Review

Review: Whiteout by Adriana Anders (2020)

Survival Instincts, #1

Heat Factor: There’s only one sleeping bag! 

But most of the heat comes from kisses because it’s too cold to actually remove clothing. (Don’t worry! There’s still danger banging!)

Character Chemistry: It’s amazing what stripping away everything but survival will do for a couple. 

Plot: Trek across Antarctica in the winter while being chased by scary bad guys. 

Overall: Starts with a bang, ends with…less of a bang.

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Review: The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs (2007)

The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book #2

Heat Factor: A few smooches, and then the door is firmly closed

Character Chemistry: I didn’t always buy it

Plot: Jenny’s house burns down, so Rourke gives her a place to stay, but really there are a million secondary characters and like three subplots. And, of course, family secrets. 

Overall: This is not my usual romance fare, and frankly, the romance part didn’t do much for me, but it was still pretty engaging.

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Review: Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall (2021)

Winner Bakes All, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s a decent amount of mediocre sex, and then some spectacular sex. 

Character Chemistry: Well…it’s complicated. 

Plot: Love at the Great British Bake Off!!!!! (Obviously Alexis Hall is not looking for a lawsuit, so the name was changed and it’s not in a tent.) 

Overall: I was feeling a bit anxious about where this was going in the first chunk of the book, but ended up loving it.

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Saturday Smutty Six: Chef Heroines

To celebrate Women’s History Month, every Saturday in March we’ve prepared a Saturday Smutty Six list of some of our favorite heroines.

This week: Chefs and Bakers and purveyors of delicious things

The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher

Lesbian. Dueling. Chefs. Need I say more? 

Ok I’ll say more. This small-town Maine romance is beautifully gentle AND has great food writing.

Trouble and Strife by Lara Kinsey

Elizabeth owns a chocolate shop, where she sells handmade bonbons and other delicious confections. Yum. She also loves her body, prefers to take the lead in a relationship (both in and out of the bedroom), and shows people she cares for them by literally caring for them. Of course Sidney is absolutely smitten! Now he just needs to overcome his complex about not being good enough for her. 

Humbugged by Pippa Grant and Lili Valente

In this delicious Christmas tale, Noelle is desperate to successfully run her bakery business and ignore the endlessly funny and mouthwateringly gorgeous Marine who keeps helping her sort out these inexplicable messes she finds herself in. Instead, they attempt a little holiday friends-with-benefits scenario that is both charming and hot, hot, HOT.

A Good Man by Rosanna Leo

Emily inherits her grandmother’s old home and ends up on a fixer-upper show with the incredibly talented and very foxy Zorn brothers in an effort to turn it into a location for her new soup-making business. Michael Zorn is desperately trying to forget a traumatizing experience and is utterly failing at it. Between the two of them, they sift through experiences and memories and find a new way forward together.

Recipe for Persuasion by Sonali Dev

Ashna is an extremely talented chef who can’t cook unless she’s following her father’s recipes exactly. Which is a problem, since she’s running an Indian restaurant that could really use makeover – and some new menu items. And is an even bigger problem when she gets talked into participating in a cooking competition show, where she’s paired with none other than her ex-boyfriend. Expect lots of angst and drama. 

The Ultimate Pi Day Party by Jackie Lau

Sarah owns a pie shop. Josh wants to throw a pi day party to impress his estranged father. Ok, so his motivations are a little wack, but it does mean that we get lots of scenes of Sarah developing delicious-sounding pie recipes and then eating them with Josh. Especially recommended for pie enthusiasts and math nerds. 

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Review: The Secret Ingredient by KD Fisher (2020)

Heat Factor: Not closed door, but nothing too racy

Character Chemistry: Adah and Beth are adorable together, in that grumpy/sunshine kind of way

Plot: Chefs at dueling restaurants start dating

Overall: I am charmed

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