ARC Review: Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle

The Duke Gone Rogue by Christy Carlyle
Duke Gone Rogue
Christy Carlyle
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: December 28, 2021
Series or Standalone: Love on Holiday #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Duke Gone Rogue is a charming start to Christy Carlyle’s new Love on Holiday series! The romance between Maddie and Will, the Duke of Ashmore, was sweet with relatively no angst. While lower on the sexy scale, I still found myself really enjoying this one as it was just so stinking cute how much these two characters came to care for each other.

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Review: The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill

The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill
The Bright and Breaking Sea
Chloe Neill
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: November 17, 2020
Series or Standalone: Captain Kit Brightling #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Looking for a great fantasy read with some swashbuckling adventures and a hint of romance? Look no further than The Bright and Breaking Sea by Chloe Neill. With a diverse world and cast of characters, I couldn’t put this book down! And it only gets better upon rereading as the world-building is exquisite and I picked up on more nuances in the plots, characters and magic. 

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Review: An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne

An Ex for Christmas by Lauren Layne
An Ex for Christmas
Lauren Layne
Publisher: Loveswept
Publication Date: November 7, 2017
Series or Standalone: Love Unexpectedly #5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Childhood cancer; death of sibling from cancer

I’m not a big fan of holiday-themed romances, but I am a big fan of Lauren Layne and An Ex for Christmas is such a cute, quick holiday read. An Ex for Christmas feels like a Hallmark movie in book form with a hint of a rom-com like What’s Your Number mixed in. You go in knowing exactly how it will end, but it’s fun to see how Layne will get our two lead characters together.

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Review: Dark Needs at Night’s Edge by Kresley Cole

Dark Needs at Night's Edge by Kresley Cole
Dark Needs at Night’s Edge
Kresley Cole
Publisher: Pocket Books
Publication Date: April 28, 2008
Series or Standalone: Immortals After Dark
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars


MY REVIEW

Dark Needs at Night’s Edge might be the most bonkers entry in the Immortals After Dark series thus far. And yet, I somehow loved every minute of it? This story shouldn’t work – it’s a romance where a blood-thirsty vampire falls in love with a ghost for Pete’s sake. But somehow, Kresley Cole executes this crazy premise beautifully and the story works.

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Review: Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning

Darkfever by Karen Marie Moning
Darkfever
Karen Marie Moning
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Publication Date: October 31, 2006
Series or Standalone: Fever #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: Murder; sexual assault

I will fully admit, the first time I tried to read this book a few months back, it didn’t work for me. I think I was in the wrong headspace as I barely made a dent in it the first go around. HOWEVER. I am so glad that I picked this up again because I ended up binging the first five books in a crazy short amount of time.

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Review: Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare

Say Yes to the Marquess by Tessa Dare
Say Yes to the Marquess
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: December 30, 2014
Series or Standalone: Castles Ever After #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating:4 Stars

MY REVIEW

CW: fatphobia, eating disorders, body shaming

Of all the books in the Castle Ever After series, this is the one I’ve reread the most. Upon rereading the entire series, I think Romancing the Duke might be my favorite of the bunch, but this one remains one that I adore. 

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Review: Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare

Beauty and the Blacksmith by Tessa Dare
Beauty and the Blacksmith
By Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: April 28, 2013
Series or Standalone: Spindle Cove 3.5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

I’ve read the Spindle Cove series multiple times but always skipped over the novellas. There isn’t anything wrong with novellas, but I’m not the biggest fan of them. As part of the But Do They Bang? Readalong, we picked a few of Tessa Dare’s novellas to read and I’m so glad we did as it gave me an excuse to read the stories I always skipped over.

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ARC Review: When You Wish Upon a Duke by Charis Michaels

When You Wish Upon a Duke by Charis Michaels
When You Wish Upon a Duke
By Charis Michaels
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 24, 2021
Series or Standalone: Awakened by a Kiss #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

Content warning: This book contains discussions of miscarriage

When You Wish Upon a Duke is book two in Charis Michaels Awakened by A Kiss series. This book offers Michaels’ spin on Peter Pan, focusing on Tinker Bell. While I enjoyed this one, I didn’t find it as magical as A Duchess A Day, the first book in the series that I absolutely adored. The tone in this one felt a little more serious at times, which isn’t a bad thing, but it wasn’t as light-hearted a romp as A Duchess A Day. However, I still really loved the spin Michaels put on the classic tale of Peter Pan and how she wove different elements of that story into this historical romance.

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ARC Review: The Viscount Made Me Do It by Diana Quincy + GIVEAWAY

The Viscount Made Me Do It by Diana Quincy
The Viscount Made Me Do It
By Diana Quincy
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: July 27, 2021
Series or Standalone: Clandestine Affairs #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4 Stars

MY REVIEW

I finished The Viscount Made Me Do It with a massive grin on my face. With a kickass heroine, an engaging murder mystery and a well-developed, tender romance, Diana Quincy’s second book in the Clandestine Affairs series is a pure delight.

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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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