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Anthology Review: Duke I’d Like to F… (2019)

Heat Factor: Each novella has at least two sex scenes, but I don’t think the stories quite cross the line into erotic romance. Bonus points for lots of explicit consent. 

Character Chemistry: Sizzling. In every story. 

Plot: Woman propositions Duke. Duke agrees to sexytimes. “But we can’t have anything more.” Everyone wants more. 

Overall: Sexy and fun

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Anthology Review: Love Gone Viral: Five COVID-19 Related Romances (2020)

Heat Factor: Really ranges from fairly hot to more heartwarming.

Character Chemistry: A wide variety of people clicking in different ways.

Plot: This anthology examines different scenarios where people are able to overcome obstacles, find ways to cope together, connect, and ultimately find love during the pandemic.

Overall: I was pleasantly surprised by this after wondering if I was ready for pandemic lit.

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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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Anthology Review: How the Dukes Stole Christmas (2018)

Heat Factor: Hot cocoa level heat – not the burn-your-mouth kind, either

Character Chemistry: Three of four stories have insta-love and…it works okay

Plot: Connecting thread is terrible love inducing shortbread

Overall: MacLean’s snowflake scene is one of the most romantic ever. The rest is fine.

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Anthology Review: Once Upon an Enchanted Forest: An Anthology of Romantic Witchcraft Stories (2019)

Heat Factor: Characters remove clothing, but it rarely gets racier than that. 

Character Chemistry: Distinctly lacking.

Plot: Maiden + Forest + Autumn Equinox

Overall: I would classify these stories as high fantasy, not romance

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