Books to Binge On: November 2017

Posted November 2, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments

Books to Binge On

January is literally around the corner, you guys…where did the time go? November is a great month and there are quite a few books coming out that we’re excited for. Here’s our list of books we think everyone should binge on.


An Ex for Christmas (Love Unexpectedly #5) by Lauren Layne.

She’s making a list—and checking it twice. But is there a nice guy among all her naughty exes? The New York Times bestselling author of Blurred Lines returns with a charming friends-to-lovers rom-com.

When a psychic tells spunky, superstitious Kelly Byrne that she’s already met her true love, she becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking him down before Christmas. Kelly immediately writes up an “Ex List” and starts contacting old boyfriends to figure out which one is the one. When her college sweetheart rolls into town, Kelly convinces herself that they’re meant to be. The trouble is, sparks are flying with someone she’s never given a chance: her best friend, Mark.

Mark Blakely has watched the guys on Kelly’s list break her heart, and he’s not looking forward to watching them do it all over again. Mark’s always been there for her, but the timing’s never worked out for their relationship to be something more. Now, just as Mark is ready to move on, the sexual tension between them is suddenly off the charts. With Christmas morning around the corner, he just hopes Kelly will wake up and realize that everything she wants has been right in front of her all along.

Rowena: A new Lauren Layne in my birthday is a definite treat. I just adore her books and this book won’t be any different. I just know it.


Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh.

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh kicks off her new Hard Play contemporary romance series with a sizzling story that’ll leave you smiling…

Sailor Bishop has only one goal for his future – to create a successful landscaping business. No distractions allowed. Then he comes face-to-face and lips-to-lips with a woman who blushes like an innocent… and kisses like pure sin.

Ísa Rain craves a man who will cherish her, aches to create a loving family of her own. Trading steamy kisses with a hot gardener in a parking lot? Not the way to true love. Then a deal with the devil (aka her CEO-mother) makes Ísa a corporate VP for the summer. Her main task? Working closely with a certain hot gardener.

And Sailor Bishop has wickedness on his mind.

As Ísa starts to fall for a man who makes her want to throttle and pounce on him at the same time, she knows she has to choose – play it safe and steady, or risk all her dreams and hope Sailor doesn’t destroy her heart.

Rowena: I have been anxiously waiting for this book ever since I found out we were getting it. I love every single one of the Nalini Singh books I’ve read (paranormal, contemporary or urban fantasy, etc..) and this is just one more damn book that I know I’m going to love. I can’t wait!

Holly: I’m excited NS is releasing another contemporary novel.


A Duke in Shining Armor (Difficult Dukes #1) by Loretta Chase.

Not all dukes are created equal. Most are upstanding members of Society. And then there’s the trio known as Their Dis-Graces.

Hugh Philemon Ancaster, seventh Duke of Ripley, will never win prizes for virtue. But even he draws the line at running off with his best friend’s bride. All he’s trying to do is recapture the slightly inebriated Lady Olympia Hightower and return her to her intended bridegroom.

For reasons that elude her, bookish, bespectacled Olympia is supposed to marry a gorgeous rake of a duke. The ton is flabbergasted. Her family’s ecstatic. And Olympia? She’s climbing out of a window, bent on a getaway. But tall, dark, and exasperating Ripley is hot on her trail, determined to bring her back to his friend. For once, the world-famous hellion is trying to do the honorable thing.

So why does Olympia have to make it so deliciously difficult for him . . . ?

Rowena: I’m in the mood for another fantastic historical from Loretta Chase. I have enjoyed everything that I’ve read by her and have high expectations for this book and have every confidence that she’ll deliver another wonderful story. I can’t wait to meet these disgraceful dukes.

Holly: It’s Loretta Chase. Enough said.


Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay #4.5) by Jill Shalvis.

It’s Christmastime again in Heartbreaker Bay!

When Sean O’Riley shows up at the Hartford Bed & Breakfast for his older brother’s bachelor weekend, he’s just hoping to make it through the weekend. What he’s not expecting is to come face to face with the woman he lost his virginity to a decade ago—a woman he’s never really forgotten.

The last time Lotti Hartford saw Sean, she told him she loved him while he said nothing. Now, ten years later, she’s just looking for a good time. For once, she wants to be the wild and free one, and Sean – the good time guy – is the perfect candidate.

But as the weekend continues, Sean realizes that after a lifetime of being the hook-up king, he’s ready to find happily-ever-after, and he wants it with Lotti. But will she open her heart to him again? As Christmas sweeps through the little B&B, he can only hope love and magic are in the air.

Rowena: This series is shaping up to be a fantastic one. It’s reminding me more and more of the Lucky Harbor series that I adored to pieces back in the day and this book is Sean’s book. The playboy is finally going to settle down. Yay!!


Thirty Day Boyfriend by Whitney G.

I should’ve never agreed to this arrangement…

Thirty days ago, my boss—Mr. Wolf of Wall Street, came to me with an offer I couldn’t refuse: Sign my name on the dotted line and pretend to be his fiancée for one month. If I agreed, he would let me out of my employment contract with a “very generous” severance package.

The rules were pretty simple: No intimate kissing, no actual sex. Just pretend to love each other for the press, even though I’ve secretly wanted to knock that sexy smirk off his face since the first day we met.

I definitely didn’t need to think twice about this. I signed my name and started counting down the seconds to when I would never have to deal with his special brand of ass-holery again.

I only made it to one minute…

We argued the entire four-hour flight to his hometown, failed to make a convincing impression with the welcoming press, and right when I was about to knock that arrogant look off his face in real life? He purposely dropped his bath towel in front of me, distracting me with his nine-inch cock to “show me who the bigger person was” in our relationship. Then he gave me his trademark smirk once again and asked if I wanted to consummate our marriage.

Tragically, this is only day one.

We still have 29 more days to go…

Rowena: Whitney G. has written some really fun and sexy romances that entertain the socks right off of me and I’m counting on more of that kind of fun with this one so of course it’s on my wish list.


All Closed Off (Rusk University #4) by Cora Carmack.

Stella Santos is fine.

Maybe something terrible happened to her that she can’t even remember. And maybe it drives her crazy when her friends treat her like she’s on the verge of breaking because of it. Maybe it feels even worse when they do what she asks and pretend that it never happened at all. And maybe she’s been getting harassing emails and messages for months from people who don’t even know her, but hate her all the same.

But none of that matters because she’s just fine.

For Ryan Blake, Stella was always that girl. Vibrant and hilarious and beautiful. He wanted her as his best friend. His more than friends. His everything and anything that she would give him. Which these days is a whole lot of nothing. She gets angry when he’s there. Angry when he’s not there. Angry when he tries to talk and when he doesn’t.

When Stella devises an unconventional art project for one of her classes all about exploring intimacy—between both friends and strangers—Ryan finds himself stepping in as guinea pig after one of her subjects bails. What was supposed to be an objective and artistic look at emotion and secrets and sex suddenly becomes much more personal. When he hits it off with another girl from the project, Stella will have to decide if she’s willing to do more than make art about intimacy. To keep him, she’ll have to open up and let herself be the one thing she swore she’d never be again.

Vulnerable.

Rowena: This is listed with a release date of November 30th but I have no faith that it will come out since it keeps getting pushed back and as far as I can see, I’ve only seen Carmack pushing her other paranormal series. As of right now, I have plans to buy this book but the longer it takes to release, the further down on my radar it gets and I’m scared that I won’t care about the book when it finally does release. Gah.


Love Me By Christmas by Jaci Burton.

A sexy, standalone novel from the New York Times & USA TODAY bestselling author of the Play-by-Play series and Hope series.

Ellie Washington lost her husband in a tragedy five years ago at Christmas. She wouldn’t have made it through her grief if not for her husband’s brother, Nick, who helped her pick up the pieces of her shattered life. And with every year, her feelings for Nick have grown. Now she realizes she might be in love with him, but that’s not fair, because Nick deserves a life that isn’t about his brother’s widow and son.

Sharing his life with Ellie and her son has been the balm that soothed Nick’s soul after losing his brother. Now that friendship has turned into something deeper. Nick doesn’t want to upset the status quo, but someone has to make the first move, and it’s time they figure out if their feelings are real. Nick believes in what they have. He also believes in Christmas miracles, and he thinks they’re both long overdue for one.

Holly: I didn’t realize Jaci Burton had a standalone novel coming out this year. I’m excited.


Complicated by Kristen Ashley.

Exclusively written for Audible, available only in audio. From the New York Times best-selling author of the Rock Chick series comes a story of love, murder, and second chances….

When small-town Nebraska sheriff Hixon Drake meets Greta Dare, the connection couldn’t be stronger, but the timing couldn’t be worse.

Dealing with the fallout of a divorce he never wanted and setting up a new home for his kids, Hix becomes that guy, that one he never wanted to be, and puts a stop to things before they can even start. Protecting his kids and himself is his only priority.

Greta, on the other hand, has found the place for her and the brother she adores that’s perfect for them – a sleepy little town in Nebraska. She’s learned from life that there are no hopes and dreams. The only thing to look forward to is peace. And that’s what she works hard to build for herself and her brother. Right up until Hix walks into her life.

Hix can’t fight the pull and stay away from Greta for long. And Greta’s finding it hard not to hope for something more with all the promise that is Hix.

But when the first murder that’s happened in over five decades rocks his small, sleepy county, Hix has got to learn to trust again, convince Greta to take a shot with him, and at the same time catch a killer.

In other words, things are definitely…Complicated.

Holly: KA can’t write fast enough for me. I’m so glad we have two books coming out back-to-back.


Alec Mackenzie’s Art of Seduction by Jennifer Ashley.

Alec Mackenzie earns a living in exile as an art instructor, a cover for his search of several countries for his missing brother. Lady Celia, an Englishwoman who refuses to marry gentlemen her martinet mother chooses for her, is sent to Alec, the mysterious Scottish recluse, for drawing lessons–her family commands her to learn a skill if she’s put herself off the marriage mart. Alec decides that the courageous Celia needs to expand her talents in painting the human figure, especially that of the male …

Celia is intrigued by the man who pretends his name is Mr. Finn. He’s a Scotsman, she deduces, but he can’t be one of the Highlanders who rose against the king, else she’d be allowed nowhere near him, and he’d be under arrest or already dead.

But as Celia lets her curiosity guide her, she uncovers more about Alec, including his name, his title, and the fact that he was indeed one of the Highlanders at Culloden. She sees the loneliness in Alec, his terrible sense of loss, his tenderness toward his daughter, and realizes he’s a complex man trying to survive now that his home has been destroyed. She also wonders why he’s left the safety of France to come to England, and the learns that he believes she’s the key to finding his missing brother.

But Celia unravels too many secrets, which put not only her life and Alec’s but also her heart in grave danger.

Note: Alec Mackenzie is the brother of Malcolm from The Stolen Mackenzie Bride. He is an ancestor of the Mackenzie family whose story begins with The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie.

Holly: Another Mackenzie book. Squeeeeee.


Twisted Truths by Rebecca Zanetti.

You can’t escape the past . . .

Noni is desperate. Her infant niece has been kidnapped, and the only person who can save her is a private detective with too many secrets to count–and more enemies than he can name. A man who walked away from Noni without any warning a year ago, a man who broke her heart. But with Talia’s life on the line, Noni needs his help now more than ever–and this time, she won’t take no for an answer . . .

The moment Denver Jones sees Noni, the memories come rushing back. The fire in her eyes. The determination in her voice. The danger of having her in his life. Denver had to push her away once, but now with vicious criminals threatening Noni and her niece, he’ll do whatever it takes to protect them. But enemies from his past are circling, and they’ll use anything–and anyone–to get to Denver.

Casee: This is the third book in the Blood Brothers trilogy.

So there you have it. The books that us Lady Book Bingers are looking forward to in November. What books are you looking forward to the most? Any books we should keep our eyes on?


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6 responses to “Books to Binge On: November 2017

  1. Jen

    I am so out of the romance loop since I’ve been insanely busy the last few months, but I did happen to catch that the new Blood Brothers book was coming out and you better believe I requested myself a review copy! Other than that, nothing is really grabbing me. TBH I have basically lost all taste for contemporaries lately, I don’t know why.

    I am considering reading Highland Dragon Rebel by Isabel Cooper which does come out in November. I was not enamored with Book 1 and had no plans to read Book 2, but then I’ve found myself thinking back more favorably about Book 1, and I’m really craving a dragon book lately, so I may read Book 2 after all. Well, when my time frees up a little in December, that is!

    • Willa

      Awww there you are, have missed you! Up next in the TBR mountain is Laura Griffin ‘ s new one, came out last Tuesday Touch of Red

      • Jen

        I read the Griffin book! I have a ridiculously stressful few months so I’ve had to basically stop reading (for fun) and certainly reviewing, boo. But I read Touch of Red before my craziness started and I never quite got the review written. (Oops. I’ll do it eventually, I swear!) But…I really liked Touch of Red a lot. I loved the heroine, and I thought the mystery was great. Haha since you and I rarely agree on our favorite Tracers books I’ll be interested to see what you think. 😉

        • Willa

          You little toad – I might have known you would have read it Will let you know what I think

  2. kareni

    Ooh, a new book by Jennifer Ashley! I hadn’t known about that one. The Cora Carmack book looks good, too. I’m also looking forward to the new book by Mary Balogh that is coming soon.

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