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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Historical Romance Review: The Lawrence Browne Affair by Cat Sebastian

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Published by:  Avon Impulse

Format: ARC

Genre: Historical Romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

What to Expect: A gold star Regency romance with Beauty and the Beast vibes, where a beautiful con man meets a scientist earl with an anxiety disorder. Guaranteed to give you happy, feet-kicking good book feelings.
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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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Historical Fiction Review: Wanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles

wantedWanted, A Gentleman by KJ Charles

Published by: Riptide Publishing

Format: mobi

Genre: Historical Romance

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Reviewed by: Erin

What to Expect: An enemies-to-lovers road trip romance!

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Contemporary YA Review: Draw the Line by Laurent Linn

drawtheline_laurentlinnDraw the Line by Laurent Linn

Published by: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Format: mobi

Genre: YA/LGBT+

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Reviewed by: Alex

What to Expect: A teen comes into his own when he exposes the truth about a hate crime…with art.

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Sports Romance Review: Hard Hitter by Sarina Bowen (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)

hard-hitterHard Hitter by Sarina Bowen (Brooklyn Bruisers #2)

Published by: Berkley

Format: mobi ARC

Genre: Contemporary sports romance

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

What to Expect: Adults acting like adults, with complicated, competent lives. Mutual respect all over the place. And soooooo much hockey and yoga.

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Contemporary YA Review: Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard

girl-mans-upGirl Mans Up by M-E Girard

Published by: Harper TEEN

Format: Hardcover

Genre: YA/LGBT+

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Alex

What to Expect: A superb tale of a teen coming into her own.

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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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Authors in Audio on 11/28: Santino Hassell and Karen Stivali talk (more) sex!

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Hello! And welcome back to Authors in Audio, a podcast special at Binge on Books which features authors Santino Hassell and Karen Stivali answering reader questions in audio! You asked and they answered and through the end of the year, this new series of Authors in Audio will captivate you.
Today they’re focusing on…more sex! As Santino described it to me: “This one has sex related questions (whether we have to be in a certain mood to write a sex scene, dirtiest questions we’ve been asked, if we can write sex scenes in public, etc)”.

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New Binge Worthy Book: Sara recs Spindrift by Amy Rae Durreson

spindriftTitle and Author: Spindrift by Amy Rae Durreson

Published by: Dreamspinner Press

Format: epub, paperback

Genre: mm romance, paranormal

Order at: Amazon

Reviewed by: Sara Beth

What to Expect: An old fashioned, beautifully written, skillfully rendered ghost story. This tale is perfect for a chilly autumn night, tucked in under the covers, with every single light on. If you enjoy paranormal romance, with a dash of mystery, this is the Halloween read for you.


 

Plot: When lonely artist Siôn Ruston retreats to the seaside village of Rosewick Bay, Yorkshire, to recover from a suicide attempt, he doesn’t expect to encounter any ghosts, let alone the one who appears in his bedroom every morning at dawn. He also doesn’t expect to meet his ghost’s gorgeous, flirty descendant working at the local museum… and the village pub, and as a lifeboat volunteer. But Mattie’s great-great-grandfather isn’t the only specter in Rosewick Bay, and as Siôn and Mattie investigate an ill-fated love affair from a bygone era, they begin a romance of their own, one that will hopefully escape the tragedy Mattie’s ancestor suffered.

But the ghosts aren’t the only ones with secrets, and the things Siôn and Mattie are keeping from each other threaten to tear them apart. And all the while, the dead are biding their time, because the curse of Rosewick Bay has never been broken. If the ghosts are seen on the streets, local tradition foretells a man will drown before the summer’s end.

Review:

Secrets. This book is all about them. They weave in and out of the story, much like the ghosts that populate Rosewick Bay. Durreson does a flawless job of creating a suitably haunting an atmosphere for this tale of loss, hope, and redemption. The town is by turns quietly unsettling and incredibly peaceful, reflecting where each character is at in the story itself as it moves forward.  

Sion and Mattie, both individually and as a couple, are very relatable. An easy match to get behind. Their relationship runs parallel to that of the ghosts that haunt them, Matthew and Joshua . The ghosts themselves are as enthralling as the main characters, and I found myself grieving for them, even as my heart unfolded with hope for Sion and Mattie.

On the surface, Mattie is the sun to Sion’s darkness, but it becomes evident that things aren’t always as they seem – not for these two, not for the town, and not for the ghosts that haunt them all. Everybody has things they hide, even from themselves, and that’s what this story is really about: confronting the most painful parts of our past in order to reclaim the future that we are sometimes determined to cheat ourselves out of, before it’s too late.

What you might not like: I really feel there is a place in this genre for quietly passionate relationships, the sexy parts of which are left to the reader’s imagination.

However, I know some romance readers are very attached to steam on page. If that is the case, this is not the book for you. While Mattie and Sion are tender and gentle and flirtatious and obviously falling in love, the more physical parts are not described or included in the text.

What you will love: Simply put, Durreson is an amazing author. I enjoy her style and technique, and haven’t been disappointed yet by any of her books, though this one is standout for me. The truly haunting ghost story, and the feelings it draws from you, aren’t easily forgettable. I know I still find myself shaking off a tiny shiver when I stop and think about the atmosphere Durreson has created, and the flawed, lovable characters she has populated it with. And that cover….GEEZ!!!!


 

Red Magic ShoesSara Beth loves to read, write about what she reads, and really, really loves to talk about what she’s reading. So, she looks forward to many hours of conversation with you all surrounding books, books, and more books. Connect via: Twitter: @sarathebeth

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