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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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Dueling Review: Priest by Sierra Simone (2015)

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

Welcome to Dueling Reviews.

Moderated by Erin, who has no emotional investment in this book at all.

Ingrid’s Take:

Heat Factor: It’s scorching…which is fitting, because with the stuff these two pulled in a Catholic church they may very well end up somewhere toasty.

Character Chemistry: I don’t dig what they dig…but they dig it, and each other, a LOT.

Plot: Catholic priest ends up attracted to a woman who is apparently irresistible but has no hobbies or interests or personality and they end up finding a new, sexy spiritual path together.

Overall: This book has some majorly interesting dynamics but I had to put it down out of sheer frustration many times (and not the FUN kind of frustration, either).

Holly’s Take:

Heat Factor: Absolutely filthy, in the best way

Character Chemistry: Father Bell would have chemistry with a cardboard box

Plot: Catholic priest has sex, angst ensues

Overall: I had so much fun reading this book

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Review: Sacking the Quarterback by Samantha Towle (2016)

Heat Factor: Can’t move to the bedroom, gotta have sex on the table right now

Character Chemistry: She said so, and I guess they did have some up-against-the-wall, can’t-resist-my-passion sex

Plot: Squeaky clean pro quarterback arrested for drug possession has hots for prosecutor

Overall: Just no

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Review: She’s Got Game by Laura Heffernan (2019)

The Gamer Girls, Book #1

Heat Factor: Totally closed door (but she has 17 orgasms…)

Character Chemistry: She’s absolutely terrible to him and he keeps coming back

Plot: Gamer romance at a gamer tournament

Overall: The heroine was obnoxious, but it was still a good read

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Review: A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness (2011)

All Souls Trilogy, Book 1

Heat Factor: Heavy petting occurs, but I’m not convinced it’s sexy

Character Chemistry: Nah

Plot: Paranormal romance meets The DaVinci Code meets magic coming of age novel where a witch learns to control her powers

Overall: I finished this only through sheer stubbornness

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