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Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Posted April 11th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews /
Review: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

The GingerSnap’s review If it was possible to give a book 5+ stars, I would absolutely to do it for this wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL book. This is hands-down one of the best books I’ve read this year. The writing is so rich and vivid I felt like I was there in every scene, Monty is so achingly funny that I found myself snorting at inopportune moments, and I was practically jumping for joy when Monty and Percy finally admitted their feelings to one another. I’ve always loved historical fiction, but I’m ashamed to say this is only the second LGBTQ historical romance I’ve ever read. I requested it from the library after literally every reader in romancelandia raved about it months and years on end, and I couldn’t put it down. I wanted to read it again the moment I finished it. Do you ever read a book that makes you […]

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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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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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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: 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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Review: The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

Posted February 12th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Food Romance Month, Reviews /
Review: The Chocolate Touch by Laura Florand

The GingerSnap’s review I love chocolate. I love Paris. I read the first book in this series and didn’t hate it. That means I should’ve at least found this book tolerable, right? Wrong, friends, wrong. I hated this book so much that I had to bribe myself with banana bread to actually finish it (“You can only get another slice of banana bread if you get to 75% first”, I told myself). This book tells the story of Jamie (Jamie? Which is her real name? Unsure, since it switches in the book) Corey, who has come to Paris to recover from injuries sustained during her humanitarian work with fair trade cacao farmers, and Dominique Richard, one of Paris’ best chocolatiers and a perpetual grouch who takes an immediate liking to Jame/ie when she sits silently in his cafe for days in a row, sampling and savouring his confections. What makes […]

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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: The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

Posted January 8th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Reviews /
Review: The Bollywood Bride by Sonali Dev

The GingerSnap’s review I was so excited to read this book. My experience with Sonali Dev novels thus far has taught me that if I’m going to read one, it’s best to do it on a day/s when I don’t have a lot planned, because there is no way I’m going to get anything done with my attention so completely focused on her story. This story was in keeping with that theme; I didn’t even notice my train had arrived at my stop because I was so gripped! This book tells us the second chance romance story of Ria and Vikram, two childhood sweethearts who are seeing each other for the first time in 10 years at their friend’s wedding. Much has happened to change both of them for better and worse, but the chemistry between them ignites the moment they lock eyes on each other again, and that sexual […]

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