Rant, Review

Review: The Blackmailed Bride by Chris Stevenson (2019)

Heat Factor: The heat comes from the plot…not the romance.

Character Chemistry: They just kind of weirdly click, but if I were their friend I’d be calling red flag after red flag.

Plot: Artist rescues a bride hiding in a tree on what was supposed to be her wedding day. Ex-bride is escaping a forced marriage to a dangerous mafia mobster man. She’s also a stripper and a health nut. Ex-bride-ex-stripper-health nut charms the pants right off of the unhappily married artist and they work together with artist’s friends to outsmart and escape the mafia mobster man and his goons.

Overall: I’ll be honest, the riveting plot did succeed in making me want to read more–but the book had some seriously sexist (and they weren’t subtle) undertones that were a little off-putting.

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Review: Devil’s Daughter by Lisa Kleypas (2019)

The Ravenels, Book 5

Reviews of previous books in the series: Book 1, Book 2, Book 3, Book 4

Heat Factor: It’s a slow warmup, but when it gets going, it really goes

Character Chemistry: It acts like hate to love, but it’s really just getting to know and like what you see in another person

Plot: Does she hate him? Is he not good enough for her? Does she face a threat? So many options here

Overall: I was looking forward to this one, and I was not disappointed

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Recommended Read, Review, Series Review

Series Review: Into the Wind by Jean Ferris (1996)

Heat Factor: Entry Level Hotness.

Character Chemistry: Immediate and dreamy. 

Plot: Epic adventure of self-discovery… and romance… on the high seas.

Overall: True love lasts a lifetime.

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Review: Seduction of a Highland Lass by Maya Banks (2011)

McCabe Trilogy, Book 2

Review of McCabe Trilogy, Book 1

Heat Factor: light-the-bed-on-fire sex all over the place

Character Chemistry: It was probably a combination of the sex and the angst, but it totally worked

Plot: I love you, but I must wed another

Overall: Don’t like the trope, liked the book

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Review: How to Cross a Marquess by Jane Ashford (2019)

Way to a Lord’s Heart, Book #3

Heat Factor: There’s some kissing of shoulders and some titillating undressing.

Character Chemistry: Enemies to lovers has unconvincing results.

Plot: They have to overcome their enmity…and also a crazy person at the end for good measure

Overall: My enjoyment was shaped like a Gaussian curve

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