Category: Monthly Challenges

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 /
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

Posted March 8th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews, Sports Romance Month /
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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Review: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

Posted March 5th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews, Sports Romance Month /
Review: See Jane Score by Rachel Gibson

The GingerSnap’s review This book was published in 2003. 2003 might have been a long time ago, but I’m of the opinion that however far back in history we go, toxic masculinity, the derogatory use of the word “pussy” and the phrase “like a girl”, jokes about sexual harassment, blaming men’s inappropriate actions on women’s clothing choices, and the categorisation of women as either “smart” OR “pretty” are never okay. This book had it all going for it: Jane is a journalist (who also writes erotica!!) who gets assigned to cover the local Seattle hockey team, and despite the team’s collective attempts to box her out because, in their opinion, she has no place in their crew, she manages to not only win them over, but she also excels at covering their games. Luc is the hot, aloof team goalie that initially treats Jane with malice, but the more time […]

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Review: Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

Posted February 26th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Food Romance Month, Reviews /
Review: Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge

TheGingerSnap’s review Truth be told, I knew there was basically no way I wasn’t going to like this book. It has all of my catnip: Jane Austen retelling, strong female friendship/sisterly bonds, and lots of scenes of people drinking tea. The book is a retelling of Sense and Sensibility set in modern-day Austin, Texas. Jane Woodward and her sisters Celia and Margot have lived above their quaint tea shop in San Francisco for years, but after their elderly landlord dies, Celia breaks up with her boyfriend of forever, and they’re forced to leave their home, the girls make the move to Austin, Texas. Celia reconnects with a long-lost relation, Ian Vandermeide, who’s more than willing to put the girls up in his property’s casita in Austin while they get back on their feet. When they get to Austin, Jane and Celia realise it’s much harder to find a new space […]

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Monthly Challenge March 2018: We’re Reading… Sports Romance!

Posted February 18th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Monthly Challenges, Sports Romance Month /
Monthly Challenge March 2018: We’re Reading… Sports Romance!

Another month is almost over, and we’re looking to the next! We hope you’ve been enjoying food romance so far, but quickly take a moment to find out what we’ll be reading NEXT month. This next theme is a personal favourite of the Faerie Queen’s, so she’ll be going all out. The theme in question? Sports romance! If you have any book recommendations for the challenge, share them in the comments below! The Faerie Queen already has a couple rugby books lined up, plus her personal favourite, ice hockey. Mmmmm. 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 […]

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Review: The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

Posted February 12th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Food Romance Month, Reviews /
Review: The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

The GingerSnap’s review I love chocolate. I love Paris. I read the first book in this series and didn’t hate it. That means I should’ve at least found this book tolerable, right? Wrong, friends, wrong. I hated this book so much that I had to bribe myself with banana bread to actually finish it (“You can only get another slice of banana bread if you get to 75% first”, I told myself). This book tells the story of Jamie (Jamie? Which is her real name? Unsure, since it switches in the book) Corey, who has come to Paris to recover from injuries sustained during her humanitarian work with fair trade cacao farmers, and Dominique Richard, one of Paris’ best chocolatiers and a perpetual grouch who takes an immediate liking to Jame/ie when she sits silently in his cafe for days in a row, sampling and savouring his confections. What makes […]

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Review: Seared by Suleikha Snyder

Posted February 10th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Food Romance Month, Reviews /
Review: Seared by Suleikha Snyder

The Faerie Queen’s review I DID NOT KNOW THIS WAS GOING TO BE A BDSM STORY. Ok, now that that’s out there, I can breathe again. I don’t mind BDSM stories, and I’ve enjoyed several in the past, but it would have been nice to know it was one going in. But honestly, that was torture, and not of a good kind. It started out ok, if a bit more on the erotica-sans-plot side. Then a plot was introduced, but I never cared. Because I couldn’t bring myself to care about the characters. Fine, I cared enough to force myself to the finish line, but only because the book is like 150 pages long. And yet it took a lot of willpower to read one page after the next. But I got there, and I can say with 100% certainty that this book and I were not meant for each other. […]

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Review: North to You by Tif Marcelo

Posted February 5th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Food Romance Month, Reviews /
Review: North to You by Tif Marcelo

The GingerSnap’s review I picked this book as part of our “Foodie February” theme, and oooh am I glad I did! I love any romance that somehow includes food in the plot, and this book delivered. I was drooling every time the word “panini” was mentioned, and by the time cake pops were being crafted, I was so hungry I was ready to raid my kitchen, book in hand. This book follows the trials and tribulations of Camille Marino and Drew Bautista. Camille is the owner of Lucianna, a food truck that she runs with her best friend, Jasmine. The truck is dedicated to turning out delicious Italian-inspired eats that Camille crafts herself, using the knowledge and prowess her grandmother taught her. Camille is also the sole guardian of her little sister, Ally, a talented young artist with big dreams. Between juggling the truck and Ally, Camille’s plate is already pretty […]

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Review: Elements of Mischief by C.M. Stunich & Tate James

Posted January 24th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reverse Harem Month, Reviews /
Review: Elements of Mischief by C.M. Stunich & Tate James

The Faerie Queen’s review I was a little nervous about reading this because both authors wrote for the Snow & Seduction reverse harem anthology that I have not been able to get through. The anthology is a bit of a mess, and doesn’t look like it’s been edited at all (for content or typos). But I am happy to report that Elements of Mischief is actually a lot of fun and has clearly gone through all the right stages of publication! Reverse harems tend to have the same cast of men – the bad boy, the calming presence, the horndog, and the charming leader – and this was no different. In case you’re wondering: Billy (fire), George (earth), Reg (water), and Skeeter (air). But I sort of expected as much, and while not necessarily original, it was dependably entertaining and sexy. They could be a bit much sometimes, especially Reg, who was […]

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