Recommended Read, Series Review

Series Review: Check Please! by Ngozi Ukazu (2018-2020)

Heat Factor: Kisses! 

Character Chemistry: It’s not like they’re without their problems, but this is a really lovely relationship

Plot: Bitty goes to college and learns how to be himself. And he falls in love with the NHL-bound hockey captain. 

Overall: I read everything within 24 hours. Absolutely delightful.

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Review: Her Unexpected Roommate by Jackie Lau (2022)

Cider Bar Sisters, Book #5

Review of the rest of the (excellent) Cider Bar Sisters series: Book #1, Book #2, Bonus Novella #2.5, Book #3, Book #4

Heat Factor: Things go from steamy to simmering to scorching. 

Character Chemistry: I mean, they’re not fated mates but they’re so well-suited for each other that it pretty much feels like they are.

Plot: Rose meets what was supposed to be a one night stand, who turns into a potential BIG DEAL, only to have him ghost her…and then show up as her new roommate. WHAT.

Overall: This book is a sticky one. As in, it’s going to stick in my heart for a while, because it was so, so charming and lovely.

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Review: So This Is Christmas by Jenny Holiday (2022)

A Princess for Christmas, Book #3

Review of A Princess for Christmas Book #1, Book #2

Heat Factor: Two encounters toward the end of the book

Character Chemistry: Two obviously compatible people working against each other because of external circumstances 

Plot: Modernization vs tradition, fought out against a backdrop of twee mountain villages.

Overall: Do you like competence porn? If so, this is the book for you

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Review: Contract Season by Cait Nary (2022)

Trade Season, Book #2

Review of Trade Season, Book #1

Heat Factor: awkward sex → “you should leave” → slow burn → spectacular sex

Character Chemistry: They are so awkward with each other, but they’re also the only one who really understands what the other is going through, and they’re so sweet to each other

Plot: Brody and Sea’s attempt at casual fails horribly, but somebody caught them smooching on camera so now the whole internet knows they’re gay. In order to contain the fallout raining down on their careers, their agents negotiate a six month fake relationship

Overall: The perfection of this fake relationship is that, when they would normally just walk away, they have to stick around and talk things through and UGH MY HEART

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Review: Heartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice Oseman (2018)

Heartstopper, Book #2

Review of Heartstopper, Book #1

Heat Factor: So much making out. (Ah, the high school nostalgia)

Character Chemistry: Sweetness overload. These boys are so kind.

Plot: Charlie kissed Nick and now he thinks their friendship is over, but Nick is realizing that those feelings he’s been having mean something, so now it’s time to navigate a secret relationship

Overall: My high school first love nostalgia trip continues but with much sweeter and more nurturing kids.

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