Review: How to Be a Wallflower by Eloisa James

How to Be a Wallflower by Eloisa James
How to Be a Wallflower
Eloisa James
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Series or Standalone: Would-Be Wallflowers #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:3 Stars

MY REVIEW

I feel like I went into this book with high expectations, but unfortunately, this book felt a bit flat. I didn’t hate this book, but I also didn’t love it – I guess what I felt was vague indifference. It took what felt like a long time to get through this book as it didn’t engage me with the romance, and I struggled to connect and like Cleo.

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Review: Untouchable by Kresley Cole

Untouchable by Kresley Cole
Untouchable (Published in Deep Kiss of Winter)
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: October 13, 2009
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #7
Links: Amazon -Barnes & Noble – Goodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

Untouchable, one of the stories in the Deep Kiss of Winter anthology, finishes up the stories focused on the Wroth brothers. Unfortunately, it was my least favorite of the bunch. This book was strange to me as I didn’t actively dislike it, but it also didn’t wow me. If anything, it was a bit…forgettable. I read it and then immediately moved on. It didn’t leave a lasting impression on me like Sebastian’s or Conrad’s tale.

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Review: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole

Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole
Dark Desires After Dusk
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: March 20, 2008
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #5
Links:
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Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Mental illness (OCD); pregnancy; non-consenual kissing; violence

I was looking forward to getting Cadeon’s story after being teased that he was in love with a human in Dark Needs at Night’s Edge. Unfortunately, I didn’t love this. Something about it failed to click with me, making reading it slow going. In many ways, this book reminded me of A Hunger Like No Other since we also get a road trip, but I found this a bit more enjoyable and less problematic.

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Review: Morning Glory Milking Farm by C.M. Nascosta

Morning Glory Milking Farm by C.M. Nascosta
Morning Glory Milking Farm
C.M. Nascosta
Publisher: Meduas Editoriale
Publication Date: August 3, 2021
Series or Standalone: Cambric Creek: Sweet and Steamy Monster Romance #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

What did I just read? After seeing this book EVERYWHERE on Instagram, I decided to give it a go. Morning Glory Milking Farm is my first monster romance, and I’ve got to say, it managed to be exactly what I expected it to be, but also unexpected in how sweet the romance was. I don’t think I can ever look at a glass of milk the same ever again.

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Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole
A Hunger Like No Other
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: March 28, 2006
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Sexual assault, kidnapping, torture, violence 

I’ve been hearing about the Immortals After Dark series for ages and I’ve finally started to dive into this massive series. I went into this book with a lot of background information which definitely shaped my reading experience. This book is definitely problematic and one that people sometimes skip over, but I’m someone who needs to read all the books in the series. 

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ARC Review: The Devil’s Own Duke by Lenora Bell

The Devil's Own Duke by Lenora Bell
The Devil’s Own Duke
By Lenora Bell
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Series or Standalone: Wallflowers vs. Rogues
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve been waffling on how to rate this book since I finished reading it. I really wanted to like this as the premise sounded amazing, but unfortunately, a few things didn’t click for me. Much like Hetty’s wines, I felt like this book needed to sit and develop a bit more to deliver on the flavors I was looking for. 

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Review: How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare

How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare
How to Catch a Wild Viscount
By Tessa Dare
Publisher: Self-published
Publication Date: May 12, 2009
Series or Standalone: Wanton Dairymaid #.5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

Note: This novella was originally published under the title The Legend of the Werestag

I had not heard of How to Catch a Wild Viscount before participating in the But Do They Bang? readalong of Tessa Dare’s work. This was Dare’s first published work and one of her less well-known stories. It was different from any of her other works as it does have a bit of an air of supernatural to it, even though it is pure historical fiction.

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Review: A Lady By Midnight by Tessa Dare

A Lady by Midnight by Tessa Dare
A Lady by Midnight
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 28, 2012
Series or Standalone: Spindle Cove #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3 Stars

MY REVIEW

In A Lady By Midnight, we get Kate Taylor and Corporal Thorne’s story. While I enjoy these characters, this story is my least favorite from Tessa Dare’s Spindle Cove series. This was a reread for me, and this is the one book in the series I’ve never felt a strong desire to reread. I feel like the romance is missing that special spark between the two characters that I’m looking for in a historical romance and don’t find myself drawn to go back to this one frequently.

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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: 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 its 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 prostitution so it might not be for everyone.

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