Review

Review: Out of the Ashes by Jenn Burke (2022)

Ashes & Dust, Book #3

Review of Ashes & Dust, Book #1 and Book #2

Heat Factor: They do have sex, but the story is focused on the mystery first and the repair of their relationship second, plus other stuff, so sex might not even be in third place in the plot agenda

Character Chemistry: They really get to choose each other this time

Plot: Left with an amnesiac boyfriend who intentionally severed their bond, Evan grapples with his changing relationship at the same time as people are somehow still trying to murder paranormals all over Toronto. Plus there’s a demon on the loose again.

Overall: What a lovely end to this series. I’m all heart eyes.

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Review: Her Favorite Rebound by Jackie Lau (2022)

The Cider Bar Sisters, Book #4

Reviews of The Cider Bar Sisters Book #1, Book #2, Bonus Novella #2.5, and Book #3

Heat Factor: Once they jump in bed, boy oh boy do they jump in bed.

Character Chemistry: Sierra swears up and down that it’s not serious, but thinks that her next boyfriend is going to have a lot to live up to.

Plot: Jake falls in love with Sierra at first sight. Too bad she’s dating his former boss and all-around bad dude, billionaire Colton Sanders.

Overall: If you’re looking for fun and sexy, Jackie Lau doesn’t disappoint

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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: Going Public by Hudson Lin (2022)

Jade Harbour Capital, Book #2

Heat Factor: Gentle and affirming

Character Chemistry: The buildup was great, but maybe there was a little too much of a jump into the recognition and acknowledgement of feelings

Plot: Elvin is Ray’s long-time EA at a financial investment company, Ray is tasked with auditing an asset, everything personal goes well while everything else goes sideways

Overall: Decisions were made here. They’re good decisions, but are they romantic decisions?

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Series Review: WAGs by Sarina Bowen and Elle Kennedy (2017)

Heat Factor: These folks like sex. A lot. 

Character Chemistry: “I like you, and I really like sex with you, but…a relationship?”

Plot: There’s just a lot of stuff getting in the way of happily ever afters for these folks. The good news is, it’s not insurmountable.

Overall: Absolutely zero regrets about purchasing these books.

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