Okay. I’ve decided to post some of the subscription boxes I got back at the end of August before I took my break. They still give you a good idea of what specific subscriptions offer so you can choose whether or not to sign up. I’ll also be adding some October boxes soon.
My first August box I want to review was from Harlequin Reader Service. Did you know that Harlequin has a long-standing subscription book service for various types of romance genres? Most of their subscriptions offer just two books, but the paranormal romance box provides you with four novels. Two are always from the Nocturne imprint and the other two vary, usually from Avon, Mira or Carina Press. Most boxes also include some type of gift. When I subscribed years ago, I got a set of plastic flowered dessert dishes (one dish in each box). They’ve come in very handy time and again. This time around it was jewelry (more on that below).
Above, you’ll see how the shipment was packaged. Harlequin always ships in a plain brown box with your invoice in an envelope on top. They used to include Bonus Bucks with your bill in each shipment that you could use towards free books and merchandise. I didn’t receive any in this shipment, so I’m not sure if that’s still a thing. They did include a dollar off my bill this time, but only if I paid by mail, which I never do. I would’ve liked to have seen an option for paying online.
Inside the box, the books were packed in paper for safe travels. They got here without bending or creasing.
As I said before, there were four books in my shipment. The two Nocturne titles were The Witch’s Quest by Michele Hauf and Brimstone Prince by Barbara J. Hancock. I’m not always a fan of Michele Hauf, so I’m not sure how I’ll like that one. The other author is new to me, but the story involves a daemon prince who abandons Hell for his music. I love a good paranormal rock star story, so I’m more than willing to give this one a try.
The other two novels in my box were Wolves’ Triad by Lauren Dane and Wildfire by Ilona Andrews. I think Wildfire is the third in a series and it looks like a continuation of a previous story, so I may need to read the other two first. Dane’s novel is actually the second book in the Cascadia Wolves series from 2006 and it’s been renamed. This one looks like it can be read as a standalone, so I’ll probably read it before going back to the beginning novel. All four of these novels were published in 2017. The Nocturne Novels are always brand new while the other two tend to be a few months old.
Also in my shipment was a leather bracelet with one glass bead charm. With each shipment, I’ll receive a new charm for it. It fit my big wrists, but is difficult to put on without help. The bead is pretty though. I look forward to seeing what else they send.
If you’re a fan of romance novels, Harlequin is always in the running for top publisher. The fact that they break their subscriptions into genre is great. That way you don’t receive any story types that you won’t read. However, I did have an issue with them this time.
They recently changed their website and for some reason during the change, it wouldn’t let me pay online. Correction, it would look like I paid and the preauthorization would come off my credit card, but 5 days later it would fall off and I’d be left owing them again. I tried this a few times before I gave up and called them to pay. In the meantime, I missed a shipment because my payment was late. I wasn’t happy about that and customer service did nothing about it when I called. They just said it was weird my online payment didn’t work and left it at that. I was not a happy camper. I considered cancelling, but ultimately ended up keeping my subscription.
Harlequin seems to send out books once a month or so. If you’re looking for a romance subscription, they’re an affordable one. I pay around $6.50 for each book plus 50 cents shipping on each one for a grand total of $27.99. That breaks about even or comes in a bit under most other romance book subscriptions on the market. If you’d like to sign up, click here for their website. Many readers can get their first box (2 books) for free before deciding if they want to continue.
3.75 out of 5 stars (0.25 stars deducted for the customer service fiasco)