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Best of 2023: The Authors

Posted January 19, 2024 by Casee in Features | 1 Comment


Suzanne Wright: Suzanne Wright was a new-to-me author in 2023. Her books are so engaging that I had difficulty finding books to read after I glommed her backlist. I was just pulled in every single time. I’m generally not someone that re-reads books, but I’ve re-read almost all her books.

J.T. Geissinger: J.T. Geissinger was also a new-to-me author this year. I’m not a fan of mafia stories and didn’t know that I had picked one up. Her writing is so good that I decided I had to have more. I love her.

Sherilee Gray: Yet another new-to-me author. Sherilee Gray writes in almost every genre and I couldn’t get enough.

Lucy Score: Lucy Score has been a favorite of mine for years, but I really feel like this year, she really shined.

Georgia Lynn Hunter: And my last new-to-me author on this list. Her books reminded me of Sherilee Gray and I was thrilled to find another author that I loved.

Honorable Mentions: Nalini Singh and Victoria Ashley.


Ilona Andrews: The GOAT. I adore this duo. There’s nothing they’ve written that I don’t love. Sigh.

Suzanne Wright: I’ve read Wright for years, but I really binged her books this year. I love her blend of strong female leads, supportive (yet alpha) males and humor/drama. These aren’t light books, per se, but they leave me feeling happy every time.

Michelle Manus: I don’t love all the books I’ve read by Manus, but I can’t deny that I always finish them wanting more. The Nyx Fortuna series in particular is addicting and beloved.

Lucy Score: Another author I binge-read in 2023. I absolutely adored several of her books. While I didn’t love every single title, I know what to expect when I pick up one of her books.

Kenley Davidson: This was a new-to-me author in 2024. She has a giant backlist and I found it easy to fall into her books. The fairytale feel hit just right with me this year. Fair warning, the spice level is nil, but I found I didn’t mind since the stories were engaging.

Honorable Mentions: Dianne Duvall and Rachel Bach.

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Best of 2018: The Series

Posted January 4, 2019 by Rowena in Features | 2 Comments

Romance readers are no strangers to series. We follow along gleefully from book to book, meeting and loving each new character that we meet. Here on Book Binge, we read a lot of series and here are our favorites from 2018.


Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews: Holy shit though. This series blew all other series out of the water for me during 2018. I had no idea that I would love this series as much as I did. It was a combination of things that did it for me, but it was mostly Nevada. She was so kickass. Her love for her family was always front-and-center. She would do anything, sacrifice anything for her family. Adding Connor “Mad” Rogan into the Baylor family dynamic just makes for a good read.

Dark Protectors series by Rebecca Zanetti: This is one of those series that did it for me as a whole. There isn’t one book I can put my finger on that stood out. Well, there is one, but it was mostly all of them. The war between species also hooked me because, seriously, how can the humans be so fucking clueless? Would we be that clueless? Those are the things I ask myself as I’m reading. For real.

Us series by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy: Okay, there were only two books in this series before it continued into a different series (of which I have yet to read), but these two books? Wow. Just, wow. I’m serious. I don’t exactly read m/m romance on a regular basis, but I really like these two authors. I knew they wouldn’t let me down. I was right. This series was seriously amazing. It’s a love story between two people. You forget that you’re reading about two men. For the most part.

The Perfect Gentlemen by Shayla Black and Lexi Blake: I just had damn good luck with writing duos last year. Honestly, I am going to check out more duos this year. This series was rooted in a bond between five boys that went to the same boarding school. Their bond follows them all the way into adulthood where one of them became President of the United States and one of them was murdered. Now they’re all trying to figure out whodunit.

Scorpius Syndrome series by Rebecca Zanetti: Yes, I have two Zanetti series on this list, which I didn’t even realize. The post-apocalypse world that she has built here is fascinating to me. When will resources run out? Will people finally band fully together against the President because he’s completely psycho or will he finally get his hands on Lynn? Will someone finally be able to bring a baby to term? I love dystopian romance and this is really well written.


The Mercury Pack by Suzanne Wright: While I love the Phoenix Pack books, I prefer the Mercury Pack. I binge-read this series in December and fell all the way in love with the Mercury Pack wolves and their mates.

Mystic Bayou by Molly Harper: I just can’t say enough about this series. I listened to the audios and the town and characters really came to life. I loved the zany humor and sweet romances.

The Others by Anne Bishop: Bishop is a fabulous talent, and I feel like she really shines with this series. I was fully immersed in the Courtyard and the lives of those who inhabit it. Bishop tackles heavy issues like racism and abuse, yet does it so expertly I didn’t feel preached to – or at.

Binti by Nnedi Okorafor: This Sci-Fi series was so well drawn I felt like I was there with Binti as she struggled between what she felt she needed to be fulfilled vs the expectations of her family. The world-building was wonderful and Binti herself really pulled me in. I highly recommend the trilogy.

Sins for All Seasons by Lorraine Heath: I’m loving the humor, wit and romance in this series. Each book features an unconventional set of characters that really drew me in and made the stories come to life.

Honorable Mentions: Moonshadow by Thea Harrison, Kate Daniels and Hidden Legacy by Ilona Andrews and Southern Eclectic by Molly Haper.


Sins for All Seasons series by Lorraine Heath: This is probably the one series from 2018 that my entire book club agreed on. We read the first two books throughout this year and everyone loved both books. I’m very much looking forward to seeing where Lorraine Heath takes this series and I can’t wait to dig into my eARC of The Scoundrel in Her Bed.

Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews: Every single book in this series is off the hook good. I adore pretty much everything from Nevada, Connor, Nevada’s family and all of the shenanigans that she gets into with Connor and then there’s all of the action she sees on her assignments? Love this series!

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs: Thanks to Holly, I picked this series up again this year and made some steady progress on it too. I am loving all things Mercy and Adam, and just Mercy in general. I love how she tries to mind her own business but keeps getting swept up in drama that’s not hers. I loved her attitude, her fierce determination to make it on her own and I love the people she surrounds herself with. I need to finish this series out and I will, I need to know about Adam’s ex trying to mess with him and Mercy’s relationship.

The Kiss Quotient series by Helen Hoang: I completely adored this book and loved seeing Stella and Michael come together in love. I can’t wait to get to know Michael’s cousin in the next book in this series. I’m so freaking anxious.

The McCabe Trilogy by Maya Banks: I had never read anything by Maya Banks until this past year and holy cow, her books are packed with drama and emotions and just everything. This series, in particular, made me super happy but then the characters made me want to cut a bitch and then I ugly cried in the end in every single book. This series is great!

Honorable Mentions: The Girl Meets Duke series by Tessa Dare, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han, and the Alpha & Omega series by Patricia Briggs.

What were some of your favorite series that you read in 2018?

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Best of 2017: The Series

Posted January 4, 2018 by Rowena in Features | 6 Comments


Killer Instincts series by Elle Kennedy. While the books weren’t absolutely fabulous individually, the series all together is. I’ve never had that experience, so it was new to me. There were even some main characters that I didn’t like. Kennedy has a gift for making the reader go from love to hate back to love again.

Masters and Mercenaries by Lexi Blake. I discovered this series quite by accident. When Ian showed up in Revenge, I knew he had to have his own book somewhere. He was too alpha not to. Lucky for me, I found that I was right. Masters and Mercenaries is a D/s series. At first I was a little put off while reading the series, but I have grown to love this series, D/s and all.

Sisters of the Heart by Christine Feehan. I adore this series. The five women that were brought together through circumstance created a bond that can’t be broken. It really tells the story of a family that isn’t related by blood, but are closer than blood relatives. All the women were damaged in their own way.

Vampires in America by D.B. Reynolds. D.B. Reynolds, where has this series been my entire reading life? I don’t know how I missed the Vampires in America, but miss it I did.

Black Dagger Legacy by J.R. Ward. I am really enjoying this spinoff of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. I daresay that it’s better than the BDB series. It’s a fresh look into the world that JRW created what seems like ages ago.


Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews: I can’t wait for the next book to be released..and at the same time I’m dreading it because it’ll be the last.

Mercy Thompson by Patricia Briggs: Briggs never disappoints. Every time I pick up a Mercy book I feel like I’m joining good friends.

Moonshadow by Thea Harrison: This is a spinoff of the Elder Races series. I love how broad the world is. I can’t wait for the next book.

Magdalene by Kristen Ashley: If you’re looking for small-town romance, this is a great series.

Brooklyn Bruisers by Sarina Bowen: Sexy Hockey players.. smart, independent women…good stuff.

Psy-Changeling/Trinity by Nalini Singh: I really love the Psy-Changeling series and I’m excited to see where things head now.

Honorable Mentions: The Innkeeper Chronicles by Ilona Andrews. It gets an honorable mention because the most recent book was released in 2016. But there’s a new chapter up at Ilona-Andrews.com! Maud! EEEE. Moonlight and Motor Oil by Kristen Ashley. I didn’t love book one, but I enjoyed it enough that I’m anticipating the next release. Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs. Anna and Charles. Sigh. Whiskey Sharp by Lauren Dane. The first book isn’t out until later this month, but I read it in 2017 so I’m including it here.


Brooklyn Bruisers series by Sarina Bowen: I just keep right on loving each book that comes out in this series. The first book, Georgia got on my hot damn nerves but not Leo. I loved him. Then I read Patrick’s book and loved it and then Beacon and Lauren’s book and gah. I loved that one too. Sarina Bowen is such a great author or contemporary romances. I just love this series to pieces.

The Disgraceful Dukes series by Lenora Bell: This was a delightful discovery for me. I first heard about it from one of my blog buddies and tried it out after my sister read the first book and really enjoyed it so I got all of the books and I glommed them all in a week. All three books. There’s so much goodness in this series and I am looking forward to more greatness from Lenora Bell in the new year.

The WAGs series by Sarina Bowen & Elle Kennedy: I really love reading sports romances and I’m really digging the whole world that Sarina & Elle have created for these characters. The characters, the hockey, the love, it’s all great. Just freaking great.

The Oxford series by Lauren Layne: I love this series and really enjoyed the latest addition. Nick and Taylor were a great couple and even though they weren’t perfect, their story was still pretty fantastic. I’m going to be really sad when this series ends because it continues to really shine in my eyes. So much love for this series.

The Royally series by Emma Chase: I didn’t know that I loved a royal romance until I read this series. Emma Chase really shines at writing the male perspective and she continues to do that well in this series. I really enjoyed all of the books in this series and cannot wait for the spin off series that will be releasing soon. Woo hoo for Tommy’s story!

What were some of your favorite series that you read in 2017?

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Best of 2014: The Series

Posted January 7, 2015 by Rowena in Features | 27 Comments

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Rowena: There were a lot of fantastic series introduced to me this year and some of my favorite authors continued or ended some of my favorite series. Here are my favorites of the year.

  1. Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. I adored this series and was sad to say good bye to the town and characters that I’ve loved year in and year out for the past few years. I’m going to miss these guys so much! Shalvis really cranked the Lucky Harbor books out this year and each book entertained the socks right off me like only Shalvis can do. If you haven’t read this series, you should fix that because how can you not know who Tanner, Sam and Cole are? They’re awesome!

  2. The Ivy Years series by Sarina Bowen. I read this series in less than a week and toward the end of the year but holy crap did I love the heck out of these books. Every single one. There were a couple of things that broke my heart (basketball related things) but other than that, I adored this series. I’m SO looking forward to more from this series and from this author. She’s freaking rad.

  3. Rusk University series by Cora Carmack. Cora Carmack has introduced another winner of a series for me. She did a remarkable job of redeeming Silas’ character in All Broke Down because I thought he was a douche in All Lined Up and then his book came out and I wasn’t excited at all but then I thought it’s a Cora Carmack, she’ll fix things…and she did. I cannot wait for more from this series.

  4. On Dublin Street series by Samantha Young. This year we got Cole’s book and it was another winner for me. I loved Cole and thought his book was fanfreakingtastic. Young delivers the goods with this series and every time I finish a book, I want another one. I’m so excited for Logan’s book.

  5. Between Breaths series by Christina Lee. Holy cow this is a good series. It’s one of my favorite series of the year. I loved each book and cannot wait for more. I’m pretty anxious for anything Christina Lee and am so thankful to Holly for pimping this series out to me. I can’t get enough of these characters and their stories.

Honorable Mentions: FBI/U.S. Attorney’s series by Julie James, Wait for You series by J. Lynn and the Castles Ever After series by Tessa Dare.

Holly: There were so many good series that started and ended in 2014, it’s hard to narrow them down.

  1. The Kowalski Family by Shannon Stacey. This family has become near and dear to me over the years. I’m sad to see the  end of them, but so glad I got to journey with them along the way.

  2. The Ivy Years by Sarina Bowen. This was a new-to-me author and series this year. I really loved the premise and Bowen’s writing. I can’t wait to see what comes next.

  3. Lucky Harbor by Jill Shalvis. Man, there have been some truly fabulous books that came out of this series. Though I expect to see great things from the new directions she goes in, I’m so sorry to see the end of this series. Lucky Harbor has become like a second home to me over the years. The inhabitants will always have a special place in my heart.

  4. On Dublin Street by Samantha Young. The books is this series have been hit and miss for me, but I can’t deny they’re compelling reads I end up falling into.

  5. Rock Kiss by Nalini Singh. I used to read Singh’s contemporary category romances years ago and I was very pleased to see her go back to her roots. The series is early yet, but I’m already hooked.

Honorable mentions: Petal, Georgia by Lauren Dane. Between Breaths by Christina Lee. Stage Dive by Kylie Scott.

What were the best series you read in 2014?

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Best of 2011: The Series.

Posted January 19, 2012 by Rowena in Features | 1 Comment

Holly: I often complain about the number of series books currently on the market, but I’m a total hypocrite. I always want to read more about the characters I love. I just can’t be pleased, apparently.

Series I fell in love with – or continue to love – in 2011:

1. Thea Harrison’s Elder Races series. Oh yes. Love.
2. Lauren Dane’s Federation series. Futuristic erotic rom with unexpected m/m love. Mmm.
3. The Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Anne Long – historical romance with smart characters. What more can you ask for?
4. The Iron Seas by Meljean Brook – Steampunk love.
5. Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis – Flawed characters falling in love in a small Northern California Coastal town. Yes please.

An honorable mention goes to Sarah MacLean’s The Rules of Scoundrels series, a spinoff of her Love by Numbers series. I didn’t include it in my top 5 for two reasons 1) it doesn’t come out until 2012 and 2) I’ve only read one book. I have a feeling it’s going to make the 2012 list, though.

Rowena: I didn’t read too many romance series last year but I did enjoy a few. Here’s my favorite series from last year.

1. Lucky Harbor series by Jill Shalvis. Fabulous contemporary series. Love the small town of Lucky Harbor.
2. The Turners series by Courtney Milan. Adore the Turner brothers and am salivating at the mouth to start Smite’s story.
3. Sunshine, Idaho series by Jill Shalvis. Loved Dell’s addition to this series and cannot freaking wait for Adam’s story.
4. The Dressmakers series by Loretta Chase. Wonderful start to a series that I have such high hopes for, I’m confident that Chase will not disappoint.
5. Love by Numbers series by Sarah MacLean.

All of these series brought a lot of entertainment and enjoyment into my life last year for a variety of reasons but I absolutely adored each of these series and out of all of the series that I started or continued, these five are at the top of my favorites list.

Casee: I don’t think many new books are written that aren’t series books these days. While I love a good series, I don’t enjoy a series that drags on and on. A series like the BDB that infinitely changes, doesn’t stick to any sort of schedule and just frustrates the reader in general.

My favorite series of 2011 were (and I expect will continue into 2012):

1. Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh
2. Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh (I’m a fangirl, I can’t help it)
3. Immortal After Dark series by Kresley Cole
4. Lords of the Underworld by Gena Showalter
5. Lords of Deliverance by Larissa Ione

What were your favorite series of 2011?

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