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Review: The Larks Still Bravely Singing by Aster Glenn Gray (2021)

Heat Factor: Gentle, encouraging, exploratory, emotional

Character Chemistry: They have big hug energy to offer each other, even though they both think they shouldn’t ask for it themselves

Plot: Boarding school besties Robert and David both come out of WWI with scars both physical and mental, and find their way back to themselves with each other

Overall: My heart is so full and so wrecked

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Review: Heartstopper: Volume 2 by Alice Oseman (2018)

Heartstopper, Book #2

Review of Heartstopper, Book #1

Heat Factor: So much making out. (Ah, the high school nostalgia)

Character Chemistry: Sweetness overload. These boys are so kind.

Plot: Charlie kissed Nick and now he thinks their friendship is over, but Nick is realizing that those feelings he’s been having mean something, so now it’s time to navigate a secret relationship

Overall: My high school first love nostalgia trip continues but with much sweeter and more nurturing kids.

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Review: The Threefold Tie by Aster Glenn Gray (2020)

Heat Factor: Scenes as couples are closed door, but they have one interlude at the end

Character Chemistry: I felt all their feelings very intensely

Plot: Three people who have all loved each other for some time are shocked into re-examining their relationship

Overall: What a great feelings book

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Review: The Second First Chance by Mona Shroff (2022)

Heat Factor: Closed door

Character Chemistry: I have always loved you but can’t say anything because we have too much history and also our families do everything together

Plot: Dhillon doesn’t mind his damn business

Overall: This book commits the cardinal sin of being boring

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Review: Fire Season by K.D. Casey (2022)

Unwritten Rules, Book #2

Review of Unwritten Rules Book #1

Heat Factor: They are very enthusiastic. And enjoy marking.

Character Chemistry: It’s really sweet

Plot: Charlie’s work life is very stable, but he’s getting a divorce, so he’s trying to figure his life out again. Reid’s constantly unsure of where he’ll be playing, and he’s a recovering alcoholic, so he’s taking everything one day at a time

Overall: Ugh, Charlie, squeeze my heart in your enormous hands, why dontcha?

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