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Review: The Blackmailed Bride by Chris Stevenson (2019)

Heat Factor: The heat comes from the plot…not the romance.

Character Chemistry: They just kind of weirdly click, but if I were their friend I’d be calling red flag after red flag.

Plot: Artist rescues a bride hiding in a tree on what was supposed to be her wedding day. Ex-bride is escaping a forced marriage to a dangerous mafia mobster man. She’s also a stripper and a health nut. Ex-bride-ex-stripper-health nut charms the pants right off of the unhappily married artist and they work together with artist’s friends to outsmart and escape the mafia mobster man and his goons.

Overall: I’ll be honest, the riveting plot did succeed in making me want to read more–but the book had some seriously sexist (and they weren’t subtle) undertones that were a little off-putting.

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Review: Something Blue by Susan Craig (2019)

Cedar Hill Romance, Book 1

Heat Factor: The perfect balance of plot-driven steam.

Character Chemistry: It was instantaneous and inevitable

Plot: Two extremely bright individuals strike a business deal that gets very complicated (and just absolutely, divinely delicious).

Overall: I was so impressed with this book–it was a genuinely well-balanced read.

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Review: Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux (2019)

Summer Hill, Book 2

Heat Factor: For two people who hold off on hanky panky, this sure got scalding hot.

Character Chemistry: I can’t handle how much I wanted them to get together

Plot: Terri ends up unexpectedly shacking up with Nate, a new resident to her sleepy lake resort town and fiance to the town golden girl. Terri’s a strong, capable woman who has shouldered the weight of her mother’s poor reputation as well as the loss of her mother as a young child. There’s mystery. There’s a sexy friendship a-brewing. There’s humor. It’s wonderful.

Overall: Despite an early on aversion, this book was straight-up satisfying.

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Review: Playing House by Ruby Lang (2019)

Uptown, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s…warm and fuzzy

Character Chemistry: They are very cute together–and very polite.

Plot: Fay is recently divorced and Oliver is recently unemployed. When the meet up in an open house, sparks fly and a romance progresses–but Oliver is up for a job at Fay’s company. Miscommunication ensues, etc. 

Overall: I’m a very proper person and this one might have been a tad too proper for me.

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Review: Project Duchess by Sabrina Jeffries (2019)

Duke Dynasty, Book 1

Heat Factor: I need a tall glass of milk, because this one is on FIRE.

Character Chemistry: He’s an upstanding dreamboat with a bad boy reputation, she never stood a chance (and neither did I).

Plot: A young duke meets up with his family of half-siblings and his mother when his step-father dies unexpectedly. The penniless cousin of his half-brother sweeps him off his feet. But, MURDER! But, INTRIGUE! But, SEXY WOODLAND ROMPS!

Overall: Pretty much crossed my fingers this would be a series by the close of the first chapter because I hope it never ends.

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