All of the Spicy Fantasy Romance Books I Read in March

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March was a fantastic month of reading. I read all fantasy romance AND all books from my TBR list. I definitely spent March filling my cup in terms of reading and all the books I read were various degrees of spiciness. So if that’s your thing, let’s dive right in!

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What I Read

  • The Ever Queen by LJ Andrews
  • Lore of The Wilds by Analeigh Sbara
  • A Feather So Black by Lyra Selene
  • Heartless Hunter by Kirsten Ciccarelli

DNF’s

  • When The Moon Hatched by Sarah A Parker
  • Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett

Currently Reading

  • Faebound by Saara El-Arifi
  • The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten

What I Read

The Ever Queen by LJ Andrews 

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The Ever Queen by LJ Andrews is definitely one of my favorite series to date! The tension and chemistry between Erik and Livia between then first two books just live rent free in my head. 

This was my first dive into “dark fantasy romance” and while I was hesitant, it definitely was not as “dark” as I thought it might be. 

The Ever Seas series is a spin off of The Broken Kingdoms series, but I did not read that series first and didn’t feel like I missed out on anything.

The Ever King is definitely a “villain” gets the girl but we love this villain and he only gets better in The Ever Queen. 

I want to give Erik and Livia all of the stars and I am so excited for The Mist Thief which follows Jonas and publishes June 30th, 2024!

All in all, 5 out of 5 stars for The Ever Queen

Lore of The Wilds by Analeigh Sabra

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This book truly shocked me. For a book marketed as YA, there were far too many adult themes threaded throughout the story. 

Some positives, I loved the diversity within this novel. The main character looking for products for her curls at the market was a nice touch. 

The world was interesting and I am very curious about how the politics and magic system works within this novel.

My main issue is that this book is a bit chaotic. There are a lot of tropes and themes and unfortunately they all did not work well together.

I was also not a fan of the ending. The reveal as to what was going on was a bit disturbing and I am surprised no one else is talking about it. Maybe that is because the author is a debut author, and while this book has so much promise, I cannot look past a debut novel as a reason to brush things like that ending under the rug.

Overall, I wanted to like this one more than I did, so 2.5 stars out of 5 stars. I’m hoping this is like The Folk of Air series where I hated the first book, but ended up loving the series by the end. 

A Feather So Black by Lyra Selene

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I was lucky enough to get an ARC copy of this book, thanks to Netgalley and Orbit Books!

This book took a really long time to get into. I think I wasn’t truly interested in the book until about 30-ish% into it and that’s too long. I generally DNF a book by 20% if it’s just not holding my attention. 

However, by the end of this story I found myself in the early stages of a book hangover. 

The love triangle was a bit too repetitive with one side which I found I did not like. But I really enjoyed the main character and the second love interest.

The writing is a bit heavy at times and I found myself skimming some parts of the main characters internal dialogue because it felt like the author was just writing the same thing, different ways. 

I am very much looking forward to the second book which comes out January 2025!

(Side note: January 2025 is looking like a great month for reading!)

This book gets 4 stars out of 5 stars from me.

Heartless Hunter by Kirstin Circcarelli

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I borrowed a copy of this audiobook from the library because I enjoyed the narrator and found myself very quickly invested in this story and these characters. 

Something I found interesting was that this book gives “badass, assassin FMC” vibes but really our main character is a part-time assassin, when she isn’t trying to keep her love triangle together. 

Also, that is NOT how you end a love triangle. 

My heart. 💔

The ending was epic and I absolutely cannot wait for the second book to come out!

4.5 stars out of 5 stars because I had so much fun with this one. 

Spice Meter

So in my video on YouTube, I included a little spice meter and thought it would be fun to add here too!

The Ever Queen by LJ Andrews is pretty spicy at 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️ (4 chili peppers)

Lore Of The Wilds by Analeigh Sbrana is fairly spicy at 🌶️🌶️.5 (2.5 chili peppers, in the video I said 3 but really its not that graphic.)

A Feather So Black by Lyra Selene is easily 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️.5 (4.5 chili peppers)

Heartless Hunter by Kristen Ciccarelli is a solid 🌶️🌶️🌶️.5 (3.5 chili peppers)

DNF’s

When The Moon Hatched by Sarah A. Parker

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I am still surprised at how much I disliked this book. The opening was so strong. 

I enjoyed the 20 page encyclopedia at the beginning of the book and the opening scene really pulled me in. 

The first hint that I probably was not going to like this book was the insta-love feel between the main character and the love interest. 

The second was the scene with the main character and her “boss’s assistant” and then how cold-hearted she was with her roommate. 

The whole thing came off as super lame and the writing wasn’t too up my alley either. The author describing the main characters feelings hurting as something akin to “a sword being pushed through my chest”.

And I don’t know. I read spoilers and decided it just wasn’t for me. 

Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries by Heather Fawcett

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Okay, so I do plan to read this book again soon. I think what went wrong this time around was the audiobook.

This book is very academic and so while listening I found myself so bored. 

I think I will enjoy this book better if I get to narrate it in my own head vs listening to someone else read it for me. 

So while not a complete DNF, I had to DNF it for the moment. 

Currently Reading

Faebound by Saara El-Arifi

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I had originally borrowed a copy of this book from my library earlier in the year. But either I was in my reading slump or was reading too many books at once and had to put this one down. 

But now I have room on my current TBR and I am very excited to get back to this story! 

I don’t know if it is fully going to be up my alley, but I am still excited to dive further into the story!

The Foxglove King by Hannah Whitten

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Like Emily Wilde’s Encyclopedia of Faeries, I have a physical copy of this book and I’d love to read some of my physical books. This one has been catching my eye for the last few weeks.

I also saw the second book has a gorgeous cover AND a higher rating than the first I am so excited!

I borrowed an audiobook copy of this book so I can also listen while I am at work, but like that I have a physical copy to clear up any confusing bits if that happens. 


How are your reading goals coming along?

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