Recommended Read, Review

Review: The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan (2016)

Scottish Bookshop #1

Heat Factor: It’s not a hot and heavy book, but there IS some slow burning tension.

Character Chemistry: UGH, call me a sucker but apparently my weakness is Very, Very, Grumpy Scottish Men and Beautiful Isolated Places

Plot: Nina is laid off from her job as a librarian and jumps headfirst into running a very small, very cute bookstore from a very large van in the northern Scottish countryside, where she ends up meeting a grumpy farmer going through a divorce.

Overall: It was adorable to the max and full of dry humor.

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Review: The Devil in the Deep South by Amy Craig (2022)

Heat Factor: It gets pretty steamy, but it’s later in the book and it’s not heavy.

Character Chemistry: One of those hate then love ‘em type books

Plot: Christopher is a billionaire and grandson of a state senator/presidential hopeful from Georgia who took over his brother’s business and is looking for a new place to build a state-of-the-art factory. Taylor is a small-town, southern, bookseller who is the glue of her community. Then Christopher can’t stay away, and Taylor and Christopher both end up having to re-examine the lives they think they wanted.

Overall: One of the more accurate depictions of a small town I’ve seen—slow, but with good character development.

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Review: Melt for You by J.T. Geissinger (2018)

Slow Burn, Book 2

Heat Factor: This series is called “Slow Burn,” so don’t be surprised when the sex happens pretty late in the story.

Character Chemistry: It’s obvious to everyone but Joellen that Cameron is completely smitten.

Plot: Joellen’s new neighbor is suuuuuper annoying and suuuuuper hot and somehow now he’s giving her kissing lessons.

Overall: I really liked this one, but I also know that some readers may find some parts of this book challenging.

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Review: Memento Mori by Jane Morris (2021)

Heat Factor: It’s hot and a bit gritty.

Character Chemistry: It’s very much like the sleeve of cookies in my cupboard at 9:30pm–we know better, we know it’s not going to feel good tonight, and we know we’ll regret it tomorrow, but do we eat the cookies anyway? We do.

Plot: Jane and Gabriel meet at a museum and are instantly and deeply aflame–even though Jane stubbornly leads Gabriel on a teasing chase. Gabriel insists they are lovers who have connected and failed to secure their future together over and over throughout the years, and it’s hard to tell if they’ll manage to end up together this time around.

Overall: This was a DNF for complicated reasons that I will happily elaborate on below.

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Review: No Offense by Meg Cabot (2020)

Little Bridge Island, Book #2

Heat Factor: I expected closed door, but it wasn’t. Nor was it especially steamy.

Character Chemistry: Erm…

Plot: Righteous children’s librarian with a passion for true crime and awkward sheriff are thrown together because 1. Abandoned baby in library and 2. Small town

Overall: I was disappointed on a few levels

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