Review

Review: Bombshell by Sarah MacLean (2021)

Hell’s Bells, Book #1

Heat Factor: He really likes to go down on her.

Character Chemistry: It started before the book, so there’s not a ton of buildup.

Plot: She’s in an extralegal girl gang, he’s got dark secrets, being together isn’t going to work, but everything swirling around them connects them. As does sex.

Overall: There’s a lot in this book that should be more prevalent in historical romance.

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Review: Mistletoe and Mr. Right by Sarah Morgenthaler (2020)

Moose Springs, Alaska, Book #2

Review of Moose Springs Alaska, Book #1

Heat Factor: It was extremely ambiguous until they finally did go all the way because they were constantly fooling around but then the door closed

Character Chemistry: 🌲🌲🌲 (that’s pining, FYI)

Plot: Lana wants to save Moose Springs but ultimately answers to her family’s conglomerate. Rick is a local business owner trying to make ends meet with an uncomfortable crush on his new landlord.

Overall: aww

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Recommended Read, Series Review

Series Review: Leveling Up by K.F. Breene

Heat Factor: I would argue that it’s a somewhat slow burn? The heat simmers for at least the first two books and then it really takes off.

Character Chemistry: Jacinta’s chemistry with all of the odd crew mates she attracts is off the charts. And of course, her chemistry with Austin is immediate and deeply satisfying.

Plot: Jacinta is in her 40’s and divorced after twenty fairly routine years of marriage and child-rearing. With her child off to college and nowhere else to go, she accepts a position at a house she encountered as a child and felt a deep affinity with—only to discover the house is magic and in search of a new keeper. 

Overall: This series was INCREDIBLE. So fresh, so funny, so riveting—it’s absolutely nuts.

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Review: Sandcastle Beach by Jenny Holiday (2021)

Matchmaker Bay, Book #3

Review of Matchmaker Bay, Book #2

Heat Factor: Mid-level steam

Character Chemistry: Their main hobbies are annoying each other / Serious Benedict and Beatrice energy / Everyone else can see it but them

Plot: Maya and Law have been at odds for years. And now they’re competing for a small-business grant. But also they are forming a secret friendship. 

Overall: This is straight-up a fun comedy, without the serious discussions of pain and grief and loss that characterize other books I’ve read by Jenny Holiday.

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Review: Three-Way Split by Elia Winters (2018)

Comes in Threes, Book #1

Heat Factor: Holy Motherforking Shirtballs

Character Chemistry: I like to have sex with him, and you like to have sex with him, and I like to have sex with you, so how about we all have sex together? That sounds fun, right?

Plot: How can I be attracted to two people? Now how can this possibly be a fling between three people? Now I can’t possibly make myself vulnerable enough to be in a relationship, right?

Overall: OMG so many happy feels!

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