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Review: Husband Material by Emily Belden (2019)

Heat Factor: Barely kisses

Character Chemistry: I remain unconvinced

Plot: Charlotte finally comes to term with her husband’s death

Overall: Exceptionally irritating but, for some reason, I read the whole thing

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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: Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma (2022)

If Shakespeare was an Auntie, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s plenty of stuff that goes on, but he is very invested in her, er, orchid. 

Character Chemistry: It’s Something at first sight, they just can’t agree on what that Something is.

Plot: They’re soulmates who have fundamentally different beliefs about love, which pushes them apart, but life goal deadlines for both of them push them back together.

Overall: The Prem scenes after they have sex for the first time are amazing.

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Review: Sink or Swim by Annabeth Albert (2022)

Shore Leave, Book #2

Review of Short Leave, Book #1

Heat Factor: So tender! There’s not a lot of sex in this book, and it mostly occurs relatively early on.

Character Chemistry: “I don’t trust you, but you’re definitely hot, and we’re stuck together in this cabin.” → “OMG, feelings!”

Plot: Calder “wins” a cabin from Felix’s mean ex-husband, they end up stuck together there for a weekend, and why wouldn’t that result in a friends-with-benefits-but-actually-dating situationship?

Overall: If you are looking for Big Hug Energy in your romance, this whole relationship is that

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Review: The Brightest Star in Paris by Diana Biller (2021)

Sequel to The Widow of Rose House

Heat Factor: There’s a flame, but it’s more docile wood stove than raging inferno. 

Character Chemistry: They really like each other, but are holding back. 

Plot: Amelie has made a safe life for herself and her younger sister—and then Benedict comes back to Paris after twelve years away.

Overall: I really liked this book. A lot.

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