Review: Her Night with the Duke by Diana Quincy

Her Night with the Duke by Diana Quincy
Her Night with the Duke
By Diana Quincy
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: September 29, 2020
Series or Standalone: Clandestine Affairs #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble Goodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been meaning to read Her Night With the Duke from Diana Quincy for ages and was so glad when @erinv.for.valkyrie reached out to me on Instagram to do a buddy read of it! I was already hoping to get to this book early this month in preparation for the sequel that was just published and was so happy to have someone to read this with.

Her Night With the Duke is the first book by Diana Quincy that I’ve read. I have to say I liked this! While there were a few things that didn’t fully click with me, I loved the female lead, Leela. Also, can we get more diversity in historical romance? It was great to read a story featuring a half-Arab/half-English female romantic lead.

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Review: Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare

Three Nights with a Scoundrel by Tessa Dare
Three Nights with a Scoundrel
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: July 27, 2010
Series or Standalone: Stud Club #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Homophobic hate crime, murder, violence

Three Nights With a Scoundrel brings Tessa Dare’s Stud Club series to a close with Lily and Bellamy’s story. While not my favorite in the series, I still really enjoyed this story. It’s hard for me to pinpoint exactly what was missing from this book that kept me from moving it from like to love, but something just didn’t fully click with me to push this over the line.

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Review: Fable by Adrienne Young

Fable by Adrienne Young
Fable
Adrienne Young
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: September 1, 2020
Series or Standalone: Fable #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

I picked up Fable as I was constantly seeing it talked about over on bookstagram. Given it was so hyped up, I went into this with pretty high expectations. Hype can be a problem as a book has to be amazing to live up to it. Unfortunately with this book, I don’t think it lived up to the hype. 

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Review: The Shadows Between Us by Tricia Levenseller

The Shadows Between Us
The Shadow Between Us
Tricia Levenseller
Publisher: Feiwel and Friends
Publication Date: February 25, 2020
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 1.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

I really wanted to like this book as I love Tricia Levenseller’s Daughter of a Pirate King duology. However, I really struggled with understanding the motivation of the characters in this book which made it really hard to buy into the overall premise and plot.

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Review: Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare

Twice Tempted by a Rogue by Tessa Dare
Twice Tempted by a Rogue
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: June 22, 2010
Series or Standalone: Stud Club #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

Twice Tempted by a Rogue is book two in Tessa Dare’s Stud Club series. While I liked this one, I didn’t find the story all that memorable afterward. However, I am liking this series and characters a lot more than the Wanton Dairymaid series, Dare’s first series.

Note this book does contain descriptions of physical/mental abuse, discussion of suicidal tendencies and forced prositution so it might not be for everyone. 

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Review: One Dance With a Duke by Tessa Dare

One Dance With a Duke by Tessa Dare
One Dance With a Duke
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Publication Date: May 25, 2010
Series or Standalone: Stud Club #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

One Dance With a Duke kicks off Tessa Dare’s second series, The Stud Club. Before the “But Do The Bang?” Tessa Dare readalong, I had never read this series or the Wanton Dairymaid series. After not really enjoying the Wanton Dairymaid series, I was a bit hesitant about her second series despite being a fan of everything she’s published since Spindle Cove. However, this book felt so much more like the Tessa Dare books I know and love! It felt like a full 180 from her first series.

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Review: To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne

To Sir, With Love by Lauren Layne
To Sir, With Love
Lauren Layne
Publisher:Gallery Books
Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I want to preface this review by saying I’m a sucker for anything written by Lauren Layne. I will automatically be excited and buy whatever book she is publishing without even knowing or caring what it is about. In my book, she’s one of the top contemporary romance authors out there. With To Sir, With Love, Layne once again hits it out of the park.

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Review: Lore by Alexandra Bracken

Lore by Alexandra Bracken
Lore
By Alexandra Bracken
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: January 5, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble – <a href=”https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/53375824-lore&#8221;?Goodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

A few CW for this book: Sexual assault, violence, and death (of parents, kids, others) 

I’m a sucker for any retellings on Greek mythology, and Lore hit the spot for me. It’s the perfect mashup of The Hunger Games meets Percy Jackson.

Every seven years, the old Greek gods become mortal and are hunted by the descents of ancient bloodlines who can gain immortality and the god’s power by killing them. Lore Perseous has hidden away from her community to escape the bloodshed after the brutal murder of her family by a rival line. However, Lore gets drawn back into the world on the eve of the new Agon when an old, thought to be dead friend, Castor reenters her life and a gravely wounded Athena ends up on doorstep. Determined to end the bloodshed of the Agon once and for all, Lore binds her fate to Athena and gets swept up in a large scheme of revenge, betrayal and violence once again. 

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June 2021 Recap

I cannot believe June has come and gone. Does this year feel like it is flying by for anyone else, or is it just me?

Since we just passed the midpoint of the year, I thought I’d start with a quick check in on how I’m tracking against my reading goal for the year. This year, my goal is to read 100 books. So far, it looks like I’m track to meet that as I closed out June with my 54th book of the year. According to Goodreads (if we’re not friends, come add me!), that puts me about 5 books ahead.

Now let’s dive into the June recap!

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