Author: The Faerie Queen

Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Posted June 7th 2021 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

The Faerie Queen’s review It was about damn time I delved into the Tessa Dare back catalogue. I love her Girl Meets Duke books, after all. And I know I should have really gone back into the Spindle Cove series, but Romancing the Duke popped up in Libby when I was looking for romance audiobooks (audiobooks are so much easier to digest in a pandemic). Also, multiple people have recommended the third book in the Castles Ever After series, When a Scot Ties the Knot, but I don’t like starting mid-series if I can help it. So I borrowed this first book and got stuck in. Ok, so this here book has a “plain Jane” heroine and a visually impaired hero. HOW FORTUNATE. I loved them together anyway. Izzy was very practical and very stubborn, with no resources but this dilapidated castle she’d inherited. Ransom was your usual grumpy hero, but […]

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Anthology Review: Naughty Brits by Sarah MacLean and more

Posted June 6th 2021 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Anthology Review: Naughty Brits by Sarah MacLean and more

The Faerie Queen’s review I won’t lie… I got this anthology for Sarah MacLean’s story. I also have to be honest and say it’s been a few months since I read the book, so you’re about to get the lasting impressions review. Anthologies can be a hit or miss situation for me. I don’t think they’re (typically) as heavily edited, and some stories are naturally going to work better for me than others. This was certainly the case for Naughty Brits. As a whole, I did enjoy this collection. It did something I particularly love to find: all of the stories were connected in a way. A single event tied everything together, and small moments in one story affected the plot in another. Once I figured out the connection, I looked forward to seeing how each subsequent tale fit into the collective narrative. But let’s break things down, story by story. Sarah […]

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Review: Cooped Up for Christmas by Sabrina York

Posted March 29th 2021 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: Cooped Up for Christmas by Sabrina York

The Faerie Queen’s review Maybe it’s my fault for reading a Christmas novella in March (it was luck of the draw trying to pick a book), but Cooped Up for Christmas and I did not get along. First, some premise. Our heroine is Victoria, the VP of Hospitality for a luxury hospitality company that specialises in exclusive lodging and experiences for the world’s elite, from celebrities to executives to politicians. When the Visit Manager for Mistletoe Lodge quits spontaneously, Victoria is roped into running the show for a celebrity and her entourage’s Christmas “Visit” instead of going on a trip to Switzerland with her boyfriend Dirk. Lo and behold, the only extreme adventure company that can be hired at last minute (why is this part last minute?) is that of Cameron “Rocky” Cooper, former Navy SEAL and also Victoria’s first love from back when she was just a summer intern. […]

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Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

Posted October 3rd 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

The Faerie Queen’s review Thank the book gods that ended the way it did. Usually, I avoid books that involve cheating. It’s a very sensitive topic for me. And yet, this book kept me interested, if in a bit of masochistic way for a while. Things kick off with Delia Moss finding out her long-term boyfriend Paul has been seeing a younger woman, and we spend a lot of time with her processing this information and going off to find out who she is apart from Paul. She’d built her whole life around him, forgetting about parts of herself along the way. So while the soul-searching was part painful, it was also healing to listen to. I enjoyed her time in London. Part of that is because I just like to read about familiar places, to be honest, but her fresh pair of eyes made me appreciate this city a […]

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Review: The Roommate by Brandy Bush

Posted July 1st 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: The Roommate by Brandy Bush

The Faerie Queen’s review This is going to be a very quick and dirty review because I have been really struggling to read during lockdown, and this book finally helped me have a win for June. And it’s also quick and dirty, so it’s appropriate! Oh my wow. That was straight HEAT. People, that was pure NSFW goodness and I don’t know how Brandy Bush managed to get it so right on her first try. HOW??? And all in 69 pages. (That was totally intentional, right?) And let’s list out some of the other noteworthy tidbits about this book: Black, curvy, bisexual MC who loves pinup models (this made me feel so good about my body, you have no idea) Interracial couple A wonderful family dynamic happening in the background. I don’t know why the “freeze” thing made me feel so warm. Some real portrayal of the waxing and waning […]

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First Chapter: An Unsuitable Lady for a Lord by Cathleen Ross

Posted April 16th 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways /
First Chapter: An Unsuitable Lady for a Lord by Cathleen Ross

This is your reminder that today is a Thursday. And your reward for making it this far through the week is the first chapter from An Unsuitable Lady for a Lord by Cathleen Ross! About the book Chapter One Edinburgh, 1811 Friday evening When the wild Scottish wind swept Lady Crystal Wilding’s straw bonnet from her head, she didn’t expect it to fly, complete with ostrich feathers, right into the hands of the most compelling gentleman she’d ever seen. He leaped with masculine grace, snatched the offending black hat from the air, and, on seeing its owner, bowed deeply. His thick, dark hair and perfectly trimmed sideburns had not been mussed by the leap, and the first thing she noticed was the amusement in his midnight blue eyes. He was exquisitely attired in a double-breasted black tailcoat, tan breeches, and black leather shoes. His cream silk cravat was tied superbly in […]

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Excerpt & Trailer: A Whole Lotta Trouble by Lea Hart

Posted April 14th 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways /
Excerpt & Trailer: A Whole Lotta Trouble by Lea Hart

Welcome to Tuesday! Yeah, bet you needed that reminder. Today, I’ve got a trailer for and excerpt from A Whole Lotta Trouble by Lea Hart! First, a bit more about the book, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end. About the book Book trailer Excerpt More weight disappeared, and he let out a laugh. “Missed the hell out of you Stitches.” “That’s hard to believe since I haven’t heard a word from you since you left for college.” “I knew if I kept in touch, I never would’ve been able to stay way.” Confusion clouded her eyes and he knew the sooner he could manage the overdue explanation he owed her, the better. “Now that were going to be around one another from time to time, I hope we have a chance to get reacquainted and talk about what happened all those years ago.” Emily stroked the […]

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Review: A Highwayman’s Mail Order Bride by Blythe Carver

Posted April 8th 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: A Highwayman’s Mail Order Bride by Blythe Carver

The Faerie Queen’s review Have you ever read a book and disliked it right from the start, but then kept reading anyway? Usually, I’ll DNF things if I’m not enjoying them. But I also sort of wanted to see where this one went? Plus, I started reading this while going through a significant depression wave, and my brain could only handle the equivalent of plain oats or something. I can tell you a few things about A Highwayman’s Mail Order Bride. 1) Lots of men die. 2) There’s a lot of domestic abuse mentioned, so beware. 3) The book could do with another round of proofreading (typos, missing words, etc.). 4) There is no sex. Hell, there’s barely any kissing. Some of y’all are looking for romances like this, but I at least want to Grade A makeout scenes. Plural. The next romance I read has to be sexy AF or […]

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Forget panic-buying toilet paper. I’ve been buying books.

Posted April 6th 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Book Hauls /
Forget panic-buying toilet paper. I’ve been buying books.

A lot has changed since I last posted. I returned to the UK after spending Christmas and New Year with family in South Africa, only for things to slowly but surely unravel. My work went through layoffs (I survived). My friends all went through tough times as well in terms of health and family. And then the world changed. I’m now back in South Africa and not sure when I’ll be able to go to the UK again. My poor plants. I’m in lock down with my dad and his fiancee, both of their mothers, and my brother and his girlfriend. That’s a lot of people to be stuck with when you’re used to living alone. Plus, a bit of good news, I’m starting a new job in three weeks! I’m very excited about it, but it’s also a big change. All of these changes and uncertainties have got me […]

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The Faerie Queen takes on Romanceopoly 2020!

Posted January 5th 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Wrap-ups /
The Faerie Queen takes on Romanceopoly 2020!

2019 was a spectacular fail for me when it comes to blogging and reading challenges. It didn’t help that I tried to take on too much and just fell behind on all the things. But I did start off fine, and I want to try this again. This time, however, I’m not going to try to attempt ten different challenges (what was I thinking?!). Instead, I’m sticking to two: Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and Romanceopoly! I really love the idea of Romanceopoly. It gamifies the challenge in a fun way while also encouraging you to try new subgenres of romance, which is always a good thing. Helpfully, the hosts of the challenge – Under the Covers and Peace Love Books – have provided plenty of genre guides and recommendations. Rules (and my modification) In a nutshell, the goal is to progress around a modified Monopoly board, reading romance novels […]

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