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Review: The Long Game by Rachel Reid (2022)

Game Changers, Book #6

Review of Game Changers: Book #1, Book #2, Book #4, Book #5

Heat Factor: It’s sexy (like the rest of the series), but unlike in Heated Rivalry, most of the sex is at home, so it’s heavy on their emotional connection this time, and less about the tittilation of sexual awakening and sneaking around

Character Chemistry: Shane likes to be *rewarded* (wink) for the discipline of never letting on that he’s in love with Ilya, while all Ilya wants is affection

Plot: Shane and Ilya have been secretly in a monogamous relationship for three years, and it was all going fine…until a confluence of components of Ilya’s life make it not so fine anymore

Overall: A relationship in trouble in which both parties really want to make it work, but are fearful that they won’t be able to

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Review: The Devil in the Deep South by Amy Craig (2022)

Heat Factor: It gets pretty steamy, but it’s later in the book and it’s not heavy.

Character Chemistry: One of those hate then love ‘em type books

Plot: Christopher is a billionaire and grandson of a state senator/presidential hopeful from Georgia who took over his brother’s business and is looking for a new place to build a state-of-the-art factory. Taylor is a small-town, southern, bookseller who is the glue of her community. Then Christopher can’t stay away, and Taylor and Christopher both end up having to re-examine the lives they think they wanted.

Overall: One of the more accurate depictions of a small town I’ve seen—slow, but with good character development.

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Review: Season’s Change by Cait Nary (2022)

Trade Season, Book #1

Heat Factor: Centers on the emotional tension growing, not on the sex (which was so tender)

Character Chemistry: I was on tenterhooks

Plot: Olly has a lot of trauma to deal with and Benji is a little bit clueless but extremely supportive

Overall: Uff da, what a tearjerker!

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Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt (2010)

Maiden Lane, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s a scene where they’re looking through a peephole at a brothel and it only gets hotter from there.

Character Chemistry: Lazarus feels nothing, Temperance feels too much. They are perfect for each other.

Plot: Running around the slums on the hunt for a murderer.

Overall: Wow.

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Review: Agent Down by Janet Walden-West (2021)

Region Two, Book #2

Review of Region Two, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s some sex at the beginning, and then a really long dry spell

Character Chemistry: Their relationship is going through a lot, so their chemistry comes and goes

Plot: Uh. Let’s destroy the HEA from Book 1.

Overall: The first half of this book went some seriously unexpected places, which made for a very unusual romance reading experience.

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