Dueling Review, Rant

Dueling Review: Luna and the Lie by Mariana Zapata (2018)

Erin really wanted to rant about this book, but while Ingrid might not enthusiastically recommend it, she isn’t about to agree with Erin that it’s rant-worthy. Clearly, we needed to review this book together. 

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Moderated by Holly, who had no interest in reading this book but still asked a gazillion questions.

Erin’s Take:

Heat Factor: Not much heat. Mostly yearning.

Character Chemistry: I both like and hate their chemistry at once 

Plot: Luna has a really weird relationship with both of her bosses, but one’s like her dad and the other she has a crush on

Overall: I’ve read this more than once because I really like the idea of it, but every time I get into it I am totally enraged

Ingrid’s Take:

Heat Factor: Zapata starts fires with sticks, really

Character Chemistry: It makes sense. I stand by that.

Plot: Luna spends her life making everyone happy except her boss, Rip

Overall: I mean, it’s a classic Mariana Zapata–so it’s messy, sure. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t satisfying.

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: A Heart of Blood and Ashes by Milla Vane (2020)

A Gathering of Dragons, Book #1

Heat Factor: ✋🩸🍆

Character Chemistry: Maddek wants to hate Yvenne, but he can’t

Plot: Epic fantasy revenge marriage of convenience road trip

Overall: Holy shit

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran (2017)

Heat Factor: I wouldn’t call it steamy, but it’s definitely not closed door.

Character Chemistry: It’s deliciously complicated.

Plot: Crispin is *the worst*. Except now he has amnesia and is nice. And also has a wife, who doesn’t seem to like him all that much?

Overall: The romance is an exceptional emotional roller coaster, but there’s some other plot that worked less well.

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Review

Review: Winter’s Heat by Denise Domning (1994)

The Graistan Chronicles, Book #1

Heat Factor: Sex happens early, but not often.

Character Chemistry: They are the worst communicators. Also he doesn’t respect her. 

Plot: Rowena is married off to Rannulf, and decides to make the best of it. Plus there’s a lot of drama with her inheritance and the Evil Other Woman. 

Overall: This was an interesting read when approached as an artifact of romance written in the 1990s, but it didn’t make my heart go pitter-pat.

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Review: Nothing But Good by Kess McKinley (2021)

Heat Factor: Blowjob reciprocity

Character Chemistry: The relationship development did not take a back seat to the suspense plot, so I feel like this worked well.

Plot: Smiley Face Killer drowns young men in Boston, bringing together the FBI agent handling the case and his former best friend/secret crush for the first time in 8 years

Overall: I was not bamboozled

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