Category: Discussions

Black Lives Matter

Posted June 17, 2020 by Rowena in Discussions | 2 Comments

2020 has been a busy year. Kobe Bryant died, we’re going through a pandemic and people are finally fed up and taking the time to educate themselves on what the black community has been telling us for years and years and years. In the last couple of weeks, protests for the Black Lives Matter movement have spread all over the world and everyone is doing their part in trying to help further the cause. Police brutality needs to be a thing of the past and equality for all should be the standard that we live by.

Here at Book Binge, we’ve been busy listening, reading, signing petitions, and donating to various causes that support the BLM movement because we stand with our black friends against racism and against police brutality. We know that all lives can’t matter if black lives don’t and we’re also hopeful that change is on the way.

If you’re looking for ways to support black authors in Romancelandia, then check out Adriana Herrera’s thread below:

There’s a Google doc that is a fountain of information on everything you need to know on just about every topic regarding Black Lives Matter. You’ll find what petitions to sign, where to donate to protest bail funds for cities all over the country, there’s information on relevant events that have led to where we are now. You can find that link here:

Our friend Limecello posted about this on her blog and Sadie said the following and I completely agree with every single word so I thought I’d share it here:

The country feels like it’s burning. And may be it should. Maybe it needs to burn so we can to dismantle the systemic racism and white supremacy this country was founded upon. Maybe out of the ashes we will be able to work toward restorative justice. Maybe we should defund the police and narrow the scope of their responsibilities while we build community safety nets and infrastructures necessary to ensure everyone has healthcare, mental health care resources, housing, food, and the security of knowing none of these things can be taken away. Maybe we need to take a hard look at our own belief systems and do the hard work of confronting our inner racists so we can heal and listen and cede space for those who have not been given the time or opportunities to heal from centuries of generational trauma.

Maybe we should dismantle white supremacy and systemic racism because it’s wrong. Black lives matter. They always have.

You can read their entire post on Black Lives Matter here.

We’ve got a lot of work to do but we’re committed to doing better. We’re committed to listening, to speaking up and to making sure that we boost up those that need boosting. This isn’t something that one single post will fix but we’ll remain dutiful in supporting the cause in every avenue that we can because black lives matter to us. We’ll remember George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner, and the many innocent lives that were taken far too soon. We’ll have the hard talks and face the harsh truths because the future depends on it. If you have the means, get out there and donate, donate, donate and support black authors and book bloggers while you’re at it. We’re all in this together and it’s such a beautiful thing to watch the world come together for something this important.

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Just For Fun: eReader or Print?

Posted April 29, 2020 by Casee in Discussions | 10 Comments

Ah, the great eReader vs. print debate. We all have our preferences. What I would like to know is…what’s yours and why?

  • Takes up virtually zero space.
  • You can quickly access your notes and highlights.
  • You have access to millions of books at the click of a button.
  • Did I mention that they take up nearly zero space? It might as well be negative space.
  • Built-in dictionary.
  • Cost effective after the initial investment.
  • There is noting quite like the feeling of holding a book.
  • Books smell good.
  • It’s easier to skim a print book.
  • Very easy to share, if you like sharing your books.
  • Having a bookshelf of books is just satisfying.

What is your reading preference and why? Share!

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Just for Fun: Book Related Questions

Posted April 22, 2020 by Holly in Discussions | 5 Comments

I don’t know about the rest of you, but when we first headed into quarantine I was so excited to finally read all the books!

Meme: Me, "Well, I seem to have a lot free time on my hands. I guess I could start reading from my TBR pile." Movie Image "It has been 4000 years. Now Seems like a good time."

Unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out very well. I’m struggling to focus on reading during this quarantine. I have been re-reading some old favorites, but I can’t seem to get into anything new. Even continuations of series I enjoy aren’t working for me. So, instead of reading I put together these fun book related questions. Join me?

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1. What books are on your bedside table at the moment?

The Scoundrel in Her Bed by Lorraine Heath, Deal with the Devil by Kit Rocha and Dragon Unleashed by Grace Draven.

2. What type (contemporary, historical, biography, etc) of books do you like reading most at the moment?

I’ve been reading more Fantasy and Urban Fantasy than anything else lately, but I think I’m craving a good historical right now.

3. What’s the best book you’ve read so far this year?

I really enjoyed Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas and Smoke Bitten by Patricia Briggs, but I think my favorite so far has been Beauty and the Clockwork Beast by Nancy Campbell Allen.

4. Which book have you re-read the most in the past year (12-month period)?

Repeat by Kylie Scott or Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley. I don’t track every re-read, so I’m not sure which.

5. Name one book/author that everyone loves but you really can’t stand?

I’m bringing up an old one here. I do no understand the love for Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas. Everyone loves Derek and Sara, but they frustrated me so much! I just do no understand the love.

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Book Binge’s Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Posted July 3, 2019 by Rowena in Discussions, Features | 3 Comments

Here is a tag that has been going around where basically you freak out about the books you’ve already read this year!! I am doing this because well, it will help a sister out when December comes and we’re all filling out our Best of List. Ha!

Here we go 😛

Best Book You’ve Read So Far in 2019?

Casee: Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley. Lauren was such a strong heroine and I loved how she reinvented herself.

Holly: Repeat by Kylie Scott, hands down. I’ve re-read it so many times already this year. I just love Clem’s journey.

Rowena: My favorite read so far goes to Huge Deal by Lauren Layne. Huge Deal is the third book in her 21 Wall Street series and it featured my favorite characters from the series, Kennedy and Kate. A great office romance that I couldn’t get enough of.

Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2019?

Casee: Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley. I love Joker. Love him. This book is one of my all-time favorites. Joker. Sigh.

Holly: I went back and forth about what qualifies as a sequel. Is it any new release in a series, or just the 2nd book? In the end, I chose The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang, because it’s the second book.

Rowena: This one is hard for me because I keep wanting to cheat and choose a new release in a series that I’m reading but I’m going to stick with the actual sequel in a series that I’m reading and my favorite one so far is The Bride Test (The Kiss Quotient #2) by Helen Hoang. I really liked Khai and really enjoyed his story.

New Release You Haven’t Read Yet, But Want To?

Casee: Definitely Wolf Rain (Psy-Changeling Trinity #3) by Nalini Singh. I honestly don’t know why I haven’t read this book.

Holly: The Risk by Elle Kennedy. I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet. I love this series and always look forward to the new releases.

Rowena: Ooh, this is an easy one. I haven’t read Wolf Rain (Psy-Changelings Trinity #3) by Nalini Singh yet and I plan to fix that very, very soon. I’ve been hearing great things about it so I really need to get my shit together and fix that pronto. Wish me luck!

Most Anticipated Release For Second Half of 2019?

Casee: Archangel’s War by Nalini Singh has been on my list for a year. I can’t wait! Followed by Lies by Kylie Scott and Knight Awakening by Rebecca Zanetti. How can I pick one?

Holly: I’ve been dying for Archangel’s War by Nalini Singh. Also, Sweep of the Blade by Ilona Andrews. I read it as a free serial but I need the full length book! Gimme!

Rowena: Hmm, besides Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews? There are quite a few books that I’m really looking forward to releasing in the next few months but the ones that are at the top are The Prenup and Love on Lexington Avenue (Central Park Pact #2) by Lauren Layne.

Biggest Disappointment?

Casee: Law Man by Kristen Ashley. I had such high hopes for Mitch, but his book just didn’t happen the way I hoped it would.

Holly: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez and Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. Both were on my Most Anticipated list for 2019, but neither lived up to my expectations.

Rowena: The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez and Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey. I had such high hopes for both books and they were both huge letdowns for me.

Biggest Surprise?

Casee: Absolutely Spellbinder by Thea Harrison. I had my doubts, but TH really came through.

Holly: Come As You Are by Lauren Blakely. I generally enjoy Blakely’s books, but I didn’t expect to like it as much as I did. I really loved Flynn.

Rowena: Night Broken (Mercy Thompson #8) by Patricia Briggs. I thought I would be prepared for this book but I was surprised at how much I wasn’t. This book surprised me but not in the way that I think this question is meant to be answered. The surprise for me with this book is how disappointed I was in Adam. Sure, there was a lot of disappointment to go around in this book but I was surprised at how disappointed I was in Adam. I adored Adam but he is not perfect and he was not perfect in this book.

Favorite New Author?

Casee: I don’t even have to think about it. Kristen Ashley. Anne Bishop. Lauren Blakely.

Holly: I don’t have a new favorite from the New-to-Me authors I’ve read so far this year, but I’m really interested in reading more from Lucy Parker and Jenny Holiday.

Rowena: Of the authors that I’ve read for the first time this year, my favorite one is probably Jenny Holiday. I really enjoyed her Bridesmaids Behaving Badly series and it’s also made me realize how much I want more romances set in Canada. Canada is coming up, they won the NBA Championship and they won my heart for more romances.

Newest Fictional Crush?

Casee: Kane “Tack” Allen from Motorcycle Man by Kristen Ashley.

Holly: Ed Larson from Repeat by Kylie Scott. The book isn’t really about Ed. The focus is more on Clem. But I loved him. Honorable mention goes to Delilah and Angelique from Lady Derring Takes a Lover by Julie Anne Long. I have a major girl-crush on them both.

Rowena: Does it count if my newest fictional crush is featured in a book that comes out in the second half of the year? Well, you know what? I don’t care. My newest crush right now is Alessandro Sagredo from Sapphire Flames (Hidden Legacy #4) by Ilona Andrews. He is a tall glass of deliciousness and I can’t wait for more of him.

Newest Favorite Character?

Casee: Simon Wolfgard from The Others series by Anne Bishop.

Holly: Heidi from Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen. I loved her courage and strength.

Rowena: This is easy. Mercy Thompson from the Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs (in case anyone doesn’t know where she’s from). I really adore everything about this woman and last year, I liked her but this year I really love her. She’s just the freaking bomb and that’s that.

Book That Made You Cry?

Casee: Like Rowena, mine is also a Kennedy Ryan. Long Shot (Hoops #1) slayed me. I had to set this book down at times because it was so emotional. I’m not generally a crier when I read, but this book was the exception.

Holly: I know there was a book that made me cry. I know I even texted Rowena (or maybe Tracy) about it. But heck if I can remember which one it was.

Rowena: Hook Shot (Hoops #3) by Kennedy Ryan. Kennedy Ryan writes some really emotional romances and her latest in the Hoops series is no exception. This book was a damn good story and I cried for the heroine, Lotus. Like, cried a lot.

Book That Made You Happy?

Casee: Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely. It’s just a happy book.

Holly: Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas. I loved that book so much. Also, Lady Derring Takes a Lover and Repeat.

Rowena: There are a couple of books that come to mind but the one that stands out the most as the book that made me the happiest is probably Devil’s Daughter (The Ravenels #5) by Lisa Kleypas. I completely adored this book. The romance, West, Phoebe, West and the boys, all of the Ravenels and don’t forget about all of our Wallflower fam. This book had it all.

Favorite Book To Movie Adaptation You Saw This Year?

Casee: I’m not a movie person. I especially not a Book to Movie person. I never have been.

Holly: I don’t think I’ve seen a movie adaptation this year. I tend not to watch them, since the book is almost always better and I prefer to read.

Rowena: I don’t have one and that’s mostly because I’ve only watched one adaptation and I thought it was boring. shrugs That movie was The Sun is Also a Star. I’m not the audience for that movie.

Favorite Review You’ve Written This Year?

Casee: Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely. That book was fun from beginning to end.

Holly: My joint review of The Friend Zone by Abby Jimenez with Rowena. I had so many feelings while reading that book, and it was great having Rowena validate those feelings with her own.

Rowena: I like writing reviews with both Holly and Casee and my favorite review that we’ve written was probably Waiting for Tom Hanks by Kerry Winfrey because I had a lot of shit to get off my chest and when we were finally done with that review, I felt lighter. Like, all of the toxins left my body….and I laughed a lot reading through both Casee and Holly’s thoughts and then adding my own.

Most Beautiful Book You Bought So Far This Year?

Casee: I fell in love with the cover for Archangel’s War by Nalini Singh the moment I saw it. All the Guild Hunter books have been on point. Easy Kisses by Kristen Proby is just hotness.

Holly: Definitely Archangel’s War. I love that cover. But also, Repeat. Something about the guy on the cover just does it for me.

Rowena: I’m really digging the covers for the Mercy Thompson books. My favorite book cover of a book that I bought this year is a tie between Night Broken and Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs. Mercy, in both covers, is freaking gorgeous and I loved the colors that were used along with seeing Joel and the walking stick. Oh man, I’m so sad about the walking stick right now. 🙁

What Books Do You Need To Read By The End of The Year?

Casee: Dark Illusion by Christine Feehan. I’m sure I’ll read it sooner rather than later.

Holly: Song of Blood and Stone by L. Penelope. I’ve had this is my TBR for awhile and I really need to pull it out. I’ve heard wonderful things about it.

Rowena: Something by Kate Clayborne. I’ve been meaning to read her for ages now but haven’t gotten around to it so I’m hoping that I’ll read one of the books that I already own by her before the year is up.

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Our Favorite Office Romances

Posted April 17, 2019 by Rowena in Discussions | 7 Comments

Rowena: I freaking LOVE office romances. I love boss/secretary romances, the battle for promotion between co-workers romances, hate to love coworker romances, and really, any kind of romance that takes place in an office. Sure, in real life, office romances aren’t my thing but in fiction? I can’t get enough so we’re going to be sharing our Top 10 favorite office romances with you lovely readers today.

While putting this list together, we realized that we all have different thoughts on what makes a romance, an office romance. For me, an office romance is set in an office between two people who work together so those are the kinds of office romances you’ll see in this post.

Here’s our list given in true Book Binge fashion. Since we couldn’t agree on a set ten because reading is subjective and Holly hated all of the books Casee and I chose, each of us took turns listing our favorite books with comments from the peanut gallery. Enjoy! (H: Hey! I didn’t hate them all…just most of them) (C: Uh-huh)

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Practice Makes Perfect by Julie James

Behind closed doors, they’re laying down the law.

When it comes to the laws of attraction…

Payton Kendall and J.D. Jameson are lawyers who know the meaning of objection. A feminist to the bone, Payton has fought hard to succeed in a profession dominated by men. Born wealthy, privileged, and cocky, J.D. has fought hard to ignore her. Face-to-face, they’re perfectly civil. They have to be. For eight years they have kept a safe distance and tolerated each other as coworkers for one reason: to make partner at the firm.

…There are no rules.

But all bets are off when they’re asked to join forces on a major case. Though apprehensive at first, they begin to appreciate each other’s dedication to the law—and the sparks between them quickly turn into attraction. But the increasingly hot connection does not last long when they discover that only one of them will be named partner. Now it’s an all-out war. And the battle between the sexes is bound to make these lawyers hot under the collar…

Rowena: Man do I miss Julie James books. Practice Makes Perfect is the second book that Julie James released and it’s one that I adore so much. The competition between Peyton and J.D., the sizzling chemistry between the two of them made for such a fabulous romance. Julie James does excellent office romance and this one is top notch.

Holly: It’s funny, because everyone always raves about this book, but I’m not a huge fan. I didn’t hate the book, but it certainly isn’t my favorite by James. Still, I can see why Rowena included it on this list.

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Double Standards by Judith McNaught

In the exclusive, glittering world of business superstars, Nick Sinclair was a legend…

The ruggedly handsome president of Global Industries handled his business the way he handled his women — with charm, daring and ruthless self-control. A man used to the very best, Nick hired Lauren Danner, and assumed the proud beauty would soon be another easy conquest. But Lauren’s flashing wit and rare spirit dazzled him — and slowly, against his will, he was intrigued, challenged — and in love.

Yet Lauren was living a lie, a charade that became more dangerous with every passing moment. Trapped in a web of deceit, she fought her growing love for Nick. Her secret could destroy his fragile trust — and the promise of life with the most compelling man she had ever met!

Rowena: Is this book problematic? Sure….but that doesn’t stop me from loving the hell out of this book anyway. Double Standards is one of those books that shouldn’t have held up because my reading tastes have changed and a lot of things that happen in this book would piss me off in real life and in other books but for some reason, I absolutely love this one and I probably always will. Don’t listen to Holly. Don’t listen to Casee either.

Holly: Y’all. Sometimes I think Rowena should be committed. This book isn’t just problematic. It’s downright awful. He sent her outside in Chicago in the middle of winter without a coat. She literally got on her knees and begged him to listen to her and he just sent her away. My blood boils every time I think about it. There’s a whole lot of nope from me on this one.

Casee: For once I agree with Holly (go buy a lottery ticket!). This book wasn’t just problematic. It’s horrendously bad. As stated above, she got down on her knees and begged him. Then sent her away into a storm without a coat. I know I’m just repeating what Holly has said, but these were all the things that bothered me as well. Including the fact that Lauren actually forgave him. Ugh.

Rowena: She was sent to spy on him and cripple his entire life’s work. She never came clean and he found out about her betrayal and reacted. Considering his past and who she was working for? I would have kicked her ass to the curb too. She was fired. She was escorted out. It just happened to be winter. Give me a break.

Huge Deal (21 Wall Street #3) by Lauren Layne

Even for a top-gun banker, temptation this hot is quite a gamble, in a sexy Wall Street romp from New York Times bestselling author Lauren Layne.

An alpha among the wolves of Wall Street, Kennedy Dawson rose to the top of the pack by striking the right contracts at the right times. But there’s one deal that’s been giving him a run for his money—a pact to never again let his assistant, Kate, get under his skin. She may be smart, gorgeous, and sharp as a whip, but she’s definitely off-limits.

Kate Henley isn’t a banker, but she knows a thing or two about risk management—specifically, about managing her attraction to her smolderingly sexy boss. She already fell once, and Kennedy showed no sign of paying a return on her investment. So when Kennedy’s brother starts pursuing her, Kate figures she has the best of both worlds. Jack is charming, rich, very attentive, and the spitting image of his older brother.

It’s also making Kennedy think twice. But to win Kate’s heart, he’ll have to broker the deal of a lifetime…and prove he’s worth the risk.

Rowena: The lead up to this book was fantastic. We meet these two in book 1. The heroine is the hero’s administrative assistant but there’s a history that’s hinted in the previous books that had me thirsty to get their story. Lauren Layne does not disappoint. This book was everything that I wanted Kennedy and Kate’s story to be and I can’t wait to re-read it…it was that good for me.

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Brooklynaire (Brooklyn Bruisers #4) by Sarina Bowen

A sexy new standalone from USA Today bestseller Sarina Bowen.

You’d think a billion dollars, a professional hockey team and a six-bedroom mansion on the Promenade would satisfy a guy. You’d be wrong.

For seven years Rebecca has brightened my office with her wit and her smile. She manages both my hockey team and my sanity. I don’t know when I started waking in the night, craving her. All I know is that one whiff of her perfume ruins my concentration. And her laugh makes me hard.

When Rebecca gets hurt, I step in to help. It’s what friends do. But what friends don’t do is rip off each others’ clothes for a single, wild night together.

Now she’s avoiding me. She says we’re too different, and it can never happen again. So why can’t we keep our hands off each other?

Rowena: Nate and Becca’s book was such a sweet romance and it’s got a spin on the old boss and secretary office romance trope. This time around, the boss is mad for the secretary and seeing him try to win her over at every turn while trying to give her the world made for such a fantastic romance. Sarina Bowen hit it out of the park for me with this one. I loved it!

Holly: I loved this one, too. Bowen teased us with Becca and Nate’s flirty little romance for ages and I wasn’t disappointed when we finally got the real deal.

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Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward

From New York Times bestselling authors Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward comes an unexpected love story of secondhand hearts and second chances…

It all started with a mysterious blue note sewn into a wedding dress.

Something blue.

I’d gone to sell my own unworn bridal gown at a vintage clothing store. That’s when I found another bride’s “something old.”

Stitched into the lining of a fabulously feathered design was the loveliest message I’d ever read: Thank you for making all of my dreams come true.

The name embossed on the blue stationery: Reed Eastwood, obviously the most romantic man who ever lived. I also discovered he’s the most gorgeous. If only my true-love fantasies had stopped there. Because I’ve since found out something else about Mr. Starry-Eyed.

He’s arrogant, cynical, and demanding. I should know. Thanks to a twist of fate, he’s my new boss. But that’s not going to stop me from discovering the story behind his last love letter. A love letter that did not result in a happily ever after.

But that story is nothing compared to the one unfolding between us. It’s getting hotter, sweeter, and more surprising than anything I could have imagined.

Something new.

But I have no idea how this one is going to end…

Casee: I actually enjoyed this book until Holly started picking it apart. Reed was a jerk, but what hero isn’t?

Holly: Ugh. No. Reed, the hero, was such a jerk. For the entire book he was a jerk. Did I say no?

Rowena: I didn’t hate this book though I do agree that Reed was a dickhead. This isn’t a favorite of mine by any means but in the end, Reed’s character came around for me.

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Rock Hard (Rock Kiss #2) by Nalini Singh

In New York Times Bestselling author Nalini Singh’s newest contemporary romance, passion ignites between a gorgeous, sinfully sexy man who built himself up from nothing and a shy woman who has a terrible secret in her past…

Wealthy businessman Gabriel Bishop rules the boardroom with the same determination and ruthlessness that made him a rock star on the rugby field. He knows what he wants, and he’ll go after it no-holds-barred.

And what he wants is Charlotte Baird.

Charlotte knows she’s a mouse. Emotionally scarred and painfully shy, she just wants to do her job and remain as invisible as possible. But the new CEO—a brilliant, broad-shouldered T-Rex of a man who growls and storms through the office, leaving carnage in his wake—clearly has other plans. Plans that may be equal parts business and bedroom.

If Charlotte intends to survive this battle of wits and hearts, the mouse will have to learn to wrangle the T-Rex. Game on.

Rowena: This is another fabulous boss/secretary office romance. I loved seeing Gabriel and Charlie battle wits and I especially loved seeing Charlie grow strong over the course of the book and Gabriel win her over. Nalini Singh really killed it with this one and I so adored every minute of this book.

Casee: While this isn’t my favorite book of the Rock Kiss series, I really did enjoy seeing Charlie come out of her shell.

Can You Keep a Secret? by Sophie Kinsella

Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets.

Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken. Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.
Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger.…Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her…

Rowena: This book cracked me up from beginning to end. I loved getting to know both Emma and Jack. Emma was such a delightful character and Jack was a total babe. Sophie Kinsella delivered a charming rom com that had me laughing at every turn….it’s one of my favorites to re-read.

Holly: You guys, I love this book. SO much. Kinsella definitely delivered with this book. I haven’t read it in ages, but I remember it fondly.

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The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Nemesis (n.) 1) An opponent or rival whom a person cannot best or overcome.
2) A person’s undoing
3) Joshua Templeman

Lucy Hutton has always been certain that the nice girl can get the corner office. She’s charming and accommodating and prides herself on being loved by everyone at Bexley & Gamin. Everyone except for coldly efficient, impeccably attired, physically intimidating Joshua Templeman. And the feeling is mutual.

Trapped in a shared office together 40 (OK, 50 or 60) hours a week, they’ve become entrenched in an addictive, ridiculous never-ending game of one-upmanship. There’s the Staring Game. The Mirror Game. The HR Game. Lucy can’t let Joshua beat her at anything—especially when a huge new promotion goes up for the taking.

If Lucy wins this game, she’ll be Joshua’s boss. If she loses, she’ll resign. So why is she suddenly having steamy dreams about Joshua, and dressing for work like she’s got a hot date? After a perfectly innocent elevator ride ends with an earth-shattering kiss, Lucy starts to wonder whether she’s got Joshua Templeman all wrong.

Maybe Lucy Hutton doesn’t hate Joshua Templeman. And maybe, he doesn’t hate her either. Or maybe this is just another game.

Rowena: Gah, I love this one. Josh and Lucy are coworkers who hate each other. They do things that annoy each other every single day and when they’re both up for a promotion, the one-upmanship kicks into high gear. This book was so much fun and I adored both Josh and Lucy so much. Sally Thorne did her thing with this one and I ate it all up. So good!

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The Trouble with Love (Sex, Love & Stilettos #4) by Lauren Layne

As Lauren Layne’s salacious Sex, Love & Stiletto series returns, a jaded columnist discovers a steamy way to get over an old flame: falling for him all over again.

As Stiletto magazine’s authority on all things breakup-and-heartache, Emma Sinclair writes from personal experience. Five years ago, Emma was Charlotte, North Carolina’s darling debutante and a blushing bride-to-be. Now she’s the ice queen of the Manhattan dating scene. Emma left her sultry Southern drawl behind, but not even her closest friends know that with it she left her heart. Now Emma’s latest article forces her to face her demons—namely, the devilishly sexy guy who ditched her at the altar.

After giving up everything for a pro-soccer career, Alex Cassidy watches his dreams crumble as a knee injury sidelines him for good. Now he’s hanging up his cleats and giving journalism a shot. It’s just a coincidence that he happens to pick a job in the same field, and the same city, as his former fiancée . . . right? But when Emma moves in next door, it’s no accident. It’s research. And Alex can’t help wondering what might have been. Unlike the innocent girl he remembers, this Emma is chic, sophisticated, and assertive—and she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. The trouble is, Alex has never wanted her more.

Rowena: Lauren Layne is my favorite author right now. She writes office romances like a champ! Alex and Emma’s story began before they worked together and the chemistry between these two was super steamy. I loved this book to pieces and will always, always pimp it out at every turn.

Holly: I haven’t read many books by Layne, but this was a great office romance. I loved the dynamic between the two and how much chemistry they had.

Casee: I really need to read this one. I loved the Oxford series.

Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely Book Cover
Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely

A charming British hero, the woman who tempts him, and a hands-off arrangement that’s oh-so-hard to maintain.

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. All I have to do is board a plane, and I’ll be on my way to fulfilling a promise I made long ago. Bonus points — my last week in Paris looks to be even better when I meet a gorgeous, clever American woman and make plans to take her back to my flat that night.

But before we can get together for what would surely be a fantastic final fling, my boss hits me with a double whammy. My previous client didn’t pay, so there’s no trip, and the new client I now desperately need is none other than the tempting American I’m about to take home.

Have I mentioned this timing bloody sucks?


I’ll admit it — I have a big weakness for a hot British accent. As in, they make me swoon, sigh, and want to toss my panties. Good thing I can avoid that kind of temptation in Paris. So it’s just my luck that the man who’s the key to success in my new job is the man whose voice makes me melt. Oh, and we have to spend all our days together for work.

Thanks a lot, fate.

To top it off, I quickly learn he’s witty, kind and has a heart and mind I’m falling for fast.

All I have to do is resist him every single freaking day. That’s so easy. Not.

But then I learn that’s nothing compared to the real hurdle we face.

What could go wrong with falling in love in Paris? Nearly everything, it seems…

Casee: I absolutely adored this book. I loved Joy and Griffin. I loved how there was none of the usual drama between the characters, but their love came through loud and clear. It’s one of the best books that I’ve listened to this year.

Holly: This is one of the best books I read in 2018. I absolutely loved both Joy and Griffin, and bonus! Richard Armitage narrated the audio. ::swoon::

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