Recommended Read, Review

Review: The Wicked Lady by Mary Lancaster (2017)

Blackhaven Brides, Book #2

Heat Factor: I mean, he’s in the clergy and she’s a blacklisted widow who refuses to publicly grieve, so the “but we mustn’t” factor is steamy from the get go, and it just takes off from there

Character Chemistry: The witty banter between these two is just *chef’s kiss*

Plot: Lady Katherine has been widowed and although reality is far from the story being spread throughout the ton, she’s been shunned to the seaside village of Blackhaven all the same. Grant, the town’s substitute curate, is just about everything you could hope for in both a curate and a future hubs, but he’s also got some secrets about his own past cooking up some trouble…

Overall: I LOVED this book—it’s deep and messy and has that element of forbidden foxiness (but not in a squicky way). All around a great read.

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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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Review

Review: Gifting Me to His Best Friend by Katee Robert (2020)

Touch of Taboo, Book #2

Review of Touch of Taboo, Book #1

Heat Factor: This book is pictured next to the definition of “one-handed read”

Character Chemistry: Mostly developed off page prior to this book, but it works

Plot: Let’s just play out this fantasy. It’ll be fiiiiine.

Overall: If you’re only in it for the sexy sex, this will absolutely work, but Robert actually also does some interesting things here

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Heated Rivalry by Rachel Reid (2019)

Game Changers, Book #2

Heat Factor: Melting all the ice on all the rinks

Character Chemistry: The bad boy is soft for the good boy

Plot: They met when they were 17 and were attracted to each other immediately, but ever since they were recruited to the NHL, their rivalry and antipathy has been played up so much that they can never really fall in love

Overall: So. Good. Totally hit the spot

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Spellbound by Ophelia Silk (2021)

Heat Factor: Medium-ish heat, tastefully and sweetly done

Character Chemistry: Just so meant to be.

Plot: Two deeply lonely women find themselves thrown together in a deep and scary wood and end up finding themselves (but together)

Overall: This was like a Matryoshka doll of a story–so many details that just kinda stick in your brain and cling in the best way.

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