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Dueling Review: Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas (2016)

If Erin were to review this book, she would call it a Recommended Read. If Holly were to review this book, she would write a Rant. Clearly, we needed to review this book together.

Welcome to Dueling Reviews.

Moderated by Ingrid, the Voice of Reason.

Holly’s Take 

Heat Factor: If you’re into the whole dynamic where a shy virgin teaches a sexually experienced hero how to “make love” with her magical vagina, then it’s pretty sexy

Character Chemistry: Please ignore Helen’s personality transplant

Plot: High melodrama thanks to a ridiculous and honestly unnecessary plot device

Overall: SO DISAPPOINTING. This is the book that made me give up on Lisa Kleypas

Erin’s Take

Heat Factor: There are a couple of sex scenes, but it’s mostly angsty pining

Character Chemistry: They don’t spend a great deal of time together, but somehow I still felt they had great chemistry

Plot: Angsty unworthiness and unsolicited advice all around!

Overall: LOVED IT. Kleypas heroes are basically my kryptonite, and Winterborne was no exception.

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Review: Promised Land by Rose Lerner (2018)

Heat Factor: It’s more angsty than hot 

Character Chemistry: I’m not sure I bought the resolution of past wrongs

Plot: Wife fakes death to escape marriage, runs into husband at Yorktown

Overall: It was interesting and well composed, but I did not buy the rekindled relationship 

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Review: The Alchemy of Night by Judy Hall (2019)

Heat Factor: I have never actively rooted against a couple, but there’s a first time for everything

Character Chemistry: I’ve had indigestion with more fire than these characters.

Plot: Pippa and Sebastian were ill-fated lovers in a past life in Egypt and have a chance to create a different ending for themselves while Pippa runs around obsessing over vocabulary words and shooing smelly ghosts away.

Overall: This book had a great premise but–

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Review: His Rebellious Lass by Callie Hutton (2019)

Scottish Hearts Series, Book 1

Heat Factor: There is sex.

Character Chemistry: Please, tell me again how you don’t want to be attracted to each other.

Plot: Let’s put everything we can into one story.

Overall: Slather it on with a spatula. The big sort for icing sheet cakes.

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Review: No Earls Allowed by Shana Galen (2018)

The Survivors, Book 2.

Review of The Survivors, Book 1 here.

Heat factor: Probably 10% of this book is sex

Character Chemistry: They really want to have sex with each other

Plot: Ridiculous female has issues and no sense, needs rescue by emotionally scarred male

Overall: I’m annoyed

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