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Weekly Wrap Up: May 22 – May 28, 2017

Posted May 28, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaway Winners, Giveaways | 0 Comments

Here’s what you missed on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed

5/22: Tracy reviewed Drawn to the Wolves by Shari Mikels | 3 out of 5
5/22: Tina reviewed Always by Sarah Jio | 4 out of 5
5/23: Tracy reviewed Hot Shot by Kelly Jamieson | 4 out of 5
5/23: Tina reviewed On Second Thought by Kristan Higgins | 3.5 out of 5
5/24: Tracy reviewed Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | 4 out of 5
5/24: Holly retro reviewed Raintree Inferno by Linda Howard | 3.5 out of 5
5/26: Tracy reviewed Whiteout by Sarah Benson | 3 out of 5

What We Posted

5/26: What Are You Reading? (333)
5/27: WTF Cover Saturday (210)
5/28: Sunday Spotlight: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

Current Giveaways

Any book from Holly’s list

Monthly Reads: April 2017

Book Binge Turns 10: May Giveaway

Sunday Spotlight: May 2017

Giveaway Winners

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

Julie James Comes to Los Angeles Giveaway

Denise Holcomb

Winners: Please email us at contests @ the book binge . com (no spaces) 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.


Sunday Spotlight: Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne

Posted May 28, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 3 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

Lauren Layne is one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. If you know me then you know that contemporary romance is my jam. I’ll read any contemporary romance if it catches my eye and Lauren Layne always catches my eye. She’s so good, you guys. One of the best in writing big city romances with sophisticated heroines and the hot shot heroes that love them. This week’s Sunday Spotlight features her latest release, Walk of Shame and I’m probably going to sound like a broken record in this post but I swear…this one is a good one.

Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne
Series: Love Unexpectedly #4
Also in this Series: Blurred Lines, Love Story, Good Girl
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept

Sparks fly between a misunderstood New York socialite and a cynical divorce lawyer in this lively standalone rom-com from the USA Today bestselling author of Blurred Lines and Love Story.

Pampered heiress Georgianna Watkins has a party-girl image to maintain, but all the shopping and clubbing is starting to feel a little bit hollow—and a whole lot lonely. Though Georgie would never admit it, the highlights of her week are the mornings when she comes home at the same time as her uptight, workaholic neighbor is leaving to hit the gym and put in a long day at the office. Teasing him is the most fun Georgie’s had in years—and the fuel for all her naughtiest daydreams.

Celebrity divorce attorney Andrew Mulroney doesn’t have much time for women, especially spoiled tabloid princesses who spend more time on Page Six than at an actual job. Although Georgie’s drop-dead gorgeous, she’s also everything Andrew resents: the type of girl who inherited her penthouse instead of earning it. But after Andrew caps one of their predawn sparring sessions with a surprise kiss—a kiss that’s caught on camera—all of Manhattan is gossiping about whether they’re a real couple. And nobody’s more surprised than Andrew to find that the answer just might be yes.

So a socialite and a divorce attorney meet in the lobby of their apartment every morning. She’s coming in from a night on the town and he’s going out to start his work day. They have absolutely nothing in common except a mutual attraction to one another but their morning ritual is about exchanging witty banter and one upping each other and I was so here for it because every passing day, things changed between them and goodness, the chemistry was off the charts!

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Memorable Quotes

The chemistry between these two was so stinkin’ good, I happy sighed my way through the entire book. From the beginning when they were sniping at each other like this…

“I pop another piece of donut in my mouth and smile. “It’s fine. I won’t tell a soul you checked me out.”

“I wasn’t—” He clears his throat. “Forget it. You’re ridiculous.”

I’m grinning outright now, because that’s two you’re ridiculouses this morning, and when he takes to repeating himself, I know I’ve successfully gotten under his skin.

Georgie, one; Andrew Mulroney, Esquire, zero.”

…until they were arguing and then getting serious like this…


“What?” I snap, turning around. “What can you possibly say that you haven’t said a million times already with every scowl, with every eye roll, with every you’re ridiculous? You think I’m stupid and worthless. I get it.”

The guy’s expression is one tangled knot of emotional constipation. “That’s not what I think.”

Walk of Shame is a great romance with characters that leaped off the page and right into your heart. Georgie and Andrew were a wonderful couple who fell in love slowly but so sweetly. The love that blossomed between the two of them melted me into a puddle of happiness and I enjoyed the heck out of it so you should check it out for yourself. You’ll fall in love with the book and find out for yourself why I featured it for this week’s spotlight.

Walk of Shame is part of the Love Unexpectedly series, a series that are similar in theme but don’t really have any connection outside of that. Check it out, fall in love with the characters and with Lauren Layne. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!

Love Unexpectedly Series

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

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Do you love this book as much as we do? If you haven’t read it, are you looking forward to reading it for yourself? Let us know how excited you are and what other books you’re looking forward to this year!

About the Author

Lauren Layne


Lauren Layne is the New York Times bestselling author of over a dozen romantic comedies.

A former e-commerce and web marketing manager from Seattle, Lauren relocated to New York City in 2011 to pursue a full-time writing career.

She lives in midtown Manhattan with her high-school sweetheart, where she writes smart romantic comedies with just enough sexy-times to make your mother blush. In LL’s ideal world, every stiletto-wearing, Kate Spade wielding woman would carry a Kindle stocked with Lauren Layne books.

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What Are You Reading? (333)

Posted May 26, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 8 Comments


Casee: I’m still glomming D.B. Reynolds. I’m reading Vincent, which is book eight in her Vampires in America series. I just adore this author. I can’t wait until the next book in her Stone Warriors series comes out.

Holly: This week I continued reading Keri Arthur’s Riley Jenson series. I finished books 2-4; Kissing Sin, Tempting Evil and Dangerous Games. Though I enjoyed them for the most part, there are some things that are bothersome to me (mostly the choices Riley makes) so I’m going to take a break from the series for now.

I did a re-read of Silver Silence by Nalini Singh. I still love Valentin. He makes the whole book for me. After that I read Tanner by Sarah Mayberry. I love Mayberry’s books. This was no exception. Tanner was adorable and I really liked the pro-rodeo setting.

I started The Darkest Corner by Liliana Hart last night. It’s the start of a new series. I’m only a couple chapters in. It’s shaping up to be a good story.

Rowena: This week was for haggling with insurance folks over who is going to pay for the damage to my car from some punk ass who hit me last week. It’s an on going battle right now so I didn’t get a lot of reading done. I did manage to read one book though. I read and enjoyed Second Chance Season by Liora Blake and now I want more Braden. I can’t wait for Braden’s book. Now, I’m reading Black Tie Optional by Ann Marie Walker. So far, it’s good and I’m hopeful that it will continue to be good. After this, my plan is to read Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. I’ve been itching to get that book read since it came out. Wish me luck!

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

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Weekly Wrap Up: May 15 – May 21, 2017

Posted May 21, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 0 Comments

Previously, on Book Binge…:)

What We Reviewed

5/15: Casee reviewed Lethal Lies by Rebecca Zanetti | 4 out of 5
5/16: Tina reviewed The Witchfinders Sister by Beth Underdown | 3.5 out of 5
5/16: Rowena reviewed Frisk Me by Lauren Layne, Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty and Corrupt by Penelope Douglas | DNF
5/17: Tracy reviewed How to Lose a Highlander by Michelle McLean | 4 out of 5
5/17: Casee reviewed Hunting the Demon by Jaci Burton | 3 out of 5
5/18: Tracy reviewed Find Her by Elisabeth Rose | 3.5 out of 5
5/18: Rowena reviewed The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan | 4 out of 5
5/19: Rowena reviewed If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell | 4.5 out of 5

What We Posted

5/15: Retro Post: The Chin Affliction
5/19: What Are You Reading? (332)
5/20: WTF Cover Saturday (209)
5/21: Sunday Spotlight: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Current Giveaways

Any book from Holly’s list (winner’s choice)

Monthly Reads: April 2017

Book Binge Turns 10: May Giveaway

Julie James Comes to Los Angeles (+Giveaway)

Sunday Spotlight Giveaway

Giveaway Winners

We don’t have any winners to announce this week but check back next Sunday, we should definitely have winners to announce then.

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: Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen

Posted May 21, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 5 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

This week’s Sunday Spotlight is a book that we enjoyed big time here at Book Binge. Sarina Bowen has really upped her game lately and she’s been releasing some pretty great romances. Pipe Dreams is no exception.

Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen
Series: Brooklyn Bruisers #3
Also in this Series: Rookie Mistake, Hard Hitter
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: Berkley

A goalie has to trust his instincts, even when taking a shot to the heart…

Mike Beacon is a champion at defending the net, but off the ice, he’s not so lucky. A widower and a single father, he’s never forgotten Lauren Williams, the ex who gave him the best year of his life. When Lauren reappears in the Bruisers office during the playoffs, Beacon sees his chance to make things right.

Lauren hates that she’s forced to travel with the team she used to work for and the man who broke her heart. There’s still undeniable sexual tension running between her and Mike, but she won’t go down that road again. She’s focused on her plans for the future—she doesn’t need a man to make her dreams of motherhood come true.

Lauren plays her best defensive game, but she’s no match for the dark-eyed goalie. When the field of play moves to Florida, things heat up on the beach.

One of Mike’s biggest fans doesn’t approve—his teenage daughter. But a true competitor knows not to waste the perfect shot at love.

Mike and Lauren were a fabulous couple and their second chance romance is one that should be on your keeper shelf. Keep reading to find out why we think Pipe Dreams is a winner!

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Mike and Lauren’s story is a second chance romance. It will flood your heart with feels. You won’t be able to stop yourself from falling in love with them both. If you read the previous books and weren’t a fan of Lauren, I promise that will change after reading this one.


Startled, Lauren’s brain tried to make sense of the picture. Mike Beacon had his tux jacket over one arm, and a wine bucket in his hand. His bow tie was undone, and the top couple of shirt buttons, too. Lauren got a glimpse of the tan skin at his throat, and a dusting of chest hair below that.

When he spotted her standing there by the door, he did a double take. “Hi,” he said, his face breaking into a smile. “I didn’t hear you come in.”

“My apologies,” Lauren snapped, since snappishness was her only weapon when they were in the same room. “I didn’t mean to startle you in my hotel room.”

“No problem,” he said, his smile widening. “Come in and take a load off.”

That’s when Lauren’s head almost exploded. “How did you get in here? Wait—I don’t even care how. Just go, okay? It’s been a long day.”

He moved, and she scooted away from the door to give him a wide berth. But instead of heading for the door, he walked into the bedroom. What the hell? Stunned, Lauren just gaped at the open doorway. The sound of a cork popping was the next one she heard.

“Forgot the glasses,” he muttered. Mike reappeared, looking as handsome as he ever had in his life. But this time it only made her fingers itch to punch him. He trotted over to a cabinet against the wall and plucked two champagne flutes off a shelf.

“Mike!” Lauren spat as he turned his back and headed into the bedroom.

“Yes, Lo?”

Her blood would probably boil over any second now. “This is not your room! Take your wine and hightail it back to wherever you’re staying.” She stomped over to the bedroom doorway just to try to make sense of this odd scene.

He sat calmly on the edge of the bed, bottle in hand, pouring a glass of champagne. It was Moet & Chandon. Our brand, her traitorous memory offered up. Lauren licked her lips unconsciously. She’d always loved champagne. “The first glass is for you,” he said quietly, holding it out.

Although she had an urge to grab it and guzzle it down, she resisted. “I don’t know what you’re playing at. But stop, okay? You can’t bluff your way into my room and pretend the last two years didn’t happen.”

His big brown eyes took measure of hers. He set the glass down on the bedside table and picked up the empty one, filling it slowly so that it wouldn’t bubble over. “I’m not playing,” he said quietly. “I’m well aware that the last two years happened, and they were terrible.” He set the second glass down and placed the bottle carefully into the ice bucket on the floor.

When he straightened up again, he began unbuttoning his shirt. “But we’re both here and I have missed you. So here I am, Lo. Come and have a glass of champagne with me, because you’re the only one in the whole goddamn state of Florida that I want to talk to, anyway. What are we waiting for?” His face was dead serious, that handsome cleft chin pointing at her, waiting.

Lauren stood in the doorway, feeling agitated. He made it sound so easy. She was still too angry to just go along with this little fantasy. “Maybe I wore the dress just to make a point. It’s not like you don’t deserve it.”

He nodded slowly. Then he picked up both glasses and offered her one.

She shook her head.

Mike took a sip of one of them, then he closed his eyes in pleasure. “There hasn’t been enough champagne in my life lately,” he said, taking a second sip. “Not much to celebrate.”

“Likewise,” she said, because twisting the knife was something she did often when he was around.

He eyed her over the rim of the glass. “See, I considered that maybe you wore that dress just to piss me off.” He took another sip of champagne, and she watched his throat work as he swallowed it, his Adam’s apple bobbing. A dark dusting of stubble on his rugged jaw was visible even from this distance, and her traitorous mind wondered how rough it would feel under her hand.

Lauren’s mouth watered, and she wasn’t sure if the cause was the wine, or the man drinking it.

“. . . But then I realized that can’t be it,” he mused, admiring the tiny bubbles rising up the sides of his glass. “The Lauren I know isn’t a bitter person. She wouldn’t torture me, even if I deserved it. So I decided I was right the first time—the dress was a summons. An olive branch. I accept, baby. Have some champagne and sit with me.” He patted the bed beside him. Her bed. In her private suite. How did he even get in here?

“Let me get this straight,” she said through a throat constricted by anger and surprise. “Either I jump on your dick in gratitude, or I’ve become an angry, bitter person?”

His eyes flared with both heat and amusement. “That’s an oversimplification, but I do like the sound of that first thing.”

She folded her arms in front of her chest, clasping her elbows to prevent her hands from shaking. Every nerve ending in her body was standing at attention. So this is what fight-or-flight feels like. “Maybe I didn’t mean to make a statement, Michael. Maybe it’s just a dress.”

Slowly, he shook his head, his glimmering eyes fixed on hers. “It’s not just a dress. And I’m not just some guy you used to date. A lot went wrong between us, and I take all the blame, okay? But we’re both here. Right now. Just us.” He stood up suddenly, grabbing the other glass of champagne off the table and stepping toward her. “Please.” He held out the glass. “There’s eleven hours until we get on the bus to the airport. Spend them with me.”

Oh man do we love these two around these parts. I’m pretty sure we look like this:

You can look like that too when you read this book. We highly recommend this book so you guys should get on that if you haven’t already…Mike and Lauren rock!

Brooklyn Bruisers

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About the Author

Sarina Bowen


Sarina Bowen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance. She lives in Vermont’s Green Mountains with her family, six chickens and too much ski gear and hockey equipment.

In 2016, Sarina became a Rita Award winner! The Romance Writers of America honored HIM by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy with Best Contemporary Romance, Mid-Length.

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