Category: Monthly Challenges

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 / / 0 Comments
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 / / 0 Comments
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 / / 0 Comments
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 / / 0 Comments
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 / / 0 Comments
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 / / 0 Comments
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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Review & Excerpt: Virgin Territory by Lia Riley

Review & Excerpt: Virgin Territory by Lia Riley

The Faerie Queen’s review TW: High school bullying, grief, drug use, stalking Anyone who has stuck around for the last three years of me blogging will know that I developed a love for ice hockey romances. Don’t ask me why. I’ve never watched a game, and about all I know is that people play with sticks, pucks, and fists, and the game is divided into periods, not halves or quarters. That’s it. But books about ice hockey players really get me going, and I’m just going to go with it. I figured this book would be a safe bet. A goalie with a bit of a temper is sent to relax with a yoga instructor. Said goalie also happens to be a virgin (wow, a virgin hero?!), while the yoga instructor is a few years older and a quite a bit more experienced. Neither wants relationships for different reasons. And […]

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Review: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

Posted March 12th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews, Sports Romance Month / / 0 Comments
Review: All Played Out by Cora Carmack

The GingerSnap’s review Sports. I like them. But not American football. The games are too long, the whistle is constantly called, the rules are confusing, and there’s not nearly enough fighting. Give me rugby or ice hockey any day. So you might be wondering why I chose a football book to review. This book intrigued me because of 1. lady scientist 2. to-do list 3. hot dude. I really enjoyed it, and if every football romance can focus less on the football and more on the football player, I might just read a few more. This book follows the love story of Mateo ‘Teo’ Torres and Antonella ‘Nell’ De Luca. Teo is a hot, gregarious football player at Rusk University. He’s laser-focused on making it to the NFL one day, and after his last relationship went sour, he’s reluctant to get seriously involved with anyone who might not understand his […]

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Review: From the Top by Dani Collins

Review: From the Top by Dani Collins

The Faerie Queen’s review CW: This book does bring up past sexual harassment, as well as a pregnancy-related experience that some readers might want to avoid. It’s up to you whether you want to be warned:  From the Top released just after the Winter Olympics, and the timing was perfect. Why? Because it’s set right after the Olympics. After a New Year’s Eve fling, Ilke intended to continue with her dreams of gold medals, only to crash and burn thanks to an unexpected pregnancy. From the Top opens with Ilke returning to the site of her one-night-stand, and the man she had such an enjoyable night with. The problem? Neither had any intention of seeing each other, or of getting into any relationship in the first place. I haven’t read the first book, and I think this might be a case where reading the first book in a romance series is […]

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