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Review: My Fair Concubine by Jeannie Lin (2012)

Heat Factor: There is some sex at the end, but I frankly think that the book would have been better without it. (SHOCKING!) Not because it wasn’t hot, but because the pining was so much hotter. 

Character Chemistry: Oh, the pining. 

Plot: Fei Long’s sister was supposed to be a peace bride, but ran away instead. To save the family honor (and the peace agreement), Fei Long decides he’s going to pass off a teahouse girl as his sister. 

Overall: The first half is slow, but the tension builds and builds and I really didn’t know how they were going to get out of their predicament.

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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: The Sword Dancer by Jeannie Lin (2013)

Tang Dynasty, Book #4

Heat Factor: A bit of sizzle.

Character Chemistry: Literal sparring partners. Like, with swords. 

Plot: Le Fing is a bandit. Han is a thief-catcher. He’s chasing her around China after she was maybe involved in stealing some jade. Then they team up because there is something bigger afoot. 

Overall: I gobbled this one up. Nom nom nom.

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Review: Scandalous Passions by Nicola Davidson (2020)

Highland Menage, Book 1

Heat Factor: There is a great deal of “feasting” happening

Character Chemistry: I’m not sure I would have known that feelings were happening if I hadn’t been explicitly told

Plot: King’s former mistress is banished from the castle, ordered to be guardian of the king’s virgin ward, and protected by the king’s loyal knight

Overall: Kind of felt like a manual for having consensual sex

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Review: Never Love a Highlander by Maya Banks (2011)

McCabe Trilogy, Book #3

Review of McCabe Trilogy Book #1, Book #2

Heat Factor: It’s Maya Banks, so yeah, there’s a lot of the sex

Character Chemistry: He acts from duty, she acts from being annoyed

Plot: Arranged marriage, clan takeover, battle of wills

Overall: If you like a Highlander bodice ripper, you’ll probably like this

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