Dueling Review, Rant

Dueling Review: I’m So (Not) Over You by Kosoko Jackson (2022)

Holly’s Take

Heat Factor: The first kiss happened around halfway, and then I called it quits.

Character Chemistry: Textbook definition of a toxic relationship.

Plot: Hudson bribes Kian into doing a fake relationship with him by promising an introduction to a guy who can get Kian his dream job.

Overall: DNF at the halfway point.

Ingrid’s Take

Heat Factor: I mean, it was nice and steamy. 

Character Chemistry: I could see the chemistry but there were so many aspects that didn’t seem to get worked out, that I didn’t necessarily buy in all the way.

Plot: Kian agrees to pretend to be Hudson’s boyfriend again despite his better judgment so that Hudson can get Kian a job that is supposed to launch his journalism career.

Overall: I ended up with very mixed feelings about this one.

Erin’s Take

Heat Factor: They have very playful sex.

Character Chemistry: Horny, not healthy.

Plot: Hudson inexplicably dumped Kian three months ago, but now he’s back asking Kian to fake being his boyfriend again because he never got around to telling his parents they broke up.

Overall: This should have been a 300 page grovel and IT WAS NOT.

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Dueling Review, Rant

Dueling Review: Love’s Serenade by Sheryl Lister (2018)

Decades: A Journey of African American Romance, Book #3

Holly’s Take

Heat Factor: Some cursory details.

Character Chemistry: They seem to have a chemical attraction that supersedes all of Miles’ bad behavior.

Plot: Miles woos Leigh, plus they write a song together.

Overall: The music details were fun, but that’s the only nice thing I can say.

Erin’s Take

Heat Factor: Nothing too involved – it’s kinda lavender

Character Chemistry: Ugh

Plot: Miles abandons Leigh then changes his mind 3 years later and that’s just supposed to be fine

Overall: DNF at 45%

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Dueling Review, Recommended Read

Dueling Review: I Think I Might Need You by Christina C. Jones (2019)

Love Sisters, Book #2

Holly’s Take

Heat Factor: She climbs him like a tree

Character Chemistry: He wants to show her that this time around, he’s all in

Plot: Joia discovers she’s pregnant and has some processing to do

Overall: Everything about being an influencer sounds friggin awful, but this was an interesting romance

Erin’s Take

Heat Factor: He’s very enthusiastic with his mouth, and she’s very into it

Character Chemistry: They’ve got great repartee

Plot: Joia figures out how to be true to herself and find her best happiness when caught by a surprise pregnancy revelation

Overall: I had so much fun reading this book!

Ingrid’s Take

Heat Factor: There’s a stripping scene involving “Pony” by Ginuwine

Character Chemistry: They have that best friends banter with that one night stand heat

Plot: Joia discovers she pregnant–like, REALLY pregnant–and has to decide what she really wants her life to look like

Overall: I fell surprisingly hard into the ins and outs of being an influencer and what that must be like (very well written) and yes, it sounded like my worst nightmare but also the book was pretty sweet.

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Dueling Review, Recommended Read

Dueling Review: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie (2004)

Holly’s Take

Heat Factor: He eats donuts off her boobs

Character Chemistry: It’s fate

Plot: A comedy of errors ensues when Min and Cal (attempt to) resist the universe’s plan for them to be together

Overall: Couldn’t put it down

Ingrid’s Take

Heat Factor: Kissing while eating donuts has never been so steamy

Character Chemistry: It’s instantaneous and angry, then alllll the sexy tension

Plot: Min’s ex tries to get Cal to bet over her—but the more they try to avoid each other, the more they end up attached at the hip

Overall: I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this book

Erin’s Take

Heat Factor: It’s a very slow burn, but she does get tied to a couch

Character Chemistry: This is a push-you-pull-me that works marvelously

Plot: Min is about to approach Cal when she overhears that she’s the subject of one of his bets, so she accepts his invitation out of spite, and fate takes the wheel

Overall: I didn’t like all the stuff that happened in this book (and I wasn’t supposed to, either), but I really liked the book

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Dueling Review, March Smashness

March Smashness: Basketball Week

One Last Shot by Alexandra Warren (2019)

Heat Factor: Nonchalantly hot.

Character Chemistry: They have great banter and they push each other. It’s cute. 

Plot: Selena’s going for the championship. Dre’s going for a second chance. There are many factors that seem like they might get in the way. 

Overall: With all the opportunities for problems to arise, it’s pretty incredible that none of them really do.


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Love Becomes Her by Donna Hill (2006)

Heat Factor: Just the highlights.

Character Chemistry: Barbara has better chemistry with Elizabeth than with Michael.

Plot: Four friends have major life upheavals and decide to open a spa together. 

Overall: Two out of the three Smut Reporters DNFed.

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