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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Cover Commentary #1

Posted March 4th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Cover Commentaries /
Cover Commentary #1

The world of romance is filled with all sorts of weird and wonderful books with equally weird and wonderful covers. They say not to judge a book by its cover, but covers have an important job. In a busy market, they need to get the attention of potential readers. We thought we’d have a little fun each Sunday, sharing with you all some of the covers that do manage to do their job and catch our eye. Share with us your covers and thoughts in the comments! Since this is all about covers, we’re not going to give you too much info on the books. If you’re intrigued and want to learn more, we’ve got links to both Goodreads and Amazon. If you hop straight to Amazon and purchase the book, it’ll help to keep LiatoF alive and sharing more of these covers! Faerie Queen Ok, the first thing I thought […]

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Excerpt: Lady Be Reckless by Megan Frampton

Posted March 3rd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts /
Excerpt: Lady Be Reckless by Megan Frampton

Have you noticed an increase in historical romance on the blog? That’s thanks to the GingerSnap. Today, we’re sharing an excerpt from Lady Be Reckless by Megan Frampton, a new release from Avon! Learn more about Lady Be Reckless, Megan Frampton, and how you can win the first two books in the A Duke’s Daughters series About the book Excerpt “. . . Bennett.” His eyes widened at her use of his first name, and he blinked a few times. Overcome by his emotions, perhaps? She smiled reassuringly. “We feel the same way about so many things.” She put her hand on his sleeve. His gaze went to where her hand lay, and she wished she was daring enough to run the fingers of her other hand through his hair. She wasn’t, not yet. Perhaps later, after everything was settled. “And since we are of much the same mind, I know that it […]

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GingerSnap Recommendations: Jane Austen Retellings

Posted March 2nd 2018 by The GingerSnap in Recommendations /
GingerSnap Recommendations: Jane Austen Retellings

Like so many other romance readers, I love Jane Austen. I love her novels in all forms: original, movie adaptations, and retellings. I’ve read countless retellings over the years, but I’ve rounded up a few of my favourites for my fellow Austenites looking for a good, Jane-inspired book to cosy up with. Longbourn by Jo Baker This book focuses on the downstairs life, i.e. the servants, that make sure the Bennet household has plenty of food, clean clothing, and empty chamberpots. It’s easy to forget about the downstairs contingent of an upper-class family entirely, but Longbourn reminds us that not only do those servants exist and work incredibly hard, they also fall in and out of love, form friendships, and have their own dreams for their futures, just like their abovestairs compatriots. The love story in this book absolutely broke my heart, but the HEA is so wonderful and is perhaps […]

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A Month in Review: February 2018

Posted February 28th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Wrap-ups /
A Month in Review: February 2018

Another month has come and gone, and now it’s time for some reflection! What we read The Faerie Queen My month began with an Audible binge of the Room Mates series by Kendall Ryan, as you can get all four of the main books for one credit! (I have since managed to arrange an Audible Romance package even though I’m in the UK…shhhh.) I really enjoyed all of them, although the second made me feel a bit icky. I also read the second book in the Hijinks Harem series by Tate James and C.M. Stunich, but it was a bit too much of the same for me, so I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series. I had two winners in The Bastard’s Bargain by Katee Robert and Ball Peen Hammer by Lauren Rowe, followed by a definite no for me with Seared by Suleikha Snyder (who accidentally found the review […]

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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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