Review

Review: The 5th Gender: A Tinkered Stars Mystery by G.L. Carriger (2019)

Heat Factor: Explicit M/M action. Where one of the characters is an alien with erogenous prehensile hair. I would call it hentai adjacent. (Mom, please do NOT Google hentai.) (Note: After writing this, I Googled hentai, and according to Wikipedia, I am using the term incorrectly. What I mean is: Tentacles.)

Character Chemistry: Sudden.

Plot: Alien and Space Station Detective bone and also solve a mystery.

Overall: Started charming, ended preachy.

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: More than Neighbors by Shannon Stacey (2020)

Blackberry Bay, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s a little more heart-centered than…pants-centered

Character Chemistry: The chemistry and connection is obvious from the first page with these two

Plot: Meredith is a wealthy widowed mother who moves back home to Blackberry Bay with her young daughter to start over. Cam has been living in his newly discovered (and deceased) birth grandmother’s lake house and is uncovering his origins when he starts to enjoy being drawn closer to his neighbor and her daughter.

Overall: This book was a cover to cover hit. Real characters, great setting, magnetic chemistry, and perfect pace.

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Series Review

Series Review: Arden St. Ives Trilogy by Alexis Hall (2017)

Heat Factor: Frequent and with lots of kink

Character Chemistry: SO ANGSTY

Plot: New Adult figures out how to Adult in context of relationship with emotionally complicated Billionaire. 

Overall:

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Review

Review: The Girl Next Door by Chelsea M. Cameron (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s not a crackling fire, it’s a warm glow

Character Chemistry: They start off as mismatched, secretly-attracted friends that grow into something more very slowly.

Plot: The plot here really is the romance and only the romance. Jude and Iris fall in love very beautifully, but if you’re looking for outside forces or exciting context, that isn’t part of this love story.

Overall: This is a very lovely book and I enjoyed it a great deal (even if I longed for more).

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