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Review: Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev (2020)

The Rajes, Book 2

Review of The Rajes, Book 1

Heat Factor: Fade to black

Character Chemistry: Swoon-worthy

Plot: Ashna enters a cooking competition in a bid to save her floundering restaurant, only to discover that her competition partner is her high school boyfriend slash love of her life. 

Overall: If you can power through the angst, the payoff is so worth it

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Review: A Taste of Sage by Yaffa S. Santos (2020)

Heat Factor: There’s a fire in this kitchen

Character Chemistry: He’s a manipulative douchenozzle

Plot: It went some unexpected places

Overall: I was so excited about the premise, but the execution was disappointing

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Review: The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau (2019)

Baldwin Village, Book 1

Heat Factor: This pie is piping hot

Character Chemistry: Lau nails that giddy/awkward feeling right when you meet someone new

Plot: He hires her to cater a nerd party

Overall: Breezy and low angst – and I never thought I’d say this, but maybe there should be more angst than there is?

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Review: A Cowboy to Remember by Rebekah Weatherspoon (2020)

Cowboys of California, Book #1

Heat Factor: Definitely not closed door, but I wouldn’t say explicit either

Character Chemistry: I’m going to have to quit reading second chance romance because the “I’m so sexually attracted to you but I really can’t get over my emotional baggage” just does not work for me.

Plot: see above but toss in a healthy dose of amnesia

Overall: I’m not sure emotional maturity is a good fit for a second chance romance

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Review: Love Her or Lose Her by Tessa Bailey (2020)

Hot and Hammered, Book #2

Heat Factor: Sex is the one thing that’s not a problem in their marriage.

Character Chemistry: At times felt a bit one-sided

Plot: Toxic masculinity + lack of communication = marriage in trouble

Overall: Bailey closed it really well, but I had some hangups.

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Review: Humbugged by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente (2019)

Happy Cat, Book 4

Heat Factor: Well someone turned up the oven because it’s HOT IN HERE

Character Chemistry: He’s goofy and charming, and she’s trying to resist (but doesn’t want to). It’s so futile and so cute.

Plot: It’s Christmas in Happy Cat, Georgia, and Noelle is determined to stay single and start a successful bakery in a new place. But Clint is determined to win her over, and keep her safe from whatever nonsense is going on in the bakery whenever she’s not looking. 

Overall: It’s hilarious and adorable and sexy – an all around great Christmas read.

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Review: Mangos and Mistletoe by Adriana Herrera (2019)

Heat Factor: It’s not a long story, but there’s plenty of time for some smokin’ sexytimes

Character Chemistry: They’ve got the hots for each other

Plot: All the drama of a baking competition

Overall: Fun holiday novella

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