Rant, Review

Review: Vitality by Crysta Levere (2019)

Heat Factor: A somewhat detached but urgent sexual obsession

Character Chemistry: He wants to exsanguinate her and she has a serious penchant for self-harm

Plot: If you can figure that out, I give you all the props

Overall:

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (2019)

Feminine Pursuits, Book 1

Heat Factor: Seeing stars. Literally and figuratively. 

Character Chemistry: These two have a wonderful, supportive relationship.

Plot: Lady Scientist sets out to prove herself. Other scientists dismissive, but she finds a supportive Patroness and also True Love. 

Overall: Pretty darn great.

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Smut Reporting

Turnips

“My kitchen garden should begin to produce vegetables soon, Susan said helpfully. “Enough to feed us, and maybe a bit extra we could sell or barter in the village.”

Jane started to squirm on Elizabeth’s lap. “Please tell me you didn’t plant more turnips. I hate turnips.” 

“We all hate turnips,” Susan replied. “But they’re so easy to grow.” 

“Not so easy to eat,” Lucas grumbled. 

My January jalapeños. It’s been a weird winter.

Like the Hotchkiss clan of Julia Quinn’s How to Marry a Marquis, I am suffering from a surfeit of turnips. Not because I am enduring a life of genteel poverty and must make do with my kitchen garden (if I did, I would be eating nothing but jalapeños, which are more delicious but also more conducive to heartburn), but because I keep getting them in my CSA. 

Because I have read HTMAM approximately 3 dozen times (my review is here), the last time I unpacked these terrible tubers from my box, Lucas Hotchkiss and his wise pronouncement that turnips are not so easy to eat came immediately to mind. 

Sometimes, life imitates smut, just not in the ways you expect. 

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Review

Review: Hedging His Bets by Celia Kyle and Mina Carter (2013)

Honey and Fur, Book #1

Heat Factor: Phew boy! 

Character Chemistry: Pygmy hedgehog burrowing in huge breasts kind of chemistry

Plot: Werehedgehog wants his mate, who won’t give him the time of day

Overall: Couldn’t get over Blake’s extremely bad behavior

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Undead and Unwed by MaryJanice Davidson (2004)

Undead, Book 1

Heat Factor: There is some kinky stuff.

Character Chemistry: “You are so annoying! I am attracted to you and angry about it.” 

Plot: Betsy turns 30, gets fired, dies, and then rises as the Vampire Queen. Let’s just say she’s having a rough week. 

Overall: Fun and fluffy, with a couple of laugh out loud moments. Perfect escapism.

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Smut Reporting, Wrap Up

One year later, or, Erin remembers that reading and reading critically are not the same

One year ago today, Erin published her first review for The Smut Report.

This could be something I’ve said so many times I just believe it now, but: I don’t think I’ve read anything but smut since my first child was born, unless I accidentally picked up a non-qualifying ebook from the library. If I’m being really honest, it’s possible that I should extend to before my first child was born. And yet, in the year since we posted my first review for The Smut Report, my reading has been next level. It’s still all smut all the time, but there has been a lot of smut, I’ve read outside my original comfort zone, and I had to think much more critically about the reading as I went. 

My reading this past year, I’ve come to realize, is only a drop in the bucket. But I still learned something about the genre and about myself as I read and reviewed.

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