The Faerie Queen takes on Romanceopoly 2020!

Posted January 5th 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Wrap-ups /
The Faerie Queen takes on Romanceopoly 2020!

2019 was a spectacular fail for me when it comes to blogging and reading challenges. It didn’t help that I tried to take on too much and just fell behind on all the things. But I did start off fine, and I want to try this again. This time, however, I’m not going to try to attempt ten different challenges (what was I thinking?!). Instead, I’m sticking to two: Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge and Romanceopoly! I really love the idea of Romanceopoly. It gamifies the challenge in a fun way while also encouraging you to try new subgenres of romance, which is always a good thing. Helpfully, the hosts of the challenge – Under the Covers and Peace Love Books – have provided plenty of genre guides and recommendations. Rules (and my modification) In a nutshell, the goal is to progress around a modified Monopoly board, reading romance novels […]

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Review: In the Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen

Posted January 4th 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: In the Unlikely Event by L.J. Shen

Romanceopoly 2020 challenge: Moon / Library (free choice) The Faerie Queen’s review This is one of those books that I shouldn’t have liked at all, and yet I couldn’t stop reading it. It should come with content warnings for: drug use alcoholism cheating grief domestic abuse emotional manipulation And probably others I can’t think about right now, but yeah. All of those make me uncomfortable generally, particularly the cheating. I am very anti-cheating. OH, there was also some absolutely bonkers stuff that happened. Like sections written from the POV of a cow. And chocolate in places that chocolate should not go. GAG… And people listening to each other having sex. So why did I keep wanting to read?! Here are a few reasons: I have a weakness for Ireland and Irishmen. I wanted to see what craziness would come next. I needed to know the source of ALL THE ANGST. […]

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Review: Arctic Heat (Frozen Hearts #3) by Annabeth Albert

Posted September 23rd 2019 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: Arctic Heat (Frozen Hearts #3) by Annabeth Albert

The Faerie Queen’s review Let me kick things off by saying that if any of the following rock your boat, preorder this book immediately: forced proximity, sharing body heat to stay warm, grumpy-sunshine pairing, M/M romance. On the flip side, this book does need a few content warnings for cancer, abusive relationships, grief, negative reactions to coming out, and snow-related accidents, including car crashes. Yeah, there were a few quite scary incidents. In Arctic Heat, we have two rather different personalities. Owen Han is an “aggressively extroverted” reformed businessman tackling a bucket list after facing his mortality. He loves talking to people to the point of craving it, which made spending seven months largely isolated in Alaska an interesting choice for him. On the other hand, Quill is incredibly introverted, wilfully isolating himself with his job. Interactions with people are done when necessary for the job and are quite perfunctory. […]

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Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2) by Sarah MacLean

Posted August 3rd 2019 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: Brazen and the Beast (The Bareknuckle Bastards #2) by Sarah MacLean

The Faerie Queen’s review I cannot be objective about this book at all. It really hit too close to home for me to not be completely swept away by it, and it consumed me. I loved the first book, and I didn’t think Sarah would let me down, but I also didn’t think it would be possible for me to love this book even more. We were introduced to Beast, AKA Whit, in Wicked and the Wallflower as Devil’s half-brother and fellow Bareknuckle Bastard running Covent Garden. He isn’t much of a talker, communicating much like a teenage boy in grunts and monosyllables. Our heroine is a new but immediately incredible character, the Lady Henrietta, or Hattie. She pushes him out of a moving carriage after kissing him in the first few pages! Hattie is, in some ways, very similar to Whit, not concerned with finery, caring about her employees, and […]

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Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: The Kissing Contract by Amy Andrews

Posted July 15th 2019 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review, Excerpt, & Giveaway: The Kissing Contract by Amy Andrews

The Faerie Queen’s review Who would have thought bunnies would be so effective at driving a plot and bringing two people together. I sure as hell wasn’t expecting it, and yet here I am, madly in love with Marshall and Gus as a couple, and as individuals. All thanks to a few bunnies doing what they do best on an island without predators. For a book with ONE penetrative sex scene, this was one of the hottest books I’ve read this year. The tension between Marshall and Gus was off the charts. And it shows that shoving it in is not actually necessary for a good time. My lordy. These two. We’re kept waiting for that one scene, but all the build-up was delicious. That being said, I would have still welcomed more. Other people (and rabbits) were going at it a lot more than these two, and that’s completely unfair to them and […]

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Review: He’s a Brute and She’s a Spitfire by Chloe Liese

Posted July 1st 2019 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review: He’s a Brute and She’s a Spitfire by Chloe Liese

Hey hey hey! It’s my birthday month, and I’m kicking things off with a 2-for-1 special! This is technically the blog tour for book 2 in the in Tough Love series, but I read He’s a Brute and She’s a Spitfire back-to-back, so you’re getting a review for both in one go. The Faerie Queen’s review Here are a list of things I like that happened to be in this book. If you don’t like these things, move on; however, if you share my interests, this book is available on Kindle Unlimited, the holy grail for romance readers. The heroine is a scientist! She’s smart and precise, and she knows what she’s doing. Yay for competence! The hero is an alpha, but he’s also very attentive, and he appreciates the heroine for her sass. He’s also a Mafia prince, but for once, he’s trying to get out of it. The […]

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Review & Giveaway: Courting Kate by Tori Kron

Posted June 26th 2019 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews /
Review & Giveaway: Courting Kate by Tori Kron

The Faerie Queen’s review I have to admit, I wasn’t sure if I was going to end up enjoying this one. I was seduced by the cute cover, but when I started reading, I found myself not liking Kate or Miller. Kate was pretty insecure in a bitter way and generally needed to chill, while Miller was inconsiderate enough to jeopardise Kate’s job. We can pretend that there was a fair deal in place – Kate helps Miller woo Stella, while Miller helps Kate with her boss – but Miller only stood to gain something while he effectively blackmailed Kate, since she would actually lose her livelihood. So Courting Kate had an uphill climb to get me on its side. But it did slowly climb that hill as Miller showed a deeper, kinder side and Kate softened. They balanced each other out, and I almost thought the whole thing was orchestrated by […]

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First Chapter: Handle With Care by Helena Hunting

Posted June 21st 2019 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts /
First Chapter: Handle With Care by Helena Hunting

Have any of you read/listened to a book by Helena Hunting yet? Because you should. I started off a few years ago with Pucked and have just relistened to it on audio before I continue with the rest of the series. (The whole series is available as part of Audible Escape, so you could listen to all six books for free with a one month trial!) But that’s not actually why we’re here. We’re here to get hyped about Helena’s next release, Handle With Care, the fifth book in her Shacking Up series, hitting shelves on August 27th! And if you haven’t read it yet, I’ve got the first little bit of the book right here for you to enjoy. About the book Chapter 1 What have I gotten myself into? Wren I slip onto the empty bar stool beside the lumberjack mountain man who looks like he tried to squeeze himself […]

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Review & Excerpt: How to Lose a Fiancé by Stefanie London

Posted June 18th 2019 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Excerpts, Reviews /
Review & Excerpt: How to Lose a Fiancé by Stefanie London

The Faerie Queen’s review It’s a weird day when my biggest problem with the book is the cover. And it’s not even a bad cover when you take it as it is. It’s just… the heroine of this book, Sophia, is frequently described as pale, paler than Dion at the very least. So why is this beautiful but very tanned woman on the cover??? Yes, I know that’s a very picky point for me to make, but ugh. Now that my worst criticism is over and done with… I read this book mostly in one sitting. Seriously. I pretty much read it all in one day, aside from the first few percent that I read before sleeping, only getting up for bathroom breaks. I barely ate on Sunday because I didn’t want to stop reading. I had plans for that day! Aspirations! I was going to accomplish things! And yet […]

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Audible Escape Recommendations: Rupert Channing’s voice is swoony

Posted June 10th 2019 by The Faerie Queen in Recommendations, Reviews /
Audible Escape Recommendations: Rupert Channing’s voice is swoony

Heyyyy! We’re doing something new since we’re fans of Audible Escape (formerly known as the Audible Romance Package). Audible’s all-you-can-listen buffet of romance is filled with all sorts of delightful gems. Each week, we’re recommending some of our favourite finds! This week, I, the Faerie Queen, need to let you know about two books I binged last week on Audible. The first came to me as a random recommendation from the Audible app, and I could remember seeing it in Goodreads’ sexy covers of the month for September 2018. Once I’d devoured that one, Audible informed me the male narrator, Rupert Channing, had also narrated another book. (Funnily enough, also alongside Erin Mallon, who narrates a ton of romance novels. I now associate her voice with sexytimes basically.) This definitely worked for me, especially in audio form. Fake relationship trope with an Australian billionaire? He can get into my bathtub […]

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