Author: Casee

What Are You Reading? (+ Lorraine Heath Giveaway)

Posted October 12, 2018 by Casee in Features | 18 Comments

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Casee: I have been reading some great books this past week. I’m currently reading Seduction in Session by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake. This is book number two in their Perfect Gentlemen series. Holy crap, this series is so good. The heroes are alpha, the women are strong. Throw in a good mystery on top of that? I’m hooked. There are two more books in the series, with the fifth book coming out next year. I’m going to be traveling today so I know I’ll finish it and move onto Big Easy Temptation, the third book. I can’t wait!

I’ve also been listening to Sarina Bowen’s True North series on audio. I’m currently listening to Bountiful, which is book four of the series and probably the most boring. I had extremely high expectations for this book, but it’s just turned out to be meh. The book isn’t bad, just not what I was hoping for. Only two more books to listen to then I’m going to move on to her Brooklyn Bruisers series.

Holly: I had another slow reading week. I wanted to read, but I didn’t have a lot of time. I listened to Steadfast by Sarina Bowen this week after Casee was talking about it. I love Jude. The narrators were good (it was my first time in audio, though I’ve read it several times). I also listened to If He’s Daring by Hannah Howell. It was just okay. I didn’t love the way things played out in the end, but the romance and overall story line were pretty good.

I reread the last half of Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven, because I couldn’t stop thinking about it. I’m currently reading Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh, Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter and I’m listening to Speakeasy by Sarina Bowen (currently $3.99 for Kindle, and $1.99 for the audio add-on).

Rowena: This week was for reading Shadow and Ice by Gena Showalter so that Casee, Holly and I can review it together and that’s going to be an interesting review because I spent most of the book bored. shrugs After that, I jumped into Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven and enjoyed that book heaps more than I did Shadow and Ice. Now, I’m finishing up Fireworks by Sarina Bowen, which I’m enjoying a lot before I jump into my book club book, Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks. I also hope to finally jump into Kill the Queen by Jennifer Estep. Wish me luck!

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? (+ Lorraine Heath Giveaway)When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins for All Seasons, #2) by Lorraine Heath
Series: Sins for All Seasons #2
Also in this series: Beyond Scandal and Desire, Beyond Scandal and Desire (Sins for All Seasons, #1), When a Duke Loves a Woman, When a Duke Loves a Woman (Sins for All Seasons, #2)
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 21, 2018
Format: Print
Source: Publisher
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
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Gillie Trewlove knows what a stranger's kindness can mean, having been abandoned on a doorstep as a baby and raised by the woman who found her there. So, when suddenly faced with a soul in need at her door—or the alleyway by her tavern—Gillie doesn't hesitate. But he's no infant. He's a grievously injured, distractingly handsome gentleman who doesn't belong in Whitechapel, much less recuperating in Gillie's bed.

Being left at the altar is humiliating; being rescued from thugs by a woman—albeit a brave and beautiful one—is the pièce de résistance to the Duke of Thornley's extraordinarily bad day. After nursing him back from the brink, Gillie agrees to help him comb London's darker corners for his wayward bride. But every moment together is edged with desire and has Thorne rethinking his choice of wife. Yet Gillie knows the aristocracy would never accept a duchess born in sin. Thorne, however, is determined to prove to her that no obstacle is insurmountable when a duke loves a woman.

What Are You Reading: When a Duke Loves a Woman

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


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Throwback Thursday Review: Cry No More by Linda Howard

Posted October 4, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 8 Comments

Throwback Thursday Review: Cry No More by Linda HowardReviewer: Casee
Cry No More by Linda Howard
Publisher: Ballantine
Publication Date: April 27, 2004
Format: Print
Source: Purchased
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 392
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five-stars

Fueled by an obsession to fill the void in other people’s lives, Milla Edge finds lost children—all the while trying to outrun the brutal emotions stemming from a tragedy in her past. Traveling to a small village in Mexico on a reliable tip, Milla begins to uncover the dire fate of countless children who have disappeared in the labyrinth of a sinister baby-smuggling ring. The key to nailing down the organization may rest with an elusive one-eyed man. As Milla’s search for him intensifies, the mission becomes more treacherous. For the ring is part of something far larger and more dangerous, reaching the highest echelons of power. Racing into peril, Milla suddenly finds herself the hunted—in the crosshairs of an invisible, lethal assassin who aims to silence her permanently.

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

This review was originally posted on October 2, 2009.

When I first read this book, it was only a year or so after I first discovered Linda Howard. After the Night, Shades of Twilight, Son of the Morning; I loved them. I wanted Gray, Web, and Niall to be real b/c I wanted to marry them. Going from that to Cry No More is not an easy transition. In fact, it’s kind of like the lights going on after you spent two hours in complete darkness. Now it’s clear that Linda Howard evolved as a writer. At RWA a few years back, a friend and I were in LH’s line. My friend had brought her hardcover of Cry No More. LH laughed and said that she didn’t think anyone would be bringing that book to sign. I was silently thinking the same thing. Now I wish I had brought my copy.

This book is the journey of Milla Edge. When her infant son is ripped out of her arms in Mexico, Milla almost dies trying to get him back. Her quest for answers and her relentless search for her son destroyed her marriage. She became a different person after Justin was kidnapped. Going through something that no mother wants to imagine made Milla harder. If she never would have lost her son, the core of her personality would have been the same, but she wouldn’t have gotten the edginess she has now.

After ten years pass, Milla starts losing hope but still won’t give up. When she finally gets a lead, she ruthlessly follows it even knowing that it could lead to her death. Diaz is a name that is whispered throughout Mexico. He’s thought to be an assassin. Milla doesn’t care who he is if he can help her find Justin. And that’s exactly what he does.

This book was an emotional roller coaster. There is little to no humor. The whole thing is very raw. Linda Howard did such an amazing job of writing Milla that I felt that I was Milla. I felt her anguish. I felt her heartache and her regret. I also felt her hope and despair. The whole thing was just very powerful.

Milla’s only goal is to find Justin, however that is not all she finds. Together, she and Diaz uncover an adoption smuggling ring and an organ smuggling ring. The path they travel will lead them to Justin, but it will also lead them somewhere that they weren’t prepared to go.

There is romance between Milla and Diaz, but it took a backseat to telling Milla’s story. Even then, it was still powerful stuff. Pure LH.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Monthly Reads: September 2018

Posted October 4, 2018 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

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Casee: Okay, you guys. Prepare yourself for something that has not happened since the good old days. You know, the days where I couldn’t count the number of books I read that month on one hand? Yeah, those days. September was a splendipilous month for me. I read/listened to fifteen (15!) books. I discovered new authors (Ilona Andrews & Lauren Layne), I went back to old favorites (Karen Rose & Linda Howard). Overall I would have to say that I am extremely satisfied (giddy!) about my September reads. Without further ado, here are my reads for the month…

Order of Protection by Lexi Blake | 3 out of 5
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (audio) | 4 out of 5
Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews | 4.5 out of 5
The Woman Left Behind by Linda Howard (audio) | 3 out of 5
Monster in the Closet by Karen Rose (audio) | 4 out of 5
White Hot by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
Irresistibly Yours by Lauren Layne (audio) | 4 out of 5
Wildfire by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
I Wish You Were Mine by Lauren Layne (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
Someone Like You by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
Consumed by J.R. Ward | 2.5 out of 5
Him by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen (audio) | 4 out of 5
Us by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy | 4.5 out of 5
Cherish Hard by Nalini Singh | 3 out of 5

I can easily say that my very least favorite read of the month was Consumed by J.R. Ward. I wish I didn’t care, but I wasted precious time reading that book. My favorite reads were definitely all the Ilona Andrews & the two Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy reads. Those two are an ace team. I heart them. Here’s to hoping that October is as good as September!

Holly: I had a pretty good reading month. I managed to finish 26 books. I had 3 others I wanted to read, but time got away from me.

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven | 4.25 out of 5
Never Seduce a Scot by Maya Banks (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
Hot Dad by Whitley Cox | 1 out of 5
Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone | 4 out of 5
The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Dead Heat by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
The Only One by Lauren Blakely (audio) | 1.5 out of 5
Trophy Husband by Lauren Blakely (audio) | 3.75 out of 5
Light My Fire by Christie Ridgway | 3 out of 5
Feral Magic by Robin D. Owens (audio) | 3 out of 5
Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Touch the Sky by Kari Cole | 3.5 out of 5
The Sexy One by Lauren Blakely (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
For the Love of English by A.M. Hargrove (audio) | 2.5 out of 5
Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
The Seduction of Elliot McBride by Jennifer Ashley (audio) (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
The Will by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Lady Isabella’s Scandalous Lover by Jennifer Ashley (audio) (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley (audio) (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Satisfaction by Lexi Blake | 1.5 out of 5
Complicated by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Getting Schooled by Emma Chase (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill | 2.75 out of 5
Nights with Him by Lauren Blakely (audio) | 3.5 out of 5
The Hot One by Lauren Blakely (audio) | DNF

My favorite read of the month was Part-Time Lover by Lauren Blakely, with an honorable mention to Getting Schooled by Emma Chase. I also really liked Phoenix Unbound, but the beginning was a little slow. My least favorite read was Hot Dad by Whitley Cox. That book was a mess from start to finish.

Rowena: September was another strong reading month for me. I didn’t have too many things going on in my personal life and that led to more reading time. I also listened to a few audiobooks at work and that did wonders on making my work day go by so much faster than usual. I read 19 books and that’s normally unheard of for me but what can I say?? I’m happy with these results. I hope October is just as good to me as September was.

Here’s what I read last month:

For the Dukes Eyes Only (School for Dukes #2) by Lenora Bell | 4.25 out of 5
Untamed (MacKinnon’s Rangers #2) by Pamela Clare | 4 out of 5
Beyond the Night (The Heros of New Vegas #1) by Colleen Gleason | 4 out of 5
Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels | 1 out of 5
The Lion’s Lady (Crown’s Spies #1) by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
Guardian Angel (Crown’s SPies #2) by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
Meet Me at the Cupcake Cafe by Jenny Colgan | 2.75 out of 5
Long Shot (Hoops #1) by Kennedy Ryan | 4.75 out of 5
Block Shot (Hoops #2) by Kennedy Ryan | 4 out of 5
Seduction of a Highland Lass (McCabe Trilogy #2) by Maya Banks | 4.75 out of 5
The Duke Buys a Bride (The Rogue Files #3) by Sophie Jordan | 3 out of 5
The Gift (Crown’s Spies #4) by Julie Garwood (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Dead Heat (Alpha & Omega #4) by Patricia Briggs | 5 out of 5
Hot Dad by Whitley Cox | 1 out of 5
Finding Dandelion (Dearest #2) by Lex Martin | 3.75 out of 5
Burn Bright (Alpha & Omega #5) by Patricia Briggs | 4 out of 5
America’s Sweetheart (Real Love #5) by Jessica Lemmon | 4 out of 5
Never Love a Highlander (McCabe Trilogy #3) by Maya Banks | 4.5 out of 5
Kissing Madeleine (Dearest #3) by Lex Martin | 4 out of 5

My favorite reads of the month are Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan and Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks. Both books rocked my socks, made me cry buckets and I just enjoyed those books so much.

My least favorite reads of the month go to Say You’ll Stay by Corinne Michaels and Hot Dad by Whitley Cox. Both of those books were a mess and I didn’t enjoy them at all.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged this month. If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite – and least favorite – reads of the month were.

Monthly Reads: September 2018

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