Category: Reviews

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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Review & Excerpt: A Scot’s Surrender by Lily Maxton

Posted March 16th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: A Scot’s Surrender by Lily Maxton

The Faerie Queen’s review Fan of Scottish Highlanders? British Aristocrats? Hate-to-love tropes? Historical romances? This might just be the book for you! I really enjoyed this! There was a palpable tension between Ian and Robert, the two heroes, from the very beginning, and once Ian loosened up, some good banter. I particularly liked Robert, a very personable guy on the outside who sought to put everyone at ease, but who hid his insecurities and the fact that he wrote Gothic novels. Alongside the romance between these two was also a slightly humour mystery. For the record, I had an inkling about the mystery from the beginning. Don’t ask me how; I don’t even really read mysteries, but I just knew. High five, me. Ok, now some more serious stuff. This week has been a week of firsts for me. Earlier this week, I read my first novel written in verse (The […]

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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: Consort of Secrets by Eva Chase

Posted March 13th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review: Consort of Secrets by Eva Chase

The Faerie Queen’s review Ever since Reverse Harem Month, I’ve been keeping an eye on the subgenre. There’s something extra delightfully naughty about not having to choose between your favourite types of heroes. You can have the bad boy, the nice guy, the dark and handsome figure… It may not be common in real life, but romance allows us to explore our fantasies, and having a group to give you the love you desire (physically and emotionally) is actually a rather nice one. And you know what? This was a rather nice reverse harem story. It was easy to read, and very quick, too. It didn’t take long to jump onto the action, and I had my suspicions and hopes set from the very beginning. The Big Bad was somewhat of a stereotype, but I was fine with that. And as much as I love my romance, it was sort […]

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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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