What Are You Reading? (635)

Posted February 3, 2023 by Casee in Reviews | 2 Comments

Casee

I started a new-to-me series & author this week. I’m reading Knight’s Salvation (Knights of Hell #2) by Sherilee Gray. I love Kindle Unlimited!

I just finished Things We Never Got Over (Knockemout #1) by Lucy Score. I am absolutely positive that this is going on my Best of 2023 list. It was such a good book & the narrators are amazing. I’m going to start Good Boy (WAGs #1) by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy. I really liked Him (Him #1) & Us (Him #2).

Holly

I read Protecting What’s Mine by Lucy Score and Red Rope of Fate by K.M. Shea this week and reread Night Unbound by Dianne Duvall and Steadfast by Sarina Bowen.

I started Finally Mine by Lucy Score. I’m only about 10% in but it’s good so far.

What are you reading this week? Any new favorites or books that drove you crazy? Share!


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Monthly Recap: January 2023

Posted February 2, 2023 by Casee in Features, Giveaway Winners | 2 Comments

Hey guys! Can you believe it’s already February?

The Monthly Recap is exactly that, a monthly recap of what we’re reading, reviewing, and blogging about on Book Binge. We’ve also got some winners to announce for our monthly giveaways. If you missed anything on the blog last month, we’ve got you covered.

Here’s what you missed on the blog…

What We Reviewed

Casee reviewed Archangel’s Resurrection (Guild Hunter #15) by Nalini Singh | 4 out of 5
Casee reviewed Recovery Road (Torpedo Ink #8) by Christine Feehan | 4 out of 5
Casee reviewed Promise Me Always (Redemption Hills #4) by A.L. Jackson | 3.75 out of 5

What We Posted


Happy New Year!
Best of 2022: The Books
What Are You Reading? (631)
Best of 2022: The Series
Best of 2022: The Authors
Best of 2022: The Rereads
What Are You Reading (632)
Monthly Recap: September & October 2022
Worst of 2022: The Books
Books to Binge On: January 2023
Monthly Reads: December 2022
What Are You Reading? (633)
Monthly Recap: November & December 2022
Sunday Spotlight: Recovery Road by Christine Feehan
What Are You Reading? (634)
Books to Binge On: February 2023

Giveaway Winners

Michael S
Tammy S
Kim

Monthly Reads: December 2022

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Sunday Spotlight: January 2023

Winners: Please shoot us an email at admin[at]thebookbinge.com then let us know which book you choose, and where you would like us to send your prize.

That does it for this month’s recap. We hope that you’re all having a great day and we hope you look forward to what we have in store for February.


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Monthly Reads: January 2023

Posted February 1, 2023 by Casee in Features, Giveaways | 5 Comments

It’s a new month so we’re back with a list of our Monthly Reads to share with each of you. This is where you’ll see what each of us has read and what our favorite books and our least favorite books of the month are. Check it out.

Casee

I only read 11 books this month & most of them were rereads. Here is hoping for a better February.

The Prize by Julie Garwood (reread)(audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Winter’s Awakening (Warlords of Empyrea #2) by Georgia Lyn Hunter | 4.5 out of 5
Warlord’s Storm (Warlords of Empyrea #3) by Geoergia Lyn Hunter | 4 out of 5
The Bride by Julie Garwood (reread)(audio) | 4.5 out of 5
Archangel’s Resurrection (Guild Hunter #15) by Nalini Singh (reread)(audio) | 4 out of 5
Beyond Destiny (Fallen Guardians #8) by Georgia Lyn Hunter | 4.5 out of 5
Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter #8) by Nalini Singh (reread)(audio) | 5 out of 5
Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter #9) by Nalini Singh (reread)(audio) | 5 out of 5
Archangel’s War (Guild Hunter #12) by Nalini Singh (reread)(audio) | 4.75 out of 5
Ancient Vengeance (Ancients Rising #6) by Katie Reus | 4.25 out of 5
Promise Me Always (Redemption Hills #4) by A.L. Jackson | 3.75 out of 5

My favorite book of the month was Winter’s Awakening (Warlords of Empyrea #2) by Georgia Lyn Hunter. I loved Sebris. My favorite reread was Archangel’s Enigma (Guild Hunter #8) by Nalini Singh. I don’t remember reading this book, so it was like reading it for the first time. Love that.

Holly

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (audio) (reread) | 5 out of 5
The Return of Eden McCall (Wide Open Spaces #3) by Judith Duncan (reread)| 4 out of 5
The Hookup (Game On #1) by Kristen Callihan (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Fall Into Me (Hearts of the South #7) by Linda Winfree (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
The King’s Captive (Gates of Myth and Power #1) by K.M. Shea | 3 75 out of 5
The King’s Shadow (Gates of Myth and Power #2) by K.M. Shea | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Rises (Kate Daniels #6) by Ilona Andrews (audio) (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Breaks (Kate Daniels #7) by Ilona Andrews (audio) (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Magic Shifts (Kate Daniels #8 by Ilona Andrews (audio) (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Heart of Ice (The Snow King #1) by K.M. Shea | 3.5 out of 5
Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews (audio) (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Sacrifice (The Snow King #2) by K.M. Shea | 3.25 out of 5
Snowflakes (The Snow King #2.5) by K.M. Shea | 2.5 out of 5
Magic Triumphs (Kate Daniels #10) by Ilona Andrews (audio) (reread) | 4.5 out of 5
Protecting What’s Mine (Benevolence #3) by Lucy Score (audio) | 4.25 out of 5
Red Rope of Fate by K.M. Shea| 3.25 out of 5

My favorite read of the month was Protecting What’s Mine by Lucy Score. I really liked the small town and the romance. My least favorite read was Sacrifice by K.M. Shea. I didn’t dislike the book, but I was really hoping for more and ended up disappointed.

Giveaway Alert

Three lucky winners will choose their prize (one book) from any of the books we logged this month. If you want to be entered to win, leave a comment on this post telling us what your favorite – and least favorite – reads of the month were.

Monthly Reads: January 2023

So…what was your favorite read of the month? And your least favorite? Use the Gleam Widget to enter! Good luck!


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Books to Binge On: February 2023

Posted January 31, 2023 by Casee in Features | 2 Comments

Books to Binge On

Our Books to Binge On feature is pretty simple in its purpose. Every month, we put together a monthly new releases list of books that we’re all looking forward to. These are the books that we can’t wait to read and want everyone to add to their monthly binge-reading lists. Here are the books that we plan to binge on in February of 2023.


Things We Hide From the Light (Knockemout #2) by Lucy Score

Nash Morgan was always known as the good Morgan brother, with a smile and a wink for everyone. But now, this chief of police is recovering from being shot and his Southern charm has been overshadowed by panic attacks and nightmares. He feels like a broody shell of the man he once was. Nash isn’t about to let anyone in his life know he’s struggling. But his new next-door neighbor, smart and sexy Lina, sees his shadows. As a rule, she’s not a fan of physical contact unless she initiates it, but for some reason Nash’s touch is different. He feels it too. The physical connection between them is incendiary, grounding him and making her wonder if exploring it is worth the risk.

Too bad Lina’s got secrets of her own, and if Nash finds out the real reason she’s in town, he’ll never forgive her. Besides, she doesn’t do relationships. Ever. A hot, short-term fling with a local cop? Absolutely. Sign her up. A relationship with a man who expects her to plant roots? No freaking way. Once she gets what she’s after, she has no intention of sticking around. But Knockemout has a way of getting under people’s skin. And once Nash decides to make Lina his, he’s not about to be dissuaded…even if it means facing the danger that nearly killed him.


The Counterfeit Scoundrel (The Chessmen: Masters of Seduction #1) by Lorraine Heath

Born into an aristocratic family, yearning for a life beyond Society’s strictures, Marguerite “Daisy” Townsend is an enterprising sleuth. Hired to obtain proof of a wife’s infidelity, she secures a position in the household of the woman’s lover, never expecting to be lured into the seductive blackguard’s arms herself.

Devilishly handsome, David Blackwood, known widely as Bishop, quickly realizes the enticing maid is interested in far more than dusting. She aims to uncover his sins. Although tempted by the dangerous beauty, he can’t risk her learning the truth: his affairs are chaste. As a boy who witnessed his mother’s abusive relationship, Bishop now helps desperate wives escape unhappy marriages.

Yet when he is accused of murdering the husband of a “paramour,” he is forced to seek Daisy’s assistance in proving his innocence. As their perilous search draws them into a web of deceits, they can no longer deny their simmering desire. Once secrets are revealed, will Daisy’s counterfeit scoundrel give up the scandalous games he plays and surrender his heart into her keeping?


Cold-Blooded Liar by Karen Rose

Sam Reeves is a kindhearted psychologist who treats court-ordered clients. After one of his patients–a pathological liar–starts revealing plausible new details from a long-unsolved serial murder case, he’s compelled to report anonymously to the SDPD tip line, though his attempts to respect patient confidentiality land him facedown and cuffed by the aggressive (and cute) Detective McKittrick.

San Diego homicide detective Kit McKittrick loves the water. She lives on a boat, and when she’s not solving crimes with the SDPD, she’s assisting her foster sister with her charter fishing business, scuba diving, or playing with her poodle. But there’s nothing that intrigues Kit more than a cold case, so when an anonymous caller leads her on the path of a wanted killer, she’s determined to end the decade-long manhunt.

Sam is soon released but goes home with both a newfound distaste for the SDPD and a resolve–not unlike Kit’s–to uncover the truth. Kit and Sam repeatedly butt heads in their separate investigations but are forced to work together to find one of the deadliest serial killers the city has faced in a decade.


Encore in Death by J.D. Robb

It was a glittering event full of A-listers, hosted by Eliza Lane and Brant Fitzhugh, the most glittering of all celebrity couples. Everyone had expected the party to be in the newspapers the next day but not because one of the hosts was murdered! As the crowd had gathered to watch Eliza sing, Fitzhugh had raised a final toast to his glamorous wife and fallen to the floor. Death by cyanide poisoning. It’s time for Lt. Eve Dallas to make her entrance.

From all accounts, Fitzhugh wasn’t the kind of star who made enemies. Eliza, on the other hand, had many rivals, and a few of them could class as enemies. Since the champagne cocktail that killed Brant was originally intended for Eliza, could it be that she was the real target?

With so many people at the party, Eve has her work cut out determining who could commit murder in the middle of a crowd. As one who’s not fond of the spotlight, she dreads the media circus surrounding a case like this. All she wants is to figure out who’s truly innocent, and who’s only acting that way…


The New Guy (Brooklyn #11) by Sarina Bowen

My name is Hudson Newgate, but my teammates call me New Guy.

That was my nickname in Chicago, too. And Vancouver. That’s what happens when you keep getting traded. Brooklyn is my last chance, especially after my poor performance last season.

But I can make this work. The new guy knows to keep his head down and shoot the puck. The new guy puts the game first.

What he doesn’t do is hook up with the other new guy—a hot athletic trainer who lives in my building. Gavin needs this job with my team. He’s a single dad with responsibilities.

We can’t be a couple. My arrogant agent–who’s also my father–will lose his mind if I’m dating a dude. And my team needs me to score goals, not whip up a media circus.

Too bad Gavin and I are terrible at resisting each other…


The House Witch 3 (The House Witch #3) by Delemhach

House witch Finlay Ashowan is pulled out of the kitchen—and into the fire—as war, family, and love collide in the third book of this fantasy romance series.

Having somehow convinced Lady Annika Jenoure to marry him, all Finlay Ashowan wants to do is settle down, cook some good meals, and enjoy a quiet life in Daxaria. But fate has different plans.

Fin’s father, Aidan Helmer, fire witch and servant of King Matthias of Troivack, has arrived in the kingdom with devastating news: Annika’s brother Charles has been taken prisoner, and the only way his life will be spared is if Annika or Fin goes to plead his case. Given that an attack from Troivack is imminent, there’s no way some trickery isn’t involved in this plot.

Now it’s up to Fin, with the help of his family, friends, and wily kitten familiar, Kraken, to attempt a daring mission of rescue and espionage. But he’ll need to move quickly—because if he can’t find a way to fend off his father and keep Daxaria safe, all his dreams might go up in flames.

With twists and turns around every corner, The House Witch 3 brilliantly continues this irresistible new series, replete with romance, magic, courtly intrigue, mystery, and humor.


Only You (Adair Family #5) by Samantha Young

Once upon a time, Monroe Sinclair was Brodan Adair’s best friend, but now he’s a stranger and one of Hollywood’s leading men…

It took Monroe Sinclair eighteen years to return home to Ardnoch after a fateful night that devastated her friendship with Brodan Adair. She fled her unrequited love for him, as well as her difficult family life, and tried not to look behind her. Only a daughter’s guilt could lure her back to the Highlands and the assumption that Brodan Adair rarely ever sets foot in their hometown. She can handle seeing the rest of the Adairs so long as she can avoid her ex-best friend and the only man she’s ever loved.

Nothing is more important to Brodan than family, and only his demons have the power to keep him from them. For years, acting was something he was lucky enough to be good at, yet it wasn’t his priority—Ardnoch and his siblings were. But when a ghost from his past returned out of the blue, Brodan tried to outrun its haunting, taking him further and further from home. When exhaustion finally forces him back to the family fold, the last thing he wants is to encounter another ghost. But that’s exactly what Monroe Sinclair has been to him.

When a promise to his nephew obliges Brodan to work with Monroe, it forces them to face their past. The explosive connection that has always existed between them resurrects truths long buried. Yet, just when they might be on the brink of a second chance, the ghost from Brodan’s past finally catches up to him and threatens not just their happiness, but their very lives.


A Very Filthy Game (Winner Takes All #3) by Lauren Blakely

When the British billionaire wants to teach the cocky athlete a brand new kind of game…

Lately, I’ve been full of questions. One hot summer night, I find all the answers when I kiss another guy for the first time. But he disappears, leaving me wondering who my mystery man was.
I can’t stop thinking about him. Even on the ball field, I’m daydreaming about his hungry hands, and the filthy things he whispered in his posh British accent.
Somehow, I still win one of the biggest games of my career, and afterward, the man surprises me with an invitation: “Meet me in a private suite.”
When I RSVP, he makes me an offer–one chance to try all the things I’ve never experienced. Then we’ll walk away.
But once will never be enough.
Soon I’m locked into an intense lessons-in-seduction game with the secretive billionaire who keeps love at a distance, all while he pushes the boundaries of my brand-new desires.
Then, I learn that all my desires come with a terrible cost, as he breaks down the walls around my heart.

What books are you looking forward to reading this month? Share in the comments!


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Review: Promise Me Always by A.L. Jackson

Posted January 30, 2023 by Casee in Reviews | 0 Comments

Review: Promise Me Always by A.L. JacksonReviewer: Casee
Promise Me AlwaysNarrator: Connor Crais, Samantha Brentmoor
Series: Redemption Hills #4
Also in this series: Give Me a Reason, Say It's Forever
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: January 30, 2023
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Pages: 491
Length: 12 hours and 37 minutes
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four-stars
Series Rating: five-stars

I should know better than to let Tessa McDaniels pretend to be my fiancée.I’m a dark, dangerous disaster who leaves destruction in his wake.But when she offers to pretend to marry me to help me get my kids back, I can’t refuse. They are the one thing I have left to fight for.
Milo Hendricks found me at my lowest.Battered and broken by my ex with no place to call home. When he insists I stay at his cabin with him, he sparks the feelings I’ve tried to suppress.He’s only supposed to be my friend, but every time he comes in the room, he makes my knees weak.This gorgeous, tatted, mountain-of-a-man who’s riddled with secrets.
Tessa is everything I crave but can’t have.I shouldn’t touch her.Shouldn’t make it real.But she’s a red-headed flame I can’t resist, and I can’t help but take her to my bed.
Now we’re falling into an abyss of passion and need.Loving her is easy.Only we’re tied in ways we don’t know.I’ll do anything to protect her, but it’s my past that might destroy her in the end…

Tessa McDaniels was introduced as Eden’s quirky but loving friend in Give Me a Reason. She became more prominent of a character as the series continued, until it was obvious she needed her own book. Tessa is a woman that is holding out for her “Ace”. Due to the situation she finds herself in after her brother is injured, Tessa doesn’t think she will ever find her Ace.

Milo Hendricks is a bouncer at Absolution. The head tough guy. But the head tough guy wasn’t really a tough guy at all. He’s a softie. Hard on the outside & gooey on the inside. It made for quite the contradiction. All Milo wants in his life is to get his kids back from their grandparents. After his wife died, Milo was certain that he had (and lost) his chance at happiness. Then he meets Tessa & all his thoughts go up in smoke.

After Tessa finds herself in an unimaginable situation, Milo is there to help her pick up the pieces. He is there for her when she feels like she has no one else. Even her gang of girlfriends and their families aren’t enough to make her feel less alone. Then Milo comes in & saves the day. The least she can do is help him get it kids back. Right? Because it’s a great idea to lie to everyone you love. I did have a hard time with that even though I understood.

This was definitely a friends-to-lovers book. It was so nice to see Milo & Tessa’s friendship grow into more. I loved both these characters. Milo was everything a tortured alpha hero should be. Tessa was a combination of sweet and spunky. They just fit. They fit from the very first page they came together.

It took me five long days to finish this book. ALJ generally tends to write angsty novels, but this one took angsty to a whole other level. Like I was feeling anxiety when I was reading this book. I felt relief when it was over because I just couldn’t take it anymore. That doesn’t mean it wasn’t a good book. It was a great book. It was just a lot. A lot of blame, self-hatred, grief, and love. It really did have everything that I usually love when I a read an ALJ.

Rating: 3.75 out of 5.

Redemption Hills

four-stars


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