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Review: A Winter Rose by Amy Craig (2021)

Heat Factor: It’s a slowish burn but hooo boy, it gets steamy.

Character Chemistry: It’s pretty instantaneous but there are SO MANY WALLS

Plot: Julien’s bike breaks down in Eliza’s small town at the exact moment she desperately needs help to keep her flower farm going–it’s like kismet. But both Julien and Eliza have so many legitimate barriers to being together (and surviving!) that it’s hard to see how they’re going to make it work.

Overall: Such a fantastically written book, just expertly knit together.

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Review: Lost in LA by Amy Craig (2021)

Heat Factor: It has a few moments but I wouldn’t say it screams “fire”

Character Chemistry: They just don’t have that connection that leads to a satisfying HEA

Plot: Wylie is a freelance beachside yoga instructor who ends up temporarily homeless after getting kicked out of her sublet. She strikes up an Instagram promotional deal with a food truck vendor and before long she finds herself forging ahead with a new life in a shared house situation, all while falling for Nolan (the food truck secret billionaire).

Overall: This book leaned into Smut Adjacent territory because the couple’s romance ended up taking a back seat to the sub plot.

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My First Smut

My First Smut: Horses AND Sex!

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, Amy Craig talks horses, sex, and big ideas.


First romance novel you read:

Montana Sky by Nora Roberts (1996)

How old were you?

Middle School. I’m an eighties baby!

How’d you get your hands on the book?

A friend loaned me the book. I think she borrowed it from her mom. Thank goodness her mom had looser oversight than mine! As soon as I “discovered” adult books, I graduated from Tamora Pierce and spent a lot more time at the library. 1990s YA Fiction wasn’t nearly as exciting as today’s books. I admit crying for Where the Red Fern Grows, but I had no interest in rereading chapters or practicing the dialogue.

What was the reading experience like?

Amazing. Horses and sex! Although, not together. Maybe there’s fan fiction to fill that gap? Riding while sex-ing would bring a whole new dynamic to equestrian vaulting. I digress. Instead of doing my pre-algebra homework, I stayed up reading with a flashlight. It was an excellent decision until I couldn’t keep my eyes open the next day.

What made the experience special?

I loved Willa and the idea of three sisters meeting for the first time. The ensemble cast held my interest and I loved seeing each sister find what she needed on the ranch. Even though I write Contemporary Romance novels, Romantic Suspense remains one of my favorite sub-genres.

My newest novel, Lost in L.A., includes homelessness, food insecurity, and stress from the lack of health insurance. These issues upend many lives, but Wylie’s friendship with a homeless woman helps her learn to trust herself. As she finds her footing, she meets Nolan, a food truck hottie who wants to make more than tacos. Before Wylie and Nolan can change the world, she has to learn to stand up for herself and the people she can help. Some of Montana Sky‘s suspense and big pictures ideas must have rubbed off on me.

What role does smut play in your life?

I love a good sex scene, but the dialogue and the banter between lovers amuses me and brings life to characters. Doesn’t everyone look back and think of the perfect comeback… three hours later? Heroes and heroines get it right the first time! Or, they fumble like mad and readers cheer, knowing happily ever after is coming in the end!


Amy Craig lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with her family and a small menagerie of pets. She writes Contemporary Romances featuring intelligent heroines. She can’t always vouch for the men. In her spare time, she plays tennis and expands her husband’s honey-do list. Before pursuing writing, she worked as an engineer, project manager, and incompetent waitress.

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Thanks Amy! We look forward to reading Lost in LA when it comes out in January!

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