Recommended Read, Review

Review: The Professional by Kresley Cole (2014)

The Game Maker, Book #1

Heat Factor: These two are just so creative

Character Chemistry: It. Is. So. Angsty. 

Plot: Natalie is kidnapped from her bath by her heretofore unknown, sexy AF bodyguard and flown to meet her also heretofore unknown Billionaire Russian mobster father. And that’s just the first three chapters. 

Overall:

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Review: Wonderstruck by Allie Therin (2021)

Magic in Manhattan, Book #3

Reviews of Magic in Manhattan Book #1 and Book #2

Heat Factor: Extremely low key, still fade-to-black

Character Chemistry: Every time Arthur calls Rory “Teddy” (his real name that only Arthur uses), I turn into a puddle of goo

Plot: We’re finally going to come face to face with the evil baron and save the world!

Overall: I’m glad I read this trilogy.

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Dueling Review, Rant, Recommended Read

Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole (2006)

All three of the Smut Reporters read A Hunger Like No Other. Erin and Ingrid loved it, but Holly was a little meh on the whole thing. Which means it’s time for a Dueling Review!

Immortals After Dark, Book 1

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

Erin

Heat Factor: There was a point I told my husband to stop talking to me because I was in the middle of some hot, bitey werewolf/vampire sex

Character Chemistry: For the first few chapters I was extremely concerned by his anger and her cluelessness, but they turned it around.

Plot: Innocent, sheltered vampire tames powerful, fierce werewolf

Overall: Hahaha, Yaaaaaaas!

Holly:

Heat Factor: Never accept a blow job from a vampire. 

Character Chemistry: “I hate you! But you’re my mate! I am so confused!”

Plot: Uh, all the magical creatures are being forced into confrontation so that they can kill each other off. And that means that this werewolf finally finds his mate and she’s a vampire and he hates vampires. And that’s just chapter 1! 

Overall: This book was well-executed, but epic paranormal romances are so not my jam. 

Ingrid

Heat Factor: I really can’t deny the steam factor in this one.

Character Chemistry: It went from “Omg these guys need therapy. Separately.” to “They’re going to have 10 babies and I love it so much” in pages. PAGES.

Plot: Ok, well…she’s really green about the fangs and he’s got some centuries of torture issues going on and then they turn it all around and heads come off and furniture gets broken but like, in a hot way.

Overall: I had a few spots where I was like, oh no I don’t know if this is going to work, but then it was extremely diverting and I ended up really liking it.

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Rant, Review

Review: The Revolutionary and the Rogue by Blake Ferre (2020)

Heat Factor: The fire is banked.

Character Chemistry: It’s that snapping, snarling: “I hate you and everything you stand for, so why am I so horny around you?”

Plot: Trying to keep everyone’s heads attached to their bodies during the Reign of Terror

Overall: This book would have benefited significantly from better editing.

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Review

Review: Through a Glass Darkly by Karleen Koen (1986)

Shout out to Tina, an early reader of our blog, for the recommendation! 

Heat Factor: The vast majority of the sex is extremely sordid

Character Chemistry: Distinct power imbalance

Plot: The realities of a May-December romance

Overall: This book is not for the faint of heart

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