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Review: The Wedding Night Affair by L.C. Sharp (2021)

Ash and Juliana, Book #1

Heat Factor: One kiss

Character Chemistry: Solid

Plot: Juliana wakes up after her (traumatizing) wedding night in a pool of her husband’s blood. Naturally, she is the prime suspect. She enlists the help of lawyer/investigator Ash to save herself from the gallows. 

*Content Warning for violent sexual assault before the book opens. It’s never described, but it is frequently referred to, and enough details are included throughout the text for the reader to get a pretty good idea of how bad it was. 

Overall: Disappointing

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Review: Say Yes to the Duke by Eloisa James (2020)

The Wildes of Lindow Castle, Book #5

Review of the Wildes of Lindow Castle, Book #4

Heat Factor: They get married at about 70% and have a ton of really polite sex

Character Chemistry: I like the sparring partners thing they have going on. I am not excited about polite sex.

Plot: Shy young lady decides to woo proper vicar away from his terrible fiancée and intrigues the disdainful duke, who is clearly perfect for her, in the process

Overall: I put this book in timeout for a week because I was really worried about the black moment, but I needn’t have been

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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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