WTF Cover Saturday (262)

Posted May 26, 2018 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

WTFcoversaturday

I am totally squicked out by the tendons sticking out from his back. It brings chicken wings to mind, which I don’t eat because I don’t eat meat, so it’s kind of disgusting anyway. Which just makes it double disgusting.

Anyone feeling like chicken wings for dinner tonight?


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What Are You Reading? (+ Historical Giveaway)

Posted May 25, 2018 by Rowena in Giveaways, Reviews | 8 Comments

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Casee: I am in graduation mode right now and haven’t read a word this week other than my to-do list. I wish I could continue reading Claimed by Rebecca Zanetti because it’s so good. I really am loving this series.

Holly: I’m visiting Casee this week, so my reading time has been limited. I finished the Warrior Chronicles by K.F Breene. Siege, Invasion and Overtaken were the final three. I enjoyed the series as a whole. I really needed the kickass women vibe this week. After that I read Melt for You by J.T. Geissinger, the second book in the Slow Burn series. The heroine annoyed me toward the end, but it was a pretty good read overall. I loved the hero. I liked the first book, Burn for You, a bit better, and in fact reread it after I finished Melt for You.

Rowena: I’m on vacation this week so I was busy getting ready for my trip to really pick anything up. I did manage to finish Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen, which I really enjoyed. I’ve been seeing a bunch of people not loving the book or the hero, Alec but me? I freaking loved them both. Alec wasn’t the easiest hero to love but I did grow to love him and was completely sold on his love for May. I thought he proved himself to be a wonderful match for her. I loved seeing him grow up and not be so stubborn when it came to making his dreams come true. You really see the growth in his character so I really didn’t understand why people disliked him so much. May was May, I loved her too and really enjoyed seeing her come into her own. Her love for Alec warmed my heart and seeing them together made me happy. I couldn’t have asked for a better romance for them.

Right now, I’m finishing up Making Up by Lucy Parker which is another fabulous addition to Parker’s London Celebrities series and after this, I’ll be jumping into I Flipping Love You by Helena Hunting. Lots of great reading hours coming my way, woot!

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? (+ Historical Giveaway)The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove, #2) by Laura Lee Guhrke
Series: Dear Lady Truelove #2
Also in this series: The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove #2), The Truth About Love and Dukes (Dear Lady Truelove, #1), The Trouble with True Love (Dear Lady Truelove, #2)
Published by Avon
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 384
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Dear Lady Truelove,

I am a girl of noble family, but I am painfully shy, especially in my encounters with those of the opposite sex . . .

For Clara Deverill, standing in for the real Lady Truelove means dispensing advice on problems she herself has never managed to overcome. There’s nothing for it but to retreat to a tearoom and hope inspiration strikes between scones. It doesn’t—until Clara overhears a rake waxing eloquent on the art of “honorable” jilting. The cad may look like an Adonis, but he’s about to find himself on the wrong side of Lady Truelove.

Rex Galbraith is an heir with no plans to produce a spare. He flirts with the minimum number of eligible young ladies to humor his matchmaking aunt, but Clara is the first to ever catch his roving eye. When he realizes that Clara—as Lady Truelove—has used his advice as newspaper fodder, he’s infuriated. But when he’s forced into a secret alliance with her, he realizes he’s got a much bigger problem—because Clara is upending everything Rex thought he knew about women—and about himself. . . .

What Are You Reading: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Gurhke

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


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Guest Review: Bitten Under Fire by Heather Long

Posted May 25, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Bitten Under Fire by Heather LongReviewer: Tracy
Bitten Under Fire (Bravo Team WOLF #2) by Heather Long
Series: Bravo Team WOLF #2
Published by Entangled: Amara
Publication Date: May 28, 2018
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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four-stars

Bianca Devlin’s work is her life. Now, she’s finally taking a vacation…and guerillas hit her resort to kidnap a diplomat’s son. She does the only thing that makes sense—intervene to save the child’s life. Being dragged into the jungle with a scared kid she’s determined to protect was definitely not how she saw this trip ending.

After she returns to Texas, the last person Bianca expected to see was Sergeant Carlos “Cage” Castillo, the member of Bravo Team WOLF that helped rescue her. Nevertheless, there he is, living across the street from the house she just bought. The coincidence is alarming, but she has to admit, his presence isn’t entirely unwanted.

But there’s something off about Cage—the way he can move without a sound or the weird way his eyes seem to almost glow at times. And how can Bianca manage her growing attraction, when everything she knows about him and his reason for being there, turns out to be a lie?

Bianca is an aid worker who is taking a mandatory vacation.  Costa Rica was a good choice until she sees a small boy is being kidnapped from her resort and tries to protect him.  That ended up getting her kidnapped as well.  Bianca and the boy are saved by Bravo Team WOLF and they make it to an aircraft carrier where Bianca is treated for all of her many injuries.  The doctor mentions what looks like a dog bite and Cage Castillo, who was one of Bianca’s saviors, thinks he might have made a huge mistake. He can’t get a good look at the bite on Bianca’s arm but he’s pretty sure that in the middle of the fight between Bravo Team and the guerillas, he might have bitten Bianca and turned her into a shifter.  In order to verify this Cage follows Bianca to Austin, Texas where she’s rehabbing a home during the rest of her vacation.  Cage and Bianca don’t fight their attraction to each other for very long before they’re in bed together.  They seem to mesh with each other so seamlessly, but Bianca has no idea why Cage is really there or that she may turn into a wolf very soon.

This was a good second novel in Bravo Team WOLF series.  I really enjoyed getting to know both Bianca and Cage and their romance was very sweet.  Bianca was just a good person.  I don’t think she had a selfish bone in her whole body.  The fact that she had tried to save the boy, Colin, from being kidnapped was amazing and I admired her inner strength during her ordeal and even afterward.  Once she found out about shifters and that she might turn into a wolf she was freaked out – of course.  I loved that the author didn’t make her act like it was shocking but no big deal. She had her stewing and genuinely acting like she was about to come unglued.  I loved it because it was a totally realistic reaction.

Cage was a bit harder to get to know but he was a nice man.  He was hot as hell from the description but more than that he had a good heart.  He had felt like he had to prove himself because his father is the alpha of his pack and that put him in the spotlight.  With Bianca she wanted to get to know him but took him at face value.  He really didn’t have to prove himself as she knew that he was one of the good ones (since he saved her and all).  I loved that while he was so protective of Bianca he was also willing to give her time to herself when she asked. See? Good man.

We didn’t get as much interaction with the whole Bravo Team as we did in the first book, but we got some.  The story was such that I really didn’t mind all that much.  I love team member Silver and his sense of humor and can’t wait for his book.  Hopefully we’ll get it soon.

Overall this was a good story and so far I like the series a lot.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Bravo Team WOLF

four-stars


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Throwback Thursday Review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Posted May 24, 2018 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn KenyonReviewer: Rowena
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Hunter Legends #1
Published by St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 18, 2002
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 337
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three-half-stars
Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn't. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior's day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander's sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace--the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon

See original cover edition: here

Every Thursday in 2018, we’ll be posting throwback reviews of our favorite and not-so-favorite books.

This review was originally posted on March 8, 2010.

This book is a nacho kind of book. Full of cheese and yet you crave these kinds of books from time to time. When I was trying to figure out what books I was going to read for the Author Spotlight, I wanted to take the Kinley MacGregor route but ended up picking this book up instead. It’s been years since I read this book and I had forgotten all of the little reasons why I enjoyed this book but reading it again, I could see why.

It’s one of those escape reality, leave all the realness of the world behind you and just read kind of books. I mean, look at the blurb…an older than dirt man cursed and stuck in a book, only able to come out to pleasure women who summon him. He’s a demi-god and he’s stuck forever in a book because he’s a love slave. Are you kidding me?

As cheesy as this book was, SK made it work for me. I enjoyed reading this book but it made me giggle at how obsessed I used to be over this series. I used to be utterly obsessed, stalking the SK website for updates on the books and this is the book that started all of that madness for me. Julian was a too good to be true heroes which SK is popular for. Her heroes are those troubled heroes that you want to hold close to your heart and never let go.

Grace was one of the more memorable heroines from this series. To be honest, a lot of the heroines from this series I don’t remember now outside of their names. But I remembered Grace and seeing her try to help Julian out and introduce him to the modern day world was a treat that I enjoyed more than I thought I would. She was a stand up heroine and when Julian makes her ex boyfriend look like the tool that he was, I rejoiced and I loved Julian all the more.

Being introduced to characters that will show up later in the books was a treat that I enjoyed. This book is kind of fluffy and even though Julian isn’t a Dark Hunter, I liked this book. Would I recommend this book? Yep, I don’t think it’s a must read first for the Dark Hunter series but it would be good to read this book first because Julian shows up in future books and well, he’s a hottie so duh!

Rating: 3.75 out of 5

three-half-stars


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Guest Review: Never Deceive a Viscount by Renee Ann Miller

Posted May 24, 2018 by Tracy in Reviews | 0 Comments

Guest Review: Never Deceive a Viscount by Renee Ann MillerReviewer: Tracy
Never Deceive a Viscount by Renee Ann Miller
Series: Infamous Lords #2
Published by Zebra Shout
Publication Date: May 29, 2018
Point-of-View: Third Person
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 320
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three-half-stars


They are the infamous lords, notorious noblemen who indulge their irreverence in public, but keep their personal struggles private. For a portrait artist, capturing the true soul of a high-born hellion is a daring proposition...

Clearly, Emma Trafford’s new neighbor is a lady killer—but is the scoundrel with the scar capable of murder? Emma can barely contain her precocious younger sister, Lily—the child swears she spied their neighbor engaged in foul play in his Bloomsbury love nest. But when Lily goes too far searching for “evidence,” Emma must save the imp by distracting Simon—with an all-consuming kiss rife with danger and desire.

Simon Marlton, Viscount Adler doesn’t know which is more infuriating: that an anonymous intruder set his soul on fire and left a deep longing in her wake . . . or that during their encounter his signet ring, a token of his painful past, went missing. With the memory of a faint scent of paint spirits and the knowledge that his neighbor Emma is a portraitist, Simon sets out to capture his thief. He draws Emma into a flirtatious game, commissioning the talented lass to paint him—and enticing them both to reveal their whispered suspicions and deepest secrets.

Emma Trafford’s 12-year-old sister, Lily, is spying on the new across-the-street neighbors when she sees what she thinks is a man murdering a woman.  She is determined to prove it to Emma the next day when she sees a huge trunk begin moved out of the house. Lily is sure that there’s a body in it.  She takes it upon herself to sneak into the house when it’s late at night, but Emma sees her and tries to stop her.  They are caught when the man returns to the house.  In order to give Lily time to escape, Emma kisses the man.  Lily thinks her sister is being harmed so she conks the man on the head with a vase.

When Viscount Adler awakens from being hit over the head he’s pissed that someone tried to steal from him.  When he finds his signet ring missing he’s determined to find out who the culprits are.  Several clues make him think that Emma is the woman he kissed but he can’t figure out who her male accomplice was.  He moves into the house across the street from her (which was actually his mistresses house but he sent her on a trip to Paris), and changes his name so that he can get close to Emma.  She is a portraitist and she starts working on one for him.  Can he figure out who was behind the theft and why this seemingly innocent and sweet woman would ever try to steal something from him?

This was an easy read and entertaining.  Emma was a young woman who was struggling to make ends meet.  She was the guardian of her brother, who was away at school, and Lily, her young sister.  She was a wonderful painter but she wasn’t getting enough commissions to take care of her family the way she would like.  When she meets Adler she has no idea he’s a viscount, but knows that she thinks him incredibly handsome.  Of course she knows that he’s the man who kissed her and she needs to protect Lily from what she thinks will be his wrath.  I loved that she was so protective of her siblings.  She was wonderful with them and would do anything to keep them safe.  The romance between Simon and Emma was slow but very satisfactory.  I liked how the author didn’t rush things with them as it was nice to see things slowly percolate.

Simon was a scoundrel and had had many mistresses but of course had been bored with them all lately.  This of course made room for Emma in his life.  Adler had a horrible reputation for doing outrageous things and was always in the scandal sheets.  He knew that he would never get close enough to Emma if she knew who he was.  Those scandal sheets were completely blown out of proportion of course.  If he went rowing with a friend, the sheets would report that he went down the Thames half-naked – ridiculous.  I didn’t care for how he hid his identity but I understood why he did it.  He ended up being a good man in the end.

Overall this was a cute story.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Infamous Lords

three-half-stars


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