Recommended Read, Review

Review: Some Like it Plaid by Angela Quarles (2019)

Heat Factor: It’s cold in Iron Age Scotland in February. Gotta do something to keep warm!

Character Chemistry: Him: “I need a woman so my village doesn’t die out. You’ll do.” Her: “Look at those yummy biceps! Did you say something?”

Plot: Druid magic sends Connall to San Francisco, where he places a Craigslist ad for a wife. Ashley answers because her current life suuuucks and ends up in 2nd century Scotland.

Overall: This book is ridiculous and I was utterly tickled.

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Review: Temporary Wife Temptation by Jayci Lee (2020)

Heirs of Hansol, Book 1

Heat Factor: Once they finally give in to their temptation, it gets pretty steamy

Character Chemistry: They are hot, driven, and living together. What else do you need?

Plot: Exactly what you would expect from the title 

Overall: Now I understand why people read category romances

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Review: The Gift by Julie Garwood (1991)

Crown’s Spies, Book 3

Heat Factor: Initial consent is dubious at best, but after that both parties are all about it, and so am I.

Character Chemistry: That thing where a super alpha submits to a naive, innocent, young woman. 

Plot: They were married as children. He kidnaps her to get some land. She convinces him that he loves her. And destroys his scary pirate ship with a parasol. In other words: Completely Bonkers. 

Overall: If you are Bodice Ripper Curious, The Gift is not a bad place to start.

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Review: His Contract Christmas Bride by Sharon Kendrick (2019)

Harlequin Presents: Conveniently Wed!

Heat Factor: Their relationship is based on hot sex, so…

Character Chemistry: The victim/a**hole dynamic makes for chemistry challenges

Plot: Greek billionaire needs mother for orphaned nephew

Overall: Thought it would be an absurd bit of fun. Was so disappointed.

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Review: This Earl of Mine by Kate Bateman (2019)

Bow Street Bachelors, Book 1

Heat Factor: Warm

Character Chemistry: Have you heard? He’s not romantic, and that makes him extra desirable

Plot: Convoluted

Overall: A promising beginning, but there was too much going on for me to really settle in

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Review: Lush Money by Angelina M. Lopez (2019)

Filthy Rich, Book #1

Heat Factor: It’s hot. 🔥 Whew.

Character Chemistry: At first it’s like, “you’re really hot, we’re having sex,” but then eventually  the emotional chemistry starts to sizzle.

Plot: Babies solve life problems (?) by creating more life problems (!!!)

Overall: I’m interested to see what this author does next.

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Review, The Duke Project

Review: How to Love a Duke in Ten Days by Kerrigan Byrne (2019)

Devil You Know, Book 1

Heat Factor: There is a stupendous amount of very detailed foreplay

Character Chemistry: Their chemistry carries the book

Plot: Overcoming sexual trauma, with a heavy side of blackmail and death threats

Overall: The relationship is great, but the rest didn’t quite work for me

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