Review

Review: Paris Daillencourt Is About to Crumble by Alexis Hall (2022)

Winner Bakes All, Book #2

Review of Winner Bakes All, Book #1

Heat Factor: Tariq is waiting for marriage, and we’re going to respect that decision

Character Chemistry: They’ve got a cute grumpy-sunshine thing going on—when Paris can get out of his head

Plot: Paris and Tariq are both competing on Bake Expectations, and the internet casts Paris as the season’s villain.

Overall: Was this a difficult book for me to read? Yup, it sure was. Did I bad decision book club it anyway? Yup, I sure did.

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Review: Would You Rather by Allison Ashley (2022)

Heat Factor: They get hot and heavy (and naked) and then it fades to black

Character Chemistry: I recommend therapy. Probably separately and together. 

Plot: Mia and Noah have been best friends secretly pining forever, but when she has to choose between leaving her job to pursue her dream or staying to keep her insurance, Noah solves the problem by proposing a marriage of convenience

Overall: I cannot describe the level of rage I felt every time the “we’re committing insurance fraud” plotline came up

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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: The Larks Still Bravely Singing by Aster Glenn Gray (2021)

Heat Factor: Gentle, encouraging, exploratory, emotional

Character Chemistry: They have big hug energy to offer each other, even though they both think they shouldn’t ask for it themselves

Plot: Boarding school besties Robert and David both come out of WWI with scars both physical and mental, and find their way back to themselves with each other

Overall: My heart is so full and so wrecked

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Review: Blue Skies by Catherine Anderson (2004)

Coulter Family, Book #4

Heat Factor: He basically rapes her in Chapter 1, and then they very gently make love once or twice toward the end.

Character Chemistry: Some Old Skool Dynamics, for sure.

Plot: When Carly gets pregnant, she and Hank get Insurance Married.

Overall: I read this book fully expecting it to be cringe and ended up getting swept away. But now that I’m actually thinking about it, there was indeed a lot of cringe.

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