Mini-Reviews - Supersized Edition!

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 19, 2023 8:58:45 PM / by Suzanne posted in review

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I've fallen so far behind on reviewing books that I decided the only solution is to publish a big list of little reviews! These are primarily f/m contemporary romances, with a sapphic historical fantasy and two f/m contemporary fantasies thrown in.

You'll notice that the content warnings are sparse and well, that's because it's been a while since I read the books. If you have questions about anything in particular, please let me know and I'll do some research for you!

Ratings are based on whether or not I recommend them to fellow readers -  DNF (Did Not Finish), Pass, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary), Read It, Read it Soon.

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Review: Not the Witch You Wed, by April Asher

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 5, 2023 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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I was pleasantly surprised by Not the Witch You Wed. This fake engagement romance is what I thought we were getting with that big crop of paranormal rom-coms that includes The Ex Hex, Payback's a Witch, and all the others. It's funny, sexy and generally a good time. It doesn't take itself too seriously and while there are internal and external obstacles in the protagonists' personal and romantic arcs, it's not a heavy book.

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Mini-Reviews: Young Adult Fantasy, Nov. 2022

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 1, 2022 7:12:34 PM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Time for a YA fantasy round-up! I'm very behind on these reviews, so I hope you're ready for a bunch of magical, murderous teens! Read on for short and sweet reviews of:

  • This Vicious Grace (The Last Finestra, #1), by Emily Thiede
  • Belladonna (Belladonna, #1), by Adalyn Grace
  • A Far Wilder Magic, by Allison Saft
  • The Liar's Crown (Dominions, #1), by Abigail Owen
  • Edgewood, by Kristen Ciccarelli

I also want to warn folks that I read most of these before or around release date, so my recollection of the content warnings is kind of fuzzy. I apologize if I've missed some.

Rating refresher! Categories are based on whether or not I recommend them to fellow readers -  DNF (Did Not Finish), Pass, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary), Read it Eventually, Read it Soon.

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Review: The Orc from the Office

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 22, 2022 4:52:24 PM / by Suzanne posted in review

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The Orc from the Office is the book for you if you like:

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Mini-Reviews, 4/5/22 Edition

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 5, 2022 3:12:34 PM / by Suzanne posted in review

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More mini-reviews!  Reviews of Mister Romance and Professor Feelgood (same author and series), Best Women's Erotica 7, The Longing of Lone Wolves and The Spanish Love Deception. That's three f/m contemporaries, an erotica collection and an f/m fantasy/dystopian/fae shifter romance.

Rating refresher! Categories are based on whether or not I recommend them to fellow readers -  DNF (Did Not Finish), Pass, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary), Read it Eventually, Read it Soon.

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Mini-Reviews, 12/18/21 Edition

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 18, 2021 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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More mini-reviews!  Within These Wicked Walls, Dirty Plays, If This Gets Out, Smash & Grab, The Belle and the Beard and Uncommonly Verdant. That's a YA f/m fantasy, two f/m contemporaries, a YA m/m contemporary, an m/m paranormal contemp, and whatever you want to call an f/m tree romance.

Rating refresher! Categories are based on whether or not I recommend them to fellow readers -  DNF (Did Not Finish), Pass, YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary), Read it Eventually, Read it Soon.

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Review: The Donut Trap, by Julie Tieu

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 12, 2021 9:45:00 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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I'm glad a couple of my reviewer friends read Julie Tieu's The Donut Trap before I did, because I went into this novel with the expectation that it's more a coming-of-age story than a romance. The romance between Jasmine and Alex is definitely a big part of the plot, but the novel is told from Jasmine's point of view and Alex is missing from chunks of the book. Instead, the relationship between Jasmine and her parents and Jasmine's overall post-college funk is the focus of the story and if you read it with the right expectations, it's a really solid debut.

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Review: The Ex Hex, by Erin Sterling

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 11, 2021 10:11:57 AM / by Suzanne posted in review

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The Ex Hex is the book I needed during the Spooky Season. I read a couple horror novels and considering the amount of horror in the real world, I was struggling to pick up just about anything. The Ex Hex to the rescue! This book has some flaws, but I ended up liking it quite a bit and look forward to more from Erin Sterling/Rachel Hawkins.

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A Few Recent NSFW Reads

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 28, 2021 4:04:11 PM / by Suzanne posted in review

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I've read a pretty random assortment of books recently that made me wonder "how much does my mother really need to know about my reading preferences?" Eventually, I decided that 1) my family's pretty open about things and 2) people don't have to read my blog if they don't want to know things. And then I danced around my barren field of f*cks and wrote this post.

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Review: Lakesedge, by Lyndall Clipstone

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 8, 2021 5:11:51 PM / by Suzanne posted in review

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Lakesedge is everything I hoped it would be: a romantic dark gothic fantasy novel with an intriguing magic system. 'Tis the Spooky Season and this is a great pick for those of us who want something horror-lite. Lakesedge pairs an anguished boy who feeds his blood to a cursed lake once a month and a girl who's haunted by the lord of death and desperate to save her brother from said anguished boy. If that's the right level of spooky for you? Read on.

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