Category: Reviews

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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Review & Excerpt: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

Posted February 6th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert

The Faerie Queen’s review This is the sixth book in The O’Malleys series, but the first I’ve read. That maaaay have been a mistake. I thought it might be like other romance series, where there are references to some previous characters and events, but the story itself is contained for the most part. Nope. You are better off reading this as part of a series, as I learned when I was completely confused for the first chapter or two. Even once I’d gotten into this story, there were references to other characters and previous events that kept me from fully enjoying the narrative. That being said, I did actually enjoy this! This is one for those of you who like organised crime families, darkness, and power plays. The relationship between Dmitri and Keira can be very aptly described as love-hate, with all that anger and attempts to control each other infused […]

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Review: North to You by Tif Marcelo

Posted February 5th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Food Romance Month, Reviews /
Review: North to You by Tif Marcelo

The GingerSnap’s review I picked this book as part of our “Foodie February” theme, and oooh am I glad I did! I love any romance that somehow includes food in the plot, and this book delivered. I was drooling every time the word “panini” was mentioned, and by the time cake pops were being crafted, I was so hungry I was ready to raid my kitchen, book in hand. This book follows the trials and tribulations of Camille Marino and Drew Bautista. Camille is the owner of Lucianna, a food truck that she runs with her best friend, Jasmine. The truck is dedicated to turning out delicious Italian-inspired eats that Camille crafts herself, using the knowledge and prowess her grandmother taught her. Camille is also the sole guardian of her little sister, Ally, a talented young artist with big dreams. Between juggling the truck and Ally, Camille’s plate is already pretty […]

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Review: A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

Posted January 29th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews /
Review: A Duke in Shining Armor by Loretta Chase

The GingerSnap’s review I tried. I really tried. I tried to read this whole book, but 40% in, I had to DNF. The reasons? There are so many. Number one: The entire time I was reading this book, I felt like I was missing some piece of the puzzle. This book is the first in the “Difficult Dukes” series, but there are so many off-handed references or hints to things the Dukes had said or done previously that I felt left out like I wasn’t privy to some aspects of the characters’ lives, which made it hard to really get into the story. Number two: The heroine, Olympia, is described in the book synopsis as “bookish, bespectacled”, which is problematic in and of itself because this description is used to contrast the gorgeousness of her soon-to-be husband, which is so not feminist, and we all know that being bookish and […]

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Review & Excerpt: Trouble With Gold by Melinda Dozier

Posted January 25th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Trouble With Gold by Melinda Dozier

The Faerie Queen’s review This is going to be a short review because the book was a short novella! Trouble With Gold was cute and fun, getting me in the mood for the Winter Olympics (opening in 3 weeks!), but it was not without its faults. Occurring over the space of the games, Nadia accidentally stumbles across snowboarder Ty, handcuffed in only his boxers and boots as part of an initiation. He immediately drawn to her, especially since she is so in control. It was pretty stereotypical in this regard: Ty is American and therefore fun-loving and a little reckless, while Nadia is an uptight Swiss with a desire to achieve and always be on time. Over the next few weeks, Nadia experiences a war between heart and head. Being a novella, it was really short, and I feel like it was unnecessarily so. A novella is no excuse to skimp on character […]

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Review: Elements of Mischief by C.M. Stunich & Tate James

Posted January 24th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reverse Harem Month, Reviews /
Review: Elements of Mischief by C.M. Stunich & Tate James

The Faerie Queen’s review I was a little nervous about reading this because both authors wrote for the Snow & Seduction reverse harem anthology that I have not been able to get through. The anthology is a bit of a mess, and doesn’t look like it’s been edited at all (for content or typos). But I am happy to report that Elements of Mischief is actually a lot of fun and has clearly gone through all the right stages of publication! Reverse harems tend to have the same cast of men – the bad boy, the calming presence, the horndog, and the charming leader – and this was no different. In case you’re wondering: Billy (fire), George (earth), Reg (water), and Skeeter (air). But I sort of expected as much, and while not necessarily original, it was dependably entertaining and sexy. They could be a bit much sometimes, especially Reg, who was […]

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Review: Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

Posted January 22nd 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews /
Review: Glutton for Pleasure by Alisha Rai

The GingerSnap’s review I’ve been wanting to read Alisha Rai’s back catalogue of books for a while, and LiatoF’s Reverse Harem Month gave me the perfect opportunity to read this, her first book. When I read the introduction to the book and realised it was about two brothers falling in love with the same girl, I was intrigued, but wary. I’m all for reverse harem and menage romances, but haven’t read any involving family members due to my fear that the book would involve incest. I should’ve kept my faith in Alisha, however, because she managed to build a believable, incest-free, crazy-hot romance between Devi and brothers Jace and Marcus that had me nearly fanning myself at certain points of the book. Devi Malik is the head chef at her parent’s family-owned Indian restaurant, and after a serious romantic dry spell, her sister decides it’s time to spice up Devi’s […]

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Review: Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

Posted January 15th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews /
Review: Wilde in Love by Eloisa James

The GingerSnap’s review I think of Eloisa James as one of the queens of the regency romance genre, which also happens to be my all-time favourite romance sub-genre, so you can bet I was excited to pick up her latest book. The story follows the romance between Willa, a society darling just finishing her first very successful season, and Alaric, an adventurous aristocrat just back from travelling around the world. Alaric is a famous author whose travels have been made into a bawdy play that has made much of his intrepid and supposedly rather rakish nature, which leads Willa to be cautious in her interactions with him. One thing I loved about this book was the role reversal; Alaric is the emotive, passionate character, while Willa is cautious, reserved, and cerebral, completely dismantling the idea that women have to be the emotional partner in a relationship. I also loved that Willa […]

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Review: The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

Posted January 8th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews /
Review: The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

The GingerSnap’s review I was so excited to read this book. My experience with Sonali Dev novels thus far has taught me that if I’m going to read one, it’s best to do it on a day/s when I don’t have a lot planned, because there is no way I’m going to get anything done with my attention so completely focused on her story. This story was in keeping with that theme; I didn’t even notice my train had arrived at my stop because I was so gripped! This book tells us the second chance romance story of Ria and Vikram, two childhood sweethearts who are seeing each other for the first time in 10 years at their friend’s wedding. Much has happened to change both of them for better and worse, but the chemistry between them ignites the moment they lock eyes on each other again, and that sexual […]

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Review: Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey

Posted December 25th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: Crashed Out by Tessa Bailey

The Faerie Queen’s review Boy, was this an excellent Christmas present to warm me up on a dreary British day. To help you understand what I mean… “If I ever feel your fingers in my hair again, they’d better be pulling my face closer to whatever I’m licking.” Our hero, Sarge, has been crushing on his sister’s best friend since hormones flooded his body, and after running off to make it as a rockstar, he returns four years later to reconnect with his family…and hopefully “connect” with Jasmine. And boy, did Sarge make his intentions clear, toeing the line between too much. This is one of those cases where an alpha male acting up in a book is hot as hell but would not go down well with me in real life. “You’re so arrogant now,” she whispered on a huffed breath, unable to put the required exasperation in her […]

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