Tag: contemporary

Review & Excerpt: How (Not) to Date a Prince by Zoe May

Posted May 1st 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: How (Not) to Date a Prince by Zoe May

The Faerie Queen’s review Royal Wedding month is upon us, and I’m genuinely excited because I think Meghan is awesome, and I’ve also always had a thing for Harry. So it seems appropriate to kick off the new month with a royal romance! Like the heroine, Sam, I (usually) couldn’t care less about royal weddings. (Again, I love Meghan and Harry, so I do actually care this time.) Sam’s ex-fiancé left her at the altar three years before, and she was not interested in writing about love; nope, she was a political journalist. But her editor assigns her to write a “heart-warmer” about the Norwegian prince and his regular girl bride, and in the process, we get a heart-warmer of a story, too! This was a single POV story, and a lot of the beginning was focused on Sam and her life. It took a while for Anders to actually […]

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Review & Excerpt: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey

Review & Excerpt: Hot Response by Shannon Stacey

  The Faerie Queen’s review What a way to start a book… From the very first scene, I was on Team Gavin. He was so charming and caring and gaaaaah. I wanted him. His cockiness never came across as arrogance; it was just fun and endearing and sexy. He and Cait talked about how he might joke too much, and that sometimes he didn’t know when to quit, but I never saw that. Gavin was basically perfect; flawed, but nicely so. And maybe one of my favourite things about him? He had so much respect for Cait’s professional competency; there’s a scene that I wanted to share but won’t for spoiler reasons, but a man letting a woman take charge is definitely swoonworthy. Another win for Team Beta! And why did he have to have such a great smile? “See, you’re doing it right now.” “Doing what?” “That smile that probably makes […]

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Review & Excerpt: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

Posted March 28th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: Hurts to Love You by Alisha Rai

The Faerie Queen’s review Of course I go ahead and do the smart thing… I read the last book in a trilogy first. I mean, look, I know, it doesn’t really matter. It’s a romance series. But guys, I actually seriously enjoyed this, and I wish I’d been along for the ride from the very beginning. Because if I go back now, I will have to endure this book’s main characters as they were before I’ve seen their growth, and it’ll frustrate me. I suppose, on the other hand, I’ll know things work out. Oh well, it’ll be worth it. This is my first book by Alisha Rai, and I doubt it’ll be my last. (I definitely need to read the second book about Jackson, because he is a serious introvert, like me. I liked seeing how Eve accepted his need for solitude and no small talk, and how she explained […]

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Review: Kulti by Mariana Zapata

Posted March 27th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews, Sports Romance Month /
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 /
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: 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: 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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