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Review: The Duke Effect by Sophie Jordan (2020)

The Rogue Files, Book 7

Heat Factor: It didn’t get cracking until about 50% of the way through the book and then it was just nothing to inferno in about one chapter.

Character Chemistry: They’re both a bit straight-laced but with this undercurrent of rebelliousness and it works.

Plot: Nora trained extensively under the tutelage of her now-deceased physician father and has become a talented healer who corresponds with those in need of help under her father’s name in secret. The soon-to-be Duke of Birchwood seeks Dr. Langley’s help only to find out about Nora’s deceit. Desperate to right herself in his eyes and save her reputation, she pushes Constantine to allow her to help him, and then they get all hot and bothered and so will you.

Overall: I was SO CLOSE to writing this one off and then I hit 50% of the way through it and hooooo buddy…Sophie Jordan just lit the whole thing on fire.

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Review: Thief of my Heart by Karla Kratovil (2020)

Hearts of Stoneleigh Manor Book 2

Heat Factor: It’s way hotter than my usual fare.

Character Chemistry: So, they kiss in the first few pages and it’s pretty clear from then on they’re a good match.

Plot: Emma has a whole crew of siblings and dogs she’s responsible for after the unexpected death of her father. Her Uncle teaches her how to be a cat burglar, and she steals jewelry from the wealthy to keep their family afloat. HOWEVER. When she tries to steal a ruby necklace from the Duke of Gilchrest’s mother, she finds her plans foiled and then he turns out to be a really strong sort of cinnamon roll (a cinnamon cookie? A ginger snap? Should we make that a thing?) and everything unravels from there.

Overall: This book is so fresh and gripping–I could not put it down.

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Review: The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher (2020)

Heat Factor: Not closed door, but nothing too racy

Character Chemistry: Adah and Beth are adorable together, in that grumpy/sunshine kind of way

Plot: Chefs at dueling restaurants start dating

Overall: I am charmed

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Review: Chasing Cassandra by Lisa Kleypas (2020)

The Ravenels, Book #6

Reviews of the rest of the Ravenel series: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4, Book 5

Heat Factor: This is the most chill sex I think I’ve ever read

Character Chemistry: Heart eyes. 

Plot: Antihero catches feelings for angel woman

Overall: I don’t think I’ve ever read a Kleypas with less drama, but it was extremely satisfying

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Review: Resisting the Billionaire by Allie Winters (2020)

Bishop Brothers, Book #1

Heat Factor: do do do do do EXPLOSION do do do do do

Character Chemistry: They’re the only two actually talking to each other in this book, so yep

Plot: Unwanted middle billionaire son is ultimatumed into an arranged merger marriage, so it’s a problem when it turns out he has real chemistry with the wedding planner

Overall: This book is deceptively low key

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