Review: The Vendetta Plan by Kryssa James (2022)

Heat Factor: It feels kinda like a slow burn but it’s not TOO slow.

Character Chemistry: At first it’s not very apparent but a hot spring makes things…hot.

Plot: Charlotte gets her hiney handed to her after a brutal break up with a terrible ex…but worse, she nearly lost her long-time best friend, Julien, in the process. They end up going on a road trip—but while HER goal is sweet, sweet revenge, Julien’s is sweet, sweet love. 

Overall: The writing was quite good (I’d read another book by this author in a pitter-pat of a heartbeat). If you’re a Marie Kondo reader, you’ll love this one.

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Review: Her Favorite Rebound by Jackie Lau (2022)

The Cider Bar Sisters, Book #4

Reviews of The Cider Bar Sisters Book #1, Book #2, Bonus Novella #2.5, and Book #3

Heat Factor: Once they jump in bed, boy oh boy do they jump in bed.

Character Chemistry: Sierra swears up and down that it’s not serious, but thinks that her next boyfriend is going to have a lot to live up to.

Plot: Jake falls in love with Sierra at first sight. Too bad she’s dating his former boss and all-around bad dude, billionaire Colton Sanders.

Overall: If you’re looking for fun and sexy, Jackie Lau doesn’t disappoint

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Hot Takes by Holly

Let’s Talk About Revel vs. Relish

Hi Friends! 

I’m going to take a minute to talk about the difference between “reveling” and “relishing” because if I read another book that says “relishing in” (which I absolutely will, probably this week, even) I am going to SCREAM. 

Please give me a little bit of credit (Just a little bit! I am trying!) for constantly reminding myself that the English language is a living language and is therefore constantly evolving. We don’t need to be huge snobs. We can roll with an evolving language. 
But, like the time I was told “in lieu of” when the speaker meant “in view of,” I simply cannot get behind the use of “relishing” combined with “in”. Can’t do it. You don’t relish in an ice cream cone. You just relish it.

Notice how no one is in the ice cream

Just look at the definitions of these words (courtesy of Merriam Webster):

relish verb

relished; relishing; relishes

Definition of relish 

transitive verb

1: to add relish to (not relevant to our purposes)

2: to be pleased or gratified by : ENJOY ( ← this one here)

3: to eat or drink with pleasure (tangentially related)

4: to appreciate with taste and discernment (this also works-ish)

intransitive verb

: to have a characteristic or pleasing taste (also not relevant to our purposes)

revel verb

reveled or revelled; reveling or revelling

Definition of revel

intransitive verb

1: to take part in a revel : CAROUSE (relevant probably only from a metaphorical standpoint)

2: to take intense pleasure or satisfaction ( ← this one here)

It pretty much boils down to the fact that, in use, revel is an intransitive verb while relish is a transitive verb, meaning that relish has a direct object while revel doesn’t. Meaning that whatever is being relished is being acted upon. If the verb is acting on an object (Sam relished(v) the taste(direct object) of Taylor’s mouth(prepositional object).), then there is no need for a prepositional phrase to describe where the verb is occurring (Alex reveled(v) in the heat(prepositional object) of Jaime’s embrace(prepositional object).) Or, because it’s an intransitive verb, Alex could, I suppose, simply revel, no further words required. But we need to know what it is that Sam is relishing or the sentence does not make sense.

So I’m begging for characters that are relishing in things to pretty please just not do that.


Review: Book Boyfriend by Kris Ripper (2022)

Heat Factor: This one’s a proper slooow burn: no sex, barely even kisses

Character Chemistry: heavily centered on PK’s pining for Art

Plot: PK’s been in love with his best friend since college, and just when he thinks that Art will finally realize PK’s the boyfriend they’ve always wanted, Art’s dismissive comments crush PK into writing the perfect boyfriend into a romance novel

Overall: This one’s for readers who like single-protagonist personal growth arcs, super slow burns, and personal accountability

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Wrap Up

April 2022 Wrap Up

Here’s what we got up to this month.

Our Favorite Reads…

Holly’s Choice: Bet Me by Jennifer Crusie

Look, Holly just likes them Old Skool, ok? And Bet Me is utterly delightful, with a bit of bonkers thrown in for good measure.

Ingrid’s Choice: All Rhodes Lead Here by Mariana Zapata

Ingrid really enjoyed the slightly more mature turn Zapata’s writing took in this book—while still maintaining her signature slow-burn swooniness.

Erin’s Choice: Honeytrap by Aster Glenn Gray

Biggest. Book. Hangover. EVER.

More from the Blog…

Notes from Romancelandia…

Not much to report this month, but if you want more romancelandia in your life, Holly put together not one, but two lists of romance blogs she reads: here and here.

Coming Soon…

Here’s a sneak peek at what we’ll be reading in May!

Our trope theme week will be accidental pregnancy, which we are all iffy about, so if you have a favorite, please let us know about it!