Audiobook Review: The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb by Cat Sebastian
The Queer Principles of Kit Webb
Cat Sebastian
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: June 8, 2021
Series or Standalone: London Highwaymen #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars
Performance Rating:4 Stars
Story Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Gun violence; death; blood; homophobia; death of a child; death of a parent

The Queer Principles of Kit Webb was so fun and so unexpected! Not only did I love the romance, but these characters stole a piece of my heart. 

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Review: A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera

A Caribbean Heiress in Paris by Adriana Herrera
A Caribbean Heiress in Paris
Adriana Herrera
Publisher:HQN
Publication Date: May 31, 2022
Series or Standalone:Las Léonas #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: physical abuse; emotional abuse; racism; misogyny; sexism; references to slavery

This book made me thirsty in more ways than one! All I wanted to do was pour a glass of whisky and find myself a hunky Scotsman after reading this. With a diverse cast of characters, a fantastic romance, and a compelling plot, A Caribbean Heiress in Paris was an engaging, fun read.

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Review: Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins

Forbidden by Beverly Jenkins
Forbidden
Beverly Jenkins
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 26, 2016
Series or Standalone: Old West #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Slavery; racism; racial slurs; gun violence; death; reference to suicide, rape, war

Forbidden was my first Beverly Jenkins book, but it won’t be my last! I adored Jenkins’ writing style and how all her characters and settings are imbued with such life and personality that they jump off the page.

Forbidden is also my first adult Western romance, a subgenre I am now fully exploring with my reading as I’m fascinated by it, and it’s nice to escape from the ballrooms of Regency England for a change. However, Westerners can be very fraught given the legacy of slavery in this country. I know that not everyone is comfortable reading stories set in that era for that reason.

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Review: Shadow’s Claim by Kresley Cole

Shadow's Claim by Kresley Cole
Shadow’s Claim
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: November 27, 2012
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark #12; The Dacians #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Violence; gore; PTSD/panic attacks; kidnapping

I read this book back in April 2022, but I am just reviewing it now so forgive me if this is more high-level of a review than normal as I didn’t take as in-depth notes as I normally do! 

Shadow’s Claim is book 12 in the Immortals After Dark series and also serves as book 1 in The Dacians series (a spinoff that is intertwined with IAD) and served as a nice change of pace to some of the really heavy storylines coming out of the Torture Island arc of IAD. 

This book surprised me as I wasn’t sure what to expect going into it! The plot, the world, the romance, everything was so good!  

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Review: Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews

Sapphire Flames by Ilona Andrews
Sapphire Flames
Ilona Andrews
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 27, 2019
Series or Standalone: Hidden Legacy #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: suicide attempt; murder; gun violence; gore; kidnapping; death of a parent

Sapphire Flames kicks off Catalina’s books in the second half of the Hidden Legacy series. While Catalina is different from Nevada in many ways, these books still feel familiar with the signature action, mystery, adventure and romance we’ve come to love from Ilona Andrews.

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ARC Review: How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart by Vivienne Lorret

How to Steal a Scoundrel's Heart by Vivienne Lorret
How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart
Vivienne Lorret
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: May 24, 2022
Series or Standalone: The Mating Habits of Scoundrels #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Emotional abuse; parental abandonment; cheating; pregnancy

If there is one thing I can count on from Vivienne Lorret, it’s that her books will be fun. How to Steal a Scoundrel’s Heart is no exception. I liked this one – but wow, did it go in a direction I did not expect towards the end. Vivienne Lorret kept me on my toes with what would happen with Leo and Prue’s relationship on their journey towards a happily ever after.

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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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Review: Electric Idol by Katee Robert

Electric Idol by Katee Robert
Electric Idol
Katee Robert
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Series or Standalone:Dark Olympus #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Fatphobia; fat-shaming/body shaming; violence; emotional abuse

After being let down by Neon Gods, I went into book two of the Dark Olympus series with tempered expectations. But color me surprised as I ended up really liking this one! While I might have been expecting a bit more spice and a few more sex scenes than we got, the central romance between Eros and Psyche was incredibly sweet and had me invested!

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ARC Review: The Marquess Makes His Move by Diana Quincy

The Marquess Makes His Move by Diana Quincy
The Marquess Makes His Move
Diana Quincy
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Series or Standalone: Clandestine Affairs #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: cheating; pregnancy; gun violence; racism; depression

Since we first met the mysterious Marquess of Brandon in Her Night with the Duke, I’ve been dying to get his story and learn more about him! Diana Quincy delivered with The Marquess Makes His Move. It’s a bit of a wild ride, but it was a ride I enjoyed being on.

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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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