeks to get back to us before we choose another winner. Check back on Sundays to see if you’re a winner in one of our giveaways.

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


Sunday Spotlight: Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh

Posted December 9, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we’re spotlighting our favorite books, old and new. We’ll be raving about the books we love and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

Sunday Spotlight: Someone to Trust by Mary BaloghSomeone to Trust (Westcott, #5) by Mary Balogh
Series: Westcott series #5
Also in this series: Someone to Love, Someone to Hold, Someone to Wed, Someone to Care
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
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During a rare white Christmas at Brambledean Court, the widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, defies convention by falling in love with a younger man in the latest novel in the Westcott series.

After her husband's passing, Elizabeth Overfield decides that she must enter into another suitable marriage. That, however, is the last thing on her mind when she meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party. She simply enjoys his company as they listen to carolers on Christmas Eve, walk home from church together on Christmas morning, and engage in a spirited snowball fight in the afternoon. Both are surprised when their sled topples them into a snow bank and they end up sharing an unexpected kiss. They know there is no question of any relationship between them for she is nine years older than he.

They return to London the following season, both committed to finding other, more suitable matches. Still they agree to share one waltz at each ball they attend. This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds, as each dance steadily ensnares them in a romance that forces the two to question what they are willing to sacrifice for love...

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“I hope,” Colin said later when he was standing at the bottom of the run watching the action and Elizabeth had just come down with the Reverend Kingsley, “I did not offend you with the snowball in the face?”

“Oh, let me see,” she said. “Was that the first one or the fourth?”

“Numbers two, three, and four were part of a fair fight,” he said. “The first one was not. I hope I did not offend you. Actually I meant to hit you on the shoulder.”

“What?” she said. “You are not such a star bowler after all, then?”

“As for numbers two, three, and four,” he said, ignoring the jibe, “you really need to learn how to duck, Elizabeth.”

“The third time I did duck,” she said, “and got it in the face anyway.”

Her cheeks were bright red and glowing. So was her nose. Her hair beneath the red-brimmed bonnet was wet and pulling free of its pins. Her eyes were sparkling, her lips curved into a smile. She looked really quite beautiful with animation to add to the usual smiling serenity. She appeared young and vibrant. But she ought to be offended. He had concentrated most of his attack during the fight upon her, perhaps because she was concentrating most of hers upon him and had been so very obviously enjoying herself. She had missed by a mile with every snowball but one, and that had shattered harmlessly against his elbow.

“Yes. Thank you,” he said when Dorchester offered him the sled he had just ridden down with his wife. The two of them wandered off together, hand in hand.
Colin turned to Elizabeth. “Shall we?”

“But can I trust you?” she asked.

“Always.” He clapped one gloved hand over his heart and they trudged up the hill side by side.

They did two runs together. The first was flawless. Colin’s only regret was that the slope was not longer, but this was the highest hill in the park and it really was not bad. The second run was not so successful. Bertrand Lamarr, on his way down with Abigail, swerved to avoid colliding with his twin and Boris, Molenor’s eldest boy, and Colin had to swerve to miss them both. He was on the outer edge of the run and hit soft snow before reaching the bottom. He tried to correct their course, but the sled had other ideas and went plowing farther in, veering wildly from side to side before upending its occupants into deep snow close to the bottom.

There were shouts from outside their cocoon of snow, though none sounded deeply concerned. Elizabeth was laughing and sputtering—from beneath Colin. He was laughing too as he raised his head and brushed foolishly and ineffectually at the snow covering her bonnet and shoulders.

“I will never live that one down,” he said.

“I forgot to ask in what ways I might trust you,” she said. “Foolish of me.”

“With your life, ma’am,” he said, grinning at her. “Behold yourself unharmed and only snow caked. At least, I hope you are unharmed.” It occurred to him that his weight might be squashing her.

And then the most ghastly thing happened.

He thought about it afterward—he could not stop thinking, in fact—and squirmed with intense discomfort every time. What the devil had possessed him? And what the devil must she think even though she had assured him that she would not think about it at all.

He kissed her.


Giveaway Alert

We’re giving one lucky winner their choice of one of our Sunday Spotlight books. Use the widget below to enter for one of this month’s features.

Sunday Spotlight: December 2018

Are you as excited for this release as we are? Let us know how excited you are and what other books you’re looking forward to this year!

About Mary Balogh

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Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin's School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.

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WTF Christmas Cover Saturday (289)

Posted December 8, 2018 by Casee in Features | 1 Comment

Frosty the Snowman
Was a jolly happy soul
With a corn-cob pipe and a button nose
And two eyes made out of coal

He’s also wearing a red banana hammock and apparently has quite the package. The question here is important…is it made out of snow?

Frosty the Sex Man by Lonely Woman Book Cover

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What Are You Reading? (+ Donna Grant Giveaway)

Posted December 7, 2018 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 3 Comments


Casee: I’m out of town for the weekend so I don’t expect to get a lot of reading time in. I finally finished Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan. It really picked up and I ended up enjoying it. I’m currently reading Too Far Gone by Christy Reece which is the third book in her Grey Justice series. The series is free with Kindle Unlimited right now.

I’m also listening to Worth the Fight by Vi Keeland. I listened to Hate Notes by Vi Keeland by Penelope Ward and thoroughly enjoyed it so I decided to listen to another one by one of the authors. So far I’m really liking it. I honestly can’t believe how much I’m enjoying first person books. It’s amazing.

Holly: Things are crazy at work so I had a pretty slow reading week. I finished reading My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren, which I really enjoyed. I also re-read Mystery Man and Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley.

I listened to Inside Out by Lauren Dane. Man, I love this series. I’d forgotten how much I adore Cope. I also listened to Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. It was just okay. I didn’t really connect with either character.

I’m currently listening to Jaxson (Riverwise Private Security #1) by Alisa Woods. I’m about 5 minutes in, so I can’t comment yet. I’m reading Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley, which I somehow skipped over.

Rowena: I’ve been so busy with shit at work that reading took a back seat this week. My office Christmas party is today so odds are, right this minute, I’m laughing it up with my coworkers and not reading anything at all. I did read Once and for All by Sarah Dessen and that was more of the same of what you’d expect of a Sarah Dessen contemporary YA romance. Good and enjoyable though. I also read Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward and that was another enjoyable romance that took me no time at all to read.

Next up is Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley because I need to get that read and a discussion prepared for next week’s end of the year book club. I can’t wait! After that, I’m hoping to finally dig into my eARC of The One You Fight For by Roni Loren since that took a backseat to reading Hate Notes.

Giveaway Alert

We are very fortunate here at Book Binge. We have loads and loads of books to read and we want to share the wealth so each week, we’ll be tacking on a Freebie Friday giveaway to our What Are You Reading posts. This week, we’re giving away…

What Are You Reading? (+ Donna Grant Giveaway)Heat (Dark Kings, #12) by Donna Grant
Series: Dark Kings #12
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Format: Print
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 336
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Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude . . .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikola’s whole word goes up in flames.

Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart?


What Are You Reading: Heat by Donna Grant

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!

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Christmas Gift Alert: Bookish Socks

Posted December 7, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Way back in 2008, we started a feature called “Christmas Gift Alerts“. This was to give you, our lovely readers, a few ideas about what bookish gifts to tell your loved ones that you would like, what bookish gifts to buy for yourself, or what bookish gifts to buy for that special someone in your life. Unfortunately, that feature only lasted one year. Fast forward ten years and bookish things are better than ever. While putting together our Christmas Gift Alerts, we have found that there is no shortage of bookish gifts. So go forth and buy. Buy for yourself or buy for someone else. Just buy!

Bookish Socks | $12.00

Holly has these bookish socks that I adore. They have bad words on them though so I can’t see myself wearing them around my house since I have a bunch of little bad ass kids around and I don’t want their parents trying to blame me for when they start cursing far too young. But I came across these bookish socks on Amazon and they’re just as adorable as Holly’s socks and kid friendly so I thought they’d make a great bookish gift for the lovable book nerd in your life. There are quite a few different styles that you can order, too.

For $12.00 and free shipping for Prime members, it’s not a bad deal at all. Enjoy!