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Sunday Spotlight: Someone to Trust by Mary Balogh

Posted December 9, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 7 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: Someone to Trust by Mary BaloghSomeone to Trust (Westcott, #5) by Mary Balogh
Series: Westcott series #5
Also in this series: Someone to Love, Someone to Hold, Someone to Wed, Someone to Care
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 27, 2018
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Historical Romance
Pages: 400
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During a rare white Christmas at Brambledean Court, the widow Elizabeth, Lady Overfield, defies convention by falling in love with a younger man in the latest novel in the Westcott series.

After her husband's passing, Elizabeth Overfield decides that she must enter into another suitable marriage. That, however, is the last thing on her mind when she meets Colin Handrich, Lord Hodges, at the Westcott Christmas house party. She simply enjoys his company as they listen to carolers on Christmas Eve, walk home from church together on Christmas morning, and engage in a spirited snowball fight in the afternoon. Both are surprised when their sled topples them into a snow bank and they end up sharing an unexpected kiss. They know there is no question of any relationship between them for she is nine years older than he.

They return to London the following season, both committed to finding other, more suitable matches. Still they agree to share one waltz at each ball they attend. This innocuous agreement proves to be one that will topple their worlds, as each dance steadily ensnares them in a romance that forces the two to question what they are willing to sacrifice for love...

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SOMEONE TO TRUST by Mary Balogh
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“I hope,” Colin said later when he was standing at the bottom of the run watching the action and Elizabeth had just come down with the Reverend Kingsley, “I did not offend you with the snowball in the face?”

“Oh, let me see,” she said. “Was that the first one or the fourth?”

“Numbers two, three, and four were part of a fair fight,” he said. “The first one was not. I hope I did not offend you. Actually I meant to hit you on the shoulder.”

“What?” she said. “You are not such a star bowler after all, then?”

“As for numbers two, three, and four,” he said, ignoring the jibe, “you really need to learn how to duck, Elizabeth.”

“The third time I did duck,” she said, “and got it in the face anyway.”

Her cheeks were bright red and glowing. So was her nose. Her hair beneath the red-brimmed bonnet was wet and pulling free of its pins. Her eyes were sparkling, her lips curved into a smile. She looked really quite beautiful with animation to add to the usual smiling serenity. She appeared young and vibrant. But she ought to be offended. He had concentrated most of his attack during the fight upon her, perhaps because she was concentrating most of hers upon him and had been so very obviously enjoying herself. She had missed by a mile with every snowball but one, and that had shattered harmlessly against his elbow.

“Yes. Thank you,” he said when Dorchester offered him the sled he had just ridden down with his wife. The two of them wandered off together, hand in hand.
Colin turned to Elizabeth. “Shall we?”

“But can I trust you?” she asked.

“Always.” He clapped one gloved hand over his heart and they trudged up the hill side by side.

They did two runs together. The first was flawless. Colin’s only regret was that the slope was not longer, but this was the highest hill in the park and it really was not bad. The second run was not so successful. Bertrand Lamarr, on his way down with Abigail, swerved to avoid colliding with his twin and Boris, Molenor’s eldest boy, and Colin had to swerve to miss them both. He was on the outer edge of the run and hit soft snow before reaching the bottom. He tried to correct their course, but the sled had other ideas and went plowing farther in, veering wildly from side to side before upending its occupants into deep snow close to the bottom.

There were shouts from outside their cocoon of snow, though none sounded deeply concerned. Elizabeth was laughing and sputtering—from beneath Colin. He was laughing too as he raised his head and brushed foolishly and ineffectually at the snow covering her bonnet and shoulders.

“I will never live that one down,” he said.

“I forgot to ask in what ways I might trust you,” she said. “Foolish of me.”

“With your life, ma’am,” he said, grinning at her. “Behold yourself unharmed and only snow caked. At least, I hope you are unharmed.” It occurred to him that his weight might be squashing her.

And then the most ghastly thing happened.

He thought about it afterward—he could not stop thinking, in fact—and squirmed with intense discomfort every time. What the devil had possessed him? And what the devil must she think even though she had assured him that she would not think about it at all.

He kissed her.

Wescott

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Sunday Spotlight: December 2018

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About Mary Balogh

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Mary Balogh is the New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed Slightly novels: Slightly Married, Slightly Wicked, Slightly Scandalous, Slightly Tempted, Slightly Sinful, and Slightly Dangerous, as well as the romances No Man's Mistress, More than a Mistress, and One Night for Love. She is also the author of Simply Love, Simply Unforgettable, Simply Magic, and Simply Perfect, her dazzling quartet of novels set at Miss Martin's School for Girls. A former teacher herself, she grew up in Wales and now lives in Canada.


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What Are You Reading? (+ Donna Grant Giveaway)

Posted December 7, 2018 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 3 Comments

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Casee: I’m out of town for the weekend so I don’t expect to get a lot of reading time in. I finally finished Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan. It really picked up and I ended up enjoying it. I’m currently reading Too Far Gone by Christy Reece which is the third book in her Grey Justice series. The series is free with Kindle Unlimited right now.

I’m also listening to Worth the Fight by Vi Keeland. I listened to Hate Notes by Vi Keeland by Penelope Ward and thoroughly enjoyed it so I decided to listen to another one by one of the authors. So far I’m really liking it. I honestly can’t believe how much I’m enjoying first person books. It’s amazing.

Holly: Things are crazy at work so I had a pretty slow reading week. I finished reading My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren, which I really enjoyed. I also re-read Mystery Man and Fairytale Come Alive by Kristen Ashley.

I listened to Inside Out by Lauren Dane. Man, I love this series. I’d forgotten how much I adore Cope. I also listened to Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. It was just okay. I didn’t really connect with either character.

I’m currently listening to Jaxson (Riverwise Private Security #1) by Alisa Woods. I’m about 5 minutes in, so I can’t comment yet. I’m reading Heaven and Hell by Kristen Ashley, which I somehow skipped over.

Rowena: I’ve been so busy with shit at work that reading took a back seat this week. My office Christmas party is today so odds are, right this minute, I’m laughing it up with my coworkers and not reading anything at all. I did read Once and for All by Sarah Dessen and that was more of the same of what you’d expect of a Sarah Dessen contemporary YA romance. Good and enjoyable though. I also read Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward and that was another enjoyable romance that took me no time at all to read.

Next up is Mystery Man by Kristen Ashley because I need to get that read and a discussion prepared for next week’s end of the year book club. I can’t wait! After that, I’m hoping to finally dig into my eARC of The One You Fight For by Roni Loren since that took a backseat to reading Hate Notes.

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We are very fortunate here at Book Binge. We have loads and loads of books to read and we want to share the wealth so each week, we’ll be tacking on a Freebie Friday giveaway to our What Are You Reading posts. This week, we’re giving away…

What Are You Reading? (+ Donna Grant Giveaway)Heat (Dark Kings, #12) by Donna Grant
Series: Dark Kings #12
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: January 30, 2018
Format: Print
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 336
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Nikolai is a dragon shapeshifter who knows well the meaning of loss. Orphaned and raised to be a Dragon King, he never accepts defeat. Now, Nikolai prefers his solitude . . .until a beautiful, irresistible woman calls upon him for help—and Nikola’s whole word goes up in flames.

Ever since MI5 agent Esther woke to discover her mind taken over with magic, she feels like stranger to herself. She looks to a notorious dragon, one who has the power to help her find her memory. But as she and Nikolai come closer to discovering what really happened to her, a dangerous passion ignites between them. Can this lone Dragon King help the woman he’s grown to love to uncover the truth about her past—or will a deep and fiery danger tear them both apart?

 
 
 
 

What Are You Reading: Heat by Donna Grant

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Monthly Reads: November 2018

Posted December 3, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 7 Comments

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Casee: I didn’t read many books in November. I only read five (most of them audio) and one of those was a reread (on audio). I just wasn’t into it. Add in the holidays and that wasn’t a good recipe for reading. I’m hoping December will be a better month.

Phoenix Unbound by Grace Draven (audiobook) | 4 out of 5
Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen (audiobook) | 2 out of 5
Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh (reread on audio) | 4.75 out of 5
Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas | 2 out of 5
Archangel’s Prophecy by Nalini Singh (audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5

My favorite book in November was Archangel’s Heart and I don’t even care that it was a reread. I adore that book. Love it. I would marry it if I could. My least favorite, hands down, was Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen. Holy hell, the heroine of that book was horrific. I loved the hero which honestly made the whole thing worse.

Holly: I managed to read 25 books in November, but that’s mostly thanks to audiobooks. The amount of reading time I had was limited, but thankfully I was able to listen to a lot of books.

One More Time by Laurelin Page (Audiobook) | 3.25 out of 5
Goddess with a Blade (audiobook) (re-read) | 4 out of 5
Royally Hung by Anne Marsh | DNF
Coming Undone by Lauren Dane (Audiobook) (re-read) | 4.25 out of 5
Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger (Audiobook) | 1.5 out of 5
Sin and Chocolate by K.F. Breene (Audiobook) | 3.5 out of 5
Ain’t She a Peach by Molly Harper (Audiobook) | 3.75 out of 5
Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck by Molly Harper (Audiobook) | 4 out of 5
Sweet Tea and Sympathy by Molly Harper (Audiobook) | 3.75 out of 5
The Christmas Cottage by Samantha Chase (Audiobook) | 1 out of 5
Taking Chase by Lauren Dane (Audiobook) (reread) | 3.75 out of 5
Making Chase by Lauren Dane (Audiobook) (reread) | 3.5 out of 5
Chased by Lauren Dane (Audiobook) (Re-read) | 3.25 out of 5
The Restorer by Amanda Stevens (Audiobook) | DNF
Sleepover by Serena Bell | 3.5 out of 5
Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs (Audiobook) (Re-Read) | 4.25 out of 5
Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs (Audiobook) (Re-read) | 4.5 out of 5
Night Broken by Patricia Briggs (Audiobook) (Re-read) | 3.75 out of 5
Frost Burned by Patricia Briggs (Audiobook) (Re-read) | 4 out of 5
Raven’s Shadow by Patricia Briggs (Audiobook) | DNF
Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas | 3 out of 5
A Little Night Magic by Lucy March (Audiobook) | DNF
Complicated by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 4 out of 5
Sweet Dreams by Kristen Ashley (Reread) | 4 out of 5
The Gamble by Kristen Ashley (reread) | 3.5 out of 5

My favorite new read of the month was probably Save a Truck, Ride a Redneck. I actually really enjoyed the entire Southern Eclectic series by Molly Harper, but that was my favorite of them. My least favorite read was Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger. I haven’t hated a heroine that much in..maybe ever. You know things are bad when the idea of her falling down the stairs and breaking all her bones makes you giddy inside.

Rowena: November was a busy month for me. We have hella birthdays in my family (mine included) so we’re always singing happy birthday and eating cake with everyone and their Mom at my house. Then there was the Thanksgiving madness and my niece leaving for her mission madness because whenever my family gets together to celebrate something, it’s always madness. I only managed to get 12 books read and some of them drove me right up the wall.

Here’s what I read last month.

Sleepover by Serena Bell (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Highlander Most Wanted (Montgomery’s & Armstrongs #2) by Maya Banks (Audiobook) | 4.25 out of 5
Silver Borne (Mercy Thompson #5) by Patricia Briggs (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
Wait for It by Mariana Zapata (eBook) | 4.5 out of 5
Archangel’s Blade (Guild Hunter #4) by Nalini Singh (Audiobook) | 3.25 out of 5
Mornings on Main by Jodi Thomas (eBook) | 3 out of 5
Fall (VIP #3) by Kristen Callihan (eBook) | 4.25 out of 5
My Best Friend’s Ex (Beta Brothers #1) by Hazel Kelly (eBook) | 3.5 out of 5
Friends with Benefits (Beta Brothers #2) by Hazel Kelly (eBook) | 4 out of 5
Save the Date by Carrie Aarons (eBook) | 2 out of 5
My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren (eARC) | 4 out of 5
Ache for You (Slow Burn #3) by J.T. Geissinger (Audiobook) | 1 out of 5

My favorite read of the month goes to Wait for It by Mariana Zapata. I thought that book was well written and so much fun. I loved seeing Dallas fall in love with Diana and I adored Diana and her nephews. It was good to see all of the other characters from Zapata’s other books, especially Kulti. swoon

My least favorite read of the month goes to my last read, Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger. Holy cow, I wanted to throat punch the shit out of the heroine from beginning to end. She found every wrong conclusion to jump to and jumped. She jumped to so many conclusions that I was surprised she didn’t just jump right off a cliff. She completely ruined the book for me. I need a long break before I ever jump into another Geissinger book.

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Monthly Reads: November 2018

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What Are You Reading? (+ Emma Douglas Giveaway)

Posted November 30, 2018 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 9 Comments

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Casee: I am still (yep) reading Vengeance Road by Christine Feehan. These last few weeks have really thrown me off my reading game. First there was getting ready for family to be in town. Then there was family in town. Then there was recovering from having family in town. I was finally able to sit down with this book and really get into it this week. I’m about 80% through it and it’s pretty decent. Standard Feehan fare.

I’m also listening to Hate Notes by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. Holy shit, this book is funny. I don’t even want to think about what I look like sitting in traffic, laughing like a maniac. Actually, I don’t really care how crazy I look. I am so loving this book. If you have Kindle Unlimited you can get it for free on Kindle. I am looking forward to finishing this one. I happened to fall into this book so I don’t know what else these authors have written. I can’t wait to find out.

Holly: I finished listening to Ain’t She a Peach by Molly Harper, which was cute. I liked how quirky and sort of dark/funny the heroine was. I wouldn’t classify this series as strictly romance, since the heroines do a lot of growing over the course of the books. I also listened to Goddess with a Blade by Lauren Dane (a reread I enjoyed), One More Time by Laurelin Paige (there was a lot of gratuitous sex, but the reunited lovers story was cute) and Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger. It was pretty awful, guys. The heroine is so horribly angry for the entire book there was no redeeming her. I wanted to love it, because it’s a Cinderella retelling, but no. Just no.

I re-read Coming Undone by Lauren Dane, which I adore. Brody 4ever! I also read Chocolate and Sin by K.F. Breene. I liked it okay, but it moved slow in parts. I’m looking forward to the second book. I started reading Royally Hung by Anne Marsh, another Cinderella retelling, but I ended up DNF’ing it about 50% in. The writing voice didn’t work for me at all.

I’m currently listening to Blade to the Keep by Lauren Dane and reading My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren.

Rowena: It’s been a pretty slow reading week for me. I had family in town for my niece’s farewell this week (and Thanksgiving) and the last of our family left yesterday so I spent yesterday doing laundry and cleaning up the mess that was left behind. I did manage to get some reading done though.

I finished Save the Date by Carrie Aarons and didn’t particularly enjoy that one all that much. I moved on to My Favorite Half Night Stand by Christina Lauren and even though that book was problematic as hell, I still enjoyed it. Yesterday, I started listening to Ache for You by J.T. Geissinger and had to put it down with about 4 hours left of listening time because I wanted to, still want to, throat punch the heroine for being a whiny little piece of shit. I’ll finish listening to that today and then you’ll read all about my bitchy thoughts when I review that with Holly.

I started reading Once and for All by Sarah Dessen last night and so far, it’s good. I’m not bored, I don’t hate anyone yet but it’s still early days…haha. Just kidding. Seems like a bunch of characters are getting on my nerves these days. Anyway, after this book I’ll pick up The One You Fight For by Roni Loren cause I need to tackle my review pile before I get behind.

I hope everyone is having a great reading week!

Giveaway Alert

We are very fortunate here at Book Binge. We have loads and loads of books to read and we want to share the wealth so each week, we’ll be tacking on a Freebie Friday giveaway to our What Are You Reading posts. This week, we’re giving away…

What Are You Reading? (+ Emma Douglas Giveaway)No Place Like You (Cloud Bay, #3) by Emma Douglas
Series: Cloud Bay #3
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Format: Print
Point-of-View: Alternating Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 304
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Home--in the island village of Cloud Bay--is where the heart is. . .

Leah Santelli always knew that Zach Harper, son of a rock legend and her best friend's brother, was painfully out of reach. Then, on the night of her eighteenth birthday, Leah shocked herself by asking for--and receiving--the gift she wanted: one night of passion with Zach before he left town to pursue his rock star dreams. Now, years later, Zach is back in Cloud Bay to record his first solo album. His return could also be Leah's big chance to step up her own music career. But getting the producing credit she needs means spending long hours with Zach in the recording studio...and falling back into the habit of longing for him, for better or worse.

Zach used to believe that a man must put his past behind him. But coming back home for Cloud Bay's famed music festival has allowed him to finally make amends with his family and, much to his surprise, reunite with Leah. He might have left her once but now it seems he can't stay away. Trouble is, even though the heat between them burns hotter than ever, Leah has old wounds in need of healing before she can give Zach a real chance. Can he find a way to convince her that they can make more than just great music together--and that she's the one that he wants for all time?

What Are You Reading: No Place Like You by Emma Douglas

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Booksgiving with Book Binge: Day 22

Posted November 30, 2018 by Rowena in Giveaways | 11 Comments

November is a month of giving and a month of sharing so we had a thought. We’ve been at this book blogging thing for over eleven years now and to show our appreciation for all of you lovely readers taking this journey with us, we’ve got books to give away! We’re making this a month of Booksgiving and we hope you’ll join us.

Today’s giveaway includes the following:

The Christmas Key by Lori Wilde
A Notorious Vow by Joanna Shupe
For the Duke’s Eyes Only by Lenora Bell

To enter, please use the Gleam widget below. All you have to do is leave a comment on this blog post, answering the question included in the widget and you are good to go.

Booksgiving with Book Binge, Day 22

What was the best book that you’ve read this month?

Good luck!


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