Category: Reviews

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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Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Stand & Deliver by Rhenna Morgan

Posted June 21st 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: Stand & Deliver by Rhenna Morgan

The Faerie Queen’s review Ugh, I wish I’d read the other books in the series first because I feel like I missed out on a lot of the banter and lead-up to this book! I signed up for the tour because I was intrigued by the idea of a female security specialist butting heads (and bumping other parts) with a very alpha coworker. I could see the potential for steamy banter a mile away! I could completely see where Gia was coming from. In such a stereotypically masculine industry, she felt the constant need to prove herself, not showing any hint of femininity except what was needed for a job. And given the profession, she couldn’t just act like a guy; she had to always be strong and tough, never showing vulnerability for fear it would count against her. If she was going to have a man in her life, […]

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Review & Excerpt: Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren

Posted June 15th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Survival of the Richest by Skye Warren

The Faerie Queen’s review I hadn’t yet read a book by Skye Warren, but I’d heard of her, aware that she had written a number of series (some connected). When the opportunity arose to read the first book in a new series, I grabbed it. Especially with that blurb! What shone in this book for me were the characters and their complicated relationships that went far past the typical friend/enemy/lover labels. Harper surprised me the most with how she broke the typical “rich girl” mould. Because she wasn’t just a rich girl with an attitude. She was an artist with a complicated family who loved and hated each other all at the same time, a difficult but painfully real dynamic to understand. Money was such a toxic influence in her life. Her views on relationships and power and women in history and mythology made me think and want to learn […]

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Review & Excerpt: Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn

Posted June 14th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Knocked Up by Stacey Lynn

The Faerie Queen’s review Yesss that was glorious and I loved it. Not only was it emotionally satisfying, Knocked Up was also HOT. Cara – an artist from a rich family – and Braxton – a tattoo business owner from the wrong side of town – have a great weekend together at their best friends’ wedding. Weeks later, Cara finds out she’s pregnant and seeks Braxton out to let him know. She’s mortified, he thinks she’s disgusted by him, but both are insanely attracted to each other – and both want to keep and raise the baby. Fighting pride, prejudice (I couldn’t help it), hormones, and terrible parents, these two must find a way to deal with each other for the sake of their unborn child. But honestly, they’re meant to be! I thought Cara was very admirable. Yes, she was only 24 and wasn’t financially or logistically prepared for […]

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