Category: Reviews

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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Review & Excerpt: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

Posted March 7th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: A Princess in Theory by Alyssa Cole

The Faerie Queen’s review So you’ve technically read a review of this book on this site before. But you see, I couldn’t resist not reading it myself after the GingerSnap raved about it. Like Emily, I found so much to love with this book, which was basically a soulmates meets science adventure. First off, it featured a lady scientist! YES! STEMMETTE! And it wasn’t just a Convenient Job that some authors give their characters to explain them earning money, or so that they have coworkers to talk about their love life with. No, Naledi was a scientist through and through, and I loved how focused she was on her career and the insight into how being a woman – and being a POC – affected how she did her work. (Damnit, Brian, you classic white man.) Here was a woman who knew what she wanted and was prepared to work […]

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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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