Overall: 1/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 4/5
Awesomeness Factor: 1/5
Review in a Nutshell: The Duke and I had the potential to be an amazing book, but one scene ruined it all for me.
// Content Warning: Child Abuse & Neglect, Rape //
Trigger Warning: I will be discussing the handling of rape and non-consensual sex a lot in this review
Release Date: 1/5/2000
Publisher: Avon Books
Page Count: 384 pages
The Duke & I is the first book in the Bridgertons series, following Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset. Daphne is the eldest daughter of the Viscount, but the fourth of her eight siblings. Despite knowing most of the young eligible gentlemen in London, she is struggling to capture their interest when it comes to romance. Meanwhile, her eldest brother’s best friend, Simon, the Duke of Hastings, has no interest in marriage or society. However, when he and Daphne meet, they decide to fake a courtship. This way she can be viewed as desirable, and Simon can avoid the various mothers pushing their daughters at him. It sounds like a great plan, but they didn’t prepare for love.
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I can’t believe 2020 is almost over. I know that the second the calendar switches to 2021, things won’t magically get better, but I’m still excited for this year to end.
There were a lot of great books that came out this year, and I feel like I got to most of them, but there were still a few I didn’t get the chance to read. So, my December will be me trying to catch up.
Some of my most anticipated releases of the year… I didn’t get to read. But that’s okay! Because we have a couple of weeks now to read them.
So, without further ado, here are the books I’m hoping to get to before the end of the year.
Genre: Historical Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Page Count: 442
I actually just finished this one! The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue is an absolutely stunning novel, following Addie, a girl who makes a faustian deal to live forever. However, as a result of her deal, everyone she ever meets instantly forgets her and she can never make a lasting mark on the world. She lives with way for almost 300 years, until one day she meets a guy in a bookstore who remembers her.
Keep Reading To See the other Books I Want To Read Before 2021
Is this what the world is like now? Is this the new normal?
M.J. Edward’s third book is finally here, the sequel to Kissing the Coronavirus. And it’s exactly what you’d expect.
There’s a lot to unpack here, so before we get started sharing some choice quotes from this book, let me give you a basic plot run down.
Kissing the Coronavirus 2: The Second Wave (a great title, might I add) follows Dr. Kelly Cauldron, an orthodontist who is now forced to administer vaccines. She works long hours, with unrealistic expectations, and her sex life is taking a hit because of it. That is, until something goes wrong when she gives the vaccine to a patient who already had received it.
If you’ve read Kissing the Coronavirus, you might be able to guess what happens after that. Only this time, the smut is with both the virus and the cure.
[ Related: Coronavirus Erotica is Now A Genre? (Kissing the Coronavirus by M. J. Edwards Review) ]
keep reading for my full review (with some… interesting quotes)
So, if you were on the internet at the end up September, you might have heard of Kissing the Coronavirus by M. J. Edwards. If you didn’t… I envy you.
When this book started gaining attention from that memorable title, I knew I had to read it. And I did.
I made a couple of videos about it over on my TikTok (click here for links: x, x, x), and I even posted a review to Goodreads. And I thought that would be it. But I was wrong.
The New York Post and Daily Mail saw my review. And both quoted me in their coverage of Kissing the Coronavirus. My mom then saw those articles and sent them to my extended family. And now this is what I’m known for.
Since I’m already doomed to be known for reading coronavirus erotica, I thought I would share my review here as we prepare to read the sequel coming out on December 11th! (And don’t worry, I’ll be reviewing that as well)
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Before we get started, if you haven’t read the first book in this series, From Blood and Ash, check out my review for it here!
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire took this series to the next level. It adds on to everything we loved about From Blood and Ash, and will have you dying for the next book.
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Assault, Mature Content, Child Abuse (Mention), Kidnapping/Abduction //
Release Date: 9/1/2020
Publisher: Blue Box Press
Page Count: 637
A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire is the sequel to From Blood and Ash, and takes place immediately after the ending of the first book. There’s not much else I can say here without spoiling the first book, but let’s just say- if you liked From Blood and Ash, you’ll want to pick this up.
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