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Review: Some Like it Plaid by Angela Quarles (2019)

Heat Factor: It’s cold in Iron Age Scotland in February. Gotta do something to keep warm!

Character Chemistry: Him: “I need a woman so my village doesn’t die out. You’ll do.” Her: “Look at those yummy biceps! Did you say something?”

Plot: Druid magic sends Connall to San Francisco, where he places a Craigslist ad for a wife. Ashley answers because her current life suuuucks and ends up in 2nd century Scotland.

Overall: This book is ridiculous and I was utterly tickled.

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Review: An Heiress to Remember by Maya Rodale (2020)

Gilded Age Girls’ Club, Book 3

Review of Gilded Age Girls’ Club, Book 2

Heat Factor: They may think they’re each meeting fire with fire but really they’re just one big sexy inferno

Character Chemistry: I wanted them to get there so, so badly and audibly said “YES!” when they did.

Plot: Two unstoppable titans of business come head to head across the street from one another — he, the self-made man determined to destroy her family’s business and she, the wiser, stronger, natural-born leader of her family’s empire. 

Overall: If you want to walk away from a steamy romance standing taller and looking deeply satisfied, you should definitely read this.

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Review: His Treasure by Kiru Taye (2011)

Men of Valor, Book 1

Heat Factor: moderate

Character Chemistry: They’re already married, so there’s not a ton of development in this arena

Plot: Withholding sex out of spite results in all the unrequited love misunderstandings

Overall: This woman needs to take ownership of her own life

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Review: The Lawyer’s Luck by Piper Huguley (2014)

Home to Milford College, Prequel

Heat Factor: Not a “hot” book – more of a tender book.

Character Chemistry: Kind of an “us against the world” type love.

Plot: Realie is tantalizingly close to freedom in Canada, but is accidentally shot when she attempts to steal a horse. Lawrence, an upstanding Miami Indian/Negro man and aspiring laywer, is determined to heal and help Realie after accidentally shooting her. These two sacrifice and take great chances to build a life together, and it’s both heartbreaking and beautiful as they strive for their dreams.

Overall: This is a remarkably balanced historical romance. Huguley somehow manages to hold to the truth of history and weave a story of love and commitment between Realie and Lawrence, which is perhaps easier said than done when “happily ever after” can’t ever mean truly “free” for Realie.

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Review: Forever and a Duke by Grace Burrowes (2019)

Rogues to Riches, Book 3

Review of Rogues to Riches, Book 2

Heat Factor: This is not a steamy book, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t delightful

Character Chemistry: It’s sweet, not spicy

Plot: A duke needs help untangling his finances as quickly and discreetly as possible and calls upon Eleanora Hatfield, current accountress (I made that up) with a dark past, to clean things up. Things get real cute. 

Overall: It’s not going to be for everyone, but it’s a genuinely good read.

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Review: The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite (2019)

Feminine Pursuits, Book 1

Heat Factor: Seeing stars. Literally and figuratively. 

Character Chemistry: These two have a wonderful, supportive relationship.

Plot: Lady Scientist sets out to prove herself. Other scientists dismissive, but she finds a supportive Patroness and also True Love. 

Overall: Pretty darn great.

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