September 25th, 2016: What’s on My Kindle with guest, Roan Parrish

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On this week’s What’s On My Kindle?, special guest Roan Parrish takes over the podcast to celebrate the release of her novel, Where We Left Off (In the Middle of Somewhere #3)! There are five books currently on Roan’s Kindle and she delves deeply into them all. She touches on: a magical young adult novel, a horror mystery, a sexy coming of age story, a sci-fi novella, and a YA supers caper.

Listen to the podcast now (What’s On My Kindle? is always 10 minutes or less!). No time but still want killer book recs? All the books are listed after the podcast!

And as always, since there is book talk…there be spoilers!

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Authors Interviewing Authors: Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner interview each other

Today on Authors Interviewing Authors, it’s fantastic writing duo, Emma Barry and Genevieve Turner! They write sexy, diverse historicals set around the 1960s space program. Their stories are unique, and relevant, and just so spot on. If you haven’t picked them up, well, I highly suggest you devour the three books already out before getting in line with the rest of us while we wait impatiently for book 4!

In the meantime…here’s this awesome writing team talking about writing together, how they met, and a super list of stuff even they didn’t know about each other after four years.

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Contemporary Romance Review: Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh

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Published by: Riptide Publishing

Format: epub, paperback

Genre: contemporary romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Sara Beth

What to Expect: It’s Garrett Leigh. Expect awesomeness. Read More

Romantic Suspense Review: The Talented Mr. Rivers by Helenkay Dimon

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Published by: Loveswept

Format: eARC

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Buy here: Amazon

Reviewer: Erin

What to expect: Espionage, badassery, forced proximity hotness, and lots of terrible feelings!

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Contemporary Romance review: Connection Error by Annabeth Albert

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Published by: Carina Press

Format: eARC

Genre: contemporary romance

Buy here: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

Annabeth Albert has snuck up on me as an auto-buy author. I like her more and more, and her book are somehow always exactly what I’m in the mood for. I was less into her Perfect Harmony series, but this #Gaymers series is hitting all my buttons. Read More

Alisa Listens, Audio Review: Out of Nowhere by Roan Parrish

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Narrator:  Spencer Goss

Published by:  Dreamspinner Press

Format:  Audio

Genre:  Contemporary Romance

Order link: Audible

Reviewed by:  Alisa

What to expect:  A beautifully written, gritty story about a man’s journey through self-loathing to acceptance of who he is and who he can become.   Read More

Hockey Double Shot: Rookie Move by Sarina Bowen and Empty Net by Avon Gale

Hey guys, it’s almost hockey season! I say that with excitement, despite the fact that I’m a Bruins fan and they’re probably going to be terrible this year. Sigh. Anyway, if you just can’t wait until October, or if you just like a good sports romance for the romance, not the sport, here are two hockey romances you can read now!

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rookie moveRookie Move by Sarina Bowen

This book features Leo Trevi, a pro hockey players with the Brooklyn Bruisers, and his high school girlfriend Georgia. They were each other’s’ first love, and nobody else has measured up since. Leo is traded to the Bruisers, where he has to come face to face with Georgia (and her father, the coach, who hates Leo’s guts) and all they left behind. Georgia is dealing with trying to keep up after a new promotion and doesn’t have time to be distracted by the long-lost love of her life.

One thing I found refreshing about this book is that, while the event that pulls Leo and Georgia apart is her rape in senior year of high school, the rape itself is never described. The aftermath of Georgia’s assault has echoed through both of their lives, but it’s never dramatized or treated as the only defining event in her life. It’s a choice you don’t often see, and I appreciated the choice the author made.

As always, Bowen does a fantastic job weaving in hockey details with the romance. I also really liked that, even though this was a workplace romance, both Leo and Georgia take their jobs very seriously. They both come to the decision individually that their jobs are more important than the romance, and that never really wavers. They both take pride in their work and are ambitious — there is never the sense that her job is less important than his because she works in PR rather than being on the ice, and her personal ambitions are central to the plot. (I loved the Mark Zuckerberg-like character who owns the team, and I really hope he gets his own book.)

This was a really hard book for me to review. Sarina Bowen is an author who knows how to hit my id hard with tropes and relationships I love. She writes interesting, vibrant characters who have complicated histories, and she should be a  very uncomplicated auto-buy for me. That said, she takes a weird turn into misogyny in almost every book. It’s usually brief, but it’s like, “gorgeous ride, beautiful scenery, CAR CRASH, ok, back on the road, gorgeous ride, beautiful scenery..” She has written an incredibly powerful book about slut-shaming (The Shameless Hour) and then, in other books, she has female characters roll their eyes at other female characters for being shallow or “puck bunnies.” There’s always a moment where the heroine is “not like those other girls” and it really grates.

I think it grates so much because I otherwise love her damn books. I know that when I pick up a Sarina Bowen book, I won’t be able to put it down until it’s done. I know that she’ll have characters that feel full and real. I just wish she would never write anyone’s ex-girlfriend ever again.

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Avon Gale’s Scoring Chances series shows a different side of professional hockey: the less-glamorous, lower-paying minor hockey world of the ECHL. The first three books can be read as standalones, but Empty Net doesn’t make nearly as much sense if you haven’t read the third book (Power Play) as it continues pretty directly from the end of that.

This book is all about the drama! Like Sarina Bowen’s book, I couldn’t put it down once I started. However, I definitely think this is going to be the kind of book people will either love or hate. It’s very much a soap opera, with enemies-to-lovers, eating disorders and abusive parents and a hero with a past as a prostitute. Oh, and did I mention that one of the heroes is a virgin? This book is packed with so many tropes, it’s bound to be somebody’s catnip.

The things I loved about this book: good hockey and good therapy. Gale does a great job writing the game, showing a side of pro sports that’s rarely depicted anywhere…the life of struggling minor-league player. She also does a terrific job writing Laurent’s therapist and depicts therapy sessions fairly realistically. Therapy done badly is a huge pet peeve of mine.

The relationship is sweet and mutually supportive, but the book is ultimately all about Laurent and his journey, discovering his sexuality, (he’s demisexual and a virgin) gettiIfng healthy, and freeing himself from his father. Gale’s books deal with difficult subjects but somehow always feel safe, in the way where you know everything is going to be all good at the end.

If you’re in the mood for deep dive into the trope deep end, this is an excellently-written book for you.

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ErinErin is a full time contributor to Binge on Books. She is a voracious reader and reviewer who has been been reading romances since she stole them from under her neighbor’s mom’s bed while she was at work. You can read all her reviews here.

Connect with Erin on Twitter: @booksandjoe

Binge Worthy Books: Everyday History by Alice Archer

everyEveryday History by Alice Archer

Published by: Dreamspinner Press

Format: ebook, paperback

Genre: m/m romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Sara Beth

What to Expect: An inverted slow burn romance – one that skyrockets straight into heavy steam and just as quickly falls back to earth, where two very different men are left to pic up the pieces in their own unique ways, until finding their way back to one another.   Read More

Author Chat with Binge on Books: Sarah J. Maas, Part 1

Hello and welcome to Author Chat, a quirky, fun books inspired podcast with Judith from Binge on Books interviewing your favorite authors!

Who’s up today, you ask? I’ll give you a hint: Sarah J. Maas! (I’m the worst hinter, admittedly)

Sarah stopped by Binge on Books to talk favorite books, her writing, upcoming projects, who she’d most love to write a book with, what’s going on with the next ACOTAR book (yes!) and so much more! It was so much in fact, Author Chat with Sarah J. Maas will be a 2-part series. Part 1 features Sarah talking her publishing journey and giving us some hilarious answers to a down and dirty lightning round Q&A. Part 2 features more in depth reader questions and runs the gamut of what’s going on in her world (and yes, she talks Catwoman, ACOTAR, what historical novels you need to read, and so much more!).

So sit back, relax, and get ready for: Author Chat with Binge on Books featuring the talented and oh so funny Sarah J. Maas!

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Sarah J. Maas is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Throne of Glass series and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, as well as a USA Today and international bestselling author. Sarah wrote the first incarnation of the Throne of Glass series when she was just sixteen, and it has now sold in thirty-five languages. A New York native, Sarah currently lives in Pennsylvania with her husband and dog. Empire of Storms, the fifth Throne of Glass novel, will release on September 6th, 2016.

She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Hamilton College in 2008 with a degree in Creative Writing and a minor in Religious Studies.

Get in touch with Sarah via Twitter or her website!

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Judith is the curator of Binge on Books as well as an upcoming contributor to USA Today and past Publicity Manager for Queer Romance Month. You can hear more of her in Author Chat  and What’s On My Kindle? as well as her reviews on the site.

Get in touch with her on Twitter or send her an email (she loves email!) at judith@bingeonbooks.com.

 

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