Recommended Read, Review

Review: The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels by India Martin (2021)

Dangerous Damsels, Book #1

Heat Factor: The door is very slightly ajar

Character Chemistry: Banter + assassination attempts + confusing pants feels

Plot: Let’s just say it’s bonkers

Overall: A very fun read…if you’re in the right mood

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: A Lady’s Code of Misconduct by Meredith Duran (2017)

Heat Factor: I wouldn’t call it steamy, but it’s definitely not closed door.

Character Chemistry: It’s deliciously complicated.

Plot: Crispin is *the worst*. Except now he has amnesia and is nice. And also has a wife, who doesn’t seem to like him all that much?

Overall: The romance is an exceptional emotional roller coaster, but there’s some other plot that worked less well.

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Dueling Review, Recommended Read

Dueling Review: Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase (1995)

This month, as part of talking about morality chain romances, we all read Lord of Scoundrels by Loretta Chase. It comes up frequently as a “canon” romance, but none of us had read it before. Spoiler alert: we all really liked it.

Scoundrels, Book #3

Let’s start by each giving our metrics for the book:

Holly

Heat Factor: Purple prose alert!

Character Chemistry: Sarcasm abounds. Also, she tells him that he’s sensitive and he’s baffled but she’s not wrong. 

Plot: Jessica must rescue her brother from the clutches of the Marquess of Dain. He compromises her. She shoots him. They get married. 

Overall: ZOMG. The plot gets a little saggy towards the end, but I still had a blast.

Erin

Heat Factor: Kissing in the RAIN! 💕 But yeah, standard histrom fare albeit on the steamy side

Character Chemistry: She’s competent AF and he’s a man baby, and they’re both super besotted, so it’s pretty excellent, in fact

Plot: antagonists → spouses → exasperated (Jessica)/emotionally constipated (Dain) → lovers

Overall: Bottom line, this is simply a very fun read

Ingrid

Heat Factor: Oh, my.

Character Chemistry: Had Dain been with any other woman, I would have hated it…but since he was with Jess…swoon.

Plot: Dain is fully committed to a life of debauchery when he meets Jessica, who is a spinster and really doesn’t have any time for his nonsense unless he’s got her pressed up against a wall. Once he ruins her and refuses to do the right thing, she shoots him, they negotiate, and they’re pretty much in a bout of emotional fencing until the book ends.

Overall: Obsessed.

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Review: Duke of Sin by Elizabeth Hoyt (2016)

Maiden Lane, #10

Heat Factor: Val shows off his splendid physique

Character Chemistry: Even though there is a *serious* power imbalance between these two, it doesn’t *feel* like there is.

Plot: Val is the literal worst. Bridget is his housekeeper.

Overall: I finally understand the appeal of morality chain romances, because I loved every single minute of this book.

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Review

Review: That Scandalous Summer by Meredith Duran (2013)

Heat Factor: 🍆🍆🍆

Character Chemistry: Instant attraction → Denial → We can have just one night → Is this…love? → BUT DUTY!!!

Plot: The set-up is bonkers and makes no sense, but who cares? 

Overall: The back and forth between these two is just *chef’s kiss*

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