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Review: A Good Man by Rosanna Leo (2020)

Handymen, Book 1

Heat Factor: Steamy, but also very vulnerable and sweet

Character Chemistry: “Hello, I’m–SO INTO YOU”

Plot: Handyman/DIY Reality Star Michael almost immediately pegs his new featured couple as being half repulsive/shady and half his future wife. But while Emily leans on Michael to recover from the dumpster fire that was her ex, Michael ends up struggling with a secret trauma that threatens to torch his life and budding relationship.

Overall: This book was really, really awesome. I love a couple who knows how to take care of one another when they’re vulnerable!

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Review: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (2020)

Heat Factor: Oliver has some stern daddy energy, and I am here 👏 for 👏 it! 👏👏👏

Character Chemistry: These two beautiful wrecks gave me butterflies

Plot: “My life is a bit of a mess, and a fake relationship will possibly help me fix it. Or complicate it. Or make it so much better.” 

Overall: I stayed up until 4 a.m. to finish this book and didn’t even realize it. And I wish I could both devour it again and slowly savor it.

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Review: Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole (2016)

Originally published in the anthology For Love and Liberty: Untold Love Stories of the American Revolution.

Heat Factor: Just a little bit warm

Character Chemistry: Surprisingly believable emotional connection considering the length

Plot: Two enslaved Black people choose opposite sides in the Revolution and find themselves thrown together in a British encampment

Overall: The depth in this short story was marvelous

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Review: Hate Crush by Angelina M. Lopez (2020)

Filthy Rich, Book 2

Review of Filthy Rich, Book 1

Heat Factor: Fire. Fuego. אש. 🔥. 

Character Chemistry: Emotionally complicated hate sex.

Plot: “My first love destroyed me and I hate him now. But I must have a fake relationship with him for the paparazzi in order to save my kingdom. What could go wrong?” 

Overall: I couldn’t put it down.

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Review: Daring and the Duke by Sarah MacLean (2020)

Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 3

Review of Bareknuckle Bastards, Book 2

Heat Factor: Very sexy

Character Chemistry: If you’re looking for a 380-page grovel, you’ve come to the right place

Plot: Stay with me – He tried to kill her when they were kids – Stay with me! – Now he’s a fraudulent duke – Stay with me – And she’s the queen of the Covent Garden criminal underground

Overall: MacLean nailed the close on this trilogy.

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