Rant, Review

Review: The Shutout by Dianna Roman (2022)

Heat Factor: They have a lot of sex. And it’s good sex. 

Character Chemistry: Really awesome friends to lovers energy. 

Plot: Closeted baseball player kisses his widowed best friend, kicking off a series of events that leads to Max’s bi-awakening and Jack’s outing.

Overall: This had a great skeleton (see above). I’m really sad that it apparently didn’t also have a sensitivity read because it also had a lot of problematic content.

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Review

Review: Season’s Change by Cait Nary (2022)

Trade Season, Book #1

Heat Factor: Centers on the emotional tension growing, not on the sex (which was so tender)

Character Chemistry: I was on tenterhooks

Plot: Olly has a lot of trauma to deal with and Benji is a little bit clueless but extremely supportive

Overall: Uff da, what a tearjerker!

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Dueling Review, Recommended Read

Dueling Review: Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall (2022)

Holly got an ARC of Something Fabulous for herself, and Erin was like, “You got that for me, right?” Obviously, that meant we had to review this book together. It’s time for a Dueling Review!

Something Fabulous, Book #1

Erin’s Take

Heat Factor: I don’t think I’ve ever read (highly enthusiastic) rimming as the first interlude, and it was a refreshing change of pace 

Character Chemistry: In its essentials, the grumpy one is soft for the sunshine one. Or, rather, the rigid one is soft for the free spirited one. 

Plot: A very bad proposal of marriage leads to a road trip of personal discovery

Overall: I laughed, I cried, I laughed some more, and then I sighed with happiness

Holly’s Take

Heat Factor: Unexpectedly explicit about arseholes

Character Chemistry: Utterly irritating, utterly captivated

Plot: Valentine finds himself the villain in a gothic novel

Overall: I found the silly first half a slog, but my heart went pitter-pat in the end

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Act Like It by Lucy Parker (2015)

London Celebrities, Book 1

Heat Factor: It’s getting steamy, but I’m still confused about why I like you so much

Character Chemistry: Super-grump meets bouncy-Tigger sunshine

Plot: Co-stars forced to fake date to boost a play’s PR

Overall: Immediately got the sequel

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: At Attention by Annabeth Albert (2017)

Out of Uniform, Book #2

Heat Factor: It’s sexy – they get up to all kinds of things when they get some privacy – but it’s mostly yearning 

Character Chemistry: Oh my word, the pining!

Plot: Widower is goaded (jealousy is such an instigator!) into helping out his bestie by letting the little brother room with his family over the summer in exchange for childcare. 

Overall: This book was so charming but it was also delightfully thrilling

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