Review: Strong Enough by Cardeno C. (2013)

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Heat Factor: There is so much sex, but it’s so emotional.

Character Chemistry: It’s instant but also nurturing.

Plot: Young, assertive electrician ogles older professor, who ogles him back, thinking that’s the sum of the relationship. But young, assertive electrician has other ideas.

Overall: This book is so low key and so snuggly.

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Saturday Smutty Six: Queer romance we loved in 2019

If you’re looking for a Queer romance to read RIGHT NOW, here are some of our favorites from last year. Now that we’ve compiled the list, it looks like we really loved Queer women in historicals, and Queer men in contemporaries.

Book titles link to our full reviews.

She Whom I Love by Tess Bowery

James the Staymaker is courting two women: actress Meg and lady’s maid Sarah. What he doesn’t know? Meg and Sarah are best friends and also lovers. Meg and Sarah torture James a bit for his perfidity, but most of the story centers around the three of them figuring out how to work out their relationship while keeping all parties satisfied and safe. 

Mrs. Martin’s Incomparable Adventure by Courtney Milan

Mrs. Martin is a grumpy widow with a nephew who is The Worst. So when Violetta Beauchamps shows up, asking for money owed by said nephew, Mrs. Martin sees an opportunity. Hilarity ensues as the women torture Mrs. Martin’s nephew, but in the end, this is a thoughtful and charming read, as both women are finally seen after being deemed invisible and unimportant. 

Romancing the Inventor by Gail Carriger

This is a charming May-December romance between a young maid who signs up to work in a house of vampires and the (non-vampire) scientist who takes her under her wing. Read for angst, shenanigans, and witty wordplay. 

The Half of Us by Cardeno C.

After a failed marriage and years of stress-reduction hookups with numerous men, Jason Garcia finally meets a man he can’t stop thinking about. Quiet, monogamous Abe Green spontaneously decides to give himself a one-time birthday hookup, but when Jason can’t let go, Abe finds himself quietly changing the older man’s perception of relationships and monogamy for good. 

A Prince on Paper by Alyssa Cole

Playboy “prince” Johan has spent years carefully cultivating his wild media persona, what with his highly visible hookups with various men and women, but when a referendum comes up in his family’s kingdom, he’s got to rein it in a little bit. Commence operation fake relationship with demure Nya. Bonus points for excellent non-binary representation as well.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Between Henry–a (publicly) closeted gay prince–and Alex–who realizes he’s bisexual during the course of the book–there’s plenty of drama in this enemies to lovers story. But when a kiss from Henry shocks Alex into recognizing his attraction to his enemy-cum-friend, the two young men have to decide if their romance is worth the political fallout that might ensue.


Saturday Smutty Six: Sexy Doctors

Mood: Erin texted Holly and Ingrid, saying she wanted some sexy doctor smut. It might be because she’s feeling withdrawal from binge-watching Grey’s Anatomy. It might be because she wants all those hard-working medical professionals to have a HEA, especially in these pestilential times. 

In case you are also feeling the doctor mood, we present a short list of sexy doctors, all approved as excellent reading by The Smut Report. 

We are also taking suggestions (because Erin is still looking), so if you have a favorite romance featuring a doctor (or a nurse or a magical healer), let us know in the comments!

The Half of Us by Cardeno C. 

Jason Garcia is a classic romance novel doctor: high-strung, emotionally distant, and extremely competent. So when he finds someone who challenges his set idea that monogamy is not for him? Swoon. 

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Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Sonali Dev

Trisha Raje is the best neurosurgeon pretty much ever, and she knows it. Bedside manner, schmedside manner; who cares if she’s nice if she just saved someone’s life? Her lack of interpersonal skills extends beyond the hospital, which makes for an excellent enemies-to-lovers storyline based on so many misunderstandings. 

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The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

Drew Nichols is a pediatric surgeon. It has very little to do with the story, but the “Aww” factor of Drew’s being a pediatrician smooths out some of the rough edges of his emotional constipation as he figures out that Alexa is his forever love.

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The Demon Always Wins by Jeanne Oates Estridge

Doctors are not the only sexy medical practitioners! Nurse Dara Strong runs a clinic caring for the marginalized members of her community who have nowhere else to go – which makes her a perfect target for Satan, who loves corrupting do-gooders. Bonus points for a sexy demon who poses as a sexy doctor. 

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Hello Stranger by Lisa Kleypas

Gotta be sure to include at least one historical romance for our Regency Readers! (It’s a Victorian, sorry Regency Purists.) Garrett Gibson is the first and only female doctor in England (bad-ass). After saving Ethan’s life in one of the most dramatic moments, the two of them fall in love while also solving a Dramatic Murder Plot. 

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An Alaskan Christmas by Jennifer Snow

Erika Sheridan is an extremely successful surgeon, and it’s no surprise, since it’s her whole identity. When her head of surgery–the father she’s been trying to impress–forces her to take a vacation, she begins to realize that success might be more about balance and happiness and less about work accolades.

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Honorable mention: A Kiss for Midwinter by Courtney Milan, which features a doctor with a lot of love and a terrible sense of humor who finally decides to risk it all for the woman who’s held his heart for ages in this emotional holiday novella.

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Review: The Half of Us by Cardeno C. (2015)

Family, Book # 4

Heat Factor: Starts blazing and does not quit

Character Chemistry: The perfect calm one / high strung one pairing

Plot: Take a chance on love, build a family

Overall: Swoon

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