Genre: Fiction

What Are You Reading? (+ Iris Johansen Giveaway)

Posted October 5, 2018 by Holly in Features, Giveaways | 13 Comments


Casee: October is going well for me so far. I started Nalini’s Rock Kiss series. I remember beta reading Rock Addiction way back in the day, but for some reason I never read the rest of the series when it came out. I have no idea why. So I just reread Rock Addiction for the third time, which made me love it even more. Then I read Rock Hard. Now I’m reading Rock Redemption. I’m really enjoying this series.

I’m also listening to Steadfast by Sarina Bowen. I was telling Holly and Rowena that I didn’t understand what was so great about Jude. They both told me how much they lurved him. I still didn’t get it. Lets just say, I get it now. Jude. sigh

Holly: I had a slower reading week this week. Life has been kind of crazy. I finished Wild Hunger by Chloe Neill, which I didn’t love. It was just okay. It read more like young adult than straight UF, and that bothered me a lot. I reread Fire Touched by Patricia Briggs.

For audiobooks, I listened to On the Surface by Kate Willoughby. The hero was super adorable, but the final conflict was annoying and marred my enjoyment somewhat. I also listened to Once Upon a Sure Thing by Lauren Blakely.

Rowena: Like Holly, I’ve had a pretty slow reading week. I only listened to one audiobook at work because I was busy with other stuff but I did enjoy the books that I read. I read Rebel Hard (Hard Play #2) by Nalini Singh and even though Nayna was a bit frustrating at times, I enjoyed her story and even connected with all of the cultural stuff. The romance rocked too. Raj was such a dreamboat. I also read Fight or Flight by Samantha Young and after a rocky beginning, the hero stopped being a dickhead and I enjoyed the romance and how strong the heroine was. Lots of fun that story was.

I also listened to Archangel’s Consort (Guild Hunter #3) by Nalini Singh and enjoyed being back in Raphael and Elena’s world after a brief, okay I’m lying, a long ass break. I’ve got the next few audiobooks lined up and can’t wait to keep the Guild Hunter party going.

Right now, I’m reading Shadow and Ice (Gods of War #1) by Gena Showalter and then after this, I’ll be reading Kill the Queen (Crown of Shards #1) by Jennifer Estep.

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? (+ Iris Johansen Giveaway)No Easy Target by Iris Johansen
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: October 3, 2017
Format: Print
Source: Publisher
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 400
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Iris Johansen, an explosive thriller featuring fan favorite Margaret Douglas, an animal psychicON THE RUN Margaret Douglas has worked hard to put her painful past behind her. Raised off the grid in an abusive home, her only escape was the nearby forest where she sought refuge whenever she could. There, in the peaceful woods, she discovered a strange gift: the ability to understand animals and to communicate with them. Now, Margaret wants nothing more than to live a quiet life, close to the animals and under the radar. But her abilities have not gone unnoticed...and there are those who would use them for their own purposes. Determined not to be a pawn in anyone's game, every time someone gets too close, Margaret uproots her life and outruns them.INTO THE LINE OF FIRE When CIA operative John Lassiter breaks into Margaret's apartment, she vanishes again. Still, Lassiter has good reason to be persistent: one of his men is being held captive by an unrelenting enemy--someone who has set his sights on Margaret. Which means that Lassiter must control her to use her as bait...With danger in hot pursuit, Margaret finds herself matching wits with a man who refuses to stop or be stopped. Turning from the hunted to the hunter, Margaret must use everything she has ever learned to not only survive, but to defeat a great evil. And to prove once and for all that she's no easy target. . .

This edition of the book is the deluxe, tall rack mass market paperback.

What Are You Reading: No Easy Target by Iris Johansen

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Review: The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno

Posted June 12, 2013 by Rowena in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: The Good Lawyer by Thomas BenignoReviewer: Rowena
The Good Lawyer by Thomas Benigno
Publisher: Landview Books
Publication Date: March 14th 2012
Genres: Fiction
Pages: 322
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INSPIRED BY A TRUE STORY. A young, ambitious lawyer is eager to prove he is better than the father who abandoned him and worthy of the devoted mother who raised him beyond the siren call of the mobster dominated family he grew up in. Working as a Bronx Legal Aid Attorney he learns how to twist the system, how to become an unbeatable defense lawyer, and he his peacock proud of his perfect record-not a single conviction. But it's 1982. The Spiderman rapist is on the loose and New York City is a city in fear. When an outraged rape victim commits suicide right before his eyes, searching for absolution, he grabs the headline case of a teacher's aide accused of molesting three students. Armed with a firm belief in his client's innocence, he knocks the pegs out from under the prosecution's case. When one of the children turns up dead, he discovers that his client may be strangely connected to the Spiderman. Digging deeper, horrifying revelations about his family's past collide with the true identity of the sadistic sociopath behind the Spiderman's rampage. In the process, this good lawyer comes face-to-face with his greatest conflict and deepest fear: to win, really win-save the city and even the woman he loves-must he sacrifice every principle he believes in and embrace his family's mafia past to become judge, jury, and executioner?

I read this book for my offline book club last month and my friend who chose the book had already finished the book before I even bought it and said it was so good so I had such high hopes.  It’s not my usual kind of book but isn’t that what book clubs are for?  To introduce you to books that you wouldn’t normally read?  So when I finally bought the book and settled in to get the story read, it took me…forever to read this book.

I’m a sucker for character development.  If you have a prayer of making me fall for your book then you’d better get me to like your main character.  Hell, any character would do it for me.  Unfortunately, the main character in this book just didn’t cut it for me.  I’m used to reading romance novels where the writing is emotional and the events that happen either slowly unfold or happen so fast that you feel like you were slapped in the face but either way, you feel something.  The entire time that I was reading this book, I couldn’t connect with the suit, Nick Mancini.

Nick is a lawyer who has seen some pretty interesting characters in his life.  He’s defended people that were innocent and people who weren’t innocent.  It’s his job to defend those that don’t have a defense and his latest case involves a man who is accused of molesting three little boys.  The guy is a teacher’s aide with a stand up reputation and no record, at all.  He’s a model citizen but things aren’t adding up to Nick.  So Nick starts an investigation into the case and his gut is telling him that something isn’t right about the whole thing.  Meanwhile, there’s a rapist on the loose that people are calling Spiderman.  He climbs into women’s windows and has his way with them before he leaves.  The way that he climbs into these windows is he comes in through the roof, Spiderman style…but that’s a completely different case.

It took me for.ever. to read this book.  The beginning was so slow that by the time I got to page 150 in the book, I put it down for good.  I couldn’t get into the way that this story is told.  It was very dry.  Without emotion.  I couldn’t connect with Nick.  I couldn’t connect with the story and trying to keep on reading became a chore so I DNF’d it.  Talking about it with the members of my book club that did finish the book was much more interesting than actually reading it.  Finding out what happened was fun, but not enough for me to go back and finish it.

Of what I did read, my grade is: 2 out of 5.

This book is available from Landview Books. You can buy it here or here in e-format. This book was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

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