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Series Review: Maiden Lane by Elizabeth Hoyt (2010-2017)

Heat Factor: Above-average historical romance heat

Character Chemistry: Always solid—even if I hated the characters, they always seemed to like each other.

Plot: Something bonkers is definitely going down.

Overall: I binge-read this whole series over the course of about a month in the fall of 2021, and I have no regrets. These books are the perfect mix of romantic and bonkers.

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Review: Oak King Holly King by Sebastian Nothwell (2022)

Heat Factor: It’s a lot of handies starting at 20%, with some other play mixed in, but the text is not especially focused on the sex

Character Chemistry: Insta affectionate and tender love

Plot: Shrike has to figure out how to survive being crowned Oak King; meanwhile, in the mortal realm, Wren is wound up in his employer’s guardianship drama probably more than he should be

Overall: If you like lush descriptions and the slower pacing of a historical faerie fantasy, I have a book for you.

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Review: Wicked Intentions by Elizabeth Hoyt (2010)

Maiden Lane, Book #1

Heat Factor: There’s a scene where they’re looking through a peephole at a brothel and it only gets hotter from there.

Character Chemistry: Lazarus feels nothing, Temperance feels too much. They are perfect for each other.

Plot: Running around the slums on the hunt for a murderer.

Overall: Wow.

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Review: A Lady’s Lesson in Scandal by Meredith Duran (2011)

Thank you to Kay of Miss Bates Reads Romance for the recommendation! 

Heat Factor: A few open-door scenes where the focus is more on the emotions than the moving pieces.

Character Chemistry: They have some serious trust issues, but that’s the whole point. 

Plot: Guttersnipe + Rake in a Marriage of Convenience 

Overall: The emotional beats in this book are PERFECTION.

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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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