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Must Read Irish Romances for St. Patrick’s Day

Posted March 15, 2019 by Holly in Discussions | 2 Comments

It’s almost ST. PATRICK’S DAY everyone!!

St. Patrick’s Day is my favorite holiday. To celebrate, I plan to drink Guinness, eat corned beef and read some romance novels set in Ireland. In case you’re interested in doing the same, we decided to share some* of our favorite romances featuring Irish characters or set in Ireland!

*This is not a comprehensive list.

Books Set in Ireland

A Woman’s Heart (Castlelough #1) by JoAnn Ross: This book is set in a small town in Ireland. I really enjoyed the setting and the characters. The whole series is wonderful, in fact (Book 2, Fair Haven, is my favorite).

Skye O’Malley (O’Malley Saga #1) by Bertrice Small: It’s been years since I read this series, but I remember loving how indomitable Skye was. This book takes us to Ireland and all through Britain.

The Irish Warrior by Kris Kennedy: This book remains one of my all-time favorite medieval romance. Set in Ireland in the 1200s, this is the tale of Irish warrior Finian O’Melaghlin and his unlikely rescuer, Senna de Valery. The setting is amazing, and there’s action and adventure around every turn. I might need to do a re-read….

Born in Ice (Born in Trilogy #2) by Nora Roberts: This is my favorite of all Nora Roberts’ trilogies. I love all three books, but this one is my favorite. Brianna and Grayson were so perfect for each other, and the setting – County Cork – was the perfect backdrop to their romance.

The Lost Duke of Wyndham (The Lost Duke of Wyndham #1) by Julia Quinn: It’s been ages since I read this book, actually since I read this series, but I really enjoyed it and I think that everyone should know and love Jack Audley as much as I do. 🙂

Irish Characters We Love

Roarke from Naked in Death (In Death #1) by J.D. Robb: What would this list be without Roarke, Eve Dallas’ hunky Irish love?

Ethan Ransom from Hello Stranger (The Ravenals #4) by Lisa Kleypas: Oh, Ethan. He was so caring and protective. He made this entire book for me.

Shawn Gallagher from Heart of the Sea (Gallaghers of Ardmore #3) by Nora Roberts: Shawn was such a sweetheart and the way that he loved his heroine, Brenna was absolutely amazing. His book is super sweet and showcases why Nora Roberts is so good at her job. I highly recommend the entire series, but love Shawn the most!

Sean Reilly from Midnight Captive (Killer Instincts #7) by Elle Kennedy: Sean is a badass Irish assassin and his book was full of suspense, had a steamy romance and it was all set in Ireland since Sean was trying to bail his twin brother out of trouble. Good, good stuff!

Jack Devlin from Suddenly You by Lisa Kleypas: Now, I know that Jack is only half Irish but he counts in my opinion because he’s hot and he works magic with…raspberries. You’ll want to know this man for yourself, I promise!

What are some of your favorite Irish novels, or characters? Share with us in the comments.

We hope you have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day. Don’t forget to wear green, but if you don’t, we hope you’re getting pinched by the hottie you’ve had your eye on.


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Happy New Year!

Posted January 1, 2019 by Casee in Miscellaneous | 2 Comments

Happy New Year 2019

Happy New Year from our family to yours! We wish all of you a prosperous and successful 2019. No matter what your resolutions may be for the year, we know you can do it! Wherever you are in the world, we hope you are celebrating the New Year safely and with your loved ones!

Casee, Holly & Rowena


Review: Some Enchanted Season by Marilyn Pappano

Posted December 31, 2018 by Casee in Reviews | 4 Comments

Review: Some Enchanted Season by Marilyn PappanoReviewer: Casee
Some Enchanted Season (Bethlehem, #2) by Marilyn Pappano
Series: Bethlehem #2
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: December 1st 1998
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....

This review was originally posted on December 14, 2007.

I absolutely adore this book. I love it. After I read it, I feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I love reunion books. I love how I can reread this every single year (at Christmas, of course) and still get as caught up in the story as I did the first time I read it. This is one of my absolute favorite rereads during the holiday season.

Arriving back in Bethlehem a few days before Thanksgiving, Maggie has no memory of what drove her from her home that on Christmas Eve of of the prior year. What she does remember is that after sixteen years of marriage, she and her husband, Ross, have decided to call it quits. After 11 months of extensive physical therapy, Maggie is forced to except Ross’ help in her recovery. Their plan was simple. Ross would be around to help Maggie for two months. They would then part amicably and then quietly get divorced.

Really, is there any such thing as an amicable divorce? Seriously. When you’re together that long and were madly in love?

After being a workaholic for so many years, Ross finds himself curiously adrift. Never being able to find the right balance between being a CEO and husband, Ross refuses to let himself read even one email or answer one phone call. He decides that it’s the nicest thing he can do for Maggie. A parting gift, if you will.

Nothing ever goes according to plan, of course. When you live in a town full of people offering advice, a town that has its’ own guardian angel, it’s very easy to think “what if”. It doesn’t take Ross long to start thinking that he and Maggie could make things work. There’s only one problem. While Maggie doesn’t remember the previous Christmas Eve, Ross does. He knows that it’s highly likely that when Maggie remembers what happened, it will drive her from his arms for good.

I can’t say enough how much I love this book. It’s a book about two people who lost their way. Going back to their roots, Maggie and Ross both have to look inside themselves to find what makes them happy. While Ross did put work ahead of Maggie, Maggie is far from blameless in the demise of their marriage. Coming to terms with that is hard for her, but she’s able to do it. Maggie is one of my favorite heroines.

Rating: 5 out of 5.


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Merry Christmas!

Posted December 24, 2018 by Casee in Miscellaneous | 4 Comments

Happy Holidays from Book Binge! Whatever you celebrate, we wish you a safe and happy holiday season with your family and friends. Drink that eggnog, eat those cookies and fruitcake (seriously, who eats fruitcake?). Remember, the New Year is right around the corner! Those calories will start counting again in no time. We will be spending today and tomorrow relaxing and celebrating with our families. We will be back with our regularly scheduled programming on Wednesday.

Casee, Holly & Rowena

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Bookish Thoughts: Rowena’s Ultimate Christmas Wishlist

Posted December 19, 2018 by Rowena in Discussions, Features | 5 Comments

Every month, Casee, Holly, and I tackle a different bookish and sometimes non-bookish topic together and this month, we’re sharing our wishlists with you lovely readers.

Christmas is right around the corner and like Casee and Holly, I have an ultimate wishlist of my own. It’s filled with bookish things and even some things that might be useful to the blogger in me. Are some of these items outrageous? Definitely. Will I end up getting all of them? Probably not. But it’s my wishlist and I’m going to keep right on wishing for these things. There are a couple of things that are definitely doable and I’ll probably end up getting them myself but for now, they’re on my wishlist.

Check it out.

1. Kindle Oasis

Every few months, I’ll start getting an itch for a new gadget. I already have a Kindle Paperwhite and there is absolutely nothing wrong it, but I really want a Kindle Oasis too. I love my Kindle Paperwhite. I love that it’s strictly for reading and even though there are ads, I don’t get distracted when I’m reading a book on my kindle because there aren’t any games on there or the internet, just books and more books. The Kindle Oasis has everything that a Paperwhite has, even the waterproof thing but for me? I really want those page turning buttons so this one is definitely on my wishlist.

2. Apple iPad Pro

A lot of people don’t understand what a commitment blogging is. I’m constantly on my phone, checking the blog, jotting down notes for blog posts, tracking our stats, making lists of books I want to read and review for the blog and just all things blogging, all the time. I’ve been looking at the iPad Pro because I can do so much blogging with it and it’s like a small computer that I can get a keyboard for and just go to blogging town, so yes, I want this iPad and I don’t even care that I already have an iPad mini.

3. A 2019 Fully Booked Planner

I’m a huge planner nerd and I’ve already got my planner lined up for next year (I actually bought it back in September, haha) but after coming across this book blogging planner on Instagram, I’ve decided that I want it. I’m one of those planner nerds that decorates their planner with stickers, and washi tape so the ideas of what I can do with a book blogging planner are plenty. I already bought a reader tracker for next year to track my reading so technically, I don’t even need this planner…but I still want it.

4. Brooklyn Bruisers Sweatshirt

You guys, I think Sarina Bowen read this post a few months ago and answered my bookish merchandise prayers. She’s got mugs, travel mugs, hydro’s, shirts, t-shirts, and everything Brooklyn Bruisers and I want this sweatshirt bad. I’m sending this link to my daughter Brenna for real.

5. Kindle Sleeves

I think these things are super cute and I’ve wanted one for the longest time. I haven’t gotten around to buying it because it seems like such an extra thing to have but I still want it but I think I want someone else to buy it for me so on my Christmas wishlist it’s going.

What’s on your ultimate Christmas wishlist?

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