I really enjoyed this novella. It is part of the Heels, Rhymes, and Nursery Crimes series, but I had not read any of the other books. I actually did not realize it was part of a series until I had gotten it on my Kindle. I was drawn to the book because of the gorgeous cover and it did not disappoint. This quick, fun read puts a twist on a commonly known villain, the Queen of Hearts. She is truly a hero in disguise as she works to avenge the women of the city and retaliate against the men that harm them. A strong female lead character, a mysterious man, a brave goal, and a sinister villain are elements that help make this a great read.
I think every woman would know someone that she’d like to send to the Queen of Hearts!! This book was a little different than I expected, but I was not disappointed!! I have not read any other books in this series but I believe this little stand alone served it’s purpose…to get me to read the other books! 🙂
Mimi Mioyo (I love how that name rolls off the tongue) is fed up over the way that men can get by treating…or mistreating, women. Thus, she becomes the Queen of Hearts. Any man who can beat her at a game of Stolen Hearts has an opportunity with her that other men are clamoring for. The thing is, would they be if they knew what *really* happens behind the Queen’s doors?
Jac is a new guy in town who claims to be Mimi’s new dealer. Mimi isn’t sure she can trust anyone else but Jac does something to earn her trust…but will it ever be a complete trust? He is a man after all!
I love how this story intertwines so many facets of things that, unfortunately, happen today. While this is a work of fictional fantasy, I know that some will wish some of these events to come true in their own lives. There are some deep topics covered in this book but all in all, I found it to be a very enjoyable read on a stormy afternoon. I look forward to reading other books in this series!
I cannot say enough good things about this book. The strong female lead who in a way is a vigilante protecting females from their lying, cheating, abusive men. We have all been there at one point in our lives and dealt with these types of men. This book offers the type of revenge we only wish we could have achieved.
Mimi, our female lead, has had her heart destroyed more times than any woman should. So after being taken in at the gentleman’s club, which just so happens to be a cover to protect women. She alters her identity and thus becomes the Queen of Hearts inviting men who beat her in hearts to her room, she loses on purpose. Once in her room she offers the men a drink that will forever alter their lives and protect future women from them. That is until she meets Jac, a blackmailer, who takes over as her supplier of her wares. However, upon winning and being taken to her room he refuses all she has to offer instead offering a deal she can’t refuse or can she? Things go awry from her as Mimi gets more than she bargained for with Jac. Can she learn to open her heart again to someone new? Or will she let love slip through her fingers because of past heartbreak?
This book gave me serious black widow vibes. It is a quick read and draws you in from the start, hooking you in Mimi’s web of vengeance on terribles males. If you like strong female characters and evil nefarious plots then this book is for you!
Mimi Mioyo is the star of this dark fantasy story set in the late Victorian age. As an abused woman, she had sought safety with Seree, the woman who provided shelter for women under the guise of a gentleman’s club. They had dubbed Mimi the Queen of Hearts. She would play a card game, with a night in her bedroom as the prize. She would purposely lose, and when the man arrived in her bedroom, she would offer him some wine laced with poison. Only, she didn’t kill the men. She hit them below the belt, literally, as the poison would render them unable to achieve an erection permanently.
Mimi needed more herbs to make her poison, but becomes alarmed when her normal supplier doesn’t arrive. Jacques “Jac” Tourville tells her he had bad luck and that Jac would be her supplier. Much to her dismay, Jac shows up at the gentleman’s club and plays the card game. He wins and follows her to her room. However, Jac has no intention of drinking anything, nor is he wanting to have sex with her. Instead, he offers her something much more sinister.
This is a short story of revenge on vile men who cheat and abuse women. Mimi was a type of vigilante, but there are always holes in every plan. Jac turns out to be the hole in her plan. I recommend readers who like strong female characters who also are not innocent to read this book.
This is my first book from this author and I enjoyed it. As a child, I loved nursery rhymes. So to see them in another aspect was amazing. I love the thrill the author made me feel. It is a quick and entertaining read. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series. The cover is very eye-catching too.
The fact that the Queen of Hearts wants to put a stop to abusive/cheating men, makes this story even more amazing. This is the first book that I have read from this author, and I was not disappointed. I could not resist reading this book much less able to put it down long enough to feed myself. This fast-paced story had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I was captured at the very beginning of the first page and did not stop reading until the last page was finished. We all know the nursery rhyme, now read the author’s story. The characters are believable and alive that it makes you feel like they are your friends in real life sitting next to you. All I can say is taking the chance on this author; you won’t regret it.
Queen of Hearts: Heels, Rhymes, & Nursery Crimes Vol. 21 is part of a multi-volume series reworking classic nursery rhymes. I was excited when I saw this author had a new book out. The series is standalone stories, but I want to read at least a few more to delve further into this world. I enjoyed the main character, Mimi, and how her story was built. Men might find her evil, but she is just trying to punish those that are cruel and make things better for the ones they torture. I like the twists and turns and the pace of the story. I look forward to this next author’s read and exploring more of this intriguing series.
Queen of Hearts (Heels, Rhymes and Nursery Crimes Vol. 21)
By Natalina Reis
The cover is what first drew me to this book, it’s beautiful. After reading the blurb with its rhyming prose, my interest was peaked. The story is definitely original. After suffering a traumatic experience, Mimi survived and managed to take control of her life. In an era where women have no say and men have ultimate power over them, Mimi managed to have a say in her destiny. She became the Queen of Hearts. Playing a dangerous game where the stakes are high, failure was not an option. She manages to vindicate the lives of multiple women while putting hers at risk. With Jac walking into her life, will she be able to put the past to rest and open her heart again?
This story had so many facets to it which kept me thinking long past the end of the book. I was very thankful I did not live in the time period of the story where women were treated as nothing more than property. The Queen of Hearts has been through much pain and abuse by the one who married her. She is a strong woman who will get her revenge. The story has many twists that will keep you reading to find out if she can truly trust anyone again. Women may not have many rights in the book but they sure do have a link to each other.
One of my favorite villainesses, I’ve always found the idea of the Queen of Hearts interesting, but I loved seeing the author transform the character in this way! A woman who’s familiar with the deceit of men, Mimi has risen above and beyond the usual call of revenge. Wonderfully dark and well-written, the plot thickens with this delightfully twisted tale of the Queen of Hearts. Even though the story was short and fast-paced, I feel like it was full of life and had plenty of mystery and intrigue. I’ve never read any of the other books from this series, but I’ll definitely be looking into them after reading this one, as well as more books from the author!
Queen of Hearts is a part of a series called Heels, Rhymes, and Nursery Crimes, that is made up of 27 standalone books by various authors. Queen of Hearts is book 21 in the series by Natalina Reis. I absolutely love any rendition of Alice in Wonderland and the Queen of Hearts. This book is devious, dark and twisty, as well as a fantasy romance. One of the main points of the story is that the Queen of Hearts, Mimi, punishes any man that is abusive towards women or a cheater. She does not punish them in the way that you would assume. One would immediately think that she’s an apothecary, she must kill the men, but she doesn’t…. she renders their genitals useless. Definitely a fast-paced story that keeps you on the edge of you seat waiting for what happens next. Mimi has never had any issues with her plans until she meets the richest and by farthest evilest men. She must make him pay, but she has to be smart, meticulous. Will her plan be the cause of her demise, or will she prevail? Definitely a page turner and must read!
I am not usually a big fan of novellas, mostly because they lack the small details of places, things, people and actions that make a story good. However, I find that is not the case with this story. I actually enjoyed it immensely. Mimi “The Queen of Hearts” is desperately trying to rid the world of evil men, by depriving them of the one working part of their anatomy they like the best. By using herbs she is able to render them impotent. Jac is her new dealer and he also wants to be her partner. Disaster strikes and they must flee. The details in this story are great and you really get to know the players. I am excited for the next in this series.
Physical and emotional abuse
There is not much I can say about this book except WOW! I could not put this down from the moment I started reading. I was completely pulled I and I loved everything about it. This is an author that has really captivated me by her work and the variety of it. Every book is different and exciting and this one is easily one of my favourites. Everyone needs to read this book immediately because it is really that good.
Queen of Hearts (Heels, Rhymes & Nursery Crimes Vol. 21) By Natalina Reis
Queen of Hearts (Heels,Rhymes &Nursery Crimes Vol 21) is a fast paced retelling of the classic Nursery Rhyme and made it much darker and more adult like. I’ve read several books by this author and her style of writing is like no other ,her ability to pull you in from the beginning and doesn’t let go till the end. Her characters are well developed and fun and she makes them come alive. Queen of Hearts is by far my favorite yet. It’s a bit darker but I absolutely loved it. Every man in town better watch out for The Queen of Hearts because she’s very determined to make them pay for all the bad things they’ve done. I don’t want to give to much away . I highly recommend reading this book to find out what happens next. You guys don’t want to miss out on this incredibly written story. I can’t wait to read more from this Author.
Original and interesting
Brilliant original storyline with twists that keeps the reader guessing. There’s suspense, romance and drama with action woven throughout. The Queen of Hearts is an interesting character, well developed and easy to relate to. Highly recommend.
I enjoyed the spin on the Queen of Hearts. I like her fierceness and cleverness. It was enjoyable to watch the different events unfold for the prey she chose. I am hesitant to give more detail because I do not want to spoil the delectable ways of the queen. I hope to read another by this author.
This Queen of Hearts gives a cruel justice to men who abuse and torture women. She’s good at what she does. So much so that a man comes out of nowhere to help and assist. She’s had a rule about men after her past, but ever so slowly she welcomes this one as her partner in crime. They go through a very hard trial that takes a lot, but it’s so good!! Cheers to a great book!
My first sight of the book cover alone I knew I had to read this book…the cover is totally stunning!
Intriguing story and kind of a guilty pleasure in a dark way…it is all about revenge…. They call her
The Queen of Hearts….a different take on the story. Mimi, The Queen of Hearts, is smart and deceiving…but rightfully so. Men know no boundaries when they believe they win against The Queen of Hearts..but later they find out who truly wins at this “game”.
This book is a quick read, but wow….the story of deceit, lies, revenge against truly cruel men …. a twist and take on The Queen of Hearts story…but oh so worth it!!
Heels, Rhymes, & Nursery Crimes is a 27-book series and each book is written by many different talented authors. Queen of Hearts by Natalina Reis is just one of them.
Queen of Hearts with its deliciously dark and twisty themes are what you get in this fantasy romance book. Natalina never fails to give the reader something in the realm of unusual and that is what I love about her work.
A quirky look at a nursery rhyme with crimes that is full of thrills and intrigue, suspense and mayhem. This is a short little novella and a great quick read that is definitely entertaining.
She loves to take on anything in lipstick and high heels. You’d better stay out of her way or you could be next. But you will never see her coming, or will you?
I look forward to reading each and every book in this quirky series.
Reviewed by @jennadb
This story was well written. The story line is fabulous. To use her place at the head of the “house of ill repute” as a means to get close to the ones she is targeting. You can even tell that she is anxious about the tasks she is carrying out.
Then she ends up with help and they are able to target the biggest offender. Will they be successful?
Wow I really enjoyed this story. It is an amazing story about overcoming your past and learning to trust and love again. I love the characters of Mimi and Jac. Both are strong determined characters that need to let down their guard to learn to love. Both of them have suffered in their pasts and their connection and attraction is unreal.
Mimi is a survive of domestic abuse. When she flees her home she takes up residence at a brothel called Ace. Here she plots to get her own back on men who cheat and abuse their wife’s/partners. She never kills but makes them feel the pain and humiliation that they inflict.
Things were going smoothly until her new supplier of herbs arrives called Jac.
Jac knows what she does with the herbs he provides and he wants to help her.
Can Mimi trust him? Is this all a trick? And what is the strange feelings she is experiencing when she’s around him?
When they go for their next target this is the thing that links them. The target is the man who killed Jacs sister. When their normal plan backfires Jac has to think fast to save Mimi.
Their love grows through this story and you can actually feel the moments that help to built trust between them and breaks down the cold walls that Mimi has kept around her heart.
This is a short…not sure if I should say sweet story. It is set back in the early times when men were scoundrels and not married women are ladies of the night. In here the men are dark, devious and mean. One woman the Queen of Hearts sets out to right the wrongs of the men. She is rather ingenious and while they call it a crime, I think its pretty smart. Dangerous for her but a smart way to “fix” them.
I enjoyed reading this. Natalina Reis always gives me a story that reaches boundaries. This one does that with a Bonnie and Clyde theme running through here. I have not read the rest of the series but this one seems to be a standalone as I had no problems following along.
Ps Love the Cover!
What a fun story. The fact that the Queen of Hearts wants to put a stop to abusive/cheating men, makes this story even more worth the read. This is a new author to me, but I could not resist reading this story. This fast paced story had me on the edge of my seat. I was captured before the first page ended and did not stop reading until the last page was turned. We all know the nursery rhyme, now read the author’s story. The characters are believable and make you feel like your friends. I’m Not going to give out spoilers! All I can tell you is take the chance on this author, you won’t regret it. Now I’m off to read more from this new author..
Queen of Hearts by Natalina Reis is #21 of the Heels, Rhymes, & Nursery Crimes multi-author series. I snapped up a copy of this book as soon as I saw Natalina Reis had a new release- and how gorgeous is the cover- I couldn’t have resisted it even if I wasn’t already familiar with the author’s work.
This is a dark take on the Queen of Hearts nursery rhyme. Ms. Reis has taken a beloved nursery rhyme and twisted it- producing a darker version full of fantasy and superb world building. I am not going to spoil it for you by giving away too much- but suggest going in a bit blind and let the author and her story surprise you.
It can be read as a standalone, but after reading this, I am intrigued by what the rest of the series might contain, so I will be doing some investigating to see what else I can find in this series.
Thank you, Natalina Reis!
Reviewed by @angelahayes
Mimi, or as many know her, The Queen of Hearts, is not out for blood but revenge. She plays the game so well, the men think that they are winning even when they are about to lose what means the most to them. Poisoned wine but not the killing kind. What does the poison do? Read this tale and find out. Mimi is a spunky woman who will never be treated unfairly by a man again. She sticks up for the women around her and tries her best to give them the justice they deserve. This book was fun, thrilling, and a bit twisted but a very good quick read.
Little gems like this are what brighten my days. This novella was short, sweet, and spicy.
Our beloved fairy tales takes us down a dark path with unexpected results. This is only on book in a series of 27 twisted and dark versions of our beloved childhood nursey rhymes. Darkness has shadowed the light and this is other side. Jac and Mimi were perfect characters and our Queen of Heart is much more than meets the eye. It was a wonderful change to the story and the other fairy tales are already next on my list!
This was my first story by this author and I am so glad I took a gamble on the getting this book! I wasn’t sure what to expect, but this fast paced short story definitely kept me on the edge. I devoured the story and didn’t stop reading until I got to the end. We meet Mimi the Queen of Hearts, a gambling woman in a house of ill repute, who uses her looks and her games to ensnare the bad guys and teach them a lesson. One by one she will make them all pay, but when one of the richest and evilest men steps foot into her game, will it be too much or will the Queen of Hearts prevail? In a short story, the author was able to fill it with vivid descriptions and well-rounded characters with depth and heart. A definite page turner!
I’ve such a weakness for cover art and this queen is no exception 😉it’s so bright and beautiful ❣️
I just love the queen’s brand of justice ! I wish we could implement it in this day and age !
The queens aka Mimi guards her heart closely but I’m starting to wonder if our delectable herbalist , Jac is going to sway her ….
Mimi also has suffered at the hands of men especially her husband , he really was a very cruel man and my heart yearns for her and those she helps she’s a real hero in my eyes …
Mac and Mimi make a formidable team and I must give it to Jac he’s really smooth and a worthy “opponent “
I wouldn’t spit on Linus even if he were on fire , what a despicable waste of oxygen he is 😡
I really enjoyed this read and it was a perfect distraction ❣️
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