Author: The Faerie Queen

Review & Excerpt: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey

Review & Excerpt: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey

  The Faerie Queen’s review What a way to start a book… From the very first scene, I was on Team Gavin. He was so charming and caring and gaaaaah. I wanted him. His cockiness never came across as arrogance; it was just fun and endearing and sexy. He and Cait talked about how he might joke too much, and that sometimes he didn’t know when to quit, but I never saw that. Gavin was basically perfect; flawed, but nicely so. And maybe one of my favourite things about him? He had so much respect for Cait’s professional competency; there’s a scene that I wanted to share but won’t for spoiler reasons, but a man letting a woman take charge is definitely swoonworthy. Another win for Team Beta! And why did he have to have such a great smile? “See, you’re doing it right now.” “Doing what?” “That smile that probably makes […]

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Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Posted April 19th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Faerie Queen’s review I’m going to say something absolutely ridiculous, and I am fully aware of how ridiculous this is. You’re all going to roll your eyes and lose respect for me or something… But I was a little bored listening to this. Emily thinks I would have liked it more if I’d read it, but I don’t know. It’s just… as AMAZING as some of the things in this book were (see below), I felt no compulsion to finish this other than because it was an easy thing to finish. I wasn’t caught up in the romance, in the feelings. I felt nothing in all the positive and empowering sex, and that is always a sad state of affairs for me. And here’s the thing that’s going to make you groan… Everything was so grown up and mature and realistic. Which I know other people will like, but […]

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Review: The Best Friend Incident by Melia Alexander

Posted April 5th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Alpha vs Beta Heroes, Reviews /
Review: The Best Friend Incident by Melia Alexander

The Faerie Queen’s review After a couple dud books, I needed something cute, and The Best Friend Incident delivered. With just enough angst and a conflict that didn’t last too long, it was a quick, sweet read about two best friends who start to feel some non-friendy things for each other after a case of mistaken identity in the dark. And it came complete with a wise old man! Stacey was a very bubbly sort, but not in an overbearing way. She was caring and ambitious, and she clearly had to be very detail-oriented to start a business creating perfect romantic dates for couples. (By the way, what a great idea, catering to people who want to be romantic but aren’t good at organising dates or don’t have time to.) I loved that she was a romantic; she knew what she wanted, and why should she have to settle? Meanwhile, Grant […]

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Review: Sparks Fly by Lauren Runow

Posted April 3rd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: Sparks Fly by Lauren Runow

The Faerie Queen’s review DNF @ 21% Another book I wanted to like but clearly wasn’t meant for me. I wasn’t ok with a few things, but I wanted to get through to the end after reading other reviews. However, I finally reached a point where I thought “this isn’t ok” and had to admit defeat. Here’s what led to my decision… The prince is a from a country called Canterbury. Every time this was brought up, I was jarred, since Canterbury is a real city in England. I think it would have been better to make up a completely new country name so as to avoid this (and comments from my status update from other readers support this suggestion). Sage’s mom seemed really weak, and his dad was just rude and controlling. I know this isn’t a big issue and can work, but they seemed a bit two-dimensional, like […]

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Interview & Giveaway: All That Jazz by Natasha Boyd

Posted April 2nd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Giveaways, Interviews /
Interview & Giveaway: All That Jazz by Natasha Boyd

Hey everyone! Today, we’re joined by Natasha Boyd, author of All That Jazz and so many more, for a special Q&A! See what Natasha thinks about writing romantic comedies and overcoming writer’s block. Plus, we have an extra special giveaway for our UK readers… FOUR signed copies of All That Jazz, plus swag!!! Interview with Natasha Boyd You’ve written quite a few books! What themes do you try to include in each of them? I never try per se, but I do find that most of my books have a few elements in common that I guess reflect my values. Those are that my heroines are independent, or struggling to be independent. They are strong in the ways that count, even if they have weak moments, or cry and get upset sometimes, at their core they are resilient and don’t stand for being pushed around. Their big struggle is usually how to rely on […]

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A Month in Review: March 2018

Posted April 1st 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Sports Romance Month, Wrap-ups /
A Month in Review: March 2018

Sports Romance Month is over, Easter has descended, and we are ready for April and Alphas vs. Betas! But let’s take a moment to recap March… What we read The Faerie Queen I hit the 50-book mark on the final day of March! I’m super proud of myself, and part of my wants to revise my reading goal from 120 books for this year, but I’ve decided against it so as not to put more pressure on myself. ANYWAY. I read a few really good books this month, as well as some more meh books. If I had to rank them from best to worst, they’d look a bit like this… The Hating Game by Sally Thorne Kulti by Mariana Zapata Rugby series by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai At Any Price by Brenna Aubrey Make Me Want by Katee Robert A Princess […]

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Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted March 30th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Faerie Queen’s review I AM IN A PUDDLE OF FEELINGS. GAAAAH. I finished this book days ago, and I still can’t deal with the fact that it’s over. I both regret and don’t regret the binge-reading (finished in less than 24 hours…mid-work week). I’m just glad I have this in both audio and Kindle format so that I can read/listen again and again whenever I want because THIS WAS TOO GOOD. (The audio is done really well, FYI.) I love love love hate-to-love romances, and this one is done so well and so uniquely. We’ve got forced proximity on a daily basis, glorious banter, and oodles of sexual tension. OODLES. If you follow me on Twitter or have read other reviews by me, you might know that I am not a fan of the short and petite heroine thing. Not every damn heroine needs to be a tiny redhead. […]

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Review & Excerpt: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

Posted March 28th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

The Faerie Queen’s review Of course I go ahead and do the smart thing… I read the last book in a trilogy first. I mean, look, I know, it doesn’t really matter. It’s a romance series. But guys, I actually seriously enjoyed this, and I wish I’d been along for the ride from the very beginning. Because if I go back now, I will have to endure this book’s main characters as they were before I’ve seen their growth, and it’ll frustrate me. I suppose, on the other hand, I’ll know things work out. Oh well, it’ll be worth it. This is my first book by Alisha Rai, and I doubt it’ll be my last. (I definitely need to read the second book about Jackson, because he is a serious introvert, like me. I liked seeing how Eve accepted his need for solitude and no small talk, and how she explained […]

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Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Posted March 27th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews, Sports Romance Month /
Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

The Faerie Queen’s review Mariana Zapata is one of my few auto-buy authors for a reason. She is a goddess. Her books tend to be on the long side, especially for a contemporary, but I am never bored while reading/listening. (To be fair, I’ve only read three of her books so far, but I’ve got all the ones I can get from Audible lined up and ready to go, and I’ve got From Lukov With Love on my Kindle just waiting for me to dive in.) This book is long. 572 pages, or over 16 hours of audio goodness. Prepare yourself, but also realise that I listened to it within 48 hours, it was so good. (I also listen to everything at at least 1.25x speed, if not 1.5x, so that helped.) One thing I’ve noticed about Mariana’s covers is that they don’t stand out as romance. Instead of going with […]

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Cover Commentary #3

Posted March 25th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Cover Commentaries /
Cover Commentary #3

The world of romance is filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful books with equally weird and wonderful covers. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but covers have an important job. In a busy market, they need to get the attention of potential readers. We thought we’d have a little fun each Sunday, sharing with you all some of the covers that do manage to do their job and catch our eye. Share with us your covers and thoughts in the comments! Since this is all about covers, we’re not going to give you too much info on the books. If you’re intrigued and want to learn more, we’ve got links to both Goodreads and Amazon. If you hop straight to Amazon and purchase the book, it’ll help to keep LiatoF alive and sharing more of these covers! Today’s commentary is brought to you just from […]

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