Recommended Read, Review

Review: Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (2020)

The Rajes, Book 2

Review of The Rajes, Book 1

Heat Factor: Fade to black

Character Chemistry: Swoon-worthy

Plot: Ashna enters a cooking competition in a bid to save her floundering restaurant, only to discover that her competition partner is her high school boyfriend slash love of her life. 

Overall: If you can power through the angst, the payoff is so worth it

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Review

Review: Until the End by Juno Rushdan (2020)

Final Hour Series, Book 3

Erin’s reviews of the Prequel, Book 1, and Book 2 of the Final Hour Series

Heat Factor: Lavender prose

Character Chemistry: You kind of represent everything I hate, but dang you’re sexy

Plot: Hackers and bioweapons and romance, oh my!

Overall:

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Nothing to Fear by Juno Rushdan (2019)

Final Hour Series, Book 2

Reviews of Final Hour Prequel; Final Hour Book 1

Heat Factor: Sex on a boat! Not super explicit after the first time.

Character Chemistry: Loved these two together

Plot: Field operative can’t keep his eyes off quiet analyst…and then she’s framed as the mole!

Overall: I avoided doing anything on a Sunday in favor of reading this whole book at once.

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Every Last Breath by Juno Rushdan (2019)

Final Hour Series, Book 1

Erin’s review of the Final Hour Prequel Novella

Heat Factor: I’m just gonna go grab that fan over there…

Character Chemistry: They’re so angsty about each other! SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE AAARGH!

Plot: “I’ve got to stop a bioweapon from being unleashed and, what do you know, I need to use the ex-fiancé I thought was dead in order to do it!”

Overall: This book is what romantic suspense should always be.

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Review: No Way Out by Juno Rushdan (2019)

Final Hour Series, Prequel

Heat Factor: Shower sex after a very dangerous river dunking

Character Chemistry: I was slightly distracted by constant emotional turmoil

Plot: CIA agent doesn’t follow orders, everything that can possibly go sideways does

Overall: It’s the prequel to set up the series, and it does that very well

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Smut Reporting

“He slanted his mouth across hers”

When I wrote about licking sweat and how it wasn’t sexy, Silver Button Books (whose blog you can check out here) brought up another ubiquitous romance phrase: “he slanted his mouth across hers,” noting that it was weird and always made her think of toddlers smearing their faces across a glass window. 

If you think about it, this is kind of a weird way to describe kissing. All we really have in this description is an angle – the “slant.”

And if we go to my trusty Merriam-Webster, the predominant synonym is “slope.” Unless we’re talking about “slant” in a metaphorical sense, in which case synonymous words distort, falsify, pervert, etc. I think it’s safe to assume that romance writers who use this phrase are talking about a literal slant, not a metaphorical one. 

I decided some further investigating was in order. 

This phrase most commonly appears in historical romance, so I turn to some classic (and maybe less classic) clinch covers to help illuminate exactly what kind of kisses are happening here. Also, this is an excellent excuse to look at romance novel covers because they are an art form that deserve to be talked about all the time.

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Review: Date Me, Bryson Keller by Kevin van Whye (2020)

Heat Factor: So pure. Like, shy first kisses pure.

Character Chemistry: Off the charts. 

Plot: Teen boy has no interest in dating, is dared by his peers to date anyone who asks. Other teen boy asks.

Overall: I am dying of the sweetness.

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