Paranormal Romance review: Warlock in Training by T J Nichols

Warlock in Training by T J Nichols

Published by: DSP Publications

Format: epub

Genre: urban fantasy/paranormal romance

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Reviewed by: Edwin

What to Expect: A well-realised urban fantasy world with undercurrents of queer romance and environmental allegory. Also features warlock/demon boning and flashes of humor. Read More

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Contemporary Romance Novella review: Olive Juice by T.J. Klune

Title: Olive Juice by T.J. Klune

Published by: Dreamspinner Press

Format: epub

Genre: Contemporary Romance Novella

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Reviewed by: Alex

What to Expect: More suspense than romance, this is a slow reveal of love and anguish between two men who have known each other before. Read More

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Contemporary Romance Review: Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon

Haven by Rebekah Weatherspoon (Beards and Bondage 1)

Published by: Self-Published

Format: mobi ARC

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

What to Expect:

This book represents everything I love about romance as a genre. It explores something profoundly true about the human condition, all while the characters bone down in increasingly hot and creative ways. What else could anyone want?

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Mystery Romance Review: The Mystery of Curiosities by CS Poe

Title and Author: The Mystery of the Curiosities: Snow & Winter: Book Two by CS Poe

Published by: DSP Publications

Format: ARC

Genre: mystery romance

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Reviewed by: Anya

What to Expect: Snow & Winter tackle another fast-paced murder mystery. Read More

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Contemporary Romance Review: Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

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Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell (Cyberlove #3)

Published by: Megtino Press

Format: e-ARC

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

What to Expect: An exploration of the intersection of our online identities and our physical lives, the realities of the modern economy, and the awesome power of fandom, all wrapped up in lots and lots of explicit sex. A smart and hot love letter to the digital age.

 

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Contemporary Romance Review: Daily Grind by Anna Zabo

daily grindTitle and Author: Anna Zabo

Published by:  InterMix/Berkley Publishing Group

Format: ARC

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Reviewed by: Anya

What to Expect: Sweet romance without much angst and with a side of coffee puns.

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Contemporary Romance Review: Driven to Distraction by Olivia Dade

drivenDriven to Distraction by Olivia Dade (Lovestruck Librarians #5)

Published by: Lyrical Shine

Format: mobi

Genre: Contemporary romance

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Reviewed by: Erin

What to Expect: Banter, banging, found family feelings, and a heroine you don’t see too often in romance.

 

 

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Fantasy Romance Review: Breath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #2)

breath-of-fireBreath of Fire by Amanda Bouchet (Kingmaker Chronicles #2)

Publisher:  Sourcebooks Casablanca

Format:  mobi

Genre: Fantasy Romance

Order link: Amazon 

Reviewed by:  Erin

What to expect:  The continuation of one of the most exciting fantasy romance series I’ve read in a while. It’s like Mercedes Lackey with explicit sex and flipped gender roles. Who doesn’t want that?

 

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Two Holiday Romances: Glass Tidings by AJ Cousins and Wrapped Together by Annabeth Albert

 

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Glass Tidings by Amy Jo Cousins

Published by: Riptide Publishing

Format: mobi

Genre: Contemporary Romance

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Reviewed by: Erin

What to Expect: An unusual hero, Christmas tropes turned upside down, and a truly unique small-town holiday romance.

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Romance Review: About a Girl by Lindsey Kelk

 About a Girl (Tess Brookes Book #1) By Lindsey Kelk

Published by: HarperCollins

Format: Nook

Genre: Romance/Fiction

Order at: Amazon | B&N

Reviewed by: Madison

What to Expect: An unexpected heroine makes an extraordinary leap of faith and ends up on her arse!


 

Plot: Tess Brookes has always been a Girl with a Plan. But when the Plan goes belly up, she’s forced to reconsider.

After accidentally answering her flatmate Vanessa’s phone, she decides that since being Tess isn’t going so well, she might try being Vanessa. With nothing left to lose, she accepts Vanessa’s photography assignment to Hawaii – she used to be an amateur snapper, how hard can it be? Right?

But Tess is soon in big trouble. And the gorgeous journalist on the shoot with her, who is making it very clear he’d like to get into her pants, is an egotistical monster. Far from home and in someone else’s shoes, Tess must decide whether to fight on through, or ‘fess up and run…

Review: First, I downloaded this book when I was in desperate need of some chick lit a few months ago and I forgot I had it. I read the prologue and I distracted myself with other novels I was reading. Why did I do this? Cause I’m a total idiot! Once I picked it back up I devoured it. I didn’t want to put it down. I read it everywhere I went. It was everything chick lit should be: somewhat predictable with a dose of humor and tastefully done romantic scenes. The characters at first felt familiar and Kelk did a great job at bringing them off of the page and making them three-dimensional. I rooted for Tess as she made mistakes and found herself. I wanted her to find love and actually felt torn between two love interests at one point. Some things I could definitely see coming since the beginning but Kelk kept it interesting and zany. I related to Tess a lot. I felt like she wasn’t a perfect heroine that was so beautiful your eyes fall out of your head. She had her issues that weren’t clichéd.

What you might not like/doesn’t work for you: I don’t like books where I can predict the ending. I won’t spoil anything but I knew from the beginning who a certain character would end up being. Sometimes the connections between Tess and said character above felt forced and a little too romantic. But hey, when you pick up a romance book you have to let your guard down about these kinds of things and just go with it.

What you will love: Lindsey Kelk is amazing at building romantic relationships. Her timing was really great and I loved her dialogue. I actually caught myself smirking while reading this in public. I truly loved all of her characters and their quirks. Even the ones that aren’t so likable she does a great job at making them realistic.


screen-shot-2016-09-16-at-12-09-08-pmMadison is our newest reviewer here at Binge on Books! When not working on her own first novel, she loves reading YA & Fantasy and listening to podcasts.

You can get in touch with her on Twitter: @MPMarkerWrites

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