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Review: Be Not Afraid by Alyssa Cole (2016)

Originally published in the anthology For Love and Liberty: Untold Love Stories of the American Revolution.

Heat Factor: Just a little bit warm

Character Chemistry: Surprisingly believable emotional connection considering the length

Plot: Two enslaved Black people choose opposite sides in the Revolution and find themselves thrown together in a British encampment

Overall: The depth in this short story was marvelous

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Anthology Review: The Brightest Day: A Juneteenth Historical Romance Anthology (2015)

Heat Factor: Hot, tender, touching, strong, hopeful

Character Chemistry: All four couples have undeniable and complicated chemistry.

Plot: Four stories of love and hope entwined with Juneteenth–each story set in a slightly different time period, each story SO historically and emotionally vivid.

Overall: This is an absolutely phenomenal MUST read — it’s going to hit you right in the “feels” and stay there.

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Review: A Hope Divided by Alyssa Cole (2017)

Loyal League, Book 2

Review of Loyal League, Book 1 here

Heat Factor: Trying to stay alive leaves little time for loving

Character Chemistry: Beautiful

Plot: He’s a Union soldier on the run. She is hiding him in her attic. 

Overall: All the pieces are there, but…

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Review: The A.I. Who Loved Me by Alyssa Cole (2019)

Heat Factor: Hot A.I. countertop sex

Character Chemistry: He’s programmed to trust her, and she’s got a heart of gold, so it’s kind of inevitable

Plot: Girl meets A.I. next door

Overall: Whaaaaaat

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Anthology Review: Daughters of a Nation: A Black Suffragette Historical Romance Anthology (2016)

Heat Factor: 1 story kisses only, 2 stories low heat, 1 story moderate heat

Character Chemistry: Ranges from “You guys still have some stuff to work out” to “Soulmates, obviously.” 

Plot: Thematically cohesive. Plus, I learned some history, which is always a bonus! 

Overall: Uneven, particularly in tone

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