Review: When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare

When a Scot Ties the Knot by Tessa Dare
When a Scot Ties the Knot
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avong
Publication Date: August 25, 2015
Series or Standalone: Castles Ever After #3
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

When a Scot Ties the Knot holds a special place in my heart as it was the first Tessa Dare book I read way back in 2015 when I first started getting into historical romance. It’s now one of my go-to recommendations for people new to the historical romance genre.

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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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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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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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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: Neon Gods by Katee Robert 

Neon Gods by Katee Robert
Neon Gods
By Katee Robert
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Publication Date: June 1, 2021
Series or Standalone: Dark Olympus #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

Neon Gods has been everywhere on bookstagram recently and I knew I had to give it a try. Plus, it’s a Hades/Persephone retelling so I’m a sucker for that. However, my thoughts on this book are complicated. Did I enjoy the experience of reading it? Yes. Did I enjoy the story? Yes. Did I stay up too late reading it? Yes. But did I like the book overall? Unsure.

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Review: Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare

Romancing the Duke by Tessa Dare
Romancing the Duke
Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon
Publication Date: January 28, 2014
Series or Standalone: Castles Ever After #1
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 4.5 Stars


MY REVIEW

It’s been ages since I last read Romancing the Duke and I forgot how much I love this one! Tessa Dare kicks off her Castles Ever After with a spin on Beauty and the Beast with the delightful tale of Ransom and Izzy Goodnight.

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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: Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare

Lord Dashwood Missed Out by Tessa Dare
Lord Dashwood Missed Out
By Tessa Dare
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: December 8, 2015
Series or Standalone: Spindle Cove #4.5
Links: AmazonBarnes & NobleGoodreads
Rating: 3.5 Stars

MY REVIEW

Lord Dashwood Missed Out is a weird novella for me as I liked it a lot yet didn’t like the central romance. The romance in this novella didn’t work for me for a few reasons, which we’ll get into, but I loved all the scenes with our crew from Spindle Cove. And while the romance didn’t work for me in the end, this was a tropetastic romance novella which I did really appreciate.

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