Contemporary Romantic Comedy: Spun! by J.L. Merrow

Spun! by J L Merrow

Published by: Riptide Publishing

Format: eARC

Genre: contemporary romance/comedy

Order at: Publisher | Amazon |  B & N

Reviewed by: Edwin

What to Expect: Whimsical English village romance with bonus appearances from a very fashionably-dressed teddy bear. Read More

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Contemporary New Adult Romance review: Abroad, Book 1 by Liz Jacobs

Abroad: Book One by Liz Jacobs

Published by: Brain Mill Press

Format: epub

Genre: New adult

Order at: PublisherAmazon | B & N Kobo

Reviewed by: Edwin

What to Expect:  Incredibly well-observed new adult tale of a young Russian-Jewish American in London on exchange.  Don’t let the simple premise deceive you: this has an emotional depth that is rare to see, particularly in a first novel. Read More

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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

Order at: Amazon

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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Contemporary Romance Review: Rented Heart by Garrett Leigh

rented-heartRented Heart by Garrett Leigh

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

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Jumping Genres: The Man Who Made Things Out of Trees by Robert Penn

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Published by: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (July 26, 2016)

Format: Galley

Genre: Contemporary Memoir

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Andy, Guest Reviewer

About the book: The story of how one man cut down a single tree to see how many things could be made from it.

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Most Anticipated Books for 2016: A Podcast Four Way!

Hey everybody! It’s Judith from Binge on Books and today you better get your one-click finger ready as you listen to this very special and BONUS edition of my monthly podcast!

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Joining me are three amazing book bloggers from all different corners of the book world: Vilma from Vilma’s Book Blog, Abby from Crime by the Book, and Elisabeth Lane from Cooking Up Romance! Each of us talks our three most anticipated reads of 2016 and believe me, there is a little something for everybody, from fantasy fairy-tale retellings to grisly Swedish crime fiction, from sexy magical wedding stories to campy queer mystery. A word of caution: you may have to wait more than a few months for some but only a few days for others (and at least 3 are already out! YES!). So sit back and listen in as we chat about all the gorgeous new reads that we’re dying to get out hands on!

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No time to listen but still want to stock up on great reads? Check out each blogger’s picks here:

Vilma from Vilma’s Book Blog, a site focused on Fantasy, NA, Contemporary, Suspense

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Despite Everything (tentative title) by Roan Parrish
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Want to hear more podcasts like this? Check out Binge on Books’ Author Chat, a monthly segment where Judith sits down with some of her favorite authors and talks about anything and everything!
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Contemporary NA Romance Review: Between A Rock and a Hard Place by Amy Jo Cousins

rock and hard placeBetween a Rock and a Hard Place (Bend or Break 6 & 7)

Published by: Samhain (March 22nd, 2016)

Format: Kindle ARC

Genre: Contemporary NA

Order from: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

What kind of awesome can you expect inside: Camping, beards, boning, drama, high fashion, yoga…

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Quickie Review: Blue Suede Boi by Annie Anthony

Blue Suede BoiBlue Suede Boi by Annie Anthony

Genre: Contemporary F/F Romance 

Buy it here: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

Why you need this novella: Hot women and a super sexy shoe-shopping trip!

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Book reveal: Canine (A Channeling Morpheus short) by Jordan Castillo Price

I haven’t been quiet about it but then why should I be? WHO COULD BE?! My love for all things Jordan C. Price is an overflowing bucket that can’t be stanched. She can write gritty urban fantasy about a world like ours where short-term memories can be implanted by memory smiths (the entire Mnevermind series got a 10/10 from ILYAF) and another where psychic cops dominate the police force, tracking criminals from beyond the grave (the Psycop series). She recently rereleased Books 1-5 of her Channeling Morpheus series as a box set entitled, Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary, and the other half of the series, A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion Books 6-10 will be out on 4/21/2015.

Never heard of Channeling Morpheus? Well, let me break it down for you: imagine the sexiest, smuttiest vampires ever. Give them to Jordan C. Price and watch her warp them into an extremely carnal vampire saga involving frolicking, killing, and van sex. Is there really anything left to say?

The best bit of all this? She’s releasing a Channeling Morpheus novella the same day. Take a peek at the cover, blurb, and excerpt after the jump…

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Quickie Review: Smoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake

smokey mountain dreamsSmoky Mountain Dreams by Leta Blake

Genre: Contemporary M/M

Score: 9/10

Plot: Sometimes holding on means letting go.

After giving up on his career as a country singer in Nashville, Christopher Ryder is happy enough performing at the Smoky Mountain Dreams theme park in Tennessee. But while his beloved Gran loves him the way he is, Christopher feels painfully invisible to everyone else. Even when he’s center stage he aches for someone to see the real him.

Bisexual Jesse Birch has no room in his life for dating. Raising two kids and fighting with family after a tragic accident took his children’s mother, he doesn’t want more than an occasional hook-up. He sure as hell doesn’t want to fall hard for his favorite local singer, but when Christopher walks into his jewelry studio, Jesse hears a new song in his heart.

Quick Review: Leta Blake is the reigning queen of sexy and her newest book just drives that point home. From the outside, Smoky Mountain Dreams seems like it will be a light hearted romp through a Dollywood-esque theme park. There’s the cute singing guitar player with a heart of gold and the hot bisexual dad just looking for a connection with someone after the loss of his wife. Simple, easy, right? And yet like her amazing Training Season, Leta manages to make this situation anything but. The conflicts and difficulties these two face run from the mundane — Jesse’s kids are trepidatious and unwelcoming — to the large scale — Jesse’s wife might not be as far removed from his life as Chris thinks. The relationship these two start is one fraught with difficulty but Leta makes it a wild, sexy ride to the finish line.

You’ll definitely enjoy: Chris has a heart of gold and seems like the perfect boyfriend for anyone (read: me); the naughty bits are hellaciously sexy and graphic in a way that does not feel tawdry but certainly is satisfying; Chris’ Gran is hilarious and belts out these stories and one liners that will have you laughing; theme park setting!

You might hate: the conflict that threatens Jesse’s relationship with Chris seems a bit overdone and Jesse’s reaction to Chris finding out a big secret is awful and degrading; Chris seems so in need of love that he confuses a good time between the sheets as the big L and he is quick to forgive Jesse anything; insta-love; theme park setting!

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