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Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Posted March 27th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews, Sports Romance Month / / 0 Comments
Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

The Faerie Queen’s review Mariana Zapata is one of my few auto-buy authors for a reason. She is a goddess. Her books tend to be on the long side, especially for a contemporary, but I am never bored while reading/listening. (To be fair, I’ve only read three of her books so far, but I’ve got all the ones I can get from Audible lined up and ready to go, and I’ve got From Lukov With Love on my Kindle just waiting for me to dive in.) This book is long. 572 pages, or over 16 hours of audio goodness. Prepare yourself, but also realise that I listened to it within 48 hours, it was so good. (I also listen to everything at at least 1.25x speed, if not 1.5x, so that helped.) One thing I’ve noticed about Mariana’s covers is that they don’t stand out as romance. Instead of going with […]

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Review: Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

Posted March 19th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews, Sports Romance Month / / 0 Comments
Review: Pucked Off by Helena Hunting

The GingerSnap’s review Other than Juliet Stevenson’s narrated versions of Jane Austen classics, this book is hands-down the best audiobook I’ve ever listened to. The sex scenes, the insecure hero, the massages – I loved it all!! The hero of this book, Lance, is a crazy-hot redheaded Scottish hockey player living in Chicago. Lance had a tragic childhood* that’s made it difficult for him to engage in meaningful relationships, in part because he can’t stand being touched. But when he meets massage therapist Poppy, he melts under her hands. He feels instantly comfortable in her presence, something he’s never before experienced with anyone else. Poppy and Lance have actually met before, over a decade ago when they were just teenagers. Lance was Poppy’s first kiss, and though she’s had her fair share of boyfriends, she’s still always hoped she would reconnect with the gorgeous Scottish boy she met at 13. When […]

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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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Excerpt: Just Say (Hell) No by Rosalind James

Posted February 20th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts / / 0 Comments
Excerpt: Just Say (Hell) No by Rosalind James

Fun fact. The Faerie Queen happens to love rugby, and a recent release happens to cater to that: Just Say (Hell) No by Rosalind James! Enjoy an excerpt from the book, enter the giveaway, and look forward to a review next month as we explore sports romance! About the book Excerpt Nyree knew it was two kilometers to Achilles Point. She didn’t look at her watch to see how long it was taking. The point was, she made it. She puffed her way up the final incline, which felt more like a mountain, tried to tell herself, Gorgeous sea view, and failed. Maybe it was the black spots that were swimming in her vision. She bent over from the waist to haul in a few precious breaths and focused on not being sick. When she stood up again, she saw him. He’d just run the stairs from the beach. She […]

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Monthly Challenge March 2018: We’re Reading… Sports Romance!

Monthly Challenge March 2018: We’re Reading… Sports Romance!

Another month is almost over, and we’re looking to the next! We hope you’ve been enjoying food romance so far, but quickly take a moment to find out what we’ll be reading NEXT month. This next theme is a personal favourite of the Faerie Queen’s, so she’ll be going all out. The theme in question? Sports romance! If you have any book recommendations for the challenge, share them in the comments below! The Faerie Queen already has a couple rugby books lined up, plus her personal favourite, ice hockey. Mmmmm. If you want to take part, all you have to do is join us as a contributor and read at least one book from the challenge. Then share your thoughts by logging in to the blog and writing a review or reaction post, which we’ll make live with a graphic for you to share around! OR!!! Tweet us your thoughts @liatof […]

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Review & Excerpt: Trouble With Gold by Melinda Dozier

Posted January 25th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews / / 1 Comment
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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Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins

Posted January 16th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours / / 0 Comments
Excerpt: On the Edge by Dani Collins

If hate-to-love is your kinda romance, we’ve got an excerpt from a new fiesty romance: On the Edge by Dani Collins! First, here’s a bit more about the book, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end! About the book Dani Collins shares fast facts! The working title for On The Edge was Uphill Battles. Glory is a romance author, like me! Also like me: she’s sarcastic, an introvert, and swears a lot. Glory writes a no-room-at-the-inn Christmas romance called Blessed Winter. You read it as you read On The Edge. My husband calls it ‘a book within a book.’ Murphy, the dog that Rolf’s brother brings to the lodge and leaves with him (against Rolf’s will!) is real. My brother-in-law rescued him two years ago. The name Blue Spruce Lodge is in memory of my grandmother. She loved Blue Spruce trees. (And romance novels, as do I!) Excerpt “I’m saying […]

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Cover Reveal: Cross Stroke by Elizabeth Hartey

Posted December 17th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Cover Reveals / / 0 Comments
Cover Reveal: Cross Stroke by Elizabeth Hartey

Happy Sunday! One week to go until Christmas!!! Anyway, down to business… We’ve got the cover for Cross Stroke by Elizabeth Hartey, revealed today! Scroll down to see the cover and read more about this book, featuring an ice hockey player (the Faerie Queen’s fave…). The cover! About the book Subscribe to Blog via Email Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 345 other subscribers. Email Address

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Excerpt: One and Done by Melynda Price

Posted December 12th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts / / 0 Comments
Excerpt: One and Done by Melynda Price

Happy release day to One and Done by Melynda Price! We have an excerpt and a giveaway to get you excited about this new holiday getaway romance! About the book Excerpt “Balen, are you homeless?” His brow arched. Autumn wasn’t sure why he looked so surprised she asked. It wasn’t a very far leap. The writing was on the wall—his friend making that crack about him being a jobless beach bum, him volunteering to spend the week with her…and now here he was, needing a place to say. She wasn’t an idiot. One plus one usually equaled two. Balen studied her until the tension in the room grew stifling. “Is my socioeconomic status an issue for you? You’ve got the spare room and I happen to be in need of one for the next week. I thought… Look, if staying with you is going to be a problem, I can leave.” […]

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Review: Necessary Roughness by Julie Brannagh

Posted October 19th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews / / 0 Comments
Review: Necessary Roughness by Julie Brannagh

The Faerie Queen’s review After an ok start, this book slowly but surely got worse and worse. The only reason I kept going is because someone said the ending was ok. While the main characters – Jordan and Tanner – were fine, the secondary characters, particularly the women, were a joke. They all seemed to be caricatures: either they were ditzy, or they were ditzy AND cruel. Tanner’s first live-in nurse showed up for a couple of scenes, only to decide to sexually harass him out of nowhere, and this was somehow connected to the ex-girlfriend who dumped him but then kept sending him sexts. It was like all the women had to be nightmares to make Jordan look like the only option. The relationship between Jordan and Tanner also didn’t make sense. They claimed to hate each other, but there wasn’t enough showing of this. If anything, maybe they […]

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