Recommended Read, Review

Review: Sandcastle Beach by Jenny Holiday (2021)

Matchmaker Bay, Book #3

Review of Matchmaker Bay, Book #2

Heat Factor: Mid-level steam

Character Chemistry: Their main hobbies are annoying each other / Serious Benedict and Beatrice energy / Everyone else can see it but them

Plot: Maya and Law have been at odds for years. And now they’re competing for a small-business grant. But also they are forming a secret friendship. 

Overall: This is straight-up a fun comedy, without the serious discussions of pain and grief and loss that characterize other books I’ve read by Jenny Holiday.

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Review: Hookup State of Mind by Becca Morgan and Amelia J. Rose (2021)

Heat Factor: I would call this one moderately hot (but satisfying!)

Character Chemistry: I loved these two together–kind of salty and sweet, earnest and slightly sarcastic.

Plot: Cleo is an actress slash nanny who is FINALLY getting her shot at a mini series. At the location, she gets a hankering for a hookup and ends up meeting Dean, who is a really genuine and sweet guy she can’t seem to get enough of. BUT THEN they discover that Cleo is actually Dean’s little brother’s nanny, and that throws a big old wrench in things…

Overall: This was enjoyable and funny, although it did pass up on playing out some tension I would have very much liked to see.

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Review: Confined with the CEO and the Bodyguard: Kelsey by Jordana Pearce (2020)

Heat Factor: It’s definitely sexy

Character Chemistry: Sexual chemistry for sure

Plot: Sexy lockdown rumpus

Overall: The sex writing was really well-executed, but I didn’t buy all of the emotional stuff

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Review: You Had Me at Hola by Alexis Daria (2020)

Heat Factor: This sauce is spicy

Character Chemistry: Initial awkwardness leads to friendship leads to steam

Plot: Jasmine and Ashton are just running lines! They swear! Nothing to see here!

Overall: This is the wokest book I’ve ever read

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Review: Spice and Smoke by Suleikha Snyder (2012)

Bollywood Confidential, Book 1

Heat Factor: Based on the blurb, I was honestly expecting more sex (or kinkier sex?) than there was. There is definitely sex, but no group activities. 

Character Chemistry: Lots of sexual attraction

Plot: More like three short stories than one cohesive novella

Overall: In an author’s note to the current edition, Snyder refers to this book as “banana-pants” and she is not wrong.

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