Binge on Books Top Books of 2017: Sara Beth’s Favorites

Sara Beth’s top reads of the year

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Binge on Books Top Books of 2017: Alex’s Favorites

Alex’s top reads of the year

Well, dammit, there were so many terrific reads this year, weren’t there? I could wax lyrical about all the books I ran to that made me forget which world I was living on. Ginn Hale’s Lord of the White Hell series is at the top of the list with E M Hamill’s Dali as a close second. And, my goodness, that magical retelling Peter Darling by Austin Chant was AH-mazing.
Then there were the books that took no prisoners.  The new Barons Series by Santino Hassell is his best yet. In addition to lots of hot sex, he’s got plenty to say about what it means to be bi in this day and age. My Brother’s Husband by Gengoroh Tagame is the sweetest story of a man coming to terms with his dead brother’s queerness by watching his daughter interact with his brother’s husband. Then, there’s The Hate U Give by Angela Thomas–a riveting story that, among other things, tells the story of a teenager shot and killed by a police officer and shares, in a personal way, why the Black Lives Matter movement is essential… and for that has recently been banned. Because… um… drug use.
Yeah.

So, in honor of THUG, et al, and dedicated to those who want to want all books to be white, straight, ableist, classist, and otherwise normative, my Best of 2017 list comprises a selection of antidotes. Read More

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Binge on Books Top Books of 2017: Edwin’s Favorites

Edwin‘s top reads of the year

As designated Chief SFF Nerd at Binge On Books, it feels appropriate for my top 4 reads of the year to also be in the SFF genres. So what follows are the four science fiction and fantasy novels I read and enjoyed the most, in no particular order.  Before I get to that, though, I should mention some books in the contemporary queer romance genre I enjoyed very much this year. Some honorable mentions, if you will: Kim Fielding’s Love is Heartless, Roan Parrish’s Small Change, and Liz Jacobs’ Abroad: part 1 are all wonderful books and well worth your time.  I should also add that there are 2 or 3 other books it was really hard to leave off the list.  2017 has not been a good year, but it has had some damn good books.  Now on to the main event. Read More

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Binge on Books Best of 2015: Judith’s Top Picks

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Paranormal Historical Romance review: Maelstrom by Jordan L Hawk

MaelstromMaelstrom by Jordan L Hawk

Published by: Amazon Digital Services

Format: eARC

Genre: Paranormal Historical Romance

Order now: Amazon

Reviewed by: Erin

Get ready for: Whyborne like you’ve never seen him before, Christine like you’ve never seen her before, and threats from both The Beyond and the local florists’ shop. Read More

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Romance review: In the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

In-the-Middle-of-Somewhere-cover-Roan-ParrishIn the Middle of Somewhere by Roan Parrish

Published by: Dreamspinner Press

Format: Kindle ARC

Genre: M/M Romance

Reviewed by: Judith

Rating: Hands down one of the best romances I’ve read. EVER.

Roan Parrish has a gift. She can take seemingly mundane situations and turn them into something achingly nuanced and compelling. This book is nothing short of breathtaking. It truly is everything you want in a romance: it’s sexy, it’s intimate, the characters genuinely like each other and spend a great deal of their time on the page together talking and learning each other; it reads as 100% natural and nothing about it or their relationship is forced. Not one thing. Get it, devour it, adore it. Then come find me and let’s discuss it cause I just can’t stop talking about this one to anyone who will listen.

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Top Romance Picks from our sister site, I Love Romantic Fiction!

Hello all! First off, if you’re under 18, please avert your eyes and don’t read this post. Things are about to get very real. We’re about to talk about a subject that is near and dear to a lot of you (and me! And Ellen too if we’re being honest): romance!

Shocker! In addition to YA and NA, we also read a whole lot of romance. It used to be taboo and we’d have to hide dog-eared copies of Nora Roberts’ latest under our pillows. Now, not so much. Obviously, this is not the forum to post romance reviews but happily for you, we created a sister site back in September where we do post them. It’s called I Love Romantic Fiction and really, if you haven’t looked at it, go go GO!

Obviously, as 2012 draws to a close, we decided that just as we picked our Top 3 YA/NA Books here, we should do the same for Romance. Because we figured if we like romance and YA/NA, you probably do too and just like us, you need some ideas for some decent books. We’ve chosen 6 books that we loved beyond all else (a teaser for you: Priscilla Glenn and EL James might play a part); some are well known, some you’ll never have heard of, all you’re certain to adore.

Here’s our list and enjoy!

 

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