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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: Some Like It Scandalous by Maya Rodale (2019)

Gilded Age Girls Club, Book 2

Heat Factor: Their first kiss is distinctly underwhelming, but don’t worry! It gets much better.

Character Chemistry: Completely believable, as enemies and as friends and as lovers

Plot: Our parents want us to get married, so let’s have a fake engagement to get them off our backs! Seems like a solid plan.

Overall: Fun AND fabulous AND feminist! Definitely worth reading.

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Review: Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan (2019)

A Worth Saga Novella

Heat Factor: Just because you’re a woman with wrinkles doesn’t mean you can’t be sexy

Character Chemistry: Excellent

Plot: Salty old ladies take revenge on terrible man, find love in the process

Overall: I laughed out loud, and also cried real tears

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Review: Flirting with the Frenemy by Pippa Grant (2019)

Bro Code, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s steamy pretty much before you even get to know them

Character Chemistry: It starts with a bang and ends the same way

Plot: Ellie has a wedding and her ex is going to be there. Wyatt just wants to reconnect after the one night stand that resulted in Ellie’s traumatic car accident. Add pirates, Wyatt’s adorable son, and a cast of memorable characters and you have yourself the next series you won’t be able to put down.

Overall: Guys, I have a problem. It’s a Pippa Grant problem. I don’t want help.

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Review: The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang (2018)

Kiss Quotient, Book 1

Heat Factor: So hot and so awkward, all at the same time. It’s quite impressive, actually.

Character Chemistry: They **get** each other. It’s very sweet.

Plot: “I am socially awkward, please give me sex lessons.”

Overall: I stayed up well past my bedtime because I couldn’t put it down.

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