Category: Monthly Challenges

Excerpt: The Sweet Life by Dakota Star

Posted May 2nd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Cowboy Month, Excerpts /
Excerpt: The Sweet Life by Dakota Star

We’re kicking off Cowboy Month with an excerpt from The Sweet Life by Dakota Star. Enjoy! Excerpt He tipped his hat and led Alexis to the herd. Feeling clumsy and off-kilter, she followed the rancher over to the available horses, trying not to stare at his long stride and tight backside. He stopped in front of a fiery chestnut thoroughbred. “Would you like the mounting block?” “I think I can get up from the ground.” The horse appeared taller as she inched closer to it. His intense red coat matched her hair. “His name is Blazing Star, but just call him Blaze.” Mitch patted the horse’s neck. “He’s a thoroughbred, but a good boy and won’t startle.” A smile reached his lips as he handed her the reins. “As long as you can get up on the first try.” “I’m sure I can.” The words came out harsher than expected. She […]

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Review: The Rugby series (so far!) by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Posted April 25th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews, Sports Romance Month /
Review: The Rugby series (so far!) by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Today is a bit different! I listened to all three books from the Rugby series last month for Sports Romance month and didn’t get round to reviewing them, but then I saw that there’s going to be a fourth book soon (!!!!!!!), and I wanted to make sure you all had a fair chance to binge the series so far before the release! And as an added bonus, . Because this is a bit different to my normal reviews, I’m popping all the book info after my reviews. The Faerie Queen’s series review I am a big rugby fan. Well, international rugby. I don’t really watch too much local stuff, but then I don’t have access to live TV. (I’m a millennial and stream everything, m’kay.) I’m a South African, so rugby is sort of in my blood. Plus, my boyfriend is half English and half Welsh, and he used to […]

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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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Buddy Read Review: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Posted April 7th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Alpha vs Beta Heroes, Reviews /
Buddy Read Review: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

  The GingerSnap’s review Sometimes you read a book that just doesn’t wow you, and this was one such book for me. While the plot was full of twists and turns, and I loved the clear sexual attraction between Ian and Beth, I just didn’t find myself excited to listen to chapter after chapter. Audible Romance categorised Ian as a ‘beta hero’, but I’m not entirely sure why. I definitely felt like he took the reins in the relationship for most of the book, and he was pretty overprotective of Beth at times, which made him lean slightly toward the alpha category. However, he also wasn’t totally confident in himself, and I always associate confidence with alpha heroes, so I’d categorise him as a gamma hero. Now, back to the crux of the review: why I didn’t love the book. Part of my lack of enthusiasm for the book was […]

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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: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Posted April 4th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Alpha vs Beta Heroes, Reviews /
Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

The GingerSnap’s review It is a truth universally acknowledged that when every single person in your sphere raves about something, you need to be cautious. Sure, they all adored that book/movie/TV show, but if you’ve decided to consume that media and go into it with the highest of all expectations, you’re bound to be disappointed. I, however, was not one bit disappointed with this fucking gem of a book despite that basically every romance reader everywhere LOVED IT. Great things about this book, in no particular order: the book is set in Leicester, giving me personally a much-needed break from historical romance set in London there is diversity of classes: Minnie and her aunts are middle class, while Robert is from the peerage there are diverse family structures. Minnie is raised mostly by her two aunts and Robert and Oliver are half-brothers who found each other in adolescence the plot […]

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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: 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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Monthly Challenge April 2018: We’re Comparing Alpha and Beta Heroes!

Monthly Challenge April 2018: We’re Comparing Alpha and Beta Heroes!

Another month is almost over, and we’re looking to the next! We hope you’ve been enjoying sport romances so far, but quickly take a moment to find out what we’ll be reading NEXT month. As voted on Twitter, our theme for next month is…Alpha vs. Beta Heroes! If you have any book recommendations for the challenge, share them in the comments below! If you want to take part, all you have to do is join us as a contributor and read at least one book from the challenge. Then share your thoughts by logging in to the blog and writing a review or reaction post, which we’ll make live with a graphic for you to share around! OR!!! Tweet us your thoughts @liatof and we’ll retweet! Before you go, make sure you’re following @liatof on Twitter so that you can find out about other people’s experience and vote for next month’s theme! […]

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Review: Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

Posted March 19th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews, Sports Romance Month /
Review: Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

The GingerSnap’s review Other than Juliet Stevenson’s narrated versions of Jane Austen classics, this book is hands-down the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. The sex scenes, the insecure hero, the massages – I loved it all!! The hero of this book, Lance, is a crazy-hot redheaded Scottish hockey player living in Chicago. Lance had a tragic childhood* that’s made it difficult for him to engage in meaningful relationships, in part because he can’t stand being touched. But when he meets massage therapist Poppy, he melts under her hands. He feels instantly comfortable in her presence, something he’s never before experienced with anyone else. Poppy and Lance have actually met before, over a decade ago when they were just teenagers. Lance was Poppy’s first kiss, and though she’s had her fair share of boyfriends, she’s still always hoped she would reconnect with the gorgeous Scottish boy she met at 13. When […]

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