Category: Reviews

Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Posted June 7th 2021 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

The Faerie Queen’s review It was about damn time I delved into the Tessa Dare back catalogue. I love her Girl Meets Duke books, after all. And I know I should have really gone back into the Spindle Cove series, but Romancing the Duke popped up in Libby when I was looking for romance audiobooks (audiobooks are so much easier to digest in a pandemic). Also, multiple people have recommended the third book in the Castles Ever After series, When a Scot Ties the Knot, but I don’t like starting mid-series if I can help it. So I borrowed this first book and got stuck in. Ok, so this here book has a “plain Jane” heroine and a visually impaired hero. HOW FORTUNATE. I loved them together anyway. Izzy was very practical and very stubborn, with no resources but this dilapidated castle she’d inherited. Ransom was your usual grumpy hero, but […]

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Anthology Review: Naughty Brits by Sarah MacLean and more

Posted June 6th 2021 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Anthology Review: Naughty Brits by Sarah MacLean and more

The Faerie Queen’s review I won’t lie… I got this anthology for Sarah MacLean’s story. I also have to be honest and say it’s been a few months since I read the book, so you’re about to get the lasting impressions review. Anthologies can be a hit or miss situation for me. I don’t think they’re (typically) as heavily edited, and some stories are naturally going to work better for me than others. This was certainly the case for Naughty Brits. As a whole, I did enjoy this collection. It did something I particularly love to find: all of the stories were connected in a way. A single event tied everything together, and small moments in one story affected the plot in another. Once I figured out the connection, I looked forward to seeing how each subsequent tale fit into the collective narrative. But let’s break things down, story by story. Sarah […]

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Review: Cooped Up for Christmas by Sabrina York

Posted March 29th 2021 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: Cooped Up for Christmas by Sabrina York

The Faerie Queen’s review Maybe it’s my fault for reading a Christmas novella in March (it was luck of the draw trying to pick a book), but Cooped Up for Christmas and I did not get along. First, some premise. Our heroine is Victoria, the VP of Hospitality for a luxury hospitality company that specialises in exclusive lodging and experiences for the world’s elite, from celebrities to executives to politicians. When the Visit Manager for Mistletoe Lodge quits spontaneously, Victoria is roped into running the show for a celebrity and her entourage’s Christmas “Visit” instead of going on a trip to Switzerland with her boyfriend Dirk. Lo and behold, the only extreme adventure company that can be hired at last minute (why is this part last minute?) is that of Cameron “Rocky” Cooper, former Navy SEAL and also Victoria’s first love from back when she was just a summer intern. […]

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Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

Posted October 3rd 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: It’s Not Me, It’s You by Mhairi McFarlane

The Faerie Queen’s review Thank the book gods that ended the way it did. Usually, I avoid books that involve cheating. It’s a very sensitive topic for me. And yet, this book kept me interested, if in a bit of masochistic way for a while. Things kick off with Delia Moss finding out her long-term boyfriend Paul has been seeing a younger woman, and we spend a lot of time with her processing this information and going off to find out who she is apart from Paul. She’d built her whole life around him, forgetting about parts of herself along the way. So while the soul-searching was part painful, it was also healing to listen to. I enjoyed her time in London. Part of that is because I just like to read about familiar places, to be honest, but her fresh pair of eyes made me appreciate this city a […]

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Review: The Roommate by Brandy Bush

Posted July 1st 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: The Roommate by Brandy Bush

The Faerie Queen’s review This is going to be a very quick and dirty review because I have been really struggling to read during lockdown, and this book finally helped me have a win for June. And it’s also quick and dirty, so it’s appropriate! Oh my wow. That was straight HEAT. People, that was pure NSFW goodness and I don’t know how Brandy Bush managed to get it so right on her first try. HOW??? And all in 69 pages. (That was totally intentional, right?) And let’s list out some of the other noteworthy tidbits about this book: Black, curvy, bisexual MC who loves pinup models (this made me feel so good about my body, you have no idea) Interracial couple A wonderful family dynamic happening in the background. I don’t know why the “freeze” thing made me feel so warm. Some real portrayal of the waxing and waning […]

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Review: A Highwayman’s Mail Order Bride by Blythe Carver

Posted April 8th 2020 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: A Highwayman’s Mail Order Bride by Blythe Carver

The Faerie Queen’s review Have you ever read a book and disliked it right from the start, but then kept reading anyway? Usually, I’ll DNF things if I’m not enjoying them. But I also sort of wanted to see where this one went? Plus, I started reading this while going through a significant depression wave, and my brain could only handle the equivalent of plain oats or something. I can tell you a few things about A Highwayman’s Mail Order Bride. 1) Lots of men die. 2) There’s a lot of domestic abuse mentioned, so beware. 3) The book could do with another round of proofreading (typos, missing words, etc.). 4) There is no sex. Hell, there’s barely any kissing. Some of y’all are looking for romances like this, but I at least want to Grade A makeout scenes. Plural. The next romance I read has to be sexy AF or […]

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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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