Review

Review: Winter’s Heat by Denise Domning (1994)

The Graistan Chronicles, Book #1

Heat Factor: Sex happens early, but not often.

Character Chemistry: They are the worst communicators. Also he doesn’t respect her. 

Plot: Rowena is married off to Rannulf, and decides to make the best of it. Plus there’s a lot of drama with her inheritance and the Evil Other Woman. 

Overall: This was an interesting read when approached as an artifact of romance written in the 1990s, but it didn’t make my heart go pitter-pat.

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Review: Unmarriageable by Soniah Kamal (2019)

Heat Factor: The heat comes from the witty dialogue, not hanky panky

Character Chemistry: I mean, it’s Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth—only in Pakistan, and just as satisfying.

Plot: It’s a classic P&P, folks—only the new setting and fresh take by the author make it an absolutely riveting read.

Overall: I feel that if I were Jane Austen and read this retelling, I would feel very seen. It simply rocks.

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Review: The Lotus Palace by Jeannie Lin (2013)

The Lotus Palace Mysteries, Book 1

Heat Factor: It takes Lord Bai a couple of encounters before he masters Advanced Consent

Character Chemistry: Yue-ying sees right through Bai Huang, and it’s good for him

Plot: A courtesan is found murdered, so a minor lord and a servant from the pleasure quarter team up to crack the case

Overall: This was a fabulous read—gripping mystery, interesting setting, lush writing, great characters—but I am conflicted about the relationship.

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Review: Pursued by the Rake by Mary Lancaster (2020)

Season of Scandal Book #1

Heat Factor: It’s not throbby and there’s no slick flesh but by golly it was satisfying

Character Chemistry: It was seriously the sweetest, most adorable romance and I MELTED

Plot: Lady-in-Waiting is tricked and compromised, and then rescued by hands-down my current favorite hero (this man is like, 50% chill and 50% capable and my heart swelled so much I was concerned for my health)

Overall: After what has felt like a tiny smut slump, this absolutely adorable and totally sexy regency reminded me why I love this stuff in the first place.

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Review: The Revolutionary and the Rogue by Blake Ferre (2020)

Heat Factor: The fire is banked.

Character Chemistry: It’s that snapping, snarling: “I hate you and everything you stand for, so why am I so horny around you?”

Plot: Trying to keep everyone’s heads attached to their bodies during the Reign of Terror

Overall: This book would have benefited significantly from better editing.

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