Category: Reviews

Review & Excerpt: Break My Fall by M. Mabie

Posted August 29th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Break My Fall by M. Mabie

The Faerie Queen’s review WHAT IS THIS SLOW-BURN, CLIFFHANGER BUSINESS?! Ok, strong reaction to that ending… But I mean, that’s a good thing, right? Because I was soooooo into this story, and then it all went up in flames in the last few pages. Now I can’t get into anything new because all I can think about is what’s going to happen next. I need the next two books immediately. Let’s back it up, shall we? This is a story about Abraham and Myra. Both come from a town called Lancaster, where Abraham’s father is the pastor in a weird, pseudo-Christian cult. Twisting the words of the Bible, men are given enormous power over women, making all decisions for them; meanwhile, women are raised to be subservient and domestic, and to give birth to as many new souls for “God’s army” as possible. Abraham knew something was up from a young age […]

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Review, First Chapter & Giveaway: Three-Way Split by Elia Winters

Posted August 27th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review, First Chapter & Giveaway: Three-Way Split by Elia Winters

The Faerie Queen’s review I know I’ve gotten into reverse harem this year, which you could argue can be a form of polyamory, I’d say the subgenre is still very much a sensual/sexual fantasy geared towards women who like the idea of multiple men fawning over them. And who can blame them? It is a lovely fantasy! But I seem to have stumbled upon a menage romance that is actually about polyamory, where the two men are not there to worship the woman but actually have a relationship between them. And it helps to know that the author has actual experience with polyamory. Because the end result is a book that’s both red-hot and pretty educational! I think the first big thing to note about Three-Way Split is that the book is very heavy on the sex. I mean, I’m not going to complain because it was really sexy, but this definitely counts […]

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Review & Excerpt: Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper

Posted August 9th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Kiss My Ash by Leddy Harper

The Faerie Queen’s review Here were my reasons for taking an interest in a book about an adult woman falling for the boy next door…who is in high school: It’s so wrong, but that only made me more curious, and books are a safe place to explore ideas like this. I’ve already done the older man thing with Wanting Mr. Cane by Shanora Williams, but the older woman thing seemed even more out there. (Thanks, patriarchy, for making the weird factor uneven on this…) If it did all work without being completely skeevy…how did Leddy manage to pull it off? I needed to know! I’m a sucker for a good boy-next-door trope. I think we should start off with one very important point: when they meet, Kristy is 32, and Ash is 17. BUT!!!!! Nothing happens between them until Ash is 18. And when Kristy guesses Ash’s age as 22ish, he […]

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Review & Giveaway: The Right Fit by Daphne Dubois

Posted August 7th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review & Giveaway: The Right Fit by Daphne Dubois

The Faerie Queen’s review Hooray for another ice hockey romance! This time featuring a curvy heroine and a hunky French Canadian with Greek roots. Maxine is trying to recover from the discovery of her fiancé’s adultery six months earlier, while Antony is trying to cling onto his position in a Toronto hockey team. After a couple accidental encounters, they get a bit hot and heavy on Maxine’s couch, and Antony finds himself playing better than ever. But wait! Maxine has been lied to before, and Antony doesn’t clue her in on the fact he’s a pro hockey player. Tension! Drama! But oh so much swooniness! I found it immensely satisfying to read about a curvy heroine. And no, she’s not celebrating her curves, but she is thinking of them in a relatable way. When Maxine goes to her favourite vintage store, she chooses clothes she likes with the intention of […]

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DNF Review: Condemned by Marianne Morea

Posted July 26th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
DNF Review: Condemned by Marianne Morea

The Faerie Queen’s review I was meant to publish this review on release day, but it’s always painful when you’re hopeful about a book and then discover it does not suit you. I was eager to read about vampires who lived through extraordinary historical events, and I liked the idea of an academic struggling to come to terms with the existence of creatures she’s considered legends. The biggest stumbling block from the beginning was how Dominic came across. Instead of a dark, sexy hero, he came across like a wise, old man. Yes, he is wise, and he is old, but when writing vampire heroes, you need to portray them as experienced but still as youthful as the day they “died”. At best, I could see Dominic being like Ned Stark. Instead of a hot vampire romance, Dominic initially came across as creepy old man lusting over a much younger woman. […]

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Review & Excerpt: The Billionaire’s Wake-up-call Girl by Annika Martin

Posted July 12th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: The Billionaire’s Wake-up-call Girl by Annika Martin

The Faerie Queen’s review I read this whilst in a car with my boyfriend, driving down the winding roads of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way (aka the west coast). And boy, did I have fun! This one is (obviously) for those of you who like your billionaire fantasies. In one corner, we’ve got scientist CEO Theo for a hero, consumed with efficiency and scientific breakthroughs, believing there’s no room for fun and personality in the workplace lest they decrease productivity. In the other corner, we have Lizzie, creative bakery owner turned social media coordinator, desperate for an income to help her recover from the financial blow that was dating a conman. Both are stubborn, and both have personal issues in their pasts. My ultimate favourite parts of the book were Lizzie and Theo’s early morning conversations before he discovered her identity. They were sexy, bizarre at times, and laugh-out-loud funny. So funny! My […]

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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake

Posted July 6th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: A Taste of Pleasure by Chloe Blake

The Faerie Queen’s review Who loves food? Who loves Italian food? Because mmmmmmm. This book made me HUNGRY. For food… and for Toni. A Taste of Pleasure describes the way this book started off. Dani and Toni meet at their friends’ wedding, where Dani has done the catering and Toni has provided the wines. They have a night of pleasure – one they both need with their respective recent romantic experiences. Dani was in a weird sexual relationship with her boss, while Toni was just divorced from his wife (and mother of his daughter). The morning after their encounter, Dani sneaks away, not wanting any awkwardness. It’s not until a year later, when Dani’s career has blown up in her face (she catches the boss cheating, big surprise) and she takes a break with her mom in Milan, where she began her career has a chef. In a weird twist of fate, […]

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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Mistake of Magic by Alex Lidell

Posted July 3rd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Mistake of Magic by Alex Lidell

The Faerie Queen’s review YESSSS book 2 in the Power of Five series! I adored the first book, so I was psyched to read the second instalment. But also dead nervous because so many series that start well flop in the next book. In this book, the quint faces down the council, eager to break them one way or another. They must prove to the rest of the fae that Lera deserves to be there despite being human. Basically, that she is not, in fact, a mistake of magic. As with the first book, yes, this is a reverse harem romance, but it’s also a great fantasy story with an interesting world and lovable/detestable characters. I enjoyed seeing the inner workings of the Council, which was the main focus of this. But even more than that, I loved seeing all the men in Lera’s quint open up more and show other sides to […]

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Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

Posted June 26th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Wicked and the Wallflower by Sarah MacLean

The Faerie Queen’s review Oh why oh why did it take me so long to read a book by Sarah MacLean when Emily literally introduced me to the author at a romance convention back in February?! Because that was so damn good. I am seduced. At first, I was a little bit confused, what with the prologue (which you can read below) and opening scene making me think two characters were one and the same. I constructed this whole theory based on the prologue that I quickly learned was only partly true, and not entirely as relevant as I thought. I loved Devil and his complexities, I loved the supporting characters – especially Grace, who immediately imprinted on me as a badass despite only a handful of scenes including her –, and I loved the whole world that was historical Covent Garden. (Fun fact, before reading this book, I actually went […]

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Guest Post: Kitty Wilson, author of The Cornish Village School, on breaking your rules

Posted June 23rd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Guest Posts, Reviews /
Guest Post: Kitty Wilson, author of The Cornish Village School, on breaking your rules

Hi everyone! We have a special guest post for you from Kitty Wilson, author of The Cornish Village School! Before we dive in to Kitty’s great post on why you should break your own rules, let’s quickly explain why you should pick up this book pronto, especially at only £1.99! This was such a cute and fluffy read, but then it is summer time, meaning the time for beach reads is upon us! Both Rosy and Matt were fun characters, so nice with just enough saltiness to give them flavour. And they were so perfect together, with light, easy banter mixed with adorable awkwardness here and there. As for the setting, Kitty gave Cornwall an almost magical air, painting a picture of calm beauty. I can understand why people would flock to the area during the holidays if the way Kitty portrayed the area is accurate. I read the whole thing with a smile on […]

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