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Review: The Calyx Charm by May Peterson (2021)

The Sacred Dark, Book #3

Heat Factor: It has a few steamy moments in an otherwise churning sea of what’s going on

Character Chemistry: I mean, they’re meant to be in a deep, deep way

Plot: There’s a whole lot of aftermath, but essentially we meet Violetta and Tibario, who loved each other secretly when Violetta was known as Mercurio, and who find their way to each other after Tibario comes back from the dead.

Overall: This book is kind of like a dream, and everything is floaty and confusing except for what Violetta and Tibario have together.

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Review: The Winter Lodge by Susan Wiggs (2007)

The Lakeshore Chronicles, Book #2

Heat Factor: A few smooches, and then the door is firmly closed

Character Chemistry: I didn’t always buy it

Plot: Jenny’s house burns down, so Rourke gives her a place to stay, but really there are a million secondary characters and like three subplots. And, of course, family secrets. 

Overall: This is not my usual romance fare, and frankly, the romance part didn’t do much for me, but it was still pretty engaging.

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Review: Miss Bennet’s Dragon by M. Verant (2021)

Austin Fantasy, Book #1

Heat Factor: It’s mostly about the pride and the prejudice and the pining

Character Chemistry: More readily apparent than in the original

Plot: It is Pride and Prejudice, but it is also a completely brand new fantasy story

Overall: It was about 30% longer than I expected, but I very much enjoyed the composition of this book.

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Review: Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake by Alexis Hall (2021)

Winner Bakes All, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s a decent amount of mediocre sex, and then some spectacular sex. 

Character Chemistry: Well…it’s complicated. 

Plot: Love at the Great British Bake Off!!!!! (Obviously Alexis Hall is not looking for a lawsuit, so the name was changed and it’s not in a tent.) 

Overall: I was feeling a bit anxious about where this was going in the first chunk of the book, but ended up loving it.

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Review: Not Like the Movies by Kerry Winfrey (2020)

Waiting for Tom Hanks, #2

Review of Waiting for Tom Hanks #1

Heat Factor: There’s nothing. It’s closed door.

Character Chemistry: I think all the chemistry was actually in the first book

Plot: 30-ish woman having a meltdown

Overall: This is kind of like when you’re in your early 20s, listening to your friend constantly talk about the guy she’s obsessed with but refuses to do anything about it.

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