Review

Review: Hot Rabbi by Aviva Blakeman (2020)

Heat Factor: They have sex (a good bit of it), but it was more focused on the emotional connection and the kissing and touching than on the arousal and orgasms

Character Chemistry: Just because there’s an instant connection and attraction doesn’t mean it’s all smooth sailing from there!

Plot: Shoshana has a lot of emotional baggage associated with the synagogue. New hot rabbi single parent David would like to date her. 

Overall: This story has a lot of good energy. Definitely a good one for people who like their protagonists to be checked in and thoughtful.

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Dueling Review, Rant

Dueling Review: Hot Under His Collar by Andie J. Christopher (2021)

The Nolans, Book #3

Review of The Nolans, Book #1

No one would ‘fess up to actually requesting the ARC of this book, so we decided to read it together! (Also, the last time we read a priest book together it went really well!!!!)

Welcome to Dueling Reviews: More Priests for Everyone Edition!

Let’s start by all giving our overall rating for the book:

Holly

Heat Factor: The scene where she masturbates in the bar was pretty hot, but otherwise it’s nothing to write home about.

Character Chemistry: They really want to bone, but they can’t.

Plot: Sasha has the hots for a priest. Patrick is a priest, but has the hots for Sasha. Angst ensues. 

Overall: Honestly, the priest bit was the least infuriating part of this book (and the priest bit was pretty darn annoying).

Erin

Heat Factor: The cloud of shame over the sex really cast a pall on everything that went on.

Character Chemistry: Mostly based on them separately processing their naughty feelings.

Plot: Catholic guilt + disillusionment with Catholic doctrine

Overall: This book probably succeeds on the “processing Catholic identity as a progressive” front, but that didn’t necessarily make for a super satisfying romance.

Ingrid

Heat Factor: It’s got some hot bits, especially if you like things really forbidden.

Character Chemistry: They’ve already been swooning after each other before the story starts.

Plot: Everyone wants what they oughtn’t have.

Overall: It’s pretty classic and it certainly had an engaging plot, but I did feel like the end could have been more satisfying.

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Sandcastle Beach by Jenny Holiday (2021)

Matchmaker Bay, Book #3

Review of Matchmaker Bay, Book #2

Heat Factor: Mid-level steam

Character Chemistry: Their main hobbies are annoying each other / Serious Benedict and Beatrice energy / Everyone else can see it but them

Plot: Maya and Law have been at odds for years. And now they’re competing for a small-business grant. But also they are forming a secret friendship. 

Overall: This is straight-up a fun comedy, without the serious discussions of pain and grief and loss that characterize other books I’ve read by Jenny Holiday.

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Review

Review: A Wolf After My Own Heart by MaryJanice Davidson (2021)

BeWere My Heart, Book 2

Review of BeWere My Heart, Book 1

Heat Factor: Barely there (though there is some closed door hanky panky just before the end)

Character Chemistry: “I’m weirdly driven to procreate with you” + antagonism in the mode of grumpy/sunshine

Plot: Non-shifter accidentally rescues child werebear and gets roped into all the were-CPS crime-solving shenanigans

Overall: If you like your books with a healthy dose of absurdity, this checks the box

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Review: First Comes Like by Alisha Rai (2021)

Modern Love, Book 3

Review of Modern Love, Book 2

Heat Factor: A little at the end, but nothing too spicy

Character Chemistry: They are pretty cute together 

Plot: Catfishing leads to friendship leads to fake engagement 

Overall: I enjoyed this one

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