Recommended Read, Review

Review: Admonition by Kathryn Amurra (2021)

Soothsayer’s Path, Book #2

Review of Soothsayer’s Path, Book #1

Heat Factor: It’s more tender and sweeping romance than it is ripped bodices and handsy stuff

Character Chemistry: So, I feel like it was obvious Sabina would like a wholehearted and upstanding person like Lucius after reading about her first marriage. Some people just have their heads on straight.

Plot: Sabina chooses a life of silence after she believes she’s responsible for her husband’s murder. But when she meets Lucius, her vow of solitude and silence is tested on all fronts.

Overall: I was actually riveted by the second Soothsayer book—the plot is really carefully unraveled and I loved the sweetness and maturity of Sabina and Lucius’ love for one another.

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My First Smut

My First Smut: Hooked by my…Mother-in-law

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, Kathryn Amurra talks about sneaking (or blatantly just reading) books from her mother-in-law’s bookshelf.


I was not introduced to the wonderful world of smut until I was 22 years old. I was dating my husband, and I went to visit him at his parents’ house. Their home was like a library–shelves and bookcases in almost every room and on almost every wall. Some of the books were my future father-in-law’s–I skipped those.

The ones that caught my eye and filled the majority of the shelves were the ones my mother-in-law had read. Needless to say, she had a penchant for smut. She had smut from every decade starting probably from the 70s, written by a number of authors and covering every genre. It was smut paradise.

I picked one up and read the back. I think it was a historical, and it sounded interesting. The cover was relatively tame–no exposed thighs or shirtless men. I didn’t think it would be too explicit, so I didn’t feel too guilty giving it a try. I think I read it in one sitting. Then I got another. It was glorious. It was like reading the favorite parts of all the other books I had ever read and skipping over the other stuff. Not having the courage to buy my own smut, I welcomed the visits to my in-laws’ house, and we did indeed visit them often. They were–and continue to be–my smut holidays, and they’re wonderful!


Kathryn Amurra has been making up stories for as long as she can remember and writing since grade school. She is an intellectual property attorney by day and a writer of Romance novels by night. Some of her best writing takes place between the hours of 10PM and midnight (or later), when she has “logged off” from my day job and her hubby, three girls, and boxer are asleep. Her second novel, Admonition, is scheduled for release in June 2021.

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Thanks for sharing, Kathryn! Ingrid really enjoyed Soothsayer (Kathryn’s debut), and we look forward to reading more from her in the future.

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Recommended Read, Review

Review: Soothsayer by Kathryn Amurra (2020)

Heat Factor: This is a very mild heat, closed-door romance

Character Chemistry: They have undeniable chemistry and it’s pretty clear to anyone in the room

Plot: Aurelia has delayed marriage for years because she wants to marry for love. When her father dies and she learns her disabled brother may be forced into the military to serve, Aurelia has to choose a marriage of convenience in order to protect her brother. HOWEVER–the dreamboat soldier tasked with delivering her to her elderly groom throws a huge kink in all her plans.

Overall: This book was surprisingly gripping–the path to happiness is not easy and they are both somewhat powerless. I was very entertained with this sweet read.

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