Review

Review: Abduction Seduction by DJ Russo (2022)

Heat Factor: Once with the whole group, and then Taryn has a one-on-one interlude with each alien

Character Chemistry: They treat Taryn well, except for that whole lying to her thing

Plot: Taryn meets some really hot people and bangs it out with them…only to discover that they’re aliens who want her blood

Overall: Goes some unexpected places, which I liked, but the relationships could have been a tad more developed

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Review: Heartstopper: Volume 4 by Alice Oseman (2022)

Heartstopper, Book #4

Reviews of the rest of the Heartstopper series: Book #1, Book #2, Book #3

Heat Factor: The only sex is the stuff Charlie’s mom made up in her head

Character Chemistry: Wanting to be there but not knowing how

Plot: Charlie acknowledges his eating disorder and other mental health struggles 

Overall: Well, this one made me all choked up

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Recommended Read, Review Revisited

Review Revisited: Holly’s Take on Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall (2020)

So, Erin has been yelling at us about Boyfriend Material and how it’s her favoritest most funniest book ever for a while now, so I figured I should read it. 

Erin and I do not have exactly the same sense of humor, because I was not laughing so hard that my husband had to check on me to make sure I was ok. (Maybe also she laughs harder at things than I do.) And there were some scenes where I could tell that we were going for humor, but it was too over-the-top for me to get a giggle out of it. (Erin and I had similarly divergent reactions to Something Fabulous.) 

BUT. The bit where Luc is telling his coworkers the “interrupting cow” knock-knock joke is fucking hilarious. Alex Twaddle 4-EVA!

I will also say that I read this as part of a larger Alexis Hall binge, which really highlighted to me that his books are not for everyone. They are thoughtful and absolutely brilliantly written, but I find them incredibly stressful to read. The protagonists tend to be messy and unlikable; therefore, being in their heads is not always a pleasant experience.

Read on for all the deets (and lots of squeeing) from Erin.

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Review

Review: A Valentine for Christmas by Reese Ryan (2022)

Valentine Vineyards, Book #1

Heat Factor: Fade to gray? There’s some sex but we see more afterglow than details

Character Chemistry: Outstanding

Plot: Chandra and Julian are new to a small town, and they keep meeting—but Chandra insists they can’t have a relationship

Overall: It felt like a filler book

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Review

Review: Gnome Sweet Gnome by Elva Birch (2022)

Lawn Ornament Shifters, Book #2

Review of Lawn Ornament Shifters, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s definite heat intermingled with some absurdity and puns. And absurd puns.

Character Chemistry: It’s spelled out WHY they click but it doesn’t really…feel like they do?

Plot: Harriet is an owl shifting orphan and an incredibly wealthy thief who covers her criminal activity with a cupcake business. Tobias is a gnome billionaire who figures out her game–and then has to convince Harriet to give in to their mate connection and try being together.

Overall: It’s short and sweet, but it certainly feels like a bridge and doesn’t feel entirely fully developed, perhaps for that reason.

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