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Review: My American Duchess by Eloisa James (2016)

Heat Factor: This marriage is full of amazing sex.

Character Chemistry: They totally work. Like.

Plot: Merry keeps getting engaged to men and realizing she doesn’t love them! Luckily Trent isn’t worried about nonsense like that because these two are MFEO.

Overall: Eloisa James is at her best fixing marriages.

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Review: Chasing Lady Amelia by Maya Rodale (2016)

Keeping Up With the Cavendishes, Book 2

Review of Keeping Up With the Cavendishes, Book 1

Heat Factor: The sex serves the plot, not the characters

Character Chemistry: They repeatedly say they are meant for each other, but I’m not so sure

Plot: Roman Holiday, but without the bittersweet ending

Overall: I liked the first book in the series better

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Review: Lady Bridget’s Diary by Maya Rodale (2016)

Keeping up with the Cavendishes, Book 1

Heat Factor: Sparks

Character Chemistry: You are dreadful! I hate you. Wait. Maybe I don’t hate you? I certainly don’t hate your kisses.  

Plot: Pride and Prejudice, with a few deviations. 

Overall: I did a lot of snort-laughing.

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Review: Splendid by Julia Quinn (1995)

Splendid Trilogy, Book 1

Heat Factor: Hotter than most of JQ’s later books, but still just maybe Bunsen burner level

Character Chemistry: High drama but the overkill is fun

Plot: misunderstandings, compromises, kidnappings, OH MY!

Overall: If I were to write a first romance novel, I would hope it approaches this level of entertainment

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Review: The American Heiress by Daisy Goodwin (2010)

Heat Factor: It’s chilly in these ancestral ducal mansions

Character Chemistry: I never believe that he loves her, even if she insists she knows that he does

Plot: What happens after the American Heiress snags her Duke? Well…

Overall: Ambivalence

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