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Review: An Island Princess Starts a Scandal by Adriana Herrera (2023)
Las Leonas, Book #2 Heat Factor: It seems like there’s gonna be hanky-panky starting at the halfway point Character Chemistry: Instant connection Plot: Manuela wants to have fun. Cora wants Manuela’s land. Manuela will sell it, if Cora shows her some fun first. What’s a little bribery between lovers? Overall: I could not get into…
Review: The Problem with Perfect by Philip William Stover (2023)
Heat Factor: It’s not a slow burn, it’s a no-sex burn Character Chemistry: There were moments it could have been great, but it never really clicked Plot: Ethan keeps compounding his problems by trying too hard to make everything how it should be, and Beau opens his eyes to how he wants it to be…
Review: The Very Secret Society of Irregular Witches by Sangu Mandanna (2022)
Heat Factor: A case of pining so good, I would have preferred it without the sex scene Character Chemistry: OMG Plot: Mika is hired to teach some kid witches witchcraft and finds a family Overall: I can see why this book was such a hit, but it didn’t hit for me
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When we go head-to-head on a book! Our most recent ones are below, but all of our duels can be found here.
Dueling Review: Waking Up Married by Mira Lyn Kelly (2013) vs Waking Up Married by Reese Ryan (2021)
My initial plan for this week was to read Waking Up Married by Reese Ryan, but when I searched the title on Libby, I discovered that my library owned *two different books* by the same name. So I decided to…
Review: Twilight Bone: Pounded by That Handsome Bigfoot Hiding on the Wing of my Plane Whose Wiener is Huge by Chuck Tingle (2022)
Heat Factor: The narrator really can’t get over how huge this bigfoot’s weiner is Character Chemistry: In true erotica fashion, the chemistry is all in the desire for the sexytimes Plot: Man must save airplane by having sex with the…
Review: Pounded In The Butt By The Handsome Physical Manifestation Of Holiday Shopping by Chuck Tingle (2017)
Heat Factor: Even a box can get ridden Character Chemistry: They’re sad together, and then they’re very very happy Plot: Man becomes stranded in a sea of holiday shoppers with a present. Who has a big penis. And cut abs.…
Sometimes, you gotta review the whole series at once! Our most recent ones are below, but all of our series reviews can be found here.
Series Review: Enemies with Benefits by Annika Martin and Joanna Chambers (2017)
Heat Factor: Much of the first quarter of the book is kinky hate sex. Then it’s just lotsa sex. Character Chemistry: Apparently threats to life and limb are an aphrodisiac Plot: Will is trying to kill the man Kit is…
Review: Will & Patrick Wake Up Married by Leta Blake and Alice Griffiths (2015-2016)
Heat Factor: After a very sexy night in Vegas, it takes a couple episodes before they get busy again, but when they do, it gets kinky Character Chemistry: I’m a sucker for “the grumpy jerk is secretly soft for the…
Series Review: Irresistible by Stella Rhys (2017-2020)
Heat Factor: Spicy hot. Memorably spicy hot. Hot, hot, hot. Character Chemistry: There might be some couples that are more explosive than others, but they’re all deliciously meant-to-be. Plot: This is a steamy series that revolves around tangentially related sports…
The review might already be published, but we gotta come back to it! Our most recent ones are below, but all of our revisted reviews can be found here.
Review Revisited: Holly’s Take on By the Moon We Fall by Ashton Abbott
Raedan Warrior Series, Book 1 So, Ingrid read this book a few years ago, back when it was called Necromancer Rising. Abbott recently re-released it with a new title; it’s possible that the text was also updated, but if so,…
Review Revisited: Holly’s Take on Bitter Medicine by Mia Tsai (2023)
After Erin read Bitter Medicine, she told me I’d probably like it. And I was feeling like reading something that I’d probably like that wasn’t a bonkers historical romance, so I did. She was right, I liked it. I also…
Review Revisited: Ingrid’s Take on Enemies with Benefits by Roxie Noir (2019)
Loveless Brothers, Book #1 Review of Loveless Brothers, Book #3 Heat Factor: If this book is on fire, why’s it so wet Character Chemistry: Listen, there’s a razor thin line between knowing exactly how to torment someone and knowing how…
Sometimes, we go all out, and we all read two books. Like a double head-to-head! All our smashdowns can be found here.
Back to Old School
For Back to Old School, we went all in on old bodice rippers! Our first post, on The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss is below, but if you want a whole deep-dive into the bonkers world of romance in the 80s and 90s, you can find the whole series here.
Back to Old School: The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss (1972)
Birmingham, Book #1 Heat Factor: “His warmth and passion” is “led on to his nest.” Character Chemistry: Is it abuse or is it love? Hard to tell. Plot: Brandon rapes Heather. They are forced to get married. And then Brandon takes Heather to South Carolina, where shenanigans occur and also they somehow decide they’re in…
For March Smashness, we went all in on sportsball romance! Our post on Football Romance, feauring Scoring off the Field by Naima Simone and On the Line by Liz Lincoln is below, but if you want a whole deep-dive into sportsball romance, you can find the whole series here.
March Smashness: Football Week
Scoring off the Field by Naima Simone (2018) Heat Factor: Sex. But we have feelings about it. Character Chemistry: Is it love or is it codependence? Plot: Angst, horniness, confrontation, angst Overall: Readers of this need to love a mess as much as Marie Kondo. versus On the Line by Liz Lincoln (2018) Heat Factor:…
Monster Mash Smashdown
For Monster Mash Smashdown, we went all in on monster romance! Our post on Tentacles, featuring Mandy and the Tentacle Monster by Bebe Harper and Stalked by the Kraken by Lillian Lark is below, but if you want a whole deep-dive into monster romance, you can find the whole series here.
Monster Mash Smashdown: Tentacles Week
Mandy and the Tentacle Monster by Bebe Harper (2021) Heat Factor: Sort of perfunctory Character Chemistry: They are brought together by a series of epic misunderstandings. Plot: Mandy is abducted by nefarious aliens who sold her to himbos with tentacles who don’t realize that humans are sentient. Mandy feels like a pomeranian until the translation…