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Weekly Wrap Up: January 7 – January 13, 2019

Posted January 13, 2019 by Rowena in Features, Giveaway Winners | 4 Comments

Here’s what you missed this week on Book Binge…

What We Reviewed

Casee reviewed Evidence of Desire (Courting Justice #2) by Lexi Blake | 4 out of 5
Holly reviewed Echoes of Fire (Mercury Pack #4) by Suzanne Wright | 4.5 out of 5
Casee, Holly, and Rowena reviewed Hate Notes by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward | 2.5, 3.5, 4 out of 5
Rowena reviewed Famous in a Small Town by Emma Mills | 4 out of 5
Holly reviewed Getting Schooled (Getting Some #1) by Emma Chase | 4 out of 5

What We Posted

Monthly Reads: December 2018
2018 Reading Year in Review: Rowena
What Are You Reading? (+ Dawn Rider Giveaway)
WTF Cover Saturday (294)
Sunday Spotlight: Untouchable by Jayne Ann Krentz

Current Giveaways

Sunday Spotlight: January 2019

What Are You Reading? (+ Dawn Ryder Giveaway)

Monthly Reads: December 2018

Giveaway Winners

We have loads of winners to announce this week! Sorry for the delay in getting these posted. It’s been a hellish last few months for us personally but it’s a new year and we’re going to catch up and do better, we promise! If you’re waiting on prizes, they’re on their way!

Congratulations to the following…

Rita Wray

What are You Reading? (+ Emma Douglas Giveaway)

Kareni

What are You Reading? (+ Donna Grant Giveaway)

Jana Leah

What Are You Reading? (+ Manda Collins Giveaway)

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What are You Reading? (+ Scarlett Cole Giveaway)

Renee G

What are You Reading? (+ Julia Quinn)

Denise

What Are You Reading? (+ Nicole McLaughlin Giveaway)

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Kim
Glenda
Wendy

Monthly Reads: November 2018

*****

Kristine

Sunday Spotlight: December 2018

Winners: An email will be sent to you shortly. Please 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.


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What Are You Reading? (+ Dawn Ryder Giveaway)

Posted January 11, 2019 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 4 Comments

Casee: I’ve read a great book and listened to a not so great book over the last week. Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan was ah-maze-ing. Holy crap, this book did it for me in every way. It had all the feels. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend that you pick it up. Filthy English by Ilsa Madden-Mills was terr-a-ble. Terrible. I don’t know why I didn’t DNF it. It was a trainwreck waiting to happen. I just couldn’t quit it.

I’m currently reading Toxic Game by Christine Feehan. This is book #15 in the GhostWalker series. I really love this series. It’s actually my favorite of all her series. I also just started listening to Wanderlust by Lauren Blakely. I’m only about four chapters in, but I am enjoying the heroine a lot. Blakely is a new-to-me author so I’m really hoping that I like the book. The narrators seem good so far.

Holly: I finished listening to Highland Guard by Hannah Howell. I enjoyed it. The little boy in the story and his pets really made the book for me. Then I listened to How To Flirt with a Naked Werewolf by Molly Harper. I avoided these books in the past because the covers and titles made me think they’d be super campy, which I don’t like. Though they’re on the lighter side, they aren’t campy at all and I really liked this book. I tried listening to From Scotland with Love by Kelli Ireland, but it was super campy and the way the heroine was humiliated in the first couple chapters turned me off. I DNF’d it early on.

I finished reading Gimme Some Sugar by Molly Harper. Harper has fast become an auto-buy for me. I really liked this whole series. I read Fierce Obsessions by Suzanne Wright, which I liked well enough, but it wasn’t my favorite of the series and Tikka Chance on Me by Suleikha Snyder, which was cute. I wasn’t super satisfied with the final resolution, but I liked both MCs and can’t wait to read more from the author.

I’m currently listening to Jace: Wolves of the Rising Sun #1 by Kenzie Cox. I’m not sure what I’m going to read next.

Rowena: I’m finishing up my series re-watch of Game of Thrones so I’m hoping that my reading will pick up immediately after because I haven’t read but one book this week. I finished Governess Gone Rogue by Laura Lee Guhkre and enjoyed that book a lot. Mr. Adam Seton was the bomb! Haha, I’m not normally one for secrets in a story but I couldn’t even be mad at Amanda for hers because it was written in a believable way.

My plan from last week still applies this week so I’ll be reading Holiday Hoops by Kennedy Ryan and Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward for my book club next. Wish me luck!

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? (+ Dawn Ryder Giveaway)Close to the Edge (Unbroken Heroes, #5) by Dawn Ryder
Series: Unbroken Heroes #5
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Format: Print
Genres: Romantic Suspense
Pages: 336
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They are part of an elite unit. On task. Off grid. These are the men of the Shadow Ops task force. Be seduced and thrilled by Close to the Edge, the next Unbroken Heroes novel by Dawn Ryder.

HOW FAR WILL ONE MAN GO

Jenna Henson always plays it safe. It’s what has gotten her through all these years . So she never expected to end up in arm-to-arm combat with a gorgeous, muscle bound mercenary named Dare…

Agent Dare Servant lives for the thrill of the chase, the adrenaline high. He’s fully committed to his job, fully armed, and full-on dangerous. But when innocent, irresistible Jenna Henson walks in on his latest mission, the need to keep her safe becomes all-consuming.

TO PROTECT THE WOMAN HE CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT?

Jenna’s captured the attention of Dare’s deadliest enemies, and with a target on her back, she needs Dare’s protection. But being Jenna’s bodyguard might be his hardest challenge yet. How can he keep her safe when he longs to take her in his arms and never let her go?

What Are You Reading: Close to the Edge

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Sunday Spotlight: Evidence of Desire by Lexi Blake

Posted January 6, 2019 by Casee in Features | 5 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we began in 2016. This year we will continue to spotlight 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 is not a secret around here that I will read anything that Lexi Blake writes. Anything. I would literally read her daily to-do list if I could get my hands on it. I also would like to mention she is very sweet. One of the nicest authors out there. Evidence of Desire is the second book in Lexi’s Courting Justice series. I was so excited when when the first book of the series came out. I loved the Lawless series and I expected to love Courting Justice just as much. Unfortunately Order of Protection didn’t meet my expectations. However, I will never give up on Lexi. I’m looking forward to reading this book because, well, she’s Lexi Blake. I urge you to give this a try as well.

Sunday Spotlight: Evidence of Desire by Lexi BlakeEvidence of Desire (Courting Justice #2) by Lexi Blake
Series: Courting Justice #2
Also in this series: Order of Protection (Courting Justice #1), Evidence of Desire (Courting Justice #2)
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: January 8, 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 352
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Series Rating: four-stars

A fast-paced contemporary romance that sizzles from the New York Times bestselling author of Order of Protection where passion for the law isn't the only thing heating up the courtroom.

Isla Shayne knows she's in over her head. As former all-star linebacker Trey Adams's personal lawyer, she's used to handling his business dealings and private financial matters, not murder charges. She needs to find an experienced criminal attorney who speaks her client's language. David Cormack of Garrison, Cormack and Lawless is exactly what she needs in the courtroom--and the only man she wants in the bedroom.

For David, taking on the Adams case means diving back into a world he thought he'd left behind and colliding head on with tragic possibilities he's in no mood to face. There's a reason professional football is in his past and no matter how close Isla gets to the truth he intends to leave it there.

But long days working on the case together lead to hot nights in each other's arms. As their feelings grow, the case takes a deadly twist that could change the game between the two lovers forever.

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Excerpt

“Is that your building up ahead?” David asked.

Isla sat up straight. There were two big news trucks outside her building.

A horn honked and she realized the light had turned green. The traffic was heavy and there was no way David could move to one of the outer lanes before they stopped at the next light.

“Why are they here?” She sank down in her seat and wished she’d brought a hat or something.

“Just be cool. We’ll drive by and head someplace safer,” he promised.

The car rolled another few feet and that was when someone noticed her. The camera crews turned like predators scenting an easy meal and they were all over the car. They swarmed all around the Audi and she heard the click of a button as David checked to make sure the doors were locked. Knuckles rapped on the windows and suddenly people were shouting questions. If there was any thought that this was some kind of a mistake, it was tossed away as they started shouting her name.

“Isla, what do you have to say about Trey’s incarceration? Is it true you were his lover and he killed his wife for you?”

“Isla, how much money will you get if you manage to help keep your lover out of jail?”

“Did you know Trey planned to kill Portia? Or was that a surprise? Did you help him set her up?”

“What?” She couldn’t believe what they were asking.

“Don’t acknowledge them.” David’s words came out in a hard tone. “Don’t even look at them. Stare straight ahead. Give them nothing. Don’t you dare let them see you cry. Keep your face as blank as possible.”

“An insider said someone else was in the penthouse that night,” a reporter said. She was in a form-fitting suit, a wireless microphone in her hands. “Was that you? Were you there when Trey Adams killed his wife, and did you help him clean it all up?”

She started to turn, but his hand came out, stopping her.

“Not a word.”

“But she mentioned a witness.” If there was a witness, shouldn’t they get that name?

“Their witness is very likely some crackpot who called into the station. Look out the front window and stop reacting right now, Isla. You can’t give them anything to use. And don’t cry. You can cry all you like when we get someplace safe.”

They kept yelling their questions and the day was crashing in on her. This was how her life was going to be. This would always taint her.

“Noah? I’m going to need Drew’s place. Can you call and have it prepped?” He had his cell phone pressed to his ear. “Of course it is. No. That won’t be a problem. Yeah, we have a press invasion at Isla’s. Same old, same old. Thank you.” He moved the car forward an inch, but the reporters were standing in front as well. His jaw tightened and he dialed the police. “Yes, there’s a car surrounded by reporters on Fifth outside the Tranor Building. It’s holding up two lanes of traffic. Thank you.”

“What do we do?” She hated the fact that her voice was shaky.

“We wait for the cops and pray my temper holds because I would really like to mow down a couple of reporters right now.” Despite his words, he put the car in park. “When we get to our new destination, I will be filing several suits against a couple of media firms.”

Somehow the fact that he was brutally angry calmed her down. He was here with her. “I don’t think you can sue them.”

“I’ll find a way.” His hands were tight on the steering wheel.

“Well, right now all they have is me looking confused and staring out the front window. I think we’ll be okay.”

“You want to give them something else to talk about?” His voice had gone husky, his eyes still on the reporters in front of them, but his jaw had softened slightly.

“What would that be?”

He was silent for a moment as though thinking about what he was going to say next. “They think you’re involved with Trey Adams. Show them you’re involved with me.”

Her heart rate ticked up and it wasn’t all about the situation they were in. “Seriously? I thought we were trying not to make news.”

He finally turned her way and his lips curled up in a grin. “I’m boring. If you’re having an affair with me, you’ll be boring, too.”

“That might be the worst line I’ve ever heard.” Even with the barbarians at the gates, he made her smile.

“Is it going to work?”

“Hell, yeah, it is.”

“Let me lead.” He reached over and put his hand on hers, drawing it up and bringing it to his lips. He kissed her hand and then held it to his chest as though giving her comfort or taking it for himself.

As though? No, she felt so much comfort in the touch of his hand. She leaned in and let her head find his shoulder. Under the thin material of his shirt, she could feel his heart beating against her palm.

Sure enough, the reporters were documenting every move they made.

“It’s going to be okay, Isla. This is going to go away and life will be back to normal again,” he whispered.

Those weren’t the words she heard though. She heard what his heartbeat was telling her. I’m a rock. You can hold on to me and I won’t break. You can count on me.

Courting Justice

Giveaway Alert

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Sunday Spotlight: January 2019

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 Lexi Blake

NY Times and USA Today bestselling author Lexi Blake lives in North Texas with her husband, three kids, and the laziest rescue dog in the world. She began writing at a young age, concentrating on plays and journalism. It wasn't until she started writing romance and urban fantasy that she found the stories of her heart. She likes to find humor in the strangest places and believes in happy endings no matter how odd the couple, threesome, or foursome may seem.

Her first novel, Their Virgin Captive: Masters of Ménage, Book 1, was a collaboration with New York Times bestselling author Shayla Black. There are five more books available in the series: Their Virgin's Secret, Their Virgin Concubine, Their Virgin Princess, Their Virgin Hostage, and Their Virgin Secretary. The next book in the series, Their Virgin Mistress, is releasing this April.

In addition to the Masters of Ménage series, she is the author of the Masters and Mercenaries series. There are eight full-length novels and four novellas available now, with more coming in 2015.

In 2013, Lexi also began releasing her urban fantasy series, Thieves. The first five are available now, with Ripper, a spin-off to the series, coming in 2015.


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What Are You Reading? (+ Nicole McLaughlin Giveaway)

Posted January 4, 2019 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 8 Comments

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Casee: I am just finishing up Evidence of Desire by Lexi Blake. It is the second book in the Courting Justice series. I am finding it highly enjoyable. It is much better that Order of Protection, which is the first book. The hero is actually bearable. I’m also really enjoying the heroine. She seems like a bit of a pushover, but she actually has a spine of steel. It’s an interesting contrast.

I’m also listening to Dirty English by Ilsa Madden-Mills. This is my first book by this author. I am really, really loving the male narrator’s English accent. I keep going back and forth on whether I like this book or not. One chapter I will really be liking it, then the heroine will do something really stupid and I’ll actually say out-loud, “What the hell are you doing?!”. This is all while I’m at work, which is a little awkward. So the jury is still out on this one.

Holly: I didn’t read anything this past week. My daughter and I both caught the flu, so it was a lot of sleeping and watching movies. I’m currently listening to Highland Guard by Hannah Howell, which I’m enjoying. The narrator does the accents well and the story is good, if predictable. I’m reading Gimme Some Sugar by Molly Harper, the upcoming Southern Eclectic release. This series is a lot of fun and I’m really loving Duffy’s story.

I’m not sure what I’m going to read next. I need to get a list organized.

Rowena: I jump started my 2019 with a quick read of 99 Percent Mine by Sally Thorne and while I enjoyed it, I enjoyed The Hating Game more. After that, I started on Governess Gone Rogue by Laura Lee Guhrke but between my binge re-watch of Game of Thrones and then finishing up my binge of Hart of Dixie, it’s been a little slow going for me. I’m enjoying what I’m reading so far so I’m hopeful that it’ll keep up throughout the rest of the story.

After this, I plan on reading Holiday Hoops by Kennedy Ryan for my TBR Challenge book and then I’ll jump into my book club read Blood Kiss by J.R. Ward.

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? (+ Nicole McLaughlin Giveaway)Maybe This Time (Whiskey and Weddings, #2) by Nicole McLaughlin
Series: Whiskey and Weddings #2
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication Date: February 27, 2018
Format: Print
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 327
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Jen Mackenzie has been knocked down more than a few times, but she always gets up and makes sure she has the last word. It’s the reason she now considers herself equal parts self-sufficient and free-spirit. But since losing her job and trying to help her mother beat cancer, real life―and her occasional careless choices―have begun to catch up with her. Her one saving grace: The Stag, a boutique distillery that has become Kansas City’s go-to wedding venue. The only catch: One of the owners, TJ Laughlin, happens to be the one man who somehow manages to make Jen feel inadequate.

TJ has secretly had a thing for Jen since high school. Now, as her new boss, it’s a daily struggle between revealing his feelings and wringing her beautiful neck. Only one thing is for certain: he can’t stand idly by and watch the woman he cares for struggle. She may be convinced that accepting TJ’s help is a weakness. But all he sees in Jen is beauty and strength, inside and out. As things finally heat up between them, can TJ find a way to convince Jen that love is about give and take―and having it all, together?

 
 
 
 

What Are You Reading: Maybe This Time

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Sunday Spotlight: Some Enchanted Season by Marilyn Pappano

Posted December 30, 2018 by Casee in Features | 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

This is one of my favorite books to reread during the holidays. It’s a book about second chances at life and love. Ross and Maggie were college sweethearts and were deeply in love. This book tells the story of how success in life doesn’t always improve a relationship. In this case it actually hurts it. It’s apparent that fate decides that Ross and Maggie aren’t quite done. The small town of Bethlehem works it’s magic and these two slowly find their way back to each other. This book makes me laugh, get teary, and sigh every time I read it. It’s a must read anytime of the year, but much more enjoyable during the holiday season.

Sunday Spotlight: Some Enchanted Season by Marilyn PappanoSome Enchanted Season (Bethlehem, #2) by Marilyn Pappano
Series: Bethlehem #2
Also in this series: Some Enchanted Season (Bethlehem, #2)
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: December 1, 1998
Point-of-View: Third
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 374
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Sometimes miracles do happen.

When Maggie left her husband Ross that fateful Christmas Eve, their marriage was over.  But a near fatal accident on an ice-slick road changed everything.

Now another Christmas approaches.  While Maggie hasn't regained all her memory, she's ready to test her strength at home--with Ross as her only companion.  Sharing a house with him once more, putting on the best face for their neighbors, Maggie knows she's living a lie.

Then she glimpses Ross as he used to be: playful and passionate, the man of her dreams before ambition changed him.  She couldn't know he's feeling the same regrets, the same heartache...or that he fears the return of her memory.  What will happen when she remembers the reason she fled from him last year?

It will take a miracle to send the walls of anger and secrecy tumbling down and reunite the divided couple.  But in the small town of Bethlehem, miracles do happen....

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Excerpt

She wiped her eyes and gave a great sigh. “Oh, Ross, if I don’t laugh, I’ll have to cry, and I’ve cried enough tears in my life.”

He didn’t want to know—honest, he didn’t—but the question slipped out anyway. “When?”

In an instant, she became utterly serious. “Nights when you were in the office. Weeks when you were out of town. Years when you were out of reach. A woman can’t watch her husband create a life for himself with no room for her without shedding a few tears.”

“I—I’m sorry. I didn’t know …”

“Maybe not about the tears, but you knew you were moving me out of your life. You just didn’t care.” She spoke matter-of-factly, as if she had long ago accepted that fact. Before the acceptance, though, there must have been heartache and disillusionment, because she, at least, had tried to make things work.

That was more than he could say for himself.

She tried her burger and shrugged. “It’s not too bad. I’ve had worse. I’ve cooked worse.” After another bite she said, “All those dinner parties I planned for you … What was wrong with them?”

“Nothing. The food was great. You were always great. They were fine.”

“Then why did you take them away from me? Why did you suddenly insist on having them catered?”

Sliding onto the stool beside her, he thought back to when he’d made that decision. He tried to remember what her response was. Had she been resistant, or had she quietly, meekly, gone along? Had she been grateful to be freed of so much responsibility, or had she felt rejected?

That last was easy enough to answer. Why did you take them away? wasn’t the question of a grateful woman.

“It was a status thing,” he said at last. “A way of subtly pointing out that we could afford such extravagances.” Seeking to ease his own discomfort, he said, “You never enjoyed those parties anyway—not the hours of planning or the days of shopping or even the cooking. What did it matter to you if someone else did it?”

“Because it was one less way you needed me. You’re right. I didn’t particularly enjoy the parties. But I liked doing them for you. I liked feeling that I had someplace in your life besides bed.” Suddenly she grinned. “But I have to admit, whatever problems were building between us, the sex was still great. I was always grace—grateful—that you never replaced me there. But you weren’t that type. All those times you were gone, all that distance between us, I always knew that there would never be another woman. That counted for a lot.”

The chill that hit Ross was guilt laced with shame. It made his lungs tight and filled his ears with a rushing that distorted her words as she continued to talk. She sounded so confident, so certain that she could trust him at least on that score, but she was wrong. Her gratitude was misplaced, because for one brief, unforgivable time, he’d been exactly that type. He had betrayed her and himself for a few hours’ pleasure, and in the process he had almost destroyed her.

Now he was betraying her again, because even as she hoped and prayed for her missing memories to return, he prayed that she would never remember.

God forgive him.

Because Maggie wouldn’t.

Bethlehem

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Sunday Spotlight: December 2018

Do you want to give this book a try after reading the excerpt? Let us know what you think and what some of your old favorites are!

About Marilyn Pappano

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Born in Oklahoma, Marilyn Pappano followed her career-Navy husband across the southern United States for fifteen years, living in California, the Carolinas, Alabama and Georgia -- all locations she's used regularly in her novels. Her first book, WITHIN REACH, was published by Silhouette Books in 1987, and she's gone on to sell about eighty books to Silhouette, Harlequin, Warner, Bantam, Dell and Forever Romance. She's made bestseller lists, won every major award in the romance genre, and seen a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie made from her novel, SEASON FOR MIRACLES. Marilyn writes both contemporary romance and romantic suspense and is best known for her richly-textured characterization. Her current publishers are Harlequin Romantic Suspense and Forever Romance, where she's using her experience as a military spouse and mother in her new Tallgrass books, a series about a group of best friends and military widows who help each other grieve, live and learn to love again.


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