Review, The Duke Project

Review: An Affair Before Christmas by Eloisa James (2007)

Desperate Duchesses, Book 2

Heat Factor: Sex is more poetic than explicit

Character Chemistry: Honestly, Poppy has more chemistry with Jemma, but, then again, she spends a lot more time with Jemma than with her husband

Plot: Fletch publicly insults Poppy, so she moves out, tries to convince herself she never loved him, and finds herself

Overall: My heart is glowing and I cannot explain why

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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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Review: Say No to the Duke by Eloisa James (2019)

The Wildes of Lindow Castle, Book 4

Heat Factor: There is an involved encounter after promises and declarations are made

Character Chemistry: Bickering besties

Plot: Not a great trope, further reading works us out of some of the trope traps

Overall: A fun read, but not inspiring the post-read glow of older EJ novels

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Review: The Other Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (2018)

Rokesby Series, Book 3

Review of Rokesby Series Book 1, Book 2

Heat Factor: A tiny bit of heat, right at the very end

Character Chemistry: Banter

Plot: Kidnapped by pirates! Twice

Overall: The dialogue was too sparkling and overshadowed a good story

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Review: The Girl with the Make-Believe Husband by Julia Quinn (2017)

Rokesby Series, Book 2

Review of Rokesby Series, Book 1

Heat Factor: Not a lot, but what there is sure is something

Character Chemistry: There’s nothing like crushing guilt and lies to build a relationship, but they do a mighty fine job of it

Plot: How does one get out of a moment-of-insanity fake marriage? Double down, of course!

Overall: The premise of this book is bonkers, but it’s still delightful

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Review: Because of Miss Bridgerton by Julia Quinn (2016)

Rokesby Series, Book 1

Heat Factor: Low heat, all the butterflies

Character Chemistry: present and accounted for

Plot: You’ve been a thorn in my side for my entire life, how could I possibly be in love with you?

Overall: Finally, a JQ in the old style

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