Review

Review: How to Forgive a Highlander by Michelle McLean (2019)

Heat Factor: Medium-low

Character Chemistry: That thing where they argue and it’s true love

Plot: Accidental kidnapping leads to much bloodshed, but probably the bloodshed was going to happen anyways

Overall: Decidedly uneven

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Dueling Review: Marrying Winterborne by Lisa Kleypas (2016)

If Erin were to review this book, she would call it a Recommended Read. If Holly were to review this book, she would write a Rant. Clearly, we needed to review this book together.

Welcome to Dueling Reviews.

Moderated by Ingrid, the Voice of Reason.

Holly’s Take 

Heat Factor: If you’re into the whole dynamic where a shy virgin teaches a sexually experienced hero how to “make love” with her magical vagina, then it’s pretty sexy

Character Chemistry: Please ignore Helen’s personality transplant

Plot: High melodrama thanks to a ridiculous and honestly unnecessary plot device

Overall: SO DISAPPOINTING. This is the book that made me give up on Lisa Kleypas

Erin’s Take

Heat Factor: There are a couple of sex scenes, but it’s mostly angsty pining

Character Chemistry: They don’t spend a great deal of time together, but somehow I still felt they had great chemistry

Plot: Angsty unworthiness and unsolicited advice all around!

Overall: LOVED IT. Kleypas heroes are basically my kryptonite, and Winterborne was no exception.

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Review

Review: That Could Be Enough by Alyssa Cole (2018)

Heat Factor: Subtle due to historical context and euphemistic in the sexy bits

Character Chemistry: I’m not sure their want for each other exceeds their need for each other

Plot: Emotionally constipated woman finds polar opposite for true love

Overall: Too short for the necessary emotional development of the story

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Review: Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan (2019)

A Worth Saga Novella

Heat Factor: Just because you’re a woman with wrinkles doesn’t mean you can’t be sexy

Character Chemistry: Excellent

Plot: Salty old ladies take revenge on terrible man, find love in the process

Overall: I laughed out loud, and also cried real tears

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Review: The Alchemy of Night by Judy Hall (2019)

Heat Factor: I have never actively rooted against a couple, but there’s a first time for everything

Character Chemistry: I’ve had indigestion with more fire than these characters.

Plot: Pippa and Sebastian were ill-fated lovers in a past life in Egypt and have a chance to create a different ending for themselves while Pippa runs around obsessing over vocabulary words and shooing smelly ghosts away.

Overall: This book had a great premise but–

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