Audiobook Review: One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston

One Last Stop by Casey McQuiston
One Last Stop
Casey McQuiston
Narrator: Natalie Naudus
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Overall Rating:4 Stars
Performance Rating: 5 Stars
Story Rating:3.5 Stars

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW

CW: Homophobia; racism

I went into this book with zero knowledge of the plot as silly old me didn’t read the synopsis. Color me surprised that there was time travel in this book! Once the suspension of disbelief kicked in, I liked this book despite some of its flaws.

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ARC Review: All the Duke I Need by Caroline Linden

All the Duke I Need by Caroline Linden
All the Duke I Need
Caroline Linden
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: April 26, 2022
Series or Standalone: Desperately Seeking Duke #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

All the Duke I Need took me by surprise in the best way! I went into this book with no expectations but found it so cute and ended up loving it by the end. The romance was adorable, and I loved how Caroline Linden brought all the pieces together to solve for the lost heir to the Carlyle dukedom that has been central to the plot of the Desperately Seeking Duke series.

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Review: I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long

I Kissed An Earl by Julie Anne Long

I Kissed An Earl
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: June 29, 2010
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Slavery; racism; violence; pregnancy

Who thought peeling a potato could be so fraught with sexual tension? Seriously. 

I adored I Kissed An Earl, the fourth book in Julie Anne Long’s Pennyroyal Green series. This book had a little bit of everything. You have forced proximity, pirates, enemies-to-lovers, adventures on the high sea and sexy potato peeling. What is not to like?

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Review: Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik

Hunt the Stars by Jessie Mihalik
Hunt the Stars
Jessie Mihalik
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Publication Date: February 1, 2022
Series or Standalone: Starlight’s Shadow #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

When I saw the announcement for Jessie Mihalik’s new series last summer, I immediately had to add it to my TBR as I was a huge fan of her Consortium Rebellion series. And then I saw it was a bounty hunter, slow burn, enemies-to-lovers novel and it made its way to the list of most anticipated reads of 2022. This book DELIVERED! There are seriously not enough space opera romances and I crave more books like Hunt the Stars.

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ARC Review: An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn

An Impossible Impostor by Deanna Raybourn
An Impossible Impostor
Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: February 15, 2022
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #7
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Starting a new Veronica Speedwell book is like being welcomed with a warm hug from an old friend or family member. It’s so comforting and soothing to be spending time with Veronica and Stoker again and getting wrapped up in their latest unexpected mystery and adventure. 

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Review: The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long

The Perils of Pleasure by Julie Anne Long
The Perils of Pleasure
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 28, 2008
Series or Standalone: Pennyroyal Green #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble – Goodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Explosions; sexual assault

I’ve been meaning to dive into the Pennyroyal Green series by Julie Anne Long for ages now, and after enjoying Long’s Palace of Rogues series, I knew I had to bump it up on my list. Funnily enough, I totally forgot I had read this book in 2016. I only remember vague bits in pieces of it, so reading it felt like I was discovering everything for the first time. I enjoyed this book’s introduction to the Everseas and Redmonds and their centuries-long bitter feud. 

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Review: Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne

Made in Manhattan by Lauren Layne
Made in Manhattan
Lauren Layne
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Series or Standalone: Standalone
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: Death of parent (off-page); Death of child (off-page); cheating; pregnancy 

Nothing makes me happier than a new Lauren Layne book. It’s been a long time since I read a book in one sitting, yet somehow every time I read a book in one sitting, it’s a Lauren Layne book. I’ve been a Lauren Layne fan since I read Blurred Lines back in 2015, and ever since then, I’ve been anxiously awaiting each new release of hers. As soon as Made in Manhattan was available, I had to dive in! I loved this book so much that I stayed up until 3 am to finish it even though I had to work the next day. No regrets. 

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Review: After Dark with the Duke by Julie Anne Long

After Dark with the Duke by Julie Anne Long
After Dark with the Duke
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 30, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Palace of Rogues #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Sexual assualt; sexual harassament 

Once again, Julie Anne Long knocks it out of the park with the fourth installment in The Palace of Rogues series. If you like age gap romances and slow burns that turn super fiery, After Dark with the Duke is for you! I’m usually not an age gap fan, but this one works incredibly well as Long once again manages to write characters with incredible emotional depth and takes you on a journey you can only experience at the Grand Palace on the Thames. 

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Review: I’m Only Wicked with You by Julie Anne Long

I'm Only Wicked with You by Julie Anne Long
I’m Only Wicked with You
Julie Anne Long
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
Series or Standalone: <a href="/tag/the-palace-of-rogues/"The Palace of Rogues #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I was a bit nervous going into I’m Only Wicked With You as it is the first book in the Palace of Rogues series that focuses on two guests at the Grand Palace of the Thames who we don’t know super well. However, this book was something extraordinary. Julie Anne Long knocked it out of the park with this one. I swear, each book in the Palace of Rogues series gets better and better. 

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