Review: A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas

A Court of Silver Flames by Sarah J. Maas
A Court of Silver Flames
Sarah J. Maas
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication Date: February 16, 2021
Series or Standalone: <a href="/tag/a-court-of-thorns-and-roses/"A Court of Thorns and Roses #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: suicidal thoughts, pregnancy, difficult birth, discussion of past sexual assault, flashbacks to sexual assault, PTSD, depression, death, violence

I wasn’t planning on reviewing this book at all while I was reading it. However, it gave me so many emotions that I felt like I needed to process some of them on paper. When it comes to the A Court of Thorns and Roses series, better known as ACOTAR in the book world, it seems you either love it or hate it. I fall more on the love side, though I definitely don’t think these books are perfect. 

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ARC Review: The Duchess Hunt by Lorraine Heath

The Duchess Hunt by Lorraine Heath
The Duchess Hunt
Lorraine Heath
Publisher: Avon Books
Publication Date: September 28, 2021
Series or Standalone: Once Upon a Dukedom #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

CW: physical, verbal and emotional abuse; child pornography; exploitation of a minor

After being blown away by Scoundrel of My Heart this spring, The Duchess Hunt became one of my most anticipated reads of the fall. I had incredibly high hopes for this book and somehow it managed to exceed my wildest expectations. This book!! I am fully in love with everything about it – from the characters to the romance to the plot – it’s perfect. It left me speechless and an emotional mess in the best way at the end.

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Review: Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare

Any Duchess Will Do by Tessa Dare
Any Duchess Will Do
By Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: May 28, 2013
Series or Standalone: Spindle Cove #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I’ve been putting off reviewing Any Duchess Will Do as it’s my all-time favorite Tessa Dare novel and I struggle to find the words to talk about it. This book ticks all the boxes for me and hits all the emotional beats perfectly. It’s the one book in the Spindle Cove series I constantly find myself coming back to again and again. Plus it has the top Tessa Dare banging scene in all her books.

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Review: Bombshell by Sarah MacLean

Bombshell by Sarah MacLean
Bombshell
By Sarah MacLean
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: August 24,2021
Series or Standalone: Hell’s Belles
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I’ve been waiting for Sesily’s story since we met her in A Rogue Not Taken over five years ago. I was also so worried her love story with Caleb would not live up to all the hype around this book. It’s safe to say that Bombshell truly lives up to the hype – and even exceeds it – in so many ways. I didn’t want this book to end while reading. I actually cried happy tears when I finished it because it was so dang perfect and I was so happy to have the story in my life. It literally blew me away.

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Review: A Duchess a Day by Charis Michaels

A Duchess a Day by Charis Michaels
A Duchess a Day
By Charis Michaels
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: November 10, 2020
Series or Standalone: Awakened by a Kiss #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Now, this is how you do a fairytale retelling! I’m not usually a big fan of fairytale retellings, particularly in historical romance, but Charis Michaels’ A Duchess a Day is a pure delight. Not only does Michaels manage to make an old tale feel new, but she also manages to weave in the whimsy and fantastical elements into a heart-warming romance.

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Review: Exposed by Kristen Callihan

Exposed by Kristen Callihan
Exposed
Kristen Callihan
Publisher: Plain Jane Books
Publication Date: July 13, 2021
Series or Standalone: VIP #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Why is writing reviews for books you love so hard? I’m struggling to find the words to express just why I love Exposed by Kristen Callihan so bear with me if this is a little rambly!

Overall, I’ve really enjoyed the VIP series (well except for book one, which I’ve tried to read three times and can never finish), and this one might knock Managed from the top spot. There is something so incredibly raw and vulnerable to the emotions portrayed in this book that really resonated.

Exposed is book four in Callihan’s VIP series. You can read it as a standalone, but I think you get more out of it if you’ve read the other books in the series as you’ll have more backstory and context on the antagonist nature of Brenna and Rye’s relationship.

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To Catch a Rogue by Bec McMaster

Review: To Catch a Rogue by Bec McMaster

Cover of To Catch a Rogue by Bec McMaster
To Catch a Rogue
By Bec McMaster
Publisher: Lochaber Press
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Series or Standalone: London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #4
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Ever since we met Lark and Charlie back in the original London Steampunk series, I have been DYING to get their story. Couple that with the ending of You Only Love Twice, and I knew I needed to dive into this one as SOON as possible. Honestly, I’m so glad I didn’t need to wait for this book to publish, as that wait would have been killer.

The plot for this book is spoiler for some parts of Of Silk and Steam and You Only Love Twice, so if you want to avoid knowing anything about the endings of those books, I’d stop reading now. 

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Review: You Only Love Twice by Bec McMaster

Cover of You Only Love Twice by Bec McMaster
You Only Love Twice
Bec McMaster
Publisher:Lochaber Press
Publication Date: August 14, 2018
Series or Standalone: London Steampunk: The Blue Blood Conspiracy #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Ever since we met Gemma in Mission: Improper, I was dying to get to her book. She’s one of the few truly new characters introduced in this series and I loved her from the first time we met her. A former assassin, turned spy who can kick some serious butt? Sign me right up.

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Review: An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn

Cover of An Unexpected Peril by Deanna Raybourn
An Unexpected Peril
By Deanna Raybourn
Publisher: Berkley
Publication Date: March 2, 2021
Series or Standalone: Veronica Speedwell #6
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

Veronica and Stoker are back for another adventure in the latest book in the Veronica Speedwell series! An Unexpected Peril was a delightful treat and really hit on all the features I love about this series from strong, unconventional female leads to an engaging murder mystery to impersonating royalty to a great romantic relationship. I truly loved every second of reading this and it might be one of my favorites in the series. 

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Review: The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan

Cover of The Intimacy Experiment by Rosie Danan
The Intimacy Experiment
By Rosie Danan
Publisher: Berkley Books
Publication Date: April 6, 2021
Series or Standalone: The Roommate #2
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 5 Stars


MY REVIEW

I’ve been putting off this review for over a week now as it’s hard to find the right words to describe why I loved this book. The Intimacy Experiment felt unlike any other book I’ve read before. Something about it just left a mark on me. Not only is it a great romance, but it is a great story about finding yourself and your community. 

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