Category: Reviews

Review: Make Me Want by Katee Robert

Posted March 6th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review: Make Me Want by Katee Robert

The Faerie Queen’s review This is the second book by Katee Robert that I’ve read, and I’m starting to notice a trend. Or rather, three trends. She writes hot sex. While her heroes are very alpha, her heroines are just as strong and powerful. Combining those two, there is a large focus on empowering heroines to express their own desires. It’s not all about what the heroes want in the bedroom. While Make Me Want didn’t have the same impact on me as The Bastard’s Bargain (but then that did have much higher stakes), I was still very impressed with this, especially considering the shorter page count. It was a quick jab of heat and emotion. The beginning was a whirlwind. Lucy was facing that wonderful challenge of being a working woman (I say sarcastically): despite being an incredible employee, she anticipated being passed up for promotion because of her lack of a […]

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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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Harlequin DARE Launch!

Posted February 27th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Harlequin DARE Launch!

Harlequin has a new imprint featuring strong, independent women and sizzling hot heroes: DARE! DARE delivers riveting, irresistible romances featuring highly explicit sexual encounters, making it the publisher’s sexiest imprint ever. Look for four new titles each month! Sexy. Passionate. Bold. Harlequin Website  |  Harlequin DARE  |  Twitter  |  Facebook And because we couldn’t pick, we’re featuring all four books today to start the party. Read excerpts to whet your appetite, and enjoy a review for A Week to be Wild! The Faerie Queen’s review A Week to Be Wild hooked me from the very beginning. It’s not often I can say that, as it’s more common for books to take about 10% to find their feet. But not with this one. I could feel the chemistry and was invested in the relationship from the first chapter. A few things made this really work for me. First of all, the […]

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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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Review: Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

Posted February 21st 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe

The Faerie Queen’s review I loved this book because it surprised the hell out of me. I didn’t expect to enjoy a book about a male stripper. I didn’t expect to love a self-proclaimed man-whore. I didn’t expect said stripper to throw out so much wisdom about what women deserve, particularly in the sack. I didn’t expect to learn about my own damn anatomy from a book about a male stripper/player. I didn’t expect to question by own prejudices. But, my people, I did. Keane Morgan initially grated on my nerves. He came across as self-important, and his frequent use of terms like “babydoll” made me shudder. Maybe I should have paid more attention to the blurb; Maddie was just as annoyed with Keane at first, but he won us both over, slowly but surely. Well done to Lauren Rowe for making me fall in love with a male stripper […]

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Review: His Outback Nanny by Annie Seaton

Posted February 19th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: His Outback Nanny by Annie Seaton

The Faerie Queen’s review I’m going to need to keep an eye on Annie Seaton, because I really enjoyed His Outback Nanny. I mean, I couldn’t stop. Having read a few nanny-turned-lover stories recently, it seems I have developed a taste for them. And I already know I love a good fake relationship story! His Outback Nanny very much had traditional gender roles at its heart. Ned was The Farmer, strong and hunky, the physical labourer and strategiser. Meanwhile, Jemima took the role of housekeeper, cook, and gardener, plus doing the most work to take care of Ned’s children, though he came in to lavish love on them. (Basically, he wanted to do all of the fun stuff while she handled the messy stuff.) And for their personalities, this division of labour did make sense. I can appreciate that not everyone wants the same kinds of things out of life, and despite […]

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Review: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke

Posted February 17th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review: The Trouble with True Love by Laura Lee Guhrke

The Faerie Queen’s review I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but contemporary romances have typically been my thing. You see, I adore Jane Austen, and though her books are very tame by today’s standards, they nevertheless have a power over me, one that brings me back time and again for more Darcy. (I love other classics, too, but I am an Austen fangirl.) I had an unfortunate experience with the first historical romance I read, back when I first became a blogger three years ago, and it has coloured my view of the genre. I have, for the most part, avoided it since then. This book was completely unputdownable. I haven’t eaten in 16 hours, aside from a couple pieces of dark chocolate. I managed to pull myself away long enough to get 5 hours of sleep and go to the bathroom when I couldn’t hold it in any longer. […]

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Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Posted February 14th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

The GingerSnap’s review The saying goes that when one door closes, another opens. Applied to romance, it goes: when one book sucks, the next will be amazing. That has absolutely been true for me this week. This book is insanely good. Like, couldn’t-put-it-down stayed-up-way-too-late-reading-it I-want-to-read-it-again kind of good. The story begins with Naledi Smith, an overworked graduate student who suddenly starts receiving what she thinks are spam emails from the African country of Thesolo, claiming that she is, in fact, the future king’s betrothed. She writes these emails off as a nuisance, but Prince Thabiso and his assistant, Thabiso, are not joking about her destiny. When these emails go unnoticed, they both fly to New York to meet Nebi, but hijinks happen and Thabiso ends up impersonating a trust-fund kid from indiscriminate origins who quickly falls in serious love, and lust, with Nebi. But once Nebi knows the truth about her […]

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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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