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Weekly Wrap Up: December 4 – December 10, 2017

Posted December 10, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 0 Comments

Happy Sunday, everyone!

We hope that you’re enjoying your weekend with something refreshing to drink and a good book to wile away the hours. If you were too busy to see what we were up to on the blog, here’s what you missed on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed

Tracy reviewed Once Upon a Christmas Eve (Maiden Lane #12.6) by Elizabeth Hoyt | 3.5 out of 5
Rowena reviewed Cherish Hard (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Holly and Rowena reviewed Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen | 3.5 & 4.75 out of 5
Casee reviewed Must Love Mistletoe (Holidays #1) by Christie Ridgway | 4.25 out of 5
Tracy reviewed Company Ink by Kat Coburn | 3.5 out of 5

What We Posted

Monthly Reads: November 2017
Berkley Bookmas: Let’s Bake Cookies with Julie James
What Are You Reading? (406)
WTF Cover Saturday (238)
Sunday Spotlight: Her Leading Hero by Maggie Dallen

Current Giveaways

Happy Holidays from Book Binge: Kindle Giveaway

Sunday Spotlight: December 2017

Monthly Reads: November 2017

Excerpt: Cajun Crazy by Sandra Hill

Giveaway Winners

No winners to announce this week…but check back next week, that might change. Have a great week, everyone!

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: Her Leading Hero by Maggie Dallen

Posted December 10, 2017 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 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

Sunday Spotlight: Her Leading Hero by Maggie DallenHer Leading Hero (A Reel Romance) by Maggie Dallen
Published by Lyrical Press
Publication Date: December 12, 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Is she getting a second take at her Hollywood ending?
Despite her leading lady looks, Tamara Pierce has always been happiest out of the spotlight, especially since a painful breakup drove her away from her society friends. Now she's happily managing a magnificent, historic old movie house that's in danger of being torn down. It's good news when a billionaire buyer shows interest. If only the billionaire in question weren't Gregory Blanchard, who once fueled her fantasies of happily after ever.

Known for his reckless endeavors in romance and business, Gregory's determined to prove his worth with this new project. And he knows how to do it: making Tamara the public face of the Ellen Theater. She's poised, passionate-the perfect partner on his arm at fundraising events. Once he lures her into the limelight, the shy beauty gets under his skin in a way no woman has before. But will a heartbreaker like him be the one to lead her back to love?

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Excerpt

“Tamara?” His low voice cut through the music and the chatter, stopping her in her tracks.

The original cold fear returned and a shiver raced through her at the sound of his voice.

She turned slowly. There was no escaping it now. Resignation at her fate had her steeling her spine and squaring her shoulders. She had known this day would come eventually.

He was smiling down at her, and the sheer sex appeal behind it stole her breath away. Sweet Jesus, he’d always been hot, even as a teenager. But now, he was literally breathtaking. He’d filled out, his chest and shoulders molding the suit to perfection. His jaw was even more defined, if that was possible. He’d matured into the aristocratic features that had made him seem older as a teenager. Now they made him look like what he was: a whip-smart, highly educated leader in the city. One not to be trifled with by enemies and whose cool elegance made him a favorite match for supermodels and actresses. Last she’d read, he’d been linked to someone famous. Who was it?

What did that matter? A distant voice mocked her for obsessing over his looks and love life at a time like this. But now that the moment she’d feared was finally here, an odd calm came over her. It was almost… Relief.

Maybe that was why she was able to summon a smile when he said her name again. “Tamara Pierce?”

He’d lowered his head a bit and leaned in so they could speak over the noise of the crowd. It was an oddly intimate gesture, like they were part of an exclusive club. She could smell a warm musky cologne as he drew even closer, his eyes fixed on her and filled with warmth.

It was then that his words hit her. Pierce. He’d called her by her mother’s maiden name, the name she’d been using ever since she left Boston.

She blinked up at him as the significance of that one word sank in. “Ms. Pierce,” he continued, apparently not thinking it odd that she was staring at him like a mute idiot. “I’m a friend of Ben’s.” He gestured over his shoulder toward Ben, who was leaning against a wall glaring at the poor man who was speaking to his girlfriend, Caitlyn.

Was it possible Gregory didn’t recognize her? A flicker of hope had her breath quickening and her smile broadening. She looked to Ben—of course, he was a friend of Ben’s, hadn’t Caitlyn told her that? He could be here to support Ben. Or maybe Caitlyn invited him….

Gregory started to speak again, and she turned her attention back to him. She instantly wished she hadn’t done that. His eyes were unnerving. His gaze was too direct. Too intense. Too…sexy.

“He told me you were the expert here,” he said. A smile hovered on his lips as he shoved his hands into his pockets and ducked his head again, in a charmingly self-effacing gesture. As if he was just another guy looking to learn some history and not a freakin’ billionaire playboy.

A billionaire playboy who didn’t recognize her.

A Reel Romance

Giveaway Alert

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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

Maggie Dallen

WEBSITE | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS

Maggie Dallen is a huge fan of happily-ever-afters. She writes contemporary and YA romance and has been known to rewrite the endings to classic love stories to ensure that they end on a happy note. In Maggie’s version, Ingrid Bergman does not get on the plane. She lives in Northern California and works at a yarn store to support her knitting addiction. For more info please visit maggiedallen.com.

Follow her on Twitter @Mag_Dallen. Or connect with her on Facebook


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What Are You Reading? (406)

Posted December 8, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 3 Comments

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Casee: I am on a road trip at this very moment. For some reason my husband never lets me drive. That works for me because me not driving = me reading! I have Year One to read which is the new Nora Roberts book. I’ve been waiting for it since I first saw it on Amazon at the beginning of the summer. The blurb is amazing. Hopefully I’ll be able to get through a big chunk of the book.

Holly: This week I read a bunch of new-to-me short stories from Kristen Ashley I discovered while browsing Goodreads. Merry and Bright, More Pleasure Than Pain, Valentinos, Every Year and Law Man Short Story. I was especially excited about Merry and Bright because it tells the story of how Elvira met Malik. I re-read Moon Craving by Lucy Monroe. Chantal from Breezing Through and I reviewed it together several years ago. I asked if she’d be willing to read it with me to see if we still feel the same about it all these years later. Look for that discussion soon. I also re-read The Return of Eden McCall by Judith Duncan, a book I re-read every year. It’s dated, but I adore it.

This week I’m determined to read some new books and not just re-read old stuff. Wish me luck?

Rowena: Lots of stuff was going on for me this week so I didn’t get nearly as much reading done as I would have liked. Oh well. That’s my life, for ya. I finished Love, Life and the List by Kasie West and started North to You by Tif Marcelo. I’m almost done with that book and then after this, I plan on picking up Complicated by Kristen Ashley and An English Bride in Scotland by Lynsay Sands. I need to get those books read in the next week for book club and buddy reviews. Wish me luck!

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


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Monthly Reads: November 2017

Posted December 4, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

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Casee: I had virtually no time to read in November. I should have realized how much time and effort it takes to remodel a house, but I didn’t anticipate the complete chaos. Anyhoo, my life is like a small serious of crisis that need to be diverted or solved daily. That doesn’t leave me much time to read because I need to sleep sometime.

Ride Hard by Laura Kaye | 3.75 out of 5
Ride Rough by Laura Kaye | 3.5 out of 5

Both books are from Kaye’s Raven Riders series. I really have enjoyed this series and am currently trying to read the third book. The third book is proving to be the best so far and I’m dying to get farther into it. Out of the two, Ride Hard was the better book to me, but I still had issues. If I ever review Ride Rough I can tell you what I can’t get past.

Holly: I had very little reading time in November, so I mostly just re-read Kristen Ashley novels.

Play it Safe by Kristen Ashley | 3.75 out of 5
Complicated by Kristin Ashley | 4 out of 5
Magic Mourns by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Golden Trail by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Christmas in Kilts anthology | 2.75 out of 5 and DNF
Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Law Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3 out of 5
Wild Man by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
The Gamble by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Games of the Heart by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
Ride Steady by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4.5 out of 5

My favorite new read of the month was Complicated by Kristen Ashley, but that’s not totally fair since I didn’t read anything but KA all month. Ha. My least favorite was A Highlander’s Hope by Terri Brisbin, the only story I read in the Christmas in Kilts anthology. I’m not sure if it was me or the story, but it didn’t grab me. I may try to go back to it (and the others in the collection) at some point since I’ve been in a weird reading funk lately.

Rowena: November was a busy month for me both at work and at home. My daughter is back in the thick of a basketball season, playing all over Southern California and things at work have picked up for me. That didn’t stop me from getting some books read. I’m really proud that I powered through a reading slump to get some great books read. Here’s what I read last month…

Changing the Game (Play by Play #2) by Jaci Burton | 4 out of 5
Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Wrong to Need You (Forbidden Hearts #2) by Alisha Rai | 4 out of 5
Head Coach (Hellions Angels #2) by Lia Riley | 4 out of 5
Hard Cherish (Hard Play #1) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Bountiful (True North #4) by Sarina Bowen | 4.75 out of 5
Hooking Up (Shacking Up #2) by Helena Hunting | 4.25 out of 5
The Ones that Got Away (The Ones that Got Away #1) by Roni Loren | 4 out of 5
Roomies by Christina Lauren | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite book of the month is Bountiful by Sarina Bowen. I just adored this story to pieces. From Zara to Dave to seeing the Brooklyn Bruisers and the True North folks come together in this book, I just loved the hell out of it.

My least favorite read of the month is Roomies by Christina Lauren and that’s mainly because the beginning of the book dragged and I felt it took way too long for the story to take off. It ended up being a solid story and I liked it but it wasn’t my favorite.

Giveaway Alert

This month, we’re giving away:

Bountiful by Sarina Bowen
Complicated by Kristen Ashley
Ride Hard by Laura Kaye

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. Also, be sure to tell us what book you’re interested in winning. You can put your name in for more than one book, but you’ll only be allowed to win one, so choose wisely.

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