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Review: The Blackmailed Bride by Chris Stevenson (2019)

Heat Factor: The heat comes from the plot…not the romance.

Character Chemistry: They just kind of weirdly click, but if I were their friend I’d be calling red flag after red flag.

Plot: Artist rescues a bride hiding in a tree on what was supposed to be her wedding day. Ex-bride is escaping a forced marriage to a dangerous mafia mobster man. She’s also a stripper and a health nut. Ex-bride-ex-stripper-health nut charms the pants right off of the unhappily married artist and they work together with artist’s friends to outsmart and escape the mafia mobster man and his goons.

Overall: I’ll be honest, the riveting plot did succeed in making me want to read more–but the book had some seriously sexist (and they weren’t subtle) undertones that were a little off-putting.

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Review: One Night with the CEO by Mia Sosa (2016)

The Suits Undone, Book #2

Heat Factor: There’s not just sex. There’s phone sex.

Character Chemistry: Yes! 💥

Plot: Sex is fun, but I also like you.

Overall: This is some sexy smut.

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Review: Something Blue by Susan Craig (2019)

Cedar Hill Romance, Book 1

Heat Factor: The perfect balance of plot-driven steam.

Character Chemistry: It was instantaneous and inevitable

Plot: Two extremely bright individuals strike a business deal that gets very complicated (and just absolutely, divinely delicious).

Overall: I was so impressed with this book–it was a genuinely well-balanced read.

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Review: Met Her Match by Jude Deveraux (2019)

Summer Hill, Book 2

Heat Factor: For two people who hold off on hanky panky, this sure got scalding hot.

Character Chemistry: I can’t handle how much I wanted them to get together

Plot: Terri ends up unexpectedly shacking up with Nate, a new resident to her sleepy lake resort town and fiance to the town golden girl. Terri’s a strong, capable woman who has shouldered the weight of her mother’s poor reputation as well as the loss of her mother as a young child. There’s mystery. There’s a sexy friendship a-brewing. There’s humor. It’s wonderful.

Overall: Despite an early on aversion, this book was straight-up satisfying.

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Dueling Review: Priest by Sierra Simone (2015)

If Holly were to review this book, she would call it a Recommended Read. If Ingrid were to review this book, she would write a Rant. Clearly, we needed to review this book together.

Welcome to Dueling Reviews.

Moderated by Erin, who has no emotional investment in this book at all.

Ingrid’s Take:

Heat Factor: It’s scorching…which is fitting, because with the stuff these two pulled in a Catholic church they may very well end up somewhere toasty.

Character Chemistry: I don’t dig what they dig…but they dig it, and each other, a LOT.

Plot: Catholic priest ends up attracted to a woman who is apparently irresistible but has no hobbies or interests or personality and they end up finding a new, sexy spiritual path together.

Overall: This book has some majorly interesting dynamics but I had to put it down out of sheer frustration many times (and not the FUN kind of frustration, either).

Holly’s Take:

Heat Factor: Absolutely filthy, in the best way

Character Chemistry: Father Bell would have chemistry with a cardboard box

Plot: Catholic priest has sex, angst ensues

Overall: I had so much fun reading this book

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