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Review: A Valentine for Christmas by Reese Ryan (2022)

Valentine Vineyards, Book #1

Heat Factor: Fade to gray? There’s some sex but we see more afterglow than details

Character Chemistry: Outstanding

Plot: Chandra and Julian are new to a small town, and they keep meeting—but Chandra insists they can’t have a relationship

Overall: It felt like a filler book

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Review: Snowbound in Her Boss’s Bed by Marcella Bell (2022)

Heat Factor: Not even a kiss in the first third

Character Chemistry: Lust—but it’s *forbidden*

Plot: Miri gets stranded in Aspen after a meeting with her billionaire boss

Overall: DNFed this one

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Review: Before Dawn by Laura F. Murphy (2022)

Heat Factor: It’s closed door, so although the subject matter is really gritty and juicy, you won’t find descriptions of heat here.

Character Chemistry: Max and Smith’s relationship is very steady and tender, which is good for Max considering how intense every other aspect of her life is.

Plot: Max is in a 6 year relationship with a married man who is 14 years her senior. Literally her entire life falls apart, and throughout the fall out and all the repair work, her friend Smith slowly turns into someone really special.

Overall: This is a really intense, smut-adjacent book about a woman going through just the absolute worst life has to offer, but at least she’s got a loving family and a hot boyfriend.

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Review: Night Hawk by Beverly Jenkins (2011)

Heat Factor: They definitely like the sexytimes, even if they don’t do it all the time

Character Chemistry: I was going to say he’s a tall drink of water and she’s a firecracker, but those metaphors don’t mix well. So. How about: he’s a bottle of Diet Coke, and she’s a Mento

Plot: Maggie got arrested and wound up in a reluctant Ian’s custody, but when he finally manages to leave her, he realizes he really doesn’t want to

Overall: Just when I thought things were slowing down, a new adventure cropped up

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Review: The Stand-Up Groomsman by Jackie Lau (2022)

Donut Fall in Love #2

Review of Donut Fall in Love, #1

Heat Factor: It’s a slow burn–much intense emotional heat with satisfying results

Character Chemistry: It killed me, dead. I am not okay now, thanks Jackie Lau.

Plot: Mel the stand-up comedian and Vivian the financial analyst/secret artist meet and can’t stand each other only to find themselves as attendants in their friends’ wedding. Mel is the entire rainbow and Vivan is gray. And I love them.

Overall: This book made me swoon so hard, so many times that I actually NEED a fainting couch now.

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