Format: Audiobook

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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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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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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Review: The Rugby series (so far!) by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Posted April 25th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews, Sports Romance Month /
Review: The Rugby series (so far!) by L.H. Cosway and Penny Reid

Today is a bit different! I listened to all three books from the Rugby series last month for Sports Romance month and didn’t get round to reviewing them, but then I saw that there’s going to be a fourth book soon (!!!!!!!), and I wanted to make sure you all had a fair chance to binge the series so far before the release! And as an added bonus, [amazon_textlink asin=’B00RW00WZE’ text=’the first book is currently FREE’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’danrevthi-21′ marketplace=’UK’ link_id=’b64c1c0d-47d4-11e8-bd10-79b607373a49′]. Because this is a bit different to my normal reviews, I’m popping all the book info after my reviews. The Faerie Queen’s series review I am a big rugby fan. Well, international rugby. I don’t really watch too much local stuff, but then I don’t have access to live TV. (I’m a millennial and stream everything, m’kay.) I’m a South African, so rugby is sort of in my blood. Plus, my […]

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Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Posted April 19th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

The Faerie Queen’s review I’m going to say something absolutely ridiculous, and I am fully aware of how ridiculous this is. You’re all going to roll your eyes and lose respect for me or something… But I was a little bored listening to this. Emily thinks I would have liked it more if I’d read it, but I don’t know. It’s just… as AMAZING as some of the things in this book were (see below), I felt no compulsion to finish this other than because it was an easy thing to finish. I wasn’t caught up in the romance, in the feelings. I felt nothing in all the positive and empowering sex, and that is always a sad state of affairs for me. And here’s the thing that’s going to make you groan… Everything was so grown up and mature and realistic. Which I know other people will like, but […]

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Buddy Read Review: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

Posted April 7th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Alpha vs Beta Heroes, Reviews /
Buddy Read Review: The Madness of Lord Ian Mackenzie by Jennifer Ashley

  The GingerSnap’s review Sometimes you read a book that just doesn’t wow you, and this was one such book for me. While the plot was full of twists and turns, and I loved the clear sexual attraction between Ian and Beth, I just didn’t find myself excited to listen to chapter after chapter. Audible Romance categorised Ian as a ‘beta hero’, but I’m not entirely sure why. I definitely felt like he took the reins in the relationship for most of the book, and he was pretty overprotective of Beth at times, which made him lean slightly toward the alpha category. However, he also wasn’t totally confident in himself, and I always associate confidence with alpha heroes, so I’d categorise him as a gamma hero. Now, back to the crux of the review: why I didn’t love the book. Part of my lack of enthusiasm for the book was […]

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Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

Posted April 4th 2018 by The GingerSnap in Alpha vs Beta Heroes, Reviews /
Review: The Duchess War by Courtney Milan

The GingerSnap’s review It is a truth universally acknowledged that when every single person in your sphere raves about something, you need to be cautious. Sure, they all adored that book/movie/TV show, but if you’ve decided to consume that media and go into it with the highest of all expectations, you’re bound to be disappointed. I, however, was not one bit disappointed with this fucking gem of a book despite that basically every romance reader everywhere LOVED IT. Great things about this book, in no particular order: the book is set in Leicester, giving me personally a much-needed break from historical romance set in London there is diversity of classes: Minnie and her aunts are middle class, while Robert is from the peerage there are diverse family structures. Minnie is raised mostly by her two aunts and Robert and Oliver are half-brothers who found each other in adolescence the plot […]

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Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Posted March 30th 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Reviews /
Review: The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

The Faerie Queen’s review I AM IN A PUDDLE OF FEELINGS. GAAAAH. I finished this book days ago, and I still can’t deal with the fact that it’s over. I both regret and don’t regret the binge-reading (finished in less than 24 hours…mid-work week). I’m just glad I have this in both audio and Kindle format so that I can read/listen again and again whenever I want because THIS WAS TOO GOOD. (The audio is done really well, FYI.) I love love love hate-to-love romances, and this one is done so well and so uniquely. We’ve got forced proximity on a daily basis, glorious banter, and oodles of sexual tension. OODLES. If you follow me on Twitter or have read other reviews by me, you might know that I am not a fan of the short and petite heroine thing. Not every damn heroine needs to be a tiny redhead. […]

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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: Level Me Up by Lauren Helms

Posted March 22nd 2018 by The Faerie Queen in Blog Tours, Reviews /
Review: Level Me Up by Lauren Helms

The Faerie Queen’s review I have found my niche: gamer romances. I’m a gamer myself (though not of FPS… first person shooters), and the Boyf loves his DOTA2. I’m only just discovering that there’s a whole subgenre of geeky new adult and adult contemporary romance. And this even fits the sports romance theme this month, as esports is a legit thing! (It brought in $1.5b in revenue in 2017, and The International 2017 winners won $10,862,683. That’s the biggest DOTA2 major, and yes, I watched some of the games with the Boyf.) Everything started out really great. I started listening on my way to a convention – RARE18 London, a huge romance event in fact. I thought it was fitting when the book starts at ComicCon (and I am actually going to the London Film & Comic Con with my boyfriend in July). Bookish Morgan tags along with her friend […]

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