Tag: nobility

Review: What A Difference A Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

Posted April 9th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review: What A Difference A Duke Makes by Lenora Bell

The GingerSnap’s review This book was exactly what I needed this weekend while I was stuck on the couch with a cold. It’s heart-warming, full of good, honest characters, and will have you rooting for HEAs all around. I devoured it in two sittings and kind of wish I could just read it from the beginning again. Edgar Rochester is a classic grumposaurus, feelings-averse workaholic who doesn’t know how to person when he finds himself suddenly thrust into the role of father to his two vivacious twins, Adele and Michel, after the death of their mother, his former mistress. Adele and Michel are insanely bright and creative kids, but their energy and previous lack of boundaries mean they don’t understand how to fit into their new aristocratic world after a childhood spent frolicking on the beaches of France. Thankfully, Mari Perkins, whose name is suspiciously close to Marry Poppins (and […]

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Interview & Excerpt: My Once and Future Duke by Caroline Linden

Posted March 9th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours /
Interview & Excerpt: My Once and Future Duke by Caroline Linden

Hey everyone! Today, we’re joined by Caroline Linden, author of My Once and Future Duke, for a special Q&A! See what Caroline thinks about being a writer. You can also find out more about her book, read an excerpt, and enter a giveaway at the end! And if you want to know what we think about the book, the GingerSnap reviewed My Once and Future Duke on her blog. Our interview with Caroline What literary pilgrimages have you gone on? I went to Bath in England. It wasn’t entirely a pilgrimage, but it was very inspirational—I wrote a book (Blame It on Bath) set there solely because I’d been and seen it for myself, and also spent a fortune on research materials I was very keen to deduct as work-related. What are common traps for aspiring writers? I suspect the two biggest are almost diametrically opposite. One is thinking that your book must be […]

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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 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: The Twelve Days of Seduction by Eva Devon

Posted December 4th 2017 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review: The Twelve Days of Seduction by Eva Devon

The Faerie Queen’s review This novella was a surprisingly good read! It started out a bit weird, but then I got into it. At 120 pages, it’s very quick, and as you can imagine, things don’t get as developed as they could. I could have actually read a full version of this, but then I also loved how easy it was to get through. I could just enjoy it without getting too bogged down. I was also not feeling too great when I started it, but because it was quick and light, it was a great pick-me-up. The story is told over twelve chapters and swaps narration between Adriana, a “governess”, and Alexander, a duke. Adriana is quite scrappy but very caring underneath it all, while Alexander is your typical brooding hero. After discovering that Adriana isn’t who she says she is, Alexander threatens to throw her out on Christmas […]

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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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