Category: Reviews

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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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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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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Review: Level Me Up by Lauren Helms

Posted March 22nd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review: Level Me Up by Lauren Helms

The Faerie Queen’s review I have found my niche: gamer romances. I’m a gamer myself (though not of FPS… first person shooters), and the Boyf loves his DOTA2. I’m only just discovering that there’s a whole subgenre of geeky new adult and adult contemporary romance. And this even fits the sports romance theme this month, as esports is a legit thing! (It brought in $1.5b in revenue in 2017, and The International 2017 winners won $10,862,683. That’s the biggest DOTA2 major, and yes, I watched some of the games with the Boyf.) Everything started out really great. I started listening on my way to a convention – RARE18 London, a huge romance event in fact. I thought it was fitting when the book starts at ComicCon (and I am actually going to the London Film & Comic Con with my boyfriend in July). Bookish Morgan tags along with her friend […]

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Review: Attraction by Penny Reid

Posted March 21st 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews /
Review: Attraction by Penny Reid

The GingerSnap’s review A few weeks ago I downloaded the second book in this series on a whim, and after realising that I had inadvertently read the middle of a series, I knew I had to go back and read the first book, to better understand Martin and Kaitlyn’s love stories. But honestly, that was 4 hours and 36 minutes of my life I wish I had back. The Elements of Chemistry series follows lab partners Martin and Kaitlyn, who have been harbouring secret crushes for each other all semester, unbeknownst to each other. Things come to a head one day while Kaitlyn is hiding in the chemistry closet and overhears one of Martin’s rugby teammates plotting to drug Martin and take advantage of him and his family fortune. Closet kisses happen, then Kaitlyn divulgies the details of this plot to Martin, he takes a leap and makes his feelings […]

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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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