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Review: The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan

Posted May 18, 2017 by Rowena in Reviews | 3 Comments

Review: The Hot Shot by Kristen CallihanReviewer: Rowena
The Hot Shot by Kristen Callihan
Series: Game On #4
Also in this series: The Hook Up, The Friend Zone, The Game Plan

Publication Date: April 18th 2017
Genres: New Adult
Pages: 337
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four-stars

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?

The Hot Shot is the fourth book in Kristen Callihan’s Game On series and it follows Dex from The Game Plan’s teammate, Finn Mannus. Finn Mannus is a quarterback in the NFL and he’s winning in life. He’s got a great family, supportive friends and he never has trouble with the ladies so when he shows up for a photo shoot for work and meets the photographer, Chess Copper, he’s not prepared for her to stay on his mind long after the shoot is over.

Chess is a photographer who works hard and goes out of her way to be kind to people but there’s something about Finn Mannus that gets under her skin the first time she meets him. She’s all prickly whenever he’s around and he’s around a lot more than he should be since the job she worked with him on is done. Before Chess knows what’s what, her and Finn have become friends and he’s become a daily part of her life.

I enjoyed this book. It wasn’t my favorite Game On book but it was still a pretty solid read. Finn was the bomb and I adored every minute of getting to know him. Chess was pretty great herself but there were times when I didn’t understand her actions and the way that she thought about things. That’s not to say that Finn didn’t have his moments of WTF because he did. Most of his came through the whole thing with the girl that wasn’t his ex but almost became his baby mama.

I enjoyed seeing Finn so sure in himself and in his feelings toward Chess. It took Chess a little longer to come around and when she finally does, I was glad for it. Kristen Callihan really shines for me with these sports romances. I can’t get these books fast enough and I’m always thirsty for more. That was the case with this one.

This was such an easy read filled with lots of laughs, characters that rocked my socks and a romance so steamy, I about melted into a puddle of lust more than once. Finn and Chess found the real thing with each other and Kristen Callihan captured their love in a way that I just flat out enjoyed. I hope she never stops writing books for this series because it’s my favorite series of hers and this was another fabulous addition. I definitely recommend.

Grade: 4 out of 5

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Sunday Spotlight: Managed by Kristen Callihan

Posted November 13, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 7 Comments

Sunday Spotlight is a feature we’re running in 2016. Each week, we will spotlight a release we’re excited about. We’ll be posting excerpts and being total fangirls. You’ve been warned. 🙂

Sunday Spotlight

This is me right now:

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Kristen Callihan writes some really good books. She’s a popular author, with good reason. Her stories come to life and her characters charm the hell out of readers. She’s got a new contemporary romance coming out this week, book 2 of her VIP series, Managed and we’re super excited about it. 🙂

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Managed by Kristen Callihan
Series: VIP #2
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Release Date: November 14, 2016
Publisher: Kristen Callihan

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big…ego.

I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.

That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.

I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.

If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.

Let the battle begin…

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Excerpt

I remember Gabriel, aka extremely bad flyer. One glance his way, and I know it’s bad. He’s lying rigid as a plank, fists at his side, his expression so blank, you’d think he was dead. Except he’s panting, and a fine sweat covers his skin.

I don’t blame him this round. The turbulence is awful. The plane rattles so hard, my butt is in danger of leaving the bed.

“Sunshine,” I whisper.

He doesn’t acknowledge me. I’m pretty sure his jaw is locked shut.

Edging closer, I tentatively touch his shoulder and find his body trembling. “Hey,” I say in a soothing voice. “It’s okay.”

The cabin drops a few feet to mock that statement, and he closes his eyes, turning his head away from me. He’s gone utterly pale, his breath coming faster. “Go. Away.”

“I can’t.” I move closer. “Look, I know you don’t want me to witness this. But I’m here. Let me help you.”

He sucks in a breath through his clenched teeth. “Distracting me with blowjob jokes won’t work right now.”

“I know.” I’m actually worried about him. He appears to be on the verge of an outright panic attack. “Here’s what we’re going to do.” I push back the covers and crawl toward him.

He snaps out of his terror, his eyes going wide. “What are you doing?”

“Cuddling,” I tell him.

If anything he grows more alarmed, and I’m sure he’d back away if he was capable of moving. “What? No.”

“Yes.” I settle down at his side. God, he’s cold. I sit up. He gives a sigh of apparent relief, but I merely pull my end of the covers over his legs before lying back down.

He squirms, making a half-hearted attempt to move away, but he’s already at the edge, and there’s nowhere for him to go. “This is highly irregular…”

“Yep. But we’re doing it.” In normal situations, I wouldn’t dare force this on a person. But he’s already focused on me instead of the turbulence, which is a step in the right direction. I rest my cheek against his biceps. The muscle is rock hard and quivering.

He clears his throat. “I don’t—”

“You’re one breath away from totally losing your shit. Accept the torment that is physical comfort.”

His arms twitch as if he’s trying not to lift them but really wants to. And then he gives up the fight and raises an arm, making room for me to come closer. Victory. I lay my head on his shoulder, wrapping my body against his side.

The contact feels good. Too good. Because, holy hell, touching him—really touching him—sends a jolt of warm pleasure through me. All the sensitive nerve endings in my body seem to perk up and pay attention. Which is wrong in this situation; I’m here to help the poor man, not get off on him.

I have no idea what he’s thinking. For a second he holds me. Or, rather, he holds on to me like a lifeline. Tremors rack his body, but it’s clear he’s fighting it.

“Shhh,” I murmur, stroking his chest. It’s a nice chest, broad and densely packed with muscle beneath the proper clothes. His heart thuds against my palm, and I feel him take a deep breath. “Just think of me as your friendly neighborhood cuddler.”

He’s quiet again before another question bursts from him. “Are you telling me you’d do this for anyone?”

I snuggle down. “No. That you’re insanely hot is a huge factor. I get to cop a feel under the guise of civic duty.”

“Oh, for fuck’s sake.”

A smile pulls at my lips. “Can it with the outrage. I know for a fact that most people would rather snuggle up to a hot dude. If it makes me shallow for admitting that, so be it.”

He grunts even as his hand slips to the top of my arm. Long fingers stroke once before stilling. “Your honesty is astounding.”

“I know. Now hush, I have feels to cop.”


So stinkin’ cute!

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About the Author

KC

Kristen Callihan

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Kristen Callihan is an author because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a RITA winner and three-time nominee and winner of two RT Reviewer’s Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publisher’s Weekly and the Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book FIRELIGHT received RT Magazine’s Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher’s Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.


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Weekly Wrap Up: October 10 – October 16, 2016

Posted October 16, 2016 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

We hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. Here’s our weekly wrap up post that rounds up the posts you may have missed on the blog. Enjoy!

Reviews Posted

10/10: Tracy reviews Christmas Comes to Main Street by Olivia Miles | 3.74/4 out of 5
10/10: Tracy reviews To Win a Viscount by Frances Fowlkes | 3 out of 5
10/10: Tina reviews Longbourn by Jo Baker | 5 out of 5
10/11: Jen reviews In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle | 4.25 out of 5
10/12: Rowena reviews Four Letter Word by J. Daniels
10/12: Tina reviews The Daylight Marriage by Heidi Pitlot | 3 out of 5
10/14: Tracy reviews A Christmas Kiss by Elizabeth Mansfield | 3 out of 5
10/14: Tracy reviews Hero in the Highlands by Suzanne Enoch | 4 out of 5

Posts You May Have Missed

10/11: Release Day Blitz: Wolf Betrayed by Carrie Ann Ryan
10/13: Cover Reveals: Unbreakable by Kallie Ross & Only with Me by Kelly Elliott
10/13: Blog Tour: Wolf Betrayed by Carrie Ann Ryan
10/14: What Are You Reading? (304)
10/15: WTF Cover Saturday (180)
10/16: Sunday Spotlight: Keepsake by Sarina Bowen

From Around the Internet

Nalini Singh blogged about a glimpse into Silver Silence that she shared in her newsletter. If you haven’t signed up for her newsletter to check it out, you should change that because it’s good stuff.


Julie James also announced on her blog that her upcoming release got a revised cover blurb. In case you missed that news, here it is:

The New York Times bestselling author of Suddenly One Summer blows the covers of two FBI agents who can’t hide who they are from each other . . .

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. . .


Kristen Callihan revealed the cover for Book #2 in her VIP Series and I like it. I need to get my butt in gear and get the first book read so that I can jump into the second one. Here’s the cover in all its yummy glory.

It started off as a battle of wits. Me: the ordinary girl with a big mouth against Him: the sexy bastard with a big…ego.

I thought I’d hit the jackpot when I was upgraded to first class on my flight to London.

That is until HE sat next to me. Gabriel Scott: handsome as sin, cold as ice. Nothing and no one gets to him. Ever. He’s a legend in his own right, the manager of the biggest rock band in the world, and an arrogant ass who looks down his nose at me.

I thought I’d give him hell for one, long flight. I didn’t expect to like him. I didn’t expect to want him. But the biggest surprise? He wants me too. Only in a way I didn’t see coming.

If I accept his proposal, I leave myself open to falling for the one man I can’t manage. But I’m tempted to say yes. Because the real man beneath those perfect suits and that cool façade just might be the best thing that’s ever happened to me. And I just might be the only one who can melt the ice around his heart.

Let the battle begin…

Giveaway Winners

No winners to announce this week, sorry…maybe next week? 🙂

That does it for this week’s weekly wrap up. How was your week in books? Hear any book news that we missed? Get any new books you want to share? Review any books we should check out? Please share.


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Weekly Wrap Up (1)

Posted July 3, 2016 by Rowena in Features, Giveaway Winners | 2 Comments

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I follow a lot of book blogs and one of my favorite features I love seeing every week are the weekly wrap up posts that some blogs have. Smexy Books does one, Nick & Neyreda’s Infinite Book List has their own version of the weekly wrap up post and I figured, why don’t we do this at Book Binge? Well, now we do. Actually, now I do.

Here you’ll see what you missed on the blog, what’s new in our book world and we’ll announce winners for giveaways that we host here on the blog.

Weekly Feature Updates

7/01: What Are You Reading? (291) | Come find out what Casee, Holly and I are reading this week and share what you’re reading too. The good and the bad…we want to know!
7/02: WTF Cover Saturday (165) | This week’s WTF Cover is a doozy…you won’t want to miss it.
7/03: Sunday Spotlight: Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis | When I wrote this post, I hadn’t read the book but I’ve read it now and it’s definitely worth the spotlight. Go on over to the post and catch the excerpt that got me all excited to meet Finn!

Reviews Posted

6/27: Rowena reviews The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon | 4.25 out of 5
6/28: Tracy reviews MacLean’s Passion by Sharon Cullen | 3.75 out of 5
6/29: Tracy reviews Sweet Little Lies by Jill Shalvis | 4 out of 5
6/30: Jen reviews Under the Wire by Helenkay Dimon | 5 out of 5
7/01: Tracy reviews Stormswept by Sabrina Jeffries, writing as Deborah Martin | 4 out of 5

Blog Tours

6/27: Release Day Blitz: The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon
6/28: Release Day Blitz: Forevermore by Kristen Callihan
6/29: Blog Tour: Tough Luck Hero by Maisey Yates
6/30: Blog Tour: A Gentleman Never Tells by Eloisa James

Book Stuff we’re obsessed with this week

  • Julie James dropped some serious news on us this week and I’m super stoked about it. She’s revealed her new title AND cover for her upcoming 2017 book. The title was changed from Flirty Little Secrets to The Thing about Love and here’s the new cover:

The Thing About Love

You can pre-order The Thing about Love now. [Amazon] | [iBooks].

  • My favorite part of every week is receiving new newsletters from my favorite authors because those things are filled with the best news. This week, Kristen Callihan made two announcements. First, Managed (Book 2 in her new VIP series) will be releasing on October 18, 2016 and the next book in the Game On series will come out in January of 2017. We have Callihan goodness to look forward to. Yippy skippy!

  • Is anyone reading Jen Frederick’s weekly serial Lainey’s List? If you’re not, you should definitely fix that. It’s addicting and my Fridays aren’t the same without reading the latest chapter. This week’s chapter is a good one. If you’re interested in reading it, just sign up for her newsletter and a new chapter will show up in your inbox every week. You can catch up on her blog here.

Our weekly winners wrap up is going to be a part of this weekly post and this week, we’ve got some winners.

Monthly Reads: May 2016

Psy/Changeling Book of Choice

Katie Bynum

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen:

Helen

Blood Magic by Jennifer Lyon:

Kareni

Sunday Spotlight: June 2016

Janhvi

Winners: You will be contacted by email so please keep your eye out. 🙂 Check back on Sundays to see if you’re a winner in one of our giveaways.

That does it for our very first weekly wrap up post. You’ll be seeing a lot more of these posts every week, I promise. So how was your week in books? Hear any great book news we missed? Get any new books we would like? Review any books we should check out? Please share. 🙂


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Release Day Blitz: Forevermore by Kristen Callihan

Posted June 28, 2016 by Rowena in Promotions | 0 Comments

Kristen Callihan is a favorite here at Book Binge and she’s got a book release TODAY! Forevermore is the seventh book in the Darkest London series and it looks like another good one. Check it out!


Forevermore by Kristen Callihan
Darkest London Series #7
Releases on June 28, 2016 by Piatkus Books

Isolated and alone, Sin Evernight is one of the most powerful supernatural creatures in heaven and on earth. As an angel of vengeance, he hunts down the darkest evil, but when his long-lost friend, Layla Starling, needs him, he vows to become her protector. Even though she will be horrified by the man he has become.

Now a famous singer and the toast of London, Layla believes that Sin is only here to guard her from rabid fans and ardent suitors. However, the truth is far more sinister. Desperate to avoid losing Layla a second time, Sin will face a test of all his powers to defeat an unstoppable foe – and win an eternity with the woman he loves.

Excerpt

One might think being an immortal was a blessing, never grow old, never grow sick, never die. At one time in St. John Evernight’s life, he considered it a blessing too. He would be around long after the simple humans who surrounded him were nothing but dust. They could stare all they liked at his “strange” hair and frosty green eyes. They could gossip and speculate about him until they lost their voices. It didn’t matter. He was untouchable, and they were but fragile sacks of blood and bone.

How naive he’d been. Because living forever merely meant a lack of escape from the desolation of regret and loneliness. He knew now that he could walk down Jermyn Street endlessly, see the sands of time shift and rearrange before him, and never be a part of life.

“Brooding, Mr. Evernight?”

Sin almost jumped at the sudden sound of Augustus’s voice by his side. Damn, the blasted man loved to startle him. He gave Augustus a passing glance. Dressed in conservative brown tweed and a bowler hat, the angel appeared every inch the English gentlemen, save for his dark coloring that marked him to be from Southern climes.

“It’s really quite the trick, popping up like a soap bubble whenever you choose, Augustus. You must teach me how one day.”

The man’s mouth twitched. “With your luck, you’d pop up in the middle of a parliamentary session.”

Yes, Sin had abominable luck. Or perhaps it was more a matter of making abominable choices.

“You’re brooding again,” Augustus remarked.

“I’m not brooding. This is simply my face.”

Augustus snorted but remained silent as they walked along, past Trafalgar Square and down Whitehall.

“Care to tell me why you called me here?” Sin asked, when they came upon the grounds of Westminster. For the past year, Sin had been in Rome, soaking in the warmer temperatures, drinking espresso in cafes along the Piazza della Rotunda, under the shade of the ancient Pantheon. He’d eaten simple but delicious food, and listened to the rapid fire of Italian, and felt…well, not peace, but a measure of contentment.

Until Augustus had sent for him. Returning to England sat like a stone in his gut. But he would obey. Augustus was his mentor, and the man who’d given him salvation. The price was a lifetime of servitude. To be fair, his role was for justice, not evil, which was a nice change of pace.

A massive dray rattled past, kicking up dust and sending a fug of stale manure into the air. They hurried past the cloud and headed for Westminster Abbey. Sin hadn’t planned on visiting today, but here they were all the same. He wondered if Augustus somehow had led him to their usual meeting place or if Sin had merely headed that way because of the man’s sudden arrival.

He’d like to think the latter. It did not sit well with him having another control his actions. Not since a certain evil fae had kept Sin as a blood slave for years. Even now, the memory made his stomach turn.
Not a soul acknowledged them as they walked through the abbey and into the cloisters. Here, a rare bit of sunlight peeked through the constant cloud cover and cast lacy shadows along the walkway. The sound of their boot heels clacked out a steady rhythm as they strolled along.

“Layla returns to London tonight.”

At the mention of her name, Sin’s heart stilled within his breast. He’d tried his best to ward off all finer feelings, to remain numb, detached from life. And yet he could not, for the life of him, remain immune to Layla Starling. His childhood friend. The one woman who could take his breath, his reason, simply by laying eyes upon her.

Stuffing his shaking hands into his trouser pockets, Sin forced himself to keep an even tone. “So then I am to begin watching over her?”

God, but he did not want to. It would be agony, staying so close to her and never being allowed to show his true feelings. And yet a thrum of anticipation went through him at the mere prospect of seeing Layla once more.

“Are you ready?” Augustus asked, though his expression told Sin he fully expected an affirmative answer.

So Sin told him the only truth left to him. “I will not fail her.”

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USA Today bestselling author Kristen Callihan is a writer because there is nothing else she’d rather be. She is a three-time RITA nominee and winner of two RT Reviewers Choice awards. Her novels have garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal, as well as being awarded top picks by many reviewers. Her debut book, Firelight, received RT Book Reviews' Seal of Excellence, was named a best book of the year by Library Journal, best book of Spring 2012 by Publisher's Weekly, and was named the best romance book of 2012 by ALA RUSA. When she is not writing, she is reading.


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