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Weekly Wrap Up: August 14 – August 20, 2017

Posted August 20, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

Hello lovely readers!

I hope you’re having a great weekend and reading all of the books. Here’s what you missed this week on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed

8/14: Holly reviewed All I Ever Wanted (Heartthrob #1) by LuAnn McLane | 2.75 out of 5
8/15: Rowena reviewed Ready to Run (I Do, I Don’t #1) by Lauren Layne | 3.5 out of 5
8/16: Holly retro-reviewed The Truth about Lord Stoneville by Sabrina Jeffries | 4 out of 5
8/17: Tracy reviewed So Bad It Must Be Good by Nicole Helm | 3.5 out of 5
8/18: Holly reviewed Born in Fire (Fire and Ice Trilogy #1) by K.F. Breene | 3.75 out of 5

What We Posted

8/15: Retro-Post: Pushing the Envelope
8/17: Bookish Thoughts: Full Book Lists Wanted, The Ripped Bodice is Accepting Patrons, Passionflix, Series Reading & #ShallowReaderBingo
8/18: What Are You Reading? (391)
8/19: WTF Cover Saturday (222)
8/20: Sunday Spotlight: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Current Giveaways

Book Binge Turns 10: August 2017

Monthly Reads: July 2017

Sunday Spotlight: August 2017

Giveaway Winners

No winners to announce this week. Check back next week. 🙂

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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Sunday Spotlight: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Posted August 20, 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

Bet Me is one of our favorite books of all time here on Book Binge. Holly and I have loved Cal and Min’s story for years and Holly talked Casee into reading it and when she loved it just as much as we did, we were happy. There’s just something about a Jennifer Crusie book that makes you feel good and her sexy heroes and funny heroines are just fantastic.

Cal and Min are such a fun couple that you won’t want to miss out on reading their story. They’re fun but they’re also real. They could be any of us. We all know a Cal and Min in real life, and that’s why they’re such a memorable couple.

Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2004
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press

Minerva Dobbs knows all about risk management, which is why it’s such a shock when David, her extremely logical choice for a boyfriend, dumps her three weeks before her perfect sister’s wedding: David was not supposed to be a wild card. So when Min overhears David make a bet with his old nemesis–the gorgeous and successful Calvin Morrisey–that Cal can’t get Min into bed in a month, she decides that fate has just handed her a stacked deck: she can make Cal sweat his sex appeal and get a date to the wedding, if she plays along and doesn’t fold. What follows is a novel of destiny, chaos theory, Kripy Kreme donuts, the spirit of Elvis, Chicken Marsala, and a gamble for the highest stake of all: true love.

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Memorable Quotes

Here are some quotes from Bet Me that are responsible for our love of all things Cal and Min.

“What I’m trying to tell you,” Min said, “is that I’m going to grow up to be one of those chubby old ladies. It’s in my genes. Like self-raising flour. I’m going to pouf.”

“That’s going to work out well for me,” Cal said. “because I’m going to grow up to be one of those horny old men who chase chubby old ladies around the couch.”

Haha, oh to be chased around the couch by Cal.

“It doesn’t matter,” Min said. “That’s what I’m trying to tell you, it doesn’t matter what you do or say. I’m going to love you till the end of time.”

Cal looked at her, stunned.

“I know,” Min said. “It’s really un-PC. I just thought you should know that you can’t screw this up.”

“I can’t?” Cal said, wanting to believe her.

“No,” Min said. “Which doesn’t mean I’m not going to tell if you make me mad again. I will shout and slam doors. I just won’t be on the other side of the door when I slam it. You’ve got me for life.”

He lost his breath and put his forehead against her shoulder. “God, I love you.”

Min was such an awesome heroine. I loved seeing her growth over the course of the book. I want to be her. She was honest and she was strong and just all around the bomb.

“Bet you ten bucks we make it.”

What are the odds? she thought, and realized with sudden, blinding clarity that she wouldn’t take the other side of that bet, that only a loser would bet against them. This is really it, she thought, amazed. This is really forever. I believe in this.

“Min?” he said, and she kissed him, putting all her heart into it.

“No bet,” she said against his mouth. “Your odds are too good.”

“Our odds are too good.”

*swoon* So good.

Cal and Min were a lovely couple. A couple that made us laugh, they made us sigh and they made us want what they had in our own lives. They weren’t perfect people who lived perfect lives but they were perfect for each other and they gave us hope that we can have it all with our own perfect people and I’d bet that anyone who reads this book would love it as much as we did. So…this spotlight is for those of you who haven’t read this one yet. Read it. It’s good. We promise.

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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Are you as excited for this release as we are? Let us know how excited you are and what other books you’re looking forward to this year!

About the Author


Jenny Crusie is the NYT bestselling author of twenty some novels and lots of other stuff. Her latest novel, Maybe This Time, hit shelves in August 2010.

Jenny lives on the Ohio River where she often stares at the ceiling and counts her blessings.

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What Are You Reading? (391)

Posted August 18, 2017 by Holly in Features | 4 Comments


Casee: It was another slow reading week for me. I have been reading Devil’s Cut by J.R. Ward for a week now. I love this series. It is so soap opera like. I adore it. I dare say that I like it more than the BDB. I really admire JRW for ending it with this book. I’m hoping that I have some quiet time to really get into it this weekend. I know once I do that I won’t be able to put it down.

Holly: This was a quiet reading week for me. I read Fused in Fire by K.F. Breene, the conclusion to the Fire and Ice Trilogy. It wrapped up the overarching storyline, but I still have so many questions! Luckily the author’s note said she plans to explore the world more through different characters. I started several books and couldn’t get in to them. Hidden Fire by Elizabeth Hunter ($.99 for Kindle right now!), Charred Heart by Lizzy Ford (currently Free for Kindle!), and A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. I think I was suffering  a book hangover from the Fire and Ice Trilogy and that’s why I couldn’t get into them. I’m going to set them aside for now and come back to them later.

I ended up rereading Sweep in Peace and One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews. I started Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie last night. I’m a little concerned I won’t love it as much as I used to, because it’s been years since I’ve read it. I’m sure it’ll hold up and I’m worrying for nothing.

I’ve been craving Arthurian romances since I finished Spellbinder by Thea Harrison, but I’ve been having a hard time finding any. Amazon popped up with a recommendation for Magic Waking by Eva Chase. I’m going to start that next.

Rowena: It’s been a productive reading week for me and I’m glad to finally be reading on a regular basis. This summer has been a struggle on the reading front so really, I’m glad to be reading something again. This week, I read Links by Lisa Becker, which was an overall good story but I struggled with the dialogue and the heroine a bit. The hero was fantastic though. After that, I jumped into Gentlemen Prefer Heiresses by Lorraine Heath and I really enjoyed that one. It was a quick read but I adored both Andrew and Gina in the other books and they really shined in their own story. My only gripe is that I wish it had been longer…but that was just me being greedy. Their story was damn near perfect.

Right now, I’m finishing up Royally Screwed by Emma Chase and it’s got me silly grinning at work. I really am enjoying Nicholas and Olivia’s story and I can’t wait to buddy review this one with my friend, Ames. After I finish Royally Screwed, I’m going to jump into Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews so that I can finally see what everyone else has been going on and on about. Everyone loves Ilona Andrews so I’m going to find out if I love her too. Finally.

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

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Weekly Wrap Up: August 7 – August 13, 2017

Posted August 13, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 3 Comments

I’ve been totally slacking on this but I promise, this feature isn’t going away. Summer is going away though and I’m kind of sad about it. It’s been a pretty awesome summer for me (not reading wise though) and I’m not ready for school to start up again.

But here’s what you missed last week on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed

8/7: Tracy reviewed Wildfire by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
8/8: Tracy reviewed White Hot by Ilona Andrews | 5 out of 5
8/8: Holly reviewed Master of the Night by Angela Knight | 3.75 out of 5
8/9: Tracy reviewed Lord of the Seas by Sabrina Jarema | 4 out of 5
8/9: Tracy reviewed Wolfs Mate by Celia Kyle | 3.5 out of 5
8/10: Tracy reviewed Don’t Call Me Sweetheart by Codi Gary | 3.5 out of 5
8/11: Tracy reviewed Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5

What We Posted

8/7: Books to Binge On: August 2017
8/12: WTF Cover Saturday (221)
8/13: Sunday Spotlight: Illegal Contact by Santorini Hassell

Current Giveaways

Book Binge Turns 10: August 2017

Monthly Reads: July 2017

Sunday Spotlight: August 2017

Giveaway Winners

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

Lords of the Underworld Series by Gena Showalter

Joanne Balinski


Book Binge Turns 10: July 2017

Laura Bryan Lovejoy-Brunk


Sunday Spotlight: July 2017

Pam Craig


Any book from Holly or Rowena’s list

Monthly Reads: June 2017



Blog Tour: What We Learned from Julie Garwood

Diane Sallans

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.