Publisher: Avon

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: 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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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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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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Excerpt: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

Posted February 4th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Blog Tours, Excerpts /
Excerpt: Tempest by Beverly Jenkins

Hiya, and welcome back! Today, we’re giving you a little taste of Tempest by Beverly Jenkins, the third book in her Old West series! First, here’s a bit more about the book. About the book Excerpt “Being shot tends to make a man short-tempered. . .” She held his gaze unflinchingly. Despite his doubts concerning her suitability, Colt found himself drawn to the determination she radiated. “I can cook, set a proper table, and have impeccable manners. I speak English and Spanish. I hunt, fish, swim, and ride. I’d hoped to find a husband who’d view these qualities as assets, but if you’re seeking what society considers a proper wife who’ll defer to you in all things, and spend time sitting in a rocker with an embroidery hoop in her hand, you should say so and I’ll return to Arizona.” Colt blinked. He didn’t know any woman with the pluck to toss down […]

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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: 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 and Excerpt: The Duke by Katharine Ashe

Posted October 9th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review and Excerpt: The Duke by Katharine Ashe

The Faerie Queen’s review Talk about a slow burn. This book made me wait. I’ll admit that I am not the most patient with books, and I did find this really difficult in the middle, but I’m glad I stuck it out because the last 30% was worth it. I don’t really read historical romance, but it’s a very popular subgenre of romance, so I naturally have to try a book every now and then. I find that it can be a bit OTT with the language of the time, and the last one I tried reading for review basically took a bunch of Austen characters, gave them new names, and threw them into a different historical setting. Yes, there are commonalities that are acceptable across the genre, but there should also be originality. And I think that’s why I made it through The Duke when I haven’t been able to with other […]

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