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

Order at: Amazon | Publisher | Barnes and Noble

Reviewed by: Anya

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

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Contemporary Sports Romance Review: Play Dead by Avery Cockburn

Play Dead (Glasgow Lads # 3.5) by Avery Cockburn

Published by: Self-Published

Format: mobi

Genre: Contemporary Sports LGBTQ+ Romance

Order at: Goodreads

Reviewed by: Alex

What to Expect: It’s late at night and you want something just so…unghf…and hmmm…and aargh…and maybe opposites/enemies-to-lovers…needs to be hot…(scroll, scroll, scroll)… nothing else seems right but you open this one — and surprise, surprise, it hits all the sweet spots. Read More

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YA Review: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Published by: SOHO Teen

Format: mobi

Genre: YA/LGBT+

Order at: Amazon | B&N | Publisher

Reviewed by: Alex

What to Expect: Adam Silvera has injected both speed and steroids into his craft since writing More Happy Than Not and poured it into this sophomore effort. This book was made to break your heart. Read More

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Historical Romance Review: We Met in Dreams by Rowan McAllister

Title and Author: We Met in Dreams by Rowan McAllister

Published by: Dreamspinner Press

Format: ARC

Genre: historical romance/suspense

Order at: Amazon | B&N | Publisher

Reviewed by: Anya

What to Expect: Never-been-kissed MC meets a rogue with a heart of gold. Gorgeous historical romance with a side dish of family secrets… Read More

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Fantasy Romance Review: Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Peter Darling by Austin Chant

Published by: Less Than Three Press

Format: mobi

Genre: LGBTQIA+ Fantasy Romance

Order at: Amazon | B&N | Publisher

Reviewed by: Sara and Alex

What to Expect: A clever, own-voices retelling of a classic with realized queer characters that gets better with every read. Read More

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Sports Romance Review: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Title and Author: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Published by: HarperCollins Publisher

Format: E-Book

Genre: Sports Romance

Order at: Amazon | B&N | Publisher

Reviewed by: Madison

What to Expect: A fun typical romantic comedy book with a lovable and realistic protagonist with a dash of hockey! Read More

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Follow Me Into Darkness Reboot

Hey book friends! Judith here!

Now as some of you might have seen, the Carinvale/Mardi Gras anthology, Follow Me Into Darkness, got a reboot this week in honor of its one year anniversary. ONE YEAR! A year that flew by so oddly fast that I can’t really remember much of it though a few solid, exciting things do stand out:

J.C. Lillis put out a phenomenal f/f book about musicians!

Roan Parrish finally gave me Leo and Will’s story and it was everything I wanted and hoped for (and some things I didn’t even realize I wanted and hoped for!)

J.R. Gray wrote his first m/f novel! 

Santino Hassell wrote so many books I can’t keep up! But here he tells you all about them!

Kris Ripper banged out The Queers of La Vista! (oh and has a patreon account now. Totally go support Ripper!)

In honor of all these amazing things, the Follow Me Into Darkness crew has a giveaway plus a MEGA SALE on the book itself. 99 cents won’t get you a cup of coffee anymore (I mean, really Starbucks? 2.33 for a cup of coffee?!) but it will get you five diverse stories about people trying to take off their masks and just live. So enter the giveaway, buy the book, and take off your masks right along with us.

-Judith

 

Links to buy Follow Me Into Darkness for only 99 cents:

Amazon | B&N | Publisher

 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Giveaway starts 12 am on 2/26/17 and ends at 12 am on 3/6/17. Giveaway prizes: 1 of 3 (three) $5 Amazon Gift Cards and 1 of 2 (two) e-copies of a backlist book by one of the Follow Me Into Darkness authors. 5 chances to win!

Praise for Follow Me Into Darkness:

“The end was both expected and unexpected; this story has settled in my chest, a lingering ache.” author Jude Sierra, from her review at From Top To Bottom Reviews.

“I desperately need more of this in my life!” El, from her review at Just Love Reviews.

“Five queer romances taking place during Mardi Gras will grip readers in a way that’ll have them on the edge of their seats — and begging these authors for their full stories.” From the review at RT Book Reviews.


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What’s on My Kindle: February 10th, 2017!

Hey hey, book bingers! New What’s On My Kindle is here. Today I talk books by: Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell, Joe Abercrombie, and Piper Vaughn.


 


Can’t wait to listen but really need some new books? Here’s what’s on my kindle this week:

Hard Wired by Megan Erickson and Santino Hassell

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My FallenCon agenda is simple: sit on a couple of panels and let people meet the real me. Jesse Garvy—mod of a famous Twitch channel and, if I ever come out of my shell, future vlogger. I definitely didn’t plan to sleep with a moody tattooed fan-artist, but he’s gorgeous and can’t keep his hands off me. There’s a first time for everything, and my first time with a guy turns out to be the hottest experience of my life.

But the next day, I find out my moody fan-artist is Ian Larsen AKA Cherry—someone I’ve known online for years. And he’d known exactly who I was while shoving me up against that wall. Before I figure out whether to be pissed or flattered, the con ends.

Now we’re back online, and he’s acting like nothing happened. But despite the distance between us, and the way he clings to the safety of his online persona, we made a real connection that night. I don’t plan to let him forget.

***

Half a King by Joe Abercrombie

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Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.

The deceived will become the deceiver.

Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.

The betrayed will become the betrayer.

Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.

Will the usurped become the usurper?

But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds that his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

***

Wanting by Piper Vaughn

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Jonah Beckett has been in love with his older brother’s best friend, George “Laurie” DeWitt, since he was thirteen-years-old. When his boyfriend, Dirk, breaks up with him for refusing to put out, Jonah uses his heartbreak over the situation as an excuse to ask Laurie to teach him all about sex before he starts college in the fall. Problem is, he made Dirk up, and Jonah has no idea what will happen when Laurie finally finds out the truth.


iStock_000013953939MediumJudith is the curator of Binge on Books. You can hear more of her in her monthly podcast, Author Chat, as well as her reviews on the site.

You can also check out more of her recommendations in her USA Today column, Rainbow Trends.

Get in touch with her on Twitter: @bingeonbooks.


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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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