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Weekly Wrap Up: November 13 – November 19, 2017

Posted November 19, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaway Winners, Giveaways | 0 Comments

Happy Sunday, everyone! We hope that you’re enjoying your weekend and that you had a fabulous week in books. If you were busy and not around much, here’s what you missed on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed

11/13: Casee reviewed Hello Again (Evelyn Talbot Chronicles #2) by Brenda Novak | 4 out of 5
11/14: Tracy reviewed Enchanted by the Highlander (A Highland Fairy Tale #4) by Lecia Cornwall | 4 out of 5
11/15: Tracy reviewed Harvest Moon Homecoming (Sweet Haven Farm #1) by Jessie Gussman | 3.5 out of 5
11/15: Holly retro-reviewed Heart Change (Celta’s Heartmates #8) by Robin D. Owens | 3.75 out of 5
11/16: Tracy reviewed Hard Cherish (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
11/17: Rowena reviewed Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5

What We Posted

11/13: Happy Birthday, Rowena!
11/15: Retro Post: Personal Libraries – To Go All Digital, Or Not…That is the Question
11/17: What Are You Reading? (404)
11/18: WTF Cover Saturday (235)
11/19: Sunday Spotlight: Dream On by Stacey Keith

Book News

Lauren Layne revealed the cover for her upcoming release in the Oxford series and I’m over the moon. It’s Hunter and Brit’s book! squee

I Think I Love You by Lauren Layne
Series: Oxford #5
Also in this Series: Irresistibly Yours, I Wish You Were Mine, Someone Like You, I Knew You Were Trouble
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept

A game of seduction between two best friends goes deliciously wrong in an irresistible Oxford Novel that brims with wit and sexual tension. Library Journal hails Layne’s work as “exemplary contemporary romance.”

Brit Robbins knows that dating in New York City is hard—she just hoped to have it mastered by age thirty. But after yet another promising suitor says they have no sparks, Brit decides it’s time to torch her dating game and try a new plan. And who better to coach Brit through the art of seduction than the guy who first gave her the “let’s be friends” card?

Hunter Cross has always figured there’s nothing his best friend Brit can do to surprise him. But Brit’s request is a surprise he doesn’t see coming—and one he’s definitely not prepared for. Hunter and Brit have always been careful to keep things perfectly platonic, but the fake dates and faux flirting are starting to feel like the real deal. And soon Hunter realizes he has taught Brit too well. Not only has she become an expert at seduction, the man becoming thoroughly seduced is him.

I love a best friend’s to true love story so I’m all about this one.

Pre-Order I Think I Love You

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | APPLE

Nalini Singh also revealed the internation cover for Ocean Light, the next book in the Psy-Changelings Trinity book and I’m soooo excited for that one.

Ocean Light by Nalini Singh
Series: Psy-Changelings Trinity #2
Also in This Series: Silver Silence, Silver Silence, Silver Silence
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Penguin, Berkley

New York Times bestselling author Nalini Singh dives beneath the surface of her Psy-Changeling world into a story of passionate devotion and selfless love…

Security specialist Bowen Knight has come back from the dead. But there’s a ticking time bomb in his head: a chip implanted to block telepathic interference that could fail at any moment—taking his brain along with it. With no time to waste, he should be back on land helping the Human Alliance. Instead, he’s at the bottom of the ocean, consumed with an enigmatic changeling…

Kaia Luna may have traded in science for being a chef, but she won’t hide the facts of Bo’s condition from him or herself. She’s suffered too much loss in her life to fall prey to the dangerous charm of a human who is a dead man walking. And she carries a devastating secret Bo could never imagine…

But when Kaia is taken by those who mean her deadly harm, all bets are off. Bo will do anything to get her back—even if it means striking a devil’s bargain and giving up his mind to the enemy…

This is another book that I’m pretty anxious for. Bo!!! I can’t wait.

PRE-ORDER OCEAN LIGHT

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | KOBO

Jessica Lemmon dropped her The Lemmon 15 for November and it’s filled to the brim with great book news if you’re a fan of her work.

Here’s the cover reveal for A Crane Family Christmas (woot!):

A Crane Family Christmas by Jessica Lemmon
Series: The Billionaire Bad Boys #3.5
Also in This Series: The Billionaire Bachelor, The Billionaire Next Door, The Bastard Billionaire
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept

Gather ‘round the Christmas tree with your favorite Cranes…

Eli and Isabella Crane are hosting a very special Christmas gathering this year. Join Reese and Merina, Tag and Rachel, and even Alex “Big” and Rhona for a magical evening filled with love, laughter, and a few surprises that aren’t wrapped in ribbon…

This free read serves as an epilogue to the Billionaire Bad Boys series. If you haven’t read the series yet, you may encounter spoilers!

Make sure you to sign up for Jessica Lemmon’s newsletter because there are always such fantastic things in there.

There you have it, the book news that made it onto my radar this week. It was a great week in book news and I’m even more anxious than I was last week on these releases. Gah, it’s like Christmas in November.

 
 
 
 

Current Giveaways

Review & Giveaway: Hello Again by Brenda Novak

Book Binge Turns 10: November 2017

Sunday Spotlight: November 2017

Monthly Reads: October 2017

Giveaway Winners

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

Book Spotlight: Taking a Chance by Maggie McGinnis

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Kim

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Winners: You will be receiving an email from us shortly. Please respond to our email and 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.


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What Are You Reading? (404)

Posted November 17, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 5 Comments

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Casee: Oh boy. I haven’t been reading much lately, but not because I’m back in my slump. We are remodeling and my life is in chaos. I’m not able to find a quiet place to read in my house to save my life. When I can sneak a few minutes, I’m reading Ride Wild by Laura Kaye. This is the third book in her Raven Riders series. So far it is really good. I just need more time to read it.

Holly: I had a pretty crazy week and didn’t have a lot of reading time. I did some re-reading and finished Play it Safe by Kristen Ashley. It’s an older book but I missed it the first time around. I’m not sure what I’ll read next.

Rowena: I finished reading Wrong to Need You by Alisha Rai and The Wedding by Julie Garwood earlier this week and I enjoyed both books but I haven’t been able to jump into a new read though I did pick up Hard Cherish by Nalini Singh. Wish me luck because I’m starting to feel like Will when he’s back and everything seems okay but he keeps getting stuck in the upside down. I was reading and loving life and then…I was not reading. Or not reading much.

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


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Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai

Posted November 17, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 2 Comments

Review: Hate to Want You by Alisha RaiReviewer: Rowena
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts, #1) by Alisha Rai
Series: Forbidden Hearts #1
Published by Harper Collins, Avon
Publication Date: July 25th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 371
Buy on Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Goodreads
four-stars

One night. No one will know.

That was the deal. Every year, Livvy Kane and Nicholas Chandler would share one perfect night of illicit pleasure. The forbidden hours let them forget the tragedy that haunted their pasts-and the last names that made them enemies.

Until the night she didn’t show up.

Now Nicholas has an empire to run. He doesn’t have time for distractions and Livvy’s sudden reappearance in town is a major distraction. She’s the one woman he shouldn’t want…so why can’t he forget how right she feels in his bed?

Livvy didn’t come home for Nicholas, but fate seems determined to remind her of his presence–and their past. Although the passion between them might have once run hot and deep, not even love can overcome the scandal that divided their families.

Being together might be against all the rules…but being apart is impossible.

I’ve been hearing such good things about this book from all over blog land so I’ve been curious about it for a while. I’ve always been a chicken to trying new to me authors so I dragged my feet on getting this book even though some of my most trusted book bloggers adored it. I’m super glad that I finally got around to reading it because I really liked both Nicholas and Livvy.

Nicholas Chandler and Livvy Kane are childhood sweethearts who were ripped apart by a family scandal that changes the course of both of their lives. Nicholas has to live with the havoc that the actions of his father created for the Kane family while dealing with the death of his mother. Livvy, on the other hand, has to deal with not being rich anymore, the death of her father and losing her boyfriend all in one fell swoop. She also has to deal with the fact that her brother was accused of starting the fire that burned down what used to be her family business before her mother sold their family’s portion to her boyfriend’s father.

Their emotional connection to each other has never gone away and because of this, they meet in secret, once a year, for a night of pleasure. They don’t reach out to the other any of the other days of the year but on that one night, they belong to each other.

They kept their arrangement up for ten years and then Livvy stopped contacting Nick and she stopped showing up. Nick wasn’t happy about that and when Livvy comes back to town to help her ailing mother, Nick can’t stay away. He has questions and nobody can answer those questions but Livvy.

Livvy needed a clean break to try to move on from Nick. She needed to be strong in that decision but when her mother gets hurt and Livvy heads home to help her recover, she knew the Nicholas merry go round would swing back her way and while she thought she was prepared to face him, who was she kidding? The Nick and Livvy train has never truly left the station.

The romance between Nick and Livvy was believable and it was filled to the brim with drama. I thought Rai handled that drama well. Between their family drama, there was drama between the two of them that needed to be handled and I enjoyed seeing them both work through their shit to get to that happy ending.

I liked that Rai packed a lot of drama into this one book. Nick had his own share of shit to sort through, same with Livvy and then they both had their shared shit and then their individual family shit, it’s all in here. Some of the drama will be carried on to the other books in this series but there’s a lot here for you to eat up and enjoy. I did. I’m looking forward to the next book.

Oh, you know what I liked about this book and seriously, in this series? How diverse the characters are. I don’t normally notice those things in other books but I liked seeing Livvy’s Japanese and Hawaiian background showcased in this book.

Overall, I’m really glad that I started this series because this first book was a good start to a very promising series. I enjoyed the main couple, the secondary characters and I really enjoyed seeing everything come together. The pacing and Rai’s writing style is easy to fall into it and I just liked the whole thing. I’m totally jumping right into the next book right now. I definitely recommend.

Grade: 4 out of 5

Forbidden Hearts Series

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Retro-Post: Personal Libraries- To Go All Digital, or Not…That is the Question.

Posted November 15, 2017 by Rowena in Discussions | 33 Comments

*****As part of our 10 year anniversary celebration, we’ll be re-posting old reviews and posts that make us cringe, laugh or sigh all over again.*****

Holly: I love how we evolve as readers and book lovers. I know my reading tastes and habits have changed over the years, and I’m sure all of yours have, too. I used to hoard all print books. Whether I loved the book or hated it, I kept the print copy on my shelf. Now, I’ve culled down my print library to mainly favorites and full collections. I know Rowena has purged most of her print library in favor of expanding her digital one. I still have a lot of print books, but I’m buying/keeping fewer and fewer.

This post was originally posted on April 23, 2013


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Rowena: When you’re a reader, you dream about having a library that rivals the library that the Beast presents to Belle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. You want to buy shelves to line the walls of your home and fill them with all of your favorite books. Then once you start building your library, you get a little thrill every time you pass by.

Soon, you fill up the shelf and then you have to buy another shelf. So you do and you fill that shelf up and pretty soon, you’ve got books coming out your ears because they’re everywhere. For a book lover, this is not a bad problem to have but what happens when you run out of space?

Ames and I were emailing back and forth when our personal libraries came up. I told Ames that I was thinking about getting rid of my print TBR pile and going all digital but haven’t actually done it yet because I’m scared.

Scared of what? I don’t really know but taking that first step to getting rid of my personal print library terrifies me.

Ames: I’m right there with you Wena. I recently purged my keeper and tbr shelves and what was left scared me…I’m running out of space! And considering one whole wall in my room is a bookshelf, that’s scary. LOL I decided right then and there that I would make the move to digital. But since then I’ve already come across a few problems. In the purge, I decided to put all my keeper books in storage until I had more space (meaning my own house haha). But lately I’ve been wanting to re-read some favorites and I can’t go digging through all those plastic tubs to look for specific books. So in some cases where the ebook was cheap, I just bought it…I want to make that switch to digital right? Right. But I can’t do that for every book.

And when it comes to new releases, my default thinking is still Chapters or Book Depository…it’s hard to really make that switch to digital. There are just so many factors involved in making that switch, that it does scare me to make that move to 100% digital.

Rowena: You bring up a good point. Purchasing all of your favorite books that you already have in print would get pretty expensive. But let’s be honest, how long have those books been sitting on those shelves? How many print books have you read in the last year? I can tell you that over 95% of the books that I read last year were all eBooks. And no matter how many times I’ve tried to participate in reading challenges to read more from my TBR pile, I fail each and every single year because I’m not reading print books anymore. That makes me sad.

Now, my TBR pile is nowhere near as huge as yours is (I’ve seen that wall of yours and am still so jealous!) but I still have so many books that I just know that I’m probably not going to read. I want to read them but I’m probably not going to so should I keep them? Send them off to better homes? My greed is getting the better of me, I know this but this is still a tough decision for me.

For me, I’m not buying print books at all anymore. I pre-order books right on my Kindle and when they come out, they get delivered straight to my device. Every other book that I get are ebooks for review through Netgalley or Edelweiss so my print book buying days are behind me. And have been behind me for the past year or two. It’s been more than a year since I’ve been to my favorite UBS too.

But I’m curious. How many print books have you read in the past year? How often have you read a book from your TBR bookshelf?

Ames: Because I’m a big nerd, I kept stats of how many books I read and in what format. I read 29 print books from my tbr pile last year. That’s like 85% e-books I read in 2012. And I can’t just keep adding to my tbr pile with print books when I’m mostly an e-book reader now. It just doesn’t make sense. But because I live in Canada, e-books aren’t the cheapest thing exactly either. So I still buy the odd print book from Walmart for example, where paperbacks are way cheaper. And this leads us into a whole other discussion about geographic restrictions. LOL But we’ll keep on topic. Sometimes it’s just cheaper for me to buy the print book. I do read from a variety of e-publishers though, so that’s one good result from looking past the big traditional publishers.

Another thing is keeping formats consistent throughout a series. I used to be bad for that and it’s a hard habit to break. But slowly and surely I’m getting closer and closer to 100% digital. If I’m working at getting digital copies of my keepers, the format issue won’t be a problem since they’ll all be e-books. One day…one day. Haha.

Rowena: So I guess the whole point to this post (there is one, we promise) is to find out how many people are still reading primarily print books. Are there any left? And when you think of the future, do you see yourself moving your personal libraries from print to digital?

Ames: I’m curious to know too, how buying digital has maybe affected your book buying habits. I mean, when it came to buying print books, I was always cheap. That’s still the same with e-books. LOL So I’ll shop around. I always look for good deals. Be it discounts or reward programs. And how many readers are now mostly digital?

Rowena: So, what’s the good word? Tell us about your personal libraries.  Are you going digital or still holding out for…something, like us?

 


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Weekly Wrap Up: November 6 – November 12, 2017

Posted November 12, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaway Winners, Giveaways | 0 Comments

Here’s what you missed on Book Binge…. 🙂

What We Reviewed

11/06: Rowena reviewed Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
11/07: Rowena reviewed An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
11/08: Tracy reviewed Wanted: Mom for Christmas by Lee Kilraine | 3.5 out of 5
11/08: Casee’s retro review of The Perfect Murder by Brenda Novak | 3.75 out of 5
11/09: Tracy reviewed Blocked by L.P. Dover | 4 out of 5
11/10: Casee reviewed Ride Hard (Raven Riders #1) by Laura Kaye | 3.75 out of 5

What We Posted

11/10: What Are You Reading? (403)
11/11: WTF Cover Saturday (234)
11/12: Sunday Spotlight: Hello Again by Brenda Novak

Current Giveaways

Book Binge Turns 10: November 2017

Sunday Spotlight: November 2017

Monthly Reads: October 2017

Book Spotlight: Taking a Chance by Maggie McGinnis

Giveaway Winners

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

Book Spotlight: Ride Wilde by Laura Kaye

WENDY

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Sunday Spotlight: October 2017

DIANE SALLANS

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Monthly Reads: September 2017

KIM

LSUREADER

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Book Binge Turns 10: October Giveaway

LAURA EVANS

Winners: You will be receiving an email from us shortly. Please respond to our email and 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.


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