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What Are You Reading? (326)

Posted April 7, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 3 Comments


Casee: April has been a slow reading month for me, unfortunately. I’m hoping it will pick up. I’m reading The Chosen by J.R. Ward. I’m about halfway through. It’s pretty good, but it’s not grabbing me. Usually I can’t put these books down once I pick them up. This one has it’s usual slew of secondary characters. It is a good book, but I just can’t seem to sit down and take the time to finish it.

Holly: I started reading the Arcadia Bell series by Jenn Bennett this week. Kindling the Moon is the first book. I really struggled to get into it. The heroine acted really young and I had a hard time connecting with her. I immediately started the second book Summoning the Night thinking she’d be better in the second book, but I DNF’d it before the 4th chapter. I just couldn’t with the heroine. I started Ruthless by Lexi Blake, which both Casee and Rowena recommended, but I’m not really into it. I’m not really feeling contemporary romance right now, so I plan to come back to it later.

Rowena: It’s been a slow reading week for me. I DNF’d Charmed Thirds by Meg Cafferty because I just wasn’t in the mood for it and then I started Corrupted by Penelope Douglas, a book that has gotten such high praise from pretty much every book blogger that I follow, who has read it and let’s just say…it wasn’t for me. I tried to stick it out but ended up putting it down for good when it was bringing my reading jam down. I started Dreaming of You by Lisa Kleypas last night and so far, that book has kept my attention so I’m glad that this re-read seems to be doing the trick. After this book, I plan to jump into Moon Called by Patricia Briggs. 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: March 2017

Posted April 4, 2017 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 8 Comments


Casee: I started off the month strong, but totally crapped out at the end. I absolutely adore the Lawless series by Lexi Blake and it took me over a week to read Revenge. Elle Kennedy was my favorite author of the month. I heart her. I read 10 books this month.

1. Midnight Action by Elle Kennedy | 3 out of 5
2. Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
3. Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
4. Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
5. Claimed by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
6. Addicted by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
7. Ruled by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
8. Kiss An Angel by SEP (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
9. Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
10. Revenge by Lexi Blake | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite book of the month was Revenge followed by Claimed. I love dystopian romance as I’ve said again and again.

Holly: I managed 21 books in March. Two of those were DNF’s. The majority were re-reads.

  1. Shadow Reaper by Christine Feehan | 3 out of 5
  2. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  3. The Secret by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  4. Lady Sophia’s Lover by Lisa Kleypas (reread) |4 out of 5
  5. Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
  6. The Prize by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  7. Midnight Angel by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 4 out of 5
  8. Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
  9. Own the Wind by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
  10. Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  11. Clean Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  12. Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4 out of 5
  13. One Fell Sweep by Ilona Andrews (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  14. Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  15. The Bride by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4 out of 5
  16. The Lion’s Lady by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.25 out of 5
  17. Honor’s splendour by Julie Garwood (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  18. Because You’re Mine by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
  19. Worth Any Price by Lisa Kleypas (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
  20. When an Alpha Purrs by Eve Langalais | DNF
  21. Elemental Mating by Milly Taiden | DNF

I can’t really choose a favorite this month, since all but one were re-reads. Shadow Reaper by Feehan was just okay. My least favorite was Elemental Mating. The hero and heroine both made ridiculous decisions that put them both in danger, and the plot took a strange turn around chapter 17. I didn’t read enough of When An Alpha Purrs to correctly judge it (though what I did read was enough to make me think I wouldn’t enjoy it).

Rowena: I am currently 20 books ahead in my GoodReads Challenge and I’m so happy about that. I’ve never been that far along in anything so woo hoo, go me! Here’s what I read last month:

  1. Havoc by Jamie Shaw | 4 out of 5
  2. Off the Ice by Julie Cross | 3.75 out of 5
  3. When the Marquess Falls by Lorraine Heath | 3.75 out of 5
  4. Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne | 4.5 out of 5
  5. Broken by Lauren Layne | 4 out of 5
  6. Crushed by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
  7. Cold Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas | 4 out of 5
  8. Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas | 3.75 out of 5
  9. Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas | 4.25 out of 5
  10. Love in the Afternoon by Lisa Kleypas (re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
  11. How the Duke was Won by Lenora Bell | 3.75 out of 5
  12. If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell | 4.5 out of 5
  13. Blame it on the Duke by Lenora Bell | 4 out of 5
  14. Midnight Target by Elle Kennedy | 4 out of 5
  15. Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne | 4.25 out of 5
  16. Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen | 4.25 out of 5
  17. Frisk Me by Lauren Layne | DNF
  18. Overruled by Emma Chase (re-read) | 1 out of 5
  19. Appealed by Emma Chase (re-read) | 4 out of 5
  20. Charmed Thirds by Megan McCafferty | DNF

My favorite reads of the month go to Isn’t She Lovely by Lauren Layne and If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell. Both books so such fantastic reads, books that spoke to me and made me feel all of the feels. They were so good.

Honorable mentions go to Pipe Dreams by Sarina Bowen, Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne and Crushed by Lauren Layne. All of those were great reads for me as well.

My least favorite read of the month goes to Frisk Me by Lauren Layne. I DNF’d this book because I could not get over how mad the heroine was making me in the beginning. I made it to about 30% before giving up for good because on top of the heroine pissing me off, I was starting to get mad at the hero for not putting the dumbass heroine in her place. I’m sure things get better further into the book but meh. I couldn’t be bothered to finish it.

This month we’re giving away:

Claimed by Elle Kennedy
If I Only Had a Duke by Lenora Bell
Any book from Holly’s list, winner’s choice (since they were all re-reads)

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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Books to Binge On: April 2017

Posted April 3, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 3 Comments

Books to Binge On

Rowena: I can’t believe that we’re already in April. Where does the time go? Seriously. April brings with it a lot of new releases that I’m pretty stoked about. Here is a list of books that we’re looking forward to.

The Thing about Love by Julie James.

Two undercover FBI agents can hide who they are from everyone but each other in the latest novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer.

FBI agents Jessica Harlow and John Shepherd have a past. The former lawyer and cocky Army ranger clashed during their training at Quantico, gladly going their separate ways after graduating from the Academy. Six years later, the last thing either of them expects is to run into each other again–assigned to work as partners in a high-profile undercover sting.

For both of them, being paired with a former rival couldn’t come at a worse time. Recently divorced from a Hollywood producer and looking for a fresh start, Jessica is eager to prove herself at her new field office. And John is just one case away from his dream assignment to the FBI’s elite Hostage Rescue Team. In order to nail a corrupt Florida politician, they’ll have to find a way to work as a team–a task that becomes even trickier when they’re forced to hole up at a romantic, beachfront resort as part of the investigation. Suddenly, the heat behind their nonstop sparring threatens to make the job a whole lot more complicated. . .

Rowena: Julie James is an auto buy author for me and I’m definitely going to be purchasing this book on the day of release because I thoroughly enjoyed reading the eARC for this book. John and Jess were a great couple and Julie James wrote another fabulous contemporary romance that I will re-read over the years.

Holly: James always delivers a fresh, exciting read. This book was no exception. I’ve already pre-ordered my copy.

Walk of Shame (Love Unexpectedly #4) by Lauren Layne.

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.

Rowena: Lauren Layne is another auto-buy author for me. Her books never fail to bring me such reading joy. I already inhaled this book and enjoyed the heck out of it so I’ll be purchasing a final copy for my personal library. If this book isn’t on your TBB list, you should fix it. It’s a good one.

The Hot Shot (Game On #4) by Kristen Callihan.

First we were friends. Then we were roommates. Now I want more…

What can I say about Chess Copper? The woman is capable of bringing me to my knees. I know this about five minutes after getting naked for her.

No one is more surprised than me. The prickly photographer my team hired to shoot our annual charity calendar isn’t my usual type. She’s defense to my offense, a challenge at every turn. But when I’m with her, all the regrets and darkness goes away. She makes life fun.

I want to know Chess, be close to her. Which is a bad idea.

Chess is looking for a relationship. I’ve never given a woman more than one night. But when fate leaves Chess without a home, I step up and offer her mine. We’re roommates now. Friends without benefits. But it’s getting harder to keep our hands off each other. And the longer we live together the more I realize she’s becoming my everything.

Trick is… Now that I’ve made her believe I’m a bad bet, how do I convince her to give this player a true shot at forever?

Rowena: I’m really enjoying this series so of course this is on my wish list. The only problem is, I’m starting to mix up characters from this series, the Off Campus series by Elle Kennedy and the Woodlands series by Jen Frederick. I’ll need to do a re-read of the previous books in this series but that shouldn’t be a problem since I have loved them all. So because I loved those books, this is automatically on my to buy list.

Holly: Like Rowena, I keep getting these series mixed up! I need to do a re-read before this one releases so I can get all the characters straight in my head. I’m excited for a new release in this series.

Midnight Target (Killer Instincts #8) by Elle Kennedy.

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Score and Midnight Revenge…

Four years ago, Cate’s entire life changed when she discovered she was the daughter of a supersoldier. But Jim Morgan’s overprotectiveness has pushed her away. These days, she’s working as a freelance photographer and living the dangerous life Jim never wanted for her.

When Cate snaps a photo linking a corrupt South American politician with the leader of a notorious drug cartel, her mercenary father leads a team to rescue her—only to get shot and critically wounded in the process.

As Morgan’s operatives rally together on a revenge mission, they’re faced with new alliances and old heartaches. Cate is forced to work with David “Ash” Ashton, the man who broke her heart two years ago, while Liam Macgregor and Sullivan Port resurface after years apart to finally try to deal with everything they’d left unsaid.

Soon it’s all-out war between the cartel and the mercenaries—with two couples caught in the middle of the blood feud. Love and redemption are within their reach…but first they have to make it home alive.

Rowena: This is the final book in the Killer Instincts series and I’m really sad that it’s over and done with. I read an eARC of this book and overall, I thought it was a good read. The heroine pissed me off in the beginning. So much so that I wanted to throat punch her for like five straight chapters. Still, everything else was great. Sully and Liam? Seeing the entire team come together to help Jim out? Loved all of that.

Casee: I read an eARC of this book and I loved Liam and Sully. The heroine totally pissed me off. Like, I wanted to wanted to throat punch her throughout the whole book. Liam and Sully though? Loved them.

Blame it on the Duke (The Disgraceful Dukes #3) by Lenora Bell.

Have you heard?
The future Duke of Barrington has just been gambled away by his father. To an heiress!
The delicious details thus far…

Nicolas, Lord Hatherly, never intended to marry—nor add to the “mad” Hatherly line—but now he must honor his father’s debt to a social-climbing merchant or lose the family estate.

A notoriously wild marquess, won by her father at a game of cards, is the very last thing Miss Alice Tombs wants. She’s spent the last three seasons repelling suitors in spectacular fashion so she’d be at liberty to explore the world. She’ll just have to drive this one away as well.

Until Nick proposes an utterly tempting arrangement: one summer together to prove the legitimacy of their union, then Alice is free to travel while Nick revels in the time he has left before the Hatherly Madness takes hold.

It will be easy to walk away after a few months of make-believe wedded bliss—won’t it? Alice and Nick are about to find out…one sultry night at a time.

This ought to be fun . . .

Rowena: I glommed this series last week and really enjoyed it. This book included so I’m including this book on this month’s list because I will be purchasing a final copy and think that everyone should add this to their buy list because it’s a good one. Lenora Bell did a fabulous job with this series and I really enjoyed Nick and Alice’s story. They were such a great couple!

The Day of the Duchess (Scandal & Scoundrel #3) by Sarah MacLean.

The one woman he will never forget…
Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, has lived the last three years in self-imposed solitude, paying the price for a mistake he can never reverse and a love he lost forever. The dukedom does not wait, however, and Haven requires an heir, which means he must find himself a wife by summer’s end. There is only one problem—he already has one.

The one man she will never forgive…
After years in exile, Seraphina, Duchess of Haven, returns to London with a single goal—to reclaim the life she left and find happiness, unencumbered by the man who broke her heart. Haven offers her a deal; Sera can have her freedom, just as soon as she finds her replacement…which requires her to spend the summer in close quarters with the husband she does not want, but somehow cannot resist.

A love that neither can deny…
The duke has a single summer to woo his wife and convince her that, despite their broken past, he can give her forever, making every day The Day of the Duchess.

Rowena: When I first saw that this was Seraphina’s book, I gasped out loud because…HOLY SHIT! This is Seraphina’s book! The same Sera right smack in the middle of the big scandal that started this series off with a bang! I didn’t think we were going to get her story or that her story was going to feature a hero…who broke her heart in front of the entire ball. Holy cow, this book is going to be the death of me. I just know it. I cannot freaking wait to read this book.

Holly: I still have the first two books TBR, but they’re nearing the top of the pile. I plan to dig in soon.

Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han.

Lara Jean’s letter-writing days aren’t over in this surprise follow-up to the New York Times bestselling To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before and P.S. I Still Love You.

Lara Jean is having the best senior year a girl could ever hope for. She is head over heels in love with her boyfriend, Peter; her dad’s finally getting remarried to their next door neighbor, Ms. Rothschild; and Margot’s coming home for the summer just in time for the wedding.

But change is looming on the horizon. And while Lara Jean is having fun and keeping busy helping plan her father’s wedding, she can’t ignore the big life decisions she has to make. Most pressingly, where she wants to go to college and what that means for her relationship with Peter. She watched her sister Margot go through these growing pains. Now Lara Jean’s the one who’ll be graduating high school and leaving for college and leaving her family—and possibly the boy she loves—behind.

When your heart and your head are saying two different things, which one should you listen to?

Rowena: I’ve been enjoying this series ever since I read the first book so on one hand, I’m happy to have another book but on the other, I’m low key ready for this series to end. Lara Jane is a great character and I adore Peter so even though I don’t think more books are needed, I’m still going to read them.

Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer.

Juliet Young always writes letters to her mother, a world-traveling photojournalist. Even after her mother’s death, she leaves letters at her grave. It’s the only way Juliet can cope.

Declan Murphy isn’t the sort of guy you want to cross. In the midst of his court-ordered community service at the local cemetery, he’s trying to escape the demons of his past.

When Declan reads a haunting letter left beside a grave, he can’t resist writing back. Soon, he’s opening up to a perfect stranger, and their connection is immediate. But neither Declan nor Juliet knows that they’re not actually strangers. When life at school interferes with their secret life of letters, sparks will fly as Juliet and Declan discover truths that might tear them apart.

Rowena: I’ve been reading some really great early reviews for this book and I’m mighty curious to read the book for myself. This went straight on to my wish list when I read Nick’s review of this book on her blog. She gives it 5 stars and that’s high praise coming from one of my favorite book pimps. I’m so in for this book.

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett.

In this delightfully charming teen spin on You’ve Got Mail, the one guy Bailey Rydell can’t stand is actually the boy of her dreams—she just doesn’t know it yet.

Classic movie buff Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online by “Alex.” Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.

Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new arch-nemesis. But life is whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever-it-is she’s starting to feel for Porter.

And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

Rowena: This is another book that is getting some pretty great reviews around blogland and I’m mighty curious to try it out for myself. I’m ready for a You’ve Got Mail retelling in a contemporary YA setting. Bring this one on!

The Chosen by J.R. Ward.

Xcor, leader of the Band of Bastards, convicted of treason against the Blind King, is facing a brutal interrogation and torturous death at the hands of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Yet after a life marked by cruelty and evil deeds, he accepts his soldier’s fate, his sole regret the loss of a sacred female who was never his: the Chosen Layla.

Layla alone knows the truth that will save Xcor’s life. But revealing his sacrifice and his hidden heritage will expose them both and destroy everything Layla holds dear—even her role of mother to her precious young. Torn between love and loyalty, she must summon the courage to stand up against the only family she has for the only man she will ever love. Yet even if Xcor is somehow granted a reprieve, he and Layla would have to confront a graver challenge: bridging the chasm that divides their worlds without paving the way for a future of even greater war, desolation, and death.

As a dangerous old enemy returns to Caldwell, and the identity of a new deity is revealed, nothing is certain or safe in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, not even true love . . . or destinies that have long seemed set in stone.

Casee: Everyone knows of my love/hate relationship with J.R. Ward. That doesn’t stop me from reading her books. Xcor is your ideal anti hero. I’m sure the book will suck me right in.

Wicked Abyss by Kresley Cole.

The terrifying king of hell…

As a boy, Abyssian “Sian” Infernas had his heart shattered by a treacherous fey beauty who died before he could exact vengeance. Millennia later, a curse has transformed him into a demonic monster—just as she’s been reincarnated. Sian captures the delicate but bold female, forcing her back to hell.

Meets his match.

Princess Calliope “Lila” Barbot’s people have hated and feared Abyssian and his alliance of monsters for aeons. When the beastly demon imprisons her in his mystical castle, vowing revenge for betrayals she can’t remember, Lila makes her own vow: to bring down the wicked beast for good.

Can two adversaries share one happily-ever-after?

As Calliope turns hell inside out, the all-powerful Sian finds himself defenseless against his feelings for her. In turn, Lila reluctantly responds to the beast’s cleverness and gruff vulnerability. But when truths from a far distant past are revealed, can their tenuous bond withstand ages of deceit, a curse, and a looming supernatural war?

Casee: I adore the Immortals After Dark. There isn’t one book in the series that I haven’t loved.

The Deep End by Kristen Ashley.

Enter a decadent sensual world where gorgeous alpha males are pleasure slaves committed to fulfilling a woman’s every desire. At the elite Honey club, no boundary will be left untested, and one’s darkest desires will become a sensual reality.

Olivier isn’t sure what he’s gotten himself into when he joins the Honey Club, only that a dark part of him craves the lifestyle offered by this secret, exclusive club.

When Amèlie invites Olivier to surrender, she pushes him to explore his deepest desires as a submissive. As they grow closer and find themselves falling harder than either of them anticipated, the truth about Olivier’s past could threaten the budding relationship they both long for.

Gripping and seductive, The Deep End is the first book in a sensational new series from bestselling author Kristen Ashley.

Holly: I’m still on the fence about this series. Ashley usually works for me, but I’m not really a fan of BDSM. I’m going to reserve judgement for now.

Hard-Hearted Highlander by Julia London.

A indomitable governess…a brooding Highlander…a forbidden affair…

An ill-fated elopement cost English-born governess Bernadette Kent her reputation, her fickle lover and any chance of a future match. She has nothing left to fear—not even the bitter, dangerously handsome Scot due to marry her young charge. Naive wallflower Avaline is terrified to wed Rabbie Mackenzie, but if he sends her home, she will be ruined. Bernadette’s solution: convince Rabbie to get Avaline to cry off while ignoring her own traitorous attraction to him.

A forced engagement to an Englishwoman is a hard pill for any Scot to swallow. It’s even worse when the fiancee in question is a delicate, foolish young miss unlike her spirited, quick-witted governess. Sparring with Bernadette brings passion and light back to Rabbie’s life after the failed Jacobite uprising. His clan’s future depends upon his match to another, but how can any Highlander forsake a love that stirs his heart and soul?

Holly: I took a long break from historical romance, but I’m starting to pick it up again here and there. I have a lot to catch up on, including this series. London always worked for me in the past, so I’m looking forward to it.

Tempted by Fate by Cynthia Eden.

You can’t cheat Fate…and for the record, she really doesn’t like it when you betray her, either.

Leo is used to having power. After all, he carries the title Lord of the Light for a reason–he’s a supernatural powerhouse and his job is protect all of the “light” paranormals in the world. He’s used to snapping his fingers and getting anything–or anyone–he wants. But when he fell for Fate, Leo learned that power didn’t get a man everything. In fact, it didn’t even get him the one woman he wanted most…

Fate…AKA Mora (that’s the name she prefers to use–a lot less weighty on her shoulders) has spent centuries hiding from her supernatural ex-lover, Leo. Most people fear Leo and rightly so. He’s got immense power and a definite date with an unfortunate end-of-the-world calamity. When Leo seduced Mora and promised to put the world at her feet, she actually thought the guy had fallen for her. Too late, she discovered he was just using her in an attempt to change his destiny.

And Leo’s destiny? It’s not pretty. Some very, very bad things are coming for him. Mora shouldn’t care about the danger he faces. She should turn her back on her ex. His heart is ice cold, she knows that, but her own heart…it’s still a little weak where Leo is concerned.

Leo has tried to walk on the side of good for a long time…but his sins are coming back to haunt him. A darkness is trying to consume him, and if Mora can’t help him…then it’s not just Leo who will pay the price for his past. The whole world will change.

You think you know the Lord of the Light? Think again.

Holly: This series has been hit or miss for me, but I’m intrigued by this one.

My One True Highlander by Suzanne Enoch.

Rugged highlander Graeme has one thing on his mind—take a stand against the horrible Englishman Lattimer and he will be rewarded with enough money to be set for life. But when his reckless younger brothers take it one step too far and kidnaps a young woman on her way to see Lattimer, Graeme has to intervene. He cannot send the lady back without his kin getting in trouble. And when a damsel this beautiful is dropped into your lap, it’s hard to let her go…

Marjorie should be terrified she’s been captured by highland scoundrels, but it’s hard to live in terror when your captor is a devilishly handsome and sinfully tempting as Graeme is. She cannot stay by his side forever—no matter how her heart may pound at the thought—but Graeme seems to have other plans. This wicked highlander is out to seduce her and doesn’t plan to stop until she’s in his arms…forever…

Holly: Enoch has long been a favorite. I’m excited for more highlanders.

Twist by Kylie Scott.

When his younger brother loses interest in online dating, hot, bearded, bartender extraordinaire, Joe Collins, only intends to log into his account and shut it down. Until he reads about her.

Alex Parks is funny, friendly, and pretty much everything he’s been looking for in a woman. And in no time at all they’re emailing up a storm, telling each other their deepest darkest secrets… apart from the one that really matters.

And when it comes to love, serving it straight up works better than with a twist.

Holly: I’ve been on a contemporary romance hiatus, but I’m still stockpiling these for when I’m in the mood again. I loved Scott’s Stage Dive series.

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Weekly Wrap Up: March 27- April 2, 2017

Posted April 2, 2017 by Rowena in Features, Giveaway Winners, Giveaways | 0 Comments

Here’s what you missed on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed

3/27: Tracy reviewed The Highland Duke by Amy Jarecki | 3.5 out of 5
3/27: Casee reviewed Midnight Revenge by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
3/28: Tracy reviewed Immortal Unchained by Lynsay Sands | 4 out of 5
3/28: Casee reviewed Midnight Captive by Elle Kennedy | 3.5 out of 5
3/29: Jen reviewed After the Dark by Cynthia Eden | 4 out of 5
3/29: Jen reviewed Otherworld Protector by Jane Godman | 3 out of 5
3/30: Jen reviewed The Unyielding by Shelly Laurenston | 4 out of 5
3/30: Jen reviewed Otherworld Renegade by Jane Godman | 4 out of 5
3/31: Jen reviewed Till Death by Jennifer Armentrout | 4 out of 5

What We Posted

3/27: Do You Like it Scary?
3/31: What Are You Reading? (325)
4/01: WTF Cover Saturday (202)
4/02: Sunday Spotlight: For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

Current Giveaways

Book Binge Turns 10: Kindle Paperwhite Giveaway

Book Binge Turns 10: April; Week 1 Giveaway

Sunday Spotlight Giveaway

Giveaway Winners

Our weekly winners wrap up is featured here and this week we have some winners.

Book Binge Turns 10: February 2017


Bound Together by Christine Feehan


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Sunday Spotlight: For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne

Posted April 2, 2017 by Rowena in Features | 12 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

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore Lauren Layne’s books. She writes my kind of contemporary romances with witty characters, steamy romances and a main couple that hits me with feels all over the place. This week, I’ll be featuring my favorite book in her Wedding Belles series and it’s a book that I hope will capture your attention long enough that you’d want to give it a try because it really is a great read.

For Better or Worse by Lauren Layne
Series: Wedding Belles #2
Also in this Series: From this Day Forward, To Have and To Hold, To Love and To Cherish
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: August 30th, 2016
Publisher: Random House, Loveswept

Will a budding wedding planner and her bad boy neighbor stop banging heads and start hearing wedding bells in the sexy second novel in USA TODAY bestselling author Lauren Layne’s irresistible new series that marries Sex and the City with The Wedding Planner?

When small-town girl Heather Fowler finally gets promoted from assistant to actual wedding planner, she’s determined to make it as one of Manhattan’s elite Wedding Belles. Unfortunately, her first client demands an opulent black-tie affair at the Plaza…in five months’ time. Heather’s days quickly become a flurry of cake tastings, dress-fittings, RSVP cards, and bridal tantrums. But what she’s really losing sleep over is the live music blaring from her playboy neighbor’s apartment all night.

Five years ago, Josh Tanner was an up-and-comer on Wall Street, complete with the penthouse and the migraines. But a grim cancer diagnosis made him realize there is more to life than the corner office. If only he could convince his pretty, workaholic neighbor to let loose, too. As Heather lets down her guard, Josh is surprised when he starts falling for the sweet, vulnerable woman hiding beneath those power suits. Soon, it’s Heather’s turn to convince Josh to take the biggest risk of all: love.

Heather and Josh were two fantastic characters with amazing chemistry. They were next door neighbors that got on each others nerves because Josh kept Heather up all night with his blaring music and loud sexy time shenanigans. Watching these two battle wits for an entire book made for quite an entertaining read.

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Memorable Scenes

Here is a reason why I love this book so much and am featuring it today on the blog. Just a little taste of the chemistry and banter that I loved through out the entire book. You’ll definitely want to check out the entire book for yourself.

“Don’t do it, 4C.”

Heather glanced at Josh as he came and sat back in the chair next to hers, reaching for his coffee.

“Don’t do what?”

“Don’t go all soft on me now and let me think you’re nice. I won’t be able to handle it.”

“I am nice,” she insisted. “Super nice.”

“Excellent,” he said, back to his easy charm and wide smile. “So would now be a good time to tell you that my band’s coming over to practice tonight?”

Heather shoved her empty coffee mug his way. “Let’s just say that you making me more of that heavenly coffee is your best chance of me not strangling you with a guitar string.”

He scooped up her mug and stood with a wink. “Damned if I don’t like you a little bit, 4C, especially when you’re all pissy and shit.”

Heather ignored this, pointedly looking out the window as she waited for him to return with more of the insane coffee.

But damned if she didn’t like him a littl bit, too.

The Wedding Belles series is a charming series about three women who work as wedding planners together. Each book follows a different Belle as she journeys her way to her own happy ending and For Better or Worse follows Heather Fowler. Heather’s story is my favorite book in the series and it’s a lot of fun. You won’t be sorry you read it so get on it..and if you don’t have your own copy, enter below for a chance to win a copy through our Sunday Spotlight giveaway.

Wedding Belles Series

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What are some of your favorite books by Lauren Layne? If you haven’t read her yet, what books are you looking forward to reading by her?

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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